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DINING P. 12 Artist Rebecca Noelle painting utility box in Normal Heights. (Photo by B. J. Coleman)

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Dogs don’t sit idle here. The social atmosphere at this Mission Hills doggy day care allows the mutts to play with others to release their energy and feel a sense of belonging. And the employees who stay in the room — free of cages and full of dog beds — do not “work” overnight. Instead they relax, watch TV, work on a laptop, and settle down for the evening, just like their owners

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would do at home, in an effort to reduce separation anxiety. The furry guests are “people dogs.” This is Camp Run-A-Mutt (CRAM), designed by three friends with an undying passion for dogs. Founders Dennis Quaglia, Mikel Ross and Severn Crow used their friendship and dream of this “Disneyland” of doggy day care to create an unstoppable business venture at the beginning of the recession. Now, 10

years later, CRAM has seven San Diego locations, and others in Los Angeles; Phoenix, Arizona; Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada; Houston, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. This trio of dog lovers — who are opening the 20th location soon — never thought they would have more than one. CRAM nearly doubled in size in the past year. Among

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Despite the region’s clear, sunny skies, San Diego’s air quality isn’t very good — and it’s getting worse. That was the message presented at “Clearing the Air,” a San Diego Foundation Center for Civic Engagement forum held June 22 in the La Mesa Community Center. “It is easy to not think about what we don’t see,” said Kathlyn Mead, former president and CEO of The San Diego Foundation (SDF).

see Air quality, pg 10

Participants in the Clearing the Air form take part in the straw breathe challenge to feel what it is like to live with asthma. (Courtesy San Diego Foundation)

Creative community arts Downtown painter gears up for ArtWalk By B. J. Coleman Rebecca Noelle is a plein air painter, an artist who paints scenes on-site outdoors. Noelle is slated to be one of the artists displaying their creative original artwork during ArtWalk @ Liberty Station Aug. 11-12. The theme for this year’s 13th annual staging of the event at the former Naval Training Center is “Connecting Creative Communities.” Noelle spent two weeks in late July connecting with creative community arts fans in Normal Heights, as she painted a utility box near the corner of Adams Avenue and Felton Street. She chose to depict scenes in acrylics of nearby landmark buildings and houses, including The Ould Sod Irish pub across the avenue and the Methodist Church farther east. Noelle was one of 16 artists tapped to decorate electrical boxes around the area, through proposal submission to the Normal Heights Urban Art Association, with support from the Adams Avenue Business District. “I have never felt so appreciated as an artist,” Noelle said. She mentioned people

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A touch of magic at the Mee Shim Fine Art Gallery major in college, she contemplatSarah Stieber is an artist. ed a career as a Undoubtedly. therapist or as According to her mother, an artist. A few Betty Amber, Sarah was shy as weeks before her a child, uttering barely a word graduation, she but painting when she was a made the decision year and a half old. to go into art full On July 7, Stieber staged time, which she a Grand Bash Opening for a has done for eight summer showing of her magical years. paintings at the Mee Shim Fine Stieber returns Art Gallery in Downtown San to water images Diego’s Little Italy. Stieber’s often, including artwork will be on display at the “Glow” series the gallery through Aug. 26 of paintings. She with a closing reception at the worked on the gallery on Aug. 24. “Ribbon” series Stieber calls her painting in 2017, and then style electric realism or hybegan exploration per-realism. “I want to create a of depicting magmore beautiful version of realiical superpowers Artist Sarah Stieber with examples of her “Ribbon” ty,” Stieber said. with this year’s Sometimes, Stieber simply “Superhero” series. series paintings during the Grand Opening Bash of Stieber’s summer gallery in Little Italy on July 7 calls her art “magic.” Indeed, “This is a big (Photos by B. J. Coleman) her paintings are aptly referred experiment,” to as magical, with brilliant Stieber said. “I colors, reflective elements and want to soak up the experience. opening party and discussed vivid images of life. I plan to be flexible and go as his admiration of Stieber and “I want to emanate beauty,” hard as possible, treating this her art. McGuire has followed Stieber said. “I want to put day by day as new chances her for eight years, because magic out into the world.” arise.” they travel in the same art cirStieber recounted that alFellow local artist Nic cles. McGuire works in glass. though she studied as an arts McGuire attended the gallery “What I appreciate about Sarah is that she is able to capture positive human emotions. She catches the color of the soul,” McGuire said. “People can relate to her paintings. I am drawn to her work. And there is something special about Sarah. She has a gift, a creative drive. And she has great family support. Her paintings are full of life. “Her work is about living a strong, purposeful life. Her art centers on the excitement of the present moment,” McGuire continued. “Her paintings remind people that life is worth living. (l to r) Betty Amber, director of operations for her daughter, artist Sarah She is very talented at freeStieber, during the week after Grand Opening Bash of Stieber’s summer hand drawing. Her skill level is gallery, on display through August in Little Italy extraordinary.” Betty Amber described her daughter’s early successes in winning children’s art contests. Road & Track magazine announced a children’s competition for best painting of a car. Young Sarah named her car painting “The Ying Yang Flyer,” and placed first in the nation. The next year, Sarah competed in the same contest, with “The Porkster,” again winning first place. Amber said that she kept encouraging Stieber to pursue her artistic talent as her daughter grew older. “Sarah loved to draw,” Amber said. Amber laughed over having “Lost and Found” by Sarah Stieber substituted her former title as “momager” in assisting Stieber’s career, for the more serious and sedate title director of operations. Amber now helps with moving the art and curating it. Amber observed that theirs is a family of entrepreneurs, and yet they know this is a risky venture Stieber has embarked on. “The opening was special. I am very proud of her,” Amber said. By B. J. Coleman

“Light Bright” by Sarah Stieber

—B. J. Coleman is a local freelance journalist and editor/staff reporter with 22nd District Legionnaire. B. J. can be reached at

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ARTWALK who stopped by her work site daily, including children who enjoyed watching progress on the utility box artwork, especially the small animals Noelle included among the scenes. “This is a gift, my gift to the community,” Noelle said. Noelle and her family lived in Downtown’s Little Italy from 2010 through 2015. She taught art classes at Washington Elementary School and at the San Diego Rescue Mission. Noelle painted outside at Balboa Park locations for two years, and several of those paintings are currently on display at Hotel Solamar in the Downtown Gaslamp District. “I think I could paint at Balboa Park for the rest of my life,” Noelle said. “I feel like I’ve barely touched the surface of what can be painted there.” Art was not Noelle’s first career path, although she began oil painting when she was 15. She took up professional ballroom dancing at 16, touring around the country from her Idyllwild home base. Significant life changes and the need for a fresh start brought Noelle to San Diego, and Noelle’s painter mother suggested, “Pick up your paints. This will be good for your soul.”


Noelle recounted that she experienced some nervousness over beginning to paint outdoors in public. “I feel safe now,” she said. “And I want to branch out from my comfort zone. “I love plein air painting,” Noelle said. “I love being outside in nature amid beautiful things. I love creating something beautiful. That makes people happy. I want to continue to challenge myself, to find balance in life, and to create better art all the time.” Noelle is joining more than 200 local, regional and international professional artists whose artwork will be shown and available for purchase during ArtWalk @ Liberty Station. The free two-day fine arts festival runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12. Art on display is set to include not only oil paintings like Noelle’s work but also sculpture, glass, photography, wood work, metal work, fine jewelry and multimedia art. KidsWalk will feature interactive art activities for families. Street food trucks will offer meal options for attendees. Proceeds from a wine and beer pavilion will go to benefit ArtReach, which provides free art classes to over 20,000 students throughout San Diego County. Festival organizers staged the original ArtWalk in Little Italy 34 years ago, and then expanded by incorporating the late summer show at Point Loma’s Liberty Station 13 years ago. Arts District of Liberty Station, Ingram Plaza, 2751 Dewey Road. A North County fine art and chalk festival with ArtWalk Carlsbad in scheduled for September. Visit

“Prado in the Rain” plein air in oils by Rebecca Noelle (Courtesy of Rebecca Noelle)

—B. J. Coleman is a local freelance journalist and editor/ staff reporter with 22nd District Legionnaire. B. J. can be reached at bjcjournalist@



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Senate should not act on a Supreme Court Fighting fire nominee until Mueller investigation ends through legislation District 53 Dispatch Susan A. Davis Filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court is one of the most consequential decisions of our time. The balance of the court is at stake — as is the health of our democracy. Our courts are a check on power and abuse. Supreme Court justices have final say on such matters. They must be independent and free from any hint of compromise. That’s why a president who is the subject of a criminal investigation should not be allowed to choose a Supreme Court justice. Special counsel Robert Mueller is in the midst of a very serious investigation of the president — an investigation that has reached deep into Trump’s campaign and his administration. The special counsel’s investigation has already resulted in 35 indictments, including Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort along with Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor in the Trump administration. Who’s next? We have no idea who else in this administration, if anyone, could find themselves standing before a judge facing charges. All the more reason that a Trump nominee to the Supreme Court should not be considered by the Senate until the special counsel has completed its investigation. He or she cannot be beholden to the president. The Mueller investigation has raised questions about whether presidents can pardon themselves or whether a sitting president can be indicted. Can a president be subpoenaed?

