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The ‘visual voices’ of North Park A small group of local artists, mentored by Mission Hills resident Ari Kate Ashton, inadvertently created a community while honing their artistic skills at the San Diego Art Department (SDAD) five years ago. The group recently published a book highlighting many of the artists and three of their best works, most of which originated through class participation at SDAD. Titled simply, “Ray Street Artists,” the 78-page, glossy, 8-by-8-inch soft cover book quietly hit the shelves near the end of 2013, but its contributors are now gearing up for an exhibition that will mark its official launch. To be held March 1, “Art in the Garden” will consist solely of work found in the “Ray Street Artists” book. Lisa Tear, one of the many artists profiled therein, is opening up the idyllic outdoor garden patio of her La Jolla home for the four-hour exhibition. “The home has always been owned by an artist,” Ashton said. Ashton, who assembled the group in 2008 after recognizing the talent had “moved well past being students,” named them after the North Park art school’s address. As the educational arm of the non-profit San Diego Art Institute headquartered in Balboa Park, the SDAD currently hosts 19 different instructors and supports dozens of classes for all ages on various art subjects, from introductor y classes on watercolor and drawing, to stained glass and basket weaving and ever ything else in between. According to SDAD’s website, their mission is “to establish itself as a sacred place that encourages the creativity of artists of all ages and stimulates the ongoing flow of ideas and expression.” Ashton — who has taught at SDAD for the past six years — said she assists her students in first establishing themselves as artists and then taking their art
(above) Ray Street Artist Patric Stillman adds to his most recent work of art; (left) cover of “Ray Street Artists” (Courtesy Patric Stillman)
beyond the studio, something she calls “art to market.” “I teach them to find their visual voice and develop a body of work that they can then sell,” Ashton said. She said her “Developing the Artist” is one of the only classes of its kind. as many often frown upon teaching the semantics of marketing an artist’s work, but Ashton feels it is an important step in any artist’s career.
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Since its debut last month, visitors have been rockin’ out to the various festivities surrounding the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s latest exhibit, “GUITAR: The Instrument that Rocked the World.” The three-month program will take a somber turn next week, when the fourth installment of a six-part concert series will be held to honor Loren Nancarrow, the 30-year broadcast journalist perhaps best known in San Diego for his work on Fox 5. Nancarrow, 60, died on Dec. 28 from complications involving brain cancer. He was diagnosed with the condition a year ago. Fleet’s six-part concert series, ROCK in the PARK is closely intertwined with the current GUITAR exhibit. A special commemorative installment in Nancarrow’s memory will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, with the late newscaster’s son, Graham Nancarrow, perform-
A group of guests check out the world’s largest playable guitar, which is on display at the Fleet Center. (Courtesy Reuben H. Fleet Science Center)
ing with his band. Donations will be accepted during the concert to support the Loren Nancarrow Healing Garden Project at Scripps Health’s Radiation Therapy Center on the Torrey Pines Mesa. Nancarrow’s wife Susie and their
see RayStreet, page 21
What once looked like the perfect opportunity to create more park space in North Park has reached a standstill with little hope of resolution in sight. After years of effort to develop a joint-use field at McKinley Elementary School, plans are again on the verge of collapse due to the conflicting visions of parents, neighbors and the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. For many parents, installing natural landscaping within the schoolyard has been the main priority throughout the process. However, the City has pushed artificial turf as the more affordable alternative. “As a parent, it’s very disappointing because I was hoping that there would be an opportunity to create a natural play space for the kids,” said Robert Barry, who sits on the North Park Planning Committee, the North Park Recreation Council and has two daughters at McKinley Elementary. “Replacing gravel with artificial turf doesn’t really fit the desires I
see McKinley, page 5
SANDAG touches base with residents on Uptown bike plan By Kathy Hughart SDUN Reporter
three children are in the process of working with Scripps’ staff to create the healing garden outside the radiation therapy center. “After our experience with Scripps Hospital, we came away with such a sense of family,” Susie said in a video promoting the healing garden. “His wishes, and our wishes are to give back … and to make a difference.” Speaking in the video, Graham said he was pleased to lend his support to the project. “He was always one to start some kind of cause,” Graham said of his father. “It makes sense to me to start something like this.” Throughout the concert series, ROCK in the PARK has featured a variety of different local musicians. Michael Tiernan, who for a period spent time with monks deep in the desert monasteries in the Vatican, has been opening each show with his acoustic blend of music. As the concert series rounds the bend in March, Fleet has lined up Venice, a four-member vocal group, for the Friday, March 7 show and a special surprise guest for the final show on Friday, March 21. Wendy M. Grant, director of marketing and communications
About 150 people gathered in the library of Roosevelt Middle School in Hillcrest on Feb. 6 for the fourth advisory group meeting and community open house organized by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to inform and receive feedback for their expansive plan to increase bicycle infrastructure throughout San Diego’s urban areas. Before the meeting convened, visitors had a chance to look at large posters visualizing before-and-after bike project enhancements in Old Town, Mission Hills, Hillcrest, Mission Valley and Bankers Hill. The Uptown Project is part of the $200 million Regional Bike Plan Early Action Program (EAP) approved by the SANDAG Board of Directors in September 2013. Community members picked up comment booklets as they entered the library and were invited to share their opinions about each project. Their ideas will be passed along to SANDAG consultants. SANDAG engineers
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Uptown Planners reach unanimous consensus on Hillcrest height limit
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The Uptown Community Plan Update has been in the works for several years now. Since 2008, the Uptown communities have deliberated on issues regarding land use and city planning that will shape growth in the area for decades to come. Building height, especially in Hillcrest, has been a consistently contentious issue throughout the process. The last three Uptown Planners meetings have seen Hillcrest residents and local business owners speak passionately about the future of the community to great lengths, and how potential height limits will affect this future. On their Feb. 4 meeting, without much debate, the Uptown Planning Board came to quick conclusion in its recommendation to city planners on where to draw the line for Hillcrest’s building height. The Uptown Planners, a board of elected community members that gives input to city planning staff, voted unanimously to maintain the Interim Height Ordinance (IHO) in the Hillcrest area west of Highway 163. This means that a building can be 50 feet high ministerial, meaning that you can build up to 50 feet without requiring approval from the City or the community. Buildings in this area can go up to 65 feet, but this requires discretionar y review by the Uptown Planners and city staff. This usually entails sur veying the opinions of nearby residents and studying the building’s impact on the community. In the portion of Hillcrest east of 163 to Park Avenue,
where the Uptown Planners determined there to be more room for increased density, the board recommended creating a second level of discretionar y review — “super discretionar y” — that would allow building height to max out at 100 feet. Reaching this third tier would require more scrutiny by the community. While the consensus is a sign of for ward motion from the Uptown Planners, there is no guarantee their recommendation will be adopted by City staff into the plan update. Public Information Officer L ynda Pfeifer said that no planning area in San Diego has ever contained a second level of discretionar y review, nor was she aware of any planning area outside of San Diego adopting a similar policy. Pfeifer couldn’t speculate whether this would be a realistic option for City planning staff, but she said it would be researched due to the controversial nature of building height in the Uptown community. The recommendation’s motion, proposed by Hillcrest Town Council (HTC) representative Roy Dahl was seen as a compromise between the inclusive resident organization, the HTC, which last month voted to retain the IHO throughout Hillcrest, and the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA), which proposed the “Hillcrest 2.0” plan, which would allow higher building heights with consideration of factors such as road width and relative density. Both groups responded with a statement through email following the meeting. “The Hillcrest Business Association is thankful for the opportunity to have presented our
position to the Uptown Planners and find their desire to reach a compromise on the IHO promising,” HBA Board President Johnathan Hale stated. “We’ll continue to monitor the process and look for ward to creating an environment where business will thrive and residents will find more opportunities for housing through the development of mixed use structures.” “This is not the height recommendation that the Hillcrest Town Council put for ward,” HTC Chair Luke Terpstra stated. “We wanted to stay with the 65 foot height limit that we still have with the IHO (until the Plan Update is complete). The Uptown Planners unanimously chose to compromise by adding a discretionar y level that goes up to 100 feet. In this discretionar y level we can and will keep an eye on future plans.” The Uptown Planners agreed that it would discuss specific recommendations for what would be required to meet the proposed two levels of discretionar y review at a future meeting. This could include “shade studies,” residential input and reviewing potential environmental impacts. The next Uptown Planners meeting will take place on March 4 at 6 p.m. at the Joyce Beers Community Center.u
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Old Globe panel sinks its teeth into San Diego affordable housing By Vince Meehan SDUN Reporter
A panel discussing the issue of affordable housing in San Diego was held at the Old Globe Theatre on Monday, Feb. 3. Speaking at the forum was Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, Executive Director of the San Diego Housing Federation Susan Riggs and Senior Vice President of Real Estate for the San Diego Housing Commission Debbie Ruane. Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein introduced the trio to a full house, and Ruane chose to speak first. Ruane explained to the attentive audience how the cost of housing throughout America is increasing disproportionally to the work force’s pay. “As time goes on, this gap widens even more to where housing becomes unaffordable,” Ruane said.
