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November 2010

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Volume IV – Number 11

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AED Saves Physician’s Life At Lake Murray Tennis Club By Loralee Olejnik When Dr. Ken Anderson went into Sudden Cardiac Arrest while playing tennis, it took the seemingly healthy Scripps Ranch physician by surprise. “I was pretty shocked by it all because I’ve never had any heart problems,” said Anderson, who specializes in sports medicine and family practice. Shocked indeed. It was an Automatic External Defibrillator, or AED, that saved Dr. Anderson’s, life. Anderson, 52, and his wife, Sandy, were playing doubles tennis with friends on Sunday, Sept. 26, at the Lake Murray Tennis Club, when he suddenly grabbed his chest and collapsed. His wife and friends, Sue and Todd Sprague, began chest compressions and grabbed the AED out of the clubhouse. The AED delivered two shocks before paramedics arrived and transported him to the hospital. None of his rescuers had formal instruction in CPR or AED use. In fact, the only person trained to respond to this emergency was the victim. AEDs administer a shock to the victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) to restore a heart beat to a normal rhythm. AEDs are made to be very simple to use, and their clear voice prompt instructions make them friendly even for a non-trained responder. “It all started with the members being aware we had the AED,” said Kathy Emmerson, manager of the Lake Murray Tennis Club. “(This incident) enlightened us all, not just staff members, but all our members. It was amazing. It takes so little time and you could save a life just like they did.” The Lake Murray Tennis Club, a non-profit tennis facility, has about 600 members of all ages and levels. Emmerson said they have had the AED for more than five years now, since it was gifted by Bobbi Cohen, a local AED advocate. Cohen’s husband, Stuart, died of Sudden Cardiac Arrest after dancing See AED, page 8

2006 Veterans Day Parade photo courtesy of Clint Steed

Volunteers are asked to reply to Scott Langhoff, Parade Vehicle Coordination Subcommittee Chairman, at or by calling (619) 884-5917 anytime. You can also visit our website at to obtain the volunteer form online. Please include the make, model and year of your vehicle and maximum passenger capacity. The 24th Annual San Diego County Veterans Day Parade Thursday, November 11th, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. Pacific Coast Highway, Downtown San Diego - Cedar Street to Harbor The Distinguished Flying Cross Drive Society, San Diego Lindbergh Each year, on the appointed day, Chapter & 1961 Corvette from the and at the specified time, San Diegans Corvette Owners Club of San Diego pause to honor our Nations’ Veterans, by participating in or observing the Parade in San Diego. This Parade includes entries from across San Diego County, composed of Honor and Color Guards, JROTC Drill Units, Military and High School Marching Bands, Military units and vehicles, Veterans Organizations, and of course, Dignitaries. This year, we are especially honoring our “Cold War Veterans”, all of the men and women that served during the Cold War outside of the Korean & Vietnam Wars and Operation Desert Storm, as our Honorary Grand Marshals! Our Parade Grand Marshal will be announced in the near future. *Drivers have the final decision on placement of the Dignitaries in their vehicles, and are encouraged to decorate their vehicles in patriotic themes should they desire to do so.

Just In Time for Foster Youth Just in Time helps three brothers create a first home after foster care to launch annual campaign for the holidays. After mobilizing a team of volunteers to contribute thousands of dollars in in-kind donations that turned a foreclosed house into a home for the holidays, Just in Time for Foster Youth begins a campaign from November 1 thru December 4, 2010 to help over a hundred more transitioning foster youth have a safe, stable first home. Former foster youth, Juan, Mario and Jose Robles, used every penny they had to purchase a home together, fulfilling a dream to reunite after growing up in separate households in foster care. They purchased a “fixer-upper” home to reunite their family and planned to make repairs slowly, as they could afford it. Instead, Just in Time for Foster Youth rallied volunteers and local businesses behind the young men to turn their home into a showcase just in time for the holidays, garnering local coverage and national attention from CBS Evening News with a planned pre-Thanksgiving “Assignment America” story by Steve Hartman. The list of contributing businesses can be found at www.JitFoster​ “Operation 3 Brothers” was launched by the local 501 (c) (3) charity as part

of their mission to provide support at critical junctures for youth transitioning out of the foster care system, acting as an “extended family” of caring adults. “We want to celebrate the Robles brothers’ incredible determination and success while also turning the community’s focus on the plight of the hundreds of young people who are also trying to create a home without any family support,” explained Don Wells, Executive Director for Just in Time for Foster Youth. The “Just in Time for Foster Youth My First Home for the Holidays Drive” runs from November 1–December 4 with volunteer-created mini-drives supplying the needed cash and in-kind donations. Items collected will be everything from gift cards, pots, pans and small kitchen appliances to desk lamps, mops, brooms and bedding. A list of items can be found at “We are incredibly grateful for the community’s generous response to the Robles brothers and hope it extends to help other youth in need,” said Diane Cox, Board President of Just in Time. “The assistance this drive will generate See Just in Time, page 4

Possible Budget Cut: Closure of Mission Trails Campground Staff, Visitor Centers, Pools, Rec Centers, After-school Programs Also Identified The City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department has identified 59 possible fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget reduction proposals including the closure of the Kumeyaay Lake Campground at Mission Trails Regional Park. In an Oct. 13 memo to all Parks and Recreation Department employees, Stacey LoMedico, Park and Recreation Director, said the campground could be closed and converted to “day use only.” As of Sept. 1, 2008, the campground is only open on Friday and Saturday nights. Another possible cut is the closure of two visitor’s centers (locations unspecified), nine recreation centers and a 50% reduction in the hours of remaining rec centers. Rec centers are currently open 40 hours a week over 5-6 days. If the reduction were approved, the centers would be open just 20 hours a week over three days. Other possible cuts include closing 12 out of 13 pools, eliminating five specialized after-school programs, eliminating 12 specialized teen programs, eliminating all turf watering from Nov. 1 thru February, a reduction in median maintenance, a reduction in brush thinning contracts and the elimination of 25 management and administrative staff positions. The memo to City staff emphasizes that these “possible reductions are only the beginning of the budget process. In previous years, our original reductions proposed at the beginning of the budget cycle were much larger than the final reductions adopted by the City Council.” According to the Parks & Recreation Department’s records, the department budget has been reduced by more than 30% since FY 2005.

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Aztecs Men’s Basketball Ranked in Top 25 for First Time The San Diego State men’s basketball team tips off the 2010-11 campaign this month ranked 25 in the preseason Associated Press Top-25 poll. The Aztecs’ preseason ranking marks the first time the program has been ranked in any of the two major polls (AP or Coaches) in school history. “This is a testament to the program we have established,” San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher said. “This is not only about what we were able to accomplish last season but the success that we have been able to sustain over a period of years. I think people now look at this program as one that is not only good regionally, but one that can compete on a national level.” The reigning Mountain West champions return all five starters and nine letterwinners off a 2009-10 team that won the conference tournament, advanced to the NCAA Tournament and finished with a 25-9 record. The Aztecs enter 2010-11 as one of four 2010 NCAA Tournament squads to return their entire starting lineup. SDSU is led by seniors D.J. Gay, Billy White and Malcolm Thomas, who each earned all-Mountain West honors a year ago. The fourth and fifth members of the starting five are sophomores Kawhi Leonard and Chase Tapley. Leonard was an all-MWC first team choice, MWC tournament MVP and the only freshman to lead his team in scoring and rebounding for a team that advanced to the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Tapley, meanwhile, was one of just two freshmen in 2010 to average at least 7.0 points, have an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.50 or better and shoot 50.0 percent or better from the field. See Aztecs, Page 4

Thomas Montgomery to be New County Counsel A veteran attorney from the Office of County Counsel will succeed outgoing County Counsel John Sansone when Sansone retires in January. Thomas Montgomery, who joined the county’s legal team in 1984, became Chief Deputy in 2000 and has served as Assistant County Counsel since 2003, has been named County Counsel. Montgomery will take over as the County’s top legal advisor on Monday, January 10, 2011. “The county counsel attorneys are tops in the state and they have the record to prove it,” said Supervisor Pam Slater-Price. “Tom Montgomery has played a key role in that success.” Montgomery graduated from the University Of San Diego School Of Law in 1983. Upon his retirement, Sansone will become a professor-in-residence at the same law school.

