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Opening the outdoors

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Uptown resident uses conservation fellowship to improve our way of life By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter

Upturned in Uptown


(l to r) Robert Sokolowski, John Winkelman, Council President Todd Gloria, Mama’s Kitchen Executive Director Alberto Cortés and Kevin Atto attended the Mama’s Kitchen annual Wine Tasting event, held Aug. 15 at Bourbon Street Bar & Grill in University Heights. Now in its 18th year, preliminary figures estimate the fundraiser brought in approximately $20,000 for the non-profit organization that delivers three nutritious meals a day to people living with or affected by HIV, AIDS or cancer. Revivals of Hillcrest once again served as main sponsor for the evening, donating $5,000. For more pictures from the event, see page 10. (Photo by Jaime Murray Photography)

Creating an urban village Movie on the roof

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North Park’s first ‘parklet’ completed; residents celebrate usable public space By Manny Lopez SDUN Reporter

San Diego’s first curbside “parklet” was inaugurated on the 3900 block of 30th Street with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the occasion Friday, Aug. 23. The parklet sits directly in front of Caffé Calabria at 3933 30th St. Designed by obrARCHITECTURE of North Park, the new parklet provides a public, social resting spot for passersby to enjoy the urban environment. At 28 feet long and six feet wide, the structure rests in two former parking spaces and straddles the curb, offering a shaded seating and green space. The construction utilized reclaimed materials. “I love it. We’re the lucky recipients,” said Arne

Holt, Caffé Calabria owner. The coffee roaster and restaurant is footing the roughly $40,000 construction bill. “I heard people talking about it and … said I wanted to [help],” Holt said. The term “parklet” originated in San Francisco, where the first small, urban park was built in 2010. Since then, neighborhoods in cities across the country have embraced the idea, spreading to Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Portland, Ore. They serve as an extension of the sidewalk and are typically built in areas that lack adequate open park space or where the width of the sidewalk does not accommodate vibrant street activity. Although parklets are privately funded, they are a neighborhood amenity

Classic cars & camaraderie

North Park Historical Society’s old car show returns By Dave Fidlin SDUN Reporter

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For the past several years, an event showcasing the evolution of automobiles has taken hold in North Park. From early century Ford Model Ts to 1980s Thunderbirds, spectators have been able to marvel at a variety of San Diegans’ classic car collections. The North Park Historical Society (NPHS) is bringing back its North Park Car Show for the fourth consecutive year Sept. 7, in the Balboa Tennis Club parking lot at Morley Field.

The show is from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. In years past, registrants – many of them North Park residents – have displayed upwards of 60 cars at the show. Steve Hon, president of NPHS, said so far 40 people have registered their cars

1914 Ford Model T (Courtesy NP Historical Society)

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see Parklet, page 17 for the upcoming 2013 show. Hon and other NPHS members conceived the car show in 2010 as a venue to spread the word about the organization’s mission and create an event people of all ages could enjoy. “The whole idea of the car show is to provide an event for the community,” Hon said. “People have had a good time at some of the past shows. They enjoy looking at the old cars.” In addition to the exhibition, members of NPHS will host a booth near the Balboa Tennis Club in an effort to share information about the society. There is no cover charge for the car show, but NPHS is asking all entrants to pay $10 per entered vehicle. The showcase doubles as a

see CarShow, page 14

Golden Hill resident Marisa Quiroz, manager of The San Diego Foundation’s Environment Program, was one of 19 individuals selected nationwide for the prestigious summer fellowship 2042 Today: Young Leaders ReImagining Conservation. Aimed at engaging the next generation of conservation leaders, the fellowship supports their efforts to make nature accessible and relevant to every generation, a press release stated announcing the honor. Quiroz’s fellowship will help The San Diego Foundation, a regional nonprofit promoting charitable giving that has granted more than $827 million, to achieve the goals of its Parks for Everyone initiative. The initiative ensures there is enough green space for all San Diegans. A committed conservationist, Quiroz, who described herself as a “stilt-walking environmentalist and Latina philanthropist,” said the fellowship brought her a lot of knowledge and presented many future opportunities. “The seven-day fellowship brought together 20 emerging leaders in conservation to the Center for Whole Communities’ farm in the Mad River Valley of Vermont – a beautiful lush landscape where visitors can con-

see Quiroz, page 8

Marisa Quiroz (Courtesy Beck Ellman Heald)


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Workshop prioritizes Normal Heights improvements Expansion of Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park, new library top community wish list By Anthony King SDUN Editor

Sponsored by the Normal Heights Community Planning Group, over 50 residents and community members gathered Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. to discuss and prioritize future projects for Normal Heights. The meeting was held at the Normal Heights Community Center, located at 4649 Hawley Blvd. The purpose was to help “create a vision” for the neighborhood and encourage participation from the community, organizers said, and included opening remarks by Council President Todd Gloria. Gloria remained at the Community Center to listen and participate in the brainstorming workshop. John Hartley, a Clean Elections Campaign coordinator, Uptown realtor and Normal Heights Community Association member, helped organized the workshop, and said he wanted to help the neighborhood where he lives. “I suggested that we do this mainly because I heard about the CIP process,” he said. The CIP – Capital Improvements Program – process involves neighborhood community planning groups recommending larger, long-term and more expensive construction projects to the City in hopes to earmark funds for future improvements. The City says the process is not simple, and can include recommendations like police and fire stations, street improvements and bridges, as well as parks and recreation centers and new libraries. At the Aug. 17 workshop, expanding Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park and building a Normal Heights library topped suggestions. Attendees overwhelmingly

supported continued construction of the park, located between 39th and 40th streets on Adams Avenue and expanding south to Normal Heights Elementary School. The City has a joint-use agreement with the school through the San Diego Unified School District. As a main priority within the park, residents favored the completion of a community garden and expanded off-leash dog park. Both are also main priorities of the Community Association, Hartley said, and the newly formed group was well represented at the workshop. “Their main focus immediately is Ward Canyon Park,” Hartley said. “The Community Association would like the first funds to go to a dog park and community garden.” Based on sketches presented at the meeting, the garden would be situated in the Southeast area of the park, near 40th Street and Madison Avenue. Hartley said the garden could be implemented immediately, however the dog park – potentially placed just north of the garden – would require relinquishing part of 40th Street. “Our biggest need here is programs for kids,” Hartley said. “South of Adams [has] a tremendous amount of apartments and lots of kids, and very little recreation.” To help provide more activities for neighborhood children, Hartley said constructing a

Normal Heights library would be a huge benefit. The closest library is the Kensington-Normal Heights Branch Library on Adams Avenue in Kensington. “I think we should have a library for kids, as part of that recreation,” Hartley said. “We’re so in need of recreation and facilities … and we have so many kids, we

ideas, the group – led by Planning Group chair Jim Barros – voted on each, prioritizing the proposals. Top non-CIP projects include creating a mini-park with a stage, bike rack and benches, and reestablishing a neighborhood farmers’ market on Adams Avenue. Communication and promotion of

This sketch shows the proposed off-leash dog area and community garden in Ward Canyon Park. (Courtesy Drew Hubbell)

have to think outside the box.” Not all suggestions at the Aug. 17 workshop are considered CIP projects, which means community members can move forward as they wish. After presenting all

Normal Heights public events and neighborhood beautification were also considerations. Workshop members also favored creating an urban trail with access to Mission Valley, sidewalk


and drainage improvements, and creating traffic roundabouts at the intersections of Adams Avenue and East and West Mountain View Drive. All these are considered CIP projects. Whether sending recommendations to the City through the Planning Group, or taking initiative to implement the non-CIP priorities, Hartley said the process helps identify short- and long-term goals, giving residents a way to take action in their neighborhood. “It’s great to see young people … have an interest in this,” he said, calling the feeling at the workshop “rejuvenating” and “empowering.” “That’s part of what we’re doing, to demonstrate how we can actually advocate and get things done,” he said. The next step is to create a plan to allow participants and interested residents to work together on what was prioritized during at the workshop, Hartley said. The Normal Heights Planning Group will address the CIP priorities at their following two regular meetings, which are the first Tuesday of each month at the Hawley Boulevard Community Center. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. Additionally, the Community Association will also address the workshop results at their next meeting, scheduled for Sept. 10. The resident group gathers for a potluck and meeting the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., also at the Community Center. For more information on the Community Association, visit or call 619-798-6116.u


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A street called dangerous By Dale Larabee SDUN Columnist

