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Volume VIII – Number 5

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon will feature Boston winner Jeremy


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ne of San Diego’s most popular marathon events returns to Mission Valley on Sunday, June 1. Organizers expect the 17th annual Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon to draw more than 30,000 runners, including Meb Keflezighi, the San Diego resident and champion long-distance runner who won the Boston Marathon in April. The route for the full 26.2-mile marathon takes runners

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Bike path TO MISSION VALLEY needs funding

20 years after genocide, reflections on Rwanda at USD



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n a gallery wall at the University of San Diego, portraits of both victims and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide hang side by side, unidentified. Viewers are left to wonder who played what role in the atrocity until they reach a single information card at the end that reveals the subjects’ identities. This arrangement of portraits by photographer Robert Lyons represents, in a sense, the greater idea behind the current exhibit at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit, titled “Rwanda: 1994-2014, Seven Photographers,” commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide by displaying more than two dozen works from photographers who have spent time in Rwanda over the past two decades. The gallery is split into two separate rooms. The first room features mostly black and white photos taken by

A man walks his bicycle up the steep Texas Street hill.

“Intimate Enemy,” by Robert Lyons, is one of several works about the Rwandan genocide currently on display at the University of San Diego. Photo by Katelyn Montero

photographers in the country during the 1990s, while the second room features art installations and colorful photos taken in more recent years. For Derrick Cartwright, the director of the galleries at the University of San Diego, the Kroc gallery was the perfect space for achieving the twofold goal of the exhibit. “It was a nice way to make a historical difference See RWANDA page 4

hey have the design and they have the environmental clearance — now all they need is the money. Caltrans applied in April for an $8 million grant to pay for the construction of a new bike path along state Route 15 between Camino Del Rio South and Adams Avenue. The 1.2-mile paved bike path will be completely segregated with an exclusive right-of-way for bicycles east of the existing freeway lanes. The path will provide a safe route for bicyclists between Mission Valley and San Diego’s Mid-City neighborhoods, said Samantha Ollinger, executive director of BikeSD, a nonprofit advocacy group. The total cost of the project is $11 million. The Active

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Downtown’s new Waterfront Park shows off urban beauty Jeremy


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ome describe it as San Diego’s “new front porch,” while others have hailed it as the most important new park since Balboa Park. The new Waterfront Park on North Harbor Drive just west of Little Italy opened with a grand celebration on May 10. The 12-acre county park replaces two enormous parking lots that used to

surround the County Administration Center, the iconic, 75-year-old art deco building near the Star of India on the San Diego Bay. A drab old county office building was also demolished to make way for the park. The park includes two large lawns, which can accommodate crowds of 3,900 and 2,900 people, respectively. Walking paths connect the lawns to three gardens, two of which are planted with drought-tolerant plants and trees. An 830-foot-long fountain shoots





An artist’s rendering of the future Discovery Center at Grant Park shows the community building, park and pathways proposed for an empty plot of land near Qualcomm Way and Camino Del Rio North.”

Funding to revise Mission Valley Advocates apply for new park on the river Community Plan proposed Jeremy T Ogul Editor, Mission Valley News


he community in Mission Valley has waited years for the city to allocate money to update Mission Valley Community Plan, an expensive and timeconsuming process that will ultimately redefine the legal map of future development in Mission Valley. The budget proposed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer finally allocates $275,000 for the first year of the multi-year community plan update process. Though city planners are busy now with the final stages of a similar update to the community plan in nearby Grantville, Mission Valley is next in line for a makeover, said senior city planner Brian Schoenfisch, who oversees planning in both aforementioned communities. The Planning Department will use the money allocated this year to hire

four new staff members who will begin working on the Mission Valley plan as soon as they are hired after the money becomes available on July 1, Schoenfisch said. The City Council is still reviewing the mayor’s budget proposal and will not adopt their revised and amended version until early June, said Ryley Webb, a representative of Councilmember Scott Sherman’s office. Despite the possibility of a final budget without funding for the Mission Valley Community Plan update, city planners are confident that the allocation will survive the City Council’s review process. “As of right now it seems like there is full support to move forward,” Schoenfisch said. Among the new Planning Department hires will be staff dedicated to crafting state mandated California Environmental Quality Act reports, which are currently developed by outside contractors, Schoenfisch said.

he dream is to build an educational and recreational amenity on the banks of the San Diego River, smack dab in the middle of Mission Valley, and with the submission of the initial permit application to the city, leaders in the San Diego River Park Foundation are bringing the dream one step closer to reality. Dubbed the Discovery Center at Grant Park, the project includes a 9,000 squarefoot building that can be rented for parties, an outdoor amphitheater that seats at least 110, boardwalks, trails and a large play field. The overall project includes about 18,000 square feet of space. It will be built on an undeveloped 17acre property that sits northeast of the intersection of Qualcomm Way and Camino Del Rio North. The Grant family, which owns the property, formally agreed in 2009 to donate it for the park project. The foundation has been working for years to gather community input and develop the design of the park, said Rob Hutsel, executive director. “People told us, ‘We’d love a place where

kids can hide behind a tree and play hideand-seek,’” Hutsel said. “They said ‘We’d love a place where kids can go get muddy again, like we did when we were kids.’” The foundation originally hoped to have the park open by September 2015, but “the reality is it depends on how long the permitting takes,” Hutsel said. The review process for a site development permit with the city could take anywhere from eight to 14 months, Hutsel said. The total cost of the project is estimated at $21.5 million, including land value and an endowment to support an operating reserve fund. The San Diego River Park Foundation is still working on raising the full amount necessary, according to Robyn Bottomley, the foundation’s development director. The foundation has assembled an all-local team of consultants to work on the project, including Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects, MIG Landscape Architects, Helix Environmental Planning, Rick Engineering Co. and Ulman Interpretive Design. The project manager is Dusty Ucker.

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Waterfront, from page 1 arched streams of water 14 feet high over a reflecting pond. A hidden reservoir treats and recycles 80,000 gallons of water to the fountain. Abstract and whimsical play structures dot the playground mounds on the southeastern corner of the park grounds, with glistening high-rise buildings and the sparkling deep blue waves of the bay as a backdrop. “I cannot think of a better use for 12 acres of premium real estate on San Diego Bay than to build a park for the benefit of all our people, together, together, to create a sense of community,” said county Supervisor Dave Roberts at the opening ceremony. Quoting Alan Tate, the author of a book on the greatest city parks in the world, Roberts said: “Your whole sense of place changes when you go into a successful city park. It gives you a feeling of going away without leaving town.” The $49.4 million project came in within budget and was finished on time, 19 months after construction began. Supervisor Ron Roberts has been a steadfast advocate of the park whose persistence was the driving force that made the park a reality, according to his colleagues. “The journey to today was very uneven and at times it was very challenging,” Ron Roberts said. When Roberts was first elected to the Board of Supervisors, his vision for a grand waterfront park was up against an existing development plan that called for hotels and offices and just a small

amount of park space, which had been endorsed by an earlier cohort of supervisors. “It made it very, very difficult for me to make the case that there was something better that we could do on this property,” Roberts said. “It was even harder when this board’s biggest concern at that time was resolving an inherited financial crisis that almost brought this county down.” Around 1997 to 1998, the various agencies in charge of the property along the waterfront began meeting to develop a new vision for the North Embarcadero area. In 2003 the California Coastal Commission granted approval for the Waterfront Park, and in 2011 the county Board of Supervisors approved the project. A new underground parking structure replaced some of the lost parking, while a new garage under construction a couple blocks east will provide additional parking for county workers and visitors. Just a block away, the County Center/Little Italy trolley station provides access to the park directly from the Green Line, which serves Mission Valley and points east. Parts of the park are available to rent for concerts, festivals, weddings, company picnics, birthday parties and other private events. “It’s a perfect spot for community celebrations, like when the Chargers win the Superbowl,” said Supervisor Dianne Jacob. The park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.




