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National Blood Donor Month

By Patty Ducey-Brooks

During the month of January, we are reminded by the American Red Cross to donate blood. That’s because, during this month, there is typically a short supply due to the holidays (vehicle accidents) and an increase in communicable illnesses. With that in mind, a family in North Carolina is forever grateful to the blood donors whose blood was used throughout their son’s transplant journey and his life-saving transplant that occurred last year on January 16. Charla and Trevor Buchanan of Robbinsville, North Carolina, are stepping into 2020 hoping and praying this is a year of no medical emergencies, no surgeries, no complications and no setbacks for their son, Charlton, who will be celebrating his 26th birthday in September—a dream come true for this family. According to Charla, “For 24 years we have been on a Cystic Fibrosis (CF) journey… but more than that, we have been on a faith journey. Our son, Charlton, was born with CF, which is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and an overall inability to thrive. From his premature birth until very recently, Charlton’s life has consisted of daily physical and respiratory therapy, medications, quarterly clinic visits to UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill and annual (sometimes bi-annual) hospital stays.” Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that primarily affects the lungs, but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys and intestines. Long-term issues include difficulty breathing and coughing up mucus as a result of frequent lung infections. CF is an inherited disease, and while there is promising research, there is no known cure. Even with a multitude of CF-related challenges, Charlton attended and graduated from Robbinsville (NC) High School. He then attended Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, and received a degree in computer information systems on May 12, 2018. He was hired by the Graham County (NC) government to work in its Information Technology Department. His life definitely seemed to be moving in the right direction. However, 2018 proved to be one of the hardest years of Charlton’s life due to nine hospitalizations. His lung function rapidly declined, and with each hospital stay, increasing amounts of oxygen were required. During a challenging two-week hospital stay in December, Charlton’s transplant team decided it was time to list Charlton for a double lung transplant while he was still healthy enough to thrive and before there was further lung decline. Charlton was officially listed for new lungs on January 9, 2019. One week later on January 16, the Buchanan family received ‘the call’ telling them lungs were available.

Charla posted this update on Facebook, “Transplant day has been long for everyone. We are all excited and want to hear good news, but the only news so far is that the surgery is going well and it will still be a long wait. On January 17 she updated, “Charlton is out of surgery and in recovery. He woke up easily, was taken off the ventilator, took his first breath with lungs that are not diseased with Cystic Fibrosis—and never will be. In the midst of this whirlwind a transplant social worker at UNC Medical Center had introduced the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) to the Buchanans and suggested they might want to consider fundraising for the transplant-related medical costs they would be facing. On January 11th, Charla called COTA to learn more and to ask many good questions about how COTA might be able to help. On January 29th, Charla and Trevor returned the paperwork and officially became part of the COTA Family. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), a 501(c)3 charity, works with individuals of any age with single gene disorders, such as Cystic Fibrosis, Polycystic Kidney Disease and Sickle Cell Anemia. COTA uniquely understands that parents who care for a child or young adult before, during and after a life-saving transplant have enough to deal with, so COTA’s model shifts the responsibility for fundraising to a community team of trained volunteers. “It is overwhelming to hear the word ‘transplant’ but even more overwhelming to learn about the related expenses. From the moment we learned about the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) and reached out prior to our son’s transplant, we were instantly set at ease. To a family in crisis, that gift is priceless! It is hard to describe the reassurance in knowing COTA will be there for Charlton… for a lifetime,” Charla said. Charlton continues to thrive in every aspect. At his ten month posttransplant follow-up appointment, the doctors told him he was doing so well he did not need to come back until his one-year checkup. Charlton is living life to the fullest and is now planning for a bright future—something he was previously reluctant to do. Mom Charla reflected, “Looking back at pictures from last year at this time, it is very humbling to realize how low he actually was and now how far he has come. This lung transplant has truly been a life-saving gift in so many ways, and COTA has been there through every step of the process. We now understand why a transplant anniversary is celebrated.” To learn more about the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), or, to find a COTA family in your area, please email• •


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By Karen McGregor Our world is full of so-called “influencers” vying for our attention. You can’t miss them: They create tons of noise and are always in the spotlight. From spiritually bankrupt politicians to super-wealthy tech geniuses to charismatic online personalities who use their influence to sway audiences to buy their favorite (sponsored) products, these largerthan-life figures may dominate our headlines and social media feeds—but they don’t fill our yearning for authentic, heart-driven leadership. Paying too much attention to this style of influencer leads us down a path of unhappiness. The good news is more and more people are realizing this. They are ready for a new kind of influencer, one who creates good for themselves and for everyone else. Best of all, anyone can become this type of influencer—including you. You may not think of yourself this way, but the truth is you influence people all the time. Everyone does, whether they’re an “official” leader or not. Here’s the question: Is your influence driven by fear, or greed, or the desire to manipulate others, or the need for recognition—or by a deep longing to create a better world for everyone? This is a hard question. We all want to think we have selfless or at least benevolent motives, but when we look within—with a sincere desire to know ourselves—we may find a different truth. Once we do, though, we can begin to influence others for the collective good. I believe the ancient wisdom of the 4,000-yearold Tao Te Ching can help us identify and break the “power patterns” that undermine your influence, block you from getting the results you want, lead to dysfunctional relationships, and otherwise make you miserable. (For example, distorted power patterns mean that some of us are controllers, others are victims, still others withdrawers, etc.) It’s important to understand the three stages of influence that people move through in their lives. The first stage is self-centered; it’s all about attempting to get something we want. The second stage happens when we seek out win-wins; our goal is for everyone involved in a decision or action

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to benefit. In the third stage of influence, we work toward a powerful outcome for all—for the planet, the community, and the evolution of humanity. (This is the Tao at work.) The goal is to recognize where you are and take steps to start moving to a higher stage of influence. We have to do the inner work to do the outer work. The beginning of a new year is a powerful time to start this journey. A few tips to help you get started: When you feel angry or annoyed, focus on gratitude. This can help to supplant old power patterns you’ve relied on for years and years. If you are angry with someone or arguing endlessly, remove yourself and ask, What is the gift in this moment? Without blaming or shaming anyone, feel into your heart and ask, What am I grateful for? Try to reframe challenging circumstances as opportunities and practice appreciating them. This is a form of gratitude: to be able to see the good that is present in every situation. Stop begging and pleading and calling it Karen McGregor is an international keynote speaker, prayer. Asking, bargaining, and engaging and the best-selling author of several books. in transactions lead to a one-sided relationship with the Divine. To better understand also takes the life out of creativity and destroys the power of prayer, I journeyed to the Poor Clares new solutions to old problems before they see the Monastery in Duncan, British Columbia. The nuns light of day. The key to stopping this behavior is to there lived a solitary life of contemplative prayer. recognize where it comes from. They taught me that prayer isn’t what most of us You really can change the world for the better think it is. when you set a resolution around realizing the The nuns said that prayer is many things. It can true power of your influence. But becoming an be a meditative walk in nature, a feeling of deep influencer begins as an inside job. Once you do gratitude or joy from being in the presence of a the inner work, you can start influencing those loved one, or simply saying a phrase like “thank around you in a positive way, and the ripples you you.” It can be saying one of many names for God. create will impact the whole world. All these ways to pray have one thing in common: Karen McGregor is a leadership and influence to illuminate a relationship with the Divine. expert, international keynote speaker, and the Start paying attention to your need to be “right.” best-selling author of several books, with her This very common “ego need” diminishes your most recent, “Awakened Influence,”debuting in power and weakens your ability to influence. It June 2020.•

2020 Season With Great Jazz

Sublime Danish vocalist Sinne Eeg and San Diego guitar treasure Peter Sprague will make amazing music together at Dizzy’s at 8 p.m., Friday, January 10. Eeg is one of the strongest new female vocalists from the Scandinavian jazz scene. With five albums, Eeg has established herself as a Danish jazz singer with international potential. Eeg’s distinctive vocals have earned her a loyal and ever growing fan base around the world as well as in her native country. Dizzy’s is located at Arias Hall behind the Musicians Union Building at 1717 Morena Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92110. Cost is $20. For more information, call 858.280.7467.•

