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Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village Returns


Gaslamp Hosts Pet Parade


Randy Jones & Fred Grand Announce Joint Effort


Blake Shelton Performs in San Diego


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Barons Market Helps to Tackle Hunger

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Uptown Community Plan Receives Negative Reaction


All Soul’s Annual Christmas Home Tour Returns


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Meals on Wheels Hosts Share the Love Event


Featured Stories

Mea Culpa

By George Mitrovich

First, I predicted Mrs. Clinton would win. I was wrong. Seriously, wrong. That many others were also wrong, is of no comfort. Donald Trump is president-elect. In the aftermath of the election, I have read hundreds of articles, editorials, opinion pieces, essays, all finding common ground in their collective disbelief–and not a few alarmed by Mr. Trump’s victory. The editorial that resonated most with me appeared in The Guardian of England: “President Trump is the shock heard round the world. Now that he has won, the instant explanations have already started to flood in: that the mobilization (or not) of this or that demographic was decisive; that he tapped the angry anti-establishment mood; that he spoke for millions who felt abandoned by the prosperous and progressive; that American nativism was always far stronger than liberals wanted to think; that he was a celebrity candidate for the celebrity-obsessed age; that he rode the tiger of post-truth politics; that making America great again was a cut-through message in a militaristic and imperial nation; that white men (and many white women) had had it with political correctness; that misogyny swung it; that the mainstream media failed to call him out; that it is a verdict on the Barack Obama years; that Mrs. Clinton was always the wrong candidate; that there was racist dirty work in the voting system; that it was the Russians that won it for him.” “None of these explanations is irrelevant. All of them have something to say. But beware of instant certainties...” Despite the fact I’ve been writing this column for 11-years, it’s never clear who reads it, because in the 132 columns I’ve written, the number of individuals who have shared their likes and dislikes, barely exceeds 200; a rather disappointing return when weighed against the more than 145,000 words I’ve written–but who’s counting. Until, that is, I wrote last month that Donald Trump is “evil”, which obviously annoyed some readers of the Sentinel, who proceeded to tell publisher Patty Ducey-Brooks they were upset and I should be fired. But firing someone you haven’t hired is difficult. The only option Ms. Ducey-Brooks has is to dismiss me, but the appearance of my column

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this month suggest she hasn’t quite reached that decision–but that option remains open. That some readers disagreed with what I wrote about their hero, Mr. Trump, is not surprising, as I have often said that I am not surprised people disagree with me, because I frequently disagree with myself. But not in the matter of Donald Trump. In writing Mr. Trump is “evil”, I qualified it by writing words have consequences and that when you say, as Mr. Trump said during the campaign, that Mexicans are “rapists” and Muslims should be barred from the United States, evil consequences would likely follow. Whether I’m right remains to be seen–but I pray I’m wrong. (It is ironic, is it not, that Mr. Trump, in attacking minorities, will himself be a minority president, as when all votes are finally counted, Mrs. Clinton will have received more than two million more votes.) Trump supporters among my friends, the few I have, are saying to me, “Mitrovich it’s time to move on, the man is going to be our president.” Yes he is, and I have a duty as a citizen and patriot, to wish him well and hope for the best. If he’s successful as the 45th President of the United States, it will abound to our benefit. To wish for other than his success is to betray one’s patriotism, which I will not do. Thus, unlike Senator Mitch McConnell, there will be no declaration here to make Mr. Trump a one-term president, as the senator declared in January of ’09 in a speech to the American Heritage Foundation, to make Senator Obama a “one-term president.” Senator McConnell failed in his goal, failed twice, but was successful in doing everything within his power as Republican leader of the Senate to stop the president’s policy objectives. Among other things Mr. Trump’s supporters are telling us is we need to forget the rhetoric of his campaign, that it was just “campaign talk.” Perhaps, but no candidate for president in our history ever talked like Donald Trump–ever. As Dana Milbank wrote recently in the Washington Post: “Donald Trump treated the nation to a series of outlandish promises. He’ll eliminate the $19 trillion federal debt in eight years. He’ll

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Remembering Pearl Harbor:

Honoring the Past and Inspiring the Future As we look forward to the next 100 years of stewardship, how will we interpret the stories and events of the 21st century in our parks? We invite you to join us for this important event. • Tours of the restored military bunker • A flyover by a WWII • Lady Liberty Car Show • Guided Ranger walks

• Presentations by men and women who lived on the home front in San Diego during the war • Ranger programs about what life was like in the United States during the war

Cabrillo National Monument Saturday, December 10, 2016 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM Join us as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States entrance into World War II.

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The Tunnel of Light

18th Annual Little Italy

I was recently reminded that we start our days in a tunnel of darkness. We don’t actually know what to expect, even though we may have tasks, activities and responsibilities to be completed during the day. However, it always seems that there are a variety of factors, including people who we interact with that determines the outcome. Over the last month, I have been referring to these occurrences and connections with other people as “light factors.” George Mitrovich (who is a friend and writes for the Presidio Sentinel) and I had a lengthy conversation this past month about politics, people and religion. I was sharing with George some of my conversations with people who read the newspaper. The outcome of that conversation is his article in this issue and a new resource that he shared with me, a Notre Dame daily spiritual offering. Since both George and I consider ourselves to be spiritual, I was intrigued by his suggestion. What I learned and what I received is another “light factor.” During my conversation with George I told him about the tunnel of darkness and how throughout the day and our lives there are people and consequences that shed light on us. I also told him that he was able to do this…shed light. Ironically, at the end of George’s column he refers to someone who also uses the reference to “tunnel and light.” I wonder if it is just coincidental. Maybe yes; maybe no. Then as if it is a sign, I also just recently received this enlightening message via email: “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”–Albert Schweitzer As this is a very special time of the year for those of us who believe in Christmas and in God, I almost feel as if this is just a reminder that we need each other. And, we need to be inspiration, encouragement and a light for each other. Even at our weakest and most challenging times, we can appeal to ourselves and to others to find comfort, solace, encouragement and insight. As I shared with George, I may not always agree with his points of view or perspective on issues, however, I do feel that he challenges me to question, to ask and to pursue the truth and reality. I am also reminded that none of us are alike. With the exception of babies, all of us are a combination of attitudes, aspirations, talents, skills, life experiences, upbringing and relationships that make us who we are. And, though some may doubt this, we need each other to grow, succeed and prosper. I do believe that each of us has the ability to shed light on a tunnel of darkness and “rekindle a spark for another person,” as Albert Schweitzer stated above. And, I remind all of us, be mindful of our actions. We have the ability to “turn off” or “turn on” the light for others to see through life’s tunnel of darkness. Merry Christmas to all of you, and wishing you a happy and “light filled” New Year!•

This holiday season, sidewalks in Little Italy will be filled with holiday cheer for the 18th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village on Saturday, December 3 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Families, friends and visitors will be able to experience two tree lightings for the first time this year, a Christmas Village with seasonal vendors, festive décor, live music and entertainment, holiday treats, Santa Claus and more. “The Little Italy Association is decking the halls for the families of San Diego and in our neighborhood to come out and celebrate the holiday season together,” said Chris Gomez, Little Italy Association’s District Manager. “This Little Italy tradition brings the Christmas magic to San Diego and this year will be extra special because we are closing down India Street for two Tree Lightings! One will be A 25’ tower of over 1,000 gorgeous for our 25’ tower of over 1,000 poinsettias will be positioned in the middle of Piazza Basilone in Little Italy. gorgeous poinsettias in the middle of Piazza Basilone and the other, in front of what’s going to be the new heart of Little Italy—Piazza Della Famiglia.” Santa Claus will be in attendance for meet and greets and photos with all the neighborhood kids and kids at heart starting at 4 p.m. Attendees can catch Santa at “Santa’s Living Room” on India Street, taking pictures until 6:30 p.m. Next to “Santa’s Living Room,” will be fun arts and crafts for the kids to take part in with Washington Elementary STEAM Magnet School and ArtReach. Seasonal vendors selling perfect stocking stuffers and select Little Italy Mercato vendors with holiday goodies will be lining India Street between W. Cedar and Grape Streets. The Tree Lighting ceremonies will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Fir and India Streets. For more information about The Tree Lighting and Christmas Village, visit•

By Patty Ducey-Brooks

Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

A Point Loma Tradition

All Souls’ Episcopal Church presents the 65 annual th


1475 Catalina Blvd. (619) 223-6394 Tickets: $30

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on DECEMBER 10TH from 5:00 PM to 8:00PM for...


1600 Block of West Lewis Street Historic Mission Hills

Please join us, along with Old Saint Nick, right here in Mission Hills! Real estate agents from the Mission Hills Coldwell Banker office will be hosting their 13th Annual ‘Photos with Santa in the Hills’ on Saturday December 10th starting at 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Old Saint Nick (aka Santa Claus) will be happy to hear your good little girl or boy’s wish lists, and pose with the children for photos by the popular professional photographer, Meredith French. Ms. French will have several different photo packages available for purchase*, with print and digital options to choose from. Please bring an unwrapped gift to benefit Toys for Tots! Two uniformed soldiers will be on hand to accept your donations. Thank you for your kind generosity and keeping the Christmas spirit alive in our youth. The Holiday in the Hills event will include food trucks and special shopping opportunities with the local shops and merchants of the West Lewis Shopping District.

Purchase Tickets at: All Souls’ Church, Ace Hardware,

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Backroom Beer Pairing to Tackle Holiday Hunger

Local grocer & Alpine Beer Company to pair holiday brews and bites for a cause

The aroma of holiday foods, the sound of cheerful laughter and spirit of the giving season will envelop Barons Market on December 14 for the latest installment of its Backroom Beer Pairing series. The family-owned market will transform loading docks and stock rooms into beer and food speakeasies at all three San Diego locations. As guests enjoy holiday appetizers paired with popular brews from Alpine Beer Company, they’ll help neighbors in need put food on their own holiday tables. 100 percent of ticket sales benefit the San Diego Food Bank. “As a locally owned grocery store, we feel a personal stake in ensuring our neighbors are well fed,” says Rachel Shemirani, Barons Market’s vice president of marketing. “By teaming up with Alpine Brewing Barons Market is donating 100 percent of ticket sales from the beer pairing Company, which is just a short drive event to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. from our Alpine location, this event will bring friends together to support an organization keeping bellies full during the holidays.” Local food banks ensure that people don’t go hungry and can focus on living healthy, joyful lives–especially during the holiday season. The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank remains the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County, providing food to people in need and connecting the people they serve to a range of health and human service providers since 1977. To enjoy these delectable pairings, support local business and help neighbors put food on the table this holiday season, head to your local Barons Market from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14.•

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Michal A. Tuzinkiewicz Creative/Art Director

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18 Potential Historic Districts in Uptown