Suspect Charged in Connection with City College Homicide San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis filed charges in San Diego County Superior Court in October against Armando Perez, 37, in connection with the murder of 19-year old Diana Gonzalez, a student at San Diego City College. Perez has been charged with murder and a special allegation of lying in wait. A sealed warrant for his arrest has been issued. He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole, if convicted of the charge and allegation. Perez’ whereabouts are unknown, but he may be in Mexico. Perez is a Hispanic male, 5’9” tall and weighs

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Gina’s Valley Views

California Driver Licenses and ID Cards Get New Look

By Gina Cord, Founder Did you know that we have a college, recently moved to Mission Valley, which was founded in San Diego 34 years ago? Mueller College was established on Park Avenue in University Heights by Bill Mueller who sold it to Dr. Jeff Welsh six years ago. And four months ago, the College was moved to 123 Camino del la Reina and took over the entire North Building to house the more than 200 students who are currently enrolled. The College has retained the original location on Park Avenue which will contain a Wellness Center and book store. Amada Mattefs, Executive Assistant to the President, said “We are so delighted to be in this beautiful location here in Mission Valley which is in harmony with your College doctrine of peace of mind and body.” Mueller College is dedicated to an educational vision that emphasizes the integration of spirit, mind and body. All programs require that the student consciously acknowledge the interdependency of spiritual, psychological and physical health. Some of the courses presented by Mueller College include Holistic Health, Massage Therapy both Western and Asian principles, Personal Fitness Trainer, etc. with other programs scheduled to be included after the first of the coming year. At the termination of the course, the student is given a certificate that allows them to complete the national exams in order to be licensed and to begin their work. Speaking of health, many people do not know that the members of Rotary International (some 1.2 million members worldwide) have been responsible for the eradication of Polio by administering Salk Vaccine to children in countries around the world. A little more than a year ago, the Bill and Linda Gates Foundation pledged $200. Million in a Challenge Grant to be matched by Rotary International for the final elimination of Polio Plus. The time line was set at three years, but next June 2011 at the international convention in New Orleans, Rotary International will announce that the Challenge has been met…with worldwide Rotarians year ahead of the deadline! Retired nurse Lydia Stewart, president-elect of Mission Valley Rotary Club advises the urgency of obtaining a Flu Shot and suggested that you dial 211 for information on the closest facility administering the shots. Be sure to mark your calendar for December 27-30, 2010 for the 1st Annual San Diego Christian Film Festival which will be shown at the Lawrence Family JCC in La Jolla with four days showcasing short films, documentaries and features. My good friend, Pierrette Storey, Senior Public Information Officer for the San Diego Engineering and Capital Projects Department, is on the Board of Glass Sea Productions LLC who are the organizers of the first-ever event. Pierrette is so excited about the fantastic progress already achieved and says, “The leaders have been blessed to establish their web presence at www.; have received 150 international entries to our firm competition; signed four jurors so far including Dallas Jenkins, the filmmaker son of Jerry Jenkins of “Left Behind” fame; and found a keynote speaker for the awards gala who will be Mark Clayman, executive producer of “The Pursuit of Happiness”. It’s been amazing!” See Gina, Page 4

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is issuing newly designed, more secure California driver licenses and identification cards. The new cards are distinguished by additional security features and will have a different look and feel. The new cards are equipped with the latest in document security technology and have several features to protect them against fraud, tampering and counterfeiting. “The new security features, coupled with advanced technology, make California driver licenses and identification cards one of the most secure identification documents in the country,” said DMV Director George Valverde. “We are confident that they will be well-received by residents, businesses and law enforcement officials.” Information included on the new cards remains the same, but is presented in a new way that improves readability and ease of use. Some of the new features include a vertical layout for persons under 21; the cardholder’s date of birth and signatures that can be felt by touch; images that can be seen only with the use of ultraviolet lights; a 2D bar code on the back of the card that replicates and verifies only the information on the front of the card (similar to the current magnetic stripe); and a laser perforation outline of the California Brown Bear, which can be seen from the front of the card when a flashlight is pressed against the back of the card.. Annually, the DMV issues more than 8.25 million driver license and ID cards to Californians. It is of the utmost importance that these documents are safe, authentic, secure, and accurate to properly identify each individual cardholder. More importantly, these cards have been designated as the primary identification documents in the state. This is the first major revision of California driver licenses and ID cards since 2001. While new cards began to be issued in October, existing ID or driver license cardholders are not required to get a new card. “It is very important to underSee ID Cards, Page 4

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Gaglione Brothers Spreads Cheesesteak Nirvana With Grand Opening In Grantville

Don’t Let Social Media Be Your Holiday Grinch

Local Family-Run Operation Creates Authentic Cheesesteak Experience

Social networking is growing and a plethora of online and electronic activity leaves us distracted and vulnerable during the busy holiday season. As Black Friday approaches, historically one of the busiest retail shopping days of the year, a new security concern is the level of information many Americans will share with their digital “friends.” While savvy marketers are using sites such as Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter and others to attract followers to their venues, thousands of people are “friending” virtual strangers and sharing intimate details of their daily habits including vacations and planned shopping expeditions. Digitally announcing plans could result in virtual “friends” discovering the optimal time to break into your home or office. As a former Deputy Chief for the NYC Police Department and Vice President and General Manager for AlliedBarton Security Services, America’s leading physical security services firm, I believe it is important to be vigilant that our social media actions don’t create the opportunity for crime. I offer the following five tips to ensure a safer shopping experience minus the arrival of the social media grinch: 1) Be a Square on Foursquare and Facebook –Foursquare is a locationbased social networking website founded last year that has surpassed over 3 million user registrations. Foursquare users “check-in” at physical venues using a mobile website, text messaging or a device-specific application. They are awarded points, and the user who visits a venue the most frequently becomes its virtual “mayor.” Finding out about new clubs or unique sales is exciting, but not at the expense of personal safety. While it is tempting to gather as many “friends” as possible on sites such as Foursquare and Facebook, be conservative about the friends you accept. If you have never heard of someone who asks to “friend” you, decline. This virtual friend could be a stalker, or burglar. Telling strangers your schedule or location is tantamount to leaving your home unlocked while away. You’re making it easy to become a victim. 2) Don’t Walk or Drive While Texting - While the tragedy of driving and texting has received national attention, fewer people are aware of the perils of walking and texting. Some people become so preoccupied with emailing and text messaging on mobile devices that they can’t make it down the block without crashing into other people or objects. Emergency rooms are seeing more patients with injuries resulting from texting while walking or driving, and distracted texters are far more vulnerable to being robbed. If you are texting, focus on texting in a safe situation and stop other activities. 3) Don’t Get Personal Online – Many social media enthusiasts divulge far too much personal information online making it easier than ever to steal another person’s identity and tap into their credit lines. Many criminals can easily find names, birth dates, school and work history, and even home and work addresses for anyone. When identifying aspects of our lives are readily avail-

Originally inspired by the authenticity and art of the East coast sandwich experience, the brothers Gaglione have decided to expand their winning recipe for success with the opening of a third Gaglione Brothers Famous Steaks and Subs in San Diego. The new location opened in July in the Friars Village Shopping Center and features the same mouth-watering cheesesteaks, speciality sandwiches and fries – recipes that have garnered the small, family-run business a huge loyal following and accolades from hardcore cheesesteak purists citywide. Born in the Bay Area, the tight-knit Gaglione brothers Andy, Joe and Tony, have enthusiastically called San Diego home for many years. After a trip to the East coast to visit their father and huge extended Italian family and after many treks to the neighborhood eateries of Buffalo, NY, the brothers returned to San Diego with a mission to find the perfect sandwich shop. Unfortunately, offerings in the city were slim. In 2003, motivated by what a quality, superbly tasting sandwich should be the brothers began cooking, testing and creating sub and menu items in older brother Joe’s kitchen in Pacific Andy, Joe and Tony Gaglione opened Beach. Once the three agreed their third San Diego Gaglione Brothers on the menu, they broke Famous Steaks and Subs in Grantville. ground in 2004 on their first location in Point Loma. Word quickly spread and the shop soon began noticing lines out the door. The young entrepreneurs decided to open their second location the following year in Mission Beach in 2005. In order to achieve their award-winning status, each Gaglione Brothers sandwich starts with fresh imported rolls from Amoroso Baking Co., the famous Philadelphia bakery that serves what many argue, the idyllic foundation for every true cheesesteak and specialty sandwich. Premium meats and cheeses of the highest quality are piled high and most ingredients are prepared in-house, including their baked turkeys, coleslaw, stuffing and Italian dressing. Popular menu items include “The Turk,” a tribute to their late father and a holiday inspired treat served year round. Made with the perfect blend of homemade turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayonnaise, “The Turk” has See Gaglione Brothers, Page 8

Gina, from page 3 Although Smashburger Restaurant located in Hazard Center only opened in mid-September, they have already increased their menu to give the clients a wider selection. Smashburger founder Tom Ryan, states “Smashburger was primarily founded on our special way of preparing our certified Angus Beef Smashburgers, but we have now expanded into more options in chicken, salads and additional sides. Smashburger also offers Smashdogs, Haagen-Dazs shakes and floats, as well as beer and wine.” I can attest to the fact that the Smashburger is truly an innovating change from a standard burger…and I think you will agree once you have tried them. Gina, Founder of Mission Valley News welcomes your ideas for inclusion in this column. She can be reached at or by calling her at 619.291.0200 ext. 126.

