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EarthFair organizers offer myriad ways to keep our planet alive By Joyell Nevins

The 14 Master Class pilots in the Air Races, sponsored by the namesake energy drink company, are touted as some of the best in the world. At each of the eight motor sport competitions, the aviators showcase their speed, precision and skill.

Be a part of the solution — not the problem — and not the complaint. The 28th annual EarthFair organizers are encouraging everyone to get involved and care for the earth they live on with the theme, “Be a Solution!” The fair will be held Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. in Balboa Park. More than 50,000 spectators, 350 volunteers and 300-plus exhibitors make this event the largest, free Earth Day festival in the nation. But despite the massive amount of people involved, there is one core theme running through. “They’re all trying to do something to better the

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Secret ways to enjoy Petco


A member of the Red Bull Air Force Team during a practice run March 14 over San Diego Bay. (Courtesy Chris Tedesco/Red Bull Content Pool)

After 8-year hiatus of Red Bull Air Races, local pilot will compete over San Diego Bay By Dave Fidlin Abu Dhabi, Budapest … San Diego? These global cities might appear an unlikely mix, but

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they share a common bond this year: Each is among eight select locales throughout the world hosting a Red Bull Air Race at some point in 2017.

Annual ArtWalk is an extravaganza of color in Little Italy Socializing on tap By Gina McGalliard


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Little Italy’s ArtWalk isn’t just your typical community street fair — it’s a 17-block two-day event that has the distinction of being San Diego’s foremost art festival, drawing vendors and visitors from around the country. Now in its 33rd year, Mission Federal ArtWalk showcases the work of more than 350 artists in such varied mediums as photography, fine jewelry, painting, ceramics, drawing, metal, wood, glasswork, and sculpture. This year’s theme is “Vivid Expressions” and attendance is expected to exceed 100,000. “We call it the ‘Little Italy turns into giant outdoor gallery for the weekend,’” said Sandi Cottrell, managing director of ArtWalk. “The artists do very

well in this environment. They know that San Diego has become a good art collecting market, so they really love it here. And artists come from all over the world.” The festival has selected a handful of vendors to promote as featured artists. Among them are Moni Bloom, who creates ceramic sculptures inspired by children’s life and literature; Matthew Grabelsky, who paints images from his New York City childhood; Jason Humphrey, who spent his youth defacing buildings with graffiti before redirecting his artistic inclinations to more legitimate drawing and painting; and Iris Scott, who does oil paintings with her fingertips. ArtWalk and ArtReach — the festival’s nonprofit partner that brings art instruction to elementary schools unable to

A vendor at last year's festival shares her colorful fruit artwork. (Courtesy Olive PR) afford their own — again also joined forces with Knockaround Sunglasses and will be selling a winning peacock feather-themed sunglass design created by a local fifth-grader. Though one might think of an art festival as being a grown-up event, the KidsWalk portion is more than substantial enough to justify bringing the little ones along, with approximately a dozen organizations providing interactive activities for children and opportunities to create arts and crafts.

Present at KidsWalk will be Art with Larisse (owned by Larisse Robinson), which offers art instruction to children ages 5 through adult, with studio locations in La Mesa, Bonita and Santee. “We’re doing the same thing we’ve done every year [at Artwalk] which is a pastel picture that comes together using not only a drawing technique in the beginning — but then the kids color it in with the pastels and we follow through with

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Surreal reinterpretation

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The Inez Grant Parker Rose Garden at 2125 Park Blvd. in Balboa Park is accepting volunteers, novice or experienced, to join the Rose Garden Corps. Volunteers work in the garden trimming off dead blooms, weeding, raking, fertilizing, pruning and planting new varieties. Volunteer days are Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings, preferably weekly, for 2-3 hours. A monthly meeting in the Rose Garden the third Tuesday of each month at 9:15 a.m. is used to share information and direct needed work. Volunteers learn about roses, and also act as goodwill ambassadors to the many tourists who frequent the garden. Those interested may contact Mary Rose at bprosegardencorps@gmail.com.

Guests celebrate outdoors during Art Alive’s Bloom Bash at San Diego Museum of Art. (Courtesy San Diego Museum of Art)

Art Alive partners floral exhibits with the work of masters and other artists By Kai Oliver-Kurtin Organizers of the 36th annual Art Alive exhibit at San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) expect to draw more than 13,000 people to experience the museum in full bloom April 27–30. Nearly 100 local and regional floral designers will select artwork from the museum to serve as inspiration to create their own floral interpretation based on the chosen work of art. “It’s a great way to experience the art in a different way,” said Sarah Grossman, manager of special events and corporate relations at SDMA. “We were one of the first museums to do floral exhibitions, but most haven’t taken it to the same level that we have.” The 2017 Art Alive theme is surrealism, which is very different from the literal themes of years past. “It’s going to be an immersive, multi-sensory experience

like you’re in a dream,” Grossman said. “The exhibit serves as a bridge for some people to understand the art.” The official opening party, Bloom Bash, takes place April 28 at SDMA with floral-infused cocktails, food from local restaurants, craft beer, entertainment, live music and dancing. This year they are adding private, tiki-themed cabanas in the garden as a VIP option. “Bloom Bash is my favorite party of the year,” Grossman said. “I call it my rainbow, Technicolor, wiz-bang-wow party. It encompasses what we’re all about and includes contemporary artists that we may not necessarily show at the museum.” Art Alive typically includes an educational component and this year SDMA is adding a terrarium-building workshop to the lineup of events on April 29. Partnering with North Parkbased retail store Pigment for the workshop, SDMA will allow participants to select a succulent

and a color palate for their terrarium. The entire SDMA staff is involved with planning the Art Alive exhibit and related events. The long selection process includes inviting floral designers to participate, having them choose their artwork and ensuring artists’ sketches meet the curatorial team’s approval. Designers who have participated in past exhibits have priority when choosing their artwork. “It’s great to see what the floral designers are able to pull out of the art that you didn’t see,” Grossman said. Between the events, museum admission, underwriting and gifts, Art Alive serves as SDMA’s signature fundraiser. Museum admission to the floral exhibition is free for members, $25 for nonmembers, $5 for youth ages 7 to 17, and free for children ages 6 and under. For more information, visit sdmart.org. —Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a local freelance writer. She enjoys covering events, restaurant news, culture and entertainment. Contact her at kai.sdnews@ gmail.com.

(l to r) Floral interpretations of “Portrait of a Boy at the Spanish Court,” “The Somnambulist” and “The Young Shepherdess” (Photos courtesy San Diego Museum of Art)


The Gaslamp Quarter Association, in conjunction with the Downtown Partnership’s Clean & Safe program, will collaborate in the Gaslamp’s 150th anniversary celebration with the installa-tion of 15 fiberglass rabbit statues in the Gaslamp Quarter. The “Rabbitville” public art project will educate visitors about the Gaslamp Quarter’s history. “Rabbitville” will feature 15 fiberglass rabbit statues painted and decorated by local artists prom-inently displayed in the Gaslamp Quarter starting in April. Prior to the settling of New Town by Alonzo Horton in 1867, the area now known as Downtown San Diego, was jokingly nicknamed “Rabbitville.” The lighthearted moniker referred to the failed attempts by others to build a city on San Diego Bay. Where these early pioneers had failed to build a city for people, they were successful in making a great habitat for the local rabbit popula-tion. The rabbit is a symbol paying homage to the old nickname as well as being a common symbol for renewal


and hope. These 15 sculptures (one for each decade) will be markers of how the Gaslamp Quarter has grown.


The Balboa Park Conservancy, in partnership with the city of San Diego’s Park & Recreation Department, planted 21 new trees around Morley Field Dog Park on Balboa Park’s east mesa in March as part of its ongoing efforts to diversify and augment the park’s urban forest. The planting of 14 jacarandas and seven Torrey pines, donated by The Village Garden Club of La Jolla, Jacaranda Project, took place on March 22. The following day, fifth-graders from Chollas Meade Elementary School were trained by experts from Tree San Diego in the watering and care of new and mature trees as part of its San Diego Junior Tree Steward Certification program. For more information, visit balboaparkconservancy.org.


The Marston House closed March 27 so that a new roof and gutters could be installed. The his-toric house is expected to reopen July 1, according to Save Our heritage Organisation (SOHO), the nonprofit preservation group that operates the Arts & Crafts mansion at 3525 Seventh Ave. in Balboa Park. Much of the gardens and lawn with shade trees will remain open to pedestrians during construc-tion. The Marston House Museum Shop in the estate’s carriage house will stay open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum’s walking tours will continue to run, and have expanded to every weekend during this time. For more information, visit bit. ly/2nTfcA5. In addition, SOHO hopes to complete some interior restoration projects while the museum is closed if enough funds become available. To donate to the Marston House Restoration Fund, visit bit. ly/2nTfmr5.

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RED BULL RACE San Diego is not a stranger to the Red Bull Air Races. Events were held above San Diego Bay for three consecutive years, 2007 to 2009, but vanished from the local skies in the ensuing years as competitions were held elsewhere.

The race director is a local

Although he shies away from taking credit for its return to San Diego, Coronado resident Jim DiMatteo said he did serve as a strong advocate as planning for the 2017 itinerary got underway last year. “From an air racer’s perspective, I’m very excited it’s coming back to America’s Finest City,” said DiMatteo, a retired U.S. Navy Captain and fighter pilot, who is among the 14 Master Class pilots in the Red Bull Air Races. Since retiring from the Navy in 2013, DiMatteo has remained busy. In addition to competing across the globe in all eight Red Bull Air Races — including the upcoming event on his home turf — DiMatteo holds the title of “Race Director” for the entire operation. From his own anecdotal perspective, DiMatteo said he has been greeted with a bounty of enthusiasm as word has spread about the upcoming Red Bull Air Race in San Diego, which is slated over Easter weekend, April 15-16.

Coronado resident and retired Navy pilot Jim DiMatteo will be participating in the April race over San Diego. (Courtesy Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool) “As a local San Diegan, I’m proud to have it back,” he said. “It’s a wonderful attraction and it’s a fun outdoor activity the whole family can enjoy.” DiMatteo said the prospect of returning the Red Bull Air Races to San Diego began last spring during a chance conversation with Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “He was talking about trying hard and being aggressive in building San Diego’s brand awareness,” DiMatteo said. “His goal is for San Diego to have more international recognition.” In a prepared statement to San Diego Downtown News, Faulconer espoused enthusiasm for the return of the Red Bull Air Races in San Diego. “As a hub for innovation in flight and home to some of the world’s most scenic views, there is no better place to host the

Red Bull Air Races than San Diego,” Faulconer said in the statement. “We look forward to the long awaited return of this spectacular event and hosting visitors from around the globe to enjoy it alongside San Diegans.” Mirroring past events, the upcoming racers’ high-speed, low-flying action will occur atop Embarcadero Marina parks — South and North. The green space runs along the San Diego Harbor on the east side of San Diego Bay on property administered by the Port of San Diego.

Efforts to ensure safety

Because so much of the racing takes place in and near very public places, a number of local agencies, including the Port itself, have been intricately involved in the logistics of the event to ensure

A rendering of the planned race track above the South Embarcadero. (Courtesy Red Bull Media House)


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A high-altitude view of the March 14 practice run over San Diego. (Courtesy Andy Farrington/Red Bull Content Pool)

no precautionary stone in the name of safety has been left unturned. Brianne Mundy Page, a marketing and public relations representative with the Port, said steps have been taken to inform boaters and other persons who frequent the area that public access will be prohibited in a number of areas during a Friday practice session on April 14 and throughout the competitions. “(An email) was sent by dockmasters — who manage the marinas and yacht clubs on San Diego Bay — to boaters,” Page said of the communication efforts. As for the competition, DiMatteo said great strides are taken in every city to ensure the pilots and spectators are safe throughout the event. “It’s something we work extremely hard on,” DiMatteo said. “We’re very proud of our safety record. We’ve had no incidents, ever, which is very, very unique in the world of aviation.” Although the Master Class pilots only perform in formal competitive events eight times a year, DiMatteo said a

significant amount of practice occurs throughout the year to ensure each participant is on his A-game. “It’s really well rehearsed,” DiMatteo said. “A lot of training goes into it.” San Diego is the second stop for the Red Bull Air Race in 2017. The pilots competed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in February. After departing San Diego this month, the pilots will then compete in Chiba, Japan, in June; and Budapest, Hungary, and Kazan, Russia in July. Two more locales, yet to be determined, are planned for Europe in August and September. The final competition this year is slated in Indianapolis in October. For ticket information and other specific details on the upcoming Red Bull Air Race in San Diego, visit redbullairrace. com. —Dave Fidlin is a freelance journalist with a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.fidlin@ thinkpost.net.



