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Columbia • Core/Civic • Cortez Hill • East Village • Gaslamp/Horton Plaza • Little Italy • Marina

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An electricquette parade makes its way across the Cabrillo Bridge in 1915. (Courtesy David Marshall Collection); (inset) one of the electricquettes you can drive today (Photo by Kim Keeline)


BACK TO THE FUTURE Balboa Park brings back a historical ‘movement’ By Alex Owens Everything old ends up new again. It’s an old saying, but one with new meaning in Balboa Park, where a mode of transportation used in the park’s early years is making a comeback. It’s called the “electricquette,” and it’s basically a

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battery-powered cart that looks a little like a wicker sled. They were a popular form of transportation during the 1915 – 17 Panama-California Exposition that put Balboa Park and San Diego on the map. As times changed, however, the electricquettes faded away, making room for faster, more “high-tech” methods, like cars, trolleys, skateboards, bikes and roller blades to become the more popular transportation choices within the park. But the electricquettes were not forgotten, thanks

see Electricquettes, pg 4

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Many critics claim that “Gypsy, a Musical Fable,” the 1959 Broadway musical loosely based on Gypsy Rose Lee’s memoirs, is the perfect musical to emerge from the last half of the 20th century. It has a book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and music by Jule Styne. Readers may judge for themselves through Sept. 4 at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town as performed by a company of 25 and a band of six, including conductor/

(l to r) Linda Libby as Rose, Manny Fernandes, and Allison Spratt Pearce in "Gypsy, a Musical Fable" at Cygnet (Photo by Ken Jacques) keyboard Terry O’Donnell. Several things are evident: “Gypsy” has an iconic role in Gypsy Rose Lee’s mother, Rose (originally played by Ethel Merman); it contains a poignant, unrequited love story; it has a dandy musical

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see Rose, pg 20

Other than starting with the letter “o,” orchids and onions, of course, are plants that are polar opposites. Adorned by their sweet fragrance, orchids boast widespread, flowering plants. Onions, by contrast, are plain in appearance and offer a pungent taste and smell. This juxtaposition has been the focal point of the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s (SDAF) Orchids and Onions juried awards program since its inception in 1976. Architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation and interior design work considered as “orchids,” are praised for eye-catching considerations, while “onion” designees are oftentimes skewered as missed opportunities.

Fast-forward four decades and, as the saying goes, the rest is history. “It has evolved over time,” said Perriann Hodges, SDAF director and a staffer with Studio E Architects. “It’s been a great platform for public awareness and participation. This is a way for the public to have a say beyond community planning meetings.” While the San Diego chapter of the American Institute of Architects kicked off Orchids and Onions 40 years ago, they dropped oversight after the 2002 competition. After a period of dormancy from 2003 – 2005, the SDAF revived the program a decade ago. Much like a hearty perennial that comes back year after year, the Orchids and Onions program has gotten better with age, said Lauren Kim, who has co-chaired a committee tasked with organizing the logistics of the event. In a typical year, SDAF receives around 100 nominees. This year, more than 130 submissions

see Orchids, pg 3


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(l to r) Philip Auchettl, David Loewenstein and Yolanda Campbell accept an Orchid for Quartyard in 2015. (Photo by Tim Hardy)



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Ten on Columbia, a current nominee for an Orchid in architecture. (Submitted by nominator) • U.S. Grant Hotel (1986) — historic preservation • City Front Terrace (1992) — graphics and signage • Children’s Museum (1994) — interior design • Petco Park (2006) — people’s choice • Craft & Commerce (2011) — grand orchid Onions also have made their way into the Downtown skyline, including an award in the program’s inaugural year: • California 1st Bank’s Main Office Tower (1976) • San Diego County Annex Building (1980) • Vantage Point (2009) • Cruise Terminal and Utilities at Broadway Pier (2010) • Proposed Charger Stadium (2010) Nominees for 2016 are all already available for review on the website. For more details on the Orchids and Onions program, visit —Dave Fidlin is a freelance journalist with a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.fidlin@thinkpost. net.v

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notable orchid and onion awardees over the years, Hodges and Kim were flooded with some of the orchids, including the remaking of Gaslamp Quarter and Horton Plaza’s development. In unison, Hodges and Kim pinpointed a standout onion. In 2010, the proposed Charger stadium Downtown received the people’s choice award for that category as criticisms emerged in a hot debate that continues to this day. “There was a statement made at that time that people didn’t want tax money used for a new Charger stadium,” Hodges said. The Charger nomination is no longer eligible as rules have been tweaked within the past few years. Nominations for unbuilt projects are no longer accepted. Although Orchids and Onions awards have been handed out for architecture, landscapes and interior designs across San Diego County, projects in Downtown San Diego have been well represented over the years. In years past, Downtown projects receiving an orchid have included: • Gaslamp Quarter (1981) — general • Horton Plaza (1985) — architecture and urban planning


have funneled into the organization. “[Orchids and Onions] has provided for some interesting conversations about planning and architecture over the years,” Kim said. “This is the kind of platform that gives people the complete freedom to say whatever they want.” While free speech is welcome, organizers have long put parameters around what makes for acceptable commentary. Off-handed, one-liner statements on why a particular project is worthy of an orchid or onion award will be weeded out — no pun intended — while well-crafted responses with valid arguments tend to wind up in the hands of the jury. Nominations for this year’s awards program closed recently, but the public can weigh in on submissions during the upcoming people’s choice awards, which will allow votes to be cast online from Sept. 1 – 15. After public commentary is aired, nominees will go before the jurors for further deliberation and consideration in advance of the Oct. 13 awards ceremony that includes a reception at Horton Plaza Park and the ceremony at the Spreckels Theatre. From the onset, the jurors designating orchids and onions have come from diverse backgrounds — from creative-minded persons in the art space to nuts-and-bolts engineers and architects. Kim said the cross-section of viewpoints have yielded some interesting and surprising awards over the years. In a twist this year, SDAF is bringing onboard a student juror who will add a youth-filled perspective to the mix of decision-makers. Nolan Delgado joined the panel through SDAF’s participation in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentors program. “This is a new opportunity for us and Nolan’s opinion will matter just as much as anyone else’s,” Kim said. “He will be considered a peer.” The other nine jurors this year include Darren Bradley of Darren Bradley Photography; Kristi Byers of Kristi Byers Architect APC; Ben Dalton of Miller Hull; Nathan Elliott of the Office of James Burnett; and Marvin Malecha of NewSchool of Architecture + Design. Rounding out this year’s juror panel are participants David Marshall of Heritage Architecture; Susanna Samaniego of 4 Corners International Design Concepts; Carmen Vann of Turner Construction Company; and Laura Warner of City Works. When asked about some of the

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The new electricquettes can hold up to 500 pounds and are allowed on the sidewalks alongside The Prado and near the entrance to the Botanical Garden. (Photo by Kim Keeline); a postcard from 1915 (Courtesy John Earl Collection, Panama-California Exposition Digital Archive)


ELECTRICQUETTES to numerous photos in the San Diego History Museum. Which is why a few history-appreciating San Diegans decided back in 2012 to bring them back. Mike Kelly, president of The Committee of One Hundred, was one of those people. During initial planning for the park’s centennial

celebration, Kelly said that he and Welton Jones, another C100 board member, met with developer Sandor “Sandy” Shapery about a special project for Balboa Park. “That one didn’t pan out, but we brought up the possibility of resurrecting the electriquettes, which were a unique highlight of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition,” Kelly said. “Fairgoers had their photos taken in electriquettes, feeding pigeons perched on their shoulders and

sitting on their heads.” Kelly said Shapery “loved the idea” and got to work to make it happen. “[Shapery] brought in David Marshall of Heritage Architecture to research the originals and build a prototype,” said Kim Keeline, general manager of the Electriquette Motor Cart Company That prototype led to three, which were each displayed in a different locale, such as the History Museum, the Automo-

tive Museum and Lindbergh Field. Now the fleet is up to 24 and more than 2,000 people have rented the throwback carts since debuting this spring, from a kiosk near the Reuben H. Fleet Space Center. Now the Electricquette Motor Cart Company is hosting a grand opening Aug. 14, with special extended hours (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.), people dressed in outfits similar to those worn back in the “teens,” as well as prizes and other giveaways. The electricquette can hold two adults and two children or up to 500 pounds. The price of riding a piece of history? Just $15 for 30 minutes, $25 for the first hour and $10 per hour after that.

Before you plan a race with your friends, you should take note: The electricquettes only go 3.5 miles per al hour and are only allowed on the sidewalk from the fountain near the R.H. Fleet Space Center down Pan to the Plaza de Panama and over near the entrance to the Botanical Garden. Also, they aren’t rep 100 percent replicas of the carts that were used last century. “We tried to keep it as authentic as possible, but these electricquettes have storage nets and cup holders,” she said. “And the battery technology is better. These can go all day on a single charge.” The electricquettes also have an advantage that no one could have known when the plan to bring them back was initiated. “They’re really good for Pokemon Go,” Keeline said, laughing. “At 3.5 mph, they are fast enough to chase the characters.” For more information on the electricquettes and the Aug. 14 grand opening launch of the fleet, check out wickercarts. com, call 619-832-CART (2278) or email —Alex Owens is a San Diegobased freelance writer. He can be reached at


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Save Starlight, a nonprofit community initiative, will host a cleanup event Aug. 13 at the abandoned Starlight Bowl openair amphitheater in Balboa Park. The cleanup kicks off the nonprofit’s campaign to preserve and revitalize the Starlight Bowl. Their mission is to revive the amphitheater as a viable community venue to host a new generation of inclusive and varied performances that reflect San Diego’s creative communities and culture. District 3 Councilmember Todd Gloria will join the cleanup from 9 a.m. — noon. “I am happy to see Save Starlight bringing the community together in this grassroots campaign to clean up the Starlight Bowl,” Gloria said in a news release. “They have a strong passion for this historic space and I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves on Aug. 13 to show my support.” Also, the campaign will film the event to create a fundraising campaign video. Snacks will be provided for volunteers and musical accompaniment will enliven the bowl. For more information, contact or call 619-252-1744 or visit 


