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Fifty-seven years may have passed, but Jeanne McAlister still remembers the life-altering day she decided to face her addictive behavior head-on and proclaim a clean and sober lifestyle. “I kept doing things I was ashamed of,” McAlister said as she reflected on that monumental moment of her life. “I was going to some pretty dark places and it was against my nature.” Ever since she left addiction behind, the Downtown San Diego

resident has vigorously trumpeted the virtues of sobriety. Twenty years into her crusade, she marked an important monument with the establishment of the El Cajon-based McAlister Institute. Since its founding in 1977, the McAlister Institute has become one of San Diego County’s largest alcohol and drug treatment providers. Today, the organization serves more than 2,500 people each month through 27 different programs. More recently, the McAlister Institute entered another pivotal chapter in its existence with the

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Dr. Anthony Beebe said he has spent his entire post-high school life preparing for his new position as president of San Diego City College. The Oregon native became a county firefighter right out of high school for a total of eight years locally and spent a great deal of that time teaching others how to become firemen in the academy. “That’s how I got into education, through that experience,” Beebe said.

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The San Diego Mainly Mozart Festival’s 2014 big hurrah — five free rehearsals, five free mini-concerts and five formal concerts with guest conductors leading the renowned Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra — takes over the Balboa Theatre June 7, 11, 14, 18 and 21. Orchestra players come from top chamber music and symphony orchestras nationwide. For instance, concertmaster William Preucil is also concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra and has been playing with Mainly Mozart since the organization was founded in 1989. In addition to Preucil, who leads the first concert from the violin, this year’s guest conductors are Nicholas McGegan, Michael Francis, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Justin Brown. When asked in late May how preparations for this year’s June orchestra concerts were going, Mainly Mozart Executive Director Nancy

Walk for Sobriety fundraiser. This month, the 5k run-walk event returns for its third consecutive year. While proceeds from the Walk for Sobriety fund the McAlister Institute’s assorted services — including prevention programs, outpatient treatment and shortand long-term residential care — McAlister said the 5k is also an opportunity to put the spotlight on a disease that frequently is swept under the rug. “We’re always hearing about the negative aspects of the disease, but it’s important we look at the positive side as well,” McAlister said. “People need to know that recovery works and that they can keep coming back until it works. Miracles happen.”

see McAlister, page 12

Laturno Bojanic said, “Dandy” and then hastily added, “Frantic. But it’s a good kind of frantic. We wouldn’t keep doing what we’re doing (for 26 seasons) if we didn’t thrive on Panic, right? The entire team is energized by the pride we feel in the direction we’ve taken.” The team consists of Bojanic’s artistic partners, who plan and administer each of Mainly Mozart’s components in a re-envisioned whirlwind described as “The San Diego Mainly Mozart Festival: one voice, nine expressions.” The programs are Festival Orchestra, Spotlight Series, Mozart and the Mind, Evolution, Chamber Players, Youth Orchestra of the Californias, and various adult and youth outreach and educational programs. The year’s programming culminates this month at the Balboa Theatre, with an exciting array of international guest conductors and artists. All celebrate Mozart but the programming is not confined to his music. “Our founder, music director David Atherton, retired at the end of June 2013, so this year the first orchestral performance will be led by concertmaster William Preucil from the violin,” Bojanic said. “The other four performances will be led by guest conductors, the first time we’ve

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Dr. Anthony Beebe (Courtesy SDCCD) The Bankers Hill resident was recently chosen after a lengthy application and selection process. Later this summer, Beebe will step away from an eight-year stint as president of San Diego’s Continuing Education program and right into the head post of San Diego City College. As one of four presidents in the San Diego Community College

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Guest conductor Michael Francis will lead the festival’s main event on June 14 (Courtesy Mainly Mozart)


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Resourceful three-digit phone number growing in visibility

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When wildfires ripped through Southern California in the fall of 2007, a newly developed organization known as 2-1-1 San Diego became a useful tool for people displaced by Mother Nature. It was a case of déjà vu this past month when San Diego County was again hit by a series of early-season wildfires. And once again, employees of the now-burgeoning nonprofit organization — touted as a resource and information hub — were on hand to offer assistance to those impacted by the conditions, which consumed more than 9,000 acres of land in North County. While the unfortunate effects of the wildfires in 2007 and 2014 are similar, there is a distinguishing difference — in a span of seven years, 2-1-1 San Diego has become more of a household name throughout the greater San Diego area. But there is still more work to be done. “Before [the 2007 wildfires], we had a recognition rate of about 2 to 3 percent within the community,” said John Ohanian, CEO of the organization. “Afterward, the number of people using the service tripled. That was definitely when we were put on the map.” All across the U.S., the three-digit number is starting to become synonymous with health, human and social service organizations in much the same way that 911 is readily recognizable as a number to dial in an emergency. In 2000, the Federal Communications Commission gave authority to designate 211 as a ready reference number for people to call and receive answers to questions about the services available within a specific community.

A dispatcher processes a call from a San Diego County resident at the 2-1-1 San Diego headquarters. (Courtesy 2-1-1 San Diego)

In the years since, local organizations, such as 2-1-1 San Diego, have sprouted up to provide customized services to residents. Today, there are 211 call centers in all 50 states, and 38 of the states have complete coverage to all residents. In the case of 2-1-1 San Diego — which was established in 2006 through a memorandum of understanding with county officials — Ohanian said the organization’s level of service has grown exponentially in recent years. He cites strong collaborative efforts with local non-profit agencies, as well as local governing bodies — such as

the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department — as reasons for the growth. In its earliest days, calls trickled in through 211 requesting information on things like paying utility bills and government assistance programs. Today, Ohanian said he estimates that one out of every four San Diegans are aware of 2-1-1 San Diego and the services it offers. Questions frequently come in on services related to childcare, housing information and mental health services, among others. “We’re trying to do a lot with community


outreach to help build awareness,” Ohanian said. “But the reality is people tend to learn about us through word of mouth.” Three weeks before the wildfires hit in 2007, 2-1-1 San Diego was officially up and running. While the majority of the organization’s efforts focus on resources for community and health services, disaster support has progressively become a part of the organization’s mission statement. Last year, Ohanian and other 2-1-1 San Diego leaders announced an expansion of existing efforts that use a matching service to link volunteers with non-profit agencies and local organizations when disasters strike. The scenario proved helpful during last month’s wildfires. Since its inception, Ohanian said 2-1-1 San Diego has been an important backup to the county’s 911 line when a natural disaster takes place. The volunteer-matching service was created with this in mind, he said. “At no point is the desire to help more prominent than when disaster strikes,” Ohanian said. “But questions about where to go, who to contact and how to volunteer often leave potential helpers feeling ill equipped to take action.” As 2-1-1 San Diego continues to evolve, Ohanian said he and the organization’s 106-person staff are dedicated to refining the process of connecting callers with the critical information they are seeking. “We like to think of ourselves as being better than Google,” he said. “We offer more of a conscious level of service.” For more information about 2-1-1 San Diego, visit the organization’s website at The site includes a searchable database of services and organizations. —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


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Guest conductors for Mainly Mozart 2014: (l to r) Justin Brown, June 21; Carlos Miguel Prieto, June 18; and Nicholas McGegan, June 11. (Courtesy Mainly Mozart)


MAINLYMOZART ever had that structure.” Are they all candidates for the position vacated by Atherton? You bet. “We are not calling this process with these four conductors an audition process, but they are certainly conductors we would be proud to be affiliated with,” Bojanic said. Others are also being considered. There is a selection committee and Bojanic and the artistic partners are definitely in the loop, but the final selection, she said, belongs to Preucil and the Orchestra. If they’re not happy, no one’s happy. “We are going to give ourselves the luxury of knowing that we have partnered with the person who will absolutely inspire both our audiences and our orchestra. And that process will take as long as it takes,” she said. Mainly Mozart opens Festival Orchestra rehearsals to the public. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each

performance day the public will hear the program to be played that night. Bojanic hopes that Downtown workers will come on their lunch breaks and tourists as well. Also on performance days from 6 – 6:30 p.m., Mainly Mozart presents free overture mini-concerts, during which the public may come into the Balboa Theatre on a “pay-what-you-will-or-nothingat-all” basis. The first two will feature the Youth Orchestra, the third, Mainly Mozart Adult Ensembles. June 18 Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto will play the mini-concert with Jorge Federico Osorio on piano, and on the closing night, June 21, Maestro Justin Brown plays four-hand piano with Anne-Marie McDermott. Regular Orchestra concerts, which require tickets, begin at 7:30 p.m. The Balboa Theatre is located at 868 Fourth Ave., Downtown, adjacent to Horton Plaza. Horton Plaza does not validate parking for the Balboa Theatre. Those who drive are advised to park on the street or in the NBC Building, entrance on Broadway Circle. For complete repertoire, guest artists, and concert tickets go to


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June 7 | Balboa Theatre 11:30–12:30 p.m. Dress rehearsals of the Festival Orchestra – free 6–6:30 p.m. Overture mini-concert featuring Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra – free 7:30 p.m. Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster William Preucil (violin), featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic Concertmaster Martin Chalifour (violin), and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott join the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra. June 8 | Brunch & Mozart Brunch, valet parking, auction and VIP tix to Youth Orchestra all for $125 12 p.m. Westgate Hotel, Youth Orchestra birthday brunch 3 p.m. Balboa Theatre, Youth Orchestra performance June 11 | Balboa Theatre 6–6:30 p.m. Overture mini-concert – free 11:30–12:30 p.m. Dress rehearsals of the Festival Orchestra – free 7:30 p.m. Nicholas McGegan (guest conductor) and James Ehnes (violin) join the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra. June 12 | Timken Museum 7 p.m. reception; 7:30 p.m. concert Chamber Players: Martin Chalifour, violin; Marie Berard, violin; Mark Holloway, viola; Ronald Thomas, cello; Nathan Hughes, oboe. June 14 | Balboa Theatre 11:30–12:30 p.m. Dress rehearsals of the Festival Orchestra – free

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6–6:30 p.m. Overture mini-concert featuring Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra – free 7:30 p.m. Michael Francis (guest conductor) and Whitney Crocket (bassoon) join the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra. June 16 | Del Mar Country Club 10 a.m. Mainly Mozart golf tournament, play golf with the chamber musicians June 18 | Balboa Theatre 11:30–12:30 p.m. Dress rehearsals of the Festival Orchestra – free 6–6:30 p.m. Overture mini-concert, featuring Carlos Miguel Prieto (guest conductor) and Jorge Federico Osorio (piano) – free 7:30 p.m. Prieto and Osorio join the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra June 19 | Timken Museum 7 p.m. reception; 7:30 p.m. concert Chamber Players: Martin Chalifour, violin; Marie Berard, violin; Mark Holloway, viola; Ronald Thomas, cello; Nathan Hughes, oboe. June 21 | Balboa Theatre 11:30–12:30 p.m. Dress rehearsals of the Festival Orchestra – free 6–6:30 p.m. Overture mini-concert, featuring Justin Brown (guest conductor) and Anee-Marie McDermott (piano) – free 7:30 p.m. Brown and Shai Wosner (piano) join the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra. For more information on all events or to buy tickets, visit

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Local bridge group to hold Alzheimer fundraiser Hutton Marshall Downtown Assistant Editor

Even for those in their youth, the looming threat of Alzheimer’s Disease strikes fear into many throughout our country. Today, more than five million people are living with the disease in the U.S., and it’s the country’s sixth leading cause of death. And with someone developing Alzheimer’s every 67 seconds, those entering their golden years rightfully worry about its onset. Members of Balboa Park’s Redwood Bridge Club, along with the San Diego Bridge Academy housed within it, say many of its patrons fight Alzheimer’s every day that they play at the club. Players there have dubbed Bridge, a progressive four-person ‘trick-taking’ card game played worldwide, as “aerobics for the mind.” Keeping the mind active and engaged, especially in one’s later years, has been shown to ward off the onset of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. “Basically, there’s two different ways you can use your mind: one is passive thinking; one is active thinking,” said David Walters, the bridge academy’s director. “Reading would be passive thinking, but playing a game like bridge would be active thinking, so anything that involves active thinking is

good. Just like you need to exercise your body, you also need to exercise your mind.” So while combatting Alzheimer’s is arguably ever-present at Redwood, on Saturday, June 21 — the summer solstice — the club and academy will ramp up their efforts. Joining a nationwide campaign called “The Longest Day,” the club will host bridge activities from sunrise to sunset to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Association. “Studies have shown strong links between games, such as bridge, and successful aging,” stated Robert Hartman, CEO of the American Contract Bridge League, in a press release for the fundraiser. “The game alone challenges and stimulates mental acuity, but there’s also a strong social aspect that can aid with successful aging. With support from our members … we can continue raising awareness and funds for the disease and hopefully introduce bridge to a new audience that can benefit from the mental stimulation.” Held on appropriately the longest day of the year, the bridge club will open its doors from 5:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., holding several rounds of bridge, and offer meals and other activities throughout the day, in order to entice the community to come play and donate to the cause. “Since this is our first year to participate,

The Redwood Bridge Club building, located on Sixth Avenue in Balboa Park (Photo by Carlos Dervis) I don’t anticipate a huge crowd — perhaps a hundred or so — but this will be the first in a string of annual ‘Longest Day’ events,” said Redwood’s Stuart Showalter, co-director of the event. The bridge academy will also hold several classes, as well as preparing a large dinner for the club’s patrons. Walter said the academy will donate 50 percent of proceeds from the day’s classes to the charity drive. The Alzheimer’s Association recommended Redwood set their target fundraising goal at $1,600, but Showalter reported that — two weeks before the event — Redwood has already secured $1,700 in donations. This in part is because of to donations from Harvey Milk’s American Diner, local Starbucks branches and Sycuan Casino. Redwood will open its doors for 15 hours that day, and although games would not be constant throughout the day, Walters said that amount of bridge is no easy feat, especially considering the average age at

the Redwood Bridge Club is around 65, with members as old as 100. “Endurance is definitely a factor with that amount of bridge,” Walters said. “When I was playing competitively, I would limit myself to two rounds a day, which was about eight hours.” Last year, 160 bridge clubs nationwide rallied behind the American Contract Bridge League to raise more than half a million dollars for the Alzheimer’s Association. The Redwood Bridge Club and the San Diego Bridge Academy hope to help surpass that amount this year. The Redwood Bridge Club is located at 3111 Sixth Ave., in Balboa Park. Those interested in learning more about participating in The Longest Day event may contact Trish White at or Stuart Showalter at showalter.stuart@gmail. com. For more information about the San Diego Bridge Academy, visit

Environmental activists protest at Atkins’ office New Speaker’s vote on utility-protecting bill challenged McKenna Aiello Downtown News

