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Cartoonist Matt Wuerker parodies the two 2016 Democratic candidates in “Bernie’s Food Truck,” part of SDSU School of Art and Design’s Downtown Gallery exhibition. (Courtesy the artist and Politico)

The politics of cartooning

Knocking around the ballpark

Downtown exhibition features presidential candidates through the years

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By Alex Owens Since it’s an election year, some of San Diego State’s faculty and students are hoping lovers of cartoons and politics check out its newest exhibit at its Downtown gallery. Starting June 23, the SDSU Downtown Gallery — located at 725 W. Broadway and managed by the university’s School of Art and Design

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The power of Mozart

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‘Prodigy’ the focus of this year’s festival By Charlene Baldridge

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Want to discover more about Mozart’s music and genius? Genius doesn’t grow on trees. Neither does prodigy. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most prolific and profoundly influential composers who ever lived — he would have had his 260th birthday in January — was both genius and prodigy. By the age of 5, he was playing keyboard and violin like a master and

— will be devoted to a new exhibit, “Party Lines: The History, Art, and Politics of Editorial Cartoons.” The exhibition focuses on political cartoons made during presidential years from today, back to the early part of the 20th century. The candidates being caricatured differ depending on the year, but some things remain the same, according to Chantal Paul, the gallery’s program coordinator. “There are some cartoons from the 1980s where they are talking about equal pay for

see CARTOONING, pg 11

If San Diegans are still considering “going solar” this year, they only have about a month left to get their installation complete and certified in order to see the absolute best return on their investment, but thanks to the state’s public utilities commission, solar in California is surely here to stay. Changes to how residential rooftop solar customers are billed, however, will take place as compromise. Assembly Bill 327 (AB327), which Governor Brown signed into law last October, goes into effect soon, once the number of solar installations within the public utility’s territory reach a cap — pre-determined at 5 percent of the utility’s peak capacity — which is expected to happen mid-July in San Diego. Other areas of the state have until July 1, 2017 to reach the cap in their territories.

see SOLAR, pg 21

performing before the crowned heads of Europe, thanks to his father, a promoter par excellence. The talents of Mozart’s sister, Nannerl, were also prodigious and like Wolfgang, she composed as well. She traveled with her father and brother for a time, but it was unseemly for a girl to perform in public when she showed signs of becoming a woman, so Nannerl was retired very early. That was lucky for us, because Wolfgang wrote frequently to her from the road, and those letters were preserved. In his second year as music director of San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival (June 2-18, subtitled “An Exploration of

see MOZART, pg 14

Prodigy Ethan Bortnick, age 15, will perform June 17. (Courtesy Mainly Mozart Festival)


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‘Knocking’ it out of the park Downtown business expands its reach with the Padres

25,000 pairs of custom #Friarknocks sunglasses, like these from 2013, will be given out to Padres fans June 17. (Photo by Donald Gould) By Tori Hahn

see KNOCKING, pg 14

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Local company Knockaround Sunglasses maintains a special relationship with the San Diego Padres baseball club; so much so, that on June 17, when the Padres take on the Washington Nationals, Knockaround will give away thousands of pairs of their custom Padres-themed sunglasses with the official team logo. This is Knockaround’s fifth annual promotional giveaway day at Petco Park. The retro-colored brown sunglasses will be rewarded to the first

25,000 fans that enter the stadium that day. Located just blocks away from Petco Park on Commercial Street in Sherman Heights, Knockaround Sunglasses was first launched in 2005, while Adam Moyer, Knockaround’s founder and an East Coast native, was still a grad student at UC San Diego. Now 11 years later, Moyer said he never imagined the local success and celebrity attention his company would come to earn. Knockaround’s signature brand of sunglasses are their

“Fort Knocks,” which are based on Ray Ban’s Wayfarer-style frame, but over the years alternative frame styles and lens options have emerged and today the company boasts more than 10 models with over 100 styles. In addition, they design dozens of limited-edition models throughout the year, such as the pair for the Padres, which are appropriately called, #Friarknocks. “What separates us now are the collaborations that we do and the special projects that we do,” Moyer said. “[With the Padres], we wanted to put down some roots in San Diego and let the local community know this is a San Diego company.” The company, which makes most of its sales through its online presence, began its relationship with the Padres as a result of sending a simple email to the organization in 2010, Moyer said. The Padres were receptive, and that first year they participated in a giveaway of 10,000 #Friarknocks sunglasses. Every year since, their relationship has grown. “We just wanted to find a way that we could have a presence at all the Padres games or most of the Padres games,” Moyer said. “[The Padres] had the foresight to say we’re going to start small with this company and we’re going to

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By Jack Beresford Editor’s Note: This article was previously published in the San Diego Community College District’s WE: With Excellence magazine. Republished with permission. San Diego City College has planted the seeds to meet a growing demand for sustainable agriculture, thanks to a burgeoning program that is preparing the next generation of farmers. At the core of the Sustainable Urban Agriculture program is Seeds@City Urban Farm, which comprises three plots totaling about an acre on which everything from sunflowers and Swiss chard to basil and green onions are grown. Students manage the planting, harvesting, advertising and pricing of the produce. “This is not backyard gardening,” said Dr. Minou Spradley, dean of the engineering and technologies, mathematics, sciences, and nursing schools. “The farms are our outdoor classrooms in a program developed to train students for jobs in the agricultural industry, which is one of the biggest employers in the state of California.” The program, which offers three certificates and one Associate of Science degree, is undergoing unprecedented growth and may soon expand. Erin McConnell, a City College assistant professor of agriculture and the sustainable agriculture program manager, was recently

A student at Seeds@City Urban Farm (Courtesy SDCCD) hired as the program’s first fulltime faculty member. Courses are becoming more rigorous and administrators are developing a “transfer model curriculum” to provide graduates of the City College program priority in applying to California State University campuses that offer bachelor’s degrees in agriculture. “This is a pretty exciting time for us in the program,” McConnell said. “There’s a whole shift in the way people see food right now and that’s led to a resurgent interest in agriculture.”

Some produce is sold to students, faculty, staff, and community members at a farm stand near 16th and C streets. Dean Spradley said the program is also working toward providing a portion of the harvest to the campus food pantry. “It’s really among the finest fresh produce you’ll find in San Diego,” said Paul Sommers, a City College adjunct professor who teaches a direct marketing class.

see GROWING, pg 4





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More than meets the eye A recent renovation enhances the Downtown skyline and more By Dave Fidlin After an extensive remodel that spanned two years to complete, the wraps were recently taken off of San Diego Square, a 156-unit apartment complex located Downtown and geared toward seniors in need of affordable housing. However, the sprucing up of that 12-story building on Ninth Avenue only tells half of the story. Officials from several local agencies have been touting a long-term agreement that ensures the site will remain a spot for low-income housing for more than half a century. Before a glee-filled ribbon-cutting ceremony took place in mid-April, to commemorate the official reopening of San Diego Square to its existing elderly tenants, there were a number of moving pieces that were necessary to guarantee the development’s long-term viability. The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) and its nonprofit affiliate, Housing Development Partnership, purchased San Diego Square in 2014 from a local entity, the Kind Corp. As part of that deal, the city of San Diego received a one-time lease payment in the amount of $4 million. One of the more notable aspects of the purchase price and the agreement between SDHC and the city is its duration. A clause in the document specifies San Diego Square must offer what has been described as “affordable” rents for the next 55 years. The terminology puts weight on San Diego’s overall median income. Michael Pavco, vice president of SDHC’s real estate division, said talks of taking oversight of San Diego Square began in 2012, when officials within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approached the agency. “We had been asked to participate in San Diego Square’s next chapter,” said Pavco, who described himself as being


GROWING City College student Kris Monterroso spent a recent afternoon bunching fresh-picked greens from the main farm near the Saville Theatre. “This is an incredible program,” said the former Navy corpsman, who plans to transfer to San Diego State University before starting a career in the field of sustainable agriculture. “It’s all hands-on.” The program evolved when a group of City College professors decided to create a farm on campus in the heart of San Diego’s East Village for the purpose of supporting the campus community, as well as an apprenticeship program. In 2010, the Sustainable Urban Agriculture program

“heavily involved” in the overhaul during a recent interview with Downtown News. “There was some financial restructuring that occurred as we set the next course.” The San Diego chapter of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, more commonly referred to as LISC, stepped in to provide a $7.9 million loan to SDHC. The funds, in turn, helped shepherd forward both the acquisition of the property and its subsequent remodel. In a statement, Edward Lopez, executive director of LISC San Diego, laid out the reasons why his organization wanted to partner with SDHC and make certain the property remained a spot for seniors with low incomes. “As recent studies have shown, San Diego County remains a very expensive place to live, and maintaining San Diego Square as an affordable housing complex is a huge win for the city,” Lopez said. With long-term objectives in place, SDHC and its nonprofit partner have set in motion a tiered plan for eligibility requirements now that the property has reopened its doors. Seventy-eight percent, or 122 of San Diego Square’s 156 units, are being reserved for persons aged 62 and up with annual incomes in the ballpark of $40,800. The remaining 34 units have been designated for seniors with incomes of approximately $34,000 per year. As for the modifications to San Diego Square, Pavco said the project entailed “a complete, top-to-bottom renovation.” Reflecting the period it was constructed in during the late 1970s, San Diego Square had a heavy, brown-colored motif and offered minimal interior lighting. That scheme was turned on its head, Pavco said, as construction crews revamped the exterior with a new bright-colored façade and added windows to each apartment unit. “There’s been an intention to blend in with the fabric of the neighborhood in the East Village,” Pavco said. “Part of

The original building was long overdue for an upgrade when SDHC took it over in 2014. (Courtesy San Diego Housing Commission)

San Diego Square after its recent renovation. (Courtesy San Diego Housing Commission) that involved floor-to-ceiling “There were a number of glass walls and a lot of painting.” agencies involved in this, and As part of the remodel, each we all worked together,” he said. unit received new cabinets, “It’s been a great collaboration.” countertops and other ameniSan Diego Square is not ties. Crews also touched up arthe only Downtown-based eas such as the building’s pool affordable-housing facility. and recreation areas. Others include such nearby Pavco conceded that the properties as the Celadon, at new long-term contract at San Ninth Avenue and Broadway, Diego Square is merely a drop and Hotel Churchill, at in the bucket in addressing the Ninth Avenue and C Street. city’s needs regarding affordThe latter, also under the able housing. But the steps to auspices of SDHC, is underbringing it to fruition, he said, going a renovation similar provide a desired blueprint for to the one completed at San future efforts. Diego Square.

San Diego Square is located at 1055 Ninth Ave., in East Village. Its Broadway boundary between Ninth and Tenth avenues makes it close to all the region’s freeways as well as bus and trolley lines. To learn more about the development, visit For more details on the SDHC, visit the organization’s website at —Dave Fidlin is a freelance journalist with a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.fidlin@

was launched, with Seeds@ City Urban Farm as the outdoor classroom. The Sustainable Urban Agriculture program was later moved to the Department of Life Sciences, and significant upgrades were made to the curriculum to boost scientific rigor, improve job readiness for students, and prepare students for transfer to four-year university programs. “It’s amazing how far this program has come since we first started so many years ago,” Dean Spradley said. —Jack Beresford is the director of communications and public relations for the San Diego Community College District. He can be reached at jberesford@ WE: With Excellence magazine is published monthly. Archives can be found online at

City College students sell produce from a farm stand near 16th and C streets in East Village. (Courtesy SDCCD)

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Letters The resurrection of Downtown

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Solving homelessness It requires commitment, understanding and action By Chris Ward [Editor’s Note: We accept and encourage guest editorials from political candidates, elected or appointed public servants and the general public. Guest pieces published from political candidates do not infer endorsement. Responses to guest editorials will run as a letter to the editor. Please direct opinion pieces to] Homelessness is top of mind to urban San Diego neighborhoods. In Downtown alone, we have seen a staggering 70 percent increase over the last three years in unsheltered homeless. We cannot call ourselves “America’s Finest City” with so many of our fellow San Diegans on the street, including a rising number of families. San Diego needs solutions to turn around this trend. San Diego is not alone – cities across the nation are leading efforts to end homelessness and they are succeeding. Housing First models work. We know that expanding proven, cost-effective housing and supportive services is essential to our success. But these programs take time to fund and grow. We need additional help now to address the situation on the ground. With the upcoming City Council election, it is imperative we choose a leader who understands the situation on the ground, the roles of those responsible in the greater picture, and the resolve it takes to employ new creative solutions and hold others accountable. I have experience working with local, state, and federal partners to find solutions. Just this year, I worked on legislation that identified $2 billion in new housing and support for these programs, while volunteering my own time on nonprofit boards responsible for providing social services to those in need. There are steps we can move forward with today based on leadership in other cities and missed opportunity in our own region. I would ask the mayor appoint a higher-level city staff member to coordinate initiatives and report out benchmarks. The City Council can declare a Homeless State of Emergency and encourage the County Board of Supervisors, which last year failed to allocate $170 million dollars for similar programs, to secure funding for mental health services.

