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from the editor... Last year for New Year’s Eve, my family joined with my brother, his family and a couple of friends and spent a memorable day at the Disneyland Resort. Bundled up in a brave attempt to survive what passes as winter in Southern California, our families rode favorite rides, munched on treats and, as the night wore on, donned top hats and beads and started blowing our noise-makers along with thousands of others inside the “Magic Kingdom.” I remember vividly the conversation I had with our friend while in line for Toy Story Mania about the coming year and what we hoped to see in 2009. What’s funny to me is as we kick off another year, many of the items we mentioned in our hopes a year ago still remain at the top of the list of what I long to see in 2010. Specifically, I remain hopeful that my children will continue to do well in school and find great enjoyment and growth in their athletic, musical, social and other pursuits. I’m eager to see what life holds for my wife and I as we move into the next quarter century of our partnership (what can I say, we started dating at a very young age). I’m hopeful the economy will continue to improve and people will find job opportunities plentiful. Like a year ago, I am pleased to be part of the team at the Fountain Media Group that remains committed to bringing to the east Chula Vista community a publication that its residents, businesses and organizations can be proud to call their own. Like many of you, I’ve learned over the years that wishing and hoping doesn’t make it so. Individually and collectively, we need to do all that we can to help make our dreams and hopes a reality. If we want this to be a great year for us and our community, then we need to go out and make that happen. Our hope as the new year dawns is that you will continue to utilize My Hometown magazine as a resource and that together we can make this a year to remember for how neighbors came together to better their community. It might even start over a free movie screening and some buttered popcorn. Welcome to 2010!

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January 2010

What’s inside feature

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Launching Into The New Year: To Move Forward You’ve Got To Let Go

Putting your Home on a Diet

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lifestyle

18 Entertaining Guests in Gourmet Food style

community news Liberty Elementary’s Annual Art Walk

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Intergenerational Games Bring Young and Old Together

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on topic Tackling Graffiti In Our Communities

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Combating Breast Cancer

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school news Eastlake High CIF Champions

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resident spotlight The Johnson Family

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community calendar Local Events and Activities

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business highlight Foliage Furniture & Interiors

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Michael Minjares, Editor of My Hometown

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To the City of Chula Vista Police Department for being awarded the prestigious Hermon Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem Oriented Policing. The Herman Goldstein award recognizes innovative and effective problem-oriented policing projects that have achieved measurable success in resolving recurring specific crime, disorder or public safety problems faced by police and the community. The program submitted was the Chula Vista Motel Project, which reduced crime at city motels nearly 70 percent and cut CFS (calls for service) to motels by about 50 percent. The project involved a great deal of collaboration between six city departments (Police, City Attorney’s Office, Planning & Building, Community Development, Finance, and Fire), the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce, and motel operators. The Chula Vista Police Department was the only municipal law enforcement agency in the United States to reach the finalist stage of the competition for this year’s award. To Michael Garcia (pictured with Dr. Sunga) for winning Sunga Orthodontics Annual Orthodontic Health Month Coloring Contest. Michael was awarded with two movie tickets. This is the third annual coloring contest sponsored by Sunga Orthodontics. 

To the Olympian Saints Mitey Mite Cheer team on becoming the most decorated team in the history of the Olympian Saints organization. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, this amazing group of 7 to 9-year-old cheerleaders took first place at the West Coast Championships in Tucson, Arizona, making them the number one Mitey Mite cheer team in Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico. Because of their success, they qualified for the American Youth Cheer National Championship competition in Orlando, Florida on December 12, 2009. To four Chula Vista small businesses for receiving recognition from the State as a Cool California Small Business. The California Air Resources Board announced the winners of the state’s first program to recognize small businesses that have demonstrated exceptional success in saving money while cutting their greenhouse gas emissions. Local winners were Spirit Graphics, High Tech High Chula Vista, Arya Cleaners and El Primero Boutique B&B Hotel. To Eastlake High Robotics for hosting the South Bay FLL Tournament. The FLL Tournament is for kids 9-14 and is part of the FIRST Program that provides kids from all ages an opportunity to get inspired by science and technology. Eastlake High hosted this event with SPAWAR on November 15. It took months of planning and one very long night to make the school into a FIRST competition center. A total of 22 teams showed up ready with their cowbells and designed t-shirts for this spectacular competition. The goal was to put a smile on all the kids’ faces and make sure that they were having a fun time. Both hosts and young competitors should be very proud of their success.

If you would like to contribute to Bravo, send a quick note to My Hometown’s editor at mike@fountain-inc.com and we’ll do our best to put your good-news announcement in an upcoming issue. Submissions should be sent by the 10th of the month.

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on your doorstep Dine & Design – Liberty’s Annual Art Walk Liberty Elementary School’s PTSA will be holding it’s annual art gala on Friday, January 29 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Shops at San Miguel Ranch center courtyard. With this year’s event, Liberty is going green. All art items for sale are made from donated and recycled items. Stop by to support Liberty’s art program and shop the great designs created by Liberty’s very own students.

Liberty students displaying the recycled art projects that have been made and will be sold at the Gala.

Free Business Development Workshop Offered Beginning January 2010, the San Diego South County Chamber of Commerce will be presenting a free Business Development Workshop Series on Strategic Alignment – the process of consistently achieving customer loyalty through the dynamic combination of a strong and unique strategy, organization excellence and disciplined leadership. The first workshop in the series, featuring trainer and author Joon Han, takes place on Thursday, January 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Chula Vista Public Library. To register, visit www.sandiegosouthchamber.org/workshop or call (619) 271-2691.

