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City Council approves bicycle plan update

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By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter

Bojanic orchestrates it all, including the already extant series, Spotlight Chamber Music, in addition to Mozart & the Mind, Festival Chamber Players, Evolution, and the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, which gathers in June for a month-long festival. The latest innovations are a number of youth and adult amateur training programs set to launch early in 2014. It’s a win-

On Dec. 9, the City Council unanimously approved the San Diego Bicycle Master Plan Update, which will add 595 miles of bikeways citywide to connect neighborhoods, create regional corridors and make bicycling a more mainstream transportation mode in San Diego. The council also the approved the formation of a Bicycle Advisory Committee to help implement the comprehensive plan. The new blueprint for bikeway development recommends filling gaps in the existing 510mile network, as well as doubling the city’s bicycle network over the next 20 years. In late September, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the region’s transportation planning agency, approved $200 million for bicycle projects countywide. The initiative, officially called the Regional Bike Plan Early Action Program, includes 42 projects totaling about 77 miles of bikeways. The plan’s passage by the City Council was hailed by Uptown residents as a major step forward. Mission Hills resident Pam Amundson said it’s time for communities to support the plan now that it’s been approved. “I’m hopeful our community can get behind a safe, effective and sustainable shared bicycle/pedestrian corridor that helps to link Uptown, Hillcrest, Mission Hills and Five Points to other areas of San Diego,” Amundson stated. Normal Heights resident and bike enthusiast Jim Baross said the new bike plan is a winwin for everybody. “I stated to councilmembers that the plan isn’t so much for bicyclists — most of us are already riding though the traffic environment that needs improvement — the goal of the plan is to make use of a bicycle for some trips more attractive [and] doable for people who are not bicyclists,” Baross stated. “Everyone can benefit when more choices for transportation mode are

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Balboa Park's new wheels

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The 10-year-old philanthropist

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Carolers sing to crowds gathered in front of the enormous, brightly lit Christmas tree at Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion during this year’s December Nights celebration. Known as San Diego’s largest free community festival, December Nights attracted hundreds of thousands of people to Balboa Park on Dec. 6 and 7 for free museums, performances, food and elaborate holiday displays. Turn to page 8 to read SDUN Reporter Kevin Smead’s experience at this year’s festival, as well as a few recommendations of how else to celebrate the holidays this December. (Photo by Patrick Hammond)

The evolution of Mainly Mozart By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Reporter

Bland brunch-goers beware

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Scrooge on the air

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The concertmaster wore a Santa hat, and there were antlers galore sprouting from the heads of other members of the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra as they played their inaugural concert as orchestra-in-residence at the New Children’s Museum on Dec. 16. The audience was a mix of parents and patrons, proud of their progeny and the prowess of their orchestra under the baton of music director Hernan Constantino, who seemed very proud and tolerant of the kids’ décor as well. They played an enjoyable mix of well-arranged holiday favorites, including three selections from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker.” The program was enhanced by the excellence of guest artist Austin Gatus, 17-year-old saxophone prodigy and a sur vivor of childhood leukemia, which was treated right here at Children’s Hospital. He serenaded the sellout crowd with an encore of Harold Arlen’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra was born in June, when Mainly Mozart merged with and renamed the Young Artist Symphony, one of San Diego’s oldest and most

Children in the Mainly Mozart’s Youth Orchestra perform during their 2012 season. (Photo by Ling Zhu)

respected young musician training programs, according to Nancy Laturno Bojanic, Mainly Mozart’s founding executive director. The group’s schedule includes several themed concerts: Jan. 26 (Happy Birthday, Mozart), March 16 (Celtic Tunes) and May 4 (Cinco de Mayo Celebration). Throughout the past season, the 26-year-old Mainly Mozart morphed into a multifaceted entity with so many programs that each has its own master or mistress.

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The colossal charm of December Nights A walk through San Diego’s premier holiday festival, along with a few other December happenings Rudolph takes flight in Balboa Park during a past December Nights festival. (Photo by Richard Benton)

By Kevin Smead SDUN Reporter

Sometimes, I can be a Grinch: negative, less than friendly and, at times, downright cynical. It’s a wonder my girlfriend has been able to put up with it for more than a year now. In fact, it was around last year’s December Nights celebration that we began seeing one another. On somewhat of a whim, I invited her to go with me to December Nights. I searched for parking for nearly an hour and eventually ended up throwing in the towel and parking near the Hillcrest Whole Foods a mile and a half away. Upon arriving at the park proper, we were greeted with massive crowds and an overwhelming sense of, well, being overwhelmed. Thankfully, somewhere between then and now my heart grew three sizes and she’s stuck with me. So, with memories of last year being once again brought up, I decided to approach this year’s December Nights with somewhat of a plan. First, I had to determine where

I would attempt to park. Sure, the event offers more than ample shuttle service from several spots around town, but I was determined. Hubristic? Maybe. In the end, my plan of parking on a side street off of Park Blvd. worked out, as I scored a spot on Essex Street, right across from Heat Bar and Kitchen. Sure, we still had to walk a few blocks, but nowhere near a mile and a half. Second, we had to plan exactly what we wanted to see and do, allowing some space for potential goofing off in between. Now, this sounds like a bit of work — which it is — for something that’s supposed to be relaxing and fun. In reality, though, this year ended up being far more relaxing than last because of our pre-planned route. The Skyfari at the zoo was a must, so we made sure to do that first. It was certainly a contender for the best $4 I’ve ever spent. Even with the clouds left over from the rain earlier in the day, the festively adorned San Diego skyline seen from on high was beautiful. The Artist’s Village always yields interesting finds, and I love explor-

ing people’s work that I might not have noticed otherwise. The real highlight of that section of the park, however, is the man who sells and plays didgeridoos. There’s something hypnotic about the sound and delightfully odd about peddling an indigenous Australian instrument at a holiday gathering. We also made it a point to of course visit the Organ Pavilion and see the beautiful, illuminated tree, complete with carolers. Despite my occasional humbug tendencies, it’s a sight that always gives me that warm, fuzzy, insert-holiday-of-yourchoice-here feeling. The real key to having a great December Nights, though, is to

be realistic about your experience. With around 275,000 attendees across two days, crowds, lines and general chaos are always factors, despite the event being well organized. We didn’t make it to the museums, which were free from 5 to 9 p.m., and the International Spirits Garden had just a few too many patrons engaging in some serious holiday cheer. That’s okay, though. The international houses are mainstay and with the park’s new all-inclusive museum pass, looking at dinosaur bones or internationally renowned works of art has never been easier. I can do either of those things year round. When taking into account the countless number of food stands, vendor booths and multiple stages with a wide range of entertainment, two days doesn’t seem like enough. When it all comes down to it, I really came for the Christmas spirit and my stocking got stuffed with exactly what I was hoping for. Did you miss December Nights, but still want to get out and into the holiday spirit? There are still plenty of ways to tinsel your tree! Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo A few times a year, the Zoo stays open a bit later, giving animal lovers a chance to see their favorite creatures get wild when the sun goes down. With hours running from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., you can wait in line to see the pandas


and still have plenty of time to see all the other animals too. Plus, the zoo is even more fun when it’s festive, and a number of holidaythemed attractions and events such as a nightly tree lighting will see to it that this is the case. Really, though: capuchins after dark? Sign me up. For the full list of events, check out sandiegozoo. org/junglebells. Garden of Lights at the San Diego Botanic Garden There are plenty of neighborhoods that put on excellent light displays, but it’s hard to top the plants at the San Diego Botanic Garden. The garden boasts an impressive light show that incorporates the wonders of the natural world to create a different, more low-key sort of holiday vibe. With the inclusion of live music, mulled wine, food, Santa and snow, you’ll surely have a very merry time. More information regarding the event, including ticket prices and a lineup of live music, can be found at Ice Skating at the Hotel del Coronado Oh, San Diego. Only here can you full-on ice skate on the beach. For a few weeks out of the year, the Windsor Lawn at the Hotel del Coronado becomes an ice skating rink. For those wishing to fulfill their winter wonderland fantasies, it might be a bit difficult seeing as how you can see the ocean and the rink is surrounded by palm trees. However, this is pretty much a one-of-a-kind opportunity, and not to mention a really cool one at that. For the full list of dates and times the rink is open, as well as session prices, skate on over to hoteldel. com/holidays.aspx.u


