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San DiEgo gEarS up For nEw BikE plan
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community connection and fiscal impact were the top concerns raised at the first community advisory group meeting for the Uptown regional bike plan Wednesday night in Balboa Park’s Santa Fe Room. The San Diego Association of Governments bike plan will include new bike routes in some of San Diego’s most densely populated regions, aiming to make the bicycle a more viable form of transportation in the city. “We have the car thing figured out in Southern California,” said Councilman Todd Gloria, who opened the meeting with his comments. “Now it’s time get the bike thing figured out.” The community advisory group enlists over 40 community and business

Bicycles line the walls of of Balboa Park’s Santa Fe Room at the first meeting of the Uptown Regional Bike Plan’s community advisory group.

leaders representing the areas located in the proposed bike corridor centered around the Uptown area. “The purpose of the advisory group

is to understand and discuss issues and help develop options and alternatives to be shared with the larger community for feedback and refinement,” said

SANDAG’s active transportation planner Beth Robrahn in an August email to community leaders. Concerns were raised by advisory group members about parking reduction and possible problems this might create for businesses as a result of new bike lanes on already crowded city streets. “We’re not opposed to having a bike lane on Washington,” said Joe Naskar, of Mission Hills Town Council. “But we can’t have businesses harmed.” Others argued that bike friendly streets will help calm traffic and potentially improve business in those areas. “We’re trying to get people to Bankers Hill, not through Bankers Hill” said Jake Sutton of the Bankers Hill Business Association.
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San DiEgo BEaCon ConnECtS with kaiSEr pErmanEntE For hEalth inFormation ExChangE
Kaiser Permanente Southern California extended its Information Technology capabilities and began to exchange patient health information with the San Diego Beacon Health Information Exchange (HIE). Using nationally established protocols that adhere to the current standards for privacy and data security, Kaiser Permanente began exchanging health information electronically with UC San Diego Health System and Rady Children’s Hospital in March 2012. In an earlier pilot project, in 2009, Kaiser Permanente was the first organization in Southern California to exchange patient information with the San Diego Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
Since 2009, Kaiser Permanente and VA providers have been able to view, at a minimum, patient test results, and current lists of their problems, medications, and allergies. The technical enhancements announced today will extend these electronic transfers of patient information between Kaiser Permanente and other members of the Beacon Exchange as they become active participants. “Kaiser Permanente has been dedicated to developing and deploying the national healthcare data standards that allow us to deliver the highest quality care to all our members, past, present, and future,” said John Mattison, MD, Assistant Medical Director and Chief Medical Information Officer for Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. “Our commitment over the past few decades is now paying off with the growing number of participants not only in the San Diego Beacon Exchange, but across the entire nation.” “The San Diego Beacon Community welcomes Kaiser Permanente, one of the largest and most important healthcare providers in our region to the HIE”, said Ted Chan, MD, project lead for the San Diego Beacon. “By exchanging patient health information securely, San Diego Beacon participating providers will be better able to deliver superior care for all San Diegans”. n

EDiSon layS out CaSE to rEStart San onoFrE to nuClEar agEnCy
By Nichola Groom (Reuters) - Southern California Edison officials faced tough questions from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday at a packed public meeting during which the utility laid out its case to restart the damaged San Onofre nuclear power plant. San Onofre, which sits on the Southern California coast halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, has been closed since January after workers discovered a small radioactive steam leak at one of its two reactors that indicated accelerated degradation of tubes in the plant’s new steam generators.
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A similar project recently implemented in Long Beach saw a reduction of through traffic with no negative impact on business, according to Chris Kluth, SANDAG’s senior

active transportation planner. Funding for the project will be allocated by the association of governments from the TransNet halfcent sales tax of 1988 as part the San Diego regional comprehensive plan and the regional transportation plan. A formal budget for the project Several activists gathered at the meeting before it started, chanting “No restart, shut it down”. Local Buddhist monks began a seven-day fast in support of a permanent closing of the plant. Some of them also attended Friday’s meeting. The meeting, which took place at a hotel ballroom in Laguna Hills, near the San Onofre plant, was the first opportunity for the utility to discuss its plan to restart Unit 2 with NRC staff. Most of the three-and-a-half hour meeting was taken up by Southern California Edison’s presentation of its investigation into the leak and subsequent repairs. A top San Onofre engineer, Thomas Palmisano, argued that operating the plant at reduced power would prevent the excessive vibration that caused the steam generator tubes to bump up against one another, wearing them down. The company has also plugged hundreds of tubes that showed signs of

