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Palm Desert painter Berndt Heidemann with iconic paintings on display at the San Diego Festival of the Arts in downtown’s Waterfront Park on Sunday, June 10 (Photo by B. J. Coleman)

San Diego Festival of the Arts returns for a charming third year

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Thirty-two years is a long stretch for successfully bringing artists and arts fans together in celebration of fine artwork. On June 9–10, The San Diego Festival of the Arts staged its 32nd gathering in Downtown San Diego’s Waterfront Park, around the County Administration Building and along North Harbor Drive. Nearly 200 artists displayed original art pieces for sale at the weekend event. The festival has been held in the Downtown Waterfront Park since 2016.

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Artwork on display ran the gamut from paintings, sculpture, photographs, and mixed-media art, as well as artisan-crafted glass, jewelry, ceramics, fiber and wood creations. The performing arts were represented at the festival too, with entertainers and musicians appearing on three stages at the festival grounds. The event was recently ranked among the top 100 art fairs nationwide by the “Arts Fair Source Book.” The festival invites established and emerging artists to display their work, with a juried competition. Festival-goers could

take a break from arts appreciation at the sunny lawn tables of the craft beer and wine garden, which further featured a variety of cuisine from San Diego restaurants, scattered around the main performing arts stage. Children of all ages could cool down in the spectacular setting of splashable water fountains, either to take in the gorgeous harbor views or get ready for outdoor games on the grass. Darrel McPherson is an Escondido-based artist who has been presenting his

San Diego-based artist opening first art gallery for summer

Recognized as one of “15 female artists you need to know from Miami Art Week” on CBS, San Diego artist Sarah Stieber is taking over the iconic Mee Shim Fine Art Gallery in Little Italy. After a successful soft opening on June 30, Stieber is preparing for her Grand Bash Opening on July 7, from 7-10 p.m. There will be cocktails by Pomp and Whimsy and El Silencio Mescal, and bites by Beaming Organic and the Living Room Café along with custom painting inspired treats by the Whimsy Whisk. Guests are limited to the size of the gallery, so people are encouraged to RSVP to

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We’ve all seen how projects like the popular blog and book “Humans of New York” connect people through photography. Real people are seen through a new lens as they share their life experiences. Snapshots and text serve as a means to share universal truth through unique images. San Diego artist and photographer, Jennifer G. Spencer, is adding a new

photographic element to this conversation with the release of her new book “THE ARTIST PORTRAIT PROJECT: A PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMOIR OF PORTRAIT SESSIONS WITH SAN DIEGO ARTISTS,” which will be released on July 12. The collection features James Watts and Dan Camp, well-known artists based in Downtown. Spencer’s


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Big changes ahead


New ownership means a revamped focus for Horton Plaza By Dave Fidlin

Escondido-based artist Darrel McPherson with paintings on display at the San Diego Festival of the Arts (Photos by B. J. Coleman) FROM PAGE 1

ART FESTIVAL paintings at this event, both for appreciation and for sale, since before the festival moved from La Jolla to its current location at Waterfront Park. McPherson noted that he enjoys the new location for the cool temperatures, lovely environment, and also easy access for booth setup and excellent layout of artist booths. McPherson describes his pictures as “art to live with,” with subjects focused on stunning scenes from nature. First-time artist vendor Berndt Heidemann agreed with McPherson about the setting. Heidemann stated that he had driven from his home arts base of Palm Desert to be there. “You can’t beat this weather,” Heidemann said, noting the San Diego Harbor breezes. “The views are beautiful.” Asked about his sales, Heidemann said, “The show has been OK for me. I am showing icons in my area at home. I plan to come back and choose more beach scenes tailored to this particular venue.” Heidemann stood for a photo next to his “iconic” painting of Frank Sinatra. Painter Robert Fleming showed his artwork in tandem with his wife, Nancy Lynn. Fleming had traveled from Palm Springs for the festival, which he and his wife have attended for several years. Fleming described one drawback of the Downtown site in contrast with La Jolla. “Sales at the festival this year have been slow for us,” Fleming said. “The other artists I know from the desert have said the same thing. People in La Jolla had more money to spend on art, and they did.”

One new aspect of the 2018 festival, according to organizers, was raising the event’s musical profile with addition of world-class musicians to the entertainment lineup. Performing on Saturday, local legend Jack Tempchin, composer of the “Southern California Sound” in such songs as the Eagles’ “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and “Already Gone,” wowed the audience at the Fountain Plaza Stage on Saturday afternoon. Riley Biederer, a recent standout singer on “The Voice,” entertained attendees on Saturday afternoon on the Main Stage and on Sunday morning at the Fountain Plaza Stage. Other entertainers at the festival included ever-popular guitarist Peter Sprague and the high-energy Bayou Brothers band, who rounded out the Sunday afternoon performances on the Fountain Plaza Stage. The Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation and San Diego Magazine were producer-sponsors of the festival. Funds brought in from ticket sales and artists’ festival booth rentals go to benefit San Diego children, adults and wounded warriors. The emphasis has been on beneficiary organizations that serve San Diegans with disabilities and physical and mental challenges. Since 1987, the event has raised over $2 million for adaptive sports, companion and service animals, recreational activities and education programs. Proceeds from the 2017 festival disbursed more than $92,000 that went to benefit over 10,000 San Diego area residents. —B.J. Coleman is a local freelance journalist and editor/staff reporter with 22nd District Legionnaire. B.J. can be reached at bjcjournalist@

Sculptures and glass art on display at the festival

While plenty of questions still abound, a series of recent maneuvers are bringing into sharper focus the future of Downtown San Diego’s struggling Horton Plaza mall. Retail is not a major part of the strategy. In mid-June, Los Angelesbased Stockdale Capital Partners emerged as the future owner of 33-year-old Horton Plaza, which is currently in escrow. According to its website, Stockdale currently has 14 properties in its portfolio, half of them in California. To date, Stockdale does not have a presence in San Diego. The company also has sites in Arizona, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas. The pivot is notable for the sprawling five-story, 900,000-square-foot complex, which for the past 20 years has been under the ownership of shopping center operator Westfield Group. The company recently went through changes and now is under the auspices of Paris-based Unibail-Rodamco. Representatives with Stockdale and Westfield did not return multiple calls for comment for this story. But recent reports indicate Stockdale plans to repurpose Horton Plaza for office use. Neither conceptual details nor renderings have come to light on Horton Plaza’s next chapter, but local civic groups — including Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP) — have been briefed on Stockdale’s plans for the mall. Betsy Brennan, CEO of DSDP, confirmed she has received a glimpse into Stockdale’s future plans for the site. A major focal point in the new development — dubbed The Campus at Horton Plaza — reportedly includes new office space, particularly for the tech sector. A retail component could still be a part of Horton Plaza’s future, particularly on the ground level. Other potential tenants alongside the office space could include restaurants and health and fitness amenities. Brennan said the partnership intends to work collaboratively with Horton Plaza’s new ownership as further details come to the surface. She said she is optimistic about the opportunities in the road ahead. “We look forward to engaging with The Campus at Horton Plaza team as they infuse new energy, as well as high paying and innovative jobs, in the heart of Downtown San Diego,” Brennan said. Playing a role in helping shape Horton Plaza’s next chapter fits hand-in-glove into DSDP’s mission statement, Brennan said. “For decades, the Downtown San Diego Partnership has supported thoughtful and vibrant development projects in our growing urban core,” she said. Amid the backdrop of the imminent ownership change is

Downtown’s Horton Plaza (Courtesy photo) a pending lawsuit initiated by Jim “Jimbo” Someck, owner of Jimbo’s …Naturally. The specialty grocer opened its Horton Plaza location nearly five years ago. In an interview with Downtown News, Someck said he has been frustrated with the continuing decline of his Horton Plaza location. When asked about the state of foot traffic at the store, Someck said, “It never got to where I anticipated it would get.” Someck filed his complaint against Horton Plaza LLC with the Superior Court of California in San Diego on May 22, several weeks before news of the ownership change first surfaced. For the foreseeable future, Someck said the Horton Plaza store will remain in operation as usual. “We will continue to fulfill our obligations and will be paying our rent,” Someck said. “I’ve never closed a store.” Someck said he has had “minimal interaction” with Stockdale representatives and remains open to maintaining a presence at a Horton Plaza, depending on the specific plans for the site. What is certain, Someck said, is his commitment to maintaining a presence in one of Downtown’s neighborhoods. “We definitely would like to have a continued presence Downtown,” Someck said in the interview. “I think it has great potential.” In Jimbo’s seven-page complaint, which a reporter obtained through the Superior Court’s open records portal,

Someck and his legal representatives have taken aim at the mall’s ownership for failing to make upgrades. One passage in the complaint states, “Jimbo’s was harmed as a direct consequence of Horton Plaza’s breach of its duties under the lease in that Jimbo’s has expended millions of dollars to design, construct and open its store at Horton Plaza.” The complaint further alleges the local grocer “has lost millions of dollars in sales as a result of Horton Plaza’s failure to perform the duties and obligations that were Horton Plaza’s responsibility under the lease.” Someck’s suit against mall ownership also characterizes the mall as “a third-rate shopping mall that feels desolate and abandoned, where crime has flourished and shoppers and retailers alike are concerned for their personal safety.” The complaint further states “Westfield’s complete disinterest in maintaining Horton Plaza was appropriately demonstrated when it did not even bother to decorate the mall for the holiday season in 2017.” San Diego is not the only city in the U.S. with a struggling mall. A confluence of factors — including the rise of e-commerce and consolidation in the retail industry — have contributed to the growing number of declining shopping malls in all geographic areas of the country. —Dave Fidlin is a freelance journalist with a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.fidlin@



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What’s happening with the new Navigation Center? Connect. Support. House.

Downtown Partnership News Lana Harrison That was the resounding slogan and three-pronged approach to tackling homelessness Mayor Faulconer announced in his 2018 State of the City address. In his speech just a year prior, he proposed a centralized assessment center “where any man or woman on the street can go to start the path to a better life.” Now, after a challenging 2017, and three temporary bridge shelters later, the city of San Diego is about to deliver good on that promise. The new housing Navigation Center is slated to open in the fall of this year, taking the place of a former skydiving facility in the heart of East Village at 1401 Imperial Ave. This move has been met with both laud and opposition, particularly impacting the community of East Village. In response, the Downtown San Diego Partnership hosted a public town hall meeting on June 20 at the Central Library for the community to receive information, ask questions and express concerns. Panelists included Bahija Humphrey, then-assistant chief of civic initiatives for the city of San Diego and current director of the Performance and Analytics Department; Lisa Jones, director of Housing First Administration with San Diego


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Housing Commission; San Diego Assistant Police Chief Paul Connelly and Captain Scott Wahl; and Mario Sierra, the director of Environmental Services at the city. With a $1,550,000 annual budget, navigators will not only connect individuals with housing, but will also help people with the requisite preparedness to receive and transition into housing, according to Jones. Members of various East Village groups also distributed a letter at the meeting which outlined a list of concerns and expectations such as creating a review committee, serving the homeless individuals in East Village, designating a park ranger for East Village parks, and establishing similar centers throughout other parts of the San Diego. The meeting provided ample time for response and questions from the community. Below is a selection of questions asked and summarized responses.

navigators will be conducting outreach in the community. The current homeless individuals in East Village will thus be a priority for service.

