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La Mesa Lifestyle Magazine MAY 2021

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MAY 2021 LA MESA COVER STORY: LIFESTYLES 6 The Mt. Helix Artists’ Colony: MAY 2021 The extraordinary place where people visit and lucky ones stay PUBLISHER Brad Weber 9 Take a Flavorful Dive into POKÉ Local Umbrella Media 14 Alcohol, not cannabis, is associated CO-PUBLISHER with changes in brain morphology C. Christie Craig 16 La Mesa Community Briefs 18 Lions, Tigers and Bears in Alpine EDITORS Brad Fallon Celebrates National Peanut Butter Drew Matich and Jelly Day 20 Vaccine Passports in California? WRITERS 22 New local search directory debuts in Carol Holland Lifshitz San Diego 24 La Mesa’s San Diego Oasis Tackles PHOTOGRAPHY the Digital Divide in Older Adult Bryant Lucero of 26 San Diego’s Premier Outdoor Agent Booster Videos Professional Men’s Soccer Club David Rosenthal Opens 2021 Season 27 5 science-backed health benefits SPECIAL THANKS of avocados Cindy Dillman 28 Padres baseball live and in person COVID pandemic style 30 3-Year-Old Artist from La Mesa  featured in temporary re-opened Union Bank in La Mesa 31 Union Bank Surprises Pink Rose Café Owner in La Mesa with $5,000 Gift PHOTO BY DAVID ROSENTHAL 3 LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021


HISTORIC OCEAN VIEW This ocean view Spanish hacienda estate in the Artist Colony of Mt. Helix is tucked away on .75 acres and includes 5 Bedrooms with two entry level ARTIST bedrooms and 3 full baths. Stylish and cozy with multiple entertaining areas COLONY including two family rooms with extensive custom built-ins and four fireplaces. ESTATE A western exposure drenches this home in a constant abundance of natural light and energy. SAN DIEGO’S BEST KEPT SECRET Hang out in your dreamy chef’s kitchen with amazing views surrounded by a OFFERED AT $1.4M custom island, granite counters and stainless appliances. COMING SOON! Family and guests can enjoy the enclosed private pool and play areas, three SHOWINGS TO BEGIN MAY 2021 balconies and expansive courtyard with a lush oasis of peaceful areas calling SCHEDULE A PRIVATE SHOWING TODAY! for tranquil retreat. 9265 VIRGINIAN LANE LA MESA CA 91941 At 1,000 feet above sea level, this home boasts stunning views including Ocean, City, Mountains and Sunsets sweeping over San Diego’s Downtown, 5 BEDROOMS / 3 FULL BATHS / .75 ACRES Point Loma and Coronado Island. San Diego’s most popular beaches and Downtown are just 15 minutes away. Just 5 minutes to 8, 125 and 94 Freeways. OFFERED BY KEN BELNAP & C. CHRISTIE CRAIG The Artist Colony neighborhood of Mt. Helix is situated close to an abundance of fine Restaurants and Shopping. [email protected] 619.733.4422 DRE 02008081 / DRE 02046997 LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021 5

PHOTOS BY BRYANT PHOTOGRAPHY THE MT. HELIX ARTISTS’ COLONY WHERE PEOPLE VISIT BY CAROL HOLLAND LIFSHITZ magine a location so filled with heritage, historical century. The other gentleman was Edward Fletcher, a California significance, and cultural wonder that it draws people to produce salesman. A modest man, Fletcher is said to have sold it on a regular basis. Now, pretend that someone could apples from a horse and wagon with a rooster perched upon his actually LIVE there, surrounded by all the things that make it shoulder. The two unlikely partners met in 1901 during a chance special. There’s no need to merely dream about it because one encounter while each was visiting Yellowstone National Park. CAN inhabit this idyllic landmark, along with the many others This serendipitous crossing of paths would soon change the who call it home! face and fate of East County’s La Mesa. The Mt. Helix Artists’ Colony is among the most beloved and scenic spots in San Diego, right in La Mesa, California. Both self-made men, the two quickly bonded through Often recognized by the nearby towering cross that can be friendship and their shared entrepreneurial dreams. Gross told seen from miles away, it lies nestled in the mountain tops, as Fletcher of his desire to achieve two goals: to make some kind though reaching for a supreme being above. The center is, in of major profitable investment, and to find a peaceful place itself, rather unworldly. Perhaps that’s the reason why it’s often to retire. Fletcher had similar aspirations. They quickly joined referred to as “God’s Garden.” forces and invested under $12,000 in the land, which included More than a century ago, the site was just a boulder-filled just one single property, the Villa Caro Ranch. It was surrounded hillside -- untraversable, let alone inhabitable. Together, two by forty acres of citrus trees, but otherwise “useless,” rocky entrepreneurs changed that in 1903. They came from distinctly hills. This turned out to be the beginning of an incredibly di erent backgrounds which made their eventual collaborative lucrative real estate deal and business for the duo. Appreciating undertaking even more remarkable. the views from the panoramic vista, and seeing enormous William Gross was a visiting theatrical agent and actor from potential, they built the first street ten years later. Pennsylvania. He had dreams of establishing an artists’ colony, something that was very much in fashion at the turn of that But what would they do with the mostly barren acreage? An obvious priority was using the territory for anything that would lead to financial reward. Coupled with that was their vision to 6 LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021

establish a “colony” of artistic, musical Surrounding property was then put up in the world that makes you forget and literary figures. They set upon the for sale; the cost per acre was $2,500 Hollywood.” task of dividing responsibilities, each and up. taking advantage of their respective It was an interesting comment indeed, strengths. Fletcher handled the Famous painters, ceramicists, singers, coming from someone who was now business end of promoting the region, musicians, authors, and poets from all surrounded by Hollywood royalty. But while Gross used his popularity with over the world soon moved in. After his famous neighbors also wanted a renowned individuals (and his broad list Gross, the earliest dweller, properly more private, down-to-earth hideaway. of contacts) to spread the word to those referred to as “Madame,” was Ernestine Other artists who called this turf with possible interest in this lifestyle. Schumann-Heink, the opera singer with their own included Teresa Carreno, a the sonorous contralto voice. She was Venezuelan composer and pianist; poet This was the start of the development, well-known for travelling overseas to John Vance Cheney; Johanna Gadski, which at the time was mockingly entertain troops during World War 1. Her another German contralto; and baritone called “Fletcher’s Folly.” Far from those comfortable “old world” style dwelling singer Charles W. Clark. who thought of it as a foolish spot reflected her complex personality: part to set down roots, others recognized diva, part homemaker supreme. Probably the best known transplant its potential. Associates of Gross to this community was Owen Wister, began building dream homes in this Another celebrity was Carrie Jacobs the American novelist who created subdivision, which eventually came to Bond, the singer-songwriter of such pop the cowboy genre in 1902. Set in the be called the Grossmont Artists’ Colony. music gems as “I Love You Truly.” She Wild West, “The Virginian” was his The name “Grossmont” was actually joined her neighbor, Schumann-Heink, debut novel. From that popular book suggested by Bess Fletcher, Ed’s sister, in a campaign to build a local music and stemmed a franchise of similarly who had become the object of William’s art center, hoping to create a festival like named productions, including a stage a ections. the one in which the German singer had adaptation, five movies, and a hit TV earlier performed. Though their e orts series. Deservedly, several streets were Gross was, not surprisingly, the first never did pan out, they did create a named in Wister’s honor; many bear the resident in the colony. His lodging, blueprint for future music festivals. name of his book, as well as characters which he designed himself, was built in from it. 1910 on El Granito Avenue. The street Charles Wakefield Cadman, composer name reflected the area’s granite- of “Land of Sky Blue Waters,” also John Wayne, who shared Wister’s piled landscape. By contrast, the relocated here. The man with the deep love of all things Western, shot many structure itself was a wooden bungalow. interest in Indian music was known movies at the Mt. Helix Artists’ Colony. to have said, “This is the only place Most appropriately, he lived on Virginian LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021 7