What power does the president have in ending an investigation or firing a special counsel? These are all questions that could come before the Supreme Court. Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, is raising red flags with his thoughts on presidential powers. I have serious concerns about this nominee and what his appointment could mean for the investigation of the special counsel — an investigation into an attack on our democracy, as well as possible Trump campaign collusion with a foreign government. In 2009, Judge Kavanaugh wrote in the Minnesota Law Review, “We should not burden a sitting President with civil suits, criminal investigations, or criminal prosecution.” Two years ago, he said he would like to “put the final nail” in the Supreme Court ruling — Morrison v. Olson — that upheld the constitutionality of an independent counsel. Legal experts believe that overturning this ruling could have implications for Mueller’s investigation, including making it easier to fire a special counsel or end an inquiry. Judge Kavanaugh has called on Congress to pass a law which would shield sitting presidents from criminal investigation or prosecution. These are chilling comments. When put in the context of the ongoing Mueller probe, the argument to delay the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh becomes even more compelling. Judge Kavanaugh is a learned jurist, respected by scholars and his colleagues alike. He has been credited with influencing decisions of the Supreme Court while at the appellate level — a sign of an incredibly skilled judge. He is a mentor to the women who have clerked in his office, and he was the first D.C. Circuit judge to select all women clerks for the year 2014. Furthermore, Judge Kavanaugh wants diverse ideological opinions among his clerks and also seeks out racial and cultural diversity. These are admirable qualities; however, it’s his record and his writings that should receive the most scrutiny. President Trump previously said he would only appoint justices to the Supreme Court who would overturn Roe v. Wade. Judge Kavanaugh has not heard challenges to state and

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Notes from Toni Toni G. Atkins When a brush fire broke out in July along Creek Hollow Road near Ramona, it carried a familiar crackle. Eleven years ago, one of the most devastating fires in San Diego history came roaring out of the same backcountry. Stoked by Santa Ana winds, the Witch Creek fire leaped across I-15 and didn’t stop burning until it devoured 197,990 acres and 1,125 residences. We were luckier this time. Firefighters on the ground and in the air corralled the fire before it could grow. But we would be wise to brace for the next one, and then the next one after that — because, due to conditions created by our changing climate, they are coming, far more rapidly than we would like. Fire season used to be limited to early summer and fall — now it’s January to December. As destructive and deadly as 2017 was, 2018 is on track to surpass last year in the number of wildfires and the number of acres burned. And as disaster-prone California turns even more perilous, we are confronted by a new reality: Not only must we come to the aid of communities that have been devastated, we must also take steps to reduce the risk of these massive fires. Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature have responded with legislation and dollars. The state budget that took effect July 1 includes $673.3 million in new money to help communities recover from the 2017 fires and to help reduce destructive fires going forward. Several bills are making their way through the legislative process. For example, SB 1260 would fund the removal of dead trees from high-firehazard zones and establish a cost-sharing program to assist homeowners with fire-resistant improvements. SB 824 would prohibit insurance companies from canceling or not renewing a homeowner’s policy for one year in counties with a declared state of emergency. But perhaps the most difficult task ahead of us as we enter our final month of the

2018 legislative session is figuring out who ultimately bears the burden of paying for their costs. How do we portion out blame when the acts of humans conspire with the acts of nature? We can go on pointing fingers at each other, but we would be better served by acknowledging that wherever we have put down stakes, we’ve taken on risk. It’s now time to roll up our sleeves and get to work on a comprehensive plan that will better prepare us for the wildfires to come. In that spirit, we have convened a conference committee of the state Legislature to deal with the question of wildfi re preparedness and response. Beginning their work on July 25, five members each of the Senate and Assembly, Democrats and Republicans, are considering potential legislation to address the problem. All of the committee’s work is being done in the open, with agendas and reports available to the public. A major issue the committee will tackle is what standard should be applied to fires caused by an investor-owned utility’s transmission lines. Should a different standard apply when a utility is prudent and manages trees and infrastructure properly vs. when a utility acts negligently and fails to maintain its infrastructure to the highest of standards? Does the utility, alone, bear the costs of the property damage? If so, can the utility be allowed to pass along the costs to consumers by raising its rates? What if residents in such a high-risk zone fail to purchase adequate fi re insurance? Does their loss become a public burden? Will they be subsidized to build again in the same high-risk zone? These are difficult questions fraught with emotion. They deserve nothing less than to be dealt with in an above-board manner with state legislators working collaboratively with citizens, policy experts, the utilities, and all other concerned parties. —Toni G. Atkins represents the 39th District in the California Senate. Follow her on Twitter @SenToniAtkins.v

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Avoid the rental scam on Craigslist By District Attorney Summer Stephan As your District Attorney, I’m committed to increasing communication and accessibility between the DA’s Office and you, the community. One way I have been doing that is through this monthly column, where I provide consumer tips on public safety matters. We’ve all been in a situation where we have seen or heard something that sounds too good to be true, especially when browsing online sales or ads. Nowhere does this ring truer than when scouring Craigslist in search of rental property or when listing a rental. With the kids out of school, summer is a perfect time to look for a new place to live. Don’t fall prey to the old trick of an out-of-towner needing your bank information

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for deposits. • Get a written lease with clear terms. • Review landlord tenant law or consult a realtor or lawyer so you know when legal notice is due. The theme here is to remind you to make sure the person you are dealing with is real and that the place for rent is real. When you drive by the location, there should be a visible “For Rent” sign. When something sounds too good to be San Diego District Attorney Summer true, it probably is. Listen Stephan (Courtesy photo) to your instincts. —District Attorney Summer Stephan has dedicated more than 28 years to serving justice and victims of crime as prosecutor. She is a national leader in fighting sex crimes and human trafficking and in creating

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RUN-A-MUTT an abundancy of local and national awards, Inc Magazine selected CRAM on its list of the top 5,000 fastest growing business in 2017. “It started out as just a doggy day care, but with research we found that there was nothing available for what we had in mind,” Quaglia said. “We started to work on a doggy day care that was different, not putting a dog in a cage, not walking in as a customer and the place smelling of urine, and dogs barking. It had to be transparent and a place where the dog wants to be. Basically, it had to be a place where we would take our own dogs.” To manage to volume of dogs staying at the boarding facilities, Ross said that they (and employees) become the alpha, known as pack boarding. “One dog lays down, then the rest will follow,” Ross said. “It’s the natural way that dogs work. We try to be the alphas, we take the responsibility off the dogs, and they get to go play and just be a dog. And the other dogs teach the younger dogs.” Ross said that they launched their company in the beginning of the recession, which never hit this business model. “We grew continuously from the time we opened the door,” Ross said. “After the first year and a half, we were up to full capacity. We stopped taking new customers and we had a waiting list to get in.” At that point, the owners decided they needed to open a second location, even though they had no intention of growing past the first. All three of them were already working seven days a week, so they went to a friend who helped them with franchising. “That’s where things really began starting,” Ross said. But it was the high standards of care and passion for dogs of this dream job that made it such a success, unlike any other dog care and boarding facility.

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Making families suffer By California News Publishers Association Governor Jerry Brown signed Penal Code 832.7 into law in 1977, making secret any information about the advancement, appraisal, or discipline of a peace officer. That means all records related to an investigation into an officer, including for serious misconduct, is confidential. Today, it is widely reported that California is among the most secret of any state with respect to police records. California also has more police shootings resulting in death annually than any other state.

Recent events, like the death of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, and those seared into California’s history, like the beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles, underscore the immense public concern related to police and community interactions. But under current law, the public has little ability to access records related to police misconduct and use of force, depriving the press of the ability to fully investigate the activity of one of the most powerful public institutions. That’s why SB 1421, introduced by Senator Nancy Skinner, should pass. The bill would

make certain police records disclosable under the California Public Records Act, in three instances: 1) When there is a serious use of force which could lead to injury or death; 2) where there is a sustained finding of an act of dishonestly like perjury, falsifying evidence, or other similar act that compromises an individual’s due process rights; and 3) where there is a sustained finding of sexual misconduct. Courts have long recognized that activity of police officers is of the highest public concern, particularly when they

see Families suffer, pg 7

With new regulations, policymakers must decide: Is the housing crisis acceptable? By Christian Davis As students move out of dorm rooms and into apartments this summer, they enter a housing market that will cost them more and give them less because of misguided and onerous regulations. And the situation shows little hope of improvement. More than half of San Diego residents live in an apartment or other rental home. Historically, renting has been an affordable stepping stone for many people while they save to purchase a place of their own. But this pathway to homeownership is changing with a demand for existing apartments at an all-time high and rents increasing with this fierce competition. The chorus of voices calling for change has grown louder than ever. In response, cities throughout our county have taken steps to ease

the pipeline to development and spur new building. Advocates have also called for increased density near transit. Unfortunately, not all of the proposed changes are positive. Some of the proposed regulations would create additional operating costs and restrictions on landlords at all levels, further increasing the cost of living in San Diego. Recently, communities have seen new calls for counter-productive policies, including rent control. Like using a garden hose on a wildfire, narrowly focusing on the problem right in front of you ignores the catastrophe all around. Rather than address the root causes of our crisis, namely a major housing shortage, rent control proponents want to put an arbitrary cap on how much businesses can charge for their product. How would you feel if your boss told you that because of a new

law, your salary was locked in and could not improve no matter your level of effort? Cities that have adopted broad rent control policies have become the most unaffordable areas in our country. After the policies took effect, these places — such as New York City — still top the lists of highest cost of living for homeowners and renters alike. In the end, all rent control does is exacerbate our housing crisis by further limiting supply. Another recent policy proposal would mandate participation in Section 8, the federal affordable housing program. This would restrict the revenue generated from a rental unit and could drive owners to convert apartments into condos, further constricting the rental housing market at a time when more homes are needed. Beyond

see Housing crisis, pg 8

A historic achievement for the San Diego region passed almost unnoticed when the San Diego County Water Authority’s board of directors adopted new wholesale water rates in late June. The rate-setting process highlighted how the Water Authority’s independent water supplies from the Colorado River are now both less expensive and more reliable than supplies from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. It’s an accomplishment that the region’s water officials started working toward two decades ago, and one that will bear fruit for decades to come. The value of our independent water supplies will grow in coming years given the rapid increases in MWD’s rates, which have risen far faster than the cost of the Water Authority’s Colorado River supplies secured in 2003 through a complex, multi-state pact known as the Quantification Settlement Agreement. From the start, that landmark deal helped secure our economy and quality of life by giving us a major new source of water with a higher priority — or legal right — to Colorado River water than MWD. The agreement allowed the Water Authority to transfer increasingly large amounts of conserved water from the Imperial Valley to San Diego, so that by 2020 it will meet about half of our region’s projected water demand. That visionary agreement also minimized the impact of MWD’s water delivery cutbacks during the past two droughts. In 2015, for example, MWD reduced water deliveries by 15 percent, but the Water Authority’s independent supplies meant we had enough water to meet 99 percent of normal demand. While the supply benefits of the conservation-and-transfer agreement have long been clear, the region is just now starting to feel the cost benefits as well. Here’s why: At the start, our independent Colorado River supplies were more expensive than MWD water. However, the cost of the Water Authority’s independent Colorado River supplies is controlled by a contract linked to the rate of inflation, which means those costs are rising far more slowly than MWD’s rates and charges. In addition, the Water Authority has benefited from lawsuits that forced MWD to drop illegal charges for delivering our independent Colorado River supplies. A 2017 appellate court ruling netted the Water Authority about $15 million in savings in 2019, with tens of millions of additional savings in years to come. The combined effect is that the Water Authority’s independent Colorado River supplies are less expensive than MWD supplies by $44 per acre-foot this year. In 2019, the difference will grow to $68 per acre-foot, and in 2020 our independent supplies are projected to be less expensive by $121 per acre-foot. That’s worth celebrating because it means regional wholesale water rate increases in 2019 are among the lowest in 15 years — a testament to the all those who have worked for decades to secure a safe, reliable and cost-effective water supply for everyone who calls this place home.v

