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by the Mission Hills Business Improvement District, local government officials and several other groups active in the community, two Mission Hills entryway monuments now stand to welcome all who enter Mission Hills. Pictured around one of the monuments are Mission Hills BID President Trish Washington, Mission Hills BID Design Chair Stuart White, County Supervisor Ron Roberts, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and several others who devoted time and effort toward making the monuments a reality. (Photo by David Mannis)

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The Casbah celebrates its big two-five By Kevin Smead SDUN Reporter

The roots of a revival

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Agave-fueled explorations

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Twenty-five years is a long time for any business to be open, let alone a small, independent venue catering to mostly local and lesser-known national acts. However, if last Thursday night’s festivities were any indication, there are plenty of people who are glad the Casbah is still doing what it does best after so many years. The event, which took place at the Birch North Park Theatre, focused on the origins and histor y of the venue and placed the man who started it all at center stage. Tim Mays, one of the co-founders and current owner of the venue, took the opportunity to talk about a range of topics, including how the venue came about. Though time was limited, Mays recounted a time in which he had booked Red Hot Chili Pep-

By Kathy Hughart SDUN Reporter

plight of two main characters whose lives cross as they search for manageable rent. “Laura Marks’ play uses the theater to examine an important national issue: the crisis in affordable housing,” the Globe’s Artistic Director Barry Edelstein

At SANDAG’S Board of Directors meeting on Jan. 24, six community leaders from City Heights, North Park and Mid-City advocated the approval of SANDAG’s proposed budget amendments for bicycle infrastructure plans in their communities. The board approved all eight proposed amendments, allocating an additional $6.9 million to the projects. Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, chair of SANDAG’S Transportation Committee, called on Active Transportation Manager Chris Kluth to present each of the eight amendments to SANDAG’s bike plan. Seven of which were requests for additional funding. Kluth requested additional funds for preliminary engineering on the Uptown Urban Bikeway ($3.8 million), and the North ParkMid City Urban Bikeway ($2.9 million). Board members approved both amendments. Five other projects were also approved, including the State Route 15 Bike Path ($561,000); the Coastal Rail Trail: Rose Creek: ($362,000); the Coastal Rail Trail Encinitas, Chesterfield to G ($512,000); the San Diego River Trail: Qualcomm Stadium project ($98,000) and the San Diego River Trail: Carlton Oaks ($138,000). A new regional bike plan project, the Bayshore Bikeway: Barrio Logan ($889,000) was also approved. The budget increases will go toward preliminary engineering

see OldGlobe, page 5

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(l–r) The evening’s host Leslee Schaffer and Casbah cofounder and owner Tim Mays (Photo by Stacy Keck) pers at the Birch in 1986. “This was around the time when they used to wear nothing but a sock,” Mays said. He recalled that the show not only lost money, but the venue was nearly destroyed because of the rowdy crowd.

“Many years later,” Mays continued, “about four of five years before we started doing shows here again, I went up to the office and the current theater manager had the flyer from that

see Casbah, page 17

Old Globe to host panel on affordable housing By Vince Meehan SDUN Reporter

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A panel titled “At Home in San Diego? The Question of Affordable Housing” will be held for all who wish to attend on Monday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. at The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. The event will include Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, executive director of the San Diego Housing Federation Susan Riggs and Senior Vice President of Real Estate for the San Diego Housing Commission Debbie Ruane. These panelists will discuss the issue of affordable housing in San Diego, and how it impacts our residents. This forum will coincide with the opening of The Old Globe’s production of “Bethany,” a powerful new play that takes on the issue of affordable housing in America. Written by Laura Marks, the play follows the

(l–r) The Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and “Bethany” Director Gaye Taylor Upchurch (Photo by Kelly Boyle)

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All things small Gallery 21’s Small Image Show has been a staple in Balboa Park for nearly four decades By Dave Fidlin SDUN Reporter

Whether it is an avant-garde baby-headed sculpture or a traditional woodwork monument, nothing is off limits at the Small Image Show — so long as the artwork is, um, small. Gallery 21, a venerable Balboa Park-based facility, is again hosting this year’s Small Image Show, which is entering its 39th year in the city. Staying true to its mission, organizers behind the show have been encouraging artists from all walks of life to showcase their creations in this juried exhibit. “This is, quite simply, a show with small pieces,” said Elizabeth Woolrych, who is considered one of the show’s senior members. Woolrych has participated in the show for about 20 years. At times, she has chaired the event. This year’s show has a range of pieces — some expressing a particular social cause and others designed to depict a carefree attitude. Woolrych said just about every form of artwork is on display at this year’s show, including mixed media, jewelry and woodworking. The Small Image Show might come but once a year. Woolrych, however, emphasized planning is

a yearlong process that includes open invitations to the San Diego art community and the selection of a juror who reviews each entrant’s piece. This year, the show’s organizers are drawing on the expertise

One of the many works in the Small Image Show put on by Gallery 21 (Courtesy Spanish Village Art Center)

of Helen Wilson, an internationally exhibited artist who holds a master’s degree in fine arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. Wilson currently teaches art, sculpture and foundr y courses at Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif. She also frequently holds workshops in drawing, dr y-point printmaking and mixed media at venues throughout the state. “We’ve always thought it was important to have an independent juror look at all of the entries,” Woolrych said. “We try to go back and forth between a lot of different people. Sometimes, it’s a well-known artist; other times, it’s the curator of a museum.” Four cash awards will be presented at this year’s show, and Woolrych said details of each winner remain under wraps until the opening reception Saturday, Feb. 1. Wilson has selected a firstplace winner, who will receive $300, a second-place winner at $200, a third-place winner at $100 and the recipient of the Leslie von Kolb Memorial Award, who also will receive $100. Each artist’s exhibition is available for purchase. Woolrych said art collectors frequently visit

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AT A GLANCE WHAT: 39th annual Small Image Show WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Friday, Jan. 31 to Sunday, March 2; opening reception 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 WHERE: Gallery 21 within Spanish Village Art Center at Balboa Park, 1770 Village Place INFORMATION: or 619-233-9050 the show and oftentimes have an opportunity to meet with the artists themselves. At its height, participation in the Small Image Show hovered around 400 entrants. More recently, Woolrych said the numbers have dwindled down to about 250 entrants — a scenario she attributes to greater diversification in art shows and venues across the San Diego area. Gallery 21, located within Balboa Park’s Spanish Village


Art Center, has been around nearly as long as the Small Image Show itself. Patrick Cowan, director of Gallery 21, said the Small Image Show is a perfect compliment to the venue’s mission. “We consider ourselves an outreach gallery,” said Cowan, who has been at the helm of Gallery 21 for three years. “Like anything else we offer, [the show] is a great way for up-andcoming artists to show their work. The entry fees are low and reasonable.” Once the Small Image Show ends its 39th annual run in early March, Gallery 21 has a number of other exhibitions on tap, including the Pastel Society’s 28th annual open juried show from Wednesday, April 2 to Monday, April 14. Woolrych, who this year has entered a piece depicting a teapot sculpture with windows, said the Small Image Show has been a time-honored tradition many San Diegan artists have come to appreciate. “The timing seems just perfect because it’s right after the holidays,” she said. “There’s not a lot going on right now. It’s a good time to fool around and have some creative fun.”u


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On Saturday, Jan. 18, the Hillcrest Clean T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More) met for their first cleanup of the new year at the UC San Diego Medical Center alongside members of the Hillcrest Town Council and medical center staff. After the 30 volunteers spent the morning combing the streets of Hillcrest for trash and cigarette butts, they were treated to pizza, salad and beers at the Hillcrest Brewing Company. The Hillcrest Clean T.E.A.M. embarks on a cleanup once every quarter. For info on their next one, call Tim Gahagan at 619-3157058. (Courtesy


On Jan. 14, the new Downtown Central Library held a “homework coach” recruiting event to search for volunteers to assist kids in the new Union Bank Homework Center. A librarian was also present that evening to teach children how to use the new homework center, which was built thanks to a $300,000 pledge of support by Union Bank. (Courtesy Union Bank)

On Sunday, Jan. 26 at Harvey Milk’s American Diner, co-owner Mike “Big Mike” Phillips [pictured above on the left] held his annual birthday fundraiser, which raised money for the Toni Atkins Women’s Health Fund. Honorary chairs for the event were Atkins [pictured below], who was recently chosen by the State Assembly’s democratic majority to be the legislative body’s next speaker, as well as Supervisor Ron Roberts, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria [pictured above, center] and several other prominent elected officials in San Diego. (Photos by John Thurston)


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and environmental clearance research on all eight projects. Portions of all projects are scheduled to begin in 2015. The Uptown Urban Bikeway plan will provide ten miles of cycle track (an exclusive bike path physically separated from motor traffic and distinct from the sidewalk); and bicycle boulevard, (a street where bicycle traffic is given priority). While the exact path is still being determined, the bikeway will extend north from Downtown via Third and Fourth avenues, past Balboa Park to Washington St., and on into Mission Valley, north of University Ave. In the North Park and Mid-City neighborhoods, twelve miles of bicycle boulevard will run run east/west near El Cajon Blvd., past Garfield Elementary School, John Adams Elementary School and Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park. Several of the community leaders present commented on the additional approval of funds. “It’s clear to see that San Diego is moving toward bicycle mobility,” City Heights Outreach Manager Sidney Michael said. “We … appreciate the foresight of city and county governments working together to bring about healthier, more economical options for the community.” Elyse Lowe, director of Move San Diego, was present to advocate what she described as a “a safe route to transit.” Her organization supports SANDAG’S regional bike plan/early action program. “Let’s get people out of their cars and onto bikeways and walkways,” Lowe said. Move San Diego, a sustainable transportation advocacy group, came together in 2004 to serve a broad coalition of people who wanted convenient sustainable transportation. Now, 10 years later, Move San Diego and Walk San Diego have merged, bringing new energy to connecting people and places within urban environments. A recent change in the SANDAG plan for allocation of funds for bikeways and pedestrian walkways ties in with Move San Diego and Walk San Diego goals.