George Mitrovich Fausto Palafox

By Bob O’Connor & Laura Packer, Mission Hills Residents On November 14, 2016, the San Diego City Council approved the Uptown Community Plan Update. The Update includes the identification of 18 out of 19 proposed Potential Historic Districts (“PHDs”) in the Uptown area, mostly in Mission Hills. The city Planning Department staff, supported by SOHO and Mission Hills Heritage, sought interim regulations on the homes identified in the PHDs. These interim regulations would have restricted any updating/ remodeling of the exterior front 2/3 of a house in a PHD. The home owners impacted by being included in a PHD and therefore subject to the interim regulations were never directly notified by the city. The city did specifically notify preservation groups such as SOHO and Mission Hills Heritage, but claims that a legal notice in a 2009 newspaper was adequate notice to the affected homeowners. In April, 2016, some residents of the Presidio Hills neighborhood became aware of the interim regulations and the fact that their neighborhood was one of the PHDs. The Presidio Hills PHD consisted of 59 homes, 40 of which were designated as “contributing resources”. A majority of the Presidio Hills residents (59%) signed petitions and sent letters opposing the implementation of the interim regulations (which have no economic benefit–only burdens) and the inclusion of the Presidio Hills PHD in the proposed Update. Several Presidio Hills property owners attended many committee


hearings leading up to the City City Council. Council hearing, during which they After the City Council’s decision, argued that the interim regulations there are still 18 other PHDs in were tantamount to the taking of Uptown. The city did provide a property without due process in written schedule showing that it will violation of the 4th Amendment. take up to 12 years to process all of The city staff eventually removed those districts into an actual historic the interim regulations for all PHDs district, depending on adequate in the Update, but the 19 PHDs still funding by the city. In the meantime, remained in the Update. staff has indicated that they will seek For several months, the Presidio to amend the Municipal Code so Hills residents undertook to disman- that the interim regulations that were tle the basis that the staff was using removed from the Update will be to justify its neighborhood as being now be included in the Municipal a PHD. A home was considered to Code. Whether or not any of these be a “contributing resource” based homeowners ever get direct notice upon a 2004-2006 drive-by survey of this action is unknown at this with photos taken from the street. time. Now that a home is included It was the staff’s position that if 60- in a PHD, this must be disclosed 65 percent of the neighborhood on a California Realtor form at the had homes that were deemed to time the house is sold, which could be a “contributing resource”, then restrict the buying market. the threshold for a PHD was met. The burden has shifted to property The fact that a single home was not owners in the PHD to establish that historic was not determinative, but their neighborhood does not meet whether or not that single home the criteria when the time comes “contributed” to the historic char- for the creation of an actual historic acter of the neighborhood caused district for their neighborhood. it to be included. The Presidio Hills However, in the meantime the residents took present day photos of preservation groups will fight hard to each of the 59 homes and proved impose historic restrictions on your to the staff that the number of so- home, presumably your greatest called “contributing resources” due asset. The preservationists claim that to extensive remodeling was now these PHDs and regulations are for 56 percent, significantly below the the “greater good”. The Presidio Hills PHD threshold. Other arguments residents disagreed.• and evidence was provided to staff, who concluded that Presidio Hills as a PHD should be removed from the Update, which Ilene Hubbs will be back staff recommendation for the January 2017 issue. was then adopted by the

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Animal News

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade


Attracts Participants & Spectators

Not to be combined with any other offer. Not good for boarding, bathing, grooming, pet food and prescription and non-prescription drugs.Expires 11.30.2016

Prepare to unleash the holiday cheer through the streets of Downtown San Diego with your furry friends. The 9th Annual San Diego Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by VCA Market Street Animal Hospital returns on Sunday, December 11, 2016. All pet owners and their furry, feathered, and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes and put their best paw, wing, and fin forward for this jolly promenade and pet expo, which starts and ends at MLK Promenade Park, adjacent to the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter (401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101) at Fourth Avenue and K Street. Entry to participate in the Pet Parade is just $15 per pet in advance, and $20 on the day of Costumed canines and their human the event. Day-of registration companions can compete for Best of Show. and check-in will begin at 12:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to register in advance as space in the Parade is limited and will fill up fast. For more information, please visit www. Festive, family-friendly parade through the Gaslamp Quarter for jolly pets and their two-legged families steps off at 3 p.m. A free pet expo featuring 25 plus pet-related products and services will be available at Hilton Gaslamp Park from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be live music and entertainment on the stage. The first 300 Pet Paraders to register will receive a complimentary goodie bag filled with pet-related product samples, gifts, and special offers from Gaslamp Quarter businesses The winner of Best in Show will be invited to lead the 2017 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade as Grand Marshal.•

help us find a home Winifred, a seven-year old, Shar Pei/American Pit Bull Terrier Mix, makes instant friends with everyone she meets. This sweet girl loves spending time with her human companions and giving kisses. Winifred wasn’t feeling too great when she first entered our care. Luckily, her medical team was able to quickly get her skin allergies under control, but her new family will have to take preventative measures including medicated baths to keep her comfortable. Winifred is spayed and has current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, waived enrollment fee for medical insurance from Trupanion, a certificate for a free veterinary exam, and a license if residing in Oceanside, Vista, Escondido, San Marcos or Poway. She is at the San Diego Humane Society, San Diego Campus, located at 5500 Gaines Street in San Diego, California. For more information, call 619.299.7012 or visit

Like her tasty namesake, Oreo is truly a treat. This beautiful, six-year old, domestic short hair is a total cuddle bug and loves to shower staff and volunteers with hugs and affection. She is also a fan of feather toys and lasers. Oreo does seem to reserve her affection for humans however, and would prefer to be the only cat in the home. Don’t worry, she’ll more than make up for it with all of the extra love she has to give. Oreo’s adoption fee includes her spay, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, waived enrollment fee for medical insurance from TruPanion, and a certificate for a free veterinary exam. Oreo is currently at the San Diego Humane Society Oceanside Campus, located at 572 Airport Road in Oceanside, California. For more information, call 760.757.4356 or visit




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Sticking to it…in the face…of everything By Blake Beckcom

Consistency is often a wandering target of “on again, off again” frustration. The problem is, the older we get, the easier it is to lose our gains and give up. Sticking to anything can be challenging. We know what we need to do. We know what we ought to do, but with the over crowded year-end work pressures and holiday “must attend” events, your best intentions can go awry. Once your fitness routines get crowded out, making a comeback post can be so daunting that it becomes a recipe to give in, and give up. If we are strong, healthy and a bit lucky, we can reasonably expect to make it 75 to 80 years on average; some longer, and regrettably, some shorter. But here’s the thing, at about mid 40 we start losing about one percent of our lean mass annually; and if female, we can add in .3 to .5 percent bone loss mass on top of that. The downward slide of our health simply intensifies with age. I know it stinks, but what are we gonna do about it? In and of themselves, the aforementioned are pretty good reasons to keep chipping. But, I hear you…you are busy, you are overwhelmed, you’re not up for it, and you have no time. I get it. Try “show up 95”. It is a great mantra to live by and train by. I have used it for years. First, if I just “show up” to my workout, I have won on several fronts: 1.) I feel better about me, in that I did not give in to temptation to bail; 2.) I am still making progress against my goals, in light of what I am up against in the other areas of life, which are trying to crowd this out, and; 3.) Since I showed up, I might as well give it at least a 95 percent “best effort” given. All workouts are not super human. They ebb and flow, and that’s ok. It’s the continuity that counts most. When I look back at the workouts, I forced myself to show up for, not really being that in to it, for whatever reason. Yet, those workouts were some of my best, in terms of feelings of self worth, continuing to make some progress, and, in keeping at it over the long term. Not to mention, avoiding giving back the hard fought gains to date. Missing workouts is a slippery slope we all need to stay off of, including me. Apply the same principle to your nutrition: show up 95. If you simply “ show up” for your breakfast/snack/lunch/snack/dinner/snack basic meal frequency, that is, to actually do it…and do this 95 percent of the time…and concurrently, eat clean 95 percent of the time…lather, rinse,

repeat…and just keep doing it. Low and behold, over time this process becomes habitual. You will easily realize when you are coloring outside the lines in terms of, the five percent cheat zone, missing a quality snack or bonified “meal”, and recognizing more readily the sweets, salty foods, alcohols or what have you. You will become more “mindful” which is a big key in determining triggers that drive us to good/bad or indifferent nutritional choices, and timing thereof. Then suddenly, all of this stick-to-itiveness that sounds so difficult is actually a lot easier. You feel better about you, and that creates momentum, which helps you keep going. Our main goal these next several weeks is to maintain momentum Blake & Gwen Beckcom what we have accomplished year to date, and not give back one iota of our gains to this point. No gains, no set backs, just maintaining is goal number one. If you show up 95, you’ll have a leg up on your 2017 resolutions, and they will be far easier, as you won’t have to make up on any lost ground. Be “on purpose.” We can do this!• 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.

Randy Jones Invitational & Pacific Hospitality Group Announce Major Joint Efforts The Randy Jones Golf Invitational, founded by the former San Diego Padres pitcher to raise money for local charity golf tournaments, and Pacific Hospitality Group, Inc. (PHG), which develops and manages hotel and resort properties throughout San Diego County, announced the beginning of a program that could potentially increase fundraising for hundreds of charities countywide. As part of the agreement, all PHG entities–including Hacienda Hotel Old Town, Old Town Tequila Factory, Warner Springs Ranch Resort and Salt Creek Golf Club–will be premier sponsors of the popular annual event, which raises money for a full gamut of charities and rewards the best amateur foursome in San Diego. “With a goal of involving as many local charities as possible, the Randy Jones Invitational is unique in that it encourages the top teams from other charity golf tournaments to compete and raise money for their respective causes,” said Pacific Hospitality Group, Inc. President Fred Grand. “Over the years, our principals have been associated with some of the world’s top golf resorts, and we are thrilled to partner with Randy Jones and this most worthy fundraiser.” Since its inception in 2014, the Randy Jones Invitational has hosted thousands of golfers representing more than 200 charities. This year, the Invitational’s semifinals for 1,440 golfers (360 teams) will be held January 9-26, 2017 at Woods Valley Golf Club, and the finals will be held February 18 and 19, 2017 at Rancho Bernardo Golf Resort. As an Invitational partner, all PHG entities will provide discounts and gift certificates for tournaments and finals as well as provide lunches at tournament events for the next three years. Participating Randy Jones Invitational charities will also be eligible to receive gift certificates and discounts for PHG entities for their individual golf tournaments and golfers. Over the past 40 years, Randy Jones, San Diego Padres and Breitbard Hall of Fame member and 1976 Cy Young Award winner, has supported and played in hundreds of charity golf events in San Diego. The Randy Jones Invitational has been a huge success with around 1,500 golfers, representing over 200 local charities, that Randy Jones and Fred Grand sign an agreement for a major joint effort between the Randy play in Randy’s tournament each year. For more information, visit Jones Golf Invitational and Pacific Hospitality Group to potentially increase fundraising• for hundreds of charities countywide.


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Now What

President Trump.

By Rick Brooks

Donald J. Trump will be the next President of the United States, and Republicans maintained control over the House of Representatives and the Senate. Since the election results became clear, equity markets have rallied sharply. As I write this, the U.S. stock market is up about 2.5 percent since the election, while the bond market has fallen almost two percent on the back of sharply higher interest rates. The real question is what happens next, and how the potential policy changes could impact your finances? With President Trump, that’s something of a wild card, since his proposals have mostly been light on details. Still, by looking at what he has proposed, along with past proposals by the Republican Congress, and assuming there will be little effective opposition from the Democrats for the near future, we can get a sense for why the markets have reacted as they have, and some clues about what may come next. Tax Cuts and Deficit Spending Trump and Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, have proposed very similar reductions in personal and corporate income taxes. Depending on whose numbers you look at, these total somewhere between $4.5 and $7.5 trillion in reduced government revenues over the next 10 years. Trump has also proposed as much as $550 billion in infrastructure spending and $800 billion in additional defense spending. To the extent that these are not offset by spending cuts (and so far nothing significant has been discussed openly), the resulting deficit spending could boost economic growth somewhat while it lasts. This mostly explains the stock market’s rally. This significant expected fiscal stimulus should give the Federal Reserve breathing room to raise interest rates, which they have been unwilling to do for several years, in part due to cuts to government spending. The bond markets have reacted negatively to expectations of higher deficits, more government debt and expected higher interest rates. Trade Although Trump ran on a promise to renegotiate our existing trade pacts, it’s not clear how much he can actually do with a very trade friendly House and Senate. Still, the prospect that Trump may be able to force some production back to the U.S. from lower-cost producers like China and Mexico has pushed expectations for future inflation sharply higher. Trade tariffs imposed by a Trump Administration (and reprisals by trade partners) could also raise the costs of consumer goods, driving up inflation (and by extension, interest rates).

