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North Park’s bicycle and pedestrian identity enhanced


Two additional bike corrals, concept for ‘parklet’ approved for 30th Street by Planning Committee group

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turns 30 Hillcrest staple has offered ‘comfort, consistency and community’ since 1983 By Monica Garske SDUN Reporter

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While it can sometimes seem as though the restaurant and business landscape in Hillcrest is ever-changing, one thing remains constant: Crest Cafe. Located at 425 Robinson Ave., the retro, bright pink, family-owned cafe has been smack-dab in the middle of Hillcrest for 30 years. And as owner Cecelia Moreno would tell you, for the past three decades the business has been built on simple, tried-and-true concepts: comfort, consistency and community. “Like any longtime business, we’ve had our ebbs and flows. But, our main goal is to be a consistent, comforting place where

Crest Café’s famous pink and aqua colored façade has been a staple of the Hillcrest community for three decades. (Photo by Anulak Singphiphat) “My dad drove me to Hillcrest that day and we had lunch at this cute little pink place. After lunch, my dad told me it was for sale and he was thinking about buying it,” Moreno said. “It was the perfect size for us and just felt right. Plus, I really loved the pink.” That lunch date changed the course of her family’s lives forever. In 1985, fresh out of college,

the customers really know the staff and the staff really knows them,” Moreno said. “We want our customers to feel a certainty when they come here, as if they’re right at home.” For Moreno and her family, Crest Cafe truly is home. She remembers the very day, back in 1985, when her father, Luis, took her to the quaint, quirky cafe for lunch, topped with a little business proposal.

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Walgreens construction halted ‘Streamline Moderne’ architecture found underneath may be saved By Morgan M. Hurley SDUN Assistant Editor

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Construction work at 301 University, the controversial building at the corner of University and Third Avenue, was shut down on January 7, after a member of the community alerted officials regarding its potential historical significance. The building was embroiled in controversy and litigation for years when the original developer announced plans to build a high-rise hotel at the location. In February 2012, Walgreen Corporation purchased the property and construction on the site had finally just begun after the holidays, starting with demolition. Hillcrest resident, Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) member and lover of old architecture, Gregory May, said he first became aware of the demolition through a photo someone posted on Facebook on Jan. 4. May immediately recognized the “Streamline Moderne” architecture clearly visible

The historic façade hidden behind the building at 301 University was almost demolished last week.

North Park Planning Committee’s Urban Design-Project Review Subcommittee made the neighborhood a little more bike and pedestrian friendly by sanctioning two new bicycle corrals as well as conceptually approving a new “parklet” on 30th Street. At the subcommittee’s Jan. 7 meeting, community planners also made substantial progress on updating a proposed land-use map for North Park, distinguishing commercial and residential areas. At the behest of North Park Main Street (NPMS), the subcommittee approved two new bike corrals on 30th Street. Both corral designs are consistent with an existing corral previously approved by North Park Planning Committee. There are currently three bike corrals in Uptown. “We’ve been asking for these bike corrals for 13 months,” said NPMS Executive Director Angela Landsberg. Money to install the bike racks is coming from a County grant that will be used to “improve the appearance of North Park and help with people doing more biking,” she said. One of the new bike corrals will be located across the street from Mosaic Wine Bar at 3422 30th St. and the other will be in front of Toronado, located at 4026 30th St. “There will be six bike-shaped racks,” Landsberg said, adding that tree-lined 30th Street in North Park is becoming a widely used corridor for cyclists. The new corrals will help get cyclists “off our trees” when parking and “into proper structures,” she said. Business owners at Mosaic and Toronado “have signed on” and are in favor of these bike corrals, Landsberg said. “[Existing corrals] are getting tons of support from the community

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underneath the partially demolished baby blue sheet metal and stucco that had been the structure’s façade for several decades. May drove to the location and took photos, as he said he has done with many local historical buildings up for demolition in the past. “I collect pictures of everything and that is satisfying and the idea that all the buildings go to heaven, too,” he said. “I came back more depressed.” May said. “So I called Jeff [Oakley, a planner with of the City’s

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The bike corral at North Park Way and 30th Street (Photo by Anulak Singphiphat)


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Atkins, Gloria address new session at Community Breakfast

California budget tops discussion, followed by transportation, homelessness, affordable housing By Anthony King SDUN Editor

Joined by San Diego Council President Todd Gloria, State Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins highlighted Gov. Jerry Brown’s newly released California budget at The LGBT Center’s Community Coalition Breakfast, held Friday, Jan. 11. The balanced budget includes significant increases in funding for elementary and high schools, community colleges and universities throughout the state. The pair were invited by The Center CEO Delores Jacobs as a way to discuss the upcoming legislative sessions for the Assembly and Council, giving an opportunity for community members to speak with and ask questions to the politicians. Calling Atkins and Gloria “great heroes” and leaders in both the San Diego and LGBT communities, Jacobs introduced Atkins first, who said she was excited by the Governor’s budget. It was released Jan. 10. “For the first time in almost a decade, and I have to thank the voters of California for this,” Atkins said, “we have a budget that starts out balanced, that restores money to the colleges and universities, to the communities colleges, and [to] K-12.” Atkins, who was recently selected as the Assembly’s majority leader, also serves on the Joint Legislature Audit Committee, and

was previously San Diego’s first Budget Committee chair, when she served on the Council in 2005. “What you’re going to see in this budget is that we’ve made promise to the voters in California and to Californians to restore education funding, but we did it because you stood with us and you supported Proposition 30, and I want to thank you for that,” Atkins said. “As economists around the world will tell you, the quickest way to grow your economy is to invest in your people, invest in your students [and] invest in your kids.” Proposition 30 was the 2012 voter-approved sales and property tax increase. Related to the new tax, Atkins said highlights of the funding increases include $300 million for community colleges, $250 million for the University of California system, $250 million for the California State University system and $2.7 billion for K-12 schools. “That’s huge. We also know there are many other places in the budget where we have a lot of work to do,” Atkins said. She and the assembly will now work through Brown’s proposal to help finalize the state budget. Atkins also said the assembly would soon implement a special session on health care and how to implement the Affordable Care Act, which will provide coverage for an additional 3 million Californians. “We are seeing a huge sea

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change in how we’re going to provide health care, because we are supportive and want to implement the Affordable Care Act,” she said. “We need to be thoughtful.” Both the Assembly and the Senate will have a Democrat supermajority, and Atkins and Gloria, both Democrats, said the responsibilities for the party are greater. “As Todd [Gloria] will tell you, when you have the majority it actually becomes harder, because then you have to govern with responsibility. You can’t do crazy things,” Atkins said. The City Council currently sits at a four-four, Democrat-Republican split, after former-Councilmember Tony Young stepped down leaving the district four seat vacant. A special election will be held to fill the seat March 26. “I’m looking forward to having a strong Democratic majority,” Gloria said. “It is my desire and my strong belief that we should be able to hold onto this forever. We are a Democratic city now.” Mayor Bob Filner, also a Democrat, is the first from the political party to hold his position since 1992. “With that power comes responsibility and I think that requires us not to over reach,” Gloria said, “but to show that we can run the city in a responsible manner … and one that shows our progressive values as well.” Gloria also commented on the proposed State budget, saying, “When the State does well, the

City does well.” However, he also then highlighted several “land mines” that would affect the City’s budget, including military and social service cuts at the federal level as well as last year’s Proposition B. “The voter-approved Proposition B, which was presented to the voters as pension reform [and] as something that would reduce our pension bill,” Gloria said, “has increased [the pension bill] by $27 million. … That’s $27 million I do not have to put to your libraries and to your rec[reation] centers.” In addition to now serving as Council president, Gloria will remain Budget Committee chair, and told the crowd he hoped to focus the Council’s energy on infrastructure by creating a similar committee focused on repairing roads and restoring services. “As the Council president, one of the powers that I have is to form a committee system [and] one thing I didn’t want to waste time on … was the creation of the Infrastructure Committee. Like

the budget, if it’s not a focus of the council, it will not get done,” he said. “Now is the time to start restoring major services in a fiscally responsible manner, so that we can show the public that all these reforms that we put in place are not being done just to benefit the city, but to really benefit our neighborhoods,” Gloria said. While the community meeting primarily focused on financial and budgetary issues, the two elected officials also discussed the Balboa Park Centennial, undergrounding in the City and homelessness. During the question and answer period, community members asked about affordable housing, public transportation, transit and the airport, pedestrian safety, and health insurance rates. Helping individuals who are homeless was repeatedly brought up. “There are so many issues where I think our progressive values do a better job than they have been doing, and I look forward to that opportunity,” Gloria said.u


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Fiscal responsibility remains top priority for new council president Gloria addresses community at Mission Hills Town Hall; discusses medical marijuana, new library and airport construction By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter

San Diego’s financial situation is much improved, though significant challenges lie ahead. That was the upbeat message delivered by District Three Councilmember and new Council President Todd Gloria at the Mission Hills Town Council’s Jan. 10 Town Hall meeting. “It looks like Washington, only without the dysfunction,” Gloria said, speaking to Mission Hills residents who packed Francis Parker School’s meeting room to hear the council president discuss his goals for the City in 2013. Due in part to former-Council President Tony Young’s departure to become CEO of the local chapter of the Red Cross, Gloria was elected president Dec. 3, 2012 after inauguration for his second, fouryear term on the council. “I now have this role, which is really good for our district and means my calls get returned even faster now,” he said. “I work seven days a week. I love this job.” The Council president said his top priority in the New Year would continue to be financial discipline. “We are in much better shape now than four years ago,” Gloria said. “Our credit rating has actually improved, and we have healthy reserves. We now have to balance our budget while responsibly restoring, slow but sure, services over time.” Gloria cited restoration of City library branch hours as one example of the fiscal turnaround, adding the new Downtown central library branch is scheduled to open this summer with construction of other branch libraries to follow. New construction includes a library branch in

The new Council President Todd Gloria speaks at a recent “town hall” facilitated by the Mission Hills Town Council. (Photo by Dave Schwab) Hillcrest at a temporary abandoned site on Washington Street, which will serve both neighborhoods. The city will also heavily invest in improving roads and other infrastructure in 2013. “What we’re trying to do now is manage, competently, our services so we can reduce costs while trying to streamline operations,” Gloria said, adding that infrastructure improvement is a “billion-dollar problem” and one that “won’t get solved overnight.” Following his presentation, Gloria took questions from the audience. Ask by a medical marijuana supporter about his feelings on the issue, Gloria said it is a legal conundrum in that medical

marijuana is legitimate at the state level, but illegal both locally and at the federal level. The Council President said he supports legitimate dispensaries, but added that laws governing where they can be located need to be revamped. “The City previously had problems with one building on Park [Boulevard] and Lincoln [Avenue] in Hillcrest that had four dispensaries. These were problematic,” Gloria said. “We need to have them not so close together with defined hours and signs, and other zoning restrictions.” Utilities undergrounding also came up in discussion, with parts of Mission Hills already seeing progress in the citywide project. Gloria said some mistakes have been made in the process in other areas,

which the City is trying to learn from so as not to repeat in Hillcrest, Normal Heights and North Park. “I think the Mayor’s going to help us out by agreeing to have open meetings so we can begin amending our undergrounding program,” Gloria said, adding that the entire process is going to take decades to complete. “There’s no preferential treatment,” he said. “My home is not scheduled to be undergrounded until 2032.” A San Diego County Airport Authority representative gave a slideshow presentation detailing ongoing, large-scale improvements to upgrade Lindbergh Field, including access to the airport at the Washington Street entrance. Construction at Lindbergh Field is currently being phased in now through 2015. Improvements include a new rental car center as well as improved shuttle bus service linking airport terminals. A board member of both SANDAG and the Metropolitan Transit Service (MTS), Gloria, when asked if there would be a trolley stop at Lindbergh Field, said: “The answer lies in bringing the airport to the trolley, rather than the trolley to the airport.” He said there are significant technical and logistical problems with locating the trolley directly at the airport terminal, suggesting it is wiser to provide improved shuttle service by bringing trolley users from stations directly to the airport. In other action at the Town Hall, the Mission Hills council thanked outgoing trustees Mark Fehlman, Richard Disraeli and Warren Shafer for their service, and Brooklyn Girl Eatery was honored with a Rose Award for business excellence. Brooklyn Girl opened mid-year 2012 and is located at 4033 Goldfinch St.u


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Attendees relax on the grass of Balboa Park at a previous EarthFair. (Courtesy EarthWorks)

Earth Day 2013 in peril City denies permits for April’s upcoming EarthFair By Morgan M. Hurley SDUN Assistant Editor

San Diego, represented by the office of Mayor Bob Filner, denied a permit application from San Diego EarthWorks for their 24th annual EarthFair, which takes place each spring in Balboa Park on Earth Day. This year’s fair is scheduled for April 22. The EarthWorks website says the City’s denial stems from upcoming changes to Balboa Park’s structure in advance of the park’s centennial celebration, and the liability issues construction would create. As part of the Councilapproved Plaza de Panama project, a bridge and parking structure will be built near the center of the park. Construction is scheduled to begin midFebruar y and end October 2014, depending in part on a current court case questioning the legality of the project. On Jan. 7, EarthWorks CEO Carolyn Chase, CFO Chris Klein and board member Ahouva Steinhaus secured a meeting with the mayor and his deputy chief of staff to address the future of EarthFair. After the meeting, which an update on the EarthWorks website called “productive,” the mayor issued a statement saying, “the City is making ever y effort to accommodate the event and at the same time provide a safe environment for attendees.” With “liability” deemed the main reason for the denial, Chase said her organization

already carries “the standard $2 million of liability required for special events all over the city,” and she said she is confident they can get more, if the City outlines the specifics so they can get a proper assessment. “I’m doing ever ything I can think of to move it for ward,” Chase said. “If it’s really about liability we can manage that. They want us to move to the west side of Balboa Park … but how does that improve the liability?” Filner was asked about the permit at the Jan. 9 Hillcrest Town Council meeting. “The Earth Day event is a great thing,” he said. “I have a long histor y with it and they have a long histor y in San Diego.” The mayor then told the group that prior to him taking office a decision was made that would affect all large events in the park due to the “incredibly large construction project” that the bridge and parking changes would create. A court challenge to that construction will be heard in early Februar y, leaving the project’s status currently in question. “[EarthWorks] were offered the west side, the Sixth Avenue side, … that has a different configuration [and] a different amount of grass and concrete, but they said no,” the mayor said. “If the liability is real, they will have to adapt.” Filner said he promised to look closely at the situation before making a final decision.u

and each day see more and more usage.” Subcommittee members at the Jan. 7 meeting questioned whether any vehicle parking would be replaced by bike corrals. They were told the loss would be nominal, with only a couple of parking spots affected. The planners also said bike corrals should be marked on the North Park Community Plan. “We should integrate them into the Community Plan going forward, knowing bicyclists and pedestrians are going to be a big focus of our identity,” said subcommittee chair Robert Barry. Following discussion, the board voted 7-0-1 to approve the new bike corrals. Landsberg also requested the group approve a parklet – a user-friendly urban amenity featuring benches and other features – to be installed in front of Caffé Calabria at 3933 30th St. She said creating the addition would require city approval. “Parklets are popping up in other cities and are very popular,” Landsberg said, adding they are “congruent with increased pedestrian activity.” Landsberg was asking for conceptual approval only, as the project has yet to be designed. Parklets take up space on the street as an extension of existing sidewalks, which “increases the ability for people to have a place to sit in urban areas,” Landsberg said. They are both paid for and maintained by adjacent business owners, and therefore would come at no cost to the City. “They are for public use,” Landsberg said. “It’s not


a private space for business owners to use only for their customers. It’s a public space for anyone to use.” She also said the business owners supported the idea, as they approached NPMS for the parklet. The subcommittee consensus was that they approve the concept of the parklet as a way to increase outdoor public space, providing a usable amenity accommodating needs of pedestrians. Initially approved for a three-year period, the group voted 8-0 in support of the concept. The subcommittee also continued work on a largescale, long-term project: updating the land use element of the North Park Community Plan. The plan is the blueprint for residential and commercial land use development and has not been revised since 1986. Barry said the idea is not to completely rewrite the plan, as commercial areas remain largely unchanged, but there have been some land use changes that should be identified for the next 25 to 30 years. Large, color-coded zoning maps were spread out on tables, and attendees inspected and discussed their details. Revision of the plan is an ongoing process likely to take a significant amount of time to complete. North Park’s Urban Design subcommittee currently consists of 14 members pulled from the North Park Planning Committee and community. The group reviews existing and upcoming planning, zoning and design development. Voting members at the January meeting included Barry, Cheryl Dye, Vicki Granowitz, Rene Vidalis, Carl Moczydlowsky and Roger Lewis. Seated community members were Kitty Callen and Rob Steppke. The group meets the first Monday of the month at the North Park Recreation Center, located at 2719 Howard Ave. The next meeting will convene on Feb. 4 at 6 p.m.u

What is a ‘parklet’? According to Wikipedia, a “parklet” is “a small urban park, often created by replacing several under-utilized parallel parking spots with a patio, planters, trees, benches, café tables with chairs, fountain(s), artwork, sculptures and/or bicycle parking.” Parklets have been installed in various urban areas around the country in recent years, including Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Though their function is the same, there is no “cookie cutter” design for a parklet; they are as vast and diverse as the communities they serve. In keeping with the Urban Village concept assigned to North Park throughout its history and documented in the 2007 picture book by Donald P. Covington, North Park Main Street Executive Director Angela Landsberg wanted to explore incorporating these urban parks locally. So last fall, Landsberg, with her assistant director and a few community members in tow, approached thenmayoral candidate Bob Filner at Caffe Calabria in North Park, where they hope to one day install one, and proposed the idea to both Filner and Caffe Calabria’s owner. Filner, who has publicly emphasized his support of the neighborhoods throughout

