La Mesa Courier - July 2014

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July 2014

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INSIDE Change coming to THIS ISSUE downtown Village

Volume 4 – Number 7

By David Ogul

Delayed Decision Park Station project still under review. Page 3

La Mesa Boulevard is in for a 16-month makeover that’s set to start shortly after Independence Day. The City Council has awarded a contract for the $5.8-million project to the same construction firm – Dick Miller Inc. – that remade Coast Highway 101 in downtown Solana Beach. That $7-million effort was completed four months ahead of schedule, and residents and government officials in that North County city say they are pleased with the outcome. The Downtown Village Streetscape Project marks the first time in almost 40 years that any significant improvements are being made to the area.

Upgrades include new, more pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, new streetlights, improved landscaping, a new sewer line and new storm drainage facilities. “The objective of the project is to revitalize and beautify the downtown area, to enhance its sense of place, to improve its status as a destination, and to solidify its identity as La Mesa’s city center,” states the a description of the project on the City Hall website.

An asset to the La Mesa art community By Marty Graham

A Family Trio Benedetti daughters join dad in musical journey. Page 6

Kidney Swap La Mesan benefits from living kidney donor – with a twist. Page 9

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When Debb Solan talks art, she sparkles like dichroitic glass. And when her business partner, Paul Fernandes, joins in, there’s

a fusion of energy between them that makes it clear why they’ve become such an asset to the La Mesa art community. “Creative people find us,” Fernandes said. “We don’t advertise because for us, it’s about building a big, engaged community, not just selling things to people. The artistic mindset is one that needs collaboration.” Their shop, Fusion-

La Mesa to vote on term limits

glass, on La Mesa Boulevard is a celebration of expression, full of work by local artists. Not only is there a vast array of the pair’s striking fused glass pieces, but also there are paintings, pieces and sculptures by other artists who regularly have shows in the shop. “A huge mission for us is to promote arts in our community – and not See Fusionglass, Page 11

By David Ogul

It’s official. Voters in La Mesa will decide in November whether to impose term limits on the mayor and City Council. The La Mesa City Council, at its May 27 meeting, opted unanimously to put the measure on the ballot. Not that they had much choice. Backers of term limits used a combination of paid and volunteer signature gatherers to get more than 4,500 voters to sign petitions qualifying the initiative for the November ballot. Some 3,306 valid signatures were needed. “I just want to thank everyone in La Mesa who signed the petition,” said City Councilmember Kristine Alessio, who urged residents to launch the initiative after her colleagues last year opted not to

Voters in November will decide if term limits should be placed on the La Mesa City Council. restrict how long they could serve. “It’s an incredible feeling.” The measure calls for the mayor and councilmembers to serve no more than three consecutive terms. Asked in a See Term Limits, Page 9

To minimize impacts to businesses, the contractor will be required to maintain a 5-foot clear walkway to ensure unencumbered access to shops and restaurants, work on one block at a time, and close only half the street at any See Makeover, Page 4

Water rates going up La Mesa Courier

The average La Mesa homeowner will see a 4.5 percent increase in the rate on their Helix Water District bill later this summer. The Board of Directors at the sprawling district, which stretches east beyond Lake Jennings, approved a preliminary budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year with rate increases that were lower than the maximum anticipated increase of 6.2 percent. On the average bimonthly residential water bill, the 4.5 percent rate increase works out to an extra $5.93. Helix water rates have increased more than 80 percent in the past decade. The district’s $87.9 million budget includes $37.5 million for wholesale water purchases, $34.7 million for operating expenses and $15.7 million for capital projects to maintain the district’s approximately $1.5 billion of infrastructure. District employees this year will contribute 8 percent of their pay to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. That 8 percent contribution accounts for 30 percent of the total cost of providing retirement benefits. The employee contribution is expected to save the district $681,500 in the coming fiscal year.

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Noteworthy — July 2014

La Mesans in the News

John Freed was one of five graduating seniors at Grossmont Middle College to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the La Mesa Woman’s Club. The club’s education committee awarded the scholarships on the basis of grade-point average, SAT scores, essays, class rankings, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, coursework and future goals. *** Four La Mesa boys have been chosen as ballkids for the inaugural season of the San Diego Aviators professional tennis team. Robert Squier, 14; Brandon Tran, 16; Nathan Tran, 13; and Ryan Tran, 13, are among 18 boys and girls selected to facilitate the Aviators’ seven home matches at the Valley View Casino Center this July. “The key to being a great ballkid is to go unnoticed, be quick on your feet and help keep the match moving,” said ballkid coordinator Ron Marquez. “All the kids we selected are going to do a great job for the Aviators this season and it’s a fun opportunity for them to be involved in professional tennis.” The three-week season includes appearances by big names in tennis, including Andy Roddick, Daniela Hantuchova and the Bryan brothers. *** Beloit College named senior student Benjamin O’Shaughnessy Bigelow of La Mesa to the spring 2014 Dean’s List.

NEWS IN BRIEF England seeks council seat

Mary England, president and CEO of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce since 2008, is throwing her hat into the ring for La Mesa City Council. England will host a campaign kickoff party at BO-beau kitchen + garden on July 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. England served three terms on the Lemon Grove City Council from 1996 to 2008. She also ran for state Assembly in 2008 but lost to Shirley Weber. England is a member of the board of directors of the San Diego East Visitors Bureau. She is working on the Boys & Girls Club La Mesa Development Campaign and also serves on the board of directors of Stoney’s Kids.

Basketball camp still open

It’s not too late to get your kid into summer camp. Grossmont College men’s basketball coach Doug Weber will host a co-ed basketball camp for local children entering third through ninth grade. Weber, other college coaches and players will provide instruction. No basketball experience is required. In addition to workshops and contests to hone basketball skills, the camp will also

give students lessons in teamwork, sportsmanship, communication, setting goals and more, all in a positive and enthusiastic approach, organizers say. The camp will be held Aug. 4 to 7 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Grossmont College gymnasium. Registration costs $75 per camper. July 10 is the last day to register. For more information, visit or contact Weber at (619) 644-7878 or

Mt. Helix fundraiser

Supporters of Mt. Helix Park are now selling tickets to the annual heART of Mt. Helix fundraiser, which generates funding to preserve and enhance the private park in lieu of government funding. The heART of Mt. Helix event, now in its seventh year, is planned for Aug. 16 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Local musicians will perform on two stages while visual artists present demonstrations of their techniques. More than a dozen local restaurants will serve food and drinks. Also on the agenda is an auction of items such as a 10-day Holland America cruise. KFMB’s Larry Himmel will be the master of ceremonies.

