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Kids at the Ron Roberts branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego view the partial eclipse Aug. 21. (Photo by Bill Wechter)

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By SDCNN Staff In advance of the recent solar eclipse, three San Diego branches of the Boys and Girls Club received 425 pairs of solar-eclipse glasses from UnitedHealthcare, enabling hundreds of area children to safely view the moon’s blocking of the sun on Aug. 21. UnitedHealthcare mascot Dr. Health E. Hound provided the children materials with safety viewing tips when distributing the glasses, which were


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certified for safe viewing of the solar event. While those who lived or traveled to a 70-milewide path between Oregon and South Carolina were in the “totality” region and able to experience a total eclipse, those in San Diego were expected to see a partial eclipse at 60 percent. Viewing the eclipse without special glasses could lead to eye damage. With over 6,000 hospitals and other health facilities

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Relationships. Impact. Sustainability. Excellence. These are core pillars of the RISE San Diego nonprofit, founded three years ago by professionals, politicians and community activists Tony Young and Dwayne Crenshaw. Both men grew up in southeastern urban San Diego, and between them, they’ve held major leadership roles on the San Diego City Council, San Diego Pride, American Red Cross,

Coalition of Neighborhood Councils, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, and various other government entities. The year RISE began, 2014, marked both the campaigns for the special mayoral election between Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez, and the shooting and protests in Ferguson, Missouri. One of the underlying tensions in the city of Ferguson was the disconnect between the

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San Diego Makers Guild’s two-day, family-friendly Maker Faire event will take place Oct. 7 and 8 in Balboa Park. While organizers are still looking for those passionate about their creations to register and participate, the deadline is rapidly approaching. “Maker Faire is not designed like any standard trade show or conference — it’s a fun, interactive maze of demonstrations, exhibits, workshops, and displays,” said Cody Nelson, director of events and public programs with the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership. “Imagine the historical state fairs where everyone arrives with their wares and sets up their exhibit. We have different kinds of exhibit areas to accommodate the diversity of projects, and we encourage makers to create their own look and feel.” Maker Faires are celebrated around the world and have become part of pop-culture, offering a place for experiential marketing, debuting new technologies and inventions, and celebrating geekdom. Entry to this year’s San Diego Maker Faire is open to individuals, groups, schools

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A partnership that will flow for decades to come By Dave Fidlin After decades of neglect, suggesting just a few years ago that the Broadway Fountain faced an uncertain future would be an understatement. But the 107-year-old landmark, situated in the heart of Horton Plaza Park, not only has a solidified future today, but it is shining brightly amid a larger scale restorative effort and a robust public-private partnership. Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), the group putting a spotlight on restorative efforts in San Diego, noted the fountain’s renewed glimmering beauty recently. Three organizations — the city of San Diego, Civic San Diego and property management company Westfield — were honored with SOHO’s Partners in Preservation award this year. In May, Amie Hayes, SOHO’s historic resources specialist, made note of the significance surrounding the resurged park and fountain during the group’s annual People in Preservation awards ceremony. Hayes and others within SOHO attributed “the ravages of time” and “social engineering” to the park’s wane over a prolonged period. “Everything that was once attractive about the park was made inhospitable and uncomfortable to keep homeless people from camping out,” Hayes said at the ceremony. “Broadway Fountain, its colorfully illuminated centerpiece, stopped flowing for years.” When the Broadway Fountain was on shakier ground, SOHO stepped up on multiple occasions — three, in fact — to save it from dismantling. The iconic landmark is such a prominent part of SOHO’s efforts and mission statement that the fountain is featured within its own logo. Since Horton Plaza Park and the Broadway Fountain did not fall into disrepair overnight, it stands to reason the restoration effort followed a similar trajectory. The end result is linked to a collaborative public-private partnership between the city, Civic San Diego and Westfield, which owns the adjacent Horton Plaza mall.

(l-r) Kimberly Brewer, vice president of development with Westfield; Jodie Brown, a senior planner with the city of San Diego; and Daniel Kay, principal engineer of Civic San Diego. (Photo by Sandé Lollis) Civic San Diego, the cityowned nonprofit corporation that tackles issues such as neighborhood revitalization, spearheaded the restoration work. While the historical component was a driving force in the effort to breathe new life into Horton Plaza Park, Daniel Kay, Civic San Diego’s principal engineer of public works, said the space presented broader opportunities as well. “Downtown is lacking a lot of park and public space,” Kay said. “This is a perfect gathering space.” The public-private partnership calls on Westfield to manage Horton Plaza Park during a 25-year window that began last year, when the space officially reopened. Under terms of the agreement, Westfield is renting out the space and programming the more than 75 events held within it each year. In a statement, Kim Brewer, vice president of development with Westfield, said the revitalization presents new opportunities for the company and community as a whole. “This is not a park in the traditional sense,” Brewer said in the statement. “[It is] a world-class urban plaza and entertainment destination in the heart of the Gaslamp.” Jodie Brown, a senior planner with the city of San Diego, said the municipality itself also wanted to offer assistance in any way possible to ensure the revitalization effort went off without a hitch. The city’s contribution included in-house expertise from

Irving Gill's Broadway Fountain is the centerpiece of Horton Plaza Park. (Photo by Sandé Lollis)

Brown and other officials, in addition to hosting public meetings on the full scope of the project. “This is an asset to the city,” Brown said. “This is a historically designated site, and it is one of the oldest historically designated sites in this city.” The heavy lifting on the restoration of the park and fountain began about three years ago, and the wraps were taken off May 4, 2016, during a much-ballyhooed grand reopening celebration. Kay gleefully proclaims that the fountain is flowing just as it did when it was first installed in 1910. “There were a lot of unintended and small construction issues,” Kay said. “We worked hard to make sure all the new equipment would marry up with the fountain.” The intricate design includes pumping water from the pool to an upper-level dome and then allowing it to cascade back down. As part of the restoration, the fountain features also more than 40 lights. Although the process was intensive, Kay said it also was rewarding. He went so far as to describe it as “fun.” “When you put it back together and see how it once was — it’s impressive,” he said. Brown agreed, saying she marvels at the fountain every time she sees it. “It’s great to see it restored,” she said. “It’s a truly beautiful site. I think it looks fantastic.” SOHO is not the only organization to tip its hat to Civic San Diego, the city of San Diego and Westfield for the collaborative effort. The entire Horton Plaza Park site is a nominee in this year’s Orchids and Onions juried competition, which is overseen by the San Diego Architectural Foundation. Orchids and Onions is aimed at taking a look at the best and worst in the city’s urban landscape. Orchids are handed out to visually appealing sites, while onions are assigned to the other end of the spectrum. For more details on Horton Plaza Park and what it has to offer, visit —Dave Fidlin is a freelance journalist with a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.fidlin@

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and hobby clubs, but the closing date for all entries is Friday, Sept. 8. They are looking for these types of entries: artists; robotics; hacked or homebuilt drones; Arduino projects; raspberry Pi; space projects; food and beer makers (not concessionaires); artisanal and traditional handcrafts; conductive materials projects; kit makers; interactive art projects; 3D printers and CNC mills; textile arts and crafts; home energy monitoring; programming languages (for games, apps, etc.); rockets and RC toys; sustainability and green technology; radios, vintage computers and game systems; electronics; electric vehicles; science, biology, biotech and chemistry projects; puppets, kites or other “whimsical” creations; large-scale art; shelter (tents, domes); musical performances; unusual tools or machines; how to fix things or take them apart (vacuums, clocks, washing machines, etc.). For more information, visit


Civic San Diego’s board of directors recently approved the design of the 499 West Ash project, a development bounded by four Downtown city blocks: West Ash, West A, Columbia and State streets.

The mixed-use development, designed by Tucker Sadler Architects, will be constructed by Bomel San Diego Equities and include two hotels, two apartment buildings, and office and accessory retail space. The project, which will be phased out over several years, will bring jobs, housing and activity to the Columbia neighborhood. With the first hotel tower completion expected in 2019, the project will contain 318 dwelling units — with 26 reserved for low-income tenants — and 524 hotel rooms. Approximately 830 construction jobs and 583 jobs will be generated by the LEED Gold standard development. To learn more about the project and see design renderings, visit Civic San Diego is a nonprofit, public-benefit corporation created by the city of San Diego to engage in economic development, land-use and permitting services, and project management services. Visit


After more than 50 years in operation, the Mission Valley Resort closed Aug. 12 to make way for evangelist Morris Cerullo’s Legacy International Center. In advance of the upcoming demolition of the resort, the Legacy Center donated furniture and other fixtures from the hotel property to Father Joe’s Villages, which will benefit their various programs. Father Joe’s Downtown facility houses over 1,900 people a

night. It also operates multiple supportive services throughout San Diego, including addiction treatment, health care, therapeutic child care, employment training, meal and other programs. Their mission is to prevent and end homelessness, “one life at a time.” “As Legacy International Center launches in San Diego, we are excited to see the project leaders considering the role they can play in addressing our region's homelessness crisis,” said Deacon Jim F. Vargas, president and CEO of Father Joe’s Villages. “By donating the contents of the current Mission Valley Resort to Father Joe's Villages, the Legacy International Center will start off making a valuable investment that will help us transform more lives.” The Legacy Center’s executive director, Jim Penner, said they had always wanted to be more than an event center for the region. “For more than six decades I’ve witnessed Father Joe’s Villages shine as a beacon of hope to thousands of families — including children and veterans — in our city,” Cerrullo said. “It’s an honor to support their work as they empower people in our immediate community to break out of the cycle of homelessness.” Designed by San Diego architectural firm Carrier Johnson + Culture, the Legacy International Center will replace the Mission Valley Resort, which sits on the south side of Interstate 8. The 18-acre complex will have a hotel, spa services, an event center with a lecture and performing arts hall, and a 500-seat theater. The Legacy Center will also serve as a ministry training center for people from across the United States and the world. While closure of the Mission Valley Resort led to the loss of more than 100 jobs, the Legacy Center is expected to create 180 jobs when it opens in 2019.


Small Business Expo, laying claim as the nation’s largest business-to-business trade show, will return to San Diego on Thursday, Sept. 21. The free day-long conference and trade show brings together industry thought leaders and experts in a hands-on environment that features more than 20 free workshops and programs along with 100 interactive booths, demos and brand exhibits. Headlining the event is Bill Walsh, founder and CEO of Powerteam International, who will give a presentation titled “Success By Design – the 7 Keys to Build a Mega-Successful Business” in the Inspiration 2020 Showcase Theatre. Start-ups and business owners can take advantage of free admission and educational workshops covering online/social media marketing, employee benefit plans, credit and financing, strategies for increasing revenue and team productivity, mentoring, cloud technologies, retirement plans and much more. The expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center, Hall H, located at 111 W. Harbor Drive, Downtown. For more information, visit


San Diego is in the international travel news again., one of the

world’s leading online review and cruise community destinations, recently named the Port of San Diego to its “top five destinations” in the United States and Canada for cruise ship visits. At No. 4, San Diego topped Key West, Florida on the list. The other destinations — Quebec City, Canada; San Francisco; and Bar Harbor, Maine — were named No. 1 through 3, respectively. San Diego has two cruise-ship terminals on the Embarcadero — Broadway Pier and the B Street Pier — giving visitors easy access to all that Downtown offers. “We are honored to be voted one of the top five cruise destinations by Cruise Critic’s online community for the second year in a row,” said Robert Valderrama, chairman of the board of San Diego Port commissioners. “In recent years we have installed $31 million in improvements to the North Embarcadero, providing our cruise passengers with a beautiful welcome to the Port of San Diego.” The honor was part of the website’s second annual awards and is based solely on its community of reviewers. Many stated the importance of having multiple options for things to do when visiting a port destination and San Diego’s Embarcadero, in addition to nearby Little Italy neighborhood and Petco Park, helped make that grade.


