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Volume 14, No. 6

Serving the Heart of San Diego | A Publication by Presidio Communications

July | 2013

San Diego Designer Honored with

“Designer of Distinction Award� by by Patty Patty Ducey-Brooks Ducey-Brooks

Horses need a forever home.


Warren Walker Middle School student plays for the gold.


Black tie gala benefits people with disabilities.


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El Agave is serving tequila.


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Eating my words.


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Art in Bloom.


Embracing each other’s differences.


Presidio Little League season ends.


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“Company” comes to Cygnet.


RUNA performs.


Musings: San Diego & Syria By George Mitrovich

Personal Note: The two issues that follow are not connected, for one is parochial and the other paramount, but in the mercurial nature of my mind these musings arose when I sat down to compose July’s column for the Sentinel: The Contretemps between Mayor Bob Filner and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith was wholly predictable. Why is anyone surprised? I have a long association with the mayor, beginning when he ran for the school board, but I happened to like our city attorney, and when he ran against Mike Aguirre, I endorsed him. But the predictability of their quarrel(s) should not have been missed by anyone knowing either gentleman (although missed it was); not because there are differences in their political philosophies, although difference there are, but the current cause is found in the powers of both offices – mayor and city attorney. A strong city attorney’s office has long been a quirk of San Diego government (and California), especially given that in the modern era the office of mayor was anything but, as true power belonged to the city manager – chosen, not elected. Mark Mitrovich and I played a significant role in the city’s transitioning from council/manager to strong mayor, with Jerry Sanders being the first beneficiary of strong mayor powers, even though he opposed the

transition and spent $2,000 trying to defeat it, but became its greatest champion once he found how greatly it expanded his powers as mayor. Strange how that works, don’t you think? Mike Dukakis, who served as governor of Massachusetts for 12 years and ran as the Democratic Party’s nominee for president in 1988, asked me once why we in the west have elected city attorneys? It’s unheard of in the commonwealth and in much of the country, the governor said. John Hickenlooper, then mayor of Denver, came to San Diego to speak to The City Club, and I invited a small group of civic leaders to meet the mayor over breakfast at the University Club (and set up afterwards a private meeting with Mayor Sanders). At the breakfast the mayor asked, “Why do you have an elected city attorney? The city attorney of Denver works for me; he’s not an independent office holder, nor should he be.” But San Diego isn’t Denver and the west isn’t the east, but if I’m making the decision the city attorney is appointed and works for mayor/council. If you argue, but this is how we’ve

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always done it, I would suggest you’re one taco short of a full combination (as Senator Simpson might say), because arguing to retain a system because it’s “the system” is idiocy. It’s true that when John Witt was city attorney the issue seldom came up because almost everyone loved John Witt (as I did). But that was before Mike Aguirre and Jan Goldsmith became objects of controversy (and by linking their names I do not mean to suggest they’re similar, they’re not). Mark and I gave thousands of pro bono hours working to change city government and if others want to take up the cause and change city attorney from elected to appointed we will cheer them on – but from the bleachers. Syria and Bashar al-Assad is the major foreign policy conundrum facing US foreign policy and the president is taking a beating over his handling of the issue. The president’s major antagonist on Syria is John McCain, who is still angry about losing to Obama in ’08, and whose solution to every foreign policy problem is a military solution. I’m sorry, senator, but if you want to end the bloodshed in Syria then drop Atomic bombs on Damascus and blow it into hell, that will quickly end the Assad regime and the Syrian problem. And, while we’re at it, why not

drop a few more on Pyongyang and the problem of Kim Jong II also goes away. By such action we eliminate two major foreign policy concerns, frightened the hell out of Iran and the Taliban, alarm Russia’s Vladimir Putin sufficiently to return New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft’s Super Bowl ring, and, best of all, no American soldiers die in Syria or come home armless or legless. Am I serious? To this extent: We cannot impose our will upon other nations. It didn’t work in Vietnam. It failed in Iraq. And it is failing in Afghanistan. In our hubris we forget we represent but four percent of the world’s population and it is monumentally dumb to think we can tell the other 96 percent what to do with their lives. And yet there are those stupid enough to lobby for military solutions when there are no military solutions absent using the ultimate weapon of mass destruction – Atomic bombs. If you think that’s crazy then tell me why you think its okay for one percent of our people to fight our dirty little wars? Why you think its okay that 6,648 Americans have died in Iraq Continued on page 9


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San Diego Designer Honored with

“Designer of Distinction Award”

By Patty Ducey-Brooks

Robert Wright, FASID, president of Bast/Wright Interiors, Inc. of San Diego, received one of the highest honors in the interior design profession on June 21, when he was honored as the 2013 Designer of Distinction at the ASID National Conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The honor, given to one designer annually since 1990, recognizes an ASID professional member who has created an extraordinary body of work, exhibited a solid commitment to social concerns, and significantly advanced the profession. Wright, who has served as the national president of ASID and as president of the San Diego chapter of ASID, is the first designer from San Diego County to receive the award. He was honored as an ASID fellow in 2004. “Robert has been an inspiration to the entire design community and this award is richly deserved,” said Robin Carrier, ASID, president of the San Diego chapter of ASID. “Robert is a brilliant designer who generously shares his creative vision and passion for design with clients, students, and the less fortunate. His work demonstrates the power of design to change lives.”

Wright has been a professional interior designer for more than 30 years, first in Texas and, since 1986, in San Diego. In 1991 he formed Bast/Wright Interiors with Jan Bast, FASID, a noted interior designer and design educator. The seven-member firm, which specializes in high-end residential interiors, has won numerous major design awards. In addition to his interior design practice, he has been involved in interior design education for 20 years, primarily as a part-time professor at San Diego State University. Committed to the advancement of education in interior design, Wright served two terms as chairman of the national Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). For years he was active with the San Diego chapter of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and on the board of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. He believes thoughtful design can even influence our four-legged companions and was influential in bringing about a remodel of the San Diego Humane Society’s kennels. That service project by the San Diego chapter of ASID, called “Dog Digs and Cat Cribs,” gained national and international attention.

This is a private residence at Park Laurel Condominium, which was designed by the Bast/Wright Interiors, Inc. Photo courtesy of Brady Architectural Photography.

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20 th Annual Tradition By Patty Ducey-Brooks

A couple of months ago, I spoke about my Dad and Mom, who have both passed away. People who know me and my family understand how important traditions and legacy were to my parents. We used to help organize and volunteer for the annual bazaar of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Denver, Colorado. All funds raised went to support various programs of the church. I remember my Mom baking lots of pies and cakes to be sold at the bazaar. My Dad, sisters and I would work the various rides and booths during the three day event. It was quite an undertaking. My parents taught us to get involved and give back to the community. This was just one of the many programs and services we volunteered for each year. That legacy of giving back to community continues as we begin the 20th Annual Mission Hills Concerts in the Park. As a board member of the Mission Hills Foundation, I am glad to say that the concerts continue in July, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 12, July 19 and July 26 at Mission Hills/Pioneer Park, located at 1425 Washington Place (next to Grant Elementary). I want to remind everyone who attends the concerts that they don’t just happen. It requires financial support and coordination by individuals and various organizations. There are permits, insurance, staging, sound and technicians, bands and power issues that have to be coordinated, as well as promotion and publicity.


Art in Bloom Welcomes Community to Spanish Village Art in Bloom, combining the talents of area artists and floral designers, will take place July 19 through 21 at Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park, in collaboration with the San Diego Floral Association. Free and open to the public, the annual event is set in the picturesque courtyard of Spanish Village, where original art works in various media will be displayed side by side with their fresh flower interpretations. Opening reception is 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 19. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21. The event takes place at Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Place in Balboa Park. For information, call 619) 233-9050.

Tassia Palafox dances to the music at the Mission Hills Concerts in the Park.

This year, we’re glad to welcome a new sponsor to our contributors, Anderson Plumbing Heating & Air, who will have a presence at the July 19 concert. Here’s the schedule for the month of July.

• July 12th Ballad Mongers

• July 19th Y3K

• July 26th Breezn

The concerts are produced by the Mission Hills Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization, and the Mission Hills Town Council, a 501 (c) 6 organization. For information on this free event, call (619) 296-8731, or visit

The Big Apple Showcases at the Lafayette Hotel The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble celebrates “The Big Apple” at the Mississippi Room in the Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Boulevard at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 27. Music from Broadway and the Big Band era will fill this historic ballroom. The Mississippi Room will be transformed into a 1940’s cabaret with food and drink available. Music of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and other great artists will be featured in a salute to the big bands, some of which actually played this venue. For information, visit

Artist Kathy Waller displays her work next to floral designer Marj Myers of the San Carlos Garden Club.

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Tr a v e l i n g C a n C h a n g e Yo u r D i s p o s i t i o n By Ilene Hubbs

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness

Mark Twain (1835-1910) You’re going where? I could almost hear my father’s voice although he’s been gone 17 years. You’re going to Germany? I remember the first time I bought a German car and my father was disappointed in me, in fact he was aghast. He had been a young man when called to service in World War II, leaving his wife and me, his three-month old baby, behind. He was part of The Fighting First, The Big Red One, the brave men who stormed Omaha beach fighting for their country and for their lives. He was also a Jew. It was an experience he did not forget and the Nazis represented an entire country to him. I love to travel. I’ve been to European countries, Scandinavian countries, most of the US, and too many balmy tropical islands to count. I had never been to Germany. When my oldest friends invited me to join them on their

trip to Prague, Germany and Paris I really wanted to go. The only thing holding me back was that nagging thought, did I want to visit the country my father felt so strongly about. And it wasn’t just my father I realized, it was me as well. His feelings had influenced my own. I mentioned my dilemma to my 16 year old grandson who seemed quite surprised. It wasn’t Germany, it was the Nazis, he proclaimed, with all the forthright indignity of an intelligent teenager. You have to get over that feeling, it’s 70 years ago, he said. I thought about that long and hard and decided he was right. Very few people living in Germany were even alive then. Do I blame them for the sins of some of their people, sins that happened before their time? Do I know why some people complied, why some turned a blind eye, a deaf ear. Do I know what I would have done? I like to think I know, but do any of us know? Germany is a beautiful country and everyone I met there was friendly, kind and welcoming. The food is amazing, just bite into an apple strudel or a piece of schnitzel. The beer and wine are superb and the towns look like little

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glimpses of Disneyland. Everything is clean and orderly, although so much of it is recreations of cities before they were bombed. As I walked around with our guides I wondered how they would frame that part of history. Most of the guides were young and scholarly and they talked about history without any political slant, to them it was history, not a history they were proud of, but history just the same. The only comment I noticed was in Heidelberg where our guide, when talking about a medieval despot said, “ And we Germans know what happens when you let someone have too much power, we learned that the hard way.” So there it was a statement of fact, given in a matter of fact way by a young man in his twenties to a woman much older, a woman whose father may have fought this young man’s grandfather…or maybe a young man whose grandfather had sheltered those oppressed. I don’t know, I’ll never know, but I do know this – Mark Twain was right. I have traveled to a place I felt prejudice toward and I felt free to forgive and move on.


