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Water main breaks in Hillcrest Flooding causes damage to businesses & roadways, area without water for several hours

Assessment or tax? San Diegans for Open Government reopen discussion on BID legality By Manny Lopez SDUN Reporter

Uptown’s soul survivor

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This photograph taken Wednesday morning, Sept. 25 shows the hole in the pipe as San Diego Water Department crewmembers clean up the area and repair Fifth Avenue. More pictures appear on page 4. (Photo by SDUN) By Anthony King SDUN Editor

An underground water main broke near the intersection of Fifth and Pennsylvania avenues in Hillcrest late afternoon Tuesday, Sept. 24, sending water into nearby businesses, damaging roadways and closing streets during the evening rush hour. The 106-year-old water pipe began leaking around 3 p.m., officials said, and witnesses began noticing water within minutes. The roadway began caving in, creating a sinkhole. San Diego Police closed off Fifth and Pennsylvania avenues immediately and a spokesperson from San Diego Water Department said repair workers were at the location shortly after 4 p.m. Water to the area was turned off at this time as well, affecting several businesses and residents.

Water Department crews were onsite early Wednesday morning, Sept. 25, removing and replacing the broken 20-inch water main and repairing damage to the road. All three lanes of traffic were reopened to motorists by 4 p.m. Located in front of the break at 3693 Fifth Avenue, Huapangos received the majority of damage as water flooded the restaurant’s outdoor patio, leaving mud and debris to be cleaned up the following day. Representatives from the restaurant said water did not enter the main part of the dining room, however. At Pappalecco located at 3650 Fifth Ave., owner Francesco Bucci said they were forced to close the restaurant for the remaining part of the evening due to not being able to operate without any water. They regularly stay open until 10:30 p.m. and were open for business the following morning at 7 a.m.

There are several other dining businesses in the region affected, including The Deli Llama, R-Gang Eatery, Busalacchi’s A Modo Mio, The Tractor Room, Voyou and Celadon Thai Kitchen & Canteen. The Tuesday water main break is the latest in a series of similar problems for San Diego, including a pipe break hours later in North Park. A water main broke near the intersection of Oregon and Meade streets at approximately 4 p.m. In late August, a pipe broke in the early morning hours in Mission Hills. To report water emergencies, call 619-515-3525. Claim reports for damaged property are available from the City’s Risk Management department at sandiego. gov/riskmanagement/ or by calling 619-236-7300. For more photographs from Tuesday’s water main break, see page 4.u

The business improvement district (BID) phenomenon has proliferated throughout San Diego in recent years, and has some residents questioning the funding mechanisms, accountability and democratic nature of this relatively new urban revitalization strategy. These self-assessment districts are initiated by the private sector, directed by owners and sanctioned by the City Council to operate within designated geographic areas. The City’s Office of Small Business administers the BID program, and reports that over 11,000 small businesses raise more than $1.3 million annually through 18 BIDs in San Diego. Attorney Cory Briggs, representing local watchdog group San Diegans for Open Government, sued the City in June, arguing that assessments paid by businesses in the form of a separate charge on their business tax certificates constitutes a levy, or tax, and therefore violates Proposition 26. Called the Stop Hidden Taxes initiative, Prop. 26 was approved by California voters in 2010 and closed a loophole that allowed the passage of higher taxes by calling them “fees.” Now, the law requires a two-thirds majority vote before enacting any new taxes. “Anytime a local agency tries to raise revenues it either has to get voter approval or it has to raise them in a way that qualifies as an exception to the voter-approval requirement,” Briggs said. “Business assessments that are

see BID, page 5

From Bankers Hill to Balboa Park, safely Residents Group successfully advocates for first solar-powered crosswalk flashers Adams Street Fair returns

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After several years of dedicated lobbying and planning, a new pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Spruce Street in Bankers Hill has been installed, making access to Balboa Park easier – and safer – for all. The crosswalk utilizes the City’s first pedestrian-activated, solar-powered flashing lights, which are turned on by the push of a button. Flashing lights embedded into the new ladderstyle crosswalk are designed to warn oncoming drivers of those walking across the street. Interim Mayor Todd Gloria joined residents Sept. 16 to inaugurate the crosswalk, bringing attention to both the collaborative process in making the improvements a reality and the importance of pedestrian safety. “I want San Diego to be a walkable city, and the new crosswalk flashers add another element of safety and encourage active transportation,” Gloria said in a press release. The Bankers Hill Residents Group spearheaded the project, with steering committee

member Jim Frost taking the lead by coordinating with the City on the crosswalk and lights, the group’s website said. In June, Frost joined other residents by helping with a “crossing count” at Sixth Avenue and Spruce Street, in part to “demonstrate how difficult it is to cross,” they said. “The project was a great effort spearheaded by the Bakers Hill Residents Group, who formed an alliance with City staff, [Gloria’s] office and the Uptown Community Parking District’s Bankers Hill committee to bring it to a reality,” said Nancy Moors, a Bankers Hill resident and community activist. The Parking District funded the new crosswalk, which leads directly to a children’s play area. New play equipment was installed in March 2012, increasing pedestrian traffic to the west side of Balboa Park. “This is an area that leads to the newly renovated children’s playground and is a hazard for anyone to cross, let alone parents with small children,” the Residents Group website said. The City’s Comprehensive Pedestrian

see Crosswalk, page 7

(center) Interim Mayor Todd Gloria inaugurates the new crosswalk. (Courtesy Bankers Hill Residents Group)


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Inspirations from a soul survivor Bankers Hill woman chronicles her struggles with cancer through art By Morgan M. Hurley SDUN Assistant Editor

Longtime Bankers Hill resident Jody Sims has spent her entire career as an advocate, dedicated to empowering women and girls in sports and in life. That all began to change two years ago, when a series of tragic events left Sims feeling detached, lost and defeated. However, on Oct. 6 she will start a new chapter when she debuts a very personal book that signifies her emergence through those dark times. “Soul Provider: Conversations with my cat,” contains photographs of the 20 acrylic paintings Sims churned out during a painful but immensely healing period this spring and summer. Included with the photographs are journal entries describing each one and passages by famous others she had saved along the way that resonated with each step of the process. In September 2011, Sims was at the top of her game. Working for a local nonprofit, Sims was in charge of their 100-year anniversary festivities while also planning the third annual “Fling” – a weekend meet-up she founded for women basketball fans that took place in the NCAA Final Four championship city – when her partner, Susanne Whiting, was involved in a catastrophic car accident. Sims quickly adapted, tackling the situation like a project. She balanced her two equally demanding roles by coordinating Whiting’s daily appointments, rides and other needs before leaving for the office.

Then, seven months later, the unthinkable happened: Sims herself was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. For the next eight months, she would become her own project, assembling a team and undergoing a rigorous series of clinical trials mixed with aggressive chemotherapy. Whiting, a massage therapist before the accident and still on the mend herself, instantly became the couple’s nutritionist, mastering daily, protein-fortified shakes and a vegetarian-vegan diet focused on trauma and cancer. Once able to walk again, Whiting also made three trips per week from their Kalmia Street apartment to a pharmacy in Hillcrest and gave Sims energy-based toe massages during her nightly infusions. “I found it [all] healing therapy for Jody Sims at her Bankers Hill home in front of her work (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley) me, too,” Whiting said. day,” which she uses – in the background of abstract art class at the Art Sims responded so 16 images offer even deeper insight to her Academy of San Diego in well to the treatments struggles and triumphs along the way. North Park. With her cat she would not need “I didn’t know what they were or what Scout as her muse and her mastectomies, but two they were called,” she said. “It really hapinstructor Reed Cardwell months of daily radiapened by accident and was all about my – who was riddled with tion was still required being afraid to tell people what was going cancer himself – as her as a precaution. Unon but wanting and needing to.” mentor, the class became fortunately, this would For most of her recovery, Sims had her guiding light. extend her leave of Sims’ “a knew day” was inspired by Sims said she barely made pretty much stayed “off the grid,” she said, absence to a full year her aunt. (Courtesy Jody Sims) so it is ironic that after posting one of her it through the first class, but and her company was paintings on a whim, Facebook became every Monday afternoon for three months unable to hold her position. not only her “testing” ground but also her she found herself in front of an 18-by-18In March 2013, after 11 months of side inspiration for the book. inch canvas creating a new stepping stone effects, severe radiation fatigue, heart “The response was so overwhelming,” on the path back to her self. complications and the loss of her job, this she said. “It gave me so much courage and “Soul Provider” unveils the feline“project” suddenly derailed. strength to just keep going and made it inspired paintings in the exact order Sims “I didn’t have words for what I was feeleven more powerful.” created them. Each cat image is different ing. All I knew was that I was really emoNext year, Sims and Whiting hope to take in both style and technique, and Sims said tional, but I didn’t want to go to therapy and they represent “what I wanted … or needed an RV, their two cats and all the paintings on talk about it,” Sims said. “I felt like I was the road for a book tour. For now, she plans losing sight of me. … I had to do something to have happen.” to do local author signings and sell them Her use of homophones – a word that I was afraid to do in order to just get through her website, pronounced the same as another but that myself back on track.” “I’m just so happy to be back,” she said.u has different meaning: for instance “a knew A few days later she enrolled in an


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Water Main Break photos

These photographs show the massive amount of water on Fifth Avenue and Pennsylvania Street on Tuesday, Sept. 24 as well as the aftermath and cleanup the following day. (Photos by Morgan M. Hurley and SDUN)

Sen. Marty Block holds ‘report card’ town hall Recent & new legislation, feedback from constituents discussed By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter

