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North Park’s World Cup Finale — On Sunday, July 13, Germany and Argentina went head-to-head in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final, with Germany winning the match 1–0. In San Diego, the game began at noon, and soon afterward roars, cheers and gasps could be heard from far around the intersection of University Avenue and 30th Street, where the heart of North Park was packed with soccer fans to witness the game on a giant 11-by-17-foot Jumbotron that closed down a block of 30th Street all day Sunday. Pictured above is a jersey-clad Council President Todd Gloria addressing the crowd just before the game begins. (Photo by Joseph Balestrieri) Mobile mut munchies
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San Diego Airport’s $80 million parking project back on track An in-depth look at the stalled Parking Plaza McKenna Aiello Uptown News
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Traveling through the San Diego International Airport might become a whole lot easier for globetrotters as the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Board of Directors voted unanimously Wednesday, July 9 to revive construction of a three-story parking structure adjacent to Terminal 2. The $80 million Parking Plaza is set take three years to complete and include approximately 3,000 parking spaces — downgraded from the original 2008 approved-proposal for a fivestory structure housing 5,000 spaces. In a presentation directed by the Airport Authority’s vice president of administration Jeffrey Woodson, the economy’s swift downturn in 2008 was blamed for the halt in airport operation growth. This, in turn, forestalled implementing the 2008 Airport Master Plan (AMP), a blueprint for the airport’s future that included plans for the parking structure as well as other airport operation entities needed by 2015. Outlined in the AMP, 10 new gates, more efficient curbside check-in options and a dual-level roadway were made a reality with last year’s Green Build — the largest improvement project the airport has seen in its history. Officials say a majority of the AMP’s projects are now underway and will be
fully accessible by 2022. The $900 million Green Build did not include new parking options though, and a 2013 airport passenger satisfaction survey cited only 51 percent parking satisfaction in comparison to a 79 percent overall satisfaction in the airport’s other features. These shortcomings prompted airport staff to enlist LeighFisher Associates to aid in a study reflecting the need for said parking structure. In the 2013 study, the consulting firm found a need for 7,000 total spaces by 2035 and an immediate need for at least 3,000 spaces for Terminal 2 travelers. Terminal 2 currently has 1,400 surfacelevel parking spaces, a 1,600 space deficiency that the study said is causing much of the traffic congestion on North Harbor Drive leading into the terminal. Although the 2008 Final Environmental Impact Report stated a 5,000-space parking structure would hardly make a dent in regards to traffic flow, the LeighFisher Associates study found the current proposed structure would reduce traffic by 140 to 320 trips per day. As of now, North Harbor Drive remains the main access point to the parking structure via an already constructed expanded roadway loop. At the center of the loop would be the parking structure, and vehicles approaching the terminal area would be directed to the structure
or to passenger pick-up and drop-off. Officials say this will mitigate the need for vehicles to pass through curbside drop-offs before entering the parking structure and incentivize airport customers to utilize the parking structures instead of relying on family or friends to pick and drop them off, thus cutting down the number of round trips going in and out of the terminal. The AMP is also examining the potential construction of an airport by-pass road that would eradicate all airport traffic from North Harbor Drive and the parking plaza, but for now any concrete plans for this project remain unseen until the structure opens. The parking plaza will feature an aesthetically pleasing art component commissioned by local artists. It will also rely on “smart parking technology,” a feature that is said to reduce idle and circulating vehicles by enabling parkers to reserve and pay for spaces in advance. Officials estimate that the cost of the structure will run somewhere between $80 to $88 million, and will present a net value ranging between $26.7 and $104.6 million depending if the structure will be financed through cash reserves or debts. Although the plaza’s cost was included in the Board approved 2015 – 2019 Capital Program Budget, it was left
see Airport, page 4
Children create art out of recycled and reclaimed material at Art FORM San Diego in Normal Heights. (Courtesy Art FORM)
Normal Heights nonprofit gets regional recognition
Art FORM receives Earth 8 award Manny Lopez Uptown News
In a community center on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, local nonprofit, Art FORM San Diego, received recognition to the tune of a $25,000 check for its contributions to public school art education with its creative, environmentally conscious program. The nonprofit was recently named the winner of the 2014 Earth 8 ECO Ambassador People’s Choice Award, which carries with it a $25,000 first place prize from SDG&E. Earth 8 is a project of CBS 8, The Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, SDG&E and The San Diego River Foundation. Earth 8’s mission is to build regional environmental awareness and to inspire kids to promote a healthy, sustainable Earth through education, outreach and stewardship. Art FORM (Found Objects Recycled Materials) began in 2011 and provides arts education with creative reuse workshops to schools and the community for little to no cost using all kinds of recycled and reclaimed materials. Students are then encouraged to use their imagination to transform the different supplies, textures and colors and put them together in new ways. “It was very thrilling to be nominated as a finalist in the first place, because we’re a newer organization in San Diego and we were selected alongside several established nonprofits,” said Erin Pinnell, founder of Art FORM San Diego. “The grant award
see ArtFORM, page 5
San Diego Uptown News | July 18–31, 2014
San Diego Uptown News | July 18–31, 2014
Minimum wage hike approved Morgan M. Hurley Uptown Assistant Editor
The much talked about minimum wage hike for San Diegans was approved on July 14 in City Council chambers by a vote of 6 to 3. The increase, passed as an ordinance proposed and later modified by Council President Todd Gloria, includes no exemptions for any industry or business and will move San Diego beyond the most recent state minimum wage increase of $9 per hour on July 1, to a total of $11.50 by January of 2017. The newly approved rate falls significantly short of the $13.09 originally proposed by Gloria, and will be phased in over time, with $9.75 going into effect January of 2015, $10.50 the following January, and the final, full $1 hike effective in January of 2017. Also part of the measure was the ability for each worker to earn up to five days of sick leave. “San Diego is a city where workers are respected and paid fairly. San Diego prioritizes responsible business practices and healthy community members,” Gloria stated in a press release. “San Diego is a greater city because of the action we took tonight.” Not everyone was happy with the measure’s passing. Councilmembers Mark Kersey, Scott Sherman and Lorie Zapf all dissented, and Mayor Kevin Faulconer released a statement confirming his disapproval of the measure. 10 News reported that Channelle Hawken, spokesperson for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, said many chamber members will be raising prices and cutting jobs as a result of the increase. She also
said that many of the members see it as a larger concern than healthcare expenses, and that nearly 15 percent of their membership are considering moving out of the region. Chamber CEO Jerry Sanders also criticized the vote in a statement released following the council’s actions. “Raising San Diego’s minimum wage and sick leave above and beyond what the state has already mandated puts San Diego at a competitive disadvantage compared to nearby cities,” Sanders stated, adding that the Chamber will be discussing options with local businesses and deciding a course of action to further oppose the measure going forward. On Wednesday, one day after the council vote, Gloria held a press conference to discuss the next steps of the ordinance, including enforcement. In his opening comments, he quickly defended the cost of enforcing the wage increase, comparing the code’s annual projected enforcement cost of $682,000 with the $1.89 million recently budgeted to enforce the oversize vehicle ordinance. Gloria said further talks regarding specifics on how to enforce the new law going forward were expected in September. “It remains my hope that the folks who stood in opposition to this common sense, reasonable compromise measure last night will join us in discussions instead of spending time wasting money further fighting our efforts to strengthen San Diego’s workforce,” Gloria said. “Yesterday’s action was the result of six months of a very concentrated efforts, research, negotiations, civil dialogue and compromise, and it demonstrated what this city is capable of addressing.”u
Environmental activists protest at Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins’ office in Downtown San Diego. (Photo by McKenna Aiello)
Lawmakers scrap controversial section of energy bill McKenna Aiello Uptown News
Environmental advocates and opponents of Assembly Bill 2145, a proposal that would make it more difficult for San Diego and other municipalities to provide alternative utility services, were pleased to see a controversial measure in the bill stripped out by the Senate’s Energy Committee on June 21. Community Choice Aggregation permits cities and counties to purchase electricity for residents alternate from the energy provided by investor-owned utility companies. Under current California law, utility customers may be automatically enrolled in CCA programs, but the legislation approved by the Assembly in May would have required customers to actively register or “opt-in” in to CCAs. The opt-in provision was fought by environmental groups and associations supporting clean-energy, claiming that the “opt-in” requirement would mean grass-root CCA efforts would have to organize major marketing campaigns against well-backed utility giants — an unwinnable fight claim environmental groups. Proponents of the bill, on the other hand, argued the legislation would only provide a more transparent picture of the choices customers had. Indeed, much of what remains in AB 2145 are more reporting
requirements for CCAs, including where they get their energy from. Opponents of the controversial bill made their voices heard in early June by protesting Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) vote in favor of AB 2145 and urging the San Diego City Council to pass a resolution against the legislation. The Council did vote in opposition of the bill, along with more than 40 other cities in California, including Chula Vista and Los Angeles, and the section of the bill considered most detrimental to clean energy programs was removed from the proposed legislation even prior to the Senate Committee’s vote. While San Diego County is currently assessing potential CCA adoption, new language added to the bill would limit the size of a CCA agency to no more than three contiguous counties. AB 2145 is now on to the Senate Appropriations Committee where a hearing date has not yet been scheduled.u
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AIRPORT without any substantial funding. But Officials say the Airport Authority now has enough funds to pay for the initial phase of constructing the structure, with room to eventually expand the structure to include 2,000 more spaces. As for visual impact of the parking structure, concerns raised by the Final Environmental Impact Report anticipated the structure would be visible from 23 scenic sites in the surrounding area including the Point Loma Peninsula, downtown skyline and Spanish Landing Park. But the study found that obstruction of these views coming from either direction would enact “low” to “medium” changes in visibility, with no significant impact on the view from Harbor Drive to the parking structure. The June 2014 report also noted that construction of the Plaza would not exceed National Ambient Air Quality Standards, but would exceed California Ambient Air Quality Standards for NOx, PM10 and PM2.5. According to the report, these violations are not of huge risk to the environment though, and an
increase in these chemicals was already expected to occur with aircraft operations in the future. Construction of the parking structure also plans to follow guidelines set by the Memorandum of Understanding, an initiative used by the Airport to set provisions for recycling construction waste, developing infrastructure to support alternative fuels and reducing water use. The Authority has also partnered with Borrego Solar to build a 3.3 megawatt solar energy system on the rooftops of the Parking Plaza and Terminal 2 set to supply 10 to 13 percent of the energy needs for Terminal 1 and 2. Spokespersons from the Port of San Diego and South County Economic Development Council both said the Airport Authority has gone to lengths to organize presentations to keep local entities apprised of the status of the project and ask for feedback. Next on the agenda for airport staff is the preparation of project designs, and obtaining a California coastal development permit. Construction companies will then bid to take hold of the project, and building will commence.u
Implementation details of San Diego bike-sharing program revealed Jeremy Ogul Uptown Contributing Editor
San Diego’s new bicyclesharing program is almost ready to roll, according to representatives from DecoBike, the corporate sponsor of the City’s program. Disagreements surrounding the placement of bike-docking stations contributed to a delay of more than six months, but nearly all issues have been resolved according to DecoBike representatives, and the company will begin installing the first stations Downtown in early September. San Diegans will be able to begin using the bikes by Oct. 30, and the six [REPLACE] Mission Valley stations will be installed by the end of this year, said David Silverman, DecoBike’s executive representative for San Diego. DecoBike has agreed to install 180 stations across the city, though the locations of approximately 20 percent of those stations are still being negotiated with property owners and neighborhood advocacy groups, Silverman said. The DecoBike station locations in Uptown, Greater North Park and Greater Golden Hill have yet to be finalized. Three bike docking stations will be placed in Old Town, including one at the Old Town Transportation Center.
