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The Magazine of the Greater San Diego Business Association | San Diego’s Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce | Volume 18 |Issue No. 5 |September/October 2012

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Cover image: Cali Griebel, Photos By Cali

Contact Us Mailing Address P.O. Box 33848 San Diego, CA 92163

phone: 619-296-4543 | fax: 619-296-5616 email: | web:

The title of the Union-Tribune front page story in their Sunday Business section on July 22nd grabbed our attention because we have worked hard over the past year to create a trustworthy place for the LGBT community to use for all their needs, like finding welcoming hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and other services. We did this both for visitors coming to San Diego and for our own community. Locals like to be able to tell their friends that there is one site they can trust when they plan to visit San Diego. It is available on our website ( and one can download an app as well.

This first year of our efforts, we will concentrate on two specific targets: the local drive-in areas like LA, Orange County, Phoenix and Palm Springs and the Northwest, Portland and Seattle in particular.

I have explained in earlier columns that we took on this challenge because no one else was doing it. And since tourism is the third largest source of revenue for our local economy, it makes sense to go after this market. There is much for LGBT businesses to gain by raising our profile as a year-round destination for the LGBT community.

All this is geared at getting more LGBT people to visit San Diego, and when they do, they stay longer and spend more than their heterosexual counterparts. We are finding that with stricter limitations and higher costs for luggage, they also use more of the services of our businesses not directly related to tourism. Such as health food, pet food, massages -– the list goes on and on. The bottom line is to produce more revenue for our members. So take a minute and visit our tourism website (www.gsdgt. com), like it, and for sure, let your out of town friends know that it is there for their benefit when they plan a visit to San Diego.

We have increased our efforts thanks to a grant from the City of San Diego’s Economic Development & Tourism Support Program. Our goal is to complement the excellent job the S.D. Convention & Visitors Bureau (“ConVis”) does for the general population by highlighting the various neighborhoods that make up San Diego and the many unique small businesses that add to its flavor.

GSDBA’s Community Connection Magazine serves to promote GSDBA member businesses, local and regional LGBT travel & tourism, and affiliate chamber and community organizations, as well as businesses and attractions of interest to our readers. DISCLAIMER: Opinions expressed in this publication, advertisements and inserts do not necessarily reflect the opinion of GSDBA, its Board, or its members. Publication of the name, photograph or likeness of any person, organization or business in this newsletter is not to be construed as any indication of the sexual orientation of that person, organization or business. Contents of this publication may not be reprinted in whole or in part without written permission from the editor.


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We distribute rack cards at five ConVis locations at the San Diego Airport as well as at kiosks in Balboa Park and in Downtown San Diego. We had our first ever tourist booth at the San Diego Pride Festival and signed up 700 people. In November we will have a booth at the Palm Springs festival, and one next year in Long Beach, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In addition, we plan on having a presence in both Portland and Seattle for their pride events next year. And we are using social media to get the word out.

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On the Cover: Housemade Cheddar & Chive Tater Tots served with chipotle ranch brought to you by RGang Eatery. Photo by Cali Griebel, Photos By Cali

GSDBA Events Calendar Good Food Abounds in San Diego Discover The Pearl - a Hidden Gem Soak in the Sun at East Village’s Hotel Solamar GSDBA’s Fabulous Event Photos Social Media: Video Blogging & Mobile Websites Milo Shapiro is Full Speech Ahead Leah Slayen is Organizing for a Good Cause Premiere Properties Welcomes you to Ramona Discover Pacific Beach’s Summer PFLAG Offers Education, Support, and More! It’s getting CHILI with Hillcrest’s Market Girl GSDBA Celebrates San Diego LGBT Pride Get Networking at GSDBA

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Thank you to our Corporate Partners and Supporters

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Tom Welch, Chair Danielle P. Barger, Vice Chair Barger Law Group, APC Rebecca Luers, CPA, Treasurer Luers & Dyer CPAs, LLP Christianna Connell future-ink Deborah Dimery HelmsBriscoe Lance A. Grucela Justin Knepper Bank of the West Ira Leavens Coastline Office Solutions

Danielle Barger

Cindy Lehman California Bank & Trust Stacey McKibbin ActionCOACH San Diego Jeri Muse, PhD Kalin Myers Distancia Events Keith Robinson The Dana on Mission Bay

Eric D. Brown

Jessy Sauchuk Belladia Marketing and Design Nick Toledo TSYS Merchant Solutions

GSDBA STAFF Eric Carroll Communications Manager  att Harding M Association Representative Tom Luhnow Chief Executive Officer Jen Silverwood Administrative Assistant Sue Sneeringer Operations Manager

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Upcoming Professional Luncheons Tuesday, September 11th 11:30 - 1:00 pm Kevin Beiser, SDUSD San Diego Unified School Board Member, District B

is working to reduce central office costs to preserve lower class sizes and enrichment programs. He will speak about anti-bullying efforts and balancing the district’s budget.

Tuesday, October 9th 11:30-1:00 pm Congresswoman Susan Davis 53rd Congressional District

The Honorable Susan Davis will speak to us on the state of the congressional district, her views on the future, growth, and the economy, and the challenges and opportunities facing the region.

Event Details

Wang’s North Park - 3029 University Avenue Cost: $25 Pre-Registered | $35 at the door Buffet lunch and non-alcoholic beverage included Please RSVP at least 24 hours before event at or (619) 296-4543

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Workshops Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012

The Power of Email Marketing Constant Contact with Merrily Chopp MetLife Building, Mission Valley 9-11 a.m. Cost: $10 members / $50 non-members

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012

Speed Marketing with MAG (The GSDBA Marketing Affinity Group) Santa Fe Room, Balboa Park Club Bldg 5:30-7:30 pm Cost: $10 members / $50 non-members Limited to 25 people!