It was “Legislation 101” as State Sen. Marty Block walked constituents through the billmaking process while receiving ideas for new legislation at an informal town hall meeting, held at Hillcrest’s Scripps Mercy Hospital Monday, Sept. 23. Previously a state Assemblymember, Block’s 39th Senate District includes large portions of San Diego as well as Coronado, Del Mar and Solana Beach, Calif. San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, whose council district includes Hillcrest in Uptown, introduced Block. “So many issues in Sacramento are critical to our quality of life in our neighborhoods in San Diego,” Gloria said. “Marty has been a wonderful leader in Sacramento, advocating many quality-of-life issues on behalf of public education, health care and veterans.” Gloria called Block a “good listener,” and said state legislators come to their districts to collect information from constituents, noting it is important for them to hear what residents have to say. The Senator revealed his “report card” for the 2013 legislative session, which ended the previous week. Gov. Jerry Brown signed six of Block’s bills into law and five await his signature, while Brown vetoed one bill. Currently, 12 others penned by Block are pending further action in the legislature. “I’m here to plan our legislative agenda for next year and tonight is the first step,” Block said. Block told constituents the legislative session in Sacramento

goes from January through September. He said the bill-making process has an intricate committee “screening system,” set up to defeat bills, not pass them. “Most bills have eight or nine opportunities to get killed [in committee],” Block said. Proposed bills must pass with both the Assembly and Senate, including financial review for prospective costs, before making it to the Governor to be signed or vetoed. The idea is that those bills ultimately making it through the system are wise, needed and entirely vetted by legislators before they become law, he said. Constituents from the 39th Senate District had many ideas to offer Block about problems that need to be resolved by legislation. Attendees expressed concerns on a number of important issues, including the state minimum wage law being increased from $8 to $10 over the next couple of years. “I don’t think the consequences of that increase have been thought out enough,” one constituent told Block, saying she feared it could cost some people jobs. Block responded he has been told many employers feel the minimum-wage increase will not be negative, but rather a stimulus for the economy, putting more disposable income in the pockets of wage earners who will spend more on local products and services. Several people remarked that more laws need to be created to protect the disabled, especially those injured on the job, by strengthening workers’ compensation laws while closing existing

loopholes. One military family told Block they have been fighting a school district to get adequate care for their special-needs child, pointing out the district would be better served spending money to accommodate disabled students rather than fighting their families in court. Several lawyers, including public defenders in the audience, asked Block to seek legislative action to soften the three-strikes rule that some claim frequently sends repeat criminals to prison for relatively minor offenses, thus overburdening an already overcrowded prison inmate population. Block said he has introduced legislation to bring San Diego lifeguard workers’ compensation standards up to those elsewhere in the state, and has a bill going through committee to toughen laws against human trafficking by having it designated as a gangrelated offense. He said he is also working on legislation that would make schools safer by allowing classrooms to be locked from the inside, and is considering authoring legislation that would require anyone purchasing a “long” gun other than a handgun to be required to take a training course. “I find it hard for anybody to disagree that people buying a weapon ought to know how to use and store [it] properly,” he said. In closing, Block encouraged everyone to contact his office with concerns, saying he has staff whose “main job is to serve the constituents.” His office is located at 701 B St. For more information visit or call 619-645-3133.u


Why do we have high school reunions?

(l to r) Davene Gibson, Gayle Shepley and Margo Kasch (Courtesy Diane Larabee) By Dale Larabee SDUN Columnist

I may be a cynic, but the best high school reunions I attended are the ones where I didn’t show. I graduated more than 50 years ago; I have missed a few gatherings. Three energetic, enthusiastic women are leading the 50th reunion of Hoover High School, class of 1963. Chair Gayle Shepley, recruiter Margo Kasch and Davene “I do what no one else wants to do” Gibson have a ball just talking about the event, to be held Oct. 4 and 5. They must have loved high school. Imagine the trouble they got into during study hall. I thumbed through their class yearbook and saw only a smattering of color – 835 mostly white kids made up the class of ‘63 – so much so that it looked like my own Ohio high. The three ladies have contacted over 500 grads: 250 said yes and anted up the $96.63 deposit requested. Gibson said each 63 cents collected goes directly to Hoover. “We collected $63 for years, but prices keep going up,” Shepley said. Only 125 classmates have died

and another 200 can’t be found, so the ladies and their committee have done quite well. Kasch said the graduates who moved away are sometimes more interested in attending than the locals. “ and Facebook helped us find some missing people, but really I found most by phone calls,” she said. “My husband says I can spend 30 minutes talking to a complete stranger.” The reunion will be held at the Lafayette Hotel on El Cajon Boulevard. It’s is a pretty classy place at 65 years old, and features the famous Weissmuller Pool named after Olympian and actor Johnny Weissmuller, our first “Tarzan the Ape Man.” English Channel swimmer Florence Chadwick trained in the pool, informing the owners it was an inch short. It was. A few of the 1963 boys took swimming lessons in the pool and sneaked off for “peep shows” they bragged, whatever those were. Some facts I learned from the charming reunion planners: many of their classmates served but none died in Vietnam. Thirty-two couples soon married after gradu-



not tied to a particular service, such as water or sewage treatment, or that are not tied to a specific benefit to real property, such as picking up the trash in a community, do not qualify for an exception,” he said. In part responding to a 2011 court decision ruling the former Greater Golden Hill Maintenance Assessment District invalid, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith sent a memo dated July 27, 2012 advising the Council and Mayor not to impose any new assessments without voter approval, unless the program to be funded by the assessment only benefits those that are charged and not others, Briggs said. BIDs are quasi-governmental, private-public ventures in which businesses within a defined geographical area pay a fee. In San Diego, those fees range from $40 to $1,200 annually, with anchor businesses paying up to $5,000. Funds paid to BIDs are technically not taxes, although failure to pay can result in fines and filing of a lien. The City then contracts with an organization – usually a non-profit merchant association – that represents the assessed business owners. The BID decides how collected fees get spent and what gets accomplished, among other initiatives. They provide privately managed services that usually focus on promotion as the primary tool for urban commercial revitalization. Diane Faulds is an accountant and former board member of Discover Pacific Beach, the Pacific Beach BID, serving from 2008 to 2011. During that time, Faulds said that she witnessed instances of discrepancies on the organization’s financial statements that could potentially be in violation of its BID contract with the City. “The system itself is completely unregulated and the rules are not properly enforced by anybody,”

ation, and eight are still hitched. While many graduates had accomplished careers in everything from poetry to science; no one “famous” graduated in 1963 except Lyman Spurlock, later linked to California’s Church of Spiritual Technology – Scientology. I didn’t see what activities he was in during high school. Teachers Mr. Prokop and Tarvin will attend, and Kasch said they were both liked. She also said she will wear a silver pin given to her at graduation by Marianne Karanikou, a Greek exchange student who promised to come to their 50th by telling Kasch to wear the pin as a way to identify each other. I left our chat thinking the class of ‘63 was going to have a good time at the Lafayette: meeting and greeting and dining and dancing. If Spurlock shows up, they might want to tell him to beat feet, for according to the internet, a few people are looking for him – and not for a nice reunion. —Dale Larabee is a 40-year resident of Kensington, who is an occasional writer for local newspapers.u

Faulds said. “There is no uniformity among the BIDs and the bylaws that direct them are all different.” In a separate lawsuit, Briggs is accusing the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a property and business improvement district (PBID), of mismanaging funds by paying high-priced consultants who were not doing work related to the PBID. “They spent money on things to feather the Downtown Partnerships nest beyond taking care of PBID business,” he said. “That’s basically stealing from the taxpayers.” Briggs is asking the nonprofit to give a full accounting of all disbursements and to repay any nonallowed expenditures. Benjamin Nicholls, executive director of the Hillcrest Business Association, said BIDs are some of the most heavily examined organizations in the city, undergoing rigorous audits by several different groups. He said BIDs are obligated to post all of their important documents online, so if anyone wants to know exactly where taxpayer money is being spent, they can go to the organization’s website and view the contracts. “I think that recent initiatives that have passed such as Prop. 26 have created some interesting policy discussion points for the business improvement districts,” Nicholls said. “There might be opining that legal-type people need to do, on what the effects of those initiatives will have on these special assessment districts.” Gerrie Trussell, executive director of the Mission Hills Business Improvement District, said the majority of business owners want BIDs because they are able to pool their resources and compete with larger entities, such as malls and big-box stores. Trussell also said that participation in a BID gives them a voice in their community through advertising support and exposure, which helps create goodwill that all small businesses need.u

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Letters Rules of War? How angry Britain’s leaders are, And those of France and the USA. An upstart country’s breaking the rules! “We signed the accord,” each spokesperson chides. “We agreed to eschew such weapons of war. “But our sanctions financial have been ignored. They’re calling a session at the UN, As we weigh our options, All on the table, Including military strikes. “Of course, we may kill a civilian or two, Part of a village or some city blocks. But it cannot be helped. “We must show them that they are wrong, And that they have brought this upon themselves. We believe in treatment humane. Our weapons of war are much more polite. Why can’t they take lives lawfully, As other enlightened nations do?” —Terra Lepore of Normal Heights, via email