Rwanda, from page 1 between the two objectives of this exhibit,” Cartwright said. “The first objective being documenting the impact of the genocide itself, and the second objective being a showcase of how far the country has come since.” Though a few pieces capture the landscape and raw beauty of Rwanda, the vast majority of the exhibit is made up of portraits, a decision that Cartwright hopes will showcase the human qualities, rather than just the carnage of the 1994 genocide. The idea for this exhibition was actually proposed by Edward Luck, former dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. Since the galleries are located within the school’s building, Cartwright wanted to collaborate with administration to create an exhibit that coincided with the school’s values of peace and justice. The exhibit aims to educate and invite visitors to reflect, while also creating the opportunity to make this exhibit accessible to a generation that was perhaps too young to realize when it was happening. For one of the featured photographers, Paige Stoyer, this exhibit is a chance to realize that something like this could happen anywhere. Stoyer spent three months in 2012 living in Rwanda while teaching a photography class, and ended up using the students she built relationships with as her subjects. Stoyer hopes that her photos portray the strength of humanity that she encountered abroad. “It’s important to remember that when you look at the photos of the younger generation, they have a lot to overcome in terms of the history there,” said Stoyer. “But what

happened to them could happen anywhere. They have the same hopes and dreams as anyone else.” After living in Rwanda, Stoyer believes that the most remarkable aspect of the Rwandan people was their incredible capacity to forgive. She explains that it is not uncommon to hear stories of someone who still lives next door to the person who killed one or more members of their family during the genocide. The genocide took place in 1994, and it is estimated that 800,000 to 1 million people were killed over the course of 100 days. For USD senior and art gallery intern Alex Floro, this exhibit was the first that she worked on and has been an eye-opening experience with regard to the power of art in education. “With this exhibit, I really wanted to let people know that art can make a big impact,” Floro said. “Sometimes it can help us understand something

better than the inside of a classroom can.” Floro hopes that the San Diego community at large will be able to attend this exhibit and reflect on not only the tragic events of the genocide, but also the hope and strength that has come out of it. Admission to the galleries is free, and the exhibit will be open until June 16.

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Dallas Cowboys fan sentenced for beer bottle attack at Qualcomm Stadium


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n Orange County man who smashed a beer bottle over a fan’s head following a ChargersCowboys game at Qualcomm Stadium was sentenced today to probation and credit for jail time already served. Ramon Heredia, 42, pleaded guilty in March to a felony charge of assault with a deadly and faced a maximum of four years in state prison. Judge Jeffrey Fraser, noting Heredia’s remorse for the crime at Qualcomm Stadium, ordered the defendant to do 400 hours of volunteer work in the next 18

months. “You’re very lucky (the victim) wasn’t hurt,’’ the judge told Heredia, giving him credit for four days spent in jail. Fraser said the unusual case is an example of what can happen at a football game when alcohol is involved. The judge warned the defendant — a father of four — to refrain from getting drunk at games and not to get into arguments. Joshua Zumwalt testified during a preliminary hearing in December that he had just arrived back at his tailgate section after the Sept. 29 game when a group next to his started talking “trash” to his See BOTTLE page 16



Movers & Shakers


Movement in San Diego’s Business Community

Justin DeCesare announces run for City Council District 7

Justin DeCesare, a real estate executive who is also president of the Tierrasanta Community Council, announced today that he intends to run for City Council in San Diego’s District 7. The seat is currently held by Scott Sherman, who was first elected to a four-year term in 2012. The next primary election will be held in June 2016. A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, DeCesare served in the U.S. Navy for eight years as an enlisted electronics technician. He came to San Diego in 2002 while stationed on the USS John C. Stennis. After completing his Navy service, DeCesare began his career as a real estate broker and joined Middleton & Associates, a La Jolla-based firm that specializes in luxury Justin DeCesare real estate. He was named CEO approximately 2 1/2 years ago. DeCesare, 31, is also part of the Government Affairs Committee of the San Diego President Tierrasanta Community Association of Realtors. DeCesare said he hopes to use his knowledge of real estate to address the city’s Council affordable housing crisis. He is also concerned about the level of transparency in city government and wants to work to bring government to the people, he said. “I’m very excited about the upcoming two years,” he said. “I intend to work very hard to win.” DeCesare is a registered Democrat. He studied at Mesa College and earned a bachelor’s degree in business finance from the University of Phoenix in 2013. He has lived in Tierrasanta since 2007.


Local plumbing contractors win family-owned business award

Ideal Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical was honored with a first place award at the San Diego Business Journal’s Family-Owned Business Awards on April 3. Ideal tied with Walter Andersen Nursery for the first place spot in the small business category, which recognized businesses with 21 to 50 employees. Ideal also won the award in 2006 and 2010. Ideal Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical has been owned and managed by the Teemsma family since Donald Teemsma, Sr. and his wife, Barbara, founded the company in 1960. Don Teemsma, Jr.; his wife, Melissa; their son, Dustin; and Don, Jr.’s brother, Dan all work for the company in various capacities. “We are honored and proud to receive this award,” said Don Teemsma, the company’s president. “Congratulations to fellow winners and finalists whose dedication to their Dan and Melissa industries and communities has allowed their family-owned business to grow and Don & MelissaTeemsma Teemsma prosper over the years. These businesses truly represent part of the history and culture Ideal Plumbing, Heating, in San Diego.” 2nd Generation Owners, Don Teemsma, Jr. is involved in a variety of other community endeavors, including Air & Electrical Ideal Plumbing, Heating, The Executives’ Association of San Diego, San Diego Rotary Club 33 and San Diego Air & Electrical Fire Rescue Foundation. The Allied Gardens-based Ideal Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical also supports local schools, churches and other organizations with sponsorships, donations and services. Recent beneficiaries of Ideal giving include Phoebe Hearst Elementary School, Patrick Henry High School Choir, Episcopal Community Services, Junior Achievement weatherof onSan its Diego, way, and less Grantville-Allied Gardens Kiwanis and Tierrasanta Kiwanis. Ideal also supports local nonprofits with pro bono work. They have completed repair and beautification projects for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego, Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation, Mt. Helix Park Foundation, Episcopal Community Services, San Diego Boy Scouts’ Camp Mataguay and Allied Gardens Little League.