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MOZART win: Mainly Mozart’s professional musicians pass on their knowledge and expertise to young people and adult amateur musicians through these new programs, which take place at the grass-roots level during 2014 – 15. The application deadline for youth and adults who want to participate is Jan. 1. Leadership Through Chamber Music is an extension of the Mainly Mozart Youth Symphony, open to strings, winds and brass from inside the youth symphony as well as others ages 12 to 23. Program participants will meet for two hours over 16 weeks in 2014, from Januar y 11 through May 17. These sessions, held at Mesa Community College, are enhanced by interaction with Mainly Mozart’s renowned professional musicians and Mainly Mozart’s youthful and professional quartet-in-residence, the Hausmann Quartet, which “lives, eats and breathes chamber music,” according to Hausmann violinist Isaac Allen. “The program will foster a renewed interest in chamber music by young people, who will become tomorrow’s chamber music players as well as passionate advocates of chamber music,” Allen said. “Collaboration is at the heart of chamber music, and this sort of symbiotic relationship promises to set the standard for youth chamber music programs throughout the country.” Additionally, Mainly Mozart and the Hausmann shepherd an innovative six-day Youth Chamber Music Summer Camp June 16 – 21 on San Diego State’s campus, where Hausmann is also quartet-in-residence. In addition to group coaching from Hausmann players, participants take master classes in group and solo repertoire with Mainly Mozart’s world-class musicians and SDSU faculty. They work all week on chamber music, attend concerts including those of the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra and also perform at SDSU’s Don

Powell Theatre as well as on the stage of the Balboa Theatre. Adults are not ignored. For the ultimate adult musical adventure, a three-day Adult Amateur Chamber Music Camp is planned for May 30 – June 1 at SDSU. Also scheduled are Living Room “Concerts,” which are reading and coaching sessions for adult amateurs in private homes in Januar y and June. “Getting adults to pick up their instruments and take part in making music again is at the heart of these programs,” Bojanic said. So dust off your violins, clarinets and saxophones. For more information visit the web site or call Susan Laslavic at 619-239-0100, ext. 316. Mainly Mozart’s six-month Jam Sessions begin in Januar y in partnership with San Diego Rescue Mission and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. The program is designed to help underser ved and ethnically diverse individuals to redefine themselves and reconnect with their environment. For further information and application forms for these youth training programs, call Madeline Stewart at 619-239-0100, ext. 303 or email

One of the Mainly Mozart’s Youth Orchestra members concentrating during a performance. (Photo by Ling Zhu)

(l to r) Hausmann Quartet members Angela Choong, Jeremiah Shaw, Eric Chin and Isaac Allen (Courtesy Hausmann Quartet)


BIKEPLAN available ... less traffic congestion, safer streets, reduced production of green house gases, a more active, fit, healthy population, etc.” San Diego County Bicycle Coalition (SDCBC), a nonprofit advocating protection of the rights of bicyclists, applauded the city’s efforts to build a long-term bicycling vision. “Today San Diego City Council approved its Bicycle Master Plan Update, citywide policy to guide the development and maintenance of San Diego’s bicycle network including roadways, support facilities and non-infrastructure programs through the next 20 years,” SDCBC executive director Andy Hanshaw stated in a press release. “Bicycling transforms our city and our communities, and we need safer routes to encourage more people to ride to their jobs, local business districts and for everyday travel. Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and [the] City Council continue to be strong advocates for bicycling in San Diego and I want to thank them for seeking the input of our members.”  Hanshaw noted San Diego’s current bicycle infrastructure includes approximately 500 miles of bikefriendly roads, routes and paths. “The new plan includes an assessment of the existing infrastructure and recommends increased bicycle parking, improved bicycle signage, bicycle safety courses and approximately 878 miles of proposed bike lanes and bike routes throughout San Diego County,” Hanshaw said. Noting projected improvements to the current bicycle infrastructure “provide anyone on a bicycle with better access to local businesses, transit centers, shopping districts, parks and other amenities for locals and tourists alike,” Hanshaw said approval of the bicycle master plan “ensures 20 years of bicycle advancements and that bicycle commuting is a trend that is growing, not going away.” The price tag for building out the bicycling network, to be accomplished in segments over time as funding allows, was estimated at $312 million by city officials. Annual maintenance cost for the entire bike network is anticipated to be $4 million. City officials also identified 40 high-priority bicycle projects in the new bike master plan, with a combined estimated cost of $35 million, including some in downtown and Mid-City neighborhoods.u

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Balboa trams hop on board park’s pedestrianizing

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria takes the inaugural ride on Balboa Park’s new tram service with other city officials, members of the media and community members. (Photo by Hutton Marshall) By Hutton Marshall SDUN Editor

On Dec. 9, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria welcomed a fleet of three brand-new trams that have since begun shuttling passengers across Balboa Park free of charge. The trams come after former mayor Bob Filner’s removal of parking in the Plaza de Panama earlier this year, among several moves geared toward creating a more pedestrian-friendly Balboa Park. “One thing everyone can agree on is that Balboa Park is the crown jewel of our city, and making sure every San Diegan and every visitor can easily access the center of the park must be a priority,” Gloria said at the unveiling of the tram service. “Our new trams will make that possible.” The trams — large, 72-person vehicles coated with a brightgreen paint job — will operate daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., picking up at two stops every 10 to 12 minutes. They will loop from the Inspiration Point parking lots to the Plaza de Panama next to the Mingei International Museum, although another stop at the parking lots near the Air & Space Museum may be added. Following a similar but unsuccessful effort led by Qualcomm CEO Irwin Jacobs and the City Council, Filner outlined a plan early this summer to pedestrianize Balboa Park, which included cutting the parking out of Plaza de Panama, closing the Cabrillo Bridge to automobiles on weekends and holidays, along with a few other measures. His intentions to partially close the Cabrillo Bridge to traffic were met with some community opposition, but Filner said the plan was subject to change. Filner

also cited the Caltrans project that will close the Cabrillo Bridge to traffic for several months starting Jan. 5 for seismic retrofitting. It was at that time Filmer had the city purchase the trams hoping to have them in action by August. After Filner’s resignation, Gloria waved off the plan to close Cabrillo Bridge to cars — at least until the Caltrans project begins in January — saying that would be a decision left to the next mayor. He also had to push back putting the trams into action due to lack of planning for an on-site fuel source the trams could use throughout the day, according to a spokesperson for Gloria. Now that the trams are in operation, the city will revamp the Alcazar Garden parking lots to offset the parking spaces removed from the Plaza de Panama, according to Parks and Recreation Public Information Officer Bill Harris. Improvements include restriping, improving the tree-root riddled asphalt and in-

