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Ohr Shalom Synagogue was designed to fit in with the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park in 1915 and the domed, freestanding square synagogue was considered an innovative piece of architecture in the 1920s. (Courtesy of Ohr Shalom Synagogue)
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OH! San Diego showcases the best in architectural designs Albert H. Fulcher | Editor Over the weekend of March 24–25, Open House San Diego (OH! San Diego) held its free, two-day open house with more than 80 “must see” architectural designs throughout Bankers Hill,
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Balboa Park, Downtown, Barrio Logan and Point Loma. The annual event drew more than of 9,000 site visitors, many of whom got the chance to see behind-thescenes tours of San Diego’s historic landmarks and never-before-seen buildings.
Open House Worldwide was founded in London more than 25 years ago. OH! San Diego is relatively a new program going into its third year. San Diego was the third city in the United States to develop its own Open
see OH! San Diego, pg 15
Wheels of Change in motion Program gives homeless work, access to programs By Dave Schwab
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Thanks to the pioneering efforts of a mom and her son, the city and Alpha Project partnered to create a pilot program to get homeless people off the street and on their feet by furnishing them with day jobs. Wheels of Change, the new program currently operating in Downtown San Diego, is based off a similarly successful model in Albuquerque, New Mexico called “There’s a Better Way.” Wheels of Change is initially rolling out two days a week, with a van driving 10 homeless people to designated areas to pick up trash, pull weeds, clear brush, etc. for five hours. They are compensated after their workday is completed. Wheels of Change not only gives homeless participants
the dignity of work, but also connects them with social services. The program also assists in transitioning homeless to permanent housing. Co-creators of the new homeless jobs program are Dr. Carolyn Barber, an emergency medicine physician affiliated with UC San Diego Medical Center, and her son, Kevin, a private high school junior. Kevin Barber talked about how Wheels of Change began. “My mom and family always talk about homeless issues, and about wanting to do something to help,” he said, noting he saw short videos online about a similar homeless jobs program in New Mexico. “I got really interested when I saw how big an impact it was having on homeless people in Albuquerque.” So, the Barbers took a New Mexico trip to check out its
homeless jobs program. “They were very supportive and wanted to help me bring it to San Diego,” Kevin said. “Then we realized we needed a nonprofit to support us and help run the program.” Enter Alpha Project, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit human services organization located Hillcrest, which serves more than 4,000 homeless daily with an array of programs including housing. Approached by the Barbers about Wheels of Change, Alpha Project Chief Administrative Officer Amy Gonyeau said it was a perfect fit as a “starting point” for homeless self-help. Gonyeau added the new program is a win-win all around. “It really helps with cleaning the communities, and the
see Wheels of Change, pg 17
Walking around any of Downtown’s neighborhoods lately, it’s hard not to spot them scattered on the sidewalks. No, the spectacle isn’t hipsters — but bright green and yellow bikes. In the last month, dockless bikes have appeared all around San Diego, with a high concentration located in Downtown, the Gaslamp District, Little Italy, and East Village areas. Two companies behind these bikes — LimeBike and ofo — both launched in the city of San Diego on Feb. 15. LimeBike, based in Silicon Valley, has been around since June 2017, while ofo, a Chinese company, was founded in 2014. Both have every similar business models — simply put, pick up a bike and pedal away. Once a resident locates a dockless bike in their immediate area, he or she scans the bike’s QR code using a
see Dockless bikes, pg 9
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Face of homelessness has changed Upcoming Father Joe’s Villages gala to benefit therapeutic child care center By Dave Fidlin It is little secret the challenges surrounding homelessness in San Diego have been persistent — a reality underscored by data suggesting the number of impacted persons is rising in the city and elsewhere across the county. But Deacon Jim Vargas, president and CEO of Father Joe’s Villages, said an important part of the conversation is sometimes lost in the conversation surrounding the epidemic. “The face of homelessness has changed over the years,” Vargas said. Decades ago, homelessness oftentimes was associated with a single man, perhaps down on his luck. Today, however, an increasing number of women and entire families — children included — are finding themselves in transient, uncertain situations. It happens all too often for families a few paychecks away from being unable to make ends meet. For this reason, Father Joe’s Villages, which has roots in San Diego stretching back to the 1950s, is continuing to put a spotlight on the dire needs of homeless children for the organization’s 34th annual Children’s Charity Gala, scheduled for May 5 and dubbed, “Up, Up and Away.”
According to organizers, proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Father Joe’s Villages’ services for children and families, namely a therapeutic child care center designed to give students a platform to excel in school. From Vargas’ vantage point, the need for an amenity such as a therapeutic child care center is vitally important to San Diego. The goal of this year’s gala is to raise at least $500,000. Vargas points to statistics asserting homeless children are four times more likely to have developmental delays in their formative years and twice as likely to repeat a grade in school. More than half of homeless youth historically have not graduated high school. As with most galas, Father Joe’s Villages’ upcoming event has a somber undertone, looking at the seriousness of the homeless epidemic. But intertwined within the program will be plenty of inspiration. This year, Father Joe’s Villages is honoring four persons or organizations for their roles in tackling homelessness. Honorees include Franklin Antonio, co-founder of Qualcomm, for making Father Joe’s Villages’ public lunch program possible. In 2014, Antonio donated $2 million to the program, which serves up to 900 persons daily.
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The Mulvaney Family “We really need to put — including Jim Mulvaney together a plan to match Sr. and Jim Mulvaney the size of the problem,” he Jr. — are the recipients of said. “But it doesn’t happen this year’s founder’s award. overnight. It takes a while.” Mulvaney Sr. worked Father Joe’s Villages’ alongside namesake found2018 Charity Gala begins er Father Joe Carroll in at 5 p.m. Saturday, May the organization’s earliest 5, at the U.S. Grant Hotel, years. Mulvaney Jr. his 326 Broadway. Festivities (l to r) Local artist Neil Shigley, Joe Ergastolo continued his father’s include a VIP reception, (board chairman), Deacon Jim Vargas (CEO), legacy, in part as a board social hour, silent auction, Jackie Vargas, Ed Witt (board member), member. dinner and program. Students at two Catholic Kimberly Hunt (master of ceremonies) and Billy For information on the Ray Smith Jr. at the 2016 Father Joe's gala. high schools — Cathedral gala, visit fjvgala.com. (Courtesy of Nicole Anderson) and St. Augustine — are For details on Father Joe’s the recipients of this year’s Villages’ various programs, Bishop (Leo) Maher Award, he said. “This is a crisis. We visit my.neighbor.org. named after the former outdon’t have enough affordable spoken leader of the San Diego housing.” —Dave Fidlin is a freelance Archdiocese in the 1970s and The solution, Vargas said, journalist with a special afﬁnity 1980s. Father Joe’s Villages is complex and requires both for San Diego and its people. is recognizing the high school tried-and-true and unorthodox Contact him at dave.ﬁdlin@ students for their volunteerism approaches. thinkpost.net.v efforts, primarily with meal service. Although this year’s honorees come from different walks of life and are being recognized for disparate reasons, Vargas said each holds a common thread. “They’ve helped us in helping others,” Vargas said. “We do it one life at a time.” But alongside the celebrating is the stark realization Father Joe’s Villages’ mission is not over — far from it, as Vargas pointed out as he discussed statistics revealing San Diego County remains firmly entrenched in the unenviable position of having the fourth largest homeless population across the U.S. “The numbers are getting worse, not better, and we’re obviously going the wrong way,”
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Boxing through Parkinson’s
Boxing classes proves to help people with Parkinson’s disease By Joyell Nevins “What do we beat?” “Parkinson’s!” “Who are we?” “Rock Steady Boxing!” So, goes the rallying cry that finishes each non-contact Rock Steady Boxing class. The class provides both physical exercises to specifically address the difficulties faced by those with Parkinson’s disease, and a community of people fighting for the same cause. “Everybody’s in the same boat,” said John “Fast Johnny” Pistacchi. Bradley “Bam Bam” Sill added, “You put judgement out the window. There are other people here just like you.” While Sill just began recently, Pistacchi has attended the class since it was first offered almost two years ago in southern San Diego. The class is held at City Boxing in downtown and hosted by BoxFit San Diego.
Rock Steady was started in 2006 by an Indiana prosecutor who started intense boxing training just a few years after he was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s. According to the program’s bio page, the prosecutor witnessed a dramatic improvement in his physical health, agility and daily functioning. He started working to provide the program and specific training to others with Parkinson’s as well. Since then, there have been studies completed by the University of Indianapolis, Butler University, and Cleveland Clinic showing the benefits of intense focused exercise, and specifically boxing training, for Parkinson’s patients. You could also just ask the Rock Steady boxers who keep coming back. “I feel so strong in this class,” boxer “Mama P” said, who preferred to go only by her
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boxing nickname. “I can walk better. I notice I’m not shuffling my feet. I can even move my right arm when I walk now.”
“I want them to know, you’re not someone with Parkinson’s; you’re a Parkinson’s ﬁghter.” —Mike Reeder, Rock Steady Boxing coach Other noted victories include walkers that are no longer needed and class members being able to lift their foot and tie their shoe — a feat that fighter had no longer been able to do. Pistacchi noticed he hasn’t degraded in the last three years since he was diagnosed, and he credits Rock Steady as a “big part” of that. Mike Reeder, founder of BoxFit, which holds outdoor
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Aside from the previously mentioned Mama P, Fast Johnny and Bam Bam, there’s also boxers such as Mrs. Crazy, Will Do, Captain Knockout, Dr. Steelhammer and The Beast. “I want them to know, you’re not someone with Parkinson’s, you’re a Parkinson’s fighter,” Reeder declared. The class members are ecstatic not only about the strength they feel and the camaraderie they share, but their coach specifically. They brag on his energy, patience, and understanding. “Mike is amazing,” Sill said. “He’s so patient, and so nice.” In fact, the class is gaining so much popularity, Reeder is looking to add a second group. But he needs volunteers to assist with stations and breakout groups. You don’t have to have boxing experience, Reeder said, you just need to “show up and have a good attitude!” For more information on becoming a boxer or volunteer, visit boxfitsd.com and click the “Rock Steady” tab. Also, on the site is information about Reeder’s boxing boot camp classes, which are open to the public and held at Morley Field and Balboa Park. You can also follow or like BoxFitSD on Instagram and Facebook. —Joyell Nevins is a local freelance writer. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her blog “Small World, Big God” at swbgblog.wordpress.com.v
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boxing boot camp classes, first heard about the Rock Steady program through a CBS Sunday Morning segment. The segment focused on the husband of Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes” and his fight against the disease. It also included results of the first major study on the effects of forced intense exercise through boxing on Parkinson’s disease. Two weeks later, two women unknown to Reeder came up to him after a BoxFit class with a proposition. They asked if he’d heard of Rock Steady and emphasized, “We need one in San Diego now!” When Reeder volunteered at the Rock Steady class already in Vista to check it out, he was hooked. “They were like an army of fighters,” he said. Reeder was volunteering in a 90-degree gym, without air conditioning, and he had so much fun he stayed for a second class. Even now, friends joke with him that they don’t know who enjoys the Rock Steady classes more — the Parkinson’s fighters or himself. “They come in and they fight their tails off,” Reeder said. “Everyone works ridiculously hard. There’s no complaining.” After volunteering in Vista, Reeder connected with the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego. They were able to get him a spot at the training in Indiana … which was supposed to be a six-month waiting list. City Boxing, where he was already training, agreed to rent him the space for the daily classes. Reeder started with five class members, and now regularly averages 18-20 boxers. Some come via word of mouth, and many are recommended by their physician or therapist. The classes start with a warm-up and introductions, and then break out into stations. At the various stations, fighters do activities like shadow boxing, agility exercises, speed bags and circuit work, all set to whatever music the class wants to hear. The hour-and-a-half program closes with a cool down and meditation. While Reeder sticks to the basic Rock Steady tenements and boxing training, he does add a few of his own touches. For example, every class member gets a “boxing nickname.”
