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Identified budget cuts concern city fire chief Lifeguard reductions, fire station brownouts a distinct possibility BY DEBBIE HATCH | THE BEACON The city of San Diego projects a $72 million budget deficit for the 2012 fiscal year, beginning in July. City departments were asked to submit proposed budget reductions by close of business Oct. 4. The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD), which also encompasses the area’s lifeguards, was asked to cut $7.2 million. “We will have to — for the first time — consider browning out single-unit fire stations,” said SDFD Chief Javier Mainar.

Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) hosted its annual Fall Festival on the campus with plenty to entertain students, neighbors and children. Above, horse lover Jillian Doornbos, a senior nursing student at PLNU, shows some affection to a Clydesdale entertaining visitors with carriage rides. Left, a youngster gets some creative face painting by a talented artist. Right, brothers Ismael Chavez, 5, and Daniel Chavez cast their lines at the San Diego Coastkeeper booth. PHOTOS BY PAUL HANSEN I THE BEACON

San Diego Sports Arena renamed in corporate deal Valley View Casino & Hotel rolls dice on naming rights

Station 22 on Catalina Boulevard and Station 15 on Voltaire Street are single-engine fire stations that could be considered for brownouts, Mainar said. Station 21 on Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach, a multi-engine station, is already part of the brownout rotation. Another possible major cut in the budget would be the elimination of the staffing for one of the two helicopter crews for six months of the year. The department would retain both helicopters, but one pilot would be laid off, Mainar said. The fire department uses the helicopters for medical aids and transportation, firefighting, cliff rescues, swift river rescues and ocean searching.

BY DEBBIE HATCH | THE BEACON San Diego Fire-Rescue Department lifeguard Sgt. Jon Vipond arrived at the Ocean Beach lifeguard Sta- SGT. JON VIPOND tion early on Nov. 28, 2009, completely unaware that he was about to be called to a rescue that would earn him and three other lifeguards a rarely endowed distinction — the national Medal of Valor. “The four of us just happened to be where we were needed SEE VALOR, Page 9

LIFEGUARDS North Pacific Beach could potentially lose all of its more-experienced Lifeguard Level-II coverage. However, it will have a less-experienced Lifeguard Level-I lifeguards on duty during the peak summer season. The night crew consists of a team SEE BUDGET, Page 9

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BY KEVIN MCKAY | THE BEACON The iconic San Diego Sports Arena in the heart of the Midway District will again bear the name of a corporate sponsor. The popular sports and entertainment venue was renamed the Valley View Casino Center on Oct. 12 after an official thumbs-up from the San Diego City Council. The revelation was made by representatives of the North County casino/hotel and AEG Global Partnerships, which negotiated the multi-year accord. The business pact is slated to take effect Nov. 1. City documents pegged the deal at $1.5 million for the first five years, equating to about $157,000 for the city. “We are thrilled to partner with the longstanding tradition of top-quality sports and entertainment that the San Diego Sports Arena has established throughout its legendary existence,” said Bruce Howard, general manager at Valley View Casino & Hotel. “We look forward to working closely with the city of San Diego, the Hahn family and AEG — the most recognizable name in the sports and entertainment industry — to grow both the Valley View Casino Center and Valley View Casino & Hotel brand.” Valley View Casino & Hotel officials tout marketing gains both in San Diego and Southern California as a whole, in preparation for the opening of a new hotel addition Nov. 19. Valley View officials said they will now be able to provide casino guests with premium tickets for sports arena events throughout the year. To modernize the 44-year-old, 15,000-seat facility and to keep pace with the expanding venue market in San Diego, the arena recently underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation which included the addition of a new 6,500-square-foot


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The San Diego Sports Arena will again have a corporate sponsor, beginning Nov. 1. From that point on, the venue will be known as the PHOTO BY KIRBY YAU I THE BEACON Valley View Casino Center.

VIP hospitality space called “Club 3500,” along with new lower-level seats, LCD televisions throughout and an upgraded concourse and arena entrances. “This is a great partnership for the Arena and Valley View Casino & Hotel, San Diego’s favorite casino,” said AEG Facilities’ Ernie W. Hahn II, senior vice president and general manager of the venue. “With Valley View Casino & Hotel as our partner, we will continue to raise the entertainment experience and number of shows while still being the busiest and most centrally-located arena in San Diego. We are excited to have such a great marketing partner to showcase our recent improvements and help make us better moving forward.” The Valley View Casino Center is located at 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. For more information, call (619) 224-4171.

As San Diegans prepare to vote in the Nov. 2 election, one of the most hotly-debated issues on the ballot remains Prop D, which would enact a temporary half-cent city sales-tax increase for up to five years — contingent on whether the city completes 10 financial reforms. Proponents of the measure see it as a temporary tax for a permanent solution, while critics say it does nothing to help curb wasteful spending in government and provides no assurances for preserving public safety budgets. “It’s a half-a-billion-dollar tax increase that has no guarantees of where the money will go,” said District 5 City Councilman Carl DeMaio, a vocal and high-profile opponent of Prop D. “It goes into the general fund. So there are no requirements of how it will be spent.” The proposition includes so-called conditions to the measure but none

MORE ELECTION COVERAGE Pages 3, 4 of those conditions are requirements of reform, DeMaio said. Rather, these are more process-oriented items like building a study, publishing a guide or soliciting bids, he added. “According to [San Diego Superior Court] Judge [David B.] Oberholtzer, Prop D is, at its very essence, just a tax. It’s also the largest tax increase ever proposed in the city of San Diego,” DeMaio said. However, District 6 City Councilwoman Donna Frye, an ardent Prop SEE PROP D, Page 5




Drunken driver lands 15 years in manslaughter case BY NEAL PUTNAM | THE BEACON

RARE BREAKFAST ON THE PIER Hungry visitors snapped up some delicious morning sustenance Sunday during the Ocean Beach Pier Pancake Breakfast. The community fundraising event — featuring an incomparable view — is held every year to kick off a series of activities and other events culminating in the Ocean Beach Town Council’s Holiday Food and Toy Drive to benefit less fortunate families in the area. Opportunities to have breakfast on the pier are rare. PHOTO BY JIM GRANT I THE BEACON

A drunken driver who struck and killed a motorcyclist in 2009 near the Sunset Cliffs Boulevard exit of Interstate 8 — and then fled the scene with the motorcycle still clinging to her vehicle — was sentenced to 15 years in prison for gross vehicular manslaughter. Claudia Gissela Herrera, 28, learned her fate in San Diego Superior Court on Oct. 14. The victim, Eric Enockson, 36, of San Diego, was ultimately run over by as many as five other cars around 2 a.m. that Oct. 17 morning, according to traffic investigators. Enockson died at the scene. Herrera, who continued driving away after the accident, was arrested on Nimitz and West Point Loma boule-

vards after officers found parts of the motorcycle imbedded in her minivan. Ten of Enockson’s family members listened last week as Herrera was told she would have to serve 85 percent of her prison term — essentially 13 years — before she can be paroled. Superior Court Judge Charles Gill denied probation and also fined Herrera more than $10,200. Herrera admitted to drinking four strong alcoholic drinks at a Mission Valley nightclub, but insisted to two passengers she was capable of driving, according to court documents. Herrera struck the motorcycle while driving close to 100 mph, and then carried it another three-quarters of a mile. Herrera abruptly stopped on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, dislodging the motorcycle. Her friends then reportedly jumped out of the vehicle before she

took off again. “You belong in prison,” Enockson’s brother, John, told Herrera in court. “Fifteen years is not enough. She was speeding down a foggy road. She hit my brother. Did she stop? No. She fled the scene. “I understand she was a drunk,” John Enockson said. “Her license had been suspended. She shouldn’t have been driving.” Herrera, of Rancho Penasquitos, was driving her parents’ Astro minivan, but her driver’s license was suspended in 2008 because of failure to pay fines for traffic violations, according to her probation report. Herrera was given credit for already serving 363 days in jail. On the morning of the accident, a SEE FATALITY, Page 5


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Ballot measure harvests debate on medicinal pot, legalization BY LAUREN VENTURA | THE BEACON

Californians will weigh whether or not to legalize marijuana under Proposition 19 on the Nov. 2 ballot.