General admission tickets are $50 and reserved table seating tickets are $100. Prices will rise after Aug. 1. To purchase tickets, visit www. or call (619) 741-4363.

Democratic Club road trip

For the first time in its history, the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club will host its monthly meeting outside of La Mesa, at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, on July 2 at 6 p.m. The meeting features Jay Wilson, executive director of the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation, who will talk about how local residents can connect to the park through recreation, preservation and participation in planning for the future of the San Diego River. Actor Steve Haiman will give a guest speech as George Cowles, the raisin magnate who helped bring the railroad to East County and gave the community of Santee its start. He will outline the history of the area in the late 1800s and answer audience questions, such as why Cowles Mountain bears his name. Guests will also have the chance to meet county Supervisor Dave Roberts. A barbecue See News Briefs, Page 4 — July 2014

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Decision delayed on Park Station project By Marty Graham

A key decision on whether the controversial Park Station project can go forward has been delayed until July 16. The La Mesa Planning Commission postponed a move on changing the zoning for the project at a lengthy June 18 hearing that ended with confusion about whether the project’s immediate neighbor, the American Legion Post, favored or opposed the change. About 200 residents attended the hearing, with many outside the chamber straining to hear the barely amplified remarks being made by city planners, the project team and its supporters; and at the end, the projects opponents. The Park Station at the Crossroads project, proposed by the Kitzman family on 6.5 acres at the intersection of El Cajon Boulevard and Baltimore Drive, has been in the works for more than 10 years. The family has owned the land for three generations and it was long used for car lots. The Kitzman family – five family members spoke at the hearing - hope to redevelop the land into mixed use that would include retail, office, at least 400 residential units and possibly a hotel. It has been

working with Urban Housing Partners to design a project that would work well in La Mesa’s city center. “We love La Mesa, we’re staying here, my boys and my grandchildren as well,” Frank Kitzman said. “It is not a flip situation, it’s a legacy project.”

zoning requirements and place the project within its own zoning – which would allow the developers to exceed the 46-foot height limit for central La Mesa. Many residents support the project. Several homeowners in their 50s and 60s

Artist’s rendering of the proposed Park Station development near downtown La Mesa. But a half dozen designs for the project have drawn neighborhood ire over the height of the project’s residential buildings, which originally started at 190 feet – about 18 stores, and is now proposed at 110 feet – somewhere around 10 stories. The current action before the Planning Commission is not to approve the project design plan. It is an attempt to remove the parcel of land from the downtown’s general

spoke about how they want to leave yard work but lamented that there are few attractive condominium projects to pick from. “Old La Mesans want a place to live near our kids, our families, our community for the rest of our time in La Mesa,” one speaker said. The most universal point of disagreement is the project’s height. Several residents indicated they could support the See Park Station, Page 7

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In a message posted to the social networking website Nextdoor, Tortorella explained how to determine whether the stranger at your door is legitimate. The following tips are based on the information Tortorella provided.

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If you’re certain that you never want to entertain a solicitor at your front door, you can put up a “no soliciting” sign. It See Solicitors, Page 14

News Briefs, from page 2 dinner and pie contest will the series. For more informaround out the event. While tion, visit www.cityoflamesa. the meal is free for members, com/familyfun or call (619) guests will be asked for a $10 667-1300. donation. For more informaFree health workshops tion, visit LaMesaFoothills​ Sharp Grossmont Hospital or find is offering a pair of free health the group on Facebook. education workshops in July Sundays at Six lined up through its Senior Resource La Mesa’s free outdoor Center. summer concert series, How to Talk to Your “Sundays at Six,” is back for Doctor: Learn strategies for its 13th season at the outdoor choosing a provider, commuamphitheater in Harry Griffen nicating effectively with your Park. physician during office visits Trails and Rails plays and planning ahead for your cowboy and train songs on appointment. July 21, 11 a.m. June 29. Pine Creek Posse performs a country music show to noon. Dealing with Hearing on July 13. Sonic Epidemic Loss: Dr. Bob Faillace will plays 70s rock on July 20. Jazz discuss the things you should West performs on July 27. Each concert begins at understand if you or a loved 6 p.m. The park is at 9550 one has hearing loss. July 31, 11 a.m. to noon. Milden St. Both events are scheduled The series is presented by the La Mesa Arts Alliance and to be held in the Grossmont the La Mesa Park and Recre- Healthcare Conference Center, ation Foundation. American 9001 Wakarusa St. Register at Medical Response and the, or call (800) Chapel at Grossmont sponsor 827-4277.

Makeover, from page 1 given time. Installing the new sewer lines and removing and installing sidewalks will occur at night. And the contractor has been provided with a schedule of downtown events – including the Oktoberfest, Flag Day Parade, Antique Fair and Christmas in the Village – to make sure they can take place with little disruption. Despite the precautions, city officials are under no illusion about potential disruptions and traffic delays. In Solana Beach, some merchants along the busy Coast Highway 101 thoroughfare went out of business and others barely scraped by after construction led to a significant drop in the number of visitors and a loss of on-street parking. The manager of a Solana Beach yogurt shop, for example, said the entrance to the eatery was blocked, the sidewalk torn up and street parking eliminated. The owner had to lay off two

part-time workers and one date is right after the Fourth full-time employee because of July,” said Gregory Humora, business had fallen off so La Mesa’s director of public works/city engineer. much. The La Mesa effort is being funded through a variety of sources, including gas taxes, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Transnet and city wastewater funds. Some $2 million is coming from a San Diego Association of Governments grant and more than $1 million is coming from the Downtown Parking Fund. The current effort got underway in 2008 when the City Council authorized spending $300,000 from the Downtown Parking Fund for design and engineering plans for the project. The following year, the council OK’d Materials palette includes spending nearly $1 million of precast concrete light pole American Recovery and Reinwith acorn-style light (above); vestment Act money to fix up and (below, from left): BANNERtree SAVER BRACKE the thoroughfare. grate, fence, bench. “The anticipated start

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Local synagogue breaks new ground La Mesa Courier

