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Harvesting hope

Old Town, as its name suggests, takes pride in its age. Known as the first European settlement in California, the roots of the “Birthplace of California” trace back to 1769. But its aged amenities inevitably present infrastructure challenges. A prime example is Juan Street, a 90-year-old thoroughfare running through the heart of Old Town. City leaders on Aug. 26 announced the start of an $8 million project to improve both the street’s surface and the outdated infrastructure below it.

(l to r) Carlo Cecchetto, Diane Nares, Richard Nares, Debra Katz, Xavier Soriano and Alicia Soriano at last year’s fundraiser for the Emilio Nares Foundation (Courtesy Emilio Nares Foundation)

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Dave Fidlin He lived a mere five years, but left an impact that will be multiplied many times over. Fourteen years have passed since Mission Hills residents Richard and Diane Nares lost their only son to cancer. Two years prior, in 1998, Emilio had been diagnosed with leukemia. In the intervening two-year stretch, the Nares spent many days in hospitals. When Emilio lost his brave fight to the condition, the Nares spent some time reflecting and recouping. Out of the tragedy, an idea was born, and it came to

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fruition three years after Emilio passed away. With encouragement and support from family and friends, the Nares decided to establish an organization, the Emilio Nares Foundation. It provides assistance — including hospital transportation and meals — to families of children battling childhood leukemia and other forms of cancer. Last year — the foundation’s 10th anniversary — was a milestone in ways beyond the timeline itself. The organization received national attention after being honored as one of CNN’s annual Heroes of 2013. As with any non-profit entity, donor dollars ensure the mission statement carries through. Since its inception, the Emilio Nares Foundation has held

A new government-sponsored financing program aimed at simplifying the process involved in going green is sweeping across many areas of San Diego County – including the city of San Diego. The Property Assessed Clean Energy (or PACE) program was unveiled last month. The architects of the initiative say it is designed to give property owners the flexibility to make energy-efficient home improvements. The effort has the backing of a number of city and county officials. Some of the features within the PACE program include fixed interest rates, the ability to pay for the

improvements through property tax payments and the opportunity to receive tax savings and credits. “The PACE program is a win-win for consumers and our environment,” County Supervisor Dave

(l to r) Council President Todd Gloria and Mayor Kevin Faulconer announce renovations to Juan Street. (Photo by Hutton Marshall) The project, which is expected to take 12 to 14 months to complete, is the first example of a new infrastructure approach known as “One Dig,” where several different improvements are folded into a single project. The project will repave the road,

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Roberts said at a mid-July news conference detailing the new initiative. “Our environment benefits by our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas and energy consumption.” City Council President Todd Gloria is among the local officials who have rallied behind PACE,

The U.S. Postal Service delivers mail to the front door of most Uptown residents, but that could change if Congress adopts a postal reform bill designed to reduce the cost of delivering mail. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-San Diego) has introduced two bills — the Postal Reform Act of 2013 and the Secure Delivery for America Act of 2014 — that would force the Postal Service to transition away from door delivery at 30 million addresses by 2022. Instead of delivering mail to the door of every residence, postal carriers would deliver to curbside mailboxes or centralized cluster boxes that house the mailboxes of multiple residents. That idea is unacceptable to Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego), who gathered a group of supporters in Talmadge on Aug. 27 to denounce the proposal. She also introduced a resolution in Congress opposing centralized delivery. “We don’t need this,” Davis said. “The most vulnerable people in our communities will suffer as a result.”

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Hillcrest coalition formed around alternative to SANDAG bike plan Hutton Marshall | Editor Hillcrest’s three largest community organizations recently formed an informal coalition to support an alternative to the forthcoming SANDAG bicycle corridor through the neighborhood. Although SANDAG has not released a preliminary layout of their bicycle corridor design, community groups have quickly rallied behind the plan envisioned by Bankers Hill architect Jim Frost as a community-friendly alternative. Since Frost’s plan was unveiled in August, the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA), the Hillcrest Town Council (HTC) and the Uptown Community Parking District (UPCD) have each passed motions supporting the plan. The three organizations will now convene regularly in hopes of rallying more community support. HBA Interim Executive Director Benjamin Nicholls said the coalition drafted a joint letter it will soon send to SANDAG. “I think the tone of the letter is going to be more demanding than previous letters that typically come out of these community organizations,” Nicholls said. “We’ve got consensus, so we don’t have to ask people to study things, we are going to ask people to do things.” The plan, known as “Transforming Hillcrest,” proposes condensing street traffic to just one lane in each direction in order to provide more parking and pedestrian space. Both SANDAG and Frost include protected bikeways in their plans, which differ from commonly seen bike lanes in San Diego by creating a physical buffer between cyclists and automotive traffic. Supporters of the alternative point to Frost’s inclusion of over 40 additional parking spaces, compared to the SANDAG plan, which many fear will remove Univer-

sity Avenue parking. A SANDAG spokesman stated earlier this month that the planning agency did not have an estimate on the impact its design will have on parking. The coalition will host a meeting in September — details pending — where Jim Frost will give a presentation outlining his plan. The Uptown Planners will also hear Frost’s plan as an action item at their Sept. 2 meeting, which means they’ll vote to make a recommendation to city planners on the design. “The community is clearly speaking with one voice, and when you boil it down, the community is saying we would like parking more than we would like University Avenue to be basically a highway into North Park,” Nicholls said. “That’s what [Frost’s] plan ultimately is.” Samantha Ollinger, executive director of Bike San Diego, a bicycle-advocacy nonprofit, said she’s “neutral to supportive” of Frost’s plan. She is primarily concerned with the possibility that the bike lanes would have to be narrowed to allow for the design’s other amenities. Frost previously stated that the bike lanes in his plan will be the same as those in SANDAG’s: five feet wide with a three-foot buffer. “I’m waiting to see how it would be laid out on the ground, but conceptually I don’t have any issues with it at all,” Ollinger said. Similar to what Frost’s plan proposes, Ollinger asked a SANDAG planner to study the feasibility of reducing University Avenue to one lane in each direction through portions of Hillcrest. She said no such feasibility study has been completed to her knowledge. Find this article online at to view a PowerPoint presentation outlining Frost’s Transforming Hillcrest plan.u


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The prognosis for long-lasting treatments improves with each passing year. But the reality remains that one out of four children relapse. an annual fundraiser, Harvest of Since most people know of Hope. It returns for the 11th consomeone who has been diagsecutive year on Sunday, Sept. 7. nosed with cancer, Diane said it Diane, who has worked in the is not difficult to drive home the food and wine industry for more point about the strain childhood than 25 years, credits industry cancers have on families. connections — including local “It’s a difficult journey,” she chefs and restaurant owners — said. “Hearing your child has with encouraging her and Richcancer is one of the most difficult ard to establish the foundation words you can hear from your peand its annual fundraiser. diatrician. Everyone’s hopes and Harvest of Hope includes aspirations come to a stop at unlimited tastings from that point.” some of San Diego’s finest But the Emilio Nares restaurants and beverage Foundation aims to step in purveyors. The list of this and help with some of the loyear’s participants contingistical matters, particularly ues to be tabulated as the for low income families who fundraiser draws closer. At may have had difficulty makleast 40 establishments are ing ends meet even before a expected to take part in the diagnosis was made. program. Diane said she and One of the participants is Richard learned greatly from Brooklyn Girl. The owners Emilio during his courageous of the Mission Hills neighbattle. That spirit and the borhood-style restaurant has helpfulness they received been involved with Harvest from family and friends of Hope since its inception. encouraged them to pay it forMichael McGeath, coRichard and Diane Nares with their late son Emilio, ward and pour their time and owner of Brooklyn Girl, has the namesake of their nonprofit energy into the foundation. been a close friend of Rich(Courtesy Emilio Nares Foundation) “We’ve seen so much, and ard and Diane for 35 years. we know so much,” Diane said. Event Center located Downtown. He knew Emilio and witnessed “We want to help, and this has While Har vest of Hope is the family’s trials over the years. generally an upbeat, high-spirit- been a great way of paying tribute “Emilio was one of the most ed affair, the underlying reason to Emilio.” energetic boys I’ve known in all my life,” McGeath said. “He was a for the event, of course, is ver y —Dave Fidlin has been a serious. pure joy to be around. How could professional journalist for more One point Diane aims to I not support something like this than a dozen years. Throughout constantly keep at the forefront of fundraiser?” his career, he has contributed to a people’s minds is the number of McGeath, who describes variety of newspapers, magazines children who are diagnosed with Richard and Diane as “very and websites across the nation. He some form of cancer, which exspecial people,” said Harvest of has a special affinity for San Diego Hope is unique in that it brings so ceeds 10,000 each year, according and its people. Contact him at to Kids v Cancer, a nonprofit supmany culinary experts together porting pediatric cancer research. in one setting.


