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Volume 14, No. 10

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

November October | 2013

Richard Nares, co-founder of the Emilio Nares Foundation,

is in The Running for

“CNN Hero of the Year.”

He is pictured with Sisi Johnson of Mission Valley. See page 4 for article

Is Historical Site to Become Half-Way House?


San Diego Humane Society Helps Saves 367 Dogs.


Students Volunteer to Protect Others.

WEB EDITION November 2013


Old Town Businesses

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos.


Serving the Heart of San Diego

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Featured Stories

Featured Events

Build It and They Will Ride?


Write Out Loud.


All Soul’s Saint Nicholas Home Tour.


Day of the Dead is a Celebration.


Interim Height Ordinance.


St. Paul’s PACE Program Assists Seniors.


The Grinch is Back!


Jason Mraz & John Rzeznik Perform.


November Notes: By George Mitrovich

Bob Filner & Baseball

When the news hit that former mayor Bob Filner had pleaded guilty to a series of false imprisonment and battery charges involving three women, it was a stunner. Of course the plea led the U-T San Diego, but also the Los Angeles Times, and earned a double byline story in The New York Times. When many of us thought we were mercifully free of Filner, delivered from his executive screw-ups and micro managing and charges of sexual harassment; when he was gone from front pages and five o’clock news, that maybe witness protection had claimed him, wham, he’s back! In his lead story in the LA Times, Tony Perry quoted me as saying the Filner story would have challenged the most creative and clever of fiction writers (William Kennedy, the Pulitzer winner for his novel “Ironweed,” came to mind). No hyperbole there, because you can’t make this stuff up. On Facebook I posted this statement, in part: “When Bob Filner became mayor I told him I would no longer call him ‘Bob,’ but ‘Mr. Mayor.’ It is the respect I pay elected officials, no matter how long we have known one another or how close our friendship (Jerry Sanders was Mr. Mayor to me; he still is.).

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“In late January I told Filner he would no longer be ‘Mr. Mayor’ but ‘Bob.’ “I did so with due cause because of a personal betrayal, but I had no clue as to what would unfold during his time as mayor…” That posting drew several comments, one from Dayle Tedrow, who worked as a special assistant to several presidents of the San Diego Padres, who said she thought Filner must be a “good guy,” because I liked him. And that’s true, I did like him. I responded to Ms. Tedrow’s comment by quoting Soren Kierkegaard, the great Danish philosopher and Christian apologist, who wrote, “There’s comes a midnight hour when every man must unmask.” Whether Filner’s “unmasking” was his final act in the political theater of our town, I can’t say, But let’s hope so. MOVING FROM FILNER’S DECLINE to something less significant but a subject that matters to me, specifically baseball. When the Filner story broke I was busy posting on Facebook and emailing friends around the country, my Baseball Playoff Notes. So let me explain: During the regular major league baseball season I write about

America’s Game five days a week, Monday-Friday. My notes are Red Sox and Padres centric, but there’s more to Notes than those two teams. You will understand no one causes me to do this, to sit in front of my computer at the first light of day and spend anywhere from one to two hours composing Notes; but for whatever intrinsic value it has for others – and know I suffer no illusions about that – it has meaning for me. But when Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Enberg, Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, Red Sox president Larry Lucchino, Padres chairman Ron Fowler, prominent attorney Pat O’Connor, and accomplished writers like Tom Clavin, email complimentary words about Notes, it has meaning – and I’m moved to continue. Sometimes they respond in frustration, as did Governor Hickenlooper, who emailed one morning wondering why there was no mention of the game the night before in Cincinnati between his beloved Rockies and the rival Reds, of how did I missed Colorado’s two stars, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, having a banner game with eight hits in 10 at bats, five home runs and 10 runs driven in? But no, the governor said, nothing. Didn’t their amazing game deserve a line or two in Notes? Good point, governor.

I corrected it the next day. When the 2013 season ended, Sunday, September 29, I had written more than 92,000 words, the equivalent of a 369-page book, but I’m not writing a 369-page book. Since the playoffs began (and by the time you read this the World Series will have ended), I will have written another 13,000 plus words, even after having made at season’s end a unilateral declaration I was done with Notes. Apparently not. So, when this column is in print, my near total count for Baseball Notes during 2013 regular and post season will exceed 105,000 words. Or, using the industry standard of 250 words per page, I will have written the equivalent of a 423-page book. Since we live in this amazing Age of Technology and with millions of people reading books on their I-Pads and Kindles, I intend to publish my first book as an eBook. Being the creative person I am I intend to entitle it, “Mitrovich’s Baseball Notes for 2013.” That should drive a lot of web traffic – or not. I will price it below the eBook market average, whatever that is; but as Digital Book World (DBW) reports: “Since gaining control of the power to discount titles from some of the Continued on page 9


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S a n D i e g a n s C a n H e l p a The Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF), a San Diego non-profit that offers resources to families with children battling cancer, is pleased to announce its co-founder and executive director, Richard Nares, is among CNN’s “Top 10 Heroes of 2013.” The annual campaign recognizes everyday people who are changing the world during the “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” broadcast on December 1 hosted by Anderson Cooper. Richard and his wife, Diane Nares, started ENF two years after losing their only son, Emilio. The organization’s flagship services, Ride With Emilio, provides transportation for families and their children with cancer to access the chemotherapy, radiation or other important medical appointments. “Winning the CNN Hero of the Year award comes with $250,000 which will enable ENF to provide transportation for families whose children are battling cancer, for two years, in San Diego. No child should miss their cancer treatment due to lack of transportation,” said Richard Nares. “Thank you to the San Diego community for your support!”

Questionable Waiver of

Local Hero Get National Attention Voters can log on to to view the honorees’ profiles and cast ballots for Richard once a day, every day through November 17. Votes can also be shared on Facebook and Twitter. Each of the Top 10 CNN Heroes will receive a $50,000 grant, and one of the honorees, as voted by fans online, will be named the CNN Hero of the Year, receiving an additional $250,000 grant to further aid their cause. The public is encouraged to visit EmilioNaresFoundation and CNN Heroes

on Facebook, follow @ENFHope and @CNNHeroes on Twitter and use the hashtags #Vote4RichardNares, #ENF and #CNNHeroes. Richard and Diane Nares lost their only child, Emilio, to cancer. Turning tragedy to hope, the Nares family created the ENF, which provides information, programs and services for disadvantaged families whose child is battling cancer. ENF serves more than 5,000 patients and families annually in San Diego and Orange County. For information, visit

CUP for Potential Half-Way House

The Bankers Hill/Park West community recently learned that the City of San Diego is in the process of approving what amounts to a halfway house for prisoners on probation at 2121-2131 First Avenue in Hillcrest. According to Leo Wilson, administrator of the Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation, this is being done without any public notice. A waiver of the need for a conditional use permit (CUP) is being made under the claim the individuals in question are disabled due to drug and alcohol issues. Wilson said he has been informed the facility will actually be used as a halfway house for the general population of prisoners going on probation. Wilson commented, “Unless being incarcerated results in one being

classified as disabled, granting the waiver in question is improper.” He offered documentation from the City of San Diego, which did not request sufficient information to verify the actual use of the facility, and the general nature of the disability of the individuals to be housed at the proposed facility. Without a CUP, the Bankers Hill community has no ability to monitor or place conditions on the project that will ensure the facility is not detrimental to the community. Representatives of the Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation, say issues such as whether sex offenders or individuals convicted of violent crimes are living at the facility need to be answered, prior to any CUP or waiver being granted.

Wilson commented that the facility was told it must leave its current downtown location because it does not comply with downtown land-use regulations. A reasonable question is, why is the facility, previously located in downtown San Diego, being allowed to be moved to a mixed-residential neighborhood in Hillcrest without a CUP?

Board members of the Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation include Bud Alessio, Christopher Celentino, Thomas L. Fox, Bob Grinchuk, PhD., Beth Jaworski, Richard S. Ledford, Bruce E. Leidenberger, Jennifer Pesqueira, B. Michael Seidel, Christine Spalding, Jake Sutton, Sara Steinhoffer and Glen Younger.

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A New Bike Corridor Motto By Patty Ducey-Brooks Over the last several months, I have attended numerous meetings and spoke to local residents and business owners about the proposed bike corridor project that is meant to encourage more people to bicycle. This past week, I attended another meeting hosted by the Mission Hills Business Improvement District (MHBID). It was an early morning meeting held at Cinema Under The Stars, 4040 Goldfinch Street in Mission Hills. Beth Robrahn, project manager from SANDAG, gave an overview of the proposed bicycle lanes and route options, presented timelines and stages of the projects under consideration that includes Mission Hills, Hillcrest and Old Town. After the presentation, the meeting was open for comments and questions from business owners. Several from International Restaurants Row on India Street expressed serious concern with the reduction of parking and the impact on their businesses. And, they addressed the proposed change to additional angled parking spaces, which often creates an added danger for drivers and bicyclists. Several of the businesses proposed spending money to accomplish the bike corridor that would include parking and the bike lane. During the meeting, Robrahn said it wasn’t included in the budget for both parking and a bike lane on Washington Street. However, during a phone interview with Robrahn, she said “anything

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Build It and They Will Ride?

is possible with partnerships from various entities, including the City.” Also a fundamental concern for businesses and residents that was expressed during the meeting is the need to educate bicyclists to be responsible and follow the safe rules of the road. Several individuals commented on how bicyclists appear to lack any comprehension of bicycle rules that are common with driving a vehicle, including stopping at lights and cross walks. I also shared this with Robrahn during our phone conversation. I stated that lots of PR won’t go far if the people on the bikes are perceived as disrespectful and careless. She agreed and said it would make sense to include Mission Hills BID Director Gerrie Trussell (left) and Beth Robrahn, SANDAG project manager, education into this process. speak about the bike corridor project. At a recent meeting of the Uptown Planners, the bike corridor project was also the subject of discussion and a vote. logging one-to-two hundred miles a week. I It was moved that the Uptown Planners support knew the rules of the road and did my part to be the Uptown Bike Corridor Project in concept but responsible. Respect is a big part of this effort. the project should be a part of the Community And, just because we build a bike corridor, that Plan Update; and therefore, the project should doesn’t mean people will ride bikes. It’s about be reviewed by a committee-of-the-whole lifestyle. You choose to be a bicyclist. We will continue to cover this important topic to look at mobility, parking, bike lanes, and other transportation elements to ensure they because it does have significant consequences are all harmonious and consistent within the on our surrounding businesses and residential communities. Again, thanks to all of you who have Community Plan Update. The motion passed. During my phone conversation with Robrahn, gotten involved and are sharing your thoughts and I reminded her that I used to be an avid bicyclist, opinions (






© A Publication of Presidio Communications | November 2013 6 Local News Our New House of Books By Ilene Hubbs

I love libraries, all kinds of libraries. I love the Library of Congress and I love the little Mission Hills branch on Washington Street. It was with this love that I eagerly anticipated the opening of our brand new central library, and it is all I hoped for and more. The day of my first visit I drove around the library block and easily found the entrance to the underground parking. I liked the fact that for now I did not have to find a meter or a parking lot, although there are plenty nearby. Public transportation is convenient as well. You can park in the underground and best of all, until a vendor is chosen, it’s absolutely free. There are 250 spaces and it is my hope that the vendor chosen will keep parking affordable as an incentive for all people to come to East Village and use this amazing addition to our city. Entering the library I was immediately impressed by the space itself. The lobby welcomed me with it open airiness and ease. There are plenty of check out areas in the lobby as well as many small kiosks with self service. I picked up my map and began my visit. The building is eight

stories, but there is no public access to the sixth and seventh floor as they are the home to a new high school located right on library premises. The thought of a high school on the premises of this treasure made me think how wonderful it would have been if my kids had this resource at their fingertips. Everywhere I looked I saw computers for library use. Some are open to the public for a limited amount of time and the rest are designated for library card holders. Over 300 hundred computers are available. There is also a children’s section with plenty of child friendly computers in a colorful and enticing Dr. Seuss themed setting. I sat down on one of the fun stools in the children’s area and thought “what a welcoming and interesting room this is, children will just love to be here”. There is even a computer room for disabled users which contains adaptive technology so no one is shut out. Each floor has areas to sit and read or just gaze out through the huge windows and soak up the beautiful views of our fine city. The comfortable seating is vibrant and fun beckoning people to pick up a book, a newspaper or a magazine and feel the sensation of paper in your hands, an experience that is quickly

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diminishing. You can take the escalator for the first few floors which gives you the opportunity to get an overview of the size and scope. Then you must take an elevator for the higher floors. When I got to the top I found indoor seating under the big dome and a large outdoor area where you can sit and read while taking in our always envied spring like weather. There is a café, meeting rooms, an auditorium, art exhibits and more. The library uses the latest most innovative technology giving the user both visual and practical experiences. As much as I love libraries, what impressed me most was the vision being expressed. There is outreach to the community by committing to being a place of learning for all. Services will be available to the homeless and the needy right on premises. Art, music, book discussions and community forums will be offered. There is a huge DVD and CD collection to check out with your card. I left after three hours thinking, this is more than just a home for books. This is a home for anyone who loves to read, feel, touch, interact, learn and grow. For more information I urge you to visit the web site at and learn more before you visit.


