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It takes a village to raise a TargetExpress

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Discount retailer may face community review process By Hutton Marshall | Editor

Hopping in for the street fair

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Hip and historic North Park The President's Conference Council (PCC) Streetcar 525 on the number 2 line (same as the MTS Bus route today) makes its way north across Switzer Canyon in the 1940s. (Courtesy San Diego Electric Railway Association)

A dozen decades shown through rare, vintage photographs By Morgan M. Hurley | Contributing Editor

Cardamom before dusk

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Over 100 years before North Park became the metropolis filled with hipsters, art, craft beer, throwback video games, coffee houses, clubs and restaurants that it is today, it was nothing more than dirt and trees as far as the eye could see. Thanks to a dozen or more locals — some who have lived in North Park their entire lives — a pictorial history of North Park, with over 200 rare and vintage photographs tracing all the way back to those days of dirt, has just been released. “San Diego’s North Park,” part of Arcadia Publishing Company’s “Images of America” series, is a 127-page softcover book that tells the story

of one of San Diego’s oldest and most beloved neighborhoods, mostly through rare and vintage photographs. The North Park Historical Society (NPHS), a 501(c)3 made up of over 50 members and led by a dedicated, 12-person all-volunteer board, steered the project under the guidance of the publisher. This new offering is not to be confused with longtime local historian and San Diego State professor Don Covington’s larger, ring-bound “North Park: A San Diego Urban Village.” That book was first published in 2007, four years after its author’s untimely death. While Covington’s book only cov-

Earlier this month, Target Corp., the nation’s second largest discount retailer, announced plans to open a location in the mid-city neighborhood of South Park. The corporation will open a TargetExpress, a miniature version of a typical Target outlet, at 3030 Grape St., the current site of Gala Foods, which will close after 26 years on Oct. 18. Through a commercial real estate broker, Gala Foods owners, who plan on retaining ownership of the property and leasing it to Target, also plan to put a second, smaller building on the same parcel as TargetExpress. Such a building likely wouldn’t be open until late 2016, said the brokers, Flocke & Avoyer. Target’s lease is expected to begin in November after the current store shutters. It will then undergo interior renovations before opening in July 2015, according to their press release. The timeline for the future of the

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Local brewery teams up with Autism Society By Jen Van Tieghem When summer rolls around in sunny San Diego, a simple rite of passage is on the mind of many children and families: going to camp. But for families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the cost and logistics of summer camp are not so simple. With that in mind, the Autism Society San Diego started Camp Including Children with Autism Now (Camp I CAN) in 2002. “I was one of the original founders of Camp I CAN,” explained Shirley Fett, executive board member and former president of the Autism Society San Diego. “I have two sons with autism myself … When my boys were younger, over a decade ago, I was starting to try and find camp programs for them. This camp was born out of a

Panama 66 brings craft beer and local fare to Balboa Park By B.J. Coleman

Camp I CAN is designed and operated exclusively for kids and teens with ASD. (Courtesy Autism Society San Diego)

need that I saw for myself as well as lots of other parents.” That need includes a camp with a low staff-to-camper ratio and oneon-one supervision at times. All staff

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The courtyard garden outside the San Diego Museum of Art now houses the third restaurant from the talented quartet that brought us Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights then Tiger!Tiger! in North Park. The grand opening of Panama 66 on the Balboa Park museum grounds was held in midSeptember, with hours of operation now extended into the early evening on most nights and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Panama 66’s outdoor seating falls in the shadow of Balboa Park’s Museum of Man. (Photo by Hutton Marshall) The four restaurateurs behind Panama 66 are Jeff Motch, his wife Clea Hantman, and Lee and Jennifer Chase. The two couples met by happenstance in 2008 and soon learned that they shared passions for the arts, craft beer, locally grown food and bicycling. A soft opening for training servers and perfecting the menu brought Panama 66 to life on July 5 with limited daytime hours. By the end-of-summer grand opening,

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members have prior experience working with children with ASD. The camp runs for eight weeks with a new group of children — ages 6–17 years old — attending each week. It is currently held at two YMCA locations: Toby Wells in Kearny Mesa and Palomar Family in Escondido. This year, Camp I CAN served about 120 children with ASD.

Ales for Autism attendees will take home a souvenir taster glass. (Courtesy Autism Society San Diego)

“We created the camp with a bunch of activities we know kids with autism really like to do,” Fett said. “Kids with autism usually don’t like to sit in a group doing art projects all day. [Campers] go on community-based outings everyday. They go to theme parks like Legoland or Chuck E. Cheese. They go to Birch Aquarium. They’re going to be busy every day.” Hiring a sizable team of qualified staff and funding numerous outings isn’t cheap, however. “The raw costs — gross costs if you will — for camp are about $700 per child, which is cost-restrictive for most families,” Fett said. “We tr y to raise enough money so that families end up paying only what they would for a typical camp that others would pay for. We also have financial aid for those [who] can’t afford that [and] tr y to offset the costs with fundraising.” Fundraising for Autism Society San Diego is a constant process highlighted by events that seek the community’s involvement. In soliciting donations for one such event Fett came across Mike Hess Brewing. “Mike Hess asked ‘Have you thought about doing a fundraiser at our location?’” Fett said. “They opened the door for us and said ‘Yeah we’d be willing to partner with you guys.’ This [type of event] has been on our list of todos for a few years and then this opportunity came up.” The Autism Society San Diego organized a committee for the event comprised of volunteers and board members with Fett as co-chairperson. As all proceeds from the first ever Ales for Autism are committed to Camp I CAN, Fett stressed the positive impact that the camp has on children and families. “It has meant so much to all of us,” mother Jenny Wirth wrote in a letter about Camp I CAN. “My son feels included, welcomed, befriended and liked ... that is priceless. [Camp] gives my child a place to feel safe and bloom … It gives me a little respite because I know he is safe.”

The Ales for Autism committee’s efforts will come to fruition on Tuesday, Oct. 7 with their inaugural event starting at 5 p.m. at Mike Hess Brewing’s North Park tasting room, located at 3812 Grim Ave. Advance tickets are only $25 and include four tasters of Mike Hess beers, as well as dinner and dessert from the New Orleans Food Truck parked out back. Attendees will also receive a souvenir tasting glass and the chance to win door prizes throughout the night. If the event doesn’t sell out, tickets at the door will be $30. On top of all that, Mike Hess Brewing will donate 10 percent of his sales for that entire day to the nonprofit. The planning committee has also organized a silent auction, which will feature prize baskets with donations from local businesses, including Coles Fine Carpets, Cohn

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Restaurant Group, Starlite Lounge, West Coast Tavern, Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream, Splash Wine Lounge, Waypoint Public and many others. “We are really excited about the response to the event so far,” stated committee member and Autism Society San Diego board member Angela Aiello. “We have already sold half of the available tickets and have gotten some great donations for the silent auction; it seems the San Diego craft beer culture pairs really well with community giving. If this fundraiser is successful, we hope to do more Ales for Autism events in the future.” For more information and to purchase tickets to Ales for Autism, visit autismsocietysandiego.org. —Contact Jen Van Tieghem at Jen@sdcnn.com.u

Autism Society San Diego hopes to expand Camp I CAN through fundraising. (courtesy Autism Society San Diego)

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California legislators put water bond to the voters By Doug Curlee California legislators have provided the state’s voters with the chance to decide whether the decision to pass a 7.5 billion dollar bond to repair California’s decrepit water system was a wise choice or not. The bond issue will appear as Proposition 1 on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. Legislators say they think the bond issue will pass, if for no other reason than the fact that the ongoing drought the state is embroiled in will make up their minds for them. Although the state Senate passed the bill 37-0 and only two Assembly members voted against it, that does not mean there is unanimous support for all of the issues in that bond. There were compromises made all through the yearlong process that upset as many people as they made happy. Three questions will dominate the debate as it moves toward Election Day: Who’s in favor? Most of what’s called the water bureaucracy in California is in favor of the bond

