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Councilmember Kevin Faulconer joined representatives from Mission Hills Heritage, Chism Brothers Painting, the Mission Hills Town Council, Mission Hills BID and neighbors to announce the restoration of the Inspiration Heights pillars. (Photo by Anulak Singphiphat)

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Restoring neighborhood pride Mission Hills Heritage, Councilmember Faulconer, Chism Brothers Painting unveil restored bronze plaques in Inspiration Heights By Anthony King SDUN Editor

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Community groups, local businesses and city leaders unveiled six new bronze plaques in Mission Hills, replacing century-old neighborhood markers that were stolen in July and August 2011. With a focus on neighborhood pride, Councilmember Kevin Faulconer joined Mission Hills Heritage, Chism Brothers Painting and representatives from the Mission Hills Town Council and Mission Hills Business Improvement District for the official unveiling March 20. “It’s about community character,” Faulconer said. “It’s about what’s special in San Diego, and particularly here in Mission Hills. Our residents

and our neighbors here love this community.” Held at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Alameda Drive, the ceremony focused on the Inspiration Heights pillars and plaques that were of the last damaged in the 2011 crime spree. Over 20 bronze plaques marking historical buildings and sub-neighborhoods throughout Mission Hills were stolen. By September 2011, the San Diego Police Department had one perpetrator in custody, with two additional leads. However the plaques, which date to 1909, were not recovered as they had already been altered with the intention of being sold for scrap metal. Mission Hills Heritage board Chair Barry Hager said once the organization realized they

would not recover the original plaques, they looked to replace them. Using photographs of remaining plaques, the nonprofit obtained bids and sought City Council help in funding. “Mission Hills is really a community that cares about its heritage, so when these six plaques were unceremoniously ripped from the pillars back in 2011, we really had to do something about it,” he said. The group reached out to Faulconer, who represented the area at the time. Redistricting has since moved Faulconer’s council district outside of Mission Hills, yet the councilmember remained involved in the project to completion. “Even after the redistricting took this area out of District Two, Kevin [Faulconer’s] office was still there working with us and with the City to try to get this project done,” Hager said.

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His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Balboa Park

By Morgan M. Hurley SDUN Assistant Editor

If you hang around South Park at all, you have probably noticed that dogs are almost as welcome as humans in this happening little Uptown neighborhood, but the people that helped make that so will tell you it was not always the happy, dog-friendly place it is today. It was 15-20 years ago when the area, then known as “greater Golden Hill,” was rather seedy and unappealing, said Donna Walker, longtime area resident and co-owner of South Bark Dog Wash on 30th Street. Walker said there was not a whole lot of community happening, or a lot of businesses in the area at that time. “The whole neighborhood was like the old wild West. People got dogs for protection as well as companionship,” she said. “It was a very pretty, bad place.” After all, it was the same neighborhood where in 1984 police officers Timothy Ruopp and Kimberly Tonahill were shot and killed at Grape Street Park – an area located west of Granada

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International spiritual leader brings message of nonviolence to San Diego for national tour New ‘dog walk’ area adjacent to Captain Kirk’s coffee kiosk along Fern Street (Photo by SDUN)

By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter

Avenue and just east of Balboa Park Golf Course – during what should have been a routine patrol stop. The after-effects of that night resonated for years throughout the region. But thanks to some concerned residents who also happened to be mostly dog owners, a new vision began to take shape in the mid-1990s. Walker said the group called itself “DOGS” (Dog Owners of Grape Street)

Several hundred San Diegans joined peace crusader His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in raising their voices for nonviolence at a rally Monday, March 25. The gathering was held at Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, and included Mayor Bob Filner with several other city, national and international leaders. “We need to get back to dignity, pride and nonviolence. All of us here can make it happen,” Shankar said to the crowd on the cool night before leading a group meditation. The Indian spiritual leader and humanitarian began a multiple-city peace tour by saying nonviolence is all about

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Whole Foods Market Hillcrest to celebrate remodel New restaurant, juice bar & prepared foods department highlighted with Uptown neighborhood touches By Anthony King SDUN Editor

Whole Foods Market recently completed a remodel of their Hillcrest location, and employees are getting set for a grand celebration. In the business’s 16 years in Uptown, this is by far the largest – and most extensive – remodel. Marketing Supervisor Ray Kau said the remodel was a big change for the store, and designers strived to keep the integrity of the neighborhood in tact through several elements. Around the inside perimeter, images and artistic renderings of several iconic Uptown images and streets were incorporated. “We are a unique and diverse neighborhood, and we get such strong support from Hillcrest and the surrounding communities,” Kau said. “We really want to recognize and call that out within the store.” The design includes graphics that refer to the store’s season and organic produce, as well as images that reflect the neighborhood’s feel. The store is located at 711 University Ave. “We have a huge bike path grid graphic at our entry because we are such a non-auto focused community around here,” Kau said. The store also provides a designated bicycle repair station in the parking lot, as well as an electric car recharging station. “That reflects the spirit and

Whole Foods Market co-CEO and Marketing Supervisor Ray Kau with staff at the new 7th Ave Pub (Photo by SDUN) feeling of the neighborhood,” Kau said. Along with the design elements, the prepared foods department saw some of the most change, with expanded cases and streamlined availability to customers. Kau said the expansion gave them the opportunity to offer 60 to 70 percent more prepared-food product, with a large portion coming from local vendors. “We have over 100 local suppliers that sell their products in our stores,” he said. “That whole sense of being connected to our community is critical for us.” In addition to a larger coffee bar, and organized bakery and deli

departments, Kau said the store also implemented new programs, including an aged-meats program in the meat department, a scratchbakery program – where employees now make all bread in house – and a pour-over coffee program. Kau said one of the busiest additions was the store’s fresh juice bar, and he is particularly excited about the opening of the location’s new restaurant, the 7th Ave Pub. Signifying a new venture for both Hillcrest as well as Whole Foods Markets, the full service restaurant serves a selection of food off a set menu that includes soups, sandwiches, tacos, salads and sushi, among others. There

are over 32 beers available, as well as a selection of wines. To help launch the pub as well as the entire store’s remodel, Kau said they will be hosting a “grand reopening 16th anniversary cel-

ebration.” The weeklong celebration starts Friday, April 5 and will include a cake cutting, live music and a beer tasting at the new pub. The beer-tasting event will be Friday from 4 – 6 p.m., and Kau said he was inviting the community to take part. On Saturday at noon, Council President Todd Gloria will participate in several activities out the outside patio, including the cake cutting. Kau said the response from the community has been overwhelming so far, and customers are enjoying the new amenities once they get acclimated to the new space. In part to show support for the location’s remodel, Whole Foods Market co-CEO John Mackey traveled to San Diego from the corporation’s Austin, Texas base. Kau said there was “a lot of energy” for Whole Foods Market in San Diego County, as the company has opened two additional stores, in addition to remodels at the Hillcrest and La Jolla locations.u


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Seeing colors like no other Mission Hills artist uses her tetrachromacy – or fourth color receptor – as avenue to teaching By Cynthia Robertson SDUN Reporter

her class offerings,” Martin said. “Before I knew it, I was taking oil painting classes for the first time in my life.” Martin became intrigued with Antico’s special inside look at color. She told the story of when Antico was a small child and asked to paint a fence along with other children to keep them from being underfoot. “Unlike the other children who quickly grew bored with the exercise, she was fascinated, and when she reached the last post, went back and started over again,” Martin said.

Concetta Antico, owner of The Salon of Art in Mission Hills, has a somewhat different view of the world. Born with a condition known as tetrachromacy – she has four different types of cone cells in the eye that process color, rather than the typical three – Antico paints a world of color that most people simply cannot see. The artwork on the walls of Antico’s studio draws the viewer in for the vibrancy and palette of colors. At first, in her more than 20 years of painting as a contemporary impressionist, Antico thought she simply preferred to paint in more colors than most artists. For Antico, being a tetrachromat is a blessing, not a burden. She Concetta Antico won many awards for (Photo by Cynthia Robertson) her art while she was in elementary school. “I was obsessed with art, and particularly painting and the impressionist masters, from a very early age,” she said. “My mother told me when I was just a little girl that I would be an artist and an art teacher one day. I have never forgotten that.” Her mother was right. Antico has become “She could see the colors of a respected artist whose work water, and she could distinguish an is a favorite of art collectors. In exquisite palette as the wood went 1995, she created her art school, from wet to dry. She literally could focusing her methods of fine oil see another world that her wee painting instruction in the classiplaymates could not,” Martin said. cal atelier tradition. Students paint In another example, this time an object exactly as it appears to in in the studio, Martin and Antico them on a one-to-one scale. looked up at a shadow that was “I teach my students how to cast on the ceiling from a floor make a beautiful painting in just light, and Antico asked, “See three and a half hours,” she said. the pink? The green? The pale Antico did not discover that purple?” she had a condition in her eyes Martin, however, said she with an actual medical name could only see a slightly grey until just recently. One afternoon, shadow. Dr. Wendy Martin walked into “Where you and I can see Antico’s salon thinking it was about 1 million hues, or color, the shop next door. Martin saw Concetta can see 100 million,” that Antico was about to begin an Martin said. afternoon class. Whether she is painting “She graciously ushered me outside during a plein air session out the door with a brochure of

or in class at the studio, Antico will always see colors that her students do not. “Once she puts those brush strokes of color on the canvas, it makes intrinsic sense. It adds an unexpected contrast, a splash, a punctuation mark of sorts that makes her work unique and complete,” Martin said. Statistics vary, yet studies have shown that approximately two percent of females have the additional photoreceptor. Males however, have a lower rate of a fourth receptor, and are often more likely colorblind, which is also related to the number of color receptors in the eye. “I feel a great joy when I paint, able to recreate the beauty that I see,” Antico said. “It is rewarding to be able to share my gift. I have taught over 12,000 people to paint.” Because she is able to resolve and mix colors and values easily, Antico can paint quickly, too. She recently completed a live demonstration during which she painted a 30-by-36-inch still life for the audience in less than four hours. “They were as astounded as they were mesmerized, as they watched the process and the painting unfold,” she said. Favorite subjects for Antico are things of nature, from flowers and animals to clouds and oceans. Primarily, she said, because of what only a few can see. “They have more color than other things on this earth,” she said. Ironically, her fourth receptor did not pass along genetically to her daughter Ava, who instead is colorblind like her father. “She paints in my programs,” Antico said. “She is great. She also is in love with drawing.” To join the ever-growing circle of collectors and students of Antico, visit the Mission Hills salon at 1920 Fort Stockton Dr. For more information, visit thesalonofart. com or call 858-344-6897.u