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FAMILIES SUFFER use serious or deadly force. Law enforcement officials wield immense power. For that reason, they should be subject to the same level of scrutiny as all other public employees, whose personnel records are disclosable in cases of public concern. The same reasoning applies to the substantiated cases of sexual misconduct or incidences proven dishonestly against a police officer as this conduct represents a serious abuse of power. In the case of police shootings, the public interest in disclosure is at its zenith, even when there is no claim of misconduct and a use of force is “within policy.” The Sacramento Bee reported that 172 people died in law enforcement custody last year. There should be a report issued on each death. The current lack of transparency results in distrust, which SB 1421 seeks to cure. The bill’s disclosure scheme, which is not opposed by the California District Attorneys Association, provides flexibility for public agencies to disclose information and gives certainty to families and the public who seek to know, “What happened?” The Los Angeles Times recently reported on the questions lingering for John Weber, whose 16-year-old son was killed by sheriff’s deputies in February. “What exactly happened in the moments before Anthony Weber was shot in a south LA apartment courtyard? Was he wounded in the back as he was running away? Did he lie on the ground struggling for life, or die instantly? Who were the deputies? How long had they been on the job? What were their records?” The Sheriff’s Department responded that it would remain silent on the case. But that’s because the law facilitates, even demands, such silence. Peace officer personnel records are confidential and can be disclosed only in very limited circumstances. This adds insult to injury when families are left to plan funerals and mourn children without understanding the facts surrounding their death. The Sacramento Bee reported that Brigett McIntyre filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in an attempt to force disclosure of details of how and why her only child, Mikel Laney McIntyre, was fatally shot in 2017. The Bee reported that police have not contacted McIntyre since the day of her son's death. This silence leaves McIntyre and communities across the state feeling that police are above the law and unworthy of public trust. By changing the law to ensure that the public has a right to know what police agencies are doing about the state’s record number of deaths at the hands of law enforcement, SB 1421 would bring comfort to those who are currently in the dark. —For 130 years, the California News Publishers Association has protected the interests of newspapers throughout the state, from the smallest weekly to the largest metropolitan daily.v




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Steward of the land

Michael Brennan committed to responsible use of natural resources Art on the land Delle Willett Michael Brennan and his business partner, William Carson Joyce, teamed up in 2014 to launch Carson Douglas Landscape Architecture (CDLA). With offices in San Diego and Edgecomb, Maine, their boutique design firm focuses on high-end residential and commercial clients in Southern California and New England. They are also focused on community service and environmental responsibility.

“We are committed to stewardship of the land, responsible use of natural resources, appreciation of the physical landscape, and incorporation of regional materials for the betterment of the local ecology,” explained Brennan. Walking the talk, Brennan has been a member of Uptown Planners since 2015, being an advocate for sustainable growth and greater mobility options. He was a board member for the Hillcrest Business Association for six years, working on projects including installation of the Pride Flag. He was appointed by Todd Gloria to the city’s Bicycle

Rep. Susan Davis and Michael Brennan (Courtesy photo)

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Advisory Committee and served for two years, helping craft the city’s Strategic Implementation Plan for bicycle infrastructure. He was also a member of the Uptown Community Parking District for several years, advocating for the adoption of projects that would support the mode shift away from cars and ease pressures on parking in Uptown. He is currently a member of the Hillcrest Community Development Corporation, where he has been working on a grassroots plan with other local design professionals to create Hillcrest’s first neighborhood park on Normal Street. Additionally, Brennan, 39 is the current volunteer president of the San Diego chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), where he says he is dedicated to “empowering and engaging the next generation of landscape architects, promoting diversity in all levels of our profession, and elevating the role of landscape architecture in the public realm.” As part of his ASLA responsibilities, he recently went to

Washington D.C. to advocate for Living Shorelines legislation, which resulted in Rep. Susan Davis becoming a sponsor in the House and Senator Kamala Harris introducing the Living Shorelines Act in the Senate. According to messages from their staff, Senator Harris’ and Rep. Davis’ interest in the bill was a direct result of ASLA advocacy efforts. For his volunteer work, he has received many awards including Circulate San Diego’s Momentum Citizen Award in 2016 and San Diego County Bicycle Coalition’s Advocate of the Year award in 2017 for his outstanding contributions for better bicycling across the region and for leading advocacy efforts that resulted in bike lanes recently being installed along University Avenue in Hillcrest. Said Brennan, “The completion of these bike lanes will fill the ‘gap’ in SANDAG’s regional bikeway network and will represent a big win for the community that took years of tireless advocating.”

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HOUSING CRISIS the impacts on unit price, this approach could pose a major administrative and compliance headache. Although large apartment communities grab attention, many of our local landlords are mom-and-pop operations — people who manage property as a source of additional income or for retirement funding. These owners are not eager to add a new mountain of paperwork to their operation and may not be appropriately equipped to navigate the complex compliance rules. The federal government should consider ways to

incentive participation from property owners and simplify the processes. This will not only make participating in the programs more appealing, but also lessen the burdens on the housing authorities who must manage these complicated programs. Not all hope is lost. Positive change is happening to rebalance the scale of supply and demand to lower home and rental prices. Some recent legislative changes may signal a regulatory sea change. Additional progress has been made in the city of San Diego, as restrictions on add-on units — so-called “granny flats” — have been eased. This may allow for new housing stock to enter the market at a time when it is most needed.

Brennan is the landscape architect of record for the Pride Flag and Monument project that has become a Hillcrest landmark. “As a pro-bono project, I designed the plaza, the monument and championed the project through the planning and approval process in 2011 alongside the Hillcrest Business Association,” he said. The flag was installed in 2012 and the historic monument completed the following year. Brennan partnered with the Lambda Archives to provide the historic GLBT information inscribed on the four panels of the monument. Some of Brennan’s notable professional work includes Orchid Award-winning Sofia Lofts, a LEED platinum development centered around a renovated historic residence that has become CDLA’s new office location in Golden Hill; and Alcazar Court, the historic bungalow court renovation and SOHO preservation-award winner in the heart of Hillcrest. Since the founding of Carson Douglas, Brennan has served as principal and partner. He is well known both internationally and locally in several publications, including Dwell and San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles. As he looks ahead, he would like to live his life to the fullest. “I want to be inspired by my work, by those around me, and to leave the world a better place than I found it,” Brennan said. —Delle Willett has been a marketing and public relations professional for over 30 years, with an emphasis on conservation of the environment. She can be reached at Matching the number of housing units to the number of residents will improve our housing market and help to reduce our regional homeless population. Homeowners, renters, visitors and residents of all ages are impacted by our housing crisis. If you live in our county and want to stay, you too are a housing advocate. Rent control and other misguided regulatory burdens will not solve this problem. For concerned citizens, a mantra has developed: we must build our way out of this crisis. —Christian Davis is the president of the San Diego County Apartment Association, and a vice president at Pinnacle Property Management, LLC.v


Pop-up art inspires Combining art and science, creating a new world

By Vince Meehan “Innovation lies at the edge of your field. So if you push yourself to get involved in additional projects outside your normal profession, then innovation will find you.” This is the philosophy of artist Pete Garcia, who is also a founder of I.D.E.A Partners, LLC. Garcia and his partner, David Malmuth, formed the development fi rm 10 years ago with the dream of bringing their I.D.E.A concept to the Downtown’s East Village. I.D.E.A. is an acronym which stands for Innovation + Design + Education + Arts. The plan is to bring 13,000 design and tech jobs over the next 12 years to a part of the East Village dubbed the I.D.E.A. District. Garcia and Malmuth are also responsible for the creation of IDEA1, the fi rst apartment community of the I.D.E.A district; which features apartment homes, commercial space and live/work lofts. Recently, Garcia joined forces with fellow artist Kate Goodson to create a unique public art installation on the southern wall of the Salvation Army building at the corner of Park Boulevard and E Street across from the IDEA1 complex. Goodson is also Founding Principle of Pop Arch, a

place-making design studio located in North Park that specializes in working with neighborhood planning groups and business improvement districts to create urban public spaces such as parklets. Both Garcia and Goodson have made major career goal changes since their college days. Garcia originally studied as an engineer and Goodson as an architect before they both decided to explore their artistic impulses. “I was actually a neuroscientist at Tulane University in New Orleans before I switched to architecture,” said Goodson. Both still use their original expertise to complement their artistic streak. “It’s the new model for the 21st century,” said Garcia. If you are going to get ahead today, you will need to combine both art and science in your skill sets. And that’s what the I.D.E.A. concept is all about.” Goodson was introduced to Garcia by his wife, Beth Callender, who works with him as a co-founder of Urban Interventions, a nonprofit dedicated to creating public art installations. She recommended Goodson when the art project was offered to Garcia through the San Diego Downtown Partnership. Urban Interventions funded two-thirds of the project with

