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Volume 13, No. 1

JANUARY | 2012

Serving the Heart of San Diego | A Publication by Presidio Communications

San Diegan Wins Oldways’ Award By Patty Ducey-Brooks

Wendy Bazilian is the recipient of the inaugural K. Dun Gifford Journalism Award.

What initially was just an announcement of a local person winning an award became significantly more meaningful. That’s because of the person who is the recipient of the award and the organization that gave her this attention. Oldways, a Boston-based nonprofit, announced Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD as the recipient of the inaugural K. Dun Gifford Journalism Award. The award, named in honor of Oldways’ late founder, recognizes and honors the important role of communications in changing the way people eat. Oldways, I’ve learned, has a mission regarding the future of food – about growing, processing, preparing, eating, drinking, and enjoying it. The founders of this organization agree that the “old ways” are sounder than the “new ways” for just about everything to do with what we consume, and discuss ways to advocate for reviving the healthful pleasures of real food. My interest was peaked because I have an “old school” mindset about food, which is due to the fact that my parents were farmers who grew and raised their food. So I was eager to learn more about Oldways and Wendy Bazilian and their role in educating people to eat healthier.

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A Season of Hope for the Horses of Tir Na Nog


San Diegan Earns $20,000 Scholarship


Beautification project with help of local artists


“El Bulli: Cooking in Progress” opens Jan. 6


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This Makes No Sense: Pitting Children Against Vets


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Obama for America? By George Mitrovich

Barack Obama took the presidential oath of office January 20, 2009. The challenges he inherited on that historic occasion were as great as faced by any president – including Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt; any assessment of Mr. Obama’s presidency not accounting for those challenges would be dishonest. With that as preface let me note I have written before about our president and have done so absent undue praise – but I yield to no one in my personal regard for him. In the beginning of his administration I was concerned neither Mr. Obama nor his economic advisors, notably treasury secretary Timothy Geithner, fully comprehended the great economic divide between the wealthiest one percent of Americans and everyone else, on the excesses of Wall Street and the collapse of Main Street. While the president has moved recently to address this issue, especially with his speech in Kansas, where he admirably invoked the spirit of Teddy Roosevelt, I remain unsettled in mind as to whether the president gets it, of whether he will campaign against Wall Street’s greed and sense of entitlement? By this I do not mean just the political question of standing up to Wall Street, but rather its moral equation; which if not forcefully challenged will imperil further our democracy. Another significant concern is the president’s relationship to Congress. From the beginning he sought to work with the party opposite when it was evident they had no

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similar intent. Not long after the president’s inauguration Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, told the National Journal’s Major Garrett his principal objective was to make Barack Obama a one-term president. What Mr. McConnell said in that interview, as a public declaration, is virtually without precedent in American political history – and foreshadowed the political and legislative difficulties that ensued. The first casualty of the party opposite’s intransigence was President Obama’s health care legislation. True, health care legislation finally passed – no mean achievement given the long history of past presidential failures – but the legislation’s original intent and final passage were not the same. The president’s problems with healthcare were compounded when Tom Daschle withdrew as secretary designate of Health and Human Services and the White House gave the legislation to Montana’s Max Baucus, a Democrat in name only. Mr. Baucus’ muddled stewardship of the president’s health care objectives resulted in political obstructionism. But given Mitch McConnell’s self-declaration to emasculate the president and similar vows by GOP House leaders, Mr. Obama’s efforts to work with Republicans on Capitol Hill can only be characterized as mystifying, since it has been marked by constant conflict. Surely the president knows Dr. Einstein’s definition of insanity, the expectation of achieving a different result while doing the same thing? But maybe the greater puzzlement is

why Rahm Emanuel, while serving as the president’s chief of staff, apparently never shared with Mr. Obama Lyndon Johnson’s operating principle of leadership, “If you have a man by his by balls, his head will follow.” The president’s public face marks a remarkable tolerance toward those who would destroy him politically and end his presidency. As a fellow Christian I know the president knows the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:39, “But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” But perhaps Mr. Obama is too literal in his understanding of that New Testament verse; that his presidency would be better served if he saw the words of Jesus more in the light of the late American theologian, Reinhold Neibuhr, who said, “It is the sad duty of politics to establish justice in a sinful world.” Dr. Neibuhr understood the necessity of compromise in politics and governance, but he also knew there are times when compromise is unacceptable – and morally indefensible. Mr. Obama’s challenges following his election in 2008 were, as previously noted, as great as any faced by the 43 presidents who preceded him, but I did not mention then what I am now obliged to mention – he faced those challenges as our first AfricanAmerican president. If I affirm that much of the opposition he’s encountered is racist I understand I have postulated a claim I cannot prove beyond reasonable doubt. But nonetheless, there it is.

Mine Eyes Have Seen George Mitrovich

How else does one explain the birther movement that claimed Barack Obama is not an American citizen? Is it possible to explain it as other than a manifestation of public idiocy? Or as H.L. Mencken put it, “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” Constrained as I am by Christian charity I am reluctant to label others as idiots, but how else does one describe those who believe Mr. Obama wasn’t born in the United States? And further, I am persuaded no such drivel would ever have emerged and found acceptance among a stunning number of people in this country if Mr. Obama were white and not black. The United States has experienced more than its share of shameful moments, but the campaign to discredit Barack Obama as an American citizen, is the embodiment of an evil I cannot abide. And while the firestorm created by the birthers has receded there remain those convinced Mr. Obama was born, not in Hawaii, but Kenya. My only solace is the knowledge there are also people who believe America’s astronauts never made it to the moon, that it is a fiction created by Hollywood filmmakers. During the bogus birther issue many Republicans lost their self-respect, including most of the party’s presidential candidates, who were only too willing to join the fraudulent fray in the hopes of stealing cheap political points. But while this hysteria

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The Toys are Back in Town Disney on Ice Presents Toy Story 3 January 26th (l to r): Jessie, Woody and Buzz, Toy Story” characters, entertain on ice.

Inspired by the #1 animated movie of all time, “Toy Story 3,” and memorable moments from “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2,” everyone’s favorite characters are hitting the ice in this sensational live production coming to San Diego 7 p.m., Wednesday, January 25 and 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 26 at Valley View Casino Center (formerly called the San Diego Sports Arena), located at 3500 Sports Arena Boulevard in San Diego.

An accomplished creative team and a cast of world-class skaters are bringing Woody, the pull-string cowboy; space ranger Buzz Lightyear; Jessie, the yodeling cowgirl; and the rest of the “Toy Story” gang to fans and families around the country in this all-new, high energy ice spectacular. Tickets are available online at, by calling 800-745-3000 or at the Valley View Casino Center Box Office.

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour™ Two Performances only - January 21 – 22, 2012

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The Estate of Michael Jackson and “Cirque du Soleil” are proud to present “Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour™” in San Diego on January 21 and 22, 2012 at the Valley View Casino Center (formally San Diego Sports Arena). This once-in-a-lifetime electrifying production combines Michael Jackson music and choreography with “Cirque du Soleil” creativity to give fans worldwide a unique view into the spirit, passion and heart of the artistic genius who forever transformed global pop culture. Proudly sponsored by Sun Life Financial, the show is written and directed by Jamie King, the leading concert director in pop music today, and features more than 60 international dancers, musicians and acrobats. Tickets are on sale now and are available

at or 1-800-745-3000. For additional information, visit Writer and Director Jamie King has been called one of the most influential “movers and shakers” in the music industry, and the “Jerry Bruckheimer of tent-pole concert tours” by Variety. A multiple Emmy Award® and MTV Video Music Award® nominee, he has choreographed some of the most popular music videos and directed some of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time. For the past 12 years, he has served as Madonna’s creative director, and most recently directed world tours for Rihanna, Celine Dion, Spice Girls, Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne.

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This Makes No Sense

Pitting Children Against Vets

By Patty Ducey-Brooks

I have been spending a considerable amount of time having phone and coffee conversations with residents and business owners of Mission Hills and Old Town who are totally dismayed about a Veterans Affairs (VA) facility being proposed for property located directly across from Old Town Academy, a SDUSD Charter School, which currently has upward of 220 students. The property being proposed for the VA facility used to be Thomas Jefferson Law School, located at 2121 San Diego Avenue, right across the street from the school. Referred to as a “Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program,” the VA facility would have 40 beds and provide treatment for war veterans who are impacted by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, mild to moderate brain injuries and possible substance abuse issues. It will also provide “private, hoteltype accommodations” for its clientele. There are several reasons that I am shocked and dismayed that this is even being considered. First of all is that the zoning does not allow for a facility of this type without a CUP – a conditional use permit – to allow something that doesn’t belong to be permitted. Second of all, this type of medical treatment facility does not meet with the community plan that many people and organizations have been working on for several years, including the Old Town Chamber of Commerce and Mission Hills Business Improvement District (BID). Ordinarily, in order for a VA facility of this type to be approved for this site, the zoning would have to change – but here,

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dominated media coverage, one person kept his dignity, and then some – the President of the United States. In an op-ed I wrote I characterized the disgraceful birther campaign, “White America’s Shame.” I called it that because at a time when decency and fairness was required the Republican political establishment was silent – and by its silence said it was acceptable during a time of war and national emergency to undermine the powers of the presidency by challenging the legitimacy of that president to serve. The birthers who belligerently claimed the mantle of “patriotism” were in their ignorance unaware that Samuel Johnson had defined it as “the last refuge of a scoundrel.” But moving beyond the birther moment what is one to make of the current Republican presidential field? If I said the run-up to the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary has been fascinating, I would misspeak. Curious and strange is more appropriate to describe what has taken place in these GOP debates. When the primaries are past Mitt Romney will emerge as the Republican presidential nominee. But Governor Romney cannot defeat President Obama. There is only one Republican who has any chance of defeating the president, but he is also the one Republican with the least chance of being nominated, former Utah Gover-

there is a procedure to avoid the zoning change called a CUP, which changes the zoning for just the affected property. If the CUP changes to support this facility, this could dramatically change the future landscape of the area, and can have a substantial impact on the businesses and residents in close proximity, including Mission Hills. The unfortunate part of all of this is that the residents and businesses opposed to the zoning change for this medical VA facility are now being tagged as “antiAmerican,” which is a careless interpretation by a few, including some members of the media. I say shame on them. The residents and business owners opposed to the zoning change have been proactive and have offered solutions to this need for a VA facility, starting with identifying other sites that “make total sense,” because they are “zoned” for this type of facility, do not carry the risk of closing a neighborhood school, and can be implemented immediately, without delays. At the same time, when we consider the financial state of our Federal, State and local government, why not even go one step further for a logical and fiscally sound option? Why not place the VA facility on military property, at MCRD? There are vacant buildings and plenty of space to accommodate this, at a dramatically reduced cost. Am I wrong? Or, does that make me anti-American because I want our government to operate more ethically and fiscally responsible? nor John Huntsman, who served as President Obama’s ambassador to China. Jon Huntsman’s candidacy is a reminder of a time when decent and reasonable Republicans bore proudly the estimable traditions of the party of Mr. Lincoln, Mr. Theodore Roosevelt, Mr. Eisenhower, Mr. Reagan, and Mr. George Herbert Walker Bush. But beyond Governor Huntsman, where are they today? I think Governor Romney will lose for four reasons: 1) Wall Street’s evil doings have escaped his understanding (“Corporations are people, my friend.”); 2) He believes the way forward is to increase tax breaks for the wealthy; a policy that has led to economic ruin and is without moral defense; 3) at a time when our national debt stands at 14.2 trillion dollars he wants the U.S. military expanded, with 100,000 additional troops and more ships for our Navy, and 4) he has disowned his one significant political accomplishment as Massachusetts’ governor, a health-care system that works. In short, Mr. Romney is not credible. No one, however, should vote against Mitt Romney because he’s a Mormon. A person’s religious beliefs are not a test for American public office. Period. Any enlightened judgment of President Obama and his administration will mark the following major achievements: Brought home our troops from Iraq and ended George W. Bush and Dick Cheney’s war that cost America 4,500

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From the Publisher If it were a drug and alcohol rehab facility for non-veterans, medical professionals throughout the City would be lining up to oppose location of such a facility just 20 feet from a thriving grade school. I am appalled that our elected officials have let this get to this point, where “children are being pitted against vets,” and neighbors who have voiced opposition are being threatened. There is no logical reason for this. The residents and business owners I’ve spoken to want to help expedite a VA facility, however, with common sense as a primary factor. It’s time to do what’s right. Select a site for this facility that is within the zoning and neighborhood plan guidelines that provides more property at less cost, and doesn’t break the rules. With that thought, I will continue to ask, “What’s wrong with considering military buildings that are sitting vacant? Why Not?” Now that I’ve voiced my opinion, want to share yours? Please visit our website:

dead, 30,000 wounded, and $800 billion; successfully located and killed the architect of 9/11, Osama bin Laden; something the Bush administration pledged to accomplish but didn’t, and saved General Motors and Chrysler, which averted the collapse of two giants of American industry, provided Detroit with a measure of hope, and kept thousands employed. In addition, one could list the following: advancing women’s rights, ending “don’t ask, don’t tell,” passing hate crimes legislation, clean energy investments, improving America’s food safety system, expanding health insurance for children, improving assistance to the nation’s veterans, creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the appointments of two women to the United States Supreme Court. The dénouement of the 2012 presidential campaign will result in Mr. Obama’s re-election by a majority greater than his victory over John McCain. In addition, Democrats will win back control of the House of Representatives and retain control of the Senate and Majority Leader Harry Reid will succeed in restoring majority voting rules, thus ending the tyranny of the minority. Oh, in July of 2008 I told a reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune that Barack Obama would be elected president, and it wouldn’t be close. I also predicted Democrats would win control of both houses of Congress. Happy New Year!