With a growing number of medical marijuana dispensaries taking root in San Diego’s beach communities, attention is lighting up around Prop J — the marijuana legalization measure on California’s Nov. 2 ballot. The budding campaign is a talker on the streets of Ocean Beach and other waterfront communities, firing up critics and supporters of medicinal pot and the proliferation of neighborhood dispensaries — as well as the smoky enforcement issues that accompany them. For example, on the second Tuesday of every month, Eugene Davidovich, chairman of the San Diego Chapter of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), heads to The La Jolla Brew House for its monthly rundown of legislation and court action facing medicinal marijuana patients. The decision to run the meeting in La Jolla, according to Davidovich, is because there are hundreds of patients there looking for safe access. “At least 30 percent or so of our regular attendees come from La Jolla,” said Davidovich. COURTESY PHOTO BY DAVID OLENDER This month’s meeting, though,

focused on the upcoming Prop 19 vote, a decision where voters must decide if they will legalize marijuana this November. Perhaps what makes Prop 19 unique compared to the litany of previous initiatives to legalize cannabis is that, if passed, it will also allow cities and counties to control the sale of marijuana much like alcohol. This could, according to advocates for “Yes on 19,” generate billions of dollars in revenue. “The medicinal marijuana community is for Prop 19 because if it is completely legalized it will advance the opportunity to research the other medicinal properties of cannabis,” said Davidovich. “As of now, cannabis collectives cannot do this.” ASA members feel the passage of Prop 19 would also reduce the amount of medicinal marijuana users being arrested by local and federal officials because it would reinforce state law. Adding to the drama swirling around the issue was Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recent signing of the bills SB 1449 and AB 2650. Although the bills seem to conflict one another, it appears the current administration’s intent is clear. Simply put: • SB 1449 decriminalizes possession while AB 2650 aims to limit the amount of dispensaries that can deliver it. Basically, an individual can have up to one ounce in their possession and only face a $100 infraction if caught, but they cannot sell it — at least not as easily as medicinal marijuana collectives would like. • AB 2650, which will take effect in January, prohibits dispensaries from operating within 600 feet of schools. This means the measures passed under Prop 215 for medicinal marijuana access will be more difficult to maintain. AB 2650 will likely make many local dispensaries ineligible to remain in operation, Davidovich said.

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Schools throughout the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) — including campuses in Point Loma and Ocean Beach — are wringing hands in advance of the upcoming ballot measure designed to give education a shot in the arm. As all SDUSD schools grapple with funding losses and more looming cuts at the state level, debate over the fiscal crisis and the merits of Prop J — the proposed parcel tax on the Nov. 2 ballot — have been the focus of multiple town hall meetings dissecting the state budget crisis, how it could affect schools and how possibly to fix it. An example came on Oct. 7 at University City High school. Audience members and trustees appeared to grow weary as it was made clear time and again that this year marks the fifth year San Diego has been forced to make budget cuts for its public schools. Cuts for the 2010-11 budget year are estimated to be around $141.6 million. “We’re trying to balance the core of our academic goals with the harsh realities of this crisis,” SDUSD Superintendent Bill Kowba said. Kowba presented the before-and-after numbers, showing that in 2007 each student was allocated $5,787 per year. For the 2010-11 budget period, that number declined to $4,957. “There’s limited options left over,” said Kowba. “The only options left are massive teacher and certificated staff layoffs.

We have a convergence of a number of things happening and none of them are good.” Kowba said his main concern was the expiration of the federal stimulus package this coming June, which he claims funds 400 teaching positions. Solutions presented to close the budget gap were: close 10 low-enrollment schools, restructure K-8 schools, increase K-3 class size to a ratio of 29:1, implement half-days for kindergarten and cut several arts and sports programs, among other options. Kowba said much of the exact affects of this shortfall were due to several unresolved issues out of Sacramento. One problem is that funding from Prop 98, a 22year-old measure passed by voters to protect education, will most likely be suspended again, a dilemma that shorts San Diego Unified schools $200 million in owned grant money this year, said Kowba. Bernie Rhinerson, chief SDUSD relations officer, said the best possible solution San Diego Unified has is Proposition J, the proposed parcel tax on the Nov. 2 ballot. Rhinerson outlined Prop J’s language during the town hall meeting but made it clear that his intent was not to “sway voters one way or the other,” but merely to educate. The measure is an emergency teacher retention and classroom education measure. If passed by a two-thirds vote on Nov. 2, the proposition allows San Diego schools to levy a temporary fiveSEE PROP J, Page 7




include people with a lot of disparate views — business, labor, Chamber of CONTINUED FROM Page 1 Commerce, Democrats and Republicans. They have all come together, she said, D proponent, said she has looked at a to try to solve the city’s estimated $72 variety of options before settling on Prop billion budget deficit and they believe D, such as only making reforms or only this is a way to do it and ensure the pubmaking cuts. But those alone won’t solve lic has a voice in it. the problem, she said. “It’s getting down to critical mass now “You can’t cut your way or reform and a lot of people say those are scare your way out of this,” Frye said. “You tactics,” Frye said. “I’m not trying to need to have a combination of revenue scare anyone. I’m just trying to tell peoand reform and cuts in order to make ple the truth.” sure that we can get our structural Frye said that without Prop D, she’s deficit under control.” concerned vital city services will continFrye said proponents of the measure ue to diminish. Fire and police response

will be slower, she said, and there will be a lower level of maintenance for the city’s libraries, recreation centers and parks. “Take the bathrooms at Mission Bay Park,” she said.”We had to reduce the hours of operation there.” Frye said she hopes people are tired of going through this financial crisis year after year and will realize that it’s worth the cost of about 30 cents a day for the average family to help solve the city’s problems. DeMaio countered that working families are already struggling to survive and this is the worst thing the city could

do to them. “It hits working families in the middle of the worst economy we’ve seen in generations,” DeMaio said. “And by giving more money to city politicians, you will remove any pressure to enact spending reform such as pension reform, managed competition and other efficiencies we need to enact in the city’s budget.” DeMaio contends that if Prop D doesn’t pass, it will greatly improve the momentum for reform in city government, particularly pension reform and competitive bidding on the city’s services, two reforms that many taxpayers have asked for repeatedly but city politi-

cians have failed to deliver on. “If we don’t get the money, then the only option is forcing leaders to reform wasteful spending,” he said. Frye said she understands the criticism of Prop D, but that a balanced approach is the only solution. “For some people, they would never, ever support sales tax or any tax for that matter — and I understand that,” Frye said. “But the reality is, right now we’re asking everybody to help. We want to make sure we have the kind of city where we have good levels of services and we can protect the public health and safety.”


to the mix, what’s the message we’re supposed to send?” Ahearne asked. Conversely, San Diego native and ASA member Vey Linville has been using cannabis concentrates to treat his emphysema for over a year, and believes the passage of Prop 19 will ensure patient’s rights in California as well as help his children, not hinder them. “As a parent, I fear that a single minor episode of experimentation with cannabis could lead to one of my children becoming ensnared in the criminal justice system,” said Linville, echoing the argument by “Yes on 19” propo-

nents that legalization will allow law enforcement to fight more serious crimes. “Let’s make room in the courts. Let’s stop wasting the police’s time and let them chase violent offenders,” Linville said. Scott Chipman, a Pacific Beach resident and Southern California co-chair for Citizens Against the Legalization of Marijuana (CALM), disagrees. “In Alaska, they legalized marijuana from 1978 to 1994 and use doubled among teens compared to the other U.S. states,” said Chipman. “We need to

oppose Prop 19 so we can send a positive message to our teens.” Chipman said he believes the Prop 19 verbiage is misunderstood. “Prop 19 will not tax or regulate marijuana. It asks that counties and cities create the tax regulations regarding the sale,” Chipman said. “In the current economic climate, the reality is that it will be extremely difficult for local government to do that,” he said. “They’ll put it on the back burner.” What happens next for San Diego medicinal marijuana patients though is not known. Regardless of whether Prop

19 passes, local ASA members remain concerned about the San Diego Board of Supervisors’ upcoming decisions regarding zoning for collectives in January. “The city ordinance proposal will ask that collectives be 1,000 feet from schools, libraries, places of worship, youth camps, playgrounds and more,” said Davidovich. “But if you forget for just a minute that it’s marijuana, and [view it as you would] aspirin or any other medicine you can get in a pharmacy, you’ll realize that it’s taking away safe access for patients looking for relief,” he said.

children be part of more fundraising initiatives like jog-a-thons and bake sales, to educating students about Prop J, asking them to knock on doors and campaign for its passage. As presentations for solutions were made, a common chorus was heard from parents bemoaning the disconnect between union rules and the need for more school volunteers. “We need to balance labor rules so that volunteerism and teachers can come to an equitable agreement,” said Dolores Donovan, La Jolla High

School parent. Donovan, a former labor attorney who now teaches law at the University of San Francisco, was a proponent of bringing retirees into the classroom to help provide faltering schools with free educators. Mike Price, area superintendent, also seemed to favor the notion of more community involvement. “We need parents to be engaged and support learning through volunteering,” said Price. “We need parents and teachers to work hand-in-hand tutoring,

being classroom aids — not just raising money.” Although the idea of bringing in outside volunteers was popular with parents, educators were quick to point out that having only certificated teachers in the classroom, or those who are working on a teaching certification, is a protective measure that cannot be broken. The California credentialing process requires background checks and fingerprinting scans to protect children; if volunteers were brought into the classroom without these safeguards it

could be disastrous. In addition, several teachers noted it was unlawful for free labor to be brought in, as that would break labor union rules. One idea that parents and educators agreed on was using high-achieving juniors and seniors who have completed their necessary graduating credits early to help teach low-achieving highschoolers with difficult subjects like algebra or calculus. The SDUSD Board of Education held public comment on Oct. 12.


