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➤➤ INTERVIEW P. 5 Homeless children and teens at Father Joe’s Villages conceptualized and painted the mural under the guidance of Ali McGraw and C2 Education. (Courtesy C2 Education)

Drawing their dreams Art class inspires homeless teens By Joyell Nevins

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When your next meal is a question mark, “dream big” may not be a part of your vocabulary. But several teenagers at Father Joe’s Villages now have a visual reminder of what their future could hold. In one of the buildings, stretching from the floor to the ceiling of a rec room and reaching into the hallway is a vibrant mural. The mural is a culmination of an art project called “How to Draw Your Dreams.” “That visualization has a lot of power,” said Ali McGraw, who taught and led the project in conjunction with the tutoring center C2 Education. To go along with their mission of encouraging kids to dream big, C2 Education came to Father Joe’s with the idea for the art series. They had already been working with Father Joe’s teens in subject tutoring and SAT/ACT test prep, and the Village jumped on board with this new project.

Deacon Jim Vargas, Father Joe’s president and CEO, said that while the Village offers several supportive opportunities to its young people, this idea “stood out” with its unique approach to “fostering positivity.” In the classes leading up to the mural creation, McGraw encouraged the teens to think expansively and to make their dreams as wild and huge as they could. “I told them ‘you want to climb a mountain? Then draw the tallest mountain in the world — we’re dreaming big,’” McGraw said. The art class series was open to anyone in the Village who was 15-18 years old. The first two weeks started with the teens drawing individual posters and pictures to represent their dreams. Then McGraw took those symbols and pictures and implemented them into one continuous mural. The drawing spreads across ceilings, window sills, doors and walls. During the final week, McGraw and the teens worked together to paint the mural. The rec room now contains giant representations of a wolf howling at the moon, a tattooed Minnie Mouse, kids blowing dandelions and a yin-

Fresh perspectives Bracero launches a brunch

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Pets on parade in Gaslamp

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Chefs cite overplayed dining trends and reveal what’s ahead By Frank Sabatini Jr. Last year’s local dining scene delivered a swarm of new restaurants, re-brandings and top kitchen talent that isn’t expected to let up anytime soon. Continued progress, however, requires moving past hackneyed food trends lurking conspicuously within kale salads and beneath the fat layers of pork belly. We quizzed several chefs from Downtown-area restaurants on what culinary fads of 2016 they feel should be tossed to the wind, and what new ingredients, dishes or cooking styles they plan on introducing to their menus in the coming months.

Transportation, business incubation inspire UCSD’s new East Village hub

Kevin Templeton, executive chef at Barleymash, Leave behind: “Casual cuisine served in uppity, fine-dining atmospheres. I don’t like places where you’re switching forks at every course for meals that don’t live up to the formality. I also wouldn’t mind seeing foams left behind.” Coming up: “I’m trying to broaden my horizon with more obscure produce, such as different varieties of Romanesco, shelling beans and new lettuces, like leopard Romaine, which is a cross between Romaine and leaf lettuce with little red spots.”

see Chefs, pg 4

see Mural, pg 4

By Dave Fidlin Evolving transportation infrastructure and a burgeoning business incubation culture are credited with UC San Diego’s recently announced Innovative Cultural and Education Hub. In early December, officials within UCSD took the wraps off plans for the 66,000-squarefoot development, which will be constructed at the corner of Park Boulevard and Market Street in East Village. The plans were consummated in mid-December, when the City Council approved all of its components.

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An area adjacent and to the open air rooftop extends the open format and allows for additional lounging. (Photos courtesy The Pendry Hotel)

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Bridging the gap between luxury and lifestyle By Terri Stanley For The Pendry hotel and Downtown San Diego, it is all about the millennials. “We could feel the shift in luxury,” said Michael Fuerstman, co-founder and creative director of The Pendry hotel brand. “We were looking to expand our parent company, Montage Resorts, so we took a step back and looked at the new wave of luxury customer. “The target age for us is the 30-something guest, one who is exceptionally well traveled,” Fuerstman said. “They have an appreciation for art and architecture, cultural and creative programming, and are looking for something in between a lifestyle hotel and a luxury hotel.” By 2020, millennials — those born roughly between 1982 and 2004 — will make up more than 50 percent of San Diego’s workforce. Unlike baby boomers, millennials don’t necessarily want to own something; they want experiences, where luxury and lifestyle are seamlessly intertwined. As a rule, they consider wealth a very important attribute, enjoy living and working in urban areas, and have become in many ways the prototype for the unprecedented revitalization that is happening in Downtown. The Pendry, located at 550 J St., is slated to open its doors this month — January 2017 — and is one of the first of several new residential and commercial projects planned for Downtown. Also in the mix is the millennial-driven WeWork, at 600 B St., a newly opened co-working office space that consists of six floors and 90,000 square feet of a contemporary character. “Millennials want highly amenitized workplaces, homes, condos and apartments, so on the experience side, The Pendry is probably at the top of what they would want to see, “said Kris Michell, CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP), the member-based, nonprofit organization that advocates for the economic growth and vitality of San Diego. “The Pendry and

The private rooftop pool deck invites sunbathers. Montage Resorts chose San Diego to debut its first lifestyle hotel. This represents a tipping point for us, as it’s illustrative of San Diego’s emergence on the world stage as a cultural influencer.” Other projects for the area that have been approved include: 7th and Market, a 39-story retail, hotel and condominium complex; Maker’s Quarter, a five-block urban district in the East Village with street-level retail, 800 residential units and 1 million-square-feet of creative office space; and, Manchester Pacific Gateway, a combination of commercial, retail, Navy offices and two hotels located at the former Broadway Navy Complex. The number of residential and commercial developments on the horizon is good news for San Diego and North County residents looking for more lifestyle options, according to DSDP. That’s also why The Pendry team tapped Clique Hospitality and its San Diego-based founder, Andy Masi, to run the dining and entertainment venues. “We recognized the opportunity to be a real cultural, entertainment and culinary hub within the city, and collaboration with local partners and brands was very important to us,” Fuerstman said. “Andy lives and breathes San Diego but also brings worldly exposure from outside of the market. Clique has years of experience in Las Vegas running upscale restaurants, lounges and nightclubs. He understands what works here and is pushing the bar forward to bring in an element and interesting things that aren’t here yet.” Each restaurant in the new hotel is located on the street with separate entrances that make them feel as though they are their own individual brands. The Pendry’s signature restaurant, Lionfish, will have local award-winning chef JoJo Ruiz in the kitchen, with a focus on modern coastal cuisine. Nathan’s, at the corner of Sixth and J avenues, promises to be an authentic beer hall, which will highlight the numerous craft beer mak-

ers for which San Diego is known. Located just a 5-minute walk to Petco Park, Nathan’s will feature signature keg tappings, local brewers, pretzels, sausage and bratwurst along with special events. In addition, the Oxford Social Club, an underground club located next to Lionfish, is a play on the ultra lounge scene of 10 to 15 years ago, with a DJ booth and soft, moveable seating that gives it a communal feel. A lobby bar, spa and outdoor rooftop pool deck are included in the amenities. Montage Resorts, which currently operates six luxury hotels, are known in the industry for their service culture and Pendry General Manager Michael O’Donohue, with his more than 22 years of experience in luxury hotel management, hopes that this will set The Pendry apart. The 12-story hotel offers 317 contemporary guest rooms and 36 suites, all with an elegant but comfortable modern design. The intent of the staff is to make the experience for the guest a seamless transition from outside to in, and that includes guests who travel with their pets. The Pendry is a pet-friendly hotel where man’s best friend is more than welcome. “The most critical part of our success will be the service, taking what Montage is known for and bringing that to San Diego,” O’Donohue said. “It’s in their DNA. From a citywide perspective, we are seeing record levels of growth both this year and next. We believe that San Diego is on the rise and we’re hitting it at the right time.” For more information, visit —Terri Stanley is the creator, producer and host of the Emmy award-winning Boston lifestyle show styleboston and former executive editor of Boston Common magazine. Since moving to the San Diego area, she freelances as a lifestyle writer and short film producer. Reach her at terris@

Downtown San Diego - When you decide to sell your home, setting your asking price is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Depending on how a buyer is made aware of your home, price is often the first thing he or she sees, and many homes are discarded by prospective buyers as not being in the appropriate price range before they’re even given a chance of showing. Your asking price is often your home’s “first impression”, and if you want to realize the most money you can for your home, it’s imperative that you make a good first impression. This is not as easy as it sounds, and pricing strategy should not be taken lightly. Pricing too high can be as costly to a home seller as pricing too low. Taking a look at what homes in your neighborhood have sold for is only a small part of the process, and on its own is not nearly enough to help you make the best decision. A recently study, which compiles 10 years of industry research, has resulted in a new special report entitled “Home Sellers: How to Get the Price You Want (and Need)”. This report will help you understand pricing strategy from three different angles. When taken together, this information will help you price your home to not only sell, but sell for the price you want. Order your free report today! To hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report call toll-free 1-800728-8254 and enter 1300. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get your free special report NOW to learn how to price your home to your maximum financial advantage. This report is courtesy of Reef Point Real Estate. Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract. Copyright©2016