Sequestration, two sides


Vagabond put South Park on the map By Amy Wallen, South Park resident Ten years ago this past August, I moved to South Park from Point Loma. My realtor kept bringing me over to the neighborhood and saying, “You’ll love it. You’ll see.” I had lived in North Park 25 years before, and this neck of Downtown just was not ventured into. When I did fall in love with a 1928 house on a canyon, with a rental cottage in the back, I had already started to see the quaint benefits of living in this neighborhood. When I bought my house, a corner store had painted across their big windows, “New Home of Rebecca’s Coffee Shop Coming Soon.” That sign stayed up for at least three years. The local establishments were Big Kitchen for breakfast and lunch, and Mazara’s for pizza to pick up, because no one ate in the restaurant. Snippy’s bar stayed open later than any place else and the last to leave would spill into Sombrero taco shop across the street. I was thrilled when South Park Grill opened and I could walk the few blocks to dinner, like a true urban dweller. When I told friends I’d bought a house in South Park they would say, “South Park? Where’s that?” No one had heard of it. I joked and said, “South Park; it’s east of the Park, that’s why they call it South Park.” Most folks would say, “You mean Golden Hill?” And I’d have to explain. Everyone got lost coming to my house, including me. With all the canyons and parks and golf courses, directions are never a direct shot: a hidden enclave. Then one day, a storefront on the corner of Juniper and 30th streets, just before it turned into Fern Street, was renovated. Then a sign posted out front read “Vagabond.” International cuisine was advertised. Word spread that the owner was French or Belgian or Moroccan, depending on who was telling the story and whether it was the moules frites, or the tagine, or the coq au vin that were touted. From the day Vagabond opened its doors and began serving food, the wait was two hours long. That lengthy wait continued for three years – the new place thrived. I live three blocks away and it took me at least six months to get in the first time. The food was divine, the wine list spectacular and the environment warm and eclectic in its worldly decor. Everyone in San Diego

County was talking about the new restaurant in South Park, opened by Jerome Gombert. Vagabond brought people from the restaurant meccas of North County to try our little village out. Gradually more restaurants and shops began opening up. Snippy’s became The Station where families and dogs had a place to enjoy a good burger. Sombrero even got a facelift. South Park Grill had some competition and had to up the ante on their menu and decor. 30th Street warehouses got revamped, and hairdressers and nail salons and The Rose Wine Pub came in. Parking became a problem, and IGA got smart and repaved their parking lot. Other restaurants have come and gone; some are here to stay. About a year ago, I sat next to someone having a burger at The Station and she told me she was visiting from New York City: “I heard about this neighborhood, and they said it’s like Soho.” Another day while buying cat food at South Bark, I overheard a group of young hipsters say to the cashier, “We’re from New York, but we’d heard about this place that does dog baths. We just had to see it.” And one night, sipping a glass of wine at The Rose, a group of tourists came in wearing name tags. South Park was a stop on their bus tour of the city. But this past summer the sign went up that Vagabond is changing owners. It’s going to be a Belgian Beer and Bread Co. restaurant. I’m looking forward to finding out what they offer, but unless the person who greets me at the door has a French accent, shakes his head and berates me for not making a reservation, it won’t hold the same place in my heart that Vagabond does. Another restaurant may be just as tasty, and just as wonderful of an atmosphere, but it will always be Vagabond who put South Park on the map. I asked Jerome what he was going to do next, and he replied in that great accent, “I’m going to run naked on the beach.” You deserve a break, Jerome. We still have delicious and adorable Madeleine’s, another of Jerome’s brainchildren at the corner of 30th and Juniper. Until your next endeavor, thank you, Jerome and all the staff, for the delectable years in our little village.u

Please stop sequestration. This is not the answer. It is destroying our economy and our defense department [see “Sequestration, furloughs & Head Start cuts,” Vol. 5, Issue 19]. This may have seemed like a good idea at one time but the unintended consequences are too dire. —Kathy Prout, via I was laid off in 2009, unemployed for approximately two years and spent the next three years working part time with no benefits at all. So, as sad as I find the sequestration, everyone that you listed is still doing better than I am [see “Sequestration, furloughs & Head Start cuts,” Vol. 5, Issue 19]. Our number one priority as a country should be to stabilize the economy so companies will be more inclined to invest money. This means more production and putting people back to work to help create that production. I know a few people that have millions of dollars in cash but are afraid to invest it because they are afraid that the economy is going to slide backwards again. We’re finally starting to move in the right direction. If we revert to the programs that got us in this problem in the first place then there is a danger that this recovery will reverse itself. With more private sector jobs comes more income tax that the government can use to pay for programs for people that need help. Of course, more private sector jobs also means less people that need help. If a couple of more years of sequestration will help, then let’s keep it going. —Bob Crider, via

What’s the holdup? Clearly, Uptown Planners is trying to stall and eventually kill any bicycle infrastructure in Uptown [see “Bike infrastructure on hold?,” Vol. 5, Issue 19]. BikeSD is right; they are out of touch. —Jeff, via I’d really like to hear Mat Wahlstrom explain the difference between “essential traffic,” “incidental traffic” and “regular traffic.” He just should have said, “I don’t like bikes,” and saved us his pseudo-technical jargon [see “Bike infrastructure on hold?” Vol. 5, Issue 19]. —Rick, via sduptownnews.comu

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(l to r, top) Todd Gloria and Jim Frost; (l to r, bottom) Anthony Bernal of Gloria’s office and Frost (Courtesy Bankers Hill Residents Group)


CROSSWALK Crossing Policy states pedestrians are at “more risk” than motorists, and was designed in part to lessen that risk through education, enforcement and “good community planning.” The policy says flashing beacons similar to those installed in the new crosswalk are considered “progressive choices” in mitigating accidents: at the time the policy was adopted, pedestrian accidents accounted for a disproportionate percentage of all city-wide traffic deaths. In a study conducted for the New Jersey Department of Transportation in 2002, researchers discovered that drivers yield to pedestrians 80 percent more frequently when pavement flashers are activated. The report also found motorists approached crosswalks similar to the one installed on Sixth Avenue at slower speeds. The Bankers Hill Residents Group also successfully advocated for the removal of the vehicle right-turn lane onto Sixth Avenue from the northbound Interstate 5 exit, and members are looking to have stop signs installed on First Avenue at Spruce and Juniper streets. They are also encouraging residents to report accidents in the neighborhood to the City, regardless of Police Department or private insurance company involvement. A page on the group’s website has been set up to monitor accidents, including a link to file accident reports. The Residents Group meets monthly on the top floor of the Inn at the Park, located at 525 Spruce St. Following the crosswalk celebration Sept. 16, Sen. Marty Block spoke at their meeting regarding proposed routes of the Uptown Bike Corridors project. Their next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit

BILL MADDOX HEADS TO MT. EVEREST In an email dated Tuesday, Sept. 24, Uptown resident Bill Maddox detailed his pending trip to Kathmandu, Nepal – one stopover before his final destination of Mt. Everest – as a result of a targeted fundraising and awareness-raising campaign for a unique treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Maddox, who lives with the disease, is hiking the mountain for the “Raise Awareness, Raise Funds and Raise Hope” campaign, in part to inform the public of non-embryonic stem-cell research for Parkinson’s patients. On Oct. 9, Maddox and his team of 10 climbers depart for a 14-day trek to Mt. Everest’s south base camp, at 17,598 feet. They are scheduled to return home Nov. 2. Maddox prepared for his trip with a series of hikes in San Diego County, he said, as well as a threeday hike at elevations close to 11,700 in California’s Sierra Mountains. “While climbing Mt. Everest sounds so adventurous and romantic, the real deal is that this is an event staged to raise funds. So now that I’m actually going to Nepal, it is time to ask for more support,” Maddox wrote, thanking all those who have been able to donate. Travel expenses are being covered by Parkinson’s Association of San Diego, meaning all donations will go directly to the research. For latest news on Maddox’s trip, as well as more information on the research and ways to contribute, visit SOUTH PARK WALKABOUT The fall South Park Walkabout scheduled for Oct. 5 will be themed “Altars & Icons,” Walkabout representatives said on their website. The “Artoberfest” Walkabout will be from 6 – 10 p.m. on 30th Street from Kalmia to Beech streets. “Kick off the fall season with San Diego’s favorite shops and eateries,” representatives said. “Explore and discover all our neighborhood businesses have to offer.” Organized by the South Park Business Group, the quarterly Saturday events are intended to introduce residents and visitors to the businesses in South Park. A free trolley service will be provided from 6 – 10 p.m. and organizers are offering a Walkabout Guide on their website. Specific for the October event, businesses and artists will feature Dia de los Muertos altars and artwork, and Studio Maureen & The Next Door Gallery at 2963 Beech Street will host an opening reception of “Location/ Dislocation.” Diego Tattoo Gallery at 1606 Fern St. will be offering 30 percent discounts on all Day of the Dead-related tattoos. For more information, including the guide, visit or JAMES HUBBELL’S ILAN-LAEL FOUNDATION ANNIVERSARY International sculpture artist, architect and long-time San Diego resident James Hubbell will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his Ilan-Lael Foundation Saturday, Sept. 28 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest. The celebration will feature food, wine, a silent auction, guest speakers and a pop-up art show featuring Hubbell’s work on loan from private collections. The Ilan-Lael Foundation – Hebrew for “a tree from God” – is an educational nonprofit with a mission to “connect people, art and nature”

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and help artists become more involved with the San Diego region, a press release said. “Thirty years feels like an impossibly long time,” Hubbell said in the release. “Whenever possible, we try to do things with others. We see nature, art and people as inseparable.” Tickets for the event are $150 per person, and the celebration runs from 5 – 9 p.m. at 4190 Front St. For more information and tickets visit or call 760-765-3427.

FIRE DAMAGES HILLCREST PET STORE ON UNIVERSITY A fire damaged Uptown Pets Boutique located at 1251 University Ave. in Hillcrest after breaking out Monday, Sept. 23 at approximately 1:15 p.m. No animals were harmed in the fire, as the business primarily sells pet food, clothing and medical supplies, and one employee exited the building safely. Residents saw smoke and flames coming from the back of the building and called San Diego Fire & Rescue, and witnesses say the fire may have been arson. ABC 10 News reported authorities were in search of a man spotted lighting a piece of cardboard on fire, then feeding it with additional cardboard placed on a wood porch. The man has not been found for questioning. Fire & Rescue representatives said the fire caused $100,000 in damage to the building and $50,000 to merchandise.