will not be established until the planning and design phase is complete and funds have been allocated to the other projects within the comprehensive plan. “These are tax payer’s dollars,” said Coleen Clementson, SANDAG’s principal planner, “So whatever we wear, and hundreds more out of caution, he said. Palmisano argued that tube wear was far more extensive at the Unit 3 steam generator, which operated for just 11 months. Unit 2, which the utility proposed to restart, had less damage despite its steam generator being operated for twice as long as that of Unit 3, he said. Edison has said that a complete replacement of the steam generators, which were manufactured by Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, would take years. NRC officials probed Palmisano and other Southern California Edison representatives on various technical matters throughout the presentation. Art Howell, the NRC’s team manager on San Onofre, said at the conclusion of the meeting that the agency would review Southern California Edison’s analyses and modeling to determine whether the power plant could be safely operated.

come up with, we gotta make sure we’re being responsible with taxpayer dollars.” The next phase of the project will be producing an analysis of the existing conditions of San Diego streets which will help determine design and implementation.

“That’s when it gets really juicy,” Robrahn told the group. “We’re going to have to get really creative about how we work together.” No date has been set for the next advisory group meeting but it is targeted for the end of January. n

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The cost of the prolonged outage to Edison has topped $317 million in repairs, purchase of replacement power and other expenditures. After months of inspections, the plant’s majority owner last month submitted its plan to restart its Unit 2 reactor at 70 percent power for five months. The leak occurred in the Unit 3 reactor, which is shut down indefinitely. Separately, the utility said this week it found indications of potential tampering with an emergency diesel generator. It has beefed up security at the plant and is continuing to probe the issue. Edison’s efforts to restart the reactor faced vocal opposition from environmental groups and local residents, who said the plan was an experiment that could endanger 8 million people living nearby.

Members of the public were also given a chance to speak. Many referenced last year’s meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan in calling for San Onofre to be decomissioned. San Onofre is 78 percent-owned by Southern California Edison, a unit of Edison International. The remainder

is held by San Diego Gas & Electric, which is a unit of Sempra Energy, and the city of Riverside. It is the biggest power plant in Southern California, and its closure forced the state grid operator to take steps to bolster power supplies during the summer when customers use air conditioning to escape the heat. n

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Dr. Shirley NaSh Weber takeS Oath aS NeWeSt aSSemblymember fOr 79th DiStrict
Sacramento, CA – The start of the legislative year begins with the addition of the newest member to the California State Assembly, Dr. Shirley Nash Weber. Assemblywoman Weber (D-San Diego) was sworn in on December 3, 2012 at noon inside the Assembly chambers at the California State Capitol in the company of relatives and close friends. Dr. Weber, a professor and department chair at San Diego State University, has a record of creating jobs and serving the community that stretches back over her 30 years as a resident of the district. “As the new Assemblymember for the 79th District, I realize that the voters have placed a tremendous trust in me,” said Dr. Weber. “There is much work to do specifically in the areas of job creation, education, and investment in infrastructure projects that will put folks back to work. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do the good work for the people of the 79th District and for California.” Dr. Weber will also have a separate Community Swearing-In Ceremony on Saturday, December 8th, 2012 at the Bayview Baptist Church, Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 6134 Benson Avenue in San Diego from 3pm to 5pm. The public is invited to attend this event. To RSVP or for more information contact Kaamal Martin at (619)279-8154. Born to sharecroppers in Hope, Arkansas, Assemblymember Weber has lived in California since the age of three. Educated in our state’s public schools, she received her BA, MA and PhD from UCLA by the time she was 26. A respected community advocate known for her work on closing the academic achievement gap, Dr. Weber is the former President of the San Diego School Board. She currently serves as the mayor’s appointee and Chair of the Citizens’ Equal Opportunity Commission, where she has created jobs by tripling the number of small businesses contracting with the city of San Diego. She is the first African –American to be elected to office South of Los Angeles. Assemblymember Weber defeated Republican Mary England by capturing a whopping 60.27 percent of the votes and will take over the seat vacated by State Senator Marty Block representing the 79th District which includes portions of San Diego, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Bonita, National City, and Chula Vista. n

