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(top) An overview of the new Waterfront Park adjacent to the San Diego County Administration Center, which opens to the public May 10; (left) Artwork by Encinitas resident Allison Renshaw greets visitors on their way from the parking garage to the park. (Courtesy County of San Diego)

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Waterfront park next to county administration building to have grand opening Morgan M. Hurley Downtown Editor

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Almost 20 years in the making, a new Waterfront Park adjacent to the San Diego County Administration Center (CAC) located at 1600 Pacific Hwy, will finally be unveiled on May 10 and the public is invited. Being touted as the “new Civic Treasure” by county officials, the $49M park is designed to accommodate a myriad of events, including concerts, festivals, weddings company events and just a simple day near the bay for area families. Originally part of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan — a joint agency project that involved the County, the City of San Diego, the Navy and the Port District — in

May of 2011 the County Board of Supervisors voted to take the project on alone. Just three years later, it is finished. The May 10 unveiling will begin at 10 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony with distinguished guests and a number of speakers. Once the formal aspect of the program is complete, the fountains will turn on and the rest of the celebration will begin. Attendees will enjoy an Arts & Culture Zone, a Farmers’ Market, a Kids’ Zone, a beer and wine garden, environmental activities, a sports zone, a classic car show, live music, food trucks and arts

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April Heinze, Director of the Department of General Services (Courtesy County of San Diego)

Mayor Kevin Faulconer proposed his first budget as San Diego’s chief executive in April to considerable bipartisan praise. Contrary to prior years characterized by spending cuts and budget reduction, Faulconer’s proposed budget would increase spending almost uniformly across departments, as projected revenues paint a sunnier portrait of the City’s financial situation than many predicted. The $2.97 billion spending plan will dictate the City’s operations and spending from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, and while its been met with relatively little contention thus far, it still must be vetted through the City Council’s review process in May prior to final adoption in June. “This budget is the culmination of a decade of hard work by San Diegans who came together to help stabilize City Hall finances and bring our City back from the brink of bankruptcy,” Faulconer stated in a press release. “Voters enacted financial reforms, like pension reform and managed

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New Police Chief holds townhall in District Three Dave Schwab Downtown News

The force was with Hillcrest April 28, as San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman and her staff descended on the LGBT Center en masse for a town-hall style meeting. With upwards of two-dozen police officers on hand to listen and support their new police chief, Zimmerman addressed a full auditorium. Self-professed workaholic Todd Gloria, City Council president and District Three’s representative, introduced San Diego’s new police chief — the 34th in the City’s history and its first woman — noting Zimmerman was even more dedicated than he, since she was spending her birthday at the townhall. Not a sports fan himself, Gloria pointed out that Zimmerman, a Cleveland, Ohio native, is “the world’s biggest Ohio State fan,” her alma mater. Claiming he has “the best council district in

Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman chats with citizens who attended the District Three townhall. (Photo by Dave Schwab) the city,” Gloria then pointed out District Three and the LGBT community, have some unique needs and concerns. Zimmerman thanked the packed auditorium for the “fantastic turnout,” noting it “reaffirms how committed all of us are and shows all of us care as one community wanting to make things better.” “We are going to embark on a journey together to make San Diego the safest large city in the nation,” Zimmerman said. The new police chief said City law enforcement under her direction is committed to spending “every single second of every single day” honoring the words written on patrol cars which

say, “America’s finest.” “Those are not just words, they are our core values,” Zimmerman said, adding that one of her top priorities is to ensure people feel safe wherever they live in San Diego. The police skipper also pledged openness and transparency and promised to listen as well. “We want to hear the community’s concerns about our department either positive or negative,” she said. “We want to improve our relationship with all our communities.” Zimmerman spent more than half an hour fielding audience questions about a plethora

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California Bookstore Day comes to South Park Marsha Smelkinson Special to Downtown News

If you remember when “amazon” referred to a mythically impressive female warrior, or when tablets were found mostly in medicine cabinets, you probably remember spending happy hours browsing in a small local bookstore. Today’s retail landscape, dominated by online behemoths and malls of unchanged chain stores, still has room for an occasional independent shopkeeper, a corner bookshop, or a neighborhood merchant who knows your name. On May 3, some 93 such gems will celebrate California Bookstore Day, including one in the charming, historic South Park neighborhood of San Diego. The Grove on Juniper is an independent bookstore and more. Anne Mery and Susan Wells opened their business in 2003 just steps from 30th Street in a community then known more for its Craftsman bungalows than for hip commerce and happening eateries. The Grove has always featured books and stationery along with yarn goods and textiles. Today its browsing clientele will also find kitchen gadgets, travelers’ gear, home furnishings,

