Radio: Dog-friendly Del Mar

L’Auberge Hotel Mascot – Sofie

With a dog-friendly hotels, specialty bakeries and health food stores just for pets, along with one of the best dog beaches in the area – Del Mar Dogs are doted on like the privileged family members they have become. Sally went to Del Mar to sniff out the scene for City Stories:

LISTENDel Mar Dogs (5 min)

The Helen Woodward Animal Center holds its annual Surf Dog Surf-a-thon in September at Del Mar’s Dog Beach. For more information on the center and its surfing fund raiser, visit And for tips on teaching your dog to surf, contact

Radio: Shakti Rising

Shakti circle
Shakti Rising Transformational Recovery Program

It’s the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – now known as “Giving Tuesday” a national movement to encourage people to support local charities – and a good day to share one of our favorite San Diego non-profits with you.

In October, we sat down with the women who run this transformational recovery program and they generously shared their experiences with City Stories listeners.

LISTEN:  Shakti Rising MP3 (5 min)

You can connect with Shakti Rising founder Shannon Thompson at the Sophia Conference in Coronado on December 8. To offer support to Shakti Rising and to benefit from their skillful ways, please visit

A program of KSDS Jazz88 on the City College campus, you too can become radio news producer for City Stories. The new term begins in January. We have thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

Radio: San Diego Hospice

Michael Sohmer doing rounds in Hillcrest

At the former San Diego Hospice in Hillcrest, quality care for the dying was underpinned by the special attention devoted to supporting the whole person, including staff and volunteers.

LISTEN: MP3 – SDHospice (10 min)

In this special report for City Stories on public radio KSDS Jazz88, I met with the displaced members of this tightly knit group to learn their plans for the future. Erin Raskin, Michael Sohmer, Jan Sykora, Mary Helmick, Carol Mills, Bella Suavengco, and founder Dr. Doris Howell talk about what’s next.

Radio: Transportation Puzzle

We at Sweet Orange Studio are everyday cyclists.  However, some days we gather all our resources and make an entirely different transportation plan, like this trip to Ashland that looped in an electric Smart car, Amtrak, the Flyaway bus from Union Station to LAX, flight to Oregon – and all the same steps in reverse.  I was so happy to find a car2go in Old Town when we got home!

I interviewed a few people in San Diego recently for the Jazz88 City Stories program, to see what kind of transportation works for them.  The day after our city selected Bob Filner as mayor (and liveability advocate) I wanted to share these ideas with you:

Downtown’s sheer density provides an opportunity to re-think our ideas about development.  More housing normally requires more parking spaces, and more driving means fewer people are on the street.  It turns out that San Diego is right on the cutting edge with European-style electric car sharing, thoughtful planning for bikes, and abundant public transit options.  I discovered that the future of getting around in San Diego is full of exciting possibilities.

LISTENMP3 – Transportation Puzzle (5 min)

For more information on electric car sharing visit  Cyclists can learn more about bike commuting at

November – Voting Time

Here’s a new video I recorded for Ballot Point. They’re specialists in creating automated voting interfaces for unions and others.

However you vote, I know you’ve made sure that you’re properly registered, and it’s also important to double check your polling place if you like to go into the booth on voting day like we do. Ours has moved from Green Manor Apartments to the Spreckles Masonic Temple in Hillcrest. We’ll be there on November 6 saying Yes to Prop 37 and voting for O!