(Rendering courtesy Laurie C. Fisher, CA Registered Architect)

his campaign and in various press conferences since taking office, backs the idea. Landsberg said the process for the parklet “is a perfect example” of a “decision district,” a method that empowers a community to make their own decisions. It is too early in the process to have a design yet, but Landsberg is eager to work with the City and move the concept forward. “What we were waiting to find out from the city is their criteria, so that we could work within that framework with a designer,” she said. “That’s where we are right now. We want them to tell us … what we can do.” Various departments within the City are gathering the information needed and Landsberg is happy with the results so far. “[The different departments have] been doing just a great job of getting back to us with information on this and … have been really helpful, and

the mayor’s office assigned us a point person to get this concept rolling.” Landsberg hopes this helps people see North Park as an Urban Village, and not focus on the fact that two parking spaces have been removed, and rather focus on the bigger picture the opportunity paves for the community. “It’s a really important part of creating a village that is pedestrian and bike friendly – an environment that is not autocentric,” she said. “It’s going to encourage people to walk to the places they want to go to, … to bike, … to have eyes on the street, and have outdoor open space in an urban setting where we don’t have a lot of small pocket parks.” Note: The architectural rendering shown is a sample of what a “parklet” can look like, and is not associated with any design North Park Main Street are considering or reviewed. Currently the parklet for 30th Street is merely a concept at this point.u



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The role of Council President

By Council President Todd Gloria December 3, 2012 was a big day. I was sworn in for my second term as the Councilmember for District Three, started represent-

ing new communities and I was unanimously elected Council President by my colleagues. The role of Council President is relatively new to San Diego, and I am only the fourth in the City to hold the position. My predecessors Scott Peters, Ben Hueso, and Tony Young all helped shape the position, and I hope to further refine the role during my tenure. I would like to further strengthen the City Council as a legislative body and use my experience as the Budget and Finance Committee Chair to guide the Council in making fiscally responsible decisions. The position of Council President was added in 2006 with the implementation of the voterapproved Mayor-Council form of government. For most of the

City’s history prior to that point, San Diego functioned under a Council-Manager form of government, with the Mayor presiding over City Council meetings and a City Manager overseeing City operations and City staff. Under the Mayor-Council structure, the Mayor became the City’s Chief Executive Officer and assumed the authority and responsibility previously held by the City Manager. The City Council now acts as the legislative body and provides checks and balances to the Mayor. The City Council elects a Council President annually. As the Council President, I am the Council’s presiding officer, meaning I run the City Council meetings and set our agenda. I also oversee Council Committees. One of my first acts was to reorganize the Council Committee structure. I proposed creation

Scripps Health tips for early flu season Get vaccinated, check with your doctor if you feel ill With cases of seasonal flu on the rise across the country, Scripps Health is reminding Uptown residents of some basic tips for keeping influenza at bay and dealing with the illness if it strikes. “The early onset of the flu season this year might have caught some people off guard, but there is still time to get a flu shot,” said Dr. Anil Keswani, an internal medicine physician and Scripps Health corporate vice president of ambulatory care and population health management. “Vaccination, frequent hand washing and taking extra precautions around those who are ill are the best defenses against infection.” People who are 65 and older, children under 2, pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions (including asthma, heart disease, neurological conditions, blood disorders, a weakened immune system or are morbidly obese) face a higher risk of developing flu-related complications. “If you feel ill, I’d encourage you to check with your physician,” Dr. Keswani said. Scripps

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of an Infrastructure Committee to deal with the condition of our streets, sidewalks and public facilities. This critical issue was previously split between three committees, making significant progress difficult. I am confident that the new Infrastructure Committee, which is being chaired by Councilmember Mark Kersey, will greatly enhance the City’s approach to this challenging concern. Further, I proposed combining two committees with overlapping responsibilities to create the new Rules and Economic Development Committee, which is being chaired by Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner. I am honored to be the Council President and love my job representing District Three. I believe the additional responsibilities of the presidency only strengthen my ability to serve my district.u

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UptownBriefs BALBOA PARK ‘RE-IMAGINED’ THROUGH NEW MOBILE APP Interns from the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC) recently created a new mobile application called, “Set in the Park.” The app displays locations of the park that have been previously filmed and used for the silver screen. Other features of the app allow users to catalog mobile phone photos of the park and imagine their own scenes that could take place within the park’s 1,200 acres. Users can tour attractions that have appeared in movies as well as browse scenes and settings suited to the park’s diverse architecture and landscape. Visitors of all ages can use their phone’s camera to catalog locations and plan out a series of shots throughout the park that can be used as movie sets. The development of the app was made possible through a $15,500 Empowerment Grant from the Motorola Mobility Foundation. The Foundation supports U.S.-based nonprofits in their development of mobile apps to enrich the communities they serve. Developed and launched for Android devices with support from the Motorola Mobility Foundation, Set in the Park is free and currently available from Google Play. It is another example of Balboa Park’s growing mobile presence, which also includes a free guide on the Meridian app for iOS and Android devices and will soon launch a mobile version of balboapark. org. BPOC’s goal is to meet the needs of visitors by offering more creative and playful experiences and taking advantage of emerging technology. For more information on the BPOC and their projects, visit LESLEE EVANS RECEIVES L.I.O.N. AWARD FOR RESTORED CRAFTSMAN

Creative Futons owner Leslee Evans (left) received the L.I.O.N. Award from HTC Chair Luke Terpstra. (Photo by SDUN) Following a talk by Mayor Bob Filner, the Hillcrest Town Council (HTC) handed out a Let’s Improve Our Neighborhood (L.I.O.N.) award to Leslee Evans for her work restoring the Craftsman building at 3734 Sixth Ave. Evans, who owns the Creative Futons and Furniture store in North Park, opened this second location in Hillcrest after years of renovation. “Every detail, for two and a half years, has been thought through,” Evans said when accepting the award at the Jan. 8 HTC meeting. “There’s not one thing I didn’t touch in that house – not one – down to the custom-made stained glass … chandeliers. It’s amazing.” HTC Chair Luke Terpstra said he thought the building was going to be demolished before Evans took over, and encouraged people to stop by and look at the renovations. “It used to be a run down … encampment for people who didn’t have a home. That was a blighted problem. Leslee moved in there … and turned things around. We want to recognize her for this with a L.I.O.N award,” he said. At a ribbon-

cutting ceremony for the new store held Dec. 15, 2012, Evans said she was proud to be able to restore the home. The Hillcrest location will carry items for small homes and apartments, in addition to arts and crafts furniture, lamps and futons. “The history of that house is incredible,” Evans said at the HTC meeting. “It was a church in 1952 and sat empty for over 10 years. … One man owned it and three women. I’m the third woman.”

SANDAG INVITES PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT FOR REGIONAL PLANNING The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) invites the public to review the draft Public Involvement Plan (PIP) and make comments. The plan can be reviewed at http://www. projectid_428_15385.pdf and comments should be directed to david. The PIP will be used to support the development of a consolidated regional plan. It outlines a variety of opportunities for individuals, organizations, agencies and other stakeholders to provide input into the regional plan development process. Other outreach efforts include consultation with Native American tribes and partnerships with community organizations to engage low-income and minority populations, as well as public workshops, use of social media, visualizations and other practices to involve the public and receive input. SANDAG Board of Directors approved the merging of the updates from two primary documents, the Regional Comprehensive Plan and the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, into a single document back in May 2012. The new consolidated regional plan is to be adopted in 2015. For more information visit CARL DEMAIO TO CHAIR LOCAL, STATE REFORM GROUPS Former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio announced Thursday, Jan. 10 that he will now be heading two different reform groups, Reform San Diego and the California Reform Council. “I’m excited to take on these two new roles that allow me to continue to shine a big light on state and local government and hold both accountable to taxpayers,” DeMaio said in a released statement. Focusing locally, Reform San Diego is a “research and political advocacy group” that serves as a re-launch of DeMaio’s former San Diego Citizens Budget Project, which began in 2003 to explore the city’s financial problems and offer reforms to help balance the budget. DeMaio said his new focus with Reform San Diego will be to see that the city “stays on the course of fiscal reform, rather than sliding back to past practices.” One focus will be the implementation of Proposition B, the pension-reform initiative spearheaded by DeMaio and passed by voters in 2012. “We must hold the Mayor and City Council accountable for fully implementing the Pension Reform Initiative voters approved last year and implementing other reforms

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to transform how city departments serve our neighborhoods,” he said. DeMaio lost his bid for mayor to Bob Filner, who took office Dec. 3, 2012. California Reform Council is a part of the Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation, with a focus on reforming the state’s pensions using San Diego’s Proposition B as a model. DeMaio said the state faces a “pension tsunami,” claiming service cuts could occur through a “wave of municipal bankruptcies.” He will serve as chair for the Reform Council.

YOGURT SHOP ROBBERY SUSPECT SOUGHT Employees at the Hillcrest Golden Spoon yogurt shop were surprised by a man weilding a knife and demanding money on January 8, at 9:30 p.m. San Diego Police Department Robbery Unit detectives are still investigating and are looking for anyone who might have information about the suspect, who was described as a white male with a thin build, approximately 6 to 6 foot 3 inches tall, in his 30’s. He was wearing a green turtleneck pulled up over the lower half of his face and had short, light brown or dark blond hair. He was also wearing jeans and a dark blue jacket. The suspect left the scene with cash from the safe and was walking westbound on University. The robbery was captured on video, and copies are available at the customer service desk of SDPD headquarters on Broadway customer service counter. Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Diego Police Department’s Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.




