Page 1

Community Organizations


May 23–June 5, 2014



Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Old Town • Mission Hills • Bankers Hill

Hillcrest • University Heights • Normal Heights • North Park • South Park • Golden Hill • Kensington • Talmadge


Susan Guinn


SONGS OF PROTEST, SONGS OF PEACE was the theme of the 2014 annual spring concert for the San Diego Women’s Chorus (SDWC), when they shared the stage of Downtown’s Balboa Theatre with the Indigo Girls on Sunday, May 18 in front of a sold-out crowd. The 27-year-old chorus upped the ante this year when they partnered with the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation to help raise money for its new Lesbian Health Initiative. The partnership gave the two organizations the chutzpah they needed to reach out to the legendary duo, who were more than eager to lend their name and voices to the cause. Above, SDWC sings backup to Indigo Girls (l to r) Amy Ray and Emily Saliers during their chart-topping "Closer to Fine," which was the last song of the evening. (Photo by Varner Photography) See page 9 for more photos of the performance and after party.

Touring North Park Flowers for University Heights


Local preservation groups zoom in on the neighborhood’s history

have a variety of events planned for this year’s tour, taking place the first weekend in June. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in an awards ceremony, walking tour and interior tour of a selection of homes. While SOHO has delved into North Park in the past, this is the first time the organization has given the neighborhood the exclusive treatment for the tour. “North Park is interesting in that it has many different styles of homes in one neighborhood,” said Ashley Christensen,

see SOHO, page 3

see LionsClub, page 4

➤➤ HOME P. 21

Dryden District walking tour by the North Park Historical Society (Courtesy North Park Historical Society)

She's a brick house

Index Briefs……………………6 Opinion…………………..6 Theater.....…………..17

For more than 20 years, San Diego’s Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) has been making pit stops throughout the county, putting the spotlight on different neighborhoods and homes that showcase the region’s illustrious history. This year, SOHO will focus on the North Park community for its annual historic home tour weekend. With collaboration from the North Park Historical Society (NPHS), SOHO volunteers

Business & Services ….19 Calendar………………22

Contact Us Editorial/Letters 619-961-1952

Advertising 619-961-1958

San Diego Community News Network

McKenna Aiello Uptown News

For more than 60 years, the Lions Club of Hillcrest and Mission Valley has raised funds for the San Diego Center for the Blind with its annual flag service program. Participating businesses in the Uptown area honor U.S. Servicemembers on the eight national flag holidays by placing an American flag provided by the Lions Club outside their storefront. This long-standing tradition was threatened for the first time in 2013, when complaints were filed through the City’s Code Enforcement Department on behalf of University Heights Community Development Corporation’s (UHCDC) program treasurer Ernie Bonn regarding the flags’ obstructive nature. One Lions Club member said the program has received complaints from just one person in its sixdecade lifespan. Bonn stated she could not discuss the matter due to pending resolution by City. “If it were not for the multiple complaints from [Bonn], we would have gone over 60 years in the community supporting the patriotism we endorse,” said Kim Foote, president of Lions Club. In December 2013, the City issued a Civil and Penalty Notice and Order requiring the Lions Club to obtain a permit to display the flags along the 4400 – 4500 block of Park Boulevard in University Heights — a process that Foote called “very lengthy and expensive.” The Lions Club submitted the 50-page permit application, but pending its approval, Foote feared repercussion from the City’s Code Enforcement Department on Memorial Day. On Tuesday, May 20,

Kensington’s Miracle

Dave Fidlin Uptown News

Lions Club to continue Memorial Day flag tradition despite complaints




San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014


AT A GLANCE WHO: Save Our Heritage Organisation, North Park Historical Society WHAT: Annual Historic Home Tour Weekend WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 6 (People in Preservation Awards ceremony); 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7 (walking tour); 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Sunday, June 8 (tour of historic houses) WHERE: Greater North Park COST: awards ceremony $45 for SOHO and NPHS members, $55 for nonmembers; walking tour $10 for SOHO and NPHS members, $15 for nonmembers; tour of historic houses $30 for SOHO and NPHS members, $40 for nonmembers INFO:



events and outreach coordinator for SOHO. Over the years, the format of SOHO’s annual tour has shifted. In the past, it often focused on a larger footprint while spotlighting something specific, such as an architectural style of home. More recently, however, SOHO has been doing community-specific tours. The group in prior years led tours in such Uptown neighborhoods as Bankers Hill and Mission Hills. NPHS Secretary Katherine Hon said she and fellow members were thrilled to learn the neighborhood was going to be featured in this year’s tour. “We’re happy to partner with them,” Hon said. “Since we first learned they picked North Park for this year’s tour, we’ve all been pretty excited. We all have a lot of respect for SOHO and all that they stand for and do.” Christensen said SOHO’s

annual tour carries a two-pronged approach. Proceeds go toward funding the nonprofit’s programs. But the event also is an opportunity for people to marvel at the city’s rich background. “We want to educate people about the history,” Christensen said. “But we also want to make them aware. Sometimes you don’t even know what’s in your own backyard.” Some of the homes featured in this year’s tour are in such areas as the Dryden Historic District, a six-block neighborhood between 28th Street and Pershing Avenue, as well as Morley Field and the Streetcar Suburb on Hamilton Street. “We hope people gain an appreciation for how historically special this area is,” Hon said. “There’s a lot that’s unique about this area.” One of the landmarks Hon is especially proud to showcase on the tour is the Water Tower, located within the one-mile Streetcar Suburb of the Hamilton section of North Park. Last year,

(clockwise from top) 4044 Hamilton St. on the Hamilton Tour (Courtesy Christian Michaels); the softball fields on the Morely Field walking tour (Courtesy Katherine Hon); Carnitas’ Snack Shack on the Hamilton Tour (Courtesy Katherine Hon) the Water Tower was named to the National Register of Historic Places. “I think it’s important people take note,” Hon said. “If you don’t protect it, you lose it.”u

San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014




San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014


ment in the public’s right-of-way. The violation falls under the lowest priority that Code Enforcement is able to issue violations for, according to the department’s website. The Penalty Notice and Order cited 21 flag holes along Park Boulevard that “were loose fitting, easily removed and at one location missing, creating a safety hazard to the public and liability for the city of San Diego.” The Lions Club could have faced up to $250,000 in fines per flagpole. “During the permit process we continued to put flags out even though we probably shouldn’t have,” Foote said. Foote said the Lions Club continued to honor Presidents Day and Armed Forces Day by placing flags throughout areas that were not included in the original violations. Of the more than 100 flags put out during every holiday, the Lions Club will eventually have to receive permits for every participating area. Foote said that although the permit fee is costly, she is confident that the clear support from City officials will continue. “[Council President] Todd Gloria’s team has been a huge advocate for us and has helped with some of the application fees,” Foote said. “Everything has been working out for the better.”u

LIONSCLUB Foote issued a public statement titled “City Halts Patriotic Flag Display Program!” stating that the Lions Club would not be allowed to display the flags on Memorial Day. The following day, Fauconer’s office told Foote through email that the flags could be displayed while the permit’s approval is pending. “Code enforcement officials have been working proactively with the Lions Club to make sure they file the necessary paperwork for the proper permits,” a spokesperson for the mayor wrote in a separate email. “They are being allowed to display their flags while the City processes their permit application. The Mayor’s Office didn’t play any role in this decision but supports the common-sense approach taken by City officials to allow this wonderful tradition to continue while the Lions Club seeks permits.” “It’s a great thing and we are looking to moving forward in this long process,” Foote said. According to the Civil and Penalty Notice and Order issued to the Lions Club, the service organization was in violation of Municipal Code, Section 12.0801 through 12.0810, or an encroach-

A train of bicycles A grassroots effort makes its way through the streets of Uptown

The SD Bike Train riding along University Avenue in North Park (Photo by Veronica Medina)

Morgan M. Hurley Uptown Assistant Editor

While bicycle lobbyists and local government officials iron out all the details regarding the impend-

ing Uptown Bicycle Corridor, two local women are taking matters into their own hands, building community and spreading awareness about bicycle safety along the way. One day last April, Veronica Me-

Just LISTED Featured Home


see BikeTrain, page 7

Just SOLD Featured Home


3728 Louisiana St., San Diego, CA 92104 1922 Spanish home within blocks of Morley Field (tennis, frisbee golf, baseball, swimming pool, bike & hiking trails) and Hillcrest, as well as 10 minutes from Balboa Park! This 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 1048 square foot home in North Park has a 400sf unfinished basement where you can add a 3rd Bedroom Master Suite, and has a huge private back yard on a 6700sf lot. Property also has a 1 car garage and off street parking.

3611 Ray St., San Diego, CA 92104 Upgraded Craftsman with a newly permitted upper Master Suite addition. Located a block from the heart of North Park. Restaurants, cafes, night clubs, and Morley Field are just minutes away! This home was remodeled by a Certified Green contractor. It has many energy efficient features including but not limited to lights, appliances, tankless water heater, and bathroom fixtures. Beautifully remodeled kitchen and baths, and new gleaming wood floors. Central AC/Heater with all new ducting. Electrical, windows, & stucco are all new. Enjoy a lush landscaped yard with a porch & patio while having your cup of coffee or glass of wine. The property has a versatile studio/office/bedroom detached from main house. Light and bright!

Selling Real Estate for over a Quarter Century!

dina, a City Heights resident, had a big dilemma: With her car on the fritz, she had to find an alternative means to work. “I realized I had to ride my bike all the way to Hillcrest,” she said. “I was so scared to ride my bike by myself. I thought if I reached out to the community it would help.” Medina took to social media and found a group on Facebook called “Bike on University Ave.” She quickly drafted a post, looking for others commuting along University between City Heights and Hillcrest who might be interested in establishing a “bike train.” The response Medina got was better than expected. Within no time, a planning committee of interested riders was formed. Shortly after their first meeting, Medina recruited the help of her friend Sandra Pimentel, another bicyclist. They launched a Facebook page called “SD Bike Train” and began discussing specific routes. Within 10 days, the inaugural “SD Bike Train” was on the road. As a main corridor of Uptown, University Avenue runs approximately 10 miles from La Mesa in East County to Mission Hills, and has long been deemed an unsafe roadway for bicyclists. Until the proposed changes regarding bicycle infrastructure along University Avenue take place, commuters either tough it out or find alternative routes to make their way across town. With Bike Train, an alternative now exists. “There is a need for people to feel safe when they are commuting,” Medina said. “We’ve been asked, ‘Why University? Can we go on Howard … or Orange?’ We

Saving You THOUSANDS or possibly TENS of THOUSANDS of dollars!