She spoke of low-income families who rely on vouchers from the housing commission to make ends meet. She also noted that while 14,000 families in San Diego are currently receiving these vouchers, 50,000 more are still in need and the waiting list is currently 10 years. An audible gasp was heard from the audience at that statistic, and this set a somewhat somber tone to the event. She then turned the microphone over to Gloria, who she referred to affectionately as the iMayor. Gloria thanked Ruane, and spoke to the audience on the subject of the vouchers. “These numbers really bring home the magnitude of the problem,” Gloria said. “A 10-year wait for assistance is definitely not a solution, and I’m sure a lot of people lose hope, which is unacceptable.” The gravity of the subject had a silencing effect on the audience,
(l to r) Senior Vice President of Real Estate for the San Diego Housing Commission Debbie Ruane and Interim Mayor Todd Gloria (Photo by Vince Meehan) which seemed to lower a pall over the proceedings. Riggs then took her turn on the mic, and spoke of a study by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), which indicated that San Diego is in dire risk of becoming socioeconomically divided in the near future. She noted that one-third of San Diego’s work force earns less than $14 an hour, which is inadequate given San Diego’s cost of living. She added that the high cost of rent leaves many families with no money left over for medication or healthy food, and that in turn leads to additional problems. Riggs also stated that by factoring in normal family growth, without accounting for any additional immigration, San Diego would need 300,000 new homes by 2040 to house its residents. This figure sent the audience buzzing to voice their opinions. Ruane then took this opportunity to announce that Gov. Jerry Brown had recently appointed Riggs deputy secretary of housing policy at the California Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency. “San Diego’s loss is now Cali-
fornia’s gain and I’m sure having Susan [Riggs] in Sacramento will be a huge plus for us all,” Ruane said. The audience was given a chance to chime in on the discussion as a microphone was passed around the crowd. A participant asked the panel what they thought about raising the minimum wage as a way to offset the gap. As if on cue, both Ruane and Riggs simultaneously offered their microphones to Gloria, who cracked a smile. This led to a bit of levity from the audience, which seemed to relieve the panel. “I didn’t plant that question, but I certainly thank you for asking it!” said Gloria. He took that opportunity to address the minimum-wage issue, which he recently touched on at his State of the City address in January. “In San Diego, it takes $30,000 a year to live in decent conditions,” Gloria said. “I feel very strongly that anybody who works full time should not live in poverty.” He added that many Californian mayors have committed themselves to tackle this issue head on
in 2014, and that he intends to help. “We’re going to do this on our own because we don’t know if we can count on the federal government to support us.” Gloria said, adding that while there is no magical cure for a housing crisis, numerous, small projects can add up to create progress toward a solution. Several people brought up the topic of homelessness in San Diego, and Gloria told the audience that as council president, he intends to re-address that issue once the special election is over. When asked if there are any cities that serve as good examples in tackling affordable housing, he brought up Phoenix, Ariz. “Phoenix has just declared the end of homelessness for vets in their city,” Gloria said. “We can look to them for guidance, and see how we can make it work here in San Diego. There are many other communities who have come up with successful models that can help solve homelessness. It’s not a unicorn, it does exist!” Gloria stated that it is his goal to eliminate homelessness for veterans in San Diego by 2016. After the last question of the night, Gloria closed by saying that it is his continuing vision to change San Diego for the better. “We can’t call San Diego ‘Americas Finest City’ if we are a city of haves and have-nots,” Gloria said. “We can’t be the finest city when we have 8,000 to 10,000 homeless on the streets. We need to solve the housing issue as a legacy for our children and grandchildren.” After the panel, Edelstein said that due to the success of the event, he is looking into having additional pubic forums in the future.u
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“ I think what I am leaning towards, it’s probably better for us to not do anything than to accept what they are proposing,” said Gabrielle Dumka, mother of a fourth think of the community or the grader and soon-to-be kindergartstudents, and doesn’t really proner at McKinley Elementary. “I vide anything of a natural basis felt like the City was saying ‘take for urban kids to have a chance it or leave it.’ It didn’t seem like a to experience.” good deal for the school.” The four-acre lot, which Of the estimated $1.7 sits adjacent to McKinley million total project cost, Elementary at 3045 Felton $179,500 is currently St., is currently divided set aside for design and between a small portion preparation of the GDP. open for community use However, if the North Park and a larger, fenced area Recreation Council and the that is reserved for school city’s Parks and Recreation use only. The public side Department are unable is a grassy field while the to agree on a vision for school section is almost The proposed site for the stalemated McKinley the field, the funds will be entirely covered by asphalt joint-use field (Photo by Michael Crane) repurposed, and not necesand decomposed granite. sarily for use in North Park. synthetic turf is the best option. Under the most recent itera“If this isn’t the right opportuNeighbors who use the untion of the General Development nity to create a park that’s usable fenced, grassy section to exercise Plan (GDP), created by Estrada for everybody’s needs, then and walk their dogs have been Land Planning, Inc., 1.2 acres maybe it doesn’t happen this time within the fence would become a adamant that it remain outside around,” said Barry. the joint-use area. This adds yet joint-use field and would mostly Keach says the GDP will be another obstacle to the prospect consist of artificial turf and a brought before the North Park of natural turf within the schoolrunning track, according to Recreation Council once more yard, as the city feels the remainKatie Keach, chief of communiin the next few months. Unless ing joint-use section would be too cations for Interim Mayor Todd someone gives some ground, it small and heavily-used for natural Gloria. The joint-use section grass to be effectively maintained. may well be a dead issue. would then become open to the “If the community doesn’t With prospects of natural public after school hours and want it, I’m not going to vote for landscaping undermined by both during weekends. it,” said Vicki Granowitz, chair of the city’s maintenance standards However, any natural turf or the North Park Planning Comand the demands of community shade trees would still be absent mittee and member of the North members using the unfenced porfrom this area reserved for Park Recreation Council. “I doubt tion, some parents are losing faith school use. that the issues are resolvable.”u in the entire process. “For smaller fields of less than
two acres and high recreation use, the natural grass will likely wear out quickly, requiring more extensive maintenance and grass renovation to keep the field in healthy, safe and playable conditions,” Keach wrote in an email. She cited water conservation and lasting durability as reasons why
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NANCARROW with Fleet, said a significant amount of planning went into the organization’s first-ever event focused solely on live music. “While we’ve had live bands play at special events many times in the past, we’ve never hosted an event solely focused on live music,” Grant said. “A lot went into planning the series.” Since its debut last month, Grant said the GUITAR exhibit has been a popular, well-received show. As planning got underway for the exhibition, she said having a concert series seemed a natural accompaniment. “What better way to celebrate the guitar than with live music?” she said. “We’re glad that people have been enjoying the opportunity to experience the Fleet in a different way.” Grant said she believes GUITAR has been well received because it has many interactive exhibits, including the showcasing of the world’s largest playable guitar. “Our core audience is families, and we’ll certainly never stray from that,” Grant said. “But we do
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Interim Mayor Gloria’s February Update Friends, Thank you to all who joined me last month when I presented the annual State of the City Address. When I walked on stage and looked out to the audience assembled in the historic Balboa Theatre, I was again humbled by the support shown by San Diegans. As I shared in my remarks, San Diego will always be America’s Finest City. But we shouldn’t be content with just being fine. We must dare to be great. A great San Diego future means developing a comprehensive infrastructure funding strategy and a bond for voters’ approval in 2016; it means better utilizing available resources to truly address the challenges of homelessness; it means implementation of a progressive Climate Action Plan; and it means investment into Balboa Park for the 2015 Centennial Celebration of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. The 2014 State of the City Address is available for reading and viewing at sandiego.gov. San Diego’s future is dependent on your continued participation as we work together for a great city. I’ve heard from many of you that a highlight of the State of the City evening was the video asking, “When you think about San Diego’s future, what do you see?” This is meant as a conversation starter, and I would love to hear and see how more San Diegans answer that question. Snap a picture of your vision or describe it and post it on Instagram or Twitter with #SDFuture. On the topic of infrastructure, please know