PHOTO BY DAVID ROSENTHAL PHOTO BY DAVID ROSENTHAL Lane while making his Western films. with brand new structures, as physical and renters also have access to This locale also became a huge mecca reminders of the early beginnings of this everything needed for a full 2021 for silent filmmaking. Allan Dwan was a historical place. existence. Even gifted, multi-talented pioneer in the genre. His 1911 film about people must eat and put clothing on 150 silent “flickers” introduced the public Today, the Artists’ Colony is still a their backs. So, restaurants, grocery to the concept of strong visual action one-of-a-kind environment in which to stores, and shopping malls can be found with no accompanying sound. live. This rich, renowned community is nearby. And education is important, tranquil, and conducive to everything too. How will today’s kids paint the next The roster of celebrities who flocked from pottery to music. Galleries and masterpiece, create the next concerto, to Grossmont saw it as a refuge from studios abound. People actively engage or write their generation’s greatest novel the pressures of their professional lives. in what is for some a profession, and for if they don’t learn how? In the days before television (and a half- others an avocation. Some individuals century before the Internet) performers prefer to focus on selling the end- This remarkable part of Mt. Helix is travelled nonstop for concert tours and products of these e orts. Creativity and home to those looking for architecture public appearances. An exhausting pace commerce go hand-in-hand in this idyllic with character, and a neighborhood made the need for a peaceful country- enclave. small enough to provide a sense of like retreat paramount in their lives. They community, yet large enough to o er moved next door to equally eminent There are also residents who don’t what’s needed for a modern, happy, and painters and filmmakers, all seeking specifically identify themselves as productive life. quietude and nurturing simpatico. involved with creative activities. They love living here anyway, and prefer It’s close enough to the rest of San The migration reflected a burgeoning to engage in di erent sorts of things Diego to enjoy all that it has to o er, reinterest in the arts, all matters like meditation, or taking daily walks while maintaining its own rural feeling aesthetic, and the desire to provide a across the stunning terrain. And walk up near the clouds. supportive work environment for fellow is what they do throughout the 600 residents. Unlike other growing hubs acres of rocky elevation that overlook Gross and Fletcher would be thrilled around the world, this one seemed to the El Cajon valley. San Diegans flock to know that their big gamble, despite lack sophistication and citification. But to this observation point to see the vast derision from their contemporaries, that was part of its appeal and what spectacle below. turned out to be a massive made it unique. Many of the properties accomplishment. It helped change the owned by the original inhabitants Nature’s untouched beauty is a large fate of San Diego real estate, culture, remain intact to this day, side-by-side part of the appeal of this region. But far and the arts in one fell swoop. from living a cloistered life, homeowners INSIDER HISTORY There is rich history behind many of the early properties located in the Artist Colony. 9265 Virginian Lane was named after the classic 1902 Novel “The Virginian.” by American award winning writer and historian Owen Wister which later became a hit television series in the 1960’s. According to Western Writers of America, Inc. founded in 1953, Wister is considered the “father” of western fiction. His lifetime contributions to this field of literature lives on today through the Owen Wister Award which is the highest honor given by Western Writers of America. The Honorees for “Outstanding Contributions to the American West” include John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Louis L’Amour and many more. 8 LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021

Take a Flavorful Start with cubes of raw sushi-grade tuna. Dive into Marinate them in a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil and rice vinegar. Then finish o POKÉ with a splash of citrus and black sesame seeds—and watch the frenzy begin. THE HAWAIIAN DISH IS LUSCIOUSLY ABUNDANT IN OUR REGION This simple, refreshing construct known as poke (poh-KAY) dates back generations BY FRANK SABATINI JR. in Hawaii. Although in the past two decades it has become a top-seller in both Hi Poke casual and fine-dining eateries. In either setting you’ll encounter creative variations 871 G ST. EAST VILLAGE; AND 789 W. HARBOR DR. incorporating various fish, zippy sauces STE. 113, THE HEADQUARTERS DOWNTOWN and exotic garnishes, as well as classic 619-994-5765 versions that stick to their simple, Asian- HIPOKESD.COM inspired roots. From classic poke made with ahi tuna Even during the pandemic, poke has to signature bowls such as the “Volcano been riding a high wave in San Diego Lava” using salmon, albacore and spicy County. Served usually in bowls with rice, Korean sauce, the menu extends also to we fished out some of the best places to “warm bowls.” Among them you’ll find get your fix. medleys using unconventional proteins such as baked eel, scallops, tofu, and chicken. And you can wash it all down with a glass of fresh coconut juice. Hi Poke’s chicken poke bowl COURTESY PHOTO / FACEBOOK LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021 9

Poke Etc. 916 E. EIGHTH ST. NATIONAL CITY 619-474-2866 POKEETC.ORG This five-year-old indoor/outdoor eatery wafted here from Hawaii and has since led to other locations in Southern Cal- ifornia. The owners use a secret sauce for the poke bowls, which range from salmon and octopus to traditional ahi tuna. There’s also one made with kimchi and veggies. Enhancements include fresh ginger, wasabi, spicy mayo and oyster sauce. Ahi draped lightly in spicy mayo at Poke Etc. COURTESY PHOTO Leo’s Kitchen Homestyle Hawaiian E. PALOMAR ST., STE. , EAST H ST., STE. A, CHULA VISTA CHULA VISTA HOMESTYLEHAWAIIAN.COM LEOSKITCHEN.NET Authenticity is achieved in Homestyle’s simple, singular presentation of ultra-fresh ahi tuna, which is lightly marinated and served raw Amid an ambitious menu of sushi rolls and over a bed of greens. The no-frills dish is found under the appetiz- seafood burritos is a short list of snazzy er category, and carries a pleasant hint of seasoning—just as poke poke bowls. The “Leo’s special” for exam- was commonly prepared decades ago. The restaurant specializes in ple, is named after chef-owner Leonardo casual Hawaiian fare, and has other locations in National City, Pacific Marias. It combines yellow tail, salmon, Beach, the Mesa College area, Tierrasanta, and Oceanside. bacon-infused kimchi, garlic, shishito pep- pers, and a zesty poke sauce. The fish is Poke Chop clean and fresh. And the menu allows you to customize bowls from a decent choice FOURTH AVE., HILLCREST seafood, veggies and sauces. , WWW.POKECHOPSD.COM With an additional location in Pacific Beach (1404 Garnet Ave.), the shop caters to customers on the go with a wide choice of specialty bowls and a fast, friendly sta to assemble your customized bowls or burritos. The former come in three sizes with protein choices that include tuna (raw or seared), shrimp, octopus, yellowtail and more. 10 LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021

Karina’s Poke Go Mexican Seafood Cuisine RANCHO BERNARDO CENTER DR. STE. BONITA ROAD, CHULA VISTA RANCHO BERNARDO KARINASSEAFOOD.COM WWW.POKESD.COM This string of locally owned Mexican When customizing your bowl in this restaurants—with locations also in fast-casual operation, the kitchen o ers Mission Hills, La Jolla, and Encinitas— five choices of seasonings to finish gives poke a south-of-the-border spin them o : shoyu Hawaiian; butter-based by serving it as a tostada. Found under wasabi; teriyaki; kimchi; and spicy mayo. the “ceviche” category, chunks of ahi The rice that comes with the bowls is tuna are tastefully dressed in sesame oil generously served. and spicy mayo. They’re garnished with sesame seeds, chili flakes, pickled red onions, and fresh cilantro—all of which sing to the crispy tortilla underneath. Poke 123 11 ORANGE AVE., CORONADO (Plus Locations At 801 Palm Ave., Imperial Beach; and 2400 Historic Decatur Road in Liberty Station) POKE USA.COM Poke lovers first decide on a protein from three categories: seafood, sesame chicken, or organic tofu. Then they choose how they want their poke contained: in a bowl, a norrito (nori wrap), or “waves,” which are mini norritos. The sky is the limit after that as you begin choosing from a host of sauces, toppings and drizzles. Among them are citrus ponzu, fire shoyu, beets, mangoes, and macademia nuts. A trio of poke “waves” from Poke 123. COURTESY PHOTO LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021

