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Chalk art drawn on the sidewalk leading to the Piazza della Famigilia in Little Italy is an interactive art activity during the 34th annual ArtWalk in Downtown San Diego (Photo by B. J. Coleman)

ArtWalk transforms Little Italy into outdoor art gallery By B. J. Coleman The heart of Little Italy turned into an open-air gallery filled with creative expressions of artwork and entertainment for the 34th annual ArtWalk in Downtown. Around 350 artists displayed

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their original art during the event over the weekend of April 28-29, while performing artists appeared on five stages scattered across the 14 blocks of tented exhibit booths. Sandi Cottrell is one of two ArtWalk directors planning

and overseeing these events. Cottrell described how the shows have grown and changed since 1984. “This year is our first to use Date Street in the Piazza della Famiglia,” Cottrell said. “This

see Artwalk, pg 4

Downtown’s on track

Downtown’s new Courthouse Trolley Station now in operation Dim Sum, and then some


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Metropolitan Transit System passengers have access to a new Trolley station — the Courthouse Station in Downtown San Diego. Officials dedicated the new station at a ceremony on April 28. The Courthouse Station is the new downtown terminus for the Orange Line, which runs from El Cajon to downtown San Diego and serves approximately nine million passengers annually. The Courthouse Station was built to accommodate future growth of the Trolley system when the Mid-Coast Trolley extension begins operations in 2021. There are more than 44,500 jobs within a halfmile walk, which will make it a highly utilized station. On weekdays, the first train departs the station at 5:30 a.m. and the last train departs

Ceremonial first departure of the Orange Line Trolley from the Courthouse Station (Courtesy of MTS) at 11:45 p.m., with trains departing every 15 minutes for most of the day. As a result of adding the Courthouse Station to the system, the Trolley schedule on all three lines will change for the first time in six years. The Courthouse Station is located on the south side of

C Street, between State and Union streets. It will provide convenient Trolley access for downtown’s growing community and is adjacent to the new 22-story $555 million State Superior Court Building that will have 1.2 million people passing through its doors each year.v

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Appreciating the craft of film By David Dixon Events tied into the San Diego International Film Festival are helping to bring more attention to the annual celebration of cinema in the city. During the next few months, the Film Insider Series will present an eclectic selection of entertainment for both the big and small screen. Originally an event meant for VIP Passholders, ticket buyers are now able to attend private screenings that feature a cocktail party, interviews with people involved in the screenings, and a Champagne reception following the Q&A’s at the Arclight La Jolla. Two Downtown residents who continue to be longtime passholders for the festival are Vicki and Chris Eddy. They became passholders after Vicki did charitable work with some women involved with Patrons of the Prado. One person who is involved with both organizations is Patti Judd. She is both the interim president-elect for Patrons of the Prado, and the co-founder and vice president of the local film festival. Since becoming a VIP member, Vicki Eddy has enjoyed her experiences at the insider series. “I’m happy there isn’t just a single festival for five days,” she said. “The insider series will create more recognition for the movie industry and films throughout San Diego.” Chris Eddy likes the various kinds of motion pictures that are shown throughout the series. “They are generally very interesting, entertaining, thought-provoking, and fun,” he said. The third 2018 screening of the series featured the U.S. premiere of Michelle Schumacher’s (a former Chula Vista resident)

see Film Insiders, pg 13


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Miracles come in all colors

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Kelrik Productions’ Downtown ‘Pinkalicious’ debut By Jess Winans Six months ago, Erik Austin was living on the streets of Los Angeles. Now, he is making his San Diego debut as the co-founder of Kelrik Productions, a production company he started with his sister Kelly 30 years ago in the basement of their childhood home. “I chose the season [Miracles] based on life. We are all just like Dorothy from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ traveling down the yellow brick road searching for answers from some magic guru. When he is finally revealed he's just an ordinary man like us,” Austin said. “This horrific street experience of the homeless in LA completely blew my mind and there were so many times I was frightened for my life. As I explore new venues, meet new people, and experience new things both good and bad through the world of theater, I will never forget the lessons I have learned from being thrown to the street. I believe it is a miracle I am alive.” Since its inception, Kelrik Productions has produced more than 120 myths, parables and fables in San Luis Obispo. After going through

the life-changing experience of homelessness, Austin is ready to bring his company to San Diego, kicking off the Miracles season with “Pinkalicious” playing now in Downtown. “I’m excited to see what San Diego does for the company,” Erik said. “The Lyceum Theatre is beautiful, and the Horton Plaza area is gorgeous. I’m happy to see the happy kids. They get to meet Pinkalicious after the show and they all leave so happy.” Based off the 2006 children's book by Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann, “Pinkalicious” is the interactive story and musical performance of Pinkalicious, (Lauren Ashley), a little girl who loves everything and anything pink. “Other shows are about the artistry, but this one is about putting on something appealing and exciting for kids,” said Ashley. “This is a show really for the audience.” One day, along with her mother, father and brother, Pinkalicious made pink cupcakes. Like many children, she didn’t want to stop at eating just one pink cupcake. Her mother explained to her that “you get what you get, and you don’t get upset,” but later in

the night Pinkalcious snuck into the kitchen to gobble down more pink cupcakes. Suddenly the stage turned into a pink-cupcake wonderland with doodled clouds looking like coloring book cut outs, cupcake puppets with googly eyes, and dancing cupcakes (played by Olivia Gale Berger and Daniella Mae Sebastian). Pinkalicious awoke from her pink dream to find that her skin and hair turned pink. (l to r) Peter (Kyler Waitley) is jealous of his sister Pinkalicious (Lauren Ashley) Although she was de(Photos courtesy of lighted with her new color, her mother, (Kylie Harper), and her father (Edgar use, and they should play catch and so much craziness. But you Diaz-Gutierrez), were worried with a football. can come here for 60 minutes about her and her brother Peter An entire number, “The and get to be super happy and (Kyler Waitley), who was exPink Blues,” is dedicated to pinkalicious.” tremely jealous. Peter’s desire to wear pink and The Miracles season is a The family then took a live his life without imposed collection of four plays with whimsical family bike ride to boundaries. “Pinkalicious,” playing April the doctor, making a pit stop at This goes along with Kelrik’s 28–May 6 at the Lyceum Space the park. While there, a more principle of “edutainment” by Theatre. significant theme colors to the shedding light on the effects “Oliver” at La Mesa Church surface — pink is for everyone. of placing gender roles on from October–November, “The This is revealed when Peter children. While Pinkalicious Little Mermaid” at the Lyceum wants to play catch with his gets to bask in the glow of her Theatre from Feb. 1–3, 2019, dad using a pink ball. Mr. pinkness because she is a girl, and “Pippin” at the Lyceum Pinkerton warns Peter that Peter is forced to remain in the Space Theatre from April pink is not a color that boys can traditional young boy role that 12–21, 2019. fears pink and barbie dolls and “Pinkalicious” with mudoomed to the life of blue and sic by John Gregor, lyrics by monster trucks. Elizabeth and Victoria Kann, But, the leading message for and artistic direction from kids watching Pinkalicious is Erik Austin, is playing at that too much of a good thing the Lyceum Space Theatre in is never good and you get what Horton Plaza from April 29you get, and you don’t get upset. May 6. 2019, kicking off the Throughout the play, the season of Miracles 2018. theme “pink is love, pink is joy” For more information about is seen as it is revealed that the Kelrik Productions, visit whole Pinkerton family secretly loves the color pink. “The brother isn't allowed —Jess Winans is the edito love pink, but the father has torial assistant of San Diego always loved pink,” Erik said. Community News Network, the “At the end of the play, everyparent company of San Diego one is in pink. There's so much Downtown News. Reach her at going on in the world right now

(l to r) Peter (Kyler Waitley), Pinkalicious, (Lauren Ashley), Mrs. Pinkerton (Kylie Harper) and Mr. Pinkerton (Edgar Diaz-Gutierrez) make up the cast of the Pinkerton family

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San Diego Downtown News | May 2018

The race to zero

Circulate San Diego, city officials focus on ‘fatal 15’ intersections amid Vision Zero campaign By Dave Fidlin

Artist Neil Russell of North Hollywood with some of his paintings at the 34th annual ArtWalk in Little Italy on April 29. (Photos by B. J. Coleman) FROM PAGE 1

ARTWALK is a new space in Little Italy that opened last month and is still in process. We wanted to activate it.” The piazza is closed to through-traffic and features a fountain that invites walkers and bicyclists to linger at this new gathering place in downtown. Six artists were participating in an interactive art event within the event, drawing chalk art on the sidewalk leading into the piazza. Nearby, The Space by Vanguard Culture hosted other interior tent activities, such as a chef’s ceviche competition and fashion showings. Most of the artists at ArtWalk were from around the San Diego County area, including Tijuana. One featured artist, Carolyn Johnson, traveled from Laguna Niguel to show her paintings. She described her art as mixed media, using acrylics and such elements as eggshells to bring texture

and dimensionality into the creation. “People always say that the event gets bigger each year,” Cottrell said. “But we are tirelessly working to increase the quality of the art shown here. We seek the highest level of artists, and we have worked hard to elevate the quality of art we have.” Cottrell further expressed appreciation for the event sponsors and the businesses in Little Italy, observing that the event takes up parking spaces usually used by customers and workers. “The businesses surrounding ArtWalk embrace what we do,” Cottrell said. “Most people would be surprised to know that we need about as many volunteers as artists. This year, we have had over 300 volunteers. It takes a village and a half for this event.” The ArtWalk organizers expanded their event schedule and locations by incorporating a late summer show at Point Loma’s Liberty Station, which will be in its 13th year in August. They will introduce a North County fine art and chalk festival with ArtWalk Carlsbad in September. More information about all these events is available at