ID Cards, from page 3 stand that cardholders are not required to get new cards until the expiration date printed on their current cards.” said Director Valverde. “Remember, when it is time to renew your card, DMV has many services that are offered online to help customers avoid going into the field offices.” For more information on the new driver license and ID card or to conduct other DMV business online, visit

Aztecs, from page 2 Coach Fisher, who is entering his 12th season on Montezuma Mesa, has guided SDSU to its most successful period in the history of the program. The national championship coach inherited a four-win ballclub when he arrived at San Diego State. In his first season, the Aztecs won five games and went winless in the MWC in 2000. A year later in 2001, SDSU won 14 games, before winning 21 games in 2002 and capturing the MWC tournament title en route to the school’s first NCAA appearance since 1985. Since that initial conference championship and postseason berth, Fisher has led the Aztecs to six postseason tournaments, three MWC titles and five 20-win campaigns. “This program has grown not just because of the players we have now, but because of the players that have been with us the previous 11 seasons,” Fisher said. “Every player and every student at San Diego State can take pride in their contribution toward the success of our basketball program.” Coach Fisher credits the students and fans for creating an atmosphere that has helped the team be successful and have a home court advantage.

By Lawrence Loesch

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Just in Time, from page 1 helps create a stable foundation for success all year long, something that most of us relied on our family to help us create over a period of years, not months.” The drive ends with a major collection on Saturday, December 4 at a yet to be determined local retailer, followed a week later by a My First Home Celebration on December 11 that will reunite youth, volunteers and donors. For more information, contact Don Wells at 858-663-2081 or dwells@ — November 2010

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HEALTH New Study Reveals How Cranberry Juice Helps Urinary Tract Infections By Dr. Michael Pritsker, DC If you’ve had a urinary tract infection (UTI), you’ve probably heard all about the home remedy: cranberry juice. For years, it was nothing but an “old wives’ tale” without any scientific proof. Now, cranberry juice is widely accepted to fight the bacteria that cause UTIs, but the mechanism of exactly how it works is still not known. Now, a study from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute is finally shedding some light on the secrets of Cranberry juice’s bacteria fighting power. According to researchers, 95% of UTIs are a pathogenic strain of the same E. Coli bacteria found in the intestines. The “bad” E. Coli have little arm-like appendages that grab onto and anchor themselves to the cells of the urinary tract. These tiny anchors are important because without them, every time you went to the bathroom, the force of your urine would simply flush the bacteria out of your body. As soon as the E. Coli get a good grip on the Urinary Tract cell walls – they start multiplying. What’s amazing is E. Coli doubles in number in one hour and it only takes a few hours to cause an infection. Cranberries have been known to help as far back as 1620. Clinical trials were conducted in 1923 and researchers believed cranberries increased the acidity of urine, killing the bacteria. Sixty years later, scientists realized cranberries did not make urine acidic enough to kill E. Coli. Now, a new study theorizes cranberries work to protect you from UTIs in a very different way. Here’s the new theory: Cranberries contain large amounts of a chemical called proanthocyanidin or PAC. PAC functions almost like a shield that blocks the arms or anchors of E. Coli from attaching to the cells in the urinary tract. These shields actually make the “anchors” crumble when they try to attach themselves to the urinary tract. An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cranberries… Here is something very important: According to the research, Cranberries’ “shields” were only effective at preventing a UTI. In other words, cranberry “shields” only worked when E. Coli was trying to attach itself – once it was attached, See Cranberries, Page 7

AGELESS ATTITUDE By Lamar Byrd, DDS & Mari Perez, MA, Ed. Age is just a number. It’s your attitude that counts.. To keep the ageless attitude thriving, say some daily affirmations, such as: Longevity means more years in my life and more life to my years. (A Favorite) The time to invest in my longevity and health is NOW, when I am still healthy, but it is never too late. I am open to new and alternative ideas, and will choose what is best for me. I will ask myself if this serves my body. I am my own best doctor. I am serious about my health, but do not take myself too seriously or become overwhelmed. I will live a balanced life in alignment with my spirit. When things go wrong, I shall exert resiliency and strength. We can live better than ever even in an age of less if we have: Love Peace Community Beauty Freedom Books & Knowledge

Unity Dreams Nature Laughter God Music

Dancing Intimacy Tolerance Creativity

It’s all FREE, except chocolate (buy quality, but inexpensively) Remember: If you have a life of selfishness, no one cares. The oldest healthiest people in the world all have a sense of Community. Lamar Byrd, DDS & Mari Perez, MA, Ed. are with Lamari Optimal Health located at 8895 Towne Centre Dr., Ste. 105-262, San Diego, CA 92122 - 858-455-9761

SAN DIEGO HIV PLANNING COUNCIL SEEKS MEMBERS The San Diego HIV Health Services Planning Council helps allocate Ryan White Treatment Extension Act of 2009 funds to provide care and treatment services to people in San Diego living with HIV/AIDS. The Planning Council is particularly interested in involving Consumers, people living with HIV/AIDS in its committee work and as members of the Council itself. The Council particularly needs Unaffiliated Consumers (consumers who are not employed by, on the Board of Directors of, or receiving any compensation from a provider/program funded by Ryan White.) The Planning Council is a wonderful opportunity for Consumers to provide key input on essential care and treatment services for the HIV community including the allocation of funds for those services and programs. For more information on the work of the Planning Council, or to inquire about joining, please contact Ken Riley at (619) 293-4711 or via e-mail at

FAMILY FUN FOR ALL THIS NOVEMBER! By Sidd Vivek, Mission Valley YMCA There are a number of opportunities for the whole family this fall at Mission Valley YMCA. Whether you’re looking for activities for kids or ‘grownup’ time alone for the adults, we’ve got what you’re looking for! On November 11th (Veteran’s Day) and November 22nd–24th (Thanksgiving Break), Mission Valley YMCA will host Vacations Fun Days, a unique program meant to support working parents when you’re kids are on school vacation. Youth will enjoy field trips (ages 7–12 only), arts & crafts, games, snack, and the fun of spending their vacation with friends their own age. Parents can drop their children (ages 4–12) at Mission Valley YMCA as early as 7am and pick them up as late as 6 pm. Mission Valley YMCA has now opened a Preschool at Juarez Elementary! This full-time program features a daily curriculum; breakfast, lunch and snacks; and a gated playground on-site. The program runs from 9:15 am to 3:35 pm for ages 3–5 (must be potty-trained). The Adventure Guides program will be visiting Agua Caliente, November 19–21! This program is for adults and youth ages 4-8, and features events each month designed to help build a stronger relationship amongst parents and their children. People can join throughout the year. For more information on these and other programs at any Mission Valley YMCA location, please visit or call 619.298.3576.

ONE MILLION SAN DIEGANS SUFFER FROM CHRONIC DISEASE Healthy Diet, Exercise, and Not Smoking Can Prevent Illnesses One in three San Diego County residents has at least one or more chronic diseases, with treatment costing $4.6 billion annually, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). “Unfortunately too many county residents currently engage in unhealthy behaviors,” said Chairwoman Pam Slater-Price, County of San Diego Board of Supervisors. “Improving our health habits will lead to improved quality of life and result in significant savings to taxpayers.” HHSA’s Public Health Services analyzed the prevalence of chronic disease among San Diego County residents, as well as the cost to treat these illnesses. The analysis revealed that in 2007 nearly 11,000 people died from cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, the four chronic diseases that caused 57 percent of the deaths in the region. The same report showed that by 2020 the number of deaths from chronic diseases is projected to increase by 36 percent if no changes are made in risk behaviors. Another report indicated that treating people with chronic diseases in San Diego County cost $4.6 billion in 2007, including treatment of mental health disorders. Indirect costs such as absenteeism and lost productivity, which typically are about 80 percent of total costs, were not included in this See Chronic, Page 7

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COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE Improving Emergency Alert Communications

By Chet Barfield, Mission Valley Representative for Councilmember Donna Frye

New County of San Diego Program To Benefit Deaf and Those With Sensory Disabilities By San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts Disaster preparedness, always a major priority of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, just got better with approval of an emergency alert system that will more effectively reach the deaf Supervisor Ron Roberts represents and hard-of-hearing community. District #4, in Mission Valley In San Diego County, there are an estimated 5,000 residents that are Deaf and use American Sign Language, or ASL, as their primary language. Another 80,000 county residents are “late deafened,” or hard-of-hearing. In prior years we have approved and put in place some of the most sophisticated public communication systems and processes in the nation. Our existing systems and methods already attempt to ensure clear communication with the segment of our population that has sensory disabilities, or has a primary language other than English. For example, our AlertSanDiego system is teletypewriter, or TTY, compatible. We also use sign-language interpreters at our emergency press conferences, and both our website and emergency publications

In December 2005, the San Diego Fire Department opened what was intended to be a temporary station in the southwest corner of the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot. Five years later, it’s still Mission Valley’s only fire station. Station 45, as it’s designated, consists of a curve-roofed “sprung structure” big enough for one fire engine, and a double-wide mobile home with a kitchen and beds but few other amenities. The rotating four-member crews who staff this station jokingly call it “a tent and a trailer.” The men and women operating out of these tight quarters are plenty busy. Their primary responsibility is an area of about 25 square miles, roughly from Qualcomm Way to Mission Gorge Road and from Interstate 8 up into Serra Mesa. But with the rolling brownouts initiated in February to cut costs, Station Council Member Donna Frye of the San Diego City Council represents 45 firefighters often respond to emergenDistrict #6, in Mission Valley cies outside that territory -- to Hillcrest, Normal Heights, Tierrasanta or other communities if they happen to be the closest unit in service at that time. “We have to do catch as catch can,” said Deputy Chief Ronnie Hicks.

