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Volume VII – Number 9

Spirited hunting at Presidio Park

Picking up after Bob

“Hacking into purgatory” with paranormal enthusiasts

The mayoral race gains steam as candidates step forward

By Jeremy Ogul

By Jeremy Ogul

he aroma of burning sage drifted across Presidio Park on a warm, lateAugust night as paranormal hobbyist Jill Anderson briefed a group of amateur ghost hunters preparing for an expedition. “When somebody dies in sort of an unexpected, violent way, their spirit or energy will stay behind,” Anderson said. “They have unfinished business, something to say, or they just don’t know that they’ve died. There’s so much unknown about it. There’s nothing definite.” Presidio Park, towering over Mission Valley at the confluence of Interstates 8 and 5, is home to the Junípero Serra Museum and other monuments to the land’s history as the headquarters of the Spanish colonization of California. Ghost enthusiasts say the long, bloody legacy makes this land a hot spot for paranormal activity in San Diego. Anderson and friend Jill Kacizak, both members of a hobby group called Grave Babes, organized this outing for San Die-

Kacizak explained the tools the group of about 17 people would use to identify spirits: gadgets to measure disturbances in electromagnetic fields, temperature gauges to measure warm spots and cold spots, divining rods, infrared flashlights, camcorders

he fate and the future of San Diego’s neighborhoods rest in the hands of one of the nearly two dozen candidates who want to be mayor now that Bob Filner has relinquished the office. As the race for mayor comes back to life less than a year after it was last put to rest, voters must assess a new field of candidates and predict how each of those candidates might affect their lives and their neighborhoods. San Diego’s “strong mayor” system of governance means the outcome of the new mayor’s race could have a significant impact on the future of neighborhood issues in Mission Valley, Old Town, Linda Vista and the surrounding areas – issues such as the future of Qualcomm Stadium, the status of the San Diego River, the construction of a

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“Presidio Park” by Jim Epler / Creative Commons

gans interested in learning more about ghost hunting. Most of the attendees met each other and learned about the event through Reddit, a popular online discussion site. The clouds overhead lit up with SeaWorld’s nightly fireworks show as Anderson and

Linda Vista ramps up

plans for skate park By Jeremy Ogul


he wheels have begun to spin on a grassroots proposal to build a new public skate park in Linda Vista. Supporters have their eye on a 40,000-square-foot space, currently an open grassy area, along Levant Street in the southeast corner of Linda Vista Community Park. More than 30 people showed up for an Aug. 15 workshop to publicly introduce the idea. Nearly everyone at the meeting,

including City Councilmember Scott Sherman, spoke in favor of a skate park. “These kids are skateboarders, with or without a park, and right now they’re out on the street,” said Peter Whitley, programs director with the Tony Hawk Foundation. Whitley, a skater who has advocated for and helped developed numerous skate park projects across the country over the See SKATE page 16

A skate park supporter shows off the signatures of 1,781 supporters of the plan at a community meeting last month.

City chips away

at golf course costs

Presidio Hills operator gets a break in rent By Jeremy Ogul


he grass may turn green once again at Presidio Hills Golf Course now that the city has agreed to cut the golf course operator’s rent. Documents obtained by Mission Valley News reveal that on July 22 the City of San Diego granted operator Justine Lee’s request to reduce the minimum rent on the city-owned course from $1170.88 per month to $850 per month. Lee sent a letter to the city in May saying that low attendance was making it difficult for him to break even.

“Although we have increased our marketing efforts [and] made some course improvements the additional pay is not anywhere near what we would have expected,” Lee wrote. “We are now in the summer months and will be further impacted by the cost of [the] water bill even [though] we are expecting more revenue than slow season.” Green fees are $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends. Juniors and seniors get a $2 discount. See GOLF, page 14




Old Town traffic drives neighborhood frustration

Dear Ask the Cop: I lost my debit card and am worried someone found it and picked it up to use it! I think I may have left it somewhere in the mall. What should I do? And if someone uses it, can I get footage from the store where they used it? -Cardless in San Diego

Dear Cardless in San Diego, lways memorize your P.I.N. and keep no record of it in your wallet or purse. Once you realize you have lost your card, call your bank or issuing entity to cancel and reissue the card. The sooner you do this the better as it will prevent anyone who finds the card from using it fraudulently. If someone does use it without your permission:  First notify the issuing agency, then report the fraud to police. The police will investigate the crime. If you have information of where the card


was used, keep the information as evidence for your report.   Businesses generally have their own policies about letting people view video footage. Feel free to inquire but don’t be disappointed if they do not allow you to view the footage. A detective will be able to obtain the footage if there is some.  Officer Adam McElroy San Diego Police Department Have a question for Ask the Cop? Email AsktheCop@

By Jeremy Ogul


s one of the top weekend destinations in San Diego, Old Town gets especially crowded when roads close for the occasional special event. The traffic often spills onto the narrow streets of surrounding neighborhoods, where residents complain that police could do more to point Old Town visitors in the right direction. Take, for example, the Fiesta de Kustom Kulture, a car show held Sept. 7. The big event shut down the two main east-west routes in Old Town: Twiggs Street and Harney Street between Juan Street and Congress Street. When Twiggs and Harney are closed, many drivers head up the hill on Juan, eventually reaching Sunset Road, where they often turn right expecting to find a way back into Old Town. “Instead they find a dead end,” said Larry Stirling, who lives in the neighborhood. “They then become frustrated and even angry either zipping through the substandard San Juan Road or making hundreds of turns around in the drive ways of the residents of Guy Street.” Despite the efforts of police and event organizers to direct visitors to more suitable parking areas, many do not heed the message.

“It’s just people not paying attention,” said Tom Janes, who lives on Guy Street, where on a busy day, hundreds of drivers attempt awkward U-turns to get back to Juan Street. “It gets crazy.”

Lt. Marshall White, who leads the San Diego Police Department’s Office of Special Events, said the department does its best to balance the importance of holding community-friendly events with the need to mini-

Even when all streets are open, visitors often end up at the top of the hill looking for parking on high-traffic days such as Cinco de Mayo when parking is scarce closer to the action. Joy Spradling, who also lives on Guy Street, said her own guests frequently cannot find parking in front of her house. “It’s a wonder we don’t have more dented fenders,” Spradling said. The traffic is likely to continue this fall as Old Town streets close again for the Art Festival Oct. 5 and 6 and the Dia de los Muertos parade Nov. 2. Stirling said the problem could be solved with better planning and management. “It is not clear to me why the Old Town merchants, who are already making a fortune on the huge patronage they enjoy, have the right to block off public streets to sell yet more beer and refried beans and then allow the burden to fall on the neighbors,” he said. “But since they are able to, they should act responsibly about the mess this creates.”

mize the impact on other citizens. Ultimately, however, police cannot stop people from driving on public streets, White said. Stirling said he has proposed several better alternatives to city leaders. Rather than directing drivers up the hill on Juan Street, police should hand out maps showing drivers how to get to the Caltrans parking lot on Taylor Street, where parking is free after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends, Stirling said. While that idea sounds great on the surface, however, it has unintended consequences, White said. “Anytime you hand out leaflets and offer somebody the opportunity to roll down their window, they engage in conversation and start blocking traffic,” White said. Signs should be posted with detour information so drivers know where to go to avoid getting stuck in the Mission Hills See TRAFFIC page 11



Senior dogs and their aging brains

Symptoms of CDS triggers. It has also been noted may include one or more that oxygen levels are decreased of the following: in the brains of dogs affected by Forgetting how to navigate stairs Sleeping more hours per daythan usual Wandering and pacing at night – with whining, vocalizing and scratching the ground Getting into corners of the room and staring not knowing how to get out

By Sari Reis


he chances our canine companions will have physical and mental health problems increase as our furry friends live longer. Along with physical illnesses, such as arthritis, cancer, and kidney problems, which affect many humans as we age, our dogs may also experience some of the mental decline humans suffer in our later years. One example of this is Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS), also known as Old Dog Syndrome or Doggie Alzheimer’s Syndrome. Similar to the Alzheimer’s Syndrome that affects humans, the disorder is defined as “the geriatric

onset of gradual and progressive behavioral changes not entirely attributable to other medical conditions.” It displays most notably as disorientation, confusion, memory loss and personality changes. The statistics on the number of older dogs affected vary but, generally, 25 percent to 62 percent of dogs age 10 to 15

years of age display at least one major symptom. Like human Alzheimer’s Syndrome, CDS is difficult to diagnose. All potential medical problems should be ruled out before a diagnosis of CDS is made.