On July 15 at 4:30 p.m., a “heavily medicated” driver careened up Aldine Drive in Kensington and lost control on the last curve, roaring over the curb and executing two young palm trees fronting homes on the west side of the street. The car destroyed a chunk of the wall and flipped upside down before it crossed into the lawn of Nate and Kate White. I ride my bike up Aldine often. So does my wife, our friends and a host of others; we are not replaceable like palm trees. Aldine is a street with a personality disorder. It runs all directions and changes its name to Van Dyke Avenue after starting in Talmadge, ending in Kensington. Aldine is two lanes with a tight turn at the top of the hill and an oft-disregarded stop sign at Adams Avenue. It changes speed limits from 25 miles per hour at the bottom to 15 near top. Ten families live on Aldine, all bunched in Kensington: two homes receive mail on Aldine Drive, two on Adams Avenue and six on Van Dyke Avenue. The 10 homeowners are understandably worried and angry, for this “medicated man,” who was

hauled off in the back of a police car, is not the first driver to lose control and go off the road. Most were sober. Patt and Neale Shinsky occupy one of the two houses along Aldine, and have for 33 years. Patt Shinsky showed me photographs of multiple car-tree collisions. The Shinskys luckily live out of harm’s way, except as they enter or back from their garage. Patt Shinsky helped have the speed signs installed but said they do no good. Gary Crooks has lived in the danger zone for 12 years and remembers “eight or nine crashes,” he said. Only one driver was going downhill, all the others were traveling up. Sit on Crooks’ porch and you’ll note everyone heading up the hill is speeding. When I asked about the 15 mph speed sign, Crooks gave me an example: “The insurance adjuster on his way to value our recent damage drove up at 15. A large pickup locked on his bumper, revving his engine and leaning on his horn until the adjuster was able to safely round the corner on Adams.” The adjuster told Crooks it was terrifying, and I agree. Biking up Aldine in the narrow bike lane snug against a metal barrier with a

On July 15, this car overturned in Nate and Kate White’s yard on Aldine Drive. (Courtesy Diane Larabee) huge bus on my butt is no fun. “One morning at 2 a.m., we had a Jaws of Life rescue a passenger crammed downward, screaming his lungs out,” Crooks said. “The driver ran off.” Both Crooks and Nate White have contacted the city to suggest installing speed bumps, and were told installing them would cause “cars to soar.” Wait. No one traveling the speed limit will soar, and don’t speed bumps slow people down and prevent soaring or killing palm trees? Drivers are doing a fine job soaring with no help.

Expectant father White said a number of drivers blow the stop sign on Adams Avenue, and making them slow down would help immensely. White videoed the violators and forwarded his video – along with a petition signed by over 100 residents in 24 hours – to Councilmember Marti Emerald’s office. White fears the city may try to “solve” the exceedingly dangerous situation by installing a metal barrier fronting his house and others, but of course H. L. Mencken once said, “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear,

simple and wrong.” To White, “Metal barriers are ugly and may help our problem but careen speeding drivers like billiard balls across the street to our neighbors’ houses.” I know we all have car crashes near us and we bikers shouldn’t be riding on such a dangerous street. I pick litter once a month on Aldine, yet if I actually lived on the street I’d be nervous mowing my own lawn. Those who do live on the small street have big spirits. They plan to replant two palms, and have already replanted a third. They repaired the latest damage within hours of getting the car righted and towed away. They continue to be squeaky wheels with the city. —Dale Larabee is a 40-year resident of Kensington, who is an occasional writer for local newspapers.u


Residents brought blankets and chairs to the roof of Whole Foods Market. (Photo by Jessica Dearborn)

Taking it to the roof Whole Foods Market, HillQuest and Hillcrest History Guild bring back movie night By Jessica Dearborn SDUN Reporter

Whole Foods Market Hillcrest, and the Hillcrest History Guild partnered once again for the seventh annual Movie on the Roof. Approximately 75 residents and visitors gathered on the rooftop parking lot of the Hillcrest grocery store at 711 University Ave. Aug. 21, this time to watch the 1994 film “Eat Drink

Man Woman.” Representatives from San Diego Pretzel Company, Normal Height’s Viva Pops, Barnana and thinkThin Crunch stood by to hand out free food samples, and Whole Foods Market staff had fresh sushi prepared for sale. A portion of the rooftop was transformed into an outdoor movie theater, and by 6:30 p.m. the evening was breezy and cool,

as eager moviegoers brought their blankets and chairs, making themselves comfortable as they waited, chatting with one another, for the movie to start once the sun went down. Nancy Moors and Ann Garwood, publishers of HillQuest. com, co-founded the Hillcrest History Guild in 2002 and have partnered with Whole Foods Market since the movie-night’s inception. “In 2007, the Hillcrest History Guild created events each month to celebrate Hillcrest’s centennial year,” Moors said in an email before the event, calling the movie night an “evening of enjoyment” for everyone. “We outreached to Ray Kau at Whole Foods with the idea of using the rooftop parking area to offer the neighborhood a free movie,” she said. The rest is Hillcrest cinema history. Kau, marketing director for Whole Foods Market, welcomed the crowd and later said the movie night was just one way the store contributes to the San Diego community. The store sponsors the North Park Community Association’s Bird Park Concert Series, Little Italy Festa and August’s ArtWalk at Liberty Station. “We always look for community events that we feel would engage our shoppers and the community,” he said.u

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HBA seeks new executive director Proposed CDC to be in place by Oct 8 By Anthony King SDUN Editor

Following Executive Director Benjamin Nicholls’ announcement that he will be leaving the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA), the non-profit, business-ser vices organization announced an open call for applicants to fill the position. Nicholls, who has been with the HBA for five years, will be taking a position at McFarlane Promotions, Inc. in Downtown. His last day with the HBA is planned for Oct. 8, the day of the HBA annual meeting where new members are voted in to ser ve on the board. The organization plans to officially announce its new executive director on that date. “The strength of the HBA comes from the board, and so my goal is to get a good board and a great executive team,” Nicholls said of his last month. “I don’t want to leave the group without a leader.” Nicholls made the announcement at the Aug. 13 HBA board meeting, immediately following the previous weekend’s CityFest. Nicholls said this year’s annual event was the most successful he has seen in his tenure, and event planning will be a focal point of his new job. “I’ve been working for 16 years running business improvement districts and I think that one of the most fun parts of this job is doing the events. So this is a natural fit for me,” he said. Before the HBA, Nicholls managed the Pacific Beach Business Association and ser ved as the Program Manager for the Pioneer Square Community Association, a neighborhood business group in Seattle. When Nicholls started at the HBA, the organization oversaw three main events: CityFest, Mardi Gras and Taste of Hillcrest. In his five years, that number has grown to seven, with more soon to be added. This year’s Hillcrest Hoedown is scheduled for Oct. 12 – Nicholls said he would be working that event, too – and the group plans on starting a movie night in the near future. They are also looking at options for a Mardi Gras celebration in 2014 after declining to be a part of this year’s event. Nicholls said the HBA was in a “great spot” to move for ward with staff changes and new initiatives, including the proposed Hillcrest Community Development Corporation (CDC). In July, Nicholls announced the board’s desire to form a CDC – a separate organization from the HBA – in order to both secure Main Street cer-

Current Executive Director Benjamin Nicholls will leave Oct. 8. (Photo by SDUN) tification for the HBA and to address long-term sustainability for the neighborhood. While the proposed CDC would eventually be self-sustaining, the incoming HBA executive director would oversee some managerial duties for the CDC, as well as implement initial projects Nicholls called the CDC a group of activists that plan for the long term, and said they would be “up and running” by the time he leaves in October. This will include board members, a working budget and a beginning work plan, taking up several projects the HBA has traditionally focused on in the past. “I don’t see the CDC having an executive director until the CDC can stand on its own two feet,” Nicholls said. His goal is to not have the new HBA executive director be the staff of the CDC, saying he hoped instead to have the HBA director work to hire separate CDC staff to focus on their own priorities. “We have a great team, and if we find a new person, they’re going to be in a really good spot to realize the goals of the board,” Nicholls said. Interested individuals are encouraged to review the executive director job description at Candidates can turn in their applications directly to Nicholls at through Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.u

Arbor Day

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Editorial Streets for the people By Andy Hanshaw, executive director of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition – CicloSDias Organizer As many of you know, CicloSDias took over our streets this August, and call me biased, but it was a resounding success. Bikers, joggers, skaters and people of all kinds started walking and rolling around 9:30 a.m. A little after 10 a.m., councilmembers Marti Emerald and David Alvarez along with County Supervisor Dave Roberts and a few other event speakers addressed the growing crowd at Cherokee Point Elementary School to get attendees excited about this event. The speakers pointed out that everyone there was making history with this first-ever openstreets event for San Diego, and Emerald even named it “CicloSDias Day” in District 9. A horn sounded to conclude the press conference and off everyone went: families, friends, children and pets all strolled and pedaled off to explore the route. This included me, as I rolled with a few friends to see firsthand what we worked so hard to bring to San Diego. I could not have imagined something more wonderful than what I experienced on that

neighborhood ride. Although only 5.2 miles, it took me about an hour to get to 30th and K streets (one bookend of the route) because I was constantly passing friends from my community. People shouted out as they rode by, smiles lighting up their faces, while many actually stopped me to say hi, catch-up and express their gratitude for the event. There were a few rest stops set up where sponsors such as DecoBike (spearheading the bike-share coming to San Diego in 2014) and BikeSD engaged with participants while music played and volunteers handed out fruit for everyone riding. Between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people came out with their favorite form of non-motorized transportation to get a taste of what an open-streets celebration really meant. Of course, one of the biggest highlights of the event was shopping local, so I stopped into several businesses along the route. Once I found a spot to park amidst the patios and fences lined with bicycles, I joined friends and community members at places to eat, drink and enjoy all that the neighborhoods of North Park, South Park, Logan Heights and City Heights have to offer. One of our priorities with CicloSDias was supporting the local businesses, and we are still receiving feedback that they saw great success with this event. But it was obvious the success was not con-

tained to the business side of things. I felt it in the air: a contagious sense of enthusiasm and happiness shared by everyone involved. Families were active with their children – I don’t know if I’ve ever seen so many tandem bikes at once – friends hung out, spontaneous bands and performances popped up on sidewalks and everyone was very literally re-discovering their streets, neighborhoods and communities. I enjoyed hearing from residents who lived along the route and their progression of emotions towards CicloSDias. Despite any initial frustration at having to move their cars, once people saw what CicloSDias was all about there was a true sense of pride in the community. I loved talking to these people and hearing how their perception of the event changed as they had positive, rewarding experiences and came to be great fans by the end, already inquiring about the next one. We could never have had this without community support and the help of our amazing volunteers and donors. On behalf of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, I want to say thank you for giving us the opportunity to host this revolutionary event here in San Diego. But I think most importantly, San Diegans felt like they were a part of something big, something growing. And the truth is, they were. CicloSDias – hopefully the first of many.u