Health Care Policy Past proposals to reform the Food and Drug Administration (and recent comments from Trump himself) suggest efforts to streamline the drug approval process. This should result in quicker (and less stringent) approval of new drugs, which has benefitted pharmaceutical stocks. Trump and Congressional Republicans have vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, though no serious proposals for what that would look like have yet come to light. This is unlikely to affect the healthcare industry in the near term, but it does raise uncertainty around health care policy and coverage going forward. Reduced Regulation Trump and Congressional Republicans have repeatedly spoken of the need to repeal the Dodd Frank financial reforms enacted after the 2008 financial crisis, emissions standards set by the Obama Administration, and generally scale back government regulations across multiple industries. Not surprisingly, financial, industrial and energy stocks have been some of the biggest winners since the election. Should you change your investment strategy? If I’ve learned anything during this election, it is to be humble about my ability to predict the future. Given investors’ high levels of anxiety, it’s important to reiterate that elections by themselves do not decide policy outcomes, nor do they generally direct the long-term health of the economy and the businesses that operate within it. Without knowing which policy proposals will eventually be enacted, and when or how they might unfold, making preemptive, emotionally charged investment decisions is more likely to hurt than help. We do believe the election raises new questions and thus increases uncertainty for the global economy and markets in coming years. Uncertainty and the risk of sharp reversals are inevitable but unpleasant aspects of investing. Having the discipline to stay focused on the long-term drivers of investment performance is key to successful long-term investing.• This column is prepared by Rick Brooks, CFA®, CFP® and Jon Beyrer, CFP®, EA. Brooks is Director/Chief Investment Officer and Breyer is Director/Wealth Management with Blankinship & Foster, LLC, a wealth advisory firm specializing in comprehensive financial planning and investment management. Brooks can be reached at 858.755.5166, or by email at Brooks and his family live in Mission Hills.

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balance the budget without cutting Social Security, Medicare and other entitlements. He’ll bring back lost coal jobs. He’ll make Mexico pay for a border wall. He’ll deport 12 million illegal immigrants while growing the economy by at least six percent. “Many of Trump’s absurd promises will come due soon. Trump spoke of abolishing the Education Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, said he would rebuild American roads for one-third the current price, monitor mosques, prosecute Hillary Clinton and never take a vacation. He said he would spend no money on space exploration before infrastructure is repaired, would “bomb the s—- out of” the Islamic State, kill the relatives of terrorists, shut down parts of the Internet, reinstate waterboarding, dramatically increase tariffs, eliminate Wall Street reforms, cut the budget 20 percent and end birthright citizenship.” I will note here, as I have previously, that Mr. Trump’s severest critics during the campaign were not liberals, but conservatives, and not any conservatives, but conservatives of impeccable standing–David Brooks, Michael Gerson, Charles Krauthammer, Kathleen Parker, and George Will (in fact, so upset was Mr. Will, he resigned from the Republican Party). One of the more perplexing aspects of the campaign, was Mr. Trump’s strong support from evangelical Christians, which led Michael Gerson,

an evangelical and graduate of Wheaton College (Billy Graham’s school), to write in his syndicated column: “The most enthusiastic Trump evangelicals have taken the excesses of the Religious Right in the 1980s not as a warning but as a playbook. In this political season, they often acted more like an interest group seeking protection and favor than a voice of conscience. “They blessed an agenda that targeted minorities and refugees. They employed apocalyptic rhetoric as a get-out-the-vote technique. And they hitched the reputation of their religious tradition to a skittish horse near a precipice. “As a citizen, I hope that the faith many evangelicals have placed in the Trump administration is justified. As a commentator, I expect a tunnel at the end of the light. “It is part of my job to have strong opinions on public matters. But lately I have been conscious of a certain, unwelcome symmetry. When it comes to Trump evangelicals, I have found myself angry at how they have endorsed the politics of anger; bitter about the bitter political spirit they have encouraged; feeling a bit hypocritical in my zeal to point out their hypocrisy. A dark mood has led to anxiousness and harshness.” Not being able to improve upon that, I will conclude by wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.•

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By Krista Lombardi, President, Mission Hills BID & Lombardi Team at Scott & Quinn Real Estate

It is an exciting time of year for our BID with its annual election and neighborhood holiday events. A heartfelt “thank you” to our wonderful local shops and shoppers who participated in Small Business Saturday on November 26 and to all who continue to shop locally in support of our neighborhood and the ShopSmall movement, this holiday season and throughout the year. At its Annual Meeting I was elected president of the Mission Hills Business Improvement District along with Chase Bank Mission Hills’ Patti Yap as vice president; Patterson Engineering, Inc’s Audrey Patterson as secretary; and One Mission Realty’s Troy Curnett as treasurer. Trish Watlington of The Red Door and Bar by Red Door and I were re-elected to the board of directors, joined by Brad Sund from State Farm

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Insurance who was elected to his first term. I am pleased to be a part of this great team. Having previously served as an active member on the BID’s board of directors and as its treasurer and its secretary, I accepted the torch pass from Troy Curnett, immediate past president of the BID and owner/broker of One Mission Realty. Troy’s tireless service as president to the BID and the community over the past year raised the bar for volunteer involvement. Thankfully he is continuing on the BID board as its treasurer. And, we bid farewell to longtime board member Tom Curl. Over his many years of service Tom has led the BID and will be “of counsel” to us. With the November 21 Mission Hills Hillcrest Library “Raise the Banner Celebration” watch for Tom’s leadership role in our new library. Thank you, Tom Curl. Over the years I have met many of you and for those I have not met, I’d like to share a little about my journey

and how I ended up choosing to locate my real estate business in Mission Hills. My hope is to show you there is a place of involvement in the BID for every business owner. I grew up in East Lansing, Michigan surrounded by family. College days were spent at Michigan State where my father was a professor and where I studied psychology. I moved to Italy right after college and was an entrepreneur for seven years in Milan, procuring contracts with companies to teach English to managers. About the time I was considering moving back to the states, my father’s friend of 40-plus years decided to sell his property in San Diego right off of Bandini Street. With family help, I was able to purchase it and I moved to San Diego sight unseen. I was so excited to move somewhere warm and sunny. I trusted that San Diego would be wonderful and it absolutely has been. If you own a business in the Mission

Hills Business Improvement District, I invite you to join in the important work and the informative fun at the BID committee meetings on the first Wednesday of each month and the BID board of directors meetings on the third Wednesday of each month. Thanks to the generosity of Mission Hills United Methodist Church and our “Month of Meetings Sponsors,” BID meetings in 2017 will take place in the church parlor. Please visit our website at www.MissionHillsBID. com/meetings-and-agendas to view past meeting agendas and minutes and gain a flavor for all we do in support of Mission Hills businesses. The vibrancy of our neighborhood involves all of us. Holiday blessing to you and your family and best wishes for a prosperous 2017.•

Plan Update Crashes & Burns at City Council

By The Mission Hills Heritage Board of Directors

The Uptown Community Planning Update, over seven years in the making, collided with the City Council on November 14, 2016 and went down in flames. We wish to thank the scores of Mission Hills residents and others that attended the hearing that lasted until after 10 pm that evening. Unfortunately, the result left many with a feeling of déjà vu, as the “new” Uptown Community Plan that was approved by City Council looks very much like the old Uptown Community Plan adopted in 1988. Here are some key outcomes of the City Council vote on November 14th as it relates to Mission Hills:

• The new Uptown Community Plan will return to the old 1988 land use map, except that some single family areas surrounding Washington and University in Mission Hills and extending into parts of South Mission Hills (1, 4, 5, 8 and 11 on the Mission Hills Heritage land use map) will be re-designated to single family zoning. • The commercial core area of Mission Hills (roughly from Dove to Ibis and Fort Stockton to University) will retain its 1988 designation for up to 73 dwelling units per acre (du/ac), instead of the 44 du/ac that we recommended. • Several blocks adjacent to the commercial core area of Mission Hills and Reynard Way will retain their 1988 land use designation of 44 du/ ac, instead of the 29 du/ac we recommended. • A “Community Plan Implementation OverlayZone” (CPIOZ) will govern the height limit in the commercial core area of Mission Hills and will provide that ministerial projects can have a building height of up to 50’ while discretionary projects can seek a Process -3 site development permit (with a decision by a City-appointed hearing officer) that allows up to 100’ This is DOUBLE the 50’ limit of the Interim Height Ordinance. And projects utilizing the state affordable housing density bonus could build higher. • Nothing was included to require the City to move forward in a timely manner (unlike the North Park and Golden Hill community plans) to implement 19 identified potential historic districts in Uptown. Also a potential historic district for Presidio Hills will be deleted from the plan.

For proponents of community character and quality of life in Mission Hills and the rest of Uptown, the “Proposed Community Plan Update” (the product of > 7 years of community effort and negotiation) that headed into the final approval process this fall was not ideal, but included a balanced approach toward planning and development. The Proposed plan still allowed for a 41% increase in housing units in Uptown. However, a surreal transition that began with a Planning Commission hearing on October 6th culminated with City staff and the City Council (led by a motion from councilmember Todd Gloria) scrapping key elements of the Proposed plan and reverting to the land use and density map from the 1988 plan. On November 10th, only one business day before the City Council hearing, City staff released the so-called “Planning Commission Modification” based on the October 6th Planning Commission recommendation, which included a return to the old 1988 land use map paired with current citywide zoning. The environmental impact report that supported the proposed plan


Residents are voicing concerns for height limits in areas that will change the character of the neighborhoods.

was gutted and a patchwork analysis left in its place. Our Mission Hills Heritage land use map, the result of years of work, community input and compromise with the Mission Hills Town Council, was summarily dismissed in the modified plan. Despite united appeals from Mission Hills Heritage members and many speakers from throughout Uptown, the City Council voted (7-2, with David Alvarez and Sherri Lighter in opposition) to overturn years of work and a collective community vision for the future. While we appreciate Todd Gloria’s move to preserve many single-family blocks in Mission Hills, we lament the demise of the 50’ building height limit in the commercial core area of Mission Hills and a return to the 1988 potential density levels in other areas of Mission Hills. Hillcrest and other areas of Uptown were also impacted by the last minute changes that could make them unrecognizable 10-15 years from now. Questions remain unanswered. Why did the City’s planning staff completely change their recommended course of action from the Proposed Community Plan Update (the product of > 7 years of collaboration with the community) to the Planning Commission Modification (the product of a single, October 2016 meeting)? What happened in negotiations between the Planning Department, the Mayor’s office and Todd Gloria’s office? What

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Holiday Decorating with David Root By Barb Strona The Mission Hills Garden Club had a potluck and a demonstration by David Root as our holiday event. Since we met the week before Thanksgiving, we had a variety of finished products. We learned concepts behind various arrangements, regardless of the occasion. Before he began his demonstration, Root told us how he came to be dressed in a fringed gown. It seems that after a day of mishaps, he was finally on the road to Mission Hills when he heard a pop. His 501 button jeans’ top button had come off. Lacking a safety pin, he pulled his shirt out and down, but he felt that he was risking doing his demonstration without pants. Fortunately a woman friend was attending. She not only had safety pins, but she had the orange garment that he put on. Fortunately it was androgynous, and his autumnal colors fit in with Root’s theme. The first arrangement happened to be a fall decoration, but it could be adapted to any other season.

