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By Manny Lopez SDUN Reporter

Atkins briefs GSDBA


Unlike Halloween when people dress up in a variety of characters, this day calls for traditional or colorful garb and the painted skull face is done in tribute to lost loved ones. The living are honoring, celebrating, and even laughing at death. (Courtesy of Sandé Lollis)

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Old Town’s Dia de los Muertos celebration returning for fourth year By Dave Fidlin SDUN Reporter

Brunch with a view

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With a dip into the past and a nod toward authenticity, organizers throughout Old Town are working feverishly to put the final preparations on the community’s fourth annual Dia de los Muertos celebration. The event, an homage to Mexico’s revered holiday, has been growing since its introduction in 2010 as a large-scale event aimed at attracting people throughout San Diego County. This year’s program will be held in Old Town on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2.

One of the centerpieces of this year’s program will again be the Tour of the Altars, a display indoors and outdoors at museums, shops and restaurants throughout Old Town. The internationalthemed shops at Bazaar del Mundo, 4133 Taylor St., are among this year’s participants. Julia Kinney, manager of the Artes de Mexico and Guatemala shops at Bazaar del Mundo, said a variety of nearly 50 different altars will be on display this year in an effort to give spectators a true feel for the Mexican tradition that more recently has begun spreading to other Latin American countries.

Mexican residents have long created altars in their homes as a tribute to deceased family members, ancestors and friends. “We just finished creating a walking map for this year’s tour, so people will have an opportunity to see all of the 49 altars that will be on display,” Kinney said on Oct. 18, as final logistics were being assembled. The true heart of Old Town’s Dia de los Muertos celebration lies within the El Campo Santo Cemetery, 2410 San Diego Ave. A large public altar will be on display within the cemetery to give

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The Kensington-Talmadge and Normal Heights Community Associations partnered to host a forum at the Kensington Community Church to hear from candidates running in the November special election to replace disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned in August after less than nine months in office. Over 150 people filled the church’s social hall on October 17 as three of the top four candidates answered questions from moderator Dale Larabee, a long-time Kensington resident. On hand for the event where the three leading democrats: former assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, Councilmember David Alvarez and former City Attorney Mike Aguirre. Councilmember Kevin Faulconer, a Republican, was invited, but according to a KenTal club official, could not make it because of a commitment to attend a memorial service. “The club did an excellent job and the candidates were very relaxed,” KenTal President Thomas Ciaraffo said. “Everyone looked like they had a good time and it wasn’t quite as serious as most of the debates, but it was serious enough.” Throughout the nearly two-hour event, bursts of applause mixed with laughter could be heard coming from the audience. Questions covered project funding, financial backers, opinions about developers, bike-sharing programs, economic collaboration with Mexico, local parks and police retention. At one point, Aquirre told the audience that if they were think-

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SANDAG sets sights on University Avenue for bike corridor Regional planning group makes headway on bike-friendly initiative By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter

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Mission Hills merchants were told University Avenue is the most likely of three prospective alternative routes the Uptown Regional Bike Corridors Project could take in ongoing efforts to make the community more bike-friendly. Two other east-west routes being considered as the preferred alternative for a bike corridor through Uptown are Washington Street and Robinson Avenue. That was revealed at a special meeting on proposed bike lanes hosted by the Mission Hills Busi-

ness Improvement District (BID) Oct. 23 at Cinema Under The Stars at 4040 Goldfinch St. San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) transportation planner Beth Robrahn gave an hour-long presentation detailing engineering studies underway aimed at making one of the three prospective thoroughfares through the center of the Uptown District more accommodating for both cyclists and pedestrians. That would be accomplished via enhancements such as pavement striping and additional bike racks and corrals, as well as the creation of new bike lanes separating cyclists from vehicular

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Cyclists at CicloSDias, Aug. 11, 2013 (Courtesy of Jinna Albright)


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KENTAL ing of not voting for him, that they should consider voting for Faulconer, the Republican Party-endorsed candidate. Alvarez, endorsed by the San Diego Democratic Party, praised former Councilmember and current congressional candidate Carl DeMaio, a Republican, for some of his ideas on economic policies. Candidates were allowed the opportunity to present a twominute opening statement. Afterward, all answers were to remain under one minute no rebuttals. Prepared and audience-submitted questions were asked with several “yes or no” and one-word answer questions thrown in. After the forum’s conclusion, the three candidates mingled with the crowd to shake hands, pose for photos and answer additional questions. Fletcher pointed out that Kensington was his highest performing area in last year’s mayoral race. He fell short of making the runoff election, finishing third behind DeMaio. “It was a good discussion and a good debate,” Fletcher said. “This is a great community, we’ve gotten a lot of support here and I think folks are ready for a mayor that’s going to provide basic things like public safety, good streets and some good jobs.” Alvarez, who at 33 is the youngest member on the City Council, said he wants people to know that although he may look younger than he actually is, he has been around for a while. Al-

varez added that as an unknown he beat Nick Inzunza, the uncle of former District 8 Councilmember Ralph Inzunza and Felipe Hueso, the older brother of former District 8 Councilmember and State Senator Ben Hueso, to win his seat on the City Council in 2010. “It’s flattering to look young, but in this case people first judge by appearance and my age is what stands out,” Alvarez said. “But when they get to know me, they see that I’ve accomplished a lot on the council in the past three years and prior to being a councilmember as an activist.” Aguirre, who became the City Attorney in 2004 with 50.4 percent of the vote but was ousted by Jan Goldsmith in a runoff election in 2008, said that despite having to deal with many of the same pressures as Filner, he was still able to do his job effectively. “There is no way to replace that I’ve served them already in a city-wide office,” he said. “Kensington is a very intelligent group of people and having been their representative and as someone who cared about them, I’m able to point these things out.” The special election will be held on Nov. 19. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election between the top two will be scheduled for February. More information about the Kensington Talmadge Community Association can be found at More information about the Normal Heights Community Association can be found at www. or by calling 619-798-6116.u


SANDAG traffic, as has been done elsewhere in the country, most notably in Portland, Ore. SANDAG is the San Diego region’s transportation and planning agency. The SANDAG Board recently approved the Regional Bike Plan Early Action Program (EAP), a $200 million initiative to expand the bike network countywide and finish high-priority projects within 10 years. One of those high-priority projects is the Uptown Regional Corridors. “This is an exciting time for those working on projects that will help improve conditions for people walking and biking within San Diego,” Robrahn said, also noting that Uptown’s project, presently in the planning and design phase, is one of the first priority projects being tackled by the city. Robrahn said there are two priority bike corridor projects currently under development in mid-city: The 10-mile stretch in Uptown through the Hillcrest area, and a similar 10mile stretch through North Park. “These will form the heart of the regional network,” Robrahn said. “The reason we started with projects in these areas is because they are the ones with the most people living around in them, offering the most opportunity to get more people riding and using this new bicycle infrastructure.” Robrahn said the objective of creating the Uptown Regional Bike Corridors project is to “connect the neighborhoods of Bankers Hill, Hillcrest, Mission Hills and Five Points with Old Town, Mission Valley, North Park, Balboa Park and, ultimately, Downtown San Diego.”

San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 25–Nov. 7, 2013 Implementation of the Regional Bike Plan EAP, including efforts to make Uptown more bike-friendly, has drawn the endorsement of Interim Mayor Todd Gloria whose 3rd City Council District encompasses mid-city. He also serves as a representative on the SANDAG board. “The Regional Bike Plan EAP will make biking a safe and enjoyable transportation alternative throughout the San Diego region,” said Gloria. “Strengthening our active transportation network supports healthier people and a healthier environment. Included in the Bike EAP are approximately $35 million of projects in the mid-city neighborhoods of San Diego.” SANDAG’s effort to create interconnected bicycle corridors region wide to promote non-motorized travel is also being supported by two cycling advocacy groups, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and BikeSD. “Working with the bicycle community, we’re getting tons of support for these projects,” San Diego County Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Andy Hanshaw said. “We want to provide alternative transportation, including bicycling, in these corridors to encourage more people to ride bikes while interconnecting communities filling in the missing gaps. It’s looking toward the future in making our region healthier and more active, while cleaning up the air.” Hanshaw said the Uptown corridor is an important one to be developed because “it connects with so many businesses from Hillcrest to Downtown and is an important corridor people need to go to for jobs, shopping and where they live.” Samantha Ollinger, executive director of BikeSD, said implementation of bike corridors like Uptown’s


will serve other important environmental initiatives. “It shows the region’s adherence to state policy goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by shifting trips from vehicles to other modes of transportation,” Ollinger said. Gerrie Trussell, executive director of the Mission Hills Business Improvement District, said Uptown bike corridor development will dovetail neatly with median improvements in Mission Hills, which she noted are “coveted all over the city.” Mission Hills merchants at the Oct. 23 meeting with Robrahn expressed concern about displacement of on-street parking, one consequence of creating new and improved bike corridors, wherever they ultimately will be created. Merchants warned displacing cars on corridors to make room for bike lanes will divert parking into already overcrowded adjacent residential neighborhoods. Robrahn acknowledged that is one problem that needs to be dealt with noting, “There’s a lot of work to do yet.”  She said the Uptown Corridors Project is still in the development stage adding that the preferred alternative along University, Washington and Robinson has yet to be made. The transportation planner said there’s another important element to be considered in improving bike corridors through Uptown. “We want to strengthen business, bring more businesses into the business district in order to diversify that business district,” Robrahn said. “The Uptown Regional Bike Corridors Project is an opportunity to not only improve transportation, but also to provide benefits to businesses in the business district.”u


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Atkins offers her view



Assembly Majority Leader addresses local LGBT business owners, highlights legislative sessions By Morgan M. Hurley SDUN Assistant Editor

The Greater San Diego Business Association’s (GSDBA) professional lunch series featured Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins, who presented “A view from the State Capitol.” The luncheon, which was Oct. 8 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., was hosted by Wang’s North Park, located at 3029 University Ave. The series meets on the second Tuesday of every month and offers LGBT professionals and their allies the opportunity to network during a sit-down lunch and listen to speakers discussing pertinent issues. Both GSDBA members and non-members are welcome, and the October event drew a crowd of approximately 25 people. GSDBA Board Chair Eric Brown first addressed the group before lunch began and later introduced Atkins. The Majority Leader represents the 78th Assembly District, which includes coastal areas from the border with Mexico through Solana Beach, Calif. as well as the neighborhoods of Hillcrest, North Park, University Heights and Normal Heights, among others. Atkins gave an overview of state politics, offering budget information – which she called “especially appropriate” in light of the recent government shut down – as well as ongoing and approved legislation that would be of interest from a small-business perspective and other legislation focusing on LGBT issues. She thanked voters for assisting the state legislature in signing a budget “on time by our constitutional deadline,” she said, and for voting in the seven-year buffer allowed by Proposition 30 that will give the economy the time it

needs to improve. “I will tell you, being able to pass a budget on time and having thew revenue … has upped California’s credit rating significantly, which this fiscal year saved us $480 million in interest payments,” Atkins said. “So that’s what happens when you can get back on track.” She identified four key areas she and her colleagues were focused on: maintaining fiscal responsibility owed to voters, increasing prosperity and opportunity, delivering efficient and effective services, and investing in California’s future.

