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➤➤ NEWS P. 10

Proposition I passes Still two sides of the minimum wage hike

MLB All-Star Game returns to San Diego after 24 years

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By Dave Schwab

Images from last year’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati, Ohio (Courtesy MLB) By Kai Oliver-Kurtin For the first time since 1992, San Diego will be the host city for the annual Major League Baseball (MLB) AllStar Game on July 12 at Petco Park. Taking place every July at the halfway point of the MLB season, the All-Star Game will showcase a roster of players from both the American League and National League. Fans were able to cast their ballots online to select the game’s starting players, but

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the roster was not finalized by press time. Some of the players ranking high on the leader boards were Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. Beginning July 7, there are several events that fans will have the opportunity to participate in leading up to the big game on July 12, including FanFest, concerts, yoga, a 5K run, block party, the Home Run Derby and a red carpet parade, among others. As a Hall of Famer and 12-time All-Star player, Dave

Winfield is no stranger to MLB All-Star Week. Winfield played in the first All-Star Game held in San Diego in 1978. “It was an exciting time,� Winfield said. “I was still developing my career, improving my skills and growing as a player, so it was a great achievement. Just knowing I was going to be around some of the best players in the game was such a feeling

see MLB, pg 20

Now that the city has passed a new earned sick leave and (higher) minimum wage ordinance, questions remain as to its implementation — and whether it will fulfill its intent. On June 7, in unofficial results, San Diego voters passed the Prop. I minimum wage measure by a margin of 183,261 in favor (63.24 percent), to 106,521 opposed (36.76 percent). With the proposition’s passage, San Diego’s minimum wage will increase almost immediately to $10.50 an hour, and go to $11.50 an hour on Jan. 1. The measure also provides five days of annual paid sick leave. District 3 Councilmember Todd Gloria, who spearheaded the measure, said the city will deliver on the ballot initiative’s objective to aid the unemployed and underemployed.

see Minimum Wage, pg 19

On the move

had operated out of the same location for 21 years, closed June 17. “This is something we’ve had in the works for a while,� MTS spokesperson Rob Schupp said in an interview with Downtown News. “We leased the site (on Broadway), and for the last By Dave Fidlin year we started to look at alternatives. It made a lot of sense For decades, it has been the to move the store.� go-to place for purchasing your In a statement, Paul fare tickets, obtaining route Jablonski, MTS chief executive information, and for some mem- officer, said the relocation to bers of the population, obtain12th and Imperial avenues was ing identification cards. a logical one after reviewing The San Diego Metropolitan such details are riders’ patTransit System (MTS) has terns, which have shifted as maintained a retail store for real estate development in and three decades, but a conflunear the city’s Downtown has ence of recent circumstances evolved. prompted officials to make a “This new location, at our move to East Village. busiest Transit Center, is As of June 20, the Transit perfect for our customers,� Store is now located within the Jablonski said in the statement. MTS headquarters at 12th and “All three trolley lines, multiple Imperial avenues. MTS bus routes, Greyhound The recent change means and the MTS headquarters fare-goers will no longer are all operating at 12th and have the opportunity to visit Imperial, making this new MTS’ longtime retail space at location very convenient for Broadway and First Avenue customers.� to take care of their essensee Transit Store, pg 4 tial needs. That store, which

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The light poles and fixtures were installed in 1914 when the Cabrillo Bridge was constructed. (Courtesy San Diego Foundation)

Cabrillo Bridge lights to be restored By Margie M. Palmer The long-neglected light poles on Balboa Park’s landmark Cabrillo Bridge are about to get a makeover. The poles and their fixtures were installed in 1914, when the bridge was constructed in advance of the 1915 PanamaCalifornia Exposition. Since that time, they’ve been mostly untouched, except for a onetime paint job. Over the decades, they have been altered and damaged. But when the project is completed this summer, the lights will be brought back to their original condition. Damaged and missing ornamentation will be replaced, and the poles will be repainted with the same color that was used during the 1935 Balboa Park Exposition. The renovation was brought to life, in part, thanks to the collaborative effort of the Balboa Park Fund, Balboa Park Conservancy, the Committee of 100, and Friends of Balboa Park. Each of those organizations contributed $25,000, for a combined total of $100,000. The project’s remaining costs were paid for by the city, said Adrian Granada, communications director for outgoing District 3 Councilmember Todd Gloria. “The remainder covered by the city was just under $150,000, including $12,000 from the Council District 3 Community Project Grant funds,” Granada said. A test pole and two glass globe fixtures are currently being sized and evaluated to make sure the color is historically accurate and that everything is sized correctly, he said. Once city staff is pleased with the test light, Granada said that it will take an additional six to eight weeks for the 60 fixtures, two per pole, to be fabricated and delivered. “Thirty poles will be replaced and that will be done in batches of six,” he said. “Each batch replacement is expected to take two to three weeks.” If all goes as planned, the test pole will be installed this month.

A representative from the San Diego Foundation (SDF), which oversees the Balboa Park Fund, said the organization looks forward to opportunities where their charitable donations help enhance residents’ quality of life. “The San Diego Foundation is excited to invest in Balboa Park and to also beautify a

Since 1914, the light poles on Cabrillo Bridge have been painted only once. A project this summer will restore the poles and fixtures to their original condition. (Courtesy of San Diego Foundation)

community gathering place,” said Dr. Emily Young, SDF vice president of community impact. She said the SDF has awarded more than $2.5 million to support the preservation, maintenance and beautification of the park. “The Balboa Park Fund was established at the SDF by a long list of passionate donors who loved Balboa Park and who wanted to give back to the community,” Young said. “Through these endowment funds, we invest their legacy for the benefit of the San Diego region both for now and for generations to come.” Councilmember Gloria — who just won election to the California State Assembly in the June 7 primary — said the project will enhance the entrance to the city’s crown jewel. “The restoration of the bridge’s historic lighting fixtures builds upon the $38 million retrofit completed by Caltrans last year,” he said. “It will ensure this architectural landmark serves Balboa Park visitors for years to come.” —Margie M. Palmer is a San Diego-based freelance writer who has been racking up bylines in a myriad of news publications for the past 10 years. You can reach her at margiep@alumni. pitt.edu.v

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TRANSIT STORE Jablonski said MTS officials put great care in selecting a new location for The Transit Store since customers frequently use it. “To many of our passengers and visitors, The Transit Store is the face of MTS,” Jablonski said in the statement. MTS, which operates its 95 bus routes — and three trolley lines on 53 miles of double-tracked railway — has been embarking on a vigorous promotional campaign to let customers know of the change. Schupp said there is great excitement within MTS

leadership of the changes, though he is quick to point out it marks a pivotal moment in the organization’s history. Prior to its 21-year presence at Broadway and First Avenue, Schupp said The Transit Store operated out of another nearby storefront space in the heart of Downtown in its fi rst nine years in existence. “It’s a spot that has worked well for a lot of our customers,” Schupp said of the Broadway area, pointing to the many nearby attractions that draw residents and visitors alike. The new retail facility gives MTS an opportunity to modernize its storefront presence, Schupp said, and add features — some being rolled out now, others in the immediate

future — that are designed to meet consumers’ expectations. The enhancements include an interactive kiosk within the store to give customers up-todate route information. Schupp said the kiosk reflects a growing desire within the organization to change all route message boards throughout San Diego to a digital format. “Whenever we have to make a change [in a route], we’ve had to print up new signs, and that’s inefficient,” he said. The new retail space has more square footage than the previous location, which has given MTS staffers the opportunity to improve operations. Case in point: Clerk stations have a series of new enhancements that are designed to speed up service.

sdcnn.com While changes are bountiful, Schupp said the core of The Transit Store’s menu of services remains the same. In addition to selling tickets for bus, trolley and Coaster routes, the site will continue producing identification cards for youth, seniors and persons who are disabled and on Medicare. The Transit Store also will continue offering timetables of all MTS routes and is expected to remain a popular hub for tourist information. This new storefront is not the only recent notable moment in MTS’ historical timeline. When ridership numbers were tallied last year, officials learned a record was set, as 96.7 million riders used at least one of the organization’s multiple modes of transportation in 2015. On average, MTS offers more than 300,000 passenger trips during weekdays on the bus and trolley lines. Schupp described the June 20 relocation as a soft grand opening, as some of the usual kinks associated with a move of this magnitude are still being worked out. A customer appreciation event, which will officially

Customer Appreciation Event WHAT: MTS Grand Opening WHEN: Friday, July 8, from 8 – 9 a.m. WHERE: The Transit Store (new location), 1255 Imperial Ave., Suite 100A INFO: sdmts.com, 619-234-1060

commemorate the move and venue change, is slated for July 8 and will include a number of giveaways. The new Transit Store location operates from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. It is closed weekends and most holidays. For more on MTS, visit sdmts.com. —Dave Fidlin is a freelance journalist with a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.fidlin@ thinkpost.net.v






The new Transit Store, located just east of Petco Park, has a number of modern accents. (Courtesy MTS)

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A nonprofit established to save Starlight Bowl, the historic open-air amphitheater located in the palisades area of Balboa Park, is launching an initiative to get the local community involved in saving the once revered Bowl. The initiative, “Save Starlight,” has a mission of preserving, reviving and revitalizing a venue that has long been abandoned but is an important piece of San Diego history. The goal is to bring the outdoor theater back to life and return it to a community-gathering place for performances and events. To kick off the initiative, organizers are inviting the public to come together at the Starlight Bowl location Aug. 13, from 9 – noon, to pull weeds that are currently overtaking the amphitheater’s 3,261 seats. Also planned is the making of a video that will act as a motivator for others to join in the campaign to save Starlight Bowl. The nonprofit, also called Save Starlight, will provide a light breakfast and entertainment. All ages are welcome. Steve Stopper, who runs Ocean West Studios, is spearheading the event. A longtime arts advocate, Stopper runs School for Creative Careers, a nonprofit that provides young people hands-on experience with theater technology. He worked at Starlight for over a decade as a sound designer and engineer, hence his connection to and passion for the project. “We have been thrilled at the positive response from the city and a broad coalition of community organizations eager to help collaborate in our efforts to revitalize this historical gem into a viable San Diego performance venue,” Stopper said in press release about the event. “Our steering committee is structured with experts in the fields of theater technology, cultural history, non-profit activism, urban revitalization, historic preservation and business. We share a common goal of engaging the community in the renovation of this historic site, and seeking a viable business model moving forward to utilize the Bowl as a community asset.” Stopper encouraged everyone who wishes to get involved in this campaign to do so at a level “that best suits them,” adding that the response so far “has been phenomenal.” Those involved with Save Starlight also plan to explore ways to mitigate airplane noise, since the amphitheater is directly below the flight path for planes on approach to Lindbergh Field. The organization’s campaign will have three steps. The first step will be launching the cleanup on Aug. 13, to assemble a broad coalition of support and start moving forward on raising necessary money and resources. Second will be the actual renovation of Starlight Bowl back to a state where it can function as an amphitheater again. Third, implementing “a smart and sustainable plan” for the theater’s ongoing operations well into the future. To sign up for the cleanup, visit bit.ly/29voZpa. For more information about the nonprofit and its campaign initiative, visit savestarlight.org or follow them on Facebook. If you wish to speak to someone about getting involved, contact info@savestarlight.org or call the Save Starlight office at 619-252-1744.

