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The Save Our Heritage Organisation recognized City Clerk Elizabeth Maland, who has been working to archive the city's past, with its outstanding public service award earlier this year. (Photo by Sande Lollis)

Bringing San Diego’s past into the modern age

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Thousands of photos and artifacts will be on display in October for National Archives Month By Dave Fidlin

While current information in today’s instantaneous environment is available on our smart devices and laptops

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For the fourth year in a row, ACE Parking, which manages more than a dozen lots throughout Downtown neighborhoods, is running their “Park for Pink” campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer during the month of October. October is breast cancer awareness month and the company’s goal is to raise $15,000 for the Susan G. Komen organization in San Diego to help fight the disease. The annual campaign has a personal connection to the parking company. “Park for Pink was inspired by my own family’s fight against cancer, as well as the struggle of many others in our Ace Parking family,” stated Keith B. Jones, third generation owner and managing partner of Ace Parking in a press release. “Because so many are directly or indirectly impacted by cancer, I am privileged to utilize Ace Parking as a platform to support those who are suffering, those who treat and support cancer patients, and those who are working to find the cures.”

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At the start of her career, Coronado resident Sarah Sternberg never imagined she’d wind up co-founding a company that would help her lift up and empower women, but a pink slip changed the trajectory of her life. “It all started from the 2008 financial crisis,” Sternberg said, adding that when she realized her time at the real estate investment company she’d been working for was coming to an end, she found herself at a crossroads. “I’d just received my master’s in business administration, but once the crisis hit, no one was hiring,” she said. “I had a friend who was doing volunteer work in Rwanda at the time, so

I decided to take some time to volunteer with him.” With a decision to be made, Sternberg traded in her routine 9-to-5 job for cold water bucket baths, sleeping under the stars and working in a rural African village. Nine years later, what was supposed to be a two-week volunteer trip has turned into a full-time passion. During Sternberg’s time in Africa, she met skilled women artisans and quickly realized that the women worked best when they worked together and were able to support one another as individuals, as part of a tenacious community of strong women.

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To facilitate the program, ACE will be swapping out their parking lot signs to pink-colored Park for Pink signs, ACE team members will be wearing pink wristbands, and the Ace Parking website will have a custom design specific to the campaign and offer the opportunity for customers to donate to their goal. Funds may be donated by individuals or groups, led by team captains. ACE Parking has contributed more than $250,000 toward cancer research in the last three years. For more information and learn how you can participate, visit


KPBS and the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) are seeking nominations for their upcoming Community Heroes program, honoring those who “give selflessly to build civility and community in San Diego,” but this time in the category of environmental sustainability — those making a difference in achieving sustainable energy in the region. “What do we mean by sustainable energy? In this case, we are looking for people who are encouraging the use of renewable resources such as wind, water and solar power,” the website states.

Nominees need to reside in San Diego; be 15 years of age or older (minors must have permission from a parent or guardian); not employed by KPBS or NCRC; not nominating themselves; and made contributions to sustainable energy through work and/or community service. “Our selection committee will select one hero from the nominations who will be announced and honored during the month of December, on our air — TV and radio — and through our partner, the National Conflict Resolution Center,” said Claire Pister, community engagement manager for KPBS. “In early January, we will host a community conversation on the topic that will feature an interview with the hero and we will also present them with the physical award at that event.” Details on the January event are still to be determined. Nominations close at midnight, Oct. 22. For more information or to nominate someone, visit


A Downtown resident is among five local educators from schools around the county recently named San Diego County Teacher of the Year Sept. 16 at Balboa Theatre. The event, hosted by San Diego County Office of Education and sponsored by Cox Communications, allows the five to go on and represent San

Diego in the California Teacher of the Year program. Jamie Brown, a teacher of international baccalaureate higher level English and film studies at San Diego High School International Studies of the San Diego Unified School District, is also a resident of Downtown. San Diego High is also located Downtown, and Brown has spent her entire 14-year career at the school. She sees her role as an educator as one that empowers students, offering them “the tools and confidence they need to effectively navigate these courses on their own two feet.” “In a world filled with uncertainty and doubt, we need compassion to prevail in the classroom,” Brown said in the press release. The five educators join 166 other teachers named San Diego County Teacher of the Year since the program started in 1974. Of those, 21 have been named California Teacher of the Year and gone on to compete for National Teacher of the Year. Three San Diegans have taken the national title. The other winners were Camden Flores of Kempton Street Literacy Academy in La Mesa-Spring Valley School District; Mark Lantsberger of Del Norte High School in Poway School District; Ben Swearingen, Imperial Beach Charter School in South Bay Union School District; and Kathy Worley, of West Hills High School in Grossmont Union School District.

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The virus is seldom fatal unless the individual infected already has other complications, like liver disease or autoimmune disorders, The San Diego Union Tribune reported on Oct. 3. Residents can take simple steps to help avoid the virus entirely by getting vaccinated or being extra careful with their hygiene. Contamination can occur when infected people do not wash their hands properly after going to the bathroom and then touch other objects or food. Surfaces that are frequently touched should be cleaned and sanitized often, according the health officials. “This is our community and we are working day and night to take care of it. It is going to require a sustained effort and everyone in San Diego County has a role to play,” Mayor Faulconer said in a statement. “Free hepatitis A vaccines are available thanks to the County of San Diego, American Medical Response and Downtown San Diego Partnership. San Diego is a healthy and safe community, and it will remain so as long as we follow the advice of our medical professionals.” To avoid infection, public health officials recommend that people wash their hands regularly after using the bathroom and before preparing or eating food. Hands and arms should be washed with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds and then thoroughly rinsed with clean running water and






With the latest tallies at 17 local people dead this year from hepatitis A and more than 480 infected by the virus, San Diego city and county officials are warning the public that those numbers are expected to rise before the crisis comes under control. In addition, on Sept. 19 health officials launched a “Vaccination, Sanitation & Education” campaign to urge residents to take up the challenge of helping to stop the spread of the virus. Mayor Kevin Faulconer, County Supervisor Ron Roberts and county health officials spoke out about the urgent need for the public to take action to protect themselves, stressing the importance of residents washing their hands properly and getting most at-risk people vaccinated. Free vaccinations are already available, the officials said. Call 211 or go to to learn more. “Our county-led health teams have been mobilized since March to deal with an unprecedented outbreak that is primarily impacting San Diego County’s homeless and substance abuse communities,” Roberts said in a statement. “We need to continue our course of vaccination, sanitation and education efforts recommended by local, state and national public health officials and our own best practices.” In addition to the homeless community, health officials added that at-risk groups also

include “intravenous drug users, food handlers, janitorial workers and occupations/professions that have regular interactions with at-risk people, such as police officers, firefighters, paramedics, homeless service providers and health care professionals,” according to a news release. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the “hep A” virus, according to the Mayo Clinic. Symptoms include fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and a lowgrade fever. Infected people may also experience pain in the joints or muscles, diarrhea, vomiting, dark urine, itching, weight loss, or yellow skin or eyes. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately. The hep A virus is found predominantly in the stools of infected people. Highly contagious, the virus can be transmitted when people put something in their mouth that has been contaminated with the feces of an affected person, a process called fecal-oral transmission. According to, the virus can spread through food or drinking water contaminated by an infected person; by eating raw or undercooked shellfish collected from water contaminated by sewage; blood transfusions; and sexual contact, especially oral and anal. Although San Diegans are dying from the virus, health officials assured the public that the vast majority of infected people will fully recover from hepatitis A if treated.

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City of San Diego distributed map of Downtown restrooms and their availability, as of Sept. 15. (Courtesy City of San Diego) properly dried, according to the news release. “There are precautions anyone can take to avoid getting hepatitis A,” said Dr. Nick Yphantides, Chief Medical Officer for the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). “For those considered at-risk, they should get vaccinated. And all of us, whether we are considered at-risk or not, need to follow common sanitation habits, like washing hands with soap and warm water.” According to the HHSA, the majority of people who have contracted hepatitis A are either homeless or illicit drug users, or both. So far, no common sources of food, beverages or drugs have been identified as the source or contributing factor in the current outbreak. Dr. William Tseng, past president of the San Diego County Medical Society, said the region’s medical systems and providers are fully engaged in helping address the outbreak. “Health care providers play a critical role in vaccination and patient education,” Dr. Tseng said in a statement. “We are committed as a medical community to work with our city and county leaders to aggressively respond to the hepatitis A outbreak.” Responding to the outbreak, local officials have taken several actions, including: ● Offering free vaccinations. The county has been offering free vaccinations for several months, including sending nurses with vaccines into homeless encampments and other hepatitis A hotspots. More than 22,000 people have vaccinated to date. ● Installing 41 handwashing stations Downtown. The county installed handwashing stations to provide more opportunities for the public to stay clean. ● Sanitizing sidewalks and other public right-ofways. At the county’s direction, the city last week began

regularly sanitizing Downtown areas with a bleach solution to kill the virus. Other neighborhoods are expected to follow. ● Adding more public restrooms. The city has opened a new 24-hour restroom facility with four stalls near City Hall and another one at 1330 G St., bringing the total number of public restroom sites to 21 in the Downtown area. The operating hours of 14 restrooms in Balboa Park were also recently expanded to 24 hours a day. In addition, four new portable restrooms were installed nearby at the intersection of First Avenue and C Street, along with a hand washing station. These stalls will be monitored with full time security and serviced twice per day. ● The city is looking to identify additional locations in the coming weeks and is requesting that Downtown property owners with space for a portable restroom contact the city to assist in finding solutions to combat the crisis. ● Free vaccinations. The city is offering vaccination clinics at the following public libraries through December.

● Monday, Oct. 9, 1-4 p.m., Logan Heights Library. ● Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2-5 p.m., San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. ● Friday, Oct. 20, 2-5 p.m., Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library. ● Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2-5 p.m., San Diego Central Library. ● Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2-5 p.m., San Diego Central Library. For more information about getting vaccinated or learning about hep A, visit —Editor Morgan M. Hurley contributed to this report. —Ken Williams is the editor of San Diego Uptown News and a contributing editor to Downtown News. Reach him at

‘Shining’ light on homeless


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SD Int’l Film Fest comes to town with films from 68 countries and one from East Village By Dave Schwab An animated film without words being used to promote Father Joe’s Village and highlighting the plight – and potential – of San Diego’s growing homeless population will leave you speechless. “Shine” takes place in a world of minerals and gems. It portrays a lump of coal, Nicoal, left alone in the cold and rain. Just when all hope seems lost, compassionate neighbors from Father Joe’s Villages welcome and embrace Nicoal, compressing her with respect and kindness. With this support from Father Joe’s Villages, Nicoal

A still from “Selling Isobel,” a film about human trafficking (Courtesy SDIFF)

transforms into her true self — a brilliant diamond. The homeless services provider teamed with i.d.e.a, a San Diego-based integrated marketing agency, to conceptualize and produce “Shine,” a moving story about homelessness and hope. On Oct. 6-7, “Shine” will play for audiences at the San Diego International Film Festival (SDIFF). “In just three minutes, this heartwarming film demonstrates the power of compassion to transform a life,” said Tonya Mantooth, executive and artistic director of the SDIFF. “SDIFF always seeks out stories that move people —and we chose ‘Shine’ because it inspires empathy to shift viewers’ perspectives of our homelessness crisis.” After considering more than 2,000 submissions from 68 countries, the four-day festival will feature 117 films at ArcLight Cinema La Jolla at UTC and Regal Cinema Gaslamp in Horton Plaza. “Shine” earned one of six spots in the Global Consciousness category for short films. i.d.e.a. conceptualized and coordinated the production of “Shine” with the creative geniuses at Dallas-based animation studio Reel FX, whose projects include Golden Globenominated “The Book of Life,”