Montevalle Winter Camp 2010 From January 4-8, Montevalle Recreation Center opens its doors for winter camp. The program is for children ages 6-12 and runs each day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Children participating in winter camp will enjoy field trips, arts & crafts, games and meeting new friends. Cost is $140 for residents and $175 for nonresidents. Extended morning and evening care is available for an additional fee. Space is limited. For more information, call (619) 691-5269.

High Tech High Art Exhibit at CV Nature Center The talented students at Chula Vista’s High Tech High School will showcase their skills with an art exhibition at the Chula Vista Nature Center on Thursday, January 14 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Paintings inspired by native animals exhibited at the Nature Center will be displayed and available for purchase during a silent auction. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Nature Center. More information can be found on the school’s website, www.hightechhigh.org/schools/HTHCV/

REI Clinic To Assist Adventurous Climbers If part of your New Year’s resolution includes increasing your level of physical activity and tackling new adventures, REI has a session to assist in meeting both of these goals. The “Preparing for Mt. Whitney Clinic” takes place Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the REI Chula Vista, 2015 Birch Road at Otay Ranch Town Center. Discover what the highest peak in the continental U.S. has to offer or find out what the permit lottery is all about. These and more questions will be addressed as an REI Expert covers the basics of preparing for Mt. Whitney, including permits, routes, navigation, nutrition, gear and clothing. If you are thinking or planning on hiking this mountain this coming season, then this is the clinic for you. For more information, call (619) 591-4924. january 2010 my hometown 5


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OnStage Playhouse To Hold Auditions On Sunday, January 17 and Monday, January 18, auditions for OnStage Playhouse’s production of “Into The Woods� will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Fredricka Manor, 183 Third Avenue. “Into the Woods� includes music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and will be performed Thursdays through Sundays from April 2 through May 1, 2010. Sunday performances are at 2:00 p.m. All other performances are at 8:00 p.m. In the production, what begins as a lively irreverent fantasy explores both the joys and consequences of favorite fairy tale characters getting what they wished for and what happens after “happily ever after.� Callbacks will be by invitation only on Tuesday, January 19, also at 7:00 p.m. More information can be found online at http://onstageplayhouse.org.

free bus tour helps residents to see working waterfront A Free Bus Tour by the Port of San Diego is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Chula Vista Marina. The tour provides a great opportunity to get to know the working waterfront. This behind-thescenes bus tour begins in Chula Vista and includes a waterfront view of the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, a real working shipyard and National City Marine Terminal. For more information, call (619) 686-8008 or RSVP at http:// www.portofsandiego.org/tours.


on your doorstep CVPD Receives Grant for Year-Long Anti-DUI Program A new traffic safety grant has been awarded to the Chula Vista Police Department. The recent $182,000 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety will support a year-long anti-DUI program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways. Chief David Bejarano knows the significant impact these new funds will have on the community.  “DUI-related incidents have had a profound and lasting impact on the lives of those we serve,� he said. “Any death is heartbreaking, but death at the hands of an individual who has made the conscious decision to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is particularly tragic. This grant will enable our agency to further its efforts at eliminating these truly preventable tragedies.� The special DUI Enforcement and Awareness grant is to assist in efforts to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and other drug related collisions. The grant activities will specifically target impaired driving offenders as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. This will be done through

the use of DUI/ driver’s license checkpoints and stakeouts for repeat DUI offenders, saturation patrols, and court stings targeting DUI offenders with suspended or revoked driver licenses who get behind the wheel after leaving court.  “Last year in California 1,029 died in alcohol impaired crashes, a nine percent reduction in deaths from 2007,� said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “This grant will help keep that trend going by getting drunk drivers off the roadways of Chula Vista, making it safer for everyone.� my.

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Intergenerational Games Bring Young and Old Together Local seniors and third-graders from the Chula Vista Elementary School District were running, jumping, kicking— even tossing Frisbees together at the U.S. Olympic Training Center—and Diane Hunter couldn’t have been happier. The elders and youngsters were participants recently Intergenerational Games develop in the Eighth Annual understanding and awareness of Intergenerational Games, shared values through a variety of sports and physical activities, like a project of the County’s throwing a ‘javelin’. The goal is to Aging & Independence promote a healthy lifestyle—important for older adults and kids alike.  Services, Health and Human Services Agency. They joined with local community sponsors, active adult organizations and received community-based grants to fund the event. The event is designed to promote physical activity, provide health information and develop lifelong healthy behaviors. By bringing different generations together, mutual understanding and respect add to the impact of the program’s goals. “The event’s theme, ‘Everyone’s a Winner,’ is perfect because it epitomizes the truth that everyone wins in an intergenerational program!” said Hunter, Intergenerational Coordinator, County Aging and Independence Services. Current health patterns show that more than 25 percent of youth are overweight, while seniors are threatened by increases in diabetes and heart disease. At the Intergenerational Games, after young and old are paired up, they attend an opening ceremony patterned after the Olympics where they meet an athlete-in-training who displays the results of healthy lifestyles, nutrition and physical activity. Paired participants then begin a circuit of stations that alternate between physical activities and educational stations with information about the Food Pyramid, sugar intake and smoking prevention. Each person participates in each activity or lesson. Later, the kids and their new-found elder friends take turns awarding one another medals at the closing ceremonies before sitting down together to share lunch. T-shirts with the Olympic torch design are given to every participant, which included students from Chula Vista Hills, J. Calvin Lauderbach, and Palomar elementary schools. my.


