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The non-descript entrance of Little Italy’s new urban winery (inset) eventually leads wine lovers into an enchanting backyard garden. (Courtesy Carruth Cellars)

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Carruth Cellars’ not-so-secret new wine garden


By Jen Lothspeich Known for its flagship location in Solana Beach, and more recently, a tasting room in Carlsbad, Carruth Cellars has ventured south. San Diego wine lovers can now enjoy their offerings in an alluring new setting in Little Italy.

When in Rome … it’s the dough

Carruth Cellars Wine Garden set up shop in a quaint building previously occupied by another urban winery, San Diego Cellars. The opportunity to take over the space was “too good to pass up” for owner, winemaker and native San Diegan Adam Carruth, who felt the location had a lot of potential.

Along with a fresh look on the exterior — using a bold charcoal paint and eye-catching copper signage — the indoor space has been revamped with a fresh modern look. There is bench seating in one area, along with a long bar top, lots of enticing displays of wine and various

merchandise available for purchase. But the real magic of this place awaits outside. Behind the building lies the actual wine garden, with lush greenery and flowering plants dotting the patio in wooden

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Home is a place you belong, a place you can call your own. It should be a place of security and safety. And according to the nonprofit organization Just in Time (JIT), which works with foster youth aged 18 to 26, a consistent place to call home and a community of caring adults are essential steps toward creating a secure future. Downtown resident and JIT mentor Diane Archambault saw this firsthand when she volunteered as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) through Voices for Children. Her niche was foster teenagers and while she really liked working with

that group, after eight years she was frustrated by the results when they “aged out” of the system. That’s what it’s called when a foster teen turns 18 and is no longer considered a ward of the state. The teens may have had a transitional planning conference with their social worker ahead of time, been given an “emancipation packet” of information, and sometimes are set up with a physical space to live — but then are left to fend for themselves. Archambault said it was typical for a foster teen to leave with only a garbage bag of clothes to their name.

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Downtown resident Diane Archambault started her own mini drive for JIT six years ago with 18 people; its grown to 65. (Courtesy Beckman Ellman Heald)

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Rappelling for a cause Volunteers needed to assist teams and individuals face their fears Morgan M. Hurley | Editor People with brain cancer face a lot of fears. On Sunday, Dec. 2, the nonprofit Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) are giving them the opportunity to face a fear they can manage and control; rappelling down the side of a 365-foot building. In its fifth year in San Diego, Over the Edge for Brain Cancer is a fundraising collaboration involving ABC2; Over the Edge, an adventure experience company that focuses on rappelling events for nonprofits; the Manchester Grand Hyatt; and Encore Event Technologies, the Hyatt’s contracted audio-visual company. Together, these organizations create an unparalleled experience for the survivors of brain cancer, those still struggling with the disease, and their family and friends. For their part, participants in Over the Edge for Brain Cancer raise money through sponsorships and peer-to-peer fundraising — much like those who run a 5k would — for ABC2, which then grants the money toward research into medicines and cures for this rare and deadly disease. Since its inception, ABC2 has provided more than 100 grants, totaling $120 million, including one to UC San Diego Health’s Brain Cancer Center. Sen. John McCain recently announced that he is one of the 12,000 people in the U.S. struggling with glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer, and Sen. Ted Kennedy died of the disease in 2009. Brain cancer is also currently the leading type of pediatric cancer. “We found Over the Edge – a company based in Nova Scotia – and decided it was a great metaphor for our organization; specifically, because there is a perceived risk in rappelling down the side of a building and we also take risks in what we fund,” said Mindy Hoff, director of communications for ABC2. “It may not be the things that everyone else is throwing money at but we think the research is a cool idea and might have some really lasting effects in breaking into research,”

she continued. “Also, our CEO [Max Wallace] calls us the ‘secret team’ — like a Seal Team — fighting the good fight. So [Over the Edge] matched our philosophy pretty well.” The Manchester Grand Hyatt is the largest of the buildings ABC2 has contracted for the event so far this year; others being Atlanta (240 feet), and Washington, D.C. (180 feet). An event at the San Francisco Grand Hyatt (300-plus feet) is in the works. The two corporate sponsors, both with participating teams this year in San Diego, are MesaRim and Pacific Sotheby’s, whose team will be going over first at 8 a.m. A total of 76 people are scheduled to rappel down the side of the Hyatt on Dec. 2, something Hoff said generally takes about 10 minutes. Participants are from cities all across the country, but 75 percent are local. Many of the teams will wear shirts that honor those they are rappelling for and a slide show near the finish will tell their stories throughout the day. Over the Edge personnel provide the tethers and leads on the building; get all the “edgers” set up in their harnesses, hard hats, cameras and radios; offer practice runs and training for participants; and oversee safety for the event. The descent, however, is up to the individual; you control your time and speed. If anyone does get into a panic and can’t finish, Hoff said, the team at Over the Edge will take over and lower you down safely. “It was an exhilarating experience and [the people at Over the Edge] are extraordinary,” said Downtown resident, Judy Hawkins. Hawkins got involved with Over the Edge for Brain Cancer last year, by chance. She said she met a young woman whose mother canceled a trip to support her descent. Hawkins decided to stand in for the woman’s mother and found herself helping another young woman — whom she found sobbing and terrified — through her descent by using the gift of laughter. Later that day, Hawkins found

herself going over the edge of the building, after another scheduled participant had canceled. She said she was hooked; on both the event and its cause. “I don’t know anyone with brain cancer, but I wanted to be there to support,” Hawkins said. “I love who they are and who they represent, and I have full intention of doing it this year and next year. I believe in it and I believe in them. They are good, good people.” Next year, Hawkins said she plans to get “the social heads” of all the Downtown condominiums involved to sponsor participants and compete against each other. Hoff, who is admittedly petrified of heights, said she participated in an Over the Edge for Brain Cancer event in her home base of Washington D.C., raising nearly $7,000 through personal sponsorships. “I figured I could not ask someone else to do it if I couldn’t do it myself,” she said. “I was terrified until the moment I leaned back off the building; and then an extreme calm came over me. My sister died of melanoma five years ago, so my nephew did it with me. It was exhilarating and crazy, but I’ve thought about doing it again.” “It’s a pretty emotional day with a lot of survivors, a lot of medical practitioners, and friends or family of those who have passed away or are still fighting,” Hoff said. Hawkins said she spoke to a lot of the “edgers” last year. “They were terrified and they all told me, ‘It scares the hell out of me, but not as much as brain cancer.’” A minimum sponsorship fee of $1,500 is required to participate in the adventure and while teams for this year are already set, there is a wait list in case of cancellations and those interested can sign up for next year. Over the Edge for Brain Cancer will raise $700,000 in 2017, with approximately $200,000 of that in San Diego. “All the money we raise in San Diego for this specific event stays in San Diego,” Hoff said. Hoff is looking for volunteers to assist throughout the day with things such as registration, running the slide show, taking photos, assisting participants up to the roof, and helping them after they land. And they are always looking for people to just come out and support

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“Edgers” will descend 365 feet down the side of the Manchester Grand Hyatt. (Courtesy ABC2) the “edgers.” Spectating is free. Over the Edge for Brain Cancer will take place Sunday, Dec. 2, from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, located at 1 Market Place and Harbor Drive, Downtown. A media and VIP day will take place Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1–4 p.m. For more information visit or to volunteer, email Hoff at Follow them on Twitter at @oteforbraincancer and use the hashtag #oteforbraincancer when refering to them on social media. —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at

Judy Hawkins hopes to get Downtown condominium residents involved in a fundraising competition next year. (Courtesy ABC2)

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An extreme makeover SDHC recognized for breathing new life into Hotel Churchill, assisting homeless By Dave Fidlin Editor’s note: This is the final installment of profiles on SOHO’s People in Preservation 2017 awards recipients. When Hotel Churchill’s doors were closed in 2005, the longtime staple of San Diego’s Downtown landscape faced an uncertain future. Were its best days behind it? As it turned out, the answer was, “no.” Hotel Churchill sat vacant the next succeeding decade, and the future of the hotel, seemed bleak as deteriorating conditions on the aging building progressed. As fate would have it, however, the Hotel Churchill was merely getting ready for its next big act; a reality that became clear in the fall of last year, as the wraps were taken off the extensively renovated facility, which now serves as a home for 72 affordable apartment units for formerly homeless persons. Earlier this year, the Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), recognized the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) for giving Hotel Churchill a robustly new and meaningful lease on life. As one of 10 honorees of their SOHO’s annual People in Preservation awards, the commission

received the program’s adaptive reuse award. From SOHO’s standpoint, the revitalization of a building that achieved local landmark designation — and initially built in 1914 in anticipation of the Panama-California Exposition — was vitally important for the city, and its Downtown neighborhood’s future. “You can’t hide a seven-story historic landmark when it has faded from glory and been shuttered since 2005,” SOHO officials wrote. “To some visionaries, however, the potential of the former Hotel Churchill was hiding in plain sight.” The SDHC had acquired the property at 827 C St., as part of a court settlement in a foreclosure proceeding, and that potential came in the form of the new housing units — 56 geared specifically toward homeless veterans and the remaining 16 for other homeless persons through a federally sponsored housing voucher program. Michael Pavco, senior vice president of real estate with SDHC, said the revitalization of Hotel Churchill was a gratifying project on two accounts. On one hand, it played a small role in addressing homelessness; on the other, it contributed to historic preservation. “It was truly an honor to receive [the SOHO recognition],”