Dozens gathered on Friday, May 30, in front of Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) office to protest her vote in favor of AB 2145, a bill protesters say would limit the ability of San Diego and other municipalities to provide an alternative, renewable-energy utility service to residents. The bill addresses the way Community Choice Aggregation programs (CCAs) are regulated in California. CCAs are residentrun utility providers, which are often favored for their ability to rely more heavily on renewable energy — often at a slightly higher rate — and to provide an alternative to for-profit utility companies that often monopolize a region. Currently, when a CCA is established, residents must opt out of it if they wish to remain with their existing utility company, such as SDG&E in San Diego. The Assembly Bill would require residents to opt in, rather than opt out, which opponents of the bill would effectively render CCAs powerless against the utility giants they compete against for customers. “What you would be doing essentially is telling a nonprofit they would have to do a massive marketing campaign against a forprofit monopoly to try to get some of the market share,” said Masada Disenhouse, a representative from environmental group San Diego 350. “It’s just impractical.” But Atkins said in a letter issued in response to her critics that instead of denying customers an alternative to monopolistic utility services, AB 2145 would provide a transparent way for electricity customers to fairly

weigh their options on an issue she believes most are actually uneducated on. Indeed, the bill also increases the amount of reporting CCAs are required to do, especially in regard to the source of the energy provided. According to an Assembly Committee analysis of the bill, a recent survey performed in the City of Richmond found that nearly 75 percent of residents had no knowledge they were already enrolled in a CCA program, believing Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) was still their utility service provider. “Data suggest that most residents involved in these programs are not well-informed as to who is supplying their power,” Atkins stated in the public letter. “AB 2145 would ensure that consumers have a choice in where they get their energy.” Opponents of the bill disagree, saying their right to choice is exactly what AB 2145 would be in violation of, as they chanted during the protest, “How do you spell corporate greed? S-D-G-E!” And although there are only two established CCA programs in California, climate change activist Jack Shu said this bill could shut down something well on its way

lot of pieces,” Shuck said. “CCAs will play some kind of role, but in the 12 years since they enacted that law, there’s only two, and one of them has only been up for about a month. So I’m not sure that as we push toward the cleanair goals and greenhouse-gas goals, how exactly that piece is going to fit in.” Two weeks prior, the San Diego City Council’s Environment Committee voted unanimously to recommend that the City Council pass a resolution opposing AB 2145. And although Mayor Kevin Faulconer has not taken an official position on the issue, he

Environmental activists organized by San Diego 350 protest outside the office of Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins following her vote in favor of AB 2145. (Photos by McKenna Aiello)

to creating a serious movement towards environmental action. “There are ways for us to economically come up with systems so I don’t have to go to SDG&E,” Shu said. “Whenever we come up with a system that economically helps communities, the corporations get in there and find ways to block us off.” Will Shuck, communications director in Atkins’s office, said it is too early to speculate on the success of CCA’s given that so few currently exist in California. “California’s sustainable energy future is going to require a

has voiced his support for solar energy and plans to allocate some of his $12 million in additional revenue to move the proposed Climate Action Plan forward, which, in its latest draft, incorporates CCAs as a possible means to help reach the City’s projected emissions-reduction goals. “The Climate Action Plan is based in large part on our ability to have community choice aggregation,” Disenhouse said. “Electricity generation is one of our biggest sources of emissions and if we cannot change how we are producing energy to renew-

ables, we are not going to be able to reach those goals.” Some picketers were initially surprised to learn of the Speaker’s support for the bill given her record on environmental issue, but they later pointed to two separate $10,000 donations made on May 5 from California utility providers Sempra Energy and PG&E weeks prior to the Assembly’s vote on AB 2145 as a swaying factor in Atkins’s decision. “I was shocked,” protester Dwain Deets said of Atkins’s vote. “She’s got a lot on her plate and I think this one snuck through. Or she might know, and the influence from utility companies who want the ‘business as usual’ approach might have influenced her more.” Shuck said there is “absolutely no connection whatsoever” between the utility donations and the Speaker’s vote. Atkins also received a $10,000 contribution from California Solar Energy Industries before the Assembly’s vote, an association aimed to strengthen California’s solar market. Despite protest from opponents, Atkins remains firm in her support of AB 2145, stating that by simply voting down the bill in the Assembly, legislators would have lost the opportunity to further discuss the concerns she as well as the opponents of AB 2145 both share. “CCAs can be an important part of California’s energy picture, but there are significant issues that need to be addressed. I will continue to work with [the office of Assemblymember Steven Bradford, the bill’s author] to address the concerns expressed by opponents of AB 2145,” Atkins said. “We need to fight this,” Shu said. “The corporate corporations have millions of dollars, which is essentially buying our legislators. Our legislators need to stop this process of just listening to the money. We need legislators to respond to human and community needs that work for the people.” AB 2145 is on the agenda for the Senate Energy Committee on June 23.v


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‘Hideous but magical’ Cortez Hill couple controls mullet wig market Alex Owens For one Cortez Hill couple, life is a business in front and a party in back, thanks to a thriving business selling mullet wigs. Louie and Morgan Simpson, both 41, run Mullets On The Go, a mail-order business specializing in mullet wigs in all shapes and styles. The couple started the business in 2010, but like the mullet hairstyle, its roots are long and deep. “Ten years ago, a friend of ours named John came up with the idea of attaching a mullet to a headband, but it didn’t go anywhere,” said Louie Simpson, who works as a computer programmer when not modeling mullets. The two were in Cabo San Lucas when a hair-raising idea came upon them. “Morgan is an entrepreneur at heart and we thought, ‘Why don’t we see if we can take our friend’s business over?’” Louie said. John, the former mullet man, had been customizing each mullet by hand, but Louie and Morgan decided to manufacture the wigs in China and take orders in their second bedroom. “We do have a small storage place where we keep the mullets,” Louie said. With its short-in-front, longin-back cut, the mullet has been maligned, but Morgan sees the positive and negative aspects of it as selling points. “The retro-ironic appeal is a part of it,” she said. “But a certain generation feels it’s hideous but magical.” Louie said the couple actually controls the potentially lucrative mullet wig market. “There’s nobody else doing this,” he said. Some of the mullet wig options currently available through Mullets On The Go include: The Silver Fox, which pairs white hair with a black headband. Perfect for that aging Lynyrd Skynyrd fan. The Widowmaker is an Andre Agassi-style mullet paired with a comely red headband. The Black Mamba combines a royal blue headband with straight black hair. Perfect for watching “Joe Dirt” on Netflix. The mullet wigs sell for around $12 each and the couple has branched into selling mullet wigs for dogs and fake mustaches as well.


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Since starting Mullets On The Go, Louie estimates that they’ve sold approximately 100,000 mullet wigs all over the world. The bulk of the business is online but Urban Outfitters and Spencer’s Gifts both also sell the products. Louie thought that Halloween would be the big season, but, like the mullet itself, he was just plain wrong. “Christmas is much bigger,” he said incredulously. “We also sell a lot in March. In Canada, people are starting up March Mullet to promote mental health awareness. It’s like Movember, but you’re supposed to grow or wear a mullet. Our product helps those people who are comfortable with a parttime mullet solution.” The Simpsons take pride in creating a high-quality product and have put their mullets under tough conditions to insure customer satisfaction. “I once wore one for 72 hours straight in Las Vegas,” Louie bragged. “Every time I went to a bar, I made a wholesale customer.” Downtown residents are known for being some of the most stylish citizens of San Diego, but Louie says the mullet has got a much love from locals. “We’ve made a lot of friends and contacts here,” he said. “The owner of The Local will pimp the wigs out to other customers.” The couple have also partnered with Bud’s At The Ballpark, on J Street near Petco Park, on mullet-themed events. But mullet wigs aren’t just taking over Downtown, they’re spreading internationally, according to Morgan. “France is huge,” she said. “Cycling tours are big there, and people buy the wigs for that and other group activities.” The couple has also considered trying to get tribute bands that specialize in 1980s hair-band rock to sell the wigs to fans along with T-shirts. Currently, the company’s mullets are male-dominated, but that could change in the near future. “Rihanna was recently seen in a mullet,” Morgan said. “We are introducing women in our marketing. There are two women who shaved their heads for a friend with cancer and they were rocking the mullet.” To view all the Mullet On The Go options or to order your own mullet, visit —Alex Owens is a San Diego based freelance writer.v

After five months of restoration and a $38 million investment, the Cabrillo Bridge linking Sixth Avenue and Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama reopened to vehicular traffic on Monday, June 2. The Caltrans project strengthened the bridge’s seven pedestals with mesh steel reinforcements to ensure stability during earthquakes. The bridge closed to cars and cyclists in early January. “Today we are inviting people to resume driving across this very iconic and historical span,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said at a Monday press conference announcing the bridge’s reopening. “This is indeed a very big moment in the project.” The project is not fully completed though, and Caltrans District 11 Director Laurie Berman asked San Diegans to obey traffic laws in order to maintain safety for construction crews working in and around the bridge as they complete the second half of the restoration process. “The retrofit of the Cabrillo Bridge is similar to renovating a turn of the century house, only on

Mayor Faulconer addresses crowd at bridge’s reopening. (Photo by McKenna Aiello) a much larger and more complex scale,” Berman said. “As we near completion of the project to preserve this grand structure for future generations, I ask for your continued patience and diligence.” The next stage of the project will update the 770-foot-tall structure’s aesthetic appeal with improved landscaping along the side of the bridge and lighting fixtures under the bridge’s arches. The project is expected to finish by 2015 in time for the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. Council President Todd Gloria thanked residents for their coop-

DowntownBriefs SAN DIEGO PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS After San Diegans hit the polls Tuesday, June 3, the preliminary results of the Primary Elections are in. Voters rejected Propositions B and C, which would have updated the City Council-approved Barrio Logan community plan, which created a controversial buffer zone between industry and residents, whom supporters of the plan claimed were victims of pollutants emitted by the shipbuilding industry. Proposition A passed, the first of two widely uncontested motions aimed at revising election dates in the City Charter, including the City’s inauguration day. Amid accusations following newfound information linking District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis to a campaign-contribution scandal, the incumbent won the race to secure her fourth term as San Diego’s top prosecutor. Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA 52) and former City Councilmember Carl DeMaio are set to square off in November’s general election for Congress. Gov. Jerry Brown advanced to the November 4 general elections with more than 60 percent of the vote, where he will go up against moderate Republican Neel Kashkari. Republicans won both contested seats on the City Council, with Councilmember Lorie Zapf securing District 2, and newcomer Chris Cate winning District 6. Council Democrats will retain a 5 – 4 majority. SOUTH PARK’S OLD HOUSE FAIR RETURNS The 16th annual Old House Fair, presented

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eration and Caltrans for providing additional resources during the project’s two-month delay. Gloria and Faulconer looked forward to the finished project, as both ensured the Cabrillo Bridge would most likely not see further construction until the next century. “Think about the vision when you’re landing at Lindbergh Field and being able to look at the window and see the bridge in all its glory,” Gloria said. “It’s going to signal to people that this is our city’s crown jewel and it will be this way for at least another 100 years.”v

by the South Park Business Group (SPBG), takes place June 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 30th and Beech streets. The unique event combines the typical vendors, food, drink, crafts and live music of any other street fair with the added inclusion of docent-led, indoor tours of five historic craft homes in South Park and trolley and walking tours of the local area. Many of the exhibitors are local vendors — builders, landscapers, artisans, designers, etc. — who will be offering advice on how to restore or care for your own Craftsman-style homes. The festival and walking tours are free, but the historic home tour, which includes shuttle service to the five classic homes, is $25. The guided trolley tours of South Park and Burlingame range from $5 to $10. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

NEW SEVEN-MILE BIKE ROUTE CONNECTS CITY Cyclists can now take advantage of the San Diego Bike Loop, a seven-mile network of onstreet bicycle lanes aimed to connect riders with the City’s most notable destinations and sights. “The San Diego Bike Loop is a big step forward in our push to create a more bike-friendly City,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer stated in a press release. “These are they type of low-cost projects that have a huge impact on our neighborhoods and we’re going to be doing a lot more of them in the future.” Made easily accessible by painted street symbols and way-finding markers, the route takes riders through Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy near several attractions including

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Letters Centennial clarification A correction to the article [See “Park’s 100th in Peril,” Vol. 15, Issue 4]: 2015 is not the 100th anniversary of Balboa Park (est. 1868) but the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Too often, the two are conflated and most readers will not know the difference. —Judy Swink via

Dancing shoes The best! [See “The Ladies Shoes Blues Review,” Vol. 15, Issue 4] First time at Gator, had a blast. Would follow this group anywhere! Nice job. —Teresa S via gay-sd.comv


Primary election fallout Observations on the defeat of Barrio Logan community plans and other recent elections … or … the ugly facts about San Diego politics, environmental injustice and why planning is only for the wealthy people north of the 8. By Lori Saldaña I grew up in the community of Clairemont. It was developed in the early ‘50s and is often described as the first “planned” neighborhood in San Diego. It has plenty of large recreation centers and many parks, several libraries, and a variety of decent schools and even a community college to choose from. It has also historically been the “voting epicenter” of our Finest City, leading some to observe: “As goes Clairemont, so goes San Diego.” Interestingly, it was “chopped” in City Council redistricting. And so, while driving home, I have been observing both Council District 2 (CD2) and Council District 6 (CD6) signage at major intersections, busy residential corners, etc. There are a few large regional shopping centers and many small neighborhood shops. Most importantly, all polluting, heavy industry is located to the east in Kearny Mesa, away from the homes and parks., (Unfortunately it was designed with driving as the primary transportation model. It is not as walking friendly as many older communities.) Going north from Clairemont across Highway 52 you encounter more of this type of planned neighborhoods and communities: University City, Mira Mesa, Carmel Valley etc. in a freeway-linked march to Escondido ... and we know how the racial politics play there. All of which makes me think: Voters must believe that certain communities of, ahem, “color” in the southern part of the city apparently don’t deserve the same type of planning as the whiter/wealthier/less diverse communities up north. And until residents in those southern communities start voting, or recruiting enough allies to support them, the level of pollution and terrible health impacts on their residents will continue. This is environmental racism at its worst. It has been a game well played by San Diego politicos since the dawn of the city charter, brought to a new level in recent years as “uppity” Latinos and others achieve political power. Money is a large part of this pattern, which looks like this at the local and state level: Instead of abiding by the rules of local ordinance development, wealthy interests wage initiative campaigns to overturn votes of legislative bodies. They pay signature gatherers who may (or may not) accurately describe the details of the ballot measures, then fund high-profile TV ads with familiar, business-friendly and nearly overwhelmingly white faces spouting tales of destruction if

the law stands. But funny thing — those with less money today are often those who have historically faced discrimination in employment, housing and other neighborhood development programs in the past. And those with money for the campaigns are often in the same roles they have had for years: government contractors, developers, and financial industry representatives. Some discrimination is personal: don’t hire, don’t allow access to services, refuse to work with “minority-owned” businesses, etc., at the micro as well as macro level. The federal government tried to stop this with many ‘60s-era bills, but recently we have seen a push back against many of these Civil Rights laws and regulations because, you know: the U.S. is now “post-racial.” Some discrimination is purely financial and systemic, e.g., high interest rates on student loans, or red lining, where banks refuse to lend to people in certain neighborhoods, or from certain race/ethnic/religious groups. (More recently seen: subprime lending leading to foreclosures for many “non-traditional” borrowers without access to credit.) To see the generational impacts of this red lining, just compare Golden Hills, Barrio Logan and their surrounding areas to Mission Hills, Bankers Hill and their surrounding areas. Redlining less than 100 years ago made these two communities that began in similar geographical circumstances turn out completely different. And then look at who has traditionally lived in those neighborhoods, and continue to live there today. This long-term, subtle discrimination has an economic, as well as a psychological, impact on the people delivering as well as receiving the messages. The cycle can be summarized as: 1) You are different from those of us currently in power (see: gender, race, ethnicity, religion, economic status). Therefore ... 2) You don’t deserve to have power (see: Props B & C, recent voter ID laws in other states, other “new” forms of discrimination). And finally ... 3) You “deserve” this disparate treatment because ... you are different ... (see #1, repeat). It’s an endless, mindless, painful loop. And for those “others” who do manage to get power, staying there requires a whole new set of accommodation skills. When it comes to local elections, we also have this compounding the problem: San Diegans in general, and Dems in particular, are uncomfortable talking about the “class” issues that abound in the north/south/east/ west ‘burbs of our Finest City. So the Dems fling desperate, last minute “chicken manure gate” ads at Chris Cate, while the Reeps excel at playing the “scary (name that ethnicity)” game and send out flyers suggesting Alvarez is a gang banger. As for near-historic lows in voter turnout, what do you expect? In CD2, it was two women who looked and sounded alike and promised remarkably similar things. I don’t blame voters for not being motivated, let alone confused. In CD6, wait til the GOP unleashes on

