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Community Events • September 13 to 19, 2012 Vol. 1 No. 25

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Crater Lake Chef’s Challenge

by Raymond Bill


fter a few weeks of being merely a spectator at this competitive event, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in the judging and, my favorite part, the tasting of the Crater Lake Chef’s Challenge. This week we watched as chef, Anthony Santucci from Capri Restaurant at the Miracle Springs Resort in Desert Hot Springs competed with chef/bar manager, Matt Lehman from Stuft Pizza Bar and Grill in La Quinta. As we approach the second half of this competition, the scores are getting closer and closer, revealing amazing talents here in our valley. Within one hour, these two chefs shared space, providing us with two courses for consideration. Chef Santucci prepared a first course of pork tenderloin with a spiced

rub, served on a fresh cucumber mango slaw. His second course, a seafood medley of clams, mussels and shrimp, served over pasta with a rich cream sauce. It was a pleasure to watch this talented chef work effortlessly to prepare such amazing flavors, beautifully presented. Chef Lehman began with a lobster tower, initially poached in Crater Lake Pepper Vodka, mixed with fresh avocado. The lobster was tender with just a touch of heat. His second course was a perfectly seared sea bass that melted like butter in my mouth. We were surprised to find out Chef Lehman is also the bar manager at Stuft Pizza. His flair was present when he removed his chef coat to reveal a loud Hawaiian shirt to match his boisterous personality. Together, these two talented chefs

provided an amazing meal and great entertainment for the large crown that showed up for this event. The decision was close but the three of us judges, collectively, elected Chef, Matt Lehman the winner with another close score. Both of these men are incredibly talented and I look forward to dining in their restaurants soon. The Crater Lake Chef’s Challenge is held at Fixtures Living, across from The River in Rancho Mirage Wednesdays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Hosted by Mix 100.5’s Bradley Ryan and KDES’s Bob O’Brien, the competition continues for three more weeks of preliminary qualifications with a final cook off October 24th. Show up for great food, entertainment and raffle prizes.

Contents Chef’s Challenge.......................3 Angel View Outreach................5 Dont Be Clueless.......................6 Haddon Libby: It’s All Local......7 Safety Tips.................................7 Consider This.............................8

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Chef Kevin Favinger from Sullivans made scallops and shrimp using Crater Lake Pepper Vodka. Chef Favinger also was the first to go out on a limb with a fantastic Crater Lake Gin dessert.

Chef Emmanuel Jannin the owner of La Brasserie in La Quinta CA. Made an Oven Roasted Baby Fennel and Crater Lake Vodka Risotto. He also made a Bloody Mary style Braised Alaskan Halibut Cheeks made with Crater Lake Pepper Vodka.


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Angel View Outreach

September 13 to 19, 2012

by Lisa Morgan

Meeting the Critical Needs of Coachella Valley Families with Disabled Children

The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can do nothing for him in return, and how he treats people who cannot fight back.” If that is the case, then the character of Angel View Crippled Children’s Foundation stands head and shoulders above most. Since 1955, Angel View has been providing compassionate residential care to more than 100 developmentally disabled infants, toddlers, children and young adults throughout Southern California, teaching residents skills they were once not able to perform. Their 19 six-bed homes, located throughout the Coachella Valley and in Joshua Tree, provide a homelike atmosphere with 24-hour nursing and attendant care. They also offer a Day Program for developmentally disabled adults from the valley and Camp Forrest, a very special summer camp program. Still, instead of resting on the laurels of their considerable achievements, the Angel View organization has pushed itself even further in an effort to see what MORE they can do to assists our Coachella Valley’s crippled children. Angel View recently performed an informal needs assessment interviewing local and regional special education teachers, parents, service professionals, social service agencies and International Rescue Committee (IRC) caseworkers. This research discovered as many as 5,000 special needs children living at home, outside of Angel View homes. While it is preferable that these children, when they are able, live at home with their families, the Coachella Valley, is considered an underserved area with scarce resources to assist them. The study also showed that the majority of these homes are cash-strapped, single parent households. These heroic families struggle daily, needing everything from resources and referrals, to immediate and long term financial aid and transportation services. Therefore, “Angel View Outreach” has been designed to provide for these needs in three very important ways. Resources and Referrals: The needs assessment survey showed that resources are quite difficult to find and access for these households facilitating crippled children. Imagine coming home to a special needs child after a long day of work and trying to cut through the red tape and phone circus to get the information you need to get necessary help for your child. The information is constantly changing and the process is made even more difficult by a lack of coordination among service providers. Many of these families in need have the additional challenge of a language barrier. The goal of Angel View Outreach’s

Resource Referral Center is to make information easily and readily available to families by compiling and continuously updating resources for children with disabilities. They will work in conjunction with existing resource centers taking calls Monday through Friday in English and Spanish. Special Needs Assistance: The assessment also discovered that many critical needs are not currently being met by existing programs. With several cuts to Medicare and social services, families are unable to afford basic services and equipment, medical treatment, medications, dental work or adaptive equipment (speech, hearing, vision and communication devices). Angel View wants to provide one-time mini-grants to eligible families for purchase of needed medical equipment, supplies and services. Angel View will make payments directly to vendor or medical providers or locate donated equipment. The will work to learn what is needed and put clients in contact with solutions, meeting needs with as little red tape as possible. Transportation Assistance: Second only to the need for health insurance, transportation is the largest, major barrier standing between these children and access to healthcare in the valley. The lack of public transit that can facilitate these special needs children, the long distances many of them have to travel to specialized health care facilities complicated by parents unable to miss work and/or the lack of a working vehicle creates additional stress on these families. Consider for a moment, the difficulty facing a parent who has to transport their special needs child long distances, and make as many as three trips, just to get one pair of specially fitted shoes for their child. Angel View hopes to help by providing transportation reimbursement to low income families with disabled children for their child’s health-related trips once verifying the need with the child’s

physician. They will reimburse up to 1250 miles per year at $.55 per mile per child. This will be administered in conjunction with the Transportation Reimbursement and Information Program (TRIP), and Independent Living Partnership programs currently in place. At the helm of this program, answering calls and handling all client casework is Amanda Galindo, the new Outreach Program Manager for Angel View Outreach. With a heart as big and impressive as her Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice and the seven years of social work under her belt having served at Shelter from the Sun, a domestic violence shelter, Amanda comes equipped and focused on serving the needs of our special needs children and their families. As she continues her training, pursuing her Masters in Psychology specializing in Autism, Amanda says that the biggest challenge facing her is getting the word out to the families who desperately need the services the Angel View Outreach provides. Due to essential privacy laws

protecting the information about families with these special needs, she depends on industry workers, the press and the general public to spread the word about the new outreach program. She states, “We are here to help the children, not report them” as some families whose children are in great need are afraid to ask for help due to immigration status or other concerns. The Angel View Outreach program is completely financed through donations, although Amanda will help families get any government aid they are qualified to receive. The Angel View Thrift stores along with cash donations are all part of what supports the indispensable help and service this organization provides the large number of our valley’s crippled children. As the program grows to meet the needs of these kids, so does the need for donations and volunteers. For more information regarding the services and how you can help, call Amanda Galindo at (855) 8AV-KIDS or visit their website Outreach.