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Letters Educating the public about solar

Ref: “Solar ‘cap’ is fast approaching,” Vol. 14, Issue 6, or online at tinyurl.com/hhv3ssn]

Guest Editorial

Solving the cycle of homelessness By Deacon Jim Vargas Homelessness in San Diego affects us all. The cycle of homelessness not only means people struggling to survive in inhumane conditions on our streets, it also means challenges for the residents and businesses that share those streets. Whether you are concerned about business, tourism, quality of life for Downtown residents, the very real toll homelessness takes on people living on our streets, or all of the above, we have a common desire to see a San Diego where the reality is different — a San Diego where no tents pop-up near storefronts, where nobody is begging for change, where thousands of adults and children aren’t worried about where they’ll sleep tonight. Our community demands that this vision become a reality. With such widespread desire for a San Diego without homelessness, the temptation to turn to quick fixes is understandable. But short-term solutions don’t truly address the problem. At Father Joe’s Villages, we believe that homelessness is solvable. The fundamental issue is one of resources. In 2015, our agency alone took more than 800 men, women, teens and families off San Diego’s streets and put them into permanent housing and we could have helped more if we had the resources. After more than 65 years of addressing this problem and working with countless individuals and families, we can say with certainty that the only way to effectively deal with homelessness in our community is to invest in the housing and services needed to help our homeless neighbors reach self-sufficiency. Father Joe’s Villages has a proven track record of implementing solutions that work — strategic, research-based programs to help those in need and improve our community overall — programs designed to not only get people off the streets, but also to connect them to the support and services they need to achieve permanent independence. We know that with the right support, this journey to independence is possible.

For example, when we first met Bill, he had been living on the streets for three years. Plagued by substance abuse, mental health and legal issues, he was unemployed and had a record with jail time. Once he arrived at our St. Vincent de Paul Village campus, he took full advantage of the employment program and addiction treatment center while he searched for a permanent home. Today, Bill has addressed his legal problems, has a job, and a place of his own. These innovative, long-term solutions to homelessness are effective in helping people like Bill, but they are not easy. They require our community’s investment of both time and money. With adequate resources, we can build on the success we’ve achieved together so far. But with our city’s resources so limited, we need to keep our focus on meaningful and lasting solutions that will make a long term and sustainable difference. Father Joe’s Villages continues to work alongside businesses, residents, civic leaders and nonprofit partners to address both the immediate challenges and the underlying causes of homelessness that can cause blight and hazards on our streets. With more housing options available and with expanded programs to connect people with those resources, Father Joe’s Villages and other providers can get more people off the streets. To achieve this lasting success will require smart, forward-thinking investment from community members that share our vision for a San Diego without homelessness. To learn more and to pledge your support, visit neighbor.org.

With such widespread desire for a San Diego without homelessness, the temptation to turn to quick fixes is understandable.

—Deacon Jim Vargas is President & CEO of Father Joe’s Villages. He is honored to lead this passionate team to provide the services and support our homeless neighbors need to gain self-sufficiency. To learn more about Father Joe’s Villages’ services, visit neighbor.org.v

I just wanted to reach out and say that your article on the approaching net metering cap a month ago was awesome, as well as introduce myself and see if you’d like to be included for upcoming solar study and information releases. We’re Solar to the People, a new San Diego-based company whose aim is to educate homeowners, policymakers, journalists and the general public about solar, as well as provide trusted, high-quality installer recommendations for homeowners considering solar. One of the biggest problems we see around solar is that there aren’t many third-party authorities providing unbiased information. Our goal is to change that and to provide high quality information and studies on solar to help educate the public. An example of one of our recent studies is an analysis of the cost of solar in different regions in California (a huge point of confusion for homeowners), based on the recently released net energy metering data set. It was picked up by a large number of regional and national papers and other websites. One local story on our study can be found here nyurl.com/jftb7ld. We’re also always available as a source for questions regarding solar. We’ve actually fielded a number of questions regarding net metering from journalists over the past few weeks and are always happy to provide information and dig into CPUC docs, etc., to make sure the correct information is getting out there to the public. Thanks again for all your work, and let me know if you’re interested in being put on the list for future study releases! —Ryan Willemsen, via email

For whom the bell really tolls

[Ref: “School bells are ringing in East Village,” Vol. 13, Issue 10, or online at tinyurl. com/hupm4b6] That big, beautiful bell is rarely ever rung. They rang it periodically in the mornings when they first opened. Occasionally they ring it after school, but only when the kids’ names are being called out over a megaphone to be delivered to their parents after school. Oh, and the occasional later-in-theevening ring by a drunk teacher or something. The bell was wasted on this school. —Christina, via sandiegodowntownnews.com

Mobility Plan concerns

[Ref: “A path toward mixed reaction,” Vol. 14, Issue 4, or online at tinyurl.com/zzaahqq Could we address the lanes already in are being barely used. Instead most ride their bike on sidewalk or right side not using lanes intended for the use. —Dan Franklin Pond, via website This seems like a very debatable subject. I can see the benefits on both sides for sure. As a business owner, I was actually looking to expand a shop in Downtown San Diego just so I could be in the heart of the city, but now I’m not so sure. Thank you for taking the time to write this article. —Brad C., via website

‘No quiet zone,’ literally

[Ref: “Railway ‘Quiet Zone,’ still stifled but moving forward,” July 3, 2012 or online at tinyurl.com/hyvv9us]

June 2016: Hearing them at 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. this morning, from Pt. Loma. Not unpleasant from here. Just went online as I was curious about the schedules. Must be awful in that Downtown corridor. —Scott Higby, via website

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Explaining the new budget Notes from Toni Toni G. Atkinss Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state budget June 27. It is good news for Californians because it continues to invest in our future and our people. Gone are the stressful days of late budgets, borrowing, and IOUs. This budget is on time, fiscally prudent, and forward thinking. It bolsters our reserves and restores programs that help Californians who are struggling to make ends meet. We also are adding $2 billion for the rainyday fund that was proposed by the Assembly and approved by the voters of California in 2014. We will have $8.6 billion set aside to help withstand the economic downturn. Specifically, this budget: • increases funding for public schools and community colleges by $3.5 billion • adds $143.9 million more for the University of California in ongoing funding —including $18.5 million if UC enrolls 2,500 more California students by 2017-18 and adopts a policy that caps nonresident enrollment — plus an additional $20 million in one-time funding • raises ongoing funding for the California State University by $160.8 million, plus $50 million in one-time funding, $35 million of which is contingent upon the CSU adopting a plan to meet certain graduation and enrollment targets • boosts childcare and preschool funding by a total of $145.3 million for a childcare rate increase and 2,959 new preschool slots (the increase will rise to $527 million by 2020, creating nearly 9,000 new preschool slots) The budget also includes money for the minimum-wage increase, a restoration of hours for In-Home Supportive Services workers and the recent agreement to increase funding for Developmental Disability Services One provision in the Legislature’s budget that wasn’t in the governor’s revised budget in May is a repeal of what’s known as the maximum family grant in the CalWORKS program. This has rightfully received a lot of attention; it punishes children in families struggling in poverty, and I have wanted to eliminate it for some time. Speaking of CalWORKS, its Housing Support Program is near and dear to my heart. I was proud to have spearheaded the effort to launch what is, essentially, a rapid rehousing program for families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. It started with $20 million in 2014 and helped more than 2,000 families. Then it rose to $35 million last year and was expected to help roughly 4,500 families. This year, it increases to $47 million. And speaking of housing, the budget includes the framework for a large investment in affordable housing. It provides $400 million for new affordable housing, as long as the legislature passes a bill that makes it

a little easier to develop market-rate housing that includes affordable units and is close to transit. I have been working hard to find a permanent source of funding for affordable housing. I’m thrilled that so many of my colleagues have joined the fight. As my time in the Assembly draws to an end, I can’t help but recall my first year in the Capitol and the $26-billion deficit we faced. Through tough decisions, hard work by the legislature — in conjunction with our very focused governor, Jerry Brown — and with the support of the public, we’ve turned the corner and put California back on solid ground. It has been an eye-opening experience with both highs and lows — always keeping in mind the impact on you, my constituents. To be the first San Diegan to serve as Speaker of the California Assembly was an incredible honor. It gave me a unique opportunity to work with the governor and the Senate leader to shape the budget for this great state and the nearly 40 million people who call it home. I assure you, I will continue to use the experience I’ve gained to help create and support a sustainable budget for our city, our state, and my constituents. Around the District: You have more time to support homeless veterans by donating to “Socks for Stand Down,” our drive to collect new socks and other undergarments to be distributed to veterans this month. The drive continues through July 8 — drop socks off at specially marked boxes at local branch libraries, including Mission Hills, Kensington, North Park and University Heights, and at my Downtown office, 1350 Front St., Room 6054. Stand Down, which offers a full range of services for homeless veterans, takes place from July 22-24. We’ve had a tremendous response so far. Thank you! … Looking forward to spending more time in the district in July for our summer legislative recess. I plan to attend San Diego Pride and several community meetings to offer my update on what we’re working on in the state Assembly … There are many chances this month to enjoy summer concerts and movies in my district. Don’t miss out on these free entertainment options! I’ll be enjoying the show July 8 in University Heights at Trolley Barn Park when one of my favorites, Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra, performs! —Toni G. Atkins is the Speaker of the California State Assembly. For more information, please visit her website, asmdc.org/speaker/ where you can sign up for her e-newsletter or get the latest news on legislation and other activities. You also may follow her on Twitter, @toniatkins.v

Pride and prejudice Congressional Watch Andy Cohen June 22 turned out to be quite a historic day. It was the day that House Democrats decided to stop talking about gun violence and do something about gun violence. “Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” they’ve repeatedly insisted after each massacre. “Thoughts and prayers” won’t do anything to prevent the next massacre from happening. And yet “thoughts and prayers” are all that have been offered up by this Congress — both the House and the Senate — after Aurora, Newtown, Charleston, San Bernardino, and now Orlando. A week prior, Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut — where 20 first-grade students and six teachers/administrators were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary — took to the Senate floor for a 15-hour filibuster to demand action on gun violence. It led Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to schedule a vote on four different gun violence bills, two sponsored by Republicans and two by Democrats. All four went down to defeat, but at least there was a vote and everyone was on record as to where they stand. Now it was the House Democrats’ turn to do something — anything — to push for a vote on “no fly no buy” legislation — a bill that states that someone on the terror watch list cannot legally purchase a gun — and an expanded mandatory background check bill, which ensures all who wish to legally purchase a firearm must go through a background check, no exceptions. Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans are, shall we say, somewhat less than enthusiastic about such legislation. Led by civil rights icon John Lewis (D-GA), House Dems decided to stage a good old fashioned sit-in to try and force their Republican colleagues to hold a vote on gun legislation. This would be the House of Representatives’ version of a filibuster, since no such mechanism exists in the lower chamber. It is an issue that has occupied a special place in the conscience of Scott Peters (D-52). As reported here in February’s edition, Peters began a ritual of taking to the floor of the House each week to read just some of the names of those who had been killed by gun violence since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre on December 14, 2012. “Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” he said from the floor of Congress. “Moments of silence are not enough. Maybe, Mr. Speaker, instead of a moment of silence, the American people can get a moment of action; a moment of action that might keep their community from being next.”

