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A master sand sculptor prepares the display that welcomes the U.S. Olympic “Road to Rio” tour to the U.S. Sand Sculpting Competition and Dimensional Art Exposition taking place this weekend on B Street Pier. (Photos by Jon Gebhart) Morgan M. Hurley | Editor This weekend the fourth annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Competition (USSSC) and Dimensional Art Exposition will hit the shores of Downtown San Diego, with literally tons of special sand and dozens of sand sculpture artists, food trucks, three-dimensional art vendors, entertainment and more at the B Street Pier, located at 1130 N. Harbor Drive. Greg Louganis, a native San Diegan and four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, will also be making an appearance. Last month HBO Sports released a documentary about the openly gay Olympian, called “Greg Louganis: Back on Board,” and it is currently in rotation on all HBO channels. The documentary tells the story of Louganis’ challenging life as a gay sports superstar, both before and after he publicly admitted he was not only

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gay, but HIV-positive. Greg Louganis joins the USSSC by way of the “Road to Rio” tour, presented by U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) in conjunction with Liberty Mutual Insurance. The primary goals of the tour is to heighten awareness and anticipation of the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, give fans access to former Olympic athletes through meet-and-greets, interactive sport participation, and virtual-reality experiences. San Diego is the second stop of the yearlong, nine-city tour, which started in Philadelphia and also includes Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, Oklahoma

see Sandsculpting, pg 11

For its second annual Good Neighbor Month, Father Joe’s Villages (FJV) is leading the way in September, hosting several community-oriented events to raise awareness about homelessness. The monthlong series of activities is being sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank. “After the success of last year’s inaugural Good Neighbor Month, we are looking forward to another great opportunity to engage San Diegans with some unique ways to learn about the broad spectrum of homelessness issues, the meaning of neighbors and how to help,” said Deacon Jim F. Vargas, president and CEO of Father Joe’s Villages. Vargas said the idea behind Good Neighbor Month is to inspire people to “make a difference in another person’s life.” The deacon said that can be accomplished through acts of humanism both large and small. “It might be your next-door neighbor who’s homebound that you go out and do shopping for,” Vargas said. “A day shouldn’t go by in the life of anyone where they can’t look back on that day and say they didn’t do something for someone else. This should become a common thing: something we take to heart on a daily basis.”

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Friends with benefits By Delle Willett


Balboa Park has blessed San Diego since the late 19th century. How can we be sure it will survive and thrive into the next century? That’s the question Friends of Balboa Park — a group dedicated to Balboa Park as a whole, initiating park-wide projects with the vision of keeping the park alive and well into the next century — recently asked its members. In its 16th year of operation, Friends is responsible for the successful completion of nearly 250 projects and activities for the benefit of the park. Friends are investing their $5 million of private contributions for the purpose of funding an extensive list of improvements, which include park beautification, information systems, water conservation, restoration/enhancement projects, and community events. From a core group of six, the circle of Friends has grown to over 4,000 supporters, and their accomplishments number in the hundreds, some being a one-time effort, others ongoing year after year. Currently there are 20 members on the Friends’ board and 28 on the advi-


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Setting the ‘barre’ for fitness and fundraising By Lucia Viti An inaugural, jam-packed, highoctane wellness day to celebrate health and well-being will take place on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Embarcadero Marina Park. Called “Daileyfest” — after The Dailey Method, a familyoriented dance barre fitness studio franchise on the West Coast cofounded by Jill Dailey — the event is being driven by The Dailey Method San Diego, located at 1230 Columbia St., in Little Italy. Organizers are inviting San Diego’s fitness families to come celebrate wellness and help fundraise for a great cause. Uniting with its Rancho Bernardo, Poway and Carlsbad counterparts to produce Daileyfest, The Daily Method San Diego will co-host outdoor all-level barre lessons including its Dailey Interval, Dailey Express and Dailey Baby (mommy, daddy and baby) classes, along with a meditation session. Families will also enjoy aerial yoga performances, an obstacle course, a laser maze, a braid bar, plus a live DJ. Teeki, Beyond Yoga, OH! Juice and Nuts for Paleo will be among many of the local businesses showcasing their healthy wares. Barre — which stands for ballet — are workouts that make use of a stationary handrail for various warm ups, exercises and training

sessions. In addition to promoting outdoor fitness, Daileyfest will also act as a fundraiser for Heartlight San Diego, a nonprofit organization that provides after-school youth, noncompetitive dance and fitness programming, with net proceeds subsidizing scholarships for students from more than 100 elementary schools throughout San Diego. Spearheaded by Ashley Allison Adam, The Dailey Method San Diego’s owner and master instructor, Daileyfest is one of the many ways the Little Italy-based business supports its community. “We partnered with Heartlight San Diego to spread the importance of health and fitness to families everywhere,” Adam said. “Heartlight fits perfectly with The Dailey Method’s core values. It’s critical to put fun into working out while building healthy habits that will last these kids a lifetime.” Placing an emphasis on movement and individual achievement, Heartlight — a branch of California Fitness Fun — also teaches aerobic dance, jazz, hip-hop and turbo-kick boxing classes. “San Diego’s Embarcadero is a beautiful setting for what promises to be a great outdoor community event,” said Kathy Uchimura, Heartlight’s owner and president. “We believe in families staying healthy together [and we are] even

Children from Heartlight San Diego’s afterschool programs will benefit from Daileyfest. hosting a module dance program that will enable the adults to participate in The Dailey Method classes while we teach the kids a series of dance routines that they will later perform for their parents. And kids love nothing more than performing for their parents!” Uchimura stressed the importance of fitness programming for kids who haven’t joined a sports or dance team by the time they’ve reached the fifth grade. “Twenty percent of kids 11-years and older who have not yet participated in organized athletics are likely to never become involved in any athletic activity,” she said. “Heartlight provides opportunities for kids to attend movement classes at their school. Pick-ups and drop-offs at a second location are non-existent. We attend to every kid — no matter what their athletic ability may be — willing to dance,

right on the spot.” The all-green event – right down to the solar-powered stage and sound equipment — will also feature keynote speakers, including Councilmember Mark Kersey, San Diego’s District 5 representative and Heather Hemmer, creator of “The 30 Clean” nutritional program. Kersey will publicly designate Sept. 13 as “The Dailey Method Day” in recognition of their overwhelming efforts to give back to their community. “Small businesses like The Dailey Method play an important role in our community,” Kersey noted. “I am pleased to honor The Dailey Method for its commitment to being a community-focused business while improving the fitness and well-being of San Diegans.” “We’re honored to have Councilmember Mark Kersey recognize

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The Dailey Method,” Adam said. “[He] appreciates San Diego’s small businesses who work diligently to make a difference in their community. The Dailey Method Day will spread the love of its program as we continue to give back to our community.” The Little Italy entrepreneur described Daileyfest as something the whole family would enjoy. “Festivals happen but they’re not always family friendly,” Adam said. “The Dailey Method is a family-friendly business, running a family-friendly festival, showing the love of gathering family in the name of fun, health and wellness.” For more information or to purchase tickets for Daileyfest, visit —Lucia Viti is a local freelance writer. Contact her at luciaviti@


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She’s got a blog Morgan M. Hurley | Editor Ingrid Croce has not only been a successful restaurateur for over 30 years, she’s also spent the better part of her life protecting and sharing the volume of work produced by her late husband Jim Croce, with his fans. It’s a lot of work and Croce will tell you, a part of her life that doesn’t pay the bills, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. In 2012, she and current husband Jimmy Rock published a biography of the late Jim Croce, a singersongwriter who was skyrocketing to fame when he was suddenly killed in a plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana, in September of 1973. The book is called “I Got a Name: The Jim Croce Story.” In January of 2014, she and Rock opened Croce’s Park West in Bankers Hill, after a 30-year residence in the Gaslamp Quarter. Once comfortably settled in, she began blogging snippets from the book, basically sharing short stories of she and Jim Croce’s life together before his tragic death, by posting them on Facebook to the delight of her thousands of followers. “I didn’t know that my blog would resonate so well but I am really happy that it does,” she said. Dozens of men and women comment on the posts that she files weekly on her Croce’s Park West website and posts on her various Facebook pages each Monday. Recently she’s branched out into another type of blog, which was inspired by conversations she said she had years ago with close friend Connie Nelson, Willie’s ex-wife. They talked about maybe doing something on TV called “Wives, Widows and

X’s” but it never came to fruition. Lately the name resurfaced and ingrid felt it was the right time to do something with it. “I’ve been giving a lot of speeches and I seem to be able to reach people that is in a way, inspiring,” she said. “So I wanted to see how I could inspire people. That was one of the reasons. I also wanted to encourage people to live a happy life. I just felt that this series would do that.” Not long after she decided to start doing the new blog, Ingrid was traveling on a plane and struck up a conversation with a woman — which she rarely does — and found that the woman had recently lost her own husband. By the end of the short plane ride the women had connected. On her way out of the plane, she Ingrid she had written something and wanted to share it with her via email. The very next day it became the nexus for the new blog. “I was blown away by her story and I decided, ‘gee, I could actually do this every Monday,’” she said. “Today I am going to start my stories of ‘Wives, Widows and X’s’ that will morph into a blog and perhaps

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One of Ingrid Croce’s blog posts from “Wives, Widows and X’s” “When someone loves you!

A sneak peek into Croce's Park West (Courtesy Ingrid Croce)

even into a TV and radio show,” Ingrid wrote on the first blog post. “I’m counting on you to add your story to all of ours. I want ‘Wives, Widows and X’s’ to be a platform for women, so we can communicate the good, the bad, and the ugly. "And this is for brothers and sisters too … in fact, when it comes down to it, it’s for the whole human race … each and every one of us, because we all have things in common. “Yesterday, I met a lovely woman. Deborah Braxton was her name. I don’t usually speak to people when I sit on a plane. But I was feeling something between us that was familiar …” In the seven weeks since that day, Ingrid has shared many of her own stories, inspirations and even those of others, including one of a fan that sent her an email that touched her deeply. She also recently wrote about Judy, the girlfriend of Maury Muehleisen, Croce’s guitarist and friend who died with him in the same plane crash. Judy was moved by the post and excited that so many people were connecting with her in such a different way after reading the post themselves. “I’m shocked,” Rock said, adding he had no idea the reach of Ingrid’s blog since these people live in rural Pennsylvania. Ingrid feels people are connecting to the new blog for myriad reasons, but many, especially men, need it to move forward. “The connection is loss,” she said. “And it’s closure. That’s one of the things that people really look for. When we were writing the book [“I’ve Got a Name”] we traveled to a lot of different places and Jim [Rock] was really surprised how many people we met really needed closure.” “There’s also the closure of having been fans of Jim [Croce] and that generation,” Rock said. “We also connected to the generation of people whose father was the fan and played Jim and then their father passes away and then they don’t have any closure.” Many of Jim Croce’s fans think they knew him through his music, and people still come in every week to the restaurant to somehow connect with the legend of their old friend. What Ingrid hopes to do with her blog is continue connecting with people and even encourage them to reach out and connect back. “I absolutely want to bring other people in into the blog and share their stories, she said. “My hope is that people will start to write in.” For those interested in sharing their stories with Ingrid, email her at To read the blog, visit —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at

When someone loves you, they hear more than just the words you say and find delight in the dumbest things you do. Without holding back, you can empty out your craziest thoughts to them, share your deepest feelings and know your secrets are safe with them. For more than forty years since Jim and Maury died in the plane crash on September 20, 1973, Judy Coffin, (Maury’s girlfriend) has been my dear, dear, friend. While the common experience of our loved one’s deaths bonded us closely, it is our history, and Judy’s love affair with life that secures me to her. I will never forget the laughter we shared on that bumpy ride in her jeep when I was ten months pregnant and Judy wanted to help me bring A.J. into the world on time. Or the barebreasted attempt at one-upmanship, riding her Harley across the highway, just to win a bet. Or the night we drank whiskey and wrote limericks that were so raunchy and memorable that we still laugh at their first lines when we recite them today. In my life, I have experienced all kinds of people, but the ones that don’t have your back…let them go. Be happy for the one’s that do! —Ingrid”

A fan’s email that Croce added to the blog, “Wives, Widows and X’s”

“Good Evening Ingrid, I am sure you get hundreds of emails but I am hoping you have a moment to read my story. I am a 33-year-old widow and newly single mother. My husband, David McGowan, died of cancer on May 7, one month shy of his 34th birthday leaving behind myself and my two year old daughter. When my husband and I were married, he chose our wedding song and it was a surprise for me until the moment of our first dance. He chose “Time in a Bottle.” Everything about it was perfect and it brought me to tears. It was a special song to us and although we were not yet born when Jim was making music, we were always big fans. Of course since his passing, this song has taken on even more meaning, especially since you walked a similar journey at such a young age. I also got a tattoo of “Time in a Bottle” recently to commemorate David. It is a depiction of an old-fashioned pocket watch inside a bottle. The time on the watch is the time my daughter was born. I am a Canadian and will be taking a vacation to California this summer. I will be in San Diego from July 23 – 27 and am hoping to visit Croce’s Park West. This will be an incredible and cleansing experience for me. Thank you so much for creating a space for fans to remember Jim and for being such a strong role model. Cheers, Brie Worgan”

Restaurant Week Launch Party

With a theme of “celebrating local” the upcoming San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW) will be having a special launch party on Saturday, Sept. 12 from noon – 3 p.m. at a private hydroponic farm, “Go Green Agriculture.” Many of the participating restaurants from SDRW will be on hand offering tastes of their food, more than 20 at press time and more are signing up every day — and over 20 local craft breweries, wineries and distilleries will also be on hand. Tickets are $75 and now on sale at SDRW is the culinary event of the year, with hundreds of participating restaurants from Sept. 21 – 27. Lunches are available for $10, $15, and $20 and dinners are available for $20, $30 and $40. Diners love to check out restaurants they’ve always wanted to try but could not afford. No tickets are required, just show up at the restaurant of your choice (most require a reservation for dinner due to the crowds) and choose from the SDRW menu. To find out a full list of participating restaurants in alphabetical order, visit

Random selections: Croce’s Park West in Bankers Hill is offering a $15 prix fixe lunch or a $40 dinner with options for each and will have live music most nights of SDRW. Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant in Bankers Hill is offering a $40 threecourse dinner menu with beverage pairings at an additional cost. Bertrand at Mister A’s in Bankers Hill will have a $20 three-course lunch menu and $40 three-course dinner menu, from Sept. 21 – 25. Blue Point Coastal Cuisine in the Gaslamp Quarter is offering a $40 “hook, line and sinker” dinner menu with wine pairings for an additional price. Davanti Enoteca in Little Italy will be offering at $15 lunch menu and a $30 dinner menu. A threecourse wine flight is available for $15. Peohe’s in Coronado is offering at $30 dinner with expansive views of the Downtown skyline.