Artist AkZhana Maxim of Oceanside with some of her paintings

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San Diego’s 3-year-old Vision Zero campaign gained traction this past month as city officials pledged funding and a series of renewed efforts to improve dangerous intersections in highly trafficked areas, the majority located Downtown. The overtures are music to the ears of organizers behind Circulate San Diego, the independent, nonprofit advocacy group that has worked closely with city officials in seeking solutions to the so-called fatal 15 intersections. In mid-April, city officials announced $375,000 in municipal funds in the upcoming fiscal year budget will be allocated toward improvements at many of the intersections, which, in their current condition, lack such pedestrian-friendly features as walk signals, audible prompts and countdown clocks before traffic lights change. Maya Rosas, director of policy for Circulate San Diego, said she is pleased municipal officials are allocating funds to bring design improvements and upgrades to the fatal 15 sites. The group played a pivotal role in singling out each of the intersections. “We took information and analyzed it,” Rosas said of the determining process. “It was a data-driven approach, based on when people’s lives are most at risk.” The list of Circulate San Diego’s fatal 15 intersections includes: ●● Fourth Avenue and B Street

●● Fourth Avenue and Market Street ●● Fifth Avenue and B Street ●● Sixth Avenue and Broadway ●● 10th Avenue and A Street ●● 11th Avenue and Broadway ●● Broadway and Fifth Avenue ●● Coronado and Thermal avenues ●● El Cajon Boulevard and 33rd Street ●● El Cajon Boulevard and 36th Street ●● Euclid Avenue and Naranja Street ●● Front and Ash streets ●● Market Street and Sixth Avenue ●● University and Fourth avenues ●● University Avenue and 52nd Street Fatal 15, however, is a piece of a larger picture designed to address a range of mobility improvements across the city. According to the most updated statistics, more than 500 pedestrians and bicyclists are injured from vehicle-related collisions per year, on average, resulting in 22 fatalities. On a broader scale, city officials have announced other overtures designed to increase safety between pedestrians, cyclists and motorists throughout the community. Lee Friedman, a staffer within Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office, recently went before the City Council’s Audit Committee and discussed the re-emergence of a task force devoted to the Vision Zero initiative.

City officials and Circulate San Diego announcing $375,000 in city municipal funds allocated towards improvement of the City’s most dangerous intersections. (Courtesy Circulate San Diego) The group has been dormant this past year, but Friedman, who is the city’s infrastructure policy manager, said the task force is regrouping, with its first organizational meeting of the year set for May 17. Despite the task force’s dormancy, Friedman at the meeting said improvements have been high on officials’ radar screens within city hall this past year. “City staff continued to make progress on improving intersections and engaging with the public to promote safe walking and biking and enforcing safe traffic laws to discourage unsafe walking, biking and driving habits,” Friedman said. He added, “We’ve been doing that all along. But we know that continued engagement is necessary for programs like Vision Zero to thrive.” In addition to reconvening the task force, Friedman told the city panel a grant-funded study honing in on how to best address intersection deficiencies is nearing completion. “This will be a complete report, with data that will be used for years,” Friedman said. Public outreach and engagement also is an effort Friedman said he and other staffers will be focused on in the near future. A tab on Vision Zero within the city’s website is due for an overhaul, Friedman said, in the hopes of more clearly disseminating information to the community. “Moving forward, we’re probably going to have to look at the best and most effective ways to stay engaged with Vision Zero stakeholders and other community members,” Friedman said. After the momentum gained this past month, Rosas said she is hopeful greater strides can be made in the years ahead so broader issues beyond intersection improvements can be explored. “Looking ahead, it would be great to see a strategic plan,” said Rosas, who lives Downtown. “It would be great to move beyond simple advocacy efforts every year.” —Dave Fidlin is a freelance journalist with a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at

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Butterfly release, Arbor Day trees and the Balboa Park Carousel — and the planting of 33 trees in a grove off Park Boulevard across from the San Diego Zoo. In honor of the day, Karl Strauss and Automatic Brewing partnered with custom wood Friends of Balboa Park, a shop San Diego Urban Timber nonprofit that preserves the to brew the limited release legacy and beauty of the park, beer using juniper berries and is stewarding a number of exTorrey Pine timber sourced clusive opportunities for the from the park. This IPA was community to become a part of sold at all Karl Strauss locaenhancing Balboa Park. tions, as well as Blind Lady Ale House, Tiger! Tiger!, and Annual Butterfly Release Arbor Day Panama 66 in the park through Saturday, May 26 Friends of Balboa Park the end of April, and proceeds 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. celebrated National Arbor from each pint sold benefited Zoro Garden / Butterfly Day on April 27 with a new Friends of Balboa Park. Garden local beer — Urban Arbor IPA “Friends is honored to have such strong support With the help from our donors of the community, and corporate partFriends of Balboa ners that enables Park celebrates us to continue spring each year by making meaningreleasing approxful enhancements imately 400 live to the park,” said painted lady butterExecutive Director flies in Zoro Garden. John Bolthouse. The butterfly release “Balboa Park is takes place each already the jewel of year on the Saturday San Diego, so being of Memorial Day able to add more weekend and is one trees to the lush of several events landscape is a great organized as part gift.” of the Park-wide Six different vaFiesta Botanica celrietals suitable for ebration organized San Diego’s semi-arby the Balboa Park id climate were Conservancy. The planted, including family-friendly event peppermint willow, includes arts-andcamphor, naked corcrafts activities hostal, Moreton Bay fig, ed by the San Diego Children participate in Arbor Day by planting a tree in Hong Kong orchid Balboa Park Floral Association and fern pine.

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and a special musical performance by Kathryn the Grape. In 2010, Zoro Garden in Balboa Park was renamed the Butterfly Garden, a place where caterpillars could find an environment and food source in which to transform into butterflies. We are grateful to the generous donors and sponsors whose support makes this event possible, please visit our website for more details.

Balboa Park Carousel (Photos courtesy of Friends of Balboa Park) Friends of Balboa Park, a strategic partner of the San Diego’s Parks and Recreation department, has been celebrating Arbor Day in the park since 2008.

Balboa Park Carousel

Friends recently purchased the historic Balboa Park Carousel and launched a threeyear $3 million fundraising capital campaign to restore and complete purchase of the Carousel. The campaign has surpassed the $1 million mark thus far, thanks to the community’s generosity. We still have a ways to go to reach our next milestone, and need your support. Please consider a donation today, and help preserve one of the park’s most shining jewels! For more information on the annual butterfly release

or to support the Balboa Park Carousel, call 619-2322282 or visit Friends of Balboa Park is an affinity group that enhances and maintains The Park through donations and Park programs. The group has spearheaded major capital improvement initiatives throughout The Park, including information kiosks, restoration of the historic gate houses and lily pond, Adopt-A-Plot, dedicated bench program, tree dedications, and other programs that facilitate the community’s direct involvement in the enhancement of Balboa Park. —John Bolthouse is the executive director of nonprofit Friends of Balboa Park. For more information, visit

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One tough mother How being a mom can boost your job performance By Holly Caplan Before I became a mother in 2010, I had been in the workforce as a sales person in the medical device field for years. It was a hyper-competitive market with lots of passionate people who wanted to party, make money and climb the corporate ladder. Which was exactly what I did. My career was everything to me — it was my identity. It was who I wanted to be and I was super passionate about succeeding. I eventually worked my way up and was approached about a management position. It was what I had wanted and was my next professional goal. So, before I interviewed for the management gig, I did my homework. Enthusiastically, I spoke to the other managers to better understand what I was getting into. I wanted their candid feedback so that I would be prepared for my interview and get an idea of what to expect in this role. I got a lot of a helpful advice about how to run the business and manage my sales team, as well as hiring and firing procedures. Pretty basic, right? Until I hit a conversation that surprised me and still stings me to this day, especially now that I’m a mother. My male manager told me not to hire female sales representatives. Taken aback, I asked him “Why?” I’m thinking, heck, I’m a female, why wouldn’t I hire other women? “Because they have babies and stuff and won’t do their jobs,” he said. This manager also confided in me that this was a quiet rule between

the managers. It was understood around the office. At that moment, my future challenges were clearly laid out before me, as I knew one day I wanted to become a mother — and yes, continue to work. I did it though. I got the management job and had a baby. According to the U.S. Labor Force, women made up 47 percent of the workforce in 2017. And guess what? Seventy percent of mothers worked in 2017 versus 11 percent in 1960. Additionally, mothers are the primary or sole earners for 40 percent of households with children under the age of 18. How can the stigma of being a working mom still exist when we see momentum in these numbers? I can personally tell you that becoming a mother made me better at my job and career. It didn’t make me “go soft” or unfocused. In fact, motherhood made me more assertive and decisive. It made me more strategic and thoughtful in my work. You are forced to improve these skill sets and begin functioning at a higher level previous to children. In speaking to friends that are working moms, they experienced the same. Here are five ways that being a mother can actually improve your job performance:

Better time management

Time management takes on a whole new role in your world when you become a mom. Basically, you learn that you can’t control everything and that you need to manage your time as such. You are forced to think way ahead of schedule, be

ready to manage disasters and expect the unexpected. Think carpool, conflicting ballet classes and soccer games thrown in with a sick child, pet at the vet, traveling husband, meeting with the boss and a work deadline. All of this makes for complete mayhem and disarray. There was a time in my life that all of these components would have absolutely sent me over the edge, or into a bottle of pinot noir. However, eventually it taught me to manage my time better. Motherhood teaches us to know how to efficiently run projects and handle the unexpected in the office. Admittedly, I do still pour myself a pinot noir in the evenings, but at least I manage my time around it.

Developing Low T

Mothers develop Low T — a low tolerance for bullcrap. As moms, we have to manage our time differently, which means we have less time for B.S. with the kids. We won’t tolerate bullying, stealing or shaming at home, so why tolerate it at work? Having Low T in the workplace helps us sniff out the drama from a mile away, address it quickly and move on. Mothers tend to stay away from the office politics, handle work challenges swiftly and can close a sweet deal like no one’s business.