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Uptown Crossword

LOCAL MAN WHO CLAIMED TO ‘CURE’ HIV CHARGED WITH PRACTICING MEDICINE WITHOUT LICENSE Keith Allen Barton has been charged with multiple felony counts, including treating patience without a medical license, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced Wednesday, Jan. 9. Barton claimed to be a medical doctor and that he could cure patients of cancer and HIV. He was arraigned in San Diego Superior Court on five felony counts, including additional charges of identity and grand theft. “By posing as doctor and charging thousands of dollars for a phony cure, this defendant showed callous disregard for his victims and the medical field,” Dumanis said in the release. In one instance, a woman paid Barton $18,000 to be treated after he promised to cure her and her children of HIV. One of the children died as a result of not receiving effective treatment. Not a licensed medical doctor, Barton does share his name with a real doctor in California, using that fact to fool potential patients. Barton pleaded guilty on all counts, and faces up to five years and eight months in state prison if convicted. Arrested Jan. 8, the DA’s office said there may be more victims and are asking for anyone with information to call them at 619-531-3507.

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A Touch of Gold

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Hidden in the heart of North Park:

Thomas Jefferson Elementary

Andy Hinds Parenting As is the case for parents everywhere, my playground small talk is pretty predictable. Being the dad of preschool-aged kids, I’ve had the same conversation everyone else has hundreds of times. It’s the one that starts: “Where are you sending them for kindergarten?” When I was a kid, I don’t think my parents and their neighbors had this conversation. Almost everyone sent their children to The School. You know, the one down the street. We live in the Morley Field section of North Park, and we love our neighborhood. Not only is it hip and exciting for adults, but it’s also an amazing place for our kids, with playgrounds, parks, nature trails, museums and family-friendly businesses all within walking or biking distance. But when I ask local parents where they are sending their kids to kindergarten or elementary school, they almost never reply “the one down the street.” The default public school that our kids would go to is Thomas Jefferson Elementary, also known – if at all – as the school behind the KFC. A lot of the parents I talk to have never seen Jefferson, much less considered sending their kids to it. It’s not that Jefferson has a bad reputation; it’s just that it doesn’t have much of a reputation at all. With all the different public school options that San Diego families have, the perfectly good schools in our own neighborhoods can sometimes get overlooked. When I started thinking about our choices for schools, I couldn’t find very much information about Jefferson. All the chatter online and at the playground was centered on magnets, charters and schools in nearby neighborhoods with better test scores, like McKinley Elementary and Birney Elementary. It wasn’t until a friend invited me to a meeting at the home of another family in the neighborhood that I started to under-

stand why no one had any first-hand intel on Jefferson. Not only did no one at this meeting of 20 or so families send their kids to this school, none of them even knew anyone who sent their kids there either. Some people at the meeting had looked at Jefferson’s demographics and test scores, and as we discussed them, a vicious cycle narrative emerged. The Jefferson zone is ethnically, economically and socially diverse, with housing that ranges from dense apartment complexes to stately historical homes. Though I meet all kinds of folks when I’m out with my kids, my experience suggests that there is a large and growing contingent of highly educated, professional, economically secure parents in the area. In a 2010-11 Accountability Progress Report, the statistics for Jefferson Elementary, however, show a student body that has only one “numerically significant” ethnic group: “Hispanic or Latino.” Over half of the students are “English language learners,” and 98.5 percent are “socioeconomically disadvantaged.” The standardized test scores that measure academic achievement are significantly lower than several similar schools. Local, middle-class parents who are heavily involved in their children’s education as well as a school’s performance and culture are dissuaded by these stats from considering Jefferson as a viable option, leaving seats at the school open for students from other neighborhoods whose parents do want to “choice in” to Jefferson rather than go to their own local schools, which have much more serious struggles. Thus, the demographics of Jefferson do not reflect the demographics of the neighborhood it is meant to serve, and despite physical and philosophical changes within the school, progress toward improving the statistics (i.e. test scores) that these parents put so much stock in, has been slow. Since that first neighborhood meeting, my wife and I have been active with the group Friends of Jefferson Elementary, holding meetings at the homes of members to discuss how we can help Jefferson become a school that would be a top choice for parents, as well as touring the school and attending events. We have met several times with the principal, Francisco Morga,

who has been enthusiastic about our involvement and excited about the improvements they have made at the school during his tenure, as well as the changes he sees coming down the pike. I had a chance to talk to San Diego Unified School District Board President Richard Barrera about Jefferson. He gave me a little history about the demographic disparity between the neighborhood and its school, and offered encouraging words for anyone who hopes that a few families can have a big effect on a school.

"If we could get a critical mass of local families to send their children to the neighborhood school and get these parents involved, we could bring about change."

– An Bui Barrera explained to me that decades ago, when the San Diego schools were ordered to desegregate, the thinking was that offering near-unlimited school choice would create more diversity in the classroom. The results, however, have been mixed and complicated. Some schools have become less segregated, and some, like Jefferson, have actually gotten more segregated or stayed the same. Meanwhile, children all over the district are taking buses or being driven right past their neighborhood schools as they commute to the one they have “choiced” into. Barrera said that there is a new focus in the district to address this situation, a “strategic process for quality schools in every neighborhood,” wherein resources and energy will be spent on improving neighborhood schools rather than on shuttling kids to schools outside of their zone. He emphasized that they do not want to limit the choices parents and students have, but would rather invest in schools to make them attractive to the families who live near them. When I asked Barrera why some schools not too far from Jefferson, in demographically similar neighborhoods, had higher test scores and a better reputation, he mentioned two factors: the International Baccalaureate (IB) program – a curriculum

focused on educating students as “global citizens” – and parent involvement. He said McKinley and Birney are very sought after and have well-established IB programs in place. They also have highly involved parents who are effective fundraisers. If you went to the incredible SoNo Park Holiday Fest and Chilipalooza this past December for instance, you witnessed the vision and organizational power of the McKinley Parent Teacher Club. The good news for Jefferson, Barrera said, is that they have now been certified as an IB school, and with increased parental involvement, there is no reason it can’t compete with any in the area. “McKinley and Birney have made great progress in the last five years,” Barrera said, “and I anticipate the same trajectory for Jefferson.” Jefferson’s principal is similarly upbeat about his school’s prospects. Morga said he is proud of the 37-point improvement in Jefferson’s Academic Performance Index during his four-year tenure. He attributes the progress largely to their involvement in the IB program, which started when he took over as principal. If there is a renaissance in the making at Jefferson, the most tangible evidence is its physical appearance. When you tour the school, Morga will excitedly point out all the details of the major renovations on the campus that have taken place over the past few years, and direct you to the model showing future improvements that will lend the school curb appeal. Aesthetics may seem a bit frivolous when thinking about fundamental problems in a school, but I thought about the way Jefferson looked five years ago: shabby and weather beaten, with a dustbowl for a sports field. It would have been almost impossible to convince me to send my kids to such a dreary place. Friends of Jefferson founder An Bui said it was her love of the neighborhood that led her to start the group. “The only thing lacking were good public schools for our children,” she said. “We became convinced that our best option was to improve our local schools. We felt the renaissance of the neighborhood school concept could be the catalyst for school improvement. If we could get a critical mass of local families to send their children to the neighborhood school and get these parents involved, we could bring about change.” Bui said the group’s main goals are to “increase the number of neighborhood children in attendance, to increase parent involvement, and to create foundation to fund enrichment programs and extracurricular activities.” For more information about Jefferson Elementary visit For information about Friends of Jefferson meetings and events, contact me or Bui at —Andy Hinds is a stay-at-home dad, blogger, freelance writer, carpenter and sometimesadjunct writing professor. He is known on the internet as Beta Dad, but you might know him as that guy in North Park whose kids ride in a dog-drawn wagon. Read his personal blog at Reach him at or @betadad on Twitter.u


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National Comedy Theater offers mind-boggling fun Mission Hills-based improv company offers shows, classes and workshops throughout San Diego By Cynthia Robertson SDUN Reporter

