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An adult humpback whale, along with her calf come up for air while feeding off the coast of San Diego (Photo by Albert H. Fulcher)

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Albert H. Fulcher | Editor With a slight off-ocean breeze, we glided through San Diego Bay, leaving the beautiful landscape of behind us. The morning crisp air brushed across our faces as the sun began warming our backs. Mists broke over the bow, bringing the fresh smell of salt water as the undulate ocean beckoned the boat as it reached the open water. Slowly heading through a fair-to-middlin’ marine layer, the air cleared, and the quest had begun. On this day, the short voyage the crew

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accommodated me as a quest and approximately 25 people who were visually impaired, many getting the first tastes, feel and sounds that sailing in open water provides. It wasn’t long before we heard the first breach and the words we all had been waiting for: “Thar she blows!” It was like a step back in time aboard 19th century yacht America in full sail. As we neared the pod of humpback whales, Captain Troy Sears, cut the engine and the America drifted in circles as we watched these magnificent animals, some

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By Vince Meehan Father Joe’s Villages, in partnership with Chelsea Investment Corporation, announced plans to create 273 affordable homes by building a mixed-use residential tower Downtown at the corner of 13th Avenue and Broadway. These units are intended to house low- to moderate-income families, including people who have experienced, or are at risk of, homelessness. Deacon Jim Vargas, president and CEO of Father Joe’s Villages, said this is a major step in a program called the “Turning the Key” initiative

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In 1980, Paul E. Robinson became senior partner for Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley, a practice that emphasizes land use, environmental and government law. Recently, Robinson was honored as the 2019 San Diego Land Use and Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America. This is not the first time Robinson has been recognized with the esteemed award — he received the honor both in 2014 and 2016 as well.

with calves, as they fed in open water, apparently oblivious or uncaring whether we watched or not. When they ate, the hump of the whale’s back would breach high above the water line and as it disappeared, its large fluke pulled out of the water pointing to the sky as we watched it slowly withdraw into the ocean. Everyone aboard watched and listened from all sides for the next whale to appear, never knowing where they would breach again after an average

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The 14-story high-rise is designed by local award-winning architectural firm Joseph Wong Design Associates to create 273 affordable homes building a mixed used residential tower in Downtown. (Courtesy photo)

Paul E. Robinson was honored as the 2019 San Diego Land Use and Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America. (Courtesy of Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley)

Robinson represents developers with the permits and entitlements that are necessary for them to develop their properties and represents San Diego’s redevelopment growth with his years of experience in negotiating with and appearing before all public agencies with land-use jurisdiction. “It’s a very specific area, land use and planning,” Robinson said. “When I was in law school, a long-time real estate attorney came to speak to us and told us that there was one area in real estate that very few people practice in and it is the land-use field. So I decided that that was going to be me.”

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Humpback whales are easily identified for their large tails divided into two lobes called flukes, normally with a serrated edge and a deep notch in the center. (Photos by Albert H. Fulcher) FROM PAGE 1

SAILING 10-minute dive. (They can dive for up to 30 minutes.) This is just one adventure that Next Level Sailing offers aboard the replication of the world’s most famous racing yacht, the America. With a rich record in sailing, from the original to this replica (which was built in 1995), this low, black schooner earned its reputation both past and present. As our guide for the day, Fathom Neft took over as coxswain, who recently passed her captain’s test, and told us how the original America put race yachting on the map. This is why the most prestigious trophy in sailing is called The America’s Cup. Originally built in 1851 to prove that the United States’ mastery of the ocean was as defined as the British Royal Navy, the America won the Royal Yacht Squadrons’ 100 Guinea Cup — awarded to the winner of the race around the Isle of Wight. When Queen Victoria asked who came in second,

the famous answer was, “Your majesty, there is no second.” And in short, The America’s Cup was born, named after this infamous boat that continued to be a part of U.S. history until her destruction in 1945 during World War II. At a cost of more than $6 million, the replica we sailed on was built in 1995. She is 139 feet in length, weighs 226,000 pounds, has a mast height of 105 feet and possesses a grand 5,900-square-feet in sail. Captain Troy first participated in the 1987 America’s Cup as a fan. By 1995 had risen to Designated Federal Officer of the 29th Defense of The Cup in San Diego. He began Next Level Sailing with his friend Eddie Novak in 2003, purchasing two former America’s Cup racing yachts, the Stars & Stripes and the Abracadabra. In 2005, he partnered with “Papa Doug” Manchester to bring yacht America into Next Level Sailing’s fleet. Next Level Sailing took over sole ownership of the America in 2017. Captain Troy lives aboard and has sailed America more than 100,000 nautical miles.

Next Level Sailing owner Captain Troy Sears lives aboard and has sailed the America more than 100,000 nautical miles.

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Whale watching is available in San Diego year-round and Next Level Sailing boasts a 99 percent rate of seeing whales. Next Level Sailing also has a whale-watching guarantee. No whales, no fees. (It also has a seasickness guarantee as no guest has experienced seasickness in the bay and only 1 out of 200 in the ocean.) During anytime of the year, humpbacks, fin, minke and orcas can be seen. Gray whale watching runs December through April and blue whale watching is in late spring, summer and early fall. Next Level Sailing offers more than whale-watching tours. Its four-hour America Tour explores the power of the American Navy from the San Diego Naval Base to North Island. From May to August, guests get an interactive sailing experience with its 39th Annual Beer Can Races. Themed sunset sails offer spectacular evenings as the America sails out to Point Loma to watch the sunset over the water while looking at Downtown's lit skyline. Movies are shown off the sail for family movie nights and it also offers Tiki and Wine & Cheese nights. All of the America’s tour packages include entry into the San Diego Maritime Museum, home berth for the yacht. Next Level Sailing is also available for private charter trips and as a unique venue for weddings. It can incorporate nearly any themed event. The America can carry up to 76 guests for day trips and has an overnight capacity for 12, with a commercial galley and heads below decks. All guests are encouraged to bring their own food and snacks, dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes. Tours offer a cash bar of beer and wine on board, but guests can also bring alcohol as long as they pack plastic cups. For more information on Next Level Sailing’s adventures, visit nextlevelsailing. com. For private charter trips, call 858-922-3522 and ask for Fathom, or email —Albert Fulcher can be reached at

— a five-year plan to produce 2,000 permanent residences for at-risk people. “In this time of crisis, it remains clear that the true end to a person’s homelessness is a home,” Vargas said. “Here in California, our homelessness crisis is really a housing crisis, and providing affordable housing has got to be a priority. The 14-story highrise is designed by local award-winning architectural firm Joseph Wong Design Associates. The property developer, Chelsea Investment Corporation, plans on beginning construction in 2020, and completing the project by 2022. “As a family-owned and operated company, we see the need to invest in innovative housing development that will allow more of San Diego’s most vulnerable families to find stability,” said Jim Schmid, CEO of Chelsea Investment Corporation. “This mixed-use approach at 13th and Broadway means we are able to get creative to meet the needs of the community.” The building with also feature a new Head Start Center, which will provide free, comprehensive early-childhood education and health services to low-income children from birth to the age of 5. “For the families and individuals who move into these apartments, access to the support they need right in the same building means they can maintain stability and avoid experiencing homelessness again or prevent it altogether,” Vargas added. Vargas joined Father Joe’s four years ago and comes with a combination of professional and spiritual skill sets that work together to make him uniquely qualified for his position. “I started with a corporate background, working as a vice president for Citibank/ Citicorp in Manhattan. Then, I moved to San Diego to become the vice president and chief human resources officer at The Copley Press, Inc. when they owned the Union Tribune,” Vargas said.


After the Copley’s sold the UT, he left corporate life to pursue a spiritual calling and went into full time parish ministry at Mary, Star of the Sea Church in La Jolla, as an ordained deacon where he still serves today. Then, he was asked to head up Father Joe’s and he accepted. His corporate experience helps him handle the large budget that now comes with leading the largest homeless provider in the San Diego area. And his ministry experience serves as a spiritual counter-balance to deliver the dignity and humanity that is required when serving the homeless To ensure that families and individuals can remain in their affordable apartments for years to come, Father Joe’s Villages will coordinate supportive services for residents such as medical care, vocational training and counseling. A new fire station will also be built adjacent to the housing property. As part of the Turning the Key initiative, Father Joe’s and Chelsea Investment Corporation will also break ground on a new affordable-housing unit at 14th Avenue and Commercial Street. This will happen later this year in addition to renovating recently purchased hotels located throughout the San Diego region to create more affordable housing. Vargas looks forward to being a part of the solution to helping end San Diego’s homelessness crisis. But with an estimated 9,000 homeless in the San Diego area, he knows he has a lot of work to do in securing additional funding from local, state and federal grants, as well as reaching out to philanthropists. Vargas noted that his background helps him navigate the unique challenges that come with running Father Joe’s and credits his ministry with being the guiding factor that helps him the most. “It isn’t that I’m the president and CEO of Father Joe’s Villages who happens to be a deacon,” said Vargas. “It’s that I’m a deacon and my ministry is that of president and CEO.” —Vince Meehan can be reached at vinniemeehan@

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Still much to accomplish in 2019 Notes from Toni Toni G. Atkins Every other December, the California Legislature begins a two-year session, starting fresh with a batch of new members of the Senate and the Assembly and plenty of new ideas for improving the quality of life in our state. On Dec. 3, we began the 20192020 legislative session, looking forward to the next era with a new Governor Gavin Newsom, starting work in January. During the last two years, we made great progress on numerous fronts – bolstering our financial reserves, investing in programs that support struggling families and individuals, funding affordable housing and addressing homelessness, strengthening our world-leading climate laws, making record investments in K-12 and higher education and taking steps to prevent catastrophic wildfires and help communities recover from them when they do occur, among many others. No matter how much progress we make, there will always be more work to do. Housing affordability remains a serious issue. At our current construction rate, we’ll be about 2.5 million homes short of demand by 2025. More than half of renters and more than a third of homeowners pay more than 30 percent of income toward housing. The threat of wildfire is only increasing as California becomes ever hotter and drier. Since October of last year, our state has endured six of the 10 most destructive wildfires in our history. Some 44 percent of California’s land area is now considered to be at elevated or extreme risk of wildfire. The income and wealth gaps are too wide, and too many residents haven’t felt the benefits of an expanding economy.