Ilene Hubbs Associate Editor

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: By Alice Lowe

Write Out Loud

“All of us were read to as children— why did it stop?” asks Veronica Murphy, artistic director and co-founder of Write Out Loud. Murphy and co-founder/ Executive Director Walter Ritter have guided San Diego’s unique reading theatre in presenting a diverse mix of programs for adults and children since its formation in 2007. Highlights of Write Out Loud’s successful programs include the annual Twain Festival, started in 2010 in honor of Mark Twain’s Centennial. More than 6,000 people participated in the fourth annual TwainFest held this past August in Old Town. The month-long series of events included games and a spelling bee and featured not just Mark Twain but other 19th-century writers like Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. A two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Arts enabled Write Out Loud, in partnership with San Diego Public Library, to participate in The Big Read. “Shades of Poe” was the 2012 focus, and this year it featured Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s 1953 futuristic chiller. In 24 events held over the month of April, participants were asked to consider, “Which book would you save from the flames?” Murphy and Ritter bring extensive histories in San Diego theatre to this all-volunteer nonprofit organization and have assembled a corps of readers who are among San Diego’s most

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2012 Voices of Ireland photo provided by John Bryant. accomplished stage performers. More than just readings, these expertly staged and delivered programs might be seen as “short story concerts.” Write Out Loud’s seventh season is presently underway and includes some exciting programs. Until midNovember they’re leading community reads of the new “One Book, One San Diego” selection, Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, at the Solana Beach & University Community branch libraries. On November 4, “Orpheus Speaks” is a program of stories dealing with the arts and artists, from rarely heard classics to new and contemporary treasures. December is the time for “The Giving Season,” stories for Christmas, Hanukkah, and the end of the year. The season continues through next June and includes a Valentine’s Day program, “Voices of Ireland” for St. Patrick’s Day, and

more. You can learn more at www. Performances are held at the Old Town/Cygnet Theatre and at three new venues around the county: the Athenaeum in La Jolla, North Coast Rep in Solana Beach, and Scripps Ranch Theatre. Ritter and Murphy are looking ahead, too, with planning for the 2014-15 season and for some creative educational programs. Murphy was excited when she told me about plans to use Kamishibai in the schools. Kamishibai, which means story box or paper stories, is a form of storytelling that originated in Japan, using large illustrated cards to aid storytelling. The success of Write Out Loud makes clear that audiences in San Diego County are enthusiastic about the experience of being read to. Really, I can’t resist—can you?

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San Diego Humane Society Assists in Multi-State Dog Fighting Case

367 Dogs Rescued

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The The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), at the request of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, assisted in seizing 367 dogs in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia, in what is believed to be the second-largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history. The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA dispatched a team to assist in the care of the 367 rescued dogs while the cruelty case continues. Alongside the ASPCA, the San Diego Humane Society will help in providing daily care for the dogs that were seized. “Dog fighting is a horrific form of animal abuse, and is a felony in all 50 states. We’re proud to provide assistance in the care of these animals who have suffered greatly,” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA. After a three-year investigation initiated by the Auburn Police, 13 search warrants were executed throughout Alabama, Mississippi,

367 dogs were rescued, including this puppy. Georgia and Texas. Ten suspects were arrested and indicted on felony dog fighting charges. Federal and local officials also seized firearms and drugs, as well as more than $500,000 in cash from dog fighting gambling activities that took place over the course of the investigation. Remains of dead animals were also discovered on some properties where dogs were housed and allegedly fought.

16 Dogs Saved Khalea is an incredibly sweet and inventive, two-year old, American pit bull terrier mix. Her playfulness and curiosity keeps her interested and excited in the world around her. With her lovable and enthusiastic nature, she promises to make every day lots of fun and bring you smiles to last a lifetime. Khalea would do best in a home with children over the age of 12 and no cats. Her adoption fee includes her spay, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, a certificate for a free veterinary exam, a gift from Hill’s Science Diet, a license if residing in Oceanside or Vista, and limited veterinary medical coverage from VCA Hospitals up to $250. She is currently available for adoption at San Luis Rey/North Campus of the San Diego Humane Society, located at 2905 San Luis Rey Road in Oceanside. For information, call (760) 757-4357 or visit Kitty Mow is a healthy, 4-year old domestic longhair in search of a new home to call her own. She has been residing in the office of our Central Campus Director, Morgan, for some time now and all the staff nearby have completely fallen in love with her. This beautiful girl is a fun-loving kitten at heart and will sometimes see fit to run around the office and up and down her cat tree all of a sudden, just for fun. What’s more, she has a “tummy clock” which is apparently fine-tuned to let her know when it is mealtime. She then sees it only fitting to pass the announcement on to you, with adorable little meows. She prefers not to share attention, so she would love to go to a home where she can be the sole feline. Kitty Mow is located at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, located at 5500 Gaines Street. For more information, call (619) 299-7012 or visit www. She is currently available for adoption at San Luis Rey/North Campus of the San Diego Humane Society, located at 2905 San Luis Rey Road in Oceanside. For information, call 760.757.4357 or visit

From City Heights’ Fire

This past October, County Animal Services rescued a total of 16 dogs, including 13 puppies, early Tuesday morning from a City Heights area home burned in a small fire. The dogs did not appear to be injured in the blaze, but some are being treated for medical issues, according to Animal Services. Living in the home were 13 puppies, including four Dobermans, two Rottweilers, four Yorkshire terriers and three poodle mix dogs. Three adult dogs were also found inside, including an Old English bulldog and two English bulldogs. The Old English bulldog had a sore on its left ear. Meanwhile, one English bulldog had a skin condition and the other had a cloudy eye. Along with the pups, authorities found an illegal marijuana growing operation in the house. The owner was arrested. No animal cruelty charges have been filed.

Yorkie pups were saved from a burning house in City Heights. Animal Services could house the animals for up to two weeks. The owner would be able to claim them after he is released from jail.

For more information on Khalea, call 760.757.4357 For more information on Kitty Mow, call 619.299.7012


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No Excuse Zone

By Blake Beckcom We’ve all heard of “time zones”, “slow speed zones,” “construction zones,” “no fly zones,” “school zones” and the like, but I would like to introduce you to the NO EXCUSE ZONE. As you embark on a new month and a new holiday season, you have an important choice to make. Are you going to jump on the train to a healthy and fit lifestyle or opt for a layover until the New Year’s resolution season rolls around? NOW is do or die for establishing a fitness routine before the busy holiday season arrives. Don’t miss out on this small window of opportunity to get back into the healthy habits that you may have abandoned during the past months. It’s time to bust through your excuses and establish a routine that will get you the results you want. Welcome, to the NO EXCUSE ZONE. No Time? Make Some. One of the top excuses personal trainers nationwide hear time and time again about starting a fitness program is lack of time. Here is a simple math equation for those excusing themselves due to lack of time. This will help you put your daily schedules into a more realistic perspective One hour of training time, three days per week is three hours. There are 168 hours in a full week. 24 hours in a day minus eight-to-nine hours of sleeping, leaves 15 to 16 hours of awake time per day.? If you can’t take as little as 30 minutes per day out of a total of 15 to 16 waking hours doing something good for yourself, such as working out, then you aren’t being realistic about the actual total number of hours in

a day. Breaking it down even further, 30 minutes is only 1/30 of your total awake time each day. So, even if you have 29 items on your daily to-do list, you still have time to make working out the 30th item on your list. To make sure that you carve out time and follow through on working out, it is helpful to actually schedule your workout times in your Smartphone’s or calendar books. Simply write your name in designated time slots each week. Or, if you feel guilty about taking time out of your day for yourself, you can always put a code name in your calendar such as “Operation No Holiday Weight Gain.”

No Energy? Get Some While rest is important for recovering and repairing your mind and body, consistent inactivity can drain your motivation and energy levels. Having no energy can be a vicious cycle because if you wait to start working out until you have enough energy, then it will never happen. What you actually need to energize yourself is to get off the couch, step away from the electronics and get active. You will love the results you experience and enjoy the endorphins that are awakened when you physically push your mind and body. A body at rest, stays at rest, while a body in motion, stays in motion. You just have to start somewhere, and get the ball rolling because exercising regularly actually will increase your energy levels. The first result you will see after you start working out is increased overall energy.

No Money? No Problem Getting fit doesn’t have to mean joining a gym with expensive introductory and monthly fees. It also does not mean buying a bunch of trendy fitness clothes and shoes to look the part. Or, buying a piece of equipment you swear today you’ll use at home, to only watch it become a clothes

hanger of sorts down the line. An effective fitness routine can simply mean grabbing a group of friends or family members and doing calisthenics in a park (body weight squats, pushups, dips and lounges) or going for a walk/jog around your neighborhood. Get up and walk the dog briskly, like you are late for a meeting, or imagine you have both; a meeting and a dog, if you don’t. You can be active for free if you just get out and get moving. Got a bike?

Don’t Know Where to Start? Then start somewhere. To get started with a fitness routine that gets results, you need to first find a workout environment that fits your personality. Take the first step; make a call, go online, ask a friend for a referral. If you are a social butterfly who is motivated by others, then a group workout environment may be your best option. On the other hand, if you are a shy person who prefers to work out alone, then you may enjoy a one-on-one personal training environment. Take into account your overall lifestyle, your stress levels and your personal goals when finding a routine that will help you get the results you want. Either way, just find an environment that fits your style and aim for at least 30 minutes, three times per week, of strength training and cardio exercise and START. If you’re looking for a quick, but effective workout routine that can jumpstart your fitness regimen either in the gym or at home, start with a simple set of 10 pushups, 10 body weight squats, 10 sit ups and 10 jumping jacks. Take a short break after finishing the set and then do it again, working your way up to completing the set of exercises three to five times. You’re working your whole body and you’re getting your heart rate up. Squats and pushups are two top movements for working your total body. They require big muscle firing, and hence, use caloric burn and cardio maximally.

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You have entered the NO EXCUSE ZONE. The time is now, to stop making excuses, and start making time for you and your health. If you put into place all of the above excuse buster strategies, then you will have a clear path to achieving your health and fitness goals. 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.

Good Advice on Advice Giving By Mrs. Freud You can recognize good people by how much they like to give advice on any topic. I love seeing it, because it speaks of a kind heart and a desire to help. As a society, we need as many people as possible to act this way. As a mental health professional, who took over 10,000 calls on a government funded psychology helpline in Austria, I have some advice on advice giving. First of all, starting at the age of two, we become our own persons and are not always open for advice anymore, especially, when it comes to us without asking for it. This is the most important point for advice giving: do not give it when it is not solicited! This cannot be emphasized enough. It seems logical, but practically, it is very difficult to only give advice when asked. We seem to always have strong opinions about situations that we hear about. As a third party, it appears quite clear what the right thing to do would be, since we are not emotionally involved. However, rarely do we consider that we ourselves might not follow that advice. Our desire to act takes over and the most rational of

decisions is often a choice very far down the list. A good way to give advice after listening to somebody´s situation is to say: “You have not asked me for advice, but I have some thoughts on this subject, which I’d be glad to share, if you´d like.” Then, wait for the invitation. Only if the other person is actually taking you up on the offer should you give advice. The chances of being heard and appreciated increase exponentially after that request. That’s because, when they are actively asking for advice, they continue to stay in control of a difficult or tricky situation. There is another way to make sure the other person does not feel obligated to do what you are saying. That is to listen and then decide whether the advice is of value for this individual situation. You could say something like: “My advice is worth as much as you paid for - nothing. And I have no bad feelings if you don´t take it.” What also works well is to speak of a similar situation you once were in and what you decided to do and why. It is very important to use “I” statements only and never say something like “you have to do this and that.” That way the individual can listen without getting defensive. Once someone

gets defensive, they can´t apply even the best advice for their own benefit. They’ve lost the ability to maintain their own independence. Listening is often better than giving advice. Eventually, people end up asking us about things they admire us for. That is the best advice we could ever give. It also seems to be the rarest. There is a lot of “advice giving” happening around us. Fact is, the recipient has to be ready for it. Only then is any kind of advice of any

use, no matter how valuable the information. Even mental health professionals struggle with that. The client has to be ready. Whenever clients say they were sent by someone else, the chances of the therapy being effective go down tremendously. In order for any of us to grow and move on, we need to be willing and ready. Simply knowing that it all starts with willingness can be helpful to change any situation, no matter how difficult.

