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Special election spins surprises Runoff determined, Fletcher to exit politics Dave Schwab Downtown News

A few months go by, maybe even a year, and they want to learn how the project is coming along. Aside from calling up city employees until the correct person is tracked down, it would be difficult to find any answers. While there are city staffers tasked with providing this type of data to the public, none have the time or resources to provide constant updates on the 1,000+ proposed, planned or current infrastructure projects to every resident who wants them. Citizens want to know the status of projects in their neighborhoods, or simply that their voice is being heard. Everyone

Councilmembers Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez will square off against each other in a runoff election for San Diego mayor on a yet to-be-determined date early next year. Faulconer, a Republican, led a field of 12 candidates in the Nov. 19 special election with 42.73 percent, 98,360 votes, according to figures released by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. Democrat Alvarez finished 5,193 votes ahead of former assemblymember Nathan Fletcher in the race for second. Alvarez received 60,993 votes, 26.50 percent of the vote, to Fletcher’s 55,800 votes, 24.24 percent. The only other candidate to receive at least one percent of the vote was former City Attorney Michael Aguirre, who finished fourth with 4.47 percent, 10,283 votes. Faulconer’s mostly coastal District 2 includes Bay Ho/Bay Park/ Morena, Midway/North Bay, Mission, Ocean and Pacific beaches and Point Loma. Alvarez currently represents District 8, which includes the midcity communities of Barrio Logan, Eggar Highlands, Grant Hill, Logan Heights, Memorial, Nestor, Ocean View Hills, Sherman Heights and Stockton, as well as Otay Mesa West & East, San Ysidro and the Tijuana River Valley. Alvarez campaigned on strengthening San Diego’s neighborhoods and had the backing of the county Democratic Party and San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, an umbrella group for the region’s unions. Fletcher gained the support of individual unions and numerous state elected officials. Fletcher was the first major candidate to announce he would run to replace disgraced ex-mayor Bob Filner, who resigned at the end of August following numerous allegations of sexual harassment. Having grown up in Barrio Logan, Alvarez began his career as a social services worker and after-school teacher. Before his election to City Council, he represented State Sen. Denise Moreno Ducheny as a community liaison to the neighborhoods he grew up in. Coming from single-digit support

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A brightly lit, home at the corner of First and Ivy streets now houses a business that is generating lots of attention and spreading even more holiday cheer in its Downtown neighborhood this holiday season. (Courtesy American Security Mortgage)

A new cellar in Little Italy

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The countdown has begun Iconic Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar to sing its last song Morgan M. Hurley Downtown Editor

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Forty years ago this past September, Jim and Ingrid Croce moved west to San Diego with their young son, Adrian James. Just two weeks later while on tour, Jim Croce was killed in a plane crash, cutting short a skyrocketing career and his life. Five days before her husband died, Ingrid has said she walked through the Gaslamp Quarter with him, looking for a place to enjoy some live music. At the corner of Fifth Avenue and F Street, they stopped and looked around. “Looks like we’re gonna have to build us a place if we want to hear music in this town,” Jim has been quoted as saying. He imagined a place like the ones back home near Philadelphia, where he, Ingrid and their friends—James Taylor, Arlo Guthrie and others— could sit around and play together for those who gathered.

The iconic Downtown restaurant, a tribute to the late Jim Croce for nearly 30 years, will serve its last meal on Dec. 31. (Courtesy Ingrid Croce)

Twelve years later, Ingrid— an avid cook who had started a small restaurant in Hillcrest—was shown a street level space in the Keating Building, located at Fifth Avenue and F Street, the exact location where she and Jim had stopped years before.

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The City of San Diego has $179.4 million budgeted for its Capital Improvements Program (CIP) in 2014. With that considerable amount of money on the table for improvements and construction on streets, buildings, sewage and all the other civic capital considered “infrastructure,” one can safely assume that quite a few of these projects should get underway. One issue, however, is the ability of the average San Diegan to track these projects and stay in the loop. For example, say a resident living in North Park submitted a request for their sidewalk to be repaired.


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New tasting room brings wine lovers to Little Italy Kai Oliver-Kurtin Downtown News

A career transition from attorney to vintner may be an unlikely move, but it’s one that San Diego Cellars winemaker Todd Hipper decided to make when opening his own winery, tasting room and kitchen in Little Italy last month. San Diego Cellars held a grand opening celebration Nov. 9, filling the building to capacity and utilizing every wine glass in their possession. For $10, guests can taste six wines—some being poured from a bottle and others straight from the tap. Hipper sources grapes from all over the state, including Lodi, Napa, Paso Robles, San Marcos and Santa Barbara. He still provides counsel on alcohol compliance laws for other wineries and breweries, but San Diego Cellars is now his full-time venture. As a father to small children, he enjoys the flexibility this new work schedule brings. Like most winemakers, Hipper tends to focus on the varietals of wine he enjoys drinking—known for his Syrahs and Old Vine Zinfandels—with Viognier being his signature white. Right now he has three Syrahs and will soon release a fourth. “I’m most excited about getting this stuff in front of people,” Hipper said. “We want to see people enjoying the wine and food, be able to entertain them and give them a new experience. We’re excited to have an audience.” Hipper, a South Park resident, was born in San Diego while his father was stationed here with the U.S. Navy, making it a familiar home in which to establish his business. Beginning as a hobby, winemaking grew into an occupation when Hipper began producing

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several hundred cases of wine per year beginning in 2008. “We’re hoping people catch on,” he said. “San Diego is ripe for tasting rooms and refillable bottles [and] people are looking for small batch stuff made for the customer.” To demonstrate their commitment to this trend, San Diego Cellars sells wine “CRUzers,” ecofriendly, refillable, swing-top wine bottles. Similar to beer growlers, the CRUzers make wine on Winemaker Todd Hipper tap portable for home consumption. (Photo by David Nunes) San Diego Cellars recently debuted in Little Italy (Photo by David Nunes) To facilitate this business, Hipper including a charcuterie or gourmet cheese San Diego Cellars will soon partner with started a wine club for San Diego Celplate, crostini appetizers, salads and desserts. the new Ballast Point Tasting Room and lars which is free, although members are “The idea was to create a menu that pairs Kitchen, located nearby on India Street, to required to pay for at least a case of wine anwith wine,” said Chef Samantha Roach. “All create a barreled-aged beer. Using wine nually, which works out to be approximately the food is selected for pairing and sharing barrels to create a unique brew, the beer’s three bottles and $75 per quarter. Included with friends.” label plans to play up the businesses’ similar with membership is a 20 percent discount With a kitchen adjacent to the tasting on everything else, including food, as well as address. room that also has no range hood, Roach America’s first Master Sommelier Edcomplimentary tastings for members and up currently has some cooking limitations; die Osterland—one of only 211 with this to three guests. but she’ll soon acquire a grill in the back San Diego Cellars holds quarterly pickup distinction worldwide—lives nearby and has courtyard area that will diversify her menu already visited Hipper’s tasting room. parties, where wine club members have the offerings. Moving in across the street from San opportunity to select their own wines, taste Formerly in the kitchens of Blind Lady limited or new releases, and enjoy live music. Diego Cellars is celebrity Chef Richard Blais’ If members can’t attend a pick-up party, wine new venture, Juniper & Ivy, currently slated for Ale House, Eden, and Indulgence Catering, Roach has been consulting and planning a February 2014 opening. Blais’ rise to fame is selected on their behalf. A pre-holidays with San Diego Cellars for the last year. is a result of winning Bravo TV’s Top Chef pickup party is currently being scheduled, and San Diego Cellars also took part in Small All-Stars, coupled with his successful Atlanta“I’d like to see how far we can take the based eateries. San Diego Cellars hopes to Business Saturday on Nov. 30, a day when menu,” she said. capitalize on the extra foot traffic that Juniper shoppers around the country are encourSan Diego Cellars is located at 2215 & Ivy will undoubtedly bring to the block. aged to support local small businesses. Kettner Blvd. For more information, visit Hipper also hopes to draw guests in with Hipper said he was drawn to the their live music, typically played Friday and ity of Little Italy and the back courtyard area Saturday nights, but San Diego Cellars won’t of his particular property, which allows for Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a local freelance reporter be a late-night destination, since they’re only a production facility. He said that the Little who also works full-time doing social media Italy Association and neighboring businesses permitted to serve alcohol until 11 p.m. marketing for the U.S. Navy. She enjoys covering To complement its varied wine list, San have been welcoming, and his fluency in Italevents, restaurant news, culture and entertainDiego Cellars also offers hors d’oeuvres ian has already been put to use. ment. Contact her at❖


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Local tourism on the go New mobile website caters to both visitors and locals ways and for different reasons,” she said. Regardless of whether a person is a local or visitor, Kubota said the split versions of the SDTA’s website are aimed at The San Diego Tourism Authority’s meeting people’s different needs. official website took on a dual persona “We wanted to be able to reach people last month with the launch of a mobile who were on the go with quick bites of version that has a layout different from information,” she said. “The mobile app the traditional desktop version. is truncated and doesn’t have the robust Desktop web surfers will continue content you’ll find on our (desktop) site.” to see many of the previous features on The mobile site has the tourism authority’s more interactive features website, But deskthan the traditional desk mobile handheld users will top site. Once a user logs have a slightly different onto, he or experience on the new she is prompted to share site. their exact location. The Both versions of the SDintent, Kubota said, is to TA’s website have informagive visitors information on tion on hotels, attractions, venues and amenities that restaurants, transportation are in close proximity. and tours throughout the “I think the ‘what’s San Diego area. nearby’ feature will be The new mobile site is really helpful – especially not to be confused with an to visitors,” Kubota said. app, though it does have capabili“It has mapping capabili some of the same features ties, and it can help people handheld users have come opfigure out restaurant op to expect from apps. Users tions and use other types of of smartphones, tablets and search features.” other handheld devices The landing page for Plans also call for the mobile can access the new mobile site to feature exclusive offers site through a web browser. (Photo by sdCNN) from member businesses and Navigation is made simple organizations. A mobile user will be able through “back” and “home” options and to show electronic coupons on his or her users can venture to the SDTA’s regular handheld device without printing them. website with one click. The tourism authority enlisted the Kathleen Kubota, the tourism services of mobiManage, a Scottsdale, authority’s senior director of marketing Ariz.-based software development services, said the mobile site has been company specializing in mobile websites in the planning stages for about a year. and apps. The SDTA mobile site was The actual building process began four developed through the use of Sitecore, a months ago. Microsoft .NET CMS platform. “We ran into a couple of issues early The SDTA has more than 1,000 on, but once all the obstacles were moved active member organizations. The new out of the way, I think the turn-around on mobile site will allow them much more this was pretty quick,” Kubota said. flexibility with their marketing efforts Joe Terzi, president and CEO of the and special offers aimed at customers on SDTA, said in a press release that dethe go, and they will be able to publish velopment of the mobile site was based content directly onto the traditional and on data. He asserted about 25 percent mobile sites through an extranet feature. of the tourism authority’s traffic comes While SDTA staff and members from handheld devices. and mobiManage officials worked out “We had to create a sleek, seamless a number of bugs before the official connection to travelers on the go,” Terzi launch of the mobile site, Kubota said it said in the release. “Now, with the swipe remains a work in progress. of a finger, San Diego visitors can book “Our intent is to roll out more feaa hotel room, discover what restaurants, tures and enhance the mobile site over attractions and activities are nearby and even create a ‘favorites’ page.” time,” she said. “We’re hoping this will An estimated 7 million people visit be a great resource.” the SDTA’s website annually. While the bulk of SDTA’s marketing Editor’s Note: The author of this piece efforts are geared toward the more than decided to do a test of 32 million people visiting the greater San Here are his results: Diego area each year across the globe, Kubota said the information is also Using my handheld device—an beneficial to locals looking to seek out Android smartphone—this reporter leisure options in the future. see Tourism, page 20 “People use our websites in different

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(l to r) Mayoral candidates and councilmembers David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer (File photos)


