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Servicemembers of San Diego-based Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron 4 (COMCMRON THREE) enjoy lunch at the military-friendly Kansas City Barbeque during its 35th anniversary celebrations. (Photo by Albert H. Fulcher)

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San Diego’s Kansas City BBQ celebrates 35 years of business

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Walking into Kansas City Barbeque, there is a history of San Diego that cannot be seen anywhere else. Walls are filled with military memorabilia, the ceiling is full of

hats from different military commands from all over the world, and the bar is decoupaged with hundreds of photographs from the restaurant’s 35-year history. There are special sections dedicated to the movie “Top Gun,” for the

scenes filmed there in 1985. The piano, jukebox, and some remarkable displays from the movie still stand, and the sweet smell of Kansas City style barbeque fills the

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The San Diego Women’s Foundation was organized in 2000 around a powerful idea: unite women in collective philanthropy, for the purpose of funding worthy causes that might otherwise receive little recognition and donor support. The group gathered on May 29, in Old Town’s Cygnet Theatre, to announce grant recipients for 2018. Sara Bennett, president-elect of the foundation, will begin her term in office this July. “This is the most fun event on our calendar,” Bennett said during an early-evening social hour before the official

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Tony Award-winning Broadway production “Les Misérables” graced Downtown with its 2018 tour at the San Diego Civic Theater. Opening May 29 with a stellar performance, the cast and crew mesmerized the audience with staging and production, brought many to tears with emotional musical performances and had the full house in roaring ovations, beginning from the first act. And the acclaims never stopped. The story begins with a supposed villainous hero, Jean Valjean (Steve Czarnecki in the May 29 production). Valjean (prisoner 24601) spent 19 years a slave to pay for his crime of stealing a loaf of bread to feed the starving son of his sister in the poverty-stricken streets of 19th century France. To better understand the plot of the Broadway sensation, a little history is needed. The play is set in 1832 under the rule of King LouisPhillippe, following the closure of the French Revolution, there was a widening of the preexisting and notorious income gap we often think of when we think of pre-revolutionary France. Adapted from the novel “Les Misérables” by French novelist Victory Hugo, the musical adaptation has received as much acclaim as his novel, considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. With the widening of the pre-existing wage gap, combined with a cholera epidemic, provided cause for revolt against the French monarchy. But it was the death of beloved General Jean Maximilien Lamarque, on June 5, that was

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KANSAS CITY BBQ air. With all of this, Kansas City Barbeque is more than a mom and pop restaurant that has survived the up rise of Downtown San Diego — it is a destination. It was a week of celebration as Kansas City Barbeque celebrated 35 years of business, opening on May 15, 1985, and also the release of “Top Gun,” which was released on May 15,1986, on the restaurant’s third-year anniversary. Owners Martin and Cindy Blair said Kansas City has stood the test of time and that they have loved watching Downtown San Diego grow up around their small business. “This has been important for us,” said Martin Blair. “There is more Downtown, the Gaslamp has grown. So much has grown since we’ve lived and worked here, it’s been fun to see. That [“Top Gun”] has really changed and helped the complexion and enabled us to stay here while the city built around us. Nothing over two-stories was here when we opened up, there was a single train that went to Tijuana.”


LES MISERABLES a catalyst to the June Rebellion or Paris Uprising of 1832. It is here where the play is centered. Valjean escapes his chains and the control of officer and protagonist Javert (Josh Davis) and runs to a different town where he is unable to find work due to his criminal history and condemned by the townsfolk. Bent on hands and knees, surrounded by angry peers, Valjean is saved by the Bishop of Digne (Andrew Maughan) who takes him into his home and gives him food and drink. In return, Valjean steals silver from the bishop but when he is caught doing so, the bishop saves his life from prison again, giving him the silver, and then gives him more. He tells him to go, keep the silver, and be an honest man who does good with such fortune. For now, he was indebted to God. Valjean moves to a poor town where he creates and manages a factory and eventually becomes mayor. One day a conflict erupts between the workers when it is revealed that one of the factory girls Fantine (Mary

Eponnie, played by Emily Bautista

NEWS / THEATER The Blairs both grew up in Kansas City, went to the University of Kansas and met at their first college job in Topeka. Cindy works in architecture and Martin in property management. They moved to San Diego professionally in 1981, when they saw the building was up for sale. Martin and Cindy met at a “dive” in Topeka. Martin Blair said that they were looking for a hobby investment and that when they looked at this building, they knew it was the right place for them. “We’re a proud dive, we like those hole in the wall places that have good food,” Cindy Blair said. “We were looking for something for an investment. We were not looking for something that we would be full time at it. I thought we could do it. I was working next door and I could pop in and look around, and Martin worked Downtown as well.” They both started as the nighttime staff, coming in after work and closing the restaurant at 8:30 p.m., and were closed on Sundays. Today, 35 years later, staff starts coming in at 8 a.m., the restaurant opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 2 a.m. It is one of the few places in Downtown where people can

come in and get a full menu at 1 a.m. Martin Blair said it has always been and still is a mid-western barbeque joint. They make their own Kansas City style sauces, smoke the meats throughout the night, and with the exception of a few side dishes, the menu is the same as the day they opened shop. “All of our dishes are homemade,” Martin Blair said. “Being from Kansa City, we missed barbeque when we came out here and there were no really good barbeque restaurants around. We were fortunate in hiring a barbeque chef [Bob White] from Mississippi who knew barbeque very well and helped us get the restaurant up and running.” Cindy Blair said Bob White had been cooking barbecue longer than they had been alive. “He was the right person, a little crusty on the outside, but he knew his barbeque,” she said. “True Kansas City style, it’s not about the sauce, it’s about smoking the meat,” Cindy Blair continued. “The meat should have flavor, even without the sauce. Even though our sauces are different, we still believe the secret is cooking low and slow. We only have five major

Kate Moore) has a secret child who lives in a distant town with innkeepers whom she sent a monthly payment to take care of. The child goes by the name of Cosette (Elsa Avery Dees/ Sophie Knapp). Being kicked out of the factory, Fantine desperately turns to a life of prostitution to be able to support her daughter. There, after turning down and getting into a physical altercation with a wealthy client, she is almost arrested but saved by Valjean. It is determined that she is ill but on her deathbed, she finds comfort in Valjean who swears to find and take care of Cosette. Young Cosette is found wandering the woods alone at night on errand for exploitation innkeepers (Sarah Cetrulo and Monté J. Howell) who also fill the roles of antogonists and sources of comedic relief. Valjean finds Cosette and tells her he will take care of her forever, buying her from the greedy innkeepers. The two move from town to town running from Javert, with Valjean always on the run, clinging tightly to protect Cosette from his past. Enter Marius, an educated student of the revolution and Éponine (Emily Bautista), the

grown daughter of the innkeepers. A love triangle forms when it is revealed in a musical monologue that Éponine secretly loves Marius, but grown Cosette (Jillian Butler) catches his eye in a public park. Marius vows to find Cosette and eventually does so with the help, and heartbreak, of Éponine. Éponine’s solemn performance “On my Own,” where she professes her unreturned love for Marius was dynamic, sad and endearing all at once. In battle, Valjean saves Marius, knowing of his love for Cosette and Cosette’s love for him, and brings him to his daughter. The two marry and have a lavish wedding, maybe to show the contrast between classes in revolutionary France. Czarnecki’s rendition of “Bring Him Home” was moving beyond words, hitting every emotion intended in the lyrics, creating an atmosphere of grief and desperation for the love of his daughter and her future. Sniffles filled the civic center as the curtains drew to a close to a rousing standing ovation. “Les Misérables” gave everyone everything a living musical could offer. It’s laughter over the innkeepers, tears for Eponine’s unrequited love, heartbreak for Valjean’s intimacy, and fear from Javert’s search. The performance, with group vocals sometimes difficult to understand due to muffled sound, was greatly enhanced with vivid moving picture, smoke machines, mood lighting and brilliant orchestral compositions. You don’t want to miss this limited time to see Broadway San Diego’s production of “Les Misérables.” For those that know this story, this cast brings new life into an already living, breathing musical paragon. Directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell,

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Inside Kansas City Barbeque is a museum of donated military and film history that makes this small mom and pop business a popular destination. (Photo by Albert H. Fulcher)

side dishes, so we try and make them great, so each is different, and it complements the meat.” Beyond “Top Gun,” Cindy Blair said the restaurant is a collage of history from what people have brought in. “That’s why we did this. We missed hometown barbeque, we missed a hometown place to go to,” she said. “It looks like a good ole’ joint, the places we love to go to ourselves. That’s what we were shooting for, that’s what we are trying to thrive with. We are what we are.” Martin Blair said they refer to their bartenders as our

curators most of the time, “taking care of all the items that are here in this joint.” “We have become a destination with reasonable priced food and probably one of the last non-corporate restaurants in Downtown San Diego,” he said. “We are still a mom and pop place. The trolley is right at our back door, so as far as convenience, that’s as good as it gets.” For more information about Kansas City Barbeque visit —Albert Fulcher can be reached at albert@sdcnn.comv

“One More Day” performed by the cast of “Les Misérables” at the Civic Theatre on May 29 (Photos courtesy Matthew Murphy) with music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, original orchestrations by John Cameron, new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke, Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker, musical staging by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt, costume design by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland and set and image design by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, all get props for incredible performances that show that the arts are alive

and thriving, and still desperately needed. “Les Misérables,” as part of a national tour, will be playing at the San Diego Civic Theater at 1100 Third Ave. until June 3. For more information about the production or Broadway San Diego, visit —Jess Winans is the editorial assistant of San Diego Community News Network, the parent company of San Diego Downtown News. Reach her at