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Local Thai restaurant draws regulars with spicy perfection Elisse

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met Don Runowski outside his restaurant, The Original SabE-Lee, to discuss the origins of his successful Thai eatery. As we chatted, a man walked toward the doors of Sab-E-Lee, prompting Runowski to eagerly bow, greet him and ask how he has been. After the man entered the restaurant, Runowski looked at me and said, “Just one of the regulars, you know.” The success of Sab-E-Lee suddenly all made sense. Sab-E-Lee came to a Linda Vista (2405 Ulric St) strip mall in 2008 with the goal of bringing distinctive Isan flavors to American Thai food. Isan cooking represents the northeastern region of Thailand. According to Runowski, authentic Isan cuisine is hard to find in San Diego. “You see a lot of Thai restaurants in the area, but they Americanize it—we don’t,” Runowski said. “We keep it authentic. I think that’s what brings people in. They want that unique flavor.” The original owners of Sab-ELee quit the restaurant, and in 2011 Runowski took over as its new owner. Runowski’s wife, Chutima Runowski, had been cooking for the restaurant since late 2008, and is now one of the head chefs. Chutima has experience cooking in the Isan area of Thailand, explaining the authentic experience one has at SabE-Lee. One thing Runowski is proud of is the spice level available at SabE-Lee. Most local Thai places have been whitewashed and the hotness has been turned down, according to Runowski. Sab-E-Lee achieves its authenticity with traditional Thai red and green peppers and various curries. The plates at Sab-E-Lee operate with the usual 1-10 scale, but Runowski says most of his customers come in wanting the heat. “If they (customers) wanted something that’s not so spicy, or plain, they could go to any Thai restaurant,” Runowski said. The menu at Sab-E-Lee is an extensive one, filled with Thai


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Above: Don Runowski, owner of The Original Sab-E-Lee in Linda Vista, checks the ingredients in the kitchen of his restaurant. Right: The dishes at Sab-ELee come with a spicy kick that’s hard to find at other Thai restaurants. cuisine classics spanning salads, rice dishes, curries, soups and more. Sab-E-Lee shines in its fuss-free offering of traditional Thai dishes. The menu doesn’t need bells and whistles because of the perfection in its simplicity. I’ve devoured plenty of Pad Thai (you can’t graduate college without doing so), and honestly, Sab-E-Lee’s pad Thai is the best I’ve ever had. When it was placed in front of me, it was fresh, steaming and flavorful. Never before has a seemingly basic dish been so delectable. While Sab-E-Lee is proud of its spiciness levels, it’s not just about the heat. While sampling the yellow curry, I could taste the individual flavors and spices that all combine to create a unique punch to the taste buds that’s enjoyable, but not torturous. The ability to pick up on these nuanced flavors is something I’ve rarely experienced with other Thai restaurants. Hardly ever do authentic and glamorous meet in the restaurant world, and such is the case for SabE-Lee. The Linda Vista location has a total of seven tables, which usually leads to out-of-the-door lines for dinner. This gem is tucked away in a nondescript strip mall, but who needs black-tie ambience when the food is

that good? All dishes are extremely affordable, making it a popular destination for nearby University of San Diego students. With a thriving second location in Rancho Penasquitos, and talk of expanding the Linda Vista location, it’s easy to see why Sab-E-Lee is successful—Thai-food experts trust it and tell all their friends. Sab-E-Lee is a restaurant that thrives on its loyal customers and word of mouth. Runowski told me about one customer whose grandmother was visiting the United States from Thailand. The grandmother craved the food of her homeland but turned her nose up at every Thai restaurant her granddaughter brought her to. Finally, the granddaughter took her to Sab-E-Lee. The grandmother was so impressed that she ate there every day of her remaining vacation. To me, that is more powerful than any Yelp review. In the Lao language, Sab-E-Lee means “extremely delicious and flavorful.” Thankfully, this local favorite lives up to its name.

ne of the most enjoyable food and wine pairings I’ve recently experienced featured one of the world’s most affordable and underrated white wines. The wine is called Muscadet and has unfortunately become so passé that many restaurants don’t bother putting it on their wine lists. This lamentable fact is an added bonus to us, the consumer, because it is both highly versatile when it comes to food and easily found at most wine shops without the markup! Muscadet comes from the western part of the Loire Valley in France. The Loire Valley is located in northwest France along the Loire River and contains several distinct wine regions, each with its own characteristic grapes and style. It is most famous for producing crisp dry white wines including Muscadet and Sauvignon Blanc, and rich aromatic white wines from Chenin Blanc. The Loire Valley also produces fruit forward red wines from Pinot Noir and earthy red wines from Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Muscadet is produced in the westernmost part of the Loire Valley next to the Atlantic Ocean and made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape. The wines tend to have fruit aromas with bright acidity and the absence of oak make them especially refreshing. To give wines added texture and complexity, most producers will allow the wines to rest on lees, or sediment, that accumulate during fermentation. The French ‘sur lie’ on the label indicates this process. All the Muscadets I’ve tasted have been crisp and lively with a range of various fruit notes that include apple, pear and peach as well as touches of lemon, orange and honey. All that I’ve tasted had a nice presence of minerality that some might call a slightly salty quality that only adds to its complexity and food pairing potential. There are three Muscadet appellations within the western

Loire region and the most common is Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine. One of my favorite wines from this appellation is Jo Landron Le Fief du Breil 2010. The wine is dynamic and complex. It shows aromas of ripe peach melded with orange zest on the nose. The palate is fresh with steely citrus as well as long lingering salinity and mineral flavors. This Muscadet impels you to take sip after sip, simply because it tastes so good. This crisp dry white wine is considered ideal for food because of its bracing acidity. Coming from just near the Atlantic Ocean, Muscadet is the quintessential fish wine and has an affinity for shellfish, especially oysters. Being lighter in style with modest alcohol levels, they complement and not overwhelm a dish. It can even stand up to light poultry and pasta dishes. Muscadet has so many assets, but the best of all is probably the price. Typically made by dedicated small producers, they are insanely cheap and often less than $15. Enjoy the lovely summer with a great wine at a great price! Karen Irizarry is a certified sommelier who has worked vintages in Australia, Germany, New Zealand and France and is currently working in Willamette Valley in Oregon. 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,



Vegan donuts make their debut at Grantville shop Jen

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ith a clever name, an expanding menu and a lot of heart, Linda Dami is diving head first in to the donut world. Her recently acquired location on Mission Gorge Road just east of Mission Valley has been home to Sunshine Donuts for many years, but Donut Panic promises to be more than just a donut shop. Dami has been baking since age 12 and began making vegan donuts in college when many of her friends had adopted vegan and vegetarian lifestyles. She herself is not either but enjoyed sharing her creations with a wider audience by creating these vegan options. At Donut Panic Dami and her father have begun transitioning the space and the donut options over the last two months. Standard donuts made with milk

and eggs are still a staple with regular customers, but Dami’s inclusion of vegan donuts — substituting soy milk and potatoes for the animal products — on Wednesday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings (after 9 a.m.) has opened them to a new and different audience. As word has spread, people have come from as far as Escondido to try these treats. They are exploring other ideas, too. The shop has started baking vegan cupcakes on Fridays, for example. “Eventually we want to add some vegan/vegetarian savory options like sandwiches and breakfast sandwiches,” Dami said. As with any new business, making changes and upgrades doesn’t come cheap. Dami will soon launch a Kickstarter cam-

paign to help offset her costs for things such as new signage and branding, updated permits, new equipment and upgrading the furniture and display cases. The crowd-funding platform is a popular way for entrepreneurs to raise money upfront with promises of incentives later. Donut Panic’s campaign will give contributors the chance to earn free donuts, stickers, and possibly a limited edition t-shirt. Dami is also working on community partnerships to help spread the word about her donuts. She is shopping for a local coffee roaster in order to support another neighborhood business, and she recently teamed with Modern Times Beer, which serve her cupcakes on Fridays and donuts on Saturdays in their Point Loma brewery and tasting room.

