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MISSION VALLEY MAN GOES OVER THE EDGE FOR A CAUSE Rappels Down Tall Building in a Wheelchair
Ground Broken on Civita – The Future Heart of Mission Valley Walkable, Sustainable, Mixed-Use Development on Site of Old Quarry
By Jeff Barnes
Photo credit: Jonathan Riley
Volume IV – Number 12
Lucas Keller is a great inspiration – for overcoming fears of heights – and conquering life’s greatest challenges. At just 14 months old, Lucas was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a condition that presents life-long physical challenges. But in early November, the 29-year-old went over the edge of the west coast’s tallest waterfront building, seated in his wheelchair for the second straight year. Rappelling from the 33rd story of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, the Mission Valley resident had the time of his life supporting a great cause that has changed him forever. “If I could do it, then they definitely can,” Lucas said after rappelling 357 feet down the hotel’s Harbor tower. “The best part was realizing that my efforts are going to a good cause.” The good cause is Kids Included Together (KIT), a San Diego based non-profit organization that supports recreational, child development and youth development programs that include children with and without disabilities. This is the second year KIT has organized the thrilling charity fundraiser atop the downtown skyline. Participants fundraised at least $1,000 each to get the opportunity to rappel from the sky deck of the Hyatt and take in the 360-degree views in about a 10-minute descent. This year’s event raised more than $75,000 for local programs. Lucas was one of the first youth who was supported by KIT when it began in 1997. Before the non-profit’s unique offerings, Lucas was left with day care providers who cared for much younger kids Lucas Keller, confined to a wheelchair, because his family had no other rappelled down highest waterfront options. building on the West Coast to raise funds “I spent my time watching TV for KIT (Kids Included Together), a and not much else,” he said. local nonprofit which helped him move Thanks to KIT, Lucas learned beyond his disabilities growing up. how he could be just like any other kid, only he used wheels instead of his legs to get around. He learned how to play football, swim, sing and dance, and eventually lead younger groups of children. Lucas couldn’t be a better example of how KIT has positively impacted the lives of San Diego youth. See Lucas Keller, page 4
Holiday Bowl A Re-match Between Huskers, Huskies The University of Nebraska Cornhuskers and University of Washington Huskies will play in the 33rd annual Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30 at Qualcomm Stadium. The Holiday Bowl will mark the ninth meeting of the two teams. Nebraska leads the series 4-3-1. The two most recently squared off Sept. 18 in Seattle where The Huskers topped the Huskies 56-21. Nebraska (10-3) boasts one of the nation’s most dominant defenses, ranking in the top 10 nationally in total defense, scoring defense and pass defense. Nebraska is led by a running game that ranks first in the Big 12 and in the top 10 nationally at 260 yards per game. Nebraska has the opportunity to produce three 1,000-yard rushers for the first time in school history. Senior I-back Roy Helu Jr. has totaled 1,211 yards and 11 touchdowns, while See Holiday Bowl, page 4
After more than eight years of planning, design and engineering, Sudberry Properties has broken ground on the first phase of Civita, the 230-acre mixeduse development that will turn a 70-year-old quarry in Mission Valley into a walkable community with attainable housing options, village shops, businesses, access to San Diego’s Light Rail System and abundant acres of park space all within a 15 minute walk of one another.
Artist’s rendering of Village Walk at Civita, one element of the futuristic development now underway in Mission Valley. Formerly known as Quarry Falls, the new name, Civita, was selected because it combines the roots of Latin words for “civic and community” and “vitality and life,” essential elements envisioned for a successful mixed use development in the heart of urban San Diego. Tom Sudberry, chairman of Sudberry Properties, said Civita incorporates See Civita, page 2
Aztecs, Navy To Square Off In Poinsettia Bowl Contest Marks SDSU’s First Bowl Appearance Since 1998
San Diego State will play Navy in the 2010 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. Kickoff is set for Thursday, Dec. 23, at 5 p.m. at Qualcomm Stadium. The Aztecs announced the acceptance of the bid on Dec. 1 in front of a sellout crowd at Viejas Arena prior to the men’s basketball game against Saint Mary’s. It will be San Diego State’s (8-4) first bowl game since 1998, while the Midshipmen (8-3) will be playing in their fifth consecutive bowl, including their third Poinsettia Bowl. The Aztecs are 2-0 alltime against Navy. The teams last met on Sept. 5, 1997, when SDSU downed the Midshipmen, 45-31, in San Diego in the season opener for both teams. “We are excited to be playing a bowl game here in San Diego in front of our great students, fans and community,” SDSU head coach Brady Hoke said. “We enjoy playing in Aztec Warrior Stadium, and playing in the Poinsettia Bowl will Old Town celebrates the holidays give us another opportunity to do in myriad ways. See page 8. that. It is great to play a 13th game See Poinsettia Bowl, page 10
MissionValleyNews.com — December 2010
H.G. FENTON LAUNCHES ENERGY-EFFICIENT INITIATIVE
PUPPY WITH EARS CUT OFF FOUND IN DUMPSTER
Corporate Headquarters Moves to “Zero Net Energy” Status
Reward Offered for Information
In keeping with H.G. Fenton Company’s commitment to sustainable solutions that add value to its customers and the community, the firm has implemented a number of retrofits at its San Diego corporate headquarters that will bring the facility to “Zero Net Energy” status. H.G. Fenton Company recently installed a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system, and implemented other equipment and operations updates as part of a pilot program to test the new technologies and prove their benefits before recommending them to their commercial building tenants. In addition to educating their tenants about rebates and incentives available through San Diego Gas & Electric, H.G. Fenton Company is now able to show them real numbers behind the energy savings options. “We are starting to work with our tenants to help them understand the benefits of energy efficiency and the installation of PV systems,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of H.G. Fenton Company. “Now that we’ve seen firsthand how these projects can significantly reduce energy costs, we are excited to help our tenants do the same.” H.G. Fenton Company’s new 160-kilowatt-AC PV system, along with a H.G. Fenton Company headquarters in Mission Valley complete energy-effiwill generate as much energy as it consumes each year cient lighting retrofit with its new 160-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system. and an established employee commitment to energy efficiency, will ensure that its headquarters building at 7577 Mission Valley Road, generates as much energy through its PV system as it consumes each year. Half of the PV system is installed on the See Fenton, Page 7
Aztec Women’s Basketball Fall Recruiting Class Ranked 20th in U.S. San Diego State women’s basketball’s fall 2010 recruiting class has been rated 20th nationally, and first in the Mountain West Conference (MWC) according to ESPN.com’s HoopGurlz national rankings. The Aztecs moved up 11 spots from last year’s No. 31 final ranking, after inking five high school seniors to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, Nov. 10-17. San Diego State signed three, four-star recruits according to HoopGurlz, including forward Chairese Culberson, who was the No. 7 rated wing and 46th overall, forward Deajanae Scurry (No. 31 forward) and point guard Ahjalee Harvey (No. 32 point guard). Forwards Khristina Hunter and Erimma Amarikwa rounded out the Aztec fall signing class. For more details on the 2010-11 Aztec Basketball signees, visit www.GoAztecs.com.
Civita, from page 1 the principles of smart growth such as the redevelopment of infill sites, concentrating development with a mix of housing, retail, business and civic uses and creating a transit-oriented and pedestrian-friendly community plan. . Planners and smart growth experts view Civita as one answer to curbing this city’s sprawl and reviving quality of life in the heart of San Diego, as evidenced by the development’s many awards including the 2010 Catalyst Project of the Year by the State of California. The Civita community is planned in four phases over a 12 to 15 year timeframe with each phase taking approximately three to four years to complete. The first phase includes apartments and townhomes. Additionally, there will be almost 1 million square feet of office and retail space for shops and restaurants in subsequent phases, providing the opportunity to live, work and play in Civita. “Civita will be a sustainable new community that fits with many of Mission Valley’s needs,” Sudberry said. “This includes attainable homes, new public parks from the San Diego River to the top of Civita, a civic center with heritage museum and urgently needed traffic improvements throughout the valley.” The quarry is located on land currently owned by the Grant family, who has a long and rich history in San Diego. Recognizing that the quarry was nearing the end of its life cycle, in 2002 they selected Sudberry Properties to help create a community within Mission Valley. “It was ingrained in us by our fathers and uncles that we should work to keep the land together, that it should always be managed in a manner that enhances the community,” said Pat Grant, whose grandfather Franklin first acquired the land in the late 1920s. “We have never wanted to put another isolated apartment complex or strip of shops on the land. Our own ethics drive a desire to make it sustainable, walkable and desirable. Civita is the embodiment of the best ideas emanating from all the vision meetings we had with the experts who soon joined our team.” The team was led by Sudberry Properties and included numerous architects and recognized experts in the fields of engineering, environmental protection and other disciplines. During the eight-year planning process, the team See Civita, Page 13
Late last month, a Good Samaritan found a one-month old male puppy in a dumpster of the Target store in the 1200 block of Camino del Rio North in Mission Valley and brought the puppy Abused puppy finds love and a to the Department of Animal Services. new name at the County Animal The puppy had his ears cruelly cut off Shelter. “Sunny” is recovering and was in urgent need of veterinary from surgery on his ears and will care. Since then, the labrador/shepherd soon be ready for adoption. puppy, named “Sunny” by the Department, had surgery and is recovering in foster care with the expectation that he will be adopted when old enough. The Department of Animal Services is currently investigating this case and is searching for any additional puppies that may have been similarly abused and left in dumpsters. The Department is also asking the public to be vigilant and listen for crying or whining around dumpsters and if they hear anything suspicious to call the Department of Animal Services 24-hour dispatch at (619) 236-2341. “Whoever did this malicious act needs to be brought to justice,” said Dawn Danielson, Director of the Department of Animal Services. The Department is seeking any information regarding who may have committed this crime. If the public has any information, they are asked to contact Lieutenant Dan DeSousa at (619)767-2624. Callers may remain anonymous. A $3,000 reward is being offered by the San Diego Animal Advocates for See Puppy, Page 12
BANKS CONTINUE MASS EVICTION OF TENANTS AFTER FORECLOSURE: New Report Compares Banks’ Rental Policies Tenants Together, California’s statewide organization for renters’ rights, released a report earlier today surveying bank policies toward tenants after foreclosure. The report, entitled “Without Justification: Banks Continue Mass Displacement of Innocent Tenants after Foreclosure” analyzes rental policies and actions of the major national banks that have acquired tenant-occupied foreclosed properties. According to the report, only Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and JP Morgan Chase have adopted any type of policy to move away from automatically evicting tenants after foreclosure. Tenants are innocent victims of a foreclosure crisis they did nothing to create. Tenants Together conservatively estimates that at least 37% of residential units in foreclosure in California are rentals. As a result, over the last three years, over 500,000 California tenants have been directly affected. Most of these tenants have been displaced from their homes. In May 2009, President Obama signed the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, which made clear that banks acquiring tenant-occupied homes step into the shoes of the pre-foreclosure owner, inherit the terms of the existing See Banks, Page 7
MissionValleyNews.com — December 2010
Adventure 16: Weathering Economic Storms in Mission Valley
Gina’s Valley Views By Gina Cord, Founder
By Pam Crooks “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow Adventure 16 is a familiar their own freshness into you and the storms their sight from the westbound lanes energy, while cares will drop off like autumn of Highway 8. The company leaves.” –John Muir, 1898. has been headquartered in Adventure 16 Outfitters has five stores in this building since 1977. San Diego and Los Angeles, 85 employees and annual sales of $13 million. The company’s corporate offices are on Alvarado Road in Mission Valley/Grantville. Sitting down with company president John Mead on a rainy Friday recently, he talked about how his company has been able to weather the economic problems of the last few years. While it’s been difficult at times, he believes their core mission helped them. They try to balance three things: “Delighting customers, creating a great working environment and making a profit—while keeping in mind an appreciation of the outdoors.” To differentiate themselves from other sporting goods stores, Adventure 16 has narrowed their focus to backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing and adventure travel--for all levels of expertise. And they only carry the highest quality products for these pursuits. “When you’re out there six to 10 miles from a trail head, you need equipment you can depend on,” explains Mead. He’s a regular user of the equipment himself, strives to hire people with an interest or experience in these areas and encourages all of his employees to go out there and do these things. Their wholesale division, representing 1/3 of all sales, specializes in accessories for backpacking, camping, climbing and adventure travel to outdoor specialty companies all over the world. Meade feels they are successful in this area because they’re also retailers; they understand problems retailers face. Mead’s dad and uncle, who were also outdoor enthusiasts, bought the business in 1970 from two Explorer Scouts who started out simply making and selling superior backpacks in their La Mesa Garage in the 1960s. Adventure 16 has been located in Mission Valley since 1977. The top floor serves as one of their stores, middle floor their corporate offices, while the bottom floor is their wareJohn Mead is an avid house/distribution center. outdoorsman seen here on the The Mission Valley store is the second summit of the Grand Teton. His largest store by sales in the system, although favorite quote by John Muir their L.A. store is three times larger. Other explains his passion for nature (printed at the top of this story).