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Weaving into the East Village fabric Shift, the 21-story mixed-use residential tower harmonizes East Village’s style

Art on the land Delle Willett When asked to describe Downtown San Diego’s East Village, John Avila of Urban Arena put it this way. “The East Village is a mashup of the arts and a wide range of light to heavy commercial business. Much of the neighborhood has developed organically over the years, making each block unique,” said Avila. In 2015, Urban Arena, along with Carrier Johnson + Culture, Architecture, was tasked by Lennar Multifamily Communities to develop a city block, bounded by 4th, 15th, J St., and Island Ave., creating a 21-story, mixed-use residential tower which felt as if it were always part of the East Village fabric. Opened in April and named “Shift,” the development features 368 units consisting of studios, one and two bedrooms, and penthouses. With the help of Civic San Diego, a truly unique concept was developed and built. With its eclectic mix of finishes and materials, the building has a modulated, distinct aesthetic on each façade, avoiding a monolithic form. The overall landscape design was influenced by the architecture and includes the perimeter streetscape, second-floor courtyard, sixth-floor dog park, seventh-floor terrace, and 21st-floor pool deck. “It was critical that the landscape felt like an extension of the architecture. The forms used in the landscape concept were influenced by the tower’s irregular building shell design. We used similar vocabulary and varied our finishes to give the landscapes a fine grain,” explained Avila, project Landscape Architect. The public right-of-way paving patterns along 15th, 16th and J St., distinct in color and finish, draw their form from the intersection of the bold architectural forms and the sidewalk. The street trees were designed in line with the building columns to further accentuate rhythm and form. “Our hopes are that by extending the

The 21st floor pool deck at the Shift building (Photos courtesy of Urban Arena)

architectural form lines the building would feel as if it grew organically out of the site and surrounding area,” Avila said. At the corner of 15th and J streets, a semi-public plaza was designed to help integrate Shift into the local community. “This courtyard strives to help create a sense of place John Avila of Urban Arena by providing the community a space to gather and grow,” Avila said. All site hiring and even letting staff go, furnishings around the 15-foot Avila took a job in landscape water wall and café are intendconstruction as a construced to be moveable, allowing the tion administration intern at user to set up their own comLandscape Development and fortable spaces. within two years worked his The second-floor courtyard, way up to Project Manager. narrow and long, features sev“While working Landscape eral amenity areas. The landDevelopment, I received invaluscape uses various industrial able construction and managefinishes and material found ment experience — experience I throughout the East Village. rely on to this day,” he said. As a majority of the units look From a large, dedicated famdown on the courtyard, Urban ily himself, Avila said, “Urban Arena insisted the design must Arena feels like a large family be visually interesting from more than a design team at above while simultaneously times, many of the staff memfeeling comfortable at eye level. bers are actively involved in Visual interest was achieved by each other’s lives. It makes creating large angular paving a world of difference to know areas which, when seen from your coworkers and principals above, further build on the proj- are invested in your personal ect’s rhythm. wellbeing and genuinely care The 21st-floor pool deck has for you.” a backyard ambiance, with two At Urban Arena, all staff large artificial turf areas, a has active roles in every astorqued steel shade structure pect of the project. Founded in over a large cooking area, pol1996 by Keith Mittemeyer and ished concrete fireplace, custom Michael Schrock, the company cantilevered wood and corten offers landscape architecture, benches. The pool deck was architecture, and planning designed to encourage social services. interaction — easy to do with “No idea is a bad idea” is a raised fishbowl spa which our company motto. Although brings the users eye level with it’s an old adage, it rings true people standing on the pool for our firm. We believe great deck. Locating the pool deck on design ideas can be discovered the 21st floor ensures all Shift once you shed negativity and residents will be able to enjoy the fear of judgment. Without views of the San Diego Bay and this motto many of our design Coronado Bridge. concepts would have never As lead landscape arbeen developed,” said Principal chitect of Shift, Avila was Keith Mittemeyer, Originally responsible for all phases from Pomona Valley, Avila, 30, of the project from conlives in Mission Hills. cept to construction. With He uses his spare time being a bachelor’s degree in active: running, snowboardLandscape Architecture ing, and being involved with from Cal Poly Pomona, the local American Society of Avila started with Urban Landscape Architecture chapArena in February 2014 ter. He also cherishes his quiet as a project designer time, attempting to read one and was promoted to Job book a month, trying new reciCaptain in June 2015, pes, and visiting with his large actively managing mulfamily. tiple projects under the supervision of the senior —Delle Willett has been project managers, and a marketing and public relathen Project Manager in tions professional for over 30 June 2017. years, with an emphasis on Angular paving and amenity areas on the Graduating during conservation of the environsecond floor courtyard, further build on the the recession when most ment. She can be reached at project’s rhythm. design firms had stopped


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Homeless outreach coordinators take to the streets Downtown Partnership News Lana Harrison Nearly 800 people experiencing homelessness have reconnected with their support systems since June 2017, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Clean & Safe Homeless Outreach Coordinators and support from the San Diego Housing Commission, SHARP HealthCare, Travelers Aid, and so many others. On May 17, Ketra Carter, Jill Kernes, Latara Hamilton, and Keturah Jackson exchanged their distinguishable Maui blue polo shirts, worn every day in the field, for fancy dinner-reception attire to receive the San Diego County Taxpayers Association’s 2018 Public-Private Partnership Award for the Family Reunification Program. Reunification isn’t the only work they do, though. Their presence in the temporary bridge shelters, at Travelers Aid, and on the streets everywhere Downtown gives them the opportunity to not only act as a resource conduit for all kinds of needs, but also lends them crucial insight into what is actually needed to address homelessness in Downtown San Diego.

They see systems, but they also see people. And they talk about how listening to people is one of the most important things you can do to help others. In that spirit, we thought we’d hear directly from them what their experience in the field is like as a team.

What services does your team provide to the homeless community?

Ketra Carter: We provide people with the resources to ultimately end their homelessness. Our biggest and most important program is the Family Reunification Program, which we have the ability to maximize through what we’ve been offered by the San Diego Housing Commission. In addition, if we have clients who don’t necessarily qualify for our program, we do try to get them connected with whatever resources fit their needs.

How do you go about building relationships and rapport with the people you serve? Jill Kernes: It’s amazing how saying “hi” can open so many doors. After doing this for a while, you become good at reading which people will be receptive to a conversation and who won’t be. Then you remember the ones who aren’t, and you slowly develop that

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relationship. Trust is hard to come by on the streets. Latara Hamilton: At the end of the day, we are all just ourselves, we are caring and compassionate when we talk to individuals. Most importantly, we listen instead of assuming we know what people need. I recently had someone ask me why I wear this Maui blue shirt. I let her know I am part of the Clean & Safe homeless outreach team, then chatted with her about what we do. Our Maui blue sets us apart from other organizations.

Where are you involved in the community?

Kernes: Most of the time we spend on the street is where those who are most housing-challenged gather, which is from 14th Street to 17th Street. But that is not the only area we go — we do street outreach everywhere Downtown.

Are there typical resources you connect people with the most?

Carter: The most common resources we connect people with is whatever emergency or interim shelter is available that day because we, as an organization, don’t operate shelters. We rely on our partners like PATH or St. Vincent’s for those needs. After that, people are able to connect to case management that will address their other needs.

What are some of the biggest challenges you face in being able to effectively do your job? Kernes: Addictions. Yes, our reunification program is amazing, but sometimes there is

something keeping people here and, unfortunately, a lot of that has to do with addictions. Keturah Jackson: In making follow-up calls to people we have served through the Family Reunification Program, we find Latara Hamilton (left) and Jill Kernes (right) that some of the provide assistance and resources to a man younger clients get back on drugs. Most Downtown. (Photo by Lana Harrison) of the calls have been going well, but drugs and Jackson: Being a helping mental health are still barrihand. It’s motivating seeing ers to ending homelessness for people go from where they are some people. to a place where they are experiencing happiness and becomI’m sure there are a lot of ing their old selves again. disappointments – what Kernes: The relationships continues to motivate you in I’ve developed. To be able to the every day? walk down the street and have Hamilton: Being able to people say “hi” to you and know help someone and seeing the they feel comfortable with you, relief on their faces when they means the world. can get the things they’ve been What are the goals for the year looking for. Sometimes, they’ve ahead? What are you looking been looking for a long time forward to as a team? and have been given the runHamilton: We would like to around. When you are able to get detox beds. People know make that connection, see the they can come to us when person through the process, they’re ready. We want to be and watch them go from being able to provide them that bed on the streets to being housed, when they’re ready…and not that is a big motivation. have to jump through so many Carter: We do get our dishoops. appointments, but overall, it’s Carter: Our goal is to serve that feeling of success. What an additional 800 people by motivates me is our whole June of 2019. We have begun team’s attitude of positivity, to see increased collaboration as well as seeing some of the from different service providers individuals we serve finally and would definitely like to see get help and potentially be on the road to ending their see Dream Team, pg 15 homelessness.