More compassion

Being a mother will make you more compassionate. I mean, even when you are getting spit up on, changing a diaper, or dealing with a temper tantrum, you still love that baby with all of your heart and soul. It doesn’t matter how rough the scenario may be, you learn to roll with it and move on. Again, this flows over well into the workplace. Increasing compassion

see Tough Mother, pg 7

Like a bad penny, a plan to tax water keeps turning up in Sacramento. That’s right — under two proposals circulating in the Capitol, California would start taxing the most fundamental resource on the planet. Such taxes would needlessly drive up costs for families already struggling to make ends meet and undermine the very goals that proponents profess. Senate Bill 623 by state Sen. William Monning (D-Carmel) and a budget trailer bill supported by Governor Jerry Brown would add a tax to local residential and business water bills in the name of providing safe, clean drinking water to disadvantaged communities, mostly in the Central Valley. There’s no question that some Californians in low-income, rural areas don’t enjoy the same level of safe drinking water delivered by the San Diego County Water Authority and its 24-member agencies. That’s why the Water Authority and many other water agencies statewide have made it a priority to promote sensible funding strategies to address this important issue. We are committed to delivering safe and reliable water, and we wholeheartedly support the goal of ensuring the same for all Californians. But taxing water isn’t the right approach. Among the many problems with this is strategy is that it sets a bad precedent. California currently does not tax water or essential food products. However, even before the first proposed water tax has been voted on, two additional water tax proposals emerged in Sacramento. Both of those taxes would drive up water bills by as much as $15 to $20 each month. The cost of living in California is already high, and taxing drinking water works against the very people that the funds are intended to help. Of course, Californians overwhelmingly object to SB 623, legislation that would create a new tax on drinking water, according to a recent poll of likely 2018 voters conducted by Tulchin Research. In all, 73 percent said they opposed the Senate legislation. Over half said they “strongly opposed” the measure, while just 8 percent said they “strongly supported” it. Thankfully, there are better alternatives. California appropriately uses its general fund to pay for other important programs and social issues identified as state priorities, including public health, education, housing and disability services. The public supports using the general fund to pay for programs that serve and protect residents and communities in need. Dozens of local water agencies, chambers and other groups have joined together to advance more appropriate funding solutions — a package that includes federal safe drinking water funds, voter-approved general obligation bond dollars, cap-and-trade revenues, agricultural fees related to nitrate in drinking water, and general fund money. With this approach, we can address an important issue for our state without adding a tax on our most precious natural resource. —Mark Muir is the board chair San Diego County Water Authority.v



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it is surely an imperfect measure, it’s the best we’ve got in determining a candidate’s ability to connect with his or her constituents prior to Election Day. So, with that in mind:

For many years San Diego has been a bit of an outlier when it comes to its congressional delegation. Other than Orange County, San Diego tended to be the only major metropolitan region in the state that overall voted Republican when it came to congressional elections. San Diego has always had its deep blue bastions, such as the heart of the city and the border district, but the rest of the county trended — much like its representation on the County Board of Supervisors — Republican. That changed in 2012, when Democrat Congressman Scott Peters defeated long entrenched incumbent Brian Bilbray, tilting the balance of power from Republican to Democrat for the first time since at least the 70’s, three to two. In the 2018 midterm elections, the Democrats have a real opportunity to place a real stranglehold on the San Diego congressional delegation. So, with the June 5 primary elections looming, we’ll take a look at what the San Diego regional congressional races look like. First, a note on the use of fundraising statistics as a metric of a candidate’s viability: While money should not be the most important factor in an election cycle, candidates need money to get elected. And while

We’ll start with what was formerly the most competitive congressional district, but now appears to be a safe seat for Scott Peters (D-52). In 2012, Peters won an extra-innings slugfest against Republican incumbent Brian Bilbray, and until recently, was considered the most vulnerable of the local representatives. In 2014 former San Diego city councilmember, former mayoral candidate, and current rightwing radio talk show flamethrower Carl DeMaio took his shot at Peters. Since then, Peters has only solidified his position, mowing down his challengers in 2016, and drawing only token resistance for 2018. There are currently six Republican candidates vying for Peters’ seat, but only three that have raised any significant money — including Dr. James Veltmeyer, who unsuccessfully challenged Susan Davis in 2016 — and none who can match Peters’ nearly $1.9 million raised and $2.4 million cash on hand. Businessman Michael Allman comes closest, with $380,000 raised and $235,000 on hand. While anything is possible, it does not seem realistic that any of these unknowns will


Becoming a master of stress

TOUGH MOTHER can improve relationships, trust and performance. When employees feel they are in a safe and trusting environment, and that their colleagues do care about them both personally and professionally, they give back more to the organization.

Increased focus

Working mothers typically have less time with their children. It is part of it, and it isn’t fun. A job could require more travel, conferences and client dinners. What this means for moms is missing school events, piano recitals and even just the everyday conversation of riding home from school in the car. Because of this, mothers are more focused on their goals and tasks at work. Since we are away more, we make our time count so that home life counts when we are at home. Moms don’t want to let work interfere with the kiddos. This means that we are more organized, get projects done early and are prepared for upcoming meetings. Also, moms are full-time problem solvers. We are forced to think strategically continuously. We are able to switch these strategic thinking skills into work. As a result, we are super productive and efficient. Not only does this help the company, this helps us reach professional goals and with our own personal growth.

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The common theme of mothering and working is the high stress factor. Stress can run rampant at home and work, and at times will feel inescapable. But it can also be the underlying current that drives better time management, maintained focus and dealing with others’ issues. The surprising thing about existing with stress is that it has made me better at handling it. My stress “freak out” level is much higher, and my capacity for patience is higher too. At home I have less of a heart attack when I see that Oreos have been smashed into my favorite white chair, and at work I breathe easier when approaching a deadline or dealing with an angry manager. It has taught me to deal with work stress thoughtfully, patiently and exit the experience gracefully. As for the manager who told me not to hire women, and to his colleagues who believed the same? Today I would tell them this: Don’t ever underestimate the strength of a working mother. Oh, and Costco is having a sale in the wine department. —Holly Caplan is an award-winning manager and author of ‘Surviving the D**k Clique: A Girl's Guide to Surviving the Male Dominated Corporate World.’ For more information, visit hollycaplan. com.v

San Diego Downtown News | May 2018

Working on healthcare

Notes from Toni Toni G. Atkins Imagine you’ve recently given birth to your first child. You don’t earn a lot of money, so you rely on MediCal, California’s safety-net health-insurance program, and you get your health care at a community health center. The baby won’t stop crying, and the stress and lack of sleep are fraying your last nerve. You’re really struggling. You see your doctor during a regular health visit, and you tell her about all the difficulties you’re experiencing. She thinks it would help for you to talk with a therapist — today. You’re eligible to receive California’s safety-net benefits, so the health center can bill Medi-Cal for your regular visit. The problem is, it can’t do the same for a mental-health visit when it happens the same day. So, the health center has two choices. It can make sure you see a therapist today, meaning it must absorb the additional cost for those services, or it can schedule an appointment for another day, delaying the treatment and risking the possibility that you’ll cancel it because you can’t get the time off work, or for myriad other reasons. But your struggles might worsen without intervention. Or, imagine you suffer from chronic disease and you’re at

the health center for a checkup. You tell your doctor how you feel, and eventually you reveal that you’re depressed, and you think about just ending the pain — both the physical and the emotional — once and for all. There’s no choice here: The health center will try to get you to a therapist right away, but it will have to absorb the cost. These scenarios are realities for many Californians. They are similar to encounters I had with people back when I worked in community health clinics — I know these situations firsthand. There’s no reason it has to be like this. If health centers can bill Medi-Cal for a mental-health visit tomorrow, why can’t it bill for a visit today? California allows health centers to bill for primary care and a dentist appointment on the same day — why not mental health, too? What’s more, the federal Medicare program allows for same-day billing of behavioral health and medical services — Medi-Cal should too, as well. Working with the Steinberg Institute and CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates, I have introduced Senate Bill 1125 to fill this hole in the system. It will require the state to allow Medi-Cal to reimburse federally qualified health centers for primary-care and mental-health visits that occur on the same day. There are more than 1,300 community health centers in California that provide comprehensive, high-quality care to 6.5


million people. That’s one in six Californians. The vast majority of the patients served by community health centers lives at or below the poverty line, and a substantial share are uninsured or enrolled in Medi-Cal. The good news is that we have broken down some of the stigma associated with emotional challenges and mental illness, and people are increasingly open to treatment, meaning there is a growing need. SB 1125 will allow health centers to hire more mental-health professionals to meet this demand. The bill also works hand-inhand with AB 1863. Signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2016, AB 1863 allowed Medi-Cal to be billed for counseling services provided by licensed marriage-and-family therapists, and not just clinical social workers and psychologists, increasing the supply of service providers. Health centers must be able to seamlessly provide sameday treatment for both physical and mental health — and be compensated for the full spectrum of care they’re providing. It’s only fair. SB 1125 will accomplish this. I was pleased when SB 1125 passed the Senate Health Committee in late April and look forward to working with my colleagues in the full Senate, as well as the Assembly and the governor, to ensure that this important measure becomes law. —Toni G. Atkins represents the 39th District in the California Senate. Follow her on Twitter @SenToniAtkins.v

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Can a utility be an art? Downtown Partnership News Lana Harrison Jason Gould was hard at work on a mid-week afternoon, with the echo of drills and the beep of cement trucks in the background. As cranes and construction crews slowly transformed the upward-climbing landscape of Downtown’s Columbia District, Jason stood below, next to a cluster of utility boxes covered with tape and various colors of blue. The blue reflected the tint of the windows being installed above. A can of paint and a roller rested on the ground next to his feet. Gould was also transforming the streets of the Columbia District — in his own way. If you haven’t taken a stroll through the Columbia District in a while, now might be a good time. Not only is the skyline changing day by day with the installation of new buildings, but things are happening on the ground level with the

painting of some of the neighborhood’s utility boxes. As founder of Visual Urban Contemporary Art, Gould’s gallery and supply shop in North Park, he has had a much further reach than just a small storefront on 30th Street. Over the years, he has developed and nurtured a network of talented San Diego artists. In this way, his work is a lot like what happens at the Downtown San Diego Partnership. Gould builds connections with talented individuals who help transform the streets of San Diego, and therefore the everyday experience of regular and visiting pedestrians. Having coordinated similar public art projects in neighborhoods like North Park, Normal Heights, and City Heights, Jason and his team are no strangers to this type of work and, thus, the perfect group to partner with in coordinating this project — not just in the Columbia District, but in all of Downtown San Diego. Whereas his other neighborhood projects have been a bit

more free-form and individualistic, Gould said he sees his role in Downtown as more akin to a curator. “It seems like a smarter approach to be thoughtful about how we reflect or relate to the particular districts,” Gould said. “We are making the boxes more cohesive and consistent without being too redundant.” In a neighborhood like the Columbia District, that means finding the connection between art and the current development. Take a walk to the corner of W. Ash Street and Kettner Boulevard and next to the construction, you’ll find a box with the word “build” carefully painted on a background of orange — purposefully chosen by artist Nat Iosbaker to resonate with the vibe of that particular site. However small they may be, it’s not hard to see the crucial role painted utility boxes and other public art projects play in creating and sustaining a vibrant urban core. Public art serves as a form of community activation that not only makes for a more pleasant walk down the street, but also reflects and shapes the character of a neighborhood in a way that has

Connecting people to places Art on the land Delle Willett Leigh Kyle grew up drawing and playing outdoors in the Hudson River Valley, an area with very interesting topography and geology and the birthplace of the Hudson River School of painting. Perhaps this is where she became interested in creating memorable places. After graduating in the mid’80s from Swarthmore College with a degree in religion and film studies, Kyle spent more than 10 years building film sets, mostly on period films on location up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Research and detail-oriented driven, with an education in vernacular architecture and landscape, and thinking about how people live — this type of work suited her well.