The Legislature will attempt to meet these and many other challenges with new bills and budget recommendations. Those efforts will begin in earnest after the new year, but a number of bills were introduced when the session officially started in December. The fi rst one was Senate Bill 1 — the California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2019 — which I introduced, along with my Senate colleagues Henry Stern and Anthony Portantino. SB 1 will preserve some of our most deeply held values, such as our desire to enjoy clean air, clean water, protected wildlife, workplace safety and worker rights, no matter what happens at the federal level. The bill makes current federal clean air, climate, clean water, worker safety and endangered species standards enforceable under state law, even if the federal government rolls back and weakens those standards. It directs state environmental, public-health and worker-safety agencies to take all actions within their authorities to ensure that standards in effect as of January 2017 remain in effect. SB 1 is just the first chapter of what I believe will be an uplifting story in 2019. I draw that confidence from California’s long history of success, innovation, imagination and bold action. We are the globe’s fifth largest economy and, in many ways, the envy of the world, and with strong leadership, creativity and hard work, no challenge is insurmountable. As always, thank you for your trust in me. I look forward to another year of representing you in our state’s capital. —Toni G. Atkins represents the 39th District in the California Senate. Follow her on Twitter @SenToniAtkins.v

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The season of giving: Know your charity before you give District Attorney News Summer Stephan As your District Attorney, I’m committed to increasing communication and accessibility between the DA’s Office and you, the community. One way I have been doing that is through this monthly column, where I provide consumer tips on public safety matters. The holidays often bring out the best of us, prompting many to adopt a family in need or to donate to a charity. This spirit of caring is what makes us a generous community. Many Californians are giving to charities assisting wildfire victims or vulnerable immigrants this year. Unfortunately, sometimes sham organizations posing as legitimate charities are looking to take advantage of your kindness. In this time of giving, be sure you know who you’re dealing with before you give. Here’s what you should consider before donating: ● Verify the charity is registered and in good standing in the State of California ● Consider the charity’s rating and bona fides

– and the Better Business Bureau are great sources of information on charities ● Verify the name of the charity and be aware of name rip-off scams –– bit. ly/2CBEtbH ● Consider the charity’s mission and purpose ● Do not use debit cards to make donations online If you find you’ve been scammed: ● Report the crime to the California Attorney General ● Report the scam to the Better Business Bureau ● Request the return of your funds ● Document the payments made for purposes of proving the loss ● Request a chargeback if payment was made by credit card If you’ve spotted a scam charity, report it to: California Attorney General – Charitable Trusts Division If you are considering donating to a crowdfunding site, remember that the sites may not have fully vetted the individuals asking for assistance. It would be more safe to give to people you know. The same goes for third-party recommendations you may come across

Victims of sex trafficking City Attorney News Mara W. Elliott Sex trafficking may seem like something that could never happen in our own close-knit community, but don’t be mistaken: It is happening right here, right now. At $800 million annually, sex trafficking is second only to drug trafficking among underground economies in San Diego County. Sex trafficking occurs when force, fear, fraud, or coercion are used to compel a commercial sex act, or anytime a minor is involved in a commercial sex act. The average sex trafficking victim in San Diego County is only 16 years old. Remember, that’s the average: many of its victims are much younger than 16. Most sex trafficking victims live as virtual prisoners along with other trafficking victims, or with an abusive and controlling partner. They didn’t enter this nightmare with open eyes. More likely, they were lured into the life with promises of love, protection, adventure, or opportunity. Here’s one scenario that’s all too common: Your high school-age daughter starts coming home with new clothes and expensive gifts, and won’t tell you where they came from. Over time you notice her withdraw, and one night she doesn’t come home. When your texts go unanswered and your calls go

straight to voicemail, you call the police to report her missing. Days later, the police show up at your front door and say your daughter has been brought in as a victim of sex trafficking. She was preyed upon by a man who made her believe he loved her and was her boyfriend. Once he earned her trust, he betrayed her in the worst way possible. He forced her into a life of sexual exploitation and crime. Victims of sex trafficking often feel they have nowhere to turn. That’s why my office is committed to ensuring that anyone who has had to endure the trauma of sex trafficking has a safe place to seek refuge and get help. At the San Diego Family Justice Center, a division of the San Diego City Attorney’s Office, we are dedicated to transitioning victims into survivors. Starting in January 2019, Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the San Diego Family Justice Center (SDFJC) is extending the same high caliber of services it provides to domestic violence victims to victims of sex trafficking. In offering these new services, we are responding to a need. We discovered that many of our clients are also sex trafficking victims. We are bringing on new, specialized community partners to make sure that any victim who walks through our doors gets the specific kind of support they need. Our services include forensic examinations, counseling, workforce readiness support, legal advice, and other assistance to

when scrolling through the internet. They may not have researched the organizations either. You can research charities and relief organizations on your own at The DA’s Consumer Protection Unit is composed of deputy district attorneys, investigators and paralegals dedicated to protecting consumers and law abiding businesses from fraudulent or unfair business practices. To report a consumer complaint, you can call 619-531-3507 or email On behalf of our entire team at the District Attorney’s Office, which is dedicated to building safe and healthy communities, we wish you a joyful and safe holiday season. —District Attorney Summer Stephan has dedicated more than 28 years to serving justice and victims of crime as prosecutor. She is a national leader in fighting sex crimes and human trafficking and in creating smart and fair criminal justice solutions and restorative justice practices that treat the underlying causes of addiction and mental illness and that keep young people from being incarcerated.v help victims break free from a life of violence and become thriving, self-sufficient survivors. Our team includes mental health providers, forensic nurses, prosecutors, legal and military advocates, immigration and family law attorneys, detectives, restraining order clinic attorneys, and other social service providers. Each case is unique, and each client has different needs. Despite these challenges, the SDFJC’s interdisciplinary design and holistic approach gives us the right tools to serve these vulnerable populations well. There’s no judgment at the SDFJC. We offer services free of charge, no questions asked, to anyone in need. We provide a safe place for victims and their families to reclaim their lives, seek justice, and begin healing. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence or sexual exploitation, help is available. You are safe at the Family Justice Center. San Diego Family Justice Center 1122 Broadway, 2nd Floor San Diego, CA 92101 Toll free: 866-933-HOPE (4673) Local: 619-533-6000 —Mara W. Elliott was elected City Attorney of San Diego in 2016 after serving as the chief deputy attorney for the Office’s Public Services Section and legal adviser to the city’s Independent Audit Committee and Environment Committee. Mara and the lawyers in her section held polluters accountable, reformed city contracting, cut administrative red tape, and strengthened the city’s Living Wage and Non-Discrimination in Contracting ordinances.v


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Finale – GroundLevel Art on the Land Delle Willett Founded in 1995 and originally named Nowell and Associates, GroundLevel Landscape Architecture rebranded itself in 2014 to reflect its partners’ wishes to have the firm “live” on its own, without an individual’s name on the door. Today, with offices just north of Little Italy on State Street, GroundLevel is led by senior principals Brad Lenahan and Ian Morris. Its dynamic 24-member team hails from all parts of the United States and beyond and includes talented landscape architects, designers, artists, and administrative staff who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for those who experience their work. “We pride ourselves in maintaining a diverse group of individuals who approach the work from each of their unique perspectives and life experiences,” said Morris. “GroundLevel’s team of designers takes you deep into the creative process to deliver environments that reflect the vision of the client and spark primal emotions within the people who use the space.” From large-scale, mixeduse centers to the smallest rooftop garden, each project goes through its own creative process.

“This makes every place as unique as the client’s needs, and the environments envisioned by our collaboration will indeed be unique,” said Morris. “Since our firm’s founding, experience has taught us a shared passion between the client and designer will ultimately lead each project to success.” Three examples of what GroundLevel considers their best work include Viasat, AVA Hollywood and Fairbanks Ranch. In Carlsbad’s Bressi Ranch is the new main campus for Viasat, a thriving satellite technology company. GroundLevel did the master plan for its new 23-acre campus, a bustling home to 3,000 employees that will provide unique outdoor environments of varying scales for dining, events, all-hands meetings, small team meetings, new technology displays, outdoor games, and individual relaxation. AVA Hollywood is a new residential mixed-use development in the heart of Hollywood. The project’s fresh and playful design is textured to nestle within this dynamic neighborhood of art and movie studios, eclectic retail shopping, and new-bohemian residential living. In 2016 Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, a private membership club, brought GroundLevel in to assist in creating a new vision for the club, including improved dining facilities, the addition of a

In 2016 Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, a private membership club, brought GroundLevel in to assist in creating a new vision for the club

GroundLevel Senior Principal Brad Lenahan (Photos courtesy of GroundLevel)

championship swim facility and improved tennis operations. Another project of note is One Paseo in (where?) Carmel Valley, San Diego, GroundLevel has been involved in the process of One Paseo since its beginnings nearly 10 years ago. They helped lead the master-planning process and entitlements with the city of San Diego and led presentations to the community and planning groups to help articulate the “story” of One Paseo. Their current role (for the past two years) has been to lead the design of the retail, office, and open space for the project, including schematic design through administration of the construction. Team Leaders: ● Brad Lenahan has a wealth of experience in leading complex projects from concept design through construction. His core strength is his ability to develop creative, yet grounded design solutions centered on his client’s goals. His creativity, technical knowledge and real-world experience allow him to develop solutions for projects of any size, scale, and level of complexity ... and his illustrations are maddeningly beautiful.