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It’s opening weekend at Petco A local dishes on the secret spots around the stadium By Alex Owens Baseball season officially begins April 7 in San Diego, when the Padres take on the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. The first pitch is at 3:40 p.m. and is the first game in a three-game series. Those in attendance at the Friday game will get an “opening day T-shirt,” courtesy of Sycuan Casino; Saturday attendees for the 5:40 p.m. game will experience a laser show, also presented by Sycuan Casino; and the Sunday, 1:40 p.m. game will focus on the kids, with a Compadres Kids Signing, KidsFest, and a postgame “kids run the bases.” No one is predicting the Pads to be huge contenders this year, but even if the team falls short, there are few better places to watch a baseball game than Petco Park. USA Today picked it as the nation’s No. 1 ballpark last year, citing the weather, the many food options, and of course, the craft beer, as reasons why it’s above and beyond the competition. The park is great as is for first timers, but savvy season ticket holders know all the

There are lots of additional ways that fans can enjoy the season. (Courtesy San Diego Padres)

secrets that allow them to enhance their experience. Here are some of the sporty secrets only a local really knows about. Best place to stretch out in the sun: The “Park at the Park,” with its grassy knoll, is a great place to chill and enjoy the baseball park atmosphere. The seats are cheap, there’s easy access to food and beer, and there’s a giant big screen TV to make up for the lack of an optimal view. Best place to get a soggy bottom: At night during the spring months, it’s common for clouds to roll in off the coast and drop dew on the grass at the Park at the Park. You may want to bring two blankets and lay them on each other. Best place to get a foul ball: There are a lot of low seats in left field that are prime territory for foul balls, the

greatest game souvenir known to man. Best place to feel like a superstar: The balcony at the Western Metal Supply Building has just a few seats and everyone who sits there feels like royalty. People only can sit there for three innings at a time, so drink quickly. Best place for people who really want to watch the game: T.C. Johnston, a lawyer in Rolando, recommends the Premier Club seats. “The [tickets] are great and usually not much more expensive than regular seats,” he said. “The seats are padded, there’s more leg room and the servers come to you. Plus, there are always people willing to talk baseball.” Best view for the value: The seats in the upper deck, section 300-306, overlook home

It’s “Opening Weekend” at Petco Park, where the Padres will play the Giants for a three-game stint. (Courtesy San Diego Padres) plate, and as such, provide a great view of the game. Best place for disabled people to watch the game: Alex Montoya, owner of A-Motivational Communications, recommends the left field grandstand. “Disabled people love tables to place their food and drink and that section has countertops and chairs,” he said. Cheapest eats: There is a hot dog stand on the east side of the stands near the Park at the Park that usually sells kidsize dogs for less than $2, and you don’t have to have a kid with you. Best burger: Hodad’s has stands all over the Park. Their bacon cheeseburger is justifiably world famous and definitely worth getting given any chance, baseball game or not. Best dog at the park: The TJ Dog served by Lucha Libre is wrapped in bacon and makes

the ballpark experience that much better. Still hungry? Get their surf and turf burrito. Best fish taco: For freshness, it’s hard to beat the mahi mahi tacos served at Rimel’s in Section 119. Finally, the most important secret of all: Shortest restroom lines: Some people swear by the bathrooms in the stairwells, but, if you have the nerve, you can try and crash posh areas like the Toyota Terrace and Premier Club, where the lines are likely shorter. For more insider information about Petco Park and the upcoming season of baseball, visit tinyurl.com/knm77gg. For additional info on the Padres, visit padres.com. —Alex Owens is a San Diego-based freelance writer. He can be reached at alexowenssd@gmail.com.

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It’s up to us How immigration status affects children By Dr. Trish Hatch Studies show there are more than 11 million people currently residing in the United States that do not have legal status or authorization from the government to be here. Of that 11 million, approximately 3.9 of them are children. Children, at no fault of their own, are at great risk regarding the impacts of deportation, with the total numbers of “undocumented” parents — one or both — rising for children K-12. In a guide they wrote for schools regarding the stress that immigration status has on children, Marquette University educators Lisa M. Edwards, Phd, department of counselor education and counseling psychology, and Jacki Black, MA Ed, associate director for Hispanic initiatives, focused on a number of specific areas of concern when it comes to these children. They drilled down on subjects, including the context of immigration stress; how detention and deportation affects children; toxic stress: how the threat of detention and deportation affects children; behavioral/ emotional signs of immigration status-related stress in the classroom; and they offered a list of ways school personnel can support students in the classroom and their families. While Edwards and Black agree that every child is

different, they state that every child that suffers the loss of one or both parents to deporation, or are hindered by the threat of losing them, can show various negative symptoms or behaviors at school. Many of these are akin to PTSD-like symptoms and can include withdrawal; anger and aggression; hyper-arousal or hyper-vigilance; difficulties focusing at school; somatic complaints; crying and sadness’ poor appetite; poor or disrupted sleep; anxiety and academic decline. The Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership (CESCaL) is a nonprofit Center within San Diego State Universities College of Education. CESCal’s mission, in addition of promoting excellence in the field of school counseling, is to assist school counselors, their schools and their central office administrators as they design, implement and evaluate their school counseling programs. Over the years to supplement our regular services, we have held various conferences to further assist school counselors who support ESL students, special needs students, and LGBTQ students, where we bring myriad resources together in one place that may not be otherwise be as readily available. In April 2016, CESCaL hosted the first annual conference to ensure access and equity to higher education for

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immigrant and undocumented youth by ensuring those who work with them received expert training on how to mentor, counsel, and advise future college candidates. CESCaL chose to address this specific student population due to CESCaL’s commitment to advocate for marginalized student groups, improve effective practices among educators, provide a forum for collaboration and networking, problem solve critical training issues, and provide ongoing professional development. Later this month, CESCaL will present the second annual conference of this type, called: “Supporting Access to Higher Education for Immigrant and Undocumented Students.” Currently, millions of undocumented immigrant students and families are eager to pursue postsecondary education but they face significant barriers to educational attainment. Most are unaware of the financial opportunities available to them and are subject to institutional gatekeeping that impacts access to post-secondary opportunities. Undocumented immigrant students also graduate at drastically lower rates than U.S. born citizens and only 5–10 percent of undocumented high school graduates go on to enroll in college, according to the College Board, 2009. There is much work to be done. A pre-survey of conference attendees revealed that more than 40 percent of the school counselors and college access partners who responded reported lacked the knowledge

of the laws and rights and undocumented and/or immigrant students. Similarly, more than 40 percent reported lacking the knowledge of the college application process for undocumented and/or immigrant students, and only 47.68 percent felt confident advising undocumented and/or immigrant students regarding the college application process. Average school counselors know far less. The goal of the upcoming conference is to teach and empower school counselors and college access partners with this information as well as the attitudes necessary to take personal responsibility as advocates for immigrant and undocumented students. We will also provide them with the skills to navigate the college application process, locate funding options, access post-secondary opportunities, and utilize culturally competent techniques to mentor, counsel, and advice future college candidates. This three-day conference will kick-off on Sunday, April 23 at 5 p.m. with an awards ceremony and conclude Tuesday, April 25, with workshops and a school counselor college fair at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center in San Diego State University. —Trish Hatch, PhD, is a professor at SDSU and former director of the school counseling program (20042015). For more information about this conference, contact Dr. Diana Camilo, coordinator of special projects, at events@cescal.org or visit tinyurl.com/l499s26.


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ART ALIVE toning and adding lights and darks,” said Robinson, who has been involved with ArtWalk for about a decade. “So, things where kids would just quit after they’re finished coloring something, now we’re adding layers of lights and darks to the sky and lights and darks to the object. And it gives them depth and gets them to appreciate that things are much more colorful than one would usually assume. And it gets the parents to open their eyes to the possibilities of what their kids can actually produce and learn.” Other organizations represented at KidsWalk will be the Living Coast Discovery Center, the Monart School of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts and the San Diego Creative Weavers Guild. If you’ve got a creative streak yourself, or want to find out if you do, you’ll want to check out the monoprinting interactive project, sponsored by Hillcrest’s Artist & Craftsman Supply; and the interactive mural pavilion, led by acclaimed muralists Mario Torero, whose work can be seen in San Diego’s famed Chicano Park, and Maxx Moses. Although obviously focused on visual arts, ArtWalk features performance as well, with a stage devoted entirely to dance, providing what Cottrell described as “an event within an event” called Dance

ArtWalk also has live performances, including the Electric Rain Project.

Fingerpainter Iris Scott embellishes a print.

on the Edge. There will also be four other performance areas featuring local singer/ songwriters. ArtWalk will be held April 29 and 30 from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. It is recommended that attendees take the trolley or take advantage of the 30 percent discount offered by Lyft, one of ArtWalk’s sponsors this year, for both new and existing customers. Little Italy’s farmers market will be held as usual. For more information, visit artalksandiego.org/ missionfederal. —Gina McGalliard is a local freelance writer. Contact her at ginamcgalliard@gmail.com or follow her blog, ginamcgalliard. com/mcgalliardmatters.

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The heat in the kitchen Congressional Watch Andy Cohen To paraphrase a common adage, stuff just got real for Duncan Hunter (R-50). The San Diego Union Tribune has chronicled in detail — during the 2016 campaign and since — the myriad of missteps Hunter has made by using campaign funds for personal expenditures. The House Ethics Committee had been investigating Hunter’s campaign finance follies, but on March 20, the committee announced that they had unanimously decided to put their inquiry on hold. This is not good news for Hunter: The reason the HEC demurred was because the Department of Justice (DOJ), having opened a criminal investigation into the matter, had requested the committee step aside, at least temporarily.

A New York Times story quoted Ethics Committee sources, who said that “Mr. Hunter may have converted tens of thousands of dollars of campaign funds from his congressional campaign committee to personal use to pay for family travel, flights, utilities, health care, school uniforms and tuition, jewelry, groceries, and other goods, services and expenses.” The Times also reported that in January, Congressional Republicans had attempted to squash any investigations that could lead to criminal charges, but acquiesced after receiving a relentless barrage of phone calls and complaints. Since last April, Hunter has repaid $62,000 in personal expenses to his campaign. Hunter is not alone among recent members of Congress to face charges. In July 2015, former U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R–NY) was convicted and sentenced to eight months in prison for tax evasion stemming from an investigation into his campaign finances. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D–Il) was sentenced in 2013 to 30 months in prison for appropriating $750,000 in

campaign funds for personal use. With the DOJ directly investigating Hunter, it would seem that he could be headed for a similar fate. Recent town hall meetings have not been kind to Republican members of Congress (both the House and the Senate) nationwide. In 2010, it was Democratic lawmakers who faced the rhetorical firing squads in the wake of the Affordable Care Act. That theme has not changed; only this time it’s Republicans that are taking the verbal flak. Yes, I know. Sounds like a broken record; the health care fight has been a main topic in this space for months. But it’s a subject that simply will not go away, particularly with the Republican Congress’ attempt to ramrod through the American Healthcare Act (AHCA for short) that the Congressional Budget Office determined would take away access to health care for 24 million Americans, and raise the cost of health care for everyone. On March 11, Darrell Issa (R-49), Hunter and Susan Davis (D-53) and Scott Peters (D-52) all held town hall meetings, with

sdcnn.com the tenor of the Democrat’s gatherings far friendlier than those of the Republicans. Although there were many topics discussed, the predominant subject was health care and the AHCA bill that Republicans ultimately decided not to bring to the House floor for a vote. It was a terrible bill. Not only would it ultimately strip coverage for 24 million people, it would have gutted provisions in the ACA that guarantee certain services are covered by all insurance plans, including prenatal and maternity care, mental health care, prescription drugs, in-hospital care, outpatient care, and rehabilitation services, among others. The bill would also have rolled back the expansion of Medicaid beginning in 2020. According to Rep. Davis, before the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), only 12 percent of health care policies included prenatal and maternity care. She also noted that since the ACA has been in effect, 50 percent of births have been covered by Medicaid. The Republican plan would have eliminated that coverage. At issue is a fundamental disagreement over whether health care is a right



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afforded to all people, or a privilege reserved only for those who can afford it. Democrats believe it is a basic right. But as far as Duncan Hunter is concerned, health care is a privilege. He said during his town hall that he does not believe in guaranteed health care. “I’m sorry to hear him say that,” Davis said, when asked about Hunter’s comment. “Our country is better off when people are healthy. Children are better off when the child sitting next to them in school is healthy. We’re all in this together and I’m sorry that he feels that way.” “We have seen what happens when families without insurance are forced to use the emergency room for routine care, or are put into financial ruin because of a long-term illness,” Peters said in a statement to SDCNN. “That system was inefficient, costly, and wrong — we can’t go back. It should be Congress’ goal to ensure access to quality, affordable health care for every American.” “We already have our bill,” Davis said when asked whether Democrats were prepared to offer an alternative to the Republican health care bill. “It’s called the Affordable Care Act and we’re trying to protect it.” That’s not to say that the ACA is perfect and isn’t in need of improvements. It’s not, and it is, and Democrats almost universally have acknowledged this from the beginning. If Republicans were willing to take that approach, they would likely find Democrats open to having that discussion. Issa and Juan Vargas (D-51) both announced in March that they had joined the Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers — that includes 14 Democrats and 14 Republicans, mostly from coastal regions — whose aim is to address global warming. Peters joined the group last June, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. “With the new administration and newly united government, I think we have an opportunity to take fresh look at this problem and see what can be accomplished in a more bipartisan manner,” Issa said, as quoted in that story. Unlike many of his Republican colleagues, Issa does acknowledge the realities of climate change. But unlike his Democratic colleagues, he does not believe there is much consensus on the rate the climate is changing and at what point it will be critical to act. The National Academy of Sciences disagrees. “The scientific understanding of climate change is now sufficiently clear to justify taking steps to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere,” the academy said in 2005. —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at ac76@sbcglobal.net.

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SDSU football team travels to their ‘Italy’ in San Diego Little Italy News Christopher Gomez San Diego’s Little Italy is known for its scenic streets, European-style piazzas, Italian charm and — welcoming football players? We’re not taking about soccer, but American football players! Last month, the San Diego State (SDSU) Aztec Football team headed to the Little Italy neighborhood to learn about and enjoy Italian culture right in their university’s backyard. After Coach Rocky Long of the SDSU Aztecs heard that Coach Jim Harbaugh of the University of Michigan was taking his team on a nine-day trip to Italy during their Spring Break, Long thought it would be a good idea to treat his team to a special trip as well. With a limited budget, the SDSU staff had to get creative. Although the Aztecs didn’t fly all the way to Italy, they got the cultural experience and community bonding in San Diego’s very own taste of the boot-shaped country, which many of them had never explored before. After traveling just a few miles from campus, a sea of white jerseys came flooding onto India Street for a classic photo under the Little Italy sign to kick off the day. The players were delighted to tour the historic streets and learn about the rich history and culture that came before them. Coach Long and the Little Italy Association made sure the team got the full Italian cultural experience..

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The SDSU football team poses under the Little Italy sign. (Courtesy Olive PR) The first stop on the historical tour of San Diego’s Little Italy started at one of the oldest monuments in the neighborhood, Our Lady of the Rosary Church, built in 1925. The team participated in a blessing at the church, then headed to the local neighborhood school, Washington Elementary, for an art history lesson and to teach the kids some football tips. After learning of the sophisticated culture and getting some practice in with the kids of Washington Elementary School, the players walked over to Amici Park on West Date and State streets for some good old fashioned bocce ball with some experienced local Italian players. Once they finished

learning the rules of the century-old game, the team walked over to Piazza Basilone for live Italian music al fresco with the beautiful San Diego harbor in the background. The Aztecs enjoyed a walking historic tour with Little Italy Tours to round out the day before heading off to lunch. It wouldn’t be a Little Italy experience without the food — mangia bene! The team split up into five groups and set off to attend lunch at some of the best restaurants in San Diego. The team dined at some of the most authentic Italian hot spots in the hood, Sorrento Ristorante, Café Zucchero, Filippi’s Pizza Grotto and Mona Lisa Restaurant.