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Revelers at the 2014 FESTA! (Courtesy Little Italy Association)

“Falling” with events this season Little Italy News Christopher Gomez Little Italy is chock full of events this fall. Since there are so many around the corner, we wanted to give you a preview — get ready to mark your calendar with all these beloved events! Labor Day weekend West Coast stickball tournament — Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6: This Labor Day weekend watch the streets of Little Italy come alive with the good ol’ American (East Coast) Stickball. Every year local teams come together to play for the right to call themselves the king of the block — the champions! Come out to Columbia Street, between West Beech and West Cedar streets and India Street between West A and West Ash streets from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. to see the stickball teams battle for the crown. 21st Annual Little Italy “FESTA!” — Oct. 11: San Diego’s Little Italy is home to the largest Italian festival in the nation — FESTA! This year’s 21st anniver-

sary celebration is going to be the biggest yet, with the Sicilian Festival merging with FESTA! 2015, on Sunday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Italian cultural festival is a day filled with authentic live Italian entertainment, Italian food, stickball and bocce ball tournaments, a colorful flag procession and of course the festival’s favorite — “Gesso Italiano” (Italian Chalk) to celebrate one of the most iconic neighborhoods not only in San Diego, but in the country. FESTA! showcases everything the San Diego Little Italy neighborhood has been able to achieve and highlights all of the incredible things that make this community so special. From the food and the art, to the activities and the music and dancing — Little Italy invites everyone to become a part of its “famiglia” by taking part in this year’s FESTA! The Bulls of St. Agata Charge Little Italy — Oct. 24: O’Gara Coach Company and the Little Italy Association invite visitors to get up-close-and-personal, as over 40 classic and rare “Italian bulls” fill West Fir Street, between India Street and Kettner Boulevard with dozens of Lamborghinis. The annual exotic car show will be Oct. 24, from 6 – 10 p.m. Come out with

your family and friends to soak up the sights of these souped-up rides and enjoy the musical talents of Teagan Taylor. Trick-or-Treat on India Street — Oct. 30: Little ghouls, witches and goblins will storm through the streets at Little Italy’s ninth annual Trick-or-Treat on India Street, Oct. 30 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring their little monsters out in costume attire to this fun and safe Halloween event to enjoy traditional trick-or-treating, as Little Italy businesses along historic India Street open their doors to give out candy and Halloween treats. It’s never too early to make plans with your family and friends to come down to Little Italy for all these premier events. More details about any of Little Italy’s events can be found by visiting Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @LittleItalySD and Facebook/San Diego Little Italy to check out what other things are going on in our neighborhood. —Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at


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Welcome to the San Diego Congressional Watch, 2015 summer recess edition! Congress has been on vacation for most of August, but San Diego’s Congressional delegation has been rather busy. We begin with the Iran nuclear deal. As you may recall, in July, Juan Vargas (D-51) penned an OpEd in the San Diego UT in opposition to the diplomatic agreement with Iran to restrain that country’s nuclear weapons ambitions. This month sees two other San Diego area reps come out in favor of the deal. Last month Scott Peters (D52) and Susan Davis (D-53) both came out in support of the pact between the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, and Iran. “After weeks of study, it is clear to me that the JCPOA [joint comprehensive plan of action] is our best tool to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon for at least the next 15 years. I will vote to support the agreement,” Peters wrote in his own UT opinion piece. “Congressional disapproval will not realistically force a better deal, as some opponents have asserted,” Peters wrote. “The leverage for negotiations was created by the cooperation of other countries that share our goal of preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. Our allies support the JCPOA and want to resume trade with Iran, with or without our blessing. As former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson stated, it is ‘totally unrealistic’ to expect multilateral sanctions to stick should the United States reject the JCPOA.” While Peters acknowledged that the pact will not affect Iran’s support of recognized terrorist organizations or end its civilian nuclear program, without the support of our allies, U.S. sanctions alone will have little to no effect in curbing the behavior of the Iranian regime. The military option is still squarely on the table, he said. “As another difficult decision approaches, I am convinced that after an extensive number of discussions and reviewing materials, the Iran nuclear agreement creates a viable path to reducing Iran’s nuclear weapons capability now and for the future,” Davis wrote in her opinion. “The pending vote on the Iran nuclear deal, for me, is like the 2002 vote to invade Iraq, which is still changing the course of history and countless people’s lives,” she continued, drawing parallels between the 2002 vote to enter into a ground war in Iraq and the decision

to support the Iran deal. “I opposed invading Iraq because I was convinced we had not exhausted all diplomatic options and questioned our lack of planning for the aftermath.” Like Peters, Davis recognizes the damage that would be done to the U.S.’s credibility throughout the world and the diminution of its leadership role, particularly in economic matters, creating a distinct advantage for the Iranians. Both members point to the agreement’s basis in mistrust, rather than trust in the regime’s willingness to fully honor their responsibilities under the accord, and both agree that any notion that the U.S. maintains enough influence to force a “better deal” is pure folly. Darrell Issa (R-49) was caught stretching the truth again by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “It’s not an accident to have 300 emails become retroactively, if you will, determined to be classified,” he told Blitzer in an August interview, referring to the controversy over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State. “Well my understanding is, those 300 emails they are looking at now, that they haven’t definitively ruled it was classified information,” noted Blitzer. “They’re going over it right now. There seems to be a dispute going on between the State Department and other agencies of the U.S. government what should have been classified, even if it had not been classified at the time. Is that your understanding as well?” Issa reluctantly admitted the case while decrying the State Department’s determination of what was and what was not considered to be classified material during his term as Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee. In the meantime, he has called for a criminal investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server. “If any other American had shown the same disregard for securing classified information that Hillary Clinton showed, the United States government would move quickly and decisively to hold them responsible,” Issa stated in a press release. “Months after we learned about Clinton’s secret email server, the FBI and DOJ have finally mustered the motivation necessary to take it into their custody. “The only reasonable path forward is a criminal investigation,” he said. Peter Boby, aide to Duncan Hunter (R-50), was arrested by

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Capitol Police on Aug. 4 for bringing a loaded, unregistered, unlicensed handgun onto congressional property, according to CNN. Boby is an active-duty Marine assigned as a fellow to Hunter’s congressional office. A spokesman for the Marines insisted that the incident was merely a mistake on Boby’s part, and is no way a reflection of his service in uniform. Meanwhile, Hunter and Montana Republican Senator Steve Daines have introduced legislation to arm military recruiters in the wake of the deadly shooting of four Marines and a Navy sailor at two military recruiting centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on July 16. Military policy prevents recruiters from carrying firearms in recruitment centers. “What happened in Tennessee is an absolute tragedy,” Hunter said. “All the talk about security upgrades to recruiting offices is fine, but the simple act of arming qualified personnel in these spaces presents the most effective line of defense.” In reality, however, armed personnel in Chattanooga would have done little, if anything, to prevent the attack. It is doubtful Congress will act anytime soon to make it more difficult for the wrong people to obtain firearms, even in the aftermath of the June massacre in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a white supremacist, or the Aug. 26 on-air murder of a TV news reporter and her cameraman in Moneta, Virginia, by a disgruntled former colleague. —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at ac76@


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“If it ain’t broke, …” By Annie Eichman Assembly Bill No. 504, introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, seeks to undermine the policies and practices that have made Downtown a national model for urban renewal. We are the only Community in the region that has embraced every tenet of “smart growth” from mixed-use projects in walkable neighborhoods to dense housing and the resources it saves. In the past 15 years, developers have been attracted to Downtown in large part due to the planning and approval process under Civic San Diego, the City’s non-profit arm, controlled by the City of San Diego. AB 504, if signed into law by Governor Brown, will be the death knell for the Downtown development as we know it. It will transfer the success of our City to Sacramento. With all due respect to our Leaders, there is no sound rationale for a state legislator to craft land use policy and, in the process, drive Developers away and undo what we have worked so hard as a City to accomplish. We urge the residents, business owners and developers of Downtown San Diego to respectfully request Governor Brown veto AB 504. Please let him know, “Downtown San Diego doesn’t need fixing.” Write to him at: State Capitol Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814 or go on line to send you comments. —Annie Eichman is the president of the Little Italy Residents Association.v

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Dear Governor Brown: As a resident of Downtown San Diego, I’m writing to voice opposition to Assembly Bill 504 and ask that you veto this legislation when it reaches your desk. By upending the model for Downtown development that built our community — and has worked well for more than two decades — this bill threatens our quality of life by driving off investment into our neighborhood. With all due respect to our leaders in Sacramento, it makes no sense for a state legislator to craft local land use policy; this is clearly the responsibility of city governments to establish and enforce. Our city leaders support the planning model currently in place — and if they did not, they have the authority to change it at any time. They support the current process because it is efficient, transparent and effective. Assemblywoman Gonzales is seeking, via state legislation, to impose on an Diego policy changes we have made clear we do not want. This has left the Downtown community — the people actually affected by the bill — with no voice whatsoever in this process. City leaders, the Downtown San Diego community and our local businesses all oppose this state interference in our local government. We hop you’ll hear our voice and veto this ill-conceived piece of legislation. Thank you for consideration of this important matterv

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DowntownBriefs GASLAMP LAUNCHES MAJOR PARKING CHANGES In an effort to increase public safety and reduce traffic on weekend nights, the Gaslamp Quarter Association and the Downtown Community Parking District launched the Fifth Avenue Active Passenger Loading Zone, a yearlong pilot program coordinated by both organizations. The key element of the program is the removal of metered parking along Fifth Avenue between Broadway and Harbor Drive in exchange for the creation of a three-minute active passenger loading zone like the kind found at airport terminals for departures and arrivals. The Active Passenger Loading Zone starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The program will run every weekend until Aug. 31 of 2016. Benefits of the new pilot program include increased visibility for public safety and law enforcement; the removal of circulating vehicles from the street; the promotion of alternate forms of transportation such as taxis, rideshares and public transit; and an increase of visitors to Gaslamp Quarter businesses. Signs notifying visitors of the new passenger loading zones will be installed throughout the Gaslamp Quarter. Existing taxi stands along Fifth Avenue will not be affected. For more information visit VOD COMING TO TROLLEY SYSTEM Riding the trolley just became a bit more entertaining. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is now offering a fee, multichannel, video-on-demand service for its passengers that will be accessible on all mobile devices. The video service, which offers movies, television shows, cartoons and other entertainment, is already working on all trolleys operating on the Green Line and will be offered to trolleys on the Orange and Blues lines by the end of the month. “This first-of-its-kind offering is meant to enhance the experience of our trolley passengers who rely on us daily to get to their destinations,” said Paul Jablonski, CEO at MTS in a press release. “Public transportation plays a vital role in the San Diego region and our goal is to offer new services as we grow.” Passengers can access this new service by connecting to the MTS-TV Wi-Fi on their mobile devices and opening the MTSTV homepage on their Internet browser. MTS-TV was created by the San Diego-based FlashPoints Media Group. Revenue generated

through limited advertising will be shared between MTS and FlashPoints. In addition, Cox Communications will be donating much of its locally produced video content. “We’re pleased to help enable an easy and convenient way for public transportation users to enjoy video entertainment,” said Dave Bialis, senior vice president and regional manager for Cox California in the release. Some of the programs available include: “Sam the Cooking Guy,” “TEDx Talks,” classic cartoons, movies, movie trailers, “About San Diego: Destinations and Sights,” “At the San Diego Zoo,” “On the Spot (History, Geography and Animals)” and “Action/ Extreme Sports GoPro.” COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION CALLING FOR GRANTS The San Diego Country Bar Foundation (SDCBF) is now accepting grant applications for the 2015 grant cycle. Submissions for grants are due Oct. 1. SDCBF grants are awarded to organizations that offer legal services to victims of poverty, abuse and discrimination. The grants also support programs that educate children and adults about the legal system and individuals’ rights and responsibilities. “We have supported more than 40 legal aid and public interest organizations over the years,” stated Brian Funk, president of the SDBCF board of directors, in a press release. “Today, our grants benefit abused women and children, immigrants seeking political asylum, the working poor who can’t afford legal representation and many others who are in desperate need of legal assistance and have nowhere to turn.” Organizations that wish to receive grants can expect to be vetted by the board and foundation staff. The SDCBF is an affiliate and charitable arm of the San Diego County Bar Association and legal community and is the only organization in the region that funds private groups to train lawyers and laypeople to advocate for the underserved. The foundation’s funds come from contributions from the legal and business community and from fundraising events. The group’s annual fundraiser in La Jolla will be held on Sept. 19. For more information on how to apply for a grant, visit the SDCBF website at HISTORY CENTER TO HOST URBAN LANDSCAPE DISCUSSION For the final lecture of the its “Centennial Lecture Series,” The San Diego History Center and the UC San Diego Extension have partnered to bring landscape authority Charles Birnbaum to discuss Balboa Park and other urban cultural parks.

Birnbaum, president and CEO of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) in Washington, D.C., will discuss the importance of urban landscapes as layered cultural resources rich in natural, ecological, historic and scenic values that can be leveraged though strategic interpretation and outreach to the public. The lecture will look at other urban parks and public gardens throughout the county to inspire and inform future planning and management practices that foster public/private collaborations for Balboa Park and other historical parks. “Balboa Park, a National Historic Landmark and a masterwork of landscape architecture by several influential practitioners including Samuel Parsons, Jr. and John Nolen, will face many pressures and stewardship decisions in the years ahead. This lecture will illuminate opportunities and constraints that aspire to make informed management decisions that ensure continuity and change in equal measure,” Birnbaum said in the release. The lecture will be held on Sept. 17, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Registration and reception for the event will be at the San Diego History Center and the lecture will be held in the Museum of Photographic Arts, both in Balboa Park. Tickets for the lecture are $25 for general public, $20 for SDHC and FSDA members and $15 for students. For tickets and more information, visit birnbaum. “UN-GALA” COMES TO EAST VILLAGE What do you do if you are a rapidly growing association in an urban chic neighborhood and you want to celebrate your unique vibe? Why you throw an “Un-Gala,” of course. The East Village Association (EVA) will be hosting its first ever “Un-Gala Awards” show on Oct. 8, at Quartyard, located at 1102 Market St. starting at 6 p.m. The event will feature neighborhood comedian Mal Hall, live entertainment, refreshments and a silent auction. The Un-Gala will also feature quirky awards for neighborhood businesses. Such as the “Most Pet-Friendly Business” award and the “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere.” Adding to the very Un-Gala feel of the event, attendees are encouraged to not wear formal attire and instead come dressed casually in a distinctive East Village feel. Check-in for the event starts at 5 p.m. and the program starts at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public and costs $15 for EVA members and $20 for non-members. For more information, visit


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San Diego Downtown News | September 2015 LIBRARY GRADUATES FIRST CLASS FROM ITS ONLINE PROGRAM The San Diego Public Library’s Career Online High School (COHS) program held its a graduation ceremony for its first graduating class on Aug. 26. The innovative program was launched in January following Mayor Kevin Faulkner’s State of the City address where he announced COHS. Mayor Faulkner was on hand at the graduation ceremony to recognize the graduates, including city employee Dana Sneberger who gave the commencement address. Through the support of the Library Foundation, scholarships are awarded for COHS to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers. Once enrolled, COHS will pair students with academic coaches who offer ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluate performance and connect the student with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors and students have continual access to the online learning platform. Coursework begins in one of eight high-growth, highdemand career fields ranging from childcare and education to certified transportation before progressing to the core academic subjects. Although there were only three students graduating at the first ceremony, it is expected that many more will graduate in the near future, and most after only being in the program for four to six months, after transferring in previous high school credits. There are currently 48 students in the program and 10 more being evaluated for their readiness for the program.


