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The future of football, and East Village, at stake in San Diego Art on the move

By Dave Schwab

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The replica San Salvador is now part of the Maritime Museum (Photo by Jerry Soto); Ashley (inset) will soon be knighted by Spain for its creation (Courtesy Maritime Museum)

Sir Ashley, we presume?

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Museum's wizard behind San Salvador to be knighted By Alex Owens May 7 will be quite a night for Dr. Raymond Ashley. That’s when he’s going to become a Spanish knight. Ashley is the president and CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego. As part of his duties, he helped organize the building of a replica of the San Salvador, the Spanish galleon that Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Harbor on Sept. 28, 1542. “That was the first European ship to go up the California coast,” Ashley said. “When it did, our section joined the rest of the world.”

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The Spanish government was so impressed with the Museum’s devotion to this important part of Spanish and American history that it decided to honor Ashley with a knighthood — Spain’s highest distinction. Despite the prestigious honor, Ashley doesn’t plan to make his friends and family call him “Sir.” “Absolutely not!” he said, laughing. “But all my friends are having fun with it.” Ashley came up with the idea of building a full-sized replica of the San Salvador 20 years ago, but the actual recreation has been a 10-year project for Ashley and the Maritime Museum.

see KNIGHT, pg 11

‘Challenging convention’ Makers Quarter to redefine a section of East Village

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By Frank Sabatini Jr.

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Call it gentrification with a rousing objective. Or as the planners of Makers Quarter will say about their budding development project encompassing six blocks of East Village, it’s about “creating a community that inspires entrepreneurs and artists to

Construction is underway for Broadstone Makers Quarter, a mixed-use residential building, with others to follow. (Courtesy Joseph Wong Design Associates) challenge convention and achieve new heights in innovation.” The concept for the venture — contained within the boundaries of Broadway to

G Street and 14th to 17th streets — taps into what is known as the “maker movement.” It’s a relatively

see MAKERS, pg 14

Opponents and proponents of the “Convadium,” a joint convention center-stadium proposal, are squabbling publicly with competing visions for redevelopment, which could redraw Downtown San Diego’s landscape for generations to come. In one corner are the San Diego Chargers and their supporters. The team has now announced a preference for remaining in San Diego, but it wants to build a longsought-after, state-of-the-art football stadium near Petco Park, rather than redevelop the existing Mission Valley Qualcomm site. On the other side are stakeholders like David Malmuth of the I.D.E.A. District, an effort begun more than four years ago to create an East Village innovation and design jobs cluster. Malmuth and others question the viability — and wisdom — of the Convadium proposal. And then there is an entirely separate Downtown redevelopment proposal, the so-called Citizens’ Plan. Co-authored by attorney Cory Briggs and former San Diego City Councilmember Donna Frye, the Citizens’ Plan contends cost savings can be realized on a Downtown stadium by combining it with a convention center expansion. While the Briggs-Frye alternative would prohibit public funding for the stadium, they are proposing a redevelopment of the existing Qualcomm site as open space and an expanded river park and research facilities, along with extending San Diego Sate University’s campus.

see PROPOSALS, pg 18


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Wage increases good for all Notes from Toni Toni G. Atkinss Last month, some observers remarked that the new minimum wage in California went from idea to legislation to law with lightning-fast speed. But really, the wave that crested with the bill signing had been swelling for quite some time, as activists, union groups, and just plain regular working citizens up and down California and across the country agitated for higher minimum wages and protested against growing income inequality. Some communities have taken matters in their own hands and increased their own minimum wages. This didn’t happen overnight, but given the rising cost of living and wage disparity, it was seemingly inevitable. Gov. Brown thought California’s new law was a necessary response to a proposed ballot measure that would have raised the minimum wage to $15 more quickly than the new law does. While I supported that initiative, I’m pleased with the details of the new law, and I’m happy that the governor won the support of the people who were backing the initiative.

Here’s how it will work: The minimum wage will rise to $10.50 on Jan. 1, 2017, and then to $11 on Jan. 1, 2018. After that, it grows by $1 at the beginning of each year until it reaches $15 in 2022. Then, beginning in 2024, the wage will be adjusted according to the federal consumer price index, but it will never go down, and it won’t rise by more than 3.5 percent in any single adjustment. One thing I like about this law is it gives small businesses more time to plan for the increased payroll costs. For companies with fewer than 25 employees, the wage increase schedule lags for a year. In other words, they won’t have to pay $10.50 until 2018, and so on. Another feature of the new law is that it takes into consideration the effects of an economic downturn. If the governor determines that California has failed specific job-growth and sales-tax tests, or a specific balanced-budget test, after the first increase happens, the increase schedule will be stopped and, basically, delayed. I think the best word to describe what we have now is “certainty.” Everyone has known for some time that an increase was eventually coming; the people of California simply weren’t going to stand for a $10 wage much longer. But no one knew how high or how quickly it would rise.

Now, low-wage workers and businesses know what’s going to happen and when it’s going to happen, and everyone has time to plan for the gradual impact. This was a great example of the people effectively demanding change and legislators responding with a thoughtful, prudent course of action. It’s important for me to note that California’s new law doesn’t change my position on the proposal to increase the minimum wage in San Diego. That’s because in the early years of the state’s schedule, San Diego’s wage would rise more quickly. Additionally, the San Diego proposal includes a provision for more sick days than the state requires. People who work full time should not have to live in poverty. We had to do right by California’s lower-wage workers. This was a thoughtful way to do it while taking into account the needs of workers and employers and allowing for a pause should the state fall into an economic downturn. I applaud the governor and the communities that worked to make this a reality, as well as the legislature for enacting the new law.

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see Atkins, pg 18



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District 3 candidates answer 11 tough questions • A recent SANDAG initiative suggests a half-cent sales tax increase that prioritizes public transportation over highway funds. What is your position on this ballot proposal?

By SDCNN Editorial Board Voters in District 3 will be electing a new City Councilmember this year to replace the termed-out Todd Gloria, who is running for the California Assembly. Voting by mail begins May 9, and the primary election will take place on June 7. San Diego Community Newspaper Network invited the three candidates — Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, both Democrats; and Scott Sanborn, an Independent — to answer 11 questions of vital interest to residents of Downtown and Uptown who live in District 3. Sanborn, who has kept a low profile during the campaign, did not respond to our request.

• What do you think about the Chargers’ proposed Downtown Convention Center expansion and stadium (aka “convadiumâ€?) effort? Anthony Bernal: I’m opposed to the Chargers’ efforts to put a stadium in the East Village. I believe an innovation district would create more high- and middle-income level jobs and would be a better use from the land in East Village.

Anthony Bernal

Chris Ward

Over the course of my 32 weeks on the campaign trail, I have knocked on 26,000 doors and talked directly with residents about this issue in addition to many others. Consistently, I have heard that D3 residents want the Chargers to stay, but not at the taxpayers’ expense. So, I love the Chargers and I do hope they stay in San Diego, but I love our neighborhoods even more. It is in our neighborhoods that we should invest and not in a sports franchise owned by billionaires. Chris Ward: I have strongly and repeatedly expressed my opposition to the proposed project.

The plan’s requirement of substantial public dollar investment, and the difficulties of integrating a stadium facility use into the urban fabric of Downtown without severe community impacts and at the expense of higher and better development opportunities make it inappropriate. I am proud to be the only candidate in this race who has been opposed to public financing of a stadium effort throughout this campaign — showing leadership on this issue is a critical test of candidate’s principles. It does not make sense for the taxpayer and we have more pressing neighborhood needs to fund.

Bernal: I’m in favor of the SANDAG Quality-of-Life measure. I believe that our city must expand its transportation options and give both residents and visitors more mobility options when considering how to get from place to place and I believe this measure can help us achieve that. Ward: I am generally supportive of the proposal to get funds now for mass transit and alternative transportation networks we desperately need. It could use further refining in the upcoming committee work to continue to prioritize funding away from freeway expansions, however the funding ratios proposed to date are encouraging and a well-negotiated balance.

• Where do you stand on the “Rebuild San Diego,â€? Councilmember Mark Kersey’s ballot infrastructure measure that would shift spending priorities within the city’s general fund?

Bernal: I think it’s a fine idea, but I’m not sure how feasible the proposal actually is at solving the infrastructure deficit that we have today. Currently, the city of San Diego has an infrastructure deficit estimated at above $5 billion. What Councilmember Kersey is proposing is getting us to that point about 25 years from now. The longer we wait to address our infrastructure problems, the more it will deteriorate. I believe we must find a steady revenue stream to address our infrastructure deficit today and I am hopeful to work with the mayor and the entire City Council to accomplish that. Ward: I do not support Proposition H. It actually does not shift spending priorities — we are already doing that today. Indeed, the draft FY2017 budget dedicated 70 percent of increased revenue to infrastructure-related spending, above the 50 percent model required by Prop H. It does not address the serious multibillion dollar backlog of infrastructure needs facing the city; it makes it feel like the city is addressing this, when in practice, it

see District 3, pg 19



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Gaslamp Museum calls for help

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Letters The ‘convadium’ conundrum [Ref: “The ‘convadium’ tax hike option,” Vol. 17, Issue 4, or online at] What do you think about this scam billionaire team owners have done to millions of Americans? Billionaires set up an organization to make $100s of millions every year with their workers making millions. We, the public, spent many billions across America to help build their places of business and gave them free of charge many millions worth of prime public land. The public does this because the billionaires spent the highest amount of political advertising ever in local elections, to convince them that they do not live in a real city without their product and they make huge false claims that it makes good economic sense for public funding when numerous economic studies show it doesn’t make sense, usually by a wide margin, because there are just 10 football events/year with low paying jobs and other events used to possibly help justify it can be done at other places already built. Then we also spent $100s of millions of additional public funds (i.e., taxes) to maintain and upgrade their places of business, provide the necessary surrounding infrastructure, train their workers at public expense in our colleges and high schools, provide extra police protection and give them a very large amount of free advertising on our public airways from our news organizations. Because their business is very dangerous, many of their workers suffer severe body and brain injuries ruining many lives and increasing heath care costs also paid by the public. All this so these billionaires get to keep most of the $100s of millions of annual profit and have their net worth increased by billions. Wow! Americans would never go for this huge very expensive corporate giveaway that provides them so few economic benefits. Well, they have already convinced probably about 100 million Americans (many just getting by) to do so. They named it the “National Football League,” NFL for short. —Wayne Dunlap, Downtown resident, via email

