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In the last decade, San Diego has become increasingly known for its male-dominated craft beer culture, currently residing at No. 2 on Thrillist’s Best Beer Cities in America. Several local brewers have since expanded their ventures into the craft distillery world — offering their take on various spirit varietals — and at least one has migrated to spirits altogether. There are a number of standalone craft distilleries throughout San Diego County as well, but none is more intriguing than You & Yours Distilling Co., a boutique urban distillery that popped up in East Village at the corner of G and 15th streets in March. With a welcoming and expansive tasting room and clever, wellthought-out cocktail menu, the proof is in its three years of planning. Current offerings in its “flagship” line of spirits are Y & Y Vodka and Sunday Gin, with a seasonal Winter

Sunday Gin to be unveiled in a soft release on Dec. 6. The founder and co-owner of You & Yours is 25-year-old Laura Johnson, a Texas native who after less than a year of operation has already landed herself a spot on Forbes’ coveted “30 Under 30” list for 2018, which was announced Nov. 14. Johnson arrived in America’s Finest City seven years ago by way of University of San Diego (USD), but becoming a San Diego resident was not her original intention. She had applied to the University of Southern California, which she was “dead-set on” attending, with USD as a back-up. While she liked the campus, USD’s small Catholicbased environment was “exactly the opposite” of what she had envisioned for herself, but when she didn’t get accepted to USC, she decided to enroll at USD and reapply; hoping to transfer to Los Angeles for her sophomore year. When that moment

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Laura Johnson, owner of a new boutique distillery in East Village, stands in front of her custom still. (Courtesy You & Yours Distilling Co.)

A rebirth in Bankers Hill

A trip to little Havana

Longtime Downtown shopkeeper continues his clothing business By Dave Fidlin


Ron Ford thought the holiday season of 2016 would be his final one working in retail. But fate had other plans for Ford, a longtime business owner who has operated men’s clothier Ron Stuart in San Diego for the past three and a half decades. A year ago, Ford was ushering in the holidays by holding a liquidation sale at his shop at 225 W. A St. It was the third location in 30 years for his venerable Downtown-based business.

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Ron Ford, proprietor of Ron Stuart Men’s Clothing, stands with suits inside his former shop, located at 225 W. A St. (Photo by SDCNN)

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A look to the past to shape the future New Chicano Park mural will honor the spirit of local indigenous people By Dave Schwab A new work of art by a native El Salvadoran muralist, with the help of local artists, will soon join the other iconic murals of Chicano Park; but this one will epitomize the cultural and historical spirit of indigenous people. The new mural will emerge in the spring of 2018, next to the Chicano Park Herb Garden, located at 2060 Logan Ave. in Barrio Logan. Thanks to the cooperation of the Chicano Park Steering Committee (CPSC), the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) and Barrio Logan residents participating in community brainstorming workshops, the mural-to-be will express the collective will of the people and the neighborhood. “What we’re trying to do here is create a community mural that has a long view, with elements designed by MexicanAmerican residents really thinking of this neighborhood before it became part of San Diego,” said Jorge Gonzalez, a Barrio Logan organizer and EHC member. “Existing Chicano Park murals remind us that we live in a place of cultural and historical significance. Keeping that in our hearts, the community feels ready to add another mural — one that represents a healthy chapter for Barrio Logan and our people who live here.” EHC is a grassroots group that since 1980, has been campaigning against the unjust consequences of toxic pollution, discriminatory land use and unsustainable energy policies. Of the 70 or so hand-painted murals already gracing Chicano Park, Gonzalez pointed out that none of them depict early Kumeyaay history. “This mural will do that for the first time,” he said, adding it will complement the park’s artistic and cultural mix. He further described it as being “very educational” and “a piece of history.” Initial discussions for a collective mural began at community meetings in the fall of 2016. EHC retained neighborhood artist Alicia Maria Siu and students from the Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) to collaborate and bring the project to life. At a series of local workshops, more than 70 neighbors contributed ideas to guide the unfolding of the mural concept. The community described the mural-to-be as an empowering memoir of past visionaries mixed with its vision for the future of the neighborhood. After more than a year of collaboration, the CPSC approved the mural’s design on Oct. 29. With this approval, the team of local artists can now begin blending the new concept with the unfinished, existing mural that currently resides on the wall. “We want a tall, proud and community-curated mural that inspires the next generation in

A sneak peek at the artwork proposed for the new mural representing indigenous people in Chicano Park. (Courtesy Jorge Gonzalez, Environmental Health Coalition)

Barrio Logan to continue the legacy of those that fought for a healthy neighborhood before us,” said Panchito Martinez, a Barrio Logan resident, BLCI student and mural participant. “Art has always been our community’s way of healing and it’s also our way to capture our community’s vision for the future.” Siu was chosen to do the new public art project because of her stylized impressionistic and thematic approaches to mural painting. “My art expresses the vitality, strength and tenacity of Indigenous peoples, all those who share the vision of a healthy Mother Earth,” Siu said. “With art, I offer visual affirmations of our inherent rights as caretakers of this earth. I offer visual remedies from attempted termination, war, displacement and the resulting traumas.” Noting she’s never been involved in painting a mural with a theme that has had so much public involvement, Siu noted the “skeleton of the imagery” for the new art project will come from “the prophetic story of the good snake and bad snake.” “The bad snake creates havoc and is a metaphor for climate change,” she said. “The snakes [will] tell an intergenerational story within the mural [about] passing traditional knowledge on to the next generation.” Siu said she selected the best elements from the ideas presented by Barrio Logan residents at each of the mural workshops. “The challenge for me as an artist is to incorporate most of what people said into the mural; to make sure that everything was included,” she said, adding that some of the suggestions that came out of the workshop were more literal, while others more symbolic in nature. Funding for the mural is being provided by the Barrio Logan Maintenance Assessment District; Barrio Logan College Institute; the city of San Diego’s City Council Community Projects, Programs, and Services; and the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative. A sneak peek of the mural’s design will be unveiled by the

artist to the Barrio Logan community on Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 5–7 p.m. in the second floor community room of the Estrella del Mercado Apartments, located at 1985 National Ave., near Chicano Park. For more information on the Chicano Park Steering Committee, visit chicano-park. com. To learn more about environmental justice in Barrio Logan visit —Dave Schwab can be reached at



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Taking a loop in a Tesla Morgan M. Hurley | Editor [Editor’s note: This is the first in a series as we follow the progress of this start-up.] I’m a daily user of public transportation, I make great use of the Lyft app on my phone and I take Amtrak north to Los Angeles on a regular basis. So when I recently became aware through Facebook of a new long-distance ride-sharing service made available to San Diegans called Tesloop, I was intrigued. I read that Tesloop could take me from San Diego to LAX for less money and much more convenience than a regional plane and that it could take me to destinations north over the upcoming holidays while I slept, relaxed or continued to work. What got me even more excited was that the Tesloop ride-share service was using Tesla vehicles, so I immediately reached out to find out more. If you don’t know what a Tesla is, or you’ve never heard of its founder, Elon Musk, you need to start paying closer attention. Teslas are the cars of the future, but they are here right now. Autonomous vehicles can navigate and drive themselves without human input. Tesla vehicles are semi-autonomous, meaning that while they still require a human at the wheel, they can

perform certain functions on their own, like changing lanes, slowing down or accelerating in traffic and keeping cars around them a specific distance away. It is the direction we are going, for sure, and Tesla is one of the first automotive manufacturers to go full bore in that direction. They have three models: Model S (sedan), Model X (SUV) and the newly released Model 3 (a very small sedan). Teslas are all-wheel-drive and all-electric, and have a huge 17-inch LCD pad-style computer mounted on the dash; it literally updates just like your iPhone does. Their driving range is approximately 250 miles on one charge and they have a supercharger network that is quite impressive. I got my first ride in a Tesla about six months ago; Bob Nelson, former San Diego port commissioner and a member of our local LGBT community, gave me a ride home in his Model S. I was immediately enamored with the technology but it is well beyond my reach. Enter Tesloop. Founded two years ago in Los Angeles by 18-year-old Haydn Sonnad — yes, 18 — Tesloop does more than just give people rides between destinations; it gives Tesla or other sustainable vehicle enthusiasts an up-closeand-personal view of these incredible cars of the future.


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“Ruby,” the red Tesla Model X, is one of two in Tesloop’s San Diego Fleet. (Photos by Morgan M. Hurley) It is important to note that Tesloop’s only association with Tesla is that they buy and use their cars for their ride-sharing service. They currently have an eight-vehicle fleet of Model X vehicles, with more to come. Tesla’s website calls the Model X the “safest, quickest, most capable sport utility vehicle in history.” San Diego Tesloop currently has two Model X cars, which at the hands of their “pilots,” do four roundtrip routes to Los Angeles per day. Each vehicle has a total of six seats built in; however, only four are sold per trip. Obviously, the driver takes up one of those seats and an additional seat in the back is left down to accommodate luggage. Speaking of luggage, you can really only take something the size of a carry-on in addition to your personal bag, so plan accordingly. Due to the number of miles the cars rack up going back and forth between Los Angeles and San Diego, Tesloop is able to share valuable information with Tesla, like the vehicles’ interaction — with other cars and as well as their pilots — and data acquired about how the cars operate under various road conditions under such high mileage. As far as I’m concerned, it is a great marketing arrangement because once you get into one of these cars, you’re going to want one.

Sonnad originally started Tesloop with a Los Angeles to Las Vegas route, which first began with friends and then friends of friends who wanted to travel back and forth to Vegas. That “loop” was put on hiatus in April 2017, but may eventually return. Current “loops” are San Diego to Orange County, San Diego to Los Angeles, and Los Angeles to Palm Springs. Future routes identified on their website as potential expansion cities and/or loops are Santa Barbara, Sacramento, San Francisco, Phoenix, Tuscon, Dallas, and San Diego to Palm Springs. Seats cost you $29–$79, and the price is based on day of week, time of day, seats in the car, proximity to holiday, etc., but you’ll not pay over $79. While this service isn’t yet point-to-point, the pick-up locations in San Diego are pretty convenient. I live in Point Loma and my pick up was Old Town. A “concierge” will contact you about an hour before your trip to make sure everything is engaged. Once you arrive at your “pick up” point, you are welcomed by the friendly “pilot,” who knows your name, will take your luggage and open the wing doors for you. Once inside the car, you slide into an extremely comfortable seat, and have access to the following: free WiFi, complimentary healthy snacks and drinks, customized streaming music, head rests/neck pillows, noise cancelling headphones, and USB charging cables. Unlike the many hassles that we encounter these days with plane travel, Tesloop “swoops” you up, plugs you in and lets you settle in for the ride. I took the route to Los Angeles and back in the front seat of “Ruby,” the red Model X in their San Diego fleet. My pick-up point was the Hilton Garden Inn in Old Town, then we picked up two other individual riders in La Jolla. “Deuxy,” Tesloop’s black Model X in the San Michael, our driver, Diego fleet, showing three rows of seats spared no time in explainand a nearly full complement of luggage. ing the vehicle and its

capabilities to us. He said his two interests are sustainable technologies and finance, and those meshed together so well here, he recently walked away from his job as a bank relationship manager to be a pilot for Tesloop. Once the other two riders were settled in, we all participated in a Skype call with the concierge, Myles, who welcomed us and gave us some safety information and guidelines. He mentioned the car’s five-star rating in every category, its eight surround cameras giving the vehicle 360-degree vision, thanked us for traveling green and let us know we were saving 150 pounds of carbon emission with our one-way trip. There is an emphasis in safety, but then these are the safest cars on the road. My ride to LA was a non-stop social experience, as there was so much to see and get involved in from the front seat, and our driver was very engaging. My return trip was an LAX pickup, and I had been reserved a middle seat this time, to experience that aspect of the ride. For this route, I was on my computer and using the noise-canceling headphones the entire time, which made it a completely different experience than the one where I was engaging with the driver and the riders most of the trip. Both trips were enjoyable, however, for different reasons. While they’ve only been in San Diego since the spring, but earlier this year, Tesloop was already given the Global Citizenship Award from the United Nations Association of San Diego, located in Balboa Park, for their work to combat climate change. There is so much more to tell about this company and experience, that I’ve decided to make this a series. If you are interested in taking your own Tesloop trip based on what I’ve told you so far, visit and get started planning your holiday travel. I can’t wait to try it again. —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at morgan@sdcnn. com.v


