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    Around the block: The art of business rules in a changing Upper Girard
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Mar 29, 2015 | 1273 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Upper Girard Avenue features Ferrari of San Diego, flanked by a number of up-and-coming businsses.
    Upper Girard Avenue features Ferrari of San Diego, flanked by a number of up-and-coming businsses.
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    Editor's note: This is the first in a series of pieces on a La Jolla whose current commercial face seems to change by the day. We're currently dividing the Village into several portions and will spotlight each in our hardcopy edition and online in the coming weeks. For the latest on Village life, please visit sdnews.com. Upper Girard in La Jolla, between Pearl and Genter streets, is changing its complexion. Whether you want to buy a Maserati, a sandwich, camera gear or a perm, work out, take an art class or music lessons or go on a Segway excursion, you can do it all on Upper Girard. “This block is totally a true artist’s block,” said Leon Chow of C&H Photo, which moved to 7442 Girard Ave. from Fay Avenue a couple years ago. “On the other side of the street is D.G. Wills book store, Harvard Cookin Girl and La Jolla Music. On our side is My Art Shed and us.” Tapenade French restaurant is remodeling a retail space on north Upper Girard to relocate to from its present site at 7612 Fay Ave. For Emily Latham and owner Porschia Talbot of My Art Shed at 7426 Girard, the gallery is ideally situated. “It’s a great spot because the schools (La Jolla Elementary and The Gillispie School) are so close,” said Latham, noting their stock in trade is teaching art classes and summer camps as well as hosting special events like birthday parties. “We’re also a functional gallery so people put up their work to sell as well.” The north side of Upper Girard is anchored on the corner by Maserati of San Diego at 7477 Girard, kitty-corner to San Diego Ferrari at 7514 Girard, with which it is aligned. “We’ve been here about three years now,” said Maserati sales associate Joseph Vadala. “We get customers from all over the country, especially people who don’t have Maserati dealers in their areas. “This is a great part of town to be in because of our clientele base, people with income who want some thing (vehicle) that’s a little extra, maybe something a little less com mon,” said Vadala. A couple doors down from Maserati is Pro Rituals Salon, at 7443 Girard, where hairstylists Terrence Michael Renk and Carrie Brown ply their trade. Renk previously was the hairdresser for daytime TV soap “All My Children.” “It’s a great place to be,” said Brown of the block. “Everyone here is really loyal. Once you make a relationship with people, they keep coming back. We’re getting lots of referrals.” Elizabeth Allen Atelier said her eponymous bedding business is departing soon after three years, noting “the block just doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic.” The Village Greens Healthy Food Kitchen recently opened at 7441 Girard, Suite A, co-owned by restaurateurs Nanci Kirk and April Richardson-Caulk. “Upper Girard is quickly morphing into what La Jolla was when I was a kid, which is less commercial and more unique,” said Richarson-Caulk. “About 40 percent of our business is takeouts, and I had no idea people would want home-cooked meals they can take home so much,” said Kirk. Jaw Wang, of La Jolla Music, at 7423 Girard, noted the business has been in La Jolla since 1962 and on Girard since the '70s. “We sell instruments like guitars,” said Wang, “but our main focus is lessons, which we offer with more than 30 teachers who use our rooms.” Wang added that local students in bands and orchestras are some of the store’s clientele. “We have a lot of schools around here,” Wang added, “so it’s very convenient for students to come in after school and take lessons.” There are more businesses than you think on the south side of Upper Girard, inhabiting all the little nooks and crannies in between all the deep retail spaces on the block. They include La Taverna at 7420 Girard, Armone’s Core Connection at 7438 Girard, Design Studio West — San Diego Kitchen and Bath at 7424 Girard, Lola La Jolla at 7444 Girard, Aly’s Pilates at 7448 Girard, Blush at 7450 Girard, Gracie and Company at 7458 Girard, The Faded Awning Coastal Interiors at 7464 Girard, Ogden’s One Hour Cleaners at 945 Pearl St., The La Jolla Segway Tour, The Futon Shop at 7470 Girard, Girard's Nail & Skin Care at 7454 Girard, Bellemani Salon at 7462 Girard, John’s Tailor Shop at 7466 Girard and Pannikin Coffee & Tea at 7667 Girard, to name a few. Chow noted the economy is improving, pointing out that “storefronts aren’t closing, they’re finding other spaces to land in.” He noted that, besides becoming increasingly diverse, Upper Girard also has significant parking in front and back of many businesses. Chow thinks Upper Girard has a bright future. “Everything needs to just evolve a little bit,” he said. “If we (merchants) all could just get through to the other side: Everybody here is worth it."