The second straight Mountain West Champions got the full Italian experience just minutes from SDSU! Come visit Little Italy and experience some Italian culture just as the Aztecs did. Check out what to do in the neighborhood at littleitalysd.com or follow the neighborhood on Instagram and Twitter @

SDSU players visit with students at Washington Elementary. (Courtesy Olive PR)

LittleItalySD and Facebook/San Diego Little Italy and share your experience with us. —Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at chris@littleitalysd.com.

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Pappalecco celebrates 10 years in Little Italy By John Gregory Pappalecco is a coffee shop and restaurant that exudes the culture and feel of the Italian coffee experience. On April 27, Pappalecco will celebrate its 10-year anniversary at its Little Italy location at 1602 State St. Enter the unpretentious establishment which sits on a corner and one is likely to be greeted by an employee with a big smile. “We are very selective [when hiring employees],” said owner Francesco Bucci in a warm Italian accent. “We want everybody to be happy. This is ultimately a people business.” Bucci explained the flavorful encounter he and his employees strive to provide customers each day — mostly centered around the Italian ritual of sipping good coffee or espresso along with tasting creamy, rich gelato. “In Italy, gelato, coffee and desserts, croissants, eggs — that’s the life of a coffee shop,” he said. “What we are doing is to bring, here, the Italian — especially the Tuscan — coffee experience.” In Italy, it’s common for people to enjoy a good cup of coffee while savoring a cool spoonful of gelato, Bucci said. But there is more. “You can also mix them and the drink is called affogato,” he said. “Affogato means drown. It’s one of the most popular desserts or coffee drinks, you

Pappalecco owner Francesco Bucci in Little Italy. (Photo by John Gregory) know. It’s really in between. It’s very, very nice. I recommend it.” Bucci sad he was in the restaurant business in Tuscany for about five years before he moved to San Diego. His family ran a gelato shop in Italy. Their recipes were given to them by a man who was about to retire, Bucci said. His gelato place, one of the most popular in Tuscany, are where the recipes Bucci

brought to San Diego came from and he uses them to this day. The staff makes its gelato from scratch using five main ingredients: low fat milk, fruit, sugar, water and nuts. Now, Bucci, his brothers and a few of their friends own five Pappalecco establishments in San Diego County. The others are in Cardiff by the Sea, Hillcrest, Del Mar and Kensington.

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Pappalecco also offers salads, panini, croissants and breakfast items. Their food is made fresh each morning at a main kitchen located in Point Loma, then transported to each of the Pappalecco neighborhood locations. Bucci speaks about coffee as if it were an art form and he very thoughtfully describes American coffee as opposed to the way Italian coffee is served. “[Italian coffee] is special because it is really different from American coffee,” Bucci said. “I don’t know why Americans tend to burn coffee. I think — and I’ve been thinking about it a lot — it’s because it is very diluted, there’s a lot of water. It’s not really concentrated. But many people … like to drink coffee with something else, at least milk. Now, it’s not that we don’t do milk in coffee. We do it, but proportions are always in favor of coffee.” Bucci said he tried coffee or espresso from a popular coffee house chain in America, but did not enjoy it. “It’s just not drinkable as it is,” he said. “You have to put sugar in it or milk or caramel or vanilla and so on. If I have an espresso here, now — no sugar.” Pappalecco customers are very loyal and some have been coming in since it opened, Bucci said. “People have come here since day one,” he said. “They still come here and they still come here a lot. We’ve been brave. We’ve stuck to the original model — the Italian coffee shop. Either you like it or you don’t like it. We’re not for everybody. We are for people who like us.” For more information about Pappalecco, visit pappalecco.com. —John Gregory can be reached at john@sdcnn.com.










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Friends of Balboa Park has completed the restoration of the historic gate houses that welcome visitors into Balboa Park on the west side of the Cabrillo Bridge. The structures were originally installed for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition as the main entry to the park. Over the decades, they fell into disrepair until Friends of Balboa Park accepted them as a restoration project in 2014. The project took an estimated 18 months and cost approxi-mately $140,000. Friends of Balboa Park is a group that enhances and maintains the park through donations and park programs. For more information, visit friendsofbalboapark.org.


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Downtown San Diego is known for its vibrant neighborhoods, with their mixture of conference attendees, tourists, locals and residents, all sharing together in the culture, food, music and non-stop entertainment found there. For years we have let the readers of San Diego Downtown News choose their favorite businesses in and around the Downtown area, and awarded those through our annual “Best of Downtown” awards. We again reached out and asked those readers to share with us their favorites when it came to the restaurants, bars and retail businesses they found and enjoyed patronizing throughout 2016. From the reaches of the ever-expanding East Village, to the majestic Gaslamp Quarter, through the twinkling lights of the Core/Columbia and Financial districts, to the shores of the Marina District and the Embarcadero, and to the piazzas of Little Italy, once again our readers have spoken. They have chosen the Best

— in such categories as breakfast, happy hour, late-night dining, various ethnic cuisines, coffee shop, wine bar, gallery, romantic dining, florist, cocktail, live entertainment venue and many, many more. Some of the winners have been servicing customers in Downtown San Diego for decades, while others just recently opened their doors and are already making an impact. In this month’s special “Best of Downtown” section, we offer an assemblage of these top establishments, showcasing them with colorful ads, photos, contact information and descriptions, outlining their missions to serve. To each of our 2016 “Best of Downtown” winners, we extend hearty congratulations on your recognition. We hope our loyal readers — and your loyal customers, both new and old — continue to show you patronage for years to come. — the staff at San Diego Community News Network (sdcnn.com)

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Best of Downtown San Diego 2016 DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT AMERICAN CUISINE GOLD – Parq Restaurant & Nightclub 615 Broadway, 92101 parqsd.com/restaurant | 619-727-6789 Parq has brought together the leaders in the restaurant and nightclub industries to bring you an unparalleled nightlife experience on Sixth Avenue and Broadway in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. From the restaurant and VIP services to the sound, lighting, and design, we have created the ultimate experience with the latest technologies and advances in entertainment. Parq Restaurant gives guests the experience of dining in Central Park. The open aired restaurant and lighted trees create a unique and hip ambience. Executive Chef Marcus Twilegar creates progressive American cuisine using flawless techniques and perfect execution. With national media recognition and internationally recognized lighting and sound systems, Parq Nightclub is home to a star-studded talent lineup. Chainsmokers, Chris Brown, Diplo, Skrillex and Drake have all graced our stage. VIPs from all over the world are dazzled by the unparalleled customer service and our luxurious VIP treatment. We invite you to #ComePlay.

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SILVER – Extraordinary Desserts 1430 Union St. 92101


fresh eggs and butter leave many guests talking about one of the best breakfasts they have ever eaten. A huge selection and oversized portions of home-style comfort food includes enormous sandwiches, bountiful salads and burgers, joined by choice New York steaks, hand-tossed pizzas, and housemade meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Whether it’s inspiring breakfasts to start the day, meeting friends or business associates for lunch, a quiet dinner, late night snack or nightcap, only Brian's can make it happen 24 hours every day.

SILVER – Brazen BBQ Smokehouse & Bar 441 Washington St. 92103

BEER GOLD – Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits

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SILVER – East Village Tavern + Bowl 930 Market St. 92101

BREAKFAST GOLD – Harbor Breakfast 1502 India St. 92101

SILVER – Brian’s 24 828 Sixth Ave. 92101 Brians24.com | 619-702-8410

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Brian’s 24 is Downtown’s only 24-hour, full-service restaurant. It truly is the “Restaurant that never sleeps.” Brian's copper-clad, open kitchen with its beautiful, historic “Joan Crawford” mahogany bar, combined with a beveled glass window wall and crystal chandelier create an atmosphere enjoyed by all who visit. Breakfast is served 24-hours a day and can be as simple as bacon and eggs or if you are looking for something unique, try the chicken and waffles, krab cake Benedict or their famous Gaslamp power breakfast. Their delicious hotcakes and malted waffles made with real buttermilk,

SILVER – Dog Haus 969 Ninth Ave. 92101

CHINESE CUISINE GOLD – Dumpling Inn & Shanghai Saloon 4625 Convoy St. 92111

SILVER – Chop Suey Peking Restaurant

GOLD – Barleymash

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Located in the very heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter and only 1.5 blocks from the San Diego Convention Center and numerous other Downtown attractions, Union Kitchen & Tap brings a refined, yet rustic style to the flourishing Gaslamp Quarter. Generous patio seating connects a lively indoor vibe with refreshing outdoor spaces, setting the stage for the enjoyment of New American food, local craft beers, vintage wines and handcrafted cocktails. A driving passion to provide contemporary takes on timeless classics sets Gaslamp Union apart, inspiring everything from patio people-watching to late-night dining and a thriving nightlife featuring live music and local DJs — all combining to create an unforgettable experience for each and every customer.

SILVER – Craft & Commerce 675 W Beech St. 92101

COFFEE SHOP GOLD – James Coffee Co. 2355 India St. 92101

SILVER – Heartsleeves Coffee 621 W Fir St. 92101

COMEDY COMPANY GOLD – The American Comedy Company 818 Sixth Ave. 92101

SILVER – Mad House Comedy 502 Horton Plaza, 92101

COMFORT FOOD GOLD – Brian’s 24 828 Sixth Ave. 92101 Brians24.com | 619-702-8410

SILVER – Florent Restaurant & Lounge

SILVER – Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp

672 Fifth Ave. 92101

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SILVER – Café 21 750 Fifth Ave. San Diego CA 92101

GOLD – Parq Restaurant & Nightclub


615 Broadway, 92101

GOLD – Burger Lounge

SILVER – Omnia Nightclub San Diego

528 Fifth Ave. San Diego CA 92101

SILVER – Gaslamp Union Kitchen & Tap

454 Sixth Ave. 92101


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GOLD – Grapes & Hops Deli

SILVER – Dog Haus

811 Market St. 92101

969 Ninth Ave. 92101

SILVER – Mona Lisa Italian Foods


2061 India St. 92101

GOLD – The Taco Stand


645 B St. 92101

GOLD – Extraordinary Desserts

SILVER – Lolita's Taco Shop

1430 Union St. 92101

202 Park Blvd. 92101

BILLIARDS GOLD – Time Out Sports Tavern

828 Sixth Ave. 92101 brians24.com | 619-702-8410


GOLD – Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp

2215 India St. 92101

SILVER – Common Theory


2877 University Ave. 92104


GOLD – Phil's BBQ 3750 Sports Arena Blvd, 92110


SILVER – Seasons 52


789 W Harbor Dr #134, 92101

GOLD – Gaslamp Union Kitchen & Tap

DINNER GOLD – Parq Restaurant & Nightclub

333 Fifth Ave. 92101

SILVER – University Club Atop Symphony Towers

615 Broadway, 92101

750 B St #3400, 92101

969 Ninth Ave. 92101

SILVER – Dog Haus

SILVER – Dobson's Bar & Restaurant

DONUT SHOP GOLD – Donut Bar San Diego

956 Broadway Circle 92101

631 B St. 92101 donutbar.com | 619-255-6360

CASINO GOLD – Barona Resort & Casino 1932 Wildcat Canyon Road Lakeside, CA 92040

SILVER – Viejas Casino & Resort 5000 Willows Road Alpine, CA 91901

CASINO BUFFET GOLD – Barona Resort & Casino 1932 Wildcat Canyon Road Lakeside, CA 92040

Donut Bar has two locations. Our original location opened in beautiful Downtown San Diego in March of 2013 and our second outpost was created in the San Diego International Airport inside terminal two! Donut Bar is listed as one of the Top 10 donut shops in the country by USA Today, Thrillist.com and many other nationally acclaimed news organizations. San Diego Magazine has honored Donut Bar with consecutive Best of San Diego awards

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for Best Critics Choice, as has San Diego Downtown News Reader’s Choice and Best of Downtown. Donut Bar has also been featured on NBC Nightly News and the Associated Press often covers the amazing treats Chef Santiago and his team create. International acclaim came to Donut Bar for their “heart stopping” Big Poppa Tart donut weighing in at one pound! Many Hollywood celebrities, including Brad Pitt, Ryan Seacrest, Steve Harvey and Ellen DeGeneres have visited or invited Chef Santiago onto their shows to share our donuts with the world. We invite you to join us too!

highest quality organic and natural foods, Jimbo’s…Naturally! places a strong emphasis on local and organic produce. Jimbo’s…Naturally! also carries a full line of groceries, vitamins, health and beauty aids, hormone-free and antibiotic-free meats, an in-house deli, a made from scratch bakery and a juice bar. Jimbo’s…Naturally! also offers a large selection of gluten-free, vegan and raw products. Throughout the store, look for the “Support San Diego” logo. Jimbo’s… Naturally! supports over 130 local vendors and the list is growing. Locations include Downtown San Diego at Westfield Horton Plaza, Carmel Valley, Escondido, Carlsbad and 4S Ranch. Visit or website or follow us on Instagram, Like us on Facebook!

