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Destination of a lifetime

In March 2013, Santiago Campa and his longtime partner in life, Wendy Bartels, opened up a humble but festive little doughnut shop on B Street in Downtown San Diego. They called it Donut Bar. The first day it opened, the line to get in the door was all the way down the street and around

Hitting the ground running

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The amazing gifts of citizen scientists

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Homeless outreach program reunites families

about this unusual new little doughnut shop in Downtown San Diego, the awards started trickling in. Soon, the local awards began piling up and before long, the national awards also began to arrive. It seemed every time they turned around they were a favorite on some internet or travel site contest and suddenly they were nationally known. People came from across the country — and the world — to check out their fare.


the corner. Since then, it is a rare day if they will have any doughnuts left by noon. Their 35 doughnut varieties are presented 22 at a time on a daily basis, with 10 of those what they call their “solid core” and the rest on rotation. Their unique flavors, coupled with their whimsical decorations and quality products, have made them a staple in a metropolis that before their arrival hadn’t even seen a doughnut shop, let alone supported one. But as 2013 went along and word continued to spread

Changing lives

The Downtown San Diego Partnership, through its Clean & Safe Program and sponsored by Sharp HealthCare, recently passed a milestone, having reunited 1,000 Downtown San Diego homeless people with their families and loved ones nationwide. Launched in 2011, the comprehensive Family Reunification Program enables Clean & Safe homeless outreach coordinators to identify the homeless who will benefit most by returning home. Under the program, family and friends are contacted to ensure the displaced person will have a place to stay once reunited, as well as the support they need to get resettled. Once confirmed, the outreach team offers the individual transportation necessary to reconnect with their support system. One homeless woman who was returned home thanks to the program is 30-year-old

GoShare enters the share orbit

Donut Bar owners are finding themselves increasingly on the rise

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In 1874, a small group of citizen scientists who shared a love of the natural world got together to create the San Diego Society of Natural History, the forerunner to the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. These ordinary people — from lawyers to railroad workers — did something extraordinary for the citizens of San Diego, dedicating countless hours and personal resources to document their observations of the flora and fauna of this unique corner of California. More than a century later, theNAT, as the museum has branded itself, is finally able to share their stories by showcasing artifacts, books, and plant and animal specimens that have been stored in the Research Library’s 56,000-volume collection, unseen by the public until now. A permanent exhibit, “Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science,” premiered

in August in the new Eleanor and Jerome Navarra Special Collections Gallery on the third floor of theNAT. The exhibit displays 70 rare books, works of art, and photographs from the Research Library. The exhibit’s curator, Margi Dykens, gave SDCNN a personal tour of the two-story gallery, which includes a special area for children called the Dragon’s Den. Dykens said the new gallery and the permanent exhibit is a labor of love by the museum’s staff, and that most of the work including building the exhibit infrastructure was done in-house. Low-intensity lighting and controlled humidity levels between 45 percent and 50 percent are designed to protect the valuable historical books, one of which is 499 years old and was published 25 years after Christopher Columbus stepped foot in America. “Many of these books I consider works of art,” Dykens said, pointing to an extremely rare copy of the gigantic Double

A staff member looks at a larger-than-life sized display in the new "Citizen Scientist" exhibit (Courtesy theNAT) Elephant Folio of John James Audubon’s “Birds of America,” published in 1860. The folio, one of only a few intact copies in existence, depicts life-size renditions of a wide variety of North America’s birds. The book, which is about 50 inches tall, is currently open to

the page featuring the Carolina Parrot, which was the only native parrot in the U.S. With its beautiful, colorful features, the parrot was ruthlessly hunted for its exquisite feathers for use in women’s hats. Sadly, the bird

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GoShare expands the sharing economy 2-year-old EvoNexus graduate calls San Diego home By Dave Fidlin In recent years, Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, TaskRabbit and similar businesses in the startup “shared economy” industry have become a growing part of the cultural vernacular. A local entrepreneur is hoping his startup business will follow a similar upward trajectory. Two years ago, the seed for Shaun Savage’s new on-demand business, GoShare, was planted out of frustration and, ultimately, inspiration. In the years leading up to the startup’s origins, Savage said he needed a truck one to two times each year to haul large items. The sporadic need was not enough to justify purchasing a truck, Savage said, but he knew he would be willing to pay someone to handle the task for him. “I began to see it as a real problem, and as I talked to people, I realized I wasn’t the only person who felt this way,” Savage said. “I’ve been a fan of the sharing economy.” GoShare has been compared to a truck variant of Uber and Lyft, but Savage said there are other disparities — the most notable being the overall business model. While Uber and Lyft exist to transport people, GoShare moves cargo, such as furniture, which cannot easily be relocated from point A to B. Savage, who describes himself as “a sales and marketing guy,” is quick to point out the expertise of the technology professionals that brought GoShare to the marketplace — a hired tech team launched the mobile app that serves as GoShare’s lifeblood. The GoShare app gives users a number of options, including the ability to choose between a pickup truck, van or an SUV, and drivers offer their vehicles in close proximity. The service is available for delivering, hauling, moving, shipping and towing large items. In most instances, Savage said a driver will arrive at a customer’s home in 30 to 45 minutes

The app is currently available throughout most of San Diego. (Courtesy GoShare)

from the moment the request is placed through the app. GoShare, Savage said, is touted as a more cost-effective and convenient alternative to traditional truck rental companies. Although it has differences to Uber, Lyft and others in the sharing economy space, GoShare does have one common thread: its reliance on independent contractors. Noting the 1,500 applicants who have already put their names in, Savage said GoShare has not experienced a shortage of qualified drivers. While Savage’s vision for GoShare sprung to life independently, the company gained its footing within EvoNexus — described as San Diego’s only fully pro-bono startup business incubator — located at 101 W. Broadway, in the heart of Downtown. Savage and other leaders within GoShare officially graduated from EvoNexus’ incubator program a year ago. In addition to receiving such perks as free office space, the graduates were able to glean experts’ advice on some of the fundamentals involved

in a successful business launch. “It was a very positive experience,” Savage said of his time within EvoNexus. “They prov vided us with excellent mentors and advisers.” According to officials at EvoNexus, they only approve a small handful of entrepreneurs’ applications each year. Savage attempted to enter the program in 2014 as he fleshed out GoShare’s business plan, but he was not officially accepted until a year later. In its seven years of providing expertise to incubator businesses, EvoNexus’ leaders like to share the high success rate of their graduates. A estimated 88 percent An of all graduates remain in business to this day. In a statement, co-founder and CEO Rory Moore said the rigor baked into the EvoNexus program is part of the reason graduating businesses advance to further success. “Since inception, EvoNexus has matured considerably in the area of attracting more social entrepreneurs, more social teams and startups that have significant inventions,” Moore said. GoShare is headquartered Downtown and available in most areas of San Diego County. It is also available in portions of Los Angeles, Philadelphia and communities within New Jersey. The app will also soon be available in Atlanta, but Savage said he plans to keep his “perch” in San Diego. As he looks to the maturation of his own business, Savage said he sees boundless possibilities and eventually plans to have the app available to users all across the U.S. “I think it’s going to take several years for us to experience success and growth,” Savage said. “But I think this is where the future is headed.” For more information on GoShare, visit or call 619-326-4404. —Dave Fidlin is a freelance journalist with a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.fidlin@

Users of the app can have things moved, towed, shipped or hauled. (Courtesy GoShare)

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Chris Ward District 3 councilmember-elect reflects on the issues ahead of him Ken Williams | Contributing Editor

First of a two-part series

Councilmember-elect Chris Ward knows he has some really big shoes to fill in District 3, following in the footsteps of Todd Gloria, Toni G. Atkins and Christine Kehoe. But he is also confident that his public service as chief of staff to state Sen. Marty Block has prepared him well for the challenging task of helping to lead America’s eighth-largest city in its ambitious quest to become a world-class destination. Ward won an outright victory in the June 7 primary against fellow Democrat Anthony Bernal and a third candidate who barely campaigned. As a result of his landslide win, Ward does not have to face a runoff on Election Day, Nov. 8, and he will be sworn into office on Dec. 12 when the new City Council takes over. District 3 includes Downtown, North Park and Hillcrest, and includes the heart of San Diego’s politically active LGBT community. And for the past 24 years, a gay or lesbian politician has held the District 3 office, prompting some observers to call it “the gay seat.” Ward and his partner, Thom Harpole, live in University Heights with their 2-year-old daughter, Betty, and their cairn terrier, Monty. In 2015, Ward began campaigning for the District 3 seat, attending hundreds of community meetings and social events, and knocking on doors to hear the concerns of local residents. His being gay, Ward said, was rarely an issue on the campaign trail. “People noticed, however, that I was the first parent of a young child to run in District 3 in many years,” Ward continued. “I heard from many people about the challenges facing young families, and the desire for more parks and recreation and new libraries. It gave me a twist on that perspective.” Ward has endorsed Georgette Gomez, who faces fellow Democrat Ricardo Flores in the runoff for the District 9 seat to replace a termed-out Marti Emerald. District 9 includes Kensington, Talmadge, City Heights, Rolando and other neighborhoods surrounding San Diego State University. “Georgette is running a very strong campaign,” Ward said. “It would be great to have a Latina lesbian’s voice on City Council.” Ward is also backing Democrat Barbara Bry, who is all but assured of winning District 1 after her opponent Ray Ellis dropped out, citing Republican presidential

candidate Donald Trump’s negative effect on local elections. Ellis’ decision to quit the race — his name remains on the ballot, however — means that Democrats are expected to retain their thin majority on City Council.

Homeless issue

Tackling homelessness and providing affordable housing are among the top issues for Ward. “There is a strong, pent-up demand across the board to find solutions to the homelessness problem,” Ward said, adding that he has been doing his homework on this national problem. He recently went to Washington, D.C. with Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other local leaders to plead with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to readjust a decades-old formula so that San Diego gets its fair share of federal dollars to combat homelessness. San Diego ranks fourth in the U.S. in homeless population with almost 5,000 men, women, teens and children sleeping on the streets, and another 4,000 living in shelters or temporary housing, according to federal statistics. America’s Finest City is second in California, only trailing the much larger Los Angeles in the number of homeless people. “Homeless citizens are my citizens, too,” Ward said. He hopes to follow Gloria in having a seat on the Regional Continuum of Care Council. In District 3, concentrations of the homeless include in East Village, Hillcrest, North Park and Balboa Park.“I suspect a densification of the homeless in pockets close to transit and services,” Ward said, worrying that the homeless population Downtown has doubled in the past year. Ward supports the “Housing First” movement, an action plan to create additional affordable housing with supportive services. He has studied how other cities have tackled the homelessness issue, but noticed how those cities were successful because of low land values – contrasted to San Diego’s land value being among the highest in the U.S. This year, California lawmakers passed the “No Place Like Home” initiative that provides $2 billion to assist local communities for the construction and rehabilitation of permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals with mental illness. Ward said San Diego will be able to tap into that fund. Ward applauded the mayor for hiring Stacie Spector, a former official in the Clinton Administration, as senior advisor for housing solutions. Spector will coordinate and

Councilmember Alvarez and his family with Councilmember-elect Ward at Pride. unify housing efforts citywide and across the region, tasked with developing a comprehensive strategy to reduce the number of people living on the streets. No matter the success level of any homeless program, Ward said, he realizes that some people will refuse to leave the streets. He estimates that 20 percent to 30 percent of the homeless will never seek services or permanent housing.