Punch Bowl Social, an “entertainment” company based in Denver, Colorado, will soon be joining the Makers Quarter development project in East Village. The hospitality group plans to transform San Diego’s landmark 1920s boxing venue, the Coliseum Federal Athletic Club, located at 1485 E St. In its heyday, the club was one of three major boxing marquees in Southern California.  “When we opened our first Punch Bowl Social in Denver in a former brick warehouse, in a then-unpopular part of town, we realized what a positive impact we could have on the community around us and also in preserving and giving new life to the building itself,” said Robert Thompson, founder and CEO of Punch Bowl Social, in a statement. “When we saw the Coliseum, we just knew that was the place. The opportunity to open a Punch Bowl Social within Makers Quarter in downtown San Diego, and especially in the historic Coliseum, couldn’t be a more perfect fit for us,” he said. Punch Bowl Social bring classic games and entertainment (think pinball, skeeball, shuffleboard, vintage video games, ping pong, etc.), a Southern-influenced scratch kitchen and crafted beverages together under one roof, in an environment that is playful, unexpected and surprisingly intimate. The project will sprawl over 20,000 square feet and is expected to be complete by the third quarter of 2017. Makers Quarter is developing, restoring and transforming the buildings on Downtown city blocks between Broadway and G Street, as well as 14th and 17th

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Letters New park has no local focus

I can honestly say that I’m a bit disappointed by the long-awaited opening of the new public park fronting Horton Plaza Downtown. Not that it isn’t aesthetic and utilitarian … and don’t get me wrong, as a coffee lover, I really like Starbucks; but there’s a Starbucks on virtually every block already — everywhere. I especially like the way that the new green build at the airport and the continuing commercialization of Petco Park have focused on promoting local companies — the Phil’s barbecues and Stone Breweries of the world — businesses that are quintessentially, San Diego. Couldn’t Horton Plaza Park have picked a nice local mom-and-pop coffee shop to feature, rather than going with the international corporate giant? Wouldn’t that have promoted “San Diego” better — and more honestly? They didn’t do that at Horton and I wonder why, though I think I probably know the answer ($).

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If you can read this, thank a teacher By Rep. Susan A. Davis Ask any teacher and they will tell you it takes strength and perseverance to lead a classroom. Grading papers, inspiring students, calling parents, and moving from one subject or class to another, are some of the tireless activities we think of that teachers toil away at throughout their long working days. This is the image many of us have of our best teachers — individuals whose persistence would stop at nothing to deliver us an excellent education. Yet, the required attributes of a great teacherleader go well beyond relentlessness. The attributes of a great teacher-leader require analytical and social skills that are on par, and in some cases beyond, what it takes to be a great doctor or lawyer. It requires an incredible intelligence of people, individually and within groups. Unfortunately, the widespread perception of teachers often falls short of the truth. Our typically limited image of what a teacher does comes from many places. It originates when we’re children and on the receiving end of lessons that seamlessly fit into our schedule, one after another. Unbeknownst to us is the intense research, planning, and experimenting that goes into each day. Afterwards, teachers evaluate the days’ wins and losses and confer with colleagues on strategies moving forward. Then they perfect their next lesson plan by using the day’s data so they can meet students where they are. They will reexamine the next day’s content and break it apart, piece-by-piece, like an engineer might do with a computer. The teacher must understand a concept from all of its angles so they can help a student do the same. Our shorted image of teachers may also come from how much they are paid. A recent study from the Brookings Institution reported that teachers in the U.S. are paid lower than in other industrialized nations. The average teacher salary in the United States was $56,310 in 2014. I was proud to vote for the Every Student Succeeds Act that will replace No Child Left Behind beginning in the 2017 – 18 school year. It provides more flexibility for teachers whose credibility and ability should be held in high regard. Instead of bringing down the hammer on teachers when students don’t perform to expectations, we should offer a supportive hand. Lifting up the teaching profession will provide us the best return on investment

for raising academic achievement, especially for students of color and in low-income communities. Students in low-income schools often receive the most inexperienced teachers and this is a major factor in the opportunity gap that exists today. A recent study from Harvard showed that replacing the lowest performing teacher with an average teacher could improve a student’s lifetime earnings by $250,000. The performance of a teacher is often cited as the most important factor in the achievement of a student. Yet again our focus should be on improving the performance of all teachers. That is why I am proud to announce myself as an official champion of the Teach Strong campaign. More than 60 diverse education organizations are stakeholders in the Teach Strong campaign that seeks to make modernizing and elevating the teaching profession the number one education issue in the next few years. Teach Strong Champions are elected officials and other public figures that stand by the nine Teach Strong Principles. These include diversifying the teacher force and increasing compensation to attract and reward teacher professionals. All nine principles can be viewed at We also believe in reimagining the profession so teachers are given increased autonomy in structured and rewarding ways. This may include leading federal, state and local policy initiatives, building curriculum for the district, or advancing ideas of their own. We must expand federal programs such as Teach To Lead that provide grants directly to teachers so they can execute projects to advance student growth as they see fit. By elevating the teaching profession, we will drive more highly-qualified college graduates to pursue a role that is both highly intellectual and tremendously prestigious. More and more millennials have skirted the idea in recent years, leading to drops in enrollment at teacher colleges across California. But most important, we must bring our attention to teachers because they are our nation’s builders. They have always deserved our respect and now we must fully act on it. —Rep. Susan A. Davis represents Congressional District 53, which includes including the San Diego communities of Old Town, Kensington, Mission Hills, University Heights, Hillcrest Bankers Hill, North Park, South Park, Talmadge and Normal Heights, as well as La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley and parts of El Cajon and Chula Vista.v

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Questioning solutions

[Ref: Guest Editorial: Solving the cycle of homelessness,” Vol. 17, Issue 7, or online at]

While most of what you say is true, we have overlooked the solution staring us right in the (faith). The number of churches, church properties, and people willing to help. We could end homelessness basically right now. Lets ask the churches to do something besides pass the collection plate. —K. Awrey, via I agree with 95 percent of what Deacon Jim Vargas, CEO of Father Joe’s Villages, had to say in his guest editorial in the July edition, except for a few parts of his visions. To make begging no longer occur, the poor would need to have somewhat more money than currently, whether that be by employment, collecting discarded cans, or increases in SSI and general relief money. Many cannot even afford a bus ticket to go see a doctor. The statement that short-term solutions do not help is very true and fundamental, but there have been no successful long-term solutions the past 80 years, nor the will to pay for housing for those who need it. And, the institutionalization of the homeless, such as at Father Joe’s, has had a negative effect on most, to the point that it is unwanted by homeless people. Many think that it’s worse than the sidewalk. I am not seeing anything new from any service provider, including Father Joe’s Villages, that has not failed repeatedly in the past, so let’s see some new solutions that have never been tried before. I have suggested house-sitter positions for the homeless, tiny houses, rural camps, military billeting on base of homeless veterans, housing on barges in the harbor, campgrounds and even hotels in Tijuana. Closing the tent shelters resulted in the massive numbers of homeless currently on the sidewalk and getting rid of the toilets resulted in lots of sidewalk stink and the costs of cleaning it up. Eliminating the trash bins resulted in lots of street trash. Having insufficient storage space for possessions resulted in having a lot of belongings everywhere.

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Issa suggests another ‘shut down’ Congressional Watch Andy Cohen In 2013, enraged by their inability to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) after 50-plus attempts in Congress to scrap the first major healthcare legislation since Medicare, and just as the law was about to take effect, Congressional Republicans decided to send a message and refused to negotiate on a federal budget unless Democrats agreed to repeal the law in its entirety. Nevermind that such a provision had zero chance at passing through a Democratic majority Senate and would never have survived President Obama’s veto pen. The elimination of Obama’s signature healthcare law was never going to happen. So, from Oct. 1 – 16, 2013, the federal government was shuttered, with all but essential services shut down. National parks were closed. Government oversight agencies were closed. Vital inspections by the EPA and FDA were put on hold. 850,000 workers were furloughed and never recovered the lost income. Those who were required to work, such as law enforcement and other critical defense-related personnel, did so without any guarantee of when — or even if — they would be paid. That shutdown cost the country roughly 120,000 private sector jobs, all while the country was still recovering from The Great Recession. Economists estimated that the U.S. economy lost between $20 – $24 billion in production and growth. And although House Republicans tried to blame the shutdown on the Democrats for not giving in to their hostage-taking tactics on Obamacare, the public at large blamed Republicans for the morass (which didn’t stop them from significantly expanding their majority in the House and taking the majority in the Senate in the 2014 midterm elections). So let’s just stipulate that the 2013 government shutdown was a disaster — across the board — for a whole host of reasons. Despite all this, Darrell Issa (R-49) thinks it would be a great idea if Congress shut the government down again if the FBI doesn’t meet his demands and charge Hillary Clinton with a crime. After a more than yearlong investigation by the FBI into the use of a private email server (by then-Secretary of State, now Democratic presidential nominee) Hillary Clinton, FBI Director James Comey — a Republican and George W. Bush appointee — announced that, although there were instances of “extreme carelessness,” the investigation found no occurrence where Secretary Clinton “intentionally transmitted or willfully mishandled classified information,” which would warrant criminal charges in the case. As such, Comey said, “our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.” Attorney General Loretta Lynch accepted the FBI’s findings, and no indictment was brought.