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Escondido, is a doctor of Public Health and a registered dietitian. Bazilian has a private practice in Rancho Bernardo with her husband, Bazilian’s Health Clinic. She provides nutrition and fitness consultation. Her husband practices acupuncture and Chinese medicine. I also learned that Bazilian is a nutrition advisor for the Golden Door. She has been working with the chefs, gardeners and other staff since 2002. With enthusiasm in her voice, Bazilian shared her passion, “My background coincides beautifully with nourishing the body from garden to kitchen to table. I love food and communicating, the commonalities and differences, human needs and basic health.” Bazilian’s expertise covers a wide range of subjects in the health and nutrition field. She is also an educator, lecturer and writer. She is the author of “The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients” and has published over 200 articles for corporate and other media. Bazilian, as “Oldways,” promotes the Mediterranean diet and celebrates the nutritional elements that come to the table. She said that the Mediterranean diet includes an eating pattern, enjoying a meal around a table, with others in conversation. The Mediterranean diet means avoiding processed foods, instead opting for “fresh, organic, whole and real food ingredients,” including grains, fruits and vegetables, fish, a modest use of dairy, plus nuts, herbs and spices. While sharing the importance of real food and real ingredients, Bazilian pointed out that herbs and spices provide essential benefits because they add flavor and have other naturally, nutritious attributes. Getting “back to basics” is a strong component to the message, and “eat real food” is a guiding principal. Bazilian then stated that we need to be reminded of the physiology of digestion, what is happening within our bodies because of what we consume. Bazilian is extremely honored by the award given to her by Oldways and is looking forward to an exciting 2012, which includes lectures and presentations, as well as emceeing and speaking at an event in New York City next June with Dr. Oz. She will also be giving a presentation entitled, “Pleasures of the Plate: The Mediterranean Diet, SuperFoods, and the Bonus of Plus,” which is open to the public on June 3 and June 4 in New York City for The Foods for Your Whole Life symposium. To learn more about Oldways, visit To learn more about Wendy Bazilian, visit


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A Minor Surgery By Ilene Hubbs

I put up with it for three years and that was long enough. The constant tearing of one eye had turned from a minor nuisance to a major annoyance. I was now dabbing at my eye with a tissue most of the day, and eye makeup was out of the question. When it first started I saw my primary doctor, then an ophthalmologist, then an allergist and no one had an answer. Finally after all these years I tried again. This time I saw a new eye doctor who explained I probably have a tear duct that gets clogged from time to time and there is a minor surgery that can address this condition. After having had major surgery to replace a knee, the word “minor” seemed like a piece of cake. Day 1 – friend CC has me at the hospital by 5:45 a.m., good drugs put me out and I awaken in the recovery room, home by 11 a.m., slept most of the day, no pain, small bandage in the corner of the eye. No problem, “minor surgery.” Day two - awaken feeling fine, slightly swollen and a little pinkish under the eye, grandkids come to visit, feeling even better, girlfriend Pam comes at night and brings me dinner. No problem, “minor surgery.” Day three – awaken, look in the mirror and to my horror Quasimodo stares back at me with an eye that is swollen underneath about three times the norm, and is a deep dark purple hue. I am alarmed, so alarmed that I call the doctor even though it’s the weekend. This does not look like “minor” surgery. It looks like someone with a punch like

Tyson took me out. The doctor assures me all this is normal for the procedure and I will be fine. “Just ice it,” he tells me, it’s only “minor surgery.” Day four, five, six and seven – my vanity wins and I hide out. It’s still very swollen, very bruised and copious amounts of tears are running down my cheek. I am not happy. Day eight – follow up doctor’s visit. “Well, you do swell and bruise more than normal,” he tells me, “but this happens with some people. It’s all part of a healing process. It will get better eventually.” OK, I will be patient but the bigger problem is its still tearing, now even more than before. What had this “minor surgery” taken care of I asked. In a doctorly fashion, he pointed to his model of the eye and carefully explained the process, how he created a new passageway that can cause more tears at first, before it heals and guides tears into the new duct he created. It will be fine. And this is “minor surgery.” Day nine and longer – I wake up every morning with dark puffy things under the eye, actually under both eyes, it’s all connected I’ve been told. I put cold compresses on several times a day and spend very, very little time near a mirror. The swelling is still there but has gone down quite a bit. The color has turned from purple to a yellowish green. No longer a self-imposed shut in, I gradually go out and face the world. No one stares. The eye is still tearing but I have faith in what the doctor told me. Besides, I can’t let it interfere with my life. I will be fine. After all it was only “minor surgery.”

Between the Lines

Why Burn the Books?

By Alice Lowe

In Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” the people called firemen aren’t putting out fires, they’re starting them. They’re the book burners, intent upon ridding the totalitarian society of the threats inherent in having an informed and educated populace. An image from the film is posted on the Occupy Wall Street website, with the caption, “Hide your books! Bloomberg is coming!” Unfortunately, the actions of New York’s mayor and police in destroying the People’s Library of Occupy Wall Street beg for this comparison. Along with food and shelter, the early participants of Occupy Wall Street recognized the need for people to be able to exercise and engage their minds while committing their time and energy to the movement. They established the People’s Library and put out a call for books. The donations started pouring in right away, and by mid-November there was a neatly shelved and catalogued collection of 5,000 books, available free not only to demonstrators but to the general public as well. Several people volunteered time and expertise to organize and staff the library. An English professor from the University of Pittsburgh has been spending his sabbatical at Occupy Wall Street, helping to build and maintain the library.

But in the wee hours of November 15th, police in riot gear burst through the encampment and ransacked the library, seizing books and throwing them into dumpsters and garbage trucks, along with shelves and supplies and the tent that housed them. Occupiers were forced out of the way with shields, fists, billy clubs and tear gas. Organizers were told they could retrieve the books, but they were able to recover only about a fourth of the collection, and most of those were damaged beyond use. That evening supporters joined occupiers to start rebuilding the library, and donations once again streamed in. And the next day, once again, it was raided and the books trashed. One of the librarians asked why they were doing this, and a police officer responded, “I don’t know.” Had she asked that of someone higher up the hierarchy, the answer might well have been, “Because we can.” The People’s Library of Occupy Wall Street lives on, now operating out of mobile units, but the destruction of that peaceful corner of Zuccotti Park will also live on in the memories of observers, both onsite or online, as a shameful and chilling exhibit of mindless brute force. The Pittsburgh professor called it “one of the most disturbing experiences of my life.” This isn’t what democracy looks like.

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Calling All Two and Four-Legged Athletes First Petco Foundation WALK. RUN. WAG. 5K9 Race Series The Petco Foundation and Multisports. com are calling all two and four-legged runners, walkers and waggers to take part in the first Petco Foundation WALK. RUN. WAG. 5K9 series, sponsored by Petco and Purina Pro Plan, in support of local pets and healthy lifestyles. The series kicks off Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 at the Del Mar Race Track in San Diego, and continues March 4 in Tempe and April 1 in San Antonio. The series will soon expand to other cities across the country. A portion of proceeds from all race registrations will benefit local animal-welfare organizations through the Petco Foundation. “Obesity in both humans and pets continues to be an issue in the U.S. and we are thrilled to introduce this new event as a great way to help people and pets stay healthy together,” said Petco Foundation Executive Director Paul Jolly. “The 5K9 race series is designed to demonstrate just how fun and rewarding it can be to get and stay healthy and active, particularly with your four-legged best friend by your side!” Each WALK.RUN.WAG. race will offer a 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) and 1 mile run/ walk event for runners and walkers, both with and without their dogs. Participants will have access to coaching and training programs for both humans and pets, and they can be connected with a community of other athletes and their pet companions online and in their local communities. All three events will include an expo where dogs and their human companions can shop for athletic products, pet products and more. And, for anyone looking to add a new furry friend to their family, each race and expo will also feature local rescue

groups with adoptable animals searching for their forever homes. For more information or to register for a race near you, visit To learn more about the Petco Foundation, visit

Not to be combined with any other offer. Not good for boarding, bathing, grooming, pet food and prescription and non-prescription drugs. Expires 1-30-2012

A Season of Hope Bring your dog on January 15th!

Boots is an adorable six-year old black and white, long hair, female cat with a big heart, looking for a family to cherish. Playful and with the unfailing ability to brighten a person’s day, she is an easy kitty to love. Boots is an absolute lap cat with a gentle and sweet-natured personality. A few words people often use to describe Boots are “affectionate, talkative and entertaining.” While Boots loves attention from her people friends and will do well in a variety of homes, she would prefer to be the only pet in the home. Her adoption fee is $80 and includes her spay, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, a certificate for a free veterinary exam. With lots of fun-loving energy and charisma, Bob, a two-year old, Australian cattledog, absolutely loves to play. He is very inventive. He can turn any ordinary day into an adventure. He would love to accompany his new family on their athletic pursuits and outdoor adventures. Bob also knows some rather impressive tricks that he would love to show you. He will do well in a variety of homes, including a home with older children. Bob absolutely loves to play with his toys, especially tennis balls. He also enjoys belly rubs and playing in water. His adoption fee is $105 and includes his neuter, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identifications, certificates for a free veterinary exam and more. His ID # is 81796.

Kris is now enjoying retirement.

This past holiday season, Horses of Tir Na Nog had the arrival of two new residents. Mariah has been in the Care of County of San Diego Department of Animal Services since this summer. In spite of six other horses being adopted during her stay, she continued to wait for her new home. Riah’s name was chosen as an abbreviation for Mariah. In Hebrew, Riah means “Not forgotten.” Kris was picked up by Animal Services as an underweight stray in Potrero. Due to an old injury, he, like Riah, is not able to be ridden any more. But they are each healthy enough to enjoy a life of retirement. “Kris Kringle was named in keeping with Animal Service’s Claws and Paws adoption event on December 11. Kris Kringle is a common name in Ireland for what most of us call a Secret Santa,” said Rigney. Horses of Tir Na Nog celebrated Holiday for Horses on December 20 at the Town & Country Hotel. This event helps to raise funds to care for all of horses at the Sanctuary during 2012. Horses of Tir Na Nog is a charter member of the San Diego Horse Coalition, a group supported by the ASPCA to provide guidance, support, and education for the equine community of San Diego County.

Boots and Bob are available at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA Gaines St. Campus, located at 5500 Gaines Street in San Diego. For information, call 619.299.7012.


Life Style

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Secret # 3: A Positive Focus Has Good Things Coming Your Way By Sabine Starr Certified Life Coach

higher note. Our energy and productivity is down. The world might even apThis is number three of pear to be an unsafe place. Many of us the series of 10 secrets to have this habitual approach. It could be a full and present life. I a focus on problem solving, a continuam talking about apply- ation of how our parents were with acing a positive focus to our knowledgements, or simply an attitude life on a regular basis. of “Where is the hook in all of this?” Let’s assume we adopt a habit of starting The simple mechanism, of this amazto look for the positive aspects of things ingly helpful tool is that “what I focus on expands.” I have put this statement first. It simply means to tune in to anything to the test for myself (like anything I good about our moment, our situation, write or talk about or use with my cli- our environment, whatever we are thinkents). Modern life is characterized by a ing about. Please take note that this is not never before experienced abundance of the same thing as simply thinking positive, options, things, access to information. which sometimes falls short of delivering This multitude of choices is wonderful, results in challenging situations. The full but does limit the time we get to spend picture can still be painted by moving on to with any item in our days. Life is busy, the negative and challenging aspects after and that can turn this abundance into an exhausting all the good sides of the object of our attention. Worst case scenarios can unhappy challenge. We all have a habitual, a default way, be examined, anything troublesome, all how we approach our environment. the “buts,” “ifs” and “howevers” get attenWhen presented with a new situation, tion, whenever necessary. When applying this order (virtues first, we start with seeing either the challengchallenges second), we will often find that es or the virtues. We can never be in both places at the same time. Chances there is no time left for the bad stuff, or we are, when we start with the worries, the don´t want to go there, or it does not seem flaws, the mistakes, we get caught up all that important. Mentally we end up in in them and usually don´t move on to a a much more resourceful place than when

we give in to limiting worrying, which does not serve us at all. In other words, if I habitually start with the flaws and quirks, I will experience life as a much more grim and dangerous place. That is what “what I focus on expands” means. We all have resilience in us. We can ignite it, awaken it, no matter what our history or our upbringing is. In order to have access to our resilience, creativity and resourcefulness, it is essential to keep our minds in a constructive place. We achieve that by upholding a positive focus. It is not like having blinders on or ignoring things. It is allowing us to see chances, joys and delights, which

makes us resourceful and creative. If we feel helpless, threatened, unsafe, we can´t be resourceful, and we can’t come up with helpful ideas and actions. We get more of what we expect and what we have focused on. A positive focus brings about more good things; a negative focus keeps me stuck and continues the negative experience. I invite you to try it on until the next issue. You can read more about this and also get examples for action steps in our newly released book “Simply This,” available at Amazon for Kindle or as ebook at www.SimplyThisBook.