When she’s not busy with all of that Dami finds time to dream up new flavors for the shop. Some of the current vegan items on rotation include saffron-pistachio, earl grey, vanilla bean, chocolate raspberry, maple “bacon,” and quite a few others. The “bacon” (we had to ask) is made of dried coconut cooked with soy sauce and liquid smoke. Customers also request flavors and place special orders for vegan donuts with a minimum of twodozen ordered. “I have a whole list of probably 100 flavors,” she said. “I just haven’t had time to start trying them out yet.” The flavors she has introduced are an interesting mixture of classic and unique styles. Her personal favorite from the vegan side are rosewater with cardamom. “My father is Iranian so I think it’s the fact that it’s a flavor profile I grew up with,” she explained. With the aroma of sweets in the air, I had to try some of the


treats before leaving Donut Panic. Very similar to a standard donut, the vegan variety had a slightly stronger yeast flavor with a chewier texture — still delicious. The cinnamon and sugar coated variety was extra tasty with a cup of iced coffee. In addition to the donuts there are many reasons I’ll be returning – game nights each Wednesday, plans for acoustic live music events and a grand opening party still to come are just a few ways Dami enticed me to want to come back. Keep up with Donut Panic on Facebook at DonutPanicSD

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any people don’t know that the San Diego River spans 52 miles from its source high in the mountains of the Cleveland National Forest to its mouth at the Pacific Ocean. In fact, many people don’t even know the San Diego River exists. Doug Taylor, a river ambassador with the San Diego River Park Foundation, set out to change that in an unusual way: Hike the whole thing. Over four days in early May, Taylor and a crew of friends and supporters hiked from the source of the river, a few miles from Julian; down to the El Capitan Reservoir, which supplies some drinking water to the region; further down through Mission Trails Regional Park and finally into Mission Valley and out to Ocean Beach. We asked Taylor about his journey a few days after he returned. (The interview has been edited for clarity). Q: Where did you get the idea to do this hike? A: After one of our river surveys in Mission Valley last year, I was really feeling kind of sad that no one is paying attention to the river. A lot of people don’t even know that we have a river, and if they know we have a river they just think it’s an inconvenience when it floods. People don’t know that the river itself has got a lot of trash and debris in it and that it’s polluted. It’s on the watchlist for the EPA as one of the most polluted rivers in the U.S., but people can’t see that if they don’t have a connection to the river. I said, “I’m gonna go on a hike, start at the very top, and show people how clean and clear and nice it is along the way.” Q: But it was not clean and clear in many of the parts you hiked through. You posted photos on your blog of trash and debris along much of the route. Were you surprised to see that? A: Not really surprised — just disheartened. I expected [to see litter] once we got into areas that were populated, but it was disheartening to see above the reservoir fishing lines, beer cans, plastic bottles, balloons… You would think that people would be a little more conscientious and be stewards of the environment.



Q&A with a river ambassador The San Diego River, from source to mouth

Those areas primarily are for the most part gone, thanks to a team effort.

Above: River ambassador Doug Taylor nears the end of his four-day journey at the river estuary in Mission Valley.

Q: Technically you did not hike every inch of the river — you had to skip over some segments of it. Why? A: There’s a lot of private property in areas of the upper river gorge. There’s a section that is tribal land. Out of respect for property rights we leapfrogged over the top of the tribal land that belongs to the Capitan Grande reservation. We had a helicopter pick us up and drop us back off in areas where we had agreements in place. Q: What is your hope for the future of the river? Above: Taylor had to bushwhack his A: My hope is that way into the upper gorge of the San people in San Diego Diego River in the Cleveland National County will realize what Forest. a gem of a river we really do have and to treat it as The fox, with its tail between its an important resource, which it is, legs, started running away. The fox not only historically but culturally must have thought “I guess I better and also as a natural resource. The biodiversity is incredible. They pick on a smaller bird next time.” call it America’s first river because Q: Having worked on the river the Spanish explorers stopped here for so many years, you already for fresh water and built the first know and have seen quite a bit mission. The Native Americans had of the river. What was the most been coming to the river for food surprising or unexpected part of and shelter for centuries before that. this journey for you? There are really a lot of reasons A: The absolute pristine, stunning why we should regard the river as beauty of the upper river gorge a gem and a natural resource, and I really blew my wife and I away. You hope the people of San Diego and felt like you were you were out in Southern California learn to treat it Colorado or a wilderness area. It that way. was incredibly beautiful.

The crew surveys an abandoned encampment in the riverbed near Ward Road in Mission Valley. Q: What were the positive things you found? A: In the upper river gorge the animal life was incredibly healthy — the turtles and the snakes and the lizards and the hawks and everything that we saw. We even saw a bald eagle, which was really nice, right at El Capitan Reservoir.

Q: You also witnessed an encounter between a fox and a turkey, according to your blog. A: It was really kind of funny. A fox started chasing a turkey, and like that old story about biting off more than you can chew, the turkey said, “I had enough of this,” and turned around and started chasing the fox.

Q: Despite the problems it still has, river advocates have made significant progress recently. How would your journey have been different if you had done it 10 or 15 years ago? A: The lower sections of the river would have been much more polluted. Ten or 15 years ago, going upstream from the area just east of the Mission Valley Preserve, you would have found multiple areas of garbage and trash a couple feet deep. That’s how it was when I first started working for the foundation, almost like mini-landfills in the riverbed.

Q: What should people do if they want to help the river? A: You can make a donation or become a member of the San Diego River Park Foundation. You can come out and volunteer. You can spread the word and let people know we’ve got a beautiful river and it needs help. The future of the river is going to be brighter, but it’s going to take everyone’s help to get it there. Read more about Taylor’s journey at his blog, riverawarenesshike. Learn more about the San Diego River Park Foundation at




VALLEY VIEWS By Gina Cord, founder of Mission Valley News

Changes at the King’s Inn & The Amigo Spot T

he King’s Inn has many changes taking place, according to Marco Gastelo, executive director of Peterson Properties. The hotel here in Mission Valley is being refurbished inside and outside with 90 percent of all rooms already renovated and many changes in the dining spaces. The Waffle Spot is the best in town for breakfast from 7 a.m. and luncheon from 11 a.m. until closing at 2 p.m. The greatest and most delicious Mexican dishes are served in The Amigo Spot, which will open in late May or the first part of June from 2:30 p.m. to closing time. This is a new arrangement for the opening time in order to accommodate some of the luncheon crowd in the valley. I recently ordered chili rellenos at the Amigo Spot and they were the best I have ever eaten! I consider myself a good judge of Mexican food as my late husband was from Mexico, and he was a gourmet cook as a sideline from his medical career. Enrico, Manager of Food and Beverage at The King’s Inn,

advises that their enchiladas are the best in town as quoted by the dining clientele. I’ll have to try that next time. Another change is the Happy Hour, Monday through Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m. with an appetizer menu at $4; margaritas, beer and well drinks at $4; and a side buffet loaded with goodies, which are free. Live music is available Fridays and Saturdays. The Amigo Spot is open until 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The King’s Inn is one of the oldest resort hotels in Mission Valley, and the owners continue to upgrade every inch of the property. The huge parking lot is toll free. For more information stop by at 1333 Hotel Circle South, or for reservations call (619) 297-2231. Clip the coupons in The King’s Inn ad in Mission Valley News for addition discounts. We welcome Who’s News and What’s News for this column. Call Gina Cord at 619.683.2434 for email

Marathon, from page 1 through Mission Valley on miles 17 through 20. Runners will head out of Old Town via Taylor Street and cross Interstate 8 into the Morena district via Morena Boulevard. From there they make a loop up through Bay Park and return to Mission Valley via Friars Road between Napa Street and Route 163. Two of the race’s signature music stages will be set up in Mission Valley near the YMCA on Friars Road and near Fashion Valley Road. The former will feature two rock bands, Section 8 and The Screamin’ Javelinas. The latter will feature the Rock and Roll San Diego All Stars, who play classic rock, surf and pop. Portions of some roads in the area will be closed throughout the morning. Signs will be posted in advance of the race on affected roads. With a personal best finishing time of two hours, eight minutes and 37 seconds, Keflezighi became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983. His victory was especially poignant because it happened just one year after the notorious marathon bombings of 2013. Keflezighi will not yet be fully recovered from his performance at the Boston Marathon, so instead he will set the 90-minute pace for the half marathon. The half marathon route does not enter Mission Valley. The Eritrean-born athlete immigrated to San Diego at the age of 12 and was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1998. He retains dual citizenship with Eritrea. He demonstrated his talent at

Saturday, May 17 10am–7pm

Educational Cultural Complex 4343 Ocean View Blvd. San Diego, CA 92113 Visit for more details.