ELECTION when the Nov. 19 special election for mayor kicked off and ending up with more than 25 percent of the vote, Alvarez credited loyal community support as the fundamental reason for the shift. “I gained traction every day with a positive, grassroots campaign that focused on describing my vision for a San Diego for everyone and every neighborhood,” said Alvarez in a prepared statement after the election. “We started this campaign as an underdog, but we stuck to our values and talked about the issues that our neighbors, co-workers, friends and family care about – getting to the finish line with an amazing amount of momentum,” he said. At a press conference the morning after his close defeat to Alvarez for runner-up, Fletcher said, “I leave today with my head held high, feeling really good about the campaign that we ran, about the ideas that we advanced, about the way we conducted ourselves.” Fletcher—who also ran an unsuccessful mayoral bid in 2012, falling third to Filner and republican Carl DeMaio in the primary—surprised many by claiming the Nov. 19 political race was his last. “Today, I leave the pursuit of elected office,” he said. “It’s time to move on to other things. My boys are at an age when they need their dad around. There’s a lot of other things out there in life. I never had to hold an elected office to be fulfilled in life.” Fletcher then said his support was now behind Alvarez. “I believe he’ll be a great mayor,” he said, adding, “but whoever the mayor is, I remain someone who cares about our City and wants our next mayor to be successful.” He wrapped up his press conference noting that although political campaigns are “always tough,” his team worked hard. “We came really close,” he said. “I want to thank Nathan for his support,” Alvarez said, reacting to Fletcher’s endorsement. “He has been, and continues to be, someone who has put community service above himself. We share a vision for the

future of San Diego where we invest in our neighborhoods, protect our environment and strengthen the middle class. I look forward to broadening the coalition of San Diegans who share that vision, too.” Top vote-getter Faulconer is currently serving his second and final four-year term as a councilmember. He was elected to his current district in January 2006, also through a special election. Prior to seeking office, Faulconer worked in public affairs for more than a decade and was vice president of a leading firm where he managed complex projects within strict budget guidelines. He graduated in 1990 from San Diego State University. In his victory speech, Faulconer thanked his three biggest opponents, Nathan Fletcher, Mike Aguirre and David Alvarez, for “sacrificing their time to make San Diego better.” He said he began his campaign with a simple promise: “Together, we will restore trust and integrity to City Hall.” “We can achieve great things when we stop focusing on what divides us and start focusing on what brings us together,” Faulconer added, focusing on his vision for the city. “I see a San Diego with beautiful parks and quality education for our children,” he said. “I see a San Diego with smooth roads and great neighborhoods so everyone, no matter where you live, feels safe. I see a San Diego where even the less fortunate among us have the opportunity for a good-paying job to put their children through school, buy a home and live the American Dream. I see a San Diego where our communities are finally put first.” The actual date for the mayoral runoff election between Faulconer and Alvarez— most likely to be held in February of 2014— has not yet been set. Interim Mayor Todd Gloria will oversee the election and then return to his position as Council President and leader of District Three once the results are finalized. Dave Schwab came to San Diego 30 years ago with a journalism degree from Michigan State University and has worked and freelanced for numerous dailies, weeklies and other regional publications. He can be reached at❖

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OPINION Correction [See “Exploring Balboa Park,” Vol. 14, Issue 11] Sixteen years ago, San Diego received a musical gift for the holidays and it has been reopened this time of year at the Old Globe ever since. Now through Dec. 28, the stage will again be transformed into a land called Whoville to retell Dr. Seuss’ stor y of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! It was borrowed from his original book, then conceived and produced for the stage by The Globe’s then artistic director Jack O’Brien. According to present artistic director Barry Edelstein, O’Brien realized he had something of great entertainment value, but after the 10th year he did make some minor adjustments and added a few lyrics. He even introduced it to Broadway in 2006 and 2007. Grinch Show Facts – Before his Globe appointment Edelstein was most recently the director of the Shakespeare Initiative at New York City’s Public Theater. He oversaw all of the company’s Shakespeare productions, including its famous Shakespeare in the Park series in Central Park.❖


Kick the tires: properly selecting a charity and avoiding scams this holiday season By Paul Downey, Senior Community Centers Giving to a charity each year is easy for most of us. We have a passion for a particular cause and want to help those less fortunate than ourselves. When you have a personal tie to an organization, giving your hard-earned dollars is simple. According to Charity Navigator, in 2012, individual donating increased 3.9 percent to $223 billion from the year prior. However, what happens when you don’t have a charity in mind or you are new to donating financially? Often during this time of year, con artists take advantage of the generosity of San Diegans over the phone, via the mail, in person and online. These individuals take the hardearned money for themselves, rather than for reputable and legitimate non-profit organizations that serve the most vulnerable in our community. You would not buy a car without “kicking the tires” would you? The same holds true for making a donation to charity. Here are some quick tips to help you chose a legitimate organization and avoid being scammed: Only give to a charity you know. Do your research on an organization before you donate. There are a variety of online resources that provide free access to comprehensive reports about non-profit organizations. Start with a visit to California Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts ( charities), Guidestar ( and

Charity Navigator ( Plus, go to the organization’s website and really get a good understanding of what the charity does and who benefits from your donation. Ask questions. Real charities are able to tell you how they use their donations and what portion of your contribution will go directly to the group they are trying to help. Ideally, at least 85 cents of every dollar raised should go directly to programs and services of the charitable organization, with the minimal amount remaining to underwrite things like rent, utilities and other operational expenses. Also, ask them for a 990 tax form. If they cannot give you this information—or hesitate for any reason in providing the document—don’t give them your money. Do not send to a P.O. Box. Make sure the organization has an actual street address, where you can go and see the charity in action at anytime. Also, do not send cash and do not wire money. Take precaution when donating online. Beware of phony websites and donate though a website that is secure by looking for “https” not “http.” Also, do not open unsolicited email appeals because they can be an attempt to attain important personal information. Ask for a tour. Or even better, just show up unannounced. A reputable charity would be delighted to give you a tour on the spot. There should be no hard sell. Walk away from anyone who says you must donate today or offers to come by your house to pick up a check. A reputable charity will be de-

lighted to accept a gift today, next week, next month or even next year. Here at Senior Community Centers, we are committed to transparency with our donors. Our website provides comprehensive financial information and details about all of our programs and services. Additionally, we are happy to provide any additional information requested by a donor via email, the mail or inperson. We are very excited about our “Fill A Plate” campaign, which is raising money from San Diegans to support feeding seniors in need. These vital meals keep seniors healthy and productive members of our community. Go to our website: to get more information or to make a contribution. The public can also support the campaign at various restaurants and bars throughout San Diego County who have made the pledge to donate a percentage of sales on a specific date or sales period. “Fill A Plate” is an easy way to support senior nutrition through the holidays, especially when many of us are fortunate to have a full plate every day. When you donate this holiday season, follow these quick tips to make certain your charity is fiscally and socially responsible. You have every right to know your money is going where you want it to. Happy holidays! Paul Downey is the president and CEO of Senior Community Centers, a nonprofit agency dedicated to keeping San Diego seniors healthy and independent. Learn more at❖

An end of the year message from Interim Mayor Gloria Dear Friends, This time last year, I had just been elected Council President for 2013 by my Council colleagues. It was a tremendous honor, and I was looking for ward to advancing policies that would strengthen our neighborhoods and our economy. We began the year with a new mayor who accomplished little, disrupted much and ultimately became a liability for our City. What occurred in those first nine months, well it’s nothing I could ever have imagined. When I became Interim Mayor on August 30, it was my intention to accomplish as much as I possibly could in a short period of time. This time of year we all make our holiday lists. Here is a list of my Favorite Things we’ve done since I became Interim Mayor. Our new Downtown librar y, the San Diego Librar y @ Joan ^ Ir win Jacobs Common, opened

after 30 years of planning and dreaming and reflects San Diego’s value of knowledge, technology, literacy, and education. The Convention Center expansion was approved which will create 7,000 permanent jobs and have an estimated economic impact of $700 million a year. The Workforce Housing Offset was updated increasing the funding stream for affordable housing options. I brought forth a project list for a $120 million infrastructure bond that includes $43,460,000 for street resurfacing and additional improvements made to libraries, fire stations, and storm drains. This infrastructure bond will be considered by my Council colleagues next month. Border relations were strengthened by regularly scheduled meetings with elected officials from the Baja region as well as City department leaders meeting with their Tijuana counterparts to make

our shared region greater. The Prevailing Wage Ordinance was approved which is expected to result in safer and better monitored work sites, on-time completion, properly trained apprentices, and fewer construction defects, change orders, and cost overruns. A reorganization of City government was approved which will make our City’s operations run more smoothly and efficiently, save time and money, and invest in the development of our employees. We unveiled a groundbreaking Climate Action Plan that positions San Diego as a national leader in clean energy and a clean tech economy. The City Council approved dispersing $6 million of collected assessments to the San Diego Tourism Marketing District to re-launch marketing efforts to draw visitors to San Diego and create jobs. Our City’s lobbyists were re-

hired ending a nine-month period where we had no one in Sacramento or Washington, D.C. vying for resources or funding for our City. I know these accomplishments happened because of the cooperative spirit of my Council colleagues, our City leadership team, the City Attorney, City employees, and all San Diegans. Together we helped our City get back on its feet and moving in the right direction again. There is more work to be done between now and March when a new mayor takes office, and I promise you I won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Finally, I hope you’ll be able to join me at the State of the City Address on Januar y 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Balboa Theatre to celebrate our progress and envision our future. The year started out naughty and ended up nice. I wish you all a joyful and safe holiday season. As always, thank you for the opportunity to ser ve. Respectfully, Todd Gloria, Interim Mayor❖

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DowntownBriefs HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE The Little Italy Association (LIA) of San Diego has launched their third annual holiday toy drive, benefitting New Alternatives, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group home for foster children with several locations around the county. The LIA requests you bring an unwrapped toy for children between the ages of 1 and 18 to any participating Little Italy business through Dec. 13th. For more information visit HOLIDAY JOY RIDE San Diego Bicycle Coalition presents their third annual holiday ride, a colorful parade of bikes begins and ends at SILO, 753 15th St., Makers Quarter. Festive costumes and bicycles strung with Christmas lights are encouraged. A hosted reception, with beer for New Belgium Brewing. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members, $25 to become a member. For more info, visit HOLIDAY DRIVE FOR MONARCH SCHOOL Nine businesses throughout San Diego have begun collecting winter wear to donate to Downtown’s Monarch School. San Diego’s Kool Tool in Carlsbad, along with North Park’s Bollotta Entertainment and Hillcrest’s Martinis Above Fourth, are just a few that will be collecting new scar ves, hats, beanies, gloves, mittens, under wear and socks to donate to keep students warm during the winter season. These locations will also be accepting $25 Target gift cards to provide students the opportunity to shop for holiday gifts for their friends and family. Opened in 1986, Monarch School is an accredited K – 12 school dedicated to ser ving children impacted by homelessness, and provides children with after-school programs, counseling, healthcare and other assistance. Drop-off locations closest to Downtown are: Martinis Above Fourth at 3940 Fourth Ave., second floor in Hillcrest, Bollotta Entertainment at 4443 30th St., Suite 110 in North Park; Pret-a-Porter Salon & Spa at 8043 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa. For more information contact Kool Tool partner Sher Krieger, at Occupy SD gift drive for homeless The Occupy San Diego are participating in a national #OpSafeWinter program by hosting a “compassion for the houseless gift drive” with distribution to take place on Dec. 20, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the San Diego Civic Center, 1100 Third Ave., Downtown. Items requested are jackets, coats, sweatshirts, socks, shoes, blankets, flashlights with batteries, toiletries, hats and trolley passes. LOCAL DUI TASK FORCE LAUNCHED A joint effort between RADD, a voice for safety for the entertainment industr y, and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) recently launched the “RADD-OTS SD Hospitality Task Force” at Dick’s Last Resort, Downtown. This new task force has partnered with area colleges, local government, law enforcement, the militar y, and are committed to enhancing public safety and reducing DUIs. Choosing to launch just before Thanksgiv-


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ing, the task force wanted to remind revelers that designating a driver or scheduling a cab should always be done prior to celebrating during the holidays. Officials pointed to the 4.6 percent national increase in alcohol-related deaths in 2011, with California’s increase at 4.6 percent. Heads of San Diego Police Department, CHP Border Division and San Diego County Sheriff were on hand and in full support of the task force. The law enforcement agencies stated that checkpoints and saturation patrols will be conducted throughout San Diego County by all 15 law enforcement agencies from Thanksgiving through New Years Day. SDMTS CEO Paul Jablonski reminded those at the gathering of new transportation options available for those out celebrating, as well. These options included an expanded taxicab stand on G Street from Fourth to Sixth avenues and extended trolley and bus ser vice for New Year’s Day. “A $2.50 trolley ticket is a lot cheaper than the $15,469 cost of a DUI,” Jablonski said. Representatives from three local business districts that have larger populations of bars and restaurants—North Park Main Street, Gaslamp Quarter Association, and Discover Pacific Beach—were also in attendance. “Shop Local, Celebrate Local, and Designate a Driver!” said Jimmy Parker, executive director of Gaslamp Quarter Association.