Atkins then outlined ways the legislature has worked to attain these focal points, including paying down the debt to the tune of $4.2 billion, redirecting $2.2 billion of redevelopment money for back payments owed the schools, reducing the wait time for new business licenses from 60 days to five, increasing the minimum wage to $10 by 2016, and improving hiring credits for employers, with added incentives for hiring long-term unemployed and veterans. Bills pertinent to LGBT issues Atkins mentioned included As-

Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins gives members of the GSDBA a status of legislative activity. (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley) semblymember Tom Ammiano’s AB 1266, called “Equality for Transgender Students,” which was recently passed and signed by the Governor. Atkins said she expects the bill to see trouble next session from the opposition, calling the potential fight “unfortunate.” Another bill of interest is AB 1121, which at the time was on the Governor’s desk for his signature. The bill will make it easier for members of the transgender community to change their birth certificates “to reflect who they are,” Atkins said. A section of the bill that dealt with death certificates was more difficult to get the support it required, but she said she expects to work on getting that passed next session. Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1121 into law on Oct. 8, following Atkins’ luncheon talk. An infertility bill, AB 460, seeks to decrease discrimination against lesbian couples and single women, and another bill in the works is SB 323, which will put pressure on the Boy Scouts of America to choose discrimination over tax breaks, Atkins said. “We have a super majority in the Assembly and in the Senate, and we will retake a super majority in the Assembly after the first of the year,” she said. After some movement to fill vacancies, Atkins said she anticipates a Democratic State Assembly and Senate, complimenting Gov. Brown, who is also a Democrat. “Our challenge is going to be – when you are the govern-

ing party – how do you do that responsibly, how do you protect the fiscal stability that we need to move forward on, and govern responsibly” she said. “I think we’ve shown that we can do that.” After a short question and answer session, Atkins turned the conversation to local issues. “In terms of our city, I will say this: on a bad day we live in San Diego and on a good day we live in San Diego,” she said. “We’ll get through this, we’ll get through it quite well, and I know it’s because we have a great city, great industries and a great economy. … I think Todd [Gloria as interim mayor] is doing a great job. I think he is absolutely focused. I sort of wished he had decided to run [for mayor in the Nov. 19 special election] but I think the world of him for deciding not to and helping the city.” After the session, Atkins said she was throwing her support behind David Alvarez for mayor. “I think it will be an interesting race. You have three individuals who people are really going to have to think about, and since it is a special election it’s really about them turning out voters for themselves,” she said. The GSDBA is part of the national Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, which gives members access to programs that offer financial support, advocacy and contract opportunities. To learn more about the organization, to gain membership or to view upcoming events, visit or call 619-296-4543.u

visitors an opportunity to share personal items, photographs and messages as tributes to loved ones who have passed on. In keeping with the authenticity, organizers will be holding a candlelight vigil the second day of the event with a large-scale public procession that all visitors will be invited to participate in. “The Tour of Altars is very dramatic and especially spectacular in the evening, when each altar is aglow with a multitude of candles,” said Diane Powers, who owns a number of shops within Bazaar del Mundo. “The gravesites [at El Campo Santo Cemetery] are decorated, and [the site] is illuminated with hundreds of candles.” Since the program’s inception in 2010, organizers have emphasized that Dia de los Muertos is a family event. Kinney said there is not any of the ghoulishness oftentimes associated with Halloween. “We’re going to be offering a number of free events that kids will especially enjoy, including face painting, and we’ll be giving out coloring pages,” Kinney said. “This really is a fun, exciting event, and we think people will enjoy it.” Other entertainment throughout the two-day event includes traditional music, dancing and family-oriented craft activities. Many of the programs and activities are free, while a few have a nominal charge. While it comes but once a year, planning for Old Town’s Dia de los Muertos celebration has become a year-round event, organizers say. The Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), which touts itself as San Diego County’s largest historic preservation group, is behind many of the details. “We think it’s especially fitting to celebrate this holiday in Old Town, the oldest part of San Diego and historically multicultural, having been settled first by Native Americans, then the Spanish and Mexicans, and then the Americans,” said Alana Coons, director of education and communications with SOHO. Coons, described as chief organizer of Dia de los Muertos, said one of the primary objectives behind the Old Town event is to give visitors an insight into the holiday, which is frequently confused with Halloween, but not associated with it despite the close proximity on the calendar. “This celebration is a means of bringing the community together to experience the tradition and culture surrounding Day of the Dead,” Coons said. “We hope everyone will embrace the magic and leave the event with something lasting on an emotional level, as well as having just a great, fun time.”u

AT A GLANCE WHAT: Old Town San Diego’s fourth annual Dia de los Muertos celebration

WHEN: noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2

WHERE: near the Whaley

House, 2476 San Diego Ave.

INFORMATION: 619-297-9327

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San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 25–Nov. 7, 2013

OPINION Letters Fitness the focus, not attire Mr. Larabee, although Caryn and I have not laid eyes on each other in quite some time, I can confirm that the incredible human being you see running by and have had the opportunity to speak with is as stunningly beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She always has been [see “What makes Caryn run?” Vol. 5, Issue 21]. Thank you for writing what you have, and for bringing to light the dedication and hard work that it takes to maintain not only Caryn’s level of fitness, but any level of fitness. Well done sir, well done. —Chelsea King, via I happened upon your article and am so glad I did! It is fantastic [see “What makes Caryn run?” Vol. 5, Issue 21]. I am Caryn, although I’m certain I’m not as fit as her and I doubt I’m as nice but that’s not the point. When I workout and run, it is often in a jog bra and shorts because that is what I am comfortable in. I figure I’m out being active and deserve to be comfortable. Thanks for supporting us bare mid-drift runners. —“Tall Mom,” via

Editorial A letter from the new editor, Hutton Marshall I bought a camera in college to avoid having to be in photos. It’s been suggested that I entered journalism as a similar attempt to avoid the spotlight. And yet, here I am following the likely wise suggestion of Publisher David Mannis that it would be thoughtful of me to introduce myself. Anthony King had his last day at San Diego Community News Network on Friday, where he served as the editor of both San Diego Uptown News and Gay San Diego. About four and a half minutes after arriving at the office on Monday morning, I realized I had some clown-sized shoes to fill. Good editing is like an intricate juggling act. And to put Anthony’s editing prowess in juggling terms, he’d be the guy who could juggle four rubber chickens while riding a unicycle. He’d probably be on fire too. Under his tenure, SDUN won second place for “Best Local Business Coverage” at the 2013 Independent Free Papers of America Awards, and a columnist for SDUN won second place in “Best Original Writing Opinion” at the Association of Free Community Papers awards. King also won the 2012 Nicky Award for “Outstanding Writer/Columnist.” Anthony deftly oversaw SDUN while adding a personal touch to it, filling the pages with unique insights into the neighborhoods of uptown and midtown. Many will tell you that a good journalist has the ability to remain detached from his subject, but Anthony made his entire community into an ongoing narrative, enveloped himself deeply within it, and crafted his reporting all the better because of his close involvement. I think Uptown’s neighborhoods are the reason San Diego allows itself to be labeled a cultural hub. Our current political landscape is putting emphasis back on our city’s bustling neighborhoods—perhaps only because their streets are crumbling—and that gives all the more reason for me to continue the heavily involved coverage Anthony paved the way for with Uptown News. As for my background, I’m a recent graduate of San Diego State where I served as the news editor then as managing editor for The Daily Aztec. I’ve written mostly about politics and music, but I stray into features writing when I’m feeling adventurous. I’ve spent time interning for everybody’s favorite “iMayor” Todd Gloria along with a couple other places in the community, like the San Diego CityBeat. In my free time, I enjoy getting hopelessly lost on my bicycle for hours on end throughout the streets of San Diego. Although I think of myself as a journalist with all the cynicism and introversion intended for print, I wasn’t sure I’d ever work for another newspaper after college. The popular belief espoused in school—and far throughout the country—is that print is dead. Adapting to the fast-paced environment created by the web should be a newspaper’s top priority, we’re often told. But I think this online journalism mantra overlooks the greatest strength of a newspaper like SDUN: the ability to tangibly tap into a community. For years SDUN has thrived right alongside its coverage area, housing itself right next door to the Hillcrest Business Association. I’m excited to be part of this newspaper and the community it’s nestled itself into so naturally. Always feel free to contact me at or at (619) 961-1952. “Anthony was a valuable member of our team and his absence will be felt not only by our staff but by the community. Anthony was instrumental in connecting with our local neighborhoods and covering issues and concerns of the community.   We hope he will continue to be a part of SDCNN as a contributing writer. We are pleased to welcome Hutton Marshall  as the new editor of San Diego Uptown News.  Hutton is a graduate of SDSU and a recent intern in Councilman Todd Gloria’s office. He has experience as a writer, editor and is familiar with the communities we serve.” —David Mannis, Publisher

In the Community Section of your newspaper there is a write up about a local runner named Caryn [see “What makes Caryn run?” Vol. 5, Issue 21]. Your newspaper column disappointed me, not with Caryn, but with the writing style and tone by your columnist Dale Larabee. My opinion: it’s distasteful and shameful. Your column spends most its writing describing her appearance, her wardrobe and then some senior citizen ogling (Ahh… gross!). So, “What Makes Caryn Run?” I still don’t know, but my guess is she is running from the creepy senior citizen heteros out there. I’ve had the pleasure of exchanging friendly “Hellos” and “How are you doing?” with her over the years. Caryn is a sight for sore eyes. But she’s more than that. She has a great character, a great sense of humor and she does embody the spirit of healthy lifestyle. So I hope that your article doesn’t change her mojo. Mr. Larabee worries that the article may change her running outfit, but I think he should be more worried about how he is perceived in the community after writing this sexist column. —Michael Lesniak, via email

Difficulty still with speeding traffic Good luck with getting speeding drivers to stop for pedestrians with any kind of flashing-light crosswalk [see “From Bankers Hill to Balboa Park, safely,” Vol. 5, Issue 20]. A similar device was installed at University Avenue and Alabama Street a few months ago, and has actually made things worse for walkers. That’s because the city simultaneously closed off the intersection for left car turns with a median island, making the stretch of University appear to drivers more as a thru-way than a 30-mph urban street. The only thing that really works to slow down fast drivers is a four-way stop or traffic light. The car-pedestrian conflict is in particular a major issue on Sixth Avenue because the city has put several four-way stops on Fourth and Fifth avenues paralleling Sixth in the Balboa Park area. By having no such stops on Sixth, impatient drivers now use Sixth as their major thoroughfare; just monitor the number of cars exceeding the 30-mph limit despite another solar-powered “cautionary” sign that posts a driver’s speed when a car is going faster than the limit. Why does the city persist with these costly technological gimmicks when a simply four-way intersection stop would be safer and cheaper? —Jon Komatsu, via email

Newspaper collections at Central Library Nice piece, Michael [see “Past meets future at the new Central Library,” Vol. 5, Issue 21]. I’d make just one correction: the newspaper collection – the one researchers use – is still with us on the ninth floor. Only current subscriptions – today’s Wall Street Journal, New York Times, etc. – has moved to the third floor. —Rick Crawford, Special Collections via

Great description of ArtOberfest Wow a great summation of the evening [see “South Park’s ‘ArtOberfest’ Walkabout,” Vol. 5, Issue 21]. Makes wish I had been there. I loved the way she described the setting around the business, and she was so descriptive. Great job Jessica! —Milton, via sduptownnews.comu

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The shutdown that didn’t have to be By Rep. Susan A. Davis Last week, after a 16-day government shutdown, Senate Democrats and Republicans cobbled together a deal to reopen the government and avoid the first ever default in United States history. The shutdown showdown was a reckless exercise that didn’t need to happen. The final deal could have easily been put together well before all the looming deadlines and without damaging our economy. How did we get here? A small minority within the House Majority believed they saw a prime opportunity to finally get their white whale – the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With the government set to run out of money and the debt ceiling fast approaching, a band of House Republicans led by a certain senator from Texas and enabled by the Speaker of the House sought to defund the ACA as a condition to allow the federal government to keep functioning. President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats rightly proclaimed that this is not the way we do business in America. We work within the system through compromise and bipartisanship, not threaten to bring the whole system down. The House Majority then moved forward with their strategy of shutting down the government to get concessions from the President on the ACA. For 16-days, each side waited for other to blink.

