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Imagine 300 tons of sand being dumped on the Broadway Pier in Downtown San Diego. That’s exactly what’s going to happen this Labor Day weekend. As part of the sixth annual U.S. Sand Sculpting

Challenge & Dimensional Art Exposition, 11 World Master Sand Sculptors and 21 Cool California Carvers in seven groups of three will each be given 15 tons of sand to mold. “It’s amazing what is capable in sand sculpture now compared to the old days,” said Bruce Phillips, a World

By Dave Schwab

Master born and raised in San Diego who is in charge of the sand for the exhibition. “Sand sculpture used to be just a sandcastle but now anything you think of can really be done in sand. The sky’s the limit.”

One of the Cool California Carvers teams focus on their entry from last year on the B Street Pier. This year the Labor Day event is moving to the Broadway Pier. (Courtesy

By Jess Winans

Are homeless initiatives in a faceoff? The landscape is littered with plans to house the homeless. Which is best? Do they compete? Offset each other? Work harmoniously together? Does it all mesh? Or is it like separate pieces in a jigsaw puzzle? How will it all come together? Bill Bostad, chief development officer for Father Joe’s Villages, believes the seeming patchwork quilt of homeless housing initiatives being offered these days is basically good, cooperative, and a collective step forward. “[Father Joe’s] plan is designed to be complementary,” Bolstad said. “We need to know that, no matter what we do, it is working to end homelessness,

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Downtown-area restaurants reveal their off-menu dishes By Frank Sabatini Jr. Forget the “secret menu” at In-N-Out Burger. It was fun and exclusive until the company published on its website descriptions of “animal style” burgers and other code-word items for the world to see. In a number of local restaurants, however, clandestine meals are available for those in the know. Some are dishes that appeared briefly as hot-selling specials. Others were born on a whim by chefs who cooked for fellow employees or a table of close friends — and for reasons of culinary greatness, they discretely stuck around. We hacked into several establishments in and around Downtown and discovered tempting dishes you won’t

see printed on their menus or websites.

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535 Fifth Ave. (Gaslamp Quarter), 619-232-1747, The lavish “RR burger” at Rustic Root evades the groundfloor menu because Chef Marcel Childress created it expressly for the rooftop patio. But ask and ye shall receive an 8-ounce patty made of ground chuck, short rib and flank steak. Prepared in the secondary kitchen upstairs and brought down to the main dining room, it’s tucked into a brioche bun with a fried egg, bacon jam, aged cheddar, caramelized onions, mustard aioli, lettuce and tomatoes.

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Ponce’s takes top spot as Atkins honors local small businesses By SDCNN Staff Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant, located in the Kensington neighborhood of Uptown, received a top honor June 6 by Sen. Toni G. Atkins. During the annual California Small Business Day luncheon in Sacramento, Atkins bestowed the 39th Senatorial District’s 2017 “Small Business of the Year” on the local Mexican restaurant, held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Ponce’s was first opened in 1969, by Ponciano Meza, and while the business has expanded since then, it is still in the same location. The Meza family believes their staff to be their most important asset and have always supported a living wage and health care benefits for all. They also believe in making an investment into their local community, and do so regularly by sponsoring Little League teams, participating in beach cleanups, The San Diego Community Center’s annual Dining Out For Life, and various other community projects. Representing Ponce’s in Sacramento were current owner Ponce Meza Jr. and Mikey Knab, director of operations. On June 23, Sen. Atkins then held her annual Small Business of the Year mixer at The Studio Door in North Park, where she honored 19 other small businesses from the 39th District. Owned by LGBT artist Patric Stillman, the gallery was in the midst of its “PROUD” exhibition at the time of the small business event. Following are some of the businesses honored that are relevant to our community: Coronado — Root 75 Flower Shop: Thriving on Coronado Island by the ocean, Root 75 Flower Shop sells beautiful flowers to everyone who cannot resist the temptation. Kristy and Katherine, whose friendship spans back to fourth grade, founded this shop in their hometown on state Route 75 so that they could follow their passion and do what they love every day. With experience in operating in big cities such as New York and Chicago, they offer deliveries as well as gorgeous flower decorations for weddings and receptions. Their authentic and home-style shop provides a modern and dynamic flower display that attracts people from all over San Diego. Downtown San Diego — Café Chloe: Set in the heart of Downtown’s East Village, Café Chloe draws coffee cravers and French-food fanatics alike to this cozy, urban-style café. The menu ranges from café moto teas and espressos to hand-chopped steak and pumpkin-bread pudding. Founded in 2004, Café Chloe quickly became one of the first big restaurants in East Village and has remained quite popular to this day. Locals and visitors alike cherish the amazing food and great vibe of this notable café. South Park — Kindred: This San Diego Architecture Foundation Orchid Award winner has made huge waves since it opened in 2015. Kindred is a death-metal vegan bar (yes,

death-metal vegan bar) whose goal is to not only astound you with its gothic architecture but also with the variety of food and drink on the menu. Owner Kory Stetina took the Midas touch that he has had with pop-up restaurants throughout San Diego and created a magical permanent eatery and bar in South Park. It’s no wonder residents in the neighborhood and San Diegans from afar flock to Kindred’s doors. South Park — Ginseng Yoga: Ginseng Yoga has been part of the South Park community for 15 years. Opened in 2002 by longtime San Diegans Cindy and Brad Bennett, the yoga studio has been working to help novices and experts alike incorporate yoga, health and wellness into their everyday lives. The studio offers therapeutic yoga, cleanses, massage, mediation and a boutique to encourage its community to take a step back and relax into health. Brad and Cindy, along with all their instructors, are a team dedicated to bringing health and happiness into the lives of all of their patrons. Rolando Park — Wei Wei Express: In the two years since Wei Wei Express opened, it has become a community favorite in Rolando Park. Not only does this new and growing business support local causes with donations and food, it’s also dedicated to becoming a part of their community. Wei Wei has attended neighborhood meetings and done its best to support the community however it can. Beyond their involvement with their community, they offer delicious Chinese food and a variety of wings. Point Loma — The Wine Pub: The Wine Pub is a renowned wine bar, restaurant and retail shop located in Point Loma, owned and operated by Sandy Hanshaw. Not only do they offer more than 30 types of wine, but also paninis, sliders, salads and a list of great desserts. The Wine Pub is not exclusive to humankind — you’re invited to bring your four-legged friends along for your visit. “Woofer Wednesday” is known to be a howling good time. To give back to the community, Sandy — a breast-cancer survivor — often hosts fundraisers to support The Breast Cancer Fund, and she will be hosting her fifth annual Bike for Boobs event in October. Oak Park — Louie’s Marketplace: Louie’s Marketplace is a miniature market and neighborhood treasure that is cherished by locals for its authentic and simple style. Owner Latif Georges remodeled and redesigned his store in 2015 with the help of UC San Diego and local teens to transform the marketplace into a vibrant and modern store. The marketplace provides fresh fruit and vegetables for a significant portion of Oak Park, helping improve the daily diets of the residents in the area. Louie’s Marketplace also gives back by partnering with community groups such as the Oak Park Community Council. Other 2017 honorees include: College Area, Pesto

Italian Craft Kitchen; Mira Mesa, Collins Family Jewelers; Normal Heights, Blind Lady Ale House; Mission Hills — Meshuggah Shack; Hillcrest, Hillcrest Shell Gas Station; North Park, A7D and a second winner in North Park, Live Wire; Carmel Valley, Hera Labs; La Jolla, Warwick’s Bookstore; Tierrasantana (with two locations I in Hillcrest) Industrial Grind Coffee Ocean Beach, Lighthouse Ice Cream; Pacific Beach, Mr. Frostie; Rancho Bernardo, the Barrel Room; and Rancho Pensaquitos, Christensen Realty.v

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Preservation: A labor of love After honors for Balboa Park Gate House restoration, Friends group shifts attention to venerable carousel

storied history that stretches back to the 1915 PanamaFor decades, they sat stagCalifornia Exposition. nant, pockmarked by peeling The project is one in a long paint, rotting wood, chipping string of endeavors the Friends siding and other unsightly group has taken on since it was blemishes. first established in 1999. In 2014, just as Balboa Park “We like to say that we are was on the cusp of entering its the vessel between the city of grand centennial celebration, San Diego and Balboa Park,” it seemed all hope was lost for said John Bolthouse, executive a pair of long-lived gate houses director of the organization. that adorned both sides of the “We raise money and awareCabrillo Bridge. ness for capital projects that Removing the deteriorating are not in the city’s budget.” structures from their longtime Jim Hughes, who has served perch was under serious consid- Friends of Balboa Park in a eration. But a group of preservariety of capacities, rolled up vationists, working under the his sleeves and took on the role apt name Friends of Balboa of project manager when the Park, saw beauty and possibiliorganization accepted the gate ty where others saw blight and houses as a restoration project deterioration. in 2014. Fast forward three years, “One of [the gate houses] and the Balboa Park Gate had a crushed roof,” Hughes Houses are gleaming, proudrecalled. “We didn’t know a lot ly demonstrating the venue’s about the structures when we first got started. All we did know was they looked miserable.” While the gate houses are a microscopically small part of Balboa Park, the Friends group asserted the restorative effort, which carried with it a $140,000 projThanks to the Friends, they were restored to their ect budget, was well former grandeur. (Courtesy Richard Signeous) worth the effort and By Dave Fidlin

expense because of the story behind the structures. The gate houses were initially constructed to anchor a sprawling series of gates, which were used to control admission into that first exhibition 102 years ago. While the adorning gates have long since been removed, the gate houses continued to stand in place for years to come. The heavy lifting — planning and the actual restoration work — began in earnest in 2015 and wrapped early this year. A formal ribbon cutting commemorating the project’s completion took place in late March. At the onset, Hughes and his team were unsure how they were going to tackle the project because of the scarcity of information. “We weren’t able to locate any documents on the structure,” Hughes said. “There weren’t any blueprints or good photos. Our initial thought was we would just work on stabilizing the structures.” But additional details did surface as the project got underway, and Hughes said the Friends group worked tirelessly to ensure each painstaking restorative effort was true to the gate houses’ original designs. “In a historical sense, you don’t guess,” Hughes said. “Either you do it right, or you don’t do it at all.”

The gatehouses were badly in need of repair. (Courtesy Friends of Balboa Park) The Friends group initially anticipated the gate house restoration work taking about a year to complete. But once additional information surfaced, the project’s timeline stretched closer to the two-year mark. In May, the Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) recognized Hughes for his leadership role in restoring the Balboa Park Gate Houses. SOHO’s members singled Hughes out, bestowing him with the group’s cultural landscape award. Hughes said the SOHO recognition was the perfect ending to a fulfilling project, though he was quick to point out the award extends beyond himself. “In the end, we were very happy with the finished project,” Hughes said. “This only came together because of everyone’s expertise. There were quite a few disciplines involved in this.” With the gate house restoration effort wrapped, members of the Friends of Balboa Park have shifted their attention toward a new effort: restoring a recently purchased 107-year

carousel that has strong Balboa Park ties. The carousel dates back to 1910 in North Tonawanda, New York, and first made its way to San Diego during the 1915 exhibition. The structure has been privately owned for most of its existence, though the Friends group recently raised enough funds to acquire it. “It’s in magnificent shape,” Bolthouse said. “Our highest priority right now is to raise the profile of the carousel in the community.” The Friends group is in the midst of an extensive campaign to fully restore the carousel to its heyday. The anticipated cost of the project is expected to hover around $3 million, and $798,000 has been raised thus far. For more details on Friends of Balboa Park’s latest capital campaign, which was formally announced July 25, visit —Dave Fidlin is a freelance journalist with a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.fidlin@

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Letters Correct parking times?