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Legacy International Center to Open This Winter in San Diego $ 200 million project features an exhibit and attraction hall and more A first-of-its-kind experience, Legacy International Center, located in the heart of San Diego’s famed Mission Valley, is set to be unveiled this January 2020. Featuring a 126-room hotel and conference center; an International Experience Center; and a 500-seat performing arts theater, this one-of-a-kind resort is poised to become one of the region’s premier destinations. Conceived by Dr. Morris Cerullo, who has traveled to 93 countries and spoken to more than 5 million people in his 88 years, the Legacy International Center will provide a wide variety of activities for visitors—whether for a day trip to experience the International Experience Center, or for a weekend stay at the hotel. “San Diego has been my home since 1959 and I’m thrilled to bring this vision to life in such a beautiful and vibrant community,” said Dr. Cerullo. “San Diego is an incredibly diverse city and we look forward to welcoming people of all cultures, faiths, and backgrounds to experience the Legacy International Center.” A Glimpse into Legacy International Center: A dramatic 18-foot-tall interactive globe will give visitors the chance to learn about different cultures—a feature that won the “2019 Product of the Year” at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in A dramatic 18-foot-tall interactive globe will give visitors the chance Las Vegas. to learn about different cultures. A series of galleries that offer immersive stories told in two–to threeminute increments via floor-to-ceiling video projections. A 4-D, 100-seat motion theater, conceived by former Disney Imagineers, where guests can experience “Wings Over Israel,” a full sensory “hang gliding” tour of Israel complete with sights, sounds and scents. An underground maze of stone chamber catacombs where massive original works of biblical art by world-renowned 3-D illusion artist Kurt Wenner will line the walls. Dining experiences that are overseen by celebrated San Diego Executive Chef Brian Freerksen with options that include a fine dining Italian prime steakhouse, Theresa’s, with intimate indoor dining as well as an open-air patio. For more casual fare, The Fountains will offer unique twists on American favorites with indoor and outdoor plaza seating. The Legacy Plaza will serve as the Center’s gathering place for visitors to enjoy San Diego’s perennial sunshine and feature: A 110-foot-long Western Wall, made from authentic Jerusalem Gold limestone from Israel, will pay tribute to the famed and beloved Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. A thirty-head Show Fountain, created by revered fountain builders Outside the Lines, will come to life several times an hour in a blend of music, light and water dance for the delight of guests of all ages. The International Market is where guests can discover goods, foods and spices from around the world in an ancient souk atmosphere. The Pavilion Theater with a 500-seat, multi-use performing arts theater will feature a variety of programs, from movies to live performance. Behind the scenes, full studio capabilities will be available, including a recording studio, edit bays and audio booths. The Legacy Conference Center, which is adjacent to the theater, has 6,000 square feet of meetings space, which is available for bookings, featuring convertible rooms to fit a wide variety of groups. For more information, visit•

Save San Diego Neighborhoods Endorses Barbara Bry to be San Diego’s Next Mayor “San Diego is in the midst of a major housing crisis with no end in sight. Short-term rentals are worsening this crisis and driving up housing costs for all San Diego residents. When I am Mayor, I will enforce the existing zoning laws that prohibit short-term rentals, and I will work to preserve housing for whom it was intended— hard working San Diego residents.” Barbara Bry, candidate for mayor of San Diego. Save San Diego Neighborhoods Chair, Ronan Gray said, “Barbara Bry understands the negative impact short-term rentals have on San Diego’s housing supply —driving up San Diego’s already astronomical housing costs. She understands that the conversion of residential dwellings to shortterm rentals is a violation of law, and that Mayor Faulconer’s refusal to enforce the law is both a failure of governance and a fundamental breach of the public trust.” Residents and San Diego Community Planning Groups have implored Mayor Faulconer and City Attorney Mara Elliott to enforce existing law and remove short-term rentals from San Diego neighborhoods, to no avail. The problem of short-term rentals in residential zones continues unabated. San Diego’s city auditor has estimated there are 16,000 singleCouncilmember Barbara Bry is a candidate for the mayor of San Diego. family homes operating as short-term rentals in San Diego. There are also an unknown number of apartments and condominiums being used for this illegal purpose. Save San Diego Neighborhoods, with over 3,000 members, is the largest grass roots citizen organization in the City. Its members have been fighting for enforcement of San Diego’s municipal code ordinances, which prohibits short-term rentals, for over four years.• •

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By Former U.S. Congressman Jim Bates (D-California)

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Speaker Pelosi is trying to package her “Democrat Impeachment” as a “Constitutional Duty,” not the “Partisan Revenge” that it is. Actually, the Democrat Partisan Revenge is the real abuse of power involved here and it is strictly contrary to Constitutional authority.


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The power the Democrats are abusing is the “power of impeachment” solely given to the Congress, not to the Democrats as Political Party. Here the Democrats are putting their party’s interests before their Country’s interests by making impeachment a function of political party politics. The Constitution grants power to the “Congress,” but that power is derived from the “people” and “the consent of the governed.” Seventy-one percent (71 percent) of the American people are not Democrats. Forty-four percent (44 percent) of the American people identify as Independents. Only Twenty-Nine percent (29 percent) are Democrats. This impeachment is solely being pushed by the Democrats as their political agenda.

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Speaker Pelosi’s numerous past efforts at Impeachment failed because the partisan issue was then correctly viewed for what it is: a partisan issue – not an “American people” issue. The Speaker repeatedly stated that any impeachment must be “BIPARTISAN.” However, when she lost control of the Democratic Caucus, and in order to keep her power as Speaker, Pelosi gave in to the Radical Left of the Democratic Party. Raw Partisan Power – not the interests of the American people – won the day.

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In the Declaration of Independence and in our Constitution, there is no mention, no reference, no consideration of Political parties. They didn’t exist in the early days of Congress. In fact, President George Washington warned the Congress about the danger of political parties and ensuing “Partisan Warfare.” He referenced the Civil War in England in 1746, based on Political Parties. He felt political parties would use any means necessary to gain power, any deception or chicanery, and once with absolute power, would take political revenge on their political opponent. “Dig up dirt” on them, to use the term Democrats like to use.

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The Democrats are committing an “Abuse of Power” by proceeding in a strictly Democratic Impeachment. The “Power of the People” is being ignored along with the bedrock principle of the “Consent of the Governed” which has now been reduced to nothing more than a phrase. The Democrats’ oath of office and the Constitution itself, our most treasured document, has been rendered irrelevant in this “Abuse of Power.”

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“Courage is the first among the human qualities, because it is the one that guarantees the others.” - Aristotle

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Father Joe’s Villages to Kick Off Project Creating Father Joe’s Villages will host a ceremony from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 7 at 1010 Outer Road, San Diego, CA 92154 to announce its first affordable housing project of 2020, complete with a name dedication for the funders. A 17-foot-tall banner will unravel from the top balcony of the soon-to-beconverted building to showcase the words “Hope Lives Here,” with letters painted by community organizations in San Diego. The inside of this building–currently a motel–will become 82 units of housing for people experiencing homelessness. Father Joe’s Villages will renovate this old motel as the first in its Turning the Key initiative, which creates permanent housing solutions to homelessness while offering its full suite of services for its residents. This project is made possible by community funders dedicated to combating the affordable housing crisis. Father Joe’s Villages’ president and CEO Deacon Jim Vargas and individuals who have experienced homelessness will speak at the dedication. As San Diego’s largest homeless services provider, Father Joe’s Villages ensures that each person can rediscover hope and build a brighter


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A dog named Willow is helping law enforcement in the ongoing fight against child predators. The sixteen-month old yellow Labrador works, in partnership, with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, the San Diego Police Department, and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. As a K-9, Willow has a unique distinction: she’s the first-ever electronic detection dog in Southern California to work alongside law enforcement, according to the the DA’s office. DA Investigator Ron Burleson works with the ICAC Task Force and has been tasked with being Willow’s handler. According to Burleson, Willow has been trained to sniff out evidence in child predator cases–specifically electronic evidence. The investigator said the dog can detect a chemical coating found inside anything that can store electronic media and data, from hard drives and thumb drives, to SD cards and cellphones. It’s in those electronic devices that child predators often store inappropriate images or videos of children. So, Willow’s nose can be a crucial part of an investigation. “Having the dog find some of that media that could otherwise be overlooked could make all the difference in the world for one child,” Burleson explained. Burleson said that once Willow detects an electronic media Willow is the first-ever electronic detection dog in Southern California device, investigators search the media and make sure there aren’t to work alongside law enforcement. images of children on it. “Because that means there are some kids that we need to go find, and that we need to rescue,” he added. Willow, like many dogs, is trained using a food reward-based tactic. Burleson said she eats three cups of food each day and is given her meals when she detects a device. And, when she’s not working, Burleson said Willow lives like any other dog. “When she’s with me in the office, she’s just a companion in the office to all the investigators that are in there. When she’s home, she’s just a family dog,” he explained. But, when it’s time to train or work with law enforcement, Willow shows up. “When she does come to work–and when it’s time for her to go to work–she can make a very big difference, and she can help us make much stronger cases,” he added. Willow serves with the ICAC Task Force in San Diego and Imperial counties. She was purchased for the ICAC by an anonymous donor through the San Diego Police Foundation.•

help us find a home Squeaker is a sweet, nine-year old, domestic short hair that positively loves having her cheeks and chin scratched. She’s looking for a family with a reliable routine so that she can get her medicine on time every day. Look no further, If you seeking a special feline who will light up your life. Squeaker’s adoption fee includes her spay, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, a certificate for a free veterinary exam, waived enrollment fee for medical insurance from PetFirst, and a license for residence in the city limits of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach and Vista. Squeaker is currently residing at the San Diego Campus of the San Diego Humane Society, located at 5500 Gaines Street in San Diego. For information, call 619.299.7012, or visit