Author Sabine Starr is a psychologist licensed in Vienna, Austria, currently living and working in Mission Hills. She has written numerous articles for professional psychology journals. For further information, visit and follow her blog at

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Investing Versus Speculation By Rick Brooks

Over the past few weeks, the drama in Washington has provided a useful backdrop for a reminder about the difference between long-term investing and speculation. The failure in Washington, DC to agree on how to fund the government for the fiscal year beginning October 1 caused a partial shut-down of government operations. This quickly merged with a debate over whether to raise the debt ceiling, the statutory limit on government borrowing. Early on, Wall Street investors basically yawned. After years of brinksmanship and a demonstrated inability to compromise without crisis, the overwhelming view of investors was that we’ve seen this play before, and that this time around would be no different. There would be grandstanding, fists pounding, pointed and vitriolic statements, some hand wringing and gnashing of teeth and ultimately a last-minute, downto-the-wire bargain would emerge. That is precisely what has happened. It has been interesting to watch the headlines get darker and more dour and the cable news machine kick into high gear (as though they operate any other way). Suddenly the political pundits are THE guests to have on every business talk show. Breathless predictions of calamity compete with soothing calls for patience and calm. Personally, I’ve had a couple of clients call me to ask about extreme measures like buying gold or selling everything. Every client conversation since September, no matter how it began, eventually got around to “so, what do you think is going to happen in Washington?” For me, the answer was always a confident statement that, ultimately, the adults would regain control of the asylum and get done those things which needed to be done (funding the government and raising the debt ceiling) for one very simple reason: they had to happen. ANY other outcome would have been a catastrophe, and whatever they might say on camera, nearly everyone in Washington

understood that. Which brings me to this reminder: whatever is said on camera is almost always intended as a specific message to a given constituency. Those trying to glean useful information from watching TV news must first try to sort out the facts from the fiction and then try to analyze the impact of those facts. Interviews with politicians are almost never useful, as they spend too much time on talking points and shades of (as Steven Colbert calls it) “truthiness.” What does this have to do with investing? In finance, investing is the act of committing money towards assets or activities that are expected to gain value or income in the future. Speculation is the act of trading an asset that has significant risk of losing most or all of the initial outlay, in expectation of a substantial gain. When you are making an investment, it is the long-term fundamentals that matter. Things like earnings, taxes, technological developments and broad changes in the economy that can alter consumption behaviors. If you are investing to fund long-term goals like retirement, college, or some other dream, you are usually better off tuning out the noise. Fifteen or twenty years from now, the volatility of the past few weeks will have no impact on whether you reach your goals. The patience and fortitude of the disciplined long-term investor has always been rewarded handsomely over time. Speculators need to be correct frequently in order to profit. That’s a tall order for anyone. With a long-term investor’s perspective, the daily flow of news and data fade into background noise, allowing the investor to focus on other things. That doesn’t mean you ignore your investments. You need to review and possibly tweak a strategy periodically, while remaining focused on your ultimate objectives. Short-term dislocations can become opportunities to buy investments at a discount, while life changes often necessitate adjustments to an otherwise functioning portfolio. The key is to remember why, and for how long, you are investing in the first place.

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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largest publishers, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others have been dropping the prices of best-selling titles from $14.99 and $12.99 to points much lower — sometimes to below $5.” And DBW is talking here about bestsellers and famous authors, of which I am neither, so maybe my eBook goes for, what, $1.99? Ninety-nine cents, maybe? That said, here’s an example from one day of my Baseball Notes, Wednesday, October 16: “THE RED SOX & TIGERS have played three extraordinary baseball games, and while Boston is up two games to one, their “lead” in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) is by the narrowest of margins – three-runs having decided three games. “But one-run victories are the most common margin by winning teams in the major leagues – and have been through most of the game’s history, reports “In the last 100-plus years, the web site says that four-run victories comprise 11 percent of all games played, three-run games, 15 percent, and two-runs, consistent at 18 percent. Games won by five runs have varied between eight or nine percent, and sixruns at six percent. “Which means, according to, 42 percent of all big league games played in the past 100-years have been decided by one run – or 60 percent decided by tworuns or less. A statistic that might well move Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Enberg might to say, ‘Oh my!’ “But those statistics are just that, and they do not tell you how those one and two-run victories were achieved. “If you read the Tigers won Saturday, 1-0, and the Sox won Sunday, 6-5, and yesterday, 1-0, that fails to explain how truly magnificent those three games were – and they were magnificent! Baseball at its very best – when the stakes couldn’t be higher. “WEST OF LAKE MICHIGAN and across the Great Plains, beyond the Rockies and the Grand Canyon, in a distant and different land, another baseball game was played and the margin of victory was two runs, as St. Louis won 4-2 over the Dodgers; and if the Cardinals win today to win the

National League Championship Series the most expensive roster of baseball players in history, that of the Dodgers, will retire for the winter. “But I write that without emotion. I have consistently said that fretting about people who play a game where the minimum wage is $490,000, is unworthy of my sentiment. “Regard for their skill, yes. Gratitude for the excitement and joy their play often provides, yes – and there was no greater moment than Sunday night at Fenway in Boston when David Ortiz, The Dominican Decider, hit his grand slam to tie a game the Sox would win one inning later. Yes that kind of excitement and sheer joy, because he is David Ortiz and they are the Boston Red Sox and they are special in my life, but neither he nor his teammates need my sentiment. “I will save my emotions, sentiments and concerns for those who campaign to raise the minimum wage above the federally mandated $7.25 an hour to $10; better yet, $15. “To feel mawkish or maudlin about millionaires who play a game is to otherwise reveal a hole in the center of one’s moral soul.” Whatever the value of such musings five days a week, 143 times during the season, the market will decide (words I never thought I would write); or, in this case, the eBook market. The one staple of Baseball Notes is ending each posting with “Quote of the Day.” Which Talmage Boston, a big time Texas attorney and author of two terrific books on baseball, calls, “Fantastic!” So let me conclude my November column with this Quote of the Day from Monday, October 13: “I once stood outside Fenway Park in Boston, a place where the ghosts never go away, and watched a vigorous man of middle years, helping with infinite care, a frail and elderly man through the milling crowds to the entry gate. Through the tears that came unexpectedly to my eyes, I saw the old man strong and important forty-years before, holding the hand of a confused and excited five-year old, showing him the way. Baseball’s best memories don’t always happen on the field.” Allison Gordon, “Foul Ball!” (1984).

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Kimberley Hansen Elected President

Two-Year Term for Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers

Kimberley B. Hansen, Allied ASID, has been elected president of the San Diego chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) for the 2013-14 term. Hansen, owner of Burgess Hansen Design of San Diego, is an award-winning interior designer who specializes in the design of custom residences and commercial properties. Before establishing her own firm in 1999, she enhanced her expertise by working for an L.A. design firm, in retail display, retail management and government procurement contracting. Her work has been published in San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles and U-T San Diego and she has been honored for her commercial design with a Design Excellence Award from the ASID San Diego chapter. She has

been involved with ASID throughout her career and served as director of professional development and programs in 2007-2009, and director of membership in 2011. The 2012-2013 ASID Board of Directors, which takes office Oct. 1, also includes Anne Kellett, ASID, A Kinder Space, president-elect; Donald Miller, ASID Industry Partner, Ferguson Enterprises, director of financial oversight; Kristy Kropat, Allied ASID, Kropat Interior Design, director of communications; Leslie Leinbach, ASID, Leinbach & Associates, director of membership; Natalia TrepchinaWorden, ASID, NTW Design Studio, director-at-large; and Kate Jaworski, Student Member ASID, student representative to the board.

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Receives Top PRSA Chapter Award

J. Walcher Communications (JWC), a public relations agency in San Diego, has received an Edward L. Bernays Mark of Excellence Award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter in the “Social Media” category for client Bali Hai Restaurant. The annual awards program recognizes the industry’s best public relations tactics, campaigns and professionals in categories including social media, media relations, community relations, crisis communications and special events.

The JWC team received a bronze Mark of Excellence Award, the top prize in the category, for their work on Bali Hai Restaurant’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Judges cited JWC’s implementation of “creative ways to get followers and fans to interact on social media” as a primary reason for their victory. JWC has created social media contests and worked with Bali Hai to respond to customer needs. Since creating the social media accounts, JWC has built Bali Hai’s Facebook “likes” to over 4,000, with over 1,800 followers on Twitter.

Pictured left to right are Jean Walcher, Ashley Shafer, Sandy Young, Laura Walcher and Jenna Brossman. Photo provided by Tim King.

Kimberley B. Hansen is the owner of Burgess Hansen Design of San Diego.

Book Signing at Books & Collectibles “The Tin Horse”

At 4 p.m., Sunday, November 10, author Janice Steinberg will talk about her book, “The Tin Horse.” She will sign her book at Mission Hills Books & Collectibles, located at 4054 Goldfinch Street. “San Francisco Book Review” says the book is “a heart wrenching family drama, an enlightening perspective on historical events, and a story of an immigrant generation’s American experience.” For more information, visit

“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy” —Brother David Steindl-Rast maureen

‘Tis the season of being grateful and giving thanks. Quietly antoinette and privately to yourself (I am grateful that the police officer didn’t give me a ticket even though I paused, at best, at that stop sign), and out loud at dinner parties (Thank you for the roof over our head and the employment that helps keep it there). For some of us, being grateful is more of a seasonal thing than a daily ritual. It’s almost as if we forget to be thankful unless the calender says November. For those who tend to be more Grinch-ish than grateful, there’s some hard evidence that might make you want to turn that frown upside down.

Author Janice Steinberg will be at Mission Hills Books & Collectibles on 10th November, 2013.

A positive outlook and feelings of thankfulness can have a direct and beneficial effect on the brain and body. “If thankfulness were a drug, it would be the world’s best-selling product” said Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, head of the division of biologic psychology at Duke University Medical Center. Feeling thankful triggers the brain to release dopamine, which, in turn, has a positive effect on mood and emotional well-being. Studies have shown that taking the time to focus on gratitude has measurable positive effects on multiple body and brain systems. Gratitude exercises-- keeping a journal of things, big or small, for which you are grateful or meditating on positive emotions—are part of a strategy that can be used to enhance wellness. One of the most popular gratitude practices is known as the Three Blessings exercise. Each night before going to bed you write down three good things (ordinary or extraordinary) that happened to you during the day. Studies reveal those who continue this exercise for one week straight can increase their happiness almost immediately. Grateful? Write it down. Post it on Facebook. Think about it. Talk about it. Yodel it from the rooftops. Not only will you spread those positive vibrations to those around you, your health will benefit, too.

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Raptors with Nancy Conney By Barb Strona As I have said many times, the Mission Hills Garden Club continues to broaden my interests. When the San Diego Floral Association informed Garden Club members that Nancy Conney, founder and operator of Sky Hunters, a nonprofit organization that rescues harmed raptors, would be speaking about her rescues at the Prado in February, I went to hear her. What a treat the day was. Sky Hunters’ primary goal is to rescue sick and injured birds and then release them into the wild. The organization also focuses on educating the public. The February talk featured owls. The first owl she showed us was a tiny screech owl. Conney encouraged him to show his voice. It is not a screech; it is a pleasant purr-like chirp, much like a cat’s when greeting a loved one. Conney fluffed the top of his head into the little tufts commonly believed to be ears. These screech owls find the fluffed feathers sexy and arrange them as if they were members of a heavy metal band. Since these animals are not pets, they are never named. While they are often much loved by their caretakers, they are treated with minimum handling. Conney explained how owls differ from other raptors. First, they use their hearing to track prey. Second, with

non-rotating eyes in the middle of their faces, they need necks flexible enough to turn 270 degrees. (I just read in the New York Times that due to a skull full of special hearing mechanisms, the only place left for the eyes was in the center of their heads!) The other owl visiting that day was a beautiful male barn owl. Barn owls’ hearing is particularly acute. Like all owls, their ears are asymmetrical with one side’s ear higher on the head and the other’s is lower. Their dish-shaped faces also help to direct sound to their ears. With these advantages, a barn owl can pinpoint a mouse rustling hundreds of feet away or hear a burrowing creature underground. Barn owls have exceptionally hideous voices. Barn owlets scream in a hoarse, loud, rasping voice constantly. However, barn owl parents are blessed with ear flaps which shut out the sound of the screeching offspring. Conney showed us the ear slit and the closable flap. Because most birds lay an egg a day, the babies are different ages; someone is always hungry. Being of different ages, they don’t all fledge (learn to fly) at the same time. This can create a problem, particularly if the nest or owl box is on a pole instead of a tree. A tree provides shade in summer and branches for rookies’ practice flights. Usually the ground beneath the

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tree is soft, cushioning an accidental tumble. A box on an isolated pole creates a built-in hazard for fledglings. There are no safety nets such as are found in trees. However, if you find a baby bird on the ground, there is proper protocol to ensure the bird’s survival. First, does the bird have feathers? If it appears unharmed but naked, get a cardboard box in which you poke air holes, a towel or blanket and heavy gloves. A traumatized bird will usually bite with a beak that can rip its Male barn owls weigh about one pound. prey into bits. The towel Photo courtesy of Meredith French is to confine the bird until you have him back in his nest. If the the old humane society once was. nest is too high up or you cannot see Again, wearing gloves and covering it, get a plastic basket used for berries the bird with a towel or blanket, place and fasten it to the tree trunk. Place the it in a secure box and take it to the bird in the tree. You may need to wrap rescue people. They have access to a barrier below it to keep animals from veterinarians specializing in wild birds. climbing up to get the bird. Mom and Conney continued by explaining Dad will find their baby and feed him that barn owls may breed two or with his siblings. Do NOT feed or pet three times a year, depending on the the bird. Its parents know what is good food supply. Like most birds, they for it to eat, and you do not. They also are monogamous. Some species are expect to feed their brood, sometimes as monogamous but they only see their often as every 30 to 35 minutes. “Let mates during courting, housekeeping, the parents do their job,” she says. It breeding, and raising the babies to is a wild creature that should not be adulthood. Then they take separate “tamed.” Conney went on to say that it vacations. Conney thinks this is why is a myth that the parents will reject the the divorce rate is so low among birds. bird because of human odor. Most birds Sky Hunters is open to the public on have little or no sense of smell (with the weekends from noon until 4 p.m. by exception of vultures whose sense of appointment only. Call (619) 445-6565 smell is highly developed). for a reservation.​ If the bird on the ground has feathers, Due to Thanksgiving, November’s it had a bad first flight. Its parents meeting will take place on November 13 know where it is and will feed and care from 6 to 8 p.m. We are having a catered for it until it masters flight. An injured holiday party featuring professional or sick bird must be taken to a rescue florist Frankie Hartwell (who used to organization. Project Wildlife is on work for Botanica), demonstrating Sherman off Morena Boulevard where festive Thanksgiving arrangements.