San Diego Downtown News | July 2016 As the Democratic protests began, Speaker Ryan, having no intention of bringing any gun measure to the floor, decided to shut his colleagues from across the aisle down and adjourned the session of Congress. It was a strategic decision: The majority party, and thus the House Speaker, controls the CSPAN cameras, which are the only cameras of any kind allowed on the chamber floor, and those cameras are only allowed to operate while the House is in session. By terminating the session, Ryan cut the cameras and thus the only way for Democrats to draw attention to their cause. Or so he thought. House rules do not allow any cameras or recording devices on the House floor, but Scott Peters decided that it was a rule that needed to be broken in this instance, and began live-tweeting the sit-in, complete with photos and short videos. His staff then strongly suggested he download the Periscope app, allowing him to stream the sit-in its entirety. Word spread, and eventually CSPAN began televising Peters’ feed live. “If they will turn the cameras on, we will turn our cameras off,” Peters said in one of the first speeches from the House floor during the sit-in. “When they turned the cameras off, we thought that was wrong that they would not let the American people know what was going on here. Turns out there’s an app for that.” The sit-in, Peters said, was about two things: Making sure people who buy guns over the internet or at gun shows are subject to the same background check that purchasers at stores such as Wal-Mart are subject to; and to make sure suspected terrorists are not legally allowed to buy guns. “I want to tell my Republican friends to not harden your hearts,” said Juan Vargas (D-51). Vargas then began to describe the events of July 18, 1984, in San Ysidro, in what was then the worst massacre in U.S. history, where 21 people were gunned down and 19 others injured in a McDonald’s restaurant by a mentally disturbed James Huberty. “These weapons have no place in society,” Vargas said. “They’re built for one thing: To kill human beings quickly by people who are not trained to use them.” He was referring to the uzi used in that attack and the type of


assault rifle used in Newtown and most recently in Orlando. Susan Davis (D-53) told the story of Willie James Jones, the valedictorian of his 1994 graduating class at Lincoln High School who was gunned down in a drive-by shooting while at his graduation party. “How anybody could need a weapon of mass destruction is beyond me,” Davis said in her speech. “But some of my Republican friends tell me it’s very complicated, we shouldn’t try to simplify this issue.” The sit-in ended after 25 hours and zero votes taken on gun issues. But ironically Paul Ryan’s determination to shut the Democrats’ protest down may have backfired, as the social media broadcasts probably drew more attention than it ordinarily may have. It remains to be seen what effect the protest will have in the long term. Darrell Issa (R-49), who is facing his biggest reelection challenge yet, saw a bill he sponsored become law last month. The Freedom of Information (FOIA) Improvement Act will embed in federal law the notion that a “presumption of openness” is the rule, making business conducted by government agencies available for all to see and making it more difficult for government officials to deny the release of information requested under FOIA. The legislation also creates an online portal to submit FOIA requests, creating a more streamlined and accessible process. The bill was pushed by major media organizations across the country. Duncan Hunter (R-50) is facing even more scrutiny over his use of campaign funds. Finance records contained multiple charges at Ki’s restaurant in Cardiff by the Sea — 21 transactions in all. Ki’s restaurant provides catered school lunch delivery to Christian Unified Schools, and Hunter’s children are enrolled in an affiliated school in El Cajon. All charges occurred during the school year. Hunter opposes increased spending on public school lunches, and supports legislation that would loosen nutrition standards for public school lunches. —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at ac76@sbcglobal.net.v


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What? No ticket!? Getting the most out of Comic-Con, even without a coveted ticket

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By Alex Owens The hottest ticket this month is definitely a four-day pass to Comic-Con, which officially starts July 20. But if you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, you’re out of luck. All the available tickets for the Con have been sold and new security measures using RFID codes will keep people from sharing passes they way they have in previous years. Even though you need a ticket to get into the Convention Center, there are still ways to get into the Comic-Con spirit without a ticket — and some don’t cost a cent. For instance, just by walking down Fifth Avenue, especially on the Friday and Saturday Con days, there will be lots of photo ops of people in costumes, or galleries with comic-centric window displays. In addition, there are always lots of people handing out cool swag of all shapes and sizes. For instance, last year, a threeblock stroll yielded some free stickers, a poster or two, a special Comic-Con edition of the Hollywood Reporter, ice cream and a Sharknado hat. Oh, and sometimes you can get passes for free movie screenings. This year, there are rumored screenings for Paramount’s world premiere of “Star Trek Beyond” and also “Sausage Party,” a R-rated animated comedy written by and starring Seth Rogen. The hottest free ticket for an event outside of the Con may be for talk show host Conan O’Brien, who is taping Comic-Con shows for the second year in a row. This year, he will be taping shows on Wednesday, Thursday and two on Saturday, at the Spreckels Theatre, located at 121 Broadway #600, Downtown. Other shows worth checking out include the Aquabats, a rock-ska band that pretends to be a team of crime-fighting superheroes. They will be playing House of Blues (1055 Fifth Ave.) on Saturday night. Cult fi lmmaker Kevin Smith will be at the American Comedy Club (818 Sixth Ave.) on both Thursday and Saturday nights discussing his fi lms, other fi lms and any damn thing he feels like. As you might expect, local businesses are getting into the Con spirit with a wide variety of promotions. The Hard Rock Cafe is holding a “True Hero” comic book drive to send to United States Marine Corps serving overseas. Starting July 18, the Monday of Con week, the restaurant will offer a special lanyard to the fi rst 400 people who drop off comic books

Conan O’Brien will tape four shows at Spreckels Theatre during Comic-Con. (Courtesy TBS)

to the restaurant (801 Fourth Ave.) Besides being a limited edition collectible, the lanyard gives the wearer 20 percent off all retail, food, and non-alcoholic drink purchases at the Hard Rock Café during Comic-Con week. Restaurants are also using the Con to get creative with the menu. Puesto at the Headquarters (789 W. Harbor Drive) has created a Comic-Con inspired taco duo. On one hand, The El Heroé taco mixes Maine lobster, fi let mignon, crispy melted cheese, avocado, crispy onions and chipotle heroé sauce. Its counterpart, El Villain (the evil villain) has duck carnitas, black bean purée, whipped avocado and habanero pickled onion. Tajima Ramen (901 E St.) is celebrating the Con with a Naruto Ramen, which is based on a popular Japanese anime character named Naruto who is always eating miso ramen. The Blind Burro (639 J. St.) is doing a “Game of Thrones”themed hot dog, called Wun Wun’s Giant Dog, that is made with a half-pound hot dog, candied bacon, pinto bean puree among other ingredients. Bake Sale (815 F St.) has two “Star Wars”-inspired goodies: Wookiee Cookies, which are chewy coconut macaroons, and Dagobah soup, a white bean and summer vegetable soup inspired by Yoda’s swampy home planet. There will be a big “brew-haha” on July 23, at Waterfront Park (1600 Pacific Highway) thanks to the Heroes Brew Fest, a beer event with nearly 40 breweries and lots of people dressed in superhero costumes. For complete details, check out heroesbrewfest.com. For more information, visit Comic-Con.org for Con-related info and sdccblog.com for offsite events. —Alex Owens is a San Diego-based freelance writer. He can be reached at alexowenssd@gmail.com.v

In 1870, the original half-acre Horton Plaza Park was set aside by Downtown founder Alonzo Horton. The park was constructed across the street from his Horton House Hotel, where the US Grant Hotel now stands. Through the decades, various changes were made to the plaza and in 1908, architect Irving J. Gill was hired to redesign the park and design its iconic fountain. Gill would model his fountain after the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates, a structure erected by the choregos Lysicrates, a wealthy patron of musical performances in the Theater of Dionysus.

build the fountain, which was completed in 1910. Incorporated into the design of the fountain were bronze plaques dedicated to Alonzo Horton, Father Junipero Serra, and Juan Cabrillo, along with a bronze eagle finial, all created by Italian-born sculptor, Felix Peano. By 1977 the City Council approved changes that would desecrate the plaza and fountain. However, preservation groups like the Save Our Heritage Organisation went into action, successfully galvanizing the community around saving the plaza and fountain. After redevelopment of the Gaslamp Quarter in the early 1980s, the fountain once again fell into disrepair. In 2012, the city undertook a major renovation of the plaza area with the intent of transforming the park into a revitalized urban park and public gathering place.

The Broadway Fountain: Horton Plaza Park. Designer: Irving J. Gill, 1910 The monument is known as the first use of the Corinthian order on the exterior of a building, the last developed of the three principal classical orders of ancient Greek and Roman architecture. The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates has been reinterpreted in many modern monuments and buildings and its influence can be clearly seen in the design of the “Broadway Fountain.” Gill’s design was classically commemorative; beautiful, yet innovative. It incorporated electric lighting that projected blended colors on spraying water, the first use of such technology in a public water monument. Louis J. Wilde, banker and part owner of the US Grant Hotel, donated $10,000 to help

● In January 1913, unusually cold weather caused the water in the fountain to freeze, a rarity in the San Diego region. ● On Nov. 2, 1960, then-Senator John F. Kennedy spoke at Horton Plaza to make a last-minute appeal for votes, just six days before the 1960 presidential election. If you would like more information on the history and wonderful architecture of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation invites you to visit the Gaslamp Museum and the Davis-Horton House located at 410 Island Ave., or visit our website, gaslampfoundation.org. —Jake Romero is the director of operations of the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. Reach him at jromero@gaslampfoundation.org.v

The restored fountain as it looks today (Photo by Jake Romero)

Westfield Horton Plaza shopping center partnered with the city in the renovation project and management of the public facility. The new park includes a restored Gill fountain, returning the fountain to its original 1910 appearance and function and it serves as the park’s architectural focal point. Opening ceremonies for the revitalized Horton Plaza Park and fountain were held on May 4, 2016. Some interesting facts about the fountain: ● Inscribed in the frieze above the columns is the phrase, “Broadway Fountain for the People.” ● The first sitting U.S. president to visit the Broadway Fountain was Benjamin Harrison.

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Little Italy Mercado gives attendees great views of the Bay. (Courtesy LIA)

Summer fun is heating up Little Italy News Christopher Gomez Little Italy is heating up and it’s not just because it’s the beginning of summer! The neighborhood is buzzing with festivals and events that will have everyone saying, “That’s amore!” Little Italy’s family-friendly atmosphere makes the neighborhood perfect for taking strolls through some of the summer festivals or cooling off with some local produce and healthy juices at the Little Italy Mercato after a hot summer day. Here are a few things you can do with your family in the neighborhood this summer. ● Movie nights under the stars — This historical Italian community and Cinema Little Italy are proud to host the Little Italy Summer Film Festival, a series of Italian films with English subtitles, to be screened in Little Italy’s Amici Park outdoor amphitheater, every Saturday at 8 p.m., from now through August. Located at the corner of State and W.

Date streets, it’s just a small $5 donation to watch. ● Little Italy “State of the Neighborhood” — The Little Italy Association (LIA) invites guests to enjoy a rooftop dinner at the new county parking structure on W. Cedar Street and Kettner Boulevard on July 27 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to mingle with Little Italy business owners, residents and honored dignitaries for $45 a ticket. Multiple Little Italy restaurants are donating family-style dishes and LIA’s Chief Executive Administrator will present about the past, present and future of Little Italy. ● Saturday neighborhood traditions — Stroll through the streets of Little Italy with more than 130 vendors selling fresh flowers, produce, artisan-made goods and more, all of which make up the delicious Little Italy Mercato, consistently recognized as one of the best farmers markets in the country. The Mercato is a free event that happens every Saturday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. ● Summer concert — On Aug. 6 from 6 p.m. – dusk, there will be a free evening

of amazing live music by the 45-piece Marine Band San Diego, as well as their popular music group, Sound Strike, and New Orleansstyle brass band, Double Time Brass Band. Event sponsor Torrey Pines Bank invites military and their families to enjoy this event on W. Fir Street between India Street and Kettner Boulevard. When you’re out and about in the neighborhood this summer don’t forget to also check out the newest addition to Little Italy — #ThatRedChairSD. An 8-foottall red chair that sits on India Street in front of Filippi’s — and it’s perfect for photo-ops with family and friends. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ThatRedChairSD on social media. To find out more information about what’s happening in the neighborhood, visit littleitalysd.com. To stay connected with us, check out what’s going on in our neighborhood by following us on Instagram and Twitter @LittleItalySD and Facebook/San DiegoLittleItaly.