For workshop information & registration visit GSDBA’s Community Connection Magazine |September/October 2012


GSDBA member restaurants bring it on with some of the newest, hippest, and hottest places to grab a bite and a frosty beverage. Here are some of our favorites (in no particular order).

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The Range is an American Eatery featuring signature dishes reminiscent of down home comfort foods. They are known for their grass fed and free range proteins along with a great craft beers selection, many that are local to San Diego. Weekends feature a Breakfast Menu with their Signature Southern Sippers and a scrumptious Kids Menu sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Join them daily from 3pm to 7pm for Crafty Hour {$2 Off our Local Craft Beer Selection & $2 Off Appetizers} and bring in the whole family on Monday's when Kids Eat Free. (Kids 12 and under, with the purchase of an entree, limit one child per adult).

Customer Favorite:

Brisket Sandwich | $12 House smoked brisket, grilled onions, cole slaw and BBQ sauce

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eason 5 contestant on Bravo TV’s Emmy-winning hit reality show “Top Chef,” the loveable, jovial, cuddly bear of a chef, Rich Sweeney, opened R Gang Eatery in June, 2010. Born from an idea that great food can be gourmet without being pretentious, and eating it should always be fun, R Gang is changing San Diego’s fine-dining dynamic with Food & Fun, Refueled™. R Gang’s contemporary Retro-American fare, those favorite foods of yesteryear just livened up, refreshed and refueled, isn’t exactly comfort food but the feeling you get eating it sure is the same. From burgers, meatloaf & brats to mac ‘n cheese, cornbread waffles & those lil’ gourmet tater tots, Chef Rich and crew believe that what you put in your mouth is just as important as what comes out – oooohs, aaaaahs, yums & big belly laughs included. Award-winning & always raved about, R Gang serves up brunch & supper six days a week (Tuesday thru Sunday) with Happy Hour Tuesday thru Friday (Tue 3pm-close, Wed-Fri 3-7pm)

R-Gang Eatery is located at 3683 5th Avenue near Pennsylvania, San Diego, CA 92103, Hillcrest. Valet parking is available on Saturday and Sunday nights for $6.

Phone: (619) 677-2845 Twitter: @RGangEatery


smashing success Smashburger is fast becoming every city’s favorite place for burgers. It is perfect for eating in or having a better burger to go, a quick workday lunch, the weekend burger and beer, date night, a family dinner, or with your friends before a night of dancing the night away. Smash. Sizzle. Savor means a dedication to creating the besttasting “smashed-to-order” burger. They start with 100% Angus Beef, smashed, seared and seasoned on the grill, placed on a butter-toasted artisan bun and topped with the highest-quality cheeses, freshest

produce and condiments. A place where you can get a meal for every taste and appetite, where you can select one of their great recipes or you can create your own. A place that is close to home and affordable. Where the energy is comfortable and relaxed. Along with their great-tasting burgers they offer Smashfries – Smashchicken Sandwiches and signature salads, veggie frites and haystack onions, Häagen-Dazs shakes and bottled beer and wine. Smashburger is excited and proud to be a part of the fabulous Hillcrest community!

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4 Something Brewing The Hillcrest Brewing Company (HBC), The World’s First “Out and Proud LGBT Brewery " opened in June, specializing in handcrafted beer and stone oven pizzas with bottles, growlers & kegs to-go.

HBC pours eight microcraft beers brewed on site and serves pizza that is perfectly orchestrated with a focus from the water and flour to create its crust, to the fresh Italian Roma tomatoes with fresh toppings and cheeses before it is fired in stone lined ovens. HBC is located in the colorful and vibrant LGBT community of Hillcrest in San Diego. Pouring only grains and grapes- with 24 beers on tap and assorted selection of wines paired with specialty pizzas by their talented breweristas. The remainder of the taps pours “Guest” brews from other local micro breweries.

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1458 University Avenue at Normal Street Phone: (619)269-HEAD

Customer Favorite:

Sissy Shrimp Pesto Pizza paired with a Crotch Rocket Irish Red beer This pizza has already become a popular favorite at HBC! Spinach, crumbled feta, sun-dried tomato, marinated artichoke hearts, spinach, and harissa-tomato marinated shrimp all drizzled with a tasty pesto sauce make it the perfect pairing with HBC’s Crotch Rocket Irish Red beer. This malty, smooth beer has a slight fruit overtone and won’t disappoint - it’s unique, savory taste will tantalize your taste buds as its flavorful body explodes in your mouth!


NORTH PARK Wang's North Park delivers the finest and freshest Asian Fusion food in San Diego. Set in a landmark building in the heart of North Park, Wang's has combined modern aesthetics with warm comfort to create a atmosphere unlike any other experienced in the area. This gives the guest the ability to entertain large groups or host intimate gatherings with menus to fit any budget. Wang's is able to make any occasion a special event with great service and management that sees to every detail. A world class wine list and specialty cocktails all at reasonable prices round out the package making Wang's the best choice for your next night out!

3029 University Avenue ph (619) 291.7500 [08]

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Customer Favorite: General Wang’s Chicken

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6 Since opening its doors in early 2010, Barrio Star has quickly become a San Diego favorite for Mexican Soul Food - not to mention their delicious margaritas. Located in the small


Gourmet Margaritas made with fresh lime juice, agave nectar and of course Tequila...and the Carnitas Tacos made with hand pressed corn tortillas, slow roasted carnitas, guajillo chili, avocado sauce, and fresh cotija cheese.

enclave of Bankers Hill, Barrio Star is truly a neighborhood restaurant. Barrio Star’s approach to food is straight-forward - keep it simple, healthy, fresh & flavorful in a fun,

energetic atmosphere. The menu has been designed by well-known chef Isabel Cruz and part owner & chef, Todd Camburn. Barrio Star is a fresh, creative, and wholesome take on traditional south of the border cuisine. They offer a friendly atmosphere, innovative margaritas, and soul food - food made straight from the heart. They have found that by taking care of fresh and local ingredients, you can turn simple flavors in to beautiful complex dishes. Both owners, Isabel Cruz and Todd Camburn, have captured their love for the Mexican culture, people, food, and tequila into what we now know as Barrio Star, one of our favorite local restaurants.