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Jasper is a very active, five-year old, American pit bull terrier with lots of zeal for life. This handsome guy is sweet, housetrained, and a real smarty pants. In fact, Jasper would love to go to a home where he can continue his positive reinforcement training and continue to learn and grow, so that he can be the best dog for his human companions. Jasper’s adoption fee includes his neuter, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, a certificate for a free veterinary exam, waived enrollment fee for medical insurance from PetFirst, a complimentary bag of nutritious Purina Pro Plan®, and a license for residence in the city limits of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach and Vista. He is currently residing at the Escondido Campus of the San Diego Humane Society, located at 3450 East Valley Parkway in Escondido. For information, call 619.299.7012 or visit




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By Blake Beckcom

New Year’s resolutions by this time have more than likely come and gone. That’s right, you are reading this in January and many have already given up, or never even made, nor will make a commitment to regain what was lost in years past. Now, some made it, but sadly, most failed. It’s the nature of resolutions… and, the nature of fitness and fitness burn out. In our fast paced, easy access to everything, high demand for instant gratification lives, it is easy to lose sight of fitness being a journey. We want the weight off now. We want the svelte look now. We want the skinny jeans now. We want off of our blood pressure, cholesterol and assorted meds now. We want more energy, less stress and better sleep now. What? It’s been a week or a few weeks and you thought you would see results… by now? So, it’s burnout, excuses and bailout. What’s the point… already? It is part of our nature, this “nature of impatience” that brought about so many good things in our world. If it weren’t for impatience the automobile and airplane may never have come to pass, or the CD become “Spotify,” or the cell phone the gateway to the internet. In reality, this has led us all to a greater sense of “want it, need it, gotta have it now.” We all have it within us. I can feel it at the red light, or standing in the grocery line. It’s that little part of us that screams, “Hurry up and get it done.” At our rush to get there in fitness, one of the most important and perhaps overlooked elements of fitness is rest. Rest is important for us in the physical, as well as the mental realm of the journey. The secrets to recovery, rejuvenation and growth, revolve around our nutrition, hydration and rest. We need to recognize their importance, and priority, as part of the plan. The workout session sparks the physical change, but the rest and nutrition are more important in the big picture of results. Lots of water and eating clean go a long way, as do training days of the week, and “off day” placement within the week. Spacing a day or two, or even three, between sessions and keeping your workouts in a “change orientation” all are part of the success. From time to time, in my fitness journey, I have crossed paths with folks that train every day. Yet, they are on a plateau due to lack of change mentality, over training, and inadequate rest. And, their minds are stuck in the gear of impatience on the “I want it NOW” highway. The little aches and pains you may be feeling in a knee, foot, shoulder, hip, or any joint for that matter, as well as a continued level of fatigue in a muscle group, lack of results, and or a consistent sense of emotional burn out, can all be signs that you are over training, not eating right and or getting ample rest to fuel recovery.

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How do you beat it and stay on track? In your workouts add greater rest spacing between your sessions. This will give you better rest, and more than likely, a shot in the arm mentally. Change your workout. Do your existing workout in reverse order and change the order of the entire week of workouts. On Monday, for example, do the workout you would normally do on Wednesday, and do that workout in reverse order. Blake & Gwen Beckcom This alone can reinvigorate you. In your daily life it’s important to get more sleep. Studies show we need seven to eight hours of sleep consistently to be at our best. When you sleep, your body is in repair mode to prep you for your next day. Too little sleep means too little repair time. Say no to the over crammed day timer and find ways to create “margin” for doing less, for doing nothing periods in your week. Easier said than done! I get it. Yet, rest is vital to the end result. When was the last time you sat on sofa and read a book, or took a nap? Saying yes to everything has a negative impact. Look at it this way, scale your effort in your workouts from one to ten: ten being super hard, and one being super easy. Now turn that table on your eating and on your rest. Do you eat and rest with the same intensity of effort at which you train? Using this method can give you some “ah ha” moments to help you establish better benefits to your rest/nutrition efforts, which in turn will maximize your workout results. As is said, “You cannot out train bad eating, nor can you out train insufficient rest.” Get back to the basics of portion size, quality and frequency in your meal planning, with rest and rejuvenation incorporated into the plan. And, complement your training structured around resistance, cardio and flexibility, and get back on track. It’s January, with plenty of time to get big results before summer. So rest up, fuel up and step up to the next level in tracking your results. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself and accept the fact that quality results takes time. Lather, rinse and repeat. You’ll get there.• 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.

Happier New Year

By Rick Brooks

As a financial planner, my basic role is to help people make their lives better, whether it’s through realizing their dreams or simply organizing their finances. In more than 20 years of working with clients, I’ve found that the most impactful conversations are often not about money. They are about life, health and relationships. With that in mind, I’ve been listening to a podcast called the “Happiness Lab,” by Dr. Laurie Santos. It’s based on her class at Yale University called the Science of Well-Being, which was so popular it had to be taught in a concert hall. What Research Tells us About Happiness You can control more of your happiness than you realize. According to the book “The How of Happiness” by Sonja Lyubormirsky, about half of our happiness is hard-wired; our genetic pre-disposition to how we see the world. The good news is that the other half can be managed and improved. Our life circumstances don’t matter as much as we think. Obviously, leaving a war zone or an abusive relationship will have a large impact. But once your basic needs for food, shelter, and safety are met, things like winning the lottery or getting a new job have less of an impact than people often think. But rich people can be just as unhappy as poor people, and often feel guilty about it. You can become happier, but it takes work and daily effort. Much like weight loss or exercise, there are things you can do daily to improve your level of happiness. Like anything worthwhile, they don’t come easy and require constant attention. Our minds are often wrong about what will make us happy. The day you win the lottery or get a big pay raise will be a great day, but soon you’ll return back to baseline. Similarly, people will often describe truly horrible events in positive terms (after a while). Things are often not as bad or as good as we think they will be. Six Things You Can Do to Improve Your Well-Being Make time for social connections. Researchers consistently find that happier people spend more time with other people. Even introverts. Human beings are social animals, and person-to-person contact is critical to our well-being. And that doesn’t include social media or texting; Dr. Santos calls these the “junk calorie” version of interaction. Helping others makes us happier than we expect. Dr. Santos cites several research studies in which people were given money and told to either give it away to other people or spend it on themselves. Those who gave it away were measurably happier than those who kept the money. Another


technique here is to frame your work as helping others in some way, rather than drudgery to pay the bills. Make time for gratitude every day. When you meet up with friends, does your conversation tend toward things for which you’re grateful? Or do you tend to focus on things that annoy you or life’s many challenges? I know I have to work hard on this one, but according to Dr. Santos, happy people tend to focus on the things they’re happy about. Just writing down 3-5 things you’re grateful for at the end of the day has been shown to improve your well-being within 2 weeks. Healthy practices matter. Getting seven-to-eight hours of sleep and regular exercise have a profound impact on well-being. Being in the present moment is the happiest way to be. People who focus on what is happening right now tend to be happier than those who are worrying about other things. For example, the next time you have some ice cream, focus on the taste and the ice cream, not the text message you just received. Meditation for even 10 minutes a day has been shown to improve happiness and well-being as well. Become wealthy in time, not money. Most people today feel pressed for time, adding to our stress and inability to live in the moment. You can increase your happiness by freeing up your time (allowing you to interact with other people). These things take effort. But the result is a better, happier, healthier you. Isn’t that worth a little extra effort?• This column is prepared by Rick Brooks, CFA®, CFP®. Brooks is director/investment management with Blankinship & Foster, LLC, a wealth advisory firm specializing in financial planning and investment management for people preparing for retirement. Brooks can be reached at 858.755.5166, or by email at Brooks and his family live in Mission Hills.