Letters Dear editor, I am saddened and shocked that the level of journalism in your newspaper has now placed it on a level of a “fish wrap.” The article titled “Suit filed over drive-thru” written by Dave Schwab [Vol. 5, Issue 17] has portrayed your newspaper as a bias base of print rather than an informative source. … With a little bit of journalistic research, Mr. Schwab would have found a larger group of residents who like the convenience of having the drive-thru feature associated with the Jack In The Box restaurant. In the article, Mr. Schwab quotes heavily on the wish list of Mr. Roger Lewis, North Park Planning Committee member. Mr. Lewis gives himself up as being a non-native to the North Park area. He knows very little about the history of the neighborhood. … In the article Mr. Lewis claims

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that Jack In The Box has violated the law and is the rationale for his future ill-fated lawsuit. The fact is Jack In The Box did everything right and within the law to assist in beautifying the neighborhood and hopefully keeping their profits intact. The best part of the article that shows Mr. Lewis’s ignorance is his statement that claims the drive-thru wasn’t there originally. Well the true fact is that the drive-thru was always associated with that structure. If a little bit of research was done on the part of Mr. Lewis, he would not come off as sounding so ill informed. … The fact is that it was Mr. Robert O. Peterson (the founder of the Jack In The Box chain) who brought the intercom system and the drive-thru combination to fruition to make his restaurant chain the cutting edge of technology. Oh, and did I mention that he did it right here in San Diego! The

Our editorial, your responses Editor’s note: our editorial “Mayor Bob Filner must resign,” published in the Aug. 16 issue (Vol. 5, Issue 17), received much feedback: some positive, but many critical of our opinion. While Council President Todd Gloria commended us on coming forward in asking for the mayor’s resignation because of Filner’s own admitted mistreatment of women, several online responders felt we were better off not saying anything. Below is a selection of your comments, for and against. I have just finished reading your editorial on Bob Filner. I am so disappointed in Uptown News and your political stance on Mr. Filner. Why not write that he deserves a fair hearing on these charges rather asking he resign? I do not know Mr. Filner but do know a public hanging when I see one, and apparently you have joined voices with the vocal many

drive-thru is the brand of the Jack in the Box chain! So Mr. Lewis, next time you want to get rid of a piece of San Diego history it would be better served for you to burn down a museum instead of attacking a San Diego icon! … Councilman Todd Gloria weighed in on this matter also. With his profound nature, Mr. Gloria comes off as siding with the minority on this matter, the minority being the group that is against the drive-thru construction. These naïve individuals should have performed their due diligence properly before purchasing their homes in the area. … In the article, Mr. Gloria is quoted as saying that the Land Development Code (Section 12.7.1) must be changed so that “this scenario cannot be repeated.” Mr. Gloria infers that once changed, the City Council will have approval

of all future construction projects throughout the city. … In the meantime, we have a building department that is responsible for sanctioning construction work to be done within the guidelines of the laws, as they are written today. In other words: the city does not need two factions doing the same job while being paid. We already have a system in place that functions adequately. I happened to drive by the Jack In The Box on Aug. 5 and saw the picket party outside the structure. Of the 15 people that I saw demonstrating, I do not believe that these people represent the majority of the residents throughout the North Park area. If it did, then somebody needs to go back to math class. … —Mark McDaniel, secondgeneration North Park resident via emailu

who demand he resign. I have cancelled my subscription to U-T [San Diego] because of their endless political tirade against Filner and have looked forward to reading your local paper for an honest assessment of what’s going on in my neighborhood. Now I am not so sure! —Peg Pogul, Talmadge via The 6th Amendment guarantees the accused the right to be confronted with the accusers, in the U.S court of law. I did not vote for our Mayor, Bob Filner. I campaigned and voted for Carl DeMaio, however I stand behind our mayor’s right to due process of law. It is unethical, cruel and immoral to crucify, ruining someone life, solely on hearsay.

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LETTERS Don’t forget – we are a nation of laws. Everything else is just an opinion, especially media and social-media opinion. Just because the majority said it was true, doesn’t make it true. Sexual harassment is “he said, she said” and the truth. I have met our Mayor numerous of times, and he was a perfect gentleman. —Gwen Coronado, via My major concern is that a local newspaper that I have supported and enjoyed has jumped on a TV/U-T bandwagon to destroy a man whose career has been dedicated to supporting the people, that is, those who are in need of public support. I am surprised that you buy into the monied interests, the developers, who have intended, since January, to rid our city of a man who has done all he can to make it possible for the underdogs among us to have a decent life in a city that is “finest” only for those with wealth. Please reassess your stance. Have the courage to speak for the people who have no voice, who need your voice. Surely you recognize that the harassment issues are an orchestrated play to grab the masses. I know the mayor, have seen what he has done, and am aware of his flaws. They pale in comparison with the crucifixion of his life and work that you are now, sadly, perpetrating. Please respond, in the spirit of good journalism. —Bonnie Bekken, Normal Heights via Amen, Peg [Pogul, from above]. I cannot even begin to express the disgust I feel toward this editorial. I have no clue what really motivated this attack, but they sure aren’t being honest about it in their stated reasons. Surely their readership is intelligent enough to know that, and to think for themselves what’s really going on here. And I hope that they will continue to be fair and open and unbiased toward our mayor, unlike this scurrilous rag. —Katherine Lopez, via I understand that there is disappointment in having a restraint placed on the funds coming from the hotel tourist tax, and that limiting its use makes Downtown

businesses upset. But if distribution of that tax to hotel associations is determined by a court to be illegal, the city would, again, be paying to defend it or the consequence of losing a lawsuit. Hoteliers were asked to sign a release of responsibility for the use of these funds that would protect the city. Not many agreed to do so! Why not? This is what is at the heart of this recall effort, not any sexual harassment by the mayor. I am disappointed that I see one less alternative to a local news provider as a result of this editorial. I had hopes!

and serious allegations. All of Filner’s good work in the past doesn’t exempt him from the law. As someone who has apparently had a long and varied career in politics and one who cares about San Diego, he should recognize that stepping down is the best thing he can do for the community. The best thing readers can do is support this paper for being willing to say “the emperor has no clothes.” The rest of the nation has been waiting for someone to step up and say it.

—Cliff Beck, via sduptownnews. com

Saying that the Mayor has the right to due process and, at the same time, saying he should step aside if he uses it seems to be a bit of twisted logic. If he stepped aside, and was then vindicated, he would have suffered a penalty undeservedly. That, certainly, is not the intent or purpose of due process. The accusers deserve satisfaction, if the complaints are valid. What they do not deserve is the ability to destroy a person’s life and political career through mere accusation. Let the court system pursue this matter as these complainants wish. After all, it was a lawsuit that was filed. I am certain it was “the law” that they wanted to be the arbiter in this matter, not the press inciting the populace to force punishment through its editorials, constant and daily printed articles, and advertisements for recall petitions (citing time and places).

