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New Celadon apartment complex to benefit elderly, others Dave Fidlin Downtown News

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(l to r) Director of Education Dr. Connie Joy, founder and CEO Susan Madden Lankford, and Executive Director Polly Lankford Smith shown immersed in their East Village oasis, SMARTS Farm. (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley); (below) Kids take a walk on the property’s ‘yellow brick road.’ . (Copyright 2014 Humane Smarts)

A new 17-story highrise building is about to dot San Diego’s skyline. While the new complex has been touted as an enhancement to the Downtown cityscape, developers have a greater mission in mind. St. Paul’s PACE, an organization billing itself as offering all-inclusive care for the elderly, will have a presence within the new building, dubbed the Celadon, at 9th Avenue and Broadway. It replaces a former parking lot space.

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“If you build it they will come” may very well be one of the most overused phrases ever, since first surfacing in the 1989 film “Field of Dreams”; but in the case of SMARTS Farm, a 10,000-square-foot area located on a former junk parking lot on the northeast corner of 15th and F streets Downtown, it couldn’t be more apropos. Just steps away from the Downtown Police headquarters, this bastion of lush green agriculture and splashes of bright color seems to explode the visual senses of everyone who enters this place. Previously surrounded by broken down motorhomes, cars, rampant homelessness, abandoned buildings and transient housing, this space is now a thriving hands-on community garden and educational center. Launched in May of 2013, SMARTS Farm is a project of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Humane Smarts, the vision of founder and CEO Susan “Susie” Madden Lankford, an author, photojournalist and activist who has spent decades documenting the lives of the home-

less and women “in the system” and their children, many of whom end up in Juvenile Hall. Lankford has written three books, filmed one documentary and is currently working on another. She refers to her body of work up until now as the “awareness phase,” and SMARTS Farm the “solution phase.” And while what they provide the community is much too vast to capture in a feature article — one must actually go there to completely grasp all they are doing — in summary, SMART Farm’s solutions come by way of educating the less fortunate, the disadvantaged, and the underserved, while welcoming those

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Arielle Jay and a Lady Loki cosplayer at SDCC 2014 (Photo by Jeanette Mendez)

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Every year in mid to late July, Downtown San Diego undergoes a mighty transformation. The vast majority of temporary inhabitants of Downtown are here solely for one thing: San Diego Comic Con

International, or otherwise known as SDCC or “the Con.” This four-day event (unless you count Preview Night) invites all ages to attend, San Diego residents and people from all over the world combined, and inspires everyone to wear costumes — that in normal circumstances would raise a few

eyebrows — or their geekiest popculture apparel with pride. SDCC starts every Wednesday evening with Preview Night, where those with exclusive passes view what Con-goers call “the floor” first-hand and get dibs on whatever is to be sold there for the days ahead. With backpacks funded by Warner Bros, owner of DC Entertainment, attendees quickly learned that this particular year marked the 75th “birthday” of everyone’s favorite night-dwelling caped crusader, Batman. Here’s to 75 more! Among other notable milestones: this was also Daredevil’s 50th, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ 30th, and Hellboy’s 20th year. Anyone who grew up with these wonderfully complex characters would probably find such to be amazing, but in the world of comics, heroes — and their respective villains — are timeless beings. As the days unfolded, Congoers also got to learn of exciting new movies and games either already out or on their way and

The Celadon building under construction (Courtesy St. Paul’s PACE)

When the Celadon opens in February, 63 San Diego seniors will have an opportunity to occupy the fully-furnished apartments at an affordable price. The seniors, many with some type of debilitating illness, are deemed frail and already receive services through PACE because of their condition.

see Pace, page 10 far too many new and continuing television series to list. If you are one of most individuals who lead average-Joe lives and have managed to successfully rope in a total of zero connections to get you into the Con, fret not. While it’s not guaranteed, if you dedicate some pre-planning, you just might get to go to the Con next year. SDCC offers free passes to whoever volunteers. Becoming a volunteer is nearly as difficult as obtaining a ticket. However, if you make an account with SDCC online, sign up for SDCC’s email alerts, watch for SDCC’s emails, and make yourself available on the scheduled date and time to apply for volunteering, you too can become a volunteer. SDCC volunteers get their passes free but they also have to earn their pass by fulfilling assignments that generally tend to be in three-hour increments. As a volunteer, you get to see all aspects of SDCC, both behind

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SMARTS who aren’t in need but want to experience the magic that happens behind the big chain link fence. “Anyone who feels lonely or stressed, this is a place where they can all come together,” Lankford said. Lankford’s daughter Polly Lankford Smith is executive director of Humane Smarts. Smith — also a photojournalist and a graphic artist — has a degree in psychology from San Diego State. She spent two years interning alongside her mother at Juvenile Hall while completing her degree and the process was life changing for both women and brought them to where they are today. SMARTS Farm’s mission state-

ment and branding phrase is “A place where hearts can grow and minds thrive.” With that as a goal, Lankford and her staff primarily seek to reach the children that often get lost in the system or move from place to place as the child of displaced parents. They want to show them that there is a whole other world outside the confines of their transient housing — a place where they can play, learn, lead and grow; like the seeds they plant in SMARTS Farm’s many wooden planter boxes. “We’re trying to bring the two [hearts and minds] together so that children can really develop that level of feeling,” Lankford said. Their community garden currently has 40 planter boxes — which come in two sizes, 4 x 4 x 8 and 4 x 4 x 4 and two feet of soil — leased out for the year with

NEWS a 10-person waiting list. Gardeners are growing flowers, vegetables, amaranth, corn and more. In addition, they have up to 25 more planter boxes that are split between SMARTS Farm’s own production and the transient children that visit. Oklahoma native Dr. Connie Joy is director of education and she drives program development and execution at SMARTS Farm. Current and past programs range from gardening, self-esteem lessons, photography, arts and crafts, culinary arts and sampling, composting, team building, leadership, and puppetry. “This is the enrichment piece that so many of these Title One kids miss out on, so we serve it here,” Joy said. In the gardening and sampling classes, the children get to taste, smell, touch and feel vegetables they’ve never experienced before. A recent class taught the kids about the process of a cucumber — from seed to harvest and even becoming a pickle; many had no idea the two were related. Still another class showed the children the full cycle of a chrysalis into a Monarch butterfly. “We learn so much from these kids because they are unspoiled and have a thirst for learning,” Lankford said. “You want to see empathy develop with children? It can happen with an insect.” Their formula is working; SMARTS Farm has already serviced over 300 children in the past year, something Lankford is very proud of, but she wants more. “Frankly we want more kids to be coming from some of these areas in here,” Lankford said as she gestured to the surrounding neighborhood. “We’re in the most densely populated service provider area and it’s hard for us to be able to get kids to come to us, because the various providers don’t provide an individual to escort the kids.” “As you look out across through here — you look at all those apartments and all those windows — we’re looking for two, three, four dozen kids and you can’t tell me they’re not out there,” Joy said, also gesturing to the neighboring housing areas. “We are right in the middle of the mecca. We want them to come.”

plenty of thriving Downtown urban dwellers are now also taking advantage of its personal gardens, which are leased for a year at a time. Lankford said some of their clients had never ventured far from their burgeoning high-rises, especially into this easternmost area of East Village. Now those same people ride their bikes over, tend to their gardens, bring a lunch or just hang out at one of the picnic tables at what has become a soothing escape from the endless blocks of construction and development in each direction. “Everyone leaves their baggage at the fence,” Smith said. On July 19 they had what Lankford hopes to be the first of many annual events, the Butterflies and Camels festival. The SMARTS Farm team has been buoyed by partnerships with ValleyCrest, a landscaping company that has provided them with irrigation, fencing, property cleanup, and moving the extra heavy gardening boxes around; Home Depot who donated time and materials to help visiting children create the Yellow Brick Road that runs through the property and greets every visitor; as well as Armstrong Feed and Supply and Prime Electric. They could not have done it without these partnerships, but it is clear they need more community support to sustain them. Interested

Snapshots of SMART Farm’s recent “Butterflies and Camels festival,” held July 19. (All photos copyright 2014 Humane Smarts)

Accessing transportation for their target audience, which would bring the children to SMARTS Farm, has been Lankford’s greatest challenge. Transient housing centers like Father Joe’s, just two blocks away, don’t have money for children’s programs, stifling the opportunity for transportation or even allowing an adult walk the children to SMARTS Farm. Unfortunately, Lankford’s liability insurance doesn’t allow her to offer transportation. It’s a challenge that Lankford hopes to overcome with input from the greater community. “That’s a stop gap that we have that we have to try to figure out,” she said. “And we’re working very very hard at figuring that out. But we don’t have any limits as far as with children. The kids can learn as much as they want to learn, they can be here as much as they want to be here.” The YMCA has the ability to transport 14 children, and they do, each Tuesday and Thursday. But SMARTS Farm isn’t just for children or the disadvantaged;

donors can contribute a specific amount to sponsor a children’s gardening box or some of the many educational programs, and general donations would help expand their production garden and grow their space to service more people. Organizations with certified transportation options to bring more disadvantaged kids in to this educational space are of great need, because once they arrive, SMARTS Farm makes a difference in them. “Their curiosity, their imagination is full-flowered and that’s exactly what we are all about,” Lankford said. “If we can full-flower that and we can find the sparkle in each one of these children, we just embellish on that with them. “Some of these kids who are living four months at a time at the Y, they’re eating food from the Rescue Mission two times per day, this is a breath of fresh air for them,” she said. SMARTS Farm is located at 15th and F streets Downtown. For more information, stop in for an up close visit or check out their website v

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It’s the ‘Dog Days of Summer’

Cuddles (right) and her mom won the award for Best Pet Trick at Petco Park’s 10th annual “Dog Days of Summer” (Courtesy Petco)

Furry friends unleashed at Petco Park Monica Medina Downtown News

They came in droves; some wearing baseball caps, others bedecked in fanciful bows. A few toted tutus and a handful seemed ready to dance the hula in their colorful leis and grass skirts. One seemed to be a ringer for the Swinging Friar, the Padres’ mascot. Another looked angelic in wings, and at least one sported a blue Mohawk. In other words, the dog days of summer were upon us, and all that was needed was to hear the Baha Men belt out, “Who Let the Dogs Out?” The 10th annual “Dog Days of Summer” at Petco Park is the one time a year when San Diego Padre fans can bring their beloved pooches to the park for spirited fun, contests, an assortment of giveaways,

and the traditional doggie costume parade just before game time. It all took place at Tuesday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, July 29. For the 300 dogs and their owners in attendance, it was a picture perfect, summer day, with America’s favorite pastime, baseball, coming together rather nicely with America’s much-loved pets, for one outlandish canine party. The only rule for dog owners seemed to be to keep pets on leashes at all times. Other than that, it was no holds barred. Game on! Of course, one imagines that the dogs in attendance must have been fretting for weeks on what to wear, on what can only be described as Oscar night for the canine set. Indeed, Sir Ruffles von Vicious looked stunning in a peacock concoction. Is it any wonder he was a fanciful finalist for the Best Costume category? The Best Padres Spirit award went to

Faith, who no doubt was thrilled to have an encore of last year’s win. For the occasion, her mom even gave the pup a pedicure, in alternate colors of blue and gold. Clearly, Faith kept the faith. Kudos to Cuddles who won in the Best Pet Trick category, for successfully tossing the ball back to mama. Best Costume went to Porkchop and his owners, Susie Kara and her daughter, Madelyn of North Park. The three came dressed as Swinging Friars. As for the winner of the Pet/Parent Look-a-Like contest, it went hands — or paws — down to an adorable pooch and his human dad, who were perfectly matched in their Hawaiian hula outfits. In San Diego to throw the first pitch, was Gus Kenworthy, Olympic skier and Silver Medalist, who made national headlines last February during the Winter Olympics for rescuing five puppies from the streets of Sochi. For the 22-year-old skier, his love for dogs came at an early age. “I’m a huge dog lover,” Kenworthy said. “Since as long as I can remember, my mom told me that when I could first walk, I’d walk up to any dog that I could see. So being here today is awesome. It means the world to me.” Kenworthy, who said that this was his first trip to San Diego, was enjoying his visit to America’s Finest City. He admitted, though, to being surprised by the excessive heat. “San Diego is amazing and very pretty down by the marina — the sailboats, the cool bridge that goes over to the island (Coronado Bridge, right?),” he said. “It’s a very cool city, but hotter than I thought it would be. I expected it to be nice and cool by the ocean but actually it’s really hot.” As for where his alliances lie, rest assured, Kenworthy is happy cheering for the home team. “I’m definitely rooting for the Padres,” he said, adding with a devilish grin, “Stay classy, San Diego.” The San Diego Humane Society, which brought along Tucker, the dog charged with helping to throw the first pitch, gave the festivities two paws up. “It’s a lot of fun to be here,” said Kelly Termine of the Oceanside campus. “It’s really good exposure for us to get our programs out there in the public, and, of course, for adopting animals, though we can’t do adoptions here. But if anyone’s interested in adopting, they can come to the shelter and check them out.” As for Tucker, Termine admitted he was a bit on edge in anticipation of the first pitch. “Tucker is a little nervous right now,” she said, lowering her voice, so as to be out of his earshot. “He told me so. We’re trying to keep him hydrated and cool, airing him a little bit and hoping for the best, but it’s pretty hot right now.” Hot? Of course it’s hot. It’s the dog days of summer, after all. —Monica Medina is a local freelance writer. She can be reached at monicastangledweb@gmail.comv

Faith’s special pup pedicure helped her win Best Padres Spirit for the second year for the second year. (Courtesy Petco)

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Airport’s $80 million parking project back on track An in-depth look McKenna Aiello Downtown News

Traveling through the San Diego International Airport might become a whole lot easier for globetrotters as the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Board of Directors voted unanimously July 9 to revive construction of a three-story parking structure adjacent to Terminal 2. The $80 million Parking Plaza is set take three years to complete and include approximately 3,000 parking spaces — downgraded from the original 2008 approvedproposal for a five-story structure housing 5,000 spaces. 

airport staff to enlist LeighFisher Associates to aid in a study reflecting the need for said parking structure. In the 2013 study, the consulting firm found a need for 7,000 total spaces by 2035 and an immediate need for at least 3,000 spaces for Terminal 2 travelers. Terminal 2 currently has 1,400 surface-level parking spaces, a 1,600 space deficiency that the study said is causing much of the traffic congestion on North Harbor Drive leading into the terminal.  Although the 2008 Final Environmental Impact Report stated a 5,000-space parking structure would hardly make a dent in regards to traffic flow, the LeighFisher Associates study found the current proposed structure would

Various installations of the San Diego Airport’s $900 million Green Build, completed while the parking project was on hold. (Photos by Delle Willett) In a presentation directed by the Airport Authority’s vice president of administration Jeffrey Woodson, the economy’s swift downturn in 2008 was blamed for the halt in airport operation growth. This in turn forestalled implementing the 2008 Airport Master Plan (AMP), a blueprint for the airport’s future that included plans for the parking structure as well as other airport operation entities needed by 2015. Outlined in the AMP, 10 new gates, more efficient curbside check-in options and a dual-level roadway were made a reality with last year’s Green Build — the largest improvement project the airport has seen in its history. Officials say a majority of the AMP’s projects are now underway and will be fully accessible through 2022.  The $900 million Green Build did not include new parking options though, and a 2013 airport passenger satisfaction survey cited only 51 percent parking satisfaction in comparison to a 79 percent overall satisfaction in the airport’s other features.  These shortcomings prompted

reduce traffic by 140 to 320 trips per day. As of now, North Harbor Drive remains the main access point to the parking structure via an already constructed expanded roadway loop. At the center of the loop would be the parking structure, and vehicles approaching the terminal area would be directed to the structure or to passenger pick-up and drop-off.  Officials say this will mitigate the need for vehicles to pass through curbside drop-offs before entering the parking structure and incentivize airport customers to utilize the parking structures instead of relying on family or friends to pick and drop them off, thus cutting down the number of round trips going in and out of the terminal.   The Airport Authority is also examining the potential construction of an airport by-pass road that would eradicate all airport traffic from North Harbor Drive and the parking plaza, but for now any concrete plans for this project remain unseen until the structure opens. 