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yang dream catcher. On the walls, birds fly, an elephant trumpets and a sun sets in the desert. Intricate patterns crisscross on the ceiling. The mural pulsates with life and emotion. “When I saw how the final mural turned out, it was inspiring,” Vargas said. “It’s clear to me that working on this project alongside a talented local artist was a one-of-akind positive experience for these young people.” McGraw noted that in the beginning, many of the teens were really nervous, but by the completion of the project they were wholeheartedly into it. “It was amazing and they were awesome,” McGraw gushed. “I loved how much they loved the project.” Vargas noted the joy that came through the teens while they worked with McGraw. “We saw that the young people truly enjoyed reflecting on what they are passionate about and translating that into artwork,” he said. “This mural project was also a fun way for these teens to exercise a new type of creativity that they don’t get to practice every day.” It’s also a way for the young people to feel a sense of accomplishment and pride — a visual reminder that they were a part of something bigger than themselves. “They can look at this years down the road and think, ‘I did something awesome,’” McGraw said. The project is also a dream come true for McGraw. It started


Lori Sauer (Courtesy H2 Public Relations)

Ali McGraw, a former Marine, led the project for C2 Education; The mural represents the hopes and dreams of the many kids involved. (Photos courtesy C2 Education) with a peace sign when she was just a child. “When I was 5, I drew a giant green peace sign on my parents’ freshly painted wall,” McGraw said. “Needless to say, they were less than pleased, but that was when I knew I wanted to paint every wall, everywhere. I eventually realized that I wanted to paint the world.” In between there was art school, the Marine Corps and civil service. When McGraw left the Marine Corps, she wanted to do work that would make her as proud of what she was doing as when she was a Marine. Part of that vision is

drawing murals around the world with local kids — and helping them leave an imprint. McGraw is now an art teacher at Practical Karate, a Pacific Beach martial arts studio that believes in all aspects of creative arts. She said she was in the “right place at the right time” to team up with C2 Education for the dream project. C2 Education began its partnership with Father Joe’s in March 2016. Twice a week, for two hours a day, tutors work with the teens in SAT/ACT prep, single-subject tutoring, and college preparation, such as completing applications and applying for financial aid.

Since its inception, C2 noted that it has helped the Father Joe’s kids increase their GPA by an average of 1.42, make drastic improvements in cognitive abilities, and consider college as a viable option. For more information about C2 Education and other dream projects they’ve hosted, visit c2education. com and For more information about Father Joe’s Villages, visit

Lori Sauer, executive pastry chef for Blue Bridge Hospitality, Leave behind: “The quenelle needs to go away. It’s a technique for making football-shaped scoops of ice cream, sorbet, mousse or mashed potatoes using two spoons. It’s been done a lot and still some people don’t do it right.” Coming up: “Filipino food is auge thing right now and it’s going to get bigger this year. I plan on doing my homework with the help of [Filipino chef] DJ Tangalin at Tidal to start integrating that influence into some of my desserts.”

—Freelance writer Joyell Nevins can be reached at joyellc@ You can also follow her blog “Small World, Big God” at

Families Using Smart Tech for Pet Care According to the American Pet Products Association, 65 percent of U.S. households own a pet of some kind. Whether they’re cats, dogs, reptiles or birds, families enjoy having a pet in the home. Feeding, caring and walking pets are often the first form of responsibility for kids and everyone enjoys the unconditional love, companionship and spunky personalities offered by furry, scaly and feathered friends. And animal owners are using technology in some surprising ways to show their love and appreciation – from using nanny cams, to leaving Animal Planet on the TV, to spending more money on pets than on friends, according to a recent study conducted by Cox Homelife. Here are some highlights of the study, are you doing any of them? Make pets comfortable while home alone: • 58% adjust the thermostat. • 57% leave out toys. • 80% leave on lights. • 40% turn on the TV or radio. Use a pet sitter, then checking on the pet sitter: • One in three pet owners reported they would be more likely to use a pet

sitter if they could monitor their activity though home automation technology. • 75% of pet owners ask for a pet sitter when leaving pets at home alone for extended periods of time. • Pet owners said they use home automation technology to check when the pet sitter visited, how long they stayed, watch what they did while they were at the house, make sure the dog is safely in its kennel, and ensure they locked the door behind them when they left.

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• Smart collars to monitor vitals: 13% of dog owners versus 11% of cat owners. Spend a lot on pets: Pet owners spend more money on gifts for their pets than for their friends and work colleagues. • One in five pet owners spend at least $100 on their pets each month. It’s evident that pet owners love their pets. And while video monitoring of pets is a perk of having a home monitoring and automation

system, it also provides peace of mind for the entire household. Cox Homelife’s state-of-the-art security and home automation technology can not only safeguard your home and its contents, but also provide warning of potential damage caused by weather events such as the heavy rains and flooding and monitor for flooding, smoke and carbon monoxide, in addition to a host of other customizable features. For more information, visit

Brad Kraten

(Courtesy Saltbox)

Brad Kraten, executive chef for Curadero (replacing Saltbox in early March), Leave behind: “The overproliferation of pumpkin spice is crazy. It doesn’t belong in potato chips or peanut butter. I think the same goes for other seasonal spices you find everywhere — in lattes, desserts and savory dishes.” Coming up: “At Curadero we’ll be making fresh tortillas daily and using Mexican ingredients like huitlacoche (corn fungus) and seafood from Baja.”

There are many ways technology can improve peace of mind and quality of life for pets. Dog and cat owners differ on which technologies they’d consider buying: • Automatic food and water distribution: 32& of dog owners versus 46% of cat owners. • GPS tracker: 36% of dog owners versus 25% of cat owners. • Video monitoring system: 32% of dog owners versus 26% of cat owners.

Stephane Voitzwinkler

(Courtesy Bay Bird Inc.)

Stephane Voitzwinkler, executive chef at Mister A’s, Leave behind: “We could

see Food Trends, pg 15


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Thousands of Scientologists and their guests congregated at the new church, located on Fourth Avenue near Downtown’s core, to witness the festive ribbon cutting Nov. 19; At the inauguration of the 55th Ideal Org church, David Miscavige (above), the church’s controversial leader, called San Diego “predestined” for the honor, as it was once the city that Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard called home. (Courtesy Church of Scientology International)

Ideal Org: ‘A perfect expression’ Former Dianetics space Downtown transforms into a new Scientology church By Dave Schwab Referencing it as “California Dreaming,” the Church of Scientology held a grand opening for its 55th “Ideal Org” which opened Nov. 19 at 1330 Fourth Ave. Downtown. “The San Diego grand opening punctuates an explosive era of expansion for the church and marks the 55th Ideal Church Organization (Ideal Org) to open its doors,” said David Miscavige, the The property has long existed on Fourth Avenue but the word "Dianetics" has now been replaced with "Scientology." (Courtesy Church of Scientology International) ecclesiastical leader of Scientology, in a press release. counseling). We even offer free religion, in its theology, religious According to Nick Banks, courses online on the Scientology media relations for the controver- practice and organization. The website. Scientologists are simply breadth and scope of the relisial church, nearly 3,500 people those who use Scientology-applied gion includes more than 11,000 attended the grand opening. religious technology to improve “Ideal Orgs now stand in cities churches of Scientology, missions conditions in their lives and the and related organizations in all over the world — from Los lives of others. countries all over the world. Angeles to London, Melbourne We do have a membership   to Milan, and Tel Aviv to Tokyo,” organization — the International (SDDN) It seems there is a Miscavige also stated in the Association of Scientologists (IAS) group mentality in Scientology, release. and most Scientologists join the The church’s leader also noted does it cater to the individual, or IAS and are very proud to be part that “Ideal” is the standard set by is the individual supposed to be of it because of the tremendous subservient to the group? Scientology founder L. Ron Hubwork the IAS has accomplished (COS) This idea is most defibard so that every church could through its support of the nitely a misconception. There is be a perfect expression of the church’s humanitarian and social religion’s principles and practices. certainly a strong sense of group betterment activities. You can in Scientology and many ScienThe 49,000-square-foot strucread more about the IAS here: ture on Fourth Avenue — always tologists are involved in groups owned by the Church of Scientol- in their communities and support ogy but apparently used for other the social betterment and hu(SDDN) What are the expecpurposes — has been there for de- manitarian activities the church tations of members? cades. Just a few blocks from City sponsors. Still others choose to (COS) The expectations of Hall, the building previously had work at Scientology churches or Scientologists are expressed in the word “Dianetics” inscribed on missions as their careers. But several codes and creeds. You the outside facing Fourth Avenue. Scientologists are tremendously diverse in their backgrounds, can find them under background Having missed the opportuinterests and activities. I recomand beliefs on our website, here: nity to attend the media open mend you look through some of house that was set for Nov 20,   Downtown News followed up with the videos we have online in the (SDDN) Tell us about your “Meet a Scientologist” section of spokespeople from the Church of outlet in San Diego, its history, our website (under videos) and Scientology and asked that they etc., its purpose. respond to the following questions you will see this variety if you (COS) The Church of Scienvisit about the religion, its founder, tology San Diego is what we call role and functions: (SDDN) When you join, an Ideal Scientology Organiza  is there a membership fee, an tion. (San Diego Downtown orientation? Do you need to know The ecclesiastical leader of News | SDDN) What is Sciensomeone in the organization to the Scientology religion, Mr. tology? A religion? A philosophy? join? How does that work? David Miscavige, launched the A lifestyle? (COS) Anyone may come to a Ideal Org (short for organiza(Church of Scientology Scientology church and simply attion) strategy to transform all | COS) Scientology is a truly tend the Sunday Service, enroll in Scientology churches into Ideal unique contemporary religion — churches and accomplish the the only major religion to emerge a Scientology course or seminar goal L. Ron Hubbard set for Scior receive introductory Scientoloin the 20th century. Scientology is fully developed, by definition of gy or Dianetics auditing (spiritual entologists — to one day create