I am afraid the Chargers are going to get their way and build a stadium Downtown. Even though I do not live Downtown, I am an advocate of the 14th Street Promenade. Please act quickly to push and promote your vision to the public and politicians via newspaper articles, etc., before the mayor and everyone else jumps on the Chargers bandwagon. Qualcomm is where Chargers should be, not East Village. —Michael Korotaeff, via I am fully aware that a moral argument against the stadium financing has the same chances as a candle in the wind. But please consider how low we are sinking in our search for self-gratification without paying the attendant fees. Spanos, a billionaire, wants the stadium but doesn’t want to pay for it. The city, which will almost exclusively use the stadium, doesn’t want to pay for it. So both Spanos and the city have turned to the poor slubs from Iowa, Texas and New York to pay for our pleasure, the stadium, with hotel taxes. Clever idea, but morally corrupt and perhaps legally wrong. Remember the fundamental basis of the American Revolution — taxes are not to be laid on the people but by their consent in person or by deputation — these are the first principles of law and justice and the great barriers of a free state ... Sure there will be a vote but not by the people who will be paying a 30 percent tax increase. Better put: No one wants to pay for their own dinner ... —Ron, via email Fellow residents of San Diego: Before you vote in November, I’d ask you to drive by Qualcomm Stadium one day this summer and try to imagine that huge, empty, silent fortress plopped down in the middle of your neighborhood.

see Letters, pg 7

For 30 years, the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House has served the Historic Gaslamp Quarter well. The house was built by William Heath Davis in 1850 to establish New Town and is the oldest surviving structure Downtown. When Alonzo Horton came to San Diego, he resided in the house for about two years while he developed what is now modern San Diego. The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation has been telling this story about early San Diego, and many others, to visitors, locals and school groups with educational programming such as our walking tours, lectures, newsletters, articles in San Diego Downtown News and our Fall Back Children’s Historical Street Faire. Over 30,000 people visited the museum or attended events last year. All this has been paid for the most part by the ShamROCK Block Party each St. Patrick’s Day. That revenue, however, has been decreasing over the last few years due to competing venues in the Gaslamp, increased expense of such an event and yes, even in San Diego, rain! Now the Gaslamp Museum is facing significant budget cuts and could use your help. Residents of Downtown care about the preservation of our history. The larger San Diego community deserves this unique museum that houses tales of our cultural heritage. Visitors to the Gaslamp Quarter are seeking a richer experience that only an organization such as ours can provide. We must not allow this all to slip away nor allow our wonderful museum and park to slide into disrepair. If you love history and architecture, San Diego and living Downtown, then please join us now and invite your friends to do the same. The basic level of membership is only $35, but it goes a long way in showing us your support. We would also welcome your help as a volunteer. You might like to greet visitors and assist in admissions and the museum gift shop or become a tour guide or work on special projects. We could even use gardening and office help. Membership, donations and volunteer opportunities can be found at in the “Support Us” section, or by calling us at 619-233-4692. For the best experience of all, come down to the museum on the corner of Fourth and Island avenues, across from the Horton Grand, and take one of our tours. We promise you that you will learn something about San Diego you didn’t know before! —Catalina Preskill is the executive director of the Gaslamp Museum. For more information, visit v

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Hunter on the hot seat Congressional Watch Andy Cohen It’s been a rough month for Duncan Hunter (R-50). First there was the matter of some questionable charges made to his campaign credit card. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) had called to question some 68 charges made to the campaign account for video games, which were filed to his campaign disclosure statement with the notation “personal expense — to be paid back.” Hunter blamed the charges on a misunderstanding, claiming his son borrowed the credit card to purchase a video game and that the subsequent charges were somehow mistakes that the congressman was attempting to have reversed. The charges, totaling $1,302 from Steam Games, occurred between Oct. 13 and Dec. 16, with no attempt at reimbursement. The FEC is also looking into several other instances of questionable uses of campaign cash, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. Among the expenditures are $1,137 for oral surgery, $1,128 for a Hawaiian hotel stay, and over $2,000 spent on food, train travel, and lodging during a Thanksgiving trip to Italy. More than $6,000 was also paid to the private


LETTERS Because that’s what the Chargers are asking you to fund — acres of walled off dead space in the middle of my neighborhood. I’m not talking about game day — I’m talking about the other 300-plus days of the year when there are no fans, no income for the neighborhood, no excitement, nothing. Contrast that with the plans being generated by the innovative (and volunteer) group of architects, urban planners, designers and residents of the East Village South Community Vision Group. Envision high-paying, high-tech jobs, a respected university, family-friendly sidewalk cafes, preservation of key historic buildings, dog parks, a soccer field, a farmers market, attractive lighting, street signs in multiple languages, and most important, lots of pedestrians strolling through a series of tree-lined boulevards and a necklace of pocket parks, all the way

POLITICS / OPINION Christian schools that Hunter’s children attend. Joe Kasper, Hunter’s chief of staff, has claimed that all of the ineligible expenses were simply “mistakes,” and that Hunter is making every effort to repay the nearly $12,000 in personal charges. Kasper also insists that the investigation into his boss is part of a leftist conspiracy to discredit Hunter. If all of this wasn’t bad enough for Hunter, the “vaping” congress member made matters worse for himself on April 27 during a House Armed Services Committee hearing regarding an amendment he introduced to lift the ban on women registering for the selective service (the draft), when he made clear that he had no intention of supporting the bill. We’ve covered Hunter’s objections to the Pentagon’s recent policy change allowing women full combat roles before. A former Marine, Hunter is vehemently opposed to the change and believes he is better suited than Pentagon brass to determine military policy, even going so far as calling Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus “a greater threat to the Marine Corps than ISIS.” “If we had that vote today I would vote against women being in infantry and special operations,” Hunter told the committee, and it was an attempt to make a point that he offered the amendment to lift the draft restrictions on women. “The draft is there to get more people to rip the enemy’s throats out and kill them for our nation, sanctioned by the

from the Convention Center, Horton Plaza, or City College, to Barrio Logan or across a park covering Interstate 5 into Sherman Heights. Also imagine the Convention Center widened right over Harbor Drive, the railroad tracks and the trolley tracks, so that you could stroll right across those barriers without waiting for a traffic light and have easy egress from the Bay to the Gaslamp Quarter and the ball park neighborhoods. Before you cast your vote about this precious, undeveloped acreage (the only large, undeveloped area left Downtown), please ask yourself which alternative would provide more higher-paying jobs, more tax income for the city, more housing, more recreation and value to the city of San Diego. For more information, visit the East Village South Community Vision on Facebook. Thank you for your consideration, —Valerie Hansen, resident of East Village, via email. v

U.S. government. That’s what a draft is for,” Hunter said. “I’ve spoken to coffee house liberals in San Francisco, and conservative families who pray three times a day, and none of those families want their daughters to be drafted. Hunter eventually said he may even vote against his own amendment. “While you may be offering this as a ‘gotcha’ amendment, I would suggest that there is great merit in recognizing that each of us has an obligation to be willing to serve our country during a time of war,” replied Jackie Speier (D-CA). “Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights, the same opportunities, the same obligations, across all sectors of society and that includes military service,” said Nikki Tsongas (D-MA). Even one of Hunter’s Republican colleagues, Martha McSally (R-AZ) got into the act, criticizing Hunter’s characterization of the draft, noting that all positions in the military are filled by the selective service, and not just combat positions. The amendment passed on a bipartisan vote, 32-30. Hunter, of course, voted “no.” Despite all this, Hunter will of course be easily reelected in November. Susan Davis (D-53) introduced a bill in Congress that would provide funding to school districts to train teachers and other school administrators to be able to detect signs that their students have fallen victim to sex trafficking and how to intervene.

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“Local school districts are setting the standard for creating programs that can detect the signs that may lead to their students becoming victims of sex trafficking,” Davis said in a press release. “The federal government should help them.” According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of San Diego and Point Loma Nazarene University, between 8,830 and 11,773 San Diegans fall victim to sex trafficking per year. The average age of entry is 15 years old, mostly facilitated by gangs. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization named Scott Peters (D-52) as its legislator of the year for 2016 last month. “Representative Peters has distinguished himself by supporting policies that foster innovation, including increasing NIH funding, protecting our U.S. patent system, promoting an industry-friendly tax environment and advocating for science-based regulations,” said the organization in a press release. “He also co-founded the Congressional Life Science Caucus with Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ) at the end of last year and is a great supporter of this industry that is one of Southern California’s economic cornerstones.” It’s the third time Peters has won the award. Peters also delved into the GOP presidential primary late


last month when Republican hopeful Ted Cruz made a visit to San Diego. “The government shutdown was Cruz’s main accomplishment as a Senator,” Peters said, according to La Jolla Patch. “In San Diego, we understand exactly who was hurt by that political Tea Party stunt … We have scientists and researchers that depend on basic science research grants that had to suspend their work often.” Darrell Issa (R-49) earlier this month encouraged the U.S. Department of Energy to include Southern California on its list of sites for public hearings on long-term nuclear waste storage. Residents from both southern Orange County and San Diego County have expressed concerns over the storage of spent nuclear fuel rods at the now inactive San Onofre nuclear power plant. The department was unable to accommodate the request, but did vow to send a high ranking official to the next community engagement meeting in June. “This is encouraging news for Southern Californians,” Issa said, according to the Union Tribune. “For many of us, especially those in the San Clemente area, the storage of nuclear waste at [San Onofre] is really a major source of concern.” —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at v

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The Granger Building Gaslamp Landmarks Jake Romero This building, located on the corners of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, is named after Ralph Granger, a native of Connecticut whose name is prominently featured on the main entrance. Prior to coming to San Diego, Granger grubstaked for two German miners in Colorado. These miners would discover the Last Chance Silver Mine, making a fortune for all of them. The discovery allowed for Granger to dispose of his mining, lumber and cattle interests in Colorado. In 1892, he moved to San Diego, already a millionaire. In November of 1899, Granger announced his intention to build a modern and costly building and leave it to his daughter Rachel.