I see several reader comments opposing the editorial and stating that Filner is entitled to due process. I get the due process part – Filner is entitled to stand and fight if he so desires. I cannot, however, understand the comments that hint at opposing the very existence if the editorial. We are a nation based in part on the right to free expression. Commenting in opposition to the editorial views expressed makes perfect sense, but opposing the very right to express a viewpoint is just un-American. I applaud San Diego Uptown News for expressing an opinion – and I agree with it. Further, those in positions of leadership and authority know full well this isn’t about his or her rights as an individual; it goes far beyond that. They must consider the impact of their actions on their constituents and do the right thing for those they represent, even if it means not availing themselves of all rights afforded narrowly to them as individuals. Unfortunately, politics seems to attract those with narcissistic personalities, and as such they think only of themselves at the expense of the very people they are charged to protect. Sadly, this seems to be another one of those cases. —Rob via I’m surprised and disappointed that many have commented here lambasting [San Diego Uptown News] for this editorial. Asking for Filner to resign is not denying him the right to due process. He can and will be afforded that opportunity when he is charged with the crime of sexual harassment as having the chance to confront his accusers. Those are his rights but his ability to serve the public as mayor is compromised by these numerous

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—Cliff Beck, via sduptownnews. comu

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UptownBriefs OLD TOWN BRINGS A TASTE OF THE PAST Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will host the California Department of Parks and Recreation event Taste of the Past from 12 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31. Co-sponsored by Fiesta de Reyes, the Taste of the Past is a culinary event focusing on the foods of early San Diego, a press release stated. In addition to historical food preparation demonstrations in the main plaza, a Dutch Oven Cook Off will be held in Seeley Yard behind The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant. A number of food purveyors will offer historically based food samples for the Taste of Old Town tour until 4 p.m. Participating restaurants include Barra Barra, Casa de Reyes, The Cosmopolitan, Cousin’s Candy, El Patio, Hacienda De Las Rosas, Hot Licks, La Panderia, RUST General Store, The San Diego House and Viva El Café. While $15 tickets will be available on the day of the event at the Robinson-Rose Visitor Center, organizers recommend purchasing tickets in advance, and proceeds will benefit the restoration of cooking exhibits at the Machado Silvas Museum in the park. For more information visit oldtownsandiego/ or call 619-220-5422. The park’s main entrance is located at the intersection of San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street. INSURANCE VETERAN OPENS MISSION HILLS OFFICE State Farm Insurance Agent Vladan Trifunovic opened new offices in Mission Hills, located at 928 Fort Stockton Dr. Suite 201. Trifunovic has over 25 years experience with State Farm, and said one of his primary goals is to help educate clients on all aspects of available insurance. “Auto, homeowners and life insurance will continue to represent our core business, but people are always surprised when they find out how much value we offer in other areas,” Trifunovic said in a release. One of the agent’s stated goals is to help his clients retire comfortably. “Most of the people I’ve met over the past 20 years had not taken the time to figure out what they need to do today in order to retire comfortable tomorrow,” he said. For more information call 619-296-6502. ALBERT EINSTEIN ACADEMIES LEADERSHIP GROWS Straddling South Park and Golden Hill at 3035 Ash St., Albert Einstein Academies (AEA) charter school welcomed two new assistant directors to start the school year, doubling the most recent leadership team, a press release stated. Greta Bouterse is the new assistant director of the elementary school and Barb Robinson is the new assistant director of the middle school, both located at the Uptown campus. Bouterse has worked for AEA as a third- and

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Insufferable food snobs (like their parents) country, and have traveled to and When I was a senior in high lived in far-flung places where school in the Virginia suburbs you couldn’t get four different of Washington, there was this varieties of delicious avocados for seemingly cool girl who had just a buck apiece – gasp – and tacos moved to our area from Califorcame in a kit that included a stack nia. She had interesting hair, of brittle tortilla “shells” with a wore a biker jacket with long seasoning packet that smelled skirts and ran with a clique that like musty armpits. So we underI sometimes deigned to hang out stand that we are spoiled, and we around, despite their failure to try not to be too smug about it. recognize that Minor Threat was During my wife’s pregnancy far more culturally relevant than and well into her breastfeeding Depeche Mode. tenure, she had an insatiable One night we were all sitting (and uncharacteristic) appetite around a campfire at a party for Bronx Pizza. A mother knows in somebody’s field, when this what she needs; and if she needs girl just started sobbing. All her pizza, it might as well be the best friends rushed to comfort her, as in town. she unloaded about how miserWhen the kids started eating able she had been since leaving solid food, it was homemade California. She missed her friends purees of fruits and vegetables back home, and the beach, and from the Hillcrest Farmers “the scene,” and … the food. Parenting Market. And when their chewing The drama that flared up at every high school party always made me feel simulta- skills developed, they were weaned on – in addition to home-cooked meals with organic ingredients from neously fascinated and awkward; but my reaction to Sprouts, of course – Bread & Cie croissants and fish this was new. I was repulsed and angry. tacos from Mama Testa. “How DARE you,” I thought. “I can (and do) Now, they are practically regulars at local spots disparage the place where I live whenever I want – like Urban Solace, Buona Forchetta, Wang’s North because I’m from here. But you! YOU! With your big Park, URBN, Señor Mango’s and Cantina Mayahuel, stupid California ideas and California friends that are just to mention a few. When we’re on a road trip and better than us and your beaches and your California have to eat at a rest stop Chipotle, they’re like, “What food? the hell is this supposed to be? I guess I’ll just eat the “Do they really have different food there? I mean chips and drink some water.” we have Wendy’s and Roy Rogers. What else do you It’s not just the great Uptown restaurants that need? Screw you and screw stupid California too!” have ruined our kids’ chances of ever assimilating I didn’t really say any of this, of course, but rather into an area with a less vibrant food culture. It’s also simply edged away and joined another conversation the produce. When my sister visits from Montana (a already in progress, probably concerning pickup lovely state with a short growing season), she never trucks, avoiding the California girl for the rest of the fails to marvel at the mountains of nectarines, plums, year. apricots, melons and other fresh fruit that clutter up My wife and I have lived in California for 13 years our kitchen counter. now, and we know that there’s no turning back. Our “Oh, that?” I say when she expresses her envy daughters were born in San Diego and there are countless reasons that the idea of moving away is just and disbelief. “I guess we do have pretty good fruit around here.” too heartbreaking to even contemplate. This town is It’s getting more and more difficult to remema kids’ paradise without parallel. If we had to move to ber when I lived in places where fresh strawberries the Midwest or some other non-coastal suburb, our were a big deal. But my kids will never know such girls would become the insufferable California kids hardship. I don’t think they’ve ever even eaten one of that complain about everything. those bland, mealy, grocery-store tomatoes before. What’s more, I’m afraid they would stop eating. When we moved to San Diego, it was supposed to Yes, our 4-year-old twins are food snobs. They be temporary. But we got sucked in, as many do. And never had a chance to be otherwise. My wife and I, besides, if we ever leave San Diego what will the poor like most from Uptown, are pretty particular about kids eat?u what we eat. But we grew up in other parts of the

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QUIROZ nect with nature and be outside,” Quiroz said. “During my time there, I slept in a yurt. I zip-lined into ponds and followed fireflies into the forest during night hikes. I also worked and did a lot of strategic thinking.” Quiroz said the fellowship selects participants through a nomination process, which is then reviewed by staff and a panel of stakeholders involved in the Center for Whole Communities. She said the Center’s Knoll Farm grows blueberries and raises Icelandic sheep in Vermont’s climate, which is perfect for both activities. Born out of a partnership with the Center for Diversity and the Environment and Center for Whole Communities, the 2042 fellowship’s numerical name – marking the year 2042 – was not randomly chosen. “More and more conservationists are thinking about the exciting significance of 2042, the date one generation out when demographers predict that every metropolitan statistical area will be predominantly non-white,” the Center for Whole Communities website states. “But few efforts are in place today to equip conservation leaders with the leadership skills to engage differences of all kinds.”

The Center’s website goes on to say that innovative leadership with today’s conservationists is developed in several ways: through historical context, engaging in collaborations and understanding shared successes. Quiroz directs The San Diego Foundation’s Malin Burnham San Diego Center for Civic Engagement’s Opening the Outdoors initiative. She talked about its purpose. “Opening the Outdoors is a new initiative of The San Diego Foundation’s Center for Civic Engagement whose focus is making sure that everyone has access to the outdoors – what we all love about living here,” she said. In the initiative’s first year, Quiroz said participants will collaborate with partners to advance the completion of the San Diego River Park. “We will also work to get kids out into nature,” she said. “The San Diego region has a long history of connecting and protecting the outdoors. The opening of the outdoors initiative will build upon that history and work to increase access to trails, parks and open space.” Quiroz said there are other, smaller projects happening in the region as well, including the Border Gateway to Nature program at Border Field State Park near the United States-Mexico border. “Together with our partners

at the Tijuana Estuary and 4Walls International, we are improving the entrance to increase public access and enhance visitor experience,” Quiroz said. “Here’s the thing: we are using repurposed trash from the Tijuana River to demonstrate our shared watershed and build public awareness around the shared trash and sediment issues. It’s a fascinating space that most San Diegans don’t venture out to see.” Quiroz said she believes having participated in the 2042 fellowship program is going to help her in both the short and long term. “My work at The San Diego Foundation has exposed me to the incredible amount of dedicated people working on all kinds of interesting things,” she said. “It was natural for me to begin volunteering in our bi-national region. Not only is it a way to connect and learn, it’s a way to contribute. And since I can’t imagine a world where we don’t help one another I seek meaning through serving.” Commitment to public service is something that is intuitive and transferable in everyone, she said, calling all individuals “hard wired” for caring about the environment and each other. “Instead of teaching people to be philanthropists or environmentalists, ask them instead to show you how they already are,” she said. “This is what I aim to do.” For more information visit or call 619-235-2300.u


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(l to r) Fettuccine Alfredo; cannelloni with shrimp; sweet corn soup (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

Crazee Burger 4201 30th St. (North Park) | 619-282-6044 Happy Hour: 3 to 6 p.m., daily, with the addition of 9 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays

America’s favorite combo on the cheap ated and served cold enough to Come On trigger brain freeze. The abbreviated burger menu G e t H a p py ! features veggie, turkey and Angus D r. I n k