Application Makes All the Difference By Blake Beckcom

ing and understanding and highlighting. You’re so excited, you have that feeling You’ve decided, “I’m going to get into shape.” You are motivated, you are again of “I’m going to get into shape” determined; you are ready to get after and you go to your pantry and throw a it. There’s no stopping you, this time. bunch of stuff out. You might have even A delicious ad for a treadmill appears, gone to a health food store and bought and “that’s it,” “I’ll buy a treadmill and some healthy foods. You’re moving use it everyday.” You execute your pur- in the right direction, but having read chase, obtain delivery and set up your the book and having cleaned out your new “get fit now treadmill” and you are pantry…have you made any REAL off to the races. But wait a minute, “I progress yet? No. Because, applicaneed some new “get fit clothes.” So, tion makes all the difference. Buying the stuff, committing to the stuff, you go out and buy the newest believing in the stuff, paywhisk away sweat, svelte ing your bills for the stuff, trendy outerwear. Heck, intending to get into shape, just trying on the stuff telling your friends about makes you feel tighter, your plans, doesn’t and fit. “I feel good” you do any good, if you exclaim as you look don’t apply it. in the mirror at your How do you new fitness attire. beat “application At first you’re so blues”? Set your excited because alarm clock 15 you’re going to minutes earlier get in shape! You to create needed get the chart out, “me time.” Make you go on the in“fitness appointternet, find the Blake and Gwen Beckcom ments” in your day exercises and you planner just like any other important get a routine and you get all that stuff prepared. You have the equipment and priority appointment you have. Use the clothes, but up to that point, are you short term, daily and weekly goals as any more fit or healthy? No. Because motivators. Write them down, place them somewhere visible and refer to application makes all the difference! Now, for some, your exercise equip- them often. You told your friends about ment has evolved into, like, a clothes your plan, so have one of them hold hanger hasn’t it? You’ve got clothes you accountable to what you said you’d hanging on the rails of your treadmill, do. Weigh yourself once a week against boxes on the tread, and dust in most your weight loss plan, and don’t get places. Simply buying the exercise discouraged, it takes time. Create and equipment was kind of a fitness ex- receive self rewards along the journey, perience. There was euphoria of “I’m when key fitness goals are met. Laugh going to get into shape,” but what you at you. You are not the only one with discovered was that owning exercise clothes, boxes and dust on your fitness equipment doesn’t do it. Because, ap- stuff. Clean it all off, reinvigorate and plication makes all the difference. It’s get going. You can! in the doing, the consistent doing that For help on “saboteur list” management contact us at Fitness Together, (619) 794-0014. gets one in shape. Have you ever purchased a book on Follow our blog at The next few months for most, are “pack on the a specific diet you plan to go on? You pounds” months due to the holidays. Get ready bought the diet book, you started read- for 2012 now.

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So You’re Thinking About Retirement By Rick Brooks

The old “rule of thumb” for retirement is that you will need about 70 percent of your pre-retirement income during retirement. This may be true for some folks, but generally we’re seeing new retirees spend 100 percent or more of their pre-retirement income during retirement. A key reason for this is that people who retire today at age 65 are generally in much better shape than their parents were a generation ago. Instead of parking in the rocking chair and watching the grandkids, today’s retirees are leading active, productive and busy lives. Furthermore, retirees today are generally coming off of their peak spending years; the time between paying the last college bills and starting their retirement. This means that as they enter retirement, they are often accustomed to a higher level of lifestyle related spending than their savings can realistically support. Down shifting your lifestyle by 30 percent (to 70 percent of spending) is a very hard thing to do, but it can be done with proper planning and preparation. Following are some frequently asked questions.

er, today’s retirees may need closer to 90-100 percent of their pre-retirement income. And because there are fewer traditional pensions and increasing financial stresses on Social Security, future retirees may find they’ll have to rely more heavily on their own savings and other resources. How will I know when I’ve saved enough (or how much can I withdraw from my savings each year)?

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this one. Factors like inflation, investment returns, living expenses, life expectancy and life’s little surprises all impact your ability to draw from your savings. The most common rule of thumb is that your annual withdrawals should be less than four percent of your savings when you initially retire, but this is MUCH TOO SIMPLISTIC to bet your retirement safety on. The best way to target a withdrawal rate is to meet one-on-one with a Certified Financial Planner ® practitioner and review your personal situation in detail – but you probably knew I was going to say that. If you would like more information on this topic, please feel free to call or email When should you start pre- me, and I’ll be happy to send you a paring for retirement? copy of past articles I’ve written about The short answer is the sooner the sustainable withdrawal rates. better, but at the very least you should Is there a recommended way start about 10 years before you think to begin withdrawing from your you will be ready to retire. For some- savings? one thinking about retiring at 65, that This is going to be very dependent would mean starting to prepare for it on your own situation, but generally in your mid-50s. This will allow you to make early decisions (and possibly speaking we suggest tapping taxable significant changes) on things like in- savings first, leaving your IRAs and vestments, planned expenses, insur- retirement plans to continue growing tax-deferred as long as possible. You ance and other related topics. will eventually be required to start How much annual income withdrawing these funds at age 70½, will you need? but the longer they can stay tax shelYou should start by making a de- tered, the better. Still, this is an area tailed list of your current mandatory where advice needs to be tailored to expenses like utilities, mortgage pay- your specific situation, so talk with a ments, groceries, etc., and then add Certified Financial Planner ® practidiscretionary expenses like vacation, tioner to find out what will work best travel and dining out. Finally, add re- for you. In the meantime, I hope you have had placement costs for things like refrigerators, cars, and the like. This will an enjoyable holiday with family your put you in the ballpark. As I said earli- and friends. Happy Holidays!

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This column is prepared by Rick Brooks, CFA, CFP®. Rick is Vice President for Investment Management with Blankinship & Foster, LLC, a wealth advisory firm specializing in comprehensive financial planning and investment management. Rick can be reached at (858) 755-5166, or by email at Rick and his family live in Mission Hills.

Board of the New Children’s Museum Announces New Leadership After a five-month national search, the board of directors of The New Children’s Museum announced the appointment of Julianne Markow as executive director and chief executive officer. Markow has twenty years of experience in the non-profit sector, an entrepreneurial environment, and at Fortune 500 companies. Formerly the chief operating officer at The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and previously the deputy director, Operations and Finance at The San Diego Museum of Art, Markow is well positioned to lead the organization on a path of sustainable growth. Markow holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MA in International and Public Affairs from Columbia University, and a BA from Harvard University. Complementing Markow’s solid background in arts management, the board also appointed Tomoko Kuta as director, Education and Exhibitions. With over fifteen years of experience in the local non-profit arts community, Kuta will lead the growth of the museum’s education, curatorial, and visitor experience departments.

Senior Ramblings Health Chat

I am home now after my stay at Scripps Mercy Hospital and the recuperative venue, The Cloisters of Mission Hills. I definitely recommend both places for their excellent care, good food and great staff. Mercy Hospital has wonderful staff and care. The only thing I never understand about hospitals is you’re supposed to rest, yet they keep coming around to test your blood and other activities at 5 a.m. in the morning. As for the food, here is an example of breakfast, lunch and dinner, which I’d like to have served at home. Breakfast: French toast with diet syrup, cereal (hot or cold), fruit and juice. Lunch: Baked chicken breast with dill sauce, cornbread stuffing, chicken soup, baby spinach salad, sugar free vanilla pudding and sugar free hot chocolate. Dinner: Broiled beef Bordelaise, mashed potato, tomato mozzarella basil salad, cream puff or sorbet. As for the food at The Cloisters, it’s just as excellent: cheese omelets, roast turkey, baked herb fish are some of the selections. Since I’ve been home I’ve been visited by several nurse/therapists who offer exercise treatments to regain my strength. I see them at home about twice a week. I also visit an average of one doctor per week, including my primary physician, podiatrist and cardiologist. Fortunately, I have wonderful friends who take me to my appointments. I’m too wobbly

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By C. David Kulman to take the bus and I don’t drive. My main transporters are Frank and Richard, with Joe and Jim as back up. My family, whoever is left, is in New Jersey. So, I depend on my wonderful friends.

Political Chat

I’ve been watching the Republican debates on TV. I am a Democrat, always have been, and don’t expect to switch over. At my age, I remember FDR, Truman, Johnson, and the others that followed. Ron Paul, who is really a Libertarian, is one of the few Republican candidates I like. I believe he’s too old to run. I also like the ex-Ambassador to China, and I can’t think of his name now. He has great style. Romney has a bit of style too. However, I am going to stick with our President.

Humor Chat

In the 1920s, Will Rogers was considered our greatest humorist. Here is one of his comments, “A man learns by two things. One is reading. The other is associating with smarter people.” Here are some comments from other comedians and intellects. “It’s not that I am afraid of dying. I just don’t want to be there when it happens,” by Woody Allen. “The proof that we don’t understand death is that we give dead people a pillow,” by Jerry Seinfeld. And, now, whoever your favorite humorist is, go on out and hold someone’s hand!


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Union Bank Promotion

Union Bank, N.A., announced that Senior Vice President Lawrence Henry has been promoted to regional executive for the San Diego, Coachella Valley and Riverside County regions. Based in San Diego, he reports to Executive Vice President Michael Feldman, head of California Branch Banking. A 17-year industry veteran, Henry joined Union Bank in 2009, where he most recently served as a senior vice president and market president of the Orange County and Inland Empire divisions. Prior to Union Bank, Henry was a national bank cross-sell manager for Countrywide Financial Services, where he was responsible for meeting and exceeding production target by developing new sales strategies. Earlier in his career, Henry worked for Wells Fargo Bank as a district manager in San Diego. He was also a sales development consultant for Wells Fargo in charge of improving sales performance and held multiple positions at MCI Direct.

NBC San Diego News Anchor Susan Taylor Joins Scripps Health

Lawrence Henry also serves on the board of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Award-winning NBC San Diego news anchor Susan Taylor is joining Scripps Health in a role focused on representing Scripps to community and patient groups and leaders throughout the region. As executive director of external affairs, Taylor will play an active and critical role in raising awareness and understanding in support of Scripps programs, facilities, and services throughout the region and in educating a broad range of audiences about the significant changes under way in health care locally and nationally. Taylor recently announced her retirement from NBC San Diego after almost 16 years as the weekday evening news anchor. She joins Scripps in mid-January.

NBC San Diego News Anchor Susan Taylor Joins Scripps Health

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy Announces Appointment Lynne Anne Baker is the new executive director of The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy. Baker is a seasoned advocate and experienced leader in the conservation field. Baker offered, “I want to help the Conservancy maintain the excellent momentum of the first 25 years... We’ll continue to provide amazing outdoor recreation opportunities while protecting our critical natural resources and being a stewards for clean water.” Baker brings a unique technical grounding in floodways, watersheds, natural filtration systems, and groundwater recharge to her passion for clean water. After an early career in project controls, she

earned her J.D. at the University of San Diego where she covered the Department of Fish and Game for the Center for Public Interest Law. Working with the State Attorney General, she successfully defended the Regional Water Quality Control Board’s first unified NPDES permit with storm water controls. A recognized advocate of smart-growth, she led the efforts of the Endangered Habitats League to educate decision makers on taxpayer costs of sprawl, to advance Safe Routes to School and Habitat Conservation Plans in the region, to protect the Agua Hacienda Headwaters, and to conserve the Borrego Springs Aquifer. Baker has directed restoration projects for the San Diego River

Conservancy, including an extensive mine reclamation on the Upper River in Lakeside that won the Caltrans 2010 Excellence in Transportation Award for Cultural Enhancement. She has a long history in civic engagement; her contributions include serving as board secretary for Citizens Coordinate for Century 3, stakeholder to the 2005 Airport Site Selection Committee, a Construction Peer in the GSA Design & Construction Excellence program, and 5th year mentor to Poway High’s FIRST Robotics team. Lynne Anne is an alumna of LEAD North County.