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Don’t Be



s it safe? The kids have shuffled off to school in new shoes (scuff-alert ahead), facing up to new horizons (scowl-alert ahead), looking for all the alienworld like robotic stiffs with hunched, bent backs supporting books, tablets, pens and pencils, a brown-bag lunch which they use for trade, and all those necessary musthave educational tools on flyers posted conspicuously in our local stores. The children are off to build a future in the brave, new world. And just when you thought it was safe to fall back into the season, to put your feet up, finish that novel you started in June, apply the goo-and-glop that would repair your face from the summer sun’s nasty glare, pour a tall, icy cold glass of tea or whatever your poison, you read this column and get out your calendar. It’s showtime! It’s our version of: All Talking, All Singing, All Dancing! Have a terrific week! (And no, Elvis is not in the building.)

Friday, September 14, 9am – noon. The Girlfriend Factor’s “Go Education, Go Girl” campaign is off and running fullfuel in partnership with the College of the Desert and others in an education fair in the Cravens Student Services Center at the college. Doris Wilson, associate dean at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert campus gives the keynote address provocatively titled “Which Education, What Career?” With this stinky economy, the timing couldn’t be better. After all, The Girlfriend Factor’s mission is to bring awareness to local women about the important role education can play in their lives. Other participants in the fair include Pathways to Success, a coalition of local institutions and organizations led by the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, Riverside County Office of Education, International School of Beauty, real estate, cosmetic and dental field vendors, among others. No RSVP is required. For more information, The Girlfriend Factor, 77-734 Country Club Drive, Suite E, Palm Desert, Ca 92211 Or call 760-772-9594. Or go to www. Sunday, September 16, 4-6pm. It’s a first! A Disco Tea Dance premiers a poolside party benefitting the Aids Assistance Program at the Saguaro Palm Springs Hotel known by its joie de vivre in festive colors


and ever-so-savvy sharp style! The evening puts up on stage San Francisco’s favorite DJ Jerry Bonham (SF’s “Remember the Party”) with a special performance by legendary Disco Diva Martha Wash. Get ready to get down, get out by the pool to the hottest sounds around. Speaking of get-up, is there a dress code for pool-side partying? For tickets ($45 per person), and more info, call 760-321-8481, or visit www.aidsassistance. org. For discounted rooms at the Saguaro, call 760-323-1711 and use rate code AApdisco. Saguaro Palm Springs Hotel, 1800 E Palm Canyon Way (at S Sunrise Wy.).

Sunday, September 16, 9:30am. Yes, we all miss Elvis, but the “Great California ShakeOut“ event shakes, rattles and rolls out the news in another direction that could be a lifesaver. Here’s the scoop. Sunnylands Center & Gardens are providing a special day of earthquake preparedness in partnership with the Earthquake Country Alliance. The day includes demonstrations, speakers, and informational booths from the American Red Cross, San Bernardino County Museum, Southern California Center and other organizations and cities. (No word has blown in from the Big Apple, namely New York City shaken by unusual tornados this week.) Lectures include “The Science Behind the Great California ShakeOut,” and others. Bring the kids, even the littlest wigglers, who will enjoy planned activities and a display of emergency vehicles. For more info, visit Wednesday, September 19, 1pm. Hear the real skinny on U.S. Diplomacy from Foreign Correspondent Nicholas Kralev, author of the non-fiction book, America’s Other Army. Journalist and lecturer, Kralev will speak on his ten years of travel with four U.S. Secretaries of State as diplomatic correspondent for the Financial Times and Washington Times, traveled to 80 countries, visiting 50 U.S. embassies and interviewing 600 career diplomats. Find out what Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Madeline Albright were really thinking as they dealt out and made deals in foreign policy. A correspondent with highest level access, Kralev shares “behind the scenes secrets, how it affects our daily lives, contributes to U.S. security and prosperity,”

September 13 to 19, 2012

Haddon Libby: It’s all local

by Diane Marlin-Dirkx



plus the challenges ahead for the 21st century. Held at the non-profit Palm Springs Air Museum, the program is included with regular museum admission, ranging from $8 to $15. Book signing follows. Seating limited. Call 760-778-6262, or visit www. Location: 745 N Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs. Saturday, September 22, 8pm. “Deadon laughs and bittersweet,” “loveable,” “Hilarious,” wrote just a few of the savvy scribes about “Mike Birgiglia’s My Girlriend’s Boyfriend,” a new comedy directed by Seth Barrish, that will be at the McCallum Theatre. Originally opening OffBroadway at the Barrow Street Theatre (NYC), the show won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show and was named a “Critic’s Pick” by The New York Times, New York Magazine and Time Out New York. On this hysterical and honest journey in a lifetime of romantic blunders and miscues, Mike struggles to find reason in an area where that may be impossible… LOVE. What can we say? It’s complicated.

All tickets, $35. Call the McCallum Theatre box office, 760-340-ARTS (2787). Or order tickets online, at www.mccallumtheatre. com “Don’t Be Clueless” wants to remind you that press releases for inclusion should be in to the Coachella Weekly at least two weeks ahead of the scheduled event! Thanks!

The Real Unemployment Rate

he headline unemployment number of 8.1% for August fell by 0.2% because fewer people were looking for jobs. This pointed out how useless this statistic is to knowing the true state of unemployment in the United States.   To understand the real unemployment rate, we need to get behind that number.  A bad sign was that the “labor participation rate” fell to 63.8% in August the lowest level in over 30 years.  This means that only 16 out of 25 people are looking for work.  Inside of this number, the male labor force fell to 69.8%, the lowest number on record.  Also excluded from the report were the “self-employed” who might not be earning income and therefore not counted as unemployed.  In the Coachella Valley, that is a significant number given the percentage of residents involved in real estate sales or construction as well as undocumented migrant workers. While the government touted job growth of 96,000, behind that number Labor Statistics showed that 119,000 fewer

people had jobs. The explanation was that those 119,000 people chose not to work for various reasons such as early retirement.  Interestingly, 2.2 million Americans have dropped out of the workforce this year - 1.6 million due to retirement, in many cases earlier than they wanted, with another 600,000 for other reasons such as discouragement.  The 600,000 number reflects deeper problems in the economy.   In order to figure out the real unemployment rate, we need to stabilize the workforce participation level at 66% as was the case before the Great Recession hit.  Using that one adjustment, the headline unemployment rate was unchanged at 10.6% as compared to July.  This is significantly higher than the 8.1% reported in the press. This still does not reflect the real unemployment rate as it excludes “discouraged workers”. “Discouraged workers” are simply people who have been unemployed for more than four weeks but less than a year.  Adding back these

people shows that the unemployment rate improved by 0.2% to 11.2% in August. “Marginally attached” workers are also excluded.  These are people who want to work but have been unable to find work for over a month. Surely, they should be included in the unemployment rate.  Including these people increased the unemployment rate to 12.2%, a 0.1% improvement over July.  These common sense adjustments show that real unemployment is 50% higher than that being reported.  One in eight people who want to work cannot find work.   Lastly, we should add back people who want a full-time job but cannot find one and as such take part-time jobs.  Including these workers increases the unemployment rate to 17.1%, a 0.4% improvement over July.  Nevertheless, more than one in six people is looking for work. This levels of unemployment means that we at the same levels as August 2009.  Worth noting, while unemployment peaked in August 2011, it has been relatively unimproved over the last three years with

wages decreasing for those able to find work. The real question is whether the foundation is in place for economic recovery as job growth lags an improving economy. While things appear to have stabilized for businesses, by most accounts, we have a significant way to go before we have a period of sustained recovery and by extension, improved job prospects.  High energy and healthcare costs continue to present a substantial risk to business while workers need to retool their skill sets while being prepared to take lower paying jobs.  The job market for many is no longer local or national in nature but international - a daunting challenge to workers and employers alike. As for the real unemployment rate, it is now more than twice the level of that reported in the press and touted by our elected leaders.  The real number is not 8.1% but over 17.1% nationally, more than 20% for the State and over 25% in the Coachella Valley.

