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Like a Tea Party ... Sort Of

Talk about grass-roots—or seaweed, as the case may be. There were no night riders or se­cret meetings promoting this bash. The message was viral—via Facebook—and YouTube coverage of the assembly followed.

Since the passing of Proposition D banning alcohol at city beaches, industrious young par­ti­ers have sought a means to lawfully get their beach party back on. And a loophole made the ban less than water-tight: Non-motorized, offshore partying is okay.

On August 8, that meant launching all manner of inflatable craft well-stocked with lithe, fabulous beach bodies—plus booze—for a demonstration of what it means to be young in a beach town.

Attendance at the inaugural Inner2ba­pa­loo­za was estimated at a couple thousand, which included an abundance of city law enforcement and fire and rescue personnel. At the end of the day, there were a handful of arrests, dozens of citations issued (you still have to be 21, you know) and numerous water rescues. Another apparent loophole and logistical disconnect, from a lifeguarding perspective: Booze is okay as long as you’re not touching bottom.

The party left the expected debris, as well as mountains of inflatables—and likely some warm spots in the bay not caused by tea.    —TERRY LEAHY

Leeding The Way

San Diego now lays claim to one of the greenest restaurants in the country, thanks to the recent opening of Claire’s on Cedros in Solana Beach. The family-friendly, wholesome-food eatery is the first freestanding restaurant in the United States to receive the Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification—the highest recognition of environmental sustainability and energy effi­ciency by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Every aspect of the design—by local firm JLC Architecture—and construction process was considerate of environmental impact and waste reduction. Recycled blue jeans are used as insulation, and nearly all of the interior finishes are reclaimed, made of recycled material or harvested from renewable sources. There are designated parking spots for carpoolers and hybrid cars, and 90 percent of the landscaping is edible (organic herbs and salad greens are grown onsite). Claire’s is also a member of the Green Restaurant Association.

Proprietors Terrie Boley and Claire Allison say going green was a given when creating their homey bistro café, a stone’s throw from the Solana Beach train station (proximity to public transportation garners green points). “The environmental part of this project is an extension of the way we both live,” says Boley, an entrepreneur and software engineer behind many successful start-up ventures.

Allison, the culinary mind of the pair, is an industry veteran who years ago crafted the original recipe for the hugely popular Milton’s Delicatessen multigrain bread. Her dishes are prepared from scratch utilizing locally farmed organic produce. Claire’s even has an in-house bakery—with energy-efficient appliances, of course.

More information: clairesoncedros.com or 858-259-8597.   —JULIA BEESON POLLORENO    

True Colors

The last thing Jennifer Guerin wanted to do was make a boring audition tape for HGTV’s Design Star reality series.

After a few practice runs, the creative force behind JG Color Studios in Bankers Hill decided to spoof Mr. Rogers, changing from business clothes to artist’s attire as she walked and talked. “When I got the call from casting, saying they loved my video ... I was just flabbergasted,” she says.

But it was more than her self-­described “super goofy” nature that landed Guerin a life-changing spot among the show’s 11 finalists. After earning her bachelor’s degree in art from San Diego State University, Guerin went on to obtain accreditation in color design from the International Association of Color Consultants/Designers’ North America chapter. The two-year program, comparable to a master’s education, trains students in the science, psychology and theory of color.

Now, as one of only 130 certified color designers in the chapter worldwide, Guerin creates color palettes for residential and commercial clients, including San Diego Charger Luis Cas­tillo, KUSI news anchor Sandra Maas and Ki’s Restaurant in Cardiff. The eco-conscious Guerin often incorporates architectural salvage pieces and believes in keeping things minimal without forgoing charm. “Too minimalistic doesn’t look like home,” she says.

Although her run on Design Star, which aired July through September, ended after the third episode, her future looks brighter than ever. Up next for the multitasking Guerin: “I’ll be finishing my thesis on color in retail space, working on a home accessories line and traveling to all parts of the world to design palettes for hotels, retails spaces and residential clients.”   —REBECCA CHAPPELL

The Insider

NERDLEBRITIES GALORE: As usual, Comic-Con brought a cavalcade of celebs to the convention center, and despite the prospect of being mobbed by costumed fanboys and girls, some of them ventured beyond the exhibition halls. Visitors to Sè Hotel caught glimpses of alien-fighting bad-ass Sigourney Weaver, model Amber Valetta and well-inked Juno scribe Diablo Cody, while the Ivy scored when Iron Man II stars Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle checked in for the weekend. The newly superfit ScarJo’s dinner at Quarter Kitchen included caviar, roasted beet and avocado salad, stir-fried veggies and spicy blackened hamachi.

MEANWHILE IN THE NIGHTCLUB: Elijah Wood was spotted partying at Envy, along with Downey and Ludacris, and kept the good times going into the next day while sipping mojitos on the Ivy’s rooftop sundeck. Several cast members from Lost also stayed at the Ivy, including Michael Emerson (a.k.a. Ben Linus), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Josh Holloway (Sawyer) and Dom­inic Monaghan (Charlie). Sadly, no Jack Shephard sightings were reported.