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Grant K-8 Students Partici pat e i n

Safety—Cone Zone—Guards

By Patty Ducey-Brooks This past month I got to watch Grant K-8 students who are participating in a very important school safety program. They are helping to keep students and parents safe from vehicular accidents. Alicia Burnes, a mother of one of the students at Grant K-8, shared with me the importance of the program and gratitude for the students who participate in the program. She said that a total of 30 students now volunteer for the cone zone guard position. Each school day, six students arrive early and stay late to assist with this program. She said that developing the program took upward of a year to accomplish. She worked with the principal at Grant, as well as with the San Diego Unified School District Transportation Department, City engineer’s office, the officer assigned to the school and other parents and teachers to implement the program, which began the first day of school this year. She informed me that the students (middle school: 6-8) were selected

due to citizenship and academics. This volunteer effort counts toward their community service for the National Junior Honor Society, which is especially important today for students planning on entering college. Burnes said she and the other parent and teacher coordinators sought out students who are team players, have leadership skills and a desire to serve the community. She said they did recruit some of the sixth-grade students who were previously on the safety patrol. As I observed Burnes supervising the zone guards, it was obvious that adults also perform a very important role in the program. She shared with me that she also sought out other parents who have like interests for the safety of students. The cone zone guards place the cones on the street to create safety barriers for people dropping off and picking up students. They also assist with getting students safely in and out of their vehicles.

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Prestigious Community Events The Francis Parker School W.A.R. Lords have been garnering quite a bit of attention lately, and deservedly so. Over the last few months, and as recently as earlier this week, Parker’s robotics team has been given invitations to take part in conferences that promote women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the local community. On October 7, Parker students Anoushka Bose ’16 (San Carlos), Rebecca Dvorak ’14 (Mira Mesa), Camille Considine ’15 (Mission Hills), Adeline Longstreth ’14 (Mission Hills), Olivia Heifetz ’16 (Scripps Ranch), Alyssa Vallese ’16 (Poway), Charlotte Thorson ’16 (Poway), and Mary Tobin

’16 (Scripps Ranch), all attended the 2nd Annual Convergence of Women, Technology, and Innovation, hosted by Qualcomm. In addition to the networking and instruction at the conference, there were motivational speeches given by Former MIT President Susan Hockfield, and selected Executive Vice Presidents from Qualcomm. “It was inspiring to see so many women involved in STEM in our local community, and trying to promote a pipeline of women into scientific fields of study,” said Bose. “Overall, it was a wonderful experience that would not have been possible without support from Parker.”

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St. Vincent’s School Holds Rock and Roll Jog-A-Thon

St. Vincent de Paul School held its 6th Annual Jog-A-Thon on Friday, October 4th at Pioneer Park. One of the biggest fundraisers of the year, the Rock and Roll themed event raised more than $41,000 to benefit art, music, and technology programs at the school. The school recently hired a music teacher and a portion of proceeds from the Jog-A-Thon will enhance the music program at the school. Additional funding will support the art program as well as technology upgrades, and professional development. Students collected pledges from sponsors prior to the event. The students were dressed up as rock stars in fabulous costumes and some even had spraypainted hair as they ran laps in support of their school.

The students had an exciting visit from Mrs. California 2014, Staci Ortiz-Davis, who was on hand to cheer the students on as they ran laps while the DJ played

their favorite rock & roll music. “Our Jog-A-Thon was a huge success,” said Sister Kathleen Walsh, Principal of St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul School students run laps while being cheered on by the Our Lady of Peace Cheerleaders.

School. “The students had a great time participating and it raised much needed funds for our school.” Students were recognized for special achievements including most spirited, most laps run, and for the greatest amount of pledges raised. Classrooms will be recognized for reaching fundraising milestones by celebrating with a class party at a local ice rink. St. Vincent de Paul School is a Catholic, co-educational elementary school, founded in 1948 in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, St. Vincent’s services children from preschool through eighth grade. For information about the school, or call (619) 296-2222.

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All Souls’ Saint Nicholas Home Tour 61 st An n ual Event is a H ol i day Tra dit ion

A Point Loma holiday tradition celebrates its 61st year this December. The All Souls’ Saint Nicholas Home Tour is occurring from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, December 7, 2013. This is your opportunity to get a rare look inside some of San Diego’s most beautiful homes. Begin your holiday season with friends and family on a tour of five Point Loma homes. The featured homes on the tour this year range from the charm of a Cape Cod bungalow to the elegance of a panoramic view home. Featured are two historic properties, including a stunning octagonal home that was built in the early 1900s as part of the Theosophical Society of Point Loma. Stop by All Souls’ Episcopal Church, located at 1475 Catalina Boulevard, San Diego 92107 to shop for hand-crafted treasures and homemade goodies at the Saint

Nicholas Marketplace from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Enjoy a tasty lunch at the Saint Nicholas Café from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Then relax in the Saint Nicholas Tea Room with a cup of tea and cookies while listening to a special presentation of the madrigal music of Courtly Noyse. Funds raised benefit many local community assistance programs, including the Peninsula Shepherd Senior Center and the Loaves and Fishes food pantry. Tickets are available for purchase, in advance for $25 online at www. and are also available at All Soul’s Episcopal Church, Walter Andersen Nursery, To the Point Café, Mission Hills Nursery and Ace Hardware. Tickets are $30 on the day of the tour at All Souls’ Episcopal Church.

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Extension of Interim Height Ordinance G o es t o C it y C o u n cil in N ovemb er

By Barry E. Hager The current 24-year old Uptown Community Plan and related zoning allow for building heights of up to 150 feet (the approximate height of Green Manor) in the commercial core of Mission Hills and up to 200 feet along parts of Washington Street, University Avenue and 4th, 5th and 6th Avenues in portions of Hillcrest and Bankers Hill/Park West. Mission Hills is a lower-scale, historic community and there is a strong and growing consensus among Mission Hills residents that the allowable building height of 150 feet is a mistake, and that 50 feet is more appropriate for Mission Hills. The City is processing an update to the Uptown Community Plan and zoning that will address building heights, however, the update will not be complete until late 2015 at the earliest. A temporary solution was reached in July 2008 when the City Council adopted the Interim Height Ordinance (IHO), which limits heights in the affected areas to 50 feet in Mission Hills and 65 feet in the remaining areas. Over 1,200 petition signatures were gathered at that time in support of these temporary height limits. The IHO has helped protect the character of Mission Hills until the community plan update is complete. However, the current version of the IHO will expire this coming January, long before the community plan update is complete. To avoid a lapse of the temporary height limits, the City is processing

another extension of the IHO. The proposed extension is endorsed in Mission Hills by Mission Hills Heritage, the Mission Hills Town council and the Mission Hills Business Improvement District. In Hillcrest, the extension is endorsed by the Hillcrest Town Council. Some opponents of the extension have falsely claimed that the IHO has acted as a moratorium on construction. However, several significant and well-received buildings, including the Mission Hills Vons, have been constructed during this time period. Opponents are also promoting a watered-down version of the ordinance which would include no mandatory height limit and only a discretionary review process for all buildings. This would only result in a project-byproject battle and still allow buildings to be constructed up to 150 or 200 feet. The City Council will vote on the extension at a public hearing at 2 p.m., November 5, 2013. The hearing will take place at the City Council Chambers, 12th Floor, City Hall, 202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101. Members of the public can either speak at the hearing or register their support of the extension without speaking. Attendance at this hearing will help demonstrate to the City Council how important extending the IHO is to our community. Barry Hager is a co-founder and board member of Mission Hills Heritage.

A stately home in Point Loma is included in the All Soul’s Holiday Home Tour.

The Interim Height Ordinance has help preserved the lower-scale character of Mission Hills pending the community plan update.

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Día de los Muertos

San Diego’s most elaborate and richly varied celebration of Mexico’s revered holiday, Día de los Muertos, returns to Old Town San Diego on November 1 and 2, with its free Tour of the Altars, colorful, personalized altars to deceased loved ones; historic figures or political statements, a public candlelight procession to El Campo Santo Cemetery; and a commemoration of the death 100 years ago of José Guadalupe Posada, the Mexican artist most closely associated with this holiday. One of the celebration’s most moving events is the candlelight procession which begins at 7 p.m. held on the second day of the celebration, November 2. Visitors may pick up candles from participating businesses in Old Town. The procession begins at the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park at the intersection of Twiggs Street and San Diego Avenue and follows San Diego Avenue several blocks to El Campo Santo Cemetery. Altars specifically crafted for those who have passed are at the heart of this ritual, which reflects

the view of life and death as a natural continuum. Traditionally, in Mexico and now in many countries around the world, residents create altars in their homes dedicated to a deceased family member, ancestor or friend. To honor this person and attract his or her spirit for this annual visit, the faithful place on the altar the deceased’s favorite foods and drink; items that represent a life’s work, passion or family; burning candles; and pungently fragrant orange marigolds. These particular flowers are said to light the path home for the deceased during the Day of the Dead. More than 40 altars will be on view indoors and outside Old Town San Diego businesses, museums, shops and restaurants during this two-day event. Visitors are invited to add personal items, photographs or messages to the large public altar at El Campo Santo Cemetery. In this way, the altar will be enriched bit by bit and reflect the common spirit underlying this holiday. Now in its fourth year, Old Town San Diego’s Día de los Muertos is presented by Save Our Heritage

Over 40 altars will be on display for Old Town’s Dia de los Muertos. Organisation, San Diego County’s largest historic preservation group, as part of its educational and cultural programming. SOHO’s offices are in Old Town and the group operates the Whaley House Museum and the Old Adobe Chapel. Traditional music, dancing, and family-oriented craft activities will also animate the streets and plazas of Old Town. Many craft-

making sessions are free and designed for all ages. Come make paper masks or flowers, have your face painted to look like a colorful sugar skull or decorate plaster sugar skulls to honor someone who has departed this life. For more information about this free event for all ages, visit or contact SOHO at (619) 297-9327

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Helps Seniors to Live Successfully at Home

By Patty Ducey-Brooks

What all of us learn to accept is that aging is a part of life. We’re getting older the minute we’re born. However, as we begin to watch those around us getting significantly older, it becomes a reality that an aging parent, sibling and spouse can be an unexpected responsibility. Anyone who has been in this position, assisting someone who is showing signs of difficulty with aging, knows that it can be a daunting experience. It’s also common that the aging adult doesn’t want to be a burden or nuisance. Recently, I spoke to Amanda Gois of St. Paul’s PACE, a senior day care center that provides seniors with all primary and specialty services through an interactive day program, yet allows seniors to live successfully at home. I was informed that with the expansion of Medical, more seniors may now be eligible for the program. In order to qualify for the program, the individual must be at least 55 years old; live in the designated service area; be able to live in a community setting without jeopardizing their health and safety; and they must be confirmed by the Department of Health Care Services as needing nursing home services. PACE staff can assist to determine the health status of the individual needing assistance. What impressed me with the program is that it’s comprehensive. PACE staff offer a variety of services, including exercise and recreational programs (physical and mental). They make sure the home is

safe for the senior. They assist with laundry, food, house cleaning, hygiene, and medical support. And, because the doctors and caretakers are knowledgeable with gerontology, they understand senior needs and health issues. St. Paul’s PACE program currently has over 360 participants who live in the designated area: east to Lakeside, south to San Ysidro, north to Clairemont and west to the coast. St. Paul’s PACE is currently seeking to increase its territory to service Music performances and other social events Imperial Valley, which are an important part of St. Paul’s PACE program. is considered an area with a significantly underserved population. community to assist with special care packages, Gois reminded me that there are a lot of low income which include deodorant, soap, hair products and seniors who are in need of their services and benefit other hygiene related items. These items can be significantly from the kindness of others. She also delivered to their facility located at 111 Elm Street, informed me that as we move toward the holiday San Diego, CA 92101. For more information, call season, St. Paul’s PACE seeks donations from the (619) 677-3800 or visit



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Old Globe Theatre

“Much Ado About Nothing,” by William Shakespeare, is directed by James Newcomb and runs from November 9 through November 17, 2013 at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. Weaving wit, romance and comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing” is a whirlwind race to the finish line of “happily ever after.” Everyone can see that confirmed bachelor Benedick and headstrong Beatrice are meant for each other—except for Benedick and Beatrice themselves. Love may conquer all, but not without a few battles along the way, and the verbal spars between these two lovers have never been James Newcomb directs so much fun to watch. “Much Ado About Nothing.” “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” is from November 16 through December 28 at the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Directed by James Vásquez, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. The family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. Visit the Old Globe web site for performance times: Old Globe Theatre is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Call (619) 234-5623 for information.