SILVER – Nomad Donuts

SILVER – Sprouts Farmers Market



4504 30th St. 92116

SILVER – Donut Star 601 W Washington St. 92103

FARMERS MARKET GOLD – Little Italy Mercato Farmer's Market 519 W Cedar St. 92101

SILVER – Hillcrest Farmers Market 3960 Normal St. 92103

FAMILY RESTAURANT GOLD – Brian's 24 828 Sixth Ave. 92101

SILVER – Dog Haus 969 Ninth Ave. 92101

FAST FOOD GOLD – In-N-Out Burger 3102 Sports Arena Blvd, 92110

SILVER – Burger Lounge 528 Fifth Ave. 92101

FINE DINING GOLD – Bertrand at Mister A's 2550 Fifth Ave. 92103

SILVER – Juniper & Ivy 2228 Kettner Blvd, 92101

FRENCH CUISINE GOLD – Café Chloe 721 Ninth Ave. 92101

SILVER – Bleu Boheme 4090 Adams Ave. 92116

GREEK CUISINE GOLD – Athens Market Taverna 109 W F St. 92101

SILVER – Meze Greek Fusion 345 Sixth Ave. 92101

HAPPY HOUR GOLD – Dog Haus 969 Ninth Ave. 92101

SILVER – Gaslamp Union Kitchen & Tap

4175 Park Blvd, 92103

HOT WINGS GOLD – Bub's at the Ballpark 715 J St. 92101

SILVER – Gaslamp Union Kitchen & Tap 333 Fifth Ave. 92101

INDIAN CUISINE GOLD – Royal India 329 Market St. 92101 royalindia.com 619-487-0000 Award-winning Royal India restaurant, catering specialists, serve an authentic Indian food with exotic flair. Brothers Sam and Jag Kambo serve up Northern Indian food from “Punjab” and all the dishes are made with recipes from their mother’s kitchen. Using the finest ingredients, each dish is prepared with an infusion of passion and creativity. While locations in the Gaslamp Quarter, Carmel Valley and on Miramar Road are each independently owned by the brothers, their outstanding quality and service is consistent throughout. Critics have been raving ever since Royal India opened in 1996 and loyal guests insist it’s the Best Indian Restaurant in San Diego. The menu at Royal India restaurants is abundant with the choicest meats, seafood, and fresh vegetables. Royal India also specialize is vegan (no dairy, no meat) and Jain (no garlic, no onion) vegetarian food. Royal India is honored to have been chosen repeatedly as a finalist in San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego Magazine, San Diego Downtown News and many other publications and is a gold medallion award winner by the California Restaurant Association and appreciates the readers of Downtown News for voting us as the Best Indian Food Restaurant in San Diego. With a team of multi award winner chefs, Royal India specializes in Indian food catering for corporate events,

weddings, parties and other occasions and would make your event a memorable one.

SILVER – Taste of the Himalayas 3185 Midway Dr. 92110

IRISH PUB GOLD – The Field Irish Pub 544 Fifth Ave. 92101

SILVER – Stout Public House 1125 Sixth Ave. 92101

ITALIAN CUISINE GOLD – Civico 1845 1845 India St. 92101 civico1845.com | 619-431-5990 Originally from Cosenza, Italy (located in the southern region of Calabria), brothers Dario and Pietro Gallo opened Civico 1845 in San Diego in 2015 — an authentic, contemporary Italian restaurant that focuses on fresh flavors. The restaurant features both regular and 100 percent vegan menus that combine small-batch ingredients imported from Italy with organic, locally grown proteins and produce. Inspired by Pietro Gallo’s own veganism, Civico 1845’s vegan menu features health-conscious (and often gluten-free) twists on Italian classics, such eggplant parmgiana, lasagna and tiramisu. Carnivorous options include a prosciutto and formaggio bar, linguine alla pescatora and an heirloom caprese. Each dish highlights traditional Italian cooking techniques designed to emphasize the natural flavor of each ingredient. Since opening in the heart of San Diego’s bustling Little Italy, the brothers have ushered in a new generation of light and fresh Italian cuisine that reflects what’s being served in southern Italy today – proving that Italian dining doesn’t have to be heavy.



3940 Fourth Ave. 92103

GOLD – Juice Crafters

SILVER – Ginger's

1740 India St. 92101

600 Fifth Ave. 92101

Juice Crafters is the first juice bar located in the heart of Little Italy. The inspiration and motor behind Juice Crafters is to start a revolution in which people can have access to real food made out of real ingredients just as they are found in nature, they don’t use anything artificial or processed, they are all about FRESH real ingredients, that is why their drinks are so delicious and beneficial. Their intention is to bring people back to their roots, to bring them back to enjoying the benefits and taste of fruits and vegetables. The smell and feel of Juice Crafters is amazing, it is unique and hip. They offer a very wide variety of juices, smoothies, wellness shots and acai bowls. They care a lot about the quality of their ingredients and you can experience that when you taste their creations. Juice Crafters is organic/pesticide free, vegan, raw, fresh and non GMO. It is open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m.–7 p.m. It is exciting to see that more and more people are shifting into a healthier lifestyle now a days, and this is a very good option for anyone wanting to be healthy and stay healthy.

SILVER – Eddie V's

SILVER - Vitality Tap 650 First Ave. 92101

LATE NIGHT DINING GOLD – Brian's 24 828 Sixth Ave. 92101

SILVER – Meze Greek Fusion 345 Sixth Ave. 92101


789 W Harbor Dr, 92101

MEXICAN CUISINE GOLD – Bracero Cocina 1490 Kettner Blvd, 92101

SILVER – Puesto at The Headquarters 789 W Harbor Dr, 92101

MICRO BREWERY GOLD – Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits 2215 India St. 92101

SILVER – Mission Brewery 1441 L St. 92101 missionbrewery.com | (619) 544-0555

NEW RESTAURANT GOLD – Dog Haus 969 Ninth Ave. 92101

GOLD – Salvucci's 935 J. St. 92101 salvuccis.com | (619) 225-1112

SILVER – Herb & Wood 2210 Kettner Blvd, 92101 herbandwood.com | (619) 955-8495

NIGHT CLUB GOLD – Parq Restaurant & Nightclub 615 Broadway, 92101 parqsd.com | (619) 727-6789

SILVER – Fluxx 500 4th Ave. 92101 fluxxsd.com | (619) 232-8100

1337 India St. 92101

SILVER – Salvucci's

SILVER – Harbor Music Hall

935 J St. 92101

1506 India St. 92101

GOLD – Gaslamp Union Kitchen & Tap

SILVER – Isola Pizza Bar

SILVER – Quartyard

1526 India St. 92101

1102 Market St. 92101

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GOLD – Taka Restaurant

GOLD – Dog Haus

555 Fifth Ave. 92101

969 Ninth Ave. 92101

GOLD – Azuki Sushi 2321 Fifth Ave. 92101

SILVER – Gaslamp Union Kitchen & Tap

SILVER – Shino Sushi + Kappo

333 Fifth Ave. 92101

838 West Ash St. 92101


MARGARITA GOLD – The Blind Burro

GOLD – Harbor Music Hall

639 J St. 92101

1506 India St. 92101

SILVER – Eddie V's Prime Seafood

SILVER – Puesto at The Headquarters

789 W Harbor Dr, 92101

789 W Harbor Dr, 92101

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92 Horton Plaza, 92101

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MARTINI GOLD – Martini's Above Fourth

GOLD – Music Box

GOLD – Jimbo's Naturally! Jimbo’s…Naturally! is a complete natural foods grocery store and San Diego’s trusted source for non-GMO products. In order to fulfill its mission of providing the

1717 Morena Blvd, 92110

750 W Fir St. #103 92101

SILVER – Seasons 52


SILVER – Dizzy's


GOLD – Bencotto

333 Fifth Ave. 92101 789 W Harbor Dr #134, 92101

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SILVER – Queenstown Public House 1557 Columbia St. 92101 queenstownpublichouse.com | (619) 546-0444

SILVER – Rustic Root 535 5th Ave. 92101 rusticroot.com | (619) 232-1747

PET FRIENDLY DINING GOLD – Gaslamp Union Kitchen & Tap 333 Fifth Ave. 92101 gaslampunion.com | (619) 795-9463



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SILVER – Queenstown Public House


1557 Columbia St. 92101 gaslampunion.com | (619) 795-9463


PIZZA GOLD – Isola Pizza Bar 1526 India St. 92101 isolapizzabar.com | (619) 255-4230

SILVER – Napizza 1702 India St. 92101 na-pizza.com | (619) 696-0802




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ROMANTIC DINING GOLD – Parq Restaurant & Nightclub 615 Broadway, 92101 parqsd.com | (619) 727-6789

SILVER – The Marine Room 2000 Spindrift Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037 marineroom.com | (866) 644-2351 Since 1941, one symbol has stood for the most exquisite dining experience in San Diego; the seahorse symbol of The Marine Room. During this time, The Marine Room has earned countless accolades. Renowned critics have described its privileged setting on La Jolla’s ďŹ nest beach and the thrill of being “eye-levelâ€? with the crashing surf at high tide. The culinary artistry of Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and his team has been called “world-classâ€? for its devotion to fresh seafood, seasonal variety, hand-selected local ingredients and award-winning desserts. Others have deďŹ ned the experience as “sophistication with a sense of delight.â€? But our greatest satisfaction comes simply from serving our guests — who come to celebrate the joy of life with good company, a perfectly prepared meal and a golden PaciďŹ c sunset to call their own.


RESTAURANT & TAPAS BAR 353 Fifth Ave • San Diego • 619-233-5979 • CafeSevilla.com



535 Fifth Ave. 92101 rusticroot.com | (619) 232-1747

GOLD – The Nolen 453 Sixth Ave. San Diego, CA, thenolenrooftop.com | (619) 796-6536


SILVER – Rooftop 600 at Andaz

SILVER – Gianni Buonomo Vintners

600 F St. 92101 rooftop600.com | (619) 849-1234

4836 Newport Ave. 92107 gbvintners.com | (619) 991-9911



GOLD – Tender Greens

GOLD – Water Grill

110 W Broadway, 92101 tendergreens.com | (619) 795-2353

615 J. St. 92101 watergrill.com | 619-717-6992

SILVER – Salad Style

SILVER – Ironside

611 B St. 92101 saladstyle.com | (619) 255-6731

SANDWICH GOLD – Mona Lisa Italian Foods

1654 India St. 92101 ironsideďŹ shandoyster.com | (619) 269-3033


2061 India St. 92101 monalisalittleitaly.com | (619) 234-4893

GOLD – CafÊ Sevilla

SILVER – Grapes & Hops Deli

Cafe Sevilla has been dedicated to providing the true essence of Spanish culture, music and cuisine since 1987. Located in the Gaslamp Quarter — the heart of Downtown San Diego — Cafe Sevilla is proud to oer the most authentic Spanish ambiance in their tapas bar, restaurant and nightclub. CafĂŠ Sevilla specializes in Spanish tapas or small plates, which are great for a sharable dining experience. Menu offerings include a variety of award-winning tapas, paellas, fresh seafood and savory meat dishes. Cafe Sevilla oers live Gypsy King Style music in the tapas bar seven nights a week and a three-course amenco dinner show every Friday and Saturday night. Be sure to check out our new “dollar for dollarâ€? happy hour. The dollar amount spent on alcohol, you get the equivalent in free food available Monday — Thursday, 3–6 p.m. Plus, you can enjoy $3 o everything on our food and beverage menu Friday — Sunday, 3–6 p.m.

811 Market St. 92101 grapesandhopsdeli.com | (619) 255-5383 Grapes & Hops Deli, Beer & Wine is located on a busy corner site in Downtown San Diego o of Eighth and Market streets. Oering a great selection of premium imported Boar’s Head meats with fresh ingredients and tasty ďŹ nishes. Also, with our large selections of Imported and craft beers, and towering wine options, it’s no wonder why the locals choose Grapes & Hops as the No. 1 spot for all your satisfying needs. We are committed to presenting quality products that are unsurpassed in taste, freshness, and distinction. Leading by example with integrity and professionalism is what deďŹ nes our company. Our dedicated employees are poised to serve you and meet your needs from the moment you walk in the door — or call in your order — until your request is fulďŹ lled. We treat our employees like family and their devoted service shows in the way they display a personal touch to each one of our customers. We are grateful that through the years our customers have referred us to family and friends and have recognized our eorts to maintain our high standards. We thank you for your conďŹ dence in us as we look to the future and continue to provide excellent service for years to come.

SD COUNTY WINERY GOLD – Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard Winery 18351 Woods Hill Ln, Ramona, CA 92065 turtlerockridge.com | (760) 789-5555

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353 5th Ave. 92101 cafesevilla.com | (619) 233-5979

SILVER – Costa Brava 1653 Garnet Ave. 92109 costabravasd.com | (858) 273-1218

SPORTS BAR GOLD – Barleymash 600 5th Ave. 92101 barleymash.com | (619) 255-7373

SILVER – Dog Haus 969 Ninth Ave. 92101 doghaus.com | (619) 501-6668

STEAKHOUSE GOLD – Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 380 K St. 92101 emingssteakhouse.com | (619) 237-1155

SILVER – Ruth's Chris Steak House 1355 N Harbor Dr, 92101 ruthschris.com | (619) 233-1422

SILVER – Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop 640 10th Ave. 92101 cowboystarsd.com | (619) 450-5880

SUSHI GOLD – Azuki Sushi 2321 5th Ave. 92101 azukisushi.com | (619) 238-4760

• State-of-the-art equipment and products • Full Service and Flexible Options • Professional, Immaculate Detailing • Water wise & environmentally friendly

SILVER – Tokyo Deli San Diego 871 G St. 92101 tokyodeli.com | (619) 564-6960

SILVER – Sushi Tadokoro 2244 San Diego Ave Ste C, 92110 sushitadokoro.com | (619) 297-0298

THAI CUISINE GOLD – Lotus Thai 906 Market St. 92101 lotusthaisd.com | (619) 595-0115

SILVER – Bahn Thai 4646 Park Blvd, 92116 bahnthai.net | (619) 299-6363

4157 Normal Street San Diego CA 92103

VEGETARIAN / VEGAN GOLD – CafÊ Gratitude 1980 Kettner Blvd, 92101 cafegratitude.com | (619) 736-5077


SILVER – Civico 1845 1845 India St. 92101 civico1845.com | (619) 431-5990


WINE BAR GOLD – Enoteca Style

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1445 India St. 92101 enotecastyle.com | (619) 546-7138


SILVER – Zumbido 675 L St. 92101 omnihotels.com | (619) 231-6664




Best of Downtown San Diego 2016




BUSINESS & RETAIL ACCOUNTANT GOLD – Abbo Tax CPA 303 A St Ste 300, 92101 abbotax.com | (619) 269-8190

SILVER – New Era CPAs 835 5th Ave Ste 309, 92101 neweracpas.com | (619) 255-4630

ACUPUNCTURE GOLD – Fix Body Group 1010 University Ave Ste C203, 92103 fi xbodygroup.com | (619) 295-9791

SILVER – Wendy Goldman of Goldman Wellness Center

Doing right starts right here. Community banking is at the heart of what we do. From giving customers more convenient access to their money to financing their homes in the neighborhood, Union Bank® believes in acting locally.1 We also believe that investing in local businesses helps everyone. For 150 years, Union Bank has grown strong, one community at a time. We live here. We do business

2525 Camino Del Rio S Ste 265, 92108 goldmanwellnesscenter.com | (619) 917-6288

ANTIQUES GOLD – India Street Antiques 2361 India St. 92101 indiastreetantiques.com | (619) 231-3004

SILVER – Vignettes-Antiques & Collectibles

here. And we’re here, for you.