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San Diego Downtown to watch and gave us Partnership picking up tons of positive feedthe remaining third. back. Even some of The project is called the homeless offered “Window Stories’ and to help and that was features four lightbox quite special.” panels designed to The artistic duo has look like apartment labeled their project windows. Each panel as “tactical urbanism” has its own theme because they created and it is left to the high impact art at a passerby to interpret low cost. that story. The pieces “If this was a movinclude characters and ie, then we created an props that are clues to indie film as opposed the storyline. to a giant studio pro“I believe you need duction,” said Garcia. create a ‘wow factor’ “Along with keeping if you want public art the cost down, we reto be successful,” said tained a lot of creative Garcia. “I didn’t want control over the projto create another statect and got it done in ic mural Downtown, three months.” I wanted something The art project has unique, innovative served as a catalyst and engaging.” for additional beatiThe panels are fication because the equipped with solar Salvation Army crepowered motion senated significant landKate Goodson and Pete Garcia pose with one of their sors that light the scaping and structural “Window Stories” (Photo by Vince Meehan) panels when a pedesimprovements as a trian passes by. This result of the display. is designed to provoke curiosity effects, which are triggered by This has transformed a blightfrom the viewer. “Both Pete the motion sensor. Even the ed avenue into a vibrant new and I brainstormed the concept credit box, which accompanies public passage. And that is the as if we were creating a movie,” the art display, is designed to result that both artists were said Goodson. “We came up look like a billing block from a hoping to achieve. with a storyline for each frame motion picture. “I really want to create the and worked to tie them togethThe debut party for the same sort of innovative artiser. There was definitely a show installation had a cinematic tic spirit you see in cities like business theme in creating this theme as well, complete with Seattle, Denver, Barcelona and work” freshly popped popcorn for the Berlin here in the I.D.E.A. disThis came as a natural guests. “We ended up installing trict,” said Garcia. “I’m pleased process for Garcia who has nuthis work in the wee hours of with this and looking forward merous writing and producing the morning the day before our to creating more projects.” film credits from his days in showing,” noted Goodson. “It Hollywood where he worked was surreal, but everybody who —Vince Meehan can be for Disney among others. The happened to be roaming around reached at vinniemeehan@ frames also feature sound at that time of night stopped


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increase in the county’s number of unhealthy air days from 2016 to 2017. “The number of unhealthy air days for sensitive groups — “You know the bacteria and that is our community members viruses in the air actually afwith lung disease, the elderly fect us personally and our fami- and children — increased 16 lies,” she continued. “And when days in 2017,” she continued. we look around and see blue “Overall, unhealthy air days skies, we don’t see smog like we for all of us increased by four sometimes see in Los Angeles days.” on a hot day or in movies or Equinox Project data showed programs on television. We that the region still has zero look outside and say, ‘Wow, San extreme unhealthy air days, Diego is actually beautiful.’ But but that some days have apit’s those things in the air we proached the threshold. There don’t see that make us sick.” was some improvement in air The problem of San Diego’s quality from 2008 to 2010, but declining air quality brought since then there have been sigout approximately 100 philannificant declines in air quality thropists, healthcare proand an uptick in unhealthy air fessionals, environmental days. The map of asthma hosadvocates, community leaders pitalization rates for children and residents from across the varied throughout the county, county and even some groups with the highest rates found in from across the border to the Downtown San Diego, Barrio forum. The forum featured Logan, Logan Heights, El panel consisting of Hanna Cajon and surrounding areas. Grene, director of policy at “The American Lung the Center for Sustainable Association’s 2017 State of Energy; Atul Malhortra, MD, the Air report gave San Diego chief of Pulmonary, Critical County an F for ozone pollution Care and Sleep Medicine at UC and a D for short-term particle San Diego Health; and Nicola pollution,” Grene said. “San Hedge, director of climate Diego is ranked the seventh and environmental programs dirties city in the country for at SDF. ozone pollution. We have one of Grene shared data collected the most beautiful coastlines on San Diego’s air quality by in the world. We can walk outthe Equinox Project, a 2008 side and see blue sky and clean initiative of UC San Diego air and beautiful palm trees designed to provide data and and we don’t always recognize indicators to understand how what’s in our air, so that one the region’s sustainability is really stuck with me.” performing using environmenGrene explained the declintal and economic indicators. ing air quality adversely affects “Air quality is one of the the 400,000 San Diegans who issues we are tracking and in have lung diseases like asthma recent years we have seen a or chronic obstructive pulmodecline in air quality throughnary disease (COPD). out San Diego County,” Grene “These residents — our said, pointing to a 48 percent neighbors, our colleagues, our family — are in heightened risk for air pollution,” she continued. “This means we have more people in our hospitals, more people suffering.” Grene pointed to vehicle emissions and increased heat from climate change as the main causes of the increasingly poor air quality, and noted adopting clean technology like electric cars and a clean energy grid are the best solutions. Atul Malhorta, MD addresses air pollutions As a health profeshealth effects. sional, Malhotra said




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he is not qualified to speak on the politics of climate change or environmental policy, so his presentation strictly focused about the health issues related to poor air quality. “I talk to a lot of people from different sides of the political spectrum who say that, ‘I’m all for economic growth. We need to build if the economy is to grow.’ And I agree with that. But what I’m going to argue is, I don’t want the economy to grow at the expense of my kids’ lungs or your kids’ lungs, because that is really not the right approach,” he said. “The political debate over global warming has obscured the major cardio-pulmonary toxicity of air pollution.” Malhotra listed some of the health issues associated with poor air quality. Air pollution affects sleep apnea and is linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Exposure to air pollution as a baby affects the size of lungs as adult and also affects brain function, which Mahotra said was proved through studies carried out in Los Angeles after the air pollution problem there got better from the 1990s through the 2010s and researchers found lung capacity and brain performance in children improved. Another study in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at 60 million Medicare beneficiaries across country and concluded that air pollution patterns had impact on mortality. Additionally, a study on men and women from rural Uganda found evidence of air pollution’s global impact — 15 percent of men and 17 percent of the

women in that study had evidence of COPD, and 90 percent of the women with COPD had never smoked. “Air pollution effects 100 percent of us in different ways, either directly or indirectly,” Malhotra said. “Advocacy can be important, writing to your politicians can be important, and raising awareness can be important.” Advocacy and environmental action were the key points of Hedge’s presentation. “The really good news is that there is a lot that we can and are doing [about air pollution] by working together and investing today. Through the San Diego Foundation, one of the metrics that we’ve been working on is how many cities are making commitments to reduce climate change, and also to better prepare their communities for the likely impacts of climate change,” she said, adding that when SDF started studying climate change in the region, only two communities in San Diego were working on climate action plans. “Today, all but one of our region’s 19 local governments are working on, or have adopted, a climate action plan.” The San Diego Foundation began studying climate change and its causes a decade ago, following a brash of wildfires. “There are important differences between the air pollution from fuels that are burned locally and how that exacerbates global risk from air quality, and also the greenhouse gas emissions that we burn that rise into the atmosphere and affect us globally and over the long term,” Hedge said. “There are a lot of things we can do to

address both and I think that’s where the synergy needs to lie. That includes reducing how much we drive by investing in other alternatives.” Hedge listed increasing public transit, walking, biking, carpools and bike share; improving fuel efficiency of cars; promoting electric and hybrid vehicles; and cleaning up sources of local power as the most effective strategies for combating air pollution. Following the presentation, the nearly 100 attendees participated in a “straw challenge” where they breathed through a thin straw to better understand the challenges of people suffering from asthma. The group then workshopped its own ideas, strategies and actions that can be implemented to improve air quality. Mead encouraged the participants to share their ideas on social media using the hashtag #HealthyAirSD. In addition to continuing the conversation about San Diego’s air quality online, Mead also suggested volunteering for groups like Equinox Project, contributing donations to groups like SDF or other environmental groups, and staying informed on the topic of air pollution as ways of taking action to improve air quality in San Diego. For more information on The San Diego Foundation Center for Civic Engagement, visit For more information about the Equinox Project, visit —Reach Jeff Clemetson at

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Life, family and career

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Cabrillo Credit Union selects Anne McClure as CEO Recently appointed CEO of San Diego-based Cabrillo Credit Union, Anne McClure spent nearly 27 years with Cabrillo and additional years in the financial industry under her belt. A native of Southern California, she attended Poway High School, went on to University of California, Santa Cruz for a year, completing her college degree at University of California, Irvine in 3.5 years. McClure did not choose the financial field as a career move. Her first bank position came while in college working part-time jobs. At the suggestion of a bank teller, she applied at her bank, was hired, and the rest is history. She said she always believed no matter what position you hold, always work as hard as you can and stand out as the best in that position. This philosophy is something she teaches now to every new hire. “Whether high-level executive or a beginning teller, always give your all, as you never know who is watching,” she said. While working at the bank, she learned about a position at Cabrillo and decided that this was an inspiring change to pursue. “Credit unions are in business to serve their member/ customers (owners),” she said. “Members are at the top of the organization chart at credit

unions. That’s very different than a bank, which is in business for stockholders.” McClure joined Cabrillo Credit Union in 1992 as the Research and Compliance manager. “Cabrillo was a smaller organization, so wearing a number of hats just a matter of course. I was never bored. As we grew, it became evident we needed additional assistance, so I chose human resources and training. I just loved it,” she said. After a few years at Cabrillo, Rady Children’s Hospital (then Children’s Hospital) asked her to create a national program in San Diego, Credit Unions for Kids. McClure said she jumped at the chance and brought in more than 12 credit unions to participate. “In just over 21 years, we have raised over $3.1 million for Children’s, while Cabrillo has been the top fundraiser for all that time. This year’s Cabrillo Credit Union employees and member owners raised $50,000,” McClure said. “This annual May program has proved to become one of the most anticipated and participated events for our employees,” McClure continued. “We have built an enormous following for Rady Children’s Hospital and have never seen such enthusiasm and lifting of our overall spirit de corps as



this event. Branches are decorated and employees all carry the message to our members, resulting in a unified commitment to this highly worthwhile organization.” In 2015, Rady Children’s Hospital awarded McClure and Cabrillo with a magnificent sculpture of the fountain and children gathered in front of Children’s, acknowledging the long-standing amazing fundraising work they had done on their behalf. “It was one of the most memorable and emotional moments of my entire career,” she said. McClure’s character personality is maintaining a positive outlook on life, family and career. “I believe this came from my dad and my faith,” she said. “It’s really a choice you make. I choose to put my mental energy on all that is good. In the end, I am happier because of it. “I look back on the past 26 years with a keen sense of pride. As a working mom, I’m always engaged in the life of my children. I didn’t miss the important moments, always there for water polo games and band performances. I certainly didn’t miss anything significant in their lives and alternately in my life.” A mother of three, McClure shared her work ethics with her children who all worked throughout school.