Meb Keflezhigi accepts a ceremonial“key to the city” from Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

a young age when he ran a mile in five minutes and 20 seconds as a student at Roosevelt Middle School. He won statewide athletic honors at San Diego High School and went on to win multiple NCAA championships at UCLA. Keflezighi brought home a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics, and in 2009 he won the New York City marathon, making him the first American to win that race since 1982. One person who is especially proud of Keflezighi is his Mission Valley-based chiropractor, Dr. Devin Young. Keflezighi sees Young twice a week while training to make physical adjustments to improve race performance. Both novice runners and elite athletes such as Keflezighi benefit from and depend on chiropractic care to address the physical strain of running, Young said. “Every one of them gets faster when they start getting chiropractic

care,” Young said. “It’s uncanny.” A strong physical and mental balance supports Keflezighi’s talent as a runner. Keflezighi benefits also from the deep sense of gratitude, love and humility he shares with the people around him, Young said. Keflezighi may be the most notable client of Young’s Intouch Chiropractic, but “we treat him just like he’s any other patient as far as the care that he receives,” Young said. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer honored Keflezighi on May 10 with a ceremonial “key to the city.” Accepting the honor, Keflezighi told the story of how he pushed himself to overcame injury and adversity and achieve success. “Sometimes things are challenging, but never give up on what you’re doing,” he said. “Winning is not about getting first place or getting a medal, but getting the best out of yourself each time and every time.”

San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. You’re invited to join us as the San Diego community gathers in celebration of SDCE’s rich and diverse history of providing adult education in San Diego.

FEATURING: LIVE ENTERTAINMENT 10am-7pm JerVae Anthony, Bayou Brothers, Cooper Music Group, Sharon Emerson, ESL Department, Roots Dance Theatre, Mariachi Juvenil De San Diego, Charlene Schade, Esther Segal, Soaring Eagles, James Trepasso, Mary Beth Vanputten, Rey Vinole, Eunice Williams, Dan Ziagos FOOD TRUCK POD 10am-7pm Bosnian Grill, Calbi BBQ, Crepes Bonaparte, Gabina’s Cuisine, Delicioso Food Truck, East African Cuisine, Haad Sai Thai, Mony Ice Cream Truck, New Orleans Cuisine, Red Oven, Snow Cal Shaved Ice, Women’s Cooperative COMMUNITY BOOTHS 10am-4pm STUDENT ART DISPLAYS 10am-5pm CAR SHOW 11am-3pm FAMILY/CHILDREN’S AREA AND ACTIVITIES 10:30am-4:30pm CAMPUS TOURS 10:30am-5:30pm CRAFT VENDORS 10am-6pm




Jazz Wednesdays – Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam at Seven Grand. Free. 9 p.m. Fridays – Sam Johnson Jazz Group at Cosmos Coffee Cafe. Free. 3 to 5p.m. Saturdays – Jazz with George and Alan at Bistro Sixty. Free. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays – Douglas Kvandal with the LiveJazz! Quartet at the Amigo Spot a the Kings Inn. Free. 7 p.m. May 24 – Stage IV Jazz at San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room. Free. 7 p.m. www.

ALTERNATIVE May 17 – North Park Festival of Arts along University Avenue featuring Hills Like Elephants, Oh, Spirit, The New Kinetics and many more. Free. Set times vary from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. www. May 23 – The Burning of Rome CD Release Show at the Casbah with Hell or Highwater, Eukaryst, and The Fairy Bones. $10. 9 p.m. May 24 – The Frights, Death Lens, Groms, Seminole, Hydrogen Jukebox, and Plane Without A Pilot at Soma. $8. 6:30 p.m. www.

CLASSICAL May 16-18 – Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano at Copley Symphony Hall. $20 -$96. Friday & Saturday – 8 p.m, Sunday – 2 p.m. www. May 18 – Dr. Eugene Sukhorukov - Shakuhachi Japanese Flute at Mission Trail Regional Park. Donations welcome. 3 p.m. www.mtrp. org

May 23 – 15 – Season Finale with Vadim Repin at Copley Syphony Hall. $20 – $96. Friday & Saturday – 8 p.m, Sunday – 2 p.m. www. June 2 – Camera Lucida #8 at Conrad Prebys Concert Hall at UCSD. $25. 7:30 p.m. www.SanDiegoSymphony. org

Pop Tuesdays – Suzanne Shea and Bob Wade at Bistro Sixty. Free 6:30 to 8:30 Call and hold your table 619287-8186 Thursdays – Greg Shibley at The Westgate Hotel. Free. Wednesdays – Westside Inflection at Riviera Supper Club. Free. 8 p.m. www. Fridays – Nathan Welden at Bistro Sixty. Free. 6:30 p.m. May 21 – Joan Osborne and Birds of Tokyo at Scripps Birch Aquarium. $28-$36. 6:45 p.m. Aquarium.UCSD. edu May 28 – Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne at Viejas Arena. $29.50+. 7:30 p.m.

OTHER May 22 – ILYA and Life at Seven Grand. Free. 9 p.m. May 31 – Black Market III at Riviera Supper Club. Free. 9 p.m. www. May 31 – Hound Dog at Pal Joey’s. Free 9 p.m. www.

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Classic rock concert on the USS Midway benefits military families Jen

Van Tieghem

Mission Valley News Music Writer


hen you think of a music venue you probably envision a large arena or a dimly lit club; you probably don’t imagine seeing an explosive rock band perform at a moving military tribute festival aboard the flight deck of a historic aircraft carrier. The American Freedom Festival San Diego on Saturday, May 24 at the USS Midway promises to be all that and more as part of Legacy Week 2014. The event features tributes to military families and fallen soldiers along with a rock show by all-star supergroup World Classic Rockers. Recently added, there will also be a special tribute performed by Nashville singer songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman. Celebrating its 10th anniversary as a museum, the USS Midway as a venue has been the unique host site for several music events over the years, but this annual concert is an extra special one. The show not only celebrates veterans and active duty armed service members but also works to support them and their families. The concert raises money for local nonprofit organizations serving military and veterans and has raised approximately $120,000 over the last four years. This year the event will benefit San Diego Armed Service YMCA, Wounded Warrior Support Network, ReBoot Workshops and Nice Guys Victory Fund. And this year’s show should be even more successful as they’ve added 400 more seats after selling out last year- bringing the capacity to a total of 2,100. The concert will also reach a wide military audience with a live broadcast being transmitted via the Armed Forces Network to over 350 military installations in 170 different countries. Additionally, the event will raise money via a silent auction which concertgoers can register for and begin bidding on at freedom. This year’s festival event starts at 6 p.m. with tributes to families who

have lost a loved one in service. Three military families will tell their stories, led by grief counselor, author and lecturer Dr. Ken Druck. Following these stories two-time Grammy nominee Beth Nielsen Chapman will perform her special tribute song to fallen soldiers and their families. World Classic Rockers will follow up with a set lasting until 10 p.m. WCR offer an unparalleled

show. Featuring former members of Lynyrd Skynrd, Steppenwolf, Journey, Santana, and Boston, the band showcases a wideranging history of rock ‘n’ roll staples. Their sets include classic rock songs from the bands they represent including hits like “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Born to Be Wild,” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” As a museum the Midway is visited by thousands of locals and tourists each year but seeing a live performance by celebrated musicians in such an exceptional and historical spot is truly a one-ofa-kind experience. Tickets for the American Freedom Festival start at $49.50. For more information visit: www. and  www.