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Reservations and sponsorships are now being accepted for the Otay Ranch High School Mustang Baseball Golf Tournament scheduled for Friday, January 29 at the Salt Creek Golf Club. The tournament gets underway at 10:00 a.m. with registration, followed by a shotgun start at 11:30. The fee is $95 per player and includes 18 holes of golf, free range balls, drink tickets and dinner at the awards ceremony. The scramble format event offers prizes, raffles and a silent auction. At the conclusion of the day’s events, a helicopter ball drop for cash will also be held. All proceeds benefit the Mustang Baseball Organization and its players. To make a reservation, contact Mike McNaughton (619) 247-7438 or by email at mmcnaughton@aoreed.com by January 15.

The staff at Heritage Community Center would like to invite all Princesses from around the land to their Valentine’s Princess Tea Party. This community event is for ages 2-6 and will be held on Saturday, February 6. Choose to attend from 1:00-2:30 p.m. or 3:30-4:30 p.m. All Princesses in attendance will make Valentine’s Day crafts, play games, share fairy tales and enjoy their very own tea party. Remember to dressup in your favorite Princess costume. Parent participation is required. Maximum of 25 participants per party. Both parties will sell-out so register early to guarantee your spot! Fee is $15 per resident child and $20 per non-resident child and reservations can be made at (619) 421-7032.

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Launching into the New Year: To Move Forward, You’ve Got to Let Go By Karen Smith, Publisher

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he beginning of a new year can be very exciting. There are so many possibilities. It’s a great time to set a new goal, take on a new challenge or start a new project. At the same time, this fresh start can also be a bit overwhelming. Where do we start? How do we know if that new goal is really possible? Or maybe we didn’t meet our goal from last year and so we don’t give ourselves permission to set a new one. On and on it goes…before you know it, it’s March and we haven’t set any goals at all!

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Wow! Can you believe it’s already 2010? It seems like just yesterday I was writing down my goals for 2009. Yet, here we are again at the beginning of a new year of possibilities…new people to meet….new lessons to learn…new places to go. I had a great lesson in achieving goals this month. First of all, I had a goal. (That’s always an important first step.) You see, we had the foresight to realize our publication deadlines fell right during the week of the holidays… so we moved our whole schedule up a week. We were so proud of ourselves for catching this in advance and being proactive so we could enjoy the holidays with our families. I laid out my tasks and held tight to my schedule…

nothing was going to stand in my way. I even said no when asked to volunteer because I always end up volunteering in the middle of a deadline and I wasn’t going to put myself through that again. Interestingly enough, despite my attempts to protect my week, the inevitable happened. The field trip was short drivers. Invitations showed up in the mail for unexpected holiday events. School parties appeared. Kids got sick. The phone rang off the hook. You name it! It happened! Now, in all honesty, I should have also had the foresight that this would happen. Let’s face it, the only time traffic is bad or lines are too long is when you’re in a hurry. But what would I have done differently, really? I mean, I had already

moved everything up a week. It’s not like I could have magically completed it any earlier. It was what it was. I could feel the stress coming. It was sneaking up behind me like a dark, heavy shadow. I knew I couldn’t run from it, but I knew I didn’t want it to catch up with me either. I wasn’t sure what to do. One day I even thought I was coming down with something… “Oh great! That’s just what I need…to get sick!” So, I had this little ‘dodge the bug’ thing going on in the back of my head for a few days when I suddenly remembered… “Airborne!” you know, that little miracle effervescent pill that fights off colds and flu? It was definitely worth a try. Sure enough, I didn’t get sick, but I got a lot more than just better health. You see, dropping that little seltzer pill in water gave me an idea. It was symbolic for me. I realized I not only needed a seltzer pill for that looming cold I was getting, I needed to drop a ‘seltzer pill’ on my life…my mind…my spirit….a ‘seltzer pill’ filled with mental vitamins and minerals. So, my ‘seltzer pill’ of choice was getting together for dinner with friends – friends I don’t see often who are in a different age group and a different place in january 2010 my hometown 11


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What are your goals for 2010? life than me. We focused on a topic over dinner and spent the evening eating and sharing ideas. It was like a seltzer pill. My mind started clearing…fizzing and bubbling. I could feel my mental immune system getting stronger. It wasn’t long before I had a complete epiphany. You see, I knew the deadline was coming… and I knew I would meet my deadline. (After all, I have never missed a deadline.) I also realized that I set my own deadline! Hello! It was such a relief! Just knowing all of this took a load off my shoulders. I decided that rather than fight against all of these ‘obstacles’ I was being hit with…I would embrace them. I would chaperone the all-day field trip and enjoy myself. I would go meet that neighbor for coffee. I would attend as many parties as I could. I would go to that meeting. I would nurse that sick kid. I would open my arms and welcome all of it. And, I would meet my deadline! And you know what? I did. I made it! I hit the deadline AND I got to enjoy the holidays. Better yet, during crunch week when I was really striving to get it all together, in spite of the obstacles…I did not feel stress. There was no dark

shadow looming over me. It was gone! I just worked away. I had fun! I laughed. I smiled. Sure, it was an incredibly busy week. Yes, it was crazy and insane. But I can’t tell you what a difference I had with my attitude and how I felt. It was truly amazing! So, what’s all this have to do with anything you care about? I have absolutely no idea! All I know is that whatever your goal, you have to be willing to accept that it is yours and then surrender the details. Sometimes we hold on so tightly to the little steps that we think we are supposed to do to get us to our goal, that we completely strangle our goal. Once we screw up on one little step along the way, we kick ourselves over it and give up. When instead, if we would just open up and welcome life’s little surprises…and our own mistakes…we might find out that the little surprise…or the big mistake…was exactly the step we needed to take to get closer to our goal. The other key to reaching goals is knowing what your ‘seltzer pills’ are. What makes your life sizzle? What stimulates your thinking and your positive outlook? What clears your head? If you