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Paola Avila named Cool Woman of 2018
Girl Scouts of San Diego recognizes alumni that make a difference By Mary Doyle Paola Avila of Bay Park will be honored on Friday, April 13, as one of Girl Scouts San Diego’s Cool Women of 2018. The honorees were selected for the personal and professional achievements that make them consummate role models for girls. The 18th annual Cool Women luncheon and ceremony, held at Coasterra on Harbor Island, will begin with registration and a reception at 11:15 a.m. Event proceeds will support programs that help empower girls to use their voices, develop a strong sense of self, step outside their comfort zones, and build resilience. As a child, Paola Avila was a Girl Scout, and she also volunteered for the organization when her daughter was a member. She has nearly 20 years of experience in public policy, community outreach, and government relations. As vice president for international business affairs for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, she focuses on advocacy of domestic and international public policies that enhance economic prosperity through trade, commerce, and robust international relationships. She works to secure San Diego’s position as a top global competitor and represents the business community on distinguished panels throughout the nation.
Avila is a member of the Civic San Diego board of directors, chairs the Border Trade Alliance, and serves on the International Boundary and Water Commission Citizens Forum. By participating on the board of directors for the Foundation for the Children of the Californias, she helps support the Hospital Infantil de las Californias, a collaboration between Canada, Mexico and the United States. Formerly, she served as deputy chief of staff for San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy, advising on economic development policy and binational affairs; owned a public affairs consulting business; and was a staff adviser on water, energy and economic development for Senator Ben Hueso. Avila holds a bachelor’s in economics from the University of California San Diego. The other members of the Cool Women Class of 2018 are also Girl Scout alumnae. They include: ● Jeannie Hilger, vice president of Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Communications business, who established the Adelante Engineering Academy at Northrop Grumman's San Diego site to build a stronger STEM pipeline for Latinas and inspire students to pursue STEM careers by providing them with handson activities;
● Dea Hurston, a playwright who is an advocate, patron, and past board member of Diversionary Theatre, Malashock Dance, The Old Globe, San Diego REP, Young Audiences and many other local arts organizations. ● Laura Shawver is president/CEO/director of Synthorx, Inc. and founder of The Clearity Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides genetic analysis for ovarian cancer patients to match them with the most effective drugs; and ● Caroline Winn, chief operating officer of San Diego Gas & Electric, who serves on the management council and board of directors of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the boards of the Western Energy Institute and the UC Davis Energy Efficient Center. “Our organization provides girls with the world’s best girl leadership experience, in an inclusive, girl-led space that empowers them to take the lead,” said Girl Scouts San Diego CEO Carol M. Dedrich. “By shining a spotlight on these extraordinary Cool Women, we are inspiring today’s Girl Scouts to reach their own potential.” During the luncheon, Ana De Almeida Amaral, one of the “Emerging Leader Girl Scouts” participating in the Cool Women event, will introduce
Poala Avila is being honored as one of the Girl Scouts San Diego’s Cool Women of 2018. (Photos courtesy of Girl Scouts San Diego)
Avila. The High Tech High School junior is basing Avila’s introduction on their recent, one-on-one meeting. The day’s activities will also include a morning mentoring session for all 30 Emerging Leader Girl Scouts. They were selected for participation on the basis of their potential and the outstanding achievements that are already making the world a better place. The teens will gain insights about careers, education pathways and overcoming challenges from some of San Diego’s most successful female executives and community leaders, including Avila and other members of the Cool Women of 2018. For event tickets, visit sdgirlscouts.org/cw or call 619-610-0807.
Dea Hurston is a playwright who is an advocate, patron, and past board member of Diversionary Theatre, Malashock Dance, The Old Globe, San Diego REP, Young Audiences and many other local arts organizations. —Mary Doyle is the director of Communications for Girl Scouts San Diego and Imperial Valley. —Girl Scouts of the USA is the nation’s preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with a mission of building girls of courage, conﬁdence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts San Diego has more than 35,000 girl and adult members in San Diego and Imperial counties who beneﬁt from year-round activities and training. Headquartered in Balboa Park, Girl Scouts San Diego maintains two camps in the Cuyamaca Mountains, a program center in Escondido and a service center in Carlsbad. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, join or learn more, visit SDGirlScouts.org.v
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Arm teachers with support, not guns By Lindsay Burningham In the wake of yet another devastating mass-casualty incident, this time in Parkland, Florida, educational leaders across the nation are calling for new gun-safety laws so that teachers and support personnel can focus on nurturing, mentoring, and inspiring students — not tasked with keeping them safe from school shootings. It’s time to end the cycle of violence, to listen to the voices
of educators and students, and to urge our representatives to pass common-sense gun laws. Our district is no stranger to these tragedies. Before serving as president of the San Diego Education Association, I taught at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary, one of the many wonderful schools in the San Diego Unified School District. As a local educator, I am also aware of one of the darkest chapters in
the district’s history, back in 1979. In January of that year, from her house directly across the street from Grover Cleveland Elementary, a 16-year-old opened fire, and 20 minutes of terror ensued. As shots rang out, Principal Burton Wragg rushed to move children off the playground to safety; he was gunned down in the effort. Custodian and friend Mike Suchar attempted to save him; he, too, would be killed. After a six-hour standoff, two district employees were dead, and eight children and one police officer were injured. Despite her troubled history that included shooting out the windows of the same school with a BB gun, the assailant received the .22-caliber rifle with scope as a Christmas gift from her father a month earlier. Since that shooting, gun violence, while exceptionally rare, has increased on campuses nationwide. In the past, events were years apart, and infrequency led to atrophy. In recent years, the problem has gotten worse. Since 2009, there have been at least two school shootings per year in California, mostly involving student possession of firearms. National statistics are even more grim; sadly, from Lakefront to Marshall County to Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech, these acts of violence in our classrooms have become all too common. Between 2013 and 2015, an average of two school shootings each month took place at K-12 schools nationwide, according to Everytown for Gun Safety. Thoughts and prayers are important for healing, but they aren’t enough to keep our students and educators
safe. We now know that it is up to communities, families, activists, educators, and the students themselves to stand up and demand that those elected officials who are trusted with protecting them do their jobs. Arming teachers with anything except the support they need to effectively educate their students is a bad idea. All available data shows increasing the number of guns not only increases chances of overall gun-related injuries and deaths, it does not ensure safety. Five heavily-armed and well-trained Secret Service agents were surrounding President Ronald Reagan when he was shot in Washington D.C in 1981. In 1995, the Fort Bragg shooter’s rampage was on a military base where many military men were also armed. Educators will do the educating in their classroom and leave that protection to professionals who are called to that important work. We want our students to be safe; but we also want them to feel safe. As I ponder the heroic actions of school personnel at Grover Cleveland Elementary almost 40 years ago, I realize armed teachers in that circumstance would have made no difference. Victims never determined the location of the gunfire and were killed in service of their students. If we care about securing our students’ futures, we must have a plan that will keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of dangerous people! —Lindsay Burningham is president of the San Diego Education Association.v
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Transitioning to a leader’s role Notes from Toni Toni G. Atkins The past couple of months have been incredibly busy in the state Capitol as I’ve transitioned from rank-and-file member of the Senate to the 48th Senate President pro tempore — a fancy mouthful of a title that simply means “leader.” I’ve been busy making staffing decisions, working on institutional issues and processes, and meeting with my colleagues to hear their ideas and desires going forward. There really hasn’t been much time to stop and reflect on what it all means. Everything came to something of a crescendo on March 21, when the Senate voted me in as the next leader and state Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye administered the oath of office and swore me in. The day started appropriately with a breakfast with my colleagues in the Legislative Women’s Caucus, and I was so pleased that some my close female friends from San Diego were able to join us. And it ended appropriately with a celebration thrown by my colleagues in the LGBT Caucus. I say “appropriately” because I am in the fortunate position of becoming the first woman and the first member of the LGBTQ community elected as Senate leader. While I am
not completely comfortable being talked about as “making history,” it’s important to recognize these milestones in gratitude to all of the courageous people who came before me and worked so hard for so long to see this happen. It is important to honor those pioneers and trailblazers. For someone who doesn’t love to be center of attention, the ceremony itself was a bit excruciating but incredibly touching, as outgoing President pro tem Kevin de León and some of my colleagues spoke kind and thoughtful words. With their dedication to constituents, hard work, and great ideas for improving the California experience, they and all of my colleagues inspire me more than they know. When it was my turn to speak, I acknowledged the firsts that were being achieved, and I talked about our state’s progress and prosperity and how we must ensure that everyone — no matter how they look, who they love or where their parents were born — can climb life’s ladder and be whoever they want to be. I also challenged my colleagues, and myself, to take personal responsibility for changing the workplace culture in the Capitol, to create an environment where everyone feels safe, valued, and respected. We must hold ourselves to the highest standards and lead by example. And I told them that I have no interest in the traditional,
petty rivalries that can sometimes make policy progress more difficult. Senator or assembly member, Republican or Democrat, rural or urban, north, south or central — we are all Californians. Having said that, I must acknowledge that I take immense pride in representing San Diego, and I plan to make sure our region receives an equitable share of the resources that our state government provides. I will also ensure that we are well-represented on important statewide boards and commissions that make decisions that affect our lives in profound ways. As I sometimes say, only half-jokingly, being in leadership gives me an opportunity to remind the Capitol community that there is a part of California that lies south of Los Angeles! In all seriousness, I am someone who will never, ever forget where I come from, who I represent, and who has lifted me up and given me opportunities to succeed. In a nutshell, that is San Diego and the people who live here and work so hard to make it the fantastic place that it is. I consider you my partners, so — as I said at the end of my remarks on March 21 — let’s get to work! —Toni G. Atkins represents the 39th District in the California Senate. Follow her on Twitter @SenToniAtkins.v
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Ethics questioned on Capitol Hill Congressional Watch Andy Cohen Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-50) just can’t seem to buy a break these days. Then again, his troubles are of his own making, so it’s difficult to feel any sympathy for the man and his family. It’s become somewhat of a monthly ritual to chronicle the saga of the Alpine Republican’s continued fall from grace, because each time it appears that he has hit rock bottom, the bottom falls even deeper. Last month, new details about the federal investigation into Hunter’s campaign finance shenanigans were uncovered, including attending congressional committee meetings inebriated, and frequent meetings with “the bros caucus,” a pack of his (Republican) buddies at the Capital Hill Club in Washington, D.C., often during daytime hours. It was also reported that Hunter is suspected of having had one or more extramarital affairs, including with one young female internturned-full-time staffer. A new investigation by the San Diego Union-Tribune has uncovered an even more troubling pattern of campaign finance expenditures dating all the way back to 2008, Hunter’s first campaign for his father’s old congressional seat. Hunter’s campaign filings have shown 301 separate transactions
totaling $138,666 from Hunter’s campaign accounts shelled out at various bars, liquor stores, and “bar dominant restaurants and similar businesses.” But wait! There’s more! The SDUT dove deep and further discovered that 247 of the 301 transactions took place in Washington, D.C., and not at campaign events in the San Diego area, and that 30 percent of those transactions were for less than $100, indicating that they were not for major campaign events. Roughly half of those disbursements occurred at a notorious lobbyist hangout. But, hey, “Drain the swamp!” Right? In a bit of good(?) news for Hunter, the House Ethics Committee has again postponed its own investigation into Hunter’s campaign finance forays out of deference to the Justice Department criminal investigation that is ongoing. Hunter, for his part, believes he’s being treated unfairly. “I think that the Department of Justice is somewhat biased,” he previously told San Diego’s KUSI TV. “There are individuals there, they like to make big cases, they like to do big things. It makes a name for them. I think that the longer they drag this out, the worse it is for me, and they know that. So, let’s just get it over with.” It is unconscionable that this man would be allowed to continue to represent the interests
see Capitol Hill, pg 9
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America’s smartest city Downtown Partnership News Lana Harrison
The San Diego River Master Plan’s goal is to create a synergetic environment of water, wildlife and people. (Courtesy photos)
Working in the public realm Art on the land Delle Willett Robin Shifflet initially attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as a bio-science major, but after nearly blowing up the chemistry lab, she realized it was not her calling. Taking an inventory of her interests (history, architecture, art and horticulture), she changed her major to landscape architecture, graduating in 1982 with honors. She landed an apprenticeship with landscape architects Wimmer, Yamada & Associates (now Wimmer, Yamada & Caughey) and obtained her landscape architecture California state license in 1987. She formed her own firm in 1992 and then went to work as a landscape planner for the city of San Diego in 1995. Working for the city attracted her because, “In public practice you make land-use policies for outdoor spaces that are enjoyed by a wide variety of users.” Now, Shifflet heads up the planning effort for the city of San Diego’s Parks Master Plan. As the manager for the Park Planning section of the city’s Planning Department, she is working with the city’s consultant, AECOM, on a three-year citywide planning effort to shape the future of parks, recreation facilities and programs. The city’s last parks master plan was written in the late 1940s and only contained maps of parks the city managed. “Working in the public realm requires patience and the understanding that the public policy takes time to develop and implement. It is important to be a good
Robin Shifﬂet, Park Planning development project manager
listener and to be able to find a compromise among various stakeholders,” she said. As all jobs do, Shifflet’s job comes with some unique challenges. Today the city is the second largest in the state of California and its changing demographics and lifestyles are reshaping recreation needs, programs and the meaning of what a park is. It has 52 community plan areas and many of these communities are built with little land left for traditional parks. Many were built prior to the current park service levels the city requires today (2.8 acres per 1,000 residents) and therefore there is not an equitable balance of recreational resources across the city. “In addition, it’s not only hard to find land for future parks, but also land is very expensive to acquire,” she said. The city manages more than 42,000 acres of land and yet only 3,000 acres is used for neighborhood and community parks. In this planning effort, the city will look for opportunities to use more cityowned land to meet park needs. The San Diego Parks Master Plan will also address options for funding the needs of existing parks, the creation of new recreation facilities and recreation programs. Along with new funding sources, an implementation plan will be prepared for the near-future and long-term needs. “I’m excited that this planning effort for the Parks Master Plan has started and that the plan will be a roadmap for creating a world-class parks Located along the Otay River from South San Diego and recreation system. It
Bay to the Otay Lakes, this park is made up of approximately 8,500 acres of open-space lands.