Dronenburg’s challenger A Q&A with Susan Guinn Ken Williams SDGLN

Susan Guinn is determined to unseat Ernest Dronenburg as San Diego County Assessor/ Recorder/County Clerk. As early voting began May 5, Guinn spoke with San Diego Gay & Lesbian News about why she thinks she is the best choice for the job. Guinn, Jonathan Gordon and George Mantor are vying to send Dronenburg, a Republican, of office. And for Guinn, the consumer attorney not only believes that she can do a better job serving taxpayers, but she also says that Dronenburg’s political blunders and missteps show voters that he is doing “a terrible job.” SDGLN: Why did you decide to run for San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/ County Clerk? Susan Guinn: I realize the election for San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk is not one that is normally in the headlines. Most people do not realize it is a critical office. It is responsible for setting the taxable value for close to $4 billion in business and residential property throughout San Diego County as well as managing most of our important documents and licenses, including marriage licenses. The current Assessor/County Clerk made news last summer following the U.S. Supreme Court

decision allowing for same-sex marriages in California, when he filed a frivolous lawsuit to stop marriage equality statewide. No one should use their elected position to promote a personal agenda. It is a waste of taxpayer money and erodes the integrity of the office. I decided to run for the office because the incumbent is doing a terrible job. He is bad for business, bad for families and has abused his elected position to promote his own ideology, rather than following the law. Why do you believe you are the best candidate for the office, and how will your experience as lawyer come in handy if elected? I have been a consumer attorney for over 20 years. I am a two time past president of Western Trial Lawyers and served on the board of the Consumer Attorneys of California. I am passionate about consumer rights and have a proven track record of results. I have protected businesses from fraudulent taxes and fees, and fought for hundreds of families and businesses to collect from insurance companies after catastrophic losses. My firm obtained a $3.3 billion settlement from Big Tobacco to benefit county government. I am well versed in property valuations and have the skills necessary to serve as Assessor/ Recorder/County Clerk.

San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014 everyone is getting a fair deal. Why should voters throw the incumbent out of office?

Susan Guinn (Courtesy Susan Guinn Campaign)

I’m not a career politician or a partisan extremist. I’ve worked in the private sector my entire life, so I know how government decisions affect real people. As a consumer advocate in this position, I will be an independent watchdog to ensure no one pays more than their fair share. You are calling yourself as “taxpayer advocate” on your campaign page on Facebook. What do you mean by that? No one should pay more than their fair share of taxes. We are all tired of special-interest groups gaming the system, causing the rest of us to pick up the bill. I have a history of successfully fighting for businesses and families to make sure they are treated fairly, including cases protecting consumers from fraudulent fees and taxes. I will use this experience to advocate for the taxpayers of San Diego County and ensure that

As Assessor, he has raised fees on families and small businesses. He then used their money to increase his own budget by almost $10 million and gave himself generous pay and perks such as a free car and gas, according to County of San Diego documents. He also served as a director of a savings and loan that lost $21 million in an illegal trading operation. Federal investigators said Dronenburg “didn’t have a clue” what was going on at the company he directed, according to reports in the Los Angeles Times in 1986 and 1988. Unfortunately, this seems to be a pattern. For example, he claims he did not have a clue the lawyer he hired to file the lawsuit to stop marriage equality was the same lawyer who put Prop 8 on the ballot and represented the Prop 8 proponents. San Diego County also ranks worst in the state for assessment mistakes and required corrections according to the California Board of Equalization. That means we are ranked 58 out of 58 counties in terms of accuracy.


What are your goals to reform the office? I will end the era of bloated budgets, excessive fees and over-taxation. I will eliminate the property assessment appeal backlog, currently second worst in the state, and the practice of issuing backdated tax bills. I will also modernize the office by updating systems and practices. Millions of our documents are still only [accessable] by visiting the office and searching on a microfiche, a machine invented in 1906. It is impractical and costly to require businesses and consumers to drive to the office and spend hours trying to find a recorded document, only to receive an illegible document at the end of the search. This is wasteful on so many levels. As the fifth most populated county in the United States and the eighth largest city, we can and should do better. What causes do you support, and why? Outside of fighting for consumer rights, my biggest passions are education, the environment and the protection of children.

see Guinn, page 7


San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014


3737 Fifth Ave. Suite 201 San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 519-7775 Twitter: @SD_UptownNews PUBLISHER David Mannis (619) 961-1951 EDITOR Hutton Marshall (619) 961-1952 ASSISTANT EDITOR Morgan M. Hurley (619) 961-1960 REPORTERS & COLUMNISTS Charlene Baldridge Michael Crane Dave Fidlin Michael Good Lisa Hamel Dale Larabee “Dr. Ink” Monica Medina Marissa Mortati Frank Sabatini Jr. Kevin Smead Ken Williams EDITORIAL INTERN McKenna Aiello DIRECTOR OF SALES & MARKETING Mike Rosensteel (619) 961-1958


Don’t leave your home vulnerable to wildfire With the threat of wildfires across multiple states, the non-profit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® offers wildfire prevention tips for residents. You can protect your home and prepare your family for wildfires. Remember, embers can be blown more than a mile from the flames so it is critical to take action to make your home wildfire-resilient. 1. Have a fire disaster plan including at least two, pre-determined evacuation routes, an NOAA Weather Radio and disaster kit for your family 2. Follow any and all evacuation orders immediately 3. Identify an emergency water supply within 1,000 feet of your home through one of the following: • Community water/hydrant system, and/or • Drafting site on a lake • Cooperative emergency storage tank with neighbors • Swimming pool 4. Remove fuels that can lead flames to your home or that can become ignited from windblown embers, including: • Dead grass, leaves, etc. (fine fuels) and dead twigs, branches, etc. (coarse fuels) within 30 feet of buildings.  • Dry leaf/pine litter from roofs, rain gutters, decks and walkways • Dead and dry litter at the base of plants • Tree branches (ladder fuels) within 6 – 10 feet of the ground • Firewood within 30 feet of buildings • Continuous beds of combustible vegetation (on the ground or in tree tops) that can bring large flames within 100 feet of your home

5. Clean your gutters, eaves and roof to make sure they are clear of debris. 6. Plant species that retain moisture and resist ignition including: • Native, fire-resistant vegetation (check with local forestry agency) • Fire prone trees and shrubs away from your home and far enough apart, so they won’t ignite one another • Make sure your street number is legible and clearly marked for emergency responders • Move any storage sheds including lawn mowers, grills, gas cans and tanks away from your home 7. Before a threat, landscape with fire resistant, native plant species that retain moisture and resist ignition. 8. Install metal screening that blocks embers from entering your buildings, including: • Noncombustible 1/8 inch on attic/crawl space vents, and around low decks • Noncombustible (metal, etc.) skirting around mobile homes If threatened by wildfire, only remove dead leaves or vegetation when local garbage collection services will have time to pick up the debris. Do not burn vegetation without following local requirements. For more information on wildfire prevention visit or —Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is a nationwide consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters.u

‘FLAVORDOME’ OPENS IN NORTH PARKER San Diego’s Modern Times Beer held a soft opening for its new North Park tasting room located in the imminent North Parker at 3000 Upas St. The facility, labeled the “Flavordome,” features vaulted ceilings with a modern, industrial feel. Modern Times founder Jacob McKean

Illissa Fernandez (619) 961-1964 Sloan Gomez (619) 961-1954 Ron Hernandez (619) 961-1957 Yana Shayne (619) 961-1963 SALES & MARKETING INTERNS Eddy DeLeon Carlos Dervis PRODUCTION MANAGER Rebecah Corbin (619) 961-1961 PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Vincent Meehan (619) 961-1961 ACCOUNTING Priscilla Umel-Martinez (619) 961-1962 WEB DESIGNER Kim Espinoza OPINIONS/LETTERS San Diego Uptown News encourages letters to the editor and guest editorials. Please email both to Include phone number and address for verification. We reserve the right to edit letters for brevity and accuracy. Letters and guest editorials do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher or staff.

UptownBriefs DAVIS CELEBRATES MOTHER’S DAY WITH TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN Congressmember Susan Davis (D-CA 53) made her ninth trip to Afghanistan this past Mother’s Day to honor female service members deployed overseas. Accompanied by a bipartisan group of female congressmembers, Davis hosted a luncheon with the mothers, where they discussed challenges facing soldiers with children at home. The congressional delegation visited with soldiers at Camp Marmel in Masar-E-Sharif, Afghanistan. Cards handmade by U.S. elementary school students were also distributed to the service members.

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Terrie Drago (619) 691-1956

SUBMISSIONS/NEWS TIPS Press releases and story ideas are welcomed. Send press releases, tips, photos or story ideas to DISTRIBUTION San Diego Uptown News is distributed free, every other Friday. COPYRIGHT 2014. All rights are reserved. Printed in the United States of America.

Congressmember Susan Davis (D-CA) dines with soldiers at a Mother's Day luncheon at Camp Marmel in Masar-E-Sharif, Afghanistan. (Courtesy Office of Congressmember Davis) says the tasting room will be open from noon to 10 p.m., but may close periodically to allow the brewery to add some finishing touches before their official grand opening in early June. The 1,624-square-foot tasting room features 16 taps that will pour beer brewed at their Sports Arena production facility, the “Lomaland Fermentorium.” According to, Modern Times will not yet fill growlers at the Flavordome, but will sell their cans onsite.

CRAFT BEER COMES TO BALBOA PARK Balboa Park visitors will soon be able to enjoy an ice-cold craft beer in the May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden, located adjacent to the San Diego Museum of Art. The owners of Uptown beer bars Blind Lady Ale house and Tiger! Tiger! have won a bid to take over the Sculpture Garden Court Cafe this summer, where they will ser ve

see Briefs, page 7


Communities and a Healthy Planet. I’m also on the boards of the St. Paul’s Foundation and Equality California.


I am chair of the Environmental and Sustainability Committee for the San Diego Unified School District. It allows me to combine these passions. We are tasked with making recommendations to the school board on policies regarding school nutrition, energy, facilities, water conservation, student environmental literacy and other issues. I am very excited about efforts to locally source all produce for our school meals. It would create a tremendous number of jobs and help our local farmers compete. When my son was 9, we founded a nonprofit called KidsEcoClub. It was selected as the “gold standard” of nonprofits working with SDUSD last year. Its mission is to support Healthy People, Healthy


BRIEFS lunch and take-out picnic boxes as well as local craft beer. Tiger! Tiger! Chef Sharon Wilson will oversee the menu at the eater y, which will feature a weekend brunch as well. Patrons will be able to enjoy fine food and craft beer amid the sculptures of 20th centur y artists including Louise Nevelson, Claire Falkenstein and Henr y Moore. This will be the third eater y opened in Uptown by owners Lee Chase, Jenniffer Chase, Jeff Motch and Clea Hantman.