“It’s always a great party and the fact it’s held at different venues [each year] throughout the county really makes it unique,” McGeath said. “This is a great way to recognize the amount of time [Richard and Diane] put into what they’re doing.” In addition to food and beverages, other festivities at Harvest of Hope include a silent auction, musical entertainment and art exhibitions. Diane describes it as a “casually elegant” affair. This year’s event will be held at the San Diego Wine and Culinary


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Daniel Charlson (right) opened Dark Horse Coffee Roasters on Adams Avenue in 2013. His brother, Bryan (left) later joined him in his venture. (Photo by Hoa Quach)

Dark Horse coffeehouse gallops toward expansion Hoa Quách A favorite Normal Heights coffeehouse is expanding. Daniel Charlson, owner of Dark Horse Cof fee Roasters on Adams Avenue, recently opened a Lake Tahoe location and soon plans to open coffeehouses in Nor th Park and Golden Hill in September and October, respectively. Charlson, 32, said he and his coowner and brother, Bryan Charlson, chose to expand their business because of their employees. “The only reason we are expanding is because we have so much potential in our employees,” said Charlson, who opened his original location in 2013. “I want to set them up and have them insert their personalities into Dark Horse. Without them there’s no way we’d be expanding.” Faith in their employees is what prompted the recent opening of a Lake Tahoe location. Charlson said his first employee, Drew, moved to Truckee, a small

town near the lake, and from there they decided to open a coffeehouse. “We found a spot and we opened a Dark Horse,” Charlson said. “Few things in life work out so perfect.” The North Park location will be on 30th and North Park Way, and the Golden Hill location will be situated at 811 25th Street. The company is unique in that it doesn’t offer espresso drinks. Rather, it offers customers handcrafted coffee with the beans roasted in-house. But Charlson wasn’t always in the coffee business. He grew up building homes with his dad in Hawaii, then went on to earn his degree in audio engineering. He worked in marketing until he roasted his first batch of coffee while living in Seattle. “I decided to end my 10 year quest to become a working audio engineer and switched gears to coffee,” said Charlson, who moved to San Diego in 2011. “The day I roasted my first green cof-

fee in a pot I was on the hook.” A part of him and his brother always knew they’d opened their own business though. “We are always talking about business ideas,” Charlson said. “This was the first one I pulled the trigger on. The biggest challenge was making the leap. Once I was committed, it was sink or swim. I’m good at swimming.” “Working with my brother is my dream,” Charlson said. “We are our best versions of ourselves when we are together.” Aside from working with Bryan, Charlson credits Dark Horse’s success its team mentality. “The most impor tant lesson I’ve learned is that Dark Horse is no longer mine. My co-workers and I are Dark Horse, and it’s so much better that way,” Charlson said. “We collaborate, we argue, we laugh. Together, we are doing something special that our customers enjoy and cherish.” Dark Horse is currently looking to hire roughly 15 people for its locations in North Park and Golden Hill. For more information, visit —Hoa Quách is an award-winning writer based in San Diego. She can be reached at

sidewalks and curb ramps as well as replace the under ground water main and improve storm drains and gutters. The work — stretching from Taylor Street to Sunset Road — will inevitably impact the dozens of businesses with storefronts along Juan Street. The city will attempt to minimize the traffic and parking impacts by dividing the project into multiple smaller segments, according to a community representative in Council President Gloria’s office. Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who represented Old Town for a portion of his time as a city councilmember before the area was redrawn into Gloria’s district, said the “One Dig” approach is ideal for Juan Street, as well as many others in the city. “Juan Street was built in 1929, and it’s in desperate need of a makeover, not just on the surface but underneath the street as well,” Faulconer said. “This is going to be one of the largest concrete paving

cell phone number if you need to get a hold of me, if you have any questions, if you’re wondering what’s going on in front of your business, you can call me,’” Grand said. “In a perfect world that’s what you would like to see things done.” “Will there be impacts for traffic circulation, parking, things of that nature? Yeah, that’s the unfortunate nature of that work,” Gloria said. “The good news is that [Juan Street’s] current state lasted about 90 years; we don’t plan on inconveniencing the community for that same amount of time.” Faulconer and Gloria both recalled voting on the Juan Street project in their early days on the City Council. Both men said comprehensive planning strategy and extensive community outreach were two reasons for the five-year gap between the project’s approval and its groundbreaking. Faulconer said the planning-heavy approach should be the new norm. “The idea is to make [the “One Dig” approach] the standard operating procedure for

Juan Street is a main thoroughfare in Old Town’s business district. (Photo by Hutton Marshall)

projects that the city has done in many years.” Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce President Fred Grand, whose two businesses are located on Juan Street, said he’s been impressed with the city’s outreach efforts. Despite the impending interruption to his storefront, he’s optimistic about the project’s construction phase. “Most recently, we had a Chamber of Commerce meeting where the head of the construction project said ‘Look, here’s my

doing business,” Faulconer said. “That’s why we’re doing our five-year capital projects now rather than just lurching from year to year.” Gloria also pointed to the benefits of spending extra time in the planning and outreach phase of infrastructure projects. “It’s one of those frustrating things to think back and realize, ‘Wow, I voted on that forever ago’ … but it’s part of the process to make sure that these projects are done right — and once,” Gloria said.u



which has been available for several years to commercial property owners. “[PACE] programs will result in more homes being retrofitted for energy and water efficiency upgrades,” Gloria said at the kick-off news conference. “San Diegans now have a new option to finance renovations to their homes.” PACE is an outgrowth of a larger program, Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO), which began in Riverside County in 2012. Since then, HERO programs, including PACE, have been offered to about two-thirds of Californians. Sullivan Solar Power is among the private companies certified to work with property owners to ensure energy efficient upgrades fall in line with the HERO guidelines. Sullivan Solar Power has a presence in several southern California cities, including San Diego. Recalling how the PACE program first came to be, David Savarese, director of project development for Sullivan Solar Power, explained the success already found in its brief life span. While HERO programs such as PACE do have some stipulations — property owners must have at least 15 percent equity into their homes or commercial developments, for example — Savarese said the relatively minimal guidelines give it a broad appeal. “This is something people can finance through their property taxes, which is a very unique way of funding any renovation project,” Savarese said. HERO programs such as PACE, which were born out of Assembly Bill 811, do not require applicants to furnish a credit score, and no money needs to be put down to participate in the program. PACE also is designed to be flexible. Property owners can repay the energy-efficient improvements on their tax bills during a span of time ranging from five to 20 years. The interest rate in each increment varies slightly. Other possible perks include the opportunity to receive tax savings and credits for initiating the energy-efficient upgrades, as well as a transferable assessment provision that stipulates the cost of

the upgrades stay with the property, and not the person. In other words, any outstanding amount on the upgrades would be incorporated into the sale of the property. From his vantage point, Savarese said he was pleased to bring Sullivan Solar Power into the fold when HERO programs such as PACE began sprouting up two years ago. “This is an opportunity to make a difference in the world,” Savarese said. “The real goal, from the start, has been to open this up to the masses. There’s this misconception out there that solar is expensive. But this is an opportunity to open it up to ever ybody.” While one of the most obvious energy-efficient upgrades would include installing solar panels, there are other ways property owners can benefit through the PACE program. Other ways of reaping the benefits could be through installing new heating and cooling systems and installing new water infrastructure. PACE is now available in most of San Diego County. In addition to the city of San Diego, the program is available in Carlsbad, El Cajon, Escondido, Lemon Grove, Oceanside, San Marcos, Solana Beach and Vista. Additionally, it is being offered to residents in the census designated place communities of Rancho Santa Fe and Valley Center. Savarese encouraged interested applicants to use a tool known as “Know Before You Go” on Sullivan Solar Power’s website ( The online application, which grants applicants “soft approval,” is designed to provide a snapshot of how much energy-efficient improvements would cost. Further information on the PACE program and eligibility can be found on the Center for Sustainable Energy’s website at —Dave Fidlin has been a professional journalist for more than a dozen years. Throughout his career, he has contributed to a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites across the nation. He has a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.fidlin@


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Rep. Susan David (D-San Diego) rallies residents in Talmadge against a measure that would reduce door-to-door mail delivery across the U.S. (Photo by Jeremy Ogul) respect for private property rights.” Rep. Scott Peters (D-San Diego), who also spoke at the press conference, said that while there are economic challenges that the Postal Ser vice must address, Congress should not get involved in mandating the specific measures the Postal Ser vice should take. Issa disagrees with Davis and Peters. “The consequence of doing nothing to address an Internetera erosion in the volume of traditional mail deliver y is a multi-billion dollar taxpayer funded bailout of the Postal Service,” Issa said. “Unfortunately, some [representatives] holding a press conference and pretending there isn’t a problem won’t solve it.” The Postal Reform Act

includes exceptions and provisions that would allow seniors and others with physical hardships to keep their door deliver y if they already have it, and it would give the Postal Ser vice the flexibility to determine where to implement centralized deliver y, Issa said. “In reality, less than 10 percent of postal customers would see any change under this legislation to their deliver y,” Issa said. Despite the financial issues the Postal Ser vice faces, the debate over cluster boxes may amount to little more than hot air in the near term. Congress only has about three months left to act on legislation in the current session, and neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate have voted on Issa’s or Davis’s legislation.u


