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The Broom Works building, located in East Village and adorned with items the late Bob Sinclair (right) had collected over the years. (Photo by Bob Feller); Sinclair (Courtesy Torrey Lee)

The pied piper of East Village Who was Bob Sinclair? By Joan Wojcik

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When it came time to name the new “Fault Line Park” located by the Pinnacle I residential high rise located on Island Avenue at 15th Street, Bob Sinclair’s name came up over and over again as a possible name for the park. But who was Bob Sinclair of East Village? Bob Sinclair was a businessman, an artist, a craftsman in metal, a collector of all things unusual and memorable, and an investor in interesting and historical East Village buildings. He passed away a few years ago as a result of a motorcycle accident but will long be remembered.

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Bill Keller, a longtime friend of Sinclair’s, fondly remembers him as a visionary. “Bob Sinclair was a man who saw potential for East Village,” Keller said. “Before there was East Village, there was Bob Sinclair.” Sinclair moved to San Diego in the 1960s when East Village was known as Centre City East and he was founder of the Pannikin coffeehouses and Café Moto coffee roasters. He had the foresight to purchase the Pannikin Building, Rosario Hall, the Wheel Works, the Broom Works Building — which houses his eclectic collection of memorabilia from earlier generations of East Village manufacturing businesses — and the historic Wonder Bread building, now home to Mission Brewery. see Sinclair, pg 14

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New website leads visitors and residents to parking options By Hutton Marshall

An inspiring artist

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Imagine entering a restaurant where the food is 100 percent organic and plantbased and its sources are all from local farmers who support sustainable agriculture, and they only use environmentally friendly products. Then imagine the staff at that place metaphorically sweeping you off your feet the moment you walk in the door; you’re greeted tenderly and asked how you are feeling and are really listened to; each item

on the menu is referenced as an affirmation that is then replied back to you when you order; its serving dishes ask you to reflect; a place where each member of the staff mediate and “clear” their thoughts just minutes after clocking in to ensure they in are in the right mindset to interact with customers; where the management tells you the food is made with love and their goal is to have you leave feeling nourished and more grateful see Gratitude, pg 7

Serving plates ask diners an important question (Courtesy Café Gratitude)

The hunt for parking is a familiar practice for any carowning San Diegan. Some in fact, may still be recuperating from trying to find a spot in the Gaslamp Quarter during Comic-Con. Much of this auto overload oc occurs in San Diego’s dense urban core — the Downtown neighborhoods — and the nonprofit Civic San Diego is more familiar with the problem than most. Responsible for managing community-based parking solutions Downtown, CivicSD has advocated for increased public transit and smarter city park-

ing policies, and it also owns and manages two garages in East Village and the Gaslamp Quarter. Now, the urban-development organization is making the most of the resources it’s already helped create — it wants to make sure the area’s parking can actually be found. The solution is a website, ParkItDTSD.com. Built to adapt to any device (e.g. smartphones, tablets, computers), the site allows users to search for the nearest parking garage by location, neighborhood or landmark. The site doesn’t incorporate free options yet, but the app allows users to filter by price as well and CivicSD’s two garages are only $1 per hour. Though this website will be new to Downtown, the idea has proved worthwhile elsewhere. see Parking, pg 21


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From the streets, to Hollywood and ArtWalk NTC By Lucia Viti Inocente, Downtown’s artistic superstar, will be showcased among 200 local, regional and international artists at ArtWalk NTC at Liberty Station on Saturday Aug. 15 and 16. Nestled against a backdrop of the historic Naval Training Center (NTC), now San Diego’s largest arts and cultural district, Inocente will present her art for the first time since the release of the 2012 Academy Award-winning Best Short Documentary bearing her name. The 40-minute, first person narrative features a then 15-year-old undocumented immigrant who used art to escape a life punctuated by domestic abuse, homelessness and the constant threat of deportation. Shuffled between shelters, hotels, apartments, garages and even parks, Inocente, along with her mother and two younger brothers, moved more than 30 times in nine years. Sporting a relentless spirit, the young Latina serves as a snapshot of America’s new face

(left) Inocente brings her colorful art to ArtWalk NTC; she loves to paint at-risk animals to raise awareness (Courtesy Olive Solutions) of homelessness — children — while depicting the survival of a nomadic existence through the healing power of art. Today, the 21-year-old rising icon is excited to be home, sharing recent works she describes as more mature and less messy than her former pieces. Unlike a dreary world crowded with remnants of bleak surroundings one would think Inocente would paint, the abstract pop artist sweeps extraordinary strokes of shiny, sparkly, "happy" colors and splashes of texture across canvases of all sizes. As an advocate of social issues and the plight of endangered animals, Inocente portrays characters of resilience and tenacity. “I’m excited to show everyone how my art has grown from messy and thick with paint to mature yet still colorful pieces,” said the diminutive beauty. “I’ve

added clean and flat characters created from my imagination and animals — whales, sharks, bunnies and elephants — to bring attention to their plight,” she said. “People connect with plight. Elephants are being killed for their tusks and more bunnies are left abandoned in San Diego than any other animal. Every painting comes from the heart. I even include a personal story that relates how I feel with each piece.” Refusing to acknowledge her last name as a vestige of an abusive father, Inocente’s imagination stems from years of roaming the streets of Downtown San Diego. “I was too young to understand homelessness,” she explained. “Moving around seemed normal until middle school. I didn’t wear a sign on my head saying I was homeless so our

schools didn’t always know. Kids were outspoken about my clothes [second hand donations of tutu-tutus, colorful leggings and high tops] and picked up on feelings and fears that I tried to hide. I painted my face with wild swirls and dots because I thought it was fun. But as I got older, I realized that our lives were far from normal and people thought I was weird.” Carmela, Inocente’s mother, collected cans between working odd, cash-under-the-table jobs that never made enough money to pay rent. When the family took refuge in a public park, Carmela would stay awake to protect her children from impending danger. At her lowest point, the distraught parent took 11-year-old Inocente to the Coronado Bridge, urging her daughter to hold her hand and jump. Inocente’s refusal and ultimate

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survival remains a lost memory. One shelter referred the children to San Diego’s Monarch School, an institution dedicated to schooling homeless youth “who experience complex trauma through ongoing exposure to a lack of shelter and basic necessities.” The Monarch School became pivotal for Inocente’s introduction to art. “The Monarch School helped me in so many ways,” she said. “Not only did I fall in love with my art classes, I was able to eat, shower, sleep and do my laundry with a community of people going through the same experience. I was fortunate to attend art classes especially since art is now often the first program to be taken out of school.” By age 12, the self-confessed chronic doodler was also attending art classes at ARTS: A Reason To Survive, a National City-based nonprofit organization that provides educational art, college prep and career programs to kids and young adults dealing with homelessness, domestic violence and illness. At 15, Inocente painted her first mural. Within months she was one of two students selected for ARTS’ annual show and given three months to produce 30 pieces. She sold 29, raised $12,000 and donated $6,000 to ARTS. “What 15 year-old needs that kind of money?” she said. “I’ll always donate back to my arts. Being an artist is hard. Art’s a want not a need. Art adds happiness to your life, but life see ArtWalk, pg 18


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INTERVIEW

A conversation with Sameer Patel The ‘finest city’ welcomes a humble conductor By Margie M. Palmer

If you’re a fan of the arts, you’ve likely heard the San Diego Symphony has announced the appointment of Sameer Patel as its new assistant conductor; if you were lucky enough to experience the symphony’s surprise concert this year at Comic-Con, you would have experienced his premier performance. In a recent interview, San Diego Downtown News discovered the man behind the baton is as humble as he is sincere and that his passion for music is part of his lifeblood. Patel, a Michigan native, said his love of music began early on; he was quite privileged to have music lessons be part of his youth. “My parents saw playing an instrument as being important,

Sameer Patel (Photo by Arielle Doneson) which is why they enrolled me in piano lessons and playing in the band at school,” Patel said. “I’m very lucky, because I had really excellent teachers.” It wasn’t until he got to high school that he realized he wanted to actually pursue a career in music. That’s when he realized he had a passion for conducting. “I was drawn to the leadership aspect of it,” he said. “I had a great band director in high school who had this way of inspiring all the students; I could tell from his work that so much of his time

was spent in preparation. That’s what fascinated me —what goes on before rehearsal starts.” Patel also pointed out that there was plenty of music he hadn’t been exposed to, which often happens when someone grows up in a small town. That teacher, he said, is the one who first exposed him to the world of classical music. “He really nurtured my interest,” Patel said. “He let me borrow recordings and would talk to me about it. Playing an instrument and at the same time developing a passion for the art — that was beyond anything I knew or had contact with — that’s how I knew I wanted to pursue a career in music.” Since then he’s grown to become one of America’s most exciting conductors. Before coming to San Diego, Patel served for three seasons as Associate Conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, where he conducted the orchestra in over 100 performances. In 2013, Patel was one of only six conductors selected by the League of Ameri-

www.sdcnn.com can Orchestras for the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, an event that showcases emerging and talented conductors to orchestra industry professionals. Despite his impressive resume, the most memorable moments of his career are drawn from the heart. Several years ago he worked with the El Sistema movement in Venezuela. The organization, he said, has trained hundreds of thousands of mostly poor kids in classical music. “It gives them an opportunity to learn to play an instrument for free,” he said. “I went with a conductor from Boston and we spent two weeks going into the barrios and got to work with the littlest children who were first learning to play an instrument or sing — I really got to see first-hand that music is a universal language.” Another one of his career “wow” moments came in July, when Patel conducted the surprise “Star Wars” concert at Comic-Con. “The fans’ reaction to that was so sincere and you could see how much the music has meant to them,” he said. “It sent chills

down my spine. “The musicians couldn’t help but feel that energy on stage; most of us aren’t part of these types of events,” he continued. “After the concert was finished, when I left the stage I heard something, it sounded like the audience was chanting. I realized they were chanting ‘thank you.’ It was a huge privilege to be a part of that.” Patel said that in addition to working with the San Diego Symphony, he and his wife have taken some time to enjoy some of the simpler aspects of what America’s Finest City has to offer. When they relocated, they chose to make their home in Bankers Hill. It’s been a good fit, he said, especially since it’s so close to Balboa Park, Downtown and countless restaurants. “It’s a great sense of community within this big city,” he said. “We have great neighbors and although a lot of people don’t know this, my wife and I were married at the San Diego Museum of Art. The byline for San Diego is America’s Finest City, and for me, in all honesty, it feels that way. It’s been a very welcoming place.” For information about the San Diego Symphony’s upcoming concert season or their current Summer Pops outdoor schedule, visit sandiegosymphony.org. —Margie Palmer is a San Diego-based freelance writer. You can reach her at margiep@ alumni.pitt.edu.

Summer Pops update San Diego Symphony’s outdoor concert series is sponsored by Ashford University and runs through Labor Day. Concerts are held at Embarcadero Marina Park South. All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise specified. AUG 7 & 8: A Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration, featuring the 50th anniversary of “Sound of Music.” AUG 9 (8 p.m.): “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” – enjoy the original score played live while you watch the movie. AUG 14 & 15: Sinatra at 100: A Salute to the Chairman of the Board AUG 16: Burt Bacharach makes his annual return with his trio of singers AUG 20: Esperanza Spalding makes her debut with Emily’s D+Evolution AUG 21: LeAnn Rimes returns to Summer Pops AUG 23: An unforgettable evening with Natalie Cole AUG 27: Faithfully – a symphonic tribute to the music of Journey AUG 28: A Night of Classic Rock with driving drums, guitar solos and soaring vocals SEPT 4, 5 & 6: Tchaikovsky Spectacular – a grand 1812 Overture and Summer Pops finale with a rousing display of fireworks For more information including tickets and seating options, visit sandiegosymphony. org/pops.v


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LITTLE ITALY

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Back in December of 2014, the Little Italy community broke ground on its most enterprising project yet — Piazza Famiglia, a 10,000-square-foot public piazza to serve the Little Italy community. Today, one can drive through the Little Italy neighborhood and see the construction for this new public space taking place — transforming West Date Street, between Columbia and India streets into the new “heart” of Little Italy. The Little Italy Association, in partnership with H.G Fenton Company, is working to create this central community

gathering space to host farmers markets, concerts, cultural events and more. The project was inspired by the grand piazzas of Italy and Europe and will feature classic Italian architectural details and design. Piazza Famiglia will include attractive landscaping with a grand water feature and inviting seating and gathering areas. This space will create approximately 130 new eco-friendly living units, a large public space for visitors and residents, approximately 16,600 square feet of restaurant and commercial space and an underground parking garage. In order for the Little Italy Association to embark on these grand projects, the community hosts a lot of fundraising events such as the Taste of Little Italy, Ferragosto (which

is happening on Saturday, Aug. 15 — so mark your calendars!), FESTA! and more! Just this past month, the Little Italy Association hosted a special fundraising event specifically for Piazza Famiglia. Thanks to Meyer Fine Art for opening up their gallery and San Diego local Italian artist, John Asaro, for agreeing to create new pieces of art and together choosing to donate 50 percent of the proceeds to Piazza Famiglia, the Little Italy Association was able to host a fundraising art exhibition, “Coming Home to Famiglia: The Works of John Asaro.” The event has been very successful, with over 15 paintings sold and $20,000 raised towards the brand new piazza. Since the exhibition has been such a hit, the show has been extended until Friday, Aug. 14. Little Italy wouldn’t be able to be the best Little Italy neighborhood in the nation if it wasn’t for all the community support it receives. We’d like to give a big thank you to all of you that support the neighborhood in any way — we hope to see you around at one of our upcoming events! Details about any of Little Italy’s events can be found by visiting littleitalysd.com. To check out what other things are going on in our neighborhood, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @LittleItalySD and Facebook/San Diego Little Italy. —Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at chris@littleitalysd.com.v


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The management crew at the Little Italy location on opening day: (l to r) Mike Perez (general manager); Ryland Engelhart (chief inspiration officer); Dreux Ellis (executive chef); Terces Engelhart (original founder of CG); Cary Mosier (COO) and Niels Tervoort (floor manager) (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley) FROM PAGE 4