and colorful apparel for women and children. Still, books are at its core. “Readers, authors, writers — these folks keep us alive and kicking,” said Mer y, who is also a resident of the neighborhood and one of the founders of the South Park Business Group. “The folks who come here for knitting classes, the locals interested in Arts and Crafts architecture, the vacationers looking for something special to take home from San Diego — we carr y books to recommend and captivate them.” Of course bestsellers and children’s books also abound on The Grove’s tables and shelves. “If something is hot, we have it here,” Mery said. “If not we’ll get it for you in a matter of hours.” In addition to hosting special California Bookstore Day-related publications and merchandise on May 3, The Grove will also feature the work of visiting authors throughout the day, welcoming browsers and buyers from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Just outside the front doors of The Grove will be a vintage trailer/camper restored and redecorated by South Park resident Helene Cornell. Some of the author signings and merchan-

The Grove 3010 Juniper St. South Park the travel memoir, “Anatolian Days & Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints”).

SCHEDULE: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free pine cone and fingerknitting crafts for kids. Salina Yoon, author and illustrator (“Penguin and Pinecone,” “Penguin i n Love,” “Penguin o n Vacation”). Annika M. Nelson, illustrator and collage artist (“Colors of Me”). Special coupons for ice cream at The Daily Scoop on Juniper & 30th. 12 – 1 p.m. Jolee Pink of Escondido, CA (author of “Living Coastal: Inspirations for Entertaining, Decorating and Cooking, California Style”). Gina DeLapa (USD adjunct professor and Wall Street etiquette consultant, author o f “Stuff You Already Know and Everybody Should,” a series of life lessons for all ages). 1 – 2 p.m. Jennifer Coburn, awardwinning San Diego journalist and author (“We’ll Always Have Paris, A Mother/ Daughter Adventure”). Angie Brenner (author of

2 – 3 p.m. Laurel Corona (author of “The Mapmaker’s Daughter,” a story of religious tension and tolerance in medieval Iberia). J. Dylan Yates (debut novel recently released: “The Belief in Angels”). 3 – 4 p.m. Jill Badonsky, creativity coach and trainer (“The Muse is In: An Owner’ Manual to Your Creativity”). Kenny Weissberg, longtime Humphrey’s concerts promoter and radio DJ (writes of his career in the music business in “Off My Rocker: One Man’s Tasty, Twisted, Star-Studded Quest for Everlasting Music”). 4 – 5 p.m. Bonnie ZoBell (author of linked novella and story collection, “What H appened Here,” featuring stories of life in San Diego including the 1978 airline crash in North Park). Cornelia Feye (art historian and anthropologist, author of “Art Mystery and House of the Fox”). 5 – 6 p.m. Refreshments and social hour.

dise features will be held in this unusual venue. Many of the authors are local residents or have San Diego connections. Their genres range from children’s literature to travel essays to memoirs to novels. For more information, contact Anne Mery, at The Grove, 619284-7684 Additions and changes to the California Bookstore Day schedule will be published on The Grove’s Facebook page, facebook. com/thegrovesandiego. —Marsha Smelkinson works for the South Park Business Group. She can be reached at spbg@

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WATERFRONTPARK and crafts wrapping up at 6 p.m. Normal operating hours once the park is opened to the public will be 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the County Sheriff’s Department will provide security 24 hours per day. Trees, fountains and gardens abound at this new park, which takes up 12 acres including the 4-acre CAC that was dedicated in 1938 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Roosevelt’s daughter-in-law Mary will be in attendance at the May 10 unveiling. This park is unique in that most all the other parks along the waterfront are owned by the Port District; this property is owned by the County of San Diego. “We have a lot of parks but a lot of county parks are typically in the unincorporated areas and they are more natural parks and they don’t have a lot of developed features,” said April Heinze, director of the Department of General Services for the County of San Diego. “This is a little more of an urban park which is more unusual for the county because the county is typically in the unincorporated areas.” Heinze’s staff, which is responsible for 1,100 buildings in the 4,200 square miles that make up the County of San Diego, was lead on the project. “The County Administration Center is the headquarters, the flagpole, but we are spread over every corner of the county — and we have all types of public buildings, everything from office buildings, to health clinics, to jails, courtrooms, and libraries,” she said. “This is more of a fun project.” Heinze, who has worked with

County workers test the fountain jets in advance of the grand opening (Courtesy County of San Diego)