See A16, Page 4
In my previous columns, I have acquainted our readers with some great individuals in Mission Valley who I now have the pleasure of calling my friends. It is my intention to continue this line of endeavor so you will better know your neighbors. Mission Valley has become the home of many foreign-born citizens, many of whom have developed a truly patriotic esteem for our country, have become United States citizens and established themselves in very honorable professions. Mary (Tinh) Pham, originally from Vietnam, came to this country with her husband and four small children ages 14, 11, 10 and 6, in October 1983. As if moving to a foreign country wasn’t trauma enough, Mary’s husband passed away
six months later from cancer, leaving her to raise the children alone. And, what a great job she did! Mary says, “This generous country provided us nicely with shelter and gave the children a good education. They all received scholarships, with the one stipulation that they had to maintain a 3.5 grade average. And they did. Today three are in the pharmaceutical profession and the youngest is a very prestigious lawyer.” Mary always instilled in her children the necessity of a good education and they listened to her. In addition to her great parental capabilities, Mary has worked for twelve years in the beauty salon of J. C. Penney Co. here in Fashion Valley as a manicurist. She takes that position very seriously and is one of the best at that, too. I am happy to call Mary my friend for See Gina, Page 4
A16, from page 3 stores are located in Solana Beach, Oceanside, West Los Angeles and Tarzana. Mead says their Mission Valley store on Alvarado Road, off Mission Gorge Road, is a tough retail location. “It’s not where people normally shop or think to shop. We thought the trolley coming through with the Grantville station would help, but it hasn’t. But many of our employees are students who do use it, and we like being in this location. Grantville is a neat community to be a part of.” So what about the economic climate the last few years? “We’ve definitely had our challenges and we’ve learned a lot,” answers Mead. “We took some risks in the early part of the decade by expanding and taking on debt. The recession hit us hard, starting in 2005. By 2008/09, sales had dropped by 30% and we had to close two stores. We went from 145 to 85 employees. But we’ve really cut expenses by working with landlords and vendors and everyone has risen to the occasion. The office staff is still doing “furlough Fridays.” With the recent challenges, Mead has also discovered some unique opportunities for his business. “When the stress of daily life looms large, people look to daily recreation for strength and solitude. Backpacking had been on the decline, but that’s starting to turn. More and more people are looking for outings they can do in a day, like hiking or mountain-biking.” Adventure 16 is perfectly positioned to take advantage of this change. “We sell things to get people off the beaten path.” “People are also looking to support their local businesses. It’s hard for people to get their arms around national or world events. But people want to be a part of something they can believe in, and have a way to relate to other people. They want to take care of their home community. So that works for us, too. This is our headquarters, this is our home. We’re a San Diego original!” One way Adventure 16 creates a sense of community is with special events. Every month they have something going on in their stores telling people how to get out there, where to go and who to go with, whether it’s a free movie night, wine and cheese event or introduction to a wilderness basics course like the one the Mission Valley store is offering this month. Their philanthropy is in keeping with their core philosophy. Mead created the “Donate-A-Pack Foundation,” which provides gear to organizations who take at-risk kids into the wilderness. Most of the equipment is donated by their customers, so it’s also a way of recycling. But the main thing they’re trying to do is to get kids outdoors and engaged in recreational opportunities that will enrich their lives. “When we help get kids into the mountains, we know they gain an up-close and personal appreciation for nature. We hope that they, in turn, will motivate the next generation to conserve and protect the wilderness.”
Lucas Keller, from page 1 “KIT gave me the ability to realize that even though I have a disability, it’s ok to be a little different,” Lucas said. “They do their best to look beyond that.” Rappelling off the Hyatt is a great adventure for anyone. But for Lucas it’s a sign of how he’s overcome one of the greatest challenges one could ever face. “If you’re a risk taker like I am, I’d totally recommend it,” Lucas said. “I didn’t even realize I was facing down until you (his guide, Seth Baker) said ‘look down’.” Family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and the KIT team cheered and applauded as Lucas, the honorary chair of this year’s event, was led down the side of the hotel by a trusty guide. It was truly a sight to see. “Lucas makes it so wonderful to be his mother,” Lora Keller said as her son went over the edge. “Every single day with him is just amazing.” The family is so proud of Lucas and couldn’t be more thankful for the experiences KIT has provided. “You know that there are going to be barriers when you have a kid with disabilities, but for him to be able to do this last year and again this year just shows no matter what life throws at him, he’s going to be able to do it,” Lucas’ mom said. Lucas enjoys giving back to kids that KIT supports as a counselor. His next goal is to become one of the non-profit’s top leaders. “I want to become a board member because KIT is all about including people with disabilities,” Lucas said. “What better way to give back than to become a board member.” With two inspirational trips over the edge, Lucas is Lucas Keller was assisted during his descent well on his way. by Seth Baker. The thrilling charity event If you’re looking to overraised more than $75,000 for programs to come your fear of heights, benefit children with and without disabilities. there’s no better way than to follow in Lucas’ path. It’s an experience unlike any other, and event organizers say it’s never too early to start fundraising for next year’s Over the Edge fundraiser. Ok, if you’re not a thrill seeker and rappelling is definitely not your interest, consider a tax-deductible gift this holiday season to Kids Included Together. For more information about KIT, visit kitonline.org. KIT extends a big thank you to the 2010 event sponsors: Title sponsor Bridgepoint Education, Manchester Grand Hyatt, Mission Federal Credit Union, Cox Communications, Over The Edge, NBC 7/39, Next Level Internet, StayClassy.org, L7 Creative Communications, Dowling & Yahnke Wealth Management, Bay Bird Inc. Public Relations, Brice & Associates, Allied Climbers of San Diego and Positive Adventures.
MissionValleyNews.com — December 2010
Francis Parker High Student to Compete on Jeopardy! By Jeff Barnes When Raphael Cantor was 3 or 4 years old, he made a list of things he wanted to do when he grew up. One of the top things was to be a contestant on the game show, Jeopardy! “It’s funny, here I am a little over 10 years later about to be on Jeopardy! – it’s awesome!” Raphael’s mom was the first family member to get the great news. “I don’t even know how to put it in words – it’s overwhelming,” Laura Byrnes said of the phone call she received at work. “We’re filled with gratitude and very proud of Raphie.” The worst part was she couldn’t tell her son right away that he would be on the show. Byrnes and show producers were waiting to hear if a local news outlet was going to do a media ambush and surprise her son. “As a mother, how can you keep your mouth shut, especially me,” she said. “Four days later I hadn’t heard from NBC so I called back and said ‘come on this is killing me.’ ” Show producers finally gave her the go ahead to tell her son. The Francis Parker High School sophomore couldn’t believe the news when he got the call from his mom. “The first 10 seconds was a little bit of disbelief – I was definitely really excited because my mom told me she had talked to the producers,” the Linda Vista high school student said. “I said ‘Wow, I’m actually going to be on Jeopardy, this is actually coming true!’” See Raphael, Page 10
COUNTY TO PROVIDE 1,500 MORE CHILD CAR SEATS “Keep ‘Em Safe” Program Extended through Sept. 2011 Another 1,500 children will be safer when riding in vehicles thanks to a new $200,000 grant the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has received from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). The “Keep ‘Em Safe” program aims to improve child safety by offering vehicle protection education and providing child car seats to low-income families. Funding for the program comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “The County is committed to improving the safety and wellbeing of children,” said Chairwoman Pam Slater-Price, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “The child car seats will help save lives and reduce injuries during a crash.” This is the second OTS grant HHSA has received for the “Keep “Em Safe” program, which is administered by HHSA’s local partner, the Pacific Safety Council. Last year, HHSA received a $207,000 grant which allowed the Council to distribute 2,000 child car seats and conduct 132 safety presentations throughout the county. See Safety Seats, Page 12
Gina, from page 3 I have known her for more than five years and I admire her loving and kind personality. Mission Valley restaurants are certainly enjoying a robust Happy Hour business these days! It has been so good that a couple of restaurants have made outstanding changes on their menus to provide a much wider selection of items for their patrons. P. F. Chang’s, adjacent to the Fashion Valley shopping mall, has enlarged the number of items available on its Happy Hour menu to include Asian Tacos and an increased variety of their Steamed Dumplings and also added many choices to the drink menu. Now for $6 you can enjoy a Chinese martini, Champagne cocktail, margarita, mai tai, cosmopolitan, old-fashioned or wine. For $4 you can order a large jar of sake, imported bottle beer or well highballs…this is a real bargain. Mark Oliver has partnered with Cy Young winner and San Diego Padres legend Randy Jones to change the All American Grill in Hazard Center to the Randy Jones All American Sports Grill. Oliver, who opened one year ago after a long affiliation with George’s in La Jolla, said, “This new partnership is a natural fit for Randy and me, taking a great All-American restaurant concept and combining it with America’s favorite pastime – sports.” Jones, who is known for his outstanding barbecue, a highly successful restaurant called Randy’s Big Stone Lodge in Poway and several restaurant locations throughout Petco Park, has worked closely with Oliver to hand-pick featured menu selections, including his slow-pitch baby pork ribs and his Petco Park BBQ pulled pork sandwich. See Gina, Page 10
Holiday Bowl, from page 1 sophomore I-back Rex Burkhead and redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez each have more than 900 rushing yards. 5K To Kick Off “America’s Largest Balloon Parade” The 15th annual Bumble Bee Foods 5K will kick off the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade presented by San Diego County Credit Union Thursday, Dec, 30 at 9:45 a.m. For more information, and to purchase parade television area grandstand tickets, visit www.BridgepointEducationHolidayBowl.com or call (619) 283-5808.