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Growing strong at 16 years Hillcrest Farmers Market extends to University Ave gaining 30 percent more space; offers expanded free parking and trolley service starting April 7 By Anulak Singphiphat SDUN Staff Reporter

international cuisine, gifts and handmade specialty items, guest chef cooking instructions and entertainment from local bands. The expansion plan also includes free parking at the San Diego Unified School District parking lot located at 4207 Campus Ave. in nearby University Heights. There will be over 300 available spaces from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting April 7. Patrons are asked to enter on the Campus Avenue side of the lot, near Washington Street. There will also be a free trolley running during parking hours that will take patrons from the lot to the market, stopping at the intersection of Normal and Harvey Milk streets and then again near University and Fifth avenues before going back to the parking lot. “With the addition of a Sunday trolley route, market patrons can take the trolley into the heart of the business district on Fifth Avenue before heading back to the School District lot or the market itself,” Weir said. “The trolley provides a wonderful opportunity to explore all the offerings that Hillcrest provides.” Market hours are from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. each Sunday. For more information about the market or the expansion, visit hillcrestfarmersmarket.com or call the HBA at 619-299-3330. “You can explore the sights, tastes and sounds with colorful displays, free samples, and live music,” Weir said. “Coming to the market is a colorful and nourishing event every Sunday.”u

The Hillcrest Farmers Market will soon be changing its footprint, as organizers plan for an expansion that will potentially afford more selection for market goers. Currently located between Lincoln Avenue and Harvey Milk Street on Normal Street, it will be expanding south to University Avenue, signaling another growth for the popular Sunday market. The changes start April 7. “We have been anticipating changes to the market for a while now,” said Lisa Weir, Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) marketing and communications director. The HBA said the changes are expected to be permanent. The Market first opened in April 1997 with 35 vendors in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Hillcrest parking lot and soon expanded onto Normal Street. Now in its 16th year, it currently consists of 140 vendors, with approximately 125 vendors lining the west side of the median on Normal Street on any given Sunday. Decision to expand the market area was motivated by possible DMV renovations and development. While the renovations are currently delayed, the HBA continued forward with changes. “The HBA has been working alongside our Market Manager David Larson and with the City to ensure the proper permitting and notifications, and responding to the market’s increasing parking demands,” Weir said, adding that the HBA is enthusiastic about the move to University Avenue. “This means that the flow of the market will be even closer to the business district and we expect our member businesses to feel an even bigger impact of neighborhood patrons,” she said. The most notable change will be the expansion of the market area to one of Hillcrest’s busiest streets, which Weir said would increase available space by 30 percent. Organizers are expecting to add approximately 50 additional vendor spaces. “Folks coming into the market will have the same quality of vendors they’re used to at the Hillcrest Farmers Market, but just more of them,” Weir said. “Some vendors are monthly or every other week, which also allows for a wide variety of shopping options from week to week.” The Farmers Market offers fresh produce grown by local farmers, but also prepared The market is expanding from Harvey Milk Street to University Ave on April 7. foods with an emphasis on (Courtesy HBA)

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3737 Fifth Ave. Suite 201 San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 519-7775 PUBLISHER David Mannis (619) 961-1951 david@sdcnn.com EDITOR Anthony King (619) 961-1952 anthony@sdcnn.com ASSISTANT EDITOR Morgan M. Hurley (619) 961-1960 morgan@sdcnn.com REPORTERS & COLUMNISTS Celene Adams Charlene Baldridge Logan Broyles “Dr. Ink” Dave Fidlin Michael Good Andy Hinds Frank Sabatini Jr. Dave Schwab Anulak Singphiphat Brian White

Letters Moving Balboa Park forward Mr. Coons’ opinion piece suffers from being both incorrect and unproductive [see “San Diego should protect the integrity of Balboa Park and its own Municipal Code,” Vol. 5, Issue 6]. He falsely claims I am opposed to a new effort to remove cars from Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama. I very much appreciate Mayor Filner’s willingness to find a reasonable way to return the heart of the park to pedestrians. The truth is that the public and I have yet to learn the specifics for this new plan. How can I support a plan that has not been unveiled? More importantly, how can I in good conscience spend $500,000 of taxpayer money without knowing what we’re getting? Furthermore, rather than use his editorial to educate the public on what he is proposing or inspire them to support him, Mr. Coons instead penned a politically motivated diatribe against me. This kind of bluster is all too common in today’s civic dialogue and does nothing to restore pedestrian access to the heart of our City’s crown jewel. I respectfully ask Mr. Coons to start explaining his viable plans for Balboa Park instead of wasting time chiding my support for a workable solution. I lent my support to the Plaza de Panama Committee’s proposal to remove cars from the heart of the park after an extensive two-year public review. I will review any new proposals with the expectation that they be subject to a similar level of community input in advance of a City Council vote or of public funding. Why should Mr. Coons be treated differently than any other group or individual proposing to make changes in Balboa Park? The 2015 centennial is approaching quickly and San Diego does not have time for commentaries that fail to move our city and our park forward. —Todd Gloria, Council President, Third District, via email

I enjoyed this article for its fanciful notion that the judge forcefully ruled against the Plaza de Panama project when, in fact, he is on record for reluctantly coming to this decision and thought the project was good for [Balboa] Park [see “San Diego should protect the integrity of Balboa Park and its own Municipal Code,” Vol. 5, Issue 6]. However, getting such information in this slanted article would be too much to ask. Contrary to their own belief, SOHO does not represent the people of San Diego. Indeed, they are a narrowly focused special interest group that seems to oppose anything new or improved. Most of the plans previously presented by SOHO for the Park include the partial or permanent closure of the Cabrillo Bridge. Maybe they have not seen the loud and clear message coming from Bankers Hill and in particular the Metro San Diego CDC stating on record that they are opposed to any closure of the Cabrillo Bridge to rectify the Plaza de Panama problems. As a founding member of the Metro San Diego CDC, I strongly believe that Todd Gloria is absolutely correct in trying to find other solutions and knows full well that SOHO does not represent all or a majority of the people in District Three. –Bruce Leidenberger, via sduptownnews.com

San Diego REP’s ‘The Mountaintop’ outstanding I am from Memphis and had the pleasure to be in mason temple the night of Dr. King’s speech. It was awesome. And to know the Lorraine Motel well, it brought back real memories for me [see “Dr. King at the mountaintop,” Vol. 5, Issue 6]. I thought the play was outstanding. The message was truly there. I like the actor and actress. It showed a side of Dr. King’s personal life. … I would see it again. —Carolyn Powell, via sduptownnews.comu

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Sequestration will leave seniors hungry 4 million senior meals to be cut nationwide; 100,000 in San Diego alone By Paul Downey, President/CEO Senior Community Centers Sometimes I am really glad to live almost 3,000 miles from Washington, D.C. The latest “raging” chest-thumping, finger-pointing debate is whether President Obama cancelling tours of the White House are politically motivated or a true result of sequestration. This is a bit of Nero fiddling while Rome burned. For me – and more importantly for the lowincome seniors served food by Senior Community Centers – sequestration means a cut of 32,000 meals in the coming year. Throughout San Diego County, the number of meals cut will be close to 100,000. Where is the outrage and hyperbole from our elected officials over hungry seniors? What about all the other vulnerable Americans hurt by this self-induced “fiscal cliff” and its devastating consequences? Perhaps it is easier to have mock anger over cancelled tours than to confront the pain caused by the inability to implement lessons most of us learned in preschool about sharing and compromise. Frankly, I could use some help explaining why the senior nutrition program is being cut when it actually saves tax dollars. There is much documentation that shows feeding seniors nutritionally balanced meals keeps them healthy, independent and significantly reduces healthcare costs. Cutting

meals is penny-wise, pound-foolish: something Washington seems to excel at doing. Let me make this real and introduce you to Carol, a former teacher who raised four children as a single mom. Until the recession in 2008, Carol owned a very successful education-related IT consulting company with offices in five states. The recession hit her hard and she was forced to refinance her home to keep the company afloat. Eventually, it wasn’t enough and Carol found herself homeless, living in her car with her disabled adult daughter in a Walmart parking lot. Fortunately, Carol received some assistance to move into an affordable housing complex. Shortly after, she took a nasty fall and broke both of her shoulders. After recovering for three months in a nursing home, Carol was released to go home. She could not dress herself, take a shower, grocery shop or fix herself a meal. She contacted Senior Community Centers’ Home-Delivered Meals Program, which resulted in a warm and healthy meal delivered to her the very next day. The continuous visits of our delivery drivers and social workers caused a chain reaction on Carol’s floor: other residents came by to ask how they could help and new friendships were formed. Carol also lost 45 pounds with our nutritionally balanced meals and never felt more energized. Today, Carol has healed and has become

healthy – and confident to face life once again. Having experienced the difference of good nutrition, Carol told me during a recent visit that Senior Community Centers saved her life. Without our meals and other assistance, Carol would have very likely ended up back in the hospital or living out her life in a skilled nursing facility. Her quality of life would have been poor and the expenses to Medicare and possibly Medi-Cal would have been significant. Carol’s story is just one of thousands at Senior Community Center and millions across the country at other senior centers. Seeing how far Carol has come reinforces why Senior Community Centers and the hundreds of organizations around the U.S. committed to senior nutrition do what they do. Our low-income seniors already struggle everyday, why do these real people need to be hungry because our politicians can’t compromise? Please join the fight against sequestration on senior nutrition. Reach our congressional delegation and U.S. senators by any means necessary. Call, write, email, tweet or post to their Facebook pages. Ask them to support senior nutrition and tell them the livelihood of San Diego seniors is in jeopardy. Your voice and actions will make all of the difference to lend a hand and a heart to seniors who deserve dignity and respect. Join us in sending them an urgent note today. —Paul Downey is the president and CEO of Senior Community Centers, a nonprofit agency dedicated to increasing the quality of life for San Diego seniors living in poverty. Learn more at servingseniors.org.u