see Art on the Land, pg 12
Is San Diego a smart city? The answer to that question will be decided this month when the winners of the 2018 IDC Smart Cities North America Award are announced. Along with Chicago, Spokane, and the entire state of Illinois, San Diego is a fi nalist in the Sustainable Infrastructure category for its installation of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors on city streetlights. Regardless of whether or not San Diego is handed the controversial “rose” of victory, its inclusion as a finalist marks the city as a leader in technological innovation that will undoubtedly (and perhaps is already doing so) transform people’s daily life experiences and interactions with the environment. In San Diego, smart cities innovation has taken the form of unique public-private partnerships. Entities like CleanTech San Diego, the city of San Diego, SDG&E, General Electric, and UC San Diego have collaborated to “improve the region’s energy independence, empower consumers to use electric vehicles, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and encourage economic growth,” according to the city’s website. Already, San Diego replaced 3,000 streetlights with more energy efficient LED bulbs, implemented electric vehicle charging stations at Balboa Park (San Diego has one of the highest adoption rates of electric vehicles, according to a National Geographic documentary), and updated the Port’s land and systems for energy efficiency. As far as the competition goes, what’s the big deal about installing sensors on the streets? In the simplest terms, they can track all kinds of data — traffic flows, light, sound, air pollution, and more. They also can be widely installed for comparison purposes. The goal here is to collect and track data that can be used for environmental and safety improvements. Knowing what’s happening on the ground can, in theory, lead to improvements in parking, pedestrian safety,
emergency response, and general quality of life. If this all sounds a bit esoteric, that’s because it is. What cities like San Diego and others have accomplished and continue to develop is the stuff of science fiction novels. But it will not remain esoteric for long. Whether you think it’s eerily Orwellian or an exciting leap into the future, it’s happening. The next question is, where does it go from here? In a National Geographic documentary entitled “World’s Smart Cities” that featured San Diego, local architect Rob Quigley said, "The idea of community isn't old fashioned — it's timeless." The point of a smart city isn’t (just) to prove the technological prowess of what has long been known as a relaxed surfer town. These innovations enhance the quality of life for individual San Diegans and for the city and region as a holistic community. This is done by implementing both creative and sustainable solutions that benefit the city in the long run, as well as developing strategies from collected data that benefit the community now. Data on traffic flows, air pollution, and pedestrian mobility is useless if it remains a number on a spreadsheet on a server. And that’s where both the magic and the challenge lie. Andy White, who works in startup operations at Keshif Ventures, says now that the foundational technology has been implemented, the task ahead is in turning that data into something that’s actionable; something that actually impacts the community that the data is collected from. And that “something” can look a number of different ways. Inside the collection of data is a variety of potential societal and environmental problems that can be addressed by established San Diego entities with the experience and resources to tackle big challenges. Also, they’re problems that inquisitive minds with a hankering to start something new can uniquely solve. San Diego has already become a hub for entrepreneurs with big dreams. The knowledge that comes from smart city technology has the ability to not only generate new startups but bolster the existing infrastructure and community.
The benefits of this to the community are countless. According to White, however, these solutions will only develop when the data becomes more open and accessible, albeit securely, by those who can and want to use it for problem-solving purposes. Recent national data collections and breaches revealed by the media will undoubtedly make an already doubtful society even more skeptical about this prospect, which is why the public-private partnership that catalyzed smart cities implementation in the first place remains essential moving forward. Regulation that is accountable to constituents and adaptable innovation that seeks to improve the quality of life need not find an enemy in each other. In fact, they can’t afford to. The future is happening now and it’s moving quickly. According to Danny Reeves, senior vice-president of Public Policy & Economic Development here at the Partnership and resident real estate expert, we’ll start seeing these actionable items playing out in the burgeoning development happening Downtown. Soon, you might see residential units with the smart technology to know you’re walking in the door or to take your temperature and adjust your unit’s thermometer accordingly. Overall, smart city technology has the capacity to help produce energy efficiency and cost savings. From there it’s a short leap, Reeves says, to connect building technology to the city’s infrastructure. Right now, sharing and connectivity between smart entities is limited. However, with a rapidly changing technology ecosystem that renders today’s cutting-edge innovation obsolete in 10 years, sharing and collaboration is vital to safely and effectively take advantage of the new information that is generated from technology like sensors. San Diego has what it takes to remain America’s Finest City, but only by leading the way as one of America’s smartest cities for the benefit of the community. —Lana Harrison is the communications coordinator for the Downtown San Diego Partnership. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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DOCKLESS BIKES Smartphone app to unlock the back tire and start their trip. The bikes can be left wherever the rider finishes their route. Bikes do not need to be dropped off at a docking station, which is a primary difference from DiscoverBikes (formerly DecoBikes), a docking bikeshare system which the city has had a partnership with since 2015. This dockless model has raised a few concerns among residents, businesses and neighborhoods. Coronado started impounding the bikes using a municipal code against using the public right away. Dockless bike businesses are not fighting the city, rather building a virtual wall around the city so the bikes can no longer be ridden in the city. The Little Italy Merchants Association took it upon itself to start removing dockless bikes and asked the city to “ban” them from use until firmer regulations were in place. La Jolla and Ocean Beach also joined in the fight to regulate the bikes. Dockless bike companies are now reaching out to more community groups. Most of them say that the first few months are the most difficult to get the program situated. Once in place, they say it is a program that is good for those that utilize the service, and those that believe that it is spiraling out of control. According to LimeBike and ofo’s websites, dockless bikes are permitted on bicycle racks, curbsides away from buildings and next to bus stops. Parked bikes cannot block pedestrian paths, driveways and bus stops, and cannot be placed on street corners or left overturned on the ground. Each bike is equipped with a GPS device, allowing tracking throughout the city. Both companies have a 24-hour operations team that monitor, move and provide maintenance as needed. Though the companies encourage riders to wear protective headgear, currently helmets are not offered with each bike. Signing up for the mobile app only requires a phone number, email address and credit/debit card. No age or legal waiver is requested on the app; however, rider age requirements (age 13 for LimeBike and age 16 for ofo)
are listed in online user agreements. Both companies offer safety information and tips on their websites. As for costs, 30-minute rides are $1 on both systems. However, throughout the month of March, ofo is offering free rides to all residents. According to Anna Wan Christie, general manager of ofo San Diego, this promotion is intended to familiarize the neighborhoods with the newly launched system. Dockless bikes launched in Downtown in “We want everyone to experience the benefits of February. They can now be seen everywhere in Downtown, either singular, or in clusters. (Photo ofo’s dockless bikesharby Jess Winans) ing,” Christie said. “By offering free rides, we’re making it easier for users to bus, trolley or other transit stop. become familiar with this new Though the dockless bike dockless model and learn how it phenomenon has only been prescan be a valuable part of their ent in Downtown for less than city’s transportation ecosystem.” a month, Harry — who recently LimeBike is also hoping to moved to the community from integrate into the San Diego’s North Carolina — noted that he existing transportation system also saw something similar imby dropping batches of bikes plemented on the East Coast. near public transit stops. LimeBike and ofo are present “We place bikes at locations throughout many cities, states in close proximity to transit and countries. LimeBikes are routes, so riders can easily find in 45 markets in the U.S. and and ride our bikes. Bikes often three in Europe; ofo are in 250 end up back in these areas due cities across 21 countries. to ridership to these neighborAdditionally, dockless bikes hoods and businesses,” said have been a part of the Imperial Zach Bartlett, LimeBike San Beach (IB) community since Diego general manager. September 2017. IB signed a High volumes of bikes are six-month trial period with abundant on major streets. LimeBike, which resulted in “They seem really great. I’ve over 18,000 trips and more than got a bike myself, so I haven’t 7,000 riders. picked one up, but I guess for According to Imperial Beach people who are visiting they City Councilmember Mark seem pretty handy,” Harry said. West, the beach community “I hope it lasts and I hope people embraced the new system of are responsible with the way transportation. Though the that they use the system.” initial need was to address a Kensington resident Paul tourist concern, he noted that Jamason — who often uses most of the current riders are LimeBike and ofo — thinks residents, including middle- and these bikes are an inexpensive high- schoolers commuting to alternative to driving, as well school, as well as those who rely as help mitigate theft, provide on public transportation. transportation equity, and offer Andy Hanshaw, San Diego day-to-day convenience. Bike Coalition Executive “Dockless bikes are the soluDirector, pointed out that the tion to the ‘last-mile’ problem of bikes contribute to the city’s public transit,” Jamason said. “I Climate Action Plan, which recently rode one from the SRlists a 6 percent ridership goal 15 rapid bus stop on El Cajon by 2020. He notes that the GPS Blvd. to my house, which saved tracking system measures roadme a 15-minute walk. And I use share, which will benefit future them to run errands around my city planning for bikers. neighborhood.” “[This program] will help The ‘first-mile and last-mile’ determine where we need bike problem refers to issues that res- lanes … [the data] tells us where idents may face reaching public people are actually riding bikes transportation, who often have see Dockless bikes, pg 13 to travel a mile to and from a
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CAPITOL HILL of the San Diego region, but sadly that’s likely exactly what will happen, short of a criminal conviction. Recall that it took a federal bribery conviction to remove Duke Cunningham from office, so this scenario is nothing new for San Diego.