DAPPER and appreciative and overall in a much better place than the moment you walked in. Sounds all too unfamiliar, like some futuristic utopian society, right? Café Gratitude — which just opened its doors July 29 in the Broadstone mixed-use building in Little Italy — is indeed that place. Husband and wife team Matthew and Terces Engelhart opened the first Café Gratitude in San Francisco in 2004 and although that location has since closed, the new 4,000-squarefoot location San Diego location is one of many, including those in Santa Cruz, Berkeley, West Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles (Arts District), Venice Beach and Kansas City. Chief Inspiration Officer Ryland Engelhart described how the business got started and said his parents — his father Matthew and stepmother Terces — were looking forward at the second half of their lives and wanted to do something positive that had an impact outside of themselves. “They had a continuous impulse to give people the simple practice of gratitude,” Engelhart said. “Actually practicing be-

ing grateful is one of the most amazing, rewarding transformative tools that we have within in our own psychology — mostly we looking at what’s wrong or what is missing. “Café Gratitude is a place that from its inception was designed to be a space where the public could come in for the practical reason of not only their hunger, but the intention was bring them into an environment where we can plant seeds of gratitude in their hearts through our service and our food and our kindness and our presence,” Engelhart continued. “That we could create a little ripple effect that would have them spend the rest of the day saying, ‘wow, what am I grateful for?’” The concept sounds daunting but this family, which also includes Englehart’s stepbrother Cary Mosier, a San Diego resident who lives near the new restaurant, is undeterred and “all in.” Since 2004 the senior Engelharts have branched off into various other projects, including a business model they call Sacred Commerce, books on living well, cookbooks, a game, their own farm and some that show their activist nature, like their Kissing the Ground project where they work with musician Jason Mraz to lobby for funding to enhance California’s agricultural soil. And Mraz, a resident of North San Diego County, was instrumental in getting Café Gratitude to migrate south to San Diego, Engelhart said. But despite some naysayers who question their motives or try to connect the culture at Café Gratitude with Scientology or other cults, Engelhart emphasizes that their true intention is merely spreading gratefulness, love and positive thinking. “It is an environment where not only do the staff have to learn how to do their job, they have to learn how to be the presence of gratitude as they are serving,” Engelhart said. “If the customer is a prickly pear, and very demanding — they

see it as an opportunity not to react, but to offer love — it is easy to love the lovable, but the real work is can we actually love and be present and serve people who are challenged or having a hard time?” The menus are a wealth of knowledge should you wish to know more about the culture of Café Gratitude before the staff exudes it by example. Information about their sprouted grains, great detail about the contents of every food and drink item — including organic beers and wines — notes about the type of farmers they deal with and even some words of wisdom: “We invite you to step inside and enjoy being someone who chooses: loving your life, adoring yourself, accepting the world, being generous and grateful for every day, and experiencing being provided for. Have fun and enjoy being nourished.” Staff are instructed to ask each guest a “question of the day,” but the standard mantra, no surprise, is “What are you grateful for?” which is emblazoned on many of their plates to remind you while you are eating to consider your choices. With an ambitious plantbased menu with Executive Chef Dreux Ellis at the helm and containing items named things such as Glorious, Liberated, Warm Hearted, Fulfilled, Dazzling, Comforted, Vivacious and dozens more, it’s hard not to get caught up in the lighthearted feeling of it all and leave feeling just a little bit differently. Café Gratitude is located at 1980 Kettner Blvd., #20, in Little Italy. It is open for breakfast at starting at 8 a.m., lunch starting at 11 a.m. (Saturday and Sunday breakfast overlaps until 1 p.m.), and the lights turn down at 5 p.m. for dinner, with standard fare or a prix fixe Chef’s tasting menu. Learn more at cafegratitude. com, follow them on Facebook and Twitter @CafeGratitudeSD, or Instagram @CafeGratitude. —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at morgan@sdcnn.com.v


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Keeping promises

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Every New Year, many of us make routine resolutions hoping for unconventional change. But by the summer, we’ve often forgotten those old pledges. At my State of the City address in January, I renewed my commitment to put neighborhoods first and spread opportunities to every community. Halfway through the year, I have not forgotten these resolutions. Over the past several months, I’ve worked hard to create my new One San Diego budget — a balanced city budget that funds neighborhood improvements, paves hundreds of miles of roads and improves parks throughout San Diego. It’s also the first budget in years that our City Council passed by a unanimous vote across party lines. As a result, this July the city of San Diego started repairing more streets, installing new streetlights and expanding recreation center and library hours. When I ran for mayor, I promised to dedicate half of all major revenue growth to improving our neighborhoods and aging infrastructure. My One San Diego budget fulfills that commitment and more. It doubles the amount of street repairs compared to the year I first took office. In fact, we are fixing more than 300 miles of roads in one year alone. It’s the first step in my plan to repair 1,000 miles of streets over the next five years. We know that communities can only take full advantage of economic and educational opportunities when they feel safe and secure. So in January, I pledged to reduce the inequality in emergency response times in our city. My One San Diego budget adds an additional fire-rescue fast response squad to improve emergency response times in neighborhoods that need it most. It also funds four police academies and begins a new police contract to recruit and retain officers.

I reported last Thursday eve [July 9] with a voicemail message left [we here at the paper assume this was with Downtown Partnership] and an acknowledgement received back that the recently installed tree lights on two of the trees on the north side of Island Avenue between Park Boulevard and 11th Street are no longer working [see “Downtown Partnership News: Lighting up Downtown’s life,” Vol. 16, Issue 1]. This is a reminder to please look into this. Thank you so much. —Dean Brown, via sandiegodowntownnews.com

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Every San Diegan deserves the opportunity to thrive, particularly our children. It’s why expanding neighborhoods services that benefit youth are a key component to this financial plan. The budget improves parks and playgrounds in every city council district, increases operating hours by 33 percent in 36 recreation centers, and triples Internet speeds at all branch libraries. From festive barbecues at our neighborhood parks to Comic-Con’s spectacular showcase in the Gaslamp, summer is an exciting time for families and children in San Diego. It also serves as a time for reflection and marks an important halfway point in the year. As your mayor, I’m excited to share with you what we’ve accomplished so far to improve infrastructure, public safety and neighborhood services. This is how we create opportunities for every San Diegan — and make sure that promises made are promises kept. —Kevin Faulconer is the mayor of San Diego. Learn more about the mayor at sandiego.gov/mayor/about/index.shtml, reach him at kevinfaulconer@sandiego.gov, or follow him on facebook.com/kevinfaulconer or @kevin_faulconer on Twitter.v

While Clean & Safe is active in our Downtown (Marina District) neighborhood, I have noticed that the Clean & Safe team does not discourage, and in fact encourages, off leash activities by dog owners in and around Pantoja Park [see “Downtown Partnership News: Keeping Downtown clean and beautiful, together,” Vol. 16, Issue 5]. I have noticed team members actually throwing balls and frisbees, and socializing with people whose dogs are not on leash in Pantoja Park. Is there any way we can get these team members, for whom we pay assessments, to encourage people to obey the law rather than continue to break it? —Peg Battersby, via sandiegodowntownnews.com v

Correction In the cover story of our last issue [see “A class act,” Vol. 16, Issue 20] we incorrectly identified the website of Knockaround Sunglasses, LLC. The correct website is knockaround.com. We regret the error.v

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DowntownBriefs LITTLE ITALY TO TRANSFORM INTO POMPEII

On Saturday, Aug. 15, from 6 p.m. – midnight, the Little Italy Association (LIA) is inviting the community to come to Amici Park where they will be holding their next big fundraising bash, “Pompeii: Little Italy’s Toga Party.” There will be a VIP reception at 5 p.m. Guests are encouraged to “become Italian” and wear togas, strap on sandals, and enjoy local food and drink for the evening. Called “Ferragosto,” the fourth annual event is LIA’s take on “Feriae Agusti,” an event in ancient Pompeii, and will include circus rides, live entertainment and fantasy settings, including a Roman coliseum. “We are pulling out all the stops to recreate the historic Italian city Pompeii, where there will be non-stop jawdropping moments throughout the night that will have everyone talking for weeks,” Luke Vinci, Ferragosto’s chairman, said in a press release. “The event takes two years of planning because we make sure that every detail of the night is one that will be unforgettable.” This year the beneficiaries are Washington Elementary School Foundation, Our Lady of the Rosary Church and the LIA. Food and drink participants include Isola Pizza Bar, Monello, Kettner Exchange, PrepKitchen, Cookbook, Bencotto and more. Tickets start at $105 (or $1050 for a table of 10). Visit ferragostosd.org. SAND SCULPTING RETURNS TO WATERFRONT

The annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Exposition returns to the B Street Pier for four full days over Labor Day weekend. The Pier, located at 1140 N. Harbor Drive, has been in the midst of construction on either side of it for the past couple of years and this may be the first year the streets will be clear for the event. Eleven World Master sand sculptors from all over the globe and nine Cool California Carvers will descend upon SAND iego (the organizers’ new name for the event) to compete and manipulate 300 tons of sand into dozens of beautifully sculpted masterpieces. In addition to the sand sculpting challenges, there will be dozens of three-dimensional artisan booths, live entertainment, a dozen food trucks, Festival of Sail happening concurrently with the best view on the bay, sandboxes and rides for kids, and much more. A portion of the proceeds will go toward children’s arts education programs. For a full list of entertainment, participating sand sculptors, food trucks and activities, visit ussandsculpting.com. LOCAL FILMMAKING COUPLE SCREEN COSPLAY DREAMS 3D

Gulliver and Christine Parascandolo, two local filmmakers, will be screening “Cosplay Dreams 3D,” their new film that explores what goes on behind the scenes and the elaborate cos-

tumes every year at Comic-Con and other related events. The film, which recently won Best Documentary at the seventh annual 3D Film Festival, will be presented by Platt College at the Gaslamp Reading Cinema, located at 701 Fifth Ave., Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. The night will kick off at 6 p.m. with a red carpet event and pop culture show, with a Q&A with the filmmakers immediately following the film. Cosplay hobbyists and their unique stories will be profiled to reveal what it is like to transition between their costumed fantasy lives and their everyday lives. Cosplay Celebrities and other world famous Cosplay artists will also be highlighted. “As filmmakers, we were immediately captivated by the idea of Cosplay even though we had no idea how popular it was when we started,” said executive producer and San Carlos resident Christine Parascandolo in a press release. “Each Cosplayer in the film is like a living, walking sculpture. This combined with the amazing environments that these events took place in, it was a clear choice to us that there was no better medium than 3D to allow the audience to be fully immersed in the world of Cosplay. When you see this amazing art-form, on the big screen — in 3D — you can’t imagine seeing it any other way.” For more information follow them on Facebook, “CosplayDreams3D,” and watch the trailer here: bit.ly/1Fo04vj. ‘FREE TO BREATHE’ RAISES AWARENESS FOR LUNG CANCER

The annual Free to Breathe 5k run/walk takes place along the North Embarcadero’s Marina Park on Sunday, Aug. 9 stepping off at 7:45 a.m. This is the sixth annual event aimed at helping to “make surviving lung cancer the expectation, not the exception.” All proceeds from the event will go to Free to Breathe, a lung cancer advocacy and research organization. The organization has helped raise more than $12 million in recent years. San Diego’s 2014 5k raised over $37,000. This year’s chairs hope to top that number at $43,500. “Fundraising for lung cancer research can help families think of survival in terms of years, instead of months,” said San Diego volunteer event chair Jessica Evans in a press release.

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“By taking action in the Free to Breathe movement and fundraising, you’re bringing hope and empowerment to all those touched by the disease.” This family-friendly event will also include face painting, a onequarter mile Kid’s Dash and more. Fore more information or to see the various fundraising opportunities available even if you choose to not participate in the 5k, visit freetobreathe.org. FREE PARKING, CHARGING FOR EV THROUGH AUGUST

To commemorate its installation of 30 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its parking garage located at 707 Broadway, Downtown, Emmes Realty Services is offering free parking and charging to electric vehicles through Aug. 31. Emmes’ 707 location, situated near East Village, the Gaslamp Quarter and the B Street business corridor, offers the largest concentration of publicly available EV chargers in San Diego. The firm currently owns and operates four high-rise office buildings in the Downtown area. “At 707, we’re focusing on innovation and creating a smart workplace for the future,” said Jordan Johnson, vice president at Emmes. “With electric vehicles becoming more popular, we believe it is important to embrace this technology now ... the addition of the EV charging stations also ties in perfectly with our strong commitment to sustainability and providing our customers with the highest level of amenities available.” Those wishing to park and charge may do so by downloading the ChargePoint app and reserving a spot for up to two hours. “By 2020, 50 percent of the workforce will be in the millennial category and they expect amenities like EV charging stations from their employers,” Kris Michell, president and CEO, Downtown San Diego Partnership, said in the release. “Emmes’ charging stations are especially important because they are open to the public. So people who travel to our vibrant Downtown for work or play now have a place to charge their vehicle. It is exciting to have companies like Emmes help make our Downtown greener.” —Contact Morgan M. Hurley at morgan@sdcnn.comv

The merged tour company’s new team building staff hits the beach together. (Photo by Mel Epstein)

Two local tour companies merge Where You Want to Be + Out of the Ordinary = F.U.N. By Catherine Spearnak

If you didn’t know there were beautiful canyons with amazing hidden homes in local neighborhoods in and around Downtown, hook up with the husband and wife couple who operate Where You Want to Be Tours. The San Diego tour company known for its unique adventure tours, including a trip through Bankers Hill, where company owners Darlynne and Marc Menkin take you across two footbridges and lead you through canyons even long-time San Diegans have never seen. “We do a lot of hikes and bike tours for the corporate world, but we also get a lot of calls for family reunions, birthdays, or wedding parties. Just about anybody,” Darlynne said. Where You Want To Be Tours is an award-winning company originally launched in July 2003 that has become known for creating unique and out-of-the-box outdoor adventures for both corporate team-building and leisure markets. This spring, Where You Want to Be Tours merged with another major San Diego tour company, Out of the Ordinary, founded by Carrie Elwood. “It’s a wonderful marriage between two proven companies that have exceled in the corporate and leisure markets. The combination creates a powerhouse of fun adventures,” Elwood said. “Never in our wildest dreams did we fathom merging with another company,” Darlynne

said. “It just came out of the blue. It wasn’t anything we had on our radar.” Darlynne, a former reporter for San Diego TV Channels 5 and 6, said Elwood approached the couple about merging because she is getting ready to retire from her long-time stint as one of San Diego’s leading tour planners. “I did reach out to Marc and Darlynne due to their reputation in the industry and the fact that we were both active in the world of team building,” Elwood said. “It was important to me to work with someone who understood our business and what we were attempting to do for our clients.” Elwood said for now, both companies will remain separate but share clients. “I will be retiring, but for now I am actively involved and supporting Marc and Darlynne in any way I can,” she said. The benefits of the merge were the addition of events that the two companies complement in each other. Out of the Ordinary has always offered things such as outrigger canoe challenges, team sailing regattas, boat-building competitions and sand sculpting or beach Olympic events, while Where You Want to Be Tours has team-building scavenger hunts and secret biking and hiking tours around San Diego. “Both companies have highly recognized brands and a great reputation within the industry, so it only made sense for each company to retain their own unique style,” Darlynne said. “The expanded menu allows us to offer our clients so much more.” The team-building exercises the Menkins have always offered are used regularly by some of San see Tours, pg 15