Cabrillo Credit Union CEO Anne McClure (Courtesy photo) “I always believed my children should work,” she said. “You must be able to multitask in life, so I felt a good life lesson was to work their way through school.” Cabrillo began in 1955, serving as the credit union for the U.S. Border Patrol. In 1976, Cabrillo changed its name from Border Federal Credit Union to Cabrillo Credit Union. The company merged with Sharp Federal Credit Union, adding a large contingency of Sharp employees and merged again with Carlsbad City Credit Union. Cabrillo serves anyone who lives or works in San Diego County, federal employees in Imperial County, and has five major branches including San Diego’s Federal Building Downtown.v

“We know that our dogs are special to us and that other people’s dogs are just as special to them,” Quaglia said. Quaglia said CRAM filled in a lot of the voids that are missing in most dog care facilities. “Now people come to us,” he said. “Things are happening. [Our company] moving out of state really got the ball rolling as people saw us differently than just a regional business. It’s avalanching now. People are giving up their livelihoods to become part of [the franchise].” Crow is the technology guy. He does all the artwork, website, software and mutt cams. He joined the CRAM team while he was working for USA Today. He began helping with the business part-time in the beginning and said he woke up one day and realized he loved this job as much as he did while working for USA Today, then joined the team on a full-time basis. As far as the recession, Crow said they knew it was a risk, but they were confident because they weren’t just pulling from one economic group. “We had doctors and lawyers. Waitresses and busboys would pay for the service using their tips. People will do without themselves to do something good for their dogs,” Crow said. Quaglia agreed, adding that it takes just as much personal

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Plated harmony

awe the synergy of multiple, unexpected ingredients she often puts into a single dish. A well-traveled friend with a worldly palate joined me for a midspace, with its inteweek lunch rior brick walls and visit. The dailarge bar area, is ly morning-afamong the choicest ternoon choicand most visible es are listed chunks of commeron the cial real estate in “brunch” the Gaslamp Quarter. As menu. a result, the place can get It’s where slammed at times. you’ll find Leyla does the cookeverything from crepes ing. She’s a humble, and tiramisu pancakes self-taught culinary to lamb omelets, colorful artist with a keen salads and gussiedknack for making up sandwiches breads, pastries, constructed with and savory dishhouse-made soures brimming dough. (The dinner with the kind of menu goes into effect complexity you’d at 5 p.m. each day.) Yellow tomato bloody mary expect from a Everything is (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.) highly schooled meticulously comworld-class chef. posed, including a I’ve followed her cooking since yellow heirloom-tomato bloody the early days and savored with mary that my companion

Cafe 21 brings detail and originality to the table

Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. For those stuck on tacos, burgers, ramen and other hyped-to-death fare, Cafe 21’s poetically structured dishes will seem like the wheel was reinvented. It’s the kind of food that doesn’t jibe to any particular category and tastes as pretty as it looks. Alex and Leyla Javadov are the married couple from Azerbaijan who launched Cafe 21 nearly a decade ago in Normal Heights. They eventually branched to this second location in what used to be Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar within the historic Keating Building. The triple-storefront

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The long-awaited Portside Pier at North Embarcadero has broken ground in preparation for a gaggle of restaurants that will include Brigantine on the Bay and Miguel’s Cocina as the flagship kitchens. Both have existing locations in San Diego and are operated by Brigantine Inc. The $20 million bayside complex takes over the long-established plot that Anthony’s Fish Grotto occupied since the mid 1960s. It will feature a second-level viewing deck, plus docking slips that will allow boaters to dine on the property as well. Other vendors due to move in once the project is completed in mid-to-late 2019 are Ketch Grill & Taps and Portside Coffee and Gelato. 1360 N. Harbor Drive,

Steak topped with Alaskan crab legs at the new STK (Courtesy of LaForce) Chic and upscale best describe STK, the 8,300-squarefoot international chain restaurant that recently opened in the Andaz San Diego hotel. Executive chef David Burke, formerly of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Pacifica Del Mar, has rolled out a

menu that focuses on numerous cuts of beef and various seafood, including oysters and ceviche. Other choices include herb-crusted rack of lamb, organic chicken, braised short ribs and more, all served amid stylish décor, theatrical lighting and a full cocktail bar. 600 F St., 619-354-5988,

The fifth annual No Borders Ceviche Showdown on Aug. 12 at 57 Degrees wine bar near Downtown brings together restaurants from San Diego and areas south of the border as they compete for the people’s choice award as well as top honors from a panel of judges. Participants from San Diego include Indigo Grill from Little Italy, Get your ceviche fix at an international plus the Old Town competition scheduled at 57 Degrees. Tequila Factory, Old (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) Town Mexican Cafe, and Tidal Restaurant in Mission Bay. They’ll be for competitors to dole out joined by Villa Saverios and samples of their latest and El Baj Americano, both of greatest ceviche. Tickets are Tijuana, and 240 Grill and $29 in advance and $39 at the Koipai Cocina, each from door. They include the ceviche Ensenada. tastings and a voting ballot. The event, to be held from 1735 Hancock St., 619-2341 to 4 p.m., is an opportunity 5760, Nomad Donuts in North Park has opened Nomad Coffee Bar in Downtown’s Bank of America Building. It is centered in the site’s remodeled lobby and offers a smaller selection of donuts compared to the main location, from which the company’s house-made bagels also originate. The menu extends to salads, sandwiches and coffee drinks using beans from Sightglass in San Francisco. Nomad’s founder, Brad Keiller, said the offshoot came about with the support of a newly formed partnership with Legal Restaurants, a hospitality development group headed by local, veteran chef Antonio Friscia. He added that a similar concept might soon be in the works for “somewhere in North County.” 701 B St.,

Duck Foot Brewing Company splashes into the East Village. (Courtesy of Plain Clarity)

Look for an Aug. 25 opening of a tasting room and restaurant by Duck Foot Brewing Company, which sprung onto the craft beer scene three years ago in Mira Mesa. Known for its “gluten-reduced” line of beers, the project will feature 16 taps, some reserved for limited releases, and a restaurant flaunting an all-gluten-free menu spearheaded by consulting chef Logan Kendall of Chef’s Roll San Diego. Under development are dishes such as cauliflower popcorn, broccoli salad with ginger and coconut; and poke with chili kewpie. The 1,500-square-foot project takes over the East Village space previously occupied by The Parlour. 550 Park Blvd.,

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A restaurant complex along the Downtown harbor will soon start taking shape. (Courtesy Tucker Sadler Architects) A dramatic Greek appetizer takes center stage every Sunday at Meze Greek Fusion, when the popular flaming cheese dish, known as saganaki, is half-off the regular price all day. The Shrimp saganaki on the cheap every Sunday normal costs are $18 for the shrimp at a popular Greek restaurant (Courtesy of Meze Greek Fusion) saganaki and $16 for the standard version. Either way, the tableforeseeable future,” we’re told. side presentation involves kas- 345 Sixth Ave., 619-550-1600, seri cheese flambeed in dy and then doused in lemon. It’s served with pita bread —Frank Sabatini for dipping. The alluring proJr. can be reached at motion will continue “for the

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The EVolving East Village East Village Biz News Dora McCann Guerreiro The East Village Association (EVA) represents San Diego’s largest Downtown neighborhood of 130 blocks between Seventh Avenue and 17th Street. Currently an arts and industrial neighborhood in transition, East Village is anticipated to EVolve over the next decade to a mix-use community of more than 800-plus

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businesses and nearly 30,000 residents. As the EVA mission is to support and promote neighborhood businesses and residents to enrich our “new neighborhood” of the East Village, we want to congratulate, thank and welcome the new 18-person EVA board of directors! The June elections, hosted by our neighborhood Tavern & Bowl (, was a chance for the public to come and support the diversification of the board who now represent both the storied, and evolving history of the neighborhood.

Park 12 sitting in Downtown at sunset (Courtesy photos) Each candidate spoke on what East Village means to him or her and about their vested interest in commitment and involvement to bettering the community. The excitement in the room was high as EVA’s president, James Haug, introduced each of the 18 board seats. “It’s an exciting time to be a small business owner, a property owner or a resident in the East Village, as we’re all here representing and championing the dynamic, new East Village vibe,” said Haug. With some familiar faces, and some new faces, EVA is

proud to have the support of 18 energized and passionate community representatives from our restaurants, residential properties, and businesses. EVA thanks you for your volunteerism as we embark on a neighborhood rEVive. EVA is hitting the ground running with many new activation projects. You’ll start to notice the refreshing of the banner program, to newly decorate the street corridors with a design that captures the neighborhood’s authentic vibe. EVA will begin its rollout of a new signature placemaking project that in

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Dead center in the old red-light district Victorian architecture highlights San Diego’s economic boom of the 1880s

Gaslamp Landmarks Sandee Wilhoit John Nelson Young arrived in San Diego in 1869 aboard the steamship Orizaba from San Francisco. He immediately started a furniture and undertaking business with his brothers in a small wooden building on “H” Street (now Market Street) near Fifth Avenue. The furniture store was known as the Pioneer Furniture Store. He additionally set up a manufacturing establishment at the address and continued with his undertaking business in the same structure. Young initially leased the building from a Mary Gray for one year for $40 monthly, but by 1874, he had partnered up with Mary’s husband, John Gray, and they both owned an undivided half interest in the property. They advertised themselves as furniture dealers, upholsterers and general undertakers. Upon his arrival, John Young also promptly set out to make a name for himself in this newly burgeoning seaport. By 1870, he had become a member of the newly established Hook and Ladder Company, and by 1872, Young held office as the public administrator and judge of the Third Ward. In the ensuing years, the Board of Supervisors commissioned him to bury the indigent dead, and by 1883, he was appointed as Superintendent of Cemetery Grounds and County Coroner. Eventually, Young became director of the Chamber of Commerce and served on the Board of Public Works. Besides his interests in the city, Young also had investments in the county. He owned and operated several gold mines in Julian. One of his more prominent mines, the Lincoln Company, on “Gold Hill,” yielded $50-$100 of ore per ton during the first few months of operation. In 1879, Young contemplated the erection of a new brick building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and F Street to better house his growing business interests. This building later became known as Young’s

Block. He also owned a wooden structure on Fifth Avenue near H Street. By 1883, however, Young decided to move to Oakland for business and sold all of his interest in the undertaking business and all his furniture stock to John Gray. He changed his mind a month later, and was back in business with his former partner, John Gray! In 1885, he turned over the building on Fifth Avenue to Gray and moved into the Young Block. At this time, E.W. Tebbutt joined the partnership. All three men were prominent members of the I.O.O.F., (Independent Order of Odd Fellows), a Masonic organization. As Gray and Tebbutt also had solid business reputations, they successfully carried on the business as Gray and Company. By 1888, a brick structure replaced the wooden structure on the Fifth Avenue property. The four-story structure, now known as the Marin Hotel building, is a classic example of the showy Victorian architecture built during San Diego’s boom years of the 1880s. It incorporates an elaborate roofline capped by pinnacles and incorporating lentils as support and decoration, and additional decorative relief work above the first story with dentils as decorative embellishments. The large glass-paned windows feature heavily detailed cornices and were designed for maximum light and ventilation. A dark wooden staircase with bannisters of matching wood leading to the upper floors is located on the right-hand side of the building. On the left-hand side, a wooden staircase leads up to a balcony, which projects over the ground floor. Stone steps on the outside lead to the basement. The interior of the brick walls was covered in wood and the floors were made of wood paneling. A wooden trap door on the first floor opened onto a platform anchored by ropes used to raise and lower caskets to the basement or mortuary. When the building opened, the first floor featured fine handmade furniture and coffins; the second and third floors were offices for lawyers, doctors, etc. and the top floor was the residence of Tebbutt and his wife, Clara Jane.