Anti-LGBT pride lawsuit dismissed
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against several members of Congress, including Susan Davis (D53) for flying a rainbow flag outside their congressional offices. The plaintiff, Chris Sevier, had argued that displaying the rainbow flag, a symbol of LGBT pride, was tantamount to the establishment of a religion, and was thus prohibited by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. “The rainbow flag is a symbol of commitment to full equality, freedom, and love and I will continue to display it outside my D.C. and San Diego offices,” said Davis in a press statement. “These lawsuits attacking equality only strengthen my resolve to fight to fulfill our nation’s principles of liberty, freedom, and equality.” Sevier, an attorney who represented himself in the lawsuit, wanted the court to declare homosexuality itself a religion. “Homosexuality is a series of unproven faithbased assumptions that are at the very least implicitly religious, if not completely absurd,” Sevier wrote in an email to the SDUT. “When someone says they are ‘born gay,’ ‘born with gay genes,’ ‘that they came out of invisible closet and were baptized gay’ — those are naked assertions that cannot be proven and can only be taken on faith. They are insurmountably religious in nature and are unworthy of civil rights protections.” The judge, it appears, felt otherwise.
The more things change…
Darrell Issa (R-49), who has decided not to run
for re-election in 2018, told Fox News that he believes a special prosecutor will eventually take over investigations into the FBI and the Obama administration. Issa, who as the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, oversaw several investigations into the Obama administration that discovered no wrongdoing whatsoever and wasted millions of taxpayer dollars, says he is really, really sure they’ll find something this time. “My belief is it should be a special counsel,” Issa told Fox News. “I want a special counsel with the same determination and resources to look at the abuses of the FISA process; was the Hillary Clinton email investigation a sham; were there conflicts of interest in the Justice Department? “I want a special counsel to be appointed with the same resources and the same determination to look at those issues as is Mueller looking at the Trump campaign, and I don’t see that yet.” Congressional Republicans, it seems, are increasingly desperate to manufacture corruption in the FBI after Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former director of the FBI under George W. Bush, produced 22 indictments (including 13 Russian agents) with five guilty pleas, and former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as the big fish (so far). Issa apparently hasn’t learned anything, even after being ousted as House Oversight chair. Issa still insists that there were “serious scandals” committed by Obama administration officials, including the Benghazi investigation, IRS, ATF, (among others) — all leading to exactly zero indictments which proved to be nothing more than politically motivated salvos, desperate to prove preordained conclusions. The more things change… —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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With the appointment of Joe Fisketti as Juniper and Ivy’s new bar manager comes a fresh cocktail list authored by the seasoned drink specialist and certified sommelier. Fisketti began his bar career in Boston before making his way to San Diego two years ago, when he began working at Juniper and Ivy under the tutelage of departing bar master Eric Johnson. With a fondness for Italian liqueurs, mezcals and tequilas, his recent roll outs include “Lime Joe Fisketti is the new bar manager at Juniper in the Cocchi-nut,” and Ivy. (Courtesy of Bay Bird Inc.) which combines Cocchi Americano with tequila, citrus and rhuconcoction, browned butbarb bitters. There’s also ter gives rise to an elixir of “Salt of the Earth” mingling Toki Japanese Whiskey, dry mezcal and tequila with beet Curacao and coffee liqueur. juice, lemon and honey. And 2228 Kettner Blvd., 619-269for his “Lost in Translation” 9036, juniperandivy.com.
The quaint, new Olala Crepes in the Gaslamp Quarter has taken root with plans of adding a patio for additional seating in the near future, according to manager Sarah Kieffer. The cafe, which seats about 15 people, is owned by southern France transplants Samuel Icyk and his wife, Lucile Paolin. They originally launched the business in Point Loma’s Liberty Public Market just over a year ago and still maintain that location. Their menu Downtown, however, offers a couple more crepe options in addition to brioche glace, which is toasted brioche stuffed with ice cream, which they source from Moo Time Creamery in Coronado. The crepe recipes hail from Icyk’s grandmother and Hot and savory Argentine empanadas rule the day at the new Empanada Kitchen in the East Village. Owners Matias Rigali and Dan Housenga originally introduced their hand-filled, freshly baked pastries in 2016 at local farmers markets. Drawing upon a base recipe from his family, Rigali uses a variety of fillings in making the empanadas. They range from braised lamb and sauteed chicken to ham and cheese and traditional beef. There are also meatless options such as ratatouille,
This ‘a la folie’ crepe with strawberries, bananas and Nutella is available at a new Downtown crepery. (Courtesy of Olala Crepes) they’re made with buckwheat flour imported from France.
mushrooms with goat cheese, and sweet corn with basil and bechamel sauce. The line is also sold at the La Jolla Open Aire Market (9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sundays), Meraki Cafe in University Heights, and Bump Organic Coffee Roasters in Encinitas. Empanada Kitchen is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Organic coffee by Bump and “salads of the day” are also available. 819 C St., 619-228-9419, empanada-kitchen.com.
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A bistro specializing in empanadas has opened in the East Village. (Courtesy of Empanada Kitchen) Renovations are underway at Maretalia Ristorante in Coronado, which was previously Vigilucci’s Ristorante until Blue Bridge Hospitality acquired the property last year. The restaurant will remain open during the upgrades, which will include a blue, illuminated awning at the front entrance and a reconfigured dining room that will afford guests better ocean views. In addition, newly appointed executive chef Ronnie Schwandt continues enhancing the menu with shareable antipasti plates, house-made pastas and fresh seafood entrees. Schwandt began working for Maretalia earlier this year, and now also serves as executive chef for nearby Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge, which Blue Bridge operates as
Lionﬁsh Coastal Cuisine, located on the ground floor of the Pendry San Diego hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter, will begin serving dinner on the property’s rooftop as an al fresco option from 5 p.m. daily, starting April 23. At that point, everything from executive chef JoJo Ruiz’s menu can be ordered on the roof, except the sushi rolls. His dishes include lobster hush puppies, roasted swordfish, glazed pork chops, steaks and more. In addition, Lionfish’s happy hour has moved exclusively to the roof. It’s held from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and features $1 oysters, $5 draft beers, $7 wines by the glass, and $8 cocktails and plates. 435 Fifth Ave., 619-738-7200, lionﬁshsd.com.
Fettuccine carbonara at Maretalia Ristorante in Coronado (Courtesy of Blue Bridge Hospitality)
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A fami y affair Lolita’s Mexican Food, more than three decades serving San Diego
Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. Lolita’s Mexican Food is one of the longest-running chains of Mexican eateries in San Diego County, right up there in age with Rubio’s and Roberto’s. In fact, there’s a coincidental connection to the latter. One of the Lolita’s claims to fame is its carne asada, which is made with a secret blend of spices that not even most of the employees know. “It’s premixed for us,” said Juan Farfan, whose parents Joaquin and Delores (Lolita) founded the eatery 34 years ago in Chula Vista. There are now six locations, with Downtown nearing its 10th anniversary, plus a new 20-foot food truck the family recently debuted for large private events. Farfan is one of six children who help their parents run the business. His late grandfather on his mother’s side, Roberto Robledo, was the founder of Roberto’s Taco Shop, which has 60 locations throughout the Western states. Farfan emphasizes, however, there are no shared recipes between Lolita’s and Roberto’s. Tucked behind Petco Park amid proliferating condo developments, the Downtown outpost of Lolita’s boasts a warm, industrial design featuring stained concrete flooring, raised banquettes, and stylish lighting fixtures dangling from a lofty ceiling. There is also a roomy bar offering a half-dozen beers on tap. A carne asada burrito was indeed a high point in my recent lunch visit, when a line snaked out the door from the order counter. Whatever the well-guarded spice blend, it tasted subtle rather than mysterious. What really stood out was the fin-
er-than-normal mince of the meat and its tender texture. Nary a chewy piece of gristle anywhere. The chile relleno my vegetarian friend ordered was a beauty. In classic Puebla style, the poblano pepper was stuffed with buttery white cheese, likely Monterey Jack, and encased in fluffy egg batter. From its stem
A carnitas taco
A well-endowed veggie burrito to pointy bottom, the pepper cut easily with our plastic ware sans any stringy, tough spots—exactly my kind of chile relleno. Choose whole pinto beans over re-fried if you’re anti-lard. Otherwise revel in the rich thickness of the fat-laced version, which I felt could have withstood a few extra touches of garlic and cumin in their making. I had them on a combo plate with decent Mexican rice and three rolled tacos packed densely with all-white chicken meat. The thin, fluted taco shells were crispy and remarkably non-greasy. Though deepfried, I would’ve guessed they were baked. And therein lies the difference between Lolita’s and your everyday taco shop. The food is decidedly leaner and cleaner. Nothing we ate left an oily film on our lips, which may not appeal to those seeking naughtier
The top-selling carne asada burrito
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Lolita’s Mexican Food 202 Park Blvd. (East Village) 619-269-6055 lolitasmexicanfood.com Tacos, burritos, Quesadillas and enchiladas: $2.85 to $9.40 Tortas, tostadas and chimichangas $3 to $7.85 Specialty and combo plates $7.10 to $10.25 Mexican food after a night of heavy drinking. Just as well because Lolita’s closes each day at 10 p.m., long before club-goers start their latenight food crawls. Other items we tried included a hefty vegetarian burrito stuffed
The East Village location of Lolita’s is sleek and modern. (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)
also included, although it was scant. My carnitas taco offered a generous piling of the pork, well above the tablespoon quantities you receive in omnipresent street tacos. The meat was tender and delicious, as was the exquisitely spiced adobada pork scattered between two corn tortillas in what’s known as a mulita. Appearing as a footnote on the menu, and best eaten with a fork and knife, it also features onions and fresh cilanChicken rolled tacos with rice and beans tro inside. Lolita’s passed the with whole pinto beans, salsa-bar test in my book. It guacamole, lettuce and tofeatures halved limes, green NINE-TEN March 9 Ad.pdf 1 02/28/2018 10:29:31 AM matoes. Shredded cheese was onions, sliced radishes, a mild
green salsa and a hot, saucy red one that I couldn’t help pour onto everything. Alternatives to tacos and burritos include tortas made with rolls from a local bakery; chimichangas filled with chicken or carne asada; various quesadillas; and french fries smothered in assorted toppings, including a “tsunami” version that mixes grilled shrimp with carne asada. The eatery opens daily at 8 a.m., which means you’ll also find a decent selection of breakfast burritos. —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 email@example.com
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THEATRE / TOWN VOICES
Emotions through music
“American Mariachi,” a story as engaging as the music Theater Review Jean Lowerison Tears, laughter and mariachi music fill the stage and the lives of the characters in Jose Cruz Gonzalez’s “American Mariachi.” James Vasquez directs this joint production with Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, just arrived from its Denver run and plays through April 29 at The Old Globe. Local favorite Jennifer Paredes plays Lucha, who
dreams of becoming a nurse, but at the moment is the designated caregiver for mother Amalia (Doreen Montalvos), a victim of early-onset dementia. Lucha, like her mother, loves to sing; in fact, only music (one song in particular) seems to bring Amalia out of the dementia-induced fog into which she sinks more deeply every day. When Lucha’s cousin and best friend Hortensia, aka Boli (Heather Velazquez) drags in one day, announcing that she has just been fired, an idea occurs to Lucha: Why don’t they start a women’s mariachi group?