Cassandra Denneson, another graduate from the program, first enrolled in COHS while pregnant with her second child. “I felt now was the perfect time to finish my high school education because I had the support of my husband and family,” she said. “I was able to do all my school work from home while taking care of my family.” For more information about COHS, visit the library’s website at SAN DIEGO GULLS RETURN, ANNOUNCE DATES FOR SEASON The American Hockey League has announced the complete 2015/2016 season schedule. The San Diego Gulls will play their inaugural game at home against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Oct. 10 at Valley View Casino Center, located at 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., in the Midway area, starting at 7:05 p.m. The Gulls’ 68-game schedule will feature 34 home dates with visits by each team in the Pacific Division (Bakersfield, Ontario, San Antonio, San Jose, Stockton and Texas) as well as three interconference opponents. Season highlights include a home game on Halloween night against Stockton, a home game against Bakersfield on Veterans Day and home games the Wednesday before and Friday after Thanksgiving. Individual game tickets will go on sale in late September and be priced starting as low as $12 ($10 for students and military). For more info and tickets, visit

—Contact Morgan M. Hurley at morgan@sdcnn.comv


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Celebrating and supporting San Diego and California workers Notes from Toni Toni G. Atkins This past year has seen some big successes for California workers. We passed a historic water bond that not only addresses water infrastructure needs, but puts people to work in good paying jobs. The water bond also creates the opportunity for apprentices who can work to become journeymen and move ahead on the path to the middle class. We extended and expanded the film-production tax credit — to keep industry jobs in California and bring back those that have left. We provided protections for temporary and contract workers who work in agriculture, warehouses, and goods movement, so that large corporations can’t walk away from liability when their contractors don’t pay their workers or provide meal and rest breaks. We also passed a law that will shed light on California employers who have workers who earn so little that they qualify for Medi-Cal. And California became only the second state in the country to provide millions of workers with the right to paid sick days. No longer will a single parent have to make the choice of caring for a sick child or going without pay or, worse, losing their job. This year, the Assembly has continued creating policies to fix the future. The budget passed in June reflects core goals we fought for, including the Assembly Democratchampioned state Earned Income Tax Credit, which will benefit 2 million working Californians and their families. We keep college affordable through our Middle Class Scholarship and by directing more funds to community colleges and California State University and University of California campuses, as well as expanding Cal Grants by 15 percent. The Legislature and the governor must ensure that as the economy continues to grow, it’s not at the expense of working people. Economic growth has to flow to working people and to those struggling to make ends meet. As we celebrate Labor Day, we can celebrate all the progress that’s been made to make life better for California’s working people. It’s important to remember that all the changes have been made possible by all groups working together to achieve better parity for workers — and that creates a stronger California! Around the District: The “I Love a Clean San Diego” cleanup takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 19 and I will be a part of it with our Team Toni. Please join us at one of the 100 sites where thousands of volunteers will clean our beaches, canyons, rivers and creek beds. To be part of Team Toni, email us at We’d love to have you! For more, see … Happy 25th anniversary to Mama’s Kitchen! The charity has provided meals to those with HIV, AIDS or other serious ailments throughout our communities and I’m proud to join with our entire San Diego state legislative delegation in congratulating their staff and volunteers on this milestone. —Toni G. Atkins is the Speaker of the California State Assembly. For more information, please visit her website, where you can sign up for her e-newsletter or get the latest news on legislation and other activities. You also may follow her on Twitter, @toniatkins.v


(above) Truckloads of sand were delivered to the B Street Pier last week, in preparation for the competition. (below) A sand sculptor works on this year's Road to Rio sponsor display. (Photos by Jon Gebhart); (above and middle right) Finished products from last year's competition. (Photos courtesy USSSC); (below right) A sand sculptor works on a sponsor's display. (Photo by Jon Gebhart) FROM PAGE 1

SANDSCULPTING City, Indianapolis, Chicago and back to Boston for the Aug. 5 opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. In addition to Louganis, other Olympic legends attending include Susan Francia (rowing), Brenda Villa (water polo) and Nastia Liukin (gymnastics) as well as a number of other Olympic and Paralympic athletes. “San Diego is a city with passionate Team USA fans, a deep Olympic history and decorated American athletes, making it an ideal city for the Road to Rio Tour presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance,” Lisa Baird, USOC chief marketing officer, said in a press release. In addition to hosting this stop for the “Road to Rio,” the fourth annual USSSC and Dimensional Art Expo will once again bring a ton of sand for each sculpture to the B Street Pier to allow the best of the best in sand sculpting from all over the world to show off their skills in San Diego. This year Ilya Filimontsev from Russia makes his debut in San Diego, and joining him are Helena Bangert from the Netherlands; Melineige Beauregard from Canada; Dan Belcher from St. Louis, Missouri; Michela Ciappini from Italy; Rusty Croft of Carmel, California; John Gowdy of both Italy and Atlantic City, New Jersey; Chris Guinto of Key West, Florida; Joris Kivits of the Netherlands and Mexico; Sandis Kondrats of Latvia and Seattle, Washington; Sue McGrew also of Seattle; Fergus Mulvany of Ireland; Bruce Phillips of Carlsbad, California; Kirk

Rademaker of Stinson Beach, California; Morgan Rudluff of Santa Cruz; Susanne Ruseler of Holland; and reigning champion JOOheng Tan returning from Singapore. In addition, dozens of three-dimensional artists — woodworking, metalwork, glass, clothing and jewelry — will be on hand, displaying their wares alongside the sand sculpting challenge, allowing attendees to leisurely pass the day. Live musical entertainment will take place at both ends of the pier, with more than 30 food trucks offering something for everyone. Charities who benefit from the event include San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts; Young Audiences of San Diego / Arts for Learning; It’s All About the Kids Foundation; and Maritime Museum Children’s Education Programs. This is a family-friendly event with children’s rides and a beer garden. Due to parking challenges, MTS is the encouraged method of transportation and riders will get a discount at the gate. Louganis will be available and signing autographs on Sunday, Sept. 6, from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Tickets to USSSC are just $9.99 (adults 12 – 62) in advance online, and $11 at the gate. For those wishing to attend all days tickets are $16.99 in advance and $19 at the gate. Seniors, children, and those with proof of MTS transit pass receive a $2 discount. For more information about the Road to Rio, visit To learn more about the Master sand sculptors, the artists and the other entertainment at the USSSC, visit —Reach Morgan M. Hurley at morgan@sdcnn. com.v

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Pinnacle on the Park: East Village’s latest community contact the leasing personnel at 619431-3279 to schedule your tour. With a variety of attractive floor plans, you may just find your next home!

By Ana Gramling Boasting the tallest apartment tower in Downtown, Pinnacle on the Park is located at 424 15th St., between 14th and 15th streets and flanked by J Street and Island Avenue. The tower, with its yellow architectural exterior details, has a total of 484 units, which include 36 affordable units. It is also located adjacent to the new Fault Line Park, which had its grand opening on Aug. 28 and it will be open daily from 6 a.m. – midnight. The park’s architect is Spurlock & Poirier Landscape Architects and the builder/developer is Pinnacle International. The builder/developer will maintain the park and provide security together with San Diego Police Department. The development team for Pinnacle on the Park included the builder/developer, Pinnacle International; architect, IBI Group; engineer, SRC Engineering; structural engineer, Glotman Simpson. A second tower is scheduled to begin construction this year and is expected to be complete by 2019. The second tower will feature red architectural exterior details to complement the yellow of tower one. The apartment interiors have

—Ana Gramling is a board member of the East Village Residents Group. Contact her at

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spacious closets and expansive Downtown San Diego views. Community amenities include a lap pool and spa, 24-hour fitness center, underground gated parking and clubhouse with gourmet demonstration kitchen. Additional amenities are a resident lounge and business center, smoke-free community

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Driving on sunshine By Dave Fidlin They’ve already popped up in select areas — including the San Diego Zoo — and their presence is expected to increase in the years ahead after a recent announcement from Gov. Jerry Brown’s office. San Diego-based Envision Solar International was recently awarded a statewide contract for its iteration of solar charging stations, branded as the EV ARC. The contract carries a oneyear term that sunsets in June 2016 with an option of two more years after the initial implementation period. The announcement out of Sacramento means Envision Solar holds the exclusive contract with state, county and local governing agencies across California as new solar charging stations are planned. The partnership between the state and Envision Solar was announced in mid-July, and more specific details from the arrangement are expected later this year. In recent years, a number of companies specializing in electric vehicle sales and sharing have laid roots in San Diego, including Mercedes-Benz’s Smart fleet and the car2go service. The growing infrastructure designed to power these alternative modes of transportation could provide fuel to the emerging companies in the years ahead. According to CleanTECH San Diego, a nonprofit organization devoted to seeking renewable solutions, San Diego currently boasts the nation’s highest level of electrical vehicle usage, per capita. A recent analysis by CleanTECH has revealed rising interest in using solar power as a charging source for electric vehicles. Pointing to a pilot project at the San Diego Zoo, CleanTECH President Jason Anderson revealed usage of the solar sites has climbed since the infrastructure was first introduced in 2012. “The popularity of the solar-toelectric vehicle charging stations at the zoo has proven San Diego’s leadership in the EV market and supports a greater mission of reducing greenhouse gas emissions while stimulating the clean transportation economy,” Anderson said in an emailed statement. Desmond Wheatley, CEO of Envision Solar, said the company was one of several that participated in the competitive process of obtaining the state contract for an electric vehiclecharging product that would populate municipalities across the state. Early this year, Gov. Brown indicated greater steps would be taken to accommodate the growing fleet of electric vehicles as he laid out an ambitious set of climate goals, including a call to cut in half the amount of petroleum currently used to power vehicles by 2030. “This is the biggest piece of news we’ve ever had in the history of our company,” Wheatley said of the state contract. Envision Solar, with a 21-person workforce, was established in 2007 and is expected to add jobs to accommodate what Wheatley expects is a ramp up of production of the EV ARC product. Envision Solar’s electric vehicle charging product differs from some of the other options in the marketplace.

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Help us preserve East Village online By Jorge Moreno We are a group of architects, artists, and common folk that have lived, worked, and visited the East Village in the 1980s – 90s and have been on a mission to bring back (online) everything that surrounded us back then. We were very close to Wayne Buss (ReinCarnation building, Vicky Wolf and Scot McDougall (Sushi), and many more pioneers of the East Village. We have been working directly with Shirl Buss in archiving all of Wayne’s slides and images... which brings us to our project. We started the project a few months back because we couldn’t find any info online about East Village (from that period of time) and wanted to archive and share our experiences and our way of life. This project is dedicated to the people that lived and worked in San Diego’s East Village in the ‘80s, ‘90s and on… it is a collage of anecdotes, experiences and recollections from architects, artists and everyday people. The purpose of this project is to have an online record of an era that deeply touched everyone that had a part in the life and creation of one of San Diego’s iconic landmarks. We would like to invite you to view our project. Visit our Facebook page at or our website at Everyone is welcome to share their profile on our website, to keep for generations to come. You will see your article shared on our wall.v



SUNSHINE The EV ARC, in particular, is designed to fit within a parking space. By tapping into solar energy, Wheatley said the EV ARC has been engineered to provide enough clean, solar electricity to power 150 miles of driving in an electric vehicle on any given day. An accompanying storage device is designed to keep the solar energy captured by EV ARC active throughout the day. About 40 percent of the electric vehicle usage across the U.S. occurs in California — a statistic Wheatley said was one of several reasons that led to Envision Solar’s arrival in San Diego. Wheatley said he believes the EV movement is more than just a fad. “There’s that saying that as goes California, so goes the rest of the United States,” Wheatley said. “We believe we will be experiencing triple-digit growth in our business alone within the next year.” Envision Solar’s corporate and manufacturing facilities in San Diego are housed out of a growing campus on Trade Place, near Balboa Avenue. “We consider ourselves part of a small club that have brought manufacturing jobs to San Diego,” Wheatley said. “There are very few companies offering these kinds of jobs in this city.” While projects such as Envision Solar’s EV ARC product are impacting San Diego, the innovation is expected to have ripple effects elsewhere as well. “Our goal with pilot projects like (the solar power stations at the zoo) is to deploy new clean technologies, see how people use and respond to them and replicate successful case studies across the region and the world,” Anderson of CleanTECH San Diego said. To learn more about Envision Solar or to read more about their charging stations, visit —Dave Fidlin is a freelance journalist with a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.

