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Beach leaders conflicted over huge triathlon that will shut down S. Mission Boulevard BY MARIKO LAMB | BEACH & BAY PRESS With its temperate climate, countless outdoor activities and rather health-conscious population, it is no wonder that San Diego is the birthplace of the triathlon. In 1974, the San Diego Track Club — spearheaded by Jack Johnstone and Don Shanahan — held the first-ever swim-bike-run competition to be dubbed a “triathlon” at Fiesta Island. Just 46 competitors participated in the modest inaugural event. This year — nearly 40 years later — 150 of the world’s top triathletes will descend upon the Mecca of the sport for the 2012 International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon, competing to fill coveted slots on their countries’ Olympic teams. The three-day multi-sport event, which will take place through Mission Beach, Mission Bay, Pacific Beach and La Jolla from May 10-12, marks the second of eight stops around the globe in the worldclass series. Olympics hopefuls — including top American triathletes vying to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team — will take off on a 1.5-kilometer swim in Bonita Cove, transition to a 40-kilometer bike ride through Pacific Beach and La Jolla, and finish up with a 10kilometer run in South Mission Beach. Up to 3,000 amateurs will also have the opportunity to compete along the same route as the Olympic trial athletes in Olympic or sprint distance races on May 12. “This is the birthplace of the sport, and for us to actually have a course that starts near Fiesta Island

Taking taggers to task The Pacific Beach Town Council hosted its fifth annual Graffiti Cleanup Day recently to show taggers such behavior won’t be tolerated. Photos, Page 12. Photo by Don Balch I Beach & Bay Press

Pedestrian hit by car dies of her injuries One-hundred fifty Olympic hopefuls and thousands of amateurs will descend upon Mission Bay, Pacific Beach and South Mission Beach in a world-class triathlon event from May 10-12. Olympic distance triathletes will take off and finish near Photo courtesy of Janos Schmidt, ITU Bonita Cove in South Mission Beach.

— the first place of the sport — is pretty magical,” said Rob Urbach, CEO of USA Triathlon, during a press announcement at the San Diego Hall of Champions. “This will be a pretty good commercial for the city of San Diego.” USA Triathlon leaders enlisted the aid of the San Diego Sports Commission to help secure San Diego

as a location for the worldwide series, bringing the triathlon back to its roots in Mission Bay — but with a great deal more fanfare. “One of the things that we’ve established as one of our goals with the sports commission is to try to SEE TRIATHLON, Page 8

The changing faces of South Mission and Pacific Beach City releases $1M for multi-phased replacement of crumbling seawall

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BY KEITH ANTIGIOVANNI | BEACH & BAY PRESS Although it has been in place for nearly 100 years in various forms, there are big changes coming this summer when the 87-year-old, 2.3-mile-long concrete seawall along the boardwalk that runs from South Mission Beach to Crystal Pier undergoes a multi-phased facelift. The City Council voted unanimously April 9 to allocate $1 million for the project from the city’s $75 million deferred management plan. Construction of the new seawall will begin in June and will be finished in phases, starting with the section in front of Belmont Park in Mission Beach, according to District 2 City Councilman Kevin Faulconer’s office. The money to replace the wall — including sections of crumbling material that have left rebar poking through, representing safety hazards — will be available through a capital maintenance bond. Faulconer’s office has also requested an additional $800,000 through a state grant from the Local Levee Assistance Program (LLAP). The LLAP was created by the California Department of Water Resources to assist


local public agencies responsible for flood control outside the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The first step of the process in getting the LLAP funding is to submit a proposal to the state, according to Faulconer’s office. The LLAP was approved by voters in 2006 under Proposition 84.

The beachfront area west of Mission Boulevard between Pacific Beach Drive and Grand Avenue — congested by a narrow boardwalk, constrained by a freeway-like boulevard, and blighted by underused private properties — is long overdue for a serious facelift, said Pacific Beach Planning Group (PBPG) member Chris Olson. “During the 1980s and 1990s, we widened the oceanfront boardwalk south of PB Drive and re-created a recreation-pedestrian mall on the oceanfront north of Grand Avenue,” he said. “This section between PB Drive and Grand Avenue has been long overdue for revitalization.”



City officials said they will launch a multi-phased facelift of the area’s crumbling seawall beginning in June. The City Council on Monday allocated $1 million toward the project. Photo by Lee Cornell I Beach & Bay Press

A 47-year-old woman who suffered a broken pelvis and major head trauma April 8 when she was struck while crossing Grand Avenue at Mission Bay Drive succumbed to her injuries just hours later, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office. The woman’s identity was not immediately released and it was not yet clear if drugs or alcohol played a role. The accident happened shortly after 8 p.m. when the woman crossed Grand Avenue on foot and was struck by a Nissan Armada. Police investigators said the driver stopped and called 9-1-1 for help.

Driver ordered to pay friend’s medical costs A judge ordered a drunken driver to pay more than $7,500 in medical bills to a passenger who was severely injured when he struck a streetlight and two trees in the 2400 block of Ingraham Street in 2011. Oscar Solis, Jr., 25, was ordered to pay restitution during a March 26 hearing for Mindy Smith, who was injured in the Feb. 17, 2011 incident. OSCAR SOLIS, JR. Solis is serving a one-year jail term handed down by Judge Theodore Weathers on Dec. 20. Solis pleaded guilty to drunken driving with injury, hit and run with injuries, and to giving a false report to police. SEE BRIEFS, Page 6

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2003 murder accomplice gets 11 years REMEMBERWHEN? BY NEAL PUTNAM | BEACH & BAY PRESS An Arizona man who gave a ride to the killer of a Mission Beach resident in 2003 was sentenced March 23 to 11 years in state prison. Gerardo Soto, 31, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in May 2011 in connection with the slaying of Mshindi Ford, 33, who was shot to death during a robbery of cash following a marijuana transaction. The gunman, Richard Cortel Moye, 30, was convicted of first-degree mur-

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Man to serve 6 months for punching neighbor’s dog Minch received credits for spending 109 days in jail and may be released Brian Richard Minch, 35, of Pacif- from jail soon if a bed becomes availic Beach was handed a 180-day jail able. sentence March 28 after he pleaded He was placed on three years’ proguilty to misdemeanor animal cruel- bation by San Diego Superior Court ty in a Feb. 3 incident, during which Judge Eugenia Eyherabide, who he kicked and punched his neighbor’s imposed no fine. dog. Minch was arrested after a Pacific Minch was allowed to serve up to Beach resident called police and said 90 days in a residential alcohol-treat- Minch was inside his home on ment program — whenever a bed is Yosemite Street, punching his dog. available. The resident told police Minch BY NEAL PUTNAM | BEACH & BAY PRESS