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A bike plan for Hillcrest By Council President Todd Gloria Hillcrest will be home to first-rate bike facilities. How they will function and how they will look remains a topic of much discussion in your neighborhood, in my office, and at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). At my insistence, SANDAG involved the community very early on, instead of coming to you all for neighborhood input only after their professionals developed project proposals. While I have heard some concerns that the number of meetings and presentations by SANDAG staff have been excessive, I appreciate the focus on community input and I assure you that every comment made and every question asked will generate an exemplary project in the end. Since I kicked off the first community advisory group meeting for SANDAG’s Uptown Bike Corridor almost two years ago, neighbors in Bankers Hill, Park West, Hillcrest, Mission Hills and Downtown have all brought forward concerns and desires from general to specific. Some folks have clear opinions of which streets are better for bicyclists. Many people, especially business owners, are understandably concerned about losing parking as part of bike improvements. Others convey the need for the project to visually match the character of the neighborhood. Bicycle facilities in San Diego have historically been meant for occasional recreational riders. For the first time, the City of San Diego is working from a Bicycle Master Plan, and SANDAG has an approved Regional Bicycle Plan. The improvements called for in both will make bicycling a far safer and more viable transportation option, instead of merely a fun way to exercise. The Uptown Bike Corridor is among the first projects given the green light from the SANDAG Regional Bicycle Plan. As is often the case with firsts, there have been some hiccups and misunderstandings throughout the planning process. I ask for your continued advocacy, input and patience to keep the project

moving forward to its eventual implementation. I have participated in multiple community meetings, have heard from many neighbors and receive regular updates from my community representatives. I understand very clearly the concerns and priorities of the Uptown community members regarding the Uptown Bike Corridor. I want a successful project implemented. For me, that means minimal impacts on residents and businesses. I am looking for solid data and feedback from SANDAG to ensure they are taking the community’s concerns and preferences into account as they work to analyze possible configurations. At this time, SANDAG is examining several aspects of the corridor to find ways to make it successful for alternative transportation and for the community itself. They have suggested they will have further information available about the project’s status this fall, and I continue to work closely with them. As SANDAG’s analysis continues, I appreciate the efforts of J.M. Frost to propose his own conceptual design for Uptown Bike Corridor. From my initial review, I have some concerns about traffic counts and transit operations, and have asked SANDAG to evaluate the proposal. I will be meeting in September with SANDAG leadership to again convey the community’s concerns about parking, design and maintenance, and to insist that SANDAG give proper consideration to the desires of the community when further finalizing its plans for the corridor. I can assure you that your concerns have consistently been made very clear to SANDAG throughout the project’s planning process, and I will continue to advocate for the community’s preferred elements. I appreciate the work of SANDAG staff and leadership, and the participation and dialogue of the community members. Working together, we will create a bike plan that is implementable and makes long-term sense for bicyclists and the communities of Uptown. —Todd Gloria is the San Diego City Council President and the council representative for District 3, which encompasses Uptown, Greater North Park, Greater Golden Hill and Downtown San Diego.u

Editorial Say ‘yes’ to water bond or suffer the consequences By Jim Madaffer “Serious drought. Help save water.” We see lit-up signs with these five words everywhere in California. More importantly, we feel the effects of this “serious” drought and mandatory water restrictions that have come with the problem. But to say it’s a “serious” drought is an understatement. The country’s most populous state is suffering through the most severe drought in modern history, with scientists warning of a “megadrought” if California doesn’t take action. Investing in our water infrastructure is crucial for a state that supplies half the country’s fruits, vegetables and nuts,

and will be home to 60 million people by 2050. The state Legislature made tremendous headway this month when it passed a $7.5 billion water bond package to be known as Proposition 1 on November’s ballot. The deal is the largest investment the state has proposed since the $1.75 billion State Water Project in 1960. The money will go toward dams, groundwater, recycling, water quality and watershed improvement — and more, throughout the state — all designed to improve and stabilize California’s water supply. In San Diego, we’ll benefit from the passage of the ballot measure in a number of ways, including:

• $1.5 billion for water recycling and water treatment technology • $52.5 million for regional water management projects • $100 million for water-use efficiency projects • $17 million for the San Diego River Conservancy The future of California’s water supply is now in the hands of its citizens. Voters have the responsibility of passing Proposition 1 in November, or we must suffer the consequences of a drying Golden State. —Jim Madaffer is a San Diego County Water Authority board director, former San Diego City Councilmember and president of Madaffer Enterprises. He uses water daily.u

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UptownBriefs BLOCK PARTY IN BURLINGAME The Burlingame Neighborhood Association (BNA) will bring its annual block party to the red sidewalk-lined streets of Burlingame on Sept. 6 from 4 – 7 p.m. The festivities will be held on Pamo Avenue between Laurel and Maple streets, and include children’s activities, food, a raffle drawing and music from High Society Jazz Band. The BNA will grill hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers, and request attendees bring a favorite side dish to share. Those interested in joining or renewing their membership with the BNA may do so at the Block Party. Volunteers are needed for all aspects of producing the event. To help with acquiring donations for the drawing, email To volunteer in other ways, email michael.king@burlingamesd. com. For more information, visit MANKIND’S NEW LOCATION TO BE CELEBRATED WITH GRANDOPENING PARTY Mankind, a gay-friendly merchandise and clothing store, has finally opened at its new location at 1295 University Ave. in Hillcrest. The store, which moved there from its previous location on Fifth Avenue had a “soft opening” in July following construction delays. The new location will hold an official grand opening on Friday, Sept. 12 with a ribbon cutting at 8:30 p.m. Following the ceremony, Har vey Milk’s American Diner (535 University Ave.) will host a “Welcome to the heart of Hillcrest” party for Mankind and its patrons from 9 to 11 p.m. There will be a hosted bar from 9 to 10 p.m. courtesy of Devotion Vodka followed by a Mankind fashion show. Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be selling raffle tickets throughout the night with winners announced at the end of the event. Prizes include gift cards from Mankind, Har vey Milk’s and other local businesses with proceeds benefitting the Hillcrest Youth Center. UNIQUE FOOD TRUCK AND NEIGHBORHOOD HAUNT PAIR DINNER AND DRINKS Mastiff Sausage Company and Whistle Stop Bar have teamed up to bring diners and drinkers out to South Park on Thursday nights. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each week, Mastiff Sausage Company brings their truck to Whistle Stop Bar (2236 Fern St.) to offer a dual happy hour special. If someone purchases a drink from the bar, they get a $1 off food from the truck, and vice versa. Mastiff specializes in house-made sausages along with other items made from scratch, including vegetarian options. Visit to view their menu and whistlestopbar. com for upcoming events including live music, trivia nights and literar y showcases. CRAZEE BURGER FORCED TO MOVE Crazee Burger, which opened in 2006, will be moving from its original North Park location, according to Eater.


and includes various other repairs and upgrades, is set to continue through the next three years with completion estimated for late 2017.

The Hillcrest Wells Fargo located in the Uptown Shopping District recently unveiled a large mural detailing the storied history of the LGBT community in Hillcrest. The mural coincides with a renovation of the bank branch’s interior. Pictured in front of the mural is (l to r) Sen. Marty Block, Terry Cunningham, Bridget Wilson, Nicole Murray Ramirez, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Christina La Page, Broc Costa, Stuart Milk and Ernesto Arredondo. com. The current location at 4201 30th St. is being taken over by Foundation for Form, which will turn the space into a mixed-use building. The North Park Crazee Burger owners, who took over in 2011 when the former owners sold the North Park and Old Town locations to separate buyers, told Eater they are committed to staying in North Park and hope to find a new location within two months.

UPAS STREET PIPELINE REPLACEMENT PROJECT BEGINS PHASE ON 5TH AVENUE Arrieta Construction recently began the portion of a larger pipeline-replacement project affecting Fifth Avenue between Upas Street and Robinson Avenue in Hillcrest. This phase will replace 70-year-old pipelines with new PVC water pipes through the corridor. Lane closures and

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BANKERS HILL PR FIRM TO ACCEPT BITCOIN AS PAYMENT KCD Public Relations Inc. announced that it will begin accepting Bitcoin, a digital currency, as payment for its services., a Bitcoin payment processing company, will handle the conversion of Bitcoin to U.S. dollars for KCD. Clients will receive a two-percent discount on Bitcoin-related payments. Created in 2008, Bitcoin has been the subject of controversy since its inception because of its association with the online black market and its difficulty to be regulated by any single government. Gov. Jerr y Brown recently signed into law a bill that legalizes the use of Bitcoin and other digital currencies in California. CITY ADOPTS MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS IN RESPONSE TO DROUGHT After more than six months of above-average temperatures and meager rainfall, state and regional water authorities have mandated restrictions on water use to preser ve the region’s limited supply of water. “We don’t know how much rain and snow we will get this winter,” said Thomas V. Wornham, chair of the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors. “The only thing we can collectively control is how

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(l to r) Ernest Hsu and Nick Thanasith are the owners of The SafeHouse, which will open in North Park in September. (Photo by Hoa

Quach) ; (right) The interior of The SafeHouse, which is currently being built (Courtesy of Nick Thanasith)

Japanese tapas bar joining North Park food scene Hoa Quách A University Avenue space that has stood empty for three months will soon reopen as another arm in North Park’s growing restaurant monster. The SafeHouse, a Japanese tapas restaurant ser ving craft beers and wines, will open in September by local businessmen Nick Thanasith and Ernest Hsu. “We want to bring a restaurant and bar to North Park that we hope will become a place where people want to go,” said North Park local Thanasith. “We’re not looking to be millionaires.” The restaurant, which is located at 2930 University Ave. between Kansas and 30th streets, will feature skewers, bun tacos, ramen and the finest wines. It will also cater to San Diego’s growing obsession with beer, serving 35 crafts on tap. Hsu said the 2,100-square foot eatery, which they’ve invested more than $180,000 in, will reflect North Park’s personality. “You can expect the community feel here,” Hsu said. “I want to have a bar where people can come by to relax and enjoy what we have to offer.” But opening a restaurant is nothing new to