hOuSe cONSiDerS bill tO give iNterNet raDiO a rOyalty bOOSt
Fairfax, VA – The Intellectual Property subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee yesterday in a hearingconsidered legislation by Rep. Jason Chaffetz that would compel the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) to reassess royalty rates paid by Internet radio providers, bringing their costs more in line with fees paid by cable and satellite providers. In a recent oped for The Daily Caller, Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson called the current arrangement “unfair, anticompetitive royalty rate discrimination” that favors satellite and cable radio. “Rather than organically promoting supply and demand within the free market, the current system is based on the government imposing an unfair and discriminatory burden on one segment of the economy so that another might benefit,” Wilson added. Wilson also fingered three foreign-owned record labels he said dominate the industry. “These three labels collectively control roughly 80 percent of the music that’s played over America’s airwaves - and for years they have relied on the CRB to impose music rate structures that guarantee the preservation of this monopoly,” Wilson wrote. Urging the House to pass the legislation, Wilson called the Internet the future of radio. “The Internet has become a vibrant component of virtually every marketplace on earth - removing barriers, expanding consumer choices and enhancing economic competitiveness.” In a statement Wilson said “It is not up to the government to preserve the legacy media and hold Internet providers back. This type of cronyism only suppresses innovation when it is time for government to get out of the way.” n

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bmW recallS utility vehicleS fOr SteeriNg iSSue
(Reuters) – BMW of North America will recall 29,800 X5 utility vehicles with diesel engines to replace an engine part that could break and cause a loss of power steering, federal safety officials said Thursday.

cONgreSS tOlD billiONS NeeDeD fOr SaNDy traNSpOrtatiON repairS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Billions of dollars are needed to strengthen and repair rail and other transportation networks in the U.S. Northeast in the aftermath of savage Superstorm Sandy, lawmakers and transportation officials said on Thursday.

bOmb SquaD fiNDS charreD bag hiDDeN at pittSburgh airpOrt
PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – A bomb squad responded to a report of heavy smoke at Pittsburgh International Airport on Thursday and found a singed bag concealed in a men’s bathroom.

WaShiNgtON State reaDieS fOr Same-Sex marriage
OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – A law legalizing same-sex matrimony took effect in Washington state on Thursday, and officials geared up for a flood of marriage-license applications from gay and lesbian couples eager to exchange vows.

mariJuaNa gOeS legal iN WaShiNgtON State amiD mixeD meSSageS
SEATTLE (Reuters) – Washington state made history on Thursday as the first in the nation to legalize marijuana possession for adult recreational use, an occasion celebrated by dozens of users near Seattle’s famed Space Needle tower amid blaring reggae music and a haze of pot smoke.

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kiNg Of JOrDaN viSitS WeSt baNk tO cONgratulate abbaS
RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – King Abdullah of Jordan visited Palestinian leaders in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Thursday, congratulating them on a successful U.N. status upgrade in the teeth of Israel’s threat to expand settlements.

fatal NOrth Sea cOlliSiON SaiD tO be humaN errOr
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Human error was probably to blame for a collision that killed five crew and sank the Baltic Ace car carrier, its Greek manager said on Thursday, and Dutch rescuers said it was unlikely six missing seamen would be found alive.

veNezuela’S chavez tO Skip Summit Due tO health
BRASILIA/CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will not attend a regional trade summit in Brazil on Friday, sources said, an absence sure to heighten speculation over the leftist leader’s health.

guatemala reJectS requeSt fOr aSylum by mcafee
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Guatemala said on Thursday it had rejected an asylum request by U.S. software pioneer John McAfee, who was arrested in the Central American country on Wednesday after fleeing from Belize.

auStriaN JeWiSh grOup baNS billiONaire lauDer iN electiON Spat
VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria’s official Jewish organization has banned billionaire Ron Lauder, head of the World Jewish Congress and a former U.S. ambassador, from its property over complaints he meddled with its elections.