The Romanesque-style Granger Building, located at 964 Fifth Ave., was designed by architect William Quayle. (Courtesy GQHF) Construction of his building eventually began in 1904 and was completed in 1905 at a cost of $125,000. Several San Diego institutions can trace their roots to this Romanesque-style building. The Merchant’s National Bank, with building owner Ralph Granger as vice president, originally occupied the first floor. In 1924, that bank became the Bank of Italy, forerunner to the bank now known as Bank of America. Over the years, the building has served as office space for many of San Diego’s most prominent attorneys and doctors, in addition to optometrists, dentists, beauty shops, tailors, real estate, loan, and other business enterprises. Granger led an interesting life. He was an avid yachtsman, sometimes sailing in the company of his friend John D. Spreckels. Granger had one of the world’s finest collections of violins which he sold to Lion Healy Music House of Chicago

in 1902 as he was afraid they might be damaged by moisture if he kept them. He brought numerous famed musicians to his home in Paradise Valley and sometimes held public concerts. In 1904, Granger bought the first automobile in National City. He died March 4, 1938 at the age of 97. If you would like more information on the history and wonderful buildings of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation invites you to visit the Gaslamp Museum and the Davis-Horton House located at 410 Island Ave., or visit our website, —Jake Romero is the director of operations of the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation, located at 410 Island Ave., Downtown, in the historic Davis-Horton House. For more information visit v

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Full S.T.E.A.M. ahead! Soapbox cars will soon be racing through Little Italy Little Italy News Christopher Gomez The students of Washington Elementary’s S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Magnet School are racing down State Street in Little Italy for the second annual Van Go! S.T.E.A.M. Festival, coming up Saturday, June 11 from noon – 6 p.m. Our local neighborhood students are combining their

Here’s everything you need to know about the Van Go! S.T.E.A.M. Festival! ● Family-friendly race: Along with the student race, this year’s 2016 Van Go! S.T.E.A.M. Festival will include the “anything goes” race for adult entrants. In this race, adults will be able to design and create their own soapbox cars and race them against other entrants to join in on the fun. ● Live musical and visual arts performances: The festival will host an array of live

Two racers get ready to roll. (Courtesy Van Go!) skills of art and engineering to create soapbox cars to be raced at the festival. There will be soapbox cars designed like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Spiderman, a cannoli, mermaid and more! Many local Little Italy businesses are coming together to sponsor the cars. The students have worked together with the sponsors and their teachers to build their rolling sculptures. We are inviting the community to come out to this FREE festival.

performers from a professional band and opera singer to a children’s song-and-dance recital throughout the event. ● Student udent fine art exhibit: Students nts and local artists can submit it their work to be entered in an art contest. Winners will be awarded arded first, second and third hird place ribbons in each h category and gift ift cards will be

awarded for best of show and honorable mention to college and local artist winners. ● Food, beer and wine garden: There will be multiple food options and drink options for guests to enjoy! ● Local Little Italy vendors: Vendors will be set up from all over the neighborhood — featuring home décor, clothing, art, toys, crafts, and gifts for attendees to shop! All profits made at the second annual Van Go! Festival will benefit the Washington Elementary S.T.E.A.M. Magnet School. To find out more information about the event and the S.T.E.A.M. program, please visit To stay connected with us during the community event, check out what’s going on in our neighborhood by following us on Instagram and Twitter @LittleItalySD and Facebook/San Diego Little Italy. —Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at v

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San Diego Downtown News | May 2016

New name, new venue, same goal Popular La Jolla art festival makes a move By Dave Fidlin


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It started small and through grassroots efforts — as many events do — and evolved in the years that followed. With a rich history now behind it, a new chapter for the former La Jolla Festival of the Arts is about to emerge. As the venerable all-volunteer festival prepares to commemorate a 30-year milestone, the chair of the event, Peter Ballantyne, cannot help but wax nostalgic, yet look gleefully to the future. “As a fundraiser, this is something that started out small, by a group of people, when it began in 1986,” said Ballantyne, who is also president of the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation. “There was a feeling that an art show would be a good fundraiser.” Beyond the three-decade benchmark, there are several other notable aspects of this year’s program. For the first time in its existence, the festival is leaving La Jolla, and the move prompted a new name, San Diego Festival of the Arts, to reflect the pivotal change. The art show, which is being held June 11-12 this year, has been a mainstay in San Diego’s arts and culture scene, and Ballantyne said he has high hopes with the transition to the County of San Diego’s 2-year-old Waterfront Park, which will provide the wealth of green space needed to put on the two-day event. “We’re elated about the fact we’re going to be the first art show at Waterfront Park,” said Karen Mullen, event manager for the art festival. “This is something that is going to allow the event to grow.” While there is a groundswell of enthusiasm for all the changes, Ballantyne and Mullen were quick to point out they were not actively seeking a new venue for the festival until a series of largescale circumstances were set in motion. A year and a half ago, Ballantyne said he and other organizers learned they were going to have to leave their longtime perch at the UC San Diego campus. The reason: The space they had been using was scheduled for disruption, as expansion work on the Metropolitan Transit System’s trolley line got underway.

Artist Rachel Houseman paints a landscape portrait at the 2015 La Jolla Festival of the Arts. (Courtesy San Diego Festival of the Arts) “We had an idea that our time would be rather limited, so we began looking at alternatives,” Ballantyne said. “We wanted to keep it in the [La Jolla] area, but finding a place that has five acres and adequate parking anywhere in San Diego is a challenge.” After ensuring no stone went unturned in their search, Ballantyne said organizers were supportive of relocating to the Waterfront Park. “It seemed to make sense for a lot of reasons,” he said. “Being Downtown, there is going to be more foot traffic.” Several dignitaries, including Councilmember Todd Gloria, are expected to kick off this year’s festival to help usher in its new era. Gloria will read a proclamation to commemorate its move and milestone anniversary. Members of the U.S. Navy Band Southwest will also help kick off this year’s revamped festival. A ceremonial concert, including a rendition of the national anthem, will begin at 11 a.m. on the first day of the event. High-profile changes aside, there are many aspects of the festival that will remain the same, starting with the event’s benefactors. Since its earliest days in the mid-1980s, the festival has served as a fundraiser for adaptive sports programs geared toward persons in the community with disabilities. Over the years, the festival has netted nearly $2 million toward 30 county-based programs. As has been the case in the past, Mullen said the roll-up-your-sleeves spirit of volunteerism associated with the event will remain an important foundation for years to come. “There are literally thousands of hours of volunteer time that go into making all of this possible,” said Mullen, whose day job is associate publisher of San Diego Magazine. The publication has been one of the festival’s sponsors in recent years.

Also untouched is the heart and soul of the program, the artists. Ballantyne said nearly 200 artists are expected to take part in this year’s festival. The artisans represent nearly every form of media imaginable, including painting, sculpture, photography, glass jewelry, ceramics, wood and fiber. While many of the participants are San Diegans, the festival also has drawn artists from other corners of the U.S. and the globe. Alongside the art displays, the festival will continue showcasing musical talent, including a number of local acts. The itinerary is still being assembled, but one confirmed participant in this year’s roster of musicians is San Diego-based, Grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist Peter Sprague. With the countdown clock ticking and final pieces of the preparatory puzzle coming together, Ballantyne said he is optimistic this year’s festival will go off without a hitch and usher in the new era for the popular festival in its new venue. “The arts culture scene is very vibrant in San Diego,” he said. The 30th annual San Diego Festival of the Arts will take place June 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Waterfront Park, located at 1600 Pacific Highway, Downtown. Tickets include one day general admission: $12 online, $14 at the door; full weekend admission: $16 online, $18 at the door; and children 16 and under and active military are free. All tickets can be purchased online at tickets. For more information, visit —Dave Fidlin is a freelance journalist with a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave. v



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Ashley directed the project from “start to finish,” said Iris Engstrand, a director at the museum. “[He] raised the funds, overcame setbacks and watched its launching after a pouring rain,” Engstrand stated in a press release. “Cabrillo would have been proud.” After its christening in July of last year, the ship made its pubic debut and was added to the Museum’s repertoire last September, but work is still needed to make the ship truly seaworthy. “We’re still figuring how to set the sails and how they would work separately and together,” Ashley said. “There’s been a lot of reverse engineering.” It’s impossible to understate the importance of the original San Salvador to the history of San Diego and California. “You can’t say Cabrillo discovered the area — there were people living here for 10,000 years, but this is when our section joined the rest of the world,” Ashley said. “This is the equivalent to the Mayflower in that this is the moment that ‘we’ started.” Recreating the San Salvador presented challenges because no plans existed for the ship.

San Diego Downtown News | May 2016 “It was built in Guatemala, but, back then, sailors built ships in their head using rules of thumb they learned from being at sea,” Ashley said. “We looked at hundreds of period images that showed galleons, old contracts and treatises and studied ships that had been wrecked and were still underwater.” The outward appearance of the replica San Salvador looks identical to a ship in the 16th century, but there are significant differences, Ashley admitted. “The original ship was only expected to last around 12 years,” he said. “We had to build ours to last between 50 to 100 years. Plus, we had to add outside ballast and an engine — things the Coast Guard requires if you’re going to sail.” There have been a lot of advancements in shipbuilding in the last 450 years, but Ashley is impressed with the original San Salvador’s trek from Guatemala to San Diego and up to Northern California. “That’s a difficult voyage,” he said. “You’re going against the current. Cabrillo did it in a fast time despite sailing past an area with few natural harbors. Father Serra’s 1769 voyage didn’t make it as fast.” Ashley isn’t the only person affiliated with the San Diego Maritime Museum to


be granted a Spanish knighthood. Douglas Sharp, the Naval architect who designed the replica San Salvador, and Engstrand, who is also a University of San Diego history professor, also previously received the honor. Ashley feels honored to be in their presence. “This would not have happened without my friends who received it previously and thought I was a good candidate,” he said. While grateful, Ashley is trying to keep his perspective. “My daughter is studying in Spain and this story is not exactly on the radar there, but it’s a nice honor,” he said. The official ceremony takes place May 7 at the San Diego Maritime Museum, located at 1492 N. Harbor Drive, starting at 5 p.m., in front of the docked replica San Salvador. The Consul General of Spain from Los Angeles will do the honors. Organizers said the knighting is open to members, media, invited guests and anyone who has purchased a museum admission ticket that day and is still there at the time of the ceremony. For more information, visit —Alex Owens is a San Diego-based freelance writer. He can be reached at v

The replica was on appropriate display at Spanish Landing while it was under construction. (Photo by Jerry Soto)

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Oscar’s comes to East Village By Ana Gramling Tacos … burritos … tortas … and more … Olé! Just in time for baseball season, East Village is the newest location of Oscar’s Mexican Seafood restaurants. Located at 927 J Street, Oscar’s is open Sunday to Thursday from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Enjoy their daily happy hour, from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. for 99-cent fish tacos … all you can eat. Also enjoy their street-side patio seating and enjoy some people watching. Let’s talk tacos. My personal favorite is their battered shrimp tacos and add avocado for free. Also try the many choices from their salsa bar. My personal favorite is their habanero green salsa. I also suggest trying their fresh fruit waters, which they often sell out of. I tried the spinach and pineapple fruit water, which I can highly recommend. Their fresh

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The new Oscars in East Village specializes in Mexican seafood. (Facebook) fruit waters change frequently, so take a chance and try whichever flavor they are featuring. A neighbor mentioned that their breakfast menu is truly worthy of trying. Especially the chorizo served with eggs, cheese, potatoes and avocado … I can’t wait to try it. Oscar’s Mexican Seafood has locations in Pacific Beach, North Pacific Beach, Hillcrest and now in our community of East Village. Looking to cater your next event? Call Megan

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East Village News 14th Street Promenade Update The 14th Street Promenade will be an urban trail that accommodates a variety of activities through the East Village community of Downtown San Diego, helping meet the social and recreation needs of this growing community. A comprehensive and sustainable streetscape design will include a range of activities and features including walking, children’s areas, local art displays, sensory play areas, historical artifacts, and other design elements. Join us at the workshop to review and provide input on the draft concept plan. Provide your input on the proposed design concept, amenities, landscape elements and additional features.