See Roberts, page 13

See Frye, page 13



The County of San Diego Board of Supervisors debuted two new 150,000-square-feet, four-story office buildings in October at its County Operations Center, which is being redeveloped to replace a cluster of outdated and inefficient buildings. The new buildings were designed and constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards. “These new buildings are wonderful examples of environmentally-friendly architectural design and will be at the new gateway to the campus,” said Chairwoman Pam Slater-Price. This $188.5 million first phase of the COC development construction project includes the two office buildings, a new central plant, utility infrastructure, and a multi-level parking structure with more than 1,800 parking spaces, which will be complete in February. Nine County departments and their 1,100 employees will start moving into the buildings this weekend. The departments include: General Services, Library,

Congresswoman Susan Davis and Supervisor Greg Cox recently announced the roll out of a test program to send emergency notifications to cell phones in San Diego County. In the wake of recent wildfires, Davis had been urging the county and federal government to use the county as a testing spot for a Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS). The CMAS would allow the county to send evacuation notices and other important safety information directly to mobile devices with the CMAS software and technology. “We have been pursuing access to cell broadcasting for a long time, and we are finally here,” said Davis. “We have become a society

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NOW PAY LIBRARY FINES AND FEES ONLINE! The San Diego Public Library is pleased to offer online payment of library fines and fees. With their library card and PIN (personal identification number), patrons can now view their library bills in just a few quick clicks from home or from the Library’s Internet stations. Bill payment is a snap using the secure credit card payment system. Payments can be made with MasterCard and Visa credit cards and debit cards displaying the MasterCard or Visa symbol. “We are thrilled that we are able to offer this new self-service option for library users,” said Library Director Deborah Barrow. “It streamlines the bill paying process and allows users to manage their library accounts 24/7. Two of the first library users to pay their bills online did so after 1:00 a.m., which just proves how people are up in the wee hours using the library’s website!” To view or pay their library bills online, from the library’s website www. , patrons can click on the view or pay library bills link under the “I want to…” section. From that page patrons can access the secure credit card payment system. There are also FAQs (frequently asked questions) for online assistance. Learn about other services and events at the San Diego Public Library’s Central Library and 35 branches, find links to numerous additional resources, or search for materials in the Library’s catalog online at

How Do I Know What The Best Diet Is For Me? By Christian Cristiano We hear about new trendy diets all the time. “Eat raw foods only”, “Don’t eat carbs and protein at the same time”, “Eat red meat”, and “Don’t eat red meat.” Well that sounds pretty confusing, doesn’t it? “Only eat fruit in the mornings”, “Don’t eat carbs at night”, or “Too many vitamins are not good for you.” “Soy products are great” and in the very next breath it’s “soy is the enemy.” With all of these differences in opinion, just how can a person who wants to eat and live a healthy lifestyle know what to eat? There is both good news and bad news regarding those diet concerns. First of all, here is the bad news - there is no magic bullet. One size definitely does not fit all. No single diet is perfect for everybody to follow and feel equally great. The truth is when different people with different body types all try to follow the same diet and expect the same results, it simply does not work. The good news is that with a little more education, guidance and by paying attention, you can figure out exactly what the best foods are for you. We all react differently to different foods. Some people do great on raw food diets, while others digestive systems simply can’t break down the raw foods appropriately to make the raw diet worth the effort. The same story goes for dairy. As you all know, some people have no problem breaking down dairy products, while many others are lactose intolerant. And while it could be argued that calcium is good for you, it can also be said that our digestive systems are just not up to the challenge of breaking down dairy products like cheese, yogurt and ice cream. Another little known fact about food is that everything we eat has a temperature quality that goes along with it. Foods are either warming or cooling regardless of the weather and air temperature around us. The obvious foods include peppers, onions, and garlic. These foods are all very warming to your body and digestive system, while foods like leafy greens and cucumbers are very cooling. Incidentally, alcohol is also considered very warming, which explains why many people who drink alcohol in large quantities start to sweat as a way to cool down their bodies. The not-so-simple simple answer to the question of “what is best for your body?” is that everyone’s body is different. Each one of us has to find the right foods that best serve our mind, body, and spirit. Once you have an idea of what See Best Diet, Page 10

Cranberries, from page 5 cranberries did not have the same affect. According to the researchers, “Cranberry juice seems more effective at preventing future bacterial infections than treating an existing one.” The study was published online on June 21 in the journal, Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.

Health, from page 5 estimate. Full reports can be found at “Many chronic diseases can be prevented,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H, County Public Health Officer. “Not smoking, healthy eating and exercising are lifestyle changes that will make a difference.” To reduce the negative impact of chronic illness, the County has embarked on an initiative to improve the quality of life for County residents and communities. The Health Strategy Agenda: Building Better Health aims to improve the delivery of healthcare services, support healthy choices, pursue policy changes for a healthy environment, and change individual behaviors. For more information on the Health Strategy Agenda, visit “This 10-year plan strives to improve the health of children and adults in our communities,” said Nick Macchione, HHSA Director. “Our goal is to reduce these chronic diseases that impact millions of lives now and in the future.”

GEMS & JEWELS By Enhancery Jewelers, Kathleen White, Graduate Gemologist, GIA

Go Green - Recycle Your Old Gold and Earn Cash for the Holidays Gold is at an all time high market price and soared to over $1300.00 an ounce recently. There has never been a better time to cash in. Take a look in the bottom of your jewelry box to find those single earrings, broken and dented chains or the class ring you haven’t worn in years. Then visit us to see just how much your old gold is worth! We will give you an extra bonus if you trade it in for new jewelry for the holidays, or towards future services such as jewelry and watch repairs, pearl restringing or custom design.

November Birthstone – Topaz or Citrine Topaz occurs in a range of different colors from deep golden yellow to sherry pink and blue. The topaz has been known for at least 2000 years and is one of the gemstones which form the foundations of the twelve gates to the Holy City of the New Jerusalem. Citrine is beautiful yellow quartz named after the French word “citron” meaning lemon. It is hard and durable with bright color and lively sparkle. It varies from pale yellow to rich golden yellow to dark orange. Citrine is yellow to brown quartz. It varies from pale yellow to rich golden yellow to dark orange. 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 and become a fan on Facebook. Paid Advertisement

VACANCY ON THE MISSION VALLEY PLANNING GROUP The Mission Valley Planning Group Board represents the general members of the Mission Valley Planning Group and is an allvolunteer group. Its primary purpose is to advise the City Council, Planning Commission and other governmental agencies as may be appropriate in the initial preparation, adoption of, implementation of, or amendment to the general or community plan as it pertains to the area or areas of influence of Mission Valley. CURRENTLY, ONE (1) VACANCY EXISTS IN THE FOLLOWING CLASSIFICATION: CLASS I: PROPERTY OWNER, WHO IS AN INDIVIDUAL IDENTIFIED AS THE SOLE OR PARTIAL OWNER OF RECORD, OR THEIR DESIGNEE, OF A REAL PROPERTY (EITHER DEVELOPED OR UNDEVELOPED) WITHIN THE COMMUNITY PLANNING AREA. Term expires March 2012 The Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Noon, in the Community Room of the Mission Valley Library at 2123 Fenton Parkway, San Diego, CA 92108. Meetings are open to the public. Anyone interested being considered for election to fill a vacancy must be an eligible general member and have attended at least two (2) meetings of the Board’s last twelve (12) meetings. For further information, please contact: LISA M. GUALCO @ (619) 543-8111 x102 or

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 All of the above meetings are held at the Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, and are open to the public.