Congressman Issa, who is not a lawyer, disagrees and believes that Clinton should have been indicted. He is so enraged, in fact, that he is now calling for a government shutdown over the matter. “We should be willing to shut down the government if the president won’t limit his power,” Issa told SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily. Issa noted that the Republican Party had repeatedly been “willing to shut down the government over ending Obamacare and these other things,” which are “small points compared to the actual balance of our republic.” The implication here seems to be that President Obama somehow influenced the investigation to prevent the FBI from bringing an indictment, an accusation for which there is exactly zero evidence. Some people will never learn. However, there are signs that all hope is not lost for those wishing that Congress would manage to function in a productive manner. On July 14, Issa introduced the “Protect and Grow American Jobs Act,” a bill that modifies how companies use the H1-B visa program. The H1-B program allows companies to hire foreigners to fill vacant positions that require highly skilled workers. The program required that incoming workers had the equivalent of a master’s degree and received a salary of at least $60,000 per year, a figure that has never been adjusted for inflation since its initial modification in 1998. Companies whose workforce is consists of more than 15 percent of H1-B workers must show documentation that there were not enough American workers to fill those slots. It is a policy that has been widely abused in the ensuing years. Issa’s update eliminates the master’s degree requirement, citing the ease by which many foreign workers can obtain such certification, and raises the salary requirement to $100,000, making it more difficult to undercut American workers, particularly if the goal is to save money on salaries. Currently the bill has seven co-sponsors, evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, including the entire five-member San Diego Congressional delegation (which consists of three Democrats). “The high-skilled visa program is critical to ensuring American companies can attract and retain the world’s best talent,” Issa stated in a press release. “Unfortunately, in recent years, this important program has become abused and exploited as a loophole for companies to replace American workers with cheaper labor from overseas. The bill we’ve put forward is simple, bipartisan and will go a long way to fixing one of the many problems with our broken immigration system.” “This commonsense fix updates our high-skilled visas to reduce abuse of the system and ensure a level playing field for American workers,” said Scott Peters (D-52) in the same release. “I will continue to push for a bipartisan fix to our broken immigration system so we can create economic opportunity and

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San Diego County embraces water-use efficiency as a way of life

Diego County make the most of our water supplies regardless of drought conditions. When I walk around my With state mandates reneighborhood, it’s clear that a new level of commitment to wa- moved, we have an opportunity ter-use efficiency has taken hold to do the right thing for our long-term water security while at the grassroots level. About enhancing our region’s role as half the homes around me have a leader in water-use efficiency. upgraded from conventional turf-based landscapes to attrac- That tradition really began in the early 1990s, when the Water tive, low water landscapes that Authority sponsored landmark are more appropriate for the state legislation to mandate lowclimate of San Diego County. flush toilets that quickly became I see the same phenomenon the national standard. Over the across the county; residents decades, we have created and and businesses are making the supported numerous other efmost of our water supplies like forts to hard-wire efficient water never before. In fact, we collectively use nearly 40 percent less use into our everyday lives. Live WaterSmart is the potable water per capita today Water Authority’s resolution to than we did in 1990. At the San Diego County Wa- raise awareness about ways to make the most efficient use of ter Authority, we embrace “wawater, reinforce positive beter smart” living even though haviors and promote available our investments in drought-resilient supplies mean the region water-saving programs. One easy way people can find has all of the water needed to out what they can do to improve sustain our $222 billion economy and the quality of life for 3.3 their long-term water-use effimillion residents even after five ciency for a free home water-use checkup at years of drought. The website also offers numerOur investments also mean ous other resources, including an that the region is no longer unarray of award-winning, waterder emergency state mandates efficient landscaping classes for to reduce water use. On July 26, we launched a new outreach homeowners and an on-demand video version of those classes to campaign — Live WaterSmart — in coordination with our 24 member agencies to help San see Water, pg 11 By Mark Weston

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The ultimate guide to shopping in the Little Italy neighborhood Little Italy News Christopher Gomez Need fresh ideas on how to spend your last days of summer? Little Italy is perfect —the neighborhood is full of shops, boutiques and galleries to check out and a great place to even start your back-to-school shopping! The streets of Little Italy are the perfect place to shop, ranging from quaint local items and handmade pieces to luxury products and chic looks. Here are a few places to get your shopping on and what treasures you will find there.

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Looking for art? Check out these art and culture hot spots that will be sure to fuel your inner artist. JDC Fine Art is perfect for contemporary photography or take a different decorative approach and collect limited edition prints and paper works from Meyer Fine Art. Once you’re done collecting art pieces, you can head over to Blick Art Materials and buy supplies to create your own work of art!

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Just for the ladies! Check out these boutiques for all of your wardrobe needs. Hit Little Apple and Bluza Boutique for great, everyday outfits and original styles. Then stop off at Kapreeza for fine European lingerie and swimwear that is sure to not only look great but feel comfortable!

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Can’t decide exactly what you need? Shop around at one of the many culturally eclectic shops, like Casa Artelexia for handcrafted Mexican gifts or Architectural Salvage for vintage, restored home goods. Then stop off at Boomerang for a more modern design and consultation services to create your perfect home.

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The Horton Grand was two separate buildings at one time, as indicated in this early 1900s photo. (Courtesy Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation)

Horton Grand Hotel: Then and now Gaslamp Landmarks Sandee Whilhoit The beautiful Horton Grand Hotel, a Gaslamp landmark, was originally two Victorian hotels: the Grand Hotel and the Brooklyn Hotel. Both were built in the early 1880s and located on F Street. In 1907, the Grand was renamed the Horton Hotel and the Brooklyn was later renamed the Brooks-Kahle Saddlery, as a popular saddlery was located on the bottom level. The saddlery remained in operation until 1960, as it’s operators claimed as prominent clients both Roy Rogers and Tom Mix. Both hotels were scheduled for demolition in the late 1970s but rescued by developer Dan Pearson, who had the structures painstakingly dismantled, catalogued piece-by-piece and stored in warehouses until they could be rebuilt in 1984 at the present location, 311 Island Ave. The total cost for the deconstruction, storage and restoration was $12 million. San Diego Architect Wayne Donaldson, a historic preservation specialist, was responsible for the restoration, joining the two hotels with a common atrium. As you face the hotel standing on Island Avenue, the building on the left, the original Grand Hotel, is an ornate Italian Baroque Revival structure, built by a German immigrant to replicate the Innsbrook Hotel in Vienna, Austria. The two upper floors were always used as hotel accommodations and were built around an interior skylight and stairwell, forming a central court from which the rooms were reached. The lower floors were used for commercial purposes, a customary practice at the time. These businesses included a restaurant

The Horton Grand today (Courtesy GQHF) and a “beer parlor.” The hotel on the right, the original Brooklyn Hotel, is a much less ornate structure along the lines of Victorian Americana. In the lobby is an antique paper machè horse named Sunshine, a fixture of the edifice when the saddlery occupied that space. Sunshine’s mane and tail were created from the curried manes of police horses. This hotel was also the home of Wyatt and Josie Earp for seven years when they lived in San Diego. The structures are joined by an atrium with a center fountain and lavish wicker seating. The Horton Grand opened its doors in 1986 and is now a world-class hotel, which boasts as guests movie stars, sports and political figures, and even a president; Benjamin Harrison. On Aug. 18, it will be the venue for noted architect and preservationist for the Horton Grand Hotel, Wayne Donaldson.

Donaldson will speak about the hotel and other historic landmarks in his talk, “From Skid Row to the Heart of San Diego: The Transformation of the Gaslamp.” Formerly the State Historic Preservation Officer of California, Donaldson is currently serving as chairman of the advisory council on Historic Preservation, appointed by President Barack Obama in 2010 and reappointed in 2014. Donaldson has been a practicing preservation architect for 35 years and is one of the founders of the NewSchool of Architecture & Design. Hosted by the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation, admission for the event is $15 and museum members are admitted free. RSVP at 619-233-4692. —Sandee Wilhoit is the historian of the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. She can be reached at


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(l to r) United Way of San Diego County staff members Torrey Albertazzi and Silvana DelPiccolo; Rabbi Laurie Coskey, its incoming president and CEO; board member Kenneth Weixel, managing partner at Deloitte & Touche; and staff member CJ Robinson at the kickoff to Deloitte’s nationwide day of service on June 10 at Boys & Girls Club of Vista. (Courtesy of United Way)

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Just call her “Rabbi Laurie.” Everybody else does. “I lost my last name in the early 2000s,” the North Park resident said with a smile, “because I was a message vessel for poverty issues in San Diego.” Rabbi Laurie Coskey, who holds a doctorate in education, is known far and wide for her activism and advocacy for social justice. She holds the title of rabbi in residence at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in the Park West neighborhood, part of an interfaith outreach program. A fierce advocate for public education, Coskey is chairperson of the Trustee Advisory Council for the San Diego Community College District. And she is also chair of the board of directors of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation (SDCCC), the nonprofit publicbenefit organization created by the city of San Diego to manage and market the convention center. The latest news is that Coskey has been selected as the new president and CEO of United Way of San Diego County, a nonprofit based in Clairemont Mesa with a multimillion-dollar budget. She believes she was chosen for the job because of her reputation, as she put it, as a “bridge builder” and “trusted broker.” Jacqueline Parks, chair of the board of directors of United Way of San Diego County, explained in a statement why Coskey was hired. “We had some outstanding candidates for the position, and our search committee conducted an extensive nationwide search to find the best candidate to serve the community,” Parks said. “Laurie wrote her doctoral dissertation on United Way, and had a firm understanding of our role in the community and strategic vision,” Parks said. “She brings with her strong long-term relationships in the San Diego community and a reputation as a key collaborator, working across party lines. We are confident that she will be the leader we need as we unite the

community, helping every child to thrive.” As soon as United Way announced its hire, Coskey’s smartphone began filling up with text messages from well-wishers congratulating her on the new job. She shared two texts that particularly touched her heart: • From Maribel Mckinze, organizer at UFCW local 135 — “In whatever I can do to help United Way, please let me know, I was definitely one of those kids who took advantage of the programs and was able to make it through with United Way.” • From Cindy Marten, superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District — “Your gifts that make you perfect for this job are: your compassion, your wisdom, your ability to bring people together around a vision, your network of heart-based leaders who deliver on action, your thoughtful way of always pushing when pushing is needed to reach an outcome. You are a truly a UNITER. Who better to lead the United Way to serve our community than you?” Coskey sat down with San Diego Downtown News just prior to when she took over July 14, to discuss her career move and share how her life experiences have led her to this new challenge as head of the 96-year-old nonprofit. With her plate more than full, Coskey said she recently resigned from two boards: Interfaith Center for Worker Justice, a national alliance of worker justice organizations; and Southern Border Communities Coalition, an alliance of immigrant and border advocacy organizations. Coskey stressed that United Way did not require her to step down from those groups. Coskey said she will remain involved with the boards of both the community college district and the convention center. “They relate well to the work that United Way is doing,” she said. “I was not actively looking for a job,” Coskey said. “For the past 15 years, I have been doing the most

transformative work … focusing on sustainability of working families. The capstone was working to pass the minimum wage increase in San Diego [which voters approved on June 7 in the California Primary]. This will improve the lives of 170,000 working people in San Diego. They will also get five sick days per year.” Coskey teared up as she talked about how much working families will benefit from the simple act of raising the minimum wage. She pointed out that many mothers work two or three jobs to make ends meet. “They only want one thing: to give their children a better life,” she said, dabbing at the corners of her eyes. “When someone put the bug in my ear about the opening at United Way, I knew it was on the cutting edge of working to help kids,” she continued. “They do real work on the ground, for real children. I know these children and their mothers [from her previous work]. I knew I could flip the coin: helping children. It will be yin and yang for me. It will be complete synergy for my work here in San Diego. I will be firing on all pistons. We have to make a difference for all children.” The local United Way’s motto is: “We change the odds for every child through quality education.” The website lists three key areas of focus: education, family stability and chronic homelessness. Even before Coskey started at United Way, she met with staff and the board of directors to familiarize herself with the inner workings of the nonprofit. She candidly stated at the time that she hadn’t yet drawn up any goals for United Way, but she has aspirational goals. “That is,” she said, “to get to know our incredible staff and see how the organization works; to meet the board and find out their mission; to meet the funders who make our job possible; and to show