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Is the sky falling? By William E. Kelly The inadequacy of social safety nets intended to protect a burgeoning population of older adults is a political, cultural and moral hot potato. Advancements in medical science, means a rapidly expanding number of us will be living longer. We will do so with more expensive medical issues and rising living expenses dependent on inadequate incomes and declining assets. At the same time, our younger population is experiencing a decline in numbers. This translates to more of us relying on those safety nets and fewer of us to replenish the funds to sustain them. Social Security was designed to supplement savings and pensions as we retire. It was never intended to replace them. Social Security taxes are collected from worker paychecks. If self-employed, the individual pays 100 percent of the taxes due. If employed by another, the employer and employee each pay half of what is due. In 2018 Social Security tax is 6.2 percent of the first $128,700 of wages or a maximum of just under $8k a year. Those funds are used to purchase interest bearing U.S. Treasury bonds. The U.S. government pledges to protect and grow the funds collected so that principal and interest remain sufficient to keep the Social Security Trust Fund solvent. But it is projected that this holds true for only another year or two (20192020) before Social Security needs to begin redeeming the bonds to cover benefits. Two years ago, Social Security trustees of the funds projected that by 2034, absent any changes to the law, benefits would need to be reduced by roughly 79 percent of current levels to remain solvent. In 2014, $785.6 billion came into the Fund and $848.5 billion was paid out in benefits. Social Security was able to make payments in excess of its tax income because of interest income earned on

the Treasury Bonds. That scenario has been reversed and it is projected that the Social Security taxes collected, and interest earned will be spent down without reforms. This means benefits paid out to future recipients and some currently receiving benefits will need to be reduced as early as 2034. That cannot be allowed to happen. To do nothing invites unnecessary suffering, social unrest and a decline in the standard of living Americans have come to expect and as a nation we can very well collectively afford, even as too many individuals cannot. Two graphs published in an extensive 43-page report by the Social Security Administration last September, pretty much tell the story. (The link to that report is: In 2010, tax and other non-interest income did not fully cover the costs of programs, and the 2017 Trustees Report states, “Social Security is not sustainable over the long term at current benefit and tax rates.” Post–World War II baby boomers are retiring at rates that will double in the next 50 years. In 2016, 2.8 workers were paying into Social Security for each person collecting benefits. By 2036 the ratio falls to 2.1 to 1 and without changes in the pattern this ratio will continue to decline for the next 75 years. Further, estimates show the Social Security Trust Fund reserves will be depleted by 2034 when income flowing into the fund will cover only about 77 percent of program costs. There are four possible ways to cover the Social Security Fund short-fall: increase revenues (taxes) by raising the percentage withheld and/or raising the maximum amounts subject to the tax; reduce the benefits paid to recipients; increase the rate of return on the invested Social Security Trust Fund and or some combination of the other three options.


Higher payroll tax means lower pay checks and the risk of lower future raises due as employers try to cover the raise in their part of the tax. Lower benefits mean fewer Social Security and other safety net funds for our elder recipients, many of which are already unable to survive on currents benefit checks. With certainty, lower worker takehome pay decreases individual ability to remain financially independent. But decreasing Social Security benefits also puts an increased financial burden on family caregivers working to have financial independence during their own retirement years. It is no secret that there is and continues to be a strong push from the current Washington, D.C. administration and a cry across the nation to reform our social safety nets in ways that will result in considerable and totally unnecessary suffering and loss for millions of Americans — in particular the senior population who are outliving their assets, their off-spring, or others left with the responsibility of supplementing the costs of and providing more of the measures that permit our elders to live out their retirement years with safety, security, care, dignity and respect? It remains to be seen if Social Security and other safety net taxes we are forced to pay, and the interest earned will remain sufficient to help supplement the costs. Of one thing I am certain, poverty, homelessness and anger allowed to rise until trust in our political, medical and social systems implodes and then explodes into mass desperation, depression, hopelessness, civil unrest and rebellion is not a viable option. Of necessity, attitudes and expectations need to be adjusted to resolve existing challenges facing Social Security and our current system of social safety nets. I reiterate, we are certainty collectively capable of far better than what this picture paints but far too many individuals are not capable.

The truth is, that as a whole, we simply did not anticipate and plan ahead as individuals or as a society for these eventualities. But social safety nets are necessary to assist people of all ages who for whatever reasons fall on “hard times.” It is neither a humane nor a cost-effective solution to alternatively imprison, institutionalize, dispose or simply leave to fate all those less fortunate for any reason. Unemployment, poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, lack of education, lost opportunities, crime, homelessness, mental illness, depression and disease are far costlier on every level than addressing the causes and treating these societal ills to minimize the number afflicted. Those of us who possess and benefit from the ability and opportunity to remain largely self-sufficient need to be more compassionate for and assist those who do not and provide increased opportunities to those who with help could become self-sufficient. In any case, there is a cost to do nothing. That cost will be in dollars or the quality of life we have as a society or some combination of both. The questions are: when we do each have enough and what responsibility do we have to see to it that those who do not are not left behind to become a further burden to society or themselves. Think about it! A note of caution: Seniors and their caregivers represent the largest voting block and whether you vote, for whom and what you vote for during the June 5 primary. Who you endorse and vote into office determines what comes next. Be very careful and understand how your vote will impact your life and that of your neighbors and family. —Bill Kelly is a longtime local activist who currently focuses on LGBT senior issues and moderates the Caring for our LGBT Seniors in San Diego Facebook page. Access to the group is free to all seniors, their advocates, families, friends and caregivers. Reach Bill at

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Heading to the voting booth Congressional Watch Andy Cohen On June 5, Californians will head to the voting booth — if they haven’t already mailed in their ballots — and choose, among other things, which candidates will move on to the general election in November. In the Congressional races, California is considered the epicenter of the Democrats’ chances of retaking the House of Representatives for at least the next two years. If the Democrats can manage to wrest control of some of the seats currently in Republican hands, it would seem likely — at least according to conventional wisdom — that nationally the Democratic Party will roll. Some reminders about the California primary election system: In 2008 and 2010, voters chose to revamp our state’s election system in two key ways: First, was the way California draws its legislative and congressional district boundaries. Instead of a political process where the political party in control of the state legislature gets to draw the boundaries, California went to an independent redistricting commission with strict guidelines on how to fairly represent the voters in the state. No more gerrymandering. Second, the state did away with political primaries, instead switching to a “top-two” primary system, where the top two vote getters — regardless of party affiliation — advance to the general election in November. This system was meant to foster a less polarizing, more representative field of candidates, and to a large extent it has been successful. In the past, this system has been relatively devastating for Republicans, shutting them out of many races statewide. This time, however, it could work in Republicans’ favor, particularly in the 49th District.

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In San Diego’s three currently Democratic held seats, none are considered endangered, despite the LA Times’ characterization of Scott Peters’ (52nd) race as the 13th most competitive in the state. Neither of the nationally recognized congressional handicappers, the Cook Political Report nor Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, list any of the three as competitive, and with good

reason. The three incumbents, Juan Vargas (51st), Peters, and Susan Davis (53rd) are solidly entrenched with good reputations. None are facing a serious challenger in 2018, and none have done anything to draw the ire of their constituents. In fact, perhaps the most serious threat to Peters, Republican James Veltmeyer, lost to Susan Davis by 34 points in 2016. Davis’ most serious challenger, Morgan Murtaugh, is a personality on the ultra-conservative, San Diego-based One America News cable network, which often makes Fox News look downright moderate in comparison. She’s raised a mere $28,000 (and spent $7,000) and does not at all fit the district she is running to represent. In each race, the incumbent has vastly outraised each of their challengers. And since we still live with a system where money matters, barring catastrophe, expect the incumbents to cruise to victory in November.

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Before Issa announced his retirement, there had already been a mass of Democratic challengers to the seat. But now a bevy of Republicans have jumped in like a pack of hungry hyenas on a meaty carcass. Here’s where the top-two primary system could actually hurt the Democrats this time around: There are four legitimate challengers for the seat, including Doug Applegate, who is back for a second shot at the title; Sara Jacobs, granddaughter of Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs, who has the endorsement of Emily’s List; Paul Kerr, who has the endorsement of Scott Peters (D-52); and Mike Levin, who is touted as the progressive in the race, with the endorsement of Congressman Adam Schiff, the current ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. All four have raised and spent tons of money. The problem is that with the primary system the way it is, the Democrats might end up diluting the vote to the point where Republicans finish in the top two slots. On the issues, there’s really not much separating the Democratic field. They all support some version of Medicare for All; equality measures, particularly for women and LGBT community; they all oppose the Republican tax bill and the income inequality it exacerbates; and they all support comprehensive immigration reform and oppose Donald Trump’s border wall.

Rocky Chavez, the current Assemblyman from Oceanside, is probably the best known of the Republican field. He is a moderate and has represented the area in the state Assembly since 2013. On the issues — like the rest of his Republican counterparts — his website is sparse. He supports increased military funding, tax cuts, and ... well, that’s about it. Kristin Gaspar, the current San Diego County Supervisor, supports the border wall, tax cuts, the repeal of “Obamacare” and lowering health care costs (though she gives no hint at how that would be done). Diane Harkey of the Board of Equalization supports the border wall and lowering taxes. Policy positions for the Republicans do not appear to be of great concern. I know I’ve harped on this race continuously in the recent past, but it happens to be the most consequential Congressional race of the five San Diego area seats and is the one most likely to change parties.