Grubby’s Poke The poke bar at Grubby’s GOOGLE IMAGES & Fish Market EL CAMINO REAL STE. , CARLSBAD GRUBBYSPOKE.COM The restaurant doubles as an inviting fish market, where freshness and quality rule the day. It’s perhaps the only poke place in our region that o ers smoked seafood choices (shrimp and catch of the day). The build-you- own options are vast, and you can even opt for “poke kits” to assemble at home. San Diego Poke Company Pokeland FRIARS ROAD, GRANTVILLE MIRA MESA BLVD., STE. B, MIRA MESA SDPOKECO.COM POKELANDSANDIEGO.COM In addition to build-your-own poke bowls, this popular eatery features If building your own bowl, don’t overlook the signature constructs fit for modern-day appetites. Vegetarians are in garlic ponzu or the “yum yum” cilantro-lime luck, for example, with the “Feel Soy Good” bowl, which comprises sauce. Either elevates the poke to unique, tofu, edamame, tomatoes, greens, and chili flakes. Those seeking fresh flavorful heights. From a selection of five sig- ruby-red tuna won’t be disappointed by the “OG SD” using white and nature bowls, nearly all of them include two green onions and house sauce. And salmon lovers will enjoy a feisty, types of fish along with seaweed salad and tropical spin with serrano peppers and pineapple included in the “Real various house sauces. Bliss” bowl. Poki One N Half ARMOUR ST., STE. C, KEARNY MESA AND UNIVERSITY AVE., NORTH PARK ONENHALF.COM It’s all about poke bowls and burritos at this acclaimed eatery, which o ers myriad options for customizing. Among the more luxurious seafood o erings and add-ins are minced lobster, octopus, crunchy garlic, masago, edamame, and more. From a choice of several sauces ranging from mild to spicy, the “fire poki” adds a thrilling rush of heat without diminishing the essence of the fish. A customized “One N Half” bowl POKI ONE N HALF 12 LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021

Veggies add color to the bowls at Aloha Poke Bar FACEBOOK Poke Stage Aloha Poke Bar BERNARDO CENTER DR. RANCH BERNARDO VIA MONTEBELLO, STE. , CARLSBAD , ALOHAPOKEBAR.NET Elevate the Hawaiian experience for your poke by choosing mango and pineapple as garnishments. A relative newcomer to the area, this casual but stylish With an additional location in Poway (14077 Stowe poke eatery pulls out all the stops for creating your Drive), the ordering process is made easy by own bowl. If you’re cutting carbs, you can choose checking o your preferred proteins, toppings and zucchini noodles or mixed greens instead of rice. Or sauces on printed menu sheets. in lieu of tuna, salmon and other seafood, there is a coconut-meat option. Toppings extend to radishes, mandarin oranges, corn, and more. Poki Poki-San Marcos S. RANCHO SANTA FE ROAD, STE. A, SAN MARCOS , WWW.POKIPOKI.COM Locally caught sushi-grade fish is used in these poke bowls, which turn Loaded poke nachos POKI POKI colorful from a large choice of add-on ingredients. This is also one of a few spots in San Diego County that serves poke nachos. Here, the tortilla chips mingle with spicy tuna, crab meat, jalapenos and eel sauce. The eatery has additional locations in Encinitas, Oceanside and Vista. LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021 13

Alcohol, not Cannabis, is Associated with Changes in Brain Morphology According to a new study published in PubMed through the US National Institutes of Health and the Journal of Biological Psychiatry, alcohol consumption, but not cannabis use, is associated with changes in brain morphology. 1 The theory has been impairments with inhibitory control and tive changes in brain morphology. According to the findings of its underlying brain networks are associated with substance a literature review of 69 studies published in JAMA Psychiatry, misuse. To study this theory, researchers with the University “Associations between cannabis use and cognitive functioning of Minnesota assessed the relationship between alcohol and in cross-sectional studies of adolescents and young adults are cannabis exposure during young adulthood on brain morphol- small and may be of questionable clinical importance for most ogy in a population-based sample of 436 twins aged 24 years.  individuals. Furthermore, abstinence of longer than 72 hours Dimensional measures of cannabis use and alcohol use across diminishes cognitive deficits associated with cannabis use. Re- emerging adulthood were measured. These dimensional mea- sults indicate that previous studies of cannabis youth may have sures were frequency of use, density of brain cortexes, quantity overstated the magnitude and persistence of cognitive deficits of product consumed, and number of intoxications of use. associated with marijuana use.” From the data, the authors reported, “Greater alcohol, but Analysis not cannabis, misuse was associated with reduced thickness of This study destroys a strong perceived bias that legal prefrontal and frontal medial cortices, as well as the temporal lobe, intraparietal sulcus, insula, parietal operculum, precuneus, products (alcohol, prescription drugs, etc.) are more safe than and parietal medial areas.”  illegal products (cannabis, psychedelics, etc.). As a society, we have begun looking at cannabis through the “lens” of science Neuroimaging research indicates that human’s intellectual and data, rather than ideology and political lies and theater. ability is related to brain structure, including the thickness of Through objective data, we are realizing that cannabis can be a the cerebral cortex. Investigators concluded: “No significant as- safer alternative than alcohol for responsible adult consumption sociations between cannabis use and thickness were observed. and as a prescribed or recommended medication. The lack of cannabis-specific e ects is consistent with literature reviews, large sample studies, and evidence that observed can- As cannabis becomes easier to study in the United States, nabis e ects may be accounted for by comorbid alcohol. we expect to see many more studies showing the e cacy of cannabis use for many medical reasons. However, we also “This study provides novel evidence that alcohol-related re- expect to see multiple studies on cannabis related to low dose ductions in cortical thickness of control/salience brain networks THC cannabis being used as a daily health supplement. The likely represent the e ects of alcohol exposure and premorbid future of mass adoption of cannabis for wellness/health related characteristics of the genetic predisposition to misuse alcohol. reasons is coming. As more countries legalize cannabis and The dual e ects of these two alcohol-related causal influences the ideology of cannabis being a “bad drug” starts to fade with have important and complementary implications regarding more objective scientific data, more people will use cannabis public health and prevention e orts to curb youth drinking.” and see the benefits and safety of plant-based medicine first- hand. The findings are consistent with those of several other studies – such as this 2017 study and this 2015 study – indicating that the use of alcohol, but not cannabis, is associated with nega- 1 The E ects of Alcohol and Cannabis Use on the Cortical Thickness of Cognitive Control and Salience Brain Networks in Emerging Adulthood: A Co-twin Control Study - Biological Psychiatry ( 14 LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021