[Ref: “Gaslamp Quarter premieres new parking options,” Vol. 18, Issue 7, or online at bit. ly/2wf9Gen.] Regarding the $5 parking at Sixth and K, the article says 6 to 3 p.m. Is it truly during the daytime only or did you mean 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.? —Phyllis, via [Editor’s note: Thanks for catching this – it is indeed 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.]

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Time to think outside the box in homeless ‘plight flight’ By Dave Schwab India, as we all know, has had a rigid social caste system over time. But it’s sad to realize that, here in the States, yes, right here in America’s Finest City, we too have a caste system. We even have “untouchables.” In our culture, those untouchables are called “homeless.” They live in squalor on the streets of our Downtown, without even decent sanitary facilities, not even portable toilets. And some people complain that it looks bad, and the smell is bad. No kidding? I applaud that a dialogue is continuing — and intensifying — about what can be done about homelessness. Here are a couple of my own meager suggestions to toss into the mix if anybody’s listening. First, I think since there is already a homeless ’burgh Downtown with people camping out on sidewalks, that we should find space(s) that could be designated for the homeless. Then we could begin moving them into these areas voluntarily. Maybe you could have tents and simple shower facilities and portable toilets, things to take care of their basic human needs. Perhaps you might even have some social service contacts there, or nearby. Second, I would like to see homeless represented somehow in city government. Even though the homeless does not “own” property, that does not disqualify them as citizens deserving of adequate representation. I’m not foolish enough to suggest you would create a homeless City Council district and elect a councilmember to represent them. At least not right away. Maybe you could start out slow, maybe have a homeless “liaison” from the community who could sit in on City Council meetings, offering the homeless’

perspective. Maybe that person(s) could sit on a committee or two. Hey, maybe even housing. I think doing these simple things would send a message to the homeless community that there is a way out, and more importantly, that people actually care about them and their plight. If we gave them a home, however modest, it would still be their place, something they could take pride in and build around. Has homeless representation in government ever been tried anywhere else? If not, maybe it’s time for a test run. The other day I got in a good-natured debate with someone about the homeless plight. Their argument, which certainly is valid — though I mostly disagree with it — is that the majority of homeless are responsible for what’s caused them to be on the streets; that they want to remain there; and that society would be better off if we just beefed up law enforcement to take care of them and their problems. That won’t get them off the street, and would just be displacing them somewhere else, not dealing with the root causes of why they’re there in the first place. As a journalist, I have written various stories about the homeless and interviewed many of them. A year or so ago, I was introduced by a friend to several of homeless people. I asked them these questions: “What is the biggest problem confronting you? What do you fear most?” Their answer came back loud and strong, the police. They perceive that they are being harassed by them, and that the police are not out to help them, but to make their lives more difficult. I’m not judging this, or saying this perception is right or wrong. I’m saying that’s the perception in the homeless community toward law enforcement.

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[Ref: “Increasing awareness in the sanctity of life,” Vol. 18, Issue 7, or online at] Maybe I’m just tipping at windmills … but in my view, people don’t live on the street in America’s Finest City. I think we should be stripped of that title until or unless we start getting the homeless off the streets and into permanent homes with some kind of security and stability. I like that we’re patching potholes. That’s all well and fine, but I think we could patch a couple less potholes and put in a couple more portable toilets Downtown to begin addressing the basic human needs of San Diego’s “untouchables.” Let’s think creatively about what we could do to patch the lives of the homeless, and return them to some sense of normalcy, whatever that is. It almost seems like we treat pigeons in Downtown more humanely than we do our fellow man/woman. It’s time to put human back into humanity. There, but for the grace of God I go. All of us are judged by the least of us. One final note, though I am not a Christian and am not classically religious, I have found one truth to be self-evident: We are our brothers/sisters keepers. —Dave Schwab is a local journalist and regular contributor to San Diego Downtown News. He can be reached at

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Extending ‘cap and trade’ The issues around DACA Notes from Toni Toni G. Atkins There was reason for celebration on July 17 when the Senate and Assembly worked with Gov. Jerry Brown to pass a package of bills that will extend California’s Cap and Trade program, clean up the air in our communities and continue our leadership role in the fight against climate change. But what made it even better was that it passed with bipartisan support — Democrats and Republicans coming together to move California forward. Cap and Trade, launched in 2012 and extended through 2030 with the passage of AB 398, is an innovative and unique way to reduce harmful emissions — a model that other U.S. states and international cities will follow. The president in June pulled our country out of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. We Californians have to continue to take control of our state’s future and provide the leadership that the federal government is no longer interested in providing. California recently made its already-ambitious greenhouse-gas reduction goals even stronger, pledging to reduce emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Cap and Trade is crucial to meeting those goals. It’s a market-based, incentive-style approach to compelling our heaviest polluters to clean up their industries. The program caps an industry’s total amount of allowable emissions, and that cap is reduced over time. That’s how we get the overall emissions reductions we’re seeking. Within that capped system, we allow industries to buy emissions credits at state-run auctions, giving these companies flexibility to comply with increasingly green mandates. Industries are adapting to a changing landscape — they are going greener all the time. Cap and Trade gives the process a clear structure. Companies will comply with increasingly stringent mandates rather than pay to stay dirty and are rewarded for going green by being allowed to sell emissions credits on a secondary market. Meanwhile, the state spends the revenue it receives from the program on ways to make our state greener and more sustainable. One of the ways

it does this is by funding the Sustainable Communities program, which supports affordable housing located close to transit, addressing two crises at once: housing affordability and climate change. When I was Speaker of the Assembly, I led the effort to allocate a percentage of Cap and Trade funds toward Sustainable Communities, and it has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars to help stabilize struggling families. With Cap and Trade set to expire in 2020, the market was beginning to fail under the weight of uncertainty. Without an extension, California would have been in danger of failing to meet our ambitious, world-leading climate goals. It would have sent a message to others who are following our example that the one model to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions wasn’t sustainable over time. Doing nothing would’ve been irresponsible, costing more than 270,000 jobs, according to one estimate. Gov. Brown did a great job of marshaling a bipartisan coalition in support to extend Cap and Trade — everyone from rural conservatives to urban progressives. Our industries got certainty, flexibility and a certain amount of relief from what would otherwise have been more draconian and expensive regulatory mandates. The alternative would have cost tens of billions of dollars more than Cap and Trade — about three times as much. And those of us who are concerned about excessive pollution in disadvantaged neighborhoods got a companion bill, AB 617, which will result in cleaner air in our local communities. Think, for example, places like San Diego’s Barrio Logan, where residents have been disproportionately affected by childhood and adult asthma because they have had to live side-by-side with polluting businesses. Current programs tackle air pollution at a regional level to comply with broad state and federal air-quality standards. AB 617 seizes opportunities to comprehensively address air pollution where it matters most — at the neighborhood level. Together, AB 398 and AB 617 mark an important milestone in the fight against climate change and the battle for cleaner air.

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Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, immigration became, once again, one of the key “policy” issues nationwide. I use quotes because there was not much real policy to the pronouncements. Primarily there was vitriol, paranoia and outright bigotry aimed at the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be currently living in the United States. It began with Donald Trump’s announcement of his candidacy for president, which included invectives against Mexican immigrants. “When Mexico sends its people,” he said, “they’re not sending their best . . . They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us [sic]. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” These comments set the tone for the entire immigration debate throughout the 2016 campaign and beyond. There was very little substance beyond building a wall, which Mexico would pay for, and deporting every last undocumented immigrant, regardless of their contributions to American society. There hasn’t been a serious debate in Congress about reforming our immigration system since the Senate passed a comprehensive — and bipartisan — immigration reform bill in 2013, on a 68-32 vote, which the Republican-led House of Representatives summarily rejected. President Barack Obama later signed a series of executive orders, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy that allowed young people who came to the U.S. as children to remain in the country legally. Keep in mind that these are people who, by and large, know no other country. They may have been born elsewhere, but in every other sense, they are as American as anyone else. In a border region such as San Diego, this is a serious issue with far reaching repercussions. On July 10, U.S. Rep. Juan Vargas (D-53) convened an Immigration Town

Hall at the Sherman Heights Community Center. The conversation essentially centered around what people affected by our current immigration limbo can do to protect themselves from deportation. Among those who are currently being subjected to deportation status are military veterans who have served honorably in our armed services. “From the founding of our country we have depended and relied on non-citizens to join our armed forces and fight our wars, and we’ve told them if you are willing to give your life for this country, we’ll let you vote,” said Nathan Fletcher, the veterans’ advocate who has announced his candidacy for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Fletcher, a 10-year Marine Corps veteran, was under the impression that veterans cannot be deported. When immigrants are recruited, he said, they are given the promise of citizenship. “One day of military service in a theater of war and they are eligible for citizenship,” he said. And yet over 300 veterans from 30 countries have been deported. “They have been honorably discharged, but dishonorably deported,” Fletcher said. DACA — which the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department says has over 1.4 million people enrolled — was the other major topic of discussion. The program, enacted by executive order, is still in effect, but no one really knows for how long. The problem is that President Trump could, at any time, decide to rescind the executive order and remove protections from DACA recipients. “There’s literally nothing that Democrats can do if the president decided to deport these [recipients]. Because it was an executive order, he could simply reverse the order,” Vargas said. “Sadly, the president has the authority to deport these people if he wants to. I think it’s counterproductive.” The only thing Democrats can do, he said, is to “plead with him not to do it.” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-49) strongly rebuked Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ loosened policy on civil asset forfeitures. The policy allows government agencies to permanently seize the private assets of people merely suspected of a crime, with no

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recourse if the case proved unfounded. “With care and professionalism, we plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures,” Session said in remarks to the National District Attorneys Association. “This is a troubling decision for the due process protections afforded to us under the Fourth Amendment as well as the growing consensus we’ve seen nationwide on this issue,” Issa said in a statement. “Criminals shouldn’t be able to keep the proceeds of their crime, but innocent Americans shouldn’t lose their right to due process, or their private property rights in order to make that happen.” In other Issa news, members of Issa’s congressional staff — including Issa himself at least once — have complained directly to the city of Vista three times to have the 200-300 protesters who have consistently gathered across from his office removed, despite the group’s possession of a valid permit, and the protesters having been found to be in compliance with their permit. Photos of Issa standing on the roof of the building taking photos of the protesters went viral in June. Rep. Scott Peters (D-52) has fi led an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations bill that will block President Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military. The amendment reads: “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to implement, enforce, or observe in any way, any directive from the president of the United States that bars or restricts the ability of a person to serve in the armed forces because such person is transgender.” “There are already thousands of transgender Americans serving honorably and openly in our Armed Forces. There is a former member of SEAL Team 6 — the most elite military unit in history — that came out as transgender,” Peters said in a statement. “Just as we did with the repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell, Congress must stand up against backwards politics, trust our military leaders, and put national security fi rst.” —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at

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Mortuary marks its 100th year Community celebration planned for Aug. 9 By Jess Winans The Merkley-Mitchell Mortuary in Hillcrest will be celebrating its centennial on Wednesday, Aug. 9, with an open house for the community. “Beyond funeral services, we feel strongly that the mortuary role is to carry on the legacy of the citizens of that community,” said Sean Bulthuis, current manager of the mortuary. “Every life deserves to be celebrated. The mortuary is no different than a museum or library. Our role is to support citizens and the community during a difficult time when they’ve lost a loved one.” The centennial celebration will be held from noon to 7 p.m. and features music performances by local bands like The Push-Pins and Grupo Reo, bingo, raffles and food. The mortuary, located at 3655 Fifth Ave., was founded in 1917 by Henry W. Merkley and Gloria Mae Merkley West. A Canadian by birth, Mr. Merkley was a funeral director, business owner and involved community member in San Diego. According to an old newspaper clipping, in 1923 he founded an all-girls band, The Merkley Musical Maids, which played for many years at San Diego area functions. He also helped organize the first newspaper in Hillcrest, according to another newspaper report.