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SALLY AND HENRY’S ADVOCATES FOR PETS Several pet-centric and dog rescue events have been held at Sally and Henry’s Doghouse Bar & Grill, located at 3515 Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest. Co-owner Marc Bragg said he is on a “mission” to help raise funds for sick dogs and to “rescue” various local dog-rescue organizations by being a center for fundraising events. Sally and Henry’s is a full service bar and restaurant for humans, offering an outdoor back patio for dogs. Their mission is to be “the premier hub for hosting dog rescues, dog trainings” and other dog events, like Dog Yoga and Dog Painting. Also a lawyer, Bragg uses his training to advocate for animals that may be euthanized and has created the “Wiley Coyote Fund for Sick Pups” in response to a 2-year-old puppy named Wiley who will need continual blood transfusions to treat an autoimmune disease. Transfusions cost approximately $1,000 each, a press release said. Additionally, Bragg will be hosting a fundraiser for Wiley’s owner on Oct. 5 from 1 – 5 p.m. Three days earlier on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., Sally & Henry’s will host their first pet-themed trivia night. For more information visit or call 619-501-8638. UPTOWN HEALTH CARE HERO HONORED Mission Hills resident Rosemarie Marshall Johnson was one of two local medical professionals honored by the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation at an evening event held Thursday, Sept. 26. Now in its second year, the “Héroes de la Salud!” ceremony was held at The Abbey in Bankers Hill and highlights the heroic efforts physicians make daily, a press release said. Johnson was presented with the 2013 Health Hero Legacy Award for her volunteerism. As a retired anesthesiologist, she was “instrumental in launching” Project Access San Diego, the release said, serving as the medical community liaison,

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Co-sleeping is for suckers Being human makes you ver y likely to be guilty of hypocrisy. Being a parent makes it inevitable. I’ve sheepishly witnessed my own hypocrisy a couple dozen times since the girls were born, even if it was only the kind of smugness that happened in my own head or between my wife and me. If you’re a parent, you know the kind of thing I’m talking about. Oh my God–did you see how they chase that kid all over the house trying to feed her? Well of course he’s a little tyrant–they cave in to his every demand. No way I’m gonna make special meals for a picky kid–my kids will eat what’s on their plate or they won’t eat. She’s almost 3... and still in diapers? Aw, hell no. I’ve made variations of these and more, either to myself or my wife, and then later engaged in the same behavior I was judging in other parents. One of these chickens that came home to roost was caused by the attitude I had developed toward some of my progressive parent friends who felt it was important for babies to sleep in the same beds with their parents. I actually started out neutral on the idea of co-sleeping. It seemed like an OK idea in the abstract, before I really thought it through. But because we have twins, it was never really practical. My wife and I already have border disputes in our queen bed; how horrible would the tussling become with two babies in there too? So we had the kids in their own cribs right from the beginning. Well they

Andy Hinds Parenting weren’t actually cribs, truth be told. We had them in Pack ’n Plays in our walk-in closet (but only for the first three years) because it was easier to deal with their nighttime shenanigans when they were near. Once they got too big, we moved them downstairs into actual cribs that had been sitting there, mostly unused, for their early lives. The kids have always been pretty good sleepers, and we gloated a little when we thought about our friends who had to share their beds with their older kids because of

the precedent set when they were babies. What kind of suckers would let themselves get into a situation where they had to go to bed ever y time their kid was tired? And what was the exit strategy? How long would these parents be prisoners of their kids’ sleep habits? What about their sex lives, not to mention the discomfort and disruptions of having children in bed with them? Yep, we had it all figured out. Finally, almost a year ago, we inherited big-kid beds from relatives. The girls were ver y excited to “help” set up the frames, emptying out the baggies of hardware and climbing on the pieces as I bolted the contraptions together. After only a little bit of muttered swearing, I got the beds set up and repositioned the mesh canopies that had previously been draped over the cribs. The girls were excited to sleep in their new big-kid beds. That is, until that night, when we tried to tuck them in. They immediately started cr ying for their cribs. We tried to be tough, we really did. “Monkeys,” we said, “we asked if you were ready for the big-kid beds and you said you were. We can’t bring the cribs back; you just have to get used to sleeping in big-kid beds.” Then we tried to show them how awesome the new beds were, as well as the new comforters and pillows we had gotten them. They just kept cr ying. Their pleading eventually changed from “crib, crib, crib” to “sleep with me, Daddy” and “sleep with me, Mommy.” So that’s what we’ve been doing since last December. Ever y night – except

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/At.The.Center when we do grownup stuff and the babysitter puts them down with no trouble, of course – the girls kind of fake whine, “Sleep with me,” and my wife and I kind of fake-protest that we shouldn’t have to lie down with these big 4-year-olds when it’s time for bed. Here’s my shameful secret, though. It’s really not so bad. I snuggle up with one kid and my wife snuggles up with the other, and we whisper and giggle for a while, and then pretty soon Mom and Dad are sawing logs. I wake up about an hour later, to the rancid dog breath in my face that lets me know our dog Stella wants to go for her nightly walk. I might wake my wife, or I might wait until Stella and I return. After our evening naps and my dog walk, my wife and I goof around until the wee hours, at which point we say, “Why are we still up? These after-dinner naps are killing us.” And then the next night, around 8:30 or so – after bath time and tooth brushing, and reading a half dozen books in the dim light of the lamp on the kids’ dresser – we stretch and yawn and empty our pockets onto the floor by the bed and say, “This is ridiculous. We have to stop lying down with these kids. We just can’t – YAWN – continue like this.” But there’s always a reason that it’s a bad time to stop. The kids are kind of sick. They’re messed up from being on Eastern time at their grandparents’ house. They had a stressful day. They’re just not quite ready. —Andy Hinds is a stay-at-home dad, blogger, freelance writer, carpenter and sometimes-adjunct writing professor. He is known on the internet as Beta Dad, but you might know him as that guy in North Park whose kids ride in a dog-drawn wagon. Read his personal blog at Reach him at or @ betadad on Twitter.u


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More than just tasting North Park Main Street organization brings food, music and art together for 5th annual event By Anthony King SDUN Editor

This is not your ordinar y Taste. Nor th Park Main Street’s 2013 Taste of Nor th Park – held Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – is an ef for t to bring the entire community together, from restaurants, small shops and breweries to musicians and ar tists, in par t to highlight just what makes this hip neighborhood tick. “Our goal is to make this an entire district event, so what we really want to do is pull in all the things that make Nor th Park what it is,” said Angela Landsberg, Nor th Park Main Street executive director. For Landsberg, that means getting ever yone involved, including stores Vintage Religion, Pigment and Aloha Sunday Supply Company, as well as newcomers Waypoint Public and Bottlecraft. It also means featuring ar tists who will per form and paint in front of businesses that day. “Our focus is ar ts, culture and enter tainment in Nor th Park,” Landsberg said. “It’s activating the area with music and ar t.” Of course, this even means bringing in stores that some may think have nothing to do with an of ficial taste event, including, Landsberg said, The Original Paw Pleasers. “They do an amazing business,” Landsberg said of the full-ser vice dog and cat baker y located at 2818 University Ave. “They get the brewers to give them some of their hops and barley, and they make dog treats out of it.” In addition to baked goods and ice cream treats for animals, Paw Pleasers also of fers a second perk – Pet-i-Cures by Tess – and Landsberg said Nor th Park Main Street was thrilled to have this no-so-typical business par ticipate. Another non-typical business participating is North Park Bikes, located at 3022 North Park Way. The bicycle, acces-

sories and repair shop will be hosting Belching Beaver Brewer y, one of 13 local beer makers pouring four-ounce samples of their craft beer to eligible participants. “They’re such community folk; we’re really happy to have their business here,” Landsberg said of Nor th Park Bikes. “That’s one of the things that

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this event does. It really pulls people together because there’s so much collaboration between the restaurants, the breweries, Nor th Park Main Street [and] even the residents.” Additional breweries par ticipating include Latitude 33 Brewing Company, Thorn Street Brewer y, Green Flash Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company and Hess Brewing, among others. But for many, the main point Oct. 5 will be the food. And Landsberg said her neighborhood has plenty to of fer almost any palate. “We’re such a heavy concentration of really great restaurants,” she said. “It’s a destination for people, so to have [the restaurants] all within a couple-mile radius that people can access during the day with one tickets makes it a good event.” While walkable for some, Landsberg is aware that radius extends several blocks south

on 30th Street and several west on University Avenue. The hub might be the cluster of restaurants near the intersection of University Avenue and 30th Street, but the reach is greater. To help, Landsberg said they would be of fering free transpor tation, shuttling people along 30th Street from Sea Rocket Bistro near Upas Street, as well as back and for th on University Avenue, reaching as far as PECs bar near Florida Street. “It’s also great because if people want to park a little fur ther away, they can … take a shuttle where they need to go,” she said. Restaurants for this year’s Taste include ever ything from macrobiotic, plant-based food at Casa de Luz and pie from URBN Coal Fired Pizza, to vegan dishes from Sipz Vegetarian Fuzion Café and treats from Heaven Sent Desser ts. “We’ve got Smoking Goat, which really puts out a nice

product,” Landsberg said, “and Cardamom will be doing some of their food that’s now causing a line out their door for breakfast these days.” The selection is not endless, but with 37 restaurants – and an additional 13 beer tastings – all packed into five hours, attendees just may need that shuttle after all. For tasting the craft beer, attendees 21 and older must check in with picture identification at the will-call booth located at University Avenue and Ohio Street to receive a wristband. An additional booth will be stationed at Upas and 30th streets. Tickets are $35 per person, and are available in advance at the event website. On the day of the event Oct. 5, tickets increase to $40. For information on par ticipating restaurants, breweries, businesses and ar tists, visit tastenor or call Nor th Park Main Street at 619-294-2501. u