Jared Kuritz, managing partner of Strategies, a literary development and publishing consulting firm, will present “Publishing With A Purpose,” at the next program meeting of the San Diego Professional Editors Network (SD/PEN) on Thursday, Sept. 21. Aimed at editors and writers interested in assisting clients

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Downtown nominees for Orchids and Onions

Your interest will push the final 10 forward but deadlines loom By SDCNN Staff The deadline for 2017 Orchids and Onions nominations has now passed and Downtown San Diego has a record-breaking number of nominees in the running for an Orchid at the awards ceremony on Oct. 26, presented by the San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF). The public’s interest in each of nominees determines which of them move forward to a final vote by a panel selected by SDAF. “Everything you see on the website currently is eligible for People’s Choice voting; however, only 10 Orchid nominations and 10 Onion nominations are selected from the whole list to be part of the voting pool,” said Craig Howard, a spokesperson for SDAF. “These projects are selected based off of a combination of factors: Views and comments to the project page on the O&O website, and likes/shares and comments on projects posted to Facebook/Instagram. “Only the most popular projects are included in the voting pool,” he said. “This voting pool will be determined after the Labor Day weekend.” This means voters need to get active. Categories include architecture, historic preservation, interior design, landscape architecture and a miscellaneous grouping. In addition to the online voting, the public may also cast a vote for the “People’s Choice” award, choosing from the entire pool of nominated projects. This voting period will be announced after Labor Day. As of press time, only four out of 97 total nominations countywide have been identified as Onion nominations, meaning a project lacks appeal. Those four include Washman Car Wash in Clairemont; the Starbucks on El Cajon Boulevard in North Park; Vue on 5th luxury residences in Bankers Hill; and the San Diego Airport Rental Car building in Midtown. Those nominated for an Orchid mean the nominator highly approves of the project, and the majority of nominations are coming from the Downtown neighborhoods. Editor’s note: Below we summarize the current nominees that come from Downtown neighborhoods, and while we include some of the text submitted with each nomination, most all have been edited for clarity and/ or brevity.


Atmosphere — 1453 Fourth Ave. ●● Project owner/developer: Wakeland Housing and Development Corp. ●● Project architect/designer: Joseph Wong Design Associates This is a new 31,800-squarefoot, 205-unit, affordable-housing development sponsored by Wakeland, a San Diego certified nonprofit corporation. Atmosphere serves the broad range of people who need affordable housing, including 51

apartments that are designated as permanent supportive housing for San Diegans who have experienced homelessness. These safe, secure homes are coupled with onsite and off-site services that promote resident stability and well being.

Celadon — 929 Ninth Ave.

●● Owner/developer: BRIDGE Housing ●● Architect/designer: SVA Architects/Studio E Architects The building aesthetic is derived from its urban and environmental setting. A four-story base aligns with the historic fabric and scale of Broadway and creates a plinth to support a slender tower above. Angled bays on the west side are tilted to both protect from late afternoon setting sun and to direct interior views to the San Diego Bay and the ocean beyond. The concrete structural grid is expressed with infill panels of glass, corrugated metal siding and cement plaster. The terra cotta color of the infill metal panels was chosen for its warmth and appropriateness in the San Diego light and landscape. Sustainable features include naturally ventilated circulation spaces, appropriate shading on openings, solar thermal water heating and an expressive photovoltaic veil that provides for all of the common electrical needs of the building.

The Guild — 30th Street and

Broadway ●● Owner/developer: McNamara Ventures/Agora Partners ●● Architect/designer: Studio E Architects Set on the crest of the hill along Broadway as it reaches Golden Hill/South Park — this new townhome development takes full advantage of its site. Roof decks atop each home offer sweeping views of the bay and bridge to Downtown. Generous windows and skylights invite sunshine and breezes while large awnings and trellises provide shade and protection. Each home has a two-car garage via a lift that stacks the second vehicle above the first. This is part of a wave of new small lot infill developments popping up around the edges of Downtown. This one stands out for its panache and its clever use of every available square foot of developable area.

Mitra — 340 15th St.

●● Owner/developer/architect/designer: Nakhshab Development and Design While most developers would shy away from the narrow 2,500-square-foot lot where the Mitra Lofts are now located, the design-build firm Nakhshab Development & Design (NDD) embraced the constraints set by the Downtown San Diego site to create a medium-density, mixed-use building featuring open spaces with a modern aesthetic. Instead of overcrowding the building by maximizing the density at 36 units, NDD focused on creating 10 boutique units that would give each tenant a more private, luxurious

lifestyle. This approach allowed for a multitude of unit configurations, encouraging multi-generational living. Tenants range from young professionals living in the studios, to a small family in the two-bedroom unit, to a retired couple living in the private penthouse level. Its main street front unit is home to NDD’s headquarters, which is a hub for clients, business partners and employees. It encourages interaction with residents and local business owners and creates a more vibrant local community. Mitra’s location also adds to its sustainable features. While being easily accessible from the freeway, it is also near a trolley/bus station within a walkable area, which encourages tenants to use their vehicles less while navigating Downtown.

Pali Wine Tasting Room — 2130 India St. ●● Owner/developer: Tim Perr and Scott Knight ●● Architect/designer: Design Opera Love the wine tasting room in Little Italy. With touches of modernism and industrialism, the activated and animated space is a great addition to an already vibrant community. The rooftop deck is also a great space to celebrate San Diego’s climate. Prime — 1965 Columbia St

●● Owner/developer: Prime at 1965, LLC / InDev, LLC ●● Architect/designer: InDev / Zac Stover This development consists of nine unique units with a mechanical parking system, parking five cars where normal you could only park two. There are two townhome-inspired units located directly on the corner overlooking the streets of Little Italy, with incredible views looking out into the bay from its roof top terrace and large floor to ceiling windows let you feel like you are floating above the streets below. There are street level units that offer versatile layouts that could be used as commercial spaces or a personal apartment and offers enough flexibility to blend the two uses. The rest of the units are small to large studios that focused on open floor plans to insure the tenants can maximize the use of their square footage.

Nolen Rooftop — 453 Sixth Ave. ●● Owner/developer: CY Gaslamp/J Street Hospitality ●● Architect/designer: Awbrey Cook Rogers McGill Named for John Nolen, a city-planning pioneer who mapped out much of San Diego’s early landscape, The Nolen is perched on the 14th floor rooftop of the newly constructed Courtyard San Diego Gaslamp/ Convention Center built by Swinerton Builders. Local and visiting imbibers can take a quick elevator ride up to discover a spirited escape from Downtown that offers sweeping city views and a contemporary interpretation of the classic speakeasy.

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Horton Plaza Improve­ment Project — 324 Horton Plaza

●● Owner/developer: Horton Plaza ●● Architect/designer: Walker Macy A beautiful meeting place with new refurbished water fountain and stainless steel luminaries. The refurbishing of the historical water fountain and then tying in the luminaries brings the past into the future in a setting the brings itself to a meeting place.

Hotel Churchill — 827 C St.

●● Owner/developer: San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC), working with its nonprofit affiliate, Housing Development Partners (HDP) ●● Architect/designer: David S. Holmes, 1914 / Studio E Architects, 2016 New life for the Hotel Churchill in Downtown San Diego is providing new beginnings for 72 formerly homeless individuals, including 56 veterans, who now rent affordable, furnished studios at the local historic landmark. Constructed prior to the Panama-California Exposition of 1915-17 and designated a local historic landmark in 2003, the Hotel Churchill and its adjoining parking lot were acquired in 2011 by the SDHC through a court settlement in a foreclosure proceeding. SDHC took immediate steps to safeguard the hotel, which had been vacant since 2005, and working with HDP, restored the original façade, including transom windows made of prismatic glass, single-pane windows in the units on residential floors 2-6; and six Juliet balconies replicated from historic photographs and installed in their original locations. Renovations also included a meticulous restoration of the 2,000-pound, 1940s-era Hotel Churchill neon rooftop sign; a recreation of the building’s entrance sign and awning based on historic photographs. The interior pays homage to the building’s history, and enhances the overall historic character of Hotel Churchill, while updating it with modern amenities.

Little Italy Bungalows — 1525 Union St. ●● Owner/developer/architect/designer: Jonathan Segal Noted master builder A.H. Hilton originally built the “Spanish-eclectic” bungalows in 1926 in the heart of Little Italy as workforce housing. The bungalows were designed in a “detached narrow court” fashion. The individual cottages are arranged in a U-plan that includes a long, narrow garden-like walkway. The 5,000-squarefoot property has six standalone units and one duplex unit for a total of eight rental units. Each of the eight bungalows have their own private outdoor garden space. The previous owner let the buildings fall into disrepair and homeless destroyed the units over the past three years. Jonathan Segal decided that the eight, 264 square-foot


bungalows should be saved and restored to their former glory. San Diego is in dire need for affordable housing and a greater respect for its architectural history. This project does both.

NoonanLance TI —701 Island Ave., Suite 400 ●● Owner/developer: JS Western Retail Investments ●● Architect/designer: Roxana Miu/Ware Malcomb The repositioning of an existing historic 1925 warehouse into a commercial/mix-use office building was a step forward for San Diego’s Downtown urban revitalization. In planning and visioning the space, the core needs of a traditional law practice were addressed, while affording its users a creative office experience. The building’s historic character and its unique fabric were creatively intertwined with the needs of a contemporary workspace. Embracing the rawness and patina of time the design concept emerged to be a celebration of the space’s historic past and its present-day use. The wooden posts spanning between the tongue and groove flooring and roof, the hollow-brick walls, iron glass pane windows and all other iron detailing were left intact while new construction and materials were used to complement the space’s industrial loft feel without competing with its inherent colorfulness.

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Airborne — 1401 Imperial Ave.

●● Owner/developer: Airborne America ●● Architect/designer: Carrier Johnson + Culture This skydiving training facility houses two wind tunnels that lift users, giving the effect of skydiving. Structure is concrete with an excavation of 45 feet. In additional to the two skydiving tunnel chambers, the project will also offer a café and kitchen, a retail shop, classroom and training rooms, along with two party rooms for birthdays or other special occasions. The interior has an open atmosphere with an atrium, which will go all the way up to the roof deck. Visitors entering the front door and will not only see the skydiving tunnel chambers, but also the levels above. The interior will consist of exposed concrete, floor to ceiling glass curtain walls, vibrant paints and colored glass, and high-end millwork finishes. The exterior of the building will consist of some exposed concrete but will predominately consist of a glass curtain wall system, along with a curved sheet metal panel at the main entry.

AquaVie Health and Fitness — 234 Broadway ●● Owner/developer: The Westgate Hotel ●● Architect/designer: Hollander Design Group The once barren rooftop and administration building of the Westgate Hotel has been transformed into an urban oasis in the heart of Downtown. Hollander Design Group took on the challenge of revitalizing the 1960s building, which for the past two decades had been primarily vacant except for the see Orchids and Onions, pg 15



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Delivery services are the answer to San Diego’s cannabis problems

Can’t ‘get sandy’ this year

By Elizabeth Wilhelm Looking around our city, you would hardly know that marijuana will be legally sold here starting in January. Due to delays and inaction by city government, San Diego could be the California city least prepared for legal cannabis retail. This is mainly because there are still around 300 unregulated cannabis delivery services active within the city. Most of them pay regular business taxes, and some do not. None will have a chance at legitimization unless the City Council acts soon. Currently, the only permits set up are retail licenses for the 15 dispensaries. This leaves out businesses who want to grow, manufacture or distribute in the legal market. Though California state law has established a licensing process for standalone delivery services, the San Diego City Council has not. Council members have decided that delivery services are not important enough to be heard out at their Sept. 11 public meeting, where they will finally vote on issuing permits for all of the other supply-chain business types. These council members could not be more wrong. The reality is that around 50 percent of all cannabis sales in California are made as delivery orders. It’s likely

that someone you know has used a cannabis delivery service to obtain medical marijuana. Delivery services are often depicted as fly-bynight operations, but the truth is that many of us are responsible business owners, stepping up and trying to take every possible step toward legalization. This includes the San Diego Cannabis Delivery Alliance members’ current appeal to the City Council, to consider issuing permits for delivery services. We differ from traditional dispensaries in several ways that directly benefit the community. Most delivery services currently cater to medical marijuana patients who are homebound because of age, illness, disability or mobility issues. However, we also support the choice of future recreational consumers to obtain legal cannabis while preserving their privacy and convenience by ordering from a delivery company. As business owners, we are particularly vulnerable as we wait for the local government to catch up to state law. Jobs, livelihoods and patient welfare are at stake, but we continue to be stigmatized as “illegal businesses” because of the City Council’s inability to properly regulate our side of the industry. In addition to helping people in a tangible way, allowing delivery

services in San Diego would increase cannabis tax revenue for the city, without putting another dispensary on every street corner. As we complete the complicated transition from black market to regulation, it’s important that we see marijuana business as legitimate business, and recognize the city’s responsibility to set up frameworks for legal cannabis that make sense for the community. If the City Council would care to listen, they would learn the difference between a responsible delivery operator and one that is worthy of a police raid. It’s important that we encourage responsible delivery service operators to seek licensing through some type of legal system. Otherwise, the black market for underground cannabis delivery companies will continue to thrive in San Diego. Voters in San Diego overwhelmingly approved cannabis legalization last November. Whether responsible adults choose to wait in line at a storefront, or call for private home delivery, is entirely up to them. The City Council’s failure to fully recognize this issue of supply and demand is nothing more than old fashioned “reefer madness.” —Elizabeth Wilhelm is president of the San Diego Cannabis Delivery Alliance.v