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POLITICS

Congressional Watch

Atkins with Marine Cpl. Evander Deocariza (left) at Pride in July. (Office of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins)

Notes from Toni Toni G. Atkins

Taxing road wear

Our state highways and bridges and our local streets and roads are in serious disrepair and it’s impacting all of us, from how much we pay to maintain our cars and how much personal time we lose sitting in traffic, to how much our economy is losing every day to reduced productivity. More than 40 percent of all state highway lanes are considered to be in less than good condition, and 16 percent — about 8,000 miles worth — are severely distressed and in need of major rehabilitation. As our economy continues to improve, more people are on the move, meaning more cars are on the roads, resulting in more wearand-tear and more congestion. Peak-commute motorists in San Diego waste 75 hours a year sitting in traffic, according to a TomTom study reported by NBC San Diego. And all that extra exhaust worsens air quality, which makes us less healthy and hastens the climate change that we’re working so hard to fight. Fixing it all now would cost far more than $100 billion. The California Transportation Commission says the price tag will reach nearly $300 billion over the next 10 years. Everyone — Democrats and Republicans alike — agree we have a big problem. How has it gotten this way? Since the 1920s, we’ve mostly paid for transportation-system maintenance with taxes on gasoline. That used to work: People who used the road bought gas and paid for upkeep by paying federal and state taxes on a gallon of gas. The state taxes on gasoline that pay for transportation haven’t kept pace with inflation and because some are tied to the price of gasoline, they even went down this summer. As a result, projects up and down the state are at risk of delayed funding. Furthermore, a tax on gas is a dwindling resource, thanks to our efforts to fight climate change. Our vehicles are becoming increasingly fuel-efficient and we’re buying less gasoline. That means we’re collecting less in gas taxes, which means the state will have less and less money for the upkeep of our streets and highways. As a group, we won’t be driving less, so the need to maintain the infrastructure will increasingly outpace our ability to pay for it. The method we’re using to collect funds to rehabilitate our roads and highways can no longer keep up with the demand of our state’s

crumbling infrastructure. Instead, we need to modernize how we’re collecting transportation funding in order to fix this 21st century issue. The Legislature has convened a special session to tackle this problem. The task is to identify a logical source of funding for ongoing road and highway maintenance that is fair and sustainable. Everyone who drives a car will likely be asked to pay a little bit more, but it will be less than it costs to repair the damage done to our cars by our poor roadways. It will also be good for the economy, because companies and workers will be more productive, and every dollar invested in transportation infrastructure produces $5.20 in economic benefits, and every $1 billion that gets spent on transportation infrastructure leads to roughly 18,000 additional jobs. In more ways than one, fixing our roads and highways will help get San Diego and California moving. Around the District: After Pride did its part to fix the drought, I toweled off and was happy to be part of the — thankfully dry — ceremony to welcome Panama City as San Diego’s newest Sister City. While he was in San Diego, Mayor Jose Isabel Blandón invited Mayor Kevin Faulconer and me to Panama City in the spring to help Panamanians celebrate the expansion of the Panama Canal. That project is expected to dramatically increase economic development in Panama — and possibly San Diego, too, as more products make their way through the canal and north into our port ... Proud to have met Cpl. Evander Deocariza at our very rainy Pride. The young Marine carried the transgender flag for the military contingent and had just come out to his command that week. He told the Los Angeles Times he just wants to “set an example of what a transgender person can be like — a good Marine.” I was impressed with him and he is well on his way … Please mark Aug. 15 on your calendars. That’s when animal shelters in San Diego and throughout our county will host “Clear the Shelters” day, with waived and reduced fees to find as many homes as possible for dogs, cats and all shelter animals. Watch NBC San Diego’s Facebook page for more details. —Toni G. Atkins is the Speaker of the California State Assembly. For more information, please visit her website, asmdc.org/speaker where you can sign up for her e-newsletter or get the latest news on legislation and other activities. You also may follow her on Twitter, @toniatkins.v

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applications were ever denied. Issa’s investigations failed to uncover any wrongdoing whatsoever, and failed to prove any connection between the White House and the IRS in any kind of cover up or scheme to target By Andy Cohen conservative groups. Despite a complete lack of evidence, Issa pushes on, insisting there’s Welcome to the August 2015 edition of a scandal there. Somewhere. the San Diego Congressional Watch. First, a Issa may not have produced any results bit of housekeeping: Last month I noted that from the many investigations into the Rep. Juan Vargas (D-51) skipped high profile, Obama Administration he oversaw between contentious votes on trade adjustment assis2010, when he assumed the oversight chairtance (TAA) and trade promotion authority manship, and 2014, when his term on the (TPA), a policy that once passed, frees Presicommittee ended, but there is a bit of good dent Obama to complete negotiations on the news for Issa: His net worth grew to up to Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free-trade $768 million, making him the richest mempact between the United States and 11 other ber of Congress. Pacific Rim nations. Duncan Hunter (R-50) has placed sanctuAs you will recall from last month’s edition, ary cities squarely in his crosshairs. TPA finally passed through some legislaHunter has introduced his tive maneuvering and a whole lot of “Enforce the Law for Sanctucooperation between congressional ary Cities Act” in Congress, Republicans and Obama. legislation aimed at forcing Vargas, it turns out, was unlocal law enforcement agenable to participate in the vote, cies to check the immigraas he was attending his daughtion status of all suspects ter’s graduation. and witnesses and report “I remain firmly opposed them to federal immigration to Trade Promotion Authorofficials. The act would essenity (TPA). Unfortunately, I was tially make all local agencies forced to miss the TPA vote today extensions of Immigration and in order to attend my daughter’s Customs Enforcement. graduation ceremony, which Rep. Susan Davis, D-53 Officials at the local level was planned months in advance. 2700 Adams Ave. #102 — particularly law enforceFrom time to time my dual comSan Diego, CA 92116 ment officials — support mitment as a father and member Local: 619-280-5353 sanctuary cities because it alof Congress requires me to make Washington: 202-225-2040 lows them to more effectively hard choices.” house.gov/susandavis protect their cities. Witnesses He gets a pass on this one. to crimes are far less likely to And congratulations to the VarRep. Duncan Hunter, R-50 cooperate with police if they gas family! 1611 N. Magnolia Ave. #310 are concerned about local offiVargas added his name last El Cajon, CA 92019 cials inquiring about their immonth to the list of members of 619-448-5201 migration status, which will Congress opposed to the Iran 202-225-5672 make it all the more difficult nuke deal negotiated by the hunter.house.gov to solve even the most violent Obama administration and repof crimes. resentatives of England, France, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-49 Hunter’s legislation, which Germany, Russia, and China. 1800 Thibodo Road #310 would cut off federal funding “This deal is predicated on Vista, CA 92081 to all sanctuary cities, comes Iran’s compliance. In exchange 760-599-5000 in response to the shooting for phased and reversible sanc202-225-3906 death of Kathryn Steinle on tions relief — at approximately San Francisco’s Embarcadero $150 billion — the administration issa.house.gov last month at the hands of promised to cut off Iran’s path Rep. Scott Peters, D-52 a convicted felon, Francisco to a nuclear bomb. Instead, this Lopez-Sanchez, who had been agreement gives Iran a rapid pay- 4350 Executive Dr. #105 San Diego, CA 92122 deported several times. day while legitimizing its path to Susan Davis (D-53) annuclear-threshold status,” Vargas 858-455-5550 202-225-0508 nounced in July a $5.2 million wrote in an Op-Ed in the San scottpeters.house.gov federal grant from the DepartDiego Union Tribune, echoing ment of the Interior to expand the arguments of his Republican Rep. Juan Vargas, D-51 the Sweetwater desalination colleagues who almost uniformly 333 F St. #A facility. The grant will allow oppose any deal with Iran. the facility to increase its In early July, Congress passed Chula Vista, CA 91910 619-422-5963 production of potable water the “21st Century Cures Act,” 202-225-8045 from 3,600-acre-feet per year a bill aimed at increasing fundvargas.house.gov to 8,000-acre-feet per year. ing to the National Institutes of Scott Peters (D-52) took to Health for medical and scientific the House floor to oppose an research, which has been grossly attempt by conservatives in underfunded. According to an Congress to rewrite California’s water policy. NBC News report, current NIH funding is 20 The GOP-led bill, subsequently passed in percent below what it was in 2003. the House, seeks to provide more water to The bill passed with overwhelming bipartiagricultural interests in the Central Valley. san support, 344-77 in the House. Darrell Issa (R-49), was the lone ‘no’ vote among San Diego’s To do so, it calls on the construction of more dams and the release of more water from the five reps. Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The bill is considered good news for San “This bill does not make it rain — no Diego’s innovation economy. one can do that,” said Peters in a stateMeanwhile, Issa cannot seem to let his ment. “It simply undermines the state of crusade against the IRS go, insisting that the California’s water policies to move water targeting of Tea Party groups is still as ramaway from one set of communities and pant as ever. “This is becoming an old story,” into different ones.” Issa told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer, “and the Peters also pointed to the urgency of president … is actually trying to take back his words from 2013 when he admitted that it was maintaining adequate water supplies in non-agricultural areas to fight the ramillegal targeting. [Obama] wants to talk about pant wildfires that have plagued much how there is not enough money and blame a of the state in recent years, especially in law passed before he was born that served us Southern California. well, and from then until now, when it was “Two of the deadliest wildfires in Calisuddenly broken.” fornia history, the Witch and Cedar fires, As the chair of the House Oversight and occurred in San Diego and killed 17 people,” Government Reform Committee, Issa oversaw Peters noted. several investigations into the IRS’ alleged targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-ex—Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. empt status under the tax code. Although many Reach him at ac76@sbcglobal.net.v of the groups received extra scrutiny, scant few


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East Village Landmark Sign update The East Village Association (EVA) is still working to raise $500,000 by the end of the year in order to create and install a neighborhood landmark sign in East Village. The location has not yet been determined for the sign. Selbert Perkins Design, who was chosen from five different qualified sign vendors, will design the sign. Interested parties can donate online, by check or credit card. For inperson donations, ask for Trong Nguyen-Dinh at The District located at 1021 Market St. At press time, $117,000 had been raised. Visit eastvillagesandiego.com for more information and to donate.

Events Padres Saturdays

Saturdays, Aug. 8 and 22, 3 – 5 p.m. Bottega Americano hosts these tasting events before select Padres Saturday home games. There will be tastings from Bottega’s BBQ and beer and spirits. Game attendees can valet park at the restaurant for $7 and walk to the game (one block). Bottega Americano is located at 1195 Island Ave.

selections are: “Last Chance Harvey” on Aug. 10, “The Storm Makers” on Aug. 17, “The Heart of the Beholder” on Aug. 31, and “Art and Craft” on Aug. 31.

KAABOO Discovery Tour

Save the date for the EVA Un-Gala Awards

The East Village Association (EVA) will hold their Un-Gala Awards on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 5 – 9 p.m. at Quartyard located at 1102 Market St. EVA business members who would like to showcase their business or service at the event can donate a gift certificate or other item for a silent auction or raffle. A donation form can be found on eastvillagesandiego. com. More details to come.

Sunday, Aug. 9, 5 p.m. Four bands are competing for a chance to play the KAABOO festival in Del Mar next month. This event at Quartyard (1102 Market St.) will feature the bands: Grizzly Business, Jet West, KI, and Stranger Band. Tickets are $10. Doors open at 5 p.m. with music starting at 6 p.m. Visit kaaboodiscoverytour. com for more information.

Film Forums

Mondays, Aug. 10, 27, 24 and 31, 6:30 p.m. The San Diego Central Library (330 Park Blvd.) hosts these weekly film forums followed by group discussion. This month’s

San Diego Craft Beer Job Fair

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 4 – 7 p.m. Job seekers can register for free to attend this event at SILO in Makers Quarter (753 15th St.). Those interested in finding work in the local beer industry should bring printed resumes and be prepared to learn about full-time, part-time and internship positions. There will also be free resume reviews/critiques on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants and employers interested in the event can visit makersquarter.com for registration and more information.

Thursday Night Market

Thursday, Aug. 27, 6 – 10 p.m. This event on select Thursdays at Quartyard (1102 Market St.) features vendors, live music and more. It is free to all ages and dog friendly. Visit quartyardsd.com for details.


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Artist's rendering of an East Village Landmark Sign option. The neighborhood is still working to raise money for the cause.

Weichelt Walking Tour

Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. – noon Weichelt Real Estate Services offers a tour of the latest condos for sale and local amenities in the East Village area. Wear your walking shoes and meet at Dragon’s Den located at 315 10th Ave. Visit the calendar on eastvillagesandiego.com to register.

Community Meetings East Village Association board meeting

Thursday, Sept. 3, 5 p.m. (Note: There is no board meeting in August) Meetings are held at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law located at 1155 Island Ave. in room 219. The agenda for the next meeting has not been released yet. Visit eastvillagesandiego.com and click the calendar for updates.

East Village Residents Group (EVRG)

Are you interested in what new developments, businesses, parks, etc. are in the works throughout East Village? EVRG meets ever third Thursday of the month at East Village Community Church located at 1374 Island Ave. Many community leaders are featured speakers.v

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SINCLAIR As years passed, the old manufacturing and industrial businesses of Centre City East closed their doors and moved out of the area. Bob acquired much of the equipment from these businesses and that became Bob Sinclair’s eclectic collection. The Sinclair Collection, as it is referred, depicts the rich history of the East Village industrial era and is the largest collection of memorabilia of old East Village. Sinclair spent a lifetime collecting the most unusual items found in East Village. His collection ranges from the very simple — a San Diego manhole cover — to more complex items, such as a large, industrial motor which is on display on the corner of Park Boulevard and J Street. He even utilized his welding talents to craft a bouquet of flowers made from machinery cogs and gears. While the eclectic collection inside the building is not open to the public, many of the signs and some of the industrial equipment collected by Bob

Bob Sinclair seated in one of his original Pannikin Coffee houses; (top, right) another view of the Broom Works building; (below, right) various pieces of the "Sinclair Collection" (Photos courtesy Bob Feller) Sinclair can be seen by walking around The Broom Works building on J Street at 13th Street. In addition, a selection of Sinclair’s East Village artifacts have been incorporated into the lobby of Form 15 apartments on Market Street

at 15th Street. There have been recent suggestions to include samples of his eclectic collection throughout East Village to catalog the rich history of the East Village District when it was know as Centre City East. In the future, you may find items along the 14th Street Promenade that are unique to the neighborhood and have been preserved by Sinclair as a remembrance of the East Village of long ago. The preservation of the unique architecture found in East Village can also be attributed to Sinclair. He had a love for old, architecturally beautiful buildings. He purchased and renovated the old Wonder Bread building on 14 and L streets and the Pannikin building on G and Seventh streets. These buildings both add to the wonderful architectural landscape of Downtown’s East Village. In an effort to save the Rosario Hall building, Sinclair purchased it in 1999 and renovated it over a six-year period of time. He then moved the building to its current site on the corner of 13th and J streets in East Village in 2001, where it now houses the very popular

through lengthy red tape and the challenge of shutting down the trolley line and overhead power wires. Although Rosario Hall was a very difficult preservation project to complete, Bob said, “It fit my profile, I love fixing up old buildings and renting them out.” The preservation of the unique architecture in East Village and his eclectic collection are ways in which Bob Sinclair saved the heritage of East Village for future generations to appreciate. So who was Bob Sinclair? He was an East Village visionary! [Editor’s Note: Stay tuned; we plan to delve a little deeper into Sinclair’s life story for future issues.]