THREE DEPUTY CHIEF OPERATING OFFICERS APPOINTED In an effort to streamline city operations, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria created three new positions to ser ve as intermediaries between San Diego’s Chief Operating Officer Scott Chadwick and the directors of city departments. Director of the Public Works Department Tony Heinrichs was named DCOO of Public Works, Director of the Financial Management Department Jeff Sturak was named DCOO of Internal Operations, and the DCOO of Neighborhood Ser vices will be Ron Villa, who previously ser ved in an administrative role in the San Diego Police Department “These individuals are all well suited for their new roles, and I trust them to work with our dedicated city employees to ser ve San Diegans proudly and effectively,” Gloria stated in a press release. “I appreciate their willingness to step up to these leadership positions and assist me, our chief operating officer, and our assistant chief operating officer in accomplishing our shared goals.” The COO reports directly to the mayor and is responsible for managing the city’s daily operations. CITY CLERK NARROWS DOWN MAYORAL ELECTION DATE KPBS reported San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland tentatively narrowed down the date of the election to replace Bob Filner to early Februar y, most likely on the 4th or 11th, although she noted that it will ultimately be up to the City Council to set the date. The election date will be set once San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu certifies the results of the primar y election, in which City Councilmember David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer finished in the top two spots. According to KPVS, Vu hopes to have this done “sometime after Tuesday, Dec. 10,” although he has until Dec. 17.❖

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Just Call Us Volunteers, a local nonprofit that feeds the homeless on every major holiday, is owned and operated by Chef Julie Darling. Darling and dozens of volunteers set up shop at three different Downtown shelter locations on Thanksgiving Day, including the Neil Good Day Center and the Alpha Project shelter, the latter of which is rumored to be closing in April 2014 due to a lack of funding. (Photos by Patrick Hammond)


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Just two weeks before his untimely death, Jim and Ingrid Croce envisioned owning a restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter that offered local musicians space to play. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar (right), located in that very spot, will close Dec. 31 after nearly 30 years in operation. (Courtesy Ingrid Croce)


CROCES “It was an omen,” she has said. Though she says she only made between $18 and $20 a day in those early days because it took two years to get her ABC liquor license, Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar has now been in operation at that ver y same corner for nearly 30 years. However, as a famous family friend once said, “the times, they are a changing,” because as of December 31, 2013—after a collapse in contact negotiations with the Keating Building’s landlords earlier this year—the historic venue will be singing its last song. Thankfully, it’s not the last song for Ingrid Croce or her husband of 25 years, Jimmy Rock. Later this month, the couple will be launching an invitationonly soft opening for their new venture—Croce’s Park West— just two miles up Fifth Avenue in Bankers Hill. It is a bittersweet time for the famed restaurateur. “I dream about it ever y night, but last night especially,” Croce said. “I guess having only 30 days left is really coming to a finale for me.” “The denial is over,” Rock chimed in. “We’re excited about the ending of Croce’s – because I think we’ve done a great job Downtown,” she added. “I think that we’ve really helped to build Downtown and we’re really excited about helping to build and inspire and bring [Croce’s] spark up to Bankers Hill.” As the days count down, Croce said she is already seeing her previous employees stopping by, Croce fans from across the miles have been dropping in to mark the visit off of their bucket list, and area musicians have been playing their last gigs and positioning a coveted spot on the schedule at the new venue. Over the years, adjoining spaces along Fifth Avenue have hosted other Croce endeavors, including the Top Hat Bar and Grill and Ingrid’s Cantina, but it was the original restaurant and jazz bar that has continued to thrive for three decades.

“Croce’s Downtown is truly a magical place,“ Rock said. “It has that energy of Jim and Ingrid walking across that intersection many, many years ago … so it has that charm to it and that spirit to it and we really hope we can take that spirit of Jim north with us to Park West. He is our guiding light and our guiding spirit and we’re hoping we can pull that for ward.” The original intention of Croce’s Park West, the couple explained, was to open a second location and keep the “flagship” Croce’s Downtown in operation. They have considered opening additional Croce’s restaurants in different locations around the county for several years, but said the idea of opening one in their own Bankers Hill neighborhood happened purely by accident. “Three years ago Jim and I went up to Avenue 5 during the black-out,” Croce explained. “It was so charming to have all of our neighbors there in the candlelight. You couldn’t really get much food because it was so dark in the kitchen, but we sat down and Jim said to me, ‘You know Ing, wouldn’t it be a fabulous neighborhood location for us to build a restaurant?’” The ver y next day while on a run through Balboa Park, Croce said she called Colin MacLaggan, Avenue 5’s Chef and owner, to ask if he was interested in selling the restaurant. Croce said she was surprised to hear he was interested, but so excited about the property, negotiations began immediately. Though vacating was not their intention, Rock said the ongoing development of Downtown in recent years has changed the dynamic for the original location. “When Ingrid started Downtown her whole thing was to build community, and it worked for a long time but then it just

became something else,” Rock said. “It really got to be about conventions and tourism and locals really don’t like going Downtown because of the parking and the crowds. “So now that we are losing one Downtown we’re excited about the fact that we’re doing something that’s community oriented,” he said. Rock and Croce have decades of memories from the Downtown location, including circumstances surrounding the day they first met, the days when the streets surrounding the restaurant were rife with drugs and prostitution, and even the rattlesnake and eggs breakfast dish offered at Ingrid’s Cantina. “A.J. [Croce, Ingrid’s son who is now an award-winning musician in his own right] began his career there,” Rock said. “When he was just 15 years old he worked on his act and before we were allowed to have a microphone he would just shout over the music. Arlo Guthrie used to come support us in the early days, too.” Croce said she hopes ever yone who ever wanted to come see the restaurant—worldrenown not only for its fine food and music but also as a moving tribute to her late husband— makes their way to its 802 Fifth Avenue location in this last month of its operation. Those who have gift cards are encouraged to redeem them as well as they won’t be honored at the Croce’s Park West. “This month is really going to be poignant; a lot of tears, a lot of hugs and a lot of saying goodbye to the location,” she said. “Once it’s closed, there will never be another Croce’s like this one.” Reser vations for dinner packages on New Year’s Eve at Croce’s are a must. For more information, visit❖

wants the information made available to those who want it, but there’s one glaring problem: the enormous amount of data to sort through in order to do so. Last year the City estimated there was approximately $898 million worth of CIP to be done. The assessment process is still taking place to measure what that number is today. However, in order for the information to really be useful, the projects need to be not only identified, but also constantly updated. It’s a daunting problem, but about a year ago, a group of civicminded web developers, known within our city limits as Code for San Diego, decided to address the issue by attempting to make this information accessible online. Code for San Diego’s leader, their “brigade captain”—he promises he didn’t choose the title—is Jeffrey Johnson, an Oceanside resident who specializes in open source apps used by cities. “The citizens have no insight into [ongoing CIP projects] at all,” Johnson said. “That’s what we’re trying to do, to make that sort of information easier for people to digest and know when their roads are going to get ripped up, or when this building is going to get built or what’s the status of this project.” While infrastructure is the first big issue Johnson and Co. have chosen to tackle in the name of civic open data, much of the group evolved out of Open San Diego, an informal organization that Johnson described as “a broader group for people interested in open government who aren’t necessarily practitioners in implementing it in the software way.” Code for America, a San Francisco-based 501(c)3 started in 2009 that helps cities utilize web developers and leverage technology for civic engagement projects, reached out to Open San Diego about forming a Code for America “brigade,” which is a volunteer arm run autonomously in individual cities. With the formation of Code for San Diego, Johnson and other technical minds the opportunity to explore open data in a very project-oriented manner. All they had to do was work for free. So around March 2013, they got to work on an interactive visualization that would show the details of ongoing infrastructure projects in the city’s limits. The final version of this, which is still in the development stages, is expected to be rolled out in February. Councilmember Mark Kersey, deemed the chair of the newly created infrastructure committee around the same time Code for San Diego came to be, has worked closely with the web developers on the project, pushing the need for transparency on a fundamental level. “This data belongs to the people and the default should be that the data is made public,” Kersey said. “Obviously there’s got to be exceptions—certain privacy issues that have to be kept in mind—but for the majority of the data that the city has, it belongs to the public and the public should have access to it.” Kersey said that although the work Code for San Diego is doing is still in a preliminary phase, it sets a precedent of utilizing technology in the push for open data. “I think this is really a model going forward for how the City can better interact with its citizens,” Kersey said. The current website is, which visualizes current San Diego infrastructure projects, although the information is outdated—almost eight months old—according to Johnson. The website coming in February will still base itself around an interactive map, but seeks to be much more data rich, providing a timeline showing each phase of planning and construction, and allowing users to sort through projects by council district, phase, or asset type, such as buildings or transportation. So far, 956 projects exist on the current site. Johnson hopes to incorporate even more information, from requiring onsite project managers to provide updates to go on the site, to showing the funding sources for each project. The site could even be used as a voting system for the prioritizing of projects in the preliminary stages. Despite its great potential, the problem as to who will see to the site’s upkeep still remains. Johnson, like most of the others involved with Code for San Diego, has a full-time job. Running a site like this would likely require the creation of a full-time position and an open data policy ensuring information is constantly provided. Johnson hopes to see something along the lines of Donna Frye’s role in Bob Filner’s administration as director of open government, but more tech-oriented. He suggested “chief data officer” or “chief innovation officer,” but the creation of a position along these lines would be up to the incoming mayor. “We would hope that this new officer takes on this kind of stuff inside City Hall,” Johnson said. “The main thing is open data, to get a priority placed on that, with the city publishing their data by default.” Kersey recently authored a draft of an open data policy—with Johnson doing the bulk of the legwork, according to Kersey—that is currently under review by the Rules Committee. While preliminary, the report looks at open data policies adopted by other major U.S. cities, such as Washington D.C., Boston and Chicago. 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The name isn’t changing, but the interior of Jsix is. And rather drastically, we’re told. Since holding its “last supper” on Dec. 1, the popular East Village restaurant located on the ground floor of Hotel Solamar has temporarily shut its doors until mid-February. Executive Chef Christian Graves is helping to oversee the redesign, which will result in a more refined and less whimsical motif, and with a larger bar and a cozier dining room. The goal is to match the vibe of the restaurant to that of the East Village. Graves’ menu will remain pretty much the same, but with additional shareable plate options. 616 J St., 619-531-8744. Attention carnivores. Coronado will see its first modern-day steakhouse arrive in March as construction gets underway for STAKE Chophouse + Bar, a venture launched by Blue Bridge Hospitality Group. The restaurant will shy away from the classic white-linen feel of other steakhouses while offering guests a variety of contemporary options that will extend to seafood dishes as well. The 4,600-square-foot property was previously occupied by Ristorante La Terrazza. 1309 Orange Ave. French-inspired cuisine and rivers of bubbly will converge at the upcoming Encore Champagne Bar & Dining Room, due to open by late December in the Gaslamp Quarter. Overseeing the concept development is Ken Ir vine, owner and chef of Bleu Boheme in Kensington. His executive chef pick for Encore is Ryan Studebaker, who previously worked at Solace and the Moonlight Lounge in North County and has helped open wine and champagne bars in New York and Paris. The venture will occupy a double storefront in the historic Hill Building. 545 F. St., 619-752-0081. For those counting calories, Chef Paul Rinaudo of Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Bar & Grill has introduced a variety of seafood, meat and dessert items totaling 600 calories or less. Dishes include grilled mahi Vera Cruz; ginger chicken skewers with veggies and cashews; and fresh berries and cream parfaits with toasted almonds. 411 Broadway, 619-795-3800.

Poblano waffles with mole chicken at Saltbox (Courtesy The Nth Element) If you haven’t poked into Saltbox recently, its upper-level dining room was moved to street level in November and with an enclosed sidewalk patio to boot. The restaurant and bar lounge are now one cohesive space, where a newly revised menu has been rolled out by Chef du Cuisine Jeremiah Bryant. Among his tantalizing new additions are poblano waffles with mole chicken, burrata fondue and a quinoa Waldorf salad. 1047 Fifth Ave., 619-515-3003. The flames are burning into the wee hours at The Kebob Shop in the East Village, which just began catering to late-night club crawlers by staying open until 2:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The eatery, which specializes in shawarma, rotisserie plates and authentic doner kebobs, previously closed at 10 p.m. on weekends. 630 Ninth Ave., 619-525-0055.