REBIRTH Ford cited a litany of reasons at the time for closing his doors, including changes in men’s fashion and the retail industry as a whole. He said he also wanted to slow down and enjoy retirement. As he was in the process of shuttering, however, a new opportunity arose — one the 77-year-old businessman said was too good to pass up. In February, after a very brief respite, Ford resurrected Ron Stuart Men’s Clothing — this time in a smaller space, at 2410 First Ave., in nearby Bankers Hill. “I’ve been blessed with good health and it’s three minutes from my house,” Ford said, pointing to one of the primary reasons he decided to continue on with his professional pursuits. Business, Ford said, is about 40 percent of what it was when he operated Downtown, which is a figure he is content with because of low overhead. “I’m probably just as profitable as I was before because I don’t have as much in the way of expenses,” Ford said. Ron Stuart’s newest location has a story unto itself. The deep-rooted old Victorian dwelling was once used as a two-story carriage house. The second story of the building, where the clothier is now located, was once purposed as a hayloft. Almost serendipitously, the home was on the market

around the time Ford was winding down operations at his A Street location. “When I first saw it, I thought to myself, ‘This is just a beautiful place,’” Ford said. A year ago, Ford bemoaned changes in menswear — shifts that meant fewer men were wearing traditional suits and more were dressing down in the professional workplace. “But menswear is evolving,” he said. “Things might be changing, but men are still going to wear clothes.” The mixed-use Bakers Hill property, which still serves as a residence on the first floor, perfectly suited what Ford said he envisioned for the future of Ron Stuart. His new business operates in a much smaller footprint than ever before. “It’s more of a showroom now,” Ford said of his tweaked business plan. “This space gives me the chance to offer more of a personal experience. It’s worked out very well.” Logistically, it is also within five blocks to a number of locales, including Balboa Park and his old perch Downtown. When asked how the customer reception has been at his new location, Ford said business has been steady and that word of mouth has been the primary driver of business in the past 10 months. “I don’t even have anything in my windows,” Ford mused, adding that he has to respect the historic integrity of the building. “I have to be very specific when I tell people how to get here.” In a way, Ford said the current scenario harkens back to

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his earliest days in business, when he co-ran Ron Stuart with his then-business partner, Stuart Schlesinger, in Los Angeles. “We didn’t have any signs back then either,” Ford said. “We even had a locked gate. But we made it work.” Ford and Schlesinger incorporated Ron Stuart into a business in 1974 in Los Angeles and opened a San Diego location seven years later. Eventually, Ford went solo with the business, though Schlesinger’s name has remained part of it ever since. Ron Stuart Men’s Clothing maintained a presence in both cities for more than a decade, though Ford said he made a decision to leave Los Angeles in 1992 — the same time as the riots took place in the heart of the city — and focus his time and energy on the San Diego market. Over the years, Ford said San Diego has always been a place where he has enjoyed running a business. “I’m very happy,” Ford said, as he looked back at how the past year has turned out. “I still meet with nice, loyal followers. It’s really a pleasure.” For more on Ron Stuart’s new location, visit his website,, or contact Ford at 619-232-8850 or —Dave Fidlin is a freelance journalist with a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.fidlin@

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OPINION Letters Support for local farmers

[Ref: “Guest editorial: Meet a farmer. Eat a tomato. Help your community.,” Vol. 18, Issue 11, or online at bit. ly/2Bi0loX.]

Guest Editorial

Making your donation count: 10 tips for holiday giving By Paul Downey The air is chilly. You’re humming holiday songs. You’re calculating how much vacation time you’ve accrued. The holiday season has arrived! Amid the festivities, it’s time to decide on endof-year donations; but in today’s segmented world, with countless charities for every cause, how do you pick the right one? For starters, look for groups with strong leadership who operate by a mission that matches your passions or beliefs, and of course make sure your charity of choice is fiscally responsible, ethical and effective. How do you know if your charity of choice is effective? Ideally, 85 cents of every dollar raised should go directly to programs and services of the charitable organization. Review the organization’s administrative costs and make sure you’re comfortable with what they spend on operational expenses, salaries and fundraising. Here are 10 additional tips for smart holiday giving:


1. Verify that the charity is legitimate. Identify the correct name of the charity; many scammers establish fake charities with names that sound similar to real organizations’ names. Consult the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator and GuideStar. Also look for audits, annual reports and 990 tax forms on the charity’s website. 2. Ask for a tour. A reputable charity will happily show you around and answer your questions. 3. Sign up for updates. Email updates will inform donors how gifts

were used and what outcomes were achieved with the donated funds. 4. Protect your bank account and social security numbers. Charities don’t need this information to process your gift. 5. Take immediate action if you suspect you’ve been affected by fraud. Call your bank and credit card companies and freeze your accounts. They’ll work with you to resolve your situation.


1. Donate in response to a hard sell. Don’t respond to anyone who says you “must” donate today or offers to pick up a check. A reputable charity will accept a gift today, next week, next month or even next year, and won’t pressure you. 2. Make an online donation using a public wireless network. Use a password-protected network and verify that the donation page is secure: look for “https” in the URL and trust seals on the page. Before entering any personal info, double-check that you’ve typed the URL correctly. If you click on an email link from a trusted sender, double-check that you’ve arrived at the organization’s real website. 3. Use your debit card, send cash or wire funds. If fraud is committed against your credit card, you can dispute the charges. If fraud is committed against your debit card, the funds are much harder to retrieve. 4. Give to “pop up” charities. Don’t respond to on-the-spot donation requests from people in front of stores, even if

they tell you that you’re helping people affected by natural disasters or recent tragedies. If the cause piques your interest, do some research. If the charity is legitimate, you’ll be able to mail a check or donate securely online. 5. Give any personal info over the phone or to door-to-door solicitors. Caller identification is easy for scammers to fake; even if they appear to be calling from a real charity, it’s not necessarily true. As with “pop up” charities, if the organization sounds like one you’d like to support, do some research first. You have a finite amount of hard-earned dollars that you can afford to donate and you want those dollars to make the greatest impact possible. Trust your instincts and don’t be afraid to ask for clarification on statistics, details on tangible impacts and client stories or testimonials. Even if privacy or anonymity must be maintained, a reputable charity will have anecdotes that are “safe” for sharing. Bottom line: you’re giving away your hardearned money for something you believe in. You decide where and when it goes. Charities that are worth donating to respect and appreciate this and will respect and appreciate you. —Paul Downey is the president and CEO of Serving Seniors, a nonprofit agency dedicated for more than 45 years to increasing the quality of life for San Diego seniors living in poverty. Learn more at servingseniors. org.v

I saw your article on “Meet a farmer. Eat a tomato. Help your community.” I would like to introduce myself. I am the proud, hardworking owner of a new fast-healthy-food restaurant in Downtown San Diego. It is called Grabbagreen and it is located in the Westgate Hotel at 222 Broadway. We have been open for six weeks and are working hard to let Downtown workers and residents know there is nice healthy food, and a juice and smoothie option in the area now. [The topic of the guest editorial] is right in line with what we believe in. We support local farmers through our restaurant. As a new restaurant Downtown, we have some challenges to differentiate ourself from other restaurants. However, it is more difficult to convince people they are worth eating healthy … old habits are hard to change. I would like to get the word out that we offer a fast-healthy food option and that our valued guests are worth this type of food.To learn more, find us at, or on social media, follow us on or Instagram at Grabbagreenca23. —Greg Ferrell, via email

Issa’s performance report

[Ref: “Congressional Watch: A kindler and gentler Issa,” Vol. 18, Issue 11, or online at] What a clear, focused, informative, valid and useful article. I have shared it with colleagues and hope that it gets broad readership. Being in the 49th Congressional District, I see a continuous decline in support for Mr. Issa. How he can face constituents after supporting removing state and local deductions and other tax measures that support the middle class? We’re protesting in front of his Vista office every Tuesday morning letting him know that his antics are putting him out of office. On Thursdays, we’re protesting in Encinitas. We need a Congress member who will represent our values, not our corporations. —Ed McFadd, via website

Knuckles to ‘the knuckle’

[Ref: “El Nudillo, the knuckle,” Vol. 18, Issue 10, or online at bit. ly/2zsGqTv.] No. No. No. We need to spend money on saving the souls who are perishing on our streets and making housing more affordable. And nothing else until this crisis is solved. We

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Imagine … Notes from Toni Toni G. Atkins As we get ready to flip the page to a new calendar year, December is a good time to pause — whenever we can between the hustle and the bustle of the holiday season — and reflect on the year behind us and think ahead to the one coming around the corner. I like to reset and remind myself of the core values that guide me through life and set the foundation for my policy priorities. More than anything else, 2017 was a contradiction. While much of the news coming out of Washington, D.C., was disconcerting, California had an exceptional year. We passed the most forward-thinking budget during my time in the Legislature and we approved major housing, climate-change, transportation, and parks and water legislation. On the personal front, the governor signed all 12 of the bills I sent him, highlighted by my bill to create a permanent funding source for affordable housing (SB 2), my landmark bill that requires the state to officially recognize non-binary residents for who they are (SB 179), and my bill to help prosecutors get sex traffickers off the street before they victimize others (SB 230). My remaining bills address everything from protecting the San Diego River to making important juvenile-justice, health care, and labor reforms. I am extremely pleased. Since the 2017 session ended in September, I have been reconnecting with the communities in my district — hearing their concerns and updating them on what’s been happening in Sacramento — and beginning to plan my agenda for 2018. And as I work with my staff on a number of ideas, I am remaining mindful of the core values that compelled me to public service in the first place. I’ll never forget the advice my college mentor, Steve Fisher, gave me: “Imagine the world you want to live in and then work to create it.” The world I imagine looks something like this: Families live in safe, supportive, diverse communities that are close to good-paying jobs and free of pollution, with adequate housing at all levels of income and transit options

for those who need or want to commute without a car. These good-paying jobs are provided by companies that respect and nurture their employees and create a healthy work environment, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s good for business. We help the small businesses that power our economy and contribute to the vibrant and unique character of our communities. Everyone has a basic right and access to affordable health care, where both cost-reducing primary and preventative care is prioritized. No one is at risk of losing everything just because they get sick. Our public schools operate on a level playing field. Our teachers are treated like the heroes they are — and are paid accordingly. And our topnotch system of higher education is affordable and accessible to all high-school students, regardless of income. Neighborhood, regional, and state parks and natural places are abundant and accessible to everyone, because we understand the power that nature has in recharging our batteries and giving us perspective. Arts and culture are emphasized because we understand their power to enrich our souls and challenge our minds. In those rare times when someone among us runs afoul of the law, our colorblind and income-indifferent justice system focuses as much on rehabilitation as punishment. When that person emerges from incarceration, we do everything we can to make sure they are prepared for successful re-entry to society so that they are not incentivized to reoffend. There is less reliance on safety-net services, but when someone is struggling, we’re there to help them with rapid rehousing and access to healthful foods, child care and job training. Everyone is treated with kindness, respect, dignity and equality, regardless of income, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. To say this is easier said than done is putting it mildly, but when we shoot for something, we should always aim high. Whatever unfolds in 2018, these are the outcomes I’ll be shooting for. Until then, I wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. —Toni G. Atkins represents the 39th District in the California Senate. Follow her on Twitter @SenToniAtkins.v