Changes in 2012 for San Diego Workforce Partnership Mark Cafferty, president & CEO of the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), will leave the organization on January 27, 2012, after four years at the helm. He has been with the organization since 2001. On February 1, 2012, Cafferty will start as president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC). The SDWP Executive Team will work with Cafferty to develop an appropriate transition plan to present to the organization’s governance boards in the weeks ahead. The SDWP Board of Directors and Consortium Policy Board will decide on a long-term plan to ensure seamless program support throughout the coming year. Additional details for the transition plan will be posted on www.

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The Sinister Side of the Insect World By Barb Strona Those who know me are aware of my macabre (aka warped) sense of humor, so I loved hearing Amy Stewart at the San Diego Horticultural Society. Amy also relishes the bizarre. Her unusual approach to gardening is evident in her books. Her latest is “Wicked Bugs.” Stewart’s focus lies in the sinister side of living things, gravitating toward anything involving murders, intrigue, and the like. To attract her interest, a specie must have a story with a victim. She uses the term “bug” in a non-scientific way; Stewart refers to insects, arachnids, slugs, worms, and all invertebrates excluding crustaceans as bugs. She believes people “trust” plants because they are “natural.” In fact, many poisons come from “natural” sources: fox glove, oleander (Never eat anything cooked over oleander branches; several people died at such a barbecue this summer!) Bugs, however, outnumber all living creatures. Omnipresent, the majority of them are NOT wicked. There are 10 quintillion (or 10 billion billion) live insects currently, 200,000,000 insects per human. Beneficial bugs or even harmless ones really don’t interest Amy unless they have an interesting history or story. Good bugs aid in pollination, shredding and decomposition, pest control, providing medicine, clues for medical examiners, and they are part of the food chain so many creatures we love can thrive, but Stewart’s bugs have stories. For example, Spanish fly (Lytta vesicatoria, a pretty beetle) is considered an aphrodisiac. Actually, ingesting this beetle releases a defensive chemical causing an unpleasant urinary tract infection. In men this results in a “painful and longlasting erection known as priapism.” Men such as the Marquis de Sade erroneously expected women who ate these beetles to

have a corresponding reaction, becoming uncontrollably and shamelessly lusty. Male beetles pass this chemical to female beetles during reproduction enabling the females to protect themselves and their eggs. For another species of beetle, Neopyrochroa flabellate, it is an aphrodisiac. These females will not accept a mate without this chemical as a courting gift. Another of Stewart’s interesting bugs is the assassin bug, “kissing bug,” or Triotoma infestans. Sadly, these bugs ingest a protozoan parasite which carries a potentially fatal disease, Chagas. An assassin bug bites someone, feeds on his blood, and defecates at the site, leaving Chagascarrying parasites on its victims’ skins. Scratching or rubbing the bite pushes the parasite and disease into the victim’s wound and bloodstream. If treated in the disease’s early stages, it can be cured. Untreated, the disease eventually damages major organs leading to eventual death. North American assassin bugs wait a half hour after eating to defecate which may explain why the United States only has about 300,000 people living with Chagas. Some assassin bugs are too lazy to bite people; they feed on bedbugs instead. Stewart continued with more historical information. Christopher Columbus may have been responsible for another unpleasant condition. When one of his ships ran aground in Haiti, he left the crew with the wreckage to build a fort. The crew encountered a sand flea which survives by burrowing under the skin or toenail of its victim. It proceeds to live on the blood from the wound it created, keeping wound open for air, for a mate’s access, and as a site on which to lay her eggs. Without treatment, these wounds fester, eventually causing gangrene. Amy relayed that some of Columbus’ crew amputated their own toes to rid themselves of this condition. She believes Napoleon Bonaparte’s scabies and body lice may have enabled the Russians win the war. Cold weather

Bugs, as people, can be good and bad in nature.

caused his army to take louse-infested clothing and shelter from Russian peasants whose lack of sanitation and crowded quarters promoted a thriving louse population. Body lice can carry many devastating diseases such as typhoid fever. Body lice excrete these diseases under the skin of the host. Again, scratching allows the disease to penetrate the bloodstream. Should the victim develop a high fever, his body lice will flee, looking for another warm body to meet their needs. An epidemic of debilitating disease does not win wars. Stewart feels another “wicked” bug caused much of the incredible damage to New Orleans. Flood walls, made from sugar cane waste, were built to protect the city. The sugar attracted Formosan subterranean termites. These termites feasted on flood-walls and many of New Orleans’ structures in the French Quarter. When Katrina hit, the flood walls were too weak to prevent floods. Plagues came from Stewart’s wicked bugs. The Oriental Rat Flea is one. Feeding on rats’ blood, eventually the flea experiences blockage. The blood, stuck in its esophagus, mingles with live plague bacteria. Starving, the flea goes from creature to creature, trying to feed. Since the esophagus is over-full, the flea vomits, depositing the plague into the bloodstream of its victims. When the rats die of the plague, the fleas turn to other mammals such as humans. Another plague, resulting from drought-related stress, causes grasshop-

pers’ eggs to change, producing bigger, stronger, and more aggressive babies than their parents. These grasshoppers, known as Rocky Mountain locusts, move in state-sized swarms, eclipsing daylight and covering everything. After devouring every scrap of foliage, they leave the landscape bare. We haven’t had an outbreak in years; apparently farming destroyed locusts’ breeding grounds. Possibly the oddest insect Stewart described is the tiny Asian/ African cockroach wasp. When pregnant, the female injects her venom into a large, juicy cockroach, rendering him so docile he will do her bidding. Leading him by an antenna to her nest, the wasp lays her eggs in the compliant roach’s underside and leaves them in his care. When they hatch, the baby larvae dig into his abdomen and eat his vital parts before spinning themselves into a cocoon. By the time they become young wasps, their babysitter is dead. Stewart shared another tale: A barefoot woman stepped on some fire caterpillars (Lonomia) in Peru. Deciding it wasn’t serious, she waited until she returned to Canada to see a doctor. There was NO anti-venom in Canada. There was plenty in Brazil. The woman died. The antivenom must be administered within 24 hours of being stung. Stewart’s advice: If you are bitten or stung by any bug, go immediately to a local doctor or hospital. January 25, 2012 features John Beaudry, Designing a Bungalow Garden from 6 to 8 p.m. at 4070 Jackdaw (Church at Jackdaw & West Lewis).


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San Diegan Earns KFC Colonel’s Scholars® Scholarship

Today, a photo is worth more than a thousand words – it’s worth a college education. Kentucky Fried Chicken has announced that Daniel Galuppo from Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, California won a $20,000 KFC Colonel’s Scholars® scholarship based on a single photo shared on Twitter. KFC selected Daniel Galuppo from high school seniors across the country who applied by tweeting a single image and including the hashtag #KFCScholar. He schooled the Twitterverse with an image from a recent volunteer trip to Vietnam, where he photographed orphans. Galuppo, originally from Lithuania, has no photos of himself before his adoption and move to the United States. He has made it his mission to visit orphanages so he can give the children pictures of themselves as keepsakes.

Photo entries were judged on quality, creativity, compelling nature and consistency with Colonel Harland Sanders’ commitment to service. “We were impressed by the creativity and passion for higher education that came across in these images. It was tough to pick a winner,” said John Cywinski, President of KFC. “Daniel’s photo highlighting why he embodies the qualities of a Colonel’s Scholar put him at the head of the class. We’re proud to help further his college education.” KFC Colonel’s Scholars, now in its sixth year, is an annual program of the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation, an independent charity supported by KFC, its employees and franchisees, and KFC patrons. The program has awarded more than $5 million in scholarships since its inception.

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Daniel Galuppo is shown photographing Vietnamese orphans.

Planting of Edible Fruit Trees Stretch Island Fruit Co., makers of allnatural fruit snacks, and The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF), an international nonprofit organization dedicated to planting edible fruit trees and plants to benefit communities, introduced their joint program Fruit Tree 101 at Smythe Elementary School and O’Farrell Community School in San Diego this past December. During the official plantings students planted more than 40 lush fruit trees and shrubs up to seven feet tall that ranged from apples and pears, to berries and cit-

rus fruits. During the plantings, a ‘Fruit Tree 101’ educator engaged students in a curriculum that highlighted environmental concepts, with a hands-on fruit tree planting workshop. This national program places fruit tree orchards at schools and educational institutes across the U.S. and provides a platform for San Diego students to learn about healthy eating and caring for the environment. This new orchard will also serve as an outdoor classroom for students and teachers for years to come.

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“Master Builders of Mission Hills,” an educational seminar focusing on the builders who constructed many of the homes that still stand today in this century-old neighborhood, will be held Saturday, January 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Francis Parker Lower School, 4201 Randolph Street. Presented by Mission Hills Heritage (MHH), the lecture series will explore important Master Builders and their role in the development of Mission Hills including Martin Melhorn, Nathan Rigdon, Cliff May and Morris Irwin. “The contribution of builders in the development of Mission Hills has long been neglected in deference to the role

of architects,” said Tom Roetker, MHH events chairman. “This seminar focuses on the major contribution made by Master Builders to the way Mission Hills looks today.” In addition to talks exploring the work of several Master Builders, table top displays of vintage tools, photos and additional building information will also be featured in the school’s courtyard. Ticket sales are $10 for individuals and $15 for two and sale begins at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the event at the Francis Parker Lower School, 4201 Randolph Street. For information, call (619) 497-1193 or email

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Beautification project showcases the work of local artists The Redevelopment Agency of the city of San Diego held an event to unveil the Gateway Mural. The Gateway Mural was designed and installed in partnership with Urban Corps of San Diego County to beautify the North Bay Redevelopment Project Area while celebrating the area’s historical influences, prominent features, attractions and the people of the surrounding Midway and Old Town communities. Mayor Jerry Sanders and Council President Pro Tem Faulconer were speakers at the event. Christopher Clifford, Chairman of the North Bay Project Area Committee served as emcee. The 5,000-square-foot mural is located on the underpass of Interstate 5 at the corner of Rosecrans and Jefferson Streets within the North Bay Redevelopment Project Area. It depicts the area’s historical influences, prominent features and attractions and includes images of the five branches of the military present in San Diego; the Old Town State Historic Park; the

San Diego River; the Coronado Bridge (representing nearby Caltrans); and the Urban Corps, a local youth conservation corps. Sam Duran, CEO of the Urban Corps, conceptualized the mural last year as a local beautification project to remove blight and promote the positive neighborhood characteristics through the enhancement of one of the main gateways to Old Town, Midway and Point Loma for the benefit of the businesses, residents and visitors. The mural artist, Sal Barajas, is perhaps best known for his original work at Chicano Park. Barajas worked closely with a team of youth Corpsmembers from the Urban Corps to complete the mural. The young people took turns rotating into the mural crew, assisting in the preparation and installation of the work and learning the basics of how a mural is painted, while simultaneously being given the opportunity to earn a high school diploma at Urban Corps Charter School.

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Old Town based Just in Time was the beneficiary of PEERS Network fundraiser.

PEERS Network Annual Gala Benefits Just in Time for Foster Youth Philanthropy, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Relationships, Social (PEERS) Network hosted its third annual black tie gala event at a private estate in Rancho Santa Fe and raised more than $180,000. Proceeds from the event benefits Just in Time for Foster Youth, based in Old Town San Diego, a nonprofit organization that provides transitioning foster youth with opportunities for self-sufficiency. PEERS Network selected Just in Time as its gala beneficiary after several of its members volunteered at Just in Time’s College Bound program earlier in the year, where volunteers help the transitioning, collegebound foster youth shop and pay for school supplies, laptops and printers. “When our PEERS Network members had a chance to hands-on volunteer with the kids, I remember being so moved that these kids were so positively impacted by Just in Time,”

said Bill Malloy, a member of PEERS Network. “I remember one woman standing up and giving a speech at the event, saying she wouldn’t have graduated college if it wasn’t for having Just in Time to call when she was having a hard time.” “The PEERS Gala was an incredible opportunity to raise awareness and share Just in Time’s story with a whole new group of people that might have taken us years to reach otherwise on our own, and that has at least as much value to us as the monetary donations they raised for us,” said Don Wells, Just in Time executive director. PEERS is a group of local entrepreneurs whose mission is to give back to the San Diego community by helping enhance and improve philanthropic pursuits while providing a network to encourage entrepreneurism. For more information, visit www.


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Historic General Store Gets a New Owner

Santa Ysabel General Store, c. 1918. Photo courtesy of the Coons Collection.