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Michal A. Tuzinkiewicz Creative Director

Phyllis E. Zawacki Graphic Designer

Contributing Writers Concetta Anitico Blake Beckcom Rick Brooks Melody Brown Ian Campbell Richard Cone Cath DeStefano Barry Hager Ilene Hubbs David Kamatoy Philip C. Lee Alice Lowe Aubree Lynn George Mitrovich

Between the Lines: Eating My Words

David Rottenberg

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Anne Sack

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was happy to learn that Adventures by the Book was hosting author Jill McCorkle for a May reading and signing. I’ve ranted more than once about west coast book tours that bypass San Diego. Their destinations are Powell’s in Portland and Elliott Bay in Seattle—who can blame them— and if there’s time they swing down to San Francisco and maybe L.A. before heading back east. I don’t want to discount valiant efforts and notable exceptions by Warwick’s and others, so maybe it’s just certain authors, favorites, whose lack of local presence I’ve lamented. Jill McCorkle has written five novels and four story collections, receiving five New York Times Notable citations, inclusion in the “Best American Short Stories,” and other awards and honors. My favorite is her 2009 story collection, “Going Away Shoes.” I most appreciate her ability to find humor in dire situations, but not at her characters’ expense. Her empathy and keen recognition of the human condition are evident in “Life After Life,” her first novel in 17 years. Described as “a journey through time and memory,” it’s about the residents, staff and neighbors of

a retirement home, sharply drawn and often-quirky characters ranging in age from 12 to 85. I had the opportunity to talk to McCorkle in advance of her visit. Noting that the themes of women and aging appear in her later stories as well as in this novel, she told me that even as a child she was drawn to the elderly. The women and men in her work “have complete lives behind them, and now it’s brand new, having to start in a new place, form new relationships,” said McCorkle. The novel was inspired by her father’s death, and recently her mother entered assisted living after being diagnosed with dementia. I asked McCorkle about working across genres. She’s least known for essays, although that’s how I discovered her, and she told me that she wants to write more nonfiction now because of her mother’s condition. I asked her preference between novels and stories. She says they work off each other, but she considers herself primarily a novelist. She also teaches creative writing in the MFA program at North Carolina State University. Adventures by the Book, founded and owned by Susan McBeth, offers small, intimate gatherings, usually with a theme that’s carried out by a special meal or venue. Susan used “Life After Life” as an opportunity

to call attention to the plight of the elderly by partnering and sharing proceeds with ElderHelp, a nonprofit organization that provides services and programs to seniors. A cozy dozen of us sat around a table in one of ElderHelp’s meeting rooms with gourmet box lunches from Con Pane. After McCorkle read from her book, we had an open and spirited discussion, the kind that would never happen in a large audience. After another local appearance at Mysterious Galaxy, Jill was heading north to Portland and Seattle. Yes, she came here first! Her book tour started in March and blanketed the south; she also went to Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. When I talked to her she was in Atlanta and getting ready to come to California. After her stops in the northwest she would be going to New Orleans on her way home to Hillsborough, North Carolina. An odd coincidence is that another novel with the same title was released at almost the same time as McCorkle’s. Kate Atkinson’s “Life After Life” is also outstanding, and the two couldn’t be more different. Atkinson’s is about a woman who lives many lives and dies many deaths; her story is told in varied scenarios. I mention this in case you come across the two and get confused. My recommendation— read them both!

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Pooch Hotel’s Summer Get Fit Camp

Not to be combined with any other offer. Not good for boarding, bathing, grooming, pet food and prescription and non-prescription drugs. Expires 07-31-2013

As swimsuit season approaches, fitness routines are being taken up a notch and dogs are getting in on the action too with Pooch Hotel’s Summer Get Fit Camp. It may seem a bit outlandish, however, there truly is a need, as humans aren’t the only ones to fall victim to “The Obesity Crisis in America” - over 50 percent of dogs are overweight and one-fifth are obese. Being healthy also means having a sound body AND mind. Pooch Hotel’s Get Fit Camp is great for pets of all fitness levels because it incorporates elements like pool time, treadmill workouts and one-on-one playtime coupled with the relaxing benefits of a post workout rub down and aromatherapy that help keep a dog not only physically fit, but mentally stimulated, socially engaged and emotionally happy. The 20-day fit camp runs through July 31. Before a dog can participate, pet parents must take the Healthy Pooch Self Assessment to determine what fitness routine is best for their pet. Once this is completed, pet parents can choose two fitness activities to add onto doggy daycare, which already incorporates plenty of social interaction and play time. To learn about times, locations and costs, visit

A Pooch Hotel associate interacts with dog clientele.

Horses Seized From Ramona Property Are Available for Adoption.

Amber is a nine-year old, Shepherd mix that has plenty of pep in her step. This sweet girl is a lovable companion seeking a special home where she’ll be a cherished member of the family. Amber would do best in a home with children over 12. Amber’s adoption fee of $25 includes her spay, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, a certificate for a free veterinary exam, a gift from Hill’s Science Diet, and a license if residing in Oceanside or Vista. Amber may be a perfect match for the San Diego Humane Society’s Seniors-for-Seniors Program, in which her fee is waived if she’s adopted by a senior. Amber is currently located at the North Campus, located at 2905 San Luis Rey Road in Oceanside. For information, call (760) 757-4357 or visit

The San Diego County Department of Animal Services (DAS) impounded seven horses on May 23 when they were found without food and water. DAS had been monitoring the herd since May 20 when several of the horses were found on the highway. The California Highway Patrol and CAL FIRE safely moved the horses off the road and returned them to a nearby property. CAL FIRE also filled the horses’ empty water containers. DAS could not take any action then, but when animal services officers checked on the horses again May 23, they found the herd was again out of water and lacked food so they seized the animals. The horses are now available for adoption and photographs of them can be found on the Department’s website at Interested adopters may also check out the horses in person at the department’s animal care facilities in Bonita and Carlsbad. Six mares are in Bonita and a stallion is housed in Carlsbad. The minimum bid for most of the horses is $150. Two of the mares at the Bonita facility are pregnant so their minimum bids are $200. An adoption application and a completed sealed bid form must be submitted to the facility where the horse is housed by 5:30 p.m., Friday, July 5. DAS will screen the applicants and then open qualified bids. Winning applicants should be notified by Wednesday, July 10. For more information on adoptions or to see photos of available animals, visit the DAS website at

Pipkin, a one-year old Lionhead mix rabbit, was saved from a local pet store when she was a baby. Pipkin was immediately placed into foster care with one of our rabbit volunteers. It was in this home environment that the small, painfully shy bunny would experience some of her very first interactions with humans. Pipkin would do best in a calm, quieter home with someone who is experienced with rabbits, and with someone who will be understanding of her personality and give here the time she needs to adjust. Pipkin’s adoption fee includes her spay, permanent microchip identification, and a certificate for a free veterinary exam.

Horses are seeking a forever home.

She is currently located at the Central Campus, located at 5500 Gaines Street. For information, call (619) 299-7012 or visit www.sdhumane. For more information on Amber, call 760.757.4357 For more information on Pipkin, call 619.299.7012




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Five Super Foods Great to Grill By Blake Beckcom

The produce stands are brimming with farm fresh fruits and vegetables—two food categories that Americans simply do not eat enough of: juicy peaches, red ripe and sweet tomatoes, fresh picked corn-on-thecob. So why not try grilling them to help you up your daily intake? What’s great about grilling veggies is they taste better grilled than just about any other way! Remember that marinating fruits and veggies first (such as coating quickly with a touch of olive oil and balsamic vinegar) will help them caramelize better to bring out the flavors. So, try these five super foods that grill up perfectly, and give your summer BBQ a healthful makeover: Pineapple. Most fruit is too fragile to grill. Not true for pineapple. Hearty pineapple is definitely an exception to this rule and tastes sweet and delicious after just a few minutes on the flame. Brush with a touch of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), toss on the grill and you have the perfect garnish to jazz up a burger or place under a grilled lobster tail. Nutritionally speaking, pineapple is low in calories and packed with vitamin C—1/2 cup provides you with 20 percent of your daily needs.

Asparagus. A simple marinade of EVOO and balsamic vinegar makes this super easy to make and flavorpacked veggie a must grill side dish. Nutritionally speaking, asparagus is actually a member of the lily family— extra low in calories yet rich in fiber, folic acid, potassium, thiamin, and vitamins A, B6, and C. Corn. Grilled corn-on-the-cob is a popular menu item for BBQs and clam bakes and fortunately is a healthy nutrition choice too. Grilling brings out the natural sweetness in corn— and allows its natural sweet flavor to surface without the need for too many unhealthful additives. Roasting the corn in the husks is the best way to cook them (just be sure to soak in lightly salted water for 30 minutes before tossing them on the grill). Corn is quite nutritious—filled with phytochemicals, B vitamins, folic acid as well as a notable amount of protein. Zucchini. Zucchini, sliced lengthwise, are super easy to grill and with their ability to capture those perfect crosshatch grill marks make them a nice visual addition to your menu. Flavor with a touch of EVOO and lemon juice, toss on a low heat and you’re good to go. Nutritionally speaking, zucchini falls into the super

low calorie vegetable class (one entire zucchini contains a measly 20 calories). And for those 20 calories, you get a nice amount of vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, calcium and iron. Portobello Mushrooms. Marinate these meaty mushrooms in a little EVOO, balsamic vinegar, garlic and onion for an hour, toss them onto a hot grill and it just doesn’t get any better than this for both taste and nutrition. Dense and flavorful, you can use them as a burger substitute, make them into pizzas, or serve them sliced as a side dish. Any way you eat them; these super-tasty and hearty mushrooms are the perfect low-calorie addition to your summer BBQ. Nutritionally speaking, these mushrooms pack a wallop. For just about 70 calories you get a nice amount of B vitamins, vitamin D, potassium and copper. Add these five super foods to your menu and enjoy the flavor and health benefits of bringing your nutrition outdoors and enjoying this favorite American pastime—grilling! Tap into the season’s bounty of fresh nutrient-packed foods. Use grilling for a flavor-packed light and healthy meal and enjoy the perfect outdoor cooking method.

Blake & Gwen Beckcom.

Fitness Together Mission Hills offers personal training with qualified professionals by regular appointment in private suites. Exercise and nutritional programs are custom designed to fit your needs and abilities. Call 619-794-0014 for more information or to schedule a free fitness diagnostic and private training session. See what others are saying about us on Yelp and San Diego City Search.

Intuition— A Hunch Worth Following Up On? By Mrs. Freud

The dictionary of psychology gives two definitions of intuition that leave the inquisitive mind none the wiser at first: intuition is said to be a mode of immediate understanding and knowing without conscious thought or judgment. The origin of this understanding is described to be either a) somehow mystical or b) the result of subtle cues that are apprehended implicitly, unconsciously. Whereas version a) is not recommended as a source of decision making, version b) is being researched and understood as an example of “implicit learning.” Our brains are constantly sifting through a huge amount of input of information from our environment through our senses, without us having our main focus on it. We are constantly learning. Just watching

my husband solve the daily crossword puzzle is proof of that. Once asked how he would know a certain random fact, he just explains it with “I’ve been around for a while.” That is exactly how we learn most of the things that we know and never went to school for. Implicit learning increases our knowledge constantly. Reading is another example. Research shows that we can either study the spelling of words specifically, or we learn the spelling of a word “on the side,” by encountering it in a text for about 100 times, unconsciously, without paying specific attention to the spelling of that word. In case we get asked how to spell that word, we would know the answer through implicit learning. We “have a feeling” about the correct spelling, “an intuition,” and we are right. Picking up on clues makes for an intuitive hunch. How can we make

sure that we are not dealing with version a), but with something we have learned implicitly and therefore can be trusted, even though we have no logical chain of thoughts that leads us to the knowing? I won´t go as far as to say that we can have an intuition about the quality of our intuition. Yet, there is some wisdom to that. We need to learn to discern whether we are having a random thought or are dealing with the result of implicit learning. We need to pay attention to the moment, and we need to be connected to ourselves in order to know if we can trust our

hunch. We will not be able to discern that if our thoughts are scattered, if our minds are somewhere else, or if even we would rather be somewhere else than dealing with the situation at hand. Simply practicing to put our mind where our feet are at every moment is a big step toward clarity about our own intuition. We all might have wondered at one point whether we are running away from something or running towards something. Intuition is the compass. You can find more on my blog: www.