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TARGET site depends on whether the city requires ministerial review or discretionary review of the changes. Ministerial review is a relatively straightforward process of submitting documents and obtaining rubber-stamp approval from the city. Discretionary review is a far more arduous and time-consuming process that often requires community input, public hearings and votes. The property is located in a commercial zone that makes discretionary review likely for commercial developments — even when a new tenant plans to use the location for the same purpose as their predecessor — if they make changes to the site. Lynda Pfeifer, a spokesperson for the city’s Development Services Department, said the degree of review will not be determined until Target submits their plans to the city. A Target spokesperson declined to answer questions about specific changes the company would make to the space, or when it would submit plans for city review. Laurie Fisher, a local architect with 15 years of experience in the area, said that based on her experience, discretionary review

issue’s passage. Most of the state’s water districts, including the San Diego County Water Authority, have come out in support of the measure. There is an umbrella organizations of those agencies, the Association of California Water Agencies, which will no doubt bring in public support of the measure. Since agencies like SDCWA are public agencies, they cannot contribute money or take active roles in the Yes on Proposition 1 campaign. This is not to say that individuals associated with the public agencies cannot take individual roles, including personal financial roles. They can, and many will. Who’s against it? No one is predicting a landslide victory, because there is still a lot of opposition to the measure in the north central and northern parts of the state. Longtime observers will recall that a north-south split was the major reason the proposed Peripheral Canal was defeated at the polls back in the 1980s. In truth, much of that opposition is centered in the areas generally surrounding the old and fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which is the hinge point for moving

water from the north to the south. It’s hard to determine whether the opponents fear this bond issue and what it might bring, or whether their complaints are more aimed at Gov. Jerry Brown’s ambitious $25 billion plan to build two freeway-sized tunnels underneath the Delta, to make it easier to ship water from the Sacramento River south without damaging the Delta further. The bond issue apparently contains absolutely no mention of — and no money for — anything to do with the tunnels. There is also opposition in the north and central coastal areas, where some water officials say storage facilities — dams and reservoirs — for them were left out completely. One new dam and reservoir, the Sites Dam, is slated for Northern California, near Colusa, and another at Temperance Flat, northeast of Fresno. They will account for $2.7 billion of the $7.5 billion called for in the ballot measure. That leaves almost $5 billion to be spent on a laundry list of other water-related projects to make the state’s water supply more stable and available in the future. What’s in it for San Diego? Quite a bit, actually, and very little of it for surface storage of water. San Diego County is in pretty good shape for dams and reservoir capacity. Having doubled the capacity of San Vicente, the dam at Olivenhain, Sweetwater Reservoir and other areas here, we have places to put water. We just

www.sdcnn.com need the water to put in those places. We also have hundreds of thousands of acre feet of water through the deal with Imperial Irrigation District and the Carlsbad Desalination plant coming online next year. The bond issue would provide money statewide for water recycling, including drinkable and non-drinkable water reclamation and purification. It would provide funding for integrated regional water management projects, including groundwater storage, recharging our depleted underground aquifers and the like. A large number of water-related projects called for in the ballot measure would directly benefit our region, and San Diego will have a fair shot at a lot of that money. Our region will qualify for about 11 percent of that $7.5 billion. Bonus: Will all this happen quickly if the bond is passed come Nov. 4? No. Passage of the Proposition on Nov. 4 will not mean that people will start moving dirt and building dams the morning of Nov. 5. It will be a tough slog setting up the various boards, commissions and entities that will eventually govern all of this spending, and it will be more involved — and political — than you’d like to believe. That story next month. —Contact Doug Curlee at doug@sdcnn. com.u

Even in ministerial review, the bers have pointed to the intersecwill likely be required because of city can require developers to protion of Fern and Grape streets, an the zone it's located in. vide community amenities. Fisher already problematic four-way stop “I worked with a restaurant in said the city could potentially stretched around one corner of the area where all they did was require Target to mitigate any the proposed site. paint the exterior and change impacts it might have on traffic. “I’m assuming a TargetExthe sign, and we still had to go Since the Gala Foods building press is going to draw people from through the planning group,” is more than 45 years old, a historiDowntown; it’s going to draw Fisher said. cal review will also likely Council President be required on the site. Todd Gloria, who repreIf anything is deemed sents South Park on the historically significant City Council, released about the site, it could a statement saying that limit what Target could from a preliminary alter about the space, standpoint, it did not although the corporaappear discretionary retion stated that it does view would be required. not plan to change the Because TargetExpress exterior façade. will not change the use of the store, it will likely Extra baggage only require ministerial Gala Foods owner review. Saad Hirmez told U-T “Since this is not a Gala Foods will be converted into a TargetExpress after closing San Diego that the regular model for the down in late October. (Photo by Hutton Marshall) large amount of renovacompany, the template people from Bankers Hill and Hillwill not mirror the standard tions needed on the site motivated crest,” Fisher said. “So it would company format, and they will him to lease out the property. He significantly increase the traffic at be incorporating some creative estimated the cost of such renovathat intersection, that’s my main elements within the store,” Gloria tions would fall between $3 and $4 concern. I would hope that they stated. “I have asked that they million. require them to do a traffic study reach out to the community and What may further complicate and explain how they’re going to provide additional information matters for both Hirmez and Tarmanage all the traffic coming to about the project. As this process get are the three other businesses the store.” moves forward I will continue to that currently operate on the plot: In Gloria’s statement, he said engage with Target to ensure that a recycling center, a food truck the burden of mitigating potential the community’s voice is heard.” and a drive-thru coffee stand. traffic increases would not fall on Fisher’s biggest concern with Fisher said code complaints the space is its potential impact on Target, because the there is no were submitted to the city regard“change of use” on the property. traffic. Many community meming the recycling center and the

drive-thru coffee stand for not receiving proper permits prior to operating. The city’s Code Enforcement Department did not respond to an inquiry about the status of such claims by the time of this article’s publication, though Pfeifer of the Development Services Department confirmed that there was an active code case on the site, but could not specify what it pertained to. She said such complaints would have to be addressed during the city’s review of Target’s plans. Gloria stated that Target plans to keep all three businesses operating on the site. Potential second site Earlier this week, Flocke & Avoyer, the local commercial real estate firm representing Gala Foods owners, released information detailing a 5,000-square-foot space to be constructed the northeast corner of the Gala Foods Property. The firm’s Steve Avoyer said no formal plan for the site has been submitted to the city, with the project’s completion at least two years away. Construction of such a building would likely exacerbate concerns surrounding TargetExpress’s impact on traffic and parking in the surrounding area. —Contact Hutton Marshall at hutton@sdcnn.com.u


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Bumpy rides thining wallets Transit agency warns of unseen costs caused by San Diego roads By Dave Schwab

A mural lining a wall in The Rabbit Hole, which will soon open in Normal Heights (Courtesy Rabbit Hole)

The Rabbit Hole to open in time for Adams Street Fair By Hoa Quach At the end of this month, three men with more than 45 years of industry experience plan to unveil The Rabbit Hole at the Adams Avenue Street Fair after just six weeks of preparation. The trio — Mark Huber, David Schiffman and Brendan Huffman — purchased the space that was previously known as Heights Tavern, which closed mid-August. “We’re working around the

clock,” said Huffman, 39. “I probably work in my sleep. We’re trying to turn it around pretty quick.” The Rabbit Hole, which Huffman described as a “communitydriven” business, was named after the rabbits that apparently inhabited the Normal Heights area before it was developed. The eatery, located at 3377 Adams Ave., will be similar to other local restaurants owned by Huffman, including Wonderland in Ocean Beach and Downtown’s

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Bootlegger. “We’ll make sure it’s staffed locally, food is grown locally and people who live in the area are treated like they are gold,” Huffman said. “We’re selling an experience and we’re going to sell it for a good value.” The 3,900-square-feet space that the three men have invested more than $1 million in will be complete with historic photos, oneof-a-kind murals by Sean Dietrich and 40 to 45 employees. “We’re excited about Adams Avenue,” Huffman said. “I think the area needs a spot with good food that can mix entertainment.

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The average San Diego driver loses nearly $1,900 annually as a result of driving on roads that are congested, deteriorated or lack sufficient safety features. That was the distressing news coming out of a Sept. 11 news conference at Caltrans San Diego headquarters near Old Town. What’s encouraging, according to local public and transportation officials who discussed a report on road conditions released by TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit, is that there’s still time to improve substandard state thoroughfares. “The main message is fix the highways,” said Will Wilkins, TRIP executive director, who added that inadequate roadway conditions “cost the state’s residents approximately $44 billion a year due to congestion-related delays, higher vehicle operating costs and traffic crashes.” Former mayor Jerry Sanders, now the president and CEO of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, was also present to speak about the importance of improving local roadways. “Insufficient and deteriorating transportation systems are

TRIP executive director Will Wilkins outlines the unseen costs of San Diego’s worn roads. (Photo by Dave Schwab) a strain on the local economy and this report from TRIP underscores just how much this impacts the San Diego area and our workforce,” said Sanders. “Our region has a large population, is a tourist destination, a trade corridor and we generate a tremendous amount of traffic,” noted Laurie Berman, director of Caltrans District 11 which covers San Diego and Imperial counties. “Maintenance of our highway system is an ongoing battle.” Wilkins added that according to the latest Federal Highway Administration data, “more than half of the major urban roads in the San Diego metro area are in poor condition,” which he said results in “37 hours of delay an-