if it passes,” said Michelle Ahearne, executive director of Sundt. “Teachers are already required by California health laws to educate children about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. If it passes, how will they do that?” Children today already receive mixed messages from the media and celebrity culture regarding drug use, said Ahearne. “If we add the element of legalization


year annual parcel tax of $98 per single family, $60 per unit for multi-family homes and $450 for commercial or industrial parcels. After administrators spoke during the town hall forum, attendees were asked to form groups aimed at addressing several local concerns regarding student achievement and how to address the budget crisis at a local level. The discussion became heated as teachers and parents clashed over how to address budget shortfalls. “We need to cut the red tape and see how other districts allocate funds from donations. And what about on-campus advertising? Can we readdress that?” asked one University City parent. Ideas ran the gamut, from having


California Highway Patrol officer found Herrera talking to a man on a bicycle, who she had flagged down on Nimitz Boulevard. She asked the bicyclist and the officer for directions to Interstate 15. The officer said he noticed Herrera’s slurred speech and detected alcohol on her breath. Herrera dropped her car keys when the officer asked for them, and claimed another person had been driving the minivan. Herrera’s blood-alcohol level was 0.14 percent, which is almost double the legal limit. Eric Enockson, who worked at a medical laboratory, was initially alive after the crash and tried to crawl off the freeway before being struck by other passing cars, witnesses said. “I’m sorry for the pain and suffering I caused,” Herrera told the courtroom. “I have said countless prayers for him and his family. I was horrified when I learned what happened. “Try to find in your heart to forgive me,” Herrera said to the victim’s family members. “I wish I could take it all back.” Herrera pleaded guilty Aug. 25 to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, leading prosecutors to drop a second-degree murder count. A second-degree murder charge could have drawn Herrera a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.





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B y B I L L KO L E N D E R Having spent a lifetime in law enforcement — as a beat cop, San Diego police chief and sheriff — I know who to trust when it comes to protecting our families from crime. With the election this November, San Diegans will be making a decision that will determine the kind of city we live in. It’s never been more important than now to know who you can trust on Bill Kolender matters of public safety. For decades, the San Diego Police Department has been a national model of innovation and efficiency. We were leaders in the movement that brought about community-oriented policing. We have been able to keep our crime rates low and reduce our priority-call emergency response times, despite having far fewer officers per capita, and far less resources than other major cities. But without the reforms and revenues that will result from Proposition D, the future of San Diego — and the safety of its citizens — looks bleak. San Diego faces a $72 million deficit next year in its General Fund, the part of the budget that pays for essential public services like police, fire, parks and libraries. Police and fire alone account for half of all General Fund spending. If the City Council has to cut the budget by $72 million, it’s almost certain that public safety will take a serious hit. For years, the mayor, himself a former police chief, and the City Council shielded public safety departments from budget cuts. They did this by taking deeper reductions elsewhere, especially in park and recreation programs and library hours. Overall, more than 1,400 city jobs were eliminated. But as the recession continued to erode revenues, that wasn’t enough. To close a $179 million deficit last year, the city had to eliminate 200 police department positions, including personnel who assist in investigations, support our detectives and enforce neighborhood codes. In that same budget, the City Council began the “rolling brown-outs” at fire stations that idle eight engines a day and increase 9-1-1 response times. It also reduced lifeguard patrols, leaving one popular beach without anyone to guard swimmers.


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Those were difficult decisions, but they will pale in comparison to the ones the City Council will have to make if Proposition D fails. Mayor Jerry Sanders has made it clear that cuts in public safety will be necessary to balance the budget. As preparation for next year’s budget, the police chief has been asked to propose $15.8 million in additional cuts. The fire chief has been asked to propose $7.2 million in additional cuts. Yet opponents of Proposition D want you to think these threats to public safety are not real. The spokeswoman for the No on D campaign recently advocated that the city eliminate its Lifeguard Service altogether, claiming that people who swim in the ocean should be prepared to pay the price for their risky behavior. The leading opponent of Prop D says it is “ludicrous” to think that the City Council would cut police, fire or lifeguards. A p p a r e n t l y, this politicallyambitious councilman hopes you will forget that last year, the City Council did exactly that. Mayor Sanders, by contrast, has been responsibly reducing and reforming the city budget for five years. And he says that deep cuts in public safety are inevitable if Proposition D fails. The public will have to decide who it believes. I trust Mayor Sanders. You should, too. — Bill Kolender retired as county sheriff last year after more than 50 years in law enforcement, including 13 years as San Diego‘s chief of police.

Every San Diegan wants their city government to get back on the right track. Fortunately, most San Diegans realize the way to fix city government is not to give it more money, but to insist on reforms to well-documented waste in the budget and unaffordable pension packages for city employees. Indeed, for years voters have wisely called on city leaders to Carl DeMaio reform city pensions, cut wasteful spending and open city services up to competitive bidding. Unfortunately, city leaders and city labor unions have spent years delaying, dodging and derailing reform in city government. Now, the politicians and labor unions are desperate — and are asking taxpayers for a bailout with Proposition D. Prop D would raise city taxes by a half-billion dollars — at a time when many San Diegans are already struggling to make ends m e e t . Wo r s e, Prop D gives city politicians a “blank check” tax increase with no guarantees on how the money would be spent. That’s why leading taxpayer advocates and government watchdogs all oppose Prop D. To try to lure voters into supporting this massive tax hike, city politicians and labor unions are saying simply “trust us.” Their campaign advertisements go to shameful lengths — threatening layoffs to police and firefighters. In this regard, Prop D is one of the most misleading propositions to make the ballot. While Prop D is being sold by city politicians and city labor unions as “restoring” vital city services, not a penny of the increased tax is earmarked for important programs such as police and fire services. To the contrary, with the city’s annual pension payment increasing dramatically each year, you can expect increased tax revenues to be diverted to the city’s financially-troubled pension system rather than to restore city services.



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The pension and retiree health-care funds are more than $3.4 billion in debt — and the true annual cost of retirement benefits last year was more than $370 million — or roughly two-thirds of the city payroll. These costs are driven by unaffordable pension benefit packages awarded to city government employees over the years — a problem that Prop D fails to solve. City employees can retire as early as age 50, can “doubledip” by receiving their full salary and a full pension allowance during the last five years of their city service, and receive free taxpayer-funded healthcare for life — among other perks that you will be hard pressed to find anywhere but our city government. San Diegans do not receive these lavish benefit packages, but under Prop D they are now being asked to pay more during a historic economic downturn to pay the bill for them. In this regard, Prop D is essentially a “pension tax” that will be used to service unaffordable pensions and benefits granted to city employees over the years. Prop D’s proponents shamefully tout “reforms” as part of their ballot arguments to convince voters to approve the tax increase. However, Prop D does not require that any financial reforms actually be implemented. Moreover, several of the “conditions” included in Prop D are weak and outright misleading. While proponents claim they have already made cuts, the truth is virtually all of the positions eliminated over the years were vacant. When proponents claim they have reformed pensions, the reality is they have made only modest changes for new hires — and left the lion’s share of pension perks untouched. While they claim to embrace managed competition as part of Prop D, they refuse to commit to actually bid out any services. City politicians know the “conditions” in Prop D are simply provided to help sell a tax increase to voters. That’s why Prop D contains no concrete targets for actually saving money for city taxpayers. Without concrete guarantees that fiscal reforms will be implemented, the city of San Diego will continue to waste millions of taxpayer dollars each year. And without reform, it won’t be long before city leaders are back again asking for more money with another tax increase. No on Proposition D. — Carl DeMaio is a member of the San Diego City Council representing District 5.

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OB house is an annual Halloween labor of love BY ANTHONY GENTILE | THE BEACON For nearly 10 years, Ocean Beach has been a little spookier around Halloween time, thanks to Thomas Marshall. During that time, the local teen has turned his family’s house at 1070 Devonshire Drive into a haunted house, which locals can check out at their own risk all day Saturday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 31. The event is but one of a host of All-Hallows antics, devilish delights and ghoulish gimmicks happening on the Peninsula through the end of the month. “It really just started when I was five or six in the backyard,” Marshall said. “I decorated a tree we had and just hung a couple plastic skeletons. I had a couple friends over, we played around in that, and it was really fun.” From hanging skeletons and cardboard tombstones to animatronics, lights and a maze, Marshall said the dressing up of his house has grown over time. The high school freshman has been working on the decorations since the beginning of October, primarily on the weekends. “Really it’s a collection from all the years previous,” Marshall said. “Everything just accumulates.” Marshall makes a majority of the items that will be on display — with very few purchases. His imagination and creativity has kept the project cost at less than $100 since it started. “Of course, there are some things you kind of have to buy. But a majority of the stuff I just put together,” Marshall said. “I’ve gotten pretty good at making stuff look pretty old and creepy.” Animatronics at the Marshall house include a big spider and a hanging man that writhes. A new addition to this year’s fun is an indoor/outdoor maze with plastic sheeting to add effect. “I’ve never had an indoor section before, and I basically built an entire maze on one side of my yard out of pallets,” Marshall said. “At Costco, they were going to throw them away. So we loaded up the back of my mom’s van and brought them down here.” The decorations will be complete the weekend before Halloween and up and lit in time for the bewitching weekend. Visitors are welcome to stop by and check it out, he said.


Ocean Beach resident Thomas Marshall will get creative with a haunted house on Halloween weekend, spooking up his residence at 1070 COURTESY PHOTO BY THOMAS MARSHALL Devonshire Drive. Visitors are welcome.