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Ordinarily, an incumbent under investigation by the FBI for campaign finance fraud would likely be better off retiring rather than suffering the embarrassment of defeat. But Duncan Hunter does not appear to be concerned by the “witch hunt,” and the sad fact is that Republican voters in the age of Trump are not deterred by Republican candidates who are potentially criminals. Registered Republicans in the 50th District outnumber Democrats by 47,000. Hunter’s main Democratic opponents are Ammar CampaNajjar, a small business owner and former Obama administration official; and Josh Butner, a former Navy SEAL medic. Campa-Najjar has outraised Hunter by nearly $50,000, and Butner by $110,000. Butner is more moderate, espousing far more middle-of-the-road positions on health care and national security (while not mentioning immigration and only touching on jobs and the economy). Campa-Najjar, like his counterparts in the 49th race, is detailed and a far more progressive-leaning candidate. In many other districts, although young, he’d probably be a rock star candidate. Don’t expect Trump voters, however, to be at all turned off by Hunter’s ethically challenged tenure. —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at

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Don’t fall prey to Medicare fraud New cards being issued to 525,000 San Diego residents

District Attorney News Summer Stephan As your District Attorney, I’m committed to increasing communication and accessibility between the DA’s Office and you, the community. One way I hope to do that is through this monthly column, where I will provide information and tips on how you can stay safe. Even though San Diego is the safest it has been in 49 years, crime against senior citizens is up 40 percent in the last five years, according to a recent SANDAG report. So, now that about 5.7 million people will receive new Medicare cards in California, including more than half a million people here in San Diego County, it’s important to give warning about the potential scammers waiting in the wings. The new cards no longer have the recipient’s Social Security number on them. Instead, each individual will receive an 11-digit alphanumeric identifier. This is exactly the situation that scammers seize on to commit financial fraud against seniors or the disabled. In the past few months, my office has stepped up our focus on preventing and fighting various forms of elder abuse — including fraud against seniors. That’s why I want to help protect the benefits you’ve earned as senior citizens, after a lifetime of hard work and sacrifice. Your retirement shouldn’t be stolen by unscrupulous individuals. When your new card arrives in the mail, here are tips for seniors to protect themselves: ● When your new Medicare card arrives, keep it in a safe place. ● Con artists may reach out and try to get your new 11-digit Medicare identifier, so they can steal your identity and commit fraud; don’t give it to them. ● There is no charge for your new card, so don’t pay anyone to send it to you. ● Guard your Medicare card like it’s a credit card. ● Don’t share or confirm your Medicare number or Social Security number with anyone who contacts you by telephone, email, or in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance. ● Medicare will NEVER contact you (unless you ask them to) to ask for your Medicare number or other personal information or to send

you a new card. Medicare already has your information. ● Don’t ever let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare number. If someone calls you and asks for your Medicare number or other personal information, hang up and call 1-800-MEDICARE. ● Give your Medicare number only to those you know should have it (doctors, pharmacists, or your health insurer). ● Call 1-800-MEDICARE to report suspected fraud. For those receiving the new cards, here are a few facts to keep in mind: ● The Social Security numbers have been replaced with an 11-digit number. ● New cards are still red white and blue. ● Benefits are not changing in any way. ● Cards come with information about how to use it. ● You can start using your card as soon as you get it. ● Doctors, pharmacists and health care plans know new cards are coming. ● They will ask for your new card when you get treatment. ● Look for the cards in the mail and protect that information. To learn more about protecting yourself from identity theft and health care fraud, visit —District Attorney Summer Stephan has dedicated more than 28 years to serving justice and victims of crime as prosecutor. She is a leader in creating smart and fair criminal justice solutions and restorative justice practices that treat the underlying causes of addiction and mental illness and that keep young people from being incarcerated.v

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PHILANTHROPY announcement program began. “This is the culmination of the year, granting. The fun part is giving away money.” This year’s grant awards went to six new community partner organizations, none of which have been funded by the foundation before. The overarching theme of the evening program, which guided selection of the grantees, was “Building Bridges.” Rita Solberg has been a member of The San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF) for over 10 years, and she explained how the group functions. “Women who join learn about collective philanthropy,” Solberg said. “This is wonderful training, and the members learn about wisely giving in an incredible one-year process.” The foundation chooses a theme for the upcoming year’s grant awards, reaches out for letters of intent from possible grant recipients and requests grant proposals from organizations eligible for the year. “This is a very fair process,” Solberg said. A team of foundation members makes site visits to examine the programs of likely grantees, and at the foundation’s April meeting, all members vote. Solberg stated that the ballot usually has eight candidate charities, with four or five tapped as beneficiaries from the voting. Solberg further described membership requirements.

Each woman who joins the foundation pledges to give $2,000 each year for five years, with $1,000 annually going to the foundation’s endowment and the other $1,000 given to education and community partners. Storyteller Alyce SmithCooper opened the formal celebration inside the theater, noting the importance of sharing stories that draw people toward “righteous paths” that lead them to “the Creator of all.” She went on to observe that pooling money increases the impact of giving. Katie Sawyer, SDWF executive director, next offered welcoming remarks. The foundation has funded 91 nonprofits during its 18-year existence. “When we showcase women in philanthropy. Together there is nothing we cannot accomplish. With tonight’s grant announcements,” Sawyer said, “we will have given $3.4 million and touched thousands of lives in our area. We want to continue the momentum one year to the next.” A total of 137 foundation members were involved in this year’s grant process. The 2018 grant awards are set for the following six organizations. The Boys to Men Mentoring Program is slated to receive $25,000 to build communities of male role models for fatherless boys. The International Rescue Committee’s Refugee Girls Academy will be given $50,000 to grow the organization’s outreach to more refugee girls in San Diego County. And $25,000 this year will go to the Refugee

NEWS / POLITICS Student Enrichment Activities program developed by Survivors of Torture, International. The Tariq Khamisa Foundation’s Restorative Workshops, teaching problem-solving skills and promoting nonviolence among middle school youth, will receive $25,000 to expand student enrollment in the workshop program. The Student Studio, created by The David’s Harp Foundation, Inc. is set to be given $30,000 for at-risk homeless and foster youth to process stressful life situations through artistic expression in a state-ofthe-art recording studio. Smith-Cooper returned to the stage to address attendees again. “Use your stories to build bridges,” she said. “Story telling is a gift. Everybody’s got stories that need to be told, trust me.” Featured throughout the program were short videos showing the outcomes of the SDWF 2017 grant awards. The theme for last year was combating homelessness, especially among youth and young adults. The SDWF grants cycle 19 for next year will focus on prevention and intervention to fight human trafficking in San Diego County, including labor and sex trafficking. More information about the foundation and its efforts is available at —B.J. Coleman is a local freelance journalist and editor/staff reporter with 22nd District Legionnaire. B.J. can be reached at

Honoring those that serve Notes from Toni Toni G. Atkins

San Diego is home to an array of talented, hard-working, conscientious people who are dedicated to growing our economy, improving our quality of life and helping others in need. And throughout June, I’ll have the privilege of honoring some of our residents, organizations and businesses for their contributions. First, on June 6, I will recognize ElderHelp as my choice for Nonprofit of the Year in Senate District 39. Californians are living longer, and the oldest baby boomers are now in their 70s. We need organizations dedicated to serving this “Silver Tsunami,” and San Diego’s ElderHelp is one of the best. Led by CEO and Executive Director Deborah Martin and her talented staff, ElderHelp’s purpose is to make it easier for seniors to remain in their own homes, providing services like care management and coordination, housing assistance such as roommate matching and affordable-housing navigation, transportation to medical and non-medical appointments, caregiver support and daily check-in calls. The organization served more than 7,000 seniors in the most recent fiscal year

The Starter and Essential plans are ideal for lighter users with one to five devices connected to the home network. The new download speed for Essential is now up to 30 Mbps and Cox Starter is now up to 10 Mbps. “Speed increases are one of the many ways we continually add value for our high speed internet customers,” said Suzanne Schlundt, Vice President of Field Marketing for Cox Communications. “Today, the majority of Cox customers in San Diego are now enjoying speeds twice as fast.” Even faster speeds are available with the company’s Ultimate and Gigablast service plans, which have been made possible by continual investments in Cox’s network coupled with the deployment of new technology and infrastructure. Cox offers a variety of internet service plans, so households can select the option that best fits their needs. Take a short quiz on the speed advisor at to determine which speed is right for you.

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

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

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

and enrolled 123 volunteers, a 21 percent increase over the previous year. Those volunteers logged more than 11,000 hours helping clients. Some 60 percent of new program participants were placed in affordable housing. Next, on June 19, I will honor i.d.e.a. as my choice for the 39th District’s Small Business of the Year. Led by founders Indra Gardiner Bowers and Jon Bailey, i.d.e.a. has been a leading creative agency in San Diego for the past six years, helping clients such as Qualcomm, Splat, Harrah’s and Curio Hotels connect with the public. But for i.d.e.a., it’s not just a business for profit. They have a strong community ethic, as well, having been named a Certified B Corporation, which requires meeting rigorous standards for social, community and environmental responsibility. For example, i.d.e.a. partnered with Father Joe’s Villages, which serves homeless San Diegans, to alter the public perception of homelessness from people being a problem to people being seen as who they are: people. In addition to recognizing i.d.e.a in a ceremony in Sacramento, I will be honoring a number of great small businesses located throughout my district at a local event on June 21. Finally, my pick for Veteran of the Year in the 39th District will be feted on June 20 — and that veteran is Veronica Zerrer. Retired U.S. Army Major Zerrer was active in the U.S. Navy from 1976 to 1980, serving as a cryptologic technician, and then in the Army from 1980 to 1998, as a cavalry scout, platoon leader, company commander and staff officer while assigned to the 1st Infantry and the 35th Infantry divisions. After active duty, she served in the Reserves and embarked on a civilian career in social services and government. She has managed a shelter for people experiencing homelessness, a home-maintenance program for seniors and traffic-safety projects for the state of Kansas. She also worked as the tribal grant writer for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and was the director of development for the Orange County, California LGBT Community Center. Having relocated to San Diego, she is the president of the board of directors for both The Neutral Corner, Inc., San Diego’s longest active transgender education organization, and TransFamily Support Services, a nonprofit devoted to supporting transgender youth and their families. I am pleased to honor these incredible San Diegans and thank them for their considerable contributions to our communities. —Toni G. Atkins represents the 39th District in the California Senate. Follow her on Twitter @SenToniAtkins.v


