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Growing Pains Facilitates Positive Change

PUBLISHER & ART DIRECTOR shawn crary EDITOR gayle romasanta CONTRIBUTING WRITERS gene beley brandon getty alan naditz GAPHIC DESIGNER & PHOTOGRAPHER louie ambriz

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ast year at this time, I lost 200 vegetable seedlings to a windy day. It was heartbreaking, but it was a lesson learned for this novice vegetable gardener. What was the lesson learned? I learned timing is everything and it does not pay to build a project around a cheaper, inferior tool (in my case a plastic greenhouse). This sentiment also carries over to life in general. Awareness of a moment is crucial in a desired outcome. What you get is what you put in.

With all the new transitions on the Mile, investment and timing is happening here as well. With the construction of the Pacific Avenue Median Project and the University Miracle Mile Improvements Project, new faces and businesses, the Mile is in an active state of renewal. The timing couldn’t be better. Ushering in the revamping of the Mile is new Miracle Mile Improvement Executive Director Mimi Nguyen, and new District 4 Council Member Moses Zapien. OTM was able to sit down with them, along with Pacific Vice President of External Affairs Dr. Ted Leland, and talk about what’s happening in the neighborhood. A lot of things are happening it turns out. Big Monkey Group contributing writer Alan Naditz details the new changes, faces, new businesses, and new addresses of well-loved Mile businesses. When there’s a new transition, there’s always accompanied growing pains. The community is relearning new ‘norms’, reassessing goals, and the people behind the organizations leading the changes are readjusting. It’s overwhelming at times. Even those of us just driving through the traffic on Pacific Avenue get overwhelmed. We forget it’s all for the beautification projects and get frustrated. But it’s all for a more energized neighborhood, a renewed sense of place, and upholding Stockton pride. In keeping with the spirit of transitions and timing, OTM features AVE on the Mile, Stockton’s premier Bar & Bistro. Owner Kevin Hernandez’s story about finding a special place on the Mile and turning it into one of Stockton’s premier destinations is inspirational. Timing and investment was on Hernandez’s side- it truly is a fabulous place to be for all occasions. The cohesive team at Ave on the Mile work very hard to ensure it will always be there for Stockton and the Mile as a go-to spot for excellent food, drinks, and ambiance. OTM’s merchant on the Mile focus is Chrissy Dehoyas of Kharma Spa & Boutique. Dehoyas, owner of Kharma for the last two years went through a difficult time and decided to invest in where her heart lead her, on the Mile. She is currently keeping the spectacular reviews and service at Kharma consistent and impeccable. Here's to a better version of self and place. Happy spring!

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New and Improved Change is in the air along Stockton’s Miracle Mile By Alan Naditz


f you’ve noticed that things don’t quite look the same along Pacific Avenue lately, you’re right. The Miracle Mile is undergoing a transformation, inside and out. There are new structures, new businesses, and new faces behind the scenes driving the change. And don’t get too comfortable with what you see, as more change is on the way this year.

Here’s a glance at what’s in the works along the Mile:

The Medians of Miracle Stockton has had its image problems in recent years, but one particular moment stands out in Dr. Ted Leland’s mind. In 2010, Leland, vice president for external relations and athletics at the University of the Pacific, received a visit from good friend Pete Carroll, coach of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. Carroll had taken a drive down Pacific Avenue to get to the campus and was unenthused. “He said, ‘Gosh, this Pacific Avenue looks tired,’” Leland recalls. “And I had to agree with him.” Leland, who first began working at UOP as its athletic director in 1988, then returned in 2011 after a renowned, 15-year stint as the athletic director at Stanford, saw the same thing as Carroll: a general lack of liveliness along the Mile. Fast-forward to 2013. A $1.6 million beautification project is underway, consisting of redevelopment of a pair of medians near the university. The Pacific Avenue Median Improvement Project calls for a raised curb median on Pacific Avenue from West Fulton Street north to the Calaveras River, while the University Miracle Mile Improvements Project will install a raised curb median on Pacific Avenue from Harding Way to Elm Street. In both cases, the existing

Pacific Vice President for External Relations and Athletics, Dr. Ted Leland.


“We’re only going to be as successful as Stockton is. We are a symbol of Stockton’s higher education. We have to be part of the community.” Pacific Vice President of External Relations and Athletics, Dr. Ted Leland bare curb median will be replaced with irrigated landscaping, including trees, shrubs, and groundcover, and a fence to facilitate pedestrian crossing. The medians are expected to be completed by spring. “I think this is going to make this place look refreshed,” Leland says. “And we will all benefit, because of the enhanced ambiance of Pacific Avenue, which is the main entryway onto our campus.”