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Mark Weston (Courtesy San Diego Water Authority) fit our busy lives. You’ll also start to see Live WaterSmart reminders around the greater San Diego region. Donated outdoor advertising in several regional malls already shows the Live WaterSmart message and restaurants will be placing gentle reminders on their tabletops. Related outreach in the works includes print and digital ads, social media messages, promotional items and partnerships. In addition, the Water Authority is also working with partners — including the city of San Diego, the County of San Diego, and the Surfrider Foundation — to launch a new incentive program for sustainable landscapes in August. It’s designed to help our region take the next step in water-efficient living, while improving storm water capture and enhancing the environmental benefits of our urban landscapes. Let’s all Live WaterSmart so we can carefully manage our most precious natural resource no matter the weather.



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The best ‘little’ bookstore in East Village By Joan Wojcik The best “little” bookstore in East Village is the Friends of the Library Bookstore located in the San Diego Central Library located Downtown on Park Boulevard, just adjacent to Petco Park. As you enter the main floor of the library, the Friends bookstore is immediately visible with its neatly displayed books on the concrete wall, and several book carts lined up in front of the store to entice book lovers to enter the store. Upon entering, there are rows of bookshelves displaying a wonderful variety of books. One of the first things customers immediately notice is the size of the bookstore — it is very tiny. Although the store is extremely small, it is jampacked with books, videotapes, sheet music, and magazines. There is something for everyone at the Friends bookstore, as it offers a wide range of options for all reading interests in their merchandise. Classics, biographies, history books, gardening, crafts, cookbooks, bibles, dictionaries, art books, and books for children of all ages are some of the categories found in the bookstore. The merchandise is priced to encourage reading. Paperbacks are priced as low as 25 cents. Typically, hardback books that usually sell for $15 can be purchased for as little as $2. The majority of the merchandise comes from donations made by private individuals, estates, publication

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Veggies and mock meat over lard nar noodles. (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

Beyond pad Thai Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr.

Predictability is what I’ve come to expect from San Diego’s myriad Thai restaurants, mainly because I succumb repeatedly to the pedestrian standbys: Tom yum soup, the colored curries, drunken noodles, and the most heart-stealing of them all — pad Thai noodles stir-fried in sweet tamarind sauce. At Lotus Thai, however, I happily left my comfort zone. Lotus currently ranks as Downtown’s oldest Thai restaurant in the wake of closures by Rama and Royal Thai Cuisine over the past several years. It opened 12 years ago as a statelier offshoot to its original Hillcrest location, which has remained in business since 1999. Here, owner Ton Sangkapong partnered with Taiwan native, Brice Lin, who added to the menu a small selection of dim sum that includes steamy Chinese dumplings filled with various proteins — an unexpected find in Thai restaurants. Those encasing little orbs of ground pork, onions and ginger were supple and deliciously straightforward. Yet the vegetable dumplings my herbivore companion chose were exceedingly more interesting, offering the essence of clove or five-spice or star anise. We couldn’t determine exactly. But whatever the additive, it provided a scintillating lift to the finely minced carrots, cabbage, spinach and tofu inside. In resisting my go-to Thai favorites throughout the meal, I made an exception by ordering a green papaya salad. Though cool and crisp, it fell short on the limejuice dressing I so love. Also, since I hadn’t specified a spice level, it came free of hot chilies by default. I added a desired sting with nam pla, the versatile table condiment containing lime, bird’s eye chilies, garlic and fish sauce, which we applied

Lotus Thai’s “heaven rolls” (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

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also to a plate of chilled heaven rolls stuffed with fresh, julienne veggies and served with peanut-studded vinaigrette. Unique to Lotus’ East Village menu are a couple of sea bass dishes, one drizzled in pesto-lime sauce and the other accented with white wine and low-sodium soy sauce. There is also orange curry tenderloin with fresh pumpkin, and “flaming pork,” which goes down as my favorite pork dish of the year so far. The plate featured two barely seasoned filets shaped mysteriously into perfect rectangles and sporting zebra stripes from the grill. Served piggybacked over charred pineapple, the meat tasted both fruity and semi smoky while maintaining the comforting savor of thin pork chops. The bottom slab was particularly noteworthy because it picked up more of the juices from the pineapple right beneath as the sweat from

the top filet seeped into it. Served alongside was an addicting dipping sauce of lemon juice, vinegar, chilies, sugar and fresh garlic. The dish also came with rice, which I largely ignored while plowing uncontrollably through the meat and fruit. The puffy cubes of seared tofu my companion chose in a veggie stir fry called “tender greens” escaped blandness because of peppery black bean sauce lacing the dish. I was more impressed by the mock meat he chose as the protein for lard nar, a noodle dish covered with broccoli and carrots, and bathed in a vegetarian brown sauce resembling beef gravy. The “meat” conveyed a rich texture that reminded me of faux duck. Most menu items, we were told, can be made gluten-free or vegan. Elegance pervades throughout the roomy restaurant, which features high-back chairs custommade in heavy wood, plus detailed globe lights, a rustic-roofed bar, and tall windows framed softly in wispy draperies. The wine list is focused and eclectic, with other booze offerings extending to sake, soju cocktails, and Asian and local craft beers. Lunch and dinner are served daily, with price specials on nearly 20 different dishes available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. —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.


Restaurateur Johan Engman has partnered with publicist William Lopez of Alternative Strategies to open Como Ceviche, a fast-casual seafood eatery that will move into the space previously occupied by Carnivore Sandwich (now at 670 West B St.). In addition to ceviches made with various seafoods — and a vegan version using cauliflower as a main ingredient — customers choose from a selection of fish and other ingredients that go into a salad, bowl, burrito or taco. The projected opening date is Oct. 1. Engman operates several restaurants throughout San Diego, including Breakfast Republic in North Park and Liberty Station (and coming soon to Encinitas and Carmel Valley), plus Fig Tree Café in Pacific Beach, Hillcrest and Liberty Station. 317 10th Ave.,

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Artisan breads from Pacific Time at the new Waterfront Sunday Market (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) San Diego Markets has added to its portfolio the Waterfront Sunday Market, held weekly from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., along the front side of the San Diego County Administration Building at 1600 Pacific Highway. Launched on July 31 in conjunction with New City Public Spaces, the market debuted with 40 vendors, but has the potential to grow to 90, said director Catt Fields White, who oversees the Little Italy Mercato on Saturdays, the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market, and the North Park Thursday Market. Among the food and craft vendors seen at the opening were The Meat Men, Smith Farms, Pacific Time, Izi’s Glass Art, Junon Jewelry and more. The aisles also featured several booths selling prepared foods such as wood-fired pizza, crepes, gumbo and cookies. The Scottsdale-based mini chain, Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers, will open an outlet in the Gaslamp Quarter in late August to the tune of unique half-pound burgers, hearty sandwiches and an extensive selection of beers sold in bottles and cans. It is the company’s fifth location and the first outside of Arizona. Signature burgers include the bacon PB&J, the steakhouse truffle, and the Denver crowned with egg, ham, cheddar, peppers and onions. 322 Fifth Ave.,

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Gourmet grilled cheese with zucchini (Courtesy Bice San Diego) If the urge for grilled cheese strikes, Bice San Diego appeases with various gourmet versions, served from 5 p.m. until closing every Tuesday. The cheeses used on the sandwiches vary weekly and they sometimes feature a blend of two different curds imported from Italy and other European countries. They’re priced at $10, or $16 when paired with a glass of wine or beer. 425 Island Ave., 619-239-2423, —Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at


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UNITED WAY appreciation for all that they have done. I want to strengthen our partnerships in the community … and we will celebrate our 100th anniversary in a few years. “United Way has evolved from its beginnings as Community Chest to one of the most respected community organizations in San Diego — and nationwide,” she said. According to the website, United Way had a total revenue of $15.7 million and a total expenses of $17.5 million in fiscal year 2014-15. Over at the San Diego Convention Center, the current fiscal year 2017 budget shows total operating revenues of $36 million with total operating expenses of $33.4 million, according to its website As chair of the SDCCC, Coskey described how her job there is perceived as a “big and important and powerful role. “This year, we’ve hired a new president and CEO — the first time in 25 years,” she said. Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, a veteran venue manager with an extensive resume, was lured to San Diego from Louisville, Kentucky to replace the retired Carol Wallace. Expansion is perhaps the most crucial issue involving the convention center. San Diego is one of the top tourist destinations in the U.S., and the convention center is known for Comic-Con and large gatherings that focus on the healthcare and innovation industries. A convention center brochure titled “2016 Fast Facts” shows