A still from “Shine,” a short animated film that attempts to raise awareness to plight of homeless (Courtesy SDIFF) and other short films, immersive rides and commercials for the “Despicable Me” and “Ice Age” films, to name a few. “I wanted to direct the short story because it’s so meaningful,” said Barrett Lewis, creative director at Reel FX. “I think all creative people hope that their work can contribute to something that makes a difference in the world and crafting a unique and heartfelt narrative about how Father Joe’s Villages helps solve homelessness was that project for me.” Why was “Shine” created? “San Diego is in the midst of a homelessness crisis, and to many in our community, it appears that the end of homelessness is out of reach,” said Deacon Jim Vargas, president/ CEO of Father Joe’s Villages. “It’s our hope that viewers will see what we see every day; that a bright future is possible for everyone given the right services and support.” An award-winning integrated marketing company and Certified B (benefit) corporation, i.d.e.a. moves clients through its nine core disciplines, which

Filmmakers on the red carpet (Courtesy SDIFF)

include strategy, creative, design, reputation, social media, digital, brand management, media and brand purpose. The firm has sought out “courageous” clients who trust in its ability to deliver exceptional results. i.d.e.a. founder Jon Bailey and art director Austin Bousley said taking on the challenge of producing the promotional spot for Father Joe’s was a joy. “We help companies find their courage — and their platform,” Bailey said. “I was really moved by their passion. It was very inspiring to be part of something [battling homelessness] we feel is so important, not only to our city, but just in terms of humanity.” Bousley talked about the creative process that went into producing “Shine.” “We wanted to attract a younger donor base, millennials,” Bousley said. “We wanted to get younger people to feel something and get involved.” Bousely said i.d.e.a.’s goal in producing the short animated film was to “create something on a more visceral level that

would make them feel something” and then tie the project back to the cause. “We knew we could hit people emotionally, make them feel something,” he said. “So we landed on our little character, a lump of coal, which we tell a little story about her transforming into a diamond.” To learn more about Father Joe’s Villages, visit The San Diego International Film Festival runs through Sunday. Two festival village hubs include film screenings at the ArcLight Cinemas La Jolla at UTC and Regal Cinemas UA Horton Plaza. The new Pendry Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter will act as the festival’s headquarters, and host various film industry panels and other special events. Tickets are available for single films, and passes are available for day, weekend and VIP. For more information, visit —Dave Schwab can be reached at



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A replay of the awards ceremony, “Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers,” will be shown on Cox and Charter Cable YurView Channel 4/1004 and scheduled for 9 p.m. Oct. 6, Oct. 12, Oct. 20, Oct. 26. The telecast also will be available on Cox On Demand starting Oct. 1 and KUSI will re-air the show in November. For a complete listing of replay dates and times, go to


The San Diego Opera just announced the continuation of “Opera on the Concourse,” which is a series of public lunchtime concerts held at the San Diego Civic Concourse. The casual concert recital series was discontinued in 2007, but was brought back by the Opera in 2015. The free concerts include duets, arias, and opera and musical theater ensembles, and have seen by up to 300 spectators at a time for the Thursday performances, which start at noon and last approximately 45 minutes. Three dates are currently scheduled for the 2017-18 opera season: noon on Thursday, Oct. 19, featuring singers from “The Pirates of Penzance”; noon on Thursday, March 11, featuring singers from “Turandot”; and Thursday, March 22 at noon, featuring artists from “Florencia en el Amazonas.” In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved inside the Civic Theatre. Visit

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A nonprofit musical festival, “Music for the Revolution,” returns to Fallbrook on Oct. 8. This year, the event will raise awareness and funds for Public Watchdogs’ education efforts, which promote safer nuclear waste at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The festival will also continue their ongoing support of the Fallbrook Food Pantry, a nonprofit organization that aids low-income and disadvantaged families in need of food. Festival performers include Billy Galewood, Cardinal Moon, The Casey Hensley Band, Daring Greatly, Dulaney and Co., The Highwayman Show, J7 Productions, Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact, Shane Hall, and Sister Speak. In addition to music, Family Love Village will provide a Kids Zone that features yoga, cooking classes, body art painting and more. “Music for the Revolution” will be held from noon to 9 p.m. at Pala Mesa Resort, 2001 Old Highway 395. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the event. Tickets are $20–$50 at bit. ly/2gcRHQz. There is free admission for kids 12 years old or younger. For more information, visit


Monster technology

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San Diego’s epic Halloween event is driven by three-dimensional themes and digital handiwork By Dave Schwab San Diego Monster Bash will rampage through the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village Saturday, Oct. 28, as Downtown San Diego morphs into one of Southern California’s largest outdoor Halloween block parties. The annual fall scarefest, which draws more than 15,000 partygoers annually from every state in the nation, offers an evening of nightmarish delight, stacked music lineups, five hellishly themed stages, and epic partying. It usually sells out. This is the 17th installment of Monster Bash, which is set this year to include even more interactive experiences, inspired design, and over-the-top performances than ever before. Transformed over the years, Monster Bash — which in its

humble beginnings took up only one block of Fifth Avenue — was initially developed as an alternative to Rocktoberfest. Fast forward 17 years and this spooktacular event is now identified as San Diego’s largest Halloween-themed outdoor block party, and has expanded from one to eight city blocks. Monster Bash has become infamous for its outrageous costume contest, which attracts the most creative costumers and makeup artists in the region, who compete for big prizes and bragging rights. This year the grand prize is $2,500 in cash, with lesser amounts going

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to second and third place, as well as prize money for several honorable mentions. This year’s revamped contest features a dedicated contest stage, a panel of local celebrity judges, a new voting system, streamlined registration, and more opportunities to win with tiered prizes. Monster Bash attendees are encouraged to wear their most incredible costumes to showcase and compete. If Monster Bash impresses the vast crowds in attendance, it’s largely attributed to Dave Howell, the event’s director of audio, visual and lighting. It’s Howell’s responsibility to create the look and feel of Monster Bash every year and he said evolving technology continues to transform the Halloween event year after year. “I’ve been doing this since 1982,” Howell said. “When I started, everything was overhead and slide projectors, and now it’s digital laser projectors, LED displays and digital audio — completely different. It really

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expands the creative window you can work with.” Using less power than ever before, Howell said the new technology allows him to “add more elements without using more energy,” and revelers in attendance will enjoy firsthand the enhanced experience that comes with technological innovation. “It gives you flexibility,” he said. “With the ability to map pixels on your projector, you aren’t required to have a square surface anymore; it can be whatever you want it to be. You can bend it, shape it, put it in patterns … you can take a visual canvas and make it look any way you want to. It really helps enhance the creative freedom that you have.” Howell works with McFarlane Productions, the event’s promoters, and he began conferring with them early on about themes, so that each stage can be unique in its three-dimensional layout. “Laurel [McFarlane] and her team come up with different themed areas, and we take that and try to make that come across in the set design and the visuals that are going to be on the screens,” Howell said. He promises the scary clowns will “freak everybody out” this year. Mapping out the staging and all the special effects is a sixto-eight-month process, Howell said. “It’s a fun event, we love doing it,” he said. Monster Bash ticket prices are $50 through Oct. 19, $55 through Oct. 19 and $55 through Oct. 27. A Monster Bash wristband gets the bearer food and drink specials and free cover at more than 20 different participating restaurants

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Clown Carnage — DJs Twisted Dream House — DJs ● The Asylum — DJs ● Bigtop of Terror — Costume Contest ● Black Butteryfly VIP — DJs For more information visit and bars in the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village. You must be 21 or older and have a valid photo ID to enter. For those looking to upgrade their experience, a limited number of VIP passes are also available. VIP perks include easy access entry, six free drinks (two at the VIP bar, four outside the venue), entry into the Black Butterfly VIP lounge, $1 off all drinks at the VIP bar, upgraded restrooms, and a free giveaway item. VIP tickets will sell out, so get them early. Monster Bash takes place Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Proceeds benefit the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation and East Village Association, which promote, protect, and preserve the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village through advocacy, community relations, and promotional programs. For more ticket or event information, visit or call McFarlane Promotions, Inc. at 619-233-5008. —Dave Schwab can be reached at


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A report on our progress Hunter’s curious case for war Notes from Toni Toni G. Atkins On Thursday night, Sept. 14, with little time to spare before the end of this year’s legislative session, the state Assembly provided the 54 votes needed to pass my highest-priority bill, SB 2. The next day, the Senate sent the bill to the governor for his signature and he signed it on Sept. 29. SB 2 — the Building Homes and Jobs Act — has been a labor of love of mine for seven years; with the help of many of my colleagues and countless housing, business, labor and environmental advocates, as well as my tenacious staff, we got it across the fi nish line.SB 2 will create a permanent source of funding for affordable housing, generating an estimated $250 million each year. In the first year, half of the revenue will fund programs throughout the state that reduce homelessness, and half will go directly to local governments to fund updates of community plans, which will help neighborhoods improve quality of life and spur new housing growth where it makes the most sense. After the first year, 70 percent of the money will go straight to communities to help create new affordable housing for struggling families and people who are homeless; the remaining 30 percent will expand funding for existing state housing programs. SB 2 is part of a landmark package of Senate bills aimed at increasing accountability, affordability and accessibility of housing throughout California. SB 3 by Sen. Jim Beall asks voters to approve a $4-billion bond to fund affordable housing. SB 35 by Sen. Scott Wiener speeds up housing approvals in cities that aren’t meeting their housing goals. SB 540 by Sen. Richard Roth expands opportunities for housing construction. SB 166 and SB 167 by Sen. Nancy Skinner reduce obstacles to building new housing. Additional bills that came out of the Assembly further attack the housing crisis. It was a true team effort to create new housing for our lowest-income earners up through the middle class.