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What Does a Smoke Break Really Cost? By Rick Brooks I was recently struck by how much money Americans spend on healthcare every year. The figure is astounding: almost 18 percent of all spending in our economy goes to health care. So I thought it might be interesting to break out some of the costs of one of America’s favorite bad habits: smoking. Of course, this goes well beyond just the outright cost of a pack of Camels. In 2004, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that the cost of tobacco use to the economy from medical costs, lost productivity and other factors, was about 193 billion dollars each year. According to the CDC, almost 14 percent of Californians use tobacco in all its forms. While this may be the second lowest rate in the country, I frequently see motorists nonchalantly flick a cigarette butt out of a car window, and the smoking area outside my building is frequently crowded. So, how much does that smoke break cost every year? The most obvious cost of that cigarette is the price you pay at the counter. If a pack of cigarettes costs $5.50, smoking just one pack every day adds up to just over 2,000 dollars per year. Over 20 years, that’s a cost of almost $54,000 with inflation. If you saved and invested that money instead, even at just six percent per year you could have $96,000 in your pocket. That’s a difference in real wealth of $150,000 over 20 years. Over 40 years, it’s almost $700,000. But what about the hidden costs of tobacco use? Users of any tobacco product pay much more for life insurance than do non-users, largely because they are at significantly higher risk of dying early. For example, a 47 year-old male smoker would pay $3,000 per year for a $500,000 20-year term life insurance policy. The exact same coverage would cost a non-smoker in good health just $725, a savings over the 20 year policy term of $45,500.

Health insurance can also cost as much as 40 percent more. And because smokers tend to have more medical problems than nonsmokers, they also tend to use more health care services. A New England Journal of Medicine study found healthcare costs for smokers are as much as 40 percent higher than for those of non-smokers. Smokers can also pay higher costs for homeowners’ insurance, because of the higher incidence of smoking related fires. Auto insurance rates can be higher, too, because statistics show that smokers are involved in more accidents. Speaking of homes, even the value of a house will be affected by smoking. Beyond the accumulated grime of smoke and tar, smoking leaves a distinctive smell that can cost tens of thousands of dollars to remove. Renters who smoke can have higher costs for cleaning or foregone damage deposits. Even a smoker’s car will often be worth less at sale or trade in than the same car owned by a non-smoker, because of the persistent odor. Finally, there’s employment. There are studies which show that smoking results in a loss of income of up to 11 percent compared to nonsmokers in similar professions. Just think about the time it takes to leave work, light up, and clean-up. Hourly workers are most affected, but even salaried employees who disappear for an hour or two each day will be noticed. And lost earnings have a very long-term impact, including lower Social Security and/or pension benefits. I’m actually not trying to write a sermon on the evils of smoking. I’m using smoking as one single example of the high costs of poor health, focusing on one health habit over which we have control. This is about the financial costs of a personal choice. Unfortunately, the costs of that choice are clearly not obvious at the time it is being made. Who knew a six dollar pack of cigarettes could be so expensive?

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San Diego & Syria Continued from page 3

and Afghanistan (through June 24) or 50,000 have come home wounded in body and soul because they are faceless and nameless and are made up mostly of the underclass, the young men and women who saw no future serving strawberry shakes or two tacos for .99 cents at Jack-in the-Box and chose instead four tours of duty in Kandahar (and I like Jack-in-the-Box). The one percent that chose instead to put patriotism before profit so your daughters and sons wouldn’t have to; so that while you fretted about your daughters and sons college tuition the son and daughters of the one percenters were coming home, not in robes and tassels draped mortarboards but in body bags; while you fussed over whether you needed a second SUV the wives and families of our second and third and fourth deployment soldiers left behind stood in lines collecting food stamps so that little Billy and Bobby wouldn’t go hungry that night. If the 6,648 who died bloody in that vast wasteland expanse of desert and rock, of camels and women haters, of turbans and Taliban, is of zero consequences in your life, then consider that these two wars have cost the United States of America more than $1,500,000,000, dollars wasted that might have saved

our schools from further degradation and infrastructure from collapsing, provided health care to the uninsured and lowered student loans. You can do a lot of good with $1,5000,000,000. If you are so stupid, as it appears John McCain is, to believe Syria would be different, that the “lessons” of Iraq and Afghanistan would enable us to find common ground and bring the Sunnis and Shiites together, then you should stop reading here because you are disconnected from the reality we face and no measure of either logic or history will persuade you otherwise. From the time of Alexander the Great to Britain’s incursion into Asia, from Russia to the U.S., the super powers have mindlessly believed they could rule Afghanistan and other tribal nations, forgetting Rudyard Kipling’s words in The Young British Soldier Boy, When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains.

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This column is prepared by Rick Brooks, CFA, CFP®. Rick is Vice President for Investment Management with Blankinship & Foster, LLC, a wealth advisory firm specializing in comprehensive financial planning and investment management. Rick can be reached at 858.755.5166, or by email at Rick and his family live in Mission Hills.

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Artful Voices

Newcomers Welcomed in Mission Hills

by Concetta Antico

Every once in a while we feel the urge to say something but the words won’t come out. Thinking, feeling and speaking artfully can create great change if you live and empower how you live, the lives of others, the choices you make and the quality of your life here on earth. Finding your artful voice is like a song to the heavens. It will resonate in your heart and mind and bring you health and peace. Verbal, personal self-expression is just another extension of the paintbrush, the pen or the pencil. It can create wondrous new imaginings of the mind, body and spirit - can move people to action (think of the recent closure of San Onofre and the artful voices of that community!), solve problems, heal and make each other happy. Remember how you felt when your creative thought stayed bottled up in your brain and did not burst forth with intention? Regret! Speaking authentically goes hand in hand with living authentically. The usual, “How are You?” “I’m OK; how are You?,” sub-standard greeting that people

give each other is a monotonous mantra that needs to change. This connection, (or lack of), is often found in the school yard when we collect our children, in the work place when we pass our colleagues each day or on the street when we bump into folks we know. Finding your artful voice will allow new thoughts to generate thereby fostering new experiences which will emerge from these new dialogues. SO - next time you start to give the old cliché...catch yourself! Converse more colorfully, mention more meaningfully, and say what you mean. Open up. Be honest with your thoughts, share privacies and don’t walk away feeling like you didn’t mean what you said. Your life will be richer, your friendships deeper and you spirit happier. An artful voice begins in your unique fertile mind and comes out of your magical mouth. Happy vocal summer to you all! Concetta Antico is a mother, wife, artist, educator and tetrachromat. For over 20 years she has spoken artfully at her The Salon Of Art school and Antico Fine Art Gallery located at 1920 Fort Stockton Drive, Ste A, Mission Hills, San Diego, CA 92103. She can be reached at,,

by Ginny Ollis

If you see this sign at your neighbor’s house, stop by and give them a big welcome to the “hood”. The Mission Hills Business Improvement District (BID) is delivering these signs and a welcome tote bag full of invitations and gifts from neighborhood businesses to home buyers, as they move into our wonderful community. But the BID can only do so much. It is your outstretched hand and greeting that will make them feel the welcome. The welcome bag also includes information on Mission Hills’ organizations and activities, a directory of community businesses, and some history about our Mission Hills. Those of us here already know how fortunate we are to live here, where we can often eschew those dreaded freeways to visit San Diego’s best attractions, and where the traditions of history and moving forward merge into perfect lifestyles. Be sure to pass it on to your new neighbors. For any questions, or to add your business to the welcome bag, contact Ginny Ollis, 629-295-3904, ginnyollis@

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Would You Tell Your Child You Had Saved Them From a Bear That Broke Into Your Home? maureen

Buying and Selling a home can be stressful. Or is that an antoinette understatement? If you watch those agents on “Selling New York” on HGTV, you may doubt the efficacy of hiring an agent at all. One of them in particular embarrasses me. He is a good negotiator, but he is all about “me, me, me”, not his clients. Much of the time real estate transactions are more fragile, antagonistic and/or annoying than the clients know. The pressure and worry that you are feeling on your side exists in spades on the other side of the negotiating table, as well, and that can create instability. Effective agents know that making the other party a “bad guy” can color the negotiations and add even more risk to the process. An agent needs to tell his client the facts of the choices on the table, but he doesn’t need to offer the entire intervening trauma, unless it has a significant bearing on the next step of the process. In many cases, your agent won’t even mention the near disaster that was averted until after the transaction closes, if at all. You may never know that the other party considered walking away, originally was going to demand a large credit, or had serious second thoughts in the middle of the transaction. It’s not in our nature to brag or draw attention to our part in your success. After all, it’s about you, your experience, and the end result that matters to us. More often than not, agents are like garbage disposers. They protect their children from knowing the bear was at the door. The bear they do know about is tough enough!

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Native Plants in the Garden By Barb Strona

In May, Amy Huie spoke to the Mission Hills Garden Club about native plants. Before beginning her talk, she thanked the Mission Hills Garden Club. As she put it, “My first horticultural job was financed by Mission Hills Garden Club.” She was a student at Cuyamaca College, and Fausto Palafox, owner of Mission Hills Nursery, was one of her teachers. Although her topic was California Natives, she hastened to assure us that natives can co-exist nicely within your established garden. The important criteria are to keep plants with similar needs together, to place them where they will show to their best advantage, and to utilize color, shape, texture and size in creating a design. If the plants don’t have the same requirements, no matter what you do, some will perish. Huie showed us a selection of several varieties of natives which she had chosen from Fausto’s nursery. Cleveland Sage was the first plant she showed us. Due to its pungent scent, it is best to plant it at a distance from your home or outdoor

entertaining area. I must admit that its smell is what I imagine a cross between bad body odor and cheap perfume would be. In the seat beside me, Teri Skwarlo whispered she was ready to move; and until Huie mentioned its “peculiar” scent, I honestly thought someone sitting near us was the culprit and was ready to move with her! Despite its unpleasant odor, it comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and its beauty belies its other characteristic. The “Winifred Gilman” variety of Cleveland sage provides shelter for ground dwelling birds like Towhees, Mourning Doves and White-crowned Sparrows.

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Amy Huie showed us a selection of several varieties of natives which she had chosen from Mission Hills Nursery.

Hummingbirds love tubular blooms such as penstemon and monkey flower. They are a perfect fit for the hummingbird’s long and slender beak. Unlike hummingbirds, butterflies prefer flat blossoms on which they can perch. They love sage and will even go to varieties that thrive in shade. The monarch butterfly loves and breeds in milkweed. Since milkweed is not particularly pretty, it can be planted behind a more comely plant, giving you both beauty and butterflies. Milkweed also attracts bees and wasps. Huie says that while it “gets covered in aphids,” ladybugs will soon come to dine on the aphids. Huie likes milkweed for teaching children “about the interdependence of life.” Some natives add color, texture, shape, or all three to your garden. Redberry, as its name suggests, has red berries which add color and interest to the garden. Another California native, the manzanita, also adds color; its beautiful bark is a reddish brown. The dark mahoganycolored branches add wonderful interest to flower arrangements. It can have a practical use in your garden as well. One variety of manzanita, Emerald Carpet is a good ground cover. Other varieties come in tree form as well. Manzanita is one of Huie’s and my favorites. Another frequently used as foliage for floral designs is coffee berry.

Fairly easy to grow, these plants have pretty brown berries attracting birds to their branches. In arrangements they are long-lived. Buckwheat can also add beauty to the garden. Both red and yellow (Conejo) buckwheat stay small, with vividly colored flowers and greyish foliage. Bees love it. You can find larger varieties of buckwheat if you prefer it. A native which curbs homesickness in the humans transplanted from colder climates is the California Lilac. The blooms resemble lilacs from these people’s pasts. California lilacs can be found as a groundcover, a bush, or a tree. Sadly, I managed to kill the one I planted. Amy reminded us that not all natives are drought tolerant. We have marshlands and riverbeds where water loving natives grow. Because our climate here in Southern California varies greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood, it is necessary to really study your yard. Learn which parts of your property get what kind of sun. Is your yard damp from coastal fog? Is it dry and hot from desert winds? Check water availability. Know what each plant needs in terms of light, climate, food and water. Then plan your garden carefully before you begin planting. The Mission Hills Garden Club is on summer break until September. Announcements on upcoming events will be in the August issue.