A Kebob plate (Courtesy BAM Communications)

Tis the season for fondue, which will be the focus of a class held at Venissimo Cheese’s newest location in The Headquarters at Seaport District. Attendees will also learn the ins and outs of making raclette, another Swiss favorite involving the namesake cheese melted over potatoes. The class, which concludes with dessert fondue, is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Dec. 11. The cost is $50 per person. 789 W. Harbor Drive, 619-358-9081

Cheese fondue will be the focus of an upcoming class at Venissimo’s Downtown location. (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

Altitude Sky Bar will soon be annexed by an adjoining indoor space (Courtesy Chemistry PR) Considered the highest rooftop bar on the West Coast, Altitude at the San Diego Marriot Gaslamp Quarter will be conjoined in mid-December by a new, separate venue named City Sights. Situated 22 floors above street level, the space replaces a fitness center and will be marked by a glass-enclosed balcony and a lounge filled with modern, modular furniture. The panoramic views go without saying. 660 K St., 619-696-0324. Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at❖



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(left) The restaurant is a 1905 Craftsman structure; (below, l to r) “meso tasty” chicken sandwich; heirloom salad with capicola; lamb-shrimp skewers with beet chips. (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)


most in that it contained curled slices of capicola. t first glance, Queenstown Public House Other kickoffs include turkey and white bean looks like a preciously restored family chili, calamari with corn-dusted asparagus and the residence with its oval windows and detailed wood“porch board” containing chicken liver mousse and work. But at closer range, the circa-1905 Craftsman candied bacon. dwelling reveals that it’s been converted into a Achieving my lamb fix from the skewers, I restaurant with baskets of fresh produce adorning skipped the popular “bare lil’ lamb” burger accented the front porch and an old tub washer in the front with mint jelly and blue cheese crumbles in lieu of yard that serves as a fire pit. Enter through the the “hogs & heffers.” Both are exact replications front doors and behold one of the coziest and most from Fergburger, says Lamont. antiquated dining atmospheres in San Diego. The bacon-crowned grass-fed beef patty receives From its original farmhouse days, the structure its twist from Edam cheese, a mild, nutty curd that was home to apartments and offices. Then in April, business partners PJ Lamont and Matt Baker turned it you don’t often find slathered over burgers north of the equator. And instead of ho-hum mustard and into a New Zealand-inspired kitchen and bar, retaining ketchup, it comes with house-made tomato chutney, many of the architectural details from front to back. which was a tad over-applied. The culinary concept is based on their travels As with several other burger options to Queenstown, New Zealand, where at Queentown, such as the “Shiela’s they befriended the owner of a cracked” crowned with a fried burger joint called Fergburger egg and shoestring beets, before returning to first open they’re served on flakey Bare Back Grill in Pacific foccacia buns so that the Beach and Ragland Public juices and condiments House in Ocean Beach. seep into the bread Though the menus at pores rather than each establishment diftrickle down your chin. fer, there is a running My friend opted for theme of lamb, grassthe “meso tasty” involvfed beef and beer. 1557 Columbia St. (Little Italy) ing a chicken breast “We actually fillet cloaked in sweet worked at Fergburger and savory flavors. The to learn all of the garnishments were recipes, including the Prices: Salads and starters, aplenty: grilled pinehomemade condiments. apple, Maui onion chips, We were taken aback by $6 to $15; burgers and entrees, Swiss cheese, red pepper the food, especially the $11 to $20 aioli and balsamic sauce. lamb burger,” says Lamont. Yet everything gelled. Off to At their historic landmark the side we picked on excellent on Columbia Street, the burgermatchstick fries and fresh white corn centric menu is augmented with speckled with bell peppers and onions. boards, salads and full entrees. Among Had we visited for dinner instead of lunch, we the starters is a quaint piling of skewers containing could have been easily lured by the fuller entrees a unique mesh of ground lamb and shrimp. The such as the “parlor pot pie” encasing slow-roasted combined meats are flavored with cilantro, mint, hen or the rack of New Zealand lamb in Port demi onions and chili flakes. I tasted the lamb and shrimp equally, although glaze. Indeed, the virtues of this Down Under cuimy companion didn’t detect either distinctly, saying sine have landed on San Diego’s doorstep with acthat the skewers reminded him of gyros. Either curacy that we trust, given the fact that Lamont and way, they paired exceptionally well to the accompaBaker made numerous trips to the country since nying peppery Romesco sauce and also to the New initially falling in love with it a decade ago. Zealand Moa Blanc Evolution Beer I ordered that’s We capped off our lazy afternoon with a piping-hot brewed with coriander. Alongside were sweet beet skillet of roasted apples strewn over cinnamon rolls. chips and fresh veggies. On top were a few scoops of vanilla ice cream and Seated in what was the front living room of the sweet pecans. While exiting down the front steps, it house, where cotton sheep now hang upside-down felt as though we were leaving the house of a good from the ceiling as whimsical décor, the entire affriend who is never in a hurry to chase out guests. ternoon passed us by with ease. The ambiance is so pretty and solid that you’ll want to sleep overnight, Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of Secret San much like the feeling you get when stepping into a Diego (ECW Press), and began writing about food charming bed and breakfast that happens to have a two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego bar serving decent brews and wine. Tribune. He has since covered the culinary scene exWe continued with a jumbo, soft pretzel served tensively for NBC; Pacific San Diego Magazine, San with house-made mustard and warm jalapeno chedDiego Downtown News, San Diego Uptown News, dar sauce – not of the Cheez Whiz ilk. An heirloom Gay San Diego, and Living in Style Magazine. 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In a program note, “Forever Plaid” creator Stuart Ross says that for quite a while he resisted making a holiday sequel to the phenomenal little show that originally captivated San Diego in 1991. Because of 9/11 Ross finally succumbed to pressure and in 2001 “Plaid Tidings” premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse. Though it has not achieved the widespread popularity of regular Plaid, “Plaid Tidings” is familiar fare hereabouts and is currently produced for the second year in a row by New Village Arts (NVA). A capacity audience attended the evening performance the day following Thanksgiving, perhaps an indication that the piece will establish itself as a holiday classic in North County San Diego. Jason Heil, himself a veteran Plaid, directs the production, which plays through December 31 at the Carlsbad theater. The good news this year is the arrival of NVA debutant Daniel Filippi, who creates an indelible character of Smudge, the gauche, philosophical shy guy with the spectacles and an ulcer. Filippi’s bass voice provides ballast for many of the songs, he does a fine solo turn in “It’s a Wonderful Time of the Year,” and he is adept to the point that one had no doubt he was capable of 11th hour cartwheels. David S Humphrey, an extreme “Forever Plaid” and “Plaid Tidings” alumni, is the choreographer and Lyndon Pugeda, the music director/pianist. The other Plaids, who reprise their roles from last year’s NVA production, are Bryan Banville as Frankie, Charles Evens as Sparky, and Conor Tibbs as Jinx. The songs include favorites from the original “Plaid” such as “Kingston Market,” “Moments to Remember,” “Kiss of Fire,” “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing,” the sing-along “Matilda,” and “Besame Mucho.” In addition to a recap of the “Forever Plaid” plot for “Plaid virgins”—where did this throwback close harmony group come from?—There is a reprise of the three-minute “Ed Sullivan Show,” replete with Topo Gigio and the Flying Nuns. Ross adds an extremely funny cell phone gag—how could these dead guys know from cell phones?—during which the performers run into the

audience trying to discover the source of discordant harmony. Holiday additions include “The Dreidel Song,” “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” “Joy to the World,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” and “Carol of the Bells,” hilariously embellished with actual hand bell playing, audience participation and a switch of bells. “Forever Plaid” made its San Diego debut in 1991 at the Old Globe. Created by friends in a living room, the original piece had been playing in New York City supper clubs for a year when it was seen by former Globe Managing Director Tom Hall, who decided to bring it to the Globe. The show was such a hit it was remounted the following year and then played an extended run at the Theatre in Old Town, at the time setting a record for the longest-running show in San Diego. Some may call “Plaid” and “Plaid Tidings” corny and indeed they are. But when the shows are sincerely played, as “Plaid Tidings” is at NVA, they strike more chords than mere aural harmony can achieve. The four young men, you may recall, are dead, forever frozen in time in virginal, close-harmony naiveté brought about when their bus was struck broadside by a busload of Catholic school girls on their way to see the Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The original “Forever Plaid” brought them back for the show they never performed on earth. It takes a while following their “Tidings” reappearance for the lads to realize they’re supposed to plan and perform their Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa show. Once they begin, we’re flying. “Plaid Tidings” continues through December 31 at 8 p.m. Thursdays—Saturdays with matinees at 3 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, a 4 p.m. Christmas Eve matinee, and a 7.p.m. New Year’s Eve champagne-toast performance, New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State St., Carlsbad. Tickets are $32 – $35, visit or call 760-433-3245. Charlene Baldridge moved to San Diego from the Chicago area in 1962. She’s been writing about the arts since 1979, and has had her features, critiques, surveys and interviews included in various publications ever since. Her book “San Diego, Jewel of the California Coast” (Northland Publishing) is currently available in bookstores. She can be reached at❖

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It’s already that time of year again! The Little Italy Association of San Diego and Broadstone Little Italy are proud to present the Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village to be held at the Piazza Natale on the corner of W. Date & India streets. During the day, explore the iconic Mercato, which will offer special holiday craft, gift & food booths, in addition to the regular farmer’s market offerings. As the sun sets, the magical feeling sets in from the multi-colored lights strong across the streets and a massive Christmas Tree, which sits center stage, guarded by giant nutcrackers. Old Saint Nick makes his grand entrance to the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in San Diego Fire Department’s Engine 3 at 4:30 p.m., making sure to meet and greet each child in the square until 6:30 p.m. To celebrate the lighting of the tree, the neighborhood gathers in the streets to listen to live musicians playing holiday classics, take photos with Santa and finally, after an evening of spreading holiday cheer, something magical happens in Southern California – it has been known to snow on W. Date Street! (Okay, from a microbubble snow maker, but shhh… don’t tell the kids!) Don’t forget the Little Italy Association is proud to bring back, for the third year, the Little Italy Toy Drive that benefits the foster children and teens of New Alternatives; a 501(c)(3). Bring an unwrapped gift to the Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village or drop one off at one of the participating Little Italy businesses until Friday, Dec. 13. Visit littleitalysd. com/events/ for a list of participating businesses.


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CAFFE ITALIA 1704 India St. | 619-234-6767 Try the best coffee, espresso, and gelato in San Diego! Located in the heart of San Diego’s famed Little Italy district and inside the award-winning La Pensione Hotel since 1992. Caffe Italia is one of a kind espresso bar serving the perfect blends of robust coffee, cappuccino and espresso made with Lavazza coffee beans imported from Italy. Come see us on Sundays when we feature our award-winning Sunday Brunch Waffle Bar. Free wireless internet is available and we are also dog-friendly! Caffe Italia has been awarded Best Coffee by City Search, The Best Sunday Brunch-Waffle Bar (twice) by the San Diego Reader and Best Place for a sugar-fix from Metropolitan Magazine. We hope you enjoy visiting Caffe Italia - come back and see us soon! Wishing You a Colorful Holiday Season!

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ARIANA 1646 Front St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-239-6800 In the electric and elegant Gaslamp Quarter district Downtown, just off of Interstate 5, you will find a hidden treasure Ariana’s, your home for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will enjoy our open and relaxing atmosphere and a cuisine that is spiced to your taste! Ariana’s carries a Southwestern flair of spices and flavors in all of the restaurant’s cuisine, from the start to the finish! The appetizers at Ariana’s carry a hint of heat from New Mexico, and thy smother everything from the papas fritas to the quesadillas. The main courses will excite your taste buds, from the BLT to the mahi mahi sandwich, or you may want to try the dasta dishes and the fish tacos are as good as they come from Southern California, down to Baja! The American Cuisine has not been forgotten at Ariana’s, from the most mouth watering burgers and crispy fries, to the most succulent, juicy, and tender made to order steaks. To enhance your dining experience at Ariana’s, join us on Friday and Saturday evenings for a drink and relax to the sounds of the legendary Latin jazz pianist Franc Chewiwie. We really have something special here at Ariana’s, so come on in and discover it.

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San Diego Downtown News | December 2013

Broadway San Diego San Diego Civic Theatre 1100 Third Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 888-937-8995 |

Broadway/San Diego—A Nederlander Presentation—is part of the nationally recognized Nederlander Producing Company of America, one of the country’s largest and most experienced operators of live theater. Broadway/San Diego made its original debut as the “San Diego Playgoers” in 1976. For several years, San Diego Playgoers presented shows at the Fox Theatre (now Copley Symphony Hall) and the Spreckels Theatre, before establishing a permanent home in the heart of Downtown San Diego at the San Diego Civic Theatre in 1986, with occasional presentations at the other venues. In its 37-year history, Broadway/San Diego has presented over 325 shows and events, including the record-setting blockbusters The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Wicked, and upcoming The Book of Mormon. Broadway/San Diego is directly connected to Broadway in New York, making it easy to bring audiences the magic of Broadway right to San Diego! California Ballet San Diego Civic Theatre 1100 Third Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 858-560-6741 |

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California Ballet’s glittering production of The Nutcracker at the San Diego Civic Theatre is the most highly attended The Nutcracker in San Diego County. Choreographed by Director Maxine Mahon with Music Director John Stubbs conducting. This year’s production of The Nutcracker will feature guest artists ABT Principal Cory Stearns and freelance artist Sergey Kheylik. Patrons can meet the cast at our Sugar Plum Parties immediately following the 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. performances. Shows accompanied by the Classics Philharmonics: Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1:00 p.m.* & 5:30 p.m. Shows accompanied by the San Diego Symphony: Dec. 18 – Dec. 20 at 7:00 p.m.; Dec. 21 at 2:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.*; Dec. 22 at 1:00 p.m.* & 5:30 p.m.* *A thirty-minute pre-performance lecture begins one hour prior to performance. Tickets: Adults:

$90, $65, $55, $40, children 12 & under: $68, $48, $40, $30 (must be at least 4-years old to attend)

Fiesta de Reyes – Old Town San Diego San Diego, CA 92110 619-220-5040 | Fiesta de Reyes is an experience you do not want to miss! You’ll discover three world-class restaurants, nineteen unique shops, an historic 10-room boutique hotel, an outdoor stage with free entertainment, lush garden courtyards, and surroundings that create an old California themed backdrop. Barra Barra Saloon offers unique “Californio Mex” cuisine and the best margarita in San Diego … for only five bucks! Casa de Reyes Restaurant serves up traditional Mexican comfort food. Delight in the unexpected at the Cosmopolitan Restaurant & Hotel where oldworld charm meets eclectic Americana grill cuisine from the ranch, ocean and farm. Kids under 10 eat free all day, every day at Barra Barra Saloon and The Cosmo! Located in the heart of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, Fiesta de Reyes is a vibrant dining, shopping, and entertaining experience that will delight the whole family. Fiesta De Reyes – where history lives and the fiesta lasts forever! Hillcrest Business Improvement Association Taste ‘N Tinis Classic cocktail parties will have a fabulous sparkle this season, when San Diego’s most beloved neighborhood serves up a festive way to enjoy the holiday season. On Thursday, Dec. 12, from 5 – 9 p.m., take in the crisp winter air and holiday decorations while you embark on a self-guided walking tour of premium martinis, scrumptious eats and fabulous retail shopping at Taste n’ Tinis. Each retail boutique along the tour will be fixing up a holiday inspired martini for your sippingwhile-shopping enjoyment. Check off all your gifting boxes while enjoying the best sips and treats that Hillcrest has to offer. Pre-sale tickets are now available ($20 in advance/$25 day of ) for pick-up at Heat Bar & Kitchen (3797 Park Blvd.) and Urban MO’s (308 University Ave.).