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Another Aspect of Aging:



Lessons learned in My 80th Year

By Barb Strona A year ago, I wrote an article about how much fun and how interesting it is to grow old. I still believe that, but I have learned that the veracity of that statement tempers as time goes on. My current belief is that as long as the body cooperates, the sky is the limit. Sadly, the body doesn’t always cooperate. Here are some drawbacks that are real dampers: hearing. If you cannot hear, you feel left out. You have no idea what the conversation is about, or you think you do and make a totally inappropriate remark. Either way, you feel isolated and frustrated. You begin to suspect people think you are “losing it,” as someone so tactfully pointed out. Another damper is sight. As long as you are able to have cataract surgery or wear corrective lenses, this is more an inconvenience than a real handicap. Nonetheless, if I couldn’t hold a book in my hand while devouring every word printed on its pages, I am certain I would go mad. I am lucky in that myopia allows me to read with my naked eyes. If I want to see a movie, a play, a wedding, or a grandson’s sporting event, I need glasses. Actually, binoculars would be better. Most old folks still have a good sense of smell and touch. What becomes harder is fluidity of movement. I have never been very athletic; I loved horseback riding and skiing and had little use for other sports. I loved walking in New York City and in San Diego; the steep hills such as Bandini and Torrance made my legs feel great. I took for granted the ability to run up and down stairs, to bend over to pick something up, to leap up from the floor; I only realized these activities

As we age, exercise becomes even more important and beneficial to our physical and mental wellbeing.

were becoming less frequent when, late for an appointment I dashed into a building to catch the elevator before it left. Somehow, I slid across the lobby on my side like a baseball player stealing second base. A nice woman held the elevator for me. “Are you all right?” she asked me. “I’m better than all right,” I replied looking around me. “This is the first time in possibly 20 years that I actually got up from the floor without planning every step! I’m great!” It was, sadly, the last time I changed levels so rapidly. What I have realized in this, my 80th year, is that enjoying one’s age becomes more complicated as bodily systems break down. To

move the way you once did, the body requires more effort. That ease of motion may never return. Apparently, arthritis begins in many people at age 20. I know I have had it in every joint for at least 50 years. I never noticed it until last February. Fortunately, my HMO was prepared to deal with my issues (which affect people who are young as well!) To mitigate the symptoms of old age (or diseases such as fibromyalgia which I don’t have), I was sent to physical therapy, acupuncture, exercise, and was given an epidural. Still the discomfort remained. In fact, the more it hurt, the less I did, which led to weakness, which led to more pain.

Finally, my HMO sent me to a pain management class run by pain psychologists and a physical therapist with extensive experience in pain management. The class has not only shown me that I have been and still am extremely lucky physically, but it has also taught me ways to alleviate pain. We are learning fascinating facts about pain and how and why it manifests itself as it does. Most important, we are learning is that moving is essential. Stand up if you’ve been sitting. Stretch. Walk around. Change activities. Pace yourself. Do one chore for a short period of time. Go back to it after you have done something else for a while. This keeps the body parts from getting stuck in one position. (If you don’t run your dishwasher, it will break!) When you are old, everything takes more time—getting dressed, fixing a meal, doing most things. It also means forgetting things. Punchlines disappear easily, but that has been true for me forever. I have always had problems finding my car in a parking lot, but age has taught me to note its location carefully, and even though my current car doesn’t honk to tell me where it is, I seem to lose it far less often than I did my cooperative Prius. I am learning to accept the drawbacks to aging and to conquer or learn to adapt to them. While I may have several physical issues, I am doing something to mitigate them. Between water exercise and following what I’ve learned in pain management, I am learning that I can adjust to accommodate my body and I don’t have to sacrifice having a terrific time while I do. Getting old is still fun!• •


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Year Ahead

By J. Daniel Geddis, President Mission Hills BID & Realtor at Team D&B, One Mission Realty

Happy 2020! We are excited for the year ahead. Having just elected Mission Hills Business Improvement District (BID) officers and directors for 2020, we are looking forward to the work ahead, and the board’s strategic planning workshop taking place on January 15. For the first time in several years the board of directors has a business owner from India Street, in addition to business owners with storefront businesses on West Lewis Street, West Washington Street, and Fort Stockton Drive. This year’s board of directors are: President, J. Daniel Geddis, partner, Team D&B at One Mission Realty; Vice President, Dixie Hall, owner of Dixie Pops; Secretary, Colleen Field, agency owner Allstate Insurance; Treasurer, Sarah Mattia, owner of Pizza e Birra; Stuart White, owner Stuart White Design; Minka Hull of Mission Hills Financial; and, Audrey Patterson, of Patterson Engineering, Inc. The time each person spends for the good of the entire neighborhood is time away from their own business. Their commitment of time is sincerely appreciated. The board continues to be focused on doing more to bring a sense of neighborhood pride to the business owners who have chosen to open their doors in Mission Hills. We know that of all the choices they have, they and their patrons choose Mission Hills. The Mission Hills BID, in a contract with the City of San Diego, works hard to advance its mission to: a) Enhance the growth and improvement of Mission Hills businesses; b) C  reate partnerships between business and property owners that promote economic revitalization and combat deterioration in the community served by the Mission Hills Business Improvement District; and, c) Administer business and property owner assessment districts under contract with the City of San Diego, all of which are provided for by one or more ordinances of the San Diego City Council, including but not limited to Ordinance # 0-17229 (the “Ordinance”), which may be amended from time to time by the San Diego City Council.

The Mission Hills BID membership of nearly 500 businesses includes those persons (including corporations and other associations) holding business tax certificates, paying business improvement district charges assessed by the City of San Diego, within the boundaries of the Mission Hills Business Improvement District. All such members have the right to vote on all matters requiring a vote of the membership. And, any may seek to be elected to the Mission Hills BID board of directors. As a reminder, the Mission Hills BID meets at 3 p.m. on the second and third Wednesdays of each month. In accordance with The Brown Act, the meeting locations and agendas are posted on the BID’s website, 72 hours in advance of each meeting. The second Wednesday we conduct our committee meetings; including promotions, economic development, design, Mission Hills parking advisory, and executive committees. Robust discussions take place at the committee level. The third Wednesday is the meeting of the full board of directors where information is distributed and decisions are reached that impact the BID membership. Thank you for reading this column. Like what you read? Please share with a friend. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to send a note to us at Please visit the Mission Hills Business Improvement District’s website at and consider how you too might become more involved in 2019. We are excited for the year ahead!•

Your 2020 M.H.B.I.D. Board of Directors

J. Daniel Geddis President

Dixie Hall Vice President

Stuart White


Colleen Field Secretary

Minka Hull

Sarah Mattia Treasurer

Audrey Patterson

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Award-Winning Seinfeld Comedy Writer Featured at Jewish Community Gathering Each year, The Jewish Federation of San Diego County hosts a gathering of women in support of their work to provide humanitarian relief and sustain Jewish community for generations to come. This year’s Options: The Women’s Event will be held at 10 a.m., Sunday, February 2 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. Federation has been at the forefront of caring for Jews in need everywhere, building Jewish community and strengthening Jewish identity, and connecting San Diego to Israel for more than 80 years. This annual event is an opportunity for the community to come together to provide valued support to programs that provide lifesaving humanitarian relief and sustain Jewish life for future generations through programs like the San Diego Holocaust Survivor Coalition, Celebrate Israelfest, Camp Scholarships, and PJ Library. The featured entertainer for 2020 is award-winning comedy writer, best-selling author and Jewish philanthropist Carol Leifer. Leifer’s dazzling, observational style humor won her four Emmy nominations for writing on such acclaimed television shows as “Seinfeld, “The Larry Sanders Show,” and “Saturday Night Live.” A comedy icon, Carol was dubbed “the real Elaine” because the series’ character, Elaine Benes, was partially based on her. Leifer has written for the “Oscars” telecast eight times, more than any other female writer to date. Her warm and humor-filled speaking programs share her views on women’s issues, her Jewish roots, LGBT perspectives, animal advocacy, and trailblazing career as a woman in the male-dominated world of comedy. Leifer has also written two best-sellers based on her extraordinary life. “When You Lie About Your Age,” “The Terrorists Win,” which recounts falling in love with a woman at 40, a breast cancer scare and adopting a newborn son at age 50. Her latest, “How to Succeed In Business Without Really Crying” charts her three decade-long journey through show business. Options is an opportunity for Federation to demonstrate to the public how its mission is changing lives in San Diego, in Israel, and around the world. Whether sending children to Jewish summer camps or providing services and support to Jews in need, Federation, its partners, and its amazing team of volunteers, are working every day to mobilize our Jewish community. The featured entertainer for 2020 is award-winning comedy writer, best-selling author and Jewish philanthropist Carol Leifer. Purchase tickets online at•

DixiePops Has Expanded its Ice Cream Pie Selection

DixiePops, located at 915 West Washington Street in Mission Hills, has expanded its selection of ice cream pies to the delight of their many customers. Apple pie ice cream pies have been selling out. And, salted caramel pie is already a favorite, along with pumpkin ice cream pie, which has also been in high demand during the holidays. Lemon ricotta with raspberry swirl ice cream pie is one of the custom pies they can also make. Customers can choose their crust, a sauce and their ice cream from any ice cream DixiePops has in stock. After the holidays are over, DixiePops will also feature a variety of fun theme pies: baby reveals, ladies who lunch, bridal shower, new job, break-up pies, engagement pies, feel better, love you pies, retirement, just because pies, birthday cake pies–along with other holiday pies. With Valentines Day just a month away, DixiePops’ pies can be a great treat for friends, family and business associates. DixiePops also serves homemade ice creams, craft popsicles, milk shakes and other fantastic deserts, and has vegan options as well. It is and is open from noon to 8 p.m. daily. For more information, visit, or call 619.255.5473.•

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Singer & Actress Performs in San Diego

Lillias White, a Tony and Emmy award-winning American singer and actress, will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, January 19 at Martinis Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest. She made her Broadway debut in “Barnum” in 1981. She understudied the role of Effie in the original 1981 production of “Dreamgirls” and played the part in the 1987 revival. White has appeared on Broadway in Cats as Grizabella, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” as Miss Jones, “Chicago” as Matron Mama Morton, and benefit concert versions of “Funny Girl” (in which she sang the role of Fanny Brice), Perhaps her most notable role was in Cy Coleman’s “The Life,” for which she won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her portrayal of a world-weary, nononsense, streetwise hooker named Sonja. Her performance of “The Oldest Profession,” a song in which Sonja bemoans the life of a prostitute, was a tour de force and received standing ovations nightly. White performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic in a concert of works by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and George Gershwin and his brother Ira, celebrating the orchestra’s 50th anniversary. She has also appeared in concert at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center and has toured internationally with her one-woman show “From Brooklyn to Broadway.” She is heard on the 1991 Madonna recording “Rescue Me.” White later appeared on the PBS series “Sesame Street,” including the 1997 VHS release “Elmo Says Boo.” White’s television appearances include a regular role on “Sesame Street” (for which she won an Emmy Award), “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “NYPD Blue.” For ticket information, visit•

Lillias White has had an impressive career and loves performing to live audiences.