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Loony, no? After all, this is the mid-1970s and women don’t do mariachi. And since it’s mostly performed in bars, women aren’t even allowed to hear most of the mariachi. Lucha and Boli start recruiting, despite the opposition of Lucha’s dad Federico (Bobby Plasencia), who needs her to care for Amalia while he is at work. The scenes where they find new recruits at churches — one Catholic, one fundamentalist —are a hoot. Isabel (Amanda Robles) is a quiet little girl who sings *really* loud. Unfortunately, her husband Mateo (Luis Quintero) is
(l to r) Rodney Lizcano, Jennifer Paredes, Natalie Camunas, Chrissy Guerrero, Heather Velazquez, and Amanda Robles in “American Mariachi,” written by Jose Gonzalez, directed by James Vasques (Photos courtesy of Jim Cox) just as loud in his disapproval. (Quintero also plays the group’s gay tailor Rene to the hilt). Gabby (Natalie Camunas) is the painfully shy one, but she introduces the girls to hairstylist Soyla (Crissy Guerrero), a pistol of a sexpot (and a sexpot with a pistol) who doesn’t worry about getting permission from anyone, boasting “I only have lovers and I don’t have to ask them shit.” “American Mariachi” is a family story, not an immigrant saga. You won’t hear about border crossings, gangs, prison sentences or drug use.
(l to r) Heather Velazques, Doreen Montalvo and Jennifer Paredes. “American Mariachi” is running through April 29 at The Old Globe.
(l to r) Rodney Lizcano and Bobby Plasencia FROM PAGE 8
ART ON THE LAND will be relevant to changing needs, make parks accessible to all community members, and celebrate the unique qualities of San Diego,” she said. In addition, Park Planning is working on the redevelopment of DeAnza Cove in Mission Bay Park. Current planning efforts for this site include guest housing, regional parkland, bike and pedestrian paths, interpretive overlook areas and new habitat areas. At the same time, the Fiesta Island plan is moving forward to create a more efficient roadway system, regional park land with children’s play areas, and tent camping areas. Shifflet is excited about the following projects.
San Diego River Park Master Plan
A policy document to guide future development along the
17.5 miles of the San Diego River, the master plan vision is to “reclaim the valley as a common, a synergy of water, wildlife and people.” “The river is a beautiful place. Other cities are doing the same: rather than turning their backs to the river, they are facing development towards the river, which provides significant value and advantages for urban environments.” Shifflet received unanimous approval of the master plan from the communities along the river and the City Council adopted the plan in May 2013.
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Located along 13 miles of the Otay River from South San Diego Bay to the Otay Lakes, this park is made up of approximately 8,500 acres of openspace lands. In this joint effort with the County of San Diego and the city of Chula Vista, Shifflet wrote the design standards and guidelines for the park, and then went on to build the first trail segments and
Theatergoers are dropped into an American Latino family as it is – complete with bilingual conversation (untranslated) and a father (Federico) who plays with a mariachi band when he’s not at work, cooking for others. When it comes to finding instruments, Lucha turns to Mino (Rodney Lizcano), a kindly carpenter who repairs instruments in his garage. Mino has never quite gotten over a rift between him and his old buddy Federico. “American Mariachi” also boasts a real mariachi band, which plays often and well. Regina Garcia’s set – a courtyard brick wall with lots of bright pink graffiti (or art): flowers, a mariachi, a woman’s face, cactus – sets the tone. Meghan Anderson Doyle’s costumes, Paul Miller’s lighting and Ken Travis’ sound design are fine as well. If you’re looking for a great plot, “Mariachi” may be a bit too paint-by-numbers to fill the bill. But the emotions are real, the music jaunty and the cast winning, and it’s a fine, engaging portrait of an American Latino family. —Jean Lowerison is a long-standing member of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org ranger station. In 2009, the American Society of Landscape Architects, San Diego chapter (ASLA SD) awarded the project the Urban Design Merit Award for the thoughtful planning and sustainability of the trail system. Active in ASLA SD, Shifflet served as a National Trustee, and its 20th past president. During her presidency, she conceived of the Chapter Community Grant to assist nonprofit groups with projects that improve the environment and enhance community awareness of the profession of landscape architecture. Shifflet lives in North Park with her husband and can be found hiking in the foothills of San Diego, traveling to faraway places, and enjoying local IPAs with friends and family. —Delle Willett has been a marketing and public relations professional for over 30 years, with an emphasis on conservation of the environment. She can be reached at dellewillett@ gmail.com.v
San Diego Downtown News | April 2018
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DOCKLESS BIKES and where we need safe infrastructure,” Hanshaw said. Though LimeBike and ofo both received city permits to operate, many community planning groups were not consulted prior to the roll out of the bikes. “While we were able to engage some groups in town before launching, we’re excited to continue building relationships with the community as a valuable partner in helping to reduce carbon emissions, easing traffic congestion, and promoting healthier living,” Christie said. “There are simply a very staggering number of community groups in San Diego,” Bartlett said. “We also found out about our ability to launch fairly quickly. We were trying to reach out to community groups; we definitely still are. If you’re interested in having a conversation, we’re more than happy to come down and meet with each and every [group].” Some of these groups not consulted are now taking action. In fact, Christopher M. Gomez, district manager of the Little Italy Association (LIA), made a motion for the City of San Diego to cease and desist all dockless bike share in the entire city. “Obviously the LIA is concerned with the program … [it] could be an ADA liability or a safety hazard,” Gomez commented. “I expressed our concerns and how our district might be held liable for negligence of users. I also expressed our frustration with the lack of communication about the bikes/ scooters before our sidewalks were flooded with rogue units.” Though the LimeBikes and ofos are the most prevelant dockless bike brands in the Uptown arena, they aren’t the only two companies on the streets. Others — such as MoBike, JUMP, Spin, and Bird scooters— have also thrown their wheels into the ring. With only one month in, odds are the dockless bike craze will continue to gain momentum in the neighborhoods — and likely raise curious eyebrows of residents, business owners and tourists in the neighborhood. Some are embracing the dockless bike program such as the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association utilizing the bicycles in its Bike Share Mob event on March 31. The event aimed to promotes the use of the share bike culture and using it to promote the local business on the bike route. [Editor’s note: We will be providing ongoing coverage of dockless bikes and their impact on different Downtown neighborhoods, and would love to hear more input from residents, business owners, members of community planning groups and others. If you are interested in sharing your thoughts or experiences on the topic, please email email@example.com.] —Sara is the editor of San Diego Uptown News.v
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San Diego Downtown News | April 2018
Bachelorettes wander through the wonders of Palm Springs By Jen Lothspeich Palm Springs is known for many things: boutique hotels, trendy clubs, golfing, upscale dining — and, apparently, bachelorette parties. With a stash of Champagne, swimsuits and the desire to relax and let loose, a group of friends and I recently took a bachelorette weekend trip to this oasis in the desert. Arriving ahead of a crazy busy time in the area, we beat the rush for Coachella, Dinah Shore Weekend, Stagecoach Festival and the White Party, but discovered we were one of at least a dozen bachelorette parties with the same idea. And with good reason. It may sound cliche to say a travel destination has something for everyone or invites all walks of life, but in gallivanting through the downtown area, we found both to be true. Along with our to-be-wedded counterparts, we found our fellow revelers were young spring-breakers, couples of all ages, vacationing families and even celebrities (hey, Kelsey Grammer!). But before making it to our destination for relaxation, we decided to do a little physical activity and detoured to Joshua Tree National Park. On an ideal 75-degree day, we enjoyed a couple short nature walks (Barker Dam and Hidden Valley) while a soft breeze kept us comfortable. I could attempt
to describe the natural beauty here but it's better experienced first-hand in this magical place. Then it was on to where we would rest our heads. With its bold pyramid-shaped exterior, The Hard Rock Hotel looks plucked from the strip in Las Vegas. Music memorabilia and loud tunes greeted us as we walked through the David Bowieadorned doors. The party atmosphere was set. While the rooms were spacious and the beds cushy, a few issues arose in our first hours. A broken coffee maker, faltering light bulbs and speakers, and a few other dinged-up items caught our attention, but we were quickly visited by hotel staff who fixed the problems. What didn't come as rapidly was our luggage, which we had to call for several times. This caused frustration as five women tried to prepare for a night out with limited time and bathrooms. Back on the bridal party track, we headed to Lulu California Bistro where we and several other bachelorette parties had dinner reservations. The brightly lit restaurant was adorned with colorful artwork and plenty to look at from our central downstairs table. For dinner, a few opted for entrees, others stuck to appetizers and I went for the $20, three-course, prix-fixe menu while we enjoyed beer and wine. Around the table
Rio Azul is an unassuming Mexican restaurant, which happens to devote a room to a drag show with two showings Sundays.
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LuluPalmSprings.com Casual and upscale Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge (Courtesy of John Paschal) everyone was pleased with their lobster quesadilla, roasted chicken, and my savory plate of ziti. For dessert, we balanced our booze buzz with a sugar rush ordering a comically sized cotton candy that didn't warrant its $15 price tag. Rumor has it that if you mention a birthday when reserving at Lulu, that puffy pink mess arrives on the house. Next up was Village Pub, which offered different dance and bar areas to choose from. We made our way to a small room where a DJ spinning mostly pop, hip-hop and rap got us dancing like we were half our age. But it quickly filled with people and became a sauna. A bar area close by offered respite from the heat and a view of a live band who played '80s and '90s hair bands along with strangely spot-on modern covers. From there, we went to a quintessential spot on a Palm Springs trip — a gay bar. Hunters had both a nightclub feel with go-go dancers, flashing lights and a DJ, plus an inviting bar and lounging areas for a nice balance. The large space wasn't particularly packed and we spent several hours dancing and drinking. Forgetting we are all in our 30s, we proceeded to the dance club connected to our hotel simply dubbed The Club. As they were on their last hour of business, they ushered us in sans cover charge and we found less than a dozen people inside. This did not stop us from dancing until we could no longer stand. And the bouncers made us leave. Choosing convenience over walking and waiting, the next morning we ate breakfast at the Hard Rock's restaurant,
The Kitchen. Our server, though sweet, was a bit absent-minded and we didn't bring two ordered items and had to ask for them to be removed from the bill. The meal wasn't impressive or disappointing and we got to move on with our day without much fuss. The hotel pool was a major selling point when we planned our trip and we had no complaints. Their DJ churned out ’80s, ’90s and ’00s jams appealing to everyone in our group, and seemingly everyone in the pool area. After buckets of beers and bottles of Champagne, several parties began mingling and all we encountered were in celebratory spirits. Another dinner reservation seemed too far off after a day in the sun, so we made our way to the “casual upscale” Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge earlier than planned and managed to get a table at the bar. This was a stellar move as the appetizers and discounted drinks were satisfying and money-saving. The ambience was chic and modern with bright pink accents on stark white backdrops. Our shared meal, even with several drinks, made this one of the thriftiest eating stops on our trip – but make no mistake, the dining room offers a fancier feel and a higher ticket. Hearing Tiki-themed places are all the rage in Palm Springs, we chose the first one we came upon. Tonga Hut has an eclectic drink list, along with island-style food that looked and smelled delectable. We enjoyed Honi Honis (whiskey mai tais) while playing Jenga and Taboo like proper suburban housewives who also enjoy strong cocktails.