One of the oldest synagogues in the county is breaking new ground by eliminating mandatory membership dues and asking congregants to contribute what they wish. The move comes as congregations across the country deal with growing numbers of Jews who are opting not to affiliate with a particular temple. Administrators at Tifereth Israel Synagogue, a Conservative congregation that draws many of its members from La Mesa and Mount Helix, are confident that voluntary contributions will be more than enough to sustain operations. “When it came time to build the Mishkan, the tent-sanctuary in which the Israelites worshiped in the Sinai desert, every Israelite was expected to bring a freewill offering of their own choosing to build the sanctuary – but God did not say how much,” noted Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal. “God knew that because of the Israelites’ love of their faith and tradition, they would be as generous as possible. I am confident that our congregants will do the same.” In fact, the Biblical chapter Rabbi Rosenthal refers to is known as T’rumah, which is the name of the new financial model at Tifereth Israel. Synagogues across the country finance their operations by charging dues for members, with factors such as family size and age determining the amount required. And families typically must provide documentation of a financial hardship when seeking a dues reduction. At Tifereth Israel, that will no longer be the case. “No Jew who wants to join our congrega-

tion will ever again feel daunted by the financial process inherent with the old system,” said Jerry Hermes, the incoming president of the congregation’s Board of Directors. “We hope Jews who are looking for a stress-free and open synagogue experience will give us a long look.” The decision to eliminate mandatory dues is already drawing attention from congregations across the country. That’s because the transformation comes amid growing conversation around the nation questioning the longterm sustainability of the traditional membership dues structure. Declining membership combined with the inflationary costs of operating a synagogue has forced many congregations to hike their dues in recent years to keep afloat financially. And that has contributed, in many cases, to further declines in membership. Tifereth Israel Synagogue is confident it will attract additional members as people discover the congregation has eliminated mandatory dues. And a large number of current members say they will give more than they have in the past. Temple Israel, a Conservative congregation in the Boston suburb of Sharon, Mass., has seen a rise in income and a growth in membership after adopting a similar model. Approximately 500 people are members of the synagogue, which was founded in 1905 and remains one of the larger Conservative congregations in the region. The Tifereth Israel Synagogue campus at 6660 Cowles Mountain Boulevard in east San Diego is home to the Silverman Preschool, Tifereth Israel Torah School, and the nondenominational Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra.




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La Mesa Reads

By Heather Pisani-Kristl, Librarian The annual Summer Reading Challenge is here. Will you Pause to Read with your family and friends this summer? Children, adults and teenagers can choose to read either 10 books or 10 hours by Aug. 1? This flexible goal accommodates readers with very busy schedules (or full Netflix queues), as well as readers who blaze through romance novels by the hour. Sign up for the reading challenge online at or visit us at the library. You’ll receive prizes and/or books for your home library upon reaching your reading goal. Of course, reading is not the only thing to do at the library this summer. We are an SDG&E Cool Zone with free air-conditioned entertainment for all ages. You might hear ghostly voices among the bookshelves when the San Diego Ghost Hunters return with photos and recordings of haunted San Diego (July 12 at 2 p.m.). Kids are invited to express their inner Superheroes with games, crafts and snacks (July 16 at 10:30 a.m.). A few days later, adults can tap their inner brewmasters as they learn how to make their own beer (July 19 at 2 p.m.). And young customers’ favorite scientists, Mad Science (July 30 at 10:30 a.m.) and Wild Wonders (July 31 at 4 p.m.) will be here to entertain kids and teens, respectively. These are just a hint of what we have planned; for the full list, pick up a brochure at the library or scan the events calendar online at Speaking of summer reads… when I was a child, my dad celebrated summer’s arrival by renting a cottage for the family in rural Maine and purchasing the latest Stephen King novel so he could scare the wits out of himself. If this is also your idea of a good time, get yourself to the library to request Bird Box, a new thriller by Josh Malerman. Malorie knows that the sight of something mysterious in the outside world is causing humans to kill or commit suicide, but without Internet, radio or TV, she doesn’t know what it is. She’s covered the windows, trained her four-year-old children to keep their eyes shut, and blindfolds herself when she ventures out for food. The promise of refuge is within a few miles, down a river that she’ll have to navigate blindly. How did she get to this point, and will Boy and Girl survive the journey? Even more importantly, which Hollywood studio has already optioned this chilling scenario? If you liked the movie Children of Men, try wrapping your vivid imagination around this quick read.

News from Our Friends

May’s Authors and Artists festival raised over $1,300 for the Friends of the La Mesa Library and the La Mesa Arts Alliance. Local poets, painters, photographers and artisans displayed their work and visitors enjoyed presentations by area experts in publishing and art appreciation. Thanks to all who turned out to support creativity in East County. The Friends of the Library’s mission is to promote, preserve, and support library services and customer needs. Through memberships and fundraisers like the Authors and Artists festival, the Friends are providing more than $11,000 this fiscal year toward the purchase of library books, movies, and special events such as the Summer Reading Challenge. If you appreciate bestsellers, new DVDs and entertainment at the library, let us know at — July 2014

Music: A Benedetti family affair By Jen Van Tieghem

It’s probably every musician’s dream to have children follow in their musical footsteps. For Fred Benedetti that dream came true with both his daughters, and better still – he gets to perform with his songbirds. In The Benedetti Trio, daughters Julia and Regina sing their gorgeous harmonies while dad accompanies with world-class guitar playing. They cover mostly pop songs from Elton John to The Beatles to Jason Mraz. Their debut album also includes one original tune Fred and Julia wrote called “Heal Yourself.” When Fred Benedetti isn’t performing with his girls he’s busy with solo performances and playing with various groups around town. At these shows he performs everything from classical chamber music and flamenco to jazz and klezmer. The family patriarch will also celebrate 30 years as a full-time guitar instructor at Grossmont College next year. His students often come to his performances; he reminds them that he “practices what he preaches.” And he’s been practicing for quite some time. Benedetti has been playing guitar since he was just 9 years old. He has performed around the globe with the likes of Art Garfunkel, Willie Nelson, Patty Loveless and countless others. Benedetti put his guitar down long enough to answer some questions for La Mesa Courier about his musical family and upcoming performances. Q) How old were Regina and Julia when they began showing an interest in music? A) They both had a predilection for music very early. They could match pitches when they were around 5 or 6 years old and, of course, that got me very excited! However, I didn’t push music on them

in any way since I didn’t have visions of them making it a vocation. My wife, Amy, was actually the greatest influence on their early musical development; they could recognize and sing any “oldies” song they heard at a very young age. They also spent many years in musical theatre participating in the Christian Youth Theater program. Eventually in their teens, I had them sing select songs with me when I would do specialized concerts i.e. “The Music of the Beatles.” Now, with all the concerts and events that we perform; it is with great pride that I have them on stage with me. We work hard on our music (including mom as critic and organizational guru) but we always have fun together. Q) Would you have been disappointed if your children weren’t musically inclined? A) Not at all! Q) As a trio, how do you select your songs? A) Our trio specializes in popular music with an emphasis on vocal harmonies – even I sing! Our music

Upcoming Benedetti Trio performances: July 1: San Diego County Fair’s O’Brien Stage. 6-8:30 p.m. Performing all Beatles songs. July 5 & 26: Amaya (1205 Prospect St., La Jolla). 7:30-10:30 p.m. 7/25 Ki’s (2591 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas) 8:30-10:30 p.m. 7/27 Old Poway Park (14134 Midland Road, Poway) 5:30-7 p.m.