churches that were the physical embodiment of Scientology technology to help all beings attain spiritual freedom. An Ideal Org is a church configured to provide the full services of the Scientology religion to its parishioners and to the community. “Ideal” encompasses both the physical facilities and the types of services ministered to parishioners and the community. These churches house extensive public information multimedia displays describing all aspects of Dianetics and Scientology, founder L. Ron Hubbard, and the church›s social betterment and community outreach programs. Religious services are provided in distraction-free and aesthetic course rooms and spiritual counseling rooms. There are also libraries, bookstores, film and seminar rooms and expansive chapels for Sunday services, weddings, naming ceremonies and other congregational gatherings. Since 2003, more than 50 Ideal churches have arisen across the planet, including those cultural capitals — the National Church of Scientology of Spain; the Church of Scientology of New York; the Church of Scientology of San Francisco; the Church of Scientology of London; the Church of Scientology of Berlin, the Church of Scientology of Moscow, the Church of Scientology of Sydney; the Church of Scientology of Bogotá; the Church of Scientology of Tokyo. (SDDN) What makes this facility different than what’s been there previously? (COS) The facility has been greatly expanded, with a Public Information Center where anyone may visit, take a self-guided tour and learn about the fundamentals of Scientology, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, the services we provide and the programs we support. The church now also has conference rooms, seminar rooms, a large chapel that doubles as an auditorium and conference facility. These facilities are available to like-minded community groups for use in their own nonprofit activities and for town halls or other community gatherings. It is a very welcoming environment and is there to serve the community. San Diego has many urgent issues, not the least of which are crime, drug abuse and

human trafficking. The church is a facility where those concerned with these and other important social problems may work together to tackle these issues. (SDDN) Can anyone go into your public information center, or do you need an appointment? (COS) Anyone may come and tour the center without an appointment. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.–10 p.m. and 9 a.m.–6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, including holidays. (SDDN) Tell us about your planned expansion and all that it entails? (COS) Our San Diego staff is extremely excited to be able to deliver all Scientology services in a perfect environment. A dedicated partner in the San Diego community for decades, their new facilities provide the church greatly increased capability to serve San Diego — one of the finest communities in America. (SDDN) How can Downtown residents or businesses work with the new Church of Scientology? (COS) They should simply call the church or stop in and ask to see the public executive secretary who will be very happy to help them accomplish their purposes, introduce them to our programs and forge partnerships or associations to the benefit of the community. (SDDN) What do Scientology institutions do to foster involvement in the communities in which they’re in? (COS) As they progress in their Scientology studies and auditing, people tend to become more aware of and concerned about the state of their communities and naturally wish to do more to improve them. There is an entire department in every Scientology church to help Scientology form or become active in the community and to guide them in their work. To read more about the church’s grand opening in San Diego and see the speeches of the guests, visit zsmmjn3. To see more of this Q&A, visit —Dave Schwab can be reached at dschwabie@journalist. com.v



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How much will your Medicare cost in 2017? By Cate Kortzeborn Not long ago, I had dinner with a group of friends from college. One of the big topics of conversation was Medicare, for which we’ll all be eligible in the next several years. (Farewell, callow youth!) And one of the biggest questions about Medicare was, “How much is it going to cost me?” Like private health insurance, Medicare has premiums, deductibles and co-pays. These costs can — and often do — change from year to year. What you actually pay depends on your work history, your income, and inflation. Only about 1 percent of people with Medicare pay a monthly premium for Medicare Part A, which covers inpatient hospitalization, skilled nursing care and some home health services. That’s because they paid Medicare paycheck deductions for 40 quarters or longer during their working lives. Most people do, however, pay a monthly premium for Medicare Part B, which covers doctor fees, outpatient treatment, durable medical equipment and other items. Part B premiums are rising in 2017, but for most people, the increase won’t be very much. The law protects most seniors from Part B premium hikes if the cost-ofliving adjustment (COLA) in their Social Security benefit doesn’t go up in a given year. Since the Social Security COLA for 2017 will be 0.3 percent, about 70 percent of Medicare beneficiaries will pay an average Part B premium of $109 per month in 2017. That’s up from $104.90 for the past four years. The remaining 30 percent of Medicare’s 58 million beneficiaries will pay the standard Part B premium of $134 for 2017, a 10 percent increase over the 2016 premium of $121.80. This smaller group is not protected under the statutory “hold harmless” provision linked to the Social Security COLA. It includes people who don’t receive Social Security benefits; enroll in Part B for the first time in 2017; are directly billed for their Part B premium; are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid and have their premiums

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Like private health insurance, Medicare has premiums, deductibles and co-pays. These costs can, and often do, change from year to year. paid by a state agency; and those who pay higher premiums based on their higher incomes. This year, as in the past, the government has worked to lessen projected premium increases for these beneficiaries, while maintaining a prudent level of reserves to protect against unexpected costs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will work with Congress as it explores budget-neutral

solutions to challenges created by the “hold harmless” provision. Part B also has an annual deductible, which will rise to $183 in 2017 (compared with $166 in 2016). After your deductible is met, you typically pay 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount for most doctor services (including most doctor services while you’re a hospital inpatient), outpatient therapy and durable medical equipment. The Part A deductible, which you pay when admitted to the hospital, will be $1,316 per benefit period in 2017, up from $1,288 in 2016. This deductible covers your share of costs for the first 60 days of Medicarecovered inpatient hospital care in a benefit period. People with Medicare will also pay coinsurance of $329 per day for the 61st through 90th day of hospitalization in a benefit period ($322 in 2016), and $658 per day for lifetime reserve days ($644 in in 2016). For beneficiaries in skilled nursing facilities, the coinsurance for days 21 through 100 in a benefit period will be $164.50 in 2017 (versus $161 in 2016). Since 2007, higher-income people with Medicare have paid higher Part B premiums. These income-indexed rates affect about 5 percent of people with Medicare. So, for example, a person with Medicare who files an individual tax return showing an income between $85,000 and $107,000 will pay a Part B premium of $187.50 per month next year. Some people choose to get their benefits through privately-operated Medicare Advantage health plans, or purchase a Medicare Part D plan to help cover their prescription drug costs. Many of these plans carry their own monthly premiums. For more information about 2017 premiums and deductibles, go to, or call Medicare any time of day or night, at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). —Cate Kortzeborn is Medicare’s acting regional administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Territories.v

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A conversation with Susan A. Davis Congressional Watch Andy Cohen The calendar has mercifully turned to 2017, leaving behind a tumultuous 2016 that will go down in history as one of America’s most trying, troubling — a year that politically was certainly one of the most shocking, for better or worse, in American history. Few can argue that 2016 brought about a turning point in the political culture of the United States. Where that turning point will lead us is anybody’s guess. With Donald Trump set to occupy the White House, and Republicans maintaining control of both houses of Congress — albeit by slimmer margins — the country’s political drift is poised to take a significant rightward shift. This places our national government at particular odds with California, the largest state in the Union with the sixth largest economy in the world. While Republicans control Washington, D.C., Democrats are in total control of California, holding every statewide elected office and regaining supermajorities in both houses of the state Legislature. Caught in the crossfire is California’s congressional delegation, where 41 out of 55 representatives

(including our two senators) are Democrats. That includes Susan A. Davis (D-53), who was just reelected to her ninth term in Congress. We sat down with Rep. Davis, for a conversation on an array of topics, to get her perspective on what she thinks is in store for (at least) the next two years, particularly as it pertains to San Diego. Following is the first of a two-part feature based on that interview. As an elected member of Congress, Davis said that her (and her office’s) role is as an advocate for the community; that they “deliver for people” the federal services that are available to them. “We make sure that when people call that we’re here to help them,” Davis said. “When people come to us, they’re usually pretty desperate. People don’t start off with their local member of Congress. It’s not the first place they go to get help, particularly here in San Diego, where we have strong numbers of people on Social Security and Medicare. We know that that’s critically important.” In the aftermath of the 2016 election, California (and to a lesser extent, New York) has come under attack from the national political establishment, particularly the conservative wing. For many, the election served as a rebuke to our values, which are seemingly at odds with the national electorate. In 2012, for example, Californians voted specifically to raise taxes on the wealthiest residents and to raise the state sales tax, which spread the burden across the board. Since then, California’s economy is as strong as it has ever been. Trump and Republicans, how-

ever, ran and won — nationally — on the opposite message. “We have to share our story,” Davis said when asked about the disparity, adding that it’s important to “make the case” about what’s worked in California. Regarding how her colleagues in Congress view the Golden State, Davis said that it depends on whom you ask. “A lot of people see us for the innovation state that we are and I think that they would like to see that in their own states,” she said. Still, there’s a tangible animosity toward California that has spread across the country. Again, Davis said, we have to talk about what has worked for us. “The other thing that we have to share with the rest of the country is ‘where would you be if you didn’t have California?,’” Davis mused. “Think of all the things California has given you. Take them all out of your house. You don’t want any California products? People would be kinda lost.” She has a point. Consider that California has been the center of the tech boom over the last two decades. Cell phones — Apple and their iPhone in particular — were developed in California. Google, Facebook, Twitter, many of the wines that people drink, the food that they eat, much of which also comes from here. California, she said, has also been at the forefront of climate research, immigration reform and other important issues. “We’ve also been at the forefront of addressing equal rights,” she said. Davis said other communities across the country are looking for ways to improve their economic