we aren’t waiting until 2016 to address this challenge. Late last month, the San Diego City Council unanimously approved $120 million of bond funding for neighborhood infrastructure projects. San Diegans deserve neighborhoods with smooth roads, sound facilities, and water and sewer pipes that don’t break. This bond will help us achieve that goal. More than $43 million from the bond will fund street resurfacing. The project list includes replacing Fire Station 5 in Hillcrest, and $4.3 million for accessibility improvements city-wide. Also last month, Councilmember Mark Kersey, chair of the City’s Infrastructure Committee, and I kicked off the first ever citywide sidewalk assessment. This assessment, funded in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget for up to $1 million, is expected to take approximately one year to complete and will provide an unprecedented evaluation of the conditions of sidewalks throughout San Diego. The City of San Diego has approximately 5,000 miles of public sidewalks and the bulk of the assessment work is being completed by 24 student engineering interns. Remember, if you tweet, you can follow the City’s infrastructure conversation on Twitter — #RebuildSD. As I said in my State of the City Address, I know more great ideas and big dreams are out there; let’s work together to make them happen. You can email me your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, thank you for the opportunity to serve. —Todd Gloria, Interim Mayoru
Letters Editor’s note: Dale Larabee requested this letter be printed, saying it shows how passionate rescue dog owners like himself are about their pets. In the Jan. 31 – Feb. 13 issue of the Uptown News Dale Larabee wrote a column about dogs [See “Dogs I have loved and kicked” Vol. 6 Issue 3]. First of all I didn’t appreciate the title “Dogs I have loved and kicked.” That’s just not something anyone should say or joke about. Later in the column he states that “A growing problem is rescue dogs...” and he suggests that rescue dogs have behavioral issues and are hard to train. I have had dogs my entire life. Some have been rescues, some have been rescues who were abused, some were simply dogs that needed a home (from neighbors who had a dog who had puppies or dogs that just needed a new home). I have not noticed that any rescue dog was harder to train than any other dog. The point Mr. Larabee was trying to make was not entirely clear. It seems like he is saying that people who adopt rescue dogs do not want to train them. I don’t think the column was very well written and it probably has caused some confusion for readers of the
column. My main issue is that a reader of the column may be dissuaded from adopting a rescue dog due to Mr. Larabee’s careless comments. I think we can all agree that these poor dogs deserve every chance they can get and Mr. Larabee is lowering these rescue dogs’ chances of a happy life. If he does not care about the lives of rescue dogs perhaps he should refrain from writing about dogs completely. Thank you for your time. —Zuri Ganz, via email Editor's note: In the article referenced below, ["SANDAG allocates additional funds to bike plan" Vol. 6 Issue. 3] Uptown News incorrectly reported that the proposed bike lanes would run along Third and Fourth avenues, rather than Fourth and Fifth avenues. [See “SANDAG allocates additional funds to bike plan” Vol. 6 Issue 3] It’s crazy, and a way of shoving bicycles off of the route that cars want. Third Avenue? It ends at Olive St., and won’t connect the Uptown area to Downtown. In order to go the four blocks up to Spruce St. and continue on Third Ave., you need to go over
to First or Fifth avenues. San Diego politics at its finest. By the County Bike Coalition (which has SANDAG represented on its board) joining MoveSD (developers), they essentially have a gag order placed on them. Fifth is a much wider and safer street than Third. The only reason I can think of for placing a bike route on an indirect street is to shove bicyclists to the side, like secondclass citizens. What’s next? To get the state vehicle code rewritten to exclude bicycles from the roadways? I see all this happy-clapping coming from developers/ engineers seeing a bigger budget from the state. This shows that bicycles are still considered a hobby/sport in this town and not transportation. This route goes nowhere along the way. Not to Balboa Park, businesses, schools, community buildings, or much of anything else unless you live along the route. When it is shown that the use of the backstreet bike routes are under utilized, they will go away. Well played, my friends. Like taking candy from a baby. This is much like the uproar from horse owners not wanting to give way to cars, although the roads were originally paved for bicycles. —Hans Wangbichler, via sduptownnews.comu
KEVIN FAULCONER TO BE SAN DIEGO’S NEXT MAYOR Winning by a larger margin than most anticipated, Republican Councilmember Kevin Faulconer defeated fellow Councilmember David Alvarez in the mayoral runoff election on Feb. 11. Although he won’t be confirmed until later this month when all votes have been counted and verified, Faulconer garnered 54.5 percent of the vote compared to Alvarez’s 45.5 percent with all precincts reporting. “We know that this city has gone through a lot in the last year, but we knew that as San Diegans that we were better than that and that we were going to come together when we had the opportunity to do that and come together we have,” Faulconer said shortly before Alvarez bowed out of the race. After what The New York Times deemed an unusually partisan race for San Diego, Faulconer will become the only Republican mayor in any of the U.S.’s 10 largest cities. He will vacate his District 2 council seat, and because there was less than one year remaining on his term, the City Council can now appoint someone to fill his seat. This could pose a challenge to Faulconer and City Council Republicans; if the council’s democratic majority names a Democrat to fill Faulconer’s seat, the Democrats will have a 6 – 3 majority, giving them the six votes needed to override a mayoral veto. UPTOWN PLANNERS TO HOLD ELECTION The Uptown Planners will hold an election at their March 4 meeting, where three seats on the board will open up. The four-year terms for the three new planners will begin in April. Applicants must be a resident, property owner or business owner or operator in Uptown; have attended three meetings within the last 12 months; and have a membership application on file. The deadline for submitting an application is Feb. 25. Those that wish to vote in the election must present proof of property or business ownership or residency. Photocopies are acceptable. Ballots will be distributed at 6:30 p.m., which was pushed back from 6 p.m. because of a scheduling conflict with Hillcrest Fat Tuesday. To obtain an application or for further questions, email Election Chair Joe Naskar at jhn-sd@ cox.net. MUSEUM MONTH AT BALBOA PARK Museum Month is back for its 25th year to offer half-price admission to 44 San Diego museums until Feb. 28. To participate, pick up Museum Month passes at any Macy’s in San Diego, Temecula or Imperial Valley. A pass gets up to four visitors admission into participating museums for half price. Each pass is good for one museum. For a complete list of participating museums, visit sandiegomuseumcouncil.org. BALBOA PARK ROSE GARDEN
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BIKEPLAN predict improvements in travel safety as each new construction project proceeds. “Traffic calming” islands proposed within the bike corridor project will increase safety for pedestrians crossing the street. Biking on protected bikeways will provide safer long-distance travel from Downtown to Hillcrest, and beyond for riders who want to use a “Class III” bike route through Bachman Place to Mission Valley. Coleen Clementson, principal regional planner for SANDAG, introduced Interim Mayor Todd Gloria to open the public meeting. Gloria cited “external pressures” that have motivated the public and government officials to find “other ways to get from point A to point B.” “We can’t use freeways to solve overcrowded streets,” Gloria said, adding that global climate change must be confronted by seeking ways to keep cars off the road. Beth Robrahn, SANDAG’s project manager for bicycle infrastructure and programs, reviewed the steps city and county engineers have taken in collaboration with local businesses, schools and community organizations since late 2012. More than 30 community meetings were held last year. Active Transportation Manager Chris Kluth ended the meeting with a series of images demonstrating the “placemaking” designs on Fifth Avenue, Nutmeg Street, Beech Street, University Ave. and other areas with high pedestrian density. Afterwards, attendees were invited to fill out their comment booklets, and voice their opinions informally. When asked how University Avenue will be altered within the Uptown bike project area, Andy Pendoley, a SANDAG consultant team member, explained that bike traffic headed east toward North Park will be directed off University Avenue up Normal Street Access to bike boulevards and protected bikeways is still being reviewed. Potential routes east could be Howard and Meade avenues. A community update meeting for residents of the North Park-Mid City region will be held Feb. 19 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Franklin Elementary School, 4481 Copeland Ave. To receive the latest project information, contact Bridget Enderle at email@example.com or 619-595-5612.u
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BRIEFS RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS HONOR Earlier this month, the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden in Balboa Park was inducted into the Great Rosarians of the World (GROW) Rose Garden Hall of Fame. The induction took place at the Huntington Library in San Marino on Feb. 2 during the annual GROW lecture series. Former president of the San Diego Rose Society Dick Streeper accepted the award. He played an integral role in the garden’s creation. Balboa Park’s rose garden was dedicated in 1975 thanks to contributions of The Parker Society, which was founded by the San Diego Rose Society, local horticultural companies and Inez Grant Parker, whom the garden is dedicated to. Today, it displays approximately 1,600 roses of nearly 200 varieties. With this recent honor, it joins the Hall of Fame alongside the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden and the David Austin Rose Garden in Albrighton, England. SECOND ANNUAL WINTER BREW FEST RETURNS TO BALBOA PARK On Feb. 22, the Second Annual Winter Brew Fest will take place at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park, celebrating craft beer from San Diego and beyond. Thirty seven breweries, including several from Uptown will participate as well, such as Hess Brewing and Hillcrest Brewing Company. San Diego-based Soda Pants and Huntington Beach’s Headshine will provide live music. The two-part event begins with a VIP Power Hour at 6 p.m. leading
into the General Admission Session from 7 – 10 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit sandiegobrewfest.com. General Admission tickets are $40 in advance, $50 on day of the event. VIP is $50 advance, $60 day of.