A great date night idea for these cold nights is to head out to the National Comedy Theater (NCT), nestled near the bottom of Mission Hills on India Street. The old Marquis Theater in the middle of International Restaurant Row houses the improv comedy company, and inside the walls of the small theater actors perform a virtual circus of word games and drop-of-the-hat skits. Gary Kramer, owner and operator of the company since 1999, bounded on stage in front of a recent audience, getting everyone revved up for a show full of belly laughs. Located at 3737 India St., NCT is a hybrid of comedy and theater. “If comedy and theater had a baby, we would be the redheaded neighbor,” Kramer said, and the cast of characters are all seasoned, comic actors. “We’ve never really defined them, and many of them defy explanation,” he said, laughing. The intellectual comedy, slapstick, jokes and storytelling mix together through clever and fast word association, and the cast has the uncanny talent of blending all those skills into a single focused performance. NCT has over 20 regular actors, with a handful performing for each regularly scheduled show. Thursdays through Sundays, NCT actors take the stage for up to eight shows, including a special midnight production the last Saturday of the month. Additionally, Kramer and the cast cater private events and teambuilding workshops, and offer workshops in improv, from beginning classes to those for developing advanced

characters and long-form improvisation. The weekly shows, however, appeal to a wide variety, from teenagers who want a chance to get up on stage to families looking for a fun night out. People come from all over Southern California to watch and participate, often reacting differently to the hilarity. “We want the audience to have a rollercoaster ride experience, where they don’t know what’s coming next, and where they laugh unexpectedly throughout the night,” Kramer said. “We like the idea of keeping the show above the belt, as it makes our performers work harder to be clever,” he said. “Our audience is comprised of people from all walks of life, from teens to seniors. It is our goal to present a show that is accessible to everyone, without having to resort to cheap laughs.” Improv comedy took off in the United States in the late 1950s, in part through the teachings and writings of Viola Spolin. She influenced the genre through the development of theater “games,” helping give rise to Compass Players and Second City in Chicago. Spolin is often taught in contemporary acting classes. Kramer became intrigued with the world of improv comedy almost by accident, he said. He took classes in Los Angeles, and after graduating in 1986, he said he really began focusing on the craft. “Part of actor training was improv, which I actually hated in school, to be honest,” Kramer said. After seeing his older brother in an improv comedy show, Kramer caught the bug himself and soon started training others.

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NCT owner and operator, Gary Kramer (Photo Daren Scott)

NCT’s Casey Gardner (Courtesy NCT)



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Tap This: The Art of the Brew RH Fleet Science Center ‘geeks out’ over making a great beer

Bourbon Street

4612 Park Blvd. (University Heights) • (619) 291-4043 Happy Hour: 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday

A taste of The Big Easy in Univers

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(Photo by Dr. Ink)


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Preceding the high-energy DJ shows, drag revues and open-mike karaoke that fill the weekly calendar at San Diego’s only New Orleans-style LGBT bar, a laid-back happy hour awaits as a warm up to the joviality. Bourbon Street Bar & Grill has blossomed like a sweet magnolia since it added a side patio with an outdoor grill and an alluring brick façade underscored by lamppost lighting. At the core of its layout is a cheerful indoor bar that leads to another one in the popular “backyard,” where flora and wrought ironwork mimic dozens of drinking spots found throughout NOLA’s French Quarter. Even before the wet underwear boys heat up the crowds on chilly Thursday nights in January, the atmosphere at sunset stimulated our senses with ample elbowroom and attractive discounts on drinks and food. Specialty cocktails like the pineapplecherry cobbler and vanilla-walnut mule, which normally cost $9, are punched down to $5 during happy hour (Tuesday through Sunday). A merrymaker in our

foursome gravitated to a couple of pintsized “fire apple” cocktails made with hard cider and a shot of spicy cinnamon whiskey. While the rest of us slugged various draft beers at $2 off their regular prices, we huddled at a table warmed by patio heaters and seized the $3 deals on sweet potato fries and cheesy Tater Tots with pancetta. The portions of each were groupsize, although for $7.95 we inadvertently stabilized our equilibriums further with a whopping pound of Buffalo-style chicken tenders available also in spicy mint, blood orange or sweet-n-sour sauces. Admittedly, we were intent on drinking more and eating less, but after adding a trio of carnitas tacos to our food lineup, the outing basically turned into a dinner-withdrinks affair, and at a good, low cost. The sound system on the back patio didn’t kick on until happy hour was nearing its end. Had the clubby house music started earlier, we might have been coaxed into imbibing with greater force, as though it was Friday night. Either way, Bourbon Street at happy hour is quieter compared to peak times, but equally as colorful and welcoming with its friendly staff and architectural charm, which all combined spares you the cost of a plane ticket to the Big Easy.u


Most of the specialty cocktails are made with fresh fruits and generous liquor pours. The beer list isn’t huge, but it contains a wide selection of styles.


The kitchen raises the bar on bar food with colorful street tacos, chicken BLTs and crafty burgers. Among the more common beer-friendly nibbles available are sweet potato fries and cheesy Tater Tots sprinkled with pancetta.


The savings on drink equate to nearly 50 percent, and food portions are surprisingly large in most cases, especially the one-pound servings of chicken tenders.


Bourbon Street’s young, easygoing wait staff is adept at interacting with festive customers, which means you can let down your hair a little.

By Logan Broyles SDUN Reporter

In a town famous for both the quality and quantity of craft brew choices, is it any surprise that even our museums showcase San Diego’s love of beer? Beer aficionados, amateur brewers and people simply looking to have some suds-soaked fun will flock to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park on Thursday, Jan. 24 for Tap This: The Art of the Brew. This 21-and-older beer-centric event will feature six local craft breweries, several in Uptown. Guests will get a chance to taste some of the best that Stone Brewing Co., Green Flash, Hillcrest Brewing Company, Helm’s Brewing, Mad Lab Craft Brewing and Monkey Paw have to offer. There will also be a full bar for those that want more than just beer. San Diego’s best and brightest brew-masters from these six establishments will also be in attendance, hosting panel discussions to give tips and tricks of the trade for how to make the best brews. There will also be interactive demonstrations with individual attendees so they can try some of the techniques for themselves. To complement the selection of beer, there will also be food available from local restaurants, including West Coast Tavern, Brazen BBQ and D Bar in Uptown. Stone Catering, Slaters 50/50 and Neighborhood will also offer tastings. “We have discovered the scientific formula for

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Three hours, six days a week allows ample time to soak in the New Orleans vibe. And the 8 p.m. cutoff feels more considerate compared to places that pull the plug on their deals any earlier, just as you’re revving up.

A line-up of tasters from Helm’s Brewing Company (Courtesy Helm's Brewing Co.)


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Crispy and authentic Buffalo wings (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

F R A N K S A B AT I N I J R . R E S TAU R A N T R E V I E W The city of Buffalo, N.Y. is famous for two things. One is white and cold and nobody wants to shovel it. The other is hot and crispy and rarely gets pushed away. For anyone accustomed to authentic Buffalo chicken wings, the recent arrival of New York Buffalo Wings in North Park might fluff your feathers. As a native Buffalonian who has wrestled with countless rubbery skins served outside of my hometown – finding them slathered oftentimes in harsh vinegary sauces – the “original-style” wings made here are blissful to the bone. The appendages are deepfried to an audible crisp and then cloaked accurately with the proper blend of butter and presumably Frank’s Hot Sauce, made just like where they were invented in 1964 at The Anchor Bar on Main Street in Buffalo. Bingo! Veering off course, however, is the requisite blue cheese dip that quells the sting of the hot sauce and compliments the celery and carrot sticks on the side. Instead, an unidentifiable, tan dressing speckled with black poppy seeds was served with the wings, leaving a friend and me to assume initially that it was a mistake. “We put just a little bit of blue cheese in the dressing,” said Manager Javier Rosales, adding that one of the company’s founders is from Buffalo. Not surprising, we were told the mystery dressing isn’t the co-founder’s recipe. And I’m guessing that Ranch dressing as a second option wasn’t his idea either. Buffalonians find that sacrilege. Truly, it’s either blue cheese dip or nothing. Resembling creamy Italian dressing, the poppy seed stuff found a much better home in a sprightly Buffalo chicken salad

that we ordered, which included banana peppers and generous pieces of boneless chicken coated in the electric-orange Buffalo sauce. Substantial-sized Caesar and Greek salads are also available. Some of the other wing flavors we tried stood fine on their own, requiring no dips at all. The lemon-pepper wings were zesty, with the citrus element presiding modestly in the form of a dried seasoning. Our honey barbecue wings were the sauciest and sweetest, although if you’re hankering for a smokier kick, the chipotle sauce delivers a classic Southwest heat that would give diehard fans of original wings more to think about. The classic Buffalo sauce can be ordered mild, medium, hot or very hot. The milder you go, the more buttery the flavor since the fat is added in higher proportions

to thin out the sauce. As for the wings, you can request them extracrispy, which guarantees that their skins will turn out as delicately brittle as potato chips. It’s worth the few minutes of extra wait time. Rosales takes credit for a secret technique used for making the company’s ribs, available in half or full racks. The meat easily flicked off the bones in big, succulent pieces sans any tough gristle. They’re dry-rubbed and marinated, then baked in some type of wrapping for about 90 minutes. That was all he revealed as we plowed through a half order that seemed to contain a few more ribs than what other places give you. Appetizers and side dishes

2940 El Cajon Blvd. (North Park) 619-501-8674 | Prices: Salads and appetizers, $2.99 to $9.99; chicken and ribs, $4.90 to $109 for large party orders such as jalapeno poppers, potato salad and coleslaw are outsourced. So are the onion rings, although their firm crispy batter and tender innards were no less satisfying than house-made versions. The casual, two-room dining room, painted in red and brown, spotlights New York City rather than Buffalo in various photos hanging on the walls. The theme is misleading considering that the wings found throughout The Big Apple, or anywhere outside of Buffalo for that matter, are usually off the mark. The name of the eat-

ery, too, is somewhat perplexing. If I had it my way, I’d call it “Buffalo, New York Wings” rather than “New York Buffalo Wings” to give my people the glory they deserve.u