4828 Newport Ave. 92107 vignettesantiques.com | (619) 222-9244

Experience the strength of community banking. Stop by your local branch today.



GOLD – Alexander Salazar Fine Art 906 10th Ave Apt 207, 92101 alexandersalazarfineart.com | (619) 531-8996

East Village Branch Marcia Sierra VP & Branch Manager 1101 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101 619-702-2768

SILVER – Sparks Gallery 530 6th Ave. 92101 sparksgallery.com | (619) 696-1416



GOLD – Stephen G. Cline 3500 5th Ave Ste 304, 92103 sandiegotrialattorney.com | (619) 235-5638

See ATTORNEY page 16

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San Diego Main Branch Jeanette Gann-Escobar Director & Branch Manager 1201 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 619-230-4666

Loans subject to credit and collateral approval. Financing available for collateral located in CA, OR, or WA. Restrictions may apply. Terms and conditions subject to change. ©2016 MUFG Union Bank, N.A. All rights reserved. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. Union Bank is a registered trademark and brand name of MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

An elegant addition to bunnies and colored eggs.

Easter Sunday Buffet

Sunday, April 16 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | $72 per person Celebrate Easter with your family and enjoy a bountiful buffet and breathtaking views of La Jolla Cove. You'll find something to satisfy everyone — with options including Red Walnut Fromage Blanc Blintz and Baharat Rubbed Colorado Leg of Lamb.

High Tide DINNERS April 24-26, May 22-26

Our signature High Tide Dinners are back! Make plans to be amazed as you witness this eye-level, wave-crashing phenomenon found only at The Marine Room. Explore our new Spring menu and savor à la carte dishes like Purple Sage Gnocchi Escargot Casserole, Maltese Orange Ginger Glazed Swordfish and Imperial Stout Braised Kobe Beef Cheek. Tax, beverage and gratuity are not included in prices listed. Menu items subject to change.

Reservations 844.735.2124 or MarineRoom.com



San Diego Downtown News | April 2017




Best of Downtown San Diego 2016 OBEDIENCE


Release the Pups! Dogs in San Diego have had enough!

They’re demanding more when mom and dad are away. They want to run, splash in the waterfall, cool off in the pond, soak up the sun, roll in the grass, hang out with buddies (of both dog and human persuasion) and just be a dog. Word on the street is, “Camp Run-A-Mutt’s where the action is”. With all this cool stuff plus live MuttCams, mom and dad can watch from any computer or smartphone. When it comes to sleep overs, pups have discovered that when other places say “suites” or “dens”, they’re still cages. Our Campers always sleep with the pack and their favorite human in a natural, stress free and cage free environment. No wonder Camp Run-A-Mutt has been called a doggie paradise and with seven locations in San Diego, there’s no reason to leave your most beloved family member anywhere else.

Thanks for voting Camp Run-A-Mutt Best Pet Boarding & Daycare!

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ATTORNEY SILVER – Harris Personal Injury Lawyers 702 Ash St Ste 10, 92101 harrispersonalinjury.com | (619) 864-7101


cus-tomers. Our large amount of repeat and referral business speaks for itself, so the next time you are in need of auto repair or maintenance, give us a call or stop by and see how we can help you get back on the road quickly and safely!

SILVER – The Bike Revolution

SILVER – Griffin's Auto Repair 1542 State St. 92101 griffinsautorepair.com | (619) 234-7991

205 G St. 92101 boutiquedemarcus.com | (619) 239-2877


SILVER – Dolcetti Boutique

GOLD – Courtesy Chevrolet San Diego

GOLD – Chase

750 Camino Del Rio N, 92108 courtesysandiego.com | (619) 272-6831

3800 5th Ave. 92103 locator.chase.com | (619) 296-8885

SILVER – Toyota San Diego

SILVER – Union Bank

5910 Mission Gorge Road 92120 toyotasandiego.com | (888) 781-3388

AUTO REPAIR GOLD – Mission Hills Automotive 308 W Washington St. 92103 sandiegoautomobilerepairshop.com | (619) 637-0022

SILVER – A Street Auto Service 1263 State St. 92101 astreetautoservice.com | (619) 239-8600 We at “A” Street Auto Service proudly thank our fellow San Diegans for recognizing us as Downtown’s best auto repair shop for the fourth time and counting. Since tak-ing ownership of A Street Auto Service in 2007, Scott Ward and his team have proudly served San Diego, providing top quality and affordable auto repair service. A Street Auto’s daily operations are overseen by three generations of family and we believe our success stems from our unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. Regardless of your car’s make and model, A Street Auto Service provides a more cost-effective and personalized alternative to the dealership. From factory services to cutting edge technology using the latest diagnostic equipment, our team’s highly trained, knowledgeable, dedicated, and experienced mechanics consistently strive to exceed our customers’ expectations by providing the highest quality service possible at a fair and reasonable price. At A Street Auto Service we never “sell,” instead, we educate and inform our

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344 Laurel St. 92101 unionbank.com | (619) 702-2780 Before the light bulb, before the phonograph or the telegraph, before the telephone, before the automobile and the airplane, before Picasso was born, before Monet painted haystacks and water lilies, before the birth of Albert Einstein, before the Statue of Liberty and the world’s first skyscraper, before Nebraska, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii were admitted to the Union, before the ice cream cone was invented and yo-yos captured children’s imaginations and while Abraham Lincoln was president — a bank, now known as Union Bank, was established in 1864. Union Bank is still your one-stop resource for all your personal and business banking needs.

BARBER GOLD – Floyd's 99 Barbershop 899 Market St. 92101 floydsbarbershop.com | (619) 546-6860

SILVER – The Urban Shave 2355 India St. 92101 theurbanshave.com | (619) 208-1040

BIKE SHOP GOLD – Moment Bicycles 2816 Historic Decatur Rd Ste 135, 92106 momentbicycles.com | (619) 523-2453

522 6th Ave. 92101 thebikerevolution.com | (619) 564-4843

BOUTIQUE GOLD – Boutique De Marcus

635 5th Ave. 92101 dolcettiboutique.com | (619) 501-1559

BRIDAL SHOP GOLD – Elle Bridal Boutique 1133 Columbia St Ste 101, 92101 ellebridalboutique.com | (619) 326-8034

SILVER – White Flower Bridal Boutique 2525 5th Ave. 92103 thewhiteflower.com | (619) 501-1700

CAR WASH GOLD – Body Beautiful Car Wash 2045 Pacific Hwy, 92101 bodybeautiful.com | (619) 544-7070 Body Beautiful Car Wash has washed over 12 million cars in San Diego since 1979. We have three locations in San Diego County, located in Downtown San Diego, Mission Valley and Poway. All three locations provide full service car wash; full service detailing, including hand washes; express detailing services and have a convenience store. We also offer Mobil gas and diesel at our Downtown and Mission Valley locations at very competitive prices. If your car needs a little extra “TLC,” our detail department gives you and your car the personal touch, with our whileyou-wait express services for cars that need a little extra attention all the way up to our full service detailing services for cars that have some oxidation on it’s finish, or might need extra interior cleaning on the inside. For more information visit our website and be sure to take advantage of the discount coupons there also.

See CAR WASH page 17

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We have 160+ 5-star reviews!

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Voted Best Pet Grooming & Best Pet Supply Store!

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Best of Downtown San Diego 2016

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CAR WASH SILVER – Uptown Car Wash 7157 Normal St. 92103 | 619-297-9274 uptowncarwashsd@att.net Uptown Car Wash specializes in automotive interior and exterior cleaning in Hillcrest. Although they have been in business since 1988, they’ve recently upgraded to the newest top-of-the-line equipment, so as to provide a quality wash in less time. Uptown Car Wash even uses less water than DIY home washes. Services offered include touchless car washes, interior and exterior auto detailing, express detail options, body repair and paint service, rain guarantee, and eco-friendly products. Pick and choose what you’d like to have done, based on your budget! There’s a convenient menu of individual options, as well as affordable packages for your vehicle. Don’t just drive through a tunnel of water … but get your car the immaculate look that it deserves! Visit Uptown Car Wash on the edge of Hillcrest and University Heights, call us or visit our website. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays (during winter/ daylight savings, they close at 5pm).

SILVER – Soapy Joe's 6609 Mira Mesa Blvd, 92121 soapyjoescarwash.com | (858) 412-4297

CHIROPRACTOR GOLD – Inner Balance Institute 1764 San Diego Ave Ste 140, 92110 innerbalanceinstitute.com | (619) 543-9999 Has your back recently gone out on you? Are you concerned it might happen again? Do you have numbness or tingling? Any one of these signs or symptoms are very serious warnings that are popping up in your body. If left alone, or just hoping the symptoms will just go away, could lead to very serious health problems. Do not let these symptoms get even worse. At Inner Balance Institute we are a chiropractic office that specializes in

treating auto accidents, sports injuries, women’s and children’s health. We find and locate the underlying cause of your aches and pains without using drugs, medications, or surgery. We use chiropractic, physio therapy, nutrition and massage to accomplish this goal. Our purpose is to give everyone in our community the opportunity to learn how we can improve your overall health and well-being. So stop pain naturally without risking the use of drugs, medications, or surgeries. Give us a call today.

SILVER – Dr. Lance Moore of Gaslamp Chiropractic 302 Island Ave. 92101 gaslampchiropractic.com | (619) 321-0093

COLLEGE UNIVERSITY GOLD – San Diego City College 1313 Park Blvd. 92101 sdcity.edu | (619) 388-3400

SILVER – San Diego State University 5500 Campanile Drive, 92182 sdsu.ed | (619) 594-5200

CONSIGNMENT RESALE GOLD – Consignment Classics 1895 Hancock St. 92101 consignmentclassics.net | 619-471-0700 Established in 1997, Consignment Classics Home Furnishings is the place to go when it’s time to make your house a home. Browse through three large showrooms to find the same furniture as other furniture stores plus many one-of-a-kind items that make your shopping a unique experience. We have an eclectic mix of new and gently used furniture and home decor. Every visit is guaranteed to offer a treasure hunter’s dream with unique finds and incom-parable bargains. Thank you for voting us as “Best Consignment Store” in San Diego.

Karen's Consignment Gallery 4051 Voltaire St Ste A, 92107 karensconsignmentgallery.com | (619) 225-8585

San Diego Downtown News | April 2017


COSMETIC SURGEON GOLD – Dr. Gilbert Lee of Changes Plastic Surgery


11515 El Camino Real 150, 92130 changesplasticsurgery.com | (858) 720-1440

SILVER – Dr. Deborah H. Atkin of Dermatology & Laser of Del Mar 12865 Pointe Del Mar Way Ste 160, Del Mar, CA 92014 dermdelmar.com | (858) 350-7546

CREDIT UNION GOLD – San Diego County Credit Union 6545 Sequence Dr, 92121 sdccu.com | (877) 732-2848 San Diego County Credit Union has been in business since 1938 and today offers its financial services to over 285,000 native San Diegans. Individuals who live in Orange County, Riverside, or those who join the Financial Fitness Association are also eligible to become members. Not only have we served San Diego for nearly 100 years, we are also locally owned and the leading economic establishment in the area. Checking and savings accounts, mortgage loans, auto loans, online and mobile banking, and investments are readily available. We pride ourselves in being involved with over 75 local nonprofit organizations, such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego Blood Bank, San Diego Humane Society and more. San Diego is not only your hometown, but ours as well. We understand what its like to be a native San Diegan and will help you in all your individual needs. Come stop by today!

SILVER – Navy Federal Credit Union


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Shoulder Pain Plantar Fascitis Sciatica

1764 San Diego Ave, #140 San Diego, CA 92110 innerbalanceinstitute.com CONSISTENTLY VOTED BEST CHIROPRACTOR!

6755 Mira Mesa Blvd Ste 136, 92121 navyfederal.org | (888) 842-6328

DAY SPA GOLD – Bodhi Massage & Wellness Center 3678 Fourth Ave. 92103 bodhimassagesandiego.com | 619-274-2744

See SPA page 18



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Best of Downtown San Diego 2016 FROM PAGE 17

SPA SILVER – Sente Bella Medspa 220 W G St. 92101 sentebellaspa.com | (619) 235-6865

DENTIST GOLD – Dr. Evelyn Ascough 3333 5th Ave Ste 100, 92103 evelynascoughdds.com | (619) 298-0821

SILVER – Strober Dental 3330 3rd Ave Ste 302, 92103 stroberdental.com | (619) 299-5925

DISCOUNT STORE GOLD – Ross Dress for Less 428 C St, San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 231-7154

SILVER – East Village Grocery Outlet

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“Best Breakfast” “Best Comfort Food” “Best Casual Dining” “Best Family Restaurant” “Best Late Night Dining”

The Restaurant That Never Sleeps


The Gaslamp’s Only Full Service 24-Hour Restaurant

1002 Market St. 92101 groceryoutlet.com | (619) 338-0096

DOCTOR GOLD – Dr. Anupam Garg

SILVER – Steve Doster 8889 Rio San Diego Dr # 202, 92108


2918 Fifth Ave # 100 92103 619-688-0770

GOLD – Allen's Flowers & Plants

SILVER – Dr. Robert Houghton

620 Market St. 92101 allensflowers.com | (619) 233-7673

1855 1st Ave Ste 200b, 92101 roberthoughtonmd.com | (619) 233-4044

DRY CLEANERS GOLD – 7th Avenue Cleaners 644 7th Ave. 92101 7thavecleaners.com | (619) 325-0836

SILVER – MAK Cleaners 1031 Market St. 92101 makcleaners.com | (619) 235-9417

FINANCIAL PLANNER GOLD – Mary Stockton of New York Life 4365 Executive Dr #800, 92121 (858) 623-8945

828 6TH AVE. (BETWEEN E & F) 619.702.8410 | BRIANS24.COM

Leader, Annuity Elite Champion, and the Life Star Award, among others. She was acknowledged by San Diego Pride in 2011 with the Pride Community Service Award and by the Tom Homann Law Association in 2012 with the Outstanding Service to the Community Award. In 2009 Mary was awarded the Mind Masters Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Prior to moving to San Diego she owned the women’s bookstore, Crones’ Harvest, in Boston. Her business became a valuable cultural center and she was honored with the Helen Diner Community Leadership Award. Locally, Mary has served on the boards of Stepping Stone of San Diego, the San Diego LGBT Community Center and Diversionary Theatre. She currently serves as treasurer for the board of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. Mary is married to Alison McManus, a doctor in nursing practice, and an activist in her own right. They live in North Park.