BRIDGE CLASSES OFFERED Starting June 4, the Balboa Park-based San Diego Bridge Academy will offer bridge classes twice weekly for their eight-week Introduction to Bridge course. Classes take place on Monday and Wednesday from either 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The course costs $120 including the necessary textbook. Bridge has been shown to ward off the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease by exercising mental capacities in a social setting. Located at 3111 Sixth Ave., the courses are led by Bridge Academy Director David Walters, who also offers private lessons. He

Since this is your first run at public office, what will it take to get elected? We have to shine a light on the incumbent’s poor performance and abuse of his office. It’s no mystery that getting my message out requires money. It is ridiculous how expensive these races get, but it is reality. With the election on a few weeks away, I am asking everyone for four things: 1) Visit and contribute any amount; 2) Volunteer and recruit three friends; 3) Send a postcard to 10 friends with a personal note asking them to vote June 3rd for me; and, 4) Go out and VOTE.u

may be contacted at 619-298-5756. For more information about the San Diego Bridge Academy, visit

COMMUNITY CELEBRATION FOR SPEAKER ATKINS The San Diego Democrats for Equality and Hillcrest’s Bamboo Lounge will hold a celebration for the newly sworn in California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D–San Diego) on the evening of May 24. The event is not a fundraiser, but a toast to the former San Diego City Councilmember now leading the state legislature’s lower house. Atkins, an Appalachian native, was sworn in as speaker on Monday, May 12, replacing John A. Pérez (D–Los Angeles) after serving as assembly majority leader. The Democrat is both the first openly gay woman and the first San Diegan to ser ve as speaker of California’s Assembly. The event is free, but those wishing to attend are encouraged to RSVP at or 619-709-0675. Bamboo Lounge is located at 1475 University Ave. BIKE TO WORK DAY POSTPONED The San Diego County Bike Coalition announced San Diego’s Bike to Work Day to Friday, May


BIKETRAIN made a decision; we want to be visible and we want to have the most direct route to get to wherever we need to go instead of going out of our way and feel safe doing so.” The first ride took place April 22 and started at 7:45 a.m. in City Heights, ending at the Old Town Trolley Station, with multiple stops along the way. It corresponded with Earth Day, which was a Tuesday, but subsequent rides have been shifted to Fridays. Aimed at both recreational and commuter bicycle enthusiasts, SD Bike Train participants are now instructed to meet every Friday at designated points along University Avenue and ride together, single file or side-by-side. The Facebook page, which outlines the routes and shares other information, now boasts 188 members, and the number of riders has steadily increased every Friday since that inaugural ride. The primary route remains University Avenue, which starts at 7 a.m. in City Heights and moves west, but recently another route, to take riders from North Park to Downtown, was established starting at University Avenue and 30th Street. More routes are in the works. Though most of the members were total strangers wanting to build community with other bicycle riders, some, like Ken Eby-Gomez, was already a friend of Medina’s. “I have two jobs that are both in City Heights,” he said. “I like to join in anyway to help build some momentum, but also because it is pretty fun to ride with friends that early.” Both a bike mechanic and teacher, Eby-Gomez said he is one of the organizers of Bikes Del Pueblo, a local bicycle collective aimed at self-sufficiency. He said being involved in SD Bike Train has broadened his perspective.

30 in response to a series of wildfires plaguing San Diego County on the weekend of the eco-friendly holiday. The Bike Coalition supported San Diego Association of Government’s (SANDAG’s) decision to postpone the event originally scheduled for May 16 in order to keep riders, the general public and emergency personnel away from safety hazards caused by the fires. In celebration of National Bike Month, bicyclists can stop at various pit stops during their commute from 6 – 9 a.m. to refuel with snacks and Bike to Work Day t-shirts. Participants can look forward to free massages at Elements Massage in Carlsbad, burritos at Snooze Restaurant in Hillcrest and coffee and bagels at the Civic Center Plaza in Downtown San Diego, to name a few. Companies can also get involved with the Bike to Work Corporate Challenge from May 27-30, when companies will encourage employees to get the highest percentage of ridership during the week. Participants are encouraged to make safety a top priority as they make their commute during Bike to Work Day. Visit to locate more pit stops near them and find out more information about the Corporate Challenge.u

“It’s given me knew insights about what organizing for livability in neighborhoods might look like, how reaching out to residents can look, and how to find solutions to common needs,” he said. For Pimentel, who came from Long Beach where a much more advanced bicycle infrastructure is in place, SD Bike Train was sorely needed. “This project for me means more bicycle visibility, that means getting more cyclist on the road, riding to work, school, grocery store etc.,” Pementel said. “It is a great way to have people try commuting on their bikes, in a safe group environment, and also lets drivers see that bicycles will be sharing the road with them, so they can be more alert to cyclists.” Organizers haven’t formally reached out to the local bicycle coalitions and other organizations — although word about the Bike Train is rolling out fast — and they’re not sure they will. They prefer to keep it as a community building experience. “This is by cyclists for cyclists,” Medina said. “It’s very grassroots and it builds a sense of community. Sometimes people come just to talk to other cyclists. On our first Downtown route, some people went to work, others went to grab coffee. “I understand there’s different organizations … but I think there really is something to be said when the actual community gets involved and says ‘hey let’s get together and make this happen,’” she said. What Pimentel and Medina are doing is listening to feedback from members in their group, asking for suggestions and making everyone feel they have a say in things as their little movement expands and adapts. The sky seems to be the limit with SD Bike Train. “I see the Bike Train growing, we have started a Facebook, we’re working on a website and looking to add more routes,” Pimentel said. “This is all because there is a need for us to do so. The outreach from the not only the bicycle community, but the motorists, has been great.” For more information on SD Bike Train, visit

San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014




To read advice and information from the experts, please go to:

JOHN EVANS MORTGAGE SPECIALIST BROADVIEW MORTGAGE San Diego Branch serves up their first Triple Layer Cake


The first steps in planning the perfect wedding


SCOTT WARD AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN Maintaining Your Vehicle “Many people don’t know this but tires are…”


Discusses touchpoints and how people experience you and your brand

To participate in our Expert Advice section call:

619-565-4454 619-961-1964


San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014




Come celebrate with us, and help us bring smiles to thousands of hospitalized children!


JUNE 7, 2014 4:00 – 8:00 PM

Harvey Milk’s American Diner 535 University Ave, San Diego 92103 Harvey Milk’s American Diner is providing the event space at no charge and a free buffet to all who attend




On Saturday, May 17, the San Diego Floral Association held its annual Historic Garden Tour in University Heights. The floral association led tours throughout the day, showing San Diegan’s the springtime beauty hidden within the historic Uptown neighborhood. Featured here are some of the floral scenes captured by photographer Marissa Mortati. Visit for more on the San Diego Floral Associations programming.u


San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014





PEACE (From page 1) On Sunday, May 18 at Downtown’s Balboa Theatre, the San Diego Women’s Chorus (SDWC) held their annual spring concert, themed “Songs of Protest, Songs of Peace” with the Indigo Girls. Pictures below are courtesy of Varner Photography unless otherwise indicated. (top to bottom) The Indigo Girls performing alone during the SDWC spring concert; SDWC's Karen Kaufman whistles at the microphone next to Amy Ray as the chorus performs with the Indigo Girls; members of the SDWC celebrating at their spring concert after party (Courtesy SDPIX); and the SDWC performing at the concert.u

JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE WORKING OUT, DOESN’T MEAN IT’S WORKING. If you put in the work, you should get the results. Fitness Together is proven personal training for individuals that holds you accountable and keeps you motivated. Goal-oriented, highly customized.


20% off any package

MIssion Hills 4019 Goldfinch Street San Diego, CA 92103

619.794.0014 •


San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014



The Community of North Park

June 6-8, 2014 People In Preservation Awards Friday • 6-9pm

Architectural Walking Tours Saturday • 9am • 11am • 1pm

Sunday Historic Home Tour Sunday • 11am-4pm Tour the interiors of five historic houses in North Park. The self-driven tour features an exciting diversity of early 20th century architectural styles.


Children at Camp Mountain Chai (Courtesy KPBS)

Balboa Park resident Ed Samiljan creates Jewish continuity through summer camp Monica Medina

Amidst the towering, aromatic pines of the San Bernardino National Forest is Camp Mountain Chai. Like most summer camps, it offers typical activities such as swimming, crafts and sing-alongs. It’s an experience that draws hundreds of San Diego children each summer, and in the process, they’re getting something else: a cultural identity.

Children canoe in the San Bernardino National Forest at Camp Mountain Chai. (Courtesy KPBS) Now in its ninth year, Camp Mountain Chai continues to thrive thanks to the likes of Ed Samiljan — and the thousands of bagels his wife Rae provided Samiljan and his team while they raised funds and developed plans for the camp. It is because of his perseverance and passion that KPBS and Union Bank honor him this month as a 2014 Jewish American Heritage Month Local Hero. Samiljan, who spent over 30 years working in the photographic industry and before retiring, is motivated by a love of faith and tradition and a desire to ensure their continuity. Indeed, Jewish continuity is something he feels is sorely lacking today, as a result of societal changes. Rae and I have been always interested in finding mechanisms to keep kids engaged in basic Jewish values,” Samiljan explained. “In the United States, kids grow up in a very accepting society, which challenges our continuity, and regardless of your heritage

you have some desire to see it, and what you think are the basic core values you’ve been exposed to, continue.” The need to establish Jewish continuity is a post-World War II phenomenon, initially stemming from families migrating in droves to the suburbs. Seton Hall University Professor of History, Edward S. Shapiro, asserted that “the diffusion of Jewish population into the suburbs … diluted Jewish identity.” Another factor is the growing number of intermarriages — 58 percent today as compared to 1970, when the rate was 17 percent. Neither of these were issues of concern in Samiljan’s youth. “I was raised in a ghetto of Boston by a single parent and my grandparents,” he recalled. “It was a community of tenement houses with an overwhelmingly Jewish population. No one had high income, and frankly it would’ve been considered frivolous to go to camp in that environment, but I didn’t need Jewish continuity, because my grandparents made Jewish continuity. It was a very solid Jewish environment.” The idea for the Camp Mountain Chai grew from a conversation with a Jewish mom during a meeting at the United Jewish Federation of San Diego County. At the time, Samiljan was running a program, Pathways to Judaism, which was designed to provide support and educational opportunities to interfaith couples, but as Samiljan points out, the program was expensive to sustain and was only reaching 15 – 20 families at a time. “One morning, a young woman was complaining that she wanted to send her kids to a Jewish camp, but she couldn’t because they were all filled up,” he recalled. “We never had a Jewish camp in San Diego, so I kind of had an epiphany — that camping might be a great way of mass marketing Jewish continuity. We would have a way of handling hundreds of kids at a time, putting them through the program.” It took a few years of dedicated team work, extensive research and plenty of bagels, to turn the idea into reality, but the results — 125 children attending the first year — have been gratifying. As

Ed Samiljan (Courtesy KPBS)

Ed Samiljan winning the San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Samiljan Foto (Courtesy KPBS) it approaches its 10th year, Camp Mountain Chai has a staff of 75, and handles about 500 children each summer. Its success lies in its ability to foster a Jewish life for its campers. “We take youngsters from homes in which there’s very little Jewish experience and in two weeks they pick up the prayers and the songs and they’re singing, they’re Israeli dancing, and they’re participating in our Friday night Shabbat services,” Samiljan said with pride. “They’re enjoying the experience. They think this is a fun time. We’ve made Jewish values highly palatable and absorbable through their pores. We’re building continuity but we’re also building San Diego community.” When children register for

see LocalHero, page 11


O.U. Miracle

Dale Larabee Larabee's Lowdown In 1975, Deralyn and John Kaheny wanted to live in Kensington. They eyed the perfect house on Roxbury Drive, but real estate prices were spiking, and they worried their bid on their dream house was too low. They went to Roxbury to hear if theirs was the highest bid. It was! As Deralyn left their new home on the way to her car, she looked down at the sidewalk and read, “O.U. Miracle.” She smiled. It was her miracle. Mr. Miracle extended his welcome to Kensington. O.U. Miracle has his name stamped on sidewalks all over