This package of bills won’t solve the crisis overnight — state leaders, local governments and community representatives up and down California have a lot more work to do — but this package is the most comprehensive effort the state has ever accomplished, and it’s a good start. Meanwhile, my other priority bill, SB 179 — the Gender Recognition Act — is also on the governor’s desk. It’s the next step in a long line of legislative achievements in advancing civil rights for California’s LGBTQ community. If signed by the governor, SB 179 will create a third gender marker on state-issued identity documents for nonbinary and intersex residents who identify as neither strictly female nor male. It will also make the process a little easier for transgender, nonbinary and intersex Californians who wish to obtain new identification documents that accurately reflect their gender. People who are transgender, nonbinary or intersex often have a difficult time when they show their ID and it doesn’t match their gender presentation. It produces unnecessary anxiety and can lead to harassment and a delay or refusal in completing a transaction. It doesn’t need to be this way. This issue has become personal for me. I’ve heard from many people across the state who are eagerly looking forward to this opportunity. I also have friends in San Diego with children who will benefit, and I am forever changed by the emotion with which they’ve spoken about the good that SB 179 will do. In addition to these two bills, 10 other pieces of legislation were sent to the governor, and as of this writing, several of them have been signed. Meanwhile, the legislature as a whole moved California forward with major policy or budget achievements in transportation, climate change, health care, poverty reduction, local and regional parks, childcare, education, immigrant rights and more. I am extremely proud of what we accomplished and already looking forward to seeing what we can do for San Diego and all of California next year. —Toni G. Atkins represents District 39 in the California Senate. Follow her on Twitter, @SenToniAtkins.v

Congressional Watch Andy Cohen Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-50) made the news again this month, and once again, not in a good way. Hunter has been no stranger to controversies. Just in the last year he has been caught using campaign funds for personal expenditures; including vacations, private school tuition and school meals for his children, oral surgery, and air travel for his pet bunny, among other things. He also just recently discontinued $3,000 monthly payments to his wife, Margaret, for “consulting work.” Despite having supposedly paid back $62,000 in personal expenditures, Hunter and his campaign are currently under federal investigation for violating campaign finance laws. This is old news, you say. It has been covered in this very column several times. It is evidence, however, of just the sort of poor judgment that has been exercised repeatedly by one of the San Diego region’s five representatives to Congress. Committing campaign finance fraud is bad enough, and could land Mr. Hunter in prison. But at least it is not the kind of poor judgment that will get tens of thousands, or even millions, killed. But that, as it turns out, is also one of Hunter’s specialties. In 2013, Hunter appeared on C-SPAN and suggested that while putting American boots on the ground in a conflict with Iran would be a “horrible” thing, the U.S. should instead launch a tactical nuclear strike against the Middle Eastern power, that at the time, had a budding nuclear weapons capability of its own. The Obama administration, with then-Secretary of State John Kerry leading the way, has since shelved the Iranian threat through a treaty that puts their nuclear development programs in mothballs. While it remains to be seen how long that lasts, as President Trump has repeatedly threatened to pull the U.S. out of that agreement; one that even the Trump administration agrees Iran is holding to. Hunter, however, will not be deterred. He seems bound and determined to get his war, and this president seems eager to give it to him. “You can assume, right now, that we have a nuclear missile aimed at the United States and here in San Diego,” Hunter said Sept. 21, during an appearance on local TV station KUSI. “The question is, do you wait for one of those? Or two? Do

you pre-emptively strike them? And that’s what the president has to wrestle with. I would pre-emptively strike them. You could call it declaring war, call it whatever you want.” First, it is unclear whether North Korea has a viable intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States, let alone San Diego; and/or has a nuclear warhead small enough to be carried on such a rocket. What we do know is that they have tested nuclear bombs, and, separately, missiles designed to deliver those warheads. We do not know if they have the capability of combining the two. They’re working on it, but they’re not there yet. So this is nothing more than conjecture and fearmongering on Hunter’s part. Beyond that, there is no pre-emptive military solution to the North Korea crisis. We know this because the Trump administration’s former chief political strategist, Steve Bannon, said so. North Korea has tens of thousands of conventional weapons at the ready and aimed at Seoul, capable of obliterating the entire region in a matter of hours. Any pre-emptive strike will immediately place 25 million South Koreans who live in the greater Seoul area, which is 35 miles from the North Korean border, in danger. There are also roughly 150,000 Americans living in Seoul. But apparently Duncan Hunter, a military veteran himself, has so little regard for innocent human life that he is eager to start World War III and sacrifice the lives of thousands of American servicemen and women in order to satisfy his own bloodlust. The worst part is that it will likely take a conviction and prison sentence — much like Duke Cunningham, another former Republican representative from San Diego — to remove Hunter from office. On Sept. 14, Scott Peters (D-52) announced his vote against a partisan spending package that removed funding from the U.S.-Mexico Water Infrastructure Grant. The program provided resources to prevent persistent sewage spills into the Tijuana River Valley and onto the beaches of Imperial Beach, among other things. The bill passed the House with only Republican votes. “Eliminating this program would take away one of our tools to improve sewage infrastructure along the border and prevent these constant spills that threaten public health and damage our quality of life,” Peters stated in a press release. “It also threatens the

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cross-border cooperation and leadership that is necessary to keep sewage out of American waterways.” Four days later, Reps. Juan Vargas (D-51) and Darrell Issa (R-49) introduced the bipartisan Tijuana River Valley Comprehensive Protection and Rehabilitation Act that aims to restore funding to improve sewage infrastructure and prevent sewage spills along the Mexican border with San Diego. “Sewage from Tijuana has been flowing into the Tijuana River Valley, into beaches in San Diego County and our communities for too long,” said Vargas, in a joint statement with Issa. “This legislation will help rehabilitate the Tijuana River Valley and rebuild the infrastructure needed to prevent future spills.” “The impact of these continuing spills will be felt for generations to come, unless we take action to stop it now,” Issa added in the statement. “Solving this problem will only come with strong bipartisan and international cooperation. I’m proud of the work Juan and I have put into this bill to ensure that it gets cleaned up and that we take preventative measures to ensure it never happens again.” —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at

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SONGA DESIGNS Their determination and skills inspired her to co-found Songa Designs International, a company that thrives as a fashion brand, which celebrates the significance of women all over the world. The company currently supports between 175 and 200 artisans on the path to economic independence, empowering them with socio-economical support and entrepreneurial skills to reach economic independence and improve their living standards — all through the sale of a diverse range of hand-made accessories. “The women I met were so talented; they had these incredible weaving skills and

I could see the full range of their talent,” Sternberg said. “There were so many culturally traditional designs that I’d ever seen before and had no access to the global market. I realized that’s how I could help.” This partnership has helped change these women’s lives in ways they never imagined, especially since they are empowered to negotiate their own salaries and earn fair wages for the very first time. “A lot of them talk about having formal employment and steady income every month,” Sternberg said. “They talk about having food on the table, their kids in schools and now even having basic necessities.” Over the years, some of these women have even been able to buy plots of land and have their own homes.

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I won’t recognize them because they’ve redone their hair or have new clothes,” Sternberg said. “They’ve already paid for their kids and have a roof over their head, so they start to invest in themselves. “We want these women to be confident on their own because the confidence they gain, no one can ever take that away from them,” she continued. “The women I work with today are more confident, worldly and educated, and they can feel like they can run their own business. It’s huge.” Looking forward, Sternberg said she envisions Songa Designs International collaborating with other like-minded businesses to help provide further opportunities to artisan communities in Africa. Songa is currently working with Mrembo Africa, a company founded in 2013 by vulnerable women who were living in the slums of

Nairobi. Mrembo Africa produces products that are sold on the local Maasai market in Kenya. “I’d like to focus more on collaboration instead of competition,” she said. “Working with Mrembo and other talented artists in Kenya not only allows us to expand our design portfolio, but work with other women who are doing awesome things to help them create the life they want.” For more information on Songa Designs International, visit, follow them on SongaDesigns or on Instagram, @songadesigns. —Margie Palmer is a San Diego-based freelance writer who has been racking up bylines in a myriad of news publications for the past 10 years. You can write to her at

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DINING If you live within an eight-minute drive from any of the 16 locations of Panera Bread across San Diego County, you can now receive menu items delivered to your home or office for about $4 or $5 per order, which can be placed online or through the Panera phone app. The company recently hired 120 drivers from the area who work directly for the fast-casual chain, which is famous for its soups, salads, sandwiches and preservative-free bakery items. Panera has locations in the Gaslamp Quarter, Coronado, Liberty Station, Hillcrest, Clairemont and other local areas.

Panera Bread has launched delivery service of its sandwiches, soups, breads and baked goods. (Yelp)

A Downtown restaurant is taking advantage of spiny lobster season. (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

Chef Mark Kropczynski of the Grant Grill has a passion for lobster diving in San Diego Bay. And the season is upon us for California spiny lobsters, which lack the pinchers of their New England cousins, but offer leg and tail meat no less sweet. Kropczynski will spotlight the specialty crustacean in various preparations for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Oct. 24–31.

Dishes incorporating the lobster include eggs Benedict garnished with caviar; saffron risotto with shaved black truffles; and in a prix-fixe dinner that features the meat in all four courses, the chef sneaks the meat into a Tahitian squash cake dessert with vanilla-rum butter. The dinner costs $72 and can be paired with wines for an additional $38. Reservations are recommended. 326 Broadway, 619-744-2077,

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Book by Kirsten Guenther Music by Nolan Gasser Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein Based on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Barry Berman and Leslie McNeil Directed by Jack Cummings III

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Pumpkin waffles to celebrate fall and a milestone anniversary of a popular cafe (Courtesy Cafe 222) Café 222 continues celebrating its 25th anniversary with an October spotlight on

pumpkin waffles, an original year-round menu item that has garnered praise by Gourmet

Magazine, Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate” and other national media. Made with a signature spice blend and topped with toasted pecans and whipped cream, owner Terryl Gavre decided to bring more attention to the waffles “because nothing says fall like a delicious pumpkin dish.” Gavre opened the whimsically decorated breakfast-lunch café in 1992 and soon became known for her eclectic cooking style and local billboard ads showing her wearing a tipped waffle on her head. She also operates Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant with chef Carl Schroeder, a three-time James Beard nominee. “I can’t believe I’m still here 25 years later,” Gavre told San Diego Downtown News. “I just signed a new 20-year lease for Café 222 and plan on being here until I’m old and gray.” In the pipeline is a menu of six different types of grilled cheese sandwiches that she plans to launch in November, a fitting come-on to the café’s house-made roasted tomato soup. 222 Island Ave., 619-2369902,

Limited engagement through October 22. Bryce Pinkham. Photo by Jim Cox.

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Local craft distillers will unite for the fi rst annual San Diego Spirits by the Bay Festival, from 1–5 p.m., Oct. 14, at the Coronado Ferry Landing. Presented by the San Diego Distillers Guild, the event affords attendees unlimited samples of locally produced spirits from Six One Nine Vodka, You & Yours Distilling Co., Perfect Soul Whiskey & Rum, Henebery Spirits, Cutwater Spirits, and more. The lineup also includes beer tastings from Lost Abbey Brewing and BNS Brewing & Distilling Co.Noshes from local food trucks and restaurants will be available for purchase, and live music will be performed by The Morgan Leigh Band and The Good Bad.General admission tickets are $45 in advance when purchased online ( and $60 at the gate on day of event. VIP tickets are $65 and $80, respectively. 1201 First St., Coronado,

Spirits from You & Yours Distilling Co. and other San Diego distilleries are taking part in a locals-only spirits festival. (Photo by Lindsey Marie Photography)

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At the arrival of its 10-year anniversary, Mission Brewery in the East Village has launched an investment campaign that allows the public to purchase shares in the company through The brewery calls the opportunity “the first of its kind in San Diego” with an investment goal of $1 million, but they plan to end the

campaign Dec. 2. The minimum investment for those seeking a stake in the business is $200. For further details, visit the website. 1441 L St., 619544-0555, —Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at


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Poolside brunch

Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. The scent of suntan lotions wafted through the air under a midmorning sun as lean-bodied twenty-somethings lazed on chaise lounges scattered around the pool deck. Some of the patrons sipped on boozy coffee drinks and micheladas. Others noshed on eggs and guacamole after playing a few quiet rounds of cornhole in an area flaunting canvas cabanas.

(Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

“This isn’t your typical brunch setting,” I explained to my aunt, who was visiting from Buffalo, New York, as we settled into sturdy wicker stools at a high-top table. She welcomed the departure from eating indoors and compared the rooftop space to something you’d see in Las Vegas, pointing to the deck’s lime-green umbrellas, royal-blue sofa sets and big, curvy outdoor bar that fuels a casual club scene at night. Only recently did Upper East Bar (formerly known as LoungeSix) on the fourth floor of Kimpton Solamar Hotel introduce “sunrise social brunch,” which is served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The concise menu was devised by Anthony Sinsay, a local pioneer of Filipino cuisine who last year took the position of executive chef for the

maple butter and terrific housemade berry jam. Sinsay’s take on avocado toast features shredded Dungeness crab, alfalfa sprouts and watermelon radishes atop hearty grilled bread. The only thing missing was the avocado. We found only faint smears of it beneath the crab. A chopped salad in lemon vinaigrette mimicked Italian antipasto. It contained diced salami, smoked mozzarella, pepperoncini, and chickpeas. Not bad, although the smokiness of the cheese at times overpowered the other ingredients and the salad overall needed sweetness from tomatoes — either fresh or sun-dried — to offset the vinaigrette and abundance of bitter radicchio in the lettuce mix. Served in a shallow bowl, the salad also cried for tongs, a small but import-

Upper East Bar 616 J St. (East Village) 619-531-8744, rooftop-bars-san-diego Brunch items: $7 to $17 ant detail that befuddled our aloof waitress when we asked for them. Although after we clumsily schlepped most of the salad onto our share plates with forks, tongs finally arrived. We also ordered a BLT on grilled sourdough. Except for the shredded dark-green lettuce, supposedly grown locally, and the zippy aioli used instead of plain ole mayo, the sandwich stuck to tradition while sporting thick strips of applewood-smoked bacon cooked to a desirably uniform crisp just as we had hoped. Service on this early weekend shift seemed shaky, perhaps because brunch is still fairly new to the pool area and deck. A coffee refill turned up tepid at best; a second BLT that we didn’t order was brought to our table; and the waitresses didn’t know the basic specs of certain dishes when we asked, hence they fetched answers from the kitchen. But when you combine a snazzy rooftop deck and city views with a pool and a bar in a hip hotel that caters well to millennials, such an atmosphere compensates for any hiccups. “Welcome to San Diego,” I said to my aunt, who came away from Upper East Bar with a positive, sunny impression. For the most part, so did I.

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hotel’s ground-floor restaurant, Jsix. Sinsay’s brunch menu, however, is playfully Californian. Consider his French toast “fries,” which are large strips of brioche bread dredged in eggs and milk and then dusted in pulverized peanut butter Cap’n Crunch cereal. We ordered the dish at the end of our meal as dessert, assuming we’d take only a few bites before taking home the remains. Wrong. The bread logs were warm and light and not overly sweet — even when slathering them with the accompanying

—Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. You can reach him at


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(clockwise from top left) Upper East Bar's brunch items include crab and avocado toast; the chopped salad; and peanut butter crunch French toast (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)


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‘Benny & Joon’ — from movie to musical Theater Review Jean Lowerison Three unique people — a guy who owns a garage, the schizophrenic sister he’s been looking out for since their parents died in a car crash years ago, and a guy named Sam (as in “play it again”) who clutches a book about Buster Keaton and dresses like he’s in a ’20s Chaplin movie — are the main characters in “Benny & Joon,” playing through Oct. 22 at The Old Globe. This world premiere musical (with book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser and lyrics by Mindi

Dickstein) is based on the quirky 1993 film starring Johnny Depp. Benny (Andrew Samonsky) has kept sister Joon (Hannah Elless) on a fairly short leash, because he fears the consequences of her occasional (and unpredictable) lapses from reality if he’s not close by. We understand why when we see him drop everything at the garage and rush to her side when he hears she’s standing in the middle of the street, directing traffic. While they are very close, he feels trapped, and she feels caged by his habit of treating her like a child. One night, Joon plays poker with Benny’s friends. When she ends up losing, Benny ends up gaining (or maybe being

(l to r) Hannah Elless as Joon and Bryce Pinkham as Sam in “Benny & Joon,” running through Oct. 22, at The Old Globe (Photo by Jim Cox)

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● Saturdays, 2 and 8 p.m. ● Sundays, 2 and 7 p.m. The Old Globe Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets: 619-234-5623 or stuck with) a roommate/boarder named Sam, an eccentric near-illiterate from an abusive background who barely speaks unless it’s lines from favorite movies. But Sam can amuse with some pretty impressive tricks, like “walking” on chairs and hat tricks. Joon tends to talk in Shakespeare quotes. But Sam, who talks more with gestures than words, seems to “get” Joon better than Benny does in some ways, and soon they start a tentative romance. This makes both Benny and Dr. Cruz (Natalie Toro) — Joon’s psychiatrist, who thinks she should be in a group home — nervous. Meanwhile, Benny has met failed actress and current waitress Ruthie (January LaVoy). He’d like to get something going with her, but is that

Andrew Samonsky (right) as Benny, shown with his schizophrenic sister Joon, played by Hannah Elless (Photo by Jim Cox) possible, with Joon’s unpredictable needs? His buddies at the shop encourage it, but ... These are the human questions at the heart of “Benny & Joon.” I came away from this musical scratching my head a bit about who these characters really are (they feel a bit one-dimensional), and found in after-show conversations that those who had seen the film didn’t have that problem. So I watched the film. I now understand why: The film gives us much more backstory, so that we feel invested in, rather than weirded out by, these characters. Gasser and Dickstein’s music — pleasant though it is — also seems more stuck into rather than being a vital part of the story. Staging is unusual, to say the least. Set pieces (designed by Dane Laffrey) are rolled on and off (seemingly constantly) mostly by cast members, and sometimes it seems more like a skating show than a play. But that’s not to slight the uniformly excellent cast. Hannah Elless (seen in La Jolla Playhouse’s “Bright Star”) is convincing as Joon, though

I’d have preferred to see more of the “functioning” part of her illness as a painter. It’s clear she has a fine brain, but here she mostly sits, broods or is told what to do. At one point she even goes into a full meltdown. Andrew Samonsky is good if not totally convincing in a difficult part as Benny, who (we are to believe) is at first solicitous to a fault, but later turns downright mean to the sibling he’s spent his whole life with. January LaVoy is a joy as take-no-guff waitress Ruthie, and Benny’s friends and workmates, played by Colin Hanlon, Paolo Montalban and Jason SweetTooth Williams, are fine as well. But the show belongs to Bryce Pinkham’s Sam, who brings magic to everyone, most especially to Joon, who at last feels she’s being treated like an adult. An offbeat film doesn’t always make a charming, offbeat musical. “Benny & Joon” needs some work to sync the two. —Jean Lowerison is a long-standing member of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle and can be reached at


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A ‘wild and precious life’ Family and friends to celebrate life of longtime theater critic and poet, Charlene Baldridge Morgan M. Hurley | Editor “She’s gone. Mother left this world on Saturday evening. Always knew just how to pick an exit. … ” That’s how Chuck Ortego, Charlene Baldridge’s only surviving adult child, began his post sharing the news of his mother’s passing with the San Diego Theater Critic’s Circle. Charlene, a member of that prestigious group for decades, had taken a fall while getting into a car in May and had broken her neck. She was in rehabilitation, recovering from the fall and its subsequent surgery, when she suffered a series of strokes and died on Sept. 9. She was 83. Charlene had written for the San Diego Community News Network (SDCNN) since its inception in 2007, and for

our publisher’s former news organization, the San Diego Community Newspaper Group, for decades before that. She had been many things in her life: a soprano, a banker, a public relations maven; a freelance writer; a lover of all things music and theater; and a mother to three children, two whose deaths she had survived. I had been Charlene’s editor for exactly five years when I got an email telling me she was in the hospital and would not be back. I felt her loss immediately. Her full departure has hit me harder than I expected, but I really shouldn’t be surprised; she was a force to be reckoned with and strong of heart, mind and spirit all the way to the end. You couldn’t help but be pulled in to what some describe as Charlene’s “vortex.”

I had great respect for her experiences and was, quite frankly, often in awe of her, because regardless of her challenges, she was always eager to work, and never missed a show or a deadline, even turning her reviews around overnight, when necessary. Charlene loved writing feature stories, too. She wrote about San Diego Opera, its history, financial troubles and executive directors; previews of an upcoming Broadway San Diego, the local Fringe Festival, or Mainly Mozart season; and even an interview with the wife of Gene Kelly. One of my favorites was when Charlene would “look back” at the year in theater for our January issues. I loved her writing; it often forced me to look words up, which I enjoy doing, but as an editor, know that

Local theater community reacts “Heartbroken.” That was the only word typed on a Facebook post by ion theatre on Sept. 20, along with a link to Charlene’s obituary from The San Diego Union-Tribune. Heartbroken is exactly how most of the San Diego arts community feels at her loss. I reached out to several in the community who knew her well and saw many more tributes to her, both large and small, on Facebook.

myriad tasks we do as theater-makers, when I would hear Charlene’s beautiful, halting, viola-kissed voice in the crowd, I was assured there was at least one person there ready to experience theater on a deep and intoxicating level — and it made it feel worth it. It’s why we spend so much time, care and heartbreak doing what we do. She got that.

—Claudio Raygosa, founder, executive artistic director, ion theatre

I first met Charlene in 2006 when Claudio and I were producing at our newly built New World Stage, which was at Ninth Avenue and E Street across from the old library. I was kind of new to San Diego, having come here to be the development director for the REP. Charlene had been following Claudio’s work for some time, and he and I had recently begun dating and making theater together. When she and I almost ran over each other at New World Stage, she teased out at me, “And I thought you were just the squeeze!” (I was by then ion’s producing artistic director). After that, we became good friends and would chat and catch up when we’d see each other at Crest Café or she’d interview Claudio and me at her apartment (she once donated an armchair we used in our production of “Lydia” by Octavio Solis) – or in the lobby at Urbn Cntr. Once in a while, I’d see her drive down Pennsylvania Avenue, and she and I were guests among others at Bill Purves and Don Schmidt’s Fourth of July party at their beautiful home in La Jolla one year. She was a major force in San Diego theater — devoted, compassionate, and driven. Once she knew you, she demanded your loyalty as a friend and always expected the very best of you as an artist; it was “something unspoken,” her subtext. At the same time, she was supremely gentle and sweet. She was that rare friend and spirit and a relentless advocate for the arts. She was one of the most objective critics in San Diego. I will miss her terribly. There is now an empty place in the heart of San Diego theater.

We first met when I founded Iris Theatre in 2003. Charlene was among the first people in town who reached out and welcomed our fledgling group to the mix. Glenn and I spent some time communicating with Charlene during Laura’s fight. We both have very close connections to the illness and the shadow it can cast in people’s lives. Through emails, a couple of shared meals, some laughs, some tears, we came to encourage Charlene to explore the potential theatricality of her and Laura’s poetry. She was already thinking along those lines, I believe, so we offered to do an “in-house” reading of a curated collection of their combined work. It turned into the very first incarnation of “The Warrior’s Duet.” It proved a shining and healing moment for her and we were grateful and privileged to have lovingly given the piece its first home and breath of air. [She] was energized a few times by plays she saw at ion. She told us constantly that our work “rocked” her in ways she couldn’t always explain. We knew she’d been “rocked” when she’d buy a ticket to come back and see a play at ion once or twice more after having reviewed it. This happened frequently, but she especially responded to our “Trojan Women,” “The Little Flower of East Orange,” “Bent,” “The Normal Heart,” and “Angels in America.” “Song of Extinction” was a particular favorite of hers … sadly, it was a play about a son immersing himself in his music as he’s losing his mother to cancer. I could see why Charlene was so connected to that piece. It’s difficult to share just one favorite memory of Charlene, but I can say this: I will never forget the sound of her voice. Whether backstage, or rushing around seating a house or doing one of the

—Glenn Paris, producing artistic director, ion theatre

—Jennifer Thorn, executive artistic director, Moxie Theater I adored Charlene. She took my work seriously and that felt like an honor. San Diego theater will truly feel her loss for a long time. I know MOXIE’s lobby will

(l to r) Laura Morefield and her mother, Charlene Baldridge, on one of their many vacations together. (Courtesy Charlene Baldridge) readers may not. Whenever I’d reach out suggesting a possible word swap, I generally got a good scolding. I eventually just let her chosen words grace the page. I took the first step beyond our purely business relationship the day I went to her apartment for an interview about a chapbook she was editing for publication. “The Warrior’s Stance” was a

never feel the same without her in it. In her own words from her book of poetry “Winter Roses,” which I will always cherish: “You asked me for a legacy, which I alone could give: My practicum for living, some truth by which to live. I have no wisdom to impart: no formula contrived while stumbling through my life so far has managed to survive. I muddled through when anguished, persisted when in pain; and if I were (Facebook) allowed the chance, would do it all again. My son, you do me honor in thinking me so smart that I could pass as intellect what we both know is heart. There is no gift to leave to show you how to live. I only know of loving, and that to you I give.”