Marshall said he’ll do his best to spook up the Halloween celebration, adding to the brew of other planned activities and events for children and adults in the community and at local recreation centers and schools.

SUNSET VIEW ELEMENTARY Marshall said the inspiration for his haunted house came from the Sunset View Elementary Halloween Carnival, which will hold its 52nd annual edition Oct. 30 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. “That was one of my inspirations to start this,” Marshall said. “They always have their Halloween carnival and maze in there and I loved going to that.” The Sunset View carnival features spooky games, prizes, a cakewalk, costume contest, pumpkin patch, haunted house, face painting and food and treats. The free community event will be held at the school, 4365 Hill St. For more information, call (619) 223-7156.

SILVER GATE ELEMENTARY In like fashion, Silver Gate Elementary will hold its annual Harvest Festival on Friday, Oct. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets will

Field’s The Green Build project. The new pedestrian bridges will be integrated into the dual-level roadway is part of The Green Build’s expanMcMillin halts pursuit of that sion of Terminal 2. During the closure, pedestrians will use the crosswalk at TerLiberty Station changes For now, potential growth changes to minal 2 to cross the roadway, which the NTC Precise Plan have been tabled. could result in time impacts for travelers. For more information, call the airCorky McMillin Cos. officials wrote a letter to Liberty Station homeowners Oct. port’s construction hotline at (619) 40012 explaining they were not pursuing 2288 or e-mail any further changes to the plan, which would have included demolition of a Councilman, city reps conference center and construction on a to host town hall meeting hotel and residential units. Representatives from Corky McMillin District 2 City Councilman Kevin originally presented their changes to the Faulconer and other high-profile offiNTC Precise Plan at the July Peninsula cials will be on hand Tuesday, Oct. 26 to Community Planning Board (PCPB) discuss wide-ranging issues with resimeeting to a less-than-favorable public dents at a Point Loma Association town response. hall meeting. Their presentation included three Representatives from the San Diego building use-related amendments to the County Regional Airport Authority, the precise plan — expanding use types for Navy and the San Diego Police Departthe historical district buildings located ment will be on hand to discuss their at the north end of Liberty Station and respective issues. demolition of the Liberty Station ConThe meeting will be held at the Porference Center (Building 623) located at tuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portu2600 Laning Road. Under the proposed gal in Point Loma beginning at 6 p.m. change, the conference center would The meeting is expected to run until have been replaced by a 350-room hotel, about 9 p.m. as well as the replacement of the LiberFor more information, e-mail ty Station Gymnasium (Building 271) Malinda Dickenson at malinwith 30 residential units. The PCPB created an NTC Precise Plan subcommittee at its July meeting City dept. heads to tackle and addressed the potential changes during meetings in August and Septem- budget cuts in PL forum ber. That group also held a community Mayor Jerry Sanders and other top meeting open to the public in August. city officials will pay a visit to Point Loma High School on Monday, Oct. 25 as part of a series of town hall meetings to disAirport walking bridge proposed city budget cuts for fiscal closed, to be demolished cuss year 2012 — and to field residents’ conThe pedestrian bridge connecting cerns and ideas. Lindbergh Field’s Terminal 2 to parking Eight town hall forums are planned and ground transportation was closed to discuss budget impacts stemming Oct. 17 so that it can be demolished. The from Sanders’ mandate to each city demolition will give way to new pedestri- department to identify specific cuts that an bridges built as part of Lindbergh would help close a projected budget gap


of $72 million for FY 2012. The event at Point Loma High, located at 2335 Chatsworth Blvd., is slated to run from 6 to 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. Participants in the town hall series include Chief Operating Officer Jay Goldstone; Police Chief William Lansdowne; Fire Chief Javier Mainar; library director Deborah Barrow; Park and Recreation Department director Stacey SEE BRIEFS, Page 17

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be available at the event, which features a costume contest, haunted hallway, cakewalk, pumpkin patch, games and face painting. Tickets are 8 for $10, 16 for $20 or 24 for $30, and $5 buys you two chances to win a prize in the drawing. The school is located at 1499 Venice St. For more information, call (619) 222-1139.

CORREIA MIDDLE SCHOOL Correia Middle School will hold a Spooktacular Concert on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m., featuring the school’s bands and orchestra. The free event includes a chili dinner before the concert and a costume contest. The school is located at 4302 Valeta St. For more information, call (619) 2220476.

LOMA PORTAL ELEMENTARY Loma Portal Elementary School will hold its free annual community Monster Bash on Friday, Oct. 29 starting around 5 p.m. The bash will have its first-ever haunted house, presented by the school’s Dads Club. The school is located at 3341 Browning St. For more information, call (619) 2231683.

REC CENTERS The local recreation centers will serve up their own frightening offerings Halloween weekend, starting with Cabrillo Recreation Center’s 70th annual community Halloween carnival on Oct. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. The carnival will be held at Cabrillo Elementary School, 3120 Talbot St. For more information, call (619) 531-1534. Meanwhile, the Ocean Beach Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave.,

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Ghouls and goblins will be out in force for the Sunset View Elementary School Halloween COURTESY PHOTO Carnival on Oct. 30.

will hold its Halloween Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. A $2 wristband is good for all the games and activities and those who attend should bring a trick-or-treat bag for prizes and treats. A costume contest will be held for six different age groups starting at 2:40 p.m. For more information, call (619) 5311527.

CANINE ‘HOWL-OWEEN’ CARNIVAL The dogs will have their day on Sunday, Oct. 24 at the fifth annual Ocean Beach “Howl-oween” Canine Carnival and Costume Contest. The Kiwanis Club-sponsored carnival for dogs will be held at Dusty Rhodes Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a costumed pet parade from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and an all-day

street fair. Registration for canine contestants will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $5 for individual dogs and $8 for multiple dogs or floats (a dog riding on something). Prizes will be awarded around 3 p.m. and all entrants receive a doggie bag of treats. For more information, call Melanie Nickel at (619) 225-8705, or e-mail

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most,” Vipond said. The highest waves that day were estimated to be 20-feet-tall and the water was 62 degrees, according to a statement released by the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA), which awarded the medals. Vipond and lifeguards Mark Feighan, Daryl McDonald and Peter Liebig answered the call to rescue six people from drowning after their 29-foot sportfishing vessel, the Defiance, capsized in the Mission Bay Channel at about 8 a.m. Feighan and McDonald arrived at the scene first from the Mission Bay Lifeguard Headquarters on a 22-foot Boston Whaler called Rescue 6. The lifeguards found five victims in the water and one who was able to swim to the jetty. McDonald immediately jumped into the water and swam to one of the struggling victims, Steven Sanford. Sanford, 25, recalled that while he was submerged in the water he gave one last kick, which brought him to the surface — where he was convinced he had taken his last breath. His life flashed before his eyes, he said. Feighan, trying to avoid a crashing wave, turned Rescue 6 in an evasive maneuver. At that point, he said he saw Vipond approaching from the south. Feighan picked Vipond up while McDonald swam to Sanford. “I remember climbing over the south channel jetty, jumping into the channel and seeing Mark Feighan coming toward me full speed in the rescue boat,” Vipond said. “I remember him yelling ‘Get in, get in, get in, Jon, there are victims everywhere!’” Those are the last words Vipond recalls the guards saying until the ordeal was over. The two guards then picked up Liebig, a lifeguard who had arrived from Mission Beach, on the opposite side of the

channel before motoring back to the capsized boat, Vipond said. “We each saw what needed to be done,” Vipond said. “Everything after that was pure training and instinct.” Vipond admits he had a moment of fear after meeting up with Feighan and arriving at the wreck, but once he saw the wreck and the victims, his head cleared and his thoughts were in the moment. “I remember thinking, ‘Okay, there’s Daryl McDonald with a victim. There’s another one in the water; P.J.’s [Liebig] got him. There’s two hanging onto the jetty. There’s two more on the hull; I’ll get those two.’” Vipond swam after the two men on the hull of the capsized boat. Meanwhile, McDonald swam Sanford — his semi-conscious victim — to Rescue 6, where Feighan was waiting to help hoist the victim onto the boat. However, an approaching 10-foot wave forced McDonald back to the helm of the boat to drive them out of the way of the crashing wave, forcing Feighan to hoist Sanford into the boat in one robust move. Feighan helped hoist one of Vipond’s victims onto the boat while McDonald did yet another evasive maneuver to avoid the next crashing wave. On McDonald’s next approach, the team was able to lift Liebig’s victim onto the boat. However, McDonald was forced to drive away again to avoid capsizing in the large surf, according to the USLA statement. The team made what would be their final approach and hoisted Vipond’s second victim onto the boat just as a 20-foot wave was approaching. Vipond was unable to board the boat in time. McDonald was forced to drive away again while Feighan laid across the four victims — the ones unable to get to the jetty — so they would not fall into the water. Rescue 6 rushed the four victims to ambulances, which were waiting at the