Now beautifully restored to its original splendor, the historic structure has housed a series of restaurants.

The Marin Hotel Year: 1888

552 Fifth Ave. Architectural Style: Victorian Architect: Unknown The partnership, with Tebbutt as mortician, was doing a very prosperous business. The building on H Street (now known as the Sun Cafe building) became the funeral rooms or funeral parlor. Many advertisements noted that “bodies looked as natural as life.” However, an unfortunate event involving Mr. Tebbutt occurred on June 5, 1894. Mr. Tebbutt had been in failing health due to the untimely death of Clara Jane, of a severe sunstroke several years earlier, and a recent fall — which left him in considerable pain. Consequently, he placed a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson in his mouth and committed suicide. The San Diego Union reported that the bullet exited behind his left ear and lodged in the wall 15 feet away. They cited the reason for the suicide as “despondency on account of ill health.” In his will, he bequeathed his share of the property and business to his partners, John Young and John Gray. Four days after his death, the business became the San Diego Furniture and Carpet Company with John Young as president and John Gray as treasurer and manager. In 1894, John Young’s wife also died, after which his own health deteriorated. He passed away in 1896 after a long illness. In 1895, after 17 years at 552 Fifth Ave., John Gray moved his business to the corner of Sixth Avenue and D Street. This building, known as the Kline block, previously housed the Metcalf Furniture Company. Gray’s business continued to flourish at the new location. The structure on Fifth Avenue was sold to Conrad M. Gerichten, one of the wealthiest property owners in San Diego. Gerichten maintained ownership of the property until 1901. From 1901 until 1905, Martin German became owner, and operated the location as a jewelry business. He had already established his reputation as one of the main jewelers in San Diego, and ran an elegant store also dealing in gold and silverware, stationary and art supplies. From 1905-1914, Rudolph Damarus and his wife, Amelia, became owners. They were both prominent San Diegan community figures, as she had been a resident all her life and came from three generations of native San Diegans. Her husband was a restauranteur. In 1915, the building became the Aerie Hotel under the ownership of John Daneri. It remained a hotel well into the 1940s, although it progressed through a series of owners.

The four-story structure, now known as the Marin Hotel building, is a classic example of the showy Victorian architecture built during San Diego’s boom years of the 1880s. (Photos by Sandee Wilhoit) In 1943, the property was purchased as an investment by prominent San Diegan, Howard B. Turentine. Mr. Turentine was Deputy City Attorney, president of the San Diego County Bar Association, and eventually a Superior Court judge. In April of 1970, Judge Turentine was nominated by President Richard M. Nixon for United States District Court Judge. The hotel in the meantime had become the Marin Hotel, and was now in the center of San Diego’s red-light district. The upper rooms were rented out for shady activities. In the early 1970s, however, the Rescue Mission took over the building. In 1976, Deloris Vandermuelen bought the

property and closed down the hotel. She planned on restoring the building as a part of the newly formed Gaslamp District. Her plans were to utilize the upper floors as rooms to let and the ground floor as a business. Now beautifully restored to its original splendor, the historic structure has housed a series of restaurants. The current tenants operate the ground floor as Little Havana, a Cuban-themed restaurant, and the basement as a speakeasy. The upstairs are apartments, with a resident psychic occupying one of the units. —Sandee Wilhoit is the historian for the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. She can be reached at

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Must see summer happenings in San Diego’s Little Italy Little Italy News Christopher Gomez Summer is the perfect season to gather your friends and family together for an outdoor summer outing. With San Diego’s great weather, cool neighborhoods and many amazing eateries, discovering new summer events and things to do each weekend is easy to do. San Diego’s Little Italy is one neighborhood that hosts a variety of events throughout summertime that are great for friend outings or the whole family! From movies in the park to live performances and entertainment, Little Italy is the place to be this summer!

Little Italy Summer Film Festival

Now until Saturday, Aug. 25, the Little Italy Association of San Diego and Cinema Little Italy are hosting the Little Italy Summer Film Festival every Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. Attendees can see amazing Italian films with English subtitles and snuggle

up in a blanket with delicious snacks in hand at Amici Park Amphitheater, located at the corner of State and Date streets. $5 donation.

Little Italy Mercato

Every Saturday from 8 a.m.– 2 p.m., the Little Italy Mercato, the largest farmer’s market in San Diego, brings San Diego residents and visitors to the Little Italy neighborhood. The market features more than 200 vendors who offer a wide selection of farm fresh produce, eggs and poultry, meat, fish, flowers, local artisan goods and more. Little Italy Mercato shoppers can enjoy San Diego’s great weather and peruse the wide variety of great offerings and live entertainment.

First Responders Celebration

For the first time ever, the neighborhood will host a First Responder’s Celebration to honor San Diego’s first responders on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. The event will recognize the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, San Diego Police Department, San Diego FireRescue Team and San Diego

Marine Band of San Diego (Courtesy photo) Lifeguards. The community is invited to the Piazza della Famiglia to pay tribute to these organizations for their service and contribution to our city. In their honor, the Little Italy Association will light up the entire Piazza della Famiglia and all of India Street in blue lights. Honored guests include Assemblymember Todd Gloria, Asst. Sheriff Kelly Martinez of the San Diego Sheriff Department, Chief David Nisleit of the San Diego Police Department, and Interim Chief Kevin Ester of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Marine Band San Diego Summer Concert

The San Diego community and visitors are invited to the

Marine Band of San Diego Summer Concert presented by the Little Italy Association on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 from 6 p.m. to dusk at the Piazza della Famiglia. The cherished 45-piece Marine Band San Diego will perform a variety of numbers that will get the crowd swaying all night long! In addition, their popular music group, “Sound Strike” and New Orleans-style brass band, “Double Time Brass Band,” will put on an incredible performance for visitors and military members and their families.

State of the Neighborhood dinner

The annual State of the Neighborhood dinner reception is an evening of food,

entertainment and a presentation on the past, present and future of San Diego’s Little Italy held at the San Diego County parking structure on West Cedar Street. Attendees can socialize with local business owners, residents and honored dignitaries and take in breathtaking views of the San Diego Bay and Downtown. Multiple Little Italy restaurants donate Italian family-style dishes and Little Italy Association’s chief executive administrator will present about all the happenings of Little Italy. The event will be on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets will be available on

Little Italy Wednesday Market

On July 18, the Little Italy Association introduced the first Little Italy Wednesday Market to provide another chance for residents and visitors to shop for local produce and goods from San Diego farmers and foodmakers throughout the week. Visitors can stroll through the new Piazza della Famiglia every Wednesday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and purchase fresh groceries, artisan goods and much more with family and friends. Shoppers can also enjoy live entertainment on select street corners — adding to the authentic Italian ambience of San Diego’s Little Italy atmosphere.

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To stay connected with Little Italy, check out what’s going on in the neighborhood by following it on Instagram and Twitter: @LittleItalySD and Facebook: LittleItalySD. To learn more about the Little Italy Wednesday Market and Little Italy Association, visit —Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at

Cultural excursions Walking tours bring colorful history of San Diego's Little Italy to life

Little Italy Heritage Tom Cesarini Convivio has launched its Cultural Excursions series! San Diego residents and visitors of all ages are invited to lace up their sneakers and take part in a professionally guided tour of one of San Diego's most colorful cultural districts. Guided walking-tour adventures will feature: • The Piazza Basilone fountain/war memorial, honoring

the boys of Little Italy who died at war. • Italian church built in 1925 with stunning religious art — frescoes, oil paintings, stained glass, and one-of-a-kind religious statues. • Historic homes from the 19th century. • Hidden neighborhood landmarks of the Italian quarter. • Artifacts from the days when the Genovese and Sicilian fishermen dominated the seas in San Diego. • The house of the Black Hand — the shadowy gang that reigned during Prohibition.


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• A visit to an Italian grocery store built in the 1920s. This is a wonderful opportunity for people of all cultural backgrounds to immerse themselves in the vibrant history of San Diego's popular Italian neighborhood. Bringing along a hearty appetite on these cultural treks is a must! Bel Mattino Tour (Morning Tour)

Explorers In this circa 1942 procession at the San Diego wharf, church members proudly carry the will begin their American flag, at once showing their religious conviction and newly acquired sense of American morning tours at patriotism. (Courtesy of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish and the Convivio Italian Community Archives) Café Zucchero, where they will be Elementary School is just steps treated to a delicious Sicilianat Amici House presented by inspired breakfast before emRovino Rotisserie + Wine, serv- from Amici House, located at 250 W. Date St. barking on a two-hour walking ing fresh and authentic Italian For more information or to tour of historic Little Italy and and Sicilian home cooking. purchase tickets, please visit culminating with a stop at Parking Information Amici House, the cultural, herPaid parking is available itage, and visitor center in the at Washington Elementary —Tom Cesarini is heart of Little Italy for coffee School in two lots: State the executive director of and conversation. Street entrance and Union Convivio. Reach him at Tickets are available online Street entrance. Washington for $29 per person, with breakfast and walking tour included in the ticket price. Children under 10 get free admission, excluding Sicilian breakfast.