Safety Tips

by Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

What Should I Do Before, During, And After An Earthquake?

What to Do Before an Earthquake

• Make sure you have a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, and extra batteries at home. • Learn first aid. • Learn how to turn off the gas, water, and electricity. • Make up a plan of where to meet your family after an earthquake. • Don’t leave heavy objects on shelves (they’ll fall during a quake). • Anchor heavy furniture, cupboards, and appliances to the walls or floor. • Learn the earthquake plan at your school or workplace.

What to Do During an Earthquake

• Stay calm! If you’re indoors, stay inside. If you’re outside, stay outside.

• If you’re indoors, stand against a wall near the center of the building, stand in a doorway, or crawl under heavy furniture (a desk or table). Stay away from windows and outside doors. • If you’re outdoors, stay in the open away from power lines or anything that might fall. Stay away from buildings (stuff might fall off the building or the building could fall on you). • Don’t use matches, candles, or any flame. Broken gas lines and fire don’t mix. • If you’re in a car, stop the car and stay inside the car until the earthquake stops. • Don’t use elevators (they’ll probably get stuck anyway).

What to Do After an Earthquake

• Check yourself and others for injuries. Provide first aid for anyone who needs it. • Check water, gas, and electric lines for

damage. If any are damaged, shut off the valves. Check for the smell of gas. If you smell it, open all the windows and doors, leave immediately, and report it to the authorities (use someone else’s phone). • Turn on the radio. Don’t use the phone unless it’s an emergency. • Stay out of damaged buildings. • Be careful around broken glass and debris. Wear boots or sturdy shoes to keep from cutting your feet. • Be careful of chimneys (they may fall on you). • Stay away from beaches. Tsunamis sometimes hit after the ground has stopped shaking. • Stay away from damaged areas. • If you’re at school or work, follow the emergency plan or the instructions of the person in charge. • Expect aftershocks.


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athleen Edwards is a singer songwriter from Ontario, Canada. The daughter of a diplomat, Edwards grew up overseas. Raiding an older brother’s record collection gave her a sharp appreciation for the music of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. By 2003, Edwards recorded her debut, Failer. It was met with unanimous critical acclaim. The same reception greeted her second and third efforts, Back To Me in 2005 and Asking For Flowers in 2008. The style of those two records were the sort of rough-hewn Americana (or that echoed Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris. Her latest release, aptly titled, Voyageur, takes her on a different musical journey. Two years in the making, Voyageur marked the end of Edwards’ marriage to musical collaborator Colin Crips. The disc was co-produced by Edwards and Justin Vernon (a.k.a. Bon Iver). The two musicians became a couple during the recording process, so Voyageur could be rightly perceived as a “divorce” record. Edwards displays none of the acrimony and rancor of Marvin Gaye’s infamous “divorce” epic Here My Dear. Edwards’ style is more like frank reportage. The first half of Voyageur candidly dissects the dissolution of Edwards’ marriage. The opening track, “Empty Threat” is a propulsive barn-burner spurred on by strumming acoustic guitar and a keening electric guitar solo. The lyrics address new beginnings in the midst of personal heartache. Both “A Soft Place To Land” and “Change The Sheets” dig in to the break up in intimate detail. The former is a hushed piano driven ballad aching with regret. On the latter, it feels as though we

are eavesdropping, listening to lines like “Calling it quits, you think this is easy, I swear that I hurt/ You can call in the jury, call it a catch without any strings attached.” The mood is languid until the instrumental break. The tempo shifts to a martial cadence as Edwards marshals emotional fortitude. A soaring guitar solo urges her forward to a resolute conclusion. “Change The Sheets” floats anxious synths over a galloping beat and darting guitar fills. It is a buoyant ode to new beginnings. The arrangement and melody recall early 80s Fleetwood Mac. “House Full Of Empty Rooms” renders the break up a fait accompli. Over a sad but tender melody, Edwards sketches out the couple’s problems beginning with “You don’t kiss me, not the way that I wish you would,” and ending with “I don’t know you, The way that I thought I did.” It is a devastating but graceful post-mortem anchored by soft piano arpeggios. The tone shifts perceptively on the next two tracks. “Mint” is a gritty stop-start waltz piloted by swaggering Stones-y guitars and breathy back-up vocals. The lyrics detail the temptations and possibilities of new love. “Sidecar” positively crackles with the

frisson of a ripening romance. Edwards joyfully celebrates this long-awaited kinship. “I was feeling so lost for so long, you were feeling so lost for so long.” A kinetic backbeat and buzzy synths provide a giddy backdrop to this tale of emotional connection and post-coital bliss. Other stand-out tracks include the slow burn of “Chameleon/Comedian.” “Pink Champagne” is a soulful and eloquent recollection of her doomed wedding day. Finally, “Going To Hell” juxtaposes an ethereal melody with dire lyrics of self-recrimination. The song slowly builds to an apocalyptic crescendo replete with an explosion of skronky guitars. If this is hell, it sounds pretty rockin’! Voyageur closes with the Spartan, “For The Record,” a mea culpa set to music. Relying on an intimate set-up of electric piano, Hammond B3 organ, plangent guitar chords and a lone kick-drum, the song was recorded in just two takes. Here, Edwards makes the case despite all

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Hot new band:


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The Evaro Family Dynasty, including all their Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and their Father, musician, composer and producer, Gene Evaro, Sr., was still alive and now continues with a new generation. Add veteran musician Bobby Nichols to this new mix, and you definitely have something creative, fresh and different, yet very original. Born Bobby Moses Nichols in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, his father’s administrative job brought him to Brazil where he spent the first six years of his life and learned to speak Portuguese and English. The family then moved to Santiago, Chile, where he added Spanish to his vocabulary. His father accepted a position as Director for a mental health agency and moved the family back to the United States when he was 11. They moved several times and while his father was teaching a grant writing class, he met some of the Cabazon Tribal Members, which later brought the family to Indio, California. His older brother started taking guitar lessons and soon, Nichols found himself wanting to do the same. “When I was 14, I

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the emotional, soul searching hokey pokey, she’s really just a singer who loves singing and writing songs. Norah Jones provides subtle backing vocals. Voyageur succeeds in pushing Edwards out of her musical comfort zone. The album combines personal, almost anguished experience with richly textured and nuanced music. It is her most rewarding effort to date.