A unique business model DecoBike recently announced the pricing structure for bike users. Compared to bike-sharing programs in other cities, the program in San Diego is noticeably more expensive, but the San Diego program also comes without any subsidy from the City. Most bike-sharing programs
A rendering of the DecoBike stations to be installed throughout San Diego (Courtesy DecoBike)
follow the same general pricing structure: Users pay an access fee — daily, monthly or annually — that allows them to freely remove a bike from the station for up to 30 minutes at a time. If the bike is not returned to a station within 30 minutes, the user must also pay an overage fee, which is usually charged in 30 -minute increments. The daily access fee in San Diego will be $15. By comparison, the daily access fee in New York City is $10; in Austin,
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see DecoBikes, page 15
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lighted eight non-profit organizations that exemplified environmental stewardship, innovation and responsibility. Winners were selected by an online public voting campaign that ran from June 13 until will allow us to expand our programs and July 1. Out of more than 41,000 votes cast, Art help us further develop Art FORM’s infraFORM won with 10,661 votes. structure.” Sarah Hutmacher, development and Pinnell said it was tremendous to be supprograms manager for the San Diego River Park ported by members of the Mid-City commuFoundation, said that the campaign was a great nity, because it validated Art FORM’s off-color opportunity for people to learn about the work idea of a recyclable-based art program. being done in the community by environmental Pedro Villegas, director of community relations for SDG&E and Rob Hutsel, executive organizations. Hutmacher added that she hopes people will find an opportunity through this director of The San Diego River Park Foundacampaign to volunteer, get involved or donate to tion, presented Pinell with the check. an organization that they would otherwise not “We are thrilled that the community came have already heard about. together to recognize the great work that Art “Art FORM is a great example of an organiForm is doing by selecting them as this year’s People’s Choice Award recipient,” Villegas said. zation that should be highlighted since reuse is a critical part of their mission,” Hutmacher said. “At SDG&E, we share the commitment of local “We really love being able to highlight programs non-profit organizations to promote environfor youth and getting to see all of the little mental sustainability in the San Diego region. smiling faces of the kids who knew that their Their work is fundamental to ours and the next generation’s stewardship of the region’s natural vote made a difference really made the event special.” resources and we proudly support them.” Other 2014 Earth 8 ECO Ambassador finalNews 8 recently aired a weeklong series ists included Anza Borrego Foundation, Friends of Eco-Ambassador reports that highof Balboa Park, Humane Smarts, Ocean Connectors, San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, The Earth Discovery Institute and The Water Conservation Garden. Art FORM also sells reclaimed materials and project ideas through their Creative Re-use Store, which opens on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 3316 Adams Ave. in Normal Heights. More information on Art FORM San Diego can be found at artformsandiego. org or by calling 619 795 -0013.u Children proudly display their creations at Art FORM San Diego.
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San Diego Uptown News | July 18–31, 2014
Fight against Jack in the Box remodel continues North Park residents continue legal battle against fast-food chain Dave Schwab Uptown News
Care About North Park (CANP) continues to its fight against the Jack in the Box rebuild and drive-thru at the T intersection at 30th and Upas streets. “We could have said, ‘Oh well, it's done so just let it ride,’” said Rick Pyle, a member of the ad hoc CANP group, regarding the fast-food restaurant, which was “illegally” reconstructed in the eyes of some approximately one year ago. Fellow CANP member Kate Callen said the legal and ethical issues involved are too great to let Jack in the Box off the hook. “They lied to us,” Callen said. “Unless we're successful in fending off this kind of illegal development in North Park, it will just go elsewhere. We have to deal with it.” A brief histor y of the Jack in the Box “Remodel” North Park residents have filed a lawsuit seeking to close the drive-thru window included in the North Park Jack in the Box, which has been at its Upas Street site since 1961. Insisting the restaurant's drive-thru is auto-intensive in the middle of a residential area where it no longer belongs, some residents contend the corporation voided its nonconforming right to have a drive-thru, thereby doing a nearly complete tear down — rather than a remodel — of its restaurant. “Zoning was changed 15 years ago in that area that no longer allowed drivethrus, the goal being so that area of North Park could be less auto-intensive and more pedestrian-friendly,” Pyle said.
“People just fly out of that drive-thru,” said Callen, who claims the drive-thru makes that intersection much more dangerous for all passersby including strollers, joggers and families with dogs. Callen also claims Jack in the Box used a stealth approach to get its restaurant rebuild in under the radar in May 2013. “They had a 30-day window to do the remodel, and for 26 days, they had heavy equipment outside and did nothing,” she said. “They ran down the clock, and then they the came in and did illegal reconstruction.” “They came out and said they were going to do an interior remodel, and the next thing we knew that building was demolished and just two or three studs left (for permitting purposes), a questionable tactic that's been done before,” Pyle said. “They even redid the foundation – it was a tear down.” CANP contends other rules were violated by Jack in the Box in its North Park remodel. “There is a stipulation that if they spend more than 50 percent of the value of the existing property on the remodel, that they have to go through a whole different process, then it becomes a public hearing processs,” said Callen. “They circumvented all kind of rules down at [the City’s Developmental Services] and they still got the green light to do it,” Pyle said. North Park community planner Roger Lewis, who filed the lawsuit originally on behalf of the community to block Jack In The Box's drive-thru, previously
see CANP, page 21
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We must be inclusive to LGBT seniors By Paul Downey, President & CEO, Ser ving Seniors As we celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community this month in San Diego, I thought it was appropriate to bring attention to a demographic that is often left behind: the LGBT senior. Like heterosexual seniors, LGBT seniors face many of the same challenges as they age, such as medical, financial and aging issues. However, LGBT seniors are often harassed and excluded when they access services from aging programs and senior centers. This makes many LGBT seniors reluctant to seek help from traditional aging programs. In turn, LGBT seniors are more likely to suffer from social isolation which negatively impacts their physical and mental health. It is vital our community embraces LGBT seniors and provides them with safe and inclusive environments they can find solace in. At Serving Seniors, our programs and services make a dedicated effort to show the LGBT community love and support. One of our clients, Lisa, is a cancer survivor and transgender woman. She is very open about the fact she spent the first 68 years of her life as a male. Lisa says she
knew by the age of three or four that she wasn’t really a boy despite what she was told. “I knew something was wrong with my body.” Transgender people often experience a genuine disconnect between the sex assigned to them at birth and their internal sense of who they are. It can cause undue pain and distress, which Lisa is all too familiar with. Lisa is a veteran of the United States Air Force and ser ved for four years. After her ser vice, she attended college where she earned her degree in journalism and went on to work for several newspapers. She did what she thought was expected of her by marr ying a woman and having a child. She says her parents would never understand or accept her living as a woman; so instead, Lisa waited to make that change. Once both of her parents passed away she immediately went to see a therapist and began the process of transitioning. In 2004, she officially became Lisa and has a new birth certificate to prove it. “I feel more normal. I’ve become more talkative. In my other gender, I was afraid to talk.” Today Lisa is healthy, vibrant, confident and full of joy. She enjoys sharing her story in an effort to educate others and spread
awareness about what it means to be transgender. Lisa truly embodies LGBT pride, and is an inspiration and a reminder it is never too late to live the life that makes us genuinely happy. Lisa admits it was challenging finding a senior center accepting of a transgender person, which is why Lisa is grateful for Serving Seniors. She says the staff and her peers accept her exactly as she is and Serving Seniors is a community she is glad to be a part of. This San Diego Pride, remember there are seniors like Lisa who are still looking for a place to fit in. Acceptance can really make a difference in anyone’s life and it is time the San Diego community steps up to embrace and love these individuals for who they are. If you or someone you know is an LGBT senior looking for an accepting, inclusive environment, please visit servingseniors.org to find out more about our programs and the Gary & Mary West Wellness Senior Center. —Paul Downey is the president and CEO of Serving Seniors, a nonprofit agency dedicated to increasing the quality of life for San Diego seniors living in poverty. Learn more at www.servingseniors.org.u