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BY MARSHA KAY SEFF | BEACH & BAY PRESS Woodcarver Todd Bartlett admits his head has always been in the clouds. And that’s what makes the Pacific Beach artist’s work so creative. “When I was a kid, I used to look at the clouds to see what I could find,” said the surfer and owner of Liquid Foundation Surf Shop on Mission Boulevard. “I still do.” Only now, in addition to finding forms in the sky, he finds them in pieces of driftwood and other raw wood he collects at area beaches and parks — and anywhere else people are cutting down trees. He started carving the trunks and tangled limbs about two years ago. His living room, backyard and driveway are full of the unusual shapes. While some pieces weigh only a few ounces, others are too heavy for one person to pick up. Bartlett said he creates everything by hand, using only two rusty handsaws, hammers, chisels and an assortment of files. “My girlfriend says someone is going to see my files and think I’m in prison,” he said, laughing. She recently bought him a chainsaw, but Bartlett hasn’t used it yet. For now, he’s sticking to his old tools, carving thousands of scales one by one on his fish and dragon sculptures. While some people see only firewood from felled trees and wood that has floated in on the tides, the father of two sees a whole menagerie. His technique is to carve off the excess wood, revealing shapes that were once seen only by him. “The piece of wood determines what I’m going to make,” he said, stripping bark from one piece and staring at it until it coughs up an animal, fish or man to him. “If I don’t see something in the wood, I won’t even take the bark off. I put the piece in the backyard ’til I see something … But right away, as I’m a surfer, I see barreling waves (in many pieces).” “I think the pieces that are the neatest are the ones that already look like something, like this snake,” he said. He picks up one of his snake carvings and drapes it over his right shoulder. Bartlett carves all of his creations from single pieces of wood. He said he “cuts away, but never adds to it.” Most carvers, he said, “cut off all the limbs and leave a Tiki.” He does just the opposite, watching the limbs transform into something unique. His wooden zoo includes an iguana. “Its tongue was already sticking out when I found it,” Bartlett said. There’s also a rattlesnake curled around a trunk and a crocodile with a fish in its mouth made of wood from Kate Sessions Park. Bartlett said he’s found that the best

Woodcarver Todd Bartlett of Pacific Beach spies and collects unusually shaped driftwood and other raw wood on area beaches and — taking advantage of their natural shapes — turns Photo by James Steinberg I Beach & Bay Press them into new creations, like this snake.

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Border Patrol agents battle more coastal drug, human smuggling tries BY KEITH ANTIGIOVANNI | BEACH & BAY PRESS

U.S. Border Patrol agents said there continues to be a proliferation of drug and human smuggling cases in recent years. The number of vessel seizures and arrests made since 2008 have Photo courtesy U.S. Border Patrol doubled.

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 12 suspected illegal immigrants recently when their Panga — or open-style fishing boat — hit the shore in Ocean Beach. And not long ago, federal agents converged on a boat in Pacific Beach with several other illegal immigrants aboard — one of whom was discovered dead. The Ocean Beach incident in February was only the latest in an everincreasing string of human- and drugtrafficking cases being dealt with by the agency over the last few years in beach communities stretching from Point Loma to San Clemente. The Border Patrol began tracking maritime smuggling in 2008 for the Southern California coastline and offi-



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Seizing on San Diego’s assets, tourism luring power OnThe Waterfront BY JOHNNY MCDONALD | BEACH & BAY PRESS The beaches and Mission Bay are scenic playgrounds that are vastly important in selling the values of San Diego as an attractive vacation city. Joe Terzi, president and CEO of the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau (ConVis), stressed this in a recent conversation. “Despite the rising cost of gasoline, San Diego still offers the best location for easy and less-expensive travel,” he said. He said the lure of the beaches is important to visitors from Arizona, Nevada, Utah and other sections of California.


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A survey of prospective vacationers was taken in Seattle about people’s choice for travel — and San Diego was listed No 2, ranking only behind Hawaii. “Now that’s not bad, being second to what most people regard as the dream vacation to the islands,” Terzi said. “We’re easier to get to and it’s cheaper. I’d say San Diego has the best weather in the world. I haven’t found a place that has better weather 365 days of the year.” In 2008, when the country in general faced a recession and rising gas prices, San Diego’s attractions didn’t take a major hit. “We didn’t see a problem for those who came to visit for a few days,” he said. “The additional … gas cost didn’t seem to matter.” Terzi added, though, that an increase in airline travel costs remains a concern.

SATURDAY, April 21 The Community Christian Service Agency Beach and bay events, April 14-May 5 hosts its 8th annual Hunger Walk. The event supports those in need with emergency SATURDAY, April 14 food, clothing and referral services. The The Pacific Beach Woman’s Club will host event begins at 8 a.m. at DeAnza Cove at a Wine Tasting and Silent Auction at Horn- Mission Bay Park and includes refreshblend Hall from 2 to 5 p.m. to support ments, pre-walk exercises and a post-walk homeless teenagers, assist the relocation of celebration. For more information, email woman and child domestic-abuse victims through Becky’s House, along with other projects and upkeep of the club’s 100-yearold building. Heavy appetizers will be FRIDAY, April 27 served. Tickets are $10 in advance, and The Christ Lutheran Concert Series preguests will bring along two bottles of their sents “Comedy and Tragedy 20th Century favorite red or white wine, as designated on Affect” with cellist Eric Moore and concert their purchased ticket. Hornblend Hall is pianist Daniel Pesca. Moore is the principal located at 1721 Hornblend St. For more cellist for the La Jolla Symphony and Pesca information and tickets, contact Georgina is a concert pianist from Chicago. There Smith at (858) 274-9106. will be a free-will offering for the event at 4761 Cass St. For more information, visit SUNDAY, April 15 The San Diego Epilepsy Foundation will host the 13th annual “Sharon’s Ride/Run/- SATURDAY, May 5 Walk for Epilepsy” at De Anza Park on MisThe Friends of the PB Library hosts its sion Bay. The event includes a 5K walk/run annual rummage sale from 7 a.m. to and 15-mile bike ride. Registration begins 2:30 p.m. Items include bikes, fans, vacuum 7:30 a.m., with the bike ride at 8:45 a.m. cleaners, electronics, plumbing fixtures, The 5K walk/run begins at 9:30 a.m. There household goods, sporting equipment and will be food, live music and activities for more. Drop donations at the Pacific children. The cost is $25 for adults, $10 for Beach/Taylor Branch Library at 4275 Cass children. Kids 6 and under participate free. St. on the Thursday and Friday prior to the Entrants are given a free T-shirt. For more event between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. For information, call (619) 296-0161, visit more information, call (858) 581-9934., or email