When manning the grill once at a backyard barbecue I asked a friend what he wanted on his burger. He answered, “A cold beer. And hold the onions.” As many like him will agree, serving burgers without the suds is as sacrilege as nibbling from a gourmet cheese board sans a glass of wine. The folks at Crazee Burger obviously understand this, per their daily happy hour when prices on all draft beers are slashed from $4.99 to $2.99 and various burgers drop to $4 or less. And for the amateur wino who occasionally wanders into this slightly kicked-out but welcoming joint, the bargains include a few so-so wines by the glass for $3.99 each. The afternoon happy hour technically runs from 3 to 6 p.m., although it’s posted on the large chalkboard as 2:23 to 6:17 p.m. An employee told me that it gives the staff some wiggle room to start a little earlier and end a bit later based on how many customers are hanging around. Crazee Burgers caters also to 30th Street night crawlers on the weekends, offering the same food and drink deals from 9 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The tap selection, chalked legibly on the board, features brews by Stone, Avery, Green Flash and other low-commercial craft choices. Their listings conveniently note alcohol percentages and whether the beers are served in 13- or 16-ounce glasses. Regardless of volume, they remain locked in at $2.99. Ours were 16 ounces, a meekly cloudy Thunderweizen German “hefe” by Lightning Brewery in Poway for my cohort and a Czech-style Nomad Pilsner from Denver’s Great Divide Brewery for me. The honey tones that beer aficionados have described in Nomad weren’t so evident, though the beer’s distinct herbal flavor duly compensated. On this muggy late afternoon, we were thankful that our choices were well carbon-

options. I chose the latter, which I’m guessing was a third-pounder. Priced at only $2.99, the meat was lean, decently charred and lightly seasoned, exactly the way it would slide off my own spatula. My tag-along chose a plump Polish sausage for the same price, which included a mound of fluffy sauerkraut cooked seemingly with an Eastern European touch. For an extra $2.49, we kept a basket of “frings” nearby featuring a combo of sweet potato fries and hefty onion rings. Crazee Burger cranks out more than 30 different types of burgers, some made from uncommon meats such as kangaroo, alligator and ostrich. All are available at regular prices during happy hour, should you decide to splurge a little extra for a walk on the wild side.u



In addition to nearly 12 craft beer choices from local and national breweries, the list extends also to specialty ciders and a few wine choices.

Food: A variety of flame-grilled burgers take center stage, although other discounted food includes bratwurst, Polish sausage, pork loin sandwiches and wonderfully crunchy onion rings.

Value: Pretty much anything you eat and drink here is under $5.

Service: The employees are adept at multi-tasting as they take customer orders at the counter, pour beer and deliver the goods to your table.

Duration: The daily afternoon happy hour repeats a second time on Friday and Saturday evenings, which means you can essentially eat, drink and go home for a nap, and then return at nighttime to try a different beer and burger.

BLUE RIBBON RUSTIC KITCHEN | 530 University Ave. (Hillcrest) | 619-501-6795 Prices: Starters, soups and salads, $7 to $14; entrees and pastas, $15 to $28

FRANK SABATINI JR. The owners of Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen don’t give a hoot about Canada’s National Non-Smoking Week. Nor are they raising awareness for rare brain conditions like transverse myelitis or hydranencephaly, which blue ribbons also represent. Instead, the Hillcrest newcomer is wowing customers with prize-worthy dishes that you won’t find on other local menus. With its self-awarding name, the intimate not-a-bad-seat-in-the-house restaurant arrives to Hillcrest as the third venture of Wade Hageman and his wife Kristi, who operate two successful kitchens in Encinitas: Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria and Craftsman New American Tavern. For Rustic Kitchen, they completely remodeled the space formerly occupied by Bayu’s Authentic Ethiopian Cuisine, adding brick walls, custom-built wooden tables, warm lighting and retractable front windows. The bar has been kept, though it’s now wrapped in metal and includes a narrow parallelrunning perch to accommodate additional loungers. From front to back, the cozy design incorporates a compatible mix of raised banquettes and relaxed table seating. Hageman and his executive chef, Marlaw Scrapi, shared kitchen experience at the acclaimed, now-defunct Blanca Restaurant in Solana Beach, Calif. Their menu of contemporary American-Euro fare at Rustic Kitchen reflects their combined culinary pedigrees, not to mention Hageman’s penchant for making fresh pasta daily. A sizable bowl of puffy blackseed popcorn as an appetizer is among the contenders that could easily fetch a first-place ribbon. Seasoned with black truffle sea salt and truffle butter, it is no wonder that customers return to smuggle it into the nearby Landmark movie theater. Nuttier tasting and less prone to sogginess after they’re

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popped, the gourmet kernels hail from Wisconsin, where Hageman grew up. Salmon tartare received some tableside action as the server blended in to the mound of diced, raw fish the surrounding streaks of minced hardboiled eggs, cucumbers and watermelon radishes. The outcome tasted refreshing, though we thought the arrangement looked meticulously prettier before it was manipulated. For an order of blistered Padrón peppers, the Spanish organics had run out so they were replaced by shishito peppers, a close equivalent in terms of their mild heat level and melt-in-your-mouth texture. The dish is trending lately in many restaurants, but the twist here is that the peppers are finished with tangerine oil, striking one of the most remarkable flavor pairings I’ve recently encountered. Proceeding to corn soup with chives and chili oil, it became evident that the kitchen sources seasonal and sustainable produce. The soup tasted like super-fresh corn on the cob to the second power. It was simple, sweet and velvety, and will likely disappear from the menu by autumn. What followed were dishes deserving of giant blue ribbons trimmed in gold, all from the pasta section. It’s been difficult to forget the “signature cannelloni” that bewitched our palates with creamy ricotta and mascarpone cheeses oozing into meyer lemon beurre blanc. Though at the same time, they registered slightly as dessert because of their butter-sautéed crepe casings, spiked also with lemon. From a list of protein addons, we chose shrimp as a prime match to the citrus. Good luck finding anything like it elsewhere. Based on fanfare I’ve heard expressed over the ravioli stuffed with braised short-rib meat, we

gave them a go despite the fact they’ve become very 2010. But here’s the genius catch: they’re punctuated with a most intriguing horseradish beurre blanc containing some of the meat drippings. When Hageman says that he puts recipes through weeks or sometimes months of taste testing, I fully believe him. Just when you thought that fettuccine Alfredo couldn’t become more of a cholesterol monster, along comes this alluring version topped with a slow-cooked egg and all contained within a highly edible Parmesan basket. Yes, the noodles are house-made (from organic flour and semolina) and no, you probably won’t be able to finish the dish if appetizers and other entrees come in to play. Request a doggie bag also if you plan on salted butterscotch pudding or lemon meringue pie for dessert. They’re served in those little glass jars we’re seeing everywhere. In many ways, Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen is clearly keeping up with the Joneses with its craft beers, creative cocktails and heavy use of sustainable ingredients. For restaurateurs that don’t, they might as well take their kitchens to the Ozarks. The difference here, however, is that originality generally upstages hipster conformity. What appears at first like copycat recipes actually result in imaginative dishes that taste dynamically novel. Special note: the restaurant offers happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., and 10 p.m. to midnight Tuesday through Sunday. More than a dozen menu items served in reduced portions are priced at $6 each, along with $5 well drinks, craft beers and wines by the glass.u


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Wine Tasting T H U R S DAY, A U G U S T 1 5 Bourbon Street Bar & Grill (Photos by Jaime Murray Photography)


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Spy thriller’s execution is expertly timed, making the difficult look easy By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic

Familiarity with Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film is not a prerequisite, but it deepens one’s appreciation of Patrick Barlow’s stage adaptation, actually a spoof of “The 39 Steps,” which was quite the serious spy thriller. The production is seen at Lamb’s Players Theatre through Sept. 22. When he was interviewed earlier this year regarding “The 39 Steps,” Lamb’s Artistic Director Robert Smyth could barely hide his longing to be one of the show’s four actors. One assumes he succumbed to some gentle armtwisting on the part of his wife, Deborah Gilmour Smyth, who is the director. Robert Smyth plays Clown #2. Others in the company are David S. Humphrey, the sole actor who plays only one character, the protagonist; Kelsey Venter, who portrays Annabella, Pamela and Margaret; and Jesse Abeel as Clown #1. The clowns get a huge workout, changing characters with the change of a hat before the audience’s eyes. Robert Smyth, who joined Lamb’s in 1979, is quite obviously having the time of his life, and so is Abeel, by now a Lamb’s veteran with several years’ worth of truly memorable performances. He possesses the sort of facility, versatility and depth that make an actor valuable both to a repertory company and to the community. The same could be said of Venter, whose Lamb’s roles include Sarah in “Guys and Dolls” and Sarah in “Trying.” Humphrey’s numerous Lamb’s credits include “1776” and “The Secret Garden.” The Aug. 21 audience had a rip-roaring good time. What appears easy is timed to the “nth degree” and all is expertly done here, abetted by Jemima Dutra’s costumes, Nathan Peirson’s lighting, Michael McKeon’s set and properties, and Deborah Smyth’s sound design based on the origi-

(l to r) Kelsey Venter & David Humphrey (Photo by Ken Jacq S. ues)

(l to r) Kelsey Venter, Jesse Abeel, David S. Humphrey and Robert Smyth (Photo by Ken Jacques) nal by Mic Pool. Richard Hannay (Humphrey) is an ex-pat Canadian, a lonely 37-year-old bachelor living in London. He goes to the theatre and becomes the unwitting target of an international spy ring because he harbors an opposing spy named Annabella (Venter), who is murdered by two men (Abeel and Robert Smyth). Hannay flees, in pursuit of clues given him by the doomed woman.

