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The County Waterfront Park and the San Diego Bay will again provide the backdrop for the upcoming San Diego Festival of the Arts, which moved to Downtown last year from La Jolla. (Courtesy SDAF)

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After moving to Downtown last year, following two decades in La Jolla, the San Diego Festival of the Arts — formerly the La Jolla Festival of the Arts — has found its home on the steps of the San Diego Bay. Still produced by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation in conjunction with San Diego Magazine, the 2017 festival will take place June 10–11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

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With nearly 200 established and emerging artists from all over the world scheduled to participate, the festival is expected to bring a diverse offering of art — including photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass, wood, printmaking, fiber and textiles, ceramics and mixed media — to Waterfront Park on Harbor Drive. Don Ludwig, co-director of the 2017 festival, stated in a press release that after the festival moved to Downtown, the response they received

— not only from artists, but also guests and the local community — was “incredible.” “We are thrilled to have so many wonderful artists committed to this year’s festival, set in such a stunning venue to showcase their work," Ludwig said. Despite falling just one month after the popular Mission Federal ArtWalk, held annually in nearby Little Italy, organizers feel there is room for everyone when it

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When the San Diego Film Foundation (SDFF) partnered recently with actress/ producer/documentarian Susan Sarandon and directors Thomas Morgan and Jack Henry Robbins to bring the award-winning documentary “Storied Streets” to San Diego high school students, the collaboration brought an immediate response and level of engagement that surpassed expectations. SDFF is a philanthropic organization that creates and promotes educational programs around social

see SDFF, pg 11

(l to r) Filmmaker Thomas Morgan, documentary subject Guiseppe Pizano and youth empowerment activist Sarah Hernholm speak to San Diego area high school students about the documentary, “Storied Streets” (Photo by

More recently, “Live, work and play” has become a common catchphrase used to describe the all-encompassing amenities a community or neighborhood has to offer. Developers and organizers behind Downtown San Diego’s newest multi-tenant office building say they are using the concept as a guiding principle for the six-story Block D project. It is situated within Makers Quarter, the burgeoning, six-block East Village district noted for its creative ethos and local artists. “This goes beyond the talk of the ‘live, work, play’ mantra,” said Stacey Pennington, an urban planner intricately involved in Makers Quarter. Block D, targeted on land at 845 15th St., is one piece of a greater puzzle for a section of East Village that has garnered attention for its visioning process since the heavy lifting began four years ago. Work on the much-ballyhooed Block D development began in earnest in late May with a groundbreaking ceremony. A number of community leaders attended the ceremony, including Mayor Kevin Faulconer; Mark Cafferty, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Commission; Kris Michell, president and CEO of Downtown San Diego Partnership; and Reese Jarrett, president of Civic San Diego. “This is the kind of forward-thinking, sustainable office space that San Diego needs and businesses can use to attract top-tier employees who want to work in the heart of our city,” Faulconer said in a statement. Projects preceding Block D within Makers Quarter have included SMARTS Farm, a community garden with an educational component on a previously vacant lot, and 10 Barrel Brewing Co., which has been touted as a family-friendly brewpub. But Pennington said Block D, the first multi-tenant commercial building to go up in the

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A summary of SOHO’s People in Preservation awards SDCNN Staff On May 18, Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) presented their annual People in Preservation awards on the lawn of the historic Marston House in Balboa Park. The 10 awards were presented to the winners by Amie Hayes, SOHO’s historic resources specialist, while Bruce and Alana Coons and the rest of SOHO’s board looked on. Six of the 10 awards have a connection to Downtown. While we will summarize those awardees and the words that Hayes spoke at the presentation below, in future issues we will dig a little deeper on each of the winners and their relationship to Downtown and present them to you in future issues. We also wish to acknowledge the craftsmanship of Sande Lollis, who photographed winners at the location of their choice and put together beautiful four-by-three foot posters honoring them, which we are also using, represented in digital form for each of the winners below. Enjoy.

1. Two editors associated with this paper — editor Morgan M. Hurley and contributing editor (and editor of Uptown News) Ken Williams — were pleased to receive

the first PIP award that was presented, the Town Crier Award, for our “ongoing commitment to communicating the importance of our heritage and historic resources.”

2. Bandy Blacksmith Guild won the Historic Arts Restoration and Education

Award, and was accepted by Guild president, Jim Richmond.

see Bandy Blacksmith, pg 9

With so much information flying at us every second of the day, focusing on what’s important can be a challenge. Experienced journalists know how to present facts and tell relevant stories. Raising readers’ awareness about our history and the development of San Diego’s built environment is a bit more complicated. Three newspapers — Uptown News, Downtown News and Gay San Diego — consistently devote space throughout their print and digital pages to preservation issues, projects and threats. Entire historic neighborhoods are benefitting from this informative coverage and many

readers are spurred to attend public meetings, write letters to decision makers and more. We’re fortunate to have two editors who care about our region’s heritage and historic preservation at the helm of these popular and influential community newspapers. They have gathered historians, community leaders, museum professionals, artisans, preservationists, and archivists of the LGBTQ community to write informative articles and persuasive columns on an ongoing basis. Regular readers stand to learn a lot and tend to be moved to act to protect their historic neighborhoods.

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ARTS FESTIVAL comes to the enjoyment of art. They also point to the allure of the bay and its sweeping views as one of the things that sets the two festivals apart. In addition to the shared arts and community, there is also the mission of the festival that helps it stand out. Since the festival’s inception in 1987, the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation — a 501(c) (3) nonprofit — has used the festival as a fundraising vehicle, distributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to “improve the lives of San Diego children, adults and wounded warriors,” through their grant and scholarship program.

“The SD Festival of the Arts is a major fundraiser for the San Diego adaptive sports community, raising more than $2 million over the past 30 years for programs and organizations that support individuals with disabilities,” Peter Ballantyne, co-chair of the festival, said in the release. In 2016, 23 organizations received disbursements from the $90,000 earmarked from the festival’s proceeds, including, Ability First; Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association; ArtsBusXpress; Autism Society San Diego; Aseltine School; Challenged Sailors San Diego; Children’s Holiday Magic Project; Helen Woodward Animal Center; San Diego Brain Injury Foundation; St. Madeline’s Sophie’s Center; and many more.

San Diego Festival of the Arts incorporates a “giant games” area, which will entertain all ages. (Courtesy SDAF)

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With dozens of international artists participating, one local, long-time SDAF participant performs her own philanthropic work. Marna Schindler, a 14-year resident of East Village, gives a portion of the proceeds from her art to rescue organizations and animal shelters. A former graphics artist and illustrator, Schindler has been working as a full-time artist for the last 11 years and bringing her bright and whimsical style to the festival for nearly a decade. “I loved the La Jolla locations it’s been in before, but now at its Downtown Waterfront Park location, I feel it’s even better than before,” she said. To that end, Schindler points to the festival’s new central location and accessibility, and the fact it’s nestled between the historic San Diego County Administration Center, the Downtown skyline and the San Diego Bay, which all together, she said, offers attendees “an unparalleled aesthetic experience.” Schindler also calls the festival itself “sophisticated” and “on par” with the award-winning Sausalito Art Festival, which was identified at No. 2 on the Art Fair Source Book’s “Prime 100” Fine Art events of 2016. SDAF also made the prestigious list, which can be found at “This level of sophistication is my favorite aspect of the show — it’s such a privilege to be a part of it,” Schindler said.