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In the ’90s, while earning a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University, Kyle discovered what interested her the most is the relationship of building to site. “Had I gone to a school with programs in both architecture and landscape architecture, I likely would have made the switch to landscape architecture,” Kyle said. Landscape architects have the opportunity to create places that people attach themselves to. Places they return to again and again, places that evoke a sense of place and connection to a place. Landscape is the cohesive, connecting element on a complex site, explained Kyle. After graduating from Columbia, Kyle worked at Quennell Rothschild and Partners, a landscape architecture practice in New York specializing in campus and public realm projects. One of her first projects was designing animal enclosures for the redesigned Tisch Children’s Zoo in Central Park. “The public-approval process for this was extensive and the degree to which people felt passionate

Leigh Kyle, Spurlock Landscape Architects and proprietary about their park — both from the perspective of the historical significance of Central Park as well as their personal and unique connections to it — really resonated. I committed myself to doing public open-space work as much as possible,” Kyle explained. Kyle said she feels that an interesting aspect about working in San Diego and its environs is that it is a comparatively new city and still evolving. Will it go the sprawling route of Los Angeles or start to go denser, improve traffic, etc.? “There’s the sense that the die is maybe not yet cast and good urban planning and design can have an impact. San Diego also poses a ton of technical challenges: terrible drainage, no water, salty soils, hardpan, all of which keep us on our toes,” said Kyle. Today Kyle works at Spurlock Landscape Architects, on Hancock Street, near Old Town where she became an owner (principal) with Andy

broader implications for business and resident attraction and retention. “The Columbia District has so much potential for activation and programming. It is a hub of residential and commercial activity but is in need of more retail options, branding, and neighborhood programming,” said Christine Box by Nat Iosbaker in Columbia District next Takara of EMMES to construction (Courtesy of Angela Wells) Realty, which owns a couple of buildings in the central part of the Columbia Columbia District will be able District. “These efforts help to enjoy the utility boxes not develop the character of the just en route to the next destineighborhood, promote public nation. They could park their art, give the neighborhood an bike and relax for a moment identity, and create a sense of at a street-side parklet made place.” possible by the ease of the Turning monochrome utilplace-making process. ity boxes into art is just one For now though, you might step toward transforming be able to see the artists at Downtown neighborhoods. work — to take part as a comThe San Diego City Council munity in the activation and furecently passed legislation that ture of a burgeoning Downtown would simplify, and make less community. expensive, the process for community members to implement —Lana Harrison is the place-making efforts. This is a communications coordinaconcept we’re passionate about tor for the Downtown San here at the Partnership. Diego Partnership. She can be Perhaps later this year, reached at lharrison@downvisitors and residents of the Spurlock, Brad Lents and YuJu Liu in 2016. “We are a design firm with a very long and strong legacy of thoughtful work in our region. I’m very proud to be a part of this The Embarcadero (Photos by Delle Willett) body of work, marrying good design thinking to public and on-structure terraces including civic problems large and small, a community garden on the fifth finding elegant solutions.” floor — a great combination of As co-owner, she sets the visionary client and creative colvision for the practice along laboration between architect and with her partners, directs landscape architect. project management and busiHer greatest satisfaction ness development, creates and comes from working directly maintains a creative work envi- with the “amazing team of creronment with integrity, humor, ative people in our office who and intelligence. are extremely interested in Leigh is project principal on rolling up their sleeves and geta wide array of projects from ting to the problem-solving.” corporate campuses, to parks In her spare time, she likes and schools to botanical garto travel, read, cook, eat and dens. “I am a loop-closer and garden, take walks, and poke direct-communicator by nature, around looking at things. good at synthesizing informaShe can't leave home without tion. My eclectic background Chapstick and sunglasses and pretty broad frame of referA self-described baby boomence keep me flexible and ready er, Leigh lives in Clairemont for surprises,” says Leigh. with husband James McCarthy, Some of Leigh’s favorite a marine molecular biologist. projects include the San Diego Federal Courthouse on Broadway —Delle Willett has been a — particularly the loose seating marketing and public relations under the sycamores which is professional for over 30 years, heavenly on a warm afternoon; with an emphasis on conserCeladon — an affordable-housing vation of the environment. She tower on Ninth and Broadway can be reached at dellewillett@ with a very robust suite of

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A trip to the Pacific Theater Review Jean Lowerison The idea of going to Bali Ha’i sounds pretty good to me right now. Alas, I’m a little short of cash and time. So I did the next best thing: I saw San Diego Musical Theatre’s smashing production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic 1949 musical “South Pacific,” on the boards through May 27 at the Horton Grand Theatre. Based on James Michener’s “Tales of the South Pacific,” the musical won 10 Tony awards and a Pulitzer Prize. The show boasts one excellent song after another and a cast of fine singing actors bring to life the vibrant stories of the sailors and nurses working for the U.S. war effort. The sailors, Seabees and Marines are all stuck on a small Pacific island, trying to win the war and moaning about the lack of available women in the tune “There is Nothing Like a Dame.” The song may not be politically correct these days, but it’s a heck of a great tune. The major character among the sailors is Luther Billis, a wheeler-dealer who is making pretty good bucks creating grass skirts. Now he’s looking for a willing officer to get him over to Bali Ha’i, where he thinks he can make serious

money buying and selling trinkets such as boar’s tooth bracelets to other sailors. Agustine Welles plays Billis to the hilt, though a bit over the top. Watch for his hoot of a grass-skirted duet with nurse Nellie Forbush in their “Honey Bun” number. To some extent, Billis is in competition with local Tonkinese entrepreneur Bloody Mary (Gigi Coddington), who has the trinket market to herself right now. Mary also has a lovely young daughter named Liat (Catrina Teruel), who performs a breathtaking, delicate and graceful “Happy Talk” number. The nurses are there to do what nurses do. Carolyn Agan is a dynamo as Nellie Forbush, who describes herself as a “hick” from Arkansas when she meets the much older French planter Emile de Becque, brilliantly played by Robert J. Townsend. There is instant chemistry on both sides, and they fall hard for each other. De Becque performs “Some Enchanted Evening,” Nellie sings “I’m In Love with a Wonderful Guy,” and everything looks like it will turn out all right. Meanwhile, Marine Lt. Joseph Cable (Casey Johnson) arrives from Guadalcanal and reports to Capt. George Brackett (John George Campbell). Cable has been sent to take part in a dangerous spy mission that could change the course of the war. The captain

Agustine Welles (Luther Billis) performs a grass-skirted duet

The Seabees, who are stuck on a Pacific island, sings their frustrations

‘South Pacific’ Through May 27

Horton Grand Theatre 444 Fourth Ave. Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets: 858-560-5740 or wants to get de Becque in on the mission since he knows the area. However, first the captain wants Nellie to find out about the planter’s politics and why he left France. At this point Nellie gets cold feet and sings her decision to “Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair.” When Emile introduces Nellie to his two young children with a Polynesian woman, Nellie is so shocked that she breaks up with him. However, none of her fellow nurses believe this. Meanwhile, Cable meets — and falls for — Mary’s daughter Liat. Will prejudice rear its ugly head again? And will his spy mission end successfully? “South Pacific” has it all: engaging characters, great music, a good plot and even a message. San Diego Musical Theatre’s production does it proud. Mike Buckley rose to the challenge of multiple locations with simple, movable set pieces and backdrops that indicate where the action is taking place. Michelle Miles’ lighting helps considerably, as does Kevin Anthenill’s sound design. Randy Slovacek’s often jaunty and sometimes muscular choreography adds to the atmosphere. Janet Pitcher’s costumes and Peter Herman’s hair designs are period appropriate. Don LeMaster’s mighty 15-member orchestra sounds wonderful from its upstairs perch. Director Kirsten Chandler stays out

Carolyn Agan (Nellie Forbush) dances with the nurses (Photos by Ken Jacques)

(l to r) Robert J. Townsend (Emile de Becque) and Carolyn Agan (Nellie Forbush) of the way, keeping the wheels turning and the show moving, while also allowing time where it’s necessary. There’s a good reason “South Pacific” has been a staple in the musical comedy canon for decades. You won’t actually go

to Bali Ha’i, but you’ll have a whale of a good time. —Jean Lowerison is a long-standing member of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle and can be reached at


San Diego Downtown News | May 2018

The mother of all bake sales is taking place from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 6, at Herb and Eatery in Little Italy. The annual event, presented by local food writer Erin Jackson, will bring together more than a dozen top pastry chefs from San Diego restaurants selling their upscale creations for $5 apiece. Proceeds from the sale benefit Friendly Feast, a non-profit organization that produces culinary events, and Monarch School, which

helps homeless students break the cycle of poverty through education. Participating bakers and pastry chefs include Jamie Decena of Cowboy Star; Jessica Scott of Puesto; Gan Suebsarakham of Pop Pie Co.; Joanne Sherif of Cardamon Cafe and Bakery; Jose Alonzo of NineTen, and more. General admission is $10. Children 12 years and younger are admitted free. 2210 Kettner Blvd., 619-794-2790,