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The Collective

olo guitarist, Bobby Nichols performs every Friday from 6 until 9 p.m. in The IW Club located at 44500 Indian Wells Lane in Indian Wells. (760) 834-3800. Every Saturday, he performs at The Fix located at 73-580 El Paseo in Palm Desert. (760) 340-3040. However, he may leave a bit early this Saturday, September 15, and head over to The Hood Bar and Pizza, (760) 636-5220, located at 74-360 Highway 111, for the downbeat at 9 p.m. to perform with a hot new band: The Collective. Members include: Bobby Nichols on guitar, lead vocalist Gabriella Evaro, Gene Evaro, Jr. on bass and drummer Ben Kennedy with two percussionists; Mitchell Arganda and Piper Robison. I remember hearing a few members from The Collective, when they performed every Thursday in the group Evaro at Space 120, the old Blue Guitar, on Thursday, October 29, 2009. A date I remember because I was very impressed with their intriguing original music paired with their free-spirited performance. It was obvious the talent from

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features a mix of the former band Evaro with Bobby Nichols

started singing and writing my own songs,” said Nichols. “I play with a lot of rhythm, and intricate rhythms, and I feel being exposed to various types of music as a child, has influenced me as an artist.” He listened to The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, while also enjoying Carnival and samba music. He started playing professionally in instrumental bands when he was in his early 20s. They played R & B as well as fusion and jazz. With the Roger Atlas Quintet, he had the opportunity to open concerts for Spyro Gyro in Miami. He also played with a number of musicians who were prior, part of and future members of the Allman Brothers, a more bluesy rock side of improvisational music. “I love the spirit of the music. I love a good hook, I love a simple melody that the audience can remember and I really love a full-on rhythm section that can keep up with me and interact with me, while we are playing.” He is very excited about the festival circuits that have been emerging over the past 15 years, where 10 to 20 thousand people are hanging on every note that people are playing. “Whenever I play my own material with the energy that I play with, I am able to have that freedom and I usually get a great response from the audience.” The music The Collective is crafting is arranged to play a certain way, but it

originally starts in an improvisational manner and goes from there. They record everything and get ideas for songs from their rehearsals. “Every time we get together, we are writing something, it is oozing out of our pores. I am playing with people half my age and it is exciting because they are so talented, and it just clicks.” Gene Evaro, Jr. is a great writer and multiinstrumentalist and very creative. “I gotta tell you, the music we are doing is groove oriented, very rhythmically moving and lyrical. At the Joshua Tree Music Festival, we had over 2,000 people in attendance who really loved it. We had many people after the performance, express to us their appreciation for the music we create. We have a unique sound that is very hard to ‘pigeon hole’ which is really what I like.” You can follow them on Facebook. Bobby Moses Nichols and also The Collective JoshuaTree. “In working with these musicians, the cool thing is, we all have the same vision and like to go where all genres of music meet. We love everything and have a very sophisticated flair. They are disciplined musicians, like me. Their energy combined with mine, brings us a very diverse audience, a collection of all ages.” We will keep you posted on the release of the CD they are currently recording.

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Prison Dogs


ervice dogs are the eyes for those who cannot see, the leaders for people unable to walk, and the healers for those suffering from emotional illnesses such as post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For some service dogs, it all began behind bars.... Before Puppies Behind Bars began, an inmate named Tom spent most days watching television in his cell and pumping iron. Tom spent over thirty years in prison on a conviction for second degree murder. Tom explained the difference the dogs made in his life, “In the prison system, you shut down your feelings. You gotta do that to survive, because it’s hard. But the dogs brought me back, you know, to the human side.” He had an incredible success rate of 6-0 with all his dogs successfully graduating, a success that



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dogs who get weekend furloughs in outside homes to gain exposure to things they don’t encounter in prison such as doorbells and elevators. The dogs learn an amazing 80 commands. A similar program, Pups on Parole, began in Las Vegas when a rescue group called Heaven Can Wait Animal Society didn’t have enough foster homes for the dogs they rescued. The dogs are placed with specially chosen inmates in the female correctional facility. The abandoned and sometimes abused dogs needed a place to heal before going to adoptive homes in the community. Inmates have all the time in the world, but for dogs on “death row” in shelters, time is of the essence. Famed trainer Cesar Milan helped develop the training curriculum. One of the program coordinators wrote this poem about her experience:


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gave him status within the prison and hope within himself. Tom took on a dog that was failing in the program, a beautiful Golden Retriever named Tuesday, a dog that later became the subject of a best- selling book UNTIL TUESDAY. Tom began his relationship with Tuesday by simply laying down beside him for three hours without saying a word. He describes his first impression of Tuesday, “Tuesday has such sad eyes, especially when he’s wounded, that at seven months old he probably looked like exactly what he was: a lost kid. When I think of him then, I see a perfect picture of longing, of innocence at the moment he discovers there is pain in the world.” Tom looks back on those days, “The only way the prison system could win was to get me to hate, and being around the dogs and everything, the hate was totally out of the picture.” Today Tom owns a dog training business with his wife, providing a second chance for troubled dogs that others gave up on, including many pit bulls. Inmates who participate in the Puppies Behind Bars program acquire job skills and exit prison to enter careers as vet technicians, kennel workers, and animal trainers. Founded in 1997, this innovative program in New York initially trained dogs for people with physical disabilities. After 9/11, there was an increased demand for bomb sniffing dogs. Later they began training dogs to assist veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD, acquired brain injuries, and physical conditions. The dogs spend 20 months with their inmate trainers, living with them in their cells. Here, it’s the

by Rick Riozza

September 13 to 19, 2012

cuz, you’ve been rescued, just like us. We promise that it’s not too late because we all know that Heaven can wait. Forget the broken road you’ve traveled on for, yesterday has come and gone. That’s a lesson, we must all learn and now, little one…it is your turn. Come with us, walk by our side hold your tail up high with pride. And in the end, when we’re all through there’ll be a family just waiting for you. Because, Little one… so full of fear no one’s gonna hurt you here. T. Haga Sister Pauline Quinn started a pet prison program in the State of Washington. Results from that program show that only one participating inmate who was released has reoffended and returned to prison! Prison inmates, abandoned shelter dogs, people with disabilities, are all connected by a desire for a productive life. The program generates revenue by offering low cost boarding and grooming to the public. Why can’t we start a program like this in California prisons? California inmates have a recidivism rate of 67%. They come out of prison with few job skills after learning unsavory “tricks of the trade” from fellow offenders. Meanwhile, our shelter dogs whose only crime is not having a home, languish behind bars without hope. It costs California taxpayers an average of $47,000 per year to house an inmate. It costs California taxpayers an average of $426 to capture, house, and then euthanize a shelter animal. Who rescues who? Not every inmate can be rehabilitated. But for many, after exposure to these wonderful canine creatures, confidence replaces fear, purpose replaces idleness, and hope for a better future replaces anger.

llora! Benvenuto! Welcome back to extraordinary dinners and world class wine pairings as the Miramonte Resort & Spa proudly introduces their five wine dinner event series for the 2012-2013 season. Serate di Vino means “Evenings of Wine”—the title for this wine dinner series—and what better accompaniment to these up-coming soirées than the culinary talent of one of the desert’s master chefs, Robert Nyerick, Executive Chef of the Resort’s acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant, Grove Artisan Kitchen. Already known as a most romantic and Italianesque resort and spa, Miramonte continues with the Italian theme that will become electric when the representative from the Antinori family of Tuscany comes to the Resort toting their world class wines to celebrate an abondanzza! on the lawns

this coming November. But Wait! we’re jumping ahead of ourselves—fortunately for us foodies and vino lovers, the wine dinner series begins on Friday September 21st ushered in by the wines of Paso Robles’ world famous Justin Winery and hosted by the winery’s founder himself, Justin Baldwin. For over 30 years, Justin Wines have fueled their focus on providing outstanding “Old World Bordeaux” style wines and tradition with the “New World’s” soil, climate, and techniques of California’s Central Coast. It was a wine lovers dream recipe in 1981 as it is today where a balanced flavor profile is the desire. And who doesn’t stop in at the winery while in Paso Robles. Their wines proudly speak for themselves. It’s a wonderful choice for the overture of the Serate di Vino dinner series. I had the pleasure to again sit and

converse with Chef Robert about the new season of food and the up-coming events. We actually began talking about Henry Fenwick, the Desert Sun’s previous food columnist, who has left our valley and gone on to Miami Beach. I knew that Mr. Fenwick was particularly fond of his “stable” of the valley chefs that he covered regularly, and that Chef Robert was in this elite group. I enjoyed listening to some of their personal anecdotal history. We then got down to the meat and potatoes of this Justin Wine Dinner. (If you have the opportunity, please go on-line to where you can click on to Archives to see my previous Vino Voice columns. In the June 14 issue, #12, “The Pleasures of Food & Wine Pairing,” Chef Robert took us through the fun and interesting dynamic of matching fantastic food to the world class wines of Rodney Strong, all part of the last wine dinner held in June. It’s a great little primer on food & wine pairing!) As we spoke, Chef Robert offered me a glass of Justin Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s such a tasty wine by itself and is absolutely balanced for most dinners; Chef readily admits to having a slew of Justin Wines at home. As with my previous June interview, we took the time and discussed his mind frame in matching the flavor profiles of the scheduled array of Justin wines to his fresh seasonal California and Mediterranean cuisine mindset. But as opposed to reading about the Chef’s talent to bring the food and wine to another level in a perfect pairing world, I’d rather see you folks over at the Justin Wine Dinner on Friday September 21st at 6pm so that you may savor for yourselves the

