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Volume VII – Number 5 By Jeremy Ogul As work crews apply the finishing touches to renovations at the Old Police Headquarters development downtown, foodies are salivating over the recent announcement of the five restaurants that have signed leases. Terramar Retail Centers, the Carlsbadbased developer, announced this month the list of five restaurants they have chosen for the Old Police Headquarters: Puesto, Pizzeria Mozza, Seasons 52, Eddie V’s and Cheesecake Factory. “We wanted to bring a collection of the most unique and creative restaurants around, whether it was local or national,” said Terramar spokesperson Jennifer Gordon. The selection of restaurants is intended to match the creative and unique character of the converted space on West Harbor Drive, just north of Seaport Village and just west of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, Gordon said. More than 25 years have passed since the San See ARRESTING page 14

A Realtor with a Big Heart

By Genevieve A. Suzuki to work for them. And while Schmidt may have had challenges in her childhood, she refuses to let Mission Valley realtor Kimberly Schmidt has her past define her present and future. “Here’s been doing some big things with her work – literally. the way I see it: Everybody gets dealt a hand Since 2009, she has been donating $100 from in life. … But we’re every home she closes lucky we’re Americans to Big Brothers Big and have access to Sisters of San Diego education and so many County. In 2011, opportunities. So many Schmidt took the next people throughout the step and became a Big world have it so much Sister herself. worse,” she said. “The reason this Schmidt graduated cause is close to my summa cum laude heart is I grew up in from Arizona State foster care. I know how University with her important a mentor bachelor’s degree in can be,” said Schmidt, English. She then who put herself attended graduate through college, which Realtor Kimberly Schmidt (far left) donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters school at University of was only possible, she of San Diego County $100 from every home she sold last year. Minnesota to study Speech, Language, Pathology, added, because of the ongoing support of her high before moving with her husband to San Diego. school guidance counselor, a woman she is still Schmidt said her graduate coursework has helped friends with today.  her with her career in real estate. She said she tells kids it’s possible to have an education and a career as long as they’re willing See REALTOR page 10

ecoATMs recycle electronics to save the planet.

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The Griffin brings quality acts closer to home.

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Benjamin Eastman

Selling San Diego to the World

By Jeremy Ogul While many people in the United States may be able to point out San Diego on a map, not many know what San Diego has to offer as a tourism destination. Even fewer know about what distinguishes San Diego from destinations in Orange County or Los Angeles. As director of travel trade development for the San Diego Tourism Authority, it is Benjamin Eastman’s job to change that. See sELLINg page 7

Madewell debuts in San Diego at Fashion Valley.

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GINA’S Valley Views

By Gina Cord, founder of Mission Valley News

Mr. Peabody’s Burgers & Ale When I asked the waitress if they had a Happy Hour she said, “We don’t need a Happy Hour as we are happy all day every day.” In fact, this charming and spotless little café at the corner of Friars Road and Las Cumbres has an All Day Happy Hour menu daily seven days a week, served from opening at 11 a.m. to closing at 4 p.m. Monday Turkey Taco is $3.25 and all pitchers of beer are $2 off; Tuesday Chicken Wings at $4.50, Fish Taco $3.25 and domestic beer is $2.75; Wednesday Shrimp Taco is $3.30 and micro beers are $4.; Thursday House Salad is $4.50 and Well Martinis are $3.50; Friday Loaded Potatoes are $5.25 and Import Beers are $4.50; Saturday Carne Asada Fries are $5 and Well Drinks are $3.50; and S u n d a y Turkey Burger with Cheese is $5.50 and Bloody Mary is $4. Those are bargain prices for big servings, while you watch the games on TVs that surround the room. Breakfast is served all day also and the menu is expansive, from a huge burger to a juicy rib-eye steak. What a great discovery right here in Fashion Valley at 6110 Friars Road, San Diego CA 92108. Call (619) 542-1786.

Lou & Mickey’s in the Gaslamp Quarter Another new discovery – just in time for the 2013 baseball season – was at Lou & Mickey’s in downtown San Diego. Lou & Mickey’s is the iconic steak and seafood

destination, which, for the first time ever, created a happy hour menu. Located just two blocks from Petco Park, Lou & Mickey’s will also provide a complimentary bag of salted peanuts on game days to patrons heading to the stadium. On Monday through Friday, from 4 to 6 p.m., the new happy hour menu offers a variety of specials on drinks and appetizers. Guests may select from 12 oz. beers ($4), 22oz. beers ($6), wines ($6), and cocktails ($8), including: Moscow Mules, Classic Cosmopolitans, and Cadillac Margaritas. To pair, Lou & Mickey’s offers house favorites including: freshly shucked oysters on the halfshell ($1), the authentic cart hot dog ($4), and the open-faced steak sandwich ($8), amongst others. Cousins Jeff and Sam King, a member of the King Fish House Group who are located in Mission Valley, opened Lou & Mickey’s to honor their fathers with a restaurant that showcases their roots by serving choice seafood and prime steaks in a relaxed, inviting environment. Located at the entrance to San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter and within direct proximity to the San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park, Lou & Mickey’s serves memorable classic American cuisine with plenty of Midwestern hospitality. Check it out for the newest Happy Hour in town. We welcome Who’s News and What’s News for this column. Contact Gina Cord at (619) 683-2434. — May 17, 2013

Rent Sense:

Why a Long-Term Lease? By Neil Fjellestad and Chris De Marco, FBS Property Management Some renters want a month-to-month rental agreement in order to maintain the ability to move should their situation change (employment, home purchase or a household change) and they don’t want to be tied to a longterm lease. Rental owners and property managers understand this and some will allow such a renter but will charge a substantial premium to the rent rate. The premium is charged because the rental owner is at risk for unanticipated rent loss due to giving the renter the ability to terminate the lease at a time during the year when there are fewer replacement renters such as during the months November to January. It has always been considered a “best industry practice” that a long term lease attracts and best serves qualified renters. The financial loss to a renter from reoccurring moving costs completely overshadows any benefit of remaining free to do so. We will consistently choose to retain our existing residents as their lease expires because the owner(s) will experience an interruption of rent and out-of-pocket costs connected to the turnover. Therefore, residents that have paid their rent on time and kept

up the rental home normally get preferential treatment at renewal subject to the then current market, of course. Due to projected supply and demand for well-located rental homes, condos and apartments rental rates will increase (2 to 3 percent) this year and (3 to 5 percent) in 2013. Most rental owners are seeking to raise rents across the board in order to repay outof-pocket expenses endured during the last several years and/or to accomplish repairs and improvements that they have deferred. As a monthto-month tenant you are not protected from multiple rent increases though recent legislation requires longer notice and a reason if the tenancy is being terminated. Owners will often postpone requested maintenance and/ or repairs until you move. An owner’s decision to sell the rental property can affect the renter(s) living in that home. If a property is being offered for sale, is in foreclosure or it is given back to the bank a real estate company is hired to sell the home/property. It is often the decision to vacate the property as it is believed to be much easier to sell an empty property. Being on a long-term lease can give you some control in all these situations. — May 17, 2013