Mission Bay headquarters. Vipond, meanwhile, joined Liebig near the south jetty close to the two remaining victims, who were then rushed on a rescue board to ambulances across the San Diego River. B. Chris Brewster, president of the USLA, publicly honored the four lifeguards with the national Medal of Valor during a presentation at Mission Bay’s Hospitality Point on Oct. 13. “I’m really proud of them because they deserve this award and more awards,” Sanford said. Large surf and a capsized vessel made for a “perfect storm of rescues,” McDonald said. The Medal of Valor has only been awarded to 32 lifeguards nationwide since 1987. “We give out less than two [Medals of Valor] a year,” Brewster said. He said it was miracle no lifeguards were injured during the rescue. He also noted that had even one circumstance leading up to the rescue been different — for example, Vipond not arriving at work early that day — “the outcome would not be the same.” “Among San Diego lifeguards, among professional lifeguards anywhere, there is nothing exceptional about any of the four of us,” Vipond said. “We are honored to be recognized by our peers at this level and I hope we can continue to wellrepresent the lifeguard profession.” Mayor Jerry Sanders, San Diego Fire Chief Javier Mainar and Lifeguard Chief Rick Wurts joined Brewster in the presentation. “These four men are truly heroes and they’ve done the rest of their city proud,” Sanders said. Mainar said that when he heard of the rescue, it tugged at his heartstrings, adding that public safety is truly a team effort. “They didn’t shirk from the [dangerous rescue],” Wurts said. “They stood in the pocket and then delivered.”



of four lifeguards who respond to swift-river rescues, offshore search and rescue work requiring scuba certification, cliff rescues and the more common ocean rescues and medical aids, boats sinking, disabled, on fire — or boaters calling for medical aid for those aboard. The four lifeguards cover the coast from Torrey Pines to the tip of Point Loma and three miles out to sea. The night crew could potentially be reduced to two lifeguards, who will be stationed at the Mission Bay Headquarters location. “We now reduce our capability to respond by half,” Mainar said of the nighttime hours guard coverage. Ocean Beach, South Mission Beach, Mission Beach, La Jolla Rocks and La Jolla Shores could lose a Lifeguard Level-I tower relief, which means fewer breaks for guards. However, Mainar said fewer breaks does not mean less relaxation, but rather less time to train. Lifeguards typically train when they are on break from tower duty.

TOUGH CHOICES The next step, Mainar said, is for the cuts to go before the mayor and the full City Council. "The council is not interested in making [those] cuts," said District 2 Councilman Kevin Faulconer. "I will not support those cuts. "The choice is not between cuts or taxes,” he said. The choice is between reform or taxes.” Ed Harris heads the Lifeguard Teamsters Union. “In my opinion, we’ve already cut Sunset Cliffs,” Harris said.


Sunset Cliffs, the popular surfing site, has already seen fewer lifeguards as a result of the shrinking budget. “We virtually have eliminated the large surf staffing,” Harris said. In years past, lifeguards posted a truck and staff along Sunset Cliffs Boulevard during large surf. The identified budget-cut options are not to include items that generate revenue — but instead, only contain items that can be cut. “There’s nowhere else to cut,” Harris said. He suggests many revenue-generating ideas in the forms of selling advertisements on items like rescue boards and lifeguard towers. “We all live here. We all work here. We don’t want something that’s not tactful,” Harris said. Last year’s budget reductions impacted how lifeguards train, said Lt. Andy Lerum, spokesman for the city’s Lifeguard Services. As a result, the training shifted from hands-on scenarios to online learning. The benefits are that information is standardized and tracking of progress can be done more efficiently. Lerum said the negative is the time a guard spends on the computer, which is time taken away from patrol. Advocates of Prop D on the Nov. 2 ballot — the half-cent sales-tax proposal — have said the measure will shore up the public safety budget and hedge against cuts. Critics have said there is no guarantee the money will be used for those purposes. Meanwhile, lifeguards remain neutral publicly. “We have roles and responsibilities as public safety officers to work for the citizens,” Lerum said. “It’s going to be largely up to the people of San Diego to make the decision they will and it’s not for me to comment politically.”


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SPORTS 11 Pointers take down La Jolla in Western League opener THURSDAY · OCTOBER 21, 2010



BY SCOTT HOPKINS | THE BEACON After a bye week, Point Loma High School (PLHS) head football coach Mike Hastings was hoping his Pointers would perform well in last Friday’s Western League opener at La Jolla. They did, delivering an efficient performance on offense, defense and special teams, dispatching the Vikings 217 to retain the enigmatic “Shoe” trophy for yet another year. “We got back to fundamentals and relearned the basics,” said Pointers quarterback Thomas Mize. “Our win against La Jolla felt great and it sets a path toward winning Western League.” Mize and Co. put up touchdowns on their first possession of each half, something Hastings called a key to the Dogs’ dominance. After halting the Vikings’ first drive of the game, the Pointers drove down the field on an all-running drive that culminated when Mize dove for two-yards with 6:39 left in the opening period. Ruben Diaz’s first of three extra points gave the visitors a 7-0 lead. La Jolla stacked its defense to stop the Pointer ground game (the Dogs attempted only four passes in the game) and the score remained unchanged until the third period.

Ocean Beach resident Stephen Johnson competed in the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 10. Running in only his second full marathon, Johnson finished with a time of 3:11:40. COURTESY PHOTO

Ocean Beach man runs in world-class Chicago Marathon BY ANTHONY GENTILE | THE BEACON For most, running is a chore. That is simply not the case for Ocean Beach resident Stephen Johnson, who recently completed the Chicago Marathon. “It was definitely a fun run,” Johnson said. “But it wasn’t fun on my body whatsoever.” Johnson completed the world-class Chicago Marathon on Oct. 10, finishing with a time of 3:11:40 with friends and family cheering him on. His goal was to finish under 3:15 in order to qualify for the 2011 Boston Marathon, which he plans to run in April. “It was a pretty good sense of accomplishment,” Johnson said. “It was more of a difficult race for me because of the injuries. I wasn’t ready for it. I wasn’t able to do the miles up until the race that I needed to do.” During training for the marathon, Johnson battled a pair of injuries — a stress fracture in his right heel and Achilles tendonitis in his left foot. He said these injuries gave him only about four SEE MARATHON, Page 12

“Our team has all the tools it needs to go undefeated in league. Once we establish consistency, there’s no stopping us.” THOMAS MIZE PLHS QUARTERBACK Receiving the second-half kickoff, Point Loma drove the length of the field. Jaivon Griffin covered the final 31 yards, increasing the lead to 14-0. The hosts avoided a shutout in a drive that spanned the third and fourth quarters and featured a highlight-film tackle from sophomore Pointer defender Zach Eischen. Viking receiver Vincent Cheng caught a Bobby Schuman pass in the clear and sprinted for his goal line. Eischen, however, ran Cheng down from behind and, on a diving shoestring tackle, brought him down after a 47-yard gain. The Vikes, however, scored several plays later. Griffin’s second touchdown from nine yards out closed the scoring with 4:59 left to play in the contest. Offensively, the Pointers outgained the Vikings 308-167. Griffin led all ball car-

riers with 162 yards on 18 carries, while Morris Mathews carried 12 times for 66 yards. The Dogs rushed 46 times for 297 yards, a 6.5-yard per carry average. Defensively, Christian Heyward led tacklers with eight total tackles (five solos, three assists) and a sack. Eischen added seven, Ikeem Wright and Eddie Frakes each had six, and Robbie Pejovich and Johnny Castaneda recorded five apiece. Wright and Castaneda were also credited with sacks. Diaz’s distance skills also proved to be a valuable Pointer weapon, because each of his four kickoffs sailed into the endzone, preventing Viking runbacks. “The truth is, it was a team effort tonight,” Hastings said. “All three phases helped win the game. We always say that if you hold a team to one score or less you’re going to win just about every game you play.” Meanwhile, the original “Shoe” trophy reportedly resides with the family of a deceased Vikings coach. When he passed away during a several-year gap in the decades-long rivalry between the two schools, the trophy was presented to his wife. The current trophy is a far cry from the original, consisting of a football shoe spray-painted gold and attached to a small piece of plain wood. The Pointers get back to action

Point Loma quarterback Thomas Mize (8) is met by La Jolla defenders Mark Polland (45) and Josh Kilmer at the end of a run Oct. 16. The Pointers beat La Jolla 21-7 in their league opener. SCOTT HOPKINS | THE BEACON

tomorrow afternoon, Oct. 22, when they visit Mission Bay for a 3 p.m. kickoff. The Bucs (0-6) have not won a game since last year’s departure of all-state player Dillon Baxter, who now plays at

the University of Southern California. “Our team has all the tools it needs to go undefeated in league,” Mize said. “Once we establish consistency, there’s no stopping us.”





Pointers eyeing improvement headed into league play BY SCOTT HOPKINS | THE BEACON Young ladies in the business world often dress in skirts and blouses. A group of girls at Point Loma High School (PLHS) dresses similarly — but adds a hockey stick to the ensemble. That’s where the comparisons end. The Pointers’ field hockey team is on a developmental mission under the guidance of a former national teamand professional-level player. Head coach Mary Ellen Brancheau and 43 players have focused their eyes and ears

on Rheannin Sherrick, a former member of the Australian national team whose resume includes two years of professional play in Japan. Sherrick, in her rich Australian accent, is teaching the Pointer ladies a press-type offense designed to upgrade scoring and elevate her students within the Western League standings. “She has brought our team to a new level of play,” Brancheau said. “The girls are learning so much from her, and she has been a real addition to our program.”