Nearly the entire project is paid for by state and federal grants – no funds from the City of Stockton’s General Fund were used, according to Public Works Department Project Manager Karla Cervantes – but UOP did contribute $86,000 toward design of the north portion of the Pacific Avenue improvements. “This ended up being an idea where city staff said they could develop a ‘shovel ready’ project if they could get

funding,” Leland says. “The University of the Pacific ended up helping to make that project ‘shovel ready.’” Both medians are great examples of what can happen when the public and private sectors work together, Leland adds. In addition to UOP, the Miracle Mile Improvement District, Stockton Unified School District, University Renaissance Committee, and Stockton Beautiful committee took part in project development, along with the Stockton City Council and Department of Public Works. “This fits right in with [UOP] President [Pamela] Eibeck’s emphasis on reaching into the community,” Leland says. “We’re only going to be as successful as Stockton is. We are a symbol of Stockton’s higher education. We have to be part of the community.” Continued on page 6 FEBRUARY-APRIL 2013


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The Safety Zone Moses Zapien, the new Stockton City Council representative for District 4, wholeheartedly agrees with Leland. The Pacific Avenue Median Project, he says, will definitely help “add a distinct feel to the area.” But there’s a lot of other potential change in the air along the Miracle Mile, and not all of it calls for new construction. Zapien, one of three new city council members to take office in 2013, believes public safety needs to be Stockton’s top priority. “Last year, violent crime

in Stockton reached record levels,” he notes. “Our police department continues to build alliances with other law enforcement agencies and the community to make our streets and neighborhoods safer. And we will be unveiling a comprehensive crime fighting and prevention plan to help better guide us.” The next biggest challenge is getting the city in and out of bankruptcy as quick and painless as possible, he notes. Stockton also needs to focus on growing its local economy. “Turning our city and our image around will take time,” says Zapien, a lifelong Stockton resident, and a Franklin High School and UOP graduate whose family still runs

“We have a diverse population that is a microcosm of the city as a whole. I look forward to working with the businesses and residents of District 4 to build a common vision of where we want to go, and rolling up our sleeves to make it happen.” Moses Zapien, newly-elected District 4 council member

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FEATUREon the mile a local denture business. “But the challenges we face are also opportunities for our community to demonstrate its resilience and a determination that runs generations deep.” Zapien, now a civil litigation attorney at the law office of James M. Morris on March Lane, considers District 4, with the Miracle Mile and UOP, a key to the city’s overall recovery. “[The district] has some of the most historical, charming, and close-knit neighborhoods in the entire city,” he notes. “We have a diverse population that is a microcosm of the city as a whole. I look forward to working with the businesses and residents of District 4 to build a common vision of where we want to go, and rolling up our sleeves to make it happen.” Part of that vision is already underway. Zapien cites the arrival of the Miracle Mile Improvement District (MMID)’s new executive director, Mimi Nguyen, who “brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position.” There’s also the growing number of successful events on the Mile itself. Improved public safety will only boost things further. “I’m confident we will start to see the Miracle Mile area blossom,” he says.

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Nguyen, who succeeded Denise Jefferson as MMID’s executive director in January, also believes improved safety is essential to bringing additional life to the Miracle Mile. “Safety measures can always be taken, so that more folks feel safe about coming into the district, and supporting the merchants and the property owners,” she says. MMID last year was instrumental in bringing bicycle-mounted security to the area, a move that did more than add a law enforcement presence to the Mile, Nguyen notes. “The team of security folks gets to know the merchants, they get to know the people who are in the district, and they get to know the things that are going on as well,” she says. Such informal partnerships carry over to the merchants, who have been increasingly working with each other to draw traffic into the district and the city of Stockton as a whole. “We have attractions that are exciting to come to, like ‘Stockton is Magnificent’ or ‘The Taste of San Joaquin,” Nguyen says. “These really demonstrate the fact that we aren’t ‘miserable,’ that we aren’t unwell.” Last winter’s storefront “Shop, Sip and Stroll” was another hugely successful, collaborative event that brought foot traffic into businesses. Such events need to continue, Nguyen says.

“When we work together, there’s no limit to what we can accomplish.” Miracle Mile Improvement District Executive Director Mimi Nguyen

Increased business traffic also means an increase in the number of businesses along the Mile. Many new storefronts have appeared within the district in the past half-year, although not all of them are from outside the area. Some are merely taking advantage of available space and relocating (see sidebar). Nguyen believes this trend should continue, and that the mix of businesses needs to be “vibrant and diverse.” A Bear Creek High School graduate, Nguyen can understand a business’s attachment to a specific area. Nguyen worked for five years at the Downtown Stockton Alliance (DSA), including three years as its economic development director. She then took a job for a year as associate community director at Sacramento-based non-profit Asian Resources Inc., before coming back to Stockton at MMID this year. “Every day, when I got up to commute to Sacramento, I knew I was taking myself out of the community I grew up in,” Nguyen says. “I really wanted to be back in this area. When the right opportunity became available, I knew it was the right decision for me.” Fittingly, Nguyen became familiar with MMID during her DSA tenure, largely due to a strong partnership between the two. “In general, I’d like to see such partnerships continue,” she says. “When we work together, there’s no limit to what we can accomplish.” on the mile