Affordable housing

Ward sees a link between the lack of affordable housing and the sharp increase in homelessness. Because of the high cost of living, many local residents are living paycheck to paycheck. A job loss, a serious illness or any number of factors could cost people their home. Not only do families and millennials seek affordable housing, but so do senior citizens and the disabled who live on a fixed income. The waiting list for subsidized housing is said to be 10 years, so the city is lagging far behind in providing for its most needy residents. Ward noted that the community recently celebrated the groundbreaking on the LGBTfriendly senior housing project in North Park. “The sobering reality is that there will only be 72 units available,” he said. “I would bet the waiting list will have 1,000 or more names on it.” “We have a crisis today,” Ward continued. “It’s not just the millennials who want to live, work, shop and play in their community. … We need to get serious about supply and demand” regarding affordable housing. Over the past eight years, community stakeholders including the Uptown Planners, North Park Planning Committee and the Greater Golden Hill Planning Committee have been working on their Community Plan Updates (CPUs), which are part of the city’s General Plan and a policy guideline for future development. The three groups have been trying to address the shortage of affordable housing by providing incentives in the CPUs. Ward was a member of the Uptown Planners until he stepped down to campaign, so he is very familiar with the

affordable-housing issue. He is also aware that a number of residents do not want to see their neighborhoods to change and who fear density will transform their communities for the worse. Yet, Ward pointed to projects such as La Boheme in North Park and the Atlas at Hillcrest as developments that have breathed new life to their immediate neighborhoods. “These projects were in the highest-density range,” he said. “There is a knee-jerk reaction about growth and change,” Ward said. “Often it is shortsighted. There is a real void in senior housing and care, for instance. We must make our neighborhoods work for young and old.” Ward hopes the current City Council will approve the three CPUs this year before the new council is seated in December, and he observes that the North Park and Golden Hill updates are “closer to something that is acceptable by all stakeholders.” He does not think the Uptown update has a similar consensus among stakeholders. “The good news is that all three of our CPUs are showing that when you run these analyses on paper that there is a sign of improvement in transit uses in the future,” he said. The city’s ambitious Climate Action Plan (CAP) mandates the city slash its carbon footprint in half by 2035 by committing to 100 percent clean energy and zero waste. It also requires at least 30 percent of the population to bike, walk or take public transit to work. In order to achieve this goal, city officials are urging higher-density projects to be built along major bus and trolley lines. During his term with Uptown Planners, Ward often found himself in the middle of two very verbal sides. The majority largely opposed density, favored height restrictions, and wanted density projects to be located on the west side of Park Boulevard to match up with North Park’s vision for the east side of Park Boulevard. The minority mostly objected to restrictions on height and density, especially in the core of Hillcrest, saying that was the only way to encourage affordable housing and revive that community.

Ward recalled one Uptown Planners meeting in which the members were debating three options, and everyone was getting riled up over density. “There was about a 1.5 percent variation in housing units in the three options,” Ward recalled. “They were actually arguing over a couple hundred units over the course of build-out.” Reviewing the three CPUs, Ward sees good, workable plans. He likes the transportation and mobility elements, says the “land-use plan as a whole is looking good,” and urges “for the greater good of the city to get these plans approved and implemented.” To those who fear change, Ward points out that the 1988 plan, which was hailed as visionary in its time, never was fully realized. “This is planning for the next 20 years,” he said. “Some people think there will be this radical change in 12 months. No, it’s a long-term vision for our communities.” Ward said community concern that the city is not keeping up with infrastructure is valid, but also notes that the line of thinking about preventing development before infrastructure is in place doesn’t work either. He vowed to fight to make sure District 3 gets its fair share of transit dollars. The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has placed Measure A on the ballot this November, saying that it will accelerate transit projects and acquire additional open spaces throughout the county. Voters are being asked to raise the sales tax by a half-cent to raise $18 billion over the next 40 years. Of that sum, $4.3 billion will be funneled back to local communities for upgrades and repairs. SANDAG officials said Measure A would speed up several major transit projects, including the Purple light-rail line from San Ysidro on the Mexican border to the employment centers in Carmel Valley, roughly via Interstate 805. That would connect the eastern edge of District 3 with the trolley system. Additionally, the North Park and Uptown CPUs document SANDAG’s plans to build a trolley from Downtown up Park Boulevard to El Cajon Boulevard, and east to SDSU, by 2035; a streetcar from Downtown to Hillcrest via Fourth, Fifth and University avenues and Park Boulevard, by 2020; and a streetcar on 30th Street from Adams Avenue to Downtown, by 2035. Ward said he was “big on public transit” and would push during his term to get projects started earlier than planned. “I hope we can break ground on the Park Boulevard trolley line during my term,” he said. “There is so much community interest.” Part II will run Dec.2 in San Diego Downtown News. —Ken Williams is editor of San Diego Uptown News and can be reached at ken@ or at 619-961-1952. Follow him on Twitter at @ KenSanDiego, Instagram at @ KenSD.v


It’s just days away Congressional Watch Andy Cohen Here we are, just one week away from the 2016 general election as I write this column (four days from publication date). It’s almost over, folks! This election season has been a circus and not just at the presidential level, although that race certainly has made history for its absurdity. We can only hope that 2016 won’t have left a jarring, indelible stain on our country’s history. On the other hand, this country did survive Barry Goldwater and we’re likely to survive this. Locally, things have gotten a bit more interesting as well. No, Congressional races aren’t usually as “sexy” (to steal a term from Assemblymemberelect Todd Gloria) as the presidential, but that doesn’t mean they are lacking for drama. San Diego has certainly seen its share of drama in local elections. Take the 49th Congressional District race, where temperatures have skyrocketed between incumbent Darrell Issa (R-49) and virtually-out-of-nowhere challenger Douglas Applegate, an attorney and retired Marine Colonel. It’s a campaign that is also becoming known for its nastiness, as the candidates and their campaigns exchange insults. I’m sure we’ve all seen the spots: Issa’s campaign labeling Applegate as a serial stalker and Applegate’s supporters tarring Issa as a congressional leach who has used his elected office to enrich his own bank account. The tension at Issa campaign headquarters clearly must be palpable and the prospect of losing is very real. How else to explain Issa suddenly attempting to ride President Obama’s coattails to reelection? In a recent campaign mailer, Issa expressed his gratitude to Obama for signing a piece of legislation he supported. “I am very pleased that President Obama has signed into law the Survivor’s Bill of Rights — legislation I co-sponsored to protect the victims of sexual assault,” the mailer

reads, with a photo of Obama presumably signing said legislation at his desk in the Oval Office. Set aside the worthiness of the legislation for a moment — and it is a worthy piece of legislation — and just consider Issa’s history with Obama. Issa made himself a national name by denigrating the president and searching for anything with which to smear the administration as chair of the House Oversight Committee. He has said that Obama is “one of the most corrupt presidents of modern times,” and that Obama’s “taking sides” in a Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary amounts to an impeachable offense. Sure, Obama’s approval numbers are at 54 percent according to the latest Gallup weekly survey, with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s prospects sinking fast. It’s understandable that Issa would try and paint a kumbaya picture of compromise and bipartisanship. But that’s not the history. In response to the mailer, Obama called Issa “shameless,” and said that touting his cooperation with the president on issues is “the definition of chutzpah” at an Applegate fundraiser in La Jolla. Contrast that with the 52nd — where incumbent Scott Peters (D-52) is running for a third term against fi rst-time Republican challenger and former George W. Bush administration official Denise Gitsham — a race that is downright tame in comparison. Sure, there’s been the usual sniping between the campaigns, but very little of the outright name-calling and down-in-the-gutter nastiness that has come to defi ne the Issa-Applegate race. Instead, the campaigns have mostly gone on the airwaves touting their own candidates’ qualifications and accomplishments, an approach that seems weird for this normally hotly-contested swing district. Politics is a full-contact sport, so the saying goes, but the Peters and Gitsham camps have been downright respectful of each other compared to what we’re used to seeing.

Rep. Susan Davis, D-53 2700 Adams Ave. #102 San Diego, CA 92116 Local: 619-280-5353 Washington: 202-225-2040 Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-50 1611 N. Magnolia Ave. #310 El Cajon, CA 92019 619-448-5201 202-225-5672 Rep. Darrell Issa, R-49 1800 Thibodo Road #310 Vista, CA 92081 760-599-5000 202-225-3906 Rep. Scott Peters, D-52 4350 Executive Dr. #105 San Diego, CA 92122 858-455-5550 202-225-0508 Rep. Juan Vargas, D-51 333 F St. #A Chula Vista, CA 91910 619-422-5963 202-225-8045 But what about the other three congressional races in San Diego? We know who the incumbents are, but does anyone know who their challengers are, and whether they have a snowball’s chance in hell at winning? The answer to the latter question is, no, of course not. Take Susan Davis (D-53) and her Republican challenger, James Veltmeyer, a doctor from La Mesa. Veltmeyer has raised $116,600 to Davis’ $462,000. He finished the June primary with a mere 15.2 percent of the vote. Or, take the Battle of the Juans, pitting Juan Vargas (D-51) against Republican and retired Marine Juan Hidalgo, Jr.




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San Diego Downtown News | November 2016 Vargas has raised almost $900,000 to Hidalgo, Jr.’s $73,000. Hidalgo, Jr. earned 15.4 percent of the June primary vote. Finally there’s Duncan Hunter (R-50) and his Democratic challenger Patrick Malloy, who managed to pull 21.8 percent of the June vote. Malloy has managed to scare up $18,000. Hunter? A mere $1.1 million, a large majority coming from outside the district and most from out of state, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. Hunter, by the way, won 56.5 percent of the June vote, while Davis and Vargas pulled in 65 percent and 67 percent respectively. The point is that very few have any idea who the challengers are in the 50th, 51st, and 53rd district races are, while a good many have an idea that the 49th and 52nd races are at least being contested. Why? Simply put, money. Applegate and Gitsham have been able to raise a significant amount of money — roughly $1.3 million each — to get their names and faces out there, although it can be argued that no one had heard of Applegate before he finished within five percentage points behind Issa in the primary. But they’ve been able to advertise and at least buildup a modicum of name recognition. The others remain mired in anonymity, allowing the incumbents to cruise to reelection with little to no effort. There are a lot of reasons why some of our congressional

races are competitive and others are not, including demographics, voter, and party registration. Peters will likely rather easily win his race because he’s well liked and people think he’s done a pretty good as a member of Congress. Issa will likely win because of his near universal name recognition; but the bottom line is that money still rules elections. And if you want drama in an election, you’d better have the money to create it. —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at