Situated on the border of Bay Park and Linda Vista, it’s easy to see how The Griffin might go unnoticed. Despite its unassuming location, this rare jewel hosts live music most nights of the week and has landed several nationally touring acts in less than two years time. “It’s still shocking to us. In a crowd of 241, only about 40 will have been here. It still trends 90 percent firsttime users,” said music booker Joe Rinaldi. It’s not about location, location, location for The Griffin. The team works hard to cater to musicians and music lovers to ensure the success of the venue. Fortunately, an awareness of the obstacle presented by the spot’s location, as well as lessons learned from the missteps of previous businesses, seems to spur on The Griffin. Rinaldi himself provided suggestions for the spot’s renovation as it was changing from O’Connell’s into its present incarnation and was surprised to find that the owners took what he said to heart. When he joined the staff about six months after the club opened, Rinaldi was pleased to see his ideas for booth setups, curtains and more were in place. “The city actually needs competent venues,” he explained. “Venues that care about sound and line of sight. What happens is hipster bars all over town will shove a stage and a PA system anywhere and put an ad in CityBeat.” Anyone who has attended a show can attest to the two features mentioned. Whether sitting at the bar or a booth, standing on the floor in front of the stage, or even hanging in the back near the pool tables, there isn’t a “bad” spot in the house to see and hear the musical acts. Rinaldi pointed out only two columns near the far end of the bar offer any visual obstruction. Line of sight achieved. This formula comes, in part, from Rinaldi’s five years running the Viper Room in Los Angeles, which he followed with a stint at House of Blues Sunset Strip before settling in San Diego. Unlike small venues that predominantly feature


local acts, The Griffin aspires to have lineups mostly headlined by touring bands. Rinaldi notes that while he loves local bands business can’t be sustained as they play several times a month watering down ticket sales. Of course with San Diego’s vibrant local scene, Rinaldi still features locals, but often in unique ways. He noted recent favorites included Get Back Loretta with Dead Feather Moon, who opened on a day’s notice after another band fell ill. Dirty Sweet reuniting for New Year’s Eve was another highlight, he said. National bands he noted excellent shows from were Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds from New York and The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band from Indiana. With more than 400 shows completed – 200 with national acts – this list could go on and on. “This [April] was the best month we ever had, and then next month looks better,” Rinaldi said. The Griffin offers other perks to further entice patrons: free parking, reasonable ticket prices and the hope you’ll catch a band that won’t soon play a small rock club again. Last spring United Kingdom’s Band of Skulls set that tone for The Griffin beautifully. The show easily sold out as the band made San Diego a stop between Coachella weekends. Amid the intimate setting, fans were given a rare opportunity to take in an amazing pure rock sound. When Band of Skulls returned to town less than six months later it was to play for a sold-out crowd at Valley View Casino Center. In January they played another sold-out show at the same venue opening for Muse. While it’s off the beaten path The Griffin is building a following as the spot primes to become a heavy hitter in the way of San Diego music venues. Just as Belly Up in Solana Beach is a destination for music fans with a taste for quality, The Griffin aims to do the same farther south. And thanks to the Griffin’s proximity to nearby restaurants, such as Sardina’s, The High Dive and Bay Park Fish Co., one can easily make a full night out of dinner and a concert while avoiding downtown crowds or shoddy sound systems.

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Business News

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Movement in san diego’s business community Former County Officer to Advise City Walter Ekard Adviser City of San Diego

of government workers. We are proud of what we do and we are just as smart as the vaunted private sector. I look forward to working with the mayor and his key staff.”

Previously, Frisch served as the vice president, Operations & Information Technology and Chief Financial Officer for the San Diego-Union Tribune. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer,

SDSU Interim Associate Dean Appointed Mayor Bob Filner has hired Walter F. Ekard, the former Chief Administrative Officer for the County of San Diego, to provide strategic advice on the organizational structure and effectiveness of the City of San Diego.

While at the County, Ekard managed a workforce of 15,000 employees and an annual budget of $5 billion. He has known Filner for more than 25 years. “Walt is an expert in great government. Through innovative programs and a singular belief in being the best, he transformed the culture in County government, which today is seen as a national example of excellence in government management,” Filner said. “The City has the potential to be the bestrun City in the country,” he added. “The 10,500 City employees are exceptional public servants, who if given innovative tools, processes and guidance, will work to make this City great.” Ekard began work this month and has a contract through the end of June for $75,000. “The mayor is really interested in this city being great with great government leaders,” Ekard said. “He and I, while not aligned politically, are staunch defenders

Del Cerro resident Francesca Ringland has been appointed the interim associate dean for programming at San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies. Ringland, an SDSU alumni and native San Diegan, joined Francesca Ringland Extended Studies Interim Associate in 1986. Since that Dean time of she has worked Programming in a variety of roles focusing on program development and administration. During her time with the college, she has had many opportunities to work in close collaboration with such groups as SDSU academic colleges, departments, and faculty, with San Diego school districts and the U.S. military community, and with San Diego businesses to provide customized programs for nontraditional life-long learners. Ringland’s work experience developing certificate and degree programs, online education, international programs, professional development, and conferences will enable her to immediately make an important contribution to the overall programming operation of the college.

National University Names Vice Chancellor

Randy Frisch was named Vice Chancellor of Business and Administration for the National University System. “The quality of the education, faculty and staff attracted me to the National University System,” Frisch said. “The opportunity to work for [Dr. Jerry C. Lee] and to return to CFO and general counsel work convinced me this was the perfect opportunity for me.” Frisch joins the National University System from the San Diego Business Journal, where he served as president and publisher since 2010. Prior to joining the  Journal, Frisch established the Law Offices of Randy C. Frisch, a general business employment and labor law firm in San Diego.

Editorial Page Editor, and General Manager of the Salt Lake Tribune. His career in the newspaper industry began with the Tribune Publishing Company of Idaho, where he held the positions of CEO,  Moscow – Pullman Daily News, Advertising Director, Daily News, Reporter for the Lewiston Morning Tribune, and CEO of the Daily Sparks Tribune and Big Nickel. Frisch has been actively involved in the community and has served as chairman and president of San Diego Habitat for Humanity. He also has served on the board of directors of several organizations, including San Diego-Imperial County American Red Cross, the Neighborhood House, United Way of San Diego, YMCA of San Diego County, and the ESET Foundation. He is on the Finance and Public Policy Committees for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and he is a member of Rotary International, Club 33. Frisch has a law degree with an emphasisFrisch in labor and Randy employment law from Vice Chancellor theBusiness Thomasand Jefferson of Administration School of Law in San Diego. He is a member of the California, Idaho, and Nevada Bars. He earned a Master of Business Administration, Finance, from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, and a Bachelor of Science in English with a minor in business from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.