Media gathers around San Diego city officials and business leaders announcing the start of the new Balboa Park tram service. (Photo by Hutton Marshall) creasing accessibility for disabled park visitors. Harris said the pedestrianizing of Balboa Park is just another phase in its long, continuously evolving history, adapting to the changing needs to San Diegans and visitors. “The park is a dynamic place,” Harris said. “There have been subtle changes over its entire history … I grew up here and I remember driving from Park Boulevard all the way to The Old Globe — straight down in between the

museums — it was drivable.” Ace Parking, the winner of a competitive bid between three other companies, will operate the trams. They were built by Nevada’s Specialty Vehicles Incorporated (SVI), which will receive an annual lease payment of $150,000 from the city until 2020, after which San Diego will assume ownership of the units. Operation of the trams is budgeted to cost $350,000 each year, which is what the city pays for the current park trolley system being phased out.u



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Letters Ms. Margaret is truly one of a kind. [See “Margaret Huffman bids farewell to Fleur de Lis” Vol. 5, Issue 25] Our daughter went to Fleur de Lis and still talks about it two years later. The teachers are wonderful and the school is full of classic teaching beliefs. We are so glad our daughter was able to be a part of it! —Kim via Hello Margaret — I am excited for your new adventures in retirement but also saddened you will be leaving FDL after all these years. What I recall about your school was its openness and kindness to parents and children alike. Derek started as a 2+ year old (‘76) and quickly advanced from two half days “we will just try it” to the MWF group and fumed when I would come to fetch him with “you came too early.” He still retains his friends that were classmates at FDL. So glad to hear that Bev and

Kathy are still on board. I am now hoping that Derek’s son will be able to attend. We are all wishing you a happy, restful but stimulating retirement. —Fondly, Meredith French and family (via Hi Michael, I always enjoy your column. [See “Who we are, how we live and why we’re here” Vol. 5, Issue 25] I don’t read many newspapers, really only this one and [North Park News]. Rest of my news comes on the TV while making dinner. I’m sure I agree with you that the traditional family has changed in many ways. However, I don’t think the traditional family is as scarce in our Uptown neighborhoods as you might think. Just attend any concert at Bird Park and you’ll see the traditional family is alive and well. My husband and I own a 1911 Craftsman in South Park and have two children age 9

and 13. We walk to school in South Park and are friends with many other traditional and non-traditional South Park families. My business, Baby Garten Studio, thrives thanks to all the new families with single and multiple children in our neighborhoods. I think you may come across fewer families with two or more kids in your line of work, because by the time they have a second child they’ve either already done the work, moved into a place that doesn’t need the work, or are in the thick of raising children and don’t have the disposable income or time for remodeling and restoration. That’s my two-cents anyway.: ) —Monta Briant via Editor; I will first cover the mistake he made in his column wherein he paraphrases Rodney King’s: “Can’t we all be friends?” Rodney had said,

“Can’t we all get along?” [See “Do cyclists always lose?” Vol. 5, Issue 25] With that out of the way, I agree that drivers should be punished for killing, and money damaged for maiming, but let’s consider bikers who do not include their shoulders when remaining within bike lanes, and riding alongside each other. On streets, bikers should not ride alongside each other, even if in conversation. As for his appreciation of University Avenue being given a bike lane is a good thing. I think not, vehicles have enough trouble making it through along the whole street long. A novel: “The Winner” by me, not Baldacci, has in it a description of a revamped University Avenue that beats any idea I’ve come across, which is not the plot of the novel. —Saul Harmon Gritz, Hillcrest resident via emailu


Tuesdays with Adams Rather than submit myself to the usual torture and deprivation associated with resolutions, last New Year’s Eve I resolved to reward myself. Every Tuesday in 2013 would find me having dinner on Adams Avenue. Object: to eat at every venue, even those previously found wanting. I looked forward to the perfect excuse to visit old favorites and to discover edible gems among those never tried, both old standards and the brand new. I cook. It is a kind of hobby. I’m happiest messing with something new and different. But do I need it every single day? Nobody does. This is a resolution I could sink my teeth into. My mate was willing to go along with the plan. He really didn’t have a choice: it was my resolution! January 1 was a Tuesday. “Where are you taking me tonight?” I would hear the question again, 51 times. My kind of siren song. “Bleu Boheme--because it’s open on New Year’s Day.” Reason enough to begin in Kensington, though in its two commercial miles, Adams is a main street to University Heights, North Park, and Normal Heights. This is not a restaurant review, though I will give cheers to places that made Tuesdays with Adams a yummy adventure. We exhausted what Adams had to offer by the end of August. Not all of the 34 eateries were restaurants. Three were mainly drinking establishments but serve fair-enough fare — especially BLAH, the Blind Lady Ale House that some locals credit with the revitalization and new cool that Adams has experienced in the past handful of years. One was a night at Smitty’s Service Station — because Tuesday is Food Truck Night on their generously offered property. As people who are not big fans of most of what passes for pizza in San Diego, four parlors was three too much, though Zia and it’s uber-friendly owner are always on my A list. Mexican eateries, gringo-friendly belly-busters ubiquitous to our town abound on Adams. Cantina

Mayahuel does it for me. Oh, that mole. Ahh, that fish taco. Personal bests? Always and forever Cafe 21, since the talented Azerbaijan couple first opened in what is now Farmhouse Cafe. We’ve watched their son grow, welcomed a baby girl, and have never had a brunch, lunch, or dinner that was anything but pure deliciousness. And back at the 2121 address, Farmhouse Cafe’s innovative chef also never ceases to please us. And from the day Dao Fu (formerly Tao) opened, Erik and Maggie have made us happy to experience every French-influenced Vietnamese and Japanese dish we could sandwich between their on-the-house salad and free ice cream desert. After Erik’s tofu, made fresh every morning, no other will do. We will return to that triumvirate of good taste again and again, as well as to Sabuku (sushi on Adams at last!), Hannah’s Gourmet (we broke our routine for her culinary greatness; she’s not open on Tuesday), and Burger Lounge (one of the rare “chain” shops on this, the people’s street). Tam of Tam’s Thai told us her life story as we wiped our plates clean. Her motto: Food for Love. Jyoti-Bianga soups are tummy warmers on January nights. Swine and Soda/Provisions suits those who would drink their dinner but survive with meatball medicine. Fish Public’s moxie restaurateur dumped the creaky — Kensington Grill — for the fresh. The chef makes an art of appetizers. After exhausting the offerings on Adams, and hankering to keep experimenting, we went around the corner on 30th Street to the homey glam of Jayne’s Gastropub, where I indulged in all things duck, in salad, in entree. We justified going OffAdams by parking on Adams. Parking just off Park Boulevard on Adams allowed us the grand pleasure of dining at one of our town’s best new restaurants, American Voodoo, and to celebrate pomegranate soup at Soltan Banoo … which has me thinking about a resolution for 2014: to eat Park Boulevard — with frequent stops back on Adams Avenue. Bonnie Bekkenu

Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation To: Julie Ashton-Gray, principal, McKinley Elementar y; Arturo Cabello, principal, Roosevelt Middle School; Mar y Estill, principal, Florence Elementar y; Amanda Hammond-Williams, principal, Birney Elementar y; Francisco Morga, principal, Jefferson Elementar y As the holidays come around, we often take stock of all we are grateful for: our families, our health, our friends. As parents of our local schools, we also want to do a huge shout out of thanks to our North Park principals. Accolades are constantly being sent out to our school’s teachers — as they should be — but we have some amazing unsung heroes in our local schools to whom we owe an amazing debt of gratitude, appreciation, love and awe. A decade ago, families were moving out of our neighborhoods, terrified of sending their children to local schools. Today, folks are moving in

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EDITORIALS because of the great reputation, high test scores, amazing parent involvement, and outstanding reputations that these schools have worked so hard to achieve. Not only have they turned their schools around, but they have done so during times of severe budget cuts, increased class sizes, and constantly changing leadership at the school district level. Walk into any of our local principal’s offices and you will see them juggling the demands of following district directives, super vising teachers and staff, responding to parents, playing nurse and counselor, and at all times being our kids’ biggest cheerleaders. And what is even more amazing, they seem to always come back wanting to do more. So from all of us in North Park, South Park, and University Heights thank you to our amazing principals! We owe you more than we can ever repay. We love you! From: Parent leaders at McKinley, Roosevelt, Florence, Birney and Jeffersonu

No one suffers Alzheimer’s alone By Anette Asher, CEO, The Glenner Memor y Care Centers Over Labor Day 2013, former California First Lady Maria Shriver mentioned in an online discussion how her daughter insists she do “brain games” on a daily basis for fear Shriver will fall victim to the same illness that claimed her father: Alzheimer’s disease. The impact of watching their grandfather’s intelligence, wit, personality and health wither away while also witnessing the enormous amount of physical, financial and emotional resources devoted to his care obviously left an impact on the Schwarzenegger children.