The parking plaza will feature an aesthetically pleasing art component commissioned by local artists. It will also rely on “smart parking technology,” a feature that is said to reduce idle and circulating vehicles by enabling parkers to reserve and pay for spaces in advance. Officials estimate that the cost of the structure will run somewhere between $80 to $88 million, and will present a net value ranging between $26.7 and $104.6 million depending if the structure will be financed through cash reserves or debts.  Although the plaza’s cost was included in the Board approved 2015 – 2019 Capital Program Budget, it was left without any substantial funding. But officials say the Airport Authority now has enough funds to pay for the initial phase of constructing the structure, with room to eventually expand the structure to include 2,000 more spaces. As for visual impact of the parking structure, concerns raised by the Final Environmental Impact Report anticipated the structure would be visible from 23 scenic sites in the surrounding area including the Point Loma Peninsula, downtown skyline and Spanish Landing Park.  But the study found that obstruction of these views coming from either direction would enact “low” to “medium” changes in visibility, with no significant impact on the view from Harbor Drive to the parking structure.  The June 2014 report also noted that construction of the plaza would not exceed National Ambient Air Quality Standards, but would exceed California Ambient Air Quality Standards for NOx, PM10 and PM2.5. According to the report, these violations are not of huge risk to the environment though, and an increase in these chemicals was already expected to occur with aircraft operations in the future.  Construction of the parking structure also plans to follow guidelines set by the Memorandum of Understanding, an initiative used by the Airport to set provisions for recycling construction waste, developing infrastructure to support alternative fuels and reducing water use.  The Authority has also partnered with Borrego Solar to build a 3.3 megawatt solar energy system on the rooftops of the Parking Plaza and Terminal 2 set to supply 10 to 13 percent of the energy needs for Terminal 1 and 2.  Spokespersons from the Port of San Diego and South County Economic Development Council both said the Airport Authority has gone to lengths to organize presentations to keep local entities appraised with the status of the project and ask for feedback. Next on the agenda for Airport staff is the preparation of project designs, and obtaining a California coastal development permit. Construction companies will then bid to take hold of the project, and building will commence.  For more information about the San Diego Airport Authority, visit

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San Diego unemployment rate slightly increases McKenna Aiello Downtown News

June saw a slight increase in the unemployment rate in San Diego County, according to a report released by California’s Employment Development Department (EDD). Coming in at 6.1 percent, this number is up from 5.8 percent during the month of May, which was also the lowest unemployment mark since 2008. San Diego’s unemployment rate has witnessed a pretty streamlined decline over the past couple of years, but months like June are a testament to its bumps along the way. A July 2014 report released by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) says this increase is natural, and nothing to be alarmed about. “Historically, a rise in the unemployment rate is common in June, as many students and other seasonal workers begin looking for summer employment, thus driving up the labor force …” the report stated. “This trend is expected to continue throughout the summer, but is typical both historically and across the country.” Of the 1,590,800 San Diegans in the labor force, 96,500 were unemployed in June. Though with 3,200 people entering the labor force from May to June, it should come as no surprise that the total unemployment increased by 3,900, much of which was likely comprised of those newly entering the labor force.  Although the county suffered a small rise in the unemployment rate, the EDC and EDD point out changes in many sectors of San Diego’s employment power that saw a positive increase. From May to June leading sectors in employment growth included arts, entertainment and recreation – up 1,700; professional, scientific and technical ser vices – up 1,400; and trade, transportation and utilities – up 1,200, according to the EDD report released on July 18. And like most San Diego summers, the tourism industry accounted for more than 34 percent of the region’s private employment growth, adding 3,000 jobs between May and June and 5,700 jobs within the past year. While San Diego’s innovation sector of job opportunities, comprised of professional, scientific and technical services, added 1,400 jobs since May and 6,800 jobs since June 2013, Microsoft’s recent announcement of a wide-scale employee cut back could jeopardize this faction in San Diego. Earlier this month the computer software company announced that 18,000 employees would lose their jobs over the next year. The layoffs will include both factory and professional jobs, but will take the largest stab at phone company Nokia, which Microsoft purchased less than a year ago for $7.2 billion. Of the 12,500 layoffs expected to come from Nokia, about 378 workers will be let go from its 198,734-square foot San Diego-based Nokia facility located at 16620 West Bernardo Dr., according to a Microsoft official. “While we plan to reduce the engineering in Beijing and San Diego, both sites will continue to have supporting roles, including affordable devices in Beijing and supporting specific US requirements in San Diego,” Microsoft Executive Vice President Stephen Elop told employees in an email. For now, the actual impact of Microsoft’s cutbacks on San Diego’s labor force is unclear, but through the rest of summer, “America’s Finest City” can expect a steady decline in unemployment as the local economy adjusts to market changes caused by increased tourism and recreational activities.v


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Correction In a recent stor y that focused on the giving efforts of a local web development group [“Rekindling Downtown; local techie group facilitates the philanthropic spirit of a 10 year old,” Vol. 15, Issue, 7], we got a few things wrong. The corrections were made online immediately but we also wanted to share them here. Ten-year-old Kaylee Hooley co-founded the non-profit “reKindle” with her father, Chris Hooley; she didn’t launch it on her own. The Control Group’s “flagship” website is called; not Chris Hooley’s correct title is “director of search marketing” for Instant Checkmate; not director of research and marketing for The Control Group. And finally, we misspelled the name of The Control Group’s cofounder. His name is Kris Kibak; not Chris Keyback. We regret the errors.


College depression By Jeremy Bamidele The recent string of school shootings has inspired school administrators to start taking a closer look at mental illness and the dangers it may cause when left unchecked. Mental illness is not static; it progresses with time. We live in an interconnected world; consequently, we do not have the luxury to look at mental illness within a vacuum or as a personal issue. Instead, the way that mental illness affects communities must be addressed. Colleges are especially important to look at since most mental disorders manifest themselves during this stressful period of time. One of the most common ailments that affect the college population is depression. Depression differs from the typical oneto-two days of blues and instead stretches for weeks and even years of time. “30 percent of college students reported feeling ‘so depressed that it was difficult to function,’’’ according to a study by the National Institute of Mental Health.

The American Freshman: National Norms survey of over 200,000 college students indicates that mental health in colleges is at its lowest point since the organization began obtaining data over 25 years ago. This is especially troubling because the long-term consequences of early-onset depression are more severe than those of late-onset depression. Early-onset depression can halt developmental changes from occurring, leading to underdevelopment in all areas of life. Over 50 percent of those who suffer one lapse of depression will suffer another one and the chances of developing chronic depression increases with each episode. Early onset depression is a predictor of other potentially more serious mental disorders developing somewhere down the line. The fact that depression is common among college students seems paradoxical when looking at depression as an illness that is derived from sadness due to social triggers such as loneliness, after all colleges are filled with peers. However, the paradox is actually a result of the misinterpretation of the nature of depression. While mental health problems are often triggered by external factors, their persis-

tence comes from a change in brain activity. This change in brain activity persists even when the external factors that triggered the depression are removed. While predispositions to depression are often genetic, there are ways to prevent the likelihood of developing depression and the slew of mental disorders that can result from it. One is the maintenance of one’s overall health through diet and regular exercise. Exposure to sunlight can also help ward off depression. Depression rates are highest in countries with shorter sunlight hours. Many depressive states actually come from magnesium deficiency. A diet high in magnesium has not only shown to prevent the onset of depression but actually reverse its effects once it has begun. Avoiding stressful situations is one of the best ways to prevent the onset of depression and other mental disorders.

street. In the middle was a rapidly growing (and increasingly irritated) mob of very hot and tired people. The throng continued to push and shove so people could try to make their way around the waiting bus riders, but there was no outlet and the crush of bodies was approaching critical mass. I made my way to the doors and begged the yellow-shirted security guys to open the doors to alleviate some of the bottleneck by allowing some of the people to move down the hallways past the stationary group of bus riders. I told him people were going to get injured if they didn’t do something fast. The “professional” security guard in the yellow-shirt looked at me like a deer caught in headlights. He threw his arms up and said there was nothing he could do. I reiterated that the crush of the growing mob was going to reach dangerous proportions and people would be injured. But still he did nothing but walk around in confused circles. The intense training he received during his security guard education obviously did not involve snap decision-making protocols for the interest of public safety. Behind him were four First Aid responders who were sitting on chairs pretending not to hear what was happening. I begged the security guard to bring one of the First Aid responders to the door, and maybe THEY could authorize reopening the doors to alleviate

the mounting pressure of the crowd. They continued to sit on their thumbs, laughing with each other, ignoring the situation outside the Convention Center. The security guard continued to stand there, confused and dazed. Not once did a First Aid responder glance toward the locked door despite our continual banging. Not only that, but the two police officers who were present never once investigated what the ruckus was about, nor did they take any pro-active action to insure public safety in this growing and horrible situation. I find it ironic that, at a convention that celebrates “fictional” heroes, not one of the security guards or first responders onsite found it within their human condition to be a “real” hero that day; to take a risk and implement action to help people in misery. I was utterly disgusted and disappointed by these “professional” security people who chose to ignore a potentially life-threatening situation instead of taking action. Perhaps some serious retraining of San Diego’s police force, first aid responders and security personnel is in order. And perhaps that retraining should include a rigorous regimen of comic book reading, so they can learn what real heroes do in situations of that nature.

—Jeremy Bamidele is a nationally syndicated journalist and graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. He has lectured about mental health throughout the Greek fraternity and sorority system.


Comic-Con Confusion This letter is intended to campaign for a policy change at Comic Con in order to mitigate a situation that I fear will someday result in injury or death. When the exhibit floor closed at 7 p.m. last Friday July 25, a throng of thousands of people flooded the sidewalk outside the Convention Center. Thousands were trying to move west, while the same amount of people were trying to move east. The flow of foot traffic was moving slowly but steadily until the sidewalk narrowed at the midpoint of the Convention Center. It was there that two uniformed police officers were yelling at people to stay on the sidewalk and off the street. Unfortunately, this particular spot is also where the buses stop to load their riders. So the huge mob of people who were stopped to wait for the buses were completely clogging the flow of foot traffic in both directions. The doors to the Convention Center hallways had been closed and locked and were being guarded by yellow-shirted security personnel making sure nobody re-entered the building.  On one side you had locked, guarded doors. On the other side you had police officers forbidding people from overflowing on to the

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DowntownBriefs COMICS DRIVE FOR MARINE CORPS EXTENDED In support of San Diego Comic Con International, the Hard Rock Café — located at 801 Fourth Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter — started a comic book drive for ser vicemembers of the United States Marine Corps stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar who are currently ser ving overseas. The first 1,000 people who came by to donate a comic book got a limited edition “True Hero U.S.M.C.” lanyard, good for 20 percent off all food, non-alcoholic drink and retail purchases at Hard Rock Café through July 27. Due to overwhelming response, this drive — and the lanyard offer — has now been extended through August 10. Those dropping off a comic book at Hard Rock San Diego by that date will help our local Marines who are deployed, get the commemorative lanyard and qualify for the discounts. For more information call 619615-7643 or visit HardRock. com/SanDiego. CLEAN & SAFE TEAM TACKLES ANOTHER COMIC CON This year’s Comic Con brought more than 130,000 local and international visitors and popculture enthusiasts to the streets of Downtown San Diego July 24 through July 27. All the additional visitors brought additional work to the Clean & Safe team of San Diego Downtown Partnership, offering them six times their normal workload. That additional workload included removing 23.05 tons of trash, removing 4,949 stickers, cleaned up 18,622 flyers and posters, and emptied 3,368 trash cans. In a standard seven-day week around Downtown San Diego, the Clean & Safe crew typically removes seven tons of trash and empties 2,000 trashcans. “Once again, our Clean & Safe team went above and beyond to ensure that Downtown looked its very best,” said Clean & Safe’s Executive Director Bahija Hamraz, in a release. “The Clean & Safe employees maneuvered through hundreds of thousands of Comic-Con attendees and spectators to pick up trash, stickers, and other debris left behind, ensuring that the annual event did not negatively impact the community and Downtown property owners.” The Clean & Safe program operates as a property and business improvement district under the Downtown San Diego Partnership, providing maintenance, landscaping and security patrol services 24-hours per day for the neighborhoods of Core/Columbia, Cortez, East Village, the Gaslamp Quarter and the Marina District. “Comic Con has come and gone once again, and thanks to the Clean & Safe program the Gaslamp looks even better for the experience,” said Jimmy Parker, executive director of the Gaslamp Quarter Association, in the release. To learn more about Clean & Safe, visit SAN DIEGO PRESS CLUB MOVES DOWNTOWN After 15 years of moving around to various locations, the San Diego Press Club has finally found a permanent home in the Spreckels Building, located at 121 Broadway, Downtown. The club, which is currently celebrat-

ing it’s 40th anniversary, has taken over 800 square feet in the historic building, and will use the spacious “Suite 640” for board and committee meetings, professional development workshops, social events and overall management of the club. “As one of the largest press clubs in America, we are the conduit for keeping over 400 members connected to current media trends,” said Club President Maggie Espinosa in a release. “The new office will allow us to offer additional stellar programs and social gatherings. We invite our colleagues to stop by and check out our new headquarters.” Operational hours of the club are still to be determined. “We are delighted that the Press Club is here,” said John Shales, general manager of the Spreckels Building in the release. “The Club is an integral part of the community, and its work is important to maintain the profession and to monitor the ever-changing face of the media world.” The Press Club’s website,, its phone number, 619-231-4340, and email, remains the same.