Park Boulevard redesign puts bicyclists in danger By D. Osborne As a bicyclist, I’d like to raise serious concerns with the redesign of Park Boulevard south of El Cajon Boulevard in North Park. In the southbound direction just south of the intersection, the new construction has taken what was a lovely, safe and wide two-lane street, perfect for both bikes and cars, and turned it into a dangerous route for bicyclists. All traffic is now funneled into one very narrow lane, without a bike lane and without room for both a bike and an auto to pass through at the same time. A large amount of street space has been taken by medians and curbed barriers. This change has transformed what had been a great ride from University Heights to Balboa Park/Downtown and turned it into a hazardous, nerve-racking experience for the biker. In general, I applaud what’s been done around town to promote biking. I’d like to thank our local officials, [Council President] Todd Gloria and Mayor [Kevin] Faulconer, both of whom have brought attention to the importance of providing a good biking infrastructure in our neighborhoods. I appreciate their support and recognition that one of the most environmentally friendly ways of getting around and a great way to ease traffic congestion is for more of us to use a bike when possible. This redesign of Park Boulevard needs to be fixed and the City’s street design process needs to be held accountable by bike advocates. A few important questions for the street design and planning process: Why was this change made with seemingly no planning for the bicyclist’s needs and safety? Where is the safe bike route in this redesign? Were bike advocates involved in the design process? This change on Park Boulevard puts bicyclists in unnecessary danger and does not promote a safe biking environment. If
an auto vs. bike collision were to happen in this section — and this redesign makes that seem very likely — I think the injured parties would have a valid argument in holding the City partly liable for damages. This design puts bicyclists in danger. Here’s an opportunity for our local officials to stand up for the needs of the biking community and fix this problem. Could the right shoulder median be partly removed and turned into a bike lane headed south? There seems to be a lot of room in this area, and a fix could easily be made to allow both auto and bike to use the street simultaneously. San Diego, especially our North Park-University Heights-Hillcrest neighborhood, is a fantastic place to bike. I’m glad to see a focus on safe biking from our city leaders. I’d like this dangerous redesign on Park Boulevard to be fixed, and for the City’s street design planning process to always include a bicycling advocate.u
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UptownBriefs SAN DIEGO BEAD SOCIETY TO HOLD ANNUAL BEAD BAZAAR For the 15th year in a row, the San Diego Bead Society will host its popular Bead Bazaar on August 2 and 3 at the Scottish Rite Center at 1895 Camino Del Rio South. The event offers a chance for bead fanatics to admire and purchase artisan jewelry from local and national artists showcasing their silver clay, vintage, semiprecious and precious metals, and glass bead creations. “Make-and-takes,” demos and raffle prizes will also be offered to attendees. “What distinguishes the Bazaar from other bead shows is that it brings together the work of extraordinary and unique artisan jewelry artists with vendors that specialize in providing quality merchandise for all your jewelry making needs, in an intimate and friendly atmosphere,” San Diego Bead Society Chair Linda Roberts stated in a press release. The Bead Bazaar will open at 10 a.m. and last until 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $5 and proceeds will benefit the Bead Society’s future endeavors. LEMONADE STAND FOR A CAUSE Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit fighting against pediatric cancer, will host its 9th lemonade-themed event on July 26 at 3366 Adams Ave. in Normal Heights. Attendees can sample lemonade, listen to local bands and learn more about the Foundation from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. FM 94.9 will be on hand to play tunes and pass out Legoland Park Hopper tickets. There will also be a silent auction, prize giveaways and restaurants will battle it out in a lemon-theme food competition. The Foundation raised more than $80,000 during the past 8 years, hoping to reach $100,000 by the end of this year. For more information and how you can help out, visit alexslemonade.org. SAN DIEGO MAKES NATIONAL ‘BIKE-FRIENDLY’ LIST USA Today recently published a list of the nation’s most “bikefriendly” cities, and San Diego finally made the list. “Year-round mild weather, a terrain that’s not too hilly or too flat, and loads of distinctive neighborhoods” were some of the reasons America’s Finest City made the list. Some of the coastline rides around the region listed as “beautiful, cyclefriendly routes” were Cabrillo National Monument, Pacific Coast Highway, and the Silver Strand. “San Diego is making great strides and we’ve got even more on the way to be excited about including CicloSDias, bike share and the regional bike plan,” said Andy Hanshaw, executive director of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition (SDCBC). Hanshaw cited several major accomplishments from the past year, including launching CicloSDias, SANDAG’s $200 million approval of the regional bike plan, the unanimously approved Decobike ride share program, and a record number of Bike to Work Day participants for 2014. For more info about biking efforts in San Diego, visit sdcbc.org.
San Diego Uptown News | July 18–31, 2014
To read advice and information from the experts, please go to: sduptowntownnews.com/expertadvice On June 28, Lily Gladd was surprised by family, friends and community leaders with a party celebrating her ninth birthday. Council President Todd Gloria and San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten attended, with Gloria presenting Lily with an official proclamation from the City. Lili was also honored earlier this month when her photo appeared on the new Park Hillcrest Trolley design, which can now be seen ferrying locals throughout Hillcrest on evenings and weekends. (Photo by John Thurston Photography) VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP FOSTER CHILDREN Voices for Children is looking for volunteers who can dedicate 10 –15 hours a month for 18 months as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care. CASA volunteers spend time with abused and neglected children as they navigate the Juvenile Court
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San Diego barks for ‘doggie’ food truck Monica Medina Uptown News
Cats may be popular on the Internet, but when it comes to what really matters to pets — treats galore — it’s all for the dogs. That’s because Milo’s Kitchen Treat Truck, the first national food truck for dogs, came to San Diego last week, barking up a good time for the canine set in Balboa Park, Ocean Beach and Clairemont and then culminating with a fetching appearance Satur-
Milo’s Kitchen tour manager Elena Martinez and her dog Bella (Photo by Monica Medina)
day at the Sixth Annual Doggie Street Festival at Liberty Station. Milo’s Kitchen is a line of chicken and beef treats, started three years ago by Big Heart Pet Brands. Their philosophy can be boiled down to four words: Dogs are people, too. But if you ask any dog owner — or parent, as the Milo’s Kitchen Truck staff says — they’ll undoubtedly agree. Which begs the question: If food trucks are good for us, wouldn’t dogs get a kick out of them, too? Milo’s Kitchen says the answer is a tail-wagging yes. “We really wanted to deliver an experience that you can have as a whole family,” explained Connie Sintuvat, senior associate brand manager for Milo’s Kitchen. “That’s why we have the treat truck out today.” Capitalizing on the ever-increasing popularity of food trucks, Milo’s Kitchen has launched a summer tour, which began late June in San Francisco, where the company is headquartered, before making its way down to Southern California. Uptown News caught up with the truck during its last stop in America’s Finest City to see if it met expectations, and just to be sure it did, this reporter brought along two rather finicky dogs with surprising results. “We really believe that dogs are members of the family,” said Connie Sintuvat, a representative of Big Heart Pet Brand and a dog
Dog owners and their furry companions line up for treats at Milo’s Kitchen Treat Truck as it rolled through San Diego in early July. (Photo by Monica Medina) parent herself. “And food trucks are such a big trend, from the West Coast to the East Coast. If we enjoy food trucks ourselves, why shouldn’t dogs enjoy them, too? Everything from going up to the window where you place your order, and having your pup’s name called when their order is ready, followed by, ‘Order up!’ This way, they can experience the same things that we do.” But that’s not all that’s available at the treat truck. “We have lots of things besides treats,” Sintuvat noted. “You can take a family photo or a ‘selfie’ for your dog, and the lounge is actually for you and your dog to relax. We have dog toys to play with as well, and we encourage people not to just get their treats and run, but to hang out and relax.”
It all seemed comfy — a dog’s paradise to be sure — but on this blazing hot day the only thing that seemed to be missing was some shade. Thankfully, a quick tour inside the truck, which was designed to look like a homey kitchen — an oft-loved rooms by dogs — revealed a full-sized fridge stocked with bottled water suitable for pet parents, complimented by bowls of water on the floor for their animal cohorts. The 12-state cross-country tour will wind up in New York City after Labor Day. A complete schedule can be found on its website, mktreattruck.com. San Diego, like all the other stops on the tour, was chosen for its dogfriendly atmosphere. “San Diegans love their dogs and it was definitely a city we had
to stop by,” Sintuvat said. “If the summer goes really well, we’re looking to return later in the year or next summer.” Elena Martinez, the tour’s manager, agreed. “We’ve had a great response,” she said. “A lot of people are very excited. We’re giving back to the community, and not only is it for the dogs, it’s for people to meet and interact with each other and with their dogs. We did Ocean Beach yesterday. It was amazing. Balboa Park, too. We pop up at dog parks and blast it out on Twitter (@MilosKitchen). I’m a pet parent myself which is really cool, so we have two traveling Chihuahuas, Bella and Turbo. They’re happy to be here too. It’s a great experience!” Looking around at all the tail-wagging pups and contented owners waiting in line, one can only surmise this business is definitely on to something. Even the canine connoisseur taste-testers brought along for this escapade enjoyed the nibbles, and they’re generally not keen on trying new treats. On the other hand, they’re obsessed with tennis balls, yet they weren’t interested in the ones available here. Not the real McCoy, perhaps? As for lounging around, the cushiony couch was inviting enough, but the sunny day soon had the critters panting for shade. For those who won’t be able to wait for the Milo Kitchen Treat Truck to return, there’s another dog truck that’s based right here in San Diego. It’s called Fido to Go, and according to its website, it serves “hand crafted gluten-free canine cookies and dog ice creams.” But, like any good food truck, you have to follow it on Twitter (@fidotogoSD) to know where it’ll be next.u
San Diego Uptown News | July 18–31, 2014
TACO SHAKEUP FRANK SABATINI JR.