Mission Restaurant. To accomplish moving the Rosario Hall building from 12th Avenue and K Street — which no longer exists — to its current location, Sinclair had to work

— Joan Wojcik is the president of the East Village Residents Group. Learn more about the EVRG at or contact joan eastvillageresidentsgroup@ yahoo.com or visit evrgsd.org. Bob Keller contributed to this report.v

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

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by hit jazz artists to theater and concerts from renowned organizations including the The Old Globe and San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Jacobs Presents has something for everyone! Coming up: an evening of tango with TintoTango. Enjoy live music, learn tango moves and hit the dance floor on Aug. 22. Then, As part its commitment to creating a thriving on Oct. 2, join us for an evening of jazz with Arts and Culture District in southeastern San Di- Michelle Coltrane, daughter of the legendary ego’s diamond neighborhoods, the Jacobs Center John Coltrane. Experience these and other for Neighborhood Innovation is proud to anworld-class performances at our state-of-the nounce their 2015 – 2016 Jacobs Presents season. art venues only minutes from Downtown San From cultural celebrations to performances Diego. Learn more at JacobsPresents.com.


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‘Smart’ at the heart Downtown Partnership News Kris Michell It’s good to get an endorsement from people who have a reputation for greatness. National Geographic is one of the most highly respected publications and TV networks in the media industry, so it’s deeply satisfying to see their esteemed documentary series “World’s Smartest Cities” recognize San Diego. Only four cities were recognized as the smartest by National Geographic, and the hour-long documentary did a revelatory job showing off San Diego’s innovative core and forward-thinking spirit. San Diego made the cut above all other urban U.S. regions for reasons multi-fold and easily understood. Our diverse contributions to medicine, biotechnology, science, engineering and marketing are chronicled in convincing fashion. When the show is over, you understand why San Diego earned its “smart” spot — we are a great and growing city that attracts intelligent, progressive thinkers. Throughout the documentary, one thing in particular remained consistent — our Downtown; the Downtown Central Library, Petco Park and the Ballpark District, the Gaslamp

Quarter’s historic streets — San Diego’s Downtown appeared again and again. It’s a heart beating at the center of our magnificent city, as well as the heart of much of the innovation that’s taking place in the region. Decades ago, technology business was operated on the outskirts of town, in industrial parks and generic glass high-rises. Conversations were held in closed offices and cubicles. Long commutes ended in a vast sea of anonymous parking lots. Not so much anymore. Innovation today is returning to the urban center. It is happening in gritty recycled warehouses and new buildings that boast hip furniture, graffiti and decorative art, massage rooms, game rooms and even craft beer. Downtowns offer employees a proximity to engaging nightlife, trendy restaurants, luxury apartments — and other engaging, smart people. Urban centers, like our Downtown, are where the workforce of the future wants to be. And the move is underway now. In fact, world-renowned economist Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institute walked the streets of Downtown’s East Village neighborhood earlier this year to see firsthand the kind of paradigm-shift of activity that’s happening. Katz believes Downtown San Diego is among some of the world’s most acclaimed

cities — London, Berlin, Brooklyn, San Francisco — that demonstrate the distinct characteristics of a thriving “Innovation District.” According to Katz, the proximity between our schools, transit, development and human capital is creating the type of ecosystem that allows ideas to form, grow and thrive. It’s clear Katz has defined the zeitgeist of our times. He’s on to something, and he’s not alone. There are more than 70 digital technology and startup companies Downtown and more on the way. So with so much promising activity happening, how to do we continue to forge an innovation ecosystem? The first logical step is understanding why innovators and technology companies are choosing to be here in the first place. I asked two of our fastestgrowing digital tech companies recently and here’s what they had to say: Jarrod Russell, Underground Elephant: As a fast-growing marketing technology company, we’re about to embark on our fourth local office relocation since our founding in 2008. This time, our 100-person team is headed to the bustling East Village. It’s safe to say that the build out of our new space in the historic TR Produce building, right across from Petco Park, is as much about the Downtown San Diego community as it is about Underground Elephant. Jason see Smart, pg 18

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customized walking tours to secret areas, like the Bankers Hill tour and various other events. “Marc and Darlynne know San Diego so well,” said Janette Diego’s largest corporations. Lampe, corporate events man“Our company hired Where ager for Kaiser Permanente. “If You Want to Be Tours to orgayou give them your goals and nize a scavenger hunt for our objectives, they’ll work with you department,” said Tracey Wilfor creative solutions to fit your liams, principal tax analyst for specific needs. Participants have Sempra Energy. “We are always a blast. Regardless of your physilooking for new and exciting cal skill level, everyone particiteam-building events and found pates and learns along the way.” them to be the perfect company Lampe said that during to provide this. one planned outdoor activity “We spent two hours running for several hundred people, it around the city getting to know rained and they had to change plans quickly. “Working with Marc and Darlynne, we modified the plan, and moved it all indoors,” she said. “One ballroom had Frisbee golf set up inside the hotel. We had so much (l to r) Carrie Elwood, Marc Menkin and Darlynne Menkin fun!” “We’ve been celebrate their merger (Photo by Marty Nieves) doing this for quite the neighborhood and completing a while, so we have a lot of repeat customers,” Darlynne said. “It’s fun tasks as a group,” Williams all about interacting strategicontinued. “If any company is cally.” looking for a fun and exciting For more information, visit team-building event, I would Out of the Ordinary at groupadhighly recommend Where You Want To Be Tours. Our company ventures.com, or 858-487-3418, or the Menkins for Where You will definitely be using them Want to Be Tours at wheretours. again.” com and 619-917-6037. The team-building urban challenge scavenger hunts are —Catherine Spearnak is a just one of the more popular San Diego-based freelance writer. events the couple said they offer. She can be reached at catherine. They also organize biking tours spearnak1@gmail.com.v to “hidden San Diego gems,” and FROM PAGE 9

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Lucky Liu’s 332 J St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-255-5487 | luckyliuschinese.com Holding down the fort for Chinese-food lovers in Gaslamp, this cozy haunt serves a full menu of favorites spanning from BBQ spareribs to spring rolls and dim sum until late in the evening. The space is warm with wood accents and punchy pops of red, though many prefer to take their Chinese the classic American way: to-go. Located on J Street, Lucky Liu’s is nestled less than a block away from the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum in the Asian Pacific Thematic Historic District of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. The relaxed and elegant restaurant space accommodates guests in a unique, upscale setting. Lucky Liu’s offers classic comforting Chinese dishes, such as hand-made pork and shrimp dumplings, egg drop soup, lo mein, and special entrees from the chef’s grandma’s “secret menu.” It’s an enjoyable experience paired with serious flavor. Come get LUCKY with us!

Classic revivals Gaslamp Landmarks Jake Romero [Editor’s Note: Each month the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation (GQHF) will share with our readers information about the many historical buildings found in the Gaslamp Quarter.]

Backesto Block 1873

This structure is one of the finest Classical Revival buildings in the historic Gaslamp Quarter and one of the first to be restored. Designed by architects Burkett & Osgood and built by Dr. John Backesto who purchased the land for $300 in 1867, this structure fills an entire block in the heart of the historic district, along Fifth Avenue between Market and G streets. Originally, this building was designed as a single-story brick structure, with a two-story addition completed in 1879. It was during this time that the building’s most artful and successful architectural ele-

The Backesto Block at Market Street and Fifth Avenue (Courtesy GQHF) ments were added including a series of pediment windows running along Fifth Avenue and Market Street, elaborate cornice, skylights, special ventilation system, and iron columns fashioned at the San Diego Foundry. Building extensions were added in 1887 and 1888. Klauber and Levi, a pioneer grocer and general-merchandise firm, occupied the building from 1878 to 1886. Another notable tenant was the popular San Diego Hardware Company, which

opened in this location in 1892, staying until 1923. Today, the first floor houses numerous popular restaurants, while the upper floor is dedicated to office space. —Jake Romero is the operations and marketing manager of the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation, located at 410 Island Ave., Downtown, in the historic William Heath Davis House. For more information visit gaslampquarter.org.v


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The William Penn building has a storied history (Photo by David J. Leyton)

The 'ornament to San Diego' changes hands By Dave Schwab

The historic, mixed-use William Penn Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and F Street in the Gaslamp Quarter was sold recently for $10.2 million to an affiliate of Maxxam Enterprises, a Beverly Hills-based commercial property management firm. The sale was part of a 1031 exchange, which allows an investor to sell a property in order to reinvest the proceeds in a new property and to defer all capitalgain taxes. Completed in 1913 with extensive seismic retrofitting and renovations in 1999, William Penn consists of 18 residential units as well as 10,795 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. Located on 5,000 square feet of land in the center of the Gaslamp Quarter in Downtown San Diego, William Penn Building’s residential units feature nine-foot ceilings, accent walls, skylights, custom blinds, dishwashers and microwaves. Each unit is equipped with high-speed Internet access and cable. Most of the residential units (15 of 18) are furnished with premium-grade furniture. Maloney’s Tavern is the building’s anchor tenant. The building is designated as historical on the San Diego Register and the National Register of Historic Places. The recent transaction was brokered by Jim Neil, Eric Comer and Merrick Matricardi of the Commercial Broker Richard Ellis (CBRE) multifamily team that represented the seller, Penn LLC. Gregg Seaman of Viewpoint Equities was the managing member. Maxxam Enterprises represented themselves. “Due to the stunning architecture and its location in the heart of the Gaslamp address, the William Penn attracted over a dozen strong offers even with the corner retail vacant, which had previously been occupied by Starbucks,” said CBRE in a statement. “The residential units were 100 percent occupied at the time of sale. Maxxam came in with a strong and aggressive offer to get the deal done.” “The William Penn Build-

ing will continue to operate the building in its current form,” said the property’s manager, Gotham Management. The building has a long and storied history, having been owned — or leased — by some of San Diego’s more prominent citizens. The Penn Building started out as a hotel, which was part of Horton’s addition to the “new San Diego.” Five stories tall, with a deli and tailor shop on the ground floor, the building’s existing structure replaced a two-story office block, the “Young block,” in 1913. It was once owned by General William Starkey Rosecrans, who purchased it from A.E. Horton in 1867. Rosecrans was a Union commander during the Civil War, succeeded in his post by Ulysses S. Grant. From 1881 to 1885 Rosecrans also represented California in Congress. The Penn building was later sold to John Nelson Young in 1875, an undertaker and furniture dealer, who was County Coroner in 1872. The original William Penn Building was torn down in 1912 and rebuilt with the present, multi-story structure designed by German transplant Eugene M. Hoffman, who did a lot of work for the Spreckels family. At various times the pioneering Spreckels family owned all of North Island, the San DiegoCoronado Ferry System, UnionTribune Publishing Co., San Diego Electric Railway, San Diego & Arizona Railway and Belmont Park in Mission Beach. The Spreckels family also built several Downtown buildings including the Union Building in 1908, the Spreckels Theatre and office building, which opened in 1913, the San Diego Hotel and the Golden West Hotel. Spreckels employed thousands of people and, at one time, paid 10 percent of all the property taxes in San Diego County. The reconstituted William Penn Building cost more than $8,000 to build in 1913 dollars. When the building was see William Penn, pg 21


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ARTWALK as an artist is not an easy road. I’m grateful that I’m now able to make a living from my art and public speaking but I’m not rich. I’m a normal artist willing to spare the $5 coffee.” In 2009, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, a husband-and wife documentary director team sought her out through ARTS after seeing her cow in La Jolla’s Parade of Cows exhibit. Sensing an opportunity to help others better understand homelessness, Inocente granted the couple permission to film her. Cameras followed her for two years before releasing Shine Global’s “Inocente” on MTV. And despite winning an Academy Award, the documentary was criticized. “Because people thought it was too beautiful,” Inocente noted. “The story was sad but not as sad as people thought it should be. But it didn’t matter. The documentary gave me the ability to show the world the struggles of homelessness. Most people think of homelessness as a drug addict or an alcoholic man pushing a cart down the street collecting cans and it’s just not that way. Many people — families — are homeless because their parents can’t work. No kid should go hungry. No family should sleep in the park. Veterans who fought for their country are now living in the street. It’s all so unacceptable.” Despite her shy and unassuming demeanor, Inocente

Inocente was followed for two years by MTV cameras (Courtesy Olive Solutions) spoke easily — and passionately — about the film’s relevance in the face of homelessness, immigration and art in schools. “For the past three years, I’ve travelled cross country to screen the film at middle and high schools, student conferences, community centers and shelters because the topics are relevant. As long as homelessness exists, as long as kids don’t have a place to live or food even for a day, as long as we don’t have art in schools, as long as we don’t know how to treat immigrants, the documentary will always be relevant.” Inocente also stressed the importance of educators in the face of homeless children. “I recently painted a tree made of little dots for the National Education Association,” she continued. “I wrote ‘love grows here’ because school educators are so important in kids’ lives. Kids spend half their days at school surrounded by the people who influence them the most. We titled the piece ‘Op-

portunity Grows Here’ because school is an opportunity.” Inocente explained that without question, art steered her clear of drugs and alcohol. Peer pressure and her difficult life were simply channeled through more and more art. “Life at 15 sucked,” she said. “Being homeless and not having friends sucked. But it sucked for a reason. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t go through all of those sucky days.” Inocente now shares her one bedroom, Downtown apartment with her rescued rabbits Luna and Bun-Bun. Aspirations of college remain in the distant future, but only to study art history, convinced that no one can teach her the right or wrong way to paint. Gustav Klimt, an Austrian symbolist painter famous for his use of vibrant gold colors, remains a favorite inspiration. Today she and her family are legal U.S. citizens. “ArtWalk NTC at Liberty station celebrates artistry at its

finest,” added Sandi Cottrell, ArtWalk NTC’s Managing Director. “And what better homecoming for Inocente, San Diego’s resident success story, to celebrate her roots. We’re thrilled that Inocente took time from her busy schedule of crisscrossing the country for film screenings, public speaking and one-woman shows to paint, paint, paint enough pieces to exhibit her work at ArtWalk NTC.” “I’m confident with my calling as an artist,” Inocente concluded. “I realized in fifth grade that it didn’t matter if anyone thought I was good enough to be labeled the best artist among my peers, I felt good enough to be the best. I am and always will be positive about life. We were homeless yes, but I knew that other families were suffering worse. It didn’t make me happy knowing that others were suffering, it just made me realize how to appreciate the tiny little things. “I live very day like it’s a gift,” she said. “I don’t focus on mistakes or what happened yesterday. If I get stuck there, I’ll never move forward. And I can’t change the past. So there’s only one way to go.” ArtWalk NTC will be held Saturday, Aug. 15 and Sunday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., at Ingram Plaza, located at 2645 Historic Decatur Road, in Liberty Station. Admission is free. For more information, visit artwalksandiego.org/ntc. —Lucia Viti is a local freelance writer. Contact her at luciaviti@roadrunner.com.v