Rep. Scott Peters (right) talks to participants of “Startup Day Across America” at Classy, a Downtown technology hub. (Courtesy SDDP)

‘Startup Day Across America’ By Kris Michell

Strengthening our creative and tech community

One of the summer’s highlights for the Downtown San Diego Partnership was connecting with many of our area’s most interesting young businesses on Aug. 19 for the fourth annual “Startup Day Across America.” We were honored when Congressman Scott Peters joined us to celebrate the evolving success of Downtown’s growing startup ecosystem. He was one of more than three-dozen members of Congress that day who highlighted the role startup business plays in innovation and job creation across the country. We discussed ways to raise awareness for these intriguing companies, both locally and nationally, as well as what it will take at the federal level to nurture and grow our hungry tech community. The town hall discussion was held at Classy — one of Downtown’s most successful and constantly expanding technology companies — and offered attendees from the tech community the opportunity to engage with Rep. Peters about their experiences solving real-life challenges facings San Diego startups. “Supporting our new and small businesses so they can grow and create jobs is a top priority,” Peters said. “The best way for me to know how to help them is to hear from them directly.” More startup companies, particularly tech companies, are moving to Downtown in search of an environment that helps drive innovation, part of a national trend of startups seeking urban centers that provide both the energy and synergy to fuel emerging technologies. There are currently more than 70 tech startups in Downtown San Diego. According to the UT San Diego, more than 30 companies from a variety of industries have relocated to Downtown within the past 18 months. In addition to our host Classy, companies that were part of the town hall included: TakeLessons, SweetLabs, EvoNexus, Zeeto Media, Underground Elephant, Brandisty, Playground, Co-Merge, Fifty & Fifty, 6 Degrees Business Networking, 7CTO’s, Seed San Diego and TapHunter. All participants agreed that one of the most impressive things about the startup scene is the level of talent available. “San Diego has a fantastic talent pool for building and growing startups, from universities like UC San Diego to tech companies like Qualcomm,” said Chester Ng, cofounder of SweetLabs. “While the pool is inarguably smaller than Silicon Valley, startups do have an advantage here, as recruiting is not as hyper competitive and employees aren’t ‘startup-hopping’

month-to-month.” Other subjects, priorities and feedback discussed were: Establishing a prominent online forum where tech successes, big and small, can be showcased and shared within and outside of San Diego. Creating a mechanism to connect potential investors and startup entrepreneurs in San Diego for the purposes of encouraging them to direct investment dollars locally. Crafting a direct line between local universities and Downtown startups to attract, retain and train the talent needed to foster innovation and meet the needs of these growing startups. Additionally, the Downtown San Diego Partnership got a shoutout for its support of the startup community. “We feel very fortunate to be a part of our emerging startup community here in downtown San Diego,” said Brian Jones of Zeeto Media. “The Partnership and our local elected officials want to see us succeed — they understand that startups are the future of our city.” Feedback from the town hall was taken to the Downtown Partnership’s Tech Startup Committee and will be part of a comprehensive recruitment and retention strategy focused on bringing businesses and talent to the urban core. The Partnership created its 40-member Tech Startup Committee in 2013 to support and grow Downtown’s tech community, a key area of focus in its 20-year vision plan called “Imagine Downtown.” With the support of forwardthinking politicians like Rep. Peters and the “can do” spirit of our inspiring startup community, all we imagine can become real … in fact, it’s becoming real even now.

Fun by the Forkful in Downtown

Looking for an affordable way to enjoy a night out in our Downtown? Join hundreds of San Diegans from around the region for the 23rd annual “Taste of Downtown” happening on Thursday, Sept. 10. The Taste of Downtown showcases the culinary prowess of more than 40 of Downtown’s best urban eateries within the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Headquarters, Financial District, East Village and Horton Plaza. Tickets can be purchased in advance for just $30, or $35 the day of the event. For more information, questions or to purchase tickets, please visit

—Kris Michell is the president and CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a nonprofit, member-based organization that serves as the leading advocate for the revitalization and economic health of Downtown. To learn more about the Downtown Partnership, visit

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A colorful treasure of the Gaslamp Gaslamp Landmarks Jake Romero The Yuma Building is a truly beautiful architectural treasure. This building, along with the Louis Bank of Commerce located at 835 to 837 Fifth Avenue, is one of the Gaslamp Quarter’s most photographed and recognizable iconic structures. The structure’s builder may be just as colorful as the exterior of the building. Capt. Alfred Henry Wilcox came to San Diego in 1849 aboard the Invincible, a 120-ton schooner used by the U.S. Army as a transport ship, which he would later captain. The Invincible was notable for bringing an engineering crew to construct the first dam in an effort to turn the San Diego River into a false bay. In 1863, Capt. Wilcox married Maria Antonia Arguello, daughter of Santiago E. Arguello, a wealthy landowner in San Juan Capistrano. The Wilcox family would settle in what was then known as “La Punta” (the southeast corner of San Diego Bay) on an estate described by the San Diego Union Tribune in 1871 as one of the most productive in the state, growing fruit, vegeta-

Women being gathered up during the Stingaree Raid of 1912. (Courtesy GHF) bles and flowers. The Wilcox family would later relocate to New Town where they would build a grand structure known as the Belle Vista Apartments located at 1309 Second St. Wilcox was prolific in his commercial activities in San Diego. Among his business dealings was his contract to supply water to the city of San Diego. Additionally, he was the original stockholder and later director and president of the Commercial Bank of San Diego and had banking interests in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The “Captain,” as he was known, would eventually move to San Francisco for business reasons where he died

in 1883 at the age of 61. Like many historic buildings Downtown, it is not surprising that this building began as a one-story structure. Brick-laying began one year before the death of Wilcox, commencing in April of 1882. Construction was completed by June and the building was ready to rent to boot and shoe salesman Franklin J. McIntosh. An old 1883 Sanborn Fire Map describes the structure to be 25 feet by 65 feet with a slate (or tin) roof and a frame porch in front. A two-story addition based on plans by architects Armitage and Wilson was completed in June of 1888 and included 16 office rooms with bay windows and a large

Featured landmark: The Yuma Building, 1888, 629 – 633 Fifth Ave. (Courtesy GHF) skylight. Additional features were large cellars and storage rooms. The building was named the Yuma in reference to Capt. Wilcox’s

experiences in that location along the Colorado River. In 1901, the office spaces were converted to furnished rooms and the building was referred to as the Santa Ysabel, then in 1910, as the Grant until the early 1930s. The Yuma’s colorful history includes its role in the great Stingaree Raid of 1912 as part of the city’s efforts to rid the red light district of prostitution. John Sehon, Commissioner of Police, Health, and Morals ordered Police Chief Keno Wilson to close the Stingaree, and 138 women were arrested and ordered to reform or leave. Most of the ladies left town — yet purchased round-trip tickets — and within a few days it was back to business as usual. —Jake Romero is the director of operations of the Gaslamp Historical Foundation, located at 410 Island Ave., Downtown, in the historic William Heath Davis House. For more information visit gaslampquarter. org.v


Beauty is only skin deep

Hanna Corrigan shines as Violet. (Photo by Daren Scott)

Theater Review Charlene Baldridge Chock-a-block with tunes, Jeanine Tesori’s 1997 off-Broadway musical, “Violet,” opened San Diego Repertory Theatre’s 40th season Aug. 26 (this review based on the performance of Aug. 27), featuring acclaimed musical theater performer Sutton Foster, who got her start in Tesori’s “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at La Jolla Playhouse. In the title role of San Diego Rep’s “Violet,” recent UC San Diego MFA graduate Hannah Corrigan is a real find. She is a fine actor and has an unwavering voice of purity, integrity and quality, perfect for the score, which embraces gospel, country, blues, bluegrass and rock. Not only that, director Sam Woodhouse surrounds Corrigan with a solid company of excellent singer/actors. When they sing ensemble, accompanied by a sevenmember orchestra that includes conductor/keyboard Korrie Pallioto, the Rep’s roof raises at least 12 feet. It’s one of those rare occasions when you wish the show would go on forever. The score, largely through-sung, ranges from the tiniest, most intimate whisper to full-throated gospel. Corrigan plays a young farmwoman from Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Violet has a horribly disfiguring scar on her face (we don’t actually see it; merely see it as reflected in the faces of others who see her for the first time). Violet has never forgiven her Father (Jason Maddy) for the accident and its aftermath. Now that he is dead and has left her a little money, she goes on a Greyhound bus quest to see a Tulsa TV evangelist (Jason Heil, perfectly smarmy), to whom she ascribes the power to rid her of her scars. Violet will come back home beautiful and triumphant. Throughout the entire musical Violet is tailed by young Violet (amazing 13-year-old singer Katelyn Katz from Carmel Valley Middle School). On the long bus trip Violet becomes acquainted an Old Lady (Melinda Gilb, who later plays a hotel hooker to great, hilarious effect) and two soldiers, Flick (Rhett George, ye gads, he grows on you) and Monty (Jacob Caltrider, surprising in his new-found romantic machismo). Each of the men, in his

own way and for his own reasons, falls in love with Violet. One white and one African-American, both are on their way to assignments, very likely in Vietnam. Others in the company portray bus drivers, landladies, nightclub and TV congregational singers. They are the faultless Bryan Banville, Kürt Norby, Tanika Baptiste, and Anise Ritchie, all familiar from their work on local stages. Remember the Beggar Woman in Diversionary’s “A New Brain”? That was Tanika. According to Woodhouse, speaking in a “Surround Event” pre-performance seminar, the “Violet” players have become a family, as large ensembles rarely do. This listener is a believer: They are an extraordinary group, playing, singing and moving so well (choreographer is Javier Velasco) on Giulio Perrone’s accommodatingly adaptable set (mostly unseen, the orchestra is center above). Jeanne Reith’s costumes are appropriate to the times (country cottons and socks for the girls) and environs. Lighting designer is Trevor Norton, and sound designer Kevin Athenill creates a magical balance of singers and orchestra to audience. There are several moments so touching, so affecting, that they bring the observer to tears. The music lover goes home sated on solos, duets and ensembles of surprising variety. Violet goes home with the one who saw her beauty the moment he looked at her. Trust me, “Violet” is a most unusual musical. Kudos to Woodhouse and all involved for bringing such a treasure to San Diego. — Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. You can follow her blog at or reach her at


by Jeanine Tesori Based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts Through Sept. 13 7 p.m. Wednesdays 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays 2, 4, & 8 p.m. Saturdays 2 & 7 p.m. Sundays San Diego Repertory Theatre 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown Tickets $36-$75 or 619-544-1000

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The Festival of Beer hits the Broadway Pier Sept. 18. (Photo by Amanda Darosett Photography)

Cheers to 21!

Beer festival to raise money for cancer charities By Kai Oliver-Kurtin

The 21st annual San Diego Festival of Beer is expected to draw about 4,000 people to Broadway Pier on Sept. 18. Guests will enjoy unlimited tastings from nearly 60 breweries serving 120 different kinds of brew, as well as live music and food for purchase. Benefitting the San Diego Professionals Against Cancer (SDPAC) organization to support local cancer charities, the event is staffed completely by volunteers. For its first fundraising event in 1993, SDPAC members asked some of their friends at local

breweries to donate beer for the inaugural San Diego Festival of Beer. The craft beer movement hadn’t fully taken off yet, so they were unsure what the interest level would be. Seven hundred guests attended the festival that year — and since then, the festival has continued to grow, and with the popularity of craft beer today, the event normally sells out. “The brewery community comes together for the cause without any question,” said Carri Chandler, president of SDPAC. “We invite all breweries to help in the fight against cancer.” To celebrate its 21st year, the San Diego Festival of Beer

—Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a local freelance writer. She enjoys covering events, restaurant news, culture and entertainment. Contact her at

Market volatility: three things you can do today Financial News Taylor Schulte As most of you know, Monday, Aug. 24 was an extremely turbulent day for U.S. stocks, with an unprecedented and record-breaking 1,000-point plunge by the Dow Jones Industrial Average and all three major U.S. benchmarks falling below correction levels. Panic ensued, with stock prices for a number of iconic American companies declining dramatically, at an instant. The global mayhem, which contributed to the U.S. market volatility, and the market ups and downs, continued throughout the week, with both the Dow and Nasdaq falling into correction mode by Friday, Aug. 28 — the first since 2011. While market declines are never easy and cause for concern is certainly understandable, it’s important to note it is normal for markets to rise and fall. Focusing on things you can control will generate much better results than panicking over things that are outside of your control. Recent events are also a good reminder that your plan should be built around you and your personal goals and not anyone else’s. Below are my recommendations on three things you can do right now: Do nothing. During volatile periods, investors often feel inclined to make changes to their portfolio. Taking action gives

people the perception of control — even if those actions do not generate positive results. Even though doing nothing during a turbulent time is extremely difficult, it can actually be better than doing something. Don’t lose sight of your long-term goals — be patient and do nothing. Turn off the news. While it’s important to stay informed, the more you update yourself on market fluctuations, the more volatile it will appear. Remember — no one truly knows what will happen next, nor does your media outlet have insight to your personal financial situation or your goals. Turn off the news (broadcast, online, social media, etc.) and disconnect from the frenzy, at least temporarily. Reassess risk. Recent events are a good reminder that markets don’t always go up. Use this time to reflect on your behavior over the last few days and reassess your tolerance for risk. Were you worried? Did you panic? Did you lose sleep? Perhaps your portfolio is not positioned appropriately. If it is not in line with your tolerance for risk, you might have a harder time holding on during times like these. Now is also a good time to revisit your financial plan and determine your capacity for risk — how much risk you need to take to reach our goals. Maybe you don’t need to own as many risky securities to reach your goals. Regardless of what you will do (or have already done), do your best to stay focused on the things you can control such as fees, expenses, taxes, and the allocation of your assets. Take a look at all the essential components of your financial plan and stay focused on your long-term goals. —Taylor Schulte, CFP is the founder of Define Financial in Downtown San Diego. Schulte specializes in providing independent, objective, financial advice to individuals, families and businesses. He can be reached at 619-577-4002 or

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is offering free admission to San Diego residents who share their same 21st birthday. With valid ID, those born on Sept. 18, 1994, will receive a complimentary ticket to the festival. The first 1,500 guests to arrive will receive a free souvenir tasting mug to use for their two-ounce samples. For those who don’t enjoy beer, cider or mead, there will be wine available for purchase. Food trucks and restaurant vendors such as Barleymash and Hunter Steakhouse will be on hand to sell food, and live music will be provided by bands, disc jockeys, and radio station sponsors. For the second year, the festival is soliciting artwork submissions for its T-shirt design contest. The winning design will be printed on shirts sold during the festival. To date, SDPAC has raised over $555,000 for cancer charities. Having a volunteer festival staff of 300 people allows SDPAC to donate all proceeds directly to their cause. “We have donated to Cancer Angels of San Diego, Emilio Nares Foundation, Rady Children’s Hospital, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, and other local cancer affiliates to support tangible assets for cancer research and treatment,” Chandler said. Tickets to the San Diego Festival of Beer cost $50, and the event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Broadway Pier is located at 1000 N. Harbor Drive. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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Centennial update Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald Museums have scattered exhibit themes from concept cars, a blend of music and art, remembrances of World War II, and even views of California, from coast to desert, in closing the final centennial stages. In an appraisal of the Balboa Park celebration thus far, one city official described it as a motivating event. “The 100-year anniversary of the Panama – California Exposition in Balboa Park has attracted both new and returning visitors to enjoy the normal activities that go on and the various centennial activities,” said Michael Ruiz, district manager for Balboa Park. “Based on numbers from the Balboa Park Visitor Center (BPVC), attendance has been up all year long. It has truly been a community celebration of the park and by that standard a success.” “Crowds have been tremendous this summer,” a BPVC member emphasized. “The attendance at the centennial music series has been exceptional. Twilight in the Park concerts, concerts in the Plaza, the outdoor film festival, all had great attendance.” Nathan Young, public relations director at the Fleet Science Center, called it a great year so far. “Our summer has featured a fun traveling exhibition in ‘Circus: Science Under the Big Top,’” he said. Other museums without an entertainment format said they noticed a slight attendance increase. Initial planning by Centennial, Inc. had called for major entertainment and a fair-type presentation to celebrate the 100-year anniversary. Hopes were high that a yearlong event would double park attendance to 20 million and generate 600,000 hotel room nights, the equivalent of four Comic-Cons, and result in $278 million in direct visitor spending. However, after spending $2.6 million — documented by Centennial Inc., themselves — and an inability to obtain sponsorships, the company was disbanded in 2014. For the remaining months this year, here’s what some of the museums have planned: Auto Museum – appropriately, the Automotive Museum has titled its exhibit, “Balboa Park … the Future.” Opening in October, it will feature concept cars from Nissan and Ford,

technology from Google, and a flying car. “We are still putting it together,” reported Executive Director Paula Brandes. Museum of Art – a large multifaceted Art of Music exhibition has been planned in celebration of the Centennial, Sept. 26 through January. It is themed in relation to the musical performances during the 1915 Exposition. “The exhibition is the largest in the museum’s recent history, with more than 200 paintings, artifacts and varied musical instruments,” reported Museum of Art’s publicist Lauren Fimbres Wood. Natural History – Next up is Coast to Cactus in Southern California, a permanent entry, which shows a diverse terrain from beaches and chaparral to the mountains and desert. Continuing to January is Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed. And don’t forget fossil history with huge dinosaurs and mammoths. Air & Space – the continuation of an exhibit about World War II, showcasing a rare collection of items from the early days of the war from the European and Pacific theaters. “This exhibit is the most comprehensive and interesting of its kind in San Diego and is a must see for any history buff, military enthusiast or anyone looking for deeply moving experience,” said James Kidrick, president and CEO. Fleet Science Center – in October the next installment of Fleet Night of Science is back to the Fleet-ure, exploring life in the future. Also practice innovations by composing a musical or making stop-motion animated video with Imaginative. “Delightfully nerdy experiences,” the Fleet’s Young said. November’s new IMAX film will be “Jerusalem.” Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home. Museum of Man – Beerology: From ancient times to the craft craze with occasional tastings.