(l – r) Representatives from the City Heights Built Environment Team, City Heights Community Development Corporation, Environmental Health Coalition and Asociacion De Liderazgo Comunitario who successfully advocated for bicycle infrastructure spending at the recent SANDAG board of directors meeting (Courtesy Randy Van Vleck) “We are excited about the Safe Routes to Transit program being developed now,” said Walk San Diego’s Kathleen Ferrier said. “It will be the first time projects and funding dedicated to improve walking conditions are included in a Regional Transportation Plan. This new SRTTransit program will mean a significant increase of money for walking.” Broader support for active transportation While the move shows continued countywide support for bicycle infrastructure, many San Diego residents continue to promote active transportation in their own ways. Biker Nicole Burgess likes the idea of safe bike paths and walking trails to neighborhood schools, libraries and parks. An Ocean Beach mom, she formed a “bike train” of her daughters’ local middle school friends, and enlisted a few parents to ride along with her and the kids to school. Some of the street crossings are dangerous, and riding in a larger pack ensures the safety of the kids as the peddle their way to school. At the conclusion of the second mayoral debate on Jan. 17 between Councilmembers David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer, each candidate responded to questions about road construction, and what needs to be done to improve biker and pedestrian safety on San Diego’s streets and sidewalks. Faulconer said his top priority for safety is “paving the streets in all neighborhoods,” and

cited the need for public education on rules and regulations for bikers as well as pedestrians. Potholes and lumpy asphalt in densely populated areas “… force bikers to ride on city sidewalks, creating an additional safety hazard,” he said. Alvarez pointed out how “The infrastructure for bikes is in need of repair throughout San Diego’s densely populated neighborhoods.” Then, emphasizing collaboration between groups, Mr. Alvarez said, “There is no conflict” between bikers and pedestrians. “Little by little, one neighborhood at a time, in response to San Diego citizens, city government must provide separate bikeways and walkways, each designated by appropriate striping and signage to direct bike and foot traffic,” Alvarez said. In his State of the City speech on Jan. 15, Gloria described roadwork that has helped make streets safer and more bike-friendly. “Fifty miles of roadway were restriped last year to accommodate wider bike lanes,” Gloria said. “Green bike lanes have been installed at numerous intersections and hundreds of shared lane markers have been placed around the city.” Looking to the future, city and county engineers are designing streets, sidewalks and transit corridors for functional mobility, a key requirement in a city of nearly one and a half million people.u

said. “We’re thrilled to host a special forum on that topic in conjunction with the show, and we’re honored to welcome Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and other leaders on the housing issue to the Globe to help our audience learn more, and to better serve our community through our art.” Edelstein added that having the panel at The Old Globe fulfills an original purpose of theater that goes back to ancient Greece. “The Greek theater not only provided the people with entertainment, but served as a civic forum as well,” Edelstein said. “Since The Old Globe Theatre is a part of Balboa Park and supported by public funds, I think it is very appropriate that we host the panel here.” The idea for the event was conceived by members of the production, as well as the San Diego Housing Commission, as a way to address the very real issues that affect many people in California. At the forum, the public will not only be encouraged to ask questions, but also to engage in the discussion as a way to encourage new ideas and possible solutions. “This event is going to be non-partisan and none of the speakers will have an agenda or axe to grind,” Edelstein said. “Everybody is welcome, and we look forward to serving the community with a robust and healthy discussion.” For more information, visit


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Letters Re: [“Building Heights Should Reflect the Community Character in Uptown” See Vol. 6 Issue 2] In a city of 1.3 million, the second largest city in California and the eighth largest city in the United States, I find the fact that Mr. [Barry] Hager and Mr. [Luke] Terpstra want to live in a “village” to be quaint and romantic at best, and at worst elitist and damaging to the Uptown community. So what is it that the anti-height, anti-growth advocates want? What is the outcome and what is their vision for Hillcrest and Uptown into 2050? “Character” is a word thrown around a lot. Although, advocates have been unwilling, or unable to define “character,” let alone make the connection between building height and character. There are plenty of ugly, one, two and three-story buildings in Uptown. One only needs to walk around Uptown to realize that building height, clearly, has little impact on preserving “character.” Architecture and urban design guidelines, on the other hand, would have a significant impact of character, yet no one from the anti-height, anti-growth group has addressed those issues. Then there is the fear mongering. Words like “massive development,” that Hillcrest should be “scrapped and re-developed,” the fear of 150 – 200 foot-tall buildings, and that Uptown will become like Downtown. Nobody, absolutely nobody, is advocating for any of these. To assert otherwise, is to see boogymen behind every corner, and is an attempt to scare the public. As for those buildings that have been developed since the IHO has been in place, the new Vons Mission Hills received an Onion award. Not too many people like it. Sadly, 301 University Ave. is now another drugstore chain. Just what Hillcrest needed to maintain “community character!” The Uptown news article cites [see “How Tall?” Vol. 6 Issue 2] that 25 people voted on the Hillcrest Town Council resolution. 25 who, we are told, represent the voice of the Hillcrest community. It is the same HTC-25 who have taken regressive stances against smart growth, against sustainable development, against bicycles, who are pro-parking, pro-automobile, and whose members have opined that climate change isn’t something Hillcrest really needs to deal with. The HTC has become the “Tea Party” of community organizations in Hillcrest. I doubt that most residents in Uptown, a community known for its progressive politics, would agree much with the HTC-25. The fact is that Uptown will continue to grow. If we don’t come up with a responsible plan to manage that growth in a way that is socially, environmentally, and economical sustainable, we will have failed future generations and ourselves. There are established, good urban design principles that can help guarantee that Uptown becomes a people oriented, walkable, beautiful,

productive neighborhood. Sadly, those principles have become the victim of petty politics-as-usual among Uptown community activists. I hope the Planning Department and City Council can rise above that and see a better future for Uptown. —Walter Chambers (via Re: How tall? [See Vol. 6 Issue 2] The fight of height seems to be the proxy battle with the city over appropriate funding for infrastructure resources to allow Hillcrest to grow well. Until then, the business environment in Hillcrest will struggle to find the patrons it needs to economically boom. —Eric Brown (via Re: How tall? [See Vol. 6 Issue 2] With greater height comes greater parking issues. I would actually double that height limit to an additional 30 feet on condition that 50 percent of that height increase must be used for a public parking garage. Let the neighborhood grow, but responsibly. —George McGinnis (via Re: How Tall? [See Vol. 6 Issue 2] Yup! I’d say that’s about the way it happened. Thanks for letting it be known that the discussion was pretty well exhausted with all sides having a say before we voted. Good reporting Dave and Hutton. —Hillcrest Town Council Chair Luke Terpstra (via Re: A field guide to San Diego houses [See Vol. 6 Issue 2] Classifying house styles is “confusing, contentious and controversial,” because it’s a matter of opinion unlike classifying birds. Robins and hummingbirds fall into distinct classifications, but the style of a house reflects the fashion when it was built. If more than one style was in fashion, the house might be a combination of styles. For instance, a Craftsman-style house can have Colonial Revival-style pillars holding up the front porch. If a house combines too many styles to fall neatly into any one category, we simply say it’s “eclectic.” Houses, unlike birds, frequently change their style over time with changes in fashion, and more importantly, changes in how people live in a house. A dark Craftsman house is painted Colonial Revival white when Colonial Revival becomes the prevailing fashion, wood siding rots and is replaced with easier to maintain stucco, and the front porch is enclosed to give the owners more room. Ironically, even the idea of “restoring” a house by removing the history of changes that have taken place is a fashion. An excellent book on how buildings change over time is, “How Buildings Learn,” by Stewart Brand. —Sharon Gehl (via

I have always had a dog, sometimes two. I bet almost everyone in UpTownland has a dog, had a dog or has chased a dog off his or her property for doing his business where he has no business even being. Kensington in particular has its share of dogs. Try sitting in my front window, at day’s end: You will see a stream of canines with walkers wandering by. Now, almost all of us are adequately socialized to live in congested suburban neighborhoods without causing too much trouble. Dogs are not. People rules are not theirs and if dogs were in charge, OK conduct would be a far different thing. I won’t get too specific. Let’s just say dogs have a totally different idea of how to have a good time than we do. I’ve had a number of run-ins in our neighborhood: dog fights, shouting matches, multiple dogs ignoring those attractive placards of a dog squatting on a well-groomed lawn with a “Curb Your Dog” suggestion. Stepping in a surprise pile is an instant temper blow. How come the oath of choice is “sh*t!”? My theory is that 90 percent of all dog problems are the owners. We have no training to be spouses, parents or animal owners. I have a number of theories — mostly wrong — so I decided to talk to Dave Tamm, a dog trainer who is a permanent fixture on the Kensington-Normal Heights Library lawn. Dave has been working with man and beast for ten years and I learned a few interesting facts: – The misbehaved-dog problem is a 65/35 split, with owners deserving most of the responsibility. – Tamm has worked with hundreds of owners and the only traits they have in common is they are alive an own a dog. – A growing problem is rescue dogs. Tamm agrees adopting a rescue dog is a wonderful thing, but these dogs are remedial students, and those who adopt are burdened by compassion. Rescue owners want to love, not discipline these poor dogs than have often lived very unhappy lives. – A dog at six to eight months has developed ingrained habits. Education thereafter becomes necessary to change the no-no habits. – Our biggest failure as owners is not exercising our dogs. Older dogs need to get off the couch regularly. Younger dogs and energized breeds (think German Shepherds) require even more exercise. Most of us don’t do well if we sit around all day; dogs don’t either. Dave calls it, “energy mitigation.” – Remedial work with dogs is hard work. While dogs may act like they love us to death, they don’t necessarily do what you want them to do to be “civilized.” – If you hire Tamm or another trainer to help Fido undo those nasty habits, expect to stay the course and pay the freight. I sensed the effort could be pricey. Later, he told me of a local couple, both employed, with an 18-month-old Weimaraner who had broken out of his crate. They hesitated to accept Dave’s $1,000 estimate to help. The dog escaped from his crate six more times before his coup d’grace. He ate all available food in the kitchen including his 30 pounds of dog food, threw up all over hell’s acre and then ate, yes ate, a newly arrived expensive computer including the screen. The total cost of repair? Multiply Tamm’s $1,000 by ten. – Tamm knows and respects Ceasar Milan, the Dog Whisperer of the Stars, but Tamm’s methods are different. “Ceasar runs a pack of dogs around in hills above LA.” All Tamm’s work is done one-on-one in the areas where the dogs live. – Tidbits I picked up: If you choose to own a dog, you must exercise your pooch, be consistent in your discipline, be sensitive to your neighbors and always carry extra plastic bags for those times when things go wrong. Now, cats. Who has a suggestion how to train a cat?u