Pacific Avenue’s Roulette Wheel

Some of the businesses that have moved to, or relocated along, the Miracle Mile in the past few months include: //Browtique Waxing Studio (a.k.a Browtique and Body Lounge). Moved to 2540 Pacific Avenue, Suite 2, from 2337 Pacific Avenue, (209) 939-1000. //Gusty’s House of Wings. Moved to 1825 Pacific Avenue, Suite 5, the location of the former Matinee Bar & Grill, which closed in 2012. The original Gusty’s was located down the street at 2353 Pacific Avenue, Suite B, (209) 464-9464. //La Rosa Floral. Moved to 2001 Pacific Avenue, the location of the former San Francisco Floral, which closed in 2012. La Rosa’s was formerly at 309 E. Charter Way, (209) 933-0630. //Maffei Insurance & Financial Services. Moved to 2540 Pacific Avenue, Suite 1, after more than seven years at 1350 W. Robinhood Drive, Suite 19, (209) 957-9433. //The Midtown Creperie & Café. Plans a move in February to 2319 Pacific Avenue, the location of the former Tots & Teapots, which closed in 2012. Midtown Creperie is literally moving next door, from 2311 Pacific Avenue, (209) 941-9070.



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Kharma Spa and Boutique, San Joaquin County’s best Day Spa, Consistently Delivers Luxurious Treatments

Ana Cerna (Massage Therapist), Lorrie Peterson (Massage Therapist), Chrissy Dehoyas (Owner), Claire Martin (Massage Therapist), Lisa Pereira (Esthetician), and Sophia Davalos (Receptionist) PHOTO BY LOUIE AMBRIZ

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ne of the best places to help you shed winter blahs to rediscover the spring you is Kharma Spa & Boutique. Voted Best of San Joaquin in 2009 in Day Spa, Skin Care, Pedicures, and Tanning Salon categories, it is a retreat for both relaxation and skincare. “When people see us from the outside it can be deceiving. When they walk in they are surprised at how pretty and quiet it is in here,” says owner Chrissy Dehoyas. Dehoyas, originally from the Bay Area, has owned Kharma for the last two years. It was through a difficult time after Dehoya’s husband passed away that she found the strength to follow her heart. Her heart brought her to Kharma. She became the second owner and is proud to continue the salon’s renowned reputation of being one of the best day spas in the Valley. “I’ve always had what I call a healing instinct,” says Dehoyas. Those who have had the privilege of experiencing the healing hands of the licensed manicurist and massage therapist can attest to her gift. “It always brings a smile to my face when they [clients] tell me how

much they liked the service.” Kharma’s clients come back regularly to experience this lap of luxury month after month. With monthly specials, such as manicures, pedicures, and massages offered to new and existing clients, Kharma offers promotions that are impossible to resist. “A lot of local people such as teachers and retired police force are loyal to not only us, but many of the businesses on Miracle Mile.” For a businesswoman who has been in the beauty industry for over 25 years, it is evident that she clearly knows how to keep business running. “Our website says, ‘the best kept secret,’ but I don’t want to be a secret anymore,” Dehoyas laughs. In time for Valentine’s Day, maybe you and your better half need to be reignited together which points cupid’s arrow directly at a couple’s massage. Each mas-

sage can be customized to your special needs, but most of all you can enjoy it in the presence of your partner side by side. “We have private rooms and a rock steam room available for couple’s massage, aromatherapy, body scrubs, and other services,” Dehoyas says. Soak your feet and scrub your worries away with a “Kharma Signature ManiPedi Duo” which includes a stress-free sugar scrub exfoliation. It is followed with an indulgent honey or body butter massage. Or maybe your body is screaming for deep relaxation, if so, then try a “Kharma Signature Massage.”