Q: Will individuals utilizing the Navigation Center be transported back to the areas they are arriving from and will people currently experiencing homelessness in East Village be the first to receive services?

Q: What can we expect in terms of county involvement?

The Neighborhood Policing Division has already increased presence in the area and will continue to monitor activity closer to the opening. Between the three Homeless Outreach Teams (HOT), outreach is happening seven days a week. Additionally, newly trained officers will work under experienced officers in the Downtown division before being reassigned. This means that Downtown will have a constant flow of officers focused on the area. Community members can also report issues via the Get It Done online and mobile application. The city utilizes this community involvement in determining needs to address.

The center is not intended to be a drop-in center, nor is there a plan to pick people up and bring them to the facility. However, because best practice is to take services and resources to where people already are,

The center is not a countywide program — it’s focused on the city of San Diego. However, coordinators have talked with the county’s Behavioral Health Services about collaborating in providing mental health workers and licensed clinicians but have not yet landed on specifics of such a partnership. There are Mental Health Services Act funds that have yet to be spent

in a gallery?” Spencer asks. “When people go to a museum or art gallery, they see what artists have created, but rarely do when have a chance to see the person behind it all. Whenever I have the opportunity to meet artists and talk them about their inspiration, message, and challenges, my appreciation for their work deepens.” This is her goal in photographing these 50 well-known artists, she said. She hopes to share a new side of San Diego legends like Cindy Zimmerman, Jim Hubble, Anne Mudge and Philipp Scholz Rittermann. Additionally, Spencer shares her notes from photography sessions that reveal the unique

style, vulnerability and quirkiness of each artist. It was challenging creating a portrait of a multi-dimensional artist like Jim Hubble, Spencer said. During their portrait session, Spencer wondered, “Which side of Jim should I portray? His sculpture side, his public art side, his drawing and design side?” “The one thing that struck me about photos I’d seen of Jim was that they were all taken from a distance, placing him in some nook or cranny so that you would visually discover him by accident,” she continued. “What caught my attention most about Jim is how he artistically expresses himself, not just with the finished product but with his forward-thinking ideas and plans. Capturing him in a close-up looking forward,

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by the county, so Humphrey encourages people to advocate for those funds to be allocated to assist in the Navigation Center’s efforts.

Q: What is the connection between the new threehour abatement rule and the new storage facility? What is security like at that location?

The new storage facility in Sherman Heights provides an opportunity for more individuals to be able to safely store their belongings. The new three-hour abatement rule is only able to be implemented by officials if there is space available at the storage facility. In response to community concerns prior to the opening of the new facility, more police were sent to the area within the first week of its opening for increased monitoring. In the future, outreach workers at the storage facility will also educate people on the services at the Navigation Center.

Q: Who has responded to the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Navigation Center?

The RFP was posted in February and submissions were required by April 26. Proposals are still under evaluation but approval of a contract by City Council is expected in July 2018. Proposals are scored by evaluators under oversight of an independent legal team. Submissions are currently confidential, even to city officials, but a recommendation will be brought to City Council for approval and the other agencies that submitted proposals will be revealed at that time.

Q: What is the plan for oversight? like a sea captain aboard a ship looking toward land, appealed to me as the way to portray Jim.” Already the book is getting buzz in San Diego’s art scene. “Jennifer Spencer has created a very moving, compassionate, and celebratory series of portraits of a generation of tenacious San Diego artists,” said Hugh M. Davies, Ph.D. Director Emeritus of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Veteran art critic Robert L. Pincus, who penned the introduction to the book, agrees. “We can view and contemplate these portraits in the present tense, but they will likely have historical value as time passes,” he added. About the artist: Jennifer G. Spencer is a painter and photographer who creates images

There is a memorandum of understanding between the city and the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) that the SDHC will administrate this program on the city’s behalf. The SDHC will then hire an operator and will oversee that operator. The SDHC will request that the operator form an advisory committee comprised of community members who will have a direct line of communication with both the operator and city staff.

Q: How is housing allocation determined?

Housing is allocated on a national system that prioritizes the most vulnerable based on a score determined upon assessment. As a result, some people might be on the waiting list longer to receive housing depending on their score. For these people, we can focus on connecting them with other resources and interventions that might be available and helpful, such as Clean and Safe’s Family Reunification Program.

Q: Why is the city establishing one center in East Village as opposed to leasing several, smaller locations in various parts of the city?

The city did look at other locations and possibilities and decided that the available options wouldn’t fit the current needs. Purchase of the building that will serve as the site of the facility was unanimously approved by City Council on Jan. 31, 2018. —Lana Harrison is the communications coordinator for the Downtown San Diego Partnership. She can be reached at

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Tips to avoid being burglarized this summer By District Attorney Summer Stephan As your District Attorney, I’m committed to increasing communication and accessibility between the DA’s Office and you, the community. One way I have been doing that is through this monthly column, where I provide consumer tips on public safety matters. Even though San Diego is the safest it has been in 49 years, theft and burglary take place every day throughout the county. Burglaries make up almost 10 percent of the cases we prosecute each year and 40 percent of our cases involve some kind of theft. So, as we head into the summer months when people tend to leave windows open or belongings in their car while they run, bike, surf or swim, here are some considerations. Car safety tips: ●● Always lock your car and roll up your windows. ●● Never leave your wallet or purse in your car. ●● Do not leave valuables in your car. ●● Glove boxes do not equal safety, do not store gift cards or reward cards there. ●● If you do leave valuables in your car, hide them before you park and get out, not when you park. Thieves watch their targets and can see you shoving valuables under your seat or storing them in your trunk. ●● Do not leave the key to your car on top of your tire or in the wheel well when you’re at the beach. Thieves know that trick. ●● Keep in mind that even the most cautious person can fall prey to theft. But the harder you make it to obtain your valuables, the greater likelihood you won’t have to replace them. Home safety tips: ●● Burglars tend to strike when you’re at work to avoid confrontation or getting caught, always lock your doors and windows.

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Neighborhood planning groups are not closed off to new voices By Vernita Gutierrez, Stephanie Jennings and Kate Callen [Editor’s note: This editorial first appeared in the Voice of San Diego on June 28. View the original article at] So far, 2018 has been the year when San Diego’s community planning groups became an endangered species. The all-volunteer advisory boards, established in 1966 to involve citizens in decisions affecting their own neighborhoods, have come under fire these past six months for being anti-progress, anti-inclusivity, undemocratic, unscrupulous and just too darn old. The siege began with a Jan. 19 Union-Tribune story titled “San Diego slips to 32nd in builder interest: Planning groups at fault?” It featured complaints from two real estate leaders that advisory groups impede growth because members are “mostly … white and gray hairs” and “housewives who walk dogs.” Circulate San Diego entered the fray with a Feb. 12 report, “Democracy in Planning,” charging that planning groups too often are cabals that “are closed off to new and diverse voices,” “make it difficult for new residents, often renters, [to participate]” and “short-change the housing needs of younger generations.” The County Grand Jury joined in with an April 18 report that planning groups

have so many flaws — from lax recruitment to slow deliberations — that they need close monitoring and probably should be consolidated. Merging these 43 groups into a central panel handpicked by elected officials is a popular idea at San Diego City Hall. But it doesn’t play well in communities where planning groups, whose members are elected, represent the front line of self-government. We know this because we’re three of the co-founders of a nonprofit for residents in Golden Hill and North Park. Our group launched in 2016 because our neighborhoods were facing high-impact housing density, and we wanted to stay informed about that. Our community groups, the Greater Golden Hill Planning Committee and the North Park Planning Committee, are models of democracy. Members capably shoulder a mountain of work, from analyzing draft policies to reviewing environmental studies to soliciting community input. This spring, for the first time in memory, the Golden Hill and North Park planning committees gave planning group voters the same access to candidates that San Diegans have always had in county and city elections. At pre-election forums, planning group candidates explained where they stand on key issues. The resulting exchanges of ideas and views displayed the vital role the

groups play in the democratic process. The County Grand Jury report’s list of interviewees included members of city departments and “representatives of development contractors” but no community residents nor representatives of resident-run groups. To correct that omission, we offer the following insights from our conversations with millennials who rent, working-class families who staked everything to buy their homes, fixed-income retirees living in the same homes for decades, and immigrants in affordable ’70s-era apartments. Housing density is inevitable. But city officials and builders need to get serious about mitigating the impacts of density, especially on traffic and parking. We are not seeing plans to ramp up enough infrastructure to accommodate new housing, and this is ominous. Trying to pit renters against homeowners, or seniors against millennials, shows a complete unfamiliarity with residential quality-of-life issues. If the natural light that streams through a window is blocked by a four-story condo tower, the resulting darkness will be just as depressing for renters in their 20s or owners in their 60s. And weekday commuters of all stripes will suffer equally when new housing stacks up traffic and further clogs rush-hour roads. The biggest hindrance to affordable housing is the

ease with which builders buy their way out of sensible set-aside requirements for lower-income units. And let’s not forget how many existing affordable units will be razed to make way for market-rate projects. Developers eyeing up Golden Hill and North Park for future projects should think carefully about speed-building oversized bunkers that will mar the historic character and human scale of these neighborhoods. In the forum exchanges between candidates and voters, ideas surfaced about how people with disparate views about growth issues can meet somewhere in the middle. The goal was that participants walk away with the sense that, if we keep talking constructively and respectfully, we can find ways to clarify land-use laws, build consensus and avoid protracted battles over controversial projects. In the subsequent elections, voters chose planning group members who are diverse in age, background, interests and life experience. We are eager to work with these representatives on behalf of the neighborhoods we love. —Vernita Gutierrez and Kate Callen are North Park residents. Stephanie Jennings is a Golden Hill resident. All three serve on the board of the SoNo Neighborhood Alliance, a group informing and engaging residents about quality-of-life issues.v

