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VOLUME 3 ISSUE 24


Nov. 25–Dec. 8, 2011 Old Town • Mission Hills • Bankers Hill ➤➤ THEATER P. 9 Hillcrest • University Heights • Normal Heights • North Park • South Park • Golden Hill • Kensington • Talmadge


North Park Toyland Parade kicks off the holiday season


Great American Trailer Park Musical


➤➤ DINING P. 20


The Del Cerro Baptist Church on the Organ Pavilion Stage at last year’s December Nights. (Photo by Richard Benton)


Just like Mom used to make ➤➤ WHITS & PICS P. 24


December Nights in Balboa Park rings in the “most wonderful time of the year” in Uptown


By Ashley Mackin SDUN Editor


Where inspiration “rains” ➤➤ TRAVEL P. 26


The “most wonderful time of the year” begins the holiday season with December Nights in Balboa Park. December Nights starts Dec. 2 from 5 – 10 p.m. and runs through Dec. 3 from noon – 10 p.m. Alan Kidd, President of the San Diego Hall of Champions and co-producer of the event, said, “Balboa Park December Nights began as a way for San Diegans to celebrate the holiday season and has evolved into San Diego’s favorite commu- nity festival. There’s entertainment and food from countries all over the world and plenty of holiday cheer.”


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Briefs……………………5 Calendar………………6 What’s Up…………………8 Holiday Guide…………11 Dr. Ink……………………21 Whits & Pics………….24


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Some of the long-standing traditions include the annual Santa Lucia Procession at the Plaza de California, shopping at the museum stores and the Spanish Village and musical and dance presentations. Carolyn Wormser, Director of Special Events for the City of San Diego, said, “Ev- ery year, the event showcases traditional favorites and adds new holiday surprises. For example, this year, one of the new tra-


ditions is the lighting of the Lily Pond and Botanical Building.” The International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages will feature international foods, including empa- nadas, egg rolls, baklava, paella and pie. The Prado Pub at the Square will feature a special drink for the occasion for those 21 and older, as well as garlic fries and fried green beans for visitors of all ages. “Of course we will have all of the traditional favorites: the food at the In- ternational Cottages, the entertainment throughout the Park [and] the sparkling lights,” Wormser said, “and we will have some fun new activities like the interactive QR [Quick Response] code tour, where QR codes will be placed at various Balboa Park locations to highlight historical aspects of Balboa Park December Nights.” The SDG&E Light Canopy will cover the Plaza de Panama with more than 20,000 lights for the celebration that will remain in Balboa Park throughout December. There will also be opportunities for holiday


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City’s fi nancial forecast leaves no room for service restoration


Mayor’s fi ve-year outlook is ‘good news, but not great news,’ IBA says


By Joseph Peña SDUN Reporter


San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and District 3 Councilmember Todd Gloria recently released projections on the City’s fi ve-year budget, with service restoration suffering the most. The fi ve-year fi nancial outlook shows a decline in defi cits and a 2017 fi scal year surplus, but service cuts will continue to plague residents. The mayor’s fi ve-year forecast predicts


defi cits of $31.8 million in 2013, $36.6 million in 2014, $28.1 million in 2015, $5.6 million in 2016, and a surplus of $22.7 million in 2017. In past years, in an effort to balance the budget and respond to defi cits, District 3 library and recreation center hours were cut, park maintenance was diminished, a city customer service storefront was closed, and the City sold horses used for mounted police patrols


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Dancing and vintage cars can be expected at this year’s North Park Toyland Parade, similair to last year’s. (Photo by Donna Posin)


By Ashley Mackin SDUN Editor


The North Park community welcomes friends and family for the North Park Toyland Parade and Holiday fair on Saturday, Dec. 3. Starting at 11 a.m., Santa Claus will be riding atop his red sleigh in the parade, along with marching bands, dance groups, vintage cars, beauty queens and city offi cials. The parade starts at Utah Street, runs along University Avenue and ends at Iowa Street. Angela Lansberg, executive director of


North Park Main Street, said, “The Toyland Parade is a unique North Park event that brings the entire San Diego community to- gether,” adding, “The combination of 48 years of historical signifi cance coupled with the recent revitalization of the business district gives the parade-goers the opportunity to visit North Park, enjoy the parade and explore our restaurants, bars and unique shops.” Immediately following the Parade will be the North Park Holiday Fair. Hosted by North Park Main Street and running from


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