Field hockey, known simply as “hockey” in nations without ice hockey, has only been a sport at PLHS since 2000. The CIF San Diego Section has only two divisions because not all area schools have field hockey teams. Point Loma plays in Division II and plays each Western League school only once starting Oct. 30. Other league members are La Jolla, The Bishop’s School, Cathedral Catholic, Madison and Point Loma field hockey player Melissa Scripps Ranch. SEE HOCKEY, Page 13

Kolenovic battles a Santana opponent for possession in a non-league match Oct. SCOTT HOPKINS | THE BEACON 15.


weeks to train, leading to leg cramps at the 15-mile mark of the marathon because of dehydration and lack of conditioning. “It all comes down to mileage, really. That’s the idea,” Johnson said. “I was doing at least one 20-mile run super slow once a week and then daily I was doing between six and 10 miles a day, and a couple times I would do a 13-mile and then throw in some speed workouts.” Johnson, a Point Loma High School graduate, started training for the marathon by running 40 miles per week, eventually building up to 70 miles per week. During his runs, there is no music, no phones and no distractions. Just Johnson and the pavement. “I don’t listen to music. I just kind of get into the run and I don’t really try to think about much,” Johnson said. “I kind of feel my body and feel how I’m doing and dictate whether or not I have a good run or a bad run.” A 10-mile run takes Johnson from his home on Garrison Street around Cañon Street, up Talbot Street and onto Gage Drive, where he runs to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse and back. A longer run includes a loop around Shelter Island. An early morning weekend run typically takes the 39-year-old Johnson from Point Loma to the Children’s Pool in La Jolla. “I definitely don’t consider myself an elite runner whatsoever,” Johnson said. “I just run for fun and I have these goals in my head that I tell myself.” Johnson’s next big run will be the legendary Boston Marathon, with training and a few half-marathons leading up to that. He first got the idea to run in the Boston Marathon while attending a wedding on the East Coast about a year and a half ago.

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SPORTS Field Hockey 101 BY SCOTT HOPKINS | THE BEACON The modern game of field hockey dates to the 19th century in British schools and universities, although the game’s roots can be traced back 4,000 years. Played on a field that is 100 yards long and 60 yards wide, teams play 10 field players and one goalkeeper. The goal cage, located on the endline, is seven feet high and 12 feet wide. The ball is made from solid, hard plastic with a cork center and brightly colored for visibility. One point is awarded each time a team hits, pushes or flicks the ball into the opponent’s goal. Games at the prep level are two halves of 30 minutes each. A circle 16 yards in front of the goal cage is known as the shooting circle or arc. Shots by attackers must be made from this area, and penalties committed by defenders in this area are more severe. A “penalty spot” or “stroke mark” where “penalty stroke” shots are taken is located seven yards in front of the goal cage. Shots are awarded for deliberate fouls by defenders within the shooting circle. Sticks carried by field players are usually 36 to 37 inches long and made of materials ranging from wood to fiberglass to graphite, costing between $25 and $300 each. Sticks are only made for right-handed players, with a flat surface on the striking side and a rounded surface on the non-striking side. If a player is left-handed? “They must learn to play righthanded,” said Point Loma High School head field hockey coach Mary Ellen Brancehau. Men and women compete in field hockey in the Olympics. Current world powers include The Netherlands, Germany and Australia, with Argentina emerging. In the U.S., the sport is concentrated in high schools and universities, with women’s teams far outnumbering men’s. Two umpires control the game, each taking half the field diagonally. They issue colored cards to players who violate rules. These include green (warning), yellow (temporary suspension, minimum of five minutes) and red (exclusion).

Point Loma freshman field hockey player Jocelyn Neves (4) challenges a Santana opponent SCOTT HOPKINS | The Beacon Oct. 15, while teammate Kiana Acosta (11) keeps close watch.


In non-league play, the Pointers have a 3-7 record at the moment. A disappointing loss happened last week when Santana High broke a scoreless tie with a goal three minutes before the match ended. Still, Brancheau said the team’s future is bright. The Lady Pointers list 43 girls in the program — 17 on varsity and 26 on junior varsity — 19 of whom are freshmen. Because of injuries, several JV players have competed in varsity matches. In addition, Brancheau said she is excited about starting a field hockey program at Correia Middle School that will ideally feed the high school program for years to come. Clinics for incoming freshmen, taught by professional players, are planned for next spring. At the high school level, players are required to wear mouth guards and shin guards, Brancheau said. Goalkeepers additionally wear helmets, different-colored shirts, large pads called “kickers”

over their shoes, leg guards, padded shorts and arm protectors. When fully dressed, quick, shot-stopping movements are considerably more difficult. Positioning in field hockey is similar to soccer. Brancheau distributes her 10 field players with three players at forward, four midfielders and three defenders. The Pointers’ varsity squad includes captains Kiana Acosta and Arianna Conger, both fourth-year senior players. Additional four-year veterans are Jillian Duran, Blair Holman, Anette Ortega and Shannon Lund. Other seniors include Karin Davila and Michelle Garcia. Juniors playing varsity are Marley McCaughey and Christina Sardo and sophomores include Tessa Adler, Erin Greenlee, Jackie Husted, Melissa Kolenovic, Elizabeth Kennedy, Alex Adame and Sara Wildman. Freshmen at the varsity level are Haley Kasarda, Melissa Muirhead, Jocelyn Neves and Kelly Duran. The Pointers open league play Oct. 30 against La Jolla. Those interested in playing field hockey can contact Brancheau at




ENJOY THE COLORS & BEAUTY OF OLD TOWN Dia De Los Muertos celebrations will enchant and educate

The traditional Ballet Folklorico costumes are voluminous and colorful, and are meant to be swirled and swept while the dance is being performed.

Folklorico De La Luna will captivate audiences Fiesta De Reyes is the place “where history lives and the fiesta lasts forever,” according to its slogan. History will take center stage for three Saturdays, as eight troupes of ballet Folklorico dancers compete for the top prize at the Folklorico De La Luna. On Oct. 16, 23 and the grand finale on Nov. 6, dancers will be competing for the chance to win a $1,000 grand prize. The competition is from 1 to 5 p.m. and celebrates the traditional, lively dance of Ballet Folklorico. Each of the three performances will feature a headlining Latin group to complete the day’s entertainment. Well-known local performers, Chunky y los Alacranes, will the take the stage on Oct. 1. Trio de los Ticos will


Enjoy spooky events this Halloween season at one of the most haunted areas in San Diego, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Fiesta de Reyes. SÉANCE AT THE SEELEY STABLE Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will be hosting “Séance at the Seeley Stable. Madam Stolichnaya will attempt to summon “real live” ghosts. every Friday & Saturday in Oct. and the 31st at 6 & 7:30 p.m. Adults are $10 per ticket and children 12 to 18: $5.00. Visit brownpapertickets/event/12812 or call 619-220-5422. GHOST TOURS Michael Brown leads San Diego’s only real ghost tours. Every Thursday through Sunday in October. Walking tours begin at 9 p.m. in front of the Fiesta de Reyes fountain. Adults are $19 and children 6-12 are $10. Kids 5 and under free. Visit:

perform Oct. 23 and widely acclaimed professional Ballet group Tijuan will cap the finale’s performances on Nov. 6. Each dance troupe is from San Diego County. All troupes will compete, but only four will make it through to the grand finale round. The history of the dance will be shared with those in attendance throughout the performances. Folklorico is a folkloric ballet dance. Elegant female dancers with exquisite make-up and beautiful hair make the purposeful movement seem whimsical against the rhythm of the music. The dresses, when held up to show the unique foot movement, form a near circle, edged by ruffles and vibrant colors. It is referred to as the dress of Jalisco, with the “j” pronounced like an airy “h,” which rolls off the tongue.

Male dancers wear black pants and a matching wide brimmed hat. Typically a red tie is worn, which only adds to the drama of the choreographed dance. The three-day event is free and open to the public. Fiesta De Reyes is tucked away at the northeast end of Old Town State Park, and lined with linen-colored authentic pueblo structures. It is near Wallace and Calhoun streets and is one block from the Old Town Trolley Station. Casa de Reyes, Barra Barra Saloon and even near-by El Fandango are three delicious restaurants in the vicinity. Fiesta De Reyes also boasts 16 specialty shops open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call (619) 2973100 or visit or text “Fiesta” to 53137.

OLD TOWN THEATRE: WAR OF THE WORLDS Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Theatre. $10 for all ages. Visit, or call (619) 337-1525.

all ages featuring prizes from merchants in the park for the various categories of costumes. Admission is free.