The work of local resident and UC San Diego Professor Harold Cohen was chosen as one of two public art installations. (Courtesy County of San Diego) the County for seven years, said the original plans for this park began nearly 20 years ago, when the Embarcadero’s early visionary plans were first taking shape. Several proposals for the property were tabled, including plans to commercialize the area with additional office buildings and hotels. “That got nixed in favor of a public park space,” she said, adding that the more urban Downtown San Diego became, the more interest there was for development of a civic park, with more pedestrian friendly activities along the waterfront geared toward both residents and tourists. The park’s design was completed in 2003, but then it sat on a shelf for nearly a decade before funding was approved and the project moved forward. The park includes seven fountain basins, 31 water jets, a series of bridges to elevate visitors above the water, a reflecting pool, and an initial 80,000 gallons of recycled water, which will be stored and treated in an underground reservoir to keep it safe for the public. Underneath the park are 250 parking spaces, built with 15,000 cubic yards of concrete. The spaces are a mix of public parking, ADA and clean-air vehicle spaces. Some of the spaces will be saved for senior County officials, while the majority of the spaces will be for the public who are coming to do business at the CAC. The work of two artists was chosen to greet visitors as they journeyed from the parking lot to the park. Allison Renshaw of Encinitas, and Harold Cohen, a professor at UC San Diego, were the artists chosen by a committee that consisted of the project’s architects, an art consultant and county staff. Final recommendations and approval was provided by the county supervisors. “We bought the original pieces, then we reproduced them in large scale on metal panels,” Heinze said. “They are mounted in the stairwells that come up from parking garage into park.” The original paintings purchased for the project are now on display in the County Administra-

tion Center. “We turned an asphalt parking lot into a civic amenity for the region,” she said. “If you have ever driven down there in the past on nights and weekends it was a big empty parking lot — no body is around, no one is using it, it was just a dead space. Now we’ve turned that into a park, it’s not just for the people who live Downtown, it is a destination. “It’s a civic space that is close to the waterfront, close to all the best amenities we have in our region where before it was just an underutilized asphalt parking lot that didn’t enhance the waterfront at all.” A Naval civil engineer for 23 years who retired as a Captain before accepting her job at the County, Heinze is quite proud of her team, the end result and the benefits to the region. “Charly Marchesano [Chief of Project Management] and Susanne Evans [Project Manager] have been the real core lead on this through the whole construction phase of getting this thing built,” Heinze said. “It is no small feat to not only do a project of this magnitude but do it right in the front yard of your bosses. “So to have all of the county supervisors and other elected officials walking through your project every day and looking out the window and providing constructive comments and still be able to get your job done and make it come out on time is pretty extraordinary. They really ‘turnedto,’ to the challenge,” she said. The grand opening on May 10 is open to the public and Heinze said it will be a full day of celebration. “Come one come all,” she said. “The types of activities are reminiscent of a fair and there will be something for every body. It will start with the official ceremony, then the rest of the day will be entertainment. Come and play, listen to music, have a burger on the lawn.” For more information about the grand opening festivities, visit CACWaterfrontParkGrandOpening.html.v

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(clockwise from left) Marilyn Torres as Odessa Ortiz aka Haikumom is carried by Robert Eli as Fountainhead aka John; Fountainhead tends to Haikumom in a bath; Haikumom paints. (Photos by Jim Cox)

About Elliot Charlene Baldridge Downtown News

Whether they realize it or not, San Diego audiences may have experienced the work of Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes at least twice. Hudes’s play “Elliot: a Soldier’s Fugue” was produced in its West Coast premiere by Hillcrest’s ion theatre company in 2010, and Hudes wrote the book for the

Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights,” seen here at San Diego Repertory Theatre, and earlier in its Broadway tour when it was presented by Broadway San Diego at the Civic Theatre. Currently, Hudes’s 2012 Pulitzer-winning play, “Water by the Spoonful,” may be seen through May 11 at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, produced by The Old Globe. “Water by the Spoonful” is the middle part of the playwright’s trilogy concerning Elliot Ortiz, a veteran of the Iraq war and member of a family with origins in Puerto Rico. Elliot’s adoptive mother, Ginny, a nurse during in the Vietnam War, was introduced in “Elliot,” along with Elliot’s father, a veteran of that war, and Elliot’s grandfather, who fought in the Korean War. When “Water by the Spoonful” begins, the unseen Ginny is dying. The play is set in 2009, six years after Elliot’s original deployment. He still suffers from a serious leg wound and possibly from PTSD and an addiction to painkillers. Unable to get on with his life, he works making sandwiches at Subway, lives with Ginny and hangs out with his cousin Yazmin (Sarah Nina Hayon), an intelligent, high-powered academic and composer. A separate plot line threads its way among Elliot and Yazmin’s scenes. Elliot’s birth mother Odessa Ortiz (Marilyn Torres), who uses the screen name “Haikumom,” runs an online support group for other cocaine addicts in various stages of recovery. Their sobriety ranges from one day to many days. All are hanging in, dependent upon one another’s cyberspace presence. Among them are “Fountainhead” (Robert Eli), a businessman on the downward spiral to losing his company and his family, and “Orangutan” (Ruibo Qian), a Japanese immigrant who is sweet on “Chutes&Ladders” (Keith Randolph Smith). With the possible exception of Haikumom, none of them have met the others in person. When Fountainhead receives unkind criticism from