Civic engagement was important to Merkley. He was an active member of many groups, like the Board of Freeholders for the city of San Diego, and was a supporter of the controversial “Ham and Eggs” movement in the 1930s. According to the San Diego History Center, the “Ham and Eggs” movement began during the Great Depression with the goal of providing an old-age pension for Californians. The movement qualified a state initiative, but it was defeated in 1938. The movement was brought to San Diego by a retired car salesman, Roger M. Coffin, who had been a resident since 1932. Coffin wanted to operate a local office and promote the old-age pension proposal that would help poor elderly people. The plan recommended that $25 in warrants should be given each week to every unemployed Californian over the age of 50. Critics dubbed it the “Ham and Eggs” movement becaused they believed that undeserving citizens would be eating ham and eggs during the mornings their warrants arrived. In 1936, Archie Price, a 64-year-old La Jolla resident and a county relief recipient, notified the local press that he would kill himself when his savings were depleted. On July 25, 1938, Price committed suicide in Balboa Park

leaving a note in his pocket explaining that he only had two cents left to his name. Like many other Americans at the time, Price was too young to receive an old age pension but too old to find work. Social Security didn’t begin monthly benefits until January 1940. In response to Price’s burial in a pauper’s grave without a funeral service, Coffin and Merkley conducted a public funeral at Glen Abbey Cemetery, located at 3838 Bonita Road. According to Jackson Putnam in his book, “Old Age Politics in California,” about 7,000 “Ham and Eggs” supporters touched by Price’s sad story attended the funeral. In 1941 Merkley invited Warren Austin, an involved community member who worked for the city of San Diego, to be his business partner. “I have chosen from our community’s young manhood a partner,” Merkley said, according to an old newspaper clipping. “He personifies the sterling qualities of loyalty, character, sincerity and friendship. For ten years he has served San Diego faithfully and ably.” That same year, they moved the mortuary from the Mercy Hospital complex at 4077 Fifth Ave. to its current location, a few blocks south, also on Fifth Avenue. They purchased the

Merkley-Mitchell will celebrate with an open house on Aug. 9. (Facebook) property from Kate Sessions, also known as the “Mother of Balboa Park,” to build a larger mortuary that had architectural appeal. The new Merkley-Austin Mortuary was acclaimed as “San Diego’s 1941 home-beautiful” in an old newspaper clipping, and a local minister said it was “privacy, seclusion and peace; here [the mortuary] is true beauty to lighten the burden of grief.” “We’re definitely in close proximity with Kate Sessions’ Balboa Park,” Bulthuis said. “She’s definitely intertwined with the beautiful architecture we have here.” Merkley and Austin were business partners for 15 years, holding funeral services at the mortuary and managing the all-girls band under a new name: The Merkley-Austin Girls’ Band. After Merkley died in 1956, mortuary ownership was passed on to the San Diego Cemetery Association under

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the Legler Benbough group for 12 years. In 1968, the mortuary was purchased by funeral director and manager Richard C. Mitchell. Previously, Mitchell had managed Dorothy Goodbody’s Ivy Chapel at 317 Ash St. from 1948 to 1968. After the Ivy Chapel closed, Mitchell purchased what is now the Merkley-Mitchell Mortuary, located at 3655 Fifth Ave., which he owned and operated for 28 years. “You have to be a special kind of person to do funeral service,” said Victoria Nilsen, Mitchell’s daughter. “My father was a very sensitive and compassionate person.” Mitchell, like Merkley and Austin, was also very involved in the community. He was a member of many groups and handled funerals of several mayors, including Frank Curran in 1992. In 1996, Mitchell sold the mortuary to the Loewen group, which went bankrupt and became the Olderich Group. It is now the Dignity Memorial Group. Although no family members are involved in the mortuary these days, Mrs. Nilsen worked there for six years and met her husband, Tedd Nilsen, in the embalming room. “I loved Mr. Mitchell like my father,” said Mr. Nilsen, who was a fee-for-service embalmer at the mortuary for 20 years. “He was a warm, caring gentleman who had a lot of empathy. No family was ever turned away due to lack of funds.” Mortuaries historically serve big roles in society and communities, and the MerkleyMitchell Mortuary exemplifies that. Merkley, Austin and Mitchell were all active community members and saw mortuaries as staples in their neighborhoods. Early on under the Merkley-Austin ownership, they held an annual Christmas party for the community. For the last five years, the mortuary has also been a voting location. To learn more about the centennial celebration or to RSVP to this free event, call Iris Carini at 619-295-2177 or email her at “One-hundred years is a great celebration,” Bulthuis said. “We’re always looking for different ways to honor and celebrate lives because that’s what it’s all about.” ––Jess Winans is an intern with San Diego Community News Network. You can reach her at jessicamwinans@gmail. com.v


San Diego Downtown News | August 2017


New sales representative joins SDCNN

Brenda Vergara brings 15 years of experience to the network By Jess Winans The San Diego Community News Network (SDCNN) has welcomed a new sales representative, Brenda Vergara. Vergara will primarily focus her sales in the various neighborhoods of Downtown, for the monthly San Diego Downtown News, one of six papers in the SDCNN network. Before joining the SDCNN team, Vergara was an account executive for El Latino, a Spanish publication in San Diego, and is currently furthering her education by taking business administration classes. Originally from Mexico, Vergara crossed the border daily for school while growing up, eventually moving permanently to Orange County, where she got married and settled down.

Brenda Vergara She lived in Orange County for 22 years, where she also had a daughter. Today Vergara lives in South San Diego with her two dogs Cookie, a Maltese poodle, and Sofie, a poodle. “Spanish is my first language,” she said. “In San Diego, we work really close to the



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border so it’s key to be bilingual and it will help me to do my job better.” Prior to working with news publications, Vergara was a project coordinator and outreach worker in the health care industry. However, with over 15 years of experience in the public relations and marketing worlds, becoming a sales representative for SDCNN was a natural step for Vergara. “This is what I like doing,” she said. “I like it so much, interacting with people, networking, marketing and selling.” Vergara can be reached at 619-961-1964 and at —Jess Winans is an intern at San Diego Community News Network. You can reach her at

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San Diego Downtown News | August 2017


HOMELESS putting people into housing. It’s not complicated. What it comes down to is we need to produce thousands of more [housing] units over the years ahead.” A primary difficulty in trying to house people who’ve fallen through the cracks to land on the street is a function of the most basic tenet of economics: supply and demand. “We need to make housing more affordable for San Diegans who are being priced out of our city because of California’s housing shortage,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, who’s lobbying in favor of the new “Housing SD” plan.

That plan is a set of policy changes addressing the high price of housing for low- and middle-income San Diegans by increasing housing supply, lowering costs and promoting smart growth. One recent piece of legislation has changed the city’s municipal code to make it easier to build companion units, also known as “granny flats.” Another revised program encourages affordable and green development by speeding up the permitting process for qualifying projects, hopefully spurring more housing construction. Faulconer agrees housing availability is the key, but that it has to improve drastically on the supply side if homeless are to be transitioned successfully off the street, and ultimately,


East Village is overrun with encampments but alternatives seem to conflict with each other. (Photo by Dave Schwab) into permanent housing, whatever form that might take. “The changes we’ve made are the first of many steps we’re

taking this year to lower housing costs and increase housing options for folks struggling during this affordability crisis,” said Faulconer. “San Diegans can’t afford for us to wait.” San Diego’s housing crunch has been well-documented, with more than 70 percent of San Diegans being deemed unable to afford to buy a house at the county’s median home cost of more than $500,000 — making San Diego one of the least affordable markets in the nation. To address the shortage of affordable homes and apartments, Faulconer and a bipartisan group of elected officials and housing advocates have unveiled the Housing SD plan, which includes a dozen strategies to spur the construction of low-income and middle-class housing. These efforts will include incentives and streamlined development standards, speeding up the review process; directing funding toward affordable housing; and encouraging growth in transit-friendly areas, while supporting the goals of the city’s aggressive Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP calls for eliminating half of all greenhouse gas emissions in the city while also while planning for all electricity used in the city to be in renewable form by 2035. “It’s a critical issue, housing affordability, the housing stock,” Bostad said. “San Diego’s rental vacancy rate is one of the nation’s lowest, which means landlords have their pick of who they rent to, and renters are really challenged with the low-income and the homeless hanging around the fringes.” Bostad said there is an overarching strategy among the myriad plans being scattered around to somehow provide an additional 2,000 housing units in San Diego over the next five years. “And we’re doing that through a combination of new construction on properties that [Father Joe’s] own, or by the city’s efforts to rehab old, outdated motel-type properties,” Bostad said. “There’s always hurdles to clear.