[Ref: “Downtown gets sandy,” Vol. 18, Issue 9, or online at] Sorry I cannot attend. I am missing a wonderful event. Best of luck in this wonderful venture. —Sally Massarsky, via

Varied views on homeless

[Ref: “Guest editorial: Time to think outside the box in the homeless plightfight,” Vol. 18, Issue 9, or online at bit. ly/2vulloX.] Your guest editorial by contributor Dave Schwab in the Downtown News (of San Diego Community News Network) in the August 2017 edition was the best recent editorial on the homeless issue in the past months. Keep up the great work. —Dr. John Kitchin, Ph.D., publisher, San Diego Homeless News With all due respect, I beg to differ with the above captioned guest editorial. You try to compare American homeless problem with that of India’s so-called “caste system.” I know that system well, because I have seen it and I was the product of that system, which functions like a well-oiled machine. It is an age-old system, over 5,000 years old. All four classes of people — Bhramin, Xatria, Vaishavay and Xudra — were working and living in harmony with each other until British Colonial masters ruled that sub-continent for more than one and one half century and stigmatized the system with the “uncivilized” label and tried to destroy it, by installing a Britishtype Parliament and Constitution, which has corroded the whole populace. All four classes of people had a special function that they perform and respect each other and at the end of the day, they go to their hut or shack and live a peaceful life with their own family and other class members, without any violence or fear of each other.

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Countering the messages of hate Building more homes and jobs Congressional Watch Andy Cohen On Saturday, Aug. 11 and 12, a group of “white nationalists” (a watered-down term intended to normalize white supremacists) took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, and the campus of the University of Virginia, in what was billed as a “Unite the Right” rally, ostensibly to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Among the group were neo-Nazi’s — complete with Nazi paraphernalia and symbols — heavily armed white supremacist militia, and members of the Ku Klux Klan. Carrying tiki torches while marching on Friday night through the UVA campus, where the Lee statue was located, the neo-Nazi horde chanted “You will not replace us,” and “Jews will not replace us,” and “Blood and soil,” a reference to the 1930s German Nazi movement’s quest for racial purity. Countering the message of hate were scores of people of all colors, creeds, religions, orientations, and nationalities, spreading a message of inclusion and acceptance. Included among the counter-protesters were members of the Antifa movement (anti-fascists), who have been prone to occasional violent outbursts of their own while protesting white supremacists and police brutality against minorities. There were a handful of skirmishes, including a group of white supremacists that severely beat a black man. One white nationalist pulled out a handgun, cocked it, and aimed it at a black man’s head before realizing he had the safety on, then proceeded to fire a shot into a crowd of counter-protesters. Meanwhile, 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when 20-year-old white supremacist James Alex Fields drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, striking Heyer and dozens of others. The response to such events would seem to be rather easy: condemnation for the hate mongers who brought this scourge to Charlottesville in the first place. “There is no place for the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists in civil society. They do not represent the values upon which our nation was founded,” or something along those lines, would seem to be the type of statement our leaders would be expected to make. For President Donald Trump, apparently it was not so easy. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides,” he said, equating counter-protesters with the white supremacists.

Trump’s statements drew strong rebukes from both sides of the aisle. Scott Peters (D-52) called on Congress to censure Trump. “The hatred and violence we saw erupt in Charlottesville does not reflect who we are as a country,” Peters said in a press statement. “There is only one side: the one of respect, justice, and kindness. The hateful, malicious tone set by Donald Trump — from his campaign, to his presidency, to his tweets — is only dividing us as a country. It shouldn’t take an act of Congress or public shaming for President Trump to know he’s on the wrong side.” “Many sides? This is about one side emboldened by Trump’s hateful rhetoric. Must keep standing against violence and bigotry,” wrote Susan Davis (D-53) on Twitter. Darrell Issa (R-49) called for a Congressional inquiry into the impact of white supremacist groups on civil rights. “We have a duty to more fully understand what led to these terrible events and the persistence of these hateful, extremist ideologies,” Issa wrote in a letter to House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte, requesting the hearings. “While Congress cannot legislate respect, decency, or acceptance of others, we have an obligation to use our platform to lead our country forward on these matters.” “@POTUS’ remarks on #Charlottesville are horribly offensive. By failing to condemn white supremacists, he emboldens their racist mission,” tweeted Juan Vargas (D-51). Noticeably silent on the matter was Duncan Hunter (R-50). Hunter has been, and apparently remains, one of Trump’s most ardent supporters. “He’s just like he is on TV,” Hunter told a gathering of the Riverside County Young Republicans. “He’s an asshole, but he’s our asshole.” Meanwhile, Rep. Hunter’s legal troubles continue to mount, as FBI agents, armed with a federal search warrant, raided the Virginia offices of his campaign’s treasurer. Agents seized several computer hard drives, laptops, tablets and iPads, as well as bills and disbursement records from Election CFO, an Alexandria, Virginia-based company whose slogan is “We do compliance so you can do politics.” The warrant and subsequent raid marked an escalation in the investigation of multiple alleged violations of campaign fi nance laws. Hunter was forced to repay in excess of $62,000 after it was discovered that he used campaign funds for personal expenses, including air transportation for his pet rabbit, his children’s private school tuition, and personal vacation expenses in Italy and Arizona, among other expenditures. President Trump signed the Forever G.I. Bill into law in

see Congress, pg 13

Notes from Toni Toni G. Atkins As this column, derived from my newsletter “Toni Times,” was being prepared, my top-priority bill, SB 2, was still under consideration in the Assembly — the deadline for Senate bills to pass “the other house” is Sept. 15. SB 2 — the Building Homes and Jobs Act — is part of a package of bills aimed at addressing California’s severe housing crisis. Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, all pledged to make the package a priority during this year’s session’s home stretch. SB 2 would create a permanent source of funding for affordable housing. The bill would raise roughly $250 million annually to provide homes for struggling families, seniors and people experiencing chronic homelessness. The revenue would come from a $75 fee imposed on the fi ling of certain real-estate documents. SB 2 would exempt all property sales from the fee. Coupled with an additional $4.6 billion in leveraged funding over five years, SB 2 would create tens of thousands of new homes and good jobs. That means it would

spur economic activity in communities up and down the state, in addition to ending housing instability for many Californians. SB 3 and SB 35 are the other bills in the package. SB 3 would place a $3-billion bond measure on the November 2018 ballot to fund statewide housing programs. SB 35 would streamline the approval process for projects in cities that are not meeting state-mandated housing goals at various affordability levels. The situation in California is dire, and San Diego is feeling it. The median rent in our region has risen 36 percent since 2000. At the same time, the median household income for renters has increased just 4 percent. Our lowest-income earners spend nearly 70 percent of their income on housing. To meet demand for middle- and working-class housing, we’d need to immediately create 142,000 rental units. We are building housing locally, but it’s mostly being built for wealthy residents. Relatively speaking, only a small amount is being built for the middle class and the working poor. While this package of bills won’t instantly solve the housing crisis, it will help. It attacks the problem with a mix of funding and regulatory reform, making it easier to build

more housing in the right locations and provide homes quickly for residents who are struggling the most. Funding will always be needed — there will always be people who are priced out of the housing market. Back in July, I helped cut the ribbons on two affordable-housing projects — Talmadge Gateway and Cypress Apartments —which will provide a total of 122 new homes in San Diego for people who are representative of those who will always need help: seniors on fi xed, low incomes and folks who had been homeless and suffer from difficult, chronic medical issues. I met people who were grateful to be moving in. Those two projects are exactly the kinds of projects that my bill, SB 2, would help finance. We need more of them — in San Diego County and throughout California. SB 2 is a heavy lift. Because it includes a fee, it requires a two-thirds vote. I hope my Assembly colleagues realize how important it is that we create a reliable, ongoing source of funding for affordable housing, and I hope to have good news about my bill the next time I update you. —Toni G. Atkins represents District 39 in the California Senate. Follow her on Twitter, @SenToniAtkins.v


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Lunching like it’s 1886

Prior to reopening Perfect lighting for this summer as Salt announcing last call at & Whiskey, the a bar, but not so much spaces were home for lolling over fabuto the Palace lous Welsh Bar and table bread You don’t have to stretch your Ida Bailey’s speckled with imagination to envision horse Restaurant. carrots and and buggies unloading passenWe opted celery, and a gers clad in Victorian couture for indoor “dusty rabbit” when standing in front of Salt & seating on this made exquiWhiskey, the re-branded restau- quiet aftersitely with rant inside the historic Horton noon to soak Hochstadter’s Grand Hotel. up the dining rye whiskey, Opened in 1886, the hotel room’s majesmaple syrup, was modeled after Vienna’s tic trappings sparkling cider Innsbruck Inn, and its archifrom a comfy and freshly tectural splendor — inside and tufted-leather roasted beet and out — ranks among San Diego’s booth. The elecarrot juices. most precious Victorian gems. gant atmosphere, Service was Guests enter the restaurant however, was cordially casual, directly from Island Avenue, undermined striking an A whiskey-based ‘dusty rabbit’ with awkward misinitially encountering a handby harshly lit fresh roasted beet and carrot juices match to what some wood bar and cabinetry Edison bulbs stocked with hundreds of hanging over feels like a whiskeys and other spirits. the booths and high-wattage fine-dining restaurant, albeit It’s fronted by a lounge area chandeliers everywhere else. new to the scene. that sits beneath an imposing It was minor things like beItalian-style fresco. ing told apathetically the The space flows kitchen was out of ham gracefully into a sizwell after we orable dining room dered Welsh rareA pristine revival of Victorian architecture (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.) replete with bit, as though ornate molding the appetizer and metal couldn’t be browned butter as a clever subchandeliers. made without stitute, which gives the dressIn eyeshot is it. Meat of ing a faint meaty essence and 311 Island Ave. (Gaslamp a charming any sort is a smooth consistency. Quarter) courtyard non-traditional I restrained from gobbling with additionenhancement up the Welsh rarebit only be619-544-1886, al seating that’s to the dish. After cause we front-loaded our lunch surrounded by the insisting we wanted it with a “white pizza” as well. hotel’s detailed window anyway, it turned out stel- In spite of its plain appearPrices: Breakfast fare, $4 frames and wrought-iron ballar. We’re talking aged cheddar ance, we were immediately to $17; lunch (starters, salWelsh rarebit cony railings. transformed into a silky sauce impressed by the thin, pliable ads, pizza, sandwiches and spiked with hoppy beer and crust and the toasted mascarentrees), $7 to $28; dinner cascading over thick slices of pone and mozzarella cheeses on (starters, salads and entoasted brioche. top. Hiding beneath the curds trees), $9 to $52 When we requested ketchup were sun-dried tomatoes and for steak fries and Parmesan hints of oregano. “Fun, frothy summer entertainment! cheese for spinach-sausage spinach pasta, were nestled A brightly colored, lighthearted take on the legend, which audiences may find just right for a summer ravioli, both condiments arwithin a cluster of whole, roastevening in Balboa Park.” rived quickly but the runner ed cherry tomatoes. Their The San Diego Union-Tribune attempted to grate the sweat essentially formed cheese over the fries the pond of light, dewhile placing the licious sauce sitting ketchup next to at the bottom of the the ravioli. Very bowl. un-Victorian. Other lunch The kitchen is choices run the helmed by Welshgamut from refined born chef Aaron to substantial. If Thomas, who guacamole containhails from Avant ing pineapple or Restaurant at the spinach salad tossed Rancho Bernardo with strawberries Inn. He wasn’t in the seems too dainty a meal, day of our visit, which the menu gratifies with might explain some of the Croque Madame and Reuben service faux pas, alsandwiches as well as Spinach-sausage ravioli with roasted tomatoes though his sous chefs did “Welsh meatballs,” which a fine job executing the we were told equates dishes he authored. For our main courses we to one giant orb of beef mixed My companion welcomed the chose a chubby well-seasoned with pork parts, including the absence of what she described burger served with thick-cut kidneys. Priced at $28, it’s as “hairy anchovies” in the fries, and house-made ravioli served with onion gravy, heirCaesar salad. stuffed with spinach, cheese, loom peas and steak fries. Thomas sausage and just enough Salt & Whiskey also serves uses Calabria chilies to impart a breakfast and dinner daily sprightly zing. and brunch on Saturdays and The flame-grilled Sundays. Live piano music is burger had featured Thursday through everything Saturday evenings in the bar going for it area, where happy hour is — smoked held from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday cheddar, through Thursday. pickled shallots, —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the Final two weeks! By Ken Ludwig garlic aioli author of “Secret San Diego” Directed by Jessica Stone Must close September 10! and crisp (ECW Press), and began his romaine local writing career more than lettuce, all two decades ago as a staffer for (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623) crammed into a the former San Diego Tribune. The house burger sturdy pretzel bun. You can reach him at fsabatiKevin Cahoon and Manoel Felciano. Photo by Jim Cox. with smoked cheddar The ravioli, made with