Becoming more aggressive or developing separation anxiety Disorientation and confusion Housetraining declines – urinating and defecating in the house Seeking less attention Failure to recognize human companions Activity and sleep patterns disturbed

Causes of CDS are not fully known, but research on aging canine brains has revealed a few potential processes that may be responsible. One is a protein called B-Amyloid that, when deposited in the brain, forms plaques that can cause cell death as well as brain shrinkage. Changes in the neurotransmitter chemicals in the brain such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine are also potential

CDS. In the past, the only humane solution for dogs suffering from CDS was euthanasia. In many cases, it may still be the best solution depending on the severity of the symptoms and the general physical health of the dog. But today, there is an alternative. A drug called Anipryl, used to treat human Parkinson’s disease, has proven to be quite effective. This once-a-day pill does have potential side-effects; but in one study, after just one month of treatment, there was a 77 percent improvement in the dogs’ symptoms and quality of life. There are also some holistic treatments available including acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Needless to say, seeing symptoms of CDS can be disturbing to pet parents. If your “furry senior” is displaying any of these symptoms, seek veterinary care. Tests to rule out any other medical conditions that could be responsible for the symptoms should be done first. If it is Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Disorder, consider the options. 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) 6440289 or


Forward, from page 1 new Mission Valley fire station, the possibility of a skate park in Linda Vista and the future of marketing money for San Diego’s tourism industry, to name a few. For now, City Council President Todd Gloria is acting as a caretaker of the mayor’s office until the new mayor is sworn in. (He has adopted the title of “interim mayor,” though the city charter makes no mention of an interim mayor.) Gloria has said his priority is to clean up the mayor’s office and prioritize projects that have been languishing on the mayor’s desk. Gloria’s powers in the office are limited; he cannot veto decisions of the City Council, for example. The burden for voters is especially challenging this time around, with an abbreviated campaign cycle and with a field of candidates who are less wellknown around the city. The candidates so far with the highest profile are City Councilmembers Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez, former state Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher and former City Attorney Mike Aguirre. Others who had been expected to join the race declined, including state Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins, City Council President Todd Gloria, former City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, former state Sen. Christine Kehoe and County Supervisor Ron Roberts. In addition to Faulconer, AlvaSee FORWARD page 13



Tools to fight childhood obesity A

s kids start back to class for a new school year, we do everything we can to give them all the tools they need for success. Unfortunately, as times change we are seeing a few unsuccessful trends emerge from our lifestyles. One in three children is now overweight or obese. September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and the aforementioned trend is a big reason why. Being overweight or obese significantly increases one’s risk of major health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Kids are not an exception to this fact. If we want our kids to be successful, they need to be healthy. Many factors contribute to healthy lifestyle, but the core behaviors are eating well and moving more.


Eating well is an important habit to develop early, but it’s never too late to start. Spending time thinking about what foods we make available for our children and teaching them to make smart decisions about food can set up a strong framework for a healthy life. Making its debut

in 2011, our new food guide, My Plate, encourages all of us to make sure half our plate is filled with fruits and veggies. Getting a child interested in produce can be a challenge. Try offering three options of veg-


Kelly Ostrem

ACSM-HFS, CHES Fitness Expert

etables and let them pick which one they want for dinner. Make an outing out of a trip to the grocery store or a farmer’s market. Let them pick up a vegetable and challenge your child to learn why it’s healthy and what he or she can do with it. For example, pick up a zucchini and spend some time with your child in the kitchen preparing the zucchini and see what tasty foods you can create. Give your child some guidance and ownership over what he or she eat and see where it goes! If you need help, talk to your family doctor or find a nutritionist to help! You will find one at a growing number of grocery stores, like Sprouts Markets or even at the Mission Valley YMCA.


Kids should be physically active for 60 minutes or more each day according to the CDC’s guidelines, yet only one in three

kids is meeting this minimum daily amount. Our kids face multiple barriers that keep them sedentary: Time in P.E. is being cut, unsafe neighborhoods mean kids can’t just run outside and play, and in addition to making things easier, technology is changing how we spend our free time. There are lots of ways to encourage your kids to be more active. If they want to watch TV, require that they have to take an activity break during every commercial (or every 15 minutes if there are no commercials!). Give them a list of exercises (like 10 jumping jacks and 10 pushups) they have to complete, or have them come up with their own list. Or put a stack of toys or books on one side of the room and, during each commercial break, they have to move one at a time and put it on the other side of the room.

Get kids out and active too! Look to your community to find a safe place where they can be active and have fun. Places like the Mission Valley YMCA have Kids’ Fitness classes just to get kids moving and having fun. Teens and tweens can participate in other group exercise

classes as well. Kids of all ages from toddler to teens can also take swim lessons, gymnastics, dance, karate, or sports at the Y. The Y even offers financial assistance so no one is ever turned away.


Sit down with your child each week and set a goal about eating healthy or being active (or both). Decide on something your child feels confident he or she can achieve, make it fun and build from there. Good ideas for goals

might be eat three vegetables a day for four days this week. Or spend 30 minutes playing basketball five days this week. Set your own goals, too. Your child is likely to copy your behavior, so when you eat well and stay active, chances are, your child will, too. Be the best role model you can be and support a healthy lifestyle for you and your children – that’s a sure way to success!

River groups celebrate 12 years


he San Diego River Park Foundation and The San Diego River Coalition will celebrate their 12th anniversaries Sept. 19 at Admiral Baker Golf Course Clubhouse. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the program and awards ceremony slated for 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $10. Sponsors include Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, Sudberry Properties and Allied Waste Services. Interested attendees should RSVP to or call (619) 297-7380.




VALLEY VIEWS By Gina Cord, founder of Mission Valley News

Michael Buble Coming to San Diego


hat a fantastic surprise I received on Sunday evening when I turned on KPBS TV and discovered one of the greatest male singers I have ever heard! Michael Buble was performing at Madison Square Garden in New York before 14,000

ing many songs, which he wrote himself and old standards like Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust” was a real treat. That really brought back memories for me as Hoagy used to come to my home in Los Angeles and play my piano. Now the best part is Buble will perform at the Valley View Casino Stadium on Sports Arena Boulevard Nov. 26 and you can see – or hear – for yourself what an outstanding talent he is. The two hour show wasn’t enough and I look forward to a re-run of the program. For more information, visit www.KPBS. org.