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Detention center visits the San Diego border region Congressional Watch Andy Cohen Donald Trump wants you to know that there’s a massive crisis happening along the southern border of the United States — the border shared with Mexico. He’s right, and it’s a crisis of his own making. This past May, the Trump administration instituted a “zero tolerance” policy aimed at ending illegal immigration into the United States from Central America and Mexico. Many — perhaps most — of those seeking to enter the U.S. come here seeking asylum, fleeing gang violence, murder, human trafficking, and governments too ineffectual to stop it. These are people fleeing for their lives, with nowhere else to go. They come here seeking safety, looking for a better life; for a future where they might not have one at all in their home countries. What they found when they got here was perhaps just as evil as what they were fleeing — a government that, by expressed policy, has decided to effectively kidnap children from their parents, with no guarantee that they will ever see them again. This is what the party of “family values” has brought us. We are no longer the nation over which the Mother of Exiles stood

watch. We have been allowed to become the country that torments the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” We are now a country that places those of a darker hue in cages for the crime of wanting to live, sending their children — including infants — to be interned alone thousands of miles away, treated as animals. Asylum is no longer a part of our lexicon. Although the focus of the administration’s zero tolerance policy has been along the border with Texas, for a brief while the glare shifted to San Diego, where Juan Vargas (D51) — whose district spans the entirety of California’s border with Mexico — gathered with a delegation of about 15 members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to see firsthand the conditions being endured by children separated from their parents. It should be noted that the administration, and Donald Trump in particular, has repeatedly insisted that the family separations and detentions are the result of what Trump calls a Democratic law that mandates them, and has placed the blame for the policies being enacted squarely at the feet of Congressional Democrats. This is a lie. There is no law in existence that calls for the separation of families, and there is no

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San Diego Downtown News | July 2018

Keeping a strong fiscal outlook Notes from Toni Toni G. Atkins This past Wednesday, I watched as Governor Jerry Brown signed his 16th and last budget for the state of California. As the Senate leader, I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish for the people of our state. The governor’s current tenure began the same year I joined the Legislature, and crafting that first budget was an awful experience that I hope no one ever has to endure again. We were forced to make drastic cuts in important programs in order to close a nearly $27-billion deficit. As the economy rebounded from the Great Recession, we gradually restored many of those decimated programs and began saving money in reserve to make it easier to absorb the shock of the next downturn. The budget that becomes effective on July 1 reflects the strongest fiscal outlook our state has seen in a generation. It brings our reserves to nearly $16 billion and at the same time invests heavily in programs that help lift up our residents who are still struggling despite the strong economy. This budget invests the highest level of funding in

our public schools and higher-education systems that California has ever seen. It responds to the new reality of increasingly frequent and intense wildfires with nearly $1 billion for prevention and recovery efforts. It bolsters proven poverty-reduction programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit. It includes $500 million in emergency aid for our local communities to respond to the widespread humanitarian calamity of homelessness. No budget is absolutely perfect, but, simply put, this one is great. And while the high-dollar statewide allocations grab the headlines, significant state resources are coming home to San Diego County to strengthen our economy, resident services, infrastructure and environmental protection. For example: $898 million to repair our transportation systems; nearly $33 million of emergency homelessness aid; $30 million for San Diego’s groundbreaking Pure Water program; $50,000 to the San Diego River Conservancy; a portion of $15 million to combat a couple of insects that are harming our avocado and citrus groves; a portion of $10.1 million to our coastal communities to address sea-level rise and other climate-change impacts; and a portion of $20 million for urban greening and urban forestry.

There’s also $1.5 million for the San Diego Maritime Museum to redevelop and enhance the site where the Star of India and its other ships are displayed, $2 million for a project in Imperial Beach that includes a new swimming pool for high school athletes and the South Bay community, and $250,000 for the San Diego Unified School District to continue an important program that supports homeless students. I’m also thrilled that the budget includes funding for one of my bills, SB 945, which removes an arbitrary cap on treatment in a state program for patients suffering from breast cancer or cervical cancer. Now, everyone in the program who continues to need care will receive it. It’s a budget like this that makes me proud to be a public servant. Instead of agonizing over which programs to cut in order to balance our finances, we’re extending educational opportunities, expanding access to health care, providing housing, repairing our infrastructure, strengthening the social safety net and protecting our natural environment. These are the building blocks for a higher quality of life for all San Diegans and all Californians. —Toni G. Atkins represents the 39th District in the California Senate. Follow her on Twitter @SenToniAtkins.v






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Blazing trails


A woman’s impact in Downtown development By B. J. Coleman When Mary Pampuch was considering career paths, her first choice was to work in fashion design. “Isn’t that a little risky?” Pampuch’s mother asked. Pampuch laughed recounting the response, wondering what her mother would have said about her decision to change plans and pursue commercial real estate development. Pampuch has racked up a lengthy stretch of successes working in this field. On May 1, Pampuch took on a

new position with Lankford & Associates, adding chief operating officer (COO) to her existing role as executive vice president. In her home state of Wisconsin, Pampuch settled on obtaining a real estate license in the 1980s, dealing in residential and commercial properties. She was hired by Lankford & Associates in 1989 as an administrative assistant and worked her way up the corporate ladder to her current dual roles. She now oversees day-to-day operations as COO, as well as participates in longterm development projects. Her biggest challenge? Pampuch noted that real estate development professionals are by and large males, estimating that only 10 to 20 percent of employees in the sector are women. This daunting statistic has not changed during her years in the field. Another challenge for women in the field is to emphasize the business side of the work. She recommends for women to not take disagreement personally because men do not.

Lankford & Associates Executive Vice-president and Chief Operating Officer Mary Pampuch at the Punch Bowl Social, a newly developed Downtown enterprise. (Photos by B. J. Coleman) “I wanted to be successful,” Pampuch said. “It’s important to look at the bigger goal and becoming part of influencing decisions. Compromises have to be part of that too.” With increased experience, she noticed less and less awareness of her rarity as a female in the work projects. Despite their underrepresentation, Pampuch noted females bring a wholly different perspective and approach to commercial development, citing in particular that women tend to be detail oriented in a way that men are often not. Downtown News interviewed Pampuch at Punch Bowl Social, the newest restaurant and entertainment enterprise to come on line within the Lankford group’s development. Punch Bowl Social is located at 1485

E St., with a two-story, 23,500 square foot complex housing a downstairs diner, round bar, bowling lanes, games and sports-viewing areas. A similar and more adaptable upstairs area is amenable for private party events. The venue can host 1,000 guests in the facility’s multiple areas. “This turned out really nice,” Pampuch said after touring the finished project, which opened for business in early June. The project was initiated with the Navarro group’s 2012 request for proposals. “We were the winning team,” Pampuch said. “We decided to begin with energizing the area, activating the site and cultivating community involvement.” Added amenities include arts displays, film showings

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Cox High Speed Internet Now Twice as Fast in San Diego When it comes to the internet, one of the things consumers value most is speed. It frees up their time by completing tasks faster. It makes watching a movie or listening to music more enjoyable. And, for video game enthusiasts, it could be the difference between winning or losing. So, how much speed do you need? That depends on how you’re using the internet, and how many connected devices you have in your home. Whether you’re using the internet for basic search, paying bills, and shopping online, or are a multi-generational household with multiple connected devices streaming simultaneously, there’s some great news on the internet speed front. Cox Communications, which already offers some of the fastest consumer internet speeds in the nation, recently doubled the speed for most of its customers in San Diego County. Download speeds for Cox High Speed Internet doubled for three of its service plans: Starter, Essential and Preferred. The speed increases went into effect automatically for all Cox High Speed Internet customers with those service plans in San Diego. The new download speed for Preferred, the company’s most popular tier of service, is now up to 100 Mbps.

Cox is also improving the in-home WiFi experience with Panoramic WiFi, ensuring wireless internet service is “wall-to-wall” fast throughout every nook and cranny of the home. “Our internet customers have embraced Panoramic WiFi,” said Schlundt. “Our technicians will literally walk your home from wall to wall to identify any dead spots and turn them into live spots so that you can have an optimal wifi experience in your home.” Cox plans to invest $10 billion in its infrastructure over the next five years, with a focus on enhancing the customer experience inside and outside of the home. The company already provides its internet customers with access to more than half a million wifi hotspots nationwide.

Gig Speed Ahead Cox, which was the first company to launch residential gigabit speeds in San Diego under the name Gigablast, has continued the expansion of gigabit speeds to households countywide. Gigabit speeds (1,000 Mpbs) are the fastest residential internet speeds around. When you have a gigabit connection, you can download 100 songs within three seconds, 1,000 photos in 16 seconds, and a two-hour movie in eight seconds. You can also run dozens of connected devices simultaneously at blazing fast speeds, which is key if you are planning on adding any of the increasingly popular smart home devices to your household. For more information on gigabit speeds and to see how fast they are, go to

and beer tastings. The first phase was residential development, with 270 apartment units. Then 10 Barrel opened a year ago, followed by 60,000 square feet of offices and retail businesses. Punch Bowl was next. (Further improvements are slated for this month, with more apartments and retailers after that.) Punch Bowl Social is a series of chain restaurant and sports entertainment venues based out of Denver. Some of the tables in the facility are made from Colorado beetle-infested trees that had to be felled for fire safety concerns. Each Punch Bowl Social has taken an inspirational theme from the former use of the building redeveloped. Nicole Coffee, event sales manager, shared that the former San Diego furniture warehouse held a boxing arena sometime dating to the 1930s. Thus, this local venue’s subtle background theme is boxing, including ropes, timing bells, repurposed arena seats, and specially designed wallpapers suggesting “flyweight,” “featherweight,” and — aptly for Punch Bowl — “sucker punches.” The family-friendly complex closes to children in the late evening. The bar focuses on craft cocktails, including punches, as well as features local beers and wines. The menu also offers healthy versions of popular sports bar fare. Sean Bertsch, a bartender at Punch Bowl Social, has worked for a decade in hospitality in Downtown. “This place is very customer oriented,” Bertsch said. “In the training, we learned the art of bartending, how to build a craft cocktail systematically. This has been a fun ride.” Similarly, Pampuch expects fun in her work future. “I’m very excited about my new role as COO,” she said. “I will still be chasing projects, and I will be able to manage our resources better by overseeing the daily operations as well.” Next on Pampuch’s set of development projects is finishing the second large-scale phase of the Intercontinental site, working with the Port of San Diego. —B. J. Coleman is a local freelance journalist and editor/staff reporter with 22nd District Legionnaire. B.J. can be reached at bjcjournalist@


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National Carousel Day, the Balboa Park Carousel and the California Tower speakers Growing Balboa Park John Bolthouse Friends of Balboa Park, a nonprofit that champions the legacy and beauty of the park, is stewarding a number of exclusive opportunities for the community to celebrate and enhance Balboa Park. Come and join the fun at the second annual National Carousel Day on Wednesday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the historic Balboa Park Carousel. The event will be filled with entertainment, food, children’s activities, and free carousel rides all day! Featured family-friendly entertainment will include the Hullabaloo Band, Kathryn the

Grape, Fern Street Circus, J7 Productions, Ms. Twisty, the San Diego Opera’s Words & Music Program at La Maestra Center for Youth Advancement, Creative Dancers, 78 antique cars from the San Diego Model A Car Club, face painting and much more! Delectable food vendors will include Nana’s Heavenly Hot Dogs, Famoso Mexican Street Food, fresh-squeezed lemonade from San Diego Lemon Life, Bullseye Kettle Corn and cotton candy from Get Fluffed Up. This event has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of Susan Stone Hayes, Marie Tuthill, San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture, Ed and Kathy Brown, Jim and Carmen Hughes of Hughes Heritage Plaza LLC, and Bob and Beverly Russell