David Root demonstrates floral arrangement creations to an excited audience.

For fall, Root used an uncarved pumpkin. ears ago, he used a carved pumpkin as a container for a floral arrangement set in wet oasis. The decorated squash spent the night

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in an un-air conditioned room. The next day Root returned to find his creation nothing but pumpkin soup, which had run everywhere. The moral: Don’t use a carved pumpkin as a container for live flora unless you first place a liner inside the pumpkin. For this project, David had covered the pumpkin’s top (or the top of any other object you use for this arrangement) fasted with moss glued using a glue gun. He placed succulents in the moss, arranging them in a pleasing manner. He finished it off with a bit of dried wheat for a more autumnal look. After finishing the pumpkin, Root showed us how to make a very linear arrangement. He used a découpaged terra cotta pot, which he had painted white, cut out flowers from a “party” paper napkin, and using découpage glue, he glued the flowers to the pot. He then lined the pot and put in a piece of wet floral foam (Oasis works best.) He had found a piece of what may have been a dried, long, heavy leaf, which he soaked in water to make it pliable. Next he twisted it and fastening each end so it couldn’t straighten and let it dry. He inserted the dried leaf into the foam, which became the focal point of the piece. He added sun flowers, inserted the way they would grow: largest blossoms at the base and increasingly small as they grew taller. If your flowers have curved stems, use them to your advantage. He filled in with greens as well as smaller yellow and purple flowers. He did warn us “Don’t let your ass show.” He meant do not show the underpinnings of any arrangement. Keep the mechanics covered or camouflaged. Root has perfected the art of dumpster diving. He finds all sorts of useful trash. A discarded bamboo tomato cage became the foundation of one of the arrangements he showed us. He filled it with branches, laying the entire thing on its side. At one end he inserted a container with foam,

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which was hidden by the branches and their foliage. He used ornamental kale and a variety of red and green tinted foliage as well. The dried seed pods of the Norfolk pine made a beautiful addition to the whole. Root believes in using discards. He took a broken wicker hamper and re-fashioned it. He secured foam at the sides of the top and made his arrangements there. An old floor mounted candle holder turned into a lovely Christmas candelabra when decorated with pine branches, red roses, and other blossoms. The hurricane lamps would be placed over the candles to protect the flowers from burning. (This arrangement is on Root’s left. . . our right side of the table.) Adding to Root’s collection of discards, René van Rems, a worldfamous floral designer, gave Root a plethora of flowers that still had enough life in them for him to use. Some he took to the VA Hospital for Flowers for Patriots. Others he brought to the Mission Hills Garden Club. These he sold for $5.00 a generous bunch. The money went to Flowers for Patriots. I have known Root for over eight years. He grows more and more inventive and more and more amusing as time goes on. This was really a marvelous experience. As usual, there will be no meeting in December. However, mark your calendar for January 25, 2017 when John Bagnasco, a local radio personality with Garden America and a rosarian will give a presentation showing rose gardens from around the world. He also will give you ideas about garden related vacations. The meeting will be at the church at 4070 Jackdaw between Fort Stockton and West Lewis. Meetings are from 6 to 8 p.m. Members are free; guests pay $ 10, which will be applied toward membership if you join that night.• •

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65th Annual Christmas Home Tour

All Souls’ Episcopal Church celebrates its 65th Christmas Home Tour and Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, December 3. Just three weeks before Christmas, it can be a whole day of fun with family and friends. An expanded marketplace prompts festive planning, with gifts and decorations that include handmade treasures and home-cooked treats for Christmas stockings or the feast table. This year’s limited-edition of “Peter the Church Mouse” unveiling, and gourmet food trucks, and local artisans round out the traditional sumptuous tea event. The chance to see up close and personal, Hubbell stained glass in the church, and unique Point Loma homes make for a very special Christmas celebration and highlight to the season. Four distinctive residences delight with their histories, views and decor to pique creative interests. Which home will tantalize with Saint Nicolas fresh-baking cookies? Which one will showcase delightful collections from decades of personal sailing memorabilia? Which will evoke a time long-past in China, with vintage cloisonné, marble sculpture and centuries-old reclaimed wood flooring? Each home enchants with imaginative designs, spectacular vistas and peeks into some fascinating travels. Tickets are $30.00 in advance or $35.00 on Tour Day. For information and to purchase tickets, visit or contact the church, at 1475 Catalina Blvd., 92107 619.223.7705). We look forward to you joining us for a spectacular Christmas event.•

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Harley & Bessie Knox Branch Library By Fausto Palafox On Tuesday, November 22, members of the community, dignitaries and government officials were present at the home of the future Mission HillsHillcrest Harley & Bessie Knox Branch Library, located at the corner of West Washington Street and Front Street. The purpose was to introduce the construction phase of the project. Speaking at the event were Councilmember Todd Gloria, City of San Diego Library Director Misty Jones, President of the Friends of Mission HillsHillcrest Branch Library Phyllis Marion, and San Diego Library Foundation Chief Executive Officer Jay Hill. Project architects and the Commission for Arts & Culture had renderings of the future library on site to share with the public.•

This is one of the homes that was highlighted during a previous year of the Christmas Home Tour and Marketplace.

Update Crashes & Burns Continued from page 10 influence did the Greenwald Company and proponents of the “Uptown Gateway Project” exert on City Hall? (The Greenwald Company wants to build very dense and tall in the heart of Hillcrest.) How were the voices of 880 people that signed a petition to retain the 50’ height limit in the commercial core area of Mission Hills ignored? Over the next few weeks, Mission Hills Heritage will review the outcome and consider various options, including: (1) do nothing and accept the outcome, or (2) file a CEQA lawsuit to challenge the environmental analysis and decision. We welcome input from Mission Hills Heritage members and our community as we consider the best course of action to safeguard our community and preserve the best of Mission Hills. You can contact us at or 619.497.1193. More information is at: We also encourage you to send your thoughts to other Mission Hills groups such as the Mission Hills Town Council and Mission Hills BID.•

Nancy Carter discusses a rendering of the Library project with San Diego Library Foundation Chief Executive Officer Jay Hill. Photo by Fausto Palafox.


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On November 25, 2016 Clairemont Town Square kicked off the holiday season as the center hosts events throughout the Christmas season. The festive day included the muchanticipated Santa’s arrival, kids’ crafts, and photos with Santa. “We are delighted to celebrate the holidays with our customers and their families,” said Rachel Rosen Reisfeld, marketing director, Clairemont Town Square. “The holiday events at Clairemont Town Square are the perfect opportunity for families and the community to come together.” The Holiday season officially kicked off on Friday, November 25 with the Clairemont Town Square Santa’s Arrival Parade. The parade featured the Madison High School marching band and San Diego City Councilmember Chris Cate, from the Sixth District. The Clairemont High School drama club showcased their next play throughout the parade. Some of the other exciting entertainment included: stilt walkers, Frosty the Snowman, and a living Christmas teddy bear. Finally, kids were delighted as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on a horse drawn trolley. The parade began near T.J. Maxx and continued to the food court area near Reading Cinemas Town Square 14. Clairemont Town Square is a community lifestyle center located on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and Clairemont Drive. The center features retailers such as Burlington Coat Factory, T.J. Maxx, Petco, Vons, Carter’s Babies and Kids, ULTA, Michaels, and Ross Dress for Less. Clairemont Town Square features a charming atmosphere created by the combination of a local hometown hangout, with shops and restaurants fitting to the metropolitan San Diego area. Clairemont Town Square features current-run movies at Reading Cinemas Town Square 14 and San Diego’s premier Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, open 24/7.•

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Voices of Christmas

A Story Concert Reading

Write Out Loud–an organization founded in 2007 with a commitment to inspire, challenge and entertain by reading short stories aloud for a live audience– announces Voices of Christmas, the third production in their 10th Anniversary Season. Write Out Loud Story Concerts bring literature to life–aloud–with rehearsed readings by professional actors. Each program explores specific themes by weaving a variety of stories, poems and music together into a literary tapestry. Mark Christopher Lawrence (of TV’s “Chuck” fame), Steven J. Warner, Veronica Murphy, Walter Ritter and other favorite Write out Loud artists to perform at 7 p.m., Monday, December 12 at the Old Town Theater, located at 4040 Twiggs Street in Old Town San Diego. A preshow reception starts at 6:15 p.m. with a 7 p.m. curtain. Write Out Loud Artistic Director, Veronica Murphy shares, “with Voices of A cast of many will be participating in the Voices of Christmas event. Christmas, we are excited to step away from the commercialism of the holidays, and focus on the heart of the season. The stories focus on finding the joy of personal relationships and giving whatever you have to give while navigating tradition and our human frailties. Along with these character driven holiday stories and poems, we are thrilled to include the beautiful and haunting holiday music of Ireland by The Celtic Echoes.” Stories of the Heart of the Season to be read, include: • “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote–read by Steven J. Warner • “Ten Pecan Pies” by Clarence Major–read by Mark Christopher Lawrence • “Rumpole and Father Christmas” by John Mortimer–read by the company • “Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Tickets are $20. There are discounts for seniors, students and military. Purchase tickets for the Monday, December 12 performance at•


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National Comedy Theatre Announces a

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New Year’s Eve Spectacular

National Comedy Theatre (NCT), San Diego’s professional improv comedy club present its annual New Year’s Eve Spectacular performance and party on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 8:30 p.m. at 3717 India Street in Mission Hills. NCT guests gorge on a catered buffet, laugh through a hilarious improv comedy performance, down a champagne toast at midnight and then party with the cast of the show. Guests receive party favors, noisemakers and balloons to ring in the new year. “Everyone wants to laugh more,” shared Gary Kramer, spokesperson for the National Comedy Theatre. He added, “We start the year on the right foot. Our annual New Years Eve Spectacular event is a perfect way to end the year among friends or that special someone, and start the New Year laughing.” Tickets are just $79 per person, making this one of San Diego’s less expensive and most ridiculous New Year’s Eve events. National Comedy Theatre guests will party in the New Year with cast from the show. Smart patrons pre-buy tickets online This performance sells out every year. Tickets are $79 per person. (Buffet, show, champagne toast and after-party with the cast included.) National Comedy Theatre is San Diego’s home for improv comedy and has been entertaining audiences of all sizes and types across the nation with their unique brand of interactive, improv comedy for more than 20 years. As the longest continuously running show in San Diego history, NCT provides high-octane, highly interactive and hysterical shows that are clean and appropriate for all audiences. Guests pick the games, suggest scenarios, help call the fouls and then ultimately decide which team is the evening’s winner. For reservations and information, call 619.295.4999 or visit• •