2706 5th Avenue at Nutmeg (619) 501-STAR(7827)


elcome to The Spinal Connection! We are a contemporary blend of healing disciplines that embody the essence of overall wellness for you and your loved ones. The Spinal Connection offers monthly wellness memberships that include: chiropractic care, yoga classes, stretch therapy classes, spinal stability therapy and massage therapy. We believe wellness is about practicing how to balance various aspects of our life, for a lifestyle change that promotes great health and happiness. At The Spinal Connection, we offer numerous options for treatment and therapy that helps support your goal of long-lasting well being.

Kathryn J. Fox, D.C., M.S The Spinal Connection 1940 Fifth Avenue Ste. 302 San Diego, CA 92101 P-619.540.9270 F-619.684.3650 [10]

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Point Loma is one of the oldest neighborhoods in San Diego, built on the peninsula that ends at Cabrillo National Monument. This historically rich community is surrounded by beautiful hillsides with some of the most stunning views of the harbor and the downtown cityscape. Portuguese fisherman have a long linage in this community and fishing boats still to this day depart at dawn to return with bounty to supply the city with a variety of fresh fish.


ocated just one block past Harbor Drive on Rosecrans Street is The Pearl Hotel. They have helped to revitalize the business community in the past five years and offer neighbors and travelers a haven of hospitality and relaxation. Originally built in 1961 as the Sportsmen’s Lodge, LWP Group Inc. purchased this mid-century gem in 2006 and opened the doors to visitors and restaurant guests in 2007. Celebrating their five-year anniversary, on September 9th, they offer groovy cats a place to hang. This budget conscious boutique hotel has just the right touch of comfort, ambiance, and class to share with all who enter. Twentythree carefully appointed guest rooms horseshoe around an oystershaped saltwater pool. The use of indoor-outdoor space makes for a unique dining experience coupled with the freshest locally sourced

ingredients. This sense of locality is something that Executive Chef Jaison Burke takes very seriously. Offering the best of our region gives visitors and San Diego residents a sense of pride in the abundance of our community. Sourcing local also extends to their craft beer selection that offers a taste of San Diego’s craft beer movement teamed with an assortment of creative cocktails. A special attribute of The Pearl Hotel is their weekly Wednesday Dive-In Movie Theatre that showcases cult classics and popular blockbuster films on a 10x13 foot projection screen located above the pool. Enjoy dining poolside, watch a great movie with surround sound and take a dip in the pool. Simple pleasures captured in the essence of a re-purposed swank hotel, bar and restaurant that has the mantra “Down to Earth, Up with Style.”

1410 Rosecrans Street at Fenelon Street, Point Loma Reservations: 1.877.PEARL-SD Phone: 619.226.6100 web: [12]

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You know they were in your kitchen. They must have been — there’s a brand new stove where the old one once stood. And yet, you still have your doubts. The doorway’s not nicked. The floor is not scratched. No footprints or gum wrappers lie in their wake. And then, it dawns on you: these bootiewearing, vacuum-toting ninjas have indeed left you a calling card — written in invisible ink, and it says: “Here’s to Living Joyfully!”

Trained and certified to work on each and every type of appliance product that we carry, our very own Delivery, Installation and Service Team is unlike any other in America, because it’s internally staffed, and never outsourced. That translates to a level of trust, accountability and professionalism that not only inspires confidence, but delivers joy.

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Let it all soak in at the luxurious Hotel Solamar

Reflecting the distinctive San Diego surroundings, Hotel Solamar tells the story of the sun and sea. From luminous décor and sparkling amenities, to its urban coastal chic atmosphere, to the shining service and warm, bright smiles of the staff, the allure of sun and sea are ever present at this Kimpton Hotel. Hotel Solamar captures the fun, easy Southern California lifestyle. Whether guests are traveling for business or leisure, this boutique hotel offers sun-warmed and water-kissed comfort. When daylight fades, the heat continues well into the evening with coastal California dining at Jsix restaurant and the lively yet sophisticated scene at LOUNGEsix.

435 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 p (619) 819-9500 tf (877) 230-0300

Customer Favorite: Pitchers of craft cocktails like Pear Flower Lemonade and Chili-Mango Margaritas

sixAPPEAL At the Gaslamp’s Rooftop Hot Spot

LOUNGEsix debuted in 2005 as the premier San Diego rooftop lounge in the Gaslamp Quarter. Located atop Solamar Terrace, it is the ideal leisure retreat day or night. Providing an intimate gathering space with lush, tropical greenery, cozy fire pits reflecting the city skyline and plush seating areas, locals and travelers mingle in good company. Guests can sip evening libations featuring top-shelf spirits and fresh, organic fruit, or linger over small bites from the casual bar menu with specialties like herbed fries and farm fresh crudités with shallot dip. Cabanas and plush lounge chairs are nestled throughout the lounge surrounding Hotel Solamar’s Shore Pool. Many locals consider LOUNGEsix the place in the Gaslamp to indulge in signature cocktails and relax while taking in the welcoming San Diego breeze. LOUNGEsix at Hotel Solamar 616 J Street (at the corner of 6th Ave.) Phone: (619) 531-8744 GSDBA’s Community Connection Magazine |September/October 2012