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Gaglione Brothers, from page 4

AED, from page 1

achieved cult status amongst the specialty sandwich set. “The General,” named after the brothers’ diminutive Italian Grandmother, features thinly sliced hot pastrami, melted Swiss cheese, homemade Russian dressing and fresh coleslaw. One of the most popular items on the menu is the Cheez Whiz Steak, a clever blend of thinly sliced steak and grilled onions topped with the fundamental ingredient of any true cheesesteak experience: Cheez Whiz. In a time when mom-and-pop shops are shuttering store windows instead of opening them, the Gaglione family business is an inspiration. To support both build out and daily operations for the brand-new Friars Road store, the Gaglione Brothers hired 10 local residents. This is significant, especially considering local unemployment rates have recently jumped to 10.6 percent - one of the highest rates experienced in San Diego within the past ten years. At 1,300 square feet, the new location at 10450 Friars Road features increased indoor seating, including counter barstool seating, and the addition of beer and wine to the menu. “We are pumped to bring Gaglione Brothers to Friars Mission Gorge and look forward to serving more cheesesteaks to the San Diego community,” Joe Gaglione said. For more information on Gaglione Brothers Famous Steaks and Subs including locations, menu items and hours of operation, visit www.gaglione​ or look for them on Facebook.

with their daughter at her wedding at a San Diego hotel in 2002. The hotel did not have an AED. Since that tragic event, Cohen has helped raise awareness about public access defibrillation and donated several AEDs to the community including to the Lyceum Theater, the Old Globe Theater, and her San Carlos synagogue. “It gives me goose bumps,” said Cohen, regarding news of the save. “When I got the phone call, it helped me feel like there was some purpose and meaning, like my husband saved a life.” Cohen also echoed the sentiments of the ease of using AEDs. “It is the simplest lifesaving device, and the most effective one. Even children can use it,” she said. “People may be fearful, but you can’t make a mistake with an AED as long as you can listen.” SCA is the leading cause of death in the United States. The condition occurs when the electrical system of the heart malfunctions. Unable to pump blood to the brain and other vital organs, if the heart goes untreated, a person in SCA has only minutes to survive. The treatment for SCA involves immediate access to CPR and defibrillation. The quicker victims can be defibrillated, the greater their chance for survival and a better quality of life after the event. In a matter of weeks, Dr. Anderson was recovered and back to work at his urgent care center in Pacific Beach, renewed in his resolve to help spread awareness about heart disease to his patients and the importance of public access AEDs and CPR training. “I think AEDs are extremely important,” said Anderson. “If it wasn’t for the AED, I probably wouldn’t be alive or recovered so quickly.” In an ironic twist to the story of Dr. Anderson’s save, he serves as the medical director for Sea World San Diego. For months preceding his incident, plans had been in place to hold a gala at Sea World to celebrate AED survivors. Persons from across the country whose lives were saved by AEDs along with the physicians who invented CPR will be in attendance for this event. Dr. Anderson and his rescuers now plan to be there as well, and the event will take on entirely new meaning. The gala is planned in conjunction with a national convention of emergency cardiac care providers to be held in San Diego in December. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of CPR. The County of San Diego has an extensive public access defibrillation program run through San Diego’s emergency medical services system, a program called San Diego Project Heart Beat (SDPHB). Established in 2001, SDPHB ( has helped place more than 5,000 AEDs and provides training and response support services. SDPHB will be teaming up with other agencies to put on a large, free community CPR class on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Midway Museum on Sunday, Dec. 5 to kick off the cardiac conference. For more information, visit or call (619) 243-0909.

COC, from page 6 Aging & Independence Services, Sheriff, Purchasing & Contracting, Public Works, Auditor, Environmental Health and Parks & Recreation. “Co-locating many of these departments allows the County to operate more efficiently,” said Vice-Chairman Bill Horn. Supervisor Ron Roberts, a former architect, said, “For decades to come now, the new County Operations Center will provide the public with better accessibility to key services.” The environmental design extends to the landscaping. “In this third year of drought, the design team selected low-water-consumption and low-maintenance plants and ground cover, which serves as an attractive example to the public,” said Supervisor Dianne Jacob. “This project created hundreds of construction jobs and will ultimately save taxpayers money by replacing aging, inefficient buildings with a modern, energy-saving campus,” said Supervisor Greg Cox. The next phase of construction will involve the two buildings that mirror the ones that debuted today and a 15,000-square-foot conference center.. — November 2010

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DINING & ENTERTAINMENT Building off the success of the first San Diego Beer Week in 2009, the San Diego Brewers Guild is preparing the taps for San Diego Beer Week 2010 (SDBW), November 5- 14. San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with more than 300 events happening across the county. SDBW will kick off at Liberty Station on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 2-6 p.m. The cost is $35 for 10 tastes from San Diego’s top breweries, along with food and live music. For the true brew aficionado, there will be a VIP session, which begins at noon in which guests can meet with the brewers and try exclusive beer tasters for a $50 ticket and stay through the rest of the event. The Lodge at Torrey Pines will play host to the closing event on Sunday, Nov. 14. The Beer Garden will be an outdoor, openair setting with twelve breweries and over twenty-four of San Diego’s top chefs pairing great San Diego beer and amazing local food. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $65. “Our goal is to create a variety of events to engage all levels of craft beer drinkers,” says Adam Carbonell, president of San Diego Brewers Guild. “If you’re new to craft beer you can check out a local pint night or take a brewery tour, and if you’re more seasoned you might enjoy a sour ales night or beer and chocolate tasting.” San Diego is home to more than 35 brew houses and has gained an international reputation for brewing award-winning beers. The city’s breweries recently brought home more medals at the 2010 World Beer Cup than the traditional beer countries of England, Germany, and Belgium combined and won 15 medals at the Great American Beer Festival this September. With the popularity of craft beer on the rise, San Diego is poised to be the capital of craft beer tourism in the United States. “San Diego Beer Week is a great opportunity for our city to position itself as the number one beer tourism destination,” says Carbonell. For event listings and ticket information, visit

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7th Annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival By Steve Dryden Wine lovers and gourmet foodies should be ready to celebrate during the Seventh Annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival. This event is my favorite wine and culinary extravaganza, held every year at Embarcadero North behind Seaport Village and the Marriott Hotel. Where else can you explore over 800 wine-tasting options and enjoy gourmet culinary delights created by 70 of San Diego’s Top Chefs? I’ve never missed the Private Reserve Tasting event, usually held on the Hornblower Cruise boat, or the Grand Tasting on the following day, Saturday, November 20th. This will be the second year that we’ll be filming this event for The Grapevine: our Wine and Culinary Adventure Show. For me, attending this event is more like a family since I’ve been participating for six years and look forward to meeting the chefs/winemakers to share culinary wonders and bottled treasures of delight. This is the ONLY wine and culinary event that is a must for serious wine and food lovers in this region. The San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival is the largest event of this magnitude held annually in southern California, so I’m always amazed that the various vendors never run short on premium wine or gourmet food. Wine and spirits are poured by over 170 purveyors, with gourmet cuisine crafted by top chefs and the best culinary establishments of the region. For example, you can meet or enjoy the fine cuisine of the following chefs: Sam the Cooking

Guy, Deborah Scott, Brian Malarkey, Roy Yamaguchi, Kenny Gilbert, Celestino Drago, Sophie Gayot, and many more regional chefs. The food venues are strategically situated among the wine tasting tables to allow for some interesting wine and food pairings. One year I was drinking a stunning, delightful port from St. Barthelemy Cellars of Napa when I noticed that on the table next to us, Dobson’s was sampling their famous Mussel Bisque. I raced over to get a taste (with the port in my glass) and was shocked that the dish matched perfectly with Bart’s port. Of course, with over 800 wine and spirit-tasting possibilities, and over 100 culinary samples, anything can happen. You might even make a new friend or two. Festivities begin on Wednesday, November 17th with Wine-Rave 2010. Cooking and wine tasting classes, as well as Tastemaker Dinner series on Thursday the 18th. More cooking and wine tasting classes, Reserve and New Release Tasting on Friday the 19th. I suggest the Grand Tasting on Saturday the 20th, as it is one of the top wine and culinary events held in California. On Sunday, the 21st, the celebrations end with Wine Spectator’s Celebrity Chef Luncheon and Big Bottle Live Auction or the Hornblower Champagne Brunch Cruise. See Wine, Page 10

Top Virtual Band’s First World Tour Makes Local Stop

Photo by Jonathan Riley

Cheers to San Diego’s 2nd Annual Beer Week

Gorillaz made a rare North America stop in San Diego at Viejas Arena on Oct. 28 on their Escape To Plastic Beach world tour. The show enthralled fans with video animation, artwork and innovative light and stage design. Their debut album, released in 2001, sold over seven million copies and earned them an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most Successful Virtual Band.” Gorillaz’s third studio album, titled Plastic Beach, was released in March 2010. Gorillaz proved to be a popular headliner at this year’s Coachella Festival. To view a schedule of upcoming San Diego concerts including the 2010 Monster Ball Tour starring Lady Gaga, visit

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Wine, from page 9

Attention Dog Owners!