The San Diego Housing Commission, which acquired Hotel Churchill in 2011, has repurposed the building with 72 affordable housing units for homeless people. (Photos by Sandé Lollis) Pavco said in an interview with Downtown News. “We were absolutely delighted to bring the hotel back to its glory.” The steps it took to bring the Hotel Churchill toward its next chapter, of course, did not happen overnight. The multi-year project involved a series of interior and exterior improvements aimed at bringing the building back to its original luster and ensuring its new occupants had a safe place to call home. One of the hotel’s most notable features — its 1940s-era sign at the top of the building

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San Diego Housing Commission officials pose in front of Hotel Churchill; (l to r) Deborah Ruane, executive vice president and chief strategy officer; Richard C. Gentry, president and chief executive officer; Michael Pavco, senior vice president of real estate.

— was meticulously restored by hand, for instance. The original blue neon lights are once again illuminated each night, post-restoration. Interior changes were designed to meet the needs of current occupants while also paying respect to the building’s origins. Some of the most recent characteristics within the building, pre-renovation, were removed to pay homage to its earliest years. SOHO officials took note of the commission’s efforts in describing the rationale behind the adaptive reuse award, including scrubbing all traces of the fantasy medieval getaway the building had been used for in the 1980s. “Gone are all the traces of the kitschy castle mural and faux medieval décor,” SOHO officials wrote. “Instead, large restored windows on most floors shower the units with natural light. Six Juliet balconies and the entrance-blade sign and awning have been replicated from historic photographs.” In the first year of its rebirth, Pavco said operations within Hotel Churchill have gone seamlessly. He credited strong collaboration and an extensive planning process put in place years before the doors were opened to residents last fall. “It’s gone really well,” Pavco said. “The different populations

have integrated well with one another.” Based on their specific circumstances, residents have access to a number of on-site resources, such as the Veterans Administration. Richard Gentry, president and CEO of the SDHC, offered similar sentiments about the partnerships last September when the official grand re-opening took place. “The preservation of affordable housing at the historical Hotel Churchill is a testament to the collaborative efforts of the SDHC and our partners, to find innovative solutions to address homelessness,” Gentry said in a statement at the time. Fast-forward a year later and Pavco said he and others within the SDHC aspire to repurpose other vacant or underutilized buildings and continue working to assist the homeless population. “We’re hopeful we’ll be able to do other projects like this,” Pavco said. For more information about the San Diego Housing Commission, visit To learn more about SOHO, visit —Dave Fidlin is a freelance journalist with a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.fidlin@


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What about the wines (and cheese)?

WINE GARDEN boxes and large pots. Cafe lights hang over long tables and bar stool seating, offering an added romantic touch. Like most wine bars, Carruth serves wine flights, but with a bit of a twist. The menu includes three flights to choose from with five wines each, and if you’re so inclined — and you should be — there are corresponding cheese boards that can be paired with each flight. For example, their “Bordeaux” flight includes a sauvignon blanc, merlot, malbec, cabernet sauvignon and Bordeaux blend. The “bold and beautiful” cheese board, which is the flight’s recommended counterpart, includes a light and creamy goat cheese called Queso Leonara; a salty sweet sheep’s milk cheese called Ewephoria; and three other selections, each intended to pair with one of the wines in the flight. The result is an enhanced tasting experience, as the wine and cheeses complement one another so well, bringing out different flavors in each. Of course, if you’re more of a choose-your-own-adventure type, you can select your own cheese assortment along with some other tasty accoutrements, including pickles, olives, nuts, spreads and more. Or, if through the paired flight and board combo you find that a wine (maybe the smoky, yet tart, malbec) goes particularly well when married with a certain cheese (in this case the rich and tangy Midnight Moon), you can go all out with a glass and a single order of cheese to indulge in. Carruth recently showed off their new digs with an inaugural celebration that filled the garden — as well as the inside bar — with groups both large and small. “I think the grand opening went really well,” Carruth said.


With grapes sourced from Oregon and Northern and Central California vineyards, the grapes are pressed, fermented, barrel aged and bottled within Carruth’s urban facilities. Carruth Cellars Wine Garden in Little Italy serves up about 10 wine selections — each with a corresponding cheese you should consider pairing with it for an indulgent sensory experience.

Three of the winery's enhanced cheese boards, which they recommend to go along with their wine flights. (Courtesy Carruth Cellars)

“I saw a lot of new faces and think we have gotten the word out. I can’t wait to see what comes next.” What actually comes next will include additional food options, possibly extending to a full menu or at least some pastries because, as Carruth put it, “Who doesn’t love dessert?” And as for the already aesthetically pleasing and enchanting garden, the team at Carruth also plans to host private events in the space, incorporate live music sooner rather than later, and possibly serve up some fivecourse wine-pairing dinners. Carruth Cellars Urban Wine Garden is located at 2215 Kettner Blvd., in Little Italy. Open daily and hours are Mondays through Fridays from 4–10 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, noon–10 p.m. Groups of 10 or more can make a reservation. For more information, visit or call 858-847-9463. —Jen Lothspeich is a wine-drinking, cat-cuddling native San Diegan who dreams of writing a best-selling true crime novel. Find her on Twitter at @Jen_Evel.v

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A beautiful representation of Willamette Valley pinot. The Pacific Northwest knows what to do with the finicky varietal and this one is no exception. Flavors of cola and tart berry are balanced by a smooth vanilla finish. Pair with Vlaskaas: A sharp and nutty cow’s milk cheese from Holland.

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This complex wine has an abundance of vegetal characteristics with green bell pepper notes and a hint of earthy mushrooms. Pair with Ivy’s Reserve Cheddar: An English cow’s milk cheese that is rich and salty.

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Luscious and rich on the palate, this wine has ripe berry flavors with a subtle spiciness. Pair with Queso Leonara: An herbaceous and creamy Spanish cheese made with goat milk.

Carruth's spacious interior is also dog-friendly. (Photo by Jen Lothspeich)

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By Catt Fields White Sometimes it seems tough to make a difference nowadays, so you’ll be glad to know that you can make a positive change with this one simple and tasty decision each week. If you’ve cracked a few eggs for your morning omelet and discovered yolks that are deep orange; cut a mottled tomato into thick slices and made a sandwich on grainy just-baked bread; or let the juice of a perfectly ripe peach drip down your chin; you already know you win the flavor jackpot with food from your local farmers market. But did you know that your shopping choices also have a direct impact on the financial health of Downtown San Diego and beyond? When you buy food directly from the farmer or food maker at your local farmers market, the farmer keeps what you pay. Purchase the same food from a grocery store and the person who produced your food keeps far, far less in their pocket; for some crops, even just pennies on the dollar. If farmers can’t afford to stay on the land and pay San Diego water prices, your food choices will soon be limited. The Little Italy Mercato farmers market is a wonderful place to meet your neighbors, listen to music and enjoy the vibrant scene. But at its heart, it’s also a Certified California Farmers Market, designed to be your grocery store in the street. Downtown still has just a smattering of grocery shopping options. In fact, it was a self-serving desire on my part not to have to travel far from home to shop for fresh food that pushed me to create

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the market on behalf of the Little Italy Association. It was a thrill to discover that so many of you throughout Downtown San Diego also found that valuable. Farmers sell direct to the public under California direct marketing law, deliberately designed to improve our food producers’ financial sustainability. When you shop at farmers markets, you have a very specific effect on our community that doesn’t happen when you buy your food from a typical retailer. The USDA, National Farmers’ Union and the Farmers’ Market Coalition all track statistics on how much farmers gain and local communities benefit when you shop at farmers markets. Studies show that three times as much money stays in the local economy when entrepreneurs sell directly to consumers, than when

wholesale distributors and retail chains — often based in another state entirely — take their cut. In the case of the Little Italy Mercato in particular, the market generates thousands of dollars annually to help fund street cleaning, flowers on the corners, safety patrols, and special events, like Trick or Treat on India Street, the Marine Band concerts and the summer film festival. More than 300 San Diegans earn their living at the market, paying their rent, supporting their families, shopping at local stores and eating at local restaurants with the money they earn selling what they produce. As a Downtown resident, when you come to West Cedar Street on Saturday mornings to buy the bulk of your groceries at the Little Italy Mercato farmers

market, you get the freshest, tastiest food available. But you also do something even bigger. You support the people who sweep your sidewalks and put haystacks and scarecrows on the corners each October. You let farmers keep farming, nursery owners keep growing flowers, bakers keep baking, and juicers keep juicing. Support your local farmers market and you’re investing in your community and the availability of healthy food for years to come. —Catt Fields White is the CEO of San Diego Markets and teaches farmers and food makers to develop and maintain financially healthy businesses through regular Vendor-101 classes and the annual InTents Conference. Reach her at cattfieldswhite@