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Oregon’s Coava Coffee Roasters takes its first leap outside of Portland with a brew bar scheduled to open Sept. 9 inside The Westin San Diego. The company is known for its self-designed brewing equipAn artisan coffee company from Oregon is headed to ment and smallDowntown San Diego. (Courtesy H2 Public Relations) batch roasts using beans from sustainable coffee farmers in and also feature cold brews on Africa and Central America. nitro and sparkling teas on The stylized mid-century brew draft. 400 W. Broadway, 619bar will occupy 2,100 square 239-4500, feet in the hotel’s ground floor and The recent arrival of Chef Abe Botello at Florent Restaurant and Lounge in the Gaslamp Quarter will bring fresh menu revisions in early October. Botello previously headed the kitchen at West Coast Tavern in North Park. He replaces Chef Brad Hightow, who moved to Urge Gastropub & Common House in San Marcos. “I’m taking the menu in a direction that’s more people-friendly,” Botello said. “And we’ll be doing modern presenChef Abe Botello takes over the tations of dishes using crafty, kitchen at Florent Restaurant and artistic plateware.” Lounge (Courtesy Citrus Public Relations) Look for the debuts of Buffalo-style cauliflower, barbecue “pork wings” made from shanks, a truffle burger, and several varieties of flatbreads. 672 Fifth Ave., 619-595-0123, Chefs from more than a dozen local restaurants will unleash their cooking talents at the 14th annual Harvest for Hope fundraiser for the Emilio Nares Foundation, which helps families navigate their children’s journeys through cancer. The event will be held from 1–4 p.m., Oct. 1, at the San Diego Central Library (330 Park Blvd). Contributing to the spread of diverse cuisine are chefs from Café Chloe, Morton’s Steakhouse, Carnitas Snack

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San Diego’s priciest taco has emerged at Puesto. Created by executive chef Kathy Smith, the luxury taco involves filet mignon folded into a plop of melted cheese on the griddle. It’s then shaped into a donut and crowned with Maine lobster, avocado slices, and chipotle and cilantro crema. Smith serves it atop a bed of stone-ground blue tortillas. The price: $60. By volume, the creation amounts to about six tacos melded together. 789 W. Harbor Drive, 619-233-8880 and 1026 Wall St., La Jolla, 858454-1260;

Steak and lobster comprise this unique donut-shaped taco at Puesto. (Courtesy Katalyst PR)

More than 40 restaurants will offer samples of their latest and greatest dishes for the 25th annual Taste of Downtown, from 5–9 p.m., Sept. 14. The event encompasses restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter, the East Village, the Core District and The Headquarters. Participants include Rustic Root, Gourmet India, The Commons, 10

Barrel Brewing, Lotus Thai, Dobson’s Restaurant and more. Each neighborhood will offer free shuttle stops listed on maps handed out at the participating restaurants. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of event. They can be purchased online at downtownsandiego. org or in front of Florent Restaurant, located at 672 Fifth Ave.

Plans are underway by Blue Bridge Hospitality for an October opening of West Pac Noodle Bar in the commercial heart of Coronado. The menu will feature small plates spotlighting a variety of noodles, dumplings and poke. The casual full-service restaurant draws its concept from the island’s nearby naval base, with the name reflecting Western PacificNINE-TEN deployment tours. 1166 Orange September Ad.pdf 1 08/22/2017 10:18:15 AM Ave.,

Local restaurateurs Jenny and James Pyo will soon open Haru Mama in the Little Italy space that formerly housed Sirena Cucina Latina. A first for the neighborhood, the concept focuses on house-made dumplings, steamed buns, sushi and a noodle bar. Beer and wine will also be available. The owners operate several other Asian kitchens such as Blue Smoke Sushi Lounge in Fashion Valley Mall and Blue Ocean Robata and Sushi Bar in Carlsbad. 1901 Columbia St. —Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at fsabatini@san.

Shack, The Lodge at Torrey Pines, Pamplemousse Grille, Sweet Cheeks Baking Co., and more. There will also be a bar hosted by Snake Oil Cocktail Company and beer donated by Ballast Point Brewing Co. Guests can also take part in silent and live auctions for bidding on food, wine and other gifts. The cost is $135 per person or $100 per person with a group of 10 or more guests. Tickets can be purchased online at:

The much-anticipated Born & Raised is due to open in Little Italy around the second week of September, with the grandeur of a modern mid-century steakhouse. Chef-partner Jason McLeod of CH Projects is leading the restaurant’s culinary team, which will serve up everything from top-qualA restaurant serving upscale steaks opens this ity cuts of Black Angus beef and tableside yaka- month in Little Italy. (Courtesy Born & Raised) tori to dry-aged meats, vegan steaks, and creative desserts served from a roaming cart. Two other carts will be dedicated for tableside-crafted cocktails. More than a year in the planning, the two-level establishment was designed by locally based Basile Studio, which has incorporated into the layout plenty of al-fresco seating options. 1909 India St.,


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[Ref: “Downtown Partnership News: The real heroes of ComicCon don’t wear capes, they wear vests,” Vol. 18, Issue 9, or online at] I don’t live in San Diego anymore, but I did visit for SDCC and I just wanted to say loudly, “Well done” to all of you. Downtown looked sparkling clean on all the days, even while dealing with the challenge of the sheer number of people in town for Comic-Con. Again, well done. San Diego has to be the envy of other big cities who could wish they had volunteers as dedicated and professional as all of you. —JJ via sandiegodowntownnews.comv


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A spot-on cast explores silly Theater Review Jean Lowerison Gentlemen’s clubs, British imperialism and sexism are just some of the topics spoofed in Nell Benjamin’s “The Explorers Club,” making its San Diego premiere through Sept. 24 at Lamb’s Players Theatre. Picture the first scene: 1879 in the bar of London’s Explorers Club, where a group of scientists gather periodically to schmooze, brag about their latest discoveries and — oh, yes — indulge in their favorite pastime; brandy and cigars. Professor Cope (Brian Mackey), herpetologist, “wears” an unusual neckpiece: Rosie,

one of a newly discovered (and deadly) species of cobra, “named for my mother.” Professor Walling, zoologist (Omri Schein), carries his favorite subject, Jane the guinea pig, around in her cage. He has taught Jane to open the latch on her cage to get the food outside. And let’s not forget Paul Eggington’s Professor Sloane, an “archeo-theologist,” who clings to archeo notions like “Women are weak with sin and led astray with divers lusts.” His latest discovery: that the Lost Tribes of Israel settled in (wait for it) Ireland. Cope and Walling are busy congratulating themselves about appointments they have with Queen Victoria in the morning when the acting president of the club, nervous Nelly

The cast (l to r) Charles Evans Jr.; Ross Hellwig; Jessica John; John Rosen (in back); Fran Gercke; Brian Mackey; Omri Schein; Paul Eggington; and Brian Salmon (Photo by Ken Jacques)

“The Explorers Club” through Sept. 24 Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 8 p.m. Saturdays, 4 and 8 p.m. Sundays, 2 p.m. Lamb’s Players Theatre 1142 Orange Ave, Coronado. Tickets 619-437-6000 or Lucius Fretway (Fran Gercke), starts to tell them all about the new member he’s proposing. Just then she arrives: anthropologist Phyllida SpotteHume (Jessica John), who has discovered the Lost City of Pahatlabong, thought until now to be mythical. As proof, she has brought Luigi (John Rosen), a member of the NaKong tribe with long, stringy blond hair and ugly, short brown plaid pants. His upper torso and legs (at least) are painted blue, and he causes not a little surprise with the traditional NaKong response to a proffered handshake. Of course, it’s not Luigi’s appearance or behavior that causes the uproar. It’s the notion of adding a woman to this all-boys’ club. Taken as they all are by Phyllida’s loveliness and obvious credentials, Sloane can’t help muttering about the

Phyllida Spotte-Hume (as Jessica John), John Rosen (as blue Luigi) and Fran Gercke (as Nelly Lucius Fretway) in “The Explorer’s Club” (Photo by Ken Jacques) “evil nature of women,” and she still must win the vote. But since Phyllida also is to meet the Queen, Cope offers her a ride and the club agrees to consider her for membership. Suddenly, the president of the group arrives, dripping in fur and snow. This is Harry Percy (a hilarious Ross Hellwig), who just returned from an expedition to the East Pole. Harry seems ready to give Phyllida his vote because “I do like thin women.” Yes, it’s silly. Playwright Benjamin (Tony-nominated for “Legally Blonde”) wrings all the laughs she can out of Britain’s imperialist, sexist past and all you need to do is sit back, forget about serious issues for a while and giggle. Big points to Marty Burnett for a spectacular club set, which includes rugs (seven), a stuffed black bear, huge “ivory” tusks flanking the well-stocked

bar, and two statues on either side. (Credit is given to the San Diego Natural History Museum, presumably for some of these items.) Jeanne Reith’s costumes are perfect as well. This is a spot-on cast. John’s Phyllida is delightful, spunky and not a little annoyed that the guys shoo her out when it’s time for brandy and cigars. Charles Evans, Jr. has a good time with two other characters, one of whom is an explorer turned murderous monk. And Brian Salmon is suitably sniffy as the Queen’s private secretary. “The Explorers Club” was extended before it opened. You now have until Sept. 24 to see what goes on in this goofy British men’s club. —Jean Lowerison is a long-standing member of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle and can be reached at


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Welcome our new executive director East Village Biz News Sunny Lee The East Village Association, Inc. (EVA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that manages and promotes the East Village business improvement district, recently named Dora McCann Guerreiro as its executive director, effective July 10. “Dora is exactly what the East Village Association needs,” said James Haug, EVA’s board president. “I am excited to have her join our team to help activate and advocate for our neighborhood.” A Downtown resident herself, McCann Guerreiro joins the EVA after serving as the policy administrator for the Port of San Diego and acting as a consultant for multiple landuse development projects. In these roles, she advocated for regional needs on select national advisory boards; put an international cross-border maritime permitting solution into place, preserving all

cross-border marine recreation; and delivered a multi-million-dollar competitive grant bid from the Department of Transportation, Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER), which will finance the modernization of the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. Prior to moving to San Diego, McCann Guerreiro worked in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-OR). As a registered contract lobbyist, she achieved client objectives through tactical project positioning. McCann Guerreiro holds a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University; a master’s concentration in international affairs from George Washington University; a Spanish language degree from the Instituto de Malaga Plus, in Malaga Spain; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Virginia. In her new role at EVA, McCann Guerreiro will be responsible for working closely with the board of directors, and representatives from the city