Carol Kim this fall: prepare for racism, sexism etc. to be writ large. This year’s mayor’s race, and now Props B & C, have clearly illustrated the great north/ south, east/west divide. Clearly, wealth, whiteness and/or male privilege has its perks. In the most recent case: Buy yourself a dumping ground for your industrial friends who pay for the ballot measure and advertising campaign. They clearly calculated the cost of promoting “business as usual” in the barrio and estimated what it would take to recoup their “investments.” For them, these campaigns are just the cost of doing business. And, some might say: They are making a killing! And where were the Barrio Logan advocates? In this city-wide election, I received no mail, and saw no writings, about the environmental/social injustice of having children and seniors living, working, walking, playing etc. next to toxic polluters, unless you count “chicken manure” as toxic waste. The Dem Party has found no common ground with environmental justice advocates to send out effective mailers. That has to change (and I understand a plan is in the works). No one responded to the Chamber when it cried “job killer!” Advocates with backbone should have responded bluntly: “Child killer!” Where were the photos of the asthmatic kids and their families? Maybe a screen capture of medical bills and prescriptions for endless albuterol refills — many “privileged” families can relate to those. Or were proponents afraid it would “scare” non-Latino voters away if they put an actual face on the health risks? If so, be creative: Use comparison charts to track respiratory ailments, school absenteeism and other basic indicators of community health. Because in the end, we all pay for these injustices, with broken communities, polluted air, water and soil, and sick, less educated people of all ages who have more sick days, and fewer years to work and save and invest in our city, let alone pay for their children to have those “better lives” I was told about in Clairemont. And that’s how the cycle perpetuates itself. The poor get toxic waste. The rich get campaign contributions. I suppose, at least now Barrio Logan residents have a chance at healthcare for treating all those respiratory ailments, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Now if only we could get agreement on preventing those ailments in the first place. —Lori Saldaña was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Border Environment Cooperation Commission’s advisory board, and was its chair from 2001 – 2003. She represented the 76th Assembly District from 2004 – 2010, where she served as Speaker Pro Tempore, chair of the women’s legislative caucus, and chair of housing/community development. She is currently an associate professor of business information technology for the San Diego Community College District.v

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BRIEFS the new Waterfront Park at the County Administration Center, the USS Midway Museum, Seaport Village, the new Central Library, and Petco Park. “Our streets are a key part of our public infrastructure,” Gloria said. “They are not just for cars. They are for people. With more people choosing biking not only as a form of exercise but as a real transportation option, providing safe bikeways is a smart investment.” The project also includes new dedicated bike transit lanes on Fourth and Fifth avenues in Bankers Hill. An entire traffic lane was replaced in each direction to make way for the bike lanes, but street parking was not disrupted. A map of the San Diego Bike Loop and supporting information can be found at 

UC SAN DIEGO AWARDS $10K EACH TO CITY COLLEGE’S ‘BEST OF THE BEST’ Twenty UC San Diego-bound students from San Diego City College will pay virtually nothing for a college diploma with the help of $10,000 of annual scholarships awarded to each of them through UCSD’s Associates Scholars Program. “It’s been hard getting through school and working at the same time,” stated San Diego City College graduate and scholarship recipient Kendra Owens in a press release. Owens looks forward to pursing a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in accounting this fall where she, “can concentrate on

school and not worry about working or taking out loans. It’s such a relief.” UCSD Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla referred to Owens as one of “the best of the best.” To be eligible, students must be accepted to UCSD and qualify for the Blue + Gold Plan, a University of California program that covers tuition and fees for California residents whose families earn less than $80,000 a year. Originally launched in the fall of 2013 for local high school students, the program has since expanded to include low-income college students from San Diego City College, Southwestern College and Imperial Valley college.” These scholarships help strengthen our efforts to enroll highly qualified local students who will become our leaders and innovators of the future,” Khosla stated in a press release. For more information about San Diego Community College District, visit

‘13, THE MUSICAL’ AIMED AT TEENS AND TWEENS COMES TO LYCEUM An all-teen cast will dance and sing their way across Horton Plaza’s Lyceum Theatre in the California Youth Conservatory Theatre’s production of “13.” The musical follows the ups and downs of turning 13 as character Evan Goldberg must adapt his New York City lifestyle to the shortcomings of moving to a small Midwestern town after his parents divorce. The show includes a live band on stage and parents are encouraged to bring children of all ages to enjoy the musical. “13” will run from June 20–29. Tickets are $18–32 and can be purchased online at or by calling 619-544-1000.

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Parents and children participate in last year's Mass Creativity Day at a park next to the New Children's Museum, Downtown. (Courtesy New Children's Museum) MAKE FREE ART ON ‘MASS CREATIVITY DAY’ The New Children’s Museum is in its second year of “Mass Creativity,” a popular outreach effort designed to expand hands-on creativity to audiences that might normally not have access to such resources. The eight artist-led workshops of the project take place in carious diverse communities throughout San Diego. Community organizations that participated are: Bayside Community Center in Linda Vista; Casa Familiar in San Ysidro; Sherman Heights Community Center; South Bay Community Services in Chula Vista; St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center in El Cajon; Taiwanese American Community Center in Kearny Mesa; The San Diego LGBT Center in Hillcrest; and the Southern Sudanese Community Center in City Heights. The workshops have been ongoing since April, each employing a “unique, food-themed component” that ties them each in to this year’s “Feast: The Art of Playing With

Your Food,” the Museum’s annual fundraising exhibition. The workshops will come together for “Mass Creativity Day,” an all-day celebration of art and creativity held at the Museum June 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Organizers said over 1,200 participants attended last year and they plan to double that in 2014. Mass Creativity Day is free to the public. The New Children’s Museum is located at 200 W. Island Ave., Downtown. For more information, visit

FIND A FURRY FRIEND AT DOGGIE STREET FESTIVAL Dog lovers and pet owners can unite at the sixth annual Doggie Street Festival held on July 12


at Liberty Station’s NTC Park, located at 2455 Cushing Rd. At Southern California’s largest petadoption focused festival, attendees can expect to find their newest furry friend to bring home as well as food, live music, prizes, a kids area, vet tips and shopping for canines and their owners. Each year, the festival pairs more than 100 animals with new families. New to this year’s event is the Pet Book Pavilion where fans can meet their favorite pet authors. Admission is free and the event will go from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Organizers are encouraging vendors and volunteers to make contact and participate. More information can be found online at

ENCORE VOCAL ENSEMBLE RETURNS TO SAN DIEGO From June 21 – 22, the Encore Vocal Ensemble of San Diego will invigorate the community with two performances of their new show, “Out of Time” at Garfield Theater in the La Jolla Jewish Community Center. The Encore Vocal Ensemble is a non-profit musical theater organization in San Diego that strives to put a dynamic spin on modern musical theater. For their June show, Encore will present guest artist Heidi Meyer, who made her Broadway debut in “Miss Saigon.” Tickets are available at for $15, or at the door for $20.v

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The battle of San Diego Bay Commemorating a 200-plus year old skirmish Will Bowen Downtown News

(l to r) Jesse Abeel, Caitie Grady, Jacob Caltrider and Jason Maddy in Lambs’ “Twelfth Night”; (below) Christy Yael Cox (Photos by Ken Jacques)

Bard at the Beach Lamb’s ‘Twelfth Night’ heavy on concept, music Charlene Baldridge Downtown News

“If music be the food of love,” playgoers will most certainly come home sated from the Lamb’s Players Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” Playing the clown Feste (in this case the hotel pianist) Cris O’Bryon is at the big black grand piano most of the time, eliciting double-dip tips in his huge glass brandy snifter. In celebration of 20 years at their Coronado location, Lamb’s Producing Artistic Director Robert Smyth, who also plays the clown Toby Belch, sets the sunny comedy upon a Hotel del Coronado set created by Mike Buckley. The year, 1949, was a good one for Jeanne Barnes Reith’s costumes (the spectator shoes are to die for). The idea is redolent of San Diego Opera’s 1999 and 2005 Hotel Del production of Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte,” in which the young men were also clad in naval uniforms. Viola (adorable, mustachioed Catie Grady) is a shipwrecked heiress who washes up on the shores of “Ilyria.” Thinking her twin brother Sebastian (Charles Evans Jr.) drowned, she disguises herself as the lad Cesario and goes into service of “Duke” Orsino (Jason Maddy), Captain of the naval base. Viola has loved Orsino from afar for many years. In the course of her service she is sent as emissary to the object of Orsino’s affection, Olivia (Christy Yael-Cox), who owns the hotel and admits no gentlemen callers because she is in deep mourning for her brother. Surrounding Feste in the hotel lobby are Olivia’s hangers on, her uncle, Sir Toby (Smyth) and a suitor, Andrew Aguecheek (Brian Mackey). Manifest with Mackey’s hilarious rubber legs and silly smile, Andrew is Toby’s drinking companion. The performance is definitely another gem in Mackey’s crown. Complications include the pranking of Olivia’s supercilious hotel manager, Malvolio (Brian Rickel), by the hotel’s head housekeeper, Maria (Cynthia Gerber), And the most joyous of all, the appearance of Sebastian, who promptly falls in love with Olivia. Cuts, obviously instituted to bring the show in at 2-1/2 hours, rob onlookers of Shakespeare’s homoerotic elements — most


Through July 6 Tues 7:30 p.m., Wed 2 and 7:30 p.m., Thurs 7:30 p.m., Fri & Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave, Coronado, Tickets $22 – $62 or 619-437-6000 specifically Orsino’s consternation over his attraction to another man. Because of this, the revelation of Viola’s femaleness is robbed of full impact. But never mind, the text, uniformly Americana 1949, is well spoken, the plot clear, and Jon Lorenz’s score makes up for any lack of Shakespearean intent and usual practice. Smyth’s casting of Orsino’s Ensigns, Curio and Valentine, with singers Jacob Caltrider and Jesse Abeel is brilliant. So is Jon Lorenz’s setting of Shakespeare’s songs, among them the aforementioned “If Music Be the Food of Love,” plus “O, Mistress Mine,” and “Come Away Death.” Others in the company are Jeffrey Jones and, Carrie Heath. Deborah Gilmore Smyth, who also assistant directed, is the choreographer. Memorable moments include Aguecheek and Cesario’s Hotel Del-inspired tennis-racket duel with fight choreography by Maddy, and the initial appearance of Sebastian, looking so much like Cesario he takes one’s breath away. Another joy of the production is the giddy and girlish love of Olivia for Cesario. Yael-Cox, cofounder of Intrepid Shakespeare Company, is far from the usual dour Olivia. —Charlene Baldridge moved to San Diego from the Chicago area in 1962. She’s been writing about the arts since 1979, and has had her features, critiques, surveys and interviews included in various publications ever since. Her book “San Diego, Jewel of the CaliCali fornia Coast” (Northland Publishing) is currently available in bookstores. She can be reached at charb81@gmail. com.v

It is mid-morning, March 22, 1803, on San Diego Bay, in the Spanish colony of Alta California. The American registry brig, “Lelia Byrd,” drifts stealth fully toward the mouth of the bay under the leadership of Captains William Shaler and Richard Cleveland. They are carrying illegally purchased sea otter pelts and crewman freed that morning from the incarceration of Manuel Rodriguez, the Spanish commander of the San Diego Royal Presidio, a 300-square-foot square colonial garrison located on the hill above what is modern day Old Town. Spanish soldiers at Fort Guijarros, a cannon battery on Ballast Point associated with the Presidio and commanded by Corporal Jose Velasquez, open fire with blasts from their nine-pound cannons to prevent the American vessel’s escape from the harbor. The Americans, in return, fire two broadsides from six threepound swivel guns they have mounted on their rail. The Spanish soldiers, not up for a fully pitched battle with the Americans who are actually their international allies, wave a hat in response and both parties cease firing. The “Lelia Byrd” continues on its way out of the harbor unmolested, on a tack toward the Hawaiian Islands. Thus ends the only ship-toshore cannon battle in Pacific Coast history between an American merchant ship and the Spanish colonial empire, which ruled California from 1769 until 1822. The 211th anniversary of the conflict was held May 4, at Ballast Point on the U.S. Naval Base at Point Loma. The event, which has been presented for over 30 years by the House of Spain in Balboa Park, remembers both the battle and the site of the Spanish colonial cannon battery at Fort Guijarros, unveiled as a permanent California Registered Historical Monument in 1982. Master of ceremonies was Jesus Benayas, president of the House of Spain and recipient of the Medal of the Order of Isabel la Catolica, presented to him by the King of Spain for his work in promoting the history of Spain in California. Benayas came in “Baturro” attire, which is a traditional outfit consisting of a red bandana, white shirt, black vest, and black shorts, from the north of Spain. Capt. Scott Adams, Commanding Officer of Naval Base Point Loma, and Jose Luis Solano Gadea, the Consul General of Spain in Los Angeles, directed the raising of the American and Spanish flags of 1803 while the Navy Band played the national anthems of each country. A benediction was offered by Lt. Steven Walker, the chaplain of the base, followed by introductions by Capt. Adams, Consul General Gadea, and Capt. Paul Ward (USN, Ret.), the chairman of the board of directors for the Fort Guijarros Museum Foundation. The keynote speaker was Ray Ashley, PhD, president and CEO of the San Diego Maritime Museum. After the formalities, all parties retired to a small nearby