Up to Speed with San Diego Bayfair

Michael Buble

people and he is sensational. He is a three-time Grammy winner, but I had never heard him before. His voice control and timing sounded a little like his hero, Frank Sinatra, but, dare I say, maybe even better. Sing-

If you haven’t had an opportunity to witness the hydroplanes performing on Mission Bay you will have the chance to do so on Sept. 13-15 where the 49th annual action-sports festival will be celebrated. It is truly thrilling to watch this high-powered boats racing around Mission Bay at a speed of 200 miles per hour. San Diego Bayfair is expanding the show this year with entertainment on land and a concert stage on Crown Point and East Vacation Island to watch 28 of the

top up-and-coming bands from our region perform presented by Manzanita Brewing Company. Bayfair is staging a craft brew festival on Crown Point and local vendors will offer specialty foods from around the world. Kids of all ages can enjoy the Kids Expo Zone at the Bayfair on Crown Point courtesy of El Cajon Toyota between the races. The Vendor Village on East Vacation

San Diego Bayfair

Island, which includes a concert stage, is open to the public and no ticket is required. A paid admission is required to view the 12 classes of boat races and the freestyle motorcross exhibition. I can personally vouch for the fact that these races are truly spectacular and you’ll hold your breath at the speed! A crowd of about 100,000 people will hold their breath with you. For more information or to purchase advance tickets online, visit www. We welcome What’s News and Who’s News for this column. Contact Gina Cord at (619) 6832434 or




Mike White Real Estate

Real estate company opens Mission Valley office

Southwest Strategies promotes director to Vice President

Mike White and the Jeff Campbell & Associates team of Pacific Growth Sales have moved into Mission Valley. With more than 60 years of combined real estate experience, Campbell and his team assists clients with all their property needs. The company’s experience includes investment properties, land, commercial properties, development, and property management needs. As repeat winners of the San Diego Magazine Five-Star Awards and Best of East County Awards, the company strives to provide clients with quality customer service. Find more information at

Southwest Strategies, San Diego’s top public outreach agency, has enhanced its leadership team with the promotion of Elizabeth Hansen from Director of Public Affairs to the role of Vice President. Following the addition of multiple new hires and client successes, Hansen stepped up to the plate to deliver additional management. Hansen is a public affairs professional with extensive experience in strategic planning and implementation of community, government and media outreach programs. At Southwest Strategies, Hansen serves as a senior writer, coordinating client projects and managing research and marketing efforts, as well as publicity programs. “As the firm’s grown over the years, new roles and responsibilities were developed to encourage staff advancement into senior leadership roles,” said Alan Ziegaus, the company’s Chief Executive Officer. “Elizabeth has been a dedicated employee the past 13 years and the move into the Vice President role was a natural next step for her and SWS.” In her role as Vice President, Hansen oversees major clients through the entitlement and construction processes, overseeing outreach programs related to land use, transportation and infrastructure projects for clients such as Poseidon Water and SANDAG, and supervises a team of staff members. She is also responsible for generating business leads and maintaining strong relationships with government, business and media leaders. The new role is similar to the position Hansen held in the past, but includes assisting the partners with more staff management and new business development. “I am honored to take on this new role,” said Hansen. “We have a great team at Southwest Strategies and I look forward to continuing to work closely with our clients and collaborating with staff.” Hansen is very involved in the San Diego community, serving as a Vice Chair of the Scripps Miramar Ranch Planning Group. She also serves as a board member for the YMCA of San Diego County’s Youth & Family Services Board of Directors and Holiday and Poinsettia Bowls Committee.

Environmental Protection Agency appoints San Diegan

Jill Witkowski

San Diego Coastkeeper’s Waterkeeper

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently appointed Jill Witkowski, San Diego Coastkeeper’s Waterkeeper, to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. As the only representative from the global Waterkeeper movement, Witkowski brings to the council her experience addressing environmental justice from a water quality standpoint in San Diego and New Orleans. “Clean water for all people should be at the forefront of our nation’s environmental justice dialogue,” said Witkowski. “With many environmental issues – air pollution, hazardous waste, and energy – connected to and impacting our water quality, my participation on the council allows San Diego Coastkeeper to have a broader reach to protect San Diego’s waters.”  The 26-member council comprises various stakeholders involved in the environmental justice dialogue and provides advice to the EPA to make decisions, problem solve and research ways to improve public health in communities of high environmental risk. 

River Foundation names Volunteer of the Month

Sawyer Forthun

Volunteer of the Month

The San Diego River Park Foundation named Sawyer Forthun Volunteer of the Month for September. Forthun has been a regular volunteer at the San Diego River Garden in Mission Valley for nearly a year. His dad, Bob Forthun, is the Garden’s lead volunteer and he introduced Sawyer to this volunteer-driven project on Camino del Rio N. Sawyer, who has really taken to volunteering, said,  “I love (not like) volunteering, and I love it because I get to help inform people about beautiful nature and I help to keep nature alive. What I like most is the looks on the faces of kids and adults when they learn something new; the light in their eyes just fills you with happiness.”

San Diego chancellor celebrates a decade

Dr. Constance Carroll

Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District


During the 2013-14 academic year, Dr. Constance Carroll celebrates her tenth year serving as chancellor of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD).  During her chancellorship, Dr. Carroll has overseen an amazing transformation of California’s second largest community college district including unprecedented student success and more than $1 billion in new construction activity.  Along the way, she’s earned respect for her leadership, commitment to academic excellence and her reputation for collaboration.  “You have only to drive around San Diego and see that many of the cranes are working on the building projects that Constance, her board, and her team have set in motion, creating almost 10,000 jobs in the region,” said Jerry Sanders, former San Diego Mayor and President/CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.  “I congratulate Dr. Carroll on her ten years as chancellor. Our city is the better for her leadership.”

Elizabeth Hansen

Southwest Strategies Vice President

Chancellor Carroll’s accomplishments include: Promoting student success, especially in the area of transfer to fouryear institutions. Since 2004, Dr. Carroll has conferred more than 41,000 degrees and certificates and SDCCD students transfer at a higher rate than the statewide average.  Securing voter approval of Proposition N in 2006.  The $870 million construction bond has enabled SDCCD to upgrade classrooms, labs, libraries, and other facilities.  Combined with Proposition S funds previously approved in 2002, the bond budget reached $1.555 billion.  Of this amount, SDCCD has now completed more than $1 billion in construction during Chancellor Carroll’s tenure. Co-charing a successful two-year equalization campaign which ended disparities in community college funding across the state.  This effort brought a total of $240 million to California community colleges and $9 million to the SDCCD in ongoing funding, thereby standardizing state support to the colleges for the first time in California history. Maintaining quality and access while navigating five years of difficult state budget cuts. In spite of $33 million in state budget cuts and the incredible challenges it created, SDCCD has maintained student access by reducing spending and increasing efficiency, without layoffs and with a balanced budget.  Now, with voter approval of Proposition 30, the district has added hundreds of course sections and is hiring many of the faculty positions that went unfilled during a multi-year hiring freeze. Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, cited Dr. Carroll’s leadership and commitment to access as a hallmark of her chancellorship. “During the most challenging decade in the history of U.S. higher education, Constance Carroll has provided visionary leadership at both state and national levels.  She has been especially innovative in managing her district’s resources to maintain educational quality and to preserve student access,” said Bumphus. Including her 11 years as president of San Diego Mesa College, Dr. Carroll is now the longest serving CEO of a higher education institution in San Diego.  For many in the community, Dr. Carroll is the embodiment of educational access and success.  Her achievements – as a woman and person of color – are not lost on leaders such as Rachael Ortiz, Executive Director of Barrio Station.  See CHANCELLOR page 7