—Katherine Harroff, artistic director, Circle Circle dot dot

When I first started my production company Circle Circle dot dot in 2011, Charlene was one of the only local critics who really prioritized attending our projects as they came up. We definitely had support from the press, but Charlene made sure to get to every show, every reading, fundraiser, meet-up, anything she could come to. She came. And on the rare occasion she couldn’t come, she would buy tickets to support us anyway, and even though we would have always comp’d her for our shows, she never asked for a free seat. She wanted us to know that she really supported our company’s mission and loved the work we were doing. One day she sent me a draft of her script, “The Warrior’s Duet,” a piece she developed from the poetry of her daughter Laura who had lost a battle with cancer. What I found with “Warrior’s” was a precious, personal and beautiful work of bravery and love. I was honored to direct a dance-theater adaptation of the text along with local choreographer Anne Gehman in 2012 to much critical acclaim. It was impossible not to be moved greatly by that piece. Charlene was one of the first and longest advocates of my work as an artist in San Diego and I am forever grateful for the support and confidence she instilled in me at that fledgling time. I have been devastated in the loss of her. She was a profound and important presence in

compilation of her late daughter Laura’s personal poems, written over a three-year period while she battled stage IV colon cancer. Laura had personally left her the task, she told me. Some of the work was complete, some had been written in the margins of books and journals, others had been left half-finished, and still others

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the arts community here. Her voice and heart will be deeply missed.

—Edward Wilensky, director of media relations, San Diego Opera

I’ve known Charlene for 18 years, first when I worked at La Jolla Playhouse and then for the past 17 years here at the opera where she was the main critic for Opera News Magazine. Sometime early in our professional relationship, she became something else, she became a dear friend. I think once you got to know Charlene, whoever you are, you couldn’t help becoming her friend; there was something infectious about that smile and that twinkle of mirth in her eyes, like the two of you were in on some secret joke. Charlene was a fair and discerning critic and writer, but more so, Charlene was a champion of the transformative power of the arts. She believed it could elevate us to greatness, and more importantly, heal us in times of need; something she found solace in herself, creating art after the loss of her daughter. Charlene was tireless, as 40 years her junior, I had trouble keeping up with her. She was supportive and nurturing of new talent — she was everyone’s biggest fan — and her support bloomed into meaningful friendships with singers and composers from around the world. While I was able to see Charlene in her final days, I will always remember her laugh, more a guffaw, that came from the bottom of her heart, and was filled with so much merriment and joy, and comfort of being in her own skin. She is missed. She will be missed. While I was not yet ready to say goodbye I know she at peace, at rest, and of all people I know, she surely earned it.


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An artist’s rendering of one concept for El Nudillo. Residents and business owners in East Village want community input on how to bring this intersection together. (Courtesy EVP)

El Nudillo — “The Knuckle” By Joan Wojcik

Great cities have great signatures. One cannot think about Paris without imagining the Eiffel Tower; Chicago and its Picasso; and St. Louis with its Arch to the West. A group of East Village architects, planners, and designers, along with members of the community, are proposing a new design to create a signature piece for America’s Finest City. For several years, East Village People (EVP), the organizers of the East Village South Focus Plan, has been studying and evaluating concepts to develop the southeast East Village area. Numerous workshops have been held at the NewSchool of Architecture in an effort to reach out to the East Village community, and assist in the participation of formulating concepts and ideas

for the East Village South Focus Plan. The final draft of the East Village South Focus Plan will soon be reviewed and, hopefully, endorsed by City Council, providing a blueprint to the vision for not only the southeast area of East Village, but an iconic signature for the entire city to enjoy. At the June EVP meeting, headed by Beth Callendar and Roger Lewis, the discussion focused on the promenade walkways that extend from City College to the very southern boundary of East Village, adjacent to Barrio Logan. The goal of the promenade, with its wide sidewalks, outdoor furniture and art, is to promote a walkable community in Downtown. One idea that emerged from the meeting was to extend the northern end of the promenade all the way to Balboa Park. But perhaps the

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most exciting idea was formulated through the discussions on the development of the southern end of the promenade walkways, an area that the group has named “El Nudillo.” El Nudillo is the EVP’s name for where the promenade walkways end at the intersection of 14th Street, National Avenue and Commercial Street. These three streets merge and turn 45 degrees, thus the name El Nudillo – “the knuckle.” It was decided that the El Nudillo intersection should be the iconic signature-gathering destination where walkers can stop and gather to enjoy the surrounding neighborhood views. Many concepts for an iconic gathering space emerged from the workshop. Architects continued the dialogue into August, where it was decided that the best ideas would be either a platform or roundabout design. A platform design entitled “The Lyre,” by Noura Bishay, Cameron Astumi and the NewSchool of Architecture, was one of the many designs submitted. Their design incorporates a walkway bridge spanning the three streets at the intersection. The bridge is so named because its archway and supporting cables resemble the harp-style musical instrument and the strings on a lyre. As the walkers travel across the bridge 26 feet above street level, they will be able to view Petco Park, Chicano Park in Barrio Logan, and Balboa Park’s California Tower. It’s the perfect location for an iconic statement. Currently El Nudillo is just a non-descript intersection, but with assistance from the community, the final design will be

(Courtesy EVP)

completed. The EVP needed to find a method to make it easy for the community to provide input on the final design of the signature piece. Thus, they collaborated with two researchers at UC San Diego — assistant professor Steven Dow and design fellow and postdoctoral researcher Narges Mahyar — to develop an online platform called Community Crit, or community critique. Community Crit (cc.ucsd. edu) is a user-friendly survey used to gather as many ideas and comments from the community as possible to help create the final iconic statement for El Nudillo. Many comments have already been received from community members, one suggestion included the addition of a second level on the platform, which would include chairs and telescopes for people to relax and view the beautiful neighborhoods. Become a part of history.

El Nudillo is currently just an idea for the southern part of an 11-block stretch of the promenade streets, connecting diverse and distinct areas of the community, which could be complemented with greenery, outdoor dining, broad pedestrian walkways, architecture, art, entertainment and numerous amenities to be enjoyed by all; San Diego’s signature. Remember: Paris has its Eiffel Tower, Chicago has its Picasso and St. Louis has its Arch to the West. Americas Finest City needs an iconic signature for its city and you can help design it. Participate in the survey and submit your ideas for El Nudillo at — Joan Wojcik is the president of the East Village Residents Group. Learn more about the EVRG contact Joan at eastvillageresidentsgroup@ or visit


San Diego Downtown News | October 2017


‘Reuben the guide’ and his historic haunts Gaslamp Landmarks Sandee Wilhoit As lead tour guide and historian for the Davis-Horton House Museum, I often wondered how the tour guide business got started. I inadvertently found the answer while researching something entirely different. Not all Gaslamp “landmarks” are buildings. San Diego’s first tour guide, known coast-to-coast, was Reuben Williams, or as he was simply called, “Reuben the guide.” Reuben was born in Kansas City in 1856, but came to California from Cleveland, Ohio, in 1864. He originally settled in San Francisco and later migrated south to Los Angeles. During the great boom years of the 1880s, he sensed the excitement surrounding San Diego and arrived here to settle permanently. Reuben was employed by the National City and Otay Railway in the capacity of guide to the many tourists flocking to San Diego, who also wanted to catch a glimpse of the “land of tomorrow,” as Tia Juana was called then. And yes — it was called Tia Juana. An African-American, Reuben was known for his huge sombrero, his five-pointed star and his ever-ready smile and accommodating manner. He was a veritable wealth of information, which he readily shared with his guests. Reuben’s tours left from the NC & O Railroad Depot, located at 536 L St., the current location of the Hard Rock Hotel. Reuben suffered for many years with “inflammatory rheumatism” or what is now known as rheumatoid arthritis. His obituary, in a January 1903 edition of the San Diego Record, states that he was stricken with paralysis and never regained consciousness. He died at the County Hospital and was interred at Mount Hope Cemetery. His funeral was very well attended. Many other AfricanAmericans lived and worked in our 19th-century boomtown. Petco Park literally sits on top of a historical black community settled by former slaves who migrated West after the Civil War. During the excavation for the stadium, archeologists found pots, jars, combs, spoons and bottles dating to the 1870s, indicative of businesses, including restaurants, saloons and barbershops. Although the last governor of California under Mexican rule, Pio Pico, was of African descent, in many instances, blacks were not welcome in many white establishments. In 1887, the historic Clermont Hotel opened its doors to both whites and “people of color” which, in those times, included anyone who was not considered white. This became very important, when in 1915, San Diego hosted the Panama-California Exposition, which brought tourists from all

A Starbucks now serves coffee where the Douglas Hotel and Creole Palace once welcomed guests. (Photos courtesy GQHF)

Reuben “the guide” Williams in his heyday

over the world to our city. Many to manage and perform at the jazz world. The Crossroads man who ran a billiard parlor were not white and needed International Crossroads Jazz operated until 1984, when it and men’s locker room on the places to stay. The Clermont, Club, arguably the most famous was shut down due to noise first floor. The building also located at 501 Seventh Ave., jazz club in all of San Diego. abatement complaints from the housed one of San Diego’s first has a historical designation This was the home of Ella Ruth emerging Gaslamp District. Chinese restaurants, making and still operates as a low-inPiggee, a grand dame of the A Starbucks now occupies the Ideal a meeting place for come residential hotel. that space at 345 diverse cultures and ethniciMore widely known Market St. ties. The structure is now run was the Douglas Less well known, as a hostel. Hotel, which opened in but still standing, As the Gaslamp Quarter mid-winter of 1924 at is the Ideal Hotel evolved into an international 206 Market St. This at 540 Third Ave. tourist mecca, and tours and two-story square brick This hotel was tour guides became an integral building was owned built in 1912 in feature of the tourist industry, by Robert and Mabel anticipation of the Reuben the guide, wherever Rowe and George Panama-California he is, must still be smiling his Ramsey, who had preExposition, and trademark grin. viously managed the opened specifically Ideal Rooms, a large for people of color. —Sandee Wilhoit is the hisVictorian rooming It was operated and torian for the Gaslamp Quarter house at the corner of eventually owned Historical Foundation. She can Market and Second by Joe Robison, an be reached at swilhoit@gasAll that is left of the Douglas Hotel streets. The building’s African-American front facade was plaster over masonry and the double front doors were capped by a neon marquee, which read “the Douglas.” Named for internationally known African-American political leader, Fredrick Douglass, the Douglas provided lodging, a restaurant, card room, barbershop, dry cleaners, billiard rooms, a ballroom, and bellboys. However, its claim to fame was its cabaret, the Creole Palace, an elegant nightclub with its own band and flashily costumed showgirls. It regularly booked touring jazz musicians and local entertainers, as well. Notable artists who performed at the Creole Palace were Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and Nat King Cole. Soon known as “the Cotton Club of the West,” Froebel Brigham, a gifted, local musician, performed and managed the Creole Palace for over 20 years. “There wasn’t another place like it,” he said. “People came from Los Angeles just to go to the Creole Palace.” The Douglas was sold in 1956, and the former lavish hotel and cabaret became a group residence operated by Alcoholics Anonymous. It was ultimately razed in 1985 to make way for the Market Street Apartments. Unfortunately, all that remains today of this *CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ADDITIONAL OFFERS. once-bustling refuge for blacks OTHER EXCLUSIONS APPLY, SEE ASSOCIATE FOR DETAILS. during an era of intense segreSTORE USE COUPON CODE: GASLAMP gation, is a plaque marking the site. That was not the end of Fro Brigham, however. He went on






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San Diego Downtown News | October 2017

Get ready for fast cars and trick-or-treating Little Italy News Christopher Gomez Little Italy is home to a plentiful calendar of annual traditions. The urban neighborhood is constantly evolving — always creating new ways for the community and its visitors to make lasting memories. The 48 square blocks that make up Little Italy are known for a busy October and this year, guests and community members can expect the return of Little Italy’s Bulls of Sant’Agata Charge Little Italy, as well as a neighborhood favorite, “Trick-or-Treat on India Street.” An event that will skip this year’s calendar is San Diego’s Little Italy FESTA! The Little Italy Association of San Diego has bid farewell to the long-standing annual event and will be taking a gap year in 2017 as they gear up to launch a brand new event, Solo Italiano, a luxury Italian festival that will supersede the Little Italy FESTA! in 2018. Although we will all have to wait another year to experience Solo Italiano, San Diego’s Little Italy still has you covered this October, with two fun events that are perfect for the whole family to enjoy!