—After an award-winning, 38-year sports-writing career with the San Diego Union and authoring three books, Johnny McDonald now considers writing a hobby. You can reach him at



Keep Calm... Civic Organist News Dr. Carol Williams “Keep Calm and Like me on Facebook.” That is the final statement on my YouTube series, “On the bench with Dr. Carol.” In this series, I interview the finest organists of the world in an informal, coffee shop chat-style format. There’s nothing highbrow, just down-to-earth, nitty-gritty conversation about music, organs, students, hobbies and life. So, you’re thinking, what’s this all about? Well, in this week’s column, I thought I would deal with the two extremes — the “pipe organ,” which is one of the oldest instruments in the world, and “social media,” which is currently the world’s foremost innovative instrument. Can there be a historical partnership found between them? Here goes! The earliest recorded use of the organ was in Roman times — not a particularly nice thought, as they were used in the arenas to announce when Christians were being fed to the lions. Some poor chap would obviously play the organ in the corner someplace safe. In that form of social media, we would think of it as really rough and crude, and I’m sure the organ was not at all the topic of conversation in their social chatter, but rather the talk of how great the lions ate the Christians. I’m glad I wasn’t around in those times as an organist! After all, I’m a vegetarian and don’t like the sight of blood. OK, so this is just a sample of early social media relating to the organ. Getting rid of this image was a problem for centuries, but organs eventually found their place in churches, town halls, castles and modern day concert halls. In baroque times, an organ installed somewhere — like in a church — was a statement of how wealthy a town was. Word would travel from town to village to hamlet, by their then-social media, mouths. People would inform each other to gather and enjoy the instrument. Perhaps the Facebook post would have read, “A complicated and massive-sounding instrument requiring many disciplines to achieve a complete build and play. Must come hear this thing at our town hall by our civic organist.” This would have been, of course, back when almost every town would have a civic organist. San Diego’s civic organist position is one of the last in the world to survive. By the way, some of the baroque German organs of yesteryear were very advanced. The organ cases were generally made of fine wood, with hand carvings and hundreds of ornate pipes, and they often covered an entire wall. It was


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important that the organ looked magnificent, even when they were not in use. The great composer and organist Johann Sebastian Bach designed organs, and some of them are still playable in their original form today. The organ built by Heinrich Gottfried Trost in 1739 at the Castle Church in Altenburg, Germany, was one that Bach knew and played. I have had the privilege of sitting on the bench and touching the very keys that Bach sat on and touched! Can you imagine how humble I felt? It was like a dream. Maybe I would have tweeted, “Just got on the bench after Johann S Bach warmed it up for me.” These organs in their day were using the latest technology of the time to enhance the music and amazingly, that same technology is still in use today. Over the years, of course, newer instruments have newer inventions. So again, what does that have to do with us today? Well, our own Spreckels pipe organ in Balboa Park has all its original workings and pipes from 1914 (comparably, not so long ago) along with more modern technology to operate the instrument in a more sophisticated way from the console (that’s the keyboards). Remember, a pure pipe organ (as is our Spreckels) makes its sound only by wind pressure moving through the selected pipes. Some hybrid organs operate wind sounding pipes, but with additional pipes that are speaker-driven electronic pipe sounds. Then there is the pure electronic organ, which nowadays can sound like anything you like. I have, on loan from Rodgers Instruments, a 484 Infinity organ that can play an entire ensemble of instruments imitating an orchestra, a symphony, pipe organ, or a combination of all of the above, if you are so inclined. My husband and I play jazz on this instrument. I play sax, piano and bass, and he just plays



(Rodgers electronic) drums. You can find me using this instrument on my YouTube channel. But I digress ... as I was saying, with our own beloved Spreckels organ, I can use many combinations of sounds to color my music because of the modern computer controls added to the console, but the pipes still sound because of the air pressure created by the large blower in the basement. Our social media text reads, “Largest outdoor organ still plays for thousands attending.” In addition to our texting and tweeting, we also “live stream” every organ concert in the park over the Internet. The Spreckels Organ Society has viewers all over the world watching our organ in Balboa Park. So in conclusion, it is my observation and opinion that it is simply astonishing how the aspect of gossip, word-of-mouth, texting and tweeting — i.e. social media — has totally outgrown the actual events taking place. I think it’s amazing how we can incorporate today’s technology with the social media of a 100-year-old instrument. I may be old fashioned, but I am slowly catching on to and using social media even though I am from the old school classical days. So … Keep Calm and Like me on Facebook: Dr. Carol Williams. I bet all the great classical composers would have just loved today’s social media. See you at a Sunday concert. —Civic Organist Dr. Carol Williams is proud to serve as an ambassador of San Diego’s arts and culture arena. Through her concert performances at home and abroad, Carol offers a fresh take on the classical organ concert. She is committed to illuminating San Diego’s colorful romance with the “King of Instruments,” always seeking to bring the organ to new audiences. For more information about Carol visit; to learn more about the organ society, visit

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SDSU School of Music and Dance Among the first seven professors hired at San Diego State University in 1898, one was a music professor. By 1907, the Department of Music began conferring degrees and a commitment to excellence began. Today it flourishes as the SDSU School of Music and Dance, providing the highest quality education for performers, choreographers, educators and researchers in fields related to music and dance. The School of Music and Dance serves a varied intellectual and ethnic student body in a culturally rich environment, and produces an eclectic mix of high-quality performances each year, including world music, orchestra, jazz, choir, wind symphony, dance and opera.  Join us for one of our more than 250 public performances, many with free, or nominal, admission. For a complete list visit

(above) Betty Peabody, founder of Friends of Balboa Park; (below) one of the many information kiosks the Friends have placed around the park. (Photos by Delle Willett) FROM PAGE 1

FRIENDS sory council. “Our greatest successes are not always the most conspicuous,” said Betty Peabody, a founder of Friends. “[Things such as] quietly identifying and meeting a need; seamlessly integrating a new feature into an historic setting; partnering with other organizations and public agencies to raise the park’s profile; and give its interests a voice in city government.” The Friends’ core programs include the enhancement and preservation of parkland, structure and infrastructure, visitor safety and security, park access and understanding, and preservation of the park’s legacy. • A true labor of love and an example of the private and public partnership that Friends has with the city of San Diego are the five information kiosks conveniently placed around the park. The kiosks provide visitors with maps and information about the park’s many attractions and institutions and their offerings. They also have ATM machines. This project was seven years in the making at a cost of $500,000. • During the centennial year, the Adopt-a-Plot program invites individuals, families, organizations and businesses to adopt a garden or landscape area within Balboa Park. This program has been so successful they are hoping to continue it beyond the centennial year. • San Diego’s first Arbor Day celebration was March 17, 1904. Kate Sessions helped to organize that first planting, a community event attended by 350 school children who came to what was then called “City Park” to plant 60 pine and cypress trees.  Friends brought back the tradition, and recently celebrated its eighth Arbor Day at the War Memorial Building when 11 American Tulip trees were planted with volunteer help from local area students. • The Friends’ Water-Wise program was designed to optimize water use in the parkland by 2020, to make the park more environmentally sustainable while keeping it healthy and fit for appropriate human enjoyment. “Going into the centennial we asked ourselves, ‘How can we be sure the park is going to be here 100 years from now and into the next centennial?’ and the answer is

water,” Peabody said. “And that’s why we chose water as our 2015 project.” An example is the Zoro Garden Water Reclamation project currently under construction, where water from the roof of the Casa de Balboa (rain, dew and HVAC condensation) will be captured, stored and used to irrigate the adjacent Zoro Garden and canyon [See “Art on the Land: Friends of the Earth,” San Diego Downtown News, June 5, Vol. 16, Issue 6]. • Friends is also tackling the park’s water infrastructure, financing a documentation of the park’s underground water pipes, which were laid in the early 1900s with little or obsolete documentation. Over the last two and a half years, Dr. Matt Rahn — an environmental scientist and professor at San Diego State University — and his students have been mapping the water pipes and valves that deliver water into the park. GPS is allowing Rahn and his students to develop an app that will help city workers locate weak points in the park’s water pipes and enable them to stand anywhere in the park at a broken water main, look at a map of Google Earth in real time and locate the three closest valves required to isolate that pipe. Once a break is isolated, the city won’t have to turn off water to the entire park, essentially shutting the park down. Using this technique, there’s a 90 percent laborsaving in those areas, as well as reduction of cost and inconvenience. To date, 11 water sources (all drinkable) have been identified, supplying water to buildings, gardens, landscapes and fountains. Students are locating the pipes and trying to determine the size, the age, the manufacturer, and the materials the pipes are made of. The

survey will take another one to two years to complete; it is critical for troubleshooting leaks and digging for any reason. • Every year since 2000, the apolitical Friends of Balboa Park holds a luncheon in October to honor long-time park volunteers, many who have worked quietly behind the scenes for years. All of the park’s organizations support and value this event, which typically draws over 300 participants to witness the event, which includes five “inspiration” awards and one “millennium” award. • Through the Tom Goad Scholarship fund, Friends has sponsored several thousand San Diego fifth grade students to come to the park. Beneficiaries are countywide and primarily from Title 1 schools and expenses covered include buses to transport the students, as well as teachers and chaperones to and from the park. • Balboa Park’s unique history is derived not only from its service to its community and country through two world wars and two expositions, as well as varied park uses in between and after each of these events. Hence, almost every building or site within the park has had multiple uses. • The group recently researched and installed signs at the Lily Pond and the Botanical Building describing all of their fascinating, multifaceted uses since being constructed for the 1915 Exposition. So great has been the interest and response to the signs that Friends has been inspired to create similar signs for each historic building and site constructed. “A very generous benefactor has given $1 million to Friends of Balboa Park as a lead gift for an endowment fund,” said Peabody, who has worked for the park seven days a week for more than 45 years. “In addition, in this centennial year we’ve been challenged to raise $500,000 more, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar by year’s end. Thus our endowment will be doubled. This will allow us to give more support to the ever-challenging needs of Balboa Park, from water infrastructure to the gardens to educating school children for the future.” To learn more about Friends of Balboa Park, visit —Delle Willett has been a marketing and public relations professional for over 30 years, with an emphasis on conservation of the environment. She can be reached at


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The man behind the cloth A conversation with the new “Father Joe” By Margie M. Palmer It’s been about five months since Jimmy Vargas, better known as Deacon Jim, stepped into the role of president and CEO of Father Joe’s Villages, and while much has been written about his professional background, some of the backstory of what makes him tick has been more elusive. The native New Yorker, who, coincidentally, grew up in the same Bronx neighborhood as his successor, said he was amused to learn he and Father Joe Carroll came from similar roots. “I was visiting him in the hospital and we got to chatting, and we realized we both grew up in the South Bronx; I grew up at a home on 138th Street and Willis Avenue and he lived at 141st Street and Willis Avenue,” Vargas said. “We also learned he was baptized in the same church my wife was baptized in; it was a pretty interesting thing to learn.” Vargas said he was drawn to the seminary early on in life, and at one point, considered joining the priesthood. It wasn’t until he met his wife that he learned that the priesthood was “not what God had in his plan for me.” “We married when I was 21 but I’ve always had a love for the church and ministry,” Vargas said. “I’ve always been extremely involved with things like bible study, preparing adults and children for the sacrament; I’ve served on spiritual committees and have been a reader at masses. Before we moved to California, I’d been asked a number of times by pastors if I’d have an interest in becoming a deacon, and being ordained, but it was such a big time commitment. What most people don’t realize is that in order to become a Deacon the Catholic Church requires the wife go through the same four and a half year program; if they don’t agree, then the husband cannot go into it.” The timing may not have worked out while the couple lived in New York, but all of that

Deacon Jim Vargas (Courtesy FJV) changed 18 years ago, after La Jolla-based Copley Press recruited him to serve as their vice president and chief human resources officer. Prior to joining The Copley Press, the New York University graduate served as senior vice president of the Education Group at KIII Communications, where he led human resource development for publishing companies in the fields of medicine, films, humanities, primary school education and book clubs. Prior to that, he served in various director and vice president positions of human resources at Citicorp/Citibank. Vargas was ordained in 2006 and today, he’s a deacon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego serving the community of Mary, Star of the Sea in La Jolla; he has previously served the community of Our Lady of Angels in Downtown San Diego. The opportunity to work at Father Joe’s Villages, he said, allowed him to use both aspects of his background. “[Working at Father Joe’s Villages] really is running a business in every facet you can imagine, and being able to combine my business background with the pastoral side, well it’s been a great combination of the two,” he said. Since he’s taken the helm, Vargas has become responsible for overseeing the comprehensive services offered through St. Vincent de Paul Village, Toussaint Academy, Josue Homes and the agency’s portfolio of low-income housing; which he recently all rebranded under the “Father Joe’s Villages” name. Vargas told San Diego Downtown News that he feels truly blessed