BEAUTY BY DOLLY MATCHES DONATION TO AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION In celebration of American Heart Month, San Diego hairremoval studio Beauty by Dolly is matching donations of up to $1,500 to the San Diego Division of the American Heart Association made in February through the Beauty by Dolly fundraising page. Its founders, Dolly Bakashai and Kashmira Tori, lost their mother to an unforeseen aneurysm late last year. No purchase is required to participate. Donations can be made at honor.americanheart.org/ goto/beautybydolly. SAN DIEGO AMONG POTENTIAL U.S. HOST CITIES FOR 2024 SUMMER OLYMPICS NBC San Diego reported this month that San Diego’s Olympic Exploratory Committee Chair Vincent Mudd claims the city has a good chance of making the short list of U.S. cities selected as the potential host city for the Summer Games in 2024. San Diego was one of the 34 cities approached by the U.S. Olympic Committee to make a bid for the prestigious honor. Since then, Mudd claims the Exploratory Committee has found San Diego to be a good candidate because of its large number of hotel rooms, history of hosting large sporting events and existing infrastructure. One potential hurdle could be the absence of a consistent mayor, reported NBC. Government stabil-
San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 14–27, 2014 ity is looked at closely by the U.S. Olympic Committee, said Mudd. San Diego’s committee expects to find out whether it has made the short list by April. The U.S. committee plans to pick its host city by 2015.
HILLCREST SHUTTLE SERVICE ROLLS OUT NEW TROLLEY The Uptown Community Parking District put its new, bright-red trolley into action on Jan. 31. The trolley is part of a free service that shuttles passengers from one end of Hillcrest to the other. Its route begins at the ParkHillcrest valet station near the intersection of Fifth and University avenues, and heads west to the Hillcrest DMV. Riders can catch the trolley at several stops along University Ave. as well. This service is available both Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 – 11 p.m. and runs on Sundays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. to coincide with the Hillcrest Farmers’ Market. “This free service is made possible by the City allocating a percentage of area parking meter funds to us,” Uptown Community Parking District’s Elizabeth Hannon said. “This is not only a great convenience for our residents, but works to improve both parking and traffic issues.” For more information, visit
CITY TO RECEIVE COMMUNITY INPUT ON UPTOWN TROLLEY LINE After continued interest by community planning groups in a railed trolley running through Uptown, the City has scheduled a public input session for the Uptown Streetcar Feasibility Study on March 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Paul’s Cathedral Guild Room at 2728 Sixth Ave. The public is encouraged to attend so city officials can receive input and concerns from residents. “We need to get input from the public about all aspects of this plan,” said Uptown Community Parking District Board President Tim Gahagan. “This includes possible routes, trolley design, as well as who would actually ride it, and why. This is a golden opportunity for Uptown residents to weigh in on the subject.” Gahagan added that the trolley plan could include either railed track, or simply a wheeled vehicle that could operate on current streets with no additional construction. “All these things will be discussed at the meeting,” Gahagan said. “No part of the plan has been officially started, so everything is on the table. If you feel strongly about this issue, then this is your chance to chime in.”u
San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 14–27, 2014 Children’s craft time: 10 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. UH Library Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd., free. Organ Concert: 2 p.m., music by organist Carol Williams, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, free. Ray at Night: 6 – 10 p.m., come visit San Diego’s longest running monthly art walk on Ray Street in North Park, free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “About Time” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.
CalendarofEvents FRIDAY, FEB. 14
Preschool story time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “About Time” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.
SATURDAY, FEB. 15
Classical Melodies in Balboa Park: 8:45 a.m. – 7:15 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s ensembles fill Casa del Prado with classical music. 1549 El Prado in Balboa Park, free. Old Town Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday, Harney St., free. University Heights Open Aire Market: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Saturday, 4100 Normal St., free. Get Fit: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., fitness experts Leah Francis and JJ Brawley lead workouts encompassing cardio, strength, agility, balance and coordination. Bird Park at 28th and Upas St. Call 619-800-3480 to register, free. Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free.
SUNDAY, FEB. 16
Icons of the Timken: 9 – 10 a.m., a collection of icons from Russia, a part of its orthodox culture at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Ave., free. Hillcrest Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Sunday under the Hillcrest Pride Flag, Harvey Milk St. and Normal St., free. Wild Older Women: 10 a.m. – noon, distinguished, spirited women perform acoustic sets at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St. in South Park, free. San Diego Fungus Fair: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., San Diego’s Mycological Society’s annual fungus fair
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CALENDAR at Casa del Prado, 1800 El Prado, #101, free. Classical Melodies in Balboa Park: 1 – 5 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory ensembles fill Casa del Prado with classical music. 1549 El Prado in Balboa Park, free. Organ Concert: 2 – 3 p.m., music by organist Carol Williams. This week features adoptable pets! Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “About Time” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.
MONDAY, FEB. 17
Signs at Play: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., teach your baby to sign, first and third Mondays of the month, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Bankers Hill Residents Group: 6:30 – 8 p.m., third Monday of the month at the San Diego Indoor Sports Club, 3030 Front St.
TUESDAY, FEB. 18
Old Mission Rotary: 12 p.m., regular weekly meeting of the Old Mission Rotary Club, Best Western Seven Seas, 411 Hotel Circle South. Hillcrest Business Association Sustainability Committee: 2:30 p.m., third Tuesday of the month meeting out the HBA office at 3737 Fifth Ave., Suite 202. Curbside Bites: 5 – 8 p.m., weekly Tuesday night gathering of gourmet food trucks at 3030 Grape St. in Southpark. Tasty Truck Tuesdays: 6 – 9 p.m., every Tuesday night Smitty’s Service Station hosts several food trucks under their well-lit shade structure, live music, 3442 Adams Ave. Pajama Story Time: 6:30 – 7
www.sdcnn.com p.m., every Tuesday children are invited for story time fun with books, singing, and puppets. Feel free to come dressed in your pajamas! Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. North Park Planning Committee: 6:30 p.m., third Tuesday of the month meeting of the North Park Christian Fellowship, 2901 North Park Way.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19
Mission Hills Business Improvement District: 3:15 p.m., a public board meeting is held on the third Wednesday of each month at The Frame Maker located at 3102 Reynard Way. LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Wednesday Night Experience: 7 – 8 p.m., uplifting and spiritually inspiring experiences for all, weekly at the Universal Spirit Center, 3858 Front St. in Hillcrest. Wednesday Jazz Jam Session: 7:30 p.m., Gilbert Castellanos hosts the Wednesday Jazz Jam Session with special guest musicians and surprise guests at Seven Grand, 3054 University Ave., no cover charge. Dynamic Night: 8 – 10 p.m., a weekly open mic night for musicians at The Merrow, 1271 University Ave., free.
THURSDAY, FEB. 20
El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association: 9 – 10:30 a.m., third Thursday of the month board meeting at The boulevard BIA office 3727 El Cajon Blvd. Gentle Yoga for seniors:
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. every Thursday, presented by The Center and Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach (SAYCO). The Center, 3909 Centre St. in Hillcrest, free. North Park Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m., every Thursday in the parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free. Greater Golden Hill Board Community Development Corporation: 6:30 – 8 p.m., monthly meeting is held on the third Thursday of every month at the Golden Hill Recreation Center 2600 Golf Course Dr. Mission Hills Heritage: 7 p.m., regular meeting on the third Thursday each month. For meeting location and additional informaiton call 619-497-1193 or email info@ MissionHillsHeritage.org. Kirtan musical meditation: 8:15 p.m. every Thursday chant and sing contemporary mantras celebrating love and life at Pilgrimage of the Heart yoga studio, 3301 Adams Ave, free.
FRIDAY, FEB. 21
Preschool story time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. North Park Historical Society: 6:30 – 8 p.m., third Friday of the month board meeting, Grace Lutheran Church, 3967 Park Blvd. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “Enough Said” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.
SATURDAY, FEB. 22
[For recurring Saturday events, see Feb. 16] Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “Enough Said” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.