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1458 University Ave. (Hillcrest)


Happy Hour: 4 to 6 p.m., daily

A brewery with ‘Hoppy Endings’ Come On G e t H a p py ! D r. I n k

The home brews at Hillcrest Brewing Company (HBC) will have you snickering before taking the first sips. Although just because they’re provocatively named, it doesn’t mean connoisseurs should dismiss them in a Victorian snit. In today’s world of craft beer, a little sexual innuendo can distinguish the serious suds from the unimaginative, yellow fizzy stuff, which once dominated every beer tap in town. Filling a niche that was perhaps overdue, HBC is the first and only joint in Hillcrest where fermentation tanks loom over customers as they imbibe on brews like Crotch Rocket Irish Red, Banana Hammock and Perle Necklace Pale Ale. The latter is named after its perle hops, although not entirely. If the racy interpretations of the beer names (and some of the pizza titles) evade you, the staff will playfully explain. For the pale ale, plastic pearl necklaces are utilized as part of the demonstration to help you better grasp the concept. The bar is rigged with 24 taps, nine of them devoted to housemade microbrews and the others featuring “guest” beers of local origins such as Green Flash Citra Session IPA, Mission Hefeweizen and extra-hoppy Dam! by Belching Beaver. During daily happy hour, all drafts, flights, growlers and wines are $2 off their regular prices. In addition, pizza slices are $2 each, which extends to about three or four different varieties that change daily or sometimes by the hour. And from 6 to 11 p.m. on Mondays, HBC’s succulent, oven-baked chicken wings sell for only 50 cents apiece. In sticking to the house brews, my com-panion started with Hoppy Endings, an Americanstyle pale ale that the menu describes as “having more hops than a rabbit.” The claim wasn’t evident at first,

Nine varieties are beer are made onsite (Photo by Dr. Ink) but as he took several more sips, the desired flavor bite became pleasantly distinct. Like wine, never judge a beer until you’ve knocked down a few ounces. I chose Brain Lubricant, which indeed offered whispers of caramel as the menu suggests. The promised hop flavor, however, was weaker than expected, although it’s still a drinkable beer that doesn’t feel terribly heavy in the stomach. We later upped the ante with Banana Hammock, a Scotch ale ringing in at 9 percent alcohol. The higher sugar content was also unmistakable, as was the smooth and malty banana finish. Given its richness, we concurred that it’s a good beer to mark the end of a drink outing (yes, we too had to ask what its name suggests, which is a garment that comes up readily on any internet search). With our appetites effectively induced, we plowed through a couple of pizza slices. One was topped with tomatoes and mozmoz zarella, though not as

The “Brain Lubricant” and tomato-basil pizza (Photo by Dr. Ink)

plain-tasting as it appeared, and the other was crowned with pepperoni and fennel-spiked homemade sausage, which rivaled in flavor many I’ve eaten from Italian kitchens. The crust on each was perfectly textured, unlike the ubiquitous cracker-thin crusts that are growing old in my book. The wings were heavenly, too. They’re marinated and baked rather than deep-fried, which means the meat slides off the bones from a gentle squeeze. I chose “spicy” to counterbalance the sweetish Banana Hammock remaining in my glass. Operated by MO’s Universe, Hillcrest Brewing Company also ser ves brunch from 9 to 2 p.m. on Sundays and is currently celebrating Ocktoberfest with $5 house brews ever y day until Oct. 6.u

Ratings: Drinks: The beer list is rather extensive, ranging from nine types that are brewed in-house to more than a dozen others of local origin. Several wines with familiar labels are also available, but we passed them up in lieu of hops and malts.

Food: Back-East transplants who whine about the lack of flavor in San Diego’s pizza crusts and sauces will take exception with HBC’s carefully crafted pies.

Value: Deduct $2 off anything you drink here during happy hour and apply the savings to $2 pizza slices, or on Mondays to 50-cent baked wings.

Service: The staff is fast and friendly, adding to a whimsical, less-stogy tone to the place that you generally don’t find at other breweries.

Duration: From drafts to growlers, the deals reasonflow seven days a week for a reason able two hours each day, allowing you to dabble in a variety of suds within a single visit.



Restaurant Review

(l to r, top) Pork and hominy stew, and grilled peach and strawberry salad; (l to r, bottom) chipotle-glazed salmon, and pork confit skillet (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)


nraveling the early history of Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant is easier than tracking the modern-day incarnations of its restaurant. The property quietly changed management two months ago to a family-run company intent on diversifying the food and keeping entrees at $16.95 and under. Based on my most recent visit last week, simplicity and eloquence has been achieved. Located within Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, a series of past operators either tried too hard or didn’t try enough to make the multi-room restaurant a sensible culinary haven for tourists and locals alike. The dining concepts ran the gamut from pedestrian Mexican fare consumed in the company of roving mariachis to pricey, contemporary menus presented by servers dressed in late-1800s raiment. “We’ve taken a new approach with a complete menu change that includes items you might not see in other Old Town restaurants,” said Chuck Ross, the new concessionaire who oversees the operation with his wife and two sons. No stranger to the industry, Ross was vice president for Hard Rock Café, worked for General Mills Restaurant Group and owned The Boathouse in San Diego for a few years. The structure was originally built between 1827 and 1829 as a residence for pioneer Juan Lorenzo Bandini. Decades later a second story was added and it became The Cosmopolitan Hotel, serving as a crash pad for visitors to the area. Today it still retains its architectural details, many of which were exquisitely restored by a previous operator, including a stagecoach saloon, a wrap-around porch and a central courtyard used for outdoor dining. Visiting with an Old Town resident, we were seated in the nearly filled courtyard, which felt more serene compared to past visits. The change of guard has ushered in a noticeably professional wait staff, new furniture at the patio bar and several Chinese lanterns in tribute to our trading partners during the Spanish Colonial days. Low-volume instrumental music played throughout the evening, adding a soft touch to the atmosphere. The streamlined menu is used for both lunch and dinner. It contains a little of everything, from ahi lettuce cups and Angus pot pies to fresh seafood and fried chicken with churros, a takeoff on chicken and waffles. There’s also a savory half-pound burger comprising the scraps of tenderloin and rib eye and served on a trendy pretzel bun. The pork confit skillet is an appetizer that reigns as the homiest, and it won our immediate approval. The slow-braised meat is draped over a bedding of warm house-made potato chips dusted in Parmesan and fresh parsley. An easy-over fried egg sits on top, which instilled the richness of a farmhouse breakfast to the dish. Equally lovable were the lettuce cups; each

adorned with fresh, glistening ahi accented by ginger, cilantro and feisty jalapenos. Our tongues remained heated from pork and hominy stew constructed in a red peppery broth that developed further dimension as we dropped in the radishes, lime and cilantro served alongside. “Our dishes are for the average Joe, or the average José – good plates for the money,” said Chef Niko De La Riva, who earned his culinary degree in Spain and previously worked at the Red Door in Mission Hills and the former Ignite in Carlsbad. Even his wedge salad sparkled with an extra dose of pizzazz, thanks to the inclusions of Point Reyes blue cheese dressing, thick bacon and “tobacco onions” coated in flour and paprika. Our other salad was a contemporary California construct of strawberries, grilled peaches and roasted almonds with a ball of fried goat cheese on top. The menu is seasonally driven, so that may disappear soon. Espresso-braised Kobe short ribs with fried, garlicky Brussels sprouts are a herald of autumn, as various preparations of the braised meat will begin appearing everywhere. This version, however, carried the depth of coffee beans along with plenty of robust jus. We gravitated also to the pan-seared salmon, mainly because we were intrigued by its accompanying potato hash spiked with preserved cherries. The wisp of sweetness in the spuds, combined with the salmon’s faint chipotle glaze, tasted lively and well conceived. And the fish itself was tenderly cooked. From a list of sides we opted for corn on the cob, which awkwardly fuses Oaxaca with Japan. My companion loved it though I could have done without the crispy tempura batter, which seemed to snuff out the Mexican influence of chili powder and finely grated cheese included on the corn. The menu obliges partially to tourists on the hunt for fajitas, chicken flautas and carnitas platters, not to mention margaritas made with fresh citrus. There is also fried ice cream and fresh churros for dessert. For us, the ultra-juicy berry cobbler stole the show. But if you’re hankering for straight-up Mexican food, à la Old Town style, the restaurants located in either direction deliver a purer experience that Cosmopolitan gently avoids. Cocktails range from classic Manhattans and Limoncello drops to modernly chic concoctions like red basil martinis and sweet mandarin cosmopolitans. A modest selection of wine and beer are also available, most of which are discounted during happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.u

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Alisa Hernandez and her “Apartments on Alcatraz Island” (Photo by Tish Sjoberg)

3rd annual ‘Artists of North Park’ exhibit on display at Expressive Arts By Jessica Dearborn SDUN Reporter

Tish Sjoberg is the owner of Expressive Arts @32nd and Thorn, located at 3201 Thorn St. She has been a leader and art conveyer within the Uptown community for over three years, opening her doors to any artist – professional or not – who wants to delve deeper into themselves via a myriad of mediums. She recently honored North Park artists and musicians by creating a community-driven event with a common fellowship among

attendees. For the September T-32, 3rd Saturday Stroll, Expressive Arts hosted the third annual “Artists of North Park” exhibit, showcasing artists who “live or work in the 92104 zip code,” organizers said. The artist talk and reception was held Saturday, Sept. 21 from 4 – 8 p.m. One reason Sjoberg started the “Artists of North Park” show was to meet the artists in the neighborhood, she said, as well as to encourage people to support local artists within their own neighborhood. Moreover, she wanted the art-

ists to meet one another in hopes of creating a supportive, collaborative environment. The core of her vision has been to build community, to educate and to promote the artists of North Park. “[This show is] open to people who make art. Showing their work is the next step to feeling like an artist,” Sjoberg said. Beverly Fitzgerald, a new Uptown resident, attended her first exhibit at Expressive Arts that Saturday night. She said she and her mother joined the evening’s event after they had been peeking through the windows while stroll-