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To celebrate the launch of its new technology, Round-Up for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), San Diego County McDonald’s partnered with local nonprofit Opera4Kids to host an opera performance at a Linda Vista McDonald’s for children and families staying at Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. At the event, more than 30 children and their families served by San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House–a home away from home for families with a hospitalized child–were treated to an opera performance by Opera4Kids, as well as Happy Meals and refreshments. The event highlighted how each Round-Up for RMHC donation benefits families experiencing a medical crisis and using RMHC services. For families with children receiving medical treatment, it’s those moments, those minutes, those nights with each other that give them the strength and support they need. As part of its continued commitment to innovation and technology, McDonald’s developed Round-Up for RMHC to serve as an additional donation option for customers as our society becomes increasingly cashless. The new technology introduces charitable giving to the McDonald’s menu by providing customers the opportunity to round-up their purchase to the nearest whole dollar at the digital self-order kiosk and the front counter, all yearround, regardless of what payment method they prefer. Customers simply select the “Round-Up for RMHC” button at checkout on the kiosks or let the cashier at the front counter know they would like to round-up their purchase. “With every cent donated to RMHC, McDonald’s customers are providing families something priceless, time together, and we cannot thank them enough for their support and generosity,” said Leslie Mannes, a San Diego County McDonald’s owner and Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego board of trustees’ member. “Round-Up for RMHC makes giving easier and we hope this innovative approach to fundraising will continue to support Ronald McDonald House Charities and the families it serves for many years to come.” To learn more about Round-Up for RMHC at McDonald’s, visit:•

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August Wilson’s “Jitney” is directed by one of Wilson’s foremost interpreters, Ruben Santiago-Hudson (directed “Jitney” on Broadway). The American master and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson (the American Century Cycle of 10 plays) had a close relationship with The Old Globe, where three of his plays premiered. A jitney is an unlicensed taxicab. Five tireless drivers in Pittsburgh’s Hill District fight for love, survival, and respect as the powers-that-be threaten to close down their garage in the name of neighborhood improvement. “August Wilson was one of the giants of the American stage,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, “and he had a special relationship to The Old Globe, where three of his plays premiered. ‘Jitney’ is a prime example of what makes his gift as a playwright so unique. A simple story of working Americans and their struggles and triumphs, it’s set against a huge canvas of national themes. Funny and touching and thoughtprovoking, ‘Jitney’ is everything we want theatre to be. Ruben SantiagoHudson, unquestionably the greatest interpreter of Wilson now at work, gives us a production that’s exhilarating and that demonstrates in every moment why it won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. It’s a real honor to have this work at the Globe, and I know our audience will embrace its excellence and theatrical power.” The cast includes Broadway and Wilson veteran actors Francois Battiste as Booster, Harvy Blanks as Shealy, Amari Cheatom as Youngblood, Tony Award nominee Anthony Chisholm as Fielding, Brian D. Coats as Philmore, Steven Anthony Jones as Becker, Nija Okoro as Rena, Keith Randolph Smith as Doub, and Ray Anthony Thomas as Turnbo. Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Director) is honored to continue this journey with August Wilson’s “Jitney” whose recent Broadway production garnered several awards for Outstanding Revival including the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League, and the NY Drama Critics Circle Awards, along with six Tony nominations. The Old Globe production of “Jitney” is produced by Erik Falkenstein and Ron Simons in association with Manhattan Theatre Club. The 2017 Tony Award winner for Best Revival of a Play will run January 18 through February 23, 2020 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 619.23.GLOBE, or at the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.•

Landmark Theatres Martin Simmonds (Tim Roth) has been haunted throughout his life by the mysterious disappearance of his “brother” and extraordinary best friend, a Polish Jewish virtuoso violinist, Dovidl Rapaport, who vanished shortly before the 1951 London debut concert that would have launched his brilliant career. Thirty-five years later, Martin discovers that Dovidl (Clive Owen) may still be alive, and sets out on an obsessive intercontinental search to find him and learn why he left. A bold journey through friendship, betrayal and reconciliation, “The Song Of Names” is an emotional detective

story spread over two continents and half a century, culminating in the work of art song. The film shows that within the darkest of mysteries sometimes music has the power to illuminate the truth, heal and redeem. “The Song of Names,” directed by François Girard, and written by Jeffrey Caine, opens Friday, January 10 at the Hillcrest Cinemas, located at 3965 5th Avenue. The film is 113 minutes long and Rated PG13. For information and times, call 619.819.0236, or visit Film times and dates are subject to change.•

Dovidl Rapaport (Clive Owen) returns to the stage after missing for 35 years.

Amari Cheatom (left) as Youngblood and Ray Anthony Thomas as Turnbo in August Wilson’s “Jitney.” Photo is courtesy of Joan Marcus.

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5k Run/Walk Returns Saturday, March 21st

Fun run through historic San Diego neighborhood to support STEAM programs at Grant K-8 For the fifth consecutive year, the annual Mission Hills 5k will return at 8 a.m., Saturday, March 21. Promising fun for the whole family, this run/walk will wind through the scenic, historic neighborhood of Mission Hills, beginning and ending at Grant K-8 (1425 Washington Place). Runners of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to register at All proceeds will help fund Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) programs at Grant K-8. Thanks to an enthusiastic response from the local community each year, the Mission Hills 5k has already raised more than $75,000 for our local public school, funding a new coding, robotics, engineering and design elective for middle schoolers, continuing education for science teachers, microscopes and discovery scopes, materials for Family Science Night, the launch of the new Lego robotics team, 3D printers, a laser cutter and more. This year’s event is already off to a running start, with planners anticipating up to 1000 participants. Local businesses and community leaders have once again gone above and beyond to make this event possible, with The Lombardi Team taking the lead as a returning Platinum Sponsor. Other local businesses generously supporting the race at the Gold, Silver and Last year’s 2019 Mission Hills 5k attracted nearly 750 participants Bronze levels include US Bank, Fort Oak, Brad Sund State Farm, Cane Real Estate, of all ages and athletic abilities. Professional Maintenance Systems, Chism Brothers Painting, Heartwork Coffee and Mission: Fit. Businesses can learn more about sponsoring the event and gaining valuable marketing exposure by emailing “I, along with the entire Grant K-8 community, continue to be grateful for and inspired by our community’s overwhelming support of the Mission Hills 5k,” says Linda Kennedy, president of the Grant School Community Foundation. “It’s been amazing this year to see our long-envisioned dream of a coding elective for our middle schoolers come to life. We have our Mission Hills 5k sponsors, volunteers and participants to thank for this achievement, and look forward to many more STEAM advancements to come.” For this year’s annual event, organizers are working hand-in-hand with city event planners to ensure that the route provides maximum accessibility for residents, visitors and emergency responders. Advisory/no parking signs will be placed along the route two weeks before the event, and race volunteers will place door hanger reminders at every home along the route. A special addition to this year’s run will be the participation of running pairs representing Team Hoyt’s San Diego chapter, which is dedicated to providing mobility for physically challenged individuals. “Our family has participated in the event since its inception, and I am delighted to now be a part of the committee,” says Tracey Lilly, this year’s race director. “We continue to see the positive impact this event has on the community not only by supporting our local public school, but also by celebrating health and wellness, promoting the inclusion of all, and supporting our young neighbors in their academic strides.” Entry fees are $35/adult and $25/child, which includes a Mission Hills 5k t-shirt and medal for all registrants 15 and under. A limited number of registrations will be available the morning of the race for $45/adult and $35/child, though t-shirts are not guaranteed for registrations after March 19. Participants are encouraged to form teams to add to the friendly competition and fun-filled spirit of the event. To register individually or form a team (or join a team that has already been created), log on to Race packet pick-up will be held at Moon & Sun Studio (1615 West Lewis) on Friday, March 20. Post-race festivities will include activities, refreshments, music and giveaways Mission Hills 5k event planners are once again working with the on the blacktop at Grant K-8. More details will be announced in the weeks ahead. City of San Diego to ensure maximum runner safety, as well as public pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle accessibility on race-day. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date.•