San Diego Downtown News | January 2017 standing, and that California is in a strong position to provide advice based on our experiences here. “We have to share what we have here, but we also have to be supportive of all the other contributions that are being made across the country,” she said. As she previously mentioned, California has led the way on climate change policy. That position would seem tenuous with Republicans in control of Congress and Trump set to occupy the White House. The state can, she said, protect against a national rollback of climate and environmental protections. “But the legislature and the governor have to be on the same page,” she said. And they are. “There are also some things that they’re not going to be able to roll back and we have to hold them accountable,” she said, referring to the expected efforts to roll back progress made during the Obama Administration on the environment and climate change. “[We need to] be very public. People are going to be looking to us [Congress] to be very clear about what real and what’s not” when assertions are made in contradiction to scientific evidence. With regards to the military, which is critical to the San Diego economy, Davis said she disagrees with Trump’s assessment that today’s military is “depleted” and “not capable of facing the most dire crisis since World War II.” Davis — along with Scott Peters (D-52) and Duncan Hunter (R-50) — sits on the House Armed Services Committee. “We are certainly prepared


Rep. Susan Davis, D-53 2700 Adams Ave. #102 San Diego, CA 92116 Local: 619-280-5353 Washington: 202-225-2040 to do whatever would be needed today,” she said. “Where the readiness can be better is further down the chain,” such as in the FBI and Homeland Security. More research and development in cybersecurity is needed in order for the U.S. to be “prepared on several fronts,” she added. Locally, Davis said the military feels good about the last budget that was passed through the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). “Our job is to make sure what we are spending money on is appropriate,” she said. “A lot of that area is in readiness, but there are areas where we can do better. “We can’t ignore the institutions that made them prepared,” such as education, she said. Stay tuned to hear more from Rep. Davis in next month’s column. —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at ac76@


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A reputable kitchen rings the brunch bell Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr.

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From the chef-restaurateur hailed by multinational media for his ingenious interpretations of Baja-Mediterranean cuisine comes a new weekend brunch, which debuted last month at Bracero Cocina de Raiz. Its introduction at Bracero seems overdue for a culinary deity like Javier Plascencia, who helped opened the Little Italy restaurant more than a year ago and announced on Jan. 3 that he will be leaving his post as executive chef in the coming weeks after gaining fanfare for such regular, daily offerings as complex crudos, gyro-pineapple tacos, and acorn squash in black mole. Prior to launching Bracero, which will remain under the ownership of Mexiterranean Hospitality, Plascencia received numerous accolades for his “Med-Mex” cooking at Romesco in Bonita, of which he is also parting ways, plus several restaurants he operates in Mexico, including the acclaimed Mision 19 in Tijuana’s vibrant Zona Rio District. Yet despite his history of swooning consumers on both sides of the border with dishes The New York Times described as “show-stopping,” Plascencia isn’t immune to the slipups a friend and I witnessed a few weeks after the curtain rose on Bracero’s brunch service, which is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Satur-

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days and Sundays. To be fair, the transitioning Plascencia wasn’t on property when we visited, nor had a replacement been appointed. Our favorite dishes included two of the most familiar foods known to modern man. The house guacamole, served generously with novel additions of beluga lentils, black bean hummus and zaatar-dusted tortilla chips, was rich and velvety and worthy of repeat orders on future visits. And if you’ve never experienced Caesar salad based on the 1924 recipe of Caesar Cardini when he owned a small eatery in Tijuana, the dressing and presentation at Bracero is something you won’t mind devouring before noon. The heads of romaine are kept intact and drizzled in a brownish, emulsified admixture of olive oil, red wine vinegar, crushed garlic, Worcestershire sauce and Parmesan cheese. Hate anchovies? Then this Caesar is for you. Cardini supposedly didn’t like them either, and they were added into the recipe later by his brother. Another fave was the carrot

(top to bottom) Carrot aguachile with tuna and shrimp; Lentil-studded guacamole with chips; “Tijuana’s original Caesar salad”; the “gringas” quesadilla with chicken (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

aguachile, a ceviche-like starter featuring a boatload of raw ahi and citrus-marinated shrimp rising from a pond of juiced carrots, which my companion likened to gazpacho. The menu description cites cashews and ghost peppers in the scheme, but the minced nuts were too scarce to offer the intended crunch, and we never encountered a single chili pepper. A few mishaps more difficult to ignore occurred during the second half of our meal amid a merry-go-round of servers who were efficient, but rather impersonal when coming and going in this confusing fashion. What would have been terrific tasting refried chorizo-spiked beans were stone cold when served. They accompanied machaca con huevos, an overcooked egg scramble riddled in parts by sinewy beef. The saving grace was the baby potatoes, fried tenderly with onions and peppers in what seemed to be chili-infused oil. The “Tijuana-style gringas” turned out to be a fancy quesadilla stuffed with buttery cheese, baby heirloom tomatoes, bell peppers and chicken that tasted boiled. Had the poultry been trimmed of its gristle and flamebroiled, we would have given the dish a rousing A-plus. Provisional glitches aside, Bracero captivates guests with an artistically rustic motif that ascends to a second-level mezzanine. Its masculine design, accented with copious antiques, pays tribute to the hardworking Mexican nationals who took manual-labor jobs in the U.S. from the early 1940s to the mid-1960s under a series of government-

contract programs that included The Bracero Program. The concept is welcoming and historically significant. And it’s fueled by a sturdy selection of Baja wines and a cocktail list featuring excellent margaritas spiked with Mandarin Napoleon cognac. Or if you’re seeking a boozier punch to your brunch, the “Czech Yourself” obliges with a tantalizing blend of smoky mezcal, herby Becherovka liqueur and absinthe, offering a carefree ending to whatever you eat. Note: Shortly before press time, Placenscia released a statement saying in part: “Going into the new year, I will be taking time

to focus on my restaurants in Tijuana, Valle de Guadalupe, as well as a new project I have in the pipeline in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur.” —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. You can reach him at fsabatini@san.


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After serving as a go-to spot for Mandarin and Szechwan cuisine for nearly 30 years in Horton Plaza, the Panda Inn is closing its doors on Jan. 31. A company rep from the original Pasadena location, established in 1973, told San Diego Downtown News that consumer traffic at the restaurant “and the plaza in general” has dropped significantly because of the plaza’s restructured parking fees. 506 Horton Plaza, 619-233-7800, pandainn. com. Saltbox Dining & Drinking in Hotel Palomar is currently in transition to become Curadero, which its promoters are describing before it opens in a couple months as “a celebration of soulful Mexican street food in a vibrant, modern interior.” The concept will incorporate braised and roasted meats, ceviches, a taco window, Mexican craft beers, Baja wines, and specialty cocktails. During the renovation, guests can take advantage of the hotel’s rooftop deck for drinks and munchies. 1047 Fifth Ave., 619-515-3000,

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Seared ahi at 57 Degrees (Photo by Russ Kindom)

Locals and their friends or family members arriving into town via San Diego International Airport are entitled to a glass of beer or wine at half off the regular price at 57 Degrees if they show their boarding passes at the bar. Located in Middletown, the spacious establishment also recently introduced several new fall-winter dishes by New Orleans native, Esteff DeFelice. They include fried green tomatoes, sesame-crusted seared ahi, PEI mussels, and house-made chocolate mousse. 1735 Hancock St., 619-234-5757,

(l to r) Award-winning restaurateurs Luca and Antonio Abbruzzino arrive this month from Italy to cook two public dinners (Courtesy Civico 1845) Southern Italian food cooked by Michelin-rated chefs visiting from Southern Italy will take center stage in two dinners scheduled for 5:30 and 7:45 p.m., Jan. 18, at Civico 1845 in Little Italy. The multi-course meals each include an appetizer, two pasta dishes, two entrees and two desserts for a price that has yet to be determined. In conjunction with Civico’s chefs, the dinners will be cooked by visiting chefs Antonio Abbruzzino and his son, Luca, both of whom have received Michelin stars each year since 2014 for restaurants they operate in Italy. Reservations are required. 1845 India St., 619-4315990,

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Coronado-based Blue Bridge Hospitality, which operates Liberty Public Market in Point Loma, has reconfigured its anchor Mess Hall Restaurant to accommodate three new concepts: the fast-casual food and drink area called Mess Hall Bar, the Grape Smuggler Bar featuring wine and tapas, and Pi Bar, which specializes in rectangular Roman-style pizzas. The market, which opened in March, is currently home to 30 vendors. 2820 Historic Decatur Road, liberty-

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The longstanding Anthony’s Fish Grotto perched along the Embarcadero will officially shutter Jan. 31. The establishment, which opened as a 16-seat diner at Downtown’s Old Ferry Landing in 1946, moved to its current location in 1965. But in a Port of San Diego bidding process for redevelopment, it lost its lease to The Brigantine Inc., which will reportedly modernize the space with a fresh restaurant concept. In commemoration of Anthony’s final month on the waterfront, the restaurant plans on conducting free raffles for dinners at its La Mesa location (9530 Murray Drive) and may also offer throwback prices on signature dishes, such as the revered clam chowder. 1360 N. Harbor Drive, 619-232-5103, —Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at


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Revelers decked out in Mardi Gras colors and beads enjoy Gator by the Bay. (Courtesy Gator by the Bay)