Venter’s other characters are a kindly farmer’s wife and a sophisticated blond named Pamela, who blows the whistle on Hannay not once but twice before discovering he’s not really Annabella’s murderer. He is telling the truth about the sinister 39 Steps spy ring, which is trying to kill him and smuggle secrets out of the country. Abeel and Robert Smyth also portray a host of farmers, hoteliers, policemen and spies.

Hannay, a fast thinker and long-distance runner, eludes the opposition repeatedly, even while famously handcuffed to Pamela, with whom he falls in love. Eventually, the feeling is mutual. Barlow’s clever dialogue and projections include references to other Hitchcock films, and Deborah Smyth’s direction showcases her company’s talents beautifully. The secret is staging maximum effect with a minimum of visible effort as well as few accouterments: trunks, a few ladders, odd pieces of furniture, a lamppost and human torsos, all becoming the landscape of Scotland.u

“The 39 Steps”

WHERE: 1142 Orange Ave. (Coronado)

WHEN: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Sept. 22 INFO: 619-437-6000 WEB:


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By Logan Broyles SDUN Reporter

Everything an aspiring musician or a casual fan could ever want can be found at the sixth annual San Diego Music Thing, this year’s two-day event created by people in the music industry for just about everyone. The San Diego Music Thing started as a way to allow fans and industry insiders alike to come together and share their passion, and for some to give advice to anyone trying to enter the local music scene. “This event really showcases

what a cool music city San Diego is,” said Marjy Taylor, executive director of the San Diego Music Foundation. Based in North Park, the Foundation has produced the event since its inception. “There are two different groups of people that we are trying to target. For the musicians, there are so many great resources out there that they should take advantage of, and for the regular concert-going people, this is a cool way to see a ton of up-and coming bands and check out some of the local venues,” Taylor said.


The Music Thing will be held Sept. 13 and 14 at multiple San Diego venues throughout the entire weekend, with daytime conferences from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. held at the Sheraton Mission Valley Hotel, 1433 Camino Del Rio South. The conference focuses on every aspect of the music business through in-depth lectures, expert panels and workshops. “This is designed to be a really comprehensive professionaldevelopment event for bands so that they can come and talk with people in every field of the music industry, whether they be publicists, managers, people that own venues [or] work in radio, or former members of nationally touring bands who know the ropes and can help people be successful in such a hard industry,” Taylor said. This year’s featured speakers include Kim Gordon, founder and lead singer of Sonic Youth, and Mike Herrera of MxPx. Both music legends are also

(l to r) Kim Gordon, Ra Ra Riot and Mike Herrera (Courtesy San Diego Music Foundation); Dead Feather Moon (Photo by Sylvia Garcia Borgo)

scheduled to perform shows at night. Badge-holders will get a chance to attend the interactive roundtable sessions with panelists and speakers “who represent the best and most innovative aspects of the music business,” organizers said. Daytime workshops also include mentoring sessions: from Tour Marketing and Songwriting, to How to Pitch Your Band. There will also be a trade show, happy-hour parties, listening stations and “pop-up live performances” at the host hotel, “as well as a chance to meet and greet some of the top industry professionals and artists,” organizers said. In addition to the conference, there will also be loads of live music each afternoon and evening, with performances by 150 bands spread across 16 stages throughout the entire city. Participants can

buy a selection of one- or two-day badges, or tickets to individual shows by their favorite acts. Show venues include usual stops like The Casbah, Bar Pink and Soda Bar, and this will be the first year for new venues including the Birch North Park Theatre, The Griffin and The Irenic. The Whistle Stop, The Void, U-31, Sunset Temple and Claire de Lune Coffee Lounge, Seven Grand, The Office, and Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center round out this year’s hosts. The Casbah opens the weekend on Sept. 12 with an official kick off party featuring New Politics. “Anything that aims at ameliorating the local music scene is worth being a part of,” said Alfred Howard of The Heavy Guilt, a local band returning for their third consecutive year. The Heavy Guilt plays at The Griffin Friday, Sept. 13 at 11:20 a.m. “It’s important for people to support the local music biz because without that support, it’s nearly impossible to make a name for yourself. We’ve always believed that it should be a priority to establish a solid local fan base before moving on to other goals as a band,” Howard said. Co-produced by 91X, all proceeds will go toward funding the Foundation’s music-education programs that benefit 65 schools around San Diego County, organizers said. “We always love performing in San Diego, and playing the San Diego Music Thing gives us the opportunity to play in front of strong local music supporters and loyal fans,” said Justen Berge, lead singer and guitarist for the Escondido, Calif.-based Dead Feather Moon, a blues and rock band. Dead Feather Moon will be joining The Silent Comedy and Unwritten Law as part of the 91X Local Break Stage, an outdoor stage set up on the north side of University Avenue at Ohio Street. The stage area will be open from 5 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14. Organizers suggest purchasing passes for the entire conference online, with tickets starting at $20. Ticket sales will be open at the Sheraton during conference hours each day. For tickets, the full music and seminar schedule, and event addresses, visit or call 619-381-8789.u


CalendarofEvents FRIDAY, AUG. 30

Preschool story time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “The Princess Bride,” 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 Old Town Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday, Harney Street, free UH Librar y Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd. Children’s Craft: 10:30 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Sculptors Guild: 12 – 4 p.m. and 5 – 8 p.m., Dog Days Afternoon Party with live band, refreshments and dog adoptions by Baja Dog Rescue, followed by 5 p.m. Open House with artist meet and greet, gift certificate raffles and music by the Marcia Forman Band, Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Place, Balboa Park Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “The Princess Bride,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free Organ Concert: 2 p.m., music by organist Carol Williams, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa

Park, free Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “The Princess Bride,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


Labor Day brunch: 11 a.m., two-hour Labor Day brunch cruise hosted by Hornblower cruses, with buffet and live music, Grape Street Pier, 1800 Harbor Dr., $60 Balboa Park tour: 5 – 6 p.m., Offshoot Tours Balboa Park historical walking tour offered by San Diego Park & Recreation, meet at park information center, free


Adams Ave board: 8 a.m., regularly monthly meeting of the Adams Avenue Business Association board, 4649 Hawley Blvd. Bankers Hill Parking: 5 – 6:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Bankers Hill Parking Committee, Merrill Gardens, 2567 Second Ave. World Harmony workshop: 6 – 7:45 p.m., “Express Yourself through Art” workshop by artist Papaha Gosline in conjunction with the exhibit “Paintings for World Harmony,” materials provided, University Community Branch Library, 4155 Governor Dr., University City Uptown Planners: 6 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting of Uptown Planners, Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. Pajama stor y time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St., free Normal Heights Community Planning Group: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the

Normal Heights Community Planning Group, Normal Heights Community Center, 4649 Hawley Blvd.


Mission Hills BID: 3:30 – 5 p.m., regular monthly meetings of the Mission Hills Business Improvement District committees, Mission Hills Books & Collectables, 4056 Goldfinch St. LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St., free Parking Advisor y Committee: 5 p.m., regular meeting of the Mission Hills Parking Advisory Committee, Mission Hills Books & Collectables, 4056 Goldfinch St. University Heights CDC & Parking: 6:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the University Heights Community Development Corporation and the Community Parking District, 4425 Park Blvd. #104 Burlingame Association: 7 p.m., regular meeting of the Burlingame Neighborhood Association, Mazara’s Trattoria, 2302 30th St. Robin Henkel: 8 – 10 p.m., Robin Henkel Band with Whitney Shay, blues and jazz, ArtLab Studios, 3536 Adams Ave., all ages UH Parking: 6:30 p.m., monthly meeting of the University Heights Community Parking Group, University Heights Community Development Corporation, 4452 Park Blvd. #104


MH reading group: 10 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library organized book group will discuss “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” by Mohisn Hamid, Mission Hills Books & Collectibles, 4054 Goldfinch St.