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fter a much needed summer vacation traveling the country with my children, I have returned, eager to compare my dining experiences to the best the Coachella Valley has to offer. I wanted to make my debut review a memorable one so I chose to find the most authentic Italian restaurant in the desert to celebrate my return. Having tried them all, I knew exactly where to go. Trattoria Tiramisu is an intimate restaurant with humble owners and an abundant menu of delicacies. The ambiance and attention to detail make Tiramisu the perfect place for a special occasion, so I was certain to bring a very special woman to share this incredible

My date and I had decided against pasta for our main course but were fortunate to taste a sample of pastas and risotto prepared by chef, Mario Marfia. Wow! It is clear that his pastas are homemade! Some Italian restaurants that claim authenticity in this valley serve pasta from a bag and produce from a can, while charging an arm and a leg. I know because I worked for them. Taste the difference at Tiramisu. We enjoyed each course at our leisure, allowing me to appreciate the interaction with my date. While I selected the rack of lamb, seasoned with fresh herbs and lemon, my companion opted for the veal chop with the demi glaze, both served with Tuscany fried potatoes and spinach. We paired our meal with a delicious glass of Nero d’Avola, Donnafugata “Sedara”, a Sicilian red wine that went down as smoothly as each course. The entrees were prepared perfectly and plated so artistically, that I had to take a picture to show my friends. The portions

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were ideal, leaving just a taste to enjoy for lunch the following day. Our meal would not be complete without trying the tiramisu, after all, it is their namesake. We shared one order with some espresso and I must say there is finally a competitor for the best tiramisu in the desert. If you’ve read my previous articles, you will know who I gave the title of “best tiramisu” to. Overall, this proved to be a magnificent meal, contributing to an amazing date, for which I must thank Trattoria Tiramisu! Trattoria Tiramisu is finally open for lunch and serves dinner lightly throughout the season. They are located at 72655 Hwy 111 Ste. B6 in Palm Desert next to Vons in the Palms to Pines shopping center and reservations are recommended. This restaurant is small but rumor has it, they are opening a larger restaurant on El Paseo later this season. I ,for one, cannot wait.


record tying field goal kick that never should have made it but did. “It’s like the House of Blues meets a sports bar,” explains co-owner Billy Mieldazis, who has established his great reputation as a restauranteur here in the Coachella with launching The Falls and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouses as well as the Palm Desert nightclub Red 74. A 103-inch 3D, High Definition television provides viewing in the main seating area of the Stadium Club and an even larger one for the bar area. Several others fill the remaining walls of this beautiful building. Billy said he is working on getting even more cable boxes so that he can provide viewing of the more obscure, less popular games as he aims to satisfy every sports fan in his venue. Sports bar by day, this place has the capacity to turn into an awesome, rhythm pumping music venue at night (post big game of course). Co-owner, John Knudsen, who has his own track record of success in Las Vegas, hired designers from Hyde Nightclub at the Bellagio giving this local bar an amazing light system creating a

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t was the big day! The first Football Sunday! I had been counting down the days for my team to open their season since last Super Bowl Sunday and now, it was finally here. Donning my team colors, I grabbed my keys and my rally towel (not that I thought they would need it, but just in case) and drove myself to Stadium Club Sports Bar and Bistro in Rancho Mirage. What better way to start off the new football season than in the newest sports bar in the valley. The building was very familiar to me. The beautiful Stuart Anderson’s building had been refitted with an amazing lighting and sound system, several televisions and a lot of very cool sport memorabilia. The only problem with trying to find the best seat in the house was that there didn’t seem to be a bad one. Jerseys representing every team were there enjoying the huge selection of menu items from appetizers, sliders, burgers, sandwiches, salads, pastas and my personal favorite for many reasons including the name, the Dodger Blue top sirloin steak dinner, all of which, were very reasonably priced. As I perused the menu, my jaw dropped as I was informed that happy hour prices were being honored all day! I can’t tell you what the best part of my experience was: The absolutely ideal chicken wings, the perfectly grilled, thick cut, top sirloin steak in its savory peppercorn sauce and blue cheese crumbles over asparagus, the friendly camaraderie of the super friendly and efficient servers or the whole place erupting together in amazement over a


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perfect party atmosphere. Along with their big, full, beautiful bar and incredible sound system, even the most timid dancer could be enticed to get their groove on and feel like a rock star. Everything about this place screams fun. Patron and Stadium Club fan, Dusty Martell states, “Congratulations. You get my vote for BEST NEW Fun place in the desert. I’ll be back and I’ll bring my Canadian friends with me. Cheers Stadium Club and a special shout out to Chef John and Sous chef Juan!” Keep your eyes open for announcements of a big grand opening party, with master of ceremonies, BB Ingle leading the festivities. They’ll be having $1 Jagermeister shots

during Thursday Night NFL games complete with “Jager Girls” as well as many other reasons to be part of the Stadium Club sports experience. Stadium Club plans to play host to countless televised sporting events and public parties for the televised Golden Globes and the Academy Awards. This not so little restaurant/night club/ sports bistro has everything it needs to succeed in the arena of fun dining and entertainment. All it needs now is you. The Stadium Club is located at 69640 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage. For information about upcoming events keep an eye on Coachella Valley Weekly’s event listings or call Stadium Club at (760) 424-8190.


September 13 to 19, 2012

Movie Reviews with Robin E. Simmons

FANTASY LANDS link to TOY STORY. However, I suggest that the phrase “toys in the attic” is intended to be synonymous with “insane.” Though there’s nice English voice work from Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack and others, I hope the DVD will have the Czech option with subtitles. Know that this is an art film and


Old-school stop-motion animation infuses this twisted fable with a veneer of immediacy and authenticity that big budget CGI fueled studio products cannot match. Here’s the story: A teddy bear, a mechanical mouse, and a marionette join forces to save their kidnapped friend, Buttercup the doll, from the residents of the Land of Evil. This film from Czech animator Jiří Barta was originally titled IN THE ATIC: WHO HAS A BITHDAY TODAY? When it was shown on the film fest circuit starting in 2009. This new Americanized release suggests a

not the family film the distributor implies in the ads. In some ways, it’s much more akin to William S. Burroughs or Kafka. There seems to be a very bold political message to his fellow countrymen embedded in Barta’s film: Resist the nostalgic temptation for a return to the old, simpler, days of totalitarianism. As Buttercup says, “We are all born anew.” In some parts of the world, this is a very dangerous, inflammatory film.