Lips San Diego 3036 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104 619-295-7900 |

Looking to celebrate your birthday, bachelor/ette party or impress that out of town guest? Well come to Lips where the Boys are Men ... and so are the GIRLS!! Whether you are joining us for dinner with 15 friends in our main showroom, relaxing with eight friends on our High Gloss Lip Couches in our Lipstick Lounge, or throwing a party for 60 of your closest friends upstairs in the Upper Lip Private Party Room, you are sure to experience the Ultimate in Drag Dining. Lips San Diego is open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner service and Sunday morning for our World Famous Gospel Brunch. Monday: Closed (the girls can’t shave their backs seven nights a week); Tuesday: Turnback Tuesdays - hosted By Paris Sukomi Max; Wednesday: Bitchy Bingo - hosted by Kiki & FiFi; Thursday: Dining with the Divas - hosted by Cher; Friday & Saturday: Glamour Night - hosted by Tootie; Saturday LATE Night: TABOO - hosted by Mistress Malva; Sunday Brunch: Gospel Brunch hosted by Sister Nun-of-the-Above; Sunday Night: Show Tune Sundays - hosted by Babette Schwartz The Old Globe 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101 619-234-5623 | America’s favorite holiday fable returns for its 16th joyous year! Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 16th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snowcovered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. The Old Globe produces a yearround season of plays and musicals on its three stages, including its highly regarded Shakespeare festival. The Old Globe is at the forefront of the nation’s leading performing arts organizations, setting a standard for excellence in American theater.❖

Holiday Gift Guide

Shop local and unique When great gifts abound Downtown, why shop anywhere else? Alex Owens Downtown News

Living or working Downtown has its perks, and Christmas shopping is one of them. The area is chock-full of interesting shops and businesses with unique gifts that are hard to find anywhere else. And that’s what gift giving is about, right? The best way to find gifts is to go walking around the Gaslamp Quarter, East Village or Little Italy, but here are a few quirky gift ideas that caught our eye. Fishy gift cards Gift cards are usually the last resort for buyers who are stumped what to get for that someone. However, Spike Africa has taken the concept up a notch by including them in special tuna-like cans.

Sweet tidings indeed Chocolate is a gift that ever yone appreciates. Dallman Confections in The Headquarters at Seaport District uses special recipes that are only known to a handful of chocolatiers such as a fine blend of hazelnut nougat and pistachio marzipan surrounded by bittersweet Swiss couverture that is dedicated to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Seeing is believing Anyone with glasses knows that picking out the right pair can be a challenge. The Alexander Daas Showroom that just opened on J Street makes it easier for Gaslamp shoppers by showcasing some truly magnificent luxur y eyewear. It’s the second-generation optician’s first retail showroom.

Boozy Love Alcohol is always a great holiday gift, especially some locally brewed craft beer. Mission Brewery on L Street sells 32-ounce cans in a variety of styles. If you’re not hopping to buy beer for the holidays, San Diego Cellars on Kettner Blvd. buys grapes from growers in San Diego County and other parts of California and then crushes, ferments and bottles them in Little Italy. Currently, they have Pinot Rosé—pinot noir mixed with rosé—that is designed to be a red wine that goes with turkey. The U.S. Grant Hotel has a craft bottle-conditioned cocktail created by Director of Venues Jeff Josenhans. Called the “Mule Sur Lie,” it mixes up vodka, ginger, muscat and hops into a champagnestyle cocktail. A bottle is $35 and available onsite. Say Cheese Venissimo Cheese at The Headquarters at Seaport offers classes in cheese making, or, if you prefer, they can ship out a cheese lover’s box of gourmet cheeses to wherever you need. Meow’s the word Sushi isn’t a good thing to put in anyone’s stocking but Katsuya Japanese Restaurant does sell something that ships a little better: Lucky Cats that supposedly bring good fortune to the owner (they don’t exacerbate feline allergies either). The cats sell for $100 and $150, a small price to pay for lots of luck. Mullet over Sometimes, the smallest gifts have the most meaning, such as the mullet wigs made by Mullets on the Go based out of Cortez Hill. The company’s business is mostly online, but the flagship product can be purchased at Urban Outfitters. Pet-casso Looking for something to please a pet owner? Alexander Salazar Fine Art on Broadway is the place to commission customized pet portraits of your dog or cat. A 4 x 4 work sells for $4,000 while the 8 x 7 goes for $6,500. Drive by to see samples through the galler y windows. Best-cotti Homemade pastries are a great gift in theor y, but wait until your loved ones get a taste of the biscotti made at Bencotto in Little Italy using an ancient recipe. A $7 bag is the perfect accompaniment to espresso or even a glass of sparkling wine. Because spice helps life Looking for something special for the grillers and chillers in your life? The Blueprint Cafe in Barrio Logan sells spice rubs made by the Tomorrow Project, a Bankers Hill charity that aims to give homeless women jobs that will ideally help transition their lives for the better. The women hand-assemble the spice rubs and deliver them to Blueprint. The spice rubs are available in Tropical Lime Pink Peppercorn, Indonesian Curr y and Cabo San Lucas Carne Asada flavors for $7 each.

The Poinsettia Christmas Tree at Seaport Village (Courtesy Seaport Village)

Seaport Village Once a slightly sleepy tourist attraction, Seaport Village has become the go-to spot for truly unique San Diego shopping, thanks to a great combination of artisans and shops. It’s worth exploring for yourself, but some of our favorites include: • Star lamps and ornaments from the Tin Smith: • Panama hats from the Village Hat Shop: • Wooden toys from Apple Box Toys: for baby • Ghost pepper hot sauces from Hot Licks: • Mineral Salt Scrubs & Bath Bombs from Sinfalicious • Truffle oil gift sets from Seaport Oil & Vinegar. Whatever you decide to give your loved ones, remember you have the greatest gift of all: you live in San Diego. Alex Owens is a San Diego based freelance writer.❖

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Business Bits Editor’s Note: In the December issue [Vol. l4, issue 11], Matthew Slakoff’s photo in the Business Bits section identified Carol Moore, who was also being profiled in the section. We regret the error and are rerunning both “bits” as a courtesy. Slakoff promoted to principal Cavinac & Associates recently promoted Matthew Slakoff, CIC, CRIS, to principal. Slakoff joined Cavignac & Associates— a San Diego-based commercial insurance brokerage firm—in May 2006 and is a senior account executive and risk advisor for the firm. He designs and implements risk manage(Courtesy Kutch & Company) ment programs, specializing in environmental risk analysis and placement. Slakoff joins the company’s three other principals, Jim Schabarum, Scott Bedingfield, and Patrick Casinelli, in assuming part ownership of Cavignac & Associates and participating on the company’s executive board of management. “Matt has been a valuable part of our team and contributed in numerous ways to our company’s success,” said founder Jeffrey Cavignac in a press release. “I’m fortunate to work with Matt—along with Jim, Scott, and Pat— and am proud to welcome him as a principal in our company.” Raised in Northern California, Slakoff currently resides in the Point Loma with his wife Leslie, daughter Lily, and son Brady. New SD Chapter for National Aging In Place Downtown resident Colleen Moore was recently named chairperson of the San Diego Chapter of the Washington D.C.based National Aging in Place Council. The council works to ensure seniors have the resources, information and tools they need to remain in their homes as long as possible. Moore, a mortgage industry vet(Courtesy Golden eran, is a National Reverse Equity Mortgage) Mortgage Director at Golden Equity Mortgage. San Diego’s new chapter will host events and seminars for local seniors and their families and offer other support services and resources. “Our senior population is exploding every day and thankfully, there are more tools available to help those individuals that desire to stay in their homes instead of moving into an assisted living facility or nursing home,” said Moore in a press release. “Working with a coalition of elected officials, business owners and builders/developers, we will educate local families on accessing and successfully utilizing those tools.” For more info, visit

 Changes at World Trade Center Samuel R. Kephart has been promoted as interim President and CEO of World Trade Center San Diego (WTCSD), the organization announced, effective Dec. 4. WTCSD was launched by the City

of San Diego, the Unified Port of San Diego and the San Diego Regional County Regional Airport as a private-public partnership in 1994. It is a 501(c)6 nonprofit governed by a board made up of 45 international business professionals and leaders in the region. Previously vice president of marketing before the change, Kephart replaces Steven W. Weathers, who resigned for personal reasons. The transition is effective Dec. 4. Kephart, who owned his own consulting firm for a decade, was brought into the World Trade Center last July to assist with marketing, branding and strategic revenue growth. A charter member of the San Diego World Trade organization since the mid 1970s, Kephart has longstanding ties throughout the industry. “We are excited to have Mr. Kephart’s global perspective on business and his creative skills to help “Grow Trade” in the San Diego region,” said Stephen G. Austin, chairman of the board of directors for WTCSD in a press release. “Sam has successfully led the new strategies for expanding our reach. He has an excellent team and board to work with while continuing to make the WTCSD an effective business facilitator.” Scripps leaders honored Becker’s Hospital Review magazine released their national list of “300 hospitals and health system leaders to know,” in their December print magazine, and two local Scripps health executives were on the list. President and CEO Chris Van Gorder and Corporate Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Richard Rothberger both received the honor and Scripps is the only San Diego-based health system to have multiple selections. “Leaders on this list have shown admirable dedication to health care delivery at local, regional and national levels,” said a press release quoting the magazine’s website. “Each has demonstrated great commitment to improving health care in America.” The selections were made by Becker’s editorial staff. Under Van Gorder’s leadership, more than 13,500 employees work across five acute-care facilities and 26 outpatient clinics. Van Gorder has received other accolades recently, including Press Ganey’s Innovation Award, and he has been named Modern Healthcare’s “100 most influential people.” San Diego Business Journal named Rothberger CFO of the year in 2009. SDG&E gets top honor At the recent PA Consulting Group ReliabilityOne and ServiceOne awards ceremony, SDG&E won the ReliabilityOne Award for the eighth year in a row, beating out utilities in western states and Canada. The annual award is given for achievement in outstanding reliability performance and delivery to their customers. “At SDG&E we are committed to deploying new technology that will improve reliability and our customer’s experience,” said David L. Geier, vice president of electric operations for SDG&E in a press release. “From our linemen to our customer care center, SDG&E is customerfocused and continually investing in cost-efficient solutions for furthering reliability.” In 2012 SDG&E completed the Outage Management System (OMS), a grid technology using 1.4 million smart meters to access real-time data. “A customer-first commitment tends to pervade the company culture of ReliabilityOne Award winners,” said Jeff Lewis, PA Consulting Group’s ReliabilityOne program director in the release. “SDG&E has proven itself an industry leader in reliability that prioritizes the customer over everything else.” SDG&E also received the ServiceOne Balanced Scorecard Achievement award, which recognizes utilities that provide outstanding customer service.❖

San Diego Downtown News | December 2013

Donor-advised funds board of directors. The sponsoring organization that holds the fund takes responsibility of all the expensive administration work, including filing annual returns and preparing financial statements. Tax ef ficiency: DAF contributions provide a federal income tax deduction up to 50 percent of adjusted gross income for cash contributions and up to 30 percent of adjusted gross income for appreciated securities.