Meanwhile the damage caused by the shutdown racked up: •In San Diego, 33,000 federal workers were furloughed. Many more were required to stay on the job without pay. •A local economist estimated that San Diego would experience an economic hit of $7 million a week. That means the 16-day shutdown cost our region more that $14 million. •The Miramar Air Show was cancelled at the last minute costing the base $700,000, which could have an impact on programs designed to benefit military personnel and their families. •The Cabrillo National Monument turned 100 during the shutdown. Its birthday bash had to be cancelled. The National Park Service estimated that it lost $32 million a day in entrance fees and other revenue. All the while the deadline to a U.S. default slowly crept up and the stock markets got jittery. Stories of what default would mean began to surface. It would put us in unimaginable and uncharted territory. It would have a ripple effect throughout our economy — and the world economy, for that matter — from increasing mortgage interest rates to shrinking 401(k) plans to Social Security benefits not going out. At the 11th hour, a deal was struck between parties. For the most part, save a few minor exceptions, it’s a clean bill. It funds the government until January 15, 2014, and the debt ceiling is raised until February 7, 2014. The measure includes a Republican-negotiated provision requiring the administration to ensure the eligibility of individuals receiving subsidies under the ACA, something the administration was planning to implement anyway. It requires both the House and Senate to work out the differences

in the budgets each chamber passed, something Democrats have been asking for months. And it provides back pay to federal workers. In the end, the deal passed with bipartisan support in both chambers and ended the crisis. But did it really have to be this way? One of the unique aspects of our democracy is that despite the disagreements and fights that may occur on legislation, once it becomes law we move on. We’ve had epic battles before on a variety of issues: suffrage, civil rights, voting rights and Medicare, to name a few. Of course, there have always been efforts to roll back some provisions in these laws. There have also been efforts — bipartisan efforts — to improve them. But never before did we have a party shutdown the government and threaten a default to stop the implemetation of one law. It’s just not something we did. We’ve always worked within the legislative process. Sadly, that reputation has been tarnished with this latest fight. But second chances are as American as apple pie. Hopefully, we will learn from this and realize there are no winners from governing by crisis. We have a new set of deadlines approaching next year. I hope we show respect for the democratic process and meet these deadlines with a little more dignity. —Congressmember Susan Davis represents the 53rd Congressional District, which includes La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley and parts of San Diego, El Cajon, and Chula Vista. She is senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, serving as the Ranking Member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee. She also serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforceu

The greatest superpower during Halloween is staying sober By Ross Jurewitz Personal Injury Attorney When it comes to drinking and driving during Halloween, you are no Superman. Halloween is a wonderful holiday for children, families, parties and a large number of ghosts and super heroes on the streets after dark. It’s also a great night to drink responsibly. Many people don’t realize how just one or a few drinks can impair their judgment and ability to drive safely and sensibly. The best rule of thumb is to not go behind the wheel if you have been celebrating with alcohol. Many states are passing zero-tolerance laws when it comes to dealing with DUIs and the penalties are severe. In California, if a driver injures someone while legally intoxicated, the driver can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony DUI, depending on the case. Also, depending whether the driver has any prior offenses, convicted drivers can expect to pay at least $5,000 in attorneys’ fees to their DUI defense attorney and up to $2,000 in fines, receive a prison sentence ranging from four days to one year, and up to a threeyear license suspension, as well as possible installation of an interlock ignition device (“blow before you go”). In 2011, when Halloween fell on a Monday, 44 percent of the nation’s fatalities during the Halloween weekend occurred in a crash involving a driver or a motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2007 – 2011, 52 percent of all national fatalities occurring on Halloween night involved a drunk driver. People injured by a drunk driver in an auto accident typically make two mistakes: (1) they hire a personal injury lawyer who is not experienced in handling drunk driving injury accident cases; (2) they think that a drunk driving personal injury case is just like a typical car accident. The value of a car accident claim brought about by a drunk driver is typically increased due to the fact that the driver was intoxicated. Under Taylor vs. Superior Court, a DUI car accident lawyer may be able to seek punitive damages or damages exceeding simple compensation to punish the defendant. Under California law, punitive damages are rare

and intended solely to punish the wrongdoer for reckless and malicious conduct done in complete disregard to the safety of others. Certainly that could apply to a drunk driver who knows by drinking he is risking his life and the lives of others. Unfortunately, according to the 2008 California Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, 40 percent of all fatal car accidents and 11.5 percent of all motor vehicle injury accidents involve someone driving under the influence of alcohol. Even worse, 42 percent of all fatal San Diego auto accidents and 15 percent of all San Diego County car crashes involving injury are caused by drunk drivers. Maybe that is why a recent survey named San Diego the worst city in America for intoxicated drivers. Here are some useful tips to help keep everyone safe this Halloween: •Don’t drink. •If you insist on drinking alcohol, don’t drive. Find a designated driver who remains free of all alcohol or other substances that impair driving skills. •Drive slowly, and don’t pass stopped vehicles. The driver might be dropping off children. •Park your mobile phone. Avoid distractions by waiting until you’ve stopped to call, text or surf. •Watch for children darting into the street. Kids can cross the street anywhere, and most young pedestrian deaths happen at spots other than intersections. •Yield to young pedestrians. Children might not stop, either because they don’t see your vehicle approaching or don’t know how to safely cross the street. •Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals. And if you have to pull over to drop off or pick up your kids, turn on your hazard lights. And to keep your own trick-or-treaters safe: Teach them how to safely cross streets. They should look both ways and cross only at corners and crosswalks. Consider indoor community Halloween programs for younger kids. Some communities also offer to help you inspect your kids’ treats to make sure they’re safe to eat. Finally, brighten them up. Avoid dark costumes that are hard to see at night. Give them flashlights and glow sticks, and use reflective tape on their costumes, so drivers can see them.u

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Linda Bounds on being boundless Hillcrest resident is Disability Awareness Month 2013 honoree By Monica Medina

with disabilities through her program, LEAPS and Bounds. “What happens in the room is quite magical,” she said. “My teaching style shows them how to be successful from the moment they pick the brush up, and even before they pick up the brush. We do it with humor and positive thought that empowers each individual. I may be teaching a whole class, sometimes 50 at a time, but I make it a practice to teach them one on one, so I can find out about each person.” In the class, she seeks to build self-esteem and foster a sense of community. It is all about the interaction. Watching Bounds lead the class is like experiencing a cascade of colors take flight:

Linda Bounds is a petite, sprightly woman with a lot of heart and grit. For years, she did what was expected of her: working fulltime, taking care of her husband and two children, paying the bills, keeping their home and preparing the meals. But when her marriage ended after 22 years, and her children chose to live with their dad, Bounds found herself living in a trailer on her own, and knew it was time to reinvent herself. No longer wanting to be defined by others, she began to pursue her passion, living life on her terms and doing what she loved most: art. In the process, she found herself. Bounds, a KPBS 2013 Disability Awareness Month Local Hero, began by creating a list, one she kept secret from prying eyes. “I grew up with a belief system that artists don’t make any money until they die,” she said. “So once I made that list, I decided that I would have multiple streams of income as an artist. Each day when I got out of work as a high school guidance counselor, I would start investigating one of those things on the yellow pad and I would tell no one, absolutely no one.” Linda Bounds (Courtesy Jim Spadoni via KPBS) For the first year, Holding up a landscape paintshe lived frugally, relying on her ing the class has been working divorce settlement while she went through her list, circling the on, she asks, “What color do we guess for the sky?” items that interested her most. “Blue!” They shout back. One of those was teaching art to “What’s my favorite blue?” seniors. She turned to a friend On cue, they respond, “Ceruwho worked in a convalescent lean!” home and explained what she After the class confirms wanted to do and how she’d first Bounds’ favorite shade of blue need some experience. Bounds – Cerulean, they confirm – she then asked if it would be okay holds up a bottle of an auburn to pilot a program at the facilcolored liquid and says, “Most ity, teaching art to Alzheimer’s call this linseed oil, but what do patients. we call it here?” But when she arrived to get “Magic potion!” the class says her class off the ground, her in unison, causing Bounds to friend had to tend to an emerbeam with delight. gency and asked her to take a Her rapport with the patients, seat and wait. While waiting, she most of who are in wheelchairs began to have doubts. and in various stages of capabil“My biggest fear had always ity, is abundantly clear. She asks been death, and suddenly I was for hugs, praises their work, surrounded by the smell of death and gives her all to ensure each and sickness, and it was stifling,” one feels truly special. If anyone Bounds said. “I wanted to bolt, arrives late, she takes it in stride but there was also a part of me and applauds them for making it that said, ‘Stay. You can do this.’ to class. And so I did.” Walking up to a patient who Bounds rounded up five pacan no longer speak, she protients. “I had to beg them to take claims to the class, “Serge and I the class, though I had no idea have a very unusual relationship. how to go about it as I’d never We don’t need words.” Bounds taught art before,” she said. “Since I use oil paints and love then softly caresses Serge’s cheek, and the elation in his eyes it, I decided to teach using oils. is genuine. Together, the class painted one As Bounds later explains, large canvas. It was a beautiful “They are all engaging individuexperience.” ally with me and together as a Ever since that first eightgroup to do something that most week class, Bounds has been teaching art to seniors and people would think impossible for them-

selves.” Bounds firmly believes that anyone who can scribble can do art and has had patients who come to her class obstinately believing they can’t paint. “Science and medicine belong to the left brain,” she said. “These patients are using their left brain all day, talking to health care professionals about their medication, their treatments and their well-being. I encourage them to discover the creativity they have in their right brain. We do exercises that inspire them and get them in the mood for painting. It works.” Because of her work, Bounds has seen her share of death, which also has helped her overcome her fear of it. “In general, people are afraid to talk about death. Not me,” she said. “I’ll ask, ‘Are you afraid of dying?’ And they’re grateful that they can talk about it. I stay with them. Sometimes I’m the last person they speak to, and they whisper their words in my ear. I’ll even ask them for advice. When you’re dying, there is no B.S.” Bounds sees all her students as whole, no matter their disability. “If they are breathing and can communicate, to me they’re whole. I can still teach them, no matter how close they are to dying,” she said. She remembers Marie, a petite and frail patient, who one day stopped coming to class. When Bounds inquired about Marie, she was told that Marie could no longer come to class because she was dying. “I asked where she was,” Bounds recalls, “and found her in the hall, lying on a gurney, weakened and with her eyes closed. I asked her if she wanted to paint. She couldn’t speak or open her eyes. I asked her to move her eyes if she wanted to join us. She did. I touched her hand and felt her respond to my touch.” Bounds said she is thrilled to be honored as a Local Hero, and calls her work her “passion.” She can think of no greater gift than to be remembered as someone who models self-love. “It starts inside,” she said. “Love yourself and you’ll discover your passion in life.” Indeed, Bounds has come a long way since the days of living in a trailer and keeping a list on a yellow pad. Her nose crinkled with a broad smile as she reflects on how far she’s come. “I didn’t want anyone to tell me I couldn’t achieve my dream,” she said. “I wanted and needed to be boundless.” —Monica Medina is director of diversity, engagement and grants at KPBS, and oversees their Local Hero program, a partnership between Union Bank and KPBS. This story on Linda Bounds first appeared on Oct. 1.u


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Art San Diego explores new territory [ COLLIDE ] showcases an unconfined, collaborative take on the annual art show

An original photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe from an exhibit by Alexander Salazar. By Anthony King SDUN Reporter

One of the region’s top events focused on showcasing and selling art returns Nov. 7, bringing art collectors, artists and gallery owners together for a weekend given away to putting San Diego on the international art map. Called [ COLLIDE ], the Art San Diego’s 2013 Contemporary Art Fair runs from Nov. 7 – 10 in Balboa Park, and founder and executive director Ann Berchtold said this year is going to be like no other. With a hefty catalog highlighting the more than 70 artists, gallery owners and exhibiters at this year’s fair, Berchtold just might be right. “The theme of this year is [ COLLIDE ], which comments on different types of creative intersections—cross-disciplinary, cross-natural, from art to film, from street to urban—and how they manifest in both a visual and social setting,” Berchtold said in her welcome letter. Additionally, [ COLLIDE ] will be broken into four sections, or districts that represent different disciplines in art: contemporary art, contemporary product and furniture design, mid-century and modern art, and solo-artist curated booths. Art San Diego 2013 provides a “new spin” on the concept of an art fair, Berchtold said. Far from a quick walk through a cavernous warehouse where attendees stand apart from the art and artists, she said she wanted to make an event that was far more interactive. “Traditional exhibition design is co-mingled with public and performance spaces, [and] many of these spaces call on the attendees to participate or engage in an immersive experience,” she said. “This year’s theme is exceptionally exciting as it allows the artists to really showcase works which will engage and push boundaries.” Last year’s art fair was the first held in Balboa Park and was used to focus on a fresh, new concept in how gallery owners reach their intended audience. Art San Diego was established in 2009 as the city’s first Contemporary Art Fair, offering attendees the chance to see and purchase art from vendors across the globe. Now in its fifth year, organizers anticipate attendance at over

10,000 for the four-day event, starting with the Thursday night VIP reception. The 2012 openingnight event saw over 2,600 collectors in attendance. “My hope was that the fair could provide a vibrant platform for San Diego’s enormous diversity of art and artists, and to demonstrate that the work created here stands up alongside leading international art,” Berchtold said following Art San Diego 2012. “The universal enthusiasm about the quality of [the] show revealed a strong appetite in this community to acquire great art and engage in an immersive artistic happening”

tion—also at the Art Fair—for White Box Contemporary visiting artist Shinichi Sugimoto, featuring one of Sugimoto’s giant murals. Additionally, Salazar will be bringing a collection of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs he exhibited in his gallery earlier this year. One night of that exhibit, called “The Agency – 1983,” was a fundraiser for Mama’s Kitchen. “The Mapplethorpes are very important in that the Mapplethorpe estate didn’t know they existed,” Salazar said, retelling the story of the pictures that were discovered by The Agency Models Incorporated President Alfredo Santiago decades after they were taken, and several years before Mapplethorpe became an iconic photographer. Salazar said he would like to sell the photographs as a complete set, and will have a catalog of them available at Art San Diego 2013 as well. “We have a lot of museums that are interested,” he said, “but we’re trying to keep it together because it’s an archive … They’re not what you would expect.” [ COLLIDE ] is Nov. 7 – 10 in the Balboa Park Activity Center, a 60,000-square-foot space partitioned and modified to feature over 60 galleries with approximately 1,500 pieces of art on display. The activity center is located at 2145 Park. Blvd. On Nov. 7, the opening-night VIP reception starts with an invitation-only collectors club first preview at 5 p.m. followed by the VIP opening night benefit for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego from 7 – 9 p.m. Tickets are $75 and the event is 21 and older.



