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Mission Hills, University Heights & Bankers Hill all offer their own unique takes on the ‘taste’ By Anthony King SDUN Editor

Coons withdraws from race

Following the success of the recent Taste of North Park, three more neighborhoods in Uptown will be hosting their own version of the popular food and community “tastes.” Mission Hills, University Heights – part of the annual UH Arts Open – and Bankers Hill all have special events planned over the next two weeks.

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The Wild Wild Wets

Community Development Corporation members who helped get it were no longer on the board, so we decided to do a street fair,” Broadway said. “We thought it would be better attended.” At the time that decision was made, he said, they had about 60 days to get things going. The 2012 fair held July 22 saw the return of the street festival after an eight-year hiatus. For some, a from-scratch undertaking of this magnitude might seem near impossible. The GGHCDC, however, saw a number of untapped resources at their fingertips. “We knew if we used local people and businesses, we could make it happen,” he said. “We put a call out to local musicians and they came. We put a call

Taste of Mission Hills The first of the three Uptown tastes happens in Mission Hills, on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 5 – 9 p.m. The Mission Hills Business Improvement District-sponsored event will include a free Old Town Trolley shuttle between Goldfinch and Washington streets to International Restaurant Row on India Street, celebrating its one-year anniversary as a City-sanctioned dining district. “Experience an evening in Mission Hills while sampling tastes from around the globe,” organizers said, with a variety of restaurants – from fine dining and delis to specialty shops and a café – opening their doors to ticket holders. “Only 500 tickets are available,” they said. The Taste is now in its second year. BID Executive Director Gerrie Trussell said she was encouraging businesses that are not restaurants to participate by staying open later than usual or coming out for the night to pass out coupons for their stores.

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Golden at Giorgino’s

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More bands, more food & more fun set for 2013 Street Fair By Margie M. Palmer SDUN Reporter

The uncommon ‘Project’

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The second Golden Hill Street Fair will be kicking off this Sunday, Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m. and organizers are estimating upward of 30,000 people will come out to 25th Street between B and C streets to hang with friends, enjoy good music and bask in the unique culture that this relatively undiscovered, up-and-coming neighborhood has to offer. Former Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corporation (GGHCDC) President Paul Broadway said it all started back in the early summer months of 2012, when they were awarded a $38,900 economic tourism develop support grant through the City. “Initially the money was issued to do a gala, but by the time the grant came through some of the

Hillcrest bids farewell to Nicholls HBA welcomes new executive director & board members By Morgan M. Hurley SDUN Assistant Editor

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Benjamin Nicholls, outgoing executive director of the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA), chose the organization’s annual meeting and elections on Tuesday, Oct. 8 as his final act. The event was held at Heat Bar & Kitchen, located at 3797 Park Blvd. in Hillcrest. Nicholls, the HBA staff and newly hired Executive Director Sonya Stauffer, as well as current board

members, other active community business owners, and those interested in joining the HBA board, all assembled for a small program that included attending dignitaries, food, drinks and a celebratory cake from Babycakes. All HBA members in good standing who have paid their BID assessment as of Sept. 1 were allowed to vote and provided ballots upon check-in. Those unable to attend the annual meeting were encouraged to vote by proxy.



(l to r) Sen. Marty Block and Benjamin Nicholls at the HBA annual meeting: Block honored Nicholls with a State proclamation. (Photo by SDUN) Heat Bar & Kitchen owner Sam Khorish hosted the event on his side patio, providing a buffet-style mixture of charcuterie, gourmet

cheeses and fruit. In addition, a selection of Robert Mondavi wines

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San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 11–24, 2013


City resumes enforcement of code to close marijuana dispensaries Suit filed against Central Wellness Collective on El Cajon Blvd Sept 26

To date 133 settlement agreements have been filed with six default judgments. Six of the original cases filed have not settled and have trial or settlement conference dates in the future. Those dispensaries have been closed gally having closed down 200, but By Manny Lopez SDUN Reporter since 2011 and 2012. There are allowing 15 to operate,” he said. four cases that are currently being Gloria said a previous ordiinvestigated where dispensaries nance passed by the Council in The San Diego City Attorney’s are open that have not been filed. 2011 was repealed by medical Office has restarted its efforts to In 1996, California voters marijuana advocates. He said city force medical marijuana dispenapproved Proposition 215 and staff has been asked to make this saries operating within the city adopted the Compassionate Use a top priority and he is commitlimits to close. In response to a dited to carrying an ordinance for rective from Interim Mayor Todd Act, which removed state-level the Council’s consideration by Gloria, the Code Enforcement criminal penalties for the use, January that will allow a limited Unit filed its first such lawsuit this possession and cultivation of number of dispensaries to legally year against North Park’s Central marijuana by patients who possess operate in city limits. Wellness Collective on Sept. 26, a recommendation or approval by claiming the dispensary a physician. The Act also is operating illegally granted legal protections under the City’s zoning to medicinal marijuana laws. The Collective is dispensaries. located at 2621 El Cajon “It’s impossible to Blvd. comply with zoning since The complaint also the city doesn’t have holds property owner regulations allowing Malcolm Family Propercollectives to be zoned or ties, LLC and its managnot to be zoned in a speers liable for allowing a cific area,” said Eugene dispensary to operate Davidovich, president of on the property illegally. the San Diego Chapter In a press release dated of Americans for Safe Sept. 27, City Attorney Access, a cannabis advoJan Goldsmith said cacy group. This dispensary location in Hillcrest was closed in 2011. the action was taken “There’s no ban, (Photo by SDUN) following complaints by there’s no prohibition As stated in the City Attorney’s citizens and business owners, and that says collectives, cooperatives complaint filed Sept. 26 in San Didocumented altercations in the or dispensaries are illegal. But ego County’s Superior Court, an in- the interpretation of the City Atparking lot of neighboring restaurant Lil B’s Urban Eatery, adjacent spection of the property occurred torney is that because they’re not to the Central Wellness Collective. approximately June 11. At the time, explicitly regulated under the law a Land Development Investigator The move marks a departure that they are by default illegal,” and Building Inspector “observed from former Mayor Bob Filner’s he said. marijuana displayed in glass jars policy of not targeting dispenDavidovich said what is imporand in glass cabinets in the dispensaries for enforcement until the tant is safe access for patients in sary,” the complaint said. City Council passes an ordinance San Diego and in order to provide On approximately July 19, regulating medical marijuana colthat as the mandate and state San Diego’s Code Enforcement lectives. Filner resigned Aug. 30. law requires, San Diego needs Services Unit served the defen“We are a city of laws and we regulations at the city level. He also dants with a notice of violations should follow laws that are on the said the federal government has and ordered them to “immediately recently shifted its position by debooks and if we don’t like the laws ceases operating or maintaining” that we have, we should repeal prioritizing medical marijuana as the dispensary, the complaint said. stated in the four-page Cole memo, them and replace them with When property owners did not something else,” Gloria said at delivered Aug. 29 from Deputy comply, the case was referred to the September meeting of the San Attorney General James Cole, folthe City Attorney’s office. Diego Democrats for Equality, a lowing congressional hearings. According to the City AttorLGBT political group that invited “It was a big change that we’ve ney’s office, approximately 91 Gloria to speak before holding a never seen before,” Davidovich complaints have been filed by the mayoral candidate forum. said. “It’s upon the cities to reguCity against dispensary operators “We have gone through the late now that there is a green light and property owners leasing to process of closing almost 200 disfrom the federal government to do dispensaries since 2011. Of the 91 pensaries in the city of San Diego. it. That means the federal governcomplaints filed, all dispensaries We have roughly 15 or so that I ment is basically calling upon the closed either through court order understand are operating today. city of San Diego to enact strict or settlement agreements. We are in a precarious position leregulations.”u

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San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 11–24, 2013

An evening of empowerment Voices of Women to hold 5th annual benefit honoring Cesar Chavez Service Clubs By Dave Fidlin SDUN Reporter

Bankers Hill, and the 2013 gala is planned for Oct. 24. Prisk said the Beyond Borders Benefit is not only an opportunity to put the spotlight on empowerment and the virtues of education, it also is an evening of showcasing other nonprofits with like-minded mission statements.

Before the tragic events of 9/11 left an indelible scar on the nation’s history, Jenni Prisk had contemplated forming an organization aimed at empowering the oppressed. When the tragedies happened, Prisk did her part to make the world a better place. The end result: Voices of Women, a non-profit organization touted as a group for peace-minded people to come together and share WHO: Voices of Women their commitment toward education and international issues in United WHAT: Fifth annual Beyond Borders Benefit States foreign policy. Voices of Women was officially WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24th formed Oct. 17, 2001, and by fastforwarding a dozen years, Prisk WHERE: Top of the Park, 525 Spruce St. and supporters have seen Voices of Women grow, spurred by a group COST: $85 in advance, $100 at the door; of volunteers who hold a number of advance tickets can be purchased via PayPal at lectures and other events the year. Voices of Women lends borders-benefit/ or by sending a check: 8677 its support to disparate organizaVilla La Jolla Dr. #1214, La Jolla, CA 92037 tions, including the Daraja Academy for Girls in East Africa. Closer to home, Voices of Last year, for example, members of the Women also supports two organizations: The Tomorrow Project, a San Diego group teach- North Park-based Eveoke Dance Theatre were honored. This year, recognition and ing formerly homeless women business a financial contribution is going to Cesar skills, and the United Women of East Africa Chavez Service Clubs for the organization’s Support Team, which is comprised of East work within San Diego schools. African refugee women who currently live in “It’s rare you have one non-profit organiSan Diego. zation recognizing another non-profit organiIn the past five years, Voices of Women zation,” Prisk said. “But we feel it’s important has added an annual benefit to its list of to lend our support to like-minded organizafunctions. The organization’s Beyond Bortions that have aligned their missions with ders Benefit is held at Top of the Park in


The benefit gala is Oct. 24. (Courtesy Cesar Chavez Service Clubs) ours. We’ve realized it isn’t just about us.” Prisk said she and other members of the board overseeing Voices of Women take the award ceremony seriously and spend considerable time looking into assorted San Diego-based organizations. “We take some time to look at them, and we do it real carefully,” Prisk said. “We feel that there is tremendous power in partnership. The more organizations in San Diego partner together, the greater the impact on the city as a whole.” Anne Rast, director of the board overseeing Voices of Women, said Cesar Chavez Service Clubs’ mission statement mirrors the one set by Voices of Women. “Through education programs, the Service Clubs teach about service to others, helping the most needy, nonviolence, accepting all people, respect for life and celebrating community,” Rast said. “Much like Voices of Women, their excellent work assists girls and women in our local community.” To showcase their mission, the Service Clubs’ logo is divided into five elements that represent the organization’s core values: a

dove for nonviolence; a heart for embracing others in a positive and loving way; a tree for respect of self, others and the environment; a hand symbolizing being active in the community; and the Earth, represeting the “greater good for this world,” their website states. Education and empowerment are the overarching themes of the benefit, and Prisk said she hopes attendees keep both ideals at the forefront of the evening. But a number of festivities are planned, including cocktails and a three-course dinner with a jazz concert. There also will be several guest speakers and a silent auction to raise funds for future programs sponsored by Voices of Women. Prisk said she and other Voices of Women leaders remain committed to growing the organization by adding events and lending support to organizations whenever possible. “We like to think of ourselves as a small, but mighty, organization,” Prisk said. For more information on Voices of Women, visit or call 858642-6771. For information on Cesar Chavez Service Clubs, visit


GOLDENHILL out to local food venders and they came.” Perhaps most notable was the support garnered from storefronts on 25th Street. That, Broadway said, is what allowed everything to come together. Everyone worked alongside one another in order to ensure the Street Fair would be a success. Although the exact number of attendees can not be fully known, the San Diego Police Department estimated nearly 15,000 people flowed throughout the return event from the time it kicked off until the time it ended. Golden Hill resident and GGHCDC board member Judd Curran said that while this year’s event will mirror what was done in 2012, residents can look forward to a number of exciting changes. “This year we have expanded the music quite a bit and will have two stages as opposed to one,” Curran said. “This will allow one band to be playing while another is setting up.” Confirmed bands include local groups Ditches, Heavy Hawaii and Rafter, as well as 2013 San Diego Music Award nominees Tropical Popsicle, Ed Ghost Tucker and Wild Wild Wets. The Wild Wild Wets said they were looking forward to performing, and would be in Golden Hill for the entire day. Organizers brought in talent from outside San Diego, including Twin Brother from Las Vegas, Strange Vine from Fresno, Calif. and Incan Abraham from Los Angeles. There will also be a 10- to 15-piece mobile mariachi band that will be moving throughout the festival. “We’ve expanded the other areas where we have food and/or arts and crafts for sale. This year we’ll have about 35 booths, as opposed to the five we had last year,” Curran said. “We really wanted to focus on making this a local event and focusing on showcasing all that Golden Hill has to offer.” The beer garden has been expanded as well, and in addition to the garden, arts, crafts and food sections, there will also be an area that is dedicated specifically to families and children. GGHCDC board treasurer and Youth Empowering Success Program Coordinator Ethel Sims said they will be hosting a 10:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony with the Buffalo Soldiers, San Diego Girl Scouts and Calan Nicole Elie, a youth soloist that will be singing the National Anthem. Other youth performers will be showcased on the stage until 12:30 p.m. Free face painting, arts and crafts, a karaoke area and other family friendly offerings will be available throughout the day. Curran said this second Street Fair is not only an opportunity to come out and enjoy good food, good fun and the wonderful fall weather, but it is also a time to come out and learn more about this undiscovered local neighborhood. “To discover this gem that sits on a hill, and to be able to walk down the sidewalk and see the ocean, Coronado and the Downtown skyline, it just gives you a sense of what Golden Hill is all about,” he said. “It’s a unique and historic place that is just as much a part of San Diego as anywhere else.” The fair runs from 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. For more information visit or email