We should evaluate what is working here and advocate for increased funding when programs show success. For example, this year’s city budget increases the bed capacity for the Serial Inebriate Program from 32 to 56. This partnership with law enforcement, emergency medical services, hospitals, and courts provides chronic homeless alcohol abuse treatment in lieu of custody — relieving strain on our hospitals and court system. Not only should we continue to increase this program, but we can further expand it to cover narcotics abuse. I will work to grow the Homeless Outreach Team and dedicate a separate team to East Village, our most impacted neighborhood, because one team at 40 hours citywide is just not enough. We also need leadership to press our nonprofit partners to better utilize existing resources to improve efficiency and get people off our streets. A report on utilization rates of San Diego’s more than 100 service providers in 2015 demonstrated that approximately 1,500 beds were not filled during the annual census. That represents 30 percent of the unsheltered homeless — imagine how many would be off our streets today if we increased utilization at existing facilities. We should act quickly to make the deadly street drug “spice” and other synthetic drugs illegal, emulating the work of other local jurisdictions. The rise in use and overdose is creating a growing public health hazard in the homeless community and may be contributing to risks and attacks on our first responders. As a councilmember for these neighborhoods, I will build on my existing relationships and wisely and efficiently maximize the investments from our local, state and federal partners in public, nonprofit and private sectors. These issues are complex and require us to be well coordinated at all levels of government and with our nonprofits. When what we are doing isn’t working, I won’t be afraid to change direction. When what we are doing is working, I will push to expand effective work. Armed with these priorities, my background and principles, I am determined and ready to add America’s Finest City to others around the nation that have ended chronic homelessness. —Chris Ward is a candidate for San Diego City Council’s District 3 in the upcoming June primary. He is a father, a State Senate chief of staff and former urban and environmental planner. More information about his plan to address homelessness can be found at

I don’t want to and I won’t read any more editorials after this one about the Chargers proposed stadium Downtown and why it is good or bad for San Diego. I first came to San Diego to live in July 1982 with my little family of three. How many people did I know in San Diego? That would be zero. Look up the word entrepreneur in the dictionary. The moron who loves working for himself and only himself, not taking orders ever from anyone and flies through the air of life without a safety net and you very well might find a picture of moi. So much for the self-serving bio. My first week here was Tony Gwynn’s first-ever game as a San Diego Padre. That was 34 years ago this July. What was Downtown like then? What Downtown? There was nothing! Nothing but stores in the process of closing, drunks and prostitutes. It was like there was a sign on the still functioning iconic San Diego Hardware building on Fifth Avenue that said: STAY AWAY! And most of us did just that. You came to San Diego in 1982 and you stayed somewhere on Hotel Circle. That was Downtown San Diego 34 years ago. The US Grant Hotel, built in honor of our 18th president by his entrepreneurial son in 1910, was on life support and months away from the wrecking ball. Today it is like a treasure chest taking you back to 1910 like stepping on the Titanic would take you back to April 1912 seconds before disaster. So what changed? Three things happened to change life as we know it in paradise. For those of you who don’t comprehend my use of the word “paradise,” it is one of the words I use to describe San Diego. Another is Goldilocks and now you know the origin of my passion for my adopted hometown. The three history-changing stories? Horton Plaza 1985; Gaslamp Restoration 1990s; Petco Park 2004. The naysayers can get on their soapbox and rant. The fact is that the Chargers stadium Downtown, with or without a Convention Center connection, will brighten the diamond of this city even more. Anyone who fights this stadium just doesn’t get it. I have watched this city grow from my perch across from Cowles Mountain. I saw a city expand block-by-block, restaurant-by-restaurant, and club-by-club. And I heard the noise — build a stadium? What we need is a library! And they were right! For I am a bibliophile and my visits to the E Street facility (built in 1954) were visits to a very strange place. Not a place for the faint of heart or small children for that matter. And our run of mayors during those years was like trading mug shots. If they weren’t indicted, the hint of impropriety or flat out incompetence or both tainted one administration after another. Building Petco (voters had approved the project in 1998) was like surviving the 100 Years War but one day we woke up to another glorious day in heaven (still another great word) and guess what? We had a new gleaming baseball stadium and a $200 million glass tower library as well. And lofts and businesses were and are still to this day being constructed at a dizzying pace. Petco completed the treasure chest that today is known as Gaslamp. When you mention to visitors that 30-plus years ago this was a wasteland, they look at you like you need a designated driver — now! Adding a dazzling billion dollar football stadium to the mix and attracting events like the Super Bowl — who will be fighting their footballs off to show off their annual event every February — well let me slip into a little New York lingo for you … fahgetabboudit! —Steve Tarde, via email

see LETTERS, pg 7

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Guest Editorials Concrete solution to San Diego’s growing infrastructure needs By Councilmember Mark Kersey and Kris Michell In Downtown San Diego, we see every day how neighborhood improvements can have a positive impact on our quality of life. New streetlights make our community safer. Fixing sidewalks increases walkability and improves business frontages. New bike lanes take cars off the road and reduce traffic. In recent years, residents have seen more of this kind of work because improved economic times have allowed for spending on infrastructure and Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the City Council have chosen to make it a priority. City streets are being re-surfaced at the rate of 300 miles a year, storm water and drainage systems are being replaced, public safety facilities including police, lifeguard and fire stations are being built or restored and parks are coming on line. While this is no doubt positive, it hasn’t always been this way. Fiscal turmoil and budgetary constraints caused by the economic downturn have tied the hands of our elected leaders for more than a decade, forcing infrastructure to be pushed down City Hall’s to-do list. Civic leaders and residents meanwhile struggled to come to consensus on where to get the money needed to address the problem. With each passing year, the project backlog grew and by 2015, a city report identified $3.87 billion in rotting infrastructure needs. While city leaders have recently done a great job chipping away at the backlog, we need to

take steps to ensure we never fall behind again. In June’s primary election, San Diego voters are being given a big say on the future direction of San Diego when they go to the polls to vote on a ballot measure that will determine the future of our city’s infrastructure security. We urge you to support Proposition H. Commonly referred to as the Rebuild San Diego measure, Prop H secures up to $4 billion in future revenue growth specifically for infrastructure — and does so without raising taxes. It’s a long-term plan that ensures the city budget reflects the priorities of San Diego residents who have said time and again that public facilities such as good streets and sidewalks should be among our top budget priorities. Rather than asking voters to reach into their pockets, a bipartisan super-majority of the City Council sent Proposition H to the ballot in order to prove they can do more with existing tax money. Prop H relies on expected growth in existing revenue streams, and sets aside a portion for infrastructure repair and construction. This ensures infrastructure will remain a key budget priority even as we come out of the crisis stage we’re in now. Under the measure, over the next 25 years, the city will reserve any growth in the sales tax above the rate of the Consumer Price Index and capture all cash savings from reduced payments to the city’s pension fund. Proposition H will also capture 50 percent of all growth in property tax, hotel tax and franchise fees over the next five years.

Protecting our protectors and keeping everyone honest By Jesse Blackhill When I think about jobs that a society needs in order to function, one in particular rises to the surface — the police. Without them, our city and many countries for that matter, would probably be a less than enjoyable place to for us to live. Seriously, what would life look like without the police? Our police have got a rough job, and to be honest, I wouldn’t want to perform the vital job of upholding the laws we deem fit for our communities. It’s is a dangerous job. The harsh reality of the job is that sometimes people get hurt, and unfortunately, sometimes people die. The police have a lot of power given to them with the expected responsibility to manage it appropriately; however, we do not live in a perfect world and that power can create just as much fear as it creates comfort. There have been several incidents over the last couple of years where some law enforcement officer’s inappropriate actions were captured on someone’s smartphone camera. In fact, today’s society has generated a plethora of amateur camera operators and a major

target of these cameras are law enforcement officers. I see more and more people recording the police in social media venues; submitting their captured video to websites like YouTube and broadcast news channels. Some videos that I’ve seen legitimately show a need for alarm regarding some officers’ behavior. In my opinion, there is no justification for the level of force used. For many other videos, however, I see a big problem that I am unsure the rest of the public sees — those videos are coming from a heavily biased perspective. They show what the person wants to show and not the whole story. It’s only one side of the story. This has cast a dirty light on our protectors and seems to have become an unhealthy trend in our society. Luckily, our police have adopted a policy that helps to capture their perspectives as well, the use of body-worn cameras, also known as “body-cams.” Now police have a way to show the work they do while countering biased perspectives. I had the opportunity to talk to an officer about his experiences and he reported that the

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The measure isn’t taking money away from other needs to help pay for infrastructure improvements, either; in fact, Proposition H will not take a single dollar away from what is already budgeted for other general fund needs. Instead, it relies on the natural growth of the economy. As the economy grows, the city will invest more in infrastructure. In years it slows, we’ll invest less. If we hit an economic crisis, the measure allows for a oneyear suspension upon a vote of the Council. Let’s not forget that by providing a steady funding stream dedicated to infrastructure, Proposition H will also provide steady jobs for San Diegans. From street repairs to building maintenance, the majority of work will be done by local companies and workers. In addition to the Downtown San Diego Partnership, Proposition H is supported by Mayor Faulconer, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. For San Diego and Downtown to reach its fullest potential as a world-class city, it’s necessary that we invest in our local assets. We urge your support for Proposition H on Tuesday, June 7. Let’s continue the momentum and Rebuild San Diego. —Kris Michell is president and CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership. Councilmember Mark Kersey represents the City of San Diego’s 5th Council District. He is Chairman of the City’s Infrastructure Committee. v

cameras tend to be great when they need to prove that someone else was not being honest. Before the cameras, truth was found somewhere between the officer’s report of an incident and the citizen’s, which could be drawn out in a court case. It’s hard to be dishonest when video data displays a person’s behavior quite plainly.

see BODY CAMS, pg 18

LETTERS Historic Horton Plaza Park returns

[Ref: “Preservation Matters: Saving Horton Plaza Park,” Vol. 17, Issue 3, or online at] Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! —Jan Barnes, via I’m delighted that we’ll be getting that plaza back! —Irma Jones, via I’m delighted they tore down that BLOCK of a building, with the turnover occupants, which dwarfed the park into obscurity. Now we have a clear view, — almost a vista — to Balboa Theatre. I was against Westfield’s Horton Plaza, for many historical reasons. Well karma to them! Too bad for the loss of all those little single-screen theaters that faced the park ... ah well, hey that’s progress, right? A side note of trivia: Last May (?) in the Union Tribune, covering V-E Day, they carried a photo of a sailor being dunked into unknown fountain. Nay ... it was quite easy to know … see it was this very same fountain, of Horton Plaza Park. —Mitch K, via via

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[Ref: A path toward mixed reaction,” Vol. 17, Issue 4, or online at] In your Downtown Mobility Plan article, Little Italy resident Anne Eichmann said the plan needs “more of a sense of synergy.” If I understand correctly, the plan removes no existing street parking in Little Italy — it only decreases the number of planned angled/head-in parking conversions from 135 to 85. Residents and visitors will be able to safely reach neighborhood businesses by bike, while drivers will enjoy increased street parking (not to mention a new 640 space parking garage). That is synergy. Removing all of the planned protected bike lanes from the core of Little Italy, as Ms. Eichmann is advocating, is not synergy. The Little Italy Association (LIA) also opposes any reduction in the number of future street parking conversions. Yet LIA removes dozens of existing street parking spaces every Saturday for its farmers market.