MissionValleyNews.com — December 2010
San Diego a National Leader in Christmas Bird Count by Karen Straus and Phil Unitt, San Diego Audubon Society Along with Halloween candy, a Thanksgiving feast, exchange of holiday gifts and ringing in the New Year with a glass of bubbly, there is another tradition that is celebrated the width and breadth of the U.S. and much of Canada: the annual Christmas Bird Count. For the uninitiated, the Christmas Bird Count, also known as the CBC, is a national winter bird census. From December 14, 2010 through January 5, 2011, tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas will take part
These images taken by Thomas A. Blackman. The San Diego Christmas Bird Count on December 18, 2010, is almost guaranteed to find peregrine falcons; the Lawrence’s goldfinch is a possibility. in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides, and checklists go out on an annual mission–often before dawn and often in cold weather–to count birds. These citizen science counts make an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longestrunning wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations–and to help guide conservation action. The CBC has its roots in the history of a holiday tradition called the Christmas Side Hunt. Prior to the turn of the century, people would choose sides and go afield with their guns; whoever brought in the biggest pile of feathered (and furred) quarry won. Conservation was in its beginning stages around the turn of the 20th century, and many observers and scientists were becoming concerned about declining bird populations. Beginning on Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman, an early officer in the then-budding Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition—a “Christmas Bird Census”—that would count birds during the holidays rather than hunt them. The original locations ranged from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Pacific Grove, California, with most counts in or near the population centers of northeastern North America. San Diego Christmas Bird Count The 2010 San Diego count will take place on Saturday, December 18, led by Phil Unitt, curator of birds at the San Diego Natural History Museum and author of The Birds of San Diego County. The annual event is sponsored by the San Diego Audubon Society. For decades, San Diego has provided an outstanding level of participation and standard of accuracy, making it a national leader in the CBC effort. Last year’s total of 205 species was the second highest in California and the fourth highest in the United States. With a sufficient number of experienced participants, Unitt says they should be reaching 200 species every year. Volunteers can help sustain the 57-year continuous history of the CBC count in San Diego by participating this year. See Bird Count, Page 12
TAKING A DEEP BREATH FOR PEACE Unique Fundraiser on New Year’s Eve According to UNICEF, two children per minute are trafficked for sexual exploitation in the world. According to the University of Pennsylvania School Of Social Work, approximately 300,000 children in the U.S. are at risk of commercial sexual exploitation. Some organizations have estimated this number as high as 800,000, based on Congressional testimony in 2005. So what can be done? For one, people can simply breathe. This according to Legacy Productions’ event planners, Jim Ellis and Jennifer Geronimo, who are producing the world-wide event 1,000 Breaths: A Special Fundraising Event to Bring Peace to Our World, Dec. 31, 2010, in San Diego. Their vision is clear: on New Year’s Eve Day, 11 a.m., PST, 1,000 people (or more) will take part, via radio simulcast or in person at San Diego’s prestigious Scottish Rite Event Center in Mission Valley, in a special, large-scale “breath-work” session. The breath-work process, led by 20-year-certified “breath-work facilitator” Ellis, along with a number of support personnel, is a stress-management technique that has served millions across the globe, dating back to its use as “pranayama” in ancient India. In its modern format, participants lie down on a mat, close their eyes and take in deep, conscious, connected breaths in order to go deeply within. In this state, experienced over an hour time period, participants reach a higher state of awareness and return to a state of peace. Ellis says the inaugural event, planned to be an annual affair, will be a time for people all over the world to embrace inner peace, but it will also help raise funds to produce a documentary aimed at curbing child sex exploitation. Said Ellis, “Besides the obvious benefit of preventing the further abuse of our prostituted children, this event is a chance to take one hour out of your busy, hectic, stressful life and share a time of inner peace and relaxation. It is going to be a great experience for not only people individually, but for a world in need of some stress relief.” To register for this event: http://www.life-enlightenment.com/events.html.
December in Mission Trails Regional Park by Audrey F. Baker, Trail Guide This holiday season, enjoy a walk in nature and view seasonal decorations alive and growing in their natural environment. It’s the perfect antidote to the rush of holiday activities. You’ll stroll among the subtle red and cream flowerings of seep willow, and the snowy-white winter-blooming broom baccharis, espy mistletoe capping our sycamores, spot waxy holly-leafed cherry, and marvel at the abundant bouquets of miniature apple-shaped Christmas berries on tall toyon shrubs. The chorus of wintering bird species may accompany your footsteps! Our Trail Guide-led walks are an opportunity to rediscover the beauty of our unique, Southern California landscapes and habitats, and learn local history. The walks are free, interesting, and fact-filled, and are geared towards all ages and interests. Sturdy shoes, hat, water and sunscreen are recommended. Morning walks are offered every Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. (Please note, there will be no program offered on December 25.) You’ll start from the park’s Visitor and Interpretive Center, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. For a different perspective of the park, join the walk starting from the Kumeyaay Lake Campground Entry Station, Two Father Junipero Serra Trail, at the San Carlos-Santee border. These walks are normally offered from 8:30-10:00 a.m. on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month, and take in the historic Old Mission Dam. (Again, please note, this month, no walk on Saturday, Dec. 25th.) Wildlife Tracking walk is an 8:30 a.m. adventure held on the first Saturday of every month for two fun-filled hours of “search and discover dirt time.” Walk with our Tracking Team members to view and identify tracks, scat, habitats, and learn about local chaparral and sage critters, and the plants that nurture and protect them. On December 4th, meet at the Visitor Center. The Star Party for this month will be on Saturday, December 11, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the end of the Kumeyaay Campground’s Day Use Parking Lot. With his “Big Bertha” telescope, our resident Astronomy buff, George Varga will be scoping Jupiter (high in the Southern sky), the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and companion M32, Pleiades, the Double Cluster in Perseus, and numerous open clusters. George tells us there will be a total eclipse of the moon on December 20, to begin around 10:32 p.m. and reach full eclipse at 12:52 a.m., on the 21st. The moon will then begin to pass the earth’s shadow, and the entire phenomenon should be completed by 2:20 a.m. The Bird Walk on Saturday, December 18 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. will be at Lake Murray Reservoir, 5540 Kiowa Drive, La Mesa, and meets in the parking lot off Kiowa Drive. Join MTRP trail guide Jeanne Raimond and fellow bird enthusiasts as they “take to the lake,” to scan sky, scrub, and water, to identify both resident and migratory birds. If you have, bring along your bird book and binoculars. The Solstice Sun-Rise Hikes to the summit of Cowles Mountain, San Diego’s highest peak, celebrate the coming of Winter to the Northern Hemisphere. Mission Trails guides will lead two pre-dawn hike to an historic, spiritual Kumeyaay site to observe an incredible phenomenon – the rising sun and its rays are split in half by the far Lyon’s Peak boulders. On Monday December 20 or Wednesday, December 22, bundle up and join us at 6:00 a.m. for this memorable two-hour outing. Meet your MTRP guide at the Golfcrest Dr. & Navajo Rd. parking lot. See Mission Trails, Page 12
MissionValleyNews.com — December 2010
COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE A Farewell from Donna Frye Dear Friends, It’s been almost a decade since I was first elected to serve as your District Six Councilmember. During that time, we have accomplished a lot together. We have made government more open and accountable, reduced the number of closed-door meetings, increased public participation and changed the City Charter to make it easier to obtain government information. We’ve worked to improve Mission Valley including the opening of its library and fire station, establishing Retired San Diego City Council the San Diego River Park Conservancy, Member Donna Frye dedicating public parkland at Sefton Field, initiating litigation to de-contaminate the Tank Farm site near Qualcomm Stadium, opening a long-awaited pedestrian tunnel, completing new segments of the river bike path and supporting a Recreation Council. Most importantly, we have worked together. And while we may not have agreed on every issue, we treated each other with courtesy and respect and listened to each other’s points of view. That’s how communities solve problems. See Frye, page 10
GIFT LIST? CHECK. STORE RECEIPTS? DOUBLE CHECK! County Urges Shoppers to Verify Receipts to Avoid Being Overcharged The holiday shopping season is here again, and shoppers should remember to double-check their receipts to be sure they’re not overcharged by faulty cash register price-scanners. So far this year, 22 percent of the 1,340 stores inspected by the County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures showed price-scanning errors—and not the kind of errors that would put smiles on consumers’ faces. County inspections rang up 21,729 items at the 1,340 stores. The inspections found that shoppers were more than 2 ½ times more likely to be overcharged than undercharged. For every $1 in undercharges, inspections showed $5.45 in overcharges. Bob Atkins, the San Diego County Sealer of Weights and Measures, said the County continually inspects stores to find price-scanning problems and that he knows it’s important in these tough economic times that people pay the right price for products. “Know the price of the item you’re buying before you check out and bring the sales ad,” Atkins advised. “The County is dedicated to ensuring that consumers pay no more than the lowest advertised, posted or quoted price.” The County’s Consumer Confidence Protection Act requires stores that are found guilty of overcharging to post a “Notice of Penalty for Failed Inspection” sign at each entrance for 10 days. The 1999 ordinance also requires stores to post “Notice to Consumers” signs at each sales station that tells consumers of See Receipts, Page 11
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San Diego’s Next Mayor: Who are the Likely Candidates? By Jim Madaffer Structural budget deficits, bloated pensions, reduced services and voters refusing to pay more – these are but a few of the challenges likely to face San Diego’s next mayor. The next Mayoral election is less than two years away. For Mayor Jerry Sanders, who has been in office since 2005, is probably counting the days. Mayor Sanders invested heavy political capital in Proposition D, a proposed half-cent sales tax increase, which was soundly defeated by the voters in November – he is now saddled without the prospect for any new revenue yet the deficits, budget cuts and problems remain. With two new City Councilmembers sworn into office this week, the balance of power shifted slightly to the Republican Mayor’s favor. Although City Council is supposed to be non-partisan, with five democrats and three republicans, the new Council can still override a Mayoral veto. In addition to the immediate fiscal issues, other major projects loom on the horizon including the convention center expansion, a replacement to city hall, and a potential new Charger’s stadium just to name a few. What will change over the next two years – and who would want to inherit the problems at 202 C Street? Believe it or not, the potential candidate list for Mayor is quite long. The general election for San Diego’s next Mayor is Tuesday, November 6, 2012 – a mere 697 days from today. Candidates for Mayor cannot begin fundraising for office until one year before the primary – but this is sooner than most realize – in other words, fundraising for Mayor begins in 177 days – less than six months from now. The list of potential candidates is a mix of run-agains and new faces. Given the importance of raising money, these many of these potential candidates are already talking to campaign consultants and lining up their team as they begin See Mayor, Page 10
Mission Valley Real Estate Market Remains Strong By George Bandak and Sussy Brown, Coldwell Banker As 2010 nears an end, the holiday spirit helps us reflect how fast time goes by. 2010 had its ups and downs but we are looking forward to what 2011 brings in the New Year. Even though the market will not have a major turn around any time soon, the real estate market in Mission Valley has been strong and stable. The standard or regular sales increased by 7% compared to 2009. Mission Valley’s location and commercial diversity make it very attractive and a great place to live. Per the data obtained from the local Multiple Listing Service (Sandicor) as of November 29th, 2010 for the Mission Valley area, we noticed a slight decrease in total sales compared to 2009. Fannie Mae in its November’s forecast projects a slight increase in sales for 2011, but overall the real estate market should stay the same as 2010. Housing recovery programs such as Making Home Affordable and HAFA (Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives) made distress and short sales properties increase by 32% while foreclosures went down to 16%, a significant 11% inventory reduction for bank owned properties. This is actually great news because many homeowners were able to negotiate with their banks and avoid foreclosure. There are many families still at risk of loosing their homes. According See Real Estate, Page 10
Banks, from page 2 rental agreement, and have the obligations of landlords. Despite the federal law, as well as the clear financial benefits of continuing to rent to tenants rather than letting homes sit vacant in stagnant real estate markets, national banks have continued to displace tenants on a massive scale. According to Dean Preston, Executive Director of Tenants Together, “Banks are gobbling up millions of renter-occupied homes across the country through foreclosure. There’s no rational reason for them to kick out innocent renters after foreclosure. They should start acting like reasonable landlords.” The report notes that policy makers, including Federal Reserve Board Governor Elizabeth Duke, are recognizing that it makes sense to continue renting to tenants after foreclosure. In May 2010, Tenants Together issued its “2010 Win-Win Proposal: A Proposal for Banks to Continue Renting to California Tenants after Foreclosure” to all major national banks. The Win-Win Proposal urges banks to comply with tenant-protection laws and to continue to rent to tenants after foreclosure. Bank of America and OneWest failed to provide a written response. US Bank, Wells Fargo, Citibank, and Deutsche Bank provided unsatisfactory responses. Citibank admitted that it does not return security deposits, a direct violation of California law. Only JPMorgan Chase confirmed that it has adopted rental policies in line with those of the Win-Win Proposal. The report includes a table with details on each bank’s response. JPMorgan Chase joins Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as the only major financial institution with rental policies that give tenants the option to continue renting after foreclosure. Unfortunately, these rental policies are undermined in practice by the actions of real estate agents and eviction lawyers hired by the banks to handle their tenant-occupied properties. According to Tenants Together’s Program Coordinator Gabe Treves, “Banks will continue being landlords for years to come. Why not earn rental income, prevent homelessness and earn the goodwill of their communities? Banks should promptly meet the demands of Tenants Together’s Win-Win Proposal and change their rental policies.”