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California making strides with water legislation By Toni Atkins More than 80 percent of California is facing either “extreme” or “exceptional” drought right now. Who would have thought that one of the driest years in the state’s histor y would also be one of the best years ever in securing California’s water future? But that could certainly be the case. This summer, the California Legislature solved a potential problem that had been hanging over the state’s head for several years. An $11.1 billion water bond had been put together in 2009 that was to be presented to voters this November. The problem was it was too bloated with pet projects to pass, and its failure could set back for many years any serious chance to improve the state’s water infrastructure. So we passed legislation removing that bond from the ballot. Then, after months of hard work and negotiation among stakeholders across the spectrum of water users and environmental advocates, we passed legislation to create a $7.5 billion water bond to address the state’s need for clean, safe and reliable water. We held hearings around the state to ensure the legislation addressed needs from every part of California. We took a comprehensive approach to address the water system across the board: how we save it, how we store it, how we move it

and how we protect it. To obtain information about the legislation, the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, you can find analyses of the bill at leginfo.ca.gov. The second major benefit to California’s water future we passed this year — and some say it is even more historic than the bond legislation — comes from a package of bills that establish a responsible mechanism for managing the state’s groundwater. California has the most groundwater of any state, but we are the only state without a groundwater management plan. That just doesn’t make sense. The state cannot manage water in California until we manage groundwater. You cannot have reliability with no plan to manage groundwater. That’s why I’m pleased Gov. Jerry Brown just signed this legislation. For the first time in more than 100 years, California has established a process that will prevent overdrafting and ensure our groundwater aquifers are available for generations to come. Several hearings held by the Assembly’s Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee showed some of the problems we face. Between 2003 and 2009, groundwater aquifers for California’s Central Valley lost almost 26 million acre-feet of water. While some groundwater is handled well under local and regional management, other

groundwater is not. Some news reports show lower water tables have caused the ground to sink to sink more than 20 feet. Following several public meetings with water stakeholders, we moved for ward with legislation to ensure consistent, responsible stewardship for California’s groundwater. Under this legislation, local agencies must create entities to develop sustainability plans for the highest-range of over-tapped aquifers. These plans would need to be presented to the state over the next sixto-eight years, and implementation of the plans will occur over the next 20 years. The State Water Resources Control Board would be authorized to step in if local agencies fail to do the job. While the agriculture industry and some others have expressed opposition to groundwater being regulated, the fact is that the process is just beginning, and the sustainability plans are not yet developed, which gives those with legitimate concerns ample time and opportunity to make sure their views are considered. Timing is everything. With the drought as bad as it has been this year — and the forecasts for next year becoming increasingly somber — this also has the chance to be the year where we truly prepare for future droughts and shortages and secure our water future. —Toni Atkins is Speaker of the State Assembly, and represents coastal San Diego from Solana Beach to Imperial Beach.u

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Not every pet adoption is a good adoption By Jim Madaffer Our current hot weather reminds me how every summer at least one dog is found in a hot car — and, sadly, that dog becomes sick or dies. When I hear these stories or see poorly cared for dogs on the streets, I often wonder why anyone who cannot adequately care for a pet chooses to become a pet parent. Pets are not just furry, cute creatures made to entertain you. They are living beings that deserve the same quality of life that you have. You may think you’re performing a good deed by buying or adopting a pet but you’re really doing the pet a disservice if you don’t carefully evaluate the responsibilities the job title holds. About 164 million households in the U.S. owned pets in 2012, according to The Humane Society. That number grew rapidly

from 40 years ago when only 67 million households had pets. It’s great to know that more and more families are becoming pet owners. But, becoming a pet parent should be thoroughly considered just as if you were to consider having a child. The responsibilities may not be the same but there are some, including: • Ensuring your dog has a balanced diet and exercise regimen • Ensuring your dog is properly bathed and groomed • Ensuring your dog is properly trained Further, before you head to a breeder or animal shelter, ask yourself these questions: • Do I have the time to commit to a dog? • Do I have the resources to ensure a dog will have a quality life? • Am I committed to caring for it for the next 10 to 20 years? • Do I know the laws governing pet licensing where I live? I’m not a veterinarian or a zoologist, but I am a reasonable person, and choosing to be a pet owner when you’re not ready is unreasonable. —Jim Madaffer is the owner of Madaffer Enterprises, a former San Diego Councilmember and the proud pet parent of two bulldogs. u

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UptownBriefs HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO WAYPOINT PUBLIC The popular Waypoint Public in North Park is commemorating its first year in business with a 15day celebration of food and beer pairings. Starting Oct. 1, Waypoint’s Brian Jensen will release a special beer at 4 p.m. each day and Executive Chef Amanda Baumgarten will create a small plate (free to patrons) to complement the flavors of that day’s selection. It’s safe to say the choices for each will be all over the map and include some rare brews. On the official anniversary, Oct. 15, three to five exclusive beers will be tapped to culminate the anniversary initiative. Visit waypointpublic.com for more information. CITY COUNCIL URGES MAYOR TO ADVANCE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN The City Council passed a resolution last week urging Mayor Kevin Faulconer to release a draft of the city’s Climate Action Plan, a document outlining citywide goals and measures to combat climate change. Last year, Council President Todd Gloria released a separate draft during his tenure as interim mayor that was praised by environmentalists for its bold, enforceable measures. Gloria’s timeline for the plan slated final approval for early 2015; councilmembers have expressed concern with Mayor Faulconer’s timeframe, which is to bring an updated draft plan to a public hearing in spring 2015. City Council adopted the resolution by a vote of five to three. Council Democrats Gloria, Alvarez, Cole, Harris and Lightner voted in favor, while Council Republicans Kersey, Sherman and Zapf opposed the resolution. Councilmember Marti Emerald was absent. BIKE SHARE STATION MAP RELEASED On Sept. 11, Decobike, San Diego’s partner in implementing a citywide bike share program, released a map of 113 bike share station locations to be installed. The program is set to launch on Oct. 30 in Downtown and the surrounding areas and will expand from there. Their goal is to have 180 stations in all with 1,800 bikes in service. DecoBike is currently working to secure the remaining sites needed and plans to begin installations soon. The company, which has started bike-sharing programs in Miami Beach, Surfside and Bay Harbor Island, Florida, signed a 10-year contract with San Diego in 2013 to create the local bike-sharing network. DIVERSIONARY ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR After an exhaustive, nationwide search, Diversionary Theatre has announced the hiring of a new executive artistic director. Matt Morrow, currently wrapping up commitments in New York, has been selected to take the reigns in November of the nation’s longest running LGBT theater production company. “We looked for a candidate with a keen knowledge of evolved LGBT theatrical productions, fundraising prowess, experience in developing new works, and excellent leadership and communications skills,” said Todd Nelms, Diversionary’s acting executive artistic director in a press release. “In Mr. Morrow, we believe we found all of this and more. We firmly believe he will lead our theater in a bold

new direction.” The position was widely advertised and nearly 60 applications were received from around the globe. The search committee, which was headed up by Board Vice President Darrell Netherton, also consisted of Nelms, several local community arts leaders, including Larry Baza, Camille Davidson, Bill Eadie, Rob Granat, Dean Murray, Marcus Overton and Tamara Keller, a member of the theater’s board of trustees. Morrow is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he later served as the John Wells Professor of Directing at its School of Drama. He has an extensive resume, with dozens of assistant directorships and directorships around the country. “I’m most excited about producing new plays and musicals that push theatrical boundaries, but also rarely seen classic work, and reenvisioning this work for today’s audience via the LGBT point of view,” Morrow said. “I’m attracted to work that explores what the LGBT experience means at this moment in time, both directly and indirectly. I’m interested in opening up the dialogue between the LGBT community and the community at large in an inclusive, thought provoking way that reveals our similarities and honors our differences.” Morrow added that he hopes to develop Diversionary Theatre into “a haven for writers and their work.” For more information about Diversionary Theatre, visit diversionary.org.