“Water by the Spoonful” Through May 11 Tues — 7 p.m. Wed & Sun — 2 & 7 p.m. Thur, Fri & Sat — 8 p.m. The Old Globe Theatre Tickets start $29 619-23-GLOBE Chutes&Ladders, for instance, Haikumom meets Fountainhead face to face, armed with brochures from a number of recovery facilities, trying to convince him he needs treatment. “Our family may have been fucked up but at least we had someplace to go,” Elliot says. He does not approve of Odessa’s online home and her family of addicts. When it comes time to pay for Ginny’s cremation and flowers for the memorial service, Elliot berates Odessa unmercifully for her lack of ability to contribute monetarily. M. Keala Milles, Jr. plays several roles, most chilling of which is the ghost of Elliot’s first kill in Iraq. In fact, everyone in Hudes’s play is haunted in some way. We discover the ways they have betrayed themselves and others as they expose their pain and human need for love and connection. Initially, the play requires much of us, but once we’re hip to its jazz-inflected rhythms and riffs, its complexity is a joyous challenge. Directed by Edward Torres, The Globe’s acting company is magnificent; each character has a backstory fathoms deep. We already know Elliot’s. Even the wisest and proudest among them falls from grace and because of the respect accorded them by the playwright, we identify with their failures, struggles and triumphs. And lest you think oh, how bleak, we laugh a lot too. These people are treasures. Ralph Funicello’s fiber optic inspired set is wondrous, too, especially as lighted by Jesse Klug and infused with Mikhail Fiksel’s Coltrane-inspired sound design. David Israel Raynoso is the costume designer.v


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Setting kids apart with strong schooling DowntownBriefs A new Albert Einstein school prepares for students in the fall Manny Lopez Downtown News

When the new Albert Einstein Charter Middle School in Grant Hill opens its doors in September, nearly 500 students will take part in a unique educational experience that will immerse them in German language and culture. The 38,000-square-foot location at 458 26th St. — a sister school to the similarly named elementary/middle school on Ash Street in South Park — will offer a tuition-free and intense language education that is only available in a handful of learning institutions throughout San Diego. “Our curriculum is internationally focused and anything we teach is intended to give kids a cultural understanding that enables them to actively participate as citizens of a global as well as local community,” said David Sciarretta, executive director of Albert Einstein Academies. Kids who enter between kindergarten and third grade are totally immersed in German. Some choose to study Spanish instead. Those that enter later are less immersed, but by the time a student reaches the eighth grade, he or she is ready for a German exchange program. Sciarretta said when people ask him why they have a German-based curriculum, he usually tells them that while German is central and important to what the academy does, no element clearly defines it. He pointed out that learning the German language has been shown to enhance cognitive development, which makes transitioning to other languages easier. Established in 2002, the Albert Einstein Academies are members of the International Baccalaureate program, which fosters intercultural understanding and respect. “When people ask me ‘why German?’ I always answer, ‘why not?’” said Maria Ortega, vice president on the Board of Trustees for Albert Einstein Academies. “This is an amazing opportunity for San Diego kids and the location is going to be one of the highlights of the neighborhood.” Groundbreaking for the new location took place Dec. 18, with Bycor as the general contractor

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David Sciarretta, executive director of the Albert Einstein Academies giving a tour of the construction site of the new Charter Middle School will stand (Photo by Manny Lopez) and Studio E as the architect. The new campus will have 20 classrooms, a combined media/ tech/library center, admin offices, an indoor gym, an outdoor basketball area and 21st century information technology throughout. Ortega, who has a daughter that graduated from the academy and another still attending, said that when the school first opened, South Park wasn’t quite the thriving neighborhood it is today. Ortega said that while students are selected to attend the school through a lottery system, many people looking for a neighborhood to buy a home will certainly take into account that Grant Hill has a top-notch middle school with a strong Academic Performance Index, which monitors the academic achievement of state-funded public schools, including charter schools. Parents wishing to learn more about the lottery process for the Grant Hill location’s fall opening can do so by visiting albert-einstein-middle-schoolenrollment. Ortega said not everyone who attends the Einstein Academy is there for the German experience, but many parents recognize the strength of the school’s programs and if their children have to take German, they’ll do it because of the quality of the education. “It’s a great advantage to be able to speak a foreign language,” Ortega said. “I’m proud that my children can speak three.