GEMS & JEWELS By Enhancery Jewelers, Kathleen White, Graduate Gemologist, GIA HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS Pandora bracelets from Denmark are popular around the globe. Pandora offers over 1000 unique collectible bead choices in sterling silver, 14K gold, Murano glass and gemstones. Each bead slides on the bracelet creating a personal reflection of style and taste. Pandora jewelry offers matching pendants, earrings and rings designed to complement each bracelet. Start a hot new fashion experience for someone this holiday season. Enhancery Jewelers is pleased to bring BELLARRI designs to our clients who want to add a “tapestry of color” to their life. Their gorgeous and vivid jewelry has been featured in magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Town & Country. In fact, BELLARRI won the coveted Couture Design Award from Town & Country in 2008. As if that wasn’t enough, just this year, BELLARRI was awarded the JCK Grand Prize Jewelers Choice Award! The “Everlon Diamond Knot Collection” style of jewelry featured in the latest fashion magazines is the latest fashion trend sure to be treasured gift. This jewelry features pendants, earrings and rings, symbolizing the strength of love forged in a knot. “Hot Diamonds” from London feature sterling silver pendants, rings and earrings in contemporary styles set with diamond accents for men and women. We also carry many styles of jewelry in titanium, tungsten, cobalt, and stainless steel for those preferring an alternative white metal. DECEMBER BIRTHSTONE – TANZANITE, BLUE ZIRCON, OR TURQUOISE Sky blue is the special color for those born in December and prosperity is the legendary gift offered by these beautiful birthstone gems. Opaque turquoise and transparent zircon are both prized since ancient times. The newest birthstone, glittering tanzanite, has become one of the world’s most popular gems. As always Enhancery Jewelers has a wide assortment of these items on hand for all you gift giving needs. Call Enhancery Jewelers (619) 282-3900 for answers to any gem and jewelry questions you may have. Enhancery Jewelers is located in the Chili’s Shopping Center at 4242 Camino del Rio N.#17 (at I-8 & Mission Gorge). Open Tues.–Fri., 10-6 pm; Sat. 10–4 pm. Martin and Kathleen White have owned Enhancery Jewelers for over thirty-three years. They specialize in diamond and gemstone jewelry, custom design, appraisals, jewelry and watch repairs. Visit them online at www.enhancery.com and become a fan on Facebook. Paid Advertisement
Fenton, from page 2 building roof, with the remaining half integrated into a new covered carport structure with the added benefit of providing 47 shaded parking spaces. H.G. Fenton Company will soon begin installing PV systems at Portofino and Club River Run Apartment Homes, both located in Mission Valley, and at Evening Creek and Creek View Rental Condominiums, both located in Sabre Springs. These projects follow the company’s new Aquatera community, which had PV systems installed during construction. The 254-unit luxury apartment project set new standards for responsible, eco-friendly development with its spring 2009 grand opening, and is recognized for offsetting 90 percent of its common area power with its PV systems. This is significant since that community features an abundant array See Fenton, Page 11
Mission Valley Planning Group Meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at noon.
Mission Valley Community Council Meets every other month on 3rd Monday at 6:30 PM.
San Diego River Coalition Meets the 3rd Friday of each month at 3–4:30 PM. Info at www.sandiegoriver.org All of the above meetings are held at the Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, and are open to the public.
MissionValleyNews.com — December 2010
AROUND OLD TOWN Holiday Shopping and Dining in Old Town is Fun for All Ages Old Town’s Fiesta de Reyes has a special shopping and dining offer just in time for the holidays. For every $20 that a guest spends at one of the 18 unique Fiesta de Reyes shops, the guest will receive a $5 off coupon valid at the Fiesta de Reyes restaurants: either Barra Barra, Casa de Reyes or The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant. The $20 spent in the Fiesta de Reyes plaza can be a combination of purchases throughout the shops. If a patron purchases $100 from a store or stores, he or she will receive five coupons valued at $25, which can be used one per person, per visit to any of the three restaurants. Old Town’s Fiesta de Reyes creates a festive Barra Barra atmosphere for the upcoming holiday season. features new world Mexican comfort food and the “Best Margarita in San Diego for only 5 bucks.” Casa de Reyes has superb cocktails and traditional Mexican cuisine served in a lush garden setting. The Cosmo, the crown jewel of Old Town, is a perfect combination of See Old Town Shopping, Page 11
BONFIRE NIGHTS WARM UP THE HOLIDAYS Throughout the month of December, bonfires and old-fashioned piñata parties will be bringing a festive holiday atmosphere to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Presented by Fiesta de Reyes, El Fandango Restaurant, and all the Old Town State Park Merchants, bonfires will light up the winter nights at dusk and free s’mores will be provided. At 7 p.m. on Dec. 11, 18, 28 and 30, El Fandango Restaurant will host a special piñata party where children of all ages will get a chance to whack a holiday piñata. Bonfire Nights will take place Dec. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 28, 29, and 30. The event is a part of line-up of festive holiday events taking place throughout December in Old Town such as the state’s presentation of the Victorian Tea Party throughout December, Holiday in The Park on Dec. 11 and the Las Posadas procession on Dec. 12. Fiesta de Reyes in located in the northeast corner of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park at Wallace and Calhoun streets, a one-block stroll from the Old Town Trolley Station. In addition to two dining establishments—Casa de Reyes and Barra Barra Saloon—Fiesta de Reyes boasts 16 specialty stores open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call (619) 297-3100. Text “Fiesta” to 53137 to sign up for weekly updates on events at Fiesta de Reyes or visit www.FiestaDeReyes.com.
Victorian Tea Party Unusual Holiday Fare in Old Town: “The Gracious Mrs. Robinson Will be Receiving Her Guests” Mrs. Sarah Robinson, widow of the late Governor of Texas, James Robinson, will be pouring holiday tea for her friends, complete with music, comedy and games. Guests Mrs. Robinson and a cast of Victorian will experience an early San eccentrics will serve tea this month at the Diego 19th-century tea party Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant. with delicious food and beverages and typical Victorian entertainment. This immersive theatre experience will take place in the gorgeously restored 1872 Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. This performance is a 90-minute tea party with holiday fare and absurd entertainment by a cast of Victorian eccentrics. Guests are welcome to attend in attire of the late 19th century. As part of the annual Holiday in the Park activities, this event will be presented by the California State Parks and the Cosmopolitan Hotel & See Tea Party, Page 14
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MissionValleyNews.com — December 2010
DINING & ENTERTAINMENT The World of Wine
HAPPY HOUR IN MISSION VALLEY CONTINUES
Holiday Wine Bargains Galore
SEAU’S THE RESTAURANT
By Steve Dryden
By Dick Slaker (photo by Alice Gerschler)
Now that the Holiday season is upon us, it’s a great time to celebrate with wine and gourmet cuisine. One of North America’s preferred culinary delights is roasted or baked turkey and this favorite meal pairs well with many white and red wines. Thankfully, due to a global glut of premium wines, many bargains can be found at various locations in the Mission Valley region. Whenever I’m looking for a wide selection of quality wines at budget pricing, I visit three local markets to seek out my “bottled treasures of delight”. Barons Marketplace with two Mission Valley locations at 5485 Gaines Street, San Diego, CA 92110-2625 (619) 574-8871 or Barons Marketplace on the western end of Mission Valley (Midway) at 4001 W Point Loma Blvd. (between Chapman St. & Groton St.) San Diego, CA 92110 619-223-4397. Another great option is Cost Plus World Market in eastern Mission Valley in Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr # 233 La Mesa, CA 91942 (619) 466-2991. And, a very popular destination for wine and food lovers is Trader Joe’s with three locations: Hillcrest (1090 University Avenue, San Diego 619-296-3122), Liberty Station (2401 Truxton Road, San Diego 619-7589272) and near Grossmont Center (5495 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942 619-466-0105). Barons, Trader Joe’s and World Markets have great selections of international quality wines at good pricing. For those who love turkey during the holiday season, I suggest you look over the diverse selection of vino in the wine portfolio at these local retailers. Wine and turkey lovers who prefer dry white wine might explore oak barrel aged Chardonnay or possibly a Sauvignon Blanc which compliments turkey dishes as well. Both of these wines pair well with mashed turnips and stuffed dressing. White Zinfandel works great with turkey dishes, if you prefer wines a little on the sweeter side and Riesling matches well with any dish at Thanksgiving or on the holiday dinner table. Red wine lovers get very excited at Thanksgiving and Christmas because they have so many choices to select from during the holiday season. Pinot Noir is the classic match for turkey-based culinary delights. Other varietals that pair well with turkey are: Tempranillo, Grenache, Merlot and Syrah. Try a Spanish Tempranillo or Grenache, and explore some amazing Merlots and Syrahs from Washington State. Happy and bubbly holiday goers who enjoy sparkling wines under all conditions, I suggest a visit to World Market’s Champagne and sparkling wine sections.