The view from the original Fort Guijarros site (Photo by Will Bowen) bayside park for a fiesta of paella and wine. Entertainment consisted of more than 40 dancers from the Ole Flamenco Spanish Dance Academy, located in Bay Park, who were accompanied by Flamenco singers and a guitarist. Many attendees came in period costumes. Denise Murray dressed as a Spanish sailor from the 1800s; Alfred Edmoch Cota came as a colonial Spanish cavalry officer; and Robert Smith presented himself in the uniform of Lt. Jose Francisco de Ortega, a relative, who was Commandante of the San Diego Royal Presidio from 1773 to 1778. Also at the event were La Jolla High student Paula Conte-Porto, (l to r) Denise Murray and Alfred the queen of the House of Spain Edmoch Cota in period costumes and her sister, Tice Conte-Porto, (Photo by Will Bowen) a student at Muirlands, who is the princess. Demetre Almaguer, a Chula Vista real estate agent originally from Toledo, Spain, came dressed in a traditional Spanish costume. “It is important that we acknowledge our history so as to better understand the present,” Almaguer said. The flags of Spain and the United States from Colonel Luis 1803 (Photo by Will Bowen) Ruiz, an officer of the the cul-de-sac in front of the fire Spanish Royal Air Force who station, there are cobble stone works with the United States and markers commemorating Fort European nations on communiGuijarros, Fort Rosecrans, the cations and logistic systems for Ballast Point Whaling Station, the the F-18 fighter jet was also at Juan Cabrillo Landing Site, and the party. Ruiz, who was born in the Spanish soldiers of Guijarros. the Canary Islands, has an office Matt Vincent, a UC San Diego nearby at Liberty Station. archaeology PhD student who The Flamenco dancers performed dances such as the Farru- has excavated in Jordan looking for the empires of King David ca, a classical fan dance, and the and King Solomon, volunteered Guirda. Their high-heeled shoes at the event. Vincent currently tapped out a loud and passionate works at the Center for Art, rhythm on the wooden gazebo Architecture and Archaeology on stage as they moved to the music the UC San Diego campus, trying of Spanish guitar and traditional to apply new media and computer Fada-like reverberating voices. technology to artifact preservaBenayas, a retired electronics tion and depiction. engineer who originally came to “This commemorative event San Diego as a foreign exchange celebrates the importance of student, has been involved with looking at our past and what the Fort Guijarros historical makes us what we are today,” project since the 1970s. WorkVincent said, summing up the ing together with the San Diego festivities. “Most of us were Cannoneers, San Diego Historiborn in different places than our cal Society, the Navy, and local friends and our relatives. But we archaeologists such as Ron May, all live here in San Diego now, Benayas determined the proba special place, with a unique, able location of the old fort and important, and significant past, confirmed its location through which, by knowing it, enables us archaeological excavation. to see and understand ourselves The site is near where the in a much clearer light!” south side of the Point Loma For further information, visit hillside intersects with the Ballast The House Point outcropping. From the site you have a beautiful view of Point of Spain in Balboa Park is open every Sunday from 1–4 p.m. Loma and the opening of the Bay and the tip of North Island. — Will Bowen writes about Benayas thinks that most of the arts and culture. You can reach fort is underneath the current Navy Fire Station building. Along him at


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Oysters at your service Ironside chef dishes on his new restaurant and raw bar Kai Oliver-Kurtin Downtown News

Little Italy’s newest restaurant, Ironside Fish & Oyster, has splashed onto the dining scene with Executive Chef Jason McLeod at the helm. As the only raw bar in the area, McLeod hopes to bring an oyster culture to the neighborhood that’s history is rooted in the tuna fishing industry. Ironside has a unique open-layout concept that places three culinary hubs inside the dining room: a raw bar, bakery and European-style open kitchen. Ironside is the newest project from hospitality group Consortium Holdings (CH) that has brought other successful eateries to the region, such as Craft & Commerce, Neighborhood and UnderBelly, among others. McLeod has also served as executive chef at The Grand Del Mar, but Ironside is his first venture as a restaurant owner. Kai Oliver-Kurtin (SDDN): How did this newest culinary project come to life? Jason McLeod (JM): I met Arsalun Tafazoli (co-founder of CH) about two-and-a-half years ago. We started out as friends and then I ended up joining CH, and this project [Ironside] came

about not long after. Originally we planned to open a breakfast place, but we started talking about what San Diego really needed. We have such a bounty of seafood here, but it’s mostly at high-end steakhouses — there wasn’t really a seafood restaurant with a mid-market price point. So that was our goal, and I fit in what CH is all about, too. SDDN: How would you describe the menu at Ironside? JM: Fresh. It’s constantly changing. After the first month, there are six or seven things on the menu that will be stable and won’t change. We have more fish suppliers here than suppliers for the entire group of CH restaurants. All seafood suppliers specialize in something specific, and we need a high volume of a variety of seafood. We want guests to be able to get a mix of what they want without having a 300-item menu. It’s a simple menu — there’s not a lot of masking with garnishes and sauces. When you order fish, you’re going to get a piece of fish. We put ourselves out there and let the food speak for itself. SDDN: Why did you decide on a seafood/oyster-focused restaurant? JM: I’m from the west coast

A sneak peek inside Ironside Fish and Oyster (Photo by Zack Benson) of Canada and grew up in oyster beds, and spot prawn and salmon fishing on an island. That’s what I was around so it’s in my blood. But Ironside was really more about what San Diego needed. SDDN: What’s the general response from diners been since opening in April? JM: Overall, for the amount of volume we’ve done so far, it’s been very positive. We’ve had some constructive criticism but it hasn’t been anything that was a surprise. We’ve gotten lots of good feedback and have evolved because of it. At Ironside we’re going to do more than double what our other CH projects do. This is new for us in terms of sheer volume. Street festivals in Little Italy, like ArtWalk and the Sicilian Festival, have been bringing in a lot people. We’ll also be participating in the Taste of Little Italy, where one of

our servers who’s a top shucker in the country will be out front shucking oysters and entertaining guests. SDDN: How many oysters do you go through in a day? JM: Right now between 15,000 and 17,000 oysters per day. We sell about 600 – 800 during $1 oyster happy hour [Mon through Fri, 3 to 6 p.m.] There were so many people who were just waiting for something like this. I’ll be excited when we get East Coast oysters in the fall — they’re a bit saltier. Most of our oysters right now are from Baja. We carry seven varieties of oysters every day, six for the chef’s choice selection and one especially for oyster happy hour. SDDN: You’re already a twostar Michelin chef. What’s the next professional goal for you?

Executive Chef Jason McLeod (Photo by Zack Benson)

JM: I’d like to explore the ownership and entrepreneurial roles more. I’ve been focused on operations, and as I get older it’s harder on my body. Of course I would miss the hands-on stuff because I love what I do. When you open a restaurant together, you create a bond with the staff that you just can’t describe. —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 kai.sdnews@gmail.comv



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(l to r) McAlister walking for sobriety; McAlister holding up a sign celebrating the number of days she was clean and sober. The walk encourages participants to celebrate their own. (Photos courtesy McAlister Institute)


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with on a daily basis inspire her. “I still get teared up and I’ve been doing this a long time,” McAlister said. “When people talk about what they’ve lost [to addiction], it’s rare you hear about actual items. Many times, you’ll hear people talk about losing personal connections with family and other people.” The world has changed significantly since McAlister declared her sobriety in 1957, but she said she believes the need to have an open dialogue about alcohol and drug use and addictive behavior is more important now than ever before. “There are people as young as 10 years old who are experimenting,” she said. “Most of them aren’t going to become addicts, but it’s still real important parents have an open line of communication with their children.” New research about addictive behavior continues to be released, but the stark reality is that it remains an enigma. “People in recovery always have to keep their guard up because the reality is this is a disease that no one’s been able to define,” McAlister said. “I learned that I have an addictive behavior, and I was bound and determined to get out of the tunnel I was in.” As she reflects on her personal journey and that of her namesake organization, McAlister readily admits she is proud of the progress that has taken place. When it comes to helping

San Diegans achieve a clean and sober lifestyle, she quickly shifts the spotlight to the organization’s small, but dedicated, staff. “We do stellar work as an organization,” McAlister said. “I have a great staff that works their heart out.” McAlister said she is readily accessible to discuss addictionrelated issues with people struggling with the disease. She said she encourages people to contact her directly at 619-987-6393. The third annual Walk for Sobriety takes place at 8 a.m. June 21, at NTC Park in Liberty Station, located at 2455 Cushing Rd. Tommy Sablan from KyXy 96.5’s Jeff and Jer Show will emcee the event. Runners and walkers can register alone or in groups, and anyone can participate, whether you are in recovery or not. Those in recovery are encouraged to share their stories on the website and social media. For more information or to register, visit For more information about the McAlister Institute, 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


CITYCOLLEGE District, for the last eight years Beebe has steered an institution that serves over 85,000 students seeking education from 25 career and technical areas on seven different campuses located all over the county. He had a $30 million budget, 600 full and part time faculty, 100 classified as staff, nine deans and two vice presidents. While there, Beebe created a nonprofit, the Continuing Education Foundation, which in part offers student scholarships. “[The Continuing Education Program] is probably one of the most diverse institutions of its kind in the country,” Beebe said. “We had about 142 different countries represented last spring and about 50 languages that were spoken across the seven campuses every day.” That is as diverse as it gets, and according to Beebe, it’s just one of the many perfect precursors to his new role as president of another multi-cultural institution. In addition to his teaching experience at the firefighting academy, Beebe also climbed the full ladder of instruction, eventually obtaining a doctorate in education — he's about to complete his second, this one in philosophy — but he said it was the community colleges he came in contact with throughout his life that made lasting impressions on him. In fact, his first dissertation was an analysis of Oregon’s community college system. “I recently told the board, in some ways I’ve been training to be the president of City College my whole life,” he said. Taking a look at his resume, that is clearly an accurate statement. Aside from all the higher education he’s been involved with, he’s been touched by five different community colleges and worked in six community college districts, holding such positions as faculty/ coordinator, director of continuing education, instructional dean, associate vice president of instruction, and vice president of instruction and student services, before landing his most recent role as president here, again with continuing education. Despite his lucrative resume, the Oregon native remains humble about his path to success. “I’m not a typical academic, I don’t think,” he said. “I don’t think of myself in that way in any way shape or form, anyway. Just through lessons of life. I just kind of prepared myself for this position. There are a lot of things I have yet to discover about City College but I am certainly excited to tackle the job,” he said. Community colleges in general have often gotten a “bum rap” in the education system hierarchy, but according to Beebe, there is much more than meets the eye, especially the pocketbook. “A lot of people don’t always think of a community college first, they’ll think of San Diego State or UC San Diego,” Beebe said. “But community colleges are such a tremendous value for the community. In terms of being able to get started there, go to the first two years, get an associate and transfer on or go out into the world of work, and save yourself in the process a lot of money when you go through that.” Beebe said he recognizes that many shy away from returning to college, either because they had a bad experience at a college or university at some time in their life,

lege on its 100 anniversary, knowing that the college has been modeled this way for more than 100 years, is an honor and a privilege beyond words,” Beebe said. “I am a student of community colleges and am nostalgic about their Dr. Anthony Beebe connects with a continuing education mission,” Beebe student. (Courtesy SDCCD) continued. “In 1901, Joliet Junior College was or even had a bad experience in started in Illinois as the very first high school. public community college in the “The community college is all United States. Of course, San Diego about helping people come back to City College opened its doors in that educational environment and 1914, a mere 13 years later.” they do so in a very warm and carHe said that both Joliet and City ing way.” he said. “Which frankly is colleges were part of the “comone of the things that drew me to munity college movement,” a social community colleges. justice crusade that challenged the “The educational experience fact that higher education was only you get at a community college — open to the elite and wealthy. The as the name implies — is all about community,” Beebe continued. “For movement pushed to allow all the opportunity for higher education me, starting out at a community and the greatest change happened college really gave me the foundation in the learning community that in the 1960s, he said, and the guise was “if they have the willingness I wanted in an education.” and capability, they should have Beebe is taking the helm of that opportunity.” City College in its Centennial year, “Community colleges such as having first opened in 1914 as San Diego City College changed an extension to San Diego High all of this in the democratization of School. All community colleges higher education,” he said. “The originally grew out of the K-12 doors to college were opened to a school districts, which is why nation.” Southwest as well as Grossmont Today, as the college continues and Cuyumaca colleges are not directly associated with Mesa, City to grow, expand and upgrade the campus infrastructure, Beebe and Miramar colleges. sees its many advantages as an Taking over the institution at “urban college.” Located just steps this time in its history is personally from the center of Downtown San significant to its new leader. Diego, Beebe feels it is important “To be president of City Col-



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San Diego Downtown News | June 2014 to deepen the relationships that exist between the campus and the surrounding neighborhoods of Downtown. He also wants to further expand relationships with the City of San Diego and the San Diego Downtown Partnership. In addition, he has plans for a small business outreach initiative where he sees the college putting on seminars and conferences to help the small businesses grow stronger and more knowlegeable. The history of social change at City College is quite meaningful to Beebe, and he said the college still has a responsibility today for continuing to effect social change. He plans to expand upon that ideology during his tenure and has already begun to reach out to faculty in advance of his arrival regarding his ideas. “That’s really one of the cornerstones of my vision, to strengthen the advancement of that social change element,” Beebe said. “So that not only are we teaching math,


and we’re teaching history, and we’re teaching anthropology, and all the great sciences, but overarching all of that, we’re also teaching students to be the change that we want to see in the community. “When you stop and think of all the different issues that we’re facing here in San Diego, whether it be homelessness, immigration, drop outs, gay rights issues, and on and on and on … I think it is beholden upon the community college, particularly one that is in the center of the city like City College is, to take a leadership role in framing some of those discussions.” Beebe takes over as president of San Diego City College August 1. “The San Diego City College Story: A Centennial History” is a hardbound book that tells the entire history of City College, including those days of social change. Once published the book will be available at the campus bookstore. It can be preordered now on the website.v


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The eight-year-old Richard Walker’s Pancake House at 520 Front St. has opened a second location in La Jolla under the ownership of the founder’s son, Richard Walker Jr. The menus are the same and have come to include the recent additions of a Mediterranean salad, bacon-tomato grilled cheese and gluten-free waffles. 909 Prospect St., 858-459-8800. Downtown has been long overdue for a walk-in bakery, and thanks to restaurarestaura teur Terryl Gavre of Café 222, ACME Southern Kitchen and Bankers Hill Bar & Restaurant, the niche is being filled this month with Bake Sale Café & Baker y. The 1,100-square-foot space will crank out an array of goods that includes morning rolls, pecan sticky buns, croissants, pies, lemon bars and other pastries. Sandwiches using house-made breads are also in the offing. The East Village bakery will offer limited indoor/ outdoor seating and should be open by mid-June. 815 F St., 619-515-2224.