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UptownBriefs CITY OFFICIALS LAUNCH LARGEST-EVER TOURISM MARKETING EFFORT On Jan. 22, San Diego’s Tourism Authority unveiled a $12 million national marketing campaign to promote San Diego’s merits as a travel destination. The campaign began the following weekend during the Farmer’s Insurance Open golf tournament at the Torrey Pines Golf Course with the airing of a national television ad. The sixmonth campaign will also consist of print and online advertising. The push was announced by Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and San Diego Tourism Authority President Joe Terzi. “More tourism money means more money flowing into our local economy, more tax revenues flowing into our city coffers to help pay for neighborhood improvements we all want,” Gloria said. “We all want more freshly paved roads, we want to hire more police officers, we want more librar y hours. Tourism is one of the ways we can accomplish that.” The funds for the marketing effort were put on hold last year by former mayor Bob Filner, who asked for a reworked deal that provided more money for the City and better wages for hotel workers, the U-T San Diego reported in early 2013. Gloria released the frozen funds after Filner’s resignation. CA LEGISLATURE PROPOSES PLASTIC BAG BAN California legislators have proposed a bill that, if passed, would ban single-use carr y-out plastic bags at supermarkets, liquor stores and pharmacies by 2016, reports KPBS News. The City Council is currently working on a proposal that would ban plastic-bag use throughout much of the city. Los Angeles and nearly 100 other cities and counties throughout the state have enacted bans on single-use plastic bags. In August 2013, a report to the City Council’s Rules and Economic Development Committee reported that approximately 500 million single-use plastic bags are distributed each year by retail outlets, and that less than three percent of those are recycled. Critics of the proposed bill claim that the ban would put an unfair burden on small businesses and San Diego’s poor.

“Sadly, the state’s proposal is just as bad as the one being pushed by Councilmember [Sherri] Lightner,” stated Bishop George McKinney, pastor of St. Stephens Cathedral, Church of God in San Diego. “Both impose a hefty tax on working families and seniors who are barely getting by, and both allow the big grocer y chains to pocket the tens of millions of dollars that will come from this tax. At the ver y least, instead of going to big grocers, this money should be spent for local programs in San Diego, like community cleanups. It’s just not fair.” The bill would require supermarkets to stop distributing plastic bags by July 2015, extending to smaller stores the following year.

MODERN TIMES BEER TO OPEN NORTH PARK FLAVORDOME Point Loma brewer y Modern Times Beer announced its plans to open a 1,624 square foot tasting room that will be known as the “North Park Flavordome” on the bottom floor of The North Parker apartment complex being constructed on the corner of 30th and Upas streets. It will feature two outdoor seating areas and 16 taps. While a blog post on Modern Times’ website stated plans are still being formed, a tentative opening date will be in spring or summer of 2014. Other businesses confirmed for the ground, retail floor of The North Parker are Tacos Perla, UnderBelly and Influx Café. The building is expected to be completed in late Februar y or early March.

MAYORAL POLL SHOWS INCREASINGLY CLOSE RACE The latest 10News/U-T San Diego poll released Sunday, Jan. 26 showed David Alvarez closing the gap between fellow Councilmember Kevin Faulconer and himself in the final stretch of San Diego’s mayoral election. The poll shows 44 percent of likely voters supporting Alvarez, with 49 percent backing Faulconer. This shows a marked change from the poll released on Jan. 10, which showed Faulconer ahead of Alvarez with 51 percent of the vote, compared to Alvarez’s 39 percent. Alvarez’s support base comes largely from the area of San Diego south of Interstate 8, where he leads by 20 points. Faulconer, however, continues to lead among men, women, independents and moderates; the latter two groups’ preference presents a serious challenge to a democratic candidate, reported the U-T. The runoff election date is scheduled for Feb. 11. BANKERS HILL GROUP ANNOUNCES NEW MEETING LOCATION The Bankers Hill Residents group held its last meeting on the rooftop of Inn at the Park on Jan. 17, announcing its new location for future meetings. Group speaker Ben Baltic thanked the staff at the Inn for years of service and fond memories before informing the members that Februar y’s meeting will take place at the San Diego Indoor Sports Club located at 3030 Front St. “We’ve had a great run here at Inn at the Park, and we are going

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to miss this beautiful venue,” Baltic said. “But the people at the San Diego Indoor Sports Club are ver y enthusiastic about hosting our meetings, and I think we can look for ward to some great hospitality at our new home.” The venue is tucked away just north of the First Street Bridge, and one block to the west. There is plenty of free parking, but the group encourages its members to walk or bike to the meetings. The group will continue to meet on the third Monday of the month, the next being Feb. 17.

youths at risk. More than 7,000 kids die nationwide each year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest, which stops the heart suddenly, without warning, and is fatal in 92 percent of cases. The screening takes less than 30 minutes and is non-invasive, meaning no needles or x-ray exposure. Parents can register their teens for the screening at, where they can download a screening packet to complete and bring to the event. Scripps Mercy Hospital is located at 4077 Fifth Ave. Free parking is available for the event.

FREE HEART SCREENING FOR TEENS IN HILLCREST On Sunday, Feb. 9, the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation will partner with San Diego schools to offer free screenings to local youth (ages 13 – 19) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest. Having provided free screenings to the community since 2010, the foundation will screen its 10,000th teen at this event. Sudden cardiac arrest is the second most common cause of death for youth under 25. These screenings help to identify often-undetected heart abnormalities that put one in 100

THE OLD GLOBE ELECTS NEW BOARD MEMBERS FOR 2014 On Jan. 27, the Old Globe Theatre held its annual meeting on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage to choose the board and executive committee members for fiscal year 2014. After ward, a reception was held in the Ottenstein Lobby, where exiting Old Globe Board Chair Harold W. Fuson, Jr. announced the newly elected members, including his successor as the board’s chair, Elaine Bennett Dar win. In addition to Dar win, the 2014 Board of Director’s Execu-

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California Dreamin’

A hundred years ago, a magical city was rising in Balboa Park. But did the Spanish Colonial architecture of the 1915 Expo inspire the Spanish Colonial Revival of the 1920s?


Michael Good Recently, a homeowner was showing me around his two-story Spanish on 28th St. when he announced, with great conviction, “The same guys that built the 1915 Expo built this house.” We were standing at the top of the stairs. Through the bedroom windows, past the undulating golf-course lawns and the swaying Eucalyptus trees, you could see the fountain in front of the Fleet Museum and, in the distance, the top of the California Tower. “That’s where it all began,” he said, “The Spanish Colonial style.”

Young girls came to the Expo expecting to see Ramona — they got mariachis. (Courtesy Rosanne Goodwin) It was a nice story. It would have been nicer if the house were built in 1915, rather than in 1925. Still, one can imagine those itinerant fair builders waiting around for ten years, through a World War, an economic crisis and a flu pandemic for the opportunity to finally put to use the lessons they’d learned about building in the Spanish Colonial style. Okay, so one can’t imagine that. Still, to the 20th century observer, it seems that there must be some connection between all those nice Spanish buildings in Balboa Park and the thousands of Spanish-style houses lined up in neat rows on the winding streets of Kensington, Mission Hills and much of