Restaurant Review City Taco owner and Mexican-food maverick Gerald Torres (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)
estaurateur Gerald Torres vows that he will never serve chips and salsa or burritos at his wildly popular City Tacos, which he opened recently in the commercial heart of North Park. The small, industrial-designed taqueria isn’t a place where you’ll find carne asada or carnitas either. Instead, think lamb, smoked yellowtail, bay scallops and other proteins that you normally don’t encounter in ever yday taco crawls. With only nine tacos in the offing and no refried beans or rice in sight either, this Mexico City native is breaking ever y rule in the book when it comes to “Mexican border food,” as he puts it. “In San Diego taco shops, ever ything tastes the same,” Torres said. “Things are ver y different here.” The chorizo asado taco, for example, is constructed with lusciously sweaty pork sausage, caramelized pineapple and melted Oaxaca cheese tucked loosely into a crispy, house-made corn tortilla. If you’re looking for Jack or cheddar in any of your tacos, go elsewhere. Admittedly, the notion of fruit inside a meaty taco seemed a little wacky to me when I read it on paper. But the pineapple tasted like a natural fit, more so than it does on Hawaiian pizza, which I never cared for. Torres says the taco is “100 percent Mexico City.” Mango-habanero jelly finds its way into the mahi al adobo taco using a flour tortilla. The grilled fish receives a spicy rub and is further enhanced by smoked chipotle and avocado cream. In terms of spiciness, it’s actually a couple notches below the callo con rajas, a much louder taco that
mingles sweet bay scallops with pasilla peppers, bacon bits and cayenne pepper cream sauce. You’ll be hard pressed to find a casual Mexican kitchen in San Diego using pulled lamb in their tacos, let alone seeing it smothered brilliantly with fried leaks and wild mushrooms. Cotija cheese, tomatoes and cilantro ser ve as the perfect accents, enough so that the inclusion of chipotle cream made it perhaps a little too busy. It’s currently the only red-meat taco on the menu, at least until Torres introduces one containing New York steak. “I’m still playing around with ideas,” he said, referring to the strong possibility of octopus and lobster tacos also coming into rotation soon. The atun ahumado is a Baja-style newcomer featuring smoked yellowtail complimented by a puffy, fried flour tortilla and unique ingredients such as radish sprouts, basil and hibiscus reduction. Torres says the recipe was clenched after 20 days of taste
testing, resulting in a profile of flavors and textures that left us lusting for more. I skipped the hot-selling pollo asado taco not because it’s so far out of the ordinary, but because I’m not a fan of blond raisins, which are joined by toasted almonds, arugula and tamarind aioli. Perhaps with a pair of tweezers I’d give it a go. Vegetarians can take solace in a big-flavored taco containing Portobello mushrooms, corn, black beans, arugula, chilies and Oaxaca cheese. It’s drizzled with jalapeno cream sauce to boot. The salsa bar is a footnote to City Taco’s gourmet concept. There’s green and red, but we never felt the need to apply either to anything we ate. “It’s
3028 University Ave. (North Park) 619-296-2303 Prices: Tacos are $3.50 each just there for people who really want it,” Torres said. We did partake, however, in the jicama and cucumbers at the station, which serve as pleasing substitutes for chips and salsa
while awaiting your food orders. Dressed in chili powder and lime juice, they’re no less addicting. Much like Lucha Libre in Mission Hills — San Diego’s other iconoclastic taco shop — the fan base here reveals steady streams of neighborhood bar-goers and foodie hipsters, at least on the Saturday evening we visited. The line at the order counter never subsided. Seating is limited, with only five tables inside and a few outside, including a picnic table on the front side-walk. The beer selection features more than a dozen Mexican crafts as well as a few domestics. Torres hinted that his North Park venture is a pilot for more locations to come in San Diego. “Mexican food is a thing of beauty. And I can transmit my passion for it through tacos.”u
(top to bottom) Smoked yellowtail taco with radish sprouts, Chorizo and pineapple taco, and a mahi-mango taco (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)
San Diego Uptown News | July 18–31, 2014
drinking with a fewSexy dates
d Bar San Diego 3930 Fifth Ave. (Hillcrest) 619-299-3227
(left) A mimosa and ‘blue star’ martini; (above) bacon-wrapped dates (Photos by Dr. Ink)
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riends and I visit D Bar San Diego religiously for the desserts, specifically the toothsome chocolate cake with sour cream in the recipe. It wasn’t until recently that we decided to infuse on the booze instead of the sugar. With a full cocktail list available, as well as wines, mimosas and a quartet of beer taps, we moseyed directly into the bar area to take advantage of a few price breaks offered during happy hour. Customers who perch on the sidewalk patio also qualify for
the deals, which include $8 “concoctions” made with various key spirits and $3 well drinks and mimosas. On this lazy Sunday afternoon, we imbibed on champagne-heavy mimosas and “blue stars” that combine Stoli Blueberry vodka with Blue Curaco and D Bar’s housemade vanilla lemonade. The latter ingredient balanced the potential sweetness of the cocktail with the right amount of zing. The mimosas are made with Whitecliff champagne from the Hudson Valley and Tropicana orange juice. To our delight, the ratio of bubbly to citrus was at least two-toone — basically a flute of champagne with a tint of soft orange. Bravo! Draught beers are $3 off their regular prices. Four are available, which include
Stone IPA, White Rascal and Duvel. In addition, wines by the glass are discounted by $1, should Kung Fu Girl Riesling from New Zealand or Sean Minor Cabernet from Napa Valley call. And then there are the luscious D Bar dates priced at $6 from the “nibbles” menu. Served three to an order, they’re the dreamiest bacon-wrapped specimens I’ve ever encountered. Instead of the usual Gorgonzola cheese filling seen commonly at other places, these are stuffed with hints of manchego cheese and oil-rich Marcona almonds. All told, you taste sugar, salt and fat equally in every bite. It’s a recipe that meets its match when paired with strongly flavored cocktails. Oddly, there isn’t a single discounted dessert during happy hour. What the heck? Here we were sitting under a large, colorful replica of a multi-tiered cake while gazing to the opposite side of the room, where some of San Diego’s finest confections were in the making at the big, shiny dessert bar. If this is a ploy to tempt tipsy customers into buying a dessert at full price, it worked. We simply couldn’t depart without diving into a fat slice of our go-to chocolate cake.u
Happy hour: Tues. 5 to 10 p.m. Weds - Sun 3 to 6 p.m.
RATINGS: DR INK S: The cocktail list offers inventive “concoctions” listed under each of the primary spirits: vodka, gin, rum, tequila and whiskey. Mimosas are made with more champagne than orange juice; the beer and wine selections are succinct and focused.
F OOD: Nibbles include juicy Kobe beef sliders, creamy macn-cheese and the best bacon-wrapped stuffed dates in town.
VA L UE : Happy hour savings average about $2 on drinks and food.
SE RV IC E : Service came without delays, although the staff was unable to answer a few basic questions we had about certain dishes as well as the exact weekly schedule for happy hour.
DUR AT ION: D Bar is closed on Mondays, although the bargains are available for the remainder of the week for a minimum of three hours.
Sweaty shopping Three stores to beat the summer heat Hutton Marshall Uptown Editor
The sunny San Diego summer has started, and the heat is here with it, as the broken air conditioning of one particular newspaper editor’s Honda Civic never fails to remind. With a California drought worsening throughout the state, unusually high temperatures and an ominous number of wildfires in San Diego County, summer appears to be feeling boisterous this year. Luckily, three shops within our coverage area offer consolation for the dismaying temperature gauge. Without further ado:
3190 Adams Ave. (Normal Heights) Liquid Eden is a three-monthold water store based in Normal Heights, and its slogan is “liquefy your soul.” Yes, you read that correctly, but proceed with an open mind. While plain on the outside, Liquid Eden’s interior quickly lowers eyebrows raised by its namesake. A delightfully, almost suspiciously friendly couple, Chris and Trisha, greet their customers inside a temple to the purity and holistic nature of water. Plants grow artfully out of the walls. Delicate bulbs and ornaments hang from the ceiling. Despite their lush interior, Liquid Eden sells just two things: water and things to put it in—namely, jugs. Liquid Eden sells two different types of water both for about fifty cents a gallon. They’ve got the good-old-fashioned purified water, which goes through their “12-step commercial grade reverse osmosis filtration system.” They also sell a “re-mineralized” version of this, since, ironically, really pure water can taste much dryer than people are used to. However, the couple’s dedication to their product doesn’t stop there. While it’s clear they care about the quality of their water, there’s something a bit more esoteric that goes into it, too. Chris will meditate next to the large barrels of water in the morning. Positive words like “love” and “happiness” are printed out on small slips of paper and taped to the jugs. One may quickly assume that such practices have no scientifically provable benefit, but Chris would disagree. He cites a researcher by the name of Dr. Masaru Emoto, who spent time
studying water molecules under the microscope, positing that water can be empirically improved by positive energy. Emoto concludes, and Chris agreed, that doing things like playing peaceful music in front of water — or even arguing in front of it — can change the crystal structure of water. This is the basis for much of what Liquid Eden does. A statement on their website says it well: “Liquid Eden is more than about good water; It’s about positive energy. It is a peaceful sanctuary where you will leave feeling better than when you came in. Everything right down to the music played in the store is intentional, and in service to having a peaceful and positive space.” But even on the merits of the store’s spiritual benefits, Chris and Trisha are characteristically open minded. Chris said that not all their customers view water – or life, for that matter – in the same holistic way he and his wife do. Everyone gets something different out of every experience, especially experiences of a spiritual nature. Still, he said, his water is a lot cheaper than buying a jug of Arrowhead at Vons.
Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream
3077 University Ave. (North Park) In early June, North Park finally got an ice cream shop. Granted, there haven’t been any riots in recent memory calling for a North Park ice cream shop, but it was notable that an area notorious for mass consumption of food and drink didn’t have a store solely devoted to ice cream, a firmly established staple of gluttony. Hammond’s Ice Cream goes further than just filling a void though, it also caters to North Park’s sweet tooth for sustainability as well. Hammond’s sources their ice cream from Tropical Dream, a large icecream producer in Hawaii known
San Diego Uptown News | July 18–31, 2014 for their dedication to sourcing local ingredients and hand crafting their “super premium” ice cream. And admittedly, the company’s dedication to sourcing ingredients locally loses some of its flavor when it travels 2,500 miles to get in front of North Park customers, but Tropical Dream and Hammond’s both make considerable efforts to mitigate the impacts of their business. Tropical Dream is the only Hawaiian ice cream producer that has more than 50 percent of its ingredients coming from the island state. The owners, Trang and Ryan Hammond and Daniel Szpak, have also taken care when crafting their brick and mortar location on University Avenue. All the wood furniture found in their store is crafted
in North Park out of reclaimed materials, including a felled eucalyptus tree in the neighborhood. Their chandelier made of old-fashioned ice cream cones and interesting display of drought-friendly succulent arrangements. Their product is nothing to balk at either. With 18 percent butter fat, it’s much richer and creamier than what one finds at a Baskin Robbins, and the 32 flavors include some Hawaiian rarities not often found either, such as Tahitian vanilla, white chocolate ginger and Jamocha almond fudge. Their offering of a flight of six mini-cones is perfect for the adventurous or indecisive. Hammond’s appears to be the ice cream shop North Park never knew it always wanted, and its here just in time for summer.