Steve Blanchard was The Grinch in the 2012 production. Photo by Henry DiRocco.

San Diego REPertory Theatre “Venus in Fur,” by David Ives, is writer versus muse -- all with a little a production The New York Times leather and lace mixed in. calls “90 minutes of good, kinky fun.” This production is suggested for The production is directed by Kim mature audiences, age 18 years and Rubinstein, the head of undergraduate up. The Lyceum Space is at the San acting in the theatre and dance Diego REPertory Theatre, located at 79 department, University of California Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego. San Diego (UC San Diego) and Sam Call (619) 544-1000 for information. Woodhouse, co-founder and artistic Tickets are available for purchase director, San Diego REP . Previews for online at “Venus in Fur” begin Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Opening night is Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 in the Lyceum Space. “Venus in Fur” begins innocently enough with a young actress auditioning for the role of a lifetime from a demanding playwright and director. However, the tale takes a darker, edgy turn as we learn the production is based on the 1870 erotic novella “Venus in Furs” by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch -- Mr. S&M himself. The two emotionallycharged artists get wrapped up in an ultimate test of wills that results in a man versus woman, Caroline Kinsolving (Vanda) & Jeffrey Meek director versus actress, and (Thomas) star in “Venus in Fur.”

Cygnet Theatre

Cygnet Theatre, in collaboration with Playwrights Project, is proud to present the second annual Playwrights in Process: New Play Festival. In addition to presenting four readings of new plays, the three-day festival will include workshops for audiences, playwrights, and theatre artists. The series of workshops is designed to introduce curious audiences to the art of new play development. An additional engaging feature for attendees will be facilitated talk-backs with each playwright following the readings. Workshop host is Derek Livingston, production program manager. I Like it! Why? – Articulating Constructive Feedback takes place at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, November 2. This interactive discussion will encourage and train audience members to look at the elements of a play with an eye for understanding how these attributes contributed to the audience’s enjoyment of a play. Workshop Panelist is Pat Launer, theatre critic. Many Voices: One New Play takes place at 4:15 p.m., Sunday, November

3. In this workshop, a designer, an actor, a director, and a dramaturge will share their experiences and discuss their contribution to the production of new work. Each artist will provide personal insight into his or her role and approach to a new play. Workshop Panelists are Monique Gaffney, actor; D. Candis Paule, director; and Shirley Pierson, designer. What are they looking for? Theatre Leaders and the hunt for new plays takes place at 6 p.m., Sunday, November 3. Decision makers discuss what they look for when choosing a new play to produce or present. How do they consider the core audience while still surprising them? They will also discuss other information they consider helpful for playwrights to know. Workshop Panelists are Sean Murray, artistic director, Cygnet Theatre; Robert May, new play program director, Scripps Ranch Theatre; Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, artistic director, Moxie Theatre; and John Alexander, executive director, Diversionary Theatre.

Diversionary Theatre

The new comedy of horrors, “She-Rantulas From Outer Space-in 3D!,” conceived and written by local authors Phil Johnson and Ruff Yeager, runs from November 2 through November 17. The show is a send-up of the femme fatales and B-movie horror stories of the 1950s. When a horror-horde of monstermutants invades Small Town U.S.A., one All-American Mother must face the truth about her little Suzie and destroy her evil Web of Terror. The cast features Andy Collins (Harry/Harriet), Melinda Gilb (Flora, Gladys,, Fred Harlow (Fred/Freida), Tony Houck (Suzie), and Phil Johnson (Betty). Tickets are now available online at, by calling 619-2200097 or in person by visiting 4545 Park Boulevard San Diego, CA 92116.

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Fashion Week San Diego 2013 By Aubree Lynn Producer/Stylist

As the sun was setting, the Broadway Pier was illuminated on the water. There was a new energy that was the result of eight to 10 designers bringing their work on stage, pulsating music that helped to create energy and guests from all over the country coming to San Diego to watch fashion in the making. I am speaking of Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD) 2013. My beauty advisor and esthetician Tricia Beel joined me on the first night of FWSD and wrote a blog about her experience at We were introduced to various designers, like Second Star Designs out of Washington. The models who took the stage were dressed to reflect the natural style, an organic line with shoes that matched the patterns. The clothing was just amazing, unique and totally fresh. I would easily have worn the patterned shoes out on the Pier down Broadway. Another Designer who caught my eye was CG by Cynthia out of Tijuana. She had these long dresses with crystal work on the lower half that mimicked that of a peacock. All the colors bounced off the runway with total enchantment.

Being front row, I was extremely impressed with many of the designers’ work that I saw. As the nights progressed, the show got better and better, with Style to Rock Designers including Andre Soriano (my personal favorite from last year), a doggy fashion show and the grand finale night, which was stellar. I was fortunate enough to get my friend, Daniel Pharis, a pass for the last night of the shows. He is attending school at the Art Center Design in Pasadena, which is the number one car design school in the world. Pharis wanted to see the fashion show and get inspired to design a car based on the colors, shapes and esthetics of a runway show. Luckily for him, we had jewelry designer Yuwei with her sleek art pieces hanging on necks and wrists of models. Ashley Raymond used detailed Swarovski crystals. She incorporated these design elements on to the collars and edges of brides’ dresses. They were extravagant. WM Couture, based in Kansas, showed a fun flare for polka-dots, patterns, feathers and merging colors. This line of clothing is easy and ready to wear. One of the highlights was

designer with a pop personality of KatyPerry, with styles for any girl who wants to have fun. Designer Wish Now brought his styles to the runway, providing the cutest dresses. A San Diego designer, he is working with our local fashion icon, Zandra Rhodes. As we sat and watched the show, Pharis had out his sketchbook, writing the names of each designer’s line that made their way on the stage, while sketching lines and looks. Fortunately, we will see his FWSD inspired car in Decembers’ issue. So stay tuned for that Daniel Pharis and Aubree Lynn exciting story. enjoy San Diego Fashion Week. My thanks to all who made SDFW happen: the volunteers, igniting new energy for the fashion sponsors, Interim-Mayor Todd industry here in San Diego. Gloria, CEO Allison Andrews and To learn more on SDFW, visit www. her Assistant Director Amie Wilde. The outcome is great inspiration, and


“12 Years a Slave” is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dirty Pretty Things”), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity.

In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life. Also starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano and Paul Giamatti, “12 Years a Slave” is directed by Steve McQueen (“Shame”). “12 Years a Slave” is 133 minutes long, Rated R and opens November 1, 2013 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinema. For information and times, call (619) 819-0236, or visit www. Film times and dates are subject to change.

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Off My Desk, 2013

By Laura Walcher

If you’re not grumpy about the state of things lately, you’re just not paying attention. Item:The shut and open case. The Tea-imposed financial hostage crisis is over, and we’re good with that, tho’ we lost $24.6 billion, to say nothing of wasted time, attention, and our good moods. “A ‘quixotic’ adventure,” “a fools’ errand,” and, “no economic rationale,” say our pundits, saying the least. Repentant, Remorseful, Rueful, Republicans? Hmm. Don’t think so. Item:We’re educating lifelong musical theatre artists who will teach and perform, direct, choreograph, music direct, or work in whatever area of specialization for which they’ve been extensively trained. We have alums teaching – and working in theatres – nationally and internationally Item:Calcutta in India is among the most polluted cities in the world, but instead of outlawing cars on the road, among the chief contributors to bad air, they have outlawed bikes. Why not outlaw cars? “Politics!” Item:Traffic laws have long managed street safety in American society: the light turns red,

you stop; green, you go. Stop sign? Stop. Look around. Safe? Move on. Givens? Any of us who drive or walk unquestionably subject ourselves to these practices. Not only will we live longer, we’ll maintain a safe and civil society. Why, then, do cyclists by the dozens - flying through every kind of traffic signal - arrogantly consider themselves exempt? Great minds want to know. Governor Brown recently signed legislation requiring California drivers to give bicyclists a 3-ft. buffer zone when passing. Not a word, though, about how easily bikers can endanger themselves - and us - by disobeying traffic laws. The S. D. County Bicycle Coalition ( gives us “lessons in sharing the road.” Now, for instance you’ll begin to see “Sharrows” – “Shared Lane Markings,” to indicate a lane too narrow for cyclists to ride side-by-side with cars. When you see a bicycle painting in the middle of a lane, you know that the bike has a right. We’ll soon have bike sharing fleets in every community, so be prepared – indeed, brace yourselves - for many more cyclists on the road. Item:What’s “popular”? I dunno. What kids think is popular, for instance, is music I probably never heard – and there’s a good chance will

ever hear again. This is due to our entirely fragmented world of entertainment. You can tell this is true; except perhaps for the Star Spangled Banner (and I’m not too sure about that), just try singing anything in unison in a multi-generational crowd. Adam Sternbergh, a New York Times’ writer, nails it: “Thanks to today’s ubiquitous media choices, rather than sharing our experiences, we are all relegated to ‘our own individual cocoon.’” Item:The ironies of life: here at home, we’ve recently been turned down for new credit cards. Why? We don’t maintain enough debt. Item:This column is getting me gray(er) – but I have lots of company. From earliest B.C. days, gray-heads have somewhat yielded to hundreds of reversals, from oils and catblood, vinegar and salts, black powders, and numerous other “solutions” – but by the mid1600’s most figured out that just wearing a black wig does the trick. Today, getting “rid” of it is comparatively easy. Don’t thank me, wig-makers, for building your business. Enough already: Fast Company ran a list of how to buy happiness. The “purchases” – i.e. money, lifestyle upgrades, community support, etc., are all myths, they say. It’s much more productive – and successful - just to be happy. I’m in.

Mission Hills Residents Meet to Determine Cell Transmission Location What first appeared to be a serious problem about a cell antenna/tower to be located in a historic residential neighborhood, without community input, was quickly corrected. That’s because residents residing close to the proposed site, and business leaders immediately came together to address the issue. Neighbors in Mission Hills, close to the proposed site, received correspondence that a decision on the Trias at Fort Stockton cellular antenna project would be made no less than 11 days after the date of mailing of the notice on October 2,

2013. So this meant a decision was required by October 13, 2013. Concurrently, the Uptown Planners were meeting. They helped to set the tone of this effort. Mission Hills’ neighbors were invited to work with the cell tower applicant to determine an acceptable resolution and the subsequent scheduling of a community meeting with the cell tower applicant. Simon Tse, City of San Diego development project manager, confirmed in an email that, “The development Services Department will wait for an official recommendation from the Uptown Planners before making a determination.”

The neighborhood meeting, pursuant to the Uptown Planners motion regarding the cellular tower, was held at Jim and Rusty Reily’s residence in Mission Hills on Wednesday October 9. In attendance were three representatives for the applicant: Todd Threw of Coastal Communications Inc. (CCI); Peter Matkowski of Crown Castle (CC); and Joe Milon of Crown Castle (CC); eight neighbors from the immediate vicinity of the current antenna; Patty Ducey-Brooks, publisher and executive editor of the The artwork shows the cell unit that will be incorporated Presidio Sentinel; and in to an acorn light fixture that was approved by the Sharon Gehl, Mission community several years ago. Hills Town Council a radiation report that was available to the subcommittee for cellular affairs. The neighbors offered their concerns residents and is available upon request. Jim Reily offered to host a second and issues with a tower and quickly learned that the cellular applicant is meeting of neighbors in the vicinity planning to incorporate the transmission of the Trias/Fort Stockton/Pine Street devices in to the lighting fixtures that area to finalize location of the proposed were approved by community input street light/antenna location, to include with leadership of the lighting district of CCI and CC to help with technical Mission Hills Town Council, which was issues. The goal is to complete this action and have a location and design approved several years ago. Health and safety issues were also approved prior to the next Uptown discussed. Todd Threw of CCI provided Planners meeting in November.