TALL DRINK OF WATER: After ribbing the kay­akers and boaters attempting to crash his recent gig at Humphey’s, ­co­median Joel McHale retired to the Four Seasons Aviara for the night. The 6-foot-4 actor and host of E!’s Talk Soup enjoyed family time with his wife, Sarah, and two sons, who spent time splashing about in the pool. Hale’s new sitcom, Community, premieres this fall on NBC.

EVEN VAMPIRES LOVE PIZZA (JUST HOLD THE GARLIC): Focus Features hosted its Comic-Con bash at East Village’s Basic Urban Kitchen to promote two of its new films: the vampire-themed Thirst and the Tim Burton–produced animated fantasy 9. Partygoers drank thirst-quencher cocktails made from cranberry juice poured from “blood bags,” while Burton, dressed in head-to-toe black, shared a pepperoni pie with friends in a back corner of the industrial warehouse lounge.

TRACK STARS: Opening day at Del Mar Racetrack was a star-studded affair as usual: Hills star Audrina Patridge, lately better known for her impressive ability to scarf hamburgers while wearing a gold bikini, waited in the Director’s Room—along with California Horse Racing Board member Bo Derek—before presenting the trophy to the winning jockey-horse duo after the fourth race. Later, Patridge presided over an opening-day party at L’Auberge Del Mar. Also spotted at the track: former Miss California Carrie Prejean, who sang “Where the Surf Meets the Turf“ between the fourth and fifth races; Prejean was joined in the Winners Circle and in her suite by notorious ladies’ man Wilmer Valderrama.

UPTOWN GIRL: Actress Sandra Bullock opted for Balboa Park over zombies and caped crusaders, ducking in to see the Richard Avedon photography show at San Diego Museum of Art while Comic-Con was in full swing downtown.      —RACHEL ZENN SACHS

No Place Like Homecoming

The old proverb “There’s no place like home” couldn’t ring more true for San Diego State University alumni this fall. October marks the completion of a 33,000-square-foot, two-story, state-of-the-art facility created just for Az­tec alums. The Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center features 20,000 square feet of gathering space, a large lounge and library decorated with Aztec mem­orabilia, a ballroom that can ac­com­mo­date 260 people and a multipurpose outdoor pavilion that overlooks the ath­letic fields and Tony Gwynn Stadium.

The $11 million center, named after three major benefactors—SDSU alum­ni Jack Goodall, Leon Parma and Bob Payne—provides a long-awaited hub for local alumni of the 113-year-old university.

“The thing that was missing most from the university was simply that there was no place for alumni to go, no cohesiveness to bring alumni back to campus,” says Payne, a graduate of the class of 1955. “This is the first time there is a full-fledged place for alumni when they visit the campus.”

On the long list of center features, none makes a more dramatic statement than the large rotunda at the entrance. Former black-and-red bearers can buy a stone (bearing their name) to pave the rotunda floor.

The dedication of the center is October 17, prior to the Aztec homecoming game against Brigham Young Un­i­ver­si­ty at Qualcomm Stadium. More information: ­sdsualumni.org.   —FARYAR BORHANI

The Royal Treatment

Thanks to Disney’s vault of fairytale classics, your typical prince isn’t known as much of an environmental activist. But His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco—who receives the annual Roger Revelle Prize in San Diego on October 23—isn’t your typical prince.

Scripps Institutution of Oceanography chose Prince Albert for the prize (which former vice president Al Gore received last year) for spreading awareness of serious climate issues. Prince Albert’s efforts dem­onstrated much-needed leadership in global-warming education, says SIO director Tony Haymet. 

“I think we who study the ocean rely on champions, [including] public figures who adopt important issues,” Haymet says.

Son of Prince Rainier III of Monaco and silver screen legend Grace Kelly, Prince Albert grew up in the public spotlight. He graduated from Amherst University in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He has been a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1985 and participated in the bobsled competition at the Winter Olympics (1988-2002). After his father’s death, Albert became prince of Monaco in November 2005.

Though he’s endured his share of scan­dal (stemming from paternity suits), Prince Albert has used his fame to shine a spotlight on environmental issues. In 2006, he cre­ated the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foun­da­tion—an organization that fo­cuses on developing renewable energies, preserving marine biodiversity and improving access to clean water. After a month-long expedition to Antarctica in January 2009, he began an international dialogue about climate change and urged other countries to become more environmentally minded.

Prince Albert receives the award at a din­ner hosted by SIO, where he will discuss Monaco’s partnership with the institution on ocean acidification and aquarium exhibits. The gala’s proceeds support the Roger Revelle Leadership Fund, which recruits and retains outstanding students, faculty and researchers at SIO. 

In addition to supporting the leadership fund, Haymet hopes the event will encourage more public leaders to focus on global environmental issues. “Public officials are elected to represent terrestrial areas,” he says. “No one is elected to specifically represent the ocean. And every once in a while, a public figure comes around and becomes an ambassador for the ocean. So we’re very grateful for Prince Albert to have taken up the cause.”

To request an invitation to the October 23 dinner or to register to attend as a sponsor, call 858-822-4313, e-mail
revelleprize@ucsd.edu or visit the Roger Revelle Prize Web site at sio.ucsd.edu/revelle_prize.

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