At the Downtown Community Planning Committee meeting, a Little Italy business owner said the Plan would “destroy our community.” Considering that Little Italy is thriving now, how would adding 85 street parking spaces, plus safe bicyclist access to businesses, destroy it? —Paul Jamason, via In response to Paul Jamason You don’t understand correctly, but that’s no fault of yours because the facts are being obscured by the private, paid consultants who stand to gain by the passage of the Downtown Mobility Plan (DMP). First to clear up the easiest misconception, the 640 space-parking garage was built to accommodate county employees. It is only open to the public from 5 – 11 p.m. and no vehicles may be parked there overnight. The cost to park in the structure during those six hours is $10. No overnight parking is permitted. It is simply not a viable option for [Little Italy] residents, employees, customers, or visitors to park. Second, the installation of physical bike lanes, as advocated by this plan, will remove about 50 parking spaces from Beech, Ash and State streets, or Kettner Boulevard. Essentially, the Plan will remove all parking on one side of whatever streets would receive physical bike lanes. The unknown element is that while the DMP original draft called for the installation of a bike lane on State Street, the board of Civic San Diego unilaterally placed that lane on Kettner Boulevard without notice or review. Either way, this is a *net loss* to existing parking. Additionally, the installation of a physical bike lane will prohibit the planned angled parked on any street with the new lane. This means the planned and approved parking gains would not happen; 85 spaces may be gained from conversion on streets without the lane, but an additional 50 spaces will never happen. This is also before we account for the planned parking losses on both sides of both Grape and Hawthorne streets to accommodate additional airport traffic. Hope this helps. —Christopher Morgan, via our website v

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The NesmithGreeley Building Gaslamp Landmarks Jake Romero On March 27, 1871, Alonzo E. Horton, the successful founder of Downtown San Diego, deeded a lot to Miss Henrietta Hadson Nesmith for $1,900 in U.S. gold coin. It was an unusually high amount for a lot, at that time. Henrietta married then Lt. Adolphus Washington Greeley, a veteran of the civil war, in June of 1878 in San Diego, and shortly afterward moved to Washington, D.C., where Lt. Greeley was in signal service. She would eventually return to San Diego sometime before 1884. In March of 1873, Henrietta deeded that lot to her father, Thomas Nesmith of the state of Texas. Nesmith came to San Diego in 1870, succeeding Alonzo Horton as president of the Bank of San Diego, the first bank in San Diego. In 1887, Mr. Nesmith began plans for two brick structures on the lot: one on Fifth Avenue between E and F streets, and a second structure on Fifth Avenue between C and D streets,

however the second building was never constructed. Instead, Mr. Nesmith continued with his plan to build the 100 x 100 foot Nesmith Block, later renamed the Nesmith-Greeley Building, in honor of Henrietta and her husband, Brig. Gen. Greeley, who by that time had advanced in his military career. The firm of Comstock and Trotsche was retained as the architects for the building. N.A. Comstock and Carl Trotsche probably came to San Diego in 1886. They designed a great number of buildings in San Diego, including the iconic Villa Montezuma House (Jesse Shepherd residence), the Coronado Boat Club House, the Coronado School and The Grand Hotel. They were known for their Victorian and “gingerbread” style of architecture. The Nesmith-Greeley building however, deviated from their typical style with its Romanesque architecture featuring a facade constructed of brick with stone, patterned brick and cylindrical columns capped with coated sheet metal finials. In November of 1888, the year of his building’s completion, Nesmith died in Washington while visiting Henrietta and General Greeley. He had been ill through the preceding year. In his will, Nesmith set aside $5,000 for the building of a Lyceum 150 years later. He speculated that the interest would compound and that the $5,000 would grow to $15 million. Unfortunately, the would-be philanthropist’s plan never took hold as at the time

Nesmith-Greeley Building, 1888, located at 825 Fifth Ave. Architects: Comstock and Trotsche of his death, he had a $50,000 mortgage on a Downtown office building and the total worth of his estate was $3.64. Today the Nesmith Greeley Building stands on Fifth Avenue directly adjacent to another popular structure in the Quarter, the Louis Bank of Commerce. A popular barbeque eatery occupies the first floor. If you would like more information on the history and wonderful buildings of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation invites you to visit the Gaslamp Museum and the Davis-Horton House located at 410 Island Ave., or visit our website, —Jake Romero is the director of operations of the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation, located in the historic DavisHorton House at 410 Island Ave., Downtown. For more information visit v


Take a virtual trip to Italy at the upcoming ‘Taste of Little Italy’ Little Italy News Christopher Gomez The foodie event of the summer, “Taste of Little Italy,” is returning on Wednesday, June 15, from 5 – 9 p.m. The Little Italy neighborhood is inviting all to stroll down its streets and experience the neighborhood’s one-of-a-kind eateries. Restaurants will open their doors for food lovers to enjoy a taste of one of their most popular dishes. Taste of Little Italy provides each ticketholder with a Taste Passport, mapping out a list of participating restaurants and their specific menu offerings. Passport holders will walk an easy route to each restaurant and receive each eatery’s tasting in exchange for a stamp on their passport. The annual event gives attendees the chance to try what all the notable Little Italy eateries have to offer in one night! There are over 35 Little Italy restaurants participating in this year’s Taste of Little Italy, including the newly opened Herb & Eatery, Bracero Cocina de Raiz, Civico 1845, and The Crack Shack, among others. Local Italian favorite spots will also be participating like Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, Bencotto,

NaPizza, Mona Lisa and more. Attendees can expect to get their fair share of Italian food like specialty pastas, homemade meatballs, raviolis, pizza, even cappuccinos — but it won’t stop there! A wide variety of non-Italian tastings will also be served like oysters, shrimp, desserts, and ramen — just to name a few. There are two different Taste Passport routes for foodies to choose from — a south route and a north route, with each route featuring many different and unique restaurants. Attendees can experience the best culinary hot spots all in one evening, while embracing the charm of Little Italy as the sun goes down.

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Taste of Little Italy tickets sell out quickly, so attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets early to get the opportunity to take an evening trip to Italy right in their own city! Tickets are sold online, and are priced at $36 per route prior to the event and a limited number at the door for $43. For more information on this year’s event, please visit To stay connected with us during the community event, check out what’s going on in our neighborhood by following us on Instagram and Twitter @LittleItalySD and Facebook/ San Diego Little Italy. —Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at chris@littleitalysd. com.v

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Since 2013, the San Diego International Fringe Festival has been giving America’s Finest City an eclectic selection of theater. Kicking off this June 23, attendees will experience everything from musicals, comedies, dance events, and family-friendly programming play at theatrical spaces around the city. Some of the venues last year included the Lyceum Theatre, the Tenth Avenue Arts Center (the headquarters of San Diego Fringe), and the recently closed Swedenborg Hall. In charge of the festival is executive producer and director, Kevin Charles Patterson. Before founding the event, he was involved with directing, choreographing and producing productions around the world.

Aiding Patterson with programming is managing director and the group’s press contact, Candice Caufield. While the two of them have been close for years, she was not always a Fringe team member. “In 2013, I wasn’t too involved because I was working more for my regular job,” she said. “However, I had so much fun doing a little bit of volunteering that year, I asked Patterson if I could become more involved.” This led to a trip where the two of them went to the 2014 World Fringe Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland. “I was completely sold after meeting people with Fringes from throughout the world and going to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe,” she said. Like many major artistic events, the San Diego Fringe is continuing to grow. “In 2013 it was for five days, and




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San Diego founder Kevin Charles Patterson was inspired by other festivals around the world. (Photo by Sue Brenner Photography) Unfortunately, Patterson got in a car accident, which ended his career teaching dance and choreographing. “I got cut off by a big-rig truck and broke my hip,” he said. “I owned a studio and wasn’t sure what I was going to do with my professional life.” He became inspired after learning more about Fringe Festivals. “I found out about Fringe and I thought, this would be perfect,” he said. “I realized we had a shortage of small venues and alternative venues in San Diego. This opens the door for local artists to present unique stories.”

has now expanded to 11 days,” Patterson said. “What is nice is artists can present their works and get word out and help build an audience.” Another way that the celebration has continued to develop is having several shows performed in Tijuana. “2015 was our first bi-national festival,” she said. “We had two small venues at Pasaje Rodriguez. We are fortunate this year, because we will be working with Amigos del Rep in both cities.” While this year the festival will have plays that appeal to larger audiences,

Candice Caufield started as a volunteer but had so much fun wanted to do more. (Courtesy K. Patterson) some selections offer plenty for more adventurous theatergoers. “I like seeing stuff that’s outside of the box that you wouldn’t normally see,” Patterson said. “When I visit other Fringe Festivals, I want to see all the kinds of things we wouldn’t normally see in San Diego theater. Due to all the distant travelling, we’ve ended with a big chunk of national and international artists.” Since there is no censorship, several tales should have no-holds-barred content. “Artists can push the envelope as far as they want,” Caufield said. “We cannot censor, curate, or jury anything. We will continue to have ratings for each tale in the program.” Patterson remains fascinated by the diverse options available for attendees. “There are cool layers, like last year we had shows taking place at the San Diego Natural History Museum all the way to Les Girls,” he said. “The more things like that happen, the more it warms my soul seeing total contrast and interesting locations thrown into the mix.” Under the helm of Patterson and Caufield, there will be no shortage of high quality entertainment and this year’s festival is poised to provide a unique way to spend the beginning of summer. The San Diego International Fringe Festival runs from June 23 through July 3. For tickets, venues and more information, visit —A fan of film and theater from a very young age, David Dixon has written reviews and features for various print and online publications. You can reach him at

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An archival cartoon from 1979 when the republicans had many names in the fire. (Courtesy Susan MacNelly) campaigns of presidents like “Torn in half is exactly how I John F. Kennedy, George W. feel,” he said. “The most colorBush, Bill Clinton and Barack ful candidate in this cycle could Obama, but also their oppoturn out to be the biggest disasnents, many of whom may be ter for the U.S.” obscure to those who weren’t The SDSU Downtown alive during those election Gallery is open daily between years. 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., but there In addition, there is a section will be an opening recepof the exhibit dedicated to curtion on June 23 from 6 to 8 rent candidates Hillary Clinton, p.m., which Alcaraz will be Donald Trump and Bernie attending. Sanders. In addition, the gallery will Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, be open till 8 p.m. on July an SDSU alum most famous 21 and August 18, as part for his syndicated strip “La of the monthly Downtown at Cucaracha,” has studied the Sundown celebrations. three pols long and hard lookThe exhibition will run ing for those details that allow through Sept. 4, but Alcaraz hopes its impact lasts a little him to shorthand each candilonger. date’s appearance so it can be “I’m happy that people will satirized. come see the cartoons in this “Hillary Clinton has to have political season, but I wish the right amount of nose over the public at large would pay the rest of her features and the attention to politics all year hair is hard to nail sometimes. round, like us nerd political A big solid-colored pant suit is cartoonists have to,” he said. a must,” Alcaraz said. “Bernie “The world would be a better Sanders is frowning — scowlplace.” ing almost — and haphazardly SDSU’s School of Art and coiffed. Design manages a total of five “Of course, Trump is all galleries and its Downtown about the hair, the hair has Gallery is the only one located become a living, breathing off-campus in a metro area. In character,” he said. “Right now addition to art exhibitions, the I’m into making his face bright space also features lectures, orange and highlighting his poetry readings, symposia and squinty eyes with white lines.” other interdisciplinary events. Because political cartoonists To learn more about the make their living ripping politiSDSU Downtown Gallery, visit cians to shreds, they are times caught between trying to decide which candidate will do —Alex Owens is a San the best job and which one will Diego-based freelance writer. provide the best material.” He can be reached at alexowThat’s how this year is for Alcaraz.


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East Village at the Park

Tickets are currently on sale for “East Village Appreciation Day” at Petco Park. East Village Business Group invites you to the Padres vs. Nationals game on Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m. Field level tickets are just $45. Grab a group and walk over to the game. To purchase tickets, email or call Sunny at 619-546-5636.

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A group of local architects, artists, and others that have lived, worked, and visited the East Village in the 1980s and ’90s have been on a mission to bring back everything that surrounded them then to an online location for preservation purposes. They started the project earlier this year when they could not find anything available online and wanted to archive and share their way of life during those decades. Those involved in the project were close to Wayne Buss (ReinCarnation building),

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The East Village Association is hoping to raise $500,000 to fund the design and installation of a landmark sign to be located within East Village. Similar to those seen in Little Italy, Hillcrest, Normal Heights

and other neighborhoods, the sign would clearly identify for all foot, bike and car traffic that they have entered into the East Village neighborhood boundaries. Selbert Perkins was chosen out of the five firms that submitted proposals for the sign. To view their portfolio, visit More than $187,000 has been raised so far. For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation to further the fund along, visit and click on Landmark Sign.