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UptownBriefs VEGAN CULINARY EVENT SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 30 IN UPTOWN The Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest will host the A Taste of Vegan festival on Saturday, May 30 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. The free event will include food tastings, informative speakers, activities for children and discounted merchandise. “Come explore the benefits of veganism for the animals, your health and the planet,” organizers said in a press release. The San Diego chapter of Last Chance for Animals, a national nonprofit dedicated to educating the public about animal rights, is producing the event. Local businesses will be participating, including Evolution Fast Food of Bankers Hill and Viva Pops of Normal Heights. Guest speakers include Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson of the Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Barb Gates, and Janice Stanger, author of “The Perfect Formula Diet.” Organizers will present the film “Vegucated,” and are asking participants to take public transit or park in the underground lot. Joyce Beers is located at 3900 Vermont St. For more information visit atasteofvegan.org. OLD GLOBE TO TOUR SAN DIEGO COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM Announced Monday, March 25, The Old Globe Theatre will make available a special hour-long production of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” to San Diego County middle and high schools. One aspect of the theater’s education programs designed to “enrich the lives of San Diego students,” organizers said in the announcement, the production is part of the National Endowment for the Arts Shakespeare for a New Generation initiative. The Balboa Park company is one of 42 professional theater companies selected for the national program, which is in its 10th year. “Twelfth Night” will tour from April 22 through May 17. Cost for the schools is $500 for one performance and $400 for a second performance at the same school on the same day. Organizers are asking those interested in booking a visit to their school to contact them at globelearning@theoldglobe.org. SAN DIEGO DIPLOMACY COUNCIL APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Jill M. Secard was appointed executive director of the San Diego Diplomacy Council, a North Parkbased nonprofit working with the public and private sector to bring world leaders to the region for several professional and cultural exchanges. Announced Wednesday, March 27, Secard brings more than 10 years experience in nonprofit management, fundraising and development, public relations, and special events production. “I am very happy to be serving as the San Diego Diplomacy Council’s executive director,” Secard said in the announcement. “I had been searching for an organization that would be the right match for my passion of international business and public diplomacy.” Secard said she heard of the global impact of the Diplomacy Council through hosting a youth leader from Egypt in 2012. “Over the last year, our group of citizen diplomats has brought more than 500 visitors and interpreters from over 125 countries to San Diego. We are building global networks one handshake at a time.” Secard has a master’s in business administration in international business from the University of San Diego, and formerly served as a Foreign Service officer. She has been associated with Project Concern International, Just Like My Child

Foundation and A Reason to Survive, Inc. (ARTS). For more information on the Diplomacy Council, visit sandiegodiplomacy.org.

SUSAN DAVIS RE-INTRODUCES BILL TO HELP STRUGGLING HOMEOWNERS Rep. Susan Davis re-introduced legislation to give individuals and families another tool to avoid foreclosure. Called the Short Sale Transparency Act, it would require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to disclose the minimum asking price they are willing to accept for a short sale if the first offer is rejected. “People deserve a real chance to avoid foreclosure,” Davis said in a press release. “It is unfair to expect someone to complete a short sale instead of abandoning their home to foreclosure, if the banks don’t meet them half way.” A short sale, or selling a home below its value, is often a last chance to avoid foreclosure, the release said. Often, homeowners are misled because loan servicers can repeatedly deny sale offers without giving guidance. The process can end in foreclosure, and would potentially damage an individual’s credit rating. “Many homeowners are willing, even eager, to work with banks to get out from under the mortgage and protect their credit rating,” Davis said. “But far too often, they find themselves in a guessing game as to what dollar amount will complete the sale.” MICHAEL KIMMEL, CALIFORNIA MEN’S GATHERING TO HOST RELATIONSHIP WORKSHOPS Psychotherapist and writer Michael Kimmel is partnering with the California Men’s Gathering to offer a two-part workshop titled “Monogamy or Open Relationship?” that addresses monogamous relationships within the gay, bisexual and transgender men community. “Here in California, same-sex couples had the ability to get married and hope to have it again. But let’s not assume that everyone in the LGBT world wants to get married,” Kimmel said in a release. For some people, the marriage question is secondary to this question: … Do we believe we can be happy with only one person for the rest of our lives?” The workshops occur from 7–9 p.m. April 10 and 12 at The LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St. Cost is $15 at the door for each night, or $25 for both. Kimmel said participants could attend either or both workshops. For more information contact Kimmel at beyondtherapy@cox.net or 619-955-3311. UNITED WAY CREATES HEALTH VISION COUNCIL TO ENHANCE, EXPAND PROGRAMS United Way of San Diego County recruited 24 members to a new Health Vision Council with the sole purpose of making recommendations to the nonprofit on ways it can collaborate, develop and lead health initiatives. The aim is to expand and enhance the programs already working in the San Diego health field, a release stated. Chairing the council is Thomas Bumol, vice president of biotechnology and autoimmunity research, and president of applied molecular evolution at Eli Lilly Biotechnology Center. “Through the council, United Way

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brings the right people and resources together to introduce innovative ideas and solve tough problems in health and human services throughout the county,” organizers said in the release. The council will first assist the organization with an assessment of the local health landscape, which was conducted over the last year and included several community conversations as well as data and research collection. Representatives on the council are from a vast number of fields in San Diego County and in part include Ben Avey of Family Health Centers of San Diego, Kim Bond of Mental Health Systems, Michael Brunker of Jackie Robinson YMCA, Margarita Holguin of Chula Vista Collaborative, Erica Bouris of International Rescue Committee, Larissa Roman of American Diabetes Association and Nick Yphantides of San Diego County Health and Human Services.

GOLDEN HILL FARMERS MARKET TO HOST ‘GO LOCAL’ EVENT Organized by Brian’s Farmers’ Markets, the Golden Hill Certified Farmers Market will host a Go Local Day at the Market on Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Organizers are inviting the community for the free events that will include cooking demos, hot food vendors and local, fresh produce. Families are especially encouraged to attend, as they will also be providing face painting, balloon artists, inflatable bouncy toys and free prize drawings. To help with the go local theme, KPBS will be at the market with a “pop-up” garden and to discuss their upcoming nature and gardening TV series “A Growing Passion.” The local show has been in production since January at locations throughout the region. It is scheduled to be a weekly show focusing on gardening, horticulture and agriculture, and is hosted by Nan Sterman. It is set to air in May. “There are so many ways that San Diego grows and so many wonderful stories to tell,” Sterman said in a press release. “I’m sure viewers will be amazed and inspired to discover what is going on right under noses. Our goal is to tell these stories in ways that help viewers to gain the skills they need to go out and ‘grow’ themselves.” Located on B Street between 27th and 28th streets, the Golden Hill Market is open each Saturday.

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ASSEMBLY MAJORITY LEADER ENROLLS IN CANCER STUDY Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins publicly enrolled in a medical study March 16 at the San Diego LGBT Center. Called the Cancer Prevention Study-3, the national research study is being conducted by the American Cancer society and is intended to enable cancer researchers to better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer. “Everyone dreads hearing the words, ‘You have cancer’ from their doctor,” Atkins said in a press release. “This study can help that be a rare event by identifying who gets cancer, why and how to prevent it. Enrolling in this study is a simple way to save lives.” For more information about the study or other enrollment events visit cancer.org/cps3u

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Todd Gloria beyond D3 Council President discusses supporting alternative water systems By Anthony King SDUN Editor

Council President Todd Gloria released his “100 Days of Progress” on March 12, highlighting several initiatives he and the City Council have addressed during his second term, and first as president. His stated goals are simple, he wrote: “to strengthen the City Council as a legislative body and to work cooperatively to improve the quality of life in San Diego.” Sworn in as Council president after winning reelection in the newly drawn District Three, Gloria succeeded Tony Young as president, who resigned from the Council. In an interview to discuss the first 100 days, Gloria remained gracious to his predecessor. “Tony Young carried himself with a lot of grace, and therefore I think made it look quite easy,” Gloria said. “I find that it is a lot of work.” Part of that feeling is self-imposed, he said, acknowledging that a hallmark of his time on the Council has been saying yes to appearances more often than saying no. He was quick to call himself a workaholic. “It’s definitely way more work” he said. “I don’t mind.” While several topics addressed in the councilmember’s 100 days letter seemed to be immediate to the actual first 100 days – Gloria was sworn in Dec. 3, 2012 – most are projects that have been in process for several years, some prior to when he was first elected in 2008. “A lot of stuff that you saw in the first 100 days was stuff that we worked on in the first term that are now starting to pay dividends,” he said. “The reason to spotlight it is that, and this is the great thing about representing District Three, we start a lot of [these] ideas here. Then, they are exported elsewhere in the city.” That is not to say Gloria does not see the multiple benefits of spearheading projects typical of a president, who has the added responsibility of overseeing the entire council and, in turn, the entire city. In fact, he welcomed the greater city connection. “The issues are really the same across the city,” Gloria said. “As I’ve taken on more of this city-wide role, every neighborhood is focused on infrastructure. Every neighborhood is concerned about public safety. And while there may be some nuance to it in Hillcrest verses, say,

Clairemont, the reality is that the values are still the same, so it is not difficult to navigate those in different neighborhoods.” One topic in the 100 days letter that affects a larger population than Uptown residents is the work done by the Water Policy Implementation Task Force. Recently reauthorized, Gloria wrote the process was a “collaborative approach” that he hoped would continue on the full Council. Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner heads the group. The task force was created to develop strategies for the City’s Comprehensive Water Policy, and work is expected to be complete later this year, when they will present recommendations to the Natural Resources and Culture Committee and then, if successful, to the full Council. Among the recommendations on the working Water Policy document is the support of alternative sources of water, including indirect potable reuse (IPR) and greywater systems. Both, Gloria said, were critical to Uptown. “We know that additional density and new development is planned, and I think that communities want to have confidence that the infrastructure that’s needed to support those new developments will be there,” Gloria said. “A big part of that is water. Not just the pipes, but the actual asset; the commodity.” Supporting the new systems – which includes research, education and financing, among other means – is something that extends beyond Gloria’s first 100 days as president as well. “The Council has been pursuing [this] for years now, but I think we are doubling down on this approach to diversify our portfolio,” he said. “The reality is we are at the end of the line when it comes to water supply, and we are really captive to other interests when it comes to what we pay.” The San Diego County Water Authority is currently entangled in lawsuits with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – a Los Angeles-based organization that supplies water to 26 cities and water districts, including San Diego – regarding overcharging customers. One lawsuit filed in June 2012 states overcharges will amount to over $50 million in 2013 and 2014. The 2012 lawsuit is the second