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Taxes and the internet Congressional Watch Andy Cohen 2017 has been, to say the least, a very strange year for American politics and governance. Republicans have complete control of the federal government, with majorities in the House of Representatives, the Senate, and control of the White House. Despite that fact, and despite the fact that Republican politicians campaigned in 2016 touting that a unified Republican government would lead to a bonanza of legislative accomplishments that would “make America great again,” Congress and the Trump administration have exactly zero major accomplishments after almost a full year in power. They are desperate and looking for something, anything, they can hang their “MAGA” hats on to show voters they deserve to remain in power beyond 2018. The mountain they’ve chosen to make their last best stand before the start of the 2018 election cycle is tax “reform.” Yet the bill that passed in the House and the one being considered in the Senate have very little, if anything, to do with reform. Every credible analysis has determined that, if passed, the result would be a massive tax cut for corporations and the very wealthy, and a tax increase on at least half of middle class and the poor. It is truly a steal from the poor to give to the rich scenario, even according to the Congressional Budget Office. As an added bonus, 37 of 38 well-respected economists — surveyed by the University of Chicago’s Initiative on Global Markets — determined that the tax plans being considered by Congress would cause the U.S. debt to increase “substantially faster than the U.S. economy.” The 38th economist, from Stanford, later acknowledged he had made a mistake and agreed with the others. Included in the Senate bill is a provision that would strip the individual mandate from the Affordable Care Act in order to make the numbers work, which experts say will cause health insurance premiums to skyrocket. Last month, as chronicled in this column, Darrell Issa (R-49) mounted an attack on California Governor Jerry Brown, as well as California voters, for the state’s status as a “high tax state,” seemingly voicing grudging support for

the House tax bill despite the negative affects it would have on California taxpayers. But when the bill came to a vote, Issa did an about face and voted “no,” one of only 13 Republicans to do so. Before whining about high state taxes, Issa said in a press release “I didn’t come to Washington to raise taxes on my constituents and I do not plan to start today. It’s disappointing that the bill approved today will not provide the same tax relief to Californians as it does to the rest of the nation.” Scott Peters (D-52) did not mince words in his opposition to the Republican tax bill. “This tax plan is irresponsible, counterproductive, unsustainable and anti-growth, because increasing the national debt hurts the economy,” he said. Peters also noted that the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimated that by 2028 the cost of this tax cut bill will exceed 100 percent of the nation’s GDP.

Susan Davis (D-53) was not much kinder. “The House Republican Tax Bill shortchanges the middle class in favor of corporate special interests, raising taxes on millions of working families and exploding our national debt by $1.5 trillion,” she said. Davis also pointed out that the tax plan was hatched behind closed doors, with Democrats completely shut out of the process and insisted that there are better ways to grow the economy “rather than the time-worn failure of trickle-down economics which is a ‘trickle’ for the many and a ‘waterfall’ for the few.” And then there was Juan Vargas (D-50): “House Republicans passed a tax proposal that raises taxes on millions of working Americans to pay for tax cuts for the rich and corporations,” he said. “The Republican tax scam eliminates key deductions for families, students, veterans and seniors. Working families in my district will see their


taxes increase with the elimination of essential deductions, including the personal exemption deduction, the student loan interest deduction, the medical expense deduction and even the educator expense deduction.” The only member of the San Diego Congressional delegation to vote “yes” on the plan was Duncan Hunter (R-50), who sang the bill’s praises. “This has been long overdue. I cannot think of a more important action we can take to invest in our economy, create jobs and promote business growth than cutting taxes for American workers and reforming a broken code.” Also coming down the pike is the FCC’s repeal of the Obama administration’s rules referred to as “net neutrality,” that guarantee an open, unrestricted internet. Instead, Trump’s FCC wants to allow internet service providers (ISPs) to decide what we have access to and how fast access speeds will be for certain content. It will allow ISPs to favor content that they own, while throttling down or outright blocking access to websites of their choosing. In 2014 and again in 2015, Scott Peters introduced legislation that would make permanent the rules that guarantee a free and open exchange of ideas via the internet. “Strong net neutrality protections must be in place to maintain a truly open and free internet,” Peters said in a press statement. “The changes announced by [FCC] Chairman Pai would undermine protections that level the playing field for consumers and small businesses.” Rep. Peters believes “Congress should do its job and make net neutrality the rule of law, not subject to the whims of whomever is the most recently appointed FCC chair,” said a spokesperson for Peters via email. Back in 2015, when the current neutrality rules were installed, Rep. Issa blasted the policy, insisting that it would stifle future innovation. In fact, the opposite is true: Maintaining an open internet, where ISPs cannot determine what content consumers have access to, is vital to innovation. Giving ISPs control over what content we see will lead to less innovation due to a lack of access. Issa, you may recall, also voted in favor of a bill in April that allows ISPs to sell information on what websites their customers visit, including online purchases they’ve made. —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at

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A family-run taco establishment that stays open past 2 a.m. on the weekends recently opened in the East Village. It’s called Fuego, which chef-manager Chris Luciano says focuses on high-quality meats such as filet mignon and short ribs. Those, along with shrimp and other proteins, end up in tacos, burritos and quesadillas using hand-made tortillas. “We also toast our cheese and sell carne asada chips, which are a fancy spin on nachos,” A new taco shop with gourmet flair he said, adding that the eatery opened in the space (Courtesy Fuego) that previously housed J Wok and just received a and nearly two dozen types of full liquor license. beer are currently available. A cocktail menu is still 744 Market St., 619-795-7887, in the works, although wine Renovations have temporarily closed Don Chido in the Gaslamp Quarter as the owners give the colorful Mexican restaurant an interior makeover, which is scheduled to beNINE-TEN completed early October and November Ad.pdf next year. Its promoters say

the changes will give patrons “an elevated lounge experience with music and dancing” as well as a larger selection of agave spirits. Upgrades to the food menu are also in the works. 527 Fifth 1 10/02/2017 1:33:51 PM Ave., 619232-8226,


Wine and cotton candy mingle for a day at a popular restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter. (Photo by Leyla Javadov) For those who actually observe little-known food holidays, National Cotton Candy Day on Dec. 7 will be recognized at Café 21 in the Gaslamp Quarter with an offer called “vino on a cloud.”

When purchasing bottles of moscato, champagne, prosecco, cava or rosè, guests will receive wine glasses topped with cotton candy made in-house. The bottles range from $25 to $38.

Salmon candy? It’s one of the hard-to-find seafood treats you’ll find at Fishmonger’s Market & Seafood, which held its grand opening Nov. 26 in the Middletown space it shares with Fifty Seven Degrees wine and beer bar. The salmon candy, made commonly by Indian tribes in the Northwest and Alaska, is prepared onsite using maple syrup and brown sugar. The six-day process involves

marinating strips of the fish before they’re smoked and then airdried. They sell for $39 per pound. Other fresh seafood available in the display case includes Dungeness crab from the Bay Area, wild jumbo shrimp from Ecuador and Canadian baccala. The market-restaurant is the brainchild of Frank Terzoli (a.k.a. Frankie the Celebrity chef Frank Terzoli is making salmon Bull), who gained nacandy at his new seafood market and restaurant tional celebrity after (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) competing on such television shows as Top Chef, Cutthroat Kitchen Hancock St., 619-756-7345, and Man vs. Child. 1735 Herb & Eatery’s recently introduced “pizza parlor menu” gives diners in Little Italy some alternative wood-fired pie choices, provided they visit the culinary market between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. on any day. The “fun guy” pizza features wild mushrooms, truffle goat cheese, garlic confit and arugula. There’s also the “say cheese,” topped with four different curds and crispy garlic. And for those who embrace pineapple on their pizza, “the luau” combines the fruit with buttery taleggio cheese, habanero peppers, red onions and speck. The pizzas range from $15 to $18 each. 2210 Kettner Blvd., 619-794-2790, A modern Chinese restaurant named Monkey King has opened in the Gaslamp Quarter to the tune of handcrafted cocktails, boozy punch bowls and dishes, such as Hong Kong-style drunken lobster and Peking duck chow fun. The venture was launched by a small group of local entrepreneurs who named the restaurant after an illegal gambling house that operated in San Diego’s Chinatown in the late 1800s.

The restaurant, which uses locally grown organic ingredients in its food and cocktails, also has a location at 2736 Adams Ave. in University Heights. 802 Fifth Ave., 619795-0721,

The luau from Herb & Eatery’s new pizza-parlor concept (Courtesy Katalyst Public Relations)

Heading the kitchen is executive chef Brendan Mica, who previously served as chef de cuisine at The Standard High Line in Manhattan. Food will be served until midnight Sunday through Thursday, and until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 467 Fifth Ave., 619-359-8897, —Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at fsabatini@rr.san. com.v



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The mighty Cubano Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. Like chicken emitting its aroma from a rotisserie, there’s something wildly intoxicating about the smell of pork, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles, when layered between two elongated slices of fluffy baguette bread and put into a hot grill press. It’s the tangy scent that greeted us when stepping into Havana 1920, a second-floor restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter belonging to a trilogy of eating and drinking establishments themed to the Roaring ’20s on the same plot of land (El Chingon alongside and Prohibition Liquor Bar underneath). Our noses were hit by Cubano sandwiches in the making, one of many Cubaninspired dishes you mustn’t leave here without trying.

Ropa vieja (shredded beef) served with rice, beans and plantains My best benchmark for the sandwich dates back to those I’ve consumed in Tampa, Florida’s Ybor City district, where some say the construct originated a century ago among Cuban immigrants. Others I’ve tried in San Diego restaurants, of which I'll spare naming, have been disastrous. This was done right, starting with Cuban bread imported from a Miami bakery. The two layers of meat — ham and roasted pork — were of tender, tasty quality. The lightly brined dill pickles were sliced thin and the yellow mustard seeped gently into the melted Swiss. Diced ham dallied with béchamel sauce in a couple of croquetas representing Havana street food. They were like fondue balls. In the same appetizer bowl was a mushroom-spinach-cheese empanada boasting a buttery pastry shell, and a papa rellena de carne involving mashed potatoes, ground beef and bell peppers rolled into a sphere and fried to a golden crisp. All were rich and excellent, and the menu allows you to order them individually. Leading to the rear bar stocked with numerous types of rum are displays of precious

Cuban memorabilia such as society magazines from the 1920s, old Havana telephone directories and original mini Bacardi rum bottles.

Caribbeanstyle salad with grilled pineapple, and a few other sandwiches featuring one named after Cuban socialite Elena Ruz. An accurately That captures turkey, constructed cream cheese and Cubano sandwich strawberries on a sweet Cuban roll. We were particuA playlist of larly lured by a pleasing appeCuban music (until live music tizer of jumbo shrimp in garlic starts later in the evening) and white wine as well as two is played at a comfortable classic entrees: lechon asado volume. And swift waiters (marinated pulled pork) and donning guayabera shirts and ropa vieja (shredded beef with slinging minty mojitos made peppers and onions in thick towith fresh-squeezed sugarcane mato sauce). Both of the main courses came with moist white rice and black beans cloaked in a savory non-spicy liquid. The flavors of onions, cumin and black pepper emerged from the pork, which tasted similar to carnitas but herbier. The beef in comparison was much sweeter, due to the cooked-down tomato sauce and possibly some sherry in the recipe. Having never been to Cuba, I can’t vouch whether either dish comes close to the real deal. But we were smitten nonetheless by their moderate depth of flavor. adds a lively, cultural feel to We skipped dessert (flan, the place. mango sorbet or guava-banana The goal of Havana 1920, turnovers) in lieu of nurslaunched a couple months ago ing our mojitos as well as a by GBOD Hospitality Group, “Painkiller” made was to bring Hemingway’s Cuba with Pusser’s British back to life. But that’s perhaps a Navy Rum and ravtall order in the absence of cigar ishing house-made smoking and tropical heat. coconut cream The effort is infused with pinenonetheless apple juice.