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reasonable fees and expenses – often don’t know what fees their employees are being charged either. Over time, out-of-control fees can take a serious toll. The Department of Labor estimates that paying just 1 percent in extraneous fees each year could reduce your account balance by 28 percent during an average working career. Finding – let alone understanding – such fee disclosures can be time-consuming and often involves wading through complex plan documents. That’s why last year, the Labor Department issued regulations requiring fund administrators to provide a more transparent breakdown of their fees to employers, which in turn must pass the information along to employees. During the first disclosure phase, investment companies were required to send a detailed statement about their plan’s investment options, including fund performance and fees. you should have received this information from your employer by August 31, 2012. This statement, which will hereafter be sent annually, should include: • An explanation of any fees and expenses for general plan administration, such as legal, accounting and recordkeeping services. • Total annual operating expenses expressed as a percentage of account assets and a dollar amount per $1,000 invested. • An explanation of fees and expenses incurred based on your actions (e.g., trading fees, loans, service charges for low balances, hardship withdrawals, processing divorce decrees or qualified domestic relations orders, etc.) • The historical performance of each fund in which you invest (at 1, 5 and 10 years, and since the fund’s inception.) • Benchmark performance – for example, if you invest in an S&P index fund, it should be compared to the average expense ratios for the S&P 500 over the same periods. The second phase of fund disclosure was the release of quarterly performance statements tied to your particular investment accounts. The first of these statements was for July 1 – September 30, 2012, and most people should have received theirs by mid-November. It should include specific dollar amounts of planrelated expenses or fees charged to or deducted from your accounts that quarter, along with a detailed description of the related services. For many, these statements are

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percent, according to an AARP survey – you might be under the impression that your 401(k) plan administrator doesn’t charge you anything to maintain your account. you’d be wrong. In fact, these companies typically charge fees equivalent to 0.5 to 2 percent of your account balance each year – sometimes as high as 5 percent. In addition to ongoing tariffs for managing your investment options, plan administrators often deduct numerous other fees from individuals’ accounts, including charges for administrative costs, sales commissions, advertising, insurance, and trading expenses. Perhaps equally disturbing is that many employers – which have a fiduciary responsibility to ensure the retirement plans they sponsor have

a wake-up call for why they need to choose investment options more carefully. They won’t do all the work: you’ll still need to crunch the numbers on how your current investment choices stack up against other funds. And no piece of paper can determine your appetite for risk vs. reward. But they’re a start. The DOL hopes that by shining daylight on 401(k) plan costs, employers will be motivated to rein in costs and seek better investment options for employees – and that employees will be more inclined to seek out the most cost-effective funds for their retirement savings. Jason Alderman directs Visa’s financial education programs. To Follow Jason Alderman on Twitter: www.twitter.com/PracticalMoney. n

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keeps our Doctors alive. Start your day with a balanced breakfast. A cup of Joe and a slice of toast, or triple shot latté with a scone will rev up your heart rate getting your motor running, but once you get to the office, you’ll be faced with a “fuel crisis” jolt of hunger likely quenched by what ever is available in the vending machine or break room. When we lose control of choice, we lose sight of fuel, as we’ll eat anything to end the hunger pains, usually out of convenience. Choice is recognizing the difference between comfort/convenience and fuel. If you want to perform better, be more alert and alive, then eat the higher octane quality fuels. Drop your propensity for fast foods as they make you fat, fast, leaving you longing for more due to their typically high fat/sugar content. Fresh and whole, ground to mouth, made at home, ported to and froe is the best way to go. If you control it; then you can fuel your body with what it needs. Small and frequent, portion size appropriate, quality calories targeted at weight maintenance or loss, specific to you and your goals. Think of the word “diet” as your DAILy INTAKE of ENERGy TREATS. your daily eating plan consisting of 5 to 7 meals a day is your daily intake of energy treats……..your FUEL. Note the word “plan”. All good things begin and end with a purposeful plan of attack. No deprivation here, just real foods, not packaged or pre-cooked, all built in to a healthy fueling plan. Let’s stop and think about the foods people ate back in the 1800’s: vegetables grown in the ground, fruits off the trees, animals that were hunted, fish that were caught, and grains that were picked. There were no pasta primavera, cheese enchiladas or chili rellenos and definitely, no burgers and fries. Have you seen any burger stands on the Ponderosa? Not likely. Of course, those days were much more primitive and cooked foods were prepared over a wood-burning fire. There were no microwaves or fancy ovens, no food processors or pasta machines and no refrigeration. Fast food was in fact “fast food”. If you were fast enough and smart enough to catch it, you ate. What was caught that day was eaten………that day. What this shows us is that the food was fresh, all-natural