Look for this churro eclair from Puesto at an upcoming gourmet bake sale. (Courtesy of Katalyst Public Relations) Seeking a Latin-Caribbean dining experience? The new family-owned Tropical Savor Bar & Grill in the Gaslamp Quarter brings to the table a confluence of cuisine from Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean nations. Some of the cocktails are served in hollowed-out pineapples and coconuts — preludes to dishes such as stewed

goat, braised oxtail, beef ribs in coconut milk, and mashed plantains with fried cheese. There are also exotic desserts using red beans and fresh corn. The sharply designed restaurant replaces Phulkari Indian Cuisine. The website and online menu are still under construction. 729 Fourth Ave., 619-646-9131,

A new restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter transports customers to the tropics. (Courtesy of Tropical Savor Bar & Grill)


Downtown’s popular 24-hour restaurant is under new ownership. (Courtesy of Brian’s 24) A pair of new owners has taken over Brian’s 24, the popular Downtown eatery that operates 24/7 and features a full bar. The establishment was previously owned by Andrea Epstein and her immediate family members. “We all felt it was time to move onto other phases of our lives,” she said. The business was purchased by Mark Cicourel and San Diego’s first music and food festival incorporating exhibitors from the cannabis industry took place April 20 at Embarcadero Marina Park North. The event, titled Bayked, attracted 2,000 attendees. It featured acclaimed recording artists Wyclef Jean and Dirt Nasty as well as a dozen local restaurants and caterers selling their signature fare. Among them were some Downtown favorites such as Havana 1920, El Chingon Bad Ass Mexican, Meze Greek Fusion and Takobar San Diego. Joining the lineup was Dang Brother Pizza, a veteran-owned caterer based in Mission Gorge that’s famous for slinging pizzas from old fire trucks. For Bayked, the company rolled in a 1974 La France fire vehicle flaunting a woodfire oven in place of its water tank. “We were drawn to this event because marijuana has helped a lot of vets with their injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder,” said Jody Drew of Dang Brother. Bayked marketing director Savanna Rakofsky said organizers plan on presenting the

Kevin Kitchen, both of whom own Del Mar Rendezvous. Kitchen said there are no current plans to change the restaurant’s concept or menu, which features breakfast, lunch and dinner fare around the clock. “It’s not very often you see a healthy, privately owned restaurant go up on the market,” said Kitchen, noting that

he and Cicourel encroached on the opportunity after looking to purchase another business. “We’re still observing the things that we might be able to enhance over time,” he added. “We really want to put some shine on Brian’s bar offerings in the near future with more specialty cocktails and spirits choices.” 828 Sixth Ave., 619702-8410,

Pizzas cooked from a vintage fire truck at San Diego’s first cannabis-industry festival (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) event annually, and possibly semi-annually with about the same modest number of food

Upper East Bar Terrace (Courtesy of Upper East Bar)

vendors so that “they can all be profitable at the event.” or

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champagne will sell by the glass for $5 starting at 5 p.m.; $6 starting at 6 p.m.; and so forth until capping off at $8 at 8 p.m. Complimentary canapes and a live DJ will also be featured every week. 616 J St., 619-531-8744, —Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at


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Only a dumpling’s throw away Noodling your way through the Western Pacific Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. The latest venture from Blue Bridge Hospitality is a brightly designed eatery that loosely follows the paths taken by naval tours in and around the Western Pacific. It’s an ambitious undertaking featuring the cuisines of several Asian countries. West Pac Noodle Bar is located a dumpling’s throw away from the Hotel del Coronado, and not far from other Blue Bridge establishments such as Stake Chophouse & Bar, Maretalia Ristorante, Village Pizzeria, and Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge. At the stylishly designed West Pac, modern American spins are given to many of the dishes. In other words, if you’re expecting hard-core takes on Korean, Malaysian, Japanese and other Asian fare comprising the menu, you best look elsewhere. Most dishes are marked by flags of the countries they represent — a fun, little lesson in vexillology. As starters, you find everything from housemade gyoza and wonderfully spicy kimchi to lime-kissed papaya salad and lumpia filled with minced pork and veggies. There are also various styles of poke, which we skipped due to my recent, heavy intake of the stuff, as well as pho, ramen, and vegetarian miso soup containing yam noodles. Visiting as a twosome, we kept a bowl of kimchi parked on the sidelines. The fermented cabbage was cut into nice bitesize

Bulgogi beef tacos on scallion pancakes

sheaths, adding crunch and zing to everything we paired them to. Chef Kaitlyn Weber, who immersed herself recently in Asian cooking after working at Tender Greens and A.R. Valentien, offers a shortlist of weekly specials. We agreed that her crispy veggie dumplings available on this par-

pieces of boneless chicken breast thickly encased in a cement-like batter of flour and potato starch. In addition, the gochujang

sauce draping the meat lacked the traditional sweet heat you normally get Korean from brown sugar, garlic fried and chilies. chicken While on our imaginary stop in Korea, we also tried the bulgogi beef tacos served on bubbly, tasty scallion panticular day deserve permanent cakes. They were constructed menu status. with thin beef medallions and Filled with a rich, earthy fresh cabbage, carrots and cimulch of mushrooms, spinach lantro. However, the traditionand edamame, it seemed as al bulgogi marinade of stone though we were biting into fruit, ginger and soy sauce some kind of delicious meat seemingly escaped the meat, mixture. They were a shining which tasted basically like example of modern vegetarigrilled steakhouse beef, sans an cooking and tasted all the the bewitching complexity of better when dipped into the classic bulgogi. accompanying ponzu sauce. Our favorite dish was the Conversely, the Korean fried Malaysian Laksa curry, an enchicken was a letdown. Its tree-size bowl housing pretty plate presentation and shrimp, mussels, vermilovely orange color celli noodles and cubed led us into tofu in a luxurious bath four genof creamy broth made erous from coconut milk. The curry factor was robust, offering a solid medium-heat level that needed no support from the very hot bird’s eye chilies served alongside. We also ordered a bowl of pork tonkotsu ramen, which flaunted the traditional milky broth of fat and bone marrow obtained from boiling various pork parts for hours. The broth was generously stocked with tender pork belly, Malaysian-style mushrooms, curry with seafood and pickled ginvermicelli noodles ger, wheat noodles and a soft-boiled egg. My only caveat was the yellow corn in medley; the kernels were too chewy and canned-tasting. Other menu options include fried Japanese-style Togarashi shrimp with spicy aioli; Chinese-inspired dan Tonkotsu pork ramen dan noodles with minced pork

Vegetable dumplings (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.) and peanut butter; and chicken and noodles in a non-spicy broth. It’s an all-American dish marked on the menu by the Coronado flag. West Pac’s chic interior features a bar with 23 beers on tap. It’s flanked by high walls, one of which is covered entirely in a photograph of a dense bamboo forest. Another displays what looks like fish scales in various shades of red. The vibe is casual, comfortable and friendly. And the Asian concept fills a long overdue niche in Coronado’s restaurant scene, even if the food isn’t as authentic as what you can easily find in many Asianowned kitchens off the island. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego”

West Pac Noodle Bar 1166 Orange Ave. (Coronado) 619-313-6003 bluebridgehospitality. com/west-pac Prices: Dim sum items, $5 to $12 Poke, $12 to $14 Pho, ramen and other noodle dishes $12 to $15 (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. You can reach him at

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ELECTIONS be able to successfully challenge the Democratic incumbent who has only grown more and more popular in his district with each passing year. And considering the looming “blue wave” that is expected in November, those chances would appear to be nil.

53rd & 51st District

The 53rd District is all Susan Davis (D-53) and will be as long as she wants to remain in Congress, while Juan Vargas (D-51) has a stranglehold on the 51st District. Davis has drawn four challengers — including one independent — but none who has raised more than $26,000. Davis currently has in excess of $224,000 campaign cash on hand, having raised $202,000. It should be noted that candidates can keep funds raised from previous campaigns to apply to future campaigns. Vargas has three challengers, two Republican and one independent, none of whom has raised more than $15,000. Vargas has raised over $520,000 (and spent $510,000). Davis and Vargas will both easily cruise to reelection in the very definition of “safe seats.”

50th District

Incumbent Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter should, logically, be in real trouble. He’s under investigation for campaign finance fraud, has been accused of spending campaign funds on his own drinking habit, along with other malfeasances. He has very little to show for his time in Congress, and yet because of his name recognition — he shares the name of his father, who also was his predecessor — and the “R” in front of his name, his is generally considered a safe seat. But the scandals might finally be catching up to him. Hunter has been outraised by one of his Democratic challengers, with another nipping very closely at his heels. He has spent more than three times as much money as Ammar CampaNajjar, his nearest competitor, having blown through over $1 million despite having only raised $666,000 this campaign cycle. Campa-Najjar has raised $707,000 with $333,000 cash on hand. Democrat Josh Butner has raised $595,000 and has


$308,000 in the bank. The closest Republican challenger is Shamus Sayed with $253,000 raised and $157,000 in the bank. With Hunter’s shenanigans, and despite an 11-point Republican registration advantage, this would be the most interesting congressional race if not for the 49th District. Two years ago, it would have been unfathomable that a Democrat could seriously challenge Hunter, but here we are, although it still seems unlikely Hunter will lose.