Are you interested in what new developments, businesses, parks and other events are in the works throughout East Village? East Village Residents Group (EVRG) meets at East Village Community Church, located at 1374 Island Ave. Many community leaders are featured guest speakers. The next meeting will be held July 21. For more information and to learn about events in East Village, visit

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Welcome to learning in the 21st century By Joan Wojcik A 21st century high school is coming to East Village. Recently the San Diego Unified School District authorized Urban Discovery Academy to add a ninth- through 12thgrade high school to their existing kindergarten through eighth-grade charter school. The new high school will be named Ideate High Academy (id8 High). What will this 21st century high school look like? id8 High will be a design thinking-focused high school reflecting the methods of the Stanford D School (design school) and is UC A-G credit aligned. The focus will be project-based learning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;id8 is made for East Village and will compliment the focus of making, doing, and thinking which is the theme of Makers Quarter and the I.D.E.A. District in East Village,â&#x20AC;? said MaeLin Levine, President of Urban Discovery Academy Charter School. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Curriculum will be centered on a way of approaching human-centered problem solving, facilitated by a creative learning environment. Moveable classroom walls, white boards on casters, wireless connections and movable furniture will promote a mobile school setting for this 21st century learning environment.â&#x20AC;? The impetus for this 21st century high school coming to

Downtown was the direct result of San Diego civic leaders moving the city toward a new innovation ecosystem. It was the â&#x20AC;&#x153;right time, right placeâ&#x20AC;? for the concept of a charter high school. id8 High will fulfill the gap in providing high school students with an atmosphere for the competitive, changing 21st century world in learning. It is modeled similarly after the very prestigious High Tech High School in Point Loma, where hundreds of students are on a waiting list to enroll. Urban Discovery Academy is currently receiving in access of 500 requests for only 70 open spaces available and enrollment into id8 High is expected to be equally competitive. One of the many curriculum highlights that will make id8 High unique is that each 11th grader will be offered internships for one full semester. The high school will also offer college credit classes and students will be able to receive dual enrollment between the high school and area colleges and universities. Students, staff and faculty will also have access to an advisory board list from the design-thinking community (architecture, high tech/bio tech, product development, design/ communications, arts, computer coding, social media design, etc.) who will provide advice, guest lectures, host field trips to top design firms, labs and studios,

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KNOCKING grow the relationship and grow that partnership to evolve into something bigger.” As of this season, Knockaround sunglasses of various styles can now be purchased at Petco Park. “The Padres and Knockaround have a long-standing partnership providing fans with creative custom sunglasses while celebrating the SoCal spirit of this beloved local brand,” said Katie Jackson, director of marketing and brand activation for the San Diego Padres. “We continue to grow our relationship by offering fans affordable and stylish sunglasses at retail locations throughout Petco Park. It is important for us to partner with strong local brands like Knockaround to bring the best of San Diego into Petco Park to enhance the fan experience.” Moyer said he wanted to provide an inexpensive option to those who may have left their sunglasses in their

Adam Moyer, founder of Knockaround, throwing out the first pitch in 2013. (Photo by Donald Gould) car or at home. He explained that people would rather spend $15 or $20 on Padresthemed sunglasses than invest in a pair of designer glasses or face the midday sun during the game. “It’s always fun to work with a creative local brand like Knockaround to provide Padres

fans with custom items that add value to their experience,” Jackson said. “We look forward to seeing our fans sporting Padres-themed Knockaround sunglasses throughout San Diego.” In addition, Knockaround sponsors all Padres homeruns at Petco Park. Every time the team hits a ball out of the park, Moyer said the Knockaround logo will flash across the big video screen along with the hitter’s name and official homerun distance. The largely e-commerce-based company also recently began selling their products in storefronts across San Diego for the first time. Moyer said Knockaround sunglasses can now be found in 2030 “mom and pop” and small business shops in several San Diego communities. To find out more about Knockaround Sunglasses, visit —Editor Morgan M, Hurley contributed to this report. —Tori Hahn is a local freelance writer. She can be reached at


MOZART Prodigy”), Michael Francis explores the prodigy of Mozart by assaying his early works in the Festival Orchestra Series. It’s the first year of a six-year exploration. This year, the festival presents Mozart’s early opera “Bastien und Bastien” (June 4), written when he was 12 and Sylvia Milo’s “The Other Mozart,” a one-woman play about Nannerl (June 12). “Prodigy is that thing you can’t just do through hard work,” Francis said. “It is that divine spark, that extra gift that was just born.” As further exploration of prodigy, Francis and executive producer/co-founder Nancy Laturno Bojanic present living examples with the Festival Orchestra: Umi Garrett, now 15, plays Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (June 4), and 12-year-old Gavin George plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (June 18). In addition, singer, songwriter, and showman Ethan Bortnick, now 15, presents his PBS-TV show, “The Power of Music,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 17 at the Balboa Theatre. Raised in a non-musical family, Bortnick insisted at the tender age of 3 that he be given piano lessons. When his parents hesitated, he got out his toy piano and played classical and pop tunes he’d heard on the radio. They relented and the rest is history. The Festival Orchestra Series includes performances by violinist William Preucil and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott (June 8), pianist Adam Neiman (June 11), and violinist James Ehnes (June 15). The repertoire is mainly Mozart but works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Schubert and SaintSaens are also programmed.

The festival’s Maestro, Michael Francis. (Courtesy Mainly Mozart Festival) Festival Orchestra Series concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are preceded at 6:30 by informative, free-to-ticketholders “Overture” mini-concerts and/or lectures. At 10:30 a.m. on concert days June 4, 8, 15 and 18, and at 7 p.m. Friday, June 10, the public may also attend a free, open rehearsal at the Balboa Theatre.

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At 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, June 13, at Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion, the Mainly Mozart Festival presents a free concert; San Diego Makes Music, with Maestro Michael Francis conducting the Festival Orchestra and amateur musicians. Want to play along? Visit the Mainly Mozart website (mainlymozart. org), download the sheet music, grab your instrument and come to the concert. Additionally, Mainly Mozart offers three Festival Chamber Players concerts: first a concert by the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra; and The Other Mozart, both at the Historic Balboa Theatre; and Mozart & the Mind: An Exploration of

Prodigy, with lectures and music centered around the music-brain conversation and how music plays a role in early development, hosted by the Westgate Hotel. The festival runs through June 18. The five venues hosting the music include: EvoNexus Incubator, 101 W. Broadway, Downtown; Historic Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Downtown; Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park; St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Ave., Bankers Hill; and the Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave., Downtown. To review the festival brochure, visit This newly configured, Downtown-concentrated Mainly Mozart Festival offers a lot in only 16 days time. To avail yourself of part or all of it, visit or phone 619-239-0100 for details. — Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. You can follow her blog at or reach her at charb81@gmail. com.v

Summer camps in sunny San Diego By SDCNN staff

and create. 200 W. Island Ave. Visit, email tkuta@thinkplaycreate. org, or call Tomoko Kuta at 619-795-1463.

San Diego is an ideal place for summer camps. With access to world-class sports fields, mountains, beaches and deserts, Intrepid Shakespeare it is a fantastic place for sports and outdoor camps. With access Company Camp Intrepid has three to metropolitan museums and offerings for young actors — cultural institutions, it is great Young Actors Theater Camp for arts and education camps. for ages 7 to 14, Musical And the sunny weather is cerTheater Camp, ages 14 to 18 tainly a bonus, as well. and the Shakespeare Camp, The following is a brief list ages 14 to 18. Encinitas of some of San Diego’s exciting, Community Center, 1140 educational, active and enOakcrest Drive. Visit intrepidriching programs to keep your, email seyoung ones busy and engaged ancox@intrepidshakespeare. this summer. com, or call Sean Cox at 760-295-7541.


San Diego Civic Youth Ballet

Ballet classes are augmented with activities in arts and crafts, jazz classes and field trips to cultural institutions. 1650 El Prado, Balboa Park. Visit, email, or call Danika Pramik-Holdaway at 619-233-3060.

SPORTS CAMPS Little Rascalz Soccer

A mix of soccer play and other camp activities for children ages 3 to 6-ish at locations all around San Diego. Visit, email or call Beth Hooshidar at 619-309-9626.

City Ballet

The summer intensive course is three weeks long and provides superlative training for serious students at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Located at 941 Garnet Ave. Visit, email info@cityballet. org, or call Steven Wistrich at 858-274-6058.

Softball camp for girls ages 8 to 18 with low student-to-instructor ratio. USD, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego. Visit, email, or call Renee Chapman at 800-645-3226.

Children’s Creative & Performing Arts Academy

NIKE Baseball Camp, UC San Diego

Arts and education camp for preschool through high school students. 3051 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. Visit, email, or call Janet Cherif at 619-584-2454.

Museum of Photographic Arts

Instruction in photography, video, animation and more for grades 1 through 12. Located at 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park. Visit; email; or call Deborah Klochko at 619-238-7559.

Spanish Village Art Center

Art classes taught by the artists in Spanish Village for children ages 5 and up or students in grades 2 through 8. Located at 770 Village Place, Balboa Park. Visit, email spanishvillageartcenter@ymail. com, or call 619-233-9050

San Diego Museum of Art

Weeklong summer camp or teen studio for students in grades 1 through 12 led by artist instructors that include hands-on art activities and trips to exhibitions at the museum. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. Visit, email summercamps@sdmart. org, or call Gwen Gomez at 619-232-7931.

The New Children’s Museum Weeklong camps for ages 4 through 12 designed to make children think, play

NIKE Softball Camp, University of San Diego

Open to all levels of players. General Skills program is for ages 9 to 12 and High Potential program is for ages 13 to 18. UCSD campus, 3432 Voight Drive. Visit, email baseball@, or call 800-645-3226.


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Watersports Camp

Sponsored by the Peninsula Family YMCA, this camp offers instruction in wakeboarding, surfing, sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, marine science and more. Mission Bay Aquatic Center, 1001 Santa Clara Place. Visit, email mbac@, or call 858-488-1000.


There are 17 locations throughout San Diego County offering camps that nurture the potential of kids, help them live healthier lives and learn to support their communities. Visit, or call 858-2929622 for more information.


Weeklong camps for kindergartners through fifth grade that dive into the worlds of myth, mystery and science. Located at 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park. Visit, email, or call Margaret Hartnett at 619-239-2001.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Science activities for age groups ranging from pre-kindergarten to junior high school. 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. Visit, email, or call 619-238-1233 ext. 806.

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Big Thyme Sandwich Company 807 F St., San Diego, CA 92101 619-501-4350 | Not too long ago, down in National City, there was a small mom-andpop deli called Ethnic Deli and Café, run by my family. With time I took on more responsibilities and eventually came to manage it. I loved the interactions with people and the smiles on their faces from the delicious food. Business was booming, customers were happy and that is when we got the news that we had to relocate because a chain that rhymes with shmarbucks was moving in. And from those ashes, Big Thyme was born, bringing together a dream team of sandwiches all into one unique menu. The team of superstars, featuring flavors from the vegan Perfected Chickpea, to the hearty Sloppy Joe and flavorful Cubano, the decadent Reuben, and the sweet Grilled Fromage, to the creamy SoCal Cheesesteak, and of course, the crowd-pleasing 47, a turkey club made just right.

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There are several camps to choose from, including: Kroc Adventures featuring daily outings; Sports Camp with activities like rock climbing, skateboarding, swimming, etc.; Spiritual Discovery Camp with Bible studies; Pee Wee Camps for youngsters and more. 6845 University Ave. Visit; or call 619-287-5762.


NIKE Golf Camps, USD

Co-ed golf camps for ages 7 to 18 featuring small group instruction at two locations — Riverwalk Golf Club, 1150 Fashion Valley Road,and University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park. Visit, email, or call Renee Chapman at 800-645-3226.

Pali Adventures

Campers age 8 to 16 design their own adventures including stunts, trapeze, secret agent and more. Located in Running Springs, picks up in Fashion Valley Mall. Visit, email infor@, or call Amy Walker at 909-867-5743.