Theater Review Jean Lowerison There are times when I think getting through “Just Another Day” will be an accomplishment. But imagine what it’s like for husband Dan Goodman (Anthony Donovan) to come downstairs and find his wife Diana (Rebekah Rawhouser) laying out bread slices on the floor to make sandwiches for the family. She doesn’t stop at four; she seems determined to lay out the whole loaf. She says she’s trying to “get ahead on lunches.” Dan is used to this strange behavior. Diana’s suffered from severe bipolarity for the past 16 years, and he has been “living

on a latte and a prayer” and trying to get through another day all that time. But he admits that much of the time, he doesn’t know what she’s talking about. Chad Oakley directs Coronado Playhouse’s lovely production of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning 2008 pop/rock musical “Next to Normal,” now playing through June 17. Bipolar disorder can’t be cured, but it can be managed, at least to a certain extent. Dr. Madden (Connor Boyd) offers three possibilities: medication, hypnosis and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT — or in laymen’s terms, shock treatments). Diana doesn’t trust hypnosis and strenuously objects to ECT for a very real reason. It frequently results in memory loss.

(l to r) SeeJay Lewis (Gabe) and Anthony Donowan (Dan)

(l to r) SeeJay Lewis (Gabe), Rebekah Rawhouser (Diana’s) dead son that she sees an talks to often and her husband Anthony Donovan (Dan) who deals every day with Daina’s bipolar disorder.

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‘Next to Normal’ Plays through June 17 Coronado Playhouse 1835 Strand Way, Coronado Thursday–Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday–2 p.m. Tickets: 619-435-4856 But she doesn’t much like pills either, and after a while, like many bipolar patients, she just stops taking the medications. Her reasoning is summed up in the show’s best song, the poignant “I Miss the Mountains,” in which she decries the leveling effect of the pills. Meanwhile, 16-year-old daughter Natalie (Chloe Marcotte) has pretty much had to mother herself. Natalie is a budding pianist who could have used some motherly advice about classmate and new boyfriend Henry (Peter Armado). Diana has another problem. She’s never come to terms with the long-ago death of her infant son Gabe. In fact, she “sees” and talks to him (SeeJay Lewis) often, even bakes him a 17th-birthday cake, much to Natalie’s embarrassment (Henry had joined the family for dinner that night). These are difficult issues to treat anywhere, let alone onstage, but Kitt and Yorkey give us such honesty and directness along with tenderness. And even humor in script and libretto, and this cast delivers at such a high level, we can’t help but engage and care about this family. Newcomer Rawhouser is a find as Diana, with a stunning voice and flawless delivery to go with her utterly convincing acting. Lewis’ phantom Gabe manages to be raw, scary, and heartbreaking all at once. He’s a talent to watch, with a powerful, lithe voice. I last saw him in OnStage’s fine “Spring Awakening,” and he’s better every time I see him.

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(l to r) Conner Boyd (Dr. Madden) and Rebekah Rawhouser (Diana) discuss the many treatments for her bipolarity (Photos courtesy of Coronado Playhouse) Marcotte is another heartbreaker as the virtually motherless Natalie, deserted even at the final recital that will determine her college offers. But she’ll melt your heart when she sings to her mom in “Maybe”: “I don’t need a life that’s normal That’s way too far away But something next to normal Would be okay.” Armado is charming as Natalie’s persistent but often puzzled boyfriend Henry, who just wants to take her to the dance. Donovan is convincing as Diana’s loving but nearly broken husband Dan. Boyd’s voice isn’t as powerful as the others, but he’s convincing as the shrink who wants to help but knows he really can’t “fix” this problem. Kudos to music director/ bassist Martín Martiarena’s

fine six-man band that plays from the rear of the stage, too. Jacob Sampson’s dual-level set looks great (and properly angular), and Josh Olmstead’s lighting uses brightly colored, sometimes blinking lights to atmospheric advantage. “Next to Normal” is an unflinching look at bipolar disorder and its effect on the Goodman family, with music to match. Sometimes unnerving (not to mention extremely difficult), sometimes lyrical, always appropriate. It will have its effect on you, too. The theater has appropriately placed tissues on each table. You’ll need them. —Jean Lowerison is a long-standing member of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle and can be reached at


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High-butterfat decadence has descended on the Gaslamp Quarter with the recent arrival of Cali Cream, a walkup ice cream shop featuring nearly 70 flavors every day. The business is owned by Ken Schulenburg (aka Scoop Dogg) and Juliana Ortiz, both of whom worked in the retail industry and call themselves “foodies by nature.” A new ice cream shop has opened on Market Street. (Courtesy of Cali Cream) The ice cream is made onsite and uses pure sugar, part of the market,” said natural colorings and reSchulenburg, referring to gionally sourced ingredients. certain savory flavors found Aside from several dairy-free at the Little Italy ice cream options, the ice creams ring parlor. in at 16 percent butterfat Cali Cream’s dreamy (12 percent is the average in concoctions include Red commercial brands). In addiDawn (black raspberry and tion, the large selection stays chocolate truffles); Death by exclusively within the sweet Chocolate (dark chocolate category. with fudge ripples and brown“We’re staying away from ies); and peanut butter with NINE-TEN June Ad.pdf 05/18/2018 10:16:47 AM fudge. 425 Market St., all the crazy stuff and 1letsalted ting Salt & Straw have that 619-450-4078.

DINING The latest count for the number of mussel bisque orders served at Dobson’s Bar & Restaurant since it opened in 1984 is 1.1 million, says head chef Martin San Roman. The famed pastry-crowned bisque, which receives a generous pour of sherry when it’s served, has sated the likes of former President Bill Clinton, world-renowned

cellist Yo-Yo Ma, famous bullfighters from Mexico and other luminaries. Of late, San Romano says he sells up to 700 orders per week. As for the origin of the recipe, the restaurant’s founder, Paul Dobson, obtained it decades ago from a bistro in Normandy, France. 956 Broadway Circle, 619-231-6771,

The subterranean speakeasy known as Prohibition is holding a series of dinners this month that pair cocktails — not wine or beer — to each course. On June 4, the drinks will be made with Brugal 1888 rums. The dinner on June 18 will spotlight cocktails using El Silencio mezcals, and on June 25 patrons will sip through Diageo Reserve spirits during their meal. Each dinner is preceded by a cocktail hour, starting at 6 p.m. The cost is $85 per person, plus gratuity. Reservations are required, and full menus are posted on the website under “supper club.” 548 Fifth Ave., 619-501-1919,

Big numbers for the mussel bisque sales at a well-established Downtown restaurant (Yelp) Downtown’s celebrated seafood restaurant, Top of the Market, has hired Jeremy Loomis from Herb & Wood as its new executive chef. Loomis replaces Stafford Mather, who will be starting a new job in New York City. Before moving to San Diego in 2013, Loomis worked for a hospitality group in Michigan. In San Diego, he worked at Searsucker prior to Herb & Wood. At Top of the Market, he will oversee menu development and work with the restaurant’s team in introducing new seasonal dishes to the fine-dining experience. 750 N. Harbor Drive, 619-232-3474,

Bao buns are making a “pop-up” appearance at an East Village distillery. (Courtesy of J Public Relations)

The highly anticipated Monzu Fresh Pasta has swung open its doors leading into a retail section and a fast-casual dining area. Housemade pastas rule the day in this family-run business, which was launched by European husband-wife team Aldo de Dominicis Rotondi and Serena Romano. As advocates of the Slow Food movement, both have trained with Italy’s master pasta makers and learned centuries-old techniques born in regions such as Campania, Puglia and Sicily. Retail offerings feature fresh, uncooked pastas as well as imported deli goods such as olive oil and panettone. Dine-in and takeout options include diverse pasta dishes, pasta flights and salads. There

Gin and bao buns will rule the evening on June 14 when chef Brian Redzikowski of Little Italy’s Kettner Exchange brings his famed bao buns to You & Yours Distilling Co. in the East Village. The buns, served with various fillings, will be available for $4 each from 6 to 10 p.m. as staffers of the distillery construct cocktails from the company’s gin collection. 1495 G St., 619-955-8755,

Beef ravioli with ragout dipping sauce at a new Italian eatery and retail venture (Courtesy of Monzu Fresh Pasta) are also daily specials as well as meals tailored for vegans. 455 10th Ave., 619-802-4355,

p.m., June 13. Two routes will be available—at the north and south ends of the neighborhood—with each incorporating about 20 establishments. Participants include Civico 1845, Barbusa, Born & Raised, Nolita, Herb & Wood, and more. The cost per One of San Diego’s hottest neighborhoods will route is $40 in adflaunt its cuisine in mid-June. (Photo by Frank vance and $45 the day Sabatini Jr.) of the event. For tickets and more informaThe 10th annual Taste tion, visit of Little Italy will feature nearly 40 restaurants doling —Frank Sabatini out samples of their latest and Jr can be reached at greatest cuisine, from 5 to 9