49th District

If the 52nd District was one of the most expensive in the nation during previous elections, it has easily been surpassed by the circus that has become the 49th District. Congressman Darrell Issa saw the writing on the wall and has called it a career, and a crowd has formed to take his place. The 49th is an R+1 district, but it’s the Democrats in the race who have taken center stage. Four of them, including millionaire businessman Paul Kerr ($1.9 million raised), Sara Jacobs, the granddaughter of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs and former State Department official ($1.7 million raised), attorney Mike Levin ($1.5 million), and Marine Colonel Doug Applegate ($800,000), who came within one percent of running Issa out of office in 2016. They are followed by an impressive collection of Republican candidates: San Juan Capistrano City Councilman Brian Maryott; Chairwoman of the State Board of Equalization, Diane Harkey; San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar; and State Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, none of whom has raised more than $420,000. This seat is a ripe pickup opportunity for Democrats, but with such a crowded field, they run the risk of losing out in the general election altogether in California’s top two “jungle primary” system. 52nd District fundraising stats: 53rd District fundraising stats: 51st District fundraising stats: 50th District fundraising stats: 49th District fundraising stats:

Duck Foot East Village opening mid-June East Village Biz News Dora McCann Guerreiro Duck Foot Brewing Company — established June 2015 in Miramar — is expanding to East Village and currently in construction at 550 Park Blvd., in the space formerly occupied by The Parlour. In Duck Foot’s last 2.5 years of operation they’ve grown rapidly, distributing to taps and shelves throughout San Diego county. Owners Matt Del Vecchio, Brett Goldstock and Suzy Pesutti are all New York transplants looking forward to re-joining the busy city environment of East Village. The tap wall at Duck Foot East Village will sport 16 taps, including limited releases not available elsewhere. Some of Duck Foot’s most notable brews to be tapped at Duck Foot East Village include their silver medal-winning Drink This or the Bees Die Honey Ale, double gold medal-winning London Calling Imperial Porter, silver medal-winning Duckzilla Double White IPA, and their Secret Spot Hazy IPA — a collaboration with North County surf artist Andy Davis. This East Village location will also be Duck Foot’s hub for gleaning customer feedback for research and development, with many specialty small batches and barrel-aged beers pouring through its taps. Since all Duck Foot beers are brewed using a special process to reduce gluten and maximize flavor, the menu will feature all gluten-free items geared towards the moderately health-conscious and gluten-ambivalent. In other words, just like its beer, its food won’t taste gluten-free. As with much of Duck Foot’s beer, the menu will reflect the fresh flavors of the region. A few notable items include: Peachwood-smoked olives; a strawberry salad with

Duck Foot Brewing Company, established in San Diego is expanding to East Village with its gluten-free beer and menu. arugula, green garlic, goat cheese and peanut brittle with strawberry-sherry vinaigrette; a cucumber salad with gazpacho water, corn, green tomato, shaved cucumber and aleppo; a broccoli salad with smoked soy, sesame, leek, yuzu, ginger and coconut; cauliflower popcorn with snap peas, basil, yuzu, and peanut vinaigrette; poke with chile kewpie, chicharron, smoked soy and cilantro; and a selection of heartier dishes currently under critical review by Duck Foot’s merry tasting panel. The Duck Foot team is excited to be a part of the East Village community and projects an opening date in mid-June, with a few soft-open events preceding that, just for residents and business-owners in East Village. “When we opened, we were the 100th brewery in San Diego [there are now 160] and, while we’re now in 500-plus retail locations across the county, many San Diego locals — gluten-free and not — still haven’t heard of us, especially Downtown,” said partner Brett Goldstock, who, no big deal, is a Beer Judge Certification Program National Beer Judge, mead judge and has medaled for many of the fine beers he’s brewed over the last two decades, including several Duck Foot beers. “We love the local fervor for craft

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beer and we’re eager to join our Downtown craft beer friends.” As Duck Foot expands into East Village, it also expands its team, with the addition of Suzy Pessutti, heading retail operations, and Austin Copeland, joining the brewing team as head-brewer. Pessutti, like her husband Brett, is a former Qualcomm employee who has moonlighted at Duck Foot since before its inception. In other words, she’s part of why Duck Foot is, well, Duck Foot and is now a full-time team member. She will be spending plenty of time at the new location in East Village, so say hi when you stop by! Once Duck Foot East Village is open, they plan to host an array of events, from food pairings to special taps and holiday events. Plus, the occasional event for the hell of it because why not? To stay updated on Duck Foot East Village’s opening, visit their website (duckfootbeer. com), follow them on Instagram (, and like their Facebook page ( As always, take a stance for better beer and #goduckurself. —Dora McCann Guerreiro is the executive director of the East Village Association. To learn more, visit eastvillagesandiego. com or you can reach her at


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The building looks the same, but the history has changed and the Daily San Diegan, a newspaper, were listed as building occupants in the city directory. The Daily San Diegan offered an opposing view to the Republican philosophy of the San Diego Union. Although the Union welcomed its new competition, the fortunes of the fledgling newspaper took a turn for the worse when San Diego’s economic boom of the 1880s started to wane in the latter part of the era. By 1889, the Daily San Diegan was sold and consequently absorbed by the San Diego Sun. By 1890, a new building had risen at the site, the southeast corner of Fourth and G streets. It displaced the mortuary and Captain Lovedall’s ship chandlery, and now housed Todd and Harley, a hardware firm. Backesto died that year and the entirety of the property went to his wife, Anna Backesto. His nephew, George W. Hazzard, managed the property. Harley and Todd remained at the location until 1902. George

Hazzard, an enterprising and hard-working young man, became a highly successful businessman, and later bought the property from the estate of Anna Backesto after her death On Dec. 23,1869, John D. in 1920. Backesto purchased lots A – L In November of 1902, Todd of Block 95/88 from Alonzo and Harley were bought out by Horton for $300. Although Daniel W. Lyons and Newell Backesto was from San Jose, Mathews, who renamed the California, he was very active business the Lyons Implement in the ever-expanding real esCompany. The new firm carried tate market in San Diego. He a complete line of Studebaker is perhaps best known for the vehicles, including buggies and formidable Backesto Building large wagons. The enlarged located at Fifth and H streets doors which allowed the vehi(now Market Street), the heart cles to be put in and later taken of the business district in early out of the building are still in San Diego. effect today. When automobiles The Sanborn Fire Map of were introduced to San Diego, 1883 shows no structure on the the firm carried Studebaker property, but by 1887, three autos. The firm remained at the frame buildings occupied the site until after 1930. space. These buildings, also During the 1920s, part of property of Backesto, were forthe property, which had been merly located at Fifth and H sub-divided by Hazzard, also streets, the site of Backesto’s housed the San Diego Farm iconic structure. Through the and Dairy Supply, the San ensuing five years, a carpenter Diego Electric Company, and shop, sign painters, a mortuary the San Diego Tent and Awning Company. Hazzard sold the sub-divided section to John Engebretsen, a successful contractor, responsible for part of the work at North Island Naval Station, the San Diego Marine Base and for the paving of nearly all the streets in Coronado. Engebretsen, The Carriage House Building is now home to the Tin Roof and The Shout! House a Norwegian

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The Carriage House Building, 401 G Street, architect unknown (Photos courtesy GQHF)

immigrant, was appointed deputy consul for Norway and Sweden in 1896, and eventually commissioned vice-consul by Secretary of State, John Hay. King Haakon VII of Norway later knighted Engretsen in the Order of St Olaf and decorated him with the Cross of St. Olaf, the highest honor in the kingdom of Sweden. John Engretsen died in 1936 and the Hazzard family regained possession of the property in total when his widow passed in 1938. When George Hazzard passed in 1942, his son, Henry Hazzard became heir to the property. Henry Hazzard, one year later, sold the property to Eliza Fitzgerald Walker, president of the Walker Scott department store chain. The Walker Scott

Corporation used the property as a warehouse and storage facility until 1955, when they vested ownership to the Volunteers of America. After an extensive remodeling, the Volunteers opened the building as a thrift store, offices, workshops and a nondenominational religious and welfare agency. The building, which is essentially the same building built by John Backesto in 1890, now houses Tin Roof, a bar and music venue and The Shout! House, a popular live music and karaoke establishment. —Sandee Wilhoit is the historian for the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. She can be reached at


FILM INSIDERS drama, “I’m Not Here.” Following the screening was a talkback with Schumacher, J.K. Simmons (Schumacher’s husband), Executive and Artistic Director, Tonya Mantooth, and others. Simmons stars as Steve, a miserable recluse who refuses to leave his home and communicate with the outside world. Steve spends his days mostly drinking and mindlessly watching television. He starts to think about his childhood (Iain Armitage plays a young Steve) and as a younger adult, (Sebastian Stan plays Steve in scenes mostly that start in the 1970s). Schumacher’s movie is a frequently sad experience, which fits with the specific story being told. While Steve does have happy memories, major events from his life are shaped by tragedy. The director cuts back and forth frequently from different time periods. There are instances when several lines of dialogue are repeated a few too many times. Although these moments attempt to reflect Steve’s mental state, they occasionally slow the pacing down. Schumacher does feature several long takes that help create an intimate atmosphere. One scene, in particular, featuring a young Steve and a bowl of cereal darkly hints at how gluttony will continue to be a part of his existence.

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Besides the impressive storytelling from Schumacher, Simmons’ intense and wordless performance helps make the movie an emotional watch. The agony and torture that he is able to convey leads to another memorable performance in his storied career. Two additional screenings have been announced for the last Wednesdays of May and June. May 23 will feature the art heist drama, “American Animals,” while June 27 gives audiences a sneak peek into the Amy Adams-starring HBO miniseries, “Sharp Objects” (adapted from Gillian Flynn’s debut novel). A screening for the end of July should be announced soon. Vicki and Chris Eddy are going to try to see the remaining screenings in the series. “They

are all different and attract a nice size audience,” she said. “The people behind the festival do a beautiful job of making you feel like they value everyone who attends.” Between the rest of the series and the October festival, there are still a lot of memorable evenings coming up for lovers of the silver screen. Seventeen years after its inception, the festival is still finding new ways to grow and thrive. The San Diego International Film Festival Insider Series will have screenings through July 25. For tickets and more information, visit sdfilmfest. com or call (619)818-2221. —David Dixon is a freelance film and theater writer. He can be reached at daviddixon0202@




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Little Italy Mercato moves to Date Street Little Italy News Christopher Gomez Calling all weekenders who spend their Saturdays strolling through the Little Italy Mercato — the largest farmers’ market in San Diego is moving back to Date Street! Starting on May 5, the Little

Italy Mercato farmers market will move to W. Date Street between Front Street and Kettner Boulevard. With the opening of the Piazza della Famiglia, the Little Italy Mercato will be relocated to run through the piazza. With its beautiful tiled fountain- and umbrella-lined cobblestoned street, attendees can experience a real Italian market ambience.