Huge buzz swirls around this mesmerizing look at the relationship between a selfproclaimed guru played with astonishing arrogance and intensity by Phillip Seymour Hoffman and a troubled acolyte inhabited by Joaquin Phoenix as a post WW II Navy vet at loose ends. A controversy already surrounds this title after the Venice Film Festival gave it a Silver Lion award instead of the top Golden Lion since the recently revised rules forbid one movie from getting two major awards. Clearly this drama is loosely based on the origins of Scientology. Hoffman’s portrayal of L. Ron Hubbard is as unsettling as

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ith the beginning of football season on the docket as well as the US Open Finals scheduled to conclude on the same day, the television schedule was a sports junkie’s paradise last weekend and made the DVR and invention as important as the light bulb for any diehard…….However, if you didn’t choose to watch or record the Final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick you really did yourself a disservice…….what a final round! The third stop on the playoff train once again showed that the cream rises to the top and the final leaderboard looked like something you’d have hoped for if you were a fan viewing at home or at the course looking to see something special………

it is fascinating. Phoenix, who not long ago claimed to be retired from acting while he was making the bizarro fake documentary with Casey Affleck is back in fine form. This is not

Quaid, Olivia Wilde and Zoë Saldana. Intense dialogue is no substitute for real emotion and action. One reviewer called this Bradley Cooper’s funniest film since the original HANGOVER. Too bad. So sad.




It breaks my heart to have to write a negative review, but this pretentious, beautifully filmed conceit about plagiarism, ambition and true love fails on every level. A limp, meaningless, script betrays the great cast -- Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis

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If you remember the events at Lake Victoria (assuming you saw the 2010 prequel), this outing ups the gore and mammary size in a flesh-eating rampage of the pre-historic school of bloodthirsty piranhas that enter the Big Wet Water Park. Christopher Lloyd, Paul Scheer and the partially devoured Ving Rhames are back. David Hasselhoff and Gary Busey co-star. Why does this film even exist? It’s not only stupid (yes, literally stupid and not funny stupid), it’s sloppily made, not remotely titillating (despite promising to “double the Ds”) or witty. Neither is it scary. The only horror is that this film is so bad it’s actually bad. Trust me, please. Comments?

Nicki A’s Salon


September 13 to 19, 2012

by Mike Livingston



a movie that touts the benefits of Scientology but rather the peculiar madness of how a religious movement begins and the intense personal delusions of those who crave power and those who crave a leader. It seems a certainty that Paul Thomas Anderson’s most mature work will be up for multiple Oscars, especially for Hoffman and Phoenix. Starts Friday locally at Cinemas Palme d’Or.

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with the final cut-down the previous week moving to only fifty players in the field, we were assured of quality and there was no doubt that all of the horses were in the field and most had brought their A-games, once again. Crooked Stick, once the home to the PGA Championship (remember when we all saw John Daly for the first time??!!), yeah that was Crooked Stick………but it sure looked like a different golf course all these years later with the technology and equipment having been revolutionized since Big J.D. seemed to overpower it in 1991. Nonetheless, scoring was critical as only the top 30 in the Fedex Cup standings would survive the week and move on to the next and final leg of the playoffs, the Tour

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Championship in two weeks, to be followed closely by the Ryder Cup. From the beginning, the course looked outclassed, yielding some really low scores on Thursday and Friday. Tiger Woods held on throughout the weekend and remained in the thick of it until the very end rather than fading however, when the dust settled, it was once again the World’s #1 player, Rory McIlroy who came away with both the win and the lead in the FedEx point standings. Lee Westwood (who also put together a nice Sunday for once) came in second followed closely by Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Also posting good numbers were Robert Garrigus, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and 49-year old Vijay Singh who had lead through 54 holes.

The big news locally continues to be the advent of the new “The Clubhouse with Mike Livingston” radio show which took to the airwaves last weekend on KNEWS 94.3 FM from 6 – 8 a.m. Guest ‘ plenty with lots of big surprises ahead so join me as we talk sports here in the valley and across the globe! We’ll be looking for you in The Clubhouse on Saturday mornings from 6-8 a.m. on KNEWS 94.3 FM……Heads Up! Mike Livingston is the Host of The Clubhouse Radio Show on KNEWS 94.3 FM on Saturday Mornings from 6:00-8:00 a.m.; Additionally, Mike is the Director of Management for Personalized Property Management Company, in Cathedral City.

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DJ Ish Likes to Mix Things Up M

ost Djs could be placed into a few different categories. Some DJs are strictly club jocks, while others focus their energy on producing their own music and putting on shows. The largest category of DJs usually like to mix it up by performing for weddings, private parties and corporate events, with an occasional club gig sandwiched in between. Ismael Pena (DJ Ish) considers himself more of a wedding and corporate DJ but he does confess to a few club stints for friends in the past. “My most favorite part of Djing is getting lost in the vibe with everyone and enjoying it as much as they do,” emphasizes Ish. I can relate to that myself, there is nothing more rewarding then the guests coming up to you and telling you what a great time they had dancing to your music. Mobile DJ gigs can be a lot of fun and do usually pay more than clubs but they do have their down side. Ish admits, “My least favorite part of the job is when I’m required to stick to a strict playlist that is full of dance floor stoppers and my ability to move and please the crowd is taken away from me leaving me in a state of emotionless jukebox/IPod mode.”

Another requirement for doing mobile gigs is having a broad knowledge of music in order to please everyone on the dance floor. “As far back as I can remember I’ve always really enjoyed music. My mind would easily wonder off while listening to different styles of music,” Ish recalls. “I grew up listening to a Mexican AM radio station that would play all the top 40 hits of many American genres as well as Mexican regional music,” he continues. Ish was 15 years old when he first learned how to use a pair of turn tables

at his cousin’s house in Riverside, CA. Ish remembers sitting in his cousin’s room for hours putting together mix tapes on cassettes (remember those?) Although he had been exposed to DJ gear in the late 80’s, it wasn’t until 2004 that Ish decided to buy his own gear and go professional after witnessing less-than-par DJ’s ruin some of his friends and families parties. DJ Ish has quickly built up his clientele and reputation to constitute and command top pay for gigs. Being a Bi-Lingual DJ is also a nice feather in your cap, especially

in the Coachella Valley where we have a large number of Latin Americans. While Ish does like both Spanish and American music, he says he doesn’t have a favorite artist but if he had to choose he likes Mash Ups (when 2 or more songs are played simultaneous to create an entirely new song mix.) Ish explains, “I enjoy listening to the mix in my headphones while I set up a transition for the next song.” If he’s not spinning music for a party or special event you can still find Ish at an interesting event in a different capacity. Ish is also contracted for special events by a local security company called Serna & Associates. He sometimes finds himself at The Oscars, Coachella Festival Main Stage, Comic Con, and more recently the Ramon Ayala concert at The Fullenwider Auditorium in Indio, CA. On his off time, Ish mixes up his responsibilities between his son, girlfriend and helping local charities such as the American Diabetes Association. If you would like to hire DJ Ish for your private party or event you can e-mail him at: ish@ Written By: Craig Michaels Musical Affair Entertainment (760) 619-3276


