Innovative idea comes to San Diego

Converted parking meters will raise money to house the homeless

IMAGE SOURCE: Brian Freskos Lumina New

San Diego is going to install converted parking meters to raise money for homelessness programs.

The primary use of any money raised will be for:

“move-in kits”—bedding, toiletries, kitchen supplies and basic furniture—which cost roughly $1,000 each to put together.

Meters are located in Horton Plaza, near the Lyceum Theatre, and at the First and Fourth avenue entrances. Plans are to have more in the downtown area, you can read more in the original post below.

Innovative idea comes to San Diego By Kelly Davis

Halloween – My Family Memories by Lorraine Hiddleson

I will be scanning and posting pages from the 6 volumes that make up my grandmother’s life story. These pages hold so many wonderful memories and stories, simple and heart warming. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. Happy Halloween!
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Stolen 1957 BMW mini was an eye-catcher –

A side view of the classic Isetta.
PHOTO SOURCE: Joe Mitchell

Joe Mitchell said he would get a lot of looks when he drove around Mission Hills with his girlfriend and dog in his tiny 1957 BMW Isetta 300.

Read more here>>Stolen 1957 BMW mini was an eye-catcher –

Goldie & Kurt list $14+mil Balinese style home in Malibu

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are trying to sell their Balinese 4BR/4.5BA property in Malibu for $14,479,000, again. What an amazing piece of property. I posted some of my fav links to photos below.

Click here to see a an online slideshow from the REALTOR that takes a few sec. to load
Click here to view a slideshow on another site where you can click through the pics. Enjoy

“Unexpected elegance on the dunes of Broad Beach. Open living spaces beautifully appointed w/ media room, designer kitchen and 3 spacious suites. Guest house w/ guest rm, living area + full bath.Expansive exterior entertainment areas w/fp, bbq & grass yard
Simply Beachfront Perfection!

A rare & extraordinary offering that transcends time, this beautiful and exotic residence was extensively redesigned & renovated in 2005. Enter through the gated courtyard, to calming fountains & lush landscaping. The open living spaces overlook an expansive oceanfront patio w/an intimate covered outdoor living room/ fireplace, a grass covered fenced yard, and a path across the sandy dunes. A luxurious oceanfront master bedroom suite has awe-inspiring views, Chinese Onyx spa-inspired bath area, and large closet. The main residence also feat. a substantial ocean view designer kitchen, 2 large add’l guest suites, Creston media room, & fab office. A detached GH that features a meditation/guest room, exercise room, completes this exceptional property.”

Photo Source:
0 Broad Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

UFO was likely basketball-sized fireball-Video | The Desert Sun |

Streaking light seen from San Diego to Phoenix

A real UFO streaked across the Coachella Valley’s skies Wednesday night, but by morning NASA scientists were fairly certain they had identified the object as a fireball.

“We can’t say 100 percent,” said Don Yeomans, manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program, “but it’s almost certain that the object was a fireball … the size of a basketball or baseball that likely disintegrated before it hit the ground.”

People across the Coachella Valley saw it soaring across the sky about 7:45 p.m., as did others across the Southwest, from San Diego to Phoenix.

The fireball looked like a falling star that continued crashing toward a mountain, a Desert Sun reporter in Palm Springs said.

Most called it green, while others said it started as a small white dot before morphing into yellow then green.

“A friend and I saw a huge green meteor falling toward Palm Desert, with a tail burning for five seconds or so,” said resident Michael Azzarella, who was driving on Bob Hope Drive at the time.

What is a meteor?

An asteroid is a relatively small, inactive, rocky body that orbits the sun.

When a piece of that asteroid — known as a meteoroid — enters the Earth and vaporizes, the light phenomenon that results is called a meteor.

That object becomes known as a meteorite if it survives its passage through the Earth’s atmosphere and hits the ground.

Source: NASA

The bluish-green color suggests the fireball, an asteroid fragment that entered Earth’s atmosphere, had some magnesium or nickel in it, Yeomans said.
Orange is usually an indication it’s entering earth’s atmosphere at several miles per second, a moderate rate of speed.

“They make an impressive show for such a small object,” Yeomans said.
“I have never seen anything this huge enter the earth’s atmosphere, nor have I ever witnessed one so bright and colorful that lasted for so long. It was at least four or five seconds!” Kathy Westmoreland of San Dimas wrote to The Desert Sun.

Marc DeBiase and a friend saw the fireball from La Quinta.

“We spotted the falling hunk of fire and what seemed to be a eternity lasted about 7-10 seconds of watching this thing get closer and closer to earth and change … colors,” he wrote. “We figured it had made a new hole somewhere on the (Jack Nicklaus) Tournament Course at PGA West.”

Yeomans said fireball events are much more rare than shooting stars, but they happen on a weekly basis somewhere on Earth, usually over the ocean.

“It’s a natural phenomenon and nothing to be concerned about,” he said.

The sight did have many worried Wednesday night, including Brenda Kaye, who saw the fireball while driving on Da Vall Drive in Rancho Mirage.