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Volunteers from Father Joe’s Villages set 8,700 pairs of shoes on the street to reflect the number of homeless in San Diego. (Courtesy FJV) FROM PAGE 1


September Good Neighbor events include:

Dialogue (Sept. 3): FJV convened an expert panel to discuss the impacts of homelessness on the region. Moderated by retired KGTV anchor and “dean” of San Diego TV, Bill Griffith, this year’s event focused on the border and the impacts of drug addiction and enforcement on homelessness in the bi-national region. Neighborhood Cleanup (Sept. 19): FJV’s friends, partners and volunteers will lend a hand in removing trash from the streets of the East Village, especially from the streets surrounding the St. Vincent de Paul Village campus. Super Saturdays (every Saturday in September): FJV’s thrift stores in El Cajon, Downtown, Chula Vista and Spring Valley will offer special discounted goods, along with refreshments, treats and giveaways in an effort to encourage both shopping and donations. Challenge: Throughout September, a challenge is being issued for area residents to conduct a kind gesture for a neighbor in need and each participant has the chance to win a prize. FJV is asking San Diegans to commit to the good neighbor challenge through its website and share how they will do it — whether by volunteering, donating clothes and goods, or any number of other acts. Many of their stories will be shared via social media throughout the month. Good Neighbor Month is part

of a broader promotional strategy being used by FJV, San Diego’s largest homeless services provider, in the fight to end homelessness. On Aug. 24, to dramatize the magnitude of the plight of the San Diego region’s growing homeless population — which grew about 3 percent last year according to the annual count by the Regional Task Force On The Homeless — FJV volunteers set up a temporary “sea of shoes” on 16th Street at Newton Avenue, Downtown. Pointing out that 17,400 is “a lot of shoes,” Vargas noted that the act graphically illustrates “the immensity of the crisis we have in San Diego County.” “Those 8,700 pairs of shoes represent men, women and children who are homeless,” he said. “Only about half of those people are housed in some way. The rest are on the street. That’s a travesty.” Vargas said Good Neighbor Month fits nicely with new, more aggressive strategies FJV is utilizing to get the message out to the public that the homeless need their help. Earlier this year, FJV unveiled a new brand identity, including a new logo and website. Now, it’s time, said Vargas, for FJV to take its message of humanism to the next level. “We’re going to have TV commercials that are a call to action, where we’re asking people to band together as a community to end this crisis [homelessness],” Vargas said. “It’s going to take a concerted effort from the entire community.” Vargas said the new promotional TV spots will carry tag lines such as “Be like Father Joe” and “You can make a difference.” “Hopefully, we can build on

this,” Vargas said. “The key is to build awareness and call people to action asking them to get involved — volunteer, make monetary or other donations such as furniture, cars or items for our thrift shops.” Father Joe’s Villages has been empowering people to achieve self-sufficiency for 65 years. The organization, which started as a small chapel serving San Diego’s impoverished, has grown into a cutting-edge, region-wide provider of effective housing programs and services. Father Joe’s prepares up to 3,000 meals and works with more than 1,500 individuals every day — from infants and adolescents to adults and seniors. FJV offers solutions to address the complex needs of the homeless, regardless of age, race, culture or beliefs. The organization’s primary goal is to transform lives and end the cycle of homelessness. To this end, they provide housing, healthcare, food, clothing, education, job training and child development in an internationally modeled “one-stopshop” approach. FJV’s mission is made possible only through the efforts of compassionate staff, dedicated volunteers, and generous public and private donors. For more information about the activities planned for Good Neighbor Month, visit —Dave Schwab came to San Diego 30 years ago with a journalism degree from Michigan State University and has worked and freelanced for numerous dailies, weeklies and other regional publications. He can be reached at






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Coming to the west end of The Headquarters at Seaport is Flour & Barley Brick Oven Pizza, a contemporary Italianstyle restaurant that has gained traction for its barrel-aged cocktails, extensive beer program and wood-fired pizzas made with high-gluten All Trumps Flour. Since launching last year in Las Vegas, its arrival to Downtown San Diego this fall will mark the establishment’s first expansion. 789 W. Harbor Drive,


Flanked by his team, Chef Todd Nash holds two awards they won at the Ceviche Showdown.

(Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

Double honors were given to The Blind Burro of the East Village at the second annual Ceviche Showdown, held Aug. 23, at 57 Degrees in Middletown. The contest involved nine other competing restaurants such as Puesto, Sirena Gourmet Latin Seafood Restaurant and Old Town Mexican Café, each showcasing a recipe that ranged from traditional to contemporary. The Burro’s fruity-minty-spicy ceviche constructed with mixed seafood garnered both the People’s Choice Award and the Judges’ Award. Executive Chef Todd Nash said the victories may likely prompt him to add the ceviche onto his menu, which already features a classic Baja version with white shrimp and bay scallops. 639 J St., 619-795-7880.

Uniquely crafted pies are coming to The Headquarters. (Courtesy Flour & Barley Brick Oven Pizza)

Not to be confused with the Broken Yolk Café, a chain of greater magnitude known as Another Broken Egg Café will roll into San Diego County with 12 locations over the next five years. The first outlet is due to appear “sometime in 2016,” said a rep from the Floridabased company, adding that Downtown is one of the prime areas being scouted. With only one California location in Burbank, the multi-store expansion is being spearheaded by David Lee, a U.S. Army veteran and past franchisee of multiple Subway sandwich shops throughout the country. He’s also considering locations in Mission Valley, Pacific Beach and La Jolla. Founded in 1996, the chain is known for its upscale, Southern fare and currently has 50 locations in several states. A splashy, boozy farewell to summer is in store at Rooftop600 at Andaz San Diego, as partygoers gather for its annual Labor Day rooftop party, from 1 to 7 p.m., Sept. 6. Hosted cocktails made with Icelandic Reyka Vodka will be served during the first hour, followed by non-hosted drinks and bottle service, a taco station and live DJs. Pool attire is permitted. General admission is $20. 600 F St., 619-849-1234.

Look for “triple threat” pork sandwiches, carnitas tacos and super-stacked BLTs served in front of the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal as Carnitas Snack Shack rolls in its new food truck from 10 a.m. to sunset, Wednesdays through Sundays. The North Park-based eatery will operate the mobile offshoot until moving into an additional “shack” early next year at nearby North Embarcadero, a waterfront improvement project still under construction. 1050 N. Harbor Drive,

A jumbo BLT with ham from Carnitas Snack Shack (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

As of press time, Table No. 10’s website was up, the phone line and voice mail were operating, and its Facebook page hadn’t been taken down. Yet its property owner Cooper McLaughlin and chef-partner, Jason Gethin, have abandoned the East Village premises along with their entire staff. The remodeled warehouse restaurant operated for about a year, and closed suddenly on Aug. 2. It was supposedly due to reopen on Aug. 15 after maintenance issues were addressed. Sadly, there’s still no sign of life inside as rumors persist that irreconcilable differences between Gethin and McLaughlin have fueled a permanent shutdown. 369 10th Ave., 619-550-1262. Whiskey master Ed Adams will present some of the latest and greatest whiskey releases from around the globe during a special four-course meal created by Chef Fabrice Hardel of The Westgate Hotel. The event takes place Sept. 18 in the hotel’s elegant Le Fontainebleau Room, starting with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. Adams is a graduate of the Malt Advocate Course from the Royal Lochnagar Distillery in Scotland, and he also studied the craft in Ireland, Canada and the U.S. Included in his lineup is a rare single-barrel bottling of Crown Royal. The cost of the dinner with pairings is $99, plus tax and gratuity. 1055 Second Ave., 619-238-1818. There are numerous Downtown kitchens taking part in the 11th annual San Diego Restaurant Week, to be held Sept. 20-27. Meal options feature two-course lunches priced at $10, $15 or $20, plus three-course dinners ranging from $20 to $50. Among those taking part within the city’s central core are Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop; Garage Kitchen + Bar; Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse; The Melting Pot; Nobu San Diego; Oceanaire Seafood Room; Bandar; and more than a dozen others. Countywide, nearly 180 establishments are participating. No passes or tickets are required, although organizers encourage diners to make advanced reservations at the restaurants they choose to visit. For more information, visit Congratulations to Wendy Shoemaker of Marina Kitchen in the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina hotel. Since joining the restaurant as lead sommelier in April, she recently earned the distinction of advanced sommelier after passing an arduous three-day exam required by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Shoemaker offers wine tastings from various regions of Advanced Sommelier Wendy Shoemaker (Courtesy globe from 6 to 7 p.m., Fast Forward Event Productions) every Wednesday at the restaurant. And thanks to a modern dispensing system known as Coravin, she also oversees a program that allows guests to purchase high-end wines by the glass that are normally available only by the bottle. 333 W. Harbor Drive, 619-699-8222. — Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at


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New beginnings at a revered seafood restaurant Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. Shortly after hotel developer Doug Manchester opened his highprofile Manchester Grand Hyatt on Downtown’s waterfront in 1992, he added to the property Sally’s Seafood on the Water, named after one of his daughters. The sleekly designed indoor-outdoor restaurant triggered a wave of similar establishments within the urban core that began focusing exclusively on classic and contemporary oceanic fare. Now, at more than two decades old, and with formidable competitors operating a stone’s throw away — The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Water Grill, and the soon-to-reopen Top of the Market (in late September) — big changes are underway. Sally’s is slated for a complete renovation by Host Hotels & Resorts, which acquired the twin-tower hotel nearly two years ago before upgrading its guest rooms and event spaces. Near completion is a refresh to Top of the Hyatt, the 40th floor lounge due to reopen Sept. 23. Though in preparation for a potential two-month remodel and shutdown to Sally’s, which begins Nov. 30, the company has brought onboard Chef de Cuisine Jay Payne, a San Diego native and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. His introductory menu, partially in place during our visit, will ultimately correspond to a stylish makeover that does away with the ’90s feel of polished wood and brass accents. “We’ll be using a lot of natural elements seen in hipster restaurants like Ironside Fish & Oyster,” said marketing manager Hanna Bankston, adding that the patio will double in size and an interior wall will be replaced by glass. “It will look completely different.” In the lead-up, diners can partake in a revised selection of sushi rolls, which Payne mastered as executive chef of Café Japengo in La Jolla. The “half & half” is a citrusy construct stuffed with snow crab, avocado and cucumber. Served in a light puddle of yuzu sauce, the roll graduates in color from pale pink to soft-orange because its outer layer starts with fresh yellow tail before verging into succulent salmon. Thinly sliced lemons and limes in the scheme factored perfectly. Blue fin is about to land in the volcanic roll accented by habanero pepper, lime and spicy mayo, while a growing number of species appears within the sashimi category: mackerel, freshwater eel, red snapper and albacore. Payne is keeping the king crab salad, but using different seasonal melons to complement it, as well as citrus-infused ricotta cheese harboring an unnecessary hint of sugar. The salad was otherwise everything we wanted on this humid afternoon, offering supreme flavor pairings such as sweet cherry tomatoes with watermelon, fresh tarragon with the crab, honeydew melon with the ricotta, and lemonherb dressing providing dash to all of the ingredients. We proceeded to chicken spring rolls in delicate wonton casings, and jazzed up with shiitake mushrooms and peanuts. Their hoisin dipping sauce, we were told, will soon be replaced with cilantro aioli. A mound of rock shrimp in tempura followed. Payne dredges the shrimp in coconut milk, which was

(clockwise from above) The “half & half” roll; garlic and chive pappardelle; king crab and melon salad; Hawaiian snapper with pesto (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

Sally’s Seafood on the Water

1 Market Place (Marina District)

619-358-6740 Lunch: appetizers, oysters and sushi rolls, $8 to $18; sandwiches and plates, $14 to $23. Dinner entrees, $26 to $45 lost in translation. But in terms of fried seafood, the crustaceans were tenderly cooked and plentiful. Their saccharine touch stemmed mainly from the sweet-and-sour aioli on the plate. My companion opted for the “simply grilled” catch of the day, a generous fillet of Hawaiian snapper cut on the bias and smeared with lemon-basil pesto. The thicker, bottom portion of the fish was expectedly flakier, although both pieces offered a fresh, buttery flavor. And the bedding of par-cooked baby veggies — squash, carrots, artichokes and tomatoes — tasted garden-fresh. A similar riot of produce was incorporated into my choice of roasted garlic and chive pappardelle pasta, a meatless and lunch-friendly dish crowned with fried fennel rings and laced with excellent romesco sauce. Sporting the classic rosy hue from roasted red bell peppers, Payne swaps out the traditional, Spanish

use of pureed almonds in the sauce for pine nuts. The difference was subtle, yet noticeably earthier. Other newcomers to the menu feature progressive Asian dishes such as togarashi seared ahi with pickled red onions, edamame and spicy kimchi sauce; and seared diver scallops with curried rice noodles, oyster mushrooms and misoyaki (charred) carrots. Payne said he has revised 20 percent of the lunch menu and 40 percent of the dinner menu. Also newly introduced is Sally’s “fish from the dock” program, which affords diners the opportunity to buy whole, finned species on Saturdays from the nearby Tuna Harbor Fish Market and have them cooked any which way at the restaurant that same evening. Priced at $2 per ounce, the family-style meals include a choice of two sauces and two sides. With a firm cocktail program in place and a wine list spotlighting reliable Napa labels such as Frank Family and Duckhorn, the restaurant is just inches away from entering the new century in an approachable style that modern-day consumers have come to demand. And that advantageously includes three hours of free, indoor parking with validation. —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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John Baldessari, “Person with Guitar (Red),” 2005. Five-color screen print construction.  