San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 11–24, 2013


Coons withdraws from mayor’s race, endorses Alvarez SOHO leader forms neighborhood PAC & pushes progressive vision By Anthony King SDUN Editor

Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) executive director and businessman Bruce Coons dropped out of the mayoral race and backed candidate and current Councilmember David Alvarez in his bid for mayor. The official announcement was made at Coons’ University Heights campaign headquarters on Adams Avenue Monday, Oct. 7. “Councilmember Alvarez’s experience fighting for protection and expansion of our parklands and conservation of our bays, rivers and ocean lead me to believe he’s the right man for the job,” Coons said in a press prelease from Alvarez’s campaign. Coons, who told his supporters of his decision the previous Saturday, will continue working with Alvarez to become the “chief advocate” for citizens, elevating the economy for small and large businesses as well as tourism, and “creating a transportation system that is truly integrated for all communities,” a separate Coons press release stated. “As our next mayor, [Alvarez

will] be the one to make tough decisions, standing up to the Downtown power brokers and outside interests to ensure that the residents of San Diego can have an improved quality of life,” Coons said. Alvarez was grateful for Coons’ support, and touted his continual work at SOHO as important to San Diego’s neighborhoods. “Bruce’s tenure as an activist, advocate and leader in our city cannot be understated. I’m extremely proud to have his endorsement and look forward to working with him as mayor,” Alvarez said. “Bruce has elevated the conversation in this election to the things we both care most about, the residents, the disadvantaged [and] community groups,” Alvarez said, “and encompassing all of that are the quality-of-life issues that are infrastructure [and] community character, to mass transportation.” Also at the Oct. 7 announcement, Coons outlined a new Neighborhood Partnership PAC he was creating that will focus on these same quality-of-life

issues for residents, students and property owners throughout San Diego’s neighborhoods. The political action committee would also be a way for residents to participate in future public service initiatives. The Neighborhood Partnership PAC’s mission is to create “political means” for improving San Diegans’ quality of life by “managing growth, encouraging and sustaining neighborhood diversity [and] community character, and increasing economic viability,” his release said. Coons will remain executive director of SOHO. “I am excited and more determined than ever before to protect, preserve and promote San Diego,” he said. “The city has been reenergized by my campaign’s ability to change the conversation and to elevate the dialogue to include the real issues facing all San Diegans today.” Coons said the non-partisan PAC would use similar means as SOHO to “bring up the politicians of the future,” primarily through promoting participation in neighborhood community groups and

planning boards. This is one of the “driving forces” for forming the PAC, he said. “The Neighborhood Partnership will also focus on large-scale voter registration drives and make sure all viable candidates have a forum to be heard. Clearly when highly qualified candidates cannot be heard above the noise of special interests, something has gone wrong in our political process,” the Coons release said. A Democrat, Coons’ withdrawal from the mayoral race leaves four remaining front-runner candidates for the Nov. 19 special election: democrats Alvarez, Nathan Fletcher and Michael Aguirre, as well as Republican and current Councilmember Kevin Faulconer. Coons ended by thanking his neighborhood supporters, SOHO board and staff, and wife Alana, and said it was important to continue to push civic conversations. “I know that’s what I will be doing, and I invite you to join me in the effort to bring a more informed candidate into the mayor’s office,” he said. “Vote for David Alvarez and help bring the progressive vision to City Hall.”u


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Letters The Lafayette reaches out A triumph and inspiration

Keeping North Park artists growing Thanks, Jessica, for putting a spotlight on Tish’s efforts to build a collaborative arts community in North Park [see “Making art your own,” Vol. 5, Issue 20]. She is certainly a generous host and Expressive Arts a neighborhood treasure. The array of talent in this small show is impressive, their stories warm and inviting. Looking forward to the 4th annual Artist of 92104. Keep it growing! —Dan Landrum, via


We are so excited to host this event at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows and have posted about it on our Facebook page [see “Why do we have high school reunions?” Vol. 5, Issue 20]. It is our hope that we might be able to help locate other classmates. Thank you for entrusting us with such an important occasion. For those who are interested, we have many historic photos and a histor y of the hotel on our website: the-hotel/histor y.htm/. —Kim Whittemore, via

What an amazing journey, struggle, and triumph [see “Inspirations from a soul survivor,” Vol. 5, Issue 20]. —Sally McKinley Pineaux, via Jody, You are an inspiration and an amazing artist. Thanks for sharing your talent – as an artist and a writer – with us [see “Inspirations from a soul survivor,” Vol. 5, Issue 20]. So glad that you are creating and sharing! —Carol Schrammel, via sduptownnews.comu

What to know before buying a hearing aid By Drew Kimbrough Hearing loss is the third most common chronic condition among older Americans, affecting tens of thousands of California residents and more than 48 million people nationwide. Hearing loss could become even more widespread in the future, in part because of an aging population and the frequent use of ear bud headphones, which can contribute to noise-induced hearing loss. Hearing loss can affect a person’s ability to stay connected to friends and family, contributing to social isolation, lower earnings and higher risk of falls, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). More than 85 percent of people who could benefit from using a hearing aid do not actually use them, often because of cost, limited knowledge or lack of access to a hearing health professional. The average person with hearing loss waits more than 10 years before seeking treatment, according

to the NIH. Before purchasing a hearing aid, there are many important factors to consider. Here are five tips when evaluating hearing aids: 1. Look for these key features: •Custom-programming – the sound processor inside the hearing aid is programmed to your hearing test results. •Automatic gain control – allowing you to hear soft sounds while keeping loud noises at a comfortable level. •Directional processing – enhances the sounds in front of you while reducing distracting background noise beside and behind you. •Feedback manager – allows for greater amplification without whistling occurring. •Noise reduction – improves listening comfort and speech intelligibility by reducing distracting environmental noise such as fans or motors. •Telecoil – connects to telephones, hearing loops, neck loops

and wireless systems. 2. Have reasonable expectations. Hearing aids can’t completely restore normal hearing or eliminate all background noise, but they can improve the quality of life for users by making speech more understandable, amplifying soft sounds and reducing loud background noises. If you are new to hearing aids, it can take a few weeks before you are completely comfortable with them. Be patient as you adjust to hearing sounds you may not have heard in a long time. 3. Evaluate “unbundled” options. Some new companies are changing the way hearing aids are sold, helping to bring down costs. By “unbundling” the price of the device from additional, often unneeded services, people are able to purchase high-quality, custom-programmed hearing aids for less than $1,000 per device: a savings of 60 percent or more compared to devices sold through traditional channels. As technology has improved, fewer visits are

Light Up The Sky For Breast Cancer By Debra Fuentes, Victoria House Corporation One in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the course of her lifetime. Every 13 minutes, a woman dies from breast cancer. That woman could be your wife, your sister, your aunt, your mother, or the friendly face working at your favorite grocery store. As shocking as these statistics are, what can be done about them? Research, education, yearly mammograms, changing one’s diet and lifestyle, early detection and treatment are all a part of the cure. But what about the actual people who have been affected, and who are being affected every day? In a national effort to raise awareness and funding to eradicate breast cancer, North Parkbased Victoria House Corporation (VHC) is hosting an event titled: Light Up The Sky For

Breast Cancer. It is a Day of Hope & Remembrance, scheduled during October, national and international Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event is held on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. across the country, spanning four different time zones. That night, nationwide, groups of participants will pause for a moment of silence and then raise their hands to shoot a pink light into the night sky. Along with this simple act of dedication to the cause, many buildings in the San Diego area will be “lighting up in pink.” Among these are the Marriott Marquis and Marina, Hilton Bayfront in Downtown. The Doubletree Mission Valley will be lighting up for the entire month of October, the Handlery Hotel will light their signature dome, the Ameritrade building is lighting-up, Comfort Inn and King’s Inn will illuminate their marquis with the event information, and other area businesses are

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needed because the programming has become more precise. 4. Consider other hearing products. In conjunction with hearing aids, there are assistive listening devices that can remove distracting background noise and bring the relevant sound closer to the user. Devices such as neck loops, wireless systems, or loops that can be installed in rooms help transmit sounds directly to people wearing hearing aids, greatly improving the sound quality and clarity, especially when listening at a distance. 5. Check with your insurance plan. Some insurance plans, including employer-sponsored and Medicare Advantage plans, now cover some or all of the cost of hearing aids, helping to make treatment and support more affordable. Check with your health plan to see what coverage is available. —Drew Kimbrough is a San Diego hearing health professional with hi HealthInnovations. For more information about hearing loss, visit

jumping on board daily to become involved. To further get the word out, VHC released its own commercial on Sept. 14. It is meant to “play forward” to everyone you know, and can be seen on the website: It’s one of those clips you won’t want to miss. To participant in this landmark event, visit the website and donate $25. You will receive a pink light, a certificate of participation and a commerative calendar sent out after the event. On our website, locations for the event will be listed, you may “Tell Your Story,” send in a photograph, host a location, volunteer, or sponsor the event. Donations received will be dispersed to organizations that help eradicate breast cancer and raise awareness. One in Eight. Every 13 minutes. Let’s join together to pause, create a moment of silence and remembrance, and then, lift our hands to Light Up The Sky For Breast Cancer.u

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When to make the call: you have more options than you think when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia By Anette Asher, CEO of The Glenner Memory Care Centers In 1982, Dr. George G. Glenner and his wife Joy received a telephone call from the distraught husband of one of Dr. Glenner’s Alzheimer’s patients. The man could no longer withstand the relentless stress, depression and anxiety that filled his days. He said he was ending his wife’s misery, and then his own. The Glenners called police, who found the man with a loaded gun. The very next day, the Glenners began to develop what became one of the nation’s first adult day care centers specifically for people with dementia. At that time, there were very few options for caregivers who needed help. Today, depending on where you live, there are adult day care centers, memory care units within residential facilities and both medical and non-medical care, just to name a few choices. And yet, despite all of the options out there, so many spouses or adult children opt to go it alone and not take advantage of these resources – some free, some affordable and some worth the investment. Sometimes it’s financial; sometimes it’s cultural. Always, it’s a

hugely emotional decision because no one is prepared for the toll it takes to help manage another’s decline over months, years and even decades. First you must recognize the symptoms. One reason people delay getting needed help is because they cannot or refuse to recognize the change in their loved one. Here are some signs that it may be Alzheimer’s disease: •Difficulty performing familiar tasks •Misplacing things and never figuring out how they got there •Memory loss that affects their job •Getting lost following familiar routes (in a car, bike or on foot) •Problem with language skills, like finding a common word or talking “gibberish” •Changes in personality, moods and behaviors •Poor judgment, like wearing a sweater when it’s 35 degrees Then, you must be open to support. A first step to take is to find a caregiver support group to learn more about the disease and to meet others in a similar situation and discover helpful coping skills. Knowing there are others like you can be a powerful experience. Most family caregivers initially rely on other family or friends for assistance. But often, outside help becomes necessary for everyone’s wellbeing. Another option growing in popularity is the adult day program, which allows a loved one to live at home longer while providing a safe, secure, stimulating place for them to socialize. Structured activities tailored to their abilities keep them active, engaged and feeling successful. Regardless of what option you choose or the resources you select, take that first step and make the call.u