Chancellor, from page 6

are completion of SDCCD’s $1.555 “Art in the Park” billion bond construction program at Mission Trails “Chancellor Carroll works to and legislative approval of California maintain an affordable higher community colleges’ ability to award education system of inclusiveness to baccalaureate degrees in certain prepare local students for leadership impacted programs such as nursing. positions that are needed to lead this Of these, it’s the continued physical wonderful nation,” said Ortiz.  “We transformation of district campuses thank ‘The People’s Chancellor’ that stirs her emotions. for leaving deep footprints for “We’ve arrived at a level of generations of leaders in the making excellence I didn’t think we’d to follow.” see,” said Carroll.  “When I look A proud student of “dead at the completed buildings, I am languages,” Dr. Carroll holds a reminded of the plans we made, B.A. degree in Humanities from working with the faculty and staff, Duquesne University; an M.A. and and the controversies we endured to Ph.D. in Classics (Ancient Greek transform our campuses. Students and Latin) from the University often say of their new campus of Pittsburgh; and a Certificate of environments, ‘It feels like a Proficiency in Hellenic Studies university.’”    ur publisher, former from Knubly University in Athens, As the second largest of councilmember Jim Greece.  She also attended the California’s 72 community Madaffer, and CBS8 TV Harvard University Institute for college districts, the San Diego meteorologist and lifestyle reporter Community College District serves Shawn Styles are the honorary approximately 130,000 students chairs of the second annual “Art in annually through three two-year the Park” fundraiser for the Mission colleges and six Continuing Trails Regional Park Foundation Education campuses.  The three on Saturday evening Oct. 5. More colleges, San Diego City College, than 75 pieces of art, from paintings San Diego Mesa College, and San to ceramics to photography to Diego Miramar College, offer sculptures, will be on display and Educational Management. associate degrees and certificates She admits, however, her move in occupational programs that for sale. Tickets are $25 and include into administration was by accident.  prepare students for transfer to four- fine wine, fine art, fine cheese and In 1970, while she was teaching year colleges and entry-level jobs.  fine chocolate – don’t forget the at the University of Pittsburgh, the Continuing Education’s Education fine company as well. The event university created a number of new Cultural Complex (ECC) also offers starts at 6 p.m. leadership positions for women and classes leading to associate degrees minorities.  Dr. Carroll was tapped for and certificates. one of the jobs in the school’s advising center.  That launched a 43-year career in higher education that has Do you have business included administrative posts at two news about new hires, universities, as well as presidencies promotions or awards? and an interim chancellorship, all Send it to editor@ at California community colleges. Scan for 2013 “Art in the Park” Still, throughout her career as an ticket orders. administrator she has continued to teach and she remains a strong advocate for the classics.  “Students of the classics understand the history and the complexity of issues such as the nature of democracy, the causes of international conflict, the institution of slavery, and other issues that are familiar in contemporary times,” said Carroll.  “It gives you a terrific look into the past.  The past is prologue – it’s still relevant.” Chancellor Carroll’s accomplishments have not gone without local and national recognition.  In 2011, Dr. Carroll was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve a six-year term on the National Council on the with eStatements Humanities.  She currently serves on the boards of the University of San Diego, the San Diego Foundation, the San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego Youth Services, the League surcharge-FREE for Innovation, and the Community College Humanities Association.  She continues to publish and is frequently sought out as a guest speaker. Locate. Negotiate. Deliver. “The National Community College Trustees Organization named Constance ‘Chancellor of the It’s not big bank banking. It’s better.™ Year’ because she is highly respected locally and nationally for her insight Auto sale and brokerage services provided by SD Auto Sales/Leasing. on higher education policy and is recognized for her commitment to student diversity,” said Rich Grosch, President of the SDCCD Board of Trustees.  “Largely due to her efforts, the San Diego Community College District is strong both financially and academically.” At 67 years young, Dr. Carroll says she is not ready to retire.  Among the (877) 732-2848 projects Dr. Carroll looks forward to Federally insured by NCUA. accomplishing in the coming years


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San Diego Humane Society and SPCA has served San Diego since 1880. Programs include sheltering and adopting animals; investigating animal cruelty and neglect; rescuing animals in emergency situations; positive reinforcement behavior training through public training classes; providing adult and youth education programs; and sharing animals through pet-assisted therapy and more. The private non-profit makes it easy to fall in love with furry friends. Get your “Fur Fix” every Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m., when you can play, pet and socialize with kittens in a play pen.


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7510-7610 Hazard Ctr. Dr. San Diego, CA 92108 Hazard Center may not be as glitzy as its neighbor, Fashion Valley, but it has plenty to offer just the same. Shoppers can browse through books and magazines at Barnes & Noble, take in an action movie in one of the Digiplex’s moving seats, really get moving with the Arthur Murray Dance Center, or dine at one of many restaurants, including Applebee’s, Joe’s Crab Shack, Which Wich and Smashburger. If you feel guilty after pigging out, there’s always YMCA Mission Valley, which helps members work off excess calories with sweaty smiles.


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Combat veteran and former 75th District Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who went from Republican to Independent to Democrat, seems to just want to get the job done without party politics. While in the Assembly, he was honored as legislator of the year by BIOCOM, Tech America, Veterans of Foreign War, Crime Victims United, and the Black Chamber of Commerce. Fletcher, who sponsored Chelsea’s Law, which toughened penalties and restrictions on violent sexual predators, officially declared his candidacy for mayor in August.


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ROC Wellness Center

Dr. Jon Cassell, DDS 591 Camino de la Reina, Ste. 412 San Diego, CA (619) 220-7475.

Tooth pain is the worst. It can make or break a meal and torment you with awful headaches. Dr. Jon Cassell is a gentle dentist, who helps patients smile again without angst. If it’s coffeestained teeth that keep you from a happy grin, Dr. Cassell, who does whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants crowns and bridges, can also redesign your grill.


Dr. James Munce, DDS New Image Dental

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9040 Friars Road, Ste. 400 San Diego, CA 92108 (619) 280-0201 Specializing in chronic pain relief, ROC Wellness is composed of three chiropractors who will help you become well adjusted. Drs. Colin Mackay, Sarah Mackay and Shah Soleimani are professional and caring with their patients and offer a wide variety of backgrounds: Dr. Colin Mackay has an advanced certification in the diagnosis and clinical management of cervical acceleration/deceleration trauma and whiplash- related temporomandibular joint disorders from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego; Dr. Sarah Mackay is certified in the diagnosis and clinical management of women with menopause and endocrine disorders; and Dr. Soleimani practices chiropractic sports medicine.


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Dr. Bruce Blakely at Mission Village Chiropractic Dr. Paul Bolton at The Joint Chiropractic

Best Brewery

7007 Friars Road San Diego, CA 92108-1152 (619) 688-9113 The aptly named “Fashion Valley” mall has everything a stylish shopper could want, from big name department stores (Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, jcpenney, Neiman Marcus) to favorite chains (Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Geppetto’s, Gymboree) to luxury shops (Hermés, Prada, Mont Blanc, Tiffany & Co., Burberry). Shopping during lunch or dinner means a variety of selections, including a food court, California Pizza Kitchen, Stacked, P.F. Chang’s and the always-busy Cheesecake Factory. Once you’re all shopped out in this openair mall, you can take a cool break to catch the latest flick at AMC Theatres.

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Gordon Biersch 5010 Mission Center Road San Diego, CA 92108 619-688-1120

The Brewery Restaurant location in Mission Valley offers upscale aesthetics, comfortable dining, and, of course, a wide variety of their own brand of beers. The German-style brews range from their crisp, refreshing light lager “Golden Export” to their take on Hefeweizen (wheat bier) with its cloudy appearance and complex flavors. The GB food menu matches their beers with diverse cuisine from flatbreads to salads to their signature garlic fries.


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Best Place To Feed The Kids

Liveliest Place for Live Music

6171 Mission Gorge Road San Diego, CA 92120 (619) 280-7087

5373 Mission Center Rd San Diego, CA 92108 (619) 291-1184


Who doesn’t love a buffet when you’ve got a growing family? Souplantation makes it easy for Mom and Dad to feed their picky eaters with the promise of a choice of what seems like thousands of delicious “After you eat your dinner!” desserts. The restaurant’s familyfriendly salad bar and buffet has the trusty ol’ standby soups – chicken noodle and cream of mushroom – and gives parents a variety of ways to make sure their children are really getting their veggies. Smart savers can join Club Veg, which offers members-only coupons.