‘Tis Friday, and time for HAPPY HOUR in Mission Valley and I’m seeking out “Seau’s: The Restaurant,” located in Westfield’s Mission Valley Shopping Center. I’m using my GPS to find it, but no luck!! Unfortunately, shopping centers don’t place numbers on their buildings. Finally, after driving around for a while, I see an open parking space near Macy’s and Bed Bath & Beyond and quickly grab it, even though I didn’t think it was very close to my destination. Instead, parked near the FARMER’S MARKET CSA, called Brian’s Farmer’s Market, I spend a few enjoyable moments talking to some of the vendors who come here every Friday from 3 -7 PM , rain or shine. Then, EUREKA, suddenly I see SEAU’s! It’s sandwiched in-between Macy’s and Bed Bath & Beyond with a large sign on the roof, almost looking like a football stadium. (Junior Seau is a former Chargers football player.) There is outside seating circling the front with heaters and glass protection from the walking pedestrians looking in with envy as patrons enjoy Happy Hour, Monday-Friday 4-7 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10 pm to closing. As I enter this mammoth restaurant built in 1996, two lovely greeters offer me a seat either at the bar, surrounded with at least 12 large TVs showing sporting events around the country, or a table in the two-story restaurant with its 30-foot high ceilings. Naturally, there are more TV monitors here--over 60 total in the restaurant. Plus, there’s a huge 12 x 14 foot projection screen for the #1 hot event of the day/evening. The mezzanine level can be reserved for private parties and that’s where you’ll find the Raw Mana Sushi Bar. However, we came for Happy Hour and soon discovered they offer special appetizers for $4.50 such as fried mushrooms, jalapeño poppers, onion rings, potato skins and zucchini sticks. The calamari, chicken wings, chicken tenders all run about $7.50; an individual pizza is $8. Needing something to drink with my platters of potato skins and chicken
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MissionValleyNews.com — December 2010
Mayor, from page 7
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their quest for Mayor of San Diego. In alphabetical order, here is the list of those being talked about town as possible candidates for Mayor of San Diego: Carl DeMaio. Without a doubt, Councilmember Carl DeMaio is probably the leading person for the 2012 Mayor’s race. He is doing everything right in the eyes of the electorate. He led the opposition to Proposition D which would have raised the sales tax in the City of San Diego and he is constantly on the attack for reform – from pensions to budgets to salaries to the legislative efforts of Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher involving downtown redevelopment. When asked of his plans, DeMaio issued the following statement, “I’m focused right now on advancing our “Roadmap to Recovery Plan” for balancing the budget and reforming the City’s pension system … I’m currently weighing the decision on whether to run for Mayor – and my decision will be based on how best to advance the fiscal recovery agenda we’ve outlined and get our city government working again for our neighborhoods.” Kevin Faulconer. Councilmember Kevin Faulconer was recently re-elected and just sworn in last week to a second four-year term. Representing the City’s Second District which includes downtown, Point Loma and the beach areas, he is frequently mentioned as a possible candidate for Mayor. He partnered with Councilmember Carl DeMaio in leading the opposition to Proposition D, and consistently votes as a fiscal conservative. He has overseen much of the City’s recent auditing efforts. When asked about his plans for Mayor, his Chief of Staff Aimee Faucett responded, “Kevin is definitely considering a run for Mayor in 2012”. Nathan Fletcher. Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher is probably best known as the author of Chelsea’s Law - comprehensive legislation that reforms the way California deals with violent sexual predators who target children. He is most recently known for sponsoring the legislation to lift the cap on downtown redevelopment, which paves the way for billions of tax dollars to remain in downtown San Diego. For some, the legislation was controversial as it was passed as part of the state budget package. For others, the legislation means the downtown renaissance will continue with more money for public facilities and affordable housing will be generated. When asked about his plans for Mayor, his press secretary responded, “The Assemblyman is seriously considering it.” Steve Francis. Businessman Steve Francis is again considering a run for Mayor. He has run for Mayor twice before and lost. He is hoping that this time around San Diego is looking for a business person and not a politician to be elected Mayor. He calls himself co-founder of AMN Healthcare, a former See Mayor, Page 13
Gina, from page 4 Even McDonald’s Restaurants have begun embracing the change mode by kicking the McDonald’s sandwich up a notch and offering two bold new styles – Jalapeno Cheddar and Cheddar Onion – in its San Diego County restaurants. Looking for a truly unusual Christmas gift? I’ll bet you never thought of the following idea. During this very busy time of year, no one has time to devote to the gravesite of a dearly beloved member of the family. You can remember those who have passed by letting Gravesite Keepers take care of this for you by arranging a Christmas bouquet to be placed on the site of your loved ones. A concept that has flourished for years in the East and Europe, this type of dignified caring is rather new to the Western part of the United States. A photo of the site before and after is presented to the client. If you don’t know the location of a gravesite, Gravesite Keepers will locate it for you and will send a photo showing its location. For more information, visit www.gravesitekeepers. com or call 619.820.8541. Young San Diego County women, who are high school juniors on track to graduate with their class, can enter the Distinguished Young Women (formerly known as the America’s Junior Miss) contest. The lucky winner will join such famous women as Diane Sawyer, Deborah Norville, and Kathy Lee Gifford, all former winners of this contest who have achieved international prominence in television. Distinguished Young Women of San Diego provides workshops on public speaking, interview skills, college selection, and personal goal-setting personal for achievement and self-improvement, and also offers scholarships to various academies. There is no cost to enter this 52-year-old program, which has provided more than $92 million in college scholarships. For more information, call San Diego Program Chair Heather Guerena at 619.823.1496, or log onto www.distinguishedyoungwomen.com. After only the second public meeting of the committee under the Mission Valley Planning Group chaired by Jason Board, the proposed new Mission Valley Recreation Council is moving along very rapidly. Several letters agreeing with this proposed idea have been received, and more letters from interested parties in the community are expected. Any member of the community who would like more information is urged to attend the monthly meeting of the Mission Valley Planning Group; the next meeting is at noon on Wednesday, January 5, 2011, at the Mission Valley Library, located in Fenton Marketplace at Friars Road and Fenton Parkway. Christmas is just around the corner and we wish a sleigh-full of goodies and love, kindness and peace for all of our friends and a Blessed and Happy New Year!!
Poinsettia Bowl, from page 1 and our senior class, with their leadership, has put us in this position.” Tickets start at $55. Fans are encouraged to order their tickets through the Aztec Ticket Office at Qualcomm Stadium, Window E or by phone at (619) 283-7378. San Diego State finished the regular season with an 8-4 record. The eight victories are the most in 14 years (since it had eight in 1996) and matched its most in 33 years (since it had 10 in 1977).
to Realist database, currently there are over 65 properties in Mission Valley behind in payments and approximately 40 bank-owned properties coming to the market soon. We can only hope that the unemployment rate decreases in 2011 which will bring more buyers to the market for a stronger real estate economy. Happy Holidays!
Frye, from page 6 When necessary, however, I spoke out against the popular opinion at the time and took the actions necessary to make sure the public was informed. That included boycotting closed session until the permanent Rules of Council were changed, requiring transcripts of all closed-session meetings, listening to whistleblowers such as Diann Shipione and voting against pension benefits, issuing a summons to the Mayor’s staff to appear before the City Council when they refused to do so, filing Public Records Act requests, and asking questions of city staff in public so that there was a permanent record of their response. See Frye, Page 14
Raphael, from page 4 Raphael tried out for the Kids Week Tournament when he was 12. He didn’t make the cut, but he refused to give up. Last year, he tried out for the teen tournament and was selected as an alternate. Each year, thousands of teenagers take an online test in hopes of being one of about 300 who will get to audition in person. From there, 15 contestants are selected. Last year’s experience gave Raphael a good understanding of what to expect going into this year’s tournament, but ultimately he believes his years of watching the show are what will help him the most. The grand “Jeopardy is something you can’t prepare for because prize it is the most random bunch of questions you could possibly winner imagine. You could be talking at one point about the book of the Frankenstein, and then next you could be talking about the tournament King James Bible, and then next… the evolution of chimpanzees,” he said. “The best way I study is by watching Jeopwill take ardy! because sometimes you can see a recurring clue or home you can pick up on something you wouldn’t normally have $75,000 known. It’s always a learning experience.” Jeopardy! is a favorite show for Raphael and his family. He makes it point to watch as many episodes as possible, especially when he’s in the audition process. If he can’t watch it live, he’ll record it. Raphael wasn’t able to publicly spread the news that he would be appearing on the show until the week before the taping, which took place Dec. 6-7. “I was instructed by Jeopardy! not to put it on Facebook or anything,” he said. “That was kind of hard for me because I was really excited.” Raphael sat down with me for an exclusive interview just before leaving for Culver City for the taping. Once the media release was sent out, he was able to tell his teachers (why he would be missing a couple days of school) and friends. “My friends were ecstatic – a couple were in just as much disbelief as I was in,” he said. “They were definitely pleased and happy for me.” The grand prize winner of the tournament will take home $75,000; the second place winner gets a minimum of $50,000; the third place winner gets a minimum of $25,000. Semifinalists receive $10,000, and contestants eliminated in the first round receive $5,000. Raphael turns 16 in April so he’s hoping his Jeopardy appearance will help fund a car. He also plans to save money for college. When he’s not watching Jeopardy, Raphael enjoys playing volleyball and badminton at Francis Parker. He’s also a member of the French Honors Society and writes for his school magazine. He still has some time to decide on a career path, but he has interests in medicine, law, economics and journalism. Raphael says his experiences show that “Persistence pays off.” He encourages others to audition for the show, and to keep trying if they don’t make it the first time around. Congratulations Raphie! Your home town can’t wait to see the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament when it airs February 17-March 2.
ROTARY CLUBS WEEKLY MEETINGS IN MISSION VALLEY OR NEARBY Mission Valley Rotary Club at noon on Thursdays at Trellises Restaurant in the Town & Country Hotel 500 Hotel Circle North • San Diego, CA 92108 missionvalleyrotaryclub.org. Old Mission Rotary Club at noon on Tuesdays at Best Western Seven Seas Hotel 411 Hotel Circle South • San Diego, CA 92108 www.oldmissionrotary.og Mission Valley Sunset Rotary Club 5:30 pm–7 pm on Wednesdays 4th Wed. is a mixer at various locations Crowne Plaza Hanalei Hotel • 2270 Hotel Circle North If you would be interested in attending a meeting or becoming a member, contact the Club of your choice.
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Fenton, from page 7 of resort-style amenities, including an large salt water pool, extensive landscaping, and numerous water features. H.G. Fenton Company’s development of Aquatera included numerous watersaving features as well as energy-saving measures to ensure the responsible use of resources. “Our residents value the extensive lifestyle amenities we offer and appreciate our responsible approach in providing these amenities, while minimizing our use of precious natural resources,” said Neal. “The systems we have in place for the common areas are supported by numerous energy-saving features inside the units, helping to manage each resident’s individual utility costs.” Home Energy Systems was the solar contractor on the H.G. Fenton Company corporate office photovoltaic project. Borrego Solar was the solar contractor at Aquatera. H.G. Fenton Company manages a development pipeline of land and commercial projects, over 3 million square feet of office and industrial space, and 12 apartment communities totaling over 3,000 homes. For more information visit www. hgfenton.com.
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Old Town Shopping, from page 8 luxurious boutique hotel with indoor and alfresco dining. All throughout the month of December, there will be many fabulous holiday events and live music to entertain family and friends. The coupons are valid at the restaurants through the end of January 2011 and are not valid with any other offer. The Shop and Dine promotion ends Dec. 27. Fiesta de Reyes is within Old Town San Diego State Historic Park at Wallace and Calhoun streets, a one-block stroll from the Old Town Trolley Station. Free parking is available in the Caltrans parking lot all day on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays. For more information call (619) 297-3100 or visit www.FiestaDeReyes.com. Text “Fiesta” to 53137 to join the Fiesta de Reyes text club, with mobile alerts regarding events as well as future discounts and special offers.