Mission Healthcare Announces Executive Director

hospice service-line, which launched in March. “Laura’s extensive experience in palliative care makes her an excellent leader as executive director of Mission Hospice,” said Jennifer Robinson, director and co-founder of Mission Healthcare. “Her nursing and leadership skills contribute to her visionary approach for our new service line.” Semmler has a varied background in nursing spanning the last 27 years and has lived and practiced nursing and leadership in eight states. She earned her MBA with the intention of leading a team of hospice professionals in providing the best care possible. She has more than seven years of hospice experience, which includes starting as a field case manager and transitioning to executive leadership. Semmler has practical long-term care knowledge that comes from her time as director of nursing for four years. As director of nursing she managed the entire nursing staff, the education department, orientation for new hires and the budget.  She specialized in emergency room and intensive care nursing during her 15 years of hospital based clinical experience. In an effort to maintain her clinical competence and an understanding of family dynamics while caring for sick patients, she currently works per diem at UCSD hospital. In her free time Semmler enjoys running half marathons and spending time with her three children. Mission Hospice was accredited by the Community Health Laura Semmler Accreditation Program Executive Director of (CHAP) and has spent Hospice Service the past two years building a foundation of utmost compassion and compliance. Out of 3,000 surveys that CHAP conducted nationwide, Mission Hospice ranked number one. “One of our most significant differentiators is our focused dedication to the first 48 hours of care, which is a crucial time for the family to feel supported,” said Semmler. “This is the time that families realize things are going to be different and it’s important to be 100 percent available and to ensure they are comforted during this transition.”

Cubic Corporation Selects


Mission Healthcare, which offers medical and non-medical services in the home through its three service lines: Mission Home Health, Mission Home Care and Mission Hospice, announced Laura Semmler as executive director of the new




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Movement in san diego’s business community Schmitz president of Cubic Defense Applications (CDA). He succeeds Brad Feldmann, who was recently promoted to president and chief operating officer of Cubic. “As president of CDA, Dave brings a solid track record of experience in defense

systems,” said Feldmann. “His extensive experience and leadership skills make Dave well-suited to help grow CDA’s efforts globally. Schmitz is a seasoned executive with a proven track record in strategic planning and business management.” Most recently, he was vice president and general manager of Cobham Sensor Systems involved in technology applications supporting a variety of critical military platforms and systems. Schmitz received his bachelor’s degree in applied mechanics from Harvard University, as well his master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. CDA and its affiliates are the world’s leading provider of realistic air and ground combat training systems for national military and security forces. Its primary focus is to design, develop, manufacture, integrate, innovate, and sustain advanced technologies responsive to mission requirements of U.S. and allied forces. Infantry troops, aircrews, and security forces all draw upon the realism gained from using Cubic’s training systems to help them effectively perform their mission. CDA is also a key supplier of communications and signal intelligence equipment, and information assurance solutions for cyber security.

Neil Dymott Attorneys Make Top List Neil, Dymott, Frank, McFall & Trexler APLC attorneys Michael I. Neil, Robert W. Frank, James A. McFall, Sheila S. Trexler, Hugh A. McCabe, Clark R. Hudson and Gina L. Lacagnina were named 2013 Top Lawyers in San Diego in San Diego Magazine’s March edition. To compile a list of top area lawyers, San Diego Magazine invited LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, the company that has long set the standard for peer review ratings, to share its list of local lawyers who have reached the highest levels of ethical standards and professional excellence. Neil, Dymott, Frank, McFall & Trexler APLC was founded in San Diego in 1964 and is a multi-service law firm with offices in San Diego, and throughout Southern California.  The firm represents clients in a wide range of industries and specialty areas, including employment law, civil litigation, pharmaceutical and medical products manufacturers, transportation, intellectual property, insurance, medical, accounting and other professional practices.

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years of experience in lending. Both officers come from WJ Bradley Mortgage. Benchmark is one of the nation’s fastest growing mortgage companies with expert mortgage consultants in over 45 branches

nationwide. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Carlos Gutierrez Real Estate Agent Prudential

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New Hires

Benchmark Mortgage, which celebrated its grand opening in Hazard Center May 3, hired two new loan officers. Sue Lemke and Amy Driscoll each have more than 25

Carlos Gutierrez was recently honored with the Chairman’s Circle Platinum award by Prudential California Realty, in recognition of his outstanding sales last year. The achievement ranks Gutierrez at the top 1 percent of more than Sue Lemke 54,000 Prudential agents Loan Officer nationwide. Benchmark Hires “We’re proud to have Carlos on our team. His drive and skill sets help him perform at the elite level in our industry,” said David Cabot, CEO Amy Driscoll of Prudential Loan Officer California Realty. Leeann Benchmark Hires Iacino, COO, added, “Carlos’ extraordinary service and professionalism is outstanding and clearly why he is a consistent top producer.” Gutierrez is a native of San Diego and a resident of Mission Beach. He provides comprehensive real estate services from Prudential’s La Jolla office on Prospect Street.

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American Idiot takes Green Day through Suburbia post 9/11

Thomas Hettrick

By Genevieve A. Suzuki Sept. 11, 2001 changed many Americans’ lives, introducing a new feeling of anxiety for the present and future. Broadway San Diego’s newest musical, American Idiot, examines the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. The show, which runs May 28 through June 2 at the San Diego Civil Theatre, takes the audience through the three men’s emotional journeys as mostly told through Green Day’s songs. “This is such a potent time for our country and the search

of our characters for what to believe in is gorgeously celebrated through Billie Joe [Armstrong] and Green Day’s wonderfully lush score,” said Tom Hulce, producer. American Idiot features Green Day’s hits, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track “American Idiot” from the band’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included in the score are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.” The musical was nominated Best Musical for a Tony Award and won a Grammy Award in 2010 for Best Musical Show Album. T h o m a s Hettrick plays one of the three friends, Tunny, who goes off to fight in the Middle East. Hettrick said he relates to his character’s desire to leave suburban Jingletown, USA,

said Hettrick, who recently graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting. Hettrick’s character, Tunny, has an experience to which some San Diegans can relate. While he’s deployed, he gets shot and loses his leg, becoming a Wounded Warrior. After Tunny becomes an amputee, he Hettrick as “Tunny” gains an informed perspective toward his hometown when he realizes that’s where he belongs. “He comes full circle and is a little wiser after what’s happened,” Hettrick said. Although Hettrick may be able to empathize with Tunny’s soul searching, he admits he can’t imagine what real veterans have gone through. “I can only respect them all the more for what they’ve done. By the end of the show, I can understand why someone would want to join and fight for their country,” he said.