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is Wednesday, May 11, at 6 p.m. This month’s meeting will be held at the Urban Discovery Academy, located at 840 14th St., and hosted by MaeLin Levin, president of the academy. The following people will present at the meeting: ● Brian Elliott, representative to Rep. Scott Peters; ● Joyce Temporal, Deputy Director to State Senator Marty Block; ● Anthony Bernal, representative for District 3 Councilmember Todd Gloria; ● Brad Richter, vice chair of Civic San Diego, to discuss updates to E.V.; ● Bajija Hamraz, executive director of Downtown Partnership’s Clean & Safe Program – review safety patrols and increase in services; ● Fred Maas – representative for the Chargers, with a PPT presentation on the proposed “convadium” in East Village; ● SDPD updates ● Social updates — info about the new charter high school and managing alcohol outlets in the neighborhood. The next meeting will be held at July 21. For more information and to learn about events in East Village, visit v

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Makers Quarter in East Village, as it will look several years from now. (Courtesy BNIM) FROM PAGE 1

MAKERS new buzz term that defines small-business owners and craftspeople as modern-day vendors of self-made goods and services, or more precisely, the makers and shakers some economists believe could throw competitive curveballs at big retailers in the coming decades. The project officially broke ground in early April with Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other city officials attending a ceremonial kickoff for construction of Broadstone Makers Quarter, the first of three residential structures that will stand among new office buildings, restaurants, shops, a potential movie theater and public spaces throughout the quarter. Located at 16th and Broadway, Broadstone Makers Quarter will feature 265 rental apartments and more than 5,000 square feet of retail space when it opens in mid-2018. The two other mixed-use residential buildings slated for the area are StreetLights on F Street (between 15th and 16th); and Block A, as it’s now being called, which will go up a few blocks north, on Broadway. They are due for completion in late 2018 and early 2020, respectively, thus bringing the total of residential units to approximately 800. “StreetLights, in particular, will be very special because it will include a pocket park open to the community, plus a six-story art wall,” said Stacey Pennington of SLP Urban Planning, the urban planner working with Makers Quarter master developer, L2HP. “It’s important to include art because the community has loved all of the murals at Silo,” Pennington added,

referring to the vibrant, outdoor venue within the zone (on 15th Street) that has become home to community events and art installations for the past three years. Silo, along with SMARTS Farm community garden at F and 15th streets, and Fab Lab, an educational production workshop equipped with digital fabrication machines at 847 14th Street, are among the Quarter’s original “makers.” All of the blocks pegged for development have been owned for three generations by the Navarra family of Jerome’s Furniture, which absorbed many of the lots for warehouse storage and other uses over the years. But after moving its operations to other San Diego sites, L2HP successfully proposed the maker’s concept to the family, which has since been actively involved in the project’s evolution. “The family was really meticulous about picking a project that would have a lasting impact on the Downtown community,” said SLP planning consultant Robert Gettinger, who added that Makers Quarter will also result in one million square feet of new office space throughout three sustainable, modernly designed buildings. The first office structure to be built, named Block D, is scheduled to break ground this summer at the northeast corner of 15th and F streets. It will feature open floor plans, multiple balconies and tenant-operated shading systems. Construction of Block A and Block C office buildings will eventually follow in nearby locations, with the latter rising 28 levels. Through it all, Gettinger said demolition within the area will be “very minor” since there are “quite a few empty lots.”

In addition, a slice of local history will be incorporated into the plan as the 20,000-squarefoot San Diego Coliseum on 14th and E streets is transformed into an “eatertainment” hub that will accommodate restaurants and retailers while connecting to a public, outdoor plaza. Projected to open in 2017, the structure served as a boxing hall from 1929 to 1979 before it was later acquired by the Navarra family. “It’s the most important existing building that will be retained,” Pennington said. The goal for completing all phases of Makers Quarter is “anywhere between 2020 and 2025,” she added. David Hazan, president of the East Village Association, feels the project will be “a huge boon” to this northeast quadrant of East Village, adding that the area is the last in Downtown San Diego with unused land that can be developed. “We get updates as the planners go along, and anything they build comes before our design committee for vetting,” he said. “We look at whether there’s a balance of public space and how it ties into future plans for parks and promenades. We’ve been pretty much on the same page.” The effort of attracting tenants to the residences, offices and retail spaces will be ongoing as the structures are completed over the coming years. “It will be a place of collective ethos, where tenants emerging from different fields can work and live together,” Gettinger said. “Anyone can be a maker — architects, computer scientists, artists, chefs, etc. This is a concept of testing urban ideas that can shape an area.” For updated developments on Makers Quarter, visit —Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at fsabatini@san. v

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The “Florent dip” is anything but ordinary

with a side of history y Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. More than a century ago it was the building that triggered a commerce shift from Old Town to Downtown, which back then was called “new town.” With ornate 16-foot ceilings and brick arches, the Commercial Bank of San Diego opened on Fifth Avenue in what is now Florent Restaurant & Lounge, named appropriately after the structure’s Florentine-style façade. Built in 1874, two additional floors were added to accommodate the city library. Yet by the turn of the century, the city purchased the building and moved in the mayor and council chambers, along with the police department. For 35 years, it operated as City Hall. Florent occupies the first floor and basement, and blurs the line between a restaurant and nightclub, much like its previous tenant (Jimmy Love’s) did for nearly 20 years. An

enormous flat screen looms over the rear area of the Jalapeno popper tacos os street-level dinn(Photos ing room, which by Frank is cleared for dancing Sabatini Jr.) around 10 p.m. Downstairs is a cozy, stylish lounge catering to Maryland roots and a carryGaslamp night crawlers over from his previous reign on Saturday evenings (and at the nearby University Club. Fridays starting in late June). Set atop a smear of tartar The lunch scene, however, sauce strewn with corn, it is calming in the absence of stood marvelously with the DJs and live music on most mere support of Old Bay nights, allowing you to better Seasoning and lemon emaobserve a few architectural nating from beneath its thin vestiges from yesteryear such panko crust. Rightfully so, it as iron columns, large brickwon the people’s choice award framed windows, and mortar at last year’s San Diego Bay protruding from brick ceilings Wine & Food Festival. in the basement restrooms. It The mother of all jalapeno used to be a jail down there poppers are served in pairs and it feels eerily as such. and bedded on corn tortillas. There is also a cage elevaThe peppers are stuffed with tor, but that’s out of sight in smoked chicken, wrapped the kitchen, where Chef Brad tightly in bacon, and topped Hightow applies upbeat twists with cotija cheese and pico de to classic American dishes for gallo. lunch, dinner and weekend “Oh my god, it’s delicious,” brunch. said my companion, who got Hightow’s no-filler crab the hotter of the two and tried cake is testimony to his


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A classic Reuben with Gruyere instead of Swiss cooling his palate with a cold-brew coffee cocktail spiked mightily with Amaro liqueur and sweet vermouth. Mine wasn’t spicy, but it was still ridiculously lip smacking to the point in which I would have ordered a couple more rounds as my main entrée had I not been visiting for a review. Our third appetizer was roasted Brussels sprouts mixed with lean, Portuguese chorizo and tossed in glistening Asian chili sauce. Served generously, if these are the last Brussels sprouts I ever eat after getting a five-year fill on them, then I’m glad to have ended on this brighter note. Hightow, a graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, brings some trusted sandwiches to the menu. We skipped over his tempting gravy-smothered poutine burger and another topped with habanero barbecue sauce in lieu of the Florent dip, Reuben, and crispy chicken sandwiches. The former had me practically rolling on the floor, which isn’t how I normally react to a roast beef sandwich. But when cilantro-lime aioli and roasted jalapenos are applied, it transcends the Plain Jane ilk even without plunging every bite into the accompanying jus. My companion’s favorite was the crispy chicken on brioche, which featured a twin stacking of buttermilk-battered breast filets crowned with apple slaw, pepper jack cheese and Sriracha aioli – a superlative construct that duly competed with the Reuben. For that, Hightow takes a near-classic approach, using fluffy sauerkraut and creamy house-made Russian dressing. Although he braises the corned beef for several hours in brown sugar and crowns it with Gruyere cheese instead of Swiss, resulting in one of the loveliest Reubens outside of Milton’s in Del Mar. The tender meat reappears on the brunch menu in the form of hash. Other sandwiches such as herb-roasted turkey, seared ahi, and roasted tomato-artichoke comprise most of the lunch menu. Dinnertime

signals entrees such as zucchini Florentine, stoutbraised short ribs, and grilled rib eye. For dessert we wondered if the foie gras bread pudding would taste savory and convoluted. To our relief, it didn’t. Because there are no chunks or bits of the goose liver residing in the scheme, the sweetness was retained. Hightow uses only the fat from the foie gras as the butter component to grill

Florent operates at the base of a building with a long past

Florent Restaurant & Lounge 672 Fifth Ave. (Gaslamp Quarter) 619-595-0123; f Lunch prices: Salads and small plates, $9 to $14; sandwiches and burgers, $11 to $17

the brioche, which is further moistened from Chantilly cream on top and a slathering of strawberry jam that pops with black pepper. A worthwhile, midday dessert it was. Housed in a building that once served as the hub for San Diego politics and law enforcement, Florent represents a diametrically different world, appealing to Downtown denizens purely through dining and entertainment. Deals and events occur daily. They include half-price cocktails on Monday evenings; live “island” music and discounted punchbowls on Tuesday nights; DJ sets and VIP bottle service Thursday through Saturday, and more. For a complete lineup, visit —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. You can reach him at v


The owners of the dual-restaurant concept in East Village, Stella Public House and Halcyon, have brought on new Executive Chef Jade Griego, a native of Ohio who worked locally at Prepkitchen and Barbarella’s Restaurant & Bar. Griego will further develop Stella’s “farm-to-table” pizzas and evolving brunch fare while enhancing the caféstyle offerings at Halcyon. The restaurants are located in the same building and overlook Fault Line Park. They also offer patio seating. 1429 Island Ave., 619-234-0808, v

Du-Par’s chocolate meringue pie and others coming to Downtown (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

After a string of delays that prevented Du-Par’s Restaurant & Bakery from opening in the Gaslamp Quarter last year, the famous 24/7 diner is currently slated to open in mid-May. Founded in 1938 in Los Angeles, the company shuttered its Point Loma location in October in preparation for the move. Spokesperson Biff Naylor said work crews are putting the finishing touches on the new space, which will include tufted booths and wool

carpeting that was milled in London. “We’re going for an old-fashioned look,” he said. The menu will uphold its list of longstanding favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including pancakes served with clarified butter, hot sandwiches, savory beef stew, and an extensive variety of pies baked daily. “We even make our own ice cream and jams,” Naylor added. “In the old days, you had to.” 440 J St., 619-255-8775. v

Dungeness crabs from San Francisco Bay waters have returned after a temporary ban, arriving this month to Water Grill in the East Village, as well as to its sister restaurants, King’s Fish House in Mission Valley and Carlsbad. The ban began in November,

when waters in and around the Bay Area showed high levels of domoic acid, a naturally occurring neurotoxin produced by algae that had infiltrated the crustaceans. The ban, however, was lifted for safe consumption in early April, and the crabs are now available on cold shellfish platters, in cioppino soup and as entrées at Water Grill. They also appear several ways at both locations of King’s Fish House. A company rep said the seasonal crabs should hopefully stick around through the end of spring, or while supplies last. 615 J St., 619-717-6992, v