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filed by the County Water Authority, having sued the Metropolitan Water District in 2010 over similar charges for the years 2011 and 2012. It remains unresolved as well. Gloria was well aware that what happens outside San Diego, as well as in the courts, is going to affect Council District Three. “We’re going to do as much as we can locally, whether that’s through conservation, greywater systems or indirect potable reuse,” he said. “There’s really no stone that should be left unturned to this issue because we are in a very arid environment with a growing population.” There is growing interest in greywater systems, where households re-route wastewater from their kitchen sinks, showers and appliances to help water lawns and foliage outdoors, and one the councilmember said surprised him when he was originally campaigning. “I can tell you from walking door to door in 2008 that was very much in front of people’s minds. It was one of these things you wouldn’t expect,” he said. At the time, several people in Uptown were installing unpermitted greywater systems, which were illegal. Over the last four years – again, reaching beyond the first 100 days – the City Council has worked with the County to develop guidelines for homeowners to implement these systems. “We’ve changed that culture now. This is going back to the broader question of diversifying the portfolio,” Gloria said, who, as it turns out, recently had dinner at a home in Uptown that featured a complete greywater system. Gloria will be the guest speaker at the April 9 Hillcrest Town Council held at the Joyce Beers Community Center, located at 3900 Vermont St. Town Council President Luke Terpstra said the councilmember will be updating the community on a number of topics pertinent to District Three. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to all. Editor’s note: this is the first in a multiple-series-profile of Council President Todd Gloria, taking a deeper look at the many initiatives brought forth in his “100 Days of Progress.” Subsequent stories will appear in all San Diego Community News Network media, including San Diego Uptown News, San Diego Downtown News and Gay San Diego.u


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INSPIRATION Faulconer expressed his desire to see the plaques replaced, saying Mission Hills Heritage, the City Council and his office rallied to raise the necessary funds for the six new plaques in Inspiration Heights. His office gave $1,200 to the City’s Historic Preservation Fund for this specific purpose. “I think it celebrates what’s best of San Diego and what’s best about neighborhood character,” Faulconer said. “All of us banded together because we felt ver y proud of our community. … We redid this, and we did it right.” The San Diego City Streets Division installed the new plaques, and the pillars were repaired and painted by Chism Brothers Painting. Mike Chism, who grew up in Mission Hills, said it was a pleasure for him and his company to do the work. Hager thanked Chism and his work on behalf of Mission Hills Heritage. “As soon as these plaques were put in, his company came out,” Hager said. “He had a three-man crew working for two days exclusively on these pillars.” Restoration work included repairing the stucco, followed by repainting. “I’d say at this point in time, the heritage has been restored and these pillars are back to their original glory,” Hager said. The new plaques do not have a lacquer coating, and Hagar said they will oxidize to the former greenish color of the originals within two years. In closing, Faulconer said while the restoration was a relatively small project, it meant a “great deal” to Mission Hills. “It’s all about community pride and community character,” he said.u

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of Human Values in 1997, Shankar has made a significant impact worldwide, touching the lives of over 300 million people. Mayor Bob Filner gave the keynote address for the March 25 program, which also included remarks by University of California, San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla. Azim Khamisa emceed the event, and was invited in part because of his work stopping youth violence through the Tariq Khamisa Foundation. Khamisa created the San Diego-based nonprofit after his son was fatally shot by gang members in 1995.

inclusiveness. “When we create a sense of belonging, fear and insecurity will drop away from society, and love and compassion will take the front seat,” he said. “Let’s turn all those tears of anguish and sorrow into tears of joy.” Saying nonviolent principles can be taught, Shanker pointed out that acts of violence are blatant and speak loudly, which is why the voice of peace – far quieter and subtler – must be raised. Shankar is the spokesperson for Nonviolence: No Higher Calling (NONVIO), a movement started with the goal of eradicating violence in all its forms. Shanker and his nonviolence message inspired Rajshree Patel to begin the foundation, highlighting five goals: honoring women, standing up to abuse, embracing education, making conscious choices and being the change. Through social and digital campaigns, the movement encourages individuals to pledge one act of nonviolence for every act of violence they witness. The hope is to grow a global crusade in which one billion acts of nonviolence are committed. NONVIO kicked off the initiative with a five-city tour, starting in San Diego and moving next to Los Ange(l to r) Mayor Bob Filner and Shanker, who is receiving a les. Shanker and the NONVIO team proclamation from the City (Courtesy The Art of Living Foundation) will also hold public conversations and “I found there were victims at both ends guided meditations in Chicago, Atlanta and of the gun,” Khamisa told the audience, sayNew York City. ing he forgave his son’s 14-year-old killer and Shankar has played a key role in conhas since offered him a job at the nonprofit, flict resolution by spreading his vision of which Khamisa started with the youth’s nonviolence at public forums and gatherings grandfather. worldwide. A neutral figure with peace as “He’s 32 years old now, and I’m trying to his sole agenda, he has received credit for get him out of prison early,” Khamisa said. “I bringing opposing parties to the negotiating think he could do more for society working table in Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kosovo, Kashmir with his grandfather and me than rotting in and Sri Lanka. Having founded the Art of Living Founda- prison.” Khosla said violence is more than physition in 1981 and the International Association

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cal abuse. “It’s aggression, anger, cruelty, hostility. It’s physical, emotional, mental. It’s pervasive, and it’s unnecessary. Nothing good ever comes of it,” he said. In introductory remarks, Filner related his own experience as a Freedom Rider – jailed for protesting segregation in Mississippi in the 1960s – and what it meant to him as well as the nation. “We learned in the process of taking the punishment for violating laws that we felt were immoral … when those convictions were overturned and the Supreme Court brought down segregation … that we’d changed American history,” Filner said. “Just by the moral act of refusing to use violence, we affected a change in society.” Shankar’s pledged mission is to unite the world into a violence-free, stress-free society by re-instilling human values. In a brief meeting with the media prior to the peace rally, Shankar answered questions about his crusade for global nonviolence, including combating gangs and violence among youth. “In every one of these young people, there is a victim who is crying for help inside,” he said. “We need to reach out to them, teach them they can control their negative emotions and transform them into more positive ones.” The spiritual leader said he challenges young people to make a new friend every day, and reiterated education and connectivity through communities as a way to attain a violence- and stress-free society. Additionally, language, cultural and other barriers need to be overcome to obtain peace, and he pointed out social media has become “one of the most important of all media” to promote nonviolence worldwide. For more information about NONVIO, call 866-626-5373, email sandiego@ us.artofliving.org or visit nonvio.org. On social media, visit facebook.com/iamnonvio or @iamnonvio on Twitter.u


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Pizzeria Luigi 1137 25th St. (Golden Hill) | 619-233-3309 2121 El Cajon Blvd. (North Park) | 619-294-9417 Prices: Salads, sandwiches and pasta, $4 to $7.50; pizzas, $14.50 to $20

Luigi’s famous Mona Lisa pizza (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

Guy Fieri of the Food Network said that if he lived in San Diego, he’d have a “signature account” at Pizzeria Luigi. The compliment was paid when the spiky-haired television host began shoveling down various pies at the Golden Hill pizza shop for his “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” show. For proprietor Luigi Agostini, the national publicity propelled him into San Diego’s elusive, but highly competitive, pizza hall of fame. Agostini, a young Italian immigrant, has since carboncopied the menu at a second location in North Park while sticking to a dough recipe that uses high-gluten flour and purified bottled water. The result is a thin, elastic crust with an air-blown gentleness that finicky pizza-lovers largely embrace. The vibe at Golden Hill is reminiscent of a neighborhood pizza parlor in San Francisco, situated within a quaint hodgepodge of old houses and businesses that reminds Agostini of his hometown in Varese, Italy. His shop in North Park feels more like Ocean Beach, slightly disarrayed amid grunge art and wooden picnic tables. At either location, display cases are stocked with

a kaleidoscopic assortment of pies that excite the senses upon entering. All slices are $2.75 except for plain cheese, priced at $2.50. The pizzas are also available in whole form, with the most expensive capping off at $20 for such creations potaas the no-sauce Sports Bar topped with thinly sliced pota toes, bacon, cheddar, blue cheese and green onions. Yes, it tasted like a loaded baked potato all the way through. The Mona Lisa pizza was spotlighted on Fieri’s television show and landed subsequently in the recipe section on the Food Network’s website. Though hardly unconventional, the merging of pepperoni, sausage, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions and black olives leaves a savory and salty good impression in the mouth. Agostini’s tomato sauce plays a vital role in the pizzas using such proverbial toppings. He injects into the sauce what too many pizzerias in San Diego tend to underplay or overlook: red pepper flakes, granulated garlic, fresh basil, Parmesan cheese and essential oregano. With those ingredients in check, even a bare cheese slice escapes the pitfall of blandness. And speaking of cheese, the shops offer a vegan version from Daiya, which costs an extra $4 per pie. Other specialty pizzas include the titillating Frenchie topped with blue cheese, honey ham and a novel addition of pears. The “salad pie” features spring mix lettuces, kalamata olives, tomatoes and onions, all dressed in vinaigrette and splayed over hot, crispy crust. Made without

cheese, it’s the most guiltless pizza in town. A short list of baked items includes stromboli and calzones, along with a meatball roll encasing far more ricotta and mozzarella than beef. Served generously as two weighty logs, I didn’t encounter any meat until a quarter of the way into the first section. What finally did surface were finely crumbled meatballs, never in whole or partial form. The accompanying marinara sauce, however, was bright and expressive. The menu extends also to paninis, lasagna and a few tossed pasta dishes, although we’re told that new items are currently in development such as a chicken cutlet sandwich and other pasta medleys. From the beverage list, a selection of draft beer changes frequently while the wines embody labels from California and Italy. Whether Luigi’s pies carry the stamp of profundity that back-East transplants like me incessantly demand, they score enough passionate points to standout among San Diego’s growing roster of skilled pizza makers.u


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CHRISTOPHER'S

ON CONGRESS 62539 Congress St. (Old Town)

619-450-4154 The $6 lunch deal includes salad, flatbread and a glass of wine.