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Losing Luna

By Charlotte Tenney, MA Integrative Health

Why is it that when an herbalist gets sick, he/she is expected to use only herbal remedies and to refuse conventional medicine options or treatments? Why is it that the event becomes cause for discrediting herbal healing? If a cardiologist suffers from gallstones or a gynecologist has a heart attack, you don’t hear anyone suggesting that their health problem reflects poorly on their professional specialty or expresses shock that these healthcare specialists sought medical care at an emergency room. When an herbalist falls ill, there is a fantasy that, somehow, this person should resort to roots and berries alone. The truth is more mundane. Herbalists are prone to the same ravages of a stressful lifestyle and the same potential for aberrant genetic coding that can leave a person vulnerable to a body system break down. In fact, many herbalists got involved in plant medicine precisely because they had a health issue that was not being addressed successfully by conventional means. They often adopt an herbal lifestyle to compensate for inherent imbalances. So, when my friend, Luna Rose, called to tell me that she had a been diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer, I was not surprised that she had gone to the emergency room, nor that she was discussing options of chemotherapy and radiation. She had called for support in coping with the emotional devastation that comes with the territory of cancer. She did not need a lecture about staying on a “purely herbal path.” We discussed what questions to ask the oncologists and how to build a complementary, personal treatment plan with soothing foods and anti-inflammatory

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supplements. She never got a chance to find out if the chemo, radiation or Turmeric root were going to work for her. She died six weeks after diagnosis, on October 7th, leaving her friends and family breathless with the shock of how fast it happened. Did the herbs fail her? No. The plant medicines offered her family a way to express their love for her in the language that she spoke fluently; ginger tea, lavender aroma therapy, and rice cooked with immune-building Astragalus root. Rose takes with her a lifetime of wisdom and experience. She has been an educator, sharing her understanding of essential oils for aroma therapy, healing herbs in food and women’s health through classes at Palomar College, the A rose is an ideal symbol of a dear friend Herb Festivals at San Diego who touched many by her gifts and kindness. Botanic Gardens and monthly Losing Rose brings many things to mind, puts workshops at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate. She was a mother who raised two children who grew up to things into a different perspective, and gives pause for be accomplished and wonderful human beings. reflection. As I go through the stages of grief, I want Rose was one of the few Californians who never to deny that she is gone. I am angry at the world for learned to drive a car, even after moving to the not appreciating her and treating her more gently. I am remote village of Morongo Valley north of Palm sad that I did not choose to spend more time with her. Springs. Her friends valued her enough to take her We are all mortal. What legacy will we leave? What where she needed to go. She was a good friend, will we be most remembered for? How can we start to generous with her time, attention and resources. I live a life that will be worthy of remembering? These thoughts are a last gift that Rose has left for me. was privileged to know her.

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Change What You Need To By Cath DeStefano

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Don’t stress yourself over the rate at which you make changes. Oh how we run about in our minds, berating ourselves over and over, for not making this or that change, and for not doing it fast enough and not doing it NOW. After all, “just do it!” Enough of that. There’s an unrealistic model in our minds about making changes which is quite 1, 2, 3ish. Well, of course, all you have to do is 1) Identify the needed change; 2) make the change; 3) enjoy the new you. Get real. At a recent seminar on weight loss, I was relieved and affirmed when the doctor said that any longlasting-weight-loss takes from three to five years to accomplish. The old self does not leave willingly. Change is much more organic than is currently talked about in all the self-help books that promise a new you in 21 days. Change is not a short, straight line between how we are and how we can/want/or need to be. Change starts and stops and reverses, inches and then leaps forward at times, until the new us emerges. One day we look around and we did it. We’re different; an updated self. We need to be kinder to ourselves where change is concerned. Instead of sabotaging ourselves with trying

to make too many changes at once, we can promise ourselves this: pay attention to the one problem in our life that is nearly screaming for our attention. Do something about that. Meet the new us halfway. It usually takes longer than we want it to. The mind is a very powerful ally in this organic process of change. You will hear people say “I made up my mind to_________.” Once you make a decision to change, the forces start to gather that help it become real. Then it is a matter of choosing the new, and not the old…day by day by day. We humans seem to be the only species on the planet that have been given the ability to consciously change. We can choose to be different and set about to do so. But let’s not beat ourselves up if we don’t change in 21 days or less. Enough of that.

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Machado Foundation 2nd Annual Benefit

Jason Mraz and Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik Perform”

By Richard Cone

Rob Machado – legendary surfer, environmental activist and musician – has put together a stellar lineup for the Second Annual benefit concert for the Rob Machado Foundation, which will take place on Monday, November 11, at The Belly Up in Solana Beach. MultiGrammy award-winning pop troubadour Jason Mraz will be performing acoustic at this intimate event and The Goo Goo Dolls front man John Rzeznik, who played last year’s sold-out RMF concert, will return for a special solo acoustic set. Breakout Los Angeles band Run River North round out the bill. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Machado is not just one of the world’s greatest surfers; he’s one of the sport’s most recognizable characters, a living icon who continues to expand the definition of what professional surfing is all about. Machado was consistently among the top seeded competitors while on the ASP World Tour. With 12 career WCT victories, Machado has been among the elite top ten most popular surfers since 1996 on Surfer Magazine’s Surfer Poll. He was inducted into the Surfer’s Hall of Fame in 2000, awarded the prestigious honor of Waterman’s of the Year by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) in 2009 and, in 2011, the City

of Huntington Beach California awarded him a star on the Surfing Walk of Fame. Mraz has taken his musical journey from coffee houses like LeStat’s, to stadiums globally and now has two Grammy Awards and six Grammy nominations to his credit. He has also received the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s esteemed Hal David Starlight Award, and, in 2013, fans voted Mraz “Favorite Male Artist” at the 39th annual People’s Choice Awards. Mraz’s latest album, “Love is a Four Letter Word,” debuted in the Top 15 in 13 countries including #2 in the United States and the United Kingdom with the first single, “I Won’t Give Up” debuting in the #1 slot on Billboard’s “Digital Songs” chart one week after its release. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer John Rzeznik has become one of the most globally respected and influential forces in popular music history, selling more than 10 million albums with his band, The Goo Goo Dolls. As a composer, Rzeznik has penned hundreds of songs including instantly recognizable Number One and Top Ten multiformat hit singles like “Name,”

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“Slide,” “Black Balloon,” and “Broadway.” “Iris,” from the City Of Angels soundtrack, spent nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard and was recently named the biggest pop radio song of the last 20 years. In the course of a few short months, Run River North went from playing a handful of hometown shows in Los Angeles to performing to an audience of millions on late-night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” It was an explosive trajectory for the sextet (then called Monsters Calling Home). Produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Built to Spill, Band of Horses), Run River

North’s self-titled debut album is set for release on February 25, 2014 via Nettwerk Records. The band mates all come from families who moved to Southern California from Asia, and the album reflects their shared search for a sense of home while also addressing the universal struggle for identity. Tickets for the show are $80 to $200 and the high end ticket gets you a VIP early entry, a meet and greet with Rob Machado and John Rzeznik, and a nice swag bag from the Machado Foundation. Loft seats may be available by calling the Belly Up at (858) 481-8140.

Kayte Grace’s New Release Reveals Crumbling of Music Industry Norms After releasing three albums, two singles and touring the country—all within four years of teaching herself to play guitar—YouTube and Washington Post favorite, alternative “folktry” singer/songwriter Kayte Grace’s fivechapter musical novel. “Set Fire to Separate Lives” is being released over the course of a year to fans who’ll be able to pay what they like for every EP. The 22-song collection, funded by an IndieGoGo campaign and recorded over 50 hours in Brooklyn, traces the anatomy of “forever love” in all of its brilliance, delight and dirty corners. Grace’s music is an explosion of folk, blues, pop and rock, held together by warm-voiced, sing-along-able melodies and rich, resonant lyrics. Grace breaks three age-old music industry rules with this year-long concept project: the label funded album, the album concept itself and selling music

at a fixed price. Grace’s upcoming 5 EP release was crowdfunded on IndieGoGo, the 22 total songs (two albums worth of material) will be released in five “chapters,” one every few months, and the EPs will be “pay what you want.” In his article, “Stop Making Them Wait & Give Them the Music,” British music writer Tom Satchwell writes, “Release more often and you can work on different EPs which lets you experiment with your music, while giving your fans more to listen to, more to talk about and more to share.” Grace, who’s been called an “impressive, talented musician” by the Washington Post is the cousin of fivetime Grammy Winner, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones bassist Victor Wooten, and has released three albums, two singles and gone on several national tours —all within a few years of first picking up a guitar. She says, of her newest project,

“‘Chapter 1: Say Yes’ is the soundtrack to the falling-inlove montage that happens a third of the way into romantic comedies. Nothing messy has happened yet. Grace has also acted professionally for over 15 years, landing roles in national commercials and on TV shows like Law & Order: SVU, Gossip Girl and HBO’s The Wire. Grace’s 4-song EP, “Chapter 1: Say Yes” was released on October 14th and is available for purchase at: www. and http://kaytegrace. chapter-1-say-yes.

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Dining Scene


Saltbox Gastro Lounge by David Rottenberg

Young children often like to make up new words. So do adults. That’s how language grows. For example, take the Greek word for stomach, gaster. Add to it lounge. Put them together to get “gastrolounge,” that emphasizes the stomach, serving high quality food. Or, take the common words salt and box. Put them together and you get the word for a type of house that has historic significance for San Diego. Put “saltbox” and “gastro-lounge” together and what do you get? You get the name of an excellent lounge in which to meet friends and enjoy wonderful cuisine. Saltbox Gastro Lounge Restaurant is located on the edge of the Gaslamp, part of Hotel Palomar, down the block from House of Blues. A Kimpton property, the hotel’s image is one of hipness and sophistication. This carries over into Saltbox, which looks and feels like the type of sophisticated lounge one would expect to find in New York or San Francisco. After coming in through the massive clear glass door, the interior is carefully lit to create a sense of intimacy—dark walls and dark high ceiling, large supporting pillars covered with gold lined ceramic and light waves bouncing off the glassware, bottles and mirror behind the bar. There are no low tables, only dark wood high tables in front of comfortable high level leather stools. This is, after all, a lounge. The venue is

small and can fill up quickly. So, no reservations are taken. The chef de cuisine, Jeremiah Bryant, may be familiar. He came to San Diego after graduating from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland and has worked at numerous local restaurants, including such prominent venues as El Bizcocho and Delicias. Over the years, he has put together a team of assistants “on the line” with him in his kitchen whom he trusts to put out consistently quality dishes incorporating his culinary ideas. Collaboratively as a team, they even work together to create dishes. Bryant wants to take familiar foods and present them in novel and perhaps more tasty ways. For example, he takes the common one-half chicken dish but covers the chicken with mole to give it flavor and spice, then places it onto waffles made with roasted corn and poblano. The result is delicious. Or, try the traditional pot roast consisting of a braised short rib in a savory pan jus. Jeremiah Bryant is the chef de cuisine for Saltbox. The new menu Bryant just introduced for the winter is short. But it includes all the Mexico, many of his dishes add a south of the main categories—munchies, greens and grains, border taste. flatbreads and mains. The munchies—appetizers— Since this is also a lounge, drink selections are creative. Homemade fried pickles are panko are featured. They have been created by Jen crusted, burrata fondue contains roasted poblano, Queen, a well known mixologist who has also hand cut fries are fabulous. created for many of the local popular bars. My favorite are the shishito For Saltbox, she offers such concoctions as peppers—long, thin peppers eyes wide with corallejo anejo, curacao and served warm, beautifully espresso, or z-pak with Famous Grouse, plated and presented, together nectarine coulis and zinfandel. The Missouri with a smoked paprika aoli mule, another of the signature drinks, came that Is just tantalizing. with bourbon, lime and angostura—a large The flatbreads, today’s pizza drink served in a Kerry jar. replacement, are delicious Desserts feature chocolate, in the form of a carrying devices for excellent chocolate trio or flourless chocolate cake. If some of grilled vegetables or spicy the dishes are spicy, homemade ice cream or sorbet chicken, among other choices. are great ways to cool the palate. Mains include seafood If Chef Bryant’s dishes are pleasing, selections—salmon or a type of the recipes to several are available on the cioppino—1855 steak frites and venue’s website. a house ground burger. Portions Saltbox Gastro Lounge is a delightful are nicely sized to be satisfying place to relax, enjoy a drink, and meet with without overwhelming. friends or watch the world go by. Prices Bryant’s approach to his are moderate. To me, the most expensive creations is farm to table. He item was the cost of valet parking. The uses local vendors to make restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and sure that his ingredients are dinner. There is a happy hour with varying The seating area has high tables that sit guests comfortably. fresh and season. For selections of reduced price offerings. his guests, that means Saltbox is located at 1047 Fifth Avenue, that the flavors are between C and Broadway. Call (619) 515-3003 robust and full. And, for information. since we are so close to

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Chicken mole over waffles, made of roasted corn and poblano, is a delicious combination.