The “Horrible Imaginings Film Festival” had 917 submissions from 37 countries this year. (Photos courtesy Horrible Imaginings)

Horror as therapy

By Kai Oliver-Kurtin

Local film festival moves to Balboa Park By Alex Owens

San Diego horror buffs will get a head start on Halloween thanks to a man who’s not afraid to hold a scary film fest. Miguel Rodriguez is the man behind the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, which will have its sixth annual event Sept. 11 – 13 at the Museum of Photographic Arts at Balboa Park. Rodriguez, a teacher trainer for the San Diego Unified School Festival, started the freaky festival in 2009 as a way to celebrate what he believes is the most primal film genre of all. “Fear in storytelling is as old as cave painting, but it’s stigmatized in film as lurid,” Rodriguez said. “The festival explores what can be done in the horror genre and elevate its potential.” Good horror is something that hits home with Rodriguez, a Baltimore native who now lives in South Park. “Horror is a therapy,” he said. “It’s my source of catharsis and it’s the most sincere of genres. Filmmakers who are good at horror can communicate what scares them — and that directness yields a more sincere form of storytelling.” This year marks the first time the festival has been held at the MOPA and it’s a sign that Rodriguez isn’t having trouble scaring up interest. “We had 917 submissions from 37 different countries this year,” Rodriguez said. “We have films from as far away as Myanmar and Iran. I have to say those films are definitely metaphors for the struggles the people in those countries face.” On a more local level is a horror film made in Tijuana that will be showcased in a section called “Horror For Humanity,” which demonstrates how horror can show truth in a way that is deeper than a documentary. David Raines is one local filmmaker who is hoping to scare up interest in his work at the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival. He’s an aspiring actor based in Hillcrest whose first directing gig, a short film

Blending art and music

called “Never to Heaven,” will debut at the festival. It is based on King Claudius’ soliloquy from “Hamlet.” “I wanted a monologue for an acting reel, but I didn’t just want to speak to the camera — that would be boring,” Raines said. “So I split Claudius’s soliloquy into two characters, one of whom is his conscious, but in spectral form.” Raines didn’t plan to be a director, but he was so happy with the results that he would consider doing more films. Although San Diego was the setting for the first “Paranormal Activity” film, Rodriguez admits the city is not a horror film hub. “It’s growing, but while it’s my self-given duty to destigmatize the genre, a festival like this is more difficult [to put on here] than, say, Baltimore or LA,” he said. “You say horror and people think of a scantily-clad woman being chased by a guy with a knife.” Still, the Horrible Imaginings

festival has become more successful than Rodriguez has expected, so he’s happy to imagine an even better future. “I’d like to be able to add a component where we could fund new content or supply scholarships to filmmakers,” he said. “I’d also like to see the festival become a week long.” One thing that is horrible for him to imagine: moving the festival to October. “Oh, October is the worst month for a festival like this,” he said, laughing. “There’s too much competition. I like to think that we usher in the Halloween season.” Tickets for the festival range in price from $10 for one film to $80 for a three-day pass. For more information, check out —Alex Owens is a San Diegobased freelance writer. He can be reached at alexowenssd@gmail. com.v

As part of Balboa Park’s centennial celebration of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) will hold the largest exhibit in the museum’s recent history, titled “The Art of Music,” from Sept. 26 – Feb. 7, 2016. To parallel the Exposition’s yearlong celebration of music a century ago that included live performances nearly every day, SDMA kicked off a concert series in January that will continue throughout 2015. The SDMA hopes to bring upwards of 100,000 people to the museum to view the exhibit, which features more than 200 objects divided among three sections. “It’s not chronological, it’s organized by theme,” said Anita Feldman, deputy director of curatorial affairs. “The first section examines the symbolic nature of musicians portrayed in popular works, the second illustrates the social ramifications of music and art, and the third shows how musical sounds influence the color and shape of visual artwork.” Four internal curators were charged with organizing the exhibit because of its size and complexity. “Every curator is an expert in their own field,” said Feldman. “Everyone put their expertise together to create a really vast body of work, looking at the affinity between music and visual art that goes across different cultures and periods in history.” Even though the show contains works from all over the world, it opens with a large-scale piece by local San Diego artist John Baldessari, titled “Beethoven’s Trumpet (with Ear).” “This is a complicated installation that takes up the entire east wing of the museum downstairs,” Feldman said. “But it’s really about the variety of the material — containing video and sound installations, musical instruments, and the concert series.” The exhibit was selected by an international team of curators to also include paintings, sculptures, photographs, and musical artifacts such as the original manuscript from Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Works from legendary artists Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso will be showcased. The exhibit catalogue contains more than 350 pages of in-depth essays from curators, art historians, musicologists, and others. Soon the SDMA will be launching its own mobile app just in time

Hans Burkhardt, “Sex Pistols,” 1981. Oil on canvas. for “The Art of Music,” which will serve as a reference guide to the museum’s various collections. “The show will be really interactive,” Feldman said. “A number of musical instruments have speakers that will respond to the fact that you’re there, and will show you what the instrument sounds like as you approach it.” A guided audio tour is also available for guests as they navigate the exhibit, with audio clips for about 20 of the works. Other corresponding programs include one of SDMA’s signature Culture & Cocktails events on Nov. 5, a scholarly symposium on Nov. 7, and occasional musical ArtStops and Family Drop-In Days with performances by members of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s Community Opus Project. The ongoing concert series takes place on the third Thursday of each month, held in the museum galleries, the James S. Copley Auditorium, and the Plaza de Panama. On Sept. 17, solo cellist Charles Curtis will perform in the Hibben Gallery. The museum’s neighboring restaurant Panama 66 is also developing its own music series to coincide with the exhibit, and will feature items with the Art of Music theme. SDMA will be the first venue to show “The Art of Music,” but they’re in negotiations with an international venue that may acquire it next. For more information, visit   —Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a local freelance writer. She enjoys covering events, restaurant news, culture and entertainment. Contact her at kai.


The Midnight Pine — (l ot r) Josh Rice, Shelbi Bennett, Matt Molarius, Alfred Howard (Photo by The Joelsons)

Kaaboo keeps it local By Dustin Lothspeich “I went to Street Scene my first year of being a San Diegan,” local songwriter/percussionist Alfred Howard told me. “I saw a hippie walking over broken glass with bare feet. It was rad. Later on I met him; his name is Murph and he’s a great dude.” You could say that Howard has a lot of run-ins with colorful characters — at huge festivals and otherwise. He works behind the counter at Cow Records in Ocean Beach (which accounts for most of those bizarre encounters) but mostly dedicates himself as a musician situated at the very heart of the San Diego music scene — with half a dozen local bands (and his Redwoods Music label) currently

counting him as a primary member. When it comes to music in America’s Finest City, there are fewer people with better insight. And it comes as no surprise that one of his five active bands (The Midnight Pine) has been tapped to play Kaaboo Del Mar — the biggest multi-day music/art festival our region has seen since Street Scene ended its run here in 2009. The band’s been playing a unique style of acoustic-based, experimental folk/rock since 2012, won last year’s San Diego Music Award for Best Americana Album (they’re up for Best Americana band this year), and released their sophomore full-length record, “Buried,” last year to universal acclaim. Playing Kaaboo could seem like just

another notch on the ol’ belt, but Howard doesn’t take his band’s inclusion lightly. “I’m excited to play and I’m honored they’d consider us,” he explained. “It’s great to have our name on the site and the flyers. When a fest is that big, the promo is extensive and it places our existence in the cognition of strangers. We’ll likely reach some folks who wouldn’t have heard us otherwise and I’ll fill up my bag with bananas from the hospitality tent — smoothies for days. It’s a win-win-win. Plus, I’ll get to see Spoon and tell Tim Meadows I was once mistaken for him in a predominantly-white Boston suburb.” If you can’t tell, Howard has a witty sense of humor and shares it at any opportunity. And his reference to Spoon and Tim Meadows only hints at the star power behind Kaaboo’s three-day lineup. With acts like No Doubt, The Killers, Zac Brown Band, Sheryl Crow, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People, Counting Crows, 311, The Roots and O.A.R. on the schedule, you’ll be hard-pressed not to find something to enjoy. Even if the bands aren’t to your liking (which, to be honest, I’ve heard some grumblings from my younger friends), it’ll also have world-class comedians on tap as well like Tig Notaro, Joel McHale, Lewis Black, Jeff Garlin, Lisa Schlesinger and Ron Funches. The festival, which takes place Sept. 18 – 20 at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds, covers nearly every genre imaginable across seven stages with 100-plus acts. Food, art, drinks, comedy and music for days — literally. Some, like Howard, would say it’s about time. “I think we need a big festival in San Diego,” he said. “We’re a large city and despite the fact that I am literally constructed from disdain and cynicism, I’ll give you some straight hippie talk right now: Live music and the experience around it between friends and family is the most important thing I’ve known in my life. It’s tremendous to have a reputable festival back in town. Plus, I’m getting old and I don’t feel like driving to San Francisco for some shit like this. I don’t even want to drive to LA. But I’ll drive to Del Mar.” When you’ve won over even the hardened hearts of road-weary musicians, you know you’re onto something special. And it does speak to the all-inclusiveness of Kaaboo that they’ve even bothered to invite local bands to play at all. Slightly Stoopid, Switchfoot, Fitz & the Tantrums, Tribal Seeds, and The Silent Comedy are all set for main stage performances (and have all been San Diego-based groups at one point or another), while on-therise buzzbands like The Burning of Rome, The Nervous Wreckords, KI, The Drowning Men and, yes, The Midnight Pine — among others — will soak up the sun and deliver the good vibes from the Tourmaline Stage. According to Howard, there’s something special about playing outdoors — especially when his band’s soaring beauty is behind the tunes. “There’s something to be said for a tight, cramped, sweaty dive with no separation from the audience … but being outside on a beautiful San Diego afternoon with a clear, crisp sound system spreading our songs beyond the reach of a bar — that’s a great experience as well.” Single-day tickets to Kaaboo are available for $125, while three-day passes and various VIP packages are available at different price points as well. For all ticketing options and more information, please visit —Dustin Lothspeich is a local freelance music writer. Reach him at

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FRIDAY – SEPT. 4 U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition: This four-day event starts today, attracting sculptors from around the world and resulting in sandcastles and art stretching along the bay. Event continues through Labor Day – Monday, Sept. 7. B Street Pier, 1140 North Harbor Drive, Downtown. Visit Columbia walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. Meet-up at Columbia and C streets (NW corner). For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit, or sign up for their newsletter. Sounds of Summer: Pop-up concert series brought to you by Downtown San Diego Partnership, US Grant, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Gig Town and Pacific Records. Noon – 2 p.m. For specific locations and performers, visit Summer Movies in the Park – ‘E.T. the Extra Terrestrial’: This installment of the movie series features the 1980s classic about a friendly alien trying to return home. Free. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, Marina. Visit ‘Rep Your Pride’: San Diego Repertory Theatre debuts its new LGBT “Surround Event” series with a chance to meet the editors who shape and deliver news in San Diego. San Diego Community News Network’s own editors will discuss the journey each has taken to secure a voice in the diverse LGBT community: Morgan M. Hurley (San Diego Downtown News, Gay San Diego) and Ken Williams (Mission Valley News, San Diego Uptown News). 6 p.m., showing of “Violet” follows at 7 p.m. Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown. Visit SATURDAY – SEPT. 5 Festival of Sail: The largest tall ship festival on the West Coast starts today and runs through Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 7) with cannon battles, cruises and more. Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 North Harbor Drive, Downtown. Visit 16th annual Hawaiian Plumeria Festival: Free weekendlong event featuring Hawaiian and Polynesian music and dance, flower show, potted plant sale and more. Continues, Sunday, Sept. 6. 10 a.m. Visit San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb: An annual charity event honoring the heroes and victims of 9/11/2001. Participants climb the equivalent number of stories of the World Trade Towers – 110 stories. 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit ‘Stretch Yourself’ yoga classes: A twice-monthly yoga class and outdoor locations throughout Downtown. 9 a.m. Ruocco Park, 585 Harbor Lane, Marina. Visit downtownsandiego. org. ‘Ferrell Takes The Field’: This new comedy special will debut at Petco Park following the game (vs. Dodgers). Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to stay and watch the screening and Will Ferrell will be there to introduce the HBO special. Game at 5:40 p.m. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Visit padres. com/BNISD. Live Music: Neo-soul, jazz pop and more by The Teagan Taylor Trio. 7 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835C W. Harbor Drive, Seaport Village. Free. Visit upstartcrowtrading. com or call 619-333-0141. SUNDAY – SEPT. 6 Live music: Bill Harris performs with his steel drum band for an afternoon of dancing or listening. Noon – 3 p.m. The Headquarters, 789 West Harbor Drive, Marina. Visit MONDAY – SEPT. 7 – LABOR DAY Live Music: Jazz and standards by The Pizarro Bros. 7 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835C W. Harbor Drive, Seaport Village. Free. Visit or call 619-333-0141. TUESDAY – SEPT. 8 Placemaking meeting – Marina: Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe team will host several of these meetings to discuss their new Placemaking Program and its impact on various neighborhoods. 5:30 p.m. Embassy Suites, 601 Pacific Highway. Visit make-your-place/placemaking. WEDNESDAY – SEPT. 9 34th annual San Diego Quilt Show: Preview night for this four-day event. This year’s theme is “A Walk in the Park” to coincide with the centennial of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park. Over 400 quilts will be on display, in addition to classes, guest artists, door prizes and more. The event runs through Sept. 12. $25 in advance, $30 at door. Visit THURSDAY – SEPT. 10 Taste of Downtown: Over 40 restaurants will participate in this year’s Taste of Downtown. Venues are located throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, Financial District, East Village and The Headquarters. A complimentary shuttle will be available. $30 in advance, $35 day of. 5 – 9 p.m.

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CALENDAR Visit Placemaking meeting – Core: Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe team will host several of these meetings to discuss their new Placemaking Program and its impact on various neighborhoods. 5:30 p.m. CoMerge, 330 A St. Visit placemaking. FRIDAY – SEPT. 11 First Responders Cruise Free: Through Sunday, Sept. 13, firefighters, police officers, EMTs, 911 operators, Sheriff Department officers and first responders can cruise for free with Hornblower. Six harbor cruise times daily. Hornblower Landing, 970 North Harbor Drive, Downtown. Visit Gaslamp walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. Meet-up at Fourth and K (NE corner). For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit  or sign up for their newsletter. Sounds of Summer: Pop-up concert series brought to you by Downtown San Diego Partnership, US Grant, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Gig Town and Pacific Records. Noon – 2 p.m. For specific locations and performers, visit 14th Anniversary 9/11 Memorial: This memorial will feature a reading of first responders’ names, tolling of the bells by the fire department, a 21-gun salute and more. Free dinner reception to follow at the Pioneer Hook at Ladder Firehouse Museum (1572 Columbia St., Little Italy). 2:30 p.m. USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, 910 North Harbor Drive, Downtown. Visit on.fb. me/1UiqJ9v. Placemaking meeting – Gaslamp: Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe team will host several of these meetings to discuss their new Placemaking Program and its impact on various neighborhoods. 6 p.m. Night Plaza, Island Avenue between Fourth and Fifth avenues. Visit Downtown Rapid Stations construction activity (Phase 3): Closure of the southeast corner of Broadway at First Avenue. Traffic heading east on Broadway will be detoured onto Front Street. From 7 p.m. tonight through 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14. Visit Paula Poundstone: The veteran comedian brings her distinct brand of standup to Humphrey’s by the Bay. $50. 8 p.m. Visit SATURDAY – SEPT. 12 Barrio Art Crawl: A free selfguided tour of public murals, open studios, galleries and more in Barrio Logan. Individual spaces will include art, live music, food, face painting, vendors and more. Visit ‘Stretch Yourself’ yoga classes: A twice-monthly yoga class and outdoor locations throughout Downtown. 9 a.m. Ruocco Park, 585 Harbor Lane, Marina.