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Cygnet Theatre continues its ten-year tradition of presenting a holiday show suitable for all ages. This season welcomes the return of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Adapted by Sean Murray with original score by Billy Thompson, this production is a re-imagined take on the original holiday classic featuring lively music, unique puppets and live sound effects. The fully staged production runs through December 24 at Cygnet Theatre, located at 4040 Twiggs Street in Old Town. “This is a clever and sweet retelling of the classic tale complete with new music and songs performed live,” explained Murray. “Our production kindles the imagination and vision of the audience, enriching the David McBean and Tom Stephenson star in “A magic of the story.” Christmas Carol.” Photo by Ken Jacques. He continues, “Every time I hear or read ‘A Christmas Carol,’ I discover something new, or something else moves me. It’s an endlessly creative tale. The magic of the show is that it launches holiday festivities and puts kids and adults alike in the mood for the season.” Murray and the creative team have embraced storytelling through the use of original puppetry, found objects, and innovative stagecraft. Cygnet Theatre will be transformed into a Victorian Christmas card thanks to the creativity of set designer Andrew Hull. Kyle Montgomery will serve as lighting designer. Costumes are by Jeanne Reith, and Peter Herman will provide wigs and makeup. Choreography is by Katie Whalley Banville. Original puppets designed by Michael McKeon. Patrick Marion will provide musical direction. Tom Stephenson returns as Scrooge and is rejoined by the talented cast of Cygnet Theatre veterans including Maggie, Charles Evans, Jr., Melissa Fernandes, Melinda Gilb, David McBean and Patrick McBride. In addition to the regularly scheduled “Cygneture Events”, Cygnet is holding its third annual pre-show Family Day on Sunday, Dec. 4th from 1-2 pm. Families will be able to enjoy cookie decorating, a coloring station, complimentary hot chocolate and more. Audiences will be invited to engage in the holiday spirit with photo ops at the lobby Christmas tree and pre-show sing-alongs from their seats. For more information regarding tickets, please contact the box office at 619.337.1525 or visit Tickets may be purchased in person at the box office located at 4040 Twiggs Street.•


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together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him. Writer/director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me) seamlessly weaves past and present together, crafting a tension-filled tale that deftly eschews sentimentality in favor of penetrating emotional insight. This film is Rated R. Running time is two hours and 17 minutes. The cast includes Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Gretchen Mol and C.J. Wilson. “Manchester by the Sea” opens Friday, December 2 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinema, located at 3965 Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest. For information and times, call 619.819.0236, or visit Film times and dates are subject to change.•

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Meals on Wheels San Diego County and Kearny Mesa Subaru invite San Diegans to their annual Share the Love Food Truck & More Event & Competition on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In celebration of the Subaru Share the Love event, San Diego’s top food trucks and restaurants will be on-site serving meals to hungry patrons. Kearny Mesa Subaru, located at 4797 Convoy Street in San Diego, is once again hosting the awareness event that shines a light on the exploding need to help homebound seniors and encourages individuals to donate their time, talent or treasure. Additionally, the automaker will donate $250 for every new car purchased or leased from November 17, 2016, through January 3, 2017 to the owner’s charity of choice from four nationally selected agencies as well as a hometown charity selected by the dealership. In 2015, Meals on Wheels San Diego County garnered over $35,000 from Subaru and Meals on Wheels America ‘Share the Love’ campaign to help San Diego homebound seniors. Local radio celebrity judges for this year’s event include Sky from “The Show” on iHeart Media’s Rock1053, Brian Wilson, director of Sports Sales & New Business Development at iHeart Media San Diego, and Shelly Dunn, from Dave, Shelly, and Chainsaw on JACK 100.7 FM. Sky, Brian, & Shelly will be joining forces at the annual foodie event to judge a variety of meals from all food trucks and restaurants from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and bestow the “Judge’s Choice” award to the winner. In addition, patrons will again be able to vote for their favorite competitor for the “People’s Choice” award. Ted Leitner, the voice of the San Diego Padres & San Diego State Aztecs, will be stopping in to the event as well. The 2015 event drew over 400 people. Confirmed food trucks and restaurants for this year’s event thus far include: Bite Me Express, Currywurst Frankfurt, Caliano by Spinelli, ‘Devilicious (2015 People’s Choice Winner), New York on Rye, Super Q, New Orleans, & Taco Picasso. For over 56 years, Meals on Wheels San Diego County has contributed to the overall well-being of seniors by providing regular nutrition and daily contact with a caring volunteer. Learn more at or call 800.5.SENIOR.•

Holds Cooking Demonstrations and Wine Tasting

This past month, Luxury Farms™ co-owner, Melissa Scott Clark prepared French Chef Virginie Woo’s recipes at her establishment. Guests enjoyed sampling the finished products and wine tasting. The cooking demonstration included chicken, mushrooms and vegetables with a mustard cream sauce and fresh basil; and chicken, mushrooms, asparagus and sun dried tomatoes with a tarragon cream sauce. Guests were hosted and enjoyed French pate on toast points, goat cheese and fire roasted tomato tartine, toasted baguette with tomatoes and anchovies, and wine provided by Luxury Farms Wine Shop. Luxury Farms™, with locations at 928 Fort Stockton Drive, Mission Hills, and 918 Orange Avenue, Coronado, is a European-inspired Retail and Coffee Concept Store. Guests experience a gallery-like setting and never ending assortments of unique lifestyle products such as cookware and kitchen gadgets, home décor, both vintage and new, a beautiful gourmet pantry, custom gift baskets, wine, cheese and charcuterie galore. Melissa Clark Scott enjoys “walking in the footsteps of Chef Virginie Woo” who was born and raised in Versailles (France) and was exposed to many cultures from which she takes the best of the worlds cuisine to incorporate in her creations. Her goal is to demonstrate the techniques and steps for creating the most exquisite dishes and desserts in a simple, quick, and healthy manner. To realize this Virginie Woo started her first cooking school in the West side of Paris where she developed many recipes and continues teaching healthy gourmet cooking around North America: from New York to San Francisco, from San Diego to Montréal. Following Julia Child’s footsteps, Virginie Woo has recently given a cooking class at the French Cultural Center in Boston in the same kitchen where Julia Childs cooked. She has also cooked for many notable epicurean magazines to show how easy it is to create healthy dishes in minutes as a spark for cooking creativity. Virginie Woo is now a culinary expert and has written more than 250 recipes (savory and dessert) since her debut in cuisine. Recipes were made available to all guests at the recent cooking demonstration and wine tasting.•

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Three Generations of Military Officers

Married on New Year’s Eve

First Lieutenant James Reily, Army Air Corps, spent 12 months in a German Prisoner of War (POW) Camp after being shot down and captured, returning from a bombing run over Austria. He almost died on several occasions but fate intervened. When General George C. Patton liberated the camp in the summer of 1945 he asked what the emaciated Reily wanted to do next? Reily replied, he wanted “to fight the Japanese in the Pacific.” His country obliged and he was on his way to do just that when he met “the love of his life” at a bar in Philadelphia. First Lieutenant Reily, a New Jersey native, piled into a car with several of his buddies and set out to enjoy a furlough in Philadelphia before they set out for a cross country trip for training in Texas. “I almost did not go out with my buddies that night. But we had one car between us, so I thought what the heck, may as well.” Clare Long was enjoying an after work drink with a group of her girl friends from the Philadelphia Record. One of his buddies was talking with her girlfriend so James started talking with Clare. As the night wore on he convinced the perky blond to give him her phone number. “When I gave him my phone number, I thought he would never call,” recalled Clare against the backdrop of streamers, horns and confetti at their 50th wedding anniversary. “But he called the next day. He told me he was on his way to Texas but asked if he could see me the next time he was home.” We wrote and he came home whenever he could. They married several months later on News Year’s Eve at St. Martin’s Church in Philadelphia. In 1976 Lieutenant James D. Reily Jr., United States Navy, eldest son of James and Clare Reily met the love of his life, Ensign Patricia Wappel, at the Officers’ Club bar at Moffett Field Naval Air Station in Mountain View, California. After several months of dating they were forced to face the fact that they would soon be going their separate ways thanks to the needs of the Navy. They realized that they did not want to spend the rest of their lives without each other so several months later they too got married on New Year’s Eve. “It is hard to forget your wedding anniversary when it is on New Year’s Eve,” The now retired Captain James Reily commented. “And New Year’s Eve was a time when our family and friends from the East Coast and elsewhere in the country could get away from work for a few days to join in the celebration.” Thirty-eight years later another Lieutenant James Reily, eldest son of James and Patricia Reily, met the love of his life, Michelle Muniz Munoz, while stationed as a Coast Guard Search and Rescue pilot in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. “I did not carry on the family tradition of meeting my future spouse in a bar—we actually met on line—but we did decide to carry on the family tradition of getting married on New Year’s Eve. Like my Dad says—it’s hard to forget your anniversary when you get married on New Year’s Eve.” The couple married December 31, 2015, on the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico, and came home to San Diego several months later to renew their vows and celebrate with family and friends. Three generations of Reily men—in uniform—were in attendance at the vow renewal and wedding celebration at James and Patricia’s historic home in Mission Hills. Captain James Reily managed to fit into his dress white uniform and the young Lieutenant James Reily looked dashing in his “choker whites” with the sun glinting off his golden wings. Lieutenant James Reily Sr. could not recall what had happened to his dress uniform but he still had his wings and looked uniform sharp in his leather flight jacket, and spit shined shoes. Unfortunately Lieutenant Reily Sr.’s beloved bride Clare passed on in 2010. “She would have loved this,” James Sr. commented as he surveyed the assemblage of his children, grand children, great grand children, nieces and nephews gathered to celebrate on a typically splendid day in America’s Finest City. Clare’s diamond sparkled in the sun light as the youngest Lieutenant James Reily slipped a classic gold wedding band on the finger of his beloved. A tear rolled down the craggy cheek of Clare’s tough, fighter pilot as his grandson recited his vows. Indeed, “She would have loved this.” Lieutenant James D. Reily Sr. passed on in July, 2016. This year only two generations of Reilys will celebrate their anniversaries (1st and 40th) on New Year’s Eve at the Reily’s historic home in Mission Hills. It would have been Clare and Jim’s 70th anniversary. But they will no doubt be there in spirit because they would have loved this.•


First Lieutenant James Reily and Clare Long were married on New Year’s Eve.

Lieutenant James D. Reily and Ensign Patricia Wappel were married on New Year’s Eve.

Lieutenant James Reily and Michele Munoz were married on New Year’s Eve 2015.

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Lil’ Bit O’Coin

By Laura Walcher

Violet Green Violet Green will be back for the January issue.