COSTUME BALL AT THE COSMOPOLITAN HOTEL AND RESTAURANT The newly opened Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant is hosting the Old Town’s scariest party of the year. Complete with costume contests, flowing food and live music, this will be the place to be for Halloween eve night. Happening Saturday, Oct. 30 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., tickets are $25 per person. Visit or call (619) 2971874. MOVIE NIGHT AND COSTUME CONTEST Bring lawn chairs, blankets and your bravest face and enjoy a family-rated spooky movie under the stars. The movie night will be held Friday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. in the Fiesta de Reyes courtyard. Before the movie on Saturday, there will be a costume contest for

Old Town State Park will honor Dia De Los Muertos, Day of the Dead, on Nov. 1 and 2 and the public is invited to join in the festivities that will honor the deceased. Tradition dictates, that on the day of the dead, the living will honor those who have passed on with altars lined with food, drink, marigolds and maybe even a gift or two for the welcomed spirits. Bread is often one of the items on the altar as are colorful skulls, pictures of saints and the deceased. Baked breads, candles and figurines also will grace the altar-tops. Day of the Dead pays homage to the presence of the dead among the living and is a colorful tribute to the California’s own Mexican heritage. “We want to give our guests a sense of traveling back into time,” said event organizer and manager of El Fandango Mexican Restaurant, Marco Puente. Numerous altars will be set-up throughout the park. More than 25 local businesses, museums, and community organizations will create the traditional Mexican altars and offerings to the dead. Some of the altars will honor historic figures from Old Town’s past. Puente added that in addition to an altar, the entrance to El Fandango Mexican Restaurant will have floral archways in the front and back of the restaurant to welcome the spirits in and staff will have painted faces to symbolize the spirit presence. By 11 a.m. the altars will be ready for viewing throughout the park. Restaurants will offer specialty food and drinks. The festivities will also include poetry readings and musical offerings as well.

The area is no stranger to spirits and ghosts as the Cosmopolitan Hotel has a room it rents out to the not so feint of heart who do not mind the presence of a ghost or two. Spirits and more brave souls swarm the haunted Whaley House as well. Dia De Los Muertos is a true celebration of life and death that speak to everyone who has lost somebody. It serves as a chance to pay homage to the spirits who have passed and a welcome is offered to let them know that they are still thought of. Puente said that Old Town is the birthplace of California, a proud sentiment that will be visible to guests on Dia De Los Muertos. A special candlelight procession from the Whaley House Museum to El Campo Cemetery will take place on Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. and the public is welcome to join. It will also serve as the public’s opportunity to leave offerings of their own for lost loved ones among the gravesites of the Old town’s earliest families. Free, tour maps of the altars will be available and online at, or Print the map and then join the celebration and learn about Mexican heritage.

TRICK-OR-TREAT Trick-or-treaters are invited to come out Saturday , Oct. 30, and Sunday Oct. 31. from 4 p.m. to 6:30 to collect goodies from participating shops and museums throughout the park. Admission for this is free. LIVE STORYTELLING The haunting will continue with a live storytelling of Old Town’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 and at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31. Fiesta de Reyes, Old Town San Diego State Park, Write Out Loud, Cygnet Theater and the Old Town Merchants Association sponsor the preceding events. Free parking is available in the Caltrans parking lot on Taylor Street in Old Town after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. For more information about any of these events, visit or call 619-297-3100.






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Located on the OB Pier, you’ll enjoy a great meal while taking in the best view in town—including surfers and sea life. The family friendly restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features a menu with something for everyone. Some of the “must trys” include the mango pancakes, world famous clam chowder, award winning fish & chips, plus the “as seen on TV” ultimate Nachos. But whatever you try, you won’t be disappointed.

5001 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach · 619-222-6633. Experience a taste of Mexico! Bravo’s features your favorite Mexican and seafood plus a full bar serving your favorite drinks. Check out our Margarita menu and choose your favorite from a long list! Share a 5-shot, 44 oz. Mega Margarita with a friend or try one of over 30 premium tequilas from our tequila bar. Or just kick back and enjoy your favorite cocktail with one of our famous lobster buckets. Also offering one of the best Happy Hours at the Beach Monday through Friday.

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The Broken Yolk Café offers a large selection of home cooked meals in a comfortable and casual atmosphere. There are over 20 different omelets to choose from as well as a wide variety of other breakfast favorites which include pancakes, waffles and French toast. Feel more like lunch? Try one of our juicy ½ pound burgers or one of our large sandwiches. Our generous portions will leave you full and satisfied.


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BUSINESS 17 Inside The Tasting Room at OB’s Olive Tree Marketplace TA S T E B U D T R E A S U R E S THURSDAY · OCTOBER 21, 2010


BY TERRIE LEIGH RELF | THE BEACON cean Beach and Point Loma native Chris Stavros opened The Wine Tunnel in the late 1970s where Victory Liquor is currently located on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. At that time, he had more than 800 bottles of wine in his shop. As a long-time enthusiast, Stavros has always been intrigued by the “wonderful attributes of tasting, how wine compliments food, how it is made, every aspect outside of just drinking it.” Inspired by his own enthusiasm, Stavros said he wanted to offer the experience to others, as well as to educate the public about the nuances of wine. Given the high price point of many fine wines, however, Stavros said he understood why some people did not want to “take a gamble” on wine they hadn’t tasted first. In July 1987, Stavros moved across the street to 4805 Narragansett Ave., the current location of his business, now known as The Olive Tree Marketplace. About four years ago, his general manager, Mike Blanchfield, a self-proclaimed “beer geek,” wanted to introduce OBcrafted beers to the public. Stavros encouraged him, and this proved to be a positive and successful addition to the market. About two years later, Stavros and Blanchfield decided the time was right to Mike Blanchfield, general manager of The Olive Tree Marketplace in Ocean Beach, is on hand propose yet another idea: an educationto welcome customers to The Tasting Room inside the marketplace on Narragansett Avenue. al environment where enthusiasts, as COURTESY PHOTO BY CHRIS S. STAVROS well as the curious, were able to expand



Nov. 9 event is organized and coordinated by the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association (OBMA) to raise money CONTINUED FROM Page 7 for the OB Tree Committee’s holiday LoMedico; Dave Jarrell, Deputy Chief outreach to aid needy families. OrgaOperating Officer of the Public Works nizers say the money raised goes to Department; and Chief Financial Officer help about 70 families — most of Mary Lewis. whom are from Ocean Beach — durFor information, call the Office of the ing the holidays with food and toys. Mayor at (619) 236-6330, or visit For a $15 ticket, participants will sample tasty delights from the many participating business in OB from 5 to Skate for the Kids event 9 p.m. OBMA officials are encouraging residents to purchase tickets

quickly because the event always sells out each year. Tickets will be available at the following locations: • Dog Beach Dog Wash, 4933 Voltaire St., (619) 523-1700 • Bone Appetit Pet Store, 4845 Newport Ave., (619) 226-6250 • Indulgence Hair Salon, 4956 Newport Ave., (619) 225-8854 • Lucy’s Tavern, 4906 Voltaire St., (619) 224-0834

their experience and knowledge of beer and wine. With several brainstorming sessions, a mock tasting panel and months of planning, The Tasting Room was born on May 15. The Tasting Room can be entered from the street on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard or by cruising through the market. The inside entrance is at the back of the store behind a rustic wooden door with a wrought-iron handle. When customers first walk in, they will meet Blanchfield, who will greet them with sparkling eyes and a smile to match. He’ll offer a menu, a comfortable place to sit and an overview of the current selections. The environment is small and cozy, with bistro-style tables and chairs to relax and enjoy tasty wines and beers. Here, customers will notice the works of local artist Rich Walker, who works with recycled materials and paints. Walker has pieces currently on exhibit for sale. Stavros said the market is open to featuring other artists. The suggested duration of a tasting experience is from 20 to 30 minutes, with an occasional patron or two lingering a bit beyond. It is not unusual for regular customers to stop by for suggestions on food-and-wine pairing or for general recommendations. Blanchfield has a well-known gift for providing these. The beer and wine flights (a flight differs from a sample in that a flight contains three 2-ounce samples), which range in price from about $3.50 to $9. Blanchfield and Stavros hand-select and

change the menu, which features beers and wines from all over the world every two weeks. The Tasting Room also offers a special beer-on-tap, some of which are exclusive to certain venues. There is also a section called “interesting wine tastes,” which provides a sample of some unique wines that range in price from $2.50 to $6 per sample. The beer flights, which range in price from $3.50 to $5.50, or from $1.50 to $2 per two-ounce glass, are presented by flavor intensity and alcohol content — from “lighter” to “medium,” followed by an “intense flight.” There is also a special bonus, 10 percent off any purchase of beer or wine in the store, with a Tasting Room receipt in hand (only valid day of tasting). The Tasting Room is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 4 to 9 p.m., and by appointment for private tastings on Mondays or Tuesdays in the evening. During daytime hours, The Tasting Room is available for business meetings, where lunch can be offered as well. Blanchfield said The Tasting Room might add another day because of a steady ebband-flow of patrons. Some special events are planned for this fall, such as a wine/beer cheese-pairing event, and paid-seating presentations by some local brew masters and winemakers. The Olive Tree Marketplace is open Mondays through Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, call (619) 2240443, or visit

• San Diego Bay Flower Co., 4822 Santa Monica Ave., (619) 222-5400 • Sunshine Company, 5028 Newport Ave., (619) 222-0722 • Surf n’ Sea Wetsuits, 1874 Bacon St., (619) 222-1231 • OB MainStreet Association, 1868 Bacon St., (619) 224-4906 • O.B. Farmers Market, Wednesdays, 4900 block of Newport Ave.