to find his purpose in life. “I grew up in Rockland County, New York,” he said. “Nothing was really there for me, personally. [Green Day’s ‘Jesus of Suburbia’] talks about that – being stuck in a place without a purpose and wanting to leave.” “I wanted to leave, go to the city, and find what it is I’m supposed to do,”

Relay For Life June 8-9 The American Cancer Society is hosting its inaugural Relay For Life June 8-9 at the old Chargers practice field at Qualcomm Stadium. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that helps our community celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. The Mission Valley event will include music, food and entertainment to celebrate survivors, remember those who lost their battles and fight back against the disease. For more information, email Jennifer Ortega at tretarjen3@gmail. com or visit missionvalleyca. — May 17, 2013


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Selling, from page 1 Eastman, a Mission Valley resident, spends much of his time traveling around the country, meeting with travel agents and travel wholesalers. His job is to ensure travel agents understand what makes San Diego special so they

can design travel packages that meet the needs of their customers. So what makes San Diego different from other Southern California destinations? After all, we all have beaches, excellent weather, world-class attractions, outstanding food and luxurious accommodations. One thing Eastman pointed to on a recent sales trip to Arizona was the fact that Coronado Beach was recently named America’s Best Beach by Stephen P. Leatherman, a Florida university professor who goes by the name of Dr. Beach. Another thing Eastman likes to highlight is the local culture. “San Diego kind of has that true Southern California relaxed atmosphere,” Eastman said. “We see that a little more in San Diego than we do in other parts of Southern California.” Eastman is careful to never put down other destinations, but he also does not hesitate to point out that traffic in San Diego is rarely ever as bad as it is on freeways to the north. “In the tourism game, it’s really about differentiating yourself from your competitors and your neighbors,” Eastman said. “Since [travel agents and tourists] don’t live here, they don’t necessarily understand the nuances and the differences.” Eastman’s job requires a lot of flexibility, said Kerri Kapich, senior vice president of marketing for the Tourism Authority, because everyone is looking for something different on their vacation or business trip. People in Arizona or Los Angeles might be looking for a quick weekend getaway, whereas people coming from the Midwest might plan a weeklong stay. Some people are more interested in the animals, others are more interested in history. Some have never been here before, some have been a dozen times and want to see something new.

Visitors from Japan are often more interested in history, according to Eastman, so he often touts the USS Midway Museum as a must-see destination for them. Boosting the number of Japanese tourists coming to San Diego is a top priority for Tourism Authority now that Japan Airlines has begun offering non-stop flights. Tourism from the UK has also become a priority since British Airways began offering non-stop service between London and San Diego. San Diego wants to make sure those nonstop flights from Tokyo and London remain full and profitable for the airlines, Kapich said. “It’s very important for

people to have access directly into your destination,” Kapich said. “It’s much more appealing when people in Japan know they can get on a flight directly to San Diego and be there in nine hours.” When foreign tourists

By helping travel agents and tour operators in Japan and the United Kingdom develop tour packages in San Diego, Eastman and the Tourism Authority help ensure that the seats are full and the flight stays profitable

have to make a stop in San Francisco or Los Angeles, the time it takes to travel may increase by four hours or more. Even worse, those tourists might decide to stay in those connecting cities and skip San Diego altogether.

for the airlines. Travel was not always on the itinerary in Eastman’s life. After growing up in Orange County, Eastman went to college at UC San Diego, where he majored in psychology and minored

in literature writing. After graduation he took a sevenweek backpacking tour through Europe. “It was such an eyeopener,” Eastman said. He abandoned his earlier career plans and decided to go into the travel industry, first working as a wholesale travel agent and later as a marketing manager on the East Coast. Eastman returned to San Diego eight years ago and found a job in sales with the San Diego Zoo. His experience and interpersonal skill make the Tourism Authority proud to have Eastman on board, Kapich said. “You could not ask for a better person to represent San Diego around the world,” Kapich said.

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Wohrite Red Ever wonder where the wine you’re drinking comes from? I mean, really comes from – not just where it was grown, bottled or what’s on the label, but where it originated and what influenced the win in hand?

authentically represents the grapes and place is Paso Robles. Conveniently located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, it has seduced many international winemakers to leave their homes for a new beginning. One of the many to be seduced, and possibly best known, is the famous

Vineyard, after the small creek running through the property. The unique combination of vineyard elevation, rocky limestone soils and the remarkably Rhône-like maritime climate of Paso Robles are perfect for grapes to mature fully yet still retain crisp acidity. All this was still not enough for the Perrin family. To ensure the vines were of the highest quality, they imported genetic clones of their own vines from

There are so many influencing factors that really make the wine. The grape variety’s origin, wine style and particular vintage are all important to the final product. If any one factor is changed, it can completely change the outcome of the wine. Wine regions are special and chosen for many important factors. One up-and-coming wine region I believe

Perrin family, which owns the esteemed Château de Beaucastel in the Rhone Valley, France. The family believed the California climate to be ideal for Rhone grape varietals. After many years of searching different sites throughout California, they settled on the near Mediterranean climate and soil of Paso Robles. They named it Tablas Creek

Château de Beaucastel. This allowed T a b l a s Creek to replicate a selection of their established F r e n c h vineyard. Along with their special

By Karen Irizarry, Certified Sommelier — May 17, 2013 selection of vines, Tablas Creek follow the centuries old Châteauneuf-du-Pape tradition of blending specific grape varietals, which produce wines that are more complex, balanced and elegant than single varietal wines. The most notable wine from this selection is Esprit de Beaucastel, which means Spirit of Beaucastel for obvious reasons. The 2010 vintage received great reviews and is a blend of Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. 2010 was a good year for Paso Robles. It finally saw some healthy rainfall after three years of drought. This gave the vines ample water supply f o l l o w e d by warm and sunny weather. The grapes were able to reach full maturity with intense flavors but at low alcohol

levels. The 2010 Esprit de Beaucastel shows Mourvedre’s signature black currant, balsamic and roasted meat aromas. It has beautifully integrated tannins with notes of dark plum and subtle cracked black pepper which makes it a great food pairing wine with many different foods like wild game, lamb, richly flavored stews and even beef stir fry. You can drink with pleasure now, but it can also age gracefully for two decades. This wine and many others of Tablas Creek can be found throughout San Diego at local restaurants and wine shops. When you drink this wine, think of its home in the rolling hills of Paso and its origin in the distant stony hills of Rhone Valley and enjoy. Karen Irizarry is a certified sommelier who has worked vintages in Australia and Germany and is currently working vintage in New Zealand. Originally from New Jersey, Irizarry received her bachelor’s of architecture from Virginia Tech. After moving to California, she developed a passion for wine while working under advanced sommelier and wine director Brian Donegan at San Diego’s Market Restaurant and Bar. Irizarry’s passion for food and wine is reflected in her blog, whiteorred.blogspot. com.