Happy Hour: 3 to 7 p.m., daily. Lunch special, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily

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A fireplace mantle shows off part of the wine inventory. (Photo by Dr. Ink)

Old Town surprise Come On G e t H a p py ! D r. I n k

If it weren’t for a friend living in Old Town, it might have taken me months to discover Christopher’s on Congress, the neighborhood’s latest beer-and-wine bar located only a stone’s throw from the distracting bustle of San Diego Avenue. Formerly the Wine Cabana, new owners Christopher Tatalovich and his brother, Paul, quietly reinvented the space earlier this year by adding kitchen equipment and an ambitious wine inventor y containing 70 labels from around the globe, all of which are available by the glass. Ports and craft beer brewed throughout Mexico and California are also in the offing. The front bar room leads to a second,

larger space stocked with barrel tables and a fireplace. Paneled doors separate it from an inviting side-patio, where additional tables are framed by tan draperies. With plenty of seating options, including a narrow smoking patio in front, the blueprint demands you seize a spot and laze for a while. Two daily specials sweeten the deal. Visit between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., and a mere $6 buys you a sprightly salad with raspberr y vinaigrette, a flatbread pizza of your choice and either a glass of wine or beer. It’s the ultimate happy meal. Admittedly I was skeptical at first, assuming the salad would be a sad plunk of iceberg leaves and the flatbread might measure only to the size of my palm. Wrong. The mixed greens contained fresh sprigs of dill and julienne veggies while the flatbread pizza, made with naan bread and topped with pepperoni, olives, colorful bell peppers and mozzarella, yielded six moderate slices.

From a select list of red and white wines, I chose a hefty pour of JanKris Crossfire Cabernet, which spoke to its Paso Robles roots with distinct fruitiness and an above-average alcohol content. Other varietals available in the lunch package include merlot, chardonnay and pinot grigio, usually from a couple of different vineyards. Happy hour follows from 3 to 7 p.m., when the aforementioned wines are sold at $3 a glass. The small selection of Mexican craft beers such as Crazy Pig Ale and Pilsner from Rio Bravo also carr y over from the lunch list. They become priced at $2 apiece. In addition, a special flatbread that Tatalovich designates on a whim each day for happy hour is available for $6. Christopher’s on Congress still seems off the radar of most tourists, which affords locals one of the best and tastiest commotion-free sanctuaries in Old Town.u

RATINGS: Drinks:

Wine deals oblige to the main varietals, such as merlot, cabernet, chardonnay and pinot grigio while the discounted beers give you a taste of the latest craft brews from Mexico.

Food:

Salads and flatbreads are of gourmet quality and made to order. From the regular menu (not discounted), you’ll find “lamb pops,” steak and meatball paninis and an enticing dip made with kale, artichokes and Gruyere cheese.

Value:

Deals during daily happy hour and lunch are some of the best in San Diego, with the latter costing only $6 for salad, flatbread and a glass of wine or beer.

Service:

Hospitable owners Christopher and Paul Tatalovich work the front lines with speed, efficiency and enthusiasm.

Duration:

With two daily deals in place that run contiguously, you can save on food and drinks in one form or another, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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In sync with the stars Clairvoyant closes eyes to see more clearly A Whim

& A Prayer Celene Adams

mental breakdown, she would rock in her chair and sing the same song over and over. Stewart still shudders at the memory. Yet while she could keep her psychic visions at bay during the day, when night fell they arrived in the form of dreams. “There were shaman, medicine men, and a lot of mystical people from times gone by,” she said. At first she was terrified, but then it hit her: she was being shown that she was one of them. Realizing that she had a previous life as a healer, Stewart was growing excited about her powers. But she said her husband was horrified. Just as her father had been, he feared she could see through him and accused her of reading his mind. This time, though, Stewart could neither suppress nor ignore the internal process that was in motion or, for that matter, the objects that were moving around on the outside. “I was sitting in my car … when all of a sudden … a tree branch fell on the hood. But [there wasn’t] a tree in sight,” she said. Kleenex boxes, water bottles, books: they were all moving – seemingly of their own volition – and Stewart was petrified. “I called the woman in the [intuitive leadership] class, and I

Hillcrest clairvoyant and medium Connie Stewart began life by closing her eyes to her surroundings. “I grew up in a shack alongside the Louisiana bayou,” Stewart said. “I had to shut my eyes to the poverty and abuse I grew up with in order to survive.” Once, Stewart literally lost her sight for a while, when her alcoholic father beat her about the head. “Subconsciously, he hated my psychic abilities so he always went for my head,” she said. “But hard as he tried, he never could, because I would jump out of my body and go up to the stars.” There, floating in the ether amongst her “twinkling friends,” Stewart knew her spirit was safe: a “quiet, soft, normal” feeling she otherwise only felt at her grandmother’s house. After her father threw her out as a teenager, her life became conventional. She married, had a son and left the bayou to work in a corporate environment. Occasionally, she would experience a “random and chaotic” sixth sense – knowing, for instance, that someone was about to die or a disaster was going to happen – but it was more frightening than empowering. When psychic ability comes to someone randomly, Stewart said, it can feel scary. “You never know when it’s going to come, and you don’t know what’s going to hit you.” Consequently, she tried to ignore such prescience. But she would not escape her gift as neatly as she’d escaped the bayou, and when the company she worked for sponsored a seminar in intuitive leadership, her life took Hillcrest clairvoyant and medium Connie Stewart a turn toward the (Courtesy Connie Stewart) work she now said, ‘I’m so freaked out; I think I considers her “calling.” have poltergeists.’” One of the women in the class But the woman wasn’t aligned with her, Stewart recalled. alarmed. She assured Stewart it “She sat down beside me one day was not spirits or ghosts, but her and said, ‘Just face it. You’re … own energy, or gift. psychic.’” It was then that Stewart deUntil then, no one had ever cided to find a mentor. spoken those words aloud. Not “I said to my husband, ‘I need even Stewart herself. to find somebody who has all the “It was a defining moment,” abilities I have but who knows she said, and she interpreted it as what to do with them,’” she “permission” to begin investigatrecalled. ing and developing her abilities. Within an hour, the phone But Stewart was still afraid and rang. It was a woman from her conflicted. It wasn’t just that her hometown in New Orleans, a clairfather had tried to annihilate her for the “something in my eyes that voyant medium and healer she’d met only indirectly once before, he couldn’t understand,” she said. inviting her to attend a workshop. She also feared becoming “crazy” But when Stewart’s husband like her mother. learned his wife planned to “Mama was either crying or spend two weeks studying with a eerily silent most of the time,” psychic, he threatened divorce, Stewart remembered, and she said. It was an ultimatum that whenever she was about to have a

Business name:

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Website: soulsync.com gave Stewart pause. Torn, she hesitated. If she studied with the mentor, not only would she risk losing her husband, she’d also have to travel back to Louisiana, deep into the forest to connect with the energies her father had tried to exorcise years earlier. Rather than continue to be afraid of her gifts, however, Stewart was determined to learn to summon them at will. She accepted the adventure that beckoned. “I went into deep discovery,” she said. “From sun up to sun down, we worked, we worked, we worked. … I had all the raw ability, but I didn’t know what it meant, how it worked, or how to willfully direct it.” Pursuing the path toward her heart’s desire felt glorious, yet returning to her husband, who remained resistant, was heart breaking. Convinced she needed to be “free on a soul level,” Stewart decided to abandon both married life and her corporate career. For the next five years, before opening SoulSync in 2002, Stewart read part time for clients. Financially it was a struggle and, at first, she also held a part-time job. But she soon found she needed to devote all her energy to honing her skills. The work involves much more than readings. “It’s all this research, and all the things you have to do to be ready, and coherent and alert and observant,” she said. “It’s a lot of energy work.” Dream interpretation, remote viewing, energetic space clearing: such services require regular retreats into her “inner forest” to commune with spirit guides and replenish healing energies, she said. But it’s work that she does with her eyes shut. After all, as the poet Rumi wrote, we must “close both eyes to see with the other.” —A Whim and a Prayer profiles the trials and triumphs of entrepreneurs whose businesses have evolved out of their passions and life experience. If you are a local business owner and you would like to be featured in this column, contact Celene Adams at writeyourbusinessstory@gmail.com or visit writeyourbusinessstory.com.u


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A fine line of extraordinary silliness Premiere musical is timeless & precise, led by virtuosic Jefferson Mays By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic

(l to r) Ken Barnett and Lisa O'Hare (Photo by Henry DiRocco)

How frequently does a D’Ysquith die in “A Gentleman’s Guide to Murder”? The answer is eight times, through a dizzying array of means – one more than once – and all hilariously so; especially when all the aristocratic D’Ysquiths, male and female, are played by virtuosic, Tony Award-winning actor Jefferson Mays. Recipient of an MFA from UC San Diego, Mays was last seen locally as Charlotte von Mahlsdorf in a pre-Broadway workshop and the post-Broadway production of Doug Wright’s Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning “I Am My Own Wife” at the La Jolla Playhouse. Having held forth as all the characcharac ters in “I Am My Own Wife,” Mays is supremely suited to portray the D’Ysquiths Freedone and all in the new Robert L. Freed man and Steven Lutvak musical titled “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” which is a co-world premiere production with Hartford Stage, where it debuted earlier. Based on “Israel Rank,” a novel by Roy Horniman, it continues through April 14 at The Old Globe Theatre. If the plot sounds familiar, a 1949 film titled