The signature uses Swedish techniques with long deep strokes to make you feel anew. Services are used with only the best products using a beauty line called Image Skincare, which is suitable for all skin types including those with sensitive skin. Image Skincare products are also available for purchase at Kharma’s Boutique. “What I enjoy most about this business is seeing my satisfied clients and hearing them say they never want to leave. Kharma is like their second home,” Dehoyas says. on the mile

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DINEon the mile Ave on the mile Built on a Strong Vision “[We opened] during the worse economic times,” owner Kevin Hernandez laughs. Hernandez is proud that he weathered ground zero of the recession. His AVE on the mile team is loyal and wholly invested in his vision. The core team that originally helped make the bar and bistro a success are still with Hernandez. For instance Jason Laurenti, former general manager, still works as off-site management. Hernandez worked extensively with Laurenti to hammer out the vision of a new bar and bistro on the Mile. Laurenti was working on a similar project in Manteca when Hernandez approached him with his vision. “I pulled anchor on that project and Kevin told me to do it in Stockton,” Laurenti says. Hernandez’s original team also includes his Executive Chef Nathaniel Kutch, and the AVE’s Event and Ban-

A popular dish, grilled artichokes at the custom-made bar.

quet Coordinator Kitty Elizabeth Wong. “It was a big risk for me…I saw the potential of the Mile,” Hernandez says. “I worked, so I wasn’t sure how I was going to do this…I did research for a good six to seven years- little bits and pieces. It was a question, then a dream, and then all of sudden it became a reality,” Hernandez says. It took years of hard work, research, a solid business plan, and location in order for everything to fall into place. “It’s like putting that thread right through that needle and getting it just right, and not veering away from what you see, and following it through,” Hernandez says. The main dining room is designed with a high taste level. The building, a 1940’s jewel, includes the original exposed brick and concrete flooring in its design.


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alking into AVE on the mile — also known as simply the AVE — a classy bar and lounge, it’s evident the décor and dining experience was thoughtfully planned out. It’s the perfect place to bring a date, meet friends, or unwind on a Friday night, observing the nightlife of a diverse crowd — from youthful and in college to those who are more established and indulging in exquisite libations. 10 | on the M I L E



Jason Laurenti is often seen behind the bar mixing up incredible libations.

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“I did research for a good six to seven years...It was a question, then a dream, and then all of sudden it became a reality.“ Owner AVE on the mile Kevin Hernandez “One of the design components we saw in Hollywood in a celebrity’s home,” Hernandez says of the décor surrounding the bar. He and Laurenti took that idea and brought it to Hernandez’s contractor. The end result, along with the custom-made bar is a sophisticated space, detailed, yet comfortable, with perfect lighting to enjoy intimate conversations. The space can also be used for larger special events. The AVE has hosted baby showers, even an 80th birthday party. Popular ticketed special events also tend to sell out, like Valentines Day, New Year’s Eve, and St. Patrick’s Day. For those looking

to celebrate at the AVE, it’s a good idea to plan early. “This year we were very fortunate...the juggling, the crazy, it’s all worth it. Looking back it was all worth it…I don’t take this for granted,” Hernandez says. Hernandez’s experience and follow through can also be seen at The Abbey A Trappist Pub located a few doors down from the AVE. He is co-owner of the upscale California pub, which features local and sustainable eats and an extensive menu of beers from around the world. For more information about AVE on the mile menus, brunch, and special events, check out on the mile FEBRUARY-APRIL 2013


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Stockton School for Adults—Where the American Dream Thrives

O By Gene Beley

ne of the best examples of the modified Elizabethan Tudor style of architecture can be found in the Stockton Unified School District’s Stockton School for Adults at Pacific and Harding Streets. It provides a valuable service to the community, helping many of all ages to learn English as a second language, obtain their G.E.D. high school equivalency degrees, and obtain working skills to get well-paying jobs in a relatively short time.

Before it was known as the Stockton School for adults, the school was also known as the “new” El Dorado School. It was considered the “new” school after the older El Dorado School was ordered razed and the parcel cleared to be sold. On February 26, 1915, construction of the “new” El Dorado School was awarded to R.W. Moller for $63,928. By February 9, 1916, the new school was completed and the final cost of the 14-classroom school was $68,000. Seven years later, in 1923, an additional eight-room addition was completed in time for the start of school for the cost of $70,000. The addition enabled the classroom capacity up to 760 students. No matter how beautiful

and lauded the El Dorado school was in years past, it was slated for demolition in the late 1970’s. Thankfully, a last-minute community-wide movement sought to save it. In 1977 the school was placed on the National Register of historic Places. The Board of Education then voted to renovate the interior of the historic building and use it as an administrative annex a year later in 1978. Before becoming the Stockton School for Adults, The “new” El Dorado School housed the district’s children’s center and preschool program, the compensatory education program, and the Emergency School Aid Program, and was also named the Support Services Center. The Stockton

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Adult School is such an important piece of Stockton’s educational history; one can’t help but feel the power of the space. Doyal Goundar, a student at Stockton School of Adults is an example of how the American Dream continues to thrive on Pacific Avenue. She was born in the Fiji Islands and moved to Stockton in 2008. “I started at Bear High School and am finishing up my credits here at Stockton School for Adults. My goal is to become a medical doctor. I plan to enlist in the U.S. Air Force to continue my education and have good benefits. I know this will provide a better life for myself.”