Thanasith. Although he holds a day job in sales, the San Diego native has opened five restaurants during his career. His first restaurant was a sushi joint in 2002, and he most recently owned a pizza and beer bar in North Park. Japanese food is what he’s passionate about, though, and it’s why he chose to open another restaurant with that specialty. “Japanese food is what I know and is what I specialize in,” said Thanasith who created the menu. However, it is Hsu’s first time tapping into the competitive industry. A microbiologist from San Jose, Hsu said he chose to join the venture with Thanasith because owning a restaurant was a longtime dream of his. He also wanted the restaurant to be a reflection of the Japanese way of life. “I just love to eat and I love to travel,” Hsu said. “I’ve discovered so many different types of cuisines and cultures. We’re bringing a culture here with our restaurant. This will be a family restaurant that happens to serve a lot of beer.” For more information on The SafeHouse, visit —Hoa Quách is an award-winning writer based in San Diego. She can be reached at

much water each of us uses. Ever y home, business and public agency should assess its water use and take additional steps to conser ve to better prepare for a possible fourth consecutive dr y year. The City of San Diego has already adopted the following permanent restrictions that apply to residential water customers (additional restrictions that apply to construction and businesses can be found online at vation/drought): • From June through October, landscape watering or irrigation is only allowed before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.; from November through May, landscape watering or irrigation is only allowed before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. • Excessive irrigation, including irrigation that causes water runoff onto adjacent property or gutters, is prohibited. • The use of a hose to wash down sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or other paved areas is prohibited, unless the purpose is to alleviate immediate safety or sanitation hazards. This prohibition does not apply if the hose is connected to a water efficient device, such as a commercial water broom. • Restaurants and other food establishments may only ser ve and refill water at the customer’s request. • Vehicles may only be washed at a commercial car wash, or by using a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle or by using a handheld water container. • All decorative water fountains must use a recirculating pump or be turned off. • Repair or stop all water leaks upon discover y or within 72 hours of being notified by the City. • The overfilling of swimming pools and spas is prohibited. The city encourages residents report violations to the water hotline at 619-533-5271 or sending an email to water waste@sandiego. gov. The City’s Code Enforcement Officers have the authority to mandate remedies for customers who waste water, including issuing citations and fines of $100 to $2,500, referring the case to the City Attorney for prosecution and terminating water ser vice to the customer. The City has also recommended voluntar y restrictions, which include the following: • Limit watering or irrigation of landscapes to three days a week. • When watering landscapes by hand, use a hand-held hose with a shutoff valve or a garden hose sprinkler system on a timer. • Do not irrigate or water landscapes during rain events. • Do not wash vehicles between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. during June through October, or between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. during November through May.u

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(left) French onion soup; (right) treasures from “the cheese cave” (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)


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find slow-braised pork shank with Equally impressive was the ary a chunk of the old Asiago risotto, bone-in rib eye crab-ahi tower layered with Mission Hills Radiowith parsnip puree and a few other avocado and Roma tomatoes and TV structure that now flatbread choices. rising from a bed of thinly sliced houses The Patio on The menu graduates to pricier cucumbers. Citrus vinaigrette and Goldfinch is recognizable. The “shared plates” that translate to soy ginger brightened the flavor former repair business, which date-night portions of chateaubriprofile in what is potentially a opened in the 1950s and closed and, whole fish and surf-and-turf. medium-weight meal if you’re not some decades ago, became an unThere’s also a monster burger of sightly misfit to the quaint “restau- sharing it. sorts called the “30 buck chuck.” Rich, nutty Gruyere cheese rant row” that began blossoming It’s a 10-ounce patty made with on this street over the past several from the “cave” prompted us to filet mignon, prime rib and Kobe order the French onion soup au years. But as of early summer, it’s beef, then topped with a duck egg gratin. The broth carried a depth sitting pretty. and served on a black-truffle briof flavor from espresso in the The dazzling redo, impleoche bun. The dishes, we’re told, mented by locally based Lahaina recipe — a fine construct if only easily feed two. the soup was served hotter and Architects and the restaurant’s Tequila abounds from a list the cheese was gooier. staff designer, Bea Arrues, featuring everything from Calle Compressed greets with a spacious, dog23, priced at $9 per one-andwatermelon friendly patio accented maga-half ounce serving to salad was a nificently with a wall of thriving the luxurious Clase Azul greener y. Tables, cushioned Ultra, which will set you banquettes and a built-in back $255 for the same fireplace give the feel of neat pour. We took the an indoor space despite frugal road by imbibits lack of roofing. ing on Blanco tequila “We don’t talk infused with pineapple about rain,” quipped and vanilla beans ($10). Manager Kristina It was smooth and lovely. Smith, adding that Cioppino features a mélange of seafood (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) Other libations include retractable covering is a slate of craft beers, coming soon. global wines and “cool Further inside is cocktails” that don’t excushier seating plus a clude chocolate martinis 4020 Goldfinch St. (Mission Hills). handsome bar, skylights and citrusy gin fizzes. and a glass-enclosed 619-501-5090 The dessert menu “cheese cave” that leaves Prices: small plates and salads, $6 to features another trendyou imagining sitting $18, large plates, $15 to $34, shareable setter that started inside of it with a bottle of entrees, $30 to $75 appearing recently on good wine. The shelves a few other menus in are stocked with various town: banana bread with curds from nearby Venisboozy Foster’s sauce. We opted first for us, but not the last for me. simo Cheese shop along with instead for a more pedestrian A few nights later I encountered jumbo wheels of young Gouda finish of deconstructed key lime it at Table No. 10 in East Village. from Central Coast Creamery in cheesecake ser ved in a glass jar. Could this be the start of a new, Paso Robles. Good stuff. But when we irresistible food trend? I’m betting The layout concludes with another living wall in the back and yes and that we’ll see a lot more of return it will be expressly for the big small plates combined with them next summer. an open kitchen fronted by a cozy further rounds of tequila, a romp Here, the fruit is put into dining counter that serves as the through the cheese list, which we vacuum-sealed bags with honey “chef’s table.” passed over, and additional time and lemon, which speeds up the Compared to its flagship spent lazing on the Mother Earthflavor infusion. It’s then plated restaurant, The Patio on Lamont kissed patio. in Pacific Beach, the Mission Hills with smoked feta, pine nut brittle, shaved fennel and arugula. Reoffshoot is organically showier, —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the freshing and complex, we loved hence its nomination for an author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW every bite. Orchid Award by the San Diego From the menu’s “large plates” Press), and began his Architectural Foundation. local writing career section, we shared the “beef and The menu starts off with a more than two bleu” flatbread, which sported an couple dozen “small plates” that decades ago as a addicting buttery crust beneath a actually yield more than three staffer for the former super-savory mantle of New York bites apiece. The cioppino, for exSan Diego Tribune. steak, creamy Gorgonzola, mushample, is substantially portioned You can reach him rooms, garlic and herbs. At last, in a bowl brimming with shellfish at fsabaa flatbread rising from a sea of so and Chilean sea bass. Every piece tini@san. many others out there that didn’t of fish was evenly cooked and the leave us yawning. tomato-based broth was spicy and From the same category, you’ll downright drinkable.

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Digging for deals Local Habit 3827 Fifth Ave. (Hillcrest)

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Happy hour: 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and all day on Tuesdays.

RATINGS: DR INK S: A dozen tap beers and a select hard cider rotate regularly through the menu board and feature an obliging mix of stouts, porters, pilsners, Belgians and pale ales.

F OOD: Discounted side dishes include meat or cheese boards, pickled vegetables and roasted Brussels sprouts. We tried the Gouda mac and cheese, which came alive with a little salt.

(above) Julian hard apple cider and Pistol Whip’d ale; (right) Gouda mac and cheese (Photos by Dr. Ink)


couple of enjoyable dinners washed down with various craft beers at Local Habit triggered me into returning for happy hour. But the bargains didn’t seem so set in stone at first. When originally calling the restaurant to inquire about the details, the person who answered the phone didn’t know any of the specifics and asked me to call back later. I pulled up the website instead and voila: The beer, wine and food deals were clearly spelled out. Upon arrival, however, our waitress gave us a different rundown, saying that none of Local Habit’s cherished nibbles were discounted. The good news is that she was wrong. And so was the happy-hour information printed inconspicuously on the regular menu that she gave us, which failed to mention that appetizers such as mustardspiked roasted Brussels sprouts, Gouda mac and cheese and sausage boards drop down to $4. From beer lists that are posted in chalk near the entrance and behind the bar, everything’s $1 off regular price. They feature an appealing mix of local and regional crafts that rotate regularly. However, a second waitress that took over wasn’t sure if the Julian Hard Apple Cider that my cohort ordered from the lineup qualified for the discount. After checking the computer at her work station, the result played in my friend’s favor. With the softly flavored cider and a pint of icy Pistol Whip’d ale parked under our noses, plus an order of Gouda mac-n-cheese on the


way, we became happy campers. If you’re dropping in to decompress and save a few bucks, check the web site first at, which currently shows the happy hour deals extending also to $9 beer flights containing six different pours of your choice. The offerings included Belgian blonde Galaxy Defender by Monkfish, Campfire stout by Highwater and the aforementioned Pistol Whip’d by Noble Ale Works out of Anaheim. Yes, there are notable craft beers brewed outside of San Diego that exist for those who have become burnt out on the local standbys. Local Habit’s interior is spacious despite its modest façade. The décor is earthy with a few splashes of bold color and a decent-sized bar toward the back. The layout provides the feel of both a restaurant and drinking establishment without one infringing on the other. My RX for its happy hour, though, is to provide customers with a menu that specifically promotes the weekday deals and ensure that all wait staff become familiar with the program. There’s too much competition out there waving their specials in much louder ways. u

Most of the beers average $6 at regular price, which is already reasonable before shaving off a buck during happy hour. The food prices in some cases drop by about 40 percent

SE RV IC E : Despite an empty house, our first waitress took too long coming to our table and failed to provide accurate details regarding the happy hour specials. Our second waitress was slightly more informed, but charged us full price for a drink that should have been discounted.