Fuddruckers Casa Guadalajara

In Cahoots

Mission Valley’s country music fans spoke up for this award. In Cahoots is well known for playing toe-tapping tunes for guests to listen to and dance along with. For 20 years they’ve presented live bands and DJs, plus they offer free dance lessons Tuesday through Sunday starting at 6:30pm. And if you need some liquid courage to get you on your feethappy hour and nightly drink specials will do the trick.


JT’s Pub The Griffin

Best Spot to Get Your Drink On

Best Golf Course- TIE

McGregor’s Grill & Ale House

Admiral Baker

10475 San Diego Mission Road San Diego, CA 92108 (619) 282-9797

2400 Admiral Baker Road, #3604 San Diego, CA 92120 The first golf course honored for this award finds its home nestled off Mission Gorge Road, easily accessed from Interstates 8 and 15. Two 18-hole courses offer pristine views and challenging obstacles for skilled golfers. The course is open to the public with special discounts for active and retired members of the military. They also boast a golf shop and large clubhouse- which hosts special events overlooking the greens.

Best Golf Course- TIE

Minutes from Qualcomm Stadium, McGregor’s is known as a pre- and post-game spot for imbibing. With dual bars, pool tables, and open seating- this is a great place for a drink or two any day of the week. The neighborhood hotspot also serves food throughout the day and offers entertainment options from ample television screens to shuffleboard to dart boards. Their full bar offers whatever wets your whistle, including craft cocktails favorites like Manhattans and Moscow Mules.



Casa Guadalajara JTs Pub and Grill

Best Place for your Sweet Tooth

1150 Fashion Valley Road San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 296-4653 The other honoree for Best Golf Course offers three 9-hole courses to put some variety in your game. Located off the 163 and 8 freeways, the picturesque course is a favorite of players near and far. A double-sided driving range and large putting green invite golfers to hone their skills. The semi-private course also welcomes guests into their full-service golf shop and to dine in their restaurant while taking in the views.


Tecolote Golf Course

Best Place to Get a Burger

Cold Stone Creamery in Old Town 2448 San Diego Ave. San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 543-9057

Cold Stone is all about getting a sweet treat exactly how you want it. With a plethora of flavors, the ice cream is just the beginning. Their range of mix-ins from candies to fresh fruit makes for an endless number of tasty combinations. This location in the heart of Old Town is favorite stop for locals and tourists in need of a sugar-fix. And if you’re in a hurry you can pick up their packed and ready to-go ice cream to enjoy at your leisure.


In N Out

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Best Pizza

2005 Camino Del Este San Diego, CA 92108 (800) 786-1000 For 65 years In-n-Out has set the standard for all-American burgers and fries. Their quality ingredients ensure the flavors of the food shine through. And they’re known for providing top-notch customer service unrivaled by other fast food chain. Their Mission Valley location is busy at any hour day or night but they manage to move guests through quickly and with the utmost care. We’re partial to animal-style fries from the “secret” menu.


Gordon Biersch Bunz

Best Breakfast


2345 Fenton Pkwy. San Diego, CA 92108 (619) 358-4000 Right in the heart of Mission Valley this Costco location gets plenty of foot traffic day in and day out. Those with enough time on their hands know what a treat it is to take a break and enjoy a slice or two of Costco’s tasty pizza at their outdoor food court. They also sell their pies to go, which makes this a perfect meal option to take home after you’ve stocked up in the warehouse.


Brother’s Family Restaurant

The Works Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria

Best Old Town Eatery

5150 Waring Road San Diego, CA 92120 (619) 287-0880 Brother’s breakfast menu boasts all the classic morning time meals you love and some favorites you have yet to discover. Omelettes and scrambles are hearty kick starters for your day or you can opt for a quick bite with breakfast sandwiches. Their California Benedict takes a breakfast standard and gives it west coast flair with fresh avocado and ripe tomato. And, of course, they’re quick to fill your coffee cup so you’ll have energy to tackle the day.


The Waffle Spot Mission Valley Cafe

Best Place to Take The Kids

Old Town Mexican Cafe 2489 San Diego Ave. San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 297-4330

Old Town offers a vast array of eateries so taking home this honor OTMC had to beat out some stiff competition. For 20 years they’ve boasted a festive atmosphere with highquality food and one of the best margaritas in town. Their menu is full of authentic dishes and they serve (and sell) fresh handmade tortillas that melt in your mouth. Slow-roasted carnitas served with all the fixings are one of our favorite recommendations here.


San Diego Zoo


Dave & Busters Sea World

Fiesta de Reyes Casa Guadalajara

Best Sports Bar

2920 Zoo Dr. San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 231-1515 The San Diego Zoo experience for kids starts before their parents even gas up the van. The zoo’s website for kids,, features games, activities, animal cams and “Jobs at the Zoo,” which is represented by a shovel icon (wonder what that means)… Once families get to the world famous San Diego Zoo, it’s nonstop fun. The Children’s Zoo includes a playground for kids 5 and up, fascinating creatures, such as the naked mole rat, and the Petting Paddock, where Junior can get up and close with friendly goats and sheep. (Caution: Don’t get too close if you’re holding one of the zoo’s cartoon maps.)


Tilted Kilt

1640 Camino Del Rio N San Diego, CA (619) 299-5458 Whatever the sport of your choice, Tilted Kilt has you covered. They cater to all fans with ample screens and an inviting atmosphere. Their menu is stacked with pub fare favorites like nachos and mozzarella sticks, plus they also have a variety of entrees. The beer taps boast domestic favorites and local brews as well. And, of course, the Kilt Girls are on hand to make sure your sports bar experience is complete.


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Massaging out arthritis


ission Valley Massage Envy and the Arthritis Foundation have joined forces to host the third annual Healing Hands for Arthritis, a oneday national event to build awareness and raise funds to fight arthritis. On Sept. 18, the 23 San Diego Massage Envy


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over $1 Million for the Arthritis Foundation. “We strongly encourage

the San Diego community to come out on Sept. 18 to help fight Arthritis, a disease that affects 50 million Americans, and is America’s leading cause of disability,” said Massage Envy Regional Developer Dennis Conklin. “Massage can play an integral role in pain management and achieving overall wellness for people with arthritis and all Americans. We look forward to raising not only awareness of this disease but also a lot of monies to help the San Diego Arthritis Foundation.” By the year 2030, an estimated 67 million or 25 percent of the projected total adult population will have

arthritis. Massage Envy and the Arthritis Foundation share a common understanding about the devastating effects of arthritis on the body and the potential for massage therapy to relieve and control certain symptoms. Massage therapy can play an important role in alleviating the pain and swelling caused by arthritis, improving flexibility and circulation and reducing stress and anxiety. In addition to hosting Healing Hands for Arthritis, Massage Envy is a national sponsor of the Arthritis Foundation’s signature event, Arthritis Walk. Massage Envy owners from across the country have and will continue to have a presence at their local Arthritis Walk events to share information about the benefits of massage therapy, provide chair massages and support the Arthritis Foundation’s mission.

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ollectors of fine Native American jewelry, art, hand-woven rugs and Pendleton blankets will enjoy an unforgettable weekend among some of the Southwest’s finest Native American artists at Bazaar del Mundo’s “Santa Fe Market,” Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20 to 22 in Old Town. Diane Powers’ “Santa Fe Market” may just be San Diego’s prime destination for stunning, authentic Native American jewelry and home décor in bold shades of turquoise, coral, terracotta and orange.