These F inancial T imes Taylor Schulte Leave it to Costco. The retail giant began planning for the holidays and rolling out Christmas decorations in August! While we don’t expect you to begin your year-end financial planning before your summer vacation ends, now might be a good time to begin. One of the most common items we begin discussing during this time of year is charitable giving. The tax benefits are significant and it’s a topic clients are excited to talk about. While there are many vehicles available to help support philanthropic giving, we find that “donor-advised funds” are one of the most efficient and effective giving vehicles. They are simple, low cost, and flexible. They allow donors to maximize the tax benefits of charitable giving while supporting their favorite organizations. What is a Donor-Advised Fund? A donor-advised fund, or DAF, is simply an account that helps givers manage their charitable contributions. Through an agreement with a DAF provider, a donor creates a specially named account (i.e. “Smith Family Fund”) to which irrevocable contributions are made. The donor receives an immediate tax deduction but is not forced to make any grants. They can work with their financial advisor to invest and grow the assets and recommend grants to their favorite non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations at their leisure. Why use a DAF? Simplicity: Unlike a private foundation, the donor is not responsible for hiring attorneys and accountants or maintaining a

Flexibility: DAF holders receive an immediate tax deduction for their contribution without having to choose a specific charity at the time that the donation was made. This flexibility helps donors maximize tax benefits while helping them be more systematic and methodical about their giving. San Diego Giving Back In June 2013, Charity Navigator named San Diego as the top philanthropic city in the U.S. The rapid growth of vehicles like donor-advised funds has helped San Diego donors give back more to the community and thrust San Diego back to the top of the charts. Some of the non-profit organizations in San Diego that have been granted to with greater frequency from donor-advised funds include Challenged Athletes, Inc., San Diego Humane Society & SPCA, Invisible Children, Inc., and the San Diego Library Foundation. Along with finishing up your holiday shopping, consider setting aside some time to get a head start on your year-end financial planning. You are likely to identify new opportunities that can save you money and help improve your overall financial picture. For more information, please contact me for a copy of the latest “Giving Report” prepared by Fidelity Charitable. It offers a closer look into donor-advised funds and how non-profit organizations and donors may benefit from them. Taylor Schulte is a CFP® professional for Beverly Hills Wealth Management in Downtown San Diego. Schulte specializes in providing independent, objective, financial advice to individuals, families, and businesses. He can be reached at 619-881-0388 or❖










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TOURISM recently tried out SDTA’s new mobile site. During the “test drive,” which was done during peak midday hours, I did not have any difficulty navigating the site. All of the information loaded quickly and there weren’t any noticeable bugs. The mobile site clearly has a number of tabs under such headings as “What’s Nearby,” “Discover San Diego,” “What to Do” and “Where to Stay.” I chose to click on a tab labeled “Events” and appreciated the depth of information available. At the touch of a button, I could locate information on walking tours, museum exhibits, lectures and an assortment of other events taking place in the immediate and distant future. Throughout the site, handheld

users have opportunities to filter their searches by date, region and category. “Interactive” was a word that quickly came to mind as I browsed. My 10-minute visit to the mobile site was a pleasant, informative and expeditious experience. For more information about the San Diego Tourism Authority, find them on Facebook as “Visit San Diego,” follow them on Twitter at @visitsandiego, visit their website, or on your handheld, try out the new Dave Fidlin has been a professional journalist for more than a dozen years. Throughout his career, he has contributed to a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites across the nation. He has a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.❖

Cage the Elephant headlines 91X’s Wrex the Halls at the Valley View Casino Center in Point Loma. (Courtesy BB Gun Press)

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Dating back to the 1980s, legendary local alternative radio station 91X has been putting on an annual holiday show to help ring in the season. The tradition began with Acoustic Christmas, then evolved into Frosty the Showman, Nightmare Before Xmas, and now it’s current incarnation, Wrex the Halls. After last year’s show—with headlining acts The Killers, Passion Pit, Tegan and Sara, and Youngblood Hawke—expectations were at an all-time high when this year’s lineup was announced. “We try our best to put together a lineup of bands that 91X listeners would want to see live,” said Christy Taylor, the radio station’s program director. “There’s always pressure, 91X has set the bar really high with our shows.” It’s safe to say Taylor has lived up to those expectations. This year’s rendition of Wrex the Halls, being held at the Valley View Casino Center in Point Loma on Dec. 8, aims to build on that tradition with some of the biggest bands in the music industry today. It’s hard to beat a night that features performances by Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant, Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, The Silent Comedy, Alt-J, and J Roddy Walston & the Business. “This show was strategically built to be made up of bands that can draw crowds on their own,” Taylor said. “Plus Queens of the Stone Age haven’t played in San Diego in over five years so we knew having them on the lineup would be huge!” This will be Taylor’s second year in a row running the booking for the station’s signature holiday show and she successfully followed up a stellar lineup from last year with yet another great collection of big name acts that are sure to deliver. “The main goal was to keep the lineup cohesive,” she said. “This year’s show is filled with bands that are really big draws on their own, plus many of the

bands on this year’s bill have been playing the festival circuit this year.” Valley View Casino Center—the Wrex the Halls venue formerly known as the San Diego Sports Arena—boasts the largest indoor capacity in San Diego. “This is the third year in a row it has completely sold out,” Taylor said. “Get there early, you won’t want to miss a minute of this show.” While this year’s Wrex the Halls is currently sold out, there are still plenty of chances for listeners to see some great live music. For those unable to attend the Dec. 8 show, 91X will also be producing Holiday Bonus Show at the same venue on Dec. 6 and tickets are still available. Headlin-

ing that show will be indie pop band Fitz & The Tantrums, with other performances by The Airborne Toxic Event, CHVRCHES, and The Royal Concept. Those who wish to win tickets to Wrex the Halls should tune in to 91X or visit the Free Stuff Page on their website. Valley View Casino Center is located at 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. in Point Loma. For more information and a chance to win tickets go to Contributing writer Logan Broyles is the former managing editor of Pacific San Diego Magazine and editor-in-chief of Construction Digital magazine. He likes to write about music and news, and can be reached at❖

Artic Monkey will make an appearance at 91X’s annual holiday show. (Courtesy Live Nation)


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1735 Hancock St. Middletown

(above, l to r) General Manager Estef DeFelice, Jr., bartender Gabbi Mecham and beer partner Beau Schmitt get artsy at 57 Degrees. Currently on display: (at right, from top) “Mi Corazon Enrazado” by Walter Anicama; Japanese exchange student Chiaki Kakada poses with American flag painted by Schmitt; curator Guy Lombardo; and “Nina Mujer” by Luis Blanchar. (Photos by Will Bowen)

57 DEGREES is happening on Hancock Will Bowen Downtown News

Rare wines from around the world, beer brewed locally in San Diego, a pannini and gourmet cheese deli, wall-to-wall art from North and South America, a night view of the San Diego skyline and airport, three largescreen TVs, a free pool table, a circular bar, plus savvy lighting, exquisite interior decorating, and great ambience throughout all 14,000 square feet of the warehouse style space, all come together to make 57 Degrees the most happening place on Hancock Street. The space, located where Mission Hills meets Little Italy at 1735 Hancock St., was formerly Pier One Imports. The luxuriant interior was redesigned and decorated by co-owner/wine partner Russ Kindom. Kindom says he tries to specialize his wine list and will not carr y anything that can be found at Vons or Costco. Beau Schmitt is the beer partner in the venture. He currently stocks 31 different types of beer on tap, all of which are brewed in San Diego County. According to Schmitt, “Wine is best ser ved at 57 degrees but beer should be ser ved chilled from 36 to 42 degrees.” Schmitt likes to think of 57 Degrees as an event center. “We specialize in birthdays and private parties of 20 to 250 people but we can accommodate up to 550 people – we have even had ‘speed dating’ here.

“Probably our most popular event happens on the third Friday of ever y month [except December] when eight food trucks pull into our rear parking lot,” Schmitt said. “Patrons can order food from the trucks then come up stairs to get beer or wine at the inside bar.” Schmitt said they’ve even recently held several politicallybased events, including one for Interim Mayor Todd Gloria. Gabbi Mecham is a bartender at 57 Degrees who usually works in the evenings after classes at SDSU, where she is a senior majoring in business. Before that she was a Navy Seabee doing construction work for the militar y. Mecham said her current favorite beer is ‘Claritas,’ brewed by Bob Hesse in North Park, and her favorite wine to recommend is “First Press,” a 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. “I grew up in a building industr y family. I still do carpentr y but some day I want to own my own wine bar,” Mecham said. “If you come in to 57 Degrees I promise that I will find you a designer beer that you will like.” 57 Degrees is also known for its ongoing art show, which features art work on all four walls. Ever y two to three months for the last three years, the show has changed and there is always a reception for the new artists involved. The art work is curated by long time San Diego art scene participant Guy Lombardo, who

is distantly related to the 1940s band leader of the same name. Lombardo is both an artist and a curator with a special interest in the intersection of psychology and art. “I see this as an opportunity to represent artists,” Lombardo said. “At a certain point in your career you want to help other artists. Many of the artists in my shows have developed their style just from being a part of things here and that is ver y gratifying for me.” Lombardo’s current art exhibition is entitled “The All American Show.” It includes art from 20 different artists from both North and South America and will run through January 2014. Probably the most interesting work in the show is that of the South American artists. Marisol de las Casas, of Talento Espano and the Centro Cultural Raza in Balbao Park, helped Lombardo curate these works. They are very special, with a flavor of “Magical Realism,” and you might never see them anywhere else. Much of the North American art is abstract and/or mixed media with a few impressionistic portraits, such those by JudyJudyJudy, who is the owner and proprietor of JudyJudyJudy Hair Salon in La Jolla. JudyJudyJudy, whose name comes from the famous movie line spoken by Car y Grant, has had her art in the last three of Lombardo’s shows at 57 Degrees. “I just love this place—it’s like a big warehouse and the

circular bar is so cool,” JudyJudyJudy said. “Even though I am the vice president of the La Jolla Art Association and have curated shows in their galler y, I like to think of this place as my secret spot to show my art.” Chiaki Kakeda, a Japanese exchange student studying English at the EC Language School in La Jolla, was at the opening reception on Nov. 16. Kakeda said she likes Salvador Dali, Monet, traditional Japanese brush art, and Japanese animation, but her favorite artist in the show was JudyJudyJudy. Jeff Govoni, a fifth grade teacher at High Tech High in Point Loma who was also at the reception, liked JudyJudyJudy’s work so much he bought one of her paintings. “I just couldn’t resist!” he said. For further information visit If you would like to have your art work considered for the galler y, please contact Guy Lombardo at Will Bowen writes about arts and culture. You can reach him at❖


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CalendarofEvents FRIDAY – DEC 6 East Village (Upper) walkabout: DSDP’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout. Meet at SW corner of Park Blvd. & Broadway at 10 a.m. Outside the Lens: Coinciding with NTC @ Liberty Station’s First Friday open studio event will be a special holiday celebration hosted by Outside the Lens. Their media lab will offer a photography exhibition from Monarch School, a holiday photo booth, unique gifts for sale & holiday cheer. Benefits OTL’s photography and media youth programs. 5 – 8 p.m. 2750 Historic Decatur Rd, Barracks 15, Studio 103. For more info visit –FREE

December Nights (Photo by Richard Benton) December Nights: Balboa Park’s 35th annual holiday festival. Museums are free (from 5 – 9 p.m.), find live music, dance & ballet performances scheduled throughout evening on multiple stages, food from around globe, unique shopping at museum stores & Spanish Village artisans, Christmas Carol puppet show, and more. 12 noon – 11 p.m. For more info, complete list of entertainment, food & other vendors, parking details, etc. visit

SATURDAY – DEC 7 Little Italy Mercato: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE

Little Italy (Courtesy LIA) Little Italy Tree Lighting: Live music, treats, pictures with Santa, holiday shopping and more in Little Italy’s Christmas Village. 4 – 8 p.m. Little Italy, along W. Date St. between India and State streets. For more info, visit December Nights: Balboa Park’s 35th annual holiday festival. Museums are free (from 5 – 9 p.m.), find live music, dance & ballet performances scheduled throughout evening on multiple stages, food from around globe, unique shopping at museum stores & Spanish Village artisans, Christmas Carol puppet show, and more. 12 noon – 11 p.m. For more info, complete list of entertainment, food & other vendors, parking details, etc. visit

SUNDAY – DEC 8 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade: Join Gaslamp’s sixth annual holiday pet parade, with a free pet expo from 1 – 5 p.m. Parade begins at 3 p.m. Entries are $15 advance, $20 day of. Hilton Gaslamp Park, 401 K St., Gaslamp Quarter. For more info visit Parade of Lights: Watch 80 different entries in 42nd annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. Procession begins at 5:30 p.m. starting at Shelter Island, past Harbor Island, along the Embarcadero and Seaport Village, then past the Ferry Landing in Coronado. Find a seat along the bay or make dinner reservations along the route. For more info and sponsor specials, visit Parade of lights Dinner Cruise: Spend evening watching the parade with a three-course dinner & champagne. $79.50 adult, $47.70 children. Boarding time 5 p.m. 990 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero. Visit or call 619-522-6155. TUESDAY – DEC 10 Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE Third Eye Blind: HOB 20th anniversary presents Third Eye Blind with an opening act. Doors 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave. 619-299-2583, Tickets $31 GA, $41 reserved. sandiego. Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece, tonight - Van Gogh’s “Irises.” All supplies included, registration is required. 21+up, $45. 6 – 9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. Visit WEDNESDAY – DEC 11 Downtown Planning Council: The Downtown Community Planning Council (formerly CCAC) meets Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 5:15 p.m. Civic San Diego boardroom, 401 B St., Suite 400. For more info Black Crowes: The band will be “reaching deep inside their songbook” for a concert at historic Balboa Theatre. The Black Crowes recently released a 26-song album set. Tickets $55 reserved, $200 VIP upgrade includes meet & greet. 7:30 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Downtown. 619-5701100 THURSDAY – DEC 12 Parking Management Group will meet on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 11:30 a.m. at the Civic San Diego boardroom, 401 B St., Suite 400. For more info, call 619-235-2200. Holiday Joy Ride: San Diego Bicycle Coalition presents their third annual holiday bicycle ride, and the colorful parade of bikes begins and ends at SILO, 753 15th St., Makers Quarter. Festive costumes and bicycles strung with Christmas lights encouraged. Hosted reception & awards ceremony follows, with beer from New Belgium Brewing. Tickets $10 members, $15 non-members, $25 become a

member. For more info, visit sdcbc. org. Winter of Hope: Join other red carpet arrivals to celebrate breakthrough technology in the fight against cancer. Live music, cocktails and butler-passed appetizers and desserts. Cocktail attire required. 6:30 p.m. Celestial Ballroom, U.S. Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway, Downtown. RSVP

FRIDAY – DEC 13 Kettner Nights: Second Fridays in Little Italy North (Kettner between India and Laurel streets) in the art and design district. 6-8 p.m. – FREE SATURDAY – DEC 14 Autism friendly – How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Old Globe’s 16th year of this Christmas classic, but slight adjustments will be made to the production and various support resources will be available to families. 10:30 a.m. Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets start at $42. Visit or 619-231-1941. A Marston House Christmas: Take SOHO’s guided tour of the historic house, all decked out in turn of the century (1905 a.d.) Christmas cheer. Live music, free refreshments, complimentary wrapping and discounts on unique gifts in the museum shop. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 3525 Seventh Ave., Balboa Park. SUNDAY – DEC 15

2013 Parade of Lights winner (Photo by Marv Sloben)

Parade of Lights: Watch 80 different entries in 42nd annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. Procession begins at 5:30 p.m. starting at Shelter Island, past Harbor Island, along the Embarcadero and Seaport Village, then past the Ferry Landing in Coronado. Find a seat along the bay or make dinner reservations along the route. For more info and sponsor specials, visit sdparadeoflights. org. Parade of lights Dinner Cruise: Spend evening watching the parade with a three-course dinner & champagne. $79.50 adult, $47.70 children. Boarding time is 5 p.m. 990 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero. Visit or call 619-522-6155.