Coskey is also chair of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, the nonprofit that determines which events come to the city. (Courtesy SDCCC) that by far Comic-Con is the No. 1 event with attendance of 130,000, resulting in 63,000 hotel nights and providing a regional impact of $140 million. The runner-up is the Society for Neuroscience convention, which draws 32,000 people, resulting in 54,000 hotel nights and providing a regional impact of $110 million. The convention center also shared hosting duties of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Fanfest July 8 — 12, when the All-Star Game returned to San Diego July 12 at Petco Park. Coskey emphasized that the corporation’s board remains adamant the expansion should be con-

tiguous to the existing convention center. However, San Diego voters will decide in November whether or not to approve the Citizens’ Initiative, a funding plan for a proposed multiuse stadium for the Chargers and a convention center expansion in East Village. “Our convention center is 75 percent full,” she said, noting that 60 percent capacity is considered A-plus. “We are falling off the rafters. People like to come to San Diego. We get the highest marks for hospitality and food.” Comic-Con officials are urging a contiguous expansion, too, as the annual convention only grows larger, year after year. Coskey declined to weigh in on the Citizens’ Initiative or on the fate of a 6-acre site adjacent to the convention center that is key to a contiguous expansion. The lease-holder on the property, Fifth Avenue Landing, wants to build two hotels there. The land is owned by the Unified Port of San Diego. She hinted that the hotel project is not a done deal. Whether dealing with expansion plans at the convention center, or advocating for children and working families, or supporting the local LGBT community, Coskey is one busy activist. She traces her desire to make the world a better place to her family. “I grew up in LA with a large, loving Jewish family,” Coskey said. “I did not come from a life of adversity.” However, adversity found the Coskey family. On Dec. 14, 1963, the Baldwin Hills Dam disaster occurred when the reservoir suffered a catastrophic failure and 250 million gallons of water rushed into neighboring communities. Five people were killed and 277 houses were destroyed — including the Coskey’s home. “I’ve never shared this story with a journalist before,” she said. Coskey and her sisters were 6, 3 and 1 at the time. And in an era before cellphones, her dad was on the golf course when he got the news about the disaster and he had no way of immediately reaching his wife to find out the family’s fate. “We barely had time to get out,” Coskey recalled. “We barely had time to rescue the baby from the house.” The Coskeys lost everything: their home and furnishings, their

family pictures, their toys and clothes. “In two minutes, our life changed forever,” Coskey said. It would also be a defining moment for such a young child. “I was struck by the kindness of friends and strangers,” she said. “But it wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized how deeply it affected us. Things we care about are just items, like pictures. My Social Security card is still gone. I realized that it is family that is important.” Five years later, at age 10, Coskey notified her family that she wanted to be a rabbi. They didn’t have the heart to tell her that a woman couldn’t be a rabbi, in those days. Yet, Coskey would become one of the first female rabbis in the U.S. after being ordained in 1985 from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. The graduate of Stanford would later earn her doctorate from the University of San Diego after writing her thesis on United Way. “And 22 years later, I am about to go to work for United Way,” she said. —Ken Williams is editor of Uptown News and can be reached at or at 619-9611952. Follow him on Twitter at @ KenSanDiego, Instagram at @ KenSD or Facebook at KenWilliamsSanDiego. v

What is United Way? By working with nonprofits, schools, businesses and community leaders, United Way of San Diego County tackles issues impacting children and families in San Diego. It is focused on education and academic success via three milestones: kindergarten readiness, third-grade literacy, and making sure students are prepared to graduate high school and go on to college and career. The nonprofit plays a unique role, bringing the right people and resources together to spark breakthrough community action that elevates every child and family toward a brighter future. United Way solves complex problems by maximizing existing community partners/ resources and establishing common goals to create permanent change in the community.United Way’s efforts include anchoring the City Heights Partnership for Children and the Vista Partnership for Children. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to get involved by donating and volunteering. Learn more at Offices are located at 4699 Murphy Canyon Road (Clairemont Mesa). For more info call 858-492-2000 or visit


Summer in the city

Meet FRED (Free Ride Everywhere Downtown), which launches this month (Courtesy DSDP)

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Kris Michell There’s nothing quite like summertime in San Diego. From the 2016 MLB All-Star Game at Petco Park, to the world-renowned Comic-Con International to San Diego Symphony’s Summer Pops on the Embarcadero, there’s been a little something for everyone this summer. Here’s a quick recap of several of this season’s most exciting happenings:

Have you met FRED?

To provide more efficient and sustainable transit options Civic San Diego and the Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP) later this month will launch the new “Free Ride Everywhere Downtown” or “FRED” circulator program. The new program, funded by Downtown parking meter revenues, features five-passenger, allelectric vehicles that are designed to augment existing transportation options and make short trips within Downtown’s eight neighborhoods easier. The initial launch includes 15 vehicles with the fleet expected to grow to 20 within the first year. Users will be able to request a pick up via a mobile app called The Free Ride. They’re free to the public thanks to dedicated funding from Civic San Diego — which manages the Downtown Community Parking District — and private sponsorships. FRED shuttles will operate seven days per week.

Collaboratory for Downtown Innovation

With more than 110 tech startups — and counting — we know that Downtown San Diego is the innovation economy’s next frontier. That’s why in July the UC San Diego Extension and the DSDP announced an exciting two-year initiative designed to support and strengthen Downtown’s growing tech ecosystem. CDI will offer a variety of programs to help entrepreneurs develop the networks critical for future growth as well as provide business support and workforce training. Operating out of the DSDP office, CDI will serve as a hub for a variety of programs, including: Ideas forum: Develop a series of roundtables to connect Downtown tech entrepreneurs with researchers and scientists at UCSD and on the Torrey Pines Mesa. Talent accelerator: Leverage UCSD Extension’s robust certificate and pre-college offerings to provide a variety of education and training programs, with a special focus on providing computer science and information technology

skills to youth in underserved communities. Entrepreneur exchange: Offer a wide range of entrepreneurship support and incubation activities including skills development workshops and pre-accelerator programs. We must do everything to connect the know-how at UCSD and on the Torrey Pine Mesa to help grow Downtown’s emerging tech ecosystem. CDI is the first step in strengthening that connection with the entire community and the region’s larger economic goals.

Clean & Safe team tackles Comic-Con cleanup with superhero power

Once again, Comic-Con International 2016 was incredibly successful, attracting a record 135,000 attendees and visitors to Downtown San Diego. The steady stream of superheroes, guests and attractions brought plenty of additional work for the DSDP’s Clean & Safe team. They provided round-the-clock safety and maintenance services, tackling an average of nine times their typical workload to ensure Downtown San Diego remained at its best on behalf of the 11,000 property owners it represents. During this year’s Comic-Con, Clean & Safe Ambassadors: • Removed 25 tons of trash (about two times more than average) • Pulled 6,720 bags of trash (about seven times more than average) • Removed graffiti 1,035 times (about five times more than average) • Picked up 25,310 flyers, posters and stickers (about 22 times more than average) To put it in perspective, the Clean and & Safe team generally removes 13 tons of trash and collects 930 bags of trash during a five-day period. Clean & Safe also removes graffiti 190 times and gets rid of 1,150 flyers, stickers and posters during a typical five-day period. On behalf of the Downtown Partnership, I am thrilled to be able to share all of this news with the Downtown community. Our organization works tirelessly to make Downtown San Diego a vibrant, exciting, safe, and enjoyable place – not just in the summertime, but all year long. —Kris Michell is the president and CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a non-profit, member-based organization that serves as the leading advocate for the revitalization and economic health of Downtown. To learn more about the Downtown Partnership and the Clean & Safe program, visit

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Interpreter pilot program in works derstanding of the health advice their doctors are giving them. I look forward to working on the details of the pilot program — this is truly the kind of issue that compelled me to run for public office.

Notes from Toni Toni G. Atkins As I visited constituents and community groups throughout my district during the legislative recess in July, one of the pieces of news from the Capitol that I was most excited to share was a development that didn’t make headlines around California. That bit of news was regarding a single line item in the new state budget that we passed in June. It was a $3 million appropriation for a pilot project to study state funding for medical interpreters. I’ve been aware of the need for medical interpreters since my time decades ago working in women’s health clinics, which served lowincome clients, many of whom didn’t speak English as a first language. I’m fortunate to have a position in the Assembly that has allowed me to directly push for funding, and I’m very pleased that Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature agreed to include funding for this item in the 2016-17 budget. In California, more than 40 percent of residents speak a language other than English at home and almost seven million people are estimated to speak English less than fluently. When these Californians go to the doctor, they often rely on untrained staff, family members or friends to help them understand what their doctor is telling them about their healthcare. Making important decisions about healthcare is difficult enough, but it becomes even


The Speaker Emeritus delivered hundreds of socks to Stand Down. (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley)

harder when language barriers get in the way of full understanding. When critical information gets lost in translation, it can lead to inadequate patient evaluation and diagnosis, as well as lack of appropriate and timely treatment. Errors or misunderstandings can jeopardize patient safety and lead to unnecessary procedures and cost. This is why we need to secure funding for medical interpretation services for lowincome Medi-Cal clients who have limited English proficiency and need help understanding their medical practitioners. Funding a pilot program is the first step toward ensuring true access to healthcare for every Californian using best practices for translation that gain patient compliance and trust. The Legislature has been in the business of breaking down barriers, particularly when it comes to making sure that everyone in California has access to quality healthcare. The next barrier to fall should be the one blocking patients from a clear un-



Around the district: We have one more month of summer and my district has many options for free concerts and movies in the park. I love these shows. They are a great, family-friendly way to connect with the community and see talented local singers and bands, all for free. I hope you head out to Balboa Park, Normal Heights, North Park, Point Loma, University Heights or the Waterfront Park, soon! ... We have constant reminders that wildfires are a danger to San Diego, for instance the recent Feather and Border fires. CalFire has a program, Volunteers in Prevention (VIP), to educate the public about the steps they can take to prevent fires. Volunteers help by attending fairs, parades and school events to share important CalFire tips. The program is doing an amazing job, because areas that use the VIP program have seen a 50 percent drop in child-related fires. To bring the program to a local school, or to volunteer, call 619-590-3100. FROM PAGE 6

LETTERS Is all this making sense to you (everyone)? I want to propose that the Alpha Project run Father Joe’s Villages in San Diego. —Dr. John Kitchin, Publisher, San Diego Homeless News, via email

Comments on the coliseum

[Ref: The coliseum: a local boxing landmark, Vol. 16, Issue 12 or online at gpnjtr8