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—Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at chris@littleitalysd.com.v

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Avoiding the wireless crunch Free Wi-Fi to be offered Downtown during July events By Desirae Holland


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Cox Communication employee installs a WiFi hotspot in Little Italy.| (Courtesy Cox Communications)

Game will be some of our biggest tourist attractions this year — providing big boosts to our economy, which will help to create jobs for residents and revenue for businesses across our city.” The mayor also thanked Cox for serving the residents of San Diego for more than 50 years. Addressing Cox’s other recent hotspot installations throughout the San Diego region and across the nation, Sam Attish, vice president of business development and public affairs for Cox Communications in California, pointed to the potential visibility of the events as the reason for the free Wi-Fi initiative. “The mayor and city share our commitment to keeping San Diego a hub of innovation and technology, and what better way to celebrate than by enabling the public to utilize the technology

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to stay connected during these marquee events,” he said. Kerri Verbeke Kapich, senior vice president of marketing and strategic partnerships for the San Diego Tourism Authority, noted that last year, 4.4 million visitors came to San Diego and spent $1.2 billion. The month of July, because of its events, is the most popular month for travel to the region, she said. “With the two global events, all eyes will be on San Diego and people will be visiting San Diego looking to share memories and talk to people around the world about their great experiences,” Kapich said. “Free Wi-Fi will make it easier for them to communicate.” Most of Cox Communication’s San Diego high speed internet customers already have access — through their preferred, premier, ultimate or “G1GABLAST” packages — to nearly 100 Cox hotspots currently installed around the county, which are part of a nationwide network of more than 400,000 hotspots. Cox also recently added 40 new Wi-Fi hotspots on board the USS Midway Museum, one of the city’s most popular landmarks, which attracts more than 1.3 million visitors per year. It also expanded to 153 its number of Wi-Fi hotspots in Balboa Park, accommodating its millions of annual visitors. To accommodate the influx of visitors to San Diego during the All Star Game and Comic-Con, Cox’s free Wi-Fi will be available in all Downtown neighborhoods from July 8 – 24; including the Gaslamp Quarter, East Village, the Marina District, Little Italy, Cortez Hill and Core. Those who already subscribe to Cox’s preferred packages listed above will automatically have access to the expanded hotspots Downtown. Cox customers who don’t subscribe to one of the high speed plans listed above, or those who do not subscribe to Cox at all, may access the free Wi-Fi hotspots starting July 8 by selecting “CoxWiFiFree” on their wireless enabled devices when in range of a Cox hotspot. For more information, visit cox.com/wifi. —Editor Morgan M. Hurley contributed to this report. —Desirae Holland is a local freelance writer. You can reach her at d7holland@hotmail.com or follow her on Twitter @desirae_h_.v



San Diego Downtown News | July 2016


The passions of a solar phenom Saving the world, one photovoltaic cell at a time Morgan M. Hurley | Editor Back in the early 2000s, young San Diego resident and journeyman electrician Daniel Sullivan said he’d grown frustrated and even angry with California’s energy crisis and the country’s “unwarranted drum beat” toward a second war in Iraq. The recent birth of his son had also made him realize that he could no longer stand by and be complacent; he wanted to actively make the world a better place and set himself on a path to do so. Today he is the founder, president and CEO of Sullivan Solar Power, one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing private companies in America, and has installed over 5,000 solar energy systems throughout San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties. A Downtown resident today, Sullivan graduated from Rancho Bernardo High School in 1995 and then embarked on a five-year electrical

apprenticeship program, learning the trade, working with various contractors and gaining diverse experience in projects throughout San Diego County. Not long after the completion of his apprenticeship training, he got his first introduction to solar — photovoltaic (photons/ voltage) systems — which convert sunlight into electricity. Fascinated by the technology and recognizing the sun as an unlimited resource, he couldn’t understand why it wasn’t more widely used. “Once I started studying solar power, a light went on,” Sullivan said. “It’s obvious we have an answer — but nobody was really doing anything about it. There were policies in the state of California that encouraged conservation and renewable energy but at that time there were only a handful of companies that actually did solar power and the people that were doing it weren’t really electricians by trade. They were people who believed in the technology but didn’t know how to deliver it.”

Sullivan made several attempts to convince his boss to expand into the solar business, to no avail; so he decided to do it himself. He got certified, quit his job, picked up some freelance electrical work, moved into his client’s garage and with just $2,500 in his pocket, he jumped off the cliff. “It was a miserable life coming out of the gate,” he said. “It was challenging psychologically and emotionally.” In 2005, Sullivan had only one employee — his best friend from high school, who is still with him — and just two customers his first year, netting $60,000. To pay his bills, Sullivan landed an electrical service contract with the city of Santee. He then set out to educate the victims of the San Diego Cedar Fire on the advantages of renewable energy and the rebates that the government was offering them as a result of the fires. “It was a difficult time,” he said. “These people had lost everything. They were trying to

Mayor Faulconer welcomes Sullivan at a press conference last December announcing the city’s vote on the Climate Action Plan. This resulted in San Diego being the largest city in the nation to legally commit to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. (Courtesy Sullivan Solar Power)

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The solar business that Sullivan, a Downtown resident, started in a garage 12 years ago has experienced explosive growth. (Courtesy Sullivan Solar Power) rebuild their lives while I was trying to build a business.” His approach worked and soon business was brisk and steady, with customers throughout the Harbison Canyon and Alpine fire areas. Soon he had a stable base to branch out into retrofits. In five years, business grew hand over fist with Sullivan choosing to focus not only on residential, but commercial jobs, albeit small to medium due to financial constraints. “Solar power, when you boil it down, is electrical technology,” he said. “You’re putting a generating system on your roof. So it really meshed together my passions: environmental, making the world a better place, and electricity. “I saw that this was my calling, this was what I was supposed to do. I really didn’t have any real business background, but I was passionate about the concept and my belief at the time was that this was going to blow up, this was going to be the wave of the future. And as we’re seeing now, we are the No. 2 city in the country and we are going to be the first region to hit our cap in the state of California. My prediction was right.” What Sullivan lacked in business acumen he made up for in work ethic, determination and his personal drive to prove himself. He is passionate about renewable energy and his goal is to turn everyone he meets into a solar advocate. “It’s very rewarding to take someone who doesn’t believe and show them the future and then they come a part of it,” he said. By 2010, Sullivan Solar Power had grown to nearly 30

employees and were at their second physical business address. In 2011, they opened an office in Irvine; in 2012, an office in Riverside. Today, Sullivan has 160 employees across the three campuses with plans to expand further north, into Santa Clarita, in the near future. And though he’s won a plethora of awards and personal recognitions in his relatively short career as the owner of a burgeoning renewable energy business, it hasn’t always been easy. “I went from being the guy that wore every hat to handing off responsibilities to new employees who I had trained,” he said. “When you do everything, you can’t build a business and when you transition to guiding and coaching people, that is a whole new skill set that I had to learn on the job. There was no shortage of mistakes in my learning how to approach people in a different way, where I am building a person up compared to building an electrical system up. That was foreign to me and it was very challenging but ultimately we’ve prevailed so far.” Throughout it all, Sullivan has remained humble, his personal philosophies on changing the world have never faltered, and he has no plans to take the company public — for the same reasons he fights the state’s investor-run public utilities — he wants to retain control and not answer to shareholders. He also works hard to make sure all 160 employees are in lock-step with his vision for helping eliminate the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. “If the passion and drive is there, the rest of it can be

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By SDCNN Staff In a letter to East Village residents, Joan Wojcik, president of the East Village Residents Group (EVRG), acknowledged the alarming rise in homeless population in the neighborhood and announced that Mayor Faulconer will meet with Wojcik and EVRG’s Social Issues Committee on July 12 to address the problem and hear from area residents. San Diego Downtown Partnership’s Clean & Safe program conducted a head count in May 2016, which shows a 100 percent increase in the homeless population around East Village since May of 2015, 785 compared to 386, respectively. It also noted a 200 percent increase in the last four years (251 to 785).

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Board member Todd Hutchins, with the help of members on the Social Issues Committee, compiled an updated report (available here: tinyurl. com/jj9mmtr), which includes affects of the recent increase on the residents and also the quality of life of the homeless. It also suggests possible reasons for the increase and offers recommendations on possible solutions to resolve the issue. Also in the report, which was approved by the EVRG board and will be provided to the mayor at the July 12 meeting, are photographs of encampments and trash accumulation. In advance of EVRG’s meeting with the mayor, Wojcik is encouraging all East Village residents to write letters to either the mayor, City

Councilmember Todd Gloria or Councilmember-elect Chris Ward. Residents can either write their own letters or use one of the two form letters Wojcik has drafted here: tinyurl.com/h56h6ck, or here: tinyurl.com/zg5fzwb. Download the report and the forms or draft your own letter and send them to Mayor Kevin Faulconer, kevinfaulconer@sandiego. gov; Councilmember Todd Gloria, ToddGloria@sandiego. gov; and Councilmember-elect Chris Ward, Chris@voteforward.com. Questions, comments and copies of forwarded letters should go to Joan Wojcik, president East Village Residents Group, eastvillageresidentsgroup@yahoo.com. v



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Bocker and Stier have traveled around the world to help present “Final Symphony.” The Symphony’s fantastical adventures with live music For Bocker, a performance at the Tokyo Bunka By David Dixon The night is expected to Kaikan made for a memorable be bittersweet for all in atexperience. Last summer, the San Diego tendance, since Yelchin died “Final Symphony’ was so well Symphony got a lot of worldtragically June 19, after being received that our concert became wide attention for performcrushed by his own vehicle outthe first ever performance of ing unannounced live music side his Los Angeles home. orchestral video game music in from “Star Wars: The Force Expect a tribute to the talthe country to be honored with Awakens” during Comic-Con ented young actor. standing ovations,” he said. “Final Fantasy VII” is conInternational. This year during The film will be released to sidered to be one of the best the annual convention, the theaters and IMAX on July 22. role-playing video games of all Symphony has even more on its On July 21 the San Diego time. Fans should be excited plate, contributing to an openSymphony will feature “Final for the second half of the event, air movie premiere and two Symphony,” which has music from which is a 45-minute symphony video-game-related evenings at “Final Fantasy VI,” “VII,” and “X.” based on “VII.” Copley Symphony Hall. Producer Thomas Bocker The musical composition is On July 20, timed for the wanted to create a video game the highlight for Stier. 50th anniversary of Gene concert, with no visuals, and “The symphony is demandRodenberry’s “Star Trek” only contain music. ing for everybody — orchestra, television series, Paramount “Our approach is to retell the conductor, and the audience,” Studios — in partnership with stories of the games through IMAX Corporation and the San music, without the need for vid- he said. “But it is a fantastic experience. Even for the regular Diego Symphony — will preseo screens and game footage,” listener, it will be an abent the world premiere of “Star he said. “You don’t have solute surprise.” Trek Beyond.” to be familiar with It was just Taking place at the the ‘Final Fantasy’ announced Symphony’s Bayside franchise in orthat “Final Summer Nights venue at the der to enjoy the Fantasy” creEmbarcadero Marina Park music.” ator, Hironobu South, Paramount has hired Conductor Sakaguchi, will the San Diego Symphony to and non-gamer, act as a guest perform the film’s score, writEckehard Stier, speaker July ten by Michael Giacchino, live is amazed at the 21, from 6 – 7 during the screening. emotional power p.m. With the help This will be the first time an of the melodies of a moderator and IMAX film has played outdoors. from Nobuo Uematsu through a trans“Star Trek Beyond” stars and Masashi Link from “The Legend of Zelda” lator, Sakaguchi John Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Hamauzu. (Courtesy San Diego Symphony) will cover various Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoë “The use topics about the Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton of classical music of the video game, his Yelchin and Idris Elba. Director elements, the intelligent commemories creating the franchise Justin Lin and cast members bination of the music and its and he will participate in a short will appear at the special deep emotional impact is just Q & A after the presentation. screening. breathtaking,” he said.