AMICI’S HELPS RAISE MONEY FOR SLAIN OFFICER’S FAMILY In conjunction with the Escondido Police Officer’s Association, Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria, located at 3958 Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest, held a fundraiser on Sept. 15 for the family of slain rookie Escondido Police Officer Laura Perez. Already recognized as a rising star within the Escondido Police organization, Perez was tragically gunned down in July by her husband, who also set fire to the couple’s home, according to police. In the fire, the couple’s 4-year-old daughter Suzeth lost all of her clothes, toys and blankets. Suzeth is now being raised by her grandmother, who has limited income. The Laura Perez Memorial Fund has been established to assist the family and its needs during this trying time. Amici’s donated 100 percent of their sales during the fundraiser, which lasted from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. There were also on-site raffles, which included NFL footballs autographed by players, two signed NFL helmets and other memorabilia. The 11-hour event raised over $10,000 for the family. To donate to the Laura Perez Memorial Fund, send a check (with PEREZ FUND on the memo line) to Escondido Police Officer Association (EPOA) P. O. Box 1309, Escondido, CA 92033. For more information about Amici’s, visit amicis.com. HISTORY CENTER OFFERS FREE ADMISSION Visitors to Balboa Park can get free admission to the San Diego History Center’s museum and gift shop after 3 p.m. every Thursday from now until Nov. 20. Admission is typically $8 for adults. The museum is open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, giving everyone the chance to spend up to four hours in the museum for free. Current exhibitions include “Presidio to Pacific Powerhouse,” which traces the story of San Diego’s growth from a small

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Spanish outpost to one of the most powerful military centers in the West, and “Sin Diego,” which tells the story of the former Stingaree red-light district in Downtown San Diego, where visitors were said to be stung by the area’s many vices. The museum can be found at 1649 El Prado #3 in Balboa Park. For more information, visit sandiegohistory.org.

GLORIA REQUESTS TRANSPARENT COUNT OF REFERENDUM SIGNATURES Ever since the City Council overrode Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto of the local ordinance guaranteeing a minimum wage increase and earned sick days to workers, opponents have been collecting signatures in full-force around the city to challenge the measure through a referendum. Many who signed the petitions wrongly believed it supported the minimum wage ordinance and later stated they felt misled or were wrongly informed by signature gatherers. Despite a “don’t sign it” campaign encouraged by Democrats, opponents have now turned in petitions with more than the required number of signatures. Council President Todd Gloria, who drafted the original measure, released a statement about the petitions, calling into question the deceit behind the petition campaign and the validity of the signatures collected. “With the knowledge that hundreds of people rescinded their signatures after learning the true purpose of the petition, and with the understanding that 63 percent of San Diegans support the reasonable minimum wage increase, certification of the necessary signatures is not assured,” he said. “I request that the referendum organizers allow supporters of the minimum wage and earned sick leave ordinance to observe the official counting of the signatures. While excessive evidence demonstrated the organizers’ willingness to deceive the public to reach their desired result of denying raises and benefits for 279,000 San Diegans, it is imperative that an honest count occur and that the signatures gathered are scrutinized for validity.” Gloria also stated that the recent methods of the signature gatherers brings the referendum process into question, and requires a more legitimate “check and balance.” The ordinance calls for workers to earn five sick days and a gradual minimum wage increase to $11.50 by 2017. LOCAL TOASTMASTERS GROUP OFFERS CRASH COURSE IN PUBLIC SPEAKING The Old Town-based San Diego Voyagers Toastmasters group has announced its 2014 Speechcraft Session, a five-week program designed to offer participants the chance to improve their public speaking, business communication and leadership skills. The series began on Thursday, Sept. 24 and continues for the next four Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Café Coyote’s meeting room, 2461 San Diego Ave., in Old Town. The cost is $36. Organizers say the program is focused, fun and hands-on and gives people the chance to learn and practice the six key elements of public speaking from experienced speakers and evaluators. For more information and to reser ve a spot in the series, contact Felicia Douglis at fdouglis@ hiringprep.com or call 619-9929369. u

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2977 Upas St. (North Park) 619-546-5609 Prices: pastries and stuffed croissants, $3 to $3.75; sandwiches and breakfast entrees, $6.50 to $11.95 (l to r) Stuffed croissants and seafood benedict with lobster sauce.

Baked to perfection FRANK SABATINI JR. | Restaurant Review Joanne Sherif fell in love with cardamom when she began using it in braided holiday bread from a recipe by Julia Child. With her homemaking days behind, she decided to give the camphorous, lemony spice some year-round play when opening Cardamom Café & Baker y, which happens to also knock out some of the biggest and flakiest croissants in town. Open for breakfast and lunch only, the eater y captures a Bohemian ambiance resistant to North Park’s ongoing gentrification. Bare-wood tables, multicolored linoleum floor tiles and a display case stocked with breads and pastries baked in the wee hours of the night strike a homey contrast to the glassy mixed-use North Parker building directly across the street. Alluring cardamom lands primarily in the morning fare

such as sour cream coffee cake, French toast and “bliss cakes,” a fitting adjective to describe these firm crepe-like hotcakes ser ved with honeyed mascarpone cheese and pure maple syrup. It also appears in tea latte (and coffee, if requested). Sherif uses the ancient Eastern spice in whispers. Too much of it results in a strong eucalyptus-type flavor while faint amounts impart a mysterious brightness resembling citrus. After visiting twice, I’ve detected it best in the top-selling bliss cakes. Amid the café’s current menu revise, a few dif ferent eggs Benedict dishes are in the daily of fing, as opposed to weekends only. The seafood version boasted a layer of fresh crab and shrimp tucked between poached eggs and thick, homemade English muf fins. I

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and Asiago cheese. Both were extraordinarily fresh and puffy, proving that good, butter y croissants such as these can encase virtually anything — or nothing opted for the addition of lobster — and still taste godly. sauce, a silky bisque that would We also tried the cupcakehave tasted supreme if it were shaped cardamom coffee cake, less salty. A creamy, jumbo which ser ved as smoothie containdessert given its ing what seemed cinnamon swirl like a pound of inside and almond blueberries came glaze on top. to the rescue It’s a toothsome between bites. come-on to any of My companion the café’s coffee chose the “loaded drinks made with potato bowl” in beans roasted by meatless, eggBarrio Logan’s less formw, but Cafe Moto. a hear ty meal The menu exnonetheless. The tends to assorted medley consisted omelets, breakfast of crispy roseburritos, pancakes mar y potatoes, and a variety of soy chorizo, Baked goods made daily at Cardamom (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr. black beans, sandwiches that With gorgeous croissants cheese, guacamole and pico de include the upcoming “messy winking at us from the display gallo, all clenched nicely by a grilled cheese” made with goat case, we succumbed to a couple few spoonfuls of garlicky salsa and Asiago cheeses, scallions of savor y choices that are heated and basil. Sherif is also about verde that our waitress proto order. One was stuffed with vided on the side. to roll out her annual holiday spinach and blue cheese and Designated for dinner later breads in mid-October, plus new the other with Black Forest ham that day, I toted home a wedge seasonal salads and sandwiches using local produce from farmers markets. of “queen’s quiche” incorporating Asiago cheese and applewood-smoked bacon from Niman Ranch. The quiche was undoubtedly regal in flavor but rather oversized and creamier than most for a queen watching her waistline.

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A pitcher of Mr. Peabody’s Amber Ale and a turkey taco with fresh guacamole (Dr. Ink).

ommercially swelled Mission Valley suddenly feels like a quaint, folksy village when you mosey into Mr. Peabody’s Burgers and Ale, located a little west of Fashion Valley Mall in the petite Las Cumbres Square plaza on Friars Road. It’s a place where everyone seems to know each other and where newcomers can make an easy drinking friend by simply lending an ear to a regular customer with a story to tell. The patronage varies wildly, ranging from football fans on game days to condo dwellers, business owners and students from nearby University of San Diego filling the intimate space at other times. A corkboard hanging near the touch-screen jukebox is crammed with group photos of the bar’s inner circle, mostly middle-aged folk who appear to understand the virtues of routine socializing. Happy hour here is an all-day thing seven days a week. On Mondays, for example, beer pitchers are $2 off while sizable, ground turkey tacos drop from $4.50 to $3.25 apiece. We came for both, choosing without regret a pitcher of Mr. Peabody’s Amber Ale that’s brewed in extra-special-bitter style by Redhook Brewery in Seattle. The beer’s malty aftertaste lingered to my liking, even after consuming a

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Mr. Peabody’s Burgers and Ale

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Happy hour: Specials designated to each day of the week are available from morning to close; 11 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

couple of turkey tacos that I had squirted with bottled hot sauce from the table. Other tap choices include Big Wave Golden Ale by Kona Brewing, Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point, Guinness Drought and 312 Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co. Tuesdays are when Buffalo-style chicken wings fly rampant. Coupled with domestic beers (bottled and draft) that are slashed to $2.75, the wings also drop to an unbeatable price, with a full order costing only $4.50. I’ve gnawed through them in previous visits and they hit all the benchmarks in terms of texture and flavor. The day also marks $3.25 fish tacos. Mr. P’s other daily deals are highlighted clearly on the regular menu, proceeding to shrimp tacos and micro brews on Wednesdays, house salads and well martinis on Thursdays and hot-selling turkey cheeseburgers and bloody Mar ys on football-fueled Sundays. The limited number of tables, wooden booths and bar stools fill quickly during peak times, when the smell of fried foods from an open grill hangs heavy and drinks slosh from the glasses of standing customers. But in an area where cozy neighborhood bars are practically nonexistent, nobody seems to mind the kumbaya.u

RATINGS DR INK S: Bud Light and Coors are footnotes to a succinct beer list that focuses mainly on suds of local, national and international origins. The bloody Marys and well martinis receive generous liquor pours.