The bar stocks more than 100 different rums, many from Caribbean locales (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

With Cuban food in short supply locally, the restaurant gives consumers a slightly broader understanding of the nuances and intricacies behind this celebrated cuisine, not to mention a damn good Cubano sandwich. Despite the fleeting bars and restaurants that have breezed through this address and others around it over the past decade, I have a hunch Havana 1920 might show some longevity. Note: Live Cuban-Caribbean music is held seven nights a week, starting at 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and at 8:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays.

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DISTILLING rolled around a year later, however, things had changed. “No. I’m exactly where I need to be,” Johnson said she told herself. “I love USD. I love San Diego. Everything happens for a reason.”

How she got here

Johnson’s journey into distilling is an interesting one and to say that she has a flair for what she is doing here in East Village is an understatement. Always drawn to the allure of cocktails and spirits rather than beer and wine as a precocious teenager, Johnson said looking back, it was a post-high school graduation trip to Cuba with her father and a behindthe-scenes tour of the Havana Club distillery that became the “catalyst” for the path she is on today. During her college years, she began to take in distilleries on every road trip and getaway she could, but wasn’t thinking about its place in her future. “It was something I knew that I loved, but I didn’t really know what it meant,” Johnson said. “I didn’t see it as a passion yet.” After she graduated with a degree in international business and economics from

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USD in 2014, she traveled to Washington state for a oneweek course on distilling, and it suddenly all became clear. For the next nine months, she said went through a “rabbit hole” of distillery education; a self-described “dog on a bone,” chewing up as much knowledge as she could. She took courses, workshops, master classes, distillery tours and apprenticeships, immersing herself into what she now knew had become her passion. “I had found something that really got me up in the morning,” she said. “I fell in love with distilling. The creativity side of it was just so intoxicating.” She returned to San Diego, knowing she wanted to get into the industry and eventually have her own concept, but had no idea what the timeline would be. “What I really wanted was more time on a still, actual production experience,” Johnson explained. “I felt like I had great theory and a great grasp of where the industry was, all the different kinds of components — like what it takes to open your own spot, packaging, going to market and distribution — I felt like I had really done my homework, but what I didn’t have was production experience.” Determined, she reached out to every distillery she could find online located up and down the coast. The response was dim, until one came from a member of the newly formed San Diego Distilleries Guild. Johnson showed up at the guild’s very first meeting and introduced herself; then she just kept coming back until her persistence started to pay off and she began to hone relationships. Unfortunately, the odds were against her. No one was taking this educated, motivated, steadfast and able young woman who wanted distillery production experience seriously. “‘Oh, you’re cute,’” Johnson said they told her, symbolically patting her on the head. “‘We have a position in the tasting room or the marketing department.’ It just wasn’t happening.” While many young women would have just accepted one of those positions, sheepishly acknowledging the industry’s patriarchal view of her role and seeing it as a step in the door with a possible promotion later

The tasting room is welcoming and expansive. (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley)

Y&Y Vodka

You & Yours currently offers two craft spirits, Y & Y Vodka and Sunday Gin; the seasonal Winter Sunday Gin will be released Dec. 6. (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley) on, Johnson wasn’t having it. She decided to do it herself. With a business plan already started, a little fundraising experience and myriad connections, she cut out the middle-man and did her own crowdsourcing. She pitched family, friends and the dozens of industry contacts she’d made over the past year and within a month, had the funding she needed. “It felt so good when the money came in,” she said. “Every time I felt that support, it reiterated to me that ‘yes, you can do this. Keep going.’” Johnson said it took approximately three years from the time she finished her business plan to the day she opened the doors of You & Yours — and 14 months of that was spent haggling over the lease. “East Village seemed like a great area; I kind of wanted a little bit of that gritty up-andcoming funk vibe … an industrial diamond-in-the-roughhidden-gem kind of thing,” she said.

The products

“At the same time that I was falling in love with distilling, I was falling in love with gin,” Johnson said. “I knew I wanted gins to be our focus. That’s what gets my creative juices flowing the most.” Vodka was an obvious byproduct because, according to Johnson, “to make gin, you have to make vodka, as gin is essentially just a flavored vodka.” After trying a number of fermentable sugars — corn, potato and grape was her

first blend — she realized the grapes alone offered everything she was looking for. Her spirits are 100 percent Northern California grape-based. She said American vodkas are traditionally corn-based, while French are wheat-based and others are potato-based. Ciroc is another popular vodka on the market that is grape-based. Johnson’s Sunday Gin is her “pride and joy.” “The best way to keep this whole venture authentic was to create something I wanted to drink,” she said. “I was looking for something bright and fresh and modern and juicy and citrus-forward, and that’s exactly what [Sunday Gin] is.” Johnson said the staff “affectionately refers to their Sunday Gin as a “gateway gin,” since many who first come in either don’t care to try gin or have tried it and have had what she calls a “gincident.” “I welcome you to come in and we will facilitate your ‘gintervention,’” she said, laughing. “It is a great entry point if you don’t like gin. If you do like gin you should not mix it with anything, just enjoy it.” Their cocktail program — executed by a five-person staff led by tasting room manager Tom Burnett — is unique in that each cocktail is created with ingredients that highlight the flavor notes of their craft spirits, not mask them or shift the focus to the other ingredients. “Our spirits are what we want to showcase and what we want you to taste,” she said. After spending some time at You & Yours, it is hard to believe Johnson is just 25. Though she is at times chatty and playful, she is also fiercely confident and affirming, with an absolute wealth of knowledge about the industry. It wasn’t surprising to learn that making Forbes’ list was a personal goal. Johnson has also had a hand in every aspect of her business, from raising the capital; choosing the location; designing her own custom still; curating the spirits; conceptualizing the cocktail menu; and designing and outfitting the tasting room. As such, Johnson has truly made You & Yours California’s first destination distillery, just as its website claims. For the curious, she said they do indeed plan to venture into other spirits down the road, but for now, she’s quite content with their offerings.

Nice and floral with notes of apple and pear, with an added creamy vanilla note from the tails. The tails also give it texture; the way it coats your mouth and your pallet is Johnson’s favorite. At 40 percent alcohol by volume, the Y&Y Vodka is easy to drink, approachable and versatile – drink it straight in a martini, on the rocks, with a splash of water, a dabble of sparkling water, with tonic or in a mule, etc. Sparkling water retains the purity of the spirit and the bubbles bring out the other flavor notes.

Sunday Gin

A lot of grapefruit; a little bit of Valencia orange; plenty of juniper there; a little bit of coriander, quite traditional in any style of gin, kinda gives it a little bit of depth and complexity; and then a substantial amount of rose hips, which give it a nice floral quality on the end; and just a bit of fresh mint to brighten it all up. It is definitely what you’d consider an American or a Western style gin; all that really means is that it’s not necessarily juniper forward and definitely not your traditional London dry.

Winter Sunday Gin

Johnson’s take on a London Dry. It’s piney spicy. While seasonal, she said she will continue to make it until she can’t get any more blood oranges. The citrus component is fresh blood orange peel; pink peppercorns; cloves; spruce tips; plenty of juniper; and orris root, which is traditional in a London Dry, offering balance to it all — the orris root “acts like connective tissue.” “I don’t want people to think we are making gin because we are waiting on the whiskey to age,” Johnson said. “We are making gin because this is what we want to make. I never want anyone to think these spirits are an afterthought. This is who we are.” You & Yours Distillery Co. is located at 1495 G St. in East Village. Their operating hours ate Wednesdays through Fridays, 4–10 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, noon-10 p.m. They offer workshops, distillery tours, pairing events and their expansive tasting room is available for holiday parties, office meetings or even private parties. On New Year’s Eve, they can only pour until 10 p.m., but she said it’s a great place to start your evening. To learn more, visit youandyours. com. —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at morgan@sdcnn. com.v

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Proprietor Ron Ford has served the business community — especially those in the legal profession, providing suits, sport coats, and dress slacks, as well as high-scale sportswear — with Ron Stuart’s Men’s Clothing for 36 years. Ron has a large inventory of over 100 items in stock. He can also provide custom suits, coats and dress shirts. His tailor, Joseph LaFata, has worked with Ron for over 30 years. Ron’s main line of clothing is Jack Victor, which uses the fine fabrics from Italy. But he carries other quality sportswear lines, including Stone Rose, Raffi, Thomas Dean, Johnnie-O, Robert Barakett, 34 Heritage, Agave and many more. Check out Ron’s year-round promotions. Convenient parking – located at the Carriage House at 2410 First Ave. in Bankers Hill. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment. San Diego Trading Co. 1680 India St. 92101 San Diego Trading is a leading provider of souvenir goods in the greater San Diego area. Established in 1995, we have since been a key player in the gift, souvenir and tourism market in the Southern California region.

We have a strong commitment to our customers and have made it our goal to provide a great customer experience and some of the highest quality original garments in the market. We currently serve the retail market by operating several retail locations in the major tourist areas of San Diego County; our locations cater to visitors and local customers alike. Our product lines include San Diego apparel, California apparel, and local sports team paraphernalia. Our mission is to succeed in an environment where sales are achieved by exemplifying our core values; we strive to provide high quality and ontime delivery of the most original products to our customers while offering a great experience in our stores. The Old Globe Theatre 1363 Old Globe Way. 92101 619-234-5623 The Old Globe Theatre has been home to the most acclaimed national artists, designers, directors and playwrights in the theater industry. More than 20 productions produced at The Old Globe have gone on to play Broadway and off-Broadway, garnering a total of 13 Tony Awards and numerous nominations. In 1984, The Old Globe was the recipient of the Tony Award for outstanding regional theater, for its contribution to the development of the art form. These awards bring world attention, not only to The Old Globe, but also to San Diego’s rich cultural landscape.

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HOLIDAY GUIDE Located off of El Prado in Balboa Park –– between the San Diego Museum of Art and the Museum of Man — The Old Globe Theatre is proud to present its annual family musical, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” with performances between Nov. 4 and Dec 24. The show is described as a wonderful, whimsical musical, based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back at The Old Globe for its 20th incredible year, this 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 snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Whohash. For more information and tickets, visit our website. AR Workshop 1010 University Ave. Suite C211 San Diego 92103 619-701-6794

Music is the Universal language. It is an art, entertainment, pleasure, and a well documented medicine for the body, mind and soul. Music heals. It has been demonstrated and well documented to relieve pain, reduce the sensation of distress, lower blood pressure, boost immunity, enhance intellilgence, improve memory: Just to name a few of its healing powers.