Not sure on the ”closing” date. I went to a wrestling card there in the summer of 1979. Maybe the last boxing match was in ’74? —Pete Nowell, via our website

Great article, it brought back some great memories. The Coliseum was also the place to watch great wrestling matches that included the greats of the 50s and 60s. Names like Gorgeous George, Bo Bo Brazil, Freddie Blassie, Mr. Moto, Mil Mascaras, The Destroyer, ex-San Diego Charger Ernie Ladd, and the tag team with a combined weight of 750 pounds the Haystack Calhoun Brothers. I even had a birthday party with my friends and family for the packed wrestling matches. I remember when the Coliseum closed it brought more than a few tears to my eyes. I have walked and driven past the building many times since and the ticket window cut outs are still visible near the entrance. —Steve Krasner, via our website v

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Three tips for keeping credit card debt at bay Financial News Taylor Schulte Debt is an ugly four-letter word. It comes in all shapes and sizes, and generally includes mortgages, auto and student loans, credits cards, and more. In fact, as of December 2015, an average American household was estimated to have $130,922 in debt, with $15,762 of that number belonging to credit cards. Even more staggering is the $733 billion of credit card debt owned by U.S. consumers coming into this year. As credit card debt is considered to be costly (and one of the worst kinds of debt), it’s often reviewed first when putting together a financial plan. One overlooked question, however, is what comes next. What if you stuck to your plan and got those pesky credit card balances down to zero? What steps can you take to ensure you don’t rack up those bills again? Below are my top three recommendations for keeping those credit card balances in check now that you’ve greatly reduced or eliminated your debt. Cut up those credit cards. As cliché as that image has become, this is an essential first step. There are a lot of psychological factors that go into acquiring debt and if you were prone to racking up debt in the past, chances are you are prone to doing it again. Don’t take the risk. Cut up your credit cards and rely on a bank debit card. This will ensure you only spend the money you actually have — not the funds your credit card company generously lets you “borrow.” Check yourself and remain accountable. Accountability is key when it comes to keeping credit card balances in check. At a minimum, schedule an annual financial check-up to build in that accountability. This can be done in a variety of ways — be it with a family member, a spouse, financial planner, or even yourself. Knowing that this event is on the calendar will hopefully provide you with the needed motivation to stay on track. Utilize tech tools. With the advent of technology, mobility and online resources, it’s now possible to find solutions to virtually anything using tech tools. Why not leverage technology to get a comprehensive view of your financial well-being? You can do this with the help of a financial professional, or even complimentary sites, such as Mint and ReadyForZero. Use these tools to track your spending or set budgets, and make it a habit to login in once per week to ensure consistency and results. While there are plenty of reasons people fall into debt, more often than not, debt begins to spiral out of control because people neglect their finances. They are afraid to look and by the time they get the courage — it’s too late. Be proactive, take control and use the necessary tools to stay on track of your debt. The less you owe, the more you own, and the better chances of achieving long-term financial success. —Taylor Schulte, CFP is the founder of Define Financial, a commission-free financial planning firm in Downtown San Diego. He can be reached at 619577-4002 or taylor@definefinancial. com.v

The author remembers climbing this Moreton Bay fig tree, located behind the Natural History Museum, as a child. Today access to the epic tree is restricted. (Photo by Ann Wilson)

Balboa Park: Looking back and forward Growing Balboa Park Ann Wilson Looking back: Celebrating the zoo’s centennial I count my blessings that the U.S. Navy stationed my father in San Diego. My parents liked San Diego so much that we never left. They bought a home in Point Loma, where I lived until I left for college. If there is one iconic institution that represents America’s Finest City, it is the San Diego Zoo. It has been part of the lives of most San Diegans as long as we can remember. Some of my own fondest childhood memories are from Balboa Park and the zoo. I attended ballet class in the park on Saturday mornings and after class, my mother would take my brother and I to one of the museums or to the zoo. “Back in the day,” most everything was free, or available for a very low entrance fee. I remember climbing the Moreton Bay fig tree behind the Natural History Museum, along with lots of other kids. There was no fence back then and no rules against climbing trees. I’ll also never forget the day at the Children’s Zoo when my brother leaned over and put his hand in the pool where baby sea lions were frolicking. One small sea lion swam up to him and nipped him on the finger. His finger bled a little bit and he screamed bloody murder. My mother told him not to do it again and we continued enjoying the zoo. Needless to say, there is no such sea lion exhibit at the zoo any more. I also remember when the zoo bus drivers were supplied with loaves of Wonder Bread. They would lob slices of Wonder Bread, just like a Frisbee, at the bears to make them sit up and clap their paws. Wonder Bread for the bears has gone the same way as child-accessible sea lion exhibits. This year, the San Diego Zoo celebrates its 100th birthday and the city is showing its appreciation and affection for the zoo in many ways. The Friends of Balboa Park will be recognizing the zoo as our Millennium Award honoree for 2016. This award is presented at the Friends’ annual “Salute to Volunteers and Visionaries” luncheon, to recognize and honor individuals and institutions that have made important contributions to the park. The luncheon will take place Oct. 18, at the Balboa Park Club, starting with a reception from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch and the program. We will also be presenting “inspiration awards” to five dedicated volunteers who come from the various institutions in the park. These unsung heroes contribute many thousands of hours of service in the park each year and its organizations couldn’t function without them. The zoo’s theme for its Centennial Celebration is “It Began With a Roar.” The theme for the Friends of Balboa Park’s luncheon is “Gardens That Roar,” as we are honoring the zoo for its amazing horticulture, which has literally “grown” over the last 100 years. The story goes that founder Dr. Harry Wegeforth would walk around the property that would later become the zoo, with a pocketful of seeds and a cane that was sharpened on one end. As he walked, he would poke holes in the earth with his sharpened stick and drop a few seeds in each hole — San Diego’s very own Johnny Appleseed. Today, the zoo boasts more than 700,000 plants. To see what the property looked like before Dr. Harry began planting seeds, take a walk in Florida Canyon.

By comparing the two sites, you can see what a total transformation has taken place over the years. Local lore says the plant collection at the zoo is actually more “valuable” than the animal collection, but who can put a price on either? They are both priceless treasures that San Diegans are fortunate to have in our own backyard. Did you know there are eight plant collections in the zoo? There are collections of acacias, aloes, bamboo, coral trees, cycads, figs, orchids and palms. Each of these collections is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. You can take your own self-guided tour of the plant collections and gardens at the zoo. Go to to download a guide, or pick up a hard copy at the zoo at Guest Services. In addition to its vital work to protect animals and ecosystems throughout the world, the San Diego Zoo is also engaged in saving plants in the U.S. from extinction. The Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research (ICR) oversees over 500 collections of plants in its Native Seed Bank at the zoo’s Safari Park in Escondido. The zoo works closely with the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC), which is led by its president, Dr. John Clark. The CPC is now based in San Diego with Dr. Clark also serving as director of plant conservation for ICR. These are just a few of the reasons we are honoring the zoo’s “Gardens that Roar” in October. Please join us for our luncheon on Oct. 18 to honor and celebrate the zoo’s horticultural achievements. For more information and to receive an invitation, please call our office at 619-232-2282 or send an email to Looking Forward: Plaza de Panama plan revived On June 30, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer held a press conference in Balboa Park to announce the re-launch of the Plaza de Panama Plan, a project that would remove vehicular traffic from the central mesa once and for all. Originally proposed in 2012, the plan will address a number of decades-long challenges in Balboa Park: inadequate parking for the park’s patrons, employees and volunteers; and the inefficient and unsafe vehicular and pedestrian circulation to and within the park’s central mesa. The plan encompasses a number of key features. The space known as Plaza de Panama — the large open area outside the Museum of Art — will be returned to its original 1915 configuration, removing vehicular traffic that currently intermingles with pedestrian foot traffic, which is a clear safety hazard. In addition, starting at the east end of Cabrillo Bridge, the El Prado will be closed to cars, while a new bypass bridge will reroute eastbound vehicles from Cabrillo Bridge behind the Mingei Museum, toward a new underground parking garage with 2.2 acres of new gardens behind Spreckels Organ Pavilion. In total, the plan will ultimately restore 6.3 acres of car-free parkland to Balboa Park. The Friends of Balboa Park support this transformational plan. By acknowledging the evolution of the ever-growing urban environment surrounding the park, the Plaza de Panama plan offers the best option for Balboa Park’s future. It represents a practical compromise between the intrinsic needs of the park’s internal and external stakeholders and preservation of the historic fabric and character of Balboa Park. The vision and implementation of this plan reflect the best ideals of a public-private partnership, bringing together the support of city officials, the park’s resident institutions and affinity organizations, the philanthropic community, and the citizens of San Diego. —John Bolthouse, Friends of Balboa Park Executive Director, contributed to this column. —Ann Wilson is a native San Diegan and has been a board member of the Friends of Balboa Park since 2009. She can be reached through their office at 619-222-2282 or



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designer; Chris Rynne, lighting designer; and Dylan Nielsen, sound designer. Other performers are Scotty Atienza, Emily Sade Bautista, Josh Bradford, Max Cadillac, Giovanni Cozic, Gabriella Dimmick, Sophia Dimmick, Hanz Enyeart, Matthew Garbacz, Hourie Klijian, Dallas Perry, Claire Scheper, Bailey Sonner, Lauren King Thompson, and Catalina Zelles. Over the long life of “Gypsy” — film versions and numerous stage productions worldwide — there have been many endings, with or without dialogue, that leave doubt, or no doubt, as to whether Gypsy and Rose reconcile after Rose admits she was wrong and did it for herself in “Rose’s Turn.” Libby made me sob, and I doubt I was the only one.