NEW LEADER FOR CIVIC SAN DIEGO Mayor Kevin Faulconer recently appointed Reese Jarrett to lead Civic San Diego, the City’s nonprofit for public-private redevelopment projects. Jarrett is a former KPBS Local Hero, selected because of his accomplishments as a businessman and his dedication to transforming urban neighborhoods. With a career that spans over 30 years in real estate development, community engagement and financing, Jarrett, a San Diego native, will now run a nonprofit that’s focus is to revitalize urban neighborhoods, nurture small businesses and offer affordable housing options. “Civic San Diego is an important partner to our City and crucial cog in helping our City come together to build One San Diego,” said Faulconer said at the appointment ceremony. “Civic is also catalyst in developing our economy and helping our communities to grow and flourish. With that said, Civic San Diego must have someone at the helm who has the vision, expertise and cooperative spirit to lead and that person is Reese Jarrett.” Councilmember Myrtle Cole was also at the ceremony, and said she is “proud” to stand with the mayor announcing such a “key appointment” in her district, where she said has a “dire need for economic development and revitalization.” Jarrett said he was “looking forward” to the job and that it was going to be his goal to carry out the objectives of Faulconer’s “One San Diego.” TONY GWYNN MURAL COMES TO DOWNTOWN Und1sputed Gym, located at 320 16th St., in East Village, commissioned Wild Style Technicians (WST) to paint a mural on an outside wall of the building in memory of the late baseball star and San Diego legend. The mural was completed July 19, the anniversary of the first day Gwynn joined the Padres 32 years before. Three local artists with WST — Sake, Zone and Izze — used spray cans to construct the 12 x 61 foot mural, which includes typical Padres colors during the majority of Gwynn’s tenure (brown, orange and yellow), an image of Gwynn holding a bat,

his #19 jersey, and the words “Mr. Padre” in readable graffiti art, reminiscent of New York City subway trains in the 1970s and ‘80s, which all three artists are students of. Zone and Izze grew up in nearby Spring Valley. For more information about the mural, call Und1sputed at 619450-6999.

CITY LAUNCHES ‘FIRST-EVER’ BICYCLE ADVISORY BOARD In March, the San Diego City Council unanimously approved a Bicycle Advisory Committee to oversee and provide guidance on all the burgeoning bicycle projects popping up all over the county. The committee will assist in making bicycling in San Diego safer, more accessible, implementing the new Bicycle Master Plan Update, and making San Diego a more bike-able city overall. Andy Hanshaw, currently executive director of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition (SDBC), was appointed to the board, along with a total of seven other advising members from neighborhoods around the county, including Kyle Heiskala of Hillcrest; Kathleen Keehan of Rancho Bernardo; Michael Brennan of Hillcrest; Nicole Burgess of Point Loma; Petr Krysl of University City; Randy Van Vleck of Golden Hill; and Samantha Ollinger of City Heights. The board’s term will be two years, ending July 1, 2016. “The City has a lot of great bicycling initiatives coming to fruition and copious opportunities to become one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation,” said Hanshaw in a press release. “I look forward to working with the committee members and elevating San Diego to be a premiere city for bicycling.” The SDBC protects and advocates for the rights of all people who ride bicycles. San Diego becomes one of numerous cities around the country with formally appointed bicycle advisory committees. For more information on SDBC visit SDMT ANNOUNCES NEW SEASON IN NEW HOME The San Diego Musical Theatre (SDMT) will be moving to the historic, 1463-seat Spreckels Theatre, located at 121 Broadway in Downtown, for its 2015 season. The historic theater, which opened its doors in 1912, has 1463 seats and has long been a San Diego attraction. SDMT’s 2015 season, which includes four Broadway musical productions is as follows: West Side Story, directed by James Vasquez, Feb. 13 – March 1; Singin’ in the Rain, directed by Todd Nielsen, May 22 – June 7; La Cage Aux Folles, directed by Larry Raben, Sept. 25 – Oct 11; and White Christmas, directed by Todd Nielsen, Nov. 27 – Dec. 6. The next show of SDMT’s 2014 lineup is “Next to Normal.” Opening night for “Next to Normal” at the North Park Theatre, located at 2891 University Ave., is Sept. 27 and it runs through Oct. 12. For more info on both seasons, visit SIGN UP FOR SDCC CLASSES Those interested in taking classes during the fall semester at San Diego City, Mesa or Miramar colleges are encouraged to apply now in order to begin registering for classes beginning Aug. 4. The 16-week semester starts Aug. 18, and administration staff said students should begin planning now because the district expects to see an increased demand for

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DINE OUT FOR THE CURE Almost ever yone has heard of Race for the Cure, the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s annual charity marathon, but you don’t have to break a sweat if you want to help fight breast cancer — you just have to go out to eat. As part of Komen San Diego’s second annual Dine Out for the Cure on Aug. 14, certain restaurants will donate 25 to 50 percent of that day’s profit to the charity. Participating restaurants nearby include Croce’s Park West at 2760 Fifth Ave. in Bankers Hill; Broken Yolk Café at 1760 Camino del Rio North in Mission Valley; Redfield’s Sports Bar at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, Downtown; and Nothing Bundt Cake at 5624 Mission Center Rd. in Mission Valley. After deducting overhead of 13 percent, Komen San Diego dedicates 75 percent of its revenue to local education, screening and treatment programs and 25 percent to international medical research. For details on other participating restaurants, visit


CITY RESTRICTS E-CIGARETTES The City of San Diego will soon begin treating electronic cigarettes like tobacco cigarettes under new ordinances approved by the City Council on July 28. The council voted unanimously to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes (also known as “vaping”) wherever cigarette smoking is currently prohibited, including public beaches, parks, sports facilities, sidewalk cafes and other enclosed public spaces, including restaurants. The council also unanimously agreed to regulate the retail sale of e-cigarettes the same way the City regulates the sale of tobacco products, by requiring retailers to obtain a police permit and banning e-cigarette vending machines. Much of the discussion from councilmembers focused on the perceived impacts of e-cigarettes on children. The ordinances were proposed and developed by Councilmember Mark Kersey, who represents the city’s northeastern neighborhoods in District 5. TRANSITIONAL STORAGE CENTER GIVES THANKS San Diego-based nonprofit Girls Think Tank hosted a “Welcome Home” event on Saturday, July 26. The organization dedicated to “advancing basic human dignity for displaced San Diegans”

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BRIEFS celebrated the new location of their Transitional Storage Center (TSC) and held the event to thank community members for support and donations. The invitation-only event featured live music with food provided by Carnitas’ Snack Shack. Local leaders in attendance who have lent their support were Rick Gentry, CEO of the San Diego Housing Commission; Bahija Hamraz, executive director of the Clean & Safe program of San Diego Downtown Partnership; Dan Bamberg and Molly Hoot of the City Attorney’s office; and David Ross. TSC, located at 252 16th St. in the East Village neighborhood of Downtown, is a collection of 353 bins in which displaced individuals can store belongings during their job search or while attending school as they work towards transitioning back into a housed life. The new location boasts the most bins TSC has ever offered, but with a waiting list of over 120 people there is still a need for more storage bins. For more information or to donate visit

SEXUAL ASSAULT BILL INTRODUCED TO CONGRESS On July 30, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) introduced the Survivor Outreach and Support Campus Act (S.O.S. Campus Act), which would require colleges throughout the nation to an establish independent, on-campus advocate supporting

sexual assault victims. These advocates would be responsible for ensuring a victim has access to medical care, law enforcement guidance, forensic exams, counseling and information on their legal rights, regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime. The bill follows widespread criticisms of universities for underreporting and under-scrutinizing sexual assault cases. “Survivors of sexual assault deserve an advocate who will fight for them every step of the way,” Boxer stated in a press release. “Our bill, which has been endorsed by the University of California, will help encourage more victims to come forward and report these heinous crimes.” The bill was introduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives as an amendment to the Higher Education Act.

PHIL’S ‘BIG BBQ AT THE BALLPARK’ RETURNS Phil’s BBQ will host its sixth annual Big BBQ at the Ballpark on Aug. 11 in Petco Tailgate Park (corner of 14th Street and Imperial Avenue). The event benefits the Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County’s military mentoring program, Operation Bigs. In honor of the program celebrating its 10th year, Phil’s is aiming to raise $100,000. BBQ admission includes ribs and chicken, two sides, a blended beverage from Dlush, and a ticket to the Padres vs. Rockies game at 7:10 p.m. There are also VIP ticketing options and meal-only options for those who already have game

tickets. The event will feature children’s activities, a photo booth, live music and more. Ballast Point and Karl Strauss will sponsor a beer garden for guests 21+. 100 percent of ticket sales will go to Operation Bigs. The BBQ will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. For tickets and more visit

HILLCREST BUSINESSES CELEBRATE CITYFEST Thirty years ago this summer, the iconic Hillcrest sign located on University Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets was taken down for repairs. When it was replaced in August 1984, the party surrounding the relighting ceremony in under the sign became the first-ever Cityfest. Now a huge, day-long street fair, Cityfest returns to Hillcrest on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 12 noon to 11 p.m. This year’s event covers six blocks and features a waterslide, a play zone for kids, a foster animal petting zoo, a beer garden for the adults and more than 250 vendors. Live bands and DJs will play music on a stage located at the corner of Fifth and University avenues presented by The Merrow. The event attracts more than 150,000 people ever y year, according to the Hillcrest Business Improvement Association, which organizes the event. The association uses funds raised at the event to maintain the Hillcrest sign and pay for other beautification projects in the neighborhood. To learn more about Cityfest, visit or call 619-299-3330v


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St. Paul’s relationship with the developers of the Celadon comes on the heels of a partnership a year ago that gave 11 seniors an opportunity to improve their living quarters by taking up residence at the three-story Parker-Kier apartment site in Bankers Hill. The new living quarters at Parker-Kier have reportedly been a welcome reprieve for the PACE recipients. According to the organization, many of the seniors previously lived in single-room occupancy apartments with shared bathrooms and, in some cases, bug infestation problems. Curran Gaughan, social work supervisor with St. Paul’s PACE, said collaboration between a cross-section of different finan-

such venues as grocery stores, a library, post office and park. “We are delighted to bring this volume of affordability and resident services to downtown San Diego – particularly at a transitoriented location,” BRIDGE President and CEO Cynthia Parker said in a statement. The apartment units are largely subsidized, though PACE and MHSA recipients will typically pay a small percentage of the overall rental cost. In each instance, the rental amount is meant to fall well within the recipient’s monthly income. In some instances, Gaughan said PACE recipients have been contending with apartment rental fees that exceeded their monthly incomes in other living arrangements. In the case of the ParkerKier and Celadon sites, a cap has been placed to prevent such

An artist’s rendering of the completed building. (Courtesy St. Paul’s PACE) ciers, organizations and agencies has made the housing arrangements a reality. “There really are many different parties involved in this,” Gaughan said. “I think it’s going to be a win-win for everyone involved. For us, it’s going to give seniors an opportunity to live with dignity.” The San Diego Housing Commission has been one of the key backers of the PACE arrangement. Other financial contributors to the project include County of San Diego’s Behavioral Health Services, the California Department of Housing and Community Development, California Housing Finance Agency and U.S. Bank. The 63 PACE apartments at the downtown Celadon complex are one piece of a larger puzzle. San Francisco-based BRIDGE Housing has developed the property, which will feature a total of 250 apartments aimed at individuals and small families. All of the apartments within the Celadon – a development carrying a $74.3 million price tag – are described as “affordable” and are being designated for different purposes. In addition to the PACE apartments, an additional 88 units are being designated for San Diegans receiving benefits through the county’s Mental Health Services Act. BRIDGE, which specializes in affordable housing developments, said a major selling point of the Celadon was its close proximity to a number of amenities. It is three blocks from a major trolley stop and is within walking distance to

occurrences from happening in the future. Seniors living in the ParkerKier development pay 20 percent of their monthly income, and a similar set-up is expected at the Celadon. While PACE is playing a role in assisting the seniors in relocating to their new living quarters, staff members of the organization will continue to assist recipients after the transition has been completed. The goal, Gaughan said, is to ensure the recipients can live independently. But PACE will provide medication services, light housekeeping, bathing and laundry services. “There’s much more to all this than just putting up a building and having people move in,” Gaughan said. “We’re going to be there to step in and help out.” While no future housing plans have been finalized, Gaughan said he is optimistic additional subsidized apartment units could be created for PACE recipients. “This seems to be a system that is working well,” he said. “We’ve been having some exciting results come from all this.” For more information on St. Paul’s PACE, visit the organization’s website at —Dave Fidlin has been a professional journalist for more than a dozen years. Throughout his career, he has contributed to a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites across the nation. He has a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.