the rest of Southern California. So let’s step into the Way Back Time Machine and spin the dial to 1914, where we’ll discover a fantastical white city rising on a dusty mesa high above the San Diego harbor. The Panama-California Exposition was like nothing seen before in America and, when all was said and done, it no doubt inspired millions of Americans to dream of a carefree life in the land of milk and honey and eternal sunshine. Compared to the soot and stink of the modern American industrial city, with its belching smokestacks and The Persian style lathe house didn’t have an American precedent. (Courtesy Rosanne Goodwin) streets lined with horse manure, life on the were shooting on the Expo grounds. The Other ideas likely came from Winslow’s Prado must have seemed like some kind Pollard Picture Play Co. had a studio on own grand tour of Italy. of dream. And it was. But did it inspire the the Isthmus, which was the 1915 version What people trying to locate the founarchitectural style we now know as Spanish of the fun zone, complete with gambling, tainhead of the Spanish Colonial Revival Revival? an opium den and a mock naval battle. Holstyle seem to miss is that architects borrow As first conceived, the 1915 Expo was and adapt. It’s part of their creative process. lywood designers soon learned to create supposed to be in the mission style. But their own Expo-styled sets. Some, such as This is true of the architects of the Panamathere were problems — for one, the real Harry Oliver, who had been a laborer at California Exposition, who couldn’t agree Missions were rather plain. Materials were the Seattle World’s Fair, later designed real on much — other than that they disliked scarce and funding was nonexistent. So houses, as well as the make-believe kind. each other. It was true of the builders of architectural details, such as the altar rereThe back and forth between Hollywood and the Missions, who may or may not have dos, were suggested by paint, rather than home building was as fluid as the border had some formal schooling. And it’s true of actual three-dimensional wood, stone or between San Diego and Tijuana in the early the designers and builders of Spanish style plaster. (In 1771, the Fathers at San Gabriel part of the 20th century. ordered a book called “How to Attendance for the Expo was Paint Without a Teacher.”) about 3.7 million during the two But the real problem with the years it was open. But once the fesmission style is that the supervistivities drew to a close Americans ing architect of the Exposition, continued to experience Balboa Bertram Goodhue, didn’t like it. Park’s fantastical architecture. The Goodhue had something grander Expo and its buildings were part in mind. He had traveled in Mexico of a larger marketing scheme by and was taken with the baroque San Diego’s movers and shakers Mexican style of architecture, to promote their business activiwhich he used for some aspects ties, which included homebuilding. of the California Quadrangle. But Newspaper and magazine articles, Goodhue wasn’t trying to copy movies, books and postcards all anything, or recreate anything. spread the image of this new CaliHe was trying to make something fornia style of building. completely new using historic The postcards were particularly buildings for inspiration (historic The architects of the Expo threw a dozen styles into the mix. influential. As Rosanne Goodwin, buildings that had some connec(Courtesy Rosanne Goodwin) who is writing a book on the tion, however tenuous, to San subject, explains, “a single visitor might houses of the 1920s Diego’s past). buy a dozen postcards of the Expo, which Earlier this month, at the annual Further complicating things, Goodhue they would then keep in an album to show lost control of the project before it was com- Mission Hills Heritage lecture, a panel to others.” Postcards were printed in the of experts discussed whether Bertram pleted, as Richard W. Amero describes in millions. There was a store selling them on Goodhue invented Spanish Colonial Revival Balboa Park and the 1915 Exposition. The the Isthmus, and before camera phones, architecture with his designs for the 1915 result, under the supervision of Director Expo. Some said yes, some no, but historian twitter and Instagram, postcards were a way of Works Frank P. Allen, was a mish-mash: of saving your memories, and indoctrinatRon May, who moderated the discussion, mission, Spanish renaissance, Spanish ing others to the wonders of San Diego and put things in perspective when he referred plateresque, Persian, Mexican Churrigueresque, baroque, neoclassical, Romanesque to the romantic revival styles of the 1920s as the California style of architecture. Long after the festivities of 1915 and 1916 ended, “California Fantasy Architecture.” Because and Italian renaissance. images of the fantasyland in the park continwhat these houses were about — whether Carleton Winslow, Goodhue’s assistant ued to circulate, and inspire. they were Spanish Colonial, Tudor or and an influential architect of the Spanish So, yes, an architectural revolution Storybook — was make-believe, fantasy Revival in his own right, listed the sources started 100 years ago on The Prado. But and escape. They were fun, and they were for many of the architectural elements he what Goodhue, Winslow, Allen and San fantastic. designed, including a building in Puebla, Diego’s City fathers of 1915 invented wasn’t Hollywood quickly recognized the New Mexico, a sanctuary in Guadalajara, just a new type of architecture. It was a new evocative power of the Expo architecture. palaces in Mexico City and Salamanca, type of dream.u Before the fair had even opened, film crews Spain, and a hospital in Toledo, Spain.

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The poison cookies

Andy Hinds Parenting This is the last thing I said to my girls tonight before they finally fell asleep: “YOU DON’T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT MONSTERS IN YOUR ROOM! THE ONLY MONSTER YOU NEED TO WORRY ABOUT IS ME! DON’T YOU DARE MAKE ME COME IN THERE AGAIN!” That was right after they started screaming when I slammed the door to their bedroom, at the tail end of the five hours of continual torture they inflicted upon me. You know how you’re not supposed to go to bed angry with your spouse? I guess you’re probably not supposed to go to bed angry with your kids either. Well, I haven’t gone to bed yet, so there’s still some hope, I guess. I don’t think it was me this time. I really don’t. Well, it wasn’t my preexisting emotional state, anyway. I had had a pretty good day. I got stuff done around the house, including about a million loads of laundry, which seemed to make my wife happy. I had gotten the house straightened out and fed the kids lunch just in time for our bi-monthly visit from the cleaning ladies. I tended the garden, fed the animals, and made it to the gym with the kids in tow. I even managed, with the kids pestering me and the cleaning ladies vacuuming under my feet, to work with an editor on some changes to a forthcoming article I’m pretty stoked about. But at around 4:30 pm, I messed up. Bad. The kids were playing nicely

with each other, running upstairs and downstairs and out the back door onto the deck. We had talked about going scootering or doing some other wholesome outdoor activity, but I was a little spent, and it seemed like they were getting plenty of exercise. I figured, you know — snack time, maybe some reading, and then Mom would be home with leftovers she had scored from a drug rep lunch at work. Then slide right through the bedtime rituals and bam, done. I thought about the fresh strawberries in the fridge for a snack, but we had been eating them by the pint for the last few weeks. I glanced at the apples, oranges and avocados on the counter but was uninspired. And then I remembered the chocolate-covered graham crackers that Mom had bought on an impulse as a special treat for the kids. I had been strictly warned against eating any myself, but of course I had ignored the exhortation. They were strong medicine, these cookies. They weren’t really chocolate-covered graham crackers as much as they were rich milk chocolate bars with a crunchy, graham cracker center. It was like the Swiss take on a Kit-Kat. It took all the restraint I could muster to not plow through the whole bag during my midnight raid. What the hell, I thought. The kids have been pretty good today, I can’t give them the cookies after dinner because the chocolate will jack them up for bedtime, and, most importantly, they might share them with me. The kids didn’t dilly-dally when I announced that they would be having the special cookies for snack time. And they didn’t share with their old man either. Remember, maybe it was in college, that one girl? She was really nice and kind of funny and cute? But after the fourth shot of vodka, to which she was clearly unaccustomed, she became erratic, and then irritable, and then weepy, and then angry, and then weepy again, and then FURIOUS, and everyone was like, whose friend is she again? Can somebody call her roommate? That’s what both of my children turned into after eating these cookies. As I tried to fold laundry, they stamped around in the water they had poured into a large puddle on the deck, and then tracked it inside, onto the freshly-mopped floor. Then they stomped around in the freshlyscoured bathtub with their filthy, wet feet. I used to worry that losing my temper and yelling at the kids would emotionally scar them; now I just worry that it’s completely ineffectual. I yelled at them from upstairs, and then ran downstairs to continue yelling at them from close range when the initial yelling didn’t have any effect. When my back was turned, they filled the bathroom sink with soapy water and slung it around the bathroom, and laughed in my face as I yelled and hid the hand soap from them. As I cleaned up the mess in the bathroom, they tore the living room couch apart and used

the cushions as a slide, a trampoline and a “pile of rocks.” Mom came home, dropped off the food she had brought from work, and then headed out to her crossfit class. At dinner, one kid wouldn’t keep her hand out of her milk glass. The other refused to eat with the fork I had given her because she didn’t like the color, and instead shoveled rice into her face (and down her dress, onto the floor, etc.) with her hands. All I could think to do was withhold the food until they calmed down. Forks were thrown. Threats were hurled, and ignored. Somehow, we got through dinner without a visit from Child Protective Services. Mom returned and helped with bedtime preparation, but then took off to pick up provisions at Target. Bedtime can be tricky under the best circumstances, but, now that the poison cookies had turned the twins into volatile middle-school students with the self-expression skills of toddlers, I didn’t know what to expect. I should have expected the worst, because that’s what I got. Maddy has started doing this thing where, every time the cleaning ladies come, she won’t sleep under the covers of her bed because she doesn’t want to mess up the smooth bedspread and hospital corners that Lupe and Company have created. It’s a problem. And tonight, Livvy started playing the same game. Add to that their demands that Daddy take turns lying in bed with them, and you’ve got a recipe for an unstable trained chimp turning on his masters. “Sleep with me, Daddy!” “No, Daddy! Sleep with ME!” “Not on top of the covers, Daddy! YOU MESSED UP MY BED! BLAAAAAAHHHH! SMOOTH IT OUT DADDY! SMOOTH IT OUT!” “IT’S MY TURN, DADDY! SLEEP WITH ME, DADDY! No, Daddy! Get under the covers. AAAAAAAGGGGGGHHH! YOU MESSED UP MY BED! SMOOTH IT OUT! SMOOTH IT OUT!” “I have to go to the bathroom.” “I need water.” “I can’t find my ballerina doll’s shoeswaaaAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!” This continued for twenty minutes, until finally: “THAT’S IT! I CAN’T DO THIS ANYMORE! I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT YOUR BLANKETS AND DOLLS AND LOVIES AND CRAP! GO TO SLEEP! GOOD NIGHT!” [Exits bedroom, slams door.] Then came the wailing about being scared of monsters, the rejoinder from Dad, more wailing, sobbing, snuffling, and at last, slumber. I’m not actually mad at my kids. I went into their room and kissed their cheeks as they slept, just as peacefully as a couple passed-out drunks in a boxcar. I’m disappointed in my poor judgment this afternoon, and my terrible attempts at damage control. But I’ve forgiven myself, and I have high hopes for tomorrow. Especially since the kids will be in school all day.u



FOOD BRIEFS By Frank Sabatini Jr. SDUN Reporter

Though missing the festive elevator rides and rooftop views, Urban MO’s will carry the torch for Top of the Park’s Friday happy hour, which ends at the hotel-turned-timeshare property with complimentary appetizers and discounted drinks on Jan. 31. According to Eddie Reynoso, marketing and public relations director for MO’s Universe, Mo’s will broaden its Friday happy hour from 2 to 8 p.m., starting Feb. 7. “We hope to continue the legacy that was rooted at Inn at the Park,” he said, adding that a few staffers from the former venue are coming aboard. 308 University Ave., 619-491-0400. Vegan alert: Lotus Thai introduced several new vegan dishes in early January that are available only at its Hillcrest location. The expanded menu, which now goes beyond the roster of established vegetarian and meat-based meals, includes vegan soups, curries, wok specialties and pan-fried noodles. 3761 Sixth Ave., 619-299-8272.

Heaven rolls join a list of new vegan offerings at Lotus Thai in Hillcrest. (Courtesy Alternative Strategies) The founder of Project Pie, who opened a location in Hillcrest last year, is also behind another chain of fast-pizza restaurants under a different, yet equally buzzy name. Pieology is the fraternaltwin by James Markham that materialized locally in the past month at 3455 Sports Arena Blvd. in the Midway District and 5547 Balboa Ave. in Clairemont. As seen at Project Pie, the stretchedto-order pizzas take less than five minutes to cook and customers pick their sauce and toppings from an ingredient lineup before the pies are slid into high-heat ovens. As for the differences between the two concepts, few can tell them apart.