La Mesa Community Briefs Desert View Tower in La Mesa Commission Hosts Forum April 28 on City- Jacumba Hot Springs Will Host an Earth Day Wide Communication celebration on April 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. SOURCE: CITY OF LA MESA As part of the Livable La Mesa Age Friendly project, the City of La Mesa Community Relations and Veterans Commission will host a virtual forum on SOURCE: EAST COUNTY NEWS SERVICE Wednesday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. to solicit feedback on the City’s information distribu- Local residents are invited to come tion methods. The event will foster dialogue on the current methods of communication being used by the City of La Mesa and solicit input for improvement. experience Earth in the high desert in- cluding an Earth blessing ceremony and Questions, comments and suggestions are encouraged from residents as the City Sacred black Star Eyed Eagle Dancer, an looks to improve distribution of critical information to further involve and inform the array of live music, healthy natural foods community. including vegan options, and a wild- flower and plant walk. There will also be The event is being held on Zoom at or participate by alternative healers, local arts and crafts, phone by calling 669.900.6833 webinar ID: 938 7268 8513. nature art, native plants for sale, herbal products and essential oils, EMF aware- For more information, to submit written questions, comments, or for help accessing ness, nutritional counseling, natural Zoom contact Meg Howell at or 619.667.1491 by noon on beauty, country collectibles and more. April 28, 2021. The historic landmark Desert View New Video Educates Tower and Boulder Park is located o I-8 Viewers on the East at In-Ko-Pah Park Road in Jacumba Hot County Advanced Water Springs. Purification Program For more information on the Desert Akila Weber COURTESEY PHOTO The East County Advanced Water View Tower, visit https://www.facebook. Purification (East County AWP) Program com/desertviewtower. La Mesa Councilmember released a new video,The Clear Solution, that can be viewed on the Program’s Earth Day admission is $7.50 for Heads for the Assembly website at adults, $3.50 for kids ages 8-17 and free for children under 8. SOURCE: EMILY HOEVEN | CALMATTERS The four-minute video educates view- A new Weber is headed to the Califor- ers about the importance of the East Earth Day Celebrations. REBECCA WILLIAMSON County AWP Program and how it will nia Legislature. The results aren’t certi- create a new, local, reliable and drought fied, but it looks as though La Mesa city proof drinking water supply by recycling councilmember Akilah Weber easily won and reusing the region’s wastewater. The her race for the San Diego Assembly East County AWP Program is a collabo- seat recently vacated by Shirley Weber. rative partnership between Padre Dam Municipal Water District, County of San Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Shirley Diego, City of El Cajon and Helix Water Weber, a Democrat, to be California’s District. secretary of state where she oversees, among other things, the state’s admin- The East County AWP Program will istration of elections. She’s also Akilah’s provide up to 30 percent of East Coun- mother. ty’s drinking water demands, or almost 13,000 acre-feet of water per year, while The younger Weber ran against five eliminating the discharge of 15 million other candidates, but her victory was gallons of partially treated wastewater never much in doubt. In California, it into the Pacific Ocean. helps to have family in high places. 16 LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021

Theresa Grady Promoted Grossmont Healthcare District Awards Scholarships to Chief Financial Officer of Jamul Casino BY REBECCA JEFFERIS WILLIAMSON The board of directors for Grossmont Healthcare District awarded scholarships to Theresa Grady has been promoted to chief financial o cer of Jamul Casino. 44 students from East County high schools for the academic calendar year of 2020- Her advancement comes after nearly 2021. The students will receive the monies after their first successful, completed four years with the casino as its former college semester. director of finance, where she was involved in building the casino’s Finance, Their mission as stated on their website notes that the district is an active Audit, Vendor Payments, Payroll, and supporter of healthcare education and the training for the benefit of future Count Operations teams, and in helping generations. A portion, each year, of the overall grants and scholarships is allotted spearhead the completion of the for college and high school students living or attending school within the district Casino’s recent refinance in January boundaries according to an article in the UT-San Diego. 2021. They have awarded scholarships since 1999 totaling over $1 million. Grady has nearly 25 years of The students and their schools were: Ryann Gideon, Lauren Schraeder (West experience in finance, with more than Hills), Rivada Orahin, Neaam Dawood (Valhalla), Tamara Jamil, Zaid Kamal (Steele 14 of those years in a casino setting. In Canyon Charter), Keiko-Elaisa Oli, Adrian De Anda (Santana), Grace Heller, Jocelyn her new role as Jamul Casino’s CFO, she Willis (River Valley), Zachary Duke Shireling, Kristen Gunter (Patrick Henry), will add oversight of the Compliance, Meghan Damery, Rianna Prince (Mountain Empire), Jennifer Vergera Marcelo, Chery Procurement, and Cash & Club Phey San Jose (Mount Miguel), Aliyah Richardson, Zauhria Hyche (Monte Vista), Services department to her existing Loreen Samaan, Maria Gautane (Liberty Charter), Alexa Gonzalez, Brinesha Smith responsibilities. (Innovation Lemon Grove), Jazmine Curtis, Nykilee Bearden (Innovation Lakeside), Rafael Camacho, Sydney Palmer (IDEA Center), Alec Maraziti, Ella Ryan (Helix Grady was involved in the finalization Charter), Alex Cervantes, Julie Martinez (Grossmont Middle College), Leslie Sanchez of the recent refinance of the casino, a Lagunas, Sidra Alsawaf (Grossmont), Sandra Ajja, Makena Chase (Granite Hills), process that was initiated in 2019 and Jazmin Brown, Trinity Ahterton (Foothills Christian) Megan Zink, Raeann Jessee (El completed in 2021 due to pandemic Capitan), Marleen Odeesho Maryam Alodeesh (El Cajon Valley) Basima Albaa, Mina delays. Mohammed, (Diego Valley East Charter), and Liberty Ramos, Hanna Kronzer (El Cajon Christian). Prior to joining Jamul Casino, Grady The $3,300 in scholarship monies will be bestowed to each student at a later date. worked for 11 years in finance for The applications were reviewed at the five-member board meeting held in March. another Southern California casino, Other scholarships they o er are in particular fields but the first one is named and for nearly 10 years in finance after Richard J. Bea that is in nursing, health tech, high school health career, for other industries. She earned her behavioral health, and advanced registered nursing, respectively. Bachelor of Science degree in Business The board of directors is comprised of chief executive o cer Barry Jantz and Administration, Accounting from San board members Randy Lenac, Michael Emerson, Gloria A. Chadwick, RN, Robert Diego State University. Ayres, and Virginia Hall, RN. For further information visit: Theresa Grady COURTESEY PHOTO scholarship-programs/. LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021 17

A Black Bear chowing down on watermelon. PHOTO COURTESY OF EAST COUNTY MEDIA Lions, Tigers and Bears in Alpine Celebrates National Peanut Bu er and Jelly Day BY HENRI MIGALA & MIRIAM RAFTERY Nearly 100 people, many of them Certificate of Recognition for Bobbi profit dedicated to providing a safe children, came to Lions, Tigers and Brink and Lions, Tigers & Bears, for your haven for over 60 rescued big cats, Bears in beautiful Alpine recently to help outstanding work here in East County bears and other animals. celebrate National Peanut Butter and and providing such a wonderful habitat.” Jelly Day. Their mission also includes providing Visitors also had the opportunity education to the public to end the Grizzly, black and Himalayan bears at to observe various species of bears exotic animal trade. Lions, Tigers & the sanctuary enjoyed PB&J sandwiches opening boxes of hidden treats, savoring Bears is a no kill, no breed sanctuary and other treats for the occasion. watermelon slices, lounging on picnic that allows the animals to live out their tables, and splashing in a pool to cool lives with dignity in a caring and safe To help celebrate National Peanut o on this warm Alpine afternoon. environment. Butter and Jelly Day, and to recognize the very special mission of Lions, Nestled on 93 acres outside of Alpine You can learn more, donate, or sign Tigers & Bears, County Supervisor Joel on the edge of the Cleveland National up for visits at www.lionstigersandbears. Anderson and a couple of his sta also Forest, Lions, Tigers & Bears is a non- org attended the event and enjoyed the beautiful day. County Supervisor Joel Anderson feeds a PB&J sandwich to Liberty, a rescued black bear. PHOTO COURTESY OF EAST COUNTY MEDIA Anderson had the opportunity to feed a PB&J sandwich to Liberty, a rescued black bear. “Lions, Tigers & Bears is one of the very special hidden gems of East San Diego County,” Supervisor Anderson stated. He added, “I just want to thank you for all your hard work. Everything you see here today, 20 years ago, wasn’t here. It’s all Bobbi’s hard work and her team’s hard work.” Supervisor Anderson then presented Bobbi Brink, the Founder, Director and Vice President of Lions, Tigers & Bears, with a special award. “I have a 18 LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021