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The San Diego River: an important resource Notes from Toni Toni G. Atkins Our San Diego River is a jewel — a 52-mile rural and urban waterway running from Julian to Ocean Beach — and for many local residents, it remains undiscovered. I want to do everything I can to help enhance access to the river and continue to protect its entire 440-squaremile watershed. Overseeing the river is the San Diego River Conservancy, a state agency that’s role is to preserve, restore and enhance the river and watershed. In 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown signed my bill, AB 392, making the San Diego River Conservancy a permanent agency. With the stroke of his pen, our local conservancy joined nine other permanent California environmental conservancies, putting it in position to receive more consistent funding. This year, I introduced SB 214, which builds upon AB 392, by adding representatives from the city of Santee and the Kumeyaay Diegueño Land Conservancy to the river conservancy’s board of directors. That will strengthen efforts to protect and enhance the watershed along the eastern portions of the river and bring our tribal neighbors and partners to the table. SB 214 also gives the conservancy greater authority to enter into joint powers agreements, which adds to the agency’s toolbox. I was thrilled when Gov. Brown signed SB 214 late last month; but it didn’t end there. Days later, he also signed another one of my bills, SB 667, which essentially creates the Riverine and Riparian Stewardship Program. This program strengthens our ability to protect and enhance waterways throughout California and its largest impact will be on urban rivers and streams. SB 667 provides technical assistance with planning, design, construction and project evaluation to organizations trying to enhance or restore waterways in their communities, to reduce flood risk, improve habitat or public access to rivers and

streams. The program also encourages collaboration with our university systems, creating educational and field-experience opportunities for students in ecology programs. The bill doesn’t appropriate funding for such projects, but it creates the comprehensive approach for how the funds will be spent as they become available. One source of funding for SB 667 is likely to be SB 5, the major parks bond that passed this session in the Legislature and was signed by the governor. SB 5 places on the June 2018 ballot a $4 billion bond measure that will fund projects in three broad categories: “Parks,” “Water” and “Climate and environment.” The bond would include two major specific funding allocations that will be of interest to San Diego County residents — $200 million for restoration work on the Salton Sea, located just east of our county border and $12 million for the San Diego River Conservancy. In addition, the San Diego region would receive per-capita funding for local park improvements and also be eligible for funding under numerous categories within the bond on a competitive basis. Our county historically does well with these types of grants, so we’ll be in a good position to bring in millions of dollars for projects that will enhance our quality of life. We could see new funding for these types of projects: rehabilitation, repurpose, or improvement of existing parks; deferred maintenance for county fairs; lower-cost coastal accommodations within state parks; habitat restoration in state parks; urban stream restoration (my SB 667); implementation of natural community conservation plans; and acquiring land for nature reserves that are overseen by the University of California. I was as proud to support SB 5 as I was to introduce my bills, SB 214 and SB 667. I remain committed to protecting and enhancing the San Diego River and all of San Diego’s beautiful and natural places. —Toni G. Atkins represents the 39th District in the California Senate. Follow her on Twitter @SenToniAtkins.v

A kindler and gentler Issa?

Congressional Watch Andy Cohen 2016 gave Darrell Issa (R-49) quite a scare. For the first time in his congressional career, he knew what it was like to win by the narrowest, most harrowing of margins — only 1,621 votes out of more than 310,000 cast — over Democratic challenger Doug Applegate. It must have served as a wake-up call for the rightwing partisan known for his bombast as chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Issa was a flamethrower, launching countless investigations against the Obama administration (all of them fruitless), costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. Since the election, Issa has mostly kept his head down. In public, he’s no longer the loudmouth looking for a fight. When his constituents do catch him — which isn’t often — he projects a friendlier, more accommodating demeanor. He’s also done some good work, such as authoring the Financial Transparency Act of 2017, which will make financial information reported to regulatory agencies more easily searchable online. He teamed with Juan Vargas (D-51) to restore regulations and funding to help prevent sewage spills from the Tijuana River. He joined Scott Peters (D-52) for some fun and games at Comic-Con. It’s been a kinder and gentler Darrell Issa. Contrast the new Issa to the previous version. In 2012, Issa held then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents related to the “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal, the fi rst time a high-ranking cabinet member had been so charged — which a federal judge refused to enforce. He accused President Obama of impeachable offenses, although he never clarified what those offenses were. In 2015, even his own colleagues had decided they’d had enough when they stripped him of his chairmanship. He had been one of the most powerful members of Congress, and now he was a mere face in the crowd. The message was clear: The antics had grown stale. Then came the 2016 election. While the incumbent

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Republican had always won by comfortable margins, this time he was lucky just to survive. His own constituents had begun to turn on him. Between his shenanigans as chair of the House Oversight Committee, and his full, wholehearted support for Donald Trump in a county that soundly rejected the Republican contender (even Orange County rejected Trump), Issa would have to moderate or be swept away. And yet … Issa grew frustrated with the daily protests outside of his Vista office and called the police to have the protesters removed. The protesters had a valid permit, so the police left them alone. Afraid of his own backlash after seeing his colleagues nationwide face brutal grilling from angry constituents, Issa held an exclusive, invitation-only town hall in San Clemente — the South Orange County portion of the 49th District that saved his bacon in 2016 — in a small venue that assured him a friendly crowd. And despite the nature of his electoral victory, which prompted the good-ish behavior, by disregarding a district that rejected Donald Trump as president, Issa has voted with Trump 98 percent of the time, parting only on the issue of re-imposing sanctions on Russia. More recently, Issa has found a new target for his ire — the state of California itself; specifically, Gov. Jerry Brown. Congressional Republicans (and Donald Trump) are desperate to pass a massive round of tax cuts. As a part of those cuts, Issa and the Republicans are looking to eliminate the loophole that allows taxpayers to deduct their state and local taxes from their federal taxes. In states like California, New York, and New Jersey, that means a massive tax hike on average citizens. In an effort to protect Californians, Gov. Brown sent a letter to all of the state’s Republican members of Congress urging them to oppose a congressional budget that eliminates those deductions. While 20 congressional Republicans voted against it, all 14 California Republicans voted in favor of removing the deduction. “Government must foster an environment that promotes economic growth,” Issa wrote to Brown in response. “Rather than sending contrived letters pretending to care about the

burdens placed on taxpayers in our state, I implore you to turn away from the era of ever-increasing taxes that have continued under your administration and instead seek policies that actually lower the tax burden on all Californians.” In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Gov. Brown filed his own response. “It’s unconscionable that Rep. Issa would tax the people of his district while exempting his corporate allies and sponsors. What a betrayal of his oath of office.” Issa, however, is terribly misguided here. As a result of the Great Recession, California was facing a massive $26 billion budget shortfall. In 2012, the voters pulled the levers on Proposition 30, a four-year income tax increase on the wealthy and a .5 percent sales tax increase statewide. The initiative passed with over 55 percent of the vote. The state closed its budget shortfall, paid off its debts, and began running a budget surplus. It revived a powerhouse economy that soared to become the sixth largest in the world. In 2016, the voters approved Proposition 55, an extension of Prop. 30, with 63 percent of the vote. California’s Republican members of Congress are now looking to penalize their own constituents in order to get a massive tax cut for the wealthy. “Why punish the rest of the country because California is stupid?” said Duncan Hunter (R-50) in a recent interview with KUSI, voicing support for the new budget measures. “It’s a tough vote for me, but I’m not gonna keep the economy down for the whole country because California has bad government.” Hunter later insisted that California, New York, and New Jersey (with a Republican governor) have “horrible governments.” For a national economy that has shown steady growth despite obstruction in Congress, with an unemployment level hovering around 4 percent, and a state economy that, while not perfect, has led the way in job creation and productivity while running a budget surplus, one can’t help but wonder what a “strong” economy would look like to Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter. —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at

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JUST IN TIME “They would get their housing, and [life situations] would happen along the way, and a lot of them were failing with no support system,” Archambault said. “I would help them become stable and independent and it was heart-wrenching to see them fail so quickly.” According to the California Senate Office of Research, foster youth make up 46 percent of California’s homeless population. The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System found in the fiscal year 2014 that nationwide, out of 251,764 children placed into foster care, 23,439 aged out. Out of those who aged out, 1 in 5 will become homeless, 1 in 4 will experience post-traumatic stress disorder and less than 3 percent will earn a college degree. Organizations like the Grantville-based Just in Time are working to change to those statistics. In fiscal year 2015, JIT helped establish 127 different safe and stable homes through their “My First Home” program. “This is the first time I feel stable,” said Sauna Johnson, a former foster youth and current productive member of society. “It feels amazing.”