Run with the bulls

On Saturday, Oct. 21, the Little Italy Association, Symbolic International, Lamborghini La Jolla, and the Lamborghini Club America, proudly present the annual

Business owners and residents along India Street in Little Italy are gearing up for the annual trick-or-treaters. (Courtesy LIA) Bulls of Sant’Agata Charge Little Italy. Just head down to West Fir Street, between Kettner Boulevard and India Street, for a night of musical entertainment and revved-up engines. From 6 to 11 p.m., more than 40 classic and rare “Italian Bulls” (otherwise known as Lamborghinis) will fill the streets of Little Italy for the community to enjoy.

Halloween in Little Italy

Halloween is also near and on Friday, Oct. 27, little ones will take over the streets of Little Italy at the 11th annual Trick-or-Treat on India Street! Get ready to see little kiddos dressed up as goblins and ghouls trick-or-treating along historic India Street, as Little Italy businesses open their doors to pass out candy for a

The 'bulls' (Lamborghinis) are almost ready to run in Little Italy. (Courtesy LIA) safe, authentic trick-or-treating experience. Maps of the businesses handing out treats and participating in Trick-or-Treat on India Street will be available to pick up at the Piazza Basilone, where the event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and go until 7:30 p.m.

More about Solo Italiano

The inaugural Solo Italiano event will take place in the brand new Piazza della Famiglia in October of 2018. Solo Italiano will offer guests a true authentic Italian

experience in San Diego’s Little Italy, while helping raise funds for the association to continue its efforts to enhance and preserve the history and charm of the community. Guests can expect a weekend-long celebration featuring an exclusive family-style dinner called Solo Italiano: Dinner in Rosso, to be held Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, and a luxury Italian festival featuring only Italian products, Solo Italiano, on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. At Dinner in Rosso, guests will be encouraged to wear red

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for this one-of-a-kind curated Tuscan dining experience, featuring flowing Italian food all evening, sips of Italian beverages, strolling entertainment, and interactive performances in the new Piazza della Famiglia. The following day, the Solo Italiano festival will span more than five city blocks within the neighborhood — with each block representing different regions of Italy: Tuscany, Milan, Rome and Sicily — along with a beer and wine garden and a Bambino area for kids. The festival will transport guests to Italy to experience these different regions of the bootshaped country, all while staying in the vibrant Little Italy neighborhood — immersing attendees in each region’s signature experiences, novelties, live entertainment and distinct culture. To learn more about Solo Italiano, visit soloitalianosd. com, or to stay connected with the neighborhood and find out more about our community events, visit Stay connected with all things happening in the neighborhood by following us on Instagram and Twitter @LittleItalySD and —Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at


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Exploring Italian heritage By Tom Cesarini The Convivio Society is a nonprofit organization that strives to advance San Diego’s Italian cultural identity. The Little Italy Heritage Commission, a committee of Convivio, is dedicated to preserving the historical narrative of San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood through images, documents, oral histories, exhibits, and events in partnership with other organizations. Convivio promotes Italian culture through education and scholarly research and by embracing innovative approaches to cultural advancement. As a learning organization, with a culture of inquiry as its foundation and an emphasis on community development and increased social awareness, Convivio has the following objectives: ● Promote the study of Italian language, arts, and culture. ● Cultivate partnerships with academia. ● Support scholarly research in Italian studies. ● Foster Italian community emerging leadership. ● Provide scholarships and grants across scholarly disciplines. ● Preserve Italian heritage and identity and relate the Italian immigrant experience. ● Encourage collaboration with cultural partners. The Convivio vision comprises two objectives to foster unity and embrace cultural identity within San Diego’s Little Italy: 1. Establish, by 2019, the Convivio Center, to serve as a community hub and social hall providing cultural events, educational programs, and heritage exhibitions. The Convivio Center will represent a unifying element for the local Italian community; by serving as a catalyst for collaboration of the numerous Italian groups all working independently for a similar cause, the center will help these organizations to share vital resources and increase their collective impact — a space in which to find common ground and a home for the Italian and broader cultural community. 2. Establish the Italian Cultural Institute, an educational resource to be founded through collaboration with academic, business, and civic partners, in order to promote Italian studies and scholarship and foster multicultural awareness and understanding; creating a multifaceted academic environment. The Italian Cultural Institute will also serve to showcase new elements emerging from the culture alongside the rich Italian contributions of the past. Convivio will achieve its goals for the benefit of those interested in Italian culture, as a legacy for the Italians of a new generation who want to preserve their historical narrative and advance their culture, and as a tribute to the Italians

Fishermen play bocce ball in Little Italy, a clear indication that the fishing conditions are poor that afternoon. Pictured in 1945 (l to r) are Dominic Lalicata, Matteo Buompensiero, unknown, Jack Marino, Nino d’Aquisto, Jack Sardina, and Frank Navarro. (Courtesy Ed Pecoraro) Confetti flies as family and friends prepare for a festive outing aboard the Conte Verde, owned by the Massa and Castagnola families in the late 1920s. The Star of India, the world’s oldest active ship and an emblem of the fishing industry and harbor life in San Diego to this day, is anchored behind. (Courtesy the Massa, Castagnola, Vattuone and Zolezzi families)

who helped to shape San Diego culture and history. Ultimately, Convivio envisions increased social capital arising from the establishment of the center and institute, thus adding an element of renewal to the whole of San Diego’s cultural landscape. Join Convivio Society and the Little Italy Heritage Commission at 6 p.m. on Oct. 21, at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Hall, to honor Little Italy’s heritage and learn more about their vision for the Convivio Cultural Center.

Come share your story and preserve your history for future generations and bring your historical photographs and documents to be digitized for inclusion in the Italian Community Archives. Enjoy music, appetizers, wine and free digitization of images or documents. Visit —Tom Cesarini is the founder and executive director of Convivio. To learn more, visit or reach him at

Washington Elementary School was architecturally modeled after the White House. When this photograph was taken in 1940, the interior was made predominantly of marble, and lion heads originally marked the front entrance but were later removed. The school served the entire Italian community. Sadly, the original building was torn down in 1980. The school, however, was rebuilt for another generation of young San Diegans. (Courtesy Fran Marline Stephenson)


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ARCHIVES region — are available for generations of people to come. “It’s something we’re very proud of,” Maland said, referring to the entire clerk’s office. “It’s been a long time coming.” Earlier this year, the Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), recognized Maland and her staff for embarking in what more formally has been known as the Archives Access and Preservation Project. SOHO named Maland to its outstanding public service award this year amid its People in Preservation recognition effort. “Every student, historian and researcher knows you have to be savvy, creative and dogged when searching for information you need,”

SOHO officials wrote of naming Maland to the award. “Sometimes, you joyfully stumble upon records you had no idea existed.” When asked why she feels it is important to embark on what can sometimes be a painstaking effort, Maland shared a number of reasons. Offering ready access to public information, she said, is the lifeblood of a healthy democracy. “These records also show how the city came into being,” Maland said. “This is very important because the information provides context.” Maland said she was gratified to receive SOHO’s award this spring, though she was quick to point out that a number of municipal officials deserve some of the credit as well, including Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the full San Diego City Council.

FEATURE “There’s so many other fi res burning in this city,” Maland said of the priorities elected officials face. “This is something that requires a lot of attention, and there could be people out there who might not see this as a pressing project.” Maland also credits a cadre of city staffers in her office, including Sheila Beale, deputy director of records management, and “a robust volunteer program,” in making the project a reality. Organizers, Maland said, have rolled up their sleeves and devoted countless manhours toward the Archives Access and Preservation Project, preserving information from eras long since passed. While digitizing old records and artifacts is part of the equation, so too is restoring the records in their original form.

A number of experts and other officials have helped in the archival process, including, (l to r) Sheila Beale, the city’s deputy director of records management; Elizabeth Maland, city clerk; and Jerry Handfield, a professional archivist. (Photo by Sande Lollis) “This is a multi-faceted project,” Maland said. “There’s a lot to it.”

Thousands of city-related photographs have been digitized in recent years, and many of these old photos and other artifacts will be on display in the lobby of the City Administration Building this month, for National Archives Month. (Photos by Sande Lollis)

WHAT IS A TERABYTE AND WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH IT? Data use is not tied to the amount of time spent online, but rather, what you do while on the internet. Activities such as streaming movies and TV shows, downloading music, and sharing photographs use a lot more data than emailing standard documents or reading the news online. For example, 30 minutes of streaming video will use more data than two hours of email.

Megabyte, gigabyte, terabyte. We hear these words all the time in relation to the internet, but many people may not realize which is bigger, what they are used for, and what you can do with them. Internet service providers measure the amount of data their customers use by the gigabyte. A gigabyte is 1,000 times larger than a megabyte, and one terabyte is equal to 1,000 gigabytes. Cox Communications customers are allowed a whopping one terabyte of data per month.