East Village resident Marna Schindler brings her bright and whimsical work to the festival again this year. (Courtesy the artist) Citing her childhood teacher, Joe Nyiri, as her first mentor, Schindler said his initial impact at age 8 is still felt today. “He taught me … that if you wanted to be an artist, you must use everything you see and experience as inspiration for your art,” she said. “That’s how I continue to see the world and I’m so grateful for his influence and generosity of spirit and talent.” Schindler works with acrylic paints, known for their versatility and easy cleanup, and finished works can easily pass as more challenging mediums such as pastels or even oils. While she said she has many styles, the “unifying characteristic” of her artwork is “bright, vivid colors.” “I’m a spontaneous, paintby-the-seat-of-my pants kind of gal, so I enjoy a medium with maximum flexibility and color spectrum,” she said. “And, it’s a lot less of a hassle to clean up the cats when they choose to take part in the fun.”

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Brewery, Karl Strauss, Rough Draft and Stone Brewing, as well as California Fruit Wine and Falkner Winery. Organizers say the giant games section, which was a big hit last year with kids and adults alike, will again be near the beer and wine tasting area and give festival goers a chance to take a quick break from the art. Giant games planned this year will include Cornhole, Connect Four, and a Jenga-like Giant Tumble Tower. “The best way to experience any art is in person for sure, so I encourage everyone to come out and make a great day or weekend of enjoying the festival,” Schindler said, adding that she will located near the northwest corner of the County Administration Center, by the circle of palm trees nearby. “Come by and see what my latest adventures have hatched!” San Diego Festival of the Arts takes place June 10 and 11, from 10 a.m to 6 p.m., daily, at Waterfront Park, located at 1600 Pacific Highway at North Harbor Drive, Downtown. Day tickets are $12 online and $14 at the door, and weekend passes are $16 online and $18 at the door. Children 16 and younger are admitted free, along with active duty military with ID. Follow them on social media at @SDFestivalArts or visit

In addition to the rows of art on display, SDAF will also have top-notch entertainment, food and beverages. Three stages, the Main Stage, the Fountain Plaza Stage and the Acoustic Stage will offer a plethora of live music and local favorites. From U.S. Navy Band Southwest ensembles, to Dave Scott and —Morgan M. Hurley can Monsoon, Gilbert Castellanos, be reached at morgan@sdcnn. Island Mist, the Benedettis, com.v and the Bayou Brothers, this schedule has something for everyone. There will also be no shortage of food and drink at this festival. Hunter Steakhouse, Bottaro, Flavors of East Africa, Tres Tacos, Cousins Maine Lobster, Divine Fresh, Lemon Life, and Doggos Gus will all be in the offing. Breweries and wineries on hand inOne of Marna Schindler's whimsical, nature clude Ballast Point, inspired pieces. (Courtesy the artist) Mike Hess, Mission


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Kitties and coffee Cat Café combines caffeine with adoption potential By John Gregory The exterior looks like any other Downtown coffee shop except for the name on the sign: Cat Café. Inside, furry felines wander about, mingling with guests who sip coffee or tea and calmly pet the small, four-legged creatures. Customers can order their drinks at a narrow counter in a room to the side of the entrance. Then, after walking through a series of doors that keep the cats inside, they can

A customer plays with a feisty feline (Photo by John Gregory)

play with kitties in a large room filled with soft cushions, small cat beds, a miniature Eiffel Tower and shelves on the walls for the cats to climb. The atmosphere is very calming, and the cats are the stars of the show. “They do entertaining things,” said Tony Wang, owner and general manager of the Cat Café. “Some of them will climb up into that Eiffel Tower and they’ll spend all day hanging out there. Whenever they do that, people are always amazed.” A textured wall stands at the rear of the room dividing the playroom from an office and a back room storing cat food, supplies, litter boxes and a few more wall platforms for the cats to climb. The wall, which resembles a flat mountainside, does not go all the way to the ceiling but it’s several feet high. Amazingly, some of the cats have been seen jumping over the wall, Wang said. “There are the ones who will open the bathroom door and just hang out in the bathroom until we see them,” he said. “They’re pretty interesting creatures.” Wang said he opened Cat Cafe in January 2015 after reading about a similar business in Paris that had a two- to three-month waiting


list to get a reservation. Customers at that cafe could get a sit-down meal, but food regulations are different in the U.S. Department of Public Health regulations require that the food-serving area be located in a separate room. Once guests are served their beverages and snacks, they can enter the cat play area. The first cat cafe was started in Taiwan in 1988, Wang said. The concept spread to Japan and throughout Asia, then to Europe. At San Diego’s Cat Cafe, located at 472 Third Ave., customers also have the opportunity to adopt one of the cats if they become attached to it. Cat Café partners with The Rescue House, a local nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that specializes in rescuing cats, fostering them and helping them get adopted. Cats from the organization are brought to Cat Cafe, where they live until they are adopted. “They look at us as kind of like a public foster home,” Wang said. The Cat Café usually has about 10 cats wondering around that come from The Rescue House each week. When a cat is adopted, The Rescue House brings another to the cafe. Wang owns three

Cat Café owner Tony Wang (Courtesy Tony Wang) cats, one of which he adopted through his own cafe’s program. “I’ve always had an interest in animal welfare,” said Wang, who previously had a career in sales and marketing. “I figured this would provide me with an opportunity to hopefully do well while doing some good.” Wang said the Cat Café has seen 221 cats adopted as of February. When interviewed, he said two cats on the premises were spoken for at that time and two cats were adopted the week before. He said his Cat Café is the only one of its kind in San

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End the use of isolation as protective custody in American prisons By Christopher Zoukis Solitary confinement has long been viewed by experts and human rights organizations as a form of torture. As far back as 1890, the United States Supreme Court declared the practice of solitary confinement abandoned, noting the high rates of suicide and insanity among prisoners subjected to isolation. Charles Dickens went so far as deeming the use of solitary in 19th century America “worse than any torment of the body.” But the use of isolation has not been abandoned in American jails and prisons. In fact, it has increased greatly. It has been estimated that one in five U.S. prisoners has spent time in isolation in the last year. With about 2 million people incarcerated, that means about 400,000 prisoners experience isolation each year and 33 to 50 percent of those prisoners are seriously mentally ill, with isolation itself the cause in many cases. Often prisoners who have cooperated with government authorities cannot live in general population for fear of being attacked by other prisoners. Their reward for helping the

government put other people in jail is “protective” punishment in what federal prison officials call the “Special Housing Unit” (SHU). The SHU, nebulous acronym aside, is nothing less than isolation. These protectees — informants and undesirable prisoners such as sex offenders — sometimes spend years in isolation. Economically, this is a losing proposition. It is much more expensive to house prisoners in isolation than in general population. In California, for example, it costs $70,000 per year to hold a prisoner in isolation. The national average cost per year for a general population prisoner is $30,000. The financial reality of using isolation for protection has not driven any real discussion of abandoning the practice, however. Even though the operation and financing of American prisons are informational black holes, policy makers have been aware of the cost of isolation and its overuse. In 2013, for example, the Government Accountability Office issued a scathing report on the Federal Bureau of Prison's escalating overuse of “administrative segregation” — yet another name for protective custody isolation.