Fill your stemware at The Wine Lover on Jan. 30 to benefit Furr y Foster, a San Diegobased non-profit dedicated to ending euthanasia of adoptable pets. The event will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. to the tune of four live musical acts. Fifteen percent of the bar’s net proceeds will be given to the cause. 3968 Fifth Ave., 619-2949200. u

Chef Richard Sweeney of R Gang Eater y in Hillcrest joins a powerhouse of designers, investors and other restaurateurs that are currently in collaboration at reinventing Jimmy Love’s in the Gaslamp Quarter. The nearly 20-year-old nightclub, housed in San Diego’s Old City Hall, closed on Jan. 13, but will reopen to a different look and new menu in mid-spring. 672 Fifth Ave.

Adding to its list of national accolades, Polite Provisions in Normal Heights was named “Cocktail Bar of the Year” in the January-February issue of Imbibe Magazine, which spotlights the nation’s trendsetters in liquid culture. The honor is significant considering that Polite was up against cocktail bars in major markets such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Since opening a year ago, the business has also been cited for its crafty mixology and neighborhood-drugstore design in Details Magazine, Playboy and Sunset Magazine, to name a few. 4696 30th St., 619-677-3784.

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FRANK SABATINI JR. | interior is a patio with another bar. Décor throughout the restaurant is minimal and arty, although Auman is known for deckby Frank Sabatini Jr.) ing out the place in happy skulls and party beads for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) every late October. he best way to fully soak in CanFortaleza is the house brand of tequila tina Mayahuel is to bring along used in Cantina’s margaritas. Hailing from a designated driver. Better yet if the Mexican town of Tequila, it’s made you live in walking distance to the place. with 100 percent blue agave and dates back Tequila abounds in this offbeat Mexican several generations. Despite its elegant, restaurant, where owner Larry Auman has amassed more than 200 varieties of blancos, buttery mouth feel, it packs a punch. Those in our group who ordered marreposados, anejos and “extra anejos.” The garitas suspected that generous pours were latter can climb to $45 a shot for coveted dispensed. The fresh-squeezed lime juice Herradura Suprema, touted for its lush vanilla flavor acquired from extended barrel and organic agave nectar used in the drink recipe were footnotes to the flavor profile. aging. You’ll also find a serious collection Ditto for the fresh blood orange juice mixed of mezcals, which unlike tequila, is made into another margarita. As a result, we always with 100 percent agave. became loose and hungry. Before opening the eatery in 2006, The menu is small and focused, starting Auman worked for 20 years as a bartender with so-so tortilla chips, Serrano chilies and around the country and traveled extensalsa cruda priced altogether at $2.75. If you sively throughout Mexico. Cooking was opt for guacamole, the cost is $8.50. Better something he was always good at doing, bangs for the buck appear in a hefty Caesar hence his knack for enhancing traditional salad as well as tacos (served in pairs) and recipes from interior regions of Mexico the tortas using sizable French rolls that with crafty marinades, tropical salsas, and our waitress said come from ancho mayonnaise that crawls into a Bread & Cie. few different tacos and tortas. In previous visits A small, open kitchen some years back, is situated behind the the tortas were cantina’s darkmade with auwood bar. At au thentic telera the other end, tequila bottles rolls from of every a Mexican bakery. Adshape and Ad mittedly, I size dominate miss them, the back wall. Alongside although the innards the dimly lit Carnitas plate (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)


Blood orange margarita (Photo

Restaurant Review

Cantina Mayahuel 2934 Adams Ave. (Normal Heights)

619-283-6292 Prices: Appetizers and salads, $2.75 to $10; tacos, tortas and entrees, $4.50 to $15 of these sandwiches remain colorful and succulent. In the chicken, shrimp and ono versions, for example, they burst with mangopapaya salsa and fresh cabbage while oozing ancho mayo, crema and tads of hot sauce. Adding depth to the scheme is the fact that the proteins are grilled with pineapple juice and chipotle sauce. The same embellishments are generally applied to the tacos. Carnitas tortas are served in plain form, but with a side of thin dipping sauce combining tomatoes, habanero and orange and lime juices. It’s the exotic, organic rendition of au jus. As a plate meal, the moist pork is mixed with diced onions and cilantro and

Carnitas torta (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

served alongside savory black beans and buttery rice. Pinto beans are also available. And they rock. We ordered them ala carte and reveled in their dense sauce spiked with bacon, sausage and queso fresco. If you prefer to amplify them, ask for the “special habanero sauce” and keep a cold drink handy. Myriad chilies and spices go into Auman’s mole sauce, which casts its spell on chicken specials available Tuesdays and Fridays. Here, the complex recipe embodies bonus ingredients like avocado leaves, nuts, figs and flax seeds without skipping over chocolate imported from Oaxaca, Mexico. Other entrée specials include tiger prawns cooked in chilies, lime and garlic on Wednesdays; a sinus-opening version of chili Colorado on Thursdays; and Yucatan-style seafood stew on Saturdays. Really, no matter what you order in this restaurant that has morphed into a hardcore tequila bar, expect memorably powerful flavors and a bit of a head buzz to boot.u


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1665 India St. (Little Italy) 619-702-3021 Happy Hour: 4 to 7 p.m., daily

The oddball of Little Italy Come On G e t H a p py ! D r. I n k

Long before the gentrification of Little Italy there came a British pub that blended politely into the landscape of Italian bakeries and pasta kitchens. Now, 40 years later and without fuss, Princess Pub & Grille remains a cherished landmark to those seeking Guinness over Chianti or bangers over meatballs. Located prominently at the corner of India and Date streets, the slightly dark, slightly gritty space has also become home to trivia contests on Wednesday nights and European soccer broadcasts when the season starts in August. Daily happy hour is also a main event for anyone looking to save a few bucks on pints and appetizers. Sunny, warm days are the best, as they allow you to loll on the wrap-around patio while gazing out to nearby residents walking their condo-confined dogs. You’re basically smack center in the neighborhood’s vibrant, modern-day bustle. The drink specials put wells at $4, although the $5 draft beers seem more alluring when stepping into this British zone. The discounted pints apply to the entire tap selection, including Bass English

Ale, Old Speckled Hen, Harp Irish Lager and more. In sticking to pub tradition, the brews are served in their designated, labeled glasses, although American non-etiquette becomes evident when those Coors Light coasters appear under your glass. I thirsted for Boddingtons Pub Ale, dispensed deftly with just the right amount of creamy, nitro foam hovering over the straw-colored liquid. As always, I enjoyed its heaviness and mild carbonation. Conversely, the canned versions I’ve had elsewhere simply don’t compare. They completely lose their British accent, leaving you to wonder if you were accidentally sold Corona. Appetizers during happy hour are half-price, which means nothing costs more $6. The selection features potato skins, garlic mushrooms, nachos and spicy wings. Nothing too British, except for the fish goujons involving five

Half-price fish goujons and a pint of Boddingtons (Photos by Dr. Ink)

long pieces of battered cod served with tartar sauce and lemon. It’s basically fish and chips (san the fries) stacked vertically, and with a sneaky hint of Cajun pepper in the batter. Visiting solo with the goujons all to myself, and a couple of Boddingtons later, I came away fully sated for less than $15, thus aborting my plan to bring home pizza from a restaurant down the street.u


Ratings: Drinks:

The bar features on tap about a dozen beers of British, Irish and Belgian origins, along with a few American labels. They’re dispensed carefully into designated glasses and without excessive foam.


The battered fish goujons are delicious and plentiful. Made with cod, they’ll suit your craving for fish and chips, provided you can do without the fries.


Various half-price appetizers ring in at under $6 in most cases while pints of beer cost only $5, a rather significant savings compared to other establishments that sometimes charge more than $8 for brews such as Guinness and Boddingtons.


Bar service was slow, but the waitresses tending to the outdoor patio were fast and accommodating.


The deals are available daily, offered just the way we like it within the balance of late afternoon and early evening.


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CalendarofEvents FRIDAY, JAN. 31

Preschool stor y time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free.


Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 8 a.m. – noon every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free. Classical Melodies in Balboa Park: 8:45 a.m. – 7:15 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s ensembles fill Casa del Prado with classical music. The public is invited to enjoy these rehearsals of student musicians. 1549 El Prado in Balboa Park, free. University Heights Open Aire Market: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Saturday, 4100 Normal St., free. Get Fit: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Fitness experts Leah Francis and JJ Brawley lead well-rounded workouts encompassing cardio, strength, agility, balance and coordination. Bird Park at 28th and Upas St. Call 619-800-3480 to register, free. Children’s craft time: 10 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., free. Emei Qigong Practice: 10 – 11 a.m., “Master Wendy” leads a weekly Wuji Gong practice group. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., free.

Organ Concert: 2 p.m., music by organist Carol Williams, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, free.


Hillcrest Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Saturday under the Hillcrest Pride Flag, Harvey Milk St. and Normal St., free. Classical Melodies in Balboa Park: 1 – 5 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory ensembles fill Casa del Prado with classical music. The public is invited to enjoy these rehearsals of student musicians. 1549 El Prado in Balboa Park, free. Organ Concert: 2 – 3 p.m., music by organist Carol Williams, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, free.


Signs at Play – Mission Hills Librar y: 11:30 – 12:30 p.m., teach your baby to sign, first and third Mondays of the month, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St., free. Bankers Hill Parking Committee: 5 – 6:30 p.m., monthly meeting occurs on the first Monday of the month at Merrill Gardens, 2567 Second Ave.