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Sorry, Mobile Websites

Are NOT The Future

We’ve been saying for years that the future of the web can be described with one word: mobile. Today, if we’re still saying that…we’d be lying. tablets have now surpassed total PC sales (laptops and desktop computers) in the United States. Sales of tablets are expected to eclipse sales of PCs sometime next year. So what does all this mean for you, the business owner? It means your customers will increasingly be accessing your website via a mobile device. That means you have two items on your to-do list:

Mobile is no longer the future. It’s here. Now. Consider the following: • Today, more people read email on their smartphones than they do on Microsoft Outlook or webmail. • Sales of tablet computers are increasing at a faster rate than iPhone sales did just a few years ago. • Mobile devices now account for more than 20% of all Internet traffic in the United States. That’s one in five visits to your website! Worldwide, there are roughly 6 billion mobile phone subscribers, and more than 1 billion of those folks use smartphones, which allow high-speed, high-resolution access to online applications, web and email. In the U.S. it’s getting increasingly harder to even find a mobile phone that isn’t a smartphone. Tablet computers such as the iPad, Amazon’s Kindle and dozens of other contenders are taking the digital world by storm. In fact, combined sales of smartphones and

1. Evaluate Your Website from a Mobile Perspective. Test how your website looks on an iPhone, iPad, Android phone and a Kindle Fire tablet. Make sure all the buttons, pictures and videos look good. Remember, your visitors’ first view of your website may be their last. The “back” button is just one touch away. 2. Consider a Mobile-Centric Website. Sure, your site might look fine on someone’s phone, if a bit small. But is it optimal for their browsing (or buying) experience? Probably not. If you convert a lot of business through your website, or over the phone, a mobile website is a must. Put it this way: in 2011, more than $10 billion in purchases were made on mobile phones. Today, less than 5 percent of businesses have mobile websites. By the end of this year, the number of mobile-connected devices will surpass the number of people on earth. Do the math! By getting a mobile website, you’ve just eliminated 95% of your competition and improved your company’s access to a $10 billion market. Don’t wait until the “future” to get started. It’s already here.

Brady Chatfield is CEO of Higher Power SEO, a firm that specializes in transforming your website from a static “brochure” into a dynamic profit engine for your business or nonprofit organization. Call 760-881-4SEO or email


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Using Video and Social Media to Promote Your Business, Part I by Melanie Peters Video Marketing and Social Media Marketing Specialist, Melanie Peters Productions

FACT: The number one search engine in the world is Google FACT: The number two search engine in the world is…YouTube That’s right, and guess who owns YouTube…wait for it…You got it - Google! Put quite simply, if you would like more visibility for your business, start using video. Google gets paid mad bucks from advertising on YouTube, and since it’s predicted that by the end of 2013, 80% of ALL content on the web will be video, you need to get on board now. CATS: I can not think of a single business, brand, speaker, or pencil, that would not benefit from a video about something to do with (or nothing to do with) your product or service. You don’t need to be Martin Scorsese either. Do a quick piece on the latest product in your store, or the newest development in your field, a “How To” video on something simple, or just a “Welcome Video” telling folks about your product or service. Cats in bags work well, people love that. How about a laughing baby? HUGE. Your video doesn’t need to be a movie, it just needs to be interesting, and ‘light’. No one likes to

be sold to, so don’t sell, - tell. Better yet, SHOW your viewers who you are, why you are an expert in your field, and how to get in touch with you. HATS: If you think it’s too overwhelming to learn some basic video skills, then by all means, hire a pro, goodness knows most of us are wearing too many hats in our business as it is. But it can be really simple to do, and fun too. The iPad has a fantastic HD video camera in it, and it comes stock with one of the best video editing software programs anywhere, iMovie, which uploads directly to your YouTube account. Even your smart phone has the ability to record video, just make sure you use a tripod, and pay attention to audio quality. YouTube is a mad search engine generator, and video is not the future, it’s the current reality. Next issue we will talk about how to use your video inside social media networks to really reach out to your customers, gain their trust, and generate leads. For more tips and tricks for video and social media, check out to our blog page. (

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Full Speech Ahead! Vocal Variety, Part 1 Okay, I confess: I submitted this question. Readers can submit specific questions for future issues of “Full Speech Ahead!”, but someone had to get the ball rolling! For years, Americans ranked public speaking as their greatest fear. DEATH ranked second! Yet the ability to communicate effectively (be it one-on-one or to a crowd) can make or break careers. A man who can share an idea clearly and concisely is seen as a winner. A woman who can see a problem and eloquently convey a solution to a group has “management” written all over her. By contrast, a perfectly nice person may have a room full of people thinking murderous thoughts about him/her just because they want the speech to end! Ever been in that room? Me, too! In upcoming issues, we’ll look at the many changes you can make in preparation and delivery - from big organizational ones to tiny tweaks that have impact.

Q: Why would anyone write a column (or read one!) about public speaking? - M.S., San Diego

Most GSDBA members make few large-group speeches. But even if you’d sooner eat a Brillo pad than speak to a group, I hope you’ll read “Full Speech Ahead!” We use our presenting skills any time we have to make a sales pitch, present ourselves at a BNG, network effectively, or build rapport with a potential client. And someday, when a microphone is suddenly handed to you…

by Milo Shapiro, Professional Speaker and Speaking Coach

But people get all hung up about how the printed word should be more formal (like not starting this sentence with “But” or using a phrase like “all hung up”). The reality, though, is when we write for speaking, we should write like that…because we talk like that. (Including italicizing those words we’ll stress when speaking). Otherwise, when we read our formal wording, we get that strange professor-ish sound and feel like maybe we should add a British accent or something to account for it. So…I’ll try to keep this column a light and comfortable read, but not at the expense of saying what needs to be said. I intend to help you find your voice, make fewer blunders (especially if sharing mine can spare you a few), and excel from the platform. I’ve gotten commendations from Minolta, Pfizer, Qualcomm, and even the US Navy, so I know I’ve got words worth sharing! Hope you’ll return to Community Connection for more on this topic! **********************

Milo Shapiro, interactive motivational speaker and speaking coach/trainer, is the author of “Public Speaking: Get A’s, Not Zzzzzz’s!” More at on Milo’s coaching & training. More at on his speaking and teambuilding. Submit questions for his column to

If you’ve survived these first few paragraphs, you’ve already realized that I don’t write like most other training authors. Though it can be a challenge, I aim to write the same way that I’d speak to you which, oddly enough, is a valuable skill if the topic at hand is how to speak to people!