PalmSprings VillagePub.com Though we'd talked about seeing a burlesque show, on this particular night, we remembered we are all in our 30s and opted for the hotel bar where we lounged and sipped Champagne until the comfy beds upstairs beckoned us. After a subdued second night, we made good use of the last few hours of our jaunt with a drag queen brunch on Sunday morning. Rio Azul is an unassuming Mexican restaurant, which happens to devote a room to a drag show with two showings Sundays. The ambience was a bit strange but with delicious $17 meals and plentiful drink specials, we settled in with a stack of $1 bills and watched the ladies get to business. The show was extremely entertaining with R-rated jokes, high kicks, stunning costumes and impersonations, and fabulous photo-ops to round out our trip. As we departed our final stop, we high-fived fellow bachelorette parties and blew kisses to the queens who had given us our last hurrah of the weekend. With wrinkled dresses, sore feet and thousands of photos, we made our way back to San Diego with great memories and already-plotted plans to return. — Jen Lothspeich is a wine-drinking, cat-cuddling native San Diegan who dreams of writing a best-selling true crime novel. Find her on Twitter at @Jen_Evel.v
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Beautiful rock formation withing the Joshua Tree National Park make for a wonderful hiking experience. (Photos by Jen Lothspeich)
San Diego Downtown News | April 2018
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OH! SAN DIEGO House. Los Angeles is following suit; they were on hand over the weekend to see how everything worked here. Featuring architecture of the past, present and in many cases the combination of both, this event gave residents and visitors alike a chance to see and hear the rich history of San Diego. As with International Open House, it was important to the San Diego Architectural Foundation and for OH! San Diego Founder Susanne Friestedt that the event was free. This gave people the ability to enjoy architecture in a personal way by making the sites accessible. Each site has its own story, but innovative use of materials, repurposing of space, environmental sustainability, energy efficiency and unique use of public areas were some of the highlights of the designated sites. Friestedt said it is important to note that as this event grows, it becomes more of a money generator for the city. London, just celebrated its 25th year with more than 750 sites. She said people visited London from all over the world to see its architectural wonders, so she understands the economic boost that this type of event can bring to a city. With OH! San Diego growing each year, she said they plan to expand into La Jolla in the future and is thoroughly pleased with the turnout this year. Friestedt explained that history and architecture go hand-in-hand, and this year was no exception with some of the top spots in San Diego over the course of the event. In Balboa Park, the Timken Museum of Art, Mingei International Museu, and The Palisades developed for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. Both were a big draw. Bankers Hill brought in the crowds with the First Church of Christ, Scientist. Another big draw was the Gruenberg Law Offices that are considered a great contrast of the Bankers Hills Victorian homes look along with the modern glass and concrete Gruenberg building. In its first year participating, Ohr Shalom Synagogue in Bankers Hill showcased its long history and Mediterranean–Moorish architectural style to the public. It received 263 visits and the Temple Beth Israel, the largest reform congregation in the city at that time, was the first Jewish congregation in San Diego. Its original synagogue built in Downtown now sits in Heritage Park in Old Town. With a growing congregation, it purchased the current property at Third Avenue and Laurel Street and began construction in 1925. The synagogue’s architect, William H. Wheeler, was an Australian immigrant to the U.S. who designed several notable buildings including the Balboa Theater in Downtown, All Saints Episcopal Church in Hillcrest and the KlauberWangenheim Building in
The San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park is the largest and oldest museum in the region with its 16th century Spanish Renaissance style. (Courtesy of San Diego Museum of Art)
Downtown. Ohr Shalom was designed to fit in with the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park in 1915 and the domed, freestanding square synagogue was considered an innovative piece of architecture in the 1920s. Lynn Mendelsohn, Ohr Shalom vice president of programming and events, said Beth Israel occupied this building until the congregation outgrew the facility. They sold it to a developer who was going to build a large apartment complex, and Beth Temple purchased property across from UTC in University City. The Beth Temple Synagogue there is “absolutely beautiful,” she said. But this was not the end of Ohr Shalom. A lot of forces in the city — including SOHO (Save Our Heritage Organization), attorney Paul Weil and historian Alex Bevil — got involved with other people and groups in the community and fought the purchase. “Ohr Shalom was founded ages ago as Ohr El, a
congregation of immigrants from Mexico that used this building for high holidays,” Mendelsohn said. “When they saw that this building was up in the air, they joined in and it became a two-way battle.” This battle evolved over seven years, until the city designated the building as a historical site and the developer deeded the property to Ohr Shalom. “By then, it was old, leaked, not earthquake compliant,” she continued. “In 2009, we started a capital campaign and took $4.5 million renovating the building. We basically gutted the whole thing. We sent the original stained-glass windows to Iowa to an expert to have them refurbished. We reopened in 2011 in this great old building.” And beautiful it is. The original windows are works of art with traditional symbols of high holy days with its antiquated look. They light up the spacious rooms in the synagogue with filtered, natural light that brings a sense of reverence to the space, along with beautiful hues
The Gruenberg Law Offices in Bankers Hill is considered a perfect combination of modern architecture that fits in well with the Victorian homes in the area. (Courtesy of Gruenberg Law Offices) that flicker through the rooms. Although completely retrofitted, the building still has an ancient look. While the interior is not as elaborate as many of the primordial designs, its small details make this piece of post-modern architecture stand out. Woodwork on the Ark is breathtakingly beautiful. In the sanctuary, carved into the Ark is the “Shema,” which states the central tenant of Judaism — that there is only one God. It says, “Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is one!” Behind the Ark are nine Torah scrolls, including one for Czechoslovakia that was saved from the Holocaust. Another Torah scroll is in a chapel on the first floor of the school building. In the entrance hall is a magnificent piece of art that displays two trees whose roots intertwine a sitting bench and frame one of the synagogue’s beautiful stained-glass windows. This piece has plaques placed that people can purchase
in remembrance of loved ones. It was one of board president Ray Sachs’ fundraising projects. “Ray Sachs is wonderful,” Mendelsohn said. “We have our annual fundraiser on April 29 to honor him. When he became president in 2012, we still owed $1.1 million. Over the six years of his presidency, we managed — with his leadership — to retire that debt.” Downtown was a hotspot for visitors viewing the Maritime Museum of San Diego, the San Diego Law Library and the Santa Fe Train Depot. Gaslamp’s top spots were the historic Spreckels Theatre and right next to it, the Gensler, the former NBC newsroom and now home to the world’s largest architecture firm. Sempra Energy Headquarters, a 16-story building with a sky-blue glass façade and elegant lines, was the largest stop in East Village. —Albert Fulcher can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
6 SMART HOME ESSENTIALS With so many devices and home automation available these days, turning your house into a smart home is easier than you might think. But, there are some things to keep in mind when deciding which devices are essential – and what kind of internet service you’ll need to maximize your smart home experience. • Smart Search entertainment. There are many options to watch TV and stream content online, and Cox’s Contour TV service brings smart search options, Netflix integration, a voice-controlled remote, and cool apps together into one service that is easy to navigate. Speak into the remote to find the programming you want to watch – use a famous movie quote, the title of a show, a genre, or the name of an actor. You can even say “free movies,” and available titles in the On Demand library will pop up. Just as important as the devices you select is the internet service you choose.
• A home speaker that doubles as a virtual assistant. Current models can answer questions, turn on lights, play video, access virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa, share weather and news updates, act as a timer, and play music on demand. Some models even help you shop online. • Home cameras. The latest in home monitoring such as Cox Homelife allows for remote live video viewing from your smartphone, video recording and customizable notifications. • Smart lights. Replace existing light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs that can be controlled remotely with a few taps on your smartphone or tablet. Cox Homelife has an automation feature to control indoor and outdoor lights, bringing you (and your pet) peace of mind while you’re away from home, as well as saving energy and money. • Smart locks. Remotely control doors in your home. Features can include voice commands, customized chimes, activity logs, integration with other smart devices, and special codes for friends, dog walkers, and deliveries. • Smart thermostats. Programmable thermostats allow you to remotely turn the air and heat in your home up and down, and on and off. Save money and energy, and arrive to a warm or cool home.
In San Diego, Cox Communications recently doubled internet download speeds automatically for the majority of its customers at no additional charge. Preferred, the company’s most popular tier of service, is now up to 100 Mbps, while Essential and Starter, which are ideal for lighter users with one to five devices connected to the home network, doubled to 30 Mbps and 10 Mbps, respectively. For households with multiple family members who want to connect dozens of devices simultaneously, are heavy gamers or have the need for the fastest speeds around, Cox’s Gigablast service offers download speeds of 1 gigabit (1,000 Mbps). Take a short quiz on the speed advisor at www.cox.com to determine which speed is right for your household. Cox is also improving the in-home internet experience with Panoramic WiFi, which provides “wall-to-wall” WiFi coverage so you have a connection wherever you may roam in your smart home.
San Diego Downtown News | April 2018
Monzu Fresh Pasta debuts in East Village at end of April East Village Biz News Dora McCann Guerreiro With April arrives a delicious new way to load up on carbs. Monzu Fresh Pasta, a casual eatery combining Italian tradition with contemporary flavors, will open at 455 10th Ave. in East Village at the end of April. The restaurant will serve authentic Italian fresh pastas and sauces crafted inhouse, while offering a retail section featuring Italian delicatessen products and raw fresh pastas to cook at home. Monzu Fresh Pasta is the family-owned creation of husband-wife team Aldo de Dominicis Rotondi and Serena Romano, an Italian duo who share a strong belief in the slow food movement. Prior to entering the restaurant business, de Dominicis Rotondi flexed his degrees in economics and public policy as a policy researcher for a member of British Parliament. After earning her Ph.D. in social research, Romano worked as a researcher at the University of Oxford and the University of Naples in Italy. Despite their professional backgrounds, the pair have always been drawn to the art of cooking, finding inspiration in family recipes and regional cuisines. Having trained with master pasta makers in Liguria, Italy as part of Monzu Fresh Pasta’s planning process, de Dominicis Rotondi and Romano will lead the kitchen in creating a menu that will follow centuries-old pasta-making techniques and flavors inspired
Amaretti, butter and sage pasta (Photos courtesy of Monzu Fresh Pasta) by Italian regions including Tuscany, Sicily, Puglia and more. “Fresh pasta is the quintessential comfort food in Italy. We are really excited to bring this authentic, affordable Italian staple to San Diego,” said de Dominicis Rotondi, who added that choosing to launch in San Diego was easy. “We came to San Diego in 2015 for one of Serena’s academic conferences and fell in love with the city. We had no doubts when it came to picking the place for this new venture.” Guests can expect a wide range of rotating pastas — like ravioli, tonnarelli and tagliatelle — and house sauces such as Bolognese and basil and pine nut pesto. Monzu’s menu will feature daily and seasonal specials alongside oft-changing regional recipes, and several dishes will cater to dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan diets. For
Low gluten dish inspired by traditional ‘farinata,’ gram ﬂour linguine with rosemary and extra virgin oil
those who have trouble choosing, Monzu will also offer pasta flights. “Fresh made pasta is different from anything you can buy at a supermarket,” Romano explained. “We hope our customers will appreciate its distinct taste and texture. We also hope to familiarize locals with the regional varieties of pastas and sauces that we have in Italy. There are so many we cannot even count them!”