Silfredo La O Vigo in front of “Celebration” (Photo by Tish Sjoberg)) ing through the area. Though not a trained artist, Fitzgerald said she is an “artist at heart” and feels welcome to express herself at the studio. “I’m totally sold on the place and I’m planning on continuing to come to the events here,” she said. Joining Fitzgerald were a talented array of artists. One in particular was singer, songwriter and guitarist Marc Delgado, a North Park resident who has been a musician since he was 17 years old. He was a newcomer to the studio as well. “[It is] a really nice room to play in [and is] an intimate experience. I like to be able to see the people’s faces,” he said. Delgado said his style is greatly influenced by Neil Young and will be releasing a solo album under the artist name of Wounded Knee next year, titled “High in a Neon Dive.” He also plays every Saturday with the band Snow Dog at Riley’s Music Lounge in Point Loma. Among the other artists that evening was Silfredo La O Vigo, a professional dancer and instructor at Palomar College and North Park’s A Time To Dance studios. His oil-based painting “Inspiration” was conceived by combining his passion of dance and art. He crafts a story while the blank canvass lies on the floor beneath him, dancing as he paints. Dan Landrum wowed attendees with his laser-cut “Cardboard Lamp” collection, and newcomer Alisa Hernandez displayed an oilbased painting titled “Apartments on Alcatraz Island.” Hernandez

said she began painting in second grade, after being inspired by her teacher. Retired San Diego employee Paula Thomas said she delved back into her art after nearly 40 years, in part to discover herself. She stumbled on Expressive Arts a year ago, and was inspired to begin her art again. “I put myself together after being blown away by life,” she said. Her piece “Florida Canyon Figurine” is a nature sculpture made from items she found while hiking one day. Owner of a new Ray Street gallery, Signs of San Diego, Brandon Hubbard showcased his watercolor painting of North Park at Expressive Arts. He described his work as “unique local art,” focusing on “iconic symbols that make up San Diego via photograph and sketch,” including, of course, the North Park neon sign. Sjoberg was a generous host. She welcomed the artists and audience with lavish and heartfelt gratitude, and took her time to make everyone feel comfortable. She has a natural ability to open people up. “Let people inspire, and make [art] your own,” she said. “Artists of North Park” will be on display through Oct. 11 during Expressive Arts open studios or by appointment. For more information, including open studio times and the complete list of North Park artists on display, visit or call 619-251-8474. The next T-32, 3rd Saturday Stroll is scheduled for Oct. 19.u


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Introspective: two lives Endlessly delicious, Siguenza’s original one-person production is a colorful relief By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic

The life of Pablo Picasso is a prime example of the fact that one need not be an admirable person to be a magnificent artist. In fact, artists then and artists now continue to ride roughshod over others and probably will forever, or just as long as the world spins. Playwright and actor Herbert Siguenza said he believes Picasso had mellowed out by age 76, the time in which the playwright sets his one-actor play. “A Weekend With Pablo Picasso” presents an impish master artist who dances, puts on the red nose, sings and paints. Siguenza, himself an accomplished artist, creates paintings on stage each night – not imitations of Picasso, but original “Siguenzas.” He makes one artwork that depicts an audience member, then at the end of the show bestows it upon the delighted subject. A sweet moment, indeed. As written and performed by Siguenza, Picasso is fascinating and far from his dotage. The Spanish artist, who once kept both a wife and a mistress simultaneously, lived until 1973. He remained married the

“A Weekend with Pablo Picasso” WHERE: San Diego Repertory Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza (Downtown) WHEN: Tuesday and Wednesday

at 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. through Oct. 13

INFO: 619-544-1000 WEB: last part of his life to Jacqueline Roque, who is absent in the play because she has taken Picasso’s two children to Paris. With a swirling dose of artworks, especially Picasso’s masterpiece from 1937 called

“Guernica,” which still haunts the artist, the script delivers Picasso’s nuggets of wisdom regarding art, war, women and work. There are few actors who could deliver such maxims without becoming tedious. Congratulations to Siguenza, director Todd Salovey, projection designer Victoria Petrovich, and scenic and costume designer Giulio Perrone, who serve up an endlessly delicious and colorful repast. Much admired, Perrone not only creates Picasso’s villa in southern France, called Le Californie, he also gives us an idea what the artist wore in which to work. Even though no one else appears in the play, the designer and Siguenza give us a real sense that the bread man, Picasso’s dealer, and others are present in the wings and could walk in at any moment. With its charming Satie-like music, Bruno Louchouarn’s sound design is reinforcement of the sunny games an artist plays to keep himself engaged. “A Weekend With Pablo Picasso” continues in extension through Oct. 13, with three additional shows added from its original run. Editor’s note: There will be two per formances of “A Weekend with Pablo Picasso” per formed by Siguenza in Span-

ish: Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. “There is a very large Spanish speaking demographic in the San Diego area that has been underserved by all of the regional theatres in the area,” Siguenza said in a press release. “San Diego REP has produced many shows by Latino writers and themes but never a full-production in Spanish, which is the native and preferred tongue to many who live and work in the area. I want to prove that if a quality professional production in Spanish is produced, audiences will suppor t it.”u

Herbert Siguenza as Picasso (Photo by Darren Scott)


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A Street Fair for everyone San Diego’s largest two-day, free music festival returns to Adams Avenue

The Lisa Sanders band performs on the Starbuck’s The Standells headline the Casbah Rock Stage Saturday night. Stage Saturday night. (Photo by Chris Woolley) (Courtesy Larry Tamblyn) By Logan Broyles SDUN Reporter

The Adams Avenue Street Fair, billed as Southern California’s largest free, two-day music festival, will take place along a sevenblock stretch of Adams Avenue Sept. 28 – 29. Running from 32nd to 35th streets, this year’s festival features over 90 bands and musical acts on seven different stages. More than just music lovers are invited out for the weekend, as the Street Fair also includes hundreds of arts and crafts booths as well as a children’s play area. The fair runs from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sunday. “It’s a great value for the amount of entertainment that you receive,” said Scott Kessler, executive director of the Adams Avenue Business Association, the organizing group of the Street Fair. “It’s the largest music festival in San Diego County with seven stages and nearly 100 bands, but we also have something for everybody, including family-oriented carnival rides, face-painters and lots of shopping opportunity, with almost 400 booths,” he said. The Street Fair was initiated in the early 1980s as a celebration of the re-lighting and renovation of the Normal Heights street sign that hangs over Adams Avenue, yet over the last three decades it has grown to be much more for the community. It is a chance to share the neighborhood and all that it has to offer with the rest of San Diego. “The Adams Avenue Street Fair event is a communal celebration where the business community of Adams Avenue and the residential community of Normal Heights opens their doors to the rest of the County and invites people in to celebrate our unique neighborhood,” Kessler said. “People come because there’s bound to be something that’s part of the event that tickles their interest.” With assists by local legends

and music aficionados Steve Kader, Louis Brazier of Lestat’s Coffee House and Tim Mayes of the Casbah, this year’s Street Fair is loaded with a diverse lineup of talented musicians. One of the stages will feature a bill put together by Mayes, dubbed the “Casbah 33rd St. Rock Stage.”

Casbah 33rd St. Rock Stage SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 11:30 – 12:30 p.m..……………The Phantoms 1 – 2 p.m.……………………………Barbarian 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.………The Palace Ballroom 4 – 5 p.m.………………………Black Hondo 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.………………Blackout Party 7 – 8:15 p.m.………………The Creepy Creeps 8:30 – 10 p.m.……………The Standells with special guest Johnny Echols

SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 12 – 12:45 p.m..……………………The Frights 1:15 – 2:15 p.m..……………………Okapi Sun 2:45 – 3:45 p.m..………………Wild Wild Wets 4:15 – 5:15 p.m..………………Big Black Delta 5:45 – 6:45 p.m..…………………The Donkeys For the complete stage lineup visit The Casbah stage will feature a lineup of local acts including Blackout Party, The Creepy Creeps, Barbarian, Black Hondo, Okapi Sun, Wild Wild Wets and The Phantoms, with a headlining performance on Saturday night by Los Angeles garage-rockers The Standells, featuring a guest appearance by former Love guitarist Johnny Echols. Balboa Park’s famed WorldBeat Cultural Center will also be

hosting a stage, as will Lestat’s, DiMille’s Italian Restaurant & Lounge and Starbucks. There will also be a Blues Stage at Hawley Boulevard and a Roots Rock Stage at 34th Street, featuring a Sunday night performance by local favorite, Low Volts. Other performances to keep an eye out for include local R&B funk stars the Styletones, the always-stylish Gregory Page, and blues rockers Zac Harmon & His Band as well as Louisianabased The Bayou Brothers. Southern California’s own Old Man Markley closes out the Roots Rock stage Sunday, and The Peripherals open the Starbuck’s Stage Saturday morning. Brother and sister duo Wild Belle hits the WorldBeat Stage in Adams Avenue Park on Sunday night, bringing a unique combination of reggae and 1970s-style soul music. Afro-Latin funk band Jungle Fire also play the WorldBeat Stage, Saturday at 6:45 p.m. In addition to the live musical performances there will also be beer gardens, a beer tasting, carnival rides for children, an array of diverse and exotic foods, and the arts and crafts booths that are organized in part to keep the whole family entertained. “We hope this will bring economic benefits to the local merchants and businesses that help produce this event for the community at large,” Kessler said, adding that it was the largest retail sales day for many Adams Avenue businesses. “It will be very crowded, so we recommend that people use public transportation if possible, and encourage people to check out our website so that they can check the schedule and see which shows interest them,” he said. For more information on the Street Fair – including the complete stage lineup – visit or call 619-282-7329.u