San Diego Uptown News | Aug. 30–Sept. 12, 2013 North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free UH Parks & Rec: 5:30 p.m., monthly meeting of the University Heights Parks & Recreation Council, Alice Birney School library, 4345 Campus Ave. UH Community Association: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the University Heights Community Association, Alice Birney Elementary, 4345 Campus Ave. Warrior’s Duet: 8 p.m., limited engagement of the successful Circle Circle dot dot production of Charlene Baldridge’s “The Warriors’ Duet,” White Box Theater at Liberty Station, 2590 Truxton Rd. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Some Like It Hot,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


Preschool stor y time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Librar y, 925 W. Washington St., free Contra Dance: 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the San Diego Folk Heritage with live music by Old Twine, beginners workshop taught at 7:30 p.m. followed by live music from 8 – 11 p.m., Trinity


United Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St., $8 Warrior’s Duet: 8 p.m., limited engagement of the successful Circle Circle dot dot production of Charlene Baldridge’s “The Warriors’ Duet,” White Box Theater at Liberty Station, 2590 Truxton Rd. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Some Like It Hot,” 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 Children’s Craft: 10:30 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free UH Librar y Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd. Burlingame Block Party: 4 – 7 p.m., live music by High Society Jazz Band, food provided by the Burlingame Neighborhood Association, dessert from Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro, with a kid zone and prize giveaways, intersection of Laurel Street and Pamo Avenue Warrior’s Duet: 8 p.m., lim-

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CALENDAR ited engagement of the successful Circle Circle dot dot production of Charlene Baldridge’s “The Warriors’ Duet,” White Box Theater at Liberty Station, 2590 Truxton Rd. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Some Like It Hot,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14

SUNDAY, SEPT. 8 Entrants in last year’s North Park Car Show, the community’s third event (Courtesy NP Historical Society)



CARSHOW competition, and trophies will be awarded for cars taking first, second and third place. All entrants who pre-register will receive a certificate. NPHS has set a Saturday, Aug. 31 deadline to register for the car show. However, people can showcase their prized classic car the day of the event without registration, so long as the 70-car threshold is not broken. Hon said NPHS defines classic cars as ones originating prior to 1990. In earlier years, he said a wide range of entries have graced the grounds of the Balboa Tennis Club and the Birch North Park Theatre, a prior venue in the show’s first two years. Hon said the oldest entry to date was last year’s 1914 Ford Model T from a collector out of Escondido, Calif. Other entries from the automobile’s infancy have included a 1928 Ford Model

WHAT: North Park Historical Society’s fourth annual North Park Car Show WHEN: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 WHERE: parking lot of the Balboa Tennis Club courts within Morley Field Sports Complex, 2221 Morley Field Dr. COST: free to attendees; contestants pay $10 entry fee for one car, $20 for two or three cars INFORMATION: northparkhistory. org, 619-294-8990 A and a 1930 Plymouth Sedan. “You just never know what’s going to show up, and that’s part of what makes this fun,” Hon said. Last year’s People’s Choice Grand Trophy winner was a 1965 VW Westfalia Camper. Runner-

ups were a 1954 Studebaker Commander Regal Starlight Coupe and a 1949 Dodge Power Wagon. The car show serves as a fundraiser for NPHS’ programs and initiatives. In addition to entry fees, NPHS receives funding through sponsorships by North Park-based businesses and organizations. Hon said this year’s proceeds will go toward a second history book the organization is producing about North Park and its origins. NPHS is teaming up with Arcadia Publishing, a firm that has put out a series of history books across the country under the “Images of America” title. While South Carolinabased Arcadia funds the cost of publishing the books, authors are responsible for funding and securing the rights to historical photographs. “The funds will help us in obtaining some of those photos, and have the rights to have them reproduced,” Hon said. “It will be an important part of the book.”u

Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free Organ Concert: 2 p.m., music by organist Carol Williams, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, free Warrior’s Duet: 2 p.m., limited engagement of the successful Circle Circle dot dot production of Charlene Baldridge’s “The Warriors’ Duet,” White Box Theater at Liberty Station, 2590 Truxton Rd.


Historic Old Town: 11 a.m., quarterly meeting of the Historic Old Town Community Foundation, Café Coyote Restaurant, 2461 San Diego Ave. Signing stor y time: 1:30 – 2:15 p.m., babies, toddlers and preschoolers learn sign language, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St., free HBA Marketing: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., regular meeting of the Hillcrest Business Association Marketing Committee, 3737 Fifth Ave. #202 Metro CDC: 3 – 4:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation, Fifth Avenue Financial Center confer-

ence room, 2500 Fourth Ave. Uptown Parking: 5 – 7 p.m., monthly board meeting of the Uptown Community Parking District, Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. North Park MAD: 6 p.m., regular meeting of the North Park Maintenance Assessment District, North Park Adult Activity Center, 2719 Howard Ave. NP Landscape: 6 – 8 p.m., regular meeting of the North Park Landscape Maintenance District, North Park Adult Activities Center, Golden Hill Business Group: 7 – 9 p.m., regular meeting of the business group, Postal Express, 2801 B St.


HBA board: 5 – 6:30 p.m., regular monthly board meeting of the Hillcrest Business Association, Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. Hillcrest Town Council: 6:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Hillcrest community group, Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. Pajama stor y time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Old Town Design: 3 p.m., regular meeting of the Old Town Chamber Design committee, Casa Guadalajara, 4105 Taylor St. Normal Heights Community Association: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Normal Heights Community Association including pot luck, Normal Heights Community Center, 4649 Hawley Blvd.


Old Town Community Planning: 3:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the planning group, Whaley House, 2746 San Diego Ave. UH MAD: 4:30 p.m., regular meeting of the University Heights Maintenance Advisory District, University Heights Community Development Corporation, 4452 Park Blvd. #104 LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free UH Librar y Task Force: 6:30 p.m., regular meeting of the University Heights Library Task Force, 4191 Park Blvd. Ken-Tal Planning: 6:30 p.m., regular meeting of the Kensington-Talmadge Planning Group, Franklin Elementary auditorium, 4481 Copeland Dr. Main Street board: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., monthly board meeting of the North Park Main Street, 3076 University Ave.


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Elements of Design: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., beginning flower arrangement class using decorative wood pieces, instructed by Lucy Kramer, San Diego Floral, Room 104 Casa del Prado, Balboa Park, $5 Old Town Chamber promotions: 2 p.m., regular meeting of the Chamber Promotions Committee, Café Coyote, 2461 San Diego Ave. North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free MH Town Council: 6 – 8 p.m., trustees meeting of the Mission Hills Town Council, 4010 Goldfinch St. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Notorious,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14u

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The Laundry Room 1955 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park 619-795-9588 | Coin operated or self-serve Laundromats have come a long way. The first coin laundry was introduced in the early 1900’s when the first wringer clothes washer was developed. At the time, public coin-operated laundries did not exist. Public laundry was introduced in the 1920’s and 30’s. They were a place for the public to drop off their laundry. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that self-service coin laundry was introduced. Small stores equipped with a few washers and dryers began popping up. Unfortunately, owners neglected them and the stores deteriorated and, so did the public’s image of the coin-op laundry. Today coin-operated Laundromats make the chore of doing laundry more enjoyable – they are clean and safe, offer service attendants, Fluff & Fold service, happy hour pricing, TV’s, work stations, and free WiFi. The Laundry Room where every wash is naturally sanitized is located at 1955 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park. For more info call 619-795-9588 or visit NJ Construction Inc. 2330 First Ave. # 306 San Diego, CA 92101 | 619-316-6676 With 13 years of experience in the local construction industry, Norm Johnson Construction, Inc. is a licensed, bonded and insured General Contractor. They focus primarily on home remodeling and renovations, including kitchens and bathrooms. NJ Construction is skilled in plumbing, removing or adding walls, drywall, texturing, painting, tiling, and the installation of cabinets, doors and windows. They can also build you both large and small decks, fencing, or ADA ramps, and can also assist with any handyman-type services you may have, such as plumbing, garbage disposals, painting, dry rot, termite repairs, etc. Norm Johnson takes great pride in his company’s work and has never had a “call back.” Norm has a calming personality and the patience to collaborate with owners as well as other construction personnel. He is also capable of supervising the work of others or working solo. To schedule a free estimate, email Norm at or call 619-316-6676.


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(l to r) Clark, Holt, Landsberg, Perine, Gloria, Fulton and Bittner at the ribbon cutting (Photo by Manny Lopez)


PARKLET for all to enjoy. “This is an example of what the city can do. We’ve come together with the private, non-profit and public sectors to do some good and deliver results for the community,” said Council President Todd Gloria at the ceremony. “I think this is a great day to do that, because obviously we’ve had some questions about whether or not we’re making forward progress in the city,” he said. “This is an excellent example of whether we’re doing that, and we’ll certainly be doing more in the weeks and months to come.” North Park Main Street Executive Director Angela Landsberg said the idea was widely embraced by staff in the city’s Development Services Department, as well as Mayor Bob Filner’s office. Landsberg worked directly with Holt and Filner in proposing the parklet, and Landsberg said more are being planned throughout North Park. She is currently looking for partners to sponsor additional construction. “We’re trying to create more sustainability, more walkability and more bike friendliness in North Park,” she said. “Parklets are a great way to do that.” Joining Landsberg, Gloria and Holt at the ribbon cutting were North Park Main Street Assistant Director Kevin Clark, San Diego Planning Director Bill Fulton, Linda Perine of Filner’s office and Christopher Bittner of obrARCHITECTURE. Among the first to officially enjoy San Diego’s first parklet was Jesse Sykes of North Park, who was meeting a friend for coffee and was unaware of the

grand opening celebration. Sykes said he and his wife had seen the construction being done, but had no idea what it was. “It’s great. I love being out here and it’s nice being a little further out in the street and having a full view of things,” Sykes said. “I like the partnership idea between small businesses and the city to create public space that’s useable. We need more of that.” Rose Farris of North Park said that as a student of environmental policy, she became excited when she heard that the first parklet was coming to her neighborhood. “I was already a fan of Caffé Calabria. I walk this street all the time and I got to see the different stages of it being built, and now it’s here,” Farris said. “I really like that they did wood with brick and that it has different levels. It fits well with the block and it looks nice with the plant life.” In describing his feelings about the project, Holt, who has owned Caffé Calabria for the past 13 years, said that once construction was completed, he sat on the parklet for four hours, finding the area much more tranquil than before. “The whole vibe for me just changed,” he said. “What a difference two parking spaces can make.”u