Serious wine lovers can discover many diverse wines from California, national and international wines, as well as the emerging wines from Baja California. Food lovers can watch the $50,000 Chef of the Fest Competition. For more details, information or ticket purchases: or (619) 342-7337. Any winemakers, chefs or event-goers (halfway sober) who would like to be filmed on my TV show on November 20th, just walk up to our film crew and we’ll invite you on: The Grapevine. Steve Dryden is a wine, food, travel writer, and TV host, living in Mexico’s wine country where he guides individual and small group wine tours from Ensenada. He can be reached at: You can watch clips of this San Diego Bay event on his TV show:

Pawsitive Pals Pet Therapy Program Now Recruiting New Volunteer Teams

BEWARE OF FEEDING PEOPLE FOOD TO YOUR PETS Before you sit down to that fabulous Thanksgiving feast and before you give in to those gorgeous, pleading eyes and feed your pet that leftover turkey leg, be aware of the harmful and even deadly consequences of feeding “people” food to any companion animal. One way to reduce this temptation is to feed your pet before guests arrive, so your pet will be less likely to beg and steal food. Inform your guests of the house rules regarding your pet, such as not feeding him scraps from the table. Also, if your guests smoke, be extra vigilant and keep nicotine and alcohol out of reach of your pet. These can be highly toxic -- even deadly! Below are a few hazards that can be harmful to your pet on Thanksgiving and year-round: Rich, fatty foods, such as turkey skins or gravy can cause pancreatitis, an inflammation of a digestive gland, and can be very painful and serious, leading to hospitalization. Any kind of bone can tear or obstruct your pet’s intestinal tract. Make certain all bones are disposed of properly. Often used to tie the turkey during roasting, strings can tie up your pet’s insides, too. Found in abundance in turkey stuffing, onions can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. Grapes and raisins are beautiful to look at but harmful to pets. Keep that cornucopia filled with fresh fruits out of reach. Grapes especially contain toxins Letters to the Editor are always that can cause kidney failure. welcome. Please sign them Baking Chocolate especially can and provide us with an address actually kill your dog, so keep all such so that we may contact you. goodies well out of reach. MAILING ADDRESS: Don’t tempt your pet - Keep all leftover food out of reach in a closed Mission Valley News container. Any garbage can contain 6549 Mission Gorge Road #199 toxins such as e-coli that can affect San Diego 92120 your pet’s organs. This includes leftover FAX: tinfoil that, when chewed, can obstruct your pet’s intestinal tract. To show your 888-677-9535 pets how thankful you are to have them EMAIL: as part of your family, give them a feast of their own pet food, a catnip treat, See Pets, Page 14

They are purebreds and rescued mutts, in all shapes and sizes. The one thing they have in common is the joy and love they bring to the patients and families at San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine. If you have a special canine friend, you and your pet can make a tremendous different in the lives of others with serious, life-limiting illness by sharing the comfort and companionship that only a loving animal can provide. The “Pawsitive Pals” “I think dogs are pet therapy program is now recruiting new volunteer teams to serve a growing amount the most amazing of requests for its program. The amount of creatures; they home care requests has tripled from last year. give unconditional San Diego Hospice pet therapy volunlove. For me they teers visit patients in their homes, in skilled are the role model nursing facilities, and in our inpatient units for being alive.” – wherever they are needed throughout San —Gilda Radner Diego County. Pet therapy dogs must have current therapy certification and insurance, which is included with certification through one of several approved agencies. The pet’s handler should be in good physical health, emotionally mature, stable, nonjudgmental, and have a sincere desire to help, and complete orientation and a two-day patient care volunteer training course. Pawsitive Pals volunteers are See Pals, Page 13

CALLING ALL LOCAL AUTHORS! WRITERS SOUGHT FOR THE SAN DIEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S 45th ANNUAL LOCAL AUTHORS EXHIBIT The San Diego Public Library is calling on San Diego county authors who have published books in 2010 to submit them to the 45th Annual Local Authors Exhibit. The aim of the exhibit is to nurture writers, foster the pursuit of the writing arts and to create a great opportunity for the recognition of San Diego literary talents. The deadline for submitting books is December 1, 2010; authors may register online at The 45th Annual Local Authors Exhibit will run the entire month of February 2011 in the lobby of the Central Library, located downtown at 820 E Street, San Diego, CA 92101. Participants will be invited to attend a special exhibit preview and author’s reception prior to the public unveiling. This year, for the first time in the exhibit’s history, publications will also be displayed in an online gallery, along with author photos and publishing information. The San Diego Public Library has long hosted special events for authors including book discussions, writing workshops and author talks, where writers are able to interact directly with their readers as they share, sell and sign their books. “This event is a fantastic way to showcase the diverse and talented authors we have locally,” said San Diego Public Library Director Deborah Barrow. “It is also invaluable to authors and readers alike.” For more information about the Local Authors Exhibit, including online registration, and to learn about other events at the San Diego Public Library’s Central Library and 35 branches, visit

Best Diet, from page 7

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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 Old Mission Rotary Club at noon on Tuesdays at Best Western Seven Seas Hotel 411 Hotel Circle South • San Diego, CA 92108

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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. — November 2010

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Steigerwalt Law Firm Leases Office in Mission Valley The Steigerwalt Law Firm recently leased about 7,000 square feet of office space in the Mission Courtyard located at 5030 Camino De La Siesta. Attorney Kerry Steigerwalt’s law firm specializes in civil litigation matters. Steigerwalt is also managing partner of The Pacific Law Center, a national law firm that handles criminal, personal injury and bankruptcy matters.

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Alerts, from page 6 that can be practically reached at anytime and anywhere. Why not put that capability to use to warn people of an impending emergency or crisis? Cell broadcasting will give people instant access to potentially lifesaving information.” Davis pushed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to collaborate with San Diego County on this initiative. The county will conduct a three week test using about 100 cell phones throughout the county. A message will be targeted to cell phones containing CMAS technology in a specific area and will attempt to reach every CMAS mobile device in that area. This is the next evolutionary step in the currently used AlertSanDiego, which can reach landlines and registered cell phones.

Mama’s Kitchen Hosts its 6th Annual ‘Mama’s Pie in the Sky’ Thanksgiving Bake Sale 100% of the Proceeds Benefit Mama’s Kitchen, a Local Non-Profit Providing Meals to Men, Women and Children Affected by Aids or Cancer Mama’s Kitchen, San Diego’s only free, countywide home-delivered meals program for individuals and families affected by AIDS or cancer, is hosting its 6th Annual Mama’s Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale. There will be fresh pumpkin, pecan, apple and sugar-free apple pies for $20 now through November 21. You can even purchase your pies online this year at, or by calling 619-233-6262. Mama’s Kitchen’s new website allows customers to buy a pie, become a seller or purchase a Southwest-LuvA-Client Pie, all conveniently online. Southwest-Luv-AClient pies are purchased and donated to a client of Mama’s Kitchen. The donor’s name is then entered into a Southwest Luv-a-Client raffle drawing to win two round trip Southwest Airlines tickets to anywhere Southwest Airlines flies. All proceeds from pie sales go directly into funding thousands of free, hot and nutritious Mama’s Kitchen meals, which help ensure that no one living with AIDS or cancer will go hungry in the San Diego community. Many of San Diego’s top pastry chefs, caterers, and bakeries donate traditional Thanksgiving pies for See Mama’s , Page 12

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FAITH & VALUES Volunteers Needed for SDSU’s International Student Tutor/Mentor Program The International Student Tutor/Mentor Program at San Diego State University has been recognized for ongoing excellence and the comprehensive nature of its program by NAFSA…the Association of International Educators. In an awards ceremony held in Kansas City in June, 2010 the program directors, Gigie and Larry Price, received the prestigious Hugh M. Jenkins Award which is presented to those programs and individuals which have contributed most significantly to promoting global understanding and international exchange through working with international students studying in the United States. The Prices have been directing the program for the past nine years and in the process have expanded the scope and depth of the program to the point where some 250 international graduate and exchange students are enrolled in the program each semester. The program is multidimensional and seeks to ease the transition of studying in the United States for these students from countries throughout Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. Each student accepted into the program is assigned a Tutor/Mentor who will act as that student’s “guide” during their studies at SDSU. From the tutoring aspect we concentrate on improving the student’s English comprehension, grammar and spelling, as well as honing their pronunciation skills. Every effort is made to “level the playing field” for these young men and women, courageous enough to study for advanced degrees in a language which is not their native tongue, and who must compete in classes with other students for whom English is the first language. The mentoring part of the program concentrates on helping these young people to adjust to life in San Diego and to get a clearer perspective on life in the United States. Understanding that the view of America in many parts of the world is less than flattering, we attempt to give them an unbiased picture of everyday life in America, including bringing them in to our homes to celebrate holidays such as Thanksgiving and Memorial Day with our families. We also arrange “field trips” in and around San Diego for groups of from 10-25 students to help acquaint them with some of the cultural and leisure activities available. These include evenings at the San Diego Symphony, trips to Balboa Park when special exhibits are available at the various museums and outings to the Zoo and Wild Animal Park. Many of the mentors provide individual field trips for their particular students to the Civic Theatre, the Old Globe and the Balboa Theatre to enjoy musical comedies and drama. Still others take their students to Petco Park to learn about baseball, hot dogs and pizza. On a more mundane level mentors will frequently counsel them on, or take them to, the best places to buy or repair items from cellular phones to computers to cars…including trips to Costco to help them save money on household and scholastic items. The feedback we get from these young men and women is indeed gratifying. Their point of view regarding Americans and the United States changes for the better and they indicate that they will certainly correct any biased views of Americans when they return to their countries. They keep in contact with us after they return home and offer congratulations when one of our favorite teams wins the Super Bowl or World Series. On a number of occasions they return to San Diego to visit with us and the school, and to reclaim some of the special times they experienced here. Due to the increasing number of international students we are constantly seeking out volunteers from all walks of life to act as Tutor/Mentors in the program. As one of the long time mentors has commented on a number of occasions…” No matter how much time and effort I give to the program, I still think I get more out of it than do these wonderful kids.” The ISTMP website can be viewed at: If interested in joining the program as a mentor, please contact Gigie Price at: (619) 594-3800 or gigie@tutor-mentor. com.