While Bostad remains encouraged, he also admitted there are still hurdles to address. They have a number of proposals in the works but need to find rundown sites that are already developed and simply need to be rehabilitated for use. He added that Father Joe’s brain trust has a list of 80 properties that could, conceivably, be converted for homeless or low-income use. “We’re looking for locations, neighborhoods within a 10-mile radius of Downtown, along transit [bus, trolley] lines, properties we can improve, properties maybe where neighbors would be thankful there’s new management put in place,” he said. Meanwhile, a new City Council Select Committee on Homelessness recently directed staff to “flesh out” quick-andeasy measures to ease homelessness on San Diego’s streets. Homelessness Committee chair Chris Ward has suggested establishing temporary housing at Golden Hall in the Downtown Civic Center and/or at Qualcomm Stadium practice field, as two “menu options” in the homeless plight fight. Cate noted recently that “All things are on the table,” when it comes to vetting homelessness. And the problem is worsening. This January’s annual tally of the area’s transient population revealed 5,619 homeless in the city of San Diego — up 10.3 percent from last year. Of that number, 3,231 were living on the streets, hundreds more in their vehicles. The city’s homelessness committee asked staff to return with a report on the progress they’ve made in the homeless plight fight in September. Ward is also advocating that the city needs to provide additional facilities for the homeless to stash their belongings while they seek work or social services, as current storage options located Downtown are maxed out. —Dave Schwab can be reached at


San Diego Downtown News | August 2017


The many homes of Alonzo Horton Gaslamp Landmarks Sandee Wilhoit When Alonzo Horton arrived in San Diego in 1867, he did what any newcomer would do — he looked for a place to live. Fortunately for Horton, there were three houses and the barracks left from William Heath Davis’s earlier attempt to establish a seaport in the area.Horton purchased one of the houses, then located at State Street and H Street (now Market Street) for $100, and that became the first humble abode of Horton and his wife, Sarah. It must also be noted that he purchased the house in her name, quite a cavalier gesture at the time! That house, the oldest structure in Downtown or “New Town” San Diego, is now a museum and the home of the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. The Davis-Horton House, as it is now called, was built in 1850 in Portland, Maine. It was deconstructed and brought, along with nine other homes, around Cape Horn onboard the ship, Cybele. Its original destination was San Francisco where it was to serve as housing for the 49ers, but it arrived too late, and Davis seized the opportunity to purchase the ship and its cargo cheaply. He repurposed the houses as the foundation of his

proposed new seaport town in San Diego. Unfortunately, Davis had a spell of bad luck, lost $700,000 in a warehouse fire, and his “new” town fell into abandoned disrepair. This sturdy little New England saltbox-style house survived, however, and is a historical landmark and tourist attraction. As for the Hortons, they lived in the house until the first of their many mansions was built. The first Horton mansion was located at 10th Avenue and G Street, and as Alonzo put it, was “the most ornamental house yet to be built in San Diego.” It was a one-and-ahalf-story structure, heavily gabled and ornamented, with a covered front porch running the length of the front of the house. The property was planted with numerous ornamental trees and considered to be quite pretentious for the times. The home was called Cypress Cottage, and later became known as The Gables. In March 1873, the Hortons moved into their second mansion. Located at Sixth Avenue and A Street, it was a two-story frame structure with a magnificent view of the Coronado Islands, Point Loma and the bay. It was elegantly furnished and had both gas lighting and water, which was supplied by the well at the Horton House Hotel. The mansion boasted a parlor and a library decorated with walnut framed tan furniture adorned with silk looped

tops. The curtains were heavy lace, and Brussels carpets covered the floors in all the rooms. Additionally, there was a fine piano in the parlor. The ground floor also contained a kitchen, washroom, bathroom, two pantries and closets. The upstairs contained three bedrooms with closets! The Hortons lived, along with their niece Amy Brown, in this home until 1874. At that time, Horton built a new home on the northeast corner of First and Elm streets. This edifice was a replica of the house on 10th Avenue and G Street. Horton was determined to push building north and he felt that if he took the lead, others would follow. In 1885, Horton was able to achieve another of his dreams — he would finally build the hilltop mansion he had so long desired. Horton’s mansion at 1929 First St. between Fir and Grape streets contained 12 large rooms, some with fireplaces of black inlaid marble. The woodwork was of rare curly redwood. The landscaping was formal and very elaborate with many marble statues. The grounds were terraced leading down to the street with a retaining wall at the bottom. At the foot were two life-sized gilded lion’s heads. The two-story building also featured a lookout and widow’s walk to enable Horton to view the ships that rounded Point Loma. He then ran up a flag to signal their imminent


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The famed Davis-Horton House on Island Avenue, now a museum and home of the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation (Courtesy GQHF) arrival and hurried down to the wharf to greet them. The cost of the house was approximately $18,000, but it had a million-dollar view. In 1891, President and Mrs. Benjamin Harrison visited Horton at this house. In 1892, Horton moved yet again — this time to 2829 State St. — to an 11-room house with an even more commanding view than the home on First Street. For a time, however, there was not much else in sight. This was the first, and for a long time, the only house on what came to be known as Horton’s Hill. The house had a veranda around three sides, a cupola and was crowned with a widow’s walk

and lookout so that Horton could continue to look for arriving ships. To Horton, the view was everything. Alonzo Horton, or “Father Horton” as he was called, died at Agnew Sanitarium on Beech and Sixth streets on Jan. 7, 1909. All his mansions have been razed, but the little New England saltbox, his humble beginning, is still proudly standing at 410 Island Ave. where it is the home of the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. —Sandee Wilhoit is the historian for the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. She can be reached at


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A glance into the future of northeast East Village By Joan Wojcik

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Over the last decade or more, San Diego has experienced a housing and development boom throughout most areas of the city. The ballpark area Downtown, referred to as southwest East Village, is almost completely developed around the Petco Park stadium with high-rise condominiums, restaurants, Thomas Jefferson Law School and the famous icon, the Central Library. Previously, the Marina District, Little Italy and Cortez Hill experienced their own gentrification. While all this redevelopment was happening, the community referred to as northeast East Village has waited years for their urban renewal to begin. Market Street and C Street at San Diego Community College and 18th Street and Park Boulevard define northeast East Village. This area is noted for its old warehouses, vacant lots and dilapidated buildings. All that has started to change this year with the redevelopment momentum exploding in the area. The list of projects currently planned for this district is impressive and includes the Broadstone apartments, 10 Barrel Brewing, Punch Bowl Social, Idea1, Block D office building, and the expected ground breaking of the “Streetlights” mixed-used project. Next year, this urban renewal will continue with the ground breaking of the first Promenade Block (the east block contiguous to Albertsons supermarket), phase 1 of the East Village Green, and the addition of a five-story facility for the UC San Diego. The Broadstone project, located on Broadway and 16th Street, and Idea1 project, located on 13th and E streets, are nearing completion. The Block D and Streetlight projects, both located on 15th and F streets, will be completed in late 2018 or early 2019. Idea1 has started leasing office and restaurant spaces

Development in East Village is booming. (Photo by Joan Wojcik) with apartment units to be leased in July. Broadstone will be leasing 269 apartments and over 5,000 square feet of commercial space in the near future. Broadstone, Idea1, Block D and Streetlight hope to attract young, high-tech workers and companies to join the awakening of northeast East Village. With the addition of the much-anticipated young population of millennials, entertainment venues are also joining the urban regeneration revitalization in the neighborhood. 10 Barrel Brewing had its grand opening in June and has already become a popular gathering center. Across the street from 10 Barrel Brewing, the Punch Bowl Social is scheduled to open in early 2018., An interactive social complex housed in the historic Coliseum, Punch Bowl Social will be offering modern dining, a bar, entertainment, games and bowling alleys. These two newcomers will become the entertainment hub for the several blocks of development known as Makers Quarter, which will have a dramatic impact on the urban regeneration revitalization of northeast East Village.

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Apartments, offices, restaurants, entertainment venues and the incorporation of green areas will continue the gentrification of northeast East Village. The green areas will include 11 blocks of lush expanded walkways called the Promenade Blocks and phase 1 of the East Village Green Park. The Promenade, referred to as pedestrian zones, will embrace the entire east side of 14th Street from City College to the Bay. Driving lanes or vertical parking on the east side of 14th Street will be replaced by lush green walkways, and next year the construction of the first Promenade pedestrian walkway will become a reality in northeast East Village, using the sidewalk adjacent to the Albertsons. Adding to the urban regeneration and revitalization excitement in northeast East Village are the announced plans of a University of California San Diego facility in the neighborhood. These are truly exciting times for northeast East Village. In five to 10 years, the old, dilapidated warehouses and buildings and vacant lots will be a vague memory, replaced by a vibrant community made up of a population of millennials, young professionals, families and entrepreneurs. The environment will include learning academia centers and innovative startup companies surrounded by beautiful Promenade walkways, the largest park in Downtown — East Village Green — winding bike lanes, entertainment centers, condominiums, apartments, live and work studios, and office buildings filled with high tech workers. What a vibrant future outlook for northeast East Village and it has already begun. — Joan Wojcik is the president of the East Village Residents Group. Learn more about the EVRG at or contact Joan at


SAND SCULPTING Sculptures from San Diego’s past competitions are so much more than life-sized versions of the sandcastles you made as a kid. They are stand-alone works of art. Those with faces have detailed lines, facial features and life-like characteristics. In one sculpture, a saxophone player looks like he is making melodies right in front of you; in a sponsored sculpture of the MTS rapid bus, it looks like it is on its way to bring you to work; and in another piece, the Olympic runner at the end of the tunnel looks like they are racing to the end in the distance. The event is produced by Gordon and Joyce Summer, two very active Downtown residents, who began doing so after the Imperial Beach U.S. Sandcastle Competition ended in 2011 after nearly three decades. Gordon said the event got too big with nearly 300,000 attendees and because it was on the beach, legally they couldn’t contain it or afford the mounting security costs, so they had to shut it down. So, at the urging of Scott Peters, then a San Diego Port Commissioner, Joyce and Gordon took over, brought the competition to the Embarcadero and kicked the competition up a notch. “We brought in artists from all over the world, put in a prize budget, just upgraded the whole thing,” Gordon said. In addition, they source a special type of sand with clay content from a quarry, which many sculptors say is the best they’ve ever worked with. “It can be cut and built very vertically,” Phillips said. “The sand is really key,” The main feature of the event? The world masters who are flown in to compete each year. The World Master Sand Sculptors are a group of nearly 50 professionals from all over the world that have won various competitions and exhibitions. Sculptors invited to compete in the San Diego event have two requirements; one being that they have won a major competition previously, and the other that they are available Labor Day weekend. “They travel around the world together, it’s a gregarious sport,” Gordon said. “Most artists work in a studio by themselves and it’s lonely; a glassblower or a potter or a painter, they are all by themselves, it’s an individual art. These guys travel all over the world [performing their art] together and it’s like a party wherever they go.” Participating in a sand-sculpting event of this level has a lot of plusses. For the sculptors, they receive appearance money, prize money, and expense coverage. In fact, this year’s competition includes more than $60,000 in prize awards. For audience members, they get to see art from some of the most skilled sand sculptors in the world. “The skills that these people have that virtually no one else has is the ability to do cutouts in the sand,” Gordon noted. “They can build a sandcastle or sculpture with a big hole in

the middle, or lots of holes in the middle, and somehow the top stays there and it doesn’t collapse.” Returning World Masters this year include llya Filimonstev from Moscow, the 2016 grand prize winner; Melineige BeauRegard from Montreal, the 2015 grand prize winner; Rusty Croft from Carmel, California, the 2012 grand prize winner and co-host of Sand Masters on the Travel Channel; Fergus Mulvany from Ireland, the 2016 second place winner; Thomas Keot from Melbourne, Florida, the 2016 third place winner; and Sue McGrew from Tacoma, Washington, the 2014 second place winner and a Sand Masters TV personality. Also competing this year are two new World Master participants: Jihoon Choi from South Korea and Abram Waterman from Prince Edward Island, Canada. The masters will compete for a grand prize, as well as second and third place. They will also be in the running for People’s Choice, where attendees vote for their favorites, and Sculptor’s Choice, where participating masters also vote. The Cool California Carvers class will also be competing. The class consists of seven teams of three Californiabased sand sculptors that once competed in the old IB series. There are first, second and third prizes, and each team member will also vote on the seven group sculptures, deciding which are the best. As part of The Dimensional Art Exhibition there will also be over 1,000 original works of art available for purchase like jewelry, handmade clothing and wall-art made out of things like metal, wood, glass, acrylic, fabric and gemstones. The event definitely features something for every member of the family, including a Kid Zone with rides, sandcastle building lessons by professional artists, over a dozen gourmet

food trucks, a beer and wine garden and live entertainment including various tribute bands (Beatles, Elvis, Beach Boys, Journey) and other classic rock and blues bands. A portion of the proceeds from the sixth annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Exposition will to go charities, such as Arts for Learning, The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, It’s All About the Kids Foundation, and Maritime Museum kids educational programs. “We’re very passionate about children’s charities and really think it’s the way to go,” Joyce said. “This year we added The Princess Project.” The Princess Project provides free prom dresses to high school students in San Diego who couldn’t afford them otherwise. In addition to donating to local charities, on Friday organizers will be holding a fundraiser to benefit Arts for Learning, formerly known as Young Audiences, from 6–8 p.m. with food like gelato and tacos, live music and the opportunity to watch the World Masters in action. Something else new this year? The location. The Port of San Diego requested that the organizers move the event from the B Street Pier, where it was held the last five years, to the Broadway Pier and Port Pavilion at 1000 North Harbor Dr. “The Broadway Pier is about one-third smaller, so it’s been a bit of a challenge because we don’t have the space we had before,” Joyce said, adding that they are making it work and vendors will be along the Embarcadero. Gordon said that the impact of moving the sand sculpting competition to Downtown San Diego was notable and brings about $3 million to the city. “Culturally we think we bring a lot, there are only a couple of dozen of these events in