Krissi Kapich, vice president of marketing at ConVis, said the bureau is running a major partnership with SeaWorld San Diego by “sharing media expenses. The campaigns include Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.” “We do special promotions, mostly through the online travel agencies, that offer special values or price discounts,” Kapich said. “These promotions often target travelers who are researching popular flying destinations such as Hawaii and other key competitors.” ConVis spends $6.2 million from February through June promoting the entire county. “The beauty and diversity of the area are chief reasons why people come to San Diego,” said Kapich. *** Classic observations —We now understand what director Martha Schumacker meant when she said it may be more

difficult to gain entry into the Crew Classic next year. The annual rowing competition had 106 races involving 4,000 athletes over two days. That’s hardly enough daylight to get them all in. And the feature attractions — the women’s Whittier Cup and the men’s Copley Cup — were foreign affairs to some degree. The victorious Harvard men had two Englishmen, a pair of New Zealanders, an Australian and a Scot among the eight oarsmen and coxswain. USC’s triumphant ladies filled the boat with three ladies from Poland, two from Sweden and one each from Latvia and Serbia. That left two from our side of the big pond. And there are even more on the big roster. That’s really serious overseas recruiting. Crimson coach Harry Parker, considered a living legend of the sport,

watched his men rally to beat a strong UC Berkeley team. Although it is much too early, it would appear Harvard has a great chance to win the nationals this year. It finished second to the University of Washington last year. During his 40 years as head coach, his teams have garnered six national titles, 15 undefeated seasons, 17 Eastern Sprints Championships and a 31-6 record against Yale. The sometimes-overlooked but asimportant Grand Valley State University held off Notre Dame to win the men’s Cal Cup and Duke, making its first appearance since 2002, when it beat Oregon State in the women’s Cal Cup.


will mark the first day of use with an official dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The safety project improves traffic and parking, and ensures safer conditions at the school. The safety improvement project included widening and relocating the existing driveway into the parking area, adding fencing and landscaping, installing dedicated left-turn lanes on Beryl Street and adjusting traffic signals. This nearly $2 million project was funded by Proposition S, San Diego Unified School District’s general obligation bond that was passed November 2008 for capital facilities improvements at district schools. Construction began in May 2011 and was completed in March. The project partners were Group Christilli Architects and Summit Builders.

their favorite participating restaurants. The articipating restaurants plan a wide variety of old favorites and new delights. They include Andre’s Cuban, Baci Ristorante, Bay Park Fish Co., Bull’s Smokin’ BBQ, Caffe Vicino, Iowa Meat Farms-Siesel’s Meats, J.V.’s Mexican, N.Y. Giant Pizza, Offshore Grill & Tavern, Plaza Donuts, Sardina’s Italian and Tio Leo’s Mexican. Brick By Brick will have “Taste” drink specials. For more information, call (619) 9202121, or visit


Solis agreed to waive all his past and present jail credits to avoid a prison term. His tentative release is set for Sept. 17, according to the Sheriff ’s Department, which is almost a full year since his arrest. Solis was intoxicated when he crashed his vehicle into the street light, snapped it off and crashed his vehicle into two trees. Solis got out of the car and ran off, leaving his passenger without help, according to court records. Solis got a cab ride on Sea World Drive and called police from the cab, saying he had been carjacked. He gave the approximate address where the car came to rest. He became a fugitive and was believed to have lived in San Jose for awhile. He was arrested in September. Smith suffered multiple fractures and a dislocated hip and shoulder. Some of her medical expenses were paid by Solis’ car insurance company, but the amount of more than $7,500 amounted to what was still owed. Weathers suspended a six-year, eightmonth prison term, which Solis won’t have to serve unless he violates conditions of his five years’ probation. Those conditions include a ban on possessing or drinking alcohol for five years. He was fined nearly $2,300. — Neal Putnam

Safer drop-off/pickup zone opens at PB school The San Diego Unified School District dedicated a new student drop-off/pickup zone at Kate Sessions Elementary School April 9 in a move officials said will improve traffic and parking and foster safer conditions around the Beryl Street school. Students, parents, staff and district leaders

‘Taste of Morena’ to deliver food, fun April 24 The “Taste of Morena” returns for its fifth year on Tuesday, April 24 to feature foodie favorites at a “baker’s dozen” selection of Morena District restaurants. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. The eateries will serve tempting food samples, including American, barbeque, Cuban, grilled, Italian, Mexican, burgers, seafood, pizza, gourmet coffee, desserts and more. The Morena District, across from Mission Bay, includes Morena and West Morena boulevards south of Clairemont Drive, as well as Napa Street and West Linda Vista Road. Tickets are $15 and are available at Cole’s Fine Flooring, Jerome’s Furniture and City Chevrolet on West Morena Boulevard and US Bank at the corner of Napa Street and Linda Vista Road. Only 500 tickets are available and every year is a sold-out celebration. Free Old Town Trolley shuttles will transport diners to

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Heffington Remembrance Girl Scout drive set The second annual Ashley Heffington Remembrance Girl Scout Recruitment and Recognition event is set for Sunday, April 22 at the Kate Sessions Park playground area. Heffington, a Girl Scout from Pacific Beach, was the victim of a fatal motorvehicle accident on New Years Eve 2009. Heffington and her mother were struck from behind by an SUV while stopped at a red light. The man who hit them was under the influence of inhalant drugs and created a five-vehicle accident. Heffington suffered severe brain injuries and died 12 days later at age 9. In her honor, the April 22 family friendly event will allow other residents to experience what the Girl Scout movement has to offer. The San Diego Girl Scout Council will offer information about summer camps and activities to demonstrate other experiences available through Girl Scouting from 2 to 4 p.m. In Ashley’s honor, the Heffington family will announce the first Ashley Heffington Award for community service and announce the name of the local Girl Scout who designed the patch for the event. For more information, call (858) 2293124 or (858) 610-2046.