The problem with isolation for protection, or for any other reason, is that the practice is inhumane. Prisoners literally go crazy in isolation and it is not hard to imagine why. Consider this scenario: The authorities decide that you need to be protected. The solution is to put a steel bunk and a foam mattress in your bathroom and then to lock you in there. For years, you’ll get three meals per day (sometimes two) delivered through a small hole in the door. Once a month or so, you may be given a book or two, or just some pieces of a book. You may get toilet paper, depending on the mood of the person delivering your meals. And you’ll be subjected to the sounds of people screaming and banging on doors all day and all night long. This is solitary confinement in America. It is estimated that 50 percent of all prisoner suicides in the U.S. take place in isolation and you’ll soon know why. You’ll lose weight and you’ll lose hope. If you’re lucky, the authorities will stack another bunk on top of yours and place a stranger in the bathroom with you. If you don’t end up wanting to kill each other (a real concern, which does

occasionally happen), you’ll both slowly deteriorate together. When asked what surprised him most about a judicial visit to the SHU at Pelican Bay, California, in the 1990s, U.S. District Judge Thelton E. Henderson said, “The inhumanity of the thing. They were treating people like animals.” As a nation, are we prepared to treat any human being like an animal? Can we say that people who need our protection — even convicted criminals — should be “protected” in a way that drives them mad? Perhaps we should lock ourselves in our bathrooms for a few days and think on it. —Christopher Zoukis is a leading expert in the field of correctional education and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He authored “Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons” released in 2017 by Middle Street Publishing and is founder of, and PrisonEducation. com. He is incarcerated at Federal Correctional Institution Petersburg Medium in Virginia. Learn more at

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Congressional Watch Andy Cohen Scott Peters (D-52) is taking the Trump-Russia probe very seriously, unlike many of his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives. On May 9, after Donald Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey for what we now know — by Trump’s own admission — was Comey’s refusal to “drop the whole Russia thing,” Peters wasted no time in issuing a very strongly worded statement on the matter: Firing law enforcement officers who may be investigating you or your associates and then appointing their replacements is something that happens in dictatorships — not in the United States of America. This move from the president is breathtaking in its brazen disregard for the independence of our justice system. Republican members of Congress who fail to stand up against this are complicit in this assault on our democracy. The founding fathers made Congress a check on the power of the presidency. That check only functions when it is used without regard for political party. Congress —Democrats and Republicans — must stand up in a bipartisan defense of our institutions and insist that a special prosecutor be appointed before confirming a new director. Never before has it been clearer that the integrity of our democracy depends on an independent commission to investigate Russian interference in our election and a special prosecutor at the Department of Justice to follow an investigation to wherever — and whomever—it leads. On May 16, after it was revealed that Trump shared highly classified information received from Israeli intelligence sources with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador — information that the intelligence community had not even divulged to the U.S.’s staunchest allies — Peters issued another statement that was equally condemning of the administration. “It is high time that Republicans put country before party and hold this president accountable,” it read in part. “From the beginning, I said I was willing to work with President Trump on shared priorities, but this crosses every line. All members of Congress –— Republicans and Democrats — should be standing shoulder to shoulder as patriots to demand answers from President Trump so that we can contain the damage and help keep Americans safe. Anything less is a dangerous failure of Congress to faithfully execute its role as a check on the power of the president as the founders intended.” The investigation into the Trump campaign’s and his associates’ ties to Russia and Russian meddling into the 2016 campaign is now in the hands of former FBI Director Robert Mueller. It’s a step in the right direction, but many believe a 9/11 style independent commission is called for.

On May 25, the state of Montana held a special election to fill its sole congressional seat, vacated when Ryan Zinke was appointed to Secretary of the Interior. The state voted for Donald Trump by 20 points, yet the congressional election was expected to be tight. And it was. Republican Greg Gianforte won the seat with 50.1 percent of the vote (Democrat Rob Quist finished second with 44.1 percent). So what does a Montana congressional special election have to do with the San Diego Congressional Watch column? Well, the night before the election, Mr. Gianforte physically assaulted a reporter, Ben Jacobs from The Guardian. The incident was witnessed by a Fox News crew that was preparing to interview Gianforte after a pre-election rally. Jacobs called the police and Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault (Sheriff’s officials said the nature of Jacobs’ injuries did not meet the standards for felony assault) and could face up to six months in jail. Condemnation of Gianforte’s actions was widespread, although Fox News barely acknowledged the incident until the next day, despite having their own crew as eyewitnesses.

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delaying Applegate’s ability to recover those fees. Applegate lost to Issa by less than 1 percentage point (1,621 votes) in the 2016 election and has already said he will challenge Issa again. Environmental lawyer Mike Levin has also announced plans to challenge Issa from the Democratic side. After a couple of rough town hall meetings in April, Issa has scheduled another town hall event, with one caveat; he is selecting only conservative-leaning constituents to attend the event in a 500-seat venue, presumably to avoid the kind of confrontation he faced last time. —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at

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Duncan Hunter (R-50) had a different take on the incident, when asked about Gianforte’s actions. “It’s not appropriate behavior,” Hunter told reporters. “Unless the reporter deserved it.” First, Ben Jacobs most certainly did not deserve to be body slammed by a congressional candidate — or anyone else, for that matter — and certainly asking a question about the Congressional Budget Office’s score of the Republican health care repeal bill did not deserve such a response. Second, who, in Hunter’s mind, is to be the arbiter of who does and does not deserve to be physically assaulted? What, exactly are the criteria for such a determination? Third, since when has it become acceptable for anyone to attack a reporter for simply doing their job? Is this the new reality we will be living with from here on out? Darrell Issa (R-49) recently saw the lawsuit against his 2016 general election opponent Doug Applegate dismissed in San Diego County Superior Court. Issa had sued Applegate for defamation, stemming from commercials that aired in Orange and San Diego Counties, featuring quotes from a New York Times article that accused Issa of using his position as a member of Congress to steer funds for road work and public projects to improving the value of his own properties. As a part of the ruling, Applegate is entitled to recover $141,000 in legal fees, but Issa has announced plans to appeal,



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[Ref: “The bird is (still) the word(nerd),” Vol. 18, Issue 5, or online at ycvptw6o]

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I’ve never been to this store but from its descriptions, and what has happened in keeping it opened … I will now visit! I’m elated that the owners have made the decision to remain open. I think it’s an important and positive contribution for the families in this community. Too bad many Christian bookstores have closed throughout the city. To have access, one needs a computer to buy products these days. —Flo Pereira, via

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[Ref: “From the bayou to the bay,” Vol. 18, Issue 5, or online at] Thank you San Diego and Gator by the Bay organizers for encouraging Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser to visit the Gator by the Bay Festival. We here in Louisiana that attend dance festivals in Louisiana encourage the Lt. Governor to pay special attention to the use of the large dance tents with the portable wood dance floors. Also the availability of hand sanitizers at each port-a-pot are ideas that Louisiana could benefit from. Please bring those ideas back home to Louisiana festival organizers. Thank You Billy, we know you will love Gator by the Bay, they do it first class! —Sidney Schmidt, New Orleans tour guide, via our website

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[Ref: “Solar ‘cap’ fast approaching,” Vol. 17, Issue 6, or online at hhv3ssn] One year after the cap was reached, we now have an alternative. San Diegans don’t need SDG&E anymore, now that we have solar paired with batteries. This is the solar of tomorrow, today — people can be grid-independent instead of subject to the whims of greedy investor-owned utilities. Homeowners can go solar with a battery, finance the cost for less than their electric bill and own the system outright in 12 years. The amount of compensation the utilities are offering to people producing power is going to be reduced; batteries allow energy to be stored during the day and used in the evenings, maximizing the return on investment for solar and future proofing customers. Learn more —Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power, via email —Letters to the editor can be sent to Comments can also be made on our website or Facebook page.v


BANDY BLACKSMITH “Artisans trained in traditional crafts aren’t as plentiful as they used to be, making those devoted to their specialties all the more valuable. Better yet are the artisans who teach others their craft

to keep the techniques alive through the next generation and beyond. This all-volunteer group also works with nonprofits to restore priceless historic artifacts, fittings and hardware. Their projects include the San Diego Maritime Museum’s San Salvador, the Escondido History Center’s mud wagon and the centennial cannon, a

rare survivor from 1870s San Diego now owned by SOHO. A group of blacksmiths, wheelwrights, and carpenters restored the recently rediscovered iron cannon and made a new carriage for it, so it can be used once again for ceremonial purposes. This group is being honored for their ‘broad accomplishments and heritage artisan skills.”

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3. The Cultural Landscape Award went to the Friends of Balboa Park, a Downtown News contributor, for their restoration of the gatehouses that welcome people to Balboa Park. Board member Jim Hughes accepted the award.