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Food Network Star’s Rodney Henry Warren-Walker Middle School Student Visits Warren Walker School Earns Notable Baseball Honors Warren-Walker Middle School student, Anthony Hall from Ocean Beach, has been selected by Team USA Baseball to play on the 12U team in the World Championships in Taipei, Taiwan. Hall, age 12, has attended Warren-Walker School since kindergarten began playing baseball at the age of four at Tecolote Youth Baseball. He currently plays in the Bronco Division at Tecolote as well as playing travel ball with The San Diego Show. Hall was one of eighteen players selected to the 12U team, competing against thousands of other hopefuls who tried out across the country during the last three months.He will attend team training in Compton at the MLB Urban Baseball Academy before leaving for Taipei where the World Championships take place from July 18th through the 28th. For more information or to follow the team, go to Good luck and bring home the gold!

The Second Grade class of Warren Walker School in Point Loma had a famous chef visit their class this past June. Rodney Henry is owner of Baltimore’s well-known shop, Dangerously Delicious Pies, and is currently a contestant on Food Network Star, which is filming in Los Angeles. His passion for pie began during his summers in Indiana as a child, after learning the craft from his grandmother and great aunt. Henry shared stories about his love of cooking, performed a few songs (he is a former rock musician as well), and let the students try one of his famous pies.

Rodney Henry cuts pie. Left to right are his daughter, Rodney Henry, Cindy Larson and Brodie Shapiro.

Anthony Hall is preparing for his trip to Taipei, Taiwan.

Grant Campus Master Plan Presentation This past June, parents of Mission Hills’ Grant Campus students, school administrators, neighbors and elected officials, attended a master planning meeting that was held in the school auditorium. School Board Member Richard Barrera and Council President Todd Gloria were present to see the final master plan design and offer their comments. One of the goals of Grant administrators and parents is to request moving the planned schedule from 2020 to 2015 and that the renovation be prioritized. The Grant Campus administrators and parents also hoped to increase funding for the project, which is expected to cost upward of $30 million. $8.3M is what the school board has designated for upgrades to the campus. The remaining difference would need to be raised by the school and community.

Design concepts were presented during the master planning meeting.

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Black Tie Gala

Benefits People with Disabilities The Jewels of San Diego 2013, a group of San Diego women who helped organize “All That Jazz,” a fundraiser for The Arc of San Diego, were present to celebrate their efforts and the philanthropic contributions and leadership of prominent San Diegans. The event took place at the Presidential Ballroom at the US Grant Hotel. Proceeds from this elegant affair benefitted children and adults with disabilities at The Arc of San Diego. The evening began with a cocktail reception, silent auction, and vendor boutiques for the enjoyment of guests amidst flapper-girl greeters. After dinner, guests were entertained by Wayne Foster Music & Entertainment. Funds raised will assist The Arc of San Diego in continuing to provide services such as day training, employment, and residential living services to the 2,500 San Diegans with disabilities that it serves.

Left to right are Leo and Emma Zuckerman; Jessie J. Knight, Jr. and Joye Blount; Herschel Price and Honorable Pam Slater-Price. Photo courtesy of Vincent Andrunas.

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Presidio Little League Season Ends Chalk lines, trimmed grass, close plays, chanting teammates and cheering parents making up the sights and sounds of little league baseball came to an end for the Presidio Little League at Sefton Field on Saturday June 8th. The official season ended for twelve teams of Padres playing in four divisions but play will go on for the All Stars and the Tournament Champions. The festivities included a tri-tip BBQ with all the trimmings, dunk tank, home run derby and coaches softball game. Trophies and medals were handed out to division champions and players. A commendation featuring a distinctive engraved bat was presented to the San Diego Police Department Western Division for their great work in patrolling the fields and river area next to Sefton Field. Lt. Brian Goldberg, Sgt. Nick Borelli, Officers Efran Peregrino and Dave Campbell were lauded by Presidio Vice President Judge Peter Gallagher.  Retiring League President, Mission Hills real estate agent Bruce Bourdon of Coldwell Banker, was given special honors by incoming President Lou Castagnola for his seven years of exceptional leadership since 2006.  Bourdon was awarded an engraved bat and some special cigars for his direction and guidance throughout the years. Other recognition was given to coaches, parents and Councilman Todd Gloria for their support. Special recognition was also given to the San Diego Padres who have donated different style and era Padres uniforms worn by each team for the past two seasons. Finally, the league recognized and thanked its sponsors – some of the fine

businesses that make up our Mission Hills community and without whose support the league could not survive. These sponsors: Powers Plumbing, Mission Hills Fabric Care, Sports Authority, The Haro-Dunlap Group of Ascent Real Estate, Mission Hills Automotive, Malcolm Schick and G&P Schick, Gary Sacco and Avalon Mortgage, Espresso Mio, State Farm Insurance, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dixieline Lumber, Sport Clips, Stadium Golf , Bruce Bourdon, Fenn Orthodontics, Mission Hills United Church of Christ, Rick Brooks and Blankinship & Foster, LLC; Lou Castagnola Family; Cain-Valenzuela Family; and Cadria Aerospace. The 2013 season was an exciting one. The intermediate team (12 and up) played a competitive interleague schedule and never missed a game. The minors division, consisting of four teams of 9-11 year-old boys and girls, was the most electrifying. Bill Christian’s Camouflage Padres lost one game during the regular season but was defeated in the playoffs by Charles Tiano’s Batting Practice Padres when Joseph Franca and Max Mecham pitched a combined no hitter over six innings. The machine pitch CAPS division consisted of four teams of six, seven and eight year olds learning the game. Finally, the T-Ball division ran the bases frontwards and backwards while learning to hit and throw. Presidio Little League sees its mission to ensure the kids have fun, learn the game and then compete at a high level while having more fun. All in all the season was a spectacular success.

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Everything’s Possible, we Inspire Change! Judge Pete Gallagher shakes hands with Bruce Bourdon, outgoing league president. Guy Reggev, manager/head coach of the CAPS level 2013 Home Padres, introduces his team.

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Lyceum Theatre

The national tour of the hilarious new show “You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!”, a comedy that People magazine called “Laugh Out Loud!,” continues its national tour with a premiere in San Diego at downtown’s Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, July 24 through August 18, 2013. After 17 years of marriage, writers, actors and real-life-married-couple Annabelle Gurwitch (“Dinner and a Movie,”  “Fired!”) and Jeff Kahn (“The Ben Stiller Show,”  “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”) have adapted their hilarious, often moving, memoir, “You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!” for the stage, directed by Van Kaplan. This 75-minute tour de force, “You

Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!,” takes a humorous look at a relationship that seems challenged from the start, by powerful, opposing personalities. But after trials and tribulations, they learn to navigate the conflicts that come with romance, money, and children by embracing each other’s differences, taking on parenting as a competitive sport, and dropping out of couple’s therapy. Their delightfully crazy lifestyle has managed to keep their relationship intact, up-ending every idea you ever had about living “happily ever after.” To purchase tickets, call 619-544-1000 or order online at http://www.thetomato

Cygnet Theatre

Cygnet Theatre’s new season launches with “Company,” the Tony Awardwinning musical exploration of marriage and commitment. “Company” is a musical comedy based on a book by George Furth with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The original production premiered in 1970 and was nominated for a record-setting fourteen Tony Awards and won six. “Company” runs July 5th through August 18. The plot revolves around Bobby (a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage), the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. Company is a concept musical composed of short vignettes, presented in no particular chronological order, linked by a celebration for Bobby’s 35th birthday. The show has enjoyed several revivals including a 2006 version that won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. For more information regarding tickets, call Writers, actors-and real-life-married-couple Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn (619) 337-1525 or visit star in “You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!,” w w w. c y g n e t t h e a t r e . com or visit the box office at 4040 Twiggs Mary Joe Duggan, Ashlee Mayer, Andrew Wells Shakespeare’s unforgettable tale Tickets can be purchased online at Street. Ryder and Katie Whalley star in “Company.” of mercy and justice, generosity and, by phone at Photo by Manny Fernandes. greed, “The Merchant of Venice,” is (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the directed by Adrian Nobel and runs Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in through September 28, 2013 at the Balboa Park. Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. After years of persecution for his Jewish faith, Shylock finally gets his chance for revenge. The merchant Antonio cannot pay his debt, and Shylock demands his due: a pound of flesh. To save Antonio’s life, the resourceful Portia must triumph in the courtroom—but at what cost?  “The Merchant of Venice” weaves together Krystel Lucas as Portia in The Old humor and pathos in a spellbinding, Globe’s Shakespeare Festival production suspenseful drama. of “The Merchant of Venice”

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Moxie Theatre

Moxie Theatre is proud to present the critically acclaimed one-woman, 34 character show, “Freedom of Speech,” written and performed by Eliza Jane Schneider, directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. It won the “Best Solo Show” award at the New York International Fringe Festival, then ran Off-Broadway at P.S. 122, and ultimately moved to The Public Theater. “Freedom of Speech” runs July 11 through August 11, 2013 at Diversionary Theatre, is located at 4545 Park Blvd. “Freedom of Speech” is a true story. Eliza Jane cashed in her assets, quit a lucrative job on an Emmy-winning sitcom, shaved her head and set off on a 317,000-mile cross-country spiritual quest in a second-hand ambulance. Eliza Jane stopped in at beauty parlors, swimming holes, bars, street corners ad churches, asking everyone she met along the way the question, ”What’s

going on?” “Freedom of Speech” blends the immediacy of a documentary with the intimacy of Eliza Jane’s hilarious personal narrative to capture a muffled underlying voice of America that we won’t hear anywhere else. Call 619 220-0097 or visit www. to purchase tickets. Due to a previous commitment, there will be no performances July 25-28.

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California Versus Oregon Price Points By Aubree Lynn Writer/Producer/Stylist

I have developed some interest in living elsewhere while recently visiting Oregon. This is motivated by the difference in the cost of living, including clothing and homes, between California and Oregon. My husband is from Springfield, which is within the Eugene area of Oregon. While visiting, we had the opportunity to do a little shopping and home browsing. I was amazed by the difference in the cost of living and how much you can get for the money you earn. Here in California we realize that we’re paying extra for the “annual ten percent chance of rain” and the beaches, which allows us to enjoy water activities. However, is it really worth it? Many people residing in California can’t afford a home, let alone raise kids, because childcare is so costly. That’s what lead to our comparison shopping while visiting another state. Of course, in Oregon you have to deal with different weather: 70 percent increase of rain each year. However, a night on the town is 3/4ths cheaper. And you can purchase a 2,600 square foot, four bedroom home with 2 ½ baths, Jacuzzi and fireplace for only 100,000 dollars more than our condo, which is a 670 square foot, one bedroom unit that is two minutes from Lake Murray.

It is true you get what you pay for and where you live. But it is insane what you can get just one state away. Then there is the reality of the cost of shopping. I felt like I was on a holiday while shopping in Oregon. There are constant sales at the malls. I could not believe that buying a new wardrobe for my husband only cost 200 dollars. We walked into a Bass shoe store intrigued by a sign that said “buy one get two free.” I had to ask if it was for real. It was: NO gimmicks. We did the deal and walked away with 360 dollars’ worth of shoes for 160 bucks. Now don’t forget, in Oregon there is no sales tax, which makes a huge difference. In La Mesa, where we live, the tax is 8.75 percent. In El Cajon it is nine percent. This added taxation really makes a difference when purchasing clothing, cars and homes. So the reoccurring question is, “Do we stay in California and make the cost of living work for us, or do we leave this amazing weather for an affordable lifestyle, being able to have kids and live within our means?” It is a question we will keep close in our thoughts as we continue on our newly married life.