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know what those things are that really perk you up, you can use those strategically when you need an extra boost. Next time you find yourself discouraged with your performance or doubting your own abilities…you can take a little mental ‘Airborne’ and not have to be knocked down by it all. So, welcome to 2010! It’s a fresh start…a new year…and whatever goal you have for yourself, you CAN do it. The question is…WILL you? And, more importantly, will you enjoy getting there? The key is to take your “Airborne” and just let go of the details. Don’t hang on too tight. My mom always told me…“the energy that we use to hold on is the very same energy that, when cut loose, propels us forward.” So, let go and see how far you are propelled! You just might get there faster than you thought. my.

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home By Stephanie Garrison

Bringing the Outdoors in

During the Winter Months Now that winter is here, such as it is in Southern California, it’s a great time to take a tour of your home and seize opportunities to bring the comfort and sunniness of the exterior inside.

For those of you who’ve ever toured a model home, did you pay attention to how much the builder spent on oversized potted plants and the myriad of table arrangements?

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ll too often, our interiors are overrun with plastics and polyesters. By identifying opportunities to incorporate natural resources into our inner spaces, this will make the dark evenings and cooler temperatures to come more bearable. Almost any room in your home, especially those with no windows, can benefit from a breath of fresh air from the outside. To capture such an effect, know the room’s assets and limitations. If there are windows, is the sunlight direct or indirect? How long does it last each day? Is the space large or small? Does the existing furniture allow for large or small improvements? Is the room typically dry or a bit humid? Even a dark, tiny laundry room can feature touches of nature – just on a reduced scale. Indoor plants are the key to infusing liveliness and soul into your surroundings. Make a concise effort to keep any silk or dried flowers to a minimum – this is dead energy. For those of you who’ve ever toured a model home, did you pay attention to how much the builder spent on oversized potted plants and the myriad of table arrangements? When you stop to count, it’s really quite amazing – with the overall effect of having the house

seem lived in. Most of our digs don’t even begin to rival the sheer amount of foliage found in a model home, so it’s no surprise our spaces may seem inert and unfinished by comparison. A major stumbling block for most homeowners who are contemplating the addition of indoor plants is the maintenance involved. Some of us seem to have a thumb that’s black when it comes to going green, since all plants have particular light, soil, food, water and humidity needs. Luckily, there are several ways to lessen the intimidation factor and get you started. First, buy or sign out from the library a few books on the topic. The web is also a great resource to get you started. Indoor plants have come a long way since the fern-crazy ‘70s, and more retailers are stocking interesting varieties that are up-to-date décor-wise and fairly straightforward in upkeep. Better nurseries will have knowledgeable staff to help you make wise purchases that will fit your lifestyle. Second, build a plan that suits your skill level. Perhaps start out with one type of plant scattered around the house – this way, you can water and maintain all the pots in the same way. Third, get age-appropriate family members involved. An easy chore


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sliMMinG down - PuttinG your hoMe on a diet By stephanie garrison at this time of year we spend a lot of time thinking about those few extra pounds we might be carrying around – but what about your home? We all experience moments when we’re buried under a sea of stuff, with closets bursting at the seams, and it feels like we’re ready for the next size up in garage. Perhaps it’s time for your home to go on a diet! so how does one slim down the contents of a space? frankly, technology has recently gotten to a point where it’s never been easier. in the past decade, the digital revolution has resulted in a sea change of how we, as human beings, go about our daily life. this is also the case in terms of a house’s form and function. from having a home office to telecommuting for work, our spaces aren’t just for living, but earning. and this means that a glut of information comes our way, every day. more than ever before, americans are being buried under paper, which requires solutions both high and low tech to tame. most homes already have many strategies to cut down on paper: after all, few of us use typewriters for the bulk of our communication, and many people have taken to reading newspapers and magazines online. But do you still walk around with a day planner? Perhaps it’s time for an electronic Pda – personal digital assistant, and an erasable family calendar instead of a paper one. if you’re old enough to have grown up in a home full of pricey encyclopedia sets; there’s something liberating about powering up a computer and doing a quick search for the information you need. now, i’m not advocating eradicating all paper pleasures – handwritten notes are a precious commodity in this day and age, and there’s nothing more relaxing than having break16 my hometown january 2010

fast with the sunday journal. But if your home is starting to feel like a garbage depot, then devise a plan to keep the unwanted incoming to a minimum. this must include a mail handling system that is reliable and efficient. our setup includes a shredder and recycling bin. a quick sort at the door helps eliminate the volume of paper that would otherwise up in a pile. entertainment is another area that recently has provided new opportunities to streamline. We’ve lived through record albums, eight track and cassette tapes, video tapes, laser disks and a number of other platforms that store our audiovisual needs. if your family consumes a lot of music, movies and tV, it’s time to determine what is the most efficient way to buy and maintain a personal entertainment library. the latest standard of dVds and cds is now being eclipsed by having an entirely digitable set of downloads. anyone who’s old enough to be nostalgic about album cover art and cd liners notes will have a hard time adjusting, but there is something to be said about having your carefullybuilt back catalogue available at the click of a button (with backups, of course). if you can’t entirely give up on having copies of your favorites (and hey, iPods get lost!), then consider memberships to a netflix-style dVd club (for a flat monthly fee you can borrow a certain amount of selections without late fees) and an online music service such as rhapsody, Xm or sirius. there’s something to be said about being able to test drive before you buy the essentials for repeated use, and being liberated from television and radio commercials means less junk clouding up your head as well!