F OOD: Sizable turkey tacos, crispy wings and burgers rank among the tasty bar grub that keep customers coming back.

VA L UE : From a schedule of weekly rotating specials, you save about 20 percent on beer and cocktails and up to 40 percent on various food items.

SE RV IC E : Our server was the type you wish could be cloned to work in all bars. She was swift, proactive and welcoming.

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San Diego Uptown News | Sept. 26–Oct. 9, 2014 Swami’s Café 2920 University Ave. What to expect: health-conscious, delicious food, an unnatural combination

DINING City Tacos 3028 University Ave. What not to expect: sour cream, cheddar cheese and mild flavors

The SafeHouse 2930 University Ave. What to expect: 36 taps, “Japanese pub food

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Aside from the addition of a Cocktail Crawl (see more information on our calendar, page 12), there isn’t much new to this year’s template. Rather, ingenuity is left to the restaurants, which serve up bite-sized morsels hopefully intriguing enough to inspire a follow-up visit. Identified on the adjacent map are the nine businesses opening

Influx Café 3000 Upas St. What to expect: cold brew coffee, and perhaps a raw-juice-bar creation

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up since the last Taste of North Park. They make up nearly 20 per-

Tacos Perla 3000 Upas St. What to expect: tacos, both normal and bizarre

cent of this year’s 50 participating businesses, which is perhaps a testament to the large growth happening in North Park’s commercial

Venissimo Cheese 3007 University Ave. What to expect: a horde of refined lactose lovers

Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream 3077 University Ave. What to expect: unrecognized ice cream flavors that you shouldn’t resist

district. For a complete list of participating businesses, or to buy a ticket to Taste of North Park, visit northparkmainstreet.com.

Bazinga Eatery 3382 30th St. What to expect: Mac ‘n’ cheese enlightenment

UnderBelly 3000 Upas St. What to expect: “local ramen, craft beer”


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RABBIT HOLE There are only a few spots that people really gravitate too. We want to enhance the area.” Huffman said the comfortfood-themed-menu items will include build-your-own mac-ncheese, sloppy joes, overstuffed sandwiches and salad bowls with quinoa. He also plans to offer local craft beers to cater to San Diego’s obsession with brews. “It’s going to be comfort food with a twist,” Huffman said. “Anything you can find at your grandma’s house, you can find here.” But the new restaurant came with its challenges. In fact, as of Sept. 17, 41-yearold Schiffman — who was originally sought by the Heights Tavern owners to offer consulting services — said the sale was still in escrow. “My biggest challenge was working out the final deal points for the purchase,” Schiffman said. “Due to the issues within the current ownership of Heights Tavern it made it a challenge at times to get them all to agree.” Huber, 30, concurred. “When you buy a bar or restaurant, you aren’t just buying property. You are buying someone’s dream and you have to be sensitive to that while also making sound business decisions,” Huber said. “It’s tough.” Fulfilling the wants of the community was also a challenge, said Huffman. He was unexpect-

edly overwhelmed when he solicited feedback from residents through a local blog. “The thread ended up going viral,” he said. “People expect a lot from us because they take a lot of pride in this area. We can’t just be some place that opens the door. Rabbit Hole requires a little more love and attention but that’s been a good challenge.” Despite the obstacles, the three men agreed Normal Heights is a community they wanted to be a member of. “I can’t think of any reason not to invest in Normal Heights,” Huber said. “Normal Heights is such a great area and is still a bit of a hidden gem from the rest of San Diego. The mix of cultures, the laid back vibe, the artistic glow that touches every corner of town, the small-town feel while only miles from the heart of Downtown, and then there is the venue itself.” But Huffman, who works around the clock at the venue itself, said he just wants the community to know it’s a homegrown effort to open The Rabbit Hole. “We’re really grassroots,” Huffman said. “We’re not some corporation opening a restaurant. We’re just a couple of guys who have been in the business and we’re excited to be in Normal Heights.” For more information about The Rabbit Hole, visit its Facebook Page at Facebook.com/rabbitholesd. —Hoa Quach is a writer in San Diego. Contact her at hoawrites.com. u

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nually for the average motorist.” Warning that poor road conditions “cost our workforce and businesses thousands of dollars each year,” Sanders said he and a group of business leaders just returned from Washington, D.C. where they discussed transportation and infrastructure. “Investing in efficient and safe roadways is a sound investment in the growth and development of the local economy and jobs,” Sanders continued. “It’s essential that local, state and federal funding be made available to improve the [road] conditions.” One out of every 10 miles driven in the U.S. is in California, Berman said. She added the state is pursuing a “fix-it-first policy” with road repairs, noting “every dollar spent on preventative pavement maintenance saves taxpayers $11 on future pavement repairs.” The funding picture must change in order for California to remain proactive in properly maintaining its aging highway system, Berman said. “Most of California’s highways are more than half a century old,” she said. “With declining revenue from gas taxes, California needs a stable source of funding to maintain our transportation infrastructure.” TRIP is supported by a coalition of manufacturing, insurance, construction, labor and engineering organizations, said Wilkins

Laurie Berman of Caltrans calls for proactive care of San Diego’s roadways (Photo by Dave Schwab)

adding, “We advocate for greater investment in our surface transportation system.” Wilkins said improving California’s transportation infrastructure will require a “balanced approach making strategic investments in additional roadways, transit and non-motorized access.” Wilkins added the efficiency of California’s surface transportation system is also “critical to the health of the state’s economy.” TRIP’s executive director warned that “needed improvements to the state’s transportation system is seriously threatened by the ongoing lack of adequate federal revenue,” as well as “continued uncertainty

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about the future level of surface transportation funding.” “To allow California to move for ward with many needed transportation projects will require Congress authorizing a well-funded, long-term surface transportation program so that state and local government can rely on continued federal investment in the nation’s transportation system to continue to support future economic growth and the quality of life in the state,” Wilkins concluded. To learn more about TRIP and to find the study on San Diego’s roadways, visit tripnet.org. —Contact Dave Schwab at reporter@sdnews.com.u


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BooBs & BooTs & BeeR Saturday, Sept. 27 A charity event showcasing Deliria, a rare Belgian beer brewed only by women, and supporting two local organizations through food and drink sales: the Pink Boots Society, which promotes women’s education in the beer industry, and Beer for Boobs (created by the staff of White Labs), which financially supports breast cancer awareness through the Susan G. Komen three-day Race for the Cure. Fifteen percent of sales will be split between the two organizations. The event will also include food options and raffles for local brewery swag. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink and black and arrive early (no reservations). Children are welcome. The fundraiser kicks off at 2 p.m. at Brabant Bar & Café (2310 30th St., South Park) and continues until closing (normally midnight). Visit brabantcafe.com, pinkbootssociety. org and beerforboobs.org for more information. New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat Saturday, Sept. 27 Tour de Fat’s San Diego stop is a free daylong event for lovers of beer, biking and music. Proceeds from the event will benefit the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and San Diego Mountain Biking Association. Registration begins at 10 a.m. followed by a group bike ride at 11 a.m. Attendees of the ride are encouraged to wear costumes as they ride through the streets of San Diego and arrive at Golden

www.sdcnn.com Hill Park (2590-2596 Golden Hill Dr.). The rest of the day includes musical performances by The Reals Band, The Handsome Little Devils and Beats Antique. Beer will be flowing for those who wish to imbibe, and a dance contest will wind down the day with the winner receiving a New Belgium cruiser bike before the event’s finale at 5 p.m. Visit newbelgium.com to preregister for the bike parade and get more info. Mary Magdalene Apostle Catholic Community Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 4 MMACC, a Catholic church that supports same-sex marriage, is holding a fall festival starting at 4 p.m. at the San Diego LGBT Community Center (3909 Centre St., Hillcrest). The $20 ticket includes a buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. Other activities at the festival include a book sale, live and silent auctions, a raffle and more. Tickets may be purchased before Oct. 1 from Jerry Berberet (619-269-7800) or Bob Semmer (619-855-5023). Illustrated Lecture: Asian Pacific Islander Americans and the Formation of San Diego Wednesday, Oct. 8 Alex Stewart, Senior Coordinator of Education and Exhibits at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum will discuss immigrants from Asia and the Pacific who have made contributions to San Diego’s history. Topics and figures discussed will include William Heath Davis and Ah Quin (the unofficial mayor of San Diego’s Chinatown), the growth of Japanese agriculture, the influx of Filipinos in the U.S. Navy and the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees. The free lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. at Mission Hills

Branch Library (925 West Washington St.). Visit library92103.org for more information and other upcoming library events. North Park Craft Cocktail Competition Through Oct. 10 Some fine bars and eateries are competing for the title of “North Park Cocktail” in honor of the Taste of North Park. The event’s Facebook page is currently taking votes for the following entries: Bar Pink’s “North Park Tickler,” Bluefoot’s “Peligro En Jalisco,” The Office’s “Chairman of the Board,” U-31’s “North Park Swizzle”, Urban Solace’s “Curly Wolf”, Wang’s “North Park Paradise,” West Coast Tavern’s “When Pigs Fly,” and Urbn’s “Pigeon Trouble.” Each of the eight cocktails are now available at their respective bars for public consideration. The winner will be announced at the start of Taste of North Park on Oct. 11. Visit facebook.com/TasteofNorthPark for more information on the event and to vote for your favorite drink.