Esmeralda Sanchez, 22, is taking advantage of Stockton School for Adults’ Administrative Medical Assistant program. She works nights at a bar to support herself and is excited about her future. “It is a good school here. The teachers are very nice and kind...I want to get certified so I can graduate and get a good job...I know if I graduate from this program, it will allow me to have a better life for myself and any future family.” For more information on educational programs, call the school at (209) 9337456 or go into their office to pick up a free brochure. on the mile FEBRUARY-APRIL 2013


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TIGERSon the mile Save the Date! Important Dates for the Academic Year President’s Day: February 18 Last Day for Pro-Rated Refund: March 1 Spring Break: March 4-8 Classes Resume: March 11 Advising for Fall 2013 (Continuing Students): March 11-29 Last Day to Withdraw: March 29 Beginning of Early Registration for All Students: March 26 Pacific Day: March 29 Deadline for Graduation Application (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Summer 2014): April 4 Classes End: April 24 Study Day: April 25 Final Exams: April 26-May 2 Commencement Ceremony: May 4

He Shoots…He Scores! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Makes His Pacific Appearance This year’s Black History Month Celebration is connecting Pacific’s student body with an assortment of big names. Join fellow students, faculty, and Stockton citizens as they assemble in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall to hear Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speak! Though widely recognized as a basketball legend (he’s the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and alumni to both the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers), Abdul-Jabbar is also an accomplished historian and bestselling author. Recently, his work has focused on the importance of African-American inventors and their oft-overlooked role in the history of manufacturing and production. This is the central theme in his latest work, What Color Is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors. His popular sixth book, On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance, was adapted into a documentary film by the same name. Co-chair of Pacific’s Black History Month Planning Committee Randall Ogans cites Abdul-Jabbar as “…an American icon that through hard work and determination, [shows] anything is possible.” Throughout his career, Abdul-Jabbar has served as a role model for young children, especially those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Using team sports and afterschool involvement as a motivational tool, Abdul-Jabbar continues to uplift and inspire youths that show a desire for something greater. This is an occasion that can’t be missed! The lecture will be held at the Faye Spanos Concert Hall on February 26th at 7:00 p.m. To encourage participation and promote the inclusive nature of Abdul-Jabber’s talk, this event is free to attend and open to the public. A poetry reading and gospel concert from Nathaniel Mackey will complement Abdul-Jabbar’s presentation. For more information about this event and the rest of the Black History Month Celebration, visit blackhistory. 18 | on the M I L E



Levente Sulyok “De-Con-Structs” the Reynolds Gallery An inverted advertising sign, stripped of its colorful vinyl paneling to expose the glowing white tubes inside of its frame, hangs suspended from the ceiling. An electronic billboard is propped against a wall, its message obscured and its entrancing blue light spilling out from the edges and casting a glare onto the waxed floor. A large cardboard shipping container covered in shiny black masking tape sports a collage of “Fragile” stickers; badges that attest to the movement of mass through space. A streaky, colorful western landscape with a mash-up of text superimposed over it – an element that immediately steals your attention. Hungarian artist Levente Sulyok’s collection of new work, entitled “Con-Structed”, deals with precisely that: the constructed world that surrounds us. The work is intended to comment on, if not critique and hold up for judgment, the economic climate of the United States from 2008 (the beginning of the economic collapse) to present. “Con-Struct-ed” features a diverse range of mediums, including traditional painted canvases, “found” installations (such as the inverted advertising sign pictured) and even an electronic billboard, the face of which is hidden from the viewer. During the January 8th reception, which featured a delicious sampling of snacks, cheeses, and wine courtesy of Bon Appetit, most people were drawn to the installation pieces. The inverted advertising sign, entitled “Ad-here”, forced itself to be considered: what purpose does a mass of steel, electronic wiring and glass serve once it is stripped of its lettering and suspended as a pendulum? The same sorts of questions arose regarding the electronic billboard, which emanated an eerie blue glow against the white gallery wall: why bother programming a message for display if no one’s able to read it? Sulyok’s billboard stands in for a real life situation, one that calls into question the function of contemporary advertisement. If there’s no one around to read a billboard, does its message even matter? Though it’s difficult to interpret the collapsed text on Sulyok’s western landscapes at first glance, a look at the piece’s title lends assistance. Each selection of text is a slogan used by the major financial institutions associated with the 2008 economic crisis (Washington Mutual, Lehman Bros. and AIG). By placing these slogans against a “Wild West” backdrop, Sulyok associates the financial giants with the brazen lawlessness of the new frontier. The west frontier is no longer new, no longer wild and no longer a symbol of freedom and wanderlust – a point Sulyok emphasizes with the claustrophobic spacing of the slogan lettering. Undoubtedly, this compact text also represents the strangle hold these institutions had, and continue to have, on the country. For more information about Levente Sulyok, his past work and his upcoming exhibitions, visit The Reynolds Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The gallery recognizes all academic holidays.