Matthew Weathersby with his collection of jams, jellies and partner from Deanna’s Gluten Free In 1884, Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Bakery, and we decided to make peanut Canada patented peanut paste, the marmalade. PHOTO COURTESY OF EAST COUNTY MEDIA butter and jelly sandwiches, and wa es, finished product from milling roasted and other things for the bears.” peanuts between two heated surfaces. Jelly Bear Jelly Company and Deanna’s In 1895, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (the “If you’re thinking of challenging my creator of Kellogg’s cereal) patented Gluten Free Bakery world record for the world’s longest a process for creating peanut butter To help celebrate National Peanut peanut butter and jelly sandwich made from raw peanuts. He marketed it as a on a military vessel, you can try. But in nutritious protein substitute for people Butter and Jelly Day, Jelly Bear Jelly order to do it, you’re going to need 64 who could hardly chew on solid food. In Company and Deanna’s Gluten Free quarts of jelly, about 200 pounds of 1903, Dr. Ambrose Straub of St. Louis, Bakery participated in the event. peanut butter, enough bread to cover Missouri, patented a peanut-butter- the length of a football field, and one making machine. The Jelly Bear Jelly Company was aircraft carrier,” shared Weathersby. founded by Mathew Weathersby eight While George Washington Carver year ago in Escondido. Mr. Weathersby “We have some of the greatest didn’t invent peanut butter, his work— retired after 28 years as a San Diego jams and jellies you’ve ever tasted. A along with that of peanut butter police o cer and is now happily making strawberry Margarita jam made with innovators Edson, Kellogg and Straub— jams, jellies and marmalades. Jose Cuervo Gold tequila, Triple Sec and helped establish peanut butter as the lime. And my banana nut raisin that uses nutritious staple ingredient found in 94 “Each year, on National Peanut Butter Bacardi rum, peach cobbler, apple pie percent of American households today. and Jelly Day, which is celebrated on jam, a mandarin Orange Marmalade that’s For more about peanut butter, visit our April 2, I try to come up with something to die for. So, some really good stu !” History section.” di erent,” said Weathersby. “In 2015, we worked with Escondido Charter High “We’ve been around for 14 years,” According to the websites School students to make a 51’ messy said Deanna Smith of Deanna’s Gluten and sandwich. We invited the Kinders and Free Bakery. “I started the business for, the average First Graders from the elementary my family. I made a loaf of bread and it American will have eaten over 2000 schools,” Mr. Weatherby shared with spread like wildfire. We are gluten free peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by great excitement. and allergy free.” the time they graduate from high school. Weathersby went on to recount that “Everything we do is gluten free, and “Peanut butter was considered a “a next later, on the flight deck of the we have an extended line that is allergy delicacy in the early 1900s and was USS Midway, I built the longest peanut free,” shared Deanna. “We’re online only served in New York City’s finest tea butter and jelly sandwich ever made on and we also o er curb-side service and rooms. In a May 1896 article published a military vessel. Uno cially. Guiness deliver in San Diego and Temecula. And in the Good Housekeeping magazine, doesn’t cover that kind of stu ,” joked we can put anything in the mail.” a recipe “urged homemakers to use a Weathersby. meat grinder to make peanut butter and History of Peanut Butter and Jelly spread the result on bread.” That same “It was a 301’10” long peanut Contrary to popular belief, George year, in June, the culinary magazine butter and jelly sandwich,” boasted Washington Carver did not invent Table Talk, published a “peanut butter Weathersby. “We used 15 active duty peanut butter. According to the sandwich recipe.” sailors, 15 active duty marines, and they National Peanut Board, “he was one made the sandwich in under 4 minutes!” of the greatest inventors in American It is thought that Julia Davis Chandler history, discovering over 300 hundred issued the first reference to peanut “This year, when I found out that uses for peanuts including chili sauce, butter (or paste) paired with jelly on Lions, Tigers and Bears give their shampoo, shaving cream and glue. He bread in the United States in 1901. Her bears a treat, peanut butter and jelly was a pioneer in the agricultural world article is found in the Boston Cooking sandwiches, I teamed up with my and many refer to him as father of the School Magazine of Culinary Science peanut industry. His innovations also and Domestic Economics. In the late increased the legume’s popularity and 1920s, the price of peanut butter made peanuts a staple in the American declined, and the sandwich became very diet.” popular with children.” The National Peanut Board’s website states that “the earliest reference to According to the Peanut Board, peanut butter can be traced back “during World War II, both peanut butter to the Ancient Incas and the Aztecs and jelly were part of the United States who ground roasted peanuts into a soldiers’ military ration list. The U.S. paste. However, modern peanut butter, Army’s food ration list included peanut its process of production and the butter, jelly, and bread — so give soldiers equipment used to make it, can be the credit for combining these tasty credited to at least three inventors. ingredients into the classic combination we know and love today.” LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021 19

Vaccine Passports in California? ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS BY BARBARA FEDER OSTROV, CALMATTERS A phone with the CommonPass, a smart health card already being adopted by major airlines and businesses. PHOTO COURTESY OF COMMONPASS Now that millions of Californians have verify COVID immunization status. digital-only — reinforce racial and been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, For now, California has no plans to economic inequities already seen the Newsom administration has set a throughout the pandemic and raise civil goal of reopening the state’s economy create a statewide vaccine passport or liberties and privacy concerns. by June 15. So what does the state plan other credential. But private businesses, to do when it comes to proving that especially airlines, could require them in The U.S. debate over vaccine people are vaccinated? the near future. passports has a distinctly partisan tinge, with many conservatives decrying them State health o cials said Tuesday Here are answers to six questions you as government overreach. that verification of immunization or may have about vaccine passports. testing may be required before some Does the U.S. government require any large events are allowed. But so far, they What is a vaccine passport, and what haven’t issued any guidelines or advice kind of vaccine passport? What about for businesses on how to do that. are their pros and cons? A vaccine passport or credential other countries? A theater, for example, could No. White House o cials have said create a section of vaccinated people verifies that the person carrying it has who may sit shoulder to shoulder been fully immunized against COVID-19. repeatedly that the federal government for a performance, while requiring A related “health pass” also could will not create any kind of national unvaccinated people to socially distance verify immunization, or could confirm vaccine passport. There is no federal in a separate section. a negative COVID-19 test or recovery mandate to be immunized against from COVID-19 and some subsequent COVID-19. A convention center could hold immunity. a conference for more than 5,000 However, federal o cials are working people — but only if it establishes that Supporters of vaccine passports say with private companies to create everyone has been vaccinated or tested, they can help reopen the economy more privacy and equity standards for private according to a state order. quickly, portraying them as a temporary passports that are now being developed, fix needed only until enough people the Washington Post recently reported. How will those venues verify who’s have been immunized to reach herd vaccinated and who isn’t? And what immunity. The travel industry, including Other countries or regions are about travel? Public health experts, airlines and cruise lines, is particularly planning or already have developed regulators and businesses are wrestling keen to get countries to ease restrictions national vaccine passports or health — in a highly politicized environment on international travel and has said passes, including Israel, China, Japan — with logistical, ethical and legal vaccine passports could help. and the European Union. Some of questions about how and whether to these countries are linking the digital Critics say that credentials based passports to their national health care on health status — especially if they’re systems or immunization registries. 20 LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021