Fred Benedetti with daughters Julia (left) and Regina (right). selection process typically is dictated by our thematic show selection: “The Music of Simon & Garfunkel,” “The Music of 1967.” Otherwise, we all contribute with song ideas. The hardest part is choosing keys. I know almost all the songs they suggest, but in the original artists’ keys. Since many of the songs were originally sung by male voices, we usually have to transpose them up a third. So all those songs I know and have played in G major all my life have to be played in B flat. Every once in a while the key has to really be out there: “Homeward Bound” by Simon & Garfunkel in G flat! Sorry, is my penchant for teaching coming out? Q) Is it daunting to play songs by well-known artists such as Paul McCartney? A) Since we have such a different sound than the original artists, we don’t have to worry so much about comparisons. We are instantly See Benedetti, Page 10

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Jazz Wednesdays – Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam at Seven Grand. Free. 9 p.m. – 3054 University Ave., 92104 Fridays – Sam Johnson Jazz Group at Cosmos Coffee Cafe. Free. 3 to 5 p.m. – 8278 La Mesa Blvd., 91942 Saturdays – Jazz with George and Alan at Bistro Sixty. Free. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. – 5987 El Cajon Blvd., 92115 Saturdays – Douglas Kvandal with the LiveJazz! Quartet at the Amigo Spot at the Kings Inn. Free. 7 p.m. – 1333 Hotel Circle South, 92108 August 2 – samdiego Jazz Trio at San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room. Free. 7 p.m. – 8364 La Mesa Blvd., 91942

Classical July 4 – 6 – Star Spangled Pops with Bill Conti at the Embarcadero Marina Park South. $22–$79. 7:30 p.m. – 1 Marina Park Way, 92101 July 18 – 19 – Summer Pops: The Music of Abba at the Embarcadero Marina Park South. $27-84. 7:30 p.m. – 1 Marina Park Way, 92101

Park Station, from page 3 project if it was six or seven stories tall, but not any taller. A resident who lives east of the proposed project brought in pictures demonstrating how a four-story and eight story building would block the view of Mt. Helix. “I think most La Mesans would support this wholeheartedly if the top structure height was six or seven stories,” said Peter Gregorovic. “But this is vertical sprawl.” The hearing took a strange turn when Lenny Guccione, the manager of the American Legion, which was named as a co-applicant for the zoning change, spoke as an opponent of the project. He declined to comment after the hearing. After nearly four hours of sometimes confusing testimony, the Planning Commission voted to postpone its decision on the zoning change until its regularly scheduled July 16 meeting.

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July 27– TICO Summer Pops Concert of light classics from Broadway, TV, film and more at the Social Hall of Tifereth Israel Synagogue. $20. 3 p.m. – 6660 Cowles Mountain Blvd., 92119

Alternative June 28 – Of Shows and Burritos Presents Teenage Exorcists and Grand Tarantula at Ken Club. Free. 9 p.m. events/642391692512943 – 4079 Adams Ave., San Diego, 92116

Fridays – Nathan Welden at Bistro Sixty. Free. 6:30 p.m. – 5987 El Cajon Blvd., 92115 June 28 & July 26 – People of Earth at San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room. Free. 7 p.m. www.SanPasqualWinery. com – 8364 La Mesa Blvd., 91942 July 12 – Danielle Taylor at San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room. Free. 7 p.m. www. – 8364 La Mesa Blvd., 91942


July 12 – The Midnight Pine at Riviera Supper Club. Free. 9 p.m. 7777 University Ave., 91941

Thursdays – Open Mic Acoustic Nights at Parkway Bar. Free. 7 p.m. – 9188 Fletcher Parkway, 91942

July 25 – Hills Like Elephants, Relations, and Soft Lions at Soda Bar. $6. 9 p.m. – 3615 El Cajon Blvd., 92104

Thursdays – Musical Meditation (Kirtan) at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga Studio. Free. 8:15-9:15p.m. – 3287 Adams Ave., 92116

Pop Tuesdays – Suzanne Shea and Bob Wade at Bistro Sixty. Free. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call and hold your table 619-2878186 – 5987 El Cajon Blvd., 92115 Wednesdays – Westside Inflection at Riviera Supper Club. Free. 8 p.m. 7777 University Ave., 91941

July 12 – Silvermine Band at Chico Club. Free. 8 p.m. – 7366 El Cajon Blvd., 91942 July 18 – Saved by the 90s at Pal Joey’s. Free. 9 p.m. – 5147 Waring Road, 92120 Bands, venues, and musiclovers: please submit listings for this calendar by emailing

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What’s Cooking with Julie

by Julie White

BLACK BOTTOM CUPCAKES I love these scrumptious cupcakes because they are easy to make and there is no frosting. They travel well and are perfect to take to an Independence Day picnic! BLACK BOTTOM CUPCAKES Filling: 1, 8 ounce pack of softened cream cheese 1/3 cup sugar pinch of salt 1 egg, beaten 1 heaping cup of semi sweet chocolate chips (I use the Mini chips) Cake Batter: (in separate bowl) 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 tablespoon of white vinegar (you can use most any vinegar) 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper liners. Prepare the filling by combining all of the ingredients well. Make the batter in a separate bowl and combine the ingredients until well mixed. Spoon the batter evenly into the paper liners, about 3/4 full. Makes about 18 cupcakes. Drop a dollop of the filling mixture on top of the batter in each cupcake liner. Bake for 20 minutes and cool.