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The sand sculptures are close enough to touch. (Courtesy the world that are at this level, there’s no other event in the U.S. There’s one or two that are bigger than we are but not in the middle of a Downtown,” he said. The event is sponsored by The Port of San Diego, MTS, GEICO, the San Diego Padres and many others. Organizers are still seeking additional sponsors and you can email gsummer@ussandsculpting. com for more information on how to become one. Public transportation to the exposition is encouraged and you can get $2 knocked off of your ticket at the gate with proof of transit. Just take the MTS trolley or bus to The America Plaza or Santa Fe Depot stations. The event runs from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Friday, Sunday and Monday, with additional hours on Sunday for the awards ceremony. Tickets at the door Friday are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for children. On

Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the door they are $15 for adults, $12 for first responders and active military, $12 for seniors, $10 for children and can be bought as a family 4-pack for $35. Tickets can also be purchased online now at an early-bird rate. Visit tinyurl. com/yabwc8pt. In addition to standard admission you can purchase VIP tickets for $39 each day, which includes easier event entry, access to a special VIP area at the end of the pier, special upscale facilities, two beverages and special discounts at Seaport Village and The Headquarters. For more information visit and to become a sponsor email Gordon at —Jess Winans is an intern at San Diego Community News Network. You can reach her at

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Little Italy News Christopher Gomez Don your denim and diamonds garb and saddle up for Little Italy San Diego’s biggest party, Ferragosto! The biennial event takes two whole years to plan and is Little Italy’s own take on the traditional Italian holiday “Feriae Augusti.” Each year the fundraising event takes on a new theme, and this year is no different, welcoming guests to enjoy a “Wild Western” experience. Ferragosto 2017 will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 6 p.m. to midnight, with a VIP reception starting at 5 p.m. Attendees will feel like they are stepping back in time into the wild Wild West at Little Italy’s Amici Park. Guests can look forward to line dancing the night away

Attendees enjoying last year's theme during Ferragosto. (Courtesy LIA) with classic Western themed entertainment, a Westernstyle BBQ, casino games, a rodeo, live music and more! This year’s Ferragosto will also feature can-can dancers,

a bluegrass band, saloon, bull riding and more. At the fi fth annual Ferragosto, attendees will be immersed into the full experience of the Wild West, as Amici Park will transform into a Western Village, surrounded by old Western hotels, convenience stores, a saloon with whiskey tastings and the Kumeyaay Indian Tribe. Guests can play casino games like poker and roulette, enjoy Western music and entertainment or participate in the live auction and raffle — it’s sure to be a wild, wild party. San Diego’s finest restaurants will be providing the grub and libations, including hors d’oeuvres, main dishes, drinks, cocktails and desserts. Participating restaurants include Kansas City BBQ, Phil’s BBQ, Civico 1845, Bencotto, Isola Pizza, Pappalecco, Mona Lisa, Caffe Italia and more. Ferragosto’s Wild Western party benefits Washington Elementary School Foundation, Our Lady of the Rosary Church and the Little Italy Association. Over the past five events, Ferragosto has raised more than $600,000 for the three nonprofits in the Little Italy neighborhood. The last few events have transformed Little Italy’s Amici Park into Pompeii, Venice, the Roman Coliseum, and even a scene from the Roaring ’20s. For more information on this year’s Ferragosto 2017| Wild Western event, visit Tickets are sold online, and start at $125 for general tickets and $1,250 for a general table — upgraded VIP prices are also available. To stay connected with the neighborhood during community events, check out what’s going on in the neighborhood by following us on Instagram and Twitter: @LittleItalySD and Facebook: LittleItalySD. —Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at


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Comic guru calls San Diego home

Expanding her heart — and her brand — from a Downtown hostel

Ibelle has made it a habit to not only open her mouth, but Jez Ibelle, San Diego to seek advice from experts resident via Florida and in her field and follow it. At a Michigan, is making her mark comic convention in Michigan, in the comic book arena — and she sought out Mike Zapcic has adopted Downtown as her and Ming Chen from the permanent home base. Last television series “Comic Book year, at her third San Diego Men” (among other credits) Comic-Con, the editor of First and asked them, “How do you Comic News connected with present yourself as a personalanother transplant … and nev- ity?” Their fi rst recommendaer left. tion was “Get on a podcast!” In July of 2016, she arrived So, still at the convention, at the RK Hostel in Little Ibelle tracked down some peoItaly at 1 a.m. in advance of ple who worked with Podcast Comic-Con. Two days later, Detroit, an entertainment podshe was still talking to the cast network. Less than three man who checked her in, and hours later, she was a guest he offered to help her get a on a podcast they were doing job at the hostel. The Monday from the convention — which after the conference ended, then turned into a host spot Ibelle missed her fl ight and on a new show “Geek-a-pedia.” never looked back. (“Geek-a-pedia” has since gone “I fell in love on the back off air, but previous episodes deck of a hostel,” she said. “I can still be accessed at podmoved here with a backpack and a suitcase.” Turning connections inShe is now a permanent to #goals is one of the rearesident at the RK Buckner sons Ibelle loves San Diego Hostel, and continues to grow Comic-Con. her comic brand. Although “Every single person you digital technology enables would need to achieve your her to work from just about goal is under one roof,” she anywhere, Ibelle is invested in said. this city. And for fandom purposes, “I love San Diego — why meeting people like Brian would you not?” she said, O’Halloran, original star of gesturing to the expanse of “Clerks,” or Grant Morrison, Downtown from her rooftop writer of “Nameless,” doesn’t view. hurt either. That impulsive, all-in Although she works in the attitude has marked many comic field now, Ibelle didn’t of Ibelle’s business and life grow up reading them. It choices — and propelled her wasn’t until she was living in into colorful adventures. From Rhode Island in 2012 (Ibelle a geek-celebrating podcast has crisscrossed the country in Detroit, to a conversation several times) that she first with “The Flash” writer Josh embraced the genre. Always the Williamson in New York, to gamer (Sega Genesis is what being a First Comic News pan- she grew up playing), Ibelle elist in San Diego, Ibelle has was exploring her neighborhood pursued a variety of writing and discovered a comic book and speaking opportunities. store. It didn’t take too many “In networking, nothing volumes for her to fall in love happens unless you open your with the genre; although for mouth,” she said. “If they say Ibelle, after DC’s “A Death in yes, they say yes. But if not, the Family” turned out to be a you’ll never know if you don’t major disappointment, she now open your mouth.” goes “All Indy. All the time.” She worked out a deal with the store owner to work in exchange for comic books . . . and here’s where the fi rst connection in the editorial field was made. At the time, Ibelle was dating a standup comedian. He had performed a show at a party for the wife of First Comic News managing editor Matt Szewczyk. About five months after that, Szewczyk ran into him and Ibelle at the shop where she was then working. In the course of the conversation, it came up that Szewczyk was looking for reviewers for his site. Despite having never written one before, Ibelle had always excelled in English and writing Ibelle posing with actor Brian O’Halloran at and thought, “Well, I SDCC17 (Courtesy Jez Ibelle) could do that.” By Joyell Nevins

Szewczyk agreed to give her a chance. Ibelle started receiving PDF review copies of comics and learning how to write for an online presence. Six months later, Ibelle was back in Florida and partaking in her fi rst comic convention season. After attending the Florida Supercon in Miami on press credentials and making a “pretty insane” 27-hour Greyhound ride to the New York Comic Con, she was hooked. “I wanted to go more,” she said. “I was jonesing – I love con-ning.” Ibelle’s fourth “con” was in San Diego — thanks to $600 she found stashed in a drawer that she’d forgotten about — where she was a guest on the First Comic News panel. “I still had no clue what I was doing — but I was doing it,” Ibelle said with a laugh. “I didn’t say much [on that fi rst panel]. But I listened.” One of the panelists was from Bleeding Cool, a comic news site and magazine, who spoke about the importance of developing your own brand. “I took their advice to heart and applied it to my own career,” Ibelle said. “I need [to attract] attention to my personal self to get attention for the comic book reviews. My product is my personality — people have to know why they should trust me, why they would want to read me.”

Jez Ibelle landed in San Diego for Comic-Con last year and never left. (Courtesy Jez Ibelle)

Since then, Ibelle has taken on editorial responsibilities at First Comic News, hosted the aforementioned podcast, and continued to write her own reviews. She has worked at the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, met the global brand director for ReedPOP, the coordinator behind NYCC, and was a panelist again at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con. Her next step is to break into the publishing side of the comic world. And to anyone trying to make their own name in comic book reviewing and writing, Ibelle just has three words of advice: “Just. Do. It.” To connect with Ibelle, follow her on Twitter @manyfacesofjez. You can read First Comic News at fi —Joyell Nevins is a freelance writer who can be reached at Find her blog “Small World, Big God” at


Ibelle in costume Hex from an indy comic, "Dry Spell 2," which has not been published yet. "Dry Spell," by Ken Krekeler was published by Action Lab Comics. (Courtesy Jez Ibelle)


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Lunch with a sustained dose of originality Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. From the almond gazpacho to a triple-layer carrot cake encrusted by pecan brittle — and every course in between — nothing we ate at Prepkitchen Little Italy descended into mediocrity. Or even close. The midday meal marked my third visit to the second-level restaurant overlooking India Street. Once was for happy hour (3 to 6 p.m., daily), when tapas and select drinks are priced at $5.55. The other time was for dinner, involving Prepkitchen’s famous bacon-wrapped dates and a seasonal pasta dish tossed with shrimp, local tomatoes and Fresno chilies. I was never disappointed, although on this recent visit with a friend who hadn’t eaten here