DUR AT ION: The lack of happy hour on weekends is compensated by all-day deals on Tuesdays in addition to two hours on the remaining weekdays


The dog days of summer Tips for weathering the summer months with your furry companion Ann Eliopulos

Expecting overcast mornings? Rain? Hold your horses. I’d like to think that the summer heat is behind us, but after only two years here in San Diego, I know that the worst is yet to come. We have just entered that period of the year known as the “dog days of summer,” and beating the heat will be the name of the game through September. Sirius, aka the “Dog Star,” is the brightest star visible from earth and is part of the constellation known as Canis Major, the “Big Dog.” As a nerd and little girl at heart, I love being able to spot Sirius in the sky — the way it sparkles. It’s like the big bling in the night sky. This part of the summer, you can see it in the east in the early morning, near the sun. In ancient times, the brightness of this star, and its proximity to the sun in the late summer, was thought to create an additive effect on the heat, creating sweltering conditions — hence the term, “dog days.” Going to the beach is a blast for dogs that like the water, sand, sun and the company of other dogs. Watching canines of all sizes run around together is relaxing and enjoyable, until I see them slurping a bunch of salt water, over and over. Drinking large amounts of salt water can be deadly, and most dogs don’t pay

attention to the taste of the salt. They just know they are thirsty and keep drinking, but sodium (the main ingredient in salt) gets absorbed very quickly and raises the blood sodium levels. The first symptoms of salt toxicity are vomiting and diarrhea. If a lot of salt water has been consumed, these symptoms can progress to ataxia (drunken, uncoordinated walking), disorientation, depression, seizures and ultimately death from severe brain swelling. Always bring fresh water with you and give your dog lots of water breaks. If you notice any symptoms that may seem like salt toxicity, get them to a veterinary emergency facility immediately. Blue-green algae blooms, or cyanobacteria, can occur in both salt and fresh water during hot, windy periods. These blooms can cause a “pea soup” appearance, with thick layers of algae on the surface of the water. Ingestion of this type of algae can cause severe liver or neurological damage. It’s also toxic to cats, dogs and birds alike. If you notice green algae on the surface of the pond, lake or beach, keep your pet away from it. Overheating can happen even at the beach, especially to the flatfaced breeds. Dogs can only sweat from the pads of their feet, meaning they cannot cool themselves efficiently, hence the panting. By breathing rapidly with their mouths open, they are creating a mini-evaporative cooler of sorts. They rely on the evaporation of the moisture in their mouth, along with the quick movement of air, to cool their bodies off. It’s terribly

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ineffective in really hot weather or with exercise, and you can see why, with the non-existent muzzles of the flat-faced dogs, they are even less efficient with panting as a cooling mechanism. There just isn’t much space to move air and evaporate moisture from it. I know you all have heard it before, but let me say it again, because every year I see multiple dogs coming in dying of heatstroke or overheating. Do not leave your dog in the car on hot days. Do not exercise them in the heat of the day. If you have a flatfaced dog, wait until early morning or after dark to exercise them. If your apartment is hot, get some fans to help cool it down. If you have to walk your dog when it’s hot, pay attention to how hot the asphalt or sidewalks are. If you’re not sure, put the palm of

San Diego Uptown News | Aug. 29–Sept. 11, 2014 your hand down and check. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s feet, other than for the quickest of potty breaks. If you insist on walking your dog when it’s hot, get them some booties. Burned feet hurt, no matter what species you are. With the farm-to-table food movement upon us, something I’ve been involved with my whole adult life, more and more people are doing home gardening and composting. For some dogs, few things are more enticing than decomposing, stinky piles of just about anything. Unfortunately, a very nasty by-product called “tremorgenic mycotoxins” can develop into moldy organic matter, and, as you may have guessed, can be toxic to your dog. Dogs who ingest mycotoxins may develop either fine or


severe muscle tremors, agitation, elevated heart rate, hyperthermia (high body temperature), seizures and even death. The effects of these toxins can last from hours to days. I encourage and support composting, recycling and sustainable practices, but know that your compost pile can be a serious threat if not contained or cordoned off properly. I love having my dogs with me for everything, but during this time of year, it often makes more sense for them to be at home in the air conditioning. Hot fun in the summertime can be just that with some caution and care. Enjoy the dog days, for they herald the coming of fall. —Ann Eliopulos is the DVM at Bodhi Animal Hospital in North Park.u


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Keeping it original, the sequel More details on identifying and preserving your historic details

It’s not easy being green: Not every early 21st century homeowner likes their wood’s original color. (Photo by Michael Good)


Michael Good Originality is much praised in theory. In practice? Not so much. The quirky kid, the odd adult, the outside-the-box guy, the woman who dresses every day as if she’s going to Comic Con — life can be perilous for the unique individual. Sometimes they get nurturing and acceptance and go on to invent important stuff, like Twitter. Other times, they are — metaphorically speaking — cast upon the trash heap of life. And so it goes with houses (and not always metaphorically). Everyone talks up the idea of the original, but not everyone has the temperament, knowledge and wherewithal to preserve it. For

most contractors, discovering something “original” is like finding dinosaur bones — an impediment to progress (and profit). Last month I encouraged old house owners to take it slow, do their research and try a little detective work to discover their house’s original features. This month I provide a little more detailed information on where these original features came from and what to do when you find them. Windows In the first decades of the 20th century, there were a number of lumber mills and millwork manufacturers in San Diego that built windows. The windows were inevitably made of pine, whether they were destined to be stained

or painted, and whether the rest of the millwork was gum, fir or oak. These businesses continued to produce windows for a good part of the 20th century, so just because your windows look old, it doesn’t mean they’re original. Windows were built here because the mills had access to wood (it was brought down by log raft from the Pacific Northwest), water (the mills were on San Diego Bay), and customers (rail lines to the north and east brought the windows to market; Pershing Drive brought the windows to construction sites in the city’s streetcar suburbs). Some considerations: Original glass is wavy. It is held in place by a sash — a wooden frame. Large windows, particularly in the front of the house, usually have divided lights. Their design is often repeated in the doors of the china cabinet and bookcases. If your front windows are giant sheets of thick glass held in place by small strips of wood, they are probably not original. Moisture is a wood window’s worst enemy. It makes wood swell and leads to dry rot, fungus and termites. The point of entry is usually cracked putty on the exterior of the window sash. Unlike shellac, modern marine finishes have UV protection and repel water. A damaged finish needs to be removed before the wood can be recoated. Damaged wood needs to be removed by sanding. There may come a point where very little of the original window is left and replacing it makes sense. Go-to guy for replicating wood windows? Shawn Woolery of San Diego Sash (619-944-8282).

Millwork The trim molding in Craftsman houses is part of a design scheme based on classic Greek and Roman architecture. There is nothing haphazard about it. The architect, builder or carpenter carefully determine the proportions, design and general arrangement. Any pieces that are missing detract from the overall impression the room was intended to convey. The molding’s purpose was three-fold — to provide beauty, utility and protection. Baseboards, casings and chair rails protect plaster. Picture rails, plate rails, mantels and sideboards provide a place to put stuff or hang stuff. Casework, such as bookcases and china cabinets provide storage. Over time, for various reasons, usually fashion, but sometimes for easier maintenance, homeowners removed millwork. There are often signs — saw marks, uneven reveals, plaster shadows — to tell you what is missing. Some considerations: The types of wood used and its popularity had more to do with lumber company profits than any intrinsic superiority of a given species of wood. When new stands of timber became available, lumber companies promoted that species as fashionable. You can define an era by its wood. Victorian: Redwood; Craftsman: Douglas fir; Roaring Twenties: Philippine mahogany and Gumwood. (Both oak and Yellow Birch were used from around 1910 through the 1930s, although sparingly.) Pine and fir were used for practical reasons, not because they were “cheap”: they held paint well, were easy to work with hand tools (compared to oak, for example), came in long, knot-free lengths (trees were over 250 feet tall), and were strong and dimensionally stable. The last of the original San Diego mills, Frost Hardwood (858-455-9060) is still in business and can mill wood to match pretty much any molding profile. Go-to guy: Carpenter William Van Dusen (619-443-7689) can replicate your missing trim molding, doors and cabinets. Finishes The clear finish of choice for the first six decades of the 20th century was shellac. Original colors were much brighter and stronger than we see today. Intense red, yellows, greens and deep rich browns were popular. Over time, and after much refinishing, these “original” finishes transmogrify into the ubiquitous red mahogany you see in many old houses. (Not that red mahogany wasn’t originally used, too.) You can sometimes find the original finish hidden under a door escutcheon. Sides of drawers, under drawer pulls and the inside of china cabinets are also good places to find the original color. Green was surprisingly popular. Not so surprising: Most homeowners today do not want their wood stained green. Although I’ve found evidence of very dark original finishes, they weren’t by any means the norm. It’s a myth that all woodwork was stained dark. Some considerations: There are a million different stain colors available today. But your choices have been somewhat limited by the natural patina of the wood itself and the original stain that remains (usually every color but black has faded). It’s natural to think that the original finish is hidden somewhere below those seven coats of paint, but in most houses the original finish is gone, destroyed by UV light, oxygen and moisture. Today’s marine varnishes are superior to shellac. More thin coats are better than fewer thick coats. Some living and dining rooms were originally painted, even in houses from the early 20th century. The wood underneath is usually every bit as good as wood intended to be finished clear. Kept properly protected, wood trim can last forever. Go-to guy: That would be me, Michael Good, Craftsman Wood Refinishing (619-291-3575). Tile California China Products Company produced fireplace tiles in their factory in National City from 1911 to 1917. Their tiles (matte, hand-glazed, mottled in earth-tones) can be found in many craftsman style houses in San Diego, and were used by David Dryden and others working in the Morley Field area. The company was put out of business by government restrictions during the World War I, but regrouped in Los Angeles. Some of the tiles remained in storage, apparently, since they were used in San Diego into the 1920s. CCPC also did the Spanish-style tile for the PanamaCalifornia Exposition in 1915. Batchelder tiles were used in Spanish-style houses, although most of the tile identified as Batchelder by real estate agents is really from one of the 39 other Los Angeles area tile makers. The art deco tile that was so prevalent in Spanish-style houses of the 1920s has mostly disappeared. In some houses, the bathroom, and its fantastic tile, was the showcase, not the living room.