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This conceptual rendering of the Pacific Beach Parks project is the result of public input and endless volunteer hours. Orange areas denote primary-interest areas; green is proposed for public open space; brown is viewed as possible pedestrian market promenade areas. Courtesy


Although the area is one of the most popular beach sections in San Diego County, the site has been ignored — even blighted in areas. That is, until last year, when the local planning group determined it would meet head-on the tremendous undertaking to restore the area to a newfound glory. “We defined the geographical scope of this project to include all public right-of-ways in the four-block area including the boardwalk, Mission Boulevard, Stand Way (the alley) and the east-west roads, namely PB Drive, Oliver, Reed, Thomas and Grand,” Olson said. “This project is unique for PB in that we gathered a group of very experienced local professionals to volunteer their time working with the PBPG to gather all the community input and put it on paper.” Previous community input from regular monthly meetings included concerns about heavy traffic, much-needed infrastructure repair and the lack of pedestrian, bicycle and business-friendly thoroughfares. “Mission Boulevard feels like a freeway and it is uninviting for pedestrians and retail activity,” Olson said. “This whole beachfront area is constrained by a congested mix of pedestrians, cyclists, joggers, skaters and street performers. Roadways, sidewalk, bike paths and the seawall are in desperate need of repair or improvement. Some private properties are blighted or underutilized.” Local professionals, who have logged hundreds of volunteer hours on the project — dubbed Pacific Beach Parks — represent a range of expertise in architecture, sustainability and development to cater to every aspect of the residents’ and merchants’ hopes for the area. “We are in the conceptual phase, so it is too early for a timeline,” Olson said. “We have a great jumpstart with a vision statement, parking studies, property line maps, conceptual maps and inspirational depictions of PB activities we want to promote.” Among the notable volunteers working hard with Olson behind the scenes in the early trench work are Hillary Lowe of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards; David McCullough of McCullough Landscape


Architecture, Inc.; Paul Ross of PB Consulting; Kristen Victor of Sustainability Matters; and Matthew Winter of Davis Davis Architects. The redevelopment project, as currently conceived, includes maintenance of vehicular oceanfront drop-off locations at Grand Avenue and Pacific Beach Drive, the creation of community activity nodes like parks or plazas at Thomas, Reed and Oliver streets, a wider boardwalk with enhanced landscaping and viewing areas, and revitalized alleyways to entice pedestrian, bicycle and storefront activity. Mission Boulevard too would become re-engineered to stimulate pedestrian use and thriving retail storefronts. “Further studies are needed to further refine the plan into something that clearly determines what we will actually do and how it will be phased,” Olson said. “The next step is engineering and feasibility studies while we continue to attract community input and support.” Each month, the volunteer group presents updates on the Pacific Beach Park project to the PBPG during regular meetings. At the last meeting on March 28, planning group members and the public were given a comprehensive presentation of the entire project at its current conceptual phase. “We have received a lot of positive feedback at all of our public presentations,” Olson said. “If there is one area of question or concern, it relates to changes on Mission Boulevard. The current concept calls for angled parking and narrowing the driving lanes similar to the way they are south of PB Drive in Mission Beach. This concept is probably the most challenging and will require further study.” Specific costs and sources of funding for the project have yet to be determined, although one estimate based on conceptual drawings was around $10 million, said Olson. Funding could come from a number of different sources, including the San Diego Association of Governments-administered Transnet funding or the San Diego City Council’s Capital Improvements Program budget. Olson urged people to get involved and provide ideas or suggestions. To submit a suggestion or idea, email Chris Olson at, or attend one of PBPG’s monthly meetings at the Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library, located at 4275 Cass St., on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