Having been vacant for the last few years, the 1884 Historic Santa Ysabel General Store, Located at 30275 Highway 78, was purchased by SOHO for $295,000. The iconic building is the most important site left of what was the historic town site of Santa Ysabel, and the town retains much of its 19th century feel as it is still mostly buffered by open space will now be restored and used as a Nature Interpretive Center, Mercantile and Visitor Center. SOHO purchased the store from the Tulloch family, a pioneer cattle ranching family who have for generations been caring for the land. They were eager to get the building into good hands and felt that SOHO, having demonstrated through the

years how they can care for historic properties so that everyone can enjoy them, was a good fit for the property. “The Santa Ysabel store is one of the rarest of building types in all of San Diego. As the only adobe false front store left in the County, it was a priority site for SOHO to acquire to assure its protection and preservation,â€? explains SOHO’s Executive Director Bruce Coons. One of the first orders of business is to restore the façade, replace windows and doors that have been removed or changed, and painting the building which includes restoring its historic signage. SOHO is seeking donations to help restore the building and replenish funds.

Mission Hills/Pioneer Park Is Ready for Picnics and Parties After a major fundraising campaign lead by the Mission Hills Town Council (MHTC) with collaboration of the Mission Hills Foundation (MHFD) as the fiscal agent of the funds raised, Mission Hills/Pioneer Park is ready for lots of picnics and celebrations. In the original construction phase, playground equipment was installed, as well as ground cover and landscaping. During this recent phase, a new patio and two large picnic tables, which are wheelchair accessible, were added to the site. The latest project also included replacing broken walkways, refurbishing three existing concrete picnic tables and benches to look like new, and adding two trash cans to the park. The Mission Hills community is extremely grateful to Lori Orr, resident of Mission Hills who was lead volunteer coordinator for this project and worked with the MHFD for the fundraising efforts, and with the MHTC for con-

struction of the project. Mission Hills’ resident, Pam Magnus, an architect also volunteered her time to help Lori. Orr and Magnus worked closely with Charlie Daniels, San Diego Park Department project supervisor, and Jesse Laguna, the construction supervisor for Nature’s Elements Landscaping on Phase two of the project. Nature’s Elements Landscaping was contracted for the playground project and construction work. Orr spoke highly of Laguna and Nature’s Elements Landscaping who really worked with the community to meet their goals and demonstrated great attention to all details of the project. Warren Shafer and Sharon Gehl, Mission Hills’ residents and current trustees with the MHTC, have also helped on the second phase of the project. They also thank and recognize all the donors who contributed to this effort, including the County of San Diego, and residents and businesses in Mission Hills.

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San Diego REPertory Theatre

San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) presents the world premiere of a workshop production of “A Hammer, a Bell and a Song to Sing: the Music of Pete Seeger.” The brand new musical, which will be performed on the Lyceum Stage, at 79 Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego, is written and directed by Todd Salovey, associate artistic director, San Diego REPertory Theatre. Previews begin Jan. 7, 2012. Opening night is Fri., Jan. 13 and the production runs through Jan. 29, 2012. From the 1950s to today, Seeger’s unforgettable music has been a part of a lifelong quest for reverence, understanding and hope. And, as we enter the sure-to-be-contentious political season of 2012, who better to listen to than one of the founding fathers of American protest music? Seeger’s legendary songs paint an inviting portrait of a more inclusive America and call out his vision for a freer world. Seeger’s first big hit was in the 1950s with The Weavers singing “Irene Goodnight.” He also stood up heroically against the House UnAmerican Activities Committee and was blacklisted for not naming names.

He gained worldwide fame in the 1960s as his music became a soulful call for change and justice. Seeger once said, “If this world survives, I believe that modern industrialized people will learn to sing again.” This production is a chance to hear a trio of first class musicians sing and play some of Seeger’s best loved songs: “Where Have all the Flowers Gone?,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “We Shall Overcome,” “Little Boxes,” “Guantanamera,” and “If I Had a Hammer.” But Seeger didn’t just sing about freedom, justice and love for his fellow men; he marched alongside Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Bob Dylan and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, Seeger is more than 90 years old and still stands up and invites his fellow Americans to sing together in and for harmony. San Diego REP’s fully-staged workshop production will celebrate his unforgettable music and his lifelong quest for reverence, understanding, and hope. Four hours of free parking at Horton Plaza is available for patrons who validate at the Lyceum Theatre. For more information, please visit www.

Theatre News



El Bulli: Cooking in Progress Eduard Xatruch, Oriol Castro and Ferran Adrià (l to r) explore the possibilities of combining new ingredients. Renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adrià is widely considered the best, most innovative and craziest chef in the world. In his kitchen, that which was once familiar disintegrates. Each year his restaurant El Bulli closes for half a year—time for Adrià and his team to retire to his Barcelona cooking laboratory to create the new menu for the coming season. Filmmaker Gereon Wetzel closely observes their quest—from initial experimentation to the premiere of the finished dish. In the course of that process, however, many an ingredient is examined in a totally new way. Taste and texture are systematically analyzed: by boiling, roasting, frying, steaming—vacuumizing, spherifying, freeze-drying—and then, tasting. Ideas emerge, are discussed

and, finally, all the results, whether good or bad, are thoroughly documented—on a laptop beside the cooking spoon. Anything goes—except copying oneself. An elegant, detailed study of food as avant-garde art, “El Bulli: Cooking In Progress” is a tasty peek at some of the world’s most innovative and exciting cooking; as Adrià himself puts it, “the more bewilderment, the better!” “El Bulli: Cooking In Progress” is 108 minutes long, fully subtitled, Not Rated, and opens for an Exclusive Engagement, January 6, 2012 at Landmark’s Ken Cinema. For information and times, call 619.819.0236, or visit Film times and dates are subject to change.

Old Globe “The Recommendation,” directed by Jonathan Munby, will run Jan. 21 – Feb. 26, 2012 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run Jan. 21 – Jan. 25. Opening night is Thursday, Jan. 26 at 8:00 p.m. “The Recommendation” is a bold and candid look at modern friendship from an exciting new theatrical voice. Aaron is smart, charming and over-privileged. Iskinder, his new college roommate, comes from a middleclass immigrant family and is underconnected. Soon the best of friends,

Aaron takes Iskinder under his wing, sharing his world of favors and fortune. But the safe haven of college only lasts so long. After a chance encounter with an accused felon sets off a chain of events that puts Aaron’s life at risk, the two men are forced to rethink the meaning of friendship. The cast of The Recommendation features Jimonn Cole (Dwight Barnes), Brandon Gill (Iskinder Iudoku) and Evan Todd (Aaron Feldman). Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

Playwright Jonathan Caren. Caren’s The Recommendation will run Jan. 14 - Feb. 19, 2012 at The Old Globe. Photo by Elisabeth Caren.


Life Styles

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Sudsy Saponins Save the Day By Charlotte Tenney, MA Integrative Health

gentleness. The soapwort plant is sometimes called “Bouncing Bet� which was Pre-industrial times are the name for a washer woman, who may often portrayed as eras of have picked the soapwort leaves out of filth due to a lack of soap. the garden in order to do the laundry. Nothing could be farther Soybeans are another raw material that is from the truth. Those liv- used to extract emulsifiers that bind water ing in closer contact with and oil for use in everything from foods nature were able to ob- to paint. Lavender is a classic ingredient serve that some plants of- for washing; its name is derived from the fered them naturally occur- Latin base word for washing. Some of the ring suds that worked very saponins-rich plants are less known, but nicely for cleaning skin, hair and clothes. deserve more acclaim. The soapbark tree, These plants frequently have the bonus (Quillaja saponaria) produces a substance of being pleasantly fragrant, as well as that can be scraped from the inner bark attractive in the landscape. These plants and used directly as a foaming agent in produce a substance called “saponins� shampoos, fire extinguishers and even that will froth up in the presence of water. root beer. Keep an eye out for “quillaja� When a plant creates a substance, it on ingredient labels. The “Mountain Liis not altruistic; the compound is not for lac� (actually not lilac but a Ceanothus) our convenience. In the case of saponins, that grows in our local hills has blooms the plants use the substance to ward off that will lather up in a handful of water, the predations of insects and other pests. making them a quick way to wash up durThe saponins are bitter, and mildly toxic, ing a hike. Saponins are a type of plant sugar that if consumed in large amounts. Native peoples found that they could take ad- is composed of hydro-philic (water atvantage of this toxic property to stun fish tracting) glycoside and a lipo-philic (oil in streams and ponds, allowing them to attracting) triterpenes. In simple terms, be easily caught. Never the less, these that means that it bonds with both water saponins, in small quantities, act as anti- and oil and can hold them together for oxidants and medicines in a myriad of salad dressing or bubbles. Saponins are also useful for our internal helpful ways in the body. health. Certain plant saponins, when conSaponin-rich plants have a long history of cultivation and many will be very fa- sumed with meals, can bind with cholesmiliar to even those who do not garden. terol and prevent it from being absorbed Soapwort leaves and yucca root are used into the blood stream. The saponins in commercial shampoo and touted for themselves are too big a molecule to be absorbed through the gut wall, so never go beyond the digestive tract. This is an important feature since -PPLJOHGPSBDIVSDI saponins-rich foods or


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supplements can lower cholesterol without risk to the liver, making them a safer option than statin drugs. The saponins encourage the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut and suppress the toxic ones. They are so good at this that they can even reduce the odor of fecal matter, prompting pet food producers to add yucca root to their products. Saponins also stimulate healthy immune function to protect against food-borne pathogens. Soapbark/ quillajais even used to increase the effectiveness of vaccines for that very reason. The list of edible plants that contain helpful saponins is long. Burdock root, a favorite vegetable called “gobo� in Japan, is well-known as a digestive tract tonic. Red clover blossoms and licorice root are frequently used in tea mixtures to “cleanse the blood� and tune up the im-

Woman Power! By Laura Walcher

When a San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF) member parts with $2,000 every year, strictly for community improvement, perks abound. Friendships that might never have been otherwise possible, and an immersion into society and its needs that somehow escaped one’s notice in the course of daily duties, family, friends and careers occurs. Tracy Johnson (TJ), SDWF director, tells me these are the common experiences the dozens of women enjoy via their participation in the philanthropic organization. We talked: LW: What inspired the SDWF? Given the many contribution organizations - like the SD Foundation -what do you do differently? TJ: In 2000, a small group of San Diego volunteers launched SDWF - envisioning an organization that would promote the participation and leadership of women in philanthropy. They recognized that women’s traditional patterns of giving were

mune response. Saponins show promise in anti-tumoral activity in the body, according to research cited in the Journal of Chemotherapy. (G. Dombardi, 1970). A good portion of what the saponin-rich plants can do, including things such as Fenugreek, Ginseng, and Paprika , is to reduce chronic inflammation in the body. Since we now know that inflammation is the common factor to many chronic diseases, this is no small thing. If you ever look up an herb in a resource manual, you will find a string of mysterious chemical compounds listed. If you happen to see that it contains saponins, then you can deduce that the herb will reduce cholesterol, increase immune function and lower inflammation for a wide variety of conditions. Or, you may simply be able to use it to take a bath.

changing’ they were making more of the philanthropic decisions within their families. Still, philanthropy was uncharted territory for many. They founded the SDWF to strengthen our capacities to engage in significant giving in San Diego. We weren’t only interested in ‘women’s’ issues. We wanted to affect the environment, economics of the region, issues of sustainability, and issues affecting education, the arts, health and human services. Our founding principle is ‘pooled philanthropy’ – the belief that we can do far more together than we could ever do alone. When extraordinary women combine their resources of time, talent and funds, the community is changed in powerful and meaningful ways. In these 11 years, our grants total $2.1 million, benefiting 58 programs across the county. We’ve benefited underserved and low-income communities, children, refugees and our minority/ethnic neighbors. For instance, one grant resulted in 14,000 students attending a noted opera performance via the dress rehearsal; another, the construction of a green sea turtle exhibit,

educating thousands about turtles found off our own coastline; and, another grant exposed hundreds of students to messages about gang violence prevention at school assemblies and workshops. Many of our “grantee� organizations feel our influence for years. Example: the Alliance for African Assistance program was to train refugees and immigrants on medical/dental interpreting through a 10week certification course, providing opportunities for well-paid employment. The SDWF materials and that reference library are still used for teaching many others, following a similar path. Education is also key, and our forums are at our core. Members and guests interested in SDWF membership are invited to attend. Some programs have minimal costs; others are free. LW: Do your choices of issues arise out of your members’ specific interests or do you research and identify unfilled needs? TJ: Before we make our decisions, the “Discovery Team� researches community needs and priorities, interviews community leaders and listens to our members with the goal of narrowing the focus to those on which our dollars can make an impact.