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Kulpa, our CEO, views this project as a way to embrace San Diego’s history while simultaneously investing in its future. It’s encouraging to know that amidst the groundswell of local innovation, we are definitely not alone in this effort. From lifechanging biotech to cutting-edge digital marketing software, San Diego is in the midst of actively reinventing itself. And as we all get better at sharing that message, we are crafting a must-read economic story that will attract the interest of founders and innovators across the country, and around the world. Stephan Goss, Zeeto Media: When choosing San Diego to start our business, we used an extremely complicated formula, [asking ourselves] “What city is sunny 365 days out of the year?” After four and a half years in Downtown, Zeeto has thrived. San Diego doesn’t just offer great weather, it offers a place millennials are attracted to and can afford. With the efforts of the Partnership, Downtown has become a work, play, live destination — a huge advantage when enticing tech talent to relocate to San Diego. Technology companies like Zeeto need this talent to thrive in today’s digital age. Underground Elephant and Zeeto Media are by no means alone and are harbingers of a rolling success story that shows the virtuous circle of one set of forward-thinking winners attracting more. Downtown’s success will be a mirror of the new American urban economic and lifestyle model, and, with experts’ opinions on our side, it will likely become the paragon example. We’re glad you’re here to join us on the journey. You can watch the San Diego episode of “World’s Smart Cities” here: tinyurl.com/p3jnpv3. —Kris Michell is the president and CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a nonprofit, member-based organization that serves as the leading advocate for the revitalization and economic health of Downtown. To learn more about the Downtown Partnership, visit downtownsandiego.org.v


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Give us a home! Civic Organist News Dr. Carol Williams In between learning new scores, rehearsing them, setting up the Spreckels organ for the next Sunday concert, dealing with visiting musicians and composing, I actually do find some time for a little life outside of music. I enjoy the companionship of my horses and dog. We had chickens for a while and it was nice having them wander around the yard, but I got tired of replacing them only to be providing feed for the coyotes. Anyway, the rooster was a real bugger; we didn’t get along. So, I’ve been thinking about geese. On our many trips to a feed store, while my hubby looks at new gadgets and various parts for the grove, tractor and other unnamable objects, I like to check on the baby livestock for sale. I walked toward the back on a recent trip, and there, parked in a corner, were two baby geese. I peered at them as they chirped rapidly, cowering in a corner of their container. How cute but frightened they were. I was fixated on these geese. So small and fragile — yes, I know what people say they grow into but I had set my heart on geese a while ago. So, I started singing to them. They quieted down and stared back at me. Ah, they needed a home, so at $5 a piece I adopted them, and one hour later they were occupying our empty chicken coop. Fully protected from predators, they soon had taken ownership of their coop and me! They follow me all around — me singing like the Pied Piper; they must think I’m their mother. Our dog, who is also a rescue, a stubborn but warmhearted Airedale, was not so sure about the new additions, “George and Mildred,” as they are now called. Dietrich Buxtehude Bell (a dog named after a famous organ composer, of course) is adapting. He is a bright boy. We make several visits a day to George and Mildred and at about six weeks old, they are familiar with us handling them and Dietrich coming into their large caged area. I have always loved animals and so has my husband. With my music I have done many ATTORNEYS

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charity concerts to raise money to help them. This started years ago in the U.K. As a child, I was bitten many times by dogs as I would wander right up to them and try to cuddle them. More often than not, I would receive the consequences of a startled dog. Our local police station was used to me turning up with stray dogs that I had found abandoned on the streets. I did not — and still don’t — understand why a minority of people can treat animals so badly. When I was living in the U.K., I started a series of concerts for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). They are similar to our Humane Society, and this theme has stayed with me and grown. As the civic organist, I started the “Bark in Balboa Park” fundraiser concert, which is now approaching its 10th year. All the proceeds from this concert go to the San Diego Humane Society. I have to thank the Spreckels Organ Society for supporting this event so wholeheartedly. A lot of musicians are devoted to their pets. I know one cathedral organist in the U.K. who has his large German shepherd parked in the organ loft while he rehearses. As a performing musician, I spend many hours at my craft and lose myself with sounds, but when I am with my animals, I am always in the moment. They teach us so much about life. All they want is food, shelter and love. They give us unconditional love in return, putting up with all our egos and moods and never criticizing. So, come to Balboa Park at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion on any Sunday afternoon with your animal companion and enjoy our great community. Give your pet a musical treat! —Civic Organist Carol Williams is proud to serve as an ambassador of San Diego’s arts and culture arena. Through her concert performances at home and abroad, Carol offers a fresh take on the classical organ concert. She is committed to illuminating San Diego’s colorful romance with the “King of Instruments,” always seeking to bring the organ to new audiences. For more information visit sosorgan.com.v ATTORNEYS

Kids in space

Youngsters attending Aerosummer classes at the Air & Space Museum are acquiring many facets of flight through fun, fantasy and fundamentals; and even mention of a dwarf planet named Pluto. “With our first and second graders, one of the children came with a lunch bag on which his mom had drawn Pluto,” said Shalene Baxter, a member of the education specialty team. “He showed it to the class and it started a full conversation about the space probe photos. I was a little surprised how into it this group was.” The five-week summer camp series ends Aug. 26 – 30 with Plane Fun. The classes serve children of all ages, up to the 12th grade. “We take the kids on a tour of the museum,” Baxter said. “[At first] if you were to ask a first or second grader if they were interested in the history of flight they wouldn’t know what you are talking about. But in walking through the museum they become interested in seeing what the early airplanes looked like.” The Museum offers a variety of half-day, week-long programs. These classes teach air and space history and science through hands-on activities such as designing and building model airplanes, launching model rockets and flying simulators. Registration began in March and classes were sold out before July. “It’s our step in teaching throughout the community to help put the U.S. back into first place for engineering and flight technology fields,” Baxter said. “That’s part of what we do here.” For more information, visit sandiegoairandspace.org/education/summer_camps.php.

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ence to sing as they played the famous Chinese song ‘Da Hai’ for an encore.” He said the musicians recognized early on that they were encountering China more deeply and intimately than any other youth orchestra ever could because of our sister city relationship with Yantai. Yin, the SDYS artistic administrator, was asked if there was something special about performing Gershwin, an iconic American piece, to a Chinese audience. “Yes, Gershwin was interesting because it is an iconic piece for a youth symphony,” he replied. “It feels very fitting because we are doing a cultural exchange. Also, as a person of Chinese descent, this piece brought together these two cultures for me personally.” “On our last day in Beijing, we visited students at Beijing Music Conservatory High School,” said Owen Cruise, an orchestra member. “Some of my favorite experiences with the students was experiencing the novelty of the traditional Chinese instruments and their amazing sounds. And their four hours of practice.” Elsewhere in the Park — We asked the marketing department if there was anyone at the Museum of Man who might discuss the reasons there are so many wars. I was informed there was no one there who was handling that topic. Probably the best reply. Closest to this is a limited engagement exhibit showing various ways to inflict pain. Instruments of Torture features implements cruelly engineered to inflict unbelievable pain and suffering. But these artifacts

also have a deeper significance in helping us understand who we are as human beings. These displays are in partnerships with the International Legal Studies Program at California Western School of Law, the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, and Survivors of Torture ... The Annenberg Foundation is helping San Diego Zoo Global work toward its goal of ending extinction and supporting the distribution of the San Diego Zoo Kids Network to children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses across the country. A recent grant of $200,000 from the Los Angeles-based organization will be divided between two projects: one that assists researchers in finding breeding alternatives for the northern white rhinoceros and one that delivers children’s educational programming, filled with animal interactions and animal stories, to promote the well-being of young patients … Lauren Fimbers Wood reports that the San Diego Museum of Art has put together its biggest exhibition in years — in both size and scope — which explores the social aspect of music and abstract representations of sound. “The Art of Music” opens Sept. 26 with works from Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, and more, alongside contemporary video, sound art and musical artifacts, including instruments from around the world, rock posters and an original Beethoven manuscript. —After an award-winning, 38-year sports-writing career with the San Diego Union and authoring three books, Johnny McDonald now considers writing a hobby. You can reach him at johnny23@cox.net.v

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“The San Diego Youth Symphony’s China Tour has been a resounding success beyond anything we imagined,” said Dalouge Smith, president and CEO of the SDYS. “Our musicians delivered the gift of their music and talents to over 5,000 people,” Smith said. “We thought they’d reached their pinnacle during the final Yantai concert when our own [Dr.] Sidney Yin performed with the orchestra and Music Director Jeff Edmons invited the audi-

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Financial planners Finding the right one Financial News Taylor Schulte Recent findings from Northwest Mutual showed a big disconnect between what Americans know they should do financially and what they end up doing. The study also showed that 58 percent believe their financial planning needs improvement, with a third admitting they have not taken any steps to plan for their financial future. While these results showcase an uptick in “non-planners,” the findings aren’t surprising. Regardless of income level or occupation, many people just don’t think about their finances the same way they consider other pieces of their lives — health, marriage, education, children, happiness etc. Ironically, financial health is intertwined with most of those core components and stages. In fact, when it comes to relationships, fights over money are among the biggest frictions in a marriage and top contributors to divorce. Similarly, financial well-being has been linked to overall health and well-being. So why aren’t more people PUZZLE SOLUTION FROM PG. 19

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creating a financial plan for success? A common reason I’ve seen in practice is not knowing where to start. And while some choose to tackle their finances on their own, taking on a financial planner may be a good avenue to explore. Below is my advice on why one would seek out a financial planner and how to find the right one.

Signs you may need a financial planner

You’re finally making money. Unlike taking your driver’s test at the ripe age of 16, there isn’t a predetermined date for taking on a financial planner. With that said, getting your first paycheck can and should trigger expense and savings discussions, especially when that paycheck begins to grow. And the earlier you start, the better chance of success. So, if you’re at a point when you’re bringing money in, it may be a good idea to put a plan in place to start accumulating wealth and planning for the future. Money in Motion. Some may realize the need for financial planning in the midst of a major life event, such as a marriage, a first (second, or third) child, looming retirement or a separation. Naturally, there are a lot of emotions to process, but it could also be a great time to assess your financial situation and put a plan in place. For instance, if you are getting married, consider how to best couple your finances, create a college fund or start investing. The more financially prepared you are for the journey ahead, the better the outcome. Dealing with Pesky Debt. It’s no surprise that most people come out of college or grad school with serious debt. In fact, as of January of this year student debt was at an-all-time high of $1.1 trillion, with nearly 20 percent of student borrowers being in default. Now we know not all debt is created equal and some may even be good for you. The key is to focus on the

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debt and fees you can control and minimize those expenses wherever possible. A financial planner can help identify opportunities to reduce expenses such as interest, so you have more money in your pocket to save and invest.

How do you find the right one?

As with any professional services you seek out in life, a lot of it boils down to trust and understanding. Do you trust this person to put you in the right position to succeed? Do you understand how he or she conducts business and receives compensation? Do you agree with his or her philosophy? And of course, can you see yourself working with that person and growing your financial wealth for years to come? A good way to start is looking at the professional designation. While there are plenty of great advisors that don’t have a professional designation, a respected and recognized credential, such as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP ) or a Certified Financial Accountant (CFA) can add another level of comfort. For instance, a CFP has completed extensive training in financial planning, estate planning, investment management, insurance, taxes and retirement planning. A CFA is also trained in financial planning, with a special emphasis on portfolio management and financial product analysis. Both adhere to the fiduciary standard, which is the highest level of ethical standards, which are, in my opinion, extremely vital. Another aspect to consider is compensation. The industry is changing fast and new compensation models mean more choices for consumers. Take a look at whether the potential planner takes commission when they buy or sell a financial product or is commission-free (or fee-only). The latter have chosen to not take commission and instead charges a flat, transparent fee. When starting the search, consider visiting websites that allow you to search for a professional based on credentials and compensation, such as letsmakeaplan.org, plannersearch.org or brightscope. com. Of course, your due diligence process can only take you so far. Often, trust and personality become the deciding factor. So take the time to meet with your potential planner and really get to know them. At the end of the day, financial well-being shouldn’t be painful; instead, similar to many other important parts of your life, creating a financial plan and accumulating wealth can be a pleasant and rewarding experience. —Taylor Schulte, CFP is the founder of Define Financial in Downtown San Diego. Schulte specializes in providing independent, objective, financial advice to individuals, families and businesses. He can be reached at 619-577-4002 or taylor@definefinancial.com.v

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Running into trouble Get Fit Scott Markey