I think it makes them special and sets them apart from the rest.” Carmen Ortuno, a nearby resident of Grant Hill, said she has two children that are not yet ready to attend school, but when they are, she hopes they will be able to attend the Einstein Academy. “When all of the noise and dust from the construction is gone, it will be replaced with the sounds of children learning and playing,” she said. “It would be something very special for my family if we could give our children a good education like the kind they offer at Albert Einstein.” As a charter school, the Albert Einstein Academy is supported by taxpayer dollars. The school can create its own curriculum, but must adhere to the California State Content Standards and Benchmarks set by the California State Board of Education. Ribbon cutting for Grant Hill location is currently scheduled for late August, with a grand opening for students and staff sometime after Labor Day. For more information on Albert Einstein Academies, visit or call 619-795-1190. —A native New Yorker, Manny Lopez is a freelance journalist and photographer who started his writing career in La Jolla. He now covers San Diego and SouthwestRiverside counties penning news, features and business profiles. Manny can be reached at

‘WORLD CLASSIC ROCKERS’ RETURN TO HONOR VETS The American Freedom Festival San Diego will return to the USS Midway Museum for its fifth anniversary on May 24, bringing back the classic rock supergroup “World Classic Rockers.” Organized by the American Freedom Foundation, the festival has raised approximately $120,000 for military-focused charitable organizations in San Diego. This year, to accommodate an additional 400 seats for attendees, the museum will shuffle planes around to create more space on the flight deck. World Classic Rockers features former members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steppenwolf, Journey, Boson and Santana and will play hits each band. Tickets for the event start at $49.50 and can be purchased through freedom or STAR WARS COMES TO CENTRAL LIBRARY San Diego Central Library will be celebrating Star Wars Day on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Joan A. Irwin Jacobs Common. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the library will feature Jedi knights, storm troopers, droids, and possibly even Darth Vader. Fans of all ages are invited to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character, encouraged to meet other fans, mingle with the Empire and the Rebel Alliance, and enjoy fun activities from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. May 4 has become the unofficial holiday celebrating the Star Was franchise, due to its phonetic similarity to the phrase “may the force be with you.” Expect to hear the phrase used incessantly. The San Diego Central Library is located at 330 Park Blvd. Individuals parking in the garage will receive a special $5 rate if anyone in the vehicle is dressed as a Star Wars character. LITTLE ITALY REVAMPS KETTNER NIGHTS To celebrate the changing façade of the northern part of the neighborhood, the Little Italy Association (LIA) is launching a new quarterly event in North Little Italy: NoLI Nights. The event is designed as an opportunity for North Italy businesses to present all the culture, arts, entertainment and culinary delights hidden within one of San Diego’s best-kept secrets. Similar to


Kettner Nights, NoLI Nights will feature a more diverse collection of businesses. Each quarter, visitors can stroll down the sidewalks and experience the newest, most unique events and offerings at North Little Italy galleries, restaurants, boutiques and shops. The first NoLI Nights will take place Thursday, May 15, from 6 – 9 p.m. North Little Italy is considered the area between I-5 Freeway and Pacific Hwy., with cross streets at W. Grape Street and W. Laurel Street. For more information on Little Italy and NoLI Nights, visit

EVENTS FOR NATIONAL BIKE MONTH ANNOUNCED In celebration of National Bike Month, the San Diego Country Bicycle Coalition has produced a calendar of bicycle events, educational opportunities and rides for all cycling levels. The San Diego Bicycle Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to making bicycling safer and more popular in San Diego through educational programs, reviewing infrastructure, and acting as a voice for bicyclists to elected officials. The first event featured was the National Bike Month kick-off on May 1, in which participants were invited to ride with the Bike Coalition from Hillcrest to Recon Environmental in Little Italy, before heading to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) building for a press conference. Other upcoming events include Ride to School Day on May 7, Bike Fiesta on May 10, National Women’s Ride on May 11, and Bike to Work Day on May 16. To learn more about the free activities in San Diego, visit BUCCANEER BALL CELEBRATES MEALS-ON-WHEELS The annual Meals-on-Wheels Gala will be taking place June 14, from 5:30 – 11 p.m. at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. The Buccaneer Ball is the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser of the year, and will feature top chefs from all over San Diego competing for the 5th annual Chef Appetizer Challenge. Funds raised will support the independence and well being of over 2,700 seniors in San Diego County. For over 54 years, Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. has been serving its local community and enhancing the support network of seniors. The pirate themed bash will be a bountyfull of fun