Washington Elementary School was architecturally modeled after the White House. When this photograph was taken circa 1940, the interior was made predominantly of marble, and lion heads originally marked the front entrance but were later removed. The school served the entire Italian community. (Courtesy of Fran Marline Stephenson and the Convivio Italian Community Archives)

Bella Serata Tour (Evening Tour)

We will soon be launching our evening tour, and guests will enjoy an early evening walking tour followed by a hearty aperitivo experience

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The real heroes of Comic-Con be someone else – even if just for the weekend. While the city was transformed into a sort of theme park during the day, it also underwent a Whether Comic-Con was transition at night. your long-awaited opportuniCharged with the ty to don a grownup Wonder mission of keeping Woman costume, or your Downtown San Diego’s excuse to avoid the crowds streets tidy and secure, and watch your favorite “Star our Clean & Safe mainWars” episode on Netflix, the tenance and security annual event took the city by ambassadors worked storm – as usual. tirelessly around the Each day, nearly 135,000 clock to make Downtown attendees descended on the an enjoyable place for southern part of Downtown excited visitors and resiand the Convention Center for dents participating in the glimpses of their favorite charevent. You might have acters, exclusive insider looks seen them in their yellow Local heroes collect 33 tons of garbage during Comic-Con. at the creation of shows, free vests and blue shirts – one-of-a-kind interactive expesome even wore capes ● Collected 45,516 flyers, riences, and the opportunity to and superhero masks. posters, and stickers. One of these local ● Pulled 3,862 bags of trash heroes was Ron Montez, (equal to 33 tons of garbage). a Clean & Safe mainte● Cleaned graffiti 269 nance ambassador, who times. has worked with the pro● Gave directional assisgram for two years. This tance to 832 people. was Ron’s second year The numbers don’t lie – working as an ambassathese team members were the dor at Comic-Con. true heroes of the event. “Before I moved “For a lot of people, this here, I only knew three might be the only time they things about San Diego: see San Diego,” Ron said. “On the beautiful weather, behalf of the city, we want to SeaWorld, and Comicmake sure it looks great and Con, so it was pretty special to be a part of this creates a positive impression of San Diego as an area visitors event,” Ron said. would want to come back to.” Ron was just one This impression doesn’t have among a committed team In Comic-Con fashion, volunteers dress in to end now that the building of ambassadors who, super hero costumes. banners and installations of together:

Downtown Partnership News Lana Harrison

The real heroes of Comic-Con charged with the mission of keeping Downtown’s streets tidy and secure. (Photos by Lana Harrison) Comic-Con have packed up until next year. Balboa Park will soon be the proud home to the Comic-Con Museum – the next iteration of the brand – which will celebrate the history of Comic-Con as well as serve as a place fans can celebrate the best of pop-culture year-round. The organization has tapped Adam Smith (not to be confused with the economist) to head up this effort. An avid history buff who hails from Great Britain, Smith has experience leading a number of museums in the past. “As a five-day annual event, Comic-Con has made a very significant positive contribution to the economy, image and

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Cox High Speed Internet Now Twice as Fast in San Diego When it comes to the internet, one of the things consumers value most is speed. It frees up their time by completing tasks faster. It makes watching a movie or listening to music more enjoyable. And, for video game enthusiasts, it could be the difference between winning or losing. So, how much speed do you need? That depends on how you’re using the internet, and how many connected devices you have in your home. Whether you’re using the internet for basic search, paying bills, and shopping online, or are a multi-generational household with multiple connected devices streaming simultaneously, there’s some great news on the internet speed front. Cox Communications, which already offers some of the fastest consumer internet speeds in the nation, recently doubled the speed for most of its customers in San Diego County. Download speeds for Cox High Speed Internet doubled for three of its service plans: Starter, Essential and Preferred. The speed increases went into effect automatically for all Cox High Speed Internet customers with those service plans in San Diego. The new download speed for Preferred, the company’s most popular tier of service, is now up to 100 Mbps.

Cox is also improving the in-home WiFi experience with Panoramic WiFi, ensuring wireless internet service is “wall-to-wall” fast throughout every nook and cranny of the home. “Our internet customers have embraced Panoramic WiFi,” said Schlundt. “Our technicians will literally walk your home from wall to wall to identify any dead spots and turn them into live spots so that you can have an optimal wifi experience in your home.” Cox plans to invest $10 billion in its infrastructure over the next five years, with a focus on enhancing the customer experience inside and outside of the home. The company already provides its internet customers with access to more than half a million wifi hotspots nationwide.

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culture of San Diego,” said Smith, executive director of the museum. “The Comic-Con Museum will extend these benefits all year round and will strengthen San Diego’s reputation as the world’s epicenter of pop culture.” Until the museum opens, you can still catch our heroes around town. Take a moment to say hello and thank them for the work they do to keep Downtown San Diego clean and safe! —Lana Harrison is the communications coordinator for the Downtown San Diego Partnership. She can be reached at


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When in Rome… A funny thing is happening at the North Coast Rep

Theater Review Jean Lowerison The title underestimates the show. A whole lot of funny things happen in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” the 1962 winner of six Tony’s which hasn’t seen a major local production in more than a decade. Roman writer Plautus started the whole thing with a comic play, but Stephen Sondheim (along with writers Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart) turned it into a musical. The show is now playing through Aug. 12 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, helmed by artistic director David Ellenstein, who milks it for all the considerable laughs this farce/vaudeville mashup offers, and takes it to hilarious, not-tobe-missed extremes. The action takes place in and around Mike Burnett’s three slightly off-kilter houses on a Roman street. One is a brothel run by tightwad flesh merchant Marcus Lycus (the always-funny David McBean). The second is the house of Roman senator Senex (Andrew Ableson) and Domina, his (what else?) dominating wife (Melinda Gilb). In the third lives elderly Erronius (John Greenleaf), who years ago lost his two infant

children to pirates. A seer tells him he must walk around the hills of Rome seven times in order to find them, providing the show’s major running gag. The plot revolves around Pseudolus (played hilariously by Omri Schein), a clever slave of Senex and Domina, and his schemes to get his freedom. When Senex and Domina leave temporarily, they put another slave, Hysterium (Kevin HafsoKoppman) in charge, instructing him to keep their son Hero “cheerful, well fed, and far from the opposite sex.” But when the boy (played with adorable innocence by Chris M. Kauffmann) sees the lovely virgin Philia (Noelle Marion) in the window of Marcus’ brothel, he gets the hots for her. The problem? She’s been sold to arrogant warrior Miles Gloriosus (Jason Maddy), who is on the way to pick her up. Pseudolus makes a deal with Hero, the girl for his freedom, and we’re off to the races. The complications are goofy (not to mention ludicrous), and the characters stereotypes, but who cares? They’re funny, as is the entire show, stuffed as it is with sight gags, puns, wordplay and goofy songs (this was Sondheim’s first Broadway musical). Schein, certainly one of the best physical comics in town, outdoes himself here with movement, the mugging he’s

(l to r) Chris M. Kauffman & Noelle Marion FROM PAGE 18

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‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ Plays through Aug. 12 North Coast Repertory Theatre 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive Solana Beach Wednesday at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets: 858-481-1055 known for and some great lung power. Every one of these characters is perfectly cast and played. Ableson’s Senex acts like a few senators we could all name, and has a wonderful time with Pseudolous, Hysterium and Lycus on the soft-shoe sounds and funny lyrics of “Everybody Ought to Have a Maid.” Hafso-Koppman’s “I live to grovel” Hysterium joins the fun with some mugging of his own, and Maddy plays Miles Gloriosus, as funny as he is pompous in a costume reminiscent of “Man of La Mancha.” Missy Marion, Amy Perkins and Jean Schroeder show (lovely) leg and bust some terrific dance moves as a trio of Lycus’ whores. Music Director Ron Councell’s four musicians make plenty of sound, and Elisa Benzoni’s costumes are just right.

The cast of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” now playing at the North Coast Repertory Theatre through Aug. 12 (Photos by Aaron Rumley)

Front (l to r) Missy Marion and Omri Schein; Back (l to r) David McBean, Jean Schroeder, Luke H. Jacobs and Amy Perkins Aaron Rumley and Matt Novotny contribute fine sound and lighting, and Peter Herman’s wigs add to the comedy quotient. Leave your brain at home; this show won’t require it. But this trip to the Forum is sure to provide giggles, guffaws, maybe

even groans and send you home with a smile on your face. —Jean Lowerison is a long-standing member of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle and can be reached at

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(l to r) Omri Schein and Keivn Hafso Koppman

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Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro The 5th annual Her Universe fashion show took place on July 19 at the Manchester Hyatt Hotel. Twenty-four aspiring designers are picked to design an outfit inspired by one of their ComicCon heroes. Think “Project Runway” for Comic-Con. DJ Amanda Jones spun the tunes for the evening. Emmy Awardwinning consumer tech expert Katie Lindendoll was on hand with Zenni eyewear for everyone. The host and creator of Her Universe is Ashley Eckstein who is known as Ahsoka Tano on “Star Wars.” Eckstein came out on the runway with a dress

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that was made up of 500 Funko Pop! Heads. They weighed a total of 40 pounds. This was to honor the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton’s 1993 “The Nightmare Before Christmas” film. Andrew MacLaine, who was the 2013 Her Universe Fashion Show winner, designed this amazing gown for Miss Eckstein. Cast members Matt Lanter and Dee Bradley Baker made an appearance to help celebrate the return of “Star Wars: Clone Wars.” Eckstein recently launched a new “Clone Wars” line for Her Universe. The biggest surprise of the evening was a visit from Jodie Whittaker, the 13th titular character from “Doctor Who.” She modeled the new “Doctor Who” line for Her Universe. This year, three awards were given out. The first was the Judge’s Winner who was Cynthia Kirkland for her design inspired by Guillermo del Toro’s Academy Award-winning film “The Shape of Water.” The second was by Singer Sewing Company, which handed out an award to Jane Burson. This creation was inspired by 2012 animated film “Howl’s Moving Castle.” The audience was given a chance to vote for the third winner, who was Kristi SiedowThomas. She created an awesome design inspired by Ripley in the power loader machine from “Aliens.” Each one of these winners will pair up with Eckstein, Her Universe, and Loungefly to create a Marvel’s Avengers 4 Collection exclusively for Hot Topic. In addition there was a Junior Designer Showcase,