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BILL EXPANDING ABORTION PROVIDERS ADVANCES Written by Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins, Assembly Bill 154 passed the State Senate Monday, Aug. 26, marking the last significant legislative hurdle, a release from Atkins’ office said. The bill increases the medical professionals who are authorized to perform early aspiration abortions to include nurse practitioners, physicians assistants and certified nurse midwives. The expansion helps to alleviate a shortage of abortion providers throughout the state, the release said. “All women should have timely access to reproductive health care regardless of whether they live in urban or rural areas and without excessive expense or travel,” Atkins said in the release. “Over half of California’s counties lack an abortion provider.” The California Women’s Health Alliance – a coalition of advocacy groups including California Church IMPACT, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice and Black Women

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AMANDA BAUMGARTEN JOINS NEW WAYPOINT PUBLIC Set to open in the location formerly occupied by The Linker y in early October, Waypoint Public now has the backing of three culinar y professional partners: John Pani, Brian Jensen and Amanda Baumgarten. Baumgarten, who left Herringbone in La Jolla, Calif. earlier this year, is the most recent addition to the North Park project, an Aug. 21 press release announced. She joins the group as partner and executive chef. A Southern California native, Baumgarten spent over a decade training and has worked in four different Michelin-starred restaurants, as well as participated in season seven of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” She said she is excited to bring her vision to the North Park neighborhood. “There’s something so compelling about being able to mix and match and pull from all of these amazing different cultures,” she said in the announcement. The 5,000 square foot Waypoint Public will initially open for dinner ser vice only, and the partners have plans to expand to weekend brunch and happy hour as well. Jensen is no stranger to North Park, opening his Bottlecraft beer shop in the area this year. Pani is a San Diego native and founder of the hospitality firm ELE Collective, and currently lives in Kensington. “Growing


up in Ocean Beach, I’ve been coming up to North Park pretty much since I could drive,” Pani said in the announcement. “North Park has all of the amazing qualities that a good urban hood should have.” Waypoint Public will be located at 3794 30th St., at North Park Way.

NORTH PARK RESIDENT ELECTED TO UNITED WAY BOARD Omar T. Passons, a North Park resident and community activist was elected to the board of United Way of San Diego County, along with five other new members: Ignacio De La Torre, Jacqueline L. Parks, Kian Saneii, Laurie Berman and Regina V. Evans. Passons is a public works construction, land use and civil litigation lawyer at Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz APC, and currently serves on the North Park Community Association, North Park Planning Group and Lambda Archives San Diego, among others. Board members serve for three years, governing the “affairs and activities” of United Way San Diego County, a press release stated. Members may also serve on sub-committees, including workplace campaigns, finance, public policy and marketing. “We welcome these highly qualified board members to the team,” said President and CEO Doug Sawyer in the announcement. “Each brings a wealth of knowledge and unique perspective to our organization, as we build on our track record of solving education, income, health and homeless issues.” For more information visit u


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Three things that drive a trainer insane This might be a little bit of rant, but you will learn a lot here (especially if one of these pet peeves pertains to you). If any of them do, remember you have been lied to and it may not be completely your fault that you have one or more of these habits. These things drive me insane because no matter how much I try to get the word out about this stuff, there are multi-million-dollar campaigns trying to convince you otherwise. I understand how complex and confusing losing weight and gaining health can be; I hope this rants sheds a little light. The first thing that drives me insane is people who drink diet soda because they think they are doing something healthy for themselves. Diet soda may seem like a far healthier alternative to regular soda, but many studies have shown this is not the case at all. In fact, these studies show diet soda is just as bad as regular soda, and it may be a major reason why you are packing on pounds. It is not uncommon for people to be given messages that artificially sweetened products are healthy. The data to support these claims are not very strong, but common sense tells you if it’s a diet soda, it has to be better. Right?

Common sense is not always right. Research has proven that artificial sweeteners found in diet soda are associated with obesity, Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. It also shows that drinking just one can a day is enough to significantly increase the risk for health problems. Artificially sweetened beverages trick your metabolism into thinking sugar is on its way. This causes your body to pump out insulin, which helps make it easier for your body to store fat. It also confuses your metabolism so you burn fewer calories every day. It also makes you hungrier, and crave even more sugar and starchy carbs like bread. It is a major roadblock to overall health, normal metabolism and a healthy body weight. Second: it drives me insane to hear someone say they eat low fat or fat-free foods because they are trying to lose fat. In the 1970’s, low-fat guidelines were pushed upon everyone. Seems logical, right? If you eat fat, you’ll get fat. After all, fat has nine calories per gram compared to four for protein and carbs. Turns out that is not what real science reveals at all. In my opinion, this low-fat craze – combined

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with adding sugar into every food we possibly can – has been the cause of our entire obesity epidemic. We screwed our hormones and bodies up so bad by taking fat out of our foods that we turned ourselves into fat-storing machines. There are high-quality studies that prove high-fat diets will help you lose more weight than a highcarbohydrate diet, and you get to eat 300 more calories each day. You need to eat fat to be healthy and lose fat. Fats play an incredibly im-

portant role in our health. They promote healthy cell function, enhance our immune systems, keep our bones strong and help in the absorption of many vitamins and minerals. Even the muchdemonized saturated fats, like those found in coconut oil, real butter and 100 percent grass-fed beef, will actually speed up your weight loss. But not all fats are created equal. You need to stay away from trans fats, partially hydrogenated fats and foods that are highly processed because they provide no health benefits. So if you are looking to add more fat to your diet, look for organic sources that have been pasture raised. Animals that are raised on grass will have high levels of CLA and Omega 3 fats, and will help speed up your weight loss. The two easiest ways to add high-quality fat into your diet are to eat half an avocado every morning and cook with coconut oil. The last thing that drives me absolutely insane is when people think the best way to lose body fat is to do cardio instead of weights. One of the first things I’ll tell a client is that your diet will help you lose weight and weight training will change your body composition. Cardio will break down tissue and

give you the “skinny-fat” look, but to get the coveted “toned” look you need to lift weights. Lifting weights burns more calories than cardio, despite the bloated 600 calories burned that the treadmill tells you. When you are doing steady-state cardio your calorie burn stops right when you get off the treadmill; with weights you burn calories long after the workout is over, and you also get the added benefit of an increased metabolism from increasing your lean-body mass. In fact, long cardio sessions will actually burn muscle, therefore decreasing your metabolism. But the single biggest reason you should do weights instead of cardio is because if you have body fat you would like to lose, on some level you are not paying attention to your nutrition. When you do long bouts of cardio, you go into such a huge calorie deficit that it is super easy to justify a big meal, and it certainly makes it difficult to resist cravings because your body needs energy. If you struggle with willpower don’t overdo the cardio and stick to the weights. Lifting weights make losing body fat easier by increasing your metabolism and altering your body composition. Focus on weights to lose fat and pepper in some short cardio sessions for a well-balanced program. —Brian White owns BWF, San Diego’s Premier Training Service located in Hillcrest. He runs boot camps in Balboa Park and trains clients in Diverge Gym. Go to to read his blog, or take his seven-day video challenge to get back into healthy habits. Contact Brian at brianpwhite@gmail. com or on his website.u

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SEPT. 7 A car show and “low brow” art show from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Enjoy hot rods, street rods, custom cars, muscle cars and trucks, as well as a party Zone with live music, a charity auction, an artist alley with world famous pin-stripers and lots of low brow artists.

Fiestas Patrias Celebration

SEPT. 14 A Mexican Independence Day festival held to commemorate the rich and diverse Mexican culture that was vital in the development of San Diego and California. With music, dancing, games and other activities for the entire family.

Business Spotlight For more information on upcoming events in San Diego's historic Old Town, please visit:

Mr Consignment USA

1919 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110

At Mr Consignment USA, we have an eclectic collection. Our items range from exciting modern decor to rare antiques and old signage. Inventory is constantly changing and every week there are new gems brought in. You never know what you'll find when you walk through our doors.

Spirits of Mexico Festival

SEPT. 17 Festival is held two weeks in September. It’s the oldest and most comprehensive agave spirits festival in the United States, this year’s Spirits of Mexico will be held during the 202nd anniversary of Mexico’s independence at the location of California’s birthplace. Celebrating the spirits and the spirit of Mexico.

See the BeSt of San Diego with 3 MeMoraBle tourS: • Old Town Trolley Tour: San Diego and Coronado’s only all-day unlimited reboarding tour • SEAL Tour: See San Diego from sea and land on a boat with wheels • Old Town Trolley’s Beach Tour: Explore the best beach spots in Southern California

Tequilla Trail

SEPT. 19 Samples of traditional Mexican dishes from Old Town’s best restaurants will be available throughout town. Participants can also taste selections of tequila, Mezcal and Bacanora, all brands provide samples of their spirits. For more info visit

Sante Fe Market

SEPT. 20–22 The Bazaar del Mundo’s yearly Santa Fe Market brings the best of the Southwest to San Diego, featuring Southwesterninspired art, jewelry and crafts, with artists traveling from as far as New Mexico and Arizona to demonstrate their wares.

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