Recurring Events MONDAYS:

Singing Storytime: 1:30 p.m., learn what’s going on inside your baby’s mind, strengthen your bond and sing songs together at Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., Mission Hills, free. Library92103. org. Open Mic Night: 7:30 p.m., the mic is open to you at Lestat’s Coffee House, 3343 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, free. Lestats.com.

TUESDAYS:

Curbside Bites: 5 – 8:30 p.m., gathering of gourmet food trucks at 3030 Grape St., South Park. Curbsidebites.com. “Grab a Mic”: 6 p.m., an open mic night hosted by singer/actor Sasha Weiss. Sign ups at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Martinisabovefourth.com.  Tasty Truck Tuesdays: 6 – 9 p.m., Smitty’s Service Station

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CALENDAR hosts several food trucks under their well-lit shade structure, 3442 Adams Ave., Normal Heights. Sdfoodtrucks.com.  Open Mic Charlie’s: 7 – 10 p.m. (except the third Tuesday), open mic night at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St., South Park, free. Rebeccascoffeehouse.com.

WEDNESDAYS:

Wednesday Night Experience: 7 – 8 p.m., uplifting and spiritually inspiring experiences for all, weekly at Universal Spirit Center, 3858 Front St., Hillcrest,

Community organization meetings Mission Hills Business Improvement District 3:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday Ascent Conference Center, 902 Fort Stockton Dr. University Heights Community Development Corporation 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday 4452 Park Blvd. Suite 104   University Heights Community Parking District 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday 4452 Park Blvd. Suite 104   University Heights Community Association 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday Alice Bimey Elementary School auditorium, 4345 Campus Ave.   Uptown Community Parking District 5 – 6:30 p.m. on second Monday Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St.   North Park Maintenance Assessment District 6 p.m. on the second Monday North Park Adult Activity Center, 2719 Howard Ave.   Normal Heights Community Association 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday Normal Heights Community Center, 4649 Hawley Blvd. Hillcrest Business Association Board of Directors 5 p.m. on the second Tuesday Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St.   Hillcrest Town Council 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St.   Old Town Community Planning Group 3:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday The Whaley House, 2476 San Diego Ave.   Ken-Tal Community Planning Group 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday Franklin Elementary auditorium, 4481 Copeland Ave.   Greater Golden Hill Community Planning Group 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday Balboa Golf Course Clubhouse in Balboa Park   Burlingame Neighborhood Association 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday Mazara Pizza and Italian Deli, 2302 30th St.   Mission Hills Town Council Trustees Meeting 6 p.m. on the second Thursday Francis Parker Lower School, 4201 Randolph St.

love offering requested. Universalspiritcenter.org. Young Lions Music Series: 7 p.m., each week features a new “young rising star” chosen by Gilbert Castellanos. Castellanos will also join in during the first set, the Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, $5 cover. Crocesparkwest.com. Wednesday Jazz Jam Session: 7:30 p.m., Gilbert Castellanos hosts the Jazz Jam Session with special guest musicians at Seven Grand, 3054 University Ave., North Park, free. Sevengrandbars.com.

THURSDAYS:

Gentle Yoga for seniors: 2:45 – 3:45 p.m., presented by The Center and Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach (SAYCO) at The San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest, free. Thecentersd.org.  North Park Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m., in the parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., North Park, free. Northparkfarmersmarket.com.  Kornflower’s Open Mic: Signups at 6:30 p.m., open mic (no poetry or comedy) 7 – 10 p.m. Family friendly event at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St., South Park, free. Rebeccascoffeehouse.com. Kir tan Musical Meditation: 8:15 p.m., chant and sing contemporar y mantras celebrating love and life at Pilgrimage of the Hear t Yoga, 3287 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, donation requested. Pilgrimageyoga.com.

FRIDAYS:

Preschool Storytime: 10:30 a.m., at Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., Mission Hills, free. Library92103.org. Fridays on Fifth: 4 – 9 p.m., various restaurants and bars offer discounts and specials for a social hour on Fifth Avenue between Washington Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Hillcrest. Fridaysonfifth.com. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., Classic movie screenings at 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Tickets start at $15. Topspresents.com. 

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HISTORY ered the first 50 years and relied on a great deal of text across its 250 pages to tell the intricate stories of the neighborhood, “San Diego’s North Park” covers the entirety of North Park’s history in half the pages and does so mostly through photographs. Although NPHS wasn’t established until 2008, many of its members had assisted Covington and worked to bring the first book to fruition after his death. At that time, they were known as the North Park Community Association’s Historical Committee. “They are the people whose shoulders we are standing on,” said Katherine Hon, board secretary of NPHS. The group almost disbanded after Covington and several other members died in close succession, but they became “reinvigorated” Hon said, and saw the project through. Hon and her husband Stephen, president of the NPHS, joined the NPCA’s committee right around that time as part of the original project. She said Arcadia had first approached the Historical Committee back in 2007, just before they

published Covington’s book, but that project was “special” to them and they weren’t willing to adapt his book to the limitations of Arcadia’s template and format. Arcadia acquiesced, but didn’t go away for long. Hon said the popularity of Covington’s book had people ask, “When are you going to tell the rest of the story?” So when Arcadia came calling again five years later, they brokered a deal. “The timing was right,” Hon said. “We wanted to tell the whole story and bring it up to current times. Arcadia really wanted to have the North Park story out there because they can see it is a community of great interest to people.” Arcadia’s format would allow them to do just that, and the rigid template, a hindrance before, was now an advantage. They no longer had to be concerned about design and structure. “To know they were a very experienced publisher that focused on niche community histories, allowed [us] to just pull the material together, the photos and the text, and [Arcadia] did the production,” Hon said. The changes in responsibility for publishing, reprinting and distribution were also appealing to the group, Hon said, adding that NPHS can now only sell to individuals.

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Acadia Publishing Company’s “Images of America” series consists of thousands of other vintage books about local communities all across the United States. A number of other San Diego neighborhoods are included, such as Pacific Beach, La Mesa, Ocean Beach and soon Mission Hills. The book will be distributed through various local retailers, such as Pigment in North Park, North Park Hardware, The Grove in South Park, the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park, Barnes and Noble, and organizations like Save Our Heritage Organisation’s shop at the Whaley House in Old Town. North Park’s story began in the 1870s, but it really began to take shape in 1910 when a large segment of it was leveled and divided into parcels for both commercial and residential development by John Hartley, whose late father James had purchased the land in 1893 intending it to be a citrus grove. In the years since, North Park — named by the elder Hartley after a development due south then known as “City Park” — has seen it all. The thriving urban existence of the 1920s and 1930s soon saw the area grow into a commercial centerpiece after WWII, with Woolworth, J. C. Penney and dozens of specialty and discount stores lining University Avenue. The Toyland Parade brought 300,000 viewers along that same avenue year after year. Nearby El Cajon Boulevard became the region’s “hot rod cruising strip,” due to its wide lanes, its long, straight stretch of roadway and its drive-in restaurants. President John F. Kennedy even motored down “The Boulevard,” just months before his death in 1963. Big outdoor malls built nearby in the 1970s put an end to the area’s commercial success and North Park began to lose track of itself for a while. But the Craftsman and the Spanish Revival homes in the area, as well as the Art Deco and Modernist buildings along University Avenue, always stayed strong, no matter who inhabited them. Many of yesterday’s buildings are still recognizable today. Michael Good, author of San Diego Uptown News’ “House Calls” column, contributed greatly to the book. Good, who can trace his family’s North Park roots back to 1911, said he got involved with the book to “help out his neighbors,” but that wasn’t all. “I also got involved for the same reason I moved back to North Park — to feel some connection with my past and honor my ancestors,” Good said. “My grandmother thought wherever she lived was the greatest place in the world. She