Johnson and her two sisters had lived in six different states by the time she was 10 years old. Her parents were traveling musicians and lived out a tortured, abusive relationship. After her dad went to jail, Johnson’s mother shuffled them in and out of family shelters until a dance team coach named Sheronna Dangerfield offered to let the family stay in her house. “Then one day, my mom just never came home,” Johnson said. That was when Johnson was 13 years old. After slugging through the system, moving to be with blood family in Ohio, then being transferred back to California, the Johnson girls ended up back with Dangerfield. “She took all three of us in,” Johnson said. “She’s pretty special.” After Johnson turned 18, however, being out on her own didn’t work out so well. A few years later, she was back on Dangerfield’s doorstep. Dangerfield had a bedroom to offer, but that was it — literally; a room with no furniture. Enter JIT. One of Johnson’s sisters had connected with the organization through a college counselor and suggested they could help Johnson, too. JIT’s My First Home got Johnson a bed, but the assistance didn’t stop there.

FEATURE She also participated in JIT’s Career Horizons program, where career coach and volunteer Carly Hanzlik helped Johnson with interview skills, developing her resume, and setting and achieving her goals. Now Johnson has a full-time job at the San Diego Airport and her own place in the College area. “I just wish I knew about [JIT] when I was 18,” Johnson said. “It could have helped me towards my future.” Like Johnson, 46 percent of My First Home recipients are also able to connect to other JIT services like career and college planning, financial fitness, and adult mentoring. The mentoring is what drew Archambault to JIT. She found the organization while looking for a way to help the former fosters she saw failing. “I love that the organization provides services and that those come with a volunteer mentor — a person,” Archambault said. One of the reasons Archambault appreciates working with JIT even more than as a CASA, is the connections she’s able to make. Working in the court system, boundaries are very strict. With JIT, there are less restrictions on the relationships formed. She and her husband David have had teens and young adults through JIT over for

Ho ho hang ten. dinner, helped them apply and get set up in colleges and jobs, included them in holiday celebrations, even helped them get set up with a dentist and learn to cook. “The system is just tough,” Archambault said. “These kids come out with emotional baggage. Through JIT, I’ve really been able to connect with the youth in a different way.” Now a board member as well as a volunteer mentor, Archambault said that it’s up to the youth and mentor to establish their relationship. “The youth can pace it in a way that’s comfortable for them,” she said. What helped make Johnson comfortable was that many of the JIT staff are former foster youth themselves. While she admits she was pessimistic going in —wondering, “What’s the catch?” — stories from the JIT staff and their relatability helped alleviate her fears. “When someone’s been in your shoes, it puts you at ease,” she said.

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With the holidays right around the corner, JIT is promoting a series of mini drives called, “My First Home for the Holidays,” and anyone who wishes to get in the spirit of the holidays may participate.

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JIT staff encourage individuals and groups — churches, civic groups, nonprofits, schools — to launch their own mini drives to support “My First Home for the Holidays.” Organizers can get creative in finding ways to raise funds or collect gift cards to home goods stores like Target and Walmart. Also needed are new household items — like silverware sets, dishware, pots and pans, bath towels, full/queen size sheets and comforters, toasters and microwaves — anything that would help a foster youth set up their first apartment. Don Wells, executive director of JIT, said that in past years, one mini drive focused on vacuums, another on school supplies, and yet another, on toaster ovens, but other drives are all gift cards or a variety of donations. While the mini drives tend to happen all year round, Wells said those held around the holidays seem to garner the most; then JIT distributes the items as needed throughout the year. For the last six years, Archambault and her husband have hosted a special holiday luncheon for their friends and invited guests as their own mini drive. They provide the food and entertainment; the guests provide the My First Home gift cards and goodwill. This year Johnson will be speaking at the annual luncheon. “It’s grown into a wonderful day for my friends to give back and have fun,” Archambault said of her luncheon, which started with 18 of her close friends and has grown to 65 attendees. It also gives the couple an opportunity to educate others about the good deeds of JIT, and many attendees end up becoming volunteers themselves. And connecting people to JIT, which serves approximately 700 foster youth per year, is entirely the point. “Our mission is to mobilize the community as a network of support and an extended family,” Wells said. “The foster youth we serve are first disconnected from their own families, spend many years in foster homes, and then age out and are on their own. The disconnection just continues.” So, in addition to the many gift cards or household items brought in, the groups holding the mini drives are also helping JIT expand their mission, by connecting the foster youth to people, too. “Once that connection is made, we find it just continues to grow,” Wells said. For more information on how to host your own mini drive, contact Nathan Brunetta at 619-677-2119 or nathan@ You can also visit them at 4560 Alvarado Canyon Road, Suite 2G, in the Grantville area of San Diego. To learn more about JIT or volunteer in other ways, visit their website at —Editor Morgan M. Hurley contributed to this report. —Joyell Nevins is a local freelance writer. Reach her at or find her blog Small World, Big God at

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Farewell, Ms. Michell! Downtown Partnership News Angela Wells Our lives are made up of a string of changes — beautiful, daunting, exciting changes. At the Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP), we've recently come face-to-face with that reality. Kris Michell, our president and CEO since 2011, has taken a new gig at City Hall, and our search for a new leader has begun.

Without question, we will not find another Kris Michell. If there is one thing every single person in Downtown can agree on, it’s that. Kris is a passionate, dynamic, determined leader — one who motivates those who work with her to push themselves to the limit. While she will be missed dearly at the helm, she has created a powerhouse of an organization — with a staff of 24 with 60 additional safety and maintenance ambassadors — which will continue to grow

under our next CEO — another testament to her fantastic leadership abilities. Under the guidance of Craig Benedetto, Downtown Partnership’s board chairman, and Trevor Blair, principal of Blair Search Partners, the pursuit of a new leader for the partnership is in good hands. In the meantime, our staff members are thrilled to work with interim CEO Bill Geppert, to envision what the future will look like in our urban core. We wish Kris Michell — our favorite boss lady — the best, as she embarks on her next journey. Undoubtedly, she will excel in her new role as deputy chief operating officer for the city of San Diego … and we can’t wait to watch. We also can’t wait to take one or two vacation days! Thank you, Kris, for your dedication to this organization, its staff, and the greater Downtown community over the past seven years. You’ve drafted, mentored and coached one heck of a dream team at the partnership and we could not be prouder to be a part of it.

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Once you define what your values are, take a look at your spending. Does your current budget reflect those values back at you? Or are you using your money to buy stuff that’s not deeply important to you? If it’s the latter, there’s room for improvement — and for allowing your money to bring more happiness. Maybe you spend over $1,000 per month on meals out. Which is pretty easy to do: a $10 lunch and a $20 dinner out every single day will get you there. But what if your values include family, growth, and health? Your spending doesn’t align with these at all right now. You could make a change by learning a new skill and improving your health by committing to cooking every meal at home for a month. You’d get more time with family, too. All of these actions do align with your values. They also leave more money in your pocket to spend on more important things than a fast meal. Once you define your values, you might realize your list is probably centered around people and experiences — and spending to create memories that last with people you love is one of the most powerful ways we can use money to buy happiness. To see the original version of this article, visit —Taylor Schulte, CFP, is the CEO of Define Financial, the founder of and is passionate about helping people make smart decisions with their money. He can be reached at 619-577-4002 or

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Friends honor valuable volunteers Growing Balboa Park Reema Makani Boccia Friends of Balboa Park, a nonprofit that preserves the legacy and beauty of the park, celebrated the honorees of its 17th annual awards luncheon last month. This year’s event, themed “Magical Menagerie,” commemorated the nonprofit’s recent acquisition of the historic Balboa Park Carousel. The luncheon also recognized institutions and organizations throughout the park that have enhanced it throughout the years. “The annual awards luncheon is a flagship event of Friends of Balboa Park and I am thrilled we can celebrate a historic milestone of our organization by our operation of the carousel, as well as again recognizing such distinguished talent and unequaled dedication amongst the park’s volunteers and employees,” said John Bolthouse, executive director of Friends of Balboa Park. The following awards were presented at the luncheon: ● The Millennium Award — Virginia Long, Arlene Simpson, and Bill Steen: Presented each year to individuals and organizations that