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” WHERE: The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way (Balboa Park) WHEN: Thurs. – Sat. at 8 p.m.; Sun., Tues. and Wed. at 7 p.m.; and Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m. through April 14. INFO: 619-234-5623 WEB: theoldglobe.org “Kind Hearts and Coronets” was also based on the same story, which concerns Monty Navarro (played by wondrous baritone Ken Barnett), whose disowned, disinherited late mother was a D’Ysquith. When he determines there are only nine D’Ysquiths between him and Highhurst Castle, Monty sets out, poison in pocket, to murder them all. Barnett’s challenge is to maintain the audience’s sympathy, even though he is a serial killer who manages to make all his murders look like accidents. As Monty’s love interests, Lisa O’Hare plays the empty-headed, self-centered Sibella who spurns Monty because he has no money, and Chilinia Kennedy portrays Phoebe D’Ysquith, the attractive and forthright sister of one of Monty’s victims, Henry, who dies most hilariously. The production benefits from a sparkling well-heard ensemble of five and an orchestra of

12 conducted by Music Director Mike Ruckles, who also plays piano. Jonathan Tunick is orchestrator. Peggy Hickey is the choreographer. Former Globe co-Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, now artistic director of Hartford Stage, directs the lavish and complicated piece, which may become his Broadway debut. He fluidly stages the work on an ingenious, attractive set designed by Alexander Dodge, who calls upon Aaron Rhyne for projection design. The set consists of a raised music hall stage with red velvet curtains and a detailed proscenium that is a show in itself upon closer inspection. This stage within a stage allows for quick changes behind the curtain while other scenes of meet-and-greet are played on the forestage and off to the sides. Longtime Tresnjak collaborator Linda Cho creates absolutely delicious turn-of-the-century gowns for O’Hare and Kennedy, who could not be thinner or more attractive in Charles LaPointe’s wig designs. Neither is chirpy except as required. Outstanding among the musical numbers are Sibella’s “I Don’t Know What I’d Do,” which truly establishes character; Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith’s “I Don’t Understand the Poor;” “Better With a Man,” performed by Henry and Monty; and Monty’s “Sibella.” Freedman and Lutvak’s lyrics are exceptionally clever, and Lutvak’s music amusingly borrows from Gilbert, Sullivan and Sondheim. The most outrageous costume belongs to Bartholomew D’Ysquith, the bodybuilder who dies gruesomely – I’ll spare you the details – in a weight-lifting accident. To make a murderer and his murders acceptable one must tread an exceptionally fine line of detailed silliness. Here the treading is precise, timeless and extraordinary. The opening night audience was beside itself with joy.u


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The Outfit (Courtesy The Outfit) By Logan Broyles SDUN Reporter

Where to begin with South By Southwest? Children at Disneyland have less fun than I did at South by Southwest, Austin’s annual citywide celebration of music, film, and the latest in technology and innovation held from March 8 to 17. For most people that attend the 27-year-old festival, the highlight is the music, with mainly free shows taking over nearly every venue in the city. The acts range from established stars to up-and-coming musicians that aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, playing five or six shows in a single week. L.A. based roots-rock band Dawes may have taken home the record, with an astounding 14 shows at this year’s SXSW. The variety of big name bands that played was amazing, with nearly every style and genre represented in some form. The Stooges played a set at The Mohawk, the Flaming Lips put on multiple shows to promote their new album “The Terror,” and the Smashing Pumpkins rang in lead singer Billy

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You Me & Apollo (Courtesy Sweetwood Presents)

Southbound & down A journey to the music lover’s paradise that is South By Southwest Corrigan’s birthday with a free show at Red Bull’s Sound Select. Prince played a free show in front of over a thousand screaming fans at the La Zona Rosa, and rapper Ghostface Killer even made an appearance. Justin Timberlake was the big name everyone was buzzing about who wrapped up the week with a secret show hosted by MySpace at the 800-person Coppertank Events Center. While the lucky few were able to make it into these shows after hours spent in line or forking over a sizeable amount of money for a full festival pass, most were content to gather outside these venues and relish in the freedom of dancing in the streets with strangers. SXSW is like dropping a Bonnaroo-sized music festival right in the middle of the French

Quarter during Mardi Gras. There was an odd feeling that came from spending several hours in a single venue watching multiple bands play a killer line up, and then suddenly stepping foot outside into a mass of humanity as thousands filled the streets. This sea of people moved like a herd, with impromptu pockets of dance circles springing up around the many street DJs, bands and occasional group of guys using nothing but buckets for drums. While the main drag along Sixth Street in the heart of downtown Austin is where most of the action happened, the highlight may have been the quant “house-bars” that line Ceasar Chavez Avenue along the outskirts of town. There, former Victorian-style homes were converted into bars with backyard

stages set up for smaller, lesserknown bands that really put their heart and soul into every show. While it’s hard to chose a favorite, the highlight of all the bands had to be You Me & Apollo, a soulful young rock group based out of Colorado. Look up their live performance of the song “Rob the Cheat” and you’ll see why this random band I’d never heard about easily goes down as the best show I’ve seen in the last three years. Another highlight was The Outfit, a four-piece indie rock band also from Colorado, and The Weeks, a rough around the edges rock band based out of Mississippi fronted by two longhaired twins who really know how to jam and get the crowd going. You can see what I mean as The Weeks come to San Diego’s The Griffin, located at 1310 Morena

Blvd., April 6 at 8:30 p.m. The festival can be overwhelming at times; no shocker considering it encompasses a celebration of the best the music industry has to offer, plus movie previews and actor panels from the national film industry, seminars and product demos from some of the world’s biggest technology brands, and even some comedy thrown in for good measure. Numerous companies were promoting their latest products and hosting parties, where they gave away free samples, free drinks and free food. While a person can’t live solely off of free bags of Doritos and granola bars, I certainly tried my best to do just that. Austin is a foodie’s paradise year round, with some of the world’s best and most innovative restaurants, along with so many food trucks that your only regret will be that you didn’t get to try them all. Overall, the festival may have begun in 1987 as an annual conference to help put a spotlight on the best emerging talent in the region, but over the last three decades it has grown into the greatest music festival in the world.u


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CalendarofEvents FRIDAY, MARCH 29 Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) Preschool stor y time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “This is 40,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14 SATURDAY, MARCH 30 Golden Hill Farmers Market: 8 a.m. – noon every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free Old Town Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday, Harney Street, free Normal Heights egg hunt: 9:30 – 11 a.m., Adams Avenue Recreation Center old fashioned egg hunt for children ages 2 – 13, 3491 Adams Ave. Children’s craft time: 10 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) UH Librar y Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd Charlie Arbelaez and Matt Hall: 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., Arbelaez on sax and Hall on trombone as guests for regular jazz night, The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant, 2660 Calhoun St., $5 Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “This is 40,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14 SUNDAY, MARCH 31 Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2

CALENDAR p.m., today’s special guest is Chef Larry Malone from Empire House, every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) Prayers for World Peace: 10:30 a.m. to noon, guided meditation drop-in class, Vajrarupini Buddhist Center, 3344 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill, $10 donation Organ Concert: 2 p.m., music by organist Carol Williams, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Bark, free

MONDAY, APRIL 1 Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) Bankers Hill Neighborhood Parking Committee: 5 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the parking committee, Merrill Gardens, 2567 Second Ave. North Park Urban Design: 6 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the North Park Planning Committee’s Urban Design/ Project Review subcommittee, North Park Recreation Center, 2719 Howard Ave. Contra Dance: 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the San Diego Folk Heritage with live music by Tectonic Shakedown, beginners workshop taught at 7:30 p.m. followed by live music from 8 – 11 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St., $12 TUESDAY, APRIL 2 Toastmasters Mission Valley: 7 – 8:30 a.m., regular weekly meeting of Toastmaster group for improving public speaking, Crone Plaza Hotel, 2270 Hotel Circle South Adams Avenue board meeting: 8:00 a.m., regular monthly meeting of the Adams Avenue Business Association board, 4649 Hawley Blvd. Pajama stor y time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925

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W. Washington St., free Uptown Planners: 6 – 7:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting, with tonight’s agenda including the Hillcrest Fire Station, Joyce Beers Community Center, 1230 Cleveland Ave. North Park design committee: 5:30 p.m., regular monthly North Park Main Street design committee meeting, 3076 University Ave., free

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 North Park BID Collaborative: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., regular meeting of the area business districts, The El Cajon Boulevard BID office, 3737 El Cajon Blvd. Lion’s Club of North Park: noon – 1:30 p.m., regular weekly lunch of the North Park Lion’s Club, 3927 Utah St LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free The Boulevard board meeting: 4 – 5 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the El Cajon Boulevard Business Association board, 3727 El Cajon Blvd. Silent Spring Series: 5:30 p.m., fifth Silent Spring program organized by the Center for Ethics in Science & Technology called “Elephants or People?: Ethical Dilemmas in Recovering Endangered Species,” Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park University Heights CDC: 6:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the UHCDC, 4452 Park Blvd. Robin Henkel Band with Whitney Shay: 8 p.m., ArtLab Studios, 3536 Adams Ave., donation THURSDAY, APRIL 4 Mission Hills book group: 10 – 11 a.m., book group to discuss “On Gold Mountain” by Lisa See, note new April location at Mission Hills Books & Collectibles, 4045 Goldfinch St., free North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free

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Balboa Park Committee: 6 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting, Balboa Park Club, Santa Fe Room, 2144 Pan American Rd. University Heights Community Association: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting including an open community forum, this month’s discussion is on graffiti with guest from San Diego Police Department, San Diego Unified Board of Education building, 4100 Normal St. The Gypsy Swing Cats: 7 p.m., ArtLab Studios, 3536 Adams Ave.

FRIDAY, APRIL 5 Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) Preschool stor y time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Carla Bizett: 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., jazz, gospel and world music as guest for regular jazz night, The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant, 2660 Calhoun St., $5 Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “Magic Mike,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14 SATURDAY, APRIL 6 Golden Hill Farmers Market: 8 a.m. – noon every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free Children’s craft time: 10 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) UH Librar y Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m.,

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W. Washington St., free Uptown Community Parking District: 5 – 7 p.m., monthly board meeting, Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. North Park Maintenance Assessment District: 6 – 8 p.m., regular meeting, North Park Adult Recreation Center, 2719 Howard Ave.