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16 Local News A Publication of Presidio Communications • January 2020 Paul Vaden Honored with the 2019 Erwin Lurie Award ©

JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, recently announced Paul Vaden as the recipient of its Erwin Lurie Award for his noteworthy contributions as a volunteer leader in the organization. Named after the late Erwin Lurie, who helped found JDRF in 1970 with his wife Carol and others, the Erwin Lurie Award is annually presented to chapter volunteers whose commitment to the volunteer/staff partnership has significantly advanced the mission and strategic priorities of JDRF over the past year. Vaden’s 15 years of service to the JDRF San Diego Chapter exemplifies his unwavering commitment to the T1D community. “It is an honor to present this award to Paul Vaden. He selflessly dedicates his time and talents to JDRF and calls on others to ‘Answer the Bell’ to advance our shared mission,” said Aaron Kowalski, Ph. D., JDRF president and CEO. “We are grateful for his many years of leadership and for being the ultimate T1D Champion through his volunteerism.” Vaden is an active member of the Chapter’s Board of Directors and is currently serving as Chapter Board President. Under his leadership, the San Diego Chapter saw one of their best financial years in FY19, raising over $3M and exceeding the budgeted goal by 20 percent. As a retired professional boxer and World Boxing Champion, Paul “The Ultimate” Vaden uses his celebrity status to forge new partnerships, gain personal meetings with congress and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for T1D research. Paul has devoted countless hours to the San Diego One Walk, serving in different roles, including committee member, kickoff speaker and celebrity chair. He plays an integral role in the San Diego Chapter Gala, helping to engage the honorees and is a role model for advocacy. Paul builds authentic, long-lasting relationships which has enabled him to engage JDRF partners and community leaders in the fight against T1D. “Paul has been a part of our lives since the time when our son was first diagnosed with T1D. He wanted to help and has taken our cause to heart in such a big way. We are forever grateful for his support and love having him in our corner,” said Steve and Lisa Altman, longtime supporters of JDRF in San Diego. JDRF recognizes and appreciates all of the dedicated volunteers and supporters who commit their lives to the worldwide effort to end T1D. Volunteer Award recipients were recognized at the annual JDRF One Conference.•

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Paul Vaden, a retired professional boxer and World Boxing Champion, receives award for his volunteer service.

New Normal for Homelessness in San Diego

Recently, the Supreme Court refused to hear a major case on homelessness, letting stand a ruling that protects homeless people’s right to sleep on the sidewalk or in public parks if no other shelter is available. Without comment, the Supreme Court refused to hear a case originating from Boise, Idaho, which challenged a ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that undercuts local governments from regulating encampments on sidewalks and public areas. What This Means for San Diego While this has been the status quo in San Diego for several years, with today’s decision, it is certain that this law will stay on the books for the foreseeable future. The City of San Diego, as well as the County and 18 other cities in the region must provide shelter to the unhoused population if the city is to enforce quality of life ordinances such as prohibitions on sleeping on public sidewalks. Every local government in our region bears this responsibility equally, and needs to contribute to the solution equally. “We have seen what has happened to the quality of life in our city when we can’t enforce our laws. Like last summer when the courts prevented enforcement of the vehicle habitation ordinance. The health and safety of the homeless, the housed residents, and the visitors of our beach communities were devastated,” said Councilmember Scott Sherman. “We can never be put in that situation again. We must always have shelter and safe parking capacity so we can enforce our laws and prevent public health outbreaks like Hepatitis A.” Moving Forward Councilman Scott Sherman represents Now that the law is settled for the foreseeable future, it is vitally important that homeless outreach, safe the 7th council district in the City of San Diego. parking, and services be budgeted moving forward. With the recent work of the City and the Regional Task Force on Homelessness, the city is well positioned to create a responsive system that will ensure there is always a bed for those who find themselves on the streets. This system is designed to flow people through into permanent housing, and make sure someone’s time without shelter is brief and infrequent. Sherman stressed that “San Diegans have to understand that this is the new normal, it has to be part of every year’s budget if we don’t want to become San Francisco OR Seattle where rampant open drug use and the use of our public streets as a bathrooms is a casual fact of life.” However, every council district must meet its obligations to provide at least 140 new housing units for homeless and disabled residents by 2021. Unfortunately, despite all the tough talk, according to a recent news article, only three out of nine Council Districts are meeting their obligations. District, 3, 7, and 8. District 6 is on track to meet its goals by 2021. “Resolutions get great media, but if Councilmembers forget their obligations once the headlines are past, they are meaningless,” said Sherman. Finally, Councilmember Sherman calls on his colleagues at the County Board of Supervisors to step up and start contributing the county’s fair share to permanent shelter beds, permanent supportive housing, and mental health resources. Just because a person becomes homeless within our City boundaries doesn’t make them the city’s sole responsibility. The County is the Health and Human Services agency for the entire region. They have the resources and the responsibility to be the leader on solving homelessness and have been too reticent in the past to take ownership of this issue. “The time for sidestepping and punting on this issue is over. Every jurisdiction in San Diego must contribute to funding and operating a regional system that can move people off the streets and into housing, so that we can enforce our quality of life laws and reclaim our public spaces,” said Sherman.•

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The San Diego Council on Literacy (SDCOL) recently held its “Literacy Champions Reception” and “Hall of Fame” induction. Yes, I was there. And, I was “inducted!” In thanks, I performed the event’s shortest speech: “Reading is Educational! Reading is Tranquilizing! Reading is Power!” Yes, a belief heartily shared by my co-awardees, and a near-religion for Jose Cruz, the council’s CEO. We talked: LW: Jose, these days, folks often find it easier to just push a button to learn news of the day, history, even get help or advice for any situation. Do we still need organizations like SDCOL? JC:  Technology has helped our society close gaps Left to right are San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox, in communications and increase access to SDCOL Board Chair Nora Kenny-Whitley, Laura Walcher, and SDCOL CEO Jose Cruz. information and other resources. Regardless, Photo is courtesy of J. Walcher Communications. statistically speaking, the person who cannot read or read well, will not do as well in life as those who do both, well. phone that gets carried around in the pocket! Who doesn’t have a The person who cannot read or read well, will be less likely to enjoy phone now? This is just one area of change. In 2008/2009, we all a book with their children, help those children with homework, suffered from a serious economic situation. Yet, all of our literacy engage with their community, get a high school diploma, attend programs survived… despite five years or so of limited funding. college, or secure the career of their choice. The least literate of our We’re doing well, in part, because we’re doing good! Literacy is society will earn a lesser salary than their more literate peers. They “people” work, powered by people. It’s kind of hard to discourage will be less likely to vote and will be more likely to struggle in the us, slow us down, or shut us down. roles that adults play in our society. LW:  Those of us who are ardent readers just can’t imagine “life” without LW:  Your warm, lovely reception last month certainly reinforced books, magazines, etc. Do we have a future? society’s need for reading, for literacy, but I couldn’t help noticing JC:  I am encouraged by the fact that babies love books more than the “seniority”–read that “ages” of attendees was short, to say the they like smart phones. Whether we like to read or not, we still least, on younger guests in the audience. have to do it. Libraries in our region continue to get built and JC:  All of us should be concerned about the role that the next generation continue to expand their collections. We’re seeing a growth in of residents and philanthropists will play in our society. Previous bookstores that feature used books. There are still plenty of us generations of donors gave us good reason to be confident about who love to read. For the commuter, there are books-on-tape, etc. the practice of contributing to important causes. In the current era, As long as humanity is interested in its world, people will want to we have questions. This doesn’t mean that the young people, the know more. They’ll access videos, but they’ll also seek and access next generation, won’t give to causes. It’s just that, right now, there’s information that helps them learn more about the things they love or an enormous transfer of wealth taking place. We’re hopeful that the the things that help them function in life. With automation, we miss new guardians of that wealth will do what their parents and others important details. We get the short version. Through the printed did to contribute to an enhanced quality of life… with generosity word, we have, and will continue to preserve, much needed and fueled by compassion. We have reason to be optimistic. much-wanted information. I think literacy is safe. We’re already LW:  SDCOL is certainly at the helm of numerous community in the future. I’m typing this… and you’re reading this. That’s two organizations that share your mission. How are they doing–and of us who are engaged with print, and there’s millions more, and what changes in them have you seen, given the above discussion? growing, all over the planet. JC:  Our 28 affiliated programs have been consistent in adapting to The 2019 Inductees to the SDCOL’s Literacy Hall of Fame include Bob changing times. Many of these programs went through the same Alden, Paula Cordeiro, Gloria DeMent, Nancy Hampson, Stan Levy, Chris transitions that we went through when the world went “Internet,” McFadden, Helga Moore, David O’Brien, Nancy Rohland-Heinrich, Drew and everyone, not just the elite few, owned a computer, now, a Schosberg and Laura Walcher.•