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FAITH & VALUES OLD TOWN CELEBRATES 60TH LAS POSADAS EVENT ON DECEMBER 12 The Las Posadas procession is a walking reenactment of the biblical story of Mary and Joseph’s search for a birthplace for the Christ child. Everyone is invited to join the candlelit procession and sing traditional holiday songs in both Spanish and English as the players go from inn to inn, asking for symbolic lodging. The procession culminates with a live nativity scene in front of Casa de Estudillo and a piñata party at El Fandango Restaurant. “This event combines the Anglo custom of caroling with the Hispanic tradition of the procession and breaking of the piñata,” said Chuck Ross, owner and operator of Fiesta de Reyes. “Las Posadas is a long-standing tradition in many Latin cultures and we hope to recreate the same kind of celebratory day that everyone can enjoy.” The Las Posadas procession will be led by professional actors in period costume, including Willie, the acting donkey. Before the procession begins at 5 p.m., this event will feature a daytime celebration and pre-show with live music, performances and activities. A This year marks the 60th annual Las variety of local music and performing Posadas event in Old Town, a candlelit arts groups such as Metro Dance and procession that re-enacts the biblical story of Mary and Joseph’s search Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church for a birthplace for the Christ child. will perform from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For children’s entertainment, between 2 and 5 p.m., there will be free craft activities that include making pioneer-style cloth dolls, corn-husk dolls and paper holiday flowers. Hot cider, pastries, Mexican baked goods, tamales, hot soup and more will be available for purchase from El Fandango Restaurant and Barra Barra Saloon. At end of the festival, a bonfire will be lit in the middle of the state park and El Fandango Restaurant will host a piñata-breaking party following the Las Posadas procession at 6 p.m. For more information, phone (619) 297-3100.
Puppy, from page 2 any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the abuse. If a suspect is identified, they will face a felony animal abuse charges which could include prison time and fines. The puppy will continue to receive veterinary care that will be covered by the Department’s “Spirit Fund.” Anyone interested in donating to the “Spirit Fund” can do so at any of the three County animal shelters or online at www. sddac.com/donations.asp. The Department of Animal Services will notify the public when the puppy becomes available for adoption.
Mission Trails, from page 5 Become a friend of Mission Trails Regional Park on Facebook by December 31. One lucky Facebook friend will receive a free 90 minute guided tour of Mission Trails for a party of four, conducted by a Senior Park Ranger. Visit www.mtrp.org for more information and events calendar or call (619) 668-3281.
Bird Count, from page 5 The organization welcomes new participants, but expects them to be experienced birders. The count entails a commitment to be in the field at least from sunrise to 1 pm, to count or estimate numbers of all species to the best of one’s ability, and to support the identification of any unusual bird with written notes and/or photographs. The count circle extends west to the tip of Point Loma, north to Balboa Park and Chollas Reservoir, east to Sweetwater Reservoir and Southwestern College, and south to the Tijuana River valley. More information regarding specific locations that will be surveyed is available on the San Diego Audubon Society website at http://www.sandiegoaudubon.org/cbc.htm. Contact Phil Unitt by e-mail at the Natural History Museum at birds@ sdnhm.org, or by phone at 619-255-0235, or Rich Breisch, firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the 2010 CBC.
Safety Seats, from page 4 With the new grant, the Pacific Safety Council will extend the program through September 2011. In addition to providing the car seats to low-income families, staff will conduct 90 safety education classes and 40 child passenger safety check-up events, as well as five, one-day classes on passenger safety for public safety workers. “The proper use of child safety seats, booster seats and buckling up will save children’s lives,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “Doing it right every trip, every day, will make it a habit they will carry into adulthood.” The goal of this grant is to increase the proper installation and appropriate use of child passenger safety seats and seat belt usage by families. “By using age-appropriate, vehicle safety seats, parents and caregivers can make a lifesaving difference,” said HHSA Director Nick Macchione. “Children should always be appropriately secured.” For more information about the “Keep ‘Em Safe” program, contact Noemi Dueñas at Pacific Safety Council at (858) 621-2313 ext. 114.
Father Sets Out to Make Online Classifieds Safer After the Mysterious Disappearance of his Daughter Three years ago, on June 23, 2007, San Diego State University sophomore, Donna Jou, vanished after meeting up with a man who responded to her tutoring service ad on an online classifieds site. The man turned out to be John Steven Burgess, a three-time convicted sexual predator. Because Donna’s body has not been found, Burgess was only charged for involuntary manslaughter and is currently serving a five-year prison sentence. He is due to be released next year. “Half of me is gone,” said Reza Jou, Donna’s father. “I don’t feel like a whole person. My family and I have lost our young and precious daughter forever, and we just cannot get over our loss. I want to make sure this doesn’t happen to anybody else’s daughter.” Reza is on a crusade to improve Internet safety. He has invested in a new website, SafeList.com that provides an online classifieds platform based on its Verified Identity technology. Unlike other online classifieds sites where buyers and sellers remain anonymous, SafeList.com requires its users to confirm who they are before gaining access to the site’s core features. To become a verified user, individuals must submit themselves to a series of questions based on their personal life history that the system pulls from a comprehensive public database. They must correctly answer these questions within 240 seconds. Failure to respond correctly will keep the person at the basic user level. SafeList will also report See SafeList, Page 13
CHURCHES IN OR NEAR MISSION VALLEY For your convenience
Holy Angels Byzantine Catholic Church 2235 Galahad Road 858-277-2511 First United Methodist 2111 Camino Del Rio South 619-297-4366 First Assembly of God 8404 Phyllis Place 858-560-1870 Calvary Southern Baptist 6866 Linda Vista Rd. 858-277-7078 Immaculata Catholic Church University of San Diego Campus 8998 Alcala Park 619-574-5700 Immaculate Conception Old Town 2540 San Diego Avenue 619-295-4148 Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala 10818 San Diego Mission Road 619-283-7319 Joyful Living Church 3505 Camino Del Rio South 619-521-4800 Holy Family Catholic Church 1957 Coolidge Street 858-277-0404 St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral 2728 Sixth Ave. 619-298-7261 Linda Vista Presbyterian Church 2130 Ulric Street 858-277-0523 University Christian Church 3900 Cleveland Ave. 619-295-4146 St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church Del Cerro 6556 Park Ridge Blvd. 619-460-6442
Gethsemane Lutheran Church 2696 Melbourne Drive 858-277-6572
Your Church or Synagogue can be listed here. Please call 619-291-0200 or send an email to Info@MissionValleyNews.com.
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Civita, from page 2 relied on its collective expertise as well as input from community planners and residents to create the concept for Civita. “You could do a development on that hillside that had no personality, but creating a really great community that’s a dream of so many people is a lot harder,” said Fred Kent founder of the nonprofit organization Project for Public Spaces and recognized national authority on smart growth. “It takes a lot more energy, a lot more skills. This community will be better for everyone.” More than one-third of Civita will be devoted to open space and public areas that will include public parks, landscaped public parkways, private open space and a Civic Center with a plaza, amphitheater for public events and Heritage Museum. The museum will celebrate the history of Mission Valley and be operated by The San Diego River Park Foundation. Gordon Carrier, of Carrier Johnson, San Diego, which developed initial master plans during the entitlement process, said the entire project was developed around the central open space, with the ultimate objective of being able to walk the community in any direction along green belts, trails and tree-lined streets. “Rather than leveling the site, the idea was to restore the land to its natural topography and connect the mesas to the valleys – go from low to high,” he said. “The elevation change complements the site, opens up great views and provides many different experiences depending on your points of view.” The final master plan was developed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, of Boston, which has extensive experience in developing mixed use projects, residential communities and retail complexes throughout the U.S. Its projects include: City Place, West Palm Beach, Florida; Liberty Wharf and Fan Pier in Boston; Americana in Glendale, California; the Woodlands in Woodlands, Texas; City North, Phoenix, Arizona; and several projects for Disney. Howard Elkus, principal architect, and his team worked on the final sculpting of the Civita site, including how the different types of housing would connect to each other and the village center with a creative flow of roads and trails. “The project is remarkable in its topography,” said Elkus. “It provides for a unique, exciting sustainable community with extraordinary views and scaled neighborhoods. The physical definition of Civita as it relates to the valley and the river and the surrounding communities -- the whole flavor of this part of San Diego -- has the makings of something extraordinary. The integration of the open space with the built environment will distinguish and differentiate this new community versus anything else in the region.” Civita will ultimately include approximately 4,700 diversely-priced residential homes, including single-family, condominiums, townhomes, apartments, live/work residences, flats, row homes, as well as homes for seniors. Ten percent of homes will be priced as attainable according to San Diego’s guidelines for affordable housing. Sudberry Properties launched initial grading on the master plan in midNovember 2010, with grading for the residential developments in phase one to follow shortly thereafter. Sudberry recently completed sale of 9.5 acres to Shea Homes for the development of 200 townhomes, called Origen, with two and three-bedroom units, during the first phase of Civita. Shea anticipates breaking ground on the models in August 2011. Sudberry broke ground in November 2010 on the first apartment complex in Civita, called Circa 37 after the year the quarry was first mined. It will have 306 apartments with preleasing set for later this year and the first occupancies in December 2011 or January 2012. A second phase of Circa 37, with some 500 units, is still in the planning stages. The apartment complex will have a spectacular pool area designed by the same landscape architect that developed pools for Steve Wynn in Las Vegas. The first phase will also have a 175-unit senior complex. Details are pending.) From the beginning, Civita was designed as a walkable, sustainable community with the idea of reducing dependency on cars. Featuring a shuttle system, a hybrid-car sharing program, and a network of hiking, biking and walking trails close to the trolley stop, the ultimate goal was to provide residents everything they need to live, work, and play without having to drive. Civita will add sustainable design features that include solar orientation See Civita, Page 14
Mayor, from page 10 mayoral candidate and former majority leader of the State Assembly of Nevada. He has recently been seen around town at numerous breakfasts and lunches with business and political leaders, so is most likely pondering another run. He published a rather critical commentary of Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher in Voice of San Diego on November 1, setting out a blueprint for his potential campaign for Mayor. Francis did not respond to an email asking about his plans to run by press time. Christine Kehoe. Senator Christine Kehoe was elected to the State Senate in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. Kehoe represents the 39th Senate District, which includes much of San Diego. She is termed out in 2012, and is often mentioned as a solid contender for Mayor. A former San Diego Councilmember, she has focused on the environment and good government measures in the legislature, building a solid track record. When asked if the Senator was planning to run for Mayor, her Chief of Staff Myrna Zambrano sent an email stating, “Chris says she has time to think about it.” Other names frequently mentioned as possible Mayoral contenders include Congressman Bob Filner (who was recently quoted saying that if he ran, he would win), former State Senator Steve Peace, Chula Vista Police Chief (and former San Diego Chief) David Bejarano, former Councilmember Donna Frye, former Council President Scott Peters and longtime Chamber of Commerce Board members Bill Geppert and Vince Mudd. The field for San Diego’s next Mayoral campaign is certainly wide open. Even though we just barely left the 2010 election cycle, it is already time to start gearing up for 2012.
SOHO Celebrates 10 Years with Whaley House It’s been ten years since SOHO (Save Our Heritage Organization) assumed operation of the historic Whaley House Museum complex in Old Town for the County of San Diego. Since 2000, they have operated the venerable Whaley House Museum and its four other historic structures, including the 1850 Derby-Pendleton House, the 1870s Verna House, and two rare false-front building survivors of New Town’s Old West period. Under the stewardship of SOHO, the Whaley House looks more like it did in the 19th century than at any time in the 20th. Major restoration feats have included the transformation of the second floor front rooms back to its use as San Diego’s first commercial theater, reconstruction of the original board-and-batten lean-to kitchen on the back porch and reconstruction of the original 1850s porch. A celebration to mark SOHO’s 10th anniversary with the Whaley House was held on November 21, with live music, children’s games, speeches by dignitaries, live music, cake and refreshments. The museum was open for tours and featured an exhibit of artifacts excavated from the Whaleys’ cistern/well and privy documenting the ongoing restoration of the Whaley House.