Eckedard Stier, composer for “Final Symphony” (Photo by Philippe Ramakers) On Friday, July 22, the third installment of “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” will be also performed at Copley Symphony Hall. Unlike “Final Symphony,” music from Koji Kondo, Hajime Wakai, and other composers, is used with clips from popular games in the series. Some of the famous entries acknowledged are “Ocarina of Time,” “A Link to the Past,” and “Twilight Princess.” What makes “Symphony of the Goddesses-Master Quest” unique is that melodies from Nintendo’s 3DS game, “Tri Force Heroes,” are part of the evening. “Symphony of the Goddesses” has received a lot of acclaim and was a part of an episode of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Conductor Amy Andersson and musically gifted

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artists are trying to give audiences an epic experience. Symphony musicians are continuing to show their versatility by undertaking three extremely unique presentations. Given that the attendance for ComicCon has risen to over 130,000, fans should buy tickets to these stand-alone events in advance. With the convention becoming increasingly difficult to get into, it’s refreshing that the orchestra allows the ability to enjoy the festivities for those not fortunate enough to have scored a badge. The world premiere of Paramount Studio’s “Star Trek Beyond” will be shown July 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Embarcadero Marina Park South, located directly behind the San Diego Convention Center. Information on tickets for this special screening has not yet been made available but is expected in the coming weeks. A number of tickets were distributed at a recent “Star Trek” fan event in Los Angeles. “Final Symphony: A Final Fantasy Concert” and “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses-Master Quest” will be performed on July 21 and 22, respectively, at Jacobs Music Center, Copley Symphony Hall, located at 750 B St., Downtown. For tickets or more information, visit sandiegosymphony.org or call 619-235-0800. —A fan of film and theater from a very young age, David Dixon has written reviews and features for various print and online publications. You can reach him at daviddixon0202@ gmail.com.v



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Anthony Sinsay has moved over from Duke’s La Jolla to fill the executive chef position at Jsix, which was left vacant recently by Christian Graves. Before working at Duke’s, Sinsay earned his chops at Harney Sushi, Burlap, the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel and Nobu in Las Vegas. So far, his new menu rollouts include Japanese tomato salad with feta, crispy polenta and brined Santa Rosa plums, plus scallop crudo with limes, herbs, pickled onions and browned butter. Additional dishes are still in the works and they’re expected to debut by late July. 616 J St., 619-5318744, jsixrestaurant.com.

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Touted for its anti-inflammatory properties and other health benefits, turmeric is being celebrated also for its sweet, herbaceous flavor in a couple of Little Italy dining spots. Used commonly in Indian cuisine, the ancient, bright-yellow spice has made its way into house-made gnocchi and other pasta specials at Bencotto Italian Kitchen (750 W. Fir St.) In addition, hearty measures of the spice are contained in the turmeric lattes at Café Gratitude (1980 Kettner Blvd.), where it’s infused into steamed almond milk with a couple drops of black pepper oil.

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Giselle Wellman, a Bravo “Top Chef” contestant from season 13, is due to open Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen in early to mid-July in the Art Deco structure on Pacific Coast Highway that was formerly home to Fat City Steakhouse. Wellman, a San Diego native, spent the last eight years working in Los Angeles and New York City alongside renowned chefs such as Thomas Keller, Jean George and Mario Batali. The menu at Pacific, she said, will reflect Little Italy’s storied past as a fishing community. It will be complemented by a “playful” selection of craft cocktails, punch bowls and local craft beers. 2137 Pacific Coast Highway, pacificstandardkitchen.com.

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Look for baseball-themed treats at a couple of Downtown venues as Petco Park prepares to host this year’s MLB All Star Game and events, July 7 – 12. At Bake Sale Bakery (815 F St.), hand-painted baseball cookies will be available for several days starting July 11, at a cost of $2.50 each. The spirit of the sport will also be captured at Donut Bar (631 B St.) with large donuts decorated in various team jerseys. They’ll be priced at about $4 apiece, and the shop will stay open and serve beer until 10 p.m. throughout the week. —Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at fsabatini@san. rr.com.v



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Home runs on Fifth Avenue Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. A sentence on 1919’s website compares the recently launched establishment to “what neighborhood sports bars used to be,” referring to the year of the infamous Chicago White Sox scandal, when players were accused of taking money in exchange for deliberately losing the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. Indeed, the era is captured through towering brick walls, classic cocktails, and metal stools upholstered in baseball-stitched leather. But the 25-plus flat screens rigged variously to five separate sound zones throughout the enormous two-level operation puts you squarely in the 21st century. So does the menu when you look beyond the BLT sandwich and grilled beef hot dog. The rest of it bats a higher average in terms of selection and creativity than what you’ll find in everyday sports bars. Visiting on a late Saturday afternoon with a friend, we wandered beyond the main dining room to explore a quaint lounge in the back, and another hanging above it. Different sports games were playing in each area, yet their sound systems didn’t conflict in the least with one another. Had they done so, we would have never survived the ur starter of racket beyond our disco fries, a ’70ss concoction ne but made similar to poutine wiith short rib here excellently with c and gravy, Provolonee cheese snipped herbs. Opposite the main-level bar is yet another area named Last Call, part of which overlooks bustling Fifth Avenue. Loungy and also acousti-it’s cally insulated, it’s ic on open to the public sed for weekends and used Beelow it private parties. Below n, a subterall is Prohibition, ke e bar lounge ranean parlor-like t a accessed at nightt through

speakeasy door to the left of 1919’s entrance. The ownership behind this drinking and eating megaplex is Treehouse Hospitality, which also operates The Music Box (formerly Anthology) in Little Italy. We proceeded to a recently introduced menu item, quinoa salad, devised by the kitchen’s chef duo, Josh Miller and Sloane Strader — previously with Searsucker and Union Kitchen & Tap, respectively. Strewn with juicy beets and expertly roasted carrots, the highpoint was the blackberry dressing that was equally fruity and tangy. Other salad choices include a usual iceberg wedge with bacon and blue cheese, and a kale-romaine Caesar swooped up with anchovies and a soft-cooked egg. In an age when every restaurant in the nation vies for recognition of its burgers, hould have no problem p 1919 should in g its suicide burger onto getting n roll. Charry and nor the honor r the patty receives r, tender, s scross of dark, cana crisscross a acon on top (likely died bacon d in cayenne dusted r plus pepper r), pepper), h heese and jack cheese r rizzles bold drizzles of l mayo. le chipotle c You cy? Spicy? a— bet’cha but nott the

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three-alarmer we expected; while agreeing it will be one of the main reasons we come back here to eat. The mouth burn we encountered from a seemingly innocent meatball sub, however, was pungent rather than pleasant. Everything about it appeared traditional except for the pretzel bun, which is partly what lured us into ordering it. The meatballs were tender and seasoned properly with

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1919 recently replaced Nicky Rottens in the Gaslamp Quarter Italian spices. The Provolone on top was evenly melted. But the marinara sauce was harshly salted and thrown off by some type of spicy ingredient resembling Tabasco. Whatever the twist, it dominated the entire sandwich. Salmon filet bedded on a smear of thick pea puree, however, was a stellar dish about to join several other new entrées by mid July. In this sneak preview, the ultra-flaky salmon was contrasted by crispy skin on one side, and enlivened by roasted carrots, carpaccio-thin beets, and citrus vinaigrette. A baseball meal it isn’t, g given its finesse selection

of ingredients. But it is the ownership’s intent to shake things up for daytime jocks while also catering to bar hoppers dropping in past 9 p.m., when DJs and music videos replace the day’s sporting broadcasts. The bar menu already broadly accommodates both sets of patrons with domestic and craft beers leading into a wine list of familiar varietals and a sturdy lineup of both modern and classic cocktails that include a few daiquiri renditions. Desserts are limited to assorted house-made cookies containing kid cereals such as Fruity Pebbles and Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs Puffs. There’s also a seasonall grilled gril cake and a deconstruc cted apple a constructed pie, featuring flutes of puff puffy pie pastry dusted in sugar and cinnamon protruding from m a bo bowl of vanilla ice cream and an nd hot, h baked apples. We ordered orrdere the pie along with a to o-go box, assuming to-go we’d pack k it u up after one forkful each. Somehow Someh the dessert disappeare d an appeared and the container remained d on the table untouched. —Fra — —Frank Sabatini Jr. is thee aut author of “Secret San D iego (ECW Press), and Diego” bega his local writing b began car reer more than two career deeecades cades ago as a staffstaff decades eer for the former San n Diego Tribune. You can reach him at fsaba fsaba--

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Sullivan and his son, whose birth helped motivate him to change the world's dependence on fossil fuels, enjoying the fruits of his labors. (Courtesy Sullivan Solar Power) FROM PAGE 11

SOLAR PHENOM addressed through training,” he said. “I can teach somebody how solar photovoltaic systems work and what the value proposition is, I can’t get someone to believe that this is the way of the future by myself, they have to come that way. There are plenty that still don’t believe, but fossil fuels are limited resources. “If we run out of sunshine, we’ve got a lot bigger things to be worrying about,” he said. One thing he is proud of, Sullivan mused, is that his employees leave the office at the end of each day knowing they’ve contributed to the greater good. “They’ve put more renewable energy on the grid, they’ve reduced people’s operating expenses for their home or their business and they’ve kept more money in our local economy,” he said. “That’s a win.” To keep up with the growth and ensure his vision remains intact, Sullivan now has lunch with every new-hire, to help them understand what exactly drove him to launch the business in the first place. “When you connect the dots that it helps the environment and it also helps us as a society, you get very excited about that,” he said. The solar advocate and young entrepreneur, who last year received San Diego Business Journal’s “Most Admired CEO” and the Union Tribune’s “Top Places to Work,” wants to make sure every employee knows that Sullivan Solar Power is not “merely putting squares on roofs to make money.” He is in business to advocate and affect change, every day. “We have to continue to work on the policy side to make sure

that this growth continues because the investor-owned utilities are not going to want to see this happen. It has become my life passion and it feels good to see the growth that we’ve seen.” Another way he instills his philosophy is through the company’s core values. “Last year we implemented a more rigorous hiring process to ensure we are hiring people that are like-minded with the same vision and match our core values,” said Tara Kelly, director of community development for Sullivan. “I think that has helped us maintain the culture, passion and dedication as well as our reputation.” The tenets of Sullivan’s core values are: embrace challenges with drive and passion; live honestly and be humble; set standards and then exceed them; be in a perpetual state of improvement; be part of the solution; be one with your Sullivan family; and get on the boat! “Each new-hire gets a Core Values Book, and the [tenets] are painted on the wall of the offices in an Irish font,” Kelly continued. “We keep the core values alive by sharing our core value stories and striving to achieve them.” The Sullivan family Irish crest is not only the company’s logo, but it is also engrained in the core values booklet. “The shield represents whom we are as a company and family in this journey we share together in leading the solar energy revolution,” said a phrase in the book. In addition to investing in alternative energy and saving the world, which is quite a lofty goal on its own, Sullivan invests in his employees as well. “We would not be where we are if it were not for the people that make this machine run,” he said. “So I have believed since the beginning when the company succeeds the people within the company

need to succeed and be rewarded as well.” Kelly — who joined the company five years ago right out of San Diego State after stewarding the campus’ own march toward renewable energy as its “Green Commissioner” — said Sullivan keeps the motivating culture alive. “We all work very hard but Daniel rewards all of us very well and it keeps a good atmosphere,” she said. “We are a very close knit community and we do a lot of outside activities to bond us together and celebrate our successes.” With the net metering cap fast approaching, Sullivan and his team have been performing detailed analysis on the productivity of their existing solar systems. As a result, they are confident they’ll be able to optimize systems for many of SDG&E customers who will be transitioned to the new “time of rate” structure, which will make the value proposition nearly as good as it was before the cap. In 2015, the 10-year-old company generated $50 million in revenue and despite the upcoming net metering cap, are targeting $70 million in 2016. That’s a long way from life in that garage. “I think a lot of my motivation came from the people who said that it couldn’t be done and that I couldn’t succeed,” he said. “So I set out to prove them all wrong and I’m not done yet. There’s a lot of people who are still naysayers about solar and renewable energy; about whether or not we could really change this region, this state, this country and ultimately, globally; and our dependence on the fossil fuel industry. “I’m gonna go to my grave trying to prove that it can.” —Reach Morgan M. Hurley at morgan@sdcnn.com.v



Lamb’s Players extends ‘American Rhythm’ Theater Review Charlene Baldridge Lamb’s Players Theatre first commissioned and produced “American Rhythm,” a musical and historical survey of the past century, in 2000. It was lauded for its ambition and the talent involved (Lamb’s does musicals exceptionally well) and carped over because there was both too much and not enough. The prime complaint, and it’s been voiced again recently, following the July opening, is that the operative word, “American” limits its scope. After all, what is the 20th century without the British Invasion?