Part of creating these fresh dishes is using local ingredients, two examples being humanely produced, antibiotic-free eggs from Gonestraw Farms and fine cheeses from Venissimo Cheese. “We love how much local businesses take pride in their products. The quality is reflected in the mesmerizing taste,” Romano added. Pastas will be available as a convenient grab-and-go option and can also be enjoyed within Monzu’s casual, Mediterraneaninspired dining room, which will feature a sunny yellow color scheme and botanical accents. Watch for a possible garage doorstyle window that may open to additional sidewalk seating. For those hoping to bring the taste home,
Monzu Fresh Pasta will also offer a retail section wherein guests will find “cotto” (cooked) and “crudo” (raw) fresh pastas for home preparation alongside imported delicatessen items like extra virgin olive oil, cured meats, Italian cheeses, panettone and taralli. “We love the food scene in San Diego and are looking forward to getting in touch with the locals,” Romano said. “Downtown is home to a wonderful community of young professionals and students that we are sure will love what Monzu Fresh Pasta will have to offer.” Visit monzufreshpasta.com or connect on Instagram at @MonzuFreshPasta. —Dora McCann Guerreiro is the executive director of the East Village Association. To learn more, visit eastvillagesandiego.com or you can reach her at email@example.com
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A tale of the Fox and Lion Gaslamp Landmarks Sandee Wilhoit America has always been the land of immigrants and opportunity. This was especially true during the 19th century when Horace Greeley’s philosophy that the road to success was paved with hard work and perseverance was the inspiration for many seeking a better and more prosperous way of life. Greeley was the founder of the New-York Tribune and felt that the unemployed of the cities should go to the newly developing West, where their hard work and ingenuity would surely be rewarded. None was more inspired than Samuel Fuchs, a 17-year-old Hungarian, who arrived in New York City in 1879 with less than $5 to his name and only two English words in his vocabulary: “yes” and “no.” Sam was the son of a formally wealthy merchant and land owner who had lost his
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WHEELS OF CHANGE other component is it provides peer outreach,” she said, noting it affords homeless participants from Alpha Project’s Downtown homeless shelter the opportunity to interface with people on the street to explain their shelter experiences, detailing how that’s helped them while encouraging others to follow suit. The final piece to put Wheels of Change in motion was acquiring the support of local government, which was provided by District 7 Councilmember Scott Sherman. He liked the idea of a program to give the homeless a hand-up. “It gives the homeless a positive experience to have a job giving them a sense of real worth,” said Sherman. “It’s a way for people who want to work to do that.” Wheels of Change is a step in the right direction, said the councilman. “With community buy-in, and the political will, we can help get a large portion of the homeless population off the street,” he said. Sherman added he was impressed that a 16-year-old boy and his mother were smart, enterprising, and courageous enough to advance such a model homeless jobs program. Carolyn, who went out recently on the Wheels’ homeless van, was “inspired” by what she saw. “The homeless we met were motivated, like Cory, who told
money in the Franco-Prussian War. His mother urged him to immigrate. He fooled the border guards by convincing them that a gold-lettered school certificate, which he showed them, was really a passport! Upon his arrival, Sam changed his last name to Fox and enrolled in night school to learn English. During the day, he peddled pencils. After seven years of frugal living and saving, he heeded Greeley’s advice, and headed west. After visiting several California cities, and against the advice of his sister, Samuel selected San Diego as his new home. His sister said he should choose a place “that was on the map.” Samuel said he’d put San Diego on the map! Fox first became newsworthy in 1891 when he charged Isaac Levi, another immigrant, of battery. It seems that the two disagreed over a shared gas bill with ensuing name-calling and fisticuffs. A court appearance resulted in Fox proving battery but Strauss proving provocation, and the case being thrown out of court. However, Samuel Fox’s name was on the map! In 1893, Fox married Pauline Kuhn, the sister of Isaac Kuhn, the founder of the Lion Clothing Company, which had been established in 1886. Fox managed the store, located at us, ‘It’s easy to pick up that “I’m homeless” attitude on the streets. This gave me a work ethic. … It makes me feel good and like I’m giving back. … It puts a few bucks in my pocket so I can get clothes, shampoo and shave.’” Barber also encountered a homeless electrician who lost his job because of hospitalization. “He does not want handouts, or to be on disability, but wants to work,” Carolyn explained. Barber recounted another story of a homeless former substitute teacher she met “who is now applying to nine different jobs at Home Depot.” Barber concluded with her most poignant story of all about Susan Graham. “A week and a half ago she was about to jump off the Coronado Bridge,” Barber said. “A bystander and Alpha Project saved her life. Graham now says she ‘wants to be an example to others.’ Working together as a community — we can change one life at a time.” Alpha Project’s Gonyeau said Wheels of Change has been so successful thus far that, “We’ve got a list of 150 people signed up on a waiting list to participate.” In other good news, Councilmember Sherman is working to expand the Wheels of Change pilot program. “We’re going over the budget to see if we can expand it to five days adding two or three more vans,” he said. —Dave Schwab can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
858 Fifth Ave., and when Kuhn passed in 1898, he purchased the property. His clever merchandising and business acumen made the nearly defunct company very successful. He placed two large paper-mache lions at the entrance as entertainment for children, while their parents shopped. Additionally, he allowed them to buy ready-made clothing on credit. Thus, he filled the clothing needs of many San Diego families and was able to expand Lion Clothing to a new and much larger, more prestigious site. He chose the current location, Broadway and Sixth, which shared the intersection with two imposing structures — the San Diego Trust and Savings Bank and the John D. Spreckel’s Building. As the architect, he selected William Templeton Johnson, designer of the San Diego Trust and Savings Bank and also the Museum of Natural History. Although the structure was limited to four stories, Johnson incorporated several devices to further the illusion of height. A combination of both Mission Revival and Mediterranean architecture, the exterior featured cast iron decorative grills, sculptured terra cotta spandrels between the third and fourth floor, and heraldic lions (of course!) in full relief. Elaborate Victorian patterns decorated the soffiting between sculpted corbels. Additionally, an overhanging tile roof capped the imposing structure. The interior featured 16-foot ceilings, walnut window frames
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Elaborate Victorian patterns decorate the soffiting between sculpted corbels at the Samuel I. Fox Building. (Photos by Sandee Wilhoit) and antique oak paneling. The first two floors were devoted to menswear; the third floor housed the business offices and boys clothing, and the fourth floor featured fine women’s apparel. The total cost for this elaborate but refined structure was $500,000, and fortunately, construction was completed before the stock market crash in 1929. It has been called one of the most beautiful buildings in the Gaslamp. Samuel Fox died of a heart attack in 1939 two years after the death of his wife. The business was taken over by his son, John Fox, who managed the business until his death in 1953. Ultimately, the Lion Clothing Company was purchased by Cluett Peabody Company of New York, and then later in the 1970s by Marci’s Women’s Stores. It now houses 23 loft/condo units on the upper
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Lions Clothing Company Architect: William Templeton Johnson –1929 Architectural Style: Mission Revival & Mediterranean Southwest Corner 6th & Broadway floors. The building has maintained its original details, but added a rooftop patio and barbecue area. BIGA restaurant occupies the first level. —Sandee Wilhoit is the historian for the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com
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Little Italy gets architectural with OH! San Diego Little Italy Heritage Tom Cesarini Springing into Italian community events
Our region continues to exemplify the best in arts and culture programs, and this spring, a multitude of social and cultural opportunities with an added Italian flair abound for our community and visitors to embrace and to help in promoting San Diego’s arts and culture scene.
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Amici House in Little Italy was privileged this past weekend to be a part of Open House San Diego, an event held by the San Diego Architectural Foundation, celebrating our region’s unique architectural and cultural assets. Amici House was one of 88 sites for this year’s event of exploration. Visitors to Amici House learned about the cottage’s craftsmanship and history as well as the cultural opportunities our organization provides through programs and events. We look forward to participating in
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(L to r) Filmmaker Roberto Angotti and professor-author Lawrence Baldassaro, at the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) gala in Washington celebrating Angotti’s win of the Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum Award.
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April 28: ‘The Son of a Fisherman: Beyond DiMaggio’ As part of our “Live the Game. Love the Heritage” series of programming celebrating the Italian-American influence on baseball (and culminating with Italian Heritage Night with the Padres at Petco Park on May 31), we are privileged to host a lecture and book signing with University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Professor Emeritus and renowned author, Lawrence Baldassaro, followed by a fi lm screening of the “Italian American Baseball Family,” an award-winning documentary and Q&A with fi lmmaker Roberto Angotti. April 28–29: ArtWalk Painting by the people! Join us at this year’s ArtWalk event in Little Italy for an interactive painting exhibit. We will be in the new Piazza della Famiglia with a traditional Sicilian carretto (horse-drawn cart), in an interactive display of artistry and folkloric tradition. Add your artistic contribution to help paint our cart and learn about Italian and Sicilian history, tradition, and folklore — and engage in Convivio with fellow community members! —Tom Cesarini is the executive director of Convivio. Reach him at tom@conviviosociety. org.v
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Piazza della Famiglia opens in Little Italy Little Italy News Christopher Gomez The new heart of Little Italy is officially open—Piazza della Famiglia, located on West Date Street between India and Columbia streets. Developed by H. G. Fenton Company, the 10,000-square-foot Europeanstyle piazza is dedicated to the past, present and future families of San Diego’s cultural neighborhood. Piazza della Famiglia will become the new town center for special events, Little Italy’s Mercato starting
the first weekend in May, scheduled entertainment and more. The Little Italy Association is delighted to welcome locals and visitors to check out the new beautiful community space. All can enjoy a cup of coffee at one of the table and chairs sets, have lunch around the large fountain or take a sunset stroll while enjoying views of the San Diego Bay in the piazza. Residents and tourists can also experience a variety of activations in the piazza every week like midday yoga, live music, knitting classes and more! For a weekly schedule of things happening
in the piazza, visit bit. ly/2q5149V. The Piazza della Famiglia will include 125 apartments and feature 16,000 square feet of retail stores and restaurants surrounding the piazza. The fi rst few businesses to open in Piazza della Famiglia will be Frost Me Cafe and Bakery and the Little Italy Food Hall, which will feature six local food vendors, a mobile outdoor cooking area and a full bar. The mix of residential, retail and restaurant space will create a flourishing community staple in the thriving neighborhood. The community will be invited to the piazza’s official grand opening in mid-summer. More details on the grand opening are to come. To stay connected with Little Italy, check out what’s going on in the neighborhood by following us on Instagram and Twitter: @LittleItalySD and Facebook: LittleItalySD. To learn more about the event, visit LittleItalySD.com.
The 10,000 square-foot European-stlye Piazza della Famiglia, developed by H. G. Fenton. (Courtesy of H. G. Fenton Company)
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COMMUNITY AND ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR FRIDAY
Agent Orange at The Casbah
Rock band will perform with Sculpins and Cochinas Locas. This is a 21 and up show. Tickets are $15. 8:30 p.m. at The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd. Visit bit.ly/2pGvKOd.
Autograph at The Music Box
‘Step by Step 5K’
Autograf will perform with Win and Woo & Cofresi. This is a 21 and up show. Tickets are $27. 9 p.m. at The Music Box, 1337 India St. Visit fgtix.to/2IbwSAm.
p.m. and will feature food and drink samples from local restaurants including Union Kitchen & Tap, Nobu San Diego, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, The Smoking Gun, Backyard Kitchen and Tap, Golden Road Brewing, Kona Brewing, 10 Barrel Brewing, Breckinridge Brewing and live music. General admission and VIP tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/2q1LxaE. For more information about Sip ‘N Savor, visit alfevents.org/sipnsavor/.
The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego will hold its annual “Step by Step 5K” fundraiser. The dog-friendly, walking event will feature live music, a beer garden and an expo. $50. All proceeds will benefit the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego. 9 a.m. at Liberty Station, Historic Decatur Road. Visit bit.ly/2t0udXq.
‘Pretty in Pink’
Honoring Dame Zandra Rhodes, fashion advisor to Princess Diana, San Diego Opera board member and opera designer, will be honored during “Pretty in Pink” at 6:30 p.m. at the U.S Grant Hotel located at 326 Broadway. The Opera Ball begins with a cocktail hour with dinner beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m. and will end with music and dancing. Suggested attire is “pink-tie” and single tickets range from $300-$500 per person. VIP packages, table sponsorships and group ticket bundles are also available for purchase. For more information about this year’s SD Opera Ball, its honoree or to purchase tickets, visit sdopera.org/opera-ball.
Live show with Trailer Park Boys
Experience an intimate evening with the Trailer Park Boys — Ricky, Julian, Bubbles and Randy — the stars of the documentary-style comedy TV show. $37–$57. All ages; recommended for mature adults. 7:30 p.m. at Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. Visit bit.ly/2uuXcUi.
Kids & Books & Love & Autism
Local San Diegan and award-winning children's book author, Sally J. Pla, will be speaking at the San Diego Central Public Library from 1-2:30 p.m. Pla will be joined by therapist and Love & Autism Conference founder, Dr. Jenny Palmiotto, for a talk celebrating autism awareness month. There will be refreshments served and a meet-and-greet for attendees of the talk.