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Pictured above are several historic automobiles at last year’s North Park Car Show. All three will be returning for an encore this year. (Courtesy North Park Historical Society)

Returning for its fifth year, the North Park Historical Society Car Show will take over a portion of Balboa Park on Saturday, Sept. 6 to display dozens of rare, vintage automobiles to the community free of charge. Serving as a fundraiser for the North Park Historical Society (NPHS), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, the car show invites anyone with an impressive, aged automobile to exhibit their four-wheeled vehicle at the event for $10. Two or three cars may be registered for $20. Aside from bottled water, NPHS will not offer food or drink at the event, so attendees are encouraged to bring picnic supplies to enjoy in the surrounding park space. Those driving to the event may park for free in the lot east of the Morley Field swimming pool, which can be accessed from the intersection of Texas and Upas streets. While cars may still be registered, NPHS said the oldest car registered thus far is a 1928 Ford Phaeton. The San Diego Antique Motorcycle Club is also expected to display several of its rustic rides.

All exhibitors and attendees will be able to vote to decide the event’s three award winners. Five previous car show champions will be on display in the “Winner’s Circle.” NPHS will also be promoting their upcoming book, “San Diego’s North Park,” which will be a part of Arcadia Publishing Company’s “Images of America” series. While the book won’t be released until later in the month, an advanced copy will be on display at the car showu.

North Park Historical Society Car Show


Hardware Even the more opulent arts and crafts houses in San Diego had pretty simple hardware made out of stamped steel, patinated in bronze, copper, brass or nickel. Today we think quality hardware is made of brass, but that wasn’t usually the case back in the day. Builders bought hardware in bulk and stored it so they would have what they needed when putting the finishing touches on a job. This helps in identifying who built a house. David Dryden, for example, used the same art nouveau designed hardware in his houses for several years. Some considerations: Doorknobs, escutcheons and window hardware tend to tarnish over time, and the patina wears off. They can be cleaned, stripped, boiled, repatinated, preserved in lacquer — there are lots of choices. The back of an escutcheon will give an idea of the original patina. Replacement window latches seldom line up with the holes from the originals and often have weak screws. Hinges are shimmed and bent to fit a specific door or

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Some considerations: Cracked tiles can sometimes be removed and replaced. Removing a tile without breaking it is an art. There are tile salvage yards, just like there are salvage yards for other architectural details and house parts. Tile colors often dictated the color scheme for the entire house, so use your fireplace tile when choosing stain and paint color. Go-to guy: Jim Crawford of Authentic Fireplaces (858-2746134). He knows his bricks and mortar, too.


Many early 20th century houses had hand painted details, like this original bedroom in South Park. (Photo by Michael Good) window. So replacing them can be a challenge. Some of the more beautiful latches (based on their Internet appearance) tend to be some of the more uncomfortable to use. How something feels is just as important as how it looks when you use it every day. Go-to gal: Elizabeth Scalice at Architectural Salvage (619-696-1313). Lighting Fixtures in Craftsman houses didn’t always look like they were ordered from the 1905 Stickley catalogue. Many traditional arts and crafts houses in San Diego had classically designed lighting. Fixtures were smaller than today’s reproductions. And, of course, they didn’t actually emit very much light. Also, all the sconces (technically, “wall brackets”) in one room didn’t match those in another (and they weren’t all symmetrically placed on either side of the fireplace). Lighting that appears original sometimes isn’t. (I’ve seen lighting with a 1924 patent stamped on the back in a 1920 house.) Some considerations: Lighting and hardware didn’t always match the style of the exterior of the house. Art deco hardware and lighting were often used in Spanish-style houses. The lighting sold by Rejuvenation is based on originals from the Pacific Northwest. A ceiling light from a Spokane hotel is not the same as a ceiling light from a North Park bungalow. Sometimes motifs that

seem suited to San Diego (such as hand-painted palm fronds on a shade) were actually produced in a place without palms (such as the Midwest). By the 1920s, people decorated with an eye for the exotic, not the homespun. Go-to guy: Jim Gibson, or Gibson & Gibson Lighting (619-422-2247). Tap Lighting in Hillcrest is also a good resource (619-692-0065). Paint Colors Painters mixed their colors on site, and were adept at faux painting, faux bois, rag rolling, glazing and other techniques. Stencils and hand-painted details were commonly used, even on small bungalows, but they got painted over as paint manufacturers began to market to homeowners, promoting the ease of painting with pre-mixed gallons of paint. Interior colors were often more vibrant than is common today, especially in the 1920s. Some considerations: Original paint color and treatment can be found inside bookcases and on the back wall behind china cabinet doors and drawers, as these were sometimes installed after the wall had been painted. When looking for inspiration, Sherwin Williams’s historic color pallet is a good place to start. Exterior woodwork was often stained, not painted. Paint was gloss, not satin. Go-to guy: Bruce Coons, who has a color consulting service (contact him through SOHO, 619297-9327). As executive director of Save Our Heritage Organisation, Coons is also available to consult on all restoration issues through SOHO’s Sherlock Homes program ( If you don’t have the time or temperament to do your own original research, you might want to put Sherlock Homes on the case.u

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“The Two Gentlemen of Verona” By William Shakespeare

Through Sept. 14 Tuesdays through Sundays, 8 p.m. Lowell Davies Festival Theatre The Old Globe, Balboa Park Tickets start at $29 or 619-23-GLOBE Britany Coleman as Silvia (Photo by Jim Cox)


(l to r) Rusty Ross as Speed and Richard Ruiz as Launce with Khloe Jezbera as Crab in Shakespeare’s “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”(Photo by Jim Cox) Charlene Baldridge

y cutting out a lot of folderol with minor characters, guest director Mark Lamos trims the Old Globe’s production of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” to 95 minutes per formed without inter val. An engaging evening with exceptionally pleasing visual design by John Arnone, it opened on a shir tsleeve evening (Aug. 16) and continues through Sept. 14 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.

“Two Gentlemen of Verona” is an early Shakespeare comedy with many glimmers of characters and situations yet to come and a through line that’s a dog. I mean, really a dog. A dog named Crab (Khloe Jezbera), who belongs to a ser vant named Launce, a character whose role was mercifully uncut. Crab is quite literally superb, an obedient black lab garbed in an Elizabethan ruff by costume designer Linda Cho. Launce (Richard Ruiz) is factotum to a young gentleman of Verona named Proteus (Adam

Kantor), who is in love with Julia (adorable Kristin Villanueva). Proteus, who turns out to be quite detestable before the play is over, is sad when his best friend, Valentine (Hubert Point-Du Jour) is sent to Milan to complete his education at the Duke’s court. The Duke (Mark Pinter) hopes his daughter, Silvia (Britney Coleman), will wed the wealthy fop Turio (Lowell Byers), who, garbed in green, has an outstanding codpiece. Valentine, however, has already fallen in love with Silvia and she with him, something Proteus

learns but ignores. Proteus’s father (Arthur Hanket) sends Proteus (accompanied by Launce and Crab) to the court as well, and when Proteus sees Silvia, he, too, falls in love with her, immediately forgetting Julia and his promise. Through numerous devices, the cunning Proteus does ever ything within his power to separate Silvia from Valentine, her father and Turio. Valentine is ousted from the court when the Duke discovers his intent to elope with Silvia. Meanwhile, back in Verona, Julia, certainly made of steel, disguises herself as a young lad and follows Proteus to the court, where she learns the truth about his promise of fidelity to her. In this cut version of the play Sir Eglamour (Adam Gerber)

helps Silvia to escape the madding crowd, and all, including the Duke, wind up in a forest near Mantua, where the exiled Valentine has become leader of a group of exiles. Despite his dastardly machinations, Proteus is forgiven, ever yone is properly paired, the exiles are forgiven and a joyful wedding with dancing ensues. Fitz Patton’s original music is a plus, and so is the movement provided by Jeff Michael Rebudal. Stephen Strawbridge is lighting designer, and Acme Sound Partners is responsible for excellent lighting that helps determine locale, along with Arnone’s clever, reversible trees. This Shakespeare veteran is especially fond of Arnone’s fair ytale castles. Such scenic design is now possible because playing Shakespeare in alternating repertor y is no longer practiced, giving the designers more creative freedom. The Globe/ USD actors are wondrously used here. Villanueva takes the trophy for the toughest Shakespearean balls. Though also a female, the unflappable Crab comes in a close second. Director Lamos’s production is thoroughly frothy, with all the darker elements swept under the forest floor. Why belabor darkness when there is so much light, and even bare-chested boys? —Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the ar ts since 1979. Her book “San Diego, Jewel of the California Coast” (Nor thland Publishing) is currently available in bookstores. She can be reached at charb81@

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shops offering everything from housewares to jewelry to clothing. One of the most popular areas is along Esplanadi where you’ll find large department stores like Stockmann’s as well as scores of boutiques and local brand stores like Iittala and Artek. There is also a design district with 200 shops, museums and art galleries.