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From hotel to hospital to hotel Gaslamp Landmarks Sandee Wilhoit On June 15, 1850, all portions of the city of San Diego Pueblo Lot 1156, were sold to Thomas Sweeney, Thomas Matsell, Daniel P. Clark and Joseph T. Sweet. They were respectively, a one-armed U.S. Army officer, a gentleman who would immediately become the County Recorder, a soldier who served in the MexicanAmerican War, and a relative of the other purchasers. It must be also noted that Mr. Clark already owned a saloon and tobacco shop in Old Town in the Casa de Juan Rodriguez building. This enterprise, which was called the Racine and Laramie Tobacco Shop, was later destroyed by a fi re in1872. These gentlemen did not develop their property, and part of it, Lot L, was eventually sold to Alonzo E. Horton. The other portions of the original lot were then sold to others, and several immediate and meaningless transfers were recorded during the single year of 1869. On Christmas Day, 1868, Alonzo Horton sold Lot L to Judge Jared W. Tyson for $200. However, Judge Tyson did not develop his newly acquired property, and the Sanborn fi re maps of the time had nothing listed on Lot L until development of a structure was begun in 1887. By this time, the property, as reported in the San Diego Daily Bee, had been acquired by Frank Jennings, an attorney, and George Crippen, a physician, who would begin construction on “a building which would add much to the appearance of that part of the city.” The Grand Pacific Hotel building, one of the loveliest in the Gaslamp, still does. The planned structure would be 50 feet by 100 feet, three stories in height, and brick veneered, with galvanized iron cornices, iron columns, plate glass fronts and balconies around the second and third stories. The projected cost was around $18,000 and the architects of


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record were Clemments and Stannard. John B. Stannard was a very prominent architect who would go on to design many buildings in the then “modern" architectural style. Stannard also designed the dome of the Theosophical Institute of Point Loma, the largest glass dome ever constructed up to that point. His style was described in the newspaper as “symmetry arranged structures, the cream-colored bricks set in red mortar adding to the attractiveness of his style.” The Coronado Brick Company supplied 25,948 bricks for the Grand Pacific, and the lumber was supplied by the San Diego Lumber Company. It is the only Victorian hotel of its era still standing on its original location. It operated as a fi ne lodging place on the upper levels with the street level housing several small shops. Mr. Stannard lived until 1942, when he was struck by an automobile in Saratoga Springs, New York, and perished. His lovely buildings, however, live on providing an outstanding legacy. The Grand Pacific has had a number of managers throughout the years, among them Mrs. Virginia Bruscho. She became proprietor in 1897, but she and her husband, Marco, had apparently lived at the hotel since 1893. Prior to Mrs. Bruscho, the managers were Alda M. Ferris and his wife, an accomplished vocal instructor. They left to open a prominent drugstore, Ferris and Ferris, on the corner of Fifth Avenue and H Street (now Market Street). During their tenure, several tenants of the building were physicians and surgeons. In 1901, the building underwent a major change when it became the home of the Helping Hand Mission. This organization was an offshoot of the Helping Hands Home Mission and the Helping Hand Home Restaurant, located on Eighth Avenue and K Street. Several shops also leased part of the building, but these were of a transient nature. makes all Purple Heart recipients eligible for full funding. Previously, only Purple Heart recipients who had served for at least three years were eligible for the full G.I. Bill. Susan Davis issued a rebuke of President Trump for his proposed ban on transgender people serving in the military. “Transgender service members have and are serving with honor, distinction, and courage,” said Davis. “No evidence

The Helping Hands Home Mission was started by a “Miss Johnson, a missionary who had worked in China.” Her desire was to have an open door to aid the poor. Many felt that although it did do a lot to help the poor, women were underserved. Mrs. Agnes E. Dodson, wife of a prominent businessman, became superintendent of the Helping Hands in 1895. She was a person of influence herself, and as superintendent instructed the county physician to bring in all sick or injured seeking relief. All families in desperate circumstances were also invited to come to the mission. Mrs. Dodson had a good business head. She set up a Sunday school and a wood yard to defray expenses. She also sold articles sewn by residents and held children’s concerts. Much of what was needed was additionally donated. A separate children’s department was set up where a reliable matron was hired to watch the children, so that the mothers could seek employment. Only the matron, Mrs. Elizabeth J. Montague, and a cook, were paid employees. All these improvements and increasing needs for space are what necessitated the move to the Grand Pacific. The Helping Hands Mission remained at the building until December of 1907, when it was sold to John Johnson, Jr., who returned it to its original purpose. The children’s area of the Helping Hands remained, however, eventually becoming the Children’s Memorial Hospital of San Diego, one of the truly outstanding children’s hospitals in the world. They remained until 1920. The building remained the Grand Pacific Hotel until 1920, when it became the Hotel Salem for one year. It then became, once again, the Grand Pacific Hotel for three years, and then the Pacific Hotel for two years. The building continued to house workers and professional people. From 1927 until 1930, this imposing structure was known as the St. John’s Hotel. In 1935, the building acquired yet another owner — David and Mary Estella Rose — who retained control of the property until May of 1960. As the entire Gaslamp Quarter began its renovation and rebirth in the mid-1970s, the Grand Pacific became a contributing building to the new Gaslamp Quarter Historic District, on the National Registry of Historic has been presented to warrant this ban, which is based solely on discrimination.” After Trump initially ordered the ban via Twitter, the heads of each branch of the military all issued statements saying, in effect, that they would ignore the tweet until official direction was provided. He has since done so. —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at

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The Grand Pacific Hotel, 1887, SW corner of Fifth Avenue and J Street. Architects, Clemments and Stannard; architecture, Victorian (Courtesy GQHF) Places. The Grand Pacific was one of the fi rst buildings in the Gaslamp to be renovated. In 1975, Shirley J. Bernard and her daughter gained control of the property and began renovating the rooms, one by one. They lived in the hotel as they continued the renovation process, they receiving an Orchid in the annual Orchids and Onions architectural contest. Mrs. Bernard sold the property in 1980. Enter Dan Pearson, a local investor and developer, and most of all, a leader in historical preservation. Pearson purchased the property in 1980 and continued to market the upstairs floors as living quarters and the downstairs as an antiques emporium. Mr. Pearson, who was also responsible for the restoration of the Horton Grand Hotel, even

lived at the Grand Pacific for several months. He sold the property in 1995. After passing through several hands, the building was purchased in February of 2016 by HP Investors, who have been operating the upper floors as Grand Pacific Executive Suites. The street level floor is anchored by San Diego Trading Company. A long and convoluted road from hotel to hospital and back again to hotel, the Grand Pacific stands today as one of the loveliest structures in the Gaslamp and an engaging reminder of the original boomtown days of San Diego. —Sandee Wilhoit is the historian for the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. She can be reached at

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Friday, Sept. 29, is National Coffee Day! Time to celebrate with a cup of java at one of Little Italy’s hot coffee spots. From new and hipster coffeehouses to traditional Italian cafes, this cultural urban neighborhood is the ultimate place to caffeinate deliciously. With so many unique coffee shops in the neighborhood, it can get tricky to choose which one to go to on National Coffee Day. Here’s a breakdown of just some of the top places to sip some caffé. Pappalecco — This cozy coffee shop will make you feel right at home. Pappalecco offers a selection of Italian favorites, from its strong coffee to its pastries. If you’re looking to really indulge, try Pappalecco’s signature beverage, the Marocchino —made with espresso, Nutella and frothy milk. They will even be doing $2 cappuccinos from open to 11 a.m. on National Coffee Day. Caffe Italia — Sip a cappuccino in the heart of Little Italy’s first café, Caffe Italia, established in 1992. Caffe Italia makes its robust coffee, cappuccinos and espressos with Lavazza coffee beans imported from Italy for an authentic Italian taste. Located near the Little Italy landmark sign, this café is what the neighborhood’s all about. Lofty Coffee — Stop by this open, airy space and enjoy a latte made from locally grown, organic, sustainable beans. Lofty Coffee is a place where the community gathers to enjoy great food and drink. New to Little Italy, Lofty Coffee offers a great menu with unique coffee, tea, breakfast and lunch items. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters — Swing by this award-winning coffee bar in the north end of Little Italy. With a pour-over coffee bar and an exceptional artisan chai latte, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is the place to be. Bird Rock makes its coffee with the

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most sustainable and ecological coffee beans, so enjoy a cup of joe guilt-free. Heartsleeves — Tucked away in a cozy cottage in Little Italy, Heartsleeves is a hidden gem in Little Italy. Cozy up on the patio with one of their specialty hot or iced drinks. InFlux — This trendy café has a wide variety of coffee beverages, sandwiches, croissants, salads and more. If you’re craving coffee but want

to try something a little different, order the blended “two drink.” Made with two shots of espresso, chocolate and an Influx brownie. What better day to indulge than National Coffee Day? James Coffee Co. — Grab a cup at the picturesque James Coffee Co., and share a photo of your photogenic latte on Instagram. This place offers exclusive crafted blends and coffee made with distinctive single-origin beans. On National Coffee Day, you can celebrate with the highest quality coffee. Make sure to join the Little Italy Association at one of our many hip coffee shops on National Coffee Day and share it on social media. To stay connected with the neighborhood during community events, check out what’s going on in the neighborhood by following us on Instagram and Twitter with @ LittleItalySD and on Facebook, /LittleItalySD. —Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at


ORCHIDS AND ONIONS active retail component fronting San Diego’s main business district right on Broadway. This proved to be one of the most difficult aspects of the project as the construction of the half-million pound pool and resulting structural work, asbestos abatement, mechanical system overhaul and building construction needed to be accomplished while the retail tenants remained open for business. The hotel was looking to provide their guests with a luxury wellness amenity that could also be used to host the many events booked at the hotel throughout the year. The result created an environment that transforms seamlessly from fitness and lounging facility during the day to an event space at night overlooking San Diego’s spectacular cityscape.

Craft and Commerce — 675 W. Beech St. ● Owner/developer: CH Projects ● Architect/designer: Paul Basile, Basile Studio CH Projects again turned to Craft & Commerce’s original 2009 designer, Paul Basile of Basile Studio, for the 2016 renovation of the San Diego locale that helped change the landscape of Little Italy’s burgeoning hospitality climate. Basile transformed the formerly intimate space into an expansive 3,300-square-foot open layout that maintains the same intimate East Coast vibe of the original design. Sitting on the bustling corner of Kettner Boulevard and Beech Street, Craft & Commerce is even more visible with an expanded wrap-around patio lined with built-in fire pit tables, custom ceiling-height “hangar” windows, and a new convex brick exterior that proudly displays the venue’s guiding principle, “Demand Less.” The interior, with its “literary cabin” concept, is lined with hundreds of hardbound classic novels, and the walls are inscribed with handwritten passages from David Foster Wallace’s works. Having collaborated with the San Diego Natural History Museum, century-old taxidermy is mounted and displayed in new custom steel and glass encasements that include the dramatic hand-painted grassland scene of a lion preying over a warthog displayed above antler taps at the main re-designed bar. The handcrafted communal table, one of the few items from the original space, can still be raised to bar height or folded

down to become a drink rail. Custom white, black and yellow mosaic tiles form an intricate diamond pattern on the floor, and the steel water jet-cut bar face showcases backlit credit card numbers as a nod to the “commerce” in Craft & Commerce.

False Idol — 675 W. Beech St.