Endless Summer Surf Camp

Contact Football, USD

Grossmont College head coach Mike Jordan runs this camp for boys ages 8 to 18. USD, 5998 Alcalá Park. Visit, email, or call Renee Chapman at 800-645-3226.

UCSD Summer Soccer Camps

Boys and girls programs for ages 14 and up as well as youth programs for ages 5 to 13. Warren field at UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0531, La Jolla. Visit ucsandiegosoccercamps. com, email, or call Ryan Hernandez at 858-534-8165.

Inclusive, overnight camp for surfers of all levels of expertise. San Onofre State Park. Visit, email, or call Jason Senn at 949-498-7862.

Camp Stevens

Outdoor activities that are eco-friendly, safe, affordable and fun with programs for ages 8 to 18. 1108 Banner Road, Julian. Visit campstevens. org; email beth@campstevens. org; or call Beth Bojarski at 760-0028. — For a more complete list of summer camps throughout San Diego County, visit

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Bayside pork Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. After nearly two years in the making, Carnitas Snack Shack has brought its passion for swine to the Downtown waterfront in a sleek, walk-up pavilion that is part of the newly revitalized North Embarcadero project. Since captivating consumers for the past five years from their original North Park location with dishes like glazed pork belly, bacon-heavy BLTs, and “triple threat” sandwiches stuffed with three different styles of pork, chef Hanis Cavin and his wife, Sara Stroud, have expanded their shack concept to Del Mar as well. Although their latest venture at the Embarcadero puts them in a

Soft serve with bacon-whiskey truffle crumbles (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

hotter spotlight by tourists from all over the world. It’s just what this stretch of promenade needed, an aesthetically graceful structure sporting colorful glass panels and an outdoor bar and dining space that you can’t miss when strolling between the Star of India and the USS Midway Museum. On either side of the lot are landscaped areas offering additional seating. The added luxury is that you can consume your onsite, alcohol purchases within them. Customers order food from a double-service window, which they can bypass in lieu of an express counter if buying only desserts or non-alcoholic beverages. Purchases of craft beer, wine and cocktails are made at the bar or from a waitperson. The “sun-beet” is perhaps the healthiest libation I’ve encountered anywhere. It dominated our palates with earthy beet juice before finishing softly with the flavors of white rum, lime and absinthe. With nearly a dozen other specialty cocktails in the offing, plus mules, margaritas and mojitos, the presence of live DJs in the bar section on weekend afternoons and evenings makes solid sense. Except for a pair of standard fish tacos we ordered (available only at this location), our lunch choices were all about the hog. A pile of crispy pork skins (chicharrons) were puffy like rice snacks but exceptionally tastier given their saturated fat content and dusting of chili spices. Fried

A secret location within the historic US Grant Hotel marks the setting for a speakeasy Tiki party to be held from 6 – 9 p.m., June 18. The island-theme event will feature Polynesian hors d’oeuvres by executive chef Mark Kropczynski; Tiki cocktails by chef de bar Cory Alberto; and a rum bar sponsored by Mount Gay Rum. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased on 326 Broadway, 619-232-3121.

Sample the foods from San Diego’s fastest growing restaurant community during this year’s Taste of Little Italy (Courtesy Little Italy Association of San Diego)

Carnitas Snack Shack 1004 N. Harbor Drive (Embarcadero)

619-696-7675, Prices: Salads and sides, $3.50 to $8; sandwiches, burgers and tacos, $8.50 to $10.50

A sleek design on the waterfront marks the third location of Carnitas Snack Shack (Photo by Lyudmila Zotova)

The triple threat sandwich (Photo by Lyudmila Zotova)

to order, our only disappointment was they had cooled down in the short timespan of arriving to our table. The “pork belly app” is a hefty cube of prized meat and fat draped in Asian glaze and served with a lively frisee salad. Although as any fan of these sumptuous belly cuts will attest, they’re temperamental in texture, ranging from buttery soft to incorrigibly tough.

Coffee roasted in small batches is the specialty at Achilles Coffee Roasters in Cortez Hill, which opened recently with a variety of brews named after various areas of San Diego. The shop sources its beans from Mexico, South America, Africa and Indonesia, and also uses green coffee beans from Papua New Guinea and Costa Rica. Noshes include pastries and quiche. 703 Ash St., 415-215-5605,

The “Rico Suave” pizza with bacon, artichokes and ricotta from Krisp Beverages + Natural Foods (Courtesy Krisp)

If you haven’t visited any of Little Italy’s hottest new restaurants, the upcoming Taste of Little Italy allows you to sample their fare within a single evening, from 5 – 9 p.m., June 15. More than 35 restaurants are taking part, including the neighborhood’s most recent arrivals: Bracero Cocina de Raiz, Herb & Eatery, The Crack Shack, Café Gratitude and more. They’ll be joined by established favorites such as Café Zucchero,

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, Indigo Grill and others. The event offers consumers two different tasting routes (north and south) with about 20 bars and restaurants contained in each, and all within walking distance of each other. The cost is $36 per route if purchased in advance, and $43 at the ticket booths. For more information, call the Little Italy Association of San Diego at 619-233-3898 or visit

Krisp Beverages + Natural Foods in the East Village recently launched a pizzeria within the store for making pies that can be delivered, carried out or consumed on the store’s newly built dining patio. Specialty pizzas cost $15; slices sell for $2.50. The dough is made with high-quality Italian flour and undergoes a 48-hour rise. 1036 Seventh Ave., 619232-6367,

This was somewhere in the middle, due largely to its extra-thick girth that fought at times with our plastic knives. Yet from a flavor and portion standpoint, we were pleased. The “triple threat” sandwich remains my favorite item at Carnitas Snack Shack, despite its over-the-top piling of pulled pork, bacon and breaded schnitzel. Available at all locations, the assumption is that if you like one of these meat preparations, you’ll love them combined. As a sinful treat about once a year, I certainly do. Other menu faves include carnitas tacos that are juicier and porkier than most, and the BLT, which carries a payload of bacon and grilled ham, complemented by lettuce, tomato and house aioli on hearty brioche bread. If pork isn’t your weakness, alternative choices extend to rib eye and crispy chicken sandwiches, a beet terrine with goat cheese, and a white cheddar burger that sneaks in a smear of bacon jam. I’ve yet to try any of them.

There’s also a brunch menu available from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It features machaca tacos, breakfast burritos, Tater Tots and more. As a final lure to its new location, and particularly fitting once June gloom fades, the Shack sells soft-serve ice cream extruded into cones or cups. We chose it in a cup and caved into a fabulous topping of bacon-whiskey truffle crumbles — our final calorie splurge before hiking back to the car parked almost a mile away. But we didn’t kid ourselves. No amount of flat-surface walking would have burned off this meal. Note: Parking in the area can be challenging, although Carnitas Snack Shack validates for three hours at a cost of $7 when parking in the garage across the street at Marriott’s new Springhill Suites. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. You can reach him at fsabatini@

Fans of Jsix have bid a fond farewell to executive chef Christian Graves, who moved to Denver with his family in early June “for a change of pace” after working at the restaurant for 10 years. The search for a replacement is underway, although Graves crafted a summer menu before departing and it will stay in place for the next few months. The lineup includes donut-peach salad with burrata; thyme-roasted chicken with leek puree; and ravioli filled with ricotta and sweet peas. Graves plans on looking for a new gig after settling into his new home. 616 J St., 619-531-8744,

Salvucci’s Ristorante recently opened in the East Village to a menu of Italian-American dishes that include chicken piccata, spaghetti with clams, house-made meatballs, lasagna and other classic recipes originating from two different Italian families with Boston roots. The restaurant, located in the space that formerly housed Comun Taqueria, was launched by the RMD Group, which also operates Rustic Root and Don Chido in the Gaslamp Quarter. 935 J St., 619-255-1112,

More than 40 restaurants are taking part in the 22nd annual Taste of Gaslamp, which runs from 1 – 4 p.m., June 26. The self-guided walking tour will also feature receptions and open houses at various art galleries and museums located throughout the historic neighborhood. Establishments that will dole out food and drink samples include Café 21, Nobu Restaurant, The Field, 1919, Café Sevilla, Quad Ale House, Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, and more.

Hand-made gnocchi at the new Salvucci’s Ristorante (Facebook)

Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 on the day of the event. In addition, VIP passes are available for $75, which include access to exclusive receptions and special wine and beer tastings. Guest check-in will be located at Pocket Park, 410 Island Ave. For more information, call the Gaslamp Quarter Association at 619-233-5227 or visit —Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at


History buffs and foodies unite Gaslamp ‘Taste’ event expands to include historical tours By Kai Oliver-Kurtin Nearly 1,000 people are expected to attend the 22nd annual “Taste of Gaslamp” — San Diego’s original neighborhood taste event — June 26, from 1 – 4 p.m. New this year, guests can upgrade to a VIP ticket for additional tour stops including museums, galleries and hotels. After taking a hiatus last year while transitioning between executive directors, the Gaslamp Quarter Association (GQA) holds the Taste of Gaslamp event annually as a fundraiser to support the business improvement district. The nonprofit represents more than 400 businesses within the Gaslamp Quarter. “We’re making sure people get a taste of the entire Gaslamp — not just the restaurants,” said Erin Liddell, GQA’s marketing and communications manager. “We’re excited because patrons will also get a tour of historic museums, deals on retail, and special exhibits and shows at galleries.” More than 40 restaurants are participating in the event, including some of the district’s newest eateries: Biga, Cajun Kitchen, Pipirins and Ramen Yamadaya. Check-in for the self-guided walking tour will be at Pocket Park (410 Island Ave.), where guests will receive a tasting passport and map of participating businesses. Old Town Trolley will assist with transportation during the event, including three stops each along Fourth and Fifth avenues. Liddell recommends taking an alternate method of transportation Downtown and getting to the event early to check-in and maximize tasting time. “We’ll have a map on the GQA’s website so guests can pre-plan their route, but it would be wise to take the trolley to some of the further destinations first, to avoid congestion,” Liddell said. “Guests can purchase tickets online beforehand to save time, should wear comfy shoes and bring a group of friends.”

For the first time in the event’s history, VIP tickets are available for guests who want an expanded behind-the-scenes tour of the Gaslamp Quarter. In addition to getting extended hours for the tasting tour (until 7 p.m.), VIP ticketholders can enjoy beer tastings within various galleries and retail shops, a gin tasting and live music at Horton Grand Hotel, and ghost tours of the William Heath Davis House Museum. These extra concessions can also be purchased during the event for general admission ticketholders. “We want people to know we’re the historic heart of San Diego,” Liddell said. “The Gaslamp is not only a place to dine and go for entertainment,

Stroll the historic streets of the Gaslamp while enjoying tastes from various restaurants (Photo by Demi Johnson) but we have so many incredible galleries and museums. “We want people to come back here,” she continued. “In the tasting passport, there’s a notes page so people can make notes for their next trip to the Gaslamp. By visiting these places, you reveal some secret stories about their history.” Proceeds from the Taste of Gaslamp help with GQA’s maintenance efforts within the historic district, planned district ordinances, and for marketing Gaslamp businesses. General admission tickets are available in advance for $30 ($40 day of) and VIP tickets are $75 ($85 day of). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit —Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a local freelance writer. She enjoys covering events, restaurant news, culture and entertainment. Contact her at

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Summer in the park Growing Balboa Park Ann Wilson Summer is here and it’s time to enjoy Balboa Park on these sunny days and long, balmy evenings. In addition to all the usual exhibits, performances and events in the park each and every day, there are special events that only happen in the summertime.

Concerts in the Park

During most of the year, the Spreckels Organ usually only has one regularly scheduled weekly concert, on Sundays at 2 p.m. During the summer months, however, there are concerts on four other days as well. The Spreckels Organ Society presents its annual International Summer Organ Festival on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m., starting June 27 and running through Aug. 29. San Diego Civic Organist Emeritus, Robert Plimpton, will perform with the Marine Band San Diego. This concert will be preceded by the Organ Society’s annual “Bach’s Supper” fundraiser. Reserve your supper by contacting the Spreckels Organ Society at For a really fun time, come Aug. 22, Movie Night with Tom Trenney. Tom will accompany Buster Keaton’s comedy, “The General” (1926). A full schedule of concerts, including artists and programs, is available at the Spreckels Organ website. The Twilight in the Park series of summer concerts kicks off Tuesday, June 21, with the Kearny Mesa Community Band. Concerts are held every Tuesday,


Wednesday and Thursday evening from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., and a wide variety of music groups are featured. You can check out the schedule at Many concertgoers bring a picnic and enjoy al fresco dining before the concert. At the Aug. 16 big band concert, the Friends of Balboa Park will be dishing up complimentary ice cream sundaes to all in attendance. The Sunday concerts, with Civic Organist Dr. Carol Williams, will also continue throughout the summer at 2 p.m.