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The gift of life

Term Limits, from page 1

By Jeremy Ogul

La Mesa resident Chuck Rodriguez considers himself lucky. Yes, his kidneys failed. Yes, he had to go on dialysis. And yes, a related cardiac arrest nearly killed him. But unlike the estimated 100,000 Americans who wait years for a kidney transplant, Rodriguez, 58, received a new kidney just months after his kidneys stopped functioning. That was because his friend of 20 years, J.R. Raines, donated his own healthy kidney. In fact, Raines, 52, was one of 24 people who donated a kidney through Sharp Memorial Hospital’s live kidney donor program in 2013. The hospital, which had more live kidney donors than any other hospital in San Diego last year, recently held an event in Mission Valley to recognize its donors. Though initial tests showed Raines and Rodriguez were a perfect match for a direct transplant, subsequent blood transfusions changed the composition of Rodriguez’s blood, increasing the chance that his immune system would

reject Raines’ gift. The mismatch turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The National Kidney Registry found another compatible recipient in need of Raines’ kidney. It also found another compatible living donor for Rodriguez. The exchange worked out as a “chain reaction” that enabled three patients in three different states to receive a kidney from a live donor, including Rodriguez. “We’ve been doing a fair amount of transplants like that over the past five years,” said Dr. Barry Browne, medical director of Sharp Memorial Hospital’s abdominal transplantation program. Most kidney transplants come from recently deceased donors, but a kidney transplanted from a healthy living donor has a better chance of being accepted by the recipient’s body, Browne said. The challenge now is to get more healthy people to donate a kidney. “For everyone who has a kidney, there’s somebody out there who needs a kidney

Kidney donor J.R. Raines (left) and recipient Chuck Rodriguez of La Mesa. Photo courtesy of Sharp Memorial Hospital. transplant,” Browne said. Longer lifespans have increased the need for living donors, because the kidneys coming from deceased donors are older, on average, than they used to be. Recipients are better off with a kidney from a middle-aged person than an elderly person, but more than half of deceased kidney donors were older than 55 years at their time of death, Browne said. The gap between supply

question and answer session with the La Mesa Courier earlier this year why there was such resistance on the council, Alessio responded: “I think that most of those who hold elected office enjoy having the perks of the same, whether they be in the form of financial benefits or plain old ego gratification. It is no surprise at all that long-term politicians in any office are resistant to the idea of having their terms in office limited.” Opponents say they don’t need new laws limiting their choices on whom to elect to the council. With Ernie Ewin announcing he will not run for re-election, and with Mark Arapostathis opting to seek the mayoral post, the council is guaranteed to have two new members after the November elections. And putting the measure on the ballot will cost the city an estimated $15,000 to $20,000 – money that opponents of the measure argue is wasted, as voters can simply opt to not reelect someone they don’t like. Not everyone feels that way. “Twenty thousand dollars is a small price to pay when weighed against poor and, or, corrupt leadership,” said business owner Craig Maxwell. The last time La Mesa voters had an opportunity to weigh in on the question of term limits was June 2010, when voters approved Proposition B to impose term limits on members of the county Board of Supervisors. Proposition B won the support of two-thirds of La Mesans who cast a vote on the measure.

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From orphan to honored professor La Mesa Courier

She was abandoned alongside a street in Vietnam at the age of 2 and came to America as a teen not knowing a word of English. Meet Angela Ngo, a Grossmont College professor of nursing and a 2014 recent recipient of the school’s Teaching Excellence Award.

Angela Ngo “She’s an amazing teacher,” said nursing student Tamara McMillan. “She will challenge you, she is very tough, but she also is the nicest person in the world and she brings out qualities in you that you didn’t know you had.”

Ngo said she has wanted to be a nurse for as long as she can remember and her love of the profession led her into teaching the craft. She has been working at Scripps La Jolla since 2003 and joined the Grossmont College staff first as a clinical instructor in 2007 and then as a full-time faculty member the following year. “It is an honor and a privilege to take care of someone in their most vulnerable time,” Ngo said of nursing. Ngo, 41, is keenly aware of what it’s like to be vulnerable. Fathered by an American serviceman (whom she never met) near the end of the Vietnam War, Ngo speaks matter-of-factly about how she was abandoned by her mother. “That’s how it is in Vietnam, still,” Ngo said. “There are orphanages, but many people who cannot afford to raise their children will put them in the market and leave.” Ngo was left on the side of a street in Ho Chi Minh City. A vendor soon spotted her. “She took me home and she claimed me as her daughter.” Ngo and her adopted mother left for the United See Angela Ngo, Page 14

Benedetti, from page 6 different and naturally convey the songs with our own style. The hardest part about playing a whole night of McCartney tunes is to choose which songs to play. We do consider the key, tempo, and nature of the song and how each one goes from one to the other. We love covering the greats! There is so much good music out there! Q) What musical tips have you passed on to your daughters? A) Most of the tips in the music business have been garnered through observation and “on the job” experience. They have grown up in a household where dad’s job is a working musician and teacher. They have seen the countless hours of individual practice/preparation, the rehearsals, the equipment set-up, the grading of music theory projects, the music students coming for lessons, the nightly routine of getting to the gig. All this they have experienced as musicians themselves. What they have also learned, really without my help, is to completely let go with the performance. Give the audience your best and not hold back. Be fearless on stage. To find out more about The Benedetti Trio and their album “Better Together” visit: — July 2014

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Transplant, from page 9 and demand has only grown in recent decades. In 1990, when Sharp Memorial Hospital’s transplant program began, the wait for a kidney transplant was about one year, said Dr. Steven M. Steinberg, medical director for Sharp Memorial’s kidney and pancreas transplant program. Now, with more obesity, hypertension and diabetes, the U.S. has more patients on dialysis than ever: 400,000. “If you’re of a certain blood type and you’re in San Diego, you’re going to be waiting five to seven years,” Steinberg said. “Living donors allow us to trans-

plant people faster and take the people who don’t have a donor and move them up the list.” While about 100,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant in the U.S., only about 14,000 kidney transplants were performed last year, according to the National Kidney Foundation. “I almost felt guilty going through this procedure,” said Rodriguez, a retired corrections officer. “There are so many people out there who have been going through this for years.” That includes Rodriguez’s twin sister, who has been

receiving dialysis treatments for eight years. They both suffer from polycystic kidney disease, a genetic disorder that often leads to kidney failure. Rodriguez hopes to find his sister a transplant as soon as possible. In the meantime, Rodriguez enjoys life free of dialysis, and Raines has not experienced any residual effects from his operation. “I think if more people knew what an impact this can have on the recipient, and how little effect it has on the donor, more people would donate,” Raines said.

that they auctioned off to raise money for their class,” Solan said proudly. “It was so beautiful we really thought about buying it ourselves.” Solan and Fernandes started the business in 2003, and focused on selling their unique dioramas wholesale to stores in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas. “We had a little tiny workspace and spent all our time traveling to meet with buyers,” Fernandes said. A retired musician, Fernandes already had hundreds of thousands of travel miles under his belt but found the travel stressful. The recession changed their business. Clients were buying less, and Fernandes and Solan became aware that people’s chances for artistic experience and expression were falling off as schools and galleries closed. “We decided we wanted to create an art community in our neighborhood. We wanted to find people who were creating art here and support them, and to bring the idea that art is for everyone to our surroundings,” Fernandes said. So the pair shifted focus and began reaching out to local artists and to the schools and families nearby who wanted the chance to create.