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Battle at the Belly Up

Local chefs channel their inner rock stars to help fight domestic violence

(l-r) Josh Kopelman and Sam Zien to battle it out on stage for Center for Community Solutions. (Courtesy True Photography) By Logan Broyles SDUN Reporter

Some of the top chefs in San Diego will be leaving the kitchen and lending their skills as musicians to help fight domestic violence at the third annual Battle of the Chef Bands, held at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, Calif. It is no coincidence the event falls on a Monday – Jan. 28 – a day that is customarily the restaurant industry’s time off. Hosted by Josh Kopelman, publisher and founder of DiningOutSD, and local TV host and food aficionado Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien, proceeds from the 21-and-older event will support the Center for Community Solutions in their fight to raise awareness for and combat domestic violence in San Diego. The Center for Community Solutions (CCS) operates the only rape crisis center in all of San Diego, and also provides a 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline, emergency domestic shelters, hospital and court accompaniment, and legal and counseling ser vices for anyone that is the victim of rape or domestic abuse. The CCS also works with local schools and community groups to help promote awareness against domestic violence. Additionally, the nonprofit also organizes the annual Chef Showdown, an Iron Chef-like culinar y competition and fundraiser that will be held for the ninth time this September. “I’ve been the emcee of the CCS Chef Showdown for five years now, and when I was asked if I’d be part of the Chef Band event it was a no brainer,” Zien said. “People should come to this event because the CCS is a fantastic organization that works really hard to help women and children affected by domestic violence.”

Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien (Courtesy Sam Zien)

On top of that, Zien said, the Chef Band event is just plain fun. “I mean, how often do you get to see your favorite chefs come out from the kitchen, take off their whites and perform music live? I know many of the chefs that will be playing that night, and trust me, some of the performances will blow you away,” he said. Chef bands will be representing some of the city’s finest eateries, including Stone Brewer y, Jaynes Gastropub, Café Chloe, Venissimo Cheese, Richard Walker’s and Barleymash, among others. Eclipse Chocolate, Trumer Pilsner, St. Petersburg Vodka and DiningOutSD will award prizes for the best bands. There will also be great food provided by the Marina Kitchen, Sushi on a Roll, Nobu, Barrio Star, Wild Thyme Catering, Solace and Moonlight Lounge, Sadie Rose Baker y, Casanova Fish Tacos, Eclipse Chocolate, and Hodad’s. But don’t expect a bunch of people onstage banging pots and

pans, as these are real bands that will be playing their hearts out in order to help a ver y worthy cause. “When it comes to making either food or music, the common element seems to be creativity,” Zien said. “It’s not uncommon to see a chef with a side hobby that’s equally as creative as cooking, and music is often it. I played trumpet all through high school, and I’ll be doing ever yone a favor by not playing it that night.” Matt Gordon, chef and owner of Urban Solace in North Park and Solace and the Moonlight Lounge in Encinitas, will be kicking off some serious dust when his band “Who’s John Galt?” plays their first set in nearly 13 years. “Our band started in the mid ‘90s,” he said. “We all worked together at a restaurant in Flagstaff, Ariz. and spent a year or so playing there until ever yone graduated college that was in the band – except me – and wanted to move to a bigger city to see if we could make it big.” The group nearly did make it, even securing three days in a recording studio in Los Angeles to do a demo for RCA Records. Unfortunately for them things didn’t work out, but fortunately for San Diegans Gordon cultivated his passion for all things food related on the side; the rest is North Park culinar y histor y. While these chefs may not be quitting their day jobs anytime soon, for one night they will get to channel their inner rock stars while jamming on one of the greatest stages in Southern California. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. The Belly Up is located at 143 S. Cedros Ave. in Solana Beach. For more information and tickets, visit or call 858-481-8140.u



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Lincoln’s final hours

The iconic president’s attending doctor is portrayed in a one-man show

Hershey Felder as Dr. Charles Augustus Leale (Photo by Craig Schwartz)

By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theatre Critic

Even though Dr. Charles Augustus Leale was only 23 years old, Mary Todd Lincoln trusted the young surgeon, who was the first physician to reach dying president Abraham Lincoln after he was shot by actor John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC on Good Friday, April 14, 1865. Hershey Felder’s world premiere play, “An American Story for actor and orchestra,”

begins in 1932 during the Great Depression. Before launching into flashback, the then 90-year-old Leale (portrayed by Felder) explains that two things imbued in him by his father shaped his life. They were the love of medicine and the love of the theater. Having heard Lincoln deliver an address the previous week, the young surgeon went to Ford’s Theatre hoping to study the president’s face at closer range. He observed it at very close range as he attended the fatally shot Lincoln through the night. Shot in the back of his head, Lincoln succumbed early the following morning. Instead of backing himself on the piano, Felder employs an excellent ten-piece orchestra conducted by concertmaster Healy Henderson. Stephen Foster songs, such as “Beautiful Dreamer,” “Jeanie [sic] with the Light Brown Hair,” and “My Old Kentucky Home,” feature prominently in Felder’s score, expressing Leale’s feelings for the grieving Mary Todd and the mortally wounded president. Felder is responsible for the affecting orchestrations. Though the one-man show lasts only 90 minutes, the audience receives knowledge or reminders of many little known facts and hears the words of a “crazy” volunteer that visits the Union Civil War wounded in the U.S. Army General Hospital in Armory

Square. The oddball man holes himself up in corners and scribbles furiously. Of course it is Walt Whitman, penning his beloved poem “The Wound Dresser.” Comparisons might be made between Whitman and Leale, each comforting the wounded, in Whitman’s case everyman, and in Leale’s, the first U.S. president to be assassinated. Felder also creates comparison between the two assassination plots, one in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” and Booth’s co-conspirators, who planned to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward and Vice President Andrew Johnson as well, in hopes of bringing down Lincoln’s administration and bringing chaos in the North so that the South could rise again. Leale’s 21-page report on which “An American Story” is based was filed away and forgotten for nearly 150 years and only rediscovered in 2012 at the National Archives. Felder is also author and performer of the popular one-man shows “George Gershwin Alone,” “Monsieur Chopin,” “Beethoven as I Knew Him,” and “Maestro: Leonard Bernstein.” He is a highly entertaining storyteller and at heart, a teacher. This viewer/listener does not grieve banishment of Felder’s piano from “An American Story.” If the entertainer would work on vocal contrast, ameliorate the nasal qualities of his forte, and refine his

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highlights human rights films Human Rights Watch festival hopes to ‘create change in our global community’

Tuol Sleng at hands of Khmer Demonstrator in Putin's Rouge (Courtesy HRW) Kiss (Courtesy HRW) By Anthony King SDUN Editor

Leading off the Human Rights Watch Film Festival at Balboa Park’s Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) is the film “Call Me Kuchu,” documenting the struggle of the LGBT community in Uganda through the stories of five activists. Kuchu, which loosely translates to “queer,” is a term embraced by some LGBT people in Uganda and a rallying cr y for filmmakers Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall. The film screens Thursday, Jan. 24 at MOPA, with an opening reception at 6 p.m.

“Call Me Kuchu” profiles David Kato, shown with his mother before his death (Courtesy HRW)

The festival continues through Jan. 28, screening six films over five days in an effort to provide outreach and education as a part of the museum’s mission. “MOPA strives to inspire, educate, and engage our audience,” said Priscilla Parra, MOPA film and public programs manager. “Presenting a film festival like the Human Rights Watch Film Festival allows us to accomplish this, with the strength of cinematic excellence, in hopes to create change in our global community.” Additional films being screened include “Reportero,” which follows a Tijuana, Mexico-based reporter, and “The Invisible War,” a documentar y about

Myla Haider from “Invisible War” (Courtesy U.S. Army)

underreported rape in the U.S. militar y, two films Parra said she is particularly looking for ward to showcasing. “‘Reportero’ explores the risks and consequences of journalists who report on the Mexican drug cartels in and around our neighboring border city,” Parra said, and “‘Invisible War’ highlights a topic new and alarming to me.” Now in its third year presenting the Human Rights Watch festival, MOPA uses film and photography to educate and change minds, a central component to both nonprofits. “Film and photography have the ability to inform an audience by documenting

A still from “Reportero” (Courtesy HRW)

often unseen realities of turmoil and distress,” Parra said. “When you are confronted with the perspective of the lives and places being affected, the lens evokes emotion and action.” Following each screening, guest speakers and filmmakers will be present to discuss the film, offering attendees the chance to have a conversation about the topics they explore. “Call Me Kuchu” filmmaker Wright will join Human Rights Watch (HRW) LGBT Program Advocacy Director Boris Dittrich in a talkback discussion after the

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Barbarian at Soda Bar (Photo by Giovanni Barela)