Looking to develop speaking and leadership skills?

Win that big client? Ignite your career? The GSDBA now has its own Toastmasters club. A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and

parliamentary procedure. All of this in a positive, LGBT-friendly environment. Please join us as a guest at our next meeting to see what GSDBA Toastmasters is all about and how you can become involved. We meet the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 11:30 AM to 1 PM at the MetLife Building located at 3131 Camino del Rio North, Suite 850, San Diego 92108. Visit for more information. GSDBA’s Community Connection Magazine |September/October 2012


Giving to a Good Cause Welcome to...Ramona? Finding the Motivation to Let Go by Leah Slayen, Clean Slate Organizing

to can be incredibly motivating. When they know that their belongings are going to a good cause to help other people, letting go becomes a much easier task.


s a professional organizer, I have the privilege of working with individuals who are looking to de-clutter and simplify their lives. Anyone who feels stressed, frantic, and overwhelmed knows that a cluttered home can make you feel worse. A disorganized external environment can

“Once I help my clients clear their space and bring in organizing tools, they start to feel more relaxed and in charge of their lives.” start to impact your internal and emotional state. Once I help my clients clear their space and bring in organizing tools, they start to feel more relaxed and in charge of their lives. Despite these benefits of clutter clearing, letting go of personal items is not always easy. We hold on to our personal possessions for many reasons, even if we are no longer using them. In almost every project I have worked on with my clients, I have found that identifying a charity or organization to donate

Recently, I worked with a woman in decluttering her walk-in closet. She made quick decisions to give away items she wasn’t wearing anymore until we got to the suits she used to wear to work as a lawyer. This is where it got difficult for her. As a mom of two in San Diego, she wore light clothing with sandals and never had a need for warm wool suits. Yet, it was still very difficult to let go- it was clear that she would not only be letting go of her beautiful and expensive suits, but of her life before she became a mom. Clearly, she was feeling stuck. In order to help her get to a point where she was comfortable letting go, I spoke to her about organizations where we could donate her suits. We talked about Dress For Success, an incredible organization that assists women in getting employed. They provide interviewappropriate clothing to their clients who would otherwise not be able to afford it. My client’s face lit up when we started talking about all the women she could help by donating her suits to this cause. All of a sudden, the donation bags started to fill up and her closet started to empty out. Once she knew that someone else would benefit from her suits that were just sitting in the back of her closet collecting dust, she could let go without any hesitation. Some other wonderful charities I suggest to my clients are Soles 4 Souls, an organization that takes donated shoes and sends them to kids all over the world, Goodwill for almost all of your household items, and Recycle San Diego for all of your “e-waste.” Once you identify a charity that you feel good about donating to, letting go of the stuff you no longer need or use will become a much easier process. The clutter in your life will diminish, opening up space for you to live your life.

Leah Slayen Clean Slate Organizing (619) 861-9091


remiere Properties – Ramona began business in the fourth quarter of 2011. An independently owned subsidiary of Premiere Properties (Carlsbad), the Ramona subsidiary was founded by broker/owner Richard BlondeSchmidt and Edwin “Doug” Blonde-Schmidt, who have more than eight years of real estate experience between them, and have experience with short sales, bank owned listings, and trust sales, representing both buyers and sellers. Their goal is to minimize the stress of buying or selling a home. While they service the real estate needs of all San Diego County, their focus is on San Diego Country Estates in Ramona.

Ramona? Really? Why? Well, if you have outgrown your current living space, but are unsure if you can really afford that larger home, are looking for all of your living space on one floor, are tired of living in close proximity to your neighbor or are looking for a quieter, more relaxed pace during your off hours, you really owe it to yourself to take a closer look. For those willing to make the drive, San Diego Country Estates (a.k.a.The Estates) in Ramona is believed to have the largest collection of single story homes in San Diego County (two story homes are also available). Most lots are .45 acres or more. This commu-

nity of 3,400+ homes is San Diego County’s best kept secret, with two equestrian centers, a golf course, country club, hotel (AAA triple diamond), restaurant, two swimming pools, tennis courts, horse trails, hiking trails, Ramona Oaks Park, several dog parks, and a low HOA fee (currently $98 per month). The Oaks Grill and Par Lounge are great places to relax, enjoy your favorite cocktail, and have a great meal. The newly added deck provides for outdoor dining, overlooking the San Vicente Golf Course. The Par Lounge features live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings with no cover charge. If you are planning a special event, the San Vicente Room can accommodate up to 150 people and the catering department can arrange a menu at very reasonable prices. Ramona Oaks Park hosts numerous events for the residents including evening concerts, annual chili cookoff, annual car show, and annual fall festival. It is also a great place to host a family reunion or group picnic with grills and picnic table provided. If you or anyone you know is ready to discover San Diego County’s best kept secret, please call Richard or Doug at Premiere Properties - Ramona at (760) 315-6669.


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Discover the Action at Annual

Pacific BeachFest

Saturday, October 6th - 11:00am to 7:00 p.m.

The Heart of Pacific Beach

Restaurant Walk

Wednesday, September 19th 4:00pm - 9:00pm Discover Pacific Beach will once again host the Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk. This year, attendees will spend an easy and leisurely stroll between Everts and Lamont Sreets while sampling a great variety of menus from local restaurants for only $20. As part of this year’s event, there will be live entertainment and craft beer tasting.