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Our waterkeepers Broad-minded nonprofit advocates for clean water in San Diego County By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter
San Diego Coastkeeper, the region’s water protector, has a new gatekeeper: Matt O’Malley. Recently hired as the group’s head waterkeeper, it’s now O’Malley’s task to lead the grassroots environmental nonprofit in advocating for clean water countywide, as well as directing the fulfillment of its mission of safeguarding the region’s bays, beaches, watersheds and ocean for the benefit of people and wildlife. “I head the legal and policy side of what we do here, advocating and enforcing compliance with environmental laws by any means necessary,” said O’Malley, a landuse attorney with 12 prior years of experience representing various environmental groups, including the Sierra Club. “If someone’s polluting, we work with stakeholders — the City, County, Regional Water Quality Control Board (CEQUA) — to ensure waterways within our county are protected,” O’Malley said. “I’m the steward, the guardian, of the waterways. My job is to encourage laws meant to protect the waterways. If those laws don’t exist, we work to create them.” The concept of “waterkeeper” grew out of a 19th-century English tradition where “riverkeepers” physically guarded private streams to ensure waters remained healthy
and free of poachers. The modern version of waterkeeper came into being in 1982, when Hudson River fisherman in New York became concerned about the modern poacher — pollution — and started the first Waterkeeper organization in the United States. Established in 1995, San Diego became the 15th Waterkeeper organization in the country. It focused its initial efforts on local, communitybased advocacy, starting out with a two-person team combating chronic pollution and toxic dumping into San Diego Bay. Now a six person team, San Diego Coastkeeper/Waterkeeper is also part of the California Coastkeepers Alliance (CCKA), which was founded in 1999 with the belief that a healthy ocean and coast and clean water is vital to California’s economy, public health and way of life. Protecting San Diego’s waterways has proven to be a near Herculean task for San Diego Coastkeeper over the past 19 years. The San Diego Bay Watershed — which the environmental group oversees — encompasses a 415-square-mile area extending more than 50 miles, from the coast east to the Laguna Mountains. A large portion of the watershed land area lies north of the Mexican border and south of Interstate 8. Nearly half of San Diego County’s population lives and works in the San Diego Bay Watershed.
NEWS Watersheds, which come in all shapes and sizes and cross county, state and national boundaries, are land areas where all of the water that drains from the surface goes into the same place or common body of water, the Bay in San Diego›s case. O’Malley and local Coastkeepers are also part of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, which works to protect the world’s waterways. He and his colleagues “think globally and act locally” in doing their part to ensure waters along San Diego›s coast, bay and inland are as clean and safe as they can possibly be. “Our large global network is devoted to preserving water as a resource,” O’Malley said, noting that each of the local chapters nationwide have their own specific issues of concern. San Diego›s biggest concern is urban runoff. “Storm water runoff is the worst pollution problem we have in this city and county,” O’Malley said. “It’s also one of the most difficult problems to solve because you can’t just point to one thing.” With California in the midst of one of the state’s worst droughts ever, O’Malley pointed out that “supply is in the forefront” of the continuing public dialogue about preserving water quality. “Coastkeeper is a proponent of conserving and recycling water,” O›Malley said. “That’s one of the issues we’re working on that will have the most impact.” Megan Baehrens, San Diego Coastkeeper’s executive director, agreed with O’Malley that urban runoff, which she called “urban drool,” is public enemy number one where water quality is concerned. “Our waterways are under siege every day from pollution,” Baehrens said, adding that pollutants in all
www.sdcnn.com their myriad forms — everything from runoff from car washes to dishwashers — ends up in storm drains or empties into the closest waterway which ultimately conveys them to San Diego Bay and the ocean beyond. “Dealing with the scope and scale of urban runoff in San Diego has really been challenging,” she said. Baehrens also noted a primary goal of the Coastkeeper organization is to “educate everybody” that the water they use contributes a small but significant percentage of the overall urban runoff, and that it takes “collective action by all of us” to prevent it. In addition to educating local residents and providing them useful data, Baehrens said Coastkeeper also has a role in San Diego›s larger environmental community. “We’re a watchdog in the region for water quality control,” she said. “Our activities can be placed in three buckets: science, education and advocacy. We have our water quality control monitoring program with lab testing. With our data collection we then turn to advocacy, identifying major polluters, what they are doing, then using enforcement or adaptive management to bring those pollutants under control.” Travis Pritchard, Coastkeeper’s programs director, said the local chapter is part of an international family, lending its small voice to a growing chorus of more than 100 Waterkeeper organizations advocating for clean water worldwide. “In California we have Waterkeepers in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties and in Baja, California,” Pritchard said. “We’re independent organizations that have some level of coordination in safeguarding water quality. Our mission is to protect water making it
swimmable, drinkable and fishable.” As programs director, Pritchard said he manages a 50-person volunteer base that conducts water sampling at 30 carefully selected sites around the county. “We try to hit all the rivers in San Diego,” he said. “We monitor nine of the 11 county watersheds, mostly downstream.” Pritchard recently attended a Waterkeepers conference in Baja where he taught environmentalists there how to perform proper beachwater quality testing, which measures the amount of fecal bacteria from human and animal waste building up in the ocean to determine if it threatens human health. “We need to do our own testing to see ourselves if our beaches are safe to swim in or not,” Pritichard said. Preserving water quality and conserving water as a precious resource go hand-in-hand, noted Pritchard. “Here in San Diego we are involved in just about every aspect of water quality and conservation,” he said. “We meet with City staff and water quality officials to help shape legal and policy guidelines.” O’Malley is optimistic about the future prospects for safeguarding both San Diego’s water quality and its supply. “Resuse, the recycling of wastewater into potable (drinkable) water will become a reality in the not-toodistant future,” O’Malley said, adding he’s also encouraged by people’s positive attitude toward water and environmental conservation. “San Diegans respond once they know there’s an issue with water quality or availability,” he said, pointing to successful mandatory water rationing in the past as an example.u
San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 14–27, 2014
The organizations of our community W
hen you flip to the next page, you’ll find the names, locations and a bit of information about 43 community organizations in Uptown News’ coverage area. It’s an overwhelming amount of information, and I won’t dare claim we didn’t miss a few, but the existence of each one is a necessity. While their size and scope varies greatly, every single organization satisfies a unique need of their community. And not to get preachy, but these organizations are the most basic, local and citizen-based level of our democracy. If you’ll allow me to get even more dramatic, without these community associations, planning groups and business associations, our society would have a tough time functioning. The problem, we’ve discovered, is that many residents, even those committed to improving the community they find themselves in, aren’t always aware of what their local community organizations do exactly. There’s a large group of San Diegans that pour a charitable portion of their time, effort and sanity into these groups, and their work is often done with little thanks. So for the next however many issues it takes, Uptown News will go neighborhood by neighborhood, explaining who does what, why they do it, and who they do it on behalf of. Hopefully, in the process, the dire importance of these organizations to the cohesive functioning of our city will become clear. To get started, here’s a short overview of some of the common organizations you’ll find when you flip the page.
COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUPS
San Diego’s Planning Department bases much of what it does off its General Plan, which the City’s website calls its “constitution for development.” While the plan consists of overarching elements that determine growth, development and land-use policies throughout the city, it also contains specific rules for the 50 different community-planning areas the city is divided into. Each of these areas has specific needs and desires, and because of this, a community planning board exists in each
one of them. While the planning boards are advisory committees, they are the “officially-recognized” planning group in their respective communities. Each chair of a community-planning group is also a representative on the Community Planners Committee, which provides citizen input on citywide planning issues.
TOWN COUNCILS/ COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS
These groups are often more informal, but provide an opportunity for a community to tackle grassroots efforts on a broad spectrum of topics. But that’s not to say they’re all small time. They range from small groups planning neighborhood events to registered nonprofits taking on heftier endeavors. Town councils and community associations are grouped together because both typically represent the interest of a community’s residents. They are community involvement in their most unadulterated form, and vital in making that first contact with the area’s elected officials.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONS
These nonprofits are a big part of how community projects of all sizes receive funding. Originally, CDCs were typically used throughout the nation to revitalize low-income areas, but a common use for them in San Diego is to support local business and fund community events. They’re the dense, dry and necessary backbone to community politics, often serving or at least originating as a funding auxilary for another community organization. For instance, the Hillcrest Business Association started the Hillcrest CDC, and the University Heights Community Association started the UHCDC. Both now operate autonomously.
COMMUNITY PARKING DISTRICTS
In 1997, San Diego established the Parking Meter District Program, in which a portion of the revenue from metered parking would go back to the community in the form of what are today known as community parking districts. These meter-funded groups allow the community to create and adopt its own strategies to approach
parking in the area. Community parking districts also get representation the City’s Parking Advisory Board, which advises on broader parking issues.
BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS AND BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS
Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), are areas designated by the City, in which every business in its boundaries are assessed an annual fee that goes toward marketing, beautification and other spending that facilitates increased business in the BID area. Many BIDs go by another name, or are enveloped into an organization that does more than administer BID funds, such as North Park Main Street or the Adams Avenue Business Association. Today, there are 18 active districts in the city with more than 11,000 businesses participating. While most business associations also facilitate their area’s BID, their goals are usually broader. Comprised of a community’s business owners, they provide a way to organize events and campaigns that increase local business, advocate on behalf of the area’s business interests and promote coordination and partnerships between its businesses.
HERITAGE ORGANIZATIONS AND HISTORICAL SOCIETIES
Both heritage organizations and historical societies promote education and awareness about the historic aspect of the area of San Diego in which they are based. Heritage organizations go one step further as “preservationist” organizations, where they not only educate the public on the area’s history, but they attempt to preserve it geographically and architecturally through advocacy.