Kensington and beyond. I have noticed them since I moved here. I lighten up reading his positive message. I often find myself looking for inspiration at my feet more than the stars. Mr. Miracle sends a message to me. I am special. If you look down enough as you wander the sidewalks of Uptown, you’ll see a number of others who have installed sidewalks: “E.W. Pelton Builder,” “Knight & Hyde,” “L.B. Penick and Sons” and “Carl Woosley 1924” to name a few — all I’m sure good at what they did, but no miracles here. Orville Ullman Miracle is a name so unusual that he was mentioned in Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Letters written simply to “O.U. Miracle, USA” were delivered straight to him in California. Miracle was born 1871 in Neehah, Wisconsin and lived in Montana before moving to California. He worked in San Diego and Rolando Beach, but eventually settled in Oceanside in 1938. My search led me to Jenny Dowling, whose grandfather was a

job supervisor of O.V. Miracle. She told me O.U. had lived Minneapolis and used to “winter in California.” He is listed in the 1903 Minneapolis City Directory as President of Miracle Pressed Stone Company. Ms. Dowling tells me that Miracle had to repeatedly hock and later retrieve diamonds off his wife Grace when he needed cash to make payroll between contracts. “He did this not in a reckless way but only to support his men and their families,” Dowling told me. He was reported to have partnered with well-known local architect Cliff May, but I couldn’t find that much ever came of it. He had started a project to create a family subdivision before it was dragged under by the Depression. Ms. Dowling told me O.U. died in Oceanside in 1949. He was 78. I enjoyed the search for Mr. Miracle, but I don’t have to go far to find him. O.U. Miracle is right across the street in front of my neighbor’s house, then when I take a right on Van Dyke and more times before I find coffee on Adams Avenue. O.U. is a wonderful friend, for each time I see him, he greets me as though I am someone unique. Many days, I need that reminder.u

O.U. Miracle’s mark on a Kensington sidewalk (Courtesy Dale Larabee)


LOCALHERO Camp Mountain Chai, they’re often getting something more, something that most youth don’t experience until college. “Kids who live in Del Mar or Carlsbad don’t know very much about kids who live in Chula Vista or San Diego proper, and this is a great opportunity to bring them together for a common experience,” Samiljan observed. “Camp gives them an opportunity to mingle, and experience kids from different places, including Israel, where many of our kids and counselors come from.” Running a camp like Mountain Chai is expensive, and the tuition can be too. Samiljan works hard to raise funds for scholarships to ensure no child is turned away. “Many families have limited income and they don’t have room in their budgets for the summer camp experience,” he said. “But camp is for all kids, and I think it’s fair to say, in the nine years we’ve been operating, we’ve never turned down a child because of financial need.” Samiljan and Rae, who both hail from Massachusetts, recently celebrated 61 years of marriage.

They’ve lived in San Diego since the late 1970s and have three daughters and six grandchildren. Samiljan refers to their youngest grandchild as Camp Mountain Chai’s “poster child” because she has attended the camp both as a camper and a counselor. “She’s a youngster from a mixed marriage,” added Samiljan. “Her father is Japanese American and we were very eager to expose her to our culture.” Samiljan considers himself lucky to have been able to develop Camp Mountain Chai and see it through to fruition. As Rae points out, “There were so many times he wanted to throw in the towel, but some of his major sponsors said, ‘No, keep going,’ and he was very persistent.” In looking forward to celebrating the camp’s first major milestone, its 10th anniversary, Samiljan’s hopes for its future remain focused. “I want our alumni to have great memories of what camping was like,” he said. “I want to see Camp Mountain Chai accomplish its goal of reinforcing Jewish continuity and helping to build a strong viable Jewish community in San Diego. That would be a great accomplishment.” For more information about Camp Mountain Chai, visit or call 858-499-1330.u

San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014



San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014


The North Park Festival of the Arts took place on Saturday, May 17, attracting thousands for a craft beerfueled celebration of local artists. Photographers Michael Crane and Lisa Hamel captured some of the day’s festivities. (clockwise from top right) Festival goers along University Avenue (Hamel); “Drag Queen Karaoke” in the Craft Beer Block (Crane); a street performer on the accordion (Crane); crushing defeat in a giant game of Jenga (Crane); festival patrons twerking the day away (Hamel)u

Hillcrest Newsstand

Featuring San Diego’s best collection of hard to find international magazines! We also carry all your favorite local & national publications, as well as souvenirs, snacks and lotto tickets!

529 University Ave.- Hillcrest (619) 260-0492


Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast and The Hillcrest Bungalow 3845 Front St., San Diego, CA 92103 619-990-2441 | FB /HillcrestHouseandBungalow

Photos courtesy of Lori Bevan, the 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach

A California dream became a reality for a Cape Cod native recently, when the traveling “Red Chair from Woods Hole, Massachusetts” arrived at San Diego’s Hillcrest House Bed and Breakfast on May 15. Over 100 inns and bed and breakfast establishments have hosted the Red Chair and provided private tours of their wonderful communities. The resulting photos have been posted online and provide an amazing collage of scenic America. The Red Chair (known as Red to his friends and followers) first saw the Pacific Ocean as a guest of the 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach and then the Bed and Breakfast Inn of La Jolla. Next, Red will be the guest of Hillcrest House in San Diego. Hillcrest House owner, Ann Callahan, has arranged for personal tours of the Midway Museum, SeaWorld, and the San Diego Zoo. “I cannot wait to see the photos from Red’s adventures at San Diego’s finest attractions,” Callahan said. “Without giving away any secrets, I can share that there will be up close encounters!” The Hillcrest House is a perfect choice for Red’s San Diego vacation. It is located within ten minutes of all the itinerary stops. The Red Chair has a choice of five guest rooms in the historic Craftsman B&B and will enjoy a place at the dining room table for a healthy breakfast with the other guests. First photographed on a frozen pond at the Woods Hole Inn on Cape Cod in the winter of 2012, the Red Chair’s picture was posted on Facebook and a spontaneous following ensued. Santa Barbara, California photographer Julie Ann Cromer saw the image, decided to visit the Inn and took an amazing second photo of the chair at a local beach. Nearby inns asked to borrow the Red Chair for photo ops and soon it had traveled all over New England. That’s when its owner, Beth Colt, sent it across country to be reunited with Julie Ann Cromer. Next stop: Casa Laguna Inn and Spa in Laguna Beach, California. Follow the Red Chair’s movements around the country at Look for tales of the Red Chair’s San Diego travels on our website under our “innkeepers blog.” For a compilation of all the B&B blogs, visit


Greater North Park: Part Two

San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014



This is the first Main Street organization touched upon in this series (oh boy!). Evolving out of the existing business improvement district in the neighborhood, NPMS was one of two Main Street organizations created by the City of San Diego in the mid’90s. The NPMS still supports the same basic mission of nurturing local business and facilitating community improvements, but it does so through the lens of historical preservation. That often means weighing in on what businesses come in and how they do it, primarily to ensure cohesion into the historic character of the s stated in the last issue, North Park is big, active and well organized. That’s because of all the big, community. Encouraging new businesses to reuse existing buildactive organizations in North Park. To do them justice, the installment on the area’s community ings (i.e. North Park Theatre) rather than rebuilding is another organizations comes in two parts. The first, which published on May 9, focused on the area’s land example of this. use organizations: the area’s community planning group and its maintenance assessment district. The rapid growth of North Park’s commercial district is apparIn this issue, the organizations representing businesses and their neighboring residents get their turn. ent even to those who have only been in the area for a few years. The University Avenue/30th Street intersection now draws revel—Hutton Marshall, Uptown Editor ers from far and wide on weekend nights, and it seems a new craft beer bar opens up in the area once a month. NPMS Executive Director Angela Landsberg said the burst of economic activity signifies the return of North Park to its previous position a premiere 8 commercial destination in San Diego, as it was before the Mission Valley malls were constructed in the ’60s. While the new influx of business and their resulting customers is certainly a sign of economic prosperity, a change of this ADAMS ADAMS nature doesn’t come without aftereffects. Landsberg said she strives to create a business corridor that works both for the busiMADISON ness owners and the residents that surround it. We all know that MADISON MADISON the late-night bar crowd isn’t always the quietest and cleanest. Landsberg said she encourages property owners to bring in busiMONROE 805 MONROE nesses 15 that will respect and have a vested interest in the community. She also said the NPMS makes it a point to work with residents on concerns they might have. MEADE MEADE Beautification and landscape improvements also keep NPMS busy. The NPMS actually hopes to establish a Property Business EL CAJON EL CAJON Improvement District (PBID) this year around North Park’s main commercial district to bring in money for landscaping projHOWARD ects, beautification improvements and trash disposal. EstablishORANGE ing such a PBID requires a vote by the property owners in the POLK TON proposed zone, since they’ll be the ones being assessed. This G N SHI differs from a BID, which assesses business owners. WA In the past, organizations have run into trouble establishing LINCOLN such districts because of large corporate entities in the area. The UNIVERSITY size of the vote a property owner gets depends on their square UNIVERSITY footage in a zone. Outside corporations often don’t vote in favor of being assessed for community improvements, because unlike local businesses, they don’t have a vested interest in that specific ROBINSON community. However, Landsberg said she was very happy to see CVS — one of the largest property owners in the proposed PBID — 15come out in support of the assessment. She said this is the type of corporate investment the community needs to thrive. Beyond that, the NPMS is preparing for some major transportation and parking changes in North Park via the SANDAG UPAS Bike Corridor and other transportation projects. While their 805 impacts have yet to be set in stone, Landsberg reminds the comALBOA munity that the multi-level ACE parking lot on 30th Street and PARK North Park Way costs $1 a day prior to 6 p.m., increasing to $1 MORLEY FIELD an hour afterward. REDWOOD Anyone interested in learning more about North Park Main Street or the community in general should visit NPMS’s incredSAN DIEGO ZOO ibly informative website,


































































North Park Maintenance Assessment District

North Park Community Planning Area IMPERIAL

North Park Main Street

Proposed Property Business Improvement District

Correction: In the May 9 installment of this series (See "The Community Organizations of Greater North Park, 15 Part 1" Vol. 6, Issue 10), we mistakenly mixed up the boundaries of the North Park Community Planning Area and the North Park Maintenance Assessment District. We regret this error.

Compared to Main Streets, community associations are familiar subjects in this series. Structurally, the NPCA is a bit more formal than many, in that it’s a 501(c)3 nonprofit, but it still fits the mold of the typical community association: a broad-scoped organization representing the interests of residents in the community. Financially, it’s backed by donations and its meager membership dues ($15 for individuals/ $25 for families). Although it’s got roughly 400 members, not all pay dues. Luckily, the NPCA’s overhead is manageable. Most of its revenue goes toward its annual summer concert series held at Bird Park, which runs this 805 year from June 14 to August 9, beginning with the Bill Magee Blues Band. The association also just finished up a large, expensive overhaul of its website and branding (a worthy expense in my opinion). Visit to see its new look for yourself. Anyone involved with the NPCA also knows that there’s another big change happening internally. Its esteemed leader and board president, Nikki Berdy, recently resigned to return to the East Coast. Not to make this sound like an obituary, but she was a strong leader for the NPCA, and filling her shoes will be a considerable challenge. She’ll be missed. NPCA Vice President Edwin Lohr said that the group will 94 host their annual elections near the end of May. He’s optimistic someone will step up to the plate to fill Berdy’s position. Lohr said that advocating for residents’ interests will continue to be a top priority going forward, especially important in the wake of rippling effects from North Park’s exploding business community. Not unrelated to this phenomenon is what Lohr sees as a need to ramp up the NPCA’s neighborhood watch program. Lohr said with a more active nightlife inevitably comes a residual 805 the community watch (i.e. recrime increase. He said expanding cruiting more volunteers) is necessary to mitigate these impacts. If you’d like to get involved with the NPCA or the community watch, you can reach them at or 800-413-NPCA. Check back in next week when we delve into the community organizations of Old Town.u