San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 11–24, 2013

October update

By Todd Gloria San Diego Interim Mayor

I’m happy to report the work in the Mayor’s office is charging full-steam ahead. My staff and all City employees are dedicated to doing the peoples’ work. They are knowledgeable professionals in their respective fields and are committed to being responsive and helpful to you. I invite you to visit our new Mayor’s web page to communicate with me and keep abreast of what we’re working on. Just how much can I accomplish in 81 days between when I took on this role and the Nov. 19 election? Visit the web site to find out: Additionally, I send out enewsletter updates about two times per month. You may sign up on the web site or send an email to toddgloria@ and you’ll be

placed on the list. In the name of progress, there is much to report. The previous administration was criticized for its lackadaisical approach to enforcing our laws and codes consistently, which led to unfair treatment benefiting San Diegans who happened to have access to my predecessor. As your representative, I see it as my job to modify laws that don’t make sense. Unless and until laws can be modified, they must be enforced. This is the current challenge I face as I work with my City Council colleagues, the City Attorney and City staff to develop sensible code updates to allow medical marijuana dispensaries and food trucks to operate legally in ways that balance the needs of their clients and the surrounding neighborhoods. I appreciate the input provided from passionate San Diegans on both topics, and the measures we’re developing will be publicly vetted prior to their consideration by the City Council. It’s essential your voices are heard; my decisions are always informed by your input. Just like your participation guides our actions at City Hall, San Diego’s interests must be well represented in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. I am proud that we recently re-hired lobbying firms to resume the representation of San Diego before lawmakers and influencers in our


state and national capitols. For the past nine months, San Diego has had no one at the table vying for our interests or funding, which is troubling given the recent sequestration and its effect on local families and businesses whose way of life is directly connected to our military economy and other federal spending. Late last month, the City initiated a process for new lobbying contracts to ensure that, moving forward, San Diego receives the representation it deserves. I headed to Washington, D.C. with members from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce the first week of October, and met with key stakeholders to advocate for San Diego on Capitol Hill. So what have I learned during these past few weeks as Interim Mayor? I’ve learned I really love this job. I love the people side of it, the consensusbuilding side of it [and] the making-progress side of it. Make no mistake, it’s a demanding job and I do my best to balance my roles as Interim Mayor, Council President and District Three Councilmember. But at the end of each day, it’s the people that make it great: diverse stakeholders coming to the table with different ideas on how we can collectively make San Diego a better place to live. This is a great gig. There is much work to be done between now and when a new mayor takes office. I appreciate your continued patience and participation in these upcoming months. As always, thank you for the opportunity to serve.u



San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 11–24, 2013

HBA’s new Executive Director Sonya Stauffer (Photo by SDUN)



were poured and various plates of specialty food items were also passed through the crowd. Khorish was later elected to the board. After a short mixer and voting period that would determine the new business representatives for the Hillcrest neighborhood, Nicholls greeted the crowd. He thanked the host, introduced Stauffer and then announced the dignitaries in attendance – which included Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and State Sen. Marty Block – and also made it clear why the meeting was taking place on that particular stretch of Park Boulevard. “Sam [Khorish] and his business people have prompted a revival here of the Egyptian Quarter,” Nicholls said. “You may know that this part of town has a lot of historic buildings that celebrate the Egyptian revival movement – pretty exciting stuff – and they are going to have movie nights … banners … and do some lighting improvements. You’re going to really feel that this is the Egyptian Quarter once again.” Stauffer, who took over as executive director on Wednesday, Oct. 9, the day after the annual meeting, was selected for the job after what Nicholls identified as “a pretty exhaustive search” that began once he tendered his resignation to the board on Aug. 13. Putting on his District Three cap, Gloria stepped up to address the crowd, and said he wanted to personally thank Nicholls and outgoing president Glenn Younger “for their service. … Both have done such amazing work here in Hillcrest. “It is a great community as a baseline, so it’s hard to go even beyond the fabulous level that you started with, but you have,” he said, referring to the outgoing leaders.

Nicholls addressing the crowd on Oct. 8 (Photo by SDUN) “It’s hard to keep that momentum, because [Hillcrest has] always been a leader in our City, but it continues to do that. … So guys, thank you for your leadership. And Sonya I am looking forward to working with you. No pressure,” Gloria said to animated applause. The interim mayor then introduced Sen. Block, who represents District 39, of which Hillcrest is part. “We are incredibly fortunate in San Diego to have Todd Gloria,” Block said. “After what City Hall … and the City has been through, to have someone so positive, so upbeat, so energetic and so bright in the mayor’s office is the best thing that’s happened to San Diego, so thank you Todd.” Block explained that though representing Hillcrest was new to him, his local staff of five were making sure the issues were being covered, and noted they are currently working to free up the Department of Motor Vehicles parking lot for after-hours use. “I’m following in the very difficult footsteps of Christine Kehoe, and her predecessor was Dede Alpert, her predecessor was Lucy Killea: really incredible, strong progressive women,” he said. “I’m trying to do what I can to get around.” Block then presented Nicholls with a resolution from the State Senate of California, honoring his contributions to both San Diego and the state. “I really appreciate this,” Nicholls said. “I am not a local, so to get something like this from the great state of California really means a lot to me.” The HBA board consists of 14 positions, each with two-year terms. Every year half of the board positions are up for reelection. This year a total of eight vacancies were put to a vote, seven two-year positions expiring

October 2015 and one partial, due to expire October 2014. A minimum number of 40 votes are required for the election, a number that is based upon a percentage of the entire HBA membership. Between the votes cast on site at the meeting and those filed by proxy, that requirement was met and the new board was announced. Of the eight individuals nominated, all eight were elected and that included five new members: Morgan Freeman of Edith Ernestine; Ryan Bedrosian of Rich’s San Diego; Michael Rosensteel of San Diego Community News Network; and Khorish. In addition, Alphonso Tsang was elected to replace Alonzo Ortiz, both from Comerica Bank. Members who were reelected to another term were: Jillian DiCola of Hollywood Tans, Michael Brennan of Urban Green and Delour Younan of Hillcrest Shell. The 2013 board then had their last executive session, voting on the executive branch of the nonprofit’s governing body. New officers included Johnathan Hale of Hale Media, president; Delour as vice president; Cecelia Moreno of Crest Cafe, treasurer; and Eddie Reynoso of MO’s Universe, secretary. All officers are previous board members. Also voted on by the general membership at the annual meeting were HBA representatives to the Uptown Community Parking District. Moreno was re-elected to another three-year term, Megan Gamwell was elected to take over the seat previously held by Nicholls, and Ryan Devereaux of Snooze, an A.M. Eatery was also elected to a three-year term. The HBA board meets the second Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is Nov. 12 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. For more information, visit or call 619-299-3330.u


UptownBriefs UPTOWN NEWS WINS IFPA AWARD FOR BUSINESS COVERAGE San Diego Uptown News was awarded second place in best Local Business Coverage from the Independent Free Papers of America (IFPA) and Southeastern Advertising Publishers Association (SAPA) Advertising and Editorial Awards. The honor is given out yearly to top publications from across the United States, and first-place honors went to the Oyster Pointer in Newport News, Va. Uptown News is published by San Diego Community News Network, which also publishes San Diego Downtown News and Gay San Diego. ‘SNOOPY PLATE’ BILL SIGNED BY GOV. BROWN A bill that Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins authored to help fund state museums was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, announced Oct. 5. AB 482 “The Snoopy Plate Bill” will not only improve the cost effectiveness of the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) by moving it under the Natural Resources Agency, it will also allow creation of a California automobile license plate bearing an image of the Snoopy character from the “Peanuts” comic strip created by local icon Charles Schulz, a press release from Atkins said. Schulz’s widow recently offered the rights to Snoopy’s likeness to raise money for museums, and funds raised will be allocated through a grant process available to all museums. “California’s museums preserve our cultural identity for future generations while providing enjoyment and education for everyone,” Atkins said in the release. “Snoopy is himself a cultural institution and having his partnership in support of our museums is sure to make a huge difference in keeping them financially strong. I hope everyone will sign up for a Snoopy plate and I thank Governor Brown for signing AB 482.” The Snoopy plate is $50 with an additional $48 fee for personalization through the Department of Motor Vehicles, which will also require 7,500 prepaid requests before starting production. More than 9,200 Californians have already pledged to buy the plate, according to the California Association of Museums. UPTOWN FAITH COMMUNITY TO HOLD OKTOBERFEST Set for Oct. 19 from 6 – 10 p.m., the Uptown Faith Community Service Center will be staging their Oktoberfest event, including German food and music, and a silent auction benefiting the Center’s Ministry to the Poor and Homeless. The Oktoberfest will be held at Top of the Park at Park Manor Suites, 525 Spruce St. Tickets are $50. “With a tasty German-style buffet, the gala event will feature continuous music for dancing and singing by the local group Well Actually, performing seven floors above the renovated Top of the Park with its sweeping view of Balboa Park, Downtown San Diego and Coronado,” organizers said in a press release. Uptown Faith Community Service Center represents 11 community churches and offers free assistance for lowincome individuals and families, including mailing address pickup, computer use, hygiene kits, food

distribution and legal assistance, among others. The Center is located at 3101-B 30th St. in North Park. Uptown Faith Director J. D. MacDonald said costumes for the event are welcome, though optional. For more information and tickets visit or call Rick Koenig at 619-252-2294 or the Center at 619-281-8411.

AFRICAN CULTURE CELEBRATED OCT 18 – 27 Now in its second year, the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement District (BID) has organized African Restaurant Week to highlight several African restaurants and businesses as well as African culture in Uptown. The BID partners with the Horn of Africa, International Rescue Committee, City Heights CDC, Media Arts Center San Diego and the World Beat Center to “shed a positive light on San Diego’s recently settled African community,” organizers said. African Restaurant Week runs Friday, Oct. 18 – 27 with an opening-night event Oct. 18 from 6 – 10 p.m. at North Park’s Media Arts Center. Located at 2921 El Cajon Blvd., the Arts Center event will include an Ethiopian drum call and coffee ceremony, African cuisine tasting from participating restaurants, a performance by Roosevelt IB Middle School and San Diego Creative Arts Project, live music by Akayaa and Bolga Zahdoomah and the movie screening of “La Priogue.” Restaurants include Awash Ethiopian Restaurant, Flavors of East Africa, Laylah’s Patties & Jerk, Awash Market & Restaurant, Fatuma’s Restaurant, Red Sambusas Catering and WorldBeat Cultural Center’s One World Café. Throughout the rest of the week, additional African-related films will be screened at the Arts Center, free cooking classes on Ethiopian and Somali cuisine will be offered at participating restaurants, and a closing ceremony at Balboa Park’s WorldBeat Cultural Center is planned at 6 p.m. Tickets for the Oct. 18 opening event are $10, with various prices throughout the week during the film series. The closing ceremony is $6. For more information visit or call the BID at 619-283-3608. SPIRITS OF MEXICO FESTIVAL CROWNS WINNING SPIRITS Held Sept. 17 – 21 in Old Town, the 10th annual Spirits of Mexico Festival crowned the 2013 top agave sprits in the world after an intensive, blind tasting of more than 100 entries. For the first time in the event’s history, two spirits were crowned Best in Show, the competition’s highest award: Herradura Anejo Tequila and Desaire Joven Edicion Especial Espadin Mezcal. “The unprecedented tie for Best in Show, the competition’s highest honor, stunned all,” said Festival founder and Director Dori Bryant in a press release. “This is the first time that a tequila anejo as well as a mezcal took top marks. … We are pleased to congratulate both of these formidable brands.” Interim Mayor Todd Gloria presented the Festival with official proclamations naming Sept. 17 – 21 as “Spirits of Mexico Week,” and said the event “tears down cultural walls, fences [and] barriers in appreciation of one thing: the joy, passion and pride of truly exceptional agave-based spirits.” Best in Class winners were Excellia (for Tequila Blanco), Tapatio 110 proof (Blanco Overproof), Herradura (Tequila Reposado and Tequila

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Anejo) and Desaire Joven Edicion Especial Espadin (Mezcal).

KENSINGTON RESIDENT EARNS TOP ATTORNEY RATING Micaela P. Banach of Kensington was one of five Kirby Noonan Lane & Hoge, LLP lawyers who earned the AV Preeminent Peer Review rating. Banach, Ethan T. Boyer, Jason M. Kirby, Jacob M. Slania and Christopher T. Wright now join the rest of the partners in the firm at this level. “An AV rating is a nationally recognized acknowledgment of an attorney’s accomplishments and skills, and honors attorneys who have reached the highest level of professional excellence,” said Managing Partner Charles T. Hoge in a press release. “We are especially proud of all our partners.” At the firm, Banach focus her practice on general business and commercial disputes, including employment, professional liability, real estate, products liability and personal injur y matters, the release said. The Martindale-Hubble AV Preeminent rating has been awarded for more than 130 years, and is the highest-possible rating for a lawyer based on ethical standards and ability. It is only awarded after peer nomination.


7 Things You Must Know Before Putting Your Home Up for Sale This Fall A new report has just been released which reveals 7 costly mistakes that most homeowners make when selling their home, and a 9 Step System that can help you sell your home fast and for the most amount of money. This industry report shows clearly how the traditional ways of selling homes have become increasingly less and less effective in today’s market. The fact of the matter is that fully three quarters of homesellers don’t get what they want for their homes and become disillusioned and - worse - financially disadvantaged when they put their homes on the market. As this report uncovers, most homesellers make 7 deadly

mistakes that cost them literally thousands of dollars. The good news is that each and every one of these mistakes is entirely preventable. In answer to this issue, industry insiders have prepared a free special report entitled “The 9 Step System to Get Your Home Sold Fast and For Top Dollar”. To hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report call toll-free (800) 474-3292 and enter 1160. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get your free special report NOW to find out how you can get the most money for your home.