Old Town Parking Committee: 10 a.m., monthly meeting occurs on the first Tuesday of the month at the Hacienda Hotel, 4041 Harney St. Old Mission Rotar y: 12 p.m., regular weekly meeting of the Old Mission Rotary Club, Best Western Seven Seas, 411 Hotel Circle South. Hillcrest Business Associa-

CALENDAR tion Beautification Committee: 2 p.m., monthly meeting occurs on the first Tuesday of the month at 1419 University Ave. Suite D. North Park Main Street Design Committee: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., monthly meeting on the first Tuesday of the month at North Park Main Street Office, 3076 University Ave. Normal Heights Community Planning Group: 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Normal Heights Community Center located at 4649 Hawley Blvd. Uptown Planners Board: 6 p.m., San Diego International Airport Authority will present information on new projects, Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. Pajama Stor y Time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., every Tuesday children are invited for story time fun with books, singing, and puppets. Feel free to come dressed in your pajamas! Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free.


LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Get to know Jupiter: 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., The San Diego County Astronomy Association hosts a telescope viewing session by the fountain in front of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center at 1875 El Prado, free. Wednesday Jazz Jam Session: 7:30 p.m., Gilbert Castellanos hosts the Wednesday Jazz Jam Session with special guest musicians and surprise guests at Seven Grand, 3054 University Ave, no cover charge. THURSDAY, FEB. 6

North Park Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free. Mission Hills Business Improvement District Town Hall Meeting: 6 – 8 p.m., San Diego Airport Authority will present plans for the Car Rental Return area near the foot of Washington St., 4040 Goldfinch St.


Preschool stor y time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. The Sights & Sounds of Spain: 7 p.m., a slide show of Spanish sights accompanied by music from organist Janice Fehér on the 101-rank Casavant Frères organ at the First Presbyterian Church, 320 Date St., free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening “Dallas Buyers Club” starring Matthew McConaughey, 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14.


Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free. Gentle Bike Ride: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., join fellow cyclists every Saturday morning for a ride through Balboa Park. Meet at the small parking lot on the left-hand side as you enter the park from Sixth Ave. and Upas St., free. UH Librar y Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd., free. Ray at Night: 6 – 10 p.m., monthly art walk every second

Saturday featuring over 25 galleries and businesses, Ray Street in North Park, free. Guitars in the Classroom Sing-Along Jam: 6:30 – 10 p.m., listen to bluegrass, folk and rock tunes at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St. in South Park. Bring the kids, free. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m. screening “Dallas Buyers Club” starring Matthew McConaughey, 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14. Tai Chi Chuan: 9:30 p.m., Qi Gong/Taoist meditation classes on Saturdays, as well as Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m., Taoist Sanctuary of San Diego, 4229 Park Blvd.


Hillcrest Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free. Southern California Plumeria Society Meeting: 1 – 3 p.m., a lecture on plumeria by Susan Krzywicki at the Balboa Park Recital Hall, 2130 Pan American Plaza, free. Organ Concert: 2 p.m., music by organist Carol Williams, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, free.


Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation: 3 - 4:30 p.m., regular meeting occurs on the second Monday of each month at the Fifth Ave, Financial Center conference room, 2500 fourth. Ave. North Park Maintenance Assessment District: 6 p.m., regular meeting occurs on the second Monday of each month at the North Park Adult Activity Center,

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Valentine’s Day:


perhaps meaningless but an opportunity to love others By Hutton Marshall SDUN Editor

Many choose to abstain from celebrating Valentine’s Day for ethical reasons, claiming it’s no more than a carefully-crafted marketing scheme aimed at profiting off heart-shaped chocolate boxes and extravagantly expensive dates. This year, these perhaps-correct naysayers have no excuse. Here are a few events happening around Valentine’s Day that do more than boost Hallmark card sales.

A quartet from the San Diego Chorus, a local chapter of Sweet Adelines International (Courtesy San Diego Chorus) contact Lexi Ambrogi at or 619-7042778. For more information, visit

Get a “Singing Valentine” from the San Diego Chorus Quartet

Pugs N Kisses

2 p.m., February 8 San Diego’s pet-related businesses continue their ruthless siege on the city’s collective sanity with their never-ending use of bad puns (it often seems im-paws-ible for them to get any worse), but at least Pugs N Kisses does it in the name of a heart-warming cause. On the weekend before V-Day, Hillcrest canine countr y club Fido & Co. will host a Valentine’s Day-themed wine and cheese event to raise money for Pug Rescue of San Diego County. Pugs and their parents will not only have the opportunity to enjoy tastings of wine, gourmet cheese, fruits and hand-crafted desserts, they’ll also witness a “doggie couture” fashion show, which pugs may enter for an additional fee (which comes with an additional bottle of wine). Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Each ticket guarantees admission, four glasses of wine (or non-alcoholic drinks) and unlimited desserts, fruits and cheeses. Pugs enter free. There will also be a pug kissing booth. Last year, Pug Rescue of San Diego County, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, took in more than 170 pugs, which is a 26 percent increase from 2012. Pug Rescue states that nine out of ten pugs they take in require medical attention of some kind. Rescued pugs remain in foster care until they are permanently adopted. To learn more about Pug Rescue of San Diego County or to purchase tickets for the event, visit

An adequately loved pug (Courtesy Pug Rescue of San Diego County)

Cupid’s Cleanup

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 15 Valentine’s Day festivities are usually associated with a certain amount of hedonism: chocolates, a more-expensive-than-usual bottle of wine and a hot Lean Cuisine meal alone in front of the TV are staples of the holiday — aren’t they? Regardless, environmental organization I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) has a more proactive alternative. Organized by ILACSD, Cupid’s Cleanup invites singles, couples and friend-zoned companions to display their capacity for love by loving the environment on the

day after Valentine’s. Instead of ILACSD’s usual beach cleanup, the organization will take to the streets of North Park and South Park from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will then be thanked for their efforts with complimentary beer tasters and the opportunity to mix and mingle at Thorn Street Brewery until 1 p.m. Volunteers are encouraged to wear close-toed shoes and bring their own reusable water bottle. ILACSD will provide water, snacks, community service verification forms, and the cleanup waiver, which requires a parent signature if the volunteer is a minor. To sign up as a volunteer,

Feb. 14 and 15 It’s hard to do something more romantic than singing to your significant other. Though for those not vocally talented, this gesture can devolve quickly into mild torture for your private audience. This year, the harmonically challenged can instead opt to employ the award-winning talents of the San Diego Chorus —

Cupid’s Cleanup will take to the streets once again for a blend of volunteering and socializing (Courtesy I love A Clean San Diego)

the local chapter of Sweet Adelines International — to deliver singing Valentines on their behalf. On Valentine’s Day and the day following, the 70-person chorus will be deployed in barbershop-style quartets. For $40, they’ll show up in person. $10 will get your loved one a Valentine’s Day message telephonically. The event serves as a fundraiser for the nonprofit chorus, which offers its talents year round at civic events and charitable functions. To learn more or to schedule your singing Valentine, visit or call 619-796-5162.u


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Infestation of Letts By Charlene Baldridge Theater Review

The works of playwright Tracy Letts have been exceptionally popular with San Diegans, who were first exposed to Letts via “Bug,” an early, dark work that examines possible government experimentation and conspiracy from the inside out, as it were (Out! Out, damn tooth!) Cygnet Theatre made audiences squirm in 2006 when they produced “Bug” at their former Rolando space. Most everyone went home breathless, astonished and itching — part of the deal. We sometimes buy into others’ paranoia no matter how paranoid and delusional it is. Now, ion theatre, which specializes in discomfort, places “Bug” front and center at their Elaine Lipinsky Stage through February 8. Agnes (Hannah Logan), the protagonist of “Bug,” buys into paranoia thoroughly, partly because she falls in love with

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Peter (Steve Froelich), a seeming sweet and gentle AWOL Gulf War veteran. Peter’s first bug shows up soon after Agnes’ ferocious lesbian friend R.C. (Amanda Morrow) brings Peter over. Soon Peter is in Agnes’ bed, and soon Agnes is itching and so are we.

(l – r) Amanda Morrow, Hannah Logan and Steve Froehlich in ion theatre’s production of “Bug” (Courtesy Ron Logan) A barmaid, Agnes is holed up in a sleazy Oklahoma motel, hoping to escape her violent ex-husband, who has just gotten early release from prison. Poor

Agnes — out of the fry pan and into the fire. As it turns out, the real menace may not be the bugs, delusional Peter, or even Scary Jerry, but the mysterious Dr.

Sweet (Erik Poppick), who has been tracking Peter. ion recently introduced Froelich in “reasons to be pretty.” Even playing a jumpy character, he is exceptionally natural and therefore a joy to watch. In her ion debut, Logan is a real find as well. She is attractive and convincing. More, please. The pair is well matched and extremely easy on the eyes, whether clad in Mary Summerday’s stressed casual wear, imaginative underthings, or in the all together. So we have suspense, mystery, nudity, paranoia, drugs, sex and critters — and it’s all a perfect fit, up close and quite personal in ion theatre’s tiny space. A perfect fit for co-directors Claudio Raygoza and Yolanda Franklin, “Bug” provides a 95-minute suspension of breath, and is recommended for mature audiences only. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, do so immediately. As word spreads, “Bug” tickets will be scarce. The play and the action are splendidly supported by sound designer Melanie Chen, lighting designer Karin Filijan and technical and effects coordinator Evan Kendig, who also delivers pizza. Ron Logan and Raygoza are coscenic designers. Glenn Paris is producer. Letts’ other plays are “August: Osage County,” “Superior Donuts,” “Killer Joe” and “Man From Nebraska,” all of them produced locally. “August: Osage County” is a major motion picture, currently screening locally.u