San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014



Restaurant Review


ithin minutes of taking a table at DaoFu, guests receive a shareable, complimentary salad augmented with house-made tofu and dressed in raspberry-beet vinaigrette. The amenity makes for a favorable first impression and with even better things to follow. Formerly known as Tao Restaurant, the Adams Avenue eatery changed its name last year while maintaining the same ownership and keeping in place a lengthy menu of JapaneseVietnamese fare. The offerings furthermore reveal an even split between vegetarian and meat dishes. To our surprise, many of them incorporate Thai chilies depending on the degree of spiciness you prefer. “Go with the low numbers,” a couple at a nearby table cautioned while clutching their ice waters. They had ordered a stir-fry at level 2 from the restaurant’s one-to-10 heat scale. I might have considered them wimps had it not been for the Vietnamese-style hot and sour soup we ordered in its basic default form. Similar to Tom Yum and nothing like the darker-colored Chinese version, the soup delivered enormous flavors from lemongrass, cilantro, pineapple, sliced taro root, vinegar and blistering chilies that were naked to the eye. We ordered it with chicken, which yielded large, thin sheets of breast meat seemingly tenderized from broth’s acids. Here is where the housemade soy milk came in handy. Ser ved sweetened with crushed ice, it instantly killed the burn on our palates as we continued punishing ourselves along the way. The GMO-free tofu is also made daily on the premises, appearing in salads, appetizers and entrees. It’s among the most flavorful and creamiest I’ve encountered, likely because its porous texture sucks in whatever sauces and ingredients come into contact with the stuff, as it did with the bright-red dressing draping our free salad. I’m told that the eggplant-infused tofu is all the rage. But a pure vegetarian meal wasn’t in our cards on

(above) Complimentary salad with tofu and The “Eric” stir-fry; (below) lemongrass pork chop with snow peas and rice (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

3332 Adams Ave. (NORMAL HEIGHTS)


Prices: Appetizers, soups and salads: $1.99 to $11.03; entrees, $9.12 to $13.91 this first-time visit. After starting with a generous order of pleasing garlic wings and supple pork-stuffed gyoza (perhaps the most authentic Japanese item on the menu), we proceeded to some of the meatiest entrees on the menu. Chicken, pork and shrimp occupied a mound of rice noodles in my companion’s “Eric stir-fry,” which he ordered at level zero. As with all of the entrees, the components were arranged attractively across a 15-inch plate. A smoky and delightful “wok breath” gave the dish its reigning flavor in the absence of chili peppers. I chose the lemongrass center-cut pork chop at level 2. The heat factor was pleasantly manageable compared to the hot and sour soup, offering a fleeting burn that remained in the mouth instead of trailing to my forehead — not that I mind an occasional

food sweat. The medium-size chop was flash-fried and tender and served with perfectly cooked snow peas along with a molded cube incorporating both brown and white rice. My only caveat was that the lemongrass took a back seat to the soy sauce reduction on the plate, which was a little too salty for my taste. Cucumber spears and pickled radishes rounded out the scheme, which compatibly fused the tenets of Japanese and Vietnamese cooking. We came away impressed by the restaurant’s obvious standard for using fresh ingredients and its ability to keep prices at reasonable levels. Service was swift despite a packed dining room that seats about 60 people. Decor is minimal with the exception of hundreds of favorable testimonies scribbled on the walls by locals who claim DaoFu as their neighborhood gem.u


San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014


2760 Fifth Ave. (Bankers Hill) 619-233-4355

Happy hour: 4 to 6 p.m., and 9 p.m. to close, Monday through Friday; and 3 p.m. to close on Sundays

RATINGS: DRINKS: The bargains encompass more than a dozen specialty cocktails accented with ingredients such as balsamic reduction, fresh lychee, pressed chilies and leafy herbs. Top-shelf liquor is used in most of them. A sturdy selection of craft beers is also available, along with select wines.

FOOD: Jamaican-jerk baby back ribs served over polenta are kicky and mouthwatering. We also loved the meaty mixed olives, all pitted and mildly brined..

VALUE: Prices for cocktails and beers are slashed by about 50 percent during happy hour. And a majority of the noshes are kept at under $5.

SERVICE: Guests receive prompt attention from the bartender and wait staff as well as menus specific to happy hour.

DURATION: Afternoon and evening happy hours are held on weekdays, while Sundays greet with the same deals from 3 p.m. until closing.

TOASTING A NEW ERA Come On G e t H a p py ! D r. I n k

It’s been less than six months since Ingrid Croce transitioned her long-established restaurant and bar from The Gaslamp District to Bankers Hill under the rename of Croce’s Park West. Yet from the look and taste of things, the operation has settled into its new home as if it has comfortably resided there for years. For those who haven’t yet stepped into the stylish space, which formerly housed Avenue 5 and Lips over the past decade, the oft-occurring happy hour affords an inexpensive gustatory experience that will likely tempt you into coming back for more. Patrons are greeted by a spacious sidewalk patio framed in black-and-beige striped canvas. Just inside is a handsome darkwood bar and lounge with ample seating that features high tops and a tufted leather couch fronted by marble café tables. Everything about the place feels bigger and airier compared to its past incarnations, due in part to a back space

that was opened up for showcasing live music four nights a week. In an age where craft cocktails using premium liquors will cost you a 10-spot at minimum, we find them at Croce’s for $7 and below. The “Ingrid’s Ketel One Mojito,” for example, is priced at $6.50 and goes down with the prominence of fresh mint and lime juice, just enough to quell the sting of the vodka. If you’re bent on rum, a mango mojito is available for 50 cents less. In another $6.50 cocktail called “Peach and Basil,” the pureed fruit teams up with house-made basil-infused syrup and the herb’s leaves, resulting in a sweet and earthy flavor bridged by your choice of Bulleit Bourbon or Belvedere Vodka. The list also includes “Cilantro Mules” made with TRU Organic Lemon Vodka; a “Smoky Local” touting Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey and an Islay Scotch rinse; and the “Mississippi Lady” that blends berry puree with Tanqueray Gin and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur. The specials extend also to craft drafts priced at $4 and under. Usual suspects such as Stone and Green Flash go missing in lieu of

also appears to attract more locals, less-ubiquitous types like Ommeranging from suited business gang Hennepin Farmhouse Ale, types to casual neighborhood Ironfire 50/51 IPA and Victory folk, all flowing in to get their Storm King Imperial Stout. fix of good food, drinks and From a succinct menu of music.u noshes, the Jamaican-jerk baby back ribs tasted blue ribbon, although beer would have struck a better match to them rather than our fancy cocktails. Served over a bedding of creamy polenta, the spice rub on the ultra-tender meat was feisty, unlike the lamer versions of jerk I often encounter. An order of mixed olives was also commendable in that they filled a medium-size ramekin and weren’t overly brined. Compared to its Downtown location, Croce’s Park West is more accessible in terms of street parking. (We lucked out with a space in Mixed olives with a tall peach-basil cocktail the side lot.) The (left) and a mojito martini (Photo by Dr. Ink) re-branded venture


San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014

Realtor Showcase


3BR 2.5ba 1754sf no-common-walls home in KPV, large greenbelt access direct to this unit, no neighbor-peer-in, granite + SS kitchen open to LR and DR., 2 pools, spa, sauna, community room, dbl att gar. $380 HOF/mo 4240 Caminito Pintoresco $595,000

Steve Carlson – Ginny Ollis

CARLSON and Ollis/AMA Advantage Realty



Be a part of our Realtor Showcase next issue! For more information call:

YANA SHAYNE or SLOAN GOMEZ (619) 961-1963

(619) 961-1954

Be a part of our Realtor Showcase next issue!

YANA — (619) 565-4454

SLOAN — (619) 961-1954

TERRIE — (619) 961-1956

MIKE — (619) 961-1958


San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014


Puzzles Sponsored by:

RICHARD WOODS 619-347-9866

CA DRE #: 01412706


(l to r) Jo Anne Glover, DeAnna Driscoll and Melissa Fernandes with J. Tyler Jones in the background (Photo by Daren Scott)

‘Mud Blue Sky’ soars high Charlene Baldridge Theater Review

San Diego theatregoers are familiar with playwright Marisa Wegrzyn through her comic plays “The Butcher of Baraboo,” “Ten Cent Night” and “Hickorydickory.” She possesses a hoydenish feminist voice, almost as if she were skipping through a field with her characters, playing kick the can and hurling pebbles loosened from the rocks of their lives. The characters, female and male, in her most recent play, “Mud Blue Sky,” are utterly endearing, not for their wisdom but for their denials and their destructive human behavior. Each lies about his or her life experience and aspirations, and at the end of the 90-minute act, we are empathetic about their pasts and hopeful for their futures. Playing at Moxie Theatre through June 8, “Mud Blue Sky” concerns three flight attendants of a certain age and a teenage boy. It is set in a hotel near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Of the two “stews” still working, Beth (DeAnna Driscoll) dreams of taking that meager early retirement package and starting a microbrewery in her home. She also has a pot habit and Jonathan (J. Tyler Jones), her Chicago supplier, arrives to provide service dressed in an outlandish tuxedo for his high school prom. His date, the popular, beautiful and unseen Molly, has ditched him. Though Beth just wants to settle in and smoke a joint, Sam (Jo Anne Glover) tries to persuade her to go out drinking with former flight attendant Angie (Melissa Fernandes), who was fired, put on a lot of weight, and then divorced. First two, then three, then all the


Answer key, page 19

Uptown Crossword

“Mud Blue Sky” Through June 8 | Moxie Theatre | 6663 El Cajon Blvd. 8 p.m. Thursdays – Saturdays | 2 p.m. Sundays $27 | | 858-598-7620 characters wind up in the hotel room, which has its own seedy character of a sort especially repugnant to the squeamish Beth. More pot and a bottle of cognac come into play as does a bit of cougar activity with Jonathan. Libido isn’t the only thing unleashed: Reality and truth rise, along with hopelessness. Empathy ensues. We leave feeling more than a glimmer of hope. Moxie Associate Artistic Director Jennifer Eve Thorn, surely among San Diego’s best and most insightful, stages “Mud Blue Sky” upon Maria Bane’s meticulously designed and appointed set (Angelica Ynfante is properties designer), the largest portion devoted to the grubby hotel room and the smaller portion revealing a chain-link fence and weeds. Here, Matt Lescault-

Wood’s sound design becomes a character of its own, and Sherrice Kelly’s lighting sings of future possibilities. The detail of each character’s story is revealed only gradually, and one can think of no better actors for the roles. Jones, who was seen most recently in Intrepid Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” is an expressive and generous young artist, who conveys depth and naiveté simultaneously. What company the young actor keeps! One cannot imagine better distaff to embody the broken and wounded women. Each portrayal is an acting lesson in subtlety, individual fullness and exquisite, truthful and aching comedy. It may be a “girl” thing. The play seemed especially perfect for Mother’s Day. Attendance is recommended.u

(l to r) Melissa Fernandez as “Angie” and DeAnna Driscoll as “Beth” in “Mud Blue Sky” (Photo by Ash & Arrow Photography)

Food Fanciers

Answer key, page 19


San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014

CLASSIFIEDS VIAGRA 100mg or CIALIS 20mg 40 tabs + 10 FREE! All for $99 including Shipping! Discreet, Fast Shipping. 1-888-836-0780 or PremiumMeds.NET