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Buckle up and vote “yes” on Measure A By Kris Michell Downtown San Diego is the bustling urban center of the eighth largest city in the nation. It is also a neighborhood in which 34,000 people reside and 80,000 people work. Revitalization efforts have succeeded in making our urban core communities — from East Village to the Civic Core and Cortez Hill to the Marina District — attractive places to live, work and play. At the Downtown Partnership, we strive to create a distinct, world-class urban destination that captures the essence of San Diego and appeals to locals and visitors alike. We have certainly come a long way and it has been a privilege to watch Downtown’s transformation, but we’re not done yet. To support continued development in our Downtown neighborhoods, the thousands of San Diegans who spend time here

If approved, Measure A will provide tangible quality-oflife improvements by shortening commute times, improving and extending trolley lines, increasing the frequency of bus routes and optimizing traffic light synchronization. Kris Michell, DSDP president and CEO need improved, efficient and diverse transportation options. That’s why the Downtown San Diego Partnership has endorsed Measure A. This measure will provide the level of investment our city needs to repair crumbling infrastructure and make our community more accessible. The Downtown Partnership supports Measure

A because it will result in more reliable choices for getting around our region, while also alleviating congestion and gridlock. If approved, Measure A will provide tangible quality-of-life improvements by shortening commute times, improving and extending trolley lines, increasing the frequency of bus routes and optimizing traffic light synchronization. In addition to investing in public transit and roadway

improvements, Measure A will preserve open space, protect watersheds and natural habitats, and create thousands of construction jobs in the San Diego region. It’s our turn to write the next chapter in San Diego’s history. We hope you will join the Downtown San Diego Partnership in voting “yes” on Measure A, as we believe it’s our best option to move the region forward in a way that considers the environment, attracts jobs, and improves our quality of life in Downtown and throughout our region. —Kris Michell is the president and CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a member-based nonprofit organization that serves as the leading advocate for the revitalization and economic health of Downtown. To learn more about the Downtown Partnership and the Clean & Safe program, visit

Measures C and D would harm San Diego and our tourism economy By Joe Terzi and Phil Blair The year was 1888. The eager crowds that gathered along a picturesque stretch of coastline for the opening of the Hotel del Coronado must have been excited at the time, but they could never have imagined what was in store for our region. Not long after the opening of the now historic Hotel del, other iconic attractions followed: the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park with its many celebrated institutions, SeaWorld, the USS Midway Museum and that little town built of bricks known as Legoland. Looking back at our region’s history, it’s no surprise that San Diego has grown to become one of the most popular visitor destinations in North America. Recognizing the vast benefits of tourism, business

and civic leaders have long worked together to shepherd its growth through the addition of key infrastructure, such as the bayside Convention Center, and a research-based, global marketing strategy that now reaches five of the world’s seven continents.Today, tourism has become the region’s second largest traded economy, pumping billions of dollars into our county’s economy each year, while employing one in every eight San Diegans. But two ballot measures — C and D — would inflict great harm on our tourism economy and the nearly 200,000 San Diegans whose livelihoods depend on it. The measures — both devised behind closed doors without public input — would limit our ability to market San Diego and attract

visitors, while preventing the expansion of the San Diego Convention Center, which is vitally needed to retain existing conventions that have outgrown the center, like Comic-Con, and to attract newer and larger ones. Measure C would raise the hotel tax from 12.5 percent to 16.5 percent, making it one of the highest in the nation and placing San Diego at a serious competitive disadvantage compared to other U.S. destinations. It would also slash funds for tourism marketing. The proceeds of the tax increase would not only be used to build Dean Spanos — the owner of the San Diego Chargers — a new rent-free stadium, it would also fund convention space away from the existing center that our clients say would be useless to them. Measure D is also a

back-room stadium deal that would hurt tourism. Like Measure C, it would raise the hotel tax and restrict our ability to market San Diego and attract visitors. It’s a convoluted measure that contains an unusual poison pill that will create financial risk for the city. Tourism has helped San Diego grow into the iconic city it is today, a city that is proud to welcome visitors from around the world. San Diego deserves a better plan, not a false Hail Mary. Both measures C and D fall well short of the goal line. —Joe Terzi is president and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority. Phil Blair is owner and executive officer of Manpower San Diego and former chair of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation.v

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SDCNN wins 7 'Excellence in Journalism' awards San Diego Downtown News and Gay San Diego, won two San Diego Community News first-place awards: Network (SDCNN) won a total of • General News — seven awards at San Diego Press “Hacking into the new sandClub’s 43rd annual Excellence in,” published in the Journalism Awards on Oct. 25 March issue of Downtown at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center at News. The article took at look Market Creek. at a meetup group that did Hundreds of journalists a “live hack” on the city of and their guests turned out San Diego’s newly redesigned for the event, enjoying gourwebsite to provide important met tastings of local food, feedback on how well the site wine and craft beer at the was working. Read it at bit. reception before the ceremony. ly/2ewhNxJ. Mulligan Stew provided the • Series — “Stepping Stone music during the reception series,” published in Gay San and Barbarella Fokos emceed Diego on Jan. 22 and Feb. 5. “A during the presentation of spe- friend of the Stone” featured cial awards. Cheryl Houk and her return to SDCNN publishes two bilead the region’s only LGBTweeklies, San Diego Uptown centric drug and alcohol reNews and Gay San Diego, and habilitation center. Read it at four monthlies, San Diego The second Downtown News, Mission and final part of the series, Valley News, Mission Times “They keep coming back,” exCourier and La Mesa Courier. plained how graduates of the The papers competed in program return to the center the category of non-daily to give back. Read it at bit. newspapers. ly/2eGDgnX. “I am proud of our talented Jeff Clemetson, editor of team who continually offer Mission Valley News, Mission our readers quality news and Times Courier and La Mesa information that cannot be Courier, also won a fi rst-place found anywhere else,” said award: David Mannis, SDCNN pub• Education — “Finance lisher. “We strive to be the No. High: Junior Achievement 1 resource for the communities teaches literacy at new we serve.” park,” published in the Managing Editor Morgan M. October 2015 issue of Mission Hurley, who is editor of both Times Courier. The article By SDCNN Staff

highlighted Mission Fed JA Finance Park, a high-tech financial literacy campus that takes students through a virtual simulator of various career paths and life circumstances to realistically prepare them for the kinds of budget challenges they will face in their college and post-college years. Read it at bit. ly/2fgIyY9. Ken Williams, editor of Uptown News, and former art director Vince Meehan shared a first-place award: • Front page design — “Front page of Uptown News Feb. 12.” The dramatic front cover featured a large photograph of North Park resident Nick Norris modeling his Predator Warpaint designed for our troops and hunters, featuring a “war type” headline that read: “War on skin cancer. Former SEAL creates line of camouflage face paint laden with sunscreen.” The secondary photo was intense, featuring rows of empty shoes symbolizing the 54 lives that were

lost in traffic accidents in 2015 in San Diego. See the digital edition at Williams also won a second-place award: • General News — “Looking up: North Park’s future coming into sharp focus,” published Jan. 29 in Uptown News. The article provided an in-depth exploration of the fi rst public glimpse at the final

draft of the North Park Community Plan Update and explained what that vision would look like for local residents. Read it at Hurley won a second-place award, too: • Feature — “A city in flux,” published April 15 in Gay San Diego. The feature was on Cori Schumacher, a three-time world champion longboard surfer and lesbian activist, who has settled down in conservative Carlsbad and decided to run for City Council to bring about change. Read it at Also, SDCNN contributor Kai Oliver-Kurtin won a second-place award: • Food — “Gaslamp restaurants stand the test of time,” published in the February issue of Downtown News. The article asked restaurateurs at long-standing eateries about their recipe for success. Read it at The San Diego Press Club, which was established in 1973, is one of the largest clubs in the U.S. for media professionals. —To find links of the San Diego Community News Network newspapers, visit

Are AB 109 and Proposition 47 really working? Many law enforcement officials — including San Diego’s Notes police chief — express concern from Toni that these two measures are making the public less safe, alToni G. Atkinss though researchers say it’s too early to define the impacts of As I have attended neighProp. 47. borhood meetings here in San As for AB 109, I came across Diego and talked to community a news story that should be members, I’ve heard the asserpart of our ongoing conversation more than once that AB tion. It was a Sept. 29 KQED 109 and Proposition 47 have story, written by Marisa Lagos, resulted in higher crime rates. that reported AB 109 has not Passed by the Legislature increased crime; this was based and signed by the governor in on a study by the Public Policy 2011, AB 109 was a response to Institute of California (PPIC), a severe problem in California: which Lagos calls the “most overcrowding in our state comprehensive study of reprisons. alignment’s impacts.” You can Also referred to as “realignsearch online for the headline, ment,” it took responsibility “Five Years Later, Many See for supervising certain felony Criminal Justice Realignment offenders and state prison paAs Success,” to read it yourself. rolees away from state prisons That’s good news. As UC and state parole agents and Irvine criminologist Charis gave it to county jails and proKubrin said in the story, it bation officers. means “we can downsize our Counties were provided with prisons … without harming state funding to pay for the public safety.” increased caseload and given As the KQED story noted, significant flexibility in the AB 109 was a controversial way they implemented AB 109. idea. Those were key considerations Matt Cate, who in 2011 overin my support for AB 109. saw the state’s prisons, warned Along those same lines, Prop. Gov. Jerry Brown at that time 47, which was placed on the that the plan was risky. These ballot as a citizens-led initiadays, Cate is executive ditive and approved by California rector of the California State voters in 2014, reclassified cerAssociation of Counties — countain nonviolent felony crimes as ties bear the brunt of the new misdemeanors and made some responsibility — and he sees it prisoners eligible for possible as a success. resentencing, pending a thorWe already knew that ough review. massive-scale incarceration It also created a fund for the doesn’t work. It’s enormously generated savings, to be spent expensive for taxpayers and on programs aimed at reducing that money could be spent prison recidivism. on many other worthwhile

programs, from education and childcare to public health and targeted tax credits for job creation. Too often, inmates come out of prisons worse than they went in; we just haven’t done a very good job on the rehabilitation side. I believe that rehabilitation is the right policy goal in the short term. I’m confident that the counties that focus holistically on reintegrating former inmates will be those that see less crime and reduced recidivism. In the long term, we need to focus on prevention through policies that promote healthy children, healthy families, and healthy communities. County officials in San Diego — the Sheriff, the health and human services director, the chief probation officer, and the District Attorney — are leaders in this arena. Still, not everything in the KQED story was positive about AB 109. It noted that the PPIC released a paper more recently saying that predicted savings from realignment haven’t yet materialized. Costs have merely been shifted to counties, where jails are experiencing overcrowding. Given that some in law enforcement still have serious reservations and given that counties are feeling the growing pains, this issue is not completely settled in my mind. It’s likely that more needs to be done to make sure the policy is working at all levels, perhaps with additional post-release rehabilitation programs, housing assistance and more resources for counties to support

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our local sheriffs and probation departments. I’m encouraged that the data are pointing to success so far, but this is the state’s most important public safety issue, so I assure you, I’ll be monitoring it closely and continuing the dialogue with you. —Toni G. Atkins is the Speaker Emeritus of the California State Assembly. For more information, please visit her website, where you can sign up for her e-newsletter or get the latest news on legislation and other activities. You also may follow her on Twitter, @ toniatkins.v