Wines, from page 9 Wine makes the perfect gift for wine loving family members and friends during the holiday season. Luckily, one positive aspect of the global economic turndown is that you can find many regional, national and international quality wines for about $10. Enjoy the seasonal festivities and take time explore the many “bottled treasures of delight” that can be found in these local establishments. Steve Dryden is a wine, food, travel and TV writer, living at Guadalupe Valley in Baja California where he guides small group wine tours. His web page is: www.bajawineandtours.com and he can be reached at: sbdryden@ hotmail.com
Seau’s, from page 9 legs, I could choose a nice cold beverage like a local brew, draft beer, bottled beer, wine or soft drink. Beers average $4; for anyone who loves margaritas, the tempting All-Star Margarita comes in a 16 oz. glass for around $8. However, if you’re sitting at the bar for Happy Hour, microbrew beer and glasses of wine run $3 to $3.50; well drinks are just $3.50. Along with the food and beverages I enjoyed checking out all the football memorabilia like jerseys, photos and trophies, which provide a historical backdrop of Junior as a famous Charger and Patriot. Junior Seau’s slogan for his restaurant is, “Great Service, Great Food in a Great Atmosphere!” Can’t deny that.
SafeList, from page 12 any convicted felon or sexual predator that attempts to register on the website to law enforcement. “Unlike commerce conducted on sites like EBay and Amazon where a physical meeting between the parties is not necessary and PayPal ensures a smooth trade, in a classifieds marketplace hard cash is the currency of choice and it is almost mandatory for two total strangers to meet in person to complete the transaction,” said SafeList.com’s founder and chairman, Karim Pirani. “Hence the need to know the person one is about to enter into a transaction with is more critical, not less.” Many industry luminaries, including marketing expert and bestselling author, Seth Godin, and Microsoft Corporation’s Chief of Research and Strategy, Craig Mundie, have called for online identity verification. Earlier this year, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mundie put a harsh spotlight on the dangers lurking on the Internet, and proposed a three-tiered system of online identification. He pointed out that individuals are use to having to present identification in other areas of life, and the Internet should not be any different. “Many people don’t realize how dangerous it is to interact online without awareness of who is on the other end hiding behind their web browser,” said Pirani. “Our authentication process sets us apart from our competitors. The members of our community have the advantage of transacting only with fellow members who, like them, have also been authenticated. However, with our verified anonymity, they retain the ability to keep their identity private by creating unique screen names. That is why we call it: “Online Classifieds for the Civilized™.” Donna isn’t the only online classifieds site crime victim. Innocent unsuspecting users are victimized across the nation every day. After hearing about Donna’s tragic story, Pirani, himself a father of two young girls, made it his mission in life to build a safer classifieds marketplace with the goal that no woman should ever fear for her life when using an online classifieds site. “If the SafeList marketplace can help save just one life, or help prevent just one woman from being raped or prevent just one child from falling into the dangerous world of child prostitution, then we will have made a significant contribution to society,” said Pirani.
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Civita, from page 13
Restaurant, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the interpretive and education programs at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The Cosmopolitan is located at 2660 Calhoun Street (on the Plaza), San Diego, 92110. Event dates: December 10, 11, 17, 18, 28, 29 and 30. Performance begins at 4 p.m. Tickets for adults are $40; children 6 to 16, $18. Advance reservations may be made at the Cosmopolitan, (619) 297-1874. Information is available from the Old Town Visitor Information Center, (619) 220-5422, or www.parks. ca.gov/oldtownsandiego and www.oldtowncosmopolitan.com.
and energy management systems, drought tolerant and native landscaping, a community garden, high efficiency irrigation systems, a reclaimed water treatment plant, natural filtration of storm water, construction waste recycling and the use of sustainable and recyclable building materials. In recognition of its sustainable features and neighborhood-oriented design, the Civita plan achieved a gold rating as a pilot project for the U.S. Green Building Council’s new LEED for Neighborhood Development program. The first national standard for neighborhood design that integrates principles of smart growth and green building, the program serves as a guide for creating compact, walkable, well-connected communities with a holistic approach to sustainability. It is also a recipient of 2009 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), California’s highest environmental honor, which is administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Natural Resources Agency. Civita has also been named as a Catalyst Project by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) as a model for sustainable land use. It was one of only 12 projects in the state to earn the designation. As with any development, there have been concerns about traffic. Sudberry Properties has gone to great lengths to mitigate traffic issues, providing nearly $50 million in funding for planned improvements to key freeway interchanges, local intersections, pedestrian and bicycle paths and other key transportation arteries. The first work on infrastructure improvements is expected to begin in (November, 2010). For further information, see the project website at www. civitalife.com
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(formerly Quarry Falls)
Sudberry Properties is committed to environmentally-sensitive design, striking architecture, attention to detail, and meticulous construction. Our mission is to create public places within our shopping centers and mixed-use communities that enhance people’s quality of life – while being sensitive to our environment. We’re especially proud of two of our developments that have been awarded LEED certification: Civita (formerly Quarry Falls) – a mixed-use community in Mission Valley, and Terraces at Copley Point – two Class A office buildings. Both are models for sustainable design.
There have been lots of other controversial issues to vote on, and I did my best to stay true to my core beliefs and values, and do what I believed was in the best interest of the public. In these debates – including gay marriage, living wage, auditor independence, development projects, treating and reusing recycled sewage water, strong mayor and, most recently, supporting Prop D and opposing the lifting of CCDC’s tax-increment cap without a public process – for the most part, we managed to keep the dialogue civil and be respectful of one another. My staff and I are grateful for the honor of serving you. We have tried to always remember that we are public servants who work for you. We appreciate all the community groups and individuals who have been so generous with their time – volunteering and working hard to make our city and Mission Valley a better place in which to live, work and play. Thank you to all of you, Donna and the District Six Staff
MissionValleyNews.com — December 2010
Community C lassifieds SERVICES
Owe more than your home is worth? Behind on your payments? Received a notice of default? Unable to refinance? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be facing the loss of your home. I will provide you with a caring consultation to discuss your options. Tammy Neotti, Realtor. Prudential CA Realty, DRE#01878644, Call 619-550-9914. (12/10) Roy L. Schwartz Tree Service. 60 foot aerial truck. I.S.A. Certified Arborist #WE-6180-A. Dependable Service since 1977. Lic. #775662. 619.282.3562. wwwARoyLTreeSVC.com (08/11) Window cleaning – 34 years experience. Professional craftsmanship. Reliable service. Serving all of San Diego County. Call John 1.800.Glitter 1.800.454.8837. (12/10) Jenna’s Barber Shoppe. Styling for men, women & children. Wheelchair friendly. Old time expert haircuts at affordable prices. Colors & perms. 7424 Jackson Dr.#1A (across from Keil’s in Bank of America lot) Tues–Fri., 8:30-3:30pm; Sat. 8:30-noon. By appt., 619-644-3669. (12/10) Quality exterior carpentry by Bob. Decks, fences, patio covers and termite repair. Free estimates, reasonable rates, insured and reliable. License #365241 since 1978. Phone: 619-275-1493. (06/11) Keith Everett Construction and Handyman Service: All phases of home remodeling and repair. Window and Door replacement specialist. Repair or build any style of fence, deck or patio cover. Senior discount, references, and member of the BBB. No job too small. Lic. #878703. Call 619-255-3499. (07/11) Wallcovering Contractor - Enhance the beauty and value of your home! Removal, prep and installation. Precise, superior workmanship by Mr. Elisha Blatt, Lic.# 644396. Discounts on wallcoverings available. Free estimates. 619-582-4449. (07/11) Flute/Piano Instruction. 30 years experience. Beginner to advanced. Music Education. B.A. Degree. Reasonable rates. Available for teaching in your home or mine. Rick, 619-286-8012. (03/11) Pet/Housesitting Services. Est. 1983, Bonded. Pet-tenders offers feeding, walking, plant care, housesitting-and above all...spoiling... in your own home! www.pet-tenders.com 619-298-3033. (03/11) Roofing, licensed, bonded, second generation Allied Gardens roofer. Over 100 homes in Allied Gardens roofed.Repairs, all types of roofing. Free estimates. Call 619-287-7149. (12/11) Creative Landscape Irrigation/sprinkler repair. Drip/ drain/valves/timer/upgrades/installation/landscape lighting. 30 years experience. Cal Lic. #736809. Call 619-465-2237. (01/11) Creative Landscape - mowing, edging, trimming, weed control, fertilizer, pruning plants, shrubs, trees. Weekly/bi-weekly service. Cal Lic. #736809. 30 years exp. 619-465-2237. (01/11) Hauling: construction & yard cleanup. Demos. Light maintenance. Call Carlos at 858-495-0548; cellular 619-813-9988. Tierrasanta resident. Pls contact via email: email@example.com. (03/11) Paul R. Smith Complete Home Improvement. Complete bath remodel for $7,200. All home repairs & remodeling. 43-year Allied Gardens resident. In business & serving the community for over 20 years. Lic. #692972. BBB Member. Call Paul 619-818-7880. (11/10) Professional piano teacher for all ages. Private lessons include instruction in theory, performance and history. Located in San Carlos. (619) 838-7659, lovleysmusic.com. (01/11) Linda’s Puppy Love. Bonded, licensed, insured pet & housesitting service offers daily dog walks, cat care, vacation visits, overnight care, love, care & attention. www.lindaspuppylove.com 619-857-3674. (2/11) Let Stronger, Safer Seniors improve your strength, balance, stamina and confidence! We offer you fun and invigorating personalized workouts in the privacy of your home. Call Pam Melody, Certified Personal Trainer, at 619-962-7144 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your free consultation. (12/10) Lori’s Housecleaning Service. Reliable, great references, quality work at reasonable prices. (619) 582-9586 or (541) 212-8299. (12/10) Albert’s Painting. Exterior only. Small jobs ok. 35 years experience. Licensed. (619) 287-3198 or (619) 665-1284. (11/10) Handyman Maintenance & Remodel. (619) 277-2077 Lic. B762615 John Irwin. Local 50 years, independent, full service remodels. Expert moldings, tile, maintenance, remodel and all the little projects. (12/10) Healing Touch Therapeutic Massage. Nationally certified massage therapist offers massages for rehabilitation and/or relaxation at licensed home office (only). Introductory one-hour massage $35 (reg. $50). By appointment only. Call Suzy (619) 767-8866. License #92010781.(12/10)
Let’s give your yard a makeover. Coast Guard Veteran recently returned to native Allied Gardens, restarting landscape business. Renew your distressed overgrown landscape with simple solutions. Tree lacing, pruning, handyman services. Own tools, trailer, hauling available. Family man; dependable, references. Todd, 619-286-3679 or 541-261-6422. (01/11)
Lawn Service: small yard $30, medium $40, large $50 and up. Mow and edge. Call Ed, 619-283-3110. (01/11)
Contractor/handyman, most trades, small jobs ok. Lic. #701783, bonded and insured. Call Bill 619-6980375 or cell 619-895-7119. (12/10)
R & M Signs and Designs. Custom signs, banners, window decals, vehicle magnetics, storefront graphics, team sports, custom apparel. RMsignsdesigns.com. Excellent service. 619-287-8757. (02/11) Window Cleaning and Pressure Washing by Green Earth. We specialize in window cleaning and pressure washing of residential properties. We also offer repair and replacement of window and door screens and rain gutter cleaning. Family owned. Lic. #009237. Free estimates 619-808-4663. (08/11) San Carlos Handyman Service: Reliable, affordable, licensed and insured. No job too small. Call Dan @ 619-994-5680. (02/11) Painting: Int. & Ext. $65.00 average size room. Neat, clean and fast. Quality work. Free estimates. 280-7752. (12/10) Just Ask Crystal - specializing in odd jobs for seniors but all ages welcome. Organizing home & yard. Errands/meal preparation. Caretaker reprieve for spouse & family. Moving? Downsizing? Help before, during & after. Vacation pet & plant care. Walking partner for incentive. Extra hand for the holidays or parties. Too many jobs to list, just ask! San Carlos resident with local references. Please call Crystal at 619-887-1211. (12/10) Window Cleaning and Pressure Washing by Green Earth. We specialize in window cleaning and pressure washing of residential properties. We also offer repair and replacement of window and door screens and rain gutter cleaning. Family owned. Lic. #009237. Free estimates. 619-808-4663. (08/11) Sing! Sing! Sing! Grow your voice! Take voice lessons with Susan Simmons, New Expressions School of Music, 2852 University Ave. Call 858-349-8490 for appointment. (12/10) Tait’s Tree Service. Trimming, shaping, removals, stump grinding, hedges, and yard clean up. 48 year Allied Gardens resident. Senior discounts available. Quality service at affordable prices. License 777395 Call 619-583-5771. (10/11) Locksmith – Discount Deadbolts & Rekeying – security door viewers, patio door locks, simulated alarms, magnetic door stops. Cliff Henderson 619-8403327 – Lic. #LCO4353 – Bonded – Never a trip charge! (10/11) German Setter Tile and Marble. Professional stone/ tilesetter with 26 years experience. European craftsmanship. Punctual & dependable. License #872804. Contact Jens Sedemund: 619-415-6789 or email@example.com. (10/11) Computer Repair-Set-Up-Tune Up. PC help. For families, seniors, home offices. Trusted in Homes for over 25 years. Call 619-992-5882. CA Lic #81527. (10/11)
More than mow blow go! Personal garden care, high quality landscape maintenance, 25 yrs exp, dependable, references, affordable, tlc. Dan 619-208-6722 (12/10)
WANTED: Independent … motivated … profit-driven entrepreneurs! Is your way of getting ahead… leading you to distress? Plug into our marketing system… Allowing you to be in control! For information call Dixie at 858.278.2120. (09/11)
Senior Living - San Carlos. Small + large 1 BR apts starting at $660. 2 BR @ $1,125. Pool/spa. No smoking, no dogs. 619-461-4111. (03/10)
NOTICES Republican Women are welcome to attend our monthly Navajo Canyon Republican Women, Fed. luncheon meetings. Program meetings feature informative speakers. We meet the 2nd Tuesday at The Brigantine Restaurant in La Mesa. Come join us! Call 619-697-2235.