“American Rhythm” Extended through Aug. 7 Wednesdays through Sundays Lamb’s Players Theatre 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado Tickets lambsplayers.org or 619-437-6000 Be that as it may, Lamb’s currently takes another look at “American Rhythm,” placing it in the capable hands of original creators Kerry Meads and Vanda Eggington and adding the choreography of Colleen Kollar Smith and a crackerjack company comprising some of San Diego’s best musical theatre talent, Lamb’s veterans Sandy Campbell, Catie Grady, Siri Hafso, David S. Humphrey, Luke Harvey Jacobs, Benjamin Roy, and Lance Arthur Smith, plus newcomers Kiana Bell and Michael Cusimano. Adding to the riches is a fine, alert, and indefatigable seven-piece show orchestra, led by Andy Ingersoll from the keyboard, with Dave Rumley, Rik Ogden, Oliver Shirley, Dave Chamberlain, Stefanie Schmitz and Ross Mitchell. Some of them have performed at Lamb’s for more than 20 years. Historically, “American Rhythm” surveys the Dust Bowl and westward migration, the Great Depression, two world wars, unpopular conflicts that followed, and all the attendant social changes. It aspires to do so without bias. Musically, it

A scene from "American Rhythm" (Photo by Ken Jacques) sweeps us from Tin Pan Alley to rock ‘n’ roll in a series of medleys performed in numerous combinations of talent and styles of movement. Despite rewriting and trimming, the piece seems to change its mission and purpose after bogging down like so many Joads in the admittedly fascinating Dust Bowl and Great Depression. Then it becomes more of what it should have been all along — a showcase for personality laden, talented singers and dancers, performing to music that spans the century. “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Over There,” “Smile, Smile, Smile,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “As Time Goes By,” the Charleston, the stock Market Crash, “Brother Can You Spare a Dime,” medleys of Sinatra and Elvis songs, space exploration, equal rights, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassinations of two Kennedys and Martin Luther King; it’s all there, just a mention or in full exploration. The performances are outstanding, with indelible magic created by Bell’s rendition of “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” the chemistry and visual pleasure of dance performed by Hafso and Jacobs, and the company’s splendid adaptability and a cappella singing. It’s perfect family entertainment, and indeed many families attended the matinee of Sunday, July 19, the day of my attendance. Where else can one enjoy a full evening of Campbell and Humphrey and the smooth delivery of Smith, who is the principal narrator? Mike Buckley’s scenic design, Jeanne Reith’s comprehensive costume design, Nathan Peirson’s lighting, Patrick Duffy’s amazing sound design, and Blake McCarty’s projections support the show. All this and a history lesson, too. Lamb’s Producing Artistic Director Robert Smyth stages the work.

"American Rhythm" showcases the entire 20th century, covering music, culture and news. (Photo by Ken Jacques)

— Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. You can follow her blog at charlenebaldridge.com or reach her at charb81@gmail.com.v

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The benefits of heritage tourism Preservation Matters

Ann Jarmusch Quick, what are your top three go-to places when out-oftown family or guests arrive and you want to give them an authentic San Diego experience? Chances are you’re going to head for a trendy dinner in the

Victorian-era Gaslamp Quarter; a ballgame at Petco Park that lets you monitor left field’s foul line, using the saved and preserved brick Western Metal Supply building; or The Headquarters, the transformed WPA-era Police Headquarters that now holds shops and restaurants in a handsomely restored compound, instead of cops and robbers. Or maybe your trifecta includes Old Town State Historic

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Park, for a stroll back in time; a seafood market for a fresh-caught meal on the dock; or a guided tour of the Marston House Historic Museum & Gardens, a National Historic Landmark built by George Marston in Balboa Park and San Diego’s finest remaining example of an arts and crafts mansion. Cultural heritage tourism, simply put, embraces cultural, historic and natural resources and landscapes. In San Diego County, one of our many assets is a tourist’s ability to spend one single, splendid day tasting historic and cultural sites, from the mountains to the sea, from Downtown to the backcountry. Another is to stay more days and still be left salivating. Well-educated and relatively well-off, heritage tourists are the most coveted among tourism agencies in the know, as they support what makes a place special and downright unique: historic house and living cultures museums, local music and theater productions, natural recreational areas. They purchase indigenous or regionally made, handmade arts and crafts, and consume wine, beer and cuisine in nonchain restaurants they cannot find, let alone visit, anywhere else. The fact that heritage tourism is a driving force in the San Diego economy dates back a century or more, making preservation and conservation important components to sustain our city and county. The historic places mentioned here and others that display San Diego’s unique identity have been more often


The Western Metal Building was retained when Petco Park was built and became part of its structure. (Courtesy SOHO) than not the subject of preservation advocacy. These landmark attractions exist due to major campaigns to save, preserve, restore and put them into active use, so they become the cultural heritage jewels that locals and tourists want to visit, and that residents want to live among. SOHO’s work to protect and promote the city’s architectural legacy allows for a thriving cultural heritage environment that is a boon for the economy as well as quality of life. Today, tourism is San Diego County’s third largest industry, and cultural heritage tourism is one of it’s largest segments. By the numbers, its impact is staggering: Tourism employs about 181,000 workers countywide, delivers $9.9 billion annually and


brings us 34 million guests, according to the San Diego Tourism Authority’s 2015 statistics. Then there’s cultural heritage tourism’s platinum lining. Managed imaginatively, practically and well, it delivers an added bonus we bet you’ve noticed that cultural heritage tourism improves the quality of life for residents as well. Enjoy your staycation. —Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) operates the historic Marston House Museum & Gardens in Balboa Park. Ann Jarmusch is the chief author of Preservation Matters, and Sarai Johnson is this month’s guest writer. She can be reached at 619-200-3340 or ajarmusch@gmail.com.v


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Five tax experts share their best tips for 2016 tax incentives, such as the credit for increasing research activities or the deduction for income attributable to domestic production activities. Franczak said that if you have a business, there is a good chance some of your activities may qualify for these or other incentives. Some taxpayers are afraid of taking advantage of certain business incentives because they fear they are too complex or they don’t believe their business activities qualify. Or, they’re simply unaware of what is available to them. A qualified income tax advisor can help identify which incentives may be available to you and help you assess whether or not any are worth looking into. Marital status: to change or not to change. Summer is around the corner and with it comes wedding season. David C. Dolan, Partner, CPA at Considine & Considine, recommends newlyweds resist the urge to rush into their human resource manager’s office to change their marital status to “married’ on their W-4. As exciting as getting married is, the consequences of changing your W-4 can be taxes owed on the return.

With dual earning spouses, the single withholding tables do a better job of withholding taxes and minimizing any tax surprises on April 15. Luckily for taxpayers, the IRS recently added a box to the W-4, allowing eager newlyweds the option of checking a box “Married, but withhold at higher Single rate.” While this may not be the answer for all couples, it can certainly result in wedding day-like smiles when couples realize their tax refund is big enough to fund their honeymoon. Don’t mix business with personal. “Mixing your business and personal expenses will complicate your accounting, resulting in additional time spent reviewing and separating business from personal transactions,” said bookkeeper Lydia DeMaria, of Lydia’s Bookkeeping Services in San Diego. To keep accurate records, you must stay organized and keep the transactions separate. In the end, you will save time and money by reducing your bookkeeping costs. DeMaria recommends designating one card for business and a separate card for personal when it comes to credit cards.

Know when it’s time to seek out a professional. Linda Rogers, CFP, MSBA, EA, at Planning Within Reach, had a few clients that chose to pay for tax help last year. One of them felt the need when they started a business, another, purchased their first home and the other, wasn’t sure they were entering their stock options correctly. Rogers added that turning to a professional enabled them to see a tax savings and gave them a peace of mind. Consider the California Competes credit. Michael C. Lee, CPA of San Diego Tax Pros, suggests the California Competes credit — an income tax credit with $80 million allocated to it. The credit is available to California-based small businesses (and those moving to California), with revenue between zero and $2 million dollars, and growing over the next five years. The next cycle of applications will start in August of 2016. Charitable giving: review donor-advised funds. One of my personal favorite tools — and one that isn’t talked about enough — is the donor-advised fund (DAF). Simply put, a DAF is an account that helps givers

This summer, choose wine again

into still wine barrels. The partnership between Green Spot and Chateau Leoville Barton in Bordeaux is a perfect example of how wine is penetrating a market never tapped before. And this whiskey is a must try if you find it. Also this year we officially become acquainted with orange wine as a consumer. The Grant Grill has offered orange wines by the bottle on the list for over a year, and now Herb & Wood is the first to offer orange wine by the glass. What is orange wine exactly? Simply put, it is white wine that has been allowed to soak with the grape skins after the juice has been pressed, infusing tannins, extra aromas and color to a wine that would have otherwise been white. Orange wines to a Pinot Grigio drinker is what IPAs are to a lager drinker.

Top cocktail bars such as Polite Provisions, Sycamore Den, and Ironside are using wine in their cocktails to an extent not seen a few years back. Both consumers and bartenders are learning that sherry offers a complete range of styles, flavors and sweetness levels. Port, Madeira, Eiswein, Sauternes, Tokaji, Pineau des Charentes, and quality vermouth are all wine products that are incredible to work with if you are curating a cocktail list. Besides wine products, market wine-related products are becoming more available to the public. Verjus is a great product not only at home to replace vinegar, but can be used in cocktails as well, and is made by pressing unripe (therefore still sour) grapes and bottling them primarily for culinary use. Medlock

The city’s recently approved FY 2017 Budget also included a $400,000 allocation for implementing the earned sick leave and minimum wage increase ordinance. But not everyone is happy with the new minimum wage and sick leave ordinance — or believe that it will actually create more jobs or give people in need more disposable income. Mayor Kevin Faulconer and former mayor and Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce president, Jerry Sanders, both opposed the minimum-wage hike. “As mayor, my job is to cultivate an atmosphere that creates economic opportunities and good-paying jobs for all San Diegans,” Faulconer said. “This ordinance puts our job growth in jeopardy and will lead to higher prices and layoffs for San Diego families. … We should be looking for ways to create more jobs, not putting up roadblocks to opportunities.”

Sanders concurred. “An increase in the minimum wage of this magnitude would be detrimental to San Diego jobs, the economy and small businesses, and would put our city at a competitive disadvantage as compared to nearby cities not affected by such an increase,” Sanders said. For those claiming the minimum-wage hike will actually cost jobs, Gloria had an answer. “Data shows that in cities where the minimum wage has been increased, unemployment has actually gone down,” he said. Asked if passage of the minimum-wage hike was the crowning achievement of his political career in San Diego, Gloria, who’s in the running for Toni Atkins’ State Assembly seat, replied, “It’s certainly on the list of things I’m most proud of, as well as the passage of the Climate Action Plan.” The son of a gardener, Gloria noted that it’s been particularly

Financial News Taylor Schulte As a financial planner, I often discuss taxes with clients. Taxes are a critical piece of the financial plan. More importantly, they are one of the elements we have some control over. I know tax season is officially behind us, but that doesn’t mean you should stop thinking about those pesky compulsory contributions. Now is when you need to shift your focus to 2016 and start identifying opportunities that will set you up nicely for next April. To get a tax professional’s perspective on what you can do to prepare for next year’s tax season, we’ve polled a handful of our favorite experts. Below are their thoughts on what you can be doing (better!) today — and through the rest of the year — to put yourself in the best possible position for success. Income tax incentives. CPA and tax manager Brian J. Franczak of Gatto, Pope & Walwick, LLP, recommends taking advantage of income

Drink Shrink Jeff Josenhans Some say there is a surge in the sales of rosé wine this year. In a beer mecca like San Diego, this struck me as somewhat odd. But the more I thought about it, the more this just confirms that wine is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, but with a focus on quality and diversity and less so on big brand names. Along with a new era of wines and winemakers, you are also seeing wine being used across the industry in multiple applications. I wanted to highlight some of that wine-related creativity in this column, in the hopes that readers

won’t miss out this summer on some affordable and distinct experiences. Beer and whiskey typically don’t have a whole lot to do with the wine world, but with the rise in popularity of sour-style beers, you are seeing an increased demand for local wine barrels to be used in aging them. Truly the beer wouldn’t be the same without the influence of wine here. If you are a beer drinker and a wine drinker, you must seek out some of these beers as they are commonplace now in San Diego. The market is also seeing an increase in spent wine casks used to age whiskey. The whiskey industry has always used sherry and barrels from other fortified wines to age its whiskies, but more and more they are venturing