“Talking to teachers gave us the idea that we could bring our class into the school and share our art with more kids,” Fernandes said. “We were reaching people we never thought we could reach.” They also hold a Ladies’ Night out several times a month – a friendly gathering of women and men for whom art labs haven’t been open before. “We see people from every career, stay-at-home moms to doctors,” Solan said. “And we filled our gallery with art that makes us all think of the endless ways to create and express ourselves.” Yumi, an en plein air painter who lives in San Diego and sells her paintings all over the world, recently wrapped up a show at the gallery. “They reached out to me and I am so happy with our relationship,” Yumi said. “They are decent, hard-working, wonderful and inspirational people who give much positive energy to artists.” “It has been such a delightful event and Paul and Debbie contribute so much to the La Mesa and East County community,” Yumi added. “They enrich our lives with their collaboration and their enthusiasm. They taught me more than I taught them.”

Fusionglass, from page 1 just the finished work but the creating for people who already do and for people who want to,” Solan said. “Most people have exactly what they need: the desire to create. With a good lesson and lots of positive encouragement, people achieve that dream of expressing themselves creatively.” While the front of the shop is the show, the back is two connected studios where Fernandes and Solan lead classes every week. With four kilns that fuse glass at temperatures around 1,300 degrees, and long tables where students of all ages can pick from a vast array of glass pieces they will arrange in a pictorial to be fused, the studio bustles with warmth and activity. When the fused glass is cooled, Solan and Fernandes help their students decide how to display and wear the pieces, using wire wrapping and other techniques to create objects ranging from cufflinks and earrings to plates and mobiles. In 2011, they launched Take PART, a class for groups of local kids who build wonderful pieces. “One of our groups from Lemon Avenue Elementary School took 44 pieces and (with our help) made them into the most amazing mobile

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Grossmont High School

Foothiller Footsteps

At the annual graduation ceremony on June 18, more than 500 Grossmont High School students joined the 34,605 Foothillers who proudly call themselves Grossmont alumni. This year’s Valedictorian, Evan Ryder, and Salutatorian, Parker Brown, captured in their speeches the meaning of their four years as Foothillers. As the years pass, the Class of 2014 will continue friendships made in high school in a variety of ways. One of these ways is by creating a permanent reminder of their years at Grossmont through gifts to the school. In the past few years, several classes have donated royal blue benches to commemorate their Foothiller years, including the classes of 1949, 1956, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1971, 1972 and 2006. For information about ordering a bench, contact us at or (619) 668-6140. At lunch and break, the benches are filled with appreciative students! Another way to “etch your name” on campus is to become a Foothiller Friend or Founder by joining the more than 200 Foothillers who have purchased a commemorative tile with a contribution to our Endowment Fund. These tiles are located on the Humanities Building and the Old Gym. Both the Class of 1937 and the Class of 1964 have purchased gray tiles with royal blue lettering to commemorate their classes. Order a tile online for yourself, your class, or a beloved teacher and help present and future Foothillers with your gift at grossmont.dona​ or phone (619) 668-6140 for an order form. Since the first class graduated in 1921, Foothiller reunions have been a part of GHS tradition. Some classes meet monthly, some yearly, some every five years. The Class of 1953 shown in the photograph held their 60th reunion on Catalina Island April 9 & 10. As the years pass, GHS alumni find more to share and recall their years as Foothillers with increasing affection. Listed below are GHS summer reunions. (For more information, visit our alumni website at Class of 2005: 10th Reunion is in the planning stage. Contact Sara Reynolds Smith at Class of 1994: 20th Reunion on Aug. 2, 2014 at the Westin San Diego. Contact Reunion-Special​ Class of 1989: 25th Reunion on

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Aug. 8, 2014 at the House of Blues San Diego. Contact Class of 1984: 30th Reunion Aug. 15, 2014 Wyndham San Diego Bayside. Contact Class of 1975: 40th Reunion. Email Mikki Nooney at Class of 1969: 45th Reunion was held June 21, 2014. Contact Monica Taylor Erickson at for future reunions. Class of 1964: 50th Reunion on Sept. 13, 2014. Visit Class of 1959: 55th Reunion on September 27, 2014 at Gordon Biersch Patio. Email Mary Willis-Schoenfeld at

Class of 1953 Please join us for Grossmont’s 94th Homecoming on Sept. 19, a chance for all Grossmont graduates to visit the campus. As the campus is modernized, we continue to celebrate, protect, and preserve our remarkable past. To learn more about Grossmont High School, visit the Museum on one of these dates: July 2, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3 from noon to 4 p.m., or Saturday, Aug. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Campus Tours will be held on Saturday on the half hour. Contact (619) 668-6140 or ghsmuseum@guhsd. net.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt signs the G.I. Bill in the Oval Office on June 22, 1944. From FDR Library Photo Collection.

GI Bill celebrates 70 years of service Guest Commentary By Melinda Nish It is a promise that never will be broken. Seventy years ago on June 22, 1944, our nation made a commitment to the 16 million veterans returning from World War II by enacting the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act – more commonly known as the G.I. Bill. Today, community colleges nationwide are steadfast in their commitment to serving the needs of our current and former military families. This is especially true in San Diego and Imperial counties, where more than 20,000 veterans, active military and their family members are attending campuses at six community college districts thanks to the G.I. Bill and an array of veterans’ benefits. The G.I. Bill helped transform the United States by providing job training, housing, loans, educational benefits and more to our veterans. Roughly eight million World War II veterans used their G.I. Bill education benefits, which played a critical role in driving our country’s long-term economic growth. Today, benefits include up to 36 months of full, in-state college tuition, monthly housing allowances, and $1,000 per year for books and supplies. Even though California community colleges are the most affordable in the nation, veterans still need the G.I. Bill to pay for enrollment fees, books and living expenses. These benefits allow See G.I. Bill, Page 15 — July 2014