Cinnamon-raisin morning roll (Courtesy Bake Sale Café & Bakery)

Ciuffa is also involved in the upcoming Bottega Americano, a modern Italian restaurant that will feature an abundance of tableside cooking. Slated to open in August, the 8,000-square-foot eatery takes over an empty space at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in East Village. It carries the support of Dave Warner, formerly a chef at Tower 23; Greg Van de Velde, a past maitre d’ at Bertrand’s at Mister A’s; and Attorney Chad Ruyle, who recently purchased Dobson’s Bar & Restaurant on Broadway Circle. 1195 Island Ave., Chef-restaurateur Giuseppe Ciuffa launches two ventures on June 9 in Symphony Towers. Sonata is a ground-floor counter-ser vice restaurant specializing in “American fare with international twists” for breakfast and lunch. It replaces the building’s former deli. Dishes include breakfast parfaits, house-made granolas, rotisserie chicken CH Projects’ ever-growing list and wok bowls. Twelve of local restaurants and bars will floors up is High Note come to include Rare Form this Café, a chic coffee shop month inside the historic Simon touting caffeinated drinks Levi Company building. The confrom Bird Rock Cof fee cept takes its cue from old-fashion Roasters as well as fresh Jewish delis, which by all accounts pastries and other noshes. are in short supply in San Diego. 750 B St., The 2,700-square-foot eatery will feature a hearty lineup of housecured meats along with sandwiches that don’t exclude Reubens and pastrami — hopefully in monstrous, Be the first to answer a New York-style form. A dedicated trivia question posted each schnapps bar will also be incorpoday on the Facebook page rated into the scheme, headed by of Sammy’s Woodfire mixologist Anthony Schmidt, who Pizza and win prizes such made his mark at other CH hotspots as a $25 gift certificate to such as Noble Experiment and El Sammy’s or dual admisDorado. 795 J St., sion to sushi classes at Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar in La Jolla. The daily contest, named A full revamp of the Cat Eye “25 Days of Sammy’s” is Club is now complete, and with it being held from June 2–26 came a slate of new cocktails and a to celebrate the company’s first-time food menu featuring pupu 25th anniversar y. At all platters and fresh oysters. The new locations, including the design features colorful tiki-style Gaslamp, crispy coconut décor and cushy seating. Playing shrimp skewers have been up to the retro vibe are inventive re-introduced along with cocktails served in tiki mugs, volcano a new wagyu beef cheesebowls and ceramic shells. A series burger. 770 Fourth Ave., of drink-and-paint art sessions kicks 619-230-8888. off on June 12, from 6 to 9 p.m., and karaoke nights are held on Tuesdays. 370 Seventh Ave., 619-330-9509.

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They say the ribs in Memphis are the least messy. That’s because by default they’re served “dry” and derive their piquant flavor from generous rubs of paprika, cumin and other spices that kitchens in and outside of Elvis land typically don’t reveal. Such is the case at Lil’ Piggy’s Bar-B-Q, the only place in Coronado that cranks out mondo batches of gently smoked meats on a daily basis. We’re talking 40 racks of baby back ribs, nearly 100 pounds of brisket and about 10 hefty pork shoulders all suffused in clouds of hickory for hours at a time. Sauces come into play for those who prefer their meats wet, but the kitchen applies the liquids traditionally in small squirts. If you’re a fan of chin-dripping Kansas City-style barbecue, three types of sauces contained in squeeze bottles on the tables allow you to douse away. The molasses-kissed house recipe is the sweetest; the mangohabanero is Corn fritters with honey butter the fruitiest and (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) the vinegar-based

we admired the nuances of the smoke, which were less intense than other barbecued meats that sometimes taste as though they were cooked in a house fire. Here, your taste buds can easily distinguish the differences between poultry, pork shoulder and rib meat. Fresh, crisp coleslaw, firm baked beans and dessert-like corn fritters served with honeycinnamon butter clenched this all-American meal. The experienced was further enhanced by big picnic tables arranged on a spacious covered patio, a rambling craft beer list and a Lynyrd Skynyrd tune playing on satellite radio as we forked into a slice of Julian apple pie with relatively clean fingers.v

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21st annual Taste of Gaslamp The Gaslamp Quarter is home to some of the West Coast’s finest restaurants. Now you have the opportunity to discover, savor and indulge in dozens of these incredible dining establishments, at the 21st annual Taste of Gaslamp presented by Samuel Adams on Saturday, June 14. More than 30 Gaslamp Quarter restaurants will be featured at this self-guided restaurant tour, along with

delicious morsels of their house specialties. Guests 21+ are invited to take a break and enjoy the picturesque Beer Garden presented by Samuel Adams at Altitude Sky Lounge atop the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, located at 660 K St. Admission includes tastings at all participating restaurants and the Beer Garden presented by Samuel Adams, as well as a copy of the “Taste of Gaslamp Chefs’ Secrets” recipe book.v



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FRIDAY – JUNE 6 East Village walkabout: Join Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout at 10 a.m. Meetup at 13th St. & J St. (NW corner). For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit or sign up for their newsletter. San Diego Padres: Come watch our Padres battle the Washington Nationals at 7:10 p.m., but get there early at 5 p.m. to enjoy the Summer Beerfest. Taste up to 12 breweries for $5., entry is free with admission. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Tickets at Women Artists of the West: Exhibition of fine art and sculptures of Women Artists of the West’s 44 th National Members Exhibition. Open to the public. 5 – 9 p.m. Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Suite 104, Barracks 16, Liberty Station. For more invfo visit SATURDAY – JUNE 7 San Diego County Fair: Opening Day festivities include a Fire Expo and Demo Derby and music from Third Eye Blind. 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar. For more info visit San Diego Padres giveaway: Come watch our Padres battle the Washington Nationals and get a Padres beach towel. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Tickets at Take a bite out of Downtown: Hosted by food tour service Bite San Diego, join fellow foodies and wino’s for a walking tour sampling some of downtown’s finest restaurants. 21+. 12 - 3 p.m. Tickets are $45. More info and tickets at index.php. SUNDAY – JUNE 8 Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 400 block of Third Ave. between Island Ave. and J St. – FREE Pocket Park opening: Join the San Diego Downtown Partnership for a grand opening celebration of their latest “pocket park,” located behind the Mission Café, 1250 J St. in East Village. There will be games, drinks, music and a Padres ticket giveaway. For more information visit Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. Today – “Surfers at Sunset.” 1 – 4 p.m. 21+. Cost $45, all supplies included, registration is required. $15 corkage fee. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite 110. For more info, visit San Diego Padres Sunday Funday: Come watch our Padres take on the Washington Nationals at 1:10 p.m., and participate in Jr. Padres signings, Kids Fest and U.S. Marine Corps appreciation day, presented by USAA. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Tickets at

MONDAY – JUNE 9 Movie Monday: “Life Aquatic” is this week’s screening at 7 p.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. TUESDAY – JUNE 10 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit visit/Tuesdays. PBID Advisor y Board: Every second Tuesday the Downtown Property Business Improvement District (PBID) Advisory Board offers the public an opportunity for comment at beginning of meeting. 3 p.m. 401 B St., Suite 100. For more info visit Live Music – An Evening with The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, featuring Rick Vito: Tribute to original Fleetwood Mac, all-male blues band from '60s. 21+. Doors 7 p.m. Tickets start at $45. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. More info at WEDNESDAY – JUNE 11 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 San Diego County Fair: Today’s festivities include a Charity Fair Horse Show and music from Joe Nichols and Taylor Hicks. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar. For more info visit THURSDAY – JUNE 12 San Diego County Fair: Today’s festivities include BritBeat a Charity Fair Horse Show, Jeff Dunham and music from Gary Puckett and the Union Gap. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar. For more info visit Trivia: Every Thursday, bring a team or play alone. 7 – 9 p.m., the Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. More info – FREE FRIDAY – JUNE 13 Upper East Village walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. Meet-up at Eigth St. and F St. (SE corner). For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. EV Landmark Sign Fundraiser: The East Village Landmark Sign Committee invites everyone to a special silent auction to raise funds for the sign project and socialize, 6 – 9 p.m. Free appetizers and hosted cocktail bar from 6 – 7 p.m. Tilted Kilt East Village, 310 10th Ave. For more info contact info@

SATURDAY – JUNE 14 Taste of Gaslamp: Over 30 vendors in the greater Gaslamp Quarter plus a Beer Garden sponsored by Samuel Adams. Tickets $30 advance, $40 day of and only available online. 1 – 4 p.m. For more info visit Second Saturday Science Club for Girls: Magic or Science? Girls learn fun science tricks that look like magic and learn science behind the trickery. Includes Illusion: Nothing As it Seems. Grades 5 – 8, 12 – 2 p.m. Members $12, non-members $14. Reuben H. Fleet Space Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more info visit or preregister 619-238-1233 x806. Free small business fair: Resource tables and speakers to help you engage and learn more about branding, marketing, fundraising, starting a business, etc. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Downtown Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. For more information contact Leslie McNabb, SUNDAY – JUNE 15 The Headquarters Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 789 W. Harbor Dr. More info, visit facebook/TheHeadquartersFarmersMarket. Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. Today – “Sailboats.” 1 – 4 p.m. 21+. Cost is $45, all supplies included, but registration is required. $15 corkage fee. Limited $10 discount 98BOT14. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite 110. For more info, visit MONDAY – JUNE 16 Movie Monday: “Lost in Translation” is this week’s screening at 7 p.m in the Expatriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest. com – FREE with food or drink purchase. TUESDAY – JUNE 17 Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE OWL Monthly Meeting: Older Women’s League (OWL) is a society that honors the potential of women to change the world, through independence, selfdetermination, security, respect and dignity. Refreshments served. 1:30 p.m. Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Suite 104, Barracks 16, Liberty Station. For more info visit WEDNESDAY – JUNE 18 Fishermen’s Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m., every Wednesday. 4930 N. Harbor Dr. near Nimitz Blvd. – FREE Taste of Little Italy: Over 30 restaurants throughout Little Italy are participating with food and drink tastes and some surprises. Tickets $29 for single route, $45 for full access. $40 day of and only available online. 1 – 4 p.m. For more info visit

THURSDAY – JUNE 19 Horton Square Certified Market: Every Thursday, 11a.m – 3 p.m., 225 Broadway – FREE Live Music – Uh Huh Her: With DJ Kim Anh, scintillating synths and drums of rapturous dreamscapes and harmonies over pulsating beats. 21+. Doors 8 p.m. Tickets start at $17. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. More info at San Diego County Fair: Today’s festivities include a Lumberjack Show and music from tribute bands The McCartney Years and Creedence Clearwater Revisited. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar. For more info visit FRIDAY – JUNE 20 Cortez walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. Meet-up at 10th St. and Beech St. (East side). For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit or sign up for their newsletter. Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Fest: The 7th annual fundraiser for the Women’s Museum of California held at the grassy North Promenade. Enjoy samplings of wine, cheese, and chocolate from manufacturers and local chefs. Dance under the stars to Queen of the Boogie Woogie Sue Palmer. Advance tickets are $35 – $100 and include access to the Museum. 6 – 9 p.m. Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Suite 104, Barracks 16, Liberty Station. For more info visit Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. Today – Picasso’s “The Nude.” 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 21+. Cost is $45, all supplies included, but registration is required. Marina Kitchen at Marriott Downtown, 333 W. Harbor Dr. For more info, visit SATURDAY – JUNE 21 Live Music – Patrick Berrogain: Enjoy a weekend jazz brunch with Patrick from Noon – 3 p.m. in the Expatriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit San Diego Padres giveaway: Come watch our Padres take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at 7:10 p.m., and get a “Beat LA” T-shirt from Mission Federal Credit Union. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Tickets at SUNDAY – JUNE 22 The Headquarters Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 789 W. Harbor Dr. More info, visit Live Music – Fuzzy: Enjoy a weekend jazz brunch with Fuzzy from Noon – 3 p.m. in the Expatriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-2334355 or visit San Diego Padres Sunday Funday: Come watch our Padres take on the Los Angeles Dodgers

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MONDAY – JUNE 23 Movie Monday: “What about Bob?” is this week’s screening at 7 p.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. TUESDAY – JUNE 24 Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. Tonight – “Starry Night over La Jolla Cove.” 6 – 9 p.m. 21+. Cost is $45, all supplies included, but registration is required. You may bring your own wine for a $15 corkage fee. Limited $10 discount 98BOT14. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite 110. For more info, visit WEDNESDAY – JUNE 25 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 Comedy – Breakout Artist Series: Rick Glassman from NBC’s Undateable, who also performs at LA’s Comedy Store and Improv. $5 pints plus other specials. 8 p.m. The American Comedy Co., 818 B Sixth Ave., Gaslamp. Tickets $12, THURSDAY – JUNE 26 Comedy – Jamie Kennedy: Kennedy has been in more than 40 Hollywood movies. $5 pints plus other specials. 8 p.m. The American Comedy Co., 818 B Sixth Ave., Gaslamp. Tickets $20, San Diego County Fair: Today’s festivities include a Beach Buggies and Tuff Trucks and music from Leon Russell, The Spinners and tribute band The Fab Four. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar. For more info visit FRIDAY – JUNE 27 Downtown walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout at 10 a.m. For more info and meet-up location, visit or sign up for their newsletter. Live Music – Sue Palmer: Join the Queen of Boogie Woogie at 7p.m in the Expatriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit – $5 cover. SATURDAY – JUNE 28 Little Italy Mercato: Every

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(l to r) Nightmares on Wax combine multiple genres; Failure, presented by 91X, plays House of Blues June 23; and Little Hurricane is on tour supporting their sophomore album. (Photos courtesy House of Blues) House of Blues — June 7 – Little Hurricane, Lincoln Durham, and Ed Ghost Tucker San Diego darlings Little Hurricane have been on an explosive U.S. tour all month supporting their sophomore album “The Gold Fever.” The blues-rock twosome tantalizes with lead vocalist/ guitarist Tone Catalano’s gritty bravado blending with the sweet simple harmonies of drummer C.C. Spina. Following up their 2011 debut “Homewrecker” was no easy feat but the new offering is instantly addictive with its big rock ‘n’ roll soundscape. This will be a fitting end to their tour as they return home supported by one-man-band Lincoln Durham and local island-rock group Ed Ghost Tucker. 8 p.m. $27 June 15 – 91X Presents Failure Longtime fans of this ‘90s alt-rock group had all but given up hope of seeing them live since their untimely breakup. Fast-forward more than a decade and a half and Failure’s fans’ dreams are coming true. Their powerful and experimental sound clearly resonates with audiences as much now as in their prime. San Diego is lucky to be one of the cities they’ll hit this year revisiting a sound near and dear to the hearts of grunge kids everywhere. 7:30 p.m. $35+ June 23 – Nightmares on Wax This band is nearly impossible to categorize. Drawing from reggae, pop, soul, rap and more, their sound blends essences of contemporary electronic music with celebrated genres thrown in. The group started as a DJ-based solo act (DJ EASE) and evolved to incorporate multiple live musicians and vocalists leading to dynamic performances. If you missed their sweltering show at Belly Up last year, now’s your chance! 10 p.m. $30+

Casbah — June 16 – Social Club, Moonshine, and The Bad and The Ugly Rumor has it that Social Club is set to follow up last year’s debut “Gamma Rays” with a new album in the near future; until then fans will be held over by great live shows such as this. The pop-electro elements of their music are harnessed by rocking guitar and bass licks. The great guy-girl vocal trade-offs from song to song offer a unique variety with fast-paced jams and delicate love songs both finding a home in their sets. 9 p.m. $6 June 27 – Transfer, Not in the Face, and Shake Before Us This bill is stacked from start to finish with great rock talent. Headliners Transfer have found success both locally and abroad with their dreamy alt-rock. Their latest album hit earlier this year and their momentum seems unstoppable. Austin-based group Not in the Face ups the rock ‘n’ roll ante with a grungier brand of tunes. And rounding it out local favorites Shake Before Us will bring nostalgia to the stage with their high-energy ‘60s garage vibe. 9 p.m. $12+