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bought out the Robek’s Juice space next door and expanded, adding not only ice cream — with a doughnut cone, of course — but beer to the menu. “I really love the social me“We knew we had to expand dia aspect of running a small the space to make more doughbusiness in this day and age,” nuts,” Campa said. “Sometimes Campa said to those gathered we were selling out at 9:30-10 at a recent Six Degrees neto’clock in the morning, and it working group lunch. was just because our producHe’s doing something right tion was so limited.” there, too, because nearly He said while a 30-percent 32,000 people follow their increase in doughnut producFacebook page, which posts tion just wasn’t enough to justheir menu on a daily basis, tify the build out, they began shares photos of luscious kicking around ideas. Campa doughnuts and whatever else said his first thought was ice is happening on Campa’s calen- cream. dar — which he says is always “But I looked at the numfilled to the brim — on any bers and not just the numbers, given day. I looked to see what people Their latest social media wanted,” he said. “And you playground is Instagram — know what? People love beer.” where they have more than So they shifted gears and 54,000 followers — and its new added 24 taps — 23 of local app, Instasnap. craft beers and one rotating While he admits he was nev- “out of towner” — and kept the er professionally trained as a ice cream idea, too. pastry or bakery chef, Campa, “Yep, we have a doughaka “Chef Santiago,” wears his nut ice cream cone,” Campa white coat with pride. As he mused. “We fill it with vanilla should. He cured his kitchen soft serve — and not just any passions during a decade in soft serve — we fill it with the five-star hotel industry, Madagascar vanilla bean ice including the Ritz-Carlton, cream and sprinkle caramel on Four Seasons and Grand Hyatt. top. People can’t wait to get to Then he spent another eight the doughnut.” years racing motorcycles, beWhile they still cater to fore one day realizing his calltheir morning crowds, since ing was in the baking industry. expanding, they now also turn Bartles, who spent time in the music and vibe up a notch catering, had also owned her on Fridays and Saturdays, with own business for 25 years, giva second shift from 5–11 p.m., ing her the acumen she needed when Donut Bar turns into a to handle such an upwardly hipster-style joint where fresh mobile, popular brand. doughnuts and beer are both Earlier this year, the couple on tap.




Chef Santiago Campa with one of the fruits of his labors in front of Donut Bar on B Street. (Photo by Jeff Clemetson) “For all the young parents out there, it is now a place where you can bring your kids and belly up to the bar, so to speak, and enjoy a fun atmosphere,” he said. “You can have a beer and your kid can have a doughnut, ice cream, or chocolate or strawberry milk on tap.” After opening with just two employees in 2013, they currently top out with a staff of nearly 30 today, who help them run not only the B Street shop but also all the weddings and special events they are in such high demand for. On Dias de los Muertos alone, they made 1,000 doughnuts in the shape of sugar skulls for Sycuan Casino. Bartels did six weddings Halloween weekend and Campa said she could have easily done 20. With all this activity, business is definitely booming, but the only way you can really tell Campa is richer is by the Lamborghini he parks in front of the B Street location. His personality hasn’t changed a bit, despite the fact that less than three years after opening, the Donut Bar brand has continued to explode — so much so that later this month, Campa is heading to San Francisco to be honored as one of Yelp’s 100 Top Business Leaders in the country. “Man, I don’t even have words for it,” Campa said. “It is absolutely amazing. I don’t think I’m going to be able to grasp just how important it is, or the magnitude of the award, until I get there and I’m able to meet with these other 100 business leaders from around the country and speak with the owner of Yelp one-on-one.” In addition to expanding the inaugural store, Campa and Bartels also opened a storefront in downtown Las Vegas this year — which matches their decision to only open “destination locations” in the future — will be profi led on Animal Planet’s “Tank” show later this month. In 2017, they will be ramping up things even more, with 50 destinations across the U.S. that will be incorporated into a franchising plan. “It’s definitely challenged my above-average organizational skills I think, but I’m

still rising to the challenge,” Bartels said about Donut Bar’s success. “[Campa] always wants to set the bar higher, so I just try to keep up with things organizationally.” When it opened, Donut Bar, was making 2,000 doughnuts per day. Today that number is 3,000 per day during the week and up to 4,000 on Fridays and Saturdays, not counting special orders. “The most rewarding thing is seeing it all work,” Bartels said. “I’ll go home and read some Yelp reviews, or when I walk through the restaurant, people will stop and thank me and tell me they had a wonderful time with their family and that they came to San Diego from Ohio just to go to Donut Bar and the other things in San Diego. It’s a very nice feeling when you realize you’ve created something special for nice people.” Campa agrees that it is the community that has helped them get this far; he and Bartels may be guiding it, but their support has given the brand a life of its own. “That is why we call it San Diego Donut Bar. It belongs to the community.” He said. “I didn’t think the hug could get any stronger, but San Diego just keeps holding us tighter and tighter all the time and we’re right there to give the love back to them.” Follow them on Instagram @ DonutBar. —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at v

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Casa de Tomás-es a motorcycle in 1914. He was walking to a birthday celebration for a grandchild. His son, Thomas Quinn, then assumed the title. Thomas Quinn then comThe property located on the missioned D.S. Calland to renorthwest corner of Fourth and construct the building in 1930. Island avenues was originally Mr. Calland was from Mexico sold to Edward J. Smith by City, hence the name, “Casa de Alonzo Horton for the goodly Tomas,” and the combination sum of $500 in gold coin. of Spanish and Oriental style Mr. Horton was able to searchitecture. cure such a high price for his The two-story reconstrucreal estate, because this lot, tion consisted of a store downbeing on a corner, was much stairs and two apartments more prized as a prime location upstairs. Seven years after the for business. Horton laid out reconstruction of the building, the city utilizing short blocks Thomas Quinn died in one of to ensure a maximum number the upstairs apartments. of corner lots, earning him the A large garage was added to nickname, “Corner Lot Horton.” the side of the building at that The first structure on the same time — known (informally) property was a one-story brick as the Casa de Tomas addition building used as a saloon from — which incorporated a very dis1895 until 1906. From 1913 until tinct Spanish influence. Although 1919, it became a Chinese launoriginally used to repair autos, dry, operated by Mr. Wo Gee. the Empire Garage (its formal In 1922, the Quinn family name) was later converted into purchased the property. Ah a flower market, wholesale shop Quinn, the family patriand ultimately, an apparel and arch and un-official mayor uniform sewing factory. of Chinatown, passed away In 1935, the property was nearby, at the corner of H passed to Thomas Quinn’s Street (now known as Market daughter, Helen Kong. She in Street), where he was hit by turn, passed it on to her son,

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Casa De Tomás (1930); Casa de Tomás Addition (1930). 500 – 520 Fourth Avenue. Architect: D.S. Calland. Style: Spanish/Oriental (Courtesy GQHF) Dr. Thomas Kong, who was born and raised in one of the upstairs apartments, making it truly the Casa de Tomás-es. In more modern times, the downstairs has housed a series of nightclubs and a cigar lounge, including Papa Jack’s and Aubergine. The current occupant, Fluxx — voted San Diego's Best Nightclub for six years

running — has been the property’s resident since 2009. The nightclub has hosted such notable celebrities as Ashton Kutcher, LeBron James, Lil Wayne, Flosstradamus, Future and Diplo, just to name a few. It features cutting-edge popular music, DJs and celebrity events, including a Comic-Con after-party. To learn more about the fascinating history of New

Town, San Diego’s Downtown, visit the Gaslamp Museum and take one of the Walking Tours, Thursdays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Visit —Sandee Wilhoit is the historian for the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. She can be reached at


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Shop ’til you drop or stop for a latte on ‘National Small Business Saturday’ Little Italy News Christopher Gomez Get ready to stroll through the streets of Little Italy on a crisp fall day with a warm latte in one hand and a shopping bag in the other on Nov. 26, because it’s “National Small Business Saturday.” One of the best parts about it is you don’t have to stay up until the wee hours of the night, like on Black Friday, to get great shopping deals! Businesses in Little Italy are celebrating National Small Business Saturday by leaving their doors open later and offering special deals and discounts so you can get your holiday shopping in and get your zzzs! Don’t worry about shopping until you drop in this neighborhood, because there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to keep you energized! When traveling to San Diego’s Little Italy on Small Business Saturday, you’ll need to be equipped with your “Shop Small, Shop Little Italy Passport,” which maps out all of the participating businesses to check out. The passport will be available at Little Italy businesses. This is the perfect event to get those great holiday gifts at a great price while supporting locally-owned Little Italy boutiques, art galleries, shops, fitness clubs and other businesses in the neighborhood. The Meyer Fine Art Gallery, also located in North Little Italy, will be participating, as well, hosting an “Art Social” fundraising show for Little Italy’s newest public space in Little Italy — Piazza Giannini.

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East Village Association’s ‘Un-gala’ Awards EVA News Sunny Lee The 2016 East Village UnGala awards — held Oct. 20 at Fault Line Park, located at 1433 Island Ave. in East Village — showcased the amazing businesses, members and volunteers who are helping to transform the East Village into San Diego’s most livable urban village. Congratulations to the following 2016 EVAs award winners: 1. Paws-itively, aka Most Pet-Friendly Business: Hotel Indigo 2. Social Media Champ: BASIC Urban Kitchen + Bar 3. #EastVillageSD best use of # on Instagram: Pretty Seven Boutique

4. Save Mother Earth, aka Most Eco-Friendly Business or Organization: Smarts Farm 5. Better Together, aka Most Collaborative Development: Thomas Jefferson School of Law 6. It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere, aka Most Creative Selection of Beverages: The Blind Burro 7. “That’s So East Village”: San Diego Central Library 8. The Do The Ride Thing award: BNIM San Diego 9. 2016 Warren Simon Volunteer of the Year: Joni Incrocci 10. 2016 Business of the Year: MAK Cleaners Thank you to all of our sponsors, including A7d, Alliance Residential, The Blind Burro, Citrus Public Relations, David’s Harp Foundation, Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe, Fabric Investments,

Friends of Central Library, MMC Real Estate Holdings, San Diego Restaurant Supply, Urbana and U.S. Bank. Food sampling at the event was provided by BASIC Pizza, Carnitas Snack Shack, Como Ceviche, Halcyon, Primo Sports Bar & Grill, Salvucci’s, and Stella Public House. Craft Beer and beverages donated by Groundswell Brewing Company, Half Door Brewing Co, Mission Brewery, Monkey Paw Brewing Company, Old Harbor Distilling Co, Thorn Street Brewery, Trust Me Vodka, and Weichelt Real Estate Services. —Sunny Lee is the program manager of the East Village Association, a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation that manages the East Village business improvement district. To learn more visit the

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Education, art and ‘Day of the Dead’