HELP WANTED GROOMER 5+yrs exp FT & BATHER/BRUSHER FT. Both for reputable busy shop coastal SD. or fax 619-342-8665 AIRLINE CAREERS begin here – Get FAA approved Aviation Technician training. Housing and Financial aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. Apply now with AIM Dallas 877-205-0503 or Houston 888-216-1687 $1000 WEEKLY PAID IN ADVANCE!!! MAILING BROCHURES or TYPING ADS for our company. FREE Supplies! PT/FT. No Experience Needed! HELP WANTED Earn Extra income Assembling CD cases From Home. Call our Live Operators Now! No experience Necessary 1-800-405-7619 Ext 2605 www. HOMEWORKERS NEEDED!!! - $500 - $1,500 WEEKLY Potential MAILING BROCHURES - $575/Weekly ASSEMBLING Products - Easy Online COMPUTER WORK$384/Day MYSTERY SHOPPERS $150/ Day

MISCELLANEOUS ADOPTION All other states are subject to individual state laws that limit or regulate the use of advertising in adoptive placement. PREGNANT? CONSIDERING ADOPTION? Talk with caring adoption expert. Choose from families Nationwide. LIVING EXPENSES PAID. Call 24/7 AbbyÕs One True Gift Adoptions 866-413-6296 Void In Illinois/ New Mexico/Indiana

WE BUY CARS! Running or Not. Any Make, Model or Year. Call today for an INSTANT OFFER. Free Towing/Pickup. Top Dollar. We’re Local! 1-800-844-3595 CARS/TRUCKS WANTED! Top $$$$$ PAID! Running or Not, All Years, Makes, Models. Free Towing! WeÕre Local! 7 Days/Week. Call Toll Free: 1-888-416-2330 GET CASH TODAY for any car/ truck. I will buy your car today. Any Condition. Call 1-800-8645796 or



RETIREMENT APARTMENTS, ALL INCLUSIVE. Meals, transportation, activities daily. Short Leases. Monthly specials! Call (877) 210-4130

MAKE $1,000 up to $9,000 Per Sale! Remotely Work From Home. Anyone Can Do This. Apply Now: 1-800-577-0318



$21 Car Insurance - Instant Quote - All Credit Types Ð Find Out If You Qualify - As Low As $21/Month. Call 1-888-250-5440

AUTO DONATIONS DONATE A CAR - HELP CHILDREN FIGHTING DIABETES. Fast, Free Towing. Call 7 days/ week. Non-runners OK. Tax Deductible. Call Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 1-800-578-0408 Donate Your Car to Veterans Today! Help those in need ! Your vehicle donation will help US Troops and support our Veterans! 100% tax deductible Fast Free pickup! 1-800-2634713

AUTOS WANTED TOP CASH FOR CARS, Any Car/Truck, Running or Not. Call for INSTANT offer: 1-800-454-6951

VIAGRA 100MG and CIALIS 20mg! 50 Pills $99.00 FREE Shipping! 100% guaranteed. CALL NOW! 1-866-312-6061 Canada Drug Center is your choice for safe and affordable medications. Our licensed Canadian mail order pharmacy will provide you with savings of up to 75 percent on all your medication needs. Call today 1-800356-4170 for $10.00 off your first prescription and free shipping VIAGRA 100MG and CIALIS 20mg! 40 Pills + 10 FREE. SPECIAL $99.00 100% guaranteed. FREE Shipping! 24/7 CALL NOW! 1-888-223-8818 FREE PILLS WITH EVERY ORDER! VIAGRA 100mg, CIALIS 20mg 40 Pills + FREE Pills. Only $99.00 #1 Male Enhancement Pill! Discreet Shipping. 1-888-797-9029

!!OLD GUITARS WANTED!! Gibson,Martin,Fender,Gretsch. 1930-1980. Top Dollar paid!! Call Toll Free 1-866-433-8277 CASH FOR CARS, Any Make or Model! Free Towing. Sell it TODAY. Instant offer: 1-800864-5784 DirecTV Over 140 channels only $29.99 a month. Triple savings! $636.00 in Savings, Free upgrade to Genie & 2013 NFL Sunday ticket free for New Customers. Start saving today! 1-800-416-7254 AIRLINES ARE HIRING Train for hands on Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 888-686-1704 ATTENTION VIAGRA USERS Help improve your stamina, drive, and endurance with EverGene. 100% natural. Call for FREE bottle. NO PRESCRIPTION NEEDED! 866-281-1525 CASH PAID- UP TO $25/BOX for unexpired, sealed DIABETIC TEST STRIPS! 1 DAY PAYMENT & PREPAID shipping. BEST PRICES! Call 1-888-776-7771. VIAGRA 100MG and CIALIS 20mg! 40 Pills + 4 FREE for only $99. #1 Male Enhancement, Discreet Shipping. Save $500! Buy The Blue Pill! Now 1-800-213-6202 CASH FOR CARS: All Cars/ Trucks Wanted. Running or Not! Top Dollar Paid. We Come To You! Any Make/Model. Call For Instant Offer: 1-800-864-5960 Meet singles now! No paid operators, just people like you. Browse greetings, exchange messages, connect live. FREE trial. Call 1-877-737-9447 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL Rotary builds peace and international understanding through education. Find information or locate your local club at www. Brought to you by your free community paper and PaperChain.

CANADA DRUG CENTER. Safe and affordable medications. Save up to 90% on your medication needs. Call 1-800734-5139 ($25.00 off your first prescription and free shipping.)

TOP CASH PAID FOR OLD GUITARS! 1920’s thru 1980’s. Gibson, Martin, Fender, Gretsch, Epiphone, Guild, Mosrite, Rickenbacker, Prairie State, D’Angelico, Stromberg, and Gibson Mandolins/Banjos. 1-800-401-0440

Make a Connection. Real People, Flirty Chat. Meet singles right now! Call LiveLinks. Try it FREE. Call NOW: 1-888-9099905 18+.

KILL BED BUGS! Buy Harris Bed Bug Killer Complete Treatment Program or Kit. Available: Hardware Stores. Buy Online:

DISH TV Retailer. Starting at $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) & High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available.) SAVE! Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL Now! 1-800-615-4064


AIRLINE CAREERS begin here - Get trained as FAA certified Aviation Technician. Financial aid for qualified students. Housing andJob placement assistance. Call AIM 866-453-6204 DISH TV Retailer. Starting at $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) & High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available.) SAVE! Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL Now! 1-800-341-7308 MAKE A CONNECTION Real People, Flirty Chat. Meet singles right now! Call LiveLinks. Try it FREE. Call NOW: 1-877-909-2569

10 ACRES FREE! Buy 30-Get 40 Acres. $0-Down $188/mo. Money Back Guarantee, NO CREDIT CHECKS Beautiful Views. Near El Paso, Texas. 1-866-882-5263 Ext. 81 www. SunsetRanches.NET

SCHOOLS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA FROM HOME. 6-8 weeks. ACCREDITED. Get a Diploma. Get a Job! 1-800-264-8330 Benjamin Franklin HS. www.

TELEVISION Order Dish Network Satellite TV and Internet Starting at $19.99! Free Installation, Hopper DVR and 5 Free Premium Movie Channels! Call 800-597-2464

WANTED TO BUY Wants to purchase minerals and other oil and gas interests. Send details to P.O. Box 13557 Denver, Co. 80201


Sales & Rentals


3112 30th St. 1bdrm 1ba $1275 and 2 bdrm. 2 ba. $1600. Quiet gated community. Upstairs units totally remodeled from new cabinets, granite counters ,stainless appliances, to new faux wood flooring. Off street parking and coin laundry on site. Deposits are the same as the rents. Sorry, no pets or smoking. 4341 Utah St. 2bd 1ba. Cottage. Hdwood floors. Pets on approval. $1350 rent, $1350 deposit. 4036 Iowa Street. 1bd 1ba cottage with hdwd. Floors. Pet on approval $1300 rent, $1300. Comes with a 1 car garage.

ROLANDO 4739 67th street 3bdrm 1 ½ ba. $1675 rent and $1675 deposit. Attached garage with washer / dryer hook ups. New tile floors, new carpet in bdrm. New appliances. No smoking, no pets.

619.640.7530 3128 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, CA 92104

CASH PAID- up to $25/Box for unexpired, sealed DIABETIC TEST STRIPS. 1-DAYPAYMENT.1-800-371-1136 WANTED JAPANESE MOTORCYCLES 1967-1982 ONLY KAWASAKI Z1-900, KZ900, KZ1000, Z1R, KZ1000MKII, W1-650, H1-500, H2-750, S1250, S2-350, S3-400 Suzuki, GS400, GT380, Honda CB750 (1969-1976) CASH. 1-800-7721142, 1-310-721-0726 Cash for unexpired DIABETIC TEST STRIPS! Free Shipping, Best Prices & 24 hr payment! Call 1-855-440-4001 English & Spanish ADVERTISE to 10 Million Homes across the USA! Place your ad in over 140 community newspapers, with circulation totaling over 10 million homes. Contact Independent Free Papers of America IFPA at or visit our website cadnetads. com for more information. Reader Advisory: The National Trade Association we belong to has purchased the above classifieds. Determining the value of their service or product is advised by this publication. In order to avoid misunderstandings, some advertisers do not offer employment but rather supply the readers with manuals, directories and other materials designed to help their clients establish mail order selling and other businesses at home. Under NO circumstance should you send any money in advance or give the client your checking, license ID, or credit card numbers. Also beware of ads that claim to guarantee loans regardless of credit and note that if a credit repair company does business only over the phone it is illegal to request any money before delivering its service. All funds are based in US dollars. Toll free numbers may or may not reach Canada.





H R Tactics


Troy Curnett

Strategic Planning, Tactical Training

REALTOR ® - Broker

Joe Whitaker operates H.R. Tactics, a full-service human resource consulting firm in Mission Hills, providing a broad range of human resource support, products and solutions for small to midsized companies with fees designed to put affordable human resources in reach. He can be contacted at 804-4551 or e-mail at

My business depends on referrals. Thanks for thinking of me.


302 Washington St., Suite 112

(619) 857-8769

San Diego, CA 92103 DRE # 01343230




Garden Design & Maintenance


Ca. Contractor License #920677

Authentic Woodwork For Vintage Homes & Gardens Craftsman - Victorian Spanish Revival

Garden • Shop Classes • Services


3685 Voltaire St. San Diego


William Van Dusen

619.223.5229 •

License #919946





3536 Ashford St., San Diego, CA 92111 in Clairemont. Fax 760-431-4744





Puzzle from page 17



Twitter: @SD_UptownNews • Facebook: /SDUptownNews

Food Fanciers

Crossword from page 17

The Fun Bus – U.S. Motorcade The Fun Bus is coming on May 23 to drive you to your favorite neighborhood spots every weekend. Imagine not having to worry about parking or driving while out with your friends. This shuttle service, which links portions of North Park, Hillcrest and University Heights, will run the same route on both Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. How do you find the Fun Bus? First, download the free application on your (iPhone or Android) phone. To find it, type “usmotorcade” in the search area of your phone’s app store. Then, starting on May 23, just pay the $10 nightly fee (which gives you unlimited rides for the evening) by credit card or Paypal. Once your payment has registered, you will be able to see the bus in real-time as it drives in its pre-designated route on the app’s handy map. Stand at an MTS stop along the route and wait for the bus to arrive! You may get on and off the bus as many times as you like and also catch the bus home after your drive- and stress-free evening! Relax, have fun and enjoy the ride to your favorite spots. Don’t forget, the app is “U.S. Motorcade” and service begins Friday, May 23, and the shuttle will run every Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Want healthy food for your pet?