Fancy Rats Make Great Pets Sari


Owner of Mission Valley Pet Sitting


he National Fancy Rat Society, (yes there actually is one), says that rats are “the most intelligent, responsive and affectionate of small rodents and make ideal pets for children.” If handled from infancy, rats respond extremely well to humans and rarely bite. Because they are fastidious self-groomers, they do not smell and only require occasional bathing. They will need their nails clipped and possible worming, but other than that, they are quite easy to care for. Their average lifespan is about three years. The males are larger than the females and are less active and playful and may be more appropriate for young children. Being nocturnal, rats are extra lively at night so a bedroom may not be the ideal place to locate the cage. Set up and maintenance are fairly easy. Rats need a wire cage about two feet square with horizontal bars for climbing. The cage must not be kept in direct sunlight or in a draughty area and should be set on a table or counter about hip height, for comfortable interaction. The bottom of the cage should be a plastic tray filled with paper-based litter or shredded paper. It should be cleaned once or twice a week. For sleeping comfort, a home -made hammock tied to the cage bars would be perfect for a rat to get his zzzz’s , and a house inside the cage made of an inverted ice cream container with a hole cut in the side, would make any rat very happy. Plenty of cardboard and cut up paper should be available in the cage for play and nest making. Since rats need and love to chew, a block of untreated wood makes a perfect gnawing toy. Rats eat a diet of rat pellets (lab blocks) with added dry dog biscuits and fresh fruit and veg-

gies in moderation. They should have fresh water from a bottle at all times. Rats are very social animals, so it is always a good idea to have at least two of them. Because they are prolific breeders, two males or two females are recommended. Fancy rats also like to interact with their “humans” and should be let out of their cages for about an hour every day. The time out must be supervised and the area rat-proofed before they are released. Make sure there are no wires they can chew through or any other hazards around.

Always keep an eye on small children when they are handling the rats because the rodents are small and can easily be hurt or stepped on. Some common ailments that rats can suffer from are spots and scabs on their skin, parasites, abscesses, tumors, malocclusion and respiratory problems. Make sure you find a veterinarian that can treat your rats should they become ill. Lastly, be sure to purchase your rat from a reputable fancy rat breeder. It is the only way to ensure the rat is healthy and has been socialized to humans. For additional information, I recommend you get the book, “Simply Ratty” by Thomas Macfarlane. It is a terrific little guide every rat parent should have. Sari Reis is a Certified Humane Education Specialist and the Owner of Mission Valley Pet Sitting Services. For more information you can contact her at 760-644-0289 or





Connecting physical fitness with mental health Kelly


ACSM-HFS, CHES Fitness Expert


tress is a part of life. Unfortunately, it’s a part of life that too many of us know too well. Stress comes at us from all angles: work and home, friends and family. Stress can lead to elevated blood pressure and heart rate, headaches, stomach aches, low energy, anxiety, weight gain, digestive problems, weakened immune system and more. Managing stress effectively is a good way to improve your mental health, and since May is Mental Health Awareness month, here are a few ways getting some exercise can help you deal with whatever is thrown at

you. Exercise is an excellent stress reliever. Taking on the treadmill or a tough boot camp class will physically stress your body, leading to the same sort of outcome — elevated heart rate and blood pressure — that can be brought on by a bad day at the office. But there’s a difference: When you exercise your body, it learns to manage the stress response in a healthy way. Exercise conditions the body to effectively deal with stress. If you continually work out your body, your mind will better handle any crisis that’s thrown at it. Movement can also take your mind off of your stressors. When you’re playing a sport or pedaling through a cycling class, your mind is in the present. You’re thinking of how to respond to

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The most obvious stress reliever in the world of workouts is yoga. your opponent or push through that burn in your legs. You don’t have time to worry over your todo list. It can be downright meditative. A workout is a reprieve from real life, an escape that overrides the daily tension, giving way to clarity of movement and focus. The most obvious stress reliever in the world of workouts is yoga. Yoga is a star here for two

reasons: it teaches you to control your body, and it focuses your breath. Focusing on breathing while stretching or holding poses can train you to control your body and help you quiet your mind. There are a variety of styles and levels of intensity in yoga. Some types are very gentle and meditative, while others will challenge your muscles and leave you sweating. There are forms that focus on laughter and others that involve chanting. Finding your perfect style just takes a little trial and error. The pay-off of is worth the hunt. The good part about breathing is you do it all the time! You don’t have to be on a yoga mat to take a few minutes for yourself. When the time and place isn’t right to blow off some steam through a good workout, take a

few moments and just focus on your breathing. Close your eyes, inhale slowly through your nose. Feel your chest expanding as your lungs fill with air. Hold for a moment; exhale slowly through your mouth, pushing all the air and stress out of your body. Try it a few times if you need to. As with any form of exercise, the best one for you is the one you enjoy. If you enjoy exercising outdoors, step outside and go! If you’re looking for a class or equipment to use, check out the YMCA or a local studio or gym. The key is to find something you love to do; then you’ll keep doing it and enjoy the endorphin-boosting, stress-reducing benefits. So run on the beach, take a class where you can sweat out your worries or find some one-on-one time with your yoga mat. And breathe.



News from the Mayor’s Office Kevin


Mayor, City of San Diego


Residents clean Murphy Canyon Creek Scott

Sherman Councilmember


n May 10, 200 residents volunteered for an event my office hosted with I Love a Clean San Diego (ILACSD) to clean up Murphy Canyon Creek. Volunteers picked up litter and cleared away brush from the creek, an important waterway in the Mission Valley community near Qualcomm Stadium. The event is part of ILACSD’s San Diego River Days Cleanup event. One of the main hobbies I’ve enjoyed my whole life is spending time on the water, whether it’s fishing, kayaking or just spending time with my family on the beach. Murphy Canyon Creek is a very important waterway for our environ-

ment where several important species live. Water from the creek also eventually runs into San Diego Bay and the coastline, making it very important to keep it clean of litter and brush. I deeply appreciate the over 200 volunteers who sacrificed their time to attend the event. I also appreciate the support of the ILACSD organization and San Diego River Foundation for helping organize the event. Thanks to the volunteers who attended, we collected over XXX bags of trash and brush that littered the creek. The ILACSD organization has become an important partner in our community. Last year, the organization picked up over 1,287 pounds of trash at a similar event in District 7. Also, the San Diego River Park Foundation has done exciting work in

maintaining the waterways in District 7 for the past 13 years. I look forward to continuing to work with these great organizations in the future to ensure the health of our beaches, bay and rivers. Our waterways, bay, and coastline are an invaluable jewel to our region and I am fully committed to keeping them clean so that all San Diegans can enjoy this treasure for years to come. I personally love the water. If you cut me, I may just bleed saltwater, so I know how important it is to maintain these important waterways. Thank you again to the over 200 volunteers who attended our Mission Valley clean-up event! Sherman represents District 7 on the San Diego City Council, which includes the Mission Valley and Linda Vista communities. You can follow Scott on twitter at @ShermanSD7 to stay up to date on the latest news affecting the district.