Fergus Mulvaney at work on his sculpture “Can you hear me now?”(Courtesy USSSC)

Pageant of the masters Sand sculptors travel from around the world to San Diego for world class event Morgan M. Hurley Downtown Editor

There are only about a dozen major sand-sculpting events in the entire world, and one of the best of those events is held every year right here in San Diego over Labor Day weekend. Held for many years in Imperial Beach on the sand, today’s U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition is held on the B Street Pier, located 1140 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown. This is the third year at the new location, and despite a great deal of construction last year along the Embarcadero, the event went off without a hitch. “I think the best thing about last year were the sculptures and the sculptors,” said Gordon Summer, co-director of the event with his wife Joyce. “The sculptures were amazing and the sculptors, it’s just a wonderful bunch of people. They’re from all over the world and it’s kind of like a little community. They all know each other.” Summer said though there will be a little construction still visible along Pacific Highway, officials have told him that the area from the B Street Pier south to Broadway will be completely clear. New last year was the addition of the 3D Art Expo, which brought dozens of metal, wood, glass, clothing and fine jewelry artists together

to sell their wares to attendees after they had meandered through the sand sculptures. This year the expo expects over 1,000 works of art and other media. Also returning are the popular food trucks, and the huge sandbox where younger kids can frolic to their heart’s content. New this year is a beer garden, the first introduction of alcohol vendors to the event since the move to B Street Pier. Run by the San Diego Athletic League, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, it will be open all four days of the event and restricted to 21+. Gates open at 9 a.m. every day and the live entertainment starts at 11 a.m., with a full lineup that changes every hour. Some of the entertainment includes: Rob Thorsen, Gilbert Castellanos, Ruby and the Red Hots, Bill Caballero, Jay and Janet and more. For those who like to see the masters in action, it is recommended to get there on Thursday to see their masterpieces coming to life. They’ll have started their sculptures the day before and must complete them no later than 2 p.m. on Saturday. Friday is Military Appreciation Day, sponsored by the Stacy Werner of Inslider Food Truck. Active military with identification and up to three family members are free. The rest of the weekend military will get $3 off tickets. Gordon Kohl will honor the military attendees on stage while performing military-inspired music from 2 – 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights, the event closes at 7 p.m. but on Saturday night, the gates stay open until 10 p.m. On Saturday, the Cool Carvers

— three sculptors to a team — will compete from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Also on Saturday, starting at 4 p.m., Council President Todd Gloria will be presenting the awards to the World Masters, where $60,000 is at stake this year. All the World Masters are returning from last year and but they have a couple new ones, since a couple of the masters that competed last year are now working with the event to manage the sand sculpting challenge. The “World Masters” competing in the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge are the best in the world and considered celebrities throughout the sand sculpting circuit. A couple days prior to the event, this year’s world masters will be celebrated by organizers, and state and local officials at an undisclosed location. This year’s competitor’s are again from all over the world. Helena Bangert of the Netherlands has been sculpting since 2000. She’s won various first and secondplace events around the world. Melineige Beuregard of Quebec, Canada has been a sculptor since 2001. Beauregard is a grand champion of a “quicksand” competition in Sarasota, Florida. She also has won several other top awards. Michela Ciappini of Italy started sculpting in 2003. She won a first place doubles in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2012. Rusty Croft of Carmel, California was the grand prize winner in San Diego’s World Master’s Classic in 2012. He is a co-host of Sand Masters on the Travel Channel. New Jersey native John Gowdy now calls Italy home, and has been playing with sand since 1990. He has numerous first place awards as both an amateur and a pro around the world. Chris Guinto, of Key West, Florida, picked up sculpting in 2000 and is married to an award-winning master sculptor. This is Guinto’s first appearance in San Diego and the first participant from the East Coast. Joris Kivits is also from the Netherlands and began sculpting in 2006. He has competed all over the world in singles and doubles. Sandis Kondrats is from Latvia and has been sculpting since 2001. Kondrats also was a grand prize winner in San Diego last year. Sue McGrew has been sculpting since high school in Tacoma, Washington. She is one of the youngest professional sculptors. Fergus Mulvaney of Dublin, Ireland has been sculpting since 1993. He took second place last year in San Diego. Bruce Phillips has been sculpting with sand for over 20 years. He

San Diego Downtown News | August 2014 won best masters sculpture here in San Diego in 2013. Kirk Rademaker hails from Stinson Beach, California and has been a sand sculptor since 1997. He has 9 World Master awards under his belt. JOOheng Tan of Singapore has been sculpting since 2000 and 2014 is his debut in San Diego. He is traveling further than any other world master to participate. Organizers of the event are encouraging attendees to use public transportation. To facilitate this, MTS has partnered with the USSSC. “This is at least our third year supporting the event,” said Rob Schupp, MTS representative. “MTS gets involved in partnerships like this where it makes sense for riders to come to the events and to avoid parking and driving hassles. “What I look for in a partner is someone who is really wiling to push the transit alternative for people who are attending their event and [Joyce and Gordon] do an exceptional job of letting people know that riding the trolley or the buses to downtown to come to this event makes a lot of sense, and they provide our riders a $3 discount if they show their ticket at the window so it’s a really great partnership and they do all they can to support transit.” Back again from last year are the children’s rides, although there will be no zip line this year. Expect Bubble Fun and Euro Bungy both back by popular demand, however. Out of towners or those making the trek from North County can stay at The Sofia Hotel, a boutique hotel located at 150 W. Broadway. The Sofia is offering special rates to sand sculpting attendees. Visit their website at thesofiahotelcom or call them at 619-234-9200 and make sure you


“Castles on my mind” (Courtesy USSSC) mention the sand sculpting event. Each year organizers take a portion of the proceeds and make a donation to several local younth- centered organizations: Young Audiences of San Diego/Arts for Learning; All About the Kids; The Maritime Museum’s Children’s Education Fund; and the local Friends of the SPCA. “People came up to us and told us how fantastic last year’s event was,” said Joyce Summer, co-director. “People are still talking about it. It’s a nice family event and a breath of fresh air for San Diego.” The US Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition takes place Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 at the B Street Pier, located at 1140 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown. Tickets are available online and discounts are available in newspapers throughout San Diego. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit


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Laugh Factory finds a summer home at ‘The Del’

Geeking out (l to r) Ed Hollingsworth and Pete Hoban geek out (Courtesy PsyPhi Productions)

(l to r) S. Keala Milles, James P. Darvas, Sarah LeClair, Dakota Ringer, Devon Hollingsworth & Franklin DeBerg in “Geeks the Musical.” (Courtesy PsyPhi Productions)

Love in the time of Comic-con Emerson, the bitch queen of the world, and the fact that Kerr y meets her idol, has-been middleaged actor Mel Tyler (Ed HolThe opening night of “Geeks! lingsworth), who when younger The Musical” got lost someplayed the heroic Alien Avenger where in the first weekend of in a cult series. Passed over for a the San Diego International role in the new Fringe Festival. sequel, he is Booked into ion now reduced theatre comto attending pany by PsyPhi conventions, Productions, where he signs the little musiposters at $25 cal was created a pop. Tyler inby Thomas J. vites Kerr y to Misuraca (book dinner with his and lyrics) and THROUGH AUGUST 16 Alien Avenger Ruth JudkowThursdays & Fridays 8 p.m., filmmaking itz (music) Saturdays 6 & 9 p.m. friends. She is to harmonize thrilled and her with Comicphone message Con geeks and never reaches attendees. It is Sixth & Pennsylvania Jordan. directed by Patin Hillcrest A subplot rick Gates and Tickets $15 – $25 involves comic Lizzie Morse book creator with musical or 619-600-5020 wannabes direction by writer Audrina Brandon Sher(Lorina Alfaro) man. and her friend and illustrator Misuraca’s book follows “a Trey (M. Keala Milles), gaggle of geeks” during their attendance at the San Diego Comic who claims to be bisexual. Trey makes the Book/Sci-Fi Convention. Pete rounds, pitching his Hoban plays Jordan, a hetero drawings, to no avail. guy with a longing for Batman issue #92. He is so intent on find- Other geeks are played by Devon Hollinging the prized comic book that sworth and Dahe almost misses the geek of kota Ringer. The his life, Kerr y (vocally talented unevenly gifted actor Sarah LeClair, who also company works plays the recorded piano score). ver y hard to They meet over the comic book please. bin, and while Jordan’s straight It’s a sweet friend Chip (Franklin DeBerg) stor y with numerplays gay to distract Kerr y’s ous subplots insufferable gay companion, and songs such Emerson (James P. Dar vas), as “Geek to Jordan and make a dinner date. Geek,” “Woman The date is soon derailed by

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in Sci-Fi,” “Bi Guy” and “Who’s Who of Dr. Who.” The music is generic, var ying little in tempo and presentation, and perhaps by tongue-in-cheek intent, set up with clunky dialogue as introduction. You don’t have to be a geek to get the 80-minute intermission-less show, but sadly much of the humor flew over audience heads July 10. The show is much funnier than it plays. Certainly Comic-Con attendees will be more fully in tune with the work. The best musicians in the company are LeClair and longtime San Diego musical theatre stalwart Ed Hollingsworth, who is progenitor, along with his wife Marian, of an entire gaggle of talented kids, among them Morgan. A veteran of Starlight, Moonlight, and San Diego Musical Theatre (a touching General Waverly in the recent “White Christmas”), he is the solid heart of the show. Scenic designer is Ron Logan, who suggests the entire convention with a few deft touches and some posters. Mar y Summerday’s costumes are a hoot, especially the Hollingsworths’ Avenger get-ups. “Geeks! The Musical” performances continue through August 16. Showtimes 8 p.m. Thursdays – Fridays, 6 and 9 p.m. on Saturdays, with additional Comic-Con week performances found on web site BlkBox is located at ion theatre company, Sixth & Pennsylvania, Hillcrest. Tickets $15 – $25, 619-600-5020, ext. 10. — Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. Her book “San Diego, Jewel of the California Coast” (Northland Publishing) is currently available in bookstores. She can be reached at charb81@

Sarah LeClair (Courtesy PsyPhi Productions)

(clockwise from top) “The Del” (Courtesy Hotel del Coronado); Comedian Gerry Bednob; Laugh Factory founder and CEO Jamie Masada (Courtesy Laugh Factory) Kai Oliver-Kurtin Downtown News

In its first public San Diego debut, the Laugh Factory is bringing standup comedy to Hotel del Coronado, weekly through Labor Day. Now in its 35th year, the internationally known comedy club is renown for booking the biggest names in the industry, many of which will take the stage Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights this summer in The Hotel del’s Carousel Room. “We hope to bring smiles and laughter to San Diego,” said Jamie Masada, Laugh Factory founder and CEO. “I really believe laughter is the best medicine — comics are doctors to the soul.” Although this is the first time the Laugh Factory has held public shows in San Diego, their talent has visited local military bases in the past to perform for wounded servicemembers. “Laugher is an international language that brings people together regardless of race or religion,” said Masada, who launched Laugh Factory’s Comedy Camp for underprivileged children almost 30 years ago. “I always tell people who come in, if they’re stressed or upset, sometimes you just need to go somewhere and laugh,” he said. At its original location on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California, the Laugh Factory has helped launched many of today’s most popular comedians. That list includes, but is certainly not limited to, the likes of Tim Allen, Roseanne Barr, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Jim Carrey, Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook, Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Foxworthy, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Bob Saget, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, Robin Williams, and many more. “We are excited to partner with the internationally-known Laugh Factory this summer and create

memorable experiences for locals and guests alike,” said Andre Zotoff, the Hotel del’s vice president and general manager, in a release announcing the partnership. “We are constantly trying to find new, exciting ways to continue delivering unforgettable moments and build on our established partnerships.” Masada visits cities across the country to scout for new talent, watching up to 20 shows in a single night. Every once in a while he finds a diamond in the rough and is able to open the door for a new comedian to one of the rarest professions in the world. Laugh Factory recently launched its inaugural “Funniest Person in the World” competition online that will give one lucky up-and-comer the opportunity to participate in a nationwide tour and a grand prize of $10,000. Regular upcoming summer shows at The Del are still being finalized, but are sure to include headliner Bobby Collins with opener Jimmie J.J. Walker through Aug. 2, and Ron Pearson with Gerry Bednob Aug. 7 – 9. Thursday shows begin at 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday shows are held at 8 and 10 p.m. The 8 p.m. shows are considered PG-13 and the 10 p.m. shows are rated R. “At our shows, we guarantee you will laugh or you’ll get your money back,” Masada said. General admission tickets for Laugh Factory shows at The Del cost $35 and VIP tickets, which include early entry and guaranteed seating, are $45. Some prices may vary based upon the performance. The Hotel del Coronado is located at 1500 Orange Ave., in Coronado. More information is available at, and tickets can be purchased at —Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a local freelance reporter who also works full-time doing social media marketing for the U.S. Navy. She enjoys covering events, restaurant news, culture and entertainment. Contact her at

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The much-anticipated Florent Restaurant & Lounge recently grand opened in the two-level space that previously operated as Jimmy Love’s. Housed in a landmark structure that once ser ved as a bank, a jail and San Diego’s City Hall, the 8,000-squarefoot hotspot was designed by Michael Soriano, who meshes a bygone style with edgy modern élan. Executive Chef Rich Sweeny of R Gang Eater y in Hillcrest heads the menu, which includes dishes such as duck confit hash ser ved during weekend brunch and pork tomahawk chops and pan-roasted trout available during nightly dinners. 672 Fifth Ave., 619-595-0123.

Ethnically diverse dishes incorporating organics at the peak of their season appear in newly introduced three-course dinners tailored for the month of August at Saltbox. The $35 meals, conceived by Chef de Cuisine Jeremiah Bryant, include items such as charred kale salad with strawberries, Belgian-style mussels with fingerling potato chips and summer squash risotto harboring fresh herbs. The pre-fixed meals are available from 3 to 11 p.m. daily through the end of the month. Infused rums and tequilas also appear in several new cocktails. 1047 Fifth Ave., 619-515-3093.

The newly appointed general manager at Noble Experiment, Trevor Easter, has rolled out a slate of signature cocktails that rely on under-utilized spirits and ingredients he discovered while bartending at several establishments in San Francisco. The “Son of a Gun,” for example, blends house-made almond liqueur (orgeat) with Jamaican rum and herby Angostura bitters. He’s also using summer-fresh peaches in a bourbon-based julep as well as fino sherry and yellow chartreuse for a stirred-gin cocktail called Nome. 777 G St., 619-888-4713.