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By Jennifer Coburn Platt College San Diego School of Multimedia Design recently partnered with the Chicano Art Gallery in Barrio Logan to commemorate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The result is an exhibition, presenting various artistic representations, including paintings on canvas, graphic design, and sculpture, on display at Chicano Art Gallery through Nov. 7. Of the dozens of artists featured in the show, 12 are current students or recent graduates of Platt College, and one is an instructor. Curated by Platt writing instructor Nicole Lewis and alumna Bianca Reyes, the show seeks to provide an op-

portunity for students to not only explore the tradition of Dia de los Muertos but the thriving arts community of Barrio Logan as well. “Our goal in developing any art show is to allow students to grow as artists by examining the diverse community in which we live,” Lewis said. “We also want them to come away with a greater experience in a professional setting where they must meet deadlines and expectations. This show provided just that.” San Diego native and Platt College student Gilberto Gonzalez said he loves anything to do with Day of the Dead and was eager to mix traditional elements with his “new skool twist.” His graphic design “Reina de los Muertos” is a way to honor the dead and express his individual style. “I grew up in Golden Hill and Barrio Logan, which is

an art haven where I was inspired to do my own,” Gonzalez said. Participating in the Platt College-produced art show transformed the way student artist, Kimberly Nixon, feels about death. “Before researching Dia de los Muertos, I always viewed death as scary and ominous, but this tradition introduced me to a beautiful new way of thinking about it,” she said. “Death is a part of living and we need to embrace the idea and just live to the fullest and not be scared because dying is not the end, but just the beginning of the afterlife. I love the idea of being able to celebrate my grandmother who passed away a few years ago, and feel comfort in thinking that she can come visit me on this day. I now have a happier, more hopeful view of death.” Other students used the opportunity to make a creative statement about social issues. In his graphic design “Bulletproof,” Phillip Encina said he wanted to address homicide by police officers. “I have made many friends in the low-income neighborhood I live [in] and seeing the rise in wrongful deaths of so many people in the community makes me sad and scared for the safety of people,” he said. “Creating art is a way to express that frustration and honor the dead.” “We could not be more proud of all of the students who participated in the show,” Reyes said. “Platt College is so grateful to the Chicano Art Gallery and all of the people who came out to support the artists and their work.” Chicano Art Gallery is located at 2117 Logan Ave. in Barrio Logan. The exhibition, featuring Platt College students and graduates and focused on Dia de los Muertos, runs through Nov. 7. Follow Chicano Art Gallery on Facebook. Platt College is a private institution located at 6250 El Cajon Blvd., in La Mesa. Founded in 1879 it offers degrees from associates through bachelor’s in science. For more information about Platt College, visit —Jennifer Coburn is a local freelance writer.v

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REUNIFICATION Jennifer Epps, a disabled homeless military veteran, who found herself stranded and temporarily out on the street after moving from Alabama to San Diego. “I came out to move in with a former Marine’s wife, but I didn’t know that they had gotten a divorce,” said Epps, whose situation turned sour soon after arrival. She discovered her hoped-for home was in eviction and suddenly found herself out on the streets without any money. “All my stuff was gone — my computer laptop, even my phone was gone,” Epps said. “I didn’t know what to do.” With the aid of Veterans Village of San Diego, Epps found shelter at San Diego Rescue Mission’s Downtown campus for a few nights, before being referred to the Family Reunification Program. “They gave me a bus ticket to come home to Alabama,” Epps said. “All I did was tell them my situation. I had somewhere I could go in a crisis. They’d helped out three other people right before me. It was a blessing. It really was.” Kris Michell, president/ CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, talked of how the program got

started — and its dynamic and positive impact. “The recognition that family is one of the strongest bonds we have was the driving force behind the creation of the Family Reunification Program, which is sponsored by Sharp HealthCare,” Michell said. “The program gives individuals an opportunity to get back on their feet and end their cycle of homelessness.” “We are pleasantly surprised with the success of the Family Reunification Program,” Michell said. “Reconnecting homeless individuals with loved ones has resulted in not only getting and keeping people off the street, but reuniting them with friends and family in a loving and safe environment.” Michell said that while “fi nding answers to homelessness is challenging,” efforts like the reunification program prove it is possible and she expects the program to continue as long as homeless exist in San Diego. “A strong support system is essential for all of us and reconnecting these individuals with friends, family, and supportive services effectively ends their cycle of homelessness,” Michell said. The tremendous achievement of the reunification program has been made possible through generous sponsorships. In addition to Sharp HealthCare, additional support and contributions have come from AT&T, Bank of America, California Apartment Association, the County of San Diego, Cox Communications, Jerry and Eleanor Navarra of Jerome’s Furniture, The Mansour Group Inc., San Diego Gas & Electric, Travelers Aid San Diego, Underground Elephant, Union Bank, and the William D. Lynch Company. “This amazing program has ended homelessness for 1,000 individuals and should be widely applauded,” said Dan Gross, executive vice president of Sharp HealthCare. “I encourage more organizations in San Diego to support this proven solution, which works with people living on the streets to renew relationships with family and friends in a supportive environment.” Another beneficiary of the Family Reunification Program was a homeless man named Jerry, who heard about the program during a visit to St. Vincent de Paul. Jerry is a homeless veteran who found himself on the streets after struggling with unemployment and alcoholism. Once he connected with Clean & Safe’s outreach coordinators, they were able to reunite him with both family and a veteran treatment program in his home state of Missouri.

Jerry worked a couple shifts with Clean & Safe before being reunited with his family members in Missouri. (Courtesy DSDP) “The Family Reunification Program changes lives forever,” said Alonso Vivas, executive director of Clean & Safe. “It gives hope to some of the most vulnerable members of our Downtown community. It’s been an incredible journey so far and this is just the beginning.”

To learn more about the Downtown San Diego Partnership and the Clean & Safe Program, please visit — Dave Schwab can be reached at

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East Village Residents Group (EVRG) will hold their bi-monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. and it is open to the public. The meeting takes place at East Village Community Church, located at 1374 Island Ave. and hosted by Dr. Hubbard. Topics and speakers for this month’s meeting: ● Brian Elliott, field representative to Rep. Scott Peters – with congressional updates ● Joyce Temporal, deputy director to Sen. Marty Block of the 39th District – with state updates ● John Ly, director of outreach in Mayor Faulconer’s office – with the mayor’s updates ● Brad Richter, V.P. of Civic San Diego – with updates on upcoming projects and improvements in East Village ● San Diego Police updates by police liaison, Marlo Woods ● Alonso Vivas, new executive director of Clean & Safe – with updates on Clean & Safe ● This month’s special guest speaker will be Duane Hagewood, of Carrier Johnson + Culture. Mr. Hagewood will be presenting to the group regarding the Park and Market project. ● Election of new EVRG board members will then be conducted by Robert Weichelt, followed by the member’s forum. EVRG’s next meeting: Jan. 19, 2017, at East Village Community Church Check out events and activities in East Village on:

FEATURE era, so viewing specimen slides become a popular hobby for amateur naturalists and spurred greater interest in science and nature. One of San Diego’s legendary citizen scientists, Laurence Klauber (1883-1968), is highlighted in the new exhibit. The chairman and CEO of SDG&E was an amateur naturalist whose hobby was studying reptiles. Self-taught, he nonetheless became one of the leading authorities on rattlesnakes. Klauber donated 36,000 reptile and amphibian specimens to theNAT, including the most comprehensive collection of rattlesnakes in the world. Check out the five jars containing rattlesnake specimens and the stuffed rattlesnake on view. A short fl ight of steps leads up to a hallway gallery displaying 10 paintings by renowned artist A.R. Valentien, who from 1908 to 1918 documented 1,500 species of California wildflowers. The museum has 1,094 watercolor paintings from the decade-long project in its collection, and will be rotating them on a regular basis. Valentien’s patron saint was La Jolla philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, who was one of the major benefactors of the museum from the 1920s until she died in 1932. A


EXHIBIT became extinct in 1918. The exhibit has a stuffed Carolina Parrot on display along with a historical photo of a woman wearing a fancy hat topped with numerous feathers from the parrot. The 60-pound book was donated to theNAT in 1930. “This is the first time we’ve been able to show it to the public,” Dykens said. Audubon (1785-1851) was an ornithologist, naturalist and a painter who illustrated all the birds he encountered in the wild. As a result, he became one of the most celebrated wildlife illustrators of his generation. The museum has digitally copied the pages of “Birds of America” and created an interactive version that allows visitors to flip through the book, view the illustrated birds and enlarge the images. Also digitally copied and made into an interactive video is “The Botanical Illustrators of the Flora Londinensis,” a groundbreaking book from the late 18th century that documented all the plants growing within a 10-mile radius of London, England. Various art-

A display for one of the Citizen Scientists (Courtesy theNAT) ists, engravers, watercolorists and textile designers contributed to this gorgeous book, which was the first of its kind at the time. Another multimedia gem is “Microscopes in Victorian England (1930s-1900),” which features a touch-screen selection of digitalized versions of slides from the era that allowed Victorians to look at specimens from the privacy of their own homes. Microscopes became commercially available and affordable during the Victorian

year later, the Scripps estate donated the Valentien paintings to theNAT. Again, these detailed watercolors have not been seen by the public, other than by request. Down the hallway from the small art gallery is the Dragon’s Den, a fun space designed specifically for children. Some of theNat’s oldest books are currently on display in the Dragon’s Den, notably “Hortus Sanitatis” (“Garden of Health”), which was published in 1517 in Germany and details plants that heal.

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A snake display includes handwritten journals at the new "Citizen Scientists" exhibit. (Courtesy theNAT) “Some pages have handwritten notes on them,” Dykens said, pointing to a page on display. True to the name of the space, several books are devoted to the mythical dragon. “Dragons are still a cultural icon even today,” Dykens said. One book on dragons, “The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents and the Theater of Insects,” was written and illustrated by Edward Topsell in 1858. In those days, Dykens said, “people used to believe that dragons existed.” Eventually science would prove otherwise. The Dragon’s Den also contains a fantasy book nook for children with three beanbag chairs “hidden” behind a wall of giant books, which also act as bookcases. In a whimsical touch, a giant cat sits atop the entrance. And speaking of entrances. A griffin — another type of mythical beast — greets visitors at the unusual entry into the Eleanor and Jerome Navarra Special Collections Gallery, a hint of what is to come in the Dragon’s Den. The 3,100-square-foot gallery has been carved out of the 7,300-square-foot Research Library, which was formerly considered part of the “back of the house” at the museum and out of view of the public other than by appointment. The gallery’s designers added skylights for natural lighting and exposed some of the architectural elements from the original 1930s building. In the middle of the third-floor gallery is the top of the Foucault pendulum, which was installed in the

1950s and has been restored and adorned with a modern casing. The gallery exhibit is free for members and included with general admission tickets. “Very few people have seen the objects that are featured in ‘Extraordinary Ideas’ and its accompanying galleries,” said Dykens, the longtime director of the Research Library. “The objects and rare books on display, some dating back to the 1500s, convey the impact

citizen science has had not only on our organization, but the world at large. It’s a great honor to be able to share these items with the public for the first time.” For more information, visit —Ken Williams is editor of Uptown News and can be reached at or at 619-961-1952. Follow him on Twitter at @KenSanDiego, or Instagram at @KenSD.v


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The owners of The Waterfront Bar & Grill in Little Italy — Chad Cline and Jason Nichols — have opened Banzai Bar in Loma Portal. According to manager Chris Ninteman, “We’re the only establishment in town that can show live home games of the San Diego Gulls.” The bar, which carries a full liquor license, features a 400-gallon saltwater fish tank, a kitchen that stays open until 1 a.m. daily, four flat screens and a giant projector used for showing sports games and music videos. The menu reveals some creative dishes such as grilled ginger wings, artichoke tacos, a seared ahi club sandwich and other savory noshables, including Waterfront sliders. Banzai offers happy hour from 3–6 p.m., Monday through Friday, when all draft beers are $4. It also features separate beer bargains exclusive to patio. 3048 Midway Drive, 619-501-5458,