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Gen-X in La Mesa

The Sun Shines Sooner…

By Genevieve A. Suzuki

Trading in Snapchat for real conversation

By Pam Crooks

Inspiring future careers in the Village Master Goldsmith Terry Whyte never got Hawaii out of his system. He lived there for three of his teenage years growing up and later for several years with his first wife. Walk into little his shop at 8346 La Mesa Blvd. and you’ll find Hawaiian music playing in the background, fresh Hawaiian flowers on the counter and a surfboard mounted on the wall. Oh and, of course, Terry wlll be wearing an Aloha shirt. All of this is designed to provide a relaxing atmosphere for customers and students who frequent Golden Artistry, one of the longest running businesses in the Village. You’ll also notice a prominent wall display of creative jewelry designs by four local high school students. These are the entries of the winners in the 6th Annual Golden Artistry Jewelry Design Competition for Grossmont Union High School District students. Terry Whyte in his Any student in the district Golden Artistry studio. can enter the competition; it’s not necessary to be an art student, although there are several GUHSD art teachers who consistently encourage their students to participate. Some 290 entries were received this year. Terry whittled the entries down to 30 for judging. A key criterion is that the design has to be “reproducible.” The two judges who chose the winners besides Terry were Paul Fernandes of Fusionglass and Shannon O’Dunn of See Pam Crooks, Page 15

This Fourth of July marks 238 years since the United declared its independence from Great Britain. Since our hard-fought freedom, our relatively new nation has developed in some amazing and in some not-so-amazing ways. Big issues aside, one of the not-so-amazing ways we’ve developed is our move away from community. Thanks to smart phones and computers, many of us feel as though we no longer need to reach out and get to know the people around us. While I am not a Luddite, I do think my generation and the generations that follow need to take time to assess the damage our dependence on technology has done to our interpersonal relationships. A few months ago I took my daughter for breakfast at our neighborhood Coco’s on Lake Murray Boulevard. As I sat down at the booth I looked around at my fellow diners, engaged in conversation with their partners. I turned then to Quinn and asked her about our upcoming day. She confirmed her excitement about going to San Diego Zoo

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with me and asked to have a smiley-faced pancake for breakfast. We had already agreed she would leave the iPad home for the day so we could strive for interpersonal communication, or as Quinn knows it, “I have to talk to you and you have to talk about My Little Pony.” Our server, Jessica, soon approached our table with a friendly smile. What followed surprised me – Jessica and I actually began to chat for the duration of my time at Coco’s. You see, I’ve picked up some bad habits as of late. Usually I have my iPhone out, reading emails and answering texts while Quinn is glued to her iPad, playing virtual games about making sundaes and smoothies while actually eating sundaes and drinking smoothies. During our talk, I learned that many Coco’s staff members were participating in a boot camp in an effort to get healthier. I also found out Jessica’s brother also worked at the restaurant and had accomplished the awe-inspiring feat of losing a significant amount of weight through working

Genevieve A. Suzuki lives and practices family law in La Mesa. Her website is out and eating healthy. When I returned to Coco’s another day, I was able to meet him and talk to him about his accomplishment – it even inspired me to stay on my own weight loss journey. My experience started me thinking of how much we’ve lost in our zeal to gain independence from the community. Sure, we can order pizza, books, toys, supplies, pretty much anything without ever speaking directly to someone, but what are we losing in the process? Knowing names and faces means better service and relationships. Jessica, who knows I am trying to watch my caloric intake, cheerfully offers up healthy versions of what I am craving. In fact, our new friendship inspired envy in my mom, who asked how we knew each other a night we went to Coco’s for dinner. “How do you know her?” she asked. “We met the other day,” I said, smiling into my menu. “We’re friends now.” Whether Jessica knows it or not, I do consider her See Gen-X, Page 14

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Gen-X, from page 13

is against city law for solicitors to knock or ring the doorbell if States after Ngo graduated from high school. Amerasians, the children of American servicemen and Asian mothers, were not this sign is posted. allowed to attend college in Vietnam. So Ngo, then 19, left for San Acknowledge visitors and let them know you are home Diego with her adoptive mother. You don’t have to open the door, but you should ask for the “I did not speak any English so I took ESL classes,” Ngo said. purpose of their visit and try to get a look at them through the “And I worked fulltime as a housekeeper.” Her English improving, peephole. Police often hear reports of burglars who attempt Ngo enrolled at San Diego City College in 1995, four years after to enter a residence after hearing no response to a knock or a arriving in the United States. She later transferred to San Diego doorbell. State University, from where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She immediately went to work at Scripps La Jolla. Two Ask them to show their city-issued registration card San Diego city law, for example, requires all solicitors to years later, she earned her master’s degree. “Hers is such an incredible story,” said Debbie Yaddow, Dean register with the police department. After running a background of Allied Health and Nursing at Grossmont College, destination check, the police department issues an ID card that legitimate of numerous La Mesa high school graduates. “And Angela is just solicitors must display whenever they go door to door. an amazing person.” The registration cards are not issued to anyone younger To Ngo, what is more amazing are the options available in than 14, and the cards are only issued to minors who have a valid this country. work permit from their school. “America is such a land of opportunity, and I will forever Report suspicious activity to police remain grateful to be able to come here,” Ngo said. Police have found a direct correlation between unauthorShe also deftly deflects any praise for her recent commendaized soliciting and subsequent property crime, such as burglary, tion from Grossmont College. according to Tortorella. Many people posing as solicitors are “I am honored to have received this award, but it really actually gathering information for criminal purposes.They use a speaks more highly about the nursing program we have here,” solicitor ruse to determine whether the home is vacant, whether said Ngo. “It is a wonderful program where everyone is nurturing it has an alarm system or surveillance cameras and whether each other and helping them do their best. Everybody, from the there are valuable items in the home. dean to the assistant director to the faculty, is willing to share their knowledge with each other. It is truly a gift to work in a supportive, nurturing environment.” When counting words – a word is a FREE CLASSIFIEDS But Yaddow said Ngo deserves the accolade. “She is the type word, regardless of the number of letFree classified ads are available to nonters. A telephone number is a word. of person who will do anything to make sure her students will be profit organizations that do not charge for An address such as “10000 San Diego successful.” their services and private party items for sale. Only one ad per or organization will be accepted per issue as a free classified - additional ads must be paid for with submission of the ads. Free classifieds are limited to 25 words or less. Ads of more than 25 words cost 50¢ per additional word; payment must accompany the ad. All free classifieds will run for only one issue even if you indicate on the ad that you want it to run more than one time. No calls will be answered for free classifieds. Free classifieds MAY NOT be submitted online. Free classifieds must be submitted by mail or hand-delivered to Postal Annex at: 6549 Mission Gorge Rd #199 San Diego, CA 92120