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LW: Your financial formula is simple? Members pay in, you pay out. No fundraisers? No solicitations? TJ: Each member commits to an annual contribution of $2,000 for a minimum of five years, and has one vote to determine where grants will be awarded each year. We are a no-guilt organization; members can do a little or a lot. Support from The San Diego Foundation, endowment earnings, and member contributions to the operating fund allow us to operate without fundraisers. Considering a legacy to last beyond their lifetimes, we’ve determined that 45 percent of each member’s annual contribution be allocated to a permanent endowment fund, to benefit and strengthen our region far into the future. Bottom line, our philosophy of “pooled philanthropy,” means each $2,000 really results in approximately $200,000 of grants. LW: What are your main criteria for deciding on who/what to fund? Do you do post-mortems with funded organizations to evaluate the impact - or lack thereof - of the funding? TJ: Criteria is specified for each grant, Then, our Impact Team serves as the liaison to all grantees to evaluate and track the effectiveness and success of our grants. LW: How do you decide who gets what? TJ: We invite grant proposals, reviewed

by the team. We conduct site visits and determine which nonprofit programs will make it to our final ballot. It is a respected and rigorous process and nonprofits feel as though they have truly earned the funds when they are awarded a grant. LW: In what areas of need have you made the most impact? TJ: In our 11 years - all areas! We have helped children become the first in their families to go to college, inspired environmental ambassadors, supplied hundreds of meals to the elderly, provided homes for foster children, provided a creative outlet for at-risk youth, provided opportunities for people to be trained and secure jobs paying a living wage. You don’t need to be a millionaire to make a difference in thousands of lives. LW: Who were your founding members? TJ: One hundred women, about 40 percent are still involved. Naming a few, Linda Katz, founding president, Darcy Bingham, Alicia Foster, Carol Chang, Cindy Olmstead, Barbara Freeman, Darlene Shiley, Valerie Jacobs. Eileen Haag is our current president. We always want new members. The application is on our website at www. , or, I welcome phone calls: 619-814-1374. LW: Why no men? TJ: We absolutely welcome men who wish to support SDWF through charitable donations and support for the women in their lives who are involved.

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Left to right are Julie Dubick, Alicia Foster, Cindy Olmstead, Linda Katz and Carol Chang, past SDWF presidents.


Music Scene

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Alex Woodard and “The Sender” at La Paloma Theater January 19 Leucadia singer/songwriter Alex Woodard, one of the 2010 Kerrville Folk Festival finalists says he wasn’t quite ready for what he was about to read as he scrolled through his email. He’d made a pledge to write a song for anyone who pre-ordered his selftitled CD, which was released last August on Woodshack Music. As he read through his email, he came across one particularly emotional message. “It came from a guy who married the widow of an Oceanside police officer who was gunned down and was helping to raise their child,” Woodard says. “He was telling me about the tragedy, and he was so honest about what he was going through, and I said ‘I’m going to write something about that.’” Two years earlier, Woodard had lost his best friend; a black Labrador named Kona to bone cancer. “I wrote her a letter that day, and a couple of weeks later I put it in a box with her ashes. I read it about a year later, and I’ll read it again this year. That autumn, after Kona died, I got a letter from a fan named Emily, which told me about a deep loss she had experienced, and about a letter she had written to her soul mate that year. He passed away some years back, and now every year she writes him this letter telling him what she’s doing now and how she is. I showed the letter to my friend Sean Watkins, who for years had a band called Nickel Creek, and we wrote a song for Emily called ’For the Sender.’ She was so appreciative that I wrote another song about her letter, and then another, and got friends from the neighborhood here to sing them. That’s where it all started.” Judging from Woodard’s new 11-song album he’s more than up for the task. His

songwriting has been compared to Tom Petty, Leonard Cohen, Jim Croce and Rodney Crowell, which are some mighty stellar comparisons. “Lyrics have always resonated with me,” he says. “I come from different takes on what it means to be here, and living, talking about growing up, the joys and troubles of life – uniquely American stories.” Woodard continues, “I connected to that letter from Emily, and about how often a letter is like a prayer, in that sometimes it’s more for the sender than the receiver. One thing led to another and before long we had written and recorded several songs about her letter, and about several more letters I received. People are letting me into their lives and trusting me to tell their story,” he says, “and I need to give these songs the time they deserve. It’s a deep part of people’s lives, real people’s stories. I’m trying to find a connection to you, to build a bridge. Your struggles and triumphs are unique because they come from your voice. But the stories belong to all of us, all part of the same conversation, just with different names. There are unsent letters tucked away in dresser drawers and buried in boxes everywhere. But what if you opened the drawer? What if you did send that letter about your fears and insecurities, your hopes and your triumphs?” Over the next year Woodard received other letters as he crossed paths with people: one from a medic in Haiti, and one from the director of a homeless shelter for kids. Woodard, and Watkins, and “our family of songwriter and musicians in North San Diego County” wrote and recorded songs about those letters, and other letters, and as they were finishing the songs Woodard remembered he had his own letter, the one to Kona, stashed away in a box. All of these various connections

january 19th Alex Woodard (Photo Credit Courtesy Alex Woodard).

and letters, all of the emotion and the personal connections led Woodard to write a book around the whole journey, which accompanies the CD and is slated for release in early 2012. “The entire book is really about the loss of my dog and how that ties into everyone’s story... she was my best friend and companion for years when I was on the road, on my own,” he says. “She’s still here; I just can’t see her anymore.” Each letter writer has been asked to name a favorite charity and a portion of the proceeds from sales and tours will benefit those causes, and it all starts with you….at a show you can attend and give your support to such a worthy project. You can join Woodard and an impressive array of musicians for a one-night only, all ages show at La Paloma Theater in Encinitas on January 19th at 7:00 pm. On the bill will be Switchfoot, New Found

Glory, Nickel Creek, Jack Tempchin, Molly Jenson, Nena Anderson, and, of course, Alex Woodard. The ensemble will present the letters and perform the songs from “For the Sender.” This show is an advance tickets only event and you can reserve tickets for $20 at Although there’s a notation on the Sender website that says “If you’re unable to buy tickets in advance, please email us at,” it sounds like they really want to work with you to make it possible to attend. This is a show that will be both uplifting and entertaining, with a group of musicians you won’t often find in one show. La Paloma, the 1920’s theatre once frequented by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks will be a perfect venue for this show. For more information on Alex Woodard, and his work, see

January 20th Elephant Revival (Photo Credit Anne Stavely).

Elephant Revival at AMSDConcerts January 20

Young in age and conception, Elephant Revival is a neo-acoustic quintet on the cutting edge of an emerging new genre that is known as “Transcendental Folk.” The band consists of Bonnie Paine (vocals, washboard, djembe, musical saw), Sage Cook (electric banjo/guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, viola, vocals), Dango Rose (doublebass, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Daniel Rodriguez (acoustic guitar, electric banjo/guitar vocals) and Bridget Law (fiddle and vocals). In one show, the quintet can be seen delving into Scottish/Celtic fiddle tunes, original folk pieces, traditional ballads, psychedelic country, indie rock, powerful reggae

grooves, 40s/50s jazz standards and an occasional hip-hop beat. Elaborating on Elephant Revival’s live shows, independent film director Mike Eberle says, “When I hear Elephant Revival I am struck by my inability to define it. I am forced to confront the music as it is, connecting to it with a virgin spirit of mind. Consequently it feels like I am experiencing music and all its joys for the very first time.” You can catch Elephant Revival at AMSDConcerts, 4650 Mansfield Avenue in the old church on January 20 at 7:30. Tickets are $20 and you can link to videos and sound samples, and order tickets at

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Dining Scene


“My Favorite New Year’s Resolution” by David Rottenberg

The New Year is right around the corner. The sound of the falling ball in Times Square is echoed shortly thereafter by the sounds of falling resolutions, promises to oneself made in good faith but which often can’t endure in the glare of real life. There are a couple of resolutions that I work hard to keep, though. These go to my core – they are that important to me. The first is --- “be good to myself.” That means that I don’t beat myself up about events that I cannot control. The second – “get more out of life.” That means that I try to be really aware of my world and environment to find something every day that offers me joy. In particular, I love exploration and the thrill of discovery --- a new piece of music, a new dish, a new

friend, a new place to visit, and so on. When it comes to restaurants, I really love finding great places to dine that may be off the beaten track, not “in your face” on tourist row. That is one of my favorite and most ardently kept resolutions. That was the thrill I felt, long ago, when I first dined at El Agave Tequileria & Restaurant in Old Town. It was a discovery because El Agave is not located in the cluster of restaurants but on the fringes of Old Town, near the exit to Highway 5. It is on the second floor of the building, above a liquor store and next door to a chiropractic office. Blink and you could miss it. Discover it and get set for outstanding and innovative Mexican food that can be combined with the pleasures of one of the finest collections of tequila in our city. Just like cognac is named for the Cognac region of France, there is now a town called Tequila in the Mexican state

Tequilla is plentiful at El Agave Tequileria & Restaurant in Old Town.

of Jalisco, although the town came after the drink. The liquor is made the agave plant, which grows in the region, and the better tequilas are made from the “blue” plant variety. Most tequila is produced in only four states of Mexico. The Aztecs fermented the agave and called the drink “pulque,” but the Spanish conquistadors distilled the liquid, creating North America’s first distilled liquor. Mass production began in 1600, over 400 years ago. El Agave is a terrific place to learn about tequila. It really is a drink to sip slowly, to allow the aromas and tastes to flow over the palate. The interior of the restaurant has a sense of elegance. Lighting reflects off copper chargers, temporary place settings, and crystalline bottles containing many varieties of each class of the liquor. Guests don’t come for the view. There is none. They do come for the tequila and for the cuisine. The sign on top of the roof calls it “nouvelle Mexican cuisine.” I feel it is more of a throwback to truly unique, traditional Hispanic recipes. If you think that Mexican cuisine is all about tacos and enchiladas, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. Mexico has a delicious and fascinating gastronomical variety that resulted from the merging of two cultures – the indigenous Aztec and the conquering Spanish. The conquistadors learned about the use of tortillas, tamales, string beans, cactus paddles, tomato, aromatic herbs, avocado, spices, fruits, moles, vegetable oils, mushrooms, peanuts, chili and the correct use of fats and incorporated these condiments into their diets to create something new and wonderful. The spirit of such recipes is found at El Agave.

The restaurant also features a choice of moles. Most American know guaca “mole,” made of avocado and often served alone with chips or on a salad. “Mole poblano” is also well known, made of dried chile peppers, ground nuts and, spices, Mexican chocolate, and a variety of other ingredients. These are sauces that add taste and sometimes “fire” to a dish. The menu at El Agave offers an opportunity to try different moles (pronounced moh-lay), including Mole Rojo, made from chile pasilla, ancho, guajillo, pepper and clover, and Mole Verde, made from tomatillo, chile de agua, chile serrano, epazote, hierba santa, chochoyotes (corn masa), both moles served over chicken or pork with white rice. The menu is extensive, offering seafood, fowl and meats. My appetizer, Sopecitos de Camarón, a thick and doughy blue corn tortilla stuffed with cooked shrimp in a chipotle sauce and lettuce was as outstanding as the menu promised. The entrée, Pierna de Cerdo en Pistache, leg pork baked in a chile with ancho, celery, garlic, sesame seed and pistachio, was a substantial serving of meat covered with a tangy and absolutely delightful sauce. El Agave Tequileria is an absolute gem that requires diners to look for it but the rewards of discovery are great. Good tequila is a sipping drink, to be savored and enjoyed in good company and with fine food. The cuisine is unusual and very enjoyable. Prices are moderate to high but well worth the pleasure. El Agave Tequileria is located at 2304 San Diego Avenue, near to Highway 5’s exit to Old Town. Call 619-220-0692 for information and reservations.


El Agave is located above other businesses on a busy street in Old Town.



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Jan. 7 & 14

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center IMAX Film Schedule – Come see films like: Santa vs. the Snowman, Born to be Wild, Under the Sea and many more! For film schedules, visit

Advanced Training Class - San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m., 5500 Gaines Street, San Diego. This five-part advanced-level class is designed to build and refine upon the good behaviors learned in the intermediate-level Moving on Up training class. This class is designed to hone skills to the level of perfection. Dogs must be 18 weeks or older to attend this class. Space is limited. Call 619-299-7012 x2247 for registration.

Harrah’s Rincon brings fresh entertainment to the New Year! Highlights include Sylvia Browne, Livin’ La Vida Harrah’s live bands in the Oasis Lounge and Jazz Brunch Sundays. Please visit for schedule. Maritime Museum announces a “No Seasickness Guarantee” for the whale watching season on the schooner, America. For tickets and information, call 619-234-9153 or visit Head Start - San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, 5500 Gaines Street, San Diego. This five-part introductory-level training class (for dogs and pups over four months old) will teach you the basics of positive reinforcement training techniques while your dogs learn good doggie behaviors. Pre-registration required. For dates and times call 619-299-7012 x2247 or visit Wacky Science Sundays with Ms. Frizzle™ and The Magic School Bus© Wahoo! Join us for live performances every Sunday at the San Diego natural History Museum. Get ready to explore the wild and wacky worlds of mysterious creatures, fascinating habitats, and phenomenal hands-on science!