e’ve come a long way as a City. Over the past decade, San Diegans came together to help stabilize City Hall finances and bring our city back from the brink of bankruptcy. But as we corrected course, we entered into one of the worst recessions in U.S. history — resulting in difficult cuts to libraries, recreation centers and public safety. Now I’m happy to report that we can start restoring those services and begin rebuilding San Diego again. Three factors have put us in this position. First, San Diego voters approved several financial reforms, including managed competition and an overhaul of our pension system. Second, the City Council adopted sound fiscal strategies that have made San Diego a model for financial accountability and stability. And, lastly, the economy rebounded from the belt-tightening days of the recession. It’s now my pleasure to put those savings to work in our communities. My proposed $3 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 calls for putting our neighborhoods first. It will bring San Diego more paved roads, more police on the beat, improved emergency response times when you call 911, and more hours and after-school programs at libraries. I’m calling this proposal the “One San Diego” budget. That’s because this budget is the first


Maze Escape 1. Start in the center of the maze. 2. Get to the exit on the left as fast as possible. 3. If you make it to the exit on your first try, congratulations!



step of my vision to unify the city. No matter where you live, you deserve quality city services and deserve to feel safe. It’s about neighborhood fairness. That means a more equitable distribution of tax dollars, especially in the neighborhoods that need the most help. Through a combination of bond and cash funding, San Diego’s roads, streetlights, fire stations and storm drains are getting a major shot in the arm. In fact, more than 50 percent of growth from our major revenue sources is going to efforts to fix our neighborhoods. My “One San Diego” budget proposal also ramps up our ability to fill potholes by adding repair crews who will be in neighborhoods on a daily basis. We’re going to double to 200,000 square feet the amount of asphalt repair we can do annually. Other key areas of funding include CONNECT2Careers, which provides youth employment opportunities; community plan updates for several neighborhoods; and comprehensive homeless services that provide a path to permanent housing. I believe we have a real opportunity to unite San Diego and make sure no community is left behind. By targeting the surplus revenue in this budget to services that have been cut over the years, San Diego is back on track and set up for success. Once approved by the City Council, this budget is a big step toward creating a united city where every San Diegan in every neighborhood has the opportunity to succeed. This is “One San Diego” at work.

Math Squares

A sudoku puzzle is a grid of nine by nine squares or cells, that has been subdivided into nine subgrids or “regions” of three by three cells.

Try to fill in the missing numbers.

The objective of sudoku is to enter a digit from 1 through 9

1. Each number is only used once.

in each cell, in such a way that:

2. Each row is a math equation. Each column is a math equation.

1. 2. 3.

Each horizontal row contains each digit exactly once Each vertical column contains each digit exactly once Each subgrid or region contains each digit exactly once


Use the numbers 1 through 16 to complete the equations.

3. Remember that multiplication and division are performed before addition and subtraction.





Painkillers: A Prescription for Disaster Rick


for the Mission Valley News


n early red flag that prescription painkillers were ravaging military veterans came in 2011 when researchers found vets dying of narcotic overdoses at more than twice the national average. That same year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named painkiller abuse a national epidemic, and the White House launched a campaign to reverse a trend that saw prescription abuse become America’s fastest-growing drug problem. Meanwhile, at Department of Veterans Affairs, prescriptions for widely used and highly addictive painkillers, or opioids, surged a staggering 270 percent while its patient pool had increased just 41 percent in the preceding war-weary decade. Ominously, there’s growing belief that prescription opiates are a gateway drug that’s spurring resurgence in heroin -- another opioid drug -- use from coast to coast. “You know, we make the decisions we make as a nation, but let’s not deny that when we approved FDA approved drugs like OxyContin, and then we passed them out with great exSUDOKU ANSWERS FROM P. 13



uberance,” Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin told public radio last January, “we are setting folks up to become addicted to opiates.” While painkiller abuse and addiction aren’t confined to veterans, as a group they are particularly vulnerable to dependency and misuse. More than half the veterans the VA treats complain of pain, and vets also suffering Post Traumatic Stress or depression are not only more likely to be prescribed narcotic painkillers then their peers, but are also more prone to over-medicate with other drugs. Often former service members enter the VA healthcare system with the baggage of prescription drug abuse. A 2011 Army report concluded that at least 25 to 35 percent of the troops being treated at

medical units were addicted to drugs, over-medicated, abused prescription medication, self medicated, and/or abused illegal drugs, according to medical providers interviewed. Those numbers are believed to fairly represent the general trend in the other military branches as well. It’s a trend VA medical centers nationwide are now struggling to curb, including the San Diego Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. James Michelsen is a primary care doctor at the San Diego VA. Every day he fights to treat pain in veterans while also trying to reduce painkiller prescriptions and their risks. Michelsen has his work cut out for him. Roughly 13,000 of the 76,000 veterans treated at the San Diego VA were prescribed opioid painkillers in the past

three months, according to the healthcare system, with nearly 5,000 veterans filling recurring prescriptions. Michelsen uses the word “challenging” to describe convincing these veterans that non-drug alternatives will better control their pain in the long run. Complicating this is a medical culture that long endorsed opioids before finally questioning their efficacy in recent years. “If you look back 10 to 15 years, pain experts really believed that we were undertreating pain and that patients were being left in pain and that opiates weren’t being used enough and they really encouraged their use,” Michelsen said. “With 10 years of experience of using more and more opiates, the pain world has been able to look back and collect data,” Michelsen said. “And what they’ve really found is the use of higher-dose opiates many times causes more harm than good.” Armed with this information, San Diego and other VA medical centers are attempting to counter the perception that painkillers are magic-bullet cures. “The misconception is opiates cure pain. They don’t. For most they will take the edge off of pain, but they are not a cure to pain,” said Melissa Christo-

pher, a doctor of pharmacy at the San Diego VA, where she’s runs the VA’s Opiate Safety Initiative for California, Nevada and Hawaii. The initiative educates doctors and patients about the painkillers. “When opiates are used, they are not as effective as physical therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and exercise for specific pain conditions,” Christopher said. “We want our veterans to live life in high definition and not be fogged by opiates. We want them to maintain control over their pain and transition to a better quality of life. That’s the new message we’re delivering to our veterans.” That message might be slowly taking hold. “We are starting to turn the tide,” Michelsen said. “This year for the first time we’ve seen a downturn in the number of opiate prescriptions.” He said that painkiller prescriptions at the San Diego VA have dropped a modest 1 percent -- from 18.2 to 17.2 percent -- in the last year. “And that is telling,” added Christopher, “considering that we are seeing more patients then ever. There is hope that we can turn this around. Rick Rogers is a San Diegobased reporter who has covered defense and military issues for decades. He can be reached at