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G.I. Bill, from page 12 students to take advantage of all that our local community colleges have to offer, including workforce training and transfer degree programs. Because veterans have unique needs, our colleges ensure that veterans have the counseling and educational road maps they need to realize academic success. Among the resources we provide are the veterans resource centers at the eight community colleges in San Diego County: MiraCosta, Palomar, San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa, San Diego Miramar, Southwestern and Grossmont, Cuyamaca. All San Diego County community colleges and Imperial Valley provide current and former military with veteranto-veteran tutoring, benefits counseling, enrollment assistance and academic advising. Other offerings come through Disability Support Programs and Services, which connects veterans to community-based resources for assistance with post-traumatic stress disorder counseling and learning disability assessment. Student veteran organizations foster camaraderie between members and provide outreach to fellow veterans. And veterans at all of the schools receive priority registration, ensuring they get the classes they need when they need them. Our commitment to veterans expands beyond the doors of our campuses. San Diego Miramar College offers on-base classes at MCAS Miramar, San Diego City College offers on-base classes at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and Naval Base San Diego, and Palomar and MiraCosta colleges offer classes at Camp Pendleton. Meanwhile, the San Diego Community College District’s renowned Military Education Program serves officer and enlisted personnel at bases across the United States with courses ranging from sophisticated communications and radarsystems training to personal financial management and culinary arts. The bottom line: Current and former service members say that local community colleges have a firm grasp on what veterans need. Seventy years ago today, America made a promise to its veterans. And our local community colleges are doing everything to ensure that promise is kept. Dr. Melinda Nish is President of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges Association and Superintendent/President of Southwestern Community College District.

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Pam Crooks, from page 13 O’Dunn Fine Art. All finalists were invited with family and friends to a dinner at the La Mesa Women’s Club, where the winners were announced. Friends of East County Arts presented the top four (plus a Community’s Choice winner chosen by popular vote during the event) with cash awards, but the grand prize winner received the actual finished piece of jewelry based on their design, and an opportunity to intern with Terry at Golden Artistry. This year’s Grand Prize winner was Kristen Rosier, a junior at Steele Canyon High School. It takes months of preparation to organize the competition, carefully sort through the entries in preparation for the judging and put on the awards dinner. Dozens of donors are solicited for a silent auction and opportunity drawing prizes. Proceeds benefit the Grossmont Union High School District Art Program through the Golden Artistry Competition Foundation. Many La Mesa businesses and volunteers participate, while Terry’s assistant, Marjorie Pezzoli, plays a big role in coordinating the event every year. Terry created the competition out of desire to “give back” to the community that has been so good to him. He is passionate when he describes how, as a young man, he discovered and nurtured a previously unknown talent into a life-long career, and how

he had the idea of inspiring high school students to find and follow their own “heart dream.” He doesn’t want students to just accept what they may feel pressured into doing by parents and teachers, as he almost did. As a student growing up in La Mesa, Terry was very good at math and science. And although he also enjoyed drawing, his parents didn’t want him to waste time studying art in high school. After graduating from Helix High in 1971, he studied at Grossmont College, headed toward a math/marine biology major, when he took a crafts class to fulfill an elective requirement. The course offered a quick overview of a variety of media, including one session when the professor soldered a strip of silver together to create a piece of jewelry. Terry went home, found a source for silver and turquoise in the Yellow Pages, and headed to the garage with a plumbing torch. After failing twice, he successfully made a ring. He was hooked. By the end of the semester he had turned in 27 projects (most students only turned in eight), received an “A” on every one, and was taking orders for jewelry from others. You can guess the rest of the story. He gave up the idea of a career in math and science, instead producing jewelry in his garage for several years

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before returning to Hawaii where he apprenticed with a goldsmith. He moved back here in 1981, worked for others for a couple of years before opening Golden Artistry on La Mesa Boulevard in 1984. This is his 30th year in the Village. He smiles when I ask the obvious question. “My parents [who still live in La Mesa] wanted me to be a doctor or scientist. For the first 10 years, they kept telling me, ‘You need to get a real job’! Today they are really proud of me.” The whole idea behind the Golden Artistry Jewelry Design Competition is to inspire young people to discover and follow their passion into a career as he did. Judging by the letters on the competition website, it’s working. Here’s an excerpt from the 2009 Grand Prize winner, a student from Valhalla High: “I was able to work during the summer and experience what goes into making a piece of jewelry…. Watching the interaction between everyone there and their customers has inspired me to go into the fashion industry. …I am currently studying art for a fashion design major. Having the opportunity to work with Golden Artistry was a lifechanging experience…”

Publisher Mission Publishing Group, LLC Jim Madaffer Circulation: 24,000. Published 12 times in 2014, mailed to all addresses in 91941, delivered to all single family homes in 91942 and at over 150 bulk locations throughout our circulation area of La Mesa, California by Mission Publishing Group, LLC. Classified ads and articles must be submitted by mail, e-mail or dropped off at our business address: 6549 Mission Gorge Rd #199 San Diego, CA 92120. Publisher reserves the right to refuse any advertisements or material submitted which are deemed to be objectionable. Publisher’s liability for errors: La Mesa Courier assumes no financial liability for errors nor for omission of copy and upon request will furnish a letter of correction to the advertiser. The Publisher, Mission Publishing Group, LLC., shall not be liable for any error in published advertising unless an advertiser proof is requested in writing 12 days prior to publication date and clearly marked for corrections. If the error is not corrected by the Publisher, the liability, if any, shall not exceed the space occupied for the error. Further, the Publisher shall not be liable for any omission of an advertisement ordered to be published. On written request, Publisher shall reschedule and run the omitted advertisement at the advertiser’s cost. All claims for adjustment must be made in writing within 30 days of the date of publication. In no case shall the Publisher be liable for any general, special or consequential damages. Equal Housing Opportunity: Real estate advertising in La Mesa Courier is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Law 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 such preference, limitation or discrimination.” La Mesa Courier will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate that is in violation of the law. This is to notify La Mesa Courier readers that all dwellings advertised in La Mesa Courier are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD at 1-800-669-9777 or TTY at 1-800-927-9275. News and information printed in La Mesa Courier is obtained from sources considered to be reliable, but accuracy on information sent to the paper cannot be guaranteed. Articles and opinions of writers or letters to the editor that are submitted for publication to the La Mesa Courier are the views of the writers and should not be considered the views of the publisher. Content of paid advertisements is solely the responsibility of the advertiser. © 2014, all rights reserved. MEMBER

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