I wonder what ever happened to the Humphreys, that big-city family whose outings were dedicated–yes, dedicated–to how much money they could find on a New York street? Did it pay their rent? Buy their groceries? Well, it was reported that they found “thousands,” but I, as an equally obsessive loose-change seeker, figured they needed to live very long lives to acquire that much. I too, am simply, highly opposed to letting perfectly good money lay unclaimed in the open. And, I’m aided by the need to take Fen, the poodle/ bischonish (or, who knows/) little brat on long walks, during which I can either idly scan for coin or think great thoughts. (Do not hurt my feelings here.) I rejected listening to news (heaven help us!), music or lectures. One must be vigilant while walking Fen–not only because he may eat a disgusting sidewalk tidbit that will wind up costing us hundreds to have his stomach pumped, but because I’d miss exultant pedestrians who must discuss his breed (?) and his adorableness—(“ Yes,” I say, “ sometimes he’s adorable.”) Well, I’d learned a lot from the Humphreys; they were anything but idle. With their two children, they embarked on serious scouting. As for me, it’s true that I can’t quite stroll through a parking lot or pass an ATM machine without paying keen attention, but I simply never advanced–like the Humphreys–to searching ‘round the supermarket check-out stand, vending machine locations or–and I’m ashamed not to have thought of this one–gas station pumps. The Humphreys advised restaurant seats, too. Ick. Well, the Humphreys were New Yorkers, where people dash through the streets whether they’re late getting to where they’re going or not. So they’re probably far more careless in general than San Diegans, who really don’t rush to get anywhere, and are even reasonably satisfied to be a tiny bit late–like slipping into their seats just as the curtain goes up (ending how you’ve been eyeing their seats to see whether–being better than yours–you can make a quick change.) And maybe, if New Yorkers do lose a dime here and there, they’re reluctant to recover it lest they be trampled. In the meantime, not long ago, during one week, I found a coin every single day. And the following week, in one day I scored a penny, a nickel, a dime–and a quarter. A bonanza. But, thousands of dollars to be found? I would ardently dispute that, and will, should I ever meet the Humphreys; unless, of course, I learn that they actually put both those kids through college with that lil’ bit o’coin.•

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Human TuneUp Column by Cath

Extend Love

by Cath DeStefano

Through a strange series of events, here were Adam and Eve live on the radio, 6 p.m. and, follow us on Facebook: from the East Coast. The last caller had wondered why, when God said not to, Adam had taken a bite of the apple anyway. That act brought us choice and with that choice came sin and guilt. ADAM: That’s precisely where you went way off course. First of all, I was just hungry. The apple was there. I ate it. But the “apple thing” got all convoluted. 10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Service HOST: So where’d the problem start, Adam? 10:20 a.m. Children’s Worship & Wonder ADAM: With the idea of sin. That it was somehow a sin to eat the apple. Sin started this guilt trail down through the centuries which somehow led to too many lives being built on must and should rather than want to. HOST: Let me be clear, Adam. God didn’t say, “Don’t eat the apple”? ADAM: Not even close. God actually said, “Have fun in the Garden.” HOST: So Eve, you and Adam are back to clear this up? 3900 Cleveland Avenue • San Diego, CA 92103 • Phone: (619) 295-4146 EVE: Absolutely. If humans only knew, they are actually three simple ideas away from true Garden living. Open and Affirming Congregation, Everyone is Welcome HOST: Oh? EVE: Number 1: Get along with all the species here and don’t even think of trying to dominate each other. Number 2: You’ve nothing to prove here. Enjoy yourself. HOST: That one will be hard for some to hear. Those who need to DO something, make their parents proud, get ahead, etc. EVE: Oh, don’t misunderstand. Doing is fine. Just not so driven by must and should is my point. It’s such a brief span here. Don’t fret so. HOST: One more idea? EVE: Yes, number 3: Love. JAN. 2016 Display Ad for Presidio Sentinal HOST: Love? EVE: Quite the force. Please send Invoice to University Christian Church ADAM: We are including love again. Just like in the beginning. 3900 Cleveland Avenue EVE: Love for each other, the ultimate tool for peace. Extend a smile. A kind word. San Diego, CA 92103 HOST: Thank you for clearing this up. And the reminder about love being such a powerful force. We tend to forget to extend it. Pnone: 619-295-44146 Well folks, I’m sorry to say we’re out of time. Thanks so much to both of you for coming. There you have it folks. Adam and Eve revisiting. Listeners, are you listening?

Cath DeStefano, Author, Fun Workshop Leader Book Excerpt: Vital Signs! for Life by Cath • •


Music Scene

Blake Shelton Announces

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“Doing it to Country Songs” Tour

Country music superstar and Platinum-selling recording artist Blake Shelton takes a song from his current album “If I’m Honest” to bill his 2017 “Doing It To Country Songs” tour. Shelton and special guest RaeLynn, who announced the tour in a “Newlyweds” style game on Facebook Live, will perform in San Diego on Saturday, March 11, 2017. “Performing for an audience is what I love most–and if you’re coming to see me, you’re coming to hear country music, because that’s what I do,” said Shelton. “So get ready as we’re going to be ‘Doin’ It To Country Songs’ all night long!” The tour follows the 2016 release of Shelton’s 10th studio album, “If I’m Honest,” which was not only the biggest selling album in the week of its release, but also the best-selling country album released this year. With four weeks atop the Billboard Country albums chart, the 15-track project features the tour’s namesake along with Shelton’s latest No. 1 smash hit “Came Here To Forget” and his current Top 15 and climbing single “A Guy With A Girl.” Opening the tour is Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville recording artist RaeLynn, whose current single “Love Triangle” is the powerful first track from her forthcoming debut album WildHorse. She was recently selected as a CMT Next Women of Country honoree and a 2017 “Country Artist to Watch” by Pandora Radio. Shelton is teaming up with CID Entertainment once to offer VIP Experiences in 2017. VIP Experiences include an invitation to an exclusive pre-show party where fans will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with Blake Shelton, watch a pre-show RaeLynn will be joining Blake Shelton in the 2017 tour. acoustic performance, and take a photo in Blake's chair from The Voice. More details are available via www.cidentertainment. com/events/blake-sheltontour-2017. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in Los Angeles, Spokane, Tacoma, Fresno, Las Vegas, San Diego, and Evansville before the general public beginning Friday, December 2 at 10 a.m. local time through Thursday, December 8 at 10 p.m. local time.• Blake Shelton will be performing in San Diego on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

The Kinsey Sicks Perform at

Martini’s Above Fourth

Diversionary Theatre and Martini’s Above Fourth, located at 3940 Fourth Avenue, 2nd Floor, San Diego, CA 92103 presents The Kinsey Sicks in this musical homage to the fun and stressful December holidays. The show is at 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 6 and Wednesday, December 7. In Oy Vey in a Manger crises arise, secrets are revealed, and mayhem ensues. All in glorious four-part harmony of reinterpretations of holiday classics. For more information, visit or call 619.400.4500.•

Kinsey Sicks will perform in character non-traditional holiday music.


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The Broken Yolk Café–

Food Scene


Growing With OPM

By David Rottenberg When is the last time you had an opportunity to participate at the start of something big? Every stock trader dreams of finding the next Amazon starting up. Look at Qualcomm and ViaSat, two local companies that have grown significantly in just a few years. Local theater lovers flock to shows that are headed for Broadway. Even fast foodies can get into the game. Don’t forget that Jack In The Box is headquartered in San Diego. Before building it into perhaps the world’s largest restaurant chain, McDonald’s Ray Kroc moved to San Diego. So there are often opportunities here to observe companies that are starting up and are bound to grow dramatically. In the casual restaurant sector, there’s a new “old” player, a chain that has taken years to develop a business model that is growing quickly— The Broken Yolk Café. John Gelastopolous opened his first restaurant more than 35 years ago in the Sports Arena area. Then he found a terrific location in Pacific Beach, at the intersection of Garnet and Lamont, where a steady customer flow of beach goers, local business and organizations generated enough profits for him to expand his location, build an upper deck and buy adjacent properties for parking. The secret to his success–good food and lots of it, combined with attentive service. And the hours were good–early morning to late afternoon. The restaurant was open for breakfast and lunch. No happy hour. No dinner. Having created a successful model, Gelastopolous looked to expansion using OPM, “other peoples’ money.” That is, by franchising. Franchises are attractive because the business models seem to work. Entrepreneurial mistakes have been corrected. And the Broken Yolk franchise was doubly attractive. It represents good dining if not fine dining. Price points were affordable. And the restaurants close at 3 pm, allowing the owner to have a life, to spend time with wife, kids and friends. Who wouldn’t want to own a place like that? So in just a few years, The Broken Yolk Café has grown from a single location to 23 locations in four states. There are 10 locations in San Diego County alone. The most recently opened store is a location in the heart of Palm Springs, a favorite year round destination for San Diegans and other Southland

Mouth-melting pancakes are a favorites for guests of The Broken Yolk.

Enjoy Your Christmas & Holidays!

The Angus burger is fresh and delicious.

communities, as well as snowbirds from the US and Canada. Oscar Babb, the franchisee, once worked for the restaurant. What better way to learn what to do than from the inside” He moved to the desert and, seizing the opportunity, bought the rights and opened locations in La Quinta (a resort community close to Palm Springs), Temecula (a new “city” on the road to Palm Springs) and Palm Springs itself. He took over the “Chop House” location on Palm Canyon, the main tourist street, with lots of parking around the corner. The interior, with rock facing on the walls, is the nicest of all the locations I’ve visited. “Whichever location you eat at,” Babb said, “the food is the same and prices are the same”. That’s the sign of a good franchise —- standardization, familiarity, reliability. And, since opening, the Palm Springs location has done very well in a competitive breakfast dining market. So what is it that is so good about the food at The Broken Yolk Café? Freshness is one component. The restaurant goes through a lot of eggs, resonating its logo “we’ve got huevos (Spanish for eggs)”, without dwelling on the double entendre. The pancakes are light and fluffy. The biscuit is big enough for two, crisp on the outside and warm and doughy in the middle. You can design your own omelet, choosing ingredients from a short list, or you can choose one of the predesigned options with cute names. My favorite is the “no name omelet”, stuffed with bacon, avocado, tomato and mushrooms, topped with sour cream. Omelets come with lots of sides choices. Eggs Benedict lovers will feast on several “benedict” variations. The “south of the border” menu brings home the tastes of our southern neighbor. And pancake lovers will delight in the fluffy choices. The restaurant also serves lunch that includes large salads heaped with good stuff and sandwiches and wraps that offer tremendous satisfaction. My favorite is the Angus burger, a large ½ lb hamburger on a tasty bun, accompanied by thick French fries and a pickle. It doesn’t come better. The restaurant bases its success on good, fresh food, well-prepared, large portions, and great service. Prices are marginally higher than many competing chains but the value is there. And, local advertising usually carries coupons for $2 discounts’ Nearby locations can be found at the website, www.thebrokenyolkcafe,com. There’s probably one nearby or perhaps coming soon. So keep on eye on the chain and watch it grow—using OPM.• To my readers—my best wishes for a joyous and safe holiday season and a wonderful New Year!

Guests are invited to create their own omelets. •



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December 2016 Thru January 2nd n theNAT, San Diego National History Museum, located at 1788 El Prado in Balboa Park, now has on display Animals: Machines in Motion. If you haven’t seen it yet scamper, slither, or fly down to theNAT as this exhibition, which is on loan from The Field Museum and won’t be here long. Come face-to-face with a life-sized cast of Sue, the largest and most complete T.rex ever discovered. Feel how hard a giraffe’s heart works to pump blood up to its head. Try to fly and study the different ways creatures jump, gallop, slither, and swim. Your ticket to Animals includes access to all 2D and 3D films as well as all other exhibition in the Museum, including our newest permanent exhibition Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People. Please visit for information.