Audience Winner: Kristi Siedow-Thomas

Judge’s Winner: Cynthia Kirkland (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro)

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The 81st Opening Day at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club opened on July 18 to a crowd of 33,112. Opening Day is always considered a day to be “dressed to the nines” topped off with an impressive hat. Every year they have a fabulous hat contest. This year, the 24th Annual Opening Day Hats Contests had more than 300 contestants with $6,000 in cash and prizes. Leslie Monroy took home the Grand Prize with an oversized floral bouquet hat with large, handmade lace horse heads. Julia Moehrke of Carlsbad won the category for Best Flowers with a coordinating

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Group shot of winners red dress and floral arrangement. Aubrey Fohl of Dana Point won the category of Best Fascinator with a black spiked-feather fascinator. Sara Holbrook of San Diego won the category of Most Glamorous with a cream-colored outfit and matching hat. Lori Shelton of San Diego won the category of Best Racing Theme with a Triple Crown trophy. There were many cool and unusual hats at Opening Day. One was a cap with living succulents by Carlee Campbell. Last year’s winner, Christina Stutz made a hat with big lips that was blowing bubble gum. One of my favorite hats was one made by longtime Downtown businessman, Fritz Ahern. The hat was made of oak veneer with butterflies that rotated at the top. The Summer Meet runs through Sept. 3 and is dark on Mondays (except Labor Day) and Tuesdays. Look for the

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San Diego Musical Theatre presents Tony Award-winning musical “Hairspray” from Aug. 3–Sept. 2 at the Horton Grand Theatre. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, and quirky, plus-sized teenager Tracy Turnblad has one dream: to dance on The Corny Collins Show. When she gets put in detention with the African-American students in the school, they teach her some of their dance moves, and her new-found groove wins her a spot on Corny’s show. Overnight, Tracy transforms from a nobody into a star and uses her newfound influence to advocate for racial integration on the television show. You’ll be tapping your feet to the beat as Tracy and friends’ triumph over high school bullies, racism and enemies everywhere of big girls with big hair. Tickets: $30–$70. Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. 444 Fourth Ave.

The Old Globe’s 2018 Summer Season continues with “Barefoot in the Park” now running through Sept. 2. Director Jessica Stone returns to the Globe to extend its decades-long relationship with giant comic playwright Neil Simon with a fresh and hilarious new look at this iconic comedy. Tickets start at $30. 1363 Old Globe Way.




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The Maritime Museum of San Diego, with the San Diego Folk Heritage, presents Songs of the Sea – 26th annual Sea Chantey Fest. For centuries, sailors have honed their shipboard skills to the cadence of songs recounting the adventure, tragedy and romance of life at sea. These sea chanteys and the sailor’s life they describe come to life aboard the Star of India. Music begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 4:40 p.m. with a finale. This event is free with the purchase of general admission tickets to the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Visitors will enjoy sea chanteys and traditional folk music performed by popular local artists. The Star of India sail crew will demonstrate various shipboard skills and visitors will have a chance to join in and raise the sails of the historic ship. Tickets: $8 to $18, 1492 North Harbor Drive.






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WRITE OUT LOUD, an organization committed to inspire, challenge and entertain by reading literature for a live audience announces the 9th Annual TwainFest in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. This event is produced by WRITE OUT LOUD and sponsored by Fiesta de Reyes in association with the Park. Festival favorites include local San Diego performers presenting 19th Century stories and poems throughout the park, Descendants of Early San Diego, literary games and activities, The Authors Salon, The Armory Band, Civil War Field Encampment, and a 19th Century Literary Costume contest. New this year is The TwainFest Cakewalk, Needle in a Haystack and Tom Sawyer’s Fence Painting. 4002 Wallace St. Free. 11 a.m.– 4 p.m.

The San Diego Spirits Festival is the major cocktails, culinary and culture extravaganza celebrated annual each summer on San Diego’s Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier Aug. 25–26. The goal of the festival is to advance the industry and all that in encompasses via market launches, industry advancement and exposure, product innovation and a good time fi lled with entertainment camaraderie. The two-day cocktail festival attracts thousands of people from all over the country and abroad. From novice enthusiast to the cocktail aficionado, the festival has something to please everyone’s palate. Now in its 10th year, the festival attracts high-profile members of the spirts and culinary trade, affluent consumers, and local bar and restaurants who are passionate about San Diego and the West Coast’s burgeoning cocktail and culinary scene. Tickets: Saturday: General pass, $65; Group General pass, $60; VIP, $100. Sunday: General pass, $55; Group General pass, $50; VIP, $85. Hours: Saturday, 2–6 p.m. Sunday, 2–5 p.m.

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

Through Monday, September 3 The U.S. San Sculpting Challenge, an annual Labor Day weekend tradition, celebrates seven years and continues to bring attendees and artists from all over the world to Downtown at the Broadway Pier and Pavilion. New this year, the festival will get “lit” literally. The festival will be open later and the sculptures will light the night and be decoratively lit from top to bottom. Twelve World Master Class Sculptors from the U.S. and artists from countries as far as Tasmania to Russia will compete to create a museum-worthy sand sculptures to correspond to the events theme: Celebrate! Active duty military, EMTs, fi re and police receive free admission. Proceeds from the event support local charities. Times: Aug. 31, 5–9 p.m.; Sept. 1, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sept. 2, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sept. 3, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tickets: $7 to $11. 1000 North Harbor Drive.


Moments in time

A collection of photographs, years in the making By Lucia Viti “Photography was brought into being by a desire to make pictures.”—Beaumont Newhall Curated by Deborah Klochko, executive director and chief curator of MOPA, the exhibition segments Bank of America’s Art in Our Communities, a photographic expose designed to inspire audiences worldwide. The program, established in 2009, offers museums and nonprofit galleries public and free exhibitions. More than 130 showings have been displayed since the onset of this unique program. “Moment in Time: A Collection of Photographs” literally took years to come to life. In 1967, Beaumont and Nancy Newhall were hired by Samuel William Sax, president of the Exchange National Bank of Chicago, to assemble America’s first historic photographic exhibition. At the time, investing in fine art was common for banking institutions. Sax, a seasoned photographic collector, was convinced that photography was fine art and “worthy of collecting.” Work was amassed from the Museum of Modern Art, The George Eastman House and the Art Institute of Chicago. Bank of America, current owners of the collection, approached San Diego’s MOPA to exhibit an assortment of the celebrated compilation. San Diego embraced the idea with open arms. “Arts enriches our communities, celebrates the past and inspires our future,” said Rick Bregman, San Diego market president for Bank of America. “We’re proud to partner with the Museum of Photographic Arts by lending pieces from our Bank of America collection for the benefit of all visitors. By sharing these intriguing photographic works, we hope to foster great learning and inspiration.” Trailblazing photography icons, dating back to the 1800s, reign among the works on display. “‘A Moment in Time: A Collection of Photographs’ is not only a fabulous exhibition for MOPA — the collection represents the greatest hits of the best-known photographers and their iconic images,” said Klochko. The exhibition is divided into three sections. “History” opens the door to understanding “what goes on in photography.” William Henry Fox Talbot, credited as one of the inventors of photography, dates photos from 1843. Julie Margaret Cameron, one of America’s first female photographers, is featured along with Lewis Wickes Hine’s immigrants entering Ellis Island and child laborers in Chicago and Pennsylvania. Timothy Sullivan’s photographs of the West give way to Edward Steichen’s New York portraits. “Chicago” follows suit, sharing the exemplar as well as the eclectic. Aaron Siskind, Arthur

Siegel, Harry Callahan and Art Sinsabaugh are also among the legends. “A Collection of Photographs” finalizes the breathtaking, historical assortment, scanning the likes of Ansel Adams and Helen Levitt’s New York circa 1945. Beaumont Newhall’s work stretches between 1946 and 1970. Elliot Porter adds modern color as Man Ray exercises abstracts in black and white. Pirkle Jones highlights San Francisco while Edward Weston covers the 1920s and ’30s. “While it’s wonderful to see the works in publication and online, it’s not the same as experiencing the works in person,” said Klochko. “It’s exciting to be surrounded by photographic art such as the beautiful landscapes of Ansel Adams and the amazing work of Minor White. People will recognize names within the collection as it brings history alive in multiple ways.”

Sporting a master’s of fine arts in photography from the SUNY, Buffalo, New York, and a “strong background in museum education,” Klochko described her 12-year tenure at MOPA as the perfect role. “My background in museum education works to promote what we do,” she said. “Learning becomes visual at MOPA. Our programs, exhibitions and activities encourage creativity and understanding of the history and power of the visual image.” Klochko noted that MOPA is “pay-what-you-wish admission. “Anyone can engage in the exhibition whether or not you choose to pay,” she said. Touted as one of only three museums in America dedicated to a lens-based medium, MOPA, located in San Diego’s historic Balboa Park, offers a calendar of “relevant, thought-provoking and engaging exhibitions, film festivals and lifespan-learning opportunities.” Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, MOPA addresses cultural, historical and social subjects through its photographic exhibitions and educational programs.

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“Photography’s not a dying art,” explained Klochko. “Photography is at the forefront of contemporary art. As the visual currency of our time, photography is more energized and robust “Moment in Time: A Collection of Photographs” took than it’s ever years to come to life. (Photos by Lucia Viti) been. ‘Moment in Time: A Collection of Photographs’ L. & Nancy K. Dubois Library, shows the rich diversity and located in MOPA, showcases range of what the medium is more than 20,000 photographic capable of. From child labor artifacts including 8,500 photo photograms to the powertographs from over 700 artists ful work of Barbara Morgan’s as well as monographs, magadancers.” zines, encyclopedias, and exhiDedicated to “sharing and bition catalogs. exploring the universal lanThe exhibition is funded guage of photography,” MOPA by Bank of America, the city serves more than 100,000 of San Diego, the Gardner visitors annually through its Bilingual Fund, and the “presentation, collection, and Massey Charitable Trust. preservation of photography, “Moment in Time: A Collection film, and video.” of Photographs” runs through San Diego’s MOPA houses Sept. 23. A coffee table book historical and contemporary of the presentation is also photographic works and phoavailable. tojournalism materials and documents related to the me—Luci Viti can be reached dium’s history. The Edmund at


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