4. The Outstanding Public Service Award was presented to Elizabeth Maland, the city’s clerk for her archival work. Every student, historian, and researcher knows you

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replicated missing ornament and flagpoles. Once forlorn and visually lost in the busy park, the gatehouses have regained their proper historic stature. Preservation Project, rare publications, documents, and maps are now available to the public online and in person at the city’s archives center. Priceless pioneer statehood records, which date from the 1850s and are extremely fragile, are now accessible. So are 1856 Pueblo land maps and tax assessment books dating from 1872 to 1925. Providing online access is crucial as we rely more and more on digital devices, especially among younger generations, who are, after all, our future historians. There’s another reason for preservationists and researchers to rejoice at this improved access. According to the city clerk, preserving original and trustworthy records and making these legal and historical records available to citizens is a vital function in our democracy.


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The Royal Pie Bakery (1911) was located at 554 Fourth Ave., where the Dublin Square Irish Pub and Grill now resides. Architecture style, Contemporary; architect, unknown. (Courtesy GQHF) and Francis A. Smith, who operated the business as the Royal Pie Bakery. During the first half of the 20th century, the surrounding area deteriorated and became known as a “red light” district. By 1933, the upstairs hotel, now known as the Anchor, was not a respectable domicile. Upon discovering the state of affairs above the bakery, Martha Kuhnel, the mother of Alois, shut that den of “rampant immorality” down. In 1946, the Kuhnels were able to purchase the real property, and continued to operate as the Royal Pie Bakery until 1998, when Alex Kuhnel, the last family member, passed away. For the first time since 1871, there was no longer a bakery operating in the building. After the bakery closed, several restaurants moved




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in. The building now houses Dublin Square Irish Pub and Grill, which features excellent food, friendly service, and of course, an impressive selection of Irish beers, including Kilkenny. For those of you who aren’t beer aficionados, Kilkenny was previously unavailable in the U.S. They also sport an impressive 18th-century fi replace appropriated from an ancient church in Ireland. For more information, take one of our historic walking tours, which leave the DavisHorton House Museum on Thursday at 1 p.m. or Saturday at 11 a.m. —Sandee Wilhoit is the historian for the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. She can be reached at



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In late 1869, Alonzo Horton sold lots J and K between H Street (now Market Street) to Jacob Kihner and Samuel Barkley. They, in turn, sold the north half of lot K to Mr. Charles Westphal, who promptly set about improving the property. On July 20, 1871, the San Diego Union newspaper stated that Mr. Westphal was erecting a one-story frame structure with a large double oven. When completed, the oven would be used for baking bread, pies and fancy cakes for Star Bakery, the first bakery in the region. Westphal then sold his property to Leopold Winter, an immigrant, who had learned the bakery business in his native Baden, Germany. Winter acquired the remainder of the lot and opened his business at 554 Fourth Ave. on April 29, 1873. He formed a partnership with his brother, Joseph, and named the business “L. Winter and Bros. Bakery.” The business grew rapidly, as the Winter

family, consisting of five brothers, soon acquired all of lots J and K. Market conditions necessitated the construction of a new building in 1884, described by the San Diego Union as a two-story, 75-foot-tall building, 25 feet wide, featuring a salesroom in the front and the ovens in the back. An elevator would be used to transport the baked goods to the second floor, where they would be packed. All of the machinery, including the elevator, were steam powered. The business had now been renamed the San Diego Steam Cracker Factory, and could turn out 40 boxes of crackers per day. As San Diego was fast becoming an important port, and as crackers were the mainstay of diets aboard ships, business improved so much that in 1885, Winter was able to purchase a cake machine from Buffalo, New York. Unfortunately, the illnesses and deaths of several of his children forced Leopold to turn the business over to his brother, Joseph. Two other brothers, Carl and Frank, also left the Fourth Street bakery to open bakeries of their own, which proved equally as successful.

In 1896, Joseph ran into financial troubles and was forced to sell the property to Sam F. Smith, with all buildings and fixtures, equipment and machinery, for only $2,250. The property was then again purchased in 1899 by J. Millender, who leased it to several bakers in succession. In 1911, as the Old Cracker Factory building was becoming quite worn with age and use, Millender contracted with A. L. Morgan to replace it with a new, two-story red brick structure. The new building housed various bakeries and the upstairs was listed in the City Directory as furnished rooms or hotels, including the Hotel Hanana and the Empire Hotel. There was a notable Japanese presence for many years in the upstairs area, and the Japanese were described as model tenants. Longtime Davis-Horton House volunteer Jon Obayashi recently recounted his memories of the building. His father Al leased a portion of the downstairs area upon the family’s return from the Posten internment camp. In the area that is now the La Puerta restaurant, the senior Obayashi ran a Japanese/Chinese restaurant named Miyako Sukiyaki. One could purchase a Sukiyaki Dinner consisting of tempura or sashimi, beef sukiyaki, rice, a Japanese pickle, tea and a fortune cookie for $3.25. The tempura dinner with all the trimmings was only $2.25! The real property remained in the Millender family until 1946, but the bakery was purchased in 1920 by Alois Kuhnel




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Thomas Morgan fields questions from the high schoolers after the film. (Photo by Frank Rogozienski Photography) teen who becomes homeless is 14.7 years old and 75 percent drop out of school. In the film, Pizano tells how he was determined to finish high school and go on to college, which he did, and how he survived when his mother left him at the age of 14. He attended high school every day, becoming dependent on friends for a bed or a couch, but eventually had to sleep on the streets, living in the bleachers at his high school. SDFF plans on making the Focus on Impact Film Tours a yearly event and is setting up a system for other schools to access “Storied Streets” and screen it for their students. “The film tour was a result of the discussions that Susan [Sarandon], Thomas

[Morgan] and I have been are several VIP events behaving for almost two years ing finalized and the lineup now,” Mantooth said. “The includes the Opening Night goal was to take films about Film and Party at Balboa important social issues that Theatre, the Friday Night are screened at the festival “Party with a Purpose” at and bring them to schools. the Horton Plaza HUB and “In the fall, the film packscreenings at Regal Cinemas. age will be available to all For more information on schools and we aren’t stopthe foundation and film festiping there — plans are in the val, go to works for the next two film tours,” she continued. “We are —Terri Stanley is the crethrilled to bring these impact- ator, producer and host of the ful films and the filmmakers Emmy award-winning Boston to our San Diego County lifestyle show, “styleboston” schools.” and former executive editor Morgan will be on the of Boston Common magaSocial Impact Documentary zine. Since moving to the San Panel at San Diego’s Diego area, she freelances as a International Film Festival, lifestyle writer and short film SDFF’s signature annual producer and is on the board event, which takes place Oct. of directors at SDFF. Reach 4–8 in Downtown. There her at

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A soapbox derby like no other STEAM-related school activities for the 2018 school year. Sieve credits community support for the school for helping to make that happen. “The local businesses are very supportive of the school,” he said. “And the guys who play bocce ball at Amici Park have even taught the kids to play. They will be holding a tournament during our event.” The festival will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. right next to the Little Italy Mercato Market next door. Chris Gomez, district manager of the Little Italy Association, said having both events together brings the community together. “Through this event, Washington Elementary School allows students to show off their skills and talents in a fun and unique way and that’s important in our Little Italy community,” Gomez said in a press release. For instance, local businesses are sponsoring the cars in the Soapbox Derby. Along with the Derby, and the fun zone, there will be live music and visual arts performances, as well as food trucks, and a silent auction featuring items donated by many of the local businesses that have turned Little Italy into such a trendy neighborhood. “This year, we’re also starting a car show,” Sieve said.