“Buy one get two free” promotion at a Bass shoe store in Oregon.


“Unfinished Song” is a funny and inspiring comedic drama about curmudgeonly pensioner Arthur (Terence Stamp), who is reluctantly inspired by his beloved wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) to join a highly unconventional local seniors choir. At odds with his son James (Christopher Eccleston), it is left to the youthful and charming choir director Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton) to try and persuade Arthur that he can learn to embrace life.

Arthur must confront the undercurrents of his own grumbling persona as he embarks on a hilarious, life-affirming journey of musical self-discovery. Directed by Paul Andrew Williams. “Unfinished Song” is 97 minutes long, Rated PG-13, and opens June 28, 2013 at Landmark’s Hillcrest and La Jolla Village Cinemas. For information and times, call 619.819.0236, or visit Film times and dates are subject to change.

Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton) offers words of encouragement to Arthur (Terence Stamp)

Ian Capmbell

Ian will resume when Opera season returns.



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Celebrate Wisdom from the Past By Charlotte Tenney, MA Integrative Medicine

In the course of recovering from “the big C,” I have done a huge amount of reading about the history of health disorders. And I have discovered that much was known and proven seventy five and even a hundred years ago that has been lost along the way. In the late eighteen hundreds and early nineteen hundreds, many researchers were investigating the process of disease and finding nutrition to be a key factor in prevention and treatment. Their findings were ignored due to being “an inconvenient truth.” The facts that they found about individual and public health were not welcome to the business interests of newly emerging pharmaceutical industry, the growing food conglomerates, and political power. The statistics on the increase of health problems that have occurred since they made their recommendations (and were ignored or ridiculed) bear out the wisdom of the eating habits that they recommended. Our local treasure, the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, ( preserves the writings of two dedicated visionaries from the 1920’s and 1930’s who came to similar conclusions through different paths. Weston Price was a dentist who dared to ask, not why do people get cavities, but what is the situation with populations who do not. He traveled worldwide to find isolated groups of people who still adhered to their traditional diets of local, fresh and unprocessed foods. While he found a wide range of difference in the contents of the diet, depending on climate and geography, he found that the common denominator of health was due to simple ingredients eaten in close-to-nature form, such as oats, raw milk,

sea food and fish. Consistently, he documented that those of these groups who had contact with “Western” or “Modern” conveniences, such as white flour and refined sugars, canned and boxed processed foods and other modern refinements, had immediate and devastating destruction of their teeth. Not only were the teeth affected. He found a correlation between tooth decay and susceptibility to Tuberculosis. He also noted that the children of those who adopted these foreign diet habits, regardless of DNA group, had narrowed jaws that crowded their teeth. The crowding resulted in the need to remove wisdom teeth and deal with eruptions of teeth through the gums. These “second generation” poorly nourished kids often had sinus problems and even difficulty breathing through the nose such that they had to leave their mouths open all the time. Reversing the diet back to the “primitive” version would begin to correct the problem by t he next generation. Dr. Weston’s counterpart, Dr. Francis Pottenger, stayed closer to home and raised many generations of common house cats, studying the intergenerational effect of various diet factors. He also noted that a more “primitive” diet resulted in robust and healthy animals, compared to those given cooked and processed foods. Pottenger observed that poorly nourished mothers produced kittens with narrowed jaws, flattened skulls and out-of-proportion hind legs. This effect exaggerated with each generation until the poorly-fed line of cats could no longer procreate or function naturally. And, when switched back to raw foods, it took numerous generations for that lineage of cats to regain health and produce vigorous offspring. Earlier work by Dr. John Beard, an embryologist,

scientific researcher and professor at University of Edinburgh in England, focused his attention on pancreatic enzymes and their function in protecting the body from aberrant cell development, including cancer. He received a Nobel Prize nomination for his book “The Enzyme Treatment of Cancer” in 1911. He ended up with the similar conclusions regarding the benefits of consuming food close to its raw form whenever possible. From his studies he observed that the ingestion of processed and cooked foods, particularly cooked animal protein, diverted the pancreatic enzymes from immune-oriented duties to food digestion. Eating only de-natured foods allows cancer to take hold. These are just a few examples of the wellstructured and validated research that was ignored at its inception and forgotten or suppressed subsequently. Although almost a hundred years old, the findings of these researchers are still true and useful. The concepts explained by their research have been re-surfacing as relevant to our current lifestyles. Take a look at the “Loco-vore” trend towards fresh vegetables sourced from Farmer’s Markets and the so-called “craze” for juice bars that whip up Kale concoctions. Community gardens are an old idea that is new again. This is correcting the health crisis from the root of the problem. While it flies in the face of big Pharma, big AgriBiz and big Corporations, it serves to prevent and treat disease for us as individuals. It will succeed in so far as we are willing to put our convictions where our mouths are. As you celebrate Independence Day on July Fourth, think about these brave founding fathers and the legacy that they left us in terms of our right to pursue the happiness of good health.

What Now?

That Kind’ve Summer

By Laura Walcher “The world is beautiful because of you.” “You are the reason for joy in the world.” OK, thanks. Clearly brightening up our days, these and about a dozen more cheery messages, chalked on the bridge going into Balboa Park, are ours with which to resonate. Yay, they mean ME! Who IS this chalker? I call it a guy; just doesn’t seem like a girl thing to do. Anyway, it’s good news. “He” could’ve chosen Syria, Turkey, Brazil, Myanmar, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza, etc. to sidewalkchalk about and been pretty dramatic, so thanks, whoever you are, for looking on the bright side. So inspired am I, that instead of re-sending Anthony Wiener to the woodshed for his audacity in running for Mayor of New York and, before any ink dried on his misdeeds, reinventing himself as a business consultant, I instead now decide on admiration for his guts and gumption. Doesn’t he know that nearly every word, tweet to be written about him

for the next umpteen years will note in detail his silly indiscretions? We are one forgiving society. One misguided entity has packed it in: Exodus International, which for nearly four decades has had as its mission various psychotherapy and prayer techniques intended to re-program, re-orient gays into straight folk. In closing down the organization, they’ve even officially apologized for “the pain and hurt … shame and guilt …” their efforts put homosexuals through. Terminating a misguided mission with sincere remorse constitutes good news.º I could be a little miffed at San Diego’s media for being one-upped by the New York Times, breaking the news of Jack O’Brien’s new autobiography, ”Jack Be Nimble.” Reviewed at length by Benedict Nightingale, I concede that New Yorkers might think Jack belongs to them, too, but hey, we had him first. In any case, the good news is that we might get another shot, since this volume takes his career only to about 1969; our media could have a shot at breaking the first announcement of his sequel. The brightest side of the season was the “Mother Goose Party” at Normal Heights Elementary School. Hail teachers Elsa Leon and

Irma Limon! Guiding several dozen tots through a funny, exuberant production of the Mother’s various poems could totally compensate for the daily-news state of the world. I‘ll figure you do remember how “Baa-Baa Black Sheep,” “Jack Be Nimble,” Humpty-Dumpty,” and various other kiddie dittie songs go. The singin’, swingin’, adorably costumed tots were pretty delicious reminders of how we at least start out sweet and simple. Among my favorites: the “ItsyBitsy Spider” break-dancer, and the ensemble/ choreography of “To Market, To Market, to Buy a Fat Pig.” I refuse to contemplate whether, in our nuevo-cultural world, the kids of fifty years hence will know Ms. Goose. I know you’re as sad as I am when you see a forlorn, un-used telephone kiosk. Calls from the few tattered left-overs have declined by over 85 percent in the past five years. But The Economist reports that some have found new life, as “gadget-charging stations, cash machines, tourist information centers” and more; some are fitted with defibrillators. There’s even a competition for redesigning these big guys, called “Reinvent Payphones.” Human ingenuity wins again. It’s been that kind of summer; the world is beautiful because of…us.


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Special Delivery Receives Grant Hughes Marino from The Thursday Club Juniors Names Controller “Special Delivery San Diego is very pleased and honored to announce that it has received a grant for more than $57,000 from The Thursday Club Juniors,” stated Ruth Henricks, executive director. “We are thrilled to receive this very generous award from such a wonderful local organization as The Thursday Club Juniors,” said Henricks. “This contribution will be used to help us continue our work of delivering nutritious meals to over 250 unduplicated men, women and children with AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes annually in 14 central San Diego neighborhoods.” She added that the grant will help to stock their onsite food pantry with much-needed, nutrient-dense super foods. In 2012, more than 1,000 San Diegans were served by Special Delivery, which relies on donations and volunteers. Special Delivery is located at 4021 Goldfinch Street in Mission Hills. To learn more and to contribute, call (619) 297-7373, or visit, www.

Ruth Henricks is the executive director of Special Delivery.

ENJOY! A warm cup of coffee. Listening to good music. Laughing with friends.

These are some things that make our lives rich, full and rewarding. Church can be that same kind of experience! At our church you will find warm relationships, good music, insightful messages and a great cup of coffee! You are invited you to stop by this Sunday and experience it for yourself. We’re in the neighborhood. Regular Sunday Schedule 8:55 a.m. Contemporary Worship 10:00 a.m. Church School Classes 11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship

University Christian Church

Disciples of Christ

3900 Cleveland Avenue San Diego, CA 92103 Phone: (619) 295-4146 For information, call or visit our web site. Visit us on Facebook An Open and Affirming Congregation

Hughes Marino, San Diego’s largest commercial real estate company exclusively representing tenants in lease negotiations and building purchases, has named Heather Fox as Controller. In her role, Heather is responsible for accounts receivable and accounts payable, and works closely with the director of finance in all aspects of the firm’s accounting and finances. Prior to joining Hughes Marino, Heather served as a senior staff accountant at a public tax and accounting firm for 10 years. Her responsibilities included preparation of individual, corporate, non-profit, and partnership tax returns, payroll processing, accounting, and various operational tasks. She also assisted with corporate and non-profit compilations, reviews and audits. Fox, who earned her B.S.B. in accounting from the University of Phoenix, currently resides in Chula Vista with her fiancée, Thomas, and young daughter, Sophia.

Heather Fox resides in Chula Vista.

Human TuneUp Column by Cath Afternoon on the Couch

By Cath DeStefano

I was young and out to save the world. From a hometown of 12,000, I was testing the waters of the big city. I came west from Michigan with my college degree in political science and ended up working in the downtown welfare office. After a while, this interior dialogue My job was to take applications for began repeating: welfare and determine eligibility. “I need a break.” I was so culturally naïve that my when “You can do it.” I went out to call my first applicant and saw that his name was Jesus I thought: Did I stop and take a break? Oh my, this person’s name is Jesus, as No. in Nazareth. Did I get a break? I also did not know what a taco was. Yes. A head on car crash and I am off Murderers, the homeless, mentally work for a year repairing my body. ill, physically disabled, alcoholics and And the nerve of that workplace, people in for the winter to sunny southern functioning without me for all that time, California made up my caseload. I learned to take afternoons on It was a workplace where there was the couch. way, way too much to do and not enough time to do it. That was a huge problem. Cath DeStefano But oh I kept trying to get it all done. For I had brought with me my Midwest work ethic and had been raised to work hard.