Spreading Holiday Cheer to Those in Need By Katie White, County of San Diego Communications Office Staff from the County’s Public Administrator, Guardian, and Conservator’s Office (PA/PG/PC) did their part to brighten the holidays for the clients they serve throughout the year. They delivered holiday gifts to dozens of men and women in their care. The PA/PG/PC office serves as the legally appointed guardian or conservator for people found by the courts to be unable to take care of themselves or their assets. The people are generally older, frail and vulnerable adults who are at risk or have been a victim of abuse or neglect. “Most of them don’t have any family and a personalized gift can really make their day,” said Melissa Hubbard, PA/PG/PC Deputy Public Administrator/Guardian. This holiday season the PA/PG/PC office collected nearly 2,500 items during its annual gift drive. Items range from clothes and blankets to toiletries and stuffed animals. Staff wrap each gift individually, and they deliver them to the clients during their monthly routine visits. “Regardless of their age, all of our clients enjoy stuffed animals,” said Marisa Payton, PA/PG/PC Estate Assistant. “One of my clients in her 80s had me put the stuffed animal I brought for her in her wheelchair so she could always have it with her.” “I visited one of my clients and he tore open all his gifts immediately after I set them down,” said Hubbard. “I brought him some clothing items and he layered all the clothes on top of each other once he unwrapped them.” Many of the care facilities are kept cold for medical purposes, so warm clothes and blankets are always a huge hit during the gift deliveries. “We also always run out of gift cards,” said Payton. “Especially the younger adults really appreciate receiving gift cards because those allow them to go to the store and pick out a gift for themselves or a friend.” The Public Administrator, Guardian, and Conservator’s Office organizes an annual holiday drive each November. Any of the items that aren’t distributed over the holidays are kept for clients’ needs throughout the year, or held for the following year’s gift drive.•

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Thru February 23

n T he San Diego Museum of Art, located at 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park, presents the exhibition Abstract Revolution. Drawn entirely from the Museum’s collection of works on paper, the work of pivotal artists include Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler and Deborah Remington, as well as the work of contemporary artist Mary Heilmann, a leading figure in abstract American art. For information, visit Thru March

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9 50th Anniversary Celebration at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, located at 2001 Pan American Plaza in Balboa Park, is a yearlong exhibit to honor the first of four Apollo flights in 1969–including the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing in July 1969. For information and to purchase tickets, visit January 3

n A  rts District at the Liberty Station, located at 2848 Dewey Road in San Diego, invites guests to experience First Friday with the biggest monthly art walk. The craft beer garden is open from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with a pop-up market. Guests can also enjoy dance performances, and make art. Visit the Point Loma Tea shop at NTC Liberty Station Barracks 14, located at 2770 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 103 for a shopping discount in the shops and a complimentary goody bag. January 6

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H Fleet Science Center, located at 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park, offers The First Monday of every month to 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 $ 10. The doors open at 10 a.m. to get Senior Monday started early. Sharp Minds lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. The topic for this month is From Stem Cells to Wireless Medicine: Effective Treatments for Atrial Fibrillation. Your heart skips a beat, races, them flutters. Join Dr. Chris Larson from the Sandford Burnham Prebys Medical Discover Institute, who works closely with clinical partners at Scripps Clinic, as he shares why he believes that more effective and safer treatments are not just on the horizon but well within our reach. The Noon Theater Show today will be: Africa: The Serengeti. Visitors are encouraged to stay to enjoy the galleries with special senior discounts in Craveology and the North Star Science Store. n M  ission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox Library, located at 215 W Washington in Mission Hills, invites guests to the Community Room for a first, onehour Lunch & Learn Lecture on body and tissue donations, which starts at 11:30 a.m. What is the difference between whole body donation and organ and tissue donation? If I have a little dot on my driver’s license saying I am a donor, does this mean my body will go to UCSD? Do I qualify for a body donation? What are the donations used for? These questions and others will be answered by Dr. Erin Wilcox, who will be visiting from UC San Diego School of Medicine. Bring your own lunch for this session. January 7

n theNAT San Diego National History Museum, located at 1788 El Prado in Balboa Park, offers residents free days on the first Tuesday of each month. Balboa Park organizations offer free admission (special exhibitions and films are not included) to San Diego City and County residents (with ID), active military, and their dependents on selected days for one day each month. Films are not included; tickets are available for $5 per person at the admission desk. For information, visit n M  aritime Museum, located on the North Embarcadero in downtown San Diego at 1492 North Harbor Drive, invites the community to join the docent and volunteer team at a topranked destination. This once-a-year formal training runs for 13 consecutive weeks. Training sessions are Tuesdays and begin at 9 a.m. with a short meet and greet social. Classes run until noon, immediately followed by a 45-minute walking tour of one of the ships, and cover a comprehensive variety of topics.


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January 2020 To obtain more information Docent contact the Maritime Museum of San Diego Docent chair, Margaret Clark, at 858.245.4406 or January 8

n M  artinis Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, presents Breakthrough Workshop Theatre (BWT): The Things We Never Say at 8 p.m. To commemorate the fifth anniversary of that iconic production and to launch BWT’s Season eight with “Grief, Empathy, Hope,” the composer, Thomas Hodges, will present this poignant and moving piece. This is a one nightonly concert version featuring both members of the original cast and additional Breakthrough Artists, as well as Thomas himself on the keyboard. Visit for ticket information. January 9t

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celebrates Tom Jones starring David Burnham at 7 p.m. Join Burnham as he celebrates, through stories and songs, one the most electrifying performers and iconic voices of the past five decades–The legendary Tom Jones. Visit www. for ticket information. January 11 & 12

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H Fleet Science Center, located at 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park, is holding a Saturday and Sunday Science Club for girls in grades 5 through 8. This month the topic is Brain Games. Learn about the different regions of the brain and explore how the human brain processes optical illusions. To participate, parents most pre-register by calling 619.238.1233 x806. January 11 & 12

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Coast Rep’s Artistic Director David Ellenstein invites guests to enjoy “Bloomsday” by Steven Dietz and directed by Andrew Barnicle. A time-travel tale set amidst tourists exploring the pubs and streets of James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” This San Diego premiere follows an older couple retracing their steps to rediscover their younger selves. The theater is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, in Solana Beach. For information, times and to purchase tickets, visit or call 858.481.1527. January 14

San Diego National History Museum, located at 1788 El Prado in Balboa Park, presents Nature and Me Storytime at 10:15 a.m. Open to all ages with a parent or guardian (recommended for ages oneto-five years old), and free with Museum admission. This Month’s theme is Whales. Visit for ticket information. n M  artinis Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, presents an evening with Clint Holmes at 8 p.m. More than just a great singer, Holmes is a consummate entertainer, performer, recording artist, and one of the county’s finest vocalists. Whether he is singing selections from the Great American Songbook, contemporary classics, or stirring original pieces, ever performance is a one-of-a-kind mesmerizing and unforgettable experience. Visit for ticket information. January 9 thru February 2

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Scientists is a hand-on preschool science program offered by the Fleet Science Center. This program provides informal learning experiences that support and enhance exploration, create excitement and facilitate scientific, discoveries. A new session four presents Making Music. Discover the science of sound and design your own instrument to take home. This program is designed for children ages three-to-five years old with an accompanying adult. Classes meet from 9 to 10 a.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon. Enrollment is limited and preregistration is required. Contact the Client Services Dept. at 619.238.1233, ext. 806 or visit January 9 thru February 6

n L awrence Family JCC, Jacobs Family Campus, located at 1426 Executive Drive in La Jolla, invites you to be inspired by the masters with Judith Shufro. Over the course of five sessions we will look at black and white paintings by a master and redraw it and color it. This class will enable you to express your creative potential through paper and color. We will use figure, still life, seascape, landscape and fauna subjects. All materials will be provided. Prices are $175. And $145 for JCC members. Call 858.457.3030 for more information. January 10 thru 19

n C  asa del Prado Theatre, located in Balboa Park at the corner of Old Globe Way and Village Place, presents the 72nd season of San Diego Junior Theatre as it celebrates Individuality. The performance is “Twelfth Night,” By William Shakespeare. One of Shakespeare’s most remarkable heroines, the quick-witted Viola, assumes the disguise of a page boy for Duke Orsino and find herself at the center of an explosive love triangle in which identity, passion and gender all threaten to come undone. For tickets and information, visit, or call the box office at 619.239.8355. January 11

n B irdrock Coffee Roasters, located at 5627 La Jolla Boulevard in La Jolla, presents Robin Henkel solo blues from 10 a.m. to noon. For information, call 858.551.1707. n M  artinis Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest,

located at 1426 Executive Drive in La Jolla invites you to join Rabbi Deborah Prinz on the chocolate trail to explore the surprising Jewish connections to chocolate in the gastronomic and historical adventure through cultures, countries, centuries and convictions. A book signing will follow the event. Call 858.457.3030 for more information and to purchase tickets. January 15 & 16 floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, presents Lady Bunny in Bunny Butchers Broadway at 8 p.m. The demented drag doyenne returns for two nights to defile your favorite Broadway tunes with her new show. Get ready to clutch your pearls and laugh at things you probably shouldn’t but will. n V  isit for ticket information. January 17

n theNAT, San Diego National History Museum, located at 1788 El Prado in Balboa Park, presents Nat Talk at 9 a.m. The topic is National History 101: Mammalogy. Take a deep dive into San Diego’s natural history with conversations led by local scientist and experts. Mammologist Scott Tremorwill be talking about mammals in San Diego. n T ickets are available online at, at the Museum, or by calling 877.946.7797. January 18