By Alex Owens Getting up on your soapbox has never been as fun as this. The third annual VanGo! Soapbox Derby and STEAM Festival is taking place June 10 at Washington Elementary School, providing what organizers believe may be Downtown’s premier summer family-friendly event. “There aren’t that many kid-friendly events Downtown,” said William Sieve, a parent volunteer who is helping put the festival together. “We’ll have a fun zone, an obstacle course and between 15 to 20 booths where kids can paint, or build their own miniature racers.” Now in its third year, the event is designed to raise money for the school, which emphasizes science and art along with the standard reading, writing and arithmetic. The emphasis on science and engineering will spill over to the soapbox derby. Like a traditional soapbox derby, the 16 cars will race down Date Street from Union to State. After that, comparisons end, according to Sieve. “This is not a typical soapbox derby,” Sieve said. “It’s not just about who gets down a hill the fastest. We want the kids to use what they’ve learned in class, whether it’s science or engineering.” Organizers hope to raise $40,000 to help fund

Soapbox racers lineup up at the starting line. (Courtesy Washington Elementary School)

“We’re also having the kids operate a lemonade stand to add to the neighborhood feel.” For more information on VanGo!, to donate or to bid online at the silent auction, visit —Alex Owens is a San Diego-based freelance writer. He can be reached at

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(above) Associate Professor Erin McConnell is the agriculture program manager at City College; (below) students sell produce at their farmers market. (Courtesy SDCC)

Under her tutorage, McConnell’s students learn which vegetables and fruit trees to plant year round. McConnell said that if you can name it we probably grow it — broccoli, peas, celery, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, figs, plums, apricots, apples and the list goes on and on. As part of the uniqueness of the course work offered to these

A student holds a bushel of beets at SDCC’s “Seeds @ City” on campus agricultural farm. (Courtesy SDCC)

future farmers of America, over half of their class time is spent outside on the farm applying the theories learned in the classroom. You may ask what happens to the produce these student farmers produce? Well, that’s where you come into the picture. The farm operates a small Community Supportive Agriculture (CSA) where Downtown residents can buy a share of the future produce. Each share costs $80, and it will purchase a large weekly bag of organically grown vegetables and fruits for four weeks. If you are interested in purchasing a share of naturally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, contact McConnell at emcconne@ or 619-388-4411. McConnell can also be found in the Science Building in Room S311C. After experiencing eating freshly grown, all organic vegetables and fruits, you may want to start your own urban garden or take some farming classes at SDCC. Good things are growing at San Diego City College! Registration for fall just started. Learn more at — Joan Wojcik is the president of the East Village Residents Group. Learn more about the EVRG at or contact Joan at

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MAKERS QUARTER Downtown area in nearly a decade, takes the Makers Quarter vision to the next level and shepherds future phases. “Block D is going to be a pivotal part of this neighborhood,” Pennington said. “This is helping fulfill the vision we’ve laid out to create a new employment hub.” Matthew Porreca is a principal with local architecture firm BNIM, which is overseeing the design of Block D. Porreca said the layout of Block D was crafted with a forward-thinking, 21st-century mindset. “We’ve been looking at the work place and how office space can be used in a different way,” Porreca said. “We’re planning a more open workplace environment, which oftentimes stirs creativity.” The interior and exterior designs also have been planned with a nod to Mother Nature. Porreca said one of Block D’s most notable features is a so-called motorized Venetian blind system that will work in concert with a weather station on the roof of the building. He described the setup as “an active façade.” “The building will be tuning itself every day of the year, protecting itself from solar light,” Porreca said. “The building is going to have a character to it, and this is going to be a highly sustainable project.” Block D is one new step in a broader vision Pennington said will be realized in the nottoo-distant future. A firm end date for all of the development phases of Makers Quarter has not yet been cast in stone. In its totality, Makers Quarter’s estimated economic impact on the city is expected to reach $1 billion. Pennington said 1 million square feet of creative office space is pegged for the district. Block D itself will encompass 63,584 square feet. In keeping with the “live, work and play” mentality, the office space is to be complimented with 800 residential units, 175,000 square feet will be designated for restaurants, retail and entertainment, and 72,000 square feet of public

parks and open space will also be included. “This is all centered around a really thoughtful approach,” Pennington said. “I think we’re going to be able to fulfill the vision we’ve put forth.” A number of city leaders, including Faulconer, agree. In his statement, the mayor said Makers Quarter has spurred a renaissance in the

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Oysters from America’s shores will be in abundance at a bayside music festival (Courtesy Everfest)

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What was formerly Bracero Cocina de Raiz in Little Italy is now Romesco’s Mexiterranean Cocina. The re-branded project opens June 6 to a new design and menu featuring bullfighting décor, rustic tables, tapas, paella, and pasta dishes with Baja twists. In addition to

discounts on tacos, tostadas and drinks during weekday happy hour (4–6 p.m.), daily deals include half-off tapas on Tuesdays; half-off all bottles of wine on Wednesdays; and specials on Mexican stews, paella and pastas on Sundays. 1490 Kettner Blvd., 619-7567864,

The San Diego Oysterfest Music Festival featuring a “shuck and suck” contest and more than a dozen bands and live DJs will be held June 9–10 at Embarcadero Marina Park North. The gates open each day at 2 p.m. as oyster vendors from both coasts sell assorted varieties of the bivalves. In addition, patrons slurping an oyster for the first time can record the moment in the “My First Oyster Booth.” Beers from Sierra Nevada, cocktails and wine will also be sold. Bands include Ghostland Observatory, The Schizophrenics, Matisyahu and more. Attendees must be 21 years or older. Tickets range from $30 to $200 and do not include food and beverages. For more information, visit 400 Kettner Blvd.

The Spanish-inspired Bar Bodega has replaced The Cheese Store in Little Italy. Launched recently by business partners Ken Karlan, who owned a restaurant in Connecticut, and Marci Flores, who ran The Cheese Store with her husband, the café offers more than a dozen tapas in addition to a variety of cheese and charcuterie boards, plus a wine list focusing on Spanish and Southern American labels. Helming the kitchen is David Lopez Gutierrez, an alum of the Culinary Art School in Tijuana. Flores says he will start adding seasonal specials to the menu this month. 1980 Kettner Blvd., 619-544-0500,

Squid ink aracini at the new Bar Bodega (by Kathryn Caudle)

Salvucci’s in the East Village celebrates it first anniversary this month with $5 glasses of Chianti and complimentary cannoli offered until June 11. The restaurant is known for its house-made pastas and other Italian dishes originating from family recipes. 935 J St., 619-255-1112,

Salvucci’s turns a year old (Courtesy JPublic Relations) Drink for a good cause from June 5–11 at Kettner Exchange as the establishment’s managers and bartenders put their creative spins on the classic negroni, made normally with gin, Campari and vermouth. Proceeds from Celebrity Chef Richard Blais of the Crack Shack and Juniper & Ivy will conduct a cooking demonstration and also send guests home with signed copies of his new cookbook, “So Good.” The event will be held from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., June 11 at Juniper & Ivy. Admission is $75 per person; $120 per couple; and $30 for kids 12 and under. 2228 Kettner Blvd., 619269-9036,

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MEXICAN CURE-ALL Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. Curadero, the newest ground-level restaurant at Kimpton Hotel Palomar, is named informally after Latin medicine men and women (curanderos) who over the centuries used herbs, tobacco and hallucinogens to treat a range of physical and mental illnesses. While the playful theme may be lost on some, the menu should strike familiarity among San Diegans — and less so to tourists.