Balboa Park Carousel

In 2017, Friends purchased the historic Balboa Park Carousel, and launched a multi-year, $3 million fundraising capital campaign to restore and complete the purchase of the carousel. The campaign recently surpassed the $1.2 million mark, thanks to the


DETENTION CENTER law that requires asylum seekers to be placed into detention indefinitely and prosecuted, denied entry with no hearing. This is a policy decision made strictly by Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “The Trump administration’s family separation policy is an affront to the values America stands for,” Vargas said. “Ripping children from the arms of their parents who are fleeing violence and seeking safety at the border is cruel, inhumane, and un-American. No child should have to endure what these children are experiencing, and no parent should have their children ripped from their arms. President Trump put this immoral policy in place, he has the power to end this policy — and he should.” Susan Davis (D-53) was equally dismayed at the administration’s policies. “The United States should have a zero-tolerance policy for the immoral treatment of children,” she said. “We are a nation of values and we ask our men and women in uniform to defend those values every day. This policy is in no way consistent with those values. As a social worker who practiced in medical and psychiatric settings, particularly focusing on children and families, I can say the profound trauma these

children are experiencing will cause immediate and long-lasting damage to them.” “Ripping terrified children away from their parents’ arms at the border is horrifying and un-American,” said Scott Peters (D-52), who was on the East Coast visiting his father and unable to join the delegation. “These children have endured so much already and should not suffer even more at the hands of this administration’s cruel policies. Children are being held hostage to the Trump/Ryan border wall. To be clear, the president could end this right now with the stroke of a pen, but he won’t, so Congress must act.” “In our country, family is an institution,” Peters added. “It shapes every aspect of our lives. Today, family — that concept — is being torn apart and challenged at our own borders. Screaming children are being ripped from their mothers’ arms. These parents are fleeing government violence, domestic violence, religious persecution. They follow generations of people who came to America, seeking a better life.” Duncan Hunter (R-50) took a different view of the situation. “Our nation has laws that are in place and that deserve to be enforced. We owe this to our citizens as well as to our brave men and women enforcing those laws, they need to know they have our support,” he said. “The policy by the

Second annual National Carousel Day Wednesday, July 25 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Balboa Park Carousel community’s generosity. We still have a ways to go to reach our next milestone, and need your support. Please consider a donation today, and help preserve one of the park’s most beloved icons!

California Tower speaker upgrade

The California Tower is getting a great enhancement! Friends of Balboa Park is replacing the old speakers at the top of the tower that amplify the historic carillon. After comprehensive consultation with acoustical engineers and sound projection experts, the antiquated 1940s technology will be replaced with lower-profile, state-of-the-art speakers that will be less visible while providing improved sound. Donors of $100 or more will receive a complimentary ticket for the California Tower Tour from the Museum of Man, and donors of $500 and more will be recognized on a plaque permanently displayed at the Museum of Man. Donations toward the project will be accepted through July 5, so please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today! prior administration of simply providing a notice to appear and then releasing these individuals into the U.S. for a court date that is three years away is both irresponsible and unsustainable. Additionally, the number of our Border Patrol agents are down, so these agents are trying to handle more with less.” Hunter also insisted that “the policies in place now are the same policies that were in existence with prior administrations.” This is false. There was no prior policy in place mandating the separation of children from their families, unless there was a direct threat to the health and well-being of the children. Hunter also claimed that the number of individuals with children entering the country illegally has more than doubled, which is false. It is true, however, that the number of arrests of non-criminal aliens did more than double in 2017. It should be noted that after over a month of harsh criticism, President Trump finally signed an executive order ostensibly terminating the policy requiring children to be separated from their parents at the border, contradicting his own earlier statements that he was powerless to stop it. Still, the administration is determined to imprison families indefinitely. —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at

Balboa Park Carousel (Photos courtesy of Friends of Balboa Park)

Carillon dedication

Join Friends of Balboa Park on Monday, July 16, at 7 p.m. at Spreckels Organ Pavilion for the dedication of the new California Tower carillon speakers. The event will include a special performance of the carillon and ceremonial gift presentation to the city of San Diego with Councilmember Chris Ward and the San Diego Museum of Man. This will be followed by a performance by organist Adam J. Brakelas as part of the Spreckels Summer Organ Festival, honoring the establishment of San Diego on this very day. For more information on these events or projects, or to support the Balboa Park Carousel, call 619-232-2282 or visit

Friends of Balboa Park is a nonprofit affinity organization that champions and enhances the park through donations and programs. The group has spearheaded major capital improvement initiatives throughout Balboa Park, including information kiosks; restoration of the historic gate houses and Lily Pond; Adopt-A-Plot; dedicated bench program; tree dedications; operation of the historic Balboa Park Carousel; and other programs that facilitate the community’s direct involvement in the enhancement of Balboa Park. —John Bolthouse is the executive director of Friends of Balboa Park. For more information, visit


San Diego Downtown News | July 2018


Under the cherry blossoms Cloak & Petal, a Japanese flair worth experiencing

Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. We knew when popping the first edamame beans into our mouths from a bowl of pods draped in minced garlic and sake butter that this wasn’t going to be some ho-hum Japanese dinner. The generously served appetizer was a mouthwatering prelude to some of the freshest (and prettiest) hamachi and sashimi I’ve encountered outside of star establishments like Azuki Sushi Lounge in Bankers Hill and Sushi Ota in Pacific Beach. You’ve also come to the right place if you’re a fan of duck. Cloak & Petal is located in Little Italy, of all places. It’s the modern, upscale brainchild of restaurateur Cesar Vallin and business partner Isamu Morikizono, who own Tajima ramen houses around town. The 7,500-square-foot space brims with artistic flair, most notably from a stunning canopy of two faux trees exploding in cherry blossoms. Rising from behind the bar, they cast immense warmth to the spacious, industrial atmosphere. This used to be Entrada, an upscale Mexican restaurant responsible for installing the beautiful artificial trees, which at the time were covered in green leaves. We kicked off our visit with a couple of well-engineered

libations: the Manhattan-like “Japanese to English” cocktail made with sesame-infused whiskey; and the “devil’s advocate,” which lured me with its blend of cashew milk and Caribbean rum. Both drinks seemed tailor-made for people like us who typically prefer wine over cocktails. They had the finesse and complexity of fine vino. The “hamachi jalapeno” with ponzu and cilantro was hardly spicy, even when biting into the thin slivers of jalapenos garnishing it. And just as well be-

Wagyu roll cause the flavor and texture of the yellowtail was wildly lush, like filet mignon, leaving you convinced that raw fish doesn’t get any better than this. Ditto for the sashimi trio — a frilly presentation of tuna, yellowtail and salmon with some belly slices woven into the scheme. A dollop of wasabi from Japan on the plate proved more “natural tasting,” as best described by my companion. It’s a little sweeter, but with a decent sinus burn.

(l to r) The “devil’s advocate” and “Japanese to English” cocktails

Cloak & Petal

1953 India St. (Little Italy) 619-501-5505 Prices: Otsumami (starters) $5 to $25 soups: $5 to $8 sashimi, nigiri and sushi rolls: $6 to $25 entrees: $24 to $105 From the broiler, we tried the salmon collar accented with scallions, ginger stems, radishes and ponzu. Served on the rare side, it is this neck section of the fish that not only turns up cheaper, but also provides you with an abundance of healthy omega-3 fat. Cloak & Petal’s executive chef, Dominic Valenzuela, is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Denver. He earned his chops working at various sushi houses, including the trailblazing and now-shuttered Cafe Japengo. Indeed, his sushi rolls fall slightly into that envelope-pushing league where you’ll find unlikely ingredients such as ground sesame, broccoli, and spicy aioli taking residence with an array of seafood. We took the surf-and-turf route, choosing a roll boasting thin, tender slices of rare wagyu beef holding together swirls of crab, scallops, asparagus and rice on the inside. A few drizzles of truffle-soy reduction clenched the deal for what is a modern, sumptuous roll with foolproof appeal, provided you’re not a stickler for oldschool sushi. Most, if not all, consumers who patronize Cloak & Petal probably aren’t. The demographic on this weeknight visit — and I’m guessing all others and weekends as well — was mainly millennials on a quest for the latest and greatest restaurants in a neighborhood that has become the hottest

Glazed duck breast in edamame puree

Chef Dominic Valenzuela (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.) destination for new hospitality establishments, after the Gaslamp Quarter.

The sashimi trio

The concept speaks well to contemporary consumers, whereby you order — in no particular rhythm — an array of small plates while socializing and taking selfies.

Though if you’re hankering for a full meal, the menu offers duck breast glazed in yuzu marmalade, as well as stewlike seafood houba yaki and pricey Yoshoku steak. We couldn’t resist the former, which yielded an accordion arrangement of thick-sliced Canadian

duck breast bedded in a pool of edamame puree and a little beet oil. Served with roasted turnips, it qualifies as the best meal that could ever land on your table for a holiday, should anyone in your household possess the talent for conjuring it up. Right to the finishing line, the crème brulee served with intense black-sesame cookies, and the super-fluffy Japanese “cotton-style” cheese cake, didn’t disappoint. Neither dessert was fraught with sugar. And both flaunted the same jaunty presentations as everything else that came before them. Cloak & Petal also offers a succinct happy hour menu from 5 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, when large Asahi beers are $5; hot sake is $8; and seafood and veggie rolls are $4 to $6. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. Reach him at


This year’s poolside summer jazz series at The Westgate Hotel comes with the availability of “adult popsicles” that match up to the flavors (and buzz) of certain cocktails. Lead mixologist Irving Gonzalez crafted the boozy push-pops in the form of piña colada, mojito and margarita flavors. They sell for $7 each during the jazz events, which are held at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday through Sept. 13 around the fourth-floor pool deck. A $25 minimum food and/or drink purchase per person is required. 1055 Second Ave., 619-238-1818,

The new Tocaya Organica offers vegans, vegetarians and carnivores healthy choices. (Facebook) Move over Pokez. A new eatery that offers a decent selection of vegan Mexican fare has entered the competition ring, just several blocks away in the Gaslamp Quarter. Tocaya Organica made its San Diego debut on July 2. It’s one of a dozen-plus location in Southern California where customers can indulge in “modern Mexican organic cuisine” comprising locally-sourced produce and hormone-free meats and fish. Based out of Los Angeles, the menu offers everything from A new year-round outdoor market in Little Italy launches July 18 in the recently opened Piazza della Famiglia. Named the Little Italy Wednesday Market, and presented by The Little Italy Association, the weekly event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. over three blocks of W. Date Street, between Kettner Boulevard and State Street. The stands will sell produce, pastured eggs, poultry, meat, fish and more by Californiabased farmers, fishermen and artisan vendors. 619-233-3898,

sprightly salads and vegan/ vegetarian tacos and burritos as well as others filled with picante turkey, anchiote chicken and beef picadillo. Side dishes include some unlikely suspects such as sweet potato bravas, shaved Brussels sprouts with lime juice, and fruit bowls with chipotle powder. The fast-casual eatery occupies two floors replete with light-wood tones and a living wall. 755 Fifth Ave., 619-343-2898,