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CASBAH show. He pointed to it and said, ‘Make sure this doesn’t happen again.’” The evening rolled along at a brisk pace and featured a number of non-musical guests including the three other original founding members of the Casbah, as well as Mays’ son Keith, who joined via video cam. Many per formers also joined in the celebration. Folk ar tist Steve Poltz also joined via webcam, while locals like Pinback’s Rob Crowe and The Silent Comedy’s Joshua and Jerimiah Zimmerman played live. Rocket From the Cr ypt frontman John Reis also stopped by to play an acoustic version of RFTC’s “Ditch Digger.” “Thanks, Tim, for giving us our place to play,” Reis said before beginning, placing an emphasis on the “our.” The theme of family and community ran deep throughout the evening and was especially present during the final number, which of course was “Rock the Casbah.” However, as it was noted, the Casbah is actually named after a bar that co-founder Bob Bennett frequented in Pittsburg, not The Clash song. Host Leslee Schaffer summed it up best, though, in saying, “[The Casbah’s] mass appeal and longevity is epitomized by the fact that you could be 21 or 61 and rocking out at the same show.” She finished by thanking Mays, noting “[he’s] brought us all together, and that’s what this evening is really about.”u

Uptown’s Singer-guitarist Gary Heffern performing at the Casbah event at Birch North Park Theatre. (Photo by Stacy Keck)


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The event’s finale had many locally loved artists take the stage to celebrate the Casbah’s history. (Photo by Stacy Keck)

5over2 By Kevin Smead SDUN Reporter

Februar y may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s jam packed with tons of great shows. Here’s five good ones during the next two weeks if you’re having trouble deciding on who to go see. Parkway Drive with special guests (to be announced) @ House of Blues, San Diego Friday, Jan. 31 $22 advance / $24 day-of While metalcore is not ever yone’s cup of tea, there’s something undeniably great about Parkway Drive. The band features some of the most talented musicians performing today, and the group’s blend of beautiful, shredding guitar melodies with an absolutely punishing rhythm section is darn near perfect. It’s also worth mentioning the group consists of a bunch of Aussie surfer dudes who are just living the dream. Even if you’re not a fan of heavier music, Parkway Drive is still definitely worth checking out. Into It. Over It., The World is a Beautiful Place & I am no Longer Afraid to Die, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Big Bad Buf falo @ The Ché Café

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Monday, Feb. 3 $10 advance / $12 day-of I was fortunate enough to see Into It. Over It. open for Saves the Day the last time they were here. While it’s normally just one guy (Evan Thomas Weiss), he often tours will a full band, playing emo indie-pop that comes closer to pop-punk. Into It. Over It. put on a heck of a show last time and it’d be great to see them headlining this time around. Also, TWiaBP&IanLATD (phew!) is pretty incredible and are worth going for alone. Their ver y Midwest-emo inspired sound is something I’m really into and the fact they make good, minimal use of keyboards helps too. Shake off that Monday blues with some good jams. Mother Falcon, The Midnight Pine @ Soda Bar Tuesday, Feb. 4 $10 I’ve been going nuts over Mother Falcon lately. This beautiful, massive (at any given time there’s more than 15 members) chamber pop group from Austin, Texas plays new-school music with an old-school sound. Horns, violins, cellos, and guitars all come together to form one powerful and immersive musical experience. What keeps it all together, though, is the

songwriting which is accessible and catchy. Also, they’re playing ever y Tuesday night in Februar y with a different opener, so if you can’t make this one, go to the next one. Schitzophonics, Neighbors to the North, Amerikan Bear, Gloomsday @ The Casbah Saturday, Feb. 8 $8 Schitzophonics won this year’s San Diego Music Award for “Best Hard Rock,” and it’s ver y much deser ved. Their fuzzy garage sound has enough of a psychedelic influence that you could easily mistake them for a group out of the early ‘70s. Their music is pretty easy to get down to, and I’ll never say no to great bass work, which the three-piece group has plenty of. The lo-fi garage theme continues into the openers, too, making this a great night of pure rock ‘n roll. White Denim, Clear Plastic Masks @ The Casbah Sunday, Feb. 9 $13 advance / $15 day-of Keeping with the theme of the right amount of psychedelic influence, I’m glad to see White Denim headlining a tour here. Its sound is a bit more relaxed than the garage rock groups of the previous evening, but the raw musicianship is still there. These guys write some great tracks and don’t go overboard with the noodly guitar work. Plus, their new album, “Corsicana Lemonade” is really groovin’, so it’s worth going to see them play tracks off of that.u

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Leader of the Pack

With the proliferation of dog training TV shows, it seems that these days, there is no shortage of advice available to dog owners whose homes and lives are ruled by their out-of-control canines. Many of these shows follow a rank-based training protocol modeled after wolf pack hierarchy. If we want our dogs to behave, the theory goes, we must act like the human equivalent of an alpha wolf and be the boss in our doggy packs. Unfortunately, being the boss, more often than not, has come to mean the use of Alpha rolls (pinning a dog on its back until he/ she submits) and scruff shakes (grabbing the dog by the loose skin on his/her neck and giving the dog a firm shake) and other rough handling techniques to get our dogs to behave. The emphasis here is on punishment. Many of the early studies of wolf behavior were based on observations of captive wolves whose “packs” often consisted of unrelated adults living together. In these groups, behaviorists noted violent rivalries between individual members of the pack. In the pack there was a lead wolf (the Alpha) and a lead female. Social order was maintained through domination and control. Wild wolf packs, on the other hand usually consist of the breeding pair and their cubs. Young

males are allowed to stay with the pack until they are old enough to vie for dominance, at which time they are forced to leave the pack and start their own packs, thus eliminating the need to expend valuable calories on simply maintaining breeding status. While the breeding pair do regulate the members of the pack, violence for its own sake would not only be counterproductive, it would be unnecessary. Wild wolf pack behavior is structured around hunting and procreation. It is a social, cooperative relationship that is all about obtaining enough food and resources to keep the species alive. Is there another way? Does being boss mean that you have to be bossy? Can you control your dog without throwing your weight around? Stripped down to the bare bones, control of the pack is maintained by

controlling access to resources. In our lives with our dogs there are many things, including food, that we can use as leverage over our dogs. A favorite toy, a dog bone or a comfy couch all provide a wonderful opportunity to teach your dog to be more respectful. Control access to these goodies and you’ll never have to alpha roll your dog again. Teach your dog to ask politely Does your dog love to go out into the back yard? You can use that drive to your advantage. Ask your pup or dog to sit at the door. When she sits, slowly begin to open the door. If she moves, close the door gently (don’t slam the door on your dog, the idea here isn’t to hurt her). Repeat this until your dog is remaining in a sit with the door fully open. This might take some time — be patient. Once the door is open, tell her “okay” or “free” (use whatever word you like to signal that your dog can now go outside) and allow your dog to move. You can also use this for exiting the car, going through the dog park gate or letting your dog exit the kennel. Sitting still until you release your dog is a nice way to say “may I, please?” How does your dog behave around the food dish? Does your dog rush you when you get out his food dish? If so, teach him to control himself whenever food is present. If your dog is super rambunctious, you may need to tether him for this exercise. Have him on a leash and tie the leash to a doorknob or a heavy piece of furniture. Pour the food into your dog’s dish. Ask your dog to sit and when he sits, gradually begin to lower the food dish to the ground. If he gets up, pull the food dish away and stand upright. Once again, ask your dog to sit. When he does, begin to lower the food dish. As long as he is able to maintain a sit, the food dish gets closer. If he gets up, the food dish goes away. Do this until you are able to place the dish on the ground without the dog moving. Use your “go ahead and move signal” (I prefer “okay”) and let him have his meal. Unruly when you bring out the leash? You can work the same magic when you bring out your dog’s leash. Most dogs have learned that the leash predicts walks and most dogs love going for walks. The sight of a leash tends to elicit all kinds of crazy behavior when it appears. Ask your dog to sit and then pick up the leash. If your dog starts to go crazy, put the leash away. When your dog calms down, ask for a sit and pick up the leash once more. Repeat this until you are able to pick up the leash and have your dog remain in a sit. Whether you choose to call yourself an alpha or not, instead of trying to control your dog through intimidation, why not, instead, try to maintain harmony by controlling access to all resources like a true pack leader?u


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FRIDAYS ON FIFTH KICKS OFF IN HILLCREST The Hillcrest Business Association has partnered with Babycakes and other restaurants in the heart of Hillcrest to start a weekly happy hour running from 4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays. Babycakes owner Christopher Stavros envisions a weekly four-block pub crawl involving restaurants, bars, retail outlets and other businesses wishing to get involved. Currently, Babycakes offers $3 cocktails, beers and wine along with $5 appetizers. While several businesses participated in the inaugural event on Jan. 24, the HBA encourages any Hillcrest business interested in participating to contact Megan Gamwell at




Does my pet really need dental care? By Ann Eliopulos, DVM Bodhi Veterinary Clinic

The topic of dental cleanings in veterinary medicine is bound to create a response: From the cost of the dental procedure, fear of general anesthesia, or concern over how the pet will eat if multiple teeth are extracted, many pet guardians simply are not comfortable with the idea. Yet, periodontal (gum) disease is the number one diagnosed problem in dogs and cats. By the age of two, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some form of periodontal disease, and it only gets worse without treatment. Just as with us, brushing alone is not enough, which is why we go to the dentist at least once a year for a real dental cleaning and assessment. All of us know the drill (no pun intended) for getting our own teeth cleaned. We sit in the chair, hold still for uncomfortable x-rays, have our gums probed and charted for pockets, get a combination of ultrasound and hand scaling on the tooth surface and under the gum line, and are finished off with flavored dental polish. Each of these steps is the exact same for your pet. It would be the very rare dog or cat that could tolerate even a small portion of this procedure, and it is impossible to do a good full mouth exam on a wiggling, apprehensive pet. Oral cancer and tumors are the fourth most common tumor of the dog and cat and often hide near the back of the mouth. Hence, the need for gas anesthesia. Non-anesthetic dentals do not allow for even a fraction of the necessary components of a complete dental cleaning. In these procedures, the surface of the tooth is scaled, often by people with no advanced dental training. The subgingival area (under the gum line), which is where periodontal disease is found, is not accessible. I know of no dog or cat who sits patiently while the inside surface