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A lesson in Argentine empanadas


commonly field are explained as such: What exactly are empanadas? They are baked, folded dough In countries such as sheets, similar Chile, Peru, Belize and the to puff pasPhilippines, empanadas are try, and filled seen as quaint appetizers or with different hand-held noshes sold at street combinations of festivals. In Argentina, they meats, cheeses and qualify as a meal. And a major- vegetables. ity of them are filled with beef. Are they spicy? No, “Argentinians are obsessed except for the Italian A juicy filling of ground beef, onions and bell with empanadas,” said Matias sausage empanada. peppers (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) Rigali, a Buenos Aires transArgentinian food generplant who began selling the ally isn’t spicy. savory-filled pastries at loAre they machine-made? Not goodness of a lamb entree from cal farmers markets before these. Only the ones you see in an upscale restaurant, given opening Empanada Kitchen a grocery store freezer cases that it’s braised in red wine, in February along the trolley probably are. rosemary, carrots and onions. (l to r) Owners Dan Housinga and Matias Rigali (Courtesy of Empanada Kitchen) tracks on C Street. The ham and cheese emHis business partner, Dan panada featured a commingling of lean ham Housinga, is from Minnesota. tomatoes, garlic and herbs (sofand buttery tastHe was so impressed by rito); sweet corn and basil with the straightforwardness ing mozzarella. bechamel sauce; and bacon and of the product while Though basic, egg, which is available only marketing organit offered the in the morning or by special 819 C St. ic smoothies at finesse flavor of request if you “talk to the man 619-228-9419 farmers markets a savory French behind the counter,” as the that he jumped pastry. menu humorously advises. ship to team up Onions, bell Empanada Kitchen is off to Prices: peppers and light with Rigali. a solid start, thanks in part to Salad, $3.50 seasonings team Aside from initially establishing itself at empanadas, $3.50 each up with ground beef a seasonal, prefarmers markets and retaining three for $9.50 in the most traditional made salad, their its spot at the La Jolla Open of Argentine empanadas. menu is agreeably Aire Market on Sundays. A top seller, it was juicy and dominated by em“I never tried to appeal only —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the delightful — kind of like panadas encasing to the Argentine population in author of “Secret San Diego” everything from beef (l to r) A trio of empanadas: ground beef, ham and an exotic sloppy Joe recipe San Diego because it’s a very (ECW Press) and began his cheese, and spicy sausage (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) and lamb to chicken, captured inside pastry crust small community. We wanted local writing career more than ham, vegetables and instead of a hamburger roll. to appeal to as many people two decades ago as a staffeggs. There are about 10 opWhat is chimichurri sauce? Other fillings include as possible, and our customers er for the former San Diego tions on any given day. Unlike It’s a simple mixture of parsley, chicken thigh meat sautéed today are very diverse,” Rigali Tribune. 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Keeping in the green

Sustainable business practices help businesses save East Village Biz News Robert Carr It’s no longer a secret that going green saves you green. The East Village Association (EVA) knows this and have started promoting sustainable strategies and best practices that can help businesses use less energy, water, and produce less waste in their operations. To help promote these strategies within its membership, the EVA formed a partnership with the San Diego Green Building Council (SDGBC). Together the SDGBC and EVA are collaborating on educational content and events that spread the

word about how businesses can incorporate sustainable business practices and save money in the process. How does being sustainable save businesses money? Simply put, businesses that use less energy, less water, and produce less waste can have lower utility bills. The money saved on those utility bills can then be reinvested back into the business or help increase the bottom line. And let’s not forget, another equally important benefit of being sustainable is that it’s also great for our environment. Businesses that use less resources are helping reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted each year. With this reduction in greenhouse gases, businesses are helping the city of San Diego meet its

Climate Action Plan goal of reducing emissions by 50 percent by 2035. In order to get the word out about the benefits of going green, the SDGBC and EVA have a two-pronged strategy. The first is to hold events designed to educate EVA membership about the benefits of going green, the tools available to do so, and provide testimonials of local businesses that have successfully implemented these strategies. The second is to publish, through social media and the EVA newsletter, sustainable tips, strategies, and best practices that EVA businesses can implement. At a recent event at Mission Brewery, the EVA and the SDGBC hosted a panel of sustainability experts that

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Nesmith-Greely Building’s long San Diego History Gaslamp Landmarks Sandee Wilhoit

Nesmith-Greely Building 1888

On March 27, 1871, Alonzo Horton sold Lot D, Block 61 to Miss Henrietta Nesmith for the exorbitant sum of $1,900 in U.S. gold coin. This was considered an unusually high amount for such a lot at the time. Horton also sold property to her father, Thomas Nesmith, on the same day. Henrietta deeded her property to her father in 1873, and Lot D was to become the subject of many transactions between members of the Nesmith family, which continued well into the late 1940s. Nesmith, who arrived in San Diego in 1870, was a leader in early San Diego society, along with his wife, Marie Antoinette. He succeeded Alonzo Horton as president of the Bank of San Diego and was a member of the Board of Directors until 1883. He was also a trustee of the San Diego Publishing Company, president of the Citizen’s Railroad Committee and a senior officer of the Episcopal Church. Even before Nesmith owned Lot D, he had assumed management of the property. In December of 1871, he leased the property to Heyman Solomon of Old Town for two years. The San Diego Union reported that Mr. Solomon, who had previously been the proprietor of a restaurant in Old Town, would

825 Fifth Ave. Romanesque Revival Architects: Comstock and Notsche be opening a new restaurant on Lot D, as soon as a building in construction was completed. Mr. Solomon also furnished meals for the prisoners at the county jail. He had been a member of the Grand Jury, Vice-President of the Citizen’s Railroad Committee and compiled an extensive list of all Hebrews living in San Diego County. Two weeks before his lease was up, this busy man negotiated with Alonzo Horton to lease the kitchens and dining room of the Horton House Hotel in order to take charge of the culinary department of the establishment. He managed it for a year and then decided to reopen his old location for private parties and dinners. He ultimately left the area in 1882. Several other businesses followed Heyman with the most notable being the San Diego Candy Factory and Dr. Robert Jones Gregg, who was active in Republican politics and a member of the Board of Education. Unfortunately, tragedy struck Mr. Nesmith as he lost both his beautiful Southern belle wife and his eldest son,

who was a merchant in Mexico. His surviving children were his ravishingly beautiful daughter, Henrietta, and his twin sons, Loring and Otto. In June of 1878, Henrietta married Lt. Adolphus Washington Greely and moved to Washington, D.C., where her groom was in the Signal Service. Lt. Greely went on to be an Arctic explorer, and eventually reached the farthest point north than anyone before him. Two relief expeditions were sent to bring him home, but they both failed. Finally, a third expedition was successful. All but seven in the original exploratory expedition died in the frigid Arctic. He was later promoted to major general and ultimately to general. In 1906, he was sent to San Francisco to conduct relief operations after the 1906 earthquake. Nesmith devoted his ensuing years to business. He had added another smaller building to Lot D, but during the business boom of the 1880s, decided to abandon those buildings and build the present-day Nesmith-Greely Building. The name honors Henrietta and her husband. On Feb. 6, 1888, the San Diego Union printed a lengthy description of the proposed structure. It was to be a four-story brick building with basement, featuring cast iron pillars supporting large rounded pressed brick piers. The front was to feature an unusually large Leavy French plate

Since the late 1980s, the Nesmith-Greely Building has been home to many prominent businesses that influenced the future of San Diego. (Photo by Sandee Wilhoit)

glass surface. The 12-foot wide entrance would lead to a highly ornamented oak staircase and elevator lit by a large lightwell (skylight). The lightwell would cast light on three stories. The building would house two stores on the first floor, with the upper floors devoted to 60 office and lodging rooms. Total cost for the building was projected to be approximately $30,000. To finance the building, architects, and materials, Nesmith took out a loan for $50,000, using all his real estate as security for the loan. The architects were Comstock and Trotsche, prominent for designing many buildings in San Diego. Among them are Pierce-Morse Building, Villa Montezuma, the Coronado Boat House, B Street, Middletown and Sherman Heights schools, the Court House, the Coronado

School, the Grand Hotel and numerous others. Famous tenants of the Nesmith-Greely Building included Clara Shortridge Foltz, the first woman attorney to be admitted to the California Bar. She practiced real estate law and held classes for other aspiring female attorneys in Rooms 38 and 39. An additional prominent attorney-tenant was Daniel Cleveland, a San Diego resident for 60 of his 90 years, who was known for his humanitarian and civic accomplishments. Yet another attorney, William Darby, was a tenant until 1894 when he committed suicide, only one month after being elected District Attorney. The San Diego Union listed the cause as an “aberration of drink.”