To put it in perspective, a household can do ALL of the following every month and still not go over one terabyte of data: • Watch 140 two-hour HD movies • Watch 100 half-hour standard definition TV shows • Watch 1,500 three-minute videos • Surf the web for 2,000 hours • Listen to 500 hours of streaming music

Password protect your in-home WiFi While only 1.6% of Cox residential customers in San Diego use more than one terabyte of data each month in the home, in some cases customers may be draining their data unknowingly because of viruses or other malware, outdated security software, or because they haven’t secured their in-home WiFi connection with a password, which leaves it open to others accessing it without permission. To avoid your data allowance being used up unnecessarily, keep your

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For 30 years, a records preservation program has been on the city’s books with the creation of an archives center at City Hall. The overtures were ramped up, starting in fiscal year 2014, when a $50,000 line item was added to the city budget to fund the project that SOHO recognized. Maland said original copies of the city’s oldest records are kept in remote locations. Some are kept in an off-site storage facility in the area, while others are even stored in salt mines in Kansas. For obvious reasons, old materials deteriorate with time. As decades and centuries pass, the importance of ensuring these artifacts are kept in climate-controlled, fire-suppressed environments increases. Maland said the financial and philosophical support that Faulconer and the City Council have given her office has aided in addressing storage space needs, which were cramped, prior to the funding granted nearly five years ago. SOHO made note of how important the project has been the past several years. The effort has improved public access to rare publications, documents and maps — including fragile pioneer statehood records dating back to the 1850s. “Providing online access is crucial as we rely more and more on digital devices, especially among younger generations, who are, after all, our future historians,” SOHO officials wrote. A sample of the city’s rich collection of archival information will be on display this month in the lobby of the City Administration Building, 202 C St. The overture, Maland said, is a nod to American Archives Month, which the Society of American Archivists recognizes each October in the hope of raising awareness of restoring old artifacts. Throughout the year, the city also offers a repository of digitized records via the official municipal website. It can be accessed at digitalarchives. —Dave Fidlin is a freelance journalist with a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.fidlin@


The power of place(making) Downtown Partnership News Kris Michell As a native San Diegan, I am certainly partial to our city. How could I possibly be unbiased? With miles and miles of beaches and bays, nearly 300 days of sunshine each year and an unparalleled quality of life, San Diego is objectively amazing. So, when world-renowned placemaking expert Fred Kent came to visit, I couldn’t wait to show him around the place I am proud to call home. Within an hour of meeting with Fred and his team from NYC-based Project for Public Spaces, I swallowed a dose of reality: San Diego needs work. All hope is not lost, though. Fred and his colleagues agree that San Diego has the potential to be one of the best waterfront cities in the world … and they know what they’re talking about. The Project for Public Spaces team has worked in more than 3,500 communities across the globe to create vibrant, successful and authentic public spaces through the power of placemaking. Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. It creates social and place capital. It drives economic development. It is an organic local process, but requires thoughtfulness, effort and input by community members. Last month, the Project for Public Spaces, the Downtown Partnership, and more than 200 San Diegans joined forces during a community workshop,

Downtown site tour and breakfast lecture. During these events, a dialogue was opened, ideas were shared, and a plan of action was initiated. Downtown San Diego’s public spaces offer opportunities for residents and visitors alike, but it is up to us — the people who work, live and spend time here — to activate spaces and places across our urban core. Fred suggests the lighter, quicker, and cheaper approach to placemaking; an approach that is place-driven, community-led, and will be a game-changer for San Diego. The partnership is launching a call to action to each and every member of our community to become involved in these placemaking efforts. In the coming months, we will host a follow-up workshop to gather input, promote conversation on next steps and develop a shared vision for public spaces in our neighborhoods. Please reach out to the Downtown Partnership to become involved in this community meeting. Together, we can realize the power of placemaking. The Downtown San Diego Partnership is a member-based, nonprofit organization representing more than 11,000 property owners and 400 businesses. For more information, visit —Kris Michell is the president and CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a nonprofit, member-based organization that oversees the Clean & Safe program and serves as the leading advocate for the revitalization and economic health of Downtown. For questions or comments, email info@

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Callaway brings the taste of Temecula closer to home By Jen Lothspeich Callaway Vineyard and Winery is one of the most recognizable names in Temecula Valley — and with good reason. Their storied history starts with an entrepreneur who went from working in textiles to planting some of the first vines in Temecula, to founding a golf company that is still a leader in the industry today. In more recent history, Callaway Vineyard and Winery was purchased by the Lin family in 2005 and naming rights for the brand were split between the family and a distribution company that puts out Callaway Coastal wines — a tad confusing, but the Temecula Callaway and the “Coastal” iteration are entirely different. The Callaway most are familiar with now has a second home in Downtown San Diego, bringing their Temecula wines to the masses with a prime location on Fourth Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Like many tasting rooms, Callaway offers flights of wines — five selections of your choice for $20 — so patrons can familiarize themselves before choosing a glass or bottle for onsite consumption or something to take home. However, they also offer tasting experiences that venture beyond the typical. One additional tasting option is their “Library Wine Tasting” for $25. These older wines cost a pretty penny by the bottle but sometimes you just gotta treat yourself. Another way to do just that — and for the same price — is Callaway’s chocolate and wine pairing menu, a teaming of Callaway tasting room manager Richard Butters and Isabella Valencia of Dallmann Confections. Located nearby at the Headquarters at Seaport Village, Dallmann crafts chocolates that are both aesthetically appealing and exquisitely flavored, making the pairing menu a double treat.

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The various elements of a component tasting offered by Callaway tasting room Downtown (Photo by Jen Lothspeich) The exotic DallmannCallaway pairings include a “spicy passion” fruit caramel and bittersweet chocolate paired with rosé of sangiovese; a dark chocolate ganache infused with lavender paired with a cabernet sauvignon; and a fleur de sel butter caramel paired with a port. But if you want to move past the realm of simply tasting fine wines into the world of wine knowledge, Callaway also offers a unique wine component seminar for $35 per person. It can be booked for groups of up to 12 people with 24 hours notice and experienced either weekday afternoons or early afternoons on weekends. At the seminar, either Butters or tasting room assistant manager Alex Kanakaris will guide all levels of wine drinkers on a journey through the core components of wine. By tasting the elements — acid, tannin, oak, alcohol and sugar — both alone and followed by samples of Callaway wines, attendees will start to recognize

them more easily. This guided exploration highlights how balance is achieved in quality wine. And while a neutral acid similar to flavorless lemonade or a bitter extraction of tannin may not taste pleasant, exposing taste buds to them provides context for wine lovers who want to know just what component it might be that makes them a lover of zinfandels or a hater of chardonnay. Wineries like Callaway have long been a destination for birthday parties, bachelorette trips and other group outings. While the new tasting room offers a familiar style of wine flights ideal for such occasions, they also offer exceptional experiences that would work equally well for a group, large or small. And you don't have to make the trek to Temecula to enjoy them! —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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What about the wines? Callaway’s Downtown tasting room list includes about a dozen wines, while the Temecula location pours quite a few more. Some of the standouts on the local list include:

2013 Special Selection Sangiovese of Rosé

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While a light, refreshing rosé is all the rage these days, this version takes things a bit deeper using a hearty Italian varietal to create this cranberry-colored wine. The result is a rich, berry characteristic with a hint of sweetness that still quenches a thirst on a hot day.


2013 Special Selection Mourvedre

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This one comes across like a drinkable pinot noir with dark cherry notes along with herbaceous and earthy components. If you’ve never tried this Rhone varietal on its own, this is a great introduction.

2015 Special Selection Zinfandel

One to spend some time with, this flavorful wine holds notes of vanilla and anise along with a light pepper and toasty edge. Not nearly as jammy or fruity as some California zins, but rather a pleasant, ready-to-drink with or without food option.

THEATER A High Is Gathering Over the Western States By Charlene Baldridge


CHARLENE Charlene had found scribbled on separate pieces of paper. But she was fully immersed in every passage and pieced them together like a sleuth on a mission. As she went into detail about their annual voyages around the world, their complicated but loving relationship and the strength of her daughter’s spirit, her own strength showed through. It became clear that even though this was Laura’s work, seeing it to fruition had become Charlene’s passion. This effort was to be a mother’s tribute to her daughter; a writer’s nod to her longtime competitor, critic and oft-time muse; and once completed, the work would also help fill the void created by Laura’s absence. Charlene would donate all proceeds from the chapbook to the Colon Cancer Alliance in Washington, D.C. When I left her house that day, I was wrapped tight with emotion and remember sitting in my car for a very long time before I was able to drive away. Being born the same year as Laura and having lost my own mother at age 32, to witness both Charlene’s deeply personal testimony of the nuances of their bond and her steadfast determination to publish her daughter’s work moved me greatly. Last year she sent me a poem she’d written about Laura just a few days before. [Printed as received.]

Especially on anniversaries and holidays I imagine you with me, like yesterday when Hershey played Tchaikovsky for me, traversing the Seasons and the longing evoked by the Sugar Plum Fairy’s pas de deux. You and I had many duets, dancing in foreign lands, trying to make harmony at Anne Hathaway’s garden, in Father Damien’s leper colony, in the zoo at Belize, meandering the brook in Lithia Park, hearing music in the cacophony of the bells at midnight in Gubbio, tasting it in fried artichokes in a neighborhood restaurant in Rome, where little old widowers dined alone together at long tables and drank red wine. The rain arrived just as dinner started, and they lowered the striped awning to create unbearable intimacy. Later I watched you sleep, listened to you breathe, knowing even then that this could not last forever, that nothing lasts forever. And so, I create you to accompany me through these days when memory is so fierce that I find myself unable to breathe, except while listening to Tchaikovsky. You must hear it too.

Publishing “The Warrior’s Stance” was not the end of Charlene’s tribute to Laura’s work. She then wrote “The Warrior’s Duet,” a two-character play that added her own grieving voice to the mix. Her friends at Hillcrest’s ion theatre first brought the play to life, staging a reading in 2011. It then went on to a full stage production at the inaugural San Diego Fringe Festival by Circle Circle dot dot in 2013. So many people were turned away from the three-night sell out, Katherine Harroff, artistic director at Circle Circle dot dot, staged it again at White Box Theatre in Liberty Station a few months later. Here’s hoping they bring it back again soon. Next came internationally known composer Jake Heggie’s interpretation, “The Work at Hand: Symphonic Songs for Cello and Mezzo-Soprano,” which set Laura’s poems to music in 2016, delighting her mother to no end. After that day at her house, Charlene and I often met for breakfast on Thursdays at Crest Café in Hillcrest; chatted on the phone or via email about her latest endeavors or trips; hugged when seeing each other in passing at one venue or another; and we were chosen table mates year after year at our annual work Christmas party. Her booming laughter always elevated me and motivated me to encourage it. I had always wished to attend a show along with her over the years; and we finally made tentative plans to travel north


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San Diego Downtown News | October 2017 to Moonlight Amphitheater in Vista, where Heggie’s interpretation of Laura’s work would be performed. Unfortunately, Charlene took her fall that same week. “On behalf of Mom, thanks to all of you for being her friend,” her son Chuck’s post to the Critic’s Circle continued. “If she could say so herself, I am sure she would. Perhaps not everyone realizes it, but theater, art, and her friends and colleagues were everything to mom. She treasured all of you, your theatrical endeavors, fellow critics and writers, and all of you who shared her love of artistic endeavors. I don’t think mom had a single regret in life, other than the fact her daughter preceded her in death … the greatest love in mom’s life (in addition to her daughter) was the performing arts and you, all of her friends and colleagues. She’ll miss you as much as you miss her, always.” I do have many regrets when it comes to Charlene; I wished I’d spent more time with her. But I am grateful for the time and impact she has had on me. A Mary Oliver quote she attached to her email signature always inspired me, and sums her up outlook on the world. “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Join me and the entire arts community to celebrate Charlene’s life, Monday (of course), Oct. 16, at Lamb’s Players Theatre in Coronado. One of her favorite actors, Deborah Gilmour Smyth, will


There will be a celebration of Charlene’s life, held Monday (of course), Oct. 16, at Lamb’s Players Theatre, located at 1143 Orange Ave. in Coronado. A reception with refreshments will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the program starting at 7:15 p.m. The event will be emceed by Deborah Gilmour Smyth, a principal at the theater, and include various other speakers, starting with her surviving son, Chuck, who will be traveling down from Washington state, who will all share the joys Charlene brought to them. RSVP required. Visit this Facebook event (but RSVP at the Evite link it provides). emcee. Details are in the sidebar. RSVP is required. To read my original March 2013 piece on Charlene’s production of Laura’s poems, “The Warrior’s Stance,” visit bit. ly/2xkWJA3. —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at


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12 THURSDAY Hafez Day: Persian

Cultural Center and San Diego Central Library present Hafez Day, a celebration of Persian poet Hafez. The evening features poetry performances in Persian and English, a presentation on Hafez, live classical Persian music, and more. Free; RSVP required at bit. ly/2xPZi1c. 6–9:30 p.m. at San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. Visit bit. ly/2xQhBDK.

a visual and performing arts experience, including free exhibition tours, DJ-spun tours and short film screenings from SDSU Downtown Gallery. 5–8 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1100 and 1001 Kettner Blvd. Visit



Shady Ladies and Hop Heads – Historical Pub Crawl: Explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of New Town (now Downtown). In addition to the walking tour, enjoy a drink at three bars original to the Gaslamp. This is a 21-and-up event. Tickets $10–$20. 5 p.m. Note: Reservations required by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19. Gaslamp Museum at Davis Horton House, 410 Island Ave. Visit bit. ly/2vqdJIJ.