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They are not alone. Presently there are more than 15.4 million family caregivers nationwide providing some 17 billion hours of unpaid dementia care that, if they charged for it, would amount to more than $216 billion, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. All over San Diego County there are tens of thousands of families caring in their home for someone with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates 80 percent of the 60,000 currently diagnosed with dementia live at home, not a residential facility. That means that there are thousands of our neighbors, friends, co-workers, employees and customers who struggle daily to manage a difficult, eventually debilitating disease. They miss work. They miss having coffee with friends. And they miss opportunities to raise their own families as they originally planned. We also miss them. Work disruptions due to employee caregiving responsibilities result in productivity losses to businesses of an estimated $2,110 per year per employee — a loss of up to $33.6 billion per year for fulltime employees as a group, according to the National Caregiver Alliance. Another 2010 MetLife study showed elder caregivers cost employers 8 percent more in health care costs, which adds up to at least $13.4 billion per year. At present, people with Alzheimer’s disease, depending on their age, live on average eight to 10 years after a diagnosis (and most people aren’t diagnosed until years after symptoms first surface). Some live much longer and others have their lives cut short by other diseases of aging. That means, for many children or grandchildren of family caregivers, they spend a bulk of their childhood surrounded by Alzheimer’s in the home. Yes, they are able to have a closer relationship with that elder, but they can also be confused or hurt when their relative’s memor y loss manifests as frustration, anger, even violence. Not to mention the chronic stress, potential substance abuse and, in all too many cases, depression


that can strike a parent ill-prepared for this role. Without outside help, whether it’s extended family, professional in-home assistance or adult day care, there aren’t enough resources for mom and dad to be both full time parent and full time eldercare provider. So they miss their children’s ball games and school plays, drop out of a carpool, or fail to make meals. In the meantime, the sacrifices they make as the demands of the disease grow can undermine the ver y care they wish to provide. A UCSF study several years ago showed extreme stress in family caregivers can cost as much as 10 years off a family caregiver’s life. Some industr y experts cite an alarming statistic that 60 percent of primar y caregivers (particularly spouses) predecease the person with the disease. Even one death from the stress of care is too many. That isn’t to say it’s always dark in these homes. We have family caregivers at our centers who tell us their relationship with their mother or father actually improved, some because their loved one’s memories that caused years of bitterness have been erased, others because the family caregiver has received some respite and coping skills. And in our caregiver support groups, there is almost as much laughter as there are tears. As we recognize the need for more Alzheimer’s research to find a cure and more memor y care units to house seniors with serious dementia, let’s not forget that we need to do this not just for our seniors but for our younger generations. An investment in dementia care doesn’t just help someone with the disease. It raises the quality of life and well-being of ever yone who lives in that person’s home, and in that person’s diminishing world. —Anette Asher is the CEO for The Glenner Memory Care Centers, a non-profit organization with three adult day program and resource centers in Encinitas, Hillcrest, and the South Bay for individuals af flicted with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. More information is available at




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UptownBriefs TODD GLORIA RE-ELECTED AS CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, who was elected City Council President in Dec. 2012, was unanimously re-elected on Dec. 9 for a second term. “Having the confidence of my fellow councilmembers and the support of so many San Diegans is humbling, and I am proud to continue leading the City,” Gloria said in a press release. “Together, we have made tremendous progress in the past three months, and more hard work is ahead.” The City Council elects its president annually, who is tasked with setting the council’s docket, recommending membership for council committees and representation for external organizations. The council president, as seen this year, is also responsible for serving as interim mayor when the city is without an elected mayor. SAN DIEGO BIKE COALITION NAMES ITS ‘BIG 13 OF 2013’ After a year of notable bike advocacy accomplishments throughout the city, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition named the city's 13 biggest bicycle achievements of the year. The Bicycle Coalition’s Big 13 of 2013 (in no particular order): • CicloSDias – San Diego’s first open streets celebration celebrates car-free streets • New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat raises more than $40,000 for local bicycling nonprofits • Thousands of bicycles cross the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge for sixth annual Bike the Bay and raise more than $62,000 for the Bicycle Coalition • Mayoral candidates address plan for livable streets and communities • The Bicycle Coalition hosts dozens of classes and public workshops to prepare


anyone bicycling with safety tips • SANDAG approves $200 million for regional bike plan Early Action program • San Diego’s first-ever bike share program with DECO Bikes unanimously approved (scheduled to launch in 2014) • Bike to Work Day gets a record number of participants in 2013 (more than 9,000) • Cities across San Diego County install bike corrals, green bike lanes, sharrows and other infrastructure enhancements • The Bicycle Coalition hosts free bicycle valet at over twenty community events in San Diego County • Regional Bike Walk Alliance created by the Bicycle Coalition represented by Bicycle and Pedestrian groups in Oceanside, Coronado, Chula Vista, Encinitas, Vista, Escondido, Solana Beach and San Diego City Council District 2 • Partnership with San Diego Business Improvement District Council holds Monthly Bike Local Sundays to encourage folks to ride and shop at local businesses • San Diego City Council Approves $312 Million Bicycle Master Plan Update The Bicycle Coalition also honored the winners of its Golden Gear Awards to those going above and beyond this year in making San Diego more bike friendly. Among these were Randy Van Vleck of the City Heights CDC who won Advocate of the Year and SANDAG, winning Public Partner of the Year.

CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS INTRODUCES BILL BENEFITTING PRE-K EDUCATION Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) introduced legislation that creates a route for states to receive federal funding to provide Pre-K education opportunities to lowincome and middle-class families. “The argument for universal Pre-K is not just a lofty moral imperative — it’s also good science and economics,” Davis stated in a press release. “Kids who receive high-quality early education are more likely to achieve success in both school and life. The research shows they’re more likely to

graduate high school, earn higher pay, and live more productive lives.” The EARLY (Expanded Access to Real Learning for our Young) Act, would establish a competitive grant program, which, after states receive funding for it, would be accessible to families earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty line, making it available to middle-class families as well.