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(l to r, front row) Katherine Hon, Randy Sappenfield, Stephen Hon and Hilda Yoder; (back row) Valerie Hayken, Ed Orozco, Jody Surowiec. (Courtesy Valerie Hayken)

Looking west from University Avenue and 30th Street with the North Park sign hanging from wires. (Courtesy the Hartley family) would not be at all surprised with how popular North Park has become with the young and hip.” Good now lives in his grandmother’s bungalow on Granada Street. “San Diego’s North Park” is broken into eight chapters, the first four bring the reader through a chronological history of the area and four others are focused on special categories: “Churches and Schools,” “The Toyland Parade,” “Changes and Revitalization” and “Community Life.” Half of the photos were sourced from the San Diego History Center and the rest came from various organizations, media and local families. The constant diversity of what has always been North Park is apparent throughout. Included are photos of J.C. Penney’s, where Wang’s is today; various Toyland floats; the Palisade Roller Rink at Utah Street and University Avenue; various views of the Switzer Canyon bridge; street cars on a number of different roadways; Ted Williams on his front porch; the PSA crash of 1978, and many many more. “North Park has always been a lively place,” Good said. “It’s gone through more revitalizations than

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an aging Hollywood starlet. It’s been more egalitarian, less exclusionary — if not less exclusive — than many San Diego neighborhoods.”   “San Diego’s North Park” was launched with a lecture and book signing at the San Diego History Center Sept. 23 and more celebratory events are in the works. On Oct. 4, starting at 9:30 a.m., the San Diego History Center and the NPHS will host a real-time “now and then” tour of the North Park’s commercial area, using photos from the book for comparison. For more information visit sandiegohistory.org/NorthParkWT. On Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m., in conjunction with the University Heights History Society, there will be another lecture presentation about the book at Grace Lutheran Church. “San Diego’s North Park” will be available for purchase at both events for $22.75, which includes tax. For more information about the book, or how to become a member of NPHS, visit NorthParkHistory. org. For more information about the publisher, visit arcadiapublishing.com. —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at morgan@sdcnn.com u

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This Wide Night Rhianna Basore costars as a recently released inmate in “This Wide Night” at ion theatre. (Photo by Ron Logan/ion theatre) By Charlene Baldridge

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hrough Oct. 11, British playwright Chloë Moss’s “This Wide Night” — a tense and touching two-hander set in present-day London — plays at Hillcrest’s ion theatre. If you love fine acting and meticulous work, do not miss it. Directed by Founder/Executive Artistic Director Claudio Raygoza (assistant director is Hannah Logan), actors Rhianna

Basore (Marie) and Yolanda Franklin (Lorraine) are utterly convincing as friends who have no future, not with each other and not with life. They met in prison, where they were cellmates. With no thought of moving in, the just-released Lorraine appears at Marie’s door. Marie persuades the exhausted Lorraine to stay for just one night. One night stretches over the course of the 90-minute work into what appears to be months.

Apparently more stable and employed part-time as a barmaid, Marie encourages Lorraine to locate the son she gave up for adoption when she was incarcerated years ago. She also promises to talk to her boss about a possible job opening at the pub and encourages Lorraine to get off her medications, bragging that she quit hers cold turkey. The one-room flat is squalid and unkempt, and just as the women’s lives, is emblematic of their inability to tend to anything, let alone friendship, jobs and the creation of a new life. Gradually, the playwright seduces onlookers to care for these women, to believe that they can have a new life. Then she dashes us with cold water. The journey from renewed acquaintance to seemingly genuine caring to deluge is a masterful, white-knuckle experience. It is exceptionally well supported by the actors, whose characters struggle with self and the other. Their fragile equanimity and amity is never overplayed, just present and always subject to explosion. The play begins with Basore staring blankly at the telly, which has no sound and has been broken for months. Her state of mental disarray and physical exhaustion is apparent. After Lorraine arrives, the question is who takes care of the other. They take turns. After its 2008 debut at Soho Theatre, “This Wide Night” toured women’s prisons in the UK. It received the 2009 Susan Smith Blackburn Playwriting Prize. The work goes right along with ion’s promise to deliver bold, uncompromising theatre. That promise carries over into

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Rhianna Basore and Yolanda Franklin in “This Wide Night” (Photo by Ron Logan/ion theatre)

ion’s forthcoming ninth season, “Out of the Box,” which begins in November. Raygoza and Founding Producer and Artistic Director Glenn Paris have announced a season of new works written by either or both of them, one of which will make its off-Broadway premiere in June, then return to play here in August. Additionally, recently named Associate Artistic Director Kim Strassberger will stage the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical, “Sunday in the Park With George,” in September 2015. —Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. Her book “San Diego, Jewel of the California Coast” (Northland Publishing) is currently available in bookstores. She can be reached at charb81@gmail.com.u

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Zac Harmon performs at last year’s Adams Avenue Street Fair. (Courtesy Adams Avenue Business Association)

Nothing normal about the Adams Avenue Street Fair By Dustin Lothspeich For the uninitiated, the Adams Avenue Street Fair probably seems like an inviting setting to take in a sugary funnel cake, a few beers and a righteous sunburn. However, as anyone who’s attended Southern California’s largest, free, two-day music festival can attest, it is so much more than that. Careening down — you

guessed it — Adams Avenue from 32nd to 35th streets in Normal Heights, the fair bottles the vibrancy of our city’s music scene and unleashes it across eight stages with over 110 acts — a veritable cornucopia of talent from every genre and style imaginable. Like plenty of other outdoor arts festivals, the annual event has more than its share of food vendors, beer gardens, entertain-

ment, games and carnival rides — did I mention beer gardens? — but the all-encompassing music lineup truly separates the weekend festivities from the rest. Celebrating its 33rd anniversary, this year’s fair plays host to a number of established acts such as Austin, Texas-based garage country sweethearts Heartless Bastards, UK reggae sensation Pato Banton, Midwest folk storyteller

www.sdcnn.com extraordinaire Tom Brosseau and a host of beloved hometown bands, including The Burning of Rome, The Nervous Wreckords and The Album Leaf. Incredible headliners aside, the festival shores up quality local talent spanning both days with up-and-coming acts promising to bring as much musical magic to stages as their national touring peers. In fact, more often that not, it’s those hungry, on-the-rise San Diego artists that make this street fair so particularly enjoyable. Such is the case with the local garage rock band Shady Francos: Appropriately set to kick off the festival at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Casbah 33rd Street Rock Stage, the energetic trio has made a name for themselves around town for their show-stealing, high-kicking performances. Previously known as The Nformals until a recent lineup change (and a subsequent revitalized musical direction), the group is readying their debut EP under the new moniker and prepping for the potentially hazardous upcoming outdoor activity. “I’m not a fan of playing during the day in the sun, ’cause I’m a ginger,” the band’s lead singer/guitarist Joshua Kmak said laughing. “But if the fest is rad enough, I’m down. In my opinion, playing somewhere like the Del Mar Fair is less of a golden opportunity because people are there to play carnival games and eat chocolate-covered bacon or deep-fried, cheese-filled pop tarts. They aren’t there to watch a band. But a fest where people go specifically to see bands is where it’s at.” Indeed with all the acts involved, attendees have some potentially difficult decisions ahead. Do you take in Javier Escovedo