Wieners, sausages, burgers and beer rule the day at the new Dog Haus Biergarten, which made its San Diego debut in late October in the East Village. The fast-casual franchise, based in Pasadena, has multiple locations throughout the Western U.S. and features indoor-outdoor seating, multiple flat screens, and modern-industrial design elements. The hot dogs are served on grilled, Hawaiian rolls and come in several varieties, including turkey and veggie. Sausage choices include bratwurst, kielbasa, spicy Thai, and veggie-Italian. And in addition to craft beer, wines are sold by the can. 969 Ninth Ave., 619-501-6668,

Nashville hot quail over cornbread at Florent (Photo by Anna Gamboa/A7D)

The “sooo cali” hot dog with basil aioli (Courtesy Dog Haus Biergarten)

Chef Brad Hightow of Florent Restaurant & Lounge in the Gaslamp District potentially leads the pack in fall-menu revisions. He has added nearly 20 new dishes to the repertoire. Among them are cherry-mascarpone french toast and crispy chicken biscuit sandwiches for brunch; fish tortas and Mediterranean vegetable wraps for lunch; and Nashville hot quail, New York steak, and tiger shrimp fettuccine for dinner. 672 Fifth Ave., 619-595-0123,


Lauded for its terroir-driven wines, Pali Wine Co. in Lompoc, California, has opened a tasting room in Little Italy that features a roomy bar, barrel room and open-air balcony. The inventory includes a diverse lineup of chardonnay, pinot noir, Rhone and Bordeaux wines using grapes grown throughout the West Coast and Oregon. It is open from 3–9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and noon–10 p.m., Friday through Sunday. 2130 India St., 619-569-1300,

The East Village will see the arrival of Breakfast Republic in February by restaurateur Johan Engman, who has established the breakfast-lunch concept in North Park and Liberty Station, and has a third location opening soon in Encinitas. His East Village venture will move into the space previously occupied by Zanzibar Café. It will feature a sidewalk patio and signature menu items such as pancake flights, housemade crab cakes, and shrimp and grits with eggs. 707 G St.,

San Diego’s ever-growing restaurant group, CH Projects, has hired Chef Phillip Esteban to oversee research and development of the company’s 12 establishments, which include several Downtown-area hotspots such as Rare Form, Craft & Commerce, Noble Experiment, and Ironside Fish & Oyster. In addition, a new venture called Born & Raised is in the pipeline, due to open in Little Italy next year. Esteban, who spent five years helping Tender Greens expand throughout Southern California, also worked in top kitchens in New York City and San Diego. More recently, he served as executive chef at The Cork & Craft in Rancho Bernardo. In his new gig, he will oversee menu development alongside CH’s chef-partner Jason McLeod.

Chef Phillip Esteban has moved over to CH Projects (Photo by Kim Marcelo)

New late-night drink deals are now available at this waterfront eatery (Photo by Lyudmila Zotova)

Carnitas Snack Shack at the Embarcadero recently introduced “reverse happy hour” from 9 p.m.–close on Fridays and Saturdays. Deals include $5 drafts, $6 wines by the glass and $10 specialty cocktails. Regular happy hour runs from 3–6 p.m., Monday through Friday. 1004 N. Harbor Drive, 619-696-7675,


San Diego’s biggest Epicurean event, the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, returns for the 13th year with a host of chef-driven dinners, culinary presentations, and wine and beer tastings held Nov. 14-20 at various venues throughout San Diego. The festival’s main attraction is the Grand Tasting, which features samples from more than 700 wines, plus foods from nearly 70 of San Diego’s most notable chefs and gourmet vendors. It will be held from noon–3 p.m., Nov. 19, at Embarcadero Marina Park North (500 Kettner Blvd.) Tickets are $135 or $175 for early entry at 11 a.m. For a complete list of events and highlights, visit —Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at

‘Top Chef’ in the house While sipping on fresh lemonade and a shamelessly boozy Restaurant “dock & tai” cocktail made Review with Bacardi Rum, absinthe, pistachio orgeat and lots of Frank Sabatini Jr. fresh mint, we proceeded to a mountain of red endive and In various team matches on watercress. It’s the house salad season 13 of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” strewn with dried cherries and she cooked for a mass gay wedRoquefort crumbles, both of ding; caused a solar oven tube which maintained their sweet to explode when adding water and tangy flavors amid neutral to it; and endured grueling hazelnut vinaigrette. hours taping other kitchen We visited on the cusp of a showdowns in cities throughout seasonal menu change, although California. Then, during an most of what we ordered will elimination round in the fifth stay as Wellman prepares to episode, the show’s judges told introduce by mid-November her to “pack your knives and go.” chicken liver mousse, houseGrateful for the opportunity, made sausage and whole grilled Giselle Wellman returned to her fish. The fate of other dishes native San Diego still a champ such as wild mushroom risotto, from a career that has included fish and chips, and scallops with applewood bacon and potato-leek working for prestigious chefs chowder remained in the air. such as Thomas Keller in Los In addition, the green-lentil Angeles, and Mario Batali and cassoulet my companion orJean George in New York City. dered could soon transform into Now, after endearing herself a traditional French-style recito television audiences as a pe using white beans. Although confident competitor, she serves oesn t, I wouldn’t complain if it doesn’t, as executive chef of Pacific d subecause the lentils worked Standard Coastal Kitchen, the tial perbly in offering substantial modern, spacious restaurant lly texture and flavor, especially incorporated into Hilton’s new ainmantled beneath braised rainHomewood Suites and Garden bow carrots, pickled onionss Inn Bayside Hotel. and a dollop of the sofrito. In today’s never-ending monsoon of overrated burghy ers, Pacific Standard’s girthy nd creation of sirloin and ground chuck excels because of its edretained juices and aged chedme dar on top. Add to the scheme cipollini onion jam, Frenso chilies and garlic aioli, and

Giselle Wellman launches a fresh start in her career (Courtesy Giselle Wellman) The dual property marks the spot where one of the city’s most distinctive art deco structures stood when it was an eye-catching pink palace that housed Top’s Nightclub in the 1940s, and then later Fat City, China Camp and a Denny’s. Sadly, much of its character was demolished and replaced by a white, generic build-out that recently garnered an “onion” rather than an “orchid” award by the San Diego Architectural Society. But blooms are found across Wellman’s menu. Her fabulous baked brioche accompanied by house-made ricotta, for example, shouldn’t be ignored. Like warm croissants straight out of the oven, every flaky morsel melted in our mouths as we effortlessly polished off the entire six-piece serving. Her meaty Maryland-style lump crab cakes draped in fennel-carrot slaw and spicy remoulade are yet another winning prelude leading to a concise list of entrees that rely largely on California-sourced ingredients. Or as a shrimp starter, she perches the peeled crustaceans on toast with a sweet Latin-inspired sauce of tomatoes, bell peppers and onions (sofrito). We welcomed the thin slices of red Fresno chilies that also surfaced, but couldn’t really detect the lemon confit and Old Bay Seasoning mentioned in the menu description.

DINING Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen 2137 Pacific Highway (Little Italy) 619-819-0010; Dinner prices: Soups, salads and appetizers, $6 to $18; cheese and charcuterie boards, $13 to $20; entrees, $16 to $27

you end up with a flavor outcome that isn’t necessarily as innovative as it is balanced and tely perky. Definitely one of the best I’ve had in a while.

San Diego Downtown News | November 2016 The dessert my companion ordered fit the season: a donut with pumpkin pie filling in the middle and cranberry icing on top. It was surrounded by pecan crumbles and served with a mini glass mug of apple cider. I chose a Valrhona chocolate bar speckled with peanut butter crunchies and sea salt, and dotted with toasted meringue. Both confections were thoughtfully conceived and made in-house. Unlike most hotel restaurants, which require traversing lobbies and hallways to get to them, you enter this from the street or from a central courtyard designed with inviting furniture and elegant fire features. With a large bar that was fairly busy on our weekday visit, the atmosphere holds equal appeal for hotel guests and locals alike.


Service involved two wait staffers who came to our table in fits and starts. Our empty plates and water glasses were addressed intermittently. But friendly and gracious they were when coming around, as the overall vibe is casual in the pure San Diego sense. Pacific Standard also serves breakfast daily (buffet or al a carte), plus lunch, and weekend brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition, happy hour is held from 4 to 7 p.m., daily, when appetizers, well drinks, house wines and draft beers are $5 apiece; and select cocktails sell for $6 and $7. —Frank Sabatini Jr. can d at fsabatini@san. be reached

(clockwise from top left) Pumpkin pie donut with apple cider; fresh brioche with ricotta; crab cakes; and vegetable cassoulet (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

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Financial News Taylor Schulte The allure of dividend investing is worse than smoke and mirrors; it’s downright propaganda. Regardless of whether dividend investing has been trending lately, it’s not the foolproof retirement answer it’s made out to be. Here’s why:

Problem No. 1: Historic performance

Cash dividends sound great, but is the proof in the pudding? Unfortunately, all signs point to “no” since dividends fail the historic performance test. A mountain of investment data exists to show how and why investing makes sense. Stocks, for example, have generated investment over-and-above inflation. Further, stocks of small companies have provided even better returns. There are many investing strategies — including value investing, investing to focus on shareholder yield, or investing in companies with a low dividend payout ratio. Historically, these strategies all tend to do better than traditional dividend investing over long periods of time. Remember, there are three keys to becoming a successful investor. Those keys are keeping investment costs low, diversifying your investments broadly and not chasing performance. These three key factors don’t really jive with dividend investing strategy — bringing us to problems No. 2 and No. 3.

Problem No. 2: Cost

On average, keeping your


investment costs low is the key to When you focus your investscoring the best investment rements on those companies that turn. When you pay less to invest, pay dividends, you’re doing you keep more money for yourself. the opposite of diversification: The math is pretty simple. You’re concentrating your inPeople who focus on dividend vestments into just one type investing tend to ignore ongoof company. This makes your ing costs. A dividend-centered investments riskier. investment fund (a mutual fund So, if you think dividend inor an ETF) is almost always vesting is a safe strategy, I would more expensive than a broader, caution you. Focusing on divimore-diversified fund. Let’s use dends can be very risky. Let’s not these two examples as a basis for forget that it was the very same this argument: euphoria for dividend-paying ● iShares Core S&P total companies that caused a stock U.S. Stock Market ETF expense market bubble and poor stock ratio: 0.03 percent market performance of the 1970s. ● iShares select dividend The bottom line: Invest ETF expense ratio: 0.39 percent Look at the two funds above smarter and ignore trends When it comes to being a and you’ll notice the dividend smart investor, you don’t need to fund costs 13 times as much as become a rocket scientist. To get the broader, more diversified the best returns over time, you fund. And this comparison asneed to focus on the three pillars sumes you’re buying low-cost of smart and profitable investing funds to begin with. Obviously, — keeping costs low, diversifying the price difference might be your investments and not chaseven worse if you’re opting for ing performance. the expensive active-manageWhile dividend investing ment route. might be all the rage these days, Believe it or not, you could be it fails all of these tests. Not only paying up to 36 times (or more) has it underperformed other for a dividend-focused fund compared to a low-cost broadly diver- strategies historically, but it comes with a tax drag to boot. sified index fund. Worse, dividend investing can be Over time, these added costs extremely expensive. will chip away at your earnings. Skip dividend investing for So, you may be receiving divproven, low-cost, diversified inidends, but you’re paying a lot vestments instead and you’ll be a more money out than those divilot better off in the end. dends are worth. See an expanded version of Problem No. 3: this article on sandiegodownDiversification The value of diversification is so ubiquitous that I’m sure you’ve —Taylor Schulte, CFP, is the heard this before. Still, it bears founder of Define Financial. He repeating that you should never can be reached at 619-4002 or put all of your eggs in one basket.