This report is courtesy of Surfside Homes, DRE #01905574. Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract.

REP. DAVIS COSPONSORS BILL FOR RETROACTIVE PAY TO FURLOUGHED WORKERS Regardless of their furlough status, the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act (H.R. 3223) will ensure federal employees impacted by the current government shutdown receive retroactive pay for the duration of the shutdown, often called sequestration. Congressmember Susan Davis cosponsored the bill, announced the second day of the government closure Oct. 2. “I am hearing from many constituents who are anxious about being able to pay bills,” Davis said in a release. “Federal workers are innocent victims caught in the middle of this fight. These are dedicated people who proudly serve the American people. … They should not suffer because a small number in Congress insist on shutting the government down over an ideological crusade.” The government shutdown is due to the failure of the House and Senate to pass a budget, with House Republicans seeking to halt key points of the Affordable Care Act. Covered California, the statebased health insurance exchange, went live Oct. 1. In the San Diego region there are more than 45,000 federal workers, many who have been placed on furlough status, the release said.u

Stepping Up to Meet the Marketplace There are no shortages of real estate agents who want to list your home to sell or help you buy one. But going beyond the usual is what agent Kimball Vincent does. Recently a seller needed help selling his uncle’s townhome. During a first walk though, Kimball suggested that the kitchen and bathrooms needed updating to give the home a more modern and clean feel. He helped find a contractor, select colors and countertops and he made sure the work was completed in a timely manner. The house looked beautiful and it sold for more than the listing price. His client was delighted because not only did Kimball help with any and all issues, but he negotiated a price that exceeded their expectations. Many other satisfied clients recommend Kimball’s excellent service because he goes the extra mile. You can reach Kimball quickly and easily by phone or email. His website offers valuable buyerand seller tips and other information.

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San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 11–24, 2013


What makes Caryn run? By Dale Larabee SDUN Columnist



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was an issue or something of note,” she said (Oh, Caryn!). “The outfit is far more comfortable to run in and my motto is ‘if it bugs you, no worwor ries, I’ll be gone in a couple minutes.’” Caryn runs six to eight miles every day, taking a day off every few months. She runs 10 – 14 miles each weekend day. She also rides a bike and goes to yoga. Message: if you want to look like Caryn you need to work hard. Regarding any catcalls and lame comcom ments, she said she just ignores them. “Plus, I wear music and I don’t hear much of what is said. If they want to disdis cuss it, get their butts out of bed, run with me and see how they do,” she said. “I’ll be happy to discuss my outfit. We are so swift in our society to make judgments.” Anyone choosing to run with her better be in good shape. She runs with a relaxed confidence and is gone in just a minute. I have two scantily clad grandgrand daughters who should meet Caryn, and see her run. I worry that when Caryn reads this article she may pull out sweat pants and a hoodie, her two-piece never to be seen again. But I don’t think she will. Her message is in the outfit. For one of us who ogles, I hope she continues to vividly remind us each day: get off the couch and move.

I confess I am a lifelong practicing heterosexual. As a senior citizen hetero, my wife lets me look at other women. How could I not look at a stunning brunette running daily near where I live in a skimpy two-piece outfit? Do not judge a book because it doesn’t have much of a cover, for this scantily clad runner I ogle is Caryn, who works as a well wellness program manager and has a graduate degree in public health. She is a Colorado native with her degree from University of Washington, and is a lifelong athlete running to set an example. “If one person sees me and gets out there and gets moving, I feel they understand,” she said. “We women have extreme pressure to look a certain way. God forbid we have muscles or sweat because it is not feminine? Our obesity rates our frightening. We need to free ourselves of computers and TV, get out there and move.” I had to ask, what about the outfit? Uptown resident, fitness guru “I did not know the outfit and runner, Caryn (Courtesy Diane Larabee)

—Dale Larabee is a 40-year resident of Kensington, who is an occasional writer for local newspapers.u

When the dog is master of the house By John Knight SDUN Guest Columnist

Dogs have a distinct and different psychological make up than humans. Their need for food, water and companionship are pretty much the same as ours, but what makes them different is the need to know who is going to keep them safe: a pack leader, if you will. If you do not step up to the plate and become that leader, your dog reluctantly will. This leads to unwanted misbehavior on the part of the dog. If you want your dog to listen to you, then you must become a good pack leader: fair, firm and giving lots of praise and love. While your dog may be extremely ill-behaved, firm and consistent training can stop 99 percent of bad behavior. Your dog does not need to be hit, kicked, whacked with a newspaper, or have their nose rubbed in a mistake, and he does not need a choke chain, spike collar or electric collar. Remind your dog there is great pleasure when he is listening to you. Train him to sit for his dinner,

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sit and wait at doors, walk without pulling, and to sit when meeting visitors. Dogs are pretty smart and can sit and wait in difficult situations if you have originally taught them to sit in a calm setting. Teaching your dog patience is essential and can be achieved by teaching your dog to “down” or stay for five to 20 minutes. This will assist your dog in self-control and give him a productive job to perform around distractions and visitors. Commands are given one time. Repeating a command too soon or too often will teach your dog that you are not serious about commands. Don’t give a command unless your dog is looking at you with attention. If he is not looking at you, he will most likely ignore the command. Ignore your dog when he demands or nudges you for attention. Pack leaders award attention on their own terms, not when their dogs demand it. The same applies to the situation when a dog persistently pushes toys at you. A pack leader will initiate play and choose when the play begins and ends.

This keeps a dog on his toes because he never knows when the fun begins. When your dog comes to you for attention, make him earn it first by making him do some basic obedience, then love him up and play with him. Provide consequences instead of punishment. Dogs learn little from time outs. Time outs may give you a little quiet time and teach him to settle himself, but it won’t teach him to stop the original misbehavior. In some situations ignoring may teach your dog to stop a limited number of behaviors. An acceptable consequence is a firm “no” combined with a clap of the hands. If you are serious, your dog will get it. Dogs figure out what certain words mean, but they don’t understand sentence structure. Avoid talking to your dog like he is a person. Some intelligent and well-behaved dogs can pick out a word or two in a sentence, or they can intuit what you want. Body language is a great way to communicate with your dog. Stand up straight and tall using a firm, calm voice when giving commands. Do not back off until your dog acknowledges your command and complies. Never yell at your dog; this only frustrates you and confuses him. Pack leaders are always in control and treat the members of the pack like family, not enemies who need to be punished. Punishment does not educate your dog. When he is misbehaving, give a firm verbal correction, praise when he complies, and then show and guide him to what you want. —John Knight is a Certified Master Dog Trainer and Behavioral Therapist. Sit Stay Come Dog Training focuses on training dogs with issues relating to barking and aggression. He also has a Puppy Bootcamp performed in the client’s home. Reach him via his website at sitstaycome. com or by calling 619-270-2244.u


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South Park’s ‘ArtOberfest’ Walkabout Tacos, thrillers and a little nostalgia help celebrate neighbhors & businesses By Jessica Dearborn SDUN Reporter

This year’s fall “ArtOberfest” Walkabout in South Park was themed Altars and Icons, and showcased up-and-coming businesses, music and art thoughout the neighborhood. People gathered and enjoyed a unique collaboration of fun and festivities Saturday, Oct. 5, with live music humming in the background, the inviting aroma of food saturatingthe air and rich colors surrounding a curious and friendly crowd. Francisco Moreno, a South Park resident and owner of Tacos La Mezcla, held the grand opening of his new food truck that evening. Moreno creates a variety of taco dishes inspired from various tastes from all over the world. His menu is ever-evolving, he said, yet offers staples such as Korean Asada tacos served with Asian coleslaw and peanut ginger dressing; fish tacos made with fresh Alaskan cod; and carnitas tacos in which Moreno commented confidently: “I challenge anyone to make better carnitas than ours.” All produce used is fresh and organic, and he composts all of his food waste. Tacos La Mezcla is open Wednesday and Thursday from 12 – 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 1 – 10 p.m. at 2221 Fern St., between Ivy and Juniper streets. Tacos La Mezcla employee David Sias and his band Barnwell Shift played a set that night, as people lined up in front of Moreno’s food truck to place their orders and enjoy a cold beer. A few strides down the street is business neighbor Plum Pottery (2361 30th St.), where South Park resident and writer Ron Argos held a book signing for his newly published book, “The Courage to Kill.” Argo’s book is a murdermystery thriller with a premise based on the book “The Courage to Heal,” which tackles the concept of repressed memory. After deciding the area of repressed memory “wasn’t explored enough in fiction,” Argo said, he began his research to investigate the area and to eventually write a tale based on his findings. With a plot based in San Diego, “The Courage to Kill” probes the “dark mazes of recovered memories, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, betrayal and serial violence,” a press release for the book said. Argo, a Vietnam War veteran, former journalist and writer, is not new to the art of the novel. His first book, “Year of the Monkey” published by Simon & Schuster, was first written as his thesis at San Diego State University while obtaining his master’s degree in English literature. Argo describes himself as “a Hemmingway type of writer, sweating out every word.” “The Courage to Kill” is the first of a series. For more information on Argo and his books, visit Continuing with the Walkabout, I journeyed to 30th Street and

(above and left) Items in La Cueva Nostalgia are themed around brothers Tino and Sal Gonzalez’s vintage tastes. (Photo by Jessica Dearborn)

met with brothers Tino and Sal Gonzalez, who co-own a new retail shop called La Cueva Nostalgia, located at 2209 30th Street. The store is filled with items ranging from cowboy boots, pictures, dolls,

clocks, decorations and other nostalgia items, described as “vintage, and objects of interest.” Pieces are themed toward mainly motorcycles, punk rock and religion, and the brothers’ primary buyers have been local artists and musicians. Their best customers yet are women, they said. La Cueva Nostalgia’s theme derives from what both brothers had in their garages. Tino Gonzalez owns the property next door to the store, and what was once his garage where they worked on their

motorcycles and held band practice, turned into what is now their shop. They said that they have both been in the South Park area for many years, and that with the opening of their new business, they hope to get back to the grassroots of the neighborhood’s history of artists. During Walkabouts, the Gonzalez brothers serve free barbeque sandwiches and host a number of bands that play in the front yard of the property next door. A few of the bands playing at this Walkabout were Juju Satori, Cumbia Machin and Creepxotica. La Cueva Nostalgia’s regular store hours are Saturdays from 3 – 10 p.m. As they both have other full-time work, the brothers said to check in with them as to when they are open otherwise: cuevanostalgia/ or 619-857-1163. All in all, the presentation from all participants that evening was impressive. From the warm street

lighting to the colors and visuals, it is obvious South Park strives to celebrate neighbors and businesses alike, and is open to everyone. The South Park Business Group’s Luminaria Holiday Walkabout is Dec. 7, and will be in conjunction with the neighborhood’s Luminaria Festival. Visit or for more information.u


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Local breweries and food trucks will converge at Silo in Downtown’s East Village from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 19 for Craft Beer + Bites to benefit the San Diego Brewers Guild, a supporter of several Uptown breweries. The event is hosted by San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies Business of Craft Beer Program. Admission is $35, which includes five six-ounce beer pours paired with five sample dishes from the food trucks. Food plates afterwards are $3 apiece. The suds will be dispensed by AleSmith, On-the-Tracks and BNS Brewing and Distillation Company. 753 15th St., 619-702-5655.

FOOD BRIEFS By Frank Sabatini Jr. SDUN Reporter

The much-anticipated art exhibition Feast: The Art of Playing with Your Food opens at noon Sunday, Oct. 13 in The New Children’s Museum, Downtown. Visitors of all ages can whet their appetites on three floors of food-inspired installations that include an orange grove, kid-sized food trucks and a large bulbous-food jumpy. All of the artworks, many of them interactive, will focus on food as it pertains to health, environment, agriculture and sourcing. The event is free and runs through September 2014. 200 W. Island Ave., 619-997-3918. Tracy Borkum of Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill and Fish Public in Kensington expanded her portfolio into North County with Cucina Enoteca, which opened Sept. 23 in Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade. The menu concept is similar to that at the Italian-inspired Cucina Urbana while overlapping on dishes created for Cucina Enoteca that she recently opened in Irvine, Calif. The new 7,000-square-foot Del Mar venture features a wine shop and in-house cheese program. 2730 Via de la Valle, 858-704-4500.