CALENDAR screening “Magic Mike,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14 The Point cleanup: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., wear comfortable shoes and bring gloves, water and sunscreen, meet at intersection of Golden Gate Drive and Rhode Island Street.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9 Old Town Community Parking: 10 a.m., regular monthly meeting of the Old Town Community Parking Advisory Committee, Hacienda Hotel’s Prado Room, 4041 Harney St. Pajama stor y time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Hillcrest Town Council: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Hillcrest Town Council, this month’s guest is Council President Todd Gloria, Joyce Beers Community Center, 1230 Cleveland Ave., free Normal Heights Community Association: 6:30 p.m., regular meeting of the NH Community Planning Group, Normal Heights Community Center, 4649 Hawley Blvd. Toastmasters Mission Valley: 7 – 8:30 a.m., regular weekly meeting of Toastmaster group for improving public speaking, Crone Plaza Hotel, 2270 Hotel Circle South

SUNDAY, APRIL 7 Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) Prayers for World Peace: 10:30 a.m. to noon, guided meditation drop-in class, Vajrarupini Buddhist Center, 3344 Four th Ave., Bankers Hill, $10 donation Organ Concert: 2 p.m., music by organist Carol Williams with Martha Jane Weaver, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Bark, free MONDAY, APRIL 8 Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) Signing story time: 1:30 – 2:15 p.m., babies, toddlers and preschoolers learning sign language, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 Lion’s Club of North Park: noon – 1:30 p.m., regular weekly

lunch of the North Park Lion’s Club, 3927 Utah St. Old Town Community Planning Group: 3:30 – 5 p.m., regular monthly meeting, Whaley House Museum, 2476 San Diego Ave. LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free North Park Public Facilities: 6 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the North Park Planning Committee’s Public Facilities, Transportation, Parks & Public Art subcommittee, North Park Recreation Center, 2719 Howard Ave. Ken-Tal Planning Group: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Kensington-Talmadge Planning Group, Franklin Elementary School Auditorium, 4481 Copeland Ave. North Park Main Street: 7:30 – 9 a.m., regular monthly board meeting, 3076 University Ave., free Black Market III: 8 p.m., ArtLab Studios, 3536 Adams Ave.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11 Old Town Chamber Promotions: 2 p.m., regular monthly meeting of Chamber committee, Café Coyote, 2461 San Diego Ave. North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free Mission Hills Town Council: 6 p.m., Town Hall meeting, Francis Parker lower school library, 4201 Randolph St.u

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Mission Hills Books and Collectables 4054 Goldfinch St., San Diego, CA 92103 • (619) 550-7749 • www.mhbac.com We will be having a book signing on April 11th with author/musician Yale Strom. Below, I have forwarded one of Yale’s emails to me with information about the music he plays, and the book signing. “World renowned artists Yale Strom, Elizabeth Schwartz and Jeff Pekarek will present a book lecture/ klezmer concert and book signing with their new book, SHPIL: THE ART OF PLAYING KLEZMER. Klezmer music is the infectious East European Jewish instrumental folk music that was played at weddings and other celebrations. Klezmer music was an integral part of Yiddish culture and was also performed by the Roma (gypsies) who sometimes played

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opened its doors mid-March and we are very excited. Lauren Passero opened Kensington Cafe in 2008 and after four years of falling in love with the community feel of Kensington, decided to open The Haven Pizzeria right down the street. Co-owner and General Manager Kate Grimes worked with Lauren in the past and even helped her open the cafe. Since then she has been working in the pizza business, so she lends a great bit of experience to our team. We were also lucky enough to find Kevin Strombel, a passionate, young chef, who has put together some great recipes that we think you will enjoy. The reason behind our name “The Haven” is twofold. It comes from our desire to be a comfortable, homey escape, but it also has a tie in to one of our favorite stories from Kensington history. In 1949, Dr. Havens and his son started digging a BBQ pit in their backyard and just kept going. Eventually with the help of the neighborhood kids, they had created 700 feet of tunnels and a series of nine connecting underground

playrooms where all of the neighborhood children would gather. (For great footage of the caves checkout Ken Kramer’s “About San Diego” video on kpbs.org) Our goals are simple ... to provide a quality product at a reasonable price and to provide a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere to enjoy food, family and friends. Our menu consists of a variety of pizzas, salads, apps, beer and wine and we also have a build your own pizza section, so that you can get creative. We are proud to offer white, wheat and gluten-free crusts so that we can meet all tastes and dietary needs. While we are very vegetarian-friendly, we also offer several all-natural meats for you to choose from. We have tried to put together a good list of beers (including many local) and wines (because pizza and beer/wine are a great combo) but we are very family friendly so little ones are also welcome. We offer take-out and are working on doing delivery in the near future. Check us out at thehavenpizzeria.com or on Facebook.


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One moment can change your Health & LIFE forever… Walking into the hidden sanctuary that is Good Vibrations Family Chiropractic, you would think it was the beautiful, peaceful environment that got them voted READER’S CHOICE for BEST CHIROPRACTOR, but it isn’t. It is the people inside. It all starts with the reception the staff gives you when you first enter the building. They make you feel more like you are coming home than walking into a traditional chiropractic office. Big smiles with warm open hearts are there to welcome you and facilitate a smooth and positive appointment. At any time during your visit, you might find laughter, tears, high fives, and big cheers of celebration filling the reception room and the adjustment suites. This leads me to the doctors. Founder and CEO of Good Vibrations Family Chiropractic, Dr. Joe Merlo, along with his lovely wife, Dr. Stacey Merlo, were recently joined by the talented Dr. Steve Tullius. These chiropractors are genuine and authentic and really care about your health and life. They have a surprisingly gentle, yet very effective touch and are very specific in their adjustments. They use a specialized electronic stress test to see the areas in your nervous system that are not functioning optimally, which allows them to not only focus on where your pain is, but also find the root cause of the problems in your health and body. They will help your body correct this so you can function better and experience better health. The staff at Good Vibrations is also very focused on education and they offer FREE health classes to the public because they are so passionate about changing the health of their community. This is why so many people are bringing them their babies and children; not because they are in pain, but because the parents understand that by getting them adjusted, their nervous system will be functioning better and it will dramatically affect their quality of health and life expression. The clients themselves are also an extraordinary group of people at Good Vibrations Family Chiropractic. The people coming in to the practice range from pregnant women, babies whom are just days old, to athletes and great grandparents. The one thing they all have in common is their passion for health and life. I couldn’t help but notice a bigger smile on the faces and a sparkle in the eye of the people leaving after their adjustments. “Coming here is the best part of my day and week,” one client said. “It is just fun to be here. It is a health party every time and I am a raving fan.” Good Vibrations Family Chiropractic has lots of raving fan reviews and testimonials on their website and other locations.

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Michael Good For Moses it’s the Promised Land. For Jason it’s the Golden Fleece. For Monty Python it’s the Holy Grail. But for the old house owner, it’s the photograph. Not just any photograph, mind you, but the photograph of his or her house on day one, the day it was finally completed (and before anyone could come along and mess it up). The photograph is the one piece of evidence that will unlock the mystery inside the enigma inside the conundrum inside the McGuffin that is your historic home. No longer will you stare forlornly at some architectural detail and ask yourself – because no one will listen to you any longer – “I wonder if that’s original?” If it’s any comfort for you seekers of pictorial truth, I want to say I feel your pain. Right now it’s in my neck, from lifting boxes for the last two hours trying to find my own missing photograph. My photo Hegira was prompted by a phone call from my good friend and neighbor, Randy Sappenfeld. Randy is a long-time North Park resident and board member of the North Park Historical Society. It was in that capacity that he called seeking my photograph, which he remembered seeing some time ago. The photograph was of my great grandparents’ bungalow on Granada Avenue, circa 1912, showing my great grandparents, my grandmother, Violet, and my great uncle, Jack. What is perhaps most remarkable about the picture is how the house looks nothing like it does today. The North Park Historical Society, as Randy explained when he called, is putting together a book of historic photographs as part of the Arcadia publishing series on American communities. Pacific Beach already has one. Cardiffby-the-Sea already has one. Even Boron, Calif. has an “Images of America” picture book. Now that it’s been named one of America’s great hipster neighborhoods; now that it’s the place where San Diego’s trendsetters party, drink beer, eat breakfast

Not the photograph: another view of the bungalow on Granada Avenue. Balboa Park is in the background. (Courtesy Michael Good) and consume pork like there’s no tomorrow at the infamous Snack Shack (if you don’t know, don’t embarrass yourself by asking), North Park deserves an Arcadia picture book of its own. And I’d like to contribute, really! There’s only one problem: I’m pretty sure I put that photo someplace special, which is to say I have no idea where it is. Not that the photograph hasn’t been lost before. I first came across it back in 1996, shortly after my grandmother died at the age of 93. My father and I were going through her garage when I came across a box of memorabilia, including a photo album that contained a number of snapshots with hand-written captions. Along with my grandmother, there was someone I didn’t recognize: my great grandfather, Fred Stock, who died suddenly in 1915, forever changing my family’s financial fortunes. In the winter of 1996, after we’d distributed, sold or stored my grandmother’s things, I found the bungalow with the help of the City directory. It was only two blocks down Granada Avenue from where my grandmother lived when she died, although it was much changed, having been turned into a faux Spanish-style hacienda. And a few years later, when I saw the photo album again, it too had been changed, having been raided by various family members. Eventually, after my parents passed away, my grandma’s photos and documents ended up with my parents’ photos and documents in some 20 boxes and five file cabinets in my

office. And so that is why, when I opened the box that I thought contained my grandmother’s photo album, I found instead my fourth grade report card among other reminders of personal mediocrity, which I last remember throwing in the trash about 40 years ago (I guess my mother found them and fished them out). I bring all this up to illustrate why original photos are so hard to come by. First, photographs are fragile and easy to misplace. Second, after the people in the pictures die, a sort of relative free-for-all takes place and everything gets scattered to the wind. Sometimes those that inherit the photos don’t really want to see them again. And finally, photographs often get disconnected from their original context. Photographs of houses without addresses become just that: photographs of houses, without addresses. The North Park Historical Society would like to change this. The Arcadia “Images of America” book is just one step in a plan to compile photos of North Park houses and people. Right now, the Historical Society has exactly zero images in their collection. The rights to the photographs on their website belong to others, and the same goes for the two publications the society now offers: “North Park: A San Diego Urban Village, 18961946” and “Burlingame: The Tract of Character, 1912-1929.”