Running has long been an important training device for enhancing general fitness and sporting performance. Jogging for fitness also has many devotees, but in my opinion and the opinion of sports medicine doctors, several proven tests have revealed that running and or jogging may not be the most effective way to maintain fitness and health. A superior alternative to running is “power walking,” and the arguments — convincing or not — are highly instructive and helpful. So let’s explore a few of the relevant issues in hopes of clarifying the situation. The medical profession has long been aware of the benefits of walking, and most readers will know that walking has, for some decades now, been recommended as one of the best preventatives and rehabilitation activities for certain forms of cardiovascular disease. While walking itself is very old, there is much that is new and exciting about our understanding of its value for health and sport. Walking vs. running It has long been thought that running is a natural bodily movement, and millions of joggers and runners around the world to this day still believe this. The truth is, however, that despite the vagueness of the term “natural,” the human body accommodates running much less naturally than it does walking. While walking, both feet are never off the ground simultaneously, and there is a doublesupport phase in which both feet are on the ground. The plain truth is that the human body is far better adapted to walking than it is to running. This is the major reason runners are so susceptible to injury and walkers are not. In walking, the stress exerted on the grounded leg is about one and a half times the walker’s bodyweight and quite evenly distributed across the joint complexes. In running, the stress factor is exerted unevenly upon the single leg, and is

three to six times the runner’s bodyweight! The stress to the ligaments, muscles, hip joints, knees, ankles and feet are catastrophic, especially when one considers the distance involved. It is now known that 25 percent of all knee injuries derived from running are due to the angular stresses on the knee joint, causing the painful condition we call bursitis. Both men and women, fitness athletes, bodybuilders, and most other competitive athletes are finding that the benefits of power walking far exceed those of running. Besides being virtually injuryfree, power walking is a more effective weight-reduction exercise, by inhibiting fat loss, without the loss of lean muscle tissue. On another level, walking or power walking induces the production of endorphins and norepinephrines in the brain, both of which contribute to a feeling of well-being and assist in stress reduction, and lower cortisol levels. Also, the increased oxygen supply to the brain during the walking activity improves concentration, memory and stimulates the clarity of thought. In summary, running is by its very nature a stressful activity; walking, or power walking is not. Best part of all is that you reap twice the benefits of running by simply walking or power walking. Walking improves cardiovascular functions, reduces fat and strengthens muscles and bones without adversely affecting them. Let’s not forget the added benefit of relieving stress and inducing moods of euphoria. I myself will admit to not doing enough walking, or cardio work of this fashion myself. Anyone that knows me will attest to that. I have really never needed to do it due to my metabolism. Much of the aforementioned above has changed that. Stay healthy, San Diego. —Scott Markey has over 25 years in the fitness and health industry. He has graced dozens of magazine covers and specializes in physique management, training and nutritional consultation. You can find him on Facebook or reach him at scottmarkey@yahoo.com.v

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WILLIAMPENN finished, it was referred to as an “ornament to San Diego.” Made of wood and brick, the exterior of the building had been finished in dark sandstone with light trimmings. Among the first renters in the building was Judge Moses A. Luce, another Civil War veteran who had fought at Gettysburg and Bull Run. He had been a law school classmate of President McKinley. The first floor of the newly reconstituted Penn building was divided into a grocery store on the southern half, and a dry goods and crockery store in the northern half. Residing in the building were numerous business professionals including attorneys, engineers, surveyors, real estate agents, physicians and a photography studio. There was also an independent meat market downstairs. The hotel’s entrance is in the center of the F Street side of the building. The deli is on the corner of Fifth Avenue and F Street. There are two stores on the Fifth Avenue side of the building, one vacant, one a tailor shop. The property’s broker, CBRE Group, Inc. is a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles. It is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2014 revenue). The company has more than 52,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 370 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. — Dave Schwab can be reached at dschwabie@journalist.com.v

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PARKING Stephanie Shooks, CivicSD’s program manager for ParkItDTSD, said the idea for the site came from a smartphone app developed by the Uptown Community Parking District (UCPD) called Park Hillcrest. Despite being less populated than Downtown, Hillcrest’s high visitor rate and proximity to Downtown and North Park make it a natural epicenter for Uptown’s parking challenges. The UCPD app tracks each metered spot in the neighborhood, as well as the Park Hillcrest Trolley, which ferries people around the neighborhood free of charge. “Using GPS technology, users can be in a store, a restaurant or at one of our parking facilities and see exactly where the trolley is on its route in order to hop on,” said Elizabeth Hannon, UCPD’s chief operating officer. “[Park Hillcrest] helps alleviate impacted parking conditions as users can park once — whether it is for work or play — and hop on board for free rides throughout the business district.” The Park Hillcrest app has evolved over several different phases, each adding additional functionality. The UCPD will soon launch a new streamlined service, Access Hillcrest, to provide additional parking information and services. With this model in mind, CivicSD sent out a request for proposal to produce an app that would include real-time parking information, searchable map functions and general information about the parking district. CivicSD received 14 proposals, but ultimately went with the Los Angeles-based Civic Research Group International (CRGI). “They have a proven track record merging technology with

The app shows drivers where their parking options are Downtown (Courtesy ParkItDTSD.com) the public sector,” Shook said. “We knew this app would be data heavy, especially if we wanted to include real-time data.” Although CivicSD had a previously established concept, CRGI founder and CEO Gregory C. Curtin said the Downtown app wasn’t modeled off any existing parking applications. He said its inception was more organic. “The real inspiration for ParkItDTSD was San Diego’s own desire to build a mobile and web foundation for creating a truly ‘connected’ Downtown — a ‘smart’ city that connects parking, transportation and getting around, events, local business, tourism, arts and culture, etc.,” Curtin said. The app now includes 75 percent of all Downtown lots and garages, according to Shook, including CivicSD’s two garages. Many ambitious improvements upon the framework of the app are on the way, too. The first update, expected next summer, is to show real-time garage capacity. That is, how full the garages are at any given time. CivicSD’s two garages already do this, Shook said, and now the nonprofit is working

with the other garages included in the app to help them install the same technology, which simply counts and reports cars coming and going from the garage. Synchronizing this large amount of data is no easy task though, said Curtin. “The various parking providers employ a wide range of disparate data and information systems to manage their parking facilities — these different systems don’t ‘talk’ to each other,” Curtin said. “To their credit, the various public and private providers involved in the ParkItDTSD implementation collaborated wonderfully and provided access to their data and information so that it could all be brought together.” Other updates to come in the future are more complex. Last year, San Diego replaced approximately 200 traditional, coin-operated parking meters Downtown with “smart meters.” The new, electronic meters allow drivers to pay with credit card, and, more importantly, they allow for remote monitoring. This makes meter parking more easily policed, but it also allows policymakers to gather

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data from the meters to study Downtown parking trends. Shook said she hopes to integrate this monitoring capability into the app, to show what metered spots are available. As smart meters are expected to become a more common sighting in San Diego, this would significantly increase the amount of parking spots available to the app’s users. Another interesting idea they are looking at — which would require much deeper integration with privately owned lots — is the creation of an online payment portal, where users can go to the site, find a spot, pay for it remotely through the website, and then drive there to park. This would also provide another route of self-supporting revenue for the site, Shook said. CivicSD also plans to launch a free trolley similar to the one in Hillcrest and monitor it in real time on the map feature as well. “The challenge of creating a real-time parking application is ensuring that it fits into this bigger mobility and connectivity picture, rather than serving simply as a standalone parking app that doesn’t connect to anything or further the city ‘experience,’” Curtis said. Important to the app’s basic functions and any tools embedded on top of that, Shook said, is the primary goal to serve a wide demographic: both residents and visitors to the Downtown neighborhoods. “Say if you live outside of Downtown, you may think there is no parking, so this will help demystify those reservations,” Shook said. “But also if you work, live or are familiar with Downtown, this may open up some new options for you too.” To use the website for yourself, visit ParkItDTSD.com to get started. —Contact Hutton Marshall at jhuttonmarshall@gmail.com.v

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DINING

An unlikely food and drink pairing at a rooftop restaurant (Photo by Evelyn Molina)

Hand-pick your fish at the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market before eating it at a nearby restaurant. (Courtesy J Public Relations)

Before balking at the price of Rooftop600 at Andaz’s new breakfast-brunch option, named “Dom and Donuts,” consider the bubbly involved and the accolades it has received. For $400, you get a bottle of Dom Perignon Vintage 2003 Champagne along with a gourmet donut (yes, singular) for each person in your party. They’re made by pastry chef Julee Franklin in various flavors such as orange-pistachio, cherry wine, maple bacon and more. The champagne, however, is the glitzier draw, having earned top ratings by Anthony Galloni, Wine Spectator, and Robert Parker, who describes it as “powerful Champagne with an extreme personality.” So coveted in Champagne circles, even empty bottles of the stuff are for sale on eBay. 600 F St., 619-849-1234.

Purchase a fresh catch from Tuna Harbor Dockside Market (598 Harbor Lane) and then bring it to Sally’s Seafood on the Water for dinner. Chefs at the bay front restaurant, located at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, will prepare the fish to your liking under a new program called Ocean 2 Table, which also allows guests to choose from a variety of sauces and side dishes. The custom cooking is available on Saturdays only. The fish must weight 5 pounds or less and brought to Sally’s by 2 p.m. for sameday consumption. Preparation cost is $2 per ounce. Reservations are required. One Market Place, 619-358-6740.

Technology and confections combine at the new iDessert by Jean-Philippe in Little Italy, where visitors select from a number of cakes, crusts, sauces, fruits and more on iPads for customizing their sweet creations. The colorful shop was launched recently by renowned pastry chef Jean-Philippe Maury, a native of southern France who hails from The Bellagio and ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. 1608 India St., Suite 104, 619-544-1033. The inaugural Fried Chicken Challenge presented by the Facebook group, Eating and Drinking in San Diego, has tapped into some Downtown-area talent for the event, which is scheduled for 6 p.m., Aug. 18, at Local Habit in Hillcrest. Among the chefs taking part are Rich Sweeney of Florent Restaurant & Lounge in the Gaslamp Quarter, Jason Gethin of Table No. 10 in East Village, and Jason McLeod of Ironside Fish & Oyster in Little Italy. Six competitors in total will square off as their chicken is evaluated on juiciness, crunchiness and overall taste. Tickets are $45 per person, which includes samples from each chef, along with a beer pairing to each, plus various side dishes. Due to limited seating, advanced reservations are recommended. 3827 Fifth Ave., 619-795-4770.

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Pastry expert Jenn Reinhart joins Bake Sale Bakery (Courtesy Wicked Creative)

The home-style Bake Sale Bakery in the East Village has hired Jenn Reinhart as its new head baker. A graduate of the San Diego Culinary Institute and former pastry chef for Waypoint Public in North Park, she will create and test new recipes and lead the bakery’s monthly Bake! classes. On the August calendar is “All Things Yeasted,” from 6 to 9 p.m., Aug. 19. The cost is $75. 815 F St., 619-515-2224.

Chef Kropczynski gives diners a taste of what he learned from Julia Child. (Courtesy J Public Relations) In celebration of the late Julia Child’s birthday on Aug. 15, the Grant Grill will present a rotating trio of tasting menus honoring the culinary legend, from Aug. 5 through 29. They feature dishes that Chef Mark Kropczynski cooked alongside Child in 2000 and 2002 at culinary events in San Francisco: local halibut with creamy polenta; grilled lamb tenderloin; and mango beignets, to name a few. The three-course meals are $82 per person. A portion of the proceeds from the dinners will benefit the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. 326 Broadway, 619-744-2077. Some of the vendors slated to take up initial residence at the upcoming Liberty Public Market in Point Loma include a couple of familiar names to the Downtown food scene. Already on board are The West Bean Coffee Roasters and Venissimo Cheese. The project, spearheaded by Coronado restaurateur David Spatafore of Bluebridge Hospitality, will spotlight 30-plus artisan vendors in a circa-1920 warehouse in Liberty Station. Others from the San Diego area include Wicked Maine Lobster seen at various farmers markets, Moo Time Creamery from Coronado, and Cane Patch Pies entering into its first brick-and-mortar location. The market is due to open in late October.

The Las Vegas-based event company, Motley Brews, is introducing to San Diego the Brew & Food Festival, from 2 to 6:30 p.m., August 29, at Downtown’s new Waterfront Park. The event will feature dozens of national brewers, as well as local favorites that include Stone Brewing Co., Modern Times Beer, Acoustic Ales and more. They’ll be joined by more than 20 “mad craft” chefs preparing beer-friendly cuisine. Among them are David Warner of Bottega Americano in the East Village and restaurateur Javier Plascencia, who recently opened Bracero in Little Italy. Music will be provided by a variety of bands and DJs. Tickets are $40 for general admission beginning at 3 p.m., and $50 for early entry at 2 p.m. They include beer tastings, although food must be purchased from the various chef stations. For more information, visit brewandfoodfest.com. —Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at fsabatini@san.rr.com.v


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A mermaid calls Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. If there comes an evening when you want to hop off the merry-go-round of fancy mac ‘n’ cheese, newfangled ramen and pork belly everything, go to Sirena Gourmet Latin Seafood Restaurant. Nearly the entire menu escapes such copycat fare, which spreads faster across the culinary landscape than the time it takes to consume another “renowned” crab cake. Even ubiquitous dishes like beet salad and ceviche send the palate down non-pedestrian roads, throughout South America in particular. The salad combines colorful varieties of the spicy root vegetable with nutty-tasting quinoa and juicy mandarins, resulting in a magical contrast of flavors and textures that calls for a moment of silence. In another medley, which unites wine-braised leeks, asparagus, carrots, baby corn, and Chinese eggplant, a comforting twist arises from the discrete additions of bulgur and pulverized macadamia nuts. You immediately begin to realize the pilot of this kitchen dares to be different. Chef Jaime Chavez, a native of Chile, cooked his way through Spain and Mexico, and taught at a culinary school in Tijuana before landing the executive chef position at Sirena, the Spanish word for “mermaid.” His knack for pairing unlikely ingredients together is especially evident in the ceviches he makes, some of which are

Sirena Gourmet Latin Seafood Restaurant

1901 Columbia St. (Little Italy) 619-564-8970 Prices: Appetizers, ceviches and raw bar items, $9 to $16; soups and salads, $8 to $12; entrees, $17 to $26 available only on Wednesdays from a special menu. From that list, we were wowed by his “berrygood” ceviche stocked with shrimp, scallops, crab, and yellowtail. The presence of smashed blackberries and fleshy pomegranate seeds broke the monotony of the citrus that pervades conventional recipes, offering brilliant spurts of sweetness and subtle crunchiness. His “veggieche” pushes the envelope further with turnips, rainbow carrots, jicama and avocado replacing seafood. Accented simply with cilantro and leche de tigre (the Peruvian term for lemon-lime marinade), we were no less awestruck by its defiance of tradition, which occurs in his other nouvelle ceviches such as salmon-horseradish, octopus-nectarine and beet-cured white fish. While my companion dabbled in Sirena’s succinct, global wine list — starting with a fairly crisp A to Z Pinot Gris from Oregon — I succumbed to my love of pineapple with a mimosa blending the fruit juice with Cava Brut Reserve. Why don’t more establishments offer this tropical solution to what is otherwise a worn-out cocktail? Skipping over oysters with

lemon curd and a few sushi rolls available from a raw bar fronting the brightly lit open kitchen, we proceeded to a Peruvian-inspired potato nosh known as “causa.” The chef presents the mashed potato cakes in an eye-popping trio, each flavored separately with pureed yellow chilies, arugula, and red beets. Their respective toppings featured crabmeat with red jalapenos; chicken with peppery huancaina (cheese) sauce; and marinated mushrooms with smoked red bell pepper puree. Compared to causa I’ve tried in other Latin restaurants, where the spuds were accented rather lightly with chili peppers or lemony tuna, this lineup scored much higher in terms of flavor and versatility. From a short list of entrees, my companion opted for the only vegetarian pick of barley risotto strewn with roasted tomatoes, arugula, green beans and peas. (We were told later that pretty much anything on the menu can be “veganized.”) The ingredients were tied together deftly by Parmesan cheese forming a sturdy, though non-goopy sauce. On the lip of the plate were beet ashes, which stirred up more curiosity than actual flavor. Beautifully braised scallops of varying sizes comprised my main course. The knockout ingredient, however, was coconutginger sauce dotting the plate. It’s among the chef’s craftiest inventions, a sauce that can lure mermaids from the sea or give rise to any number of desserts. Celery root chips and a medley of colored cauliflower mingled tastefully with the scallops,

although the purple cauliflower puree sitting beneath the bivalves had the texture of baby food, and became overkill to the set. I would have preferred the precious coconut sauce in its place. Other entrees include grilled octopus and root vegetables with black garlic emulsion; salmon with aji chili sauce and sweet potatoes; chicken and peas; New York steak with roasted Peruvian potatoes; and a daily pasta dish. For alternative starters, you’ll find jazzed-up fish tacos as well as house-made empanadas that change fillings every few days. Sirena’s chic atmosphere occupies a corner lot with groundlevel views of the Downtown skyline. Furnished with stylish brown-leather chairs and banquettes, it’s easy to hang out comfortably for a few hours before sliding into dessert, which also offers some matchless creations. On the “apple & caramel” plate, the fruit was played up with ginger, Greek yogurt and intense blackberry sorbet, along with super-buttery caramel cream and a tubular-shaped cracker. A tall wedge of whitechocolate mousse with wine