Mary has been a successful financial advisor with Stockton Financial for nearly 20 years. In 2009 and 2012 she earned the Agent of the Year award for her local office. She has also been awarded Top Producer, Mutual Fund

SILVER – La Belle Bloom 2034 India St. 92101 labellebloom.com | (619) 994-6401 La Belle Bloom is a floral studio located in the heart of Little Italy. We began as a small flower cart on a busy street corner and have blossomed (pun intended) into a high-end workshop catering to local weddings and events that want that unique flare. We offer walk-in services, an online catalog, and can respond to those last-minute dinner party or special dates you want to make extra memorable. We specialize in designer bouquets and arrangements with out-of-the-norm ingredients and vision. As the new owner and head designer of LBB, I am honored to have the “Best of” title, and plan to always remind you why you chose us. Thank you so much for supporting our passion! — ciao, Natasha Stopke, owner and lead designer.


FURNITURE STORE GOLD – Boomerang for Modern 2475 Kettner Blvd, 92101 boomerangformodern.com | (619) 239-2040

SILVER – The Chapman Collection 514 Horton Plz, 92101 thechapmancollection.com | (619) 239-1707

GYM / HEALTH CLUB GOLD – PROKOR Fit 1227 J St. 92101 prokorfit.com | (844) 377-6567

SILVER – Fit Athletic Club 350 10th Ave Ste 200, 92101 fitathletic.com | (619) 764-5348

HAIR SALON GOLD – A Robert Cromeans Salon 200 Harbor Dr Ste 105, 92101 robertcromeans.com | (619) 595-1120 Robert Cromeans is a hair industry icon and global visionary for Paul Mitchell. Voted artist of the year seven times, Robert and his team are the most respected stylists in the country. There are five elements of haircutters based on reputation, experience and demand. Cuts can range from $40-$200 and color is $50-plus, based on consultation. The shampoo is the foreplay to an exceptional salon experience! The stylists are exceptionally knowledgeable and welcoming and the salon is stunningly and elegantly decorated with a “spa” feel. The salon is in a prime Downtown location, with others established across the country from Las Vegas to Oklahoma. Every service is done with the greatest of care and leaves every customer satisfied, loyal and feeling beautiful. Experience what ARCS can do for you. Make a reservation today!

SILVER – Salon De Marcus 685 2nd Ave. 92101 demarcussalon.com | (619) 239-2887


Best of Downtown San Diego 2016


SILVER – Cavignac & Associates


450 B St. #1800 92101 cavignac.com | (619) 234-6848

BUSINESS & RETAIL HOME IMPROVEMENT GOLD – Ace Hardware 675 6th Ave. 92101 acehardware.com | (619) 544-9400

SILVER – Lowe's Home Improvement 2318 Northside Dr, 92108 lowes.com | (619) 584-5500

HOSPITAL GOLD – Sharp HealthCare 300 Fir St. 92101 sharp.com | (619) 446-1549

SILVER – Scripps Health 2306 6th Ave. 92101 scripps.org | (619) 260-7024

HOTEL GOLD – Omni San Diego Hotel 675 L St. 92101 parkme.com | (619) 231-6664

SILVER – Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego 1047 5th Ave. 92101 hotelpalomar-sandiego.com | (619) 515-3000

INSURANCE BROKER GOLD – Daiju Yamaguchi Insurance 3579 5th Ave Ste 200, 92103 daijuinsurance.com | (619) 220-0700

Founded in 1992, Cavignac & Associates is a leading risk management and commercial insurance brokerage firm providing a broad range of insurance and expertise to design and construction firms, law firms, real estate-related entities, manufacturing companies, nonprofits and the general business community. Its focus is on commercial insurance, risk control, surety bonds, employee benefits and personal lines of insurance. Cavignac & Associates employs a unique — and patented — risk management process called the TotalRISK Approach, which consistently yields positive results for its clients. The company invests three times the average amount of other brokerages on educating its staff so they can better serve clients. It also presents ongoing educational seminars for clients to help them better understand their exposures to loss and how to manage those exposures. Cavignac & Associates employs a staff of 51 at offices located in Downtown San Diego. In various “best places to work” competitions, Cavignac has consistently scored high by employees, based on its desirable work environment and staff camaraderie. The company is dedicated to being the best and continually seeks ways to improve its productivity, technical expertise, and the services it deliver to its clients.

San Diego Downtown News | April 2017


JEWELER GOLD – Timothy Meier Design 861 6th Ave Ste 701, 92101 timothymeier.com | (619) 236-1618

SILVER – Harold Stevens Jewelers 525 B St. 92101 haroldstevens.com | (619) 231-0520

MASSAGE GOLD – Dcompress Downtown 1202 Kettner Blvd Ste B, 92101 dcompressdowntown.com | (619) 940-7556

SILVER – Happy Head Foot Reflexology and Massage 534 University Ave. 92103 happyheadmassage.com | (619) 333-8422

MARIJUANA DISPENSARY GOLD – Point Loma Patient Consumer Co-Op 3452 Hancock St. 92110 plpcc.org | (619) 574-0415

SILVER – The Healing Center San Diego 3703 Del Rio Camino S # 215, 92108 thcsd.com | (858) 324-2420

MEN'S APPAREL GOLD – Boutique De Marcus 205 G St. 92101 boutiquedemarcus.com | (619) 239-2877

See MEN'S APPAREL page 20

A Robert Cromeans Salon

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2045 Pacific Highway Between Hawthorn & Grape San Diego CA 92101 619.544.7070

4282 Camino Del Rio North San Diego CA 92108 619.563.1424


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PET GROOMER PET GROOMER GOLD – EarthWise Pet Supply 1051 Market St. 92101 petsupplystoresandiegoca.com | (619) 359-8805 Earthwise Pet Supply — East Village opened its doors in May of 2015. Since then, the Novak family has worked hard to earn the highest reputation for providing the best natural pet food and treats, a vast selection of toys, leashes, collars, and grooming supplies to meet the pickiest pet parent’s needs. Everyone coming through their door is treated like a friend, and canine and feline grooming customers are treated like royalty! Their on-line reviews show that their customer service and quality of products are second to none! Stop by with your fur-baby and you’ll be wondering why you hadn’t been there before!

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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY GOLD – Greater Good Realty 639 Kettner Blvd, 92101 greatergoodrealty.com | (619) 473-2837 Greater Good Realty is extremely honored to receive the title of “Best Property Management Company” in San Diego for the third consecutive year. We offer the largest database of rentals in all of San Diego at our website RentingInSanDiego. com. Greater Good Realty makes it easy for landlords to find great tenants and for tenants to have access to a complete selection of rental options. If you’ve experienced any vacancies with other management companies then you should contact us to see how we attract the best tenants in town. To learn about our rental listing services, give us a call at 619-Greater. See why “Renting just got easy.”

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PLUMBER GOLD – Bill Howe Plumbing 1364 Morena Blvd, 92110 billhowe.com | (619) 286-6348 Voted San Diego’s “Best Plumber,” HVAC company and contractor, and chosen by the Downtown News readers in the Best of Downtown, Bill Howe family of companies knows HOWE! We began our plumbing service in 1980, operating with just one plumber-Bill Howe. Seeing the opportunity to offer San Diego an honest service company, Bill and Tina Howe have grown the company into the Bill Howe Family of Companies delivering expert services in Plumbing, Heating & Air, and Restoration & Flood Remediation. We focus on providing the best services and rates, with highly trained specialists ready to care for you every step of the way, with just one call. Although we have grown, we have remained family-owned and operated and continue our mission of exceptional and legendary service treating each of our customers like family. Our philosophy is simple: care for our employees, our customers, and our community from team building, paid training, and community outreach and volunteerism, the Bill Howe Way! Downtown San Diego’s Best and most trusted for 37 years; you know who to call!

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REAL ESTATE OFFICE GOLD – Greater Good Realty 639 Kettner Blvd, 92101 greatergoodrealty.com | (619) 473-2837 Greater Good Realty is a boutique real estate brokerage located in Downtown San Diego, specializing in residential real estate. Greater Good Realty is focused on providing exceptional service to their clients, which include investors, first time homebuyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants. This is Greater Good Realty’s third time in a row winning “Best Real Estate Office” in San Diego. Not only did Greater Good realty win the “Best Real Estate Office,” they also won the “Best Property Management” and founder David Stone won “Best Real Estate Agent” in San Diego. Greater Good Realty is highly recommended by their clients with their 5-star reviews on Yelp, Zillow, and Google. To learn more about Greater Good Realty and our mission of giving back to the community check out their website or call them at 619-Greater.

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VETERINARIAN GOLD – Amici Pet Hospital of Little Italy 2135 Columbia St. 92101 amicipethospital.com | (619) 795-2400 Amici Pet Hospital of Little Italy, in Downtown San Diego, is committed to quality pet care, teamwork and client service. We have the experience and compassion to understand the bond between our clients and their pets, and we are dedicated to providing the highest level of care for our patients. We look forward to welcoming you and your pet at Amici, where we strive to provide excellence in veterinary care, and professional and personalized service. Veterinary services provided by Amici Pet Hospital of Little Italy include the follow-ing: wellness exams, surgery, vaccinations, spays and neuters, flea con-trol, microchips, dental care, digital radiology, lab work (blood, fecal, urinalysis, etc.), pharmacy, vet consultations, diet (advice and products) and more! Amici Pet Hospital of Little Italy is your neighborhood veterinarian. We proudly serve the Downtown neighborhoods of Little Italy, Marina, Cortez Hill, Columbia District, Gaslamp Quarter and East Village, as well as the surround-ing neighborhoods of Bankers Hill, Mission Hills, Hillcrest, North Park, Park West, South Park, Point Loma and beyond. Come visit your friends at Amici Pet Hospital! We have plenty of free onsite parking, and our Little Italy location offers convenient freeway access. Amici Pet Hospital, “Excellence in care today, for a healthier pet tomorrow.”

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EARTHFAIR environment,” said EarthFair co-founder Carolyn Chase. The fair is the brainchild — and labor of love — for both Chase and her husband Chris Klein. It started when she was new to the area and trying to find an environmental group to get involved in. Chase grew up with a mother who gardened and a father who instilled a real love of nature in her from a young age. But before the days of the internet, it was harder to research who was doing what in a new city. So she and Klein decided to put together a small fair to allow many groups to introduce themselves to people looking for a way to help. “Different groups have different cultures, a different way they make a difference,” Chase said. “This [fair] is a big tent idea — a way to connect.” That small fair has grown into a massive event, showcasing between 300-400 nonprofits, businesses and agencies every year. Exhibitors include traditional conservation organizations, wildlife preservation groups, organic gardeners, and groups that offer ecotourism opportunities, pet adoption services, and many alternative health products and services. The fair is divided into themed areas such as eHome, making your environment more sustainable; eARTth Gallery with earth-friendly arts and

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crafts; Reuse & Repair, learning how to reduce waste; and a vegetarian Food Pavilion. New this year is a specifically themed climate science area. Enjoy giveaways, interactive exhibits, raffles … you can even sit inside a “cleaner car” at the concourse. “No matter where you start, there are many ways to make

a difference and they add up,” Klein said. “The EarthFair is a place to discover on one day how to make a difference the rest of the year.” EarthFair kicks off with a parade showcasing many of these themes and groups. There will be people with signs, costumes and face paint, all displaying their passion for their cause and the environment. Puppet Insurgency will be walking with a 20-foot informative pipeline and their continued efforts to “Heal the Gyres.” A gyre is a vortex of winds and currents that ends up collecting much of the plastic and trash thrown in the ocean. According to the Environmental Cleanup Coalition, an estimated 11 million tons of floating plastic covers an area of nearly 5 million square miles in the Pacific Ocean, 700 miles northeast of the Hawaiian Island chain and

1,000 miles from the coast of California. The Earth Day Parade is welcome to all ages and species. It starts at 10:30 a.m. by the Spanish Village and marches through the park to the Children’s Area in Pan American Plaza. Participants are invited to dress up as endangered species and present their favorite earth-friendly messages. “It’s one of the funnest parts of the fair,” Chase said of the parade. Registration is not required for the parade, but Chase notes it is appreciated for planning purposes. In keeping with its mission, EarthFair strives to be a zero waste event, meaning that everything discarded is either recycled, reused or composted. They have 30 “Zero Waste” stations set up throughout the park with bins for waste, recycle and compost. A “Trash


Talker” is posted at each station to make sure your discards go in the right bin and answer any of your recycling questions. In 2015, out of four tons of trash, two of those tons were recycled and one ton was composted, and 500 pounds of food was recovered for homeless shelters. Last year, 90 percent of the waste was reused in some way. The whole event could not exist without the help of a team of volunteers. Along with the hundreds of volunteers on the day of, there are almost 40 team leaders who have been working with Chase and Klein for the last three to 28 years. “This core set of people is what make it happen,” Chase said. She emphasized however, that volunteers for the day itself are still needed. All that’s required is to attend one training session on either April 15 or April 21. Also on the website are ideas for alternative parking, as there are almost no car parking spots by the park by the fair’s start time. Ride your bicycle and you can reduce your carbon footprint and enjoy free valet bicycle parking. To learn more about EarthFair or to volunteer, visit earthdayweb.org or call 858-272-7370. —Freelance writer Joyell Nevins can be reached at joyellc@gmail.com. You can also reach her blog Small World, Big God at swbgblog.wordpress. com.



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Party in the street opening weekend East Village Biz News By Sunny Lee For the seventh year in a row, the East Village Association celebrates the opening of the MLB baseball season as the San Diego Padres open the gates of Petco Park to host the San Francisco Giants on Friday, April 7. The free, family-friendly seventh annual East Village Opening Day Block Party will be the ultimate tailgating scene on J Street between Sixth and 10th avenues from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7, and from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. Show your team pride and “root, root, root for the home team” as we kick off the party with fun family games, activities and much more. Enjoy great food, craft beer and cocktails from delicious local restaurants. The East Village Association will also be hosting a bike valet at the Do the Ride Thing community booth. To use the bike valet: 1. Bring your bike to the Do the Ride Thing booth.