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An all-inclusive experience Veterinarian aims to take the worry away from pets and their owners By Dave Fidlin SDUN Reporter

For more than a quarter century, Dr. John Boyd had been in the business of caring for dogs and cats through the act of veterinary medicine. Fifteen months ago, Boyd took his expertise in a new direction. The end result is Dr. Boyd’s Pet Resort, an Uptown-based operation that aims to be as all-inclusive and stress-free as possible for pets and their masters. The business is located at 2147 San Diego Ave., bordering Old Town and lower Mission Hills. “I wanted to create something in San Diego that was different and hadn’t been done before,” Boyd said. “It wasn’t much of a gamble when it came time to

opening the pet resort.” Encompassing a mixture of indoor and outdoor space, Boyd’s operation has five departments, including a grooming area, traditional veterinary clinic and daycare facility. From his experience in traditional veterinary practices, Boyd said customers would sometimes be turned off to restrictive practices with regimented hours. To counteract, Boyd said most of the pet resort is a 24-hour operation. “Everyone has their own personal 24-hour clock,” Boyd said. “We won’t charge people for half a day if they go over an hour or two. By doing this, I think it eliminates some of the adversarial roles that have taken place.” While the pet resort features a traditional daycare service daily

There is plenty of space for pets to play. (Courtesy Alternative Strategies)

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drboyds.com 619-260-6060 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Boyd also is offering a “datecare” service for people looking to ensure their pets are being cared for in the evening hours. Boyd said his practice also emphasizes social interaction between dogs and cats. To accomplish this, he and his staff examine the temperament of each animal to ensure it can be matched with other dogs and cats. “We have trainers and handlers, and they help to ensure there is the proper blending in a migratory pack,” Boyd said. “Every pet that comes through here is treated as if it’s my own.”

The Pet Resort on San Diego Avenue (Courtesy Alternative Strategies) Boyd said the response to the pet resort concept has been overwhelmingly positive in the neighborhood, as well as elsewhere within Uptown. “We have a need for more bedrooms,” Boyd said of overnight service offered. “I really like being in the Mission Hills area. I’ve found it to be a really wonderful community.” Throughout his career, Boyd has taken his expertise in a number of directions. He runs a non-profit organization, Dr. Boyd’s Foundation for Pets, alongside the pet resort. Proceeds from the organization help a number of efforts, including adopting dogs from Mexico. Another outgrowth of the foundation has been a series of free talks that are open to all pet owners and held on the grounds of the pet resort. The next talk, a seminar about first aid for pets, is being held April 24 and coincides with Pet First Aid Awareness Month, an initiative launched by

the American Red Cross. During the talk, Boyd and other experts will touch on a number of issues, including dog and cat nutrition. The goal, Boyd said, is to share little known facts with the audience. Case in point: Easter Lilies, coming into bloom with spring, are toxic to cats and can have a devastating effect on their health, he said. The all-important issue of medications also will be discussed. While over-the-counter drugs such as ibuprofen, aspirin and other forms of pain reliever are safe for humans, the same cannot be said of our four-footed counterparts. “Most of us will have the instinct to try to keep our pets comfortable and eliminate pain,” Boyd said. “It is very important to keep in mind that pets cannot take the same medications as people. Your veterinarian will be able to prescribe a medication that is safe for your pet and can alleviate pain.”u


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HOUSECALLS Even if they owned a few thousand photos, there is an additional problem. They have nowhere to store them. “Extra copies of our two books are in our garage and the garages of a couple other board members,” said Katherine Hon, Historical Society secretary. So for now, photographs they collect will be stored in the digital “cloud.” “We’re starting small, with something we call ‘Community Scrapbook,’” Hon said. “It’s just a place online where people can send us a photo and tell us a story. We plan on building on that. We also have a place on the website called ‘Once Upon a Time in North Park.’” It’s a place for a little vignette, rather than a feature story. As for the book project, Hon is hoping anyone who has a historic photograph of North Park will contact her at info@northparkhistory.org or 619-294-8990. She will scan your photo (while you stand vigilantly by) and, with some luck, your little piece of personal history will be part of publishing history when the book comes out in 2014,

The mysterious table with a young Allen Good (Courtesy Michael Good) just in time for the Panama-California Exposition centennial. A small portion of the profits will go to the historical society. “But for us making money isn’t really the point,” Hon said. “Our mission is to educate people about North Park history. We want people to love North Park, because you protect what you love. And we want to protect the architecture and cultural history of North Park.” Seventeen years ago, when my father and I were going through

HOME/NEWS my grandmother’s garage, I noticed a small tile-topped Monterrey table in the rafters. It had been painted completely white. I asked my father if he knew anything about it. “Never seen it before in my life,” he said dismissively. “Probably something your grandmother picked up at a yard sale.” I kept it there in the garage, which I ended up, to my surprise, buying, along with my grandmother’s house. Recently, I finally got around to refinishing the table. When I was looking for the missing house photo, I came across one of my father as teenager on his birthday. The birthday cakes – for some reason there are two – are sitting on the tile-topped table, which today, without the white paint, looks almost exactly the same as it does in the photo. I guess sometimes when restoring things you get lucky, and you don’t need the photograph. —Michael Good is a contractor and freelance writer. His business, Craftsman Wood Refinishing, restores architectural millwork in historic houses in San Diego. He is a fourth-generation San Diegan and lives in North Park. You can reach him at housecallssdun@gmail.com.u

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SOUTHBARK and met regularly to discuss the future of the neighborhood and address the issues the City would require to designate Grape Street Park as a legal dog park. The effort took lots of time and energy, as well as the help, personality and presence of Judy the Beauty of the Big Kitchen, but eventually the group succeeded. For almost 15 years, the park has been officially known as the Grape Street Dog Park, a large, city-sanctioned “off leash” dog run area. Change in the neighborhood began to chart its course around that same time. “That [dog park] started the transformation. … People [who] began moving in with the dogs needed a place to socialize. People began to care; they had a way to get together,” Walker said. South Bark Dog Wash, considered by many an “anchor” of the dog-friendly neighborhood, opened

in October 2000, offering a self-service dog and cat wash, obedience training, animal psychics, nutrition and other services. Walker said that despite being only the third dog wash of its kind in the county, those early days were tough. Thanks to the tides of change and some forward thinking on their part, business is now booming for Walker and co-owner Lisa Vella. “We had to grow the business and we noticed people would get their dogs really nice and bright and clean but they would not wash their dog’s faces,” Walker said. Enter the wildly successful “blueberry facial.” “We didn’t know it was so innovative but soon everyone wanted it,” Walker said. She and Vella have since opened a separate distribution center to handle demand of the popular dog facial, which now claims groomers in every state and nine countries as regular customers.

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SOUTHBARK Today, most of South Park is dog friendly, with dozens of businesses in the general area open to customers lounging, eating or visiting with their dogs. Many of them even offer services, and new businesses seem to open with that idea in mind. The large back patio of The Station, a beer and burger restaurant located in the center of the business district, is one of the busiest where canine companions are concerned. “Being dog friendly at Station was an automatic,” said Sam Chammas, owner of The Station as well as the nearby Whistlestop pub. “It goes with the ‘something for everybody’ vibe of Station, which reflects the ‘come as you are’ vibe of South Park. “[If ] you happen to get hungry while walking your dog, there’s a place for you. You don’t have to go home or tie your leash to a tree,” Chammas said. “Dogs are all part of the mix out here, but it’s not a free for all. We expect good behavior from owners and the same from their pets.”

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: APRIL Shades of Poe Produced by Write Out Loud

April 28 (Saturday) Part of the Big Read Program, “Shades of Poe” will educate and entertain attendees about the works of Edgar Allan Poe and writers like him.

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April 27 and 28, May 4 To be held at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and sponsored by Old Town Chamber and Fiesta de Reyes. Folklorico schools from San Diego and Mexico will participate. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up.

MAY Misa Azteca Concert May 4 (Saturday) Misa Azteca (Aztec Mass) blends the traditions of a Roman Catholic mass with Aztec songs and poems that date back to the 16th Century.

Fiesta Cinco de Mayo May 4 and 5 (Saturday and Sunday) Multiple stages featuring live music, entertainment and familyfriendly activities. Events and significant entertainment on two stages throughout the weekend.

NEWS The Whistlestop offers dogs a fresh water bowl outside and when it is not busy, even welcomes them inside for short periods. Of course the Big Kitchen on Grape Street, Grant’s Marketplace on Beech Street, Café Madeline on 30th Street and Rebecca’s Coffeehouse on Juniper Street all offer outside patios where customers can nosh and lounge along with their dogs without worry. “Rebecca Zearing [of Rebecca’s Coffee House] is ver y active in pet rescue. She has lots of fundraisers at her place and is herself a pet lover and a neighborhood pioneer,” said Marsha Smelkinson of the South Park Business Group. Captain Kirk’s, a drive-thru coffee kiosk in front of Gala Foods, is a more recent addition to the area. The bustling business incorporated a beautification project on their stretch of Fern Street as part of their launch, which, along with benches and tables for customers, includes a dog walk area complete with a “dog waste station.” Another dog park, although not officially sanctioned by the city, sprouted in recent years at the vacant southwest corner of Felton and Cedar streets, and is presumably

San Diego Uptown News | March 29–April 11, 2013 cared for by residents. “The subculture in this neighborhood has to do with dogs and cats, art and restaurants. There is a different very authentic innovative spirit that runs through this neighborhood,” Walker said. “This is a neighborhood for people who love: … love houses, love architecture, love animals, love good food, love beer and wine, and now chocolate,” she said. “This is a passionate neighborhood for all those things. If people weren’t like that, it would have never grown as fast as it did.”u

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