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Drink Shrink Jeff Josenhans So glad to bring back the “Drink Shrink” just in time for Summer 2014. For a time, the drink scene in San Diego seemed to stall, with few innovations coming from the city and the standard spots all driving the drink fun in town since Polite Provisions opened early 2013. I’m glad to say there have been some newcomers to the scene and some fun makeovers in town as well. With that, it seems the tide is finally turning and like a breath of fresh air, new drink trends are upon us. The classic drinks of the prohibition era craftily constructed at “speakeasys” were largely responsible for driving the “mixology scene” over the last 10 – 15 years. This trend is still apparent on most cocktail menus but it’s refreshing to see a resurgence of drinking establishments doing what they want to do and putting their creative minds to work for the sake of the public, as opposed to re-creating the past. Or if they are re-creating the past, it’s not from an era with black and white pictures. First deserving some attention

is the Cat Eye Club. Another successful theme-based bar, Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco is one of the best bars in the state, and the whole place is themed around pirates and rum. Cat Eye Club is now the first and only Tiki bar in Downtown San Diego and well worth the visit on your next night out. Cat Eye saw the gap in the market and their concepts have always been ahead of the curve. Another trend in the cocktail scene is using craft beer and wine elements in drinks. Fortified wine and the appreciation of finer vermouth is definitely making its mark on cocktail menus across the U.S. New Little Italy hot spot Ironside uses sherry to their advantage in many drinks. This beverage is not only for old ladies anymore. And who would have known old ladies had such good taste anyway? We should probably look to our grandparents for drink inspiration more often. The last trend I want to highlight is a testament to the skills and knowledge of the bar team working in front of you. Much like the modern chef the modern barman is shifting more towards creating their own ingredients, and buying less of them from the market at large. The new Puesto in Seaport Village is making their own ginger beer and grapefruit Ssodas for

their Palomas. Jen Queen at Juniper and Ivy literally creates a significant portion of the ingredients on the menu in-house. Why buy bitters and syrups when you can create them and even smoke your liquids in your own bar? And yes you can do this at home, just shoot me an email if you need tips! The kitchen ain’t off limits anymore! As a matter of fact, the kitchen has never been closer to the bar than it is now. At the US Grant our next project has never been larger. We sought to interpret and reverse engineer Yellow Chartreuse in American spirit, and the resulting “Genepi Americana” is now aging in brand new French Allier oak in the Grant Grill. A blend of over 30 botanicals made on a base of un-aged bourbon. There was nothing on the market anywhere like this so we just decided to follow trend and make it ourselves — 210 bottles of it, to be exact. I hope you love it as much as I do when it gets released this fall. — In just three years, 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

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The barrel being used to age US Grant’s Genepi Americana (Courtesy Grant Grill)


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SUNDAY – JUNE 29 Ninjapalooza LuWOW at HOB: Summer kickoff party where ninja, Elvis and Hawaiian costumes are all welcome. Under Rage, Cosmic Thing: Tribute to B-52s, Graceland Ninjaz, Jug Head Mob, DJ Kalvin and more. progressive rock band and an American experimental rock band. 21+ Doors 7 p.m. Tickets start at $10. More info at MONDAY – JUNE 30 San Diego Padres giveaway: Come watch our Padres take on the Cincinnati Reds at 7:10 p.m., and get a reusable tote bag from the MLB Network. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Tickets at Movie Monday: “Stripes” is this week’s screening at 7 p.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. Live Music – Devo: Presented by Casbah, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 21+. Doors 7 p.m. Tickets start at $83. VIP $146 reser ved with meet and greet. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. More info at

TUESDAY – JULY 1 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE San Diego County Fair: Today’s festivities include Monster Trucks, and music from tribute band upper Diamond and Huey Lewis and the News. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar. For more info visit WEDNESDAY – JULY 2 Fishermen’s Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m., every Wednesday. 4930 N. Harbor Dr. near Nimitz Blvd. – FREE San Diego County Fair: Today’s festivities include Monster Trucks, and music from Lit and REO Speedwagon. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar. For more info visit THURSDAY – JULY 3 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 Fringe Festival: The second annual San Diego Fringe Festival kicks off today, with five stages, 70 companies, 200 artists and nearly 350 performances through July 13. Venues are the Tenth Ave Arts Center, Spreckels Theatre, and Lyceum Theatre. For more info and tickets, visit —Please send items for inclusion to Editor Morgan M. Hurley at



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GO FIT: cholesterol and your health In this month’s column, I want to focus on something a little bit different than fitness, training routines, and body fat loss, but something just as important, nevertheless. I want to talk about cholesterol. Why? Because it is an extremely important part of your body’s overall health. Just about everyone out there knows the word cholesterol. However, most don’t really know the difference between good and bad cholesterol. First of all, what is it? Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found among the lipids (fats) in the bloodstream. There are several kinds of cholesterol, but the ones to focus on are HDL (highdensity or “good” lipoprotein) and LDL (low-density “bad” lipoprotein). When most of us hear the word cholesterol we usually have a negative response. The fact is, you need cholesterol, because the body uses it to form cell membranes, create hormones and perform several other crucial maintenance operations. A high level of cholesterol in the blood creates a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, which can lead to a host of problems, including heart attack. You get cholesterol in two ways. The body — mainly the liver — produces varying amounts a day. But when you consume foods high in saturated fats — particularly trans fats — your body goes cholesterol crazy, pumping out more than it could ever use. Some foods also contain cholesterol in varying degrees, such as egg yolks, some meats, even fish, seafood and whole milk dairy products. Eggs and seafood don’t contain as much, I might add, the majority of it is made by your own body. Excess cholesterol in your bloodstream is removed from the body through the liver. But some of it winds up exactly where you don’t want it: along the walls of your arteries, where it combines with other sub-

Fitness Scott Markey stances to form plaque. Plaque raises blood pressure by making your heart work harder to get blood through your suddenly narrow vessels. Second, plaque can enter your blood stream, eventually forming clots that can lead to stroke, paralysis, death and other annoyances. My last sentence was not by any means added to scare you, but to give you the facts. So, let’s breakdown good vs. bad cholesterol. Good, or HDL cholesterol, wants to help the body out by picking up excess cholesterol and getting it out of your bloodstream by carrying it back to the liver, where it’s passed from the body, which is good. HDL also removes excess cholesterol from plaques and slows their growth. That’s really good. A high HDL level protects against heart attack. The opposite is also true: A low HDL level can indicate a greater risk. Bad, or LDL cholesterol, has no interest in helping you out. LDL just wants to stick cholesterol in the most convenient place it can find, meaning your arteries. A high level of LDL cho-

lesterol causes the lining of your arteries to build up with plaque. Something we all want to avoid, and something I will admit that I need to lower a bit myself. Whenever my cardiovascular activities slow down or are non-existent, my bad cholesterol always rises. I had a doctor’s visit recently, and my LDL levels were slightly elevated. I have never been one to do very much cardio, but that will need to change a little to get my bad cholesterol levels down. Now diet plays a big part as well. I assume if you’ve read my other columns where we have gone over a healthy diet, you are now all eating correctly, right? Simply put, HDL is on your side, always trying to come to your aid, while LDL is your enemy. So what do you do to keep bad cholesterol at bay? I’ll give you a few tips to help you prevent LDL from surfacing. As I said, diet and exercise are the key elements here, but some other important tips follow. Quit smoking. Don’t skip breakfast. Start your day off with a healthy meal, including a multi-vitamin or mineral. Have five or six small meals a day, as opposed two or three. Eat grapefruit, nuts, grains and beans, leafy greens (salads), oatmeal or oat bran fiber. Drink green tea, grapefruit juice or cranberry juice, and incorporate niacin (a form of vitamin B), chromium, folic acid and garlic into your diet. I hope this helps you understand the importance and difference between good and bad cholesterol and how important managing them is to our health. —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




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The flight pattern at the San Diego Air & Space Museum goes straight through with adventurous aircraft history from the Wright Brothers to space exploration. The facility is bolstered by one of the nation’s leading digitized research libraries, two plane-building workshops and a strong curatorial staff. CEO James Kidrick, who has authorized many changes in the eight and a half years he’s been in charge, said it’s a place to have fun and gain a high quality experience. Along the way are interactive exhibits like the MaxFlight® and F-35 simulators, a kid-zone, 3D/4D movie theater plus dynamic, hands-on and ever-changing traveling exhibitions. “Obviously, we would like to have more space,” Kidrick said. “For instance, it would be difficult to fit in

a B17 or B24 [WWII bombers]. If we add an aircraft we have to take something out.” Nevertheless, the visitor has no reason to be disappointed in the way aircraft are displayed. Highlighted might be the working flying replica of Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, the actual Apollo 9 Command Module spacecraft and the only real GPS satellite on display in the world. Artifacts on hand come from the Wright Brothers, Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and other aviation and space pioneers. As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum is also is a member of the prestigious American Alliance of Museums. Kidrick singled out a replica of the 1911 Curtiss pusher (engine and propeller behind the pilot’s seat) biplane that was among the first to take off and land from a ship. Kidrick recalled his days as a Navy pilot when he landed and took off from carriers while flying an A4 Skyhawk and A7D Corsair. He retired as a commander after 21 years in the service.

He explained that life at the museum goes far beyond the exhibits where between 225 and 250 volunteers carry the workload there and at the Gillespie Field Annex in El Cajon. Besides docents on the exhibit floor, others are in the research library and in the workshops where replicas are constructed. He said the workshops here and at Gillespie are a mixture of veterans from the aircraft industry and those who are willing to learn. “It takes time to build replicas from scratch, maybe as long as six to 10 years,” he said. “However, it will take less time to reconstruct a damaged plane like the Ought F40-7 Corsair we now have on display. “We’ve built a bunch of things for the USS Midway [Museum] with the equipment we have in our working area,” he added. Kidrick gambled when he added the non-aircraft theme Ripley’s Believe It or Not exhibit last year. Because of the public’s response,

see BalboaPark, page 26


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San Diego Summer Pops gears up for another exciting season at Embarcadero Marina Park South. The popular outdoor concert series kicks off June 28 and runs through Labor Day. (Photo by David Hartig)

Make the most of summer

It’s All Happening Marc and Darlynne Menkin It’s hard to believe but summer is finally here. For many people, this is their favorite time of the year and with good reason. Summer days are often filled with either fun barbecues with friends or spending time by the pool and relaxing at the beach. What more could you want? Sunset poolside jazz series kicks off Summertime in San Diego is doubly nice because the weather is awesome and there’s always something going on. We enjoy being outdoors so we’re always on the lookout for places with great views. This may come as a surprise to some locals but hotels are actually fun places to hang out. Gone are the days where hotels strictly cater to tourists. As a matter of fact, many hotels are making a concerted effort to reach out to the local crowd. We recently checked out the Westgate Hotel and couldn’t get over all the renovations to their swanky, new roof top area. The third floor rooftop not only sports a cool view of Downtown, it now features the hotel’s first-ever junior Olympic-sized lap pool and a running track and outdoor fitness equipment. Starting this month and running through August, Westgate kicks off its first annual Sunset Poolside Jazz Series. Every Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., jazz enthusiasts can groove the night away while sipping on specialty cocktails and sampling tasty appetizers. One of San Diego’s favorite musicians Steph Johnson is set to perform on June 12 while Sue Palmer, known as the Queen of Boogie Woogie, is slated to appear July 10. For more information on the full lineup, visit Altitude’s million-dollar view gets even better Another place that has a view worth checking out is Altitude Sky Lounge at the Marriott Gaslamp at the corner of Sixth Avenue and K Street. Located on the 22nd floor, Altitude has unparalleled views of Petco Park, San Diego Bay and Coronado. On clear days, you can even see Cabrillo National Monument. We’re always surprised

when we hear locals say they’ve heard about Altitude but have never taken the time to check it out. Just like Westgate Hotel’s rooftop, Altitude recently went through some cosmetic upgrades so the rooftop pops even more, if you can imagine that. While you’re up there, make sure you visit its new inside addition called City Sights. It used to be a workout room but they transformed it into a trendy nightclub lounge. We got a special private tour of this rooftop space and were blown away by its panoramic views and unique décor. It has a big city, cosmopolitan feel and it’s definitely a place where the cool kids hang out. For more info, visit Brunch by the Bay Locals looking to kick off their Sunday in style may want to check out Porto Vista Hotel’s new Buffet Brunch. It’s held from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at Ripassi, the hotel’s rooftop lounge on the fifth floor. With sweeping views of the Bay and Downtown, this is fast becoming one of Little Italy’s more popular hot spots for locals. The Sunday brunch has everything from pastries to farm fresh scrambled eggs, house-made thyme biscuits with sausage gravy, achiote rubbed pork loin, an omelette station, a full-on dessert menu and bottomless mimosas. Adults are $27, children are $15, and kids 5 and under are free. Jerry Glickman of Bankers Hill said he and his wife enjoy having brunch at Porto Vista. “The vibe is relaxing and casual,” he said. “It’s never too crowded like a lot of other places where the lines are long. Plus, the view is one of a kind.” We want to hear from you! The Summer Pops — which kicks off June 27 with a tribute to Elvis and runs through Labor Day weekend — offers fun affordable options that many locals don’t know exists. For $17, guests can bring in their own food, a small cooler with non-alcoholic drinks and lowto-the-ground lawn chairs. A grandstand seat is only $20. Be sure to stick around for the post show fireworks around 9:20 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Our tip – If you have a small boat or kayak, time your voyage so you can catch the end of the show and see the fireworks! Want a chance to win a prize? Take a creative picture at one of the shows of you and a friend in a freeze frame dance pose with the Summer Pops stage in the background. The most creative picture wins two tickets to a Downtown Urban Challenge Scavenger Hunt and two tickets to a Hidden Coronado Biking Adventure. Email us at — Marc & Darlynne Menkin are the co-owners of “Where You Want To Be Tours.” Many of their tours and teambuilding scavenger hunts feature secret Downtown areas. They can be reached at For more info about their walking, bicycle and bus tours of San Diego, visit

Starbucks Office Bldg. Mail Room Metro Work Premier Treatment & Health Electra Condos Holiday Inn Treo at Kettner Greater Good Realty Park Row Condos The Grande South Tower The Grade North Tower Office Depot

600 W. Broadway 1230 Columbia St. 1350 Columbia St. 444 W. C St. 700 W. E St. 1353 N. Harbor Dr. 1240 India St. 639 Kettner Blvd. 701 Kettner Blvd. 1199 Pacific Hwy. 1255 Pacific Hwy. 825 Pacific Hwy.