● Owner/developer: CH Projects ● Architect/designer: Bosko Hrnjak and Ignacio Gonzalez This new and intimate tiki oasis is ensconced within Orchid & Onion’s 2011 Grand Orchid Design recipient, Craft & Commerce, and offers guests the ultimate escapist’s destination. Hidden in plain sight, a step through an unassuming secret entrance within Craft & Commerce transports patrons to False Idol’s faux tropical paradise complete with traditional Polynesian elements of fire are ice (including an indoor waterfall and flaming volcano). CH enlisted a team of legendary tiki artists to fashion a fully immersive environment that pays tribute to the imagined “false idols” of mid-century American worship. Elaborately detailed tiki carvings adorn the main bar and walls of the interior space while traditional design elements are artistically designed into a cohesive whole, simultaneously giving the space its timeless patina. From Papua New Guinea and Maori-style masks to a ceiling covered in glass buoy balls and petrified puffer fish, every square inch of the intimate 1,000-square-foot space is decorated in Polynesian pop-inspired tiki artifacts.

Gensler Studios — 225

Broadway, Suite 100 ● Owner/developer/architect/designer: Gensler In response to our idealistic environment and informal culture we like to think of our new home as a studio rather than an office; a place where ideas and the breeze flow freely, and space that supports your process. It’s the informal living room that sparks collaboration and the outdoor deck to getaway and re-energize. The open flexible and simple studios allow for focus and innovation. The bar is communal and cultivates our sharing culture. It’s a visually diverse environment that creates the unexpected, it reflects our passions and showcases our craft.

J Street Hospitality — 321 Seventh Ave. ● Owner/developer: J Street Hospitality ● Architect/designer: Delawie The design for J Street Hospitality’s new office lies


behind a large, enhanced wall that provides a hidden entry door, a nod to the speakeasy. Once through the office doorway, the space opens into a grand entry area with 30-foot ceilings, exposed mechanical equipment, glass fronted offices and a shared communal space — masculine, upscale, yet industrial. The new mezzanine, suspended above both the open office area and the deli, looks out onto Seventh Avenue and Petco Park through the building’s large existing historic windows. By strategically placing the mezzanine level offices and common areas to take advantage of the large windows, natural light was brought into the overall space, further engaging office staff with the energy of the outside. The walnut meeting table doubles as a ping pong that is highly used by all.

Mind Touch — 101 W.

Broadway, Suite 1500 ● Owner/developer: Aaron Fulkerson ● Architect/designer: Bailey Bishop Design Showcasing both the importance of the Vertical Campus and the playful but driven culture, MindTouch was determined to experience in their new global headquarters, the design interrogates the millennial team members and empathizes with the Buddhist corporate vision of Satori, to imagine the workplace environment as a reflection of a work culture that is focused on celebrating our tribal nature, through the pursuit of ultimate enlightenment. Now, MindTouch serves as both as a hub of tech innovation for the local community, hosting regular programmer competitions, start-up weekends, of course, the day-to-day social experience that is MindTouch headquarters.

Queensborough — 777

Fifth Ave. ● Owner/developer: Brethren Collective ● Architect/designer: Bluemotif Architecture Queensborough, a 1920s New York City-inspired cocktail lounge in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, features a 1,800-square-foot street-level cocktail lounge and a 6,000-square-foot subterranean space that has become San Diego’s favorite social club. The “Uptown” cocktail lounge exudes sophisticated elegance, drawing inspiration from New York City’s old-school glamour — featuring plush, diamond-tufted leather booths, cantilevered marble tabletops, antique brass light fixtures, wrought iron railings and exposed brick walls.

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San Diego Downtown News | September 2017 Marked with vintage elements throughout, Bluemotif sourced original New York subway tokens for the bar’s intricate flooring inlay; a wooden phone booth-turned-photo booth was shipped in from Queens; and an authentic subway turnstile ushers guests from Queensborough “Uptown” through to the “Downtown” lounge. The cocktail lounge’s jaw-dropping centerpiece is a 22-foot-long marble bar top and custom-fabricated back bar, displaying more than 300 bottles from floor-to-ceiling. In contrast to the glitz of “Uptown,” Queensborough’s “Downtown” subterranean space features industrial design reminiscent of New York City’s bustling subways. Ellis has placed conversation-starting elements throughout, including authentic metro booth seats, overhead leather subway grip handles, a custom-built DJ booth, and private whiskey lockers. Classic 1920s-style light fixtures and lighting shrouded behind industrial metal grates complete the moody ambiance.

The REY Apartments — 801

A St.

● Owner/developer: Wood Partners ● Architect/designer: CCBG Architects The REY is a multifamily residential apartment development located in the Cortez Hill neighborhood of Downtown. This building consists of 478 units in 21 residential stories. A multi-level parking structure is located partially above and partially below grade on the sloped site. The project was developed so that a second two-story building can be built on the eastern side. Outdoor common areas include both street-level and rooftop amenities. The rooftop amenities feature a pool, cabanas, grills and grass. The southwestern plaza includes an iconic water feature that reaches eight feet high adjacent to the abovegrade portion of the project’s parking garage. The base of the entire project features a living wall designed to soften the building’s edges and create a unique green foundation for the building.

Rivo Holdings — 530 B St.,

Suite 2300 ● Owner/developer: Rivo Holdings ● Architect/designer: BNIM An employee-focused workspaces is not simply a differentiator, it’s a core requirement in the best work environments. With more than 80 percent of their employees being millennials, Rivo Holdings, a financial services provider, was ready for a fresh approach for


their workplace. The Union Bank building has 360-degree views of San Diego, including Downtown, the Pacific Ocean, Balboa Park, the San Diego Bay and the mountains to the east. These views and the abundance of natural daylight provided an ideal opportunity for BNIM to design a workplace with strong connections to nature.

Landscape Architecture Horton Plaza Park — 900

Fourth Ave. ● Owner/developer: Westfield and city of San Diego ● Architect/designer: Walker Macy, Carrier Johnson, Schmidt Design Group, Inc. Horton Plaza Park includes the restoration of the existing historic park and Irving Gil fountain, as well as the creation of a new one-acre plaza created by the removal of the Robinson May department store building. The new urban plaza creates a central meeting and public gathering space for San Diego. Sculptural Luminaires enclose the amphitheater space and paving patterns mimic Native American Kumeyaay basket weave patterns. The plant materials selected for the plaza and park were popularized by noted horticulturalist, Kate Sessions.

530 B Sky Terrace — 530 B St.

● Owner/developer: Kearny Real Estate Co./Bosa Development ● Architect/designer: Gensler / Lastras de Gertler Landscape Architects Located in the heart of Downtown on the third story of the Union Bank building, the Sky Terrace provides an exciting urban oasis. This once lifeless outdoor terrace has been transformed into a roof garden, with a vibrant mural by Maxx Moses serving as its backdrop. The various deck and lawn sitting hubs are filled with dining tables, fire pits and lawn games. The outdoor living rooms weave through planting pockets and shade trees providing an urban respite within the jungle of skyscrapers.


Cypress — 1435 Imperial Ave.

● Owner/developer: Affirmed Housing ● Architect/designer: Lynn Susholtz, Stone Paper Scissors Public art Facade/Screen Wall created for transitional housing project in the East Village District of Downtown. The 12-foot-by-60-foot aluminum and steel art screen wall includes garage doors, entry gate and masking for two SDGE doors. The 63-unit affordable apartment project provides SRO/efficiency units, targeting special needs populations.v

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Idyllwild: More idyllic than imagined

There are various ways to get to Idyllwild from San Diego, but the quickest route is up 15 north to CA79 S (exit 58) at Temecula Parkway toward Indio; follow that to CA-371 E, then on to CA-74 W, which will eventually turn into CA243 and take you right into town. Distance, 113 miles; approximate travel time to destination is 2 hours 7 minutes. Alternative routes can also go through Hemet to the north or Warner Springs via Ramona to the southeast.

By Jen Lothspeich My husband and I haven’t had the best luck with vacations. Our honeymoon in Las Vegas was marred by comedic mishaps like getting locked in our hotel room. And when my sweetheart proposed in a Portland, Oregon steakhouse, an overzealous waiter cleared our plates while he was still on one knee. So when looking for a locale for this year’s trip, I hoped to break the streak of bad luck. I aimed to keep things simple: minimal travel time, things to do in close proximity and somewhere aesthetically appealing to relax. Once I laid out my guidelines, friends were quick to suggest Idyllwild, California, a community nestled in the San Jacinto mountains of Riverside County. One nature-loving friend gushed about the hiking, another praised it for “going off the grid” and unwinding, and others pointed to the culinary offerings, art galleries and shopping. These appealing aspects — just two hours from home — made our destination decision an easy one. Our getaway began with one of our favorite things: food. Suggested by friends, Idyllwild Bake Shop and Brew is a quaint spot with a short but satisfying menu featuring sandwiches as the main attraction. The albacore tuna melt on jalapeno cheddar bread we chose had a nice crunch on the outside with flavorful fish-andcheese gooeyness waiting on the inside. Hints of citrus and dill blended well with the albacore, making it more complex than a typical diner tuna melt. With full bellies we headed to the cabin we had booked through A few miles from the main village area, it gave us the chance to take in some of the scenery, dominated by tall trees and glimpses of vista views. The curvy SR-243 highway took us past another place we had considered staying – Hicksville Pines Chalets and Motel. Their creatively themed rooms had enticed me and seeing where the place was situated I began to grow jealous. Luckily our cabin, located on Pine Cove Road, had its

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● Idyllwild is a quaint little town in the San Jacinto Mountains just two hours from San Diego. (Photos by Jen Lothspeich) own panoramic views of forest and valleys. Other appealing aspects included an outdoor hot tub, a master suite with soaking tub and enough seclusion to make us feel far from civilization — though a mere 100 miles from home. With a full kitchen and BBQ, we also had the option of eating in so we could save some of our spending money. And Idyllwild offers plenty of places to spend that aforementioned cash. “The Fort” includes small shops on two levels — ideal for gift and souvenir shopping. Our second day, we perused artwork and knick knacks at the Spruce Moose and snagged tasty jerky at Coyote Red’s along with a few confections. We later found that the Candy Cupboard was a better spot to satisfy a sweet tooth however, with sizable handmade chocolates. We indulged in French butter creams, peanut butter fudge balls and something called a Hellfire caramel that combined my love of spicy, sweet and salty treats. Of course we couldn’t subsist on sugar alone, so we asked around for a lunch recommendation and were directed to get “the best burger in town” at The Lumber Mill and, of course, locals know their stuff. The “San Francisco” was possibly the juiciest burger I’ve ever had with an addictive, melt-in-your-mouth consistency. The unassuming eatery also

San Diego's Cameo Kid performing on the outdoor patio of Idyology.

has a lengthy cocktail/shot list with creative concoctions and names like “Darth Vader,” “The Incredible Hulk,” and “Starry Night.” Once we got a taste of the mountain town, we decided to venture out to explore some of the natural splendor of the area on day three. Lake Fulmor was a scenic 15-minute drive from our cabin and its lush greenery and picnic area was just what we were looking for. Unfortunately, we didn't realize an “adventure pass” was needed to park in the lake’s lot. A market near our cabin sold said passes, so $5 and 30 minutes later we were back on track. We brought along coffee and pastries from Higher Grounds to enjoy on lakeside benches and the tasty treats paired perfectly with the striking views. We also got to experience local wild life in the form of teenagers jumping off giant, 30-foot-tall rocks into the lake, which you aren’t actually supposed to swim in due to a recent algae bloom. Ah, to be young again. Rounding out our trip, we decided to go all out for our last full day in Idyllwild. We started with breakfast at JC’s Red Kettle. Their French toast had a flavorful kick of cinnamon and was tasty enough with just butter and powdered sugar but that didn’t stop me from dousing it in syrup. My husband’s buttermilk pancakes

A short drive to Lake Fulmor offers more scenery and hiking options.

were equally tasty with a hint of vanilla. Next up was shopping at The Funky Bazaar, which as its name suggests, is both funky and bizarre. The owner is like a character out of “Twin Peaks” — fitting in this mountainous setting. He gave us a bit of a tour, then we were free to peruse locally-made items, like cigar box guitars, records, trinkets and even an art gallery. Keeping with the strangebut-true theme, we learned that a San Diego band we knew — Cameo Kid — were playing at a popular restaurant Idyology on our last night in town. The atmosphere was offbeat and fun with dining options indoors and outdoors by a picturesque creek. We had drinks and caught a set by our friends before heading to dinner. For our big finale, we chose rustic steakhouse Gastrognome. The well-rated restaurant comes with the quirky bonus of gnome artwork and figurines everywhere you look. Taking in Gastrognome’s endearing, kitschy motif was just the beginning of a festive night out. Our meal started with calamari — lightly fried and cut into strips — and a grilled artichoke that was delightfully seasoned with rosemary. My husband chose the steak and lobster tail dinner while I had a generous 8-ounce top sirloin. Garlic mashed potatoes and crisp sauteed green beans were an ideal mate for the

This handcarved statue offers both history and respite in downtown Idyllwild.