would be a ball-buster: It is exceptionally demanding vocally and decidedly iconic. Rose is quite simply a lioness training, guiding and propelling her notso-talented kittens, Baby June (Katie Whalley Banville) and Louise (Allison Spratt Pearce) into vaudeville. In real life, June became actor June Haver and Louise, the world-renowned stripper, Gypsy Rose Lee. Seeing a production played by anyone other than a splendid Rose is an excruciating experience, fraught with worry. Linda Libby is a top performer in any production anywhere (she performed the role at ion theatre in 2011). The woman has the supreme acting chops, the vocal capacity, and, yes, the balls to bring it off in Murray’s meticulously cast production. One may worry about certain areas of potential vocal strain, especially amid a vigorous schedule such as Cygnet’s (seven performances each week), but there is never a doubt that experiencing Libby’s performance is mountaintop, and all one can do is sit, awestruck in the dark. Manny Fernandes is priceless as Herbie, the love-smitten manager of Rose’s vaudeville troupe. He sticks with her and the kids through their childhood, providing stability and common sense. He stays long after his hopes of marrying Rose are dashed, throughout the prolonged death of vaudeville, and after the

— Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. You can follow her blog at or reach her at

(clockwise from above) Linda Libby in Ethel Merman's iconic role; Allison Spratt Pearce and Linda Libby play mother and daughter; a showpiece of "Rose" (Photos by Ken Jacques) departure of June. Finally, once Herbie witnesses the appalling desperation of Rose’s hopes for Louise (Allison Spratt Pearce), he leaves. The kids, young and older, are buoyant and believable, with Danny Hansen outstanding in the adult role of Tulsa, the dancer who strikes out on his own and elopes with June. David Kirk Grant excels as all

the fathers, uncles and impresarios, and finally as the jaded strip-show stage manager where the act finally breaks up and Louise/Gypsy makes the talent and personality transformation that allows her to become a singular star on her own. Marlene Montes, Kendra Truett, and Marci Anne Wuebben score indelibly as the trio of strippers that encourage her with

“Gypsy, A Musical Fable” “You Gotta Get a Gimmick.” Other songs are “Let Me Entertain You,” “Some People,” “Small World” “Together, Wherever We Go,” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” Sean Fanning creates a snazzy proscenium scenic design replete with footlights; David Brannen is choreographer; Jeanne Reith, costume designer; Peter Herman, wig and makeup

By Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne Directed by Sean Murray Wednesdays though Sundays, through Sept. 4 Cygnet Theatre 4040 Twiggs Street, Old Town State Park Tickets or 619-337-1525

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streets, into a dynamic urban sector with a character all its own. To learn more about Makers Quarter, visit makersquarter. com.

By Dave Schwab Plans are in the works to give Seaport Village a huge makeover with a distinctively San Diego vibe. The Port of San Diego has selected to continue discussions exclusively with Protea Waterfront Development (PWD), to further evaluate their proposal to redevelop Central Embarcadero and Seaport Village at 849 W. Harbor Drive. A 36-year-old, 90,000-squarefoot waterfront shopping and dining complex — located Downtown adjacent to San Diego Bay — Seaport Village is being “reimagined” by PWD as Seaport San Diego (SSD). The central waterfront’s redevelopment is being guided by PWD’s team of professionals, including Yehudi “Gaf” Gaffen of Gafcon, and Jeff Jacobs and Jeffrey Essakow, who are bringing expertise in construction management, biotech, marketing, hospitality, unique mixeduse retail development and philanthropy. It was time for a change at the popular waterfront, said Gaffen, founder/CEO of Gafcon, part of the PWD development team. “Our proposal is to create a new district, a new unified place which has attractions, retail features, entertainment and hospitality that is authentically San Diego,” Gaffen said. “It will be anchored by two major attractions: an aquarium on the south side and a 500-foot-tall, threelevel spire on the north side with an observational platform.” The envisioned aquarium will be cutting edge. “Both above- and belowground floor, it will be a special place, both entertaining and educational,” Gaffen said about Odysea San Diego, the planned 150,000-square-foot, 1.5 milliongallon, deep-sea aquarium being designed by Bjarke Ingels


There is a group who wishes to halt the new development, called "Save Seaport Village." (Photo by James Rippe/

Aerial view of location pre-Seaport Village development Group (BIG). A proposed spire will serve as an architectural icon and developers say it will be a breathtaking experience, allowing visitors panoramic views of San Diego in a new, educational way. Besides real-time views, the observation deck will boast an augmented virtual reality program to experience San Diego’s rich history and topography through the centuries, via innovative technology. There will also be a transformative Butterfly Wonderland, re-creating a tropical rainforest with thousands of butterflies flying free. Seaport Village, developed by Morris Taubman, broke ground in 1978 and opened in 1980 on land owned by the Port of San Diego and operated by GMS Realty. It was built on landfill over Punta de los Muertos (Spanish for Point of the Dead), where the Spanish expedition of 1782 buried those who had died of scurvy. It was once a railroad yard where goods and other materials used to come through.


Seaport Village’s current collection of more than 70 shops, galleries and eateries on 90,000 square feet of waterfront property contains several freestanding buildings in an assortment of architectural styles, from Victorian to traditional Mexican. Designed to be a car-free environment, the village offers four miles of winding paths rather than streets connecting the various buildings. The reimagined SSD will feature water sports, an outdoor gym, and beach volleyball, as well as an Olympic-size, fresh-water lap pool at the G Street Mole. Guests may otherwise simply sit on the beaches or explore the tide pools, which will also be part of the new SSD. Education is a major component of the new planned waterfront development. Plans include a marine-focused charter school and continuing lifelong education initiatives in conjunction with the University of San Diego and San Diego Symphony. The project’s notable highlights feature more than 30 acres

of parks for public access and a hospitality core, boasting a “public living room” with multiple new and fresh hotel concepts accessible to all travelers. Interwoven throughout the new development will be places to play, reboot, celebrate, or simply people watch. SSD will be open 365 days a year for tourists and Downtown residents alike and its new retail mix will include a distinctive network of social amenities, engaging spaces, restaurants and other shopping experiences that evoke San Diego, including Dock & Dine and a dynamic public market. Gaffen added that the project includes construction of three, brand new full-service hotels as well as a “new generation” student hostel. The hostel will have beds in shared rooms offering travelers less-expensive accommodations. “SSD was designed for the community and it will set the stage for Downtown’s new vibrant center that’s accessible to all,” Gaffen said. “[The new project] will have a deep connection to the city in all of its locally curated components. We could not be more proud to have been chosen to exclusively continue conversations with the Port [of San Diego] through their final decision process. Gaffen said the permitting process could take three or four years, with another three or four more to fully develop the property. He estimated the total cost of the project at $1.2 billion. For more information, visit

Mission Federal’s ArtWalk Liberty Station is the younger, smaller sister-act of ArtWalk, held in Little Italy every spring. This year’s Liberty Station event will take place Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14. “ArtWalk @ Liberty Station is a free weekend-long event that creates a platform for artists to showcase their work,” said Sandi Cottrell, ArtWalk San Diego’s managing director, in a press release. “The festival brings together families, art lovers, collectors, residents, visitors and more to one of San Diego’s most loved arts and culture districts. “The beautiful park-like setting and rose garden at Liberty Station’s Ingram Plaza provides a scenic backdrop for artists to showcase their work,” she continued. “We are looking forward to putting on another successful ArtWalk @ Liberty Station this year for our 11th year anniversary.” The popular outdoor art festival, known for its KidsWalk area and vast array of arts and craft exhibitors, is adding an interactive theme this year to engage attendees. Several interactive exhibits are planned that will allow attendees to work with exhibitors to incorporate the interactions into their art. Local artist Nan Coffey will be conducting a live “inclusion art” piece on a large-scale canvas, depicting images from stories attendees share with her. James Yuransky will have participants paint geometric objects that he will incorporate into a 3D masterpiece. Artist & Craftsman Supply in Hillcrest will also be on hand, offering an interactive activity that will focus on nature. Finally, four painted butterflies will be hidden throughout the Artwalk Liberty Station venue for attendees to locate using clues and win a prize for the charity of their choice. This element will be called The Butterfly Effect and will also provide photo ops for social media. Ingram Plaza is located at the corner of Historic Decatur Road and Roosevelt Road and attendance to ArtWalk is free. Festival times are from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Aug. 13, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 14. For more information about ArtWalk Liberty Station, visit artwalksandiego. org/libertystation.v



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The second day of a two-day event showcasing culinary tastings, fashion and more at The Headquarters at Seaport Village (789 W. Harbor Drive). Today’s event will feature edible art prepared by local chefs. Includes live music and entertainment and attendees can vote for their favorite entrée. Fashion of Food will be held from 6 – 10 p.m. Tickets are $20. Visit for more information.

THIRD ANNUAL POP-UP CONCERT SERIES AND BIKE COALITION BIKE RIDES FRIDAY, AUG. 5 – FRIDAY, AUG. 26 The “Sounds of Summer” concert series by the Downtown San Diego Partnership is already under way with many more dates to come. These free shows feature local musicians at three various Downtown locations on Fridays from noon – 2 p.m. On select Fridays (Aug. 12 and 26), there will also be a special bike ride starting at noon at Horton Plaza Park to coincide with the concerts. Artists to be featured in August include: Justin Froese and Bob Peace on Aug. 5; Alex Famous and Sam Bybee on Aug. 12; Ashley Hollander, Ezekiel Morphis and Shanny Mac on Aug. 19; Patrick Lanzetta, Jody Mulgrew and Golden West on Aug. 26; and more artists to be announced. Visit for specific locations of each performance.


Finest City Improv will stage a performance of their popular “Brew School’d” series where comedy meets craft beer at Mission Brewing (1441 L St., Downtown) at 8 p.m. At the show, improvisers will transform the tasting room with a stage, seating and sound. Four characters, including one real-life brewmaster, will evaluate four beers while the audience follows – and drinks – along. Tickets are $24 – $29. Visit for tickets.


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 visit/Tuesdays. Coronado Certified Farmers Market: 2:30 – 6 p.m. First and B streets at Coronado Ferry Landing. Visit


This annual festival features music, visual arts, interactive artmaking and more. Friends of NTC will start the day with a Brunch with the Arts in the garden of Scout at Quarters D (2675 Rosecrans St.) on Sunday – members and guests can attend this catered event from 10 – 11:30 a.m. before strolling the ArtWalkNTC. Get details on brunch by visiting The 11th annual arts festival will start at 10 a.m. each day and wrap up at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Visit for more information.