“The Estate Builder” 858-278-4040



Holistic Gold Pet Nutrition Center


Water view home. Buy or lease option, $1,650,000. 21,800 ft. Kearny Mesa office building $3,950,000, 18 miles Baja oceanfront, need partner, Idaho Resort F & C $625,000. Try your sale, exchange ideas? Geo Jonilonis. Rltr (619) 454-4151.


1331 N. Cuyamaca St. Suite #1 El Cajon, CA 92020 619-258-7356 |



San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014



Experienced & Professional

619-516-0400 WOOD WORKING

Solid Gold Health Products for Pet Inc. began in 1975, with the first natural dog & cat pet food in the US. Hund-N-Flocken (dog) Katz-N-Flocken (cat) contains no allergenic grains like soybeans, wheat or corn, which may be genetically modified grains (GMO). Solid Gold also contains no animal/poultry fat, which usually goes rancid in pet foods. GMO usually means that the grains were sprayed with pesticides. These chemicals may cause allergic reactions to pets such as scratching, loss of hair and licking feet. These chemicals cause sterility in plants so they cannot reproduce. So the farmers must buy new seeds every year from the chemical companies. It used to be that the farmer could save some of the seeds from this year to plant next year. Now they must buy the seeds every year. Solid Gold has been the leader in natural products for pets for 40 years. They use non-gluten healthy grains such as amaranth, millet, quinoa, chia and tapioca. The owner of Solid Gold is Sissy Harrington McGill. Other companies try to copy the nine different Solid Gold formulas but they don’t have the knowledge. If you read Sissy’s article entitled “Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History” you know that Solid Gold is dedicated to the Health of your pets. Come visit our Holistic Gold Pet nutrition store located in El Cajon. Open Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are closed on Sundays. Solid Gold Pet Food can also be found in several pet stores across the U.S.


San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014

5over2 Five local shows over the next two weeks Kevin Smead Uptown News

Dr y River Yacht Club, The Palominos @ Bar Pink Saturday, May 24, 10 p.m. No Cover Dry River Yacht Club is quite the interesting group. Its sound has a very old school-country feel to it, though it boasts instrumentation featuring the jazzy woodwinds and brass. The group has a great string section, too, that really drives home their desert-inspired sound. At times, their music can be haunting and eerie, which balances well with the driving percussion that keeps things upbeat. Hailing from Tempe, Arizona, they really capture the sound of their place of origin. Also, be sure to get there for the Palominos. They place classic honky-tonk that’ll have your boots shakin’. Protomartyr, Viv Vates, Lube @ The Hideout Sunday, May 25, 9 p.m. $8 In their press blurb, Detroit’s Protomartyr devotes a paragraph to the difficulty of classifying their sound. I’m not going to try to describe it either, seeing as how I doubt I could do a better job than the band itself. However, I will say that I really like it. A little lo-fi, a little new wave, a little post-punk, these guys are all over the board, but still manage to keep things cohesive. Give them a listen before heading out to the show.


Wages and Manuok @ The Whistle Stop Friday, May 30, 5 p.m. No cover I dig Manuok, especially its latest album, “Traps.” It’s a bit heavier sound for the band — definitely louder and more chaotic than previous releases. Still, they’re a pretty low-key group perfect to hanging out to rather than getting wild. Wages keeps things on the down low, too, with its dreampop sounds. Think big drums, reverb-y vocals and crisp, clean guitars. I guess technically the third group on the bill is the Organic Food Truck, so come hungry. Schitzophonics, Heavy Glow, Neighbors to the North, Grim Imperials @ Soda Bar Wednesday, June 4, 8:30 p.m. $5 Schitzophonics is a band you have to see live. It’s loud, fast, aggressive music that’ll keep you dancing. The group’s got enough energy to power the venue for the evening, but if you’re just coming to watch, that’s cool too. I can’t guarantee you’d stay a passive bystander for long though, as it’s tough not to want to join in on the fun. This is Heavy Glow’s CD release, too, so pick up a copy of that while you’re there if fuzzy, psychedelic blues rock is your thing. Man Overboard, Transit, Forever Came Calling, Knuckle Puck @ Soma (sidestage) Friday, June 6, 7 p.m. $13 Oh man, I’m really excited for this show. The first three bands on this bill are really great (can’t say I’ve listened to Knuckle Puck) and seeing just one of them is worth the price of admission. Sure, Man Overboard’s “Defend Pop Punk” campaign is pretty whatever. They still put out some great tracks. Transit’s “Listen and Forgive” is one of my favorite pop-punk records in recent memory and Forever Came Calling writes catchy tunes that’ll have you be grabbing the microphone to sing along with. Be ready to come explore your feelings, talk about pizza, give high fives, and do stage dives.u

‘Ride the Black Wave’ by The Donkeys perhaps most impressively, their skill as musicians is readily apparent, but they could not rightfully be labeled showoffs by any recognizable authority on showoffs. The Donkeys new album comes out on Lengthy guitar solos will not be found on June 3. It’s called “Ride the Black Wave.” Black Wave, nor will seismic instrumental Although the idea of a group of asses surfbreakdowns or wailing breakdowns. No, ing on an oil spill sounds goofy, the album The Donkeys are about perpetuating a is pretty good. mellow vibe—plain and simple. For those unfamiliar with these Attracting some niche media hype bastions of indie-surf rock-country-feelfor their portrayal of the fictional, yet goodery, The Donkeys have been around undeniably groovy band San Diego for a little more Geronimo Jackson on than a decade, releasing “Lost,” The Donkeys have three albums prior to garnered notable national “Black Wave.” The quartet attention in their own won “Best Rock Band” right for being a musically at the San Diego Music deft indie band—even if Awards in 2012. Good, not quite cerebral--that now you’re up to speed. mixes in surf music and Black Wave crams 11 country far more tastefully tracks into a run time just than most. In Black Waveover 30 minutes. Genre-their best album to date— wise, the blanket term they don’t quite break that “indie rock” serves for mold, but I think it’s a fine all intents and purposes, mold for a band to find although it’s diverse com“Ride the Black Wave” pared to previous releases. album art (Courtesy Force Field PR) itself in, really. Maybe I give their There’s a Hawaiian country earnestness too much credit, or their song, a few pop songs and even a Beatlescreative yearnings too little. It’s true, the in-India-esque song featuring one of those drum timings on many of the tracks are twangy, eastern string instruments (I inventive where indie pop is concerned, googled it; it’s called a sitar). such as their dreamy single “Scissor Me On first impressions, the band uses Cigs.” Throughout much of the album, some admittedly clichéd song titles, such warm synth sounds and dirtied electric as “Sunny Daze,” the opening track of guitar blend over acoustic strumming for this, their fourth studio album, which melodies transcending your average indie opens with sounds of pelicans cawing and surf rock. surf crashing on the beach—something Sure, few outside the cult of everlasting surely without precedent in the Southern Lost enthusiasts might recall the fauxCalifornia music scene. Throughout much Geronimo Jackson a couple decades from of the album, the lyrics rely frequently on now, but that doesn’t mean their status as a repetition, catering more to the phonetic well-honed mass producer of steezy listenimpact of the words sung. Despite all this, The Donkeys are unde- ing is anything to balk at. The Donkeys play The Irenic in North niably easy on the ears throughout. Their Park on June 6. Purchase tickets for $12.62 relaxing, unpretentious sound beckons at enjoyment over critical examination. And Hutton Marshall Album Review

Our Hardwood Flooring Showroom is


Come visit us at: 1435 University Ave. in Hillcrest • (858)354-3142

Top Flooring is installer-owned and operated by licensed contractor Chuck Nettnin. Visit our showroom to see our extensive lines of flooring choices, or book a mobile consultation in your home with our unique mobile showroom. We provide professional installations of residential and commercial projects! License #897390


San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014


Discovering North Park — again

For its annual Historic Home Tour, SOHO visits the old and improved North Park


Michael Good Over the last century, San Diegans have found a variety of ways to discover North Park. For the better part of the 20th century, this streetcar suburb on the northwest corner of Balboa Park was where San Diego shopped. As Downtown turned seedy and the population center grew to the north and east, North Park became the go-to place for just about everything. If you had to go to the department store, the bank, the lumberyard, the movies, the hardware store, the grocery store or the pharmacy, you went to North Park. If you needed a bicycle shop, a roller rink, a magazine stand, an alcoholic beverage, an AA meeting or Sunday sermon, North Park was the place to go. Even after Mission Valley was converted from farmland to shopping mall, North Park continued to offer retail opportunities you couldn’t find elsewhere: looking for a trophy? Army surplus? A used safe? A musical instrument? A place to pump iron? North Park had it all. Today, there are breweries and beer pubs, bacon truffles and farm-to-table dining. And over the years, many of these shoppers and visitors, at some time or another, in the back of their mind harbored the thought: Hey, maybe I could live here. Of course, that’s how the area started — as a place to live. Before it was a shopping mecca, North Park was a real estate development — a patchwork of small housing tracts arrayed along the expanding streetcar lines. The man who owned those tracks, John D. Spreckels, also owned the lumber company that supplied the building materials and sat on the board of the banks that loaned the money to build. He left the actual development of land and building of houses to the speculators, and there were many of them, all with grand dreams and breezy promises. But like the north/south streets that don’t quite line up, the developer’s dreams and fiscal reality didn’t always harmonize. As a result, North Park isn’t quite as homogenous as Kensington and Talmadge, or as exclusive or expensive as Mission Hills. But that’s part of the area’s appeal; today there are a sprinkling of million-dollar mansions with harbor views on double lots cheek-to-jowl with 500-square-foot bungalows. For the last 40 or so years, Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) has been offering yet another way to get to know San Diego’s streetcar suburbs like North Park: the Annual Historic Home Tour. This year’s co-chair, Allen Hazard, had discovered North Park himself back in 2000 on a SOHO Tour. For this year’s event, which is again in North Park, Hazard walked the neighborhood, looking for prospects. And like many before him, Hazard found it an eye-opening experience. “I was astonished by the changes I saw in North Park, by how many houses had been designated historic, by how many plaques I saw,” Hazard said. He added that it wasn’t just the