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    What's in a name? Find out at the 2015 Concours d'Elegance
    by MARTIN JONES WESTLIN
    Mar 26, 2015 | 5805 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    This 1927 Duesenberg, which won three awards at the 2014 La Jolla Concours d'Elegance, is a primary example of craftsmanship from the days of yore. COURTESY PHOTO
    This 1927 Duesenberg, which won three awards at the 2014 La Jolla Concours d'Elegance, is a primary example of craftsmanship from the days of yore. COURTESY PHOTO
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    Don't look now, but the nickname is no longer the province of the human experience. Automobiles have cut their way in line, and their handles are as endearing as their histories. “Caddie” is synonymous with “Cadillac”; “Beetle” is a popular descriptor for something other than the world's largest insect class; and in the right context, “Chevy” evokes thoughts of everything but a noted American comic. Then there's “doozy,” a vernacularism for the Duesenberg luxury auto that saw a pretty good 25-year run through 1937. Don't let the fancy-schmancy bow-tie front bumper fool ya – the model showed its mettle in the real world too, winning three Indie 500s and nearly morphing into a wartime aircraft. You can see similar bits of history April 10 to 12 at the 11th annual La Jolla Concours d'Elegance, set for Ellen Browning Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove and featuring coachbuilt classic cars from the 1930s and '40s – and rest assured that at least one past exhibitor knows of what he speaks, regarding the moniker “doozy” as the collateral phenomenon it is. “The [nickname] is an interesting thought and an area I've never even explored,” said Doug Skeen, who trotted out a 1927 Duesenberg that won three awards at La Jolla in 2014. “I tend to focus more specifically on the cars than the generalities.” “The cars” are all over the place this time of year, as cities from Paris to Pebble Beach trot out their automotive finery. La Jolla gets into the act for its legendary seaside locale and its place among the 60 or so American concours. La Jolla's was named one of the top three most anticipated car shows of the year by the prestigious British automotive magazine “Octane.” “It's fairly highly regarded in the collector car circle,” Skeen said. “La Jolla... has not been one of the top concours, but it looks like they're headed in the right direction. There's a little more organization each year, a little wider variety of cars. Some of the better cars are starting to come out.” Presumably, they feature a reflection on a time when quality was king. “The Duesenberg engine compartment looks like a jewel box,” Skeen said, “from a time when the builders and machinists cared about craftsmanship.” Indeed, the area under the hood takes on a life of its own – it's a different color than the rest of the car and presumably shone off the La Jolla sun last year, a testament to the picture-perfect weather that seems to greet this event each spring. Nobody can seem to remember a rainout, which would be a disaster amid such loftiness of fare. And loftiness of sticker. In 2013, the Pebble Beach concours peeps set a record with the $31.6 million sale of a Mercedes Benz racer; the following year, the concours collectively rang up $400 million in automotive sales. There's a river of money flowing through every concours ever year – but Skeen's nod to craftsmanship is an apt reminder to the thousands who will pack La Jolla Cove the weekend of April 10. For more on the event, see lajollaconcours.com or call (858) 233-5008.
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    Back in time: Airport exhibit fetes Balboa Park centennial
    Mar 25, 2015 | 4451 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The so-called 'electriquettes' shuttled people around Balboa Park's 1915 exposition. PHOTO FROM SAN DIEGO METRO
    The so-called 'electriquettes' shuttled people around Balboa Park's 1915 exposition. PHOTO FROM SAN DIEGO METRO
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    Officials at San Diego International Airport on March 24 unveiled a yearlong exhibition of public art that celebrates the centennial of Balboa Park. “Balboa Park & the City: Celebrating San Diego’s Panama-California Exposition” is the largest temporary art exhibit ever at Lindbergh Field, according to airport officials. “With 30 installations spread among all three terminals, the exhibition offers a truly immersive experience that takes you back in time,” said Thella Bowens, president and CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. The exhibition includes original artwork and historic images, collectibles and artifacts from the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, which gave San Diego its first major international exposure. The display, which went up on March 23, includes historic photographs and large-format postcards that document the history, landscape and architecture of the park. Ten local artists donated original work that is representative of or inspired by Balboa Park and the city of San Diego. The exhibition’s images include historic photographs and postcards presented in large format documenting the unique history, landscape and architecture of the Park. The Art Program solicited original artwork that is representative of or inspired by Balboa Park and the city of San Diego from local artists. Ten participants were selected to exhibit their work based on their aesthetic and creative representation of the Park and unique use of media. Exhibition highlights include: • A replica of the famous wicker “Electriquette,” which transported fairgoers at the 1915 Exposition; • Lighting designs by Jim Gibson, inspired by the ornate fixtures at the 1935 Exposition; and • Original works by Guillermo Acevedo, a celebrated illustrator and documentarian of San Diego’s landmarks and historic sites. — City News Service, San Diego Metro
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    TIME, TALENT AND TREASURE
    Mar 24, 2015 | 2681 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Thanks to graphic artist David Roost, things are that much brighter in University City's Standley Park these days. Roost, who grew up in UC, painted this fancy design on the park's Fort Field Little League shed in a project underwritten by the University City Community Association. Roost also took the photo.