As a mental health professional in the community, and as a musician, I have formed a band of excellent musicians, to provide a relaxing blend of old jazz standards from the American Songbook. My goal is to provide hours of distraction from the daily stresses of life, and all those difficulties and challenges we all face from day to day. The band is called – STATE OF MIND-and consists of Sticks McGee on the drums, John Telles on the Saxaphone, Jeff Blanco on the bass, my son Aaron Reed on the guitar, and myself, Dr. Carmen Reed, as bandleader and vocalist. We are currently performing each second and fourth Wednesday of every month at the restaurant/ bar- FAST TIMES. It is located at 3065-A Clairemont Drive in San Diego. It is a family friendly establishment owned and well operated by Shawn Lee and Mark Ventimiglia, with a variety of excellent foods at a reasonable price, and a full bar. Come down for a relaxing and enjoyable night and a pleasant state of mind!


AR Workshop is a boutique DIY (do-it-yourself) studio that offers hands-on classes for creating custom and charming home decor from raw materials. Join an instructor-led workshop to make custom wood signs, framed signs, canvas pillows, lazy susans, centerpiece boxes, tote bags and more. AR Workshop will help you take your home decor to the next level and have fun while creating it. Check out the workshop schedule and find a date where your preferred project is offered. You can come alone or invite friends and family to join you. When you book a workshop, you will choose a graphic design from our many options and enter your project information, so we can prepare the needed materials before you arrive. We provide all of the tools, materials, and step-by-step instructions you will need to complete your workshop. Sip your favorite drink and have fun letting your inner “craftinista” shine. Carmen Reed and State of Mind carmenreed As a mental health professional in the community — and a fellow musician — Dr. Carmen Reed has formed a band of excellent musicians to provide a relaxing blend of old jazz standards from the American songbook. The goal is to provide hours of distraction from the daily stresses of life and all of those difficulties and challenges that we all face from day to day. Music heals and has been demonstrated to relieve pain, reduce the sensation of distress, lower blood pressure, boost immunity, enhance intelligence, and improve memory — just to name a few of its healing powers. The band is called “State of Mind” and consists of Sticks McGee on drums, John Telles on saxophone, Jeff Blanco on bass, Aaron Reed on guitar, and Dr. Reed as bandleader and lead vocalist. State of Mind is currently performing each second and fourth Wednesday of every month at the restaurant/bar, Fast Times, located at 3065A Clairemont Drive in San Diego. Fast Times is a family-friendly establishment with excellent food and a full bar, all at a reasonable price. Come down for a relaxing, enjoyable night and a pleasant state of mind.v



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San Diego Downtown News | December 2017

KRIS KRINGLE’S MOMENT Radio broadcast of ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ brings smiles

Theater Review Jean Lowerison What could be better for spreading Christmas cheer than that great story about Kris Kringle winning a court case and validating his claim to be the “real” Santa Claus? We’re in luck. San Diego Musical Theatre revives last year’s popular musical version of the old 1947 Lux Radio Hour broadcast of “Miracle on 34th Street” through Dec. 24 in its new home, the Horton Grand Theatre. Adapted by Lance Arthur Smith, and with original songs and arrangements by Jon Lorenz, “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play,” is a great way to start the season. The play is done like a radio show, the kind that also has a live audience. There are lights on either side which occasionally light up to cue the studio audience (you) when it’s time for “applause.” On Michael McKeon’s wonderfully detailed set of the radio studio, surrounded by the lit windows of tall New York skyscrapers behind it, Cris O’Bryon plays radio personality Alex Mialdo, who hosts the play. (He also plays a mean piano and does the Foley effects.) The problem starts when the Santa who is to march in the


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The cast of “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play,” now showing at Horton Grand Theatre. (Photos by Ken Jacques)

Macy’s parade shows up drunk, and Macy’s events chair Doris Walker (Janaya Mahealani Jones) has to find a replacement. An old man with the right look appears and is hired on the spot. This is Kris Kringle (Tim West). Doris doesn’t even believe in Santa, and has inculcated that attitude in her young daughter Susan (an adorable Cassidy Smith) as well.

Kris Kringle, played by Tim West, flanked by Steve Freitas and Lisa Hafso

Santa is handed a list of overstocked toys and asked to push them to the kids. But marketing’s not his bag, and Santa has another idea: send moms to the store that has the best item wanted at the best price. When Mr. Macy finds out, he’s elated because this policy has produced oodles of goodwill for the store. Soon enough, Macy’s biggest competitor Gimbels decides to do the same thing, and before you know it, they’re in a publicity shot together. Christmas really is magic, you know? But meanwhile, Kris is having trouble being accepted as Santa. Kids have no issue, but adults (including Macy’s psychologist) are calling him a crazy, deluded old man. Someone suggests that Kris move from his retirement home closer to town, and he moves in with lawyer Fred Gailey (Matthew Malecki), who lives down the hall from Doris and her young daughter Susan. Soon Fred and Kris become good friends and all four discover a lasting bond.

But Kris gets into another row with the psychologist, bops him with his cane and ends up in a holding room at Bellevue. Soon Santa fi nds himself in court, having to prove that he’s Santa. Of course, his roommate Fred is his attorney. It’s a delightful story, wonderfully directed by Brian

Rickel and portrayed by this talented and experienced cast (all except two are returnees from last year). West’s Kris Kringle is new, amusing, kindly and winning — exactly what I’d want in a Santa. His new protege Susan is cute, smart and knows a Santa when she sees one. Lorenz’s music — especially the modern, close-harmony versions of Christmas carols — add a contempo touch to this sure-fire holiday favorite, and SDMT’s production is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face. —Jean Lowerison is a long-standing member of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle and can be reached at

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UC San Diego: A vision for East Village By Joan Wojcik A new, yet unnamed, project is destined to have a lasting impact on Downtown San Diego. This project is the University of California San Diego’s new facility to be located in the heart of East Village. UC San Diego always envisioned having a Downtown presence; however, the lack of public transportation along the Interstate 5 corridor connecting Downtown to La Jolla prevented this laudable ambition to remain no more than a hopeful wish, until recently. In the fall of 2016, construction began to extend Metropolitan Transit System’s blue line trolley along the I-5 corridor, ultimately fulfi lling the vision of connecting the La Jolla campus to the urban environment of Downtown San Diego. Jennifer Davies, assistant dean of external affairs at UC San Diego, stated that the university believes this important trolley connection to Downtown will promote a global civic awareness for its academic population, centered around the new facility located

at the corner of Market Street and Park Boulevard. The trolley will serve as a gateway, providing a convenient and relaxing mode of transportation between Downtown and the UC San Diego campus. Pepper Canyon and Voight Drive will be the two trolley stops located on UC’s La Jolla campus. The main stop, at the Pepper Canyon location, will act as the welcoming station for Downtown visitors to the UC campus. Visitors will be able to participate in the many events held at the campus; such as, attending plays at the famous La Jolla Playhouse; listening to renowned speakers; visiting art exhibits; and being exposed to a variety of noteworthy programs. While Downtown visitors are able to enjoy the La Jolla campus environment, the new Market Street extension facility of UC San Diego will become an integral part of the Downtown community. The new four-story building, which is expected to open in the fall of 2021, will consist of 66,000 square feet,

including a shared amphitheater with an adjacent high-rise apartment building. Each of its four floors will have distinct, designated uses. The main floor will showcase and defi ne the building, with its extensive use of glass windows, a stunning spiral staircase leading up to the second level, and an inviting restaurant open to the community. The second floor will incorporate the concept of a flexible learning environment, to enhance collaborative thinking and provide a variety of learning opportunities. This versatile space is expected to include a talent accelerator, which will help teach and educate the expertise needed for San Diego’s growing innovation economy. Programming could include workshops presented by campus groups, business groups, art groups and local community groups with a major focus on high technology and entrepreneurial resources. The focal point of the top two floors is taking shape with current plans to use the space to house faculty and students, enabling them to better interact with the Downtown community. In the past, UC San Diego has worked closely with members of the Downtown neighborhoods on projects specifically related to Downtown. These joint discussions will

Artist rendering of the trolley stop at the new UC San Diego facility (background) and its adjoining amphitheater (middle), scheduled to open in East Village in 2021. (Courtesy CarrierJohnson + Culture) continue to take place on these top office floors. One of the core recurring events to be included at the facility will be seminars, which will be open to the general public. According to Daniel Atkinson, director of public programs, UC San Diego Extension, the university intends to incorporate a variety of exciting academic seminars for the enjoyment of the Downtown community. The popular Sally Ride STEAM seminars — short for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math — will be among the distinguished seminars scheduled for the Downtown campus. In addition, plans exist to bring the very popular UC Helen Edison lecture

Artist rendering of the spacious first floor of the future UC San Diego facility (Courtesy CarrierJohnson + Culture)

Map showing the blue trolley line extension from Downtown to UC San Diego (Courtesy SANDAG)

series Downtown, where local residents will be able to enjoy listening to distinguished lecturers discussing thought-provoking issues in their presentations. Two notable lecturers on prior Helen Edison circuits include actor John Lithgow and journalist Bob Woodward, who spoke about his latest book based on Alexander Butterfield, a San Diegan who served in the Nixon administration and uttered the notorious famous words, “the tapes” during the Watergate hearings. Another exciting aspect of having a UC presence Downtown will be the inclusion of local high school students at the facility. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of pre-college programs — including test preparation and courses for college credit — at a world-class university. Finally, if you are a lover of art exhibits, concerts and the performing arts, UC San Diego is going to make arts and culture a central focus of the Downtown facility. The beautiful amphitheater, just adjacent to the facility, will be utilized throughout the year for performing arts presentations. Although the wait will be long — three more years — the anticipation and excitement is strong within the Downtown community, especially in East Village, the neighborhood it will be calling home. This impressive building will become a centerpiece for education, ideas, and culture in East Village. The facility’s name, which will be chosen at a later date, will represent an outstanding East Village addition, by an outstanding university, in an outstanding city. Welcome UC San Diego to East Village. —Joan Wojcik is the president of the East Village Residents Group. Contact Joan at eastvillageresidentsgroup@ or visit


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‘Shop ’til you drop’ 1880s style Gaslamp Landmarks Sandee Wilhoit It’s the holiday season! Time for feasting, caroling and yes, shopping. For our Victorian ancestors, buying a gift for a special loved one was also a part of the holiday season, although shopping was not done on such an elaborate or commercialized scale as it is now. Several notable shopping emporiums stand out in San Diego’s early history, none more so than Marston’s. As it did not close its hallowed doors until 1961, many of us may still remember being taken “Downtown,” dressed in our Sunday best, to shop at Marston’s and enjoy the elegant atmosphere of San Diego’s finest department store. George White Marston arrived in San Diego in 1870 at the age of 20. At the time, San Diego was not particularly inviting, as it had no paved streets, a scant water supply and no railroad. However, enterprising young Marston immediately went to work at the Horton House Hotel (current site of the U.S. Grant Hotel) as a clerk/bookkeeper. He stayed at this position for approximately one year and then went to work at the A. Parley and Sons General Store at the foot of Fifth Avenue, where he stayed for five years. At Parley’s, he went on to form a partnership with a co-worker, Charles Hamilton. They opened a general store stocked with groceries, dry goods and clothing. The partnership was dissolved in 1878, with Hamilton keeping the grocery and produce part of the business, and Marston opening a clothing and dry goods store located at Fifth Avenue between G and H (now Market) streets. In 1881, Marston expanded his store to 509 Fifth Ave., where he constructed a two-story building, described as “a credit to San Diego’s future” by the San Diego Union newspaper. The Golden Era magazine carried an ad that proclaimed Marston’s as the “leading dry goods house of San Diego.” Ultimately, Marston’s moved to the corner of Fifth and C streets, with the construction of a large neo-Renaissance business block costing $60,000. Marston’s was always known as an elegant shopping experience, with the comfort and convenience of its patrons foremost. Fresh flowers were in abundance throughout the store and Marston’s had one of the first telephones in San