The event will also feature music and Old Town Trolleys will run back and forth from north Ocean Beach to the heart of the event along Newport Avenue for those who may tire or are unable to walk the circuit. For more information, call the OBMA at (619) 224-4906, or visit

to benefit OB Elementary

On Saturday, Oct. 23, locals can support Ocean Beach Elementary School by taking in some professional skateboarding, enjoying music and munching on barbecued delights. The first-ever Skate for the Kids BBQ and Skate Jam will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. in the grass area near the Robb Field Skate Park. Among the professional and amateur skateboarders scheduled to appear are Tosh Townend, Marius Syvanen, Austyn Gillette, Cano Cardenas and others yet to be confirmed. Fans of all ages can meet, get autographs and hang out with these skaters during the event. There will also be vendor booths from event sponsors, an old-fashioned barbecue, Indo Board demos and autographs and a raffle to help support Ocean Beach Elementary programs that were casualties of district budget cuts, including music and art, academic enrichment activities, family entertainment and student recognition events. For more information, visit

Tickets to go on sale for OB Restaurant Walk Tickets will be available starting Oct. 26 for the highly popular Ocean Beach Restaurant Walk — the community fundraiser that lets diners sample treats, hors d’oeuvres, dinner items and other goodies in a walking circuit of more than 40 participating bars, restaurants and outlets. The

5th Annual

OCEAN BEACH CANINE CARNIVAL A special “HOWL-O-WEEN” party for OBceans and their best friends (Dog lovers from anywhere are welcome!) Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ocean Beach in association with the Ocean Beach Recreation Council With special thanks to our primary sponsor Dog Beach Dog Wash

Sunday October 24, 2010 • 10 am to 4 pm Dusty Rhodes Park, Sunset Cliffs Blvd. at Nimitz Registration for Dog Costume Contest and Parade 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Parade 1:30 pm-2:30 pm - Prizes Awarded at 3 pm

STREET FAIR • GAMES DOGGIE COSTUME PARADE CRAFT ITEMS & FOOD FOR PETS & PEOPLE For information call (619) 225-8705 or visit For information about renting a booth at the street fair e-mail:

Admission is FREE. Registration fee for Costume Contest & Parade is $5.00 for single dogs, $8.00 for groups. NOTE: All dogs must be leashed at all times (fixed 6-foot leash, no Flexi-Leashes). This carnival is for dogs only; please don’t bring cats, birds, etc. We reserve the right to exclude any dog which causes problems (aggressive, in heat, etc.).

BUSINESS 18 British Airways brings back Lindbergh-to-London route THURSDAY · OCTOBER 21, 2010


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BY ANTHONY GENTILE | THE BEACON Next year, Big Ben and bangers will be that much closer for local fliers. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority announced Oct. 6 that British Airways will begin nonstop roundtrip service from Lindbergh Field to London’s Heathrow Airport in June. “It’s going to be that much easier to get to San Diego from not just London, but from the rest of the world because we will feed this traffic in quite successfully in Heathrow and a have a very easy connection into San Diego,” said Kevin Burns, British Airways regional director for Western USA and Western Canada. Once the planes take to the air June 1, the San Diego-to-London route will be Lindbergh’s only nonstop flight to Europe. Current international nonstop destinations include Cabo San Lucas, Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver. “We are thrilled about the announcement and are eager to facilitate nonstop services between the two cities,” said Katie Jones, a public and community relations spokeswoman for the Airport Authority. Lindbergh Field first launched service to London out of San Diego in 1988, a direct flight through Los Angeles and then Phoenix. Nonstop service to London began five days a week in 2001 and lasted until 2003. As for the local economic impact of the flights, Jones said the $2.3 billion visitors spend annually in San Diego will only increase with the new route. According to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, international visitors stay in San Diego longer and spend an average of $300 more per trip than those visiting from inside the U.S. “The value of a single international flight is several times greater than the value of a new domestic flight,” Jones said. According to an Airport Authority analysis, nearly 400,000 people travel between

Beginning next June, British Airways will offer nonstop service from Lindbergh Field to London. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority announced the new route Oct. 6. COURTESY PHOTO

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Shakedown Bar hosts grand opening Striving to inject his hometown with passion and expertise for building raw old chops, skateboarding, rods and punk/rock, business owner Ted “DeadTed” Thompson flung open the doors to the Shakedown Bar last weekend with a formal grand opening. The venue, located at 3048 Midway Drive, stands apart from other competition in San Diego by not only offering what Thompson said is the best selection of malt liquors and beers unavailable at other locations, but also a weekly calendar of events. These include Monday Night Movie Madness with 1960s chopper and hot rod “b-movies,” Thrash Punk Tuesdays and Sunday car and bike club gatherings, hair cuts and straight-razor shaves. If that was not enough, plenty of live entertainment is on tap both weekdays and weekends with bands and DJs. The Shakedown Bar has actually been open since Sept. 1. For more infor mation about upcoming events, specials and shows, visit the Facebook event page at www.f




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“Coffeehouse,” the long-running comedy variety show at Point Loma High School, is preparPHOTO BY MOLLY WOFFORD I THE BEACON ing to wrap up its current run on Oct. 22 and 23.

tried out, and we had to limit it to 50. It was really hard for us to narrow it down when we had so many good auditions.” The audition process itself can be nerve-wracking for the participants, who are asked to do voices, tell jokes and play a variety of characters. “[My] freshman year I auditioned in front of all seniors and that was kind of scary,” said senior Lexi Hardin, who is performing in her second “Coffeehouse” production. “I was shaking really bad. I was so nervous, but it was fun.” Those who make the final cut develop a camaraderie with the other performers that makes it all worthwhile. For those in the audience, the result is a talent showcase of comedy skits, dancing and special acts that is original, entertaining and impressive, given the age of its youthful producers. With its long tradition of humorous fun, including student impressions of teachers, “Coffeehouse” is easily the favorite PLHS production of the year, but for the thespians involved, it is not all jokes and giggles. It is also the group’s main source of income. Ticket and concession sales from all theater performances — including “Coffeehouse” —

are used to pay the many costs of putting on a production, such as paint and lumber for sets, costume rentals and royalty fees that can run as much as $2,000, depending on the show. “Thank God ‘Coffeehouse’ is popular,” said Gardham. “We do get money from the district from time to time to help with major expenses, but I can’t count on it.” Even with the popularity of “Coffeehouse,” Gardham has felt the pinch of budget cuts, and recently had to reduce the number of annual drama productions from three to two, leaving the thespians with only one opportunity outside of the variety show to practice their craft. With the help of a few parent volunteers, Gardham is trying to raise additional funds to restore the full drama program by initiating a thespian booster club. It is hoped that the same support system that works for high school athletic teams can work for an arts program. For the student thespians, a booster club is an opportunity to perhaps expand their popularity beyond just “Coffeehouse.” “Coffeehouse is our most popular perSEE DRAMA, Page 21



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point loma / ocean beach Fri, Sat 1-4, Sun 10-1pm . . . . .3916 Riviera Dr. #201 . . . . . . .3BR/2.5BA . . . . . . . .$995,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Shawn Grant • 858-717-7720 Sat & Sun 1-4pm . . . . . . . . . . .3587 Larga Circle . . . . . . . . . .4BR/2BA . . . . . . . . .$559,000-$659,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cindy Wing • 619-223-9464 Sat & Sun 11-4pm . . . . . . . . . .3368 Trumbull St. . . . . . . . . . .4BR/4BA . . . . . . . . .$750,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Robert Realty • 619-852-8827 Sat & Sun 1-4pm . . . . . . . . . . .3967 La Cresta Dr. . . . . . . . . .4BR/1.5BA . . . . . . . .$829,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Susan Pettit • 619-204-0448 Sat & Sun 11-4pm . . . . . . . . . .820 Bangor St. . . . . . . . . . . . .3BR/2BA . . . . . . . . .$1,795,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Robert Realty • 619-852-8827 Sat & Sun 11-4pm . . . . . . . . . .555 San Antonio Ave. . . . . . . . .5BR/5BA . . . . . . . . .$4,500,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Robert Realty • 619-852-8827 Sat 1-4pm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4581 Narragansett Ave. . . . . . .2BR/2BA . . . . . . . . .$499,000-$575,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cindy Wing • 619-223-9464 Sun 1-4pm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4253 Narragansett Ave. . . . . . .3BR/2BA . . . . . . . . .$549,000-$629,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cindy Wing • 619-223-9464 Sun 1-4pm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3344 Garrison St. . . . . . . . . . .4BR/3BA . . . . . . . . .$759,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alisa Edwards • 619-309-9644 Sun 1-4pm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3420 Fenelon St. . . . . . . . . . . .4BR/2BA . . . . . . . . .$1,125,000-$1,195,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cindy Wing • 619-223-9464

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del cerro Sat & Sun 11-4pm . . . . . . . . . .6212 Oakridge Rd. . . . . . . . . .4BR/3BA . . . . . . . . .$495,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Robert Realty • 619-852-8827

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The Peninsula Beacon, October 21st, 2010  

The Peninsula Beacon, October 21st, 2010