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Alexander Salazar at home (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley) As a local gallery owner, Alexander Salazar has been a part of cultivating and showcasing art in San Diego for several years, and said he too feels the region is set to take its place as a leading player in the international art scene. Salazar runs Alexander Salazar Fine Art, and exhibits under the names White Box Contemporary, Salazar – Contemporary Art Exhibits and Salazar AIR. “It’s important to me that every gallery in San Diego should support this fair,” he said, acknowledging Berchtold’s efforts to put San Diego “on the map” for art sales. He also has a number of artists he would personally like to show on an international level. For opening night, Salazar will be hosting a champagne bar in one of his Art Fair exhibit spaces. On Saturday, he will host a recep-

Open Fair days on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9 are from 12 – 8 p.m., and on Sunday, Nov. 10 the fair runs from 12 – 5 p.m. with art talks and presentations each day. A 3-day Open Fair pass is available for $15 in advance or $20 at the door. On Nov. 9 from 6 – 8 p.m., “The Vault: Contemporary Art & Fine Wine” sees select art paired with wine from several wineries. Tickets for this event are $25 online or $30 at the door. “The fair this year will truly explore what art can mean, what it can be and how it can feel,” Berchtold said, “It’s about feeding all the senses in a uniquely harmonious cacophony of experiences.” For complete information on Art San Diego visit, email info@ or call 858254-3031.u

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UptownBriefs COUNCILMEMBER DAVID ALVAREZ ENDORSED BY TOP UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS Vocal education supporter Councilmember David Alvarez received the endorsements of six San Diego education leaders in his race to become Mayor. San Diego Unified School District Board of Education President John Lee Evans, Vice President Kevin Beiser joined and Board Members Richard Barrera and Marne Foster—four of the five SDUSB members— announced their support for the young democratic candidate on Monday, Oct. 21. Also offering their endorsements were San Diego County Board of Education Member Greg Robinson and Sandy Mattson, former McKinley Elementar y PTA president. “Two-thirds of children in San Diego Unified School District qualify for free and reduced lunch programs, meaning twothirds of our students are living in poverty,” Barrera stated. “When we think about the goal of creating a quality school in ever y neighborhood, we need to know that the person in the Mayor’s office understands the lives of our students beyond the classroom make an impact on their ability to succeed in school and in life.” BOATHOUSE OWNERS BUY GATHERING RESTAURANT IN MISSION HILLS A Mission Hills mainstay is getting a new owner, a new look and a new name. John and Jill Ealy are buying The Gathering Bar and Grill, a 2,500-square-foot restaurant established in 1986 and known for its traditional American fare and weekly magic acts, with plans to overhaul the dining space and rename it Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar. The siblings operated the now-closed Ole Madrid in the Gaslamp Quarter and now collectively own Zelda’s on the Beach in Capitola, Betty’s Beach Cafe in Lahaina, Hawaii, Ideal Bar & Grill in Santa Cruz and the Boathouse Restaurant in San Diego. GOODWILL OPENS IN HILLCREST On Oct. 17, Goodwill celebrated the grand opening of its new store in the hear t of Hillcrest at 1219 University Ave. with a ribbon cutting ceremony and free cake. “We are pleased to finally open the doors to Goodwill’s newest retail store in Hillcrest,” Mike Rowan, CEO of Goodwill Industries of San Diego County said. “Unique home décor, books, decorative items and quality gently used clothing and accessories have been flowing into Goodwill since we began accepting donations last July, so we have literally thousands of items available for purchase.” “This location created more than 25 new jobs at Goodwill for San Diegans,” Beth Forsberg, VP of Operations added. “All of our staf f is in place and we’ve been working really hard to make this a ‘go-to’ destination in Hillcrest. A stylish neighborhood like this brings top end donations that will please our shoppers, and help us to create more jobs for San Diegans.” The new store and donation center will be open 7 days a week. For more information on this and other locations, visit BOXER REITERATES IMPORTANCE OF BILL REGULATING DEBT LIMIT NEGOTIATION U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) renewed her call for the passing of the USA AAA Credit Restoration Act, which was introduced in 2011 following the first of now several financial scares caused by debt ceiling debates. According to boxer, the proposed legislation would establish a predictable and fair process for considering an increase in the debt limit. “The USA AAA Credit Restoration Act would prevent a repeat of the manufactured default crises we have endured twice in the last three years by ensuring that Congress always pays its bills—just like America’s businesses and families,” Boxer said. The bill was first introduced on Oct. 13, but died in committee. The bill was reintroduced by Boxer in January of this year and currently resides in the Finance Committee. While there is debate on the degree of catastrophe that would occur were the U.S. to default on its debts, there have been measurable impacts via lost confidence in U.S. markets—the stock market plunged 2,000 points in 2011 after the last debt limit crisis. SAN DIEGO’S ‘FAINTING GIRL’ AWARDED ARCS FELLOWSHIP Karmel Allison gained a bit of national spotlight on Monday, Oct. 21 when she nearly fainted while standing behind President Barack Obama as he spoke on the importance of Obamacare and its benefits, particularly young people with pre-existing conditions like Allison. Allison, a University of California San Diego student, stepped back into the spotlight once again, receiving a fellowship from the ARCS Foundation. Led entirely by women, this national non-profit organization seeks to support the growth of scholarship in science, engineering and medical research. Since 1987, the local chapter has given a total of $3.9 million in unrestricted funds to UC San Diego, which students may use to complete research, cover travel expenses or fulfill other financial obligations. Allison is currently working within the bioinformatics department, studying potential therapies for autoimmune diseases like diabetes. Formerly a software engineer, Allison was diagnosed with diabetes at age nine and wanted to learn more about her own condition. Several years ago she began working at a laboratory on campus and was soon inspired to pursue her graduate degree in computational biology. “It is an honor to be selected as a fellow and be associated with these talented ARCS scholars,” Allison said. “The fellowship support affords me more time and freedom to spend advancing my research instead of worrying about a means to fund my work.” The San Diego chapter of ARCS Foundation, Inc. awarded 31 UC San Diego graduate students with fellowship awards totaling $222,500 for the 2013-14 academic year. HOME START OPENS SECOND SHELTER. Providing a safe, secure and supportive housing environment for homeless young mothers, Home Start has expanded its maternity shelter program by opening a second location in Normal Heights. The shelter has been renovated to house five young mothers, ages 18 to 24, and their children. In addition to providing secure housing,

Home Start’s maternity shelter program provides supportive ser vices tailored specifically for homeless young mothers, including mental health counseling, self sufficiency training, job training, and nutrition and health education. “This is truly a life-changing environment for these low-income families,” CEO of Home Start Laura Mustari said. “By providing for their basic needs, we give young mothers the opportunity to seek education and stability, so they can build a healthy foundation for their families.” The Oct. 18 ribbon-cutting ceremony featured remarks from Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, County Super visor Ron Roberts, as well as Home Start and HomeAid San Diego representatives, and included tours of the property. The property’s renovation was made possible through a partnership with HomeAid San Diego, a nonprofit organization, which leverages its relationships in the building and real estate industries to assist nonprofit ser vice providers with their building and maintenance needs. For more information about Home Start, please call (619) 692-0727 ext. 144 or visit www. For more information on HomeAid San Diego, visit or call (858) 793-6292.

ASSEMBLY SPEAKER PÉREZ TO RUN FOR STATE CONTROLLER California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez announced Wednesday, Oct. 9 his intention to run for the office of California State Controller in 2014. Pérez said that while California’s economy has improved significantly in recent years, considerable work remains to be done. “California has made great strides in its path to recovery, but our work is far from complete. I’m running for Controller to ensure our government reflects the values of the people of California and increases prosperity, by managing our finances smartly, efficiently and effectively,” Pérez said in the announcement. Pérez noted that when he first joined the State Assembly, California’s budget deficit was more than $60 billion, over half the state budget for the year. “Fiscal restraint has been crucial to putting our finances back in the black, and will remain vital to ensuring a prosperous future for our state,” he said. As the first openly gay person to be elected to Assembly Speaker in the country, Pérez has been a longtime advocate on behalf of the LGBT Community. He has been especially active in the fight against HIV/ AIDS, serving as a leader with AIDS Project Los Angeles, the Latino Coalition against AIDS and the California Center for Regional Leadership. UPTOWN INTERIM HEIGHT ORDINANCE TO BE HEARD BY FULL COUNCIL At its Oct. 23 meeting, the Land Use and Housing subcommittee unanimously approved an amendment to the Mid-City Communities Planned District Ordinance, also known as the “Interim Height Ordinance,” which would effectively prevent high-rise developments in the area. If passed maximum building heights would be 50 feet in Mission Hills and 65 feet in Hillcrest. The city council will hear the item on their Nov. 5 meeting.