Shopper browse through the many vendors at Little Italy Mercato

Every Saturday from 8 a.m.–2 p.m., locals and visitors gather at the Little Italy Mercato farmers market to peruse the vendors’ fantastic selection of farm-fresh produce, eggs and poultry, meat, fish, flowers, local artisan goods and more. More than 200 tents will line W. Date Street offering food, local chefs’ specialties and live music. Some of these food purveyors include produce from Honeymoon Ranch and JR Organics fresh produce, cheese from Daniel’s Artisan Foods and Spring Hill Cheese, specialties from Prager Brother’s artisan breads and Three Son’s Farm eggs as well as many more San Diegan favorites. From oysters and coffee beans to orchids, vibrant flowers and bedding plants, the Little Italy Mercato farmers market provides a wide selection of great offerings every weekend. While searching for artisan food, fresh plants and other goods, Little Italy Mercato-goers can dine on delicious snacks like crepes and paninis, and sip on refreshing beverages like green smoothies and lemonade. In addition, on Saturday, June 9, the Little Italy Mercato will celebrate 10 years of

The largest farmer’s market in San Diego, Little Italy Mercato is moving back to Date Street on May 5. (Courtesy of Little Italy Association) supporting small family farms and shops. The premier destination for groceries, gifts and goodies makes for a gathering spot for the community to enjoy the neighborhood while shopping locally. Commemorate the 10th anniversary of farmers markets with us by strolling through W. Date Street from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. and enjoy the San Diego sunshine, bay breeze and fresh, locally made goods.

To stay connected with Little Italy, check out what’s going on in the neighborhood by following us on Instagram and Twitter: @LittleItalySD and Facebook: LittleItalySD. To learn more about the event, visit —Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at

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Celebrating Italian Heritage weekend Little Italy Heritage Tom Cesarini The Buzz: A celebration of Italian heritage through sport, music, education, food, and friends is planned for May 31 through June 2. Hosted by Convivio, the three-event series will channel and celebrate the colorful history of Italian Republic Day (June 2), while treating participants to three distinctive Italian American cultural experiences involving baseball, scholarship, and music. The Scene: The journey will kick off Thursday evening, May 31, with Italian Heritage Night at Petco Park, in partnership with the San Diego Padres, the Little Italy Association, and the Italian Cultural Center. Guests will don complimentary Italian Heritage Night commemorative hats before cheering on the Padres as the team squares off

against the Florida Marlins. VIP and general admission packages are available. A donation of $1.50 will be given to each of the following organizations for every group ticket sold: Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation, The President’s Fund, and Washington Elementary School Foundation. Group-ticket information can be found on the Convivio website: The focus of the celebration will turn to education on Friday, June 1, as guests gather at the University of San Diego’s Gran Terraza restaurant to ring in the Mario Cuomo Scholarship Dinner and Concert. The evening will honor the legacy of the threetime governor of New York, a son of Italian immigrants, and a role model for generations of Italian-Americans. An elegant sit-down dinner and live concert, featuring Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti — the ItalianAmerican crooner — will set the stage for the evening’s

crescendo: the announcement of a $2,500 scholarship to two law students — one from the University of San Diego School of Law and one from St. John’s University School of Law — who best capture the essence, ethics, and servant leadership ethos of Mario Cuomo. Music will take center stage on Saturday evening, June 2, at the Concert for Shelter & Culture, in partnership with the Little Italy Association. Set against the backdrop of GranTerra in Little Italy’s Amici Park, this exquisite evening under the stars will again be headlined by Sal Valentinetti — acclaimed alumnus of “America’s Got Talent” and Heidi Klum’s “Golden Boy” — who will dazzle the audience with his signature variations on beloved tunes made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Tony Bennett. Guests will experience a concert of a lifetime while bolstering two important community causes:

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supporting the homeless youth of Washington Elementary School and advancing cultural arts programs through Convivio and the Little Italy Association. The Cause: Convivio is a San Diego nonprofit organization dedicated to adSal “The Voice” Valentinetti (Courtesy of Sal Valentinetti) vancing Italian cultural identity through education and cultivate enlightening and inresearch, social enrichment, spiring educational and social and innovative programming. experiences. Join in our online community conversation! We look forward —Tom Cesarini is the executo learning your ideas and tive director of Convivio. Reach insights as we continue to him at

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Wounded Warriors find an unusual route to healing through the Balboa Tennis Club By Dave Schwab The seventh annual national Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp (WWTC) will be May 7-10 at the Balboa Tennis Club, 2221 Morley Field Drive. Some 60 disabled service members and military veterans nationwide, selected from a field of 180 applicants, will participate. The tennis camp is being hosted by the San Diego District Tennis Association (SDDTA), in collaboration with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Naval Medical Center San Diego and the Balboa Tennis Club. “This program is for rehabilitation of wounded and injured service members, both active duty and vets, whose injuries extend from the visible to the invisible, those on their feet as well as wheelchair users,” said Steve Kappes, director of military outreach for SDDTA. The WWTC will offer oncourt sessions from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. daily, focusing on helping participants improve their tennis skills through game-based clinics and instruction with an upbeat, fun atmosphere. Therapeutically, tennis helps participants work on eye-hand coordination, balance, ability to transfer weight, endurance, strength and overall fitness. The camp will be led by Geoff Griffin, Balboa Tennis Club’s tennis director, a 25-year USTA-certified teaching professional. Griffin noted wounded warriors ages 20 to 90 with widely varying infirmities participate in the event every year. “The majority of these people have not even been outside

their residences,” Griffin said. “Our mission is to get these people back into the (general) population, using tennis as a way to get them to integrate.” The origin of the WWTC goes back to 2009. Kappes credits the Naval Medical Center, which already had Wounded Warriors participate in the sports/recreation proWounded Warrior Tennis Camp (Photo Courtesy grams, as inspiring others to take the next step. of Wounded Warrior Tennis Program) “The camp started as a series of monthly clinics found out that he would not be at the Balboa Tennis Club for able to run anymore due to his hospital patients,” said Kappes multiple sclerosis. adding participants “really “Over the years my disabililiked the socializing aspect of ty progressed,” he said. “At the it,” he added. “Hospital staff camp, I was trying to figure saw improved patient outlooks out why I enjoyed learning how and self-esteem in their therato play tennis in a wheelchair peutic conditions. We knew we so much. By the end, I figured were on to something.” out that it was because on the Griffin said the aim of court and with the tennis chair the WWTC is to give visibly I could run again!” and invisibly injured service Gloria Birckhead of members. Philadelphia, caregiver to her Kappes concurred. “The pos- Navy vet son Timothy, said itive feedback we have received her goal was to see joy and from past camp participants happiness on her son’s face has been amazing,” he said. again. “Many comments that tennis “You all did that and more,” changed their lives for the Birckhead said. “I will always better and in some cases, has remember what you have done saved their lives.” for my son. Being here has liftArmy vet Jemma Collins of ed his spirit. You gave him back San Diego said the camp prothat beautiful smile I longed vided opportunities for local to see and have given him a and out-of-state veterans to determination to never give up, reunite. even when things are not going “We all benefited from being well.” coached by professional tennis Kristi Gonzalez said she instructors. I was blown away thoroughly enjoyed attending by all the generosity, genuine the 2017 Warrior tennis camp. love, caring and hard work “It is a wonderful event that is put into creating this where I had the opportunity to event. Our appreciation for this play tennis, improve my game tennis camp is deep,” Collins learning from many wonderful said. tennis pro's and even better Daniel Litzenberg, a Marine had the opportunity to meet vet from Oceanside said he see Wounded Warriors, pg 16 remembers the day when he


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A love affair with fashion Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro Peggy Henry Matthews spent most of her life in the world of fashion and considered a key figure in San Diego until her recent passing. When she first arrived in San Diego, she took a job as regional promotion director for the Broadway department stores. She continued working with Broadway for more than 10 years. In the early ’80s, Matthews was one of the founders of the San Diego branch of Fashion Group International (FGI). Her expertise helped make FGI a group that anyone in the fashion industry would be proud to belong to. Matthews began her fashion journey when she received a bachelor of science in home economics and journalism from the University of Minnesota. She pursued graduate work in Mexico City and at that time

developed a love for travel. After returning to St. Paul, she began modeling. At this time, she learned that what she really wanted to do was produce fashion shows, so she accepted a position as fashion coordinator and special events liaison for two stores in St. Paul and Minneapolis. This job transitioned into working with fashion magazines in New York. On a buying trip to New York, she was offered a job with Mademoiselle Magazine as Midwest editor based in Chicago. She worked with them for 17 years, traveling and doing fashion shows until she met the love of her life, Bob Matthews. They married and traveled the world together until they decided to settle down in San Diego. When Matthews retired, she still kept her hand in fashion doing publicity for fashion events and galas in San Diego. She was in charge of media and always made sure they were invited to these events. Matthews was always the go-to gal when

Pictured with Diane Stocker and Yolanda WaltherMeade at a Fashion Group International Event

FASHION / FEATURE you wanted to find out what was happening in fashion. She was my guide in learning the ropes of being a fashion journalist and I will always be grateful for her guidance and generosity. Matthews filled her life with volunteer leadership works: Klee Wyk Society president, Museum of Man trustee, University of San Diego School of Business Advisory Board member, and served on the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s board of directors. As a philanthropist she gave to A New Path, Committee of One Hundred, Elderhelp of San Diego, Meals on Wheels, the Old Globe Theatre, Salk Institute, Salvation Army, San Diego History Center, San Diego Museum of Man, USO, and Vista Hill Foundation. She left a huge legacy here and will be missed but never forgotten.