MAINTENANCE ASSESSMENT DISTRICTS
Similar to BIDs assessing business owners, property owners can vote to create a Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) in their area. By doing this, they are assessed a fee that’s spent toward services above and beyond what the City normally pays for. Typically, this means public landscaping, additional lighting and beautification projects.u
San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 14–27, 2014
University Heights Community Development Corporation
North Park Community
6 p.m. on the fourth Wed Lafayette Hotel, 222 CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org or
p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month LOCATION: 4452 Park Blvd. Suite 104 CONTACT: email@example.com or 619-297-3166
Old Town Community Planning Group 3:30 p.m. on the Second Wednesday of the month LOCATION: The Whaley House, 2476 San Diego Ave. CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-297-1631 MEETING:
Old Town Chamber of Commerce
6:30 p.m. on the firs of the month LOCATION: 4452 Park Blvd. Suit CONTACT: email@example.com
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Scripps Mercy Hospital
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325 W. Washington St. Suite 2-159 CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org LOCATION:
San Diego Ave. Suite 107 CONTACT: email@example.com or 619-291-4903
Mission Hills Town Council
Scheduled on a needed basis 2415 San Diego Ave., Suite 107 CONTACT: 619-291-4903 MEETING:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-297-3166
6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month 4452 Park Blvd. Suite 104 CONTACT: email@example.com or 619-301-0835 MEETING:
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3:15 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month LOCATION: The Frame Maker, 3102 Reynard Way CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org
TIMKEN MUS. OF ART BALBOA PARK MUS. OF MAN BOTANICAL GARDENS SAN DIEGO MUS. OF ART
Mission Hills Business Improvement District
3737 Fifth Ave. Suite 201 CONTACT: 619-299-3330 or hillcrestbia.org LOCATION:
Hillcrest Business Association
p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month varies CONTACT: email@example.com or 619-497-1193
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Bankers Hill Business Group
Old Town Community Parking District
University Heights Historical Society
University Heights Community Association
p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. CONTACT: email@example.com or 619-231-4495 LOCATION:
6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month LOCATION: Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. CONTACT: hillcresttowncouncil.com MEETING:
Hillcrest Town Council
Uptown Community Planning Group
Bankers Hill Residents Group p.m. on the third Monday of the month LOCATION: San Diego Indoor Sports Club, 3030 Front St. CONTACT: bankershillresidents.org
5 p.m. on the second Monday of the month LOCATION: Uptown Community Parking District Office, 2720 Fifth Ave. CONTACT: 619-846-5754 or parkuptownsd.org
Uptown Community Parking District MEETING:
Friends of Balboa Park
South Park Business Group
LOCATION: Balboa Park Administration
Building, 2125 Park Blvd. CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-232-2282
8:30 a.m. on the last Wednesday of the month LOCATION: varies and for members only CONTACT: email@example.com
Golden Hill Community Development Corporation LOCATION: 2801
B St. Suite 20
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UPTOWN FOOD BRIEFS By Frank Sabatini Jr. SDUN Reporter
Gelato Vero Caffe in Mission Hills has remodeled its 30-year-old digs while partnering with vegetarian chef and mosaic artist Kristin Green, who developed for the café a weekend brunch menu offering mostly vegetarian and gluten-free options. Among them is Tunisian chickpea stew and Finnish Karelian pies. The two-level space shows off a fresh paint job, new furnishings, a revamped kitchen and a “reactivated” upstairs patio. Brunch is served from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sundays. 3753 India St., 619-295-9269.
Terryl Gavre whipping up Southern favorites at her new restaurant (Courtesy ACME Southern Kitchen)
DINING Farewell to the cherished Farm House Café in University Heights. The six-year-old French restaurant, run by chef-chocolatier Olivier Bioteau and his wife, Rochelle, has been sold to local chef Mike Almos, who once worked at the nowdefunct Vagabond in South Park. For his first solo venture, Almos will reportedly take the American comfort road with his menu while renaming the restaurant, Circa. In the meantime, the Bioteaus are looking for a new location with a larger kitchen within San Diego County. Their last day of ser vice will be Februar y 28. No word yet on when Circa opens. 2121 Adams Ave., 619-269-9662.
Wine and vintage music albums combine at Proprietor’s Reserve (Courtesy Lori Brookes Photography) Bring your old LPs to Proprietor’s Reser ve Wine Bar in Normal Heights on March 7 for “Vino and Vinyl Viernes,” a monthly event held on various Friday nights from 7 p.m. until closing. Launched by a few devoted patrons several months ago, the albums brought in by customers feature music spanning from the ‘60s to ‘80s. The bar offers discounts on wines by the glass and bottle during the event. Food from the regular menu is also available, which includes steak and fish entrees, chili rellenos, cheese plates and more. 4711 34th St., 619-283-7449.
Restaurateur Terr yl Gavre of Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant has opened ACME Southern Kitchen in the East Village, featuring original recipes inspired by Junior League cookbooks from The South. Situated in a quaint, corner brick building, the menu pays tribute to dishes that are nearly extinct in urban restaurants such as smothered pork chops, chipped bologna sandwiches on homemade white bread and chicken pot pies nestled in yeast-infused “angel biscuit” crusts. Sidekicks include pimento cheese with Saltines, Southern-style deviled eggs and of course, fried green tomatoes. Gavre is also the founder of Downtown’s Café 222 and co-owner of Market Restaurant + Bar in Del Mar. ACME is located at 901 E St., 619-515-2225.
Known for its vast selection of vodka, Scotch and toothsome front-counter candies, Ser vall Liquor in Hillcrest is about to triple its beer inventor y with additional local, national and international choices, thus replacing a few aisle’s worth of groceries to accommodate the suds. With dozens of new labels already in stock, the owners say the collection will grow to around 2,500 varieties in a couple of months. 1279 University Ave., 619-692-3225. Rumor has it that the space being left behind by Gossip Grill — since moving down the street to 1220 University — might become occupied by an organic burger chain out of Vancouver, Canada. A rep from MO’s Universe, which holds the lease to the property, said “nothing is set in stone yet,” but added that other prospective tenants have so far included an Italian restaurant, a breakfast café and sandwich deli. Regardless what moves in, chances are good that the property won’t sit vacant for very long. 1440 University Ave.u
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(l to r) Jamaican jerk pork belly; braised short ribs with local vegetables (Courtesy of Nine-Ten)
Pampered plates on Prospect Street FRANK SABATINI JR. |
ime and place fell into remarkable alignment for a moment during our dinner at Nine-Ten in La Jolla, where detailed, nouveau dishes synchronize to exceptional white-linen service, but minus the starchy airs that once defined restaurants in this locale. While awaiting dessert I nonchalantly wondered aloud about the time. Beating me in fishing out our cell phones, I assumed my companion was joking when he looked at his screen and responded “nine ten.” Whoa. My phone flashed the same numbers. If this bizarre fluke was the universe confirming we’d come to the right address for an urbane meal laced with intricate flavors, it was a couple hours late in telling us, although magical nonetheless. Located at street level inside the 100-year-old Grande Colonial luxury hotel, Nine-Ten is one of the few restaurants in town that has retained the same chef for at least 10 years. Prior to his arrival, Jason Knibb worked under the tutelage of famed chefs Wolfgang Puck and Roy Yahmagucci. He’s since earned the restaurant copious honors with inventive cuisine that glides across trendy boundaries and changes frequently; with the exception of a few mainstays that include lush sashimi-style yellowtail (or sometimes tuna) dressed in baby shitake mushrooms and scallion vinaigrette. It’s clean, simple and exquisite. Devoted patrons can’t do without his Jamaican-jerk pork belly either. Although on this particular visit the normally unctuous cube of meat lacked its prized layer of fat. And the Riesling from Mosel, Germany that our waiter paired to the dish exceeded in sweetness the anticipated spiciness on the belly’s crispy exterior. The flavor was nonetheless porky, augmented poetically with micro measures of sweet potato puree, plantains and savory jellies. Another appetizer, “charred broccoli bishop hats pasta,” resembled tortellini and tasted rich at times from shaved egg yolks dusting the dish. Broccoli appeared both inside and outside the housemade pasta pillows as it teamed up with zesty Meyer lemon and finely grated Pecorino cheese. Creamy, crunchy, salty and tangy — everything jived. Local organics from Chino Farms took center stage in the “little gems” salad constructed with flash-grilled baby lettuce, mild watermelon radishes and crushed hazelnuts. Somewhere in the scheme were anchovies, invisible to the eye but poking through with their elusive, meaty flavor. The soup du jour was a velvety
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858-964-5800 Prices: appetizers and salads, $13 to $16; entrees, $20 to $37; three-course prix fixe dinner, $55 or $75 with wine pairings leek and fennel puree bumped up with citrus relish, vanilla bean and marinated shrimp. No one sip tasted the same, which is exactly what kept me engaged to the very end of it. My companion, on the other hand, abandoned his spoon halfway through, terming the flavors as “all over the place.” He soon returned to nirvana, however, with the arrival of Canadian king salmon, lauded for its dense, oily flesh. The entrée involved two thick squares of the fish, seared beautifully with crispy skins and translucent interiors. Knibb’s knack for pairing proteins to the right organics was spot on. Amid dollops of herbaceous stinging nettle puree were carrots roasted in lime ash, tender asparagus and a couple of baby artichoke hearts rising like mini towers from artichoke emulsion. Sitting beneath my chin was a garden of turnips, carrots, spring onions, potatoes and daikon radishes complimenting braised beef short ribs, which rested in a puddle of opulent consommé. Mustard seeds swathed in Korean gochujan sauce graced a few corners of the meat, adding a faint red-chili tang to the flavor profile. As I expected from a seasoned chef like Knibb, these weren’t your everyday, straightforward short ribs flooding
most winter menus. Our wine pairings this time around rang of solid marriages — semi-citrusy Aliane Chardonnay from France for the salmon and John Anthony Syrah from Napa Valley singing in perfect harmony with the short ribs. We stuck to glass pours, which don’t exceed $15 across the list. Bottle choices cover a wider gamut, with prices ranging between $32 and $500. There’s also a comfy, intimate bar from which signature cocktails and craft beers originate. Service at Nine-Ten is top notch. The crew is friendly and highly attentive without being obtrusive. Case in point: When I accidentally dropped a fork on the floor, our waiter appeared within seconds to pick it up while another followed behind with a fast replacement. In clumsy moments like this, I greatly appreciated that neither server brought verbal attention to the mishap. Our dinner concluded with confections from locally schooled pastry chef Rachel King, whose coconut cake with lime puree and mouthwatering passion fruit ice cream wowed us more than her “lemon meringue” with olive oil ice cream. The latter featured an artsy presentation of lemon curd piped across the plate and interspersed with pieces of crispy, lemon-infused meringue and caramelized white chocolate. Dessert lovers looking for a weighty sugar fix might find it too abstract. Nine-Ten’s atmosphere is sophisticated and warmly textured, yet never feels stiff despite its prime location at the south end of Prospect Street. The kitchen also serves breakfast and lunch daily, which opens up the morning for that strange coincidence to occur, as you might impulsively check the time while forking into lemon-ricotta pancakes at precisely 9:10 a.m.u
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Happy Hour: 4 to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
A small list of California and international wines comprise the booze list, along with a pleasant semi-dry prosecco from Cupcake Vineyards.