The chandelier of old-fashioned ice cream cones at Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream (Courtesy Hammond’s)
3330 Adams Ave. (Normal Heights) As the premiere gourmet popsicle maker in Normal Heights – a populated and competitive field, to be sure – Viva Pops is a mainstay during the heated summer months when locals want to snack on something frozen and refreshing, but want to retain their dignity abandoned when chasing down an ice cream truck. In all seriousness, Viva Pops treats the idea of popsicles with
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San Diego Uptown News | July 18–31, 2014
Traveling with or without your pet great reputation. This is not the time to bargain shop. Strategies and planning are less obvious when you have a pet sitter in your home. Few of us like to imagine a worst case scenario when going away and often get lulled into not being as thorough when our pets are staying at home. Unfortunately, as a former ER doctor, I can tell you that some of the most challenging situations have come from an unprepared pet sitter dealing with the unexpected. Here is a checklist for what to have for your pet sitter when you leave.
Ann Eliopulos Pets Summer fun is in full swing. As singles, couples and families pack their things and travel away from San Diego or settle in at the beach, the plan for what to do with our non-human family members during vacation is often filled with guilt and anxiety. Whether they are being boarded somewhere or staying with a sitter, the uncertainty of how things will go in your absence can take some of the fun out of traveling, unless of course they are going with you. With a few tips and some planning, travel during the summer — or any time of year — can be less stressful for you and your pet. While we would all love to take our animal friends with us wherever we go, it is not always possible. All pet boarding facilities should be visited and thoroughly evaluated before you leave your pet there. Referrals from friends or your veterinarian can be very useful in determining where to leave your beloved friend. Make sure that the kennel has a veterinarian available and a
• If your pet is on medications, make sure you have enough of them to last during your absence. • Provide your veterinarian with your pet sitter’s name and information. Authorize him or her to approve any urgent treatment your pet may need. If you have a good relationship with the doctor, leave your credit card on file during your absence. • Have your veterinarian make a copy of your pet’s records to have at your house. If an after-hours emergency occurs, your pet sitter will be ready with the medical history.
• Identify the closest ER to your home for your pet sitter. Have a letter written out that authorizes the pet sitter to approve emergency care for your pet up to a level of finance you are comfortable with. I recommend a minimum of $750 if you can do it. Stipulate that you need to be contacted above that amount or if the situation is life threatening. This will
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allow adequate care to be initiated without losing possible precious time tr ying to contact you. For those who can’t or won’t leave their pets at home, opportunities for pet-friendly travel now abound. There are plenty of hotels and restaurants that accommodate our animal friends. Before you leave for those far away places, take care of these basics.
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regulations. Some require months of careful planning. Get your pet microchipped if they aren’t already, and have an ID tag with multiple contact numbers on their collar. For many pets, the stress of travel or diet changes equals diarrhea. See if your veterinarian can help you plan to avoid this or give you diarrhea medication just in case. Pack all of your pet’s medications and even a bit extra for unexpected delays. Make sure your car is pet safe, complete with doggie seat belts or carrier space.
If you are going to fly with your pet, get them habituated to their travel crate as far in advance as possible. This is far preferable to sedation. Sedatives lower the blood pressure, heart rate and core body temperature. Any one of these events can compromise your pet while in the air, especially if they are too large to go under the seat. • Brachycephalic dogs, or flat-faced dogs, such as Pugs, Frenchies, Mastiffs, Pekingese, etc., should never go in the cargo hold. They are already compromised with their breathing and the temperature and conditions can fluctuate there. • Have a pet emergency kit with you, including tweezers, light bandage material and Benadryl. • Make sure that all of the destinations you plan to visit accept pets. • Many hotels will not allow pets to remain in the rooms unattended. If you plan to have day or evening events that don’t include your pet, find out what the options are in advance. There are many websites and publications that can give far more detail for pet-friendly travel should you desire it. That being said, you and your pet should be able to have a much happier and stress-free time — whether they go with you or stay behind — by being prepared. As soon as I have my Pug surgically removed from her constant position of under my arm, maybe I’ll get to follow my own suggestions and get away, too. Happy travels! — Ann Eliopulos is a DVM at Bodhi Animal Hospital in North Park.u
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BALBOA PARK ALLIANCE MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE The Hillcrest CDC’s Glenn Younger also spoke about a
tentative plan to bond the Hillcrest Business Association and the Hillcrest CDC into the Hillcrest Main Street Alliance, in which the two organizations would still function independently but work together very closely on the four tenants of a main street organization, which are organization, economic development, promotion and design. Previously in this series, we looked at North Park Main Street (NPMS), another nonprofit following the programming of the National Main Street Center, which provides a model for preservation-based economic development. A Hillcrest Main Street Alliance would differ from NPMS in that it would be two independently operating organizations two separate boards of directors. The Hillcrest CDC would handle the Main Street components of civic planning and design, while HBA would continue to handle promotions and economic development, two things its already made a name for itself doing. Ideally, the two groups and the community at large would benefit from the synergized efforts, thus becoming more efficient and effective.
SAN DIEGO Development Corporation is The Hillcrest Community AIR & SPACE still in its fledgling stages, but its people its and goals are MUSEUM far from novice. As the section title states, the Hillcrest CDC and the Hillcrest Community Foundation (HCF) are one in the same. For those unfamiliar with the HCF, it was a 501(c)3 started in 2006 by residents associated with the Hillcrest Business Association, but was reportedly never used. In fact, it’s been inactive for the majority of its existence because the mandated yearly filings were often neglected. But now, the dust has been wiped off by Glenn Younger, a former board president of the HBA, and several other members of the community. They technically run the HCF, but changed the name to the Hillcrest CDC. YoungA er also said the HCF and the Hillcrest CDC were near identical in their mission statement, thus the CDC will use B the HCF’s bylaws as well. The HCF used to be directly overseen by HBA. In C one of the HCF’s three fact, before Younger, Nicholls was reported officers, as was HBA Board President Johnathan Hale. BROADWAY There can be legal complications when a 501(c)6, or a membership benefitting nonprofit, like the HBA oversees E a 501(c)3, or a public benefit nonprofit, like the HCF. Members of the HBA have previously stated that more separaF tion between the two entities was needed. In conjunction with this, members of the community, G including some of the HBA, wanted to see more civic projects like the Pride Flag Monument in Hillcrest, but that’s slightly outside the scope ofMARKET what a business organization like the HBA typically does. ISLAND Younger felt this idea would best be put into a community development corporation, a common public-benefit
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oldest continuously running business association in the city. From Joyce Beers to Christine Kehoe, it’s produced some of the most recognizable names of Hillcrest. It’s JUNIPER also created several landmarks in the neighborhood, like the Hillcrest sign on Fifth and University avenues, or the Pride Flag monument. The HBA’s activities center heavily around producing events, which its received both praise and criticism for. Ben Nicholls, HBA’sRN interim executive director (and HO — a complicated subject) said former executive director T W about 80 percent funding comes HA of the organization’s PEpercent comes from its annual from event, while G just RA20 business assessments, which differs greatly from other business associations in the area. Nicholls said this gives the HBA more autonomy since less of its revenue comes from City-managed assessments. It also gives the businesses a better return on their CEDAR assessment, since for every dollar a business is assessed for, another $4 is brought in from events. However, othBEECH ers argue that events, specifically the nightlife-centric events the HBA is known for, benefit only a certain type of business, namely bars and restaurants. ASH A plumber, for example, may not see additional foot traffic in their business from a large block party event. Still, few deny the HBA’s success at putting on largescale events in the community. The Hillcrest Block Party regularly draws thousands, as does CityFest and the weekly Hillcrest Farmer’s Market, which is rumored to have a year-long waiting list for businesses wishing to be W. BROADWAY vendors. Nicholls said that as a large, longstanding entity in Hillcrest, it’s important for the HBA to be a leader on isHortonlocal sues impacting the area. It’s taken a stand on several issues over the years, differing from many businesses Plaza associations that tend to be more apolitical. Many may have seen the HBA in the news in the last six months a little more than usual. Recently, controversy W. board president Johnahas centered around the HBA’s HA than Hale, who runs Hale Media RBand the online news site SDGLN.com. He’s also the partnerOof R Congressional candidate and former city councilmember Carl DeMaio, which
nonprofit that aids the community in facilitating projects and by acting as an independently run fiduciary for other organizations. A few civic projects in the community are also being discussed. The big one is the Pride Plaza, which would be JUNIPER something of an extension of the Pride Flag Monument, turning the area around it on Normal Street into a more walkable, pedestrian-friendly space. The exact design for this is still being discussed, and a trial run possibly blocking off parts of Normal Street and University Avenue for a day may happen within the next year.
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illcrest is the only neighborhood left to discuss in our series discussing community organizations. But don’t bring the tears just yet! Due to the large amount of activity, Hillcrest is being split into two parts. This half looks at the Hillcrest Business Association and UNIVERSITY the newly formed Hillcrest Community Development Corporation, as well as possible future involvement between the two. Certainly no stranger to the population burst in Uptown, Hillcrest has a number of established, dynamic organizations, most of which are used to being a loud and often opinionated voice in the community. As one might guess with a community full of outspoken organizations, there’s plenty disagreed upon. And while it’s difficult to keep it in mind when the organizations rail against one another on building height limits or bike lane implementation, all organizations are trying to work to create a better Hillcrest.