Trevor Easter of Noble Experiment (Courtesy of Nobel Experiment)

The freshly remodeled Indigo Grill (Courtesy of H2 Public Relations) The iconic Indigo Grill in Little Italy has undergone a complete remodel under the direction of acclaimed San Diego designer Philippe Beltran. The redo ushers in sleek industrial elements set against blueindigo colors, plus an expanded al fresco terrace and fire pits. Founding Chef Deborah Scott brought in seasoned Chef James Maitland to help execute a revised menu of inventive Latin-inspired dishes. They include anticucho boards, quesdo fundido using melted petit Basque cheese with house-made chorizo — and for the adventurous — tamarind-jalapeno glazed pig tails. 1536 India St., 619-234-6802.

Grilled, marinated beef (bulgogi) at the new Saja Kitchen

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Restaurateur Alex Thao of Rama and Lucky Lui’s has launched a third Downtown venture called Saja Kitchen, promoted as “an amplified Korean bistro.” Small plates include Korean pancakes with citrus soy sauce, tofu stew, short ribs and classic hotpots. Helming the menu is Executive Chef Jason Velasquez, formerly of Katsuya. The 2,200 space features an exhibition kitchen and sidewalk patio. 417 Fourth Ave., 619-566-9449. Coming in spring of next year to a swath of new public spaces that are under development by the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan along Harbor Drive is Carnitas’ Snack Shack. The 750-square-foot walk-up will feature a similar pork-centric menu seen at its other locations in North Park and Del Mar. Chef-owner Hanis Cavin, who recently won the bid to operate near the foot of Broadway, assures that his popular “triple threat” sandwich stacked with pork schnitzel, pulled pork and bacon, will carry over. —Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at


Celebrity chef in the house At five months in, Juniper and Ivy still carries the raging buzz of a much-anticipated restaurant making its grand opening. Situated in the former Helix Wholesale Co. building, the eyepopping space with its exhibition, Las Vegas-style kitchen is headed by Bravo’s Top Chef: All-Stars winner, Richard Blais, who moved here from Atlanta to spearhead the project. For foodies who followed his culinary wizardry also on Science Channel’s Blais Off or read his book, “Try This at Home,” those are each reasons enough to come. For others who simply gravitate to big, action-packed dining rooms over celebrity hype, Juniper and Ivy duly delivers. Blais’ penchant for molecular gastronomy has taken a relaxed back seat in lieu of classic dishes with “Left Coast twists.” His sprawling kitchen, fronted by ample bar seating, is endowed with a hefty range, various grills, fryers, a pasta maker, sous-vide equipment and you name it. The meals that arise change frequently, enough to warrant date stamps on the menus. Visiting with a fellow first timer, we encountered several highs and a few lows. An ear of corn from the small plates section left us hankering for a dozen more. Soaked in lime butter and gently charred on a plancha grill, the corn received a draping of mayo, pork cracklings and what tasted like cotija cheese.

B Y F R A N K S A B AT I N I J R . Darn messy, but ravishing to the last kernel. Another small plate, duck confit served in a bowl with succotash and precious corn custard, wasn’t as unctuous as expected. Nor was it gamey. The composition of the dish tasted both homey and complex, although if eating it blindfolded, I would have guessed the meat as pulled pork. A watermelon salad with heirloom tomatoes played with our palates in a clever, stimulating way. The sweet, summery organics were contrasted by sour white-soy vinaigrette. Pickled rind in the mix added further tang while cotija cheese imparted a hint of creaminess, all registering on our taste buds simultaneously. A few “toast” creations were on the menu, basically large chunks of grilled bread topped with ingredients that take bruschetta to a higher level. One featured blackened shrimp with avocado and Japanese cucumbers. Another combined bay leaf and ricotta with heirlooms and shiso, an Asian herb used in pickling. Partaking in a chef’s tasting menu, we ended up with the carne cruda asada instead. The ground sirloin, layered beneath a few soft-cooked quail eggs, was seared briefly to warm the raw meat ever so slightly. But it lacked seasoning. Perhaps I’m too much

of a stickler for French versions of tartare, which play up ingredients like capers, mustard and onions to achieve the boldness I sorely missed here.

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Prices: snacks, small plates and raw-bar items, $5 to $20; pasta and entrees, $14 to $35 Our least favorite dish was smoked rigatoni strewn with pork and chopped prawns. In my opinion, these proteins co-exist at best rather than set off wedding bells. Secondly, the pasta tubes didn’t deliver the soft, lightweight quality of house-made pasta. And their smokiness, however achieved, tasted awkward. Next time around it’ll be linguini with clams and uni butter, which a few friends have

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(left) Chef extraordinaire Richard Blais of Juniper and Ivy (Photo by Tim King) (Above) Chicken from the rotisserie; watermelon-tomato salad; local corn; carne cruda with quail eggs (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.) rated as stellar. We were given license to choose a main entrée, which we shared with gusto. The plate featured a half, locally farmed chicken from the rotisserie that tasted exactly like poultry smells as it tenderly roasts. The infusion of herb butter under the skin was apparent, and the accompaniments were well-conceived: green harissa sauce for oomph plus “sea water potatoes” and Oregon chanterelle mushrooms adding to the overall comfort of the dish. Juniper and Ivy’s multi-tiered dining room is architecturally stunning, evenly lit, lively and noisy, but not to the point where you can’t converse. However, every wait staffer on the night we visited could have raised their voices a few more decibels through the din. We oftentimes couldn’t hear the food specs when they were explained to us from a few feet above our heads. The menu also extends to seafood from a raw bar such as oysters with horseradish “pearls” and corvine with pink lemonade – next time, for sure. Our meal ended with a chocolaty bang in a swooped-up Yodel made with devil’s food cake that was injected with a blast of liquid nitrogen to freeze the chopped berries inside. With hot chocolate drizzled on top and hazelnut brittle strewn throughout the roll, the dessert expertly meshed warm and cold temperatures, soft and crunchy textures and sweet and bitter flavors. Complimenting Blais’ innova-

tive cooking are standout cocktails constructed from a raised bar that looks down on the dining action. They contain things like vanillaclove foam in the gin-based Milly Vanilly and aloe liqueur in the minty tequila drink called Soltera. The wine list is equally ambitious, featuring numerous varietals from California and Europe, with a sturdy emphasis on France. Between seasonal bounties driving the menu and Blais’ aim on transcending the copycat mold of San Diego cooking, Juniper and Ivy has quickly become a destination for diners open to the unexpected. Yes, they do exist here and the nightly crowds certainly prove it. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began writing about food two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. He has since covered the culinary scene extensively for NBC, Pacific San Diego Magazine, San Diego Downtown News, San Diego Uptown News, Gay San Diego, and Living in Style Magazine. You can reach him at fsabatini@

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Please see below for Little Italy's August events! Every Saturday in August — Little Italy Summer Film Festival Join the Little Italy Association and Cinema Little Italy for the first annual Little Italy Summer Film Festival. The Little Italy Summer Film Festival shows every Saturday until Aug. 30, held at the Amici Park Amphitheater (W. Date & State Streets). It may be chilly, so be sure to bring a light jacket or blanket to keep yourself warm. No alcoholic beverages or animals permitted. Aug. 2 – Marine Band San Diego Summer Concert The Little Italy Association is proud to host the Marine Band San Diego for a Summer Concert on W. Date Street between India and Columbia streets starting at 6 p.m. W. Date Street will come alive with service men and women performing some of America’s most beautiful and traditional music alongside their Jazz Band and Party Band. This is a concert not to miss. It is free and open to all ages. Aug. 21 — NoLI Nights To celebrate the changing façade of the northern end of the neighborhood, Little Italy Association has launched quarterly events in North Little Italy. This summer’s lands on Aug. 21 from 5 – 9 p.m. NoLI Nights is one evening each quarter of the calendar year, designed to show off some of the newest, most unique events and offerings at North Little Italy galleries, restaurants, boutiques and shops. Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 — Labor Day weekend West Coast Stickball Tournament Come and watch the streets of Little Italy come alive with the good ol’ East Coast American pasttime: stickball. Every year local teams come together to play for the right to call themselves the king of the block; the champions! This year San Diego Stickball League will be hosting guest teams from New York and Puerto Rico. Come and enjoy the taunting, heckling and good ol’ fun on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Columbia Street, between Beech and Cedar streets, and State Street, between Ash and Beech streets.




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PGK dance troupe does their thing at Spanish Village. (Photos by Sue Brenner)

It’s All Happening Marc and Darlynne Menkin We were in Balboa Park a few weeks back on a Friday night and we always like visiting the Spanish Art Center (also known as Spanish Village) around dusk. Sometimes we bring tacos or Chinese food in and it’s a colorful place to have an affordable outdoor meal. That night, there was a dance show being performed by the PGK Project. We spoke

briefly with Executive Director Peter G. Kalivas and he provided some great photos. Some feature the colorful jacaranda trees. “Essentially, what we do is seek community and commercial partners willing to donate or discount their space to host our performances in exchange for cross-promotion,” said Kalvis, who is also the group’s artistic director. “We pick easy, fun, unexpected locations all around town ensure our performances are accessible — ADA compliant, and easy to get to by car or public transportation —

and relevant to contemporar y audiences not exclusively tied to a theater space and [that are] looking for art that circulates around diverse themes, styles.” Future PGK Shows will be held at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park, Sept. 20, 5 – 10 p.m. Called PGK Dance’s “Mediterranean Nights,” the evening will celebrate 20 years of affordable world-class dance. In October they will be performing both matinees and evenings at the L yceum Space at Horton Plaza. For more information or tickets, visit


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COMICCON the scenes and in the frontlines. So if you’re someone who loves to see how things work, you’ll probably love being a volunteer. Depending on the assignment you’re given, volunteers may see the exhibit hall just hours before attendees are allowed in, manage SDCC’s infamously long lines, assemble and hand out Con freebies to attendees, and register attendees, professionals, and other volunteers, among many other assignments. Even better, returning volunteers get to go to Preview Night! As with anything, volunteering is not without its drawbacks. Volunteer assignments require three hours of your time and in order to attend each Con day, you need to fulfill an assignment for each day. Some supervisors are nice enough to let a volunteer go as early as two hours before the end of their assignment, but many will keep a volunteer held up even when they have a surplus of volunteers waiting with no tasks to fulfill. Volunteers are asked to check in approximately 30 minutes before their assignment begins. Granted, it is just a request but to remain in SDCC’s good graces for future years as a volunteer, you want to be there when they ask you to be there. Aside from assignments, you also have to wait in line to schedule assignments. Typically,

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The Darth Vader car at SDCC 2014 (Photo by Arielle Jay) assignments for the next Con day do not become available until 1:30 p.m.; however the line often begins as early as an hour and a half before that. You see, in order to schedule a next-day assignment at a time you want, you must be in the line early because as with anything at SDCC, the slots for every assignment are limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. So, if you want to see the panel for Teen Wolf in Hall H at 11 a.m. the next day, you need to be in that line for scheduling assignments very early to get an assignment that doesn’t conflict with that panel’s time. If you have little patience, perhaps volunteering isn’t the

right thing for you. But it’s very hard to turn down an opportunity to get into the most popular and important annual entertainment convention, even if it means waiting in lines and sacrificing somewhere around four hours of your time each day. Not to mention, sometimes having a volunteer pass lets you get into certain parts of the Con that are normally closed off to attendees, even when you’re not a volunteer on duty. —Arielle Jay is a native San Diegan, an artist, a major enthusiast of western comics and movies, and has attended four years of Comic Con as a volunteer. She can be reached at

Located at is having their grand opening on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 2 – 4 p.m. Owner Roman Asriants encourages all urban dwellers ‘and their humans’ to come check out the festivities. This free event will include facility tours, doggie bags, refreshments, special gifts and more. “We have 11,000 square feet of space, almost half of it outdoors,” Asriants said. “Our doggie guests are free to frolic outside on the artificial turf, in the sun, under the shades, in the pool and around the palms. We separate the small dogs from the big ones, with staff monitors in each area.” The Dog Daycare staff is trained in dog behavior and obedience and knowledgeable about canine health and breed-specific quirks, like the respiratory needs of Pugs and sunscreen issues of some short-haired or lightcolored dogs. “At San Diego Dog Daycare our focus is on keeping all dogs safe and happy,” Asriants said. “It is getting hot out there and dogs can really suffer in the heat. We treat all dogs like part of our family. They are never left alone and they are always loved. Our goal is to be their home away from home so their owners can have a good time wherever they are, without worrying about their furry kids.” Asriants is committed to partnering with local businesses and residents of the surrounding communities. Discounts up to 25 percent are available through the website.