Upcoming Events

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Fashion Redux: 90 Years of Fashion Exhibition: Ninety years of fashion is on display at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park. This showcases

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Peggy received Lifetime Achievement Award from Fashion Forward (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro)

local students from San Diego Mesa College School of Fashion & Design. For more information, visit ●● Friday, May 25. Lizz Russell Cocktails & Couture 2018: Beauty of Fashion & Compassion at the Westgate Hotel from 6–9 p.m. Benefits the GBS/CIDP Foundation. For tickets, visit ●● Saturday May 5. San Diego Fashion Fest: Held at Bread & Salt on 1955 Julian

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With so many devices and home automation available these days, turning your house into a smart home is easier than you might think. But, there are some things to keep in mind when deciding which devices are essential – and what kind of internet service you’ll need to maximize your smart home experience. • Smart Search entertainment. There are many options to watch TV and stream content online, and Cox’s Contour TV service brings smart search options, Netflix integration, a voice-controlled remote, and cool apps together into one service that is easy to navigate. Speak into the remote to find the programming you want to watch – use a famous movie quote, the title of a show, a genre, or the name of an actor. You can even say “free movies,” and available titles in the On Demand library will pop up. Just as important as the devices you select is the internet service you choose.

• Home cameras. The latest in home monitoring such as Cox Homelife allows for remote live video viewing from your smartphone, video recording and customizable notifications. • Smart lights. Replace existing light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs that can be controlled remotely with a few taps on your smartphone or tablet. Cox Homelife has an automation feature to control indoor and outdoor lights, bringing you (and your pet) peace of mind while you’re away from home, as well as saving energy and money. • Smart locks. Remotely control doors in your home. Features can include voice commands, customized chimes, activity logs, integration with other smart devices, and special codes for friends, dog walkers, and deliveries. • Smart thermostats. Programmable thermostats allow you to remotely turn the air and heat in your home up and down, and on and off. Save money and energy, and arrive to a warm or cool home.

Ave. Fashion Show begins at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit: —Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned couture milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at DianaCavagnaro.comv

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• A home speaker that doubles as a virtual assistant. Current models can answer questions, turn on lights, play video, access virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa, share weather and news updates, act as a timer, and play music on demand. Some models even help you shop online.

Peggy and John Loring (design director emeritus of Tiffany & Co.) at his book signing

In San Diego, Cox Communications recently doubled internet download speeds automatically for the majority of its customers at no additional charge. Preferred, the company’s most popular tier of service, is now up to 100 Mbps, while Essential and Starter, which are ideal for lighter users with one to five devices connected to the home network, doubled to 30 Mbps and 10 Mbps, respectively. For households with multiple family members who want to connect dozens of devices simultaneously, are heavy gamers or have the need for the fastest speeds around, Cox’s Gigablast service offers download speeds of 1 gigabit (1,000 Mbps). Take a short quiz on the speed advisor at to determine which speed is right for your household. Cox is also improving the in-home internet experience with Panoramic WiFi, which provides “wall-to-wall” WiFi coverage so you have a connection wherever you may roam in your smart home.


WOUNDED WARRIORS and play tennis with fellow disabled veterans from throughout the US facing many different challenges,” said Gonzalez. “The Wounded Warriors Tennis program at Balboa Tennis Club enabled me to get back playing a sport I love. I had not played for more than 25 years. Wounded Warriors connected with me new friends, and not only improved my health, but my spirit, as well.” Fundraising efforts are currently underway to help cover all participants’ airfare, lodging, meals, transportation, tennis equipment and instruction. Tax-deductible contributions may be made to “Tennis Lovers for Charity” and mailed to SDDTA, 2221 Morley Field Dr., San Diego, CA 92104. Since 2009, the Balboa Tennis Club has provided more than 350 free weekly tennis clinics to more than 1,000 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans from all military services. The Balboa Tennis Club, which dates back to 1922, was rated as America's Best Public Tennis Facility by the USTA in 1989. In 2000, the San Diego District Tennis Association named BTC as Club of the Year and in 2003, it received the Outstanding Tennis Facility award from the USTA for large United States facilities. For more information go to



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Port of San Diego Maritime Month

May is Maritime Month at the Port of San Diego. To celebrate, the Port is offering free public boat and bus tours of San Diego Bay and its Working Waterfront. The bus tours will take place on Thursday, May 17 and Thursday, May 24. The tours will begin at 10 a.m. at Pepper Park, 3299 Tidelands Ave., National City. Guests will have a rare, behind-thescenes look at the National City Marine Terminal where Port tenant Pasha Automotive Services imports and processes approximately 450,000 vehicles annually. The tour will then proceed north on Harbor Drive, past Naval Base San Diego, General Dynamics/NASSCO, BAE San Diego Ship Repair and Continental Maritime. It will then enter the Port’s 10th Avenue Marine Terminal, where guests will see the various cargos that arrive at that terminal. As the bus is traveling, Port staff

will explain the various areas and discuss the economic impact that the maritime industry has on the San Diego region. The tour will take approximately two hours. Free parking is available in Pepper Park’s parking lot. The boat tours will take place on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. There are two tours on each day, one departing at 10:45 a.m. and one at 1:15 p.m. Participants will board the Inspiration Hornblower at Pier 1, Hornblower Landing, 1800 North Harbor Drive at the foot of Grape Street. The vessel tours will provide a waterside view of the Port’s cruise terminals, cargo terminals, Naval Base San Diego and shipbuilding and repair yards. The vessel tours take approximately two hours.

Museum of Man

For over a decade, millions of people from all over the world have been anonymously sharing their secrets with Frank Warren, founder of PostSecret. Secrets are the currency of intimacy and you are invited to explore the secrets of San Diegans. This exhibition is showing through 2 0 2 0 , Mond ay Thursday 10 a.m. _ 5 p.m., Friday Sunday 10 a.m. 7 p.m. 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park.


therapeutic childcare program. 5–10 p.m. at The U.S. Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway.


printed matter and visual art produced by a small group of San Diego painters who were also writers. 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park.





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Casino Night

Hosted by the San Diego Downtown Lions Club, come down to the Lions Den and try your luck at roulette and San Diego Tacos blackjack, enter the opportu& Tequila Festival nity drawing for the annual Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with “Wall of Wind,” or simple enjoy a craft beer, tequila, taco and a wonderful dinner and great music festival taking over camaraderie. 6–9 p.m. at 310 NTC Park in Liberty Station. Market St. Local breweries will serve unlimited samples of more than 100 craft beers. Complimentary tequila samples from eight featured tequila brands and 15 of the top restaurants in San Diego serve up signature tacos priced between $3 to $5. Two stages with DJs and live music from the Red Not Chili Peppers, Los Chido and headliner Vokab CompaTeen leaders host activism conference ny. 2455 Cusing Road. Drawing inspiration from the waves of student-led activism and protests across the nation, Jewish Family Service of San Diego is hosting a free event to encourage local youth to take action through lobbying and advocacy. “Your Voice: Activism ConChildren’s Charity Gala ference for Teens who want to Hundreds of supporters will Change the World” will take gather at Father Joe’s Villag- place from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at es’ Children’s Charity Ga- Farmer and the Seahorse in la to dine, dance and hon- La Jolla. Keynote speakers include Rep. Susan Davis or community leaders who have gone above and beyond and City Council President to serve those experiencing Pro Tem Barbara Bry. 10996 homelessness. Proceeds will Torreyana Road. benefit Father Joe’s Villages’

12 Bike to Work Day

Thousands of commuters countywide will ditch the car and ride two wheels on Bike to Work Day.

Culinary Event for Literacy

Paella Wine & Beer Festival

Return to the waterfront Embarcadero Marina Park South from 1–6 p.m. for a day centered around Spain’s most famous dish paired with amazing tapas, wine, local craft beer, sangria and cocktails. More than 60 paella teams will compete to see who makes the best in the Cali-Baja region, with local and international chefs servicing samples of more than 130 paella concoctions and tapas, including vegan and vegetarian options. This event will also take on the challenge of obtaining the U.S. record of the largest paella ever made. N. Harbor Drive.



Mama’s Day

Mama’s Kitchen’s 27th annual Mama’s Day returns at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine where more than 50 restaurants will offer distinctive tastes for more than 600 attendees. 6:30–9:30 p.m. Tickets: $150 (general) $250 (VIP). Proceeds from the event will help raise critical funds for Mama’s Kitchen to deliver three, hot, nutritional meals a day, seven days a week and free of charge to women, men and children vulnerable to hunger due to HIV, cancer or other critical illnesses. 3777 La Jolla Village Drive.

The Art Glass Guild will host its 2018 Spring Patio Show and Sale. View art glass created by local artists in San Diego’s Historic Spanish Village in Balboa Park. The event will also be held on Sunday, May 13. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at 1770 Village Place, Balboa Park.



Maritime Museum of San Diego to hose a two-day Pirates Days celebration May 19–20 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. for children and adults. Costume contests, cannon firings, weapon demonstrations, sword fights, live parrots, a mermaid grotto and a scavenger hunt are all included in the event. $18 adults, $8 children, and free for children 2 and under. 1492 N. Harbor Drive.





‘ZINES’ to be seen

The first exhibition to explore the confluence of visual art and the written word in mid-century San Diego opens at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park on May 11 with a private, invite-only preview from. 5–6 p.m., followed by a public reception from 6–8 p.m. Gaps in the Record: Vanguard Print Culture in San Diego documents the convergence of literary and visual art practices, and independent publishing activity. The exhibition includes


Pirates invade San Diego Embarcadero

Art Glass Guild Annual Spring Show and Sale


San Diego Council on Literacy’s ninth annual Eat. Drink. Read. A Culinary Event for Literacy will elevate taste buds with savory and sweet bites from more than 20 of San Diego’s finest chefs at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park. 6–8:30 p.m. at 2001 Pan American Plaza.

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch

From complimentary mimosas and bloody marys to a juice bar, made-to-order omelets, fresh seafood, eggs Benedict, mini doughnuts, an ice cream station and more, guests can choose from a selection of classic brunch favorites at The Westgate Hotel. $89 for adults, $35 children ages 4–12. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at 1055 Second Ave.



Memorial Day Sunrise Rose Ceremony

Center for National Policy, led by the San Diego Chapter of Truman National Security Project, along with elected officials, community leaders, veterans and gold star families, will honor the people who died while serving the armed forces by laying at least 40,000 roses on graves at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Memorial Day. 5:30 a.m. at 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Way. To volunteer, visit or donate:

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