Food Truck Fridays

For something fun and new, check out Food Truck Fridays in the Plaza del Panama. Food trucks will be parked in the Plaza de Panama for your dining pleasure on June 3 and 17, and every Friday in July and August from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. The first two food truck events were a huge hit. Visit to see which trucks will be serving up delicious food each week. There is limited seating, so bring a blanket and sit on the lawn in front of the Botanical Building. To further entice you into the park in the evening, the Museum of Art will be open until 8 p.m. on Fridays through Labor Day.

The electriquettes are back!

Electriquettes are the small, quaint, wicker carts powered by electric motors that were so popular during the 1915 PanamaCalifornia Exposition. You can now rent replicas of these carts and take one for a spin around the Park. Rates start at $10 for 15 minutes, up to $25 for the first hour, plus $10 an hour for each



hour after that. The rental shop is located near the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on the Prado and open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Summer camps

Many of the park institutions have a variety of summer camps for young people from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The Junior Theatre, Museum of Photographic Art, the Natural History Museum, the Museum of Art and the Zoo all have full-day camps. The Air & Space Museum, Fleet Science Center, Japanese Friendship Garden, Museum of Man, Model Railroad Museum, Art Institute, Automotive Museum, Civic Youth Ballet and Spanish Village Art Center all have a variety of half-day programs. Two halfday programs may be combined to create a full day of fun! As a convenience to parents and students, morning camp staff provides lunchtime supervision for children participating in two halfday camps. Morning camp staff will escort children to the afternoon programs. Children can be dropped off at the morning camp at the beginning of the day and picked up at the afternoon camp at the end of the day.

Bird Park concerts

Did you know that Bird Park, located at the southeast corner of the Upas Street, 28th Street and Pershing Drive intersection is a part of Balboa Park? This is a wonderful park within a park. The Friends have been partnering with Park & Recreation to improve Bird Park for several years. We are gradually replacing existing landscaping with more native and drought-tolerant plants and replacing existing irrigation with more efficient systems. The North Park Community Association (NPCA) puts on a


series of summer concerts here every year. These concerts draw an enthusiastic crowd of adults, children and canines for picnicking, visiting with friends and neighbors, and enjoying the music from local music groups. This year’s concerts are every other Saturday: June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23 and Aug. 6. The Friends are sponsoring the concert on Aug. 6. Check out the NPCA website,, for more information, including groups that will be performing.

Other news

Have you driven into Balboa Park from the Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street entrance lately? If so, you will likely have noticed scaffolding around the Gate Houses, located near the entrance to Cabrillo Bridge. The Gate Houses are historic structures from the 1915 Panama California Exposition and the Friends have been hard at work refurbishing these small but charming buildings. They were in an advanced state of disrepair before we were approved to do this project. Originally, the Gate Houses were topped with finials and flagpoles. We have found historic photos showing what they looked like and are in the process of replicating them. Look for the Gate Houses to be finished during the summer. If you would like to attend a party to celebrate their completion, please send an email to our office, to join our mailing list. See you in the park! —Ann Wilson is a native San Diegan and has been a board member of the Friends of Balboa Park since 2009. She can be reached through their office at 619-222-2282 or v



BODY CAMS One interesting perk that comes from the cameras is an increased productivity of the officers wearing them, and amazingly, according to the Journal of Criminal Justice, a decrease in complaints of officers’ use of force despite more incidents of force being reported. Even with complaints being reduced, I don’t think America would be America unless there was someone vocalizing their dislike of the cameras. One such vocalization is the worry that privacy rights were being violated by the data collected. When I consider this, I have to wonder what they are trying to hide if they are concerned about what is captured on camera. I’m certain there are cultures out there that think a picture taken of them is about as evil as stealing their souls, but that isn’t a typical belief I come across in my day-to-day dealings. My interactions with others lead me to believe that people see the police as convenient when they need them, but want nothing to do with the police when they are on the wrong end of the law. Bottom line: Body-cams are an engine that generates faith in our protectors by making their actions, and the actions of others, a matter of record. —Jesse Blackhill is a San Diego resident and a current MSW candidate for 2016 from the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work. v


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A lesson on Wikipedia Congressional Watch Andy Cohen Much like Duncan Hunter in last month’s column, it was a rough May for Darrell Issa (R-49). First, there was the serious matter of the Congressional investigation of the IRS, with Republicans seeking to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for singling out conservative organizations that claimed tax exempt status; accusations that have been proven again and again to be baseless after numerous Issa investigations as Chair of the House Oversight Committee. Just how serious is this impeachment proceeding against Koskinen? Serious enough for Ron DeSantis (R-FL) to use it as a fundraising ploy. Nothing like a good ol’ partisan witchhunt to fill the campaign coffers. But there was a hitch in the plan proffered by the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee: None of them seem sure what qualifies as an impeachable offense. As the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank wrote, “Everything

Darrell Issa knows about impeachment he learned from Wikipedia.” “You and I are not lawyers,” Issa told committee chair Jason Chaffetz during a Judiciary Committee hearing. “According to Wikipedia, at least, the definition of high crimes and misdemeanors constitutionally says it covers allegations of misconduct …” Issa then went on to cite the examples presented by Wikipedia contributors. Wikipedia, for those who are unaware, is an open source website to which just about anyone can contribute. It is not acceptable as a source for academic or investigative purposes. But that was not the end of the Issa follies for the month. House Republicans had added a provision into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have opened the door for contractors to openly discriminate against LGBT individuals. The amendment states that every branch of the federal government “shall provide protections and exemptions” to any religious corporation, educational institution, or society that receives a federal government contract, purchase order, grant or cooperative agreement that is consistent with the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. What the provision does is open the door for any entity doing business with the

government to claim that their religious conscience requires them to discriminate against LGBT individuals. Encouragingly, it was also Republicans who led the charge to strip the provision out of the bill. As an amendment to remove the language from the NDAA went to the floor for a vote, members believed they had the 217 voted needed to strip the offensive language and move on. However, at the last moment, seven Republicans switched their votes from “yes” to “no.” Among the seven who switched their vote was Darrell Issa. No one will say why Issa and the six others switched their vote, but Rep. Charlie Dent (R-FL), who sponsored the amendment to remove the discriminatory provision, believes they were pressured by Republicans who did not want to be on record voting for the NDAA with LGBT protections in place. Susan Davis (D-53) took a stand against a bill that, according reports, promotes fossil fuel generation and consumption and creates new subsidies for coal, and seeks to resurrect the now defunct Keystone XL pipeline. “We need an energy policy suited for the 21st century that invests in the future,” Davis said in a press release. “This bill is tone deaf to our energy needs and the crisis we face

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from climate change. If you wanted to hasten the effects of climate change, this would be the bill to do it.” The House bill would also seriously dismantle the Endangered Species Act in an effort to effect water distribution in California, and take steps to hamper enforcement efforts on the illegal ivory trade. “I reject the notion that the only way to provide drought relief is to put endangered species at risk,” the Davis release said. “Sadly, the bill before the House simply continues a fight that opponents of the Endangered Species Act have been waging for decades and framing it as drought relief.” In a related note, Donald Trump informed supporters at a rally in Fresno that there was, in fact, no drought. The evidence backing his claim remains a mystery. Scott Peters (D-52) returned a campaign donation from the father of Democratic Rep. Ami Bera of Sacramento. Babulal Bera pleaded guilty to two felony counts of election fraud involving the finances of his son’s campaign. The senior Bera had contributed the maximum $5,400 to Peters’ campaign last year, campaign donations that were perfectly legal. However, according to Peters’ spokesperson, the decision was made to return the money in order to avoid the appearance of association with


the corruption charges, despite the fact that the charges stem from the 2010 and 2012 campaigns and had nothing to do with the current cycle. Duncan Hunter (R-50) is feeling a little slighted, having been “snubbed” by presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Trump was in Washington, D.C. for his much-publicized meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, along with other Republican Congressional leaders, but chose not to meet with the rank-and-file, such as Hunter. Hunter, who was among the very first members of Congress to endorse the reality TV star, noted that Trump had received multiple requests to meet with some of his supporters in Congress, but Trump refused. “I think it would have been good of him to meet with the first endorsers,” Hunter told Politico. “If they endorse him, then go back to their districts to say that they’ve met him and he’s not crazy, it goes a long way,” Hunter said. Both Hunter and Issa have endorsed Trump for president and each had the opportunity to introduce Trump at his rally at the San Diego Convention Center in late May. —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at

The art of the brush Merging ancient history with ink By Dave Schwab

materials used for paintings are paper and silk and the finished work can be mounted on scrolls or done on album sheets, walls, lacquer ware, folding screens and other media. A Chinese native, Chow was taught the ancient arts of calligraphy and brush painting starting at age 5. He sees himself as not only an artist, but as an ambassador of the craft. “We’re trying to promote Asian brush painting and calligraphy, which are both very closely related,” he said. “I’m trying to bring the fi ne art, not just a craft, to the general public.”

Chinese calligrapher and brush painter Shantien Tom Chow showed mastery of his craft during a two-hour “Art Demonstrations and Docent Tour” held May 21 at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM) in Downtown San Diego. Chow joined with members of the Chinese Brush Painting Society San Diego to demonstrate calligraphy and brush paintings on scrolls, which were then auctioned off. The society is a group of San Diego artists dedicated to learning and promoting the ancient art of Chinese brush painting and calligraphy. Members meet regularly to share ideas on all aspects of Chinese brush painting and host workshops on both traditional and contemporary styles. The tools of the trade (Photo by Dave Calligraphy is the design Schwab) and execution of lettering with a broad tip dip pen or brush and can be defined as Chow noted the art form “the art of giving form to signs uses Chinese characters “as a in an expressive, harmonious, form of visual art” in rendering and skillful manner.” phrases on scrolls. It flourishes today in wed“It’s very difficult,” he said. “It’s ding and event invitations, font not really being done in America. and logo design, religious art “To me, it’s historical,” Chow and graphic design. continued, explaining his craft. Chinese painting is one of He added that to do Chinese calthe oldest continuous artistic ligraphy well is “a form of poetry.” traditions in the world. Like Chow is hopeful that teachcalligraphy, it is done with ing Chinese calligraphy and a brush dipped in black ink brush painting will be “instruor colored pigments; oils are mental in giving the art form a not used. The most popular much wider scope” and taking

Mary Jo Houseman presents her work while “master” Chow looks on. (Photo by Dave Schwab) it “to a different level” with the general public. “Hopefully, it will teach cultural diversity, which is good for America,” he said. Chow is surprised that many of his students, like those in San Diego, can master Chinese painting and calligraphy without prior knowledge of the Chinese language or culture. “It’s fascinating that an ancient art form that has been around for more than 2,000 years in Asia still has vitality and is being practiced all over the world,” he said. “This ‘new blood’ is what gives life to this undying art form. “Even though Chinese brush paintings have the same techniques and philosophical background — the expression from the artists constantly changes and evolves,” he said. One of Chow’s disciples, society student Mary Jo Housman, talked about studying the craft

under the master before improvising a scroll at the May 21 art demonstration. “It wasn’t until I was a student with Shantien Tom for a while that my passion for calligraphy grew,” Housman said. Housman showed off what she learned by interpreting the phrase “Justice For All” on a scroll in the traditional Chinese style. Housman said she sometimes will create up to 100 renderings before being satisfied she’s done something well enough to secure Chow’s approval. The amateur calligrapher said Chow tells all his students to research and study the phrase they wish to interpret, before coming back to him with “a most elegant phrase” to be rendered. Housman praised Chow as a role model. “Tom Chow is not only a marvelous teacher, scholar, painter and calligrapher, but he’s also a poet,” she said.