MONDAY – DEC 16 Live Music: See local SDMA nominee Tristan Prettyman with her full band. Paul Cannon Band opens. 8 p.m. Tickets $26 – $46, Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros ave., Solana Beach. or 858-481-8140. TUESDAY – DEC 17 Skating by the sea: Lace up your ice skates and head to the

Hotel del Coronado for a day on their outdoor skating rink on the oceanfront Windsor Lawn. Daily sessions: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., 4 – 6 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m. $23 adult, $18 children 10 & under. Skate rental included. Complimentary with valid military ID. Visit

WEDNESDAY – DEC 18 Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece – tonight, Dr. Who’s “Christmas Tardis.” All supplies included, registration is required. 21+up, $45. 6 – 9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. Visit THURSDAY – DEC 19 A twist on holiday theater: Dream Productions will present the dark comedy “The Break Room” a nostalgic look back at another Christmas post-WWII. 7 p.m. tonight through Dec. 21, Tenth Avenue Theatre in the 4th floor cabaret. Tickets $15 – $20, contact or call 619-487-9756. 930 Tenth Ave., East Village. Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece – tonight, “Red Bird on Lamp Post.” All supplies included, registration is required. 21+up, $35. 6 – 9 p.m. Jakes on Sixth, 3755 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit FRIDAY – DEC 20 Cortez walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. For meet-up location, visit or sign up for their newsletter. How The Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Old Globe’s theater is once again transformed into Whoville for the 16th year of this Christmas classic. 7 p.m. Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Through Dec. 28, daily showtimes var y. Tickets start at $24. Visit theoldglobe. org or 619-231-1941.

SATURDAY – DEC 21 A Peter White Christmas: Peter White, Mindi Abair (sax) and Rick Braun (trumpet) play Christmas favorites along with their hits. 8 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp. Tickets $45 – $ 75.Visit sandiegotheatres. org or call 619-570-1100. SUNDAY – DEC 22 Holiday Brunch with Santa: Kids of all ages can visit St. Nick in the Crown Room during the Hotel Del Coronado’s festive Sunday brunch. Bring your cameras. 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. Reservations 619-522-8490 or visit TUESDAY – DEC 24 Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise: Holiday entertainment on the bay with a two and a halfhour cruise and buffet dinner & champagne. $69.50 adult, $41.70 child. Boards 6 p.m. 990 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero. visit WEDNESDAY – DEC 25 Christmas! Enjoy your holiday. THURSDAY – DEC 26 Sue Palmer: Live music with the Queen of Boogie Woogie. Her last performance at the venue. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-2334355. Rolling Stones at the MAX: A 90-minute IMAX film follows the Rolling Stones on their Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour, recorded and shot on location in Europe. 7 p.m. RH Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. More info visit or call 619-232-1233. FRIDAY – DEC 27 A Cash’d Out Christmas: Holiday show featuring local SDMA Tribute Band winner Cash’d Out (Johnny Cash). 9 p.m. Tickets $18 – $32. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. or 858-481-8140.

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NewYear’sEveEvents LIVE MUSIC – CANDYE KANE: Celebrate New Year’s Eve happy hour with our local master of blues, swing and boogie woogie, Candye Kane. 5:30 – 8 p.m. $10. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros ave., Solana Beach. or 858-481-8140. FLAGSHIP NYE DINNER CRUISE: Sail into the New Year by taking in the sights of San Diego while ringing in 2014. $105 (adult) $65 (child) hosted bar available for $40 more. 990 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero. Visit or call 619-522-6155.


CALENDAR SATURDAY – DEC 28 Live Music – Johnathan Valverde: Rock ballads, popular music. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835C W. Harbor Dr., Seaport Village. Call 619-232-4855 or visit – FREE Eve Selis: Live folk and Americana music with the seventime SDMA winner during the final weekend of Croce’s operation. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. SUNDAY – DEC 29 Jazz Brunch: The final Jazz Brunch for Croce’s Downtown with Ir ving Flores. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355.

MONDAY – DEC 30 Big Bay Balloon Parade: Called “America’s largest balloon parade,” this Port of San Diego sponsored event is a production of the Holiday Bowl. Parade starts at 10 a.m. starting near W. Ash St., the parade will travel south on N. Harbor Dr., ending at the corner of W. Harbor Dr. & Pacific Hwy. Grandstand tickets for reser ved seating near Maritime Museum are $20. Visit Bumble Bee 5K: 19th annual 5K held just prior to the Big Bay Balloon Parade. Starts 9:45 a.m. near Holiday Inn on N. Harbor Dr. at Ash St., ends at Ruocco Park. Awards at 11 a.m. at Grandstand. TUESDAY – DEC 31 See side bar at right. —Please send items for inclusion to Editor Morgan M. Hurley at❖

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Come just for her comedic performance before your night on the town or add a pre-show dinner package at Bandar Persian Steakhouse or OperaCaffe, also both on Fourth Ave. Dinner seating is at 5:30 p.m., comedy performance is at 8 p.m. Tickets: comedy – $27.50 – $45. Dinner – additional $45., incl tax/tip. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619570-1100. NYE AT CROCE’S: Celebrate the final night of the year on the final night of business for the iconic Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar. Celebrate with SDMA’s artist of the year, Gilbert Castellanos and The New Latin Jazz Quintet. Dinner packages available and reservations are a MUST. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. MAD HOUSE COMEDY: NYE comedy with Craig Shoemaker of Showtime’s “Daditude.” Four hours of validated parking. Special event price $50. 10 p.m. Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza, Downtown. 619-703-6666.


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The Headquarters:

preserving and beautifying

Art on

the Land Delle Willett Editor’s Note: This new monthly column will explore the various ways local landscape architects have contributed to the Downtown region’s eco- and art-scape, by profiling specific installations. Wimmer Yamada and Caughey (WYAC) landscape architects provided the landscape and site design for the new development called “The Headquarters” on San Diego’s bayfront, based on the original master-plan design developed by Owen Lang and Sasaki Design. The historic character of the original San Diego Police Headquarters, built in 1939, is a paramount focus of the landscape and hardscape design throughout the project. The overall landscape theme is derived from California

landscapes of the 1930s. Throughout the process they worked with nationally-renown Feng Shui Master Katherine Anne Lewis, founder and principal of Harmony and Balance – A key to feng shui is saving a piece of history, and the key to feng shuiing the entire headquarters property was the landscaping, which includes colors, shapes, textures, light, water, and rocks, all while working around the rules and regulations of a historic site. The new site design integrates historic features, mature landscape and contemporary amenities. Specific preserved elements include: • 80 percent of the original trees and palms, including “Dragon Trees” that have been there for the past 80 years; • Two historic water fountains retrofitted for new use; • Seating areas, including historic bench details from the original plans; and • Original pattern concrete pavers within the central courtyard. Accent colors and reflective minerals in the enhanced concrete paving are also reminiscent of similar paving patterns used in San Diego neighborhoods in the 1930s. Each new restaurant and retail venue features a unique theme and décor to tie in with the surrounding landscape and

(Clockwise, from top) 80-year old dragon trees mix with new vegetation in the “Urban Park” along W. Harbor Drive; rainwater is caught in stylish barrels for reuse; the interior courtyard hosts “outdoor rooms” for lounging. (Photos by Delle Willett)) hardscape design, preserving the historic character of the building’s original architectural style. Additional amenities include outdoor living rooms with casual seating and a collection of contemporary container planters filled with rich succulents, grass and sedum species. A new public outdoor space along the northern boundary called the “Urban Park” replaces the original parking lot along Harbor Drive. The park features “outdoor rooms” landscaped with seating and night lighting and a 14-foot-wide enhanced concrete

promenade connects the Convention Center and hotels to the east with Ruocco Park and the bayfront to the west. The planting design of the Urban Park and other landscape areas uses a selection of earlyCalifornia native and indigenous plants typically found in early 20th century gardens. Outdoor rooms along the walkway are surrounded by small groves of olive and Crape Myrtle trees for flowering color and gray-green foliage accenting the rich terracotta building colors. While preserving the historic nature of The Headquarters, WYAC also exercised their stewardship of the environment. By incorporating large specimen “hero” trees including Arbutus, Mediterranean Palms and California Oak trees set in raised planters within the courtyards, they provided substantial shade and outdoor seating. In addition to the preserved historic paving in the central courtyard, other areas feature new porous concrete pavers for collection and purification of water run-off, important because of potential runoff to the bay. Rain is also collected in barrels to use for irrigation. WYAC’s plant palette is high in Xeriphytic principles: Lowwater-use plants such as agaves, aloes and sedum groundcovers are mixed in with native grasses and flowering accents. All new trees and shrubs

came from local San Diego nurseries, except the Arbutus in the central courtyard; by buying local, WYAC avoided burning fossil fuels to transport trees from outside the area. WYAC believes that landscape architects are stewards of the environment with responsibility to protect, enhance and celebrate our natural environment; and in providing ethical and creative designs that are sustainable and timeless, taking seriously the responsibility of being stewards of the land. WYAC, a landscape architect firm, was founded in San Diego 59 years ago by Harriett Wimmer, who later teamed with Joe Yamada in 1960. Patrick Caughey joined the firm in 1984. The firm’s creativity is on prominent display at various San Diego venues, ranging from the original botanical gardens at SeaWorld to terraced lawns at UC San Diego to topiary animals at Westfield Horton Plaza shopping center. Delle Willett cut her teeth traveling as the daughter of a career Navy man. A graduate of USD with a BFA in hand, her career in marketing and public relations has flourished for over 30 years. Today she is an active volunteer for various local organizations and works as a freelance publicist and writer when she’s not traveling the world with her husband, a retired airline pilot. Delle can be reached at❖


Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald A new overseer takes over The Conser vancy, a City-appointed organization to support Balboa Park activities, will host December Nights, a celebration that ushers in the holiday season. This year’s festival hours have been extended on Friday, Dec. 6 from 3 – 11 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7 from 12 – 11 p.m. “We have taken over as sponsor host this year and into the future,” said Carol Chang, Conser vancy board president. “It’s an iconic event in San Diego, witnessed each year by some 360,000.” Participating Park museums will stage open houses 5 – 9 p.m. both evenings. Those attending will participate in multicultural experiences with food, music and entertainment from around the world. Musical and dance presentations will be conducted by the San Diego Junior Theater, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet and Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Stor y Tree. The Community Christmas Center Committee will display an eight-piece Nativity and Gingerbread House in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Visitors can utilize free Wi-Fi access in the central mesa, spanning from the organ pavilion to the Museum of Art. The Wi-Fi hot spot will provide

online information about all activities. Because of limited parking, visitors are urged to use the free off-site shuttles or take public transportation. Parking will be available at Petco Park and City College, running from 3 p.m. – midnight, Dec. 6 and 11:30 a.m. – midnight, Dec. 7. Chang also felt it was an excellent opportunity to acquaint the public with the functions of her 15-member board in partnership with the City Council. “Beyond this celebration, our volunteer and nonprofit organization will oversee most of the projects and conser vation of the issues that surround the park,” she said. “In recent years, the city has not had adequate resources necessar y to fulfill Balboa Park’s management and operational requirements.” The Conser vancy intends to undertake major maintenance, repair and replacement needs and will implement already approved and future capital improvement projects. Contemporar y art explained Basically, the term “contemporar y art” refers to art made and produced by artists living today. However, when engaging this form of art, viewers might wish to ask some questions. Just inside the entr yway to the Museum of Art this form of artistr y is prominently exhibited. We recently toured the area with former Associate Art Curator Amy Galpin, who explained that it was her favorite section. We were told viewers might find it “challenging” but also “interesting.” For example, we felt one of the paintings might have been done in a short amount of time. “No,” she advised. “That took the artist several months to complete. Many of them take that long.” She pointed out that contemporar y artists may question traditional ideas of how art is defined, utilizing abstract expressionism.