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as a two-day event, but with setup and cleanup, it turns out it will impact Mission Beach 100 percent for four days.” CONTINUED FROM Page 1 Board members suggested other locareposition San Diego as an active partictions like Fiesta Island, but they were ipant in lifestyle sports and being a told that Mission Beach was the organizmajor participant in world-class sports, ers’ desired location, said Watkins. particularly using the beach areas — “It was pointed out that particular Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La weekend was Mother’s Day, and busiJolla — so that we can really show off ness owners were concerned about loss the iconic views of San Diego,” said Al of business at restaurants and shops,” Kidd, president of the San Diego Sports read MBPPB’s February meeting minCommission. “It truly is an opportunity utes. for San Diego to re-imprint itself as a Although the event’s organizers have major player in this kind of event.” not yet received permits from the city, The course highlights many of the Carolyn Wormser, executive director of treasures coastal communities have to San Diego Special Events, said that is offer, including a running path on the “fairly typical” for events of this size and beach and bayside boardwalks, a scale since a large number of regulatocycling route up to Mt. Soledad, and ry agencies — including the health stunning coastal views en route. department, fire department, police “We worked through a number of department, the California Department options for courses. We began to work of Alcoholic Beverage Commission, San with the city and the planning groups, Diego Gas & Electric and the city Park and ultimately, we got a course commitand Recreation Department — must ted that we’re very, very excited about,” sign off on the event. said Kidd. “There are many moving targets,” Even with the excitement depicted by she said. “Since [organizers] initially organizers and participants of the reached out to the community, they event, the course poses traffic concerns have made considerable changes, parto some area residents and merchants, ticularly collapsing the timing to make SCHEDULE FOR THE ITU WORLD TRIATHLON who argue that street closures in South streets open longer than originally Mission Beach will be a nightmare. anticipated. We take seriously the feedTHURSDAY, May 10 • 3 p.m., elite women’s race • 8:45 a.m., age group sprint dis“Closing down Mission [Boulevard] back we get from the community.” • 1 to 6 p.m., expo at Bonita Cove • 5 p.m., women’s elite awards cere- tance entirely would not allow anyone to get A community relations coordinator Park mony • 11:30 a.m., awards ceremony age in or out of South Mission Beach,” said has been established to field concerns • 5:30 p.m., USA Triathlon Hall of group for Olympic distance Bob Ruane, president of the Mission and answer questions about the event SATURDAY, May 12 Fame Banquet at Bahia Resort • 12:30 p.m., awards ceremony age Beach Town Council (MBTC). “There is that will be hitting the beach neighbor• 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., road closures group for sprint distance good concern on all sides. A lot of peohoods, said Wormser. For more inforFRIDAY, May 11 along affected routes • 2:30 p.m., elite men’s race ple would like these events to come to mation about the event or to issue a spe• 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Expo at Bonita • 6:15 a.m., age group Olympic dis• 4:30 p.m., men’s elite awards certhe beach and showcase the area, and a cific concern, call (619) 752-0822. Cove Park tance and Olympic relay emony lot of other people don’t.” Wormer said messages will be returned — Compiled by staff • 2 to 5 p.m., road closures along • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., expo at Bonita After vetting concerns on both sides, within 72 hours, and the line will also affected routes Cove Park MBTC representatives voted in favor of be maintained on the weekend of the sending a letter in support of the event, event. event at their February meeting. to the community, the dates selected although “event organizers lacked uary meeting minutes. For more information about the ITU Members of the Mission Beach Pre“Merchants, residents and board and the traffic congestion due to road World Triathlon series, visit www.wts.numerous specifics and all agree that the event will cause significant inconve- cise Planning Board (MBPPB), on the members expressed concerns about the closures,” said MBPPB Chairwoman The event will be nience,” according to the MBTC’s Jan- other hand, voted not to support the upcoming event, the short notice given Debbie Watkins. “The event is being sold streamed live on Universal Sports’s website, and ITU World Triathlon’s website, The elite men’s and women’s triathlons will also be televised on Universal Sports on May 19 and 20. Visitors can take part in the race’s This month in honor of Earth Day Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food free expo, which will feature a number Market offers the following suggestions on surviving global climate of food booths and vendors showcasing change. Dr. Kenneth Anderson has been practicing family and sports the industry’s top brands and products, First and foremost, we need to end coal production. Coal puts more CO2 at Bonita Cove Park. medicine in Pacific Beach for 22 years. Now he has opened his in the atmosphere than all other causes combined! Secondly, replace all Public viewing areas will also be own clinic. available along the route and seating petroleum-based plastic with hemp oil plastic. Hemp is the wonder plant. The Anderson Medical Center is located at 1945 Garnet Avenue. will be available at the finish line near It grows to maturity in one season, is virtually pest resistant and grows in The clinic features the latest in technology including digital x-rays Bonita Cove Park. almost every micro climate. Hemp can be used for food and fiber as well as and electronic health records. oil. Next on the list is a return to the family table. We are what we eat, and Patients will be seen on a walk-in basis. This allows easy access now it turns out, we are how we eat as well. We would do well to grow with the extended hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week and kitchen gardens and enjoy sit-down dinners. Last on this list: Establish 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays. peace and win-win solutions as the defining principles for conflict resoluThe Anderson Medical Center is equipped to handle minor emertion. Sure we can. Really, we have to insist on it. Peace is inevitable. gencies such as suturing and casting. It is designed to take care of Whether humans are around to enjoy it is up to us. Stop by People’s Market this month on Saturday, April 21 and celebrate patients of all ages as their primary care physicians. Physical therEarth Day by entering the Green Ride raffle to win a Schiwnn bicycle. At apy will also be available on a scheduled basis. People’s – San Diego’s only customer owned grocery store – we’re open Most insurance will be accepted. 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Faulconer’s office is also conducting feasibility studies on the total cost to replace the entire wall and also what improvements can be made to the materials used to make temporary patches. The wall was originally made of wood and was constructed in 1914. The current seawall was built in 1925. Until the seawall is replaced, temporary repairs can be requested by contacting the San Diego Streets Division under potholes repairs at (619) 5277500. Requests can also be made online at

BUSINESS PB’s Play It Again Sports hitting it out of the park ‘Buy, sell, trade’ outlet’s strategy gaining traction BY DJANI SCHAFER | BEACH & BAY PRESS In 1992, TJ Western joined the Play It Again Sports franchise, opening a store at 1401 Garnet Ave. “At that point, the brand wasn’t nearly as strong as it is now, and that’s helped build the value of their brand over the years,” Western said. Play It Again Sports leads the nation in the buying and selling of quality used sports and fitness equipment, he said. Two decades later, Western’s Pacific Beach store is now at the head of the pack, leading the rest of the 330 franchises. Recently, he received both the Heritage Award and Store of the Year Award during the brand’s annual franchise convention. This is the first time in Play It Again’s 24-year history that a single location has garnered the two awards in the same year. To top it off, Western’s store ended 2011 up 25 percent in revenue over the previous year. “TJ is an entrepreneur whose continued growth is driven by his passion for his business,” said Pat Quinn, director of Play It Again Sports. “It’s remarkable for one store to win both of these awards in the same year. TJ and his team truly knocked 2011 out of the park.” Western credits his success to a good team and great game plan. “My manager, Jay Yount, has done an incredible job at building our product selections and working with our fantastic staff in delivering superior customer service,” Western said. Play It Again Sports in Pacific Beach works for high-quality customer service and, as a result, has a diverse inventory to keep all types of customers happy, according to Western. “Watersports is a big category for us,

The Play It Again Sports franchise on Garnet Avenue was recently honored by the chain with Courtesy photo two prestigious honors — including the Store of the Year Award.

and bicycles,” Western said. “We also feature golf and core fitness training equipment and skateboarding stuff. Really, the focus is primarily action sports.” The store’s diverse inventory appeals to a diverse customer base, said Western — another reason the store has been successful. In the 20 years Play It Again Sports has been open in Pacific Beach, Western has seen the crowd change as the neighborhood changes. When the store first opened, the customer base was mostly made up of college students. Western said he’s now seeing more families and handfuls of foreign visitors, who he said come to San Diego for the beach lifestyle — something that plays right into the store’s strategy. Not only are people from around the globe coming in, but so are people from nearby neighborhoods like La Jolla. And they’re stopping by specifically to do businesses with the company and benefit from the used-product value. Used products give Play It Again Sports a niche that separates it from other sporting-goods stores. The local franchise creates a value for the cus-

tomer when they can trade in their unwanted used equipment for a completely different category of sporting goods or to upgrade. Another reason for the store’s increase in revenue over last year is the use of new strategies in reaching customers, Western said. Play It Again Sports has recently taken initiative with Internet advertising and Western said he recommends other businesses people to do the same. “I would look at new avenues of marketing and focus on customer service because that’s the most effective way to compete with the larger chains,” he said. The main focus though, will be on continuing to diversify and grow their inventory — specifically focusing on growing the bike selections and making that a key category in sales. The store has just added stand-up paddle boards to its roster and is looking to increase inventory in action cameras, beach toys and accessories. For more information, call (858) 490-0222, or visit