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By Will Bowen SDUN Reporter

The Beat Generation of yesteryear—that literary, rough, other-side-of-the-tracks movement, associated with San Francisco and Big Sur, and included the likes of Jack Kerouac (“On The Road”), Allen Ginsberg (“Howl”) and William S. Burroughs (“Nova Express”), to name a few—is alive and well in San Diego. The movement flourishes in local coffee houses, youth hostels, and art galleries, where once or twice a month, street poets come out of the woodwork to assume the stage. They rant and rave, and point fingers at a desensitized society and its social ills, just as their forbearers once did. Their gesture is a mix of performance prose poetry and storytelling. It’s theatrical, lyrical, satiric, serious, dark, edgy, and confrontational. Chris Vannoy, recognized by his squinched-up face, piercing eyes and trademark black cowboy fedora, is their leader. He’s also the emcee for their readings and their unofficial poet laureate. Vannoy’s sidekick is Alex Bosworth, known for telling non-stop stories and being blessed with the energy of Kerouac’s hyped-up character Jack Cassidy. Together they steward a new Beat movement of social and artistic provocateurs that has put San Diego on the poet’s map. “It’s a calling,” Vannoy said. “I

like performance. I like poetry. I like being on stage because it frees me. I am generally shy but when I go on stage I come alive, like going on automatic pilot.” Something wounded me with a poet’s scar Like a werewolf ’s bite half healed – Chris Vannoy “I am a cross between Shakespeare, Poe, and Carl Sandburg, and there are a lot of Biblical references in my work,” he said. But it isn’t all about the art of performance for Vannoy. He has a social agenda, too. “I want people to hear me,” he said. “I want them to react. I want to make people think. There are a lot of things wrong with our society that we need to change.” Vannoy’s chief concern is the homeless. He talks about them often in his poetry and even invites them to stay at his home in South Park, because, “We are supposed to help others.” Vannoy has been recognized for his writing efforts, winning a San Diego Book Award for best book of poetry one year and he took second place another year. He has read for Quincy Troupe’s events and won many poetry contests, including a $500 prize for one at the La Paloma Theater in Encinitas. He was even a vocalist at one time for the band Wormhole. “I have been famous,” Vannoy said. “But fame is fleeting. I’d be even better but I started 20 years

too late!” He is also interested in personal relationships—the pangs and pains and joys of love—and had his own personal muse for a time. The woman encouraged him to write and even saved and compiled the poetry he wrote about her over the years. She recently

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night. Raised in the First Baptist Church, he believes that everyone is redeemable. “I try to listen to people,” he said. “I try not to judge them. I try to see the good in them and not just what is wrong with them.” Bosworth’s main concern is man’s fall from grace in the natu-

Beat poet Alex Bosworth gestures during a reading at Rebecca’s Coffeehouse. (Photo by Will Bowen)

died and he said her passing has caused his inspiration to write to dry up, so he’s been switching to the visual arts more and more. Born in Kansas, Vannoy grew up in National City and studied theater and puppetry but later went into computer science. Today he is an inspector for Solar Turbines by day, a beat poet by

ral world. He likes to write about how we all have become alienated and disenfranchised from our once deep connection with nature. Bosworth grew up in San Carlos and later studied literature, film and media in college. He said the “cultureless” neighborhood of his childhood is the topic of his current book project, “The


Mayonnaise Jungle.” He’s also published a book of short stories and amusing antedotes called “Chip Chip Chaw.” For many years Bosworth said he drank a bottle of bourbon a day. It finally caught up to him, and after a nine-month hospital stay and a liver transplant, he now takes 22 pills per day to keep his body from rejecting the new liver. “I am lucky to be alive and grateful that I am,” he said. While Vannoy is generally serious and more of a poet, his coconspirator is quite talkative and funny and more of a storyteller. Bosworth almost always has a story going and will tell them to whoever will listen, but is known to go off on tangents in a hundred different directions. “I like confabulation,” Bosworth said. “Sure I will take you off track but we will end up in some interesting places! … I love to get high off laughter. I used to get high off booze but since I stopped drinking it’s laughter that keeps me sane.” Two years ago Bosworth met his wife Tracy on Facebook. “Alex is incredibly brilliant,” she said. “He’s on stage 24/7. He is always creating and it’s contagious. If you spend time with him and you will become a better writer.” You can hear these two characters and a whole cast of like-minded others at the following monthly poetry readings: First Sunday of the month from 5–7 p.m. at the Youth Hostel located at 521 Market St., Downtown. Third Tuesday of the month 7–8:30 p.m. at Rebecca’s Coffee House, located at 3015 Juniper in South Park.u


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FOOD BRIEFS By Frank Sabatini Jr. SDUN Reporter

The beer-centric bistro, Waypoint Public, opened this week in North Park with a 30-tap selection of West Coast brews and more than 300 bottled labels from around the globe. Launched by a trio of local hospitality veterans that includes accomplished chef and butcher Amanda Baumgarten, a sneak peak at the menu reveals oyster tacos, charred local octopus, pork-veal meatballs, Carlsbad mussels with slow-cooked pork belly and flank steak with mustard greens and chimichurri aioli. The 5,000-square-foot space formerly housed The Linkery and has been remodeled with an expanded central bar, a 45-foot art installation and an Astroturf play area for kids. Plans for an outdoor patio are in the works. 3794 30th St., 619-255-8778. The 7th Avenue Pub at Whole Foods in Hillcrest has revised about 75 percent of its menu to include a slate of Baja-inspired dishes that includes smoked duck flautas, Portobello burritos, jicama wraps and Caesar salad based on the original version from Tijuana. The new rollouts by Chef Martin San Romon, a global ambassador of Mexican cuisine, correspond to the store’s growing inventor y of wines from Baja’s Guadalupe Valley, which now totals about 50 labels. In addition, the pub will host a “beer and home cooking” class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, which teaches consumers how to use suds in their recipes. Local author and beer authority Schuyler Schultz will teach the class. The cost is $10. 711 University Ave., 619-294-2800.

(Photos by SDUN)

The beer scene continues hopping with the opening of a cozy, new tasting room by Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment in The Historic Mission Brewer y Plaza on Washington Street. The beer list features more than 20 different brews from taps and casks that customers can pair with a variety of eats from local food trucks that usually show up in front around 5 p.m., except on Mondays. 2120 W. Washington St., 619-299-2537.

Over in Little Italy, the doors just opened on Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen, a massive smartly designed space replete with fermentation tanks, a tasting room and dining space. Helming the kitchen is Chef Colin MacLaggan, who owned and operated the former Avenue 5 restaurant in Bankers Hill. 2215 India St., 619-255-7213.

The new beer menu at San Diego’s largest wine bar (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) The new tap system by The Brew Project is up and running at Fifty Seven Degrees, which recently replaced its southwest corner walls with retractable windows to bring in views of the Downtown skyline. The beer program, run by entrepreneurs Beau Schmitt and Kyle Chaykowksi, focuses exclusively on local brews with 31 varieties that change regularly. “The Brew Project brings in a different element and gives people more options,” said Russ Kindom, owner of the 10,000-squarefoot wine bar and event space in Middletown. Kindom currently stocks about 450 wine labels in the bar’s retail section and has begun selling six select bottles for $60 as a holiday special that will run through December. 1735 Hancock St., 619-234-5757.

In case you’re wondering about the construction occurring within that hang between North Park and South Park, near 30th and Redwood streets, it’s the groundwork for an upcoming restaurant that will be called MidPark. Formerly a Laundromat, the 2,000-plus square foot space is undergoing full renovation, due for completion in April. The venture is being launched by Frank Sciuto, who owns Tio Leo’s. Rumor has it that his planned global menu will perhaps mimic that of the now-defunct Vagabond that residents eagerly embraced. 3111 30th Street. Looking to take home a little extra dough? Amateur cooks get to take home the extra raw dough made in a pizza class at Solare Ristorante in Liberty Station, where participants will learn the techniques for constructing several pizzas from various regions in Italy. Solare chefs will hold the class at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. The cost is $60 per person. 2820 Roosevelt Road, 619-270-9670.u



Restaurant Review

(l to r) (l-r) Croque Madame topped with a balsamic egg, and wild salmon gravlax; (below) well-garnished bloody Marys (Photos Frank Sabatini Jr.)


or the first time in 48 years, diners have gained access to midmorning views from the 12th-floor culinary landmark that is Bertrand at Mister A’s. After testing numerous menus over several months, the restaurant began offering in April what the French call “le grand petite dejeuner,” meaning “the big little lunch.” To late-sleeping Americans who awaken to hunger pangs, the term is better known as “brunch,” which Mister A’s presents from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday to the tune of lavish bloody Marys, gorgeous meat and seafood dishes, and helium-light donuts made to order. But keep your leisure threads at home. The dress code, which these days is a little more relaxed compared to yesteryear, still applies during brunch service, meaning no T-shirts, beach shorts, flip flops and the like. Chef Stephane Voitzwinkler omits common egg scrambles and omelets in lieu of craftier yolky fare like duck confit frittatas and eggs benedict crowned with your choice of pork belly, lump crab or smoked salmon. Traditional blueberry pancakes and Belgian waffles appear, although the buttery crepes Suzette doused in oranges and Grand Marnier prove a more ravishing choice if only because of their scarcity. These are perfect, juicy specimens that attest to the joys of French cuisine. The menu contains several heavyweights from the savory category—more than what you’ll find at other brunches. Thus, my companion and I eased in gently. Well sort of. A bowl of lobster bisque with shrimp and parsley foam was robust, sweet and sinfully creamy while an appetizer of housemade gravlax paints a picture of Scandinavia with beautifully cured wild Alaskan salmon playing host to silvery sardines, teeny hardboiled quail eggs and a couple balls of cream cheese rolled in chives. Another starter, a puck of house-made chicken liver pate, was equally artful in its presentation. The velvety, well-spiced pâté was adorned with cubes of shimmer shimmering gelée made from the fat, along with a cascade of caper berries,

2550 Fifth Ave. (Bankers Hill) | 619-239-1377 Brunch prices: Starters and salads, $10 to $21.50; main dishes, $15 to $22; sides, $5 to $7 cornichons and petite, edible flowers that show up often in other dishes. Served on a black marble slab with a smear of mustard, it looked like the inside of a Tiffany jewelry box. Both the gravlax and pâté are served with toasted, house-made brioche diapered in white linens. Our waiter, an affable and highly professional Greek gent named George, took great care in assembling our first bites, making sure to lop each ingredient from each dish onto the bread. Sadly, it’s the kind of tableside service that is nearing extinction. From the entrée selections, my companion opted for sweet potato hash enriched with pork belly. The spuds, some of them white, were strewn with crispy trimmings of the meat that delivered a nice chewy texture and bursts of salt. It was paired with a side of standard deli-style coleslaw. I chose the croquet Madame, one of my favorite sandwiches in the world. Here, the chef serves it open-face, using a slice of brioche as the base. The bread was thicker than the sum of its toppings, which captured bubbly Gruyere cheese, prosciutto, aruaru gula and a tangy balsamic fried egg. Though satsat isfying, I would have preferred it less bready. Other mains in-

clude veal Bolognese poutine, a half-pound Wagyu beef burger, rosemary lamb chops and buttermilk-fried chicken over Gruyere waffles. Yes, you’ve come to the right brunch if your stomach growls for meat. Fresh-made donuts were recently introduced to the menu. Two different types appear each month. They’re sold by the half or baker’s dozens. We chose the former, designating them as dessert (after our toothsome crepes Suzette) and requesting a split of both flavors. Imagine little fried balls that are puffier and airier than beignets. The chocolate-coated donuts were hallow and comforting as they melted in our mouths. The other three were even better, rolled in cinnamon and sugar, oozing with chiffon-like pumpkin filling that tasted dreamier than any homemade pumpkin pie I’ve ever encountered. So fresh, the donuts retained their acute springiness when finishing them at home hours later. Libations include beer cocktails, berry bellinis and several bloody Marys garnished with gourmet ingredients. The “Mister A’s classic” surprises with horseradish cream cheese-stuffed olives, pickled veggies and Old Bay Seasoning on the rim while tomatomozzarella skewers and basil salt give rise to the “Tuscan sun.” For those accustomed to the romantic city lights that dominate Mister A’s atmosphere at night, the brunch period is eye-awakening as the morning and midday sun afford deeper views of the surrounding landscape. Depending where you sit, staffers will deploy the window shades for blocking excess light and warmth. But the elegance of this sky perch remains, complete with super-attentive servers and meticulously conceived cuisine.u

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Hillcrest’s big Italian secret


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t first glance we assumed that the lineup of meat, cheese and pasta displayed across a marble countertop was for a private party. But we quickly learned shortly after entering Pappalecco for happy hour that the food is available in unlimited portions for customers who purchase a glass of red or white wine for $10. “This is how we do it in Italy,” Pappalecco’s co-owner Franceschino Martini said as he pointed to a veritable Tuscan picnic that also included eggplant Parmesan, red pepper hummus, curly prosciutto, mini tomato-mozzarella sandwiches and more. Arriving hungry, we could barely contain ourselves considering that a

majority of bars and cafes in San Diego never bother putting out so much as a bowl of pretzels for their happy hours. Martini and his business partner, Francesco Bucci, have been rolling out the victuals from 4 to 8 p.m. daily for the past couple months. With two other locations in Little Italy and Point Loma, the Hillcrest café is the only one in the trio that does it. There is no mention of the buffet on Pappalecco’s menu or web site, although Martini says he’s been spreading the word to customers who drop in throughout the day for house-roasted coffee and scratch-made gelato. The café also offers a menu of egg dishes, salads and panini from morning to night. The wine choices during happy hour are limited to a red and white from Castellani, a family-owned winery in Tuscany known for its Chianti reserves and

Ratings: Drinks:

Two wines are offered daily, a white and a red from Castellani in Tuscany. On this visit, the pinot grigio possessed slight acidity although it went down swimmingly. The sangiovese sported mild tannins, and was likely blended at the winery with Bordeaux grapes to soften the acidity.