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Already two shows into their four-show Monday night residency at Soda Bar in Normal Heights, local psychedelic surf-rockers Barbarian have made a name for themselves as a band to keep in your sights. New-music fans, local media and music experts have been taking notice of these San Diego State University alums ever since they put out their first recording just over a year ago. The band released their two-track digital album “Chromatose” in November 2011, and released their vinyl “Daze of Youth” this past fall, with a two-track digital version of the album available online. The record’s lead single, also called “Daze of Youth,” has been getting rave reviews. “Our music is a good eclectic mix of different sounds from different times,” said lead singer and guitarist Andrew Mills. “We have a cohesive sound but it’s almost different ever y time. We have that postpunk aspect but we also have that kind of surf vibe going on.” Mills and Seton Edgerton (lead guitar) formed Barbarian in 2011, based in part on home demos created by Mills in his bedroom “studio.” The duo soon added Dan Nichols on keyboard, Andrew Harner on drums and Phil Dupasquier on bass. “I really wanted to focus on making the live show before anything, before we had really even done any recordings. I just love the raw power of a full live band,” Mills said. “If you can have a band that’s dynamic and

you know you can trust ever ybody as musicians that’s special. I kind of write the initial songs and play rhythm and sing, and these guys are just amazing musicians playing on top of that so it’s a really good live show.” The group just signed to Canadian record label Loose Recordings, and is currently wrapping up a six-track EP they expect to release in Februar y or March of this year. “We originally did our first record [Do It Yourself] and I wanted the first form to be released in vinyl because that’s my favorite format,” Mills said. “Ever ything gets so lost in the digital world and it’s nice to have a physical copy.”

Slipping Into Darkness. “Cory Stier of Soda Bar called us up and bounced the idea around of doing a residency,” Mills said. “Cory worked with us to come up with a giant list of bands from [Los Angeles] and San Diego, and we made some calls and got a great lineup put together.” Mills said the band was glad to Stier gave them as much input as possible on what bands would be playing with them, and Soda Bar is a perfect venue for their music because of its intimacy. “It’s a good size, and has a communal vibe where you go there and run into tons of friends and musicians, and people that really care about music,” he said. The band played their very first show at Soda Bar in February 2012, so it seems poetic they will be getting a chance to use the stage again to perfect their live show. “The nice thing about the residency is that it isn’t like a normal show, where you only get thirty minutes and you’re … wondering which songs we should play,” Mills said. “Instead, we can chill and play ever ything, including testing out all of our new tracks.” During the entire residency, all Barbarian concerts are free. The shows start at 9 p.m., with doors at 8:30 p.m. “At first we were kind of hesitant because we didn’t want to overplay, but at the same time we really wanted to do it because it’s a great way for people to come out to a free show and support the local music scene, without getting turned off by a $5 cover.” For more information visit or call 619255-7224. For Barbarian, visit

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“I realized then that everything I had learned in school had been wrong, or at least badly taught, and I decided to teach in a different direction,” he said. Kramer first began teaching with a team in Bakersfield, Calif. and began directing in Santa Barbara, Calif. in 1991, eight years before taking over the Mission Hills company. He currently resides in Downtown San Diego. An important part of NCT’s mission, Kramer said the public workshops include people from all walks of life. “We’ve had doctors, lawyers, counselors and teachers take our workshops, all with an eye towards being able to respond quickly to changing situations, thinking quickly, speaking extemporaneously and generally looking at things slightly differently,” he said. While the theater is located in Mission Hills, Kramer and his team will conduct workshops and special events throughout

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Tips from an Olympian: visualize your success

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Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian that has ever lived. He probably knows a thing or two about creating successful habits, wouldn’t you say? Bob Bowman has been Michael Phelps’ swim coach since Phelps was 7 years old. Bowman believed that for swimming, the key to victory was creating the right routines or habits. Beginning during Phelps’ teenage years, his coach would tell him at the end of each practice to go home and “watch the videotape. Watch it before you go to sleep and when you wake up.” The videotape wasn’t real. Rather it was a mental visualization of the perfect race. Phelps would visualize every detail: the water dripping off his lips, the wake behind his body and what it would feel like to rip his cap off at the end. He would do this every night and every morning

with his eyes closed, until he knew each second by heart, a habit that became automatic. Good thing. The following is from Charles Duhigg’s book, “The Power Of Habit.” “Beijing, 2008: It is 9:56 a.m., four minutes before the race’s start. Phelps stood behind his starting block, bouncing slightly on his toes. When the announcer said his name, Phelps stepped onto the block, as he always did (and envisioned thousands of times), and then stepped down, as he always did. He swung his arms 3 times, as he had before every race since he was 12 years old. He stepped up on the blocks again, got into his stance, and, when the gun sounded, leapt.” † Phelps knew something was wrong as soon as he hit the water. There was moisture inside his goggles. He couldn’t tell if they were leaking from the top or bottom, but as he broke the water’s surface and began swimming, he hoped the leak wouldn’t become too bad. By the second turn, however, everything was getting blurry. As he approached the third turn and final lap, the cups of his goggles were completely filled. Phelps couldn’t see anything: not the line along the pool’s bottom or the black “T” marking the approaching wall. He couldn’t see how many strokes were left. For most swimmers, losing your sight in the middle of an Olympic

final would be cause for panic. Phelps was calm. Everything else that day had gone according to plan. The leaking goggles were only a minor deviation, but one for which he was prepared. He had mentally rehearsed how he would respond to a goggle failure. As he started the last lap, Phelps estimated how many strokes the final push would require – 19 or 20, maybe 21 – and started counting. He felt totally relaxed as he swam at full strength.

Visualization is one of the most powerful tools you can use to help your individual goals, no matter how big or small they are. Midway through the lap he began to increase his effort, a final eruption that had become one of his main techniques in overwhelming opponents. At 18 strokes, he started anticipating the wall. He could hear the crowd roaring, but since he was blind, he had no idea if they were cheering him or someone else. Nineteen strokes, then 20. It felt like he needed one more. That’s what the videotape in his head said. He made a huge stroke, number 21 and, glid-

ing with his arm outstretched, touched the wall. He had timed it perfectly. When he ripped off his goggles and looked up at the scoreboard, it said world record next to his name. He’d won another gold. After the race, a reporter asked what it felt like to swim blind. “It felt like I imagined it would,” Phelps said. I love this story because it is real life proof that visualization and creating the right habits can carry us through. Visualization is one of the most powerful tools you can use to help keep you focused on attaining your individual goals, no matter how big or small that they are. Habits define your day, your life and your tomorrow. If you can harness control of your daily habits, the sky is the limit to what you can accomplish. Clear visualization is the key to creating and sustaining healthy habits, from highly decorated athletes down to someone who is trying to get to the gym four days a week. My tip for the week is to put together your own “videotape” of a new habit that will help you next time there is an urge to reach for the cookies in the freezer. For five minutes before you fall asleep, visualize yourself performing this new habit, right down to the tiniest detail. Remember, the hardest habits to form are habits such as not having a glass of wine before bed because you are replacing an action – drinking wine – with nothing. To add to your chances of success, replace a bad habit with a good one

and focus and visualize on the good one. Instead of wine, try a glass of lemon water, for example. —Brian White owns BWF, San Diego’s Premier Training Service located in Hillcrest. He runs boot camps in Balboa Park and trains clients in Diverge Gym. Go to youshouldbedoingit. com to read his blog, or take his seven-day video challenge to get back into healthy habits. Contact Brian at or on his website. † Excerpt used with permission of the author. Learn more about Duhigg and “The Power of Habit,” or click to purchase the book at the author’s website:

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Jan. 24 screening. “We selected this movie because it’s such a clear picture of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity,” Dittrich said. “We want to show this film in a mainstream … festival because we don’t want to talk only to the LGBT community, we want to show other people as well what it is like to be discriminated [against].” One activist highlighted in the film is David Kato, who was murdered in 2011 for being gay. Dittrich visited Kato before his death, and the HRW director said he was saddened by Kato’s murder. “It was in a time that he really had hopes and expectations that things would improve in Uganda,” Dittrich said, “and unfortunately, after his murder, we see homophobia has become stronger and more ardent.” Wright and Zouhali-Worrall began filming a year before Kato was murdered, and the film provides some of the last and most detailed footage of the activist’s life. He is profiled with his closest friend, Naome Ruzindana; Bishop Christopher Senyonjo; Stosh, a female-to-male transsexual; and Longjones, a kuchu activist compelled to come out after Kato’s death. “Over the course of two years, we documented the daily lives and courageous work of David and his fellow kuchus,” Wright and Zaouhali-Worrall said in a statement. “In telling this crucial stor y, we explore the paradox of democracy in a countr y