a few other final quick suggestions involve the concept of borrowing. the local library is a great place to visit to get out all the books you want to read, but don’t want to have to garage sale, donate or move in the distant future. exchange volumes with your friends as well. and think about extending this concept to your children’s clothes and toys. Kids easily get bored with their games, so having a rotation with other parents (making sure nothing particularly valued or easily broken gets into the mix) is a great way to keep things fresh and exciting, while taming toy expenses and clutter. Just be sure, whether it’s tools or trikes, to be neighborly and give as good as you get! slimming down your home’s contents is an ongoing challenge, but rewarding for many reasons. if there’s an unexpected move around the corner, your family will certainly be more mobile. more to the point, it makes the quality of life for everyone more enjoyable now. so as you spend more time at home during these winter months, put your home on a diet and purge a little. your family life will feel considerably better for it. my.


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for children who can hold a watering can without spilling is to look after the watering schedule (leave any fertilizing to an adult). Make sure they understand the proper amount each plant needs, and give them a cloth for any cleanups. Interestingly, kids may be better at this than certain grownups – some spouses may not have the patience or the discipline. Fourth, keep a watering/ fertilization chart in a handy location, like the kitchen or the laundry room. This way, updates can be checked off, and any over or underfeeding can be drastically reduced. It’s also handy for neighbors who may be watching over the home during your absence. In terms of plant specimens to get you started, perhaps the easiest possible choice is bamboo, since it doesn’t need sun to thrive. A glass vase with enough pebbles to hold stems straight is all you need; some people recommend spring or distilled water if your tap source is unfiltered. Forcing bulbs is a short-term but festive holiday choice that’s also just-add-water. Coleus, a bright-colored foliage with over 200 varieties, only needs water and pinching to produce bushy growth. Another classic choice, container herbs in a sunny kitchen, are both practical and decorative. Beyond potted plants and live bouquets, temporary displays (lasting usually one to four weeks in duration) can signify the changing of weather and keep your interior interesting. A dish with nuts might sit on the coffee table for impromptu snacking. Dining room centerpieces can combine a mixture of seasonal fruits, like apples, tangerines or cranberries, with evergreen branches and twigs. Even simply studding oranges with cloves and placing the bowl on the kitchen counter will scent your space with seasonal cheer.

The idea of using natural materials also extends to your accessories. For a rustic or organic effect, source those objects made from authentic substances that originate in nature. Down-filled accent pillows can feature covers in leathers, wools or cottons. These fabrics also make for luxurious throws. Clay pottery comes in a myriad of looks, from rough and unfinished, to glossily painted. Porcelain and glass are other great options. Carved wood and forged iron, also basic substances, have a strength that adds a masculine touch. It’s not difficult to find quality pieces like those listed above to compliment your design profile – whether it’s country casual or modern minimalist. Great overlooked sources for unique wares are artisan bazaars, church sales and antique shops. In terms of accessory color, it may pay to be counterintuitive – although switching to dramatic reds and jewel-tone greens is the common choice for winter ornamentation, if your space is smaller in square footage and fairly dark, then a lighter touch, winter whites or creams with dashes of silver or gold, is an equally festive, but more appropriate choice. Changing or augmenting your interior design with outdoor-inspired embellishments is not something to only address during the winter months, although it’s a good time to start. Switching out accessories and soft furnishings from resins, plastics and polyesters to more natural choices, along with integrating plants into the scheme, will give your space a greater sense of peace and serenity. Taking the time now to add this final layer of adornment will provide your family with benefits that will last throughout the upcoming year. my.

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lifestyle By Stephanie Garrison

The Lights are On and Everyone’s Home Start this New Year right by not letting old and new acquaintances be forgotten. You could plan a gourmet event for less than the price of an entrée at an exclusive restaurant, and create a get-together to suit your current lifestyle.

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anuary is often a month where people stay in and don’t socialize as much as they normally would during the spring and summer time. This year, why not buck the trend and entertain at home? You could plan a gourmet event for less than the price of an entrée at an exclusive restaurant, and create a get-together to suit your current lifestyle, whether you’re single, a stay-at-home mom, part of an emptynester couple or somewhere in between. One imaginative event my neighbor recently attended was a daytime cookiedecorating party. Although the festivities were specifically geared towards mothers and daughters, this is great fun for any child three years of age and up. Having a dessert-decorating theme would make any play date more special. When pre-planning, however, don’t feel like you need to whip up your cookies, cupcakes or brownies from scratch. (Occasionally, I drop off extra pastries that I bake to close neighbors; no one complains that they’re from a mix when they’re fresh out of the oven!) Have them pre-baked (or pre-bought) and ready to go, along with a “design bar” of