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Bird Rock Coffee Roasters brews up new option: art BY KENDRA HARTMANN | BEACH & BAY PRESS best way.” In addition to continuing the art disIn December, Bird Rock Coffee plays that began with the fundraiser, Roasters (BRCR) owner Chuck Patton Patton has also continued the philandecided to throw a fundraiser for his thropic spirit of the gallery. A portion long-time employee, Jocylynn Bree- of all sales of the artwork currently land. Breeland had recently been goes to ArtReach, a nonprofit that injured in a train accident in Little Italy brings art into public schools where that left her without a right arm and there was none before. Patton and part of a foot, and Patton mobilized Wheeler, meanwhile, are talking about the community, bringing more than adding in other worthy charities to 1,200 people to the coffee shop and support with the artistic endeavor. raising about $30,000 for Breeland’s “It’s a great way to support local recovery. Part of that event involved a organizations that are doing great live auction, during which local art- work in San Diego,” Patton said. work was displayed and sold. And that, Currently on display at the coffee Patton said, was just the beginning. shop is a collection of work by artist After the fundraiser, Patton started (and BRCR barista) Cassidy Trapp, to realize how much great art was whose stark, stunning ink drawings of being created locally — much of it by human bodies growing into — or out his patrons and neighbors. And with of — trees, plants and roots are plenty of wall space to fill (including remarkably striking. Opposite Trapp’s the newly vacated space where the work is a wall of African-themed art Bird Rock History Museum had previ- — including an entire section featurously resided), Patton had the idea of ing the work of students at Bird Rock creating a de facto art gallery. Elementary. About every month or so, Along with acting curator Jane the shop receives a new batch of work Wheeler, herself an artist with work from students at the school, and on the coffee shop’s walls, Patton has Wheeler said she tries to find art from turned one-half of the shop into a local artists that compliments the sturotating gallery, with new work up dent work with a common theme. This every month — more or less. month, the students had produced a “We try to change it every month, series with an African feel, so Wheeler but it’s really just as it works out,” found some appropriate work in the Wheeler said. “It just comes by word of form of Randy Conner’s bright and mouth, and it has just kind of evolved. It just sort of happens, which is the SEE ROASTERS, Page 11

Bird Rock Elementary School students regularly have their work displayed at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, along with the work of other artists. Courtesy photo by Pearl Preis

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The French Gourmet The French Gourmet’s casual French restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and proudly features a $25 3-course Prix Fixe Menu and extensive Wine List. Open 7 days a week for Breakfast and Lunch, serving delicious crepes and outstanding Eggs Benedict, as well as traditional French and American dishes. The Bakery offers the makings for an impromptu get together, such as baguette and artisan bread sandwiches and paninis, desserts, coffee and espresso drinks, freshly baked breads and breakfast pastries. A local favorite for almost 33 years, it’s always a delicious day at The French Gourmet!

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Narraya Thai Suree or Nok as she is known to so many continues her tradition of serving delectable Thai cooking coupled with impeccable service with Narraya – the Palace of Thai Dining in Pacific Beach. Although, Nok has two Other locations, Amarin in Hillcrest and Siam Nara in Mira Mesa, she strives to conceive, believe and achieve culinary excellence through both traditional dishes and delightful creations by embracing her customers’ feedback, exploring new ingredients and extending an invitation for everyone to enjoy the sugar, spice and everything nice that is Thai cooking. welcome t Narraya – the Palace of Thai Dining – where the food, the wines, the traditional and contemporary seating make for an unforgettable experience!

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P.B. Community Schools (K-12) Event Supporting the Mission Bay Cluster • 15% of all food and alcohol purchases will come to support the Mission Bay Cluster (all 6 schools) • Social Event of the school year! All families and community encouraged to come support our schools and meet other families! • Learn about our distinguished International Baccalaureate Programe at Kate Sessions Elementary, Pacific Beach Middle School, and Mission Bay High School. Our IB Coordinators will be on hand to answer any questions.

• Support our classes at MBHS by purchasing merchandise to raise funds for their graduations. • Support our 8th graders at PBMS by purchasing their specially designed PBM t-shirt to raise funds for their 8th grade trip. * Support Kate Sessions by purchasing note cards designed by their very own students and the official IB Cluster Car Magnet. Mark your calendars and save the date! This is an evening you won't want to miss!

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’80s Resurrection and a hip-hop showcase MUSTHEAR LIVEMUSIC BY BART MENDOZA | BEACH & BAY PRESS The event’s title says it all: “’80s Resurrection Celebration.” Taking place at Brick by Brick on April 14, the bill includes Valentino Frankenstein. But the focus will be headliner David J, formerly of such post-punk icon bands as Bauhaus and Love & Rockets. Most recently, David J. has been involved in soundtracks for stage plays covering subjects as diverse as Edie Sedgwick and the Black Dahlia. However, with a career now in its fourth decade and an arsenal of hits that include such radio staples as “So Alive” and “No New Tale To Tell,” there will be no shortage of moody, dark music on hand. • David J performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 21 and up. $25. Also on April 14, The 710 Beach Club hosts a hip-hop group showcase with Concrete Project and Alier and The Band. Taking the middle slot will be Miami-based Artofficial, an excellent combo that leans heavily into funk for a solid sound that lays down a heavy groove as a perfect bedrock for the lyrics of rappers Newsense and Logic. Highlighted by the saxophone work of Kevin Cooper, Artofficial’s originals are well worth hearing, but also be sure to check out its reworking of Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile.” • Artofficial performs at 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 at the 710 Beach Club, 710 Garnet Ave. 21 and up.

1980s new-wave combo Bow Wow Wow’s rhythmic sound may not have been as big a deal on the charts in the U.S. as at home in the United Kingdom, but its influence has been huge. Created in England during the early 1980s by punk svengali Malcolm McLaren — the same man who brought us the Sex Pistols – notable bands ranging from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to No Doubt count Bow Wow Wow as important to their sounds. Appearing at Brick by Brick on Friday, April 13, Bow Wow Wow has recently recorded new songs, but you can expect the biggest cheers to be for their

Diamonds and Pearls,” the band has yet to make a significant mark on the charts. But with songs heard via commercials for Ford and Playstation, among others, perhaps that’s not as big a deal as it once was. • Band of Skulls performs at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 at The Griffin, 1310 Morena Blvd. 21 and up. $15 adv.

David J., formerly of post-punk icon bands as Bauhaus and Love & Rockets, performs April 14 at Brick by Brick during the “’80s Courtesy photo Resurrection Celebration.”