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‘Is that ... original ?’ HouseCalls
Michael Good “Is that … original?” That question can come as a compliment (when directed at your new, period-inspired kitchen cabinets) or a curse (when referring to something you’d like to tear out). But most of the time, those three words are just the opening lines in an old-fashioned detective story starring your old house. Back in the mid-1980s a British actor named Jeremy Brett set for himself the Titanic task of portraying the quintessential detective Sherlock Holmes in all his mysteries, both big and small. Brett was the son of a military officer. His father, a colonel, never quite got over the fact that his son had chosen such a disreputable trade. Brett started out playing “juvenile” roles in the theater, but even though he seemed to have it all — talent, looks, stature and that ineffable quality that made you want to watch him — he never quite transitioned into the leading roles many expected him to play in the movies. He played Freddy in “My Fair Lady,” then eked out a living doing Shakespeare and the classics on stage, with a boatload of TV roles to pay the bills (including a guest spot on “The Love Boat”). The stress and strain of the itinerant theatrical life (as well as the death of his wife, which lead to a nervous breakdown) left its mark on him. By the time he was in his early fifties,
Brett looked like a guy who’d lived a hundred hard lives, which in a way he had. Then he agreed to play Sherlock Holmes in a 13 episode series on British TV. The role took on a life of its own, and eventually consumed him. Forty-two episodes later, his heart gave out and he died, at age 61. Actors go through a complicated and curious process to “become” the characters they have signed on to play. They write character bios. They study the period, learn a profession, acquire some lingo, put on an accent, go on a “ride along,” scrub-in for a gall bladder surgery, dissect a mummy. That’s the complicated part. Then there’s the curious side — rituals in the dressing room, recited mantras and burned sage, staying “in character” for weeks, gaining weight, losing weight. Brett did all this and more. When I talked to him at the end of his decade-long run as Holmes, he’d gone way beyond curious and skipped right past quirky. To put it bluntly, he believed that Sherlock Holmes was real. A living entity. As spooky as Macbeth, whom Brett had played, but real. Really real. And Brett was in contact with him. In fact, at times, he was him. He described how, months before on camera, just as Holmes was having one of his insights, something had come over him, a jolt of energy, a strange desire, so he suddenly, in mid-sentence, leapt over a sofa. At this stage in his life Brett was smoking three packs a day; he was no more prepared to leap over a sofa than you or I are
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(left) Finding a period photograph of your library, like this one of a local Victorian, would solve many of your house’s mysteries, but most people have to settle for old-fashioned detective work; (right) This plate rail was recreated based on a “ghost” of the original, etched by 100 years of sunlight. (Courtesy Michael Good) prepared to leap over a tall building with a single bound. The act of playing the world’s greatest detective had turned Jeremy Brett into the world’s greatest detective. The mystery he was solving was the mystery of how to leave himself and his demons behind and become Sherlock Holmes, and he had used Sherlock Holmes’s methods to get there. It had made him a bit mad, but he wouldn’t have had it any other way. Every generation gets the Sherlock Holmes it deserves. In the ’40s, it was Sherlock Holmes Nazi hunter. At the turn of the millennium, it was a doctor named House — Sherlock in scrubs. Today, he’s a twitchy, nerved-up martial arts practitioner, Sherlock Holmes on speed. While Jeremy Brett had one little incident of couch-jumping, Robert Downey Jr. has jumped it all — the chair, the table, the shark, the whale. But getting back to you. And your house. When it comes to detecting its mysteries, you could learn a thing from Sherlock Holmes — the Classic Holmes, not the MMA version. Unfortunately, in this age of anxiety and the fast talk of a million YouTube Robert Downey Juniors, many historic homeowners have come to expect the instantaneous analysis, the 26-second diagnosis. While the solution to
your house’s mysteries might come as a jolt of insight, to get there you might first have to read a book, drink a glass of wine, take a nice warm shower. If you want to detect what is genuine and what is not among your house’s woodwork, tile, hardware, paint and plaster, you need to mount a proper investigation. Three studies from the “casebook” of yours truly: Listen to the ghosts: The impulse to paint is often accompanied by the impulse to tear stuff out. Therefore the area where your picture rail molding once clung to the top of your door casings has fewer layers of paint than the area below it. This leaves a “shadow,” visible as a raking light passes over the differing thicknesses of paint.
It’s a clue, Watson — these items were hidden in a bookcase, along with a note that the bookcase wasn’t original. (Courtesy Michael Good)
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An even clearer shadow, more like a ghost, remains where ultraviolet light has passed through various obstacles of various thicknesses (paint and wood, for example). In the case of the house of Mary and Aaron Robinson, who you read about last month, the ghost of their former plate rail was so clearly burned into the wood that Shawn Woolery of San Diego Sash was able to trace it and mill an exact replica of what had once been. It was as if he’d seen a ghost — and copied it. It’s original, but that doesn’t mean it belongs: Three blocks away, in a large 1911 Craftsman, another a mystery unfolded recently. In the dining room were two bookcases. They looked original, but they were in the dining room. As I stripped the paint from the paneling, the bookcases beckoned to me. I ruminated. I poked around. I pried and pulled. I listened to music and the evidence slowly piled up: The bookcases had been toenailed to the floor. Some of the nails weren’t even finish nails. Under the paint were more “ghosts” that didn’t match the present sun exposure. One bookcase nearly covered a light switch, and both were uncomfortably close to the plate rail. The master builder who built the place could not have committed this crime. The final clue was found in a book about South Park that included this information: During the Great Depression the homeowner had rented out rooms. That explained the closet in the den. I removed the bookcases and found they fit on either side of the den fireplace, where doorways had been cut in the ’30s for the closet and the bathroom. The solution to this mystery? Read the bookcases. Right wood, wrong style: In the dining room of a 1929 Spanish hacienda on the other side of town a husband and wife asked me the familiar question: Is our woodwork original? The wainscoting and the box beams were of the same wood as the rest of the room, but stylistically, they seemed to belong to a different era. It was as if Zorro had hired Gustav Stickley for his decorator. The homeowners had lived with the conflicting styles for three years and were ready to tear something out. But what? I had no idea. A few days later, after a little cautious deconstruction, the ahha moment arrived: Not only were the paneling and box beams held on with finish nails from a pneumatic nailer, they were screwed in with a drill as well. And glued with construction adhesive. The mystery of the misplaced woodwork was closed. In this case, the final nail in the perpetrator’s coffin was a Liquid Nail.u
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DECOBIKES quickly learning how to create an effective business model,” he said. “A lot of these systems can’t be self-sufficient with an annual membership priced under $100 a year.” Another factor that makes San Diego’s system pricier is that it will operate year-round, whereas programs in cities such as Minneapolis cost less in the winter because no one is using the bicycles in belowfreezing temperatures, according to David Silverman, the DecoBike representative. One thing makes San Diego’s pricing scheme unique, though: the availability of flat-rate rentals. Rather than buying a one-day membership, users can pay $5 to take out a bike for 30 minutes, $7 to take out a bike for one hour or $12 to take out a bike for two hours. For users who pay the flat rate, there is no overage fee as long as the bike is returned within the allotted time period. “DecoBike has installed bike-sharing programs in three Florida cities where this flat rate option has been proven to be very successful and heavily utilized,” Silverman said. In exchange for making DecoBike the official bike-sharing partner of the City, DecoBike will pay the City a portion of its profits — a minimum of $1 million over the next 10 years. Location is key Unlike Mission Valley and Old Town, nearby Linda Vista will not host any of the 180 bike docking stations, nor will
any neighborhood east of 30th Street. Some have criticized DecoBike and the City for passing over lower-income nieghborhoods such as City Heights and Linda Vista, where residents generally have a greater need for alternative forms of transportation. Since in many cases the City is giving up public land to provide space for the bike sharing stations, the system should benefit residents, said Sam Ollinger, executive director of BikeSD, a non-profit bicycle advocacy organization. Ollinger noted that many of the stations are being placed in parts of the city with little to no bicycle infrastructure, such as striped bike lanes or separated bike paths. In New York City, Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C., much of the street infrastructure was in place when the bike sharing systems launched, she said. “Given the publicized opposition to the placement of the bike share hubs and now a fairly original pricing model, I’m very curious to see how this pans out,” Ollinger said. There is certainly plenty of room to expand. Christensen said that while San Diego’s 1,800 bicycles will make it one of the largest programs in the country, it will still only meet a small amount of demand. “A city like San Diego could potentially use close to 10,000 bikes,” Christensen said. That will be difficult, however, without funding from the City, because bike stations in less populous and lower income areas are less profitable, he said.u
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“Bare: A Pop Opera,” playing at Diversionary Theatre through August 3, is quite a surprise. One might expect a show with such a title, playing in a GLBT theater, to focus on nudity. It does not. Neither is the piece new. It premiered in Los Angeles in 2000, had an off-Broadway run in 2003, and has by now played all over the country and even abroad in this original version and in a subsequently reworked and retitled version titled “Bare” or “Bare the Musical” (2013). The show currently presented at Diversionary is the original, with book by Jon Hartmere and Damon Intrabartolo, and rather indistinctive music by Intrabartolo and clever to clunky lyrics by Hartmere. “Bare: A Pop Opera” presents teenage angst as it collides with proscribed religion. It is interlaced with a Catholic boarding school production of Romeo and Juliet (note: The meant-to-be-revelatory Queen Mab interpolation does not work.) A sense of tragedy hangs over the piece from the start, as roommates, longtime friends and lovers Peter (Dylan Mulvaney) and Jason (Charlie Gange) struggle with their closeted relationship, their sincere faith and religious implications. The two sing well together and have reasonable chemistry, challenged by their prolonged relationship/identity argument. Both characters look for help and understanding and both are rebuked, Peter by his mother’s (excellent Rae K. Henderson) wish not to know, and Jason, by the school’s priest (golden voiced Charles W. Patmon, Jr.). In the school Shakespeare production, Peter is cast as Tybalt and Jason as Romeo. Cast as Juliet, the promiscuous Ivy (Katie Sapper) throws herself at Jason, who is extremely popular with the girls and passes himself off as a stud and ladies man to cover up the truth. Ivy is beloved of the jealous Matt (Mitchell Connelly). One seldom sees better-drawn, better-played female characters than Peter’s overweight, clueless sister, Nadia (wonderfully played and sung by Samantha Vesco, who gets a lot of mileage out of “Plain Jane Fatass”), and the canny Sister Chantelle (Kiani Nelson, “God Don’t Make No Trash”), who is centerpiece of a show-stopping nuns’ trio. The original production needs lots of cutting and shaping, apparently attempted in the reworking, but it is still a surprisingly affecting piece, having sprung from the same milieu as the later and more