Marston Building (1881), 548 C Street; Architects — Stewart Brothers; Style — Italianate Victorian (Courtesy GQHF) Diego. It also featured a library room on the upper floor, stocked with the latest fashion magazines, so that shoppers could find a quiet place to rest before taking their lunch in the fancy tea room. Ever the egalitarian, Marston paid both men and women equal pay for equal work. For those with more modest tastes and means, Whitney and Company provided a ready alternative. In 1905, Guilford H. Whitney, Sr. operated his limited-price variety store in a modest storefront on Fifth Avenue between F and G streets. In 1918, Mr. Whitney moved his store to Sixth Avenue, between Broadway and E Street, where the size of his store quadrupled. Over the years, it continued to grow in this location, lots I and J, block 44 of “Horton’s Addition.” Mr. Guilford and his son, G.H. Guilford, Jr. built another story above the two-story building and added several glass display windows. The name Whitney and Company was written in modern-style Roman lettering between the second and third stories and the windows were framed in black tiles. A narrow row of green tiles crowned the main doorway. The flat roofline was highlighted by simple ornamental column heads. In 1923, Whitney purchased an adjoining lot and commissioned Arthur Keyes to erect an additional building to mimic the adjoining Whitney buildings. Unfortunately, in October of 1936, Whitney’s burned to the ground in what

was described in the San Diego Union as the largest known fire in San Diego’s history. Mr. Whitney promptly rebuilt, hiring architect F.W Stevenson to design the new building. The design was modern and very linear, featuring 17 ridged columns. Between each of the columns, which circled the sides of the building, were glass windows, providing maximum display opportunities. The new store opened in December of 1936. Whitney’s operated as a “5-10-15¢ store” until 1965, when it was demolished to make way for an Ace parking lot. Whitney’s remaining branch stores were sold to Walker Scott in 1968, and Mr. Guilford, Jr. died the same year. Gaslamp Quarter Historical Museum member, Betty Robinson, who was born at home on Kurtz Street in 1931, recently shared her memories of shopping at Whitney’s with her mom. Betty said she was so short she could hardly see above the rows and rows of counters filled with treasures, but she came back later as a teenager. One could always find a good buy at Whitney’s! Gone but not forgotten — the old shopping emporiums of San Diego — reminders of a simpler, and definitely less expensive, Christmas shopping season. —Sandee Wilhoit is the historian for the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. She can be reached at

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following: their honoree will receive a poinsettia card via email, informing them of the honor; each will receive an invitation to the celebration ceremony; both donor and honoree will be named during the ceremony’s reading of the “poinsettia honor roll” and remain listed there inside the Botanical Building throughout the duration of the exhibit; and donor and honoree will be listed on the Friends of Balboa Park website. While the poinsettias will first be put on display starting Dec. 1, the first of two evenings consisting of Balboa Park’s heralded December Nights, but the actual poinsettia celebration will take place Friday, Dec. 7, from 3–5 p.m. inside the Botanical Building, located at 1549 El Prado in Balboa Park. “Balboa Park is one of San Diego’s top destinations during the holiday months and the poinsettia display is a special and time-honored San Diego tradition that we are happy to facilitate for the community to help celebrate the season,” said John Bolthouse, Friends of Balboa Park executive director. Anyone who has missed the opportunity to donate towards the display itself may do so until the end of the month or donate at the Friends of Balboa Park booth during December Nights. The poinsettias will remain on display inside the Botanical Building through the first week of January. For more information, visit


This Friday, Dec. 1, from 3–11 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 2, from noon–11 pm., December Nights will once again attract literally hundreds of thousands of holiday revelers to Balboa Park for its two-days of holiday-themed festivities. Called the largest free event in the region, attendees can expect lots of food from around the globe; dancers and singers, both young and old; light displays, plenty


of holiday-themed sights and sounds; original gifts; and a variety of exhibitors. Now in its 40th year, the event was known as Christmas on the Prado until 2002, and has continued to expand each year with more to do, hear and see. Things to expect this year: Spotlight San Diego. This year on Park Boulevard at President’s Way, San Diego’s active lifestyle will be on display, holiday style. Be prepared for fitness challenges and health-related sponsor activities; food trucks; skills competitions and active games; a bicycle parking area (unsupervised); and a performance stage. Starlight Winter Marketplace. Sip and shop under the stars east of the Hall of Champions on the Federal Lawn with holiday-themed retail, food and an expanded stage. Expanded light displays. Don’t miss the sparkling sights at the California Tower, El Prado, the Botanical Building, the Plaza de Panama canopy, and the spellbinding Moreton Bay Fig Tree. Stages everywhere. Enjoy some of San Diego’s best community dancers, musicians, and performers bring you holiday cheer on more than 15 stages. It will be nearly non-stop entertainment throughout the park, including the San Diego Junior Theatre, Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, and many more. Flavors for all. The International cottages will present their Christmas Festival with plenty of holiday memories and unforgettable foods from vendors around the world. Also, food and beverages from Prado Pub on the Square and Panama 66. Museum magic. All the museums will also get into the holiday spirit, offering free admission from 5–9 p.m. each night, including the Timken Museum’s exquisite, annual Christmas tree display of the Schlappi Collection of Christmas ornaments, and the interactive, kid-friendly exhibits at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

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San Diego Downtown News | December 2017

Shop local this holiday season Little Italy News Christopher Gomez Think big by shopping small this holiday season in Little Italy. Find your loved ones the perfect gifts while enjoying the seasonal décor, delicious dining selection and array of happy hours — now that’s amore!

With more than 500 businesses in Little Italy, there’s something for everyone. The 48-square-block community is filled with stunning galleries and unique boutiques that offer home-décor, handmade jewelry, clothing for him and her and more. The neighborhood also transforms into a winter wonderland in December, making holiday shopping fun and festive. When

The Little Italy Association encourages you to shop local and take in the festive atmosphere in their neighborhood. (Photo by Luna Photo)


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you shop local, you’re not only helping the San Diego economy, but you’re also able to find unique treasures for everyone on your list. Make your list, check it twice and finish your holiday shopping in one trip at these local Little Italy shops: The Cottages on Fir Street — Stroll along Fir Street to find a variety of different shops at The Cottages on Fir Street — old fishermen’s homes that have been restored into boutiques and shops. You’ll be able to find custom Italian sandals, locally made jewelry and women’s clothing at Azzurra Capri, unique home items and quirky gifts at Love & Aesthetics and Vitreum, and more. For her — Check out Vocabulary and Little Apple to find gifts for the fashionista in your life. You can find contemporary accessories ranging from sunglasses and jewelry to collectable prints and desk accents. For him — Have a friend that loves to catch some waves? Atacama should be on your list of stops. It has great finds for any guy on your list — beachwear, lounge wear, surfboards and more. The local enthusiast — The Little Italy Mercato, happening every Saturday on West Cedar Street, gives San Diegans the opportunity to shop from over 175 different local vendors featuring fresh produce, specialty foods, artisan goods, and more. Get your out-of-town family members something made right here in San Diego. Art Lovers — For the art collector in your life, visit 1805

The 25-foot poinsettia tree in Piazza Basilone offers holiday cheer while you rest in between stores. (Courtesy LIA) Gallery, Meyer Fine Art or Adelman Fine Art to find the next piece for their collection — or for the artist, get them a handful of unique supplies for their next creation at Blick Art Materials. While shopping this December in Little Italy, you can also enjoy the holiday festive décor and get some R&R

(rest and relaxation) at one of the many piazzas in the neighborhood, like at the newest one — Piazza Pescatore. Dedicated on Nov. 17, Piazza Pescatore memorializes the tuna industry, which brought national recognition to Little Italy. Grab a cup of coffee, head to the Piazza for your mid-day shopping break and soak in the holiday spirit! You can also enjoy two Christmas trees in Little Italy this year — a 25-foot poinsettia tree with more than 1,100 red poinsettias in the center of Piazza Basilone and a 20-foot real Christmas tree freshly planted in the front of Piazza della Famiglia. In addition, guests will find Christmas displays on street corners throughout the neighborhood including 12-foot nutcrackers, festive plants and holiday lights that line the streets — making it feel like Christmas all December long. So this holiday season, forget shopping online and spend the day with family, friends or have a little quality me-time by perusing the different shops and soaking in the beginning of the holiday season. Buon natale! To stay connected with Little Italy, check out what’s going on in the neighborhood by following us on Instagram and Twitter @LittleItalySD and To learn more about shopping locally, visit —Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at


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Amici House provides a unique setting for promoting Italian arts, culture and heritage, in the Little Italy neighborhood. Through photographs and artifacts, Amici House also highlights the rich contributions of local Italian Americans who helped to shape the community. (Courtesy Convivio)

Holidays at Amici House Little Italy Heritage Tom Cesarini Amici House, the new Italian cultural and heritage center in Little Italy, is now open! Operated by Convivio, this initiative brings to the neighborhood a unique and intimate resource in which to celebrate art, culture, heritage, and community through our many events and programs. As part of our overall vision, Amici House will be a way to collaborate with community groups and celebrate camaraderie and goodwill. As we close out the year with our opening, as it were, we also look forward to the new year with a slate of programs and events that will offer something for everyone. Be sure to get on our mailing list to receive updates at sure to join us on Dec. 2 for the annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village hosted by the Little Italy Association. Stop by Amici House afterward for warm beverages and desserts and learn about our community programming and events. Dec. 2 hours: 9 a.m.– 10 p.m. Amici House will be open during December on the following weekends: Dec. 2 & 3, 9 & 10, and 16 & 17 General hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Dec. 2 hours above)

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Dec. 9 — Limoncellomaking class and dinner Learn how to make the classic Italian liqueur in our Limoncello-making class with Giuseppe Monaco of Cucina Caprese. But first, delight in some classic Italian fare prepared by the Neapolitan chef and enjoy some great company. At the end of the class, you will receive a complimentary bottle of Limoncello!

● 6 p.m. — dinner (appetizer, entree, dessert) ● 7 p.m. — Limoncellomaking class ● Tickets — $49 per person Dec. 16 — Convivio Christmas celebration Join us as we celebrate the holidays, Convivio style! Music, desserts, coffee and great friends will make for an intimate evening you won’t want to miss. Bring an ornament to add to our tree as we decorate it, family style.

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Managing the stressors of the holidays The curiosities of life Veronica Mitchell Getting through the holiday season can be stressful even in the best of times. Gathering with family and friends to celebrate religious and non-religious traditions can create taxing situations. Caregiving for loved ones is challenging and difficult, when you add holiday strain it can seem unmanageable. There are ways to get through the holidays and enjoy them simultaneously by building resilience in your life. Resilience requires acceptance, gratitude and letting go of expectations which all lends to better aging, getting through life (holidays included). Accept people and situations as they are in the present moment. Let go of your expectations with others and focus on yourself. Be mindful of your own stress and that of loved ones in your care. Take moments to breathe, meditate and relax as needed. Plan and organize, but then know that things may go awry, because that is life. Being flexible in your thinking is part of being a resilient thinker. I call it an “adjust-as-you-go mentality,” which means you accept the moment, do what you can and move forward. Taking care of seniors, disabled guests and people

with a diagnosis of some kind (behavioral, mental, physical, dietary) can involve adjusting your plans, menu and even furniture to prevent accidents, illness and make the holidays more enjoyable for all. Hiring caregivers can be an option — always vet (background check) and hire a company for your protection. Alcohol service in your home is your responsibility. Never allow underage drinking and always provide a designated driver. Don’t overserve guests, because there is great exposure to liability. Many seniors are on several medications, so serve them alcohol with caution. Set boundaries and budgets. Why say yes to something you can’t or don’t want to do during the holidays? Learning to say no is a gift you both give yourself and to others. You’ll genuinely give of your personal time without expectations or feelings of obligation when it’s something you want or can do. The holidays have a way of getting out of hand sometimes, so remember they should be about the memories and time spent, not the money. Have empathy for others that might struggle during this season. Some people have outlived their loved ones; some have just lost a loved one; and others struggle with depression year-round and it’s more extreme during the holidays. Be considerate, generous of spirit and aware of others throughout the holiday season.