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San Diego International Film Festival: The San Diego International Film Festival is back. The annual event features film screenings, panels, celebrity guests and special events. Buy passes and tickets at bit. ly/2eU3l1q. Various times and locations. Visit



Fit Foodie Festival and 5K: This race lets you eat your way to the finish line and offers tasty bites of food at each mile. After the run, celebrate at the John Hancock Vitality Village Food and Fitness Festival, featuring local restaurants, a beer and wine garden, mini-workout classes, and more. Family and dog friendly. Tickets $45. 8–11 a.m. at Liberty Station NTC Park, 2455 Cushing Road. Visit




Maker Faire San Diego: Grab your safety glasses, get hands-on and unleash your creativity at the annual Maker Faire. Celebrate creative and resourceful people in science and technology, arts and engineering. Multiple venues — including The Old Globe and Fleet Science Center — will open their doors and offer activities and exhibits. Tickets $7–$30 at

13 FRIDAY Wine and Canvas:

Come out for some artsy fun at Fabrison’s French Creperie Cafe. You don’t have to be an artist to have fun. Admission $35 and includes all necessary art materials, including easels, paints, brushes, aprons, step-by-step instruction and a 16-by-20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas. Wine and food not included. Tonight’s art selection is “Love Lake.” 6–9 p.m. at Fabrison’s French Creperie Café, 1425 India St. in Little Italy. Visit



Gilbert Castellanos in the Westgate Room: Explore international trumpet virtuoso Gilbert Castellanos’ swinging music. Castellanos will present “Some of My Friends are Piano Players,” which features a renowned jazz piano player in a trio format during each performance. $20 minimum consumption, tax and gratuity not included. Parking validation is $10 for first three hours and $4 per half-hour after. 8–11 p.m. at The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave. Visit bit. ly/2xP0J01.



MCASD’s Downtown at Sundown: Join MCASD after hours for

Chris Hardwick comedy show: Come out to American Comedy Co. San Diego to see stand-up comedian and TV host Chris Hardwick perform. This is a 21-and-up event. Tickets $35 at Two shows on both nights at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. American Comedy Co. San Diego, 818 Sixth Ave. Visit bit. ly/2g8JoFh.



Knox’s Men’s Fellowship Breakfast and Program: Join Knox Men’s Fellowship for their Fall Gathering, which will honor the 500th anniversary of The Protestant Reformation. Steven Paulson of Luther Seminary will speak about Martin Luther. 8:30–10:30 a.m. in the dining hall of First Presbyterian Church, 320 Date St. Call 323-354-1519.

21 28 SATURDAYS Haunted

Tales Halloween Adventure: Gather on the Star of India for lantern-led tours to hear eerie legends and ghostly tales of creepy events. Tours start every 15 minutes. Tickets $9–$18. 6–10 p.m. on both days. Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 North Harbor Drive on the Embarcadero. Visit

22 SUNDAY First Annual

Valle Wine and Food Festival: The Valle Wine and Food Festival

highlights California and Baja California’s best chefs, wineries and breweries. The event will feature live music, a beer garden, culinary celebrities, artisan vendors, an auction and more. Tickets start at $80. 2–8 p.m. at Finca Altozano, Valle de Guadalupe in Ensenada. Visit

out in costumes for this fun and safe Halloween event. Little Italy businesses along India Street will open their doors to give out candy and Halloween treats. 5:30–7:30 p.m. at India and West Fir streets. Visit

28 SATURDAY Third Annual Mac

and Cheese Festival: Try unlimited samples of mac and cheese from local restaurants. The festival features a culinary competition, craft beer, music and more. This is a 21-and-up event. Tickets $35 at bit. ly/2xP8gM7. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at Waterfront Park. Visit bit. ly/2g9dfNY.

28 SATURDAY ‘Stairway to Heaven



Wine and Canvas: Come out for some artsy fun at Hard Rock Café. You don’t have to be an artist to have fun. Admission is $35 and includes all necessary art materials, including easels, paints, brushes, aprons, step-by-step instruction and a 16-by-20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas. Wine and food not included. Tonight’s art selection is “Colorful Elephant.” Free metered parking. 1–4 p.m. at Hard Rock Café, 801 Fourth Ave. Visit bit. ly/2vmXrAe.

24 TUESDAY ‘Art Meets Science

– Symbiosis Explored’: Artist Alexandra Hart and geologist/biologist J. David Archibald will discuss their respective fields, focusing on Hart’s art exhibition “symbiosis” and Archibald’s research on evolutionary history of mammals and extinction. Refreshments provided. Parking available at the ‘Park It On Market’ parking structure. Free. 6–8 p.m. at Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave. Visit bit. ly/2xQ4imM.

24 THURSDAY 2017 Orchids

& Onions Awards Ceremony: The San Diego Architectural Foundation invites you to their annual event celebrating local architecture, planning and urban design. Tickets start at $20 at A reception at 5:30 p.m. is offered for an additional cost. 8–10 p.m. at U.S. Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway. Visit bit. ly/2g9fZdU.

“Swan Lake” at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Must be 4 years or older to attend. 7 p.m. at San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. Tickets start at $25 at or 858-560-6741. RSVP to Joe Shumate at

Halloween’: Join Andaz Hotel on the Rooftop to celebrate the holiday with music from a variety of DJs. Lineup TBA. Tickets $20. 9 p.m. at Andaz Hotel San Diego, 600 F St. Visit


‘Swan Lake’: Experience California Ballet Company’s

28 SATURDAY Monster Bash: This

Halloween extravaganza takes over the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village with eight blocks of horrific fun, including five themed areas, complete with their own stages: Clown Carnage; Twisted Dream House; The Asylum; Black Butterfly VIP; and the Big Top of Terror, where the annual costume contest takes place with $5,000 in prizes. For more information, visit


Pool Tournament Mondays: Grab your cue sticks and bring your friends to win prizes. Held every first and second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Time Out Sports Bar, 634 Broadway. Visit


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 Coronado Certified Farmers Market: 2:30–6 p.m. First and B streets at Coronado Ferry Landing. Visit


Food Truck Wednesdays: Up to seven different food trucks converge for your dining pleasure very Wednesday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., hosted by Curbside Bites. B and India streets. For a list of which food trucks will be on hand any given week, 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. 1 p.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit


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-and-up. Noon. Tickets are $50–$65. Tours also on Saturday. Visit


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


27 FRIDAY Trick-or-Treat on

India Street: Families are invited to bring their kids

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 Sara Butler. Send items for inclusion to editor Morgan M. Hurley at


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Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro Muses of the Old Globe

“Muses of the Old Globe” is an exciting new exhibit at the Women’s Museum of California. There have been many women who have played a major role in the Globe’s history, beginning with the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition up to the present, including actors, stage directors, playwrights, craftspeople, and business leaders. This exhibit is about these exceptional women who have made a difference. There are a number of standouts among the muses on display. Peggy Kellner designed costumes and sets for over 200 shows at the Globe between 1955 and 1978. She worked hand in hand with producing director Craig Noel and sometimes had a budget as little as $25 per show. Darlene Marcos Shiley has been a huge contributor to the Globe for over four decades. She set up the Shiley artist-in-residence program and funds full scholarships for Master of Fine Arts students at the University of San Diego, to name a few. Beah Richards was a talented African-American who was an artist, a poet, a playwright, and actress who apprenticed at the Globe early in her career. She went on to receive an Oscar nomination and an Emmy award. Helen Edison was instrumental in the success of the Old Globe’s campaign to rebuild after the 1978 fire. Her gift of $1 million made it possible to continue with the rebuilding. Actress Marion Ross is a Globe treasure, performing in many Old Globe stage productions. Ross graduated from Point Loma High School and went on to graduate from San Diego State College before becoming a contract player at Paramount Studio, where she did lots of TV work. She is best known for the sitcom series “Happy Days,” receiving five Emmy nominations. She was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001. Valeda Turner is most closely associated with her majesty Queen Elizabeth at the Old Globe festivities on the green each year. Delza Martin served on the Globe’s board of directors for 51 years and was instrumental in bringing Craig Noel back to the Globe in 1947. Actress Irma Macpherson created the community theatre’s Junior Theatre Workshop in 1948 and founded the Globe Guilders auxiliary. Come discover these wonderful stories and more, about the distinguished women of the Old Globe. This delightful exhibit was curated by Darlene Gould Davies. The Women’s Museum of California, the only standalone museum of women’s history in the country, is located at 2730 Historic Decatur Road in Liberty Station. The exhibit runs through Oct. 29. For an enjoyable evening, try Friday Night Liberty on Oct. 6. You can visit all the museums and shops during this fun night. For more information, visit:

Marion Ross wore this dress in “The Last Romance” (2010). (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro)

Fur Ball Gala

The San Diego Humane Society presented the 31st annual Fur Ball Gala on Sept. 9. Guests arrived for this festive occasion with all their furry friends. The dogs donned their best and some even had coordinating outfits with their owners. Channel 8 anchor, Barbara Lee Edwards, was emcee for the evening. Co-chairs were Colleen Blackmore Reilly, Mary Drake and Charna Sugar. Lifelong animal lovers Sandy and Ed Burr were honored for their support of the San Diego Humane Society programs and services.

(l to r) Taylor Miller and Paul Mears (with Milani and Marchesa) at the Fur Ball Gala.

Victorian dress from “Ghosts” production in 1993

Elizabethan dress from 1998 production “As you Like It”

Guests enjoyed a dinner and wine selections by Chef Jeffrey Strauss, owner of Pamplemousse Grill. Andrea Corso was the auction chair for this entertaining evening, which concluded with dancing to the music of Haute Chile. The San Diego Humane Society is a nonprofit organization that shelters and adopts animals, provides training classes, investigates animal cruelty and neglect and presents educational programs. With a mission to inspire compassion, they have three campuses in the region; San Diego, Escondido, and Oceanside. If

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Upcoming Events

●● Oct. 4–8 | Fashion Week San Diego — The VIP party will be hosted Oct. 4; art and beauty will be showcased Oct. 5; runway shows take place Friday and Saturday; and the trunk show will take place Sunday, Oct. 8. For locations and tickets, visit ●● Oct. 6–8 | Gaslight Steampunk Expo — The Lolita fashion show will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 7; Flights of Fancy Fashion Show at 1 p.m.

on Oct. 7; Victorian Fashion Show and Ice Cream social on Sunday at 1 p.m. For more information, visit ●● Oct. 24 | Vintage Vibe with Lipstick Collection — Join Zandra Rhodes for this fashion show and luncheon at the Westgate Hotel beginning at 11:30 a.m. For tickets, visit —Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned couture milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at

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