The menu at Brian’s 24 just became a little plumper with new dishes involving pork. They include herb-roasted pork loin Benedict, roast pork hash, pork loin dinners, and Cuban sandwiches on pressed hoagie rolls containing pork loin, hickory-smoked ham, pickles and Swiss cheese. The restaurant is open 24/7. 828 Sixth Ave., 619-702-8410, brians24. com. v

Brian’s 24 has introduced new pork dishes, including this Cuban sandwich. (Courtesy Alternative Strategies)

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Jade Griego is the new executive chef at Stella Public House & Halcyon. (Courtesy Citrus Public Relations)


Rumors that Pan Bon in Little Italy changed its name and concept are untrue. However, the giant café and deli — famous for its breads, pizzas and desserts — has introduced the name Romeo and Juliet to the full-service restaurant area in the back of the dining hall, which didn’t previously stand out to customers. The owners also implemented a low partition to better define the space and they’ve added new dishes to the existing menu such as braised duck ravioli and panseared beef tenderloin. 1450 Kettner Blvd., 619-928-6157, v


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PROPOSALS Malmuth of I.D.E.A. Partners, LLC, contends funding for the estimated $1.8 billion Convadium proposal might be better spent elsewhere. “There should be a more thoughtful and thorough analysis of the impacts of a variety of different visions for this project [Downtown stadium], and we owe it to ourselves to listen to the people most impacted, Downtown residents and businesses, because this is the largest public investment that’s been contemplated by the city ever,” Malmuth said. “We ought to know what kind of return we’re going to get on that investment.” Fred Maas, special advisor to the chairman of the San Diego Chargers, said the Convadium proposal is “not a vision dictated by the team,” but rather a vision that “extends back to 1998 when Petco Park was approved and there was a sports and entertainment overlay contemplated for this area.”


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The idea is that hotel “To say this is some new guests, the Chargers and the concept for this area — nothNational Football League would ing could be further from the be picking up the tab for the truth,” Maas contended. Convadium, unlike previous proAttorney Cory Briggs said posals requiring general taxpaythe Citizens’ Plan is not oner funds for part of the financing. ly bringing the conversation Maas likened the situation about how best to redevelop with the new Convadium proDowntown out in the open, but posal to the successful attempt is getting the various staketo build a new Central Library holders to cooperate in the disDowntown. That process, Maas cussion. Briggs said the transnoted, “took 10 years with an parent way the Convadium proposal is being handled could enormous amount of opposition from folks raising issues about change the business-as-usual the appropriateness of public mentality Downtown. dollars being used for it. But “The way things work now is today, as they say, success has that, if anybody takes an idea a thousand fathers.” to City Hall, everybody else “We don’t feel as though we craps on it first, and then asks what the idea was,” Briggs said. have some new revolutionary idea,” Maas added. “We think “That’s the San Diego way. And this project [Convadium] is that’s not good for the public.” very much in the spirit of a Signature gathering long-term vision for these commenced April 23 for the blocks [near Petco].” Chargers Convadium proposal, In Malmuth’s view, the which if successful, will ask “right approach” for Downtown San Diego voters in November redevelopment is for the city to to raise taxes on hotel stays to work with stakeholders to fig16.5 percent from today’s 12.5 ure out what types of redevelpercent rate to help build a opment can occur Downtown, $1.8 billion hybrid stadium and then figure out what’s best for convention center next to Petco Park Downtown. everyone.

collect them, or by leaving them in marked bins at libraries in my district communities, including Downtown, North Park and University Heights. You also may drop them off at my San Diego office, 1350 Front St., Room 6054, during the drive, which will continue through June 15. The donations will be


turned over to organizers of the annual Stand Down event, where they will be distributed to homeless veterans. Stand Down offers these vets shelter and a variety of necessary services for one weekend each July ... The San Diego Zoo, one of our region’s most cherished icons, will kick off its centennial


“Much of it is public land,” he said. “Which is why it’s imperative that there be a thoughtful analysis of multiple options, as what we select is really going to be long term.” Malmuth maintains that creating an “innovation cluster and idea district” would have better “economic, quality-of-life and job impacts Downtown than a Convadium.” Briggs praised the conversation going on now about the Convadium proposal, noting that it’s “taking place in public rather than maneuvering in the dark of night.” Briggs added that the Citizens’ Plan does not take a position on a Chargers stadium Downtown. “We’re neutral on that,” he said. “We just believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to make their best case for the future of San Diego. This is a step in the right direction for the community — and a tectonic shift in the way these types of issues are being vetted.”

celebration at 6 p.m. May 14, at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Look for other celebrations to take place at the zoo and at other Balboa Park attractions throughout the year. The zoo has helped many millions of us — residents and tourists alike — create a century’s worth of



“It’s the most important land-use decision this city is going to make probably for the next 50 years,” Malmuth concluded, noting the stakes are high with the Convadium proposal, or whatever else might be done to replace it Downtown. “Whatever decision we make should be informed by the facts.” Maas conceded that the Convadium proposal does add one new “wrinkle” to redevelopment around Petco park. “It would be more than a football stadium experience,” he said. “It would provide additional convention center space in a new vibrant facility that can attract a whole series of events that currently cannot be handled in San Diego.” Best of all, Maas contended, “It will all be paid for by a visitor tax, and not one cent by voters in San Diego living in the city who don’t stay in a hotel.” — Dave Schwab can be reached at v

great memories, with countless more to come. Happy 100th birthday, San Diego Zoo! —Toni G. Atkins is the Speaker Emeritus of the California State Assembly. For more information, visit her website, or follow her on Twitter, @toniatkins. v


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DISTRICT 3 is something future councils would be doing anyway. It further ties hands of future councils to make responsible choices for unforeseen, greater priorities should emergencies arise.

• Do you have an opinion on Councilmember Gloria’s idea for the sale of the historical Truax House on Union Street in Bankers Hill and the development of a park in nearby Maple Canyon, where an AIDS memorial would be built? Bernal: Councilmember Gloria has shown great leadership and consensus building on this issue. Personally, I would like to see the house preserved and transformed into some form of HIV/AIDS memorial that would testify to the role the house and Dr. Brad Truax played during the HIV/AIDS crisis in San Diego. I think the community has made it clear that the house should be preserved and I believe that’s exactly what we should do. Ward: I attended the committee hearing where the item was initially discussed and spoke against the sale. I believe that the city should not sell assets in times where there is no urgent need for cash and where potential public benefit could exist on a parcel. The test here is not met; the opportunity to preserve a historical asset as well as enhance a parkland opportunity on site into Maple Canyon is lost through this sale, and an AIDS memorial in fact could be incorporated on site at a rehabilitated Truax house. Further, members of the broader Bankers Hill community were surprised through the process to learn last minute of the sale, and there are mixed feelings about the renaming of Olive Street Park for Truax. The engagement of community groups into this kind of decision-making is important for me to do better.

• What should be done with the marijuana dispensaries in San Diego? Bernal: In February 2014, the City Council gave approval for medical marijuana dispensaries to operate legally in San Diego. They are not allowed within 1,000 feet of schools, parks and churches and can’t operate in residential neighborhoods. Only 36 total within city limits, four per council district, but none in council District 3 because it is primarily zoned as residential. I believe the current ordinance provides clear rules which result in access to medical marijuana for legitimate San Diego patients and safeguard neighborhoods from negative impacts associated with dispensaries.

Ward: We need to improve on the framework begun by the Medical Marijuana Task Force, which was meant to be a start on zoning regulations to allow dispensary businesses the right to operate in limited conditions, select sites throughout the city, and with strong community safety protections. In practice, some of the framework has been exceedingly onerous and created a prohibitively time-consuming and costly process just to get to the point of operating legally, while denying patients the right to access dispensaries. Fed up with this, many entrepreneurs are continuing the cycle of risking themselves and the community by opening unpermitted storefronts and watching law enforcement crack down on their facilities. Working with those industry, law enforcement, and community stakeholders, we can find updates to the ordinance that improve the conditions for all.

• How should the city solve the homeless problem? Bernal: As a resident of Downtown and Councilmember Gloria’s representative to Downtown, I am dealing with the increasing homelessness rate in San Diego every day. But, homelessness is not just a District 3 issue, it’s a regional issue, and I am committed to working with community partners like St. Vincent de Paul, PATH, and the Rescue Mission, as well as government leaders from neighboring jurisdictions to ensure that we put in place viable and dignified options for our homeless neighbors to get off the streets and have all of their basic needs met. The proven way to solve homelessness is through a housing-first approach. We are making every effort we can to work with our service providers and create new facilities such as Celedon and the historic Hotel Churchhill. I believe the missing piece at this point is how do we control the inflow of homeless individuals who are coming into San Diego. Other cities in our region and across state lines need to share in the responsibility of caring for our most vulnerable human beings or the federal government needs to adjust the funding for our city. Ward: I invite you to visit my website, under “Issues,” to see a detailed plan of just some of the many ways we could be using our resources better and seeking out new approaches that test well in other cities to address homelessness. In general, getting a larger and more fair share of resources from federal and state authorities into the San Diego region allows us to have more to work with. Continual conversation with our nonprofit partners and the Housing Commission will allow opportunities to find gaps in service and a more efficient use

of these resources. Creating programs like social impact bonds, establishing a mayoral director to coordinate the public management of homeless related impacts, expediting housing-first model developments, and many more pieces of a complex solution will do a quicker job of providing the services we know work to get people off the streets, into effective programs and not fall back into homelessness.

• Where do you stand on raising the local minimum wage? Bernal: I am in favor of the city’s Minimum Wage and Earned Sick Leave Ordinance that will raise the minimum wage in the city of San Diego to $11.50 per hour. I do have reservations about small businesses incurring more expenses with higher than an $11.50-per-hour minimum wage. I am hopeful that the ordinance will pass this June, but I would prefer that we examine the impact the new wage will have on our local small businesses before having it increase again. In District 3, we have so many neighborhood commercial business districts that add to the unique fabric of the neighborhood. I think one of the worst things we can do is rid them of their community character, which includes our unique, local small businesses. Ward: I support Proposition I to raise the local minimum wage immediately to $10.50 and to $11.50 in the next year; it also affords five sick days to local workers.

• What would you do about the affordable housing crisis? Bernal: It’s important to recognize that affordable housing (or the lack thereof) is not just a concern for our homeless individuals or those living in substandard accommodations, but rather, it threatens the economic vitality of our entire region. The only way I believe we can address this issue is by offering developers incentives to create affordable housing. Our region needs to issue more building permits that are in our city and in neighboring cities in our region. We will do our part but it is important other communities share in the responsibility. We can bring housing prices down by abiding by three building mantras: taller, denser, and more inclusive. Ward: This complex issue is one of the biggest challenges hurting San Diego families and making it difficult for them to establish themselves in San Diego. We need to continue to secure affordable housing funding opportunities from above in light of the loss of redevelopment dollars once available through the state. At the local level, we can further reform the city’s development services processes to reduce regulatory burdens that add time and cost of development, while expediting affordable housing projects where development

San Diego Downtown News | May 2016 opportunities lie in our community plans. For me, this is particularly critical for the growing senior community who are finding it increasingly difficult to make rent payments in this rising market and forcing them to choose whether or not to remain in the communities where they have spent much of their lives or move out of the area.