The bison burger (Courtesy Burger Lounge)

This year’s “game changer” burger series at Burger Lounge began Oct. 1 with grass-fed bison patties served with bleu cheese, pickled onions and garlic aioli. The seasonal lineup changes every two months, continuing with wild boar burgers offered throughout December and January, followed by grass-fed elk burgers appearing on the menu during the months of February and March. The locally based company has seven locations in San Diego, including one in Hillcrest at 528 Fifth Ave., and another in Kensington at 4116 Adams Ave.

A lunch menu is in the works at the new Izakaya Ouan in Hillcrest, which recently opened to the tune of 20 varieties of sake and nearly 30 types of Japanese tapas, some of them prepared sous vide style. The eater y was launched by Ken Inoue, who previously worked at the famed Morimoto in Napa Valley and at Japengo in La Jolla. Open currently for dinner, Inoue said midday meal ser vice has now started. 3882 Fourth Ave., 619-683-3230.

Word from MO’s Universe is that Gossip Grill in Hillcrest will relocate a couple blocks west to 1220 University Ave., into the space that last housed The Range Kitchen & Cocktails. Currently located at 1440 University Ave., the move is planned for late November and includes a takeover of the adjacent outdoor patio bar. The section of the property that operated over the years as Universal, Eden and 1202 will be developed for retail use and is not part of Gossip’s expansion. Sticking to its popular dining-and-cocktails concept, the new location will more than double Gossip’s square footage and feature a dance floor as well as a larger kitchen for increased menu development. Gossip Grill opened in 2009 and is operated by MO’s Universe, a family of “hetero-friendly” restaurants with festive bars that also includes Baja Betty’s, Urban MO’s and Hillcrest Brewing Company. 619-260-8023. Those who insist that Italian food isn’t as good outside of New York City and San Francisco are all wrong. With an ever-growing number of noteworthy pasta kitchens in San Diego, there is Davanti Enoteca, which recently made the list for “America’s 20 best Italian restaurants” by the well-respected culinary blog, The Little Italy restaurant, owned by Chicago restaurateur Scott Harris, shares the honors with places like Mario Batali’s Babbo in New York’s Greenwich Village and Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles. A panel of national food judges cited Davanti for its rustic ambiance, in-house wine shop and various dishes such as the “fiendishly delicious” truffled egg toast. Davanti has an additional location in Del Mar plus others in the Chicago area. 1655 India Truffle egg toast (Courtesy Davanti Enoteca) St., 619-237-9606.u


(l to r) “The works” cheese steak; Buffalo chicken wings (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)


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mushrooms and bell peppers. The top round was he owner of Giorgino’s makes no lean and tender, perhaps missing a touch of the phony claims of being from back fatty jus that normally soaks into the rolls. White East, but his cheese steaks bear a American and Provolone are currently in the offstriking resemblance to those you’d ing, although Rosales says he’ll soon carr y Cheez find in Philadelphia while a sandwich known Whiz as the third classic option. Even so, the key throughout New Jersey for more than a centur y ingredients are in place and the overall execution adds a curious element to the menu. was no less alluring than cheese steaks I’ve Situated in a quaint pocket of Golden Hill, consumed in Philly. half of the eater y used to house A dozen Buffalo wings that we Gotham City Pizza, where Mario ordered could have withstood Rosales worked under its another five minutes in the Jersey-native owner before fr yer. The pepper y, deepbuying him out and exred sauce was spot on, panding into the adjoinalbeit over-applied, ing storefront. but the skins weren’t “He taught me as crispy as how about ingredients,” they’re ser ved said Rosales, in their original referring to the birthplace, at products he purThe Anchor Bar chases from backin Buffalo, N.Y. East pur veyors, Actually, they such as Dietz & rarely are outside Watson cold cuts that city’s limits, for sandwiches where I grew up and Trenton Meats eating them by the top round for the droves. cheese steaks. As Prices: Salads, $2.20 to $7.80; sandwiches, The “Gaby dog” for the perfectly was outlandishly elastic hearth-baked cheese steaks and pastas, $6.57 to $8.54; delicious and juicy, like vessels that hold ever yburgers and dogs, $2.68 to $8.29 a cross between a Tijuanathing in, they’re from the style dog and one you’d find legendar y Amoroso’s Baking at a Yankee Stadium concessionCompany in Philadelphia. aire. Ser ved on a 10-inch Amoroso Buried within Giorgino’s lengthy bun, it was garnished with bacon, tolist of Northeast-style grub is something matoes, mustard, ketchup, mayo, jalapenos and called “pork roll” from Taylor Ham. The term grilled onions. A good bang for the buck ($7.31), describes both the meat and the sandwich, which considering the hot dogs are double-decked inside is as celebrated in New Jersey as Spamburgers are each half of the sandwich. throughout Hawaii. Coincidentally, it tastes and Accompaniments we chose included a warm feels a little like Spam, kind of salty with a sour finpretzel sourced from San Diego Pretzel Company, ish and sporting a compressed texture. which offered a nice chew and steady bursts of salt. Developed in the mid-1800s by New Jersey A basket of onion rings were crisp Senator-turned-businessman John Taylor, the and fresh and served with kicky product contains minced pork parts, salt, sugar house-made “ragin’ Ranch.” and undisclosed spices. Basically, it’s one of those The menu rounds out meats that you don’t ask what’s in it, but rather fr y with meatball subs, Reuben up and layer it onto a Kaiser roll with melted white sandwiches, half-pound burgAmerican cheese. The fried bologna sandwiches I ers and various pasta dishes. ate as a kid came to mind, especially after applying And with several beers on tap a daub of mustard. and Philadelphia’s revered The name “pork roll” changes to “egg roll” Tastykakes winking at you, when a fried, yolky you-know-what is added. Rothere’s no denying that this sales offers both versions, pointing out their rarity culinar y trip back outside of The Garden State; although I’ve since East warrants a heard pork roll is available also at Pop’s Jersey little extra gym Style Cheese Steaks in Pacific Beach and Iowa time in the Meat Farms in Mission Gorge. morning. But With four in our troupe, we ordered a mishthe meals are mash of other items as well, including “the works” worth it.u cheese steak loaded down with grilled onions,

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If you’re looking for the polar opposite of a chic and trendy bar, you’ll find it at Kensington Club, which, according to its owner, ranks among San Diego’s oldest watering holes. “I think we have the second oldest cocktail license in the city after The Waterfront,” said Brett Bodie, who purchased Kensington Club 17 years ago after it had changed hands several times over numerous decades. Bodie said the bar dates back to around 1935, but he’s yet to find any historical records showing its actual birthdate. The structure is marked by an antiquated neon sign reminiscent of the Art Deco era, which flourished into the 1940s. Inside is a deep, narrow space dominated by an elongated bar the length of a bowling lane. Old wooden cabinets lend shelving to a large liquor inventory, which incorporates a glass-enclosed display of vintage cocktail shakers. Buried within them is a 1914 book of drink recipes that Bodie showed me as I sipped Clan MacGregor Scotch mixed with a splash of water. “I’m not sure what it’s worth, but it’s in good shape,” he said while carefully turning a few pages.


TASTES On International Restaurant Row, participating restaurants once again include Shakespeare Pub & Grill, Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe & Afternoon Tea, Rubicon Deli, The Regal Beagle and Gelato Vero Caffé. Venissimo Cheese, The Wellington Steak House & Martini Bar and The Red Door Restaurant on Washington Street will be offering samples, and on Goldfinch Street, Brooklyn Girl, Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria and Meshuggah Shack are all participating as well. Cake Bakery, located on Reynard Way in lower Mission Hills, will once again have samples of their desserts at Meshuggah Shack on Goldfinch Street, and the trolley will be taking tasters to Starlite Lounge, located farther south on India Street, too. Tickets for the Taste of Mission Hills are $20, with a $1 discount for official Treasure Seekers cardholders. Tickets are being sold at the Chase bank at 365 Washington St. and US Bank at 610 Washington St. To purchase tickets online, and for more information, visit Taste of University Heights Organized by the University Heights Community Development Corporation and the UH Arts Association, this year’s eighth annual UH Arts Open and Taste of University Heights has a new element: a trolley tour of historic University Heights led by Urban Safaris, scheduled every 30 minutes from 10 – 11:30 a.m. The entire University Heights celebration happens Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The single-malt scotch qualified as a well drink, which sells for $3.50 during happy hour along with other bottom-shelf liquors. They’re normally $4 apiece. In addition, domestic bottled beers go for $3 each, reduced also by 50 cents. As far as basic scotch goes, the Clan MacGregor was surprisingly smooth, and with hints of vanilla that I wasn’t expecting. Even better was that I could barely detect the float of water in the glass. There are no signs or flyers promoting happy hour because “we have low-price drinks all the time, which is why people hardly notice the cost differences,” Bodie said. There is also no food, although customers are permitted to tote in sustenance from nearby Burger Lounge or Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant, or anywhere for that matter. The daytime and after-work clientele normally begins to fade by early evening, when the adjoining “rock and roll room” opens for bands, karaoke and trivia matches on various nights. “We’ve been part of the live, original music scene for a long time,” Bodie said, citing that Kensington Club continues attracting a mixed demographic that “changes like the wind.” And despite the somewhat dark and plain interior, Bodie defends his business as being “an old neighborhood bar” rather than a hardcore dive bar.u “Experience the best of what University Heights has to offer,” organizers said. “Take a walking or trolley tour of our vibrant community and savor foods from an eclectic array of restaurants, enjoy the work of local artists and appreciate the history of our 125-year-old community.” The taste event anchors the day from 12 – 3 p.m., while the UH Arts Open runs from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and highlights the work of local artists both in their private studios and in University Heights “artists venues,” ranging from Big Front Door to Diversionary Theatre. For the taste, the 17 participating restaurants are located along Park Boulevard, Mission Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard, with Great Maple on Normal Street also offering samples. Free trolley service courtesy local realtor Mary Anne Stevens will be provided throughout the day. Monica’s at the Park – offering tastes Oct. 20 as well – will be hosting a pre-event “art + food Fusion” reception Friday, Oct. 18 from 7 – 9 p.m. The café, located at 1735 Adams Ave., will also serve as the location of the official information booth Oct. 20, offering maps to all the art locations. Tickets for the Taste are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event, and historic tour tickets are $10, which includes a free copy of a self-guided walking tour of the neighborhood. All tickets can be purchased at the Fusion reception, online at bestofuniversityheights. com or by calling 619-297-3166. Taste of Bankers Hill Different than Mission Hills and University Heights, the Bankers Hill Business Group and the Metro Community Development Corporation will be hosting the

Scotch and water at a fair price (Photo by Dr. Ink)

4079 Adams Ave. (Kensington)

619-284-2848 Happy Hour: 2 to 8 p.m., daily

RATINGS: Drinks: The beer bargains during happy hour are limited to bottled domestics, while well drinks using bottom-shelf liquors are made with decent pours, per the scotch and water I ordered that contained more booze than water.

Food: N/A Value: Regular drink prices are already a notch lower compared to what other bars in the vicinity charge, although happy hour will save you an additional 50 cents per libation.

Service: The owner was running the bar on this visit, and tended to customers in a personal, friendly manner attesting to his years in the business.

Duration: Happy hour starts in the afternoon and runs enough beyond to accommodate the after-work drinkers.