Get your gator on Early bird tickets on sale for annual festival By Wendy Lemlin The second weekend in May might seem like a long time away, but planning for the 16th annual Gator by the Bay festival has been going on now for months, and headliners have recently been announced. The good news is, discounted advance tickets are on sale now, with the deepest discounts available until Jan. 15. For this limited time, tickets for this weekend filled with Cajun music, food and dance are the most affordable they will ever be. Gator by the Bay will take place May 11-14 at Spanish Landing Park, and it is San Diego’s largest music and good times festival. With approximately 100 musical performances over four days happening on seven stages, what makes Gator By the Bay unique is its focus on the music and culture of Louisiana. Why Louisiana in San Diego? If you’ve ever heard the rollicking Cajun and zydeco music from the southwestern part of that state, and seen — or been one of — the couples dancing with joy to the lively tunes, you don’t have to ask. If you’ve ever caught the Mardi Gras spirit of New Orleans, with beads, boas and brass bands, you don’t have to ask. If you’ve tantalized your taste buds with Cajun

and Creole cuisine — think 10,000 pounds of boiled crawfish, spicy shrimp étouffée, a steaming bowl of gumbo, red beans and rice — you don’t have to ask. Louisiana music and culture lets the good times roll and that is the spirit infused into Gator By the Bay. This year, the inimitable, multi-GrammyAward nominee Marcia Ball will headline the festival kick-off concert on the evening of May 11. Internationally loved for her roadhouse boogie-woogie style, the high-energy singer, pianist, and musical storyteller brings the party wherever she goes. Cajun and zydeco headliners straight from Louisiana include Grammywinning Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, and Grammy nominees Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie, and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. In recent years, the festival has grown to also showcase legendary Chicago and California blues artists, rockabilly and roots, and salsa and Latin music. Igor Prado Band, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the Dennis Jones Band have also been announced as blues headliners. The festival experience includes large wooden dance floors, free dance lessons, cooking demos, Mardi Gras parades, kids’ activities, music and culture workshops, and loads of fun. Early bird prices range from $100-$130 for three or four day passes and $28- $75 for advance single day tickets. Children 17 and under are free with a paid adult ticket. Ticket prices will go up Jan. 16. For more info, visit Plan ahead to get your Gator on!

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Interactive app wins preservation award Offering ‘a glimpse of the past using the technology of today’ Little Italy News Christopher Gomez Little Italy Association’s mobile application, created to bring the neighborhood’s ancestors’ stories to life through augmented reality and historic tours around the community, is putting Little Italy on the digital map! The Little Italy San Diego Interactive Mobile App has had great success this past year and it was recently awarded one of the Governor’s annual preservation awards. Presented by the state of California since 1986, the Historic Preservation Award is given each year to worthy recipients, recognizing their outstanding achievements and innovations in the field of historical preservation.

The Little Italy app was developed by Guru, an experiential technology company that creates innovative apps and solutions for cultural institutions. The app allows visitors of all ages to tour the neighborhood and receive broad overviews of the origins of Little Italy from the 16th to the 20th century, through audio-guided tours, narratives, sound bites, videos, photos and the technology to bring users augmented reality. The state-of-the-art augmented reality technology in the app brings Little Italy’s rich diverse heritage to life, from the early immigration of Italian-Americans, to the years they spent building the community, to what it is today. The tours provide a virtual window into the Italian immigrant experience by allowing the user to hear personal anecdotes and memories, as told by some of the oldest residents of Little Italy. One of the best parts about the mobile app is that anyone can use it. For children, an animated child-mascot, Danny Boy, excites and leads visitors around the neighborhood to experience videos, photographs, games and a quiz. For adults, the app provides a

guide to all the area’s landmarks, restaurants and other artistic and cultural offerings. Through the Little Italy app, San Diego’s Little Italy is transformed into a walkable museum, providing visitors a glimpse of the past by using the technology of today. Little Italy Association’s goal is to preserve the history of the neighborhood and share the stories of the ancestors who founded the Little Italy community through the fishing industry and local Italian businesses, all while making it exciting and fun. The Little Italy app brings an exciting new element to storytelling and shares the neighborhood’s traditions and history with the world — making it possible to keep the Italian culture alive for future generation to come. To find out more information on the Little Italy San Diego Interactive Mobile App, visit To stay connected with us follow us on Instagram and Twitter @LittleItalySD and Facebook/San Diego Little Italy. —Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at chris@

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● Many of those surveyed live Downtown (27.5 percent) and still used a car to get around (12.7 percent of those living Downtown).

● 80.8 percent of respondents were professionals traveling for work using a car. ● Most people travel from the beach areas (12 percent), East County (8.6 percent), North County (10.3 percent) and nearby neighborhoods like North Park/ South Park (10.6 percent) and Normal Heights/City Heights (7.7 percent).

Those surveyed were mainly concerned about parking, walking, traffic and safety. Most mentioned that they believed parking in East Village was expensive and difficult to locate. Often they are forced to park far from their destination and have to walk. The goal of the Do the Ride Thing campaign is to ease

parking concerns and promote alternative transportation while getting visitors and locals to their destination. For more information about the EVA’s Do The Ride Thing campaign or East Village, visit —Sunny Lee is the program manager of the East Village Association, a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation that manages the East Village business improvement district. To learn more visit the

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UCSD HUB UCSD’s Extension office will oversee the new Downtown location when it opens, tentatively scheduled in 2020. Mary Walshok, associate vice chancellor of UCSD’s public programs and dean of the Extension, said the hub site will offer a broad range of programs, similar to those offered at the main campus in La Jolla. “We’re not talking about just putting in a few departments,” Walshok said about the hub. “This is a site that is going to have a very unique role. This is a game changer.” There are no plans of stripping away UCSD’s core operations in La Jolla, Walshok said. Instead, the new hub location is designed to meet students’ — and the community’s — changing expectations. “Cities are sexy again,” Walshok said. “You’ve got young people choosing to be right in the heart of cities, where they can live, work and play. There are a lot of new opportunities for urban growth.” The shift by the millennial demographic is not unique to San Diego. In other major cities across the U.S., the same trend is occurring, and developmental shifts are following suit to keep pace with the demand. Alongside the cultural living shift has been new transportation infrastructure — most prominently, San Diego’s expanding trolley line. Walshok said many university officials were opposed to the trolley system when it was first built, though many have since changed their tune. “We view [the hub] as something that is very critical to San Diego at this point,” she said. “We are a city that grew up around freeways.” But the growth of the trolley line — incorporating connections to La Jolla, Downtown and North County — has provided more transportation options than ever. Strategically, the hub is near San Diego’s small, but growing, business startup scene. Walshok said it made sense, strategically, to lay their stakes near the city’s innovation and tech core. Several prominent city officials, including Mayor Kevin Faulconer, have openly supported UCSD’s new hub and pointed to the reasons they believe it will be a positive for Downtown. “This new project will continue the revitalization of the East Village neighborhood, and with UC San Diego’s top-notch reputation, provide countless opportunities as we prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow,” Faulconer said in a statement. By virtue of their design and function, universities are oftentimes associated with higher education. But Chancellor Pradeep Khosla said UCSD also plays an important role in enhancing the local economy. “This new hub will support


Aerial renderings of how UC San Diego’s new Innovative Cultural and Education Hub and street-side plaza will appear in East Village. (Courtesy UCSD Extension) economic development Downtown, while delivering new educational opportunities for our students, faculty and staff,” Khosla said in a statement. “[The hub will] provide a greater connection to the communities throughout San Diego.” In addition to educational classrooms, the new hub will also have a variety of other amenities that are designed to weave into the fabric of East Village and Downtown as a whole. A 3,000-square-foot restaurant on the hub’s ground floor and an outdoor amphitheater are among the separate developments within the complex. Additionally, the hub is slated to offer arts events and exhibits that will showcase the university and the larger community’s cultural offerings. Workshops and seminars tailored specifically toward Downtown’s workforce are also part of the plans. The hub will also tie into a bigger picture; a residential development in the location that includes 341 market-rate apartments and 85 rent-restricted affordable apartments for people with low incomes. According to UCSD officials, no state money will be used to finance the construction of the hub. A variety of funding sources — including program underwriting, contracts and grants, fees for services and lease revenues — will go toward annual operating costs. Walshok said behind-thescenes planning took place over a span of five years before the renderings were unveiled last month. With the all-important city approvals granted, Walshok said a target of this summer to begin construction is on track. “There has been a lot of enthusiasm from the community and it’s something we’re very grateful for,” Walshok said. “We’re all starting to realize this is actually going to become a reality.” —Dave Fidlin is a freelance journalist with a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at

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FOOD TRENDS move forward from escargot. It’s fine and good, but it’s basically garlic butter for your bread. By the time your main course arrives, you’re full.” Coming up: “Old-school dishes from Europe, but with a little flair and high-end ingredients such as black and white truffles, good caviar, Dover sole and American red snapper.”

Robert Smyth (foreground) in Bill Cain’s treatise on theatrical truth, “Equivocation,” directed by his wife, Deborah Gilmour Smyth, at Lamb’s Players Theatre. (Photo by Ken Jacques)

A subjective look back at San Diego theater in 2016 By Charlene Baldridge Theater critics are usually given complimentary tickets for a performance near the opening of each production. A ticket to see another performance is ordinarily at the critic’s expense. The Dec. 21 deluge did not matter. I had purchased a ticket to see ion theatre’s “The Normal Heart” again before it closed and nothing would dissuade me. Every year of late has presented a must-see-again production (I attended 150 this year, here and abroad). This year there were many, but time allowed a return to only three of them, ion theatre’s “The Normal Heart” and “Sunday in the Park With George,” and Diversionary Theatre’s premiere of the extraordinary “The Boy Who Danced on Air.” Two plays I wanted to see again but could not fit into my schedule were Cygnet Theatre’s alternating repertory of August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars” and “King Hedley II,” for which they brought in a renowned Wilson director who cast the works with identical companies mainly comprised of area actors. Outstanding and quirky at La Jolla Playhouse were Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Playhouse commissioned musical, “Miss You Like Hell” and the challenging and enigmatic “Last Tiger in Haiti,” a world premiere coproduction with Berkeley Rep written by Jeff Augustine and directed by Joshua Kahan Brody, both graduates of the Playhouse’s MFA program.