House-made carrot cake

before, I came to wholly appreciate the kitchen’s unswerving commitment to quality and invention. Owned by Whisknladle Hospitality, the Little Italy spot is five years old. It’s the larger of two other Prepkitchens — in La Jolla and Del Mar. It’s also the only location with a full bar, which is supported by a spacious lounge area. An organic feel pervades the entire space. There are mini-terrariums in glass jars perched along the stairwell and parota wood strips resembling bacon slices hovering over the big-windowed dining room. Overseeing the menu for the past few years is Executive Chef Joanna Rockwell, a graduate of the International Culinary Center in New York City. Though versatile in her approach, she has a penchant for Spanish cuisine, as reflected in two starters that impressed the heck out of us. No dish could have cooled our palates better on this humid afternoon than her almond gazpacho, a chilled and slightly grainy soup with a base of pureed tomatoes and almond gremolata. The latter imparted an underlying essence of herbs and

lemon, which mingled fantastically with occasional bursts of raw garlic and honey. Patatas bravas was the other appetizer, which shows up also on the bar’s tapas menu. The dish featured a pile of coarsely chopped potatoes, which I’m guessing were baked and then fried, given their steamy interiors and crispy corners. Rockwell drapes them in spicy harissa, an Arabic paste of red peppers not uncommon in Spain. An arugula salad followed, offering rustic Mediterranean flavors from warm, tender white beans and a perfectly understated creamy pesto dressing. The mother of all tuna melts resides here. Rockwell sources whole albacore, which she stuffs with herbs and lemons before roasting the fish. The pulled meat is mixed with dill, sage, tarragon and cornichons and then piled between big slices of bread that are grilled with aged Gouda, caramelized onions and remoulade. When tuna escapes the origins of a can, not to mention plain ole mayo and melted American cheese, it’s a superior sandwich that shouldn’t be ignored. My friend’s falafel sandwich wrapped in naan bread was moister and more interesting than most. Inspired by Rockwell’s Israeli motherin-law, it contained feta, red onions, shredded romaine, tomatoes and tahini-rich hummus. Buttermilk

Prepkitchen overlooks the heart of Little Italy. (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

Tuna melt made with fresh albacore

Prepkitchen’s pastry chef, Carla Ramirez, steps up to the plate with two signature desserts: gooey, warm chocolate cake served in a jar with whipped cream and gelato, and carrot cake layered generously with cream cheese frosting and speckled with glassy bits of pecan brittle along the edges. We tried both. And like the savory dishes we consumed while gazing down to the street bustle from the elevated dining room, they smacked of culinary excellence, which still defines Prepkitchen.

dressing inside the sandwich added a luxurious twist. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the Other lunch choices include author of “Secret San Diego” a Gouda-crowned burger, (ECW Press), and began his green curry mussels, pasta local writing career more than Bolognese, fish tacos with two decades ago as a staffer for crème fraiche, and more. Most the former San Diego Tribune. of those items carry over onto You can reach him at fsabatithe dinner menu while giving way to dishes such as beef tartare, Parisian gnocchi, pork schnitzel and others. 1660 India St. (Little Italy)

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Local bartenders will compete this month in a tiki cocktail showdown. (The Nth Element)

Chef Sean McCart joins the kitchen team at Mister A’s. (Courtesy Bay Bird Inc.) San Diego County native Sean McCart was recently appointed chef de cuisine at Mister A’s, the fine-dining penthouse restaurant lauded for its urban views and ever-changing seasonal menus. McCart is a 15-year veteran

of the restaurant industry and previously served as sous chef at Juniper & Ivy. He will work in collaboration with Mister A’s longtime executive chef, Stephane Voitzwinkler. 2550 Fifth Ave., 12th floor, 619239-1377,

The second annual lunar feast dinner series takes place under the light of the full moon from 4 to 8 p.m., Aug. 6 and 27, at The Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa. The first dinner will be co-hosted by Saiko Sushi on the resort’s private pier. The cost is $125 per person, which includes cocktail pairings.

A tiki cocktail competition will be held Aug. 14, from 1 to 6 p.m., at Level Four, the rooftop pool deck and lounge at Hotel Palomar. The free event, co-presented by Cutwater Spirits, features bartender teams from popular San Diego establishments such as Curadero, Sycamore Den, Coin-Op Game Room and more. Attendees can sample the

The second dinner features a barbecue buffet and beverages from Coronado Brewing Co. and Liberty Call Distilling Co. Live music by Andrew Johns will also take place. The cost is $80 per person. Prices for both events include parking, tax and gratuity. 200 Second St., Coronado, 619-4353000,

The tequila-spiked “Jalisco Rose” with lime and rose petals, plus other organic libations have debuted at Café 21. (Courtesy

tropical concoctions and vote on their favorite at no cost. Tacos from Curadero and other cocktails will be available for sale throughout the day. The event is for those 21 years and older. 1047 Fifth Ave., fourth floor, 619-515-3000, In other tiki-culture news, False Idol in Little Italy has launched a rum club called “The Mystics of Alkala,” Chef-about-town Stephen Gage has filled the vacancy of executive chef at Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen. The position was last held by Giselle Wellman, who began working at the Hiltonowned restaurant after competing on Bravo’s “Top Chef” television series (season 13). Gage will revamp the menu with a heavier seafood focus. He previously cooked for all three kitchens at the La Valencia Hotel, and worked also at Blind Lady Ale House and Underbelly. 2137 Pacific Highway, 619819-0010,

curated by rum and tiki historian Martin Cate. Enrollees will venture through 35 lessons focusing on the history and making of rum, its varied styles, and its uses in tiki cocktails. Afterwards, they will ascend through four levels of rum and cocktail tastings. Those interested must visit False Idol in person to obtain further details and sign up. 675 W. Beech St.,

Local chef Stephen Gage takes over a bayside kitchen on Pacific Highway. (Courtesy H2 Public Relations)

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Look for a new menu of organic cocktails at Café 21 in the Gaslamp Quarter. Created by chef-owner Leyla Javadov and reps from Greenbar Distillery, the drinks mix assorted organic liquors with various ingredients such as rose petals, watermelon, bell peppers, turmeric, herbs and other natural enhancements. 802 Fifth Ave., 619-7950721,

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Big culinary changes are occurring at The Glass Door since the recent hiring of head chef Dominick Scott, who has revised the brunch, dinner and happy hour menus with scratch-made dishes while securing contracts with local farms for ingredients. New items include a chicken and waffle tower for brunch

and gorgonzola rib eye for dinner. Scott previously worked as sous chef for Cannonball and Draft in Belmont Park. The Glass Door is on the fourth floor of the Porto Vista Hotel and offers views of Little Italy, Downtown and San Diego Bay. 1835 Columbia St., 619564-3755,

For nine years it was lauded for its refined Italian cuisine and dazzling cheese bar. Sadly, BICE Ristorante in the Gaslamp Quarter closed Aug. 3. Its owner, Mario Cassineri, cited in statement “unforgiving leases and rising cost of labor” as the

primary reasons for shutting down. “This is one of the most difficult decisions we’ve ever made, but it has become an unfortunate reality for so many in our industry,” he said. Cassineri remains in partnership with Officine Buona

Forchetta in Liberty Station, and he’s the consulting chef for Madison in University Heights. BICE was located at 425 Island Ave.

Dominick Scott is the new head chef at Porto Vista’s restaurant. (Courtesy The Glass Door)

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‘Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!’ delights Theater Review Jean Lowerison It’s likely that Sherwood Forest and its inhabitants were never as frantic, nor as goofy, as it seems in “Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!” — now in its world premiere at The Old Globe’s White Theatre. But that’s okay, since the main character has never been conclusively traced to a real person anyway. And most importantly, Ludwig has preserved the devil-may-care swashbuckler’s change from hard-drinking youth to crusader for justice and compassion, giving the story some contemporary relevance.

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Ludwig’s play starts in 1194, with Robin approaching the noose he’s been sentenced to by Sir Guy of Gisbourne, usurper of King Richard’s throne. But just as the noose is about to be placed around Robin’s neck, Friar Tuck stops the process in order to tell us the story of how Robin ended up here. The play leaps in time from Robin’s comical birth — with father pacing and muttering that his wife had better hurry up and deliver — to scenes of Robin’s childhood, youth and early adulthood. We even see him facing off with childhood friend Maid Marian in friendly bow-andarrow shooting matches (she always wins). Only when he meets the poverty-stricken Doerwynn — whose father faces dire consequences for having shot a deer on the King’s property in order to feed his children — does Robin (of noble birth, though a Saxon) become a crusader. He picks up “John Little” aka Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian and Doerwynn as part of his merry band of outlaws ... but good ones. Performed in the round, this “Robin Hood” is a romp with heart and seemingly directed in a whirlwind by Jessica Stone. The whole production seems to be in constant motion, with cast members moving set pieces and making entrances from all four “corners,” keeping the running time under


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two hours (including one intermission). Watch for a lot of tricky physical stuff with ropes going on here, too, and the imaginative way Little John scales Nottingham Castle to reach the imprisoned Doerwynn. Perhaps it’s the overall breakneck pace of the show that results in some occasional indistinct dialogue. The script is amusing, goofy, and occasionally moving, and even has characters (notably Prince John, but others as well) who freely quote and misquote Shakespeare — who wrote some 400 years after Robin Hood allegedly swashbuckled around England. Stone has a splendid cast. Daniel Reece and Meredith Garretson make a great pair as Robin and Maid Marian. Reece is as handsome, cheeky and charming as Garretson is lovely, stubborn and unapologetically feminist. Manoel Felciano is wonderfully awful as the snarling usurper Sir Guy, intent on hanging Robin. Andy Grotelueschen’s Friar Tuck and Paul Whitty’s Little John are amusing and good foils for each other. Kevin Cahoon is funny and sniffy as the Sheriff of Nottingham, allied with Sir Guy in the pursuit of Robin. Prince John, the character, is a bit too busy patting himself



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1917 India St., (Little Italy), 619-238-1917, The restaurant’s matriarch, Lisa Busalacchi, likes eating broccoli whenever she comes in. So Chef Nino Zizzo makes sure it’s always in the kitchen and uses it for making a pasta dish that has caught on since the establishment opened a year ago. Available upon request, the cruciferous vegetable is sautéed in garlic and olive oil and then tossed with thick spaghetti (bucatini). It’s finished off with Pecorino Romano cheese. “The broccoli completely disintegrates into the pasta and looks like pesto,” Zizzo said, adding that he makes the dish for customers about twice a night.

(l to r) Meredith Garretson as Maid Marian; Daniel Reece as Robin Hood; Andy Grotelueschen as Friar Tuck; and Paul Whitty as Little John in the Globecommissioned world premiere of Ken Ludwig's Robin Hood! (Photo by Jim Cox) on the back for his literary cleverness, but Michael Boatman portrays him well as a basically good egg ... as rulers go. Suzelle Palacios (from the USD/Old Globe educational partnership) turns in a lovely performance as Doerwynn, the sole character invented by the playwright. Kudos to Tim Mackabee for the versatile and clever set and to Gregg Barnes for the sometimes impressive, sometimes charming casual costumes. Fitz Patton’s fine sound design includes a poignant song from the cast: “Orphan Girl” by Gillian Welch. Jason

Lyons’ lighting design is excellent. Credit Jacob GrigoliaRosenbaum for the extensive fight direction. Robin Hood is one of the most frequently portrayed characters in theater and film; having been the subject of many plays and somewhere between 12 and 70 films. “Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!” will take its place in the Ludwig canon of light, amusing plays. —Jean Lowerison is a long-standing member of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle and can be reached at

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1250 J St., (East Village), 619-232-7662, Amid hearty breakfast plates comprising various combinations of eggs, meats, potatoes, black Octopus tacos are served under the radar at Arriba beans and other Room. (Courtesy Curadero) ingredients, customers can opt for the 2+2+2, a straightforward you can purchase pancakes meal of two eggs, two strips of singly rather than in standard bacon and two plain or blacktrios. berry pancakes. Available Carnitas Snack Shack Monday through Friday, the 1004 N. Harbor Drive, unlisted option began as a $5 (Embarcadero), 619-696-7675, special two decades ago at the restaurant’s existing Mission Beach kitchen. Today it sells The unctuous “quadruple for $9, extending also to its North Park and beach locations. bypass” is a secret upgrade to the eatery’s top-selling “triple Another secret: Ask nice and threat” sandwich. What you get is the addition of pork belly on top of an established stacking of pork loin schnitzel, pulled pork, bacon, pepperoncini relish and house aioli. Not recommended by heart doctors, it’s available also at the Shack’s North Park location, 2632 University Ave..