Thru April 8 All That Glitters: The Splendor and Science of Gems and Minerals - San Diego Natural History Museum. Discover how the Earth processes the landscapes to produce dazzling gemstones and precious metals. The exhibition features a stunning selection of spectacular natural mineral crystals, exquisite jewelry, and works of art. For tickets and information, visit

Thru May 31 3D Film - Sea Rex 3D: Journey to a Prehistoric World – San Diego Natural History Museum. Visitors will experience a wondrous adventure as they join Julie, an imaginative young woman, as she takes a unique voyage through time and space. The film explores an amazing underwater universe inhabited by larger-than-life creatures which ruled the seas millennia before dinosaurs conquered the Earth and even includes a face-to-face encounter with the “T. rex of the sea!”. For tickets and information, visit 3D Film: Sharks 3D Presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau – San Diego Natural History Museum. See an astonishing up-close encounter with the lions and tigers of the ocean. The film depicts sharks as they really are; not malicious man-eating creatures, but wild, fascinating and endangered animals. For tickets and information, visit

Jan. 3 & 10 Moving on Up - San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., 5500 Gaines Street, San Diego. This five-part intermediate-level training class builds on the good skills learned in Head Start or Puppy Fun Class; hones behaviors to an appropriate level for the Advanced Education class. This class is for dogs 18 weeks old and up. Space is limited. Please call 619-299-7012 x2247 for registration.

Jan. 4, 21 & 26 Pet Loss Support Group - San Diego Humane Society and SPCA. Open to those ages 10 and up, including pet parents who are considering or preparing for euthanasia. For times, locations and reservations, call 619-299-7012, extension 2311 or visit

Jan. 5 & 12 Mosaic in the Garden - In this two-part workshop, students will learn the basics of mosaic while creating a work of art to be displayed in their garden. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Room 104, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park. Call 619232-5762 or visit to register and for a list of items needed.

Jan. 6 IMAX film: Rescue - Reaching Out to the Hero in Everyone. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Heikoff Dome Theater. For more information, visit

Jan. 7 The Passion Test - Live Your Calling Workshop. Discover the secret to permanently transform setbacks, selfdoubt, and shattered dreams into confidence, purpose, and a renewed sense of success. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Vision Pulse & Creative Center, 5945 Pacific Center Blvd., Suite 510, San Diego. For registration and information, visit www. Mira Mesa High Class of 2013 Rummage Sale, 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., 10510 Reagan Rd. (92126). Help raise money for the Class of 2013 activities by buying some fine items. Contact: Mary Jensen at 858-566-2262. Open to the public.

Jan. 8 Open House at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center Jacobs Family Campus, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. Membership discounts, tours and refreshments. For more information, call Gillian at 858-362-1115.

Jan. 9 Madison Community of Schools Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 4833 Doliva Dr. (92117). Parents, students and community members are invited to attend this meeting, which discusses educational issues at the high school and its middle and elementary schools. Contact: Richard Nash at rnash@ Open to the public. Lincoln High School Cluster Meeting, 6 p.m., Porter Elementary South Auditorium - 4800 T St. (92113). Parents, students and community members are invited to attend this meeting, which discusses educational issues at the high school and its middle and elementary schools. Contact: Michelle Bryant at Open to the public. Mission Bay High School Winter Concert, 7 p.m., Mission Bay High School, 2475 Grand Ave. (92109). Open to the public. El Fandango Restaurant, located at 2734 Calhoun Street in Old Town, offers a Mexican Food Cooking Class at 11:30 a.m. Participants will create chicken tamales with mole sauce, and a Christmas salad. You can enjoy the meal with wine after the class or take it home. For reservations and information, call (619) 298-2860.

Jan. 9 – Mar. 17 Photography exhibition: Best of Nature – San Diego Natural History Museum. View inventive and daring nature-based imagery by amateur and professional photographers. For more information, visit

Jan. 10 The Great White That Almost Got Away: SD Opera’s Moby Dick & IMAX WHALES Mark your calendars for a unique presentation by Dr. Nicolas Reveles, San Diego Opera’s Geisel Director of Education and Outreach, joined by Dr. Ann Bowles, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist with the Hubbs–Sea World Research Institute. 7:00 p.m. For tickets, visit

Jan. 10 -15 San Diego Civic Theatre presents: CATS! For tickets and times, visit

visit For questions, contact Michele Mauleon at or 619-531-4918.

Jan. 14

Jan. 20

Visiting Scholar Series: Dating Rock Features: A New Technology - 11am - 1pm, San Diego Archaeological Center, 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido. Joan S. Schneider, PhD will be the first Visiting Scholar for the 2012 Saturday series. Dr. Schneider will present Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL). For more information, call Annemarie Cox at 760-291-0370 or via email at

Lunch Time Lecture: Finding the Pre-classic Maya in the Rainforest of Guatemala - Noon - 1pm, San Diego Archaeological Center, 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido. Join the presenter, Carole Melum, on a mule trip to the remote rainforest of northern Guatemala, and examine exciting new discoveries that have been attracting worldwide attention, and research that sheds light on the preclassic period (800 BCEto 200 BCE) of this ancient civilization. Bring a lunch and notebook. Drinks will be provided by the Center. For more information, call Annemarie Cox at 760-291-0370 or via email at acox@

Celebrate Trees – An Evening with Naturalist, John MuirOne of our nation’s earliest and foremost advocates for preserving wilderness and the environment, will come alive during a performance by actor and scholar Doug Hulmes. 6:30 p.m. at the Recital Hall in Balboa Park. Admission is free. For more information and registration, visit Saturday Science Club for Girls: “Amusement Park Physics” Girls in grades 5 – 8 can join the Fleet on the second Saturday of each month to investigate exciting science topics. Grab your ticket and hold onto your seat! Discover how the laws of physics affect your favorite high speed attractions. Build, design and come on board for an exhilarating experience! 12noon – 2PM Must pre-register, call 619-238-1233 x806. Free Guided Nature Hike - Ghost Mountain. In AnzaBorrego Desert State Park, hike up to the ruins of an adobe cabin built by a couple who lived there with three children during the 1930s and ‘40s. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For more information or directions, visit or call 619-232-3821; option 4.

Jan. 14 & 15 The Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale 10:00 a.m., Al Bahr Shriner’s Center, 5440 Kearny Mesa Rd., San Diego. The show brings contests, demonstrations and an international group of high profile artists sharing what they do. This lighthearted show and sale is for enthusiasts of all ages with a sales floor packed with dolls, teddy bears, antiques, miniatures, clothes supplies, & more. For more information, visit or call 775-348-7713. E-Waste Drop-off, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., University City High School, 6949 Genesee Ave. (92122). Drop off those old TVs, computers and other electronic gear. Proceeds benefit the University City High School Cheer Squad. Contact: 619-822-2680. Open to the public.

Jan. 15 IMAX En Español ~ MUMMIES (2007) – Rediscover the tombs of the great pharaohs of Egypt, examine the process of mummification and its role in ancient society, and tour the great civilization of Egypt. Includes access to over 100 hands-on science exhibits for all ages. 6PM. For more information, visit

Young Scientists - Preschoolers age 3-5 and their parent explore the scientific wonders of the world through experimentation, investigation and scientific questioning. For session dates & times, visit

Free Guided Nature Hike - Bayside Trail, Cabrillo National Monument. On Point Loma, encounter windswept vegetation and chaparral scrub forests on the cliffs overlooking San Diego harbor. Remnants of WWII defense installations are visible along the trail. The return walk at your own pace is all uphill, 10 a.m.–noon. For more information or directions, visit or call 619-232-3821; option 4.

Jan. 12


SDSU’s College of Extended Studies will host a Meet Up opportunity for its Professional Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning program. 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the SDSU Extended Studies/Gateway Centers, 5250 Campanile Drive. Attendees will hear program instructors describe their courses, visit with industry associations, and network with professionals in the meeting and event planning field. For more information, call 619-594-1138 or visit www.

Free Fossil Family Day – San Diego Natural History Museum. Want to meet a real paleontologist and learn how to look for fossils in your own backyard? The day will be filled with activities and crafts. 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. For more information, visit or call 619-255-0210.

Jan. 11 – Feb. 15

Live Music: Anna Levitt at Toma Sol Café. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., 301 W. Washington St., San Diego. For more information, visit La Jolla Cluster Association Meeting, 4:15 p.m., Muirlands Middle School, 1056 Nautilus St. (92037). Parents, students and community members are invited to attend this meeting, which discusses educational issues at the high school and its middle and elementary schools. Contact: John May at Open to the public. Nature and Me Storytime at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Come enjoy an imaginative journey into nature through dynamic readings and visits to exhibitions. January’s storytime theme is Whales. Open to all ages with a parent (recommended for ages 1–5). 10:30 a.m., FREE with Museum admission. For more information or to register, visit or call 619-255-0210.

Jan. 12 – Feb. 20 Visions of Coronado - An exhibit of 24 works of art depicting some aspect of Coronado on display at the Coronado Museum of History & Art, 1100 Orange Ave. Open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. For more information, visit or call 619-435-7242.

Jan. 13 Home-school Lessons at the San Diego Humane Society - 10-11:30 a.m. at 572 Airport Road, Oceanside and 1:30-3:00 p.m. at 5500 Gaines Street, San Diego. Chil-

dren ages 7-12 are invited to learn about animals at these programs just for home-schoolers. Reservations required; call 619-299-7012 ext. 2320 or visit

Jan. 19 Patrick Henry High School Cluster Meeting, 4:30 p.m., 6702 Wandermere Dr. (92120). Parents, students and community members are invited to attend this meeting, which discusses educational issues at the high school and its middle and elementary schools. Contact: David Downey at; or Pat Crowder at Open to the public. Clairemont Community of Schools Meeting, 6 p.m., Marston Middle School, 3799 Clairemont Drive, San Diego (92117). Parents, students and community members are invited to attend this meeting, which discusses educational issues at the high school and its middle and elementary schools. Contact: Julee Jenkins at julee.jenkins@ Open to the public. Learn the Latest About Natural Supplements Seminar Presented by Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine Gain practical insights into natural dietary supplements and their role in improving aspects of personal health. 12:30 - 5:30 p.m., Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd., San Diego. For more information and registration, call 858-652-5400. 28th Annual San Diego County Economic Roundtable - 8:00 a.m. – Noon, University of San Diego, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego. Now more than ever, you need to stay informed about changing economic conditions and new economic realities. Join us in a lively discussion with a panel of experts covering the future of the economy, the realestate market and employment outlook. To register,

Live Music: Joe Rathburn at Toma Sol Café. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., 301 W. Washington St., San Diego. For more information, visit

Jan. 20 -22 VAYA announces 7th annual Tết Festival: Children of Dragons, Descendants of Gods - Fun for the whole family with carnival rides and games, authentic Vietnamese food, lion dancing and firecrackers. For more information, visit

Jan. 21 SDSU’s College of Extended Studies will host a spring semester kick-off for its Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program for individuals 50 years of age and better. 10 am, SDSU Extended Studies Center. Students in the Osher program join curious fellow learners to take classes from outstanding instructors, and award-winning authors and artists. Refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP, call 619-594-2863 or visit www. The Elements of Love Exhibition at Glimpse gallery with an opening reception from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. For more information, visit Free Guided Nature Hike - Lake Hodges. In Escondido, walkers can choose a short hike to explore Felicita Creek or a 6-mile-hike to climb Bernardo Mountain. The longer hike affords a panoramic view of the north end of Lake Hodges. Bring binoculars to view birds while crossing the lake footbridge. 9:00 –10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. For more information or directions, visit or call 619-232-3821; option 4.

Jan. 22 Free Guided Nature Hike - Mine Canyon. In AnzaBorrego Desert State Park, hike into the North Pinyon Mountains, an area of many desert mines, and visit the former site of a large Kumeyaay village with hundreds of agave-roasting pits. 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. For more information or directions, visit or call 619-232-3821; option 4.

Jan. 23 Mira Mesa Cluster School Council Meeting, 6 p.m., 10510 Reagan Rd. (92126). Parents, students and community members are invited to attend this meeting, which discusses educational issues at the high school and its middle and elementary schools. Contact: Bob Turner at rturner4@ Open to the public.

Jan. 25 Designing the Bungalow Garden: How to Create Your Own Personal Sanctuary - Mission Hills Garden Club, 4070 Jackdaw St, San Diego. 6-8 pm, light refreshments. For more info, call 619-201-8285.