Taste of Bankers Hill Oct. 23 from 6 – 9 p.m. The difference? They are bringing participating restaurants to one location: The Abbey, located at 2825 Fifth Ave. Jake Sutton of the Bankers Hill Business Group said they like to bring participants to one spot because the district is so large and the sense of community one location provides is important, to both residents and restaurants. “They like the ability to be among other community members,” Sutton said of all involved, something they learned from last year’s inaugural event. “Everyone loved it, and restaurant owners got the chance to interact with their customers, and make new ones as well.” At the time this story went to press, participating restaurants include Sanfilippo’s Italian Restaurant, Jimmy Carter’s Mexican Café, Wet Stone Wine Bar, Five Two Five Restaurant, Pizzicato, Bertrand at Mister A’s, Barrio Star, The Abbey, El Indio and Croce’s Park West. Regarding Croce’s, Sutton said his organization was excited to have them participate, and called them a draw to the neighborhood. While Croce’s Park West has not officially opened, they will be offering tastes based out of their Downtown location. “They have done a tremendous job of outreach for the community,” Sutton said. “It’s really going to raise the awareness of Bankers Hill.” Tickets for this 21-and-older event – Baja Wine + Food will be offering alcohol samples as well – are $20, pre-purchased online and $30 cash at the door. For more information and tickets visit tobh. or


Pg. 17 Volume 5, Issue 21 • Oct. 11–24, 2013 • San Diego Uptown News

Iliana Carter (Photo by Crissy Pascual /Infinite Media Works)

An uncommon play Grief, anger & innocence all explored in Mo’olelo’s latest By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic

Extraordinar y Latina actor Iliana Carter, a 2004 graduate of UCLA’s theatre arts program, plays all seven characters in Jessica Dickey’s “The Amish Project,” produced by Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company through Oct. 20. Chief among those characters is a 6-yearold victim of the shooting rampage that evoked this extraordinary play. Playwright Dickey’s fictional work was inspired by the 2006 West Nickel Mines School shooting in which a 33-year-old man shot 10 Amish schoolchildren, five of whom perished. The shooter committed suicide when the police arrived, leaving behind a widow and three children. Shortly thereafter, the Amish community reached out to the shooter’s family with compassion and forgiveness. Nationwide, their peaceful response elicited almost as much ink as the shooting itself. Dickey’s non-linear play explores issues surrounding grief, anger, innocence and forgiveness through the feelings of numerous people, including Velda, the oblivious, innocent child; Anna, Velda’s 14-year-old sister; Bill North, a professor called upon to explain Amish culture at a press conference following the massacre; America, an unwed,

“The Amish Project” WHERE: Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company at 10th Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Ave. (Downtown) WHEN: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. through Oct. 20. INFO: 619-342-7395 WEB: pregnant grocer y-store clerk; shooter Eddie Stuckey; and Stuckey’s worldly widow, Carol. The text ranges from poetic to crass, depending upon who’s talking; characters come and go with changes of facial expression and body language. Carter makes each apparent. Once you become accustomed to Anna’s oddly inflected diction, you are fit to sail along with the inexorable tale. The adorable nature and beauty of this child character broke my heart, but the shooter spoke the

poetr y I took home as he mused on the nature of intuition: “some kind of Somethin’ that’s out there. / But I’ve always thought that the real magic happens on the other side…/ in the places we can’t be, / the places that are protected from us…” “The Amish Project” is yet another piece of complex, important and timely theater, perfect for Mo’olelo, especially as underscored by Carter’s considerable ability, the imagination of director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, and upheld by the creative team. The design works excellently and subtly to support the actor. David F. Weiner, who created the “wow” set for “Extraordinary Chambers,” creates a clean, clear setting for “The Amish Project,” kind of an all-purpose schoolhouse with elements of the cosmos built in. Jeannie Galioto clothes Carter in traditional Amish dress. The chalkboard on which Carter’s Velda draws stick figures is amplified in the floor, where her childish recitation, drawings and naming of names adds to the play’s sad, disturbing and peaceful climax. Timothy Nottage must be mentioned for his design of the props. Jason Bieber provides lighting and costume designer Jeannie Galioto and sound designer Nicholas Drashner uphold Sonnenberg’s images as well.u


San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 11–24, 2013


Costumes & a party atmosphere keep this iconic story of acceptance and belonging relevant By Anthony King SDUN Editor

There is something special about Priscilla, the “Queen of the Desert.” Perhaps the LGBT community claims it so strongly because the 1994 film became a commercial and critical hit, launching itself into cult status so quickly upon release. Or perhaps it is because it is inclusive of the often forgotten transgender, gender queer and bisexual identities that make up the LGBT spectrum. What is known, however, is that the story – now a Broadway musical sensation and touring production show – touches on the basic tenants of acceptance and trusting your own nature, whatever that may be. “Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical” comes to San Diego for eight shows, Tuesday, Oct. 15 – 20, and cast member Wade McCollum – playing Tick, one of the three leads who makes that iconic journey across the Australian Outback – said he loves exactly what he is doing. “The message in the movie and in the play is belonging and overcoming self doubt,” McCollum said. “I think the play does a very good job of partying around those themes.”

And what a party this show has been. McCollum and the cast and crew have been touring since January, with San Diego near the end of their yearlong run. He said it is easy to get swept up in the visuals – the costumes alone won the Tony Award for Best Design – and partylike atmosphere of the show, but at its heart, “Priscilla” is topical, even 20 years after the film’s debut. “We’re met with extreme enthusiasm and kind of an uncanny amount of energy return at the end of the show,” he said, calling it “beautiful” to feel as an actor. “What I’ve found in touring the show is we’ve got this incredible opportunity.” That goal is to entertain, for certain, but McCollum said it was also an opportunity to reach people still not familiar with bisexuality, transgender visibility, or gender queer and intersex. “All those incredibly beautiful spectral gray areas of sexual expression and gender expression are still very topical for almost all communities,” he said. “Just that alone is pretty revolutionary.” During the show’s tour, McCollum said they have taken several opportunities to outreach to local communities, including speaking to a group of queer high school students in Philadelphia

about which pronouns they prefer, to visiting a queer youth homeless shelter in San Francisco. Both youth groups came and saw the show as well. “[They are] really on the edge of not having a place to be, and really trying to find a sense of belonging in this crazy world,” he said. He also described a moment at the San Francisco youth shelter where a transgender young woman, reluctant to speak, asked McCollum if there was a place for her “as an artist and a spokesperson,” he said. “The room disappeared, and I was like, ‘Yes, of course. … You’re already starting that conversation just by being in the room,’” he said. Two days later, McCollum and the rest of the cast were in Denver, Colo. being interviewed by Eden Lane, the first out, transgender journalist on national television. McCollum said it was a special moment. “I am drawn to mate-rial that is about inciting those conversations so that we can do what I believe theater’s function is, which is to discourse about the issues within the drama and then grow as a society,” he said. He agreed that he was in the exact right moment he needs to be, both personally and professionally. And as an actor who has been in some of the top theatrical productions – “Jersey Boys,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Angels in America” are just a small number of credentials on this actor’s list – that is saying quite a lot. “It’s an honor to be a part of something that is so aesthetically genius and has such whimsy and depth,” McCollum said. He is, of course, talking about those awardwinning costumes as well. Wardrobe supervisor Gillian Austin travels with McCollum and the rest of the production, each

‘Priscilla’ lands Oct. 15. (Courtesy Broadway San Diego)

night organizing an integral aspect of the show: the thousands of shoes, hats, wigs and dresses that can, she said, appear on stage for mere moments. For Austin, it all started as a love of sewing. “It’s really cool that they let me do this,” she said, laughing. Austin, a Chicago native who now calls Louisiana home, said she is working her “dream job” after living in New York City, taking sewing classes and waiting tables. The attention “Priscilla” has given her this year has made her somewhat of a star. “I’ve been joking that I’m kind of a rock star on this tour, because the costumes are so great,” she said, humbly adding, “It has nothing to do with me.” Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner won the Tony Award in 2011, after winning the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for costume design as well. The tricks, Austin said, are making it seamless each and every performance. “The most important part is dressing the show, and making sure the show happens the way it’s supposed to,” she said. “We know how to handle certain situsitu ations.” From actors who rip through the dresses in a rush to get prepared, to a tricky scene where one actor sticks his legs through the back, pink curtain for a shoe change – the costumes take up the entire backstage area, directly bebe hind the curtain and often, Austin said, strung up in the rafters – she said everything that could have gone wrong has, though nothing too serious. “I think it’s just really lucky,” she said, calling those “a-ha momo ments” when they figure out how to maneuver those situations with ease and keeping the costumes new each night as satisfying. McCollum said he works hard to keep each night fresh, too, being “fully present” in his mind to retain some of the innocence of the story. They each get a bit of help from those on the other side of the curtain, as well. “Does the audience keep us buoyant and fresh? Absolutely,” he said. “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” opens at Downtown’s San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. with seven additional performances through Oct. 20. Show times are Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit or call 619-570-1100.u


San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 11–24, 2013


pushed back one week Local up-and-coming musicians rub elbows with the veterans Oct 16 By Logan Broyles SDUN Reporter

North Park-based San Diego Music Foundation announced a one-week postponement for this year’s San Diego Music Awards due to potential rainstorms that threatened the comfort and safety of both performers and attendees, organizers said. The 23rd annual Music Awards will now be held at Humphreys by the Bay, 2303 Shelter Island Dr. in Point Loma, on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Tickets from the original Oct. 9 date will be honored, and all proceeds fund the Foundation’s Guitars for Schools Program. As always, there will be live performances by several of this year’s nominees. Sara Watkins, Tristan Prettyman, Sara Petite, The Palace Ballroom and Blackout Party have all confirmed the date change and will all be taking the stage. Originally scheduled, The Heavy Guilt will not be able to attend Oct. 16 due to a previously scheduled tour. “I feel very fortunate to have grown up in San Diego, where the music community is so strong,” said Prettyman, a Song of the Year contender and Awards-night headliner. “Anytime there is some sort of acknowledgement from the community, I always take it to

heart. As an artist, all we want is someone to connect to our work, so winning this award would be an honor.” The Silent Comedy leads the pack this year with five nominations – including a bid for Artist of the Year – followed by Wavves and The Heavy Guilt with four nominations each. In addition to these three, other Artist of the Year nominees include Family Wagon, Gilbert Castellanos, Little Hurricane, Pinback and The Burning of Rome. “It’s an honor to be acknowledged among a talented and eclectic group of musicians,” said Alfred Howard of The Heavy Guilt. “I’ve been a Pinback and Gilbert fan forever, and Little Hurricane, Silent Comedy and Family Wagon are all friends. However it turns out, we’re proud to be linked with fine artists in a great music town.” There were 28 categories this year and most were open to public voting until Sept. 16. One new category is Best Live Band, with nominations going to Burning of Rome, Gilbert Castellanos, Little Hurricane, The Creepy Creeps, The Styletones, The Silent Comedy, Lady Dottie & the Diamonds and The Heavy Guilt. “The most important recognition we got this year is the new Best Live Band category,”

Howard said. “That one has a lot of meaning to us because we put our bodies on the line when we play. We feel like very deserving underdogs; we play a lot of shows, write constantly and everyone in the band has chops.” Local pop-funk band Hills Like Elephants is up for Best Rock Album, while nationally acclaimed stars P.O.D. are up for Album of the Year and Song of the Year for their hit track “Beautiful,” which has been making daily rounds on all the local radio stations since its release. The SDMAs serve as a wonderful vehicle for the local music industry, allowing San Diego to recognize its successful and influential bands while also giving newer arrivals, like The Palace Ballroom and Barbarian, a chance to take their seat at the table among some of the best local artists. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response our music has received over the past year,” said Timothy Joseph of The Palace Ballroom. The local five-piece band is up for Best Rock Album – their first SDMA nomination – for their release “This is the Plan ...” “To be recognized by our peers for our work is an honor. If the academy feels that we deserve an award for our debut record, it would give us a sense of

Low Volts (Photo by Ian Kasnoff) validation,” Joseph said. Best New Artist nominees are Barbarian, Chess Wars, Flaggs, Soda Pants, Teenage Burritos, The Filthy Violets, The Midnight Pine and The Phantoms. “It’s always nice to get official recognition for being an artist. Most creative types aren’t exactly sure why we need to create, but we sacrifice a lot to put something of meaning out there,” said Tim Lowman of Low Volts, the one-man band up for Best Blues Album.

“I’m not the competitive type, but being nominated for an award alongside such great musicians really proves that people are being moved and long-lasting impressions are being made,” he said. This year’s lifetime achievement award will be presented to Daniel Jackson, a staple of the San Diego jazz scene for over 60 years. For complete information on the reschedule, tickets and a full list of the 2013 SDMA nominees visit or call 619-381-8789.u



San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 11–24, 2013

By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic

Michael Kimmel conceived and adapted William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” as a Broadway-type musical titled “The Last Goodbye” that uses 16 songs, most written or recorded by the late Jeff Buckley, an eclectic folk-rocker who died when he was 30. The ardent and poetic Buckley had much in common with Shakespeare’s ardent and poetic Romeo. Buckley wrote of love, longing and the pain of separation endured by humankind. Both Shakespeare’s fictional wooer and the real, sensitive singer-songwriter died way too young. The Williamstown Theatre Festival produced the world premiere of Kimmel’s “The Last Goodbye” in 2010. The updated Old Globe production opened Sunday, Oct. 6, directed by Alex Timbers (“Peter and the Starcatcher” and “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”). Surprisingly, Kimmel’s concept and adaptation, and Buckley’s songs complement each other, though some Shakespeare purists may be put off by the piece, which conflates the action in various scenes and does away entirely with Count Paris’ 11th hour slaying in the tomb of the Capulets. There are numerous times when the frantic goings-on and the high-decibel music distract from Shakespeare’s text. There is no denying, however, that the result of Kimmel’s cuts make a swift, action-filled evening, rife with opposing, leather-clad teen gangs armed with knives and swords, and filled with unspent sexual longing and bravado. As we know, it’s a recipe for disaster, even today, though the weapons have changed.

Quite simply, Romeo Montague (played by ultra-appealing Jay Armstrong Johnson, blessed with a beautiful voice and a fabulous high falsetto) falls in love with Juliet Capulet (petite Talisa Friedman, whose voice is more edgy than any Juliet ever seen), the 13-yearold daughter of a rival faction in circa-unspecific Verona.