The “Streamline Moderne” architecture of the 1930s is clearly visible underneath the outer façade that has been ripped away. (Photo by Gregory May) want to continue with the current scope of work then a full Historical Resources Research Report evaluating the 1937 architectural design elements of the structure (which have been revealed recently from the partial demolition work that took place) under all the resource criteria would be required.” Whether or not Walgreen Corp. will move forward with the construction is still to be seen but after years of disputes over the use of this location, the cofounders of HHG have their preference. “What [we] hope will happen is that Walgreen will recognize that it would be a win-win for them and the neighborhood to use that building and that façade as their new Walgreens and it will be a wonderful addition to the neighborhood,” they said. South Park resident and Registered Architect Laurie C. Fisher sees the significance of the original building. “The concept of ‘modern’ is, ironically, timeless,” Fisher said. “The geometry and clean lines allow modern to be interpreted and re-interpeted as time goes on. The Streamline Moderne aesthetic can and should be easily incorporated into the [Hillcrest] design; for a drugstore chain that began at the debut of the 20th century, I think it’s especially appropriate.” When reached this week for comment, Walgreen Corporation would not answer any specific questions but replied with a simple statement. “Construction has stopped at this location,” said Vivika Panagiotakakos, Walgreen Corporate Communications spokesperson. “We look forward to working with the community and plan to open later this fall.” For historical information about 301 University, visit, pick up one of their books or visit

where a judiciar y recognizes the civil rights of individual kuchus, yet the popular vote and daily violence threaten to eradicate those rights altogether.” At the time, a new antihomosexuality measure that has since been dubbed the “kill the gays bill” was being introduced. Exploited by the Ugandan media, the bill proposes death for all HIV-positive men and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual. The bill has gone back and forth in Uganda’s Parliament and is currently being discussed, making the screening of the film at MOPA’s festival particularly timely. “When you watch this film, you cannot just go home and forget,” Dittrich said. “You want to do something. You feel engaged, and you want to help people.” For Dittrich, listening to people’s life stories is one of the best aspects of his job, which takes him around the globe to some of the most dangerous places for LGBT people. “When I go to these very difficult countries where LGBT people are extremely discriminated [against], what I love doing is talking to them and listening to their stories,” he said. “Sometimes, I’m the first one who really wants to listen to them because they live in an environment where everyone is homophobic.” Including Uganda, Dittrich said there are over 76 countries that criminalize homosexual conduct. Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill resonates in those nations as well, however he also said he sees hope when he talks to individuals about advances in LGBT rights in places like the United States.

“In their context, they talk about ‘don’t torture me, don’t discriminate against me [and] don’t throw me in jail,’” he said, but they remain inspired to “fight for social injustice.” The three other festival films include “Putin’s Kiss,” a personal look at the Kremlin-created Nashi youth movement through the eyes of a Russian teen; “Salaam Dunk,” documenting an Iraqi women’s basketball team; and “Brother Number One,” Rob Hamill’s story of his brother’s death at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Tickets for individual films are $4 for MOPA members, $6 for students, seniors and active military, and $8 for guests. Festival passes are also available. For more information visit

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BRIEFS NEW MAJORITY LEADER ATKINS RECEIVES KEY ASSIGNMENTS Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez handed Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins key committee assignments, including the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and the Agriculture Committee. The Audit Committee is comprised of members of both the Assembly and the Senate, and serves as a “watchdog” group ensuring “fiscal responsibility and performance accountability by state programs,” a release stated. Atkins’ office said the Agriculture Committee is of high importance to San Diego County, as the county has the 12th largest farm economy in the nation, with an annual value of $5.1 billion. San Diego is home to more small farms and part time farmers than any other county in the United States. Atkins will continue to serve on the Health, Housing and Community Development,


and Veterans Affairs committees. The new assignments are effective immediately, with the legislature beginning the new session Monday, Jan. 7.

ST. PAUL’S SENIOR HOMES & SERVICES HOSTED ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST The 12th annual Legislative Breakfast was held on Dec. 14 at St. Paul’s Villa. The breakfast, held for city, county, state, and nationally elected officials and their staffs, was to inform local legislators and highlight the top legislative priorities for 2013. Keynote speaker Jennifer Litwak cited the success of Blitz Week San Diego, a program which helped 100 homeless people get immediate housing for up to 90 days while they receiving the help they needed as well as assistance in finding meaningful work. According to a press release, the breakfast also informed legislators of subsidized senior housing with current wait lists of two to five years, while many older senior housing projects are coming to the end of their low income restrictions. The release listed

the top legislative priorities for 2013. Housing with services was identified as the first item, including the development of a statefunded program for low-income seniors, disabled and veterans; ensure existing HUD housing stock is restrained, and restore/replace redevelopment funds. Health care was the next priority, to include the implementation of the new health care agenda without “crushing providers.” Economic was the third item on the list of priorities, with a specific clause that called the legislators to ensure that the tax deduction incentive for “charitable giving” remains. For more information on St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services visit

SOUTH PARK ANNOUNCES A YEAR OF FESTIVITIES The charming and historic neighborhood of South Park will be hosting several special events during 2013. The first event, Wild West Spring Walkabout, will take place March 23 from 6 to 10 p.m. South Park merchants invite the public to explore new eateries, browse colorful shops and galleries and enjoy music and other entertainment. The Walkabout also highlights the annual Beech Street Buckaroo BBQ. On June 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the 15th Annual Old House Fair is a free event that welcomes thousands to South Park’s 30th and Beech Streets to enjoy home tours, browse shops of art and antiques, and enjoy music and food. The Summer of Love Walkabout will take place July 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. from Kalmia Street to Beech Street. Shops will be open late with specials, entertainment and surprises. On Oct. 5 the Artoberfest 2013 Walkabout will fill the shops and sidewalks of South Park with artwork by local artists, music, specials and more from 6 to 10 p.m. The last event on the calendar is the Twinkle, Twinkle Mix & Mingle Holiday Walkabout on Dec. 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy festive lights, seasonal music, unique holiday shopping, strolling carolers and more. For more information on these and other events in South Park, visit

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Moreno went into business with her father. They purchased the restaurant in the heart of Hillcrest from Patrick and Donna McLoughlin, a married couple who had owned the building since 1982. Moreno had worked in San Diego-based restaurants for years, including Houlihan’s, where she met her husband more than 20 years ago. Her father, a food-lover in his own right, had been in business with Foodmaker Inc. for years, running six local Oscar’s Drive-In locations in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1979, he left the carhop diner business behind to branch out on his own. “I’ve learned everything I know about restaurants from him,” Moreno said. “My dad is a young 80 years old now, and he works one day a week at the cafe. He still helps with everything.” Moreno said her father can be seen chatting with customers, overseeing the kitchen or bussing tables. Her cousin, Ruben Medina, oversees the kitchen as manager. They are just two of the familiar faces patrons will often see at Crest Cafe. Moreno herself is constantly at the restaurant, another reason why she said she believes her business has had longevity. “My family is very hands-on, so we’re here every day. That’s part of owning a restaurant. Being present, involved and invested in the people and community around us is very important,” she said. To that end, Moreno said she requires her small, close-knit staff to act as knowledgeable “ambassadors of Hillcrest,” and keep up with anything and everything happening in the community. She herself is a member of the Hillcrest Business Association, helping to keep a finger on the pulse of the Uptown neighborhood. “If a customer comes in and wants to know where to park, or where to shop or where the farmers' market is, we should be able to share those details,” she said. “We’re proud of our neighborhood and everything that makes it so great.” Moreno attributes much of the cafe’s success to her staff. She said employees tend to stick around for a long time, which is comforting for regular patrons as well. She said one of the best things about being in business for 30

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Owner Cecelia Moreno surrounded by her loyal staff, many who stay on for years. (l to r) Thomas Smith, Wade Montgomery, Faustino Chavez, Moreno, Fabiola Flores, Tom Gochenour and Cesar Vazquez (Photo by Bryan Oster)

years is that she can remember the face and name of everyone that has ever worked at Crest Cafe. She has also been able to essentially grow up with some of her frequent customers, seeing them through different stages of life. “I’ve literally seen people go from highchair to marriage. That really puts things in perspective,” Moreno said. “I feel lucky and humbled that we’ve been around for this long.” With 30 memorable years under her belt, the journey continues for Moreno and Crest Cafe. This year, she said she plans on introducing new menu items and specials, which are always on rotation at the restaurant. This includes new prix-fixe menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Moreno said the eatery is also offering “all menus, all the time,” which means – depending on patrons’ preferences – hamburgers in the morning and a pancake breakfast at night. “Something about eating pancakes for dinner makes you feel good. It reminds you of living at home with mom,” she said with a laugh. In April, Moreno said she hopes to host a celebration at the cafe that

includes special prices on menu mainstays. With inspiration from her father, she is also working to create a small-bites menu catered to folks who prefer light snacks and smaller portions. No matter what, Moreno said variety will remain a staple at the eatery, with an extensive menu boasting both comfort food and new, unique dishes. “I’m easily bored, so I’m always looking for ways to expand the menu and try new things,” she said. “We like spice and interesting flavor combinations. That works for us.” But regulars who order their “usual” at the cafe need not worry. Moreno said fan favorites that have been on the menu for decades, including the Honey Glazed Porkchops, Chicken Tortilla Soup and The Hangover Omelette, will continue coming from the kitchen. After all, consistency is key, and you can bet Moreno, her father and the longtime staff will be on the other end of those dishes – cooking, garnishing and


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San Diego Uptown News  

January 19, 2013 edition. News for the neighborhoods in the north areas of the city of San Diego, CA

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