The festival, at the Bazaar del Mundo Shops, is a colorful outdoor marketplace featuring Navajo, Cherokee, Hopi, Pima, Isleta Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo tribe members, along with other noted Southwestern artists demonstrating and selling their wares. The collections include: sterling silver and multi-stone inlaid jewelry of turquoise and coral, sculptures, Pendleton blankets, Native American graphic art, paintings and more. See MARKET page 15



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Exploring Old Town one bite at a time


he height of tourism season in San Diego may be officially over but it’s never too late to explore the culinary delights of our own beautiful city, and one of the delicious ways to do it is through Bite San Diego. Bite San Diego caters to visitors as well as curious locals who have a hunger to discover food gems around town. One area that is often overlooked by San Diegans is Old Town. While many people, including myself, consider the area historically rich, it’s also a wonderful surprise to see it’s also the site for many tasty treats and food. The three-hour walking tour of Old Town visits five or six shops and eateries. Stops on the tour change seasonally but a recent tour included Rust General Store, Old Town Mexican Café, TemCarnitas Taco from Old ecula Olive Town Mexican Cafe Oil Company, Old Town Coffee & Tea and Rockin’ Baja Lobster. These locations are places you can obviously visit on your own without assistance from a tour, but a solo trek would not include a

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knowledgeable guide to provide a brief history – or a variety of samples – from each place. One gem in this tour is a stop at the Temecula Olive Oil Company. It featured an extensive flight of their locally sourced and bottled olive oils that they pair with complex balsamic vinegars. Costumed shopkeepers educate tour-goers on the world of oils and it will be a challenge to walk away without a bottle. If oils and vinegars are not your

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thing, you will likely also sample tacos, seafood and old-fashioned candies authentic to the 1800s. Much like the name of the tour explains, you’ll have a bite at every stop so don’t expect this experience to replace a meal. Stops at each place last for approximately 20 minutes, offering enough time to explore the shop or ask questions. Tours are lim-

neighborhoods, Stirling said. White said police do post signs about available parking, but many people choose to drive up Juan anyway in the hope of scoring parking where others did not think to look. Police usually try to keep Harney Street open to give drivers a way off of Juan Street, but for particularly large events such as the Fiesta de Kustom Kulture, the volume of pedestrians makes it more appropriate to close Harney, White said. Another solution Stirling proposed is to place a manned barrier at the intersection of Juan Street and Sunset Road and allow drivers to make U-turns there so they can head back down the hill on Juan. White said the problem with that idea is that police cannot block public streets or force drivers to make a U-turn. As long as there are no signs prohibiting Uturns in residential areas, however, drivers are already free to make them, he said. White said police are considering putting up signs that say “No outlet” on the southern portion of Juan Street so drivers know they need to turn around sooner. He said his office is always open to other ideas, too. “We’re open to meeting with people and listening to their ideas and having them show us on a map what they think would work better,” White said. White can be reached by email at


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ited to 15 people which provides a somewhat intimate group ideal for getting to know each other. Comfortable shoes (walks are brief and not at all strenuous), sunscreen and extra money for edible souvenirs are highly recommended. The Old Town tour is only one of eight tours around the city offered by Bite San Diego. Other areas include Coronado, downtown San Diego, Hillcrest, Encinitas, La Jolla, Julian and North Park – all culinary hotspots. Cost for a tour is $45 per person. Tours usually start in the early afternoon on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. Visit for more information and to schedule a tour. Darlene Horn is a San Diegobased food blogger and has penning her opinions on food for eight years at She’s also the author of the semi-autobiographical, foodcentric comic, The Girl with the Donut Tattoo, drawn by her husband and artist, Paul Horn.

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Top 3 tips for healthy end of summer hair By Ashley Christman

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 (formerly San Diego Desserts). Free. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. www. Saturdays – Douglas Kvandal with the LiveJazz! Quartet at the Amigo Spot a the Kings Inn. Free. 7 p.m. Sept. 21 – Normandie Wilson at San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room. Free. 7 p.m. www. Sept. 26 – Cool Soul Trio at Riviera Supper Club. Free. 9 p.m. www.

ALTERNATIVE Mondays – Stevie Harris at The Go Lounge. Free. 8 p.m. Sept. 13-14 – San Diego Music Thing. Showcases with local and national bands throughout the county at various venues. Price & times vary. www.

Dead Feather Moon, TarrBaby, Oliver Trolley, and more. $29. 7 p.m. SanDiegoConcertCruise. com

CLASSICAL Sept. 29 – Hungarian Folk Ensemble. $20-$85. 2 p.m. www.SanDiegoSymphony. org Sept. 29 – The Ella Quartet at the Central Library Auditorium. Free. 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4–6 – A Carnegie Hall Preview at Copley Symphony Hall. $20–$96. Friday & Saturday 8 p.m./Sun. 2 p.m. www. Oct. 11–13 – Gershwin’s An American in Paris at Copley Symphony Hall. $20–$96. Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m./Sun. 2 p.m. www.

Pop Tuesdays – Suzanne Shea at Bistro Sixty. Free. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. www. Fridays – Nathan Welden at Bistro Sixty. Free. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 – Social Club, Night Riots, Oliver Trolley, and Lucky and Wild at The Griffin. $6. 8:30 p.m. www.

Sept. 17 – Ed Ghost Tucker and The Gift Machine at The Griffin. $5 or free with RSVP. 8:45 p.m. www.

Sept. 28 – People of Earth at San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room. Free. 7 p.m. www.

Sept. 27 – Chess Wars at Riviera Supper Club. Free. 9 p.m. www.

Oct. 12 – The PushPins at San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room. Free. 7 p.m. www.

Sept. 27 – Ristband at Pal Joey’s. Free. www. Sept. 28 – Rock the Boat for the MARSOC Foundation aboard a ship cruising Mission Bay: featuring

Bands, venues, and musiclovers: Please submit listings for this calendar by emailing

1. Give it a rest

In today’s fast-paced environment, even your hair needs a break from time to time. This is especially important at the end of the summer when you hair has been exposed to a variety of elements, from the daytime sun, salt water and chlorine to styling tools that helped prepare you for the warm evenings out. For the month of September, commit to shampoo/style your hair only three to four times a week. You might feel a little drab temporarily, but you will be amazed what your natural oils can do. Too often we shampoo so much that our hair starts to resemble a bristle pad. By wearing your hair back, wet, or natural, the hair will become strong and silky again…and just in time for the holiday parties and photo opps!

2. Products matter

Many times we run out of the good stuff and tend to do a quick fix with cheaper finds from the local drug store. Although there are some good products for a quick fix, investing in high quality hair essentials is a must for longterm hair health and wellness. I recommend getting a small tub of the L’Oreal Professional Deep Conditioner. This stuff is amazing and will do wonders for that distressed hair. Simply wash, towel dry hair, and apply for five minutes. I have seen this product transform some seriously dried out strands into gorgeous locks. Another option is in-salon Redkin Shine Glossing. This is a 10-minute service that can be done on its own or with other services. The treatment coats the hair with a solid glaze, helping smooth down the cuticle, giving lasting shine. Clients often mention how much they love this little secret.

3. And…cut!

I’ve seen several clients try to pass up a haircut when

they are growing out their hair, worried that their hair will get too short. The less you trim, however, the more split ends will form, causing breakage and preventing growth of new, fuller hair. Getting a trim every three months will help eliminate the damaged hair and result in healthier, sexier locks, great for fall styles!