U.K. alternative-rock trio Band of Skulls performs at The Griffin on pril 18. One of new breed of bands that manages success via soundtrackplacing rather than airplay, its bestknown tune remains “Friends” as heard on the “Twilight Saga” soundtrack. Currently touring behind the album “Sweet Sour,” the band’s music is of the “stop-start” school of indie rock, with a blues streak running through it. Despite such excellent tunes as the 2009 single “Death by

Hands down, no one plays R&B, soul or funk better in San Diego than Lady Dottie & the Diamonds. The group plays its mix of cover tunes and like-minded originals with a passion and fire that remains impressive, even after years on the bar-band circuit. If it’s dance music you’re looking for, this group will be exactly what the doctor ordered, but anyone who likes their R&B played with real fervor and spiced with gospel flavor will enjoy this show. • Lady Dottie & The Diamonds performs at 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at Tio Leo’s, 5302 Napa St. 21 and up. Cover TBD.

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Dane Scott & The Golden Rule perform a CD-release show on April 21 at RT’s Longboard. Scott has built a solid reputation for his guitar work with six-time San Diego Music Award nominees Tubby, and earned honors as 2010 SDMA Best Tribute Band winners 40 oz. of Freedom. This combo gives the ever-restless Scott the chance to branch out a bit stylistically, and with a little luck, add another nomination to his resume later this year. • Dane Scott & The Golden Rule performs at 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at RT’s Longboard, 1466 Garnet Ave. 21 and up..

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vintage singles “I Want Candy” and “Go Wild in the Country.” • Bow Wow Wow performs at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 13 at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 21 and up. $22. — Bart Mendoza into recovering $30 million in stolen pharmaceuticals, and the beautiful owner of some luxury hotels persuades Jack to investigate a series of murders at her properties. “Private #1 Suspect” is James Patterson at his unstoppable best.

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Volunteers take back the neighborhood with annual Graffiti Cleanup Day The Pacific Beach Town Council hosted its fifth annual Graffiti Cleanup Day recently, drawing scores of volunteers eager to help eliminate the blight. Above, a view of the Garnet Avenue bridge over Rose Creek as workers launch into the cleanup. Left, District 2 City Councilman Kevin Faulconer (in Hawaiian shirt), helps Mike Wille (black shirt) scrub graffiti from a local business. Among those ready to assist Faulconer and Wille is Rick Pyle (far left), co-chairman of the PB Town Council Graffiti Cleanup event. Right, members of the San Diego Urban Corps Photos by Don Balch I Beach & Bay Press worked to paint over the graffiti-covered Garnet Avenue overpass above Rose Creek.

MUSTDO SeaWorld sets inaugural Pole to Pole 5K Fun Run Registration has begun for SeaWorld’s inaugural Pole to Pole 5K Fun Run, slated to get under way Saturday, April 28 at 7 a.m. The event will benefit Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI). As part of the event’s attraction, participants will stroll by sea lions, dash by dolphins or waddle past penguins as they support conservation efforts stretching from the North Pole to the South Pole. Participants age three and up need to register online. Children under three participate free. The cost of the Fun Run is $25 per person prior to the event and $35 per person on the day of the event. Packet pickup takes place on race day from 6 to 6:45 a.m. at the park’s education gate at the east side of the parking lot. Participants will receive a T-shirt, raffle opportunities for prizes and discounted race-day admission for up to six people. The flat 5K course will wind through the park. At the end of the course, visitors can enjoy a variety of refreshments and festivities and check out the park’s interactive Pole to Pole gift shop near the park’s Penguin Encounter. The store provides a variety of kidfriendly activities, including educational crafts, animal meet-and-greets with penguins and arctic foxes and storytelling. April 28 is the last day the Pole to Pole store will feature interactive offerings. To register or learn more about the 5K Fun Run, visit or call (800) 25-SHAMU.

Parish to raise money to buy new hymnals for Our Lady of Refuge, another Catholic parish in Pacific Beach. The goal of the concert is to raise the final $700 out of the $2,200 needed. The event will feature the St. Brigid Organ, along with a piano accompaniment. Polhamus, a native of Pacific Beach and a Mission Bay High School alum, will be joined by his co-cantor and co-organist, Erin McAdams, a masters candidate at SDSU’s vocal department. Polhamus is also one of the two regular cantor/pianist-organists at Our Lady of Refuge and will be singing the part of Pontius Pilate in Bach’s “St. John’s Passion” when the Bach Collegium San Diego performs on April 13-14 at St. James by-theSea in La Jolla. St. Brigid’s Parish is located at 4735 Cass St. There will be a free-will donation. For more information, call Our Lady of Refuge Parish at (858) 274-9670. — Keith Antigiovanni

PB student cast in SD Junior Theatre show

Roberto Quinones of Pacific Beach is in the cast of the pilot stage production of “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.,” presented by San Diego Junior Theatre. The celebrated tale of a boy who never grows up and whisks friends away on an unforgettable adventure runs April 27 through May 13 at Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado Theatre on Fridays at 7 p.m. and weekends at 2 p.m. Founded in 1948, San Diego Junior Theatre is the oldest youth theater in the United States. Positively affecting students of all abilities, ages 4 through 18, it thrives through show ticket sales, class and camp enrollments and the generosity of its alumni and community members. ContriLocal entertainer to host butions to San Diego Junior Theatre are tax-deductible. fundraising concert Tickets range from $8 to $14 and are Pacific Beach resident John Polhamus will host a fundraising concert on Sun- available online at www.juniortheday, April 15 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Brigid’s or by calling (619) 239-8355.

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MISSION BAY CLUSTER • Support Pacific Beach community schools (K-12): “Stay Local — Be Vocal!” Tony Roma’s event to support the Mission Bay Cluster of schools will benefit Mission Bay High, PB Middle, Kate Sessions Elementary, PB Elementary, Crown Point Junior Music Academy and Bay View Terrace. The event takes place at Tony Roma’s, 4110 Mission Blvd. on Wednesday, April 25 from 5 to 9 p.m. Some details: — 15 percent of all food and alcohol purchases support the Mission Bay Cluster. — Learn about the distinguished international baccalaureate program at Mission Bay High School, PB Middle and Kate Sessions Elementary. IB coordinators will be on hand to answer questions. — Support classes at MBHS by purchasing merchandise to raise funds for graduations. — Support eighth-graders at PBMS by purchasing their specially designed PBM T-shirt to raise funds for their eighth-grade trip. — Support Kate Sessions by purchasing note cards designed by students and the official IB cluster car magnet.