Domingo Comin, an employee at Carefield Assisted Living in Castro Valley, holds his vaccination card. California health o cials say they have no plans to develop a state vaccination passport. PHOTO BY ANNE WERNIKOFF, CALMATTERS Requiring proof of vaccination for privacy, equity and fairness. results. The CommonPass, developed by a for travel isn’t new: A number of Denise Davis, a spokeswoman for Swiss nonprofit and the World Economic countries mandate yellow fever or other Forum, would employ a digital bar code vaccinations for incoming international California Chamber of Commerce, said that travelers could show to border travelers, and the United States the business group will discuss with o cials or airline sta . Both American and requires numerous vaccinations for new its members about whether vaccine international airlines are testing the pass. immigrants. passports are beneficial for employers and the economy. “We’ll be talking I already have a vaccine card. Is it the Will California require any kind of about this in the weeks to come,” Davis said. same as a passport? What should I do vaccine passport? California’s top health o cial, Dr. What are other states doing? with it? Other states are considering vaccine Yes and no. The paper record that you Mark Ghaly, said recently that the state has no plans to develop its own vaccine passports, but so far only New York has receive when you’ve been vaccinated passport. actually created one: The “Excelsior can be lost or faked, so companies are Pass” verifies vaccination status or a trying to develop verification systems Despite this, Assemblyman Kevin negative COVID-19 test. that are harder to game as reports Kiley, a Republican from Rocklin, surface of fraudulent vaccination cards. tweeted Tuesday that he plans to draft Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a legislation “to stop the madness of Republican, recently signed an executive That said, for now, the card you vaccine passports before it starts.” order banning any government entity receive is the only easy way to show that from issuing a vaccine passport and any you’ve been vaccinated. To protect it, However, the state also sent some business from requiring them. Texas’ keep it in a safe place. Take a picture of mixed messages: Businesses by June 15 Republican governor issued a similar your card and keep it on your cell phone. “may return to usual operations…with order. limited public health restrictions, such You can also document your as….testing or vaccination verification What would a vaccine passport look vaccination by registering with V-safe, a requirements for large-scale higher- digital vaccination side e ect reporting risk events,” according to the state’s like? system run by the U.S. Centers for announcement. That depends on its purpose. New Disease Control. In addition, the state would York’s Excelsior Pass verifies vaccination If you lose your card, you may be specifically require conventions of more or COVID test status and allows users able to get a copy by contacting the than 5,000 people to verify attendees’ to print a pass – like an airline boarding California Immunization Registry. And it vaccination or negative COVID test pass – or save it on a digital app to m be too late for this advice, but don’t status. “Unless testing or vaccination display to businesses before entering. post your card on social media because status is verified for all attendees, it can invite identity theft, according to conventions will be capped at 5,000 The CLEAR company, which markets the Federal Trade Commission. persons until October 1,” according to an identity verification system to travelers the state order. to speed their path through airport CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture security, is creating a digital health pass Ghaly said state o cials will monitor that could link to your vaccination record committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol private sector development of passports and laboratory to provide timely testing works and why it matters. LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021 21


San Diego based monthly direct content on each community’s Website and Fishers, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis, mail publication company Local magazine and then creates a seven-day social has proven to be fertile ground for Bri . Umbrella Media announced their media campaign on Facebook, Twi er and He and his team have developed a partnership with the Towne Post Instagram. comprehensive integration of print, digital Network (TPN), an Indiana-based cross- and social for his franchise system of local platform publishing company. rough TOWNE POST NETWORK community magazines in Indiana, Kentucky their agreement, San Diego businesses BACKGROUND – and now to California. will be able to post their online listings Successfully disrupting old and obsolete Achieving entrepreneurial success is to, a free local search business models is not bound by geography. never an easy road, but Bri had his a-ha directory. Additionally, the two companies will launch monthly neighborhood and special edition magazines throughout California during spring and summer 2021, with the rst publications scheduled in select San Diego neighborhoods and Bu e County in Northern California. “A er multiple discussions with Brad Weber, CEO and Founder of Local Umbrella Media, it was clear his success with hyperlocal direct mail and digital publishing throughout California and TPN’s robust social and local search directory would be of great bene t to California small businesses,” said Tom Bri , Founder and CEO of the Towne Post Network. Recently featured in Editor & Publisher Magazine for “reinventing the community magazine model”, TPN has developed an online search directory with complimentary monthly magazines which are direct mailed to businesses and residents in numerous communities across the Midwest. “Everyone at t is excited about the introduction of TPN’s social media tools and local search directory,” said Weber. “Combining those tools with our recently launched Umbrella SmartMail system, our valuable advertisers will have many opportunities to reach consumers and maximize foot tra c and sales. e timing couldn’t be be er, as we all continue to recover from the pandemic.” With TPN’s system, local businesses/ Co-founders and husband/wife team Jeanne and advertisers can purchase an a ordable Tom Britt started the Towne Post Network in 2003. sponsored-content story about their newly launched or existing business. To readers, these stories appear no di erent than articles about local events and people; it is more news about what is occurring in the community. TPN publishes the sponsored- LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021 23

moment during 2003 when he launched a oldest challenges for print media: how to Since this article was community Website for the Indianapolis present accurate audience reach data for written – Tom Britt reports suburb of Geist where he lives. e site advertisers. He and his team developed that the April 2021 editions generated considerable tra c from the its Real-Time Analytics Report, which of their TPN magazines community primarily because the content combines print distribution; Facebook, reported all-time record was short articles, announcements of local Twi er and Instagram impressions; sales. “This is pretty events and free classi ed ads. and Web analytics. Bri also opened an remarkable, considering With that early success, he quit his day job online “store” to purchase print, digital, the impact of COVID as a publishing consultant during early and social marketing packages from TPN on the print industry in January 2009 and focused all his time publications. general. It certainly is a to develop and expand his concept. e testament to the strength essence of his success was the addition “Not only do we put our analytics out of our model and our team. of a complementary print magazine nine there, but we also put our product We’re excited to add Brad months a er the launch of the Website. inventory and pricing out there for the Weber to allow us to help Instead of trying to digitize an existing print world to see,” added Bri . “It’s a re ection California small businesses publication, he reversed-engineered the of our commitment to transparency, not gain access our powerful process. is counterintuitive approach is only with our small business customers, marketing program. I’m o en misunderstood by many major print but the public as well.” expecting by Summer to publications, newspapers and magazines. have established several “To the best of my knowledge, no other TOWNEPOST.COM LOCAL territories in California with magazine system in our space does business SEARCH DIRECTORY Brad and his local team in this way. We have always leveraged digital San Diego and elsewhere in and social to give our monthly magazines Like other paid review websites, TownePost. the Golden State.\" life all month long,” added Bri . com is a free location-based listing service Recently, TPN was recognized as the “Most that gives local businesses a way to generate whenever they wish, including the addition Innovative Media Franchise System for more local customers. Simply visit the of digital coupons and events. 2020” by Corporate Vision Magazine. TPN website and click on the “Submit Listing” “What makes unique is our was recognized for its “expertise within link at the top of the page. From there, analytics dashboard for small businesses,” its given eld; dedication to client service business owners can submit a description of said Bri . “Not only can businesses manage and satisfaction; and a commitment to their business, key in their Google address their listings, but they can see how many excellence, quality and innovation.” for geo-tagging, add categories, keywords, views they have had, how many leads have In 2020, Bri decided to tackle one of the store hours, social media links, website come through the website, and even receive backlinks, phone number, and even an inbound inquiries through image gallery to help give the listing page It’s a true lead generation platform.” life. Once approved, the business owner can San Diego area business owners are manage their listing page and make updates encouraged to visit to submit their online listing. For print advertising information, contact Brad Weber with Local Umbrella Media at (619) 300-1732 or [email protected]. 24 LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021

La Mesa’s San Diego A Happy Recipient. PHOTO COURTESY OF OASIS Oasis Tackles the Delivering devicest. PHOTO COURTESY OF OASIS Digital Divide in Older Adults With help from a number of funding sources, Oa- sis (located in Grossmont Center) recently distrib- uted a technology package to older adults in need. Working with low-income senior living facilities and organizations working with the same popula- tion, and coordinating with services from AT&T, we provided a Samsung tablet, tech training and six months of access to internet and Oasis classes. 350 participants received help to connect to Zoom and to Oasis classes. During the height of the pandemic, when in-person tech training was no longer available, the City of San Diego Parks and Rec Department shared some of their employees to do phone tech training free of charge to partici- pants. The first phase of the program is complete, how- ever, Oasis is currently applying for additional funds to continue the program. Thanks to The San Diego Foundation, SDG&E, Gary & Mary West Foundation and North County Covid19 Recovery Fund for their support of this important program. Thanks also to our dedicated sta and volunteers who were willing to brave the pandemic to deliver the tablets to older adults in their homes. San Diego Oasis is an organization of learning and engagement that creates opportunities for meaningful dialogue and deep thinking about cur- rent events. We provide opportunities for socializa- tion, active living and intergenerational community initiatives to help low income students thrive. For more information visit [email protected] Grossmont Shopping Center 5500 Grossmont Center Drive Suite 269 619-881-6262 LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021 25