“The Last Goodbye” WHERE: Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way (Balboa Park) WHEN: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. through Nov. 3 INFO: 619-234-5623 WEB: Count Paris (Eric Morris) asks Capulet (Daniel Oreskes) for his daughter’s hand and is told, “let two more summers wither their pride / ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.” Juliet is ripe. Romeo is ready. Friar Laurence (Stephen Bogardus) marries them and tragedy ensues when Romeo slays Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt (Jeremy Woodard), in a street fight. Romeo is banished.

(l to r) Talisa Friedman and Jay Armstrong (Photo by Matthew Murphy) Faced with her clueless parents’ edict that she marry Paris, Juliet takes a potion that gives the appearance of death, then waits in the tomb for the potion to wear off and for Romeo to reawaken her. Romeo fails to receive Laurence’s letter about Juliet’s condition, thinks she’s dead, and poisons himself. Juliet awakens, sees Romeo dead, and kills herself with his dagger. Tonye Patano, who received a Critics Circle Award for her role in “Ruined” at La Jolla Playhouse, is an excellent nurse. Hale Appleman portrays Mercutio, and Brandon Gill presents a gripping Benvolio. Gill’s gorgeous voice and diction add much to the closing scene, sung to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which Buckley recorded to great acclaim. Orchestrator, music director and arranger Kris Kukul leads a seven-piece

orchestra from the keyboard. The list of orchestra members includes sequestered strings, which I did not hear at all in Ken Travis’s sound design. They could have contributed poignancy. The vocal and orchestral mix is good for the most part, and I detected only one instance of ensemble off-pitch singing. Christopher Barreca’s heavy scenic design, Sonya Tayeh’s choreography and Kate Waters’ fight direction are impressive, and Jennifer Moeller’s costumes are grand, especially the masks. Justin Townsend shines a lot of lights into audience members’ eyes, a modern practice this critic abhors. Shakespeare’s tragedy is in here somewhere. Buckley duets are used effectively, among them “All Flowers in Time (Bend Towards the Sun)” sung by the lovers, and “Forget Her,” sung by Benvolio and Romeo.u




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San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 11–24, 2013


CalendarofEvents FRIDAY, OCT. 11

Preschool story time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Janusz Prusinowski Trio: 6:30 p.m., traditional Polish folk music from five-person Janusz Prusinowski Trio of Poland, co-sponsored with the Center of World Music, Folk Dance Center at Dancing Unlimited, 4569 30th St. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “Sunset Boulevard” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


Golden Hill Farmers Market: 8 a.m. – noon every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free Old Town Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday, Harney Street, free Balboa Park book sale: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., premiere book sale of the San Diego Floral Association, with participation from several Balboa Park museums, benefiting Balboa Park Libraries, Casa del Prado Room 101 Art Glass Guild: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., annual fall show and sale of the Balboa Park Art Glass Guild, Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Place, Studio 25 Hillcrest Hoedown: 12 – 10 p.m., third annual Hillcrest Hoedown sponsored by the Hillcrest Business Association, University Avenue and Richmond Street, free Halloween in the Hills: 6 – 9 p.m., live music, shopping, food trucks, drinks and trick-or-treating at the West Lewis Street Shoppes Block Party in Mission Hills, 1600 block of Lewis Street Ray at Night: 6 – 10 p.m., monthly art walk featuring over 25 galleries and businesses, Ray Street in North Park, free Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “Sunset Boulevard” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


Art Glass Guild: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., annual fall show and sale of the Balboa Park Art Glass Guild, Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Place, Studio 25


Metro CDC: 3 – 4:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation, Fifth Avenue Financial Center conference room, 2500 Fourth Ave. Uptown Community Parking: 5 – 7 p.m., monthly board meeting of the Uptown Community Parking District, Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. North Park MAD: 6 p.m., regular meeting of the North Park Maintenance Assessment District, North Park Adult Activity Center, 2719 Howard Ave.


Economic Restructuring: 12 p.m., monthly meeting of the North Park Main Street restructuring committee, 3076 University Ave. Old Mission Rotar y: 12 p.m., regular weekly meeting of the Old Mission Rotary Club, Best Western Seven Seas, 411 Hotel Circle South North Park Planning Committee: 6:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Planning Committee, North Park Christian Fellowship, 2901 North Park Way Pajama stor y time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free


Old Town Chamber: 8:30 a.m., regular monthly board meeting of the Old Town Chamber of Commerce, Mormon Battalion Historic Site, 2510 Juan St. Autumn flowers: 1:30 – 3 p.m., fall general meeting of the San Diego Floral Association featuring presentation by Tony Alvarez called “The Beauty of Autumn in Flowers,” Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado Room 101, free Robin Henkel: 8 – 10 p.m., Robin Henkel Band with Horns and guest Whitney Shay, ArtLab Studios, 3536 Adams Ave., all ages


The Boulevard board: 9 – 10:30 a.m., monthly board meeting of the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association, 3727 El Cajon Blvd. North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free North Park Historical Society: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular monthly board meeting, Grace Lutheran Church, 3967 Park Blvd. Golden Hill CDC: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular meeting of the Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corporation, Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Dr. Mayoral candidate forum: 7 p.m., mayoral candidates David Alvarez and Nathan Fletcher have confirmed this mayoral forum, sponsored by the Normal Heights Community Association and the Kensington-Talmadge Community Association, Kensington Community Church, 773 Marlborough Dr., RSVP to 619-284-2477


Preschool story time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Contra Dance: 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the San Diego Folk Heritage with live music by Tectonic Shakedown, beginners workshop taught at 7:30 p.m. followed by live music from Crooked 8 – 11 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St., $8 Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “Charade,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


Golden Hill Farmers Market: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free UH Librar y book sale: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Umbrella Friends of University Heights Library book sale, 4193 Park Blvd. Old Town Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday, Harney Street, free Mission Hills book sale: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Friends of Mission Hills Branch Library book sale, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St. Children’s craft time: 10 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free UH Librar y Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd. Tea Party: 12 – 5 p.m., shopping, tea and treats at a West Lewis Street Shoppes Block Party, 1600 block of Lewis Street in Mission Hills Rocktoberfest: 3 p.m., annual Rocktoberfest sponsored by West Coast Tavern and featuring Pinback, The While Buffalo, Little Hurricane, El Vez Punk Rock

Revue, Tropical Popsicle, Barbarian, Black Hondo and Octa#Grape, $5 – 20, 21+ T-32, 3rd Saturday Stroll About: 4 – 8 p.m., stroll the businesses of Thorn & 32nd streets, with new events monthly, North Park Movie Night in the Park: 7 – 9 p.m., Normal Heights Community Association-hosted movie night screening “House on Haunted Hill,” co-hosted by Adams Avenue Park and Recreation, Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park, Adams Avenue and 39th Street, free Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “Charade,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free Organ Concert: 2 p.m., music by organist Carol Williams, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, free Burlingame Music Series: 7 p.m., opening concert in the Burlingame Music Series’ second year featuring the Hausmann String Quartet, black and white champagne reception hosted by Virginia and Larry Sherwood, 2403 San Marcos Ave.


Bankers Hill Residents: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular meeting of the Bankers Hill Residents, Inn at the Park, 525 Spruce St.


Old Mission Rotar y: 12 p.m., regular weekly meeting of the Old Mission Rotary Club, Best Western Seven Seas, 411 Hotel Circle South Pajama stor y time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Talmadge MAD: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Talmadge Maintenance Assessment District, Franklin Elementary, 4481 Copeland Ave.


Mission Hills bike lane meeting: 8:30 – 10 a.m., special meeting with SANDAG to give an overview of the proposed bicycle lane and route options, Cinema Under the Stars, 4040 Goldfinch St. Ken-Tal planning group: 6 p.m., first day of subcommittee meetings of the Kensington-Talmadge Planning Group, Franklin Elementary School, 4481 Copeland Ave. Bankers Hill-Park West: 6 – 7:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Bankers Hill-Park West Community Association, First Century Plaza penthouse, 3535 First Ave. North Park Community Association: 6 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the North Park Community Association, all are welcome, Lafayette Hotel’s La Salle Room, 2223 El Cajon Blvd. Mystery book group: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., discussing the selection of the month, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St.


North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free NP Action Team: 6 – 7:30 p.m., meeting of the grassroots community group North Park Action Team, North Park Community Center, 2711 Howard Ave., free Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “The Night of the Living Dead,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14u


San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 11–24, 2013


New Central Library a ‘dream come true’ Flagship facility melds past with future By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter and Anthony King SDUN Editor

Bands played and children sang while the entire San Diego region celebrated the newly completed Central Librar y, with opening ceremonies and a dedication led by Interim Mayor Todd Gloria on Sept. 28 and thousands of visitors on the branch’s first open day, two days later. Following an 11 a.m. ceremony on Sept. 28 marked by speeches, singing from the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and a color guard, several hundred celebrants stood in long lines to get a sneak peek of the new nine-stor y, 504,000-square-foot, $196.7-million facility. After ward, guests were treated to a family friendly street festival from 12 – 6 p.m. With its gleaming silver dome as a backdrop, librarian Deborah Barrow described the towering structure as “luminous, inspiring and iconic,” while characterizing the new flagship of the municipal librar y system with its 35 neighborhood branches as “a beacon of knowledge,” she said. “Thirty years in the making, it is a dream come true,” Barrow said, adding that the new facility, which is more than double the size of its predecessor, is centrally located, with easy access by freeway, trolley and public transportation. “The San Diego Central Librar y is poised to nourish hungr y minds, connect people to one another and provide a wealth of knowledge,” she said. “This new librar y is exactly what San Diego needs.” San Diego Public Librar y Foundation chair Mel Katz and Foundation members

Katie Sullivan, Judith Harris and Jim Dawe were honored for the role they played in making the dream a reality. “We represent so many people who have worked, talked and dreamed about a Central Librar y for the people of San Diego for more than 30 years,” Katz said. “This truly is a public-private partnership. … Thirty-eight percent of the dollars are here because of 3,000 San Diegans.” Katz also credited Qualcomm cofounder and philanthropist Irwin Jacobs for his multi-million dollar contributions to the new library, which is now “100 percent paid for,” Katz said, something that will allow it to operate at the same cost as the previous facility, though double its size. In May, Librar y Commissioner Susan Atkins spearheaded a fundraising campaign through the Foundation with the goal to raise $150,000 from the LGBT and ally community, in part to help expand the LGBT collection and provide financial support to the Teen Center. “We want the San Diego Community to know now and for generations to come that LGBT people are supporters of institutions that ser ve the best interests of the city,” she said at the time. While final numbers were still be tallied the week of the opening, Foundation Marketing Director Charlie Goldberg said they were appreciative of Atkins’ involvement in the specialized fundraising campaign, and excited with the LGBT community’s involvement. Librarian Jennifer Geran, who oversees the Histor y and World Affairs collection, said the LGBT collection is interspersed throughout the entire Central Librar y, numbering near 9,000 titles in that location alone.

For the Foundation’s campaign, Geran said she and her staff helped summarize some of the branch holdings on LGBT titles to help promote what was available, and what the collection could be with added interest from the community. “The Central Librar y has about 8,800 volumes on material that’s LGBT related, and it’s in ever y section of the librar y,” Geran said. “The Literature and Language section has LGBT-related novels, over 500 volumes.” While Geran’s focus during the hectic week was on the Central Librar y – she said opening day Sept. 30 went “wonderfully” – she was quick to point out the University Branch Librar y at 4193 Park Blvd. has the “largest distinct collection of LGBT material” in the entire San Diego Public Librar y system. “They have more than 1,500 titles, and they do have it shelved separately,” she said. “Most of the branch libraries in the past have had subject specialties, and LGBT material was a subject specialty for that librar y, so it’s been maintained and added to over the years.” Geran said staff and administration were all helping side by side in the Central Librar y opening day, with over 8,000 visitors, several thousand more than they normally had at the previous location. The new librar y replaces the former facility at 820 E St., which was built 57 years ago to ser ve about 15,000 patrons when the city’s population was less than 500,000. Today, the city’s population is 1.25 million and more than 480,000 people use the Central Librar y alone. Gloria, who emceed the dedication event, characterized the librar y as “not only a community unifier but a great equalizer.” He implored citizens to enjoy the new librar y’s artwork in its galleries, its state-of-the-art theater and the incred-


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The Central Library on dedication day (Photo by Big Mike Phillips)

ible views of the city viewable from the reading room at the top of the building. “You’re going to love it,” Gloria said. Current hours for the Central Librar y located at 330 Park Blvd. are Monday and Wednesday 12 – 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. Complete information for all San Diego Public Libraries, including the new Central Librar y, can be found at y/ or by calling the branch directly at 619-236-5800.u