GroundLevel Senior Principal Ian Morris

● Ian Morris began as a draftsman and great coffee maker in a residential estate design-build firm in Chicago, where he learned that the process of design always starts with one key element — a story. A story provides coherence to an idea and guidance to creating great places. And Ian does love to tell a great story. Through his 18 years in design, he has been fortunate to craft great places, from estate gardens, to resorts, to multi-family housing and mixed-use developments. Advice from these experts: We would suggest that

the profession of landscape architecture is at the point where science and art collide. It requires thoughtful design consideration for what makes places enjoyable for their users. The science of what we do is both in how to build objects and landscapes while being stewards of the environment. —Delle Willett has been a marketing and public relations professional for over 30 years, with an emphasis on conservation of the environment. She can be reached at

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Growing diversity: How the Port of San Diego champions women, minorities and small businesses and access for all By Chairman Rafael Castellanos Port of San Diego Diversity is a strength in any enterprise, and the benefits of inclusion are no secret. It takes a variety of people from different backgrounds to deliver the range of perspectives, experiences and ideas that every modern organization needs. Diversity is also a competitive advantage in an economy where ideas are currency. So it’s no surprise that diversity and inclusion are sought-after strengths at the Port of San Diego, where analytical thinking, innovative ideas and a can-do attitude are daily requirements. The port manages 34 acres of waterfront including cargo and cruise ship terminals,

22 public parks, infrastructure maintenance, new development, and a host of year-round activities. Our Board of Port Commissioners values diversity, starting from the top — we hired the organization’s first-ever woman CEO. In partnership with our board, CEO Randa Coniglio has implemented a renewed commitment to inclusion. The port’s vision is to be a 21st-century port, which is defined as “an innovative, global seaport courageously supporting commerce, community and the environment.” Diversity and inclusion principles are embedded in multiple policies that our board has codified related to equal opportunity, nondiscrimination and the

There are countless benefits to exercise, no matter what age. For older adults, many studies point to how exercise is important for the mind and the body. Exercise has been proven to help prevent dementia and keep the mind sharp. Being active is a mood-lifter for people of all ages, but specific studies on elderly patients show that consistent exercise can reduce depression. For those with arthritis, it may be hard to get up and start moving, but regular activity can help alleviate

stiffness and keep your joints lubricated. About 12 million seniors – 1 in 4 – live with diabetes, and exercise has been proven helpful in maintaining a healthy body weight and regulating blood glucose levels. Lifelong exercise contributes to cardiovascular and muscle health, too. A recent study from Ball State University shows that seniors who participated in regular exercise for the past five decades have the cardiovascular health of somebody 30 years younger. It’s clear exercise is important, but unfortunately, in populations age 75 and

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Step by step: Walk toward a healthier year By Paul Downey

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older, 1 in 3 men and 1 in 2 women engage in no physical activity. Federal guidelines recommend two hours and 30 minutes of moderate exercise a week, and that may seem like a lot, but as the saying goes: slow and steady wins the race. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to set new goals for yourself, such as improving your health with daily walks. Walking is a low-impact, safe method to get your heart pumping daily. It can be hard to start a new routine, especially if you feel achy or tired, but a little exercise every day is better

than none at all. Plus, our temperate San Diego winters are the perfect season for daytime walks, providing you with a healthy dose of vitamin D while remaining cool enough to keep you from overheating or getting too much sun. It can be daunting to start a new exercise routine, but here are some suggestions of how to put one foot in front of the other – and have fun doing it: ●● Find a friend: Walking is easier, and safer, with a friend. Setting a walking

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PAUL ROBINSON In a meeting at City Hall, Robinson city officials and staff discussed replacing the current City Administration Building and plans to replace the building after the Convention Center expands. Robinson came to San Diego in 1963 as a junior in high school. The following year, he toured City Hall for the first time back when the building was brand new. “Little did I know that seven years later, I would begin my career there as deputy city attorney,” Robinson said. “I did things at the City Attorney’s Office that no one had ever done before, or that nobody has done since.” Robinson was asked to work with the legislative department, working under former Mayor Pete Wilson, to represent the city in Sacramento and Washington D.C. He worked on legislation that created the six predecessors of agencies that today is known as the Metropolitan Transit Development (MTS) Board. Robinson came back to the City Attorney's Office and was in the process of becoming the first general counsel of the MTS Board. He left the City Attorney's Office in 1978 to work as Wilson’s assistant for Programs and Policy Development. “I learned a lot about land use, and in those particular days, we created the Centre City Development Corporation, which is the predecessor for the Pacific San Diego for Redevelopment effort,” Robinson said. “We created the Housing Commission and I traveled all over the state visiting housing commissions. The city was not doing a good job in creating low-income housing. We created the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, which is still today the marking tool for the city of San Diego.” Robinson said amazing changes have happened in Downtown. When Wilson took office in 1971, Robinson testified before the City Council on redevelopment. “I said, ‘If you would have told me in 1963 that I would have a West Broadway office address, I would have said you are nuts. That is the sleaziest area. On this block was a bowling alley, massage parlors, locker rooms ...,’” Robinson said. Horton Plaza opened in 1985, which was the catalyst for the marina and that area, similar to the way Petco Park is a beacon for East Village. “I ran into Pete Wilson a couple of years ago at the University Club and looked at him and said, ‘This was your vision.’ [Wilson] said, ‘I know, but I didn't think it would happen so fast.’ But it did because the governor got rid of redevelopment. For all practical purposes, we were fortunate to get that done quickly,” Robinson said. Robinson said that through the years, there were many projects that he was

exceptionally happy to be involved in, but for him a few stood out. “The No. 1 for Downtown is creating funds for other parts of the city,” Robinson said. “Two is University City. I always projected it to be another Downtown hub. I represented all four corners of Genesee Avenue and La Jolla Village Drive. And Mission Valley. I was involved as what was considered the first San Diego River improvement project, which for the first time, created crossings because of the rain. Any rain would stop north and south crossings. We created a channel through Hazard Center and Reo Vista West and all of the major developments there.” Hot on the topic of city development is the Convention Center expansion and the recent Soccer City/SDSU West development projects. He’s been very involved in the SDSU West and opposed the Soccer City development, which has now been defeated by voters. “That’s not the way to do it,” Robinson said. “Every development needs to be vetted by everybody, including the public.” Robinson believes that its expansion of the Convention Center is imperative to the growth of the San Diego tourism industry. “For the Convention Center expansion, it looks like as of now there will be a special election sometime in March and we are best in trying not to put it on the same ballot as the shorttime vacation rental issue, as it acquired the signatures needed for a vote,” Robinson said. “The Convention Center expansion is huge. It does block the waterfront but adding to it is not going to affect it. It is not about Comic-Con, it is for big conventions that are too big for what we have right now, and they will book, and it will expand the market. In my opinion, Comic-Con is better off spreading out and using the different venues. It opens up for the various hotels and venues surrounding the Convention Center.” Robinson said the Convention Center is downsizing, refurbishing the existing hotel rooms, and adding hotel rooms. But there are also adding residential units so that there will be new residential housing right at the trolley stop. Robinson said a good friend of his, Debbie Ruane, just left the Housing Commission to concentrate on workforce housing. He said this is a result of San Diego's area median income. “And that is what we are lacking,” Robinson said. “Everybody is calling for housing but we are building low-income housing and we are building very expensive housing. We are not building for the firefighters, the teachers or the police officers. People are going to Temecula because they can't afford San Diego. Over 60 percent of our population can’t afford housing. And that is my primary purpose to encourage workforce housing.” Robinson has been thoroughly engrossed in the growth of the San Diego International Airport and currently serves as chair of the Mission Bay

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Park Committee and the Mission Bay Park Improvement Fund Oversight Committee. He said the city operates Mission Bay, but it is still state-owned land. The environmental document is currently being prepared for the revitalization of Mission Bay. This revitalization will create revenue for the Port of San Diego and the city for the first time, Robinson said. “It’s probably going to have a lot of camp Exterior view of the San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 (Courtesy of San Diego land, more recreInternational Airport) ational vehicle use, and will create a lot more beaches and open space only improve the airport faof The Lincoln Club of San for the general population,” cility but also bring people to Diego County; chair of the De Robinson said. San Diego for international Anza Revitalization Plan Ad Robinson said the new flights, with many of them Hoc Committee, tasked with Federal Inspection Station spending more time and money transforming the 120-acre De for the $339 million remodin the city, making it a tourist Anza Cove in Mission Bay; vice el and expansion of the San destination. chair and executive commitDiego International Airport’s In addition to Robinson, tee member of The San Diego Terminal 2 to accommodate the Best Lawyers designees also County Airport Authority; and rising international travel is included the firm’s David W. chair of the Downtown Parking state of the art, with elements Bagley II, honored for real esManagement Group. such as facial recognition, tate law, and Darryl O. Solberg, Outside of zoning and planincreasing the processing of honored for business organizaning, Robinson is very active at 350 international travelers in tions corporate law (including San Diego State University and an hour to more than 1,000 LLCs and partnerships) and on the Board of Visitors at the travelers. real estate law. University of San Diego, giving “We are actively looking for Prior to forming the parta lot of his time and money to more international flights,” nership, Robinson served both institutions. Robinson said Robinson said. “We are workas San Diego Deputy City once he cuts back on the variing with Air France right now Attorney for five years and ous boards that he serves on, to try and get a nonstop [flight] worked for Mayor Pete Wilson he wants to get more involved from Paris to here. Los Angeles for two years. Appointed in Alzheimer's charities. is too busy.” to numerous government Robinson said adding —Albert Fulcher can be NINE-TEN January 11 Ad.pdfnew 1 12/20/2018 boards 10:31:39 AM throughout the years, international flights will not Robinson served as chair reached at


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College prep – it starts sooner than you think

By Dr. Helen V. Griffith January. It’s the most wonderful time for year for high school seniors and their parents. Most college applications were submitted over the holidays, ending the monthslong process of writing essays, asking for recommendations, and retaking standardized tests. It’s time for everyone to take a deep breath and congratulate themselves for a job well done. In my 25 years as an educator, and the mother of three adult children, I hear the same thing from many parents every January. They are proud of the hard work and determination their children showed during college application “crunch time.” At the same time, they lament that they didn’t start the process sooner. And I mean much sooner. Ideally, families start preparing for the college application process when their scholars are in sixth grade. Unfortunately, many only start thinking about college in junior year, assuming that the high school has everything covered. Some schools, like e3 Civic High, where I serve as executive director, have a rigorous college preparation plan, but many others simply don’t have the resources or bandwidth to coordinate college campus visits, test prep, the search for financing, and essay support like we do. In addition, we provide university classes on our high school campus and meaningful internship opportunities, while most schools do not. As a result, scholars and their families may feel a little “lost in the sauce” when they start thinking about the path to college readiness. That’s why our board of trustees and team of learning facilitators felt it was critical to reach out to middle school students and families and help them craft a plan for success that begins in sixth grade. Our first workshop, which is free to parents of middle school scholars, will offer practical tips and timelines for:

Dr. Helen V. Griffith, executive director of e3 Civic High (Courtesy photo)

●● Meeting course requirements. ●● Understanding the difference between honors classes, Advanced Placement classes, and concurrent college coursework. ●● When to take PSAT, SAT, ACT, and whether or not they need to take SAT subject tests and AP exams. ●● How to take advantage of summer bridge programs. ●● Visiting college campuses live or virtually. ●● Creating an impressive resume of community service and leadership activities. ●● Participation in clubs, sports, and work experience. ●● Financing college.