“First I thought it was a plane that exploded in mid air. It was going terribly fast down towards the earth,” she wrote. “Then, I supposed it could have been a falling star, but I have never seen one that size.”

Alisha Ball had a similar thought when she spotted the fireball while leaving her house in the Mira Mesa area of San Diego.

“With the Navy base being close-by, I was concerned it was a jet going down, because it was traveling at such a fast speed,” she wrote.

But Ian Gregor, an Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, confirmed that there were no aircraft incidents reported in the Western region.

Before the UFO was identified, Twitter users from across the region — including Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego — were eager for answers about the unusual activity in the night sky.

“First an #earthquake this morning and now a #meteor tonight. Riverside CA is hopping with activity today,” @kelliebrat61 tweeted. “Mama Nature getting her groove on!”

If you saw the light or snapped pictures of it, email

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kate McGinty is a reporter for The Desert Sun. She covers public safety and the city of Desert Hot Springs. She can be reached at (760) 778-6451,, or @TDSKateM.

UFO was likely basketball-sized fireball | The Desert Sun |

Vintage photos by Charles W. Cushman reveal early life through Kodachrome

Charles Weever Cushman, amateur photographer and Indiana University alumnus, bequeathed approximately 14,500 Kodachrome color slides to his alma mater.

The photographs in the collection bridge a thirty-two year span from 1938 to 1969, during which time he extensively documented the United States as well as other countries.

Below are some of my personal favorites. I was inspired to pass along these photos from this recent online post about his 1940’s New York City photos. AMAZING! I copied the NYC photos after the jump for your enjoyment.

A corner of the court Casa de Pico motor lodge San Diego – old town

Casa de Pico San Diego, Calif.
Elephant Tower (San Francisco, Calif.)
Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940 : San Francisco, Calif
The very last word in SF houses — on Washington at Maple [3800 West].
The very last word in San Francisco dwellings. 
Washington at Maple [3800 West].
Wedge-shaped group of buildings along Pacific St east from Walnut
Santa’s Village near Santa Cruz
From top of Excelsior Hotel BEIRUT  Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon   May 1, 1965

Indiana University’s Digital Library Program and the Indiana University Archives invite you to explore what Cushman saw. Here you can view his photographs as well as read contextual information about Cushman’s life and work.

New York City photos by Charles W. Cushman reveal 1940s life in the Big Apple | Mail Online

Video of the Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2012 Fashion Show

Rebecca Minkoff Talks Fashion Nite Out

In celebration of fashion week I am celebrating designer Rebecca Minkoff. We both grew up in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego, I lived blocks away from her family and was the local babysitter on and off for a decade.

It was the 80’s, The Minkoff’s moved to Florida, and upon high school graduation Rebecca departed for NYC with dreams of designing.

She started RM with her brother Uri Minkoff, and after a succesful launch, and a beautiful Tuscan wedding to Gavin Bellour, she set her sites on expanding the RM brand. (Be sure to also check out her Ben Minkoff men’s line).

This video was originally shot one year ago 9/12/10 for her Spring Line launched March 2011. Created by Gavin Bellour, this is an intimate look into her creative process.

On September 12th, documentary filmmaker Gavin Bellour filmed CFDA fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff as she prepared for the presentation of her Spring/Summer 2011 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

The road to Lincoln Center is documented in this short film which features appearances by Gossip Girl Michelle Trachtenberg and fashion blogger Rumi Neely of

Below: “No Pressure” A Behind the Scenes Look at Fall 2011 Fashion Week. Follow Rebecca Minkoff as she prepares for her the first runway show at Lincoln Center. Then shop your favorite fall looks now available on

This is a family run business. Uri is off the charts smart, graduating high school in about 16 months. With determination and a few PR courses under his belt, he talked his folks into eventually opening what became a 10,000 sqft wellness center. Later building his own successful internet development technology company.

Still acting as Chair of his companies, Uri set off to start the Rebecca Minkoff brand with his sister. 6 years later, they are still independently managed and self-financed.

Today she is at the top of her game, still partnering with her brother Uri and preparing to be a new mommy, while her husband Gavin provides fantastic visual images.

Click here for her company timeline. Their venture now offers apparel, bags, shoes and accessories, and men’s accessories under the brand Ben Minkoff, named after her grandfather.

Sept. 9 (Bloomberg) — Rebecca Minkoff, chief executive officer for her self-named handbag company, talks about the fashion industry and growth strategy. Minkoff speaks with Tom Keene on Bloomberg Television’s “Surveillance Midday.” (Source: Bloomberg)

I carry RM bags because they are fabulous! My favorite being the Wine and Cheese bag with roomy front pockets. I live in this bag.

Take a moment and view her site and blogs. REBECCA MINKOFF is someone to watch. Dont forget to sign up for her newsletter. I leave you with a video for her 2011 Fall collection, enjoy.

(Click here to catch up with her amazing folks, David and Sue Minkoff, two people I completely adore who taught me so much about family, health and harmony.)

Rebecca on Bloomberg TV
Livestream of the Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2012 Fashion Show