Sopes topped with beans and pork Empty stomachs are healed with tacos, ceviche and other soulful dishes native to Mexico City and outlying coastal regions. Though commonplace in the ongoing surge of local restaurants serving the same things, Chef Brad Kraten joins the newer wave of kitchens introducing complex twists and high-quality ingredients to the cuisine. Kraten transitioned from Saltbox, which operated here to the tune of gastropub fare until closing last year. The space is still defined by oversized doors and a stylish cocktail bar, although now it features a crudo station and bold murals reflecting curandero folklore. With years of experience working also in Bay Area restaurants, he taps into a variety of purveyors for sourcing such provisions as prime fl ap steak, farm-raised Baja sea bass, Venus clams, heirloom pinto beans, and a variety of edible flowers and Mexican chilies used across his menu. From the crudo bar, the Vuelve a la Vido combines clams, oysters, octopus and shrimp in a thin tomato sauce that’s brighter, sweeter and far less ketchup-y than what’s normally served with Americanstyle seafood

Carne asada tacos (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

cocktails. Citrus in the recipe adds enough power to “cook” the ingredients to tender, opaque doneness. As my companion sipped on a margarita-like “salty chancho” made with reposado tequila, mango puree and Serrano bitters — and served with chicharrones — we proceeded to a more aggressively spiced crudo featuring yellowtail. Known otherwise as hiramasa, the slightly torched fish is seasoned with ancho chili and tucked into a curled, crispy tortilla with an emulsion of hoja santa, a leafy herb with an addicting licorice essence that’s native to central Mexico and South America. Only recently have I encountered it on a few local menus, and I’m betting we’ll begin seeing more of it very soon. Kraten does a marvelous job making sopes. Served three to an order, their fried masa bases weren’t as dense and rock-hard as some, but rather in textural sync with tender pinto beans and savory pork on top. The latter is actually “pork asiento,” which captures the fatty drippings and small pieces of the meat as it roasts. It’s similar to gravy and seeps decadently into the sopes along with crema, queso fresco and marinated onions that he mixes into the scheme. We also tried the flautas packed with crab and shrimp. They were punctuated with chipotle-peanut salsa that tasted great on its own, but it somewhat dominated the seafood. Then came a tuna tostada, which despite its clean ruby-red fish accented with “secret sauce” containing Tabasco and Worcestershire, it struck me as a “been there, done that” creation. Though as my companion reminded me, for those visiting San Diego from places far removed from our border, the dish holds potential novelty.

Curadero 1047 Fifth Ave. (Core) 619-515-3003 Prices: Starters and crudo, $8 to $17, taco trios, $11 to $14; entrees, $22 to $26 Eager to try the carne asada using the aforementioned flap meat, we ordered it in a trio of tacos topped with fresh guacamole, roasted tomatoes and fresh cilantro. If only my neighborhood taco shop would use these beefy, tender sirloin tips in their carne asada dishes, I’d put them back into rotation of the Mexican meals I regularly consume while gladly shelling out a few extra bucks for it. The beef is also available as an entrée with chilies, nopal asado, grilled green onions and avocado. Other full-plate options include braised pork shank with fried plantains, roasted half chicken with black bean sauce and goat cheesestuffed hoja santa, and charcoal-grilled fish. We shared a dish of flan for dessert, which escaped blandness because of bourbon in the recipe and a nutty topping of toasted Marcona almonds that did wonders to offset the custard’s usual, abundant sweetness.

Ancho-rubbed hiramasa (yellow tail) with crispy shallots With dishes showing off layered and sometimes bold flavors, and a drink list flaunting Baja wines, Mexican craft beers, tequilas and mezcals, Curadero is quickly gaining momentum as a place for delving into modern Mexican cuisine since opening two months ago. Note: The remodel also gave way to an upstairs game lounge called The Arriba Room, where cocktails and tacos are served amid arcade games, shuffleboard and foosball. It’s open from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Thursday through Saturday. —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

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Not long ago, Newport Avenue was the last place on earth where oenophiles flocked to assess the bouquets and flavors of wine varietals and their blends. Other than scoring a cheap glass of oxidized merlot at some bar slinging Coronas and Fireball, the pickings for wine drinkers were abysmal. But with Ocean Beach’s craft beer and food renaissance of late came Gianni Buonomo Vintners, a 3,000-square-foot winemaking facility and tasting room that opened last year in what used to be an antiques store. Owner Keith Rolle, a native of Minnesota, left the corporate world in the late ’90s to immerse himself in a full-time enology program in Washington State. Today, he impresses visitors with a portfolio of 10 reds and two whites made onsite with grapes from Washington State and El Dorado County in California. Some of them are obscure even to wine aficionados, such as the dark-skinned Blaufrankisch with Austrian roots and another called Charbono, a bold and rustic varietal that originated in eastern France and is grown only on 70 acres in the U.S. — all within California. Those wines, along with others he produces from such grapes as Petit Verdot, Syrah, Sangiovese, Barbera and Viognier are perfected in part by using an old-school aeration oxidation apparatus that tests sulfite and acidity levels from small beaker samples. “It’s a slow, cumbersome process compared to modern-day analyzers, but more accurate,” he noted. Assistant winemaker Neely Ashley agreed. She’s a chemistry-minded millennial who earned a bachelor’s degree in wine and viticulture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. “She knocked it out of the park during the interview and required zero training,” Rolle said of her hiring last year. While pouring for customers or helping those select bottles to go, Ashley and Rolle are adept at conveying specs about the wines in either layman’s terms or in technical wine speak, depending on the patronage. “Wine is for everyone and we’re all about making this a comfortable environment for anybody who comes in asking

A pouring conducted by Gianni Buonomo’s assistant winemaker Neely Ashley (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

questions,” said Ashley, citing an increased interest in wine drinking and production seen within her 20-something age group based on personal observation and an article published last year by Wine Business Monthly. She and Rolle are also accustomed to explaining the winery’s curious name. Gianni Buonomo is neither a vineyard or winemaker or type of wine. Their website explains that “buon uomo” means “good man,” and as legend has it, Gianni Buonomo was “a consummate gentleman,” a humble and elegant — but fictitious — role model that parents from Italy’s Piedmont region encouraged their sons emulate. Rolle said after much brainstorming on what to name the winery, which he launched originally in Washington State several years ago as a subscription-based business, his sister came up with the idea and it immediately stuck. The tasting room is as elegant as any you’d find in reputable small-production wineries nestled throughout Napa or Sonoma. The space is replete with wood barrels, string lights, earthy wall colors and antique jewelry cases used for displaying current releases. Wines by the glass start at $7 for an off-dry white flaunting fruity, floral notes called Symphony. They climb modestly to $12 for a 100-percent cabernet sauvignon reserve that calls to a beefy steak or roasted mushrooms with its rounded notes of black cherry and toasted vanilla. (Select wines are $5 and $7 per glass during happy hour,

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The front section of Gianni Buonomo’s tasting room. Gianni’s wines are fermented and bottled onsite (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

which is held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.) Bottles range from $23 to $69 and can be consumed on site with no corkage fee or purchased to go. Based on a tasting of seven reds, standouts included the prized 2014 Charbono ($45), which offered dark-red hues and a dusty, earthy soul balanced with essences of lavender and stone fruit. “We had a gay couple join us last month for our Charbono fest and they bought a bottle to take to a wedding they were about to attend in Italy. Everyone loves it,” Ashley said after Rolle pointed out that only 17 wineries in the U.S. produce the wine. The equally rare Blaufrankisch ($29) is a pinot-like varietal boasting a complex flavor profile of anise, berries, florals and white pepper. Both Ashley and Rolle concurred that for a red, it pairs unusually well with poultry and salmon. Another favorite was the 2014 Barbera, a medium-bodied wine sporting remarkably bright acidity, though without the puckering after bite. It was easy to imagine keeping it on hand to wash down red-sauced pasta or pizza. The winery serves only cheese, charcuterie or veggie boards, although more substantial dishes catered by local restaurants come into play at ongoing pairing events posted on Gianni’s website ( In addition, Paella Lifestyle Catering sells plates of a Spanish rice dish for $8 from 6 to 9 p.m. on the last Friday of every month. “Not everyone is a burrito and Jagermeister type here,” said Rolle. “We’re seeing a full age spectrum of people who live up in the hills coming into Ocean Beach again, and they love the fact there’s a nice, clean winery in their neighborhood.” Gianni Buonomo Vintners is located at 4836 Newport Ave. For information about upcoming wine-food events and the winery’s growing membership club, call 619-991-9911 or visit the website. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. You can reach him at fsabatini@san.