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OPINION Letters More than fit This article is very informative as it touched on all bases for me [See “Pure Fit: Fitness questions,” Vol 15, Issue 4]. I look forward to reading your articles and have used your expert advice to make great gains in improving my confidence, health and my body. Thank you! —Kris Westley, via

New biz appreciation I applaud, to myself silently, when I see new businesses tr y new creative ideas [See “Encore Champagne bar pops into Gaslamp scene,” Vol 15, Issue 4]. Since there are many wine bars … it makes sense there would be a champagne bar. —Michael Long, via

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Going out on a ‘high’ note by Charlene Baldridge Dateline: April 30, 2014 The Los Angeles Times informs us that Colorado Symphony is creating a new “Classically Cannabis” series. Times reporter Paresh Dave wrote: “Searching for a new audience and struggling through diminishing financial support, the Colorado Symphony plans to start selling $75 tickets Wednesday to what its calling ‘Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series.’” Does the part about “Searching for a new audience and struggling through diminishing financial support …” sound familiar? Perhaps those pondering the possible future of San Diego Opera should take note and take the high road, as well. Instead of the usual patron tent, they could erect a cannabis pavilion, dispensing tokes and brownies. Inside the Civic Theatre they could present “Rent” instead of the planned La Boheme, upon which the musical is based. That way, the committee to Save San Diego Opera might attract the “grass roots” support needed to prove that vox populi are truly interested in opera. Just a thought. No matter how the brownies are sliced, one has to admire the hearty souls at Save San Diego Opera who believe the expensive spectacle of grand opera can be saved by raising $2 million. The rest will magically appear and some semblance of a season will go on! Also magically. Grand opera, even in its singspiel guise, has always been the expression of something ineffable that human beings seek and fail to attain. Drugs may approximate the experience, but opera live is still the grand experience and the most costly of all the arts, requiring hundreds of paid artists to create it, including symphony players, wig makers, make up people, dressers, stitchers, stage hands and technical artists. If vox populi and the board follow their plans to economize, where does that put all these people? And will the singers hired for La Boheme be willing to tackle Rent? They talk of alternative venues — smaller, more amenable theatrical venues — even sports stadiums and warehouses. Seriously, can you think of smaller venues that are suitable? And do you really want your “Tannhauser” in a tent? Every venue this writer has imagined comes up short in serious ways like bad acoustics that would require amplifying the singers, no fly space, and heavy bookings.

As for presenting lighter fare like musicals, we in San Diego already have arts organizations that do that, from new Broadwaybound works at La Jolla Playhouse and The Old Globe, to standard fare at San Diego Musical Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions in Vista, and Broadway San Diego, Cygnet Theatre, ion theatre company, and others who present the occasional musical. Each of these has their audience and support. Some are for-profit, some not; but the fact remains that presenting musicals is costly and raising money is tough, and the audience sometimes fails to materialize, no matter how vociferously the advance clamor, good reviews and assurances. San Diego Opera’s suggested plan to attract more and younger audience members by adding musicals is iffy at best. According to personal taste, need and means, hidebound opera lovers travel to find what they need. They go across the “big pond,” they go to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Long Beach and San Francisco. They go to Santa Fe, a bastion of new work since its inception and now presenting standard fare along with the new. In these places we experience a satisfying range of fare. More and more we have become proud of San Diego Opera and the international artists who have come to sing and conduct and direct. It’s just that we haven’t supported San Diego Opera as it deserved. And we haven’t heeded the warnings and pleas to contribute and subscribe. Now we are beset with misinformation, panels of “experts” who don’t even have their facts straight, and recriminations amounting to character assassination. If we have someone to blame, that relieves us of accountability. The barbarians are at the gates, our leader fatally compromised and furloughed, and the best we can come up is Coriolanus. Perhaps Rome must perish; perhaps San Diego gets what it deserves, and perhaps Coriolanus will limp along for a time. Even if the state is preserved, what we knew, loved and failed to support will take a different form. — Charlene Baldridge has 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 California Coast” (Northland Publishing) is currently available in bookstores. She can be reached at