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Permanent Exhibition—Fossil Mysteries

n San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) exhibits dinosaurs to mammoths, discover the rich fossil history of our region. In this major exhibition created by the Museum visitors can play the role of paleontologist: ponder a mystery, examine the strong fossil evidence from the Museum’s collection, and use scientific tools to discover answers. Traveling through a 75-millionyear timeline, from the age of dinosaurs to the Ice Ages, experience an unfolding of the prehistory of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California, Mexico. For information, visit

Ongoing Exhibition—Skulls

n San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) Skulls contains close to 200 skulls from theNAT’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 eyepopping array of horns, beaks, bills, teeth, and more. Have a question about a skull? Use the SKULLS chalkboard to ask. Or get creative and draw your own skull. For information, visit

Ongoing Kids Play Area—Camp-o-Saurus

n San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) Newest Museum adventure is a dinosaur campground with tents, robotic butterflies, a plush “campfire pit,” books, and a dinosaur’s nest for kids to roll around in. Kids will nestle into a dinosaur nest, tell a T. rex tale by the campfire, or hide out in a tent with a book or a puzzle. Plus, there will be areas for parents and grandparents to rest while the kids safely play. For information, visit

Ongoing Local Exhibition— Water: A California Story

n San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) through photos, maps, video, and hands-on activities, learn about current, local issues on land in the ocean. We will look at the effects of a changing climate on our region’s water supply and reveals how southern Californians can help protect water for future generations. For information, visit

Ongoing Giant-screen film—Ocean Oasis

n San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) Take a fascinating journey into Mexico’s beautiful Sea of Cortés and the Baja California desert. For information, visit

Ongoing All-You-Can-Enjoy Marie Callender’s Famous Soup & Salad Bar

n Marie Callender’s is offering a fresh all-you-can-enjoy soup and salad bar for $8.99 with the purchase of a beverage. Enjoy crisp California mixed greens, fresh garden garnishes, pasta salads, Home-style soups Seasonal fresh fruit and a variety of dressings. *Valid at participating locations only. For a list of locations visit

Thru November 15

n  Sea Tow Foundation Announces Applications are Available to Host a Life Jacket Loaner Program. Nonprofit organizations are invited to apply to receive lift jackets and stand for their local areas. The Sea Tow Foundation wants to see more boaters wearing life jackets while having fun on or in the water. For information download the application at

Thru November 21 Every Thursday

n The Dance Place at 2650 Truxun Rd., Studio #106, San Diego in the Point Loma’s Liberty Station at 5:30—7 p.m. will have a Dance Like MJ. That’s right a Michael Jackson Dance Workshop taught by MJ Celebrity Impersonator DEV. Learn how to make all those right moves. Adults: $150-Full Session, $20 single class, Students and Seniors $140-Full Session, $18 single class. For registration and early bird discounts: www.

Thru November 24

n Mama’s Kitchen’s annual Mama’s Pie in the Sky, touted as the West Coast’s Largest Bake Sale. The fundraiser features pies for sale donated by local San Diego chefs, caterers, restaurants, etc., with proceeds benefitting Mama’s Kitchen. This nonprofit organization that delivers healthy meals at no cost to San Diego men, women and children affected by HIV/ AIDS or cancer, the price of just one $20 pie enables us to provide six nutritious, home delivered meals to our neighbors. For information, to learn how to volunteer or to purchase pies, visit www.mamaspies. org or call Ben Coyle at 619-233-6262.

Thru November 27

n San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, The Gotthelf Art Gallery, located at the Jacobs Family Campus 4126 Executive Dr, La Jolla, presents Lavine/Levine: Relative Viewpoints. At 7:00 p.m. attend an Exclusive Friends of the Gallery Sneak Peek; RSVP at 858-362-1154 or Arriving at 7:30 p.m., no RSVP needed. In this exhibition photographs by Arthur Lavine are matched to photographs by Dana Levine, the viewer may compare and contrast each photographer’s work.

Thru December 31

n Coronado Museum of History & Art located at 1100 Orange Avenue, will explore in detail, when their newest exhibit, 100+ Years of Coronado Yachting opens this month. Coronado’s yachting history is deep, with many surprising twists. The museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is by donation. For information, visit www. or call 619-435-7242.

Thru December 31

n San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) Photography exhibition—Best of Nature—View inventive and daring nature-based imagery by amateur and professional photographers. Two rounds of judging took place to choose the winning photographs, which range from landscape and wildlife images to abstract/ impressionistic nature-based images. For information, visit

Thru January 5

n San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) tells the Hidden Stories Behind the World’s Most Popular

Drink. The World in Your Cup is a nationally touring exhibit that will be on view starting December 4th. The exhibition provides a broad overview of the powerful influence of coffee on environments, human cultures, and economies worldwide. For information, visit

Thru January 19

n Historic Barracks 3 at the NTC Arts & Culture District at Liberty Station, located at 2765 Truxtun Road, is proud to present the eagerly awaiting opening of the Frida Kahlo exhibition. This is the largest, most comprehensive exhibition ever created about the life, the work, and the story of Kahlo. It will feature over 500 fascination possessions, a recreation of Kahlo’s studio where she painted, as well as the bedroom with her signature canopy bed, reproduced one-to-one in size and materials to the smallest detail.

Thru February 2014

n San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) Film—Titans of the Ice Age 3D transports viewers to the beautiful and otherworldly frozen landscapes of North America, Europe and Asia ten thousand years before modern civilization. For information, visit n San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) wants you experience 3D Dinosaurs Alive, a global adventure of science and discovery featuring the entire age of dinosaurs—from the earliest creatures of the Triassic period to the monsters of the Jurassic and Cretaceous—as they are reawakened on the giant screen the eye-popping 3D format. For information, visit

Thru June 2014

n Canyoneers are San Diego Natural History Museum volunteers trained to teach appreciation of plants and animals in southern California through free* guided nature hikes that are open to the public. Download the brand new brochure listing the hikes throughout San Diego County. *Some locations may require parking fees; check website or brochure for details. For information, visit

November 1

n San Ysidro Community Park + Civic & Recreation Center, located at 212 W Park Ave., San Diego from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. will be celebrating Dia de los Muertos which is celebrated throughout Latin America as an act of remembrance. Families celebrate their dead, by remembering them and welcoming them back into the world of the living for a visit always too short. The community park is transformed into El Panteon Fronterizo, (a mock cemetery), where artists and community members will create graves and bring their offerings such as food, photos and mementos to best honor the dead. For information or to register to participate, visit

November 1 & 2

n Bazaar del Mundo Honors Day of the Dead with “Saints, Souls & Style” at the north entrance to Old Town, on the corner of Juan and Taylor Streets, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. With their second annual event to pay homage to the dead with a Dia de los Muertos event featuring elaborately decorated altars, sugar-skull decorating and face painting. For information, call 619-296-3161 or visit

November 2

n San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center located at 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, will celebrate the 19th year of the San Diego Jewish Book Fair. Alan Dershowitz the most prominent legal mind and celebrated lawyer in America will launch the nine-day series at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this event are $27.00/JCC Members: $32.00 Non-members, hold onto this ticket stub in order to receive a copy of Alan’s latest book after the lecture. For information on other locations and the Book Fair, visit or call the JCC Box Office at 858-362-1348. n The San Diego Center for Children will hold its 8th Annual Walk for Kids 5K Festival on scenic Crown Point Shores in Mission Bay, with registration beginning at 7 a.m., and the 5K walk/run beginning at 8 a.m. The Center offers comprehensive behavioral health and academic programs on seven campuses in the region. Festival includes food, live music, craft beer tent, face painting, bounce houses, the Center’s program expo, sponsor booths and more. All walkers take home a free t-shirt and goody bag. Information can be found at

November 3

n San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center located at 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, 10 a.m.—2 p.m. For kids up to age 8 will hold a Family Day Book-a-Palozza. The Family Day will be packed with activities, entertainment, and learning experiences for the whole family. Sponsored by Target, the day’s activities are free to the community. For information, visit n The 17th Annual Komen San Diego Race for the Cure will be held at 8 a.m. in Balboa Park. The race is fun and festive but it is more than a celebration, it provides critical funding for families in San Diego County touched by breast cancer. 75 percent of the net funds raised stay right here in San Diego to fund vital education, screening and support services. For information about the race, visit

November 5

n S cripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, at 11 a.m. Join us for a free docent-guided art tour of the Wolfstein Sculpture Park. As part of the Arts for Healing Program, the sculpture park was designed to enrich the hospital experience for patients, families and staff; and is also open to the public and community groups. The collection features over 30 sculptures created by accomplished local and international artist. For information, call 858626-6994 to make reservation.

November 6

n The nonprofit organization, Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association (ASRA), will be holding its 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the County Club of Rancho Bernardo. ASRA provides permanently physically disabled children and adults the equipment and guidance to build confidence and participate in sports that they normally would not be able to do so. Registration for the tournament is at www. The tournament begins at noon with a 1 p.m. tee time in shotgun format. It costs $150 per single player and $550 per foursome.

November 8

n Hotel Del Coronado will have the honor of celebrating the nonprofit Junior Achievement’s 25th Anniversary with its Annual Fundraising Gala to Honor Four Business Leaders at 8 p.m. The Junior Achievement’s Hall of Fame lifetime laureates are exceptional role models and epitomize the lessons taught by JA’s financial literacy programs. They are Ken and Margie Blanchard, Thella Bowens and Greg Lucier. The gala will feature a VIP cocktail reception, three-course dinner program and live auction. Individual tickets are $375. Tables for 10 start at $3,500. For information, contact Tracy Nakamura at tnakamura@jasandiego. org or 619-906-4925. n Expressive Arts San Diego, located at 3201 Thorn Street in San Diego, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will present The Arc Art Showcase, an Art Show Featuring Works by Children and Adults with Disabilities. Art serves as a therapeutic outlet for people with disabilities of all ages. Join us for art, drinks and light hor d’oeuvres. The showcase if free of charge and select works are available for purchase. RSVPs are required. Please RSVP by November 1, 2013 to Lauren Zamora, at 619-685-1175, ext 293 or

November 9

n Marston House Museum & Gardens located at 3525 Seventh Ave. at 11 a.m.—2 p.m. wants to invite all children to this free event to be a part of Kate Sessions Birthday Celebration. Come be a part of this free annual salute to the “Mother of Balboa Park,” famous horticulturist Kate Oliver Sessions on the occasion of her birthday. Von Marie May, noted cultural landscape historian will speak on KOS’s life and work. Enjoy half-price tours of the Marston House and Gardens for more information call 619-2532-5762. n Kate Sessions Birthday Celebration will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Marston House Museum & Gardens, 3525 Seventh Avenue, San Diego 92103. Children are welcome to this free event held at the historic site. Von Marie May, noted cultural landscape historian will speak on Kate Session’s life and work. Additionally, Von Marie May is an authority on the Marston Gardens. Program and birthday cake will commence at 11:00 am. Plan a walk through the park area planted by Sessions and visit her statue. Enjoy half-price tours of the Marston House and Gardens. Jim Zimcik’s hybrid geraniums will be offered for sale. This event is hosted jointly by SOHO, Friends of Balboa Park and SD Floral Association. No reservation necessary. For information, call the SDFA office at 619-232-5762.

November 9, 10 & 11

health lecture series with Dr. Colin Depp on, “Successful Aging and Mental Illnesses.” This talk will provide an overview of emerging findings on the determinants of positive mental health outcomes in people with and without mental health diagnoses, focusing of the later half of the lifespan. Dr. Depp will discuss how research on successful aging can inform the understanding and treatment of the chronic mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder. The lecture will be held at Janssen R&D, LLC at 3210 Merryfield Row San Diego. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and lecture begins promptly at 6 p.m. RSVP required at ajocobs@InternationalBipolarFoundation. org. or call 858-764-2496.

November 14, 15 & 16

n Lyceum Stage located at 79 Horton Plaza in down San Diego will host three performances of “Malashock/ RAW4” at 8 p.m. The trio will create beautiful, cuttingedge and provocative new works, poised to out-shock and out-delight audiences. General admission tickets are $25 per person. Performances are appropriate for guests ages 16 and up. For information, visit www. or call 619-544-1000.

November 15, 16 & 17

n Susan G. Komen 3-Day for Cure: 60 miles in 3 days. The majority of funding for this event funds international research. This event is produced nationally. Please contact them at for location and times or via phone at 800-996-3329.