(left) Causa trio; (from top) braised scallops, beet salad, “Berrygood” ceviche (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.) gelee and dark-chocolate topping didn’t disappoint either. Sirena is raising the bar for modern-Latin cuisine by exposing us to a kind of fusion many of us may have never encountered. Hence, the adventure continues with multi-course meals Chavez will prepare in conjunction with acclaimed Latin chefs on the third Thursday of every month, beginning Aug. 20. Each dinner is priced at $70 (or $85 with wine pairings). For reservations and details, call or visit the restaurant. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. You can reach him at fsabatini@san.rr.com.v


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COMMUNITY VOICES

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Kid’s playground with rubber surfaces and view of Central Library (Photo by Delle Willett)

Fault Line Park Art on the Land Delle Willett Every Californian knows about the San Andreas Fault, but closer to home and not so well known is the Rose Canyon Fault, which makes a journey through La Jolla, Coronado, and Downtown San Diego, where, through the efforts of city planners, its path has turned into public parks. One such park is nearing completion in the East Village at the corner of Island Avenue and 14th Street — appropriately named “Fault Line Park.” “To say that designing a park on a fault zone was a challenge is not actually true; it was really more of an inspiration for design expression,”

said landscape architect Martin Poirier, FASLA of Spurlock Poirier, the park’s designers. The actual fault itself is expressed by the main pathway, which divided the park into two sections. The largest area is flat and undisturbed, as though nothing has happened on that land. The smaller area expresses what a place might look like after being slammed by a forcefully moving tectonic plate. Everything’s jumbled, there’s rolling topography, contorted paths, and no order. Situated on one of Downtown’s rare, doublewide superblocks (480 feet by 300 feet), the 1.5-acre park is bordered to the west and east by 14th and 15th streets, and Island Avenue and J Street to the north and south. A public/private partner-

ship between Civic San Diego and Pinnacle International Development of Vancouver, B.C., the park was jointly designed with an adjacent 45-story high-rise called Pinnacle Tower 1 — the first of two residential towers planned nearby — with an expected 956 units. The private outdoor spaces of Pinnacle Tower 1 were designed at the same time as the park, with a goal of integrating and making them appear as one, contiguous open space. When the project started 10 years ago, Spurlock Poirier held design charrettes with neighborhood residents to find out what they would like in the park. Even though the area’s demographics have changed over the years and the number of residents has grown, the new residents want similar things: a big, flexible open area for pick-up play, picnics, parties, inflatables, movies and more; basically children’s playgrounds and places for people to get outside to exercise. Most importantly, they wanted a public restroom. There’s a lot for a little kid to explore and enjoy. The playground area includes individualized play areas for children 2–5 and 5–12 years old with swings, spinners, chinning bars, and climbing structures, all with rubberized play surfaces. Other creative elements include sand, rock, grassy mounds and water play areas. “The idea was a path for little kids with a two-foot eye level, sunk inside a field of soft, grassy mounds, designed so it would be fun on three wheelers, scooters and strollers — an enjoyable circuitous path they could follow, jump off to roll in the grass, or gyrate on a spinner,” said Poirier, referring to the winding paths found in the park. “Just a fun path like the Yellow Brick Road.” On the northwest corner of the block, Texas-based Stella Public House and Halcyon Coffee share the 3,000-square-foot restaurant space, with a large patio overlooking the new

(top) Sphere with Pinnacle Tower in reflection; view of Fault Line Park from the tower (Photos by Delle Willett)

park, the Coronado Bridge and the Downtown Central Library. It’s also a great perch for watchful parents to keep an eye on their kids. Collaboratively designed by Perkins and Company, Architecture & Urban Planning of Vancouver and San Diego, and Spurlock Poirier, the café building and property is owned and maintained by the developer. “I’m really happy about the synergy of the café and the park,” Poirier said. “The café is going to thrive there because it’s a great setting and a lot of people can walk to it.” Two public restrooms are available to park visitors and café patrons, and are maintained by the restaurant lessee. This project had a “percentfor-the-arts” contribution from the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, which means that a percent of the construction cost would be used to commission an artist to create a work of art for the park. The Bay Area-based artist team, Living Lenses (Po Shu Wang and Louise Bertelsen), fascinated by the fault-line location, developed “Fault Whisper,” a multi-media interactive sculpture designed to engage public awareness of what “mother earth” is up to at the park site in real time. Two 6-foot polished mirror spherical sculptures are sited on opposite sides of the rupture/path. From the viewing cone of the west sphere, visitors can see the east sphere, which was center-framed at the time of

the sculptural installation. Over time, one will be able to see how much the land has slipped, by noticing how much the framing of east sphere is offset. Underneath a plaque in front of the west sphere is an accelerometer that goes into the fault rupture, 14 feet below. It gathers ground movements in real time and sends them to a control computer, where the data stream is processed into musical notes. An ongoing musical composition is output gently through sound holes inside the sphere’s viewing cone. A remote eavesdropping function is also available in the form of a QR code that can be scanned with a smartphone and opened to a page where one could click and eavesdrop on the earth at the park, anytime, anywhere. In addition, a variety of native and drought-tolerant trees, shrubs and succulents will provide shade, color and texture to the park. Three types of grass are used: on the large open area is Bull’s-eye Bermuda, the grassy mounds are fescue, and along the sidewalk, artificial; which, hopefully, dog owners will use instead of the play areas. Fault Line Park is scheduled to open in mid-August. —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


FESTIVAL

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Latin Food Fest to bring bold flavors to the Bay By Kai Oliver-Kurtin

The third annual Latin Food Fest is expected to draw more than 10,000 people to the Broadway Pier and beyond, Aug. 14 – 17. In partnership with the Port of San Diego, the festival includes a family-friendly bash, signature grand tasting event, a private spirits tasting and an exclusive six-course Cuban dinner party. The all-inclusive 21-and-up Grande Tasting on Saturday, Aug. 15 will be held from noon to 3 p.m. and feature wine and spirits from Argentina, California, Mexico and Spain; Latin food from the Caribbean, Central and South America, Mexico, Portugal and Spain; cooking demonstrations by acclaimed local chefs; and live music by Todo Mundo. According to Richie Matthews, the festival’s executive director, the 2015 festival will be featuring a robust amount of nonMexican fare. “Mexico still has a major presence with over 30 restaurants, wineries and spirits brands participating, but we worked hard to get the Caribbean, Spain, Central and South America represented,” Matthews said. Jaime Chavez, executive chef of Sirena Gourmet Latin Seafood Restaurant in Little Italy, will be one of the nearly 20 chefs participating in the festival. A native of Chile, Chavez has incorporated Chilean, Mexican and Peruvian flavors and dishes into the Sirena menu. He’s working with local fish purveyor Catalina Offshore Products to acquire some special seafood products for his Latin Food Fest debut. “Sirena’s specialty is ceviche — we do really unique ceviches,” Chavez said. “At the festival we will serve something really different and really fresh.” Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite dishes in various categories, and the winners are announced during the festival’s “Best of Fest” awards. They can also bid on items during a silent auction to benefit the YMCA of San Diego County. VIP ticketholders are granted early festival entry and will have access to an exclusive lounge. The 2014 Grande Tasting was held at the Embarcadero, but they have moved the event to the Broadway Pier this year to better showcase the port and surrounding tidelands. “And due to the overwhelming demand by our guests, we added an all-ages event called Family Fiesta,” Matthews said. During the Family Fiesta

(top) Chef Jaime Chavez of Sirena Gourmet Latin Seafood in Little Italy; chefs slice prosciutto from Italian hams in VIP area. (Courtesy Latin Food Fest) on Sunday, Aug. 16, from 1 – 6 p.m., guests can purchase Latin food, dance to live music, and get in the kitchen with celebrity chefs Ana Saldaña and Alejandra Schrader. Saldaña will demonstrate healthy dishes and Schrader will prepare Venezuelan arepas (flatbread). Children can get their hands dirty in the Kid’s Kitchen, have their face painted, and take a picture with the Jarritos Luchador wrestler. Unlike the Grande Tasting and Family Fiesta, the Spirits of the Americas on Aug. 14 and Havana Nights Supper Club on Aug. 17 are invitation-only events. “If you throw a dart at the calendar, you’ll be bound to hit a taco fest of some sort — and we are not that!” Matthews said. “Consumers want to see unique food of superb quality, and purveyors of amazing wines, spirits and artisan goods, and we deliver that.” Due to the festival’s great success in San Diego, an inaugural Los Angeles Latin Food Fest was held earlier this year, and the first New York City Latin Food Fest will be held this November. Francisco “Paco” Perez, owner of Mexican restaurants Aqui es Texcoco in Chula Vista, Los Angeles and Tijuana, Mexico, has participated in every San Diego Latin Food Fest, as well as the Los Angeles festival in March. His restaurants are known for their traditional Mexicanstyle lamb barbacoa — which

will be served during the Grande Tasting — and lamb broth. Perez said many people claim to dislike lamb because the first time they tried it, the meat was either too gamey, had too much fat, or wasn’t prepared well. “But when they try our recipe, they like lamb again,” he said. “This is something that happens a lot to us, and I love when we can change people’s mind about lamb.” General admission tickets for the Grande Tasting are $55, VIP tickets are $150 and a special designated driver ticket is $35. Adult tickets for the Family Fiesta are $20 for adults in advance, $30 at the door, children’s tickets are $5 advance or $10 at the door, and babies are free. VIP tickets, which offer unlimited food and drink, are also available for $150 in advance. Childcare for both Saturday and Sunday is available through YMCA Childcare Resource Service and a donation made online when tickets are purchased. The Broadway Pier is located at 1000 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown and parking is available at 900 W. Broadway. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit latinfoodfest.com. —Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a local freelance writer. She enjoys covering events, restaurant news, culture and entertainment. Contact her at kai. sdnews@gmail.com.v

FINAL 6 PERFORMANCES MUST CLOSE SUNDAY! CRITIC’S CHOICE

“Entertaining! A savvy, crackling production.” James Hebert, The San Diego Union-Tribune

“It had me smiling from start to finish!” Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

KISS ME, KATE Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter Book by Sam and Bella Spewack Choreography by Peggy Hickey Directed by Darko Tresnjak A co-production with Hartford Stage.

“Playfully mischievous! A rambunctious production masterminded by director Darko Tresnjak, with a magnificent score by Cole Porter.” Sylviane Gold, The New York Times The cast of Kiss Me, Kate. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

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DOWNTOWN CALENDAR

CALENDAR 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Visit dmtc.com. SUNDAY – AUG. 16

FRIDAY – AUG. 7

Sounds of Summer: Pop-up concert series brought to you by Downtown San Diego Partnership, US Grant, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Gig Town and Pacific Records. Noon – 2 p.m. For specific locations and performers, visit downtownsandiego.org. Friday Night Liberty: Large art walk on the first Friday of each month. Free open artist studios, galleries and performances. 5 – 8 p.m. NTC at Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Rd. Visit ntclibertystation.com. Exhibit: ‘Art Rocks the Boat: Part Two of Women’s Liberation Movement ’60s and ’70s’: Free admission to see this exhibit with wine and snacks served. 5 p.m. Runs through August. Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Liberty Station. Visit womensmuseumca.org. Summer Movies in the Park – ‘The Goonies’: This installment of the movie series features the 1980s cult classic about a group of misfits in search of a pirate’s ancient treasure. Free. 7 – 10 p.m. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, Marina. Visit summermoviesinthepark.com. SATURDAY – AUG. 8

‘Stretch Yourself’ yoga classes: A twice monthly yoga class and outdoor locations throughout Downtown. 9 a.m. The Headquarters, 789 W. Harbor Drive, Marina. Visit downtownsandiego.org.

SUNDAY – AUG. 9

‘Kiss Me, Kate’: Closing night for the romantic musical comedy featuring music and lyrics by Cole Porter. 8 p.m. Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets start $39. Visit theoldglobe.org or call 619-234-5623. MONDAY – AUG. 10

Film Forum: Free screening of “Last Chance Harvey” – a romantic comedy staring Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Kathy Baker. 6:30 p.m. Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit facebook.com/ freelibrarymovies. TUESDAY – AUG. 11

Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. Tonight — “Balboa Park Sunset.” 6 – 9 p.m. 21+ up. $45, all supplies included, registration is required. Bring your own wine / $15 corkage. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite 110. For more info, visit paintingandvino.com. Cheese 101: This class features seven different styles of cheese and teaches about how they’re made, the history

of cheese and, of course, some tasting analysis. $50 includes cheese and one glass or wine or beer. Additional wine and beer available at happy hour prices. The Cheese Store of San Diego, 1980 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. Visit thecheesestoresd.com. WEDNESDAY – AUG. 12

Summer Outdoor Movie Series: The Headquarters will feature several movies throughout the summer in their open-air courtyard. Tonight, “Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” Seating at 7:30 p.m., movie at 8 p.m. 789 W. Harbor Dr., Marina. Visit theheadquarters.com. Date Night at Croce’s: Every Wednesday get a shared appetizer, two entrees, a bottle of wine, Croce’s ambiance and live music for just $49. Tonight’s live music is Gio and Diamond, with salsa, samba, Latin jazz, bossa nova and more. 6 – 9:30 p.m. 2760 Fifth Ave. #100, Bankers Hill. Visit crocesparkwest.com. THURSDAY – AUG. 13

Midway’s Summer Movies in the Park: This installment of the movie series features the animated film “The Incredibles,” about a family of undercover superheroes. Free. 6 – 10 p.m. USS Midway Museum, 910 North Harbor Dr., Downtown. Visit summermoviesinthepark. com.