Emerging Young Leader Ira Bauer-Spector is flanked by presenter Sen. Toni G. Atkins and FoBP founder, Betty Peabody. (Courtesy Friends of Balboa Park) have made important, longterm contributions to Balboa Park. This year, the award was presented by former state Senator Christine Kehoe and recognized the three San Diego families who owned the Balboa Park Carousel over the last 100 years prior to FoBP taking ownership in summer 2017. ● Emerging Young Leader of Balboa Park Award — Ira Bauer-Spector, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet: Inaugurated in 2016, this award recognizes exceptional promise and potential of emerging professionals who

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Millennium awardees (clockwise from left) presenter Christine Kehoe, Arlene Simpson, William Steen, Virginia Long (Courtesy Friends of Balboa Park) to the park: Melanie Flynn — San Diego Museum of Man; Barry Goldlust — San Diego History Center; Sheri Knox — San Diego Natural History Museum; Wendy Ledford — Globe Guilders (The Old Globe Theatre); Paul Meyer — Balboa Park Conservancy and Balboa Park Trust. Held on Oct. 17 at the Balboa Park Club, the luncheon was attended by more than 350 guests, including dozens of dignitaries and community leaders. KPBS anchor Sally Hixson served as keynote speaker. This year’s luncheon was co-chaired this year by

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DINING The San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival marks its 14th year with eight days of epicurean events taking place at various local venues and restaurants Nov. 12-19. Highlights include a screening of celebrity chef Ed Lee’s new documentary, “Fermented,” at 8 p.m., Nov. 13 at The LOT Liberty Station (2620 Truxtun Road). The film will be followed by a panel discussion and a party featuring cocktails, beer, wine and food stations. The cost is $65. The festival’s Fish Taco TKO competition kicks off at 6 p.m., Nov. 14, at the Broadway Pier (1000 N. Harbor Drive) amid beer and tequila stations. The battle will include chefs from The Blind Burro, Beerfish, Tavern + Bowl and a dozen other local establishments. Admission is $45. A five-course dinner spotlighting whiskey and wagyu beef will be held at 9 p.m., Nov. 15 at Little Italy’s Born & Raised (1909 India St.) The cost is $189 per person. Learn the ins and outs of Spanish tapas, paella and wines in an instructional The fabled and celebrated “hall of the slain,” known in Norse mythology as Valhalla, is the theme for the Grant Grill’s new, seasonal cocktail menu, which ties into The History Channel’s new season of “Vikings” kicking off in late November. The cocktails were conceived by chef de bar Cory Alberto, who utilizes various ingredients

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tasting class lead by chefs Deborah Scott, Rick Moonen and James Campbell Caruso. The event will be held at noon, Nov. 16, at Coasterra (880 Harbor Island Drive.) The cost is $65. The festival’s biggest and splashiest public event is the Grand Tasting, to be held from noon to 3 p.m., Nov. 18, at Embarcadero Marina Park North (400 Kettner Blvd.). The outdoor grounds give way

to more than 150 wine, beer and spirits purveyors doling out samples of their latest and greatest products, in addition to at least 120 local chefs and regional gourmet food companies offering tastings as well. General admission is $145, or $85 for designated drivers. (Tickets allowing for 11 a.m. entry are $185.) For a complete schedule and ticket purchases, visit

and serving vessels common to northern Europe’s Viking era. The “Odin of Asgard” made with Venus Aquavit and Lindisfarne Imperial Mead, for example, is flavored with an Old World herb mixture called gruit and presented in a crafty goblet. For the “Kiss from Freya,” Icelandic Gin is combined with sparkling Lingonberry Domaine Chandon Rosé and Kronan Swedish Punsch, a sugarcane liquor dating back centuries. Several others are in the The Odin of Asgard is among several offing through December for $13 each. 326 Broadway, Viking-themed cocktails available at the 619-744-2077, Grant Grill. (Courtesy J Public Relations) A new restaurant-bar in the a menu of classic Cuban fare Gaslamp Quarter designed to that includes ham-filled cro“send guests to Hemmingway’s quettes, Cubano sandwiches Cuba” has opened under with slow-roasted pork, and the name Havana 1920. shredded beef cooked in tomato Launched by GBOD Hospitality sauce with peppers and onions. Group, which also operates 548 Fifth Ave., 619-501-1919, Meze Greek Fusion and Prohibition in Downtown San Diego, the 1,000-square-foot space features cigar boxes, Cubanstyle chairs and a machine used for making freshpressed sugarcane juice for cocktails. The kitchen is headed by chef Assorted empanadas at the new Havana 1920 Anthony Porras, (Courtesy Wicked Creative) who has created The new 19-story Hotel Republic in Little Italy, due to open Nov. 8, has partnered with San Diego’s ever-expanding Patio Group for bringing to the property three different dining concepts. Topside Terrance Kitchen & Bar is a rooftop perch offering cocktails, Bajainspired fare and weekend brunch. Classic cocktails and seasonal cuisine will rule the day

at Trade, a chic and spacious restaurant positioned off the lobby. Also at street level is The Patio Marketplace, which will offer casual fare and prepacked items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 421 W. B St., 619-398-3100, —Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at fsabatini@san.


A road to Rome Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. While a steady stream of people followed their noses into Napizza in Little Italy, the eatery’s largest location in Hillcrest had gone dark just days prior. In comparison to Napizza’s additional outposts in 4S Commons Town Center and Encinitas, “Hillcrest wasn’t making much money,” said co-owner Christopher Antinucci, a Roman transplant who exposes us to crispy-bottom pizzas distinguished by low-glutinous dough that rises for 72 hours before it’s stretched onto cookie sheets. More water goes into the recipe than usual and the dough is never tossed or aggressively kneaded. The result is something that resembles focaccia. “This is exactly how everyone makes the dough back home,” he emphasized when I first met him shortly after Napizza expanded into Hillcrest nearly three years ago. Antinucci isn’t fazed by the location’s failure. Sales are thriving at the other locations, which will come to include a new shop in the revamped section of University Towne Center by the end of the year. As for his coveted, now-empty space in The HUB Hillcrest Market, he recently partnered with a “high-end chef” from Rome and plans on turning it into a sit-down Italian restaurant in March. Back in Little Italy, Napizza’s sheet pies are beautifully displayed with various toppings that include locally grown veggies, truffle pate, meaty Bolognese, tender potatoes and more. With their chubby, raised crusts, they’re cut into sizable squares and appear painfully heavy. But they’re really quite airy. Eat one slice and you won’t thick twice about going further. My favorite is the “spice me up,” which puts sweet sausage and roasted red peppers in titillating contrast to fresh jalapenos. As with classic Roman pizza involving tomato sauce and mozzarella, as this creation does, both ingredients are used sparingly. Porcini mushrooms, truffle pate, parsley and a little mozzarella strike an earthy flair in the top-selling “truffle porcini” pizza. Keep in mind that it’s perhaps the driest in the lineup, with no sauce of any kind. Although a few drizzles of olive oil from your kitchen cupboard is all you need if toting it home. Conversely, the wettest pie in the bunch is the “la lasagna,” where Bolognese and béchamel sauces join forces with judicious plops of mozzarella and grated Parmesan. Think lasagna without the pasta bloat. On this recent visit, I tried the Baja-style panini. Antinucci has lived here long enough to know that you can’t go wrong combining chicken, jalapenos, bell peppers and avocado between toasty pressed bread. A

layer of mozzarella gave the sandwich a courteous Italian essence, although I could have done without the generous smear of mayo inside. In a nod to herbivores — and the late Tijuana-based Italian restaurateur, Caesar Cardini — the salad menu includes one called “I can’t believe it’s vegan! Caesar salad.” Only because “nutritional yeast” is used to replace standard Parmesan cheese, I did believe it was vegan. Otherwise, I found the

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Napizza 1702 India St. (Little Italy) 619-696-0802, Prices: Salads, $4.50 to $12.75; soup, $4 to $6; pizza slices, $3.50 to $5.75; paninis, $8.75; food and drink combos, $11 and $15 nut-based dressing delightfully creamy and rather lemon-y. The salads are made to order in eyeshot of the cash register from a station showing off fresh produce. They’re a big hit here, as they were in Hillcrest. There are about 10 medleys to choose from — some vegan/vegetarian and others spotlighting ahi tuna, hormone-free chicken or grilled Angus.