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Food-lovers’ heaven at the 10th annual Taste of Little Italy Little Italy News Christopher Gomez All are welcomed to enjoy the top culinary offerings in San Diego’s Little Italy at the 10th annual Taste of Little Italy, presented by Birra Moretti. On June 13, nearly 40 restaurants in the neighborhood will open their doors to locals and visitors from 5-9 p.m. for the top foodie event of

the summer. Local restaurants will share their most delectable dishes with attendees, including appetizers, entrees, desserts, beverages and more! From authentic Italian cuisine to incredible seafood options, Taste of Little Italy will offer a rare experience to taste all that Little Italy has to offer in one night! Food enthusiasts have the opportunity to choose from two different Taste Passport routes — a south route and a north route. Every attendee

Food enthusiasts enjoy the annual Taste of Little Italy

will receive a Taste Passport, a guide mapping out all participating restaurants on their route and the eateries’ menu offerings. Each route will have around 20 restaurants that will offer unique but equally delicious food and beverage options. Attendees will get their passports stamped at each restaurant they visit in exchange for a taste. Some participating restaurants on the north route include Ballast Point, Barbusa, NAPIZZA a hot spot for Taste of Little Italy (Photos by Courtney Rose) Bencotto, The Crack Shack, Herb & Wood, Ironside to live music and admiring tickets go fast! Tickets are $40 and Mona Lisa Italian the beautiful views of the San per route prior to the event and Foods. South route parDiego Bay with family and $45 at the door. To learn more ticipating eateries infriends. Attendees 21 and older about the Taste of Little Italy, clude Born and Raised, will also get to experience a visit Buon Appetito, Café brand-new feature at this year’s To stay connected with Little Gratitude, Civico 1845, Taste of Little Italy. The event’s Italy, check out what’s going Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, presenting sponsor, Birra on in the neighborhood by folNonna, Queenstown Moretti, will be offering samlowing us on Instagram and Public House and many ple tastings of their delicious Twitter: @LittleItalySD and more! Italian brews in the Piazza del- Facebook: LittleItalySD. Ticketholders will be la Famiglia. able to enjoy their tastes Don’t miss your chance to —Christopher Gomez has while stroll through the experience this year’s 10th been Little Italy’s district manscenic 48-square-block annual Taste of Little Italy ager since 2000. Reach him at neighborhood, listening and don’t wait too long because

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Fishing for history in Little Italy for the ladies.” Little Italy In the courtyard, Heritage Jim noted, “You became familiar Tom Cesarini with everyone’s garments.” The Convivio Now and Jim’s recollecAgain Series comprises oral tions of his family histories from Italian commumembers, particnity members. In this excerpt ularly his grandfrom an interview with Jim fathers, remain Bregante, local historian and vivid and riveting. Convivio docent, Jim discusses Jim’s maternal the close-knit neighborhood grandfather, from his childhood that he reAgostino Ghio, members so fondly. came to San Diego “I’m a product of people,” via Ellis Island, Bregante declared emphatisettling first in cally, referring directly to the San Francisco, many influential people that as many other contributed to his upbringing Italian immiin San Diego’s Italian comgrants had done. munity during the 1940s and He began a fish1950s. He was raised in “seven ing career, and he little yellow cottages,” built discovered a large by his grandfather, Gerolamo Italian community Bregante, in 1922. Today, those in that city. Upon Jim Bregante mending fishing nets in 1941 (age 5). cottages are still standing, and relocating to San (Courtesy of Jim Bregante) they have served as one of the Diego, he continmany topics that Jim writes ued his career as about in his historical essays a fisherman and also became a which served as the main thoron the community that helped boat owner. Notably, while livoughfare in the neighborhood: to shape him. ing in San Francisco, he had al- “[The] bakeries, grocery stores, Jim recalls those cottages so sailed on San Diego’s famed drug stores, barber shops, shoe fondly, as they were “a little ship, the Star of India. shops — all within a three to community among the larger Jim’s paternal grandfather, four block area.” Regarding community of what’s called Gerolamo Bregante, also first restaurants, Jim recounts, Little Italy today,” he said. settled in San Francisco but “When I grew up there was An interesting component of much earlier than Jim’s materonly one restaurant — Ortega’s the diminutive, but distincnal grandfather — in 1886. He Mexican Food,” which was tive homes was the courtyard also worked as a fisherman, but operated by a Mexican family in the center of the cottages, he then went into the retail/ living in the neighborhood. which had the clotheslines, and wholesale business and became Eventually, other restaurants “that was the meeting place a buyer for a fish market. Jim’s started to be established grandfather was in through the 1950s. Today, Jim San Francisco during says, “People laugh when I the 1906 earthquake, tell them there was only one and he moved to San restaurant in Little Italy—they Diego in 1910. don’t believe it.” Interestingly, while You can visit with Jim on in San Francisco, Saturdays at Amici House Jim’s grandfather in Little Italy and learn became good friends more about the history of the with AP Giannini, the neighborhood. founder of the Bank of Italy, which was —Tom Cesarini is later to become Bank the executive director of of America. Giannini Convivio. Reach him at asked him to serve on the bank’s board of directors in San Diego. Jim mentions at this point, proudly, that his grandfather did not have a lot of education, but he was “good with people and had an entrepreneurial spirit.” Jim Bregante in 2012 (age 75) speaking at the Jim explains that Maritime Museum about San Diego’s waterthe primary businesses front area and Little Italy. (Photo by Tome Cesarani) were on India Street,


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NESMITH-GREELY The Stepman Brothers, who were draymen, had their offices in the Nesmith-Greely Building. They later replaced their drays (wagons used for heavy deliveries) and horses with trucks and became the Pioneer Truck Company. Another interesting tenant was Ferdinand Grah, who emigrated from Soligen, Germany, and established the Grah Safe and Lock Company. His son, Rudolph, was born in a castle in Soligen, and after playing in the dungeon, began collecting an array of interesting and historic keys, which he later displayed in a key shop at 816 Market Street.


with certain needs, like housing deposits. Carter: Just as our social service providers have tended to function in silos, so each of the neighborhoods have also been silos. Their collaboration as a community can actually make change and result in solutions. We need our community and our businesses to be the voice of housing solutions. Kernes: Everybody out there is somebody’s someone. If you’re able to, just say hi, because you have no idea what kind of positive effect that could have on someone — you don’t know their situation and why they are out there. To learn more about the work of the Clean & Safe Homeless Outreach Coordinators, and to get involved, visit —Lana Harrison is the communications coordinator for the Downtown San Diego Partnership. She can be reached at In late 1888, Mr. Nesmith traveled to Washington D.C. to visit his daughter and her husband. During his journey by train, he wrote his will, as he was aware that his health was failing. It was his desire to honor both San Diego and his hometown, Derry, New Hampshire. He felt that his net worth was approximately $200,000, and with carefully invested annuities and compound interest, he eventually would have enough funds to pay for numerous gifts to both cities. For San Diego, he stipulated that funds be used to build a public library, Nesmith Library, Nesmith Art School and Nesmith Lyceum (College). He also bequeathed large sums to St. Paul’s Church, the San Diego Benevolent Association and a fund to build low-cost housing. Last but not least, he provided for a fireproof building to house San Diego history. To Derry, he left funds for Nesmith University, Nesmith Park, Nesmith Benevolent Society, four churches, a female academy and monuments to the Nesmith family. Also, any town in the country that would change its name to Nesmith would receive a college. Mr. Nesmith passed away in Washington, DC. leaving his family as executors of his 10-page will. However, he failed to take into consideration his $50,000 loan and numerous other debts. When his affairs were settled, the family was left with the NesmithGreely Building, plus $3.64. Mr. Nesmith’s dreams of the immortality of the Nesmith name were, after all, just pipe dreams. His body was returned to San Diego, where his obituaries lauded him as a San Diego pioneer and civic leader. The Nesmith-Greely Building now houses apartments and the street level storefront is for lease. —Sandee Wilhoit is the historian for the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. She can be reached at swilhoit@


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Desert escape

Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro San Diego Mesa College Fashion Program presented the 37th annual Golden Scissors Fashion Show & Awards at the Sheraton San Diego Harbor Island Hotel & Marina on May 11. The event began with a VIP reception along with entertainment by Matias de Hoyos and Joshua Jones. Guests were able to shop at a fun silent auction while they enjoyed the reception. The Fashion Show began with a welcome by program


directors Susan Lazear, Meegan Feori, and Jordyn Smiley. The theme for the evening was Desert Escape. This entire fashion show was a collaboration by many different departments which included the fashion students’ designs, multimedia students, hair and makeup at San Jessica Sarmiento took first place for the Children’s Diego City College, category dancers from San Diego Mesa Dance Company This entertaining show inand Continuing Education at cluded segments with Daywear, San Diego Community College Sportswear, Up-Cycling, District. Wearable Technology and

Michael Marinas won Best Collection (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro) Special Occasion. Interspersed in between each segment were the students’ collections. First place for collections went to Michael Marinas, whose menswear collection was called Mnyama. Michael McKinney earned Best of Show for the most creativity and also took home first place for the UpCycle section. He wowed the audience Mesa College President Dr. Pamela T. Luster when he modeled presents Un-Fabric awards. Pictured LeVar Johnson his design across (second place), Humberto Buisan (first place), and the stage on stilts. Juliet Sailo earned Brooke Druen (third place) Best of Show for her impeccable workmanship. Dress category. The segment Salio also took home first place is so cute with adorable chilwith the Desert Escape catdren coming down the runway. egory and the Eveningwear Lorena Gonzales won the section. Divya Sharma was Millinery section. Mesa College awarded the Rising Star Award President Dr. Pamela T. Luster, and took home first place for Vice-President Tim McGrath, Clubwear. and Mesa College deans modAdditional first-place wineled the student hats. Luster ners for the Golden Scissors returned to the stage to present 2018 were Grace Zheng for the awards to the students. Weekend Wear, Madison San Diego Mesa College proGooden for Day Wear, and vides associate of science deCarrie Schneider for Textile grees in fashion design, fashion Designs. Brook Druen won first merchandising, and computer place for Wearable Technology. fashion technology. If you are Models came down the runway interested in more information for this remarkable segment about this terrific fashion proshowing off clothing with gram, visit lights. Humberto Buisan took Upcoming Events home the award for the Un●● June 16 – SoCal Etsy Fabric category, where students Guild Artisan Market feamake garments that are designed by materials such as pa- tures local designers, live per, plastic, duct tape, or bubble art, handmade vendors, and live music; located at the wrap. Jessica Sarmiento took home Amphitheater in the South Plaza of Horton Park from 10 the first place in the Children’s a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit ●● Through June 26 – Fashion Redux: 90 Years of Fashion Exhibition at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park. Showcases local students from San Diego Mesa College. For more information, visit ●● June 30 – One Fashionable Eve in San Diego presented by Ugochi Iwuabe at the Sandbox located at 325 15th St. from 4-10 p.m. Event includes fashion show, appetizers, drinks and live performances. For tickets, visit bit. ly/2ISsjzF.