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Makers Quarter is a game changer Downtown Partnership News Kris Michell San Diego cannot thrive without an economically prosperous Downtown, and Downtown cannot succeed without a healthy balance of commercial and residential opportunities. This week, Downtown breaks ground on the first multi-tenant office building in nearly a decade — Block D of the new and innovative Makers Quarter. Makers Quarter is a game changer for Downtown. It captures the mix of uses that urban-minded millennials are looking for and will serve as a catalyst for growth in Downtown’s office sector. As traditional innovation clusters in San Diego reach capacity, Downtown offers a unique and exciting location to expand. With its unparalleled quality of life, proximity to elite educational institutions and relative affordability compared to other top markets, Downtown is poised to attract major life sciences and technology companies. Yet this future cannot be realized without spaces like Makers Quarter. Located in East Village between 15th and 16th streets, and E and F streets, Block D is the first step in Makers Quarter’s larger plan to bring nearly 1 million square feet in additional commercial space Downtown. Innovative spaces such as Maker’s Quarter inspire ingenuity and creativity, and are essential to building a diverse urban landscape. For years, Downtown struggled to attract residential development. Now, there are hundreds of additional units being added annually as Downtown becomes one of the most attractive places to live in the county. These exciting opportunities must be balanced with commercial space, and Makers Quarter is playing a lead role in creating the, “Live, Work, Play,” lifestyle that millennial talent demands and critical to a vibrant Downtown. To attract the workforce an innovation economy relies on, communities need to provide the right type of work environment coupled with a unique urban experience. A majority of millennials prefer to live in the mixed-used communities found in urban centers, and they are currently living in these areas at a higher rate than any other generation. Of the nearly 35,000 people living Downtown, millennials are the largest demographic group, making up a third of the population. Makers Quarter provides the diversity in urban experiences top talent desires and is an exciting opportunity for Downtown’s future. We can’t wait to see what the future brings. —Kris Michell is the president and CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership. For questions or comments, email

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The Women's Museum of California presents an exhibit about the history of fashion, focusing on how women’s lives have changed the style of handbags and 100 handbags from the 1800s and 1900s will be on display. A fashion show will take place at 7 p.m. outside Barracks 16, Liberty Station. Visit



Downtown’s favorite outdoor place to mingle, nosh and hear music is closing as they make plans for a new location at 13th and Market streets. Come to the farewell party with the Roving Marauders Band, Lexi Pulido Jazz Trio and throwback DJ sets by Jnav and Eric Medina. In addition there will be live art, food trucks, a photo booth, vendors and more. 6–11 p.m. at Quartyard, located at 1102 Market St., East Village. Visit


Located at Lake Skinner in Temecula Valley, this wine tasting, hot air balloon riding and music listening festival kicks off this morning and runs all weekend. Festivities include a kid’s faire, arts and crafts section, commercial exhibits and lots of food. Balloon lifts begin daily at sunrise. Music includes The Motels, Tommy Tutone, Gene Loves Jezebel, and others. Tickets at the gate Friday are $30; Saturday, $40; Sunday $30. Youth are 6–12, $5. Active duty military can get in Sunday for $20 (ID required). Campsite reservations are also now on sale. Visit



DIEGO Sunday

Co-hosted by Horton Plaza Park, which celebrates its first anniversary, this event will involve live performances and visual arts events for families and residents in an attempt to draw people to the park. The day’s festivities, which start at 11 a.m., include Sole e Mar, an interactive international drumming group; art stations sponsored by Arts for Learning and the Children’s Museum; and yard games and interactive pop-jet fountain fun. Free parking at meters Downtown and Westfield Horton Plaza will offer one hour of free parking in its nearby garage. 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Horton Plaza Park, 900 Fourth Ave., Downtown. Visit



Our beloved USS Midway Museum got her name from the great Battle of Midway, an epic WWII clash in the northern Pacific, which took place June 2–7, 1942. All six aircraft carriers and a cruiser that had attacked Pearl Harbor just six months prior were sunk in the decisive navy battle, which has been called one of the major turning points of WWII. Join organizers on the flight deck for a ceremony to commemorate this historic event, which will include guest speakers, entertainment and a fly over by two F/A-18 Hornets. The USS Midway Museum is located at 910 N. Harbor Drive, just south of the Broadway Pier. For more information, visit




FORMAT Friday and Saturday

This annual oyster and music festival just steps from where San Diego became known as an oyster capital (and is attempting to renew some of that history) includes 11 live bands, a dozen DJs, cold beer and a full bar, fine food, oysters, a shuck-andsuck contest, a Vavi play area and a live art exhibit. Musical guests on Friday, June 9, include Ghostland Observatory, Rocket From The Crypt, Dance Yourself Clean, The Shelters and The Verigolds; Saturday, June 10 features Matisyahu, Magic!, Dām-Funk, Vokab Kompany, Josh Heinrichs and Janelle Phillips. Embarcadero Marina Park North (behind Seaport Village), 500 Kettner Blvd., Downtown. Visit



Celebrate art on the Waterfront with San Diego Magazine and Torrey Pines Kiwanis’ weekend of art, cuisine and entertainment. The event features the work of nearly 200 critically acclaimed artists. In addition to art, enjoy craft beer, fine wine and family-friendly activities. The weekend kicks off on Saturday, June 10, at 10 a.m. and ends on Sunday, June 11, at 5 p.m. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, along the Embarcadero. Tickets $12-16 online at Visit



Stop by the Gaslamp Quarter for San Diego’s

original culinary tour. Try samples from over 25 restaurants on this self-guided walking adventure. The evening will end with an after-party at Altitude Sky Lounge. Tickets $30–70 online at 1–4 p.m. Gaslamp Quarter, The historic Gaslamp Quarter falls between Fourth and Sixth avenues, and from Broadway to Harbor Drive, in Downtown. Visit


Swing by Horton Plaza Park for the fi rst installment of a free, family-friendly event called Parks Fit. This guided walking tour leads you through Downtown every Saturday to help you get your steps in while exploring the city. Registration online at with Activity Code 40659. 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Horton Plaza Park, 900 Fourth Ave., Downtown. Visit ybrccdf5.


Strap on your running shoes to grab a sneak peek of the San Diego County Fair before it opens. The fourth annual event is for all ages and abilities. Registration includes two free fair tickets, discounted guest ticket, a free drink and more. Tickets $29–39 online at Run takes place from 7–10 a.m. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Visit

SAN DIEGO 19 23 STARTUP WEEK Monday through Friday

You are invited to network with local entrepreneurs for San Diego Startup Week, a five-day experience with 15 different tracks and over 150 events. Activities include educational panels, speakers and demonstrations. Tickets $25 –50 online at Starts at 8 p.m. on Monday, June 19 and ends at 12 a.m. on Friday, June 23. Startup San Diego, 101 W. Broadway, Downtown. Visit tinyurl. com/y8c975nv.



Cheers to endless beer! The 2017 San Diego Brew Fest offers three hours of unlimited local and international craft beer samples. In between sips, enjoy live music or grab a bite to eat from featured food trucks. This event is 21 years and older. No pets. Tickets $45–55 online at The Brew Fest runs from 2–5 p.m. with 1 p.m. start for VIP ticket holders. Formerly held Downtown, this year’s Brew Fest is at Liberty Station, 2640 Cushing Road. Visit


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


Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, Davis-Horton House 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 $50-65. Tours also on Saturday. Visit tours.