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frostings, sprinkles and candy accents. Provide some small spatulas, paper plates and a work area sized for the little ones, and fun is guaranteed to ensue! While in the planning stages, remember to consult with the parents of any invitee; food allergies are on the rise, and peanuts, peanut butter or certain other ingredients are potentially dangerous. Addressing these concerns beforehand means that everyone can relax, have a good time and be their own baking expert. Gourmet television has exploded in the past few years, and there are numerous shows onscreen with a devoted audience of amateur armchair foodies. Why not bring your favorite “must eat TV” to life and have a soiree to screen – or pay homage to – your beloved program? Play a mini-marathon of shows, and serve dishes from episodes past. Encourage guests to bring their favorite recipe as well. This is especially fun for competition-based programming such as the Iron Chef franchise and Bravo’s Top Chef. Both shows have a cult following that has seen the rise of viewing parties, some with improvised

challenges. A few years ago, I attended a hilarious “White Trash Iron Chef ” competition where the secret ingredient was Spam. Everyone outdid themselves trying to devise a winning recipe, and kitschy vintage cookbooks were handed out as prizes. It’s one of the more memorable parties I’ve ever been to, probably because perfection was not an issue so everyone let loose and had genuine fun whipping up offbeat meals. With all the external pressure going on in the world today, a bit of low-stakes culinary creativity is an inspired diversion and an entertaining night in. Perhaps you’d like to try something new, and learn a complex dish with a few of your friends. There’s plenty of serious gastronomes like Martha Stewart, Mario Battali and Emeril Lagasse who can guide your next real-life recipe party. Pick a dish, have everyone bring ingredients and get together to learn as you watch a recorded episode. Think of this as a Williams Sonoma-type of cooking class at home. It’s a good idea to have some snacks in case the dish isn’t entirely a success, but the aim is to become skilled


at something new, not achieve instant perfection. With your neighbors around you, the chance of prevailing can only increase exponentially – unless there are literally too many cooks in the kitchen. Keeping the number of guests down in this instance is recommended! Ultimately, there is nothing simpler than throwing a pot-luck meal and hav-

ing visitors arrive with an assigned item. It’s economical, quick to organize, and any social event always improves with food! Whether it’s to just catch up or have an informal networking session, this is the fastest and easiest way to take time out and see friends without disrupting everyone’s schedule. And as everyone knows, sometimes the best

times are the most spontaneous ones. So start this New Year right by not letting old and new acquaintances be forgotten. Have an epicurean experience with your friends and neighbors tailored to your particular interests. It’s a fantastic way of staying connected – and contented – while awaiting the return of warmer weather. my. january 2010 my hometown 19


on topic: Community Service

Tackling Graffiti In Our Communities Submitted By Supervisor Greg Cox

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ost residents work hard to maintain the beauty of their homes and neighborhoods and nothing can ruin a community’s image faster than graffiti. But graffiti is not just a quality of life issue. It is an expensive problem for cities and public agencies that have to spend money to erase graffiti; money that could be better spent on services for the public. Graffiti is a threat to public safety. It is an open invitation to gangs and other criminals to invade a neighborhood and create havoc and damage. It’s a sign that says, “Do crime here.” It affects our local economy by scaring away businesses, or burdening businesses with unnecessary expenses to paint over graffiti. Today, however, public officials around the

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region can arm our neighborhoods with a new weapon against graffiti – technology. As a County Supervisor, I have had the pleasure of encouraging an effort to implement a GPS-based system that can track and analyze graffiti and provide valuable information to law enforcement and prosecutors. I’ve asked the San Diego Association of Governments to make this a region-wide project. A system called Graffiti Tracker was pioneered in Escondido. Public works crews use a GPS-enabled camera to take photos of graffiti, marking it with the date and time and exact location of the graffiti. Because taggers often mark their work with monikers or other identifiers, the program can analyze graffiti to link it to the specific tagger who created it. That information is kept in a database that law enforcement investigators and prosecutors can search to determine patterns or particular geographic areas of that tagger. This allows investigators to narrow down the location of a tagger. Since taggers often hit more than one location, this system gives prosecutors a bounty of information that they can use to issue multiple counts against a tagger. The more cases, the larger the restitution that prosecutors can seek in a court ruling for damages caused to a community. For example, Escondido was awarded $185,000 in restitution last year from taggers caught using the Graffiti Tracker system. Criminal taggers don’t confine themselves to one particular public jurisdiction. Some tag in neighboring cities and communities. That’s why taking a regional approach to graffiti is so critical. Adopting a singular technology throughout the region at any given time can provide a greater wealth of information to law enforcement about taggers, and lower costs for all the participating agencies.

Currently, only three jurisdictions, Escondido, Oceanside and the County Sheriff ’s Department, use Graffiti Tracker. Sheriff Bill Gore made it operational in the unincorporated areas of the county and each of the nine contracted cities the Sheriff serves – Del Mar, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, Poway, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach and Vista. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and I partnered to bring this program to the SANDAG Board of Directors, which voted in November to look into expanding such a system across the region. The City of San Diego currently uses a different approach to graffiti abatement, but I am hopeful they will become a vital participant in a regional, collaborative effort against graffiti. As you can see, the benefits of a system like Graffiti Tracker are many. It frees up officers to spend more time on criminal investigations and that means more crimes will be solved. Vandals can be targeted to pay to clean up the damage they’ve caused. It reduces overall graffiti and can help law enforcement identify areas likely to be targeted for graffiti. It also provides additional benefits by giving agencies a database of information that they can use to apply for grant funding to eradicate blight. I strongly encourage all the cities in the region, along with transportation and utility companies that also suffer graffiti damage, to join SANDAG’s coordinated regional effort. Make no mistake, graffiti is a scourge upon the community. A coordinated approach is our best weapon against graffiti. my.   Supervisor Cox represents the more than 642,000 people of the First District, which extends from the Pacific Ocean in the West to the Otay and San Miguel mountains in the East and from Crown Point on Mission Bay to the U.S./Mexico international border.