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(Family Features) If you find holiday shopping more stressful than fun, you might be tempted to put it off or just grab something generic and slap on a pretty bow. That can lead to some unfortunate gift choices and a lot less merriment for everyone. But with these savvy tips from lifestyle and DIy expert Brooke Peterson, you can personalize the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Consider these five tips for low-fuss gifting ideas that are sure to make a big impression: make it a group thing The secret to making your recipient feel like their gift has been thoughtfully selected just for them is to group smaller items together. Is there a wine lover on your list? Select an attractive bottle of wine, several classic or artistic wine glasses, a book on wine pairings, and tie it all together in a wine bucket. Are you shopping for a tech lover? Pair smartphone-ready gloves with iTunes® gift cards. it’s all in the presentation Add a personal touch to holiday gifts by wrapping them up in a way that says you care. Consider using a decorated tree ornament instead of a bow, or top off a gift box with homemade or pre-packaged cookies or candy. what’s in a name? Nothing is quite as personal as a monogrammed gift, but who has time to order a name or initials during all that holiday shopping? Avoid lengthy wait times by creating your own monograms DIy style. Stop by your local craft store for some iron-on lettering, apply your gift recipient’s initials or name to a cozy throw blanket, hand towels or even a reusable bag and, voila — you have a thoughtful gift in minutes. pamper me Delight the overworked friend, co-worker, loved one or spouse with a luxurious and inexpensive DIy spa basket. After all, who doesn’t love a little pampering? Just assemble candles, bath salts, soft towels and relaxing music in a modern or classic basket – top it off with a hairband and cozy slippers to give the gift of relaxation in no time. the gift of Choice According to a recent survey by Sam’s Club on holiday cheer, 51 percent of American consumers cite gift cards as the number one last-minute gift—but you can easily make it more personal. For instance, consider pairing a gift card to your recipient’s favorite restaurant with a bottle of champagne or wine and a homemade coupon to babysit the kids for the ultimate date night gift.