plethora of plaques or the boom in beer brewing that brought SOHO back to North Park. It was also the desire to work with the North Park Historical Society, which is taking the lead on the walking tour of North Park’s storied business district, which is in full-on revival mode, with new restaurants, brew pubs and businesses. One recent arrival, Carnitas’ Snack Shack, is on the tour — after all, bacon needs preservation, too. There are seven houses included, ranging from humble Craftsman bungalow to sprawling 1920s Spanish. The most unusual? The David E. and Jennie McCracken house, built in 1925 by Frank D. Garside. “It’s really, really, really unique,” Hazard said. The house has been featured in American Bungalow magazine and in the coffee table book “The Bungalow, America’s Arts and Crafts Home” by Paul Duchscherer. Hazard describes it as a “brick bungalow with Mission Revival influences.” But it really defies description. “The theory is that she was a native of Michigan, and convinced her husband to build a brick house, because it was reminiscent of what she knew from home,” Hazard explained. The mix of materials really fired Garside’s imagination. He threw in some swoopy curves, arched windows and a cobblestone wall and foundation. Although the house is atypical, Garside represents a type of builder that was common in North Park but seldom gets much notice today. While the prolific “master builders” get all the attention, there were many carpenters that had the skill and taste to build interesting and pleasing little bungalows in small numbers during surprisingly short careers. “Garside apparently didn’t build a lot of other houses,” Hazard said, referring to his notes. “He was from Illinois, moved to San Diego in 1910 as a clerk. Then he was an accountant with John D. Spreckels. (At least he had the right connections.) In the ‘20s, he was listed in the city directory as a carpenter.” But by the 1940 census, Garside was living in El Cajon, working as a gardener. He died in 1946 at the age of 62. If this seems like a short building career, keep in mind that even McFadden & Buxton, who masterminded North Park’s West End (which is included on the tour) and Burlingame (which is not), didn’t last long either. Their “Systems Firm” fell apart after two years, and the two partners moved on to other things. Today, Ron Oster, a real estate agent with Ascent in North Park, calls the one-of-a-kind brick bungalow home. In 1996, Oster’s partner at the time (who has since passed away) was looking for a place to buy in North Park when he saw a “for rent” sign being driven into a lawn in front of an unusual brick house. The couple rented the bungalow for a year. When the owners decided to sell, they snatched it up. What appealed to Oster about the house? “That it’s unique. And the brick,” Oster said. “My partner

was from New Jersey and I’m from the Midwest. We were just extra fortunate that it came on the market when it did. “I’m just very proud of it. It’s very charming and homey. It’s a conversation piece. When people walk by, they stop and talk about it. And it’s very well planned and laid out.” And then there’s the neighborhood. “I’m so pleased to live in this neighborhood,” Oster said of North Park. “I know all my neighbors. We have our First Friday potluck. We know each other. We watch out for each other. I had neighbors for dinner just last night. It is a very welcoming neighborhood. It’s not just the

A most unusual bungalow: the one-of-a-kind McCracken house (Photo by Sandé Lollis) house that I find appealing. It’s the feeling of neighborhood.” You can get a feel for North Park (and a taste for Carnitas’) on June 6-8, when SOHO holds its Annual Historic Home Tour

Weekend. The walking tours are on Saturday. The home tour is on Sunday. On Friday, SOHO hosts its annual People in Preservation Awards. For more information, go to

What do Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have in common other than Billions?… Bridge “Bridge is one of the last games in which the computer is not better.” Bill Gates “Bridge is such a sensational game that I wouldn’t mind being in jail if I had three cellmates who were decent players.” Warren Buffett

Bridge is … “Aerobics for the Mind” Be challenged, meet like minded people, and have a great time learning one of the greatest card games ever to be played.

Hurry! Sign up… Classes starting June 4th Introduction to Bridge…an 8 week course $120 including texbook. Twice weekly Monday and Wednesday Days: 10:30 to 12:30 a.m. or Evenings: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Contact: Director David Walters (619) 298-5756

The San Diego Bridge Academy 3111 6th Ave. 92103 in Beautiful Balboa Park •



San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014

CalendarofEvents FRIDAY, MAY 23

Preschool story time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “The Princess Bride” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14. The Burning of Rome CD Release: 8:30 p.m., indie rock band The Burning of Rome perform to celebrate their new album release at the Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd. $10.


Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 8 a.m. – noon every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free. Gentle Bike Ride: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., join fellow cyclists every 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 Ave. and Upas St., free. Classical Melodies in Balboa Park: 8:45 a.m. – 7:15 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory ensembles fill Casa del Prado with classical music, 1549 El Prado in Balboa Park, free. University Heights Open Aire Market: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Saturday, 4100 Normal St., free. Children’s Craft Time: 10 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 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. Comedy Heights: 8 p.m., comedy show every Saturday night featuring local comedians, ages 13


Philip Roger Roy and Dana Matthow present and up welcome, Comedy Heights, 4590 Park Blvd., free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “The Princess Bride” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.


Hillcrest Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Sunday under the Hillcrest Pride Flag at the intersection of University Avenue and Normal Street, free. Classical Melodies in Balboa Park: 1 – 5 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory ensembles fill Casa del Prado with classical music, 1549 El Prado in Balboa Park, free. Organ Concert: 2 – 3 p.m., music by organist Carol Williams, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “The Princess Bride” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.


Live Music: 8 p.m., Protomartyr, Viv Vates, and Lube perform at The Hideout, 3519 El Cajon Blvd. $8.


Old Mission Rotary: 12 p.m., regular weekly meeting of the Old Mission Rotary Club, Best Western Seven Seas, 411 Hotel Circle South. Curbside Bites: 5 – 8 p.m., weekly gathering of gourmet food trucks at 3030 Grape St. in South Park, free. Tasty Truck Tuesdays: 6 – 9 p.m., every Tuesday night Smitty’s Service Station hosts several food trucks under their well-lit shade structure, live music, 3442 Adams Ave., free. Pajama Story Time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., every Tuesday children are invited for story time fun with books, singing and puppets. Feel free to come dressed in your pajamas! Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Friends Chill: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., board games and mellow grooves every Tuesday at Whistle Stop Bar, 2235 Fern St.


Written By & Starring BRAD ZIMMERMAN

If you ever longed for something, desired it with all your heart… and were willing to wait tables for 29 years to pursue that dream, My Son The Waiter will give meaning to your Life!



-- Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel

--Palm Beach Arts




$7.50 OFF EACH FULL PRICE TICKET Must use Code UTN5. Not valid with previously purchased, discounted or group tickets. Must purchase by June 20th.

Lyceum Theatre

LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Young Lions Music Series: 7 p.m., featuring a new “young rising star” chosen by Gilbert Castellanos every 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: 7:30 p.m., Gilbert Castellanos hosts the Wednesday Jazz Jam Session with special guest musicians and surprise guests at Seven Grand, 3054 University Ave, no cover charge. Dynamic Night: 8 – 10 p.m., a weekly open mic night for musicians at The Merrow, 1271 University Ave., free. Jonathon Karrant: 6:30 – 10 p.m., turning up the heat with his smooth vocals every Wednesday in May at Heat Bar & Kitchen, 3797 Park Blvd., free.

THURSDAY, MAY 29 SHOWTIMES: Wednesday 7 pm, Thursday 2 & 7, Friday 8, Saturday 2 & 8, Sunday 2 & 6 pm

79 Horton Plaza San Diego, CA 92101

Box Office: 619-544-1000 • Groups (12+): 1-888-264-1788 •

North Park Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “The Philadelphia Story” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14. Kirtan musical meditation: 8:15 p.m. every Thursday chant

and sing contemporary mantras celebrating love and life at Pilgrimage of the Heart yoga studio, 3301 Adams Ave., free.


Preschool story time: Every Friday, 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “The Philadelphia Story” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.


Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free. Gentle Bike Ride: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., join fellow cyclists every 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. Canyon Nature Walk: 9 a.m., led by Friends of Switzer Canyon. Meet at the intersection of 28th and Maple streets, free. Children’s craft time: 10 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Summer SOULstice Celebration: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., presented by the San Diego Veg Festival and the University Heights Open Aire Market. Featuring local artisans showcase veg-friendly vendors, live music and more. 4100 Normal 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. Read to Speedy, the Therapy Dog: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., every Saturday kids can develop their reading skills in a supportive environment by reading aloud to a therapy dog named Speedy, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “Chinatown” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14. Comedy Heights: 8 p.m., comedy show every 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 Sanctuary of San Diego, 4229 Park Blvd.


Hillcrest Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Sunday under the Hillcrest Pride Flag at the intersection of University Avenue and Normal Street, free. Folding Mr. Lincoln: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., enjoy brunch and a drink with Folding Mr. Lincoln at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St. 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 “Chinatown” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.


Signing Stor ytime: 1:30 – 2:15 p.m., every Monday teach your baby to sign, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Live music: 8 p.m., “Tex-Mex punk band” Pinata Protest performs at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd. $10.

see Calendar, page 23


FilmOut’s 16th Annual LGBT Film Festival: From Friday, May 30 until Sunday, June 1, FilmOut San Diego will showcase 25 short films and features at the North Park Theatre. This year’s opening night film is “Boy Meets Girl,” a coming-of-age RomCom directed by Eric Shaeffer, who will join cast members for a Q&A session and after-party at Claire de Lune’s Sunset Temple across the street from North Park Theatre. Tickets to the opening night show and party are $25. The closing night movie, “John Apple Jack,” and its after-party will cost $15. Entrance to all other movies cost $10. Visit for more tickets and more information.



Old Mission Rotar y: 12 p.m., regular weekly meeting of the Old Mission Rotary Club, Best Western Seven Seas, 411 Hotel Circle South. Famous Book Club: 3 – 4 p.m., the club will discuss “Lytton Strachey: The New Biography” by Michael Holroyd. New members welcome. Read book beforehand. Copies available at circulation desk while supplies last. Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Curbside Bites: 5 – 8 p.m., weekly Tuesday night gathering of gourmet food trucks at 3030 Grape St. in South Park. Tasty Truck Tuesdays: 6 – 9 p.m., every Tuesday night Smitty’s Service Station hosts several food trucks under their well-lit shade structure, live music, 3442 Adams Ave. Pajama Storytime: 6:30 – 7 p.m., every Tuesday children are invited for story time fun with books, singing, and puppets. Feel free to come dressed in your pajamas! Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Friends Chill: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., board games and mellow grooves every Tuesday at Whistle Stop Bar, 2235 Fern St.


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 every 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: 7:30 p.m., Gilbert Castellanos hosts the Wednesday Jazz Jam Session with special guest musicians and surprise guests at Seven Grand, 3054 University Ave, no cover charge. Dynamic Night: 8 – 10 p.m., a weekly open mic night for musicians at The Merrow, 1271 University Ave., free.


Famous Book Club: 10 – 11 a.m., the club will discuss “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. New members welcome. Read book beforehand. Copies available at circulation desk while supplies last. Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Friends of the Mission HillsHillcrest Library Meeting: 6:30 p.m., monthly meeting at the Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St. North Park Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday in the parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free. Kirtan musical meditation: 8:15 p.m. every Thursday chant and sing contemporary mantras celebrating love and life at Pilgrimage of the Heart yoga studio, 3301

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

University Heights Community Development Corporation

6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday 4452 Park Blvd. Suite 104

University Heights Community Parking District

6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday 4452 Park Blvd. Suite 104

University Heights Community Association

2 p.m. on the first Tuesday 1419 University Ave. Suite D.

6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday Alice Birney Elementary School auditorium, 4345 Campus Ave.

North Park Main Street Design Committee

Talmadge Maintenance Assessment District

Uptown Planners

North Park Community Association

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday North Park Main Street Office, 3076 University Ave. 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.

Mission Hills Business Improvement District

3:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday Ascent Conference Center 902 Fort Stockton Dr.

6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday Franklin Elementary Room #2 4481 Copeland Ave.

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 for inclusion of your organization or committee.u

Adams Ave, free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening of “Dark Passage” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14. Live Music: 8 p.m., additional performance by Rodriguez and Rusty Maples due to popular demand at the North Park Theatre, 2981 University Ave. Tickets start at $40.u

San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014

$29 Exams Everyday Now carrying Nexgard from Merial HOURS: M, Tu, Th: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Wed: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. m.

5427 Linda Vista Rd. San Diego, CA 92110

619-297-0219 9 i l



San Diego Uptown News | May 23–June 5, 2014

San Diego Uptown News - May 23, 2014  
San Diego Uptown News - May 23, 2014