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Dale Gribow On The Law


September 13 to 19, 2012

by Dale Gribow Attorney at Law

How NOT to be a Victim

id you know that gang members outnumber law enforcement officers by a ratio of 6 to 1, and they are better armed? As a result of this and other prevailing conditions law enforcement and politicians have tried to overhaul the juvenile justice system in California. Recently the Desert Sun reported that the Coachella Valley crime rates are on the rise.  Would you believe that Palm Desert, our community, ranks as the second worst crime community with crime rising 5%?  In fact crime is sort of ‘our dirty little secret’ here in the desert. We can reduce crime by just following some simple steps. • Lock your homes and cars and USE the alarm systems. • Don’t be a criminal yourself, for others to emulate. • Wear your seat belt.  Set an example. • Be a good NOSEY neighbor. • Set up a neighborhood watch. • Pass information on suspicious types with a phone, texting or email tree. People don’t plan to fail – they simply fail to plan… ahead.  When you travel abroad make photo copies of your passport, California driver’s license and all credit cards and distribute them among your luggage as a measure to expedite replacement if it should get lost or stolen.  Take a cell phone picture of your luggage before you leave home.  No explanation should be necessary. What should YOU do if you are involved in an automobile accident?  If you contact me I can send you a simple pamphlet which you should keep in your car.  If you have an accident and you complete the requested information you will save yourself time, trouble and grief. We all want to be safe but we must work at being safe.  Think defensively, act defensively, and drive defensively.  What if you become lost in an unfamiliar and seedy part of a city?  Are you prepared to deal with some hairy circumstances?  Suppose a car stops in front of you blocking your way.  At the same time four shady looking guys approach your car, two per side.  Are you locked in with the windows rolled up?  Suppose they clearly display weapons of some kind.  Are you mentally ready to take some real defensive action?  If the weapons are knives or clubs you might just “get the heck out of there”.  If a gun is displayed are you prepared to turn your luxury pleasure car into a highly effective and deadly counter-weapon? YOU can take the initiative away from the gunman by gunning your car and heading straight for him.  Pretty hard to miss.  This


is guaranteed to bring a reaction from your assailant. Drive for safety, AWAY FROM, AND OUT OF THAT AREA. If possible, call 911 and then drive to a police or fire station and report the incident.  At the very least get to a hospital emergency door or a well lighted convenience store and report it. I KNOW this sounds extreme but situations like this develop every day in most big cities across the country. You MUST act with defensive intuition in the mundane surroundings of a supermarket, bar or store and especially the ATM machine.  You can never know when you are being “cased” to determine if you are a worthwhile robbery victim.  Expensive new cars, watches and a flashed bankroll make awfully attractive targets. Be alert in ALL your surroundings, prepared to take defensive action.  Women should know the many defensive weapons housed in a purse.  Pepper Mace, hair spray, nail files, keys, flash lights. If you’re at home and someone is breaking in do the opposite of what you think.  TURN ALL THE LIGHTS OFF, get out quickly and RUN to a neighbor’s house for help.  If you’re surprised in the kitchen use what’s at hand.  Hot food on the stove!  Knives! Fork!...… whatever!  You have the right to defend yourself by any means within reach.  Fire extinguishers are good too. If you are in a market/stores parking area be especially alert.  Thieves lurk there looking for the easy ‘mark.’  Carry your car keys in your hand ready to lash out with them if someone accosts you.  Go for the eyes.  NEVER walk along with your hands in your pockets.  You would have No defense.  Carry a ‘legal’ weapon in your car within easy reach.  A large, heavy flashlight serves very well.  Hang onto children and defend them from harm.  Shout for older children to run for help, making lots of noise as they

Nowadays you must be very vigilant for the ‘Crash for Cash’ operation. Sometimes teams of experts work together to involve you in a car accident. The sole purpose is to generate false claims to bilk you, and your insurance company, out of big money.  Typically an older car will ‘front’ you and serve as the car to be hit.  Usually the “front” car will have several passengers to assure some claims can be made for injuries incurred.  A second car will suddenly cut in front of the older car, resulting in a very sudden stop which appears to be unavoidable by the following “front” car.  The result is a Rear End collision, whiplash claims and more.  This scenario is called the ‘swoop and squat’ by the pros. It’s a true and real hazard in every city. After the accident, try to stay cool.  Pull out that accident pamphlet I mentioned.  Try to get all the information requested.  Try to get the police on the scene. Use your cell phone to take pictures of the accident, the scene and the other parties and


witnesses, if possible. If you stay cool and demand answers to all the questions in the pamphlet you might just scare the ‘swoop squad’ away.  Try to get bystanders involved even if they refuse to be a witness.  There IS strength in numbers and you are unlikely to be harmed with others present. If you become aware that someone is following you take defensive action. Use your cell phone to call 911. Try to read and record a license number.  If the follower makes every turn you make then you do DON’T GO HOME.  Go to a police or fire station and ask for help.  If you’re not near home go to a well lighted convenience store or gas station and call for police assistance. I started off explaining people don’t plan to fail, THEY FAIL TO PLAN. So PLAN now about what YOU would do in each of these circumstances……..and maybe discuss these suggestions with law enforcement to see what they suggest. Law Office of Dale S. Gribow, P.C. “A full Service Firm” 760-341-4411


id you see the recent Stanford study that stated that there were no significant differences between organic and non-organic food from a nutritional or health risk standpoint? Many are calling this junk science. To understand that report better, we need to look at where Stanford receives its funding as well as relevant facts excluded from their study. First, the study was a meta-analysis. This is research where the author picks and chooses from other studies to produce the results that they want. While it was a comprehensive review, the results and conclusions were managed carefully. Charles Benbrook, Ph.D of Washington State University found that the study to be at best misleading. Start with what the study excluded. The analysis did not consider the effects of the irradiation on non-organic foods. Irradiated food reduces nutritional values and exposes consumers to numerous health risks. The analysis excluded genetically engineered foods (GEs) or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as

there is no organic equivalent. The study also discounted the affect of pesticides on the consumer as well as the environment. Pesticides build up in the body and lead to numerous health problems including cancer, ADHD, infertility and birth defects. It was written by a team led by Dena Bravata of the Stanford Center for Health Policy. Bravata also is the chief medical officer of Castlight Health, a company that works for Kraft Foods. Other companies like Cargill, Monsanto, Big Pharma, Goldman Sachs and many Fortune 500 companies fund the Stanford Center. In truth, organic foods have between 15-30% higher nutritional value without the harmful effects of irradiation or herbicides. This study was about Proposition 37, the California ballot initiative that would force the labeling of GEs and GMOs on the foods we eat. It should be no surprise that companies who profit from the current state of affairs are funding junk studies like this in order to confuse consumers.