Ashley Christman is a San Diego-based professional hair stylist, with nearly 11 years of experience in color, cutting, hair extensions and special event styling. She is based at Golden Touch Salon in Mission Valley. For more information, visit



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Project Debt Relief Every first Tuesday, 6 p.m. (Sept. 3) Attorney Mark L. Miller will present a free seminar about debt including credit cards, short sales, foreclosures and alternatives to bankruptcy. Movie Night: Ginger and Rosa (2012) Every fourth Wednesday, 6 p.m. (Sept. 25) London, 1962. Two teenage girls - Ginger and Rosa - are inseparable; they discuss religion, politics and hairstyles, and dream of lives bigger than frustrated domesticity. As the Cold War meets the Sexual Revolution, the lifelong friendship of the two girls is shattered by the clash of desire and the will to survive. Discussion to follow.

rez, Fletcher and Aguirre, there is Bruce Coons, executive director of the Save Our Heritage Organisation. More than a dozen other little-known individuals have also reportedly said they would join the race. The City Council called a special election for Tuesday, Nov. 19, the third Tuesday of November, just over a week before Thanksgiving. The candidate who receives at least 50 percent of the votes cast in that election will be the next mayor. If, however, no candidate surpasses the 50 percent threshold, the City Council must call a special runoff election between the two candidates with the most votes. Although the city charter requires the special runoff be scheduled within 49 days of the special election, City Clerk Liz Maland told the City Council

Aug. 28 that state law will likely make that deadline impossible to meet. Faulconer, a Republican, represents the communities of Bay Park, Bay Ho, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach and Point Loma on the City Council. He said he has a history of bringing people together through tough challenges. “I was first elected to the City Council seven years ago following a mayoral resignation that left San Diego reeling,” Faulconer said. “I’ve worked every day since then to repair the city’s finances and credibility.” Fletcher, a Democrat who represented the northern part of the city and part of the county in the state Assembly from 2008 to 2012 as a Republican, addressed his change in party in a video released by his campaign. “You know, when I was a Marine, we didn’t care what your


party affiliation was,” Fletcher said. “We cared if you were committed to the mission that we were doing.” Alvarez, a Democrat, represents San Diego’s southern neighborhoods on the City Council. Alvarez won the endorsement of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, which backed Filner in last year’s race. “San Diego needs a mayor who cares about the future of working families & all of our neighborhoods,” Alvarez wrote in a post on Twitter announcing his candidacy. As the race for mayor develops, Mission Valley News will keep track of what’s most important to Mission Valley, Linda Vista and Old Town residents. Tell us what’s important to you by emailing

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. Zumba Gold Fridays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Zumba Gold is a lower impact version of our Zumba Basic class Natural Solutions to Digestive Problems Thursday, Sept. 5, 1 to 3 p.m. Over 61 million Americans suffer from some digestive issue. Come to this free lecture on natural solutions to digestive problems.

Preschool Storytime with Kathie Every Monday, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Children and their families are invited to join us for stories, rhymes, songs and crafts. Hopscotch Tiny Tots Storytime Every Tuesday, 3:30 to 4 p.m. Join Miss Kim for a great time with music, stories, and crafts for babies and toddlers.

Toddler Yoga Storytime with Aryn Rannazzisi Thursday, Oct. 3, 10 to 11 a.m. Join us the first Thursday of every month for a family yoga storytime. Linda Vista Planning Group General Meeting Monday, Oct. 28, 5 to 8 p.m.

Linda Vista Branch Library is located at 2160 Ulric St., San Diego. Visit lindavistalibrary. org 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.

Money Matters: Putting Your Money to Work for You Saturday, Sept. 21, noon Understand how money works to better manage it and save & invest correctly. In Spanish and English OASIS Class: Understanding Vertigo and Fall Prevention Monday, Sept. 23, 1 p.m. Elderly falls are the No. 1 cause of death in older adults! Learn not only the causes of vertigo and various inner ear conditions that affect the body’s balance, but also tips for fall prevention and how physical therapy can bring order to this balancing act. Baby Signing Storytime: First and third Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. (Sept. 3 & 17) Expert baby sign language instructor Joann Woolley will delight little ones with signing through storytime. Learn how to sign through favorite stories and nursery rhymes. Preschool Storytime & Craft Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. (Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26) Preschoolers are invited to a storytime, then a fun craft right afterwards! Toddler Storytime Fridays, 10:30 a.m. (Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27) Storytime designed for toddlers, featuring songs, rhymes, and fingerplays. Yoga for Kids First and third Mondays, 1:30 p.m. (Sept. 16) 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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Corrections An article in the August edition, “Broken Yolk makes breakfast a mission,” incorrectly stated Broken Yolk Café owner John Gelastopoulos worked his first job as a dishwasher at Broken Yolk Café. In fact, his first dishwasher job was at a restaurant called Nappy’s.

In another article in the August edition, “Presidio Golf Course begs for green from City,” Justine Lee’s name was misspelled. Mission Valley News regrets the errors.

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BEERology: The history of making beer

By Andy Cohen


id you know the Ancient Egyptian workers who built the pyramids were paid in beer? And that the beer the Egyptians made actually had antibiotic qualities to it? Did you know that there are native tribes in South America who for over a thousand years have made a “spit beer” – yes, it’s just what it sounds like – as a staple of their diet, and who still make the beer today? Or that the first beer was brewed in China some nine thousand years ago? The San Diego Museum of Man sets out to explore both the ancient and modern history of beer making in its brand new BEERology exhibit with arti-

facts from around the world; from Asia to South America, to Africa and Europe; from primitive to more advanced cultures. The exhibit has been a long time in the making for museum COO and exhibit curator Rex

Garniewicz, an archaeologist by trade who himself is an avid homebrewer. Garniewicz said that it took four months just to write the script for the exhibit. “I’ve always been interested in beer as an adult. I’ve been brewing myself for about 20 years, and when I came here a couple of years ago and looked at the collection of all of these beer related artifacts, I thought that would be a great story because it’s sort of a lens to look at people through.” “All of these cultures, what they have in common, they all have beer in common,” said Garniewicz. In addition to the Museum’s own extensive collection, the exhibit features many artifacts on loan from the Smithsonian Institution. The showing features some of the earliest discovered beer mugs and pint glasses, including a solid gold Incan kero once owned by an Incan king, and a rare hand carved wooden kero in pristine condition thought to be 450-500 years old. There are brewing and storage vessels of varying ages from around the world, as well as a beer cup once belonging to Akhenaten, the Egyptian Pharaoh and father of Tutankhamen. One side of the entry to “BEERology” is a wall of beer bottles from the various breweries around the microbrew mecca of San Diego County, and an example of a more advanced homebrew kit (donated by Home

Brew Mart). Behind the homebrew kit is a word wall – literally a wall of words – featuring different terms used by different cultures for beer. Lift the hinged panels and you’ll find a detailed description of the origin and meaning of each word or type of beer, including “Lum,” the adult beverage of choice in the “Star Wars” movies.

Upon entry, visitors will find a display of tools used by indigenous people in the Peruvian Amazon, purveyors of the “spit” beer made from chewed up cassava roots that if not prepared properly contains cyanide and is deadly to the cook. As a part of the yearlong exhibit, the museum will host periodic beer tastings that will feature examples of ancient brews. The first public tasting will be held Sept. 19. Check the museum’s website,, for the full schedule of events and tastings.

Golf, from page 1 The wide swaths of brown on the course now are the result of a hefty water bill and outdated irrigation infrastructure, Lee said. At least one local resident, however, believes that Lee is not simply a victim of economic and environmental circumstances. Larry Stirling accused Lee of being a poor steward of one the city’s more valuable assets. “This guy is totally unqualified to lease the place,” Stirling said. The permit that allows Lee to operate the city golf course requires Lee to maintain the property “in good order and repair and in a safe, healthy, and sanitary condition at all times.” It requires Lee to keep the property “free and clear of rubbish, debris, and litter at all times” and to keep it “free and clear of

weeds and brush” to the satisfaction of the city. “Good order means whatever the city staff property guy assigned to the property lets him get away with,” Stirling said.