There will be plenty of free fun and family friendly action on the beaches and along the boardwalk at this year’s version of the popular Pacific BeachFest.

front Walk, browse among the dozens of fine arts & crafts displays and visit the many eclectic shops and popular restaurants in this laid-back beachside community.

Activities start early on the sandy shoreline with an 8K beach run and a Beach Volleyball tournament featuring Class A teams from throughout Southern California. Revolt in Style Magazine Summer Surf Series ends with a Pro/Am Surf competition for all ages at Crystal Pier.

Over at Pacific Drive Action Alley, professional skateboarders will thrill and entertain locals and visitors alike with their daring tricks and ramp demos featuring full size half pipes.

Throughout the fun-filled day thousands of BeachFest goers can enjoy live music on 3 stages featuring mainstream to hip hop to reggae, community music groups and the hottest DJs, or participate in the 4th Annual “Best at the Beach” Fish Taco Challenge, enjoy a craft beer with an Ocean View in the PB Craft Beer Garden on Ocean-

Kids Action Alley will keep the youngsters busy with a beachside obstacle course and famous Giant Slide, as well as other fun games and activities and local community groups from Pacific Beach will welcome you to the neighborhood with goodies and fun activities. Sidewalk Sale shoppers young and old can find special BeachFest bargains offered by area merchants up and down the Boardwalk from Diamond to Thomas Street

Save the date as this popular event continues to grow! Spend the last days of summer with friends and family by enjoying the best of Pacific Beach’s local cuisine. Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Time: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Restaurants east of Everts Street along Garnet Ave up through Lamont St. (maps provided) What: Sample a great variety of local cuisine from over 15 restaurants and enjoy live music and craft beer tasting. Cost: $20.00 Some of the participating restaurants include: Woodstock’s Pizza, Papa Luna’s,The Fish Shop, La Cosa Pizza, Cafe Athena, Yogurt on the Rocks, Fred’s Mexican Cafe, Great News Cooking School and more to come! Tickets will be available for purchase at:, Discover Pacific Beach, 1503 Garnet Ave and Woodstock’s Pizza at 1221 Garnet Avenue.

Coming Soon

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Christmas on Crystal Pier December 1st 2-5pm

Pacific Beach Holiday Parade December 15th 12-5pm

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(Pacific Beach Business Improvement District)

Events are hosted by Discover Pacific Beach. For more information, please contact Sara Berns, Discover Pacific Beach. Discover Pacific Beach is a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit organization dedicated to revitalizing and promoting the Pacific Beach community physically and economically


El Cajon Boulevard! El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association (619) 283-3608

The best way to get to know one of San Diego’s coolest neighborhoods! Remember biking with your friends as a kid? Join other grown-up bike fans for a leisurely cruise along El Cajon Boulevard, stopping in at longtime local favorites and some newcomers to the Boulevard along the way. Games, food and drink along the way, and even the chance to win some cool prizes! Make friends with “El Cajon Boulevard” on facebook or e-mail to be in the loop for this or future dates!

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community CONNECTION Signature Events at the Center AIDS Walk & Run Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 More than a dozen different agencies - serving thousands of clients - rely on funds raised at the annual AIDS Walk to help provide essential prevention and care programs to thousands of men, women and children living with HIV/ AIDS. Through a unique funding partnership with the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative, AIDS Walk San Diego is able to increase the impact of the dollars raised at the event. Funds from the Walk are combined with donations from other philanthropists and foundations to qualify for matching funds, which are distributed to local HIV/AIDS service providers. Visit us at or find us on facebook!

Anniversary Gala Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 The Center’s Gala brings together hundreds of our closest friends and partners for equality at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront for a delightful evening of dinner and dancing in support of our vital health and human rights programs. Join San Diego’s finest to enjoy a cocktail hour, fabulous silent auction, live entertainment, delicious gourmet dinner and mercifully brief program that lets you enjoy friends and dance the night away. Whether you care about equality, youth, seniors, families, our Latino brothers and sisters, those living with HIV, or community health, you’ll care about this event! Purchase tickets at events.

Know Someone Who is Out or Coming Out?

PFLAG Provides Support, Education, Advocacy...and More

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) provides support for family and friends of LGBTQ people who are out or in the process of coming out to their loved ones: Support, to cope with an adverse society; Education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; Advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Among the fulfillment of their educational goals, PFLAG offers seven scholarships yearly to LGBTQ students (and they would be happy to increase it should anyone reading this wish to establish another one!). There is a well-respected Speakers' Bureau available to visit businesses, schools, and colleges to promote greater acceptance of LGBT persons. They also support community events and disseminate literature that is helpful to the LGBT community and those who they want to become allies. The San Diego chapter is one of the oldest of the 250+ chapters. The membership throughout the U.S. is 250,000 members. The chapter supports satellite groups in Oceanside, Santee, and Rancho Bernardo, as well as a Spanish speaking group, Mi Familia. They said new members and donations are always encouraged to meet their goals of being "out there" to inform the public. The monthly meetings for the San Diego chapter are the 4th Monday of each month. Further details and their monthly newsletter are available for the San Diego and satellite meetings at

Nightmare on Normal Street Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 Join us on Normal Street just north of University for Hillcrest’s biggest Halloween Party! Don’t miss the fabulous costume contest, with a $1000 grand prize. Start working on that costume now and join us for a night of spooky fun! This is a 21+ event with adult content and ID is required. Proceeds from this event benefit more than 40 community programs at The Center.

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PFLAG San Diego P.O. Box 82762, San Diego, CA 92138

You Say Potato... We Say


Chili! like squash, potatoes, onions…all those root vegetables? They are meant to last. I mean, think about it, think back to our roots. In most places it is impossible to have a harvest all year. So it is no coincidence that the abundant fall harvest has the ability to last us through the winter. The food satisfies our needs and warms our souls.