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Yet if you’re looking for a week’s worth of fiber and amino acids, the “superfood me” salad yields a jungle of leafy greens and nutty grains amid cool slices of green apples and housemade basil-lemon dressing. With numerous pizza and salad A place for Roman-style pizza in Little Italy possibilities in the (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.) offing, Napizza’s dessert menu is limited to Nutella pizza, features combos starting at $11 delicate cannoli made that allow you choose two food in-house, and tiramisu items plus a soda, draft beer or served in a little glass house wine. jar and sporting a creamy sweet-sour fla—Frank Sabatini Jr. is the vor. It’s a uniquely odd author of “Secret San Diego” version of the ubiquitous (ECW Press), and began his dessert, which an employlocal writing career more than ee told us is outsourced from two decades ago as a staffer for a local vendor. the former San Diego Tribune. Note: The menu is the You can reach him at fsabatisame at all locations and

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A hand-clappin’ hootenanny Theater Review Jean Lowerison “God scratches where the world itches,” says nervous Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe (Brian Mackey) of North Carolina’s Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. That’s by way of a vamp, since the stars of the church’s first-ever Saturday night singa-log are late. Unfortunately, vamping isn’t the good pastor’s long suit, so he spends considerable energy looking out the window, hoping to see the Sanders family. Finally, they arrive, apologizing all over the place. Seems their van overturned in a ditch next to the local pickle factory (source of more than a few

jokes) and they had to wait for help. Lamb’s Players Theatre brings back the seventh edition of one of their most successful shows ever – Connie Ray’s toe-tapping, hand-clapping bluegrass/gospel hootenanny called “Smoke on the Mountain” — for a run through Nov. 19, directed by Kerry Meads. Cast your mind back to 1938, when life was a lot more black and white than it is these days. Baptists didn’t dance (I hear they still don’t), women wore seriously ugly housedresses and didn’t work outside the home (though Rosie the Riveter wasn’t far off), and most activities that “nice” Christian families engaged in were, well, family oriented. Apparently, Baptists also didn’t make as much noise as this group does.

The poor pastor tries to keep the Sanders gang under control, but there’s no hope; with four singers and a band consisting of bass, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, tambourine, piano and several oddball percussion pieces (see below), this is a musical hurricane that can’t be stopped. This cast is different from (l to r) front: Katie Sapper and Annie Buckley; back: Beau Brians, Deborah Gilmour Smyth, the last iteration Brian Mackey, Rik Ogden, Steve Gouveia (Photo by Ken Jacques) (2010), except for Deborah Gilmour Smyth, who seems to have a she has plenty of splendid musiplayed (somewhat ironically) by lock on Sanders matriarch Vera. cality to contribute. Katie Sapper, who is known to This version is a tad too cloyingVera’s husband Burl is sing just fine, thank you. But ly obsequious for my taste, but played by Rik Ogden this year. here she says, “I don’t sing, I Usually seen in the band, sign” and limits her musical Ogden is a welcome presence, contributions to the percussion demonstrating both musical section, playing coconut shells, and acting chops. a washboard, tambourines and Steve Gouveia, frequently a Quaker Oats box with coins seen on local stages, is excellent inside. Through Nov. 19 as Burl’s brother-with-a-past This show is more Tuesdays and Thursdays, Stanley. Pentecostal revue than play, 7:30 p.m. Annie Buckley plays bigand audiences respond accordWednesdays, 2 and voiced Denise Sanders, who ingly, clapping along and voic7:30 p.m. has Hollywood ambitions and ing frequent approval. Fridays, 8 p.m. is waiting for a callback from If you’re a hootenanny fan, Saturdays 4 and 8 p.m. Selznick. Her twin brother is and fond of gospel and blueSundays, 2 p.m. just the opposite; shy, diffident, grass, this show’s for you. and with hopes of becoming a Lamb’s Players Theatre preacher, Dennis (newcomer —Jean Lowerison is a 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado Beau Brians) can barely get a long-standing member of the sentence out. San Diego Theatre Critics Tickets 619-437-6000 June Sanders, the “non-sing- Circle and can be reached at or ing” member of the family, is

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Young landscape architect works to shape the future Art on the land Delle Willett

role in providing spaces, large and small, to strengthen our communities.” Following Magnusson’s encouragement for the ASLA to collaborate with San Diego’s American Institute of Architects (AIA), the two associations are doing a joint holiday meeting/gala in December for the first time. Magnusson is a senior project manager at Schmidt Design Group (with headquarters on Sixth Avenue in Downtown San Diego), where he’s worked for the past 11 years. Notable projects he has managed include Stone Brewery World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido, which won the 2007 Orchid, and ASLA San Diego President’s 2009 awards; Stone Brewery World Bistro and Gardens at Liberty Station, San Diego, which won the People’s Choice Orchid Award 2013; Civita Park, Mission Valley, San Diego; Lake Skinner Recreation Area, Winchester, California; Vive on the Park, San Diego, and Lux Art Institute, Encinitas. Magnusson lives in La Mesa with his wife, Tatum, owner and jewelry designer of Love Tatum Jewelry, and their French bulldog, Dumpling. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, drawing, painting, and experiencing new and delicious food. Once his term is over, Magnusson plans to continue his involvement in shaping the future of the local ASLA chapter, along with shaping the future of his brandnew baby girl, Ever Aila Magnusson.


As a kid, Nate Magnusson always wanted to be an architect. Growing up in Tempe, Arizona, Magnusson was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, and had opportunities to explore several of his commercial, institutional and residential projects. “Those early experiences helped sharpen my vision for design,” he said. And after his first two years studying at the School of Architecture & Environmental Design at Arizona State University, Magnusson changed his major to landscape architecture, “… as it resonated better with my goal of connecting people with nature through design.” Although he still has a love for architecture, Magnusson appreciates being a landscape architect. American Society of Landscape Architects president Nate Magnusson with his wife Tatum enjoying the fruits of his “Now, working on projects labors at Civita in Mission Valley. (Courtesy Schmidt Design Group) from all shapes and sizes, I’m able to see the communities who benefit from our hard work and dedication to elevate the public and private spaces throughout San Diego and Southern California,” he said. As one of the younger presidents of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), San Diego chapter, Magnusson has brought passionate energy to the 40-yearold chapter and is helping to formulate its reputation as one of the most active of the organization’s 50 chapters in the country. Magnusson first joined —Delle Willett has been a ASLA in 2011, serving as vice marketing and public relations president of community outprofessional for over 30 years, reach. This year he has been with an emphasis on conserserving as president and when vation of the environment. She his term ends, he will continue can be reached at dellewillett@ A water feature and garden Magnusson designed at Stone Brewery in Liberty Station (Photo by John Durant) on as immediate past-president and said he’ll still be heavily San Diego City College Visual & Performing Arts presents involved in the chapter’s future. As president, Magnusson co-chaired the ASLA 38th annual golf tournament on Sept. 11. In addition to A Student and Faculty Dance Concert raising $5,000 for their community Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, grant, he chalJazz, Salsa and Much More! lenged the memDirected by Alicia Rincon bers to raise an additional $3,000 Friday, November 17 @ 8 PM for the 9/11 Saturday, November 18 @ 2 & 8 PM Memorial in New York City, which they did. “When I visited the memorial, it had a moving impact on me,” Saville Theatre @ San Diego City College Magnusson said. 15th & C Street, San Diego, CA 92101 “The design of the $10 (Cash Only) reflecting pools and surrounding More information: forest of oak trees | 619-388-3563 provide a place for contemplation and Blog: remembrance. As landscape architects, we can all continue to have Photo by Manuel Rotenberg A courtyard Magnusson designed at Vive at the Park in Kearny Mesa (Photo by Dana Sohovich) an important



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Quartyard ground breaking On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the popular Quartyard project — which brought live music, food, craft beer, a dog run and neighborhood socializing to an unused open East Village lot in 2015 —has broken ground once again, merely 500 feet from its original space, at 1102 Market St. Started as a thesis project for a group of NewSchool Art + Design students — who became its development team, RAD LAB — the space operated for two years before shuttering last June to make way for a high rise. Now with the help of the city of San Diego, Civic San Diego, the Quartyard Management team and their

undying fans, RAD LAB plans to bring the space back into operation in early 2018. The spot became a model for other cities to take advantage of rundown, blighted or abandoned urban lots and creating a “pop-up” community centerpiece. Quartyard Management and RAD LAB plan to build a community brick entrance to the new site, where fans of can leave a permanent message of support on a brick, similar to entrances at Petco Park and the Downtown San Diego Library. To for information or to purchase your brick, visit

A band warms up in advance of the Nov. 1 ground-breaking ceremony for Quartyard II in East Village. (Photo by Brenda Vergara)

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their Bicycle Master Plan, as well as the Climate Action Plan adopted last year. A big part of CicloSDias was the opportunity to demonstrate what the future elements of the forthcoming Downtown Mobility Plan may look like. “Pop up” cycleways were set up to show bicyclists how it feels to ride through a bike lane that is physically separated from traffic by planters, bollards or parked cars. Additionally, a pedestrian “greenway” demonstration was also set up along 14th Street, where people could relax and enjoy open space in the middle of the street. To learn more about the Bike Coalition of San Diego County and their initiatives, visit