Mixed drinks in frozen push-pop form are a new summer sensation at The Westgate Hotel. (Courtesy of Chemistry PR)

Little Italy’s latest hotspot for pastries, quiche and sandwiches, Frost Me Cafe & Bakery, continues rolling out new menu items in an effort to brand itself as a separate establishment from its original Seaport Village business, Frost Me Gourmet. The latter specializes only in cakes and cupcakes. The company is owned by local couple Audrey Hermes and John Parker, who just added to their Little Italy repertoire nitro cold-brew matcha, Cold-brew nitro matcha at the new Frost Me dispensed from a tap Cafe & Bakery (Photo by Ariel Yue) at 41 degrees. Other new items include a meatless California bagel sand- with croissant dough. 555 wich and a cinnamon-sugar W. Date St., 619-287-2253, dusted “morning bun” made

From an illegal gambling house in the late 1800s to a couple of Asian restaurants attempted under different owners comes the latest version of Monkey King. The 3,600-square-foot Gaslamp Quarter structure is now part of the GBOD Hospitality Group (Meze Greek Fusion, Prohibition, Havana The new operators of a popular Gaslamp Quarter 1920, and El Chingon establishment have introduced tropical-theme fare such as this honey-lemongrass chicken. (Courtesy of Bad Ass Mexican). Monkey King) The company kept the Monkey King name, but revamped the menu. Dishes lounge with exposed bricks now include honey-lemongrass sets the stage for South Pacificchicken, shaking beef, Korean inspired cocktails that compleshort ribs, chili-lime sea bass and ment the food. 467 Fifth Ave., 619more. In addition, an open-air 359-8897,

More than 5,000 pounds of baby back ribs and mesquite chicken will be served at the 10th annual Phil’s Big BBQ at the Ballpark, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 29, at Petco Park’s tailgate lot on 14th and K streets. The event leads up to when the San Diego Padres go to bat with the Arizona Diamondbacks at 1:10 p.m. the same day. The cost is $25, which includes the meats, two sides, a soft drink and a ticket to the game. Craft brews and spirits will be for sale inside the lot’s beer garden. All proceeds will benefit Operation Bigs, a program through Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County that provides mentors to children of military

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After pioneering the way as one of the first restaurants in the East Village 14 years ago, the highly acclaimed Cafe Chloe will offer brunch and dinner for the last time on July 8. Famous for its steak frites, fresh pastries and other French-style bistro fare, founders Alison McGrath and her husband, John, took to Facebook recently to announce the unexpected news. Their post read in part: “It is with tremendous sadness that we must let you know that we have made the difficult decision to close our beloved Cafe Chloe. The restaurant industry has changed dramatically in the time we have been open, and we are finding it impossible to maintain our standards in food and service without compromising.” 721 Ninth Ave.,

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San Diego Downtown News | July 2018

Park 12

Ambitious multi-use Downtown project offers an amenity rich lifestyle By SDCCN Staff

Comprised of one high-rise and two mid-rise buildings, Park 12 multi-use development evokes an open-space feel adjacent to Petco Park. (Courtesy of Greystar Real Estate Partners)

Luxury apartment and retail village, Park 12, is nearing completion and now accepting lease applications. Construction is intended to wrap this coming fall. Situated on an expansive 3.5 acres directly adjacent to Petco Park, the project includes four separate mid- and high-rise buildings. When complete, the mixed-use community will offer 718 units, including 37 luxury apartments, as well as 45,000 square feet of ground level retail space. The property is owned and operated by Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC. Jerry Brand, senior managing

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Tomorrow is not promised to anyone New nonprofit provides legal advice for seniors and family caregivers

By B. J. Coleman Longevity has attendant difficulties, but so does life. That is the cautionary tale Yvonne Amrine has to tell from her personal family experiences. And that is also a major reason why the longtime Downtown resident launched the nonprofit San Diego Planning Partnership (SDPP) to provide advice and legal counsel to seniors and family caregivers. In fall of 2003, Amrine’s recently widowed mother was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, which proved to be the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Then, when Amrine’s daughter had left home for college, she was found to have contracted a life-threatening form of leukemia at the age of 19. Amrine suddenly became a “sandwiched” family caregiver to both. “These were life-changing events,” Amrine said. Her response was surprising resilient, based on the legal hoops she had to jump in giving care for both women simultaneously. “Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,” she continued, discussing the rollout of her newly established venture. SDPP had its official start date on July 2. Experts on estate planning and senior care involved with SDPP will include representatives and advisors from St. Paul’s Senior Services and The Salvation Army. Amrine decided, at the age of 47, to go to law school and become an attorney. She graduated from California Western School of Law in 2010, and subsequently set up her legal firm Amrine Law in Encinitas in June 2011. SDPP will now offer information and counseling from Amrine’s life experiences and her legal studies. “Around 70 percent of aging Americans will need long-term care,” Amrine said of those entering their sunset years. Amrine wants to help people plan ahead for whatever needs they encounter as they are growing older. “Every adult needs a plan in place,” she continued, noting

Yvonee Amrine, San Diego Planning Partnership founder (Courtesy photo) how young her daughter was when she fell ill. Amrine plans to assist San Diegans in putting together the plans and documents to ensure their wishes are met for their care. During her law school studies, Amrine gravitated naturally to working on estate and elder law issues, including conservatorships. Amrine advises that everyone should have in place both a power of attorney for medical care and a power of attorney for finances. This helps avoid the lengthy legal process of establishing a conservatorship during times of duress. “[Conservatorships] take a long time, because it is about stripping adults of their constitutional rights,” Amrine said. Amrine explained that attorney advice is needed regarding specifics of power of attorney papers to have in place. In particular, she cited planning for parents providing for their special needs offspring. Amrine has a lot of valuable information about the subject to impart. She is committed to protecting seniors and other vulnerable persons by avoiding mistakes that can take a financial and emotional toll. Amrine concluded with other cautionary observations.

“We all think we have time,” Amrine said, noting that this assumption is one obstacle that prevents pre-planning for personal care in all contingencies. She went on to describe how lack of knowledge, fear of the unknown and the complicated legal terminology can turn people away from planning ahead. “And many people think they don’t need it,” she added, because they have few assets. “Anyone who owns a house in California should have that placed in trust,” Amrine continued. SDPP will be staging free two-day workshops about estate planning and long-term care choices over the coming months. The first set will be held on Aug. 15 and 16 in conjunction with KPBS Public Media. Workshops on Sept. 12– 13 will be in Oceanside, hosted by The Salvation Army, and the October 10–11 workshops will be at St Paul’s Senior Services in Chula Vista. Information and online registration forms are available at —B. J. Coleman is a local freelance journalist and editor/staff reporter with 22nd District Legionnaire. B. J. can be reached at bjcjournalist@

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NEWS BRIEFS “Over time the demographics of Downtown have changed and there's a lot of residents Downtown so the need for open space and park space and grown,” said President Glen Schmidt. “We were asked to design a renovation for it. We included several public meetings and spoe with a no of residents in the area and stakeholders downtown and from that we created different alternatives for how to activate the park more.” Some aspects of the redesign include adding a dog run, a children’s play area, a vendor building, a footbridge, a restroom and fitness stations. “The idea is we want to create more reasons to bring people to the park,” Schmidt said. “Right now there's not a whole lot of reason to go there so with all these activities we think there will be.” Other winners included Spurlock Landscape Architects, honored with the President’s Award, Schmidt Design Group, honored with seven awards and Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina who was presented with the Stewardship Award. The San Diego based Schmidt Design group won seven awards including honor awards for their Linda Vista Skate Park, River Trail-Estuary Segment Enhancement Plan, The Silver Strand “Nature’s Bridge to Discovery”, and merit awards for Children’s Park, Civita Park Phase 1, Noah Homes Memory Care and others. Judges included Betsy Lane, Betsy Lane Art; Marvin J. Malecha, President, New School of Architecture; Craig Mohns, VP Benchmark Landscape; Bill Mastick, Principal, Quadriga Landscape Architecture; Perry Cardoza, President, NUVIS Landscape Architecture; Halina Steiner, Associate Professor, Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University, and Roger Showley, retired journalist, SDUT. For more information about the American Society


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Port of San Diego solarpowered microgrid

On June 12, The Board of Port Commissioners authorized a grant funding agreement totaling $5 million for a microgrid project with the California Energy Commission (CEC). Broken down, that $5 million agreement includes $4,985,272 from the CEC, $4,427,973 from the Port, and $201,963 from University of California San Diego. “This is an all-around great project for the community, for the businesses that operate on the terminal, and for the Port,” said Chairman Rafael Castellanos, Board of Port Commissioners in a press release. “It means cleaner air for our neighbors, will provide a reliable, safe and resilient power source for terminal and Port operations, and provides significant cost savings.” The total cost of the project should be around $9.6 million but should save the Port around $168,000 per year on utilities. For more information about the Port of San Diego, visit

Mayor Faulconer proposes “Good Neighbor” policies for home sharing

Mayor Kevin Faulconer proposed the city of San Diego’s first license-based system for managing shortterm residential rentals on Thursday, June 18. The proposal aims to manage short-term rentals by charging cost-recoverable fees to administer licenses, enforce code violations, implement a “Good Neighbor” policy, hire staff to deal with nuisance complaints and implement a per-night fee. “This is a balanced approach that establishes clear rules of the road for shortterm rental hosts and guests while protecting neighborhood quality of life through increased oversight and enforcement,” Mayor Faulconer said in a press release. “This is a fair compromise that allows the home-sharing