Here we are, in autumn. How quickly the time passes! Gone are the days of stone fruits, berries, and juicy tomatoes. Gone are the bright evenings that feel like they’ll never end. Gone is summer. And while San Diego does have “endless summer” and may not have the most noticeable season changes compared to other areas in the world, we do have a few changes. Most apparently, in the produce. Like I always say, an easy way to sense a season change is through taste. And a good way to do that? By browsing the Hillcrest Market weekly. The vendors will rotate their harvests before our eyes, changing their berries out for squash and their peaches for apples. We can literally taste the change! There’s no mistake about it: Fall harvest is here, and I am excited.

I have a recipe that is made with dry pantry items and autumn root vegetables. Make a bunch and it’ll last you through the week. One big bowl and you’ll be satisfied. It’s hearty, it’s healthy, and the flavor combination is seriously amazing. Thank you, Jamie aka Market Girl

Vegetarian Chili

with Sweet Potato and Coconut Milk Ingredients: · 1 yellow onion, minced · 3 carrots, diced · 3 cloves of garlic, minced · 1 sweet potato, or butternut squash diced (same size as carrot) · 1 - 14 oz. can kidney beans · 1 - 14 oz. can black beans · 1 - 14 oz. can coconut milk · 1 - 14 oz. can diced tomatoes (unsalted, unseasoned) · 2 Tbs tomato paste · 1 tsp chili powder · 1.5 Tbs cumin · Dash paprika · Salt and pepper, to taste · Olive oil and butter or ghee, to coat the bottom of the pan · 1 jalepeño pepper (Optional) (remove seeds and membranes) · Cilantro, lime to garnish

Method: Melt butter into olive oil in a cast iron pot, if you have, or any pot will work- over medium-high heat. Add carrot, onion, garlic, jalepeño, and sweet potato. Sauté about 5 minutes or until softened. Add the spices (cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper). Stir around so spices coat the vegetables and toast a bit. Add the tomato paste, and again, stir to coat. Add the beans, tomatoes, and coconut milk. Bring to a boil then simmer for about 15 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are tender (by then everything else will be cooked, too.) Enjoy with cornbread on a chilly night.

The cool thing about fall produce is that it is heartier and it has staying power. Not only in your stomach, but in your pantry. That’s right: things

For more seasonal recipe inspiration and great tips by

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Celebrate America’s Pride

This year’s San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival was again filled with sunshine, pride, and hundreds of thousands of attendees from our diverse community. Volunteers at the GSDGT (Greater San Diego Gay Travel) booth gave away great prizes and signed people up to like our facebook page and check out our new app. The member volunteers at the GSDBA Booth gave out thousands of directories and member give-aways. Thanks to everyone who participated!

A heartfelt thank you to our fabulously coordinated Briefcase Brigade team members and our 2012 Pride Sponsor, USBank.

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gsdba’s annual report to its members ANNUAL REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR | October 2010 to September 2011

Our Mission

The Greater San Diego Business Association promotes prosperity and equality for our members, supporters, and the LGBT community.

Our Vision

Building Business Prosperity & Equality

Our Values

GSDBA upholds and promotes the following set of values to our membership and in our daily business practices:

thank you We would like to thank our 2010-2011 Partners for their generous support: Tony Azar The Bottomline California Bank & Trust Coastline Office Solutions Comerica Bank Cox Business Cox Communications Danielle Barger, APC Eric D. Brown, Waddell & Reed Ernst & Young The Handlery Hotel Rage Magazine San Diego Uptown News/Gay San Diego Scripps SDG&E/Sempra Energy Union Bank US Bank Wells Fargo Thank You to Our October 2010- September 2011 Mixer and Event Sponsors: Bourbon Street The Cosmopolitan Restaurant and Hotel The Cygnet Theatre Eden Inn at the Park Microsoft Store The Old Globe Theatre Porto Vista Hotel San Diego Desserts Union Bank - Hillcrest Wells Fargo - Hillcrest West Coast Tavern

Economic Empowerment - Develop a culture of business success for our members. Stewardship - Advance professional excellence & fiscal responsibility and LGBT business leadership. Advocacy - Build an inclusive, diverse community based on equality, integrity and respect. Tourism - Increase LGBT tourism in San Diego

We would like to thank our 2010-2011 VIP & Circle of Friends Members: Kevin Atto, San Diego Pro Cleaning Marci Bair, Bair Financial/MetLife Danielle Barger, The Law Offices of Danielle P. Barger,APC Michelle Burkart, TH!NKBusiness Jim Daniels & Scott Colvin - Service Staff Chris Dorazio - Modern Wealth Group Gary Klein, OD, Urban Optiks Optometry Jennifer Marcks, MA - Medi-Cal Advisor Group Ed Masucci - Designs by Ed Paul Needleman Cleanology Housekeeping Personnel Service Victor Ravago- Hampton Inn Sea World/ San Diego Airport Cory Russo - Bodies @ Work Jessy Sauchuk, Belladia Design and Marketing Patrick Springer - BMW of San Diego Patricia Tweedie, CMG Mortgage Carmen Vasquez & Carla Grossini-Concha The Honest Kitchen Tom Welch - Security Business Bank Thank you to all the Directors who served in the fiscal year ending September 2011: Kevin Atto Tony Azar Marci Bair Danielle Barger Jon Borgeson Eric D. Brown, CMFC Christianna Connell Deborah Dimery Lance Grucela Dora Guillen

Cindy Lehman Rebecca Luers, CPA Seth Makechnie Jonathan Olow Keith Robinson Cory Russo Fred Shadlow Patricia Tweedie Peggy Walkush Tom Welch

GSDBA’s accomplishments are the result of the hard work of the Board of Directors, the staff, and committee volunteers Thank you to all the BNG and Affinity Group Facilitators and all who served on committees.