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‘Les Misérables’


Golden Hill Farmers Market Stop by the open community space to pick up California Certified Organic Produce from local farmers. 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at B Street between 27th and 28th streets, Golden Hill. Old Town Saturday Market The street market features work from local artists including paintings, jewelry, photography and more. Every Saturday and Sunday. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at Harney Street and San Diego Avenue, Old Town.


Hillcrest Farmers Market About 175 vendors offer a variety of locally grown fruit, produce, gifts, arts and crafts, flowers, and more. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. on Normal Street between University and Lincoln avenues.




Nathan Gunn Flying Solo

See Nathan Gunn at San Diego Repertory Theatre to be thrilled with what is probably the best baritone voice singing today. “Flying Solo” is a singing biography of the South Bend, Indiana native. Gunn’s career has largely been in opera, but his voice moves easily from an ineffably sad aria from Benjamin Britten’s “Billy Budd” to Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites. Tickets are $20–$69. San Diego Repertory Theatre Lyceum Stage, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown.

‘The Loneliest Girl in the World’

Diversionary Theatre presents the world premiere of “The Loneliest Girl in the World,” a ground-breaking new musical that charts the emergence of the gay rights movement on intimate turns. This musical follows the rise of Anita Bryant and her youngest, greatest fan who does not understand Bryant’s sudden stance against the gay community. Books and lyrics by Gordon Leary, music by Julia Meinwald and directed by Diversionary Theatre’s Artistic Director, Matt M. Marrow. Playing through June 24 at 4545 Park Blvd. #101.

Now playing through June 3, Alain Boublil and Cluade-Michel Schonberg’s Tony Award-winning musical is returning to San Diego from its applauded Broadway return. Cameron Makintosh’s new production has left critics in awe with its new staging and reimagined scenery inspired by the painting of Victor Hugo.




Stepping Under the Sea Party

Stepping Under the Sea Party benefits Stepping Stone, an organization dedicated to helping individuals who want to be treated for alcohol and other drug problems. This event will have live entertainment, a cake walk, silent auction, food and a DJ. 6–10 p.m. University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Ave.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego. Clayton, his teammates and special guests will gather at The Omni San Diego Hotel from 7–10 p.m. for the release party of Clayton’s very own 215 Sonoma Reserve Red Wine, available only during this event. Admission includes food, beer and wine, plus a complimentary limited-edition of Clayton’s red wine, of which only one barrel was produced. The evening also features live and silent auctions including game used Padres gear, local and national sports items, wine lots from some of California’s elite producers, and travel opportunities to Napa, Sonoma and Italy. $175. Omni San Diego Hotel, 675 L St.




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SuperHero Soiree

Home of Guiding Hands (HGH) will hold its 44th annual fundraising gala from 5:30–11 p.m. at the U.S. Grant Hotel. SuperHero Soiree will feature a cocktail reception, three-course meal with wine pairings, a silent and live auction, dancing, gaming, and live music from The Mighty Untouchables. Guests will also have the chance to interact with HGH clients. The gala will help support the more than 2,500 individuals with developmental disabilities that HGH supports annually. Tickets are priced at $250 per person and $2,500 for a table of 10. 326 Broadway.




LGBT Film Festival 2018

FilmOut San Diego kicks off with its Opening Night Film and Party featuring “Ideal Home,” followed by fi lm shorts “Turn it Around” and “Femme.” Tickets $10–$50 There will also be an OpenClosing Reception: ing Night Party at Sunset Gloria Muriel’s Temple, 3911 Kansas St. from ‘Beyond the Eyes’ 9:30 p.m.–midnight. The fourJoin Gloria Muriel as she day festival features 17 films demonstrates her tech- and shorts at $10 per shownique in a live painting ses- ing. All access passes for the sion on the closing weekend entire fi lm festival is $150, of her solo exhibition, “Be- which includes for entrance to yond the Eyes.” Free. 1–4 all films, parties and events. p.m. at Sparks Gallery, 530 Runs through June 10. VariSixth Ave. ous times at The Observatory North Park, 2891 sity Ave.


Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego 5K

Join the Rock ‘n’ Roll experience and enter the 5K run. The course runs up and down Sixth Avenue between Pennsylvania and Hawthorne avenues, and includes Marston Loop and Balboa Drive in Balboa Park. Also, on June 3. 6:30–10 a.m. in Balboa Park; the start line is Sixth and Quince streets.



Uncork for a Cause


San Diego Padres pitcher Clayton Richard and his wife Ashley’s 2018 Uncork for a Cause charity event will raise awareness and funding for





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Taste of Gaslamp

Celebrating 24 years of the historic Gaslamp Quarter’s exquisite dining options, the Taste of Gaslamp, presented by Karl Strauss, returns for another delicious self-guided tasting tour from 1–4 p.m. This delectable day of dining not only celebrates the wide variety of well-established eateries, but also the longevity of the event that has made this culinary tour a true tradition in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. Taste of Gaslamp will be dishing out savory bites from 24 participating restaurants. Check in begins at 12:30 p.m. at Gaslamp Square, 538 L St. Presale general admission: $35; pre-sale VIP admission: $65.






San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival

June 29 – July 1, the second annual Smooth Jazz Festival hosted by Eric Darius returns to the Embarcadero Marina Park North. This festival unites music lovers from around the world and combines the soothing sounds of smooth jazz from the top artists of the year, a variety of delicious cuisine, and an amazing atmosphere. General admission $65, with premium seating and VIP Packages available. 400 Kettner Blvd.




Pride Collection


This event features 20 fabulous book club authors, including keynote speaker Jenna Nat Talks Blum, author of “Those Who Author and illustrator KaSave Us” and her upcoming trina Van Grouw will speak new book “The Lost Family.” about her work celebrating San Diego resident Susan Mc- Charles Darwin’s theory of Beth is launching Novel Net- evolution. In her new book, work, the first-ever match. “Unnatural Selection,” which com-like service to connect marks the 150th anniversabook club and authors. Mc- ry of Darwin’s great work on Beth kicks off her new venture domesticated animals, Van with an all-day “Book Club Grouw explains why this Bingo Adventure” at the San analogy was more appropriDiego Central Library. There, ate than even Darwin had readers can “speed-date” au- realized. Artificial selection thors, attend engaging panes is, in fact, more than just an discussions and schedule book analogy for natural selection. club visits. Novel Network It is the perfect example of boasts an impressive list of evolution in action. Tickets: authors from Boston to Alas- Members ($9), non-members ka, with the majority based in ($12). 7 p.m. Natural History San Diego, Los Angeles, San Museum, 1788 El Prado. Francisco and Seattle. Free event. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. San Diego Central Library, ninth THURSDAY floor Special Events Room. 330 Park Blvd.

2018 San Diego Festival of the Arts

Diego and why they are doing it. 2050 B Rooftop from 5–8 p.m. Members $35, non-members $60, Walk-ins $75.




During its two-day run (June 9–10) the 2018 San Diego Festival of the Arts will feature legendary composer and performer Jack Temchin (The Eagles), Riley Biederer, (winner of “best.cover.ever” and recent competitor from “The Voice”), guitarist Peter Sprague and many others. In addition to great musical entertainment, the festival will showcase stunning works of painting, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry, ceramics, wood, fiber and mixed media from nearly 200 world renowned artists at the Downtown San Diego Waterfront Park. Tickets for the 2018 Festival of the Arts start at $14 with proceeds benefitting adaptive sports programs for


LGBT artist and philanthropist Jumper Maybach is set to unveil a timely and important new series of works celebrating PRIDE 2018. “The Pride Collection: INTROSPECTION” will be on exhibition and available for acquisition beginning July 1 at Meyer Fine Art in San Diego. The works in this series show Jumper’s love and support for the LGBT community in addition to those taking part in the #MeToo movement. Maybach is one of the most acclaimed LGBT fine artists of our generation. This exhibition will be open to the public through July 31. RSVPs suggested by calling 619-3589512 or emailing






Summer Mixer

‘Pain on the Dancefloor’

Lake Davis — San Diego-based singer, actor, choreographer and playwright — performs his new solo show. $15 –$25. $15 food/drink minimum per person. 8 p.m. at 3940 Fourth Ave., Second Floor.

San Diego’s Affordable Housing Developers invites all to a warm evening of rooftop networking, drinks and music at its Inaugural Summer Mixer. Set atop Affi rmed Housings 1050 B St. development Downtown, attendees have the exclusive opportunity to engage in intimate conversations with San Diego’s top Affordable Housing developers. Learn who’s building homes for the homeless, low-income, senior, and other disadvantaged populations in San

America’s Birthday with Clint Black

San Diego Symphony’s annual summertime concert series hosted on the Embarcadero Marina Park South from June – September. Bayside Summer Nights kicks off on July 4 with one of the most successful singer/songwriters of modern country, Clink Black. This concert will be performed without intermission, so it can conclude by 9 p.m. for the Big Bay Boom fireworks display. Tickets are $31 to $104. 200 Marina Park Way.

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