• Where do you stand on development density? Bernal: I strongly believe in density through design. As a City Councilmember, it’s crucial to know the population of whom you serve. I believe the City Council as a whole has the responsibility of ensuring that housing projects accommodate a range of incomes to alleviate poverty and revitalize neighborhoods. What residents have made clear to me is that if we are going to build more homes, people should be able to actually live there and not be forced into poverty because of high rent costs. Ward: As someone who volunteered years of my time through my own community planning group, I do support the work of our community plan updates. Many of these guiding documents appropriately place increased density along transit corridors, Downtown, and neighborhood nodes where we are hoping to invest in people and community infrastructure. As higher density projects are proposed, I will look carefully to make sure they embed well with the surrounding environment, contribute to the fulfillment of visionary documents like our general plan and climate action plan, and incorporate public benefit investments as part of their proposal.

• How do we solve the disrepair of the city’s crown jewel, Balboa Park? Bernal: I think this solution goes along the same lines as that of our city’s infrastructure in general. However, I would like to see dedicated general obligation bond funding just for Balboa Park because it is such a regional asset that needs consistent care and maintenance. This would be something I would certainly champion if elected as the next City Councilmember. Ward: I’ve committed to making a priority in my first 100 days to establish a public working group to take a fresh look at the totality of infrastructure need, prioritize the repair and new projects the city should invest in Balboa Park, and identify appropriate funding proposals to close the deficit gap and create a sustainable funding stream for the park in perpetuity. While others have made campaign promises to promote a general obligation bond as the solution, history shows that infeasible, as one has never been approved by city voters because of its high two-thirds threshold


required under law, nor are those funds lawfully permitted to sustainably fund ongoing maintenance needs. As someone who understands the broad range of municipal finance mechanisms more appropriate for this opportunity, I intend to engage the public with these solutions to present to the voters a thoughtful and reasonable solution to save Balboa Park.

• Why should voters choose you over your opponents? Bernal: I believe that I have more applicable experience than my opponent, which means that I am better equipped to execute the duties of a City Councilmember starting immediately on day one. Serving District 3 residents as a member of the “Todd Squad” has well prepared me to deliver results and continue a culture of accountability for taxpayers. I have worked at City Hall for the past seven years as a member of Councilmember Gloria’s staff. In that time, I have served as a representative to every neighborhood in District 3 and I know the communities well. I have also built positive working relationships with city leaders and I have the background knowledge on nearly every civic issue. My opponent comes from the highly politicized environment in Sacramento and does not have those connections or history. I can and I will continue the progress and level of service that District 3 residents have come to expect from their city government, and I truly believe I am the only candidate who can do that. Ward: I bring nearly two decades of community engagement and well-developed relationships with many of our neighborhood, regional, state and federal partners to the office in order to provide greater leadership and participate in solving our most pressing challenges. As a former urban planner in the private sector and current [state] Senate chief of staff, serving as your City Councilmember connects two of my career passions I pursued after obtaining my education at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Trusted individuals and organizations like Toni Atkins and Christine Kehoe who served in this seat; Councilmembers David Alvarez, Myrtle Cole and Marti Emerald; my own boss Senator Marty Block; San Diego Police officers and fire fighters; the Sierra Club; and hundreds more have critically evaluated the candidates and offered me their endorsement based on my ability to be successful in the role. I ask for the voters’ support as well on June 7 to allow me to help move our city forward. —To learn more about these candidiates, visit bernal4all. com, or v


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The oddly timely ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’ Theater Review Charlene Baldridge On April 27, San Diego Repertory Theatre opened Gina Gionfriddo’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama, “Rapture, Blister, Burn.” Directed by Rep Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse, the attractive production plays in the round through May 15 in the Lyceum Space. Disguised as a comedy, it has darker undertones, concerns four women of different

Shawn Law (as Don) and Paige Lindsey White (Catherine) reminisce. (Photo by Daren Scott)

ages and is truly a history of the Women’s Movement since the advent of the birth-control pill, Betty Friedan’s “Feminine Mystique,” and the activism of Phyllis Schlafly, who was an anti-Equal Rights Amendment activist. The contemporary play takes place in a New England college town today. Just as men (there’s one specimen in the play) have been doing for millennia, “Rapture, Blister, Burn” asks the question, “What do women want?” The play concerns what these four women got and what they think they missed. Was it success, or was it marriage and motherhood? Is one able to have both? All are hot topics, even today, as middle-aged and older women survey the effects and possibly the wreckage of the choices they made; and contemporary young women still haven’t achieved equality and still want to have it all. Apparently a recovering alcoholic, Gwen Harper (Sandy Campbell) got Don Harper (Shawn Law) and is now the mother of two widely spaced children, both boys. The eldest is an incipient homosexual and seems headed for a career in showbiz, and the younger, still unformed, is daddy’s boy.

Critic’s Choice! “Succeeds in matching matters of the heart with delights for the mind.”

“Rapture, Blister, Burn” By Gina Gionfriddo Through May 15 San Diego Repertory Theatre Lyceum Space, 79 Horton Plaza Tickets $33 – $66 SDREP. ORG or 619-544-1000

When the play opens in a marvelously appointed play- or living-room (scenic designer Robin Sanford Roberts), Don is hastily tidying up, because they are expecting Catherine Croll (Paige Lindsey White), a brilliant and famous author and lecturer on feminist history. When all three were in grad school, she went abroad to study, Don declined to accompany her and Gwen scooped him up. Caroline has come home because her mother, Alice (Susan Denaker) has suffered a heart attack and Caroline fatalistically believes she will die within a year, as her sisters did. Aside from her penchant for martinis, apparently shared by Caroline, Alice seems just fine and is the droll wit and wisdom of the play.

Jennifer Paredes (as Avery), Susan Denaker (Alice) and Paige Lindsey White (Catherine) all wonder what they’ve missed out on. (Photo by Daren Scott) Don, too, has a great affinity for booze, and pot as well. He is indolent and does the bare minimum to provide for his family, including Gwen, who does not work outside the home and has just fired their kooky babysitter, Avery (Jennifer Paredes), a 21-year old student filmmaker/activist with a black eye, an outlandish wardrobe (costume design by Jennifer Brawn Giddings) and miles of attitude. This is the raw material for a wild ride as everyone becomes dissatisfied with what he/she got and proceeds with hilarious results to fix things. The fact that Gwen manages to stay sober during the chaos is a miracle. Playwright

Gionfriddo has a bit of trouble bringing the mess to a satisfying conclusion and ends all with a jolly toast to Schafly. Woodhouse, who is an expert at solving puzzles and making a group of disparate actors into an ensemble, is to be praised. As the set’s four entrances proclaim, “Home. Sweet. Home.” The lighting designer is Lonnie Alcaraz, and Kevin Anthenill creates the sound and some spiffy original music. — Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. You can follow her blog at or reach her at charb81@gmail. com. v

Keeping the beat on the Bay Humphreys Concerts return with an expanded lineup

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Humphreys Concerts Quick look: Performances still available at press time


(for full list, visit the website):

By Nick Payne Directed by Richard Seer

Final Performances! Must Close Sunday

The outdoor venue on the water offers big names but remains intimate. (Courtesy Humphreys By the Bay)

By Kai Oliver-Kurtin

Christian Coulson and Victoria Frings. Photo by Jim Cox.

(619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623)

Back for its 35th year, the Humphreys Concerts by the Bay series features more than 50 performances, with additional shows still being adding throughout a season that runs through October. Singer Tori Kelly kicked off the concert season last month with a sold-out show and jazz artist Kamasi Washington was set close out the music series on Oct. 7, before Tracy Morgan was recently added Oct. 20. For 32 of the artists, this year marks their Humphreys debut at the popular outdoor venue on the water. “This year’s lineup is a little more diverse,” said Bobbi Brieske, vice president of Humphreys Concerts by the

Bay. “It’s heavy on classic rock, but also includes more alternative acts — and, of course — our perennial favorites.” Brieske said artists are selected based on their touring schedules and which acts she and her staff think will sell tickets and enhance the lineup. “Bob Dylan sold out in minutes,” she said. “I also expect Ringo Starr, Boston, Jackson Browne, ZZ Top and The Mavericks to sell quickly, just to name a few.” To prove her point, at press time, Jackson Browne’s two dates are already sold out except for VIP packages. According to Brieske, the success of the concert series is driven by the lineup. She said that while the venue has its own special charm since it’s outside and on the water, the

May 20 The Cult July 9 Lyle Lovett July 11-12 Boston: 40th anniversary July 19 Psychedelic Furs / The Church Aug 1 Boz Scaggs Aug 4 Kansas Aug 15 Grace Potter Aug 21 Gypsy Kings Aug 28 Dave Koz Aug 29-30 Jackson Browne Aug 31 The Australian Pink Floyd Show Sept 1 Huey Lewis Sept 2 The Mavericks Sept 4 YES — The Album Series Oct 4 ZZ Top Oct 20 Tracy Morgan

performers are what make it so successful year after year. Typically nearly half of the concerts sell out and attendance varies depending on how many shows are held each season.

see Concerts, pg 23


Downtown: The innovation economy’s next frontier Downtown Partnership News

Kris Michell [Editor’s Note: This month’s column — co-written by Kris Michell and Mary Walshok —previously ran as an opinion piece in the San Diego Union Tribune on April 22. Find it online at] Innovation is all about blazing new trails and for the past 40 years, San Diego has been at the forefront of discovery, pioneering game-changing scientific research and technological advances. As the region looks to its future, there is little doubt that San Diego will continue to lead the way in a whole host of fields from life sciences to engineering to computer software. What will be different, however, is the map of where much of that innovation will occur. Throughout San Diego’s history, innovation has centered around a cluster of research institutions on the Torrey Pines Mesa.