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FRIDAY – AUGUST 1 First 5 First Fridays – Nightingale Music: Recommended for ages 4 and under, children will be introduced to a variety of music types from nursery songs to rock ‘n’ roll. 10:30 a.m., New Children’s Museum, 200 W. Island Ave., Marina District. Visit “Rockin’ the Boat: Women’s Liberation Movement of the 60’s and 70’s” Public Opening Reception. Open to public through Aug. 31. Noon – 4 p.m., Wed. through Sun. Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd, Barracks 16, Liberty Station. Visit San Diego Padres WineFest: Come watch Padres battle Atlanta Braves 7:10 p.m., and arrive early for a pre-game wine tasting event featuring food and wine. Admission free with ticket to game. First pour at 5 p.m. Sponsored by Oregon winery Copa di Vino. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Tickets SATURDAY – AUGUST 2 Urban Challenge/Scavenger Hunt: Explore hidden areas of the Gaslamp Quarter & East Village and learn the unique history behind the Stingaree District. There are NO “Fear factor” tasks in this adventure. It’s all about having fun and seeing secret San Diego. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dog Day: Dog lovers can enjoy demonstrations, giveaways, and resources for their pets. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Central Library Auditorium and Garden Courtyard, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. For more info visit: A Taste of the Past in Old Town: Self-guided tasting tour focusing on the foods of early

San Diego during the mid-1800s. Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards refurbishing exhibits in the Machado Silvas Museum. Noon – 5 p.m., Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 4002 Wallace St., Old Town. Tickets are $15. Visit parks. San Diego Craft Beer and Cocktail Showcase: Fourth annual showcase featuring 12 craft brewers, 6 craft cocktail bars, gourmet food trucks, art walk, and more. Presented by CityBeat, breweries include Hillcrest Brewing Co., Green Flash Brewing Co., Saint Archer Brewing Co., and more. 4 – 8 p.m., El Dorado Cocktail Lounge, 1030 Broadway, Downtown. Visit San Diego Padres giveaway: Watch the Padres battle the Atlanta Braves 5:40 p.m., and get a Padres Floppy Hat presented by Fanatics Authentic. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Tickets at

SUNDAY – AUGUST 3 San Diego Blood Bank 5K Walk/Run: Participants run/walk along the scenic course to raise money for the blood bank. Event also features a “family fun zone, a beer garden sponsored by Stone Brewing (21+) and more. Walk/run at 8 a.m., Embarcadero Marina Park North. Visit San Diego Padres Kids Fest, Jr. Padres Photo Day and U.S. Army & Army National Guard Appreciation Day: The Padres battle the Atlanta Braves. Photo Day from 11 a.m. to Noon – families may enter the field through the Park at the Park. Appreciation Day presented by USAA. 1:10 p.m. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Tickets at

“Feminist: Stories From Women’s Liberation” A Film by Jennifer Lee: Documentary of the women who made the Women’s Liberation Movement happen. 4 p.m., Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd, Barracks 16, Liberty Station. Visit

MONDAY – AUGUST 4 Movie Monday: “Stand by Me” is this week’s screening at 7p.m in the Ex-Patriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit – FREE with food or drink purchase. Outdoor Organ Concert: The San Diego Organ Society presents a free magical night under the stars every Monday through Aug. 25. With over 4,500 pipes, this organ one of the largest organs in the world with wonderful sound, playing classics and popular hits. Enjoy free parking, lots of seating, beautiful lighting, concessions. Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion. 7:30 p.m. Visit TUESDAY – AUGUST 5 San Diego Shakespeare Society – Open Shakespeare Reading: “The Taming of the Shrew.” Anyone can join in or just listen. Informal café-style seating. First Tuesday of the month, 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835C W. Harbor Dr., Seaport Village. Free. Visit or call 619333-0141. WEDNESDAY – AUGUST 6 Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. Tonight – “Lotus Birds” at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. 6 – 9 p.m. 21+ up. Cost $45, all supplies included, registration required. Corkage fee $15 if you bring your own wine. For more info, visit Film Screening “Pregnant in America”: Examines practices of modern day health care and how they are often the source of medical issues among pregnant women and their unborn children. 6 p.m. Reserve by calling 619-233-7963. Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd, Barracks 16, Liberty Station. Visit THURSDAY – AUGUST 7 Live Music: The Sunset Poolside Jazz Series continues every Thursday through August set against the backdrop of Downtown’s skyline. Tonight’s performer is Latin and traditional jazz musician Jaime Valle. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave., Downtown. $20 food/drink minimum. Visit thewestgatehotel FRIDAY – AUGUST 8 Take a bite out of Downtown: Hosted by food tour service Bite San Diego every Friday and Saturday, join fellow foodies and winos for a walking tour sampling some of Downtown’s finest restaurants. 21+. 12 – 3 p.m. Tickets are $45. More info and tickets at

SATURDAY – AUGUST 9 Second Saturday Science Club for Girls: Bloomin’ Botany – Dissect flowers and explore chlorophyll like a real botanist. Make a sweet-smelling perfume from flower petals to take home! Noon – 2 p.m. Reuben H. Fleet Space Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. Members $12, non-members $14. Visit or pre-register 619-2381233 x806. Urban Challenge/Scavenger Hunt: Explore hidden areas of the Gaslamp Quarter & East Village and learn the unique history behind the Stingaree District. There are NO “Fear factor” tasks in this adventure. It’s all about having fun and seeing secret San Diego. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. SUNDAY – AUGUST 10 Outdoor Organ Concert: The San Diego Organ Society presents a free organ concert every Sunday. With over 4,500 pipes, this organ is one of the largest organs in the world with wonderful sound, playing classic and popular hits. Enjoy free parking, lots of seating. Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion. 2 p.m. Visit The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Renowned director and Tony Award nominee Mark Lamos returns to the Globe with one of Shakespeare’s most delightful and boisterous comedies. Opens tonight. 8 p.m. Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets start $29. Visit or call 619-234-5623. MONDAY – AUGUST 11 Movie Monday: “Casablanca” is this week’s screening at 7 p.m in the Ex-Patriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit – FREE with food or drink purchase. Phil’s Big BBQ at the Ballpark: For the sixth year Phil’s BBQ will host this event benefitting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County military mentoring program, Operation Bigs. 4:30 – 7 p.m., Petco Tailgate Park, corner of 14th Street and Imperial Avenue, in East Village. Tickets and more at TUESDAY – AUGUST 12 Once: The Tony Award winning musical comes to San Diego. 7 p.m. Runs through Aug. 17. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1199 Third Ave., Downtown. Tickets start $25. Visit WEDNESDAY – AUGUST 13 Fishermen’s Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m., every Wednesday. 4930 N. Harbor Dr. near Nimitz Blvd. – FREE Young Lions Music Series: Every Wednesday, a “young rising star” is chosen by Gilbert Castellanos to perform. Castellanos will also join in during the first set. 7 p.m. ExPatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit

THURSDAY – AUGUST 14 Comedy: Comedian, actor, and writer Brian Posehn currently costars on Comedy Central’s “The Sarah Silverman Program.” 7:30 p.m. American Comedy Co., 818 B Sixth Ave., Gaslamp. Tickets $22, Live Music: The Sunset Poolside Jazz Series continues. Tonight’s performer is Afro-Latin-jazz-punk-funk band The Afrojazziacs. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave., Downtown. $20 food/drink minimum. Visit thewestgatehotel FRIDAY – AUGUST 15 Take a bite out of Downtown: Hosted by food tour service Bite San Diego every Friday and Saturday, join fellow foodies and winos for a walking tour sampling some of Downtown’s finest restaurants. 21+. 12 – 3 p.m. Tickets are $45. More info and tickets at bitesandiego. com/index.php. SATURDAY – AUGUST 16 Free to Breathe Run/Walk: Fifth annual lung cancer 5K run/ walk and 1 mile walk fundraiser for Free to Breathe. Opening rally at 7:45 a.m. North Embarcadero Marina Park, 400 Kettner Blvd. Visit “Breaking Through”: An art show with live music, a DJ, raffle, and food trucks to raise money for San Diego Youth Services. 1 – 5 p.m. Mission Brewery, 1441 L St., East Village. Free with a suggested donation. Visit breakingthroughsd. com “Checked Out!” Experimental Music Fest: Stay Strange and the San Diego Public Library are collaborating for the second year with this platform for experimental music. Lineup includes Bobby Bray, No Know, and more. Noisemaking workshop for ages 8 & up. Noon – 6 p.m. Central Library Auditorium and Garden Courtyard, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit: Urban Challenge/Scavenger Hunt: Explore hidden areas of the Gaslamp Quarter & East Village and learn the unique history behind the Stingaree District. There are NO “Fear factor” tasks in this adventure. It’s all about having fun and seeing secret San Diego. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. SUNDAY – AUGUST 17 The Headquarters Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 789 W. Harbor Dr. More info, visit Outdoor Organ Concert: The San Diego Organ Society presents a free organ concert every Sunday. With over 4,500 pipes, this organ is one of the largest organs in the world with wonderful sound, playing classics and popular hits. Enjoy free parking, lots of seating. Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion. 2 p.m. Visit MONDAY – AUGUST 18 Movie Monday: “Grumpy Old Men” is this week’s screening at 7p.m in the Ex-Patriate Room at

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CALENDAR Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit – FREE with food or drink purchase. Outdoor Organ Concert: The San Diego Organ Society presents a free magical night under the stars. With over 4,500 pipes, this organ one of the largest organs in the world with wonderful sound, playing classic and popular hits. Enjoy free parking, lots of seating, beautiful lighting, concessions. Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion. 7:30 p.m. Visit

TUESDAY – AUGUST 19 Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. Tonight – “Featherly Wave” at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. 6 – 9 p.m. and 21+. Cost $45, all supplies included, registration required. Corkage fee $15 if you bring your own wine. For more info, visit WEDNESDAY – AUGUST 20 Live Music: The ninth annual Green Flash Concert Series at Birch Aquarium continues with Marc Broussard and Tyrone Wells. Doors 5:30 p.m., show 6:30 p.m., Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. Visit THURSDAY – AUGUST 21 Live Music: The Sunset Poolside Jazz Series continues. Tonight’s performer Curtis Taylor Quartet with Grammy award winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave., Downtown. $20 food/drink minimum. Visit FRIDAY – AUGUST 22 Take a bite out of Downtown: Hosted by food tour service Bite San Diego every Friday and Saturday, join fellow foodies and winos for a walking tour sampling some of Downtown’s finest restaurants. 21+. 12 – 3 p.m. Tickets are $45. More info and tickets at SATURDAY – AUGUST 23 Sixth Annual Spirits Festival: The festival starts today with both the cocktail and culinary communities represented. All inclusive tickets include unlimited tastings of spirits and food samples plus entertainment, celebrity guests, chef demonstrations and more. 2 – 6 p.m. Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Dr., Tickets start $85. Visit SUNDAY – AUGUST 24 “The Art of Voice: An Introduction to Opera”: The Central Library’s Fall Concert Series kicks off with top performers from the San Diego Opera and SDO University Partnership Program. 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Central Library Auditorium, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. For more info visit: Sixth Annual Spirits Festival: The festival starts today with both the cocktail and culinary communities represented. All inclusive tickets with unlimited tastings of spirits and food samples, entertainment, celebrity guests, chef demonstrations and more. 2 – 5 p.m. Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Dr., Tickets start $85. Visit

MONDAY – AUGUST 25 Movie Monday: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” – 7p.m in the Expatriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit – FREE with food or drink purchase. Outdoor Organ Concert: The San Diego Organ Society presents their final free magical night under the stars. With over 4,500 pipes, this organ is one of the largest organs in the world with wonderful sound, playing classic and popular hits. Enjoy free parking, lots of seating, beautiful lighting, concessions. Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion. 7:30 p.m. Visit TUESDAY – AUGUST 26 Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. Tonight – “Fields of Gold.” 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. 6 – 9 p.m. 21+. Cost $45, all supplies included, registration required. Corkage fee $15 if you bring your own wine. For more info, visit WEDNESDAY – AUGUST 27 Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. Tonight – “Van Gogh’s Cypress Tree” at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd, Little Italy. 6 – 9 p.m. 21+. Cost $45, all supplies included, registration required. Corkage fee $15 if you bring your own wine. For more info, visit THURSDAY – AUGUST 28 Tall Ships Spectator Cruise: A United States Naval vessel will lead more than a dozen majestic tall ships and windjammers through San Diego Harbor in a nautical procession. This Hornblower cruise invites spectators to avoid onshore crowds and view the parade from the deck of their ship. The cruise includes narration by “insiders,” indoor/outdoor seating areas, and a snack bar with items for purchase. Boarding 10:30 a.m., cruising 11 a.m. – 1 pm., boarding location – Navy Pier, 970 N. Harbor Dr. Tickets $29 (adults), $14.50 (children ages 4-12) with discounts for seniors and military. Visit Live Music: The Sunset Poolside Jazz Series continues. Tonight’s performer Irving Flores Danzon Trio. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave., Downtown. $20 food/drink minimum. Visit thewestgatehotel FRIDAY – AUGUST 29 Comedy: Tom Green revolutionized comedy television with The Tom Green Show on MTV. He has since starred in several movies and continued stand-up. 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. American Comedy Company, 818 B Sixth Ave., Gaslamp. Tickets $24, americancomedyco. com US Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition: People flock to this event each year to watch sculptors build their works of art. Entertainment throughout the weekend includes musicians, dancers, magicians and more. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. B Street Pier, 1140 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown. Tickets start $7. Visit SATURDAY – AUGUST 30 US Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition: Entertainment throughout the weekend includes musicians, dancers, magicians and more. Awards presented today. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., special twilight hours 7 – 10 p.m.

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Casbah –

B Street Pier, 1140 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown. Tickets start $7. Visit San Diego Padres giveaway: Padres take on the Los Angeles Dodgers 5:40 p.m., get a Padres Mesh Hat presented by Las Vegas. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Tickets at

SUNDAY – AUGUST 31 Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. Today – “Breakfast Time” at 98 Bottles in Little Italy, 2400 Kettner Blvd. Event is 1 – 4 p.m. and 21+ up. Cost is $45, all supplies included, but registration is required. Corkage fee $15 if you bring your own wine. For more info, visit US Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition: Added entertainment includes musicians, dancers, magicians and more. Continues through weekend. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. B Street Pier, 1140 North Harbor Dr., Downtown. Tickets start at $7. Visit Organ Pavilion Concert: The San Diego Organ Society presents a free organ concert every Sunday. With over 4,500 pipes, this organ brought to Balboa Park in 1914 is one of the largest organs in the world with wonderful sound, playing classic and popular hits. Enjoy free parking, lots of seating. Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion. 2 p.m. Visit MONDAY – SEPT 1 – LABOR DAY US Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition: Added entertainment includes musicians, dancers, magicians and more. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. B Street Pier, 1140 North Harbor Dr., Downtown. Tickets start at $7. Visit TUESDAY – SEPT 2 San Diego Shakespeare Society: First Tuesday of the month. Acting workshop night. Anyone can join in or just listen. Informal café-style seating. 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835C West Harbor Dr., Seaport Village. Free. Visit or call 619-333-0141. WEDNESDAY – SEPT 3 Fishermen’s Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m., every Wednesday. 4930 N. Harbor Dr. near Nimitz Blvd. – FREE Young Lions Music Series: Every Wednesday, a “young rising star” is chosen by Gilbert Castellanos to perform. Castellanos will also join in during the first set. 7 p.m. Ex-Patriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit THURSDAY – SEPT 4 Comedy: Joel McHale is best known as the host of the E! Channel’s “The Soup” and the lead character on the show “Community.” 8 & 10 p.m. American Comedy Company, 818 B Sixth Ave., Gaslamp. Tickets $24, East Village Association Board Meeting: Monthly board meeting for the East Village Association. All meetings are open to the public. 5 p.m. Room 219, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1155 Island Ave. For more info visit —Please send items for inclusion to Editor Morgan M. Hurley at