MINIMUM WAGE “That’s when the city’s minimum wage will go from $10 to $10.50,” Gloria said, noting that the new ordinance will be certified on July 11. “There are a lot of good reasons for it,” Gloria said. Pointing out California’s economy is the “sixth largest in the world,” Gloria added, “The cost of living in San Diego is very high, which is very different from some other areas in the state.” He cited El Centro in Imperial County, as just one example to dramatize socio-economic differences region-wide. Gloria said the new ordinance will have a positive impact on nearly 200,000 San Diegans. “Our projections are that this will inject about $200 million into the local economy, which is why

Councilmember Todd Gloria spearheaded the measure. (File photo) 63 percent of San Diegans voted to approve it,” he said. On June 21, the San Diego Budget and Government Efficiency Committee, which Gloria chairs, discussed establishing an enforcement and administration office to implement the new ordinance. It will include establishment of a system to receive and adjudicate complaints in the case of violations.


strategically manage their charitable contributions. Through an agreement with a DAF provider, a donor creates a specially named account (i.e. “Smith Family Fund”) to which irrevocable contributions are made. The donor receives an immediate tax deduction, but isn’t forced to make any grants. They can work with their adviser to invest and grow the assets and recommend grants to their favorite nonprofit, 501(c) (3) organizations at their leisure. In short, a DAF is low in cost, flexible, and it can be beneficial to anyone who is charitably inclined. Whether using a donor-advised fund or simply making a charitable contribution to your favorite nonprofit, giving back is a good way to reduce taxable income, while making a difference. And, with a list of great recommendations from tax professionals above, now is a good time to consider your options and take action to put yourself in the optimal financial position for 2016 and beyond. —Taylor Schulte, CFP is the founder of Define Financial in Downtown San Diego. Schulte specializes in providing independent, objective, financial advice to individuals, families and businesses. He can be reached at 619-577-4002 or taylor@definefinancial.com.v

James out of Napa Valley produces a very good example to use. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have a new, local company Domaine Santé bottling reduced Napa grape juice as a nectar to be used in cocktails, desserts, or simply over your waffle for breakfast. That will hit farmers markets this July. Be on the look out for all of these unique libations. —Level 2 CMS Sommelier and Master Mixologist Jeff Josenhans — who just recently added a Cicerone certification to his resume — has changed the dynamic in The Grant Grill Downtown from a classic institution to an exciting lounge and elegant restaurant. Follow his drink-related posts on Instagram @jeffjosenhans.v

gratifying for him to have people tell him how much the new measure will improve their lives and how meaningful it is to them. “I’m most proud of the things we’ve [City Council] done that have had a [positive] impact on people,” Gloria said. Now that Proposition I has been passed, Gloria added that it will be essential “to get the word out to the public and employers that this is now the law, and that everyone knows their responsibilities under it.” In the future, Gloria said it will be critical to ensure people’s ability to legally challenge whether or not they’ve received their fair share of wages. “People need to know they can seek redress if they feel they’ve been cheated out of their pay,” Gloria said. — Dave Schwab can be reached at dschwabie@journalist.com.v



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sdcnn.com (left) Fan Fest attendees get to see and hear players up close; (below) players always arrive for the big game via the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Parade. This year’s parade will run down Harbor Drive. (Courtesy MLB)


MLB of accomplishment — and to do it in my home city was a pleasure.” Winfield began his professional baseball career with the Padres in 1973, and later retired after the 1995 season with the Cleveland Indians. Today he serves as a special advisor to the executive director of the MLB Players Association. “San Diego should be proud that it boosted and leveraged the All-Star Game to what it is today,” Winfield said. “The game will bring so much focus

• Time to relax, tour the farm and shop

b ld tto tteach h attendees tt d th be h held the fundamentals of both baseball and softball, which may include hitting, running, fielding and catching. “We have some great physical activities that fans can participate in,” said Jacqueline Secaira-Cotto, director of special events for MLB. “One of my favorites is ‘steal a base,’ where fans can challenge their fiercest opponent to a race to second base. Fans will then receive their speed and velocity on their mobile devices.” Attendees will also have the opportunity to get a close-up view of artifacts from some of baseball’s greats, including Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, Ted Williams, and more. Fans can also view 16 MLB awards and trophies on display, including the Commissioner’s Trophy, Home Run Derby trophy and All-Star MVP award; 58 Padres players featured in the Hometown Heroes exhibit; and the mascots from 27 MLB teams. “How about a picture with the World Series Trophy or the world’s largest baseball — those are some of the fun photo opportunities that fans have at FanFest,” Secaira-Cotto said. “Fans can also have Trevor Hoffman sign their jersey.” When guests register for the FanFest Experience Pass online, they’ll automatically be entered to win prizes during their time at FanFest. Once registered, they can scan their mobile devices throughout the show floor at various attractions, which increases their chance of winning prizes (including All-Star Game and Home Run Derby tickets). Soul Pose MLB All-Star Yoga will take over Waterfront Park on July 9 with 60-minute outdoor yoga classes. The first session starts at 8 a.m. and the later session is at 11 a.m. Expect neon body paint, bubbles, photo ops and more. The yoga party is open to all skill levels.

• Games like cornhole & horseshoes

Big Name Concerts

and so many people to San Diego. It becomes the epicenter of baseball in the world — there are so many events happening in so many places. “I’m just happy that the Padres and this new generation of fans are able to experience this new wave of baseball,” Winfield said. Only 2015 Padres Platinum and Gold Members who renewed for 2016 season tickets were guaranteed the chance to purchase tickets to the AllStar Game. Blue Season Ticket Members had access to a ticket lottery, but were not guaranteed tickets. For all others wishing to

attend the game, registration in the All-Star Week ticket opportunity gives fans access to any All-Star week ticket strips available, which may be for standing-room only tickets. Here is a wrapup of some of the long-running list of activities planned — and open to the public — leading up to the All-Star Game (as there are too many to include every event, visit allstargame.com for more details):

Play Ball Park

Running July 7 through July 12, Play Ball Park encourages youth baseball and softball players and their families

tto play l ball b ll and d participate ti i t iin games and clinics. Play Ball Park will be located in front of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


On July 8, FanFest opens at the San Diego Convention Center (open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through July 12), followed by a free concert by OneRepublic and special guest Needtobreathe at Embarcadero Marina Park South at 7 p.m. The All-Star Concert Series headliners were announced publicly on June 16, allowing fans to register for free tickets online based on availability. At FanFest, guests can expect to see local baseball favorites, Hall of Famers and a few Olympians in attendance. Clinics and seminars will

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Two concerts will be held on July 9 at Waterfront Park, the first one at noon featuring Tori Kelly and special guest All Time Low. At 7 p.m., Gwen Stefani will hit the stage with special guest Eve. On the morning of July 10, The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K will begin at 7 a.m. near Waterfront Park along Harbor Drive. The untimed race

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(clockwise, from top) Demi Lovato performs at the 2015 All-Star Game, this year's concert features Gwen Stefani; runners in last year’s MLB All-Star 5K; participants in an AllStar Color Run; a Fan Fest display in Cincinnati; children get batting practice during the Play Ball Park event. (Courtesy MLB)


ALL-STAR GAME features colorful paint, mascots, baseball legends and other special guests.

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A fan-favorite event, the Home Run Derby will take place at Petco Park on July 11 at 5 p.m. Current MLB players participate in a home run hitting contest where they have five minutes to hit as many

home runs as possible, and advance in a bracket-style competition.

Game Day Red Carpet

On game day, Tuesday, July 12, watch players travel along a red carpet route from the Manchester Grand Hyatt Downtown, beginning at noon,

to arrive at Petco Park for the All-Star Game at 4:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase various event tickets, visit allstargame.com. —Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a

local freelance writer. She enjoys covering events, restaurant news, culture and entertainment. Contact her at kai.sdnews@gmail.com.v

Pepsi Block Party

The MLB All-Star Week Pepsi Block Party runs from July 10 through July 12 on J Street between Sixth and 10th avenues, open daily from noon to 6 p.m. Free to attend, this party will have music, food, beer, giveaways and interactive baseball-themed games.

All-Star Sunday

For All-Star Sunday on July 10 at Petco Park, the All-Star Futures Game at 4 p.m. will feature prospective Minor League Baseball players for a nine-inning game. At 7:30 p.m., the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game will pit Hall of Famers against celebrities from the entertainment, sports and music industries for a friendly exhibition game. All-Stars Legends include Roland “Rollie” Fingers, Trevor Hoffman, Tim Raines and Ozzie Smith.


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This new IMAX film will begin showing at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (1875 El Prado, Balboa Park) today in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. The film, directed by Toni Meyers and made in cooperation with NASA, offers stunning views of Earth with footage shot by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). In addition to showcasing beautiful images, the film also highlights the impact of humans on Earth showing the effects of deforestation, fracking fires and glacial melting — all visible from the ISS. The film is rated G and is narrated by Jennifer Lawrence. Visit rhfleet. org for showtimes and tickets.

YANKEES VS. PADRES Friday, July 1 – Sunday, July 3

The San Diego Padres will kick off Fourth of July weekend with a series against the New York Yankees at Petco Park (100 Park Blvd., East Village). Friday’s game is at 7:40 p.m. and features a Padres Hall of Fame coffee table book giveaway and a “Party in the Park”; Saturday’s is 7:10 p.m. and features a postgame laser show; and Sunday’s is 1:40 p.m. with a military salute, KidsFest and more. Visit bit.ly/28ZisUr for more information.

BIG BAY BOOM Monday, July 4

San Diego’s biggest Fourth of July fireworks show returns with four barges on San Diego’s Big Bay launching fireworks. Viewing locations include: Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Marina District, Seaport Village/South Embarcadero, and Coronado Ferry Landing. The show starts at 9 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Fox 5 along with a musical simulcast on The Mighty 1090 AM and Max FM 105.7. Visit bigbayboom.com for more information including details on free parking and shuttles.

FREE BLUES MUSIC WITH ROBIN HENKEL Tuesdays, July 5, 12, and 26

Local legend Robin Henkel has won the San Diego Music Award for “Best Blues” artist three times — and with good reason. Henkel’s celebrated guitar playing remains true to the classic genre while also incorporating innovative styling. These free shows at House of Blues (1055 Fifth Ave., Downtown) will start at 7 p.m. Visit houseofblues.com/sandiego for more information.


This concert series by the Downtown San Diego Partnership is already under

way with many more dates to come. These free shows feature local musicians at three various Downtown locations on Fridays from noon – 2 p.m. Artists to be featured in July include: Anna Vaus, Ezekiel Jay and Jon Campos on July 8; Neil Selinger, Anna Vaus, and Tony Palkovic on July 15; Ezekiel Jay, David Maldonado, and The Heart on July 22; and Tony Palkovic, Pat Dowling, and Tori Roze with Johnny Alexander on July 29. Visit bit.ly/293iUE5 for specific locations of each performance.


Treat your spine to a yoga practice session including postures and techniques from Rachel Krentman’s recently released book “Yoga for a Happy Back: A Teacher’s Guide to Spinal Health through Yoga Therapy.” The event will be held from 6 – 8 a.m. at Yoga One (1150 Seventh Ave., Downtown). Visit bit.ly/28ZIoPU to register.