While it is clear that the dozens of research institutions on the Mesa will continue to shape our economy, it is equally clear that Downtown San Diego is poised to be the next frontier of innovation because of the convergence of basic science and computer science. The reason is simple: Talent is what drives San Diego’s economy — and it always has. When the defense industry fueled our regional growth, it was about luring physicists. As we pivoted toward life sciences and wireless communications, it was about recruiting top-notch biologists, chemists and engineers. Now, in the 21st century it is computer science — especially software — that is delivering breakthroughs and applications in all scientific, social and business spheres. So how do we attract these computer scientists and software engineers? We create an environment in which they want to live and work. And now more than ever, what these tech and creative types in the millennial generation want

is an urban environment where they can have diverse social interactions, where they can walk and bike to work, shops, restaurants and cultural amenities. This is not just marketing hype: It is what the data shows. Over the last year, the Downtown San Diego Partnership and UC San Diego Extension have conducted exhaustive research into the economic drivers of the region’s urban core and what those mean for our continued prosperity. The data is clear: To attract creative millennial talent, communities need to provide the right type of work environments coupled with an unparalleled quality of life. The Nielsen Company, for instance, found that 62 percent of millennials prefer to live in mixed-use communities like those found in urban centers and they are currently living in these urban areas at a higher rate than any other generation. Downtown San Diego mirrors this national trend. Of the 34,550 people living in

Honoring those who preserve our local history Preservation Matters

Ann Jarmusch May is special because it is National Historic Preservation Month. To celebrate, Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) publically recognizes outstanding achievement by remarkable preservationists countywide. While demolition battles abound, many San Diegans are doing right by our collective heritage. This year, 13 preservation projects and achievements are receiving prestigious honors in the 34th annual People in Preservation Awards, presented by SOHO each May. This year’s lifetime achievement award is being shared by Charles Kaminski and Jeffrey Shorn, who have been leaders in historic preservation around San Diego

since 1975. These architects are well known for helping to protect significant buildings, including the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the Balboa Theatre. In 2004, the couple was featured in the groundbreaking book “A Passion to Preserve: Gay Men as Keepers of Culture.” In other awards, Madison Kirkman, a 17-year-old from Ramona, raised funds to have the remains of a 1908 aerodynamic McKeen motorcar moved from Alaska to his backyard, where it awaits restoration. Sandor Shapery, a SOHO board member, will be honored for reproducing the wicker Osborn Electriquettes that ferried 1915 Panama-California Exposition visitors through Balboa Park. Now, 25 of the motorized carts can be rented in the park. The Streamline Moderne Silverado Ballroom in City Heights, owned by David

Chau, is once again a gleaming landmark. At Camp Pendleton, the Spanish Revival-style San Onofre Beach Club has been restored, but with a twist. Brigadier General Edward D. Banta of NAVFAC Southwest supervised the integration of anti-terrorism requirements. The city of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Culture is being honored for restoring 1920s and ’30s art and artifacts from the demolished Aztec Brewing Company in Barrio Logan and displaying them at the Logan Heights Library. The commission also restored historic artworks in Balboa Park. Architect Trip Bennett is being honored for the restoration and adaptive reuse of La Jolla’s 1937 Fire Station Engine Company 13 for a YMCA. For preserving elements of two 1920s buildings in

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Downtown, millennials are the largest demographic group, making up a third of the total population. Those who dwell in Downtown San Diego are also among the most well-educated in the county, with more than half holding a college degree. The average salary for Downtown residents is around $73,000 — far higher than the regional average. There are also more than 111 tech startups in Downtown, which translates into 15.34 startups for every 10,000 people. On a countywide basis, there are just 1.35 startups per 10,000 people. Of those who live Downtown but work elsewhere, almost twothirds said they would prefer to work at a Downtown location. The reason Downtown is able to start as well as attract innovation companies and the talent needed to grow them is because it offers the urban experiences and types of social connections so many young people are seeking. Downtown is a “walker’s paradise” with almost 19 percent of all Downtown residents walking to work. This walkability also makes it easy to access all the amenities the urban core has to

offer, including more than 90 cultural institutions and 20 parks. Downtown San Diego also still holds the promise of the “California Dream” — representing an affordable alternative – both in housing prices and office rents, which can be as much as 50 percent less when compared with neighborhoods in such cities as Los Angeles and San Francisco. The fact is that Downtown San Diego and the surrounding dynamic neighborhoods are a millennial magnet needed to move our innovation economy forward. But while the data speaks to the achievements and capacity of Downtown, the narrative about our urban core has not kept pace. The good news is that civic and business leaders understand Downtown’s promise and are designing programs to ensure the Downtown region is on the map as the innovation economy’s next frontier.

the Downtown historic Warehouse District, architect Kevin Krumdieck and Cisterra Development’s Paul Thometz are also winners. The owners of five homes built between 1916 and 1961 in several San Diego neighborhoods will also receive the coveted residential restoration awards. ● Gen Leger and Chris Woods restored a 1961 Midcentury Modern home designed by Lloyd Ruocco and Homer Delawie. ● Anna Wilcoxson restored her 1916 Prairie-style home. ● Kevin Kravets returned his 1917 house to master builder Martin V. Melhorn’s design. ● Devin and DeLayne Harmon were meticulous in restoring a grand Spanish Revival-style home. ● Kyle and Tim Malone “unwrapped” aluminum siding to reveal arches, a parapet, and stucco, all now restored on their 1925 Mission Revival bungalow.

As these preservationists faithfully return buildings, art and vehicles to their original luster, they are generously preserving our rich and fascinating heritage. Let’s celebrate these heroes and heroines who have worked tirelessly to save and restore precious historic resources, making San Diego a more meaningful place to live, work and visit. The 34th annual People in Preservation awards will be presented May 19 at the Marston house formal gardens, located at 3525 Seventh Ave., in Balboa Park. A catered champagne reception will kick off the event at 5:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, visit


—Kris Michell is president and CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership. Walshok is associate vice chancellor for public programs and dean of Extension at UC San Diego. v

—Ann Jarmusch represents SOHO and is the former architecture critic for the San Diego Union Tribune. She can be reached at 619-200-3340 or by email at ajarmusch@gmail. com. For more information about SOHO, visit v



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DOWNTOWN CALENDAR FEATURED EVENTS ‘CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR’ Ongoing THE LOT opened a second location in Liberty Station (2620 Truxton Road) on May 4. The luxury lifestyle entertainment venue features dining, drinking and high-end cinema all in one. The theater features leather recliners for movie viewing plus a café, bar and restaurant to enjoy before and/ or after a screening. You can also enjoy some food and drink selections while watching a movie. The theater is currently showing the new Marvel Comics movie, “Captain America: Civil War” starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and more. Visit for show times, tickets and more. MAY


‘DOLLAR-A-DISH’ Through Tuesday, May 31

Restaurants throughout San Diego are participating in this annual campaign benefitting San Diego Food Bank’s “Food 4 Kids” backpack program. The program provides weekend backpacks full of food on Friday afternoons for school children in need. Participating restaurants select one of their best-selling items and donate $1 each time that dish is ordered throughout the month. Downtown restaurants participating (and their dishes) include: Analog (Analog Burger), Bracero Cocina (Passion of the Cristo), Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop (Cowboy Star Ultimate Burger) and more. Visit for a full list of restaurants and more information.



GATOR BY THE BAY Through Sunday May 8

This annual zydeco, blues and crawfish festival has once again taken over Spanish Landing Park (3900 N. Harbor Drive, Harbor Island) for four days of festivities. Over 90 performances are slated on seven stages with genres from

Cajun to country to jazz and, of course, plenty of zydeco and blues. Large dance floors plus free dance lessons are being offered. The Louisiana food court features tasty eats, plus there are cooking demos for those who want to try their own Cajun and Creole cooking at home. 10,000 pounds of live crawfish has made its way to San Diego for the occasion as well. Visit gatorbythebay. com for the full music lineup and tickets. MAY


MAMA’S DAY Friday, May 6

This annual fundraiser for Mama’s Kitchen will feature over 55 top local chefs, restaurants and caterers presenting their signature dishes at Hyatt Regency La Jolla (3777 La Jolla Village Drive). Tickets are $150-$250. Doors open for VIP ticket holders at 5:30 p.m.; general admission starts at 6:30 p.m. Visit for more information. MAY



This charitable event by Cats in Space will be held at the Embarcadero Marina Park South (111 W. Harbor Drive) from 8 – 11 p.m. Attendees can pick one glow sword per $10 fee ($5 for early birds) and “battle” for the side of their choosing – good vs. evil. Sword pickup begins at 7 p.m. One dollar from each sale will benefit Make-A-Wish San Diego. Visit catsinspacetour. com for more information.

THE ART GLASS GUILD’S ‘2016 7-8 SPRING PATIO SHOW AND SALE’ Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 MAY

This weekend-long art glass show focuses on works by local glass artists. More than 30 juried artists will display their artwork on the patio in Spanish Village (1770 Village Place, Balboa Park) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day. There will be live demonstrations of torch work and glass cutting, live music, and an area for children and adults to create mosaic art pieces to take home. This event it free to the public and pet friendly. MAY



This event celebrates the Spanish dish, Paella, which has origins dating back to the 18th century. Paella chefs and

their teams from around the world will compete for various titles at the festival. Wineries, breweries and tequilerias will also be on hand (some tickets include unlimited alcohol tastings). Plus there will be live music provided by mariachi and flamenco groups. The event will be held at Waterfront Park (1600 Pacific Highway, Downtown) from noon – 6 p.m. Visit for tickets and details MAY



Bake Sale Bakery (815 F St., East Village) owner Terryl Gavre and her two children will lead this class from noon – 3 p.m. the day before Mother’s Day. Bakers of all levels are welcome to learn to attend and learn to make apple pie a la mode with tips on creating the pie crust, apple filling and homemade vanilla ice cream. While the pies bake and ice cream chills, participants will enjoy lunch including a selection of sandwiches on fresh bread, soup, chips and drinks. After lunch, attendees will get to taste test the ice cream atop slices of pie. Class is $95 per mother and child pair. Visit for more information. from 5 – 9 p.m. Proceeds will support Danzarts’ goal of raising $10,000 for new costumes. Adult tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, children’s tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Visit for more info.


SOHO will honor their award recipients starting with a Champagne reception at Marston House (3525 Seventh Ave., Balboa Park) at 5:30 p.m. Honorees have made contributions to their communities through historical preservation. The award recipients have worked to save and restore historic resources and cultural landscapes. Tickets are $45 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Visit for more information and tickets. MAY


PIRATE DAYS Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22


According to Civic San Diego, the 14th Street Promenade will be an urban trail to be used for a variety of activities in East Village, “helping meet the social and recreation needs of this growing community.” The streetscape design will include a range of activities and features including walking, children’s areas, local art displays, sensory play areas, historical artifacts, and more. This workshop is open to the public to review and provide input on the draft concept plan and it will be held at the CivicSD board room (401 B Street, Suite 400, Downtown).




The children of Danzarts’ Childrens Academy (ages 3 – 17) will perform Calabazeados of Baja and dances of Michoacan at this special fundraiser. Professional dance troupes La Esencia Flamenca and Sabor Mexico will also perform dances from various places. The event will feature beverages, traditional food and sweets and be held at Centro Cultural de la Raza (2004 Park Blvd., Balboa Park)

life innovations and inventions once considered only science fiction, but now are becoming reality. Visitors will have an interactive experience with robots, holograms, invisibility and more. “Science Fiction, Science Future” was created by the Scitech Discovery Centre in Perth, Australia and produced by Imagine Exhibitions Inc. Visit for more information.

‘GUADALUPE VALLEY WINES: THEN AND NOW’ Saturday, May 21 MAY Culinary Historians of San Diego present this special talk by boutique winery owner Ray Magnusson at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the Central Library (330 Park Blvd., East Village). This free event will give insight into the wine and culinary explosion happening across the border, as well as delve into Magnusson’s own experience opening Lechuza Wines in Valle de Guadalupe. Visit for more information.