FRIDAY – AUG. 14

Live Music – Sue Palmer: Dine and drink to the sounds of the Queen of Boogie Woogie, with swing, blues, and R&B. 7 p.m. 2760 Fifth Ave. #100, Bankers Hill. Visit crocesparkwest.com. Sounds of Summer: Pop-up concert series brought to you by Downtown San Diego Partnership, US Grant, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Gig Town and Pacific Records. Noon – 2 p.m. For specific locations and performers, visit downtownsandiego.org. SATURDAY – AUG. 15

ArtWalk NTC at Liberty Station: The free two-day art celebration kicks off today with more than 175 artists on hand plus live music, interactive art for adults and kids, and food vendors. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; same hours on Sunday, Aug. 16. NTC Liberty Station at Ingram Plaza, 2645 Historic Decatur. Visit artwalksandiego.org. Food Truck Festival at Del Mar Races: More than 50 gourmet food trucks, from San Diego, Orange County and LA, will be on hand for the annual festival. Access included with paid track admission. Food items available from $4 – $8, craft beer also available. Noon – 6 p.m., Seaside concert area.

Art Rocks film screening of ‘Radical Harmonies’: Screening of a documentary by Dee Mosbacher on three decades of folk music aimed at lesbian audiences. $5 admission includes museum admission and a refreshment. 4 p.m. Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Liberty Station. Visit womensmuseumca.org. MONDAY – AUG. 17

Book club: Meet to discuss “The Lady in Gold” by Anne Marie O’Connor. (September’s selection is “Ruby” by Cynthia Bond) 7 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835C W. Harbor Dr., Seaport Village. Visit upstartcrowtrading.com. Film Forum: Free screening of “The Storm Makers” – a documentary about Cambodia’s human trafficking underworld. 6:30 p.m. Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit facebook.com/ freelibrarymovies. TUESDAY – AUG. 18

Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. Tonight – “Colorful Sea.” 6 – 9 p.m. 21+ up. $45, all supplies included, registration is required. Bring your own wine / $15 corkage. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite 110. For more info, visit paintingandvino. com. WEDNESDAY – AUG. 19

‘All Thing Yeasted’ baking class: Hands-on class on the basics of home bread making including secrets for pizza dough, flatbreads, donuts and more. $75. 6 – 9 p.m. Bake Sale, 815 F St., Downtown. Visit bakesalesd.com.

www.sdcnn.com sional media equipment. Limited to 20 people. 10 p.m. William Heath Davis House, 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit gaslampquarter.org. SUNDAY – AUG. 23

Eighth annual Bike the Bay: A 25-mile ride including trip over the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge and a loop on the Bayshore Bikeway. All levels of cyclists are welcome. After party will include a beer garden, entertainment and food trucks. First wave at 7 a.m., second at 8 a.m. starting at Embarcadero Marina Park South on Harbor Drive. Registration required. Visit bikethebay.net. MONDAY – AUG. 24

#Art4Alz: This unique fundraiser will include an art show, local musicians, live art by a graffiti artist and a team of stylists doing hair styling as an art exhibit. The fundraiser support Collaboration4Cure. 6:30 p.m. – midnight. A Robert Cromeans Salon, 105, 200 Harbor Dr., Downtown. Visit art4alzsandiego.com. Film Forum: Free screening of “Heart of the Beholder” – based on the true story of a family who owned the first VHS rental store in St. Louis and the challenges they faced when they refused to remove “The Last Temptation of Christ” from their offerings. 6:30 p.m. Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit facebook.com/freelibrarymovies. TUESDAY – AUG. 25

San Diego Craft Beer Job Fair: A job fair for those interested in working the local beer industry. Registration is free. 4 – 7 p.m. SILO in Makers Quarter, 753 15th St., East Village. Visit sdcraftbeerjobfair. eventbrite.com.

WEDNESDAY – AUG. 26

‘Violet’: Opening of this musical about a disfigured girl who learns the true meaning of beauty. Named as one of the top ten plays of 2014 by the New York Times. Runs through Sept. 13. 8 p.m. Lyceum Stage, San Diego Repertory Theater, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown. Visit sdrep.org.

Date Night at Croce’s: Every Wednesday get a shared appetizer, two entrees, a bottle of wine, Croce’s ambiance and live music for just $49. Tonight’s live music is Patrick Dowling, whose major influences are Ben Harper, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jack Johnson. 6 – 9:30 p.m. 2760 Fifth Ave. #100, Bankers Hill. Visit crocesparkwest.com.

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THURSDAY – AUG. 20

Sounds of Summer: Pop-up concert series brought to you by Downtown San Diego Partnership, US Grant, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Gig Town and Pacific Records. Noon – 2 p.m. For specific locations and performers, visit downtownsandiego.org. Live music – Pepper: The Del Mar Racetrack’s summer concert series will feature local reggae rock band Pepper after the final race of the day. Concert included with admission before the last race goes off, or $20. First post 4 p.m. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Visit dmtc.com. SATURDAY – AUG. 22

Paranormal Investigation: Once a month, these investigations visit the “most haunted house in the Gaslamp.” The tour lasts two hours and guests can bring cameras and video and digital recorders but no profes-

Thrive Thursdays – Ruby Rose: Parq Restaurant and Nightclub is launching this weekly event featuring EDM artists, along with pop acts, DJs and marquee performers. The first installment features Ruby Rose — Australian model, DJ, actress and more — as the headliner. $20. 10 p.m. Parq Restaurant and Nightclub, 615 Broadway, Gaslamp Quarter. Visit parqsd.com.

FRIDAY – AUG. 28

Sounds of Summer: Pop-up concert series brought to you by Downtown San Diego Partnership, US Grant, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Gig Town and Pacific Records. Noon – 2 p.m. For specific locations and performers, visit downtownsandiego.org.

Fest: More than 50 craft beers from San Diego breweries will be on hand during this special day at the Del Mar races. Admission included with track admission. Five 7-ounce tasters are $20; full-sized beers may also be purchased. A beach bag giveaway is also featured at the track this day: free with paid admission while supplies last. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Visit dmtc.com. SUNDAY – AUG. 30

Live music – Manny Cepeda: Cepeda performs with his salsa trio for an afternoon of dancing or listening. Noon – 4 p.m. The Headquarters, 789 West Harbor Drive, Marina. Visit downtownsandiego.org. MONDAY – AUG. 31

Film Forum: Free screening of “Art and Craft” – a documentary on prolific art forger Mark Landis. 6:30 p.m. Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit facebook.com/freelibrarymovies. TUESDAY – SEPT. 1

San Diego Shakespeare Society – Open Shakespeare Reading: “All’s Well That Ends Well.” Anyone can join in or just listen. Informal café-style seating. First Tuesday of the month, 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835C W. Harbor Dr., Seaport Village. Free. Visit upstartcrowtrading.com or call 619-3330141. WEDNESDAY – SEPT. 2

‘Come Jam With Us’ baking class: Hands-on class to make jams and chutneys from summer-ripe seasonal fruits. $75. 6 – 8:30 p.m. Bake Sale, 815 F St., Downtown. Visit bakesalesd.com.

THURSDAY – SEPT. 3

East Village Association Board meeting: All monthly board meetings are open to the public. 5 p.m. Room 219, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1155 Island Ave. Visit eastvillagesandiego.com.  

WEEKLY RECURRING EVENTS TUESDAY

Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change the first four Tuesdays of the month. Free for San Diego city and county residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. Visit balboapark.org/ visit/Tuesdays. Coronado Certified Farmers Market: 2:30 – 6 p.m. First and B streets at Coronado Ferry Landing. Visit welcometocoronado.com. Trivia: Bring a team or play alone. 7 – 9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. Visit 98bottlessd.com. WEDNESDAY

Comedy Open Mic: Upand-coming comics test their skills while patrons enjoy drink and appetizer specials and no cover. 8 p.m. American Comedy Company, 818 B Sixth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit americancomedyco.com.

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Horton Square Certified Market: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (March – Oct.) 225 Broadway near Broadway Circle, Downtown. Visit sdfarmbureau.org. Trivia Night: Bring a team or play alone. 7 – 9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. Visit 98bottlessd.com.

FRIDAY

Take a bite out of Downtown: Hosted by food tour service Bite San Diego, join fellow foodies and winos for a historical walking tour sampling some of Downtown’s finest restaurants. 21+. Noon Tickets are $45. Tours also on Saturday. Visit bitesandiego. com/index.php. Sights and Sips Sunset Cruise: Two-hour Hornblower cruise held on Friday and Saturday nights through October featuring live music, light hors d’oeuvres and dessert; boarding cocktail included with other drinks and specials available. $31.76 per person plus fees. Boards at 5:30, cruise from 6 – 8 p.m. Departs from Navy Pier, 970 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown. Visit hornblower.com.

SATURDAY

Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Over 100 booths at Date and India streets. Visit littleitalysd.com/mercato. The Gaslamp Architectural Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, William Heath Davis House Museum and more. 11 a.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visitgaslampquarter.org.

SUNDAY

Rooftop Flow: Dynamic yoga class by Yoga One. Hotel Solamar, 435 Sixth Ave., Downtown. 9 – 10 a.m. Visit yogaonesandiego.com. Walk-in eReader and device assistance: Free and open to the public. Bring your Android and iOS devices for hands-on learning. 2 – 4 p.m. Room 222, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit sandiegolibrary.org. Outdoor organ concert: The San Diego Organ Society presents a free organ concert. With over 4,500 pipes, this organ is one of the largest organs in the world with wonderful sound, playing classic and popular hits by Downtown News contributor Carol Williams. Enjoy free parking, lots of seating. Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion. 2 p.m. Visit balboapark.org.

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Sewing, hats and horses, oh my Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro Walk on the wild side

The American Sewing Guild burst on the scene July 16 – 20 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center. This national conference offered four days of workshops, seminars and lectures. Members and non-members could attend this annual conference. This actionpacked event was composed of people who find sewing a rewarding and creative activity. The classes help veteran sewers increase their skills and was a great introduction for sewers new to this industry. The event also included an exhibit hall with vendors demonstrating new supplies and the latest must have equipment for the sewer. Demos were going on the stage each day introducing the attendees to new skills and techniques. The American Sewing Guild presented a Fashion Show on July 18. Attendees, educators and exhibitors could each submit two garments for consideration. Because of the close proximity to the San Diego Zoo, the theme this year was “A Walk on the Wild Side, Let Your Creativity Roar.” This luncheon fashion show truly did “walk on the wild side.” Entries included historic and vintage costumes and designs that showed fabric manipulation. Awards that were given included first place to Katherine Kemper for a renaissance gown, second place went to Elizabeth Pirello for her prom dress and third place went to Kathryn King for her film dress. This cocktail dress was made with 35mm film and took a week to construct. Denzel Washington (in “Fallen”) can be seen on the bustier while Harrison Ford (in “Air Force One”) can be seen on the derriere. The American Sewing Guild

is a nonprofit organization for advancing sewing as an Art and Life Skill. There are chapters located in cities all across the country including neighborhood groups here in San Diego. They meet once a month to learn new skills, network and make community service sewing projects. For more information visit asg.org or sandiegoasg.org.

‘And away they go!’

The 76th opening day at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club kicked off the summer season on July 16. This is the place to be seen and stylish racegoers come for both the hats and horses — it’s the biggest fashion event of the year and aficionados came (l to r) Lena Evans (wearing Cavagnaro Couture Millinery), John Mutch and Suzanne “dressed to impress.” This Hyle enjoy the opening day festivities. (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro) year’s attendance reached at Exquisite Weddings Maga40,304. The picture-perfect totaling $1,300. This package zine and Krystel Tien, creative day tested the new dirt track, included a Harrah’s Resort director and stylist at Couture which recently replaced the poly Southern California Luxury Events and owner of Elle Bridal surface track. The results were Resort Escape with two-night Boutique. For tickets visit flawless. Jockey Jeff Bloom stay in a luxurious hotel suite, tinyurl.com/ojxrmra won the big race of the day, the meal credit and spa credit. Oceanside Stakes. The summer season runs Aug. 21 | Create Purpose: The Opening Day Hat Conthrough Sept. 7 and is dark on Fashion show from 5:30 – 9 test took place in the Plaza de Mondays (except Labor Day) p.m. at FLUXX Nightclub, Mexico with more then $5,000 and Tuesdays. Look for the 500 Fourth Ave., Downtown. in prizes. This was the 21st Bing Crosby Season (Part Two) This event will bring the best annual hat contest and had five opening Oct. 29 and running designers from Tijuana and categories. The winner of the through Nov. 29. There will be a 100 percent of ticket sales go Most Glamorous was Belinda Hollywood Fashion Contest with to support the development of Berry of Walnut Creek, Cali$3,000 in prizes. The categories abandoned children. For tickets fornia, who was also the grand will be Most Glamorous, Best visit tinyurl.com/na3hehd. prize-winner last year. Best Dressed Couple, and the Best —Diana Cavagnaro is an interRacing Theme went to Amber Celebrity Look-alike. For more nationally renowned couture milMaturime of Costa Mesa, Funinformation, visit dmtc.com. liner based in the historic Gaslamp niest/Most Outrageous went to Upcoming events Quarter. Learn more about our hat Tessa Robeson of Escondido, designer, teacher and blogger at Aug. 9 | Bride and the City: Best Fascinator went to Tanya DianaCavagnaro.comv San Diego bridal brunch and Shubin of Fountain Valley and fashion show at the W San Flowers/All Other Category Diego Hotel, located at 421 W. B went to Liliana Prieto of San St., Downtown, from 10 a.m. – 1 Diego. In addition to winning p.m. Guest speakers will be Jesfirst place, Prieto was awarded the Bing Crosby Grand Prize sica Jalowiec, project manager

For live music listings Downtown, visit Facebook.com/ DowntownSanDiegoLive. —Please send items for inclusion to editor Morgan M. Hurley at morgan@sdcnn.com.v

Opening Day Hat Contest winners: (l to r) Amber Maturime, “Best Racing”; Tessa Robeson, “Funniest”; Liliana Prieto, “Bing Crosby Grand Prize”; Tanya Shubin, “Best Fascinator”; and Belinda Berry, “Most Glamorous” (Photo by Tony Amat)


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