Housman then proceeded to complete “And Justice For All” which translates in written Chinese into “Right Justice radiates from heaven to all under.” The mission of SDCHM at 404 Third Ave. is to create a deeper understanding of China and Chinese America through programs in education, culture and art in the belief that cross-cultural understanding strengthens the San Diego community. Located in the heart of San Diego’s Downtown Asian Pacific Historic District, SDCHM is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with special events, exhibitions, and programs. For more information about the museum, visit To learn more about the Chinese Brush Painting Society, visit tinyurl. com/hyyq63d. — Dave Schwab can be reached at



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Old Globe presents timely ‘Camp David’

‘Camp David’ By Lawrence Wright Tuesday and Wednesday 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday 8 p.m. Saturday 2 & 8 p.m. Sunday 2 & 7 p.m.

Theater Review Charlene Baldridge “If we fail here, far more radical forces will arrive,” says Jimmy Carter in Lawrence Wright’s “Camp David,” a production commissioned by and produced at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage and produced at the Old Globe through June 19. Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith stages the work and Richard Thomas as Carter heads the six-person company. “Camp David” refers to the 13-day conference hosted by President Jimmy Carter in September 1978, at the presidential retreat known as Camp David, during which a peace accord was agreed upon by President Anwar Sadat of Egypt (Khaled Nabawry) and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel (Ned Eisenberg). Wright informs playgoers in his program note, “When the leaders of Egypt and Israel met at Camp David, their two countries had been engaged in four wars in the previous 30 years.” Calling the conflict “the most obdurate in modern times,” Wright said that it “drowned the Middle East in a timeless blood feud, flooded the region with refugees, spawned terrorist movements that have created mayhem and heartbreak all over

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(l to r) Ned Eisenberg as Menachem Begin, Richard Thomas as Jimmy Carter, and Khaled Nabawy as Anwar Sadat in the West Coast premiere of Lawrence Wright’s “Camp David.” (Photo by Jim Cox) the world, and even brought the superpowers of the time to the brink of nuclear war.” That three flawed men were able to bring about the accord despite religious and political differences gives us hope for the future. As the playwright declares, it was “an achievement that nonetheless stands as one of the great diplomatic triumphs of the 20th century …” To cram those 13 days into one two-hour play, to pursue the salient points and the inherent conflict, was not an easy job. Wright — whose achievement is called “an uncanny facsimile of the truth” by Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein — is up to the task. He is author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Looming Tower,” numerous

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books, plays and documentaries. “Camp David” premiered in 2014 and the same year a book emerged from the play. In the opening half-hour or so of the play, this audience member feared she was in for two hours of unceasing arguments, but Wright is too smart for that. Rosalynn Carter, played by the brilliant Hallie Foote, is counselor to each of the peacemakers, providing humanity and bit of musical levity when needed. Her tea tray is ever at the ready when negotiations are at their toughest. As the days pass and time grows short, suspense builds and as always, Carter knows just what tactics, and yes, threats to employ. Sadat and the avuncular Carter were longtime friends to begin with, sharing great simpatico when it came to the workings of family. Even the more intractable Begin is rendered sympathetic to a certain degree and his position understandable. San Diego actors Brian Banville and Jon Maxwell play two marines, there to ease the way and make certain everyone is comfortable and protected. Walt Spangler’s lovely scenic design accommodates open space at Camp David and Gettysburg (a beautifully played, actual side trip designed to ease tension), as well as Camp David cabins and outdoor seating areas. Paul Tazewell is costume designer and Pat Collins’ lighting design includes spectacular sunsets and a thunderstorm along with David Van Tieghem’s sound design (he also wrote original music). The audience on Sunday evening, May 22, gave the show a standing ovation. Many left the theater wiping tears from their eyes and giving thanks for the fact of Camp David and for Wright’s clear, informative and touching work. “What did you learn from your experience tonight?” I overheard a teacher ask his class of teens as they walked toward the parking lot. In addition to being fine entertainment, “Camp David” provides many teaching moments for those who never knew and for those who may have forgotten. —Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. You can follow her blog at or reach her at


SOLAR Under current regulations, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) customers who have installed solar energy systems receive “full retail price” — which is basically a 1-for-1 credit on their bill — for each kilowatt hour of energy they add to the grid. These generous incentives have helped create a boon in solar rooftop sales in California — and especially San Diego County — in the last decade, with San Diego currently ranked No. 2 in the nation, according to a recent report from advocacy group Environment California. Los Angeles is ranked No. 1. “According to researchers who examined solar power installations in 64 American cities in nearly every state, San Diego had enough solar capacity at the end of last year to power about 47,000 homes,” Environmental California stated in a press release referencing their report. In addition, the city of San Diego recently promised to install even more solar-generated power systems as part of their goal to transition to 100 per-

particularly solar power, for years,” said Daniel Sullivan, president and founder of San Diego-based Sullivan Solar Power. “Environment California’s report has ranked San Diego as one of the top solar cities in the country for three consecutive reports and that’s very encouraging and we welcome that growth. Because we’re so aggressive and proactive as we move away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy, we are quickly moving towards reaching the maximum capacity that the public utility will allow to receive metering.” While other states such as Hawaii, Arizona and Nevada have curtailed or nearly eliminated net metering — a method that incentivizes solar customers for contributing energy to the grid from their rooftop systems — the California Pubic Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted in January to retain the program, despite alternative proposals from the state’s three investor-owned public utilities, SDG&E, PG&E and SoCal Edison. “The way net metering works — you have a solar powered system on your roof and the energy from that system automatically flows into your electric service panel,” Sullivan said. “Energy will first go to satisfy any loads

Daniel Sullivan, founder of Sullivan Solar Power, is a Downtown resident. (Courtesy Sullivan Solar Power)

cent renewable energy by 2035. Just last month, San Diego Airport unveiled a new 3.3 mega watt (MW) system, which officials stated is expected to save the facility up to $8 million over the next 20 years. All this growth has increasingly impacted the state’s utility companies, who have lobbied intensely in recent years to boost fees for rooftop solar customers or eliminate incentives for the installations altogether. “San Diego has been a leader in renewable energy,

in the home and anything that is in excess of what is needed in the home gets fed out into the street or onto the distribution grid with SDG&E. In doing so, you literally spin your meter backwards and generate monetary credits with the utility on your electric bill.” In the evenings, when residential solar systems are no longer working, customers automatically begin to accumulate debits with the utility, which are later balanced out with the energy the customer added to

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Team members install solar on a rooftop (Courtesy Sullivan Solar Power) the grid during daylight hours to optimize production during for billing purposes. on-peak hours, then it is finanThough CPUC is retaining cially advantageous.” net metering and those with East County’s climate causes systems today will continue to homes to expend more energy, get full retail credit through requiring larger solar footprints the life of their systems, than coastal areas but added AB327 will make it a little benefits. Sullivan emphasized, less appealing for new solar however, that since not all customers. homes have south- or west-facAmber Albrecht, a repreing roofs, some prospective clisentative from SDG&E, said ents may not be suitable for opthere is “little change to the timization or even installation. existing program” and credits “We always had to take [the will remain “full retail value usage profiles] into considerminus about two or three cents,” ation when determining how but others say those cents add good a system was going to perup and the additional fees the form, but now it is even more utility will soon be allowed crucial to get it right on the to enforce on its customers front end, or the return on inwill further chip away at the vestment can be much longer.” incentives. While two months may seem New charges planned inlike plenty of time to get an include a one-time “interconnecstall in under the wire — April tion fee,” which CPUC will desaw 18 MW of installations termine (between $75 – $150), and 37 MW still remain under and a “non-passable solar fee,” the 617 MW cap — Sullivan a monthly service charge that said things are moving more will cover the costs of meter rapidly than people realize, readings, billing services and due to the installation backlog help defray low-income custom- and the scope of the process, er programs. which can take up to 40 days Despite these post-cap changto complete. es, Sullivan said there are ways Add to that the sheer numto enhance the installation to ber of installs yet to come. continue the appeal for users. “There will be acceleration “A system’s performance toward the cap by all local solar needs to line up with a customcompanies,” Sullivan said. “If er’s usage profile to optimize you sign up for solar now, it is the benefit on a moving-fora risky endeavor because you ward basis,” he said, adding may not get it installed before that his team performs a dethe cap is hit.” Despite the seeming “gloom tailed pre-installation analysis and doom” surrounding the upfor each project. coming cap, Sullivan was quick “If we move customers onto a to point out that rooftop solar time-of-use rate that is specific is still the way to go. to solar and design the system

“While it is not as attractive to go solar in a couple of months as it is today, the state of California supported rooftop solar and it’s my belief they are going to continue to do so,” he said. “It is not just the right thing to do as far as global warming is concerned, but we have a finite amount of fossil fuels. It is logical, we need energy to survive and we need energy to support our economy. Being dependent upon a finite amount of fossil fuels controlled by a few special interests is not the way of the future.” Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni G. Atkins recently reiterated to Dowtown News the importance of solar energy and the state’s dedication to the future. “Clean energy is hugely important to California,” Atkins said. “There are more than 2,300 solar-related companies working in our state, employing 75,000 people. In 2015, California installed some 3,266 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it first nationally once again. The 13,243 MW of solar energy we have installed in California ranks us first in the country. We will continue to ensure that Californians who seek to increase their use of renewable energy — including individual consumers and our manufacturing and business sectors — have the maximum opportunity to do so.” [Editor’s note: Next month we will share an in-depth look at the solar activist who became a business phenom.] —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at morgan@sdcnn. com.v


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Freedom Boat Club of San Diego is expanding to Cabrillo Isle Marina on Harbor Island (1450 Harbor Island Drive). This grand opening celebration will be open to the public and feature a tour of the club and boats, live music, catered food, drinks and kid-friendly activities. The party will be held from 2 – 5 p.m. Visit for more information on the new location and RSVP for the party by emailing


Activities at the Gaslamp Museum (410 Island Ave.) will feature Bum the Dog puppet making and more. The event will be held from noon – 3 p.m. Call 619-233-4692 for information.


Polo season starts today at the San Diego Polo fields (14955 Via de la Valle, Del Mar). Gates open at 12:30 p.m. with matches at 1 and 3 p.m. There will also be an after party at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $20 with VIP tickets and players lounge tickets (with complimentary lunch and Stella Artois) available. Mention San Diego Film Festival or SDFF when purchasing tickets to help support the film foundation. Visit for tickets and details.


Tom Hom will lead this guided tour of the Gaslamp Quarter celebrating the re-opening of Horton Plaza Park. The tour starts at 1 p.m. This tour is free to members of the Gaslamp Museum; $5 donation

for non-members. The museum is located at 410 Island Ave. RSVP at 619-233-4692.

SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Saturday, June 11 – Sunday, June 12

The La Jolla Festival of Arts is now the San Diego Festival of the Arts. The 30th anniversary of the event will be held at Waterfront Park (1600 Pacific Highway, Downtown) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day of this weekend. Nearly 200 artists will showcase their original fine art alongside live entertainment, food vendors, wine and beer areas and views of the bay. Visit for tickets and more information.


From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. this historic home tour and fair will feature entertainment, exhibits, artists, food and kid’s crafts at 30th and Beech streets in South Park, Visit for more information. The fair is free and the historic home tour is $25, which includes a trolley ride and docent tour of five homes in South Park and Burlingame.

2016 SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW Thursday, June 16 – Sunday, June 19

This boat show coincides with Father’s Day weekend and features water activities, various food vendors, a floating Tiki bar, live entertainment and, of course, tons of boats. More than 200 vessels will be displayed including family cruisers, sailboats, luxury super yachts and more. This year’s boat show will be held at Spanish Landing Park, East (3900 North Harbor Drive, Downtown). Tickets are $15 for adults 16 and up, and free for children, active military, fi re, and police personnel (with proper ID). Visit for more information.

This event challenges competitors to climb as many flights of stairs as possible in a two-hour period. Two stairwells (one for runners, one for walkers) are located in the 20-story-high 550 Corporate Center (550 West C St., Downtown). This fundraising challenge by Father Joe’s Villages will benefit homeless teens. The day’s schedule includes registration from 7:30 – 9 a.m., a tower sprint from 7:45 – 9 a.m. and the tower club from 9 – 11 a.m. Visit to register or sponsor a participant.