The “endangered list” Preservation Matters

Ann Jarmusch h Our precious historic parks and buildings are at grave risk, places that contribute to San Diego’s unique character and our cultural heritage. To combat this alarming situation, Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), the region’s largest and most effective historic preservation advocacy group, recently released its 2016 list of “Eleven Most Endangered Places” in the county. Below we will review the ones that are most relevant to Downtown News readers. The list is sobering, and not least because Balboa Park has returned to the list, due to revived efforts to implement the Paid Parking Plan that would destroy the historic heart of the park. With a massive, ugly new freeway-style offramp and roadway leading to an unnecessary new paid-parking garage, this plan would destroy Balboa Park as we have known and loved it. It would also lead to paid parking throughout the park, which would be a hardship for many. This irresponsible, notyet funded $80 million plan — made moot in part, by the Zoo’s new parking garage — is all the more egregious on the part of city officials because the



park needs over $500 million in repairs. Across town, Presidio Park is in dire straits from years of neglect. The Plymouth Rock of the West, this park commemorates Junipero Serra’s founding of California in 1769. The Serra Museum and Serra Cross have become severely deteriorated and the historic landscaping is nearly dead. As San Diego approaches the 250th anniversary of its founding in 2019, this landmark park urgently needs restoration. Two valuable East Village buildings are endangered. The Chargers have cast a harsh, senseless eye on the famed Wonder Bread Building (1897), which would be demolished if the team’s proposed stadium were to be built. They would wipe out this local landmark — now home to Mission Brewery — in defiance of its economic benefit and any climate action best practices. Spreckels Warehouse, a 1924 contributor to San Diego’s historic warehouse district, should join the other J Street warehouses converted to new enterprises, like restaurants, shops, offices and housing. Another Downtown landmark, which is threatened by proposed high-rise residences, is the Spanish Revival California Theatre and the popular, 1960s Caliente Racetrack mural on its rear wall, which faces Third Avenue near C Street. The long neglected, 2,200-seat

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A trio of hotels planned for Liberty Station Art on the Land Delle Willett East Hotels at Liberty Station is a trio of new hotels going in along Harbor Drive on the former site of Navy recruit barracks, where most recently Wally Park operated. The three hotels will share a common entrance off of Harbor Drive. This is the first Liberty Station development to be located on the east side of the boat channel that connects to the north San Diego Bay. The site looks across the channel to the shops, restaurants and hotels on the west side, and is adjacent to Spanish Landing Park along Harbor Drive. The hotels planned include the 181-room Hampton Inn & Suites; the 247-room Embassy Suites; and 222-room Towne Place Suites, each serving different traveler needs, from short business stays to extended family vacations. Hampton Inn & Suites will target the “Road Warrior” visitor. In an atmosphere that’s aviation inspired, visitors can

get things done with speed and efficiency in aviator style. Embassy Suites, with a military heritage theme, will target the smart and savvy traveler. Towne Place is a Marriottowned, extended-stay hotel for the DIY traveler. It will offer a home-away-from-home with a naval influence, a nautical aesthetic and NTC references.

A water feature at the shared entrance of the trio of hotels. (Photo by Delle Willett)

“Travelers will be welcomed to enjoy the San Diego experience: coastal waters, cool ocean breezes, palm trees swaying in the wind, our world-famous perfect weather, and the crisp clean smell of saltwater, while discovering the plentiful amenities available to all in the area,” said Chris Langdon, landscape architect associate at KTU+A Landscape Architecture of San Diego. As lead landscape architects on the project, KTU+A included Integration Design Studio (IDS) on their team to assist in the design portion of the project, bringing additional brand hotel experience to the team. Featured at the main arrival court is a large-scale boat fountain, evocative of San Diego’s maritime culture. The sustainable-water feature utilizes safe air-conditioning condensate derived from hotel operations. “We wanted to create a unique ‘wow factor’ upon guest arrival, from the streetscape along Harbor Drive, to the main arrival auto court,” said Kurt Carlson, a landscape architect principal at KTU+A. KTU+A also worked with Integration Design Studios of San Diego and Degen & Degen Architecture and Interior

Walking and bike path at Liberty Station to support visitors of the new hotels. (Photo by Delle Willett) Design of Seattle, Washington, “With us being located in to knit the three hotels into Seattle and both landscape a common environment with architects KTU+A and the goal of creating a stunIntegration Design Studio in San Diego, we relied heavily ning San Diego experience for on [web-based] meetings for guests, and yet satisfy all the the bulk of the coordination, environmental, public-access but during the design concept and public-amenity goals of the California Coastal Commission. we had multiple in-person charrettes at both locations Connecting to public transit and other forms of mobility was to get everyone’s visions on paper,” said Chris Miller, projalso important. ect manager, architect and The three firms collaborated associate principal at Degen & to create seamless indoor/outdoor relationships; for example, Degen. “We designed a landscape guests in each hotel lobby are that provides the carefree, visually connected to the outdoors, where the landscaping is laid-back experience that visitors anticipate when visiting carefully orchestrated to maxSan Diego,” Carlson added. imize the guest’s experience of “Tying into the story of Liberty San Diego. Station, the landscape uses materials, colors and themes expressing the nautical aspects of the area, as well as the U.S. Navy heritage.” As always, projects have their challenges. For example, the city requires a large amount of parking per hotel, therefore mitigating the impact of cars and creating a pedestrian-friendly site was a major challenge; but creating an identifiable, highly functional pedestrian circulation system was important to the scope of the project. One solution is a foot bridge that will provide full access for pedestrians and bike riders to Liberty Station, and a multiuse path that will provide easy access to Spanish Landing Park and Harbor Island underneath Harbor Drive, without the need to get in a car. “The main challenge of the project was getting the site to drain on the relatively fl at site while collecting into strategically placed bio-retention basins throughout the 14 acres by the civil team of Rick Engineering,” Miller said. Working with saline aspects of site soils, the KTU+A landscape team selected plantings that expressed the California coastal experience and were not only attractive but also salt-tolerant. The materials will need to withstand marine influences over a long period of time and withstand the salt water when the tide comes in and fi lls it up from below. Plantings that provide shade and allow for recreation in a park-like setting were also specified. As prime landscape architects, KTU+A has completed the construction drawings and are currently doing all the site observation of construction. —Delle Willett can be reached at


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Superlative ‘Equivocation’ at Lamb’s Theater Review Charlene Baldridge As a certain music critic of yore used to lament in regard to Italianate tenors, “I wish I had a dictionary of superlatives with which to describe his voice.” Currently there is much in Ross Hellwig surrounded by castmates in "Equivocation" (Photo by Ken Jacques) San Diego theaters on which to rain praise, what with the double bill of August Wilson’s “Macbeth,” and bits of “Hamlet” Judith (wondrously affecting Caitie Grady), twin of his late, “Seven Guitars” and “King and “King Lear.” lamented son, Hamnet. Judith Hedley II” playing through Nov. Troupe members portray acts as the troupe’s laundress, 6 at Cygnet Theatre in Old multiple roles, themselves, loves her father and endures Town, and now, the latest, characters in Shag’s plays, the much neglect just to be near equally-challenging and explotters and the royals. him. Their relationship is quisite, the regional theater Employing age-old theatrical premiere of Bill Cain’s hidevices, bits and pieces of Jeanne strained because she is so like her twin that Shag can barely larious and brainy 2009 ode Reith’s clever period-mixed costolerate having her around. to Shakespeare, theater and tumes and the amazing acumen Deborah Gilmour Smyth — love, “Equivocation,” at Lamb’s and versatility of her actors, dione of San Diego’s great treaPlayers Theatre through rector Deborah Gilmour Smyth sures, whose casting and diNov. 20. assists onlookers’ discernment rection are jewel-like — acts In addition to being a playof the rapidly unfolding and inas sound designer as well and wright, screenwriter and teach- tertwined plotlines, as Shag dishas written a lovely score for er, Cain is a Jesuit priest, and covers that King James’ version unaccompanied cello (played therefore eminently qualified of the truth differs vastly from by Diana Elledge) to support to write this gnarly, brilliantly what he is learning. The result is the action. This all takes constructed work about the a paean to Shagspear and a life place upon Sean Fanning’s Jesuit Gunpowder Plot of 1605. in the theater. And, I might add, set, representative of the That’s when a bunch of rebels a delight to Shakespeare devbare bones, Elizabethan-style plotted to blow up the House otees. I wept at the end, partly stage of the original Globe of Parliament — and with it because I was moved and partly Theatre, with ornate golden the protestant King James I, because Cain’s heady romp had columns — that support the his family and his supporters concluded. rough hewn of the over above, — thereby restoring a Catholic the under, and the heavens — king to the throne. and staircases on both sides. Someone ratted out the conNathan Peirson is lighting spirators before they could light by Bill Cain designer and Jordan Miller is the fuse. All were captured, Directed fight director. convicted, hanged, and drawn by Deborah Smyth When “Equivocation” is at and quartered the following Wednesdays the height of meandering in year. It is during this period through Sundays search of a play, it is borderline that a man named William Through Nov. 20 mind-numbing, its torture and Shagspear, here called “Shag,” Lamb’s Players Theatre executions ghastly; and yet, is commissioned by King 1142 Orange Ave. the writing (in the American James’s prime minister, Robert Coronado vernacular), the acting and Cecil, to write a play about the the love story at the play’s plot, its foiling and the torture or core make it transcendent. It of the plotters. King James 619-437-6000 is absolutely chockfull of wit, himself has written the “treatwisdom and timeliness, and is ment” from which Shag is exa tribute to Lamb’s, its leaders, pected to write the play. and its company, all fully uti“We don’t do current events,” In addition to Shag (quilized in service to excellence Shag (Robert Smyth) tells Cecil etly dazzling Robert Smyth) and moral and intellectual (Francis Gercke). “We do true and Nate (the multi-talentcourage. histories of the past.” ed Gercke), there are three This is must-see theater, esAfter Shag takes the assignadditional troupe members, pecially now. ment and the purse that goes Sharpe (poignant Ross with it, he insists on talking Hellwig), Richard (solid Paul — Charlene Baldridge has with the plotters to learn the Eggington) and Armin (exbeen writing about the arts truth and simultaneously goes ceptionally versatile Brian into rehearsal with his troupe, Mackey). Each is fully utilized. since 1979. You can follow her blog at charlenecriticism. the King’s Men. The king’s play All save Smyth play or reach her at unfolds before us, along with ous roles. The play’s other rehearsals for Shag’s new play, character is Shag’s daughter,


J. Bernard Calloway and Blake Segal. Photo by Jim Cox.

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(619) 23-GLOBE! (234-5623) The cast of "Equivocation" at Lambs Players Theatre (Photo by Ken Jacques)

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Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (835 West Harbor Drive, Suite C, Seaport Village) hosts live music performances every Saturday night from 7–9 p.m. This month's lineup will feature:

● Nov. 5: Jonathan Valverde: a multilingual singer who performs ballads and rock songs in English, Spanish and more. ● Nov. 12: The Rollers: a Beatles tribute band who play familiar favorites. ● Nov. 19: Stacey Murray: a soul songstress who performs jazz, rock, blues and soul. ● Nov. 26: Air Go: a group of teenage performers that play covers of classics and modern indie pop. Visit upstartcrowtrading. com for more information. 12TH ANNUAL CHOCOLATE & VINO Friday, Nov. 4

Hosted by the Young Professionals Committee of Big Brothers & Big Sisters of San Diego County, this will feature 50 local vendors serving wine, spirits, food, dessert and chocolate samples at University Club Atop Symphony Towers (750 B St., Floor 34, Downtown). The event will be held from 6–9 p.m. Tickets are $50 in advance and include unlimited tastings. Visit bit. ly/2ezEmUq for tickets and details.