San Diego’s Premier Outdoor Professional Men’s Soccer Club Opens 2021 Season BY BRADWEBER San Diego Loyal SC (SD Loyal) Defending Western Conference downloading the o cial team app or released their 2021 USL regular season title-holder Phoenix Rising FC will host signing up for updates and news via schedule which includes 16 home San Diego Loyal at its new 10,000-seat and #SDLoyal games at Torero Stadium located on stadium at Wild Horse Pass in the Gila the campus of University of San Diego. River Indian Community. Launched on June 19, 2019, San Diego Due to current California state and local Loyal SC is the newest member of USL COVID-19 guidelines, SD Loyal hopes to “It’s hard to describe how excited Championship, a USSF- sanctioned start the season with fans in the stands our players are to finally get to play in Division II league and one of the most at a minimum of 20 percent capacity. front of our amazing fans once again on competitive pro soccer leagues in the May 29,” Donovan said in a statement. world. “It’s great to have a full season of “We are incredibly motivated to get our games for our club,” said Landon first-ever home win with our fans in the The Club is led by Chairman Andrew Donovan, EVP of Soccer Operations stands and celebrate with The Locals!” Vassiliadis, who is the youngest principal and Manager. “We look forward to owner in USL Championship. It was continuing some rivalries and creating A star player during a 19-year career founded and led on the business- new ones. Can’t wait to see the best fans that took him to the world’s top league, in side by experienced soccer executive in the USL back in the stands at Torero!” Europe, and made him a prolific scorer in Warren Smith, a co-founder and former Major League Soccer, Donovan has never president of Sacramento Republic FC. During their 2021 season, SD Loyal coached soccer before, at any level, taking Executive Vice President of Soccer will play against every team in the newly over the reins in November 2019. Operations Donovan, one of the most aligned Pacific Division four times as decorated soccer players in the U.S., well as four out of division matches for a The former star of the U.S. Men’s leads the technical side total of 32 regular season matches. The National Team, Donovan played in season kicks o on April 30 as SD Loyal three FIFA World Cups and holds the ABOUT UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE (USL) travels to take on Phoenix Rising FC at all-time lead for the U.S. men in goals, their new 10,000-seat stadium and then scoring a record 57 times. In the MLS, The USL Championship is one of the most successful welcomes Las Vegas Lights FC on May Donovan was a fan favorite at the LA 29 for their 2021 home opener. Galaxy and is now second only to Chris professional soccer leagues in the world, reaching a Wondolowski for most regular-season Additional notable matches include goals, finding the back of the net an population of more than 84 million and fueling the growth a match-up with President Warren amazing 145 times. Donovan is also the Smith’s former club and 2014 USL Pro MLS’ all-time leader in assists, helping of the game across North America. Sanctioned by the U.S. Champion, Sacramento Republic FC, his teammates score 136 times on July 3, Aug. 28, Oct. 9 and Oct. Soccer Federation as a Division II professional league, 30 and versus USL Championship’s Donovan is also a co-owner and newest team, Oakland Roots, on June executive VP of soccer operations. The Championship includes a membership of more than 29, Sept. 11, Sept. 22 and Oct. 24. USL Championship’s release called out the SD Loyal booster club is expecting to 30 clubs across the United States and Canada. Through intriguing interconference matchup host fans at a 20% capacity at Torero between two-time Championship title- Stadium per state and local health the Championship’s headquarters in Tampa, Florida, the winner Louisville City FC hosting SD guidelines. Loyal on May 22. league’s clubs are provided with unparalleled support Seats can be purchased by calling The club’s first match will be held at (858) 465-GOAL or at with a growing team of more than 50 professionals across one of four new venues making their tickets. debut in the league this year. 17 departments, ranging from operations to marketing, For frequently asked questions about attending matches this season, fans communications and sponsorship. are encouraged to stay connected by The Championship has a national media partnership with ESPN, wherein all league matches are broadcast on ESPN+, ESPN3 and across linear channels. The league also operates USL Productions, which includes a state-of-the- art facility that produced and distributed more than 500 league matches and more than 1,000 hours of original con- tent to national partners, local a liates and international markets throughout the 2018 season. 26 LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021

SCIENCE-BACKED 5 HEALTH BENEFITS OF BY: KATHERINE TALLICHET Avocados are one of the few fruits that satiety benefits of avocados with their are high in fat, specifically monounsat- high nutrient density, it’s easy to see urated fat, the heart-healthy kind that why they’re a weight loss friendly food. many dietitians recommend. Avocado used to be called the alligator pear 4. Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease because of its bumpy outer texture, and A diet rich in avocados may lower the while you might love it for its creamy texture; this popular fruit also has sur- risk of cardiovascular disease. Despite prising benefits. Here are 5 health bene- their high-fat content, studies show that fits of avocado you should know about. the heart-healthy monounsaturated fats in avocados lower LDL-cholesterol, 1. Avocados Fight Inflammation the type linked with a greater risk of Inflammation is a driving force behind cardiovascular disease. Studies also show that adding more avocado to the a number of chronic health problems, dinner table, especially if you use it as a including cardiovascular disease, type replacement for starchy vegetables and 2 diabetes and cancer. There aren’t processed carbohydrates, may improve many health problems that inflammation insulin sensitivity and how the cells in doesn’t contribute to. With inflamma- your body handle glucose. Since insulin tion being such a threat to health, avo- resistance and elevated LDL-cholesterol cado is a helpful and healthy addition to are both risk factors for cardiovascular the dinner table. It contains antioxidants disease, you’re doing something good with anti-inflammatory properties and for your heart when you bite into one. oleic acid, one of its fatty acids that helps keep inflammation in check.   5. Avocados Enhance Absorption One nutritional fact about avocados 2. Good for Eye Health Vision is important to humans, but eye that many people don’t know is that they boost the absorption of certain diseases such as age-related macular nutrients when you eat them with other degeneration rob people of their ability foods. The monounsaturated fats in to see clearly. Sadly, the risk of develop- avocado help you absorb more of the ing macular degeneration is 30 percent beta-carotene, an antioxidant nutrient by age 75. So how can you lower your and precursor to vitamin A, from orange risk? A healthy diet, moderate exercise vegetables and leafy greens. An Ohio and not smoking are lifestyle habits that State study found that people who ate may lower the odds; but eating more av- around 5 ounces of avocado with car- ocado might give you an edge too. They rots and tomato sauce absorbed more contain nutrients called carotenoids that of the beta-carotene available in these support the health of the retina, the por- foods. So add avocado to your next sal- tion of the eye a ected by age-related ad for optimal nutrient absorption. macular degeneration. What a delicious way to help prevent loss of vision! The Bottom Line Avocados have a creamy texture that 3. Beneficial for Weight Control A cup of avocado contains 10 grams makes them irresistible. They’re a natural for salads, wraps and sandwiches. You of fiber, giving it the highest fiber con- can use avocado as a sandwich spread tent of any fruit. A study published in and replacement for butter. You’ll get Obesity Reviews found consuming more heart-healthy monounsaturated fats dietary fiber reduced appetite by 5 per- when you make this substitution, making cent, lowered long-term energy intake it a smart and healthy move. by 2.6 percent and reduced body weight by 1.3 percent. They also contain healthy Try cutting an avocado in half, remov- fats and proteins that reduce sugar ing the pit and filling the space with cravings. Avocados are nutrient-dense fresh chicken or tuna salad. You can and packed with antioxidants. When even open one up and spoon the inner you’re trying to lose weight eating less flesh out with a spoon with a sprinkle can help, but you need to consume more of sea salt for added flavor. You’ll find nutrient-dense foods to prevent nutrient many uses for the versatile avocado and deficiencies. When you combine the you can rest assured that you’re getting lots of great benefits. LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021 27