‘FILL A PLATE’ CAMPAIGN KICKED OFF BY SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTERS The nonprofit agency geared toward benefitting San Diego’s elderly announced the start of their “Fill A Plate” campaign, which aims to fill 100,00 plates this holiday season and end senior hunger in San Diego in 2014. According to Senior Community Centers, 40 percent of San Diego seniors must choose between food and rent. This campaign strives to reduce food insecurity felt by the many seniors living at or below the poverty level in San Diego. Donations will go toward the preparation and delivery of meals to dining sites and homebound seniors. Senior Community Centers serves 2,100 meals every day. To make a donation or learn about other ways to get involved, visit servingseniors. org or call Sheona Som at 619-487-0605. MRS. MAGICIAN TO PLAY ITS FINAL SHOW AT SODA BAR Amid rising popularity, San Diego surfrock quartet Mrs. Magician announced via Facebook that its final show will take place Dec. 27 at Soda Bar. Following two successful LPs released this year and the last, the band’s final show was largely unanticipated. “So... This is gonna be our last show. Thanx for being a part of our band for the past 4 years. Peace doods RIP MRS MAGICIAN,” the band wrote on their Facebook page announcing their farewell show. Known for playing ‘60s surf-rock tinged with black humor, Mrs. Magician gained notoriety following their North American tour with Cults in 2012. HILLCREST CHEF CROWNED ‘CHEF OF THE FEST’ R-Gang Eatery’s owner and Chef Rich Sweeney won the “Chef of the Fest” title at this year’s San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. Sweeney swayed the judges with his duck-fat fried beignets with burnt orange dish. The annual bayside competition pitted San Diego chefs in a head-to-head culinary cook-off judged by the San Diego Chapter of the American Culinary Federation, along with celebrity guest judges. “Producing the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival this year was a tall order, especially with the expectations that come with it being our ten-year anniversary,” said San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival co-producer, Michelle Metter. “This year’s Chef of the Fest participants were instrumental to our success, putting out dishes that really did our 10th annual event justice.” For the second year in a row, the 2013 Chef of the Fest competition was judged using a blind-tasting format. Forty-two competitors were carefully narrowed down to 10 finalists and five category winners using a graded point system. Sweeney was a contestant on Season Five of Bravo TV’s Top Chef reality show. R-Gang Eatery is located at 3683 Fifth Ave., in Hillcrest. MAMA’S KITCHEN PIE IN THE SKY BAKE SALE RAISES MORE THAN $111,000 After running for approximately six weeks in October and November, San Diego nonprofit Mama’s Kitchen surpassed fundraising goal for their Thanksgiving bake sale, “Pie in the Sky,” selling more than 4,200 pies to raise more than $111,000. Proceeds will directly fund Mama’s Kitchen’s meal service, which provides free, hot, home-delivered meals to San Diegans living with AIDS or cancer. This year’s bake sale raised enough to fund 37,100 meals. Twenty-four of San Diego’s top pastry chefs, caterers and bakeries donated their time, energy and, most importantly, their pies to the fundraising effort. This year’s

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HBA Executive Director Sonya Stauffer on a recently de-gummed Sixth Avenue (Photo by Megan Gamwell)

Last month, Hillcrest Business Association purchased a hydro-powered gum-removing machine to de-gum the streets of Hillcrest. The western sidewalk of Fifth Ave. between Robinson and University Avenues was the first section to receive the gum-removal treatment on Dec. 9. After being pleased with the machine’s results, the HBA voted on Dec. 17 to apply the gum-removal machine’s prowess to Robinson Ave., Sixth Ave., more of Fifth Ave., among other high-traffic areas in Hillcrest. The HBA also approved the purchase of a water-reclamation machine to be used in conjunction with the gum-removal machine, which will cut costs and man-hours.

An “ashcan” installed in Mission Hills to reduce cigarette-butt waste in the community (Courtesy Belinda Smith) The Mission Hills Town Council (MHTC) recently funded the installation of seven cigarette butt receptacles, or “ashcans,” outside of popular businesses throughout the community. Working in conjunction with I Love A Clean San Diego and the Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter, volunteers gathered on Dec. 17 at the Regal Beagle to install the first of seven ashcans. Leading the charge against cigarette-butt waste, the two aforementioned nonprofits further assisted MHTC by conducting litter scans throughout Mission Hills to identify the areas most in need of the receptacles. Areas where 500 or more butts were found were recommended as installation locations. In addition to the Regal Beagle, the Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill, Rubicon Deli, Gelato Vero Caffe, Brooklyn Girl Eatery, The Lamplighter and the Red Door Restaurant and Wine Bar had ashcans installed in front of their locations.

PRIDE EVEN MORE CHARITABLE THAN IN 2012 San Diego Pride’s charitable giving in 2013 totaled $146,000, a marked increase over last year’s amount. Each year, Pride uses profits from the annual LGBT Pride weekend festivities to give back to the community. This year’s July celebration was particularly successful, which allowed the organization to surpass last year’s funding by 72 percent. “Our greatest drive is to not only celebrate our diversity, but to enhance the well being of our community,” said Pride General Manager Stephen Whitburn in a press release. “We take great pride in supporting more than forty LGBT-serving organizations this year, and we will work to grow that support even more in the future.” Organizations that received financial support from Pride include groups that provide LGBT-specific services and programming in the areas of senior care, foster & homeless youth, HIV/ AIDS, women’s health, military spousal support, arts & entertainment, recovery, sports, education, and historic preservation. For more information, visit

10-year-old Aldo Sanchez and a bounty of donations for San Diegans in need (Courtesy Isabel Leyva-Sanchez)

Giving back

10-year-old’s Help ME Help Others organization impacting San Diego By Dave Fidlin SDUN Reporter

For his ninth birthday, Aldo Sanchez did not aspire to have a grandiose party, eat cake or receive any presents. Instead, his interests focused on collecting canned goods. It was October 2012, and Sanchez and his classmates collected more than 600 cans to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. The endeavor gave birth to an organization known as Help ME Help Others. Fast forward 14 months, and Sanchez, now 10, has set his sights on helping anyone in his midst. More recently, he’s placed emphasis on serving the city’s homeless population by rallying up donations for shoes, blankets and desserts. Several homeless-serving organizations have been the direct beneficiaries of Sanchez’s efforts, including Monarch Schools and People Assisting the Homeless (PATH). When asked what inspired him to give back to others, Sanchez offers a rather simple response. The goal, he said, is to inspire others to duplicate what he is doing. “I’m fortunate, so I feel I should help people,” said Sanchez, who lives in the city’s Mission Valley neighbor-

hood. “I like putting smiles on other people’s faces.” Sanchez’s parents are quick to point out Help ME Help Others was an idea he came up with on his own. “Aldo has always had a lot of different ideas,” his mother, Isabel Levya-Sanchez, said. “He has high goals and is filled with joy.” Sanchez has set up stations in different areas of the city to help spread the word about what he is doing. Last month, Sanchez manned a booth outside the Albertsons in Hillcrest just days before Thanksgiving. He was collecting pumpkin pies with the intention of adding a little sweetness to homeless peoples’ holiday festivities. The donations benefitted people in Ocean Beach. “We were handing out fliers to people, and we asked people if they could donate,” Sanchez said of his recent Hillcrest effort. “One woman got out her wallet and handed me all of her coins. That was neat.” It’s no secret San Diego’s homeless population is a startling statistic. The city currently ranks third, trailing New York City and Los Angeles. While it can be easy to overlook the nearly 10,000 homeless people in San Diego, Sanchez said he has not

been desensitized to it. Sanchez said the shoe drive he embarked on earlier this year came after seeing a young girl living out of a van with her family. She lacked shoes and had only one sock. “I think this kind of thing helps give people a second chance,” Sanchez said. “People need to have second chances.” In his brief foray, Sanchez has already caught the notice of some heavy hitters. In June, the San Diego Padres named Sanchez to its annual Hispanic Heritage Comunidad Awards program. Sanchez is the youngest award recipient to date. For now, Sanchez is taking a brief respite from his vigorous fundraising efforts. But he already has sketched out his next effort — collecting personal care items such as soap and deodorant for an organization to be determined. Isabel said a recipient should be chosen soon. Sanchez, a fifth-grader at Dana Middle School in Point Loma, said he would like to study computer engineering once he graduates high school, but his aspirations don’t end there. He said he would also like to one day become president of the U.S. “It’s overwhelming,” Isabel said, reflecting on her son’s efforts and the community’s outpouring of support. “I’m proud of everything he’s done. We’ve all been showered with blessings from this.” To learn more about Aldo Sanchez and his Help ME Help Others organization, visit his Facebook page “Help ME Help Others” or email:


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Holiday Gif Balboa Theater 868 Fourth Ave. 619-570-1100

Honored for its reconstruction and renovation, the Balboa Theater originally opened in 1924, as a genre specific source of live entertainment. Aimed to encompass a North American spirit, audiences were charmed with circus-type acts, musical theatre and even icerinks. Over the years, the theater would feature contemporary Mexican films and Latin stars until

World War II, when its halls provided housing for local sailors. Today, the theater, seats 1,300 and spotlights a variety of acts from live musical shows such as nationally recognized “Mainly Mozart”, to Ballet productions of the Nutcracker. For show times and ticket information, see website. Fitness Together 4019 Goldfinch St. San Diego, CA 92103 619-794-0014

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America’s favorite holiday fable returns for its 16th joyous year! Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 16th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. The Old Globe produces a yearround season of plays and musicals on its three stages, including its highly regarded Shakespeare festival. Numerous Broadwaybound premieres and revivals, such as “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “The Full Monty” and “Damn Yankees” have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy

ft Guide highly successful runs in New York and at regional theatres across the country. The Old Globe is at the forefront of the nation’s leading performing arts organizations, setting a standard for excellence in American theater. The Merrow 1271 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92103 619-299-7372 Tucked away just off University Avenue in the heart of Hillcrest, lies The Merrow. Formerly The Ruby Room, this place has been a haven and a popular haunt for many well-known local bands & singer songwriters of all different styles & genres. The Merrow, which is the Scottish and Irish Gaelic equivalent of the mermaid and mermen, caters to a much wider demographic, compared to some of the other nightlife hot spots in Hillcrest. Between their weekly karaoke events, open mic nights, and incredible drum ‘n’ bass events, this place always has something for everyone. If you’re looking for a bar that is inviting, comfortable, not overly pretentious, as well as a great place to catch a live show, The Merrow is the place for you.

Market Street Veterinary Clinic 633 7th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-230-1220 Holiday Safety Tips for Pets Dr. Raffy Dorian Holidays are a special time of year for you and your pets. Each year during the holidays, thousands of pets are seriously injured or become ill. Here are some helpful tips to keep your pet happy and healthy during this holiday season. While the holidays are a time for giving, there are some foods you should not share with your furry friends. Chocolate, alcoholic beverages, coffee, onions, fatty foods, yeast dough and macadamia nuts can all lead to stomach upset, diarrhea or serious illness. One of the more common holiday-related emergencies is the consumption of human medications. Make sure all your medications are securely locked away. Crowds of people and holiday festivities can frighten animals. If you plan to entertain, you must plan ahead on your pets’ behalf. Make sure they have a “safe haven” where they can retreat. Christmas trees and their decorations can create hazards for pets Holiday decorations such as breakable ornaments, tinsel, string and ribbons should be kept out of paws’ reach! These traditional decorations can cause choking or severe intestinal problems if swallowed. Decorate with animalsafe items such as dried flowers, pine cones or fabric and wood ornaments. Cats often see trees as fabulous climbing posts. Be sure to securely anchor your tree so it doesn’t tip and fall. Also keep in mind that tree water may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach

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Wonderful Holiday Season & Happy New Year from all of us at San Diego Uptown News!

upset if ingested. Cover the stand with a tree skirt or use other means to prevent access to the water. Electrocution is a serious risk when pets are exposed to holiday light strands and electric cords. Make sure to supervise all candles since many pets are attracted to the bright “lights” in a darkened room. When you leave the room, put the candles out! Many of the plants we have in our homes during the holidays can be poisonous to pets. Lilies can cause kidney failure in cats. Common Yuletide plants such as mistletoe and holly berries can be potentially toxic to pets. Poinsettias have an irritating sap that can cause stomach upset. Make sure to place these plants well out of your pet’s reach. Safe alternatives include artificial flowers made from silk or plastic. As you celebrate this holiday season, it’s important to keep your companion animals safe and stressfree. By taking proper precautions, you and your pet can enjoy this special time of year. Mary Murphy’s Champion Ballroom Academy 3580 5th Ave. San Diego, CA 92103 619-291-7722 Owned by celebrated ballroom dancer Mary Murphy, the name Champion Ballroom Academy speaks for itself! Through her dynamic presence on the hit television show “So You Think YOU can Dance,” Mary has shown the nation how dedication to the art of dance can be a life-changing experience. Many world-famous dancers from FOX’s “So You Think YOU Can Dance” and ABC’s “Dancing

With the Stars” teach on the Champion ballroom floor. Established in 1990, Champion Ballroom Academy’s vision is that dance students and professionals could thrive in an environment of comfort and community as they work to improve their dance skills. The mission of Mary Murphy’s

Champion Ballroom Academy includes community education and outreach, public performance and quality training, while keeping in mind the reason people dance ... FUN! The focus at Champion Ballroom is to give students skills that will allow them to approach any dance situation with confidence.u


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huevos rancheros FRANK SABATINI JR.

Restaurant Review

(clockwise) Mimosa, margarita and table chips; eggs benedict with chorizo and jalapeno Hollandaise; French toast with agave-cinnamon apples; carne asada frittata (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)


argaritas and mimosas, check. Machaca burritos and salsasmothered eggs, you got it. But there’s a little more imagination applied to the recently introduced brunch menu at Casa de Reyes in Old Town than what you’ll find on the nearby streets. Since Chuck Ross of Old Town Family Hospitality Corporation took over the restaurant along with Cosmopolitan and Barra Barra, all located in the pedestrian zone of Fiesta de Reyes, the food has become brighter and less slapdash compared to when previous concessionaires ran the kitchens. Right down to the salsas, the chefs at Casa aren’t shy about using fresh habanero and jalapeno peppers in them, meaning that your Aunt Claire visiting from central Wisconsin won’t be dipping her puffy paprika-dusted table chips into tomato soup anymore. Ross also built out the patio, doubling its size while adding fire pits and orange umbrellas in an effort to “make the place more comfortable for locals and tourists.” Indeed, the extra space equates to less chaos, even on the warm, sunny morning we came for brunch. During rare, inclement weather, diners can take refuge inside the authentic Pueblo structure, but that space seats only 40 guests. Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to noon on Sundays. A separate menu card scrambles a few of the usual standbys like breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros with slightly more complex dishes such as chorizo eggs benedict draped judiciously in jalapeno Hollandaise sauce and Mexican frittatas made in cast iron comals. We tried both. For once the latter wasn’t an omelet disguised as a frittata, as I’ve often encountered elsewhere. The difference is that frittatas are cooked slower over lower heat, and they’re never folded. Ingredients are beaten directly into the egg mixture rather than plopped into the middle once it starts cooking. Here, the chefs incorporate tender carne asada and roasted,

2754 Calhoun St. (Old Town) | 619-297-3100 Brunch plates: $6.45 to $9.95; lunch and dinner entrees, $9.45 to $15.45 seasonal vegetables, which featured various bell peppers in our visit. Suiza sauce, typically used on chicken enchiladas, contributed a luxuriant layer of crema spiked with green chilies, garlic and a hint of queso. The only thing I would have eliminated or reduced was the top mantle of melted Jack and cheddar cheeses, which seemed unnecessary in a frittata this dressed up. Eggs benedict over English muffins took on new life with jalapeno Hollandaise and a teasing measure of vibrant-red chorizo hidden underneath. The all-pork sausage beat out its American counterparts with an infusion of guajillo peppers, garlic, onions and black pepper. “This is the real Mexican way of making chorizo,” said Chef Guztavo Garcia, who worked previously at Cozymel’s Mexican Coastal Grill in Westfield UTC. The egg dish, he added, has become a top seller since brunch service began a couple months ago — and for good reason. From the regular menu we couldn’t resist ordering a side of carnitas after Garcia told us that it’s braised for three hours in orange juice and pork fat. The meat is cooked every morning before the restaurant opens, resulting in soft pieces that exude thin, fruity juices onto the palate. Better yet, the carnitas didn’t appear to be flash-fried before leaving the kitchen, a common crisping technique that essentially kills the flavor. Airy corn and flour tortillas made onsite were served alongside.