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The Sun Café: from corpses to cantina Gaslamp Landmarks Sandee Wilhoit The early history of Lot A/ Block 082/95, where the Sun Cafe currently sits, is a most circuitous one. On March 18, 1869, Alonzo Horton sold the property to Mary C. Smith, who promptly sold it to E.P. Figg, who then returned it to Mrs. Smith, who resold it to Mr. Horton. Mr. Horton then relinquished his interest in the property to William S. McNealy and James McCoy on Nov. 11, 1872, for $1,000 in gold coin. Both of these gentlemen were very active in early San Diego civic and business affairs. McNealy was a district attorney and the youngest man, at age 25, to hold the office of judge. McCoy was a sheriff and state senator. He was also the founder of a newspaper, The Daily World. These gentlemen divided their lot, giving the east half of the lot to John N. Young, an undertaker. The 1886-1887 city directory lists his specialty as embalming and states that he also prepared bodies for shipping. He was also the city coroner. A very versatile individual, Mr. Young was additionally involved in furniture sales, carpentry and the building of the Young Block on Fifth

Avenue and F Street. His other activities included fi refighting, public administration and a stint as superintendent of cemetery grounds. Mr. Young is the party responsible for the structure we now know as the Sun Cafe. As the building was built between 1873-1883, it is thus one of the oldest buildings in the Gaslamp. The 1883 Sanborn fi re map indicates a one-story brick structure on the site and notes that it was an undertaking establishment. The 1887 map also designates the building as an undertaker’s. In 1888, Mr. Young partnered with John Gray to establish a “fi ne handmade furniture and fi ne handmade coffi ns” store in what is now the historic Marin Hotel, at 552 Fifth Ave. The building on Market Street then became the funeral parlor and the undertaking was performed in the basement of the Marin Hotel building. Mr. Young died in 1897 and the Sun Cafe building was purchased from the estate by Mrs. Sophia Remondino, wife of Dr. Peter Remondino, a physician who was said to own one of the fi nest medical libraries in California. Dr. Remondino also owned the St. James Hotel at 830 Sixth Ave. In 1914, Joseph U. (Uichiro) Obayashi and his wife, Suye, opened a shooting gallery and confectionary at the site. Mr. Obayashi occasionally sold

soup in the shooting gallery, which was so well received that in 1926, he converted the shooting gallery into a restaurant, called the Sun Cafe. In 1925, Obayashi had the structure “remodeled and repaired,” and the Obayashi family said that it was the original structure with a new facelift. The actual sale of the property was recorded as a transaction between Florence F. Obayashi and the Bank of America for $3,500. During WWII, over 2,000 Japanese were removed to the Posten Internment Camp, and the Obayashi family was part of this group. In their absence, a Greek family ran the cafe. When the Obayashis returned from Posten, Al Obayashi, the father of longtime Davis-Horton House volunteer, Jon Obayashi, reopened the Sun Cafe in 1949. He then decided to expand his horizons, and opened a Japanese/Chinese restaurant on Fourth Avenue in what is now the La Puerta restaurant. It was extremely popular, as American GIs, home from the war, craved the exotic Asian cuisine they had enjoyed abroad. The restaurant proved so popular that Al had to move it to a larger location on Pacific Highway. After Al Obayashi started his new venture, the cafe was sold to the Jeongs, a Chinese family, who continued to operate the Sun Cafe for 46 years. Nui and Ming Jeong fi nally

The Sun Cafe, 421 Market St., 1873-1883 (Courtesy GQHF) closed the doors of this San Diego icon on Dec. 31, 2008. However, after a family reunion in 2009, 15 Obayashis gathered in front of the Sun Cafe for one last photograph. On Thursday, June 25, 2015, Asian Story Theater premiered “Stories of the Sun Cafe,” a dramatized recollection of community leaders and real people who lived, worked and ate at this iconic cafe. It was held at the Lyceum Theater to a very enthusiastic crowd.

The Sun Cafe site is now the home of Funky Garcia’s at the Sun Cafe, a Mexican restaurant. However, the historic sign above the door still shines brightly reminding us of the past when the Sun Cafe was the hub of Japanese and Chinese life in Downtown San Diego. —Sandee Wilhoit is the historian for the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. She can be reached at

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Little Italy News Christopher Gomez Come one, come all to celebrate the holiday season at the Little Italy Association’s 19th annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village. There is something for everyone at this magical yuletide extravaganza. For nearly two decades, the Little Italy Association has brought the magic of Christmas to the heart of San Diego — each year adding more magic to the event for all to enjoy. The annual event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 4–8 p.m. Little Italy’s holiday festivities will stretch along India Street between West Cedar and Grape streets and feature festive holiday décor, seasonal vendors in the Christmas Village, live entertainment, horse carriage rides, a tree lighting, a visit from Santa, kids’ arts and crafts, surprises from the North Pole and more. Starting at 4 p.m. Dec 2, Santa will make his way to San Diego’s Little Italy and little ones are welcome to sit with him, get their photo taken and share their Christmas wishes until 6:30 p.m. at “Santa’s Living Room,” located on the corner of India and Fir streets. Once Santa leaves to the North Pole to get a head start on the holiday season, kids are encouraged to participate in holiday crafts with Washington Elementary STEAM Magnet School and ArtReach, a Little Italy-based nonprofit that supports visual arts education at K-6 schools throughout San Diego County. Families can browse the iconic urban neighborhood, pick-up stocking stuffers and a plethora of holiday goodies at the Christmas Village. Little Italy’s iconic 25-foot tower of more than 1,100 stunning ruby red poinsettias in Piazza Basilone will be lit the whole evening — perfect for a Christmas card photo opportunity. At 6:30 p.m., guests will be called to gather around the 20-foot live Christmas tree in front of the Piazza della Famiglia on West Date and India streets to witness Little Italy’s tree lighting ceremony. Little Italy’s Tree Lighting and Christmas Village is the perfect event for family and friends to celebrate the season, connect with the community, and make memories to last a lifetime. The Little Italy Association is pleased to spread San Diego Christmas cheer by presenting this event every holiday season. It has become a local tradition for San Diego residents and

Enjoy the annual 25-foot poinsettia tree lighting ceremony and the launch of Christmas Village, complete with a visit from Santa (Photos courtesy LIA) visitors to come together to kick off the season Little Italy style. To stay connected with the neighborhood during community events, check out what’s going on by following us on Instagram and Twitter, @ LittleItalySD and Facebook, at

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Amici House will soon open in Little Italy Little Italy Heritage Tom Cesarini Among the many contributions Italians have made in the areas of art, science, fashion, food, and a host of other categories, is also the vital emphasis placed on the sharing of bounty with the broader community. In San Diego’s Italian community, we are witness to this through the many Italian community groups and the collective opportunities they provide. Yet the local Italians have lacked a significant home in which to break bread — a space to serve as common ground — and a place through which to celebrate all things Italian, promote the richness of the culture, and preserve the Italian historical narrative of San Diego. Working in conjunction with the Little Italy Association, Convivio, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing Italian cultural identity, will establish a cultural center in Little Italy — Amici House — in Amici Park near Date and Union streets. With an opening scheduled for mid-November, the historical home that will be transformed into Amici House is situated near Washington Elementary School, Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, and the upcoming Piazza della Famiglia. Amici House will add an important cultural and social element to this hub of activity in the neighborhood. Once opened, here you can learn about our multifaceted programming, enjoy complimentary coffee, browse through books, explore the history of Little Italy through historical photos, see a fi lm, listen to some music, take an Italian course, join in an event, make new friends and simply, indulge in la dolce vita.


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As an important stepping stone in the overall Convivio vision, Amici House will be a place to learn about our goal of establishing a largescale cultural center in San Diego by 2019 — the Convivio Center — which will include performance space, an archives and museum, gallery space, a café, and a media library. The Convivio Center will also represent a unifying element for the local Italian community; serving as a catalyst

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Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Turn San Diego into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure.

Doors: 6 p.m. Show: 7 p.m. All ages welcome. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave. houseofblues. com/sandiego



Azealia Banks


Doors: 7 p.m. Show: 8 p.m. All ages welcome. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave. houseofblues. com/sandiego

Hall of Fame enshrines distinguished Class of 2017. 5:30–10:30 p.m. San Diego Air & Space Museum, 2001 Pan American Plaza.

Meet Voice of San Diego’s Journalists at the Museum of Man

Voice of San Diego and the Museum of Man are teaming up for an evening of civic affairs, exploring the human experience. 5:30–7:30 p.m. San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado.

Indoor soccer, 7:05 p.m. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd.