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RUNA Evokes the Living Tales in Celtic Songs at AMSD By Richard Cone

RUNA breathes fresh life into traditional Celtic music by digging deep into the songs and tunes to discover the universal human thread that binds past to present. With influences ranging from bluegrass to jazz, the Philadelphia-based band delivers highenergy, stirring live performances that connect these age-old stories with emotions that continue to move and cheer contemporary audiences. RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublinborn guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion; Dave Curley on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing; and Tomoko Omura of Japan on the fiddle. The band often performs with world-renowned guest musicians, including Isaac Alderson on the uilleann pipes, flutes, and whistles. Members of RUNA have played with Solas, Riverdance, Slide, Clannad, Fiddlers’ Bid, Moya Brennan, Eileen Ivers, Hazel O’Conner, Full Frontal Folk, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Barcó, Téada, and the Guy Mendilow Band. RUNA will be appearing in concert at AMSDConcerts, 4650 Mansfield, on Sunday, July 14th at 7:30. Tickets are $20 for rows 8+ and $47 for Rows 1-7 for the dinner show with your meal at DeMille’s on Adams Avenue. Mastery and spark on fiddle, percussion, mandolin, and driving guitar meet reflective yet passionate vocals and an affectionate spirit, and invest the

tales behind the music with poignant vibrancy. Two of the core and founding members of the group, Shannon LambertRyan (the singer, dancer, and actor from Philadelphia, raised on Celtic and British folk sounds) and guitarist Fionán de Barra (a native of Dublin),first crossed paths at a folk festival and then, again, while collaborating on a musical project. The two fell in love, finding they still longed to be in each other’s company, despite long days in the studio. They later joined forces with percussionist, Cheryl Prashker, to form RUNA in August 2008. With a long history of collaborating with Irish and Irish-American heavyweights, from Clannad to Eileen Ivers, RUNA’s members hail from Dublin to Louisville, but share a lively, open vision of innovation and heartfelt engagement with ballads and reels, Gaelic poetry, and bold step dancing. RUNA brings this vision that resonates on the group’s third album, “Somewhere Along the Road” – hailed by Irish Philadelphia as “an inspired group that has found its voice, and its place, in the world of Irish music.” The band won several awards at the 2010 Montgomery Buck Music Awards, including Best Entertaining Band, Best Folk Artist, Best Female Vocalist, and Best Album – “Jealousy”. They were recently recognized on an international level in the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Song in the World

Pictured are the members of RUNA. Photo courtesy of

Traditional Category and in the Irish Music Awards with a nomination for Best Female Vocalist for 2012. Both Lambert-Ryan and deBarra have diverse, tradition-bending pasts. de Barra went from busking on Dublin street corners and playing gritty clubs, to touring with Riverdance and acting for a decade as musical director for famed Irish traditional singer Moya Brennan. Raised by a family committed to reviving and maintaining Irish language and culture, de Barra grew up surrounded by tradition, but was never a purist; his very instrument, the guitar, got him disqualified at traditional music competitions. LambertRyan, with a background in classical vocal technique and stage and film acting, had nurtured a life-long love of Celtic roots music, thanks, in part, to Philadelphia’s lively folk scene, where she first became enamored with step dancing as a young girl. As she explored her own creative path, she soon discovered that combining these loves would ultimately

6th Annual San Diego Music Thing Coming Sept 13 and 14 By Richard Cone

The 6th Annual San Diego Music Thing (SDMT) two-day music and media conference and festival comes to 20 stages on September 13 and 14, featuring 2 days of music from 160 bands and 90 speakers. Headlining this year’s event are Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth and Mike Herrera from MxPx and Tumbledown. Gordon is best known as a founding member of iconic noise-rock band Sonic Youth and has been involved in numerous collaborations with other artists and musicians including Julie Cafritz, Thurston Moore, Lydia Lunch, Vincent Gallo and Yoko Ono. Gordon’s current collaborative project Body/Head with guitarist Bill Nace will also perform during SDMT. Mike Herrera is best known for fronting the band MxPx. Fans that have followed Herrera’s twists and turns may also be aware of the singer’s work with Tumbledown and with a band called Arthur. In addition to great venues like the Casbah, Bar Pink, and Soda Bar, SDMT has added some marquee venues including The Birch North

Park Theatre, The Griffin and The Irenic. Getting into marquee venues will require you to purchase a super badge, a single ticket or an add-on ticket if you purchase a 2-day badge. New daytime features include artist sessions, mentoring, an instrument petting zoo, pop-up shops and much more. In addition to offering thought provoking industry panels, mentoring, and demo review sessions you can expect to see over 160 upand-coming bands on 20 eclectic stages. Also, debuting this year is a revamped trade show featuring some of San Diego’s best local artists and artisans, gear manufacturers and much more. This is your chance to be part of this exciting two-day music and media conference - and have the opportunity to rub elbows with some of today’s top industry innovators. For one-day and two day passes, and to submit your band’s music for consideration, see

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mold the approach for her engaging delivery of the songs. RUNA never strays from the heart of the matter, and feels particularly strongly about the Irish language (de Barra is a native speaker). Lambert-Ryan works hard to master the meaning, intonation, and challenging but musical phonetics of Gaelic. The precision is all in service of the song, its sound, and its tale. “What makes a 400-year-old song still so important?” asks Lambert-Ryan, who answers her own query, “First and foremost it was written about human beings, and we are all similar. Our approach in RUNA is to find songs that are still powerful, still easy to relate to today.” Their audiences feel that power, whether the show is in a cozy neighborhood club in Philadelphia or on a major festival stage, and savor their fresh, contemporary spin on cherished traditions. For tickets to RUNA, see www.AMSDConcerts. com and for sound samples of the band, see

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Dining Scene


El Agave Tequileria & Restaurant—Great Food & Great Drinks by David Rottenberg The name says it all. The focus of a restaurant’s cuisine is usually stated in its name. A “steakhouse” serves steak; “seafood” means fish. But can you make a meal out of tequila? El Agave Taquileria & Restaurant is a restaurant, first and foremost, but lists “tequileria” first in its name because it has over 2,000 bottles of the liquor framing its walls. Some of the finest brands in the world are available. And, to make selection of a great tequila simple, the restaurant even private labels products that it has carefully chosen. A “snob” culture has developed around certain alcoholic beverages, like single malt scotch and premium bourbon that rivals the insanity regarding some wines. Tequila has long been the poor cousin of premium beverages. After all, who wants to drink something that has a worm at the bottom of the bottle? But attitudes are changing and more attention is now being paid to

tequila by patrons who are looking for something new to drink and to talk about. And, tequila is being made finer by being aged in barrels that were previously used by wine makers. The barrels add unique overtones to the liquid. In addition, tequila is being aged for longer periods. Some premium brands are now being aged for five years and even longer. Tequilas are labeled blanco, reposado, or anejo to indicate how long they are aged. Blanco has not been aged at all. It comes to the bottle right after distillation. Reposado means rested. This tequila can be aged from three months to a year and will develop in complexity as it ages. Anejo has been aged at least one year. For a long time, anejo was as good as it gets. El Agave is a wonderful venue in which to explore the different types and brands of tequila. It is a pretty and comfortable restaurant where

Moles served over pork with white rice is delicious.

El Agave Taquileria & Restaurant is a restaurant with over 2,000 bottles of tequila framing its walls.

one can relax, allow the liquor to roll over the palate, breathe in the aromas, and gaze at the color. The choice is huge. One can even put together “flights,” samplings of different choices. The education can be interesting and the “snob appeal” will be priceless. El Agave is in Old Town but out of the mainstream of the throngs of tourists who make the area the most popular attraction in the United States. In fact, it is on the second floor of the building, above a liquor store and next to a chiropractic clinic. Guests ascend a flight of stairs to enter the main dining room, a large room surrounded by shelves that glitter with the reflections of varying shaped bottles. The room is dark and comfortable. An enclosed patio leads off the dining room, filled with regular and high rise tables that look out onto Old Town’s main street. The cuisine is not the conventional combination of tacos and tortillas. Dishes are made according to sophisticated recipes that combine traditional flavors of many Mexican regions. Presentation is excellent and service is attentive. El Agave offers an opportunity to try different moles (pronounced moh-lay), including mole rojo, made

from chile pasilla, ancho, guajillo, pepper and clover, and mole verde, made from tomatillo, chile de agua, chile serrano, epazote, hierba santa, chochoyotes (corn masa) , both moles served over chicken or pork with white rice. These are sauces that add taste and sometimes “fire” to a dish. To enjoy a lot of Mexican flavor, start with sopa tortilla, a chili soup that is layered with tortilla chips, chicken, avocado, cheese and sour cream. Follow that up with enchiladas de mariscos, a seafood enchilada with shrimp, lobster and squid, topped with tomatillo and chile poblano sauce. The tastes bring heat, sweetness and lobster flavor to the palate. Or enjoy both tequila and meat, combined in filete al tequila. This is a filet mignon prepared with the liquor in a red wine reduction sauce, topped with mushrooms and onions. This is truly Mexican dining at a high level of flavor and sophistication. Prices are moderate, perhaps a bit higher than usual Mexican dining prices but the dishes are unique and very good. Besides, think of the tequila choices to go with the meal. El Agave Tequileria & Restaurant is located at 2304 San Diego Avenue, near to Highway 5’s exit to Old Town. Call 619.220.0692 for information and reservations.

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Thru July 31

n San Diego artist, James Hubbell’s first-ever solo exhibition, “In Search of Shadows” is in collaboration with OMA, entitled “The Shape of Things” and will be on display. For information on the new show, visit n Ongoing Exhibition – Skulls  San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) Skulls contains close to 200 skulls from the NAT’s research collection of animals from all over the world, from the tiny to the spectacular. Mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians are all on display, showcasing an eye-popping array of horns, beaks, bills, teeth, and more. For information, visit

Thru July 26\

n Mission Hills Community Preschool invites you to Storytime which is geared toward parents and toddlers, at 10 a.m. on Fridays, at 1211 West Lewis Street. For information, call (619) 291-2112 or visit

July 1 thru 31

n Mama’s Kitchen asks public to participate in the third annual food drive for pantry program, “Independence from Hunger,” an initiative to encourage individuals, businesses, schools and community groups to host food drives during July 2013 to ensure the pantry shelves are full with nutritious non-perishable food items. The goal is to collect 100 barrels of non-perishable food items during the month. To schedule a barrel delivery, contact Bill Patten at or call 619-233-6262.

Thru July 3

n San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) will be showing a 3D Film – Bugs! 3D: A Rainforest Adventure Bugs! Explore the dramatic and savage lives of an Old World praying mantis and a beautiful butterfly, known by their Latin names, Hierodula and Papilio. For information, visit

Thru July 7

n Art Exhibition – Piranesi, Rome and The Art of Design, will transport audiences from the gallery to the cobblestone streets of Rome at the San Diego Museum of Art. For tickets and information, visit

Thru September 27

n The San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park is proud to announce the opening of its new exhibit Car Toys. This exhibit features a huge variety of auto-themed toys throughout the ages. Pedal cars, lowrider bikes, street-legal bumper cars, Soap Box Derby racers, and more are featured in this trip through time. The Museum is located at 2080 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park. For information, call (619) 231-2886 or visit

July 1

n Mission Hills Branch Library will host Gaston’s Puppet Show which is free at10:30 a.m. at 925 West Washington Street. For information, call (619) 692-4911.

July 2

n ITEX in San Diego presents Gene Locklear, professional baseball player (with the Padres, Reds and Yankees) and internationally known artist at the monthly “Baseball and Networking” meeting that supports the “The Greatest Save” charity fundraising event will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Randy Jones All American Sports Grill, 7510 Hazard Center Drive Suite 215 in San Diego. Hosted by Art Kaliel 760-613-6412 Free Parking. Free Admission. (cash lunch optional) RSVP at

July 2 and July 16

n North Park Library would like you to come and join a great group of individuals who have a fondness for needle type crafts. All levels are welcomed; advanced levels are available if you have questions. Time is 5 to 7 p.m. at 3795 31st Street. Age group is Adults and it is Free. For information, call (619) 533-3972 or

July 2 & Every Tuesday in July

n North Park Library invites you to Lego Playtime from 5 to 6 p.m. at 3795 31st Street. Age group is family and it is free. For information, call (619) 533-3972 or

July 5, 12, 19 & 26

n For those Trolley Barn Concert fans who can hardly wait for the official start of summer, well, it begins when the Summer in the Park banners go up in early June on the Park Boulevard and Adams Avenue ornamental streetlights.  The first Friday concert on July 5 will feature Rodello’s Machine an Acoustic Folk/Rock Band, followed by Stoney B Blues Band on July 12 – Stoney B was so popular at last year’s concert that we had to ask him back.  Theo & the Zydeco Patrol, new to our concerts, will appear on July 19, Bill Magee Blues Band also another new joiner is scheduled on July 26, and finally on August 2 that perennially favorite Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra. For information, call (619) 297-3166.