San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 11–24, 2013

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By Anthony King SDUN Editor

Undoubtedly the biggest draw to the Temecula region is the Temecula Valley – from large-scale wineries with highend resorts to smaller, family focused wineries and posh restaurants – and visitors to Uptown’s neighbor resting a short 50-minute drive north are bound to do a bit of tasting. But that’s not all the city has to offer. Make no mistake, however, Temecula Valley is quickly becoming the center of Southern California wine production. Of the 35 wineries a part of the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association (, all winemakers are working hard to make their mark on the industry. And that is certainly the main

focus: good, high-quality wine. On a recent jaunt to Temecula, representatives from the Winegrowers Association organized a multiple-day trip in order to highlight just what the region has to offer. First stop was Maurice Car’rie Vineyard & Winer y (mauricecarriewiner y. com), where the group met winemaker Gus Vizgirda for a barrel tasting and detailed explanation of the har vesting process. “It’s a really interesting kind of work,” Vizgirda said from the warehouse where they crush the grapes and make the wine. “During this time of year, I’ll peek around in the tasting room, and if there’s a group of people I’ll tell them to come back here.” The next stop was Wilson Creek Winer y & Vineyards (wilsoncreekwiner and

their Creekside Grille, where owners Bill, Gerr y and Rosie Wilson ate lunch with the group. Bill Wilson originally planted the seed in his family’s mind of buying the property to start a winer y and – though there were several setbacks at the start he can laugh about now – his family’s estate has grown to be one of the preeminent destinations in Temecula Valley. Wilson Creek Winer y produces the popular Almond Champagne, and hosts live music, weddings and special events, including a sold-out Mother’s Day brunch, to help up the profile of the Valley. But it was the wine, of course, that he most wanted to discuss. After stops at Lorimar Vineyards & Winery (lorimarwinery. com) – where sommelier and

manager Patrick McIlvain gave a private tour of the vineyard, showing their varietals grown on site – and a wine and cheese pairing at Miramonte Winery ( on their newly designed patio, it became clear that one day in Temecula Valley would not suffice. Miramonte owner Cane Vanderhoof, who joined in the wine tasting, agreed. “I think there are 14 really recognized and fully functioning wineries, and probably a few other small up and comers, when I first came,” Vanderhoof said. “It kind of seems like in our generation, a lot of stuff is kind of starting to come together.” To round out the first evening, a private dinner and wine tasting was held at Bouquet, the Ponte Family Estate’s (pontewinery. com) outdoor restaurant at their Vineyard Inn. Winemakers from Doffo Winery (, Wiens Family Cellars ( and Monte de Oro Winery ( – all resting in the 35,000 acres of rolling hills in the Temecula Valley – joined to talk more about wine. Doffo owner Marcelo Doffo and his son Damian offered an

impromptu tasting of the evening’s Cabernet Sauvignon wines and Doffo’s Zinfandel, which both said was one of their most popular. All the wine, of course, was exquisite. Doffo Winer y was also in the middle of grape har vesting, and both Marcelo and Damian Doffo were planning to be back in the field early the following morning. They are the only vineyard in the valley that plays classical music in the vineyard itself, both for the vines as well as the har vesters who work constantly during har vest season. The following day had the group diverge from Temecula Valley for a stop in Old Town Temecula, a broad 12-block shopping district nestled near Interstate 15. Leah Di Bernardo, owner and executive chef of EAT: Extraordinar y Artisan Table ( catered a organic, locally and responsibly sourced meal of fresh tomato salad, gluten-free muffins and bacon quiche, highlighting something other than wine. Di Bernardo, who said she is

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TEMECULA looking to open EAT locations in the San Diego region, said shopping and supporting the local economy is not just good business, but also good health. “It’s an interesting concept,” Di Bernardo said. “I have a fascination with quick, healthy to-go food and I’ve also seen this deterioration [in health] in our countr y over the past 15 years.” The breakfast took place at the Temecula Olive Oil Company ( – occupying a building that used to be a brothel, back in the day – and, after a quick olive oil tasting, the group headed to nearby Temecula Lavender Company (, Old Town Sweet Shop (oldtownsweetshop. com) and Old Town Spice Merchants (secure.spicemerchants. biz/sm/). Annette Brown, marketing and PR manager for the Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau (temeculacvb. com), led the tour, highlighting Old Town Temecula and introducing the business owners. After the tour it was back to wine country, where the Winegrowers Association was busy organizing that evening’s CRUSH Gala event and winemakers roundtable, featuring all 35 wineries in one place: Callaway Vineyards and Winery ( Phil Baily was one speaker for that evening’s roundtable, and before heading into official panelist duties, he sat with the group for his new Baily Estate Club Tasting, held at Baily Vineyard and Winery ( Here, Baily offered several wines from his estate’s cellars, giving

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MORE VALLEY INFO: Dave Bradley’s California Dreamin’ balloon and biplane rides include a complimentary breakfast at his Vindemia Winery, and the company also operates sunset balloon rides in Del Mar, Calif. Regular rates for their Temecula Sunrise Hot Air Balloon flights are $188 per person, however Bradley is offering a 2013 Harvest Package – for a limited time – of $148 per person, which includes a bottle of his Sauvignon Blanc. Visit or call 800-373-3359 for more information.

The CRUSH Gala winemakers roundtable wines (Photo by SDUN) the opportunity to taste subtle differences in wine throughout time. This tasting is for serious wine lovers and “knowledgeable wine consumers,” he said, recommending those interested to contact Estate Club Director Lisa Jane Long at 951-972-9768 for reservations. The group then stopped to visit another winemaker speaking at that evening’s CRUSH, Nicholas Palumbo, owner of Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winer y ( Palumbo moved his family into the Temecula Valley in 1998, and is now president of the Winegrowers Association. His small, family farm – first and foremost, they are farmers, he said – is slightly off the beaten Temecula Valley path. “When I talk about wine, you’re not going to hear the normal flower y, schmooze-y wine speak,” said Palumbo, who grew up in the San Diego region. “I’m going to talk about wine in terms of music and in terms of food.” The winemakers roundtable – Baily and Palumbo were joined by Drake Enterprises, Inc. (drakeent. com) owner Ben Drake, Callaway

winemaker Craig Larson and Hart Family Winery (hartfamilywinery. com) owner Joe Hart – as well as the CRUSH Gala could only be topped by an early morning hot-air balloon ride over the quiet Valley, as the sun rose. Vindemia Winer y (vindemia. com) and California Dreamin’ owner Dave Bradley took several from the group on a hour-long “float” above several wineries, including day one’s Ponte Family Estate and South Coast Winer y & Resort ( before returning to his winer y for a walk through the vineyard and a capstone wine-crushing contest. For those who missed the Winegrowers Association’s September California Wine Month CRUSH Gala, the next big event is the 23rd annual Har vest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend, scheduled for Nov. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Ticket holders can visit all 35 wineries during the two-day event, tasting wines and celebrating the Temecula Valley the entire time. Information and tickets on this and all the wineries can be found at or by calling 800-801-9463.u

Overnight stays in Temecula are encouraged, and guests on this trip were hosted by the Temecula Creek Inn at 4451 Rainbow Canyon Rd. The hotel also ser ves the Temecula Golf Resort course, which was awarded a four-star “Places to Play” rating from Golf Digest. The newly opened Farm House Kitchen just received a $2.5 million renovation and features a “farm-to-table” menu of local, fresh and organic food. Visit or call 877517-1823. For those interested in staying directly in wine country, Ponte Family Estate’s new Vineyard Inn is open at 35001 Rancho California Rd., butting up against their vineyard. Each room at the boutique hotel has a private patio that opens to the courtyard with views of the valley just beyond, and owners kept sustainability in mind during the design: from a live pond with no chemicals in the courtyard to LED lighting and maximizing sun exposure in the rooms. The hotel also boasts one of the only places in Temecula Valley where you can grab a drink that is not made from grapes. The Cellar Lounge located – you guessed it – in the basement opens at 4 p.m. each day, and boasts a full bar and all the Ponte wines you can imagine. Visit or call 951-587-6688.


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“Postcard of the horse and buggy era, Carnegie Library Building, San Diego Public Library, early 1900s” (Courtesy San Diego Public Library)

Past meets future at the new

Central Library


Michael Good One hundred years ago there was one item of furniture that no new house could do without: a bookcase. In 1787, the year the Constitution was signed, the literacy rate in the United States was 60 percent. By 1910, it was 92 percent. With advances in printing, binding and paper manufacturing, the cost of the typical book went down by half between 1828 and 1853. And the cost of mailing a letter went down by half, from six cents in 1863 to two cents in 1885. But the numbers don’t tell the whole story. Reading and writing in this country changed qualitatively during the 19th century. Reading went from something you did in public, Sunday school or for moral edification to something you did in private, at home, at school and, of course, at the library. The public library was as essential for a civilized city as the bookcase was for the sophisticated household. In the late 19th century, Andrew Carnegie began endowing libraries around the

country (he helped finance 174 in California alone). In 1902, San Diego got its own Carnegie library, a sturdy, studious, classically designed temple of learning that served the city until 1952, when it was torn down. Served might not be the right word: during that time the population went from 17,700 to 333,865. A replacement was completed in 1954, and among its improvements was an inner sanctum devoted to local history called the California Room. Local historians have had to do without the California Room since early summer while the new Central Library, which has been on the books, so to speak, for about 50 years, was being completed and fully stocked. On Sept. 30 the new and expanded California Room opened, along with the rest of the library. If your house has a built-in bookcase (or a patched floor in the living room where the bookcase once stood), the California Room should be your first stop when touring the facility. The room is in an exalted place – the penthouse suite of the nine-story building – and the view is stunning, particularly on a dry, clear,

85-degree day in early October. Even if you don’t crack a book, you can look down on Grant Hill, Golden Hill, Barrio Logan and the eastern territories of Downtown, and contemplate this magical setting between sea and sky that enticed people from all over the world to chase the California dream to the edge of America. In light of all that, and in the spirit of our amazingly optimistic ancestors who reinvented themselves on these shores, I’d hoped the California Room had been reinvented itself. I was somewhat disappointed. With progress, it’s always one-and-a-half steps forward, one-and-a-quarter steps back. As a chagrined librarian admitted, the newspaper collection – essential for researching builders and homeowners – is now six floors down (in the old building, it was right next door). Floor space, however, looks to have quadrupled and the library itself is twice the size of its predecessor. There is now a lot more room to move around in, more tables to work on (and plug a laptop into),

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HOUSECALLS and more computers to use for research. The main addition, in the center of the room, is more genealogy texts, courtesy of the San Diego Genealogical Society. While this is the place to start your home research, you’ll still have to visit City offices to “chase the deed” – trace the chain of ownership of your house backward from you to the first owner – find out when the water meter was installed (and therefore when the house was completed), and get the death and marriage records for all the people involved. Back in the California room, you should start with the City directories. The directory lists the addresses and occupations for most San Diegans by year. Starting in the early 1920s, the directory works in reverse as well, meaning you can look up your address and find out who lived there in that year. If your house was built before the reverse directories were printed, you can still discover who lived there, using your powers of deduction and a little luck and persistence. Both the census and the voter registration rolls are listed sequentially by location, so once you establish who lived in your house in the first reverse directory, you can look up their neighbors in the voter registration rolls and deduce who lived in your house in prior years by looking for the address. The address won’t show up in the census, which is done every ten years, but the households are listed in the order that the census taker recorded them.

HOME IMPROVEMENT Both the census and voter lists, as well as ship manifests, marriage licenses, death certificates, city directories, wedding notices, newspaper articles, school yearbooks and church records, can be found on The library has a subscription, and the librarians can get you started there in the California Room. You also can access remotely with your library card. Researching historical figures, particularly if they are in some way associated with you, is both fun and frustrating. You’ll get the sort of intermitted rewards that are essential to certain forms of dog and dolphin training. You will feel a bit like Sherlock Holmes, though not as kicky as the Robert Downey Jr. version or as twitchy as the Jeremy Brett version. There are few smoking guns in this sort of detective work, but through a lot of deduction, inference and circumstantial evidence you will solve some old mysteries and discover some new ones. You may not get a confession out of your subjects, though you’ll likely encounter some revealing denial. If you look up your own ancestry, be prepared: you may discover that your past was not everything your parents made it out to be. As for the library itself, it’s a work in progress. The lights kept going out in the California Room on the two days I visited, and because of budget constraints, the building isn’t fully staffed and the hours are still curtailed. You’ll find only two elevators to the ninth floor, and the doors to the elevators do what doors to elevators have always done: close on your arm no matter how much you wave it and how many times someone inside pushes the “hold

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(l to r) From the Marilyn and Gene Marx Special Collections room, books and specialized equipment help search San Diego history. (Courtesy San Diego Public Library) the door” button. Though some things never change (and some change for the worse), the new Central Library is something to be celebrated after all these years. Andrew Carnegie

would be impressed. And not just by the view. —Michael Good is a contractor and freelance writer. His business, Craftsman Wood Refinishing,

restores architectural millwork in historic houses in San Diego. He is a fourth-generation San Diegan and lives in North Park. You can reach him at housecallssdun@


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