The Maritime Museum of San Diego (1492 N. Harbor Drive) and Rock Star Beer present this event for the first time from 1 – 5 p.m. (noon entrance for VIP). The event includes craft beer vendors, food trucks, live music and more. Attendees will be able to walk around the vessels and sample beers at different locations throughout the museum. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP. Visit for more information.

This event will be held at the Horton Grand Hotel (311 Island Ave., Gaslamp) starting at 7 p.m. Wayne Donaldson will give an informative lecture on historic preservation. A well-regarded preservation architect in San Diego, Mr. Donaldson is also one of the founders of the NewSchool of Architecture & Design as well as Heritage Architecture and Planning. Admission for the lectures is $15 admission for non-members (admission can be credited towards a new membership) and free for Gaslamp Museum members. Coffee and dessert to follow lecture. RSVP by calling the museum at 619-233-4692.

This new permanent exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum (1788 El Prado, Balboa Park) opens today featuring rare books, art, photographs and historical documents from the library’s collection. The items pay homage to the “past, present and future of citizen science.” Visit sdnhm. org for more information.



This installment of the summer movie series features the animated film about a young girl uprooted from her Midwest life and transplanted to San Francisco – her emotions (Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness) conflict over how to navigate her new home. The screening will be held at Waterfront Park (1600 Pacific Highway, Marina) and is free to attend. Concessions will be available for purchase. Visit summermoviesinthepark. com for a full schedule of movies.


A five-course dinner inspired by the popular children’s book, “Where The Wild Things Are,” including cheese in every course will be served at The Cheese Store of San Diego (1980 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy) from 6 – 8 p.m. The meal will be crafted by guest Chef Mirella Hinojosa-Segura — a native San Diegan who currently works at Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar. Event price is $69 and includes one glass of wine or beer. Visit thecheesestoresd. com for reservations.



One thousand attendees are expected for the sixth annual Yoga for Hope on Petco Park’s (100 Park Blvd., East Village) centerfield grass. The event will include a yoga marketplace open from 7 – 11 a.m. and featuring more than 25 vendors. A master yoga class will be held at 8:30 a.m. and last 90 minutes. Advance registration is $45 ($35 for yoga instructors). Visit

This space-inspired science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) event will be held from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. for three days at the San Diego Air and Space Museum (2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park). “Go For Launch” is presented by nonprofit Higher Orbits, which works to inspire kids using mankind’s journey into space. Over the course of the event, students will be immersed in “the wonder of spaceflight” with talks and hands-on activities. Former NASA astronaut Don Thomas and others will present during the event. Registration is $250 per student and includes all supplies and snacks and meals. Visit for more information.


A free, monthly cooking class presented by Scripps at Jimbo’s... Naturally! (324 Horton Plaza) for

all ages that features healthy recipes. This edition will include a “back-to-school” menu. Check-in at 5:30 p.m. with event at 6 p.m. Visit to register.


The annual Doggie Street Festival is a not-to-be missed dog and cat adopt-a-thon and celebration with pet products, edible treats, veterinary tips, music, a kids area, auction prizes and more. Attendees are welcome to bring friendly dogs. The event will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at NTC Park at Liberty Station (2455 Cushing Road). Visit for more information.

Gaslamp Quarter Historical 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. 1 p.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit Sunset Trivia: Bring a team or play alone. 7 – 9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. Visit


Weekly Downtown Clean & Safe walkabouts: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. in alternating neighborhoods: Cortez Hill, Core/Columbia, Gaslamp Quarter, Marina and East Village. For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit or sign up for their newsletter. 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-plus. Noon. Tickets are $45. Tours also on Saturday. Visit


Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rain or shine, visit over 100 booths on West Cedar Street between Kettner Boulevard and Front Street. Visit


Sea chanteys are songs recounting the adventure, tragedy and romance of life at sea. The Maritime Museum of San Diego (1492 N. Harbor Drive) along with San Diego Folk Heritage present this annual festival to bring those songs to life. The music will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 4:45 p.m. with a group finale. Performers include: The Jackstraws, Raggle Taggle, John Kraus and more. The event is included with admission to the museum. Visit for more information.


This annual four-day event attracts sculptors from around the world and results in sandcastles and art stretching along the bay. The B Street Pier (1140 N. Harbor Drive, Downtown) is home to the Labor Day weekend event. Tickets start at $11 for one-day admission with two-day and VIP packages available. Ticket prices increase on Aug. 16. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.


Gaslamp Quarter Historical 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. Visit


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 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 a wonderful sound, playing classic and popular hits by Dr. Carol Williams. Enjoy free parking, lots of seating. Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion. 2 p.m. Visit —Compiled by Jen Van Tieghem. Send items for inclusion to editor Morgan M. Hurley at


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(l to r) Actress Ashley Eckstein shows off her Lego couture gown; judge's pick was Hannah “Hanime Kent”; audience winner was Camille Falciola; design by Grace Duval; design by Lydia Tachkov (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro)

Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro Her universe

The third annual Her Universe fashion show was held during San Diego Comic-Con on July 21. The event drew a huge crowd that gathered in the Harbor Ballroom at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Host for the evening was actress and entrepreneur, Ashley Eckstein, who began Her Universe within The Araca Group — her entertainment and production company — because she saw a huge need to tap into the ever-increasing female sci-fi and fantasy fans. Eckstein was wearing a dress made of Lego. Instead of having the “little black dress,” Ashley Eckstein was wearing the “little block dress” made from 10,000 Lego blocks and weighing 25 pounds. This phenomenal, one-ofa-kind item was an Ahsoka Tano Lego couture dress, designed by the 2014 audience award-winner Andrew MacLaine and made by artist Nathan Sawaya. Judges for the show consisted of a celebrity panel including Cindy Levitt (senior vice president, merchandise and marketing, Hot Topic), Nathan Sawaya (world renowned Lego artist), Brinton Parker (assistant editor of trending and viral features at POPSUGAR) and last year’s fashion show winners and designers Leetal Platt and Kelly Cercone. The show began with de-

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signs from the retail chain, Hot Topic, which creates brandrelated apparel and accessories that are influenced by pop culture. They were also one of the sponsors of the fashion show and will give the winners a chance to design a collection for them in the future. The event showcased 27 designers that created “geek couture” fashions for the catwalk. Designers created haute couture designs that were inspired by “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter,” “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Wonder Woman,” to name a few. A video of each designer was shown with their preference for fabrications

and inspiration. Winning contestants were chosen to design a fashion collection, which will be sold exclusively at Hot Topic. During the show, Hannah “Hanime” Kent was named the judge’s winner. Kent’s winning design was inspired by “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Camille Falciola was the audience winner, whose geek couture was inspired by Marander’s Map from “Harry Potter.” This fashion show was taped for a brand new docu-series, “The Her Universe Fashion Show: Fashion Meets Fandom,” shown on Comic-Con HQ, beginning July 28. The series finale was produced by Blondie

Girl Productions and followed the contestants from the very beginning to the finale on the runway. Viewers are encouraged to watch this docu-series on iOS and Android devices, Amazon Prime and on Roku and vote for a third contestant. Voting will last two weeks, ending at midnight (PST) Aug. 11. If you would like to watch and vote for your favorite, go to

takes place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, located Downtown at 1 Park Blvd. For more information call Neil Fullerton at 619-442-5129.

Upcoming events

—Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned Couture Milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at

Aug. 13 | Haute with Heart — This fashion show and luncheon is produced by Leonard Simpson and benefits St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center. Event

Aug. 22 | Celebrating Couture 2016 — Presented by Neiman Marcus and the Globe Guilders, this event will be at Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information visit:

Internet Speeds: How much do you really need? At its onset, Internet was relegated to dial-up connections that provided very slow speeds. Those old enough may recall the times of busy signals and interrupted connections due to shared phone lines. As technology changed, a broadband connection offered much higher speeds and uninterrupted connections. Extremely slow connections may be measured in kilobits per second (Kbps), although most speeds are now measured in megabits per second (Mbps). The higher the number of bytes you are able to download per second, the faster your connection. In order to fully understand how Internet speeds work, let’s define a few key terms: • Streaming. Content you stream is audio or video data transmitted continuously and refers to the delivery method, not the data itself. Streamed content is not saved anywhere on your device. • Downloading. When you download a file, whether it be a movie, a song or something else, the item is copied onto your device from another source. This is typically done over the Internet. • Uploading. When you upload a file, you are copying it from your device to another location, such as uploading your weekend photos to your social media accounts. Perhaps you stream, download and upload, maybe you only do one of these. There are several factors to keep in mind when determining how much Internet speed your household needs, including the number of users, the types of use (basic web browsing, media sharing, streaming content, file downloading, online gaming, video chat, cloud

storage, streaming music, etc.), frequency of use and the number of devices in your home. Keep in mind that even if you live solo, your home may have several devices connected to your home Internet, including mobile devices, TVs, gaming systems, laptops, tablets and other electronics. • 10 Mbps speeds are good for light Internet users who check email and surf the Internet a few times a week and have one standarddefinition television.

How can I be sure I have the appropriate Internet speed? Now that you have a clearer picture of Internet speeds and how much your household needs, it’s best to consult an expert. Visit and use the Cox Speed Advisor tool for a customized look at your needs or visit a Cox Solutions store today to discover the Internet speed package that’s best for you. You could save time, money and bandwidth!

• 100 Mpbs speeds are good for more advanced web browsing and watching high-definition video streaming. • 300 Mbps speeds are good for gaming, teleconferencing, ultra-high-definition streams, and a household of high end users. • Gigabit Internet speed is the next generation of broadband Internet service, delivering speed to power all your devices in the home at the same time, whether you’re using your mobile devices, video streaming, gaming or have a home office. What can you do with gigabit Internet speeds? Gigabit speeds offer Internet that is 100 times faster than the average speed in the U.S. today. With a gig, you can: • Run ALL your devices at the same time • Download an HD movie in less than 60 seconds • Download 100 songs in three seconds • Upload about 1,000 photos in about a minute

Director of Product Marketing, Ryland, is always happy to share tips on Internet speeds and so are Cox in-store representatives. Visit the Cox Solutions Store in Hillcrest today at 1220 Cleveland Ave. or call (619) 780-0800 for more information on Internet speeds.


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