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H Fleet Science Center, located at 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park, has a Junior Science Club which meets at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for students in grades first through fourth. Each third Saturday students will investigate exciting science topics. Sessions will be filled with new challenges, hand-on activities and interaction with local scientists. This month the topic is Plants to Plastic. Explore polymers and chemically engineer a bounce ball. Also, create a plant-based plastic, called bioplastic. To participate, parents must pre-register by calling 619.238.1233x 806 or by registering online at January 19

n L estat’s, located at 3343 Adams Avenue in San Diego, hosts Robin Henkel Band with Horns blues and jazz concert from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For information, call 619.282.0437. n M  artinis Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue, presents an evening with Lillias White at 8 p.m. This one-ofa-kind performer combines the sass of a classic blues mama with the skill of a Broadway star. What sets her apart from most Broadway popblues shouters is her ruthless honest and selfawareness. Visit www.martinisabovefourth. com for ticket information.

January 20

n theNAT, San Diego National History Museum, located at 1788 El Prado in Balboa Park, hosts Ocean Commotion Family Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ocean is abundant with interesting sea creatures. Join as we discover what lies along San Diego’s coastline. We’ll have specimens, activities, and crafts to help us celebrate and protect our local tide pools and great blue Pacific Ocean. All activities are included with paid admission. For information, visit January 23

n M  artinis Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, presents Armando Anto in The Maestro of Comedy for his debut with his show at 8 p.m. Armando has perfected his unique style of standup comedy, utilizing his decades of classical violin mastery and his guitar skill. Visit for ticket information. January 24

n theNAT, San Diego National History Museum, located at 1788 El Prado in Balboa Park, presents Nat Talk at 9 a.m. The topic is National History 101: Entomology. Take a deep dive into San Diego’s natural history with conversations led by local scientists and experts. This week, Vice President of Science and Conservation Dr. Michael Wall will be talking about entomology in San Diego. Tickets are available online at, at the Museum, or by calling 877.946.7797. January 25

n F riends of Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox Library at 215 W Washington is offering a January Speaker Series from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the community room, titled “Images of Mission Hills.” Join local authors of Mission Hills, Allen Hazard and Janet O’Dea, as they provide commentary and insight about this stunning architectural community as it developed. In 1905, George Marston, a San Diego civic leader, commissioned urban planner John Nolan to implement a development plan for the city. Nolan’s plan, however, was never adopted. In 1908, as if to prove what was possible, Marston’s syndicate formed the restricted subdivision of Mission Hills. Then in 1909, the city announced plans to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal. The fuse was lit and the boom that followed brought builders and skilled artisans to San Diego. As it was built, Mission Hills became architecturally magnificent. January 26

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Museum of Art, located at 1500 El Prado in Balboa Park, invites you to join them from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for a magical evening of fashion and jewelry of the late Renaissance through the mid-Georgian eras. Beyond Satin and Lace: Jewelry in the context of early modern Fashion, 1600-1790 by Speaker: Jacquelyn Babush. As part of our “Masters Cabaret” series, relax at your intimate table while sipping, snacking, and socializing and enjoying a night of full aesthetic entertainment. Tickets and VIP packages are $55 for members, and $85 for non-members. Visit www. for more information. January 29 & 30

n M  artinis Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, hosts Leslie Jordan in Over Exposed at 8 p.m. Jordan is one of the most consistently recognizable faces in popular entertainment. Exposed in a part coming-of-age story and part lighthearted Hollywood exposé. Visit www. for ticket information. February 2

n H  ilton La Jolla, located at 10950 North Torrey Pines Road in San Diego, hosts the Jewish Federation of San Diego County at 10 a.m. This gathering of women is in support of their work to provide humanitarian relief and sustain Jewish community for generations to come. This year’s title is Options, and the featured entertainer is award-winning comedy writer, bestselling author and Jewish philanthropist Carol Leifer. Purchase tickets online at


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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 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 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. Linda Vista View Linda Vista Town Council Community Newsletter Contact 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 2:00 p.m.

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On Cars and Real Estate in 2020 State and local governments in California are reinventing The City is already starting the process of shifting our urban landscape. Recently enacted land use laws land resources from cars to people. This is evidenced and policies will significantly change San Diego’s city by increased parking fees, bikeways, parking meters, center. As the population grows, competition for scarce more stop signs, street closings, speed bumps, calming urban land resources will create a new set of winners and roundabouts, and additional stoplights. Other examples losers. As a consequence, real estate appreciation rates abound. The first of many street closings will begin in will vary more by micro-markets. Future home values the East Village downtown as blocks of 14th Street will be will be influenced by how well city planners balance the closed to automobiles. The new bike lanes on Fifth Avenue public’s demands for open green spaces and affordable effectively reduced the number of lanes and motorists high density building projects. To accommodate these cried foul. Building requirements in many projects have changes, city planners will have little choice but to reign reduced the number of required off-street parking spaces, creating more competition for in the California car culture. parking spots. (Things could The suburban and exurban be worse, in Japan you have to development model that prove you have secured an offdominated our city’s postwar street parking spot in order to building boom was enabled register a car.) by abundant quantities of Planners and leaders in undeveloped land. Now the San Diego are not going region is mostly built out so to completely redesign our merchant builders are not able city as a crowded eastern to provide enough living units metropolis. The automobile is to match the area’s population not going away anytime soon growth, demographic changes, Rare opportunity in North Mission Hills! View corner since our public transportation and income structure. $ 895,000. Flat lot with easy access lot priced at only system can never master the There will be a new wave to build a large underground garage. Call Jim Scott geography of San Diego. We of development based on the DRE# 830226 • 619.920.9511 for more details. will not become Manhattan, politics of land scarcity. A new where only a quarter of statewide political consensus is prioritizing housing production goals. The permitting residents own cars. But it is likely the number of personal process is moving away from a market-driven system vehicles per resident will fall significantly over the next restrained by narrow local constituencies. Even the urban, five to ten years. Some of this change will happen not land-owning class has realized the old game is over, tired only because of reasons noted above but also because of chronic homelessness and adult children living in their of other social and political changes. For example, many basements. They know how hard it is even for their gainfully millennials have adopted a car ownership free lifestyle, employed progeny to find affordable housing in San Diego’s driven by a combination of personal economics, the ease of ride sharing, and a concern for the environment. tight housing market. Given all of this, the best buying strategy going forward We cannot create more land but we can make new developments more efficient. To achieve this land alchemy, is to think more in terms of how the coming battle over traditional ideas of car ownership will have to change. land use plays out in small neighborhoods. There will be The automobile, so costly yet so needed in our public political conflict as we reorder priorities between open transportation-challenged region, consumes scarce urban green space, cars, and an increasing population. Residents land resources, contributes to climate change, drives up of new apartment blocks, as an example, built with reduced off-street parking, are not going to be giving up their cars in the cost of housing, and limits public green spaces. In the past we have made it easy and convenient to the short term. They will be parking in front of your house operate and store an automobile in the city. Each vehicle if you live close to public transportation corridors. I would takes up about 140 square feet and if you start calculating not focus so much on the structure you are buying, but how much land space is allocated just for cars, not just by how well the location will fare in the future when a small roads but also by parking spots, the land devoted to our army of garage-less cars are looking for a place to park. The personal vehicles is staggering. For example, a study done transition from a car-based culture to a mature compact city in Los Angeles in 2015 noted 14 percent of the area’s will be disruptive in certain parts of town. The best buying decisions should be made with that in mind. available land is devoted to storing cars. You can reach Jim at the Scott & Quinn Real Estate office located in the heart of Mission Hills at 1111 Fort Stockton Drive. He has been a Broker since 1982 and a homeowner in Mission Hills since 1976. Jim is experienced in residential and commercial real estate. • 619.920.9511

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Presidio Sentinel, Jan. 2020, Vol. 21, No.1w  

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