As costumed dancers performed quietly on the courtyard stage, we began forking into the sweet stuff. French toast is given a comforting spin with thick-sliced egg bread crowned in fast-melting whipped cream and cinnamon apples sweetened with agave. As with all of the brunch plates, it too is served with fresh fruit and tender, grilled potatoes cuddling peppers and onions. Tall-standing Kahlua chocolate cake supplied by the adjoining café was moist and nurturing. Other desserts include amaretto flan and custard-stuffed churros, although more unique are the pineapple tamales, an original recipe that Garcia makes available every December. We were surprised at the pleasant marriage formed between the masa and the fruit. They aren’t listed on the menu, so you’ll have to ask for them. Perusing the lunch-dinner menu before leaving, we found several items that will lure us back outside of brunch. Yes, there are fajitas and tacos, but dishes like chipotlecinnamon sea bass, achiote pork or a combo of blackened tilapia and shrimp in chipotle cream sauce now give visitors something more to think about.u


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414 University Ave. (Hillcrest)



Happy Hour: 5 to 9 p.m., daily

Noshing for cheap after nightfall Come On G e t H a p py ! D r. I n k

It was a nippy Sunday night. The streets and restaurants were tranquil as most holiday shoppers had fled home to recover from their day of spending. Yet The Asian Bistro in Hillcrest was hopping, thanks to a daily happy hour that goes until 9 p.m. before verging into other food deals that conclude at 3 a.m. Formerly Jimmy Wong’s, the restaurant dates back 70 years and still maintains its golden dragon neon sign, an original landmark confirming you’ve come to the right place for wok specialties and other Asian delights. The menu nowadays leans

more specifically toward Thai. During happy hour, a handful of prettily plated appetizers such as tofu-filled “flower cups” and crispy finger-sized egg rolls cost $3.95 per order. Fuller meals such as pumpkin curry shrimp and seafood pad Thai are priced at $11.95, but with soup and dessert kicked in. The drink specials constitute a footnote in comparison, with a small house sake (served hot) and a small glass of beer presented in combination for $6. Outside of happy hour, they’d cost around $8.25 total. The other option allows you to upgrade to larger sizes of each, which cost $10. Because it was a “school night,” only one person in our trio imbibed by ordering a bottle of Sapporo beer at regular


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price ($3.75). Otherwise, it was one of those rare happy hours where we indulged largely on solids instead of liquids. Pork-stuffed gyozas, served six to an order, were plump and served with stimulating soyginger dipping sauce. Crunchier and equally satisfying was a plate of vegetarian “yummy sticks,” the bistro’s name for classic egg rolls served with sweet-and-sour sauce. We requested peanut sauce as well, which was thick, sweetly addicting and free of charge. If you’re not sharing, the two appetizers qualify as a light meal — and for under $8. We also ordered the chilled spring rolls, but despite their eye appeal we sent them back because the translucent rice casings were too rubbery and the veggie filling lacked those customary

rice nest (Photo by Dr. Ink)

mint leaves found in others. Our favorite dish was from the $11.95 entrée list, a mound of tangerine-glazed chicken using leg meat and contained in a crispy rice nest. It was plated with white rice molded into the shape of a heart. Miso soup and dessert were included, the latter featuring a choice of mango pudding, a fried banana or excellent coconut ice cream that made a couple of gluttonous rotations around our table. For visitors arriving after 9 p.m., the kitchen remains in full swing with a late-night menu of appetizers, soups and specialties that cost only a couple dollars extra compared to the happy hour prices. And chances are that you won’t be dining in a lifeless atmosphere, even if it’s past the witching hour.u

The drink specials involve combinations of house sake and beer only, in small or large sizes. Beer choices are limited to several selections from China, Japan, Thailand and Holland.

Food: Amid a decent selection of discounted, standardized Thai fare, the “chef’s specials” offer a few unexpected surprises such as pumpkin curry shrimp and slowcooked pork shanks.

Value: Visiting during happy hour will save you nearly 20 percent on select appetizers, three-course meals or the beer-sake combos.

Service: Our waiter was curt but proficient at handling the fully occupied dining room.

Duration: Four hours daily effectively covers the dinner hour while obliging to those who don’t mind eating later.


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(l to r) Maggie Carney, Melissa Fernandes, David McBean and Melinda Gilb (Photo by Daren Scott)


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By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic

Those who prefer their “Christmas Carol” straight up should know that a traditional telling of Charles Dickens’ work opened December 7 at Cygnet’s Theatre in Old Town, where it continues through December 24. This provides extreme contrast to the in-drag sendup, “Scrooge in Rouge” (through December 29 at Diversionary Theatre). You may take the nieces and nephews and others to this “WCGY Playhouse of the Air Presents A Christmas Carol,” adapted and directed by Cygnet’s Artistic Director Sean Murray with an original score by Billy Thompson. In its second year of production, the “radio play,” in which the audience becomes a studio audience in 1944 Manhattan, is more musical and affecting than before. Composer Thompson interweaves the Murray-adapted text with carols, and Murray writes new, fetching lyrics appropriate to the familiar story and characters. Once again, extraordinary San Diego actor Tom Stephenson, who’s played the role numerous times thither and yon, portrays the emotionally shriveled Scrooge, whose miserly life is

WHERE: Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs Street, Old Town San Diego WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays

and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays through December 24 (including 2 and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 and closing performance, 2 p.m. Christmas Eve)

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punctuated by nastiness and bowls of thin gruel, that is, until he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Stephenson’s newly conceived performance is differently imbued, exacting and replete with subtle hints that even at the worst of times, and even before he’s reminded of it, Scrooge has known, and has been a better man. Stephenson’s mumbled, almost trancelike voyager gives way to redemption in exceptionally joyous fashion. The production is rife with humor and good will. A trio forged in heaven last year, Maggie Carney, Melissa Fernandes and Melinda Gilb are even funnier, more versatile and crisp as they morph from radio personalities into scenes where they portray Scrooge’s young love, his sister, his sister-in-law, his househouse keeper, Ghost(s) of Christmas Past, and even Tiny Tim. They sing together divinely and, in memory’s eye, seem to have been attired in Victorian costumes rather than the 1944 peplums and seamed hose they actually wear. Patrick McBride, who made his Cygnet debut as James Joyce in “Travesties,” at first seems bland in his radioshow persona, but he limns each of his characters exex pertly — Bob Cratchit, Scrooge’s nephew Fred and Marley. With his mellifluous singing and speaking voices, the exceptionally musical David McBean is the force Tom Stephenson as Scrooge (Photo by Daren Scott)

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Cuckoo Chaos to play farewell show at Soda Bar, but will return with reshaped identity

The soon-to-be-rebranded San Diego rockers Cuckoo Chaos will play their final show on Dec. 28 at Soda Bar. (Photo by Michael Kohr) By Logan Broyles SDUN Reporter