Also exceptional

● The Old Globe’s lovable new musical, “October Sky,” and Steve Martin’s goofy backyard comedy, “Meteor Shower.” ● My favorite production of the year, Bill Cain’s treatise on theatrical truth, “Equivocation,” directed by Deborah Gilmour Smyth at Lamb’s Players Theatre and starring her husband, Robert Smyth, as “Shagspear.” ● Intrepid Theatre’s amazing “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” at the Horton Grand Theatre, directed by Christy Yael Cox and starring the Smyths. After assuming shared programming (with San Diego Musical Theatre) of the

Aliano Decka (Courtesy The Nth Element) Aliano Decka, executive chef at Carne Prima, Leave behind: “I’d like to see the dining trend go from rushed to what dining out is supposed to be — like how they do in Italy, where you sit down to eat at 8 p.m. with family and friends and finish at about 1 a.m. I want to bring that type of experience to Carne Prima.” Coming up: “I plan to bring in USDA prime-aged steaks, which have a taste many people have never experienced. I also plan on using cicoria (European chicory). People want healthy options and cicoria is high in protein, full of vitamins and hard to find here.”

Linda Libby as Mama Rose in Cygnet Theatre’s production of “Gypsy.” (Photo by Ken Jacques)

Horton Grand, Intrepid produced an equally impressive production of Yasmin Reza’s “Art.” ● North Coast Repertory for its surprising and involving production of “Way Down River.” ● San Diego Repertory Theatre for its exquisite Moliere adaptation “Manifestis Destinitis,” written by playwright-inresidence Herbert Siguenza, and its intense, suspenseful production of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize winner, “Disgraced.”

Notable performances

● Jo Anne Glover’s portrayal of a manipulative lesbian in Moxie Theatre’s production of “The Kid Thing.” ● Herbert Siguenza’s sincere, straight-ahead portrayal of the household maid in his own “Manifestis Destinitis.” ● Jonathan Raviv for his multi-faceted portrayal of Jahandar, who owns the boy who dances on air in the Diversionary production of Tim Rosser and Charlie Sohne’s world premiere musical,

“The Boy Who Danced on Air.” ● Claudio Raygoza’s portrayal of the Ken Kramer character in ion theatre’s “The Normal Heart.” ● Linda Libby as Mama Rose in Cygnet Theatre’s production of “Gypsy” and — because who in the world could/would be expected to play such a packed performance week? — her colleague, Melissa Fernandes, who spelled Libby weekly and then for her next act, less than a month later, turned in a stunning performance as Dot in ion’s “Sunday in the Park With George.” As Mama Rose, the two women were amazing, each unique, each nuanced and vocally solid. I doubt there’s another city in the USA that could field such a duo. Here’s to more great theater in 2017! —Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. You can follow her blog at or reach her at charb81@gmail. com.v

Giselle Wellman (Photo by Audrey Ma) Giselle Wellman, executive chef for Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen, Leave behind: “Deconstructed dishes, where everything is separated. For example, when you take an apple cobbler, separate the ingredients, throw it on a plate, and call it apple cobbler — it’s not. You don’t want to leave the diner figuring out how to eat something.” Coming up: “I’m moving forward with grains, beans and produce that we don’t normally use. I went to Mexico recently and saw produce that wasn’t perfect looking, like that in our supermarkets, but their flavors were amazing. We need to start falling in love with the imperfections of products grown locally in an effort to reduce consumer waste.”

Ben Miller (Courtesy Quad Alehouse) Ben Miller, executive chef of Quad AleHouse, Leave behind: “Overpriced restaurants. It’s too darn expensive to charge $100 a head for meals that could realistically be served for less. What I like about our restaurant is that it’s more affordable for the average Joe to come in and enjoy an upscale burger, barbecue brisket or pork, or a quality piece of ahi.” Coming up: “I’ll be using nitrogen and other methods of molecular gastronomy to infuse flavors into different foods. I’m going to the sweet side first and already dabbled in making fruit caviar, which is basically turning regular fruit juice into little beads that can be used as flavorful garnishes on desserts.”

Mario Cassineri (Courtesy of The Nth Element) Mario Cassineri, chef/ partner of Bice San Diego, Stay behind: “Let’s get rid of complicated dishes that people don’t understand and have to pay big prices for when they’re supposed to be enjoying something traditional. To make a good dish, you don’t have to be fancy and expensive. Just stick to tradition and add your twists.” Coming up: “I’m going to introduce more vegan and vegetarian Italian dishes to the menu. I love cooking all sorts of food and this is an area I look forward to building in 2017.” —Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at fsabatini@san.

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Winter twists on cocktail classics Money lessons are learned, not taught Drink Shrink Jeff Josenhans With colder weather upon us in sunny San Diego, we also welcome a change in our drinking habits. Rosé and ice cold Mexican beer are somewhat out of place in colder and darker days, while stronger ales and “bigger” red wines just seem to gravitate towards our palate more than what they did a few months ago. Creating cocktails at home is not only a festive way to celebrate the New Year, but also a great way to entertain until we get warm again — even if that just means getting back over 75 degrees come spring 2017. The easiest way to look like a pro at home while bartending is to start with something classic that you are already comfortable with. From there you are just going to interpret for the season and give it a whirl. These three cocktails below are approachable for any home bartender, and will give your guests (or yourself if you drink alone — there’s nothing wrong with that) a memorable drinking experience they will all envy. The mojito — This is the classic summer drink that is an crowd pleaser whenever it’s hot outside, but when you break it down it’s just a simple combination of rum, herbs, sugar and citrus. For a winter version, try replacing the mint with some of your favorite spice or a winter herb. A easy approach is to simply muddle cinnamon sticks in your shaker with rum, let it soak


a 5-10 minutes, then shake it up with freshly squeezed lime and fine cane sugar. Strain over rocks and garnish with a cinnamon stick. The margarita — Also a classic warm-weather drink, the margarita can work well interpreted for our colder months. Mezcal is a complex and often-smoky substitution for your traditional tequila in a margarita and citrus is in fact a winter fruit. Try a high-quality mezcal shaken with agave nectar and the seasonal local citrus of your choice. Blood oranges grow in the region and make a great compliment to a cocktail in my opinion. Pick the ones that are a little on the unripe side so you still get the sourness needed in a cocktail. Champagne cocktail — This cocktail can be used all year long, but is always a festive way to kick off a party. Put a raw sugar cube in the bottom of a flute, but mix it up by using a winter spice bitter to soak the sugar cube, such as cardamom or saffron bitters. The online market for bitters is vast, so plan ahead and take a few minutes to check it out. Add a dash of cognac then slowly fill with cold champagne. Please send me your holiday cocktail stories via email and if you have a request for springtime beverage stories you would like to see, I would love to see those as well! —Level 2 CMS Sommelier and Master Mixologist Jeff Josenhans — who just recently added a Cicerone certification to his resume — has changed the dynamic in The Grant Grill Downtown from a classic institution to an exciting lounge and elegant restaurant. Follow his drink-related posts on Instagram @ jeffjosenhans. v


Financial News Taylor Schulte Our behaviors and attitudes towards money start forming early and maybe earlier than we think. As a Cambridge University study on childhood money behaviors showed, kids can learn and take on new processes and tendencies by age 7. “Approaches, practices and skills which are modeled, discussed and demonstrated by parents and other significant adults, are most likely to be influential ‘levers,’ supporting the development of efficient habits and practices,” the study noted. On the flip side, however, teaching your kids money lessons or “explicit forms of financial knowledge” appears to be “ineffectual in shaping or changing their behaviors.” In other words, the financial actions our children observe — good or bad — could impact them for life. Further, what our kids see is a lot more important than what we say. For parents, this revelation may be both exciting and frightening. If we’re able to show our kids positive money habits and skills early, the study showed, we may set them up for a lifetime of success. But if we don’t teach our children early — or they pick up negative ideas about money elsewhere — it might be harder to teach financial literacy later down the line.


As my wife and I gear up to have our first child in April, I’ve found myself reflecting on things that my family taught me about money at a young age. Which life experiences taught me positive money habits, and how could I possibly impart those ideas on my own child?