November 16 & 17

n Maritime Museum of San Diego, located at 1492 N. Harbor Drive, is having a two-day celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The San Diego Bay features a floating market to recreate what a San Diego portside market looked like 150 years ago. Vendors will display spices, silk, a piano, food and other goods of the day being sold and traded for guests to see. Attendees will also witness people dressed in period closing such as a farmer, blacksmith, ship captain and crew to enhance the historical and cultural experience of the event. 2013 marks the sesquicentennial of the Gettysburg Address and President Abraham Lincoln will be onhand to perform his famous speech for the crowd. Details and tickets are available at www.sdmaritime. org or by calling 619-234-9153.

November 17

n Expressive Arts, located at 3201 Thorn Street, invites you to Treat your Body, Mind & Spirit from 4 to 6 p.m. in this uplifting rhythm journey. Discover peace in your inner rhythms, unleash your creative expression, and rock out in celebration with other women. All experience levels welcome. Drums provided, or bring your own. Cost is $10 (or pay what you can). For information, visit http:// or call 619-307-1003. n “Book Publishing 1-2-3.” Learn how to publish a book: presented in Point Loma at The Ink Spot, NTC at Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, Suite 202, from 2 to 5 p.m. Have you ever wanted to learn how to publish a book, well here is your chance. Writers workshop presented by editor Laurie Gibson features tips for finding agents, improving craft, successfully promoting books. Session includes creativity exercises, writing prompts, handout, Q & A. Cost: $54. To register, visit For questions about workshop content, call 858-635-1233.

n Maritime Museum of San Diego, located on the beautiful North Embarcadero at 1492 North Harbor Drive will celebrate the world’s oldest active ship, Star of India’s 150th birthday. In honor of this memorable occasion, the HMS Surprise and the Californian will sail with the Star of India and into the ocean. Tickets to sail on the Californian are available on the website at for $125 per person for museum members and $150 for non members.

November 18

n Author Janice Steinberg will talk about her book, “The Tin Horse.” She will sign her book at Mission Hills Books & Collectables, located at 4054 Goldfinch Street. For information, visit

November 18 thru 24

November 10

November 11

n Pfizer Campus, 10646 Science Center Drive, Bldg. CB4, Rms. 2259/50 La Jolla, at 7 p.m. will hold a open community conversation lecturer for the San Diego Opera’s new 2014 season. The third in the series of four will have San Diego Opera’s Geisel Director of Education and Outreach, Dr. Nicolas Reveles and Guest: Michael S Rafii as they discuss the Resveratrol: A Magic Elixir? All events are free and open to the public but an RSVP is required as these venues have a capacity limit and previous events have reached their limit. Visit www. for information.

November 12

n Modern Times Brewery (Midway District) at 3725 Greenwood St. San Diego is presenting Guys Night Out from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m, which will focus on Men’s Health. Men can learn the latest about prostate, testicular and bladder cancers. Attendees can hear about risk factors for developing these cancers and signs and symptoms that may help them identify and address possible issues. There is no cost to attend these educational, no-host events, and advance registration is required. Call 1-800-727-4777 to register. n Shannon Miller, the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history, is the featured speaker at the fifth event of the 2013 ScholarShare Speaks speaker series. The event, “Winning Every Day with Shannon Miller: Life Lessons from an Olympian, Mom, Entrepreneur and Cancer Survivor,” will be held at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, located at 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. The free presentation will begin at 7 p.m. and provide women with information they need to make informed decisions on health and fitness for themselves and their families. To learn more about ScholarShare Speaks and to register for this event, visit

November 14

n The International Bipolar Foundation will hold free mental

n Guys Night Out at Green Flash Brewery (Sorrento Mesa), 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego from 6 p.m. to7 p.m., will focus on Men’s Health. Men can learn the latest about prostate, testicular and bladder cancers. Attendees can hear about risk factors for developing these cancers and signs and symptoms that may help them identify and address possible issues. There is no cost to attend these educational, no-host events, and advance registration is required. Call 1-800-727-4777 to register. n 10th Anniversary Celebration of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. As one of the largest wine and food festivals in the nation, we’ve got our eyes and ears peeled for the city’s most drool-worthy restaurants ands newest food trends to hit the streets, bringing you an epicurean experience unlike any other. The magnitude of culinary talent in San Diego combined with an international showcase of the world’s premiere wines and spirits, and the nation’s trendsetting culinary maters, makes attendance at the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival a mouthwatering feast and precursor to the Thanksgiving holiday. For times and locations along with ticket inquiries call 619-342-7337.

November 19

n Achieving Person-Centered Care in San Diego and Imperial Counts will be held at the Scottish Rite Event Center located at 1895 Camino Del Rio South San Diego, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Keynote speakers will address the five pillars of system transformation, the local impact of the Coordinated Care Initiative and discuss how to bridge acute and long term care from a behavioral health perspective. The event is free and registration is required. Please follow the link

November 24

n Robin Henkel Band with Horns and guest Whitney Shay at Lestat’s from 8 to 10 p.m. at 3343 Adams Avenue in Normal Heights. Call 619- 282-0437 for information; all ages are invited. Cover $8.

November 26

n Chargers Blood Drive XXXV, presented by the San Diego County Credit Union, will take place at the Town & Country Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free bone marrow registry testing will also be available for attendees. Donors will be treated to a variety of food, entertainment and other goodies at the blood drive. There is also free parking for donors. For information, visit

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Market Street Group Members include students, amateur, professional artists Located in Little Italy, wooden floors, sky-lights, access to studio 24/7, working materials can be stored at studio, easels provided. Market Street Studio Group Studio founded 26 years ago. PROFESSIONAL LIFE MODELS 3 DAYS A WEEK INCLUDED! Monthly fee: $145 More information please contact: Kirby Kendrick phone: 505.660.4448

Mission Hills Newcomer Welcome Committee - to help with assembling, delivering Welcome Packages, collecting items from businesses to include, and arranging Newcomer Welcome Events. Call Ginny at 619.295.3904



Mission Hills Branch Library

November 2013 Events Preschool Storytime

Nov. 01, 08, 15, 22 (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

Nov. 02, 09, 16, 23 (Every Saturday) at 10:30 a.m. Kids can develop their artistic skills while enjoying a fun craft time.

Signing Storytime

Nov. 04, 18 from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Twice a month, babies, toddlers, and preschoolers can have fun while learning sign language.

Pajama Storytime

Nov. 05, 12, 19, 26 (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.

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619.295.3583 9:00a.m.—7:00p.m. Only email: Owl1900

LEGO Playtime

Nov. 06, 13, 20 (Every Wednesday) from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Kids can have fun and get creative while building with LEGOs.

Mission Hills Book Group

Nov. 07 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. The Mission Hills Book Group will discuss “Caleb’s Crossing” by Geraldine Brooks. New members are always welcome to attend and participate! Please read the book beforehand. Books are available at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. This month’s meeting will be at Mission Hills Books & Collectibles at 4054 Goldfinch St.

Book Sale

Nov. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Friends of the Mission Hills Branch Library will hold a book sale. Come by and stock up on books while supporting your Library!

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)

Free Presentation: Avoiding Identity Theft

Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. An FBI agent will give tips on avoiding identity theft.

Mission Hills Branch Library 925 West Washington Street San Diego, CA 92103 • 619.692.4910

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

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

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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.

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Thursdays 7 - 8:30 pm

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

November 13, 2013

 ission Hills Garden Club. Due to Thanksgiving, we are having M a catered holiday party featuring  professional florist Frankie Hartwell (who used to work for Botanica),  demonstrating festive Thanksgiving arrangements. The meeting will be at the First United Church of Christ at 4070 Jackdaw from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Members are free; guests pay $10 which becomes part of the membership fee if they join that evening. For more 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

November 13, 2013

 oint Loma Garden Club. Monthly Meeting and Food Drive. P Creating Unique Holiday Containers: Betty Childs and Joanie Espy of Amazing Flower Girls will demonstrate making and planting containers for the garden with a holiday theme. . The meetings begin at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the Portuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portugal. More information is available at

a month for one-time placement, a month for 3-time placement...

Real Estate


Real Estate

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All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention, to make any preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of this law. Our readers hereby informedthat all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD Toll-Free at 1-800-669-9777. The Toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275

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4361 Hawk Street


1706 W. Arbor Drive

1834 Sheridan Avenue

Sunny 2/1.5 cottage with 2 fireplaces, box beam ceilings, stylish kitchen and baths, and nice outdoor spaces. Secluded location.

Beautiful 3/1.5 Craftsman Bungalow on A+ street. Completely upgraded. Contributor to the MH Historic District = reduced property taxes for new owner.

“The Blue House”. 2/1 on delightful lot. Originally owned by Kate Session’s foreman. Lots of charm and history here!

Maureen and Antoinette

Maureen and Antoinette

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University Heights

Happy Jack Arizona

North Mission Hills

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

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Show Your Listing Here!

Luxury Cabin

Huge lodge like cabin 4 bedrooms/2.5 baths and a 1bed/1bath guest house on over 8 acres of secluded land surrounded by 2M acres of Forest Service Land. See more details at



JONATHAN SCHNEEWEISS J.D., LL.M. Broker Voted in San Diego Magazine’s,

“Best in Client Satisfaction,” 2008—2013

Call Jim Scott, Broker BRE #830226 at 619.920.9511

“Best in Client Satisfaction,” 2008—2013

“2013, Nominated for San Diego Broker of the Year.”

BRE# 01378508 • 619.279.3333

BRE# 01378508 • 619.279.3333

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1812 Lyndon Road

Charming fixer with a large lot and great street location in North Mission Hills. 600 square foot garage and large yard make this home a great candidate for a rehab. In the Historical District for Mills Act as a contributing house. Original and unusual fireplace and floor inlays grace the public rooms. Coved ceilings and period detailing..

Call Celeste Williams, Agent BRE #897028 at 619.405.7575

JONATHAN SCHNEEWEISS J.D., LL.M. Broker Voted in San Diego Magazine’s,

“2013, Nominated for San Diego Broker of the Year.”

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4298 Randolph Street

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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4467 Willson Ave.

Gross income of $4,300/month, 2 bungalows, 2 apartments & 4 garages! Clean and low maintenance. See more details at



4295 Hawk Street

Spanish 3 bedroom, 4½ bath view home. Exquisitely detailed with hardwood floors, exposed beam ceilings, custom cabinetry, high-end appliances, media room, audio visual system, security system, zoned air conditioning for each floor, a generous terrace opening off the living room, dining room, and kitchen for al fresco dining and entertaining.

Call Jim Scott, Broker BRE #830226 at 619.920.9511


2302 Fort Stockton Drive

Charming 2 story Mission-style home well suited for modern living. Huge eat-in remodeled kitchen adjoins a pleasant family room directly off a quiet court yard. Peaceful and secluded private gardens and patios wrap around the home. The home features barrel ceilings, a truly spectacular dining room, mahogany doors and trim, a fireplace, 3 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths. Oversized 2 car garage. The driveway is on the Trias Street side for easy use, no backing out onto Fort Stockton Drive.

Call Jim Scott, Broker BRE #830226 at 619.920.9511


4224 Altamirano Way

Exquisite blend of traditional design/modern upgrades. This spacious home radiates tranquility and privacy for everyday living while providing a showcase for entertaining. The property is set back from the street to optimize panoramic views while the private courtyard entry provides the perfect introduction to the beauty within. Gorgeous Presidio 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath with amazing kitchen, faultless living room, a master suite on the entry level, and hardwood floors.

Call Jim Scott, Broker BRE #830226 at 619.920.9511

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3770 Herbert Street

1809 West Montecito Way

Hillcrest • $625,000

North Mission Hills • $1,425,000

3 bedroom, 2 bath 1914 Craftsman home with built-ins, hardwood floors, a beautifully remodeled kitchen, AND parking. The living room features a wood burning fireplace, built-in bookshelves, original period windows, and floor moldings. The dining room has built-in cabinetry with glass doors. The kitchen has granite counters, stainless appliances, hardwood cabinets with lots of storage and useable space. Fabulous neighborhood.

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..

Call Jim Scott • 619.920.9511

Call Jim Scott • 619.920.9511

4320 Arcadia Drive

3657 Collier Avenue

Broker BRE # 830226

Broker BRE # 830226

North Mission Hills • $1,587,000

Normal Heights • $529,000

Custom contemporary home in a secluded neighborhood. 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath located on a large canyon lot and a flat back yard. Bay and ocean views. Irving Gill inspired modernist era home designed by La Jolla architect Laura Ducharme and constructed in 2005. Large deck flowing from great room to family room perfect for indoor/outdoor entertaining and viewing evening SeaWorld fireworks.

Tucked away on the Collier/Alexia horseshoe is this lovely 1936 bungalow with clinker brick entry & chimney, hardwood floors & fireplace. Spacious private backyard oasis Two bedrooms plus an office/den/media room, detached garage, inviting living room & sunny kitchen. Walk to restaurants, wine & beer hot spots, shopping & street fairs. Many original details intact. Upgraded electrical, central heat & AC.

Call Jeanna Hardesty • 619.300.3195

Call Sharon Hall • 619.788.2849

Agent BRE # 01476207

Agent BRE # 01191785

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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