●● Actively partnering with school counselors once scholars are first-year high school students. Our workshop is covering a lot of ground so families can put together a plan of action that can be executed over many years. Trying to manage the college admission process in senior year is stressful, but anxiety can be seriously reduced if scholars and families start in middle school. More importantly, early planning will result in a wider range of college acceptances for scholars. At e3 Civic High, we’re intensely focused on preparing our scholars for college and careers. As such, we know that there’s no time to waste and it’s never too early to start. At our free workshop, college and career counselors will share their combined decades of experience in college admissions and provide actionable items families can do together. Join us for this free community outreach event on Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. and find out why we talk to scholars and their families on day one of school to learn about their goals, hopes, and dreams. That conversation translates to a plan of action for success. We’re with scholars for the long game because that’s what it takes. —Dr. Helen V. Griffith is the executive director of e3 Civic High.v FROM PAGE 6

GROWING DIVERSITY The port’s Equal Opportunity Program is just one piece of our diversity and inclusion efforts, but it is an important one. Our team has steadily widened the circle of recruiting, hiring and vendor outreach. Efforts to reach small businesses and diverse populations include job fairs, community meetings and social media postings. Recently, the port has organized special events in Barrio Logan to facilitate a diverse contractor pool and publicize local job opportunities for our biggest public works project in port history, the $24 million modernization of our 10th Avenue Marine Terminal for cargo. Approximately $15.6 million, or 29 percent of last year’s port contracts, went to businesses owned by minorities, women, disabled veteran and veterans — exceeding statewide goals of 23 percent. Outreach, networking and partnering are important to us in developing and maintaining good community relationships. Recently, the port was named Public Agency of the Year as a Community Partner for Inclusion and Participation in Equal Opportunity from the Black Contractors Association of San Diego. Small businesses will continue to be a rich resource for port contracting. According to the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, 98 percent of companies in San Diego have fewer than 100 employees. Results are encouraging. Of 72 contracts worth slightly more than $54 million awarded by our Board of Port Commissioners in 2017-2018, $21 million (39 percent) went


STEP BY STEP date can keep you accountable and socially engaged. ●● Visit the mall: Many shopping centers open early to allow walkers to take advantage of the indoor square footage. Or, visit during shopping hours to leisurely browse and people watch as you get some steps in. Most malls have plenty of public seating, providing a respite when you need a break. ●● Join a local health club: If you are unsure of how to start, a local health club is a wonderful option. Professionals can help keep you safe by creating a walking or exercise program to suit your needs. And, most treadmills have handrails to help stabilize yourself while you walk. ●● Go grocery shopping: You may not even realize it but running errands can really rack up the steps! From the car to the store, and from aisle to aisle, running an errand daily is a simple way to get exercise as well as get out and about. Use a shopping cart to help stabilize yourself as you walk – and remember to wear good walking shoes.

to small businesses. That far exceeds the state of California’s stated goal of 25 percent. In addition to contracting, the port’s focus on equal opportunity continues to enrich its permanent workforce. About 44 percent of the port’s employees self-report as minorities, an indicator of rich diversity in our workplace. In 2017-2018, women comprised about 38 percent of our workforce, and we are seeking to increase their ranks in non-traditional fields such as engineering and maritime industries. And the port was recently recognized by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce for hiring veterans, who comprise 13 percent of our workforce. Port contracting and hiring has a ripple effect across the entire San Diego economy. Today, approximately 44,000 San Diegans are employed in waterfront jobs that contribute some $8.3 billion to overall economic development. Industries that benefit directly or indirectly from port employment range from cargo handling and shipbuilding to hotel and restaurant operations. The large number of small businesses working with the port generate local spending and tax dollars. And the port’s permanent employees, numbering nearly 560, are steady contributors to the local and state economy. The more meaningful existence of equal opportunity and inclusive hiring can be measured in organizational strength and resilience. Diversity is one of the best tools any organization has for remaining forward-thinking, innovative, and capable of tackling unforeseen challenges. And that’s exactly what the Port of San Diego intends to do.v

●● Volunteer: Finding a volunteer activity can keep you social and physically active. The humane society may need help walking dogs. Volunteering as a local museum docent can give you a chance to help visitors. Here at Serving Seniors, we have volunteer opportunities help serve seniors meals, assist in the computer lab or fitness room, and of course leadership positions on our board. ●● Take some laps in the house: If you are housebound, there are ways to still get some daily walking in. Set a timer to remind yourself to get up every 30 minutes and take a lap from room to room. Or, every time you use the restroom, touch each of the four walls of your house before returning to your seat. Small activities can make a big difference in your cardiovascular health, and before long you’ll have more stamina to walk further. —For more than two decades, Paul Downey has been a national advocate for low-income seniors, as well as the president and CEO of Serving Seniors, a nonprofit agency dedicated for nearly 50 years to increasing the quality of life for San Diego seniors living in poverty. Learn more at


New methodology for annual point-in-time count Downtown Partnership News Lana Harrison In the pre-dawn hours of a December morning, the Clean & Safe Program’s Homeless Outreach Coordinators led small groups of volunteers and other Clean & Safe employees onto the streets of Downtown to count and survey people experiencing homelessness. It was a routine exercise for the coordinators, who work daily to connect homeless individuals with opportunities to take steps out of homelessness. But it was quite a new experience for many volunteers — some of whom were college students visiting from out of town for a service project. Equipped with flashlights, clipboards, and a bag full of new socks to hand out, the crews were participating in a pilot program in preparation for January’s Point-in-Time-Count event that takes its data for WeAllCount, the federally mandated annual census of homeless persons. Organized by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH), WeAllCount is San Diego’s effort to comply with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requirements to receive federal funding. Although HUD does require an official count only every other year, RTFH galvanizes volunteers and service providers to conduct the count annually for more consistent data collection. Clean & Safe performs monthly counts of unsheltered homelessness Downtown in collaboration with The San Diego Downtown Fellowship, who helps verify the numbers. The January count, however, is a regional effort that requires hundreds of volunteers and seeks to understand the nature and causes of homelessness by asking those experiencing it themselves. A glimpse at the 2018 Pointin-Time-Count results found on the RTFH website reveals a six percent decrease in homelessness compared to those counted in 2017. Of the census tracts covered, the Downtown tract that includes the 12th and Imperial Transit Center recorded the greatest number of people experiencing homelessness. Overall, 74 percent of those unsheltered said they became homeless in San Diego, and 43 percent reported having a physical disability.

As with any data set, there was a recognized need for improvement in both the way information is gathered as well as what data points are collected. In response, the RTFH has modified the methodology for this year’s count and survey. According to a newsletter posted on their website, “The Regional Task Force on the Homeless is expanding and strengthening the methodology of the annual WeAllCount to focus on not just counting homeless individuals, but also engaging them to understand their needs and priorities in order to better serve them.” The pilot survey implemented by the Clean & Safe coordinators in December was the test run of this new process before it goes regionwide on Jan. 25. Notable differences in this year’s methodology include: ● Surveyors will ask homeless individuals questions when they are encountered during the count, resulting in more surveys collected over a longer period of time. ● People in the temporary bridge shelters will also be surveyed as opposed to just being counted. ● Cars and tents will be knocked on instead of applying a standardized number to these structures. ● While the survey is shorter, it will attempt to collect different data points that will provide a more thorough image of homelessness in San Diego. After a couple of mornings testing out this new process in Downtown, a handful of people got a better picture of homelessness — the chilly morning temperatures endured while sleeping outside, the lack of privacy, reported personal and societal causes contributing to the problem, and the value of a fresh pair of socks. For many residents and business owners, homelessness can be a confusing and nuanced reality for Downtown living and working. Participating in the survey can serve as a great way to support official efforts to understand and address homelessness, as well as know names and faces of homeless neighbors. If you are interested in volunteering a few hours of your time for the count, you can register at —Lana Harrison is the communications coordinator for the Downtown San Diego Partnership. She can be reached at





168 years and still standing!