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RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT EXQUISITE SEAFOOD MEALS COME ASHORE AT THE GASLAMP FISH HOUSE Restaurateur Francois Patanchon has taken an exciting approach in introducing his new Gaslamp Fish House, located at the north end of the Gaslamp Quarter at 411 Broadway Ave. The address was previously home to Spike Africa’s Fish Bar & Grill, named after the late West Coast schooner captain, Philip Marion Africa. Photographs and newspaper articles of the legendary sailor still hang inside the nauticaltheme restaurant, which received a minor remodeling during the transition. There’s also a wood sculpture of Africa perched in the dining room. The menu, however, has been given a cosmopolitan reboot that guests will immediately appreciate. It features a repertoire of favorite seafood recipes from around the world. As a result, Gaslamp Fish House was recently named “Best Gaslamp Restaurant” in a people’s vote through the Gaslamp Quarter Association. Francois and his head chef, Vincent Altavilla, are both from France. They bring to the table in-depth knowledge of what the oceans have to offer – and how to best present those treasures. Patrons will now encounter fabulous seafood towers brimming with Alaskan king crab legs, oysters, shrimp and black mussels. The “signature” tower comes with the added bonus of Maine lobster and ceviche. It feeds two to three people. Equally impressive is the fish and seafood a la plancha. It’s a shareable platter of lobster and other shellfish, plus sautéed salmon and rockfish, rosemary fingerling potatoes, and fire-roasted tomatoes. While kicking off your dinner with craft beer, inventive cocktails or perhaps wine from a global selection (some of them organic),

choosing from the list of appetizers and first-courses can be tough. The offerings include sherry-kissed lobster bisque, New England clam chowder, ahi tuna poke with grapefruit and avocado, classic Cobb salad, and Shanghaistyle baby back ribs. “We found in our research that a large percentage of the restaurant’s customers are visitors from all over the world,” said Francois, referring to the menu’s multiple culinary influences from France, Italy, Mexico, Asia and the U.S. “I also realized there were no good, affordable seafood restaurants in the Gaslamp,” he continued. “So when we created the menu, we kept price points low and the quality high.” Aside from other dishes such as crab rolls; fajitas with shrimp or steak; wild Tahitian albacore with ginger-ponzu sauce; and even a decadent black Angus burger crowned with brie cheese, customers can dive straight into a full pound of king crab legs or lobster tails cooked with garlic butter. The daily catch is yet another menu option. The selection rotates weekly between black cod, trout and rockfish. They are pansautéed with a little bit of olive oil and served with buerre blanc sauce. What you get is ultra-moist fish expertly prepared in a simple but fine French style. Craving steak instead? The Gaslamp Fish House has you covered with prime Black Angus filet mignon, which also shows up with a full lobster tail in the surf-andturf entree. For those who were longtime fans of Spike Africa’s black cod fish and chips or the tacos (available with fish, shrimp or carnitas), they still remain on the menu. So does the famous and

Alaskan king crab legs (Photo courtesy of Gaslamp Fish House)

A destination for top-quality seafood on Broadway

The dining room’s central bar (Photo courtesy of Gaslamp Fish House)

(Photo courtesy of Gaslamp Fish House)

highly addicting butterscotch pudding with salted caramel. The breads used for a variety of sandwiches and flat breads come from Francois’ wholesale artisan bakery facility in Miramar. No stranger to the culinary industry, he also owns Tapas and Beers in Downtown’s Broadway Circle and previously operated a Mediterranean-style seafood restaurant in Leucadia. The Gaslamp Fish House features a central bar and serves lunch and dinner daily. It also offers a daily happy hour from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., when super-fresh oysters from Carlsbad Aquafarm are $1.25 apiece. Other deals include two fish tacos or bacon-wrapped swordfish bites for $7; tequila and Fireball shots for $4; select wines and mixed drinks for $5; and margaritas for $7. Whenever you visit, this hot, new establishment covers a wide range of tastes for anyone on the hunt for an outstanding seafood or steak meal. For more information call 619-795-3800 or visit

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This mural is as historic as the Callan Hotel Gaslamp Landmarks Sandee Wilhoit As the days get warmer and summer approaches, many San Diegans begin to seek outdoor entertainment. There are the beaches, Old Town, water parks, and of course, the world-famous San Diego Zoo. However, many San Diegans don’t know that the first “zookeeper” in San Diego was a colorful businessman and barkeep in the Downtown Gaslamp District. His name was Tillman Burns, or Till for short. Till first owned the Phoenix, a drinking establishment on Fifth Avenue and K Street, but then decided to move further uptown to Fifth and Island avenues, where he set about opening the Acme, a most elegant saloon and billiards parlor. The first building on this property was a wooden structure owned by William Llewelyn, who purchased the property from Alonzo Horton in 1869. He added a pump and well the following year for fire prevention. The well was of little help, as the building burned down in 1877. Mr. Llewelyn then constructed a brick building on the site. This sturdy, but not architecturally significant edifice, had two storefronts, the larger one on the corner facing Fifth Avenue. It was to this site that Till Burns and his menagerie arrived. Till’s menagerie, which he began assembling at the Phoenix, consisted of tropical birds of every sort, numerous primates, an iguana, tarantula spiders, a porcupine and a rather ill-tempered bear named Bruin, which he chained outside. It was Till’s belief that these exotic creatures would tempt customers to come into his saloon. His saloon was described in the city directory as containing reading rooms, an elegant bar, reception rooms, a

The Callan Hotel: San Diego’s first ‘zoo’ 1878 Three Story Brick Structure 502 Fifth Ave. Architects: Stannard & Layman (1913): Additional Two Stories

Mural is as historic as the Callan Hotel

The Callan Hotel has a rich history (Photos by Sandee Whilhoit) billiard parlor and magnificent oil paintings. Additionally, there was a cabinet of curiosities from all over the world and newspapers from all the large Eastern cities. For those who were desirous of feminine company, colorfully dressed ladies drifted in and out of the back rooms, while the finest liquors were served freely at the bar. Unfortunately, Till was often cited in the newspapers for serving liquor without a license and keeping his bar open after midnight. Things became really difficult for Till when his bear purportedly bit off most of Constable Wilbur’s nose. The lawman, whom many said was quite handsome, ran down the street to the doctor, who told him that anyone who was foolish enough to stick his face up to a bear deserved to get bitten. With that, the doctor turned him away, as there was nothing he felt he could do. The local populace now demanded that Mr. Burns get rid of his zoo, so Till turned them loose at the edge of town. Till Burns ran the Acme until his death in 1904, at which time his son, also named Till, took over. Till Jr. ran the saloon until 1909. The property continued to be run as a saloon until 1914 by Louis Strada and A. Costanzi, who purchased the building from William Llewelyn, and added the upper two stories. Strada and Costanzi also ran the adjoining storefront as a saloon and a speakeasy during Prohibition until 1926. As the Asian community was becoming more commercially active, the Nippon Company gained control of the larger storefront in 1914, and ultimately purchased the property in 1926. The Nippon Company, an import business, used the storefront as their sales outlet and headquarters. The upstairs

was run as the Hotel Pacific. It provided furnished rooms and office space for a variety of businesses — all Japanese. The Japanese Association of San Diego County, additionally, had their offices at the Pacific. In 1941, under the direction of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, all Japanese were sent to internment camps and the property was seized by the bank. The San Diego Federal Savings and Loan Company became owner and reopened the hotel in 1943 under the name of Hotel Callan, which it retains to this day. During the early part of the Gaslamp restoration, a colorful and historically themed mural adorned the Island Avenue side of the building. Created by Heidi Hardin, the mural featured an idyllic scene of El Monte Park in Lakeside at the turn of the last century. The 9-foot-tall figures, each representing a Gaslamp pioneer, appear as if they are getting their picture taken. Among the characters are Tom Hom, Wayne Donaldson, Dan Pearson, Kit Goldman, Mario Torero, also an accomplished artist, Larry Nichols, Ben Parish and the artist herself! Ms. Hardin’s mural was the largest of the five commissioned by the Gaslamp Mural Project, which selected five artists from 71 applicants to adorn five sites in the Gaslamp. In completing her work, she recruited some of the local residents of the Fifth Avenue Rescue Mission. A local Carl’s Jr. restaurant donated 80 hamburgers, Hardin bought the french fries and anyone who wanted to paint was put to work. Now, an accomplished artist with her own gallery in San Francisco, Ms. Hardin credits her start as an artist to the mural project. Her latest endeavor is “The Human Family/A Walk Through Paradise,” which incorporates seven rooms and an elaborate stained-glass dome as a focal point. The Callan is currently a low-income, single-room occupancy residence on the upper two stories, and a restaurant, Sab Lai Thai, on the street level. The Blarney Stone, a tavern, occupies the smaller adjoining storefront. —Sandee Wilhoit is the historian and lead tour guide for the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. She can be reached at

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NEWS BRIEFS economy and our neighborhoods to co-exist and gives everyone clarity moving forward. I look forward to working with the City Council on passing these proposed regulations.” As per the proposal, a maximum of two licenses can be given to a host. Regulations would require a three-night minimum stay for Downtown communities and units with five or greater bedrooms must obtain a Neighborhood Use Permit from the Development Services Department. Additionally, if adopted, the proposal would implement a hotline or mobile application for residents to report violations and police and code enforcement officers to address them. “The San Diego Police Department will work hand-in-hand with Code Enforcement Officers to ensure active and proper enforcement of the proposed regulations,” said Assistant Police Chief Albert Guaderrama in a press release. “These new rules will allow us to keep nuisance properties in check and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.” The City Council will consider this proposal at a hearing on Tuesday, July 16 at noon. To read more, visit


Assemblyman Todd Gloria introduces Gloria Bill

Back in June, a Native American student at El Capitan High School in Lakeside couldn’t wear an eagle feather, a Native American symbol, at his high school graduation ceremony. In response to that situation and others across the country, District 78 Assemblyman Todd Gloria has authored the Gloria Bill or AB 1248, with support from the American Civil Liberties Union, California Teachers Association, California Tribal Business Alliance, National Association of Social Workers California Chapter and 16 tribal nations. To read the full text of AB 1248 visit

MTS Trolley wins national award

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has earned the top safety award from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) for its AnticipateRecognize-Take Action! (ART) campaign. The campaign has received praise for eliminating trolley accidents caused from illegal left turns from motorists — going from 10 accidents to zero in the 17 months after ART was implemented. “Being recognized at the national level is great, but eliminating Trolley accidents

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The Little Italy Wednesday Market launches this month Little Italy News Christopher Gomez The San Diego food community, residents and visitors have another chance to shop for local produce and goods in Little Italy a the brand new weekly farmers market, the Little Italy Wednesday Market, which is set to open this month on Wednesday, July 18. The Little Italy Wednesday Market will occupy three blocks on W. Date Street between Kettner Boulevard and State Street — activating the newly opened Piazza della Famiglia. The new market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. year-round. Created to be the destination “where the chefs shop,” the Little Italy Wednesday Market will provide local chefs and restaurants a midweek market to give them plenty of time to shop for local produce and ingredients to craft their menu specials for the upcoming

weekend. The Little Italy Wednesday Market will also serve the thousands of residents, employees and visitors of Little Italy by providing another opportunity for shoppers to shop local and support local farmers and food-makers. “As chefs and restaurants in San Diego plan and prepare their farm-to-table menus for the weekend, they will now be able to shop for local produce and ingredients directly from dedicated farmers and food-makers right in their backyard, which creates a huge benefit for the farmers” said Catt Fields White, Little Italy Mercato and Wednesday Market manager. “Like the successful midweek morning market in Santa Monica, we think Little Italy’s central location, high traffic of visitors and residents and abundance of restaurants makes it the perfect location to launch this new farmers market. We’re looking forward to providing this convenient avenue for chefs and the community who desire a reliable source of farm fresh,

healthy food in the middle of the week.” Similar to the treasured Little Italy Mercato, the yearround Little Italy Wednesday Market will offer a selection of farm-fresh produce, pastured eggs, poultry, meat, fish and more brought to the neighborhood by California farmers, fisherman and artisan food-makers. While shoppers are perusing the Little Italy Wednesday Market’s offerings, they will also be able to enjoy live music on select street corners — adding to the authentic Italian ambience of the Little Italy atmosphere. To stay connected with Little Italy, check out what’s going on in the neighborhood by following us on Instagram and Twitter: @LittleItalySD and Facebook: LittleItalySD. To learn more about the Little Italy Wednesday Market and Little Italy Association, visit —Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at