Thank you to all 863 members for supporting our organization and being a force for business equality.

2010-2011 Accomplishments • Published and distributed 28,000 Directories with more pages • Attended Tourism Summit in Seattle and launched LGBT travel website for San Diego • Received record grant from City of San Diego Small Business Enhancement Program to conduct workshops • Participated in Pride Parade, Pride Festival, CityFest, AIDS Walk, Harvey Milk Breakfast, Dine Out for Life, and several other community events • Attended NGLCC national conference in Washington, D.C. and participated in economic discussion at White House • Actively participated in City Council redistricting process • Hosted ribbon cutting for REVIVALS grand opening • Co-sponsored presentation by California State Controller John Chiang and staff on IRS regulations for LGBT community • Met with business professors at SDSU and set up inclusion of our members in their free small business consulting program • Increased Advocacy Committee role to evaluate and recommend stands on referendums and initiatives • Partnered with more agencies like the Asian Business Association, the Airport Authority, the Small Business Administration, and the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Audited Income and Expenses (Year End September 30, 2011) Revenue Expenses Net Profit

$470,823 $486,933 [-$16,111]

Balance Sheet Net Assets


Sources of Revenue (as a percentage of total revenues) Directory Advertising 35% Membership Dues 33% Sponsors/Partners 12% Mixers/Special Events 6% Newsletter Advertising 5% Grants 4% Networking Dues 3% Workshops 1% Other Income 1% Operating Expenses (as a percentage of total expenses) Salaries and Wages 43% Administrative Expenses 17% Publishing-Directory 11% Employee Benefits and Taxes 10% Program/Event Expenses 8% Publishing-Newsletter 7% Marketing / Advertising 3% Community Outreach 1% The GSDBA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit chamber of commerce.

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Business Networking Groups (BNGs)

The generation of business tips is not the only opportunity BNGs offer. In our BNG groups we share ideas, learn new and better ways to conduct our business, create new business alliances and build new friendships. During our meetings our members get to know one another and attain a better understanding of each other’s business. Knowing the nature and extent of the services our members offer makes it that much easier for us to exchange valuable business leads.


Tuesday Morning Group

8:30 am to 9:30 am Monica’s at the Park in University Heights

WEDNESDAY Wednesday Morning Group

8:00 am to 9:00 am Mimi’s in Mission Valley

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Kensington Café 4141 Adams Avenue

Monday Evening La Mesa Group

Wednesday Lunch Group

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Contact Facilitator for location

The Health Affinity Group will be meeting at: Casa de Luz Restaurant - 2920 University Avenue, North Park Meets 1st Friday of each month [11:30 AM - 1:00 PM] Facilitators: Phil Bartel and Bruce Calkins Phone: (619)786-2651 Email:

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Thursday Lunch Group

12:00 pm to 1:00pm Top of the Park @ Inn at the Park

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm R-Gang Eatery 3683 5th Ave at Pennsylvania

where great minds think alike

The Young Professional’s Affinity Group has a new home at: Hillcrest Brewing Company - 1458 University Avenue Meets 3rd Monday each month [6:00 - 7:30 PM] Facilitator: Kevin Atto Phone: (619) 501-6262 Email:

8:00 am to 9:00 am Lestat’s on Park Blvd in University Heights

Wednesday Evening Group

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Marcella Junes in La Mesa

Some changes to our Affinity Group meeting locations:

Thursday Morning Group

8:00 -9:00 a.m. St. Paul’s Villa 2340 Fourth Ave

Tuesday Lunch Group

The Affinity for Business Groups program is designed to provide professional development for members in the same or related professions. The focus is to support one another within a specific professional field and to help participants bring their businesses to a new level. The groups meet once a month. The format of each group is decided by the group and includes significant time for the exchange of ideas and information. Groups include guest speakers and/or group member presentations on topics of interest. Affinity Groups are FREE to GSDBA members.


Thursday Morning Bankers Hill

Contact the BNG Facilitator for specific information about visiting a BNG for the first time or to see if there is a space available for your business category.

Affinity for Business Groups



Check online for Facilitator Information @ networking/BNGS


BNG’s offer a forum where GSDBA members can increase their business through networking with other members on a regular basis. They offer a supportive environment that allows each member to share products or services with others who want to help them succeed. Conflicts of interest are not allowed, meaning once you join, a competitor of yours in the same business category cannot join your group.



The GSDBA Business Networking Groups (aka BNGs) are hard working business professionals coming together to support one another. The BNGs’ primary goal is to assist their members obtain business referrals known as “tips.” Some BNG members have been in business for many years while others are just starting out. What we all have in common is a desire to excel in what we do and the wisdom to know it is easier to achieve success with the kind of strong support system found in a BNG.

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HEALTH & Allied Fields

Categories Include: Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Counselors, Dentists, Health & Fitness, Holistic Health, Hypnotherapists, Massage Therapists, Nutritionists, Optometrists, Personal Trainers and more!


Categories Include: Cleaning, Landscaping, Painters, Handy Persons, Contractors, Roofers,Organizing Services, Decorators/ Designers, Architects, Plumbers, Electricians, Remodeling, Cabinet Makers, Lighting, and related trades.

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REAL ESTATE & Allied Fields

Groups Included are: Appraisers, Escrow, Home Inspectors, Mortgage Brokers, Real Estate Agents, Banks, Title Companies and related businesses.


With a focus on small business owners with 2 to 20 employees.


The Young Professionals Affinity group helps groom and foster the next generation of young professionals into seasoned and mature leaders to take their organization or department to the next level.

Check online for facilitator contact information, meeting times and locations. Networking/Affinity Groups

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