Gaslamp Landmarks Sandee Wilhoit Through rain and sleet and storms, and even through floods — yes, two of them — the Davis-Horton House, the oldest standing structure in Downtown San Diego, has managed to survive. The little yellow house on the corner of Fourth and Island avenues has a long and storied history. It was originally pre-cut in Portland, Maine in 1850. Along with nine other houses, it was loaded on a ship, the Cybele, and sailed around Cape Horn to San Francisco. Its original purpose was to serve as housing for the 49ers, the miners who were flooding northern California in search of gold. Gold had recently been discovered in the Sutter’s Mill area, and fortune hunters were coming in droves from all over the country hoping to seek their fortune. One room in such a house could rent for as much as $1,000 per week! However, by the time the Cybele reached San Francisco, the Gold Rush was slowing down considerably, and the houses were no longer in demand. The houses and even the ships were for sale at a highly reduced rate. William Heath Davis, a wealthy merchant and ship’s captain, saw an opportunity and seized it. Although based in San Francisco, he had previously done some surveying in the San Diego

area, and had always felt that our current downtown, with its beautiful natural harbor, would make an excellent town and seaport. Davis purchased the Cybele with its cargo of houses, and had it sail south back to San Diego. He knew if a town was to be built, housing had to be a first priority. This was followed by the construction of a 60-foot-long pier at the foot of Market Street. Davis’s new town was centered in what is now Pantoja Park in the Marina district, and the Davis-Horton House was originally located on what is now State and Market streets. Its first inhabitants were Army officers stationed with the Army of the Pacific. Two prominent occupants were General Nathaniel Lyon and General John Bankhead MacGruder. When the Civil War began, many of the soldiers were sent back East to shore up Union troops, while others left to return to the southern states and to support the Confederacy. General Lyon was the first Union general to be killed in the war, while General MacGruder served with distinction for the South. After the war, MacGruder returned to the area and became a rancher in the National City area. The next notable person to inhabit the house was our Founding Father, Alonzo Horton. Davis had lost $700,000 in a warehouse fire and was forced to give up his dream of a new city by the bay. However, he urged his acquaintance, Mr. Horton, to

The DavisHorton House 1850 410 Island Ave. Architecture: Two-story wooden New England saltbox Mortice and Tenon Construction visit San Diego, as Davis felt the area had promise. Horton agreed, and after a brief visit, he had a public land auction called and purchased 960 acres for $265, or roughly twenty-seven and a half cents per acre. He promptly began to lay out a city and sell lots. Needing a place to live, he purchased one of Davis’s little houses, and in a most cavalier gesture titled it in his wife’s name. The house was then moved from its original site at State and Market streets to 227 11th St., where it remained until it was moved in 1980 to its current location. The Davis-Horton House is the only house in which Alonzo Horton lived that is still standing. Horton had five mansions built during his years in San Diego; they have all been razed. Upon the Hortons’ departure, the house served as a boarding house for a brief period of time. The next tenant of note was Anna Scheper, a German immigrant, who

see Davis-Horton House, pg 11

The Davis-Horton House, the oldest standing structure in Downtown, held a legacy of San Diego history within its walls. (Courtesy of Gaslamp Quarter)


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2019 East Village makeover: The new face of breweries and distilleries East Village Biz News Dora McCann Guerreiro If 2018 marks the year craft beer and innovative distilleries poured into the East Village, 2019 promises to continue to usher in this new face of the East Village brewery and distillery rEVolution. Make your New Year’s resolution to include a visit through Seventh Avenue to 17th Street Downtown, where you’ll see the dramatic new neighborhood makeover supporting all types of craft sips and bites to include:

(Photos courtesy of East Village Association)

Melvin Brewing ( Based out of Wyoming, in December 2018, Melvin Brewing ingrained their corporate outdoor-lifestyle culture at their San Diego brewpub on the corner of Market and 14th streets. Aside from being a nationally recognized “Great American Beer Festival (GABF)” winner-sweetheart,

Melvin also is contributing to local community partnerships. For example – if you enjoy a Melvin West Coast IPA today, a portion of all proceeds will benefit East Village’s Alpha Project supportive housing work. Thank you Melvin – it takes a village! Himmelberg’s, East Village: To be opening Opened in 2016 by The Patio Group (The Patio on Goldfinch, Fireside by The Patio, Saska’s Steakhouse) the East Village favorite, Harvest by The Patio located at 369 10th Ave., has currently closed its doors for a February 2019 refresh. The reopen will pivot the restaurant into Himmelberg’s, a rock n’ roll surf-style,

fast-casual restaurant/bar. Announcing their sustainably sourced menu and Himmel Brew beer, the East Village is excited for the Patio Group’s second coming!

Amplified Ale Works ( Establishing itself as the self-proclaimed “EVIL” (stands for East VILlage), watering hole at Faultline Park located at Island Avenue and 14th Street, Amplified East Village provides a unique customer experience with scratch-made food,

house-made beer, elevated cocktails and a music-inspired environment. Their large outdoor patio is perfect for weekend brunch, happy hour before a Padres game, or an after-work dog-walking/happy-hour stop. Thank you, Amplified, for growing your Pacific Beach brand Downtown with 30 taps of in-house beer, and wine!

Duck Foot Brewing Co. – East Village ( Duck Foot’s newly tap(ed)-room and kitchen, located on Park Boulevard and Market Street, features a variety-filled beer lineup. Duck Foot beer is especially loved by people with gluten sensitivity as the company brews all of their beers using a special enzyme that removes nearly all traces of gluten. Servicing a complimentary gluten-free kitchen menu that partners with the changing varietals on tap, the venue also hosts rotating special events, like Wednesday Trivia Night!

Whiphand American Brasserie (whiphandsd. com): In the latest addition to J and 10th streets, East Village welcomes this comfort food brasserie and unique beer bank. “Whiphand” is named to capture the in-restaurant experience of a self-service, 24-draft-beer-tap bank, (where patrons pour and taste at will), also providing a full cocktail bar. The ambiance is sleek and contemporary, and is sure to become a favorite urban space to gather while enjoying good food, drink and company!

Storyhouse Spirits ( To be opening – Storyhouse is beginning a new chapter in the East Village as an urban distillery,

see Breweries, pg 13


Private sector enterprise is ‘doing good’ Business for Good awards recognizes local businesses and leaders By B. J. Coleman When a private-sector enterprise thrives in its primary business mission, company principals will declare business is good. One recently organized small business promotion and support group has a deeper view about entrepreneurial success within the local economy and the local community. In operation for little over a year, Business for Good staged the organization’s first awards celebration on Dec. 10, in Mission Beach at The Point. Business for Good described its position as forward thinking, based on long-term thinking, noting that the voice of business is not monolithic in regard to focusing mainly on simple, direct calculation of bottom-line earnings. For example, the group pressed local city councils to enact bans on styrofoam food containers as an environmental protection measure. Organization representatives at the inaugural 2018 awards ceremony expressed the belief that small businesses can make money, do good, give back, become a force for change, and support the neighborhoods in which they do business. Hillcrest’s Uptown Tavern’s business owner Scott Borden was one of five recipients of Business for Good awards.

Scott Borden of Uptown Tavern in Hillcrest received an award on behalf of his enterprise, as Environment Health advocate of the year.

Recognized as Environmental Health Advocate business owner of the year, Bordon said he and his partner purchased the tavern a year and a half ago. “We cater to a diverse community in Hillcrest,” Borden said. “And we support environmental organizations around San Diego. We are using biodegradable single-use straws now. We treat our environmental advocacy as a marketing tool.” Borden expanded on his expert advice from experience in food service. “There is a lot of waste in restaurants and taverns, including food and trash,” he said. “We have a long way to go. I hope we can all do better.” Borden spoke further about his business model in hiring. “We are proud of our diverse staff,” Borden said. “We reflect our community, and we have an environment that is welcoming to everyone.” WilkMazz in East Village, which provides legal services to causes and creative businesses earned the Biz of the Year award. Mission Driven Finance in Old Town, that specializes in “impact investing” to bridge the gap between philanthropy for social change endeavors and money earnings, earned the Business Resources award. The Homelessness Advocate award went to i.d.e.a. in Little Italy, with Indra Gardiner Bowers accepting on behalf of the creative advertising and public relations agency. Juan Pablo Sanchez of Super Cocina in Normal Heights received the Immigration Advocate award. Super Cocina brings authentic home-style Mexican food from the heartland to restaurant diners and catering patrons, with dishes from Michoacan, Oaxaca and Veracruz. Partner of the Year, according to Business for Good, was San Diego Councilmember Chris Ward, of District 3. Ward said that District 3 is the location of one-third of small businesses within San Diego. “This is about the community, about making more progress,” Ward said. He urged recruitment of other interested business enterprises, to double

Councilmember Chris Ward, District 3, was recognized as Partner of the Year, during the inaugural awards celebration of Business for Good on Dec. 10. (Photos by B. J. Coleman) or triple the membership in Business for Good. Karim Bouris, executive director of Business for Good, expressed optimism over the organization’s potential for growth and effectiveness. Bouris cited the figure that San Diego County is home to around 98,000 businesses, with 97 percent classified as smallto medium-sized. Bouris said business owners have a demonstrably positive influence within the communities they serve. “The best description of our organization is that we are rooted in action,” Bouris said. He explained that in business settings, things must get done, and actions associated with business activity can become a valuable part of success. Bouris said the organization is looking forward to 2019. Two exciting projects are planned for the new year, said Bouris. Business for Good intends to involve women business owners to work on gender-based pay equity matters. The group further plans to establish a directory of involved businesses for networking and collaborating on both the business sides and the policy sides of community involvement actions. —B.J. Coleman is a local freelance journalist and editor/staff reporter with 22nd District Legionnaire. B.J. can be reached at

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DAVIS-HORTON HOUSE purchased the house for $1,500. Ms. Scheper operated the first “County Hospital” in the dwelling. She was paid a dollar per day per patient by the county to care for indigent citizens. Consequently, she housed patients in every room with the exception of the parlor and the kitchen! Nurse Scheper maintained the hospital for eight and a half years and was credited with providing excellent care to those under her supervision. In 1898, the house was purchased by a German immigrant couple, Henry and Lina Lohman, who had been renting the house. As they were older and childless, they took in a 5-year-old boy, who was begging in the neighborhood. The little boy, named George Deyo, had been deserted by his mother, father and grandmother. When the Lohmans passed away in 1936, quite close together, they left the property to George. George never married, but while strolling along Fifth Avenue, he noticed a young man around 10 or 11 years old, who was also begging. This scruffy looking fellow was trying to secure funds to attend a new craze — the movies! George took a liking to the boy, Edward Lanuza, and asked Edward’s grandmother, who was raising him, if he might take Edward into his home and raise him. Edward’s grandmother was more than happy to oblige George! Edward grew up, married a young woman named Esther Gonzales, and brought her to live with he and George. The Lanuzas had four children and continued to live in the Davis-Horton House with George. The house still did not have electricity and was not electrified until it was opened as a museum in 1984.