and the City Lights’ power pop ear candy at the Casbah stage at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, or the hypnotic soul funk jams of Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact at the Park Groove Stage? Do you soak up the lonesome country pop crooning of Nena Anderson on Java Joe’s Stage or the vintage folk revival of fiery troubadour Jimmy Ruelas on the DiMille’s Stage at 1 p.m.? The latter is a particularly tough call. With a style alternately invoking the contemplative musings of early Bob Dylan and the ancient steel guitar blues of Robert Johnson, Ruelas (who released his debut album “I Shall Not Be Moved!” this past August) looks forward to catching the sights and sounds of the Normal Heights neighborhood surroundings and hopes he has an equally enthusiastic crowd. “I’ve always dug the smaller, non-amplified stuff at street shows,” Ruelas said. “It all depends on the audience. If people give a f**k, it’s great. I’ve had some real beautiful moments at outdoor shows.” For what it’s worth, show-goers may never get the chance to see the charismatic singer/songwriter perform in quite the same fashion after Saturday’s gig. “I think my music is in a constant stage of change,” Ruelas explained. “People may have caught a show where I was doing my old-timey stuff. But, the next week, you may see me with an electric guitar and a few fuzz boxes. I feel it’s the job of a musician and a performer to constantly evolve and progress. I never want to make the same record and I never want to play the same show.” If Saturday’s activities aren’t enough, Sunday’s schedule promises more musical entertainment than you can shake a stick at. Ranging from the alt-country leanings of The Whiskey Circle, to the rock ‘n’ roll thunder of costumed duo The Pheasants, to the ’60s-inspired psychedelic groove of The Loons the lineup certainly has something for everyone. Blending electronica, hip-hop and alt-rock, We Are Sirens jumpstart the Casbah Stage’s Sunday action at noon and mark the trio’s introductory performance at the annual festival. “We’ve played a good few street fairs in San Diego now, which has been incredible, but not this one yet,” the group’s guitarist Chris Biggin said. “We’d like to think our songs fit anywhere people enjoy letting loose. Just give us 10 square feet and we’ll play it.” Set to officially release their album “Every. Body. Panic.” at Bar Pink on Oct. 7, the band issued a refreshing, we’re-in-this-together sentiment that seems to be a constant thread throughout the local music scene. “We’re constantly in awe of who we’re playing with,” Biggin said. “We’re really stoked to be sharing the stage with The Album Leaf and Hills Like Elephants. There’s just so much talent in this city.” After more than three decades of tunes, food, art and friends, the Adams Avenue Street Fair somehow manages to consistently raise the bar on what a free outdoor festival can — and should — be. This year, it’s primed to make yet another entry in an already illustrious history. On Sept 27 – 28, head out and soak up the sun, some fun, and plenty of the finest music San Diego has to offer. For more information about the festival, visit adamsavenuebusiness.com. —Dustin Lothspeich is a music writer in San Diego. Contact him at dustinlothspeich@gmail.com.u


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Five local shows over the next two weeks

Dustin Lothspeich Temples, Wampire, Fever and the Ghost at the Belly Up Tavern (Solana Beach) Saturday, Sept, 27 | Doors at 8:00 p.m. | $18 advance/$20 day of show When UK psych rock quartet Temples landed on U.S. soil for last year’s South By Southwest festival amid a flurry of buzz, we hoped they’d turn their aim toward the Pacific. Sure enough, the band hit up a sweaty, packed-to-the-gills Casbah this last April (between Coachella weekends) and now return for the knockout punch at the Belly Up. The group’s debut album, “Sun Structures,” pairs the woozy experimentalism of “Magical Mystery Tour”-era Beatles and the lysergic jams of Pink Floyd — go ahead and take the trip on Sept. 27. Merchandise, Lower, Statues of God at the Kensington Club Tuesday, Sept. 30 | Doors at 8:30 p.m. | $10 advance/$12 day of show Let’s just put this out there: Carson Cox, frontman for Merchandise, has one of the coolest, syllable-twisting baritones in indie rock. Appropriately front and center on the Tampa, Florida-based band’s new album, “After the End” (their third studio record in three years, by the way), Cox guides the group through alternate shades of jangly guitar pop and synth-driven jams that tip-toe through R.E.M. and Tears For Fears catalogs. It’s a compelling mix, and the fact that they’re on tour with Copenhagen’s finest dreary post-punk export in recent memory, Lower, makes this show at the Ken Club an absolute must-see.  Cymbals Eat Guitars, Slothtrust, Inspired and the Sleep at Soda Bar Friday, Oct. 3 | Doors at 8:30 p.m. | $10 advance/$12 day of show On their third studio album, “Lose,” Cymbals Eat Guitars are positively winning. The mathrock band — who swiped their name from a Lou Reed quote when he was asked what the Velvet Underground sounded like — take a slight detour from their tried-and-true pastiche of angular guitars and schizophrenic rhythms on their new full-length effort for a greater focus on complex, more cohesive songwriting that swerves organically from one track to the next. The album is driven by the grizzled wail of lead singer/ guitarist Joseph D’Agostino, and it’s gripping. Bottom line: Wherever he leads, we’ll gladly follow.   King Khan & the BBQ Show, Javier Escovedo, Northern Tigers at the Casbah Monday, Oct. 6 | Doors at 8:30 p.m. | $15 advance/$17 day of show Northern Tigers, a local band specializing in addictive uptempo

garage rock, kick off this three-headed hydra of a show and make the strongest case on the planet not to miss openers. Escovedo, who some may know from playing in San Diego punk icons the Zeros, hits the stage after with his Matthew Sweet-tinged brand of power pop. His latest album, “City Lights,” is reminiscent of Big Star’s catchiest tunes and should be a delicious chunk of earhole rock candy in a live setting. Last but certainly not least, King Khan — one of the last true remaining frontmen in the music industry — will bring it on home (and then some) with his patented mix of psychedelia, soul, R&B and charismatic wizardry. Known for his outlandish costumes and outrageous stage antics, Khan’s mission is to get every show-goer involved, so prepare yourself. Beach Fossils, Heavenly Beat, Axxa/ Abraxas at the Irenic Tuesday, Oct. 7 | Doors at 7:00 p.m. | $15 Not entirely dissimilar from indie rock darlings like Real Estate, DIIV or Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils are impossibly “chill”: On their latest album, “Clash the Truth,” they sway through 14 summery pop anthems with shimmering Smiths-esque guitars that grapple with lax, cavernous vocals. The fact that these Brooklyn lads do this so effortlessly does them a disservice (nothing good ever comes easy, right?), but their music just seems to ooze out. It’s not their fault that they don’t have to break a sweat. Catch them in their element at this all-ages show. And be sure to show up early to catch the hypnotic, Shins-meet-Neil-Young psychedelic pop of Axxa/Abraxas. —Dustin Lothspeich is a music writer in San Diego. Contact him at dustinlothspeich@gmail.com.u

San Diego Uptown News | Sept. 26–Oct. 9, 2014

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PANAMA66 the bill of fare was shortened and simplified. The craft cocktail menu was pared down to its three most popular concoctions, each a fresh revision of such classic drinks as the mule, the old fashioned and the margarita. At Panama 66, Motch and his partners have put together a light-fare menu for the open-air sculpture garden setting. Soups, salads, vegetable sides and sandwiches are the heart of the Panama 66 menu. Most of the wines are from California. It successfully brands itself as Balboa Park’s only place for relatively low-cost dining at any time of day. The partnership first collaborated to create Blind Lady Ale House’s farm-to-table take on Italian-Mediterranean provincial cuisine paired with craft brews or wines, which premiered in 2009. Annually voted among Draft magazine’s “100 Best Beer Bars in America,” Blind Lady, or BLAH, primarily serves olive and cheese sampler platters alongside flatcrust pizzas and salads. Next, the quartet brought for ward a more German-Middle European “comfort food” approach with Tiger!Tiger! That second restaurant, which opened in late 2011, features house-made sausages and hot sandwiches prepared in its wood-fired oven. Tiger!Tiger! was also site of the partners’ foray into a special weekend brunch menu geared to fueling up cyclists with beer and doughnut pairings. And Lee Chase, formerly with Escondido’s Stone Brewing, now brews

Panama 66 nestles itself between existing structures in Balboa Park. (Photo by Hutton Marshall)

with the affiliated Automatic nanobrewer y. The Panama 66 selections incorporate favorites from the group’s other restaurants, including the especially delicious Blind Lady Caesar Salad, and from Tiger!Tiger!, Bratwurst sandwich, the weekend brunch and the Kennebec potato fries — relabeled “frites” in a nod to museum culture. Many of the recipe ingredients are grown in San Diego on Suzie’s Farm. As with the first two venues, the atmosphere is family friendly and invites strangers to strike up conversations over a beer. The kids’ menu focuses on simple sandwiches served on country white bread with sides of fruit. The draft beer menu for September presented a baker’s dozen of selections, with something to please any palate, from the light Benchmark Blond to AleSmith’s intimidatingly dark Speedway Stout. The alternate taps rotate beer offerings weekly. Whence the unusual name

Panama 66? Even longtime locals may have forgotten that the magnificent Spanish-Renaissance architecture gracing the park, as too the name itself, draws from the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. That large expanse beyond the restaurant is the Plaza de Panama. The Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa was first European to view the Pacific Ocean while exploring Panama. And the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court where the bistro is located was built in 1966. Panama 66 is located at 1450 El Prado and may be contacted at 619-232-7931. Members of the San Diego Museum of Art and those who bicycle in can enjoy a 10 percent discount on charges. The restaurant may close early on occasions when the museum hosts special events. The up-todate hours and more information are available at panama66.com. —B.J. Coleman is a writer in San Diego. Contact her at barshajo@aim.com.u


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