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reast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the U.S., which predominantly affects women. In 2009, according to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 194,280 new cases will be diagnosed, men accounting a mere 1% of this total figure. If undetected or left untreated, breast cancer, like other malignancies can lead to fatality. Nevertheless, breast cancer is highly treatable especially if detected in its early stages. By understanding the disease’s risk factors and screening options, you can enhance the probability of early detection, which, in turn, can lead to a cure. Risk factors are anything that increases the likelihood for developing a disease such as breast cancer. There are two categories of risk factors: (1) Those that cannot be controlled and (2) those that can be controlled. The primary risk factors, which result in breast cancer, are beyond an individual’s control. These risk factors can include, but are not limited to, age, family history of breast cancer, gender and race. Conversely, there are risk factors that can be controlled which can reduce the odds of breast cancer. These controllable risk factors typically require adjustments in lifestyle and include, but are not limited to, weight, diet, exercise, alcohol consumption, smoking, and stress and anxiety. Typically, breast tumors are painless and can be left unnoticed until it is too late. For that reason, it is recommended to conduct routine breast self-examinations and to report any irregularities to your health professional. Once a malignancy is detected, there are several treatment options to help fight the cancer. Selecting the type of cancer treatment depends on several fac-

tors including stage of the disease and its location. The primary treatment modalities for breast cancer are surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, and are often used in combination. Because it is relatively safe and highly effective, radiation therapy plays an essential role in managing all stages of breast cancer. In recent years, there have been numerous advancements in the field of radiation oncology, which has heightened the precision of delivering radiation therapy leading to better patient outcomes. UC San Diego Radiation Oncology South Bay has invested in the newest technologies to provide the South Bay region with this unsurpassed accuracy and quality of care. “We are pleased to provide radiotherapy treatment options using the best technology in cancer care,” said Dr. Ramez Farah, Medical Director of UC San Diego Radiation Oncology South Bay. “We have the newest linear accelerator, the Trilogy™ Stereotactic System with RapidArc™ from Varian Medical Systems, which administers a precise dose of radiation to the tumor while avoiding the surrounding healthy tissue. Furthermore, treatment time with our technology is substantially reduced in comparison to other conventional therapies allowing the patient to spend less time in the medical office and more time at home with their loved ones.” my.

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school news

School News January 2010

Eastlake High CIF Champions

“This event has brought students, staff, alumni, family and the community closer than anything I have seen in the Eastlake High School community.”

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Photos courtesy of: Susan Cooper Photography. www.susancooperphotography.com

Before his Eastlake High football team took the field at Qualcomm Stadium for the Division I football championship, coach John McFadden knew exactly what he wanted to see from his players to make this a successful night. What he talked about was not his team’s stellar defense, the potent Titan offense or the talents of his highly recruited running back and strong safety Tony Jefferson. Rather, the 10th year coach offered that success would involve something much bigger. “As long as we have represented ourselves and the South Bay in a positive way and played that way, I’ll feel that we have been successful no matter the score,” McFadden said the day before the game.

McFadden should consider the evening a huge success. Not only did his squad capture the school’s first ever CIF championship in football, it did so in a way that made all of the community proud. Despite losing their top playmaker to an injury, the Titans played like a team beating a determined Vista Panthers side 21-14. After several losses in the semifinals in previous years, Eastlake and their fans were finally able to make the trip to Mission Valley for the finals. A little rain could not dampen the spirits of the east Chula Vista faithful. Brandon Fuentes, an Eastlake High Social Sciences teacher and Chula

Vista native, joined other teachers, students, parents and fans in cheering on the Titans. “This event has brought students, staff, alumni, family and the community closer than anything I have seen in the Eastlake High School community,” Fuentes said. “It feels good when you have a good team both on and off the field. I can say that they are good football players, but they are also good people and good students. I know this memory will last for a lifetime for all involved.” my.


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orn and raised in Chula Vista, Lisa Johnson has a special fondness for her hometown that comes from her personal growth matching closely the growth of her city. Like many east Chula Vista residents, the alumna of Hilltop High School remembers when the area she lives in now was true rolling hills with cows grazing and no real development for miles. In both her personal and professional lives, she has made significant contributions to the city’s growth and can’t help but get excited talking about what the future might hold for the South Bay. With husband Eric, the two have tried to instill in their two daughters – Carra and Nora – a sense of what makes this city special and unique. Lisa’s appreciation for all areas of Chula Vista is such that she cringes when she hears someone suggest the west and east sides should become two distinct cities. For the Johnsons, the sense of diversity that exists both in their neighborhood community of San Miguel Ranch and in the larger areas of Chula Vista is what makes this a great place in which to live, work and grow up. It has also provided a solid foundation for each family member. “Before moving into this area at the start of the development seven years ago, we lived in a part of Bonita that was really a rural area of Chula Vista just west of the 805,” Lisa shared. “I hope that we can do an even better job as a community of marrying the east and west sides of Chula Vista. There