“Don’t look at it as a picture but as an event on canvas,” was a New York art critic’s astute description. Further into the Museum you step away from contemporar y art to view works done by the world’s masters. “The galleries are organized by geographical areas,” Galpin said. “The focus is on Japanese, Chinese, South East Asian and India art. Upstairs galleries are devoted primarily to European.” She was particularly fond of Georgia O’Keeffe, stating that, “she is considered one of America’s most important artists, best known for her abstracted over scale paintings of flowers.” The museum also has a sculpture court and garden, which she said recently installed works by Louise Nettleson and Henr y Marks. Elsewhere in the Park—San Diego State University’s Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education has kicked off a new four-year National Science Foundationfunded initiative with the Balboa Park Learning Institute. Taking part will be Mingei International, Photographic Arts, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and the Natural Histor y Museum. After an award winning, 38-year spor ts-writing career with the San Diego Union and authoring three books, Johnny McDonald now considers writing a hobby. He enjoys covering aspects of the por t district, convention center, Balboa Park, zoo, and stories with a historical bent. You can reach him at johnny23@❖

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GoFit: Avoiding injuries

Fitness Scott Markey Whether you lift weights, swim, run, participate in crossfit activities, practice martial arts, or pretty much any sport or activity you are involved in, you are susceptible to a myriad of injuries. Even certain occupations or work habits can predispose you to a variety of overuse conditions. Any of these can result in pain and poor performance. Prehabilitation is the science of recognizing imbalances in high-risk activities. Also referred to as “pre-hab,” it aims to prevent injuries before they happen. A prehabilitation program is commonplace in the world of high performance athletics, as well as everyday common workout regimens. To prevent these type of injuries, you must become aware of potential risks and appropriate actions should be taken to prevent or modify those imbalances. Unfortunately people who do

not link up with a professional to prehabilitate can be injured by shortcomings, such as posture problems or poor form. This is something I see way too often. All of this is preventable, but you have to know what you are looking for. Shoulder Injuries: Rotator cuff and shoulder impingement are two of the most common problems for active individuals. If you participate in any overhead activities, including weight training, racquet sports, swimming, throwing, volleyball, etc., you are at risk due to the compromising nature of the motion. A forwardslouching posture also increases your chances of shoulder problems. Have a friend examine your posture by looking at your normal posture (standing and sitting) and take note of your ear in relation to your shoulder. If your ear is in front of your shoulder, your risk of shoulder problems increases. Be aware of shoulder discomfort when participating in overhead activities. Don’t push if you feel any pain. Correct slumping postures by strengthening the upper back muscles, and to some degree the chest muscles. Increase the flexibility of your posterior deltoid or shoulder muscles, especially on your dominant side, if you have one. Neck And Shoulder Tension: This is quite common and is often caused by slouching postures and awkward positions held for extensive periods. Poor sleeping positions can cause this as well. Rowing exercises, lat pull-

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FITNESS downs and good posture can help prevent many neck and shoulder problems. Lower Back Pain: This is a problem that affects 80 percent of us at one time or another. It is the leading cause of disability in individuals under 40. A potbelly and/or forward tipping of your pelvis will increase your chances of lower back pain. Sitting or standing for extended periods can also aggravate the lower back. Be aware of this throughout your day. Having a weak core or abdominal muscles and poor back strength and flexibility are probably the biggest contributors to lower back pain. Strengthening the abdominals as well as your hamstrings will decrease your chances, as these muscle groups help to offset the forward tipping of the pelvis. I feel that hanging leg raises are the best overall abdominal exercise there is, and I have all my clients include them in their training. Hamstring Pull: If you participate in any sudden, explosive activities such as sprinting, squatting, basketball, football, softball or tennis, be certain that your hamstrings are adequately warmed up. Perform two-joint exercises that allow for hamstring contribution as opposed to only leg extensions and leg curls. Examples might include

squats, leg presses, lunges, and my personal favorite, hack squats. Avoid high velocity bouncing and extreme over-stretching, as this can strain the hamstrings. I’m personally not a big believer in stretching, but if you do so, your stretches should be slow and controlled. Ankle Sprains: Running and walking on uneven or unstable surfaces, such as a slippery road or soft sand, increase your chances of developing ankle sprains. Muscular imbalances in the lower leg can also lead to problems. If you work your calf muscles, which you should, and do not work the smaller muscles on the front of the leg, such as the tibia, you are more likely to develop ankle and leg problems. Remember, knowing about injuries and how they start helps prevent them. I tell all my clients a very important thing, and that is to “get in touch with your body.” Think about the exercises you are doing. Develop the mind-muscle connection and always use strict form. Having strong muscles will support and strengthen your bones too. You must have resistance in your workouts. Cardio alone is not the answer. Scott Markey has over 25 years in the fitness and health industry. He has graced dozens of magazine covers and specializes in physique management, training and nutritional consultation. You can find him on Facebook or reach him at❖


Coronado: life is a garage

It’s All Happening Marc and Darlynne Menkin For years, we kept hearing how awesome the garage sales were in Coronado. We’ve always been intrigued but somehow, it would go in one ear and out the other. After all, how good could it be? Then one day, we decided to see what the fuss was all about so we loaded up our bikes and headed to the island. If you’ve never experienced a Thursday morning Coronado

garage sale, there’s nothing like it. It’s not just a garage sale, it’s a colorful adventure. As we weaved our way through the quiet neighborhood streets, the mood was calm and tranquil. We felt the warm sun on our backs and there was a light breeze, making it a perfect day to be outside. Our first stop was the Coronado Journal office, because every Wednesday, the paper lists all the garage and estate sales. We formulated our game plan and hopped on our bikes in search of some hidden treasures. Since our company creates fun bike rides for a living, we were in heaven. Not only were we tooling around on beach cruisers, we got to put our navigational skills to the test as we tried to figure out the quickest route from one street to the next. Cruising through the alleys made us feel like little kids because we never knew what we would find. Coronado residents take a lot of pride in their neighborhood, so in many cases, the alleys are just as clean and pristine as the front of their homes. Debra Smith’s house was our first garage sale stop. She had everything from men and women›s

clothing to books, CDs and kitchenware. There were lots of nifty items and everything was in great shape. If you only had $20 in your pocket, you could easily walk away with a bag full of goodies. Debra was also a great storyteller, which made the experience even more enjoyable. She told us about the time she gave away a suit to a gentleman who needed new business attire. It’s such a blessing to be in a position when you can help someone, Smith said. Whatever items we don’t sell, we donate to the hospital, she added. In addition to all the great finds, Coronado garage sales are a great social activity. During our visit with Debra, her friends would stop by to say hello. One friend even introduced us to a cool Facebook group that allows you to post photos of items for sale. The page is specific to the Thursday and Saturday garage sales held on the island, but allows others to post sale items, too. When you go to Facebook, type in Coronado CA Online Yard Sale. Our next stop was a few blocks away. We were excited about this one because it wasn›t just one family. It was several families pooling their resources together. When we arrived, we realized we knew one of the family members. It was a dear friend we›ve known for years through the tourism industry. This stop had lots of high-end items like beautiful glassware and china, as well as professional photographs of San Diego scenes. But there were also fun items like cool baseball caps and useful office items like folders and binders. One interesting tidbit – Coronado has a high population of militar y families and because of that, you can always find good stuff since they tend to move ever y few years and need to purge. One year, I bought a gorgeous handmade blanket from China for five bucks and a rare porcelain German doll for two dollars. It was amazing, Jenny Kramen told us. Jenny is a garage sale fanatic who loves finding hard to beat bargains. Whenever we think of Coronado, we always picture a classic beach town. But now, thanks to people like Debra Smith and Yvonne Kuhn, we now have something else we love about this special paradise. We want to hear from you – The Headquarters at Seaport District has added pizazz to the Downtown scene. We love how Seasons 52 has a piano man in the middle of their bar. Pay a visit to The Headquarters and check out the jail cell. Take a creative photo with you and a friend. The best picture will win two tickets to an Urban Challenge Downtown with Where You Want to Be Tours. Email it by December 22 to tours@ Marc & Darlynne Menkin are the co-owners of “Where You Want To Be Tours.” Many of their tours and team-building scavenger hunts feature secret Downtown areas. They can be reached at For more info about their walking, bicycle and bus tours of San Diego, visit❖


Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro California Dreams International designer Zandra Rhodes presented her “California Dreams” collection at the Westgate Hotel on Oct. 24, which came directly from London with this year’s palette of black and white. The guests dined around the pool overlooking the San Diego Downtown skyline. International food consultant and cookbook author Jeanne Jones created the luncheon. The show began with a flurry of silk chiffon prints, which Rhodes is famous for. Models, which included CBS 8’s Angie Lee and San Diego 6’s Sabrina Fein, amazed the guests with this California Dreams Collection. The collection’s look was complimented by jewelry by Zandra Rhodes & Andrew Logan, hats by Diana Cavagnaro, make-up by Valerie Vonprisk, and hair by Vicky Lavanty. After the show, guests were allowed backstage to try on the outfits. Proceeds from the fashion show benefit the American Friends of the Zandra Rhodes Museum. For more info visit: Guts Behind the Glamour The Women’s Museum of California opened a new exhibit, “Guts Behind the

Glamour,” with an opening reception on Nov. 15. American cinema exuded glamour with all of the iconic screen stars during the 1930s and 40s, such as Hedy Lamarr, Greta Garbo, and Norma Shearer. This exhibit is a mar velous example of this Hollywood period, featuring clothing, hats, gloves, furs, and hundreds of compacts. There are many wonderful fashion illustrations on display by Edith Head. Head was one of the world’s greatest costume designers and was known for introducing new silhouettes with her fashion designs. Other women who influenced glamour of the age were Elizabeth Arden who was an entrepreneur in cosmetics and Red Door spas. Hattie Carnegie was a milliner originally and is credited as the creator of “ready to wear.” Madam C.J. Walker began with a preparation for hair and is regarded as the first female self-made millionaire in America. Helena Rubenstein is known for her advances in beauty care. This exhibit answers the question: Does glamour empower women? See this exhibit at Liberty Station through Feb. 2 and come to your own conclusion. For more information call 619-239-4287. A New Headquarters in Town The Headquarters at Seaport District held their grand opening celebration on Nov. 17. This premier retail, dining and entertainment destination is located in the Old Police Headquarters. Terramar Retail Centers are the developers of this exciting property and there are many new stylish boutiques that fashionistas can find here. Some of the standouts: Kitson

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isa trendy hotspot with edgy designs. The original store opened on Robertson Boulevard in LA and is known for its frequent visits from celebrities. Madison is a luxur y boutique with beautiful leather and luggage. Verde is a “retail with a conscience” store featuring products and accessories that are recycled, upcycled, repurposed and sustainable. Urban Beach House has seaside chic accessories and gifts. Life is Good is a “Good Neighbor Store” and has positive messaging on their merchandize. Lolo by the Sea has unique clothing and accessories. I just love Simply Local Emporium. This store houses over 50 locally owned businesses and 85 percent of the merchandize is locally made. Built in 1939 The Headquarters was added to the National Register of Historic Places. This was the first police facility to have all police operations under one roof. The building resembles an Old Spanish fortress and the landscaping for the Urban Park features native and indigindig enous vegetation. For a treat visit these shops and restaurants at 789 W. Harbor Dr., Downtown. Upcoming Events Dec. 5 – An evening of Louis Vuitton: Fashion Week Trends with FGI San Diego and Neiman Marcus from 6 – 9 Fash p.m. at Neiman Marcus Fashion Valley. More info: events/703495102993822/ Dec. 6 – “Christmas Tree Lane”: Presented by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, with a fashion show produced by the Cali Gretchen Productions at the California Center for the Arts in EsconEscon dido. The one-day event celebrates the holiday season as only the Boys & Girls Clubs can do. The theme for the afternoon will be “Vintage Glam Wonderland” and feature a boutique and fashion show.

(above) Models show off the black & white collection at California Dreams; (below) Sabrina Fein from Channel 6 (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro) Through Feb. 2, 2014 – Guts Behind the Glamour: The Women’s Museum of California presents a new exhibit Guts Behind the Glamour. The exhibit located in Liberty Stations will run until Februar y 2, closed Mondays & Tuesdays. For more info, call 619-233-7963. Diana Cavagnaro is a nationally recognized hat designer and milliner, and has been in the fashion business for 30 years. The last 20 of those years she’s operated her business from Downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quar ter, while moonlighting in the Fashion depar tment at San Diego Mesa College. She can be reached at ❖


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