Longtime fans will get one last chance to say goodbye to Cuckoo Chaos when they play their final show at Soda Bar in Normal Heights on Dec. 28. Yet this isn’t the end, but rather the beginning of a new journey for the band’s members, who first got together back in 2006 and have been a staple of the local music scene for years. “We felt like the direction that we had gone in was so far from where we had started that it had basically turned into a new project, so we just decided to make it official and start a new group under a new name,” explained lead singer and guitarist Jackson Milgaten. “We’ll be launching a new project early next year and we’re really excited about it. We spent this whole past year, all of 2013, making this record that will come out under this new project.” For years the group felt it had a mixed identity. They were putting out records that fit a certain style expected of the name Cuckoo Chaos; meanwhile, their live shows had evolved into something entirely different. The group essentially stopped

playing songs from their recorded albums during performances years ago, opting instead to play original songs that they had been putting together on the side that better fit the new direction they were going in as musicians. “It had all started to feel totally separate, none of the music that we had recorded and released as Cuckoo Chaos was even getting played live at our shows,” Milgaten noted. “It just seemed like there was no connection between what we were doing now and what we were doing when we were Cuckoo Chaos.” The five-piece band is made up of founding members Milgaten and Jeremy Scott on guitar and vocals, along with Dave Mead on drums, Scott Wheeler on guitar and vocals, and Garrett Prange on bass. Without going into too much detail about the new direction of the group or what the name will be, Milgaten said they will push toward a darker and edgier style that better reflects where the band’s members are today as musicians. “We’ve moved past what we were doing, yet we found [ourselves] bound by it because the public and the media had an idea of what kind of music they were

expecting us to make and we just weren’t making that music anymore,” Milgaten said. The new record has been under construction for the last two years, with everything already recorded and the album in the editing stage. It is expected to come out next spring as the group launches their new project. “We wrote it over the course of the last two and a half years and we started recording in January and finished it this past August,” Milgaten said. “It’s different than what we’ve done in the past; it’s considerably darker. “Initially people were sort of confused by the change and thought we were breaking up, but it seems pretty clear at this point that we’re all going to continue making music together so people have come around to it more.” It seems fitting that Cuckoo Chaos ends its run at Soda Bar, where they have played so many shows over the years. “Of any venue in San Diego, the Soda Bar has felt like a home for this project as far as live venues go, we’ve played some of my favorite shows there as Cuckoo Chaos,” Milgaten reminisced. “I’ve always liked that the stage is on the ground, there barely even is a stage so everything feels

really close. The bar and the stage and the crowd are all smooshed together so it almost feels like a house party kind of vibe at a venue. “The last show is going to be a great time, we’re gonna play a couple Cuckoo songs that we haven’t played in awhile and then mainly we’re going to play new material that is going to come out

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Jungle Bells: The San Diego Zoo transforms into a magical winter wonderland. Guests enjoy lighted animal displays, live animal shows, special presentations, festive music, holiday treats, storytelling and, of course, Santa Claus. Runs until Jan. 5. Ticket prices and additional information at Preschool stor y time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., every Friday at the Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “A Christmas Story” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.


Golden Hill Farmers Market: 8 a.m. – noon every Saturday, B St. between 27th and 28th streets, free. Gentle Bike Ride: 8:30 a.m. every Saturday, a gentle bike ride through Balboa Park hosted by Hillcrest’s The Center. Meet at the small parking lot on the left hand side as you enter the Park from 6th Ave. and Upas St, free. Old Town Artisan Market: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday, Harney St., free. University Heights Open Aire Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Saturday, 4100 Normal St., free. Children’s Craft Time: 10 a.m. every Saturday, kids can develop their artistic skills while enjoying a fun craft time at the Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. UH Library Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd, free. Little Italy Mercato: 4 – 10 p.m. every Saturday, Date St., free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “A Christmas Story” 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.

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Old Mission Rotar y: 12 p.m., regular weekly meeting of the Old Mission Rotary Club, Best Western Seven Seas, 411 Hotel Circle South. Tasty Truck Tuesdays: 6 – 9 p.m., every Tuesday night Smitty’s Service Station hosts several food trucks under their well-lit shade structure, live music, free, 3442 Adams Ave. Jazz & Pop Concert: 6:30 p.m., Amelia Browning and Aaron Turner perform jazz and pop standards in a cabaret format, Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., #200., free. Talmadge Maintenance Assessment District: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., 4th Tuesday of the month at Franklin Elementary School, 4481 Copeland Ave. Turnback Tuesdays: 7 – 10 p.m., retro drag show of the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, Lips Restaurant, 3036 El Cajon Blvd, $15 food minimum.


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Gentle Yoga for Seniors: 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. every Thursday, presented by The Center and Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach (SAYCO). SAYCO’s mission is to improve the health and overall wellbeing of all seniors, regardless of age, physical ability or financial status, The Center, 3909

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Centre St. in Hillcrest, free. North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday in the parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free. Poinsettia Bowl: 6:30 p.m., the annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl matches the top teams from the Mountain West and Mid-American Conferences. This year Utah State plays Northern Illinois, Qualcomm Stadium, tickets and information at


Preschool Stor y Time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., ever y Friday at the Mission Hills Branch Librar y, 925 W. Washington St., free. SDGLN Birthday Benefit: 7 – 9 p.m., SDGLN Editor-in-Chief Ken Williams’s birthday bash. The event benefits FilmOut San Diego, a local LGBT film and arts organization, Redwing Bar & Grill, 4012 30th St. in North Park.


Gentle Bike Ride: 8:30 a.m. every Saturday, a gentle bike ride through Balboa Park hosted by Hillcrest’s The Center. Meet at the small parking lot on the left hand side as you enter the Park from 6th Ave. and Upas St, free. Contra Dancing: 7:30 – 11 p.m., No partners or experience required, all ages, Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St., $8. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “A Christmas Story” 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.


Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade: 10 a.m., the scenic, bayside streets of Downtown San Diego will come alive with the 2013 Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade — a National University Holiday Bowl Production. Harbor Dr. More information at Holiday Bowl: 7:15 p.m., Qualcomm Stadium. Football teams from the Big 12


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Old Mission Rotar y: 12 p.m., regular weekly meeting of the Old Mission Rotary Club, Best Western Seven Seas, 411 Hotel Circle South. Tasty Truck Tuesdays: 6 – 9 p.m., every Tuesday night Smitty’s Service Station hosts several food trucks under their well-lit shade structure, live music, free, 3442 Adams Ave. Pajama Stor ytime: 6:30 – 7 p.m., every Tuesday, children are invited for storytime fun with books, singing, and puppets. Feel free to come dressed in your pajamas! Mission Hills Branch Library 925 W. Washington St., free.


New Year’s Concert 2014: Salute To Vienna: 2:30 p.m., usher in the New Year with “Salute to Vienna,” patterned after Vienna’s world famous Neujahrskonzert. Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Center, 750 B St., San Diego, $25 – 85.


Gentle Yoga for Seniors: 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. every Thursday, presented by The Center and Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach (SAYCO). SAYCO’s mission is to improve the health and overall wellbeing of all seniors, regardless of age, physical ability or financial status, The Center, 3909 Centre St. in Hillcrest, free. North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday in the parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free. University Heights Parks & Recreation Council: 5:30 p.m., monthly meeting occurs on the first Thursday of the month at Alice Birney School library, 4345 Campus Ave. Balboa Park Committee: 6 – 8 p.m., monthly meeting occurs on the first Thurs. of the month at Balboa Park Club, Santa Fe Room, 2150 Pan American Rd. University Heights Community Association: 6:30 p.m., monthly meeting occurs on the first Thursday of the month at Alice Birney Elementary School auditorium, 4345 Campus Dr.u


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