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live as the wife of a high official in the Russian government (Jude Law). They lead respectable lives that lean toward the stuffy and dull. Anna is a vibrant young woman who doesn’t appreciate her married life of predictability. Anything of untoward behavior would cause a scandal, but Anna plunges head first into a clandestine romance with a handsome young military officer, Count Vronsky. He is played by the young looking AaronTaylor-Johnson, who is as beautiful as a porcelain figurine with his electric blue eyes, blond curls, and pearl white muscles. No wonder Anna loses all reason and causes great scandal and ruination of her life. It’s Miss Knightley’s best part in a long time. Director Wright (Atonement) has set the story within the frame of an old theater proscenium with dissolves to actual settings. Characters freeze as in an old fashioned tableau (a form used in My Fair Lady to great success) on stage and within the rafters, returning to life as the scene proceeds. It’s a very effective way to emphasize what needs to be pointed out in detail. It’s a delightful process to be seen on
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young wife of an aristocrat (keira knightley) has a scandalous affair with a handsome young man with ruinous consequences. Beautifully photographed and costumed. Jude law, Matthew MacFayden, aaron taylor-Johnson. Focus Features. “argo” is based on a true story that happened in iran. when american hostages were taken by the authorities, a scheme was plotted by the Cia to get other people out of iran. it’s a thriller, a comedy, and a spy movie all rolled into one. Considered for a Best picture oscar® by many critics. it’s a fabulous movie. Ben affleck stars and directs. John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, alan arkin are all worthy of oscar® consideration. warner Bros. “cloud atlas”. Couldn’t make heads or tales out of this confusing epic of six interwoven stories that waver back and forth from the 1800s to the future space age. admittedly it is beautifully made and photographed. the three-hour playing time manages to squeeze in numerous characters played by tom Hanks, Jim Broadbent, Hugo weaving, Halle Berry. Bring a cushion. Maybe two. “Diana vreeland: the eye has to travel” is a documentary about the charismatic and quickwitted fashion guru diana vreeland who has imperiously ruled over the fashion world for 50 years. she once ruled as editor over Harper’s Bazaar and vogue Magazine. it’s a fascinating look at a glamorous, but tough, world of design. samuel Goldwyn Films. “hitchcock” takes a look at the famous chillerfilm director (anthony Hopkins) and his wife (Helen Mirren) in their personal quest to make the 1960 film “psycho” under difficult circumstances. lovely scarlett Johansson plays the late star Janet leigh and Jessica Biel plays retired star vera Miles. danny Huston, James d’arcy. directed by sacha Gervasi.

Fox searchlight pictures. “holy motors” is from French director leos Carax. Monsieur oscar (French star denis lavant) is a man who is a shape-shifter and transforms himself over and over during the day. this is a crazy reverie about movies, the love of movies. nothing seems to make sense, but that is part of its charm. kylie Minogue, edith scob, eva Mendes, Michel piccoli. Holy Motors Film. “a late quartet” depicts a renowned string quartet whose fate hangs in the balance when its star cellist receives a life-changing diagnosis. stars philip seymour Hoffman, Christopher walken, Catherine keener. rko. “the loneliest planet” is beautifully filmed in the forests of the Caucasus mountains. a young couple in love hire a guide (Bidzina Gujabidze) to take them through the scenic beauties of the earth. Mexican star Gael Garcia Bernal and newcomer Hani Furstenberg play the couple who experience a brief, but shocking , pivotal incident that changes everything. ifc Films. “red Dawn” is a very patriotic movie about loving the Usa. when north korean forces invade the Usa, a group of washington teens wage a guerrilla war to save their country. the very hunky Chris Hemsworth leads the boys and Josh Hutcherson (“the Hunger Games”), Josh peck and adrianne palicki join him. open road Films. “universal Soldier: Day Of reckoning” is about a man whose family is murdered. He gets involved with a rogue army of genetically enhanced super-guys, naturally, it stars Jean-Claude van damme and dolph lundgren with newcomer scott adkins. Filmed in glorious 3d. Magnet releasing. “the zen of tony bennett” is a documentary portrait of the 86 year-old singer and his long, 60

year career of being a star. His latest “duets” albums recorded with current young singers have all been giant hits for him in the past few years. landmark. hollywood forever Walking tour: see the glamorous tombs of 2oth Century Fox’s 1940s dreamboat tyrone power, “ten Commandments” director Cecil B. de Mille, comic Marion davies, silent star rudolph valentino near “network” star peter Finch (“i’m mad as hell, and i’m not going to take it anymore!”), radio & tv comic George Burns, 50’s bombshell Jayne Mansfield (mother of tv’s Mariska Hargitay) and many others. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, sat. noon, $12. (818) 517-5988. see cemeterytour.com (310) 659- 3326. San Diego auto museum: Fabulous! always an interesting exhibit of classic cars both rare and everyday workhorses. # 2080 pan american plaza, Balboa park, $8- $4, 10 am to 5 pm , (619) 231-2886, sdautomuseum.org San Diego international auto Show: all the latest cars with tv car exhibit, 25 green vehicles. dec. 27-30, san diego Convention Center, 111 w. Harbor drive, san diego, sdautoshow.com ahmanson theatre: now – Jan. 6, 2013: Cole porter’s splashy musical “anything Goes” with rachel york. directed and choreographed by kathleen Marshall. (213) 972-4400, los angeles: website, CentertheatreGroup.org/anythingGoes broad Stage: “Cymbeline,” dec. 13 – 23. santa Monica College performing arts Center, (310) 434-3200 or thebroadstage.com broadway/San Diego: Call (888) 937-8995,