When George passed in 1977, he left the house to Esther Lanuza, as he felt that Edward had a gambling problem and might sell the property to bankroll his games. In 1979, Esther sold the land where the house stood to Robert Oswald, and in accordance with George Deyo’s wishes, deeded the house to the city. It was moved in 1980 to its current, permanent location. It now operates as a nonprofit and the home of the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. Before the last move, a basement gallery was constructed with the two-story house placed over it. The gallery has served as a gift shop, and most recently as offices and as a venue for historic presentations and exhibits. Through three locations, numerous tenants, several purposes and a slew of owners, this house has survived and is visited by thousands yearly. However, this little jewel in the heart of the Gaslamp now needs help to mitigate the effects of two floods suffered in less than one year. Fortunately, none of the antiques were damaged, but the basement suffered severely. It is in the process of being reconstructed internally, waterproofed and made Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. To this end, a special fund has been set up to assist in this massive endeavor, and to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the historic Davis-Horton House. To contribute, please visit our website or come visit the museum Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. or noon-4 p.m. on Sundays. —Sandee Wilhoit is the historian for the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. She can be reached at


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Discover Little Italy’s diverse captivating art scene Little Italy News Christopher Gomez Little Italy is a nationally recognized neighborhood known for its popular restaurants, wineries and cafés that are staples in the San Diego community. In addition to its culinary scene, Little Italy is a great spot to browse indoor and outdoor artwork. The urban neighborhood has a lively and vibrant art scene with unique murals, established art galleries, and art around every corner you turn. Wander through Little Italy and you’ll stumble upon inspiring creations ranging from contemporary art exhibits to street art. One popular Little Italy art gallery, 1805 Gallery, is an open artist studio that encourages meaningful dialogue and art appreciation. Art lovers can discover work from emerging and mid-career artists that focus on concepts like painting, drawing, sculpture, installations and digital work. Another gallery the avid art collector can explore is Adelman Fine

Art, a contemporary boutique gallery that features four to five themed exhibits each year. This space is located on Kettner Boulevard, between W. Grape and W. Fir streets and has everything from original paintings to artisan jewelry and unique gifts. For those who gravitate toward photography pieces, jdc Fine Art is a content-driven contemporary art gallery with national and international artists who lean toward narrative and figurative work. On Kettner Boulevard you’ll also find Meyer Fine Art, a public art space established in Little Italy in 2006. Considered to be one of San Diego’s most prestigious fine art galleries, Meyer Fine Art displays original graphics, limited edition prints, and other works on paper from 19th- to 21st-century artists. If you’re in search for art pieces from prominent artists, Meyer Fine Art has an exceptional selection of artwork from Roberto Matta, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and much more! Visitors can also explore whimsical art inspired by landscapes and visual cultures

Recipe tables at Amici Park (Photos courtesy of Luna Photo) at Stefanie Bales Fine Art, which has modern interiors, murals and collaborative art pieces. Shop Stefanie’s Wander On collection and Walking Life collection and be inspired by the colorful palettes and scenic views. If figurative paintings

are your art of choice, Mee Shim Fine Art is the gallery to visit. Shim’s autobiographical and narrative paintings are based on the thought-provoking eastern philosophy. Lastly, the Jacqueline Lavenu Studio & Gallery displays oil

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paintings and vignettes from Jacqueline Lavenu, an artist whose private collections are displayed in Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland, and France. Along with Little Italy’s captivating art exhibits, the public art displays do not disappoint. As you explore the streets of Little Italy, take a close look at your surroundings. You’re guaranteed to see street art that you might’ve previously overlooked. Walk to North Little Italy and you’ll be greeted by the famous El Camino mural displaying a man with a sombrero and a mural of a woman wearing sunglasses that reflect the Little Italy neighborhood at sunset. Other sights to see are a 20-by-20-foot “Mine-A-Lisa” mural on the corner of West Grape and State streets that was created by Washington Elementary STEAM Magnet School students, under the direction of instructor Jayne Barnett; “A Recipe for Friendship” at Amici Park by Nina Karavasiles; and many other spots around Little Italy. Little Italy’s strong presence in the arts makes visiting the community an adventurous outing every time! To stay connected with Little Italy, check out what’s going on in the neighborhood by following the community on Instagram and Twitter: @LittleItalySD and Facebook: LittleItalySD. To learn more things happening in the neighborhood, visit —Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at


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Looking ahead in Little Italy for 2019 Little Italy Culture & Heritage Tom Cesarini Buon Anno (Happy New Year) from Convivio! We at Convivio wish you and yours a prosperous year ahead! We are gearing up for many programs and events coming up in the new year and look forward to making new friends and celebrating the essence of Convivio with you! Convivio programs and events calendar:

Films al fresco

Join us for our outdoor screenings as we celebrate classic, Italian, and international cinema at Amici Park on our 30-foot screen! Our

2019 season launches with an Italian film staple, “Cinema Paradiso,” which, appropriately, celebrates Italian life and the allure and magic of the cinema. We will also have special screenings of “Mamma Mia!” and “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” in anticipation of our May 5 outdoor concert featuring Arrival From Sweden: The Music of ABBA. Dates: Films screen on one Friday each month Location: Amici Park, Little Italy Seating: Choose from general seating or luxury, zero-gravity recliner seating Concessions: Indulge in wine, beer, coffee, snacks (and free popcorn) — available at our concessions station ● “Cinema Paradiso” — March 22

● “Mamma Mia!” - March 29 — special screening ● “The Ten Commandments" — April 12 ● “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” — April 26 — special screening ● “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” — 55th anniversary — May 31 ● “Chinatown” — 45th anniversary — June 14 ● “La Strada” — July 26 ● “The Untouchables” — Aug. 23 ● “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” — 50th anniversary — Sept. 6 ● “The Godfather: Part II” — 45th anniversary — Oct. 4


Delight in an intimate evening under the stars while you are entertained by local and international talent. Our monthly music series launches in February with a special Valentine’s Day concert and dinner! Dates: Performances are on one Thursday each month Location: Amici House and Amici Park, Little Italy Seating: Enjoy cabaret-style seating with tables in an intimate atmosphere Concessions: Wine, beer, coffee, and snacks available ● “Love, Italian Style” – Featuring Tenor Rosario Monetti - Feb. 9, dinner provided by Cucina Caprese ● Sacha Boutros - March 7 ● Valentina Ranalli April 4

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You don’t want to miss our spectacular concerts for causes, featuring classic and contemporary artists! Proceeds from our concert series benefit Convivio education, arts, and culture programs as well as benefit our partner, the Washington Elementary School Foundation, for the school’s programs and its homeless and at-risk youth (25 percent of the school’s population). VIP tickets include dinner provided by award-winning RoVino.

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Tickets on sale now for Arrival From Sweden: The Music of ABBA, coming to Little Italy’s Amici Park (Courtesy of Arrival From Sweden.) Tickets for our May 5 concert are on sale now! ● Arrival From Sweden: The Music of ABBA, May 5 at 8 p.m. ● Patrizio Buanne, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. ● Gino Vannelli, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m.

Cultural excursions

Walking tours are a great way to enjoy the allure of San Diego’s Italian quarter through history — and great cuisine! Book your tour online today! ● Bel Mattino (morning walking tour of Little Italy)

on Jan. 12. Tour begins with breakfast at Café Zucchero. ● Bella Serata (evening walking tour of Little Italy) on Jan. 26. Tour ends at Amici House with Sicilian aperitivo provided by RoVino. Visit: for organization overview, full calendar, and ticket information. Get Social: @conviviosociety (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) —Tom Cesarini is the executive director of Convivio. Reach him at


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Breaking records Brown liquors and pub grub dominate The Whiskey House

Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. It is nearly certain that on Jan. 15, The Whiskey House will receive certification for possessing the largest commercial inventory of whiskey in the world. That day is when reps from Guinness World Records are due to wrap up a meticulous count of the establishment’s vast bottle collection, which is displayed attractively on every interior wall, including those in a hallway leading to the restrooms. Co-owner Alex Minaev estimates that him and business

partner, Ryan King, have amassed about 2,800 labels of scotch, bourbon and whiskey from around the globe since opening four years ago. They’ve conveniently cataloged the options by distillery, age, and place of origin. The tome is so lengthy and comprehensive, it feels as though you’re flipping through the white pages of an old telephone book. Unless the current contenders for this world title quickly beef up their commercial inventories and register them with the Guinness organization, The Whiskey House has it nailed. Those potential runners-up, according to Minaev, are Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Washington, D.C., and a hotel in Sweden.

The menu offers lamb, beef and veggie burgers. (Alternative Strategies)


The Whiskey House 420 Third Ave. (Marina District) 619-546-6289 Prices: Starters and salads, $5 to $19 Cheese and charcuterie boards, start at $21 Burgers and sausages, $8 to $15 Entrees, $17 to $39 The establishment sits on a quiet block of Third Avenue just outside the Gaslamp Quarter. It adjoins the Lazy Hippo, a breakfast-lunch cafe also owned by Minaev. Inside, copious bottles of whiskey sit on illuminated shelves. They steal the show in what is a stylish yet unpretentious space boasting a sizable bar and loungy seating for drinking and dining. Before ordering food, my companion opted for a Kentucky mule using that state’s bourbon while I lubricated my senses with a five-glass tasting of Scotch whiskey from Scotland’s remote Highlands region. Each taster measured a half ounce. There in the north, producers primarily use 100 percent malted barley in a non-complicated distilling process that results in bold, smoky and sometimes fruity flavors. I prefer it over the delicate versions of scotch made in the Lowlands region, where whiskeys are typically double or triple-distilled and come across as too understated for these drama-seeking taste buds. In my lineup, the whiskeys ranged in age from 10 to 15 years — every one of them a thrill compared to the commercial brands I often settle for in neighborhood bars (with exception of The Aero Club in Middletown, which offers several hundred choices). But for seasoned connoisseurs with money to burn, the inventory flaunts Scotch whiskeys topping 50 years old. “The demand is so huge now for small-allocation scotch that we can’t even keep them in stock,” Minaev said. “Some sell