Kweku Collins at The Casbah
Rapper, producer and songwriter Kweku Collins will perform with Dani Bell & The Tarantist. This is a 21 and up show. Tickets are $13–$15. 9:30 p.m. at The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd. Visit bit.ly/2E3nZGu.
Sip ‘N Savor Festival
Engage in a community conversation about otherness, cultural identity and the body. 6–8 p.m. at Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado. Visit bit.ly/2uqqxz5.
Folk singer-songwriter performs with William Fitzsimmons. This is a 21 and up show. Tickets are $25. 9 p.m. at The Music Box, 1337 India St. Visit bit.ly/2uqU6AG.
Oceanside-based rock band The Night Howls will perform with Imagery Machine and Future Human. This is a 21 and up. Show. Tickets
The Soft Moon at The Casbah
Post-punk band The Soft Moon will perform with Boy Harsher and DJ Mario Orduno. This is a 21 and up show. Tickets are $15. $15. 9:30 p.m. at The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd. Visit bit.ly/2I96PtK.
Kicking off the series will be San Diego-based artist, Daniel Baron Corrales, who will be transforming an elevator into “an ever-expanding portal.” Conveyor’s opening reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. and the installation will be on view through April. For more information about Conveyor, Daniel Baron Corrales, the Porto Vista Hotel and the 1805 Gallery, visit bit.ly/2I007WH.
Grateful Shred at The Casbah
Peelander-Z at The Casbah
Japanese action-comic punk band Peelander-Z perform with The Touchies. This is a 21 and up show. Tickets are $12. 9:30 p.m. at The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd. Visit bit.ly/2E2URza.
Grateful Dead cover band Grateful Shred will perform. This is a 21 and up show. Tickets are $15. 9:30 p.m. at The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd. Visit bit.ly/2I8Fgkb.
Dale Watson at The Casbah
Country singer-songwriter Dale Watson performs with Hotshot Drifters. This is a 21 and up show. Tickets are $15. 9:30 p.m. at The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd. Visit bit.ly/2E3uFnY.
Boogarins at The Casbah
Psychedelic-rock band Boogarins will perform. This is a 21 and up show. Tickets are $12. 9:30 p.m. at The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd. Visit bit.ly/2E6omjS.
Sacri Monti at The Casbah
Rock band Sacri Monti will perform with Child and The Bad Vibes. This is a 21 and up show. Tickets are $8. 9:30 p.m. at The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd. Visit bit.ly/2E3cdvN.
Joshua Radin at The Music Box
The Night Howls at The Casbah
The San Diego Workforce Partnership will be holding its second Opportunity Summit to identify solutions for reconnecting young adults who are not working or in school. As reported by Measure of America, nearly 1 in 10 young San Diegans are “disconnected” and at a higher risk for long-term unemployment and poverty. “Our goal by 2020 is to decrease the countywide youth disconnection rate from 9.7 percent last year to 7.3 percent by 2020,” said San Diego Workforce Partnership CEO Peter Callstrom, in a press release. “At the same time, by focusing resources and attention on the communities and populations with the highest disconnection rates, we aim to halve the equity gaps and unleash opportunity for all youth in the region.” The summit will feature lectures from system leaders and young beneficiaries, District 4 county supervisor candidates and Aspen Institute Vice President Maureen Conway, as well as art performances. Throughout the summit, the workforce partnership will be recording 7-second resume videos and revealing them to attendees as it draws to a close. For more information about the San Diego Workforce Partnership or the Opportunity Summit, visit workforce.org.
The second annual Sip ‘N Savor Festival to benefit the American Liver Foundation will be held at the San Diego Hard Rock Hotel this year. The festival will go from 12-4
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Scott H. Biram at The Casbah
Scott H. Biram will perform with Rod Melancon and Low Volts. This is a 21 and up show. Tickets are $15. 9:30 p.m. at The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd. Visit bit.ly/2I8oC47.
are $7. 9:30 p.m. at The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd. Visit bit.ly/2E3akza.
MASHED UP Songs and Dances
From April 20-22, the PGK Dance Project will be performing mash-ups of pop and theater songs with vocals from singers Barbara Schoenhofer, Shaun Tuazon-Martin, Peter G. Kalivas and choreography executed by dancers Jessica Kelley Kymmi Kellems, Martin-Anthony Dorado and Ron “RJ” Davis — all with musical direction and piano by Rayme Sciaroni. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the The Lyceum Space in Horton Plaza. For more i n formation about the show or the PGK Dance Project, visit thepgkdanceproject.org/.
The Surprising History of Wine in San Diego County
The Bronx at The Casbah
Hardcore-punk band The Bronx pwill erform with No Parents. This is a 21 and up show. Tickets are $22.50. 9:30 p.m. at The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd. Visit bit.ly/2E2DjmE.
Conveyor – An elevator exhibition series
In collaboration with Porto Vista Hotel, 1805 Gallery is launching Conveyor, an exhibition series that takes place inside the elevators of the Porto Vista Hotel located at 1835 Columbia St. in Little Italy. Curated by Lauren Siry, the exhibition will feature installations from selected contemporary artists with their own styles.
The Culinary Historians of San Diego will be hosting a presentation, “The Surprising History of Wine in San Diego County” at 10:30 a.m. in the San Diego Central Library’s Neil Morgan Auditorium. As part of the presentation, award-winning writer, archaeologist, winemaker and American Indian Studies lecturer at San Diego State University, Richard Carrico, will be speaking before a tasting and book signing. For more information about this free event or Culinary Historians of San Diego, visit culinaryhistoriansofsandiego.com or email CHSDCA@gmail.com
Lineup for the parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at Balboa Park’s Natural History Museum and, beginning at 10:30 a.m., will proceed west to the Art Museum, then south past the Organ Pavilion and ending at the Pan American Plaza. Any group with at least three participants can march and bands, clowns and animals are encouraged to participate. To register, visit bit.ly/2DQ7NbA and for more information, visit earthparade.org/.
34th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk
On April 28 –29 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Mission Federal ArtWalk will take over 17 blocks of Downtown San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood with 350 local, national and international painters, sculptors, photographers and jewelry-makers. In addition to viewing or purchasing art, ArtWalk attendees can enjoy live musical performances, “Spoken Word” performances, interactive art activities for kids and local food vendors. This event is open to everyone with free admission. For more information, visit artwalksandiego.org/ missionfederal.
Father Joe’s Villages’ Children Charity Gala
From 5-10 p.m. Father Joe’s Villages will be hosting its 34th annual Children’s Charity Gala: Up, Up and Away at the U.S. Grant Hotel located at 326 Broadway. The gala will raise funds for Father Joe’s Villages’ therapeutic childcare center and other services for children and families, and features a three-course dinner, cocktails, live and silent auctions, an interactive program with awards, and live music from Atomic Groove. Additionally, during the gala, Father Joe’s Villages will be honoring Franklin Antonio, Cathedral Catholic High School, St. Augustine High School and James Mulvaney, Sr. and the Mulvaney Family with the Father Joe’s Villages Award, Bishop Maher Award, Bishop Maher Award and Founders’ Award, respectively. Tickets can be purchased online at fjvgala.com or by calling 1-800-HOMELESS.
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Earth Day Parade
San Diego EarthWorks will be hosting an Earth Day Parade as the kick off to its EarthFair 2018 campaign for a clean and healthy future.
The San Diego Opera will be hosting its fi nal concert of the 2017-2018 season at 7 p.m. featuring soprano Lise Lindstrom and bass-baritone Greer Grimsley accompanied by the San Diego Symphony. To purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/2q1tgJV or call (619) 533-7000. —Calendar compiled by Jess Winans.v
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Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro 90 Years of Fashion
Fashion Redux: 90 Years of Fashion is a current exhibit presented by San Diego Mesa College and the San Diego History Center. This annual collaboration runs March 3–June 29. The History Center features historical garments from its extensive textile collection in addition to the historically inspired garments created by Mesa College fashion students. The exhibit demonstrates 90 years of fashion from the History Center’s textile collection. Demonstrations scheduled with students from Mesa College present various techniques such as draping, millinery and hat making, electronics, felting, hand patterning and computer pattern design. Interactive exhibits with fabric touch boards are set up so
A display of 90 years of fashion currently exhibiting at the San Diego History Museum. (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro)
Veteran Couture by Carolina Hernandez
Wear Art, Live Art by Dawn Hough Sebaugh
attendees can touch and feel the fabrics. This year marks the seventh annual Fashion Redux. Students inspired by the historic garments found in the History Center are able to then create a design from their inspiration. The walls of this exhibit are filled with large mural images of fashion photographer Charlie
a reception, fashion show of student designs, lecture by fashion professor Susan Lazear, and the announcement of the winner. All attendees will be given the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award. The Grand Reveal is Thursday, April 26, from 6–8:30 p.m. To attend this grand finale, visit: bit.ly/2GuQSO5
Veteran Couture by Carolina Hernandez wowed the crowd with her seductive evening dresses. The evening culminated with the amazing creations of Llenuel Fro. Additional designers were Tanya Jenkins, Fifi’s Coutre by Athena Kiryakos, Coco & Cruz, and Debbie Solan. Awards were given to Madison Stroud, who won the cover of the AK Beauty & Fashion Magazine, and to Crystal Sosa who won the face for the next MIMI Models season campaign. For more information about the modeling school, call 619-389-6923.
Schneider. They are from photo shoots in the ’50s and ’60s. Additional photos are from a photo shoot with the top four student designers and were taken by fine art photographer Siobhan Gazur. This exciting exhibit will have an annual finale party, the Fashion Redux Grand Reveal. This special evening features
The four runner-ups for the seventh annual Fashion Redux. Come to the Fashion Redux Grand Reveal and vote for your favorite design. (Photos by Siobhan Gazur)
MIMI Academy presented the second annual graduation and release of the AK Beauty & Fashion Magazine at the Encore Hall downtown on March 4. This upbeat event included a fashion show highlighting the newly graduated models. This modeling school teaches not only how to walk and pose but how to put together a portfolio, attend a casting call, and how to get editorials and commercial modeling gigs. This evening was the culmination of nine months of studying and hard work. This red-carpet event began with a step and repeat. The Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening was award-winning journalist Gloria Gold from “The Gloria Gold Show.” Judges for the evening were Luis Gonzalez, Anita Meza, Territa Torres, and Kelly Lenahan. Ivonne Sepulveda was given the Women in Business Award. Sepulveda is a makeup artist. While working as a lawyer, she pursued her dreams and went to Cosmetology School in Chula Vista in 2007 and then went on to open her own business following her passion. The newly graduated models rocked the runway in all ages and sizes. They wore creations by fashion designers and demonstrated their skill as fashion models. Wear Art, Live Art by Dawn Hough Sebaugh stood out in the crowd with wearable art work on leggings, tank tops and tote bags.
Stunning gown by Llenuel Fro
●● March 3–June 26 – Fashion Redux: 90 Years of Fashion Exhibition at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park. Showcases local students from San Diego Mesa College with a fashion show on April 26 and lecture by Susan Lazear. For more information, visit sandiegohistory.org ●● Saturday, April 28 – “Poolside Elegance” presents a Fashion & Entertainment Show hosted by Chante Moore at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort from 6-10 p.m. The fashion show features Big Face Smile clothing along with more local designers. For tickets, visit: bit.ly/2pQPrDl ●● Sunday April 29 – The SPACE by Vanguard Culture at the Mission Federal Artwalk in San Diego’s Little Italy at 2 p.m. Avant-Garde Fashion Show by LA designer Carolina Hernandez of Veteran Couture. For more information, visit: bit.ly/2Gr1xgt —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.v
Model shows off designer Llenuel Fro
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