The Opening Day Block Party will be held on J Street between Sixth and 10th avenues. (Photo by Ray Faketty) 2. Your bike will be tagged and you will receive a valet ticket. 3. Enjoy the event while your bike is watched by staff. 4. Return with your ticket and retrieve your bike. It’s that simple. Each person who uses the bike valet will receive a free Do the Ride Thing giveaway (while supplies last). Also, enjoy 20 percent off your Uber ride to the block party using code OPENINGDAYSD. Rides must

begin or end in East Village between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Valid on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 only. Visit EastVillageSanDiego. com for more details. —Sunny Lee is the program manager of the East Village Association, a nonprofit 501(c) (3) corporation that manages the East Village business improvement district. To learn more visit the eastvillagesandiego.com.

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District 3 City Councilmember Chris Ward (Courtesy CrowdPAC.com) By Joan Wojcik Christopher Ward assumed the office of councilmember in January 2017 as the representative of the 3rd District of San Diego. Within the 3rd District is East Village, an area of approximately 130 blocks, which comprises 40 percent of Downtown. Councilmember Ward said he feels privileged and honored to be the representative who will have an influence on the final phase of development of Downtown’s largest district. His background in urban planning will be an asset for the final development of East Village. After he received his bachelor’s in neural science from Johns Hopkins University, Ward traveled to San Diego to do research work at UC San Diego. While living in San Diego, he became an active volunteer for several local campaigns. That’s when the political bug bit Ward, resulting in a change of direction for his profession, from medicine to politics. Receiving his master’s in public policy/urban planning from Harvard, he returned to San Diego and utilized his urban planning degree as an environmental planner with the firm EDAW. He developed land-use plans for local government, which included environmental reviews on land use and resolving neighborhood long-term planning goals for land development. A short time later, Ward started his political career by working for State Assemblymember Marty Block as his chief of staff. With Councilmember Ward’s background in urban planning, he is in a very unique position to guide East Village through its final stages of redevelopment. He strongly supports the immediate completion of the East Village Green Phase I. “Parks are a vital amenity for a community’s success,” Ward said. He will also work toward the completion of the entire East Village project, Phase I-III, as quickly as possible to attract families into East Village. Other short term plans for East Village include Ward’s support of Makers Quarter’s planned development and endorsing the general plans for southeast East Village

as outlined by architect Rob Quigley; especially the use of open spaces. He is an advocate for high tech companies locating to East Village and promoting the expansion of the UCSD facilities or other higher education institutions here, while also promoting small startup businesses, which are essential for a successful neighborhood. He will reach out to the community for feedback before he commits to locating any sports or concert venues into the community. Ward’s long-term plans for East Village include the cultivating of existing and future emerging markets. In addition to encouraging businesses to move into East Village and establishing local parks, Ward believes the missing piece to the ultimate success of Downtown’s largest neighborhood will be housing. Affordable housing will be needed for the young professionals and families who will be filling the numerous jobs created by these new business and academic facilities. Therefore, he would like to encourage the development of affordable housing in the range of $300,000 to $500,000, specifically for this work-based population. The final landscape has yet to be determined but Ward is excited to contribute his insight and background in urban planning to create a world-class community. “East Village is a unique opportunity to bring together so many of the elements we want for the future of our urban communities,” he said. “The vision that is coming together and being put into action to truly build out a neighborhood where people can live, work, shop, learn, and play with access to open space, transit, and basic services and amenities is an exciting chance to prove a model for throughout the region. “I can’t wait to work closely with community leaders to make sure everyone from diverse backgrounds and with diverse interests and incomes can come together to help create San Diego’s dynamic future,” Ward said. — Joan Wojcik is the president of the East Village Residents Group. Contact Joan at eastvillageresidentsgroup@ yahoo.com or visit evrgsd.org.





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The baseball season has arrived and Social Tap brings you as close to the bustle of Petco Park as you can possibly get without holding a ticket into the stadium. On game days, you can see the big center screen hovering over the playing field from Social Tap’s back patio, which looks out to the grassy lawn leading to the main gates. The front sidewalk patio comes alive as well as fans enjoy drink service from a portable bar. And during non-home games, you can cheer on the San Diego Padres (or your preferred team) in the glow of giant flat screens while imbibing from a choice of 25 beer taps and a drink menu boasting abundant tequila, scotch and cocktail options. The libations, along with a host of upscale bar food, are available year-round. They define the sporty concept of Social Tap, which operates additional locations in the College Area, Ventura and Scottsdale, Arizona. With an out-of-town visitor in tow, we dined in a comfy oversized booth on a low-key night and zeroed in on the establishment’s famous filet

The chicken & nuts pear salad

An upscale sports bar fronting Petco Park (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

Social Tap 815 J St. (East Village) 619-398-8938, socialtapsd.com Prices: Salads, soups and starters, $4 to $15; tacos, burritos and bowls, $4.50 to $13; sandwiches and burgers, $11 to $16; plates, $16 to $28 mignon tacos and “trifecta” chicken wings, which are baked, then grilled, and then fried. We started with the “chicken & nuts” salad topped with

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a boatload of chilled breast meat that tasted divine when it began mingling with the balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Sliced pears encircled the plate, and a wellspring of candied walnuts, craisins and bleu cheese crumbles surfaced as we forked along. If there’s a mother of all chicken salads, this is it. The wings had everything going for them with their baked-in juices and charred, grilled skins. We couldn’t tell that frying was part of the process since they were devoid of oil except for the small measure of butter that likely went into the Buffalo sauce. Other flavor options include Jamaican jerk, teriyaki and sweet chili. Tender, minced filet mignon was piled into the tacos (served in pairs) along with an invisible mix of micro-chopped mushrooms, poblano chilies and crispy fried shallots. The contrasting textures and compatible flavors are well conceived — better than many of the innovative and often-glorified tacos put forth by other kitchens. In the lead up to an entrée we shared — rosemary-thyme chicken served over bacon risotto — we imbibed on beer and cocktails. The coconut porter from Maui Brewing I ordered delivered a teasing sweetness from the coconut and a strong, desirable coffee flavor. My companion’s Skinny Press cocktail with Ketel Citron, muddled blueberries, mint and agave nectar was summertime fruity with refreshing citrus notes.

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On the down side, the “Mmmm Mojito” made with Captain Morgan she chose as her second drink was largely missing the star ingredient of a mojito. Only a single sprig of mint was in the glass — not enough to perform its magic. From the “plates” list, which includes items atypical of casual sports bars such as hand-cut rib eye, wine-braised short ribs and penne pasta with Cajun shrimp, we continued feeding our mood for chicken with an airline cut (the breast and first wing joint) accented with basil cream sauce. But it was the tender rainbow carrots and excellent bacon-kissed risotto served alongside that stole the show. The pitfall of the dish was the chicken skin. Though delectably crispy, it was “crazy salty,” as my companion described before bringing it to

the attention of an apologetic manager. He offered a redo, but we declined after already extracting the tender meat underneath. Social Tap’s over-the-top dessert, called Holy Sundae, combines a chocolate chip cookie and brownie with Oreos, cinnamon crunch fried ice cream, bourbon caramel and chocolate sauce. We passed in lieu of the simpler deep-dish chocolate chip cookie crowned with vanilla ice cream made by Moo Time Creamery in Coronado. It marked a happy ending in a well-designed space where hearty food, bountiful drinks and good vibes prevail, regardless of how the Padres perform each season. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. You can reach him at fsabatini@san.rr.com.


Keep an antacid handy if you partake in “Larry’s ludicrous lunker challenge,” at Larry’s Deli in East Village. The promotion, which runs indefinitely, dares customers to consume — in one hour or less — a towering sandwich consisting of 16 slices of rye bread layered with 48 ounces of pastrami, 16 slices of Gruyere cheese and house-made cornichon spread. It’s served with a quartet of sides that participants must also polish off: potato salad, macaroni salad, Larry’s Deli is challenging coleslaw and deviled eggs pickcustomers to eat this 6-pound led in beet juice. sandwich (Courtesy Bay Bird, Inc.) The challenge costs $50. Those who lick their plates clean are refunded the money and receive a commemorative T-shirt. 323 Seventh Ave., 619-795-7100, hungrylarrys.com.

A snazzy steakhouse in Little Italy is coming soon. (Photo by Basile Studio) CH Projects is promising a revival of the classic steakhouse replete with midcentury and art deco design elements in its upcoming Born & Raised, which is slated to open in late May in Little Italy. The two-level restaurant will occupy 10,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor space in what used to be the Nelson Photo Supplies building. Prior to that, during the 1930s, it was the site of a drug store and soda fountain. Design of the Little Italy structure is underway at a cost of $6.5 million with the expertise of Basile Studio. The downstairs dining room will feature curved, leather booths, glass rod light fixtures and tables flaunting brass bases and Italian marble tops. A windowed dry-aging room will be positioned next to an exposed kitchen. The second floor is designated for outdoor dining, complete with a large bar, copper fireplaces and an herb garden. Menu details are still in the planning. CH Projects owns a series of restaurants and drinking establishments that include Ironside Fish & Oyster, Underbelly, Neighborhood, Noble Experiment, Craft & Commerce, False Idol and more. 1909 India St., ch-projects.com. The six-block Maker’s Quarter district in East Village gives way this month to 10 Barrel Brewing Co., which has its roots in Bend, Oregon. The three-level operation will double as a pub with a menu of salads, burgers, sandwiches and Mexican dishes spearheaded by local chef Tommy Fraioli, formerly of Beaumont Eatery in La Jolla. The establishment is set to open in early to mid-April within a 9,000-square-foot former warehouse. It will feature more than 20 taps of 10 Barrel beers, most of them brewed onsite and some in Oregon. The company operates similar concepts in Portland, Denver and Boise, as well as in Bend. 1501 E St., 10barrel.com. Mario Cassineri, the executive chef of Downtown’s acclaimed BICE, has co-introduced Officine Buona Forchetta in Liberty Station with Matteo Cattaneo, who owns and operates Buona Forchetta in South Park. The spin-off focuses on higher-end entrees such as crab gnocchi, veal osso bucco and five-mushroom ravioli, while offering its Neapolitan pizzas in jumbo family sizes and with additional vegan choices. The 2,600-square-foot space greets with bright-red seating positioned around the pizza station and main kitchen, and features two outdoor patios. 2865 Sims Road, 619-548-5770, officinebuonaforchetta.com.


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Replacing the short-lived 1919 restaurant and nightclub in the Gaslamp Quarter is El Chingon, a kitchen and bar that carries the tagline in its signage, “Bad Ass Mexican.” The venture opened with a menu of California-Mexican fare described by a marketing rep as “elevated in presentation and made with higher-quality products than what’s used in local taco shops.” Menu items include carne asada burritos, rolled tacos, tableside guacamole, carnitas and ceviche. Beer, frozen margaritas and trendy cocktails are also in the offing. The venture was launched by GBOD Hospitality Group, which also runs Meze Greek Fusion a few blocks away at 345 Sixth Ave. In May, the group plans to open Havana 1920 restaurant and nightclub next door to El Chingon, and Saganaki about a month later in Liberty Station. 560 Fifth Ave., 619-227-3009, elchingon.com.

Prettily presented ceviche at the new El Chingon (Courtesy Marie Daniels PR)

Known for sourcing its meal ingredients from local farmers and artisan purveyors, Current & Tides in the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa has revamped its entire menu and introduced several new wines from Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe. Among the new dishes created by chefs Michael Poompan and Aaron Obregon are coconut rice bowls with a choice of seafood, chicken or eggs, plus crispy fish tacos with mango crema, lobster BLTs with aioli on French bread, and sopes topped with clams and bone marrow. Look also for the latest releases from Monte Xanic, La Lomita and Adobe Guadalupe wineries. 2000 Second St., Coronado, 619-435-3000, marriott.com.

Get your rooftop fix of bloody marys, chilaquiles verde, carnitas Benedict and other early-day edibles during The Nolen’s new “Sunday requirement” brunch held from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. each week. Customers can also build their own mimosas from a bar featuring various ingredients or imbibe on crafty brunch drinks from the cocktail menu. 453 Sixth Ave., 619-796-6536, thenolenrooftop.com.