CORE/CIVIC US Grant Hotel 326 Broadway SBC Office Bldg. 101 W. Broadway San Diego Court House 220 W. Broadway Hall of Justice 330 W. Broadway Wyndham Emerald Plaza 400 W. Broadway YMCA 500 W. Broadway Kids on Broadway 475 W. Broadway UPS Store 501 W. Broadway ARG Jimm Abbot Realty 501 1st Ave. Harcourts Pacific Realty Marina 620 1st Ave. Newbreak Coffee & Cafe 690 1st Ave. Coronado Ferry Landing 1311 1st St. Mix On Liqour 1427 1st Ave. Street Box 1000 2nd Ave. Executive Complex 1010 2nd Ave. Civic Center Plaza 1200 3rd Ave. Employment Department 1200 3rd Ave. Downtown Johnny Brown’s 1220 3rd Ave. Marias 1039 4th Ave. Starbucks 761 5th Ave. Union Bank Bldg. 530 6th Ave. Ace Hardware 675 6th Ave. Coffee & Art 677 6th Ave. Submarina 1071 6th Ave. Stout Public House 1125 6th Ave. Grab N’ Go Subs 1180 6th Ave. Starbucks 1180 6th Ave. Starbucks 1194 6th Ave. 7th Near B CafT 601 7th Ave. Nutrimart 1140 7th Ave. 110 Plaza 110 W. A St. USO 301 A St. CCDC 401 B St. Plaza Deli 401 B St. Downtown SD Partnership 401 B St. Bank of America 450 B St. Comerica 600 B St. Bristol CafT 601 B St. Donut Bar 631 B St. Old Gallery Coffee 641 B St. City Pizza 675 B St. American West Bank 701 B St. Imperial Bank 701 B St. Symphony Towers 750 B St. Sotheby’s 750 B St. #1860 The W Hotel 421 W. B St. Grab N’ Go Subs 109 W. C St. City Administrative Building 202 W. C St. 3rd Fl Civic Bldg Senior Section 202 W. C St. Council District 2 202 W. C St. Rite-Aid 427 C St. Elixir Espressor Bar 427 C St. Downtown Fish Joint 407 C St. 7-11 Market 525 C St. Cafeteria 1350 Front St.

CORONADO Coronado Ferry Landing 1311 1st St. Coronado Cays Assc. 505 Grand Caribe Causeway Coronado Cays Yacht Club 30 Caribe Cay N. Glorietta Bay Marina 1715 Strand Way The Landing-Condos 1099 1st St. Sharp Hospital Lobby 250 Prospect Pl. Community Center 1845 Strand Way Club House (golf course) 2000 Visalia Row Best Western Suites 275 Orange Ave. Rec Office (all towers) 1740 Avenida Del Mundo Tartine Cafe 1106 1st St. Caf+ 1134 1134 Orange Ave. Breuger’s Bagels 1305 Orange Ave. Bay Books Bookstore 1029 Orange Ave. Loew’s Coronado Bay 4000 Coronado Bay Rd. Crown Bistro 520 Orange Ave.

CORTEZ HILL El Cortez Apartments Cortez Blu Discovery Towers Grant’s Market Aloft on Cortez Hill Holiday Inn Luther Tower First Lutheran Deli Cathedral Plaza Westminster Manor Hotel Pacifica BB’s Deli Allian Beech Tower Mills at Cortez Park View

702 Ash St. 801 Ash St. 850 Beech St. 3003 Beech St. 889 Date St. 1617 1st Ave. 1455 2nd Ave. 1546 2nd Ave. 1551 3rd Ave. 1730 3rd Ave. 1551 4th Ave. 1321 5th Ave. 1620 5th Ave. 1514 7th Ave. 1642 7th Ave. 1650 8th Ave.

EAST VILLAGE Sheraton Suites 12th Floor Brick Hotel Wyndham YMCA Melting Pot F St. Apartments Enterprise

701 A St. 1110 A St. 1012 C St. 500 E St. 900 F St. 901 F St.


Newschool Architecture 1249 F St. City Walk 301 W G St. Comfort Inn Gaslamp 660 G St. Brickyard Coffee & Tea 675 W. G St. Moto Villas 988 G St. Harbor Club 100 J St. Pacific Terrace 330 J St. Gaslamp City Square 450 J St. DT Condo Showroom Metrome 1150 J St. Crown Bay 350 K St. Hilton Gaslamp 401 K St. Cine Café 412 K St. Trellis 530 K St. Converse International 636 Broadway Studio 15 1475 Imperial Ave. Mark Condos 877 Island Ave. M2i 1050 Island Ave. Fahrenheit 1025 Island Ave. Park Blvd. East 1225 Island Ave. Entrada 1300 Island Ave. San Diego Pet Supply 1490 Island Ave. Ryan Bros. Coffee 1894 Main St. Lions Club 310 Market St. KC Barbeque 610 Market St. Valentine’s Mexican 844 Market St. Strata Condo 969 Market St. Starbucks 1011 Market St. Market St. Vet 1542 Market St. Dieter’s 1633 Market St. The Mark 800 The Mark Ln. Starbucks Coffee 1 Park Blvd. Petco Park 100 Park Blvd. Park Terrace 206 Park Blvd. San Diego Library 330 Park Blvd. City Dog 555 Park Blvd. Smart Corner 1080 Park Blvd. ALTA 575 6th Ave. The Legend 325 7th Ave. Apt. Complex 1333 8th Ave Diamond Terrace 427 9th Ave. Hotel Indigo 509 9th Ave. Vantage Point 1281 9th Ave. Avalon Town Club 1399 9th Ave. ARIA 1441 9th Ave. Sara Frances 10th Ave & Broadway Comerica Bank 305 10th Ave. Tilted Kilt 310 10th Ave. Icon Towers 319 10th Ave. Icon Towers 321 10th Ave. FIT Athletic Club 350 10th Ave. The Lofts at 707 707 10th Ave. Travelodge 1345 10th Ave. Park Blvd. West 525 11th Ave. City College Admin. 1313 W. 12th Ave. City College Bookstore 1313 W. 12th Ave. Dog Days 811 13th St. Albertson’s 655 14th St. Potiker Senior Residence 525 14th St. East Village Coffee 1065 14th St. S.D. Furnishings & Acc. 764 14th St. General Auto 367 15th St. Element 550 15th St. Undisputed 320 16th St. City Apartments 845 16th St. City View Apts. 840 17th St.

GASLAMP CCDC Info. Center 401 B St. #400 Westin Hotel 910 Broadway Circle Union Square 1400 Broadway Circle J St. Inn 222 2nd Ave. Street Box 312 3rd Ave. Trilogy Property Management 315 4th Ave. Dicks Last Resort 345 4th Ave. World Market 372 4th Ave. Emergence Room 400 4th Ave. Pioneer (Next to Trilogy) 410 4th Ave. Henessey’s Tavern 714 4th Ave. Golden West Hotel 720 4th Ave. Horton 4th Ave. 808 4th Ave. Rei Do Gado 939 4th Ave. Willis Allen Real Estate 360 5th Ave. The Wine Bank 363 5th Ave. Parking Lot 409 5th Ave. Neuman and Neuman 516 5th Ave. Gaslamp Quarter Assoc. 614 5th Ave. Theaters 701 5th Ave. The Tipsy Crow 770 5th Ave. Maloney’s 777 5th Ave. Louis Bank Lobby 835 5th Ave. Tin Fish 170 6th Ave. Tivoli Bar 505 6th Ave. Union Bank Bldg. 530 6th Ave. Ace Hardware 675 6th Ave. Meridian Condos 755 Union St. Marina Park Condos 750 State St. Columbia Towers 904 State St. The Keating Hotel 432 F St. Starbucks 345 Market St. Bldg. Lofts 529 Market St. Island Inn 202 Island Ave. Horton Grand Hotel 311 Island Ave. The Coffee Shop 311 Island Ave.

HORTON PLAZA Long’s Drug & Plaza Information Cart Macy’s United Artists Theatres San Diego Repertory Theatre Horton News Stand Starbucks Starbucks Spreckles Theater NBC

475 Broadway 475 Broadway 475 Broadway 475 Broadway 1 Horton Plaza 1 Horton Plaza 126 Horton Plaza 75 Horton Plaza 121 Broadway 225 Broadway

LITTLE ITALY Sempra 101 Ash St. Best Western 555 W. Ash St. La Vita 300 W. Beech St. Aqua Vista 425 Beech St. Prescott Company 555 W. Beech St. Porta d’Italia 1970 Columbia St. IL Palazzo 2040 Columbia St. Little Italy Assoc. 2210 Columbia St. Mercado Market / SD Natural Pet 519 W. Date St. La Rensione Lobby 606 W. Date St. Palermo 1501 Front St. Doubletree Hotel 1646 Front St. Harbor View Hotel 550 W. Grape St. California Rent-A-Car 824 W. Grape St. West Coast Rent-A-Car 834 W. Grape St. The Big Kitchen 3003 Grape St. Bottle House 3012 Grape St. Solar Turbines 1100 Hawthorn St. Portico 1435 India St. Village Walk Condos 1501 India St. Villa Maria 1528 India St. Porto Seina 1601 India St. Solunto 1643 India St. Princess Pub & Grill 1665 India St. Multipocket Metal St. Rack 1665 India St. Café Italia 1704 India St. Art Store 1790 India St. French Garden Shop 2307 India St. US Bank 1420 Kettner Blvd. Allegro Towers 1455 Kettner Blvd. AVIS Car Rental 1670 Kettner Blvd. Doma by Citymark 1750 Kettner Blvd. Doma by Citymark 1780 Kettner Blvd. Fox Car Rental 2727 Kettner Blvd. David Zapf Gallery 2400 Kettner Blvd. Architechual Salvage 2401 Kettner Blvd. Express Rent-A-Car 2559 Kettner Blvd. Breeza 1431 Pacific Hwy. Hampton Inn 1495 Pacific Hwy. County Administration 1600 Pacific Hwy. Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites 1655 Pacific Hwy. Marriott Residence Inn 1747 Pacific Hwy. Days Inn Harbor View 1919 Pacific Hwy. Motel 6 Airport 2353 Pacific Hwy. Dollar Car Rental 2499 Pacific Hwy. Budget Car Rental 3125 Pacific Hwy Port Authority 3165 Pacific Hwy. Titan 1944 State St. Aperture 1494 Union St. Current 1551 Union St. La Vita 1580 Union St.

MARINA Windermere Signature Richard Walker Horizons Pinnacle Museum Tower Front St. Apartments Renaissance Condos Lobby Marriott Courtyard City Front Terrace Park Place Condos The Headquarters Upstart Crow Bookstore Village Cafe Watermark (Guard Station) Atria 235 on Market Gaslamp Medical Center Hostel International G St. Deli

560 1st Ave. 520 Front St. 555 Front St. 550 Front St. 600 Front St. 645 Front St. 333 Harbor Dr 500 W. Harbor Dr. 700 W. Harbor Dr. 789 W. Harbor Dr. 835 W. Harbor Dr. 879 W. Harbor Dr. 655 India St. 101 Market St. 235 Market St. 250 Market St. 521 Market St. 601 Pacific Hwy.

OUTSIDE OF DOWNTOWN UPTOWN UCSD Med. Ctr. Santos Coffee Rebecca’s Coffee House The Center LGBT Imperial Towers Mocha Madness (Mercy Hosp) Gourmet Cafe Chase Bank Laurel Bay Star Grooming City Liquor House St. Pauls Villa Reese Steely Medical Tasha Music Store West Park Heritage House Cassiola Greenhaus The Lodge Hob Nob Hill San Diego Museum of Art Postal Annex Wire Rack Ad Ease Centre City Public Library – University MIDDLETOWN Modern Hair Salon Enterprise Car Rental GOLDEN HILL Golden Apts Influx Cafe Liquor Store BARRIO LOGAN Ryan Bros. Coffee OLD TOWN Old Town Trolley

200 W. Arbor Dr. 3191 Thorn St. 3015 Juniper St. 3909 Centre St. 2350 6th Ave. 2A 4077 5th Ave. 2505 5th Ave. 2551 5th Ave. 2400 5th Ave. 1845 5th Ave. 1801 5th Ave. 2340 4th Ave. 2001 4th Ave. 1853 5th Ave 1840 4th Ave. 1940 3rd Ave. 2244 2nd Ave. 2660 1st Ave. 2330 1st Ave. 2271 1 St. Ave. 1450 El Prado 415 Laurel St. 170 Laurel St. 1400 Park Blvd. 4193 Park Blvd. 3067 Reynard Way 1691 Hancock St. 1040 20th St. 1948 Broadway 2201 Broadway 1894 Main St. 4005 Taylor St.


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BALBOAPARK he said his ”team” voted to continue the show through this year with a 50 percent changeover. Key fundraisers are the popular annual Hall of Fame banquet and a golf tournament. New BPOC Exec Balboa Park Online Collaborative, a non-profit organization that provides strategic support and technology development for cultural institutions, announced Nik Honeysett as the new chief executive officer.


Honeysett joins BLOC from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where he was the head of administration. He will assume his new role on June 2. As the technology backbone of the 27 Balboa Park cultural institutions, BPOC is responsible for website development and parkwide wireless access to in-gallery technology. Honeysett replaces Vivian Kung Haga, who served as the executive director since May 2012 and is relocating to Japan. Zoo gets $6 million grant San Diego Zoo Global has received an education gift of $6

million from the Price Family Charitable Fund, a permanent endowment for San Diego Zoo Global’s education programs for Title 1 schools in San Diego County. It’s the largest gift Global has ever received. “Hands-on learning is one of the most important opportunities we can provide for our students,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “It’s engaging, it’s relevant and it’s fun.” Ryun’s record celebrated The 50th anniversary of Jim Ryun’s extraordinary feat to become the first high school boy to run a sub-4 minute mile was

celebrated at San Diego’s historic Balboa Stadium on June 5. A national coalition including representatives from the San Diego Track Club, Bring Back the Mile, Competitor Group, Inc. and Ryun himself announced plans for a Jim Ryun Festival of Miles, a summertime celebration in San Diego to honor the milestone achievement. Ryun was the first high school runner to break the four-minute mile as a junior at Wichita East High School in Wichita, Kansas. On June 5, 1964, on a clay track in Compton, he ran 3:59. Then as a senior, he ran 3:55.3 — a mark that stood for 36 years. ESPN has

rated him the number-one high school athlete of the century, beating out Tiger Woods and LeBron James. A three-time Olympian (1964, 1968 and 1972) and silver medalist at the 1,500-meters, Ryun eventually was elected as a United States Congressman from Kansas. —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

Get a ‘Taste’ of Little Italy Kai Oliver-Kurtin Downtown News

Participants in last year’s Taste of Italy experienced tastings from up to 30 of the area’s restaurants. (Photos courtesy Little Italy Association)

The seventh annual Taste of Little Italy on June 18 will give participants a taste of nearly 30 restaurants in the cultural neighborhood known for its thriving dining corridor. Over 1,100 people are expected to attend, with tickets available for north or south routes — each with more than a dozen restaurants — or an all-inclusive option that includes both routes. Participating restaurants will offer a sample consisting of an appetizer, entree, dessert or drink. Although it’s a family-friendly event, some restaurants include alcohol with their tasting for those with proper ID. Mimmo’s Italian Village has participated in every Taste of Little Italy event, and will be serving their most popular dish, homemade cavatappi sausage. Manager Tanya Myers said they will also offer penne al pesto as a vegetarian/vegan option. “We want to appeal to as large of an audience as possible,” she said. “Our hope is that people will taste the food and then come back as longtime customers.” Italian is not the only type of cuisine that’s served during the Taste of Little Italy. Craft & Commerce will be offering bacon-wrapped cheese-stuffed dates and apples. “It’s a nice little taster and easy to eat,” said General Manager Brianna Gillin. “We like to ser ve something that’s on the menu so that guests can tr y it and come back and

have it again.” According to Gillin, the event is a chance for people who live in the neighborhood — or spend a lot of time there — to see everything in one shot. Each ticket, or “taste passport,” includes a map and a list identifying each restaurant’s menu offerings. Participants then walk to restaurants at their leisure, having their taste passport stamped at each stop. Tickets cost $29 for a single route or $45 for full access. Proceeds for the Taste of Little Italy benefit the Little Italy Association and will fund ongoing enhancement projects throughout the neighborhood. The event will be held June 18, from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