LaDainian Tomlinson’s 5k Presented by EDCO Integrated Sports Marketing is proud to announce that former NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson will host the inaugural “2013 LT 5k presented by EDCO.” Scheduled for June 15, the event will take place at NTC Park at Liberty Station with a portion of the proceeds

to benefit the Tomlinson’s Touching Lives Foundation, a nonprofit charity. The Tomlinson’s Touching Lives Foundation engages in a number of programs designed to promote educational, social and cultural awareness and positive self-esteem to enhance the lives of children, families and communities.

“Where other programs focus solely on performance, we go beyond the field to make sure you also get the proper information and instruction needed to succeed in life,” said Tomlinson. “I’m happy to have the opportunity to host this event and be able to give back to the community.” The 5k run will begin at 8:25 a.m. and the walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will include a beautiful walk around the water. After the 5k run, an awards ceremony for the top three men and women finishers will be held, along with family-themed music and entertainment. Family owned and operated EDCO is this year’s presenting sponsor.  Sandy Burr of EDCO added, “We’re happy to support LT in his charitable efforts to help children and families throughout San Diego County.” These events will include a complimentary food court, a Kids Fun Zone with “bounce houses” and music.  Registration is now available at — May 17, 2013

Jazz Wednesdays – Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam at Seven Grand. Free. 9 p.m. Wednesdays – Jazz with Kice Simko and Friends at Riviera Supper Club. Free. RivieraSupperClub. com. Fridays – Sam Johnson Jazz Group at Cosmos Coffee Cafe. Free. 3 to 5 p.m. CosmosCoffeeCafe. com. Fridays – Jazz at the Cosmo featuring Bruce Cameron, Mark Augustin , and Ted Williams at the Cosmopolitan Restaurant and Hotel. $5. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. www. OldTownCosmopolitan. com. Saturdays – Jazz with George and Alan at Bistro Sixty (formerly San Diego Desserts). Free. www. Saturdays – Douglas Kvandal with the LiveJazz! Quartet at the Amigo Spot at the Kings Inn. Free. www. June 2 – All That Jazz: Joe Utterback with Chancel Choir, soloists Rebecca Basilio, soprano and Richard Geiler, tenor. Robert Plimpton, Organ. John Wilds, Trumpet at First United Methodist Church of San Diego. Free with offering. 7 p.m.

Alternative May 18 – North Park Festival of the Arts featuring Chess Wars, The Midnight Pine, Gone Baby Gone, Stevie and the Hi-Staxx and

arts & entertaintment

much more. Free. www. NorthParkFestivalOfArts. com. May 24 – The Elephant Project, Duping the Public, Shake Before Us, and SXO at The Ruby Room. $7 adv/ $10 at the door. www. May 24 – Pocket’s CD Release with In Motion Collective and Neighbors to The North at Winston’s OB. Price TBD. www. May 31 – Little Hurricane, The Stone Foxes and The Hollerin at Belly Up. $16-$28. www. June 14 & 15 – The Greyboy Allstars at The Casbah. $25. www.

Pop Tuesdays - Suzanne Shea Reed at Bistro Sixty. Free. 6:30pm – 9:30pm. www. Thursdays – Greg Shibley at The Westgate Hotel. Free. www. June 5 – Generationals at The Casbah. $10 adv/$12 day of show. www. June 16 – They Might Be Giants and Moon Hooch at Belly Up. $27-$29. June 18 – Rhett Miller and Nancarrow at The Casbah. $12 adv/$14 day of show. www. Bands, venues, and musiclovers: Please submit listings for this calendar by emailing

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Running Down Speeding Trucks Q: Do you have any information on why speeding (70+ mph) trucks aren’t stopped & ticketed? I see them traveling at this speed every time I’m on the freeway. I have never seen one pulled over. It makes me – and friends I mention this to – wonder if the truckers are “immune” to our speeding laws and are just not ticketed! Not fair! (And it’s a dangerous situation.) Frustrated Property Owner

Dear Frustrated Driver:

The San Diego Police Department has a specialized unit in the traffic division know as the Commercial Unit. While it’s not obvious to the average driver, Commercial Unit members are hard at work regulating the commercial vehicles – they do a lot of proactive work including stopping commercial vehicles and writing tickets.

When the trucks do get stopped the ticket fines are doubled. The SDPD Commercial Unit also investigates all of the commercial vehicle traffic accidents. The unit often works a lot at our border. At the border, the unit conducts inspections to make sure nothing illegal is being brought into our country. Big trucks, such as the ones you may have observed, have been known to sneak in drugs, perishable

products, and have even been discovered to be used with human trafficking. The Commercial Unit is essential to the police department. You might not see them, but they are always working. Officer Holland Tafoya SDPD Eastern Division Community Liaison Officer Have a question or pressing issue for Ask the Cop? Email


Page 10 Realtor, from page 1 present career in real estate. “You have to pay attention to how people communicate,” said Schmidt, who earned her real estate license in 2006. After a year in the field, Schmidt was named Rookie of the Year for the San Diego central office of Prudential. “I focus on putting my client’s interests in front of my own interests,” said Schmidt, who is now with Coldwell Banker. “The person selling a million dollar home versus the person selling a hundred thousand dollar gets the same service. That’s my business model. “I think people can tell when you’re working hard for them and they can tell when you’re honest.” Honesty means Schmidt doesn’t just nod through the process of helping clients find, and eventually purchase, their homes. She’s often talked clients out of buying properties purely on impulse. “Real estate is very emotional for people. My job is to pull the emotion out of it so that it’s a business transaction,” she said. Schmidt said buying one home often leads to helping her client sell that same property in five to seven years. If the home is a sound investment the first time around, it’s easy to sell it later. “I shop for my clients with the same care that I use to shop for myself,” she said. Schmidt’s approach has paid off. Last year Schmidt’s team sold 38 properties. So far this year they’ve closed 12 homes and have several more properties in escrow. And thanks to Schmidt’s efforts, she was able to donate $2,600 to Big Brothers Big Sisters last year. Although Big Brothers Big Sisters seems the ideal charity for Schmidt, she actually happened upon the organization through her real estate work when its director of corporate development, Amy Benson, became her client. “I found her and interviewed her to be my realtor,” said Benson. “She won’t let you get into a home that won’t work for you. She kept at it and made sure I was in the best place for me.” Benson said building relationships are important to Schmidt, who got to know her as a person. “She turned out to be a wonderful realtor, friend and community support,” said Benson. And after closing Benson’s home, Schmidt asked her if, instead of sending a traditional fruit basket, Benson would mind if she made a donation to Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Benson said she was impressed with Schmidt’s decision. Even better, Schmidt’s commitment to donate a portion of her proceeds from every sale has inspired other realtors to do the same, according to Benson. “She actually pioneered [the program Real Estate Cares], which I’m trying to replicate with other realty

professionals,” said Benson. “She wants this to happen so that more kids can come off our waiting list.” Don’t expect Schmidt to be satisfied with her current charity work. In 2012, she held a toy drive in San Carlos for The Polinsky Children’s Center, a 24-hour facility for the temporary emergency shelter of children who must be separated from their families for their own safety, or when parents cannot provide care, and this year she signed up for Meals on Wheels. “She’s amazing,” said Benson. “Kimberly just has this amazing energy.” — May 17, 2013