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quality cuts of meat we both devoured. As the wine flowed — from their top-notch list — I made a game of counting gnomes around the restaurant. But I lost count around 50, probably because of the distracting and sumptuous crème brulee I also ravaged. As our trip came to a close, I deemed our poor vacation spell officially over. Idyllwild offered an optimal setting for both relaxation and revelry. We arrived with hopes for tasty food, beautiful scenery and spontaneous indoor and outdoor activities; and we happily found it all not too far from home. —Jen Lothspeich is a wine-drinking, cat-cuddling native San Diegan who dreams of writing a best-selling true crime novel. Find her on Twitter at @ Jen_Evel.v


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Carousels, pumpkins and luncheons Growing Balboa Park Reema Makani Boccia With the lazy days of summer officially in the rear view mirror, we can now look forward to all things fall and pumpkin, especially in the jewel of San Diego’s Balboa Park. There are a number of entities that help to preserve all that the park has to offer, and Friends of Balboa Park is one such affinity organization that is proud to be an integral part of bringing enhancements to the park’s many facets. Below are just a few of the projects and events they have for the community to enjoy this fall:

Sponsor a pumpkin in the Botanical Building

Friends of Balboa Park sponsors quarterly floral displays in the iconic Botanical Building — Easter lilies in the spring, orchids in the summer, pumpkins in the fall and poinsettias in the winter. Friends is now accepting sponsorships for pumpkins at just $20 each, and they can be sponsored by you or dedicated to a loved one. There are limited opportunities available, so please contact us through our website or call 619-232-2282.

Sponsor a pumpkin for the Botanical Building (Facebook) annual luncheon, which this year will be held Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Balboa Club. While nomination periods have closed, there are three categories of awards presented at the luncheon; the Millennium Awards, which honor individuals or organizations that have made a long-term contribution to the park; the Inspiration Awards, honoring long term contributions in volunteer service to the park; and the Betty Peabody Emerging Young Leader Award, which recognizes emerging professionals who have demonstrated leadership by example in the park. To learn more about the luncheon, purchase tickets, or

to inquire about table sponsorship opportunities, visit our website. Friends of Balboa Park is an affinity group that enhances and maintains Balboa Park through donations and various programs with the park. The nonprofit has spearheaded major capital improvement initiatives throughout the park,

including information kiosks, restoration of the historic gate houses and lily pond, Adopt-APlot, bench tributes, tree dedications, and other programs that facilitate the community’s direct involvement in the enhancement of Balboa Park. More information on each of these programs can be found online.

We look forward to fall around Balboa Park. —Reema Makani Boccia is a local public relations professional who serves as a communications consultant for Friends of Balboa Park. For more information, visit or call 619-232-2282.v

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The Friends of Balboa Park are also the proud new owner of the historic, century-old Balboa Park Carousel, located on Park Boulevard, just outside of the Zoo entrance. The organization hosted an official kick-off event on July 25, National Carousel Day, which attracted nearly 10,000 visitors to the carousel. Friends is currently in the midst of a capital campaign to raise funds to complete purchase of the carousel as well as fund restoration of the historic structure. Donations as little as $25 can help; for more information, visit our website.

Friends of Balboa Park are running a capital campaign as new owners of the carousel. (Courtesy FOBP)

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The Local has dozens of local craft beers on tap. (Courtesy DSDP)

Nothing brings people together quite like delicious food. Whether it’s in the comfort of your own kitchen or out at your favorite restaurant, food has a special place in our hearts (and stomachs). Downtown San Diego is home to an array of diverse, delectable culinary cuisines, and the 25th annual Taste of Downtown celebrates the very best sample-sized bites our community has to offer.

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Nason's Bar, inside the Pendry, offers comfort food (below) and a wide assortment of beers. (Photos courtesy DSDP) This popular annual event takes place Sept. 14. Sponsored by Banner Bank, Taste of Downtown features nearly 40 local restaurants across the Gaslamp Quarter, Marina District, City Center, and East Village neighborhoods. With so many restaurants to choose from, you may not know where to begin. Here are some of our suggestions to kick off your evening:

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Time-honored Cuban dishes and classic cocktails abound at another recent addition to Downtown’s thriving culinary scene. Inspired by the island’s rich history, Havana 1920’s flavor-filled bites are sure to hit the spot. Join us for the 25th annual Taste of Downtown on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 5–9 p.m. Check out the three restaurants above and many more, during this fun culinary event. To see a list of participating restaurants or purchase tickets, visit downtownsandiego. org. Advance tickets will be $30 until 9 p.m. on Sept. 13, when tickets go up to $35. Shuttle service will be available throughout the event. Come one, come all — and come hungry!

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—Kris Michell is the president and CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a nonprofit, member-based organization that oversees the Clean & Safe program and serves as the leading advocate for the revitalization and economic health of Downtown. For questions or comments, email

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color of its leadership and the color of its population: The percentages didn’t match at all. In San Diego, those percentages didn’t match either — while people of color make up about 54 percent of the population, they only account for 23 percent of the city’s leadership, according to Crenshaw. In the 2014 mayoral election campaign, “neighborhoods first” was a recurring theme: building leadership and change from the ground up in communities. In their unofficial Starbucks “office” — the real RISE office now sits on Euclid Avenue, just north of where Imperial Avenue crosses under 805 — Crenshaw and Young sat discussing the percentage problem and wondering whether “neighborhoods first” could be more than just a platitude.

“Our desired outcome is not achieving a certain position or title, but affecting community change.” —Dwayne Crenshaw, co-founder and CEO of RISE “We were both concerned with, ‘How real was that?’” Crenshaw explained. “We started talking about how to go from lip service to reality.” Thus, RISE was born. The organization is dedicated to building leaders of color and leaders of urban neighborhoods to affect change in their own neighborhoods first — and RISE does it from the inside out. “Leadership is challenging,” Crenshaw said. “We love to build a leader up in America, but we love to tear them down even more.” So RISE focuses more on who someone is as a leader — their character and their motives — rather than their tactics or skills. “Our desired outcome is not achieving a certain position or title, but affecting community change,” Crenshaw said. One of the ways RISE accomplishes this is through their flagship program, the RISE Urban Leadership Fellows Program, in collaboration with the University of San Diego’s Leadership Institute in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences. The program is also modeled after the Executive Education program at Harvard Business School. The Fellows meet for three full days each quarter and work with a business leadership coach throughout the year. They also have to complete their own CAP, or community action project. Some of the completed projects have included On the RISE, a youth version of the RISE fellows program, and a senior citizens center for the Filipino seniors in Paradise Hills. For decades, this group of senior citizens had been promised funding for a new center by the City Council, but it was never actually put on the budget. The RISE fellows organized a bus

Dwayne Crenshaw, CEO of RISE San Diego (Facebook) trip, took them all down to City Hall, and secured $500,000 in funding for a senior center for their neighborhood. “For more than 20 years, they were promised funding, and now it’s in the pipeline,” Crenshaw noted proudly. That idea of community spirit drives each of the Fellows. The program is open to any resident of San Diego County over 18 years old, but they must have completed high school and show at least a five-year history of community involvement and/ or activism. Aside from that, the Fellows have run the gamut of races, creeds, and sexual orientation. “Our classes have mirrored the population of San Diego County,” Crenshaw said, adding that RISE is intentional about its diversity. Through both the Fellows program and the Urban Breakfast Club — RISE’s recurring civic engagement breakfasts with “resident expert” panelists — the organization wants to promote civil discourse.

RISE San Diego offers monthly trainings and technical assistance and one-on-one support for nonprofits and small businesses (Courtesy RISE) And Young and Crenshaw know experientially how to move past (or through) conflict: They ran against each other for the District 4 City Council seat in 2004, and now here they are, business partners acting on a common belief. “Our civic discourse in this country is so toxic,” Crenshaw said. “We want to get beyond the politics and rhetoric and promote productive, systemic change.” The last program offered by RISE is nonprofit partnership. Going into its second year of doing so, RISE offers monthly trainings and technical assistance for nonprofits and small businesses in areas such as organizational

management and marketing strategies. RISE also picks 10 organizations every year to work oneon-one with, and this year 20 different groups have already applied. The Fellows program is in even higher demand — there were 103 applications last year for 23 open spots. While both programs are free to the trainees, it is a significant cost to RISE to conduct the training (the Fellows program alone is $3,500 per person). As such, the organization is seeking businesses that would like to sponsor a fellow, and they are always accepting private donations as well, be it $5 or $5,000. In addition, Crenshaw and Young welcome the community

to celebrate their three successful years at the upcoming RISE San Diego Anniversary & Inclusive Leadership in Action Awards luncheon. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 9 at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center Celebration Hall. For more information about the luncheon, programs, or to donate, visit or call 619-531-RISE (7473). You can also follow their community and leadership building on Facebook at /risesandiego. —Joyell Nevins is a local freelance writer. Reach her at or find her blog Small World, Big God at

Cox Digital Academy Offers Free Online Resources to Make Learning Fun Cox Communications has launched the Cox Digital Academy, a website that gives families access to free online resources such as educational games, social media safety, do-it-yourself science projects, and computer basics. Whether it’s homework help and a “making it rain in a jar” activity for students, or computer and internet basics to financial literacy for parents, families can take advantage of a host of resources to improve their digital literacy skills. The Cox Digital Academy features tools and resources provided by Common Sense Media, EVERFI, and the Public Library Association, which have partnered with Cox Communications through its Connect2Compete program. The Academy is an expansion of the Connect2Compete program, which provides low-cost internet for families that have a K-12 student in the home and receive government assistance.

The Cox Digital Academy offers: • Computer and internet basics,, teaching users how to conduct web searches, create and manage email accounts, and how to navigate search engines. • Educational games and resources for students and teachers, providing homework help, teaching strategies, and more. • Job skills,, enabling parents to easily navigate job search engines, create resumes and fill out online applications.

• Social media and online safety, giving parents and children the tools to help prevent cyberbullying, learn about social media basics, and protect social media privacy. • Online financial literacy, such as setting up or managing a checking account online and managing an online budget. Cox supports local communities and technology adoption through the Cox Digital Academy and Connect2Compete. In San Diego County, Cox provides free internet access to the community at more than 40 Cox Technology Centers in Boys and Girls Clubs and community, youth and senior centers across the county. Each Boys and Girls Club Technology Center includes computers, monitors, laptops, printers, and internet service, enabling students to complete their school assignments and learn critical digital literacy skills that are important to their future success. Since 2012, more than a quarter million people have been connected nationwide to the internet via Cox’s Connect2Compete program. For more information, or to sign up for Connect2Compete call 1-855-222-3252, or visit The Digital Academy is available at aboutus/connect2compete.html aboutus/connect2compete.html.