Jan. 25 – 29 Disney On Ice presents Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 3 Valley View Casino Center (formerly called the San Diego Sports Arena), 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego. For tickets, visit, or call 800-7453000.

Jan. 27 – 29 28th annual SDSU Writers’ Conference - Doubletree Hotel in Mission Valley. For complete information, visit

Jan. 28 Free Guided Nature Hike - Mountain Palm Springs. In Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, explore the vegetation, bird, and animal life of five palm groves, including two with spring-fed surface water. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information or directions, visit or call 619-232-3821; option 4.

Jan. 29 Robin Henkel Band with Horns - Blues, jazz, funk, slide and steel guitar music. Lestat’s, 3343 Adams Ave, Normal Heights. 8pm; $8, all ages. For more information, call 619-282-0437. Classics 4 Kids presents: Mozart Masterworks, a fun family friendly concert at the historic Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave, downtown San Diego. For tickets and information, call 619-231-2311 or visit www.classics4kids. com.

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Mission Hills Branch Library Pajama Storytime 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31 (Every Tuesday) 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Children are invited to an evening storytime with books and possibly singing and puppets. Feel free to come dressed in your pajamas.

LEGO Playtime 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25 (Every Wednesday) 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Kids can have fun and get creative while building with LEGOs.

Mission Hills Book Group 1/5, 10:00-11:00 a.m. The Mission Hills Book Group will discuss “Saint Joan” by George Bernard Shaw. New members are always welcome to attend and participate. Please read the book beforehand. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk while supplies last.

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1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27 (Every Friday) 10:30-11:00 a.m. Children are invited to a fun storytime with books and possibly singing and puppets.

Call 619-481-9817


Book Sale

Need a helping hand?

1/21, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The Friends of the Mission Hills Branch Library will hold a book sale. Come by and stock up on books while supporting your Library.

Seniors, Children, Pets, House Sitting & More Great references and experience. Call Mr. Tom at 619-885-9605

Children’s Craft Time 1/21, 10:00 a.m. - noon Kids can enjoy a fun craft time.

Mission Hills Mystery Book Group

Voices for Children is determined to help each and every child in San Diego’s foster care system. Meeting this ambitious goal means a CASA volunteer for every foster child who needs one. It means we must have the community’s help.

1/25, 6:30-7:30 pm The Mission Hills Mystery Book Group will discuss “In the Shadow of Gotham” by Stefanie Pintoff. New members are always welcome to attend and participate. Please read the book beforehand. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. Mission Hills Branch Library 925 West Washington Street San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 692-4910

It means we need you. Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and make a difference in the life of a foster child. Go to or call 858-598-2235 for location.



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Civic Calendar Hillcrest

1st Tuesday

UPTOWN PLANNERS Joyce Beers Hall in Uptown Mall. 6:30 p.m.

1st Thursday

UPTOWN PARTNERSHIP 3101 Fifth Ave. Call (619)298-2541. 4:30 p.m.

Thursdays 7 - 8:30 pm

SAN DIEGO UPTOWN ROTARYCLUB The Uptown Rotary Club has moved to their new home at Jimmy Carter’s Mexican Cafe, 3172 Spruce at the corner of 5th. Breakfast meetings are held every Thursday 7 to 8:30 a.m. Guests are welcome to attend a meeting to learn how to become part of this dynamic organization and see why their motto is “Service Above Self.” For information, visit www. or call 619-894-0140.

Kensignton-Talmadge 2nd Wednesday

KENSINGTON-TALMADGE PLANNING COMMITTEE Kensington Community Church. 6:30 p.m. For information, call (619) 284-0551

Linda Vista

2nd Monday

LVCPC Agenda– LINDAVISTACOMMUNITY PLANNING COMMITTEE AGENDA Linda Vista Library meeting room. Contact Jeff Perwin at 1-619-806-9559 for details 6 pm.

3rd Tuesday

Tech Committee - Technology Committee Bayside Community Center. Contact Xiongh Thao for detail at (858) 278-0771 or email or or visit our website

3rd Wednesday

LV Historical– LINDAVISTAHISTORICALCOMMITTEE Bayside Community Center. This committee is collecting historical photos, documents and memories of Linda Vista’s past. For more information, contact Eleanor Frances Sennet at (858) 277-3817. 4 p.m.

3rd Wednesday

LVCollab– LINDAVISTACOLLABORATIVE Bayside Community Center at 3 pm. Contact Adriana Gallardo at 858-278-0771or For details. Visit the website

3rd Wednesday (Odd Months)

TCCAC– TECOLOTE CANYON CITIZEN’S ADVISORYCOMMITTEE Tecolote Nature Center. Contact Eloise Battle for details. 7 p.m.

3rd Tuesday

Linda Vista Town Council Baha’i Faith Center Alcala Knoll Drive Contact Thomas Kaye 858-277-6973 at 6:30 pm

4th Monday

LVCPC– LINDAVISTACOMMUNITY PLANNING COMMITTEE Linda Vista Library Meeting Room. Contact Ed Cramer at (619) 222-2047 for details. 7:00 p.m.

4th Wednesday

LVPC – Linda Vista Planning Committee monthly meeting. Linda Vista Library Meeting Room at 6 pm. Contact Jeff Perwin 619-806-9559 for details, minutes and agenda at Linda Vista View Linda Vista Town Council Community Newsletter Contact Thomas Kaye at 858-278-6973

Various Wednesdays

LVNewsletter– LINDAVISTAVIEW Civic Association Community Newsletter. Bayside Community Center. Contact Sarah Granby at (858) 405-7135 or e-mail 2:00 p.m.

Mission Hills

January 25, 2012 - 6-8 pm

4070 Jackdaw St, SD 92103 no RSVP necessary refreshments members free - guests without a pass $10 John Beaudry, transplant from Chicago and author of “Designing the Bungalow Garden” and licensed landscape contractor, will speak on the Arts and Crafts movement and its meaning and interpretation in gardens using plant materials local or native to our area. There will be a special emphasis on creating gardens that work to help us reconnect with nature.

Ocean Beach

OCEAN BEACH PLANNING BOARD Ocean Beach Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave. Call (619) 523-1700. 7 - 9:30 p.m.

4th Wednesday

OCEAN BEACH TOWN COUNCIL Ocean Beach Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue. Call Jere Battan at (619) 515-4400 for information. 7 p.m.

Point Loma

January 11: 10:00

Diane Citrowske, floral designer, with 26 years of expertise is a former Senior Designer at Adelaide’s in La Jolla. She has participated in Art Alive and as an instructor with both Cuyamaca College and UCSD Extension. $5.00 charge for guests.Portuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portugal, SD 92106.

Real Estate

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Real Estate La Jolla

All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention, to make any preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of this law. Our readers hereby informedthat all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD Toll-Free at 1-800-669-9777. The Toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275

Lower Mission Hills





5646 Chelsea

1636 Linwood Street

4131 3rd Avenue

Gorgeous ocean views just 1 block to the ocean. One block to everything--Starbucks, shopping, restaurants, ocean access. Enter etched glass doors to a lovely home tucked into a great Bird Rock neighborhood. Hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen with granite counters, sweeping panoramic ocean views from the master suite upstairs, a cozy living room with cherry built-ins and a fireplace. Go through french doors from the den or optional 3rd bedroom to enjoy the patio and sparkling pool area. And the view.

Panoramic views of city skyline to Point Loma from master bedroom. Views from all other levels except the garage. Urban open floorplan perfect for entertaining. Lovely contemporary 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with beautiful views and 3 decks to enjoy them. 2471 sq. ft. with air-conditioning. Flat backyard. Great location in lower Mission Hills allows you to walk to restaurants on India Street. Based on a design by architect Eric Nasland with remodeling done in 2006.

Charming Craftsman bungalow located in the heart of Hillcrest’s hospital district. Walk to the best Hillcrest has to offer; this is true urban living with convenience and style. The interior woodwork and period architecture is complete and stunning to view. Two bedrooms plus office. Private backyard and glassed in front porch. Parking for two cars. The land is oned for some commercial uses and for high density development. No reasonable offer refused!

Call Jim Scott, Broker (DRE #830226) at (619) 920-9511

Call Rocky Rockhill, Agent (DRE #01197738) at 619-972-3033


South Mission Hills IN D N

4734 Hamilton Street

3939 Eagle Street, #202

Bright end unit 2 BR, 2 BA with an open floor plan in a great location on cul-de-sac! Walking distance to restaurants/ shops. Condo features custom paint throughout, stainless steel appliances, wood flooring, marble tile in the kitchen & baths, granite counter tops in the open kitchen w/breakfast bar, plenty of storage. Needs some finishing work. Complex: roof top deck with panorama views, sauna, pool, secure parking, and an exercise room.

Jennifer Armitage, Agent (DRE #01365880) at (619) 723-8479

Call James Hardy, Agent

(CA DRE#01076819) at 619-204-9511

North Mission Hills

Antoinette Embry (619) 504-9979 Maureen Tess-Fieberg (619) 239-0377

maureen antoinette

Let us know how we may help you!

Mission Hills

Mission Hills





Ginny Ollis and Tom McGibeny have retired from their real estate careers after 34 years. They are celebrated by their clients and contemporaries as two of the very best in the business. Their legacy will be their reputation for selfless community involvement and the quality care they bring to their clients and their real estate transactions. They will both be greatly missed.


Wonderful remodeled 2 BR, 1 BA bungalow north of Adams. This lite and bright home is ready to go, the nice sized well designed eat in kitchen includes a set of full size front load washer and dryer. The hallway between the bedrooms, living room, and kitchen has been removed to create a open flowing floor plan. The garage has been converted into a 2 room 200 sq ft office that opens up to a very private backyard deck. The lush landscaping has been designed to maximize privacy and taste.

Call Jim Scott, Broker (DRE #830226) at (619) 920-9511

North Mission Hills

With gratitude, we wish you all the best!



12834 Rios Rd

Call Jim Scott, Broker (DRE #830226) at (619) 920-9511

Ginny & Tom,


University Heights




Lovely updated 3 bedroom, 2 bath Summerfield Estates dream home. Private courtyard with fountain. Beautifully remodeled kitchen with granite countertops, high-end cabinetry, and stainless appliances. Convenient granite topped breakfast area. Newer dual paned windows. Gleaming hardwood and ceramic tile flooring. Newer steel roof and HVAC. Lush landscaping front and back.




4285 Altamirano Way

Charming 3 BR, 3 BA Spanish Revival Home featured in SOHO Mission Hills Historic Home Tour and San Diego Home and Garden. Hardwood floors, architectural arches, delightful tiled details, stained glass, amazing painted beams in ceiling of exceptional height, dramatic dual-sided fireplace warming both living and family rooms, period details with tasteful modernization, spacious back yard with outdoor fireplace, Newer air conditioning. One bedroom downstairs.


2161 Pine Street

Charming Craftsman 3 BR, 2BA Home in North Mission Hills. Single level with gleaming hardwood floors, a formal dining room with built in storage, and a gracious living room with abundant book-shelving. The kitchen is large and includes a breakfast nook with seating. There are period touches throughout from the coved ceiling in the living room to the built-in telephone station in the hall.

Call Jim Scott, Broker (DRE #830226) at (619) 920-9511

4082 Albatross Street #2

Large 2 bedroom unit in the heart of Uptown. Excellent location near medical complex. Easy walk to Hillcrest’s core or the village of Mission Hills.

Lucy Abernathy, Agent DRE #815302 619-203-7222

1960 3BR 2ba 1850sf home, generous Room sizes, sun porch, large dbl garage 2120 Hayden Way

Maureen and Antoinette

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

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City Heights


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Mission Hills


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4277 Trias Street “Another Mills Act Sale by Jonathan Schneeweiss. Gorgeous California Bungalow, 3 bed/3 bath with upgrades galore and the tax benefits of the Mills Act.” Call for Sales Price, or see more details at




4181 41st Street

8 unit with approx. $95k in income




1968 Chatsworth Blvd Located near all the essentials in Point Loma, Extra Large lot for the gardener in you or your four legged friend. 3 bedroom, 2 bath with great charm and hardwood floors awaits. Detached office/family room gives many options, outstanding indoor outdoor living that we all want!

YOU ASKED FOR BIG HOUSE + YARD? Completely remodeled 6-8 BR 5ba 3501sf, 150-ft deep lot, open kitchen, great Master. 4320 Trias St

Maureen Tess-Fieberg

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

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Featured Listing


2260 San Juan Road

Beautifully restored 3 or 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath Tudor on a gorgeous private street in Mission Hills. Charm flows from the formal living and dining rooms to the outdoor brick front courtyard for entertaining, al fresco dining, or simple peaceful enjoyment of the peek views of the bay. The graceful sunfilled living room boasts a wood-burning fireplace. Striking remodeled kitchen with granite counters, showplace red Viking range, and oversized farmhouse sink. Gleaming hardwood floors.






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