Remember many families are dealing with loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues that can contribute to additional strain on the caregiver and their loved ones. Have activities, a quiet room and plenty of areas for someone to rest during the festivities of the holidays. Create safe spaces for your guests, but most importantly, enjoy yourself. You’ve planned and done your best for everyone to have a great time and you’ve got to have one, too! Have fun, enjoy the exchange with others and be kind. Respect others and their traditions or non-traditions. Turn off the electronics unless it’s music or video. Create your family traditions and memories of your lifetime. Be present in the moments of your life. Memories are built in the living of life. Living in the moment requires mindfulness, acceptance and flexibility of the mind to move forward. Happy holidays to all and to those that don’t celebrate holidays, take what you will and enjoy! —Veronica Mitchell is a San Diego-based writer, consultant and speaker and a caregiver for her aging parents. She writes and speaks on aging, elder abuse prevention, caregiver issues and building confidence. To learn more visit or reach her at

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New horizons for ‘The Free Ride’ Downtown Partnership News Lana Harrison Why have three caterpillars when you can have 20 ants? It’s a funny question but an apt analogy and unofficial motto for Alex Esposito and James Mirras, founders of FRED (Free Ride Everywhere Downtown). The question has served as a way to explain the value that the zero-emissions, free shuttle service brings to the communities it serves. While traditional transportation systems require a significant amount of infrastructure investment, FRED capitalizes on a localized, app-based system that’s adaptable to the needs of the community, and a vehicle for advertising local brands. For residents and visitors to Downtown San Diego, friendly chats with FRED drivers in the — characteristically San Diegan — open-air vehicles, are a staple of navigating the Downtown scene. Within the first six weeks of its launch in August of 2016, more than 26,000 people signed up for the app, according to Esposito. It has since served more than 140,000 riders — doing so with zero emissions. Yet the transportation needs of the Downtown San Diego community are growing. The 17 FRED vehicles currently traversing its streets and neighborhoods are just not enough to meet the increased demand of passengers. Which is why we applaud the recent decision by Civic San Diego to approve increased funding that will not only expand the FRED fleet from 17 to 30 cars over the next three years, but also allow the company to invest in newer lithium batteries, which will double the operating time for the vehicles. What does this mean? More cars, less time charging in the garage, continued

sustainability, and greater mobility for employees, residents, and tourists Downtown. This move is a testament to the innovative, clean-tech spirit of not only FRED, but the Downtown community — a spirit advertisers are catching on to. “Brands want to get behind it because they’re putting their advertising dollars to use benefiting the community and benefiting the environment,” Esposito said. Just as FRED gives people Downtown the freedom to live their stories, so too does FRED provide advertisers the opportunity to connect their stories with passengers. Along with more cars and cooler lithium batteries, FRED’s future will focus on creating what Esposito calls a “360 experience” by understanding what passengers need and want and how potential advertisers can meet those needs. So, you hop in a FRED, try a product and then, if you like it, find out where that product is Downtown … and FRED can take you there. FRED has certainly been an inspiring case of a public-private partnership and the renewed support from CivicSD demonstrates a continued commitment to serving the community in a sustainable, forward-thinking way. This collaboration also frees FRED up to focus on its long-term goals: more cars, more jobs, less greenhouse gasses, and building a base of local brands that can connect to the unique needs of local passengers. FRED is smart. It’s smart for passengers, it’s smart for the environment, and it’s smart for Downtown San Diego. We’re excited to be along for the ride. —Lana Harrison is the communications coordinator for the Downtown San Diego Partnership. She can be reached at

Civic San Diego has given authorization — and funding — to expand the fleet of electric shuttles that service Downtown. (Courtesy DSDP) FROM PAGE 15


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The annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, which consists of 80 holiday-lit boats that parade through the waters of San Diego Bay over two Sundays every December, has been nominated for USA Today’s 10Best list for “best holiday parade.” Those wishing to vote must do so by Dec. 4 at bit. ly/2zqGNl0. San Diego Parade of Lights is included along with just 19 other nominees vying for the title. The winners of USA Today’s 10Best will be announced Dec. 8. The parade’s 46th season will take place on two consecutive Sundays, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, starting at 5:30 p.m. and last for approximately two hours. Participating boats will take on the theme “Arrgh! A Pirate’s Christmas.” Sponsored by the Port of San Diego’s Tidelands Activation Program, the parade starts south of Shelter Island, proceeding along Harbor Island, Harbor Drive and Embarcadero North, to Seaport Village and Embarcadero South, and to the Pier at Cesar Chavez Park before turning toward west toward across the bay to Coronado and ending at the Ferry Landing. “We are absolutely certain that the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is the most unique and enjoyable holiday parade in America,” said Larry Baumann, chairman of Parade of Lights. “With the lights on the boats reflected on beautiful San Diego Bay and the Downtown skyline as a backdrop, there isn’t a more stunning sight during the holidays.” For more information, visit

NEWS / OPINION with the local American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, made the announcement Nov. 24 at Valley View Casino (formerly known as the San Diego Sports Arena) during a game with the Bakersfield Condors. Called the Samuels-Thomas Scholars Academic Excellence Program, it will honor students on a monthly basis for academic performance, classroom participation and leadership skills. The program’s goal is to make a positive impact with youth in local elementary schools and motivate students in the classroom to accomplish their educational goals. The program will also recognize special education students at the middle school level. Each student recognized will receive a backpack filled with school supplies, tickets for the honoree and his/her family to a Gulls game, and a meet-andgreet with Samuels-Thomas and other players after the game. “My wife and I are thrilled to create the Samuels-Thomas Scholars program,” SamuelsThomas said in a press release. “Education has and always will be important to our family. San Diego’s vibrant and diverse community has blessed us with the opportunity to work with kids from all walks of life and reward them for their academic efforts and achievements. Our efforts are focused to encourage kids to keep working hard no matter what adversity they face.” For more information about the Gulls visit SanDiegoGulls. com.v

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LETTERS don’t need some giant knuckle monument. San Diego just doesn’t get it. —Ben Cartwright, via

Grand Pacific Hotel living

[Ref: “Gaslamp Landmarks: From hotel to hospital to hotel,” Vol. 18, Issue 9, or online at] I lived above the J Street entrance from 1982 to 1986. Although some of the tenants were colorful, many were local workers and we made it home. —Rosalyn Moody, via website

[Ref: “Gaslamp Landmarks: The Watts Robinson building,” Vol. 16, Issue 1, or online at] I am interested in finding information about a business that was housed in the Watts building in the early 1950s. The name is the San Diego Language Academy. I remember the bank being on the main floor. —Gloria Allen, via

Keeping Idyllwild in mind

[Ref: “Idyllwild: More idyllic than imagined,” Vol. 18, Issue 9, or online at] I wish I had remembered Idyllwild for our anniversary


coming up. Wanted close for a weekend. I’ve been there but my significant other has not. Its OK, we are going to our B&B that we love in Julian. But will keep Idyllwild in mind for next time. —Caryl Iseman, via website

A boxer in the family

[Ref: “The coliseum — a local boxing landmark,” Vol. 16, Issue 12, or online at bit. ly/2nasA6z.] My Great Uncle Charlie Popejoy fought in the building a bunch of times. He went on to run the Carpenters Union in San Diego. Here are his stats: —Rob Kinder, via website.v

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SMART HOME Gift-giving during the holiday season can be nerve-wracking. Selecting a meaningful gift for the person who has everything or finding just the right thing for that special someone in your life doesn’t have to be difficult. Technology-related gifts are always popular, but this year, embrace the gifts that can make a family member or friend’s home smarter and their lives easier. Whether it’s introducing a grandparent to voice-remote, bringing peace of mind while on the road, or providing comfort to parents of young children, these top smart home gifts can spread joy to anyone on your holiday shopping list! • Smart lights. Replace existing light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs that can be controlled remotely with a few taps on your smart phone or tablet. Whether you accidentally left the light on before heading out of town, or want to turn the porch light on before arriving home, controlling your home’s lighting has never been easier.


• Smart locks. A smart lock will allow you to remotely control doors in your home and can include features like voice commands, customized chimes, activity logs, integration with other smart devices in the home, special codes for friends, dog walkers, and deliveries, and more.

A player with the San Diego Gulls hockey team has announced a scholarship for young students that he is launching with his wife. Jordan Samuels-Thomas, a left wing

• Smart thermostats. Forgetting to turn the heater off is a thing of the past with programmable thermostats that allow you to remotely turn the air and heat in your home up and down and on and off. Save money, energy, and arrive to a warm home. • A home speaker that doubles as a virtual assistant. The choices are plentiful when it comes to smart speakers. Current models can answer questions, turn on lights, play video, access virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa, share weather and news updates, act as an alarm or timer, play music on demand, and more. Some models will even help you shop online. • Home cameras. The latest models of home monitoring systems allow for remote live video viewing, professional monitoring, video recording, and customizable notifications, allowing you to keep an eye on your home even if you’re not there.

• On Demand entertainment. With so many options to watch TV and stream content online, the gift of Cox’s Contour makes watching TV fun again. With features like a voice-controlled remote, Netflix integration, smart search options and recommendations, familyfriendly zone and parental controls, integrated sports, weather and traffic apps and more, watching TV has never been so easy. There’s no doubt about it, home automation will help anyone on your holiday list this season and having a smart home can be as easy as signing up for Cox Homelife or Contour. For more information on Homelife, Contour, and other Cox products and services to make life easier, visit


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‘Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play’

The heartwarming holiday classic retold in the tradition of a live 1940’s era radio broadcast. When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court. Performances through Dec. 24. 8 p.m. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave.

‘Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirate’s Christmas’

Enjoy a flying, singing, swashbuckling holiday adventure performed in the style of a British panto in San Diego. 7 p.m. Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway Suite 600.




"The Dream of the Nineties” photography exhibit Features the work of nine San Diego photographers at the end of the 20th century, when artists were keenly aware of the emergence of digital media and the end of an analog era. 12-5 p.m. Downtown Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. bit. ly/2AhSREZ




City Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’

City Ballet’s 23rd annual Nutcracker returns to the historic Spreckels Theatre in downtown San Diego. This lavish production is fashioned after the choreography of the great Russian master Lev Ivanov who created the very first “Nutcracker” more than 100 years ago. 7:30 p.m. Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, Suite 600.

Exhibition: Wonderlust / A Group Show

13 Southern California artists will exhibit artworks featuring places and cities across the globe. Discovery abounds in this exhibition as, not only will selected works transport viewers to exotic locales, but one-third of the featured artists are showing at Sparks Gallery for the first time. Free to attend but RSVP required. 12-7 p.m. Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave.

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‘Runnin’ Down A Dream – A Celebration of the Life and Music of Tom Petty.’ Dinner packages available in house or with nearby Indigo Grill. 21 and up. 9 p.m. Music Box, 1337 India Street.


Festival of Christmas: ‘A Fargo Christmas’

Lamb’s Players Theatre has been celebrating its Festival of Christmas for 40 years and the annual Coronado tradition continues to deepen its roots. This year, resident playwright Kerry Meads brings fresh flair to the fest with "A Fargo Christmas," filled with great music capturing the spirit of the season and a new narrative that also features plenty of onstage hilarity and joyous discoveries. 8 p.m. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave.