A perfectly cooked scotch egg

Illuminated shelving adds a soothing feel to the space. (Alternative Strategies) for $299 a shot. Others run as high as $1,000 a shot.” Where there are whiskeys of this caliber, there are savory complements such as house-made sausages, charcuterie and artisan cheeses. Head chef Rene Miranda accommodates with such delectables, plus more, including the best scotch egg you’ll find outside of the United Kingdom. Coated in finely crumbled sausage, the hard-boiled masterpiece gives way to a beautiful orange-yellow yolk that is glossy and slightly under-cooked—exactly like An unassuming facade sets the stage for serious whiskey drinking. (Photos by Frank it should be. The whole Sabatini Jr.) thing sits on a bed of arugula and comes with Cajun mustard for good meaThe chef makes four differsure. It’s sinfully nourishing. ent sausages: lamb, bratwurst, sweet Italian, and chorizo. I chose the latter three for a board that also accommodated house-made sauerkraut and beer-braised onions. Both accoutrements tasted straight out of a Bavarian cookbook, and the sausages were juicy and tender with the chorizo grabbing top honors for being the spiciest. My companion reveled in a hefty lamb burger crowned with cheddar and oozing both Thousand Island and tzatziki sauces from its Sausage trio with puffy bun. After trying a bite, house-made sauerkraut and we agreed the grassy flavor of beer-braised onions the lamb was sneaky, delayed by tangy spices in the patty as Also from the starter list is well as the condiments. But a an impressive poblano pepper fine lamb burger it was — furthat is roasted and stuffed with ther proving the chef does magfluffy quinoa along with black ic with meats. beans and pepper jack cheese. Other meal options include With chipotle cream sauce inhand-cut rib eye, chicken volved, its feisty flavors stacked picatta, salmon fi let, and a up superbly to the quintet of scotch-marinated pork chop, robust Highlands Scotch glidwhich is surely next on my ing down my gullet. list. As for the dazzling whiskey collection, Minaev recalls starting out at only 200 choices when The Whiskey House first opened in 2015. He assures it will continue growing and refuses to put on cap on its potential. “We constantly add to it every week,” he noted with a tone of proud confidence that his establishment will seize the world record it duly deserves. —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


The address that housed the beloved Cafe Chloe, which closed last year after pioneering into the East Village back when the area was commercially barren, has been taken over by ramen master Sam Morikizono. Known for operating multiple locations of Tajima

Ramen in and outside of San Diego — and also Cloak & Petal in Little Italy — the Japanese-born chef is supposedly leaning toward a menu that focuses on grilled meats, including premium cuts of beef. Still unnamed, the restaurant is due to open in late spring. 721 Ninth Ave.

Esteemed chef Anthony Sinsay cooked his last meal at Jsix on New Year’s Eve before leaving town to head the kitchen at Outlier in Seattle. The San Diego native joined Jsix at the Solamar Hotel more than two years ago and was lauded for injecting his Filipino roots into the menu. He takes to the Northwest a full resume of culinary experience that includes cooking gigs at Nobu Las Vegas, Local chef Anthony Sinsay of Jsix is heading to Harney Sushi greener pastures. (Courtesy of the Nth Element) in Old Town and Duke’s La Jolla. His vacancy, according month to fill. 616 J St., 619-819to a source, may take at least a 9567, Self-serve beer taps are all the rage at WhipHand, a new Gaslamp Quarter restaurant and bar that bills itself as an “American brasserie.” Headed by Grind & Prosper Hospitality, which also runs Miss B’s Coconut Club in Mission Beach and Park 101 in Carlsbad, the 2,000-square-foot space shows off wrought-iron elements and an open kitchen,

not to mention a full bar rigged with 24 taps that customers maneuver for their pours. The food menu extends to lobster rolls, seafood pies, artisan sandwiches and fingers foods, all presented by culinary director Quinnton “Q” Austin, who applies some of his Louisiana roots to the cooking. 935 J St., 619-450-5515,

Pour-it-yourself beer from 24 taps at WhipHand (Alternative Strategies)

Forbes Magazine gave Lola 55 in the East Village global recognition with a December article praising the taco shop’s “progressive Mexican gastronomic experience” and its “deep respect for regional ingredients.” The eatery, which opened less than a year ago, differentiates itself from other Mexican kitchens by using gourmet taco fillings such as rib eye, pork belly, local fish, rainbow cauliflower and more. The write-up also spotlights owner Frank Vizcarra’s stint in the professional soccer world and his corporate vice-president roles with Pizza Hut and McDonald’s. Kudos are given as well to executive chef

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Lola 55 and its chef, Andrew Bent, received some love from Forbes Magazine. (Courtesy of Bay Bird Inc.) Andrew Bent for his modern approach to taco-making.

North Park’s 2-year-old Holy Matcha is branching into the East Village in the coming months with a small cafe specializing in a variety of beverages made with trendy matcha tea. The green powdered product also shows up in a variety of treats and noshes. For this A cafe that focuses on matcha tea is heading to the East Village. (Google images) second location, we’re told the design will be “minimalist” original location. For reacompared to the standsons unknown to us, the out pink banquettes and new location is being kept a tropical wallpaper at the secret.

1290 F. St., 619-542-9155, The ever-evolving structure in the East Village that was The Carnation Milk Factory nearly 100 years ago is once again undergoing a conceptual transformation. What was most recently Harvest by the Patio by The Patio Group has been closed to make way for a February-March opening of Himmelberg’s. The new venture is named after the late Joey Himmelberg, an avid surfer who was a close friend of the restaurant’s group’s CEO, Gina Champion-Cain. The re-branding will usher in a vintage rock n’ roll theme, Himmel Brew beer, and casual bar fare using sustainable ingredients. 369 10th Ave., —Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at



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Team Elite swimmers make a splash at the FINA World Swimming Championships U.S. swimmers of Team Elite collectively won 21 medals at FINA World Swimming Championships Funded by the Stand By Me Foundation, the American swimmers at Team Elite, which is led by San Diego-based coach David Marsh, collectively won 21 medals — gold to bronze at the FINA World Swimming Championships, which took place in Hangzhou, China, and concluded Dec. 16, 2018. Team Elite is preparing America’s finest swimmers for the upcoming 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo. Coach

David Marsh, who has prepared 49 swim athletes for Olympic glory during his 20-plus-year career saw six members of his squad take part in the world championships from Dec. 11-6. The U.S.-based Team Elite swimmers are a premiere, high performance swim training group, now based in San Diego — who, since 2016, have placed more athletes on the U.S. Olympic team than any other

program. If Team Elite were a country, they would have placed third in the medal standing in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Despite their great success on the podium, Team Elite and swimming in the U.S. is still an under-funded and under-supported sport. The Stand By Me Foundation actively supports American elite swimmers by providing financial assistance. Team Elite is the first swim

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(l to r) Kate Meili, Jacob Pebley, Kendyl Stewart, Andrea Murez, Kathleen Baker and Michael Chadwick (Photo courtesy of Team Elite) squad to see financial backing in order to pay for swimming pool access, coaching fees, housing and medical care. The Stand By Me Foundation has been incorporated earlier this month by David Marsh, alongside Marc Huberty (who has fostered European swim talent for decades) and recognized Olympic sports commentator Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines, who won gold in the 100-meter swim at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games. Stand By Me aims to grow the sport of swimming, promote water safety and train American athletes who often receive little to no financial support. “This shows what we can achieve with the proper support. American elite swimmers of today and tomorrow need corporate America, our brands and our people to stand by our top swimming talent,” said David Marsh, co-founder of the Stand By Me Foundation. “They need us. They need our support, and they need financial help. The U.S. is one of the only leading swimming nations to not help their own champions financially. “Michael Chadwick, Katie Meili and Kendyl Stewart are well on their way to winning gold medals in the upcoming Olympics. However, they have to cough up over $1,000 per month out of their own pockets, while other swimmers from places such as China, Japan, Germany and Russia get financial backing from their respective countries. Let us all together stand by our swimmers and let them compete in equal circumstances so that America’s finest can do what they do best: win!” Of those winners, Michael Chadwick won four gold medals across four races; 4x50 and 4x100 men’s freestyle relay, the

mixed 4x50 medley relay and the 4x50 mixed freestyle relay. Chadwick also won a silver medal in the men’s 4x50 medley relay. Kathleen Baker took home four medals — two gold in the women’s 4x50 and 4x100 medley relay, as well as one silver in the women’s 200 backstroke and a bronze in the women’s 200 individual medley. Lia Neal earned four medals, bringing home three gold in the women’s 4x100 medley relay, the women’s 4x50 and 4x100 freestyle relay, and a silver medal in the women’s 4x200 freestyle relay. Kendyl Stewart also earned four medals, three of which were gold in the women’s 4x50 and 4x100 medley relay and the mixed 4x50 medley relay, alongside a silver medal in the women’s 100 butterfly. Katie Meili earned three golds in the 4x50 and 4x100 women’s medley relay and the mixed 40x50 medley relay, as well as a silver medal in the women’s 100 breaststroke. These medal achievements were topped by four world record-breaking races by Michael Chadwick, Katie Meili, Kathleen Baker and Kendyl Stewart across the 4x100 men's freestyle relay with a new top time of 3:03:03, the 4x50 men's freestyle relay at 1:21:80, the 4x50 women's medley relay at 1:42:38, and the 4x50 mixed medley relay at 1:36:40. The average income of most Olympic hopefuls is less than $20,000 per year, however the majority of elite athletes incur expenses of $25,000 to $40,000 annually for coaching, equipment and travel. Therefore, support from organizations such as the Stand By Me Foundation is essential to ensuring the success of American swimmers and achieving great results at the 2020 Summer Olympic games in Tokyo. “I’m very excited about the creation of the Stand By Me Foundation because it will provide much-needed support for the swimmers who work extremely hard and are role models for so many young children across America,” said Marsh. For more information about the Stand By Me Foundation, Michael Chadwick won four gold medals across visit standbymefounfour races (Photo courtesy of Jack S.)




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is the fundraising launch of the project, and Friends of Balboa Park intends to complete preliminary studies and plans throughout 2019.



Dmitri Shostakovich. General admission starts at $25. $10$12 for students and military; $20-$22 for Maritime Museum members. VIP tickets, subscriptions and package deals available. Concert starts at 4 p.m. and the upper deck bar will open for beverages and snack service at 3:30 p.m. Located at the Star of India Wharf, 1492 North Harbor Drive.

Jan. 19 and Sunday, Jan. 20. Free. Times vary. Located at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way.