This two-day celebration hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego (1492 North Harbor Drive, Marina District) will feature kids crafts, a bounce house, a treasure hunt, live music and more. New to Pirate Days this year will be an add-on show called “Boarded! A New Pirate Adventure.” The first 100 children to attend each day will receive a free pirate booty bag. Break out your eye patches and bandanas — kids dressed as pirates will get $2 off admission and there is a costume contest each day at 11:30 a.m. Visit for more a full schedule of activities and more.



‘SCIENCE FICTION, SCIENCE FUTURE’ Saturday, May 21 – Monday, Sept. 5

This traveling exhibition opens at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (1875 El Prado, Balboa Park) today in the center’s main exhibit gallery. The exhibit brings to


This fundraising concert will feature the San Diego Women’s Chorus with special guest and legendary songwriter Janis Ian. The concert will honor the influence of music in social movements around the world. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Balboa Theatre (868 Fourth Ave., Downtown). Tickets start at $15 with VIP spots available. This event benefits the chorus and the Lesbian Health Initiative at the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. Visit for tickets and more information. MAY



St. Paul’s Senior Services is hosting its annual senior health and resource fair from 9 a.m. – noon in conjunction with National Senior Health & Fitness Day. There will be free health screenings offered along with informational seminars and fitness classes, all at St. Paul’s Villa (2340 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill). This free event will feature over 40 exhibitors. The public is welcome to attend. Visit for more information. —Compiled by Jen Van Tieghem. Send items for inclusion to editor Morgan M. Hurley at v

Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro When history and fashion collide The Villa Montezuma is an incredible Queen Anne Victorian mansion located in the heart of Sherman Heights near Downtown. This magnificent mansion, built in 1887, is also known as the Jesse Shepard House. For the last 10 years, this museum has been closed but recently reopened on April 16 for a special day of tours. Louise Torio, chair of the Friends of the Villa Montezuma (FOVM), Inc. was onhand to greet everyone who attended. Free tours were given every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. – noon. The amazing docents were David Janisch, who is a member of FOVM, and Charles Spratley, vice chair of FOVM and author of “Piercing the Veil.” They gave excellent stories about Jesse Shepard, the music, the art, and the literature that took place in this lovely Victorian home. As an added bonus, the Villa collaborated with the top four student designers from Fashion Redux, for a recent event presented by the San Diego History Center and San Diego Mesa College. This year, the competition was focused on the 1890s, which fit perfectly into this Victorian house tour, and the top


CONCERTS “It’s a concert experience like no other,” Brieske said. “You’re outdoors along San Diego Bay in a tropical setting, watching your favorite artist on stage. It’s fun, and peaceful or lively, depending on the artist.” Ticket prices vary depending on the show. With only 1,450 seats, even the very last row is only about 100 feet from the stage, making it a truly intimate experience no matter where you are seated. Food and drinks are available for purchase in the back of the venue, but most shows also offer cocktail service in the seated area. Tucked in between Humphreys Restaurant and Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites, the venue overlooks Half Moon Marina, located on Shelter Island in Point Loma. As a result, there is also a limited number of dinner or dinner/hotel room packages available that include preferred concert seating. Concerts are scheduled on varying nights of the week, with most shows beginning at 7:30 p.m. To view the 2016 concert schedule and purchase tickets, visit —Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a local freelance writer. She enjoys covering events, restaurant news, culture and entertainment. Contact her at v

FASHION / ENTERTAINMENT four garments were displayed throughout the house. Nada Zein and Lina Mills were in the music room and each discussed their inspiration for their garments. Cherry Doung was unable to attend, so Gabe Selak, public programs manager at San Diego History Center, discussed Doung’s inspiration in the drawing room. Megan Sheffield presented the final garment in the Tonner’s Suite. All the designers spoke about their journey that began with their Victorian inspiration and concluding with the creation of their contemporary clothing. To keep abreast of new goings on with the Villa and Friends of Villa Montezuma, visit

Who made my clothes? A Fashion Revolution was held at the Crow Thief on April 22. The concept for the event began on April 24, 2013, when over 1,000 people were tragically killed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, when the Rana Plaza complex collapsed. As a result, the Fashion Revolution was born on this day all over the world, with people demanding change in the business and bringing attention to the need for a cleaner and more equitable fashion industry. Awareness to the cause led to the idea of transforming the industry by asking the question, “Who

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Alizee Hazan from Ekzo at Fashion Revolution (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)


displayed his cool accessories for hats and Marc Sanchez from Reeco showed off his marvelous handcrafted up-cycled surfboards. All guests finished up the fun evening with a SoNo photo booth. S IIf you missed this awesome event, stay a tuned for next year’s tu event, by following ev Fa

Upcoming Events

Nada Zein with one of her garments in the music room at Villa Montezuma. (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro) made my clothes?” There are now 80 countries worldwide that take part in the Fashion Revolution Week that runs April 18 – 24. San Diego’s Fashion Revolution was organized by designers Carmen Artigas, Melissa Hendrix, Kestrel Jenkins and Anna Tychinskaya. In recognition of this important date, they organized pop-up designers so patrons could come and “meet the faces behind your clothes” and in this case the local designers featured.

Participating designers included Alizee Hazan from Ekzo who brought lovely cashmere scarves and T-shirts and Mathew Hickey from Be Kind Vibes presented Americanmade, eco-friendly apparel and accessories. Other artists included Abraham Voytek from Dixon Rand who showed his amazing Western Inspired Apparel and Accessories and Eliza Sloane displayed her Bohemian Mermaid By Hand Jewelry. More handcrafted items were exhibited by Holly Stavnes from Hera By Day who brought her turbans and accessories, and Thomas Brierton from Bryer Leather. Brierton specializes in luxury leather goods and presented his exquisite duffle bags, handbags, and wallets. For all of you who enjoy wearing hats, Jon Kastris from the Feather Barber

May 15 | FWSD16 Spring Showcase — Fashion Week’s spring showcase is here from 6 – 9 p.m. at Harrah’s Resort Southern California, 777 Valley Center Road in Valley Center. For more information, visit May 26 | FAB Authority — Presents Becoming a Creative Entrepreneur Workshop featuring artist and designer Clarione Gutierrez at FIDM San Diego, located at 350 10th Ave., #300, Downtown, at 6 p.m. The event is free so RSVP at —Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned couture milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at v

Californians Weigh in on Small Business Survey Shows Overwhelming Consumer Support for Small Businesses When Californians were asked which political candidate is most likely to support legislation that provides more opportunities for small businesses, Bernie Sanders edged out Hillary Clinton and cruised past Donald Trump, according to the 2016 Cox Consumer Pulse on Small Businesses survey. Additionally, more California consumers (47%) believe the Democratic Party contributes more to small business growth compared to Republicans and Independents. The national blind survey, commissioned by Cox Business in recognition of National Small Business Week (May 1-7, 2016), polled consumers from around the country, including California. Other key findings from California respondents included: • 90% frequent small businesses at least once a week, with 43% shopping small businesses three times or more per week; • 59% say WiFi is the best perk to have while waiting (coffee came in second at 20%); • 66% didn’t feel it is necessary for small businesses to stay open on holidays; • When asked which digital channels they use to interact with small businesses (and to select all that apply), 55% use websites, 47% email and 41% Facebook compared to Instagram (21%), text (20%) and Twitter (14%); • 72% of California consumers feel the federal government does not do enough to promote small business growth on a national level;

• The entrepreneurial bug starts early. According to survey responses, California consumers have tried their hands at a variety of business ventures as kids, including: babysitting (44%), neighborhood lemonade stand (28%), mowing lawns (27%), paper route (26%), and dog walking (12%). More details on the 2016 Cox Consumer Pulse on Small Businesses are available at Follow @CoxBusiness and @CoxCalifornia on Twitter and join the conversation using #GoSmall to share the results with your business network. The commercial division of Cox Communications, Cox Business provides Internet, telephone and video services to more than 300,000 small and regional businesses nationwide, including healthcare providers, school districts and universities, hotels, financial institutions and government agencies, and the military. For more information, visit


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Stunning skyline panoramas meet expansive open spaces in this penthouse! Featuring exquisite finishes and a beautifully remodeled kitchen. Entertaining is a dream as your guests take pleasure in the luxury of 2 wrap-around balconies. For more information visit:

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HARBOR CLUB Rare opportunity to own this prized “bubble” residence on the 11th floor of the esteemed Harbor Club! 180 degree views encompass glistening city lights, Coronado Bridge, the blue waters of San Diego Bay, and Point Loma. For more information visit:

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A huge (1,300 square foot) private, wraparound patio surrounds this charming residence! Delight in the amazing views of the city and pool area, rich wood floors, granite & stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen, and a cozy fireplace. For more information visit:

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

Stunning remodel on the Pantoja Park side of esteemed Watermark complex. Decorative custom tile, plush carpet, 10-foot ceilings, and custom pendant & recessed lighting grace the interior of this exquisite residence. For more information visit:

Amazing opportunity to own this beautiful residence in the heart of Little Italy! Enjoy warm wood cabinetry and a private balcony perfect for taking in the sights and sounds of the city. Underground parking is inlcuded

Bright and inviting, this south-facing residence boast fresh paint, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a private balcony for taking in the Southern exposures. For more information visit:

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

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


SMART CORNER Spacious and inviting residence showcasing phenomenal views of Downtown, San Diego Bay, and Point Loma! An enormous wraparound balcony presents a prime opportunity for amazing indoor / outdoor living. For more information visit:

Charming single bedroom unit offering a spacious and inviting floor plan. Enjoy an open kitchen with granite surfaces, wood floors, and a breezy ceiling fan in the sleeping area. For more information visit:


THE GRANDE Exquisite residence with a premium Northwest corner location in the North tower. Revel in sweeping water views from the private terrace and framed in every room by walls of windows.

Featuring an upgraded and pristine interior, this lovely residence enjoys gleaming Cherry wood floors, a bay view terrace, a granite kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, and dual, secured side-by-side parking spaces!




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Prepare to be impressed! A truly awesome home, you’ll enjoy expansive wood flooring, custom paint tones, and a beautifully upgraded kitchen and West-facing balcony taking in the exceptional blue water bay views.

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Lightly lived in as a second home, this is a pristine residence. Enjoy views spanning from the historic El Cortez Hotel to Balboa Park, plus Coronado Bridge views from the private balcony.

Sophisticated details and numerous upgrades grace the interior of this condo. Spectacular, south-facing views spanning to the bay and Coronado Bridge are enjoys from every room and the private balcony

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

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

RARE 3 BEDROOM in the heart of Little Italy at Porto Siena! This prime, move-in ready residence is a clean blank slate awaiting your decorating ideas. Enjoy city views, an open kitchen and layout which truly feels like a home.

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Spacious and bright, this residence offers freshly painted walls, new carpet, rich cabinetry, upgraded lighting, custom sound system, and urban views of the Embarcadero and tree-lined streets.

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