Petco Park. PHOTO BY REBECCA WILLIAMSON PADRES BASEBALL LIVE AND IN PERSON COVID PANDEMIC STYLE BY REBECCA JEFFERIS WILLIAMSON Our San Diego Padres kicked o their nor Gavin Newsom announced that the arrangements as a blue group member 2021 baseball season April 1 during a covid19 color-coding system may be attending during the segment 1 pandem- historic event for them---playing in front lifted June 15. But there are caveats on ic Padres’ covid19 reopening plans. of fans, in a reduced capacity, during the full reopening: how many will be a pandemic. Last season no fans were vaccinated, and hospitalizations must Some are already fully vaccinated allowed at Petco Park. remain low. Masks will still be required. and welcome sitting in sections with others like them. When San Diego County moved to the Fans were enthusiastically awaiting red tier, a covid19 blueprint for reopen- the season and so much so that there “I would be for a vaccinated only sec- ing and allowed activities, the Padres’ was a surge in season-ticket holders. tion because I would feel safer in an area organization opened up seats to the that all are vaccinated,” said La Mesa public but only a certain percentage – “I’m happy to be back in the ballpark resident Cesar Luna. Luna was wearing a 16% of capacity. no matter where I’m sitting,” said San mask that said “vaccinated.” Diegan Trevor Haumschilt. Being a season ticket holder was one The San Diego Padres sent out emails of the few ways to get into Petco Park in Haumschilt, a SDSU college student to season ticket holders after the switch April. That should change after Gover- and opera singer, rolled with the chang- from red to orange tier was announced. es from assigned seating to alt seating A survey was included that asked if 28 LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021

“ I would be for a vaccinated only section because I would feel safer in an area that all are vaccinated. “ LA MESA RESIDENT CESAR LUNA members would sit in sections that all La Mesa resident, Cesar Luna, lets all know he is vaccinated. PHOTO BY REBECCA WILLIAMSON fans were vaccinated. Petco Park on opening day. PHOTO BY REBECCA WILLIAMSON Fully vaccinated sections were not available in April, but season ticket hold- ers were broken down into groups, such as the blue group, who had to scramble to buy back their seats during segment 1. There was no shortage of takers. Avail- able seating was snapped up in hours. Online buybacks were held the end of March to obtain seats for the season opening series. The Padres’ roster this season is promising ---Fernando Tatis, Jr., Manny Machado, Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, and more. Tatis Jr. su ered a shoulder injury on April 5 and was placed on the 10-day injury list. His recovery will be closely watched. A couple things to keep in mind before you go – have your cell phone at 100% full battery or take a small recharging gadget. Petco Park is now 100% cashless and your cell phone is the only way to order food and beverages. All ticketing is digital. Food and beverages are both ordered, and can be delivered to your seat, using the San Diego Padres app/MLB app. Orders are placed on an MLB app/San Diego Padres app and then picked up at the chosen food station. In April, there were snags in the system and some seating sections experienced pauses in availability due to the large volume of orders. Ordering early after being seated can help to ensure the process goes smoothly. Of note was the pre-game announce- ments alerting fans of a way to report abusive fans by calling a designated phone number. Purses will be restricted to the size of fanny packs or clutches. The June 15 reopening date, if the cri- teria are met, should allow non-season ticket holders the ability to attend. The Padres team looks promising, and all are hoping for a spot in the play-o s and the World Series. LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021 29

Colorful T-shirts worn by Aviana and her family re-enforced her message. They were emblazoned: “All love needs is us.” PHOTO FROM EAST COUNTY NEWS SERVICE 3-Year-Old Artist from La Mesa Featured in Temporary Re-Opened Union Bank in La Mesa BY BRAD WEBER “All we need is love.” Those were the to privately tour the new structure and of the City’s Urban Design Program and words Aviana Dobesh, age 3 at the time, view her artwork. Bank Manager Carlton the Downtown Village Specific Plan. painted on her brightly colored artwork Hill presented the young artist with a that was posted on the fence outside super star certificate as well as  art in- Union Bank proposes to redevelop the the charred remains of the Union Bank spired gifts including online art classes, westerly portion of its property site with branch in downtown La Mesa. craft supplies and magnetic building a single-story, 4,864 square-foot com- blocks as a token of thanks from the mercial bank building. The new bank is The burned building was one of branch team. similar in size to the former building. The several shops and small businesses scope of work includes reconfiguring vandalized and looted on May 30 by Hill wanted to personally thank Aviana the parking layout around the building, social justice protesters in the wake on behalf of Union Bank for the artwork installing new perimeter landscaping, of the George Floyd killing. Aviana’s she created , as Aviana’s painting and and constructing a new trash enclosure. painting was selected by bank o cials message of hope resonated with the to hang on its lobby wall eight months Union Bank team and brings smiles to Curb openings on Spring Street will after. the faces of employees and clients when be modified in their existing locations they enter the temporary branch which and one of two existing vehicular alley La Mesa residents and others came opened in January . access points will be closed. The east- together the next day to paint out graf- erly half of the site is not a part of the fiti, clean and patch the broken pieces “I love painting so much,” Avi shows project and will remain as a parking lot of the previously thriving downtown La her painting. providing 21 parking spaces. Mesa shopping district. “Everyone at Union Bank was awe- The plan includes a more modern look Nadia Zamora, owner of La Mesa’s some!” said Avi’s Mother Andrea So a, “I to the bank building with a flat parapet Pink Rose Café, put out a plea for local was surprised to hear from Rana Samp- roof and asymmetrical horizontal and children to beautify the riot-torn area, son (Managing Director at Union Bank) vertical planes; as well as finish treat- including the fence surrounding burned initially and they were so incredibly gen- ments and materials, including CMU building at 4771 Spring St. (see separate erous to us. The gifts were thoughtful, block veneer, metal panels, cement plas- article in this magazine). useful and very much appreciated.” ter, and steel louvered canopies. Colorful paintings and positive mes- Sierra Wilson, Union Bank’s corporate At the City Council meeting, Coun- sages were quickly displayed on bank’s communications director, estimates the cil member Jack Shu voted along with newly installed security fencing, includ- permanent replacement building will the rest of the Council to approve the ing the winning entry.   open in about a year. project but commented that he would prefer projects like the Union Bank Aviana’s drawing of hearts, handprints New Bank Design Approved building to include solar panels and zero and heartfelt message was picked to On March 23, La Mesa City Council gas hookups for heaters or burners. He feature indoors as symbolic of the com- encouraged the Council to quickly adopt munity spirit, and will be incorporated in approved the design for the new perma- new standards so the city will not “get the bank’s marketing materials. nent Union Bank building. The city’s De- behind” in its Climate Section Plan goals. sign Review Board previously reviewed Aviana, her parents and her 6-year- the submitted drawings in consideration old brother, Talon, were recently  invited 30 LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021

Union Bank Surprises Pink Rose Café Owner in La Mesa with $5,000 Gi BYMIRIAMRAFTERY After Union Bank of La Mesa burned tools were taken,” says La Mesa Chamber Union Bank Regional President Isai Amaya presents check down amid civil unrest on May 31, Nadia president Mary England. “Union Bank to Nadia Zamora. PHOTO BY BY SANDRA SMALL, LA MESA Zamora, owner of the Pink Rose Café, believes in supporting local communities CHAMBER OF COMMERCE organized on social media to collect mes- and reinvesting in the communities it sages of hope, love and peace. She and serves.” other volunteers hung those messages on a safety fence around the rubble of The check was presented by Union the burned bank.  Bank Regional President Isai Amaya and La Mesa Branch Manager Carlton Hill.  As a thank you, Union Bank, in partner- Zamora also received a one-year La Mesa ship with the La Mesa Chamber of Com- Chamber membership for her business, merce, arranged a surprise for Zamora the Pink Rose Café, which is on track to in recognition of her e orts – presenting finally open very soon at 8209 La Mesa her with a $5,000 check.   Blvd.  “Nadia and her Husband were in the We are a resilient community and with process of renovating their building and people like Nadia Zamora, willing to opening their new business, when the make a di erence, we are on our way to May 30 unrest took place. Their building a new tomorrow,” England concludes. was severely damaged, and all of their YOUR LUXURY REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERTS 626-606-2532 WWW.AGENTBOOSTERVIDEOS.COM [email protected] 31 LA MESA LIFESTYLES MAY 2021

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