July 6

n First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego from 4 – 6 p.m. will have a Talk and Concert, with Prof G Venkataraman, renowned physicist, writer, educator and spiritual seeker, and International Sathya Sai Baba Organization. Distinguished and diverse groups will present Native American, East Indian, Traditional Christian, and Jazz –Blues-Gospel spiritual music, at 4190 front Street in Hillcrest.  For information, call (619) 298-9978 or visit www.

July 7 & every Sunday in July

n San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. will have a free performance – Wacky Science Sundays with Ms. Frizzle™ and The Magic School Bus© Wahoo! Join us for live performances, get ready to explore the wild and wacky worlds of mysterious creatures, fascinating habitats, and phenomenal hands-on science! Free with Museum admission. July’s theme is Raptors. For information, visit

July 7

n The Aventine and ArtWalk San Diego are taking the pop-up experience to a new level with July installment of Art a la Carte, from 5–8 p.m. which will transform into a one-time special event exclusively showcasing the works of art critic, collector and celebrated art dealer Alexander Salazar. n Situated in the “Golden triangle” between the I-5 and I-805 on La Jolla Village Drive, this alfresco evening invites foodies and art aficionados to enjoy visual and culinary feats in the Aventine’s “restaurant row” as well as it four acclaimed restaurants.

July 9

n North Park Library is excited to announce its first monthly eBook Clinic (the second Tuesday of each month)! Bring in your eBook device and our trained staff will help you learn the basics on downloading books from the library’s catalogue. Time is 6 to 7 p.m. at 3795 31st Street. Age group is Adults and it is Free. For information, call (619) 533-3972 or n A Special Mental Health Board Meeting at the County Administration Center, Rooms – Bayside I and II, 1600 Pacific Hwy, takes place at 4 p.m. The community is invited to attend this public meeting. For Mental Health Board documents, Agenda, Minutes and Director’s Reports, please visit the Network of Care site at: http://sandiego.

July 9 – 15

n Set sail to the beautiful waters surrounding Catalina Island aboard the schooner, Californian. Sailing aboard the Californian offers an opportunity to step into the past and experience the romance of tall ship sailing. As an active member of the crew you will take you turn standing watch, hauling lines, manning the helm and perhaps going aloft. Trips are designed for those with an adventurous spirit, a robust nature and a passion for the sea. Kayaks, life vests, paddles, safety equipment and ADA certified kayaking instructor is included. 7 days 6 nights, SD to Catalina and other islands. For tickets and information, call 619-234-9153 ext 101 or at our website catalina-adventure-sailing.

July 10

July 3 & Every Wednesday in July

n North Park Library is excited to announce Edible Creations, make something sweet! We’ll provide the treats, you provide the talent. The results will be good enough to eat. Time is 6 to 7 p.m. at 3795 31st Street.. Age group is Families and it is Free. For information, call (619) 533-3972 or www.

July 5 and Every Friday in July

n North Park Library wants you to join them for a fun evening of music by the musical duo Kendall Patrick and Andy Wang from 6 to 7 p.m. at 3795 31st St, San Diego, CA 92104. Age group is Families and it is Free. For information, call (619) 533-3972 or

n North Park Library is carving out some time for teens to come and have fun in the Library from 5 to 6 p.m. at 3795 31st Street. Age group is teens and it is free. For information, call (619) 533-3972 or visit n North Park Library wants you to check out our new program that introduces babies to books, socializing, and storytime. Time is 10 to11 a.m. at 3795 31st Street. Age group is Family and it is Free. For information, call (619) 533-3972 or

n Robin Henkel Band w/Whitney Shay performs from 8 to 10 p.m., at ArtLab Studios at 3536 Adams Ave., Normal Heights (619) 283-1151 all ages are invited. Donations accepted.

n Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) will host an I.E. Block Community Lecture: From Razor Clams to Robots: The Mathematics Behind Biologically Inspired Design. Free and open to the public. Location is at the Town and Country Room, Town and Country Resort & Convention Center from 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. A reception will follow the lecture in the Grand Plaza Fountain Court at the hotel. Please view details here: dsp_programsees.cfm?SESSIONCODE=16874.

July 11

n Join everyone at the North Park Library for some fun Summer Reading Program entertainment. Alison Marae and the Giggle Parade creates music that encourages families to be closer together through singing, dancing, being silly, learning, playing and activating creative imagination from 10 to 11 a.m. at 3795 31st Street. Age group is Families and it is Free. For information, call (619) 533-3972 or n San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) at 10:30 a.m. will host a Family program – Nature and Me Storytime Calling all budding naturalist. Open to all ages with a parent (recommended for ages 1-5) FREE with Museum admission. For information, visit

July 12

n Mission Hills 20th Annual Concerts in the Park from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mission Hills/Pioneer Park, 1425 Washington Place. Ballad Mongers perform Celtic-rock dance music during the free concert. For information, visit www.missionhillsmsfoundation. org, or call (619) 296-8731.

July 13

n First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. is inviting you to join the Open Heat Sangha for a “morning of mindfulness” in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. With Peggy Rowe Ward we will cultivate “The Mind of Love” and enjoy the practices of sitting, walking and lying meditation (deep relaxation), a Dharma talk and community circle. Please bring your cushion and a blanket for total relaxation. Chairs will be provided. Donations appreciated. Please pre-register. You do not need to be a member of First Church, which is located at 4190 Front Street (Hillcrest). For information, call (619) 298-9978 or visit

side with their fresh flower interpretations. Enjoy refreshments and live music on the patio. Sales benefit the historic Spanish Village Art Center. For information, call (619) 233-9050.

July 20

n Mission Hills Artist Event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Music by Lou Fanucchi, Teagan Taylor Trio and Jessica Lerner. For information, email n Mission Hills Branch Library, located at 925 West Washington Street, will hold a book sale from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Come by and stock up on books while supporting you Library. For information, call (619) 692-4911. n Museum of Photographic Arts will hold at 6 p.m. a film screening of “The Missing Piece” an awardwinning documentary on the theft of the Mona Lisa, followed by a reception and Q&A session with the filmmaker at the Timken Museum of Art. The documentary focuses on Vincent Peruggia, an Italian workman and Louvre employee who walked off with the painting in 1911. Tickets for the screening of “The Missing Piece” and the reception at the Timken Museum of Art will cost $15 per person for Timken and MOPA members and $20 per person for nonmembers. Those who wish to attend should RSVP by July 16th. For information, call (619) 239-5548x100 or email at

July 24

n Robin Henkel Band w/Whitney Shay & Billy Watson performs from 8 to 10 p.m., at ArtLab Studios at 3536 Adams Ave., Normal Heights (619) 283-1151 all ages are invited. Donations accepted.

July 25

n North Park Library wants everyone to have some fun at Summer Reading Program entertainment. Witness amazing feats of puppetry while you laugh out loud at the comic rants of ventriloquist Joe Gandelman. Time is 10 to 11 a.m. at 3795 31st St, San Diego, CA 92104. Age group is Families and it is Free. Phone number is 619-533-3972 or n Franco Z presents Robin Henkel in a nightclub concert, opening set by Z-Bop at the Star of the Sea Event Center from 8 – 11 p.m. at 1360 N. Harbor Drive at Ash Street. For information, call (619) 232-7408.

July 13 & 14

July 26

July 15

July 27

n The 56th Annual “Coinarama” Coin Show will take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, July 14 at the Mission Valley Scottish Rite Event Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South. For information, visit n Robin Henkel Band w/Horns! Dancing! At Humphrey’s Backstage Live, 7 to 11 p.m., at 2303 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, (619) 224-3411. Free, 21 and up. n Mission Hills Branch Library, located at 925 West Washington Street, will present Raggle Taggle’s “Enchanted Broccoli Forest Band” at 10:30 a.m. They will perform fun children’s music. For information, call (619) 692-4911.

July 16

n North Park Library invites you to an engaging talk by Jenz Johnson, a local author and the editor of Going Mobo. This talk is designed to teach beginners the basics of using their mobile devices to read, take notes, study and incorporate technology courteously in their everyday lives. Time is 6 to 7 p.m. at 3795 31st Street. Age group is Adults and it is Free. For information, call (619) 533-3972 or

July 18

n North Park Library would like you to join in this month’s book discussion group on “Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2” by Annie Prouix. Copies of the book are located at the Library circulation desk. Time is 3 to 4 p.m. at 3795 31st Street. Age group is Adult and it is Free. For information, call (619) 533-3972 or northparklibrary.\

July 19

n Mission Hills 20th Annual Concerts in the Park from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mission Hills/Pioneer Park, 1425 Washington Place. The band Y3K performs dance music during the free concert. For information, visit www.missionhillsmsfoundation. org, or call (619) 296-8731.

July 19 – 21

n Art in Bloom will take place at Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Place, Balboa Park. Meet the artist floral designers and see them demonstrate their creativity during a walking tour of 37 working artist studios. Free and open to the public, where original art work in various media will be displayed side by

n Mission Hills 20th Annual Concerts in the Park from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mission Hills/Pioneer Park, 1425 Washington Place. The band Breezn performs dance music during the free concert. For information, visit www.missionhillsmsfoundation. org, or call (619) 296-8731. n Friends of the North Park Branch Library is hosting a monthly book sale from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 3795 31st Street. Phone number is 619-533-3972 or n The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble celebrates over 25 years of performing by presenting “The Big Apple.” Music from Broadway and of the Big Band era will fill this historic ballroom at the Mississippi Room in the Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd. Concert time is 7 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres starting at 6:30 p.m. and no-host bar throughout the night. For information, visit

July 28

n First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, located at 4190 Front Street in Hillcrest, will host a Humanists Film Discussion Group: Decoding Neanderthals at 1 p.m. in room 323. Watch and discuss a Nova documentary that explores the work of geneticist Svante Paabo, showing that we “modern” humans had interbred with Neanderthals with surprising results. For information, call (619) 298-9978, or visit www.

July 29

n The North Park Branch Library, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., is hosting a Beginning Computer skills Workshop on the last Monday of every month. Are you behind the times or do you need to brush up on some basic computer skills? Well then this is the class for you. Space is limited. It’s on a first come first serve 3795 31st Street. Age group is Adults and it is free. For information, call (619) 533-3972 or n Mission Hills Branch Library, located at 925 West Washington Street, at 10:30 a.m. will have Craig Newton sing and perform children’s music with at least 10 different instruments, speaking briefly about each instrument. For information, call (619) 692-4911.

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Mission Hills Branch Library July 2013 Events Summer Reading Program: Gaston’s Puppet Show 7/01 at 10:30 a.m.

Gaston Morineau will present a free puppet show.

Signing Storytime

7/01, 7/08 from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Twice a month, babies, toddlers, and preschoolers can have fun while learning sign language

Pajama Storytime

7/02, 7/09, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30 (Every Tuesday) from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Children are invited to an evening storytime with books and possibly singing and puppets. Feel free to come dressed in your pajamas.

LEGO Playtime

7/03, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31 (Every Wednesday) from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Kids can have fun and get creative while building with LEGOs.

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Seniors, Children, Pets, House Sitting & More Great references and experience. Call Mr. Tom at 619-885-9605

Let Me Tame Your Paper Monster

Do you need help? Bill paying, accounting, tax preparation, organizing your office and home? With 25 years experience and lots of qualified references, I have worked for small business owners and home based owners and independent contractors, etc. Let me do what I do best so you can do what you do best - run your home or business. Call Isabelle at (619) 335-7074. References available.