TIGERSon the mile See Yourself Successful at “Meet Your Future” Mock Interviews Have you ever wondered what you will be doing with your college degree five or ten years down the road? Now is your chance to find out! From February 4th through the 8th, Pacific’s Career Resource Center will be hosting a series of mock job interviews that allow students to flex their conversational skills and receive feedback from actual recruiting agents. Employers from various fields, from pharmaceuticals to graphic design, will be talking to “applicants” who register for an appointment on Tiger Jobs ( “Meet Your Future” is a free event and is open to all current Pacific students. The location of your interview will be disclosed upon registration through Tiger Jobs. For more information, visit

The Bob Hope Theatre Welcomes Grammy Winner Anthony Hamilton Join Pacific students, faculty, and members of the local community in celebrating the cultural significance of Black History Month! Keynote speaker Anthony Hamilton will appear at the Bob Hope Theatre in beautiful Downtown Stockton on February 7th at 7:00 p.m. Hamilton plans to lead a lecture that will detail his role as spokesman for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). The non-profit organization is devoted to African-American children who are currently in the foster care system. In addition to the lecture and subsequent discussion, Hamilton will perform a sampling of his well-known songs. His most recent hit, “Pray for Me” is likely to be a part of the set list. In addition to a stunning performance at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, Hamilton has appeared on various news networks to promote CASA and its humanitarian mission. In 2009, he received a Grammy for his song “You’ve Got the Love I Need” in the category of “Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.” As this event is open to both students as well as the general public, tickets are expected to go fast. Non-students can purchase their tickets at http://go.pacific. edu/anthonyhamilton, while students can find theirs at the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center. Tickets are $15 for students, and $30-$40 for non-students. This event is hosted by Pacific’s Black History Month Planning Committee. For more information about Anthony Hamilton, visit

Dress to Impress for the 2013 Career & Internship Fair When you’re not buried beneath books, study guides and syllabi, your time could be spent gaining experience for the job of your dreams. Pacific’s Career Resource Center is thrilled to put students in contact with over 80 employers from a diverse range of fields and industries. No matter your major, you’ll be able to find a booth that suits you! The Career & Internship Fair will take place in the DeRosa University Center Ballroom on Wednesday, March 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. All students are encouraged to make many copies of their resume and to dress in formal, job interview styled attire. Remember, this is your first chance to impress a potential employer – show them that you mean business! This event is open to Pacific students only and is free to attend.

Learn How the World Educates at The Tuesday World Forum Pacific’s Tuesday World Forum is committed to opening up the day’s hottest global issues for careful consideration and discussion. February’s Forum will highlight educator and author Nancy Pine’s latest publication, Educating Young Giants: What Kids Learn (and Don’t Learn) in China and America. The book compares the educational systems, from elementary to high school, of both China and the United States. Though similarities between both models will become apparent, the aim of the book is to highlight the differences and propose what these two nations can learn from each other. This installment of the Tuesday World Forum will take place on February 12 at 12:00 p.m. in George Wilson Hall. The Forum is hosted by the School of International Studies and is open to students, faculty and the surrounding community. For more information about the book’s author, Nancy Pine, visit

Condoleezza Rice is “No Ordinary Woman”! Pacific is proud to welcome former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the campus. As part of the “Advancing Women’s Leadership” forum, Rice will be delivering a keynote address entitled “No Ordinary Woman.” The mission of the AWL forum is to inspire young women to strive for greatness within their local communities, and eventually the world. A variety of other female thinkers and speakers will join Rice to lead discussions at the forum. Christy Haubegger, founder of the influential Latina magazine, will open the forum with a discussion about her work for Management Leadership for Tomorrow. The organization emphasizes the importance of diversity within MBA programs across the nation. Speakers that will follow Haubegger include Nikki Lowery, Tori Verber-Salazar, and Connie Callahan. The forum is an all day event that begins at 9:00 a.m. on March 21st at the Alex G. Spanos Center. This event is open to Pacific students as well as the

general public. Tickets can be purchased for $25 at the Pacific Box Office. All proceeds from the AWL forum will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stockton as well as the Women’s Resource Center. For more information about this special event, contact Jennifer Torres-Siders at

Andrea Wulf Reminds Us to Stop and Smell the Roses A fervent passion amongst the founding fathers for botany and horticulture resulted in what Andrea Wulf calls an “American Eden.” Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Adams all believed in the significance of a beautiful, natural landscape. For this reason, community spaces often included gardens, water features, or other ornamental vegetation. Wulf ’s latest book, Founding Gardeners: How the Revolutionary Generation Created an American Eden, goes into fascinating detail about the relationship between a love for nature and a desire for liberty. Wulf has published several other books that center on botany and the history of horticulture, including the award winning, The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession. Wulf will lead a lecture and discussion group on February 27th in the University of the Pacific Library’s Community Room from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Because of limited space, this event is open to Pacific students only. For more information about the Library’s upcoming events, visit This event is hosted by the John Muir Center for Environmental Studies.