Thinking through my past while planning the future has been a fun exercise. The more I challenge myself to dig up old memories, the more lessons I come up with. Like that one time my grandfather saw me walk over a penny on the ground without picking it up. He quickly taught me that 100 pennies are worth a dollar; that every little bit adds up. To this day, I can’t walk past change on the ground without thinking about how disappointed my grandfather would be if I didn’t stop. Another time, my father



bought me a life-sized crayon piggy bank. It probably took us years to fill it up, but I still remember the day when we cashed in all that change. While my dad gave me this gift mostly for fun, the experience still taught me how to save and delay gratification. And for sure, I’ll never forget a trip I made to the bank with my mom at age 7. She opened up my first savings account and helped me deposit my first $20. When the first statement came in the mail, she showed me how to read it and taught me about experi earning interest. This experience forced me to take responsibility over my money at a young age — and that compound interest was truly magic. With a baby on the way, it’s more important than ever for me to model the money behaviors I want to see in the world. And for me, that means being responrespon sible with the money I work so hard to earn and investing as if my future depends on it, because it does. But I also know that telling my child won’t be enough. I have to show him or her, slowly but surely, and in ways that will resonate long after I’m gone. To see the original version of this article, visit gm4eltt. —Taylor Schulte, CFP, is the CEO of Define Financial and the founder of StayWealthySanDiego. com and is passionate about helping people make smart decisions with their money. He can be reached at 619-577-4002 or info@ staywealthysandiego.comv


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The Old Spaghetti Factory Gaslamp Landmarks Sandee Wilhoit On April 3, 1871, Alonzo Horton sold the southeast corner lot at Fifth Avenue and K Street to W.A Buttrich and G.A. Flower for $1,000. This was an excellent price for a lot only one block from the bay, especially since in the week prior, Horton had sold an adjoining lot to Thomas L. Nesmith for $1,400. Nesmith was an important figure in early San Diego history as he was president of the Bank of San Diego, the incorporator of the San Diego Daily Bulletin, a trustee of the San Diego Publishing Company, director of the Texas and Pacific Railroad Company, and the first president of the San Diego Benevolent Association. Additionally, in his will, Nesmith made the unusual bequest of $5,000 to the city of San Diego to be used to build a school named after him 150 years after his death. In the following years, the Buttrich lot passed through several owners, including another Buttrich (L.A. Buttrich). In 1873, the property was purchased by John B. Capron, the owner and operator of a stage line, which ran from Yuma, Arizona to Los Angeles, California. He also carried the mail from Arizona via Tucson to San Diego. Capron sold the property to Jo-

seph Flint and Enoch Winsby, who partnered with B.W. McKenzie, to form the McKenzie, Flint and Winsby Company. They developed into one of the largest and most enterprising companies in San Diego and according to the San Diego Union, Jan. 30, 1896, specialized in “everything used in water and gas works, irrigating and sewer systems.” As their business grew by leaps and bounds, the original two-story wooden building on the property became too small and was replaced in 1898 by the current structure, a two-story style brick structure. It featured a non-combustible roof, an open freight elevator, a skylight on the second floor, a parapet above the roof and a firewall around the building. It also incorporated a flat arched bay window in the reception area. This magnificent edifice was designed by Irving Gill, one of the most well-respected architects of his time. Gill went on to design the Marston House, the Bishop’s School, the Western Metal building, the La Jolla Women’s Club, and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, just to name a few! He was one of the few American architects to develop a style uniquely his own. Gill believed that European styles were too ornate and preferred natural forms more fitted to the manner in which people currently lived. In 1902, McKenzie, Flint and Winsby were succeeded by the

The Old Spaghetti Factory, located at 275 Fifth Ave. Architect: Irving Gill (1899) Modified Romanesque (Courtesy GQHF) Western Metal Supply Co. Western Metal moved out in 1910, and Wandrey-Bangs-Ward Company, who specialized in paper products, moved in. They, in turn, gave way to Buel-Town Company, who remained until 1972. Buel-Town specialized in paint, chemicals, paper products and notions. The building was briefly a laundry and dry cleaners, and in 1974, Gus Dussin purchased the property. Dussin spent over $1 million to fully renovate the interior of the building, which included antique furnishings, decorative lighting and stained glass. It even housed an antique trolley car, which eventually doubled as a dining area. He then opened the finished product as the Old Spaghetti Factory.

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At the time, most people thought he was very poorly advised to open a restaurant in the Gaslamp, which was just beginning to see signs of redevelopment. However, the Old Spaghetti Factory was exactly what was needed to persuade people to come Downtown and experience history, while enjoying a delicious dinner in a family-oriented atmosphere. Still one of the Gaslamp’s most popular restaurants, the Old Spaghetti Factory features lunch, dinner, catering and a warm welcome to all. On a personal note, I always took my children to the Old Spaghetti Factory for their birthdays. They, in turn, took their children there, and in 2014, my grand-

daughter hosted the rehearsal dinner for her wedding in the upstairs banquet room. She said she wanted a venue where she felt comfortable and happy. The Old Spaghetti Factory has provided many generations of San Diegans with warm memories and consistently great service and the tradition continues to this day. If you want to learn more about the beautiful, historic buildings in the Gaslamp, take an Historical Walking Tour on Thursdays at 1 p.m. or Saturdays at 11 a.m. —Sandee Wilhoit is the historian for the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. She can be reached at


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MARINA COMMUNITY MIXER MONDAY, JAN. 9 5:30–6:30 p.m. in the Topeka Room at Embassy Suites, 601 Pacific Highway.



It’s everyone’s favorite boymeets-girl, plant-eats-world love story. Take a musical journey with San Diego Junior Theatre through the streets of Skid Row to a struggling flower shop where a bloodthirsty plant from another world eagerly awaits its next victim. The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names Audrey II, after his coworker crush. This sci-fi musical plays Jan. 6, 8, 13 and 14 at Casa del Prado Theatre, 1800 El Prado in Balboa Park. Visit


All “bronies” are invited to Pacific PonyCon 2017 at Wyndham San Diego Bayside, 1355 N. Harbor Drive, for a fun weekend full of ponies, good times and friendship. For those new to the movement, “bronies” are fans of the classic animated series “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.” Pacific PonyCon brings special guests such as “Bronies React” YouTube series host ACRacebest, and cosplay guru Sarahndipity. Attendees can participate in My Little Pony Collectible Card Game demos and tournaments for prizes, get a sneak peek of the latest installment of the worldwide gaming phenomenon “Gardens of Equestria” (and meet some of its creators) and take a photo with the Selfie Pony. Starts at 10 a.m. each day. Visit pacificponycon. com.



Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave., is hosting an opening reception from 6–9 p.m. for an exhibition featuring a diverse selection of sculptors chosen by The National Sculpture Society. For more than 120 years, members of the society have created, exhibited, collected and supported the evolving tradition in American sculpture. This juried exhibition will feature 23 top sculptors from Southern California. Wine sales from the opening reception will benefit the San Diego Rotary Club. Guests who RSVP receive one free drink ticket. For more information and to RSVP, visit



Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, animator and manga artist. This art exhibit tribute to Miyazaki is presented by Thumbprint Gallery and will be held from 7 p.m.–midnight at Basic Urban Kitchen + Bar,410 10th Ave. It will feature many regional artists, jewelry designs by Sarah Barger Vixen, and music by Jon Quest and DJ Pokkey. Thumbprint Gallery curates monthly exhibitions featuring emerging, mid-career and established artists with a focus on urban art and pop surrealism. The event is free and open to the public. All ages will be admitted before 9:30 p.m.; 21-plus after 9:30 p.m.

5:30–6:30 p.m. at Stella Public House, 1429 Island Ave.


New Fortune Theatre Company’s production of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” (“Dangerous Liaisons”) opens at the Lyceum Space, 79 Horton Plaza. Set among the rich and cynical upper class of 18th-century France, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” seduces audiences with its lavish, indulgent characters and titillating drama. Scheming ex-lovers the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, bored with their lives, devise a complex plot for revenge that involves luring virtuous women into bed, but the plot goes awry. The play closes Jan. 28. Visit


This original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway in 1966. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s “RENT” continues speaking to audiences across generations and continents. This Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” “RENT” follows a year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. See “RENT” at San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. Not recommended for children younger than 13. Visit



A behind the scenes tour of the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, 9850 Distribution Ave., will highlight the monthly program for Women in Business San Diego (WIBSD). After the tour, participants will meet for dinner at Cape Town Grill, 7580 Miramar Road. The event will be from 5:30–8 p.m. Shoes with closed toes are required for the Food Bank tour. Cost is $45 for members and guests. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the San Diego Food Bank. Use of the registration link is required: Learn more about WIBSD at



Join the San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, for a fun evening of pinning and patching! Spruce up that denim jacket or beanie from 6–8 p.m. Bring your projects and enjoy live DJ sets and drinks while customizing your gear. View new embellishments being made live on site by local artists, or purchase goodies from some of the most popular pin makers from the region. Learn to make your own patches and pins in one of the workshop areas. Admission is $5 and includes a free button. Visit bit. ly/2hPidlM.



This free, family-friendly festival showcases San Diego’s cultural diversity and traditional heritage through live music, dance performances, storytelling and children’s activities. The event will be held from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. at Ruocco Park, 585 Harbor Lane, at the corner of


5:30–6:30 p.m. at the House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave.