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Taking to the streets 24th AIDS Walk & Run adds Street Challenge, photo exhibit to this year’s Sept. 29 event By Anthony King SDUN Editor

It’s official. The new name for San Diego County’s largest one-day HIV and AIDS fundraiser is now AIDS Walk, Run & Street Challenge San Diego, as organizers have upgraded the annual event with a new course, extended festival focusing on health and wellness, and, you guessed it, a street challenge featuring obstacle courses complete with beach balls, zombies and a costume contest. Now in its 24th year, this year’s AIDS Walk is set for Sunday, Sept. 29, kicking off with the 10k run at 7:30 a.m. Walkers will take to their 5k course at 8:30 a.m., all starting in Balboa Park near the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Quince Street. Money raised through teams and individuals provides funding for local HIV/AIDS ser vice organizations that ser ve approximately 12,500 people in the county, organizers said. A program of The San Diego LGBT Community Center, the event also helps raise awareness of HIV and AIDS. AIDS Walk Coordinator Ian Johnson said the street challenges add a “high-energy element” to the annual event. The obstacles will test strength, endurance, agility and quick thinking. “The funds raised from AIDS Walk are vitally important to our local HIV/AIDS ser vice agencies, so we continue to develop new and creative opportunities for people to participate,” he said in a release. The new street challenge will include a course through Balboa Park’s Marston Point, with six different obstacles, plus two workout stations. There are five different heats for the challenge, running ever y half hour between 9 and 11 a.m. The first obstacle is “Attack of the Gladiators,” where participants will walk across a balance beam “while gladiators hurl giant bounders at you,” organizers said. Obstacle two, sponsored in part by Rich’s San Diego, is the “Zombie Wall Escape,” where a “horde of zombies” chase participants climbing over a wall.

In “Life’s a Beach,” the third obstacle, a large fenced-in area containing hundreds of beach balls takes on participants, who are challenged with making their way through the pit in record time. Organizers are encouraging street challenge participants to dress up in a costume of their choice, with a “Best Dressed” trophy awarded to the most unique costume. Also new this year, organizers are offering an extra incentive to participants who are able to raise more than $100 for AIDS Walk. Called Superheroes, those who do will receive a special, limited edition T-shirt. “We really wanted to recognize those folks who go beyond registering and commit to raising at least $100, with something special, and the ‘AIDS Walk Superhero’ shirt is just one way for us to express our gratitude for their efforts,” Johnson said. While a fun, community event is planned, organizers are also taking the opportunity to remind participants of the long histor y of HIV and AIDS. Photographer Jae L. Hanson has been asked to display his photo series highlighting long-term sur vivors of the virus. Called “Sur vivors Exhibit,” the exhibit will be on display at the festival grounds and features images of men and women diagnosed before 1997. “I present this project as a celebration of long-term survivors of HIV: those who were diagnosed

during a scary time when premature death seemed a certainty, those who lost so many friends and family, those who have lived through the devastation caused by this disease [and] those who continue to live with courage,” Hansen said on the exhibit website, “I also present this project as a reminder that, while we have made great progress, the battle is not yet over,” he said. “Despite the medical advancements of the past decade, the effects of HIV remain with us.” Darnell Walker has been volunteering for AIDS Walk since 2007. In 2010, he became an area coordinator for the event and said he valued his role in making the day a success. Motivated by the loss of an uncle to AIDS in 2004, Walker brings his entire family and friends to help, too. “I got involved with AIDS Walk San Diego because someone asked me to be on their team,” Walker said in a press release. “The energy from that first experience was infectious so ever y time since – when The Center asks me to help – I love having the chance to give back to the community.” More than 800 volunteers in total manage AIDS Walk, and organizers are always looking for individuals who can contribute time before or during the event. Those interested are asked to contact Volunteer Coordinator Jerr y Tomaszewicz at 619-6922077, extension 202. The extended health fair in Balboa Park, including the “Sur vivors Exhibit,” is open to

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Golden Hill Farmers Market: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free Bootcamp Challenge: 9 a.m., 12th annual Marine Corps Recruit Depot Bootcamp Challenge for three- or five-person teams, sign in begins at 6:30 a.m., register at Old Town Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday, Harney Street, free Water for Children: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Water for Children Eco Fair and Music Festival includes activities, live music, arts and crafts, and laser tag, featuring music by Tom Cooper, Ivan Cheong, Mr. Rich McGee, Roxy King and Fate by Friday, Golden Hill Rec Center, 2600 Golf Course Dr., free

Tour de Fat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., return of Belgium Brewing’s Tour De Fat beer, bicyle and music festival, with a bike corral, food and games, as well as music by Reggie Watts, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Scot Nery, Mama Lou and Squirm Burpee Circus, Balboa Park at Golden Hill Park, 2590 Golden Hill Dr., $5 suggested UH Librar y Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd. Children’s Craft: 10:30 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Contra Dance: 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the San Diego Folk Heritage with live music by Flashing Sirens, beginners workshop taught at 7:30 p.m. followed by music from 8 – 11 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St., $8 Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “The Maltese Falcon,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


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

CALENDAR Park, free UH Book Salon: 6:30 p.m., book discussion group, University Heights Library, 4191 Park Blvd.


30th on 30th: 5 – 7 p.m., restaurants and bars on and near 30th Street in North Park offer specials throughout the evening, participating restaurants and their specials announced at


Old Mission Rotar y: 12 p.m., regular weekly meeting of the Old Mission Rotary Club, today’s speaker is Vesta Young, Best Western Seven Seas, 411 Hotel Circle South Pajama stor y time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St., free Normal Heights Community Planning Group: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Normal Heights Community Planning Group, Normal Heights Community Center, 4649 Hawley Blvd. Uptown Planners: 6 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting of Uptown Planners, Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St.


Mission Hills BID: 3:30 – 5 p.m., regular monthly meetings of the Mission Hills Business Improvement District committees, Mission Hills Books & Collectables, 4056 Goldfinch St. Parking Advisor y Committee: 5 p.m., regular meeting of the Mission Hills Parking Advisory Committee, Mission Hills Books & Collectables, 4056 Goldfinch St. LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St., free UH Parking: 6:30 p.m., monthly meeting of the University Heights Community Parking Group, University Heights Community Development Corporation, 4452 Park Blvd. #104 University Heights CDC & Parking: 6:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the University Heights Community Development Corporation and the Community Parking District, 4425 Park Blvd. #104 Adrienne Nims: 6:30 p.m., flutist and saxophonist Adrienne Nims and her band Spirit Wind perform contemporary jazz, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St., free Robin Henkel: 8 – 10 p.m., Robin Henkel Band with Whitney Shay, ArtLab Studios, 3536 Adams Ave., all ages, by donation


MH reading group: 10 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library organized book group will discuss “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville, Mission Hills Books & Collectibles, 4054 Goldfinch St. 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. UHCA meeting: 6:30 p.m., regular meeting of the University Heights Community Association

with Crime Watch report, now at the Alice Birney Elementary School auditorium, 4345 Campus Dr. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “North By Northwest,” 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 Contra Dance: 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the San Diego Folk Heritage with live music by Old Twine, beginners workshop taught at 7:30 p.m. followed by live music from 8 – 11 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St., $8 Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “North By Northwest,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


Golden Hill Farmers Market: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free Children’s Crafts: 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. Safety & Preparedness: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Normal Heights and Adams Avenue Recreation Council-organized event for Safety & Preparedness Day, including local law enforcement and public safety officials, Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park, 39th Street and Adams Avenue, free Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “North By Northwest,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


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


Signing stor y time: 1:30 – 2:15 p.m., babies, toddlers and preschoolers learn sign language, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St., free HBA Marketing: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., regular meeting of the Hillcrest Business Association Marketing Committee, 3737 Fifth Ave. #202 Bankers Hill Parking: 5 – 6:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Bankers Hill Parking Committee, Merrill Gardens, 2567 Second Ave.


Adams Ave board: 8 a.m., regularly monthly meeting of the Adams Avenue Business Association board, 4649 Hawley Blvd. Old Town parking: 10 a.m., regular meeting of the Old Town Parking Advisory Committee, Hacienda Hotel, 4041 Harney St. Old Mission Rotar y: 12 p.m., regular weekly meeting of the Old Mission Rotary Club, today’s speakers are Jonathan Villafuerte and Maureen Eberle, Best Western Seven Seas, 411 Hotel Circle South Health & Happiness: 6 – 7:30 p.m., an evening of flow and mindfulness as part of The Howell Foundation’s Health & Happiness evening series, The McMillin

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CALENDAR Center at Liberty Station, 2875 Dewey Rd., $40 at the door HBA annual meeting: 5 – 6:30 p.m., annual board meeting of the Hillcrest Business Association to recap the past year and elect new board members, Heat Bar & Kitchen, 3797 Park Blvd. Hillcrest Town Council: 6:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Hillcrest community group, Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. Pajama stor y time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Normal Heights Community Association: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Normal Heights Community Association including pot luck, Normal Heights Community Center, 4649 Hawley Blvd. San Diego Remembers: 7 – 9:30 p.m., LGBT and ally community gather at the Pride Flag for a rally with guests San Diego Women’s Chorus followed by a march to the John Wear plaque and to The Center for screening of “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine” to honor the slaying of Matthew Shepard, Normal Street and University Avenue, free


Old Town Community Planning: 3:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the planning group, Whaley House, 2746 San Diego Ave. UH MAD: 4:30 p.m., regular meeting of the University Heights Maintenance Advisory District, University Heights Community Development Corporation, 4452 Park Blvd. #104 LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free UH Librar y Task Force: 6:30 p.m., regular meeting of the University Heights Library Task Force, 4191 Park Blvd. Ken-Tal Planning: 6:30 p.m., regular meeting o the Kensington-Talmadge Planning Group, Franklin Elementary auditorium, 4481 Copeland Dr. Burlingame Association: 7 p.m., regular meeting of the Burlingame Neighborhood Association, Mazara’s Trattoria, 2302 30th St. Main Street board: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., monthly board meeting of the North Park Main Street, 3076 University Ave.