Clam and bone marrow sopes in Coronado (Courtesy Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa)


Guests and locals lounging in the lobby of the US Grant are now afforded seat-side drink service via the hotel’s new gold-accented Vieux Carre cocktail cart. The roving vessel currently offers five different madeto-order cocktails created by chef de bar Cory Alberto, with prices ranging from $17 to $21 per drink. The service is available from 5–7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and in conjunction with live music on the weekends. 326 Broadway, 619232-3121, usgrant.net.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Red Velvetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; depicts forgotten part of theatrical history Theater Review Charlene Baldridge Theatergoers with knowledge of Ira Aldridge (1807-1867) looked forward eagerly to the March 30 Old Globe opening of Lolita Chakrabartiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 London play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Velvet.â&#x20AC;? Aldridge, who has a San Diego theater company named for him, was a great African-American actor who in 1833 became the first to play Othello au naturel on the London stage. Prior to Aldridge, Othello was usually played by white actors in black face and the London

critics were so cruel that it took a century before another AfricanAmerican actor (Paul Robeson) assayed the role. Robesonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appearance (he even had an affair with his Desdemona) proved that though society and acting styles had changed, people still had a hard time accepting a white woman being married to and murdered by a black man. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Velvetâ&#x20AC;? is set when acting styles were stand-and-deliver with enormous hand and arm gestures, very stylized and on the verge of changing to something more realistic, a technique employed by Aldridge. Hired by company manager Pierre Laporte (Sean Dugan) to replace actor Edmund Kean,

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Albert Jones appears as Ira Aldridge in Lolita Chakrabartiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Velvet.â&#x20AC;? (Photo by Jim Cox)

(l to r) Sean Dugan as Pierre Laporte, Albert Jones as Ira Aldridge, Monique Gaffney as Connie, Allison Mack as Ellen Tree, and Mark Pinter as Bernard Warde in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Velvetâ&#x20AC;? (Photo by Jim Cox)



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who had collapsed onstage, Aldridge surprises the unprepared Theatre Royal Covent Garden company with his complexion, this at the time when the monarchy had just effected the freeing of slaves in the British colonies. Written and re-written (for Chakrabartiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actor husband, Adrian Lester) over more than a decade, the play encompasses a dizzying array of additional themes, none of which prevails and supports the evening. The story would have been enough. Dare I say I was not the only one who went home disappointed and overloaded? Despite the success of the iconoclastic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hamilton,â&#x20AC;? history does not always translate easily to theater. In the case of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Velvet, this is not the fault of director Stafford Arima (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Allegianceâ&#x20AC;?); nor can one fault the fine company he has assembled; nor the expressive scenic design of Jason Sherwood, which seems to capture the ephemeral nature of the art form. The role of Aldridge is powerfully played by Broadway, regional and television actor Albert Jones, whose classical experience serves him well. He is exceptionally handsome with a virile and well-employed body, a bit like the coiled spring that is Othello. His Desdemona, played historically by Ellen Tree, is appealingly played by Allison Mack. Keanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son Charles (John Lavelle), who is offended by Aldridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presence and thinks that he should have played Othello, quits the role of Iago. Despite Aldridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taking change and imparting new ideas, not

always diplomatically, about Shakespearean acting, the other actors fall under his charismatic spell and are as hurt and disappointed with the critical response as Aldridge himself. Following the devastating 1933 London reviews, company manager Laporte is forced to close the production for financial reasons, leaving Aldridge to ask, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What ever shall I do?â&#x20AC;? Aldridge had left his native U.S. as a teenager, intent upon furthering his classical career, which he did indeed, but not in the way he expected. It was too soon then, and even too soon for Robeson a century later. The historical truth, represented in the play by book-end scenes in Poland shortly before Aldridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death (he is playing Lear in a touring production) is that after his Covent Garden premiere, Aldridge spent the rest of his life playing Shakespeare on tour, earning great popular acclaim, especially in Eastern Europe and Russia. He always intended to return to America and was scheduled to do so in 1867, but died before the time came. Other actors in 1933 London and 1867 Poland include Michael Aurelio, Maureen Gaffney, Amelia Pedlow and Mark Pinter. Despite its length and sprawl, how could the Globe not program this work, which deals with such a forgotten part of theatrical history? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. You can follow her blog at charlenecriticism. blogspot.com or reach her at charb81@gmail.com.ď ś


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bluegrass with pop and classic standards for a high-energy show. Visit classics4kids.com or bit.ly/2lYt9zA.


Little Italy will welcome more than 2,000 cyclists to kick off their rides in a 7:15 a.m. start on April 9 under the landmark Little Italy sign, 1747 India St., and ride out to various parts of San Diego with four route options. Gran Fondo San Diego riders will be cheered at the finish line, awarded a medal and ushered into the Fantastic Finish celebration with live music, bike valet, Italian Pasta Fest, beer garden and a massage. The finish line and Bike & Fitness Expo will be at Ruocco Park, 585 Harbor Lane. The two-day expo will be held Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; and Sunday, April 9 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Visit sdgranfondo.com.

has released a thorough go-to reference for Beatles fans, “The Beatles Encyclopedia.” Womack will visit FeeLit Records, located at 909 E. St. Downtown, from 2–4 p.m. to sign his new unabridged paperback version of the book. To learn more, visit tinyurl. com/kp3b5uh.



Pavia, Italy through a photographer’s lens (Courtesy House of Italy) “Photographs Through the Eyes of Six Italian Photographers” is a photo exhibit curated by the Civic Museum of Pavia, Italy, presented in partnership with the San Diego City College Italian Language and Photography departments, and sponsored by the House of Italy. The display includes photographs of the northern Italian city of Pavia by Italian photographers from the 19th to the 21st centuries. The opening reception is April 7 from 5–8 p.m. and the exhibit is on display April 7-21 in the San Diego City College Luxe Gallery, fifth floor of Building V, 1080 16th St., East Village.


Meet the Easter Bunny and have your photo taken at Seaport Village in the East Plaza Gazebo. All ages, pets and groups are welcome. Five packages available from $25 to $50, ready in minutes. Photos with the Easter Bunny will be offered from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. from April 7–14; and from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. on April 15. Visit bit.ly/2mGToHW.

‘DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE’ Through Thursday

The works of Karen and Tony Barone are featured in “Down the Rabbit Hole,” an exhibition of sculpture and recent works on canvas and paper premiering at the Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Ave. American master pop artists, the Barones have wowed the art world over the last three decades with their original and inspired take on contemporary culture. Visit bit.ly/2mFZUAI.





The New Children’s Museum is throwing it back to the ’80s and ’90s with its adults-only Drink Play Create event: Flashback Friday. Celebrate these favorite eras with the greatest hits, signature cocktails, beer, grilled cheeses and a throwback-themed art show: “Sitcoms and Sneakers.” The night includes a photo booth, fashion contest and museum access from 7–10 p.m. An after-party will be held in the lower level Studio Q from 10 p.m.–midnight. Visit bit.ly/2mGQymk.



Classics 4 Kids, a music education nonprofit based in San Diego, presents “Time for Three — Classics 4 Kids Benefit Concert,” 3 p.m. at the historic Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. Time for Three is a group that mixes genres of music from ’90s hip-hop, grunge and


Pat and Gene Kelly before his passing (Courtesy Patricia Ward Kelly)

Lisa See (Courtesy CHM) The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum has partnered with Adventures by the Book for a “Chinese Tea Tasting Adventure” with the New York Times best-selling author Lisa See, 7–9 p.m. in the Chuang Archive & Learning Center, 541 B Second Ave. Over appetizers and a tasting of traditional Chinese teas, See will explain how she crafted her latest novel and was inspired to weave the classical culture of tea into the heart of her novel and her characters’ destinies. $45 to $50. Visit bit.ly/2mGJJkt.


San Diego City College will hold its fourth annual Community Open House Day from 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. The welcome tent will be at 16th and C streets. This campus-wide block party includes campus tours, exhibits, demonstrations and a resource fair. The 12th annual Student Project and Research Symposium will be presented on the upper AH Plaza from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. A special planetarium showing will take place in the Science Building at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to hbunkows@sdccd. edu. Visit bit.ly/2o8sDj0.



“KPBS Celebrates The Arts” is a major fundraiser highlighting public media’s commitment to present, share and treasure exceptional arts programming with all audiences — from visual arts, music, theater, dance and literature. It will be held at the U.S. Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway. This celebration will feature specialized entertainment, themed cocktails and elegant decor. BJ Robinson, vocal artist and host of “KPBS Spectrum,” will serve as emcee. Kelly McEvers of NPR’s “All Things Considered” will be the featured guest. Hall of Fame Visionary Honorees will be Susan Polis Schutz and Stephen Schutz. Cocktail reception and silent auction at 6 p.m.; dinner, live auction and Hall of Fame Tribute at 7:30 p.m.; music and dancing at 9:15 p.m. Price: $500 per ticket; $5,000 for a table of 10. Visit KPBS.org/gala.


Participants will create two delightful botanical living jewelry pieces in this class lead by Adorations Botanicals’ founder and Creative Director LaVonne Crawford. The workshop includes instruction, florals, supplies and light refreshments. 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave. Cost: $85. Visit bit.ly/2mH9Fwz.



San Diego Opera presents “La Traviata” at the San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. This opera is performed in Italian



Created by the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of New Town San Diego, now Downtown, this combination historical tour and pub crawl explores the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Follow your guide back in time to hear about the Gaslamp when it was called “Stingaree” and infamous for its teeming red-light district. Enjoy a drink, or just a seat, at three historic bars that are original to the Gaslamp Quarter. This is a 21-plus tour. Cost $10 to $20. Tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Gaslamp Museum, 410 Island Ave. Reservations must be made by 4 p.m. the Thursday before the event. Call 619-2334692 or visit bit.ly/2nodqGA.



The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM) presents “The Way of Qigong: Taoist Roots, Scientific Branches.” Renowned qigong master Ken Cohen will introduce the healing philosophy of qigong and its connection to the Taoist quest for harmony with nature. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book-signing. Lasts from 2–4 p.m. at the museum’s Chuang Archive & Learning Center, 541 B Second Ave. Adults $5; free for students with ID, SDCHM members and children 12 and under. RSVP at info@ sdchm.org or 619-338-9888. Visit bit.ly/2mGQvH3.





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“Vets at Home: a Showcase of Short Plays” will feature more than 12 vignettes, each exploring a different aspect of the network of relationships between military veterans, their families and their communities. Performances will be will be held April 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m. in the Veterans Museum in Balboa Park, 2115 Park Blvd. Tickets cost $10; or pay what you can. Visit Tinyurl. com/mmlds9s.


with projected English supertitles. Directed by Marta Domingo, “La Traviata” transports audiences to the past to a love story with poignant themes that transcend the ages. Runs April 22, 25 and 28 at 7 p.m.; and April 30 at 2 p.m. Attend a pre-opera lecture for “La Traviata” one hour before each performance in the orchestra section. Visit bit.ly/2mHhCSi


Legendary dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly brought astonishing grace and athleticism to the movies. In this live one-woman show, Patricia Ward Kelly — his wife and biographer — tells his story. Taking audiences behind the scenes, she presents an intimate portrait of this innovative artist who gave us such iconic works as “An American in Paris” and “Singin’ in the Rain.” Enjoy an afternoon with Patricia Ward Kelly, 2 p.m. in the Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. Visit bit.ly/2mcYCOj.

Ken Womack, PhD, is a world-renown authority on the Beatles and their cultural influence and


Art is reinvented through floral representation. (Courtesy SDMA) Art Alive celebrates its 36th year at the San Diego Museum of Art with more than 100 floral interpretations created by top designers. This year marks the return of three-time Rotunda Designer Carlos Franco of Green Fresh Florals, who will use his inventiveness to transform the John M. and Sally B. Thornton Rotunda into a FloraMorphic Sky of Colors. As the Museum’s signature fundraiser, Art Alive provides financial support for public programs, exhibitions, education and community outreach. For the schedule of events, visit bit.ly/2mGKfPG.


The history of chocolate and how it came to this country is an interesting tale of seafaring travels. This year’s Chocolate Festival will be held from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on multiple vessels at the San Diego Maritime Museum, 1492 North Harbor Drive. The event features more than 15 vendors showcasing and offering samples of various types of chocolate. Kids and adults can make their own chocolate pizza. Adults can participate in the wine and chocolate or beer and chocolate pairings as well as live baking and cooking with chocolate demonstrations. Bay cruises and sailing opportunities with chocolate delicacies on board are also available. Visit bit.ly/2mGT63F.



This class is for true brew connoisseurs, combining chocolate truffles with specially selected local draughts at Dallmann Fine Chocolates at The Headquarters, 789 W. Harbor Drive, #122. Sample it all from stouts to ales, sweet to savory, including four of San Diego’s best beers and pair them with four world-class chocolates. $20. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Visit bit. ly/2mGYkwt.


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A nifty 1950s fashion redux! Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro ‘Nifty Fifties’

The 2017 Finale Party for the sixth annual Fashion Redux! was held in Balboa Park on March 3. This annual design competition was co-hosted by the San Diego History Center and the Fashion Program at San Diego Mesa College. This year the theme was the “Nifty Fifties,” and everyone was encouraged to wear 1950s dress. A 1955 Ford Thunderbird was parked at the entrance so that all the guests could take pictures with it. Each year, a different time period is picked and the students come in to view the historic garments as inspiration pieces. The next step in the competition involved creating the sketch, making muslin and constructing the finished garment. Finally, faculty and industry advisors judge these creations. The judges’ decisions are based on creativity, workmanship and wearability. Four finalists were chosen and the garments were put on display at the History Center leading up to the finale. The inspirational pieces from the Historic Clothing and Textile Collection were also on exhibition to give everyone a better idea of the process.

(l to r) Carlene McKnight and Carla Robyn W., best ’50s costume (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

A Finale Party and reception was held to announce the winners. During this time, the guests had the opportunity to cast their vote for the “People’s Choice Award.” The Lead Designer and People’s Choice awards went to Juliet Liet. Kara Riekstins and Phitsenee Jirathamrongkarn tied for second place. The third place finisher was Rachel Merrill. This year a special award went to Carla Robyn W. as the best ’50s dressed guest. After the awards presentation, the crowd retired to the auditorium for an awesome presentation by Gabe Selek who is the history ambassador. Selek shared his wide knowledge of the 1950s history in San Diego. Mesa College Fashion Professor Susan Lazear gave an illustrated fashion lecture on the fashion styles of the 1950s. Bringing a close to this marvelous evening, Lazear went through the entire process

(l to r) Design competition winners: Phitsenee Jirathamrongkarn, tied for second place; Juliet Liet, first place; Kara Riekstins, also tied for second; and Rachel Merrill, third place. Pet is Lambchop, a Bedlington terrier. (Photo by Siobhan Gazur)

of creating these inspirational garments for the audience. As a follow up, the Villa Montezuma in Sherman Heights was open for a tour on March 25. The Villa Montezuma is a Victorian Mansion built in 1887 for Jesse Shepard. It is only open four times a year, so this was a great opportunity for the students to talk with the public about their creations. The four inspirational pieces of the students were on display and the designers were able to speak to the guests about their collaboration with the History Center. For more information about the History Center, visit sandiegohistory.org. San Diego Mesa College is a two-year college with associate degrees in Fashion, Merchandising, and Computer Technology. For more information, visit sdmesa.org.

Upcoming events

Through June 4 | Knotted Fiber Jewelry — This exhibition by Sandy Swirnoff is at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. The artist combines the old with the new using various beads and a form of macramé. Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. April 27 | Intellectual Property Workshop — join Knobbe Martens for this Intellectual Property Workshop presented by FAB Authority as part of Fashion Week San Diego. 6 p.m. This free event will be located at FIDM on 350 10th Ave., #300. RSVP at befab@fabauthority.org. May 5 |‘Double Oh Siete (007)’ — This is a luncheon and fashion show fundraiser to benefit the Vista Hill Foundation at Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley. For information, call 858-449-8060.

May 12 | Golden Scissors Fashion Show — San Diego Mesa College fashion students show their designs at the Sheraton Harbor Island

Hotel. For information call 760-994-8083. —Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned

Couture Milliner based in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at DianaCavagnaro.com.


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