The Downtown San Diego Partnership is holding a series of community mixers for residents, business and property owners in each of its districts. The purpose of these annual mixers is to allow attendees a chance to learn about Clean & Safe’s scope of duties, current projects and provide input on the upcoming fiscal year budget. The Partnership serves as an advocate for the economic well-being and growth of Downtown San Diego. It is a member-based, nonprofit organization. Visit Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway, north of Seaport Village along the waterfront. The Multi-Cultural Festival is held in honor of its founder, Sheila Hardin, promotes cultural awareness, and provides a platform for local artisans and businesses to share their products, services and information. The festival also supports local youth programs and initiatives. Entertainment will include Danza Azteca; the Bayou Brothers; Japanese Taico; Curtis V and Walter Gentry; Cumbia Machin; African Drum Circle; and Imahen TaoTao Tano. The San Diego Alpha Foundation Inc. hosts the festival in partnership with the San Diego Port District, County of San Diego, World Beat Cultural Center, Pazazz and many other community groups. Educational and retail vendor spaces are available. To find out how you and your organization can participate, email info@sdmulticultural. com. Visit



Child Rights & You (CRY) presents San Diego Color the Sky Annual Kite Festival 2017. Kite flyers of all types are invited to fill the sky with kites at Coronado Tidelands Park, Mullinix at Glorietta Boulevard, from noon–5 p.m. Kites and string will be provided at registration while supplies last. DJ daNda will play the tunes. Lunch by Flavors of Mayura will be available for purchase. Tickets are $7 for kids, age 6-12 and $12 for those age 13 and older. All proceeds will go to CRY. Visit



Join a Meditation Flash Mob on Jan. 14 at 3:21 p.m. in Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado. The exact location in the park will be given the day before the event. Expect a lightly guided meditation for 20 minutes to celebrate the benefits of disconnecting in order to connect. The meditation session will be led by Megan Leuchars of UC San Diego’s Center For Mindfulness. An after-party will follow. Participants will be invited to gather in a nearby venue to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the launch of the mindful tech start-up Ransomly, billed as “a bluetooth beacon that creates an app-free space in your home.” For more information, email or visit bit. ly/2iMuioC.



Talented and fearless athletes on motorcycles race (and sometimes fly) over a dirt track as part of a grueling 17-race series held


5:30–6:30 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 1100 Kettner Blvd.


5:30–6:30 p.m. at the El Cortez, 702 Ash St.


5–6 p.m. at the Marriot Gaslamp Quarter, Presidio C Room, 8th Floor at 660 K St.

over just 18 weeks. This spectacle comes to Downtown San Diego, 7-10 p.m. in Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd. Tickets and more information are available at


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This tasty whodunit is served up along with a seated fourcourse dinner. Guests don’t ever know whether someone at their table is one of the talented cast. In fact, everyone’s a suspect. The event starts with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entree and dessert. Between courses expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues. The top sleuth wins a prize package at the end of the evening. “The Dinner Detective: An Interactive Mystery Dinner Show” plays at the Courtyard Marriott, 530 Broadway. Doors open at 6 p.m. and close at 6:30 p.m. Visit bit. ly/2iMHeuu.



The 13th annual San Diego Restaurant Week runs Jan. 15 through Jan. 22 with more than 180 restaurants offering prixfixe menu options. This year San Diego Restaurant Week partners with local Girl Scouts to celebrate the arrival of Girl Scouting in San Diego 100 years ago, as well as the 100th anniversary of Girl Scout Cookies. To celebrate, chefs are getting creative with America’s favorite cookies with special offerings for Restaurant Week diners. Visit



San Diego leaders from diverse faiths will join hands in community service as part of the National Day of Service in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. Members of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, LDS, Unitarian and Hindu congregations will help beautify Balboa Park from 9 a.m. until noon. The group will work near the corner of Juniper Road and Balboa Drive at the southwest end of the park. Activities may include clearing and hauling brush and trash, cleaning flowerbeds and planting. Volunteers are invited to stay for musical entertainment and a complimentary picnic of hot dogs and chips beginning at 11:30 a.m. The public is invited and volunteers are encouraged to register at



Stephen Rea, Miranda Richardson, Forest Whitaker and Jaye Davidson star in “The Crying Game,” a haunting, humorous and shocking romantic thriller. Directed by Neil Jordan, the film received six Oscar nominations and won for Best Screenplay. Running Time: 112 minutes, Rated R. FilmOut presents this classic from 25 years ago from 7–10 p.m. at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas, 3965 Fifth Ave. Visit



A pairing with great Border X beers and delicious products from Sabor de Antano will highlight Big Bad Barrio Bazaar, New Year edition, along with the great gifts for sale. The event includes hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind art and crafts, jewelry, cultural gifts, craft beers and tacos. It all takes place at Border X Brewing, 2181 Logan Ave. This year, Border X is partnering with Love Thy Neighbor to help provide supplies to Haitian refugees living in Tijuana. For more information about Love Thy Neighbor, visit To learn more about Big Bad Barrio Bazaar, visit



Dive into your artistic side as you paint a masterpiece of Mission Beach at sunset while sipping beverages at Hard Rock Café, 801 Fourth Ave. The $35 admission includes everything needed to recreate the featured painting including aprons, easels, paints, brushes, step-by-step instruction from a local artist and a 16-by-20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas. No experience is necessary. Order from The Hard Rock Café’s full menu throughout the event. Enjoy appetizers to share with friends, burgers, salads, entrées and desserts along with craft beers, cocktails or wine. (Note: This event is located at the Hard Rock Café, not the Hard Rock Hotel.) Visit



Art of Élan’s third concert from its 10th anniversary season at the San Diego Museum of Art — “A Place to Call Home” — explores the act of listening and its role in defining a sense of home. For the past nine years, Art of Élan has been pioneering unique chamber music events and bringing the excitement of classical music to diverse audiences. Art of Élan continually expands the scope of classical music in San Diego through innovative, one-hour programming in unique performance venues. Begins at 7 p.m. in Gallery 16, 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park. Visit


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Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

The San Diego Union Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade was presented by the VCA Market Street Animal Hospital on Dec. 11. This was the ninth year for this festive event that took place in the Hilton Gaslamp Park. Furry critters came out all decked out in matching costumes with their owners. The live stage was rocking with music by George Farres and the Band. The San Diego Police K-9 Division presented live demonstrations with their trained police dogs. A Pet Expo was set up in the Hilton Gaslamp Park that was free to the public. There were 26 booths set up with everything canine including food, veterinarians, and dog care. The much-anticipated parade began at 3 p.m., leaving from the Hilton Gaslamp Park. The grand marshal, Ozzie, and Ferra the Chihuahua with handler Corey Dobbs led the procession. There were 400 dogs that began strolling up Fourth Avenue, with the sidewalks lined with spectators cheering them on. The parade continued up to E Street and turned back down Fifth Avenue. They returned under the Gaslamp Archway and finished up on the Martin Luther Promenade. There was much excitement about the awards for best costumes. Each first place winner received a certificate for seven days of consecutive complimentary daycare at Doozydog Club ($252 value). Here is a list of all the first place winners of the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade:

Best Ugly Sweater

● Tracee Lehman with Cooper, a Golden Doodle, #130

Best Wildlife Costume,

promoting San Diego Humane Society’s new Project Wildlife Program ● Kristie Needham with Mistie, an 8-year-old Westie, #167

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Cutest Critter

● Sara Anaya with Frida, a Chihuahua, #007

Best Pet Costume

● Jan Savage with Sir Ruffles Von Vicious (purple rain), #215

Best Pet Costume (non-canine) ● Tamara Clemente with Gamera the 5 ½-year-old tortoise, #041

Best Holiday Costume Award

● Therese Lamb with Otis the wonder dog, a yellow Lab, #128

Best Costumed Duo

● Jan Savage with Sir Ruffles Von Vicious, a Schnoodle, #214

Best Costumed Group

● The Hoberecht Family with Belle, a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, #92 and Zachery, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, #93

A character from Who Ville (Photos by Wild Dove)

Jan Savage with Sir Ruffles Von Vicious (Purple Rain) won first place for Best Pet Co-stume and first place for Best Costumed Duo.

The parade grand marshals were in "Star Wars" costumes.

Gamera the Tortoise won first place for Best Pet Costume

Best Costumed Adopted Pet ● Kim Mills-Brown with Chiweenie, #156

Best in Show

● Jackie Silva with Sammie the Maltese Poodle, #227 and Sweet Pea, a Toy Poodle mix, #228

One of the standouts was Sir Ruffles Von Vicious (handler Jan Savage). Ruffles was dressed as Prince this year and they took both Best Pet Costume and Best Costumed Duo. Whoville was one of my favorite entries. The costumes were patterned after the fictional characters created by Theodor (Dr. Seuss) Geisel in the books “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Horton Hears a Who”! Ozzie the grand marshal had phenomenal costumes from “Star Wars” with two small Chihuahuas. Everyone wanted to have their pictures taken with them. They were the hit of this furry critters event. If you missed this warm and fuzzy event, watch for it next year on Sunday, Dec. 10. To stay tuned for the Gaslamp events, visit

Upcoming events

Jan. 8 | Winter Bridal Bazaar — This annual winter bridal

bazaar will be held with fashion shows presented by Gretchen Productions at the San Diego Convention Center. Three shows presented throughout the day. For more info, call 760-334-5500. —Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned couture milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at



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2+BD / 2BA / 2,756

3BD / 2.5BA / 3,050

2BD / 2BA / 1,259

2+BD / 2BA / 1,431

/ $3,950,000

/ $775,000

/ $749,900

/ $4,500,000

3BD / 2.5BA / 2,510

2BD / 2BA / 1,245

1+BR / 1.5BA / 960


2Br 2B r / 2B

/ $509,900

2BD / 2BA / 1,016

1Br 1B r / 1B

/ $360,000

1Br 1B r / 1BA / 659


/ $3,250,000

/ $850,000

/ $650,000


/ $554,000

/ $475,000

2BD / 2.5BA / 1,913

/ $2,850,000

2BD / 2BA / 1,624

/ $925,000

1+BD / 2BA / 1,036


Loft / 2BA / 1,283


2Br 2B r

Stu tuD Dio

/ $689,900

/ $649,900


/ $509,900

/ $354,900

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