Mama’s, from page 11 this annual Mama’s Pie in the Sky Bake Sale. Mama’s Pie in the Sky volunteers will deliver the pies to more than 20 sites throughout San Diego County for pickup Wednesday, November 24. Mama’s Pie in the Sky Bake provides an opportunity to check off one more thing from your Thanksgiving “to do” list and support our mission,” said Alberto Cortés, Executive Director of Mama’s Kitchen.” “When you buys a pie you provide nutritious meals, comfort and hope to fellow community members affected by AIDS or cancer. Open to the Public! A heartfelt thank you to Wells Fargo, this year’s St. Dunstan’s Welcomes presenting sponsor, for supporting our cause and Golf for All to its First Annual permitting us to use 18 the fun Golf Tournament of it! Wells Fargo branches throughout the county as 11/20/10 @ Vineyard Golf Club pie pickup sites.” $80.00 per player covers greens fee, Mama’s Kitchen celecart with GPS, dinner and a brated its 20th annivervoucher for twofer for future golf. sary in September 2010, and hopes to end the Golf All proceeds to benefit St. Dunstan’s milestone year by selling for the Youth and Children Ministries. KIDS a record-number of 5,000 pies, which will raise For more info, call 619-460-6442 $100,000, a little over or log on to 35,000 meals.


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 University City United Church of Christ 2877 Governor Drive 858-453-3444 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

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Roberts, from page 6

Pals, from page 10

are multi-lingual. Now we have taken another step to dramatically improve the County’s ability to communicate with the sensory disabled community both prior to and during a disaster. A key aspect of this new system is that it provides local television stations with a small on screen box at the bottom of their broadcast featuring an ASL video translating the emergency message. Along with expanding this system, we are translating the key preparedness information on our ReadySanDiego website into ASL and audio/Braille for the blind. Residents of Mission Valley and all communities can register, at no cost, for this service. Once registered, residents will be able to indicate the type of format in which they want their alerts delivered. The options include ASL video, English or Spanish voice, and English or Spanish text through cell phones, computers, video capable PDAs and Braille devices. And just as we did with AlertSanDiego, the contract will be structured as a regional resource, so all 18 cities in the County can provide these services to their residents, as needed, for free. Today, you can sign up at AlertSanDiego to have a notification sent to your cell phone if there is an emergency in the area where you are registered. Soon, that will be old technology. We are testing now with federal and state officials an alert that, in the event of an emergency, will automatically notify every cell phone in a prescribed area. You don’t even have to sign up! San Diego County is a leader in using mass notifications in disasters. It is not a title we plan to relinquish. Your safety is our primary business. Supervisor Ron Roberts’s Fourth District includes Mission Valley and its surrounding communities. You can reach him at, find him on Facebook by searching Ron Roberts and follow him on Twitter at @ ronrobertssd.

asked to commit two to three hours per week for a six month period of service. Visits from Tucker, a Goldendoodle, have made all the difference to four year old Venezia and her parents. Venezia’s father says, “You actually feel the joy when they’re together. I mean, I can feel her heartbeat. These memories, you’re going to remember them for the rest of your life. With Venezia, you know, being in San Diego Hospice, it means a lot for us to spend quality time.” Venezia’s mom said they learned about pet therapy from San Diego Hospice. “If anyone else can have a visit from a therapy dog like Tucker, that family will be blessed.” Lauren, a Pawsitive Pals volunteer, talks about her experience with her dog Duffy, “Working with Duffy as a therapy dog has allowed me to know him as a totally different dog than he is at home. He truly has an affinity for people who are ill. There’s a totally different side to Duffy when he is with his patients… and these ARE his patients. Duffy is very caring and knows exactly what do.” If you’d like to learn more about becoming a Pawsitive Pals volunteer, contact Volunteer Resources at 619-278-6451 or email volunteer@sdhopsice. org. You can view an inspirational video about the Pawsitive Pals program at

Frye, from page 6 Any 24-hour shift might bring four calls to a dozen or more, said Capt. Bryan Wenger. From April through September, Mission Valley crews handled 1,044 calls, a 5 percent increase over the same months last year. The overwhelming majority of those calls – 74 percent – were for medical aid, with the rest split almost equally between fires and the catch-all category of “other” – basically anything else. With demands increasing and resources stretched thinner, Hicks and Wenger said Station 45 is hard-pressed to meet the department’s goal of responding within five minutes in at least 55 percent of calls. “Unless we build out the number of stations we need, you never will meet that goal,” Hicks said. The location and size of Station 45 present some challenges. If a call comes in after a Chargers or Aztecs game, it’s a nightmare getting the engine out through the crush of traffic. And it often gets sweltering hot inside the poorly ventilated sprung structure, where much of the engine and equipment maintenance must be performed. But the station also has its advantages. Surrounded by empty asphalt most of the time, there’s plenty of room to roll out and inspect fire hoses or other equipment. And the nearby trolley trestles provide excellent structures for rope-climbing and rappelling practice. “We’re pretty happy here in our little trailer,” said Engineer Jorge Ybarra. “Don’t get me wrong – we’d love to have a permanent building. But I don’t know if we’ll see that anytime soon.”

Social Media, from page 4 able online, identity theft can rear its ugly head. Whether you are connecting with friends or searching for gift ideas, be selective about what you share. 4) Don’t Be Spoofed by Phishers– ‘Tis the season to be jolly for scam artists who send emails with links to fake sites where they solicit credit card or other personal information. Spoof websites are designed to mimic the look of the genuine site and created to trick you into sharing your information. The thief will generally email a message – referred to as phishing - saying that “you won a prize,” or “we require additional information.” Be careful when shopping online. Email is not a secure method of transmitting personal information. Many phishers forge security icons so think before you click and share. Never click on a link from a potential spoof email. Forward it to and to the company, bank, or organization being impersonated. 5) Keep your Cyber Guard Up – Internet criminals often extract personal information from social networking sites by stealing passwords and by employing malware, which is malicious software that can secretly access a computer system without the owner’s consent or knowledge. During the busy holiday season, don’t overlook the importance of standard maintenance. Keep your cyber guard up by ensuring your operating system and antivirus software is updated. Social networking sites provide a wonderful opportunity to strengthen family and community ties. But don’t take the chance of making stalkers out of strangers by “friending” people you don’t know or creating an opportunity for theft by sharing too much information. While criminals are most prolific during the holidays, effective online safety requires a conscious awareness every day. About the Author: Lawrence F. Loesch is Vice President/General Manager for AlliedBarton Security Services’ New York City region. Loesch served as a Deputy Chief for the NYC Police Department and has held corporate security positions for Credit Suisse First Boston and UBS/Paine Webber. He can be reached at: Larry.