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San Diego Downtown News | August 2017


Accolades for ‘Trouble in the Wind’

Local alt-folk-rock band will perform Beer X Festival at Waterfront Park Tunes About Town Jen Lothspeich As many times as I’ve imagined myself in the lead role of Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical rock odyssey fi lm, “Almost Famous,” it’s doubtful I’ll ever get flown out by Rolling Stone magazine to interview a band on tour. But I still get to explore some compelling subjects here in San Diego — sometimes under interesting circumstances. North County alt-folk-rock band Trouble in the Wind has long been a favorite of mine, with powerful live performances and a growing discography that is consistently captivating. But I’m far from being their only cheerleader as they’ve garnered spots on large festival lineups, won a 2016 San Diego Music Award for “Best Americana Album” and were featured as a “Local Break” artist on local radio station 91X — all in the past year alone. To catch up with the band while they were on a recent California tour, I opted to email them some questions. It should’ve come as no surprise when the creative group of fun-loving musicians imagined an innovative way to respond. While they were on the road, drummer — and sometimes vocalist — Larry Doran recorded their answers via videos of himself and his band mates in hotel rooms, on the beach, and hanging out before gigs. What could have lacked or fallen flat in prepared email responses was abundant in these videos. The vibrant personalities of the individual members shown through as they each described their experiences as a band up to this point and their plans for the future. Their replies ranged from introspective musings to offthe-cuff banter. And as the picture of the band of brothers

that comprise Trouble in the Wind settled into focus, the reasons they’ve been in high demand lately became evident. As unpretentious as they come, these guys aren’t taking all the credit for their recent successes. “We’ve been fortunate to have the support of Lou Niles at 91X and Chad [Waldorf] at the [Solana Beach venue] Belly Up; those guys have been really helpful in getting us some really cool shows that have exposed us to bigger audiences,” Doran said. The main reason these industry professionals book the band regularly is their well executed folk-rock and alt-country songs. They’ve produced a steady stream of music with several records over the past few years — including their latest award-winning full-length album. Plus, there’s a certain raw passion about the group’s live performances that make them a particularly entertaining act to see in person. Like most endearing singers, Trouble in the Wind’s front man, songwriter Robby Gira, expresses his words in a range of emotional deliveries. On the group’s softer ballads, such as “No Good,” Gira achingly croons, while on more anthemic rock numbers, his voice gets punched up with fervor and intensity. One shining example of this comes on a track from 2016’s “Lefty” album, “The Good Stuff,” which is nearly impossible to listen to without sing-shouting along. So it’s much deserved that these passionate performances will be exposed to those aforementioned bigger audiences in the coming months as they play two big summer festivals in town. On Aug. 12, the guys will play 91X’s Beer X festival at Waterfront Park, located at the San Diego County Administration Building on Pacific Highway along the North Embarcadero. The midsummer shindig will have the band sharing the stage with

The cover of the band's latest EP. (Courtesy TITW)

Keeping up with Trouble in the Wind Beer X

Aug. 12 at Waterfront Park

Kaaboo Del Mar Sept. 15 at Del Mar Fairgrounds big-name artists like Iration, Magic! and Chicano Batman, along with another local act Splavender. Why so much love from the quintessential San Diego rock radio station? “Because we’re a kickass band,” Gira quipped. All joking aside, the importance of this attention isn’t lost on them. “[We’re] very honored,” said multi-instrumentalist Kyle Merritt. “There’s a lot of good local bands in San Diego; a lot of them are our friends: The Paragraphs, Dead Feather Moon, Taken by Canadians, Inspired and the Sleep; and we’re just lucky to be chosen by our community and to be recognized.” The accolades don’t stop there. Trouble in the Wind has been featured in many “best of” lists on NBC 7’s entertainment website, SoundDiego. com, and they were recently featured on CBS 8’s morning newscast, performing in their rehearsal attic. And Beer X won’t be their only big festival of the summer — the band is also playing the three-day Kaaboo “mixperience” festival in September at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. While music journalism has come a long way from tape recorders and hand-written notes, the key to writing about musicians — or perhaps any subject — is becoming completely immersed in the art itself and then sussing out what makes those artists unique. While observing these musicians as they described their dedication to each other and their musical endeavors, it became obvious that the group is set apart (among other reasons) because they aren’t clamoring for accolades or posturing to get attention — rather, they’re busy securing a name for themselves as one of the best bands in a lively local music scene on the strength of their music alone. So how does a band with this kind of momentum keep things going? “It gives us a sense of purpose to be working on new things and when people pay attention to that, that pleases us but it’s not the goal,” said guitarist and piano player Keith Haman. “The goal is to be busy with our music.” Trouble in the Wind is indeed staying active on that front: They followed “Lefty”

The band calls this their "beach photo" and says, "This one captures us in our most natural state ... dressed to impress." (Courtesy TITW) with last month’s “Pineapple Moon” EP; have two more records already in the works; and plan to shoot multiple music videos for the singles that come from their next fulllength release. Their recent four-date mini California tour was also a sign of things to come. “[We’re going to] get on the road more,” Gira said. “Get out of our comfort zone in a sense.” Unlike the band at the center of that Cameron Crowe movie, the men of Trouble in the Wind aren’t discussing their status as “the next big thing” or clashing over supersized egos, instead it all

comes down to enjoying what they do. “We really just focus on writing songs and staying true to what we love to do, which is to hang out together, make music and play shows for people that enjoy our music,” Doran said. “It’s really what motivates us. It’s a quality of life we’re looking for as musicians. Not so much striving for success as it is trying to fi nd happiness with what we do.” —Jen Lothspeich is a wine-drinking, cat-cuddling native San Diegan who dreams of writing a best-selling true crime novel. Find her on Twitter at @Jen_Evel.v



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The real heroes of Comic-Con don’t wear capes – they wear vests Downtown Partnership News Kris Michell Once again, Comic-Con International recently drew a crowd of more than 130,000 convention-goers to Downtown San Diego. Residents and tourists alike flocked to the Gaslamp Quarter to attend the popular annual event, enjoy free things to do around the Convention Center, or grab a meal and people-watch along Fifth Avenue. As always, the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe team worked around the clock to ensure our community remained in tip-top shape during this internationally recognized event. Without a doubt, our team is one of the hardest working

crews at Comic-Con each year. I am impressed by the work they do in our neighborhoods every single day, but I am especially proud of their diligence and dedication during a time when people from around the world are visiting Downtown San Diego. Our Clean & Safe ambassadors picked up nearly 45,000 flyers and 30 tons of trash this year. By comparison, ambassadors dispose of 1,150 flyers and 13 tons of trash during a typical five-day period. In addition to maintenance services, ambassadors provided safety patrols, escorts and directional services to both visitors and locals in Downtown San Diego. Despite the increased workload during Comic-Con each year, our Clean & Safe team always rises to the challenge. FROM PAGE 18

OFF-MENU into their pastry selection for making macaron ice cream sandwiches. “We made them at first just for ourselves. Then our staff tried them and we started thinking of ideas for toppings,” Ludi said. “It’s a secret item that we usually mention only to customers when they order gelato.” Constructed with fourinch chocolate or raspberry macarons, they’re filled with vanilla gelato and topped with a choice of chocolate, caramel or berry sauce.

The Mission’s 2+2+2 breakfast (Photo by Deborah Helm)

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If you appreciate their hard work as much as I do, be sure to say something next time you see one of our safety or maintenance ambassadors in your neighborhood. They are indispensable members of our community who work tirelessly to ensure that Downtown San Diego continues to be a safe, beautiful, thriving urban core. Today, and every day, we celebrate the real heroes who descend on Comic-Con International. They may not wear capes or masks, but they certainly have superpowers. —Kris Michell is the president and CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a nonprofit, member-based organization that oversees the Clean & Safe program and serves as the leading advocate for the revitalization and economic health of Downtown. For questions or comments, email

400 J St., (Gaslamp Quarter), 619-858-2277, Fois gras served in a restaurant celebrated for its ambitious seafood selection? Yes indeed. Chef Kyle The protein-heavy “RR” burger (Courtesy J Public Relations) Viera is a fan of the goose liver and keeps a hushed supply of it in the kitchen. and olive oil. And when goat Available through word of mouth meat comes in, he simmers it in as an appetizer, he pan sears onions, chili peppers and cinnathe fois gras and serves it with mon before folding it into corn brioche toast, seasonal fruit tortillas. compote and a dash of sea salt.

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There’s more than meets the eye on Arriba Room’s taco menu, which omits the octopus or goat stew tacos that are sometimes available. Located a floor above Curadero in Kimpton Hotel Palomar, Chef Brad Kraten sources whole octopus for Curadero’s raw bar. When there’s a surplus, some of it lands in the tacos served upstairs after it’s braised in garlic

Ingredient experimentation by one of Sally’s sushi chefs a few months ago resulted in an off-menu roll that “hits all your flavor senses,” Executive Chef Jay Payne said. Known as the SSS, which stands for “Sally’s summer secret,” the creation features crab, cucumber and tempura shrimp on the inside, and seared ahi, avocado and crispy shallots on the outside. It’s drizzled in ponzu and sweet chili sauces, and will be replaced by a different secret roll in late September.

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—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



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Enjoy dance performances, live music, outdoor exhibitors, art demonstrations, traveling exhibitions and new works. View Visions Women of Mystery, learn to loom with WabiSabiWeaving, get your San Diego-based all-female metal smith jewelry from Thatch Jewelry, see the Monart School of Drawing student mural in Liberty Public Market, and much more. Free and family-friendly. 5–7 p.m. at Arts District Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Road. Visit bit. ly/2eLiV2Q.




EVENTS Saturday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 19

Armstrong Garden Center will host two community classes this month. Aug. 5’s class is “Small Space Gardening” at 9 a.m. and Aug. 19’s class is “Houseplants Made Easy” at 9 a.m. Free; no registration required. Classes are available at two Armstrong Garden locations: 1364 Morena Blvd. and 10320 Friars Road. Visit bit. ly/2jahsAm.


WINE AND CANVAS Sunday, Aug. 6

Come out for some artsy fun at the Hard Rock Café. You don’t have to be an artist to have fun. Admission is $35 and includes all necessary art materials, including easels, paints, brushes, aprons, step-by-step instruction and a 16-by-20inch gallery-wrapped canvas. Wine and food not included. Tonight’s art selection is “Butterfly Flowers.” Free metered parking and a parking garage across the street at Horton Plaza. 1–4 p.m. Hard Rock Café, 801 Fourth Ave. Visit



Have some fun in the sun during these dog days of summer! Enjoy live music, interactive art stations, a doggy costume contest and more. Salad, lemonade and smoothie samples available. Free and family-friendly. Dogs welcome, but they must be on a leash. Free metered parking and free one hour parking in the Westfield Mall Parking Garage. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at Horton Plaza Park, 900 Fourth Ave. Visit bit. ly/2tSRqa5.