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are a lot of cities that have done that successfully and it’s something we need to work on.” This sense of appreciating long-standing traditions while embracing new challenges seems to be at the heart of what makes the Johnsons successful as a family and individuals. Lisa and Eric met working as NCIS agents and teamed up in the real estate field. They have changed careers several times, with Lisa currently serving as the Associate Executive Director at the South Bay Family YMCA and Eric working as a lawyer in EastLake. Most importantly, they support their kids in branching out. Oldest daughter Carra is a student at USC (where Lisa went as well) studying psychology and human performance. Nora, a 10th grader at High Tech High, has plans to study at NYU as a film student and future director. The opportunity to return to a supportive home environment encourages that growth. “I really like and appreciate the diversity of this community,” Carra shared during her return home for Thanksgiving break. “I have friends of all different ethnicities and get to use my Spanish occasionally. It’s a good community to be learning in. The environment pushes everyone to succeed.” For Eric, even the recent tough economic times won’t change that environment. “I do think with the dynamics of east Chula Vista, we’ll come through this to the point where we start growing again.” my. january 2010 my hometown 23


on your doorstep January 2010

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Breakfast celebrating the living legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; 7:30am at Golden Hall, San Diego Concourse. Theme is “Build the Beloved Community”; (619) 209-8241

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January 29 Otay Ranch High Baseball Golf Tournament at Salt

Creek Golf Club – 10am registration, 11:30 shotgun start; $95 entry for golf, drink tickets and dinner. Proceeds benefit Mustang Baseball Organization; Mike McNaughton (619) 2477438 or mmcnaughton@ aoreed.com Liberty Elementary’s Art Walk – 4-7pm at Shops at

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Foliage Furniture & Interiors

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s small business owners, Mike and Michelle Larson understand the importance of outstanding customer service. They not only have filled their Foliage Furniture and Interiors showroom with unique items from more than 140 different furniture manufactures and suppliers, they have also brought in friendly and knowledgeable staff. With six designers on staff who complement the years of experience the Larsons possess, selling furniture from their EastLake Design District establishment has become more than just placing a particular item in someone’s house. Rather, it is about working with an individual to find just the right balance of function and style so the item fits once the customer brings it home. “For us, much of our business is from referrals,” Michelle explained. “With Mike and I living in the community, we run into people around town and we want that to be a good experience. We laugh that many of our friends now actually started out as clients.” According to Michelle, many of their clients have been supporting Foliage since she and Mike were running the business out of their home. She remembers big trucks parking in the street to drop off items and clients coming by the garage to pick up their purchases. Six years ago the EastLake couple expanded their business with a store near the local post office and then moved into their present location when the EastLake Design District opened in 2006. The more formal retail center has doubled the size of the business enabling them to carry more items and increasing traffic flow. But one element of their

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business approach that hasn’t changed is the emphasis on customizing the experience for clients, turning houses into homes. “A customer can come in, shop freely and put together a look themselves,” Mike said. “Or, if they need our help, we’re available here in the store offering complimentary consultations. We also have in-home design services available for a small fee for those that want more assistance or custom draperies. We can customize a room to make it unique and functional for the client.” The Larson’s belief in the importance of relationships can also be seen in their involvement with the community. They are active with their kids in local schools and attend EastLake Community Church. At Foliage, the couple hosts a variety of community events. In addition to school fundraisers, the Larsons hold quarterly wine and design events in their showroom. Each event has a different theme and includes giveaways, drinks and refreshments. Many times the free event offers a way for people to learn more about design while also supporting a good cause. “We do this as a way to give back while also creating interest in the store,” Mike said. “It is done in a way we and the community will enjoy. It goes back to building that relationship with our clients.” my. Foliage Furniture & Interiors 851 Showroom Place, Chula Vista 91914 (619) 397-4854, www.foliagefurniture.com

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• Bilingual & Bicultural (English/Spanish) • Age appropriate Academic Curriculum • Promotion of values • Extended Care available (am/pm) • 3, 5 or half days • Uniform Our unique program fosters a healthy emotional self-esteem development to bring forth each child’s unique talents, skills and aim in life.

Does your student need homework help, academic tutoring, or test-taking support? We have been providing enrichment, study skills, and test preparation since 1986. Thousands of students. K-12. Experienced, caring teachers. Individualized instruction. Results!!! No contracts. Save yourself, and your child, time, energy, and frustration! Let us help.

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A national provider of youth sports leagues and camps for boys and girls, i9 Sports is changing the game of youth sports. i9 Sports focuses on fun, sportsmanship, safety, and convenience for parents. Registrations for the Spring FlagFootball, Soccer, and Cheerleading are now open!

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my hometown mercado is your community resource. each month, this section features businesses who are a part of your community and dedicated to the communities of east chula Vista – bringing the services you need to your doorstep!

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Finally...better technology for cancer care has arrived in South Bay. We use the Trilogy™ Stereotactic System with RapidArc™, the newest technology in cancer care, offering shorter treatment times with exceptional precision. Our World Class Treatment Options • 3D Conformal Therapy • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) • Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) • Stereotactic Radiosurgery • Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy • Electron Beam Therapy

For more information, please contact us or visit our website (619) 502-7730 http://radonc.ucsd.edu/southbay Operated by Cancer Treatment Services San Diego

My Hometown Magazine - January 2010  

Community news and events for East Chula Vista

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