effective “Spring Awakening,” but without Duncan Sheik’s driving rock score and Steven Sater’s searing book, based on Frank Wedekind’s original play. Nonetheless, Diversionary Theatre, its artistic team and its supporters deserve a lot of credit for daring to produce “Bare: a Pop Opera.” Michael Mizerany is choreographer and Noah Longton, the director. Amazingly, there are
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San Diego Uptown News | July 18–31, 2014
San Diego Uptown News | July 18–31, 2014
Five local shows over the next two weeks Jen Van Tieghem
Natural Child, The Abigails, and The Paragraphs at Soda Bar Sunday, July 20, 8:30 p.m. $8 Natural Child’s sound can be summed up by the name of their song “Country Hippie Blues.” Their style is heavy on southern twang with rock and blues influences thrown in. The Abigails also fall on the country spectrum with a dark nostalgic sound thanks to the Johnny Cash-like vocals of Warren Thomas (formerly of The Growlers). Local favorites The Paragraphs round out the bill with music that ranges from surf-pop to folk-rock. Erika Davies and The Midnight Pine at the Whistle Stop Bar Wednesday, July 23, 9 p.m. Free Miss Erika Davies has been a staple on the local scene for years
with her pristine vocal prowess. Whistle Stop couldn’t have picked a better songstress for the “debut of mid-week jazz nights” at the venue; Davies won the 2012 San Diego Music Award for Best Jazz performer and her sultry and swanky album “Part The Sea” was nominated for Best Jazz album in 2013. Her voice possesses a timeless ethereal quality, which fans will be treated to more of when she releases her fourth studio album later this year. Hello Penelope, Ranger, and Creature and The Woods at Tin Can Alehouse Wednesday, July 23, 9 p.m. $5 Hello Penelope’s latest single “Winona Ryder” is a good indication of what you’re in for with the band. An upbeat pop vibe permeates their classic rock backbone
Jake Smith, The White Buffalo, plays The North Park Theatre on July 25 (Courtesy White Buffalo)
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The Burning of Rome plays Brick by Brick on July 26. (Courtesy Burning of Rome) with catchy melodies. Also in the accessible pop vein, Ranger presents sweet feminine vocals with a touch of folk. Delving further into the folk side of things, local duo Creature and The Woods will also play the show with a vocally driven performance courtesy of young siren Shelbi Bennett and her beau/guitarist Roger Molina. The White Buffalo at The North Park Theatre Friday, July 25, Doors at 8 p.m. $25+ Jake Smith aka The White Buffalo offers a brand of folk wildly different from the banjo-heavy pop folk currently saturating the music world. Smith’s vocals are smoky and deep lending themselves to his storytelling style. His latest album, Shadows, Greys, and Evil Ways, is a concept-album of sorts, which Smith describes as a “love story.” The emotionally charged songs should play well in the dramatic beauty of the North Park
Theatre. We also recommend you look up Smith’s delicate, yet powerful, rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” for another side to this versatile artist. The Burning of Rome, SanguinDrake, Mursic, and Spero at Brick by Brick Saturday, July 26, 8:45 p.m. $12+ With the uncertainty of some local venues looming (Ché Café) and others being converted into boring ol’ bars sans live music (The Griffin) it’s nice to see Brick by Brick rise from the ashes after closing in February. The Bay Park club is seemingly back in fullswing. Case in point: this fun-filled lineup. The Burning of Rome never disappoints when it come to highenergy rock pop performances. They’ll be joined by LA dream pop outfit SanguinDrake and two local groups — metal band Mursic, and blues-folk quartet Spero for an eclectic night of great music.u
Hess Brewing shares the love North Park brewery collaborates with other local brewers for ‘Hess Fest’ Jen Van Tieghem Uptown News
Starting as the smallest production brewery in San Diego in 2010, the past four years have seen considerable growth for North Park-based Mike Hess Brewing. The company now boasts a 12,500-square-foot facility for brewing and tasting, a second tasting room in Miramar and ample distribution throughout San (Images courtesy Hess Brewing) Diego County. At its North Park tasting room, it will celebrate this laudable growth at its impending fourth anniversary celebration — a.k.a “Hess Fest” — on Saturday, July 19 with bells and whistles to mark the around was to do this collaboration cask thing. We milestone. The home of Mike Hess’ operation lies in the heart prepared the beer and got it ready to be ‘cask-ified.’” The breweries tapped by Hess (bad beer pun of craft beer country. The brewery is located at 3812 intended) to participate showed up with everything Grim Ave. one block from University Avenue, literally from hops to honey to coffee beans to add to their just steps away from all the action in North Park. variation of the beer. Ticket holders for Hess Fest will enjoy unlimited “[We] filled up right then with the beer we had tastings of both Mike Hess beers and those from 10 out of our fermenter and capped them up,” Hess said guest breweries starting at 12:30 p.m. with last call of the process. ”They sat in here for a few weeks and at 4:30 p.m. and a commemorative glass at the end now they’re all in the fridge.” of the day. The ticket also In addition to the 10 guest casks, includes four food samples both Hess tasting room crews and from participating vendors the brewers were asked to make their including Slater’s 50/50, own version of the beer — making for Waypoint Public, URBN 13 varieties in all. Pizza and several other The casks will be tapped during eateries. Full-size portions the VIP hour of Hess Fest, which is will be available for puralready sold out, but there’s good chase as well. Plus, local news for the rest of us. bands Sandollar and The “The festival is out in the street Routine will provide music. AleSmith | Perle hops and the parking lot adjacent so we In addition to having Coronado Brewing | Alsace hops can have the tasting room open,” their standard lineup of Hess said. “People that are at the beers on hand, Hess BrewGreen Flash Brewing | Honey & toasted oak main event have in and out priviing also created a fourth Mike Hess Brewing | Rum & oak leges. [In the tasting room] they can anniversary beer to serve. buy a taster or a pint of any of the Anno Quarto is an Imperial Mike Hess Brewing | "Holi Mole" mole ingredients casks.” IPA powered by Simcoe Mike Hess Brewing | "SanGrazias" cherry and lime This also goes for beer lovers and Amarillo hops and without tickets to Hess Fest who want coming in strong at 10.75 Karl Strauss | Bird Rock Coffee Ethiopian roast beans to stop in for these one-of-a-kind casks percent ABV. The beer will Mission Brewery | Lemon & orange zest — while supplies last, of course.u also be bottled for distribution and available at the Monkey Paw | Apricot & basil tasting rooms. Mother Earth Brewing | Guam boonie peppers Another impressive undertaking for Hess Fest & sorachi Ace hops involved the handiwork of Brian Trout (QUAFF) | "Muchas 10 other breweries and one of Hess’ flagship brews, Grazias" Mexican coffee the Grazias Vienna Cream Rip Current Brewing | Orange zest and vanilla beans Ale. Stone Brewing | Cacao nibs, lactose sugar and mint “Inside the brewery, we can’t serve anyone else’s beer,” owner Hess explained. “So our work-
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San Diego Uptown News | July 18–31, 2014 FROM PAGE 5
noted wwin Uptown News that the suit was “about the ability to transition a neighborhood according to the community plan and what the zoning calls for.” Lewis noted that, in 2000, the community and the City agreed to transition the area around North Park Jack in the Box into a neighborhood commercial zone, which precludes autointensive uses like drive-thrus. The community planner pointed out other businesses near the Jack in the Box drive-thru, including a gasoline filling station and an ice-manufacturing plant, have since vacated because their auto-intensive uses were incompatible “with the way the neighborhood has grown up.” North Park continues to pursue legal action Pyle said CANP has engaged local environmental attorney Corey Briggs to represent the residents’ group in its lawsuit filed against the City objecting to the Jack in the Box rebuild and its drivethru window. Briggs was out of town and unavailable for comment. Pyle and Callen both agree that CANP’s lawsuit is about more than one allegedly illegal rebuild in a single San Diego neighborhood. “We want to make sure it never happens again,” Pyle said. CANP intends to press on with its moral and legal battle with the fast-food corporation.
“We are raising funds ourselves to pay for the attorney,” said Pyle, noting the grassroots group raised $5,000 in just four days to retain Briggs at the outset of the lawsuit. “People have been wonderfully generous — more than we thought,” Callen said. Pyle said the community will continue to host fundraisers, rummage sales and whatever else it takes to raise the money necessary to continue the fight. Callen said North Park Cares started as a public reaction to one development, but added it could be the start of something bigger. “Once the lawsuit is over we're considering applying for non-profit status,” she said. “Once we get that, we can start to apply for grants. Then we can begin educating people about land-use issues and what their rights are.” A 26-year North Park resident, Callen said she's “never seen the community so galvanized – people so furious.” Callen said what the community’s learned in the process is that “we have to learn more about land use.” “We're going to mobilize,” vowed Callen, pointing out that the neighborhood is united now in its message to developers: “If you think you can skirt land-use law in North Park, you need to think again.” We're going to be vigilant,” Callen concluded. Attempts to reach Jack in the Box for comment were unsuccessful. For more information, visit careaboutnorthpark.com.u
San Diego Uptown News | July 18–31, 2014
FRIDAY, JULY 18
Pride of Hillcrest Block Party: 5 – 11:30 p.m., starting off Pride weekend with local DJs, carnival rides, go-go dancers and more. Happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m. with the Pride Stone Wall Rally beginning at 7 p.m. at the intersection of Normal Street and University Avenue. Tickets and info at prideblockparty.com. $25 general admission, $50 VIP. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m. screening of “The Big Clock” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14. Dinner and Jazz: 7:30 p.m. – midnight, listen to Curtis Taylor Quartet at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave. “Siddharth” opens at Ken Cinema: Film about a father’s journey across India in search of his son, 4061 Adams Ave., tickets and showtimes: landmarktheatres.com
SATURDAY, JULY 19
Golden Hill Farmer’s Market: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., ever y Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free. Gentle Bike Ride: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., join fellow cyclists ever y Saturday morning for a ride through Balboa Park. Meet at the small parking lot on the left-hand side as you enter the park from Sixth Avenue and Upas Street, free. Classical Melodies in Balboa Park: 8:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., ever y Saturday the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservator y ensembles fill Casa del Prado with classical music, 1549 El Prado in Balboa Park, free.