Hundreds Turn Out to Mow Down Pollution

Helping in a Big Way Local realtor Kimberly Schmidt’s donation of $2,600 to Big Brothers, Big Sisters helped fund two matches between Big siblings and their Little counterparts. San Diego Big Brothers, Big Sisters Director of Corporate Development Amy Benson said matches between “Bigs” and “Littles” cost $1,400 each. The funds help pay for professional staff who recruit and screen Big Brother and Big Sister applicants. “Child safety is always the first thing in mind,” said Benson. And while the money may seem high, it’s nothing compared to the $130,000 annual cost for just one child in juvenile hall, according to Benson. “So you can imagine the humongous return on investment [in Big Brothers, Big Sisters],” she said. In addition to monetary donations, the organization is also on the lookout for more Big Brothers. With boys comprising more than threefourths of the Littles’ waiting list, male volunteers are in high demand. “Boys can wait for a year-and-a-half for a match,” said Benson. “A lot can happen in that time.” “Man Up California” is a campaign asking men to volunteer for the organization. Also on Big Brothers, Big Sisters volunteer wish list is bilingual Spanish-speaking volunteers for both Little Brothers and Sisters. Interested in making a contribution of money or time? Call (858) 536-4900 or go to You can also attend the 5th Annual Phil’s Big BBQ in the Park June 24 at PETCO from 4:40 to 7:30 p.m. Each $25 ticket includes Phil’s “Best of Both” chicken and ribs, two sides, a Coca-Cola beverage, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, access to the Karl Strauss Beer Garden, Kid Ventures Kid Zone and a ticket to the Padres game. One-hundred percent of the Big BBQ ticket sales benefits Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ Operation Bigs mentoring program for children of deployable members of the military. Go to PhilsBigBBQ to purchase tickets.

The 7,000th gasolinepowered lawn mower in the 14 years of Supervisor Ron Roberts’ Mowing Down Pollution campaign was exchanged May 11 as 587 Black & Decker 36 Volt mowers were handed out at Qualcomm Stadium. County residents began lining up at 3 a.m. for the

Down Pollution” trade-in. The exchange opened for business at 8 a.m. and the last mower of the 2013 event was handed over about 10:30 a.m. Since 1990, the program has distributed 7,044 rechargeable mowers. “Today was another great success for our environment,” said Roberts. “San Diegans

chance to both clean local air and trade-in their old, gas powered lawn mowers for new, zero-emission models. The price? The Black & Decker mowers, which normally retail for $400, cost just $99.99, tax included, at the 14th Annual “Mowing

have really shown over the years a willingness to do their own part to help clean our air. Marian Armstrong of Oceanside certainly showed that. She, along with Joe Herbert and Noe de Jesus of the College Area, were the first to arrive, getting to

the stadium at 3 a.m., three hours before even I arrived!” The trade-ins have made a real dent in air pollution, removing more than 22 tons of pollutants each year. Gaspowered machines emit an average of about 10 pounds of air pollution per year, said Robert Kard of the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District. The new, upgraded models emit zero pollution. Local air pollution fines and penalties lower the cost of the mowers. Residents had to show photo IDs and prove county residency to exchange their mowers. One trade-in was allowed per household and old models had to be in working condition with all parts attached. Residents were asked to empty old mowers of oil and gas. Qualcomm was being used because the traditional staging spot, the parking lots surrounding the County Administration Center, are being converted into a waterfront park. Next year’s 15th annual Mowing Down Pollution mower exchange is set for Saturday, May 3, 2014. For more information, visit  or the County Air Pollution Control District’s website at  sdapcd. org. — May 17, 2013


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Are You Prepared for Rattlesnake Season? 3) Don’t walk off trails and avoid high grass and underbrush. 4) Don’t look under rocks or into gopher holes when out hiking. 5) Always watch where you and your canine pal are putting your feet.

By Sari Reis Every year between April and October the rattlesnakes indigenous to Southern California come out of their dens to actively enjoy the warmer weather. Who can blame them? But their presence can present a very serious danger to us as well as our companion animals. Many people mistakenly believe rattlesnakes are found only in the canyons, deserts and trails around San Diego, but that is not so. They can be sitting in the tall grass in your backyard, lurking in bushes around the doggie park and even laying out in plain sight on asphalted streets. There are six species of

rattlers found in our area. They are all venomous and can do some serious harm when they bite. The good news is they are generally not aggressive and only strike when they feel threatened or deliberately provoked. If given the room, they will usually retreat. Here are a few things you need to know to keep yourself and your “furry kids” safe:

1) Rattlesnakes are most active at dusk and dawn. 2) If you see a rattlesnake while out walking, stay at least 10 feet away from it.

6) Be sure to have your cell phone with you when out hiking and keep the contact number of the closest veterinary emergency clinic at the ready. Some people take the initiative of getting their dogs vaccinated against rattlesnake bites. Unfortunately, the vaccines are primarily only helpful if the toxin is from a Western Diamondback, and even then, the vaccine will only lessen the severity of the symptoms while you get the dog to the hospital. The symptoms of a rattlesnake bite to your animal may not show up for up to eight hours after the dog has been bitten, but often they start immediately. You

Alvarado Hospital One of 15 Top Health Systems in Nation

Alvarado Hospital, as part of Prime Healthcare Services, was recognized in April among the “Top 15 Top Health Systems” in the nation by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) based on quality of care, efficiency and patient satisfaction. This is the third time in five years that Prime Healthcare has earned the national distinction and includes South Bay-based Paradise Valley Hospital. According to Truven Health, compared to its peers, Prime Healthcare hospitals saved more lives, caused

fewer patient complications, followed industryrecommended standards of care more closely, made fewer patient safety errors, released patients half a day sooner and scored better on overall patient satisfaction. This annual, quantitative study uses objective, independent research and public data sources. Health systems do not apply, and winners do not pay to market their award. “Prime Healthcare consistently shows that it’s a leader in an ever-evolving healthcare landscape,” said

Mike Sarian, Prime Healthcare president of operations. “The award serves as a reassurance to the Prime team of clinicians, physicians and leaders who have been dedicated to do the right thing, always and every time.” “We thank the physicians, nurses and staffs at Prime Healthcare hospitals who are dedicated to achieving superior clinical outcomes.” added Luis Leon, San Diego regional CEO. Prime Healthcare hospitals that were included in this study were Alvarado Hospital, Centinela Regional Medical Center, Chino Valley Medical Center, Desert Valley Hospital, Encino Hospital Medical Center, Garden Grove Medical Center, Huntington Beach Hospital, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, Montclair Hospital Medical Center, Paradise Valley Hospital, San Dimas Community Hospital, Shasta Regional Medical Center, Sherman Oaks Hospital and West Anaheim Medical Center.