California Ballet Company presents ‘The Nutcracker’

California Ballet's glittering production leaps onto the stage of the San Diego Civic Theatre in America’s favorite holiday tradition. Under the baton of music director John Stubbs, Tchaikovsky's extravagant score comes to life with a cast of over 150. 7:30 p.m. Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave.




The Casbah Presents Kate Bush Dance Party

The Kate Bush cover band of your dreams has fi nally arrived! Baby Bushka is Natasha Kozaily, Shelbi Bennet, Dani Bell, Lexi Pulido, Nina Deering, Leah Bowden, Batya MacAdam-Somer and Nancy Elizabeth Ross. 7:30 p.m. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd.




‘Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play’

The heartwarming holiday classic retold in the tradition of a live 1940’s era radio broadcast. When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court. Performances through Dec. 24. 2 p.m. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave.


Ales N Rails Ugly Beer Tasting

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum knows that lurking in the depths of many people's closets is a colorful, abundantly adorned, cheesy, and downright hideous holiday sweater which, were it not for Ales n’ Rails Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, would probably never see the light of day. Beer lovers join us with your ugly Christmas sweater and hop aboard to combine some of your favorite things: Ales, Rails, and ugly Christmas sweaters. 6-9 p.m. San Diego Model Railroad Museum, 1649 El Prado. http://bit. ly/2nm4ENY



Dig deep into the back of your closet and bust out your ugliest holiday sweater, then be ready to spread some yuletide fun and cheer through the streets of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. Starting at the Commons Bar, this guided tour includes exclusive drink specials at each venue and complimentary VIP entry at every stop. Plus, you'll be invited to a festive pub crawl after-party where you can dance the night away. 7 p.m. The Commons Bar, 901 Fourth Ave.

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Coronado Kayak Tour

Kayak along San Diego Bay and explore the sights of the city in this leisurely guided tour that highlights the region's renowned architecture, history and maritime culture. Along the way, you'll enjoy views of Petco Park, the Embarcadero, the USS Midway, Naval Station North Island, the Silver Strand, the San Diego Convention Center, the Coronado Bridge and Glorietta Bay — all from the deck of your two-person, siton-top kayak. No previous kayaking experience is necessary for this fun and unique excursion that includes kayak rental, paddles, life vests and a paddle lesson. 1 p.m. Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 1st Street.


‘Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play’

The heartwarming holiday classic retold in the tradition of a live 1940’s era radio broadcast. When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court. Performances through Dec. 24. 2 p.m. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave.








Holiday traditions are what make the season special. For Southern California one of those holiday traditions is the San Diego Symphony’s annual concert. “Noel Noel: A City Lights Concert” features classic holiday favorites, a joyous Christmas carol sing-along – and even a visit from ol’ Saint Nick. Also performing under the baton of conductor Sameer Patel is the San Diego Master Chorale. 8 p.m. Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B Street.



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gave a country its voice. From Czarist Russia to New York’s Lower East Side, and then throughout the world, Berlin’s life and music epitomizes the American Dream, and his songs capture his patriotic vision of our country. Experience the stories behind this songwriter’s most popular and enduring work, including “God Bless America,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “White Christmas,” and more. Felder’s signature creation of character and musical performance will astonish, move and delight. 7 p.m. The Lyceum Stage, 79 Horton Plaza.


Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

Actor and international piano virtuoso Hershey Felder embodies the iconic Irving Berlin to bring you the musical story of an immigrant boy who

The true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to a heavyweight music mogul. He launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Enjoy

classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hits. Family friendly, but contains some strong language. 7 p.m. Broadway San Diego, 3666 Fourth Ave.


spectacular countdown. Come dressed in semi-formal attire, or go all out in F. Scott Fitzgerald-inspired finest – from bespoke suits to fringed shifts – and get ready to shake in the New Year. Flapper party favors and glow toys to help keep things fun, flashy and festive. Striders Ultra Lounge, 100 J St.

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin



‘Peter Pan & Tinkerbell: A Pirate’s Christmas - A Lythgoe Family Panto’

This is a flying, singing and swashbuckling holiday adventure performed in the style of a British panto in San Diego. Step into the Balboa Theatre and embark on a wild quest with Tinker Bell, Wendy and Peter Pan, as they try to put a stop to the plot of some dastardly pirates who plan to kidnap Peter as a present to Captain Hook. Filled with big laughs, magic, dancers and contemporary songs by everyone from Taylor Swift to the Bee Gees, this family show has a little bit of something for everyone. 7 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave.

Actor and international piano virtuoso Hershey Felder embodies the iconic Irving Berlin to bring you the musical story of an immigrant boy who gave a country its voice. From Czarist Russia to New York’s Lower East Side, and then throughout the world, Berlin’s life and music epitomizes the American Dream, and his songs capture his patriotic vision of our country. Experience the stories behind this songwriter’s most popular and enduring work, including “God Bless America,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “White Christmas,” and more. Felder’s signature creation of character and musical performance will astonish, move and delight. 2 and 7 p.m. The Lyceum Stage, 79 Horton Plaza. bit. ly/2BBgQNS.

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Moonlight San Diego New Year’s Eve Cruise

San Diego Nightlife presents sixth annual Moonlight San Diego NYE Cruise 2016 aboard the California Spirit, with three decks to mingle, open bar all cruise, complimentary tray-passed appetizers. Ring in 2018 aboard this $15 million luxury yacht with your significant other and your friends with breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline, San Diego Bay, Coronado Bridge, and more. Two DJs on two floors with two dance areas playing the hits of today with house and Top 40 and Hip-Hop. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. California Spirit Yacht, 990 N. Harbor Drive.

Craft Beer New Year

Stone Brewing is hosting a New Year’s Eve party. You’ll get three drink tokens good for house wines and draft beer, one specialty glass of Cava Commemorative glassware, food stations with heavy appetizers and desserts, live band from 8:30–11:30 p.m., outside, weather permitting. DJ 11 p.m.–1 a.m. inside main dance hall; photo booth, Bocce Ball, Courtyard Corn Hole, Jenga, Connect 4, Ring Toss, Dominoes and more. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd.

Gatsby’s House SD NYE 2018

Ring in 2018 at San Diego’s Striders Ultra Lounge, the site of this year’s “Gatsby’s House” New Year's Eve bash. It’s a stylish evening of dancing, drinking and partying that harkens back to the Roaring ’20s. Local DJs spinning the latest tracks. There'll be a four-hour open bar, two levels for mingling and one

Celebrate this New Year's Eve on San Diego's most elegant oversized luxury yacht, The Spirit of San Diego. This 500-capacity luxury yacht has three levels, outdoor decks, lounges and two dance floors. Two dance floors, scenic decks, champagne greeting, premium open bar all night, tray-passed appetizers, party favors. 9 p.m.– 12:45 a.m. Spirit of San Diego Yacht, 990 N. Harbor Drive.








With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, “Hamilton” is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of founding father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's righthand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first treasury secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, “Hamilton” is the story of America then, as told by America now. Appropriate for ages 10 and up, since there is some strong language. 7-10 p.m. Presented by Broadway San Diego at San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. v


Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro ‘Medavog Couture’

Francisco Medavog recently showcased his latest women and men’s fashion collections. The women’s collection was called “Art meets Fashion” and was featured at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Bar 207 on Nov. 11. Models came out showing off these imaginative creations that were brilliantly topped off with headpieces by Carlene McKnight of Feisty Fashions Millinery. Medavog creates artistic garments for the female figure and McKnight compliments them with knockout fascinators. Medavog launched his first men’s collection, called “Black Noir” on Nov. 16. The entire collection was created in black and again topped off with awesome headpieces by Carlene McKnight. Medavog has spent 25 years creating femme-inspired couture. In the past, his collections have been swimwear, resort pieces, and cocktail dresses. I especially loved his “The White and Silver Collection Erte.” He has shown in cities throughout the U.S. and abroad, which included the 1992 Olympics in Seville, Spain. Medavog has also presented in galleries and museums, including his collection at the famous Playboy mansion. The debut of his men’s collection was at the Brick Bar in Hillcrest. The Red Notes performed live during the fashion show with special guest Koras. For more information, visit


Grid.” These exhibits will be on display until Jan. 7, 2018. For more information, visit

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●● Dec. 10 | Silk & Spice Luxury Couture Fashion Show — A Couture Collection by Giti Kooshkani, a California-based international fashion designer. 5 p.m. Soufi Mediterranean Cuisine, 5915 Balboa Ave., in Clairemont. 5–7 p.m. $25. For tickets, visit ●● Dec. 10 | Gaslamp 10th annual Holiday Pet Parade — Pets and their owners are dressed in their favorite holiday costumes and parade through the streets of the Gaslamp. There will be a parade and pet expo at Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade Park. 1–5 p.m. 401 K St., Gaslamp Quarter. Free to watch, $15 entry fee per pet in advance, $20 day of. Come watch the stylish dressed or register your pet today. Visit to register and for contest rules and categories. —Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned couture milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at

Models from The Visions Art Museum's Luminous Fashion show. (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro)

Francisco Medavog (center) pictured with models wearing his artistic designs and Carlene McKnight's headpieces (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

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‘Luminous Fashion’

The Visions Art Museum presented “Luminous Fashion” on Nov. 16, in the arts and culture district of Liberty Station. The runway fashion show consisted of garments and headpieces that brightly lit up the dark. This amazing use of fashion technology was created by San Diego Mesa College students in the Textile Design Class, Independent Study, and Millinery, using fiber optics, neon pixels and more.Participants included Mesa College faculty, who brought some stunning pieces to the runway. In addition, there were three from the Salk Women and Science Design and Discovery Fashion Showcase who also contributed to the fashion show. They included Marty Ornish, who named her gown and headpiece Seuss Science; Tammie Pontsler, who named her garment Sweet Lizzie and was awarded Best Translation of Science; and Rachel Merrill executed her design called Light Dance and was awarded the Most Innovative. The fashion show was narrated and curated by Susan Lazear, professor of fashion at Mesa College. For more information, visit Visions Art Museum exhibits contemporary quilts and textiles. Currently, the exhibits are named “Seductive Settings,” “Through the Grid,” “Interpretations: Conversations,” and the Visions member challenge, “Fused

San Diego Downtown News | December 2017

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3BD / 3.5 BA / 4,455

/ $5,500,000

3BD / 3.5BA / 3,662

/ $3,900,000

/ $1,595,000

coM co M

2BD / 2.5BA / 2,580

/ $1,750,000

3BD / 3.5BA / 2,831

/ $1,499,000

/ $1,499,900

2BD / 2BA / 1,548

/ $1,295,000

2BD / 2BA / 1,192

/ $1,199,000


2BD / 2BA / 1,474

/ $1,599,000

1+BD / 2BA / 1,474

2BD / 2BA / 1,572

/ $1,295,000

2BD / 2BA / 1,474

/ $1,289,000

2BD / 2BA / 1,194

/ $1,049,000



2+BD / 2BA / 1,680

/ $1,149,000


2+BD / 2BA / 1,404

/ $1,200,000


2BD / 2.5BA / 1,460

/ $899,900



3BD / 2BA / 1,613

1BD / 1BA / 735

/ $699,900

/ $394,900

/ $699,900


1BD / 1BA / 592

LOFT / 1BA / 699

coM co M

/ $374,900

2BD / 2.5BA / 1,847

1BD / 1BA / 778

/ $364,800


LOFT / 1BA / 734

/ $869,900

/ $394,500

/ $358,900

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