San Diego River Days Celebration Children’s Petting Zoo and Craft Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m The Mission Valley Public Library joins the 2014 celebration of San Diego River Days with a child-friendly petting zoo, and a river-themed craft. Assemblymember Weber Mobile Office Monday, May 19, 10 a.m. to noon Connect with Assemblymember Weber’s staff here in your community, and get help with any problems you are having with public agencies, ask questions about legislation and learn about state and local services. Issues that staff can assist with include renter’s and homeowner’s assistance programs, property tax issues, consumer complaints, and unemployment and disability insurance. No need to make an appointment, just stop in! Film Focus: The Hedgehog Wednesday, April 28, 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Magical. Whimsical. Elegant. A poetic twist of fate unites a precocious 11-year-old (Garance Le Guillermie) disgusted by her bourgeois existence, a prickly, self-taught concierge (Josiane Balasko), and a worldly Japanese gentleman (Togo Igawa). Inspired by Muriel Barbery’s beloved bestseller. 98 minutes, French with English subtitles. Discussion to follow. “Ask the Lawyer” Free Legal Clinic Tuesday, June 3, 6 to 7 p.m. Join attorney Mark Miller the first Tuesday of every month to talk about your legal issues, and learn your options. No appointment is necessary, just show up with your questions. Paws for Reading Monday June 9, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. New readers can get some valuable practice time with a very non-judgmental certified therapy dog, courtesy of the non-profit Love on a Leash. Try out those longer words – dogs don’t care if you get them wrong, they just want to hear you read! Baby Signs Storytime: First and third Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m Parents often wonder, “What is my baby thinking?” There is a way to find out: teaching your baby some basic signs using American Sign Language will fill the gap. Communication is said to be the foundation of a solid relationship; learning to sign with your baby will build that bond early and provide you a bridge from infancy to childhood.

Linda Vista Planning Group General Meeting Monday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. This is an open meeting of the Linda Vista Planning Group. The public is encouraged to attend. Election of officers will be held at the meeting for those seeking a leadership role on the Planning Group board. Note: The May meeting is scheduled a week earlier than usual because Memorial Day will be held on the fourth Monday of the month.

Homework Help Wednesdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Kids: need help getting your homework done? Our tutors will assist you! They specialize in English, Math, Science, and History. First come, first served.

The Anime/Manga Club Wednesdays, 5 to 6 p.m. Discuss fantastic manga new and old: its history, storylines, possible storyline revisions and the latest news. Club members will eventually collaborate to create their own manga! For teens only.

Morning Storytime with Kathie Mondays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children and their families are invited to join us for stories, rhymes, and songs.

Chinese Storytime with Kaili Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Come enjoy exciting stories told in Chinese! Crafts for Kids Fridays & Mondays, 4 to 5 p.m. Kids: use and enhance your creativity by making a craft. You get to keep the finished product!


Toddler Yoga Storytime First Thursday of the month, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Toddlers will enjoy the calming, meditative effects of yoga while interacting with their parents and the other children participating.

Hopscotch Tiny Tots Storytime Tuesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Join Miss Kim for a great time with music, stories and crafts for babies and toddlers.

Storytime with Mr. Luan Fridays, 10:30 to 11:10 a.m. Please join us for an energetic storytime that’s both fun, interactive, and educational! The session will include singing and maybe a little dancing! Storytime with Tara Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Stretch your imagination! Enjoy a story told energetically!

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.

Health and Wellness through Tai Chi Thursdays, 2 p.m to 4 p.m. This class is designed for adults 55+ and will teach students strategies for implementing physical exercise and relaxation techniques in addition to Tai Chi. Preschool Storytime & Craft Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Preschoolers are invited to a storytime, then a fun craft right afterwards! Sumi-E Art Class Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m Learn the classical Japanese style of ink and brush. Toddler Storytime Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Storytime designed for toddlers, featuring songs, rhymes, and fingerplays. Yoga Tuesdays , 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Are you looking for a workout program that’s easy to learn, requires little or no equipment, and soothes your soul while toning your body? If strengthening your cardiovascular system, toning and stretching your muscles, and improving your mental fitness are on your to-do list, than yoga is for you! Yoga for Kids First and third Mondays, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Kids will learn how to calm and quiet themselves , develop strong & healthy bodies, and set a foundation for life-long well-being in a relaxed and fun environment.


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Bike Path, from page 1 Transportation Program grant would cover the full cost of construction, which could begin as early as summer 2015. Construction would take six to eight months to complete. If the grant application is not successful, SANDAG would pay for construction with funding from TransNet, the regional halfcent sales tax for transportation infrastructure. That could take eight to 10 years. In the early 1990s, the extension of Interstate 15 south of Interstate 8 eliminated Ward Road, which once served as a route between Mission Valley and City Heights. During the planning for that freeway expansion nearly 30 years ago, Caltrans and the city of San Diego promised the develop alternative routes for people who don’t travel by automobile. That promise has not yet been fulfilled. Until it is, bicyclists must use either the Fairmount Avenue Expressway to the east or Texas Street to the west. Both of those routes are problematic, Ollinger said. Fairmount is dangerous because there is no physical barrier between bicycles and high-speed vehicle traffic, especially at the three merge points where vehicles have to cross over the bike lane to exit the expressway. “The bike lane is right by traffic going 50, 60, 70 miles an hour,” Ollinger said. Texas is an unfavorable route because of its steep incline, which

Chargers friends. Zumwalt said he thought he was sucker-punched from the side, and didn’t know he was hit with a glass bottle until later. Zumwalt — who was wearing a Dez Bryant Cowboys jersey on game day — said his group had been friendly with the defendant’s group of Cowboys fans before the game. The victim denied having to be restrained to get at the other group before he was attacked. “I’m not a fighter. I just wanted my point to be heard,’’ Zumwalt said. He said he got really upset when a friend was also hit with a beer bottle. Zumwalt — who stands 6 feet 5 — testified that he had about six or eight beers before the game and three or four at the game. He said he was “feeling pretty good’’ and a “little more than buzzed” at the end of the game. But “I don’t think I was out-ofcontrol drunk,’’ said Zumwalt, who denied telling police that he pushed a woman prior to the melee, which was captured on video by someone using his cell phone. The footage shows Heredia and an unidentified man striking two men about the head with beer bottles, according to police. Zumwalt said he did not see a doctor for his head injury but believed he suffered a concussion. He said he missed a day of work due to the injury. The second man seen in the video striking a victim on the head was not caught.

prohibits anyone but the most physically fit from riding up the hill, she said. “Mission Valley is a really big job center and it’s also a connector to the other job centers on the other side,” such as Serra Mesa and Kearny Mesa, Ollinger said. Several bike commuters said they are eager to use the bike path if it ever opens. Kenyon Ralph is a North Park resident who commutes by bicycle daily to Kearny Mesa. A bike path along the gentler grade of Route 15 would be preferable to the steep climb up Texas Street, he said. Shane Cook is another cyclist who dreads the Texas Street incline. “I avoid riding up Texas Street on my commute every morning,” Cook said. “It’s either go around the long way or walk my fixed gear up the hill.” Going downhill on Texas presents its own problems, too. Rosemary Bystrak and her boyfriend Darren Whittaker rode bicycles from North Park to their jobs at Qualcomm Stadium last summer. “The first couple times we rode Texas, which is absolutely psychotic,” Bystrak said. “Darren’s brakes were actually smoking by the time we got to the bottom of the hill.” Eventually, Bystrak said, they learned to use Fairmount Avenue, but even then they had to deal with vehicle debris in the bike lane. Once it is fully funded, the Route 15 bike path should only take about six months to build.


Mission Valley News - May 2014  
Mission Valley News - May 2014