Thru January 29, 2017 n SDSU Downtown Gallery, located at 725 W. Broadway in downtown San Diego, is proud to have on exhibit from Los Angeles-based visual artist Sandow Bird: Depravities of the War, comprising a suite of monumental woodcuts, proffers a critique of the Iraq war and its aftermath. Imaginary Monuments, consisting of large drawings and etchings, proposes public memorials to agreements, treaties and institutions of our contemporary world. Admission is free.

n The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park is all about the Art of the Brick, The World’s Largest Display of LEGO® Art. The exhibition features 100 incredible works of art made out of millions of LEGO bricks from contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya. For information, visit

Thru January 31, 2017 n San Diego History Center located at Balboa Park, 1649 El Prado features The Lore Behind the Roar! 100 Years of the San DiegoZoo. This new, family friendly exhibition tells the story of the San DiegoZoo’s humble beginnings and it evolution as a major tourist attraction and global conservation organization. The exhibition cover 5,500 square feet of gallery space and is filled with rare historic objects, one-of-a-kind photos and multimedia exhibits that tell the colorful stories of the people, events, animals and conservation effort that have made the San DiegoZoo “world famous”. For details, exhibition hours and admission prices, visit

n The San Diego Museum of Art located at 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park, Welcomes Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture: The first Retrospective of the World-Renowned Architect’s Work in two decades, the exhibition presents over 200 objects related to his selected buildings and projects in the form of architectural model, plans, original drawing, photographs, films and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

Thru February 12, 2017 n Sparks Gallery at 530 Sixth Ave., San Diego, will host Animalia/A Group Show. The exhibition will feature 12 local San Diego artists, each presenting a work of art depicting animals, both real and imaginary. For more information about Sparks Gallery please visit

December 1 n Zel’s Del Mar, located at 1247 Camino Del Mar in Del Mar, will host Robin Henkel solo blues from 7 to 10 p.m. For information, call 858.755.0076.

December 1 thru 4 n San Diego State University’s Don Powell Theatre, located at 5500 Campanile Drive in San Diego will host Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert. Performances are 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 1, 2 and 3, and 2 p.m., Sunday, December 4. An explosive, psychedelic concert collaboration takes place between the Schools of Theater, Television, and Film and Music and Dance. This popular rock musical has wowed audiences for over 40 years and tells a universally-known story of extraordinary events from the unusual perspective of Judas Iscariot. For information and to purchase tickets, visit

December 2 n Sherwood Auditorium at MCASD, located at 700 Prospect Street in La Jolla, is pleased to have the La Jolla Music Society as it features SDYS at 6 p.m. Returning for the second year as resident artists through a deepening Educational Partnership, La Jolla Music Society showcases the incredibly talented young musicians of SDYS’ Chamber Orchestra, featuring violist Richard O” Neill. For information and to purchase tickets, visit

n Proud Mary’s at 5550 Kearny Mesa Rd, San Diego, 7–10 p.m. will host Robin Henkel Band w/Whitney Shay. For more information call 858.278.0800 x299.

December 2 & 3 n Balboa Park celebrates the 39th year December


Nights bringing friends, family and the community together. Museums are open free both nights from 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages. There is unique shopping for special Christmas gifts at various locations throughout the Park. Don’t forget the music, dance, and entertainment at the different theatre locations and so much more. For information, visit www. balboaparkdecembernights.

December 3 n All Souls’ Episcopal Church presents the 65th annual All Souls’ Christmas Home Tour; Marketplace & Food trucks will be on site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tea is served from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1475 Catalina Boulevard. Join us in appreciating Hubbell stained-glass in the church and unique Point Loma homes that are community celebration highlights. Four distinctive residences delight with their histories, views and décor to pique creative interests. Each home enchants with imaginative designs, spectacular vistas or peeks into more fascinating travels. Tickets are $ 30.00 in advance or $35.00 on Tour Day. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call the church at 619.223.7705

n Carnitas Snack Shack, located at 1004 N Harbor Drive in San Diego, hosts Whitney Shay & Robin Henkel from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information call 619.696.7675.

n The Little Italy Association and the H.G. Fenton Company present the 18th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village. Families, friends and visitors will be able to experience two Tree Lightings for the first time this year, from 4 to 8 p.m. India Street will enjoy a 25’ tower of over 1,000 gorgeous poinsettias in the middle of Piazza Basilone and the other in from of what’s going to be the new heart of Little Italy– Piazza Della Famiglia. The evening will include a Christmas village with seasonal vendors selling perfect stocking stuffers and select Italy Mercato vendors with holiday goodies, festive décor, live music and entertainments, holiday treats Santa Claus and more. For information about The Tree Lighting and Christmas Village, visit

n Kona Kai Resort, located at 1551 Shelter Island Drive in San Diego, will host Whitney Shay and Robin Henkel from 7 to 10 p.m. For information, call 619.295.9690.

December 5 n Reuben H Fleet Science Center, located at 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park, is offering the first Monday of every month, seniors 65 and better, to enjoy the Science Center exhibits, a show in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater and a lecture on the quietest day of the month for only $8. The doors open at 9:30 a.m. to get senior Monday started early. The lecture this month takes place at 10:30 a.m.: The Sky is NOT the Limit With an Aerospace Engineering Degree: A degree in Aerospace Engineering can provide women incredibly diverse opportunities in the workplace. Visitors are encouraged to stay to enjoy the galleries and special senior discounts in Galileo’s Café and the North Star Science Store.

December 6 n Reuben H Fleet Science Center, located at 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park, presents the first Tuesday of each month as Residents’ free day. Free gallery admission applies to San Diego City and County residents and active-duty military. ID is required. There are reduced pricing on the Film Admission.

December 7 n Meals on Wheels San Diego County and Kearny Mesa Subaru, located at 4797 Convoy Street in San Diego, invite San Diegans to their annual Share the Love Food Truck Event & Competition from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This annual foodie event brings together top food trucks and restaurants to help shine a light on the exploding need to help homebound seniors.

December 8 n theNAT, San Diego National History Museum, located at 1788 El Prado in Balboa Park, presents Nature & Me Storytime at 10:15 a.m. Open to all ages with a parent or guardian (recommended for ages 1 to 5). Free with Museum admission. This Months theme is Cats. Visit for ticket information.

n Holiday Poinsettias at Balboa Park: Friends of Balboa Park has partnered with the City of San Diego’s Parks & Recreation department to facilitate the annual Poinsettia display which opens the first weekend in December and runs through the first week in January. With a $25 poinsettia dedication, you will be invited to the Poinsettia Celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. Donor and honoree names will be placed in the “poinsettia honor roll” featured inside the Botanical Building during the duration of the display. Donations must be received by December 1, and will also

be available at the Friends of Balboa Park booth at December Nights. For information, visit www. friendsofbalboapark or call 619.232.2282.

December 10 n Birdrock Coffee Roasters, located at 5627 La Jolla Boulevard in La Jolla, will host Robin Henkel & Billy Watson from 10 a.m. to noon. For information, call 858.551.1707.

n Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is holding a Saturday Science Club for girls in grades 5 through 8 from 12 to 2 p.m. This month the topic is Icy Explorations Explore the properties of ice. Examine how frost forms and learn how to make ice cream all by lowering the freezing point of water. Cost for members is $12, non-members is $ 14 per person. To participate, parents must preregister by calling 619.238.1233 x806.

n Wacky Science Sundays with Ms. Frizzle™ and The Magic School Bus© take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at theNAT, located at 1788 El Prado in Balboa Park. Get ready for a new program with the wild and wacky worlds of mysterious creatures, fascinating habitats, and phenomenal hands-on science. The Frizz will be making a big move to the giant screen theater where she will be offering a performance once a month on Family Days Free with Museum admission. Visit for ticket information.

n Opus Public Appearances will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. at Chula Vista Center, located at 555 Broadway, Chula Vista, in front of Macy’s. No Charge for admission. Join us for a celebration of the Chula Vista Elementary School District’s commitment to music education with performances by small ensembles and chamber groups from the Community Opus Program.

December 11 n Nate’s Garden Grill, located at 3120 Euclid Avenue in San Diego, will host Robin Henkel solo blues from 1 to 3 p.m. For information, call 619.546.7700.

n The 9th Annual San Diego Union Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade, presented by VCA Market Street Animal Hospital, returns for another year. All pet owners and their furry feathered, and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes and put their best paw, wing, and fin forward to this jolly promenade and pet expo, which starts and ends at MLK Promenade Park, adjacent to the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter (401K Street, San Diego) at Fourth Avenue and K Street. Entry to participate in the Pet Parade is just $15 per pet in advance, and $20 day of the event. Day-of registration and check-in will begin at 12:30 p.m. Space is limited; register early. For information, visit

December 12 n Brass at Sea with Westwind Brass takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the San Diego Maritime Museum, located at 1492 N Harbor Drive in San Diego. Season of Lights features a musical celebration of holidays, with a few old favorites and new classics. The festive sing-along with guest artists takes place aboard the Steam Ferry Berkeley. Set against the stunning backdrop of the San Diego Harbor, in the romantic era ballroom of this beautiful historical landmark, this series promises to be a journey for audiences of all ages. Tickets are available online at www.Ticketleap.

December 14 n Barons Market’s Backroom Beer Pairing to Tackle Holiday Hunger: The family-owned market will transform loading docks and stock rooms into beer and food speakeasies at all three San Diego locations. Local grocer and Alpine Beer Company will pair holiday brews and bites for a cause to help benefit the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Tickets will sell out, so purchase your $15 advance ticket or make a donation, by visiting

December 15 n Zel’s Del Mar, located at 1247 Camino Del Mar in Del Mar, will host Robin Henkel solo blues from 7 to 10 p.m. For information, call 858.755.0076.

December 17 n Kona Kai Resort, located at 1551 Shelter Island Drive in San Diego, will host Whitney Shay and Robin Henkel from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information call 619.295.9690.

n The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus will perform at Sycuan Casino, located at 5469 Casino Way in El Cajon, at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Now in its 31st year; the wintry and wonderful spectacular is one of San Diego’s most favorite family holiday traditions. The 150-voice chorus of tenors, baritones and basses will present lush renditions of favorites like “Silent Night,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Deck the Halls,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Over the River.” And there will be plenty of holiday fun with the hilarious “Recycle the Fruitcake,” and an insider’s look at how Broadway stars might celebrate the

holidays. Tickets are $29 and $39 for each onehour show. Tickets may be purchased at Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close box office. The venue is open to people 21+ years of age.

December 18 n Camarada presents Meet a Musician on Family Sundays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Mingei International Museum, located at 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park. Enjoy the sounds of Camarada and meet a musician as they take you on a musical journey and share all about their craft.

n Lestat’s, located at 33643 Adams Avenue in San Diego, hosts Robin Henkel Band with Horns, blues and jazz concert at 7 p.m. For information, call 619.282.0437

December 19 thru 30 n Fleet Science Center, located at 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park, is holding the Winter Games for grades 1 to 3. Cool themes include “To the Extreme” and Maker Mania.” Grades 4 to 6 are also getting into the spirit of the holidays with ThoughtSTEM Camps. Classes are sure to sell out fast. Sign up for two weeks or pick and choose individual days. To register, contact the Client Services Dept. at 619.238.1233, ext 806 or register online at

n Plan your School Break at the Youth Fall Filmmaking Camp. Camps are held at San Diego’s one of a kind community technology center and movie theater in North Park, called the Digital Gym. It’s located at 2921 El Cajon Boulevard in San Diego, just off the 805 Freeway on El Cajon Blvd., between Kansas Street and 30th Street. The camps provide youth with the skills to utilize the newest media technologies in a positive and productive way. Every week-long camp ends with a screening and exhibition for family and friends in a 48 seat cinema. For registration information and prices, visit

December 21 thru January 2 n Gallery 21–Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park, at 1770 Village Place, presents the 2016 Doggone Art Show which is open to all artists working in 2-D or 3-D in all mediums and photography. A juried fine art all-media exhibition honors all varieties of canines, domestic and wild. All profits from the show and a portion of sales will benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center. This show will be juried and will include awards for Best of Show, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as Honorable mention and a People’s Choice award. Gallery 21 is in a high-traffic tourist area and is open every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, visit

December 22 n Nate’s Garden Grill, located at 3120 Euclid Avenue in San Diego, will host Robin Henkel solo blues from 6 to 8 p.m. For information, call 619.546.7700.