A crowd enjoying last year’s event (Courtesy Little Italy Association)

Deborah Scott rocks Little Italy Vince Meehan

Downtown News

On June 18, Little Italy will be abuzz with hungr y foodies scurr ying about the streets for the 7th annual Taste of Little Italy. Nearly 30 restaurants, pubs and bistros will be ser ving samples of their favorite appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Among those participating in this year’s festival is Little Italy’s Indigo Grill. Deborah Scott, a partner of the Cohn Restaurant Group (CRG), is the executive chef at the Indigo Grill. Scott and CRG also own many other such high-profile local restaurants in the region, such as The Prado, Vintana, C Level and Island Prime, as well as the popular food trucks Chop Soo-ey and Patty Melt. Celebrity chefs are the new rock stars of San Diego, and Scott is at the top of that list, having been featured in San Diego Magazine, San Diego Home & Garden, Condé Nast Traveler, Sunset, and Food & Wine Magazine. Scott moved to San Diego from Virginia in the early ‘90s

and decided to drop roots here in order to follow her dream of being a chef. “My partner was in the militar y and I ended up following her out here to San Diego,” she said. “But pulling up stakes and moving to a new town ever y two years was not an option if I wanted to get serious about being a restaurateur. So we split up and went our separate ways, with me staying in San Diego.” A few years later, Scott landed the head chef role at Hillcrest’s former Kemo Sabe, where she caught the eye of restaurateurs David and Lesley Cohn. “It was hard to break up with my partner, but in hindsight, it was exactly the right thing to do,” Scott said. Her cooking philosophy is to showcase lots of spice and flavor, but she said presentation is paramount. “I’m all about presentation and I insist that my chefs follow suit,” she said. “I’m the type of person who finds it difficult to keep my input in check, but you need to let your chefs develop their own styles and personalities, so I’m learning to leave

them alone. But when it comes to presentation, that is where I do not compromise.” Scott enjoys living in Bay Park, which she describes as a fun and vibrant place to live. “The area has its own cool personality which I really enjoy,” she said. “I like to have a bite at places like Baci or Luce, and then go grab a beer at the High Dive bar. There’s a fun vibe to this place that I really like. And having Bay Park Fish Company right there is awesome, it doesn’t get any better!” Indigo Grill will be ser ving a fresh ceviche at the Taste of Italy with a couple of surprises thrown in, she said, adding that she relishes the chance to be involved in the Taste event. “I always make it a point to be a part of the community, whether that means being in the chamber of commerce, Kiwanis or tasting festivals like this,” Scott said. “Being a part of a family is important to me and I want to give back.” For more information on the CRG, visit To buy tickets for the Taste of Little Italy, taking place June 18 from 5 to 9 p.m., visit

Chef Deborah Scott’s Indigo Grill will serve up some surprises at this year’s Taste of Little Italy (Courtesy Cohn Restaurant Group)

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS: Kapreeza European Lingerie & Swimwear Specialty Shop 1772 Kettner Blvd., 92101 619-702-6355 Kapreeza European Lingerie and Swimwear Specialty Shop is a San Diego-based, family-owned retailer launched by Erik and Renata Carlseen in 2005. Deeply dissatisfied with the fit and quality of lingerie and swimwear available in the America, they developed unique enterprise focused on bringing the beautiful and elegant well-made designs, materials and workmanship of smaller European manufacturers to San Diego. They called it Kapreeza, which means “spoiled little girl” in Russian, and Kapreeza will make you feel that and so much more. Growing almost entirely by word-of-mouth, Kapreeza quickly gained a reputation for unique selection, superior quality and personalized customer service. In 2014 they moved to a new, larger storefront on Kettner Boulevard. We specialize in a wide variety of sizes from 32A to 42H, including hard-to-find bra sizes 32 to 36DD-HH in mid- to high-end prices. Kapreeza’s services include bra fitting, bachelorette events and bridal lingerie showers. Kapreeza has a fitting room big enough for two and couples are welcome to use it while shopping. Appointments recommended. Hours are Mon through Thur 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fri & Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Come to the new location’s grand opening party June 14th from 6 – 9 p.m. RSVP events@

San Diego Indian Motorcycles 2400 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA 92117 619-446-0022 |

Indian Motorcycle is back ... and three times is the charm! In the late 1990’s the iconoclastic Indian Brand was brought back to a rousing American reception. America was ready for the brand’s return, but not so fast ... the brand wasn’t ready to meet the demand so they sold. The buyers did okay but were not ready either, so in 2014 Polaris took over and the 2014 Indian Motorcycle is ready, willing and most importantly, able to meet the demand and all the expectations the fans have been waiting for. Established in 1901, Indian Motorcycle Co closed in 1953 and is now back in full throttle mode. San Diego Indian and Victory Motorcycle is located at 2400 Kettner Blvd., in Little Italy. They are open six days a week, Tuesday thru Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They have a full showroom with the Indian Chief model, the Indian Vintage model and Indian Chieftain.They also have a full service garage, plenty of apparel, riding gear and accessories and a knowledgeable and friendly staff. For more information, visit or call 619446-0022.

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Amici Pet Hospital of Little Italy Dr. Maria Saltzman & Dr. Crystal Van Lom 2135 Columbia St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-795-2400 | Little Italy now has its own veterinary hospital! Dr. Marla Saltzman and Dr. Crystal Van Lom recently opened their new animal hospital, Amici Pet Hospital of Little Italy. The doctors partnered together, combining over 30 years of veterinary experience, to open Amici Pet Hospital›s doors in early 2014 in San Diego.

“We are so honored to be a part of Little Italy. It is a great community, and we are working hard to build a hospital based upon the utmost care and trust,” says Dr. Marla Saltzman. Dr. Crystal Van Lom adds, “One of the best aspects of owning a small animal practice is the lifelong relationships that you build with your clients and patients. Amici means ‘friends’ in Italian, which is a reflection of the relationships that we foster.” The team at Amici Pet Hospital of Little Italy welcomes you to view the new practice. Amici Pet Hospital of Little Italy is located at 2135 Columbia St. in San Diego. They can be reached at 619-795-2400. More information is available at

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Making a first and lasting impression

Art on

the Land Delle Willett For those who travel by air from city to city, state to state, country to country, or continent to continent, the airport is their first impression of the place they are visiting. Its architecture, physical layout, shops, restaurants, cleanliness, and personnel all impact how a traveler feels about the area. San Diego’s newest Terminal 2 creates a remarkable first impression of San Diego, with its clean, light-filled, contemporary architecture, local shops and restaurants, coastal influence and sustainable practices at every turn. Started over four years ago, San Diego International Airport’s “Green Build” project was originally designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, using green design prin-

ciples on the 460,000-square-foot expansion of Terminal 2 West and the 1.3 million square feet of new aircraft apron and taxiway areas, on a 45-acre area. But in fact, it achieved LEED Platinum Certification, the highest energy and environmental certification possible, and considered the industry standard in defining and measuring green, sustainable construction. With this award, San Diego’s airport is the first in the world to get LEED Platinum Certification. Some of the sustainable elements of the terminal and airside improvements include solar panels; low-flow water fixtures; special power for aircraft; reflective roofs; energy-efficient or natural lighting; naturally ventilated check-in pavilions; the use of low-volatile adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings; and the use of recycled materials and renewable resources, leading to decreased water usage and reduced energy consumption. Construction material waste from the project, such as concrete, was recycled and reused on site. And building materials are locally manufactured within 500 miles of the project site. The location of the San Diego International Airport is considered sustainable as well. The close proximity to Downtown San Diego provides access to numerous bus routes and other mass transit for travelers, and it also provides airport staff the opportunity to bike to work. Patricia Trauth — principal

landscape architect from URS Corporation and president of the American Society of Landscape Architects, San Diego chapter — worked with the airport closely over the last four years, and collaborated with Turner/PCL/ Flatiron and Kiewit/Sundt, the design/build contractors, as well as with URS engineers, to create sustainable landscape solutions that would provide a contemporary look and blend in with the existing environment. Water conservation was a prime directive, she said, and Terminal 2 West may boast the largest drip-irrigation system in the county, accounting for significant water savings. Plant selection was also key and included native and droughttolerant plants such as succulents, palm trees (favored for their shallow rootball in spaces where 20,000 linear feet of underground utilities were relocated), olives and New Zealand Christmas trees, and shrubs, like Desert Spoon and Foxtail Agave. Informal clusters of drought-tolerant trees and shrubs are also used in planting areas. The drip irrigation system, which along with the weatherbased controllers that self-adjust the amount of time a valve runs, are highly efficient with regard to water use and will result in a considerable cost-savings as well. Fountains and grass were a no-no. “Fountains are one of the things — you put them in, they look great for a couple of years — ultimately most of them get

The Transit Plaza provides a central meeting place. (Photo by Delle Willett)

The storm-water runoff drains into numerous bioswales to irrigate plantings. (Photo by Delle Willett)

turned off because of maintenance headaches,” Trauth said. Even without fountains, there’s an illusion of running water as it periodically flows through several bioswales — areas where stormwater runoff can drain into attractive, natural drainage corridors. The use of turf was discontinued because of its high water requirements. Artificial turf was installed in the three pet-relief areas, which have little sprinklers in them to neutralize pet waste. Permeable paving was installed at key locations in the parking lot to help clean the storm water before it enters the storm drain system. The storm-water runoff from the parking lot and other paved surfaces drains into numerous bioswales located throughout the landscape areas to irrigate plantings. This water also percolates down and helps to recharge the water table. These low-impact development solutions reduce the need for storm pipe and are very cost-effective. Trees were also planted in the parking lot between rows, with a curb that is flush with grade. This allows the run-off to drain into these planting pockets, which then filter the water and supplement the irrigation of plants while maximizing the number of parking spaces. The lighting design is energy efficient as well, with the use of fluorescent LED lights as well as Cosmopolis lighting in the parking lot — the latest technology in metal halide light fixtures. Utility location was a significant issue from design through construction. In some cases, there were four- and six-inch clearances between different utilities due to site constraints. Utility research was imperative to ensure proper relocation of 20,000 linear feet of utilities. Delicate and artful solutions were used to install the mature plant material adjacent to these underground utilities. “We also designed a Transit Plaza — a central public space for travelers to meet one another; [it’s] a lively space to hang out and people-watch, as well as an iconic arrival element for the airport,” Trauth said.

Palm trees are favored for their shallow root-balls in crowded underground utility areas. (Photo by Delle Willett) The paving at the plaza is hand-seeded with glass beads in a wave pattern reminiscent of the ocean beaches nearby. It also includes pet-relief areas for travelers with pets. These facilities branch off of the wave seat wall and encircle an enclosed area lined with artificial turf and an access gate and include drinking fountains for people and pets. “This Transit Plaza has been well received. I’ve had complete strangers contact me regarding how much they like the new landscape. That is a ‘first’ for me,” Trauth said. Currently, Trauth is working on several new projects along Pacific Highway — on the north side of the runway — currently scheduled for completion in 2015. —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. She can be reached at

TOWN VOICES Fashion Speaks San Diego Mesa College’s Fashion Program presented the 33rd annual Golden Scissors Fashion & Awards Gala on May 15 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. The Fashion Show was produced entirely by the students. Professor Susan Lazear, program director, was Mistress of Ceremonies introducing the fashion movements scenes. Each segment reflected the theme of the show, “Fashion Speaks” with names such as Small Talk and Gossip Girls. The finale showed the student collection of the Advanced Design Class. Finishing the evening was Mesa College President Dr. Pamela T. Luster presenting the awards to the deserving students. First place winners were Weekend Wear, Estefany Maxim; Day/Career Wear, Ademir Serrano; Special Occasion, Ademir Serrano; Evening, Sarah Sisson Christensen; Retro Redo, Gustavo Villalobos; Un-Fabric, Amy Aguirre; Millinery, Katherine Totaro; Costume Influenced, Rebecca Rowan; Children’s Dresses, Christina Aguilera; Collections, Stephanie Castro. The Best of Show for Creativity was Amy Aguirre for her Rhinestone Rebel Collection and Best of Show for Workmanship was Stephanie Castro for her Hush and Blush Collection. Ademir Serrano received the Rising Star award. Mesa College offers degrees and certificates in fashion design, fashion merchandising, computer fashion technology in both design and merchandising. For more information visit The “IT” Fashion Show The Art Institute of California-San Diego presented the sixth annual “IT” Fashion Show at the Headquarters of Seaport District on May 24. The runway was set up outside in the courtyard of this new retail center with specialty shops and restaurants located in the old San Diego Police Station on Harbor Drive. The students, faculty, and administration produced this knockout fashion show. Darlene C. Ritz, academic director of

Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro fashion, was mistress of ceremonies and got the runway moving. Students receiving their Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) showed off their creations on the catwalk. The esteemed judges included Allison Andrews (founder of FWSD and President of APA Business Consulting Inc.), Dean Hall (celebrity stylist for FOX 5 San Diego), Joe Vecchiarelli (founder of Fashion Supplies Inc. and producer of Fashion Star on NBC), Jennifer Pickett (owner and designer for Jennifer Pickett Inc.), and Antoinette Love Ransom (executive producer “Exhibit Ambush”). There were two runway shows at 5 and 8 p.m. Josiah Dietrich entertained the audience with singing and guitar playing. Honored were Angela Fillmore, with the Trendsetter award; Carolina Hernandez received the Innovator award, and Karla Franco received the “IT” award. For more informainforma tion visit san-diego.

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A Martian Holiday The Gaslight Gathering 4 took place this year at the Town & Country Hotel. The dress code was Steampunk and the convention included presentations, workshops, and multiple fun events. The theme this year was “A Martian Holiday” because the Red Planet is our closest neighbor. One of the many festivities was a Gentlemen’s Steampunk Fashion Show on May 3. For those of you who are not familiar with Steampunk, it is a subculture of science fiction combined with the 19th Century Victorian era or the “Wild West.” Think Jules Verne technology or machinery that is steam powered. These creations combine top hats, bowlers, corsets, goggles, and a whole lot of imagination. The men in the fashion show were very inventive, using movable parts for wings so they could fly. The models were of all ages and happily showed off their creations. Some costumes were reflective of the American West and others reflected the Victorian era. I was amazed how creative evev eryone was. One model came out into the audience with satchels on either side of his hips. He took a teacup out of one side and gave it to a lady in the crowd and then took out a teapot from the other side and filled her cup. Another model had a cage on his back with a fan inside. Everyone had movmov able parts that all did something. The fashion show was a huge success and everyone is looking forward to next year. For more information visit gaslightgathergaslightgather Upcoming Events June 6 — The San Diego Histor y Center Costume Council will present a luncheon and fashion show from the Past,


(above) Amy Aguirre received Best of Show for Creativity at Fashion Speaks; (left) A Martian Holiday was full of Steampunk costumes (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro)

Present and Future at House of Hospitality in Balboa Park from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For information call 619-232-6203. June 28 — Style in Motion presents a fashion show by Fashion Forward at Harley Davidson’s new showroom at 7 p.m. Chair is Kristi Pieper and it will benefit D S Action/Down Syndrome Rady’s hospital. For more info visit styleinmotion. — 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


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