Tunes About Town Jen Van Tieghem 98 Bottles –

Rebecca Jade (Courtesy Bill Thomas Studio 254) August 8 – Rebecca Jade Presents “Ladies of Soul” Singer Rebecca Jade is one busy lady. As a member of several groups and a solo performer, Jade showcases her ranging vocal talents singing everything from blues to funk to soul. Her mesmerizing voice will be highlighted by the intimate setting of 98 Bottles’ Back Room. This homage to the “Ladies of Soul” promises to be a special and unique show featuring hits by Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack and more. 8 p.m. $12 advance/$15 at the door August 14 – 22 Kings This local duo will bring something distinctly different to the venue, which typically hosts jazz, soul, and R&B based lineups. The two singers of 22 Kings combine country twang with Americana and rock. Both showcase earnest emotional power, whether singing solos on harder numbers or blending together dreamy harmonies on softer songs. 8 p.m. $7 advance/$10 at the door

August 9 – Vinyl Junkies Record Swap Every couple of months the Casbah opens its doors for a rare daytime event. For just a few bucks, record collectors can peruse the wares of several local record sellers all in one place. The event also features a lineup of “celebrity” DJs spinning their favorites throughout the day. This edition — which is also the one-year anniversary of the event — will include DJing by Casbah owner Tim Mays, former 91X on-air talent Steve West, Pall Jenkins of The Black Heart Procession and Three Mile Pilot plus others. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. $3 August 15 – The Helio Sequence and Liam Finn The Helio Sequence’s latest album, “Negotiations,” is a couple years old now, but it still sounds as fresh and catchy as any of its contemporary counterparts. Their synth-pop style has just enough rock to keep indie fans happy. Lying along the lines of popular groups like Death Cab for Cutie and The Shins, it’s a wonder the band hasn’t garnered more attention. Opening the show is New Zealand dream pop rocker Liam Finn. The son of famed musician Neil Finn, Liam has made a name for himself heading several bands and releasing a trio of solo albums. 9 p.m. $15

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August 15 – Local Brews, Local Grooves: All Access Fest featuring Rob Bondurant, The Midnight Pine, Josh Damigo and more If you aren’t familiar with the San Diego music scene, this is a great way to get acquainted. Fourteen bands will play with alternating sets on the main stage at HOB and in the Delta Room just steps away. Bands only get 20 minutes to show off their stuff, so make sure

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Downtown’s Sudoku Puzzle DIRECTIONS: Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square.

Sudoku Solution Answer Key, page 20


San Diego Downtown News | August 2014

Beers ‘n’ bikinis

Drink Shrink Jeff Josenhans It’s summer. It’s San Diego. Those who wear suits and ties are in flip flops the second they get home (speaking for myself, at least). I like a good rose wine, white and fish, and a nice summer cocktail here and there, but what I really want 90 percent of the time is beer, and there is no other alcoholic beverage that defines San Diego like beer does. There can’t be many cities where beer is actually on the agenda of the mayor. I literally did a walking brewery tour on 30th in North Park that covered four breweries in less than three hours last weekend. What cities can boast that? If you are an aspiring beer connoisseur, whether it be through taking the Cicerone exam like I am this year or just building your home beer palate, you have already noticed the vast market of beers available. For many of us, we have noticed the transformation of the beer market on the shelves over the last decade or so. More San Diego, less commercial crap. The selection gets broader


and at the same time beers are designed more specific all the time. The local beer scene is more specialized than ever with breweries embracing styles that range from traditional interpretations to total beer innovation. With that said, I thought I would switch gears this month and offer a small guide to some beer styles you should look out for this summer. • Kölsch — Traditional German from Cologne brewed using ale yeast at cooler temperatures. Nice switch-up from your traditional pilsner or lager. Mike Hess’ Claritas Kolsch (Grim Street in North Park) is great place to start. • Cream Ale — This hybrid of ale and lager has more body and a distinctive malt character, but with more hops than your traditional American lager. And let’s face it, no one in San Diego even makes a traditional American lager so this is a lighter style beer by our city’s

TOWN VOICES this style in San Diego. For a fun day trip, try this style at Council Brewing (off of Convoy Street in Kearny Mesa). • Saison — Ok this one you see a lot nowadays. It’s most likely the eclectic offering on the shelf because it often includes fermentation fortified by a proprietary blend of herbs and spices. It typically also has a higher carbonation level than other beers and moderate bitterness. Try a traditional style at Monkey Paw Brewery (16th Street Downtown), and try their other non-traditional stuff while you’re there. • Geuze — Ok had to throw in a weird one. This is a member of the Lambic family and can show lactic, earthy flavors with high carbonation. Tart and refreshing, and perfect for summer. If you can get your hands on Lost Abbey’s Duck Duck Gooze (San Marcos) you can consider your summer beer adventure successful. With that may your beer palate become more adventurous and more educated. It’s only the right thing to do in San Diego.

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standards. For a sophisticated interpretation try Alesmith Cream Ale (Cabot Drive in Miramar area). • Belgian Tripel — This is a medium-bodied ale that packs a punch but still offers a deviation from the traditional hop-driven San Diego style. Belgians tend to be more fruit driven and offer more alcohol than other countries in the world, and the same holds true for those brewing


—Level 2 CMS Sommelier and Master Mixologist Jeff Josenhans has changed the dynamic in The Grant Grill Downtown from a classic institution to an exciting lounge and elegant restaurant. Taking the kitchen’s “Farm to Table” philosophy to the bar, he has developed a seasonal cocktail program based largely on the hotel’s rooftop garden. He can be reached at jeff.josenhans@


How to lose body Fat

Fitness Scott Markey The question I get asked more than any other is “How do I lose body fat?” The goal of most everyone, both men and women, is to lose body fat while retaining your hard-earned muscle! Here are some basic guidelines: First, find out how many calories you need to maintain your current body weight, then subtract 500 calories from that, and spreading it over six meals. Finding out how many calories you need to maintain your current body weight can be done in two ways: you can do it professionally with a calorimeter, or just write down everything you eat for three days, add up the calories by checking the calorie tabs, then divide by three. This will give you an idea of what your daily caloric intake is. Remember, for every meal make sure you have a lean protein, a low glycemic carbohydrate and a vegetable. Protein is important as it further decreases the glycemic load of the carbs, and it spares muscle, which keeps your metabolism high. This is what you want. Vegetables are important for gastrointestinal (GI) health and they will keep you full. I have trained so many people who work out correctly and watch


their diet, but fail to consider the basic essentials, such as taking a multivitamin/mineral supplement or drinking enough water. Muscle is comprised of over 70 percent water. Try to do 45 minutes of low impact to moderate cardiovascular exercise every day to increase your heart rate. Excessive high impact cardio will cause muscle loss. This is what you don’t want. Some people think cardio first thing in the morning on an empty stomach (fasted cardio) facilitates fat burning the best. This is debatable, however. If it works for you, then by all means go ahead and do it this way. If you cannot do your cardio first thing in the morning, or do not wish to, then do it in the afternoon or evening; but always after your weight or resistance training. The most important thing you can do to lose body fat is some sort of resistance or weight training. The more muscle you have, the more calories that are burned at rest, without having to do much cardio at all. Remember, however, to take it slow. If you are losing more than two pounds per week, you are most likely losing muscle. Spreading out your meals in small portions, four to six times through out the day, is key here for both men and women. Keep your protein high and it’s OK to have a cheat meal occasionally. It will not be the end of the world. It will actually help you stay on your diet. If you are miserable dieting seven days a week, you will most likely fail at your diet. So have that cheat meal every now and then. It will not matter if you are being strict on your diet most of the week. Proceeding in this manner, you will have a better chance of achieving your goals. So get to it! Stay healthy everyone. — Scott Markey has over 25 years in the fitness and health industry. He has graced dozens of magazine covers and specializes in physique management, training and nutritional consultation. You can find him on Facebook or reach him at scottmarkey@yahoo.comv


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San Diego Downtown News | August 2014

Imagining the future past

Braje on Santa Rosa Island (Photo by Courtesy Tod Braje) Will Bowen Downtown News

All over the globe we humans suffer from a kind of collective amnesia. We can’t seem to remember, conceptualize, nor look ver y far back into the past. Hence, the big picture of time or its historical progression eludes us ... we tend to think that our own personal memor y of the world is the way it has always been. It is the same in the case of conser vation and environmental protection, or how we manage our dwindling natural resources, which is one of the most pressing problems humanity is confronted with today. On the whole, the biologists who are working on this problem suffer the same fault — they are not looking far enough back in time, and that is why there has been a serial collapse of the fisheries worldwide, and most of our management plans are not working to restore depleted species. Some people think that the solution may lie in looking farther back into the deep past, into “Deep Histor y,” in order to better understand where we have been, where we are today and were we are going. Dr. Daniel Pauly at the University of British Columbia was the first to shout a warning way back in 1995. Pauly argued that the biologists who were mapping out plans for our marine reser ves — which are meant to protect the fish, mammals, fowl, and flora of the sea — were not thinking back far enough. He called the problem “the shifting baselines syndrome.” According to Pauly, each new generation of biologists took their assessment of the stock of nature when they first began their career as the ideal state we needed to return to. They forgot to look farther back to where things were in previous generations. Thus, the baseline of abundance or what was normal or acceptable had shifted over the years. Pauly recommended that we begin to take the antedotes and stories about the abundance of nature that comes from earlier times seriously. Locally, Dr. Todd Braje is a new professor of anthropology at San Diego State University. Braje specializes in historical ecology and archaeology and has taken up Pauly’s banner, tr ying to right our vision of the natural world.

“Mine is a call to arms,” Braje said. “We have a skewed view of the environment and have come to accept living in a 10-percent world, where we think having 10 percent of our possible resources is normal. We must rethink our resource management plans.

the biologists who are currently at work tr ying to restore and protect these areas. “Archaeology can provide good data to help us assess ecological changes going back 12,000 years, to the start of the Holocene era when mankind first appeared on our shores,” Braje said. “The problem is getting biologists to listen because the data we can provide is on a different scale, form, and resolution, and not as robust as what biologists can gather today with modern high tech scientific methods.” Braje thinks that what is needed is more collaboration and interdisciplinar y communication; taking Deep Histor y into account, and taking a longer view of ecological relationships, as well as change — both natural and man made — that have occurred in our ecosystems. Much of Braje’s most recent work has been on San Miguel Island, the furthest northwest of the Channel Islands. Ancestors of the Chumash people have been on these Islands for

Braje looks through midden on the Channel Islands. (Courtesy Tod Braje) “Pauly was right when he argued that fisheries management policies have been based on shallow historical records extending back no more than 50 years,” Braje continued. “Commercial fishing had already depleted the resource base by then. Effective fisheries management must be built on data sets that extend into a deeper past and take into account the impacts and sustainability practices of ancient peoples. This is where archaeologists and historians can make significant contributions to insure the long term health of fisheries and marine ecosystems.” Braje bases his conclusions on extensive fieldwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast and on the Channel Islands, where he has been excavating shell middens and village sites of Paleo-Indians that date back 8 – 12,000 years. He has been using his data to construct a picture of how early man in America influenced the environment and what stocks were like in bygone days. Braje has looked at impacts on red abalone, rockfish, and pinnapeds that occurred over thousands of years, based on the salvage of their remains. Now he hopes to turn his attention to the San Diego area, especially San Diego Bay and our coastline, to help inform

the last 12,000 years, living on shellfish, mammals, and fish that live in the nutrient-rich waters that surround them. ‘The abalone population of the West Coast has been severely depleted due to over har vesting and ‘withering foot disease,’ which overtook abalone stocks in the 1970s,” Braje said. Fishing for abalone is currently closed off the coast of California, and the red abalone stocks on San Miguel have been rebounding. This rebounding has caused commercial fishermen to want it reopened. Based on his excavation and analysis of ancient shell middens, Braje warns that reopening it would be unwise. He suggests we must first wait and see if red abalone rebounds on the other Channel Islands as well. San Miguel has always been the hatcher y for the rest

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Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald Change of command Resourceful Rod Melendez, whose policies and presentations have bolstered the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center for the past 10 years, is stepping down as executive director. “Yeah, he started everything,” said board Chairman Will Hays. “And he’s never accepted a salary in all those years. He also has contributed to the financing of some of our projects.” Melendez, a retired Navy Rear Admiral, was responsible for establishing the Korean War exhibit in an added wing of the museum. This prompted KPBS to do a documentary on the war’s last battle. Other events he brought attention to were the WWII Tuskegee airmen and the Bataan Death March. “He firmly believed these historic stories and others should be retold,” added Hays. Melendez’ leadership stems from a 36-year naval career ,which included three tours in Washington, D.C. He was also Commander, Naval Dental Center, San Diego, and Assistant Chief for Education, Training, and Personnel at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, D.C. Retired Navy Captain Sheldon Margolis will be the interim executive director; however, Margolis told us he would remain as a volunteer in the future but would not seek the permanent role of executive director. Highlights of Margolis’ 30-year Navy career included tours as operations and executive officer, River Patrol and, Commanding Officer of the USS Lynde McCormick. The Veterans Museum and Memorial Center is located at 2115 Park Blvd., in the historic former Navy Hospital Chapel, and honors the men and women of the Armed Forces, Coast Guard and wartime Merchant Marines. Collections, including documents, photographs and artifacts from the Civil War to the present, have been donated and exhibits rotate. For more information visit 


Spirit of ‘45 Day National Spirit of ‘45 Day, epitomizing the end of WWII in 1945, will be celebrated on Aug. 10. The first celebration was introduced by volunteer Dan DeMarco four years ago and has mushroomed into a nationally recognized event. The public is welcome to attend and celebrate the victory in the garden area of the Veteran’s Museum. Local leaders attending the daylong function will be former mayor and president of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Jerry Sanders, Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, DA Bonnie Dumanis and Nathan Fletcher. It starts at 11 am. Change at Timken, too The search has begun for a new executive director at the Timken Museum of Art since last month’s announced resignation by John Wilson. In the interim, David Bull will fill the post. Bull is considered one of the world’s best-known international authorities on Old Master paintings. Wilson served six years at the post. “We don’t have information as of yet regarding a permanent director,” said Paige Nordeen, a museum spokeswoman. “David will be guiding the institution through San Diego’s 2015 centennial celebrations in Balboa Park ,which coincides with the museum’s 50th anniversary celebration, and he will be leading several planning sessions over the next month.” “John [Wilson] is leaving the museum to pursue other opportunities,” Nordeen told the press. “He is pursuing national and international opportunities.” Timken houses the world-class Putnam Foundation Collection representing nearly 700 years of art from early Italian Renaissance devotional paintings to late 19th century paintings. And, did you know? At 28,000 square feet, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum is considered the world’s largest. It contains four enormous scale and model layouts, built by separate clubs. They depict railroads of the Southwest in O, HO, and N scales. Additionally, it features a toy train gallery with an interactive Lionel layout for children and stateof-the-art theater lighting. — After an award winning, 38-year sports-writing career with the San Diego Union and authoring three books, Johnny McDonald now considers writing a hobby. He enjoys covering aspects of the port district, convention center, Balboa Park, zoo, and stories with a historical bent. You can reach him at johnny23@cox.netv


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you come early and stay late to catch as much as you can. Plus you can also try out local craft beer at the event. Tonight will include brews by Ballast Point, Green Flash, Modern Times, and many others. Doors at 6:30 p.m., $5 at the door or free from one of the bands.