of the teeth nearest the tongue are scaled. And I’ve yet to see one of these cleanings have the critical last step of polishing with a dental machine. While hand scaling may remove part of the surface tartar, it does so unevenly, and without that necessary polishing, actually causes plaque to build up more quickly than before. The effect is purely cosmetic and does not address true dental health. While anesthesia always carries some potential risk, when administered appropriately, the risk is quite low. A thorough pre-dental assessment, including exam, blood tests, or other tests as indicated, allows for a custom anesthesia protocol for each individual patient. Balanced anesthesia with local blocks (novacaine) to minimize gas needs, diligent patient monitoring with modern equipment (the kind used in human hospitals) and IV catheter and IV fluids during the procedure go a long way toward insuring that your pet will be awake and safe within five to ten minutes after the cleaning. Dental x-rays are an integral part of a thorough dental cleaning and exam. While the exposed teeth may look okay to the naked eye, infection, bone loss, root absorption or damage can be present and not discovered without this important diagnostic step. I have seen roots so infected that the surrounding bone was destroyed and ready to fracture, yet the teeth themselves looked pretty darn good. I would have never known of the impending fractured jaw without the x-ray. Cats and dogs do not necessarily show dental pain when it is present, but here are some of the signs to look for: drooling or dropping food, pulling away when you touch the mouth area, discolored teeth or teeth with obvious tartar, loose teeth or bad breath. These may be more obvious because they are associated with the mouth, but a change in personality or behavior can also

indicate dental pain. Some pets act “grumpy” or hide more often. I cannot count the number of times when we have heard that a pet is “acting years younger” and seems much happier after a dental that addressed infected and painful teeth and gums, especially in older pets. No one is too old for a dental cleaning, though some health problems that develop with age may make anesthesia too unsafe. Your veterinarian can help you determine this. Age itself is not a disease — something I keep telling myself as I get older. Not all veterinarians do preanesthetic blood work, or provide an IV catheter and fluids during the anesthetic procedure. Many dental cleanings are in the same price range, but the level of monitoring and procedural support can cause the prices to vary tremendously. Finding the right veterinarian for you and your pet involves determining the level of care that you find acceptable and then finding the doctor you are comfortable with who practices at that level. Remember, this is your pet and you have the right and responsibility to ask questions until you are satisfied. Armed with this information, when you ask if your pet needs dental care, if they’re over two or three years of age, the answer is definitely yes. They’ll be healthier, happier and way more kissable.u

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San Diego Uptown News | Jan. 31–Feb. 13, 2014


The ‘perfect time’

This is a big weakness of mine, and I’m sorta of embarrassed to admit it. I sometimes do this thing where I wait for the “perfect” time” to start important projects. Or to cut negative people out of my life. Or to do things I know will make the biggest difference in my life. Of course, it’s a little embarrassing to admit this, but I am willing to bet that you sometimes do the same thing. And seeing that it’s January, this always seems to be the “perfect time” to start an exercise program, right? I believe it’s human nature to always “wait for the perfect time.” But, as a trainer, I hear this all too often. Why? For some it is a very easy justification to just start next week or next month or only on January 1st. For others perfectionism serves as great protection against potential criticism and failure in the gym. That’s why I hate all or nothing thinking — If I don’t do this perfectly then it’s awful — it usually gets you nothing. The truth is there is no future, perfect time to start an exercise program, and there never will be. You might get lucky one day and have a magic exercise moment where everything comes together — your favorite song comes on the radio, you have your favorite workout outfit on, your favorite treadmill is open

Brian White F itness

and you bang out a session like you were floating in the air. But, that one moment is a very small part of the overall picture. The best thing you can do is begin now. Here. Today. This second. Because all you have is right now. All you have to do is start. Don’t get bogged down with details. Don’t worry about if you should do intervals or “slo-go” cardio for your goals. Just get on the treadmill. Don’t think about what kind of exercises you should be doing, just get out there and do some. In fitness, more so than in any other industry, we tend to have very strong opinions and arguments for certain exercises, programs and philosophies, and very often they completely contradict each other. The truth is that it matters less what you

do (especially when starting an exercise program) and more that you just do it and continue to do it each day — whatever it ends up being. Just move! In the end, if you constantly find yourself “waiting for the perfect time,” the following tips might help. Revise Your Expectations. Recognize that there is no perfect time. Car ve out time, even if it’s imperfect. Nobody is going to hand you the time to exercise, you’ll need to take it. Just start. Find the smallest, easiest thing you can do right now and just do it. Do something, anything. Use the philosophy of Ready, Shoot, Aim. Over-thinking it will breed inaction. Expect Resistance. It’s normal, just push through it. There are always going to be a million reasons to justify stopping. Don’t give in, and it will become easier. Get support. Whether it’s a friend, a workout buddy or a trainer, find someone that will fire you up until you can fly on your own. —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 FROM PAGE 14

CALENDAR 2719 Howard Ave. Golden Hill Business Group: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular meeting occurs on the second Monday of each month at the Postal Express in Golden Hill, 2801 B St.


North Park Main Street Promotion Committee: 11 a.m., regular meeting occurs on the second Tuesday of each month, 3076 University Ave. North Park Main Street Promotion Committee: 11 a.m., second Tuesday of the month meeting of the North Park Main Street Promotion Committee, 3076 University Ave. Old Mission Rotar y: 12 p.m., regular weekly meeting of the Old Mission Rotary Club, Best Western Seven Seas, 411 Hotel Circle South. Bike Ride and Fundraiser for David Alvarez for Mayor: 5 – 8 p.m., bicycle advocacy group Bike SD invites members of the community to take part in a neighborhood bike ride throughout North Park. The event begins at Digital Gym, will return there after an hour-long ride for a fundraiser and mixer supporting Councilmember David Alvarez’s candidacy for mayor, 2921 El Cajon Blvd., free. Pajama Stor ytime: 6:30 – 7 p.m., every Tuesday children are invited for story time fun with books, singing, and puppets. Feel free to come dressed in your pajamas! Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free. Hillcrest Town Council:

6:30 – 8 p.m., regular meeting occurs on the second Tuesday of each month at the Joyce Beers Community Center, in the Uptown Shopping Center on Vermont St.


University Heights Maintenance Advisory District: 4:30 p.m., regular meeting occurs on the second Wednesday of each month at the University Heights Community Development Corporation, 4452 Park Boulevard, Suite 104. LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch, 925 W. Washington St., free. Uptown Parking Advisor y Meeting: 5 p.m., regular meeting occurs on the second Wednesday of each month at Joyce Beers Community Center, 900 Vermont St. North Park Planning Public Facilities, Transportation, Parks & Public Art Meeting: 6 p.m., regular meeting on the second Wednesday of each month, North Park Recreation Center, 2719 Howard Ave. Kensington-Talmage Planning Group: 6 p.m., monthly meeting held on second Wednesday of the month at Franklin Elementary School, 4481 Copeland Ave.


North Park Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday in the parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free. Mission Hills Town Council Trustees Meeting: 6 p.m., the regular meeting occurs on the second Thursday of each month at Francis Parker Lower School, 4201 Randolph St.u



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departs on a flinchingly romantic sci-fi trek By Erik Dobko Film Review

Adding to his collection of captivating, eerily existential flicks such as “Being John Malkovich” and “Where the Wild Things Are,” filmmaker Spike Jonze recently came out with the new science-fiction romance drama, titled simply “Her.” The film surrounds introverted letter writer Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) living in a not-too-distant future as he deals with the lonely malaise of his failed marriage. In a memorable scene, he looks for comfort through phone sex, but finds only dissatisfaction in that as well after user “SexyKitten” (voiced by Kristen Wiig) disrupts the mood by begging him to “choke me with that dead cat.” Not much of a feline asphyxiation enthusiast himself, Theo then purchases and installs a newly released operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) with the power to simulate a realistic human personality. The OS, naming herself Samantha, reads through all of his writings and emails in just a moment’s time and develops an understanding of him that would take a more fleshy female years to cultivate. Theo soon begins to fall in love with the OS, and the two quickly discover the obstacles of being in an artificial relationship. A kind of crossbreed between “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Garden State,” the stor y was not just emotionally but intellectually stimulating as it tackled a wide

variety of philosophical themes including consciousness, mortality and the technological singularity. As Theo finds himself closer to Samantha than any woman he has ever met, he begins to brood over whether she is actually “present” or was just programmed to seem that way. His reser vations about dating a computer chip and the question of machine consciousness are reminiscent of Dave’s response to the inter viewer in Space Odyssey when asked if he believes that the HAL 9000 computer has genuine emotions. “Well, he acts like he has genuine emotions. Um, of course he’s programmed that way to make it easier for us to talk to him. But as to whether he has real feelings is something I don’t think anyone can truthfully answer.” The immaculate performances by the actors involved, mixed with the social media addiction recognizable within our own time, make the premise of “her” surprisingly plausible — except for, perhaps, the litany of uncomfortably high-waisted pants. I’ve already had a number of stimulating conversations with a chat bot named Mitsuku, and while I did not fall in love, it’s important to take into account that she didn’t have the voice of Scarlett Johansson. “her” stirs up plenty of questions about the future: Could we teach machines how to love, or ourselves how to love machines? If we put all of Alan Watts’ writings into a program, will it resurrect his mind? Will Joaquin Phoenix ever reignite his rap

Theo (Joaquin Phoenix), the introverted protagonist of “her” (Courtesy Warner Bros.) career? Only time will tell. “her” is both cerebral enough to take notes on and romantic enough to see with a date. I enjoyed it thoroughly, though couldn’t discern whether it was at heart satirical of our technologically obsessed society or meant to help shed prejudices toward a potential upcoming future full of people that aren’t exactly, well, people. Perhaps it’s the ambiguity between the two that made “her” so enjoyable. Either way, the movie was effective in making me question the validity of my own conscious-

ness. Are we not just machines ourselves: our programming shaped by DNA and our personalities blindly painted on by experience? The interactions on screen helped to debunk what I would refer to as “human exceptionalism” — that by being human we believe that life is reserved especially for us. To paraphrase Samantha, the one thing that we all have in common is that we are all matter. Within that category, whether you’re made of wires or veins, we’re all truly the same age: 13 billion years.u


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