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broadwaysd.com, Civic theater downtown san diego. cygnet theatre: traditional “Christmas Carol” packaged as a “radio broadcast” in a studio with the wCyG players. sound effects, holiday music, radio commercials in old-fashioned & quaint presentation. now thru holidays. Cygnet theatre website at: www.cygnettheatre.com and with phone @ (619) 337-1525. hotel Del coronado: “an american Christmas,” step back into 1912 for a unique event with a large cast, music, stories, dance and laughter! it’s all a blending of great food and showmanship. Coronado. dec. 17-26. presented by lamb’s players theatre, (619) 437-6000. mccallum theatre: Broadway show “My Mother’s italian, My Father’s Jewish and i’m Home For the Holidays,” dec. 1 & 2; Moscow Classical Ballet, “the nutcracker,” dec. 18. (760) 340-2787. McCallum theatre, 73000 Fred waring drive @ Monterrey ave., palm desert 92260. Old globe theatre: Happy holiday traditional show with “dr. suess’ How the Grinch stole Christmas” is directed by James vasquez. original production conceived and directed by Jack o’Brien, choreography by John deluca, book & lyrics by timothy Mason, and music by Mel Marvin. it’s a smash hit every year. now – dec. 29, 2012. www.oldglobe.org Welk theater: Musical holiday show “drinkin’, singin’, & swingin’ “ now – dec. 31, 2012. phone: 1-888-802-7469 or : 760-749-3000; 8860 lawrence welk dr., escondido 92026. ***calendar compiled by James colt harrison. Send arts & entertainment news & photos to calendar, p.O. box 8010, la Jolla, california 92038-8010. n

screen, although it has been used on stage since the beginning of the theatre. It’s a very stylized dramatic device, with the emphasis on “style.” Wright has triumphed and made an

unforgettable film. This film may not adhere strictly to Tolstoy’s dignified style of story telling, but the film gives it new life and makes it accessible to young people of today who may not be

familiar with Russian literature. Especially notable in the cast is young blond Domnhall Gleeson, who plays an early pre-communism agrarian reformer, who leaves his privileged life as a rich boy to live

and work with farmers. Knightley’s philandering brother is played by Matthew McFayden, who seems to get away with everything merely because he is a man in that male-oriented society of the late 1880s.

Anna Karenina is a beautifully made film, stylish and romantic, and one of the best adult films of the year. It will figure prominently during the Oscar® season. n

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cooks are expected to bake holiday cookies this year.1 Whether you’re baking gifts for teachers, sweets for a cookie share, or a nibble to enjoy after wrapping gifts, surprise and delight friends and family by taking seasonal favorites and infusing new twists. “The holidays are marked by cherished baking traditions and enjoying the season’s most-loved flavors and treats, like gingerbread men, sugar cookies, peppermint candies and eggnog,” says Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens. “This season, we’ve taken a favorite recipe, Peppermint Bark, and added a fun, new take to create holidayinspired cookie bars. Layer fudgy brownies with smooth peppermint crème, chocolate glaze and candy cane toppings for these delicious Peppermint Bars.” For more holiday baking recipes like Spiced Holiday Sugar Cookies, and White Chocolate Kissed Gingerbread Cookies, visit www. McCormick.com.

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2. Bake 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out almost clean. Cool in pan on wire rack. 3. Meanwhile, beat confectioners’ sugar, 7 tablespoons butter, cream and peppermint extract in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended and smooth. Spread evenly over cooled brownie. Refrigerate 30 minutes. 4. Microwave chocolate and remaining 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter in large microwave bowl on HIGH 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Spread over top of chilled brownie. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies, if desired. Cut into bars. Allrecipes.com Measuring Cup, 2011 Holiday Survey Trends. n
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