Food: The “Carmela” pizza yielded five irregular squares. The crust was light and crispy and topped with a flavorful blend of melted Gruyere cheese, caramelized onions and fresh arugula.
Value: Expect to save between 10 and 20 percent for various appetizers and wines by the glass.
Service: Table service seems to suffer when staffers begin tending to customers at the cash register. Also, the happy hour menu wasn’t presented until asking for it.
Duration: No happy hour on weekends, but the 6:30 p.m. end time on all other days gives customers working overtime a fair chance to seize the bargains.
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Wherever fancy-pants chocolates, gelatos and desserts are ser ved, there should always be wine and bubbly in close orbit, given that they all fall into the same categor y of romantic temptations. Indeed, the owners of Chocolat got it right by catering to drinkers. Happy hour bargains don’t apply to the sweet edibles because a “ton of cost goes into them,” according to an employee. But wines and prosecco come down a couple notches in price, costing $5 per glass. When ducking in recently for a mental reset after canvassing the city with out-of-town company, the wine selection featured an Australian Chardonnay, a Napa Cabernet, Italian Chianti and a merlot whose
origin my waitress didn’t know. Just as well since my tongue craved fizz, leading me to a fluted glass of prosecco from Cupcake Vineyards. The vintner, located in the Central Coast, produces red and white wines that usually taste acceptable for the price, especially with food. The softly effer vescent prosecco lived up to that standard, offering soothing notes of cantaloupe and peach without the cloying aftertaste. Several savories are discounted as well, such as ricotta-pear “bruschette” with honey ($4.95); tuna antipasti with red peppers ($6.95); and decent-sized pizzas ser ved on boards for $7.95. I ordered the “Carmela” pizza, a close cousin to the classic Alsatian flammkuchens I’ve eaten with wild abandon in Europe. It’s topped with caramelized onions, Gruyere cheese and wild mushrooms. Chocolat’s version, however, comes with the
Pizza and prosecco (Photo by Dr. Ink) added prosecco-friendly bonus of fresh arugula and balsamic glaze. Though bustling most days, the four-year-old café feels a little too stylish for rip-roaring drinking sessions with its black-and-white color scheme and flowering plants adorning most tables. And it’s hard to leave without perusing the gelatos, which inevitably prompts a purchase after netting a few free samples from a rainbow of flavors. Attesting to the fact, never before have I come home from happy hour with peanut butter and chocolate on my breath.u
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There’s still time to close out the month with great live music. Here are five particularly earcatching shows over the next two weeks. Our diverse music scene delivers again, and for the price of a beer (or less), you can easily support hard-working local artists. Desert Noises, The Paragraphs, and Oh, Spirit. at Soda Bar 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15 $8 – $10 sodabarmusic.com Here’s a bill that gets better with each band, balancing a vintage rock ‘n’ roll sound with contemporary catchiness. Local band Oh, Spirit will start off with their Beatles-esque style built on the dynamic talents of all five members. North County quartet The Paragraphs will be up next with an eclectic range from surf pop to garage rock. Finishing the night are Desert Noises from Utah — their sound filled with dreamy vocal layers and tinges of smoky blues. “Soda Bar has always welcomed us with open arms and a pool table,” said front man Kyle Henderson. “San Diego brings a laid back feeling and we have always had great people to hang out … Can’t wait to be back.” This is the type of show you come early for — get a drink, stake your claim on a spot and watch each band deliver a solid set for your auditory pleasure.
If you’ve never been to this venue or heard this band, you’re in luck, because this month Westside Inflection took up a weekly residency at Riviera. The guys of Westside play three sets each week of solid renditions of standards by Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin and others. Singer Jason Hanna has a classic vibe to his vocals and is backed by a trio of rock solid musicians. Their swanky style goes hand-inhand with the location’s mid-century atmosphere and menu. Plus Wednesday is wing night, and those things are crazy good. Stevie and the Hi-Staxx at Bar Pink 9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19 Free BarPink.com This band’s lineup has varied throughout the years but the constant remains charismatic front man Stevie Harris. With emotive lyrics and his soulful voice, Harris is a mesmerizing performer to see and hear. The band’s style blends influences of classic funk and soul artists along with contemporary singer-songwriters. The intoxicating outcome always gets listeners to sway along. Chiefs, Amigo, and Old Man Wizard at The Merrow 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20 $7 themerrow.com Old Man Wizard will unabashedly jump start this one with their unique brand of rock. The band’s powerful anthems are the type of
soundtrack you’d want playing if you were flying a dragon into battle while brandishing a flaming sword. Amigo are the meat in this local sandwich with a classic mix of rock and metal featuring wailing guitars. Chiefs offer something slightly mellower but still in a hard rock vein with sickly solid rhythms. Overall this is a huge lineup of sounds for a venue that can handle music of this magnitude — and volume. Sara and Roger’s Anniversar y Show with Yacht Party, Listening to Rocks, and Tan Sister Radio at Casbah 9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24 Free casbahmusic.com Each year Sara and Roger Morrison host an anniversary show at the venue that played host to their nuptials in 2007. Handpicking local bands, the couple puts on their yearly event at Casbah which is open to the public and well attended by friends and music fans. This year, Tan Sister Radio will bring their catchy psychedelic sound to the stage, playing songs off their newly released album “Hat Trick.” The happy husband, Roger, will hit the stage with his aptly named rock band Listening to Rocks. Rounding out this one is Yacht Party, who nail cover versions of popular ‘70s soft rock — also dubbed Yacht rock. This unique ensemble plays everything from Steely Dan to Hall and Oates. This festive celebration of love and music is not to be missed — and it’s free!u
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Memory play at Moxie By Charlene Baldridge Theater Review
Listed in the 1995 opening night credits of Lynn Nottage’s “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” at New York’s Second Stage, one finds the familiar name Delicia Turner, who acted as production stage manager. Nearly 20 years later, Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, having since become founding artistic director of Moxie Theatre, returns to the Nottage’s early work, bringing audiences her own maturity, a fine local cast, and a richly detailed period set by Tim Nottage (no relation). That is not to say Lynn Nottage’s memory play has matured since it was seen at Ashland Shakespeare Festival, or at the Old Globe in 2000 and 2001, respectively. Onlookers may have grown older, but the play remains the play. Memory plays are difficult to bring off, especially when the most important role is played by a teenage actor. American master Neil Simon discovered that when he wrote his Brooklyn plays. No wonder then, that in 1995 New York Times critic Ben Brantley compared “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” to Simon. Nonetheless, the Moxie production has much to commend it, and the issues raised are still relevant, sadly. Indeed there are so many that one feels assailed politically and socially at the expense of the human story, a black southern family struggling to deal with grief and achieve closeness, love and goodness in 1950 Brooklyn. The play is narrated by 17-year-old Ernestine Crump (Jada Temple, a senior at SCPA, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts). Ernestine is intelligent and fearless in her assessment of society and her place in it. Because of the freewheeling sexuality and Communist sympathies of her recently arrived Aunt Lily Ann Green, the naïve Ernestine professes to be a Communist too. It’s more incipient feminism, but she can’t know that yet. Cashae Monya defines the role of Lily Ann in the breakthrough
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(above) Cashae Monya as Lily Ann, Deja Fields as Ermina and Jada Temple as Ernestine Crump; (below) Cashae Monya as Lily Ann and Vimel Sephus as Godfrey (Photos by Daren Scott) speech, Nottage risks exasperating her audience with a surfeit of direct address. At times poetic and affecting, the device is that of a young playwright. Nottage went on to receive a MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellowship and to write “Intimate Apparel” (2003) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Ruined” (2007). Jennifer Brawn Gittings provides period costumes, Ross Glanc the lighting, and Melanie Chen the sound. Tim Nottage takes the cake however, with his fussy set, flowered wallpaper and don’t-go-there clashing sofa. One could gaze forever at such luscious detail, enhanced by Angelica Ynfante’s properties. Jennifer Berry is choreographer.u