Children’s Craft Time: 10:30 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Librar y, 925 W. Washington St., free. Emei Qigong Practice: 10 – 11 a.m., “Master Wendy” leads a weekly Wuji Gong practice group at the WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., free. Pride Parade: 11 a.m., come watch one of the nation’s largest Pride Parades make its way down University Avenue through Hillcrest, winding its way to Balboa Park for the Pride Festival. More than 300,000 people are expected to attend, so show up early to get a good spot! Pride Music Festival: Noon – 8 p.m., Marston Point in Balboa Park turns into a massive two-day music festival featuring more than 200 artists and 300 vendor booths. Saturday’s headliners include Robbie Rivera and tyDi. Weekend passes are $20; kids under 15 enter free. Tickets and info at sdpride.org. 4th Annual Artists of North Park Show Opening: 4 – 8 p.m., 32 North Park artists will show their work at the annual show. Artist talk and performances start at 6 p.m., Expressive Arts at 32nd & Thorn, 3201 Thorn St., free. Spirit Message Circle/ Spiritual Healing: 6 p.m., Eye of Buddha, 4247 Park Blvd., donation suggested. Comedy Heights: 8 p.m., comedy show ever y Saturday night featuring local comedians, ages 13 and up welcome, Comedy Heights, 4590 Park Blvd., free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “How to Steal a Million” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.
CALENDAR The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Ken Cinema: 11:55 p.m., longest-running midnight movie of all time provides an interactive experiences, 4061 Adams Ave., tickets and showtimes: landmarktheatres.com “Boyhood” and “Wish I Was Here” open at Hillcrest Cinemas: “Boyhood” is Richard Linklater’s epic filmed over 12 years with the same cast. “Wish I Was Here” is Zach Braff’s followup to his hit “Garden State” – both films open Friday.
SUNDAY, JULY 20
Hillcrest Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., ever y Sunday under the Hillcrest Pride Flag at the intersection of University Avenue and Normal Street, free. Gospel Brunch: 11 a.m., 1: 30 p.m., join the Sisters of Sequins for bottomless mimosas, champagne, bloody mar ys and a show ever y Sunday at Lips Restaurant, 3036 El Cajon Blvd. Pride Music Festival: Noon – 8 p.m., Marston Point in Balboa Park turns into a massive two-day music festival featuring more than 200 artists and 300 vendor booths. Sunday’s headliners include Deborah Cox and Charice. Weekend passes are $20; kids under 15 enter free. Tickets and info at sdpride.org. Classical Melodies in Balboa Park: 1:15 – 3 p.m., ever y Sunday the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conser vator y 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, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8
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Post Pride Clean Up: 7 a.m., join Hillcrest Town Council’s Clean T.E.A.M. Monday morning at Park Boulevard and University Avenue (or whenever you can make it during the day). Clean up with concentrate on the University Ave. Parade route and side streets. Brooms, dustpans, and rolling garbage barrels will be provided. Any amount of time volunteered is greatly appreciated. To give times or ask questions call Luke Terpstra at 619-206-2018 or email email@example.com. Open Mic Night: 6:30 – 11 p.m., grab a cup of Joe and enjoy open mic night ever y Monday at Lestat’s Coffee House, 3343 Adams Ave. Half-Price Wine: 4 p.m. – close, enjoy half-price bottles of wine ever y Monday at Cafe Bleu, 807 Washington St. Trivia Night: Bring your brain and win cash at Whistle Stop Bar, Call 619-284-6784 for time, 2236 Fern St.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23
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TUESDAY, JULY 22
Curbside Bites: 5 – 8:30 p.m., weekly gathering of gourmet food trucks at 3030 Grape St. in South Park, free. Tasty Truck Tuesdays: 6 – 9 p.m., ever y Tuesday night Smitty’s Ser vice Station hosts several food trucks under their well-lit shade structure, 3442 Adams Ave., free. Comedy Night: 9 – 11 p.m., put on your chuckle pants at Lestat’s Coffee House ever y Tuesday night, 3343 Adams Ave. Videodrome: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.,
LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs at Mission Hills Branch Librar y, 925 W. Washington St., free. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins’ Community Of fice Hours: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Opportunity to meet with staff, discuss issues and obtain information on state ser vices and events in the community, North Park Librar y, 3795 31st St. Young Lions Music Series: 7 p.m., featuring a new “young rising star” chosen by Gilbert Castellanos ever y Wednesday. Castellanos will also join in during the first set, the Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., $5 cover. Acid Varsity Presents: Vangelis Acid Feat at The Merrow: 9 p.m., Vytear, Engineeer, MaxBetta/gEars, ’60s Residue perform at The Merrow, 1271 University Ave., $15. Wednesday Jazz Jam Session: 9 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.
THURSDAY, JULY 24
North Park Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m. ever y Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free. Loco for Locals: $10 dinner and margarita specials available to all San Diego County residents at Barra Barra Saloon, 4016 Wallace St.
www.sdcnn.com Live Music at Fish Public: 6 – 9 p.m. ever y Thursday, Nathan Welden plays live acoustic music, 4055 Adams Ave., free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “The Lady Vanishes” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14. Kirtan musical meditation: 8:15 p.m. ever y Thursday chant and sing contemporar y mantras celebrating love and life at Pilgrimage of the Heart yoga studio, 3301 Adams Ave., free. Live Music: 9 p.m. Okapi Sun and Ishi perform at Bar Pink, 3829 30th St., free.
FRIDAY, JULY 25
Preschool stor y time: 10:30 – 11 a.m. ever y Friday, Mission Hills Branch Librar y, 925 W. Washington St., free. Contradancing: 7:30 – 11 p.m., learn to dance or perfect your moves to live music at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3300 Thorn St., Buy tickets at sandiegocontra.org. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “The Lady Vanishes” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14. Bonkers! Dance Party: 9 p.m., get your groove on at Bar Pink, 3829 29th St. Societe Brewing’s 2nd Anniversar y Party at Hamilton’s Tavern: Societe is celebrating their 2nd year with pint specials, flights, and food specials at Hamilton’s, 1521 30th St., free.
SATURDAY, JULY 26
Golden Hill Farmer’s Market: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., ever y Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free. Gentle Bike Ride: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., join fellow cyclists
ever y Saturday morning for a ride through Balboa Park. Meet at the small parking lot on the left-hand side as you enter the park from Sixth Avenue and Upas Street, free. Children’s craft time: 10 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Librar y, 925 W. Washington St., free. Emei Qigong Practice: 10 – 11 a.m., “Master Wendy” leads a weekly Wuji Gong practice group at the WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “When Harr y Met Sally” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14. Comedy Heights: 8 p.m., comedy show ever y Saturday night featuring local comedians, ages 13 and up welcome, Comedy Heights, 4590 Park Blvd., free. Tai Chi Chuan: 9:30 p.m., Qi Gong/Taoist meditation classes on Saturdays, as well as Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m., Taoist Sanctuar y of San Diego, 4229 Park Blvd.
SUNDAY, JULY 27
Hillcrest Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., ever y Sunday under the Hillcrest Pride Flag at the intersection of University Avenue and Normal Street, free. Live Music at Rebecca’s: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., enjoy brunch and a drink with Folding Mr. Lincoln at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St. Brunch Specials: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., enjoy $20 mule pitchers and $12 mimosa pitchers at West Coast Tavern, 2895 University Ave. Gospel Brunch: 11 a.m., 1: 30 p.m., join the Sisters of
Sequins for bottomless mimosas, champagne, bloody mar ys and a show ever y Sunday at Lips Restaurant, 3036 El Cajon Blvd. Organ Concert: 2 p.m., music by organist Carol Williams, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “When Harr y Met Sally” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.
MONDAY, JULY 28
Signing Stor ytime: 1:30 – 2:15 p.m., ever y Monday teach your baby to sign, Mission Hills Branch Librar y, 925 W. Washington St., free. Half-Price Wine: 4 p.m.– closing, Enjoy half-price bottles of wine ever y Monday at Cafe Bleu, 807 Washington St. Open Mic Night: 6:30 – 11 p.m., grab a cup of joe and enjoy open mic night ever y Monday at Lestat’s Coffee House, 3343 Adams Ave. Trivia Night: Bring your brain and win cash at Whistle Stop Bar, Call 619-284-6784 for time, 2236 Fern St.
TUESDAY, JULY 29
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., ever y Tuesday night Smitty’s Ser vice Station hosts several food trucks under their well-lit shade structure, 3442 Adams Ave. Comedy Night: 9 – 11 p.m., get your laugh on at Lestat’s Coffee House ever y Tuesday night, 3343 Adams Ave. Videodrome: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., film clips and music videos
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 30
LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch, 925 W. Washington St., free. Young Lions Music Series: 7 p.m., featuring a new “young rising star” chosen by Gilbert Castellanos ever y Wednesday. Castellanos will also join in during the first set, the Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., $5 cover. Wednesday Jazz Jam Session: 9 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, JULY 31
North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. ever y Thursday in the parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free. Live Music at Fish Public: 6 – 9 p.m. ever y Thursday, Nathan Welden plays live acoustic music, 4055 Adams Ave., free. Kirtan musical meditation: 8:15 p.m. ever y Thursday chant and sing contemporar y mantras celebrating love and life at Pilgrimage of the Heart yoga studio, 3301 Adams Ave, free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “In A Lonely Place” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.u
Community organization meetings Bankers Hill Parking Committee 5 – 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month Merrill Gardens, 2567 Second Ave. Old Town Parking Committee 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday The Hacienda Hotel, 4041 Harney St. Hillcrest Business Association Beautification Committee 2 p.m. on the first Tuesday 1419 University Ave. Suite D. North Park Main Street Design Committee 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday North Park Main Street Office, 3076 University Ave. Uptown Planners 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. Normal Heights Community Planning Group 6 p.m. on first Tuesday Normal Heights Community Center, 4649 Hawley Blvd. Bankers Hill Residents 6:30 – 8 p.m. on the third Monday San Diego Indoor Sports Club, 3030 Front St. Normal Heights Community Planning Group, Ad Hoc Bylaws Subcommittee 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday Adams Recreation Center, 3491 Adams Ave. Talmadge Maintenance Assessment District 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday Franklin Elementary Room #2 4481 Copeland Ave. North Park Community Association 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd. North Park Action Team 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday North Park Community Center, 2711 Howard Ave. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion of your organization or committee.
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