Club, PB Middle Kiwanis Builders Clubber Nicholas Campagna, Trader Joe and others are planning a largescale beach cleanup for students of all ages. For more information, contact Kate Sessions school or the Campagna family at PB ELEMENTARY Get your tickets for the Pacific Beach Elementary 1980s Prom and Auction on Friday, April 27 at The Soledad Club. Tickets are on sale at the office and auction items are still being accepted. For more information, contact Elize Tolley at (858) 488-8316.

The Pacific Beach Middle School girls’ basketball team was undefeated in the San Diego Unified School District Middle School Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Tournament/Carnival, hosted at PB Middle. Coached by Leslie Chadwick, the school’s Courtesy photo science and technology teacher, the PBMS girls won five straight games to take top honors.

6 p.m. There will be updates on the “Blues By the Bay” fundraiser, scheduled for Sunday, May 20. Auction donation items and financial donations are being accepted and encour• The next Mission Bay Cluster meeting is aged. Contact mbhsfriends@Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m. Visit Mis- for more information or sion Bay Cluster on Facebook or to make a contribution to the auc tion.

KATE SESSIONS ELEMENTARY Join Kate Sessions Elementary International Baccalaureate World School students as they tackle world issues through the design and presentation of their fifth-grade IB exhibitions. For information or to sign up to attend, contact Principal Sue DeVicariis at (858) 273-3111 or email

April 21 from 8 a.m. to noon. Help the class of 2012 raise money for prom and graduation by donating unused and outdated electronics. For a full list of items accepted, visit

“do it yourself ” dog wash for a bath and 50 percent of the money will CROWN POINT JMA come back to the class. Support the The school will host a giant rumclass of 2013 and get your doggy mage sale with food and raffles on Saturclean at the same time. day, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to support the programs at Crown PB MIDDLE SCHOOL Point Junior Music Academy. Stop by • The new Mission Bay Pet Salon and Pacific Beach Middle School will host a the CPJMA office to reserve your Dog Wash, located at 5010 Cass St., hosts PB Student Beach Cleanup on April 18, 1 to space. For more information, call a fundraiser for the Mission Bay High School 3 p.m. at Law Street beach. Inspired (858) 273-9830. Class of 2013 at MBHS. The event takes by IB units that teach students to take • The next meeting of Friends of Pacific MISSION BAY HIGH • A free electronic recycling event at Mis- place on Sunday, April 15 from noon action, participants like Sessions EleBeach Secondary Schools (FOBPSS) is April — Jennifer Tandy 25 at Mission Bay High School at sion Bay High School takes place Saturday, to 4 p.m. Bring in your pooch to the mentary Walk to the Park Ecology

ENJOY THE COLORS & BEAUTY OF OLD TOWN Free Living History Activities in Old Town State Park Barra Barra Unveils Old Town San Diego State Historic Park has more than 10 free museums open to the public year-round. These museums have ongoing living history activities every Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to educate the public about what life was like in San Diego in the 1800s. The park also hosts free tours daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. that begin at the Robinson-Rose Visitor Center. Every Saturday of the month, the park offers a different taste of historic trades and craft guilds for visitors. The first Saturday of every month, the park hosts the Print Guild and Tintype Guild. Visitors can have a first-hand experience of how printed word and photography was executed in the early days of California. On the second Saturday of each month,

the park hosts Californio Day. Between 1821 and 1848, people who lived in Southern California were called Californios. The unique cultural heritage and activities of the Californios will be shared and celebrated with visitors. The third Saturday boasts presentations from the Quilt Guild, Fiber Arts Guild and the Mormon Battalion. Guest of the park will learn about the traditional methods of quilting, spinning, weaving and other fiber arts techniques. Visitors will also learn about the famous military unit, the Mormon Battalion, and how the impact of their service changed the history of San Diego and California. On the fourth Saturday, the park hosts the Mountain Men and the Soap Makers Guild. Park visitors will learn about the

historic mountain men and the discoveries they found as well as learn the art of soap making. In conjunction with the different events every Saturday, the park also showcases the Blacksmith Guild’s presentation every Wednesday and Saturday morning and the Quilt Guild every Wednesday afternoon. For more information about the guild schedules of the day and their location in the park, visit the board outside the Robinson-Rose Visitor Center. The Visitor Center and museums are open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October through April and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May through September. To confirm hours of operation or for more information call 619-220-5422 or visit

New Menu For 2012 Kids Now Eat Free Everyday

Old Town’s Barra Barra Saloon is unveiling a new menu inspired by border town barbecue and Mexican comfort food. “This new menu adds more high quality selections of meats and fish such as Ahi tuna and flat iron steak,” said Chef Jose Pulido. “While we have kept many of our customer’s favorites and added a new twist on existing dishes, we wanted to use the excuse of the new year to launch items featuring a new style and flavor not commonly seen on this side of the border." Barra Barra is also adding a special kids-eat-free menu for those under 10. It's available everyday during lunch and dinner with each paying adult. Among the new menu options are two new salads -- a Mexican Caesar with flat iron steak and a spiced, seared Ahi tuna with white balsamic dressing. These special dishes are not typically offered in Mexican restaurants on this side of the border. The entrees anticipated to be the biggest hits on the menu include grilled Achiote salmon, sautéed fresh sea bass, prawns sautéed in a light butter garlic sauce and Barra Barra’s seafood paella. The chefs are also adding a “meat lover’s” fajita plate, which will include carnitas, chorizo, chicken and beef all in one serving. Black mussels a la diabla served in a thick spicy tomato diabla sauce, promises to bring a little heat to the taste buds. The restaurant is also including a hickory smokehouse carne section to the menu, which will offer a variety of slow-roasted meats with hickory wood. Some of the entrees will be hickory-

smoked chicken, guajillo barbecue brisket and flat iron steak. Barra Barra Saloon is a part of the Fiesta de Reyes plaza, which is located in the northeast corner of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, at the intersection of Wallace and Calhoun streets. In addition to Barra Barra Saloon, the plaza boasts the Casa de Reyes restaurant and 18 specialty stores. For information call (619) 297-3100 or visit

Old Town New Business CALL US TODAY WE CAN FIND A PLAN THAT FITS ANY BUDGET Call Heather (858) 270-3103 x115 or Mike Long (858) 270-3103 x112 to reserve your ad space today!

Beach & Bay Press, April 12th, 2012  

Beach & Bay Press, April 12th, 2012

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