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Strangers among us — Little Italy during wartime

Little Italy Heritage Tom Cesarini [Editor’s note: The Convivio “Now and Again” series comprises oral hitories from Italian community members. In this excerpt from an interview with Fran Marline Stephenson, Fran discusses a dynamic experienced by many ItalianAmericans during World War II.] The war was getting really heavy, and a man in an officer's uniform came to our door. He said, “I have some papers here, and I want you to read these. You have to leave your home and go to Oklahoma, and you're going to go into a concentration camp. We're going to take all the people who live near the waterfront because you're too dangerous.” I said, “I don't understand why we're dangerous. My brother is in the Navy. I worked in an aircraft plant. And you're telling me that you're gonna put me in a camp with a bunch of people? I'm not a foreigner.” He said, “Well, your father doesn't have second papers.” I said, “I'll fix that, but don't tell me you're gonna take me out of my house. And who do you think you are, coming here and telling me … this is my country.” I just tore into him, that poor soul. And he just looked at me. He said, “All right, all right, don't get excited.” And I said, “Excited? I'm furious to think that my government would come and tell me that they're gonna put

my family in a concentration camp. Shame on them.” He said, “Well, I'll give you a month. If your father can write his name and go get his second papers, we'll forgive you for that.” And we got out a big sheet of paper, and I gave my father a pencil and said, “You're gonna write your name.” He said, “What? I can't.” I said, “You're gonna learn, starting tonight.” And his hands were so thick because he pulled in [fishing] nets all the time that he couldn't bend them. I put a pencil in his hand and I said, “Okay, now I'm gonna show you.” I took his hand and I said, “Federico.” I wrote, “Federico.” “Now you write it by yourself.” And very slowly he copied it. He looked at it for a while and he said, “That's my name?” I said, “Yes, Pa, that's your name.” He said, “I've never seen my name written before.” And so it was about four months later, we had to go to court, and all kinds of people were going there to get their last papers. But they had to learn to say, “The Constitution of the United States.” So we practiced it and we practiced it. “Pa, today we're going and you have to tell the judge, say, ‘The Constitution of the United States.’” Well, I didn't know what he'd kept in his head. But he got up in front of him and the judge said, “Mr. Marline, can you say, ‘The Constitution of the United States?’” And he goes, “Lo conna-sta-too-shon,” and that's all he said, “Lo conna-sta-too-shon.” And the judge pounded his gavel and said,

Fran Marline in 1942 sits on the fender of her first car, a Chevy Club Coupe, which she purchased with her brother. (Courtesy of Fran Marline Stephenson.)

“That's okay — at least you tried.” And he got his second papers. And he was so overwhelmed, he said, “Gee, just think, I'm an American citizen now.” He was so proud. And even before he had his papers given to him, every flag day we used to have a little flag, and he'd put that outside the window — he had a little stand for it, let everybody know that he believed in this country. And what I learned in my lifetime in Little Italy was being different, and yet the same. We're all the same people, we're just different color, but we're still the same people.

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Mayhem and marriage

Theater Review Jean Lowerison Magic, mischief, mayhem and (promised) marriage are just some of the elements of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” playing through July 22 at The Old Globe’s outdoor Festival Theatre.

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the magician Prospera. Burton is a wonder to watch, with her fine delivery and command of the text. She is also an engaging presence in a part that is often played with an off-putting, angry attitude. Since “The Tempest” is largely about theater, set designer Alexander Dodge has put a theater in the center of his dual-level stage, complete with seats and a revolving slanted stage. But because several other sites — such as Prospera’s cell, (l to r) Nora Carroll as Miranda and Kate Burton as Prospera in “The Tempest,” by William Shakespeare. (Photos by Jim Cox) an island and a shipwreck — are called for, he smartly leaves meeting, she’s convinced the a good deal to the audience’s two are meant for each other. imagination. Dowling has assembled a Runs through July 22 Prospera, the dethroned sterling cast, with nary a weak Duke of Milan, has spent the link. Sam Avishay and Nora The Old Globe last 12 years stranded on an Carroll are adorable as the Lowell Davies isolated island with her young young lovers Ferdinand and Festival Theatre daughter Miranda, after being Miranda. 1363 Old Globe Way deposed and left there to die by It’s not a Shakespeare play Balboa Park her ambitious brother Antonio without fools; “The Tempest” and his friend Alonso, King gives us drunken butler Tuesday through Sunday; of Naples. Fortunately, the elStephano (Robert Dorfman) 8 p.m. derly lord Gonzala made sure and jester Trinculo (Andrew Prospera had provisions, inWeems). A more amusing pair Tickets: 619-234-5623 cluding her prized books. She’s would be difficult to find. or been studying magic and has René Thornton Jr. and become quite proficient at it. Daniel Ian Joeck are truly deGonzala is another role writ- spicable as the villains Antonio plots, the ending of “The ten for a man. Here it’s played and Sebastian. Alonso (Robert Tempest” is a bit of a surprise: very well and with exceptional Foxworth), who was also in on After working the necessary compassion by Lizan Mitchell. the plot to unseat Prospera, at magic, Prospera assembles all The second subplot involves least has the decency to repent the parties — even the plotters Prospero’s brother Antonio and late in the play. — and forgives everyone for Alonso’s brother Sebastian, Manoel Felciano is exceleverything. “The rarer action who conspire to kill Alonso and lent as the saddest character, is in virtue than in vengeance,” Gonzalo so that Sebastian can Prospera’s deformed servant she says. become King of Naples. This Caliban. Wouldn’t it be nice if we requires more magic, this time Philippe Bowgen, who made mere mortals took a leaf from by Ariel. his Globe debut last year as her playbook? The third subplot is the roPicasso in “Picasso at the mance between Miranda and Lapin Agile,” makes a ter—Jean Lowerison is a Alonso’s son Ferdinand, whose rific — and amazingly agile long-standing member of the dad thought he’d died in the — Ariel. San Diego Theatre Critics storm. When Prospera engiAfter all the negativity of Circle and can be reached at neers and observes their first usurpation, storms and murder

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The Living Fashion Show Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro The Living Fashion show was held at the Civita Park Amphitheatre in Mission Valley on June 30. American Cancer Society Ambassador, Tanya Lamons, hosted this picture-perfect afternoon and Kevin Davison was the Master of Ceremonies. All of the models for the fashion show were cancer survivors, cancer fighters, and caregivers. For the first segment, designs by Golden Rule Boutique came down the red carpet, with models wearing fair trade garments. These trendy handmade designs are ethically made. Next down the runway came the tie-dye garments from The Jungle Hippie Boutique. Jacky M in Southern California uses a vegan-silk substitute — hand-dyed in in a professional dye house — to handmake these wearable art designs. The finale highlighted the styles of past Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD) 12-time winner A’doreus. Sharlene Borromeo

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specializes in hand-making garments that fit women’s curves. These plus size pieces are made from woven garments rather than knits and illustrate a very artistic designer with a unique flair. Guests were treated to socially responsible pop-up shops that were coordinated by Leilani Angel of Style Sorbet. She featured brands that were mindful of people, animals and the planet. Threads Worldwide was also there with jewelry from different countries around the world. Personally, I loved her Zopata Necklace and the Fresia Bracelet from Ecuador. The beads were made from Tagua seeds. Another unique item was the Tenikara Bracelet from Ethiopia. This resilient bracelet is from the Warrior Collection with beads made from bullet casings. Melek Silver Co. was one of the fair-trade vendors with handmade jewelry. Buddha Bracelets by Ziur were amazing. Malia Designs brought stylish upcycle cotton messenger bags. Andrea Nasser from The Kolective was on hand to show handmade items by artisans in Benin. Each purchase

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Model shows off garments by The Golden Rule Boutique (Photos by Diana Cavagnarao)

helps students in Benin with educational scholarships. Reiki Master, Dawn Lambert, was on hand to show off her Shakti Embodiment Collection. They are one-of-a-kind adornments with crystals and semiprecious


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stones that help raise your energetic vibration. In the field of Health, Beauty and Wellness Network, many businesses attended such as the Kehau Rebolledo from A Touch of Aloha Sanctuary offered chair massage services for everyone. Downtown-based Haz Adiguzel from Sagency Wellness, an Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist, was on hand to talk with guests about his business in Cortez Hill. For those with a sweet tooth, there were yummy vegan treats from Maya’s Cookies. Scorch showed off its vegan-friendly lip products made in California. Makeup and hair was provided by San Diego City College Cosmetology Department. This event gave fabulous raffle prizes including a beautiful African-inspired dress, handbag, and necklace from Raidah Designs. 100 percent of ticket sales were donated to the San Diego Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

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●● Thursday, July 19 – 4th Annual Her Universe Fashion Show At San Diego Comic-Con, designers will compete for a chance to design a collection for Hot Topic. The event is located at Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, hosted by Ashley Eckstein and features a panel of celebrity judges. Guests need a Comic-Con badge to attend. ●● Saturday August 4 – 41st Haute with Heart Fashion Show The event will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Proceeds go to St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center. For tickets, call Julie Rausch at 619-442-5129. —Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned couture milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at

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Youth Sports Diplomacy Program for young women By SDCNN Staff This month, the San Diego Diplomacy Council (SDDC) is launching its first Youth Sports Diplomacy Program for young women in San Diego county. As part of the program, the SDDC is taking 25 female coaches and volleyball players from the Exodus Social Justice Volleyball Club — an organization that provides coaching to underprivileged youth — to Vietnam and Laos. “We are excited to partner with Exodus Social Justice Volleyball Club to take local players from Mater Dei [Santa Ana] and the Monarch School [San Diego], many whom would not have the financial means or opportunity to travel, to serve as these cultural ambassadors,” said Fabienne Perlov, executive director of the SDDC. “The program will involve volleyball matches with local teams in Vietnam and Laos, as well as cultural and leadership experiences.” Those experiences include a trip to KOTO, a Vietnamese restaurant that employs and

trains at-risk-youth, and a boat ride to Laos to teach volleyball and bring donations to villagers. This is part of a larger cultural exchange program called Adaptive Sports for Social Change, organized by the SDDC partnered with the National Ability Center and funded through the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs’ Sports Diplomacy division. In exchange, teams from Vietnam and Laos will spend a week in San Diego in December. “In addition to playing volleyball, we hope to take our visitors to a university volleyball match, to tour the Olympic training center, to see the cultural sites of San Diego, and to stay with host families for a weekend to experience the life of a San Diegan,” Perlov said. “We also hope to connect them with our local Vietnamese and Lao community groups.” For more information about the SDDC or Youth Sports Diplomacy Program, visit