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Landscape architecture for the long term Art on the land Delle Willett When Gail Garbini was studying in the early 1970s at San Diego State, she was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in art. That changed when she read the list of classes for landscape architecture in the UC Berkeley class schedule. Within a year, she had transferred from SDSU to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and switched from working with paint and canvas to the design of large-scale exterior spaces, using both organic and in-organic materials. Two of Gail’s influences were her father, an architect who was passionate about the landscape, and one of San Diego’s iconic landscape architects, Joe Yamada, of Wimmer Yamada & Associates (now Wimmer Yamada and Caughey). Yamada had designed many projects in East County, where Gail was raised, including the East County Performing Arts Center and Super Block. “I loved the immediate affect of the Wimmer Yamada landscape, with the large trees and fluid topography and shrub massings,” Gail said. “The use of large shade trees had the effect of an oasis in the hot climate of El Cajon Valley.” Eventually, she did a dual internship with Wimmer Yamada and her father’s architectural fi rm, Arthur D. Decker & Associates, A.I.A. In April 1984, Gail opened her own practice and was joined by her husband, Rick Garbini, in 1988. Today, the award-winning Garbini & Garbini Landscape Architecture, Inc. is located Downtown at 715 J St., Suite 307, across from Petco Park. Rick Garbini earned his BA in landscape architecture from West Virginia University and has a masters in landscape architecture from Cal Poly, Pomona. In addition to being influenced by mid-century landscape architects, Garret Eckbo and Dan Kiley, Rick was

attracted to the profession by his older brother, who was majoring in architecture at the University of Virginia. He was also influenced, by proximity, to the major urban centers he often visited while growing up in Penns Grove, New Jersey. What Rick likes most about his profession is the fact that landscape architecture covers a wide array of activities and project types from environmental design to urban design. “My favorite project is generally my current one and includes several mixed-use urban projects and hotel projects including the Hard Rock San Diego Hotel and the Omni San Diego Hotel next to Petco Park,” he said. This diversity has served Garbini & Garbini well over the years, with their range of projects including hospitality and historic preservation; urban housing and military design-build; K–12 and college campuses; re-vegetation and restoration of native habitats; streetscape medians and traffic calming; pump stations and water-reclamation plants; as well as fire stations, libraries, and parks; just to name a few. Gail’s favorite projects include the House of Hospitality Reconstruction Project in Balboa Park, which they completed in the 1990s, and the South Bay Water Reclamation Plant, completed in 2001. The latter project included a public art component and was built as a 13-acre demonstration garden, showcasing the use of recycled water. Unfortunately, the facility was closed to the public after 9/11, but designed as a sustainable facility that has endured. The Garbini fi rm is known for its quality design. “That quality can be described as landscapes designed for the long term, called ‘sustainable design,’” Gail said. As part of her ongoing efforts to contribute to the local design community, Gail has been working with a subcommittee of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) called HALS — Historic American Landscape Survey group — part of a nation-wide effort to identify endangered landscapes in the U.S.

The park at Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade alongside the Gaslamp Hilton (Courtesy Garbini and Garbini) Begun in 1984, the committee was reactivated in 2016. A group of local historians and landscape architects are currently collaborating to inventory cultural and designed sites around San Diego. “We are losing many of our important cultural and designed spaces and this activism has brought to the attention of the design community the potential loss of important landscapes in our local community,” Gail explained. Exposure to and an understanding of the early landscape history of the local area has actually helped provide a background for sustainable design in San Diego over the long term. “There’s nothing like identifying trees and vines that survive today from 1890 or 1915 to give perspective to what may do well in local landscapes,” Gail said. She feels fortunate to have served two terms with the city of San Diego’s Historic Resources Board, fi rst from 1987 to 1992, and again from 2008 to 2016. Rick has served on various ASLA committees,

The firm made a definite impact on the aesthetics of the pool area at 13th and Market. (Courtesy Garbini and Garbini)

Gail and Rick Garbini, principals of the award-winning Garbini & Garbini Landscape Architecture, Inc. (Photo by Delle Willett) as well as having served as both vice president and president of the association. The Garbinis fi rst met in 1980 while both worked at Kawasaki Theilacker & Associates (now KTUA Landscape Architecture and Planning). They live in a historically designated home in Talmadge — designed by Cliff May with his characteristic indoor and outdoor spaces

— with their cats, Ray and Normy. To see more of their Downtown work, 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 dellewillett@

The dining terrace of the Omni Hotel (Courtesy Garbini and Garbini)



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Ever wonder what that old yellow house in the park is? The GQHF invites all Downtown residents and guests to visit the historic jewel. Free tours and refreshments. 2–4 p.m. at Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, 410 Island Ave. Visit bit. ly/2wQohkP.


Experience vocalist and pianist Karen Giorgio’s vast Sinatra to Sondheim repertoire. Enjoy a night filled with music, fun, laughter and camaraderie. $20 minimum consumption, tax and gratuity not included. Parking validation is $10 for first three hours and $4 per half-hour after. 7–10 p.m. at The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave. Visit bit. ly/2wKRNIc.


Why just read about ancient Rome when you can walk the cobbled streets as if you were really there? A panel of educators and technologists will discuss both the promise and peril of using virtual reality in the classroom. Complimentary drinks and appetizers. 5–7 p.m. at San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. Tickets $15 at More info, visit

6 DEGREES 13 NETWORKING MIXER Wednesday, Sept. 13

6 Degrees will be hosting their last mixer of the summer. Tickets are $10 for 6 Degrees members, $20 for non-members and $35 at the door. 5–7:30 p.m. at Omni Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter, 675 L St. Visit


Learn how personal passion can contribute to your business success. The evening features networking, a presentation and a panel discussion. Mike Sington and Maylen Calienes will be the featured speakers. Cocktail reception to follow. The event is presented by Comerica Bank’s LGBTQ Initiative and Comerica Merchant Services and Retail

Division. 4–7 p.m. at The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave. Visit


Join I Love A Clean San Diego for San Diego County’s largest cleanup of the year. All ages and ability levels are welcome to register. Bring a reusable item and download the Ocean Conservancy’s mobile data collection app to reduce waste. 9 a.m.–noon at various locations. Visit


LANDLUBBERS DAY Saturday, Sept. 16

In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Seaport Village is hosting their third annual pirate-themed event. The afternoon features live music from the Jackstraws, an all-ages costume contest, buccaneer arts and crafts, and more. Free. Noon–4 p.m. at Seaport Village, 849 West Harbor Drive. Visit


Culinary Historians of San Diego will begin its fifth season with “Chop Suey: A History of Chinese Food in the United States.” Free. 10:30 a.m. in the Neil Morgan Auditorium of the San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. Contact Barbara Peterson at 858-349-8211.



Grammy Award-winner Tamela Mann will perform with her family, including her comedian husband David Mann. Tickets start at $30. 7 p.m. at Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. Visit bit. ly/2wQcjHW.


SMALL BUSINESS EXPO Thursday, Sept. 21

Network with thousands of business owners and entrepreneurs at America’s biggest business-to-business trade show. Free. RSVP required. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. in Hall H at San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive. Visit


WINE AND CANVAS Wednesday, Sept. 27

Come out for some artsy fun at Hotel Indigo Table 509. You don’t have to be an artist to have fun. Admission is $35 and includes all necessary art materials, including easels, paints, brushes, aprons,


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


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


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


Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, Davis-Horton House and more. 1 p.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit


Weekly Downtown Clean & Safe walkabouts: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. in alternating neighborhoods: Cortez Hill, Core/Columbia, Gaslamp Quarter, Marina and East Village. For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit or sign up for their newsletter. Take a bite out of Downtown: Hosted by food tour service Bite San Diego, join fellow foodies and winos for a historical walking tour sampling some of Downtown’s finest restaurants. 21-and-up. Noon. Tickets are $50–$65. Tours also on Saturday. Visit


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


Walk-in eReader and device assistance: Free and open to the public. Bring your Android and iOS devices for handson learning. 2–4 p.m. Room 222, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit —Compiled by Sara Butler. Send items for inclusion to editor Morgan M. Hurley at step-by-step instruction and a 16-by-20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas. Wine and food not included. Tonight’s art selection is “Starry Coronado.” Threehour validated parking at Hotel Indigo is $10 with purchase at Table 509. 6–9 p.m. at Hotel Indigo Table 509, 509 Ninth Ave. Visit



Explore international trumpet virtuoso Gilbert Castellanos’ swinging music. Castellanos will present “Some of My Friends are Piano Players,” which features a renowned jazz piano player in a trio format during each performance. $20 minimum consumption, tax and gratuity not included. Parking validation is $10 for first three hours and $4 per half-hour after. 8–11 p.m. at The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave. Visit bit. ly/2vlc03E.


AIDS WALK AND RUN Saturday, Sept. 30

Local individuals, teams, social clubs, businesses, schools, universities and faith organizations will come together for the AIDS Walk and Run. The walk will remember the many who were lost to AIDS and will raise vital funds to support all of the San Diegans living today with the HIV disease. Register at 6–10 a.m. in Hillcrest. Visit



Enjoy performances by wheelchair dancers and their partners at Wheelchair Dancer Organization’s annual fundraiser and showcase. The event features food, vendors, raffle prizes, a silent auction and more. Free. Noon – 4 p.m. at Balboa Park Club, 2150 Pan American Road West. Visit


Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro The McKenzie Rae experience

McKenzie Rae Dresses is a new fashion forward boutique in Downtown. The founder of this spacious store is McKenzie Peck, a fashion designer and seamstress. Peck is also a former Ms. Utah and semi-finalist for Ms. United States 2015. This boutique opened on June 3 and is all about giving you an entire experience when you come in. The VIP experience includes a one-hour complimentary appointment with a personal stylist to help you with your next event and includes tea or Champagne while you are relaxing. As a courtesy for their customers, they keep details on file such as your measurements and preferences so each time you come in they will have this information handy. They also guarantee that they won’t sell the identical dress to the same event. This way you don’t have to worry about showing up with someone wearing the same thing. McKenzie Rae Dresses is a spacious 4,000-square-foot store with a stylish pink and white exterior. The charming interior is surrounded with historic brick walls, cascading chandeliers, white décor and couches, and wooden floors. They carry a variety of stylish labels, such as Terani Couture, who make cocktail and formal gowns. MacDuggal creates gowns for proms and pageant wear, which are also worn by celebrities and pageant titleholders. The gowns of Jovani are made with luxurious fabrics and details for special occasions. McKenzie Rae also carries many lines of accessories including handbags, jewelry, scarfs, and shoes. The size range is from triple zero to 34. The retail space is available for events such as parties, weddings, and fashion shows. They have a 50-foot-long permanent runway in the store. I had the opportunity to attend a fashion show there on July 29, a launch party by Tower Trends introducing their new styling department. The red carpet event began with attendees arriving in cocktail attire to a step and repeat. They enjoyed fashion and networking to tunes by Jennifer Katzen of Mix N Hits Entertainment. The runway show began with men’s fashions from Friar Tux. Next down the runway came the latest party and evening dresses from McKenzie Rae Dresses. The tag line for the McKenzie Rae experience is “We make everyday an occasion.” To enjoy this special experience, visit this women’s clothing store at 643 G St. If you would like to make an appointment, call 619-756-7321.

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Sept. 14 | Meet the Maker — The FAB Authority features Melin Brand with founder Brian McDonell who makes lifestyle headwear. The event

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will be at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing, located at 350 10th Ave., #300 at 6 p.m. and is free. RSVP at Sept. 17 | Designers at the Del — This fashion show and brunch features top FWSD designers with informal modeling. This will be located at the Hotel del Coronado from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Reservations 619-522-8490. —Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned couture milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at

(l to r) A model in Friar Tux; a model in a McKenzie Rae dress; another formal McKenzie Rae dress (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro)

More runway models show off McKenzie Rae dresses, with (far right) a view of the finale (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro)

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3BD / 3.5BA / 3,662

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/ $3,900,000


1BD / 1BA / 1,036 qft / $799,900-$824,900


2BD / 2BA / 1,753


2BD / 2BA / 1,195

/ $1,295,000

2BD / 2.5BA /1,274

/ $1,150,000

2BD / 2.5BA / 1,460


/ $1,050,000


/ $1,050,000


2BD / 2.5BA / 1,847

/ $896,000

2+BD / 2BA / 1,253

/ $679,000

/ $849,900



1+BD / 2BA / 1,474

/ $1,650,000

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2BD / 2.5BA / 2,580


2+BD / 2BA / 1,680

/ $1,850,000

/ $509,000

/ $1,289,000

/ $1,295,000


2+BD / 2BA / 1,285

/ $949,000

2BD / 2.5BA / 1,634


2BD / 2.5BA / 1,621



1BD / 1BA / 735

/ $399,900

/ $649,900



2BD / 2BA / 1,016

1BD / 1BA / 592


2BD / 2BA / 1,707

/ $1,195,000


2BD / 2BA / 939

2BD / 2BA / 1,474


STUDIO / 1BA / 606

/ $925,000

/ $449,900

/ $369,000

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