Food: From more than a dozen appetizers arranged on a sidebar, the eggplant Parmesan, pesto pasta and lean prosciutto were among the items that prompted plate refills.

Value: At $10 per person, the wine pours are fairly generous and the all-you-can-eat appetizers include substantial protein fixes in the form of meats and cheeses.

soft Chardonnays. On this day, a faintly yellow pinot grigio and inky red Sangiovese blend were in the offing. We tried both, pairing the generous pours with nearly every dish on the counter as a viable excuse for replenishing our plates a few times. My friend’s pinot grigio was expectedly light and faintly fruity, though with a young, mild bite that still didn’t prevent him from polishing off the glass with surprising brevity. Glass refills during happy hour are $8. And if you don’t drink wine, it can be substituted with coffee or a soft drink. I nursed the Sangiovese, which took a little time to open before its plumy undertones became evident. Yet for only $10, I was in wine and food heaven within the comfort of a well-designed café stocked with life’s simple pleasures. It’s the true definition of “happy hour.” u

Italian appetizers for the taking when purchasing a glass of wine at Pappalecco in Hillcrest. (Photo by Dr. Ink)

Service: The owners greet customers with charming Italian hospitality, and they eagerly inform you of the happy hour deal.

3650 Fifth Ave. (Hillcrest) 619-906-5566 Happy Hour: 4 to 8 p.m., daily

Duration: Four hours daily is impressive, considering the amount of free food the café rolls out for happy hour.

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Conscious Music Fest

comes to North Park By Vince Meehan SDUN Reporter

North Park will host the first annual San Diego Conscious Music Fest at the Birch North Park Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 9. The full-day event will be presented by the Hillcrest-based Universal Spirit Center, a spiritual community that follows the Science of Mind philosophy and prefers a non-denominational alternative to traditional churches. The show is “a celebration of the spirit of love within us all,” according to the website, and will feature twelve musical artists; six in an afternoon show from 1-3:30 p.m., and six others from 7-10:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be available from West Coast Tavern during the performances, and a V.I.P. artist’s reception will be held across the street at Casa de Luz between sets. “Conscious music” is a term used to describe a genre of uplift-

ing music performed by artists intent on spreading a positive message through their music. This music festival will be the first of its kind in the local organization’s twelve-year history, but it is a growing movement. Universal Spirit Center member Annette Ridenour said that this would be a family-oriented performance where all are welcome. Ten percent of ticket sales from the event will go to supporting music programs in San Diego public schools. “Music plays a big part in our services at the Universal Spirit Center,” said Ridenour, who also serves as the organization’s treasurer. “Our message is both inspiring and positive, and the music always reflects that.” Local singer/songwriter Teri Wilder will open the festival, and says she’s excited about bringing her message to a broader audience. “I travel around the country

performing my music for all sorts of inspirational groups,” Wilder said. “I’m really looking forward to playing in my hometown and making this concert a success. Our goal is to raise the vibration of good will and help people feel positive about life.” The festival will take place on the same day as North Park’s monthly “Ray at Night” art walk and was deliberately scheduled so attendees could enjoy both events. “We’re going to have wristbands so our audience can come and go as they please,” Ridenour said. ‘That way they can enjoy both shows and make a night of it. This is going to be an event that everyone can enjoy.” The Universal Spirit Center is located at 3858 Front St. in Hillcrest. To learn more about their inclusive spiritual community, visit To obtain tickets to the Conscious Music Festival, visit

(l to r) Universal Spirit Center members Annette Ridenour and Teri Wilder stand in front of the upcoming venue. (Photo by Vincent Meehan)


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University Heights Arts Open -

Taste of University Heights By Jessica Dearborn SDUN Reporter

University Heights is a 125-year-old community made up of historic homes, businesses old and new, and a neighborhood rich with cultural dynamics. Alongside the long stretch of Park Boulevard are vendors and neighbors that have created a niche for themselves, defining their own, carving out that which defines them and although a part of the San Diego community at large, University Heights has established their own definition of arts, food and culture. Beginning eight years ago, Judy Riffle, organizer with the University Heights Arts Association, initially began this community event as an open studio to allow local artists in the area an opportunity to showcase their work in a personal way by opening their homes and studios to the public. Five years ago, Riffle decided to combine the artist showcases with a taste event, to allow a new audience and highlight the various restaurants and other venues within the community. Although a small locality, University Heights is filled with more than what meets the eye at a quick glance. Restaurants, art studios and coffee shops are all humbly spread up and down Park and El Cajon Boulevards that are surely missed when not looking. “People enjoy the open studio tours and patrons have enjoyed it being a more personal experience,” Riffle explained, “A variety of established and expanding businesses participated in the day’s successful event that offered a collective of colorful and entertaining experiences.

Red House Pizza (4615 Park Blvd.) Among the many establishments that participated was Red House Pizza, which is celebrating its second year in business. They have pizzas that are named after some of the streets in the University Heights area. One of their most popular pizzas is the Park — a vegetarian pizza prepared for the most health-conscious of pizza consumers, — topped with broccoli, roasted roma tomato, zucchini, caramelized onion, and olives. They also boast a mean gluten-free variety of pizza and pasta. Also worth mentioning is the friendly staff working that day: Upbeat server Sarah Twamley and Chef Cindi Hoang brought customer service and the pizza experience to a new plateau. Muzita Bistro (4651 Park Blvd.) Another restaurant that participated in the event was award winning-Muzita Bistro, which offers authentic Eritrean/Ethiopian cuisine. Their website instructs patrons to “Throw away the fork and use your hands, the traditional way! This is food and African hospitality at its best.” This hospitable bistro offers a new experience that tenders a curious exploration into what the neighborhood has to offer. Diversionary Theatre (4545 Park Blvd. #101) If it's entertainment you’re looking for in University Heights, Diversionary Theatre offers a night without compromise when searching for culture. Previewing October 24th and running from November 2nd through November 17th is She-Rantulas From Outer Space – in 3D. Director and co-

(clockwise) The famous University Heights sign; a scene from Diversionary Theatre’s She-Rantulas From Outer Space – in 3D; Chef Cindi Hoang of Red House Pizza (Photos by Anita Sotomayor)

writer Ruff Yeager describes it as, “Something to the like of the B-horror films from the 1950’s, a psychological thriller, and humorous.” Yeager has filled many different roles in San Diego’s theater community, also working as a professor of Theater at Southwestern College. His most successful play locally has been Bronze, which won the San Diego Theater Critics Circle Award in 2006 for best new play. “As a gay man, I enjoy being able to be creative in a place that supports that aspect of my life,” Yeager said about developing projects for Diversionar y Theater. “[It] allows creative freedom, lack of judgment, and unconditional acceptance.”

University Heights contains hidden gems and a historic culture within the entirety of all that San Diego presents. Along the streets, there are places for every palate and every walk of life, ranging from restaurants and coffee shops to art galleries. Spend a day devouring all things old, new and eclectic that this flourishing community has to offer. For a complete list of the vendors and artists that participated in the University Heights Arts Open - Taste of University Heights, go to: Volunteers are what make this event successful and Riffle is always open to inquiries. Contact Riffle at contact@uharts. org to volunteer. For more information on future events visit


A prodigious talent ‘Tallest Tree’ an enchanting theatrical climb at La Jolla Playhouse

Daniel Beaty (Photo by Don Ipock) By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic

Playwright and performer Daniel Beaty believes the solo form highlights the magic of storytelling. He puts his talent where his mouth is, writing and performing the new solo play “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” continuing at La Jolla Playhouse through Nov. 3. It is a shared production with Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Portraying civil-rights activist, singer and actor Paul Leroy Robeson, Beaty’s magic is so powerful that the mind becomes convinced there is another actor who portrays Robeson’s wife in the one-man script. Looking in the program however, the playgoer realizes her thorough enchantment with the strongest of Beaty’s additional portrayals: Robeson’s wife, Eslanda (Essie). Despite the character’s frequent sexual conquests (among them his “Othello” leading ladies Peggy Ashcroft in London and Uta Hagen on Broadway), Robeson and Essie’s enduring love story provides the playwright an exceptionally touching moment near the end of the play. The plot sweeps onlookers from Robeson’s childhood, through his football days and law school, into his international film and stage career as a singer and performer, to his 1950 testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Robeson said: “The artist must take sides. He must choose to fight for freedom or for slavery. I have made my choice. I had no alternative.” The choice of Beaty and director Moisés Kaufman of Tectonic Theater Project, which originally commissioned and developed the work, is to charge into Robeson’s lifelong political and social activism without flinching, knowing that his viewpoints were so controversial that the famous man became almost invisible in the history books. Presented extensively, these activist scenes veer closely to tedium, and it is only Beaty’s prodigious talent that keeps the play from falling into the pit of preachy. The music too, helps avoid this potential catastrophe. Beaty, who is a classically trained singer, performs some of the Robeson songs, among them “Ol’ Man River,” “Ballad for the Americans,” and the spirituals “Steal Away,” “Go Down Moses” and “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel.” He is accompanied by music director and conductor Kenny J. Seymour on piano, John

WHERE: La Jolla Playhouse,

2910 La Jolla Village Dr. (La Jolla)

WHEN: Tuesday and Wednesday

at 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. through Nov. 3

INFO: 858-550-1010 WEB: Reilly on woodwinds, and Jennifer Epler on cello. I must admit to being conflicted over the amplification of Beaty’s voice, both spoken and sung. Granted there are those moments in big arenas where the sound should be so aggrandized, however, Beaty’s voices possess such point and buzz—the technical term is “squillo”—that amplification merely underscores the vocal production, making it fall not always euphoniously on the ear. Robeson had a natural, unaffected bassbaritone; Beaty’s natural voice lies much higher. All this having been said, however, Beaty’s performance is so spellbinding overall that such imperfections may be overlooked. Scenic designer Derek McLane provides an all purpose backstage area with several playing levels. It’s roughly textured, specific and cluttered, yet it provides

plenty of surface area for John NaNa run’s effective historic projections. Clint RaRa mos provides Daniel Robeson’s Beaty wardrobe, princi(photo by pally a three-piece Don Ipock) suit and Othello rags. David Lander is lighting designer and Lindsay Jones, sound designer.u

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Indie Pop duo The Blow at the Casbah on October 29 By Logan Broyles SDUN Reporter

After a seven-year break, indie pop duo The Blow emerges from the recording studio to release a much-anticipated self-titled album. The electronic-pop group consists of founding member and lead singer Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne. To celebrate their latest release, the two are playing at The Casbah on October 29 for only $15, with opening performances by Kisses and Love Inks. This will be the pair’s first album recorded together. The Blow started as a solo project by Maricich, later joined by Jona Bechtolt (of the band YACHT) for her first few albums before meeting Dyne. “Melissa and I first met in 2004 in Portland for the CBA Festival; I was doing several projects that year at the Festival and she was there because she was looking into projects for the next year,” recalled Maricich. “We were both new in town and didn’t have many friends, so we started hanging out together.” The pair began playing together as The Blow in 2008 when they both moved to New York City. At a typical live show, Maricich takes the stage as the singer while Dyne stays behind the audience working on the soundboard and controlling the visual elements of the show. After several years playing together, they decided to record and release the first album as The Blow. They took

their time with the recording process and have been very pleased with the reaction they’ve received from fans since its release on October 1. “With neither of us being professionally trained at making music, we both kind of approached it as kind of a fun experiment,” she continued. “I think it’s experimental, but there is an undertone of Pop behind it.” This off-color genre has a lot of roots in more traditional pop songs that most people would be familiar with. The duo tries to make new sounds that have never been heard before, but they are always layered over a foundation that originates from classic pop songs and styles. “We’re both really influenced by the classic American songs that everyone can agree on, the kind of stuff that you’ll hear at any diner across the country because everybody thinks that it’s a good song,” Maricich explains. “I think music that brings people together that otherwise have nothing else in common is the kind of music that we love and aim for.” With such a familiar yet original sound, the writing process can be unpredictable for the pair, but this unconventional process often leads to some of their best work. “We don’t have things planned out in advance, I think you just try and stuff comes out of you as a musician and you don’t even know what it’s going to be exactly before-

Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne of The Blow (Courtesy of The Blow)

hand,” Maricich said. “It’s like having a kid, once it’s created you look at it from there and realize what you’ve actually done. The results can be surprising.” After all these years, Maricich and Dyne are still growing as musicians and perfecting their craft. With limited formal training in producing music, things can be somewhat cluttered at times, but that can actually be a good thing for them because it frees them up to make their own style of music rather than copying a set formula. “We didn’t know how to do everything so we had to stay up late at night learning how to program things or get the right beat to a song,” Maricich said. “It was really rewarding after all that hard work to be able to listen to it and say ‘I did it!’ “The new album was this fun challenge for ourselves, we really did it all by ourselves and didn’t bring anyone in to help produce things,” she said. “We had a little portable recording setup that we could bring around and record different sounds.” Maricich explained that the best part of being in the band is getting to share their music with their fans at live shows because of the usually eclectic crowd that attends. For tickets and more info:


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Parents Rejoice as Another Kid-friendly Bar Opens in North Park

Andy Hinds Parenting Waypoint Public, on 30th St. and North Park Way—the space that used to be The Linkery—had its “soft opening” on October 15th. I haven’t had a chance to stop in yet, although I drive by it, peering longingly through its glasspaneled garage doors several times a week as I shuttle my kids between home and preschool. By the time this column is published, though, I will have attended their swanky grand-opening party on the 21st (being a pretend journalist has its benefits) and hopefully substantiated the high expectations I have for North Park’s latest beer-centric eatery. So this is a bit of a disclaimer: a lot of the nice things I’m going to say about this “neighborhood bistro and beer bar” (as the press release calls it) are hypothetical. Let’s just say I

have a good feeling about it. The Waypoint team has impressive credentials. John Pani, an Uptown local who lives with his family in Kensington, is a 12-year veteran of the San Diego hospitality industry. Brian Jensen, who runs the beverage program at Waypoint, is the owner of the Bottlecraft beer shops in Little Italy and North Park and a guy who blows my mind every time I ask him to explain what exactly is in the pretty bottle I picked out of his massive selection of brews. The executive chef, Amanda Baumgarten, has worked and trained in four different Michelinstarred restaurants, appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef, and opened Herringbone in La Jolla, among many other accomplishments. The Waypoint menu does her credentials justice. Check out the description of the “Po’ Boy’s Tacos”: “Fried oysters, french fries, jicama & jalapeño Slaw, aioli & smoked tomatillo salsa.” You might want to dab that drool off of your chin. But let’s be honest, parents— the reason you and I are stoked about this restaurant opening is that it’s yet another place we can take our children and enjoy an adult beverage or two with the blessing of the staff, and, one hopes, the tolerance and patience of any child-free patrons. With a 30-tap system focused on West Coast craft brews and over 300 different bottled beers in stock, there should be no shortage of options for thirsty grown-ups; and a designated “kids area” offers books, games, and a forgiving floor

surface for children who don’t want to sit around listening to the old people say words like “hoppy” in a context that makes no sense to them. Back on the fun side of the restaurant, there’s also wine, if you’re into that kind of thing. I talked to John Pani about why being kid friendly was an essential element of Waypoint Public’s mission. First of all, John is the father of three youngsters, aged six, four and two; and despite conventional wisdom suggesting otherwise, parents don’t automatically start craving Chuck E. Cheese as soon as the kids are born. John takes his kids to Station Tavern, Blind Lady Ale House, and other kidfriendly Uptown establishments just like you and I do. And, being that he’s a hospitality pro, I wasn’t surprised to learn that he had noticed these places are almost always packed with customers. “We’re trying to hit the trifecta,” John told me, citing the Waypoint team’s expertise in food and beer, as well as their determination to appeal to the neighborhood demographic, which includes a growing number of young families. “These urban neighborhoods are becoming so much more family-friendly. People are saying, ‘Hey, I’m staying here—I’m not going to the suburbs.’ I think there’s an opportunity to address that market. And we’re trying to hit that right on the nose.” John feels like Uptown parents are likely to be tapped into (so to speak) the fun stuff happening in their neighborhoods. Like, for instance, the explosion of craft brew purveyors.

“Just because I have kids,” he said, “doesn’t mean I don’t want to go have a couple craft beers.” Unprompted, he mentions some negative comments about bars that welcome kids and the parents who bring their kids to bars. This appeared to be in response to an article about Waypoint Public on, and I had been planning on asking him about that very thing. John was preaching to the choir—or possibly another preacher—when he said, “There are certain kinds of bars where it is absolutely inappropriate to bring kids … but that’s not our market; that’s not who we’re trying to be. Just because we serve good beer doesn’t mean children shouldn’t be around. That seems…” I finished his sentence: “Puritanical?” He liked my choice of words. I’ve heard, read and participated in arguments about bringing kids to bars ever since mine were born. The only part of the antikids-at-bars argument that I can see some validity in is from folks who just want to drink in peace without being disturbed by rowdy rugrats. But even to them I would say, there are plenty of places where kids aren’t welcome: go there if kids get on your nerves. We parents don’t have so many choices. Or, wait until, say, 8:30 p.m., when most of the families will have cleared out. To the moralists who think that kids should not be around adults who are drinking alcohol in a (gasp!) bar, I would point out that many, if not most, family restaurants serve booze. They

may not attract aficionados of the precious malted beverages the way places like Waypoint Public do, but I think you’ll find that parents won’t drink any less responsibly at a place where there is good beer than they would at a chain restaurant that serves ice-cold swill. The fact that there are 30 taps doesn’t mean that we will drink 30 beers—at least not in one sitting. Furthermore, if you hear “kid-friendly bistro and beer bar” and imagine toddlers sitting among Jaeger-slamming frat boys, or relegated to the playpen while their parents drink into the wee hours, you are confusing places like Waypoint Public with a sad dystopic nightmare that I hope doesn’t exist in real life. I loved living in Uptown for many years before having kids, so I understand the appeal it holds for young, kid-free adults, especially as it has grown more eclectic and vibrant. Part of that growth has included, as John Pani suggested, more young families, whether they have been attracted here by the combination of hipness and kid-friendliness, or just remained here after having kids for the same reasons. It’s gratifying to see that businesses have recognized this trend, and are responding by investing in our neighborhoods in ways that address our—I hesitate to say “needs”—let’s say, “tastes.” I suspect that people who lament the influx of kids into our community are a tiny minority, but I want to assuage their fears. We’re not going to spoil your fun. We’re just not ready to give up on our own.u

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Well-behaved Women rarely make history


he idea for Solid Gold Health Products for Pets began in 1974, when owner Sissy Harrington McGill brought back the son of the 1974 World Champion Great Dane from Germany. The Great Dane is the national dog of Germany, where it is called Deutsch Doggen, meaning German Mastiff. Sissy learned that German Danes live to be 13-14 years old while the American Dane only lives to be seven to nine years old. There are only three contributing factors to long life. We love our dogs as much as they do, so it’s not care. We are always breeding dogs back and forth, so it couldn’t be genetics. The final contributing factor was food. In 1974, The American dog food contained soybean, wheat and corn, all allergic ingredients to dogs and cats. These ingredients cause them to chew and lick their feet. German dog foods, however, contain none of the GMO heavy grain foods. In 1975, Sissy developed the first natural dog food in the U.S. that was based on the non-allergic German formula called Hund-N-Flocken, meaning “dog” in German, such as dachshund. We called the new American dog food Solid Gold Hund-N-Flocken. Solid Gold Health Products for Pets uses the non-allergic non-gains of amaranth, millet, and barley. Solid Gold only uses vegetable oils and never animal or poultry fat which are usually rancid and may cause cancer. Within a year, the FDA visited the Solid Gold warehouse to shut her down, saying there was no such thing as a natural dog food. Most American dog foods are the dump of other companies. For example, a soap company owns 23 dog foods. When the animal fat gets so rancid that they can’t use it, they dump it into the dog food, which causes diarrhea, scratching skin problems, epilepsy and diabetes. If you put your dog or cat on Solid Gold pet products, the allergies go away. The chemical companies went through the FDA to put Solid Gold Health Products out of business. They charged it is illegal to tell people what other products do or to tell what her dog

foods and pet supplements did. When Sissy objected at her federal court trial citing the First Amendment of Freedom of speech, the FDA said the First Amendment didn’t apply to her. They forbade her to sell her 19 supplemental products. Did you know that it is illegal to give bee pollen to animals? Sissy asked them if the Bee Pollen police were going to arrest the bees. Sissy has raised Great Danes for 25 years. The FDA forbade her to breed her dogs – because conception and pregnancy were diseases. They said only vets should breed dogs, because only vets know how to treat this disease called pregnancy. Sissy asked for a jury trial, but the judge denied this and said he would rule on it himself. Her lawyer was not permitted to object and was threatened with contempt of court if he did. Don’t laugh! This was only the tip of the iceberg. The FDA charged Sissy with a federal crime and sentenced her to six months in a federal prison for violating the federal health claims law. The FDA knew that Sissy, who holds a master’s degree from Columbia University, had been a teacher for gifted children for 20 years. So at the trial, the FDA said, “You should stay back in the classroom where you belong!” Sissy was handcuffed and led away in chains to the San Diego federal prison and while the bailiff put the chains around her ankles to lead her away, he whispered in her ear that this was the worst case of railroading he had ever seen. The FDA said Sissy was ignorant and only had an 8th grade education, but Sissy knows how to read. She went to prison in August 1990, and a couple months later she read in the newspaper that the federal Health Claims Law had come before Congress and was rejected. It was a violation of the First Amendment and people can be informed about what a product does before they buy it. The entire case against Sissy had been based on fraud by the FDA. Sissy wrote to the members of Congress from her prison

cell. She received 22 letters from congressmen saying that she never broke a law including letters from Joe Biden, senator from Delaware, and Orrin Hatch, senator from Utah. The Federal Court system released her in Dec. 1990, after she had suffered a stroke. A month later, Sissy went to Washington, D.C. to Senator Hatch’s office. His secretary said they would love to prosecute the FDA for fraud, but they would need the original trial transcript since the FDA would claim that Sissy changed the transcript. Guess what? The fraud case could not come to trial because the FDA couldn’t find the transcript. How convenient! In 1994, the Dietary Health and Supplement Act came before Congress. Congress said it was legal to tell people what your natural products did for people, Sissy sued the FDA in Federal Court for clarification. Did this ruling also apply to companion animals such as dogs and cats? Yes it did. The FDA brought out of retirement the same federal judge who had sentenced her to prison in 1990, but this time, he ruled in her favor. However, three days after the trial, Sissy went to the federal courthouse to get a copy of this second trial. The FDA couldn’t find it. They claimed that the court stenographer must have forgotten to put paper in her machine. Yet, three months later the Federal Register publication reprinted a summation of the trial, but left out about the companion dog information. Again, how convenient! Sissy continues to sell her natural pet products at a local city shows, dog shows and her Solid Gold products are available in 4,000 animal stores nationwide. The main store is on Cuyamaca in El Cajon, CA. Sissy also writes articles for 105 dog and cat magazines. Sissy’s philosophy is based on two famous phrases: the first is “Well-behaved woman rarely make history,” the second is from Ralph Waldo Emerson – “Don’t take the well-trodden path. Venture into a new area, and make a path for others to follow.” Other companies have tried to imitate the Solid Gold philosophy of holistic natural rearing of animals. Solid Gold is the leader, but its owner paid dearly for this position.

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CalendarofEvents FRIDAY, OCT. 25

Preschool stor y time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free UCSD Transfer Friday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., UCSD invites students from California Community Colleges to educate them on various pathways to transfer to UCSD, 9500 Gilman Dr. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “The Night of the Living Dead,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


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Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free Family Festival Day at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., spooky tunes and pumpkin carols played by former San Diego Civic Organist Jared Jacobsen and the San Diego Children’s Choir, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, free Pumpkin Car ving Contest and Halloween Spooktacular: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., do you think you have what it takes to be the best pumpkin carver in Mission Hills? 902 Fort Stockton, free Burlingame Music Series Opening Concert: 7 p.m., The Hausman Quartet will perform at the home of Virgina and Larry Sherwood, formal attire, 2403 San Marcos Ave.