The Senate Square in Helsinki, Finland. (All photos by Ron Stern)

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While Helsinki may be one of the coldest destinations in the world during winter, summertime’s long days of sunshine bring out the crowds to this Finnish city located on the shores of the Baltic Sea. With 150 miles of coastline and 300 islands filled with trendy shops, restaurants and loads of historical landmarks and museums, it’s no wonder that so many are discovering this Scandinavian playground.

Starting in early May and into September, tourists and locals alike emerge to enjoy the warm weather splendors of this beautiful city. It may be hard for visitors on a schedule to decide where to start as there is such an abundance of things to see and do, so to make things simple, here is a short list of some of the best activities and attractions. Shopping You may have to remind yourself that you’re in Finland and not France or Geneva as there is such an abundance of retail

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(left) Food booths line Market Hall in Helsinki; (below) the Statue of Mannerheim.

Excursions By far, the most popular excursion is the 15-minute ferry ride to the island fortress of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that brings in about 700,000 visitors each year. You can purchase tickets for about five euros round trip, or, if you buy a Helsinki Card at the tourist office, you can ride for free and also get one free sightseeing trip. The town of Porvoo is an additional day trip that you should plan to take during your visit here. This medieval town (population 48,000) is about an hour by bus, which costs 12 euros. There is a newer section within it, but the old city, which dates from 1760, houses much to see, including a cathedral, shops and restaurants, all along winding cobblestone streets.

Market Hall, near the southern waterfront, was originally constructed in 1888 but has recently been renovated to house all manner of specialty food items. After you taste your way through this foodie heaven, head out the other end to an open-air market where vendors set up their booths under brightly colored orange canopies. Held every day of the year in summer, this is where you can find locally made Finnish handicrafts, hats, t-shirts, fresh fruits and, of course, more food. One thing you will notice in Helsinki is the number of people sitting in cafés drinking coffee. Even in the middle of summer with temps in the 90s, the Finns still love this drink. In fact, they are the largest consumers of coffee in the world, downing more than 10 kilos per person, per year.

Dining It might be difficult to decide where to eat given the plethora of restaurants. Probably the most prevalent food you will find here is fish. This isn’t surprising considering Helsinki’s proximity to the sea. Salmon is a popular choice, although much of it is imported from Norway.

Landmarks and churches Helsinki has a rich history that is visually represented in diverse ways. Statues commemorating various aspects of Finnish history and culture are visible throughout the city. One of these is the Sibelius Monument dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, whose most notable work, “Finlandia,”

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played a large part in the country’s national identity. The abstract work is subject to interpretation as some see a pipe organ while others a musical form of an aurora borealis. The Uspenski Cathedral and the Lutheran Cathedral, part of the local skyline, are quite beautiful and must-sees while in Helsinki. The Uspenski is situated on a hill overlooking the city. Its thirteen gold spires reflect the light of the sun and depict the flame of Christ and the 12 apostles.

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CalendarofEvents FEATURED EVENTS Awesome Fest 8 Friday, Aug. 29 – Sunday, Aug. 31 This three-day DIY festival offers multiple shows featuring punk bands and other genres. Venues this year include U31, The Office, Soda Bar and The Hideout. Volunteers organize the event with a love for “quality music, friendship and reasonablypriced fun.” Weekend passes are $40, all venues are 21+. For full schedule and passes visit Labor Day Poolside with The Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio Monday, Sept. 1

to the most outstanding vehicles with some categories voted on by attendees. The event is free to the public and takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info at San Diego Creative Arts Project auditions for “Beauty and The Beast” Tuesday, Sept. 9 and Thursday, Sept. 11 Pre-registration for these auditions is required and space is limited. Participants should prepare a oneminute song, bring karaoke music to accompany them and prepare a monologue. Auditions cost $20 (2 for $30) and are by appointment from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at SDCAP, 4715 30th St., Suite 4, Antique Row. Callbacks will be Sept. 13 and the show runs Dec. 12 – 14. Visit sdcreativeartsproject. org for more information.

Multi-instrumentalist Matt Smith (formerly of Steam Powered Giraffe) leads this on-the-rise trio. Smith and his cohorts, Mackenzie Leighton (bass) and Ed Kornhauser (piano), bring youthful energy and dynamic arrangements to the classic genre of jazz. The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. and feature a special BBQ menu served poolside at the Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. More info at


Fiesta de Kustom Kulture: Car, bike, and lowbrow art show Saturday, Sept. 6


San Diego Avenue, Harney Street and Twiggs Street will be lined with pre-1972 hot rods, muscle cars, motorcycles and more. Various vendors (no food), live music and a charity art auction are a few other highlights. Trophies will be awarded


Singing Storytime: 1:30 p.m., learn what’s going on inside your baby’s mind, strengthen your bond and sing songs together at Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., Mission Hills, free. Open Mic Night: 7:30 p.m., the mic is open to you at Lestat’s Coffee House, 3343 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, free. Curbside Bites: 5 – 8:30 p.m., gathering of gourmet food trucks at 3030 Grape St., South Park. “Grab a Mic”: 6 p.m., an open mic night hosted by singer/actor Sasha Weiss. Sign ups at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest.

CALENDAR Tasty Truck Tuesdays: 6 – 9 p.m., Smitty’s Service Station hosts several food trucks under their welllit shade structure, 3442 Adams Ave., Normal Heights. Open Mic Charlie’s: 7 – 10 p.m. (except the third Tuesday), open mic night at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St., South Park, free.


Wednesday Night Experience: 7 – 8 p.m., uplifting and spiritually inspiring experiences for all, weekly at Universal Spirit Center, 3858 Front St., Hillcrest, Love Offering requested. Young Lions Music Series: 7 p.m., each week features a new “young rising star” chosen by Gilbert Castellanos. Castellanos will also join in during the first set, the Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, $5 cover. Wednesday Jazz Jam Session: 7:30 p.m., Gilbert Castellanos hosts the Jazz Jam Session with special guest musicians at Seven Grand, 3054 University Ave., North Park, free.


Gentle Yoga for seniors: 2:45 – 3:45 p.m., presented by The Center and Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach (SAYCO) at The San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest, free. North Park Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m., in the parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., North Park, free. Kirtan Musical Meditation: 8:15 p.m., Chant and sing contemporary mantras celebrating love and life at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga, 3287 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, dona- tion requested.


Preschool Storytime: 10:30 a.m., at Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., Mission Hills, free. Fridays on Fifth: 4 – 9 p.m., various restaurants and bars offer discounts and specials for a social hour on Fifth Avenue between Washington Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Hillcrest. Fridaysonfifth. com. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., Movie screenings at 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Tickets start at $15.


Old Town Saturday Market: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Harney Street and San Diego Avenue, Old Town, free. Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., on B Street between 27th and 28th streets, Golden Hill, free. Children’s Craft Time: 10:30 a.m., at Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., Mission Hills, free. Melodies in Balboa Park: 1 – 5 p.m., the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory ensembles fill Casa del Prado with classical music, 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, free. Comedy Heights: 8 – 10 p.m., local comedians take the stage next to Twiggs Coffeehouse at 4590 Park Blvd., University Heights, free.


Hillcrest Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., under the Hillcrest Pride Flag, Harvey Milk and Normal streets, free.

Community organization meetings North Park Main Street Design Committee 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday North Park Main Street Office, 3076 University Ave. Uptown Planners 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. Normal Heights Community Planning Group 6 p.m. on first Tuesday Normal Heights Community Center, 4649 Hawley Blvd. Mission Hills Business Improvement Distric 3:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday Locations vary University Heights Community Development Corporation 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday 4452 Park Blvd. Suite 104 University Heights Community Parking District 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday 4452 Park Blvd. Suite 104 University Heights Community Association 6:45 p.m. on the first Thursday Alice Birney Elementary School auditorium, 4345 Campus Ave. Uptown Community Parking District 5 – 6:30 p.m. on second Monday Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. North Park Maintenance Assessment District 6 p.m. on the second Monday North Park Adult Activity Center, 2719 Howard Ave. Normal Heights Community Association 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday Normal Heights Community Center, 4649 Hawley Blvd. Hillcrest Town Council 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. Old Town Community Planning Group 3:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday The Whaley House Courtroom, 2482 San Diego Ave. Ken-Tal Community Planning Group 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday Franklin Elementary auditorium, 4481 Copeland Ave. Greater Golden Hill Community Planning Group 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday Balboa Golf Course Clubhouse, 2600 Golf Course Dr. Burlingame Neighborhood Association 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday Mazara Pizza and Italian Deli, 2302 30th St. Mission Hills Town Council Trustees Meeting 6 p.m. on the second Thursday Francis Parker Lower School, 4201 Randolph St. Email for inclusion of your oraganization or commitee meeting.