Video production services from conception to final product. Call 619.296.8731

DANCE & Musical Theatre Get into shape, feel beautiful, graceful, and get in touch with your creativity. Classes for Kids and Adults in North Park. Kids Musical Theatre, Pre-dance for 3-5, Adults—Broadway Stars Jazz, Classical Ballet, Contemporary, and Tap.  call 619.501.4821

Preschool Storytime

7/05, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26 (Every Friday) from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Children are invited to a fun storytime with books and possibly singing and puppets.

Children’s Craft Time

7/06, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27 (Every Saturday) at 10:30 a.m. Kids can develop their artistic skills while enjoying a fun craft time.

Summer Reading Program: Krypton Yvonne 7/08 at 10:30 a.m.

Krypton Yvonne will present a wacky science show for kids of all ages.

Summer Reading Program: Broccoli Band

7/15 at 10:30 a.m.

Raggle Taggle’s “Enchanted Broccoli Forest Band” will perform fun children’s music.

Book Sale

7/20 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Friends of the Mission Hills Branch Library will hold a book sale.

Summer Reading Program: Sparkles the Clown 7/22 at 10:30 a.m.

Voices for Children is determined to help each and every child in San Diego’s foster care system. Meeting this ambitious goal means a CASA volunteer for every foster child who needs one. It means we must have the community’s help.

It means we need you. Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and make a difference in the life of a foster child. Go to or call 858-598-2235 for location.

Join Sparkles the Clown for fun with comedy, magic,and bubbles

Mystery Book Group 7/24 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Mystery Book Group will discuss a mystery novel. New members are always welcome to attend and participate! Please read the book beforehand. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk while supplies last.

Summer Reading Program: Craig Newton

7/29 at 10:30 a.m.

Craig Newton will sing and perform children’s music with at least 10 different instruments, speaking briefly about each instrument Mission Hills Branch Library

925 West Washington Street San Diego, CA 92103 • 619.692.4910

Grace Lutheran Church and Preschool Our website is: Sunday School and Bible Study is at 9:00 a.m. The Divine Service is at 10:00 a.m. and a Wednesday evening Communion service at 6:00 p.m.

Grace Lutheran Preschool 6 months to Pre-K directed by Rexanna Blas

UNIVERSAL SPIRIT CENTER A Center for Spiritual Living

Rev. Kevin Bucy, Senior Minister 858 Front Street (at University and Front Streets) San Diego, CA 92103 Extra parking across the street at Florence School

(619) 291-4728

SUNDAY MORNING GATHERINGS 8:00 a.m.   Meditative with full message 10:00 a.m. Music-filled gathering (with Youth Ministry available)

11:30 a.m. Music-filled gathering

Wednesday Night Gathering at 7:00 p.m. every Wednesday



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Civic Calendar Hillcrest

1st Tuesday

UPTOWN PLANNERS Joyce Beers Hall in Uptown Mall. 6:30 p.m.

1st Thursday

UPTOWN PARTNERSHIP 3101 Fifth Ave. Call (619)298-2541. 4:30 p.m.

Thursdays 7 - 8:30 pm

SAN DIEGO UPTOWN ROTARYCLUB The Uptown Rotary Club has moved to their new home at Jimmy Carter’s Mexican Cafe, 3172 Spruce at the corner of 5th. Breakfast meetings are held every Thursday 7 to 8:30 a.m. Guests are welcome to attend a meeting to learn how to become part of this dynamic organization and see why their motto is “Service Above Self.” For information, visit www. or call 619-894-0140.

Kensignton-Talmadge 2nd Wednesday

KENSINGTON-TALMADGE PLANNING COMMITTEE Kensington Community Church. 6:30 p.m. For information, call (619) 284-0551

Linda Vista

2nd Monday

LVCPC Agenda– LINDAVISTACOMMUNITY PLANNING COMMITTEE AGENDA Linda Vista Library meeting room. Contact Jeff Perwin at 1-619-806-9559 for details 6 pm.

3rd Tuesday

Tech Committee - Technology Committee Bayside Community Center. Contact Xiongh Thao for detail at (858) 278-0771 or email or Info@ or visit our website

3rd Wednesday

LV Historical– LINDAVISTAHISTORICALCOMMITTEE Bayside Community Center. This committee is collecting  historical photos, documents and memories of Linda Vista’s past. For more information, contact Eleanor Frances Sennet at (858) 277-3817. 4 p.m. LVCollab– LINDAVISTACOLLABORATIVE Bayside Community Center at 3pm. Contact Monica  Fernandez at 858-278-0771 or For details visit

3rd Wednesday (Odd Months)

TCCAC– TECOLOTE CANYON CITIZEN’S ADVISORYCOMMITTEE Tecolote Nature Center. Contact Eloise Battle for details. 7 p.m.

3rd Thursday

Linda Vista Town Council Baha’i Faith Center Alcala Knoll Drive Contact Thomas Kaye 858-277-6793 at 6:30 p.m.

4th Monday

LVCPC– LINDAVISTACOMMUNITY PLANNING COMMITTEE Linda Vista Library Meeting Room. Contact Ed Cramer at (619) 222-2047 for details. 7:00 p.m.

4th Wednesday

LVPC – Linda Vista Planning Committee monthly meeting. Linda Vista Library Meeting Room at 6 pm. Contact Jeff Perwin 619-806-9559 for details, minutes and agenda at Linda Vista View Linda Vista Town Council Community Newsletter Contact Thomas Kaye at 858-278-6973

Various Wednesdays

LVNewsletter– LINDAVISTAVIEW Civic Association Community Newsletter. Bayside Community Center. Contact Sarah Granby at (858) 405-7135 or e-mail 2:00 p.m.

Mission Hills July 2013

 ission Hills Garden Club. The Garden Club is on M summer break and will begin meetings again in September. For information, visit

Ocean Beach

OCEAN BEACH PLANNING BOARD Ocean Beach Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave. Call (619) 523-1700. 7 - 9:30 p.m.

4th Wednesday

OCEAN BEACH TOWN COUNCIL Ocean Beach Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue. Call Jere Battan at (619) 515-4400 for information. 7 p.m.

Point Loma July 2013

 oint Loma Garden Club. The Garden Club is on summer P break and will begin meetings again in September. More information is available at

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Spanish charm surrounds this grand home from 1930 & blends with modern updates to accommodate today’s life-style. Entertain & delight in the living room with views to the valley and in cozy family room that opens to backyard pool. Stunning kitchen was featured in Balthaup brochure. 5 bedrooms, each with its own full bath, creates comfort & privacy. Top notch location, cul-de-sac street, with peek views to the ocean.

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Adorable Spanish style charmer in South Mission Hills! A must see at this price. Enter into a dramatic stone courtyard complete with fountain & accent lighting. Walk through the front door and be greeted by gleaming original hardwood floors, a fireplace, and a view across Reynard Canyon. An abundance of light streams through picture windows that span the living room and french doors open onto a wrap-around wooden deck.

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Charming Spanish jewel nestled on a quiet canyon setting in North Mission Hills. Enjoy both verdant and Point Loma views from this lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Gleaming hardwood floors, 15’ ceilings in the living room, glorious sun porch, tranquil courtyard, beautiful fireplaces, multiple trex decks, along with superb storage and workshop rooms.

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Spacious craftsman in the heart of North Mission Hills. The 4 bedrooms and 2.5 are baths accented by gorgeous hardwood floors, built-ins, window seats, box beam ceilings, moldings, and wood trim. Remodeled kitchen with built-in seating area opens to a generous family room that opens to the backyard with its outdoor kitchen. All four bedrooms on one level. Exceptional living room.

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Nothing to Fear Last month the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board sent a historical norms. The market in 2014 will be much less robust unsettling but not unexpected message to the financial markets. than we witnessed this past spring and it will feature a better Mr. Bernanke stated that continuing the Fed’s program of providing balance between supply and demand. Higher rates will moderate cheap and easy long-term cash to the credit markets, known as the ability of buyers to bid up prices, but not so much as to choke Quantitative Easing (QE), is going to be subject to review and off the nascent recovery of the housing market. Mr. Bernanke possible modification at the end of the year. This should not come as needs to keep loans cheap to maintain enough demand to keep a surprise to the Wall Street Journal crowd even though everyone slight upward pressure on prices. He needs to chip away at that twenty percent. bolted for the exits. QE was a Mr. Bernanke must remain temporary emergency measure 2302 Fort Stockton Drive focused on housing, the spring designed largely to bolster home Mission Hills • $1,295,000 rally notwithstanding. There is a equities and therefore save banks sense the wolf is at the door as and must be judged a success, at I think the Great Recession is least in the short run. The Chair not completely finished. Home must have concluded the housing equities must increase another market has improved to the point fifteen to twenty percent before that he could think about reducing housing can be free of the threat the monthly subsidies to your of deflation. In addition, the house payment. global economy is mired in a Ending QE will impact series of rolling miseries—from residential real estate demand. China to Spain—and Main Street Less than two months ago the cannot escape the long reach of yield on ten year treasuries was globalism. I remain concerned 1.6 to 1.7 percent. (The fixedabout the medium-term health rate mortgage market uses this of Europe and we should hope benchmark bond to set rates, the Germans stay in the game. albeit with some lag time.) As Charming 2 story Mission-style home well suited for China’s system of state capitalism of this writing, the sell-off in the modern living. Huge eat-in remodeled kitchen adjoins will hold that economy together bond market was such that this a pleasant family room directly off a quiet court yard. and Japan will fare better now key rate went over 2.6 percent, Peaceful and secluded private gardens and patios wrap because they have experienced meaning home loans will soon be around the home. The home features barrel ceilings, a the fruits of excess austerity and repriced. Affordability constraints truly spectacular dining room, mahogany doors and trim, are in the midst of meaningful will diminish demand for real a fireplace, 3 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths. Oversized 2 car economic change. estate over the summer and fall garage. The driveway is on the Trias Street side for easy The most immediate effect of unless people’s incomes take an use, no backing out onto Fort Stockton Drive. the June Swoon has been to stock unexpected turn upward, but I Call Jim Scott, portfolios and expensive homes would not expect that to happen. Broker (BRE#830226) at 619-920-9511 for sale. Those buying $300,000 There is always the possibility condos usually do not have June’s bond rout was an emotional response to Mr. Bernanke’s acknowledgment that QE’s substantial holdings in the financial markets and have not been days were numbered. Perhaps bond prices will rebound and yields impacted by recent Dow losses. The stock market will probably will reverse their current course, but I doubt it. While there may stabilize over the summer and consumers will adjust to paying an be some small readjustment in the short term, the truth is higher additional interest point for loans. If national price appreciation and mortgage rates are likely here to stay. Two questions remain: how new home sales begin to falter later in the summer, I believe Mr. much higher will the price of money go and how will an increase Bernanke will forget about tapering off bond purchases. He will have no other choice as he will be loathe to lose the national home affect housing prices? Because twenty percent of the nation’s homes still have negative equity gain that has been paid for earlier by QE. That money has equity, housing is not going to be thrown under the bus. The Fed been spent and it makes no sense to allow real estate deflation will have little choice but to keep some downward pressure on to become the new norm. So no matter the noise on Wall Street, loan rates in order to continue to rebuild national home equity. historically low mortgage rates will be around for several years, Mortgages will be more costly, but will remain significantly below making real estate a good bet.

Scott & Quinn has three offices, in Mission Hills at 1111 Fort Stockton Drive, in Normal Heights at 30th and Adams Avenue, and in South Park at 2973 Beech Street. The company also features Scott & Quinn Property Management. Founded in 1982, Scott & Quinn is the oldest full service real estate firm in Mission Hills and is still locally owned and operated. Jim has been a homeowner in Mission Hills since 1976. Jim’s past Market Reports dating from 1997 are on the company web site at Jim Scott, Broker, BRE #830226, 619-920-9511

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