Thank you for Charlene Baldridge’s insightful stor y on the closing of the San Diego Opera [See “Requiem for an Opera Company,” Vol 15, Issue 4]. Her experience in the community and its organizations is an important contribution to the dialogue. What seems to be getting lost in all the chest beating is that the times are changing; Ian Campbell recognizes it, and he wants to exit on a high note (pun intended). We are surrounded by businesses and nonprofits that close and leave the taxpayers, employees (union employees, too, Ms Gonzalez) and contributors holding the bag. There are many of us out here who wish we had gotten this much notice when our jobs went away. What, I ask, is so wrong with the Opera wanting to close its doors with satisfied creditors, paid up employees, ticket-holders getting all the performances they paid for, and virtually no animosity with its donor base? As pointed out in the article, Campbell was sounding a warning five years ago that the financial condition of the company was not sustainable. But through cost-cutting and efficiency, he has managed to keep it going in a relatively healthy state that other opera companies could not accomplish. Yet he is being criticized for being responsible in this very effort, providing cultural enrichment and real employment, for those five years. Such hypocrisy. In an earlier statement, Campbell discusses a condition he calls “donor fatigue.” He is precisely on the mark about this malady, and it’s one that is seldom addressed in the public arena because the discussion inevitably degenerates into a “haves vs. have-nots” argument. Not-for-profit fundraisers, of which I am one, will gladly tell you that dozens of organizations, ranging from the symphony to homeless shelters, stand in line to ask for money from a short list of individuals who care enough about San Diego to part with money to support these causes. I was fortunate to once work for a great patron of the Opera, and he would often lament that he couldn’t contribute more to the Company to help it reach higher goals. And he had Hollywood connections. Perhaps more self-examination and reflection is in order, too. San Diegans have shown that they don’t want to spend more tax dollars to support the arts nor, it seems, are they willing to cough up another estimated 30 percent to cover the actual value of the ticket. We can’t have it both ways without paying for it. I applaud Campbell for trying to keep the ticket price accessible to several income brackets while paying living wages to the performers, musicians, stagehands, and office workers. Tens of thousands of us seem willing to pay a lot more than the price of an opera ticket to see a football or baseball game. Or accept a bank executive being paid millions to loot our retirement plan with impunity. A big donor stepped forward to help fund infrastructure improvements at Balboa Park but was slapped down when those ideas weren’t acceptable to someone else’s ideas, which, it turns out, can’t get funding, either. I will miss the San Diego Opera and what it contributes to a vibrant culture, but I also accept that we are living a new paradigm and we all are finding ways to cope. Ian Campbell and the Opera are to be commended for doing so gracefully. —Ronn Rohe, via sandiegodowntownnews.comv

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BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB BENEFIT AT ALTITUDE On Tuesday, May 13, ALTITUDE Sky Lounge will host a charitable evening event to benefit the San Diego Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito. Beginning at 7 p.m., guests can enjoy a gorgeous sunset and live acoustic performances from local artists Ron Morabito and Arun while sipping on signature summery cocktails. Funds will be raised through suggested donations, raffle items and CD sales. Born and raised in New York, Ron Morabito began performing at the age of fourteen. Now a San Diego singer, songwriter and acoustic guitar player, Rob’s voice and words draw on a wide range of life experiences, including being homeless as a teen. His poignant work has been described as soulful and powerful. Admission to Ron Morabito and Arun Charity Acoustic Night is free. The ALTITUDE Sky Lounge is located at 660 K St. This is a 21+ event. For more information, you can call the ALTITUDE Sky lounge at 619-696-0234 or visit SAN DIEGANS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND CITY BUDGET MEETINGS The City Council Budget Review Committee will be holding public meetings May 5 – 9 concerning the city budget for the 2015 fiscal year. All interested parties may attend and comment. These meetings will be held in the Council Chambers at 202 C St. Downtown. “The City Council wants to hear from San Diegans to make sure the budget reflects the priorities of our neighborhoods,” said Council President Todd Gloria. “The budget review hearings are excellent opportunities for members of the public to learn more about departments and services, share their concerns, and inform our decisions.” The City Council will consider each department’s budget separately, while taking comments from the public. The full budget proposed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer is available online at:

FREE LEGAL SERVICES PROVIDED TO HOMELESS SAN DIEGANS The S. Mark Taper Foundation has awarded a yearlong grant to the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. The grant’s purpose is to provide free legal services to those without homes in San Diego. The grant targets the organization PATH (People Assisting The Homeless), Connections Housing residents and patients of Downtown Family Health Centers of San Diego. The program specifically targets those with mental health disabilities and other barriers to recovery, including problems accessing health care and income benefits. The intent of the program is to prevent individuals from chronically homelessness, to regaining confidence and acquiring selfsufficiency skills. “The innovative partnership will provide a roadmap to help individuals navigate through the barriers to independence and self-sufficiency that have been created through years of chronic homelessness,” stated Legal Aid Society’s Executive Director Gregory E. Knoll in a press release. “We are uniquely qualified to provide this service as our decades of experience speaks to our success of serving tens of thousands of low-income families and homeless individuals. Consumers are helped in resolving short-term legal problems and given the tools to self-advocate for the services that they are eligible for.” For more information, contact Jack Dailey, Esq., senior healthcare attorney at the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. at SAN DIEGO TRIPLES EXPECTED COVERED CALIFORNIA ENROLLMENT When the Affordable Care Act first launched the segment that opened up health insurance to all Americans last October, local officials predicted 43,000 San Diegans would enroll using the state’s own health care exchange, Covered California. However KPBS reported this week that the final number was 121,900, more than three times the number predicted. “I don’t that think anybody could have projected that, especially with the hiccups that we all had in the beginning,” said Gary Rotto, director of health policy at the Council of Community Clinics. “Our process went a little bit smoother than that at the federal level, but still, there were some start-up issues.” Rotto also said these signups combined with the additional 100,000 residents who signed up for expanded Medi-Cal benefits reduced the number of uninsured in the region to 40 percent. KPBS also reported that statewide, 1.4 million enrolled at, and 1.2 million of those were eligible for subsidies. Though current enrollment for Covered California has ended, enrollment for 2015

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SUMMER COLLEGE CLASSES RESTORED The San Diego Community College District will offer summer college credit courses for the first time in five years. More that 1,000 classes will be offered at City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges at a fee of $46 a unit. In addition, San Diego Continuing Education will offer more than 2,000 free non-credit classes at its seven campuses in San Diego. Classes in highdemand areas such as allied health, basic skills, hospitality and consumer sciences, and career technical studies, will be among those being offered. The primary summer session is set for June 16 to Aug. 9, but three other sessions also will be held from May 27 to June 28, June 9 to Aug. 2 and June 30 to Aug. 2. Plans call for 436 summer courses to be offered at City College, 424 at Mesa College, and 204 at Miramar College. “After years budgetary belt-tightening, we take great pride in again offering summer courses that provide thousands of students the tools they need to get a timely, high-quality education, secure their degrees, and prepare for the workforce,” said Rich Grosch, president of SDCCD’s Board of Trustees. SDCCD was forced to stop offering summer courses as the recession led to $1.5 billion in state funding cuts for California Community Colleges. For more info visit SAN DIEGO HOMEOWNERS CAN ‘GO GREEN’ THANKS TO CITY COUNCIL On April 8, Council President Todd Gloria announced that thanks to a unanimous vote by the City Council, San Diego homeowners now have two new opportunities to get financial assistance to make their homes more energy efficient. Called PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy), the two programs assist homeowners seeking financing and energy-efficient options more affordable through an assessment on their property tax bill over a defined period of time. The two approved resolutions are the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) PACE program

offered through the Western Riverside Coalition of Governments, and the California Enterprise Development Authority’s Figtree PACE program. “These PACE programs will result in more homes being retrofitted for energy and water efficiency upgrades,” Gloria stated in a press release. “San Diegans will have a new option to finance renovations to their homes, so they make sense fiscally and environmentally.” Although the HERO assessment district is not currently authorized for operation in San Diego County, several local agencies have adopted the program. Figtree is San Diego-based and provides PACE financing for those wishing to add or expand energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conversation upgrades to their homes.

SAN DIEGO FAIR ANNOUNCES THEME, MUSICAL LINEUP The San Diego County Fair has announced their 2014 theme as “The Fab Fair,” celebrating the 50th anniversary of the “British invasion,” otherwise known as the Beatles arrival in the United States on the Ed Sullivan Show. This year’s fair, which takes place June 7 – July 6, will feature a number of tribute bands in their musical lineup, including two tributes to the Beatles: British Invasion and Britain’s Finest. A different musical artist or band will be featured at 9 p.m. every night that the fair is open, which include all days of the week except Mondays. On Thursdays during the fair they will