Five local shows over the next two weeks

Jen Van Tieghem Now in its seventh year, the San Diego Music Thing (SDMT) combines a daytime music and media conference with live evening performances at our city’s premiere venues. On Sept. 12 and 13 the Town & Country Resort and Conference Center in Mission Valley will host SDMT’s panels, featured speakers and more during the day, and over a dozen venues will present music performances starting in the evening. This issue’s 5over2 is dedicated to my picks for the event’s musical offerings. Five shows over two-ish days? You can handle that! Prices below reflect individual admission. One-day and two-day badge options give access to several day and night time events and range from $20 – $60. Find out more at

SAN DIEGO MUSIC THING SDMT Kick-Off Party with Waters, Zella Day, The Bilinda Butchers, Hunny, and Wild Ones at Soda Bar Thursday, Sept. 11 | Doors at 7:30 p.m. | $10 Before the conference even begins SDMT has a huge night of music to get things going. The Kick Off party — at one of my favorite venues — features five touring bands ranging from psychedelic rock to dream pop with headlining band Waters falling along both spectrums. Their latest single, “Got To My Head,” sounds like a catchy but grungier Grouplove tune with a far better male vocalist. Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact, Yonatan Gat, Subsurfer, Sad Robot, and The Paragraphs at Bar Pink Friday, Sept. 12 | 5:30 p.m. | $10 As the first day of panels and speakers (Moby!) wraps up, the excitement will move to various venues around town. The first show of the night — dubbed the “SDMT Happy Hour” — boasts a stellar lineup of local and touring bands. Soul supergroup Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact start things off, followed by a trio of rock bands, and finally former Monotonix guitarist Yonatan Gat will close things out. The axewielding front man was named Village Voice’s “2013 Guitarist of the Year” and is likely to melt faces with his psychedelic shredding. Dead Feather Moon, Queen Caveat, Deadly Birds, The Janks, Bogan Via, and The Singles at U-31 Friday, Sept. 12 | Doors at 7 p.m. | $10 Another highlight of Friday night is this lineup, especially for fans of serious rock ‘n’ roll.

Visiting artists The Janks, Bogan Via, and The Singles each have a pop slant to their tunes, which should provide a good balance for harder-edged locals Deadly Birds, Dead Feather Moon and L.A.’s Queen Caveat. The latter is known for boisterous live shows with singer Lauren Little likely to be found writhing on the floor or standing on the bar. Luckily she has a powerful voice to match the riotous antics. 91X’s Next Big Thing Stage with Meg Myers, Cults, The Griswolds, Desert Noises, and more at an outdoor stage behind the North Park Theatre Saturday, Sept. 13 | 4:20 p.m. | $20 Saturday’s biggest draw should be this one, featuring seven bands on two stages. The main stage will see the return of rising star Meg Myers to San Diego — good news for those of us that missed her buzzed-about “Next Big Thing” appearance at Casbah earlier this summer. Desert Noises are sure to be a highlight when they headline the Honest Tea Stage: the smaller stage of this same showcase. The psychedelic rockers have an evolving sound and a growing fan base due largely to singer Kyle Henderson’s emotionally charged lyrics. Magic Giant, Andrew Belle, and Emily Jane White at Seven Grand Saturday, Sept. 13 | 9 p.m. | Free All three performances on this bill promise to be vocally driven and on the mellower side of things; the arrangement is perfect for the intimate setting of swanky whiskey bar Seven Grand. Headliners Magic Giant present an interesting mixture of genres: Their song “Glass Heart” features jazzed up horns along with folky banjo. This is one of few SDMT performances that are free of charge, so take note and save your cash for a tasty beverage. —Jen Van Tieghem is the director of web and social media at SDCNN. Got a show you think is worth talking about? Contact Jen at

San Diego Uptown News | Aug. 29–Sept. 11, 2014


SDMT conference highlights Hutton Marshall | Editor


hile San Diego Music Thing appeals most to those wishing to see the best of San Diego’s music scene and touring bands, the twoday festival also fosters several lengthy discussions on the music industry itself and how to make it as a musician. From morning until the late afternoon on both Friday and Saturday, panels will take on a range of topics in the music business, and several bigname musicians will give robust lectures, offering a rare personal glimpse at the personas behind their music. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss at this year’s Music Thing. Guest Lecturer: Moby Friday, Sept. 12 | 1 – 2:15 p.m. | Hall 1 Number one on my list is the iconic and influential DJ, producer and electronic musician, Richard Hall, aka “Moby,” who rose to worldwide prominence and commercial success with his 1999 album “Play.” Prior to that release, Moby had been DJing in New York City, his hometown, since the early ’90s. From his early days spinning obscure techno to his many musical evolutions, from dark folk to pop-rock collaborations with Gwen Stefani, Moby has made a name for himself as an eccentric, inventive and undoubtedly strange creative force in the electronic music industry. Luckily, he’s also an opinionated, engaging figure when he steps away from the turntables. The Christian vegan (vegan Christian?) from Harlem has published a book of essays covering a broad span of social issues, and while the topic Moby will discuss at SDMT hasn’t been released, it’s probably a safe bet that he will approach the music industry in a thought-provoking, socially conscious manner. Panel: New Streaming Tech Friday, Sept. 12 | 2:30 –3:15 p.m. | Hall 2 Head over to Hall 2 after Moby wraps up to hear about an industry that’s been rapidly evolving during the past few years: music streaming. I suspect that this panel will offer a few unpleasant truths for many of us unaware of the toll our beloved free music websites and apps are taking on the musicians we may think we’re supporting. With Google recently buying up playlist curator Songza, and Spotify continuing to increase its purchasing power in the music industry, it’s clear that music storage devices, no matter how revolutionary they proved to be in the early 2000s, look more and more like a thing of the past. The floppy disk may soon make new friends. For listeners, music streaming offers quick access to enormous music databases. For the providers, it’s yet another opportunity for Internet giants to turn our entertainment preferences into marketable metadata. And although these services are branded as a way for musicians to reach larger audiences, critics say many of these services pay musicians far below what they deserve for dishing out their tunes to online audiences. It’s a fascinating debate, and one that we should care about if we want to ensure the artists making the music we love can afford to keep doing so. Panel: Music Writers, Bloggers and Editors… Oh My Saturday, Sept. 13 | 2:45 – 3:30 p.m. | Hall 2 This panel is designed to educate musicians on how to interact with the media and secure press coverage — unfortunately a delicate art — but it also shouldn’t be overlooked by aspiring music writers and any listener simply wishing to better understand how the people influencing what we listen to operate. Several LA Weekly staffers past and present will be on the panel, and while it would have been nice to see more of San Diego’s music press onboard, insight from industry veterans should be in no short supply.u

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San Diego Uptown News | Aug. 29–Sept. 11, 2014

Where to stay Glo Art Hotel

Website: Located in the quiet design district, the original building is more than 100 years old and looks like a medieval castle with thick granite walls. Today, the hotel has a newer tower with modern rooms and conveniences, like a full Europeanstyle breakfast with eggs, meat, cheese, breads, fish, coffee and juice.

Overlooking the Harbor in Helsinki. (Photo by Ron Stern)


FINLAND Located in Senate Square is the green-domed Lutheran church, which dates from 1853 and is the main church of the country. Its architect, Carl Ludwig Engel of Germany, patterned all of the buildings in the square in the Neoclassical style after the ones in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Temppeliaukio or “Rock Church” was designed in 1969 by the two brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen. The church was built right into the solid bedrock with unfinished stones part of what makes this landmark so amazing. Thousands come each week to visit the church and to hear the excellent acoustics created by the solid rock when the pipe organ is played. Museums Helsinki’s vibrant art culture can be found in more than 80 museums and their gift shops and cafés — an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. The Helsinki Card

provides free admission to most museums, but keep in mind that many are closed on Mondays. Every sort of museum appears to be represented in the city, including ones dedicated to military history, mariners, toys, photography, design, restaurants and individuals. The largest is the Finnish National Gallery, which is comprised of the Ateneum art museum, the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art and the Sinebrychoff art museum. The Ateneum is located close to the railway station and has a fine collection of master works along with rotating exhibitions. They offer a guided or audio tour of the paintings, sculptures and drawings. Summer is the perfect time to come to Helsinki with flowers all in bloom and the smell of the sea in the air, and you will find a warm and inviting tervetuloa (welcome) waiting for you. For more information visit FTC Disclosure: Promotional considerations and sponsorship were provided by the suppliers/partners mentioned in this story.u

Restaurants Juuri

Website: Korkeavuorenkatu 27, Helsinki: offers a taste of Finland with a modern twist and bite-sized portions.


Website: Kasarmikatu 26, Helsinki: a progressive four- or six-course dinner with wine parings.


Website: A one-starred Michelin restaurant serving excellent small plates. The extended meal of 17 presentations is 89 euros with grand views of the South Harbor.

Essential tips for visiting Helsinki • • • •

The euro is the main currency Bring a voltage converter (2 prong) Bring sunscreen during summer Bring comfortable shoes for brick and cobblestone-lined streets • Most Finns speak at least some English • Finnair operates a bus from the airport to town (6 euro) • Get the Helsinki card at the tourist office in town

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