Visit Coronado Art Walk: Two-day free art walk featuring displayed art and art activities. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Continues Sunday, Sept. 13. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First St. Visit San Diego Crab and Sushi Fest: The first-ever San Diego Crab and Sushi Fest will feature live music and more. Proceeds benefit Rady Children’s Hospital and Friends of Scott Foundation. Tickets are $75; VIP is $150. Noon – 6 p.m. Liberty Station, Cushing and Roosevelt roads, Point Loma. Visit Pedal The Cause: RadioTelethon and Pedal at the Park: First event of its kind featuring a one hour cycling class on the field of Petco Park. A live DJ will also be on hand and there will be a post-pedal party. Benefits local cancer fighting research organizations. $50. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., cycling at 6:05 p.m., party at 7:30 p.m. 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Visit Live Music: Rock ‘n’ roll and pop by The Rollers. 7 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835C W. Harbor Drive, Seaport Village. Free. Visit or call 619-3330141. SUNDAY – SEPT. 13 San Diego Great Books: Free discussion group, open to the public. This month’s reading: “100 Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. 2 – 4 p.m. Room 221, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit MONDAY – SEPT. 14 Placemaking meeting – East Village: Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe team will host several of these meetings to discuss their new Placemaking Program and its impact on various neighborhoods. 5:30 p.m. Moniker Warehouse, 705 16th St. Visit placemaking. TUESDAY – SEPT. 15 Placemaking meeting – Columbia: Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe team will host several of these meetings to discuss their new Placemaking Program and its impact on various neighborhoods. 5:30 p.m. 1 Columbia Place, 401 West A St. Visit make-your-place/placemaking. WEDNESDAY – SEPT. 16 Open Mic Poetry: Alchemy Poetry Series organized by Seretta Martin. The featured guest poet is Chris Vannoy. Participate in discussion and share your own poetry. Each meeting features an open mic segment. Third Wednesday of the month. 7 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835C W. Harbor Drive, Seaport Village. Visit upstartcrowtrading. com. THURSDAY – SEPT. 17 Placemaking meeting – Cortez: Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe team will host several of these meetings to discuss their new Placemaking Program and its impact on various neighborhoods. 6 p.m. Mills

CALENDAR House, 1610 Seventh Ave. Visit Centennial Lecture Series – Charles Birnbaum: Nationally renowned landscape authority Charles Birnbaum will give a lecture on the importance of urban landscapes and more. Hosted by The San Diego History Center and University of California, San Diego Extension. Registration and reception at 6 p.m.; lecture to follow. Museum of Photographic Arts’ theater, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park. Visit sandiegohistory. org/birnbaum. FRIDAY – SEPT. 18 Marina walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. Meet-up at Kettner and Harbor boulevards (NW corner). For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit  or sign up for their newsletter. Sounds of Summer: Pop-up concert series brought to you by Downtown San Diego Partnership, US Grant, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Gig Town and Pacific Records. Noon – 2 p.m. For specific locations and performers, visit 21st annual San Diego Festival of Beer: Indoor/outdoor event featuring live music and unlimited 2-ounce beer tastes from nearly 60 breweries. Fundraiser for San Diego Professionals Against Cancer. 6 – 10 p.m. Broadway Pier, 1000 North Harbor Drive, Downtown. Visit Kaaboo Del Mar Festival: This weekend-long festival features big name bands – No Doubt, The Killers, Train – along with local acts – The Midnight Pine, The Silent Comedy, and more. There will also be comedy performances including Joel McHale, Lewis Black, Chris D’elia. 7 p.m. Visit Downtown Rapid Stations construction activity (Phase 4): Closure of the northeast corner or Broadway at First Avenue. Traffic heading west on Broadway will be detouring onto Second Avenue. From 7 p.m. tonight through 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21. Visit Live music: Chris Cornell is best known for his rock and grunge music, Cornell is on a special acoustic “Higher Truth” tour. He is joined by Hemming – a rock-pop singer-songwriter on the rise. 7:30 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit SATURDAY – SEPT. 19 Navy Open House and Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival: This Fleet Week San Diego event features four active Navy ships open for public tours. The Festival features auto racing and exhibits. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Continues Sunday, Sept. 20. Naval Air Station North Island. Visit Live Music: Soul and R&B by Stacey Murray. 7 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835C W. Harbor Drive, Seaport Village. Free. Visit upstartcrowtrading. com or call 619-333-0141. Finger painter Iris Scott solo show: Adelman Fine Art will host an evening with wine, appetizers and music to accom- pany New York finger painting artist Iris Scott’s original paintings and prints. 7 – 9 p.m. Adelman Fine Art, 1980 Kettner Blvd. #40, Little Italy. Visit on.fb. me/1JvQvNc. SUNDAY – SEPT. 20 San Diego Restaurant Week: This yearly event by the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association brings special prix fixe dining menus to tons of local restaurants. Participating restaurants in the Downtown area include: Analog, Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, Melting Pot, Union Kitchen and Tap, The Smoking Goat, Anthony’s Fish Grotto, Athen’s Market Taverna, Gaslamp Strip Club, Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, Bandar Restaurant, Cowboy Star, Garage Kitchen and Bar, Grant Grill, Greystone Steakhouse, Hornblower Cruises, Bertrand at Mister A’s, Morton’s, Osetra Fish House, Osteria Panevino, Parq, Oceanaire, Rei Do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse, Ruth’s Chris, The Westgate, Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill and Bar, Prepkitchen and Nobu. Continues through Sunday, Sept. 27. Visit Party ARTy: Several Downtown businesses will participate in this fundraiser party benefiting the ArtReach free Workshop Program. Guests will enjoy live music, a chance to win fine wine, a silent auction and receive a pair of Knockaround Sunglasses. Adelman Fine Art will bring artwork from three featured artists who will also be painting at the event. 4 – 7 p.m. Private residence, 15487 Artesian Spring Road, Del Sur. Visit MONDAY – SEPT. 21 Book club: Meet to discuss “Ruby” by Cynthia Bond. 7 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835C W. Harbor Drive, Seaport Village. Visit TUESDAY – SEPT. 22 Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. Tonight — “Midnight Flowers.” 6 – 9 p.m. 21+. $45, all supplies included, registration is required. Bring your own wine / $15 corkage. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite 110. For more info, visit WEDNESDAY – SEPT. 23 ‘Come Jam With Us’ baking class: Hands-on class to make jams and chutneys from summerripe seasonal fruits. $75. 6 – 8:30 p.m. Bake Sale, 815 F St., Downtown. Visit THURSDAY – SEPT. 24 Front Porch Pilates: These free classes are offered as part of U.S. Bank and Downtown San Diego Partnership’s summer series. 6 – 7 p.m. Lane Field, 900 West Broadway, Downtown. Visit Thursday Night Market: A free monthly event featuring live music, vendors and more. All ages and dog friendly. 6 – 10 p.m. Quartyard, 1102 Market St., East Village. Visit FRIDAY – SEPT. 25 East Village walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. Meet-up at Sixth Avenue and E Street (NE corner). For

more info, call 619-234-8900, visit or sign up for their newsletter. Swing Dance Lessons: These free lessons are offered as part of U.S. Bank and Downtown San Diego Partnership’s summer series. 6 – 7:30 p.m. Broadway Pier, 1000 North Harbor Drive, Marina. Visit SATURDAY – SEPT. 26 Trolley Dances: For the 17th year, Trolley Dances will host tours on the trolley with choreographers and dancers on board for six guided tours today, Sunday, Sept. 26, Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4. Tours start Downtown at the County Administration Building (1600 Pacific Highway) and end at Balboa Park. Tickets are $35 ($25 for seniors, $15 for students/military) and include an all-day trolley pass and admission to Mingei International Museum. Visit AIDS Walk San Diego: Over 8,000 participants are expected for this year’s AIDS Walk/Run. The event is a remembrance for those who have been lost to the disease and a fundraiser to support those living with HIVS/AIDS. Registration starts at 6 a.m.; opening ceremonies begin at 7 a.m. San Diego LGBT Community Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Visit San Diego Walk Now for Autism Speaks: The 12th annual occasion of this event is family friendly and helps fund research and raise awareness for autism. Free – walkers are encouraged to raise $150. 8 a.m. – noon. Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma. Visit Live music: Ballads and rock by Jonathan Valverde. 7 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835C W. Harbor Drive, Seaport Village. Free. Visit or call 619333-0141. Live music – ‘What’s the Buzz?’: A Camarada concert inspired by nature featuring both traditional and contemporary works by Schubert, Chopin and more. The event features artist Roberto Salas’ bee sculptures. $30 general admission, $15 for students, and $25 for seniors/ military. Additional performance Sunday, Sept. 27. 7:30 – 9 p.m. North Chapel, 2881 Roosevelt Road, Liberty Station. Visit SUNDAY – SEPT. 27 Live music: A Camarada concert called “What’s the Buzz?” inspired by nature featuring both traditional and contemporary works by Schubert, Chopin and more. The event features artist Roberto Salas’ bee sculptures. $60. 6 – 8 p.m. Bread and Salt, 1955 Julian Ave., Barrio Logan. Visit MONDAY – SEPT. 28 Live music: A free concert featuring alternative rock band The Maine. Their entire tour has featured free shows but you can donate to the band at cash. me/themaine. No tickets – first come, first serve. 6 p.m. Quartyard, 1102 Market St., East Village. Visit

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CALENDAR TUESDAY – SEPT. 29 Wine and Canvas: Step-bystep instruction and materials included, create 16-by-20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas painting. Tonight: “Island Bliss.” No outside food or drinks — both available for purchase. $35 per person. 6 – 9 p.m. Fifty Seven Degrees, 1735 Hancock St., Middletown. Visit WEDNESDAY – SEPT. 30 Date Night at Croce’s: Every Wednesday get a shared appetizer, two entrees, a bottle of wine, Croce’s ambiance and live music for just $49. Tonight’s live music is Patrick Dowling, whose major influences are Ben Harper, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jack Johnson. 6 – 9:30 p.m. 2760 Fifth Ave. #100, Bankers Hill. Visit THURSDAY – OCT. 1 East Village Association Board meeting: All monthly board meetings are open to the public. 5 p.m. Room 219, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1155 Island Ave. Visit    —Please send items for inclusion to editor Morgan M. Hurley at



to have been invited to join the organization. Father Joe’s Villages does great work, he said, but there is always more that can be done. “I’ve been meeting with civic leaders, business leaders and other stakeholders within the community to deliver one key message — I want us to come together collaboratively and if we are able to come together as a community to address the issue of homelessness, we will get this done,” he said. “We all want to address this crisis in our city, so let’s come together to form a comprehensive plan, and have a unified voice in order to truly get people off the street, and keep them off the street.” On Aug. 24 [see related story on this page] volunteers from Father Joe’s Villages set out 8,700 pairs of shoes on a Downtown street, to raise awareness to the number of homeless men, women and children there are in San Diego. Vargas has also deemed September “Good Neighbor Month,” with a number of activities meant to draw in the community to help combat homeless issues. For more information about Father Joe’s Villages, visit neighbor. org/Father-Joes. —Margie Palmer is a San Diegobased 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 PUZZLE SOLUTION FROM PG. 19

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Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro A cut above the rest

Season 14 of “Project Runway” began on Aug. 6. One of San Diego’s own — Ashley Nell Tipton — was picked from thousands who competed for this TV show on the Lifetime Channel to be one of 15 contestants. Tipton is a graduate of Fashion Careers College (FCC) and has an associate of arts degree in fashion design from there. Her collection was shown at the annual Golden Hanger Fashion Awards Gala in 2010 and she participated in “The Art of Fashion” at the Timken Museum in 2011 and 2015. After putting her senior collection from FCC on, she was asked to highlight her brand at the 2012 Full Figure Fashion Week in New York. She has chosen to be a “plus size designer” because she felt there was a huge need for more choices and originality. She’s had her own line since 2012. Guests were invited for the premier showing of “Project Runway”’s Season 14 at Home & Away in Old Town and many of the FCC affiliates were at the premier to show support, including Pat O’Connor, founder of FCC. The crowd came to watch the live show and root Ms. Tipton on. Each episode has a challenge for the designers and this episode was very special because Tipton won the design challenge. The goal for “Project Runway” contestants is to make it to NYC Fashion Week, where a winner is chosen. Some of the prizes include $100,000 to launch their own business, a 2015 Lexus RC 350, a complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery and a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine. I just watched episode three which was a team challenge and Tipton was a winner again. Be sure to tune in to Lifetime on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. and support Tipton. project-runway/designers/ashleynell-tipton ** make small

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(clockwise from lower left) Tipton surrounded by her Fashion Career College supporters; “Project Runway” contestant Ashley Nell Tipton with her parents, Maricela and Steven Tipton; Modeling new bowties for women (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

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bow tie business on Aug. 15 at Hotel Palomar, Downtown. The evening began with a meet and greet, and Carey A. Reddick ll is the man behind the bowties and was on hand to chat with all the guests. Alexander Salazar brought works from his gallery by artist Lindsey Nobel to adorn the walls of the event. Special guests included Ryan Watkins and Derek Snook who are the brand ambassadors and the face of the company. Jasmine Stiles, a stand-up paddle boarder, is their first sponsorship. Everyone had the opportunity to meet the actor Matthew McKelligon from the award winning show, “EastSiders.” An award was given to Eden Steele, founder of Interactions for Peace, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to this nonprofit which empowers youth and helps prevent bullying. Jose Yenque, actor and founder of Arts for a Better Tomorrow and Sean Sheppard, founder of Embrace 1 were also in attendance. This fashion show showcased the Above Time Fall 2015 collection, which was officially launched Aug. 28. The models rocked the

runway unveiling the new bowties for both men and women. These accessories are a great way to stand out of the crowd. Reddick also highlighted two dresses on the catwalk. “Above Time” means “to live in the moment” and by wearing high quality accessories it helps you live a well-garnished life. The Above Time customer wants a way to express their individuality. All the products are made in San Diego from organic cotton, hemp, and leather, and are handmade in small quantities. They will be available only for a limited time. For more information about Above Time, visit

Sept. 13 | “Hollywood in Love” — presented by the Wedding Divas Bridal Show, at the Lafayette Hotel Swim Club & Bungalows, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tickets in advance are $10 and will include a fashion show. For tickets, call 619-7648212. Sept. 27|Bridal Bazaar — three fashion shows by Gretchen Productions throughout the day, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Dr., Downtown. Tickets $9 on line, or $12 at the door. Call 760334-5500. —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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