September 13 to 19, 2012

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of September 13

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You will never be able to actually gaze upon your own face. You may of course see a reasonable likeness of it in mirrors, photos, and videos. But the real thing will always be forever visible to everyone else, but not you. I think that’s an apt symbol for how hard it is to get a totally objective view of your own soul. No matter how sincere you may be in your efforts to see yourself clearly, there will always be fuzziness, misapprehensions, and ignorance. Having said that, though, I want you to know that the coming weeks will be an excellent time to see yourself better than ever before. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I’ve got four related pieces of advice for you, Taurus: 1. The most reliable way for you to beat the system is to build your own more interesting system. 2. The most likely way to beat your competitors is not to fight them, but rather to ignore them and compete only against yourself. 3. To escape the numbing effects of an outworn tradition, you could create a fresh tradition that makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning. 4. If you have a problem that is not only impossible to solve but also boring, find yourself a fascinating new problem that will render the old problem irrelevant. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Dear Doctor of Love: My heart is itchy. I’m totally serious. I’m not talking about some phantom tingle on the skin of my chest. What I mean is that the prickling sensation originates in the throbbing organ inside of me. Is this even possible? Have you heard of such a crazy thing? Could it be some astrological phenomenon? What should I do? - Itchy-Hearted Gemini.” Dear Gemini: I suspect that it’s not just you, but many Geminis, who are experiencing symptoms like yours. From what I can tell, you have a lot of trapped feelings in your heart that need to be identified, liberated, and dealt with. CANCER (June 21-July 22): If you make a conscious decision to combine plaids with stripes or checks with floral patterns or reddish-purples with greenish-oranges, I will wholeheartedly approve. If, on the other hand, you absent-mindedly create combinations like that, doing so because you’re oblivious or lazy, I will soundly disapprove. The same holds true about any hodgepodge or hybrid or mishmash you generate, Cancerian: It’ll receive cosmic blessings if you do it with flair and purpose, but not if it’s the result of being inattentive and careless. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Should we boycott the writing of Edgar Allan Poe because he married his 13-year-old cousin when he was 26? Should antidrug crusaders stop using their iPhones when they find out that Steve Jobs said that “doing LSD was one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life”? Should we stop praising the work that Martin Luther King Jr. did to advance civil rights because he engaged in extramarital affairs? Those are the kinds of questions I suspect you’ll have to deal with in the coming days, Leo. I encourage you to avoid having knee-jerk reactions. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Arthur Turner, a Virgo reader from Austin, is upset with my recent horoscopes. In his email, he wrote the following: “You’re making me mad with your predictions of non-stop positivity, Brezsny. I need more dirt and grit and muck. I’ve got to have some misery and decay to motivate me. So just please shut up with your excess projections of good times. They’re bringing me down.” Here’s my response to him and to any other Virgo who feels like him: I’m afraid you’re scheduled to endure even more encounters with cosmic benevolence in the coming week. If these blessings feel oppressive, try to change your attitude about them. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The humorous science journal Annals of Improbable Research published a paper entitled “The Effects of Peanut Butter on the Rotation of the Earth.” Signed by 198 Ph.D. physicists, it came to this conclusion: “So far as we can determine, peanut butter has no effect


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on the rotation of the earth.” If possible, Libra, I suggest you summon a comparable amount of high-powered expertise for your own purposes. But please make sure that those purposes are weightier than the question of peanut butter’s role on our planet’s movements. Round up the best help you can, yes; call on all the favors you’re owed and be aggressive in seeking out brilliant support; but only for a truly important cause. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): September 16 is the first day of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. So begins ten days of repentance. Whether or not you’re Jewish, Scorpio, you are entering an astrological phase when taking stock of yourself would be a brilliant move. That’s why I invite you to try the following self-inventory, borrowed from the Jewish organization Chadeish Yameinu. 1. What would you like to leave behind from the past 12 months? 2. What has prevented you from living up to your highest standards and being your very best self? 3. What would you love to bring with you into the next 12 months? 4. Who served as a teacher for you in the past year? 5. Were you a teacher for anyone? 6. Is there anyone you need to forgive? 7. How will you go about forgiving? SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): If I’m accurately interpreting the astrological omens, the coming months will be a soulful feast in which every day will bring you a shimmering revelation about the nature of your soul’s code and how best to activate it. Reasons for grateful amazement will flow so freely that you may come to feel that miracles are routine and naturally-occurring phenomena. And get this: In your dreams, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty will get married, win the lottery, and devote their fortune to fostering your spiritual education until you are irrevocably enlightened. (I confess there’s a slight chance I’m misinterpreting the signs, and everything I described will be true for only a week or so, not months.) CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): A reader named Marissa begged me to insert a secret message into the Capricorn horoscope. She wanted me to influence Jergen, a guy she has a crush on, to open up his eyes and see how great she is. I told her I wouldn’t do it. Why? For one thing, I never try to manipulate people into doing things that aren’t in alignment with their own desires. For another, I faithfully report on my understanding of the tides of fate, and refuse to just make stuff up. I urge you to have that kind of integrity, Capricorn. I suspect you may soon be invited or coaxed to engage in what amounts to some tainted behavior. Don’t do it. Make an extra effort to be incorruptible. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “The far away, the very far, the farthest, I have found only in my own blood,” said poet Antonio Porchia. Let’s make that thought your keynote, Aquarius. Your assignment will be to search for what’s most exotic and unknown, but only in the privacy of your own heart, not out in the great wide world. For now at least, the inner realm is the location of the laboratory where the most useful experiments will unfold. Borrowing from novelist Carole Maso, I leave you with this: “Make love to the remoteness in yourself.” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): It would be an excellent time for you to elope, even if you do so with the person to whom you’re already mated. You might also consider the possibility of wearing a wedding dress everywhere you wander, even if there is no marriage ceremony in your immediate future, and even if you’re a man. And if neither of those ideas appeals to you, please at least do something that will symbolize your intention to focus on intimacy with an intensified sense of purpose. Fling rice at yourself. Seek out someone who’ll give you lessons in how to listen like an empathetic genius. Compose and recite vows in which you pledge to become an utterly irresistible and reliable ally. Rob Brezsny Free Will Astrology

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e may be entering fall season, but the sun is still beating down in the desert and the months of exposure have taken their toll. Maybe you took the necessary precautions of stocking up on a healthy supply of full spectrum SPF 30 or greater sunscreen, waterproof of course, and faithfully wore a wide brimmed hat. Maybe you even splurged on a self misting umbrella. But even with the best intentions, you likely suffered some type of sun damage. Patients already combating acne, melasma and other skin conditions that cause hyperpigmentation likely suffered sun damage at an increased rate. Now you’re wondering how to restore your skin to the even pre-summer glow and if hydroquinone based products will do the trick. Walk into most any dermatology office for advice on how to lighten the dark spots and you’ll most likely be recommended to use prescription strength hydroquinone 4%.

You can easily purchase 2% hydroquinone (or less) over the counter. But are these skin lightening products safe? Not necessarily. Sure, it works. And it works well. Hydroquinone decreases the formation of melanin in the skin, the part of the skin that gives us color. But melanin protects our skin from UVA and UVB rays, so by decreasing melanin we are increasing our exposure to the harmful rays. Countries such as France and the UK have actually banned hydroquinone and labeled it as a carcinogen. Other studies such as the Environmental and Working Groups Skin Deep database found hydroquinone to be an immunotoxicant and developmental and reproductive toxin, meaning it is most certainly unsafe for pregnant and nursing mothers. Since hydroquinone is utilized as an agent in developing x-rays and black and white photographs, has been found in cigarette smoke and diesel fuel exhaust, it


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sounds like a lovely product to rub into your skin. (Sarcasm). Even the FDA proposed a ban on over the counter hydroquinone products in August 2006, but due to red tape and loopholes, hydroquinone is still being mass produced and marketed heavily over the counter and in physician’s offices nationwide. Why dermatologists are readily prescribing strong doses of hydroquinone based on this scientific evidence is puzzling. Maybe they are looking forward to treating the same patients for skin cancer in the near future? Many users of hydroquinone report mild side effects such as irritation or shortterm breakouts but find the product to be

quite effective. If you are currently using hydroquinone and love the results, I’m not surprised. It works wonders! However, this is a classic case of determining if the risk outweighs the reward. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be looking for products that contain high concentrations of L-Ascorbic Acid (aka Vitamin C), Alpha Arbutin (aka Bearberry, a natural occuring less harmful form of hydroquinone), Alpha Hydroxy Acids or Niacinimide. All of these products are proven to significantly lighten dark spots and should be a much safer choice to care for the largest organ of your body. Be safe with your skin.

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