may or may not see puncture wounds depending on your dog’s fur. There could be swelling, bruising and pain around the area. Hypotension and shock are a real threat. The dog may be nauseous, have a raised heart rate, shallow respiration and may show depression or lethargy. If you think your pet has been bitten, stay calm. Immobilize the dog and reduce his level of activity. Remove his collar and any other constrictive items. If necessary, treat him for shock and keep him comfortable and contained as you get him to an emergency clinic as quickly as possible. In an attempt to avoid rattlesnake bites altogether, some dog owners enroll their dogs in Rattlesnake Aversion

Training. This can be helpful but the process used to train the dogs is somewhat controversial. Be sure you inquire about the training company’s methodology before you enroll to ensure you are comfortable with it. The greatest way to enjoy this lovely time of year with your canine friend is to be aware and keep vigilant. Happy Hiking!

Sari Reis is a Certified Humane Education Specialist and the owner of Mission Valley Pet Sitting Services. For more information, she can be reached at (760) 644-0289 or www.missionvalleypetsitting. com.

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NEWS — May 17, 2013

ecoATM Recycles More Than 1 Million Devices

ecoATM, the company that allows consumers to recycle used mobile phones, tablets, and MP3 players for immediate cash, announced that this month, it has recycled more than one million devices. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycling one million devices has the environmental impact of removing 1,981 average US houses off the grid for a year in terms of energy saved, and 152 cars off the road for a year in terms of greenhouse gases saved. ecoATM has had a tremendous positive impact on the environment since its inception in 2008. “By 2020, there will be so many old, unused or broken electronics, they could fill enough dump trucks to circle the globe twice,” said Tom Tullie, Chairman and CEO of ecoATM. “Hitting the one million mark is encouraging. People are recognizing that eWaste is a real problem and that there are convenient solutions for responsibly disposing of unwanted electronics.” With mobile phone and electronic technologies changing at rapid rates each year and the average lifespan of a phone being only 18 months, it is becoming increasingly important to properly dispose of these devices. ecoATM finds a second life for 60 percent of the electronics collected and responsibly recycles the rest. Since being founded, ecoATM has saved landfills from more than one million potentially toxic devices. The annual environmental impact of a single ecoATM kiosk as determined by the EPA calculator can be measured by: • 25,681 tons of toxic mining waste averted • 4,309 kilos of Greenhouse Gases saved • 426 gallons of oil saved • 212 brick-size units of hazardous waste averted from landfills • 21 houses removed from the grid • 3 cars removed from the road ecoATM is an R2 certified eWaste recycler and is ISO14001 compliant. With more than 400 kiosks across the country, including one in Mission Valley and another in Fashion Valley, ecoATM plans to continue expansion across the United States. The automated ecoATMs accept cell phones, MP3 players and tablets in any condition; often, in conditions that other electronic recyclers will not take. For more information and to find an ecoATM location, visit — May 17, 2013

Project Debt Relief Seminar June 4, 6 to 7 p.m. Attorney Mark L. Miller presents a free seminar about debt, including credit cards, short sales, foreclosures and alternatives to bankruptcy.

Health and Wellness through Tai Chi Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

This course is designed to provide adult students 55 and older with knowledge of the relationship of physical fitness, stress management and nutrition to personal health and well-being.

Yoga Tuesdays , 6 to 7 p.m. For adults and teens. Learn yoga, an easy to learn workout program that requires little or no equipment and soothes your soul while toning your body.

Zumba Basic Mondays, 4 to 5 p.m.

Join the Zumba craze! Find out what makes this fun workout such a hit. A towel and bottled water are recommended for our Zumba sessions.


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and crafts for babies and toddlers.

Friends of the Linda Vista Branch Library Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m. to noon The Friends of the Linda Vista Branch Library meets to coordinate activities, including a book sale, Homework Help program and more. Newcomers welcome. Contact Linda Vista Branch Library at (858) 573-1399 for more information.

Storytime Every Monday, 4 to 4:30 p.m. Join Miss Kaitlyn for a great time with stories for kids and toddlers.

Hopscotch Tiny Tots Storytime Every Tuesday, 3:30 to 4 p.m. Join Miss Kim for a great time with music, stories,

Hora de Cuentos, Bilingual Storytime Every Wednesday 5 to 5:30 p.m. Join us for stories and songs in Spanish and English

Linda Vista Homework Helpers Every Wednesday 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free tutoring for children in all grades. If you would

like information about becoming a tutor, please call the library.

The library will be closed for Memorial Day, May 27. Linda Vista Branch Library is located at 2160 Ulric St., San Diego. Visit or The library is open Monday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday 12:30 to 8 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Preschool Storytime with Miss Carling Every Friday, 10 to 11 a.m. Children and their families are invited to join us for stories, rhymes, songs and crafts.

Zumba Gold Fridays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Zumba Gold is a lower impact version of our Zumba Basic class on Mondays, but just as fun! The moves have been carefully designed to be easy to follow by participants of any size or age.

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Arresting, from page 1 Diego Police Department packed up and moved out of the old headquarters, but many of the key elements of the buildings have been preserved, such as several cells in the old jail block. Terramar budgeted $40 million to adapt the buildings and plaza, built in 1939, into a new retail shopping center. The renovations will make space for up to 30 retail shops and eateries of varying sizes. Terramar is now wrapping up its work on the space and within the next month will begin to hand over the keys to the restaurant owners so they can begin making their own improvements. Gordon said they expect the center to open in October or November. The most local of the bunch is Puesto, which specializes in what co-owner Eric Adler describes as “authentic Mexico City-style tacos.” Puesto’s downtown La Jolla location was voted “Best Restaurant” by La Jolla Light readers last year. The restaurant takes pride in making all its salsa from scratch, and guests can watch the cooks make tortillas by hand. Puesto’s taco offerings include chicken al pastor, carne asada, carnitas, grilled shrimp, grilled salmon, potato soy chorizo and zucchini and cactus. These ingredients are also available in bowls and salads.