Local students take a first bite of local Vietnamese food as the first Youth Sports Diplomacy Program for young women in San Diego county take a trip to Laos. (Courtesy of San Diego Diplomacy Council)

Opening LGBTQ exhibits celebrate Pride Out of the Archives Archives Staff Just in time for Pride, two major exhibits are opening to celebrate the LGBTQ community of San Diego. Opening July 5 at the Women’s Museum in Liberty Station is “Women of Pride,” celebrating queer women of San Diego. Many of the items, photos and videos on display come from the collections of Lambda Archives. Among the items on loan will be Gloria Johnson’s Susan B. Anthony Award from NOW, the original Pride flag that flew at University and Normal, the sign from Paradigm (a women’s bookstore), and a few lesbian-themed pulp fiction books that were considered racy in their day. On July 8, the San Diego History Center will open

its large exhibit. “LGBTQ+ SD: Stories of Struggles and Triumphs” will be the most expansive celebration of local LGBTQ history ever mounted in San Diego. Photos, videos, and a wide array of memorabilia will greet visitors. But the first thing that will catch their eye is the brilliantly lit, giant rainbow flag draped above the atrium. This is the flag that was carried for years in the Pride Parade and was hung from the California Tower in Balboa Park after the Supreme Court upheld marriage equality. The flag is on loan from San Diego Pride. The Archives provided most of the material for the exhibit and the sleuthing on the part of its staff uncovered hidden treasures and it was arranged for them to be borrowed by the SDHC. Educational programs created in conjunction with the San Diego Unified School District,

Gloria Johnson’s Susan B. Anthony Award which will be on display in the Women’s Museum (Photo by Walter G. Meyer)

Pride, The Center, and community leaders. Other events including several of Lambda Archives Out at the Archives panels will take place at the museum and since the exhibit will likely be up for 18 months, there is time for the public to have input on what topics should be covered. Part of the documentary, “San Diego’s Gay Bar History,” written, produced and directed by Paul Detwiler for KPBS, will play on a loop. A good deal of the research for the film was done at the Archives at the same time that work was being done for the SDHC exhibit so it was a natural blending of these two important manifestations of LGBTQ community history. The bar documentary debuted at FilmOut and is now available to stream on the KPBS website. Senator Christine Kehoe and local businessman Robert Gleason spearheaded the

Photos being readied for the “LGBTQ+ SD: Stories of Struggles and Triumphs” exhibit (Photo courtesy of SDHC) Archives fundraising committee to provide money for the SDHC exhibit with help of generous supporters and some corporations. Already people

Love photos, a collection being readied for the“LGBTQ+ SD: Stories of Struggles and Triumphs” exhibit (Photo courtesy of SDHC)

are offering to sponsor buses to bring students to learn about the rich diversity of San Diego.

see LGBTQ exhibit, pg 23

The rainbow flag in the atrium of the San Diego History Center (Photo by Walter G. Meyer)






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IMAX ‘Great Barrier Reef’

The West Coast premiere of the IMAX film, “Great Barrier Reef,” is kicking off in the Fleet Science Center’s Heikoff Giant Dome Theater on Friday, July 6. The film is narrated by Australian actor Eric Bana and celebrates ecosystems and the “citizen science” movement. Times vary, July 6-26. The Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado.




Nat Talk: The New Nature Movement with Richard Louv

Journalist and author Richard Louv is presenting a talk




Did you know that fat people are paid $1.25 less per hour than their thin counterparts? Did you know that one in three doctors associates fat bodies with hostility, dishonesty and poor hygiene? Directed by Lindsey Averill and Viridiana Lieberman, “Fattitude” is a film that looks at how fat people are shamed and ridiculed in our culture. Catch a screening as part of the Summer Film Series at ArcLight Cinemas held in partnership by Women in Entertainment and ArcLight Cinemas. $17.50. 7:30 p.m. Arclight Cinemas, La Jolla. 4425 La Jolla Village Drive.




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Crowd Mentoring for Editors and Writers

The San Diego Professional Editors Network (SD/PEN) is holding a crowd mentoring program for editors and writers. As part of the informal meeting, there will be an open Q&A session for participants to ask a group of experienced editors and writers questions about topics such as marketing successes, productivity tips, social media activity, bid sites, professional development and online and offline resources. Refreshments will be served. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the San Diego County Health Services Complex, 3851 Rosecrans St. Free for SD/PEN members and $10 for nonmembers. RSVP by July 18 to






San Diego Youth Symphony

The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory is presenting its 14th annual International Youth Symphony performance on Tuesday, July 24 as a free concert at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. 6:30 p.m. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, 2125 Pan American Road East.




National Carousel Day

In celebration of National Carousel Day, the Balboa Park carousel is offering free rides all day plus face painting, music and food. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1889 Zoo Place.


Free Therapeutic & Recreational Day Cap for Children with Craniofacial Differences



San Diego nonprofit ConnectMed International is hosting Camp Cosmos, San Diego Rooftop Cinema Club: County’s first free Therapeu‘Romeo & Juliet’ tic & Recreational Day Camp The Rooftop Cinema Club, for Children with Craniofa- located outside on the tercial Differences. The camp race of the Manchester will be facilitated by child Grand Hyatt, is showing and family therapists, nurses “Romeo & Juliet” starring and specialists who will host a young Leonardo DiCapself-esteem-building activities rio, under the stars. Tickets and team-building activities. include four hours of comThere will also be giant inflat- plimentary parking with a ables, archery courses, face purchase of food or drink (expainting and other carnival cluding popcorn and candy.) favorites. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at 18-plus. $17-$24 per person. Camp CaHiTo in Balboa Park. Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 3101 Balboa Drive. Market Place.

RECURRING EVENTS ‘Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax’

From Monday, July 2 through Aug. 12, “Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax” will be playing at the Old Globe Theater. The Lorax tells the story about the dangers of overconsumption through vivid colors and an imaginative story line. Soft Truffula trees are found to be a good ingredient for a new garment and when demand sparks, the trees start to become extinct. That’s when The Lorax comes in to save the day. Children under 3 years old are not permitted. Ticket prices and showtimes vary. The Old Globe Theater, Balboa Park, 1363 Old Globe Way.

‘The Tempest’

The Old Globe 2018 Shakespeare Festival production of “The Tempest,” directed by Joe Downling, will be playing through July 22 at The Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. The play shares the story of Prospera, the Duchess of Milan (played by Kate Burton), who lives on a desert island after being exiled by her wicked brother. She lives with her daughter Miranda and when she tries to lure her enemies to the island to plot revenge, she must choose between Miranda’s happiness and her anger. Times vary. Tickets start at $30. Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way.


NEWS BRIEFS speaks volumes about our commitment to safety,” said Paul Jablonski, MTS chief executive officer in a press release. “Downtown is a growing community and the ART campaign is a remarkable success. MTS Trolley operators should take pride in this accomplishment, as should our Rail Safety Department. They proactively identified the challenges, developed a comprehensive training program and worked collaboratively to get positive results.” Key elements of ART included installing lane delineators and signs at eight intersections along Park Boulevard and C Street and starting a defensive driving program for train operators focused Downtown. For more information, visit

Yes! For a Better San Diego

A coalition of businesses, labor organizations and homelessness advocates in support of Yes! For a Better San Diego gathered over 100,000 signatures in an effort to put a deal


LGBTQ EXHIBIT As a way of promoting the exhibitions and getting people interested in their history, on Monday July 25, Urban MO’s hosted their theme trivia night with questions of local LGBTQ history provided by Lambda Archives. Teams from St. Paul’s Episcopal, SheFest, the Gay Men’s Chorus, and Stonewall Citizens Patrol, among many other groups as well as teams composed of individuals-at-large, competed for some great prizes and purchased hundreds of dollars worth of raffle tickets provided by local businesses and books signed by the Archives’ Historian in Residence, Lillian Faderman. Professor Faderman curated the SDHC exhibit. The Democrats for Equality team included Senator Christine Kehoe who has made so much local history that she was an answer to one of the questions. Lambda Archives’ next walking tour is scheduled for Sunday, July 29, at 11 a.m.

freeing up available land for a San Diego Convention Center expansion on the November ballot. “We are excited to have passed the 100,000 signature mark and are proud of the enthusiastic support we have received from voters as we work to address three of San Diego’s most urgent needs – reducing homelessness, fixing city streets and creating thousands of new, permanent jobs. We are on pace to meet our goal of submitting our signatures by midJune to qualify for the ballot in November,” said Campaign Manager Chris Wahl in a press release. For more information about the coalition, visit their Facebook page at

New international affairs facility at the San Diego International Airport

On June 28, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority partnered with officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Turner|PCL Joint Venture for a ribbon-cutting in celebration of a new 130,000-square-foot International Arrivals facility Participants can learn even more of their LGBTQ history, so it will also make a good accompaniment to the exhibits. More walking tours are being planned in conjunction with the History Center and Women’s Museum. The Women’s Museum is located at 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, in Liberty Station. Admission is $5, $3 for students and seniors and Museum members are free. The San Diego History Center is nestled in the heart of Balboa Park at 1649 El Prado, in the same building as the Museum of Photographic Arts and the Model Railroad Museum. There is no set admission fee, but it is suggested that visitors donate $10 for entry. —Lambda Archives, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to collecting, preserving and teaching the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in San Diego and the Northern Baja California region, is located at 4545 Park Blvd., in University Heights. To learn more, stop in or visit their website at

The original Pride flag from Normal Street, stored in its box at the Archives. (Photo by Walter G. Meyers)

at terminal two of the San Diego International Airport. The new facility was created to accommodate the increase from 50,000 to 400,000 international passengers a year between 1990 and 2017. “As airlines look to add to their international networks, it is vital we have adequate facilities readily available to compete and attract new air service,” said Kimberly Becker, Airport Authority president/ CEO in a press release. “With twice the number of international gates, the latest technologies, and an expanded baggage claim and passenger wait area, this new facility ensures we are equipped to provide a world-class experience for international passengers arriving into San Diego.”

San Diego Downtown News | July 2018 The new facility is five times larger than the previous facility and will also feature new facial recognition technologies for arriving international flights. Its total cost is an estimated $229.4 million. It will serve British Airways, Edelweiss Air, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines. For more information, visit Airport-Projects/FIS.

Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department Officer of the Year

The Port of the San Diego Harbor Police Department named 12-year Harbor Police veteran Corporal Ramirez as its 2018 Officer of the Year.


The award is given annually for exceptional service and teamwork. Corporal Ramirez has been a detective on the Investigations and Intelligence Unit for the past five years and helped close many significant investigations, including an attempted stabbing and carjacking. Additionally, he is a field training officer and member of the Harbor Police Dive Team. “His tenacity and commitment to conducting thorough investigations gets results and makes him the kind of leader we’re proud to have on our force,” said Harbor Police Chief Mark Stainbrook in a press release. For more information about the Port of San Diego, visit


San Diego Downtown News | July 2018

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