ALL-STAR CONCERTS Friday, July 8 – Saturday July 9

Multi-platinum recording artists Gwen Stefani, OneRepublic and Tori Kelly will be performing free concerts at San Diego’s Embarcadero Marina Park South in conjunction with Major League Baseball’s All-Star Week. The shows will take place as follows with gates opening 90 minutes before showtime: ● Friday, July 8: OneRepublic with opener NEEDTOBREATHE at 7 p.m. ● Saturday, July 9: Tori Kelly with opener All Time Low at noon. ● Saturday, July 9: Gwen Stefani with opener Eve at 7 p.m. Fans can obtain free tickets via allstargame.com/concerts. Note: Free tickets, which may not be sold, must be downloaded, printed and brought to Embarcadero Marina Park South for entry to the concert. Limit two tickets and one show per individual request.

MLB ALL-STAR FANFEST Friday, July 8 – Tuesday, July 12

This interactive baseball theme park will open leading up to the MLB All-Star Game to be played at Petco Park on Tuesday, July 12. FanFest will take place at the San Diego Convention Center (111 West Harbor Drive, Downtown) and feature more than 40 attractions for fans of all ages. There will be opportunities for fans to take photographs with and get autographs from former Padres players, MLB legends and Hall of Famers. There will be clinics taught by former and current players on baseball and softball skills. There will also be MLB trophies on display and other exhibits. Tickets are $35 for

adults; $30 for children 12 and under (under 2 years old are free); and $30 for seniors and military personnel. Visit allstargame.com for more information.

SAN DIEGO PRIDE WEEKEND Friday, July 15 – Sunday, July 17

San Diego Pride will begin with events on Friday night. The Pride of Hillcrest Block Party from 6 – 11 p.m. will feature DJs, go-go dancers, carnival ridges and more. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $45 for VIP tickets. The Spirit of Stonewall Rally will be held at Marston Point in Balboa Park from 6 – 7 p.m. and feature guest speakers honoring leaders in the LGBT community. It is a free event. The Pride Parade will be held Saturday, July 16 starting at 11 a.m. taking contingents from the Hillcrest Pride Flag (University Avenue and Normal Street) to the site of the San Diego Pride music festival in Balboa Park 1.1 miles away. The festival continues to 10 p.m. that night and picks back up from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sunday. This year’s headliner will be Kesha with a full lineup to be announced. Visit sdpride.org for passes and more details.


Councilmember Todd Gloria and Kevin Melton will face off and outline their visions for California, highlighting how they would each represent residents of East Village in Sacramento. A question and answer portion will follow where residents can inquire about specific areas of local concern. This event will be held at 6 p.m. at East Village Community Church (1374 Island Ave.). Visit evrgsd.org/ for more on the group.

COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, July 24

This annual convention for comic and popular arts returns for the 47th year starting July 21 at the San Diego Convention Center (111 W. Harbor Drive, Downtown). The huge event includes exhibitors, special guests, films, and usually a few surprises. The full schedule can be found on comic-con.org. Other non-official parties and events will pop up all around town as well.

‘METEOR SHOWER’ Starting Saturday, July 30

The world premiere of Steve Martin’s new play will begin previews tonight at The Old Globe (1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park) with opening night on Sunday, Aug. 7 and closing on Sunday, Sept. 11. The adult comedy focuses on a married couple who invite another couple to their Ojai backyard to view a meteor shower where “conversation gets rolling, cocktails flow, tempers flare, and sparks fly — literally.” Tickets start at $29. Visit theoldglobe.org for more information.



Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change the first four Tuesdays of the month. Free for San Diego city and county residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. Visit balboapark.org/visit/Tuesdays. Coronado Certified Farmers Market: 2:30 – 6 p.m. First and B streets at Coronado Ferry Landing. Visit welcometocoronado.com.


Weichelt Wednesday: Come eat, drink and mingle with East Village residents and visitors. Happy hour prices, appetizers, $5 beer and wine. 5 – 7 p.m. Dragon’s Den, 315 10th Ave., East Village. Visit WeicheltWednesday11.eventbrite.com.


Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, William Heath Davis House Museum and more. 1 p.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit gaslampfoundation.org. Sunset Trivia: Bring a team or play alone. 7 – 9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. Visit 98bottlessd.com.


Weekly Downtown Clean & Safe walkabouts: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. in alternating neighborhoods: Cortez Hill, Core/Columbia, Gaslamp Quarter, Marina and East Village. For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit downtownsandiego.org or sign up for their newsletter. Take a bite out of Downtown: Hosted by food tour service Bite San Diego, join fellow foodies and winos for a historical walking tour sampling some of Downtown’s finest restaurants. 21-plus. Noon. Tickets are $45. Tours also on Saturday. Visit bitesandiego.com/index.php.


East Village walking tour: First Saturday of each month. Take a tour of the village’s best residential buildings, condos and see their amenities. 10 a.m. – noon, Urbana Apartment Lofts lobby, 450 10th Ave., East Village. Visit WeicheltWalkingTour6.eventbrite.com. East Village Community Clean Up: Second Saturday of each month. Help keep the village clean. This month, free rooftop lunch for all participants, sponsored by the Downtown San Diego Partnership. Meet at Urbana Apartment Lofts, 410 10th Ave., East Village. RSVP EastVillageCommunityCleanUp7.eventbrite.com Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rain or shine, visit over 100 booths on West Cedar Street between Kettner Boulevard and Front Street. Visit littleitalysd.com/mercato. Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, William Heath Davis House Museum and more. 11 a.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit gaslampfoundation.org.


Walk-in eReader and device assistance: Free and open to the public. Bring your Android and iOS devices for hands-on learning. 2 – 4 p.m. Room 222, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit sandiegolibrary.org. Outdoor organ concert: The San Diego Organ Society presents a free organ concert. With over 4,500 pipes, this organ is one of the largest organs in the world with a wonderful sound, playing classic and popular hits by Dr. Carol Williams. Enjoy free parking, lots of seating. Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion. 2 p.m. Visit balboapark.org.

—Compiled by Jen Van Tieghem. Send items for inclusion to editor Morgan M. Hurley at morgan@sdcnn.com. v


LETTERS Suggested topics

I enjoy the articles your paper has had on Balboa Park activities and projects. I’ve noticed that there are numerous groups related to the park mentioned in various sources, and would suggest having some future articles that provide some basic information; this could include their purpose, history, projects, meetings, leadership and contact info. Current groups that I’ve seen mentioned include: BP Committee (city), BP Conservancy, BP Cultural Partnership, BP Educational Council, BP Heritage Asoc, BP Online Collaborative, BP Trust (SD Foundation), Committee of 100 and Friends of BP.

There are also some past groups that might be worth mentioning, such as BP Central and BP Working Group (of which I served as a member). I also see that there is now some discussion about having the land leased for San Diego High School revert to park use when the lease expires in a few years. I suggest that your papers provide an opportunity for both sides of this issue to explain their views. I see some similarities to a similar discussion in the past concerning the Naval Hospital. —Leonard Fry, via email Editor’s response: Leonard, we have two columns that rotate every other month that cover some of the topics you are looking for: Preservation Matters, by SOHO; and Growing Balboa Park, by the Friends of Balboa Park. Thank you for reading Downtown News. v



Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro Threads of many colors

The San Diego Creative Stitchery Guild presented a biennial fashion show and luncheon at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside on May 21. Bonnie Graham and Amy Todorovich were chairs for the event and the fashion show was juried, with only the best of the best selected to be in the show. Patti Fuhrer was the emcee for the afternoon and started the fashion show. Fuhrer is a fashion and sewing instructor at San Diego Community College of Continuing Education and is well known for her textile surface design classes. Stitchery can be sewing, knitting, or crocheting and this show had a little of everything. There was quilting, beading, yarns, embroidery, patchwork, and overlays of lace, ribbon and fabric to name a few. The garments were created with impeccable attention to detail. These creative designers use anything they can find, creating exceptional embellishments. The incredible clothing made for this show was a variety of short and long vests, dresses, pants and coats. Next, the talented designers add decorative features making each garment one of a kind. During the fashion show, the San Diego Creative Stitchery Guild featured two artists. The first was Jeanne Trusso, who

embellishes garments, repurposes sweaters, and is a talented beading artist. The second featured artist was Sydnie Inklebarger. Inklebargerr.

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San Diego Downtown News | July 2016 Inkleb ba Inklebarger has a d degree in cclo clothing an nd textiles, and en njo emenjoys bel b bellishing, an a and is exce ceptional a at ribbon eembr broidery. The ju ud judges for th he show the we ere Marie were St tud who Studer, is a fiber art tis known artist for he her jack ket and jackets coat ts m coats made from m rrecycled swea ate sweaters; Marty yO Ornish is a fib ber artist who us ses up-cyuses cled m mat materials found iin n tthrift stores a and old quilts; an nd J and Jan Trabin, whoo develops d art from foun nd oobjects. found The winner rs for garwinners ments t were: fi first rst place, Night & Day by Patti Fuhrer; second place, Chinese Jacket by Barbara Pollock; and third place, Dressed up Denim by Vivianne Vancio. The winners for accessories were: first place, Beady in Brown by Lori Phillips; second place, Blue Wave by Lori Phillips; and third place, Beaded Amulet Bag by Bonnie Graham.


The San Diego Creative Stitchery Guild is a teaching guild whose goal is to continue to keep the creative needle arts alive and well in San Diego County. They have 10 meetings a year and offer hands-on workshops, artist visits, and featured speakers. For more information, call Joanne Hill at 858-272-8182.

Upcoming Events

July 14 | 2016-FAB Authority Workshop — featuring Allison Andrews from 6 – 7 p.m. at FIDM San Diego campus located at 350 10th Ave. #300. For more information, visit fashionweeksd.com. Aug. 13 | Haute with Heart Fashion Show & Luncheon — produced by Leonard Simpson from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Downtown at 1 Park Blvd. This event benefits St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center. For more information, call Neil Fullerton at 619-442-5129. Aug. 22 | Celebrating Couture 2016 — This event is presented by Neiman Marcus and the Globe Guilders and will be at Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, visit globeguilders.org. —Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned Couture Milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at DianaCavagnaro.com.v

Parenting in the Digital Age: Internet Safety Tips • Kids often have numerous accounts. Along with reviewing who is following them, look at their activity. If there isn’t a lot of activity, they may be using a different account. Investigate further.

• Cyberbullying over the weekend spills into school on Monday. Inform school officials if your child was involved in a cyberbully incident so that they can monitor the situation during the day.

• Be sure that geo-tagging is off on all social media sites, which prevents someone from identifying where your child is posting from.

• Don’t dismiss the issue. Whether your child plays it down or is seriously upset, get involved. Parents of “bullycide” victims (kids who have committed suicide due to bullying) frequently comment that they wish they had taken the issue more seriously.

• Teach them never to post the name of their school, home address or areas where they frequently hang out.

Sudoku & Crossword puzzle answers from page 18 Alison Jacobson, The Safety Mom, is a preeminent voice on safety, wellness and healthy living and a Cox Communications partner. From environmental toxins and healthy eating to sports injuries and cyber bullying, The Safety Mom is always on the lookout for the issues facing children of all ages, as well as the entire family. Here she provides cyber safety tips for parents just in time for the summer months when kids may be home alone more often. • Know your child’s passwords and review their social media sites weekly. Ask them how they know new friends or connections and if they don’t know them, do not allow them to follow.

• Assume that status updates, photos and videos posted on social networks are permanent. Just because a profile is deleted or information is removed, older versions can continue to exist on other sites. • Never allow your child to arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they’ve met online by themselves. • Teach kids to not respond to messages that are inappropriate. Encourage children to tell an adult if they ever encounter anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. • Parents and guardians should consider downloading a monitoring service app that allows them to view the child’s smartphone activity.

• If necessary, get law enforcement involved. Many school districts around the country have a police officer or several assigned to the school who are always on campus. This would be the first law enforcement personnel to approach. Ask him/her for their suggestions on handling the situation. • Teach your child to get involved. It has been shown that the best person to help stop bullying is a peer who intervenes. If your child witnesses someone getting bullied online encourage her/him to tell you. For more information on safe behavior in the digital world, including valuable tools and information to empower parents and caregivers to protect loved ones while getting the most out of their technology, visit www.cox.com/takecharge.


San Diego Downtown News | July 2016


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