The Old Police Headquarters

Adler said he was eager to open Puesto’s second location at the Old Police Headquarters. “The space has history, and it’s just such an original place,” he said. “It’s going to be like nothing else in San Diego.” While Puesto in La Jolla is designed as a “fast casual” eatery where you order at the counter, the Headquarters location will offer full-service

dining. Another upgrade from the La Jolla location is that Puesto’s space downtown will have a full bar, featuring creative margaritas and other mixed drinks. Another of the more local selections is Pizzeria Mozza, which has locations in Los Angeles and Newport Beach, as well as one location in Singapore. Chef Nancy Silverton, who also founded La Brea Bakery, founded Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles in 2006. The pizzeria has won much love in Hollywood for its unique style featuring a rigid crust. It is a “bread baker’s pizza,” as Silverton described it in an interview with L.A. Weekly last year. The restaurant also has the financial backing of celebrity chef Mario Batali and restaurateur Joseph Bastianich. At the Old Police

Headquarters, Pizzeria Mozza will have both an indoor dining room and an outdoor dining patio. Additionally, a private dining room will seat 34 people in the former police chief’s office upstairs, and another smaller private dining room will seat 11. The restaurant will also include a wine bar

and open kitchen. Mozza will have the smallest space of the restaurants at the Headquarters with 4,350 square feet.

In addition to the sitdown restaurant, the pizzeria will also offer Mozza 2 Go, a takeout option for customers who want to eat their pizza on the Embarcadero or in a nearby hotel. At 10,400 sq. ft., Cheesecake Factory will have the largest space. If the national restaurant chain’s other locations are any indicator, Cheesecake Factory will likely also have the largest portion sizes of the restaurants at the Old Police Headquarters, not to mention the longest menu. Cheesecake Factory has two existing locations in the San Diego area: one at Fashion Valley Mall, the other at the Otay Ranch Town Center in Chula Vista. Seasons 52 is another national chain of restaurants that will take up a 9,900 sq. ft. space at the new development. The menu, created by Chef Clifford Pleau, changes at least four times a year in homage to the restaurant’s name. The current menu, calibrated for spring, features items such as the Maui tuna crunch salad, cedar plank roasted salmon and wood-roasted pork tenderloin with herb polenta and cremini mushrooms. No menu item contains more than 475 calories. Seasons 52 also offers a list of 60 international wines by the glass. Eddie V’s rounds out the selection with a 7,500 sq. ft. two-story restaurant in the former courthouse of the Old Police Headquarters. An upscale restaurant serving aged steaks and seafood, Eddie V’s nearest location in La Jolla is a local favorite. A wine tower will span two levels of the restaurant, and guests in a separate bar area will be able to enjoy live jazz while they dine. — May 17, 2013


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IN FASHION: Madewell Opens in San Diego

Nike Running

Clothing label Madewell prides itself on “smart, straightforward pieces designed to be worn every day.” Its belief in succinct style is obvious in its bright new Fashion Valley location, which opened May 7, amid happy shoppers, bubbly, small bites and one-on-one styling sessions. The new store, which comprises 3,273 square feet on the second floor of the mall, is the line’s 57th shop and first in San Diego. Another Madewell store is

opening in UTC July 23. Madewell was founded in 1937 as a denim workwear label. More than 70 years later, the line, which is a subsidiary of J. Crew, now sells quality jeans, tees, chambray shirts and dresses, along with a mix of accessories.

Nike Runs On

Nike reopened its Fashion Valley location as Nike Running in April. The store now includes Nike’s latest

innovations in store design, consumer experience and services for runners. Nike also introduced elevated digital experiences at this location in the form of a digital service center located on ground floor. Its new digital gait analysis will be offered using iPads and treadmills equipped with Nike+. The store will host Nike’s one-of-a-kind Nike+ Run Club on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays

at 10:30 a.m. Runner’s services will involve Nike+, the exclusive technology that allows runners to track their distance, pace, calories and more, and wireless connectivity will allow runners to sync up their run at The concept is part of a larger strategy to move toward category-specific retail locations to better serve the athlete. Nike Running Fashion Valley offers a premium assortment of running, training and sportswear product housed on one floor.

opening May 17. The store features a new design and products. Mission Valley News will bring you more on the store’s redesign in our next issue.

Sony’s Back

At press time, Fashion Valley’s Sony Store was preparing for its grand re-



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Two-Acre Versa Senior Project for 55 and Older By Dave Schwab Developers recently updated Mission Valley Planning Group (MVPG) on Versa affordable senior housing, the next puzzle piece in the massive Civita infill community on the north side of Friars Road at Mission Center Road. Civita is a 230-acre, multi-phase development by Sudberry Properties transforming a gravel quarry into mixed-use at an estimated $2 billion cost. The project will construct nearly 5,000 homes and apartments, businesses and shops, as well as set aside 60 acres of public parks and trails space over the next 12 to 15 years. Ron Brockhoff of Chelsea Investment Corporation told MVPG May 1 that Versa is an age-restricted, two-acre project. “We’re looking at 150 units in two, five-story, wood-frame buildings,” said Brockhoff, noting there will be 14 studios and 106 onebedroom and 30 two-bedroom units in the complex. “Each building will have an elevator. Each floor for the two, five-story buildings will have a laundry room and the east building will have a community room, offices, a gathering area, a small

kitchen and a computer lab with up to 12 computers as well as 138 parking spaces.” The Versa project drew a mostly positive response from MVPG board members who asked a number of questions. “What age is it restricted too?” asked Karen Ruggels. “Fifty-five and over,” answered Marco Sessa, senior vice president of Sudberry Properties, who is also a MVPG board member. Ruggels later praised the project for its aesthetics. “As you drive along Friars Road you have this greenspace pocket, which is nice,” she said. “Typically I don’t like to see a mass of parking on a major street, but in this case I’m intrigued.” Sesso replied parking was concentrated on the Sudberry project because “we’re sensitive about preserving the look and feel of the back side of this building.” Planner Brittany Ruggels complimented Sudberry, noting the way the project’s two buildings wrap around a courtyard is a “cool component.” She added the project is advantageously located close to a park to facilitate “people with limited mobility.” Sessa said affordable units in Versa would rent

for as little as $400 a month for a studio up to $1,050 per month for a two-bedroom unit. In other matters: ● The San Diego River Park Foundation extended an invitation to the public to attend River Days 2013 through May 19. There will be 42 events along the river’s entire length, everything from hikes, nature walks and bike rides to gardening and trail-building and communityservice projects. For more information visit sdriverdays/. ● Jack Straw of District 7 Councilman Scott Sherman’s office reassured MVPG that the councilman would support keeping funding proposed for the long-awaited Mission  Valley community plan update in this year’s city budget. “Do we run the risk that money could be pulled,” asked MVPG chair Dottie Surdi. “It wouldn’t be the first time money was moved to something else from a community plan update,” replied Straw,

adding “cleaning up a lot of [community] plans is critical to going forward with future development, so the councilman will be fighting to keep that in the budget.” ● MPG board member Elizabeth Leventhal clued in the group on the mission of its new Public Health, Safety and Welfare subcommittee. “The subcommittee’s mission is to promote the health, safety

and welfare of the community at-large with a special focus on homeless residents in the valley,” she said, adding the subcommittee will give suggestions and monthly updates on relevant issues. Mission Valley Planning Group’s next meeting will be Wednesday, June 5 at noon at Mission Valley Library Community Room, 2123 Fenton Parkway.

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