Mission Valley News 6549 Mission Gorge Road #199, San Diego CA 92120 Phone: (619) 291-0200 • email: info@MissionValleyNews.com Visit our website at: www.MissionValleyNews.com Editor: Pam Crooks, ext. 124 Publisher: Mission Publishing Group, LLC Advertising Consultant: Lionel Talaro 619-291-0200 ext. 128
Contributing Writers: Gina Cord Chet Barfield Donna Frye Ron Roberts Graphic Artist: Aleta El Sheikh
Writers and Advertising Sales Experts Wanted Please call 619-291-0200 ext. 122 Circulation: 20,000. Published 12 times in 2010 and delivered throughout our circulation area of Mission Valley, San Diego, California by Mission Publishing Group, LLC. Classified ads and articles must be submitted by mail, e-mail or dropped off at our business address, 6549 Mission Gorge Road #199, San Diego 92120. Publisher reserves the right to refuse any advertisements or material submitted which are deemed to be objectionable. Publisher’s liability for errors: Mission Valley News & Views assumes no financial liability for errors nor for omission of copy and upon request will furnish a letter of correction to the advertiser. The Publisher, Mission Publishing Group, LLC., shall not be liable for any error in published advertising unless an advertiser proof is requested in writing 12 days prior to publication date and clearly marked for corrections. If the error is not corrected by the Publisher, the liability, if any, shall not exceed the space occupied for the error. Further, the Publisher shall not be liable for any omission of an advertisement ordered to be published. On written request, Publisher shall reschedule and run the omitted advertisement at the advertiser’s cost. All claims for adjustment must be made in writing within 30 days of the date of publication. In no case shall the Publisher be liable for any general, special or consequential damages. Equal Housing Opportunity: Real estate advertising in Mission Valley News is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Law which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Mission Valley News & Views will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate that is in violation of the law. This is to notify Mission Valley News readers that all dwellings advertised in Mission Valley News are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD at 1-800-669-9777 or TTY at 1-800-927-9275. News and information printed in Mission Valley News is obtained from sources considered to be reliable, but accuracy on information sent to the paper cannot be guaranteed. Articles and opinions of writers or letters to the editor that are submitted for publication to the Mission Valley News are the views of the writers and should not be considered the views of the publisher. Content of paid advertisements is solely the responsibility of the advertiser. © 2007–2010, all rights reserved.
Free classified ads are available to private parties and to non-profit organizations that do not charge for their services. Only one ad per party or organization will be accepted per issue as a free classified—additional ads must be paid for with submission of the ads. Free classifieds are limited to 25 words or less. Ads of more than 25 words cost 50¢ per additional word; payment must accompany the ad. All free classifieds will run for only one issue even if you indicate on the ad that you want it to run more than one time. All classified ads—free or paid—must be submitted by mail only, or hand-delivered to Mission Valley News at 6549 Mission Gorge Road #199, San Diego CA 92120. THE LAST DATE PRE-PAID ADS WILL RUN IS PRINTED AFTER EACH AD. IF NO DATE IS GIVEN, THE AD RUNS ONLY ONE ISSUE. The following ad classifications are ineligible for free classified ads: FOR SALE, GARAGE SALES, LOST & FOUND, WANTED, FOR RENT, NOTICES, AND YOUTH SERVICES. However, this does not include WANTED ads for multi-level sales of FOR RENT ads for vacation/rental condos or NOTICES for any profit-making organization. We do not guarantee that we will run all free classifieds submitted. If you include payment for an ad that normally is considered a free classified, we guarantee that it will be printed in the next available issue, unless it is inappropriate for a family-oriented newspaper. We will not call or write to inform you if your classified ad does not qualify as a free classified; we simply receive too many ads to provide that level of service. We do not mail copies of the newspaper for proof of publication.
PAID CLASSIFIEDS - $8/25 words or less BUSINESS CLASSIFIEDS including SERVICES, CHILD CARE, BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES, NOTICES, HELP WANTED, & FOR SALE ads for any profitmaking enterprise costs $8 for 25 words or less plus 50¢ per word over 25, payable in advance of publication only. NOTICES ads may NOT be ads normally classified under SERVICES (i.e., business ads) the Editor reserves the right to reject or re-classify any ads sent in under the NOTICES category that should more appropriately be placed elsewhere. PAID ADS may run for any consecutive number of issues, provided that proper payment for the ads is received in advance. NO PHONE CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR RENEWAL OF ADS. THE LAST DATE PRE-PAID ADS WILL RUN IS PRINTED AFTER EACH AD. IF NO DATE IS INCLUDED AFTER THE AD, IT RUNS ONLY ONCE. When counting words—a word is a word, regardless of the number of letters. A telephone number is a word. An address such as “10000 San Diego Mission Road” is 5 words. We do not mail “proofs of publication” for classifieds.
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(see restrictions above)
Gardening Service: Lawns, hedges, weeding, trimming, we do it all! 20 years experience, Allied Gardens resident since 1983. Weekly/bi-weekly service. Licensed/Insured. Free estimates. 619-287-6947. (07/11)
LOST & FOUND
Roy L. Schwartz Tree Service. 55 foot aerial truck. I.S.A. Certified Arborist #WE-6180A. Dependable service since 1977. Lic.#775662. 619-282-3562. www. ARoyLTreeSVC.com. (07/11)
Computer Services for home & office by local, seasoned, 18 year IT Pro. Wireless, upgrades, troubleshooting, system tuning/cleanup, training, minor miracles - Ed - 619-517-7153. (02/11)
At-Home Care Systems. Non-nursing, elder care, homemaker, your home - your hours, bonded, insured. 619-582-9819. (12/10)
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Mission Valley News reserves the right to edit or refuse classified ads due to inappropriate content, space considerations, etc. Mission Valley News assumes no financial responsibility for errors nor for omissions of copy for classified ads. By submission of ad, Advertisers agree to indemnify and hold Mission Valley News harmless from any claims and expenses arising from the publication of any ad. No personal ads are accepted. No refunds given or cancellations accepted unless such notice is received by mail 10 days prior to the publication date. MAKE SURE YOU REMIT THE CORRECT AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR THE AD—WE ARE UNABLE TO CONTACT YOU NOR RUN THE AD—IF THE INCORRECT AMOUNT OF MONEY IS SENT WITH THE AD. We do not mail copies for “proof of publication” and your cancelled check is your receipt. EXTRA COPIES If you need extra copies of Mission Valley News, they are available at over 120 locations throughout our distribution area on the day of publication, while supplies last.
MissionValleyNews.com — December 2010
A GREAT GIFT OR STOCKING-STUFFER IDEA! San Diego’s
Mission Trails Regional Park Official Guidebook MTRP offers • 6,000 acres of open-space • 5 of the highest mountain peaks in the City, • A pristine stretch of the San Diego River, 2 lakes and • Over 40 miles of hiking and biking trails. Discover the Park’s • Flora & fauna • Visitor & Interpretive Center • Colorful history and Indian heritage Includes 25 recommended hikes by level of difficulty and a fold out map!
Only $9.95, plus tax
Available from Ridgway Park Publishing, www.ridgwaypark.com Or the MTRP Visitor & Interpretive Center One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, 92119 Go to www.mtrp.org for hours and directions.
CHANGE YOUR LIFE at MISSION VALLEY YMCA
No Joiner’s Fee
Thursday, December 16
*Membership Plus! excluded; monthly fees still apply.
Benefits Of Joining Our YMCA Family Include: l
Use of all Friars Road (MV), Toby Wells and Hazard Center (HC) facilities.
FREE babysitting while you work out. (MV, TW) State-of-the-Art Fitness Centers w/ 30-minute Circuit Training and FREE Online tracking. (MV/TW/HC)
FREE YPersonal Fitness 12-week “Get Started Program”
Personal TV’s on all cardio. (MV/TW/HC)
300+ Group Exercise, Mind/Body & Cycling classes for all levels. (MV/TW/HC)
Two indoor swimming pools (MV, TW), one outdoor pool (MV), spas (MV, TW), slide (TW).
Gymnasium (MV,), Gymnastics Center (TW), Soccer Arenas (MV, TW), Skate/Bike Park.
Aquatic Fitness, Swim Lessons, Lap Swim, Arthritis Foundation classes. (MV/TW/HC)
ONE DAY ONLY SAVINGS Coming January 2011 to Friars road: indoor CyCling, yoga, Family Changing rooms, Community room & more! www.missionvalley.ymCa.org Mission Valley YMCA 5505 Friars Road San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 298-3576
Toby Wells YMCA 5105 Overland Ave. San Diego, CA 92123 (858) 496-9622
Hazard Center YMCA 7610 Hazard Cntr Dr., #101 San Diego, CA 92108 (619) 298-3576
Published on Dec 10, 2010
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