Old Town Chamber promotions: 2 p.m., regular meeting of the Chamber Promotions Committee, Café Coyote, 2461 San Diego Ave. North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free Mission Hills Town Council: 6 – 8 p.m., Town Hall meeting of the Mission Hills Town Council, Francis Parker Lower School Auditorium, 4201 Randolph St. Cinema Under the Stars: 8 p.m., screening “Sunset Boulevard,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14u


It’s a wrap Rainbow-colored fruits and veggies pop up around Hillcrest By Morgan M. Hurley SDUN Assistant Editor

Residents and visitors of Hillcrest may have noticed an art artful addition to the neighborhood recently, thanks to a new project launched by the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA). Deemed the “Utility Box Art Project,” it started with acquiring colorful, high-resolution digital photography of fruits and vegetables, printing those images out on 64-by-58-inch, all-weather material and wrapping the final product around a series of high-profile, trafficsignal control boxes. The idea came after HBA Executive Director Benjamin Nicholls saw an electrical box in Point Loma outfitted in a similar fashion. John Thurston, a third-generation Hillcrest native who currently lives in City Heights, is a local photographer who joined the HBA beautification committee at the first of the year. Once Nicholls floated the idea of beautifying area utility boxes to the committee, Thurston said he saw an opportunity to make a difference with his art and formulated a pitch for the project, offering his services at just $1 per box. “As a gay man growing up in San Diego where do you hang out?” Thurston said. “This was the center of the universe. I’m kinda thrilled to, not really leave my mark, but my contribution.” A retired aerospace technical editor, Thurston grew up with a journalist father and was always tinkering with cameras, but he said it was the digital age of photography that finally bit him for good. After taking photography classes from South Bark Dog Wash co-owner Lisa Vela at City College, Thurston now runs a thriving business and even teaches classes of his own. Thurston’s work did come with a hitch; all boxes had to have his web address – johnthurstonphoto. com – identified on one side, and the final contract included HBA’s website as well. Prior to submitting his proposal to the HBA, Thurston said he set out with his phone to do a layman’s survey – though quite sophisticated thanks to today’s applications – of all the electrical-type utility boxes within the HBA footprint. Once all the boxes – which included various sizes from San Diego Gas & Electric, the City, Cox Communications and AT&T – were photographed and geotagged, Thurston recommended starting with the 10 traffic-signal boxes as they were tall, uniform in nature and present at every major intersection. The project was quickly approved, and soon Impact Visual Arts (IVA) in Mission Valley and Howard Sign Services in El Cajon, Calif. were brought on board as part of the implementation team, with Thurston assigned as the project lead. After fruits and vegetable images were decided upon to

(l to r) Howard Mittleman (kneeling) and Mike Bancroft of Howard Sign Services install a wrap on University Avenue (Photo by John Thurston Photography) promote the Hillcrest Farmers’ Market, Thurston said the HBA board suggested he attempt “a rainbow motif” when considering his subjects. Although each color is represented, he said laying them out that way was “a little tricky.” What also was not easy, he said, was preparing the utility boxes for IVA’s polyester/natural fiber, eco-friendly UV coating. Each stainless steel box takes up to four hours of preparation prior to the installation. “It became the biggest expense,” he said. “It’s gotta be smooth as a baby’s bottom to get it right, and Howard [Sign Services] has really gotten it down to a science.” Deciding the location of some of the specific fruit and veggie images also took on meaning. The first installation, at the corner of Sixth and Robinson avenues on June 27 was a photo of kiwi fruit, a nod to Nicholls, who hails from New Zealand. Seven more “wraps” have been installed along University Avenue: zucchinis at the corner of Normal Street, habanero chilies at Richmond Street, strawberries at Vermont Street, heirloom tomatoes at 10th Avenue, Thai peppers in front of the Hillcrest Fire Station at Ninth Avenue, blueberries at Fifth Avenue and cherries at Third Avenue. A red leaf lettuce image has been installed at the corner of Washington and Normal streets, and the 10th and final installation, eggplant, will take place at Washington Street and Fourth Avenue. IVA’s material won’t fade, is “tagging” resistant, and should last for up to 10 years, Thurston said. For consistency, the HBA will vote in November regarding how to wrap the remaining 14 utility boxes with native plant images, and Thurston said he expects to get compensated for that phase. With this project now under his belt, Thurston plans to approach other neighborhoods with the idea, since many are undergrounding their electrical lines, a process that creates utility boxes in its wake.u

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BRIEFS advocating for care for the uninsured and recruiting volunteers. Project Access is a program of the Medical Society Foundation, serving over 2,100 patients since its inception. Del Mar, Calif. resident Wendy Buchi was honored with the 2013 Health Hero Champion Award, and special recognition went to the team of radiologists at Imaging Healthcare Specialists. For more information visit or call 858-300-2777.

SAN DIEGO FILM FEST RETURNS The 12th annual San Diego Film Festival returns Oct. 2-6, with five days of events, tributes, parties and over 100 film screenings, to be held in venues ranging from Downtown San Diego to La Jolla. The two centerpieces of the festival called “festival villages” will be Reading Cinema at 701 Fifth Ave. in the Gaslamp, and Arclight Cinemas at 4425 La Jolla Village Dr. at UTC, though some events will be held in other locations. This year’s kick off begins Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. with the Reading Cinema screen-


ing of “12 Years as a Slave,” starring Brad Pitt. The film’s producers and screenwriters will be available immediately after for an informative Q&A before moving on to the “After Party” at Bang Bang, located at 526 Market St. The festival’s Red Carpet event will be held Oct. 3 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St. in La Jolla prior to the Visionary Filmmaker and Emerging Producer award ceremony. The “Almost Famous” party returns Oct. 4, at Dollhouse, located at 432 F St. in the Gaslamp. With eight different categories, many films have local ties, including “Breaking Through,” a documentary about the national advancement and visibility of LGBT politicians, and “Fading West,” the world-premiere documentary about local rock band Switchfoot. The festival also features the West Coast premiere of Mariel Hemingway’s “Running From Crazy.” Hemingway will be honored with the “Humanitarian Award” at an event held at UC San Diego on Oct. 5. Attendees can choose from a VIP or regular festival pass and day passes. Single-ticket options are also available. For more information, including tickets and a complete list of the films, events and schedules, visit

Breaking our beliefs

Brian White F itness

“Limiting beliefs” can seriously hold us back in life, but most of the time these beliefs go unnoticed. Unfortunately, they play a huge role in reducing our results, or sometimes even eliminating any results whatsoever. These types of beliefs are beliefs you hold to be true. They make up the fabric of what you will achieve in any given area of life. What most people don’t realize is that the vast majority of our beliefs are not really true: they are only true because we have decided so. Perhaps in no other area of life can limiting beliefs be more devastating than when it comes to starting an exercise program or changing our nutrition habits. We form these beliefs through repeated thoughts and from past events. Some common limiting beliefs I see “agreed to” all the time are: •I don’t have time to fit exercise into my day, I am already overscheduled. •I can’t lose weight because I am too old. •I have too much stress to be able to lose significant weight. •It is so hard to give up eating unhealthy foods because it helps me relax. •I can’t exercise hard enough to make any difference anyway. •Weekends are shot, so I will really focus on my weight loss on Monday through Friday. I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. There are really two things you need to do in order to overcome a limiting belief so you can start an exercise and eating program on the right foot. First, you need to recognize the belief and then you need to challenge it. Sounds simple, right? Let’s dive into it a little deeper. The first step in overcoming a limiting belief is to recognize it. Be-

come aware of your thoughts. Until you are aware, you have no chance of being able to change anything. One of the first things I do with a new client is have them journal three days of eating before we start. There are a couple of reasons I do this: one is because it helps me figure out their habits and help design a nutritional guideline for them, but it is also so the client can take some ownership. Journaling their food forces them to become aware of – or recognize – what they are eating, and that is the first step to significant change. Naturally, this is the easier of the two steps. The second step to overcoming a limiting belief is to challenge it. This second step is what makes changing beliefs so difficult, but there is no reason you can’t do it. You just need to commit to working on it consciously. To challenge a limiting belief, ask yourself: When is this belief not true? How many people can I find that have achieved this goal? What would happen if I do it anyway? Depending on how deep your limiting belief is, you may need to invest serious time and effort into getting rid of it. You will need to persistently overturn this belief for as long as it takes, until it goes away. Forever. The last question – What would happen if I do it anyway? – is a visualization exercise. If you recognize a limiting belief and you use this technique, my suggestion is to visualize the answer to this question every morning upon waking. Think about it in as much detail as possible, down to exactly how you feel inside. Limiting our limiting beliefs is not easy, but it is so worth it. In 15 years of personal training I have seen hundreds of clients, and the most successful ones are the ones that work hard on their mindset. Strength, fitness and healthy habits are not built in the gym and they are not built in the kitchen. They are built between your two ears. If you can master your mind, you can achieve any health goal you embark upon. —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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San Diego Uptown News | Sept. 27–Oct. 10, 2013



San Diego Uptown News | Sept. 27–Oct. 10, 2013

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