The San Diego Police Foundation will put on this luncheon to showcase what San Diego police officers do and how they do it. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with officers, view actual police vehicles, technology, tools and equipment used by the SDPD, and more. Individual tickets for the luncheon are $125 with tables also available. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with the police showcase followed by a lunch program from noon – 1:30 p.m. The luncheon is being held at the San Diego Convention Center (111 West Harbor Drive, Downtown). Visit for tickets.


This yearly culinary and cultural tour starts at 1 p.m. with over 40 area restaurants featured. There will also be special art receptions at four galleries, plus museum and historic hotel tours available. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 on the day of. There is also a VIP option this year for $75 in advance and $85 the day of – it features a longer tasting time, exclusive receptions, wine/beer tastings, a goodie bag and more. Guests will check in for the Taste of Gaslamp at Pocket Park (410 Island Ave.) near the Gaslamp Quarter Museum. Visit for more information and tickets. For Downtown Live Music Listings, Visit

FILM DISCUSSION CLASSES WITH RALPH DELAURO Ralph DeLauro leads film screenings and discussions all over San Diego. Below are descriptions of the movies DeLauro will be showing and discussing in June.



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


Weichelt Wednesday (May 11): Come eat, drink and mingle with East Village residents and visitors. Happy hour prices, appetizers, $5 beer and wine. 5 – 7 p.m. Dragon’s Den, 315 Tenth Ave., East Village. Visit WeicheltWednesday11.


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


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


East Village walking tour (June 4): First Saturday of each month. Take a tour of the village’s best residential buildings, condos and see their amenities. 10 – noon, Urbana Apartment Lofts lobby, 450 10th Ave., East Village. Visit East Village Community Clean Up (June 11): Second Saturday of each month. Help keep the village clean. This month, free rooftop lunch for all participants, sponsored by the Downtown San Diego Partnership. Meet at Urbana Apartment Lofts, 410 10th Ave., East Village. RSVP EastVill Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rain or shine, visit over 100 booths on West Cedar Street between Kettner Boulevard and Front Street. Visit Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, William Heath Davis House Museum and more. 11 a.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit


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


Bill Condon’s elegant and bewitching fable based on Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel, “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” features a magnetic Ian McKellen as the world-famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. Aged 93 and living in anonymity with a failing memory, the charismatic sleuth attempts to unlock the mysteries of the unsolved case that forced his retirement. Set in 1947, after World War II, with flashbacks to 30 years earlier. (2015, 98 minutes) Both screenings are free.


Cherien Dabis’ (writer, producer, director, star) breezy and exotic look at a woman caught in the crossroads between tradition and choice. A celebrated Jordanian author and bride-to-be returns to Amman for her wedding. But immediately upon returning, her carefully structured world appears to unravel. (2014. 99 minutes.) $10 Email for more information on DeLauro’s film classes.v


Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro Bazaar Under the Stars

The Mingei International Museum presented the Bazaar Under the Stars on May 7 in Balboa Park. An outdoor market was set up with hand-made goods from international artisans. Guests could come and meet the artists and a Malahat Spirits Lounge was set up so everyone could relax and enjoy a cocktail.

A model wears Zandra Rhodes at Bazaar Under the Stars. (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro) San Diego’s own Claudia Sandoval, season six winner of the Fox television series “MasterChef,” prepared the cuisine. Style expert Mahjuba Levine assembled a presentation of fashions from Bloomingdale’s. The models strolled through the bazaar showing off the latest trends in fashion. The guests were bustling around shopping with all the phenomenal vendors. Some of the samplings were beautiful baskets from All Across Africa, global goods from Hessian, beautiful scarves by Cambodian Silk Artisans, Textile Designs of India by Amba, furniture and accessories by Folk Project, incredible textiles by Nuno, fabulous semi-precious statement pieces by Pamela Pogue from Juelerie, fashion forward Stone Struck Jewelry by Cecelia Post and amazing textile pieces by Zandra Rhodes. The proceeds of the event support the local artisans and help fund the museum’s exhibitions and kindergarten through 12 education programs. The Mingei International Museum exhibits folk art, craft and design. For a list of their current exhibitions visit

East Meets West

The 35th annual Golden Scissors fashion show and awards gala was presented by San Diego Mesa College on May 6, at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina. This remarkable event was a collaboration of the fashion program, fashion promotions students, publishing and portfolio students, and multimedia students. Program directors Susan Lazear and Meegan Feori kicked off the festivities and the theme for the evening was East Meets West. The cosmetology department at San Diego City College provided the hair and makeup. New this year was collaboration between Brigitte Couture and the computer pattern students. Brigitte Palmer is a veteran swimwear designer who has worked for companies such as Jantzen and Gottex Girls. She

showcased her amazing swimwear on the runway, which was followed by the students’ bathing suits and cover-ups, which were created from knitwear donated by Palmer. The winner for this creative section was Phitsinee Jirathamrongkarn. Technology Meets Fashion was also a new element this year. Collaboration between the textile design students and the Mesa Robotics Organization created garments which incorporated electronic wires, neo pixels, fiber optic filaments, and Flora and Gemma circuit boards. Career technical education enhancement funds made this fascinating segment possible. The winner of this innovative portion of the show was Rachel Merrill. The Best Collection went to Starr Lanier for her Sunset Siren Collection, which reflected a tropical paradise with orange to purple colors. Best of Show for Creativity went to Rachel Merrill for her creative designs. Best of Show for Workmanship went to Zari Wahab, whose colorful collection was called Afghan Nomad, inspired by the Nomadic tribes of Afghanistan. Additional award winners for the Golden Scissors 2016 were: Weekend Wear, Lina Mills; Club Wear, Levar Johnson; Children’s Dresses, Kara Riekstins; Day/ Career Wear, Kara Riekstins; Millinery, Zari Wahab; Kimono, Rachel Merrill; Upcycle, Kara Riekstins; Costume Influenced, Jon Averett; Un-fabric, Alicia Overturf; and Evening, Jessica Holland. A Collaboration Award was given to Nada Zein and Megan

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Pamela Pogue stands with her jewelry (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro) Sheffield and the evening concluded by awarding a Rising Star Award to Kara Riekstins and Rachel Merrill. For more information about the San Diego Mesa College fashion programs, call Susan Lazear at 619-388-2205.

Upcoming events

A model wearing Starr Lanier, who won Best Collection (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

June 9 | Hats Off to the Del Mar Races — Ralph Lauren celebrates RL Icons and Couture Millinery by Diana Cavagnaro for Opening Day at the Races located at 7830 Girard Ave. from 4 – 7 p.m. RSVP to BlairRutledge@ June 15 | “Viva La V” — Featuring Gloria Guerrero and DeAnnah Rae at the La Valencia Hotel located at 1132 Prospect

St., La Jolla. The event begins at 6 p.m. and is free to sit, with a special cocktail and food menu available for purchase. For more information, visit June 25 | Avant Garde Costume Gala with Fashion Show — presented by Vanguard Culture at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park at 6:30 p.m. Your wildest costume is encouraged. Tickets available at —Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned couture milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at v

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THE GRANDE Blue water bay views abound from this 18th floor residence! Sophistication & warmth are found in the rich, wide-planked wood floors traversing the main living areas, plus an ambient fireplace & brilliantly upgraded lighting. For more information visit:


RENAISSANCE Luminous residence bids an impressive opportunity for the discerning buyer. Floor-toceiling windows showcase panoramic city, bay & ocean views, while brilliant lighting, pristine finishes, & built-ins offer an ideal home for showcasing art. For more information visit:



Sophisticated home beautifully appointed and offering timeless charm. Spacious rooms allow for large furniture, while rich wood and custom tiled floors are found throughout. For more information visit:

Tranquil city living awaits featuring TWO patios, upgraded lighting, a well-equipped kitchen with granite counters and a breakfast bar, wood blinds, arched doorways, plus dual master suites. For more information visit:

Charming and bright residence with stunning new wood floors traversing the interior! Delight in the desirable split bedroom floor plan, upgraded lighting, walk-in closets, city views, and two private balconies with access from every room. For more information visit:

One of the largest single bedroom floor plans in the building with a private balcony overlooking the courtyard. Enjoy Hunter Douglas shades throughout, plus a stainless-steel & granite kitchen with a breakfast bar. For more information visit:

Amazing opportunity to own this beautiful residence in the heart of Little Italy! Enjoy warm wood cabinetry, plantation shutters, a stainless steel and granite kitchen, and a private balcony perfect for taking in the sights and sounds of the city.




Catch Padres games and concerts directly from your private balcony at this amazing residence! Enjoy upgraded lighting, a bright stainless steel and granite kitchen, and multiple closets offering generous storage. For more information visit:


Charming 6th floor, single bedroom residence with courtyard views, a private balcony, and nice wood floors. Enjoy a prime central location in the heart of the Gaslamp walking distance from the best city has to offer. For more information visit:


Phenomenal views of the bay, city, & Coronado Bridge abound. Boasting floorto-ceiling windows & a sublime wrap-around balcony, the postcard worthy views from every room will never cease to amaze you. For more information visit:


Not yet on the market, this delightful 3rd floor residence offers charming views of the treelined streets, plus a highly desirable Marina District locale. Don’t miss this opportunity. For more information visit:

Fabulous studio in the heart of Little Italy! The kitchen has been exquisitely appointed with stainless-steel GE Profile appliances including a double oven, black granite counters, and a contemporary stainless sink and a newer faucet. For more information visit:

THE METROPOLITAN Single-level residence with breathtaking 360-degree views of the city, bay, ocean, Petco Park, and mountains. Occupying the entire 31st floor, this residence is sure to become one of the most iconic penthouses in the skyline.

SOLD FOR $4,650,000




THE GRANDE Expansive windows and the private balcony showcase vibrant views of city lights, the Pacific Ocean, and San Diego Bay from this pristine corner residence. Special custom options and luxurious upgrades are found throughout.

SOLD FOR $1,420,000



SOLD FOR $980,000

SOLD FOR $564,000

SOLD FOR $532,000

Cathedral ceilings grace this luminous penthouse level residence at the revered Watermark complex! Enjoy arched windows, French doors, wood floors, new carpet, and fresh paint.






Beautifully updated residence in Marina Park and featuring a large private patio. Delight in the cozy fireplace, updated kitchen, custom built-ins, and a desirable split bedroom layout. For more information visit:

Prime East Village residence beautifully upgraded for the discerning buyer. Rich wood floors traverse the entirety while floor-toceiling windows invite floods of natural light into this space. Enjoy convenient street access.

SOLD FOR $519,000

SOLD FOR $497,000

SOLD FOR $469,000

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SOLD FOR $785,000


Charming, south-facing residence! Featuring a prime split bedroom layout offering new carpet, fresh paint, a private balcony with peek bay views, recessed lighting, and granite counters in the kitchen.

SOLD FOR $532,000

HORIZONS This impeccable residence enjoys spectacular views overlooking the harbor, Coronado Bridge, and the Pacific Ocean! Featuring wood floors throughout, a gleaming kitchen, warming fireplace, and two parking spaces.

SOLD FOR $1,189,000





PARK BLVD EAST This top floor, end-unit offers a spacious living room, crown molding throughout, kitchen with granite countertops and range oven, and in-unit washer/dryer. Enjoy the spiral staircase leading up to the private rooftop deck.

Spectacular panoramic southeast views from this 3-bedroom corner residence! Revel in the huge private balcony and gourmet kitchen with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, gas Viking stove, under-cabinet lighting, & sleek granite counters.





Beautiful turn-key residence boasting floor-toceiling windows with spectacular views of the Coronado Bridge, city, mountains, and Petco Park. Delight in the spacious balcony with sliding doors and a granite and stainless steel kitchen.





Uniquely private penthouse level residence shares only one wall. Experience the feeling of openness & space as you enter the main loft area with 14-ft ceilings, walls of windows, skylights, Brazilian Cherry floors, & a gourmet kitchen.

SOLD FOR $987,500





PARK PLACE This showpiece residence is exquisite in every detail & offers unparalleled modern living with unobstructed sit-down bay & ocean views. Highlighted by porcelain floors, brilliant lighting, a gourmet kitchen, & a home theatre system.





EGYPTIAN Floor-to-ceiling windows invite floods of light into this charming residence. Featuring wood floors, track lighting, granite and stainless-steel surfaces in the kitchen, plus an amazing flex space & private south-facing balcony.

SOLD FOR $390,000


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San diego downtown news june 2016  
San diego downtown news june 2016