Celebrate Brubeck with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra What better way to celebrate the legacy of Dave Brubeck than by enjoying a first rate jazz performance at the luxurious Bob Hope Theatre? On March 22nd at 8:00 p.m., Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will put on a show that would’ve made Brubeck proud. The orchestra consists of fifteen of the country’s most talented contemporary jazz musicians, as well as a roster of wildcard guest musicians. This marvelous springtime show is hosted by the Brubeck Institute and is open to Pacific students and the general public. Tickets are available at the Bob Hope Theatre box office, and prices range from $25 to $63, dependent upon seating location. ............................................................................................................................................. Brandon Getty is a Contributing Writer for “On the Mile” magazine specializing in the latest about the University of the Pacific and its surrounding community. To submit UOP information, email Brandon at FEBRUARY-APRIL 2013


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HAPPENINGSon the mile Join the UNRC to Welcome 2013!


ast year in 2012, the University Neighborhood Renaissance Committee was a busy bee in your neighborhood, and we plan to take that energy and use the momentum to stay just as busy this year…hopefully with the help and support of YOU, our neighbors.

The well attended What to do About Crime Forum last April 2012, was such a resounding success to the community; providing answers and real life solutions to help prevent crime starting with our homes, streets, and community. We hope to take the ideas and suggestions from last year to create a new and exciting anti-crime and safety symposium this year; we will be soliciting additional support, volunteers and speakers. Our Summer Screen on the Green Series, showing just two movies in 2012, with the partnership of Pacific had great

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interest from our neighborhood, where we all enjoyed classic movie favorites out under the stars. Moving forward this summer, we are open to hearing proposals for a unique Summer Event Series for families and friends on those long, daylight evenings. Tree Talk 2 in 2012 was our 2nd annual tree forum discussing the plight of the urban forest and how homeowners can better care and trim their trees. With such a large number of our community members becoming active in the UNRC strictly for this topic alone, we will continue the forum again this year

with Tree Talk 3 later in October 2013. In conjunction to the Tree Talk 3 this fall, we will be discussing the clean up activities we started last year for the Love Stockton Event in September 2012. Planting trees, painting benches, and cleaning Caldwell Park (behind S-Mart on Pacific & Alpine) was a great activity with a large number in attendance. In addition to the Love Stockton event, we are always looking for other community minded activities that keep us involved and improving our neighborhood. We here at the UNRC want to see YOU, our Neighbors, get involved! Attending one of our regularly scheduled open monthly meetings at Central United Methodist Church on the

fourth Thursday of every month is a great way to find out what you can do to help us, and in turn help you! Please see our website at www. for additional information and to sign up for our email newsletter, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook. com/unrc.

Brubeck Festival 2013: You'll want to be there!

During the week of March 18-23 music performances and educational lectures around the city, along the Miracle Mile, on University of the Pacific's campus, and at San Joaquin Delta College will celebrate Dave Brubeck and the influence of his musical work. For more information on all events and tickets, contact Simon Rowe, executive director, The Brubeck Institute, (209) 946-3196.

HAPPENINGSon the mile Walk a Mile in her Shoes and Support the Women’s Center of San Joaquin On Saturday, April 20, the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County will host its 6th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event on Pacific Avenue in Stockton’s Miracle Mile. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® challenges men to walk one mile in a pair of women’s shoes to raise awareness and funds to support the Women’s Center’s services for sexual assault victims. The purpose of the march is to create community awareness and involve men in ending rape, sexual assault, and gender violence. Proceeds from this event will help to support the Women’s Center’s sexual assault services. For registration and pledge forms, and to learn more about the event, or sponsorship opportunities visit or call (209) 941-2611.

Real Estate Market Showing No Signs of Slowing Down A new normal in real estate is multiple offers on almost every listing. There are currently more buyers than houses available for sale. The Miracle Mile area from El Dorado St. on East to Pershing Ave. on West, From UOP on North to Harding Way on South has 14 Active Listings from $82,000 to $485,000. There are 31 Pending Sales with asking prices from a low of $45,000 to a high of $219,900. The average of the 18 pending short sale asking price is $106,428 & the average of the other 13 pending properties is $140,904. There are 39 properties that have SOLD since September 1st in the 4th quarter. The low sold price is $50,000 to a high of $300,000. The average sold house was 1508 square feet, on the market for 60 days, sold at $91 per square foot at $136,400 within 4% of the last asking price. Jean McGurk has been licensed as a local real estate agent since 1985. Jean McGurk license #00897701
CENTURY 21 Exchange Realty. Direct: 209235-2118, Cell: 209-981-0785 Fax: 209951-2134, email:

SALUD Outreach Believes in Keeping Everyone Healthy Pacific’s aspiring pharmacists will be providing a wealth of information regarding common ailments such as high cholesterol, diabetes, and blood pressure at The Market on the San Joaquin Delta

College (SJDC) campus. In addition to the various printed literature available at the SALUD Outreach booth, screenings for each ailment listed above will also take place. Spanish speaking students will be available to help extend support to as many visitors as possible. The SALUD Outreach booth can be found in the Locke 3 parking lot at SJDC’s The Market every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Parking and admission to The Market is free for all, and the booth will appear until February 23. For more information, contact This event is brought to you by the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.

Sip and Stroll is Back this Feburary Mark your calendars for February 12, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The Miracle Mile Improvement District is holding another popular sip and stroll event on Pacific Avenue. For ticket information, participating vendors and wineries, contact the MMID, (209) 948-6453.

New Magazine has Roots from Miracle Mile

Big Monkey Group LLC (BMG), publisher of five Central Valley magazines including On the Mile magazine, has launched its new Sacramento women’s magazine, bonnie. Serving the greater Sacramento area, BMG’s newest full-color monthly magazine, bonnie, speaks to the area’s women. Every month, bonnie readers can expect a youthful and creative perspective on fashion, culture, and living. Bonnie also offers wise insight on love, politics, and health — all while being Sacramento-centric. With an impressive readership of nearly 80,000, 19,000 copies of the inaugural issue were distributed to over 580 locations, from Loomis to Davis and everywhere in between. Publisher Shawn Crary created bonnie as the region’s premier resource for women to connect to one another and provide local information. “The magazine is named after my mother, Bonnie Anthis,” Crary said. “It is also a tribute to the women who raised me, including my sister, Kristi Grigg, and my grandmother, Vivian Keister. I dedicate this magazine to women like my mother, sister, and grandmother, who balanced loved ones and their own needs with a sense of fearlessness, a lot of fun, and a lot of thought.” Bonnie editor Gayle Romasanta, also edits On the Mile magazine. The magazine was featured in the New Year on several morning news programs including Good Day Sacramento as well as several publications such as the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Business Journal, and publisher Shawn Crary’s hometown newspaper, the Tri-City Herald in Washington State. The inaugural issue of bonnie magazine featured three prominent Sacramento women, including TV anchor Tina Macuha of Good Day Sacramento. For more information or to view the current issue on your mobile phone, computer, or tablet visit,

Don’t Forget It’s Time to Make Reservations After the holiday season, it’s time to plan for spring celebrations. Valentines Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, and graduation celebrations can fill up your social calendar. Don’t forget to give your favorite restaurant a call ahead of time to plan your special meal. Below are a few offerings on the Mile, but definitely not the complete list, of events to check out this spring. AVE on the mile - Valentine’s Day special dinner for two (always sold outget your tickets early), St. Patrick’s Day celebration, and mother’s day brunch. Contact Kitty Elizabeth Wong, Event and Banquet Coordinator, (209) 4635283. Whirlow’s Tossed and Grilled – There’s always a range of events at Whirlow’s. In addition to a special Valentine’s Day to-go dinner or dine in, Women’s Wine club meets every first Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. $25 for wine tasting, food, and a special presentation or workshop geared for women. Beer Club meets every first Wednesday of the month, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. $25 for beer tasting and hors d' oeuvres. A hilarious free comedy show is the first Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m and every Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. FEBRUARY-APRIL 2013


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MINGLEon the mile The 6th San Joaquin International Film Festival was held at Pacific's Janet Leigh Theater January 4-8. Presented by the San Joaquin Film Society, the festival filled over 1,500 seats during screenings and special events. The rain and the cold temperatures didn't deter the crowds from watching thoughtfully curated films like, Oscar-shortlisted documentary feature, DETROPIA. David Denby of the The New Yorker called DETROPIA "the most moving documentary I've seen in years." Also included in the festival schedule was Switzerland's 2013 Oscar entry, Sisters, Germany's 2013 Oscar entry, Barbara, Italy's 2013 Oscar entry Caesar Must Die, and The Missing Piece: The Truth About the Man who Stole the Mona Lisa. Over a dozen additional films were featured at the festival. The SJFS and Festival Director Sophoan Sorn did another wonderful job of organizing and curating thought provoking films for the community to view and talk about. Sophan Sorn, founder and director of SJIFF, Arlene Galindo, SJIFF board member, Justine Medeiros, Producer of the film The Missing Piece: the Truth About the Man who Stole the Mona Lisa, Joe Medeiros, director of the film, and Shane Williamson, SJIFF chairman.

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Tess Camagna, Suzanne Casazza, and John Casazza.

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