The Soft White Sixties

Doors: 7 p.m. Show: 8 p.m. All support acts are subject to change without notice. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave.


Gregory Porter

Gregory Porter is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Porter won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. 8 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave.

The Legend of Georgia McBride

8 p.m. What do you do when your Elvis act gets the axe? Cygnet Theatre, Old Town, 4040 Twiggs St.

Patti Austin — A City Lights Concert

The City Lights concert series returns in style with one of the most entertaining pop music veterans. 8–9:30 p.m. San Diego Symphony, 750 B Street.



Honor a Hero, Hire a Veteran — Job and Resource Fair

The premier veteran hiring event in San Diego County. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd.


‘Down the Rabbit Hole’

Starring Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara Mythbusters alumni Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and more. 7:30 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Avenue.

The Front Bottoms

Doors: 6:30 p.m. Show: 7:30 p.m. Lineup: The Front Bottoms, Basement, Bad Bad Hats. All support acts are subject to change without notice. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Avenue. houseofblues. com/sandiego

San Diego Gulls vs Stockton Heat

Hockey 7 p.m. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd.


Hockey 7 p.m. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd.





Alternatives to Violence Advanced Level Workshop

AVP workshops facilitate the creation of beloved community through the practice of transformative, nonviolent approaches. 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. San Diego Museum of



2017 International Air & Space Hall of Fame Gala

Join us as the world’s most prestigious Air & Space

2017 Robert Mosher Lifetime Achievement Awards Reception

Join the president of The American Institute of Architects San Diego, Philip Bona, AIA and other leaders. 6–8 p.m. San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite #3.

Wild Child: A Tribute to The Doors

The Doors were a legendary live band, and Wild Child has more than 20 years of experience painstakingly reproducing the music. 8 p.m. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave.







8 p.m. An ArtPower fan favorite for many years, best-selling author David Sedaris returns with the fresh writing, sardonic wit, and biting humor. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Avenue.




Tori Amos

7:30 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave.


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Blues Traveler - 30th Anniversary Tour


Doors: 7 p.m. Show: 8 p.m. Exhibit Tour: All support acts are subject Celebrate San Diego! to change without notice. All Join the CJC for an exclusive ages welcome. House of Blues, curator-led tour of the San Di1055 Fifth Ave. houseofblues. ego History Center’s exhibit “Celebrate San Diego!” 10 a.m. com/sandiego San Diego History Center, Cinema @ The Balboa: 858-362-1348, 1649 El PraSound of Music do, Suite #3.


Calling all nuns, goat herders and baronesses: Sing along with Maria! Bark at Rolf! Snuggle up with Gretel and join in choruses. 5 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave.

Tim Minchin: Leaving Los Angeles

8 p.m. Tim Minchin is an Australian, musician, actor, comedian and writer. He has been performing his unique brand of musical comedy. 8 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave.


A Perfect Tool

APT is coming to tear the roof off of the House of Blues SD with friends Allison Chains, Brixton ’76, Moxie, and The Jagerbombs. 7:30 p.m. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave.


24 Nov.


Brian Regan

San Diego Gulls vs Tucson Roadrunners

7 p.m. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd.

10 a.m. Good writing always evokes a sense of place for its readers, but how? What does a writer do, and how we organize our concepts. San Diego Writers, Ink, 619-696-0363 Liberty Station Arts District, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women’s Museum.

Please join us for the next Poets & Writers’ San Diego Literary Roundtable meeting. 10:30 a.m. San Diego Writers, Ink, 619-696-0363 Liberty Station Arts District, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women’s Museum.


7:30 p.m. Setting a comedic standard of excellence that others continually try to follow, Brian Regan made history on Sept. 26, 2015. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave.

Place in Writing with Rich Farrell

Poets and Writers’ Roundtable Meeting

ArtPower At UC San Diego Presents David Sedaris

SDBW Beer Geek Tour

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San Diego Gulls vs Texas Stars





Hockey, 7 p.m. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Boulevard.




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7 p.m. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave. sandiego


7:30 p.m. Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, which has become one of the best-selling novels ever written. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave.


Novel Structure

Plotting outer and inner journeys with Margaret Dilloway. In this class, we discuss how to create a plot, but also the emotional journey of the character that helps drive the plot. 7 p.m. San Diego Writers, Ink, 619-696-0363 Liberty Station Arts District, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women’s Museum.


other workshops is its core emphasis on getting to the work. San Diego Writers, Ink, 619-696-0363 Liberty Station Arts District, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women’s Museum.



San Diego Sockers vs Syracuse Silver Knights


Holiday by the Bay

This holiday season, USO San Diego encourages all San Diegans to stand together and support the sacrifice of our military service. Headquarters at Seaport Village, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Eddie V's and Gepetto’s Toys, more 6:30 p.m. Call 619-9878020.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas

7 p.m. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way.

Snap Judgement



Perfecting the Craft of the Modern Memoir with Traci Foust

2:30 p.m. What makes Hardcore Memoir different from

San Diego Gulls vs Bakersfield Condors

7 p.m. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd.

Snap Judgment is a themed, weekly storytelling show. We focus on presenting compelling personal stories — mixing killer beats. 8 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. —Check out our new, comprehensive online calendar at


Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro

Fashion Week San Diego Fashion Week San Diego celebrated its 10-year anniversary on Oct. 6 and 7, at the Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier, Downtown. There were two pre-events leading up to the fashion shows. One was a VIP party with a fashion film screening on Oct. 4 at the LOT in La Jolla and the next evening was Art & Beauty Behind Fashion at the Andaz Hotel. The Port Pavilion, a waterfront landmark along the Embarcadero, overlooks the San Diego Bay with a breathtaking view that was perfect for an evening of fashion, with 18 creative designers brought to the runway. Founder and director Allison Andrews was presented with two official proclamations: a commendation presented by Councilmember Barbara Bray’s representative Justine Murray and a proclamation presented by Assemblymember Todd Gloria. The evening’s emcees were Jodi Kodesh and Jeff Krapf from NBC7 and Sleeping Giant Music provided a DJ each night, who spun the tunes. Friday night, Oct. 6, began with the annual Haute Dog Runway, with adoptable dogs from Rancho Coastal Humane Society. This adorable segment always thrills the audience. The evening continued with dogs on the runway wearing matching outfits created by The Stylish Bisou. Hola Swim brought a must-have swimsuit in polka dots to the catwalk. The unforgettable part of the evening was Tyler Forman, presenting a surprise marriage proposal to his girlfriend Taylor who said, “Yes!” The evening concluded with the sophisticated gowns by Haus of K2, which showcased their Indianinspired designs. Saturday night, Oct. 7, began with Hulabelle Swimwear, with a message presented from the runway to educate and provide resources for cancer. Returning designer Studio by Oseas featured an entire collection in red to bring HIV/AIDS awareness to the forefront. One of my favorites was the feminine collection of returning designer Isabel Vianey. Other standouts were the pleated works of art by Territa Torres and the resort wear of RHCreation, inspired by a “mango salad.” The finale wrapped up the weekend with the gorgeous designs of Baza, created with meticulous embroidery and beading. There was also a special presentation by Elisabetta Russo, Hollywood Music Awards’ Best Female Vocalist. She opened and closed the runway show and awed the audience with her musical performances. Russo was wearing an elegant gown by Raca Designs. Each night finished with an after-party at Florent on

Friday and Oxford Social Club on Saturday. On Oct 8, FWSD17 culminated with its annual trunk show, presenting fashion awards at the Hotel del Coronado. Fashion Week 2017’s Top Designer award went to Baza. Haus of K2 came in second place, with returning FWSD16 Top Designer Territa Torres taking home third place. In addition, the Chelsea Casey Top Model award went to Anna Baretta. Second place went to Andrea Revilla and third place honors went to Sharika Thompson and Christian Ibarra. Stay tuned to for updates, events, and the coming FWSD18.

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Health Research. 5 p.m. San Diego Hotel & Marina, Bayside Pavilion. For tickets, visit ●● Dec. 10 | Silk & Spice — A luxury couture fashion show by Couture Collection by Giti Kooshkani. 5 p.m. Soufi Mediterranean Cuisine, 5915 Balboa Ave. For tickets, visit —Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned couture milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at

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/ $1,595,000

2BD / 2BA / 1,572

/ $1,387,500

2BD / 2BA / 1,707

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2BD / 2BA / 1,753

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2BD / 2.5BA / 1,460


1BR / 1BA / 777

/ $959,000


/ $429,900

2BD / 2.5BA / 1,847


1BD / 1BA / 592

/ $869,900

/ $399,900

/ $4,995,000

2BD / 2BA / 1,474

/ $1,599,000

2BD / 2BA / 1,474

/ $1,289,000


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