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Important City of San Diego Phone Numbers Abandoned Vehicles................................. 858-495-7856 Animal Regulation................................................. 619-236-4250 Beach & Bay Advisory............................................ 619-338-2073 Birth and Death Records....................................... 619-237-0502 Brush/Weed Abatement......................................... 619-533-4444 Building Permits..................................................... 619-446-5000 Buses/MTS Access ................................................. 619-233-3004 Canyon Watchers Program................................... 858-292-6484 City Council Docket Info...................................... 619-533-4000 City Directory......................................................... 619-236-5555 Code Violations...................................................... 619-236-5500 Curb Maintenance.................................................. 619-527-7500 Dead Animal Removal........................................... 858-694-7000 Dog Licenses........................................................... 619-767-2675 Fire Stations............................................................. 619-533-4300 Graffiti.............................................................. 619-525-8522 Hazardous Materials Hotline............. 858-694-7000 Housing Commission ........................................... 619-231-9400 Humane Society ..................................................... 619-299-7012 Libraries: Balboa............................................................... 858-573-1390 Clairemont....................................................... 858-581-9935 Linda Vista....................................................... 858-573-1399 Mission Valley...................................... 858-573-5000 North Clairemont........................................... 858-581-9931 Serra Mesa....................................................... 858-573-1396 Noise Regulation..................................................... 619-236-5500 Office of Small Business......................................... 619-685-1390 Park and Recreation............................................... 619-525-8213 Parking Citations...................................... 619-236-7145 Police: Non-Emergency.......................... 619-531-2000 Pot Hole Hotline......................................... 619-527-7500 Recreation Centers: Kearny Mesa ................................................... 858-573-1387 Linda Vista ...................................................... 858-573-1392 North Clairemont........................................... 858-581-9926 Serra Mesa....................................................... 858-573-1408 South Clairemont............................................ 858-581-9924 Tecolote............................................................ 858-581-9933 Recycling Hotline................................................... 858-694-7000 Senior Citizens Services......................................... 619-236-6905 Serra Mesa Community Connection .................. 858-565-2473 Sewer Repair/Spills................................................. 619-515-3525 Sidewalk Maintenance........................... 619-527-7500 Social Services Information ...................................211 Stormwater Pollution Hotline........... 619-235-1000 Street Lights ................................................ 619-527-7500 Street Sweeping ...................................................... 619-527-7500 Traffic Control ........................................................ 619-533-3126 Tree Maintenance .................................................. 619-527-7500 Waste Reduction & Disposal ................................ 858-492-5010 Water Emergency ................................................... 619-515-3525 Water Utilities ........................................................ 619-515-3500 Zoning Regulation Information .......................... 619-236-5555 If you’d like to suggest a number or service to be added to this list, please call Mission Valley News & Views at 619-291-0200 or send an email to

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New Home Sales Continue to Decline in Third Quarter 2010 By Alan Nevin We have recently completed our third quarter audit of new home sales in San Diego County for our ResidentialTrends database. Every quarter our field staff visits all of the sales offices of actively selling new home projects. At the beginning of 2008, there were 241 total new home projects in San Diego County selling an average of .17 homes per week. Today the total count of projects is at 116 and absorption rate is at .32 sales per week. The total count of projects has been below 120 since the end of 2009. After a dismal end of 2008, absorption rates had climbed to .43 - .55 sales per week at the actively selling projects, only to see the most recent quarter see a fall to .32 sales / week. The end of the tax credits is presumed to have played a significant factor in this trend.

Quarterly unsold inventory has remained very steady over the past year and a half. There are currently 1,002 unsold homes, two thirds are attached. In contrast, the third quarter of 2008 had 2,622 units of unsold inventory. The total inventory has been under 2,000 units since the first quarter of 2009. The fourth quarter stands to be an important one for trending. All of the ingredients are present for a strong quarter: historically low mortgage rates, lower inventory levels with no new product being built, and steady pricing. Alan Nevin is the Director of Economic Research for MarketPointe Realty Advisors, an industry leader in providing market analysis to real estate professionals and businesses in Southern California. Pricing, on a per square foot basis, has held relatively steady the last seven quarters - with the exception of 4th quarter 2009 which anomalously climbed by 10%+, only to return to previous levels the following quarter. Currently the price per square foot for new homes in San Diego County is $249 per square foot, $1 higher than the previous quarter. Attached pricing is currently averaging $564,229 or $388 per square foot and detached pricing is at $603,744 or $212 per square foot. The attached pricing figures come with the caveat that strong downtown sales have skewed the overall figures. Downtown sales, led by the Mark and Bayside, have averaged $500 per square foot or $662,756. The rest of the county has an average attached price per square foot of $300 or an absolute price of $472,419.

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Pets, from page 10 a special chewy, or a few tablespoons of peanut butter stuffed in a favorite “tube” toy (this provides at least a half-hour of entertainment). Don’t forget the after-dinner nap - Some pets may not take all the excitement lying down. So provide a quiet place away from all the hustle and bustle. Find a room where you can close the door to give your pet some time alone to de-stress. Provide plenty of food and water and let your pet catch up on some zzzz’s. And always keep your veterinarians number handy, along with the number of the animal poison control center, in case of emergency.


Terraces at Copley Point

(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.

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Community C lassifieds SERVICES

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. (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) Handyman - Construction: Repair of plumbing, electrical, heating, AC service, fencing, decking, roofing, appliance repair. Installation of doors, windows, millwork, cabinetry, flooring, paint debris removal. Free estimates; 17 years in the construction field. Raised in Allied Gardens; references. Dan Paterson, 619-4819978. (11/10) 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! 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) Honor Guard Roofing since 1993.Allied Gardens, family owned, repairs and all types of roofing. Free estimates. Call 619-229-9112. (10/11) 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: (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, (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. 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 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. (11/10) 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)

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) 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. (11/10)



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)

Saturday Savant Toastmasters meets every Saturday morning from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church in Allied Gardens - 5106 Zion Ave.

FOR SALE Men's golf clubs in near new condition. Full set of irons and woods plus new bag. $120 OBO. Call Dan @ 619-890-9494. (11/10)

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. 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. (11/10) 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) Gardening, landscape maintenance. Edge, mow, fertilizing, pruning, weeding. Repairs of fences, gates, sprinklers, lights. Planting: shrubs, trees, bulbs, roses, flowers. 33 years experience. Call 858-831-1722. (11/10) Special Event, Need T-shirts? We will print your art on white shirts. No minimums. No set up fees. Email us, (11/10) Camo Handyman Service. 20 yrs. Located in San Carlos area. No job too large or small. We support our troops and the great outdoors. For your free estimate, call 619-971-2781. (11/10)

Friends of Ruffin Canyon Cleanup: 1st Sat. of month 9 to Noon. Nov. 6: Taft - 9191 Gramercy; Dec. 4: Shawn (Canyon connects Serra Mesa to Valley)

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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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JAMAICA………Once you go, you know! By Dick Slaker Photos by Alice Gerschler

Photo: Ben Aguirre Photography

The Island of Jamaica with all its lovely beaches, turquoise/green/ blue calm waves slowly washing over the bright sand, and as one sits outside by the pool or beach area, as the palm trees slightly wave with the light wind cooling down or giving shade from the sun, offering a pleasant invitation to Jamaica’s beautiful weather. Visiting the Island of Jamaica is known for its lovely beaches and hospitality which has become famous in the Caribbean. Most flights generate from Miami, Atlanta and Dallas-Ft. Worth to Montego Bay. After the usual immigration and customs, you are greeted by your host hotel, taxi or bus to your hotel in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios or Negril should you be on a week’s vacation. In Montego Bay, you have so many choices of resorts from; SANDALS Royal Caribbean, Riu Montego Bay, Half Moon, Ritz-Carlton (golf & spa Resort) with other choices from Inns to Resorts. Plus, a visit to Shoppes at Rose Hall. Ocho Rios: If you wish to travel from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios, their new highway has cut down time to one hour and you’ll either want to stay at the Couples Ocho Rios, Couples San Souchi, Riu Ocho Rios and Shaw Park Beach Hotel & Spa, an old timer but pleasant place to stay. The Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa will offer you a greater choice of accommodations. Negril: They call Negril the center of casual living at either the Couples Negril, Riu Negril, Hedonism II by Super Clubs, Riu at Tropical Bay and Grand Lido Negril…just to name a few. You will also have other decisions to make if you wish to visit: Lucea, Runaway Bay the birthplace of Bob Marley, the famous reggae

music writer/performer. Plus don’t forget Harry Belafonte is noted for his Jamaica calypso music a few years ago. Once you get settled at your resort, hopefully, you’ve thought about spending time at an All Inclusive resort, where all is included except the Spa or side trips to visit: Luminous Lagoon, Dunn’s River Fall’s, Mountain Valley Rafting & Plantation Tour. So I signed up to do the Green Grotto Caves, which is located by Discovery Bay close to Ocho Rios, as this is near where in 1492 Christopher Columbus landed and sought places to hide from the Spanish and later others hiding during the takeover of the island by the English in 1655. The caves also became a haven for runaway slaves and the cave became a storing place for the rum, before taking it to Cuba. A one hour guided tour for you to explore the inner chambers and come upon a grotto lake while exploring. An interesting tour but for some, the walking might be a problem, with the steps. Be sure to pack good walking shoes. The Capital of Jamaica is Kingston, which governs the island and takes care of the business part of the island. The resorts areas located on the north coast are the most famous for their friendliness, lovely beaches, beautiful water, golf courses, spas and offering pleasant dining experiences as they go out of their way to make your stay an unforgettable experience. Once you go, you know! Last but not least, families are well taken care of with special arrangements made, couples wishing to get married, No Problem! Plus going All Inclusive, allows you to enjoy your vacation without limits; finest cuisine, drinks, sports, entertainment, shows, dancing, or just relaxing, it’s all included. If you like sunset lights, exotic settings, stretches of sand, warm and refreshing water to snorkel & swim, it’s all there waiting for you. For more info visit or Their other slogan, “Wish you were here!

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