Come re-discover the STK Rooftop at Andaz for

an amazing brunch and pool experience. Use promo code MIKEG. For hard tickets and VIP bottle service, contact Mike Gillespie at 619-9936905. Today’s event features DJs Frankie M, Tu Shy, Sam Wild, Erick Diaz and DMG. 12:30 p.m. at Andaz San Diego, 600 F St. Visit bit. ly/2wiCHpV.

NEIL DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY 8 50TH TOUR Tuesday, Aug. 8 See Neil Diamond – music icon, Grammy Award winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member – onstage to celebrate his 50-year career. Ticket prices vary. All ages. 7 p.m. at Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. Visit or bit. ly/2wiJJL6.



In celebration of their “minis / A Group Show” exhibition, Sparks Gallery will host a night of live music and creativity. Join artists Alexander Arshansky, Stefanie Bales, Michelle D. Ferrera, Mayra Navarro and Leah Pantéa for an evening of live painting, sketching and collage. Light refreshments provided. Free and family-friendly. 6–8 p.m. at Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave. Visit

SHADY LADIES HOP HEADS — 11 AND HISTORICAL PUB CRAWL Friday, Aug. 11 Explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of New Town (now Downtown). In addition to the walking tour, enjoy a drink at three bars original to the Gaslamp. This is a 21-and-older event. Tickets $10-$20. Reservations required by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10. 5 p.m. at Gaslamp Museum at Davis Horton House, 410 Island Ave. Visit bit. ly/2vqdJIJ.

12TH ANNUAL ARTWALK AT LIBERTY STATION Saturday, Aug. 12– Sunday, Aug. 13

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Enjoy a weekend filled with art, food, live entertainment and fun at Liberty Station. The ArtWalk features over 200 artists from around the world. Interactive art exhibits, street food and a beer and wine pavilion will also be offered. Free and family-friendly. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sunday. Liberty Station’s Ingram Plaza, 2751 Dewey Road. Visit bit. ly/2vGJAlp.



Get creative at Sparks Gallery with a hands-on art activity! Join artist Mayra Navarro for a day of inspiration and art making, featuring abstract works on canvas and Play Dough sculptures. Tickets $5 per person. Art supplies, refreshments and snacks provided. 1–4 p.m. at Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave. Visit



Are you funny? The Gaslamp Open Mic is open to all performers. American Comedy Co.’s booker will be in attendance scouting for new talent to book for upcoming weekends. Hop on stage or participate as a spectator. Free with no minimums. Happy hour deals offered. 8–9:30 p.m. at American Comedy Co. San Diego, 818 Sixth Ave. Visit bit. ly/2uPcWzz.



Take the family out to the ball game to watch the San Diego Padres play the Philadelphia Phillies. Today’s game features two special events: ● Way Back Wednesday: With a Way Back Wednesday special ticket package, experience old school entertainment including on field uniforms worn from 1991-2001, in-game music, graphics and other entertainment features. The first 1,000 fans will receive a free giveaway item. Prices vary. Visit ● Family Friar Day: Enjoy access to pre-game inflatables and face painters in Park at the Park, postgame Kids Run the Bases, and a hot dog and soda with a Friar Family Day ticket. $15 for kids 14 years and under, $20 for adults. Visit atmlb. com/2vpSBlX. First pitch is at 12:40 p.m. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd. Visit


The Gaslamp Museum continues its celebration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Alonzo Horton in San Diego with a talk on the historical figure. The lecture, given by Sandee Wilhoit, Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation historian and lead tour guide, will delve into her research on Horton’s wives and his houses in San Diego. Tickets $5; free for members. 7 p.m. at Gaslamp Museum at Davis Horton House, 410 Island Ave. Visit


SOUNDS OF SUMMER Friday, Aug. 18

Downtown San Diego Partnership is teaming up with GigTown and Pacific


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


Food Truck Wednesdays: Up to seven different food trucks converge for your dining pleasure very Wednesday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., hosted by Curbside Bites. B and India streets. For a list of which food trucks will be on hand any given week, visit


Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, Davis-Horton House and more. 1 p.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. 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 $50-65. Tours also on Saturday. Visit tours.


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 Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, Davis-Horton House 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 handson learning. 2–4 p.m. Room 222, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit —Compiled by Jen Van Tieghem. Send items for inclusion to editor Morgan M. Hurley at Records to bring the best local artists to your Downtown streets. This week features Kinnie Dye, Steven Ybarra and Joe Cardillo. Noon. Emerald Plaza, 402 Broadway. Visit bit. ly/2wiLS9K.



Hemlock Society of San Diego presents a film screening of “An Act of Murder.” The movie explores the moral dilemma of a stern hard-liner judge whose wife is diagnosed with an incurable and painful illness. Discussion to follow. Free. 1:30–3:30 p.m. at Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway. Visit bit. ly/2kIUipF.


WINE AND CANVAS Thursday, Aug. 24

Come out for some artsy fun at Hotel Indigo. You don’t have to be an artist to have fun. Admission is $35 and includes all necessary art materials, including easels, paints, brushes, aprons, step-by-step instruction and a 16-by-20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas. Wine and food not included. Tonight’s

art selection is “Starry San Diego.” Three hour validated parking at Hotel Indigo with $10 purchase at Table 509. 6–9 p.m. Hotel Indigo Table 509, 509 Ninth Ave. Visit bit. ly/1k7cJIg.


SOUNDS OF SUMMER Friday, Aug. 25

Downtown San Diego Partnership is teaming up with GigTown and Pacific Records to bring the best local artists to your Downtown streets. This week features The Heart and Josh Ferreia at noon and Jessica Lerner at 7 p.m. Emerald Plaza, 402 Broadway. Visit



Come re-discover the STK Rooftop at Andaz for an amazing brunch and pool experience. Use promo code MIKEG. For hard tickets and VIP bottle service, contact Mike Gillespie at 619-993-6905. Aug. 27’s event features DJs Frankie M. Tu Shy, Sam Wild, Erick Diaz and DMG. 12:30 p.m. at Andaz San Diego, 600 F St. Visit bit. ly/2wiCHpV.v


Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro A fashion ‘Teese’

Dita Von Teese arrived in San Diego on July 5 for the opening night of her new show,“The Art of the Teese” at the House of Blues Downtown. Dita is so popular that the first night was sold out and they added a second night. This whirlwind tour will visit many major cities during July. Dita is known as the Queen of Burlesque and is also a dancer, costume designer and author. She is also one of the biggest fashion icons in the world who is always bringing back the glamorous look of the ’50s and ’60s on the red carpet. If you look at Dita’s website, the first thing you see is a picture of her in a stunning Dior gown by John Galliano exuding style and femininity. In an interview, I asked Dita about her picks for fashion designers. Some of her favorites are Dior, Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad, Ulyana Sergeenko and Gaultier. Alexis Mabille is another designer that she likes and is the youngest member of the grand couturier. The host for the evening was a terrific comedian, Jonny McGovern from the show “Hey Qween.” Dita said that 95 percent of “The Art of Teese” was new. “I want try and evolve so we are debuting a new version of the Champagne glass,” she said. The goal for putting this Burlesque Revue together was to have diversity in the cast. She is doing this by having different ethnicities and ages and letting them shine in their own light. She wanted to support other performers in reinterpreting some of her famous acts rather then imitating them. There was a performance by Dirty Martini performing Dita’s Carousel Horse act in her own distinctive way. Ginger Valentine performed Dita’s act “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.” This new version used an 8-foot red iron heart. Other performers include Jett Adore as Zorro, the incredible dancer Zelia Rose from Australia, and superstar Violet Chachki from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Finally, there were the two Oh La La backup dancers Alek Palinski and Elio Martinez. Dita performed a version of “The Black Swan” from “Swan Lake” completely on point. Another act was named “Lazy” with incredible costumes by British designer Jenny Packham. One of Dita’s sponsors is Swarovski Crystals, transforming everything on the stage and making them come to life. The last performance showed Dita as a cowgirl on a mechanical bull — all in sparkling pink. Dita is also an entrepreneur who designs and sells her own glove collection, ’50s stockings, cardigans that now come in 28 colors, upscale lingerie and books. The costumes and sets of “The Art of the Teese” were collaborations with Catherine Delish.

Transforming dreams into reality

The fourth annual Her Universe Fashion Show was presented on Thursday, July 20

at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in conjunction with Comic-Con and featured Geek Couture. There were 25 fashion designers who were inspired by sci-fi and pop culture. It was like “Project Runway” for Comic-Con. The winner had the opportunity to design a collection with Ashley Eckstein, founder of Hot Topic. Eckstein was the mistress of ceremonies for the evening. Andrew MacLaine, 2014 Her Universe Fashion Show winner, designed her gown, Wish Upon A Star. This gown was made with 55 yards of Disney-created fabric and 5,000 hand-applied crystals. It was corseted at the top with three tiers in the skirt. The gown was dress length in the front and long in the back with a short train. It was truly amazing! Eckstein’s father worked for Disney World near Orlando, Florida and she spent a lot of time on Main Street U.S.A. as she was growing up. This year, she made an announcement about a book she is writing for Disney, titled “It’s Your Universe!” It is scheduled to be released in May 2018, and will contain inspiring stories on how to “Dream, Wish, Believe, Do and Transform.” The panel of celebrity judges this year was Cindy Levitt, Hannah Lee-Kent, Jess Thaxton, Camille Falciola, Yaya Han, Nicole Myknott and Harley

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Dita Von Teese in her bullriding attire (Courtesy of Dita Von Teese)

Quinn Smith. They had the opportunity to vote for a winner and this year, for the first time ever, had a tie. The winners were Rose Ivy and Lindsay Meesak Orndorff. Ivy’s design was Sorceress Supreme, based on Marvel’s “Doctor Strange.” Orndorff created a design called Leader of the Pack based on Studio Ghibli’s “Princess Mononoke.” The audience was also given a chance to vote and this winner was Grace Duval. Her design was Don’t Panic based on “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” These three winners will design a collection for Hot Topic with the theme Disney Princess,


Ashley Eckstein, Mistress of Ceremo­ nies, wearing a creation by Andrew MacLaine (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

Judges Pick: Rose Ivy, Sorceress Supreme, based on Marvel’s Doctor Strange (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

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Aug. 19 | 40th Haute with Heart Fashion Show — St. Madeleine Sophie’s event located at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. with luncheon fashion show, boutique shopping, live and silent auction. For tickets, visit —Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned couture milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at DianaCavagnaro. com.v

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/ $1,195,000

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2BD / 2BA / 1,016

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2BD / 2.5BA / 2,580

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2BD / 2BA / 1,753

1+BD / 2BA / 1,474




2BD / 2.5BA / 1,621

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2BD / 2BA / 1,192

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1BD / 1BA / 678

/ $1,295,000

2BD / 2.5BA / 1,295

/ $729,900

2BD / 2.5BA / 1,847

/ $935,000

2BD / 2BA / 985


2BD / 2BA / 939


2BD / 2BA / 1,707

/ $1,345,000


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2BD / 2BA / 1,474

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