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, Davis-Horton House 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 —Compiled by Jen Van Tieghem. Send items for inclusion to editor Morgan M. Hurley at


FINANCE CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM (CFP®) designation. Only about 25 percent of financial advisors are CFP® professionals, and there’s a reason for that: CFP® board requirements extremely stringent. A college degree is also a requirement. CFP® professionals are trained to help you plan around every aspect of your financial life with a holistic, comprehensive approach. Other advisors often have much less expertise. They simply don’t have the same level of rigorous training and education. 3. Believing advisors promising to “beat” the market: Beware of any financial advisor who tells you this. It’s just about impossible for anyone to consistently outperform market indexes. But it is really easy for financial advisors to create a “back test” to show you what their portfolio could have done in the past. This allows them to cherry-pick the best mutual funds and say, “Look what we would have done for you if you hired us 10 years ago.” But past performance

doesn’t guarantee future results. Instead of trying to beat the market, you want an advisor who helps you focus on the things you can control, like fees, asset allocation and location, tax efficiency, risk tolerance, and risk capacity.

Know the other warning signs

There are a lot of financial advisors out there — and when they’re not all created equal; who you choose to work with impacts your ability to reach goals and financial success. Knowing the red f lags can help you navigate through a sea of choices and focus on the advisors who truly offer comprehensive planning with advice that’s in your best interest. Want to learn what other mistakes to avoid when hiring an advisor? Download this free guide To see the original version of this article, visit tinyurl. com/ycqsdd3x. —Taylor Schulte, CFP, is the CEO of Define Financial and the founder of StayWealthySanDiego. com and is passionate about helping people make smart decisions with their money. He can be reached at 619-577-4002 or taylor@


Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro Seizing the sunset

The 36th annual Golden Scissors Fashion Show and Awards was presented by San Diego Mesa College at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina on May 12. Mesa College fashion program directors Susan Lazear and Meegan Feori welcomed the large crowd and the evening began with a fun silent auction and a VIP reception with hors d’oeuvres while being serenaded with music by Mark Padua. The first segment on the runway began with the theme for the evening, “Seize the Sunset.” Models came down the runway wearing garments in sunset shades and hues, including colors of tangerine, purple and crimson. First place was awarded to Rachel Merrill. One segment showed off the ingenuity of the students using the latest technology with LED lights and fiber optics. Stephanie Castro took first place for this category and Kaanchan S. Farkiya, Ms. Asian North America, also wore this creative dress. A crowd pleaser was the “little girl dresses” section. These darling little girls came down the walkway two by two. Kathleen Totako took first place and Brook Druen was given first place for her textile design. Nada Zein took first place for weekend wear reflecting the beautiful colors of a sunset. Additional categories were “upcycle” and “costume-influenced.” Deans and administrators at Mesa College delighted the crowd by modeling the millinery section on the runway. This audience-pleaser concluded with President Pamela Luster and Vice President Tim McGrath showing off their chapeaus. The finale of the evening showed off “evening wear” and “special occasion.” During the fashion show, the collections of the students were interspersed in-between the regular scenes. Juliet Sailo won for the most creative collection. Sailo used the Chin tribe as her inspiration. The peacock represents power and glory and the porcupine represented the strength of the tribe. This was a very creative collection with cotton hand-loomed textiles. Lina Mills took first place for her Desert Wanderer collection and won Best of Show for her detailed workmanship. This collection was inspired by the desert landscape including the textures and colors of sand dunes. The entire evening was the collaboration of many departments at Mesa College beginning with the Promotion students who worked all semester putting on this one event. Other departments included audiovisual, Mesa printing and mail service for printing and publishing, and the Dance Department who performed on the runway. Hair and make-up was done by San Diego City

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College and show production by Gretchen Bergman. Additional first prize winners were: day/career wear, Christiann Moore; millinery, Richard Ennis; millinery CE, Guadalupe Saucedo; upcycle, Rachel Merrill; costume influence, Juliet Salio; unFabric, Juliana Rintoul; evening wear, Rachel Merrill; and the Rising Star Award went to Azia Moreno. The fashion program at San Diego Mesa College is a two-year program. This community college offers an associate of science degree or certificates of achievement in fashion design, fashion merchandising and computer technology in design or merchandising. For more information about this awesome program, call Susan Lazear at 619-388-2205.


Winner for “Weekend wear” by Nada Zein (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro)

Upcoming events:

June 8 | FAB Workshop — This workshop is part of Fashion Week San Diego and features finding and leasing retail space, presented by Carrie Bobb at FIDM San Diego. 350 10th Ave. #300 from 6 p.m.–7 p.m. The cost is free. June 24 | Off to the Races — come to a hat party at Bubbles Boutique and make your own fascinator for opening day. Located at 226 Fifth Ave. from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Cost is $90. RSVP at Bubbles226@ or call 619-236-9003. July 20 | Fourth annual Her Universe Fashion Show — At San Diego Comic-Con, fashion designers

Winner of “Most Creativity” by Juliet Sailio compete for a chance to design a collection for Hot Topic. Hosted by Ashley Eckstein and features a panel of celebrity judges. Need Comic-Con badge to attend. Located at Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel. 1 Market Place, in the Marina District.

—Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned couture milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, A model wears winning “Seize the Sunset” by teacher and blogger at DianaCavagnaro.comv Rachel Merrill

The Home Automation Trend

According to a 2016 survey, home automation - such as home entry notifications and video monitoring- is gaining in popularity among parents. Today, nearly one in four parents either uses a home automation system or plans to within one year. The use of technology has become so prevalent that parents prefer using it to check on what’s happening at home, rather than friends or neighbors. According to survey results, 73% of parents rely on texting to check in with teens and tweens who are home alone at least once or twice a month; 71% rely on phone calls, and only 18% rely on a friend or neighbor. Home automation provides dependable, real-time, unfiltered information about what’s happening at home. For parents, it can provide peace of mind, especially during the summer months when kids are home alone. Parents may not realize the extent to which they are able to automate their home. With Cox Homelife you are able to: •

Lock and unlock doors from a keypad or mobile app;

Detect carbon monoxide and smoke;

See what’s happening at home even when you are not there using secure video monitoring via a smart phone;

Take a picture when the front door opens, or send a text message if the door does not open between certain times you expect your child to come home;

Turn off small appliances remotely;

Arm and disarm your system remotely;

Turn lights on and off remotely.

According to those surveyed, certain technologies are considered “must haves” for smart home technology: •

Emergency alert, 89%

Home alarm control, 84%

Entry and lock control, 81%

Furthermore, four out of five parents surveyed are comfortable leaving teens and tweens home alone, and technology helps ease concerns. Home automation isn’t just for busy parents. Frequent travelers, pet lovers, energy conscious consumers and budget managers will all find technology brings cost savings, peace of mind, remote monitoring and much more. For more information visit


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1BD / 1.5BA / 1,460

2+BD / 2BA / 1,680

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3BD / 2.5BA / 2,510

/ $750,000

2BR / 2BA / 1,707

/ $1,195,000

2BD / 2.5BA / 1,343

/ $2,500,000


/ $1,325,000

/ $634,900


1+BR / 2BA / 1,037


2BD / 2.5BA / 1,634

2BD / 2BA / 939

/ $549,900

2BD / 2BA / 1,220


/ $1,349,000

2BD / 2.5BA / 1,621

/ $999,000

2BD / 2 BA / 1,341


2BD / 2.5BA / 1,700


2BD / 2BA / 1,249



/ $849,900

/ $629,900

1+BD / 2BA / 1,343

/ $849,900

2BD / 2 BA / 1,192

/ $889,900

/ $799,900 - $819,900

Loft / 1.5 BA / 920

/ $514,900


2BD / 2BA / 1,021

/ $499,900


/ $925,000

/ $549,900

/ $915,000


2BD / 2BA / 1,474

/ $624,900


1+BD / 1BA / 994

2BD / 2BA / 1,324

/ $499,900

/ $750,000

1BD / 1BA / 658

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