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    Hans Petersen found guilty in La Jolla double shooting
    Mar 19, 2015 | 9629 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    HANS PETERSEN
    HANS PETERSEN
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    After 4¼ hours of deliberations, a jury March 18 convicted Hans Antone Petersen of two counts of premeditated attempted murder in a double shooting of two men in their La Jolla homes in 2013. Petersen, 50, of University City, showed no reaction as the guilty verdicts to all but one charge were read in San Diego Superior Court. He was convicted of shooting Steven Dowdy, 54, a former neighbor, and Ronald Fletcher, 51, his ex-brother-in-law. The six-man, six-woman jury acquitted Petersen of attempted murder of Lisa Dowdy, who was not shot but was in bed with her husband at 3 a.m. on Sept. 18, 2013, when Petersen fired multiple rounds through their glass doors. Judge Leo Valentine Jr. set sentencing for May 15. Petersen has been held in jail in lieu of $3 million bail, but Valentine ordered him held without bail following the verdict. Petersen faces two life terms that include parole, but he could get two consecutive sentences of 25 years to life for personally discharging a handgun during a violent crime. The jury determined Petersen caused great bodily injury, and he could get six additional years for that charge. “This will be the first night we’ve slept in a year and a half,” said Steven Dowdy afterward about the verdict. The Dowdys said they were not concerned about the acquittal of attempted murder for Lisa, as Petersen would likely be sentenced to prison for the rest of his life. “He’s already taken so much time from us. It’s been a year and a half of hell for us,” said Steven Dowdy. “It was his choices, his doing… all the negative impact he’s had on so many people.” “We’re very grateful to the jury, who saw the truth,” said Lisa Dowdy. Fletcher was present to hear the verdict, but he declined comment afterwards. Fletcher is a real estate agent in Pacific Beach and La Jolla and was shot in the stomach after Petersen broke into his Cottontail Lane home at 6:30 a.m. “The jury has spoken. They didn’t buy his story,” said Deputy District Attorney Amy Maund. “We are pleased, and we believe we proved our case. The jury did not excuse his conduct.” Petersen testified he could not recall any of that night’s events up until Fletcher struck him in the head with his own gun and he was arrested. “This body did this,” he told the jurors; “this mind never could.” Petersen’s attorney, Marc Carlos, had argued that Petersen was in a mental blackout due to drinking alcohol and taking prescription medications that included anti-seizure drugs and tranquilizers. Petersen’s blood/alcohol level was .18, twice the level for drunk driving. “We presented a mental defense; we thought it was the best defense. We believe the medications affected him,” said Carlos afterwards. Petersen was also convicted of exhibiting a firearm in a threatening manner to Michael Nielsen, an emergency room physician who was driving home from work at 5 a.m. on Ravenswood Road in La Jolla when he saw a shadowy figure hide behind trees. Nielsen identified Petersen as having pointed a gun at him before Nielsen then quickly drove off. Petersen could get several years for that incident. He was also convicted of firing into an occupied dwelling and burglarizing Fletcher’s home, but those charges will not likely add any more to the sentence. Jurors left the courthouse without comment. Testimony began March 4 after several days of jury selection in the three-week trial. --Neal Putnam
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    News
    City ruled not responsible for stench at La Jolla Cove
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    UC lacrosse middie sees the humor in all that hard work
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    BREAK INTO SPRING EVENT AT THE OUTLETS AT THE BORDER: DO NOT MISS!
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    Mar 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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    La Jolla Kiwanian John Talbot, 93
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    Mar 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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