4,000-6,000-year-old shell midden. (Courtesy Tod Braje)



of the islands and would be the first place to make a come back. Braje has also been collecting old fish bones and doing extensive studies of historical and archeological records related to fishing for rockfish (Sebastes spp.). Paleo-Indians first har vested rockfish with fish gorges and spears before developing the technology to craft abalone hooks for use in hook and line fishing. “Today there is less diversity of species [fewer different types of rockfish] than there were in ancient times,” Braje said. “And they are all of an average smaller size, with a 14-percent reduction in size, based on measurement of old and modern fish bones.” Braje hopes to turn his attention toward issues in the man-

agement of the marine resources and ecosystems in the San Diego area and at ecological change here over time. “We need to use a smaller screen size for sifting through remains so we don’t miss small fish bones — which is what happened in the past,” he said. “We need to start collecting fish ear bones or otoliths, which have been neglected by past researchers. They are the key to precise identification of species. We also need to do more DNA and radio isotope studies of bones already in collections.” Braje also hopes to look at the marine mammals of San Diego, such as the harbor seals currently residing at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla, as well as the sea lions of La Jolla Cove and San Diego Bay. He said that prior to the colonial era, Guadalupe fur seals — once prevalent here

— no longer exist because of European sea-going hunters. “We can build a better future for our marine systems by building better management plans,” Braje said. “But there things we need to correct.” SDSU thinks so much of Braje’s ideas that they are going to build an institute dedicated to this kind of study. The Center for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies (C2S2) will build a vision called “Desired Future Condition,” and focus on interdisciplinar y collaboration, broadening the time perspective and balancing both ecological and economic concerns, all things Braje has championed. Learn more at research. —Will Bowen writes about arts and culture. You can reach him at

Humphreys by the Bay – HumphreysConcerts. com August 11 – Iron & Wine and Jerome Holloway Sam Beam has enjoyed a lengthy career recording under the name Iron & Wine. Known for soft folk rock tunes, Beam’s music has evolved over the past few years. Early Iron & Wine music was beautiful for its simplicity, while newer material has explored pop and jazz influences along with a more uplifting style. The song “Joy” from last year’s “Ghost on Ghost” is a prime example of the spectrum of Beam’s talent. 7:30 p.m. $39

The Victory Theater

The Zombies (Courtesy House of Blues) August 20 – The Zombies, Mrs. Magician, and Cheers Elephant. Iconic English rockers The Zombies will start the West Coast leg of their tour with this show. The legendary psychedelic pop band’s history spans over 50 years and includes well-known hits like “She’s Not There” and “Time of the Season.” Starting the show will be recently reunited local band Mrs. Magician and Southern California-based group Cheers Elephant. Both bands have psych pop elements and are undoubtedly influenced by the renowned band they are opening for. 7 p.m., $35+

August 2 – Erik Canzona CD Release Party with Alfred Howard, Jake Najor, Brothers Grim, and Matthew Molarius Erik Canzona is best known as front man for local favorites The Heavy Guilt. He’s taken his alt-rock singing chops and put together a solo project heavily laced with Radiohead influences and an experimental edge. His partners on the project, Al Howard (The Heavy Guilt) and Jake Najor (Chess Wars) will be playing tunes from Canzona’s new album at the CD release show. Opening the show are some other heavy hitters from the scene; Brothers Grim is comprised of brothers Josh and Jeremiah Zimmerman (The Silent Comedy) and Matthew Molarius is the front man of San Diego darlings Transfer. Basically this event is a who’s who in the local music scene. Don’t miss it. Doors at 7 p.m. $8 advance/$10 at the door —Jen Van Tieghem is a San Diego native with a healthy obsession for all things local music. Email her at

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What’s up at the waterfront and Jeff Justus, (Principal and Project Manager) had to say:

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the Land Delle Willett I recently met with landscape architects from San Diego’s Schmidt Design Group, Inc., “landscape architects of record” for the new Waterfront Park on the Embarcadero, for some afteropening stories. Here’s what Glen Schmidt (Principal-in-Charge), Marney Jensen, (Associate)

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What was your role in the landscape design of the park? We were part of the McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. design/ build team. Hargreaves Associates, a landscape architectural firm from San Francisco, created the original master plan for the park. Our role was to implement a design that followed their original master plan within a certain budget. We also significantly modified the children’s play area from their original master plan design. We highly compliment Hargreaves Associates for their design; it provided great bones for the park. How would you describe the playground? The playground is a lot different than the original Hargreaves plan. Theirs was very sculptural and simple. With a go-ahead from the [County] Supervisors, we made it into a more complex playground with a huge variety of play activities with an urban, architectural feel. It’s very popular; the kids seem to really enjoy it.

While none of the playground equipment is custom, we selected structures that haven’t been installed in San Diego. Some are the first in the state, such as the “pearls” that we found in New York. They’re a lot of fun, new and different, climbable. The younger kids lay on them; the older ones use them to test their balance. The spinner is also hugely popular. There’s always a group of kids standing around looking for one little piece they can grab on to. With all the climbing equipment, we’ve mitigated injuries with a special rubberized surfacing displayed with various colors of blue and grey in large sweeping arcs. One of the central features of the playground is a large climbing mound with slides, as well as three smaller mounds — perfect spots for parents to watch their kids playing in the playground. One of the challenges we faced was that the children’s playground and mounds are located over the parking structure. Interestingly, the structure is four feet below the water table and has 75-foot supporting piers that are founded into bedrock. We couldn’t have more than two feet of soil over the parking structure to keep the weight factor low. So, we created the elevations of the mounds with polypropylene foam. They are light, structurally sound, and hold the shape without the weight. This solution was unique to the project.

(bottom left) The Pearl is a popular climbing and balancing tool; (above) kids play on a swing (Photos by Delle Willett) A trademark of Schmidt Landscape Design is the use of art. How do you use artwork in this waterfront park? The play area was designed to accommodate future sculptures. The pathways meander to spaces that will be perfect for unique, play-friendly sculptures to be added in the future. Supervisor [Ron] Roberts is a big proponent of continuing to add art to the park, and we’ve talked with him about the great potential of the play area. We’re also working on some ideas to incorporate art work in the northern gardens. There’s already some art in the stairwells to the parking garage [by Harold Cohen and Allison Renshaw] and we hope to see more added as the park evolves. Can you describe the landscaping for me? This was a big project; there’s

12 acres of landscape. On the north side of the building, there are a series of contemplative gardens that celebrate the diversity of plant species that thrive in our region, adapting well to our climate, that are droughttolerant, but still have an interesting, colorful and exotic look. There are over 45 different shrub species in the north gardens, and we are working with the County now to add identification signs to that area. It’s going to take some time for the plants to mature, but they are already filling in nicely. What kind of trees did you design into the park? We specified 221 new trees of 12 different species. Working with landscape contractor ValleyCrest, [we] searched all over Southern California to

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WATERPARK find them, since some species are a little rarer. There are trees throughout the park and over time they will create more and more shade. The Hargreaves plan called for cork oaks along the north and south ends of the park, but we weren’t able to find the quantity or size that were needed. After much searching we went with a native coast live oak; they’re going to be beautiful. The 60 trees along the promenade are Tipu trees. They’ll get to be about 30 feet wide and 40 feet tall and will create lots of shade. It will create what’s called a “pleached allee” where the trees on either side of the promenade will grow over it and touch, creating a full canopy of shade. We also planted camphor trees, magnolias, queen palms, jacarandas, Torrey pines, flame trees, dragon trees and more. Another interesting feature is there were historically significant existing clusters of Senegal palms on site. Five of these very large groupings of palms were boxed and stored on site during construction and then successfully relocated in the park. It was quite an operation to watch ValleyCrest move these huge palm groupings. Whose idea was the fountain? The fountain was part of Hargreaves’ design, which we implemented and detailed with the fountain designer, Aquatic Design Group. One of the changes we made was the fountain surface, which was originally all granite.

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How much is the park being used? People thought that the park would be popular but not to the level it is — it’s really been packed with hundreds of people on weekdays and weekends. It’s rewarding to see and exciting to be part of the team that helped make it happen. Two things that make it successful: There’s a real deficiency

ing on adding some paving at the fountain to eliminate the chance that water could be redirected out of the fountain basin. So that’s how it’s evolving and it’s just going to get better as the plants and trees mature. The Waterfront Park is positioned on either side of the County Administration Center, located at 1600 Pacific Hwy, Downtown. For

in Downtown parks; 35,000 people live there and they don’t really have a place to go. And it’s only two blocks to the trolley station, so we’re seeing people from all parts of the county as well. It costs a lot to go to a water park, or SeaWorld, but this is a free waterpark. You can bring a picnic. The kids can play all day in the playground and fountain. How is the park changing? One of the County’s requested changes is to add more picnic tables and shade for the visitors because of its popularity, which we are doing. We are also work-

more information, visit sdcounty. html or call 619-232-7275.

(above) Playing in the fountain is a highlight; (right) The popular wedding arbor was salvaged in the redesign. (Photos by Delle Willett) Since the fountain was intended for active use we carefully scrutinized the texture. We used a special top-cast concrete treatment sprinkled with flakes of granite and other stones to create a very durable and slip-resistant surface that feels like stone. What’s cool about the fountain is its dramatic scale. It’s a wondrous place for kids of all ages. The bigger kids position themselves under the large fountain sprays, where the smaller children play in the very tame reflecting pond part of the fountain, only one inch deep. And that’s what’s been gratifying — to see how popular it is with so many age groups. It’s so fun to just close your eyes and hear their cries of delight. We love to see how much joy this brings people, especially kids. How much did you plan for the park’s heavy usage? The park is available for

private and public events so we reinforced large areas of the lawn with a turf-grid material so that people can set up stages and structures for different festivals and events and not hurt the grass. There’s also a large vault with access to power, and pedestals in select locations so you can plug into power. The County also has a longterm plan to add a restroom on the north side so there’s one on each end of the park. We kept the wedding arbor on the grounds in front of the building. It’s a cherished, sacred spot with more weddings per year than any other site in all of San Diego. People even come back there to visit for their anniversaries. The historic structure is something people remember, so we kept changes to a minimum: We added a small concrete pad in the front of the arbor and an accessible walkway.

—Delle Willett cut her teeth traveling as the daughter of a career Navy man. A graduate of USD with a BFA in hand, her career in marketing and public relations has flourished for over 30 years. An active volunteer for various local organizations, she currently works as a freelance publicist and writer when she’s not traveling the world with her husband, a retired airline pilot. Delle can be reached at


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Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro Cool as Ever The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club began their racing season on July 17. This year marked the 75th anniversary of fun in the sun. Hats are a focal point of opening day and the fans come all decked out. It is one of the biggest fashion events of the year. Some of the crowd wears designer hats and others come from all over the country with hats they have made for the famous hat contest. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Opening Day Hats Contest with six different categories. There were over 332 entries this year with small hats all the way up to the oversized. Belinda Berry from Walnut Creek entered the Funniest/Most Outrageous category and won the Bing Crosby Grand Prize for a large navy blue polka dot hat.

The Grand prize this year was a five-star getaway at the Grand del Mar valued at $1,500 and a $500 Village Hat Shop gift certificate. The other first place winners were: Natalie Spaans of El Cajon for the most Glamorous; Melissa Cheng of Carlsbad for the Best Fascinator; and Randy Wilson from Monrovia won the Best racing theme. Lori Shelton won the Best Flowers category for a large red hat. Shelton’s hat included pictures of 18 hats that she had made in previous years. Downtown residents were among the racetrack goers. Star Johnson and Raghel Razon were wearing Arturo Rios. Debra Kottke, Lena Evans and Carol Schroeder Bertolino were wearing Downtown hat designer Diana Cavagnaro. Leslie Lopez, weather anchor for KUSI News, changed into a different Diana Cavagnaro-Couture Millinery hat each hour on air. A two-meet racing season begins this year. The first race season runs through Sept. 3. The second season begins on November 5 and runs through December 5. The exciting news is Del Mar will host the Breeder’ Cup in 2017. Stay tuned! For more information visit Upcoming Events Aug. 8 – 10 | Startup Weekend San Diego: Fashion Innovation is hosted by Comerge Workspace and is located at 330 A St. This intensive 54-hour workshop will teach you the basics of entreneurship. For more information visit: sandiego. Aug. 14 – Couture Syndicate: present FASHION X from 6 – 11 p.m. at Tin Roof San


Diego located at 401 G St. This event will include art, music, and fashion. For more info: events/251938241669245/. Aug. 16 |“Fashion on Pointe”: the 37th Haute with Heart Fashion Show presented by St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center at 11 a.m. The event will be at Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd., Downtown. For reservations call Neil Fullerton at 619-442-5129. —Diana Cavagnaro is a nationally recognized hat designer and milliner, and has been in the fashion business for 30 years. The last 20 of those years she’s operated her business from Downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, while moonlighting in the Fashion department at San Diego Mesa College. She can be reached at

(left) Leslie Lopez, weather anchor for KUSI; (top, l to r) Kenta Hosoma, Star Johnson, Raghel Razon, and Adam Montalvo; (above) Debra Kottke, Lena Evans, and Carol Schroeder Bertolino (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro)

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