Count. 4-8 a.m. in Downtown. Email with any questions. Register online at:







‘An Evening with the Whiffenpoofs’

Tickets are now on sale for “An Evening with the Whiffenpoofs,” a fundraiser for the Honeymoon Bridge Reconstruction Project in Balboa Park. Nonprofit Friends of Balboa Park is hosting the event, which will be held on Sunday, Jan. 13 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Prado Ballroom in Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado. $85 per person. It will feature the world-famous Yale Whiffenpoofs, America’s oldest collegiate a capella singing group. The project would be a centerpiece feature of a comprehensive site improvement plan being stewarded by the city of San Diego’s Parks & Recreation Department. The Whiffenpoofs concert

‘Women in Blue’

Tickets are now on sale for the ninth annual “Women in Blue” Luncheon. The event is a celebration of female leadership, diversity, and empowerment of women. This year’s theme, “Courage Knows No Gender,” embodies the resilience, strength, and bravery of the fearless female leaders serving America's Finest City. The event will take place on March 7 with registration starting at 11:30 a.m. followed by a program and lunch at noon. Located at Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, 1 Park Blvd. Prices start at $125 and sponsorship opportunities are also available.









2019 High Tech Fair at The Fleet

‘The Princess Bride’ Film Screening

Scaling the “cliffs of insanity,” battling “rodents of unusual size,” and facing torture in the “pit of despair” – true love has never been a snap. Watch the 1987 film “The Princess Bride” starring Robin Wright and Cary Elwes at Cinema Under the Stars. 98 minutes and rated PG. A classic cartoon will be shown before the film. Popcorn, candy and assorted beverages are available for $2 each. A waterproof cover, heaters and blankets are provided free of charge. Tickets $17-$29. 8-10 p.m. at 4040 Goldfinch St. Shows will also be held on Saturday, Jan. 12 and Sunday, Jan. 13.




The Fleet Science Center is hosting its 2019 High Tech Fair, connecting local students with STEM-related businesses. The goal of the event is to show students real-world applications for the science they learn in schools. This event is for students grades seven-12. Last year, over 2,500 students from 47 schools across San Diego County took part in the Fleet’s 2018 High Tech Fair. More than 30 companies participated representing industries with a focus in aerospace and defense, biotech, energy and sustainability, environmental science, higher education, technology and finance. Participating students engaged in booths to explore circuits, interact with floating magnets, make laser-cut name badges and experience VR simulation. Free. 5-8 p.m. at the Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Blvd. Also on Friday, Jan. 18 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Monster Jam

Monster Jam returns to Petco Park with high-octane entertainment this month. This action-packed live event showcases some of the most recognizable Monster Jam trucks, including Grave Digger, Max-D and many more, performing jaw-dropping displays of gravity-defying feats. These Monster Jam trucks deliver on what fans want to see most — more freestyle, more racing, more donuts, more wheelies and more action! The event will also be held on Saturday, Jan. 26. Noon-2 p.m. both days. Located at Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd.




‘Harmony/A Group Show’ Opening Reception

To kick off the new year, Sparks Gallery is pleased to present a selection of artworks that are inspired by music. The exhibition will explore both the traditional movement of the body in motion, as well as abstract works with bursts of colors and shapes. Each artist will interpret music and dance through their unique vision and craft. Nearly 20 artists will be featured. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 6-9 p.m. Free to attend but online RSVP required. Exhibition will be on view through April 21 at Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave.





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Minefaire Community Event

Minefaire is coming to San Diego! Connect with your kids and be blown away by off-the-charts fun at the No. 1 Minecraft event in the country. Plunge into the Minecraft Mixed Reality Experience, and step inside our Minecraft Escape Room. Meet your favorite YouTube creators, join parent-child build challenges, win a Minecraft costume contest, witness nonstop mega-stage shows, and much more. Tickets start at $50, and free for children age 2 and under. Also held on Sunday, Jan. 6. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Located at San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive.


‘Hearing the Future’

The San Diego Symphony kicks off the new year with its fourth annual festival, “Hearing the Future.” The monthlong event explores the concept of “creation” and the artistic expression that springs from youthful composers and artists. The festival is curated by composer-conductor and 2018 MacArthur Fellow and Genius Award recipient Matthew Aucoin. The exploration begins with the first concerts conducted by San Diego Symphony’s Music Director Designate Rafael Payare, who will provide a prospective glimpse of his creative vision as the 13th music director. Runs through Sunday, Jan. 27. Times, locations and prices vary.

‘Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime’

The Hausmann Quartet and Maritime Museum of San Diego partner for the fourth season of “Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime,” a quarterly concert series performed aboard one of the Museum’s 10 historic world-class vessels, the 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley. The season opens with “Reconstruction and Transformation” — an exploration of the transformative power of music through works with strikingly different points of origin and world views. Music by Jessie Montgomery, Pauline Oliveros and

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‘Powers New Voices Festival’

The Old Globe will present the sixth annual “Powers New Voices Festival,” a weekend of readings of new American plays by some of the most exciting voices writing for the American theater today. The festival kicks off on Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. with “Celebrating Community Voices,” an evening of work created by San Diego residents through the Globe’s arts engagement programs Community Voices and coLAB. New American plays will follow on Saturday,

The San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show is back by popular demand and returns to Sunroad Resort Marina on Harbor Island this month! The 29-year annual tradition will expand this year with the addition of more floating docks to moor several larger vessels. There will also be a plethora of marine vendors and electronics with the latest nautical products and services, boating seminars, free boat rides, as well as food and beverages vendors. Show runs through Sunday, Jan. 27; times vary each day. $15 for adults, and free for children age 12 and under. Military, EMTS, Police and Fire personnel receive free entry on Thursday, Jan. 24 and Friday, Jan. 25. Located at Sunroad Resort Marina on Harbor Island, 955 Harbor Island Drive.

Silverstein at House of Blues

Rock band Silverstein will perform with Hawthorne Heights, As Cities Burn, and Capstan. $22-$45. All ages. 6 p.m. at House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave.





Career Fair



‘Point-in-Time Count’

San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless is looking for volunteers to assist with the 2019 Point-in-Time

The Greater San Diego Career Fair will be held at the Handlery Hotel San Diego from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 950 Hotel Circle North. — Calendar compiled by Sara Butler. Email events to


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Gaslamp goes to the dogs


Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro The Vet + Pet West Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade rolled into the Gaslamp on Dec. 16. This was the 11th year for this holiday event, presented by Fomo Bones. Dogs in all shapes and sizes met at the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade in Downtown. Canines dressed in holiday costumes along with their owners. Other participants came with rabbits, tortoises, cats, pigs, and chickens. When attendees arrived, they could visit the Holiday Pet Expo with a chance to win terrific gifts by collecting stamps from all 18 pet vendors. The parade began underneath the Gaslamp Quarter Archway. The 2018 Grand Marshal was Lucy the Boston terrier, with owners George and Teresa Pisano leading the way. Surf Dog Ricochet was awarded the Greyfrairs Bobby Award and could be seen riding in an old 1924 Ford Model T. The La Jolla High School Marching Band was a new addition this year. Streets lined with spectators cheered everyone on as they marched up Fifth Avenue and

Second place for Best Costumed Group (three or more) — Lucki, Molly, KeyHey, Jackson, Kalani, Rothstein, Lola and Pete then back down Fourth Avenue to the Hilton Gaslamp Park. Winners of the pet parade were announced on the stage. Sponsors included Blue Buffalo and Love on a Leash. Megan Parry, KGTV Channel 10 meteorologist, was the emcee for the awards. The winners for Best in Show were: third place — Suki with handler Jeanne Patten; second place — Lucy with handlers George and Teresa Pisano; and first place and

First place Best Pet Costume (non-canine) — Waffles the Rabbit with handler Hunter Johnson

Second place for Best Pet Costume — Bismark with handler Mara Serpa

Grand Prize Winner for the 2019 12th annual Pet Parade was — Bailey with handler Mary Caraway. The Best Ugly Holiday Sweater Award went to third place — Gunner with Handler Zach Miner; second place — Chune with handler Kelly Gomez; and first place — Buddy with handler Joe Minner. The Cutest Critter went to: third place — Mila, aka Meal Deal, with handler Jessica Sherman; second place — Geronimo with handler Celia Schmidt; and first place — Olive with handler Katie Sullivan. The Best Pet Costume went to: third place — Missy with handler Terri Pobre; second place — Bismark with handler Mara Serpa; and first place — Suki with handler Jeanne Patten. Best Pet Costume (non-canine): third place — Rummy the cat with handler Candy Veilman; second place — Ginger Ale & Chicka the Chickens with handler Mikey Johnson; and first place — Waffles the Rabbit with handler Hunter Johnson Best Holiday Pet Costume: third place — Mr. Breakfast with handler Liz Nowell; second place — Charlie with handler Maria Nieboee; and first

First place and Grand Marshall for the 2019 12th annual Pet Parade — Bailey with handler Mary Caraway (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro) place — Kindle with handlers Ellie and Vin North-Toyer Best Costumed Duo: third place — Mizzou with handler Robert Ivey; second place — Derby with handler Kentucky Gallahue; and first place — Tia with handler Jaime Miguel Flores III. Best Costumed Group (three or more): third place — Sir Ruffles Von Vicious with handler Jan Savage; second place — Lucki, Molly, Key-Hey, Jackson, Kalani, Rothstein, Lola and Pete; and first place — Tater Tot, Hamilton, Gemma, Bismark and Chewbacca, aka Bach Dia de los Perros. Best Float: third place — Penny with handler Karen Beets; second place — Sammie, Sweet Pea, Bennie with handler Jackie Silva; and first place — Ozzie, Ferra, Cheech with handlers, Corey, Jennifer and Will. If you missed this warm and fuzzy event, stay tuned

First place Best Costumed Duo — Tia with handler Jaime Miguel Flores III

for the 2019 Holiday Pet Parade by visiting: gaslamp. org. This year’s guests of the Holiday Pet Parade received free admission to Wag PetCon, which was at the San Diego Convention Center on Dec. 1516. Everyone was encouraged to bring their pet with them to this event. There were educational and fun booths along with an adoption program for pets.

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Jan. 13: Winter Bridal Bazaar 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

Third place for Best Pet Costume (non-canine) — Rummy the cat with handler Candy Veilman


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