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North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free Halloween at the Whaley House: 6 p.m. – midnight, extended hours, period oil lamp lighting and ambient music give “America’s Most Haunted House” a terrifying Halloween spirit, 2476 San Diego Ave, $15 per person Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “The Birds,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


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 “The Birds,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


Golden Hill Farmers Market: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free Talmadge Alley Cleanup: 8 – 12 a.m., Talmadgians invited to volunteer to clean up alleys and beautify Talmadge, Hoover High School, 4474 El Cajon Blvd. Children’s Craft: 10:30 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free UH Librar y Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd. University Heights Urban Har vest Festival: 2 – 5 p.m., celebrate fall harvest with garden tours, freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, pumpkin-composting games and much more, Birney Joint-use Field, free 12th Annual Lantern Festival: 3 – 7 p.m., Albert Einstein Academies celebrates a 100-yearold German tradition emphasizing German language studies, AEA’s campus, 3035 Ash Street, free Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “The Birds,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free Special Souls Spaghetti Social: 6 p.m., in honor of Dia de

los Muertos bring food, beverage or party ware or a $15 donation, Centro Cultural de la Raza. UHCA meeting: 6:30 p.m., regular meeting of the University Heights Community Association with Emergency Planning Presentation, Alice Birney Elementary School auditorium, 4345 Campus Dr.


Signing stor y time: 1:30 – 2:15 p.m., babies, toddlers and preschoolers learn sign language, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St., free Bankers Hill Parking: 5 – 6:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Bankers Hill Parking Committee, Merrill Gardens, 2567 Second Ave.


Old Mission Rotar y: 12 p.m., regular weekly meeting of the Old Mission Rotary Club, today’s speaker is Gordon Heinrichs, Best Western Seven Seas, 411 Hotel Circle South HBA Beautification: 2 p.m., regular meeting of Hillcrest Business Association Beautification Committee, 1419 University Ave Suite D Uptown Planners: 6 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting of Uptown Planners, Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. Normal Heights Community Planning Group: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Normal Heights Community Planning Group, Normal Heights Community Center, 4649 Hawley Blvd. 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 VOSD Conversation with the Candidates: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., Voice of San Diego will host the top four mayoral candidates in this free mayoral forum. They will also attempting to raise $24,000 in 24 hours in a one-day fundraising campaign. Register online to guarantee entry. Birch North Park Theatre. 2891 University Avenue, San Diego, 92104.


Old Town Community Planning: 3:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the planning group, Whaley House, 2746 San Diego Ave. UH MAD: 4:30 p.m., regular meeting of the University Heights Maintenance Advisory District, University Heights Community Development Corporation, 4452 Park Blvd. #104 LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free


North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free UH Parks & Rec: 5:30 p.m., monthly meeting of the University Heights Parks & Recreation Council, Alice Birney School library, 4345 Campus Ave. Balboa Park Committee: 6 – 8 p.m., regular meeting of the Balboa Park Committee, Balboa Park Club, Santa Fe Room, 2150 Pan American Rd. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14 u


San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 25–Nov. 7, 2013


Take a ride into yesteryear aboard the


Global Gumshoe

Ron Stern


rowing up as a city boy, my childhood memories of riding an old-fashioned steam locomotive were confined to riding around the amusement park at Knott’s Berry Farm. Sure it was fun, but nothing that could compare to my recent journey through the San Juan Mountains in Colorado and New Mexico aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Based in Chama, N.M., this railroad was originally constructed in 1880 as part of what was then the Rio Grande’s San Juan Extension. The main purpose was to transport miners, equipment and

ore for the silver industry that was flourishing at the time. A World War and industry regulations eventually brought the line into disrepair. But thanks to volunteers and railroad preservationists, the most beautiful parts of the route were saved, and in 1970 the states of Colorado and New Mexico purchased the track and nine steam locomotives in order to take tourists on a memory-making trip back in time, pretty much the same way it was done at the turn of the century. There are several ways you can take your journey, which can be all day or half that amount. The best route would start in the small town of Antonito, Colo. in Conejos County. This was once a company railroad town that was founded by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad in 1880. You would then ride all the way to Chama and return by motor coach. You board the train of your choosing: coach ($95), deluxe tourist ($129) or the ultimate comfort of their parlor lounge ($169) where you are offered fruits, snacks, soft drinks and confections throughout the trip. The terrain starts off with small, rolling hills covered with silver sage but then starts to wind upwards into the San Juan Mountains with pine trees,

narrow gorges, tunnels blasted out of solid rock and colorful, canyon walls. Along the way, volunteer docents will tell you about some of the more interesting histor y surrounding weird points such as Hangman’s Trestle, Lava Tank, Phantom Cur ve and Mud Tunnel. Just about the time I was getting hungry our train stopped along the Rio de Los Pinos River in the town of Osier, Colo. There is a large dining hall on the site today, but in 1880, it was just another railroad community serving as a section home for the employees. As we filed into the hall we were divided into lines depending upon our lunch selection, which included turkey with all the trimmings, meat loaf, lasagna or soup and salad. I chose the turkey, which was remarkably moist and tasty and followed that up with dessert from a large assortment of cakes and pies. Once you reboard, you start heading to Chama through some truly spectacular scenery. If you are into photography as I am, then the place to be is in the open car, where you have unobstructed views of the terrain. This car was loaded with others having the same idea, all of them snapping away and maxing out their

memory cards. What adds to the overall feel of this train is the sound of the locomotive huffing and puffing, billowing clouds of grey and white smoke as it makes its way up and down the mountain tracks. Part of the experience includes getting some of that soot and water vapor in your face and hair, so protective eyewear is recommended. Depending upon the weather, I would also bring along a warm coat since you go up in elevation. As you toll into Chama, you realize that you just participated in something historic. These were the same trains that contributed to the prosperity of our country. The men that ran these were hard working, committed railroad men that had to fix things on the fly as they occurred. The current general manager of the Cumbres & Toltec is John Bush, himself a long-time railroad worker. He started fixing engines when he was a young boy and his fascination and enthusiasm with these iron giants hasn’t abated.



JENNIFER KNAPP TO PERFORM AND SPEAK IN NORTH PARK Jennifer Knapp, who first visited San Diego twice in 2010 during her “Letting Go” tour, is returning for two more appearances. The first will be an 8 p.m. performance on Friday, Nov. 1 at The Irenic, otherwise known as Missiongathering Church, located at 3090 Polk Ave. in North Park. The historic building underwent a complete transformation when it was refurbished two years ago for the evangelical but progressive Christian community it now hosts. It doubles as an intimate, all-ages entertainment venue on Friday nights, making it a fitting location for the Grammynominated and Dove Award-winning musician, who is a former Christian music chart topper. Knapp’s return to music in 2010 after a seven-year hiatus aligned with her choice to come out, and her music transitioned more to mainstream folk. After touring amidst constant questions about being gay and Christian, Knapp launched the nonprofit “Inside Out Faith” in 2011 as a way to reach out to LGBT people of faith and to open dialogue between them and her other faith-based fans. On Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m., Knapp will hold an IOF speaking engagement at Missiongathering Church. Tickets to Knapp’s Friday, Nov. 1 performance are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Her “Inside Out Faith” series is open and free to the public. To purchase advance tickets or to learn more about Knapp and her nonprofit, visit jenniferknapp. com or

(Photo by Ron Stern)

For me, this was a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience that I would recommend to anyone. All of the employees know that they are part of something special that needs to be preserved for future generations. There is a spirit of pride and optimism that railroads seem to impart and that can be seen reflected in the smiles on the faces of passengers as they finally disembark. There are currently six regular excursions daily, ranging from this trip from Antonito to Chama, half trips from Antonito or Chama to Oiser, or passengers can start their trip in Chama as well. The regular season runs May through the end of October. For more information visit cumbrestoltec. com or call 888-286-2737. —Ron Stern can be contacted at or by visiting and Promotional considerations were provided by partners mentioned in this article.u

UTILITY UNDERGROUNDING ADVISORY GROUP APPROVED BY LAND USE AND HOUSING On Wednesday, October 23, the San Diego Land Use and Housing Committee voted unanimously in favor of creating a Utility Undergrounding Advisor y Group, likely intended to address the many complaints of San Diego residents regarding the presence of utility boxes. The plan for the board was presented by Chiefs of Staf f Stephen Hill and Ricardo Flores from the of fices of Council President Gloria and Councilmember Emerald, respectively. It was stated that Community Planners Committee Chair Joe LaCava will chair the advisor y group, which would consist of 14 other members, although Councilmember David Alvarez pointed out that LaCava would have to go through the same approval process as other community members on the board. This entails being nominated by a councilmember, appointed by the council president and confirmed by the city council. The board is planned to consist of seven members of the public, six members from utilities (two each designated by SDG&E, Cox and AT&T), and two city staf f members (one each from the Utility Undergrounding Program and Engineering & Capital Projects). Absent from the board will be representatives from Time Warner Cable, which opted to be left out of the committee when approached. TWC did not immediately respond to a request to comment. The board is planned to have a oneyear timeline. u


San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 25–Nov. 7, 2013


Four exercises you’ll never see a personal trainer do Personal trainers usually have an array of exercises in their arsenal, deploying specific ones for specific clients. There are thousands of movements and exercises that can be done to increase strength, flexibility and fat loss, andwhen deployed in a proper program can really increase the chances of success for a client. There is no substitute for wellguided plan. If you watch an educated personal trainer work out on their own, you will definitely not see a few of the most common

health-club exercises, and it’s for good reason. They are either a waste of time or doing them can lead to injury. Let’s get into them. 1. Chest flys on a Pec Deck: If you are male, there is no doubt that you have used this machine in a health club. It feels so good and your chest gets such a good pump, so how can it be bad? Although it feels like a great way to effectively work the entire chest, it actually can overstretch the front of your shoulder and lead to a shoulder impingement. My advice is to completely forget this machine and stick with dumbbell bench press, dumbbell inclines presses, and various push ups to build your chest and keep your shoulder joint healthy. 2. Seated hip abduction: If you are female, there is no doubt that you have used this machine in a health club. Because you are seated, it trains a movement with no functional use at all. I can’t think of anything that you will need to open your legs with as much force as a pro-wrestler, can you? Are you trying to have the world’s strongest jumping jack? Most people mistakenly think this will shape their thighs and glutes, but there are way better alternatives. When you use this machine with a really heavy weight, you will also be tightening and strengthening your IT band, which can lead to outer knee pain too. My advice stay far away from this exercise; don’t even look at it. Instead, do lateral lunges, hamstring ball rolls and resisted side steps. 3. Seated abdominal Rotation Machine: Everybody has love handles, so everybody has tried–admit it–this machine. This machine is all around bad news. First, anyone who has sat on it has a goal of shrinking their love handles, yet no exercise on the planet will spot reduce body fat. Besides being a waste of time for the intended goal, the worst part is that it puts excessive twisting forces on your spine because your pelvis is locked in the seated position. In fact, rotational exercises are extremely dangerous to the spine when done improperly. You need to keep your abs as tight as you can as you rotate or you risk too much force on your spine. My advice would be to limit

Brian White F itness

abdominal rotation exercises to one or two exercises a week and never with added weight. Oh, and stop thinking they will reduce your love handles. 4. The Smith Machine: You may have used this before as a regular part of your program, or maybe only because the squat rack next to it was already taken. Every health club has a Smith machine but there is no good reason to use it, unless you do not value your back or your knees. A Smith machine seems to be a safe alternative to free weight squats, but in fact it’s the opposite. It puts undue stress on the knees because most people put their feet way out in front of the bar and it puts the back at risk because it doesn’t allow for the natural sway of a free-weight squat. My advice is to leave this machine alone and stick with the squat rack. If you are not ready for full barbell squats, then stick to body weight squats or goblet squats until you are strong enough. One more piece of advice: make sure you understand proper form and the biomechanics of any given exercise before trying it. The gym is supposed to build a stronger, more powerful and vibrant individual, it isn’t supposed to break your body down and weaken it. —Brian White owns BWF, San Diego’s Premier Training Service located in Hillcrest. He runs boot camps in Balboa Park and trains clients in Diverge Gym. Go to to read his blog, or take his seven-day video challenge to get back into healthy habits. Contact Brian at brianpwhite@gmail. com or on his website.u

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