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RAYSTREET “Some disagree with me, but what’s the point of making art if it never leaves the studio?” she said. Patric Stillman, one of the artists profiled in the book, agrees. “So many young artists are rooted in an esoteric mindset — a bohemian lifestyle creating art that is not meant for everyone,” he said. “In contrast, I find Ray Street Artists as a whole are more interested in connecting with and sharing their messages with the public. They are happy to have their works appear in ArtWalk, local galleries, salons, coffee houses and online.” The Ray Street Artists group is comprised of 25 members but only 18 were included in the book, a decision Ashton said was based on the quantity of work they have accomplished. Ashton and Lesley Anderson, the current education director at SDAD, reviewed dozens of pieces put forth for inclusion and chose the artwork that best represented each selected artist’s work. The art that made the cut runs the gamut of mediums, and makes use of acrylics, oils, metal, wood, and mixed media. Along with the three pieces chosen, an extensive bio for each artist accompanies their work, and
both Ashton and Anderson have work in the book as well. Though members of the Ray Street Artists group often participate in Ray at Night, North Park’s monthly art event, none of them own studios on the actual street and many even travel from as far away as Poway and Carlsbad to attend their weekly classes or meet ups at SDAD. Through their artist community, group members often get exposure as guest artists at SDAD’s own in-house exhibitions, Ray at Night, other solo shows, and are showcased together at the annual Mission Federal ArtWalk. In addition, many works from the “Ray Street Artists” book will be on display in the lobby of the Lyceum Theatre during “Detroit,” a play running Feb. 22 through March 16, and group member Nancy Plank currently has work on display at SDAD through March 8. Aside from their recent shared interest in the book’s publication, the Ray Street Artists have become a tight-knit group over the last five years. They meet weekly to paint, critique each other’s work, discuss ways to further develop their portfolios, and to generally support one another’s artistic endeavors. “It gives me a creative community that encourages, pushes
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CALENDAR SUNDAY, FEB. 23
[For recurring Sunday events, see Feb. 17] Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “About Time” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.
TUESDAY, JAN. 25
Old Mission Rotar y: 12 p.m., regular weekly meeting of the Old Mission Rotary Club, Best Western Seven Seas, 411 Hotel Circle South. Curbside Bites: 5 – 8 p.m., weekly Tuesday night gathering of gourmet food trucks at 3030 Grape St. in South Park. Tasty Truck Tuesdays: 6 – 9 p.m., every Tuesday night Smitty’s Service Station hosts several food trucks under their well-lit shade structure, live music, 3442 Adams Ave, free. Pajama Stor ytime: 6:30 – 7 p.m., every Tuesday children are invited for story time fun with books,
and helps me realize my personal artistic goals,” Stillman said. “I’ve found an enclave of simpatico souls, which offers me an alternative to being alone with my work all the time. It’s very gratifying to have that interaction with others. “As an artist, you never know where you’ll find that spark of innovation, and for me and this crew, we often provide that to each other.” Others profiled in the “Ray Street Artists” book and the March 1 exhibition include: Bronle Crosby, Sheila Daube, Ann Golumbuk, Pat Harris, Vanessa V. Hofmann, Lorraine ‘Rain’ Iverson, Lisa Kohl, Dawn Kureshy, Jan Lord, Shirin Nikkoukari, Nancy Plank, Tricia Skoglund, Tammi Smith, L ynn Steffner, and Lisa Tear. “Art in the Garden” will take place from 1 – 5 p.m. at 6112 Waverly Ave. in La Jolla. Wine and appetizers will be served, the “Ray Street Artists” book will be available for purchase for $27.95, and music by local musician Mike McGill will be provided. Admission is to the event is free. For more information about the exhibition or the Ray Street Artists’ group, visit raystreetartists. com or find them on Facebook. You can also learn more about art classes and in house exhibits at sandiegoartdepartment.com.u
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South Park Business Group: 8:30 a.m., monthly meeting on last Wed. of month at Alchemy, 1503 30th St. LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch, 925 W. Washington St., free.
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North Park Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday in the parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free. Kirtan musical meditation: 8:15 p.m. every Thursday chant and sing contemporary mantras celebrating love and life at Pilgrimage of the Heart yoga studio, 3301 Adams Ave, free.u
San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 14–27, 2014
San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 14–27, 2014
Remodeling Reality Take a deep breath. Listen to your feelings. Journey from ignorance to uncertainty to perfection. This is the Zen of home remodeling.
Michael Good Not every old house is historic. And not every room in a historic house can or should be preserved. With no place for a refrigerator, dishwasher, convection oven, toaster oven, wine refrigerator, warming drawer and espresso machine, most 100-yearold kitchens can’t be adapted to modern living. If you absolutely need this stuff, then you’re going to need to remodel. For that, you don’t necessarily need a restoration specialist. You just need a really good contractor — one who understands old houses (and old house owners). But Low does one find such a person, and make such a project successful? I talked to a number of contractors, tradesmen and craftspeople for advice about making your home-remodeling project successful. Although people in the trades love to complain privately about the crazy things their clients do, the guys I talked with were too savvy to do it on the record. All their clients were paragons of wit and civility. Here’s what they did have to say, however (with my own insights as a restoration specialist and old house owner). Just say no “Don’t do it!” shouted one contractor when I asked for his advice for remodelers. He was laughing, but he wasn’t kidding. It’s always a good idea to question yourself before starting such a big undertaking. Remodeling is extremely stressful. It’s disruptive. It tests relationships. It tests sanity. Even when things go well, you’re likely to have some dark nights of the soul and learn some things about yourself, your partner and the many colors and textures of grout that maybe you didn’t want to know. Live with it first A lot of people remodel before they move in. It seems a practical time to do it, while the house is empty and everyone is filled with
ambition and ideas. But it’s easy to make a mistake and tear out something that actually worked beautifully and looked beautiful. Try adjusting your lifestyle to your house. That’s the way the experts — people like SOHO Executive Director Bruce Coons — do it. Buying a new house is an adventure. Part of the fun is adapting to your new house, new neighborhood and new lifestyle. Sometimes, we can learn a few things from our houses. Other times, the reality is: You really do need a bigger closet.
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HOUSECALLS If you don’t know what a flat screen TV should cost, how can you know what a kitchen remodel should cost, with its half-a-dozen major appliances, plumbing, electrical, tile, trim, flooring and a million other little components and details assembled by a small army of technicians, craftsmen, laborers and paper-shufflers? The three-bid method of selecting a contractor or tradesperson is just wishful thinking. Contractor A has the best price. Contractor B can do it fastest. Contractor C can deliver the best quality. After the wily homeowner gets his three bids, he thinks, I’ll negotiate with C to get him to do it as fast as B and as cheap as A. That’s impractical thinking. And if you persist in that, contractors are just going to tell you what you want to hear, and adjust either the quality, the timeliness or the price through excuses and change orders to bring you face to face with reality and satisfy their bottom line. Wake up, smell the cof fee “People are delusional,” said Michel Khozam of ZMK Construction with a laugh. (Laughter seems to be the universal reaction when I asked contractors how homeowners could make their project go better.) Khozam was a systems engineer when he started flipping houses. “But I fell in love with it. I became very fond of the idea of preservation. People who buy older homes are wired differently,” Khozam said. He should know; he owns one himself. Old house owners are committed to the idea of the house as home, not an investment, he says. But even with the preservationminded he said, “there’s always that variable, of being delusional about the outcome. They underestimate the disturbing costs involved in restoring a home. We can design everything to accommodate your modern needs on the inside of the house. But all
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