Stirling also believes Lee destroyed the landscaping and irrigation system by allowing cars to park on the western portion of the course during Cinco de Mayo. Lee declined to respond to questions about his management of the course, citing a right

to privacy. Lee also said he could not talk about business details without the city’s authorization. The city’s use permit makes clear that Lee’s use of the property is strictly limited to the “operation and maintenance of a public 18-hole, pitch and putt golf course; golf shop; snack bar; golf driving range; repair, sale and rental of golf equipment and supplies; golf instruction; and other related purposes.” The permit later states that Lee must pay the city 100 percent of income generated from any unauthorized use of the property. Lee’s permit to operate the course expires at the end of the year. A renewal does not require City Council approval unless the Real Estate Assets Department wants to grant a permit term longer than three years.



and flashlights. One of the favorite tools of today’s paranormal investigators is known as a spirit box, a device that scans through several radio frequencies per second.

branded with their group name: San Diego Paranormal Eye. The Paranormal Eye team comes to Presidio Park often, and they’ve gotten to know the spirits who hang out there well, said Stan Thompson, a leader of

Investigators believe spirits can manipulate the radio waves to speak through the device. “We get a lot of ‘Help,’ ‘Help me,’” Anderson said. Less technical tools were part of the mix too. “Got my holy water,” Kacizak said. “Never leave home without it. This stuff stings.” Holy water and gadgets in hand, the group set out to canvass the trails and buildings on the park’s hills. It was not long before they were picking up signals suggesting the presence of supernatural spirits, causing goosebumps and shrieks among the explorers. One temperature gauge read 400 degrees, something Kacizak said she had never seen. Later in the evening, a separate of ghost hunters showed up wearing matching black T-shirts

the team. Thompson quickly picked up on the presence of an unpleasant spirit next to a statue of Junípero Serra. Using the spirit box, Thompson heard the spirit say, “I’m kinda drunk,” and when asked what year it was, the spirit responded, “1895.” When skeptics challenge Thompson and his group on whether these spirits are real, they point to the physical evidence. Thompson said spirits often scratch him. Others in the group said spirits often pull their hair or tug on their clothes. They have even had pebbles thrown at them, Thompson said. Down the hillside trails on the eastern slope of the park is a bench. Legend has it that this spot is haunted by the spirit of a man named Bernard, who raped

and killed his girlfriend at this bench and then hung himself from a nearby tree. Bernard antagonizes visitors to the spot, cursing at them. Heaven Gilmore, another Paranormal Eye member, explained that the spirit world is basically purgatory. “We’re hacking into purgatory,” Gilmore said. Further along the trail, the Paranormal Eye team encountered another spirit they’ve met before: an oldtime prostitute named Jenny. Through the spirit box, they asked her how much she charged. “Six,” she allegedly replied. It was not immediately clear whether she meant six cents or six dollars. Through the Spirit Box, Jenny told another Paranormal Eye member, “I love you.” Skeptics have dismissed the tactics of the paranormal investigators as pseudoscience, but the Paranormal Eye and Grave Babes groups have all the evidence they need. Even if you dispute the validity of that evidence, there is no disputing the thrill these ghost chasers get in their attempts to connect with the paranormal.

ing the Cherokee Museum in Oklahoma. In 1992, he was named Artist of the Year from the Indian Arts and Crafts Association.   Multi-talented  Bernie Granados, Jr. will present his paintings, masks, sculptures and miniatures featuring beautiful images of horses, buffalo and ancient ancestral figures inspired by visions and cave art throughout America. Santa Fe Market visitors can also enjoy live musical entertainment and neighboring restaurant Casa Guadalajara will offer Southwest-inspired lunch and dinner

selections. The event runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Presidio, from page 1

Market, from page 10 More than 20 artists will be in attendance; new artists include:

Jewelry aficionados will recognize Navajo jeweler and “movie star” Ray Tracey, who has appeared in “Seems Like Old Times” with Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase and the 1980’s TV series “Lou Grant.” His colorful pieces include gold, turquoise and lapis stones, as well as feather, bear and horse motifs.  Cherokee artist John Balloue will present his colorful giclées (fine art digital prints made on an inkjet printer). His work appears in public collections throughout the country includ-





Skate, from page 1 past decade, said skate parks promote community and responsibility among young people. “When I go to a skate park, I see a group of kids who all know each other,” Whitley said. “They’re a community. They help each other when they need to.” Gary Stang, owner of the Skateworld roller rink in Linda Vista, said he used to complain about the kids skateboarding in the parking lot behind his business and near the library. “I went down there to chew them out — I was about ready to call the police, and they said ‘We’re not criminals. We just want a place to skate,’” Stang said. Before the skate park can be built, the community must go through a lengthy bureaucratic process to approve an amendment to the Linda Vista Community Park General Development Plan. Having heard from the public at another preliminary meeting Sept. 10, the Linda Vista Recre-

ation Council now must convene a community workshop to solicit public input on the design and configuration of the skate park, including access, lighting and orientation. Once a preliminary design is set, the council must vote to recommend that the Park and Recreation Board approve an amendment to the park’s General Development Plan. The amendment would be reviewed by two committees before it reaches the Park and Recreation Board for approval. The proposal then goes to the Planning Commission and eventually to the City Council. In addition to Sherman, councilmembers Kevin Faulconer and Lorie Zapf have also expressed support for the project, according to Brian Schoenfish, the city’s community planner for the Linda Vista area. Supporters of the park have gathered nearly 1,800 signatures from residents and business owners in the area. Rick Bussell, Linda Vista’s representative on the city’s Park and Recreation Board, said he is confident that the skate park supporters will succeed.

“The biggest challenge is walking through the red tape,” Bussell said. But clearing the bureaucratic hurdles is really only half the challenge for skate park supporters. They will also have to find a way to pay for it. It is too early in the process now to know how much the skate park will cost to build or how long it will take, Schoenfish said. A 22,000-square-foot skate park built in Logan Heights in 2004 cost $1.4 million. The county is spending just over $600,000 to build a 16,000-square-foot skate park in Lakeside. Schoenfish said the demographics of Linda Vista make the skate park a good candidate for grant funding, and several promising sources have already been identified. Several people at the Aug. 15 meeting suggested that the skate park would have a positive economic impact on the neighborhood by bringing in higher volumes of visitors who would spend money at nearby businesses. “It is going to be a destination,” said Butch Olivier, who

has been skateboarding in Linda Vista since 1974. “People are going to want to come here.” Curtis Whitehurst said he would support a skate park because of the positive impact skateboarding has had on his kids. “When I bought a skateboard for my kid, the grades went from

a B to an A,” Whitehurst said. Giovanni Moujaes, squadron commander of the Sons of the American Legion at Linda Vis-

ta’s Post 731, suggested incorporating a flag pole or a monument to skateboarders who died serving in Afghanistan or Iraq. Not everyone is enthusiastic about a future skate park. One woman, who did not provide her name before leaving the meeting, said she was skeptical of the skate park plans because the grassy area is some of the only open space people in the neighborhood have. “It’s not a good idea to take away developed grass, because once you take that away it’ll never come back,” she said. Margarita Castro, a member of the Linda Vista Planning Group, said she was concerned about who would maintain the skate park once it is built. “I’m a little tired of this city for too long putting off things,” Castro said, noting that the Linda Vista Recreational Council had to cough up the cash for a new gym floor not long ago because the city would not provide the funding. The Linda Vista Skate Park would join five other existing city-owned public skate parks in Ocean Beach, Rancho Penasquitos, Carmel Valley, Logan Heights and Paradise Hills. There are dozens of other privately owned and operated skate parks throughout the region.





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