'DONUTS & BEER' Wednesday, Nov. 9

One of many SD Beer Week happenings, this pairing event will be held at The Local Eatery & Drinking Hole (1065 Fourth Ave., Downtown) at 6 p.m. Tickets will include four donuts from Donut Bar and four resident beer pairings. Tickets are $30 and space is limited. Get details on the beers and tickets at


USS Midway Museum is the presenting sponsor of this year's parade to recognize veterans of every era and serving soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen and coastguardsmen. This year's theme is “A Tribute to the Guardians of Freedom.” The parade starts at 11 a.m. on North Harbor Drive. The one-mile route has been revised from past years. Visit for the route map, information on grandstand seating and more.

‘ANIMALIA: A GROUP SHOW’ Opening Saturday, Nov. 12

This group art show will host its opening reception from 6–9 p.m. with refreshments and small bites. Artists featured will include work by 32 local artists from all over San Diego County with each work depicting animals, both real and


imaginary. Pieces will include oil paintings, watercolor, iron and marble works, photography, archival prints and more. Proceeds from wine sales at the event will benefit a nonprofit that supports animals. “Animalia” will be on display at Sparks Gallery (530 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp) through Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. Visit to RSVP for the free opening reception (required).

This new exhibit at the Gaslamp Museum at the DavisHorton House (410 Island Ave., Downtown) will open tonight at 7 p.m. The exhibit will feature vintage newspapers from 18501917, including a copy of the first Gaslamp Gazette. Opening night will also feature a lecture by Johnny Gonzales, adjunct professor of history at Miramar College. His topic will be: “The Free Speech Movement in San Diego.” Attendance is free for members and $5 for non-members. The exhibit will continue at the museum for several months. Visit for more info on the museum.



This dog show, hosted by Modern Times Beer, will have rad beers and food trucks on hand. There will be awards for Best Outfit/ Costume, Best Dressed, Best Celebrity Lookalike, Best Smile, Can Do A Trick, Best Strut and Looks Most Like Owner. The event will be held from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. at Quartyard San Diego (1102 Market St., East Village). Check-in for contestants is at 12:30 p.m. and judging will take place at 1 p.m. Visit bit. ly/2dZiXmu for more information and QYdanksauce2 to register your pup for the show. Dogs can be registered in up to two categories and the show is limited to 60 registrants.

‘SEX IN OUR CITY’ Monday, Nov. 14

Join Alvarado Hospital for the popular “Sex in Our City” event with renowned Dr. Irwin Goldstein. The evening includes dinner, discussion and decadent desserts. Dr. Goldstein and a panel of experts will discuss sexual health in adult women of all ages, pre- and post-menopause solutions, low libido, HRT and how to spice things up in the bedroom. The dinner is free, but seating is very limited. Preregistration is required by Nov. 10. Call 800-258-2723 or visit AlvaradoHospital. com for more information and to pre-register.


The San Diego Press Club and San Diego Public Library Shop are partnering for this “word nerd” event at the San Diego Central Library (330 Park Blvd., East Village). Moderated by Peter Sokolowski, editor at large with Merriam-Webster; and judged by Grant Barrett of the radio show “A Way with Words,” and Misty Jones, San Diego Public Library Director. Starts at 6:30 p.m. in the library's Neil Morgan Auditorium. Cost to participate is $10 per speller; audience attendance is free. Visit to register.

This edition of Cinema at The Balboa (868 Fourth Ave., Downtown) will feature the 1995 Disney movie “Pocahontas.” The animated film is voiced by Mel Gibson (John Smith), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Christian Bale (Thomas) and many more. The film won many awards including the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Colors of the Wind” and Best Musical or Comedy Score. The film is rated G and has a run time of 80 minutes. Tickets are $12 with discounts for children under 12, seniors and military. Ticket holders are entitled to 20 percent off at the Hard Rock Café before or after the movie (show ticket stub). The film will be shown at 1 p.m. Visit for tickets.


Hosted by Pure Indoor Cycling at their new studio located at 401 W. A St., Suite 140, Downtown, the ride will take place from 11 a.m.–noon and all proceeds will go to the Veterans Employment Committee of San Diego. Members of the public can purchase a ride credit on and spot book their preferred bike for the charity ride. Pure is also offering free spin classes for veterans for the entire month of November.

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

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

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

SATURDAY Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Rain or shine, visit over 100 booths on West Cedar Street between Kettner Boulevard and Front Street. Visit Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, Davis-Horton House and more. 11 a.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit

SUNDAY Walk-in eReader and device assistance: Free and open to the public. Bring your Android and iOS devices for hands-on learning. 2–4 p.m. Room 222, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit —Compiled by Jen Van Tieghem. Send items for inclusion to editor Morgan M. Hurley at


4TH ANNUAL TEDDY BALL Saturday, Nov. 26

This black-tie celebration produced by Cruise 4 Kids will be held at Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa (1775 East Mission Bay Drive, Mission Bay) starting at 7:30 p.m. This year's goal is to collect 1,500 new stuffed teddy bears for sick and needy children. The donated toys will be given to the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito to divide between their eight branches. Extra teddy bears will be distributed among local children’s hospitals and other charities. Visit for information and tickets. v For Downtown Live Music Listings, Visit

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ENDANGERED theater, which opened in 1927, is known for its fi ne acoustics. Out-of-town owners are ignoring public demand for adapting the building and preserving the mural. Hillcrest’s commercial core is the target of unwanted proposals to transform its bohemian, low-rise character into residential towers around a huge open space. Speculative investors, who are lobbying for a 200-foot height limit, would rip the heart out of Hillcrest and wipe out its LGBTQ history. And one of Hillcrest’s earliest homes, the 1911 Henry B. Jones House, located at 4040 Fifth Ave., will be razed unless a new owner who is willing to move it can be found soon. Elsewhere in Uptown, the San Diego Unified School District is squandering the Italian Renaissance Revival Teachers Training Annex #1, which it uses for storage despite community pleas to convert it to a library or something else that would serve University Heights. St. Luke’s Chapel, a small, Mission Revival gem from 1897 and attributed to architects Hebbard & Gill, awaits a savior in North Park. All Saints Episcopal Church will donate the cost of demolition to anyone willing to move the chapel, but time is running out. If San Diego is to remain special and authentic, we must preserve the historic places and buildings that enrich our lives and embody our common heritage. Once lost, they are gone forever. To review the complete list of most endangered places, visit this article online at —Ann Jarmusch, the former architecture critic for the San Diego Union-Tribune, and volunteers for SOHO as the chief writer for Preservation Matters. For more information about Save Our Heritage Organisation and the Most Endangered List, visit

Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro Gaslight Gathering

Gaslight Gathering 6 was held at the Town & Country Resort Hotel on Oct. 7-9. The theme this year was “All the Steamy Things That Go Bump in the Night,” and this fun-filled convention included two fashion shows and a masquerade ball. The first fashion show, “Screampunk!” was held at the outdoor stage on Saturday, and all the models came out wearing their creepy and darker side. Some of the popular topics in the late 1800s were ghosts, witches, mummies and mystical beasts and the participants took these trends to fashion their costumes. The mistress of ceremonies was Lady Mari aka Lady Shadow — San Diego’s only Steampunk Vampyre — who also gave a lecture during the convention on how to purchase and wear a corset. The second fashion show and ice cream social was held on Sunday, in the Le Chanticleer Room of the resort’s Regency Tower. The models wore fashion reproductions from the Regency (1811-1837), Victorian (1837-1901) and Edwardian (1901-1914) eras. Inspired by Alphonse Mucha’s art deco drawings, the theme was “The Four Seasons” and all

fashions were designed with a special season or month in mind. Cindy Pirelli was the mistress of ceremonies for this social gathering. Piselli and several of the other models belong to an equestrian group called the Victorian Roses, who will be riding in the next Rose Parade. On Saturday night, the 198th anniversary of Victor Von Frankenstein’s Monster Ball was held in the Garden Salon and the San Diego High Society Jazz Band entertained the crowd. This is a family event with grandparents, parents and children all coming to enjoy the festivities. Other special events of the weekend included panels,

various authors and an autograph signing by New York Times best-selling author Gail Carriger. There were also classes, such as “Build Your Own Retractable Wings,” “Make a Victorian Neck Cuff,” or “How to Make Interactive Gadgets.” Additional events included teapot races and screenings of classic movies, such “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and “The Bride of Frankenstein.” One of the highlights was the Grand Bazaar with vendors selling all the must-have items for your Steampunk costume. This year, Gaslight partnered with Just In Time Foster Youth. The organization provides support to local San Diego foster youth that are in transition from foster care to independence as adults when they “age out” of the system. For more information, visit If you missed this fun-filled weekend, stay tuned for next year’s convention at

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Cindy Piselli was the emcee for a fashion show (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

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Nov. 17 | Leonard Simpson’s 10 Best Dressed Awards Gala — the Prado Ballroom and Casa del Prado Theater in Balboa Park beginning at 5:30 p.m. The theme is En Pointe at the Prado and will benefit the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet. For tickets, visit Dec. 11 | Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade — Sponsored by the San Diego Union Tribune and presented by VCA Market Street Animal Hospital, this


Gaslight Gathering was based up on seasons; Kimberly Carlisle is the month of December (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro) is the chance for owners and their pets to don their favorite costumes and join this fun day, which includes a pet expo. Benefits San Diego Humane Society and the San Diego Police Foundation with the K9 Unit. Starts and ends at MLK Promenade Park. For more information, visit gaslamp-holiday-pet-parade. —Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned couture milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at v

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San diego downtown news november 2016  
San diego downtown news november 2016