December 23 n Westfield UTC Palm Plaza, located at 4545 La Jolla Village Drive in San Diego, hosts Whitney Shay & Robin Henkel from noon to 2 p.m. For information, call 858.546.8858.

December 31 n Celebrate an Epic Evening of Decadence this New Year’s Eve with a “Return to Versailles Palace” Masquerade at the Westgate Hotel, located in the heart of San Diego at 1055 2nd Avenue. Step back into the 18th century for an alluring evening beginning at 7 p.m. as guests will indulge in French crafted libations such as Champagne, French 75 and Side Cards. Following the reception, at 8:30 p.m. guests will sit down to a lavish five-course Parisian Royale Dinner prepared by Executive Chef Fabrice Hardel, accompanied by flutes of Moët & Chandon, France’s very own 18th century Champagne creation. There will be live music from a quintet combining French standard, contemporary, jazz and more. Dancing and masked opulence are encouraged. The cost to attend is $259 per person. Tax and gratuity are additional. To purchase tickets, visit www. or call 619.238.1818. Please call early since tickets are limited.

n National Comedy Theatre (NCT), located at 3717 India Street in Mission Hills, presents a New Years Eve Spectacular performance and party at 8:30 p.m. Celebrate the New Year in style, as NCT guests gorge on a catered buffet, laugh through a hilarious impov comedy performance, down a champagne toast at midnight and then party with the cast of the show. Guests receive party favors, noisemakers and balloons to ring in the New Year. Tickets are $79 per person, making this one of San Diego’s less expensive and more ridiculous New Years Eve events. To purchase tickets, visit This performance sells out every year so order early.


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Mission Hills Branch LibraryDecember 2016 Events The Mission Hills Book Group will discuss the current One Book, One San Diego selection: “Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy” by Carlos Eire. New members are always welcome to participate. Please read the book beforehand. Books are available at the Circulation Desk while supplies last.

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Read to Therapy Dogs December 3 and 24 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Kids can improve their reading skills by reading aloud to therapy dogs.

Children’s Craft Time December 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 (Every Saturday) from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Kids can develop their artistic skills while enjoying a fun craft time.

Signing Storytime December 5, 12 and 19 (Every Monday) from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

Find out what’s going on in your baby’s mind, strengthen your bond with your baby, and lessen frustration brought on by miscommunication. Interactive presentation led by Jennifer Duncan also includes sing-alongs and bubble time ending with Q&A period. The sessions are for children from birth to four-years old.

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December 6, 13, 20 and 27 (Every Tuesday) from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

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LEGO Playtime December 7, 14, 21 and 28 (Every Wednesday) from 5 to 6 p.m.


Kids can have fun and get creative while building with LEGOs.

Baby Storytime December 8 at 10:30 a.m.


Introduce your baby to reading with books, songs, rhythms, and finger plays especially for them. Twenty minutes of playtime will be held immediately after.

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Craft: Gingerbread House

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December 8 at 1 p.m.

A Center for Spiritual Living Rev. Kevin Bucy, Senior Minister 858 Front Street San Diego, CA 92103

Kids are invited to create their own gingerbread house for the holidays. Please sign up in advance.


Author Talk


December 14 at 6:30 p.m.

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

11:30 a.m. Music-filled gathering

Kadampa Meditation Center 3125 Rosecrans Street, Bldg. B 619.230.5852

Meditation Classes most Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. & Saturday at 4 p.m. Kids & Families Sundays at 9 a.m. Prayers for World Peace Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Simply Meditate MWF 12 to 12:45;TT 12:15 to 12:45 p.m

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Author and Jonestown survivor Laura Kohl will discuss her memoir, “Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look,” and her involvement in Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple and the terrible tragedy in which over 900 of her friends died from cyanide poisoning.

Holiday-Themed Puppet Show December 16 at 10:30 a.m.

Children are invited to get in the holiday spirit with a fun puppet show presented by Gaston Morineau.

Book Sale December 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Friends of the Mission Hills Branch Library will hold a book sale. Stock up on books while supporting your library.

Free Holiday Concert: Bayou Brothers December 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Let it snow zydeco. The Bayou Brothers will perform holiday songs with a zydeco/Cajun twist.

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1st Tuesday

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

1st Thursday

Uptown Partnership 3101 Fifth Ave. Call 619.298.2541. 4:30 p.m.

Thursdays 7–8:30 pm

San Diego Uptown Rotary Club 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 or call 619.894.0140.

Kensington-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– Linda Vista Community Planning Committee Agenda Linda Vista Library meeting room. Contact Jeff Perwin at 619.806.9559 for details 6 pm.

3rd Tuesday

Tech Committee–Technology Committee Bayside Community Center. Contact Xiogh Thao for detail at 858.278.0771 or email xthao@baysidecc. org or or visit our website

3rd Wednesday

LV Historical– Linda Vista Historical Committee 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– Linda Vista Collaborative Bayside Community Center at 3pm. Contact Monica Fernandez at 858.278.0771 or For details visit

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3rd Wednesday (Odd Months)

TCCAC– Tecolote Canyon Citizen’s Advisory Committee 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– Linda Vista Community 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 NewsletterContact Thomas Kaye at 858.278.6973

Various Wednesdays

LVNewsletter– Linda Vista View Civic Association Community Newsletter. Bayside Community Center. Contact Sarah Granby at 858.405.7135 or email 2:00 p.m.

Mission Hills

December 2016

Mission Hills Garden Club There will not be a meeting in December. The next meeting will be in January 2016. The meeting will be at the Mission Hills Church 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 www.

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

December 14, 2016

Monthly Meeting Annual Holiday Tea and Bazaar– Open to the public 10 a.m. to noon. Specialty holiday fresh and dried decorations, crafts and homemade delectables–all lovingly created by Point Loma Garden Club members–are for sale. Come find the perfect table centerpieces, wreaths and swags for your home and special gifts for hostesses, friends and family. Proceeds benefit student scholarships. Portuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portugal, San Diego, CA 92106. More information is available at


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3950 Alameda Place

Mission Revival home on a lush canyon with water views. Rarely available 14,000 sq ft lot with 103 ft of street frontage!! Huge yard with full-sized pool on the canyon rim. The welcoming covered front porch introduces you to the gracious 6 bedroom, 4 bath home. Refinished hardwood floors, hardwood paneling, built-ins all showcase this spacious home. Ione Stiegler-designed kitchen and master bath. 4 bedrooms up and one on the ground floor, additional maids quarters and full bath in lower level.

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Well-located refurbished triplex in the heart of Hillcrest. Charming and remodeled Victorian-era house with a new kitchen and 2 new bathrooms. There is also a duplex with a three bedroom unit and a one bedroom unit. 9 parking spaces, 7 of them behind a electric gate—perfect for this parking challenged part of town. Only $1.295m, this property is a bargain.

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Housing and the Populist Revolt Western Europe and the United States are weathering a political those in the higher and upper middle-tax brackets will have more storm driven by people unable to find employment in the globalized disposable income. If past behavior of the moneyed class is any guide, labor market. They are demanding economic, and in the case of they will use the windfall to prop up real estate values, buy financial America, social redress for being culturally and economically instruments, and, reduce debt. I doubt they will invest their tax savings marginalized. They prevailed at the ballot box and as a result, there to reopen outmoded coal mines. This will be a good time to buy stock will be fiscal and monetary changes enacted in 2017 that will impact in Mercedes-Benz. San Diego residential real estate prices and sales. I see two distinct real estate cycles ahead. Buyers will pile into the If the new President gets most of his fiscal programs enacted, the market early in 2017 to lock in what is still relatively cheap mortgage government will soon be in competition with home buyers and real money. This is to be expected as we have seen this happen before. In estate investors for credit dollars. The next Administration will be early 1994, during the final phase of a crippling real estate recession, forced to borrow because it will the economy improved enough embrace supply-side economics; that the Fed thought higher 4325 Avalon Drive it is no coincidence that Arthur interest rates were needed to beat North Mission Hills • $899,900 Laffer, famous for the Laffer Curve, back any hint of inflation. Homes has advised the new President. sales increased dramatically for Laffer’s ideas are the theoretical the first few months following the underpinnings of ‘trickle-down’ raise, but the burst of activity was economics; when personal and like a sugar-high; sales volume business tax cuts free up money tailed off during the second part for new investments which in of the year and it took another turn creates jobs. Even though two years before the residential there will be less tax revenue, market recovered. Federal spending will ramp up Given the turmoil about to to pay for new programs such as be ginned up in world financial the proposed increase in defense markets, placing money in spending. Since neither the next investment grade real estate is a President nor Congress has the profitable strategy. The spring is political will to reduce social always the worst time to be a buyer entitlement spending, the Fed and sellers going to market early will have to ramp up the printing next year should be licking their presses and sell debt. There is chops. Even so it is still a good idea no other possible way to keep to purchase quality residential njoy ocean and Mission Valley views from the government running if the real estate. The alternative this home’s sweeping deck. Amazing price! President-elect gets even part of for aspiring homeowners is Enormous potential! A+ street location in his platform enacted into law. less pleasant; remaining in an North Mission Hills surrounded by very expensive The eventual size of the deficit unsuitable property or renting for increase will be moderated by the foreseeable future, watching homes. Rare opportunity to buy the least expensive Congress and the Fed. Inflation rates and home prices inexorably house on the block and renovate without risk of hawks will soon be in control of move up as the new President’s going over the market. Secluded and prestigious the Federal Reserve Board. The spend and borrow policies create location; perfect opportunity to redesign, build, next President will fill five current a world of expensive money and and looming vacancies with inflating asset values. or add square footage. Charming split-level nominees who will surely end the Much is being written about Mid-Century appeal. Spacious garage. cheap debt party. The new FRB the disconnect between the majority will serve the interests of citizenry of the Blue and Red Call Jim Scott • 619.920.9511 the creditor class at the expense states. Since 1981, tax policies, Broker • CalBRE #830226 of real estate. Financial markets globalization, and automation are reacting and are already have widened the gulf to a point demanding higher yields on mortgages. I have seen this movie before; that we have become two economic entities. The supreme irony of rates should end the year close to 5% assuming most of the President- this past election is the incoming President’s economic proposals, if elect’s fiscal plans get approved by Congress. enacted, will benefit wealthy regions long before a few crumbs show Higher interest rates are a form of a regressive tax and will do the up in Youngstown. Higher disposable incomes in the Blue States will most damage in places peopled with angry populists with pitchforks. cushion or eliminate the effects of increased interest rates. Denizens Real estate in Red State America will take the punch for everyone of these parts tend to hold assets that will inflate in value and protect living on the waterside of the I-5 and I-95 corridors where prime them from the debilitating effects of inflation. It is not a time to fight coastal properties have evolved into global commodities. This is the tape, buy some prime real estate early in the year, lock in your particularly true for the San Francisco-San Diego axis. Foreign and cost of money, and, get the perfect hedge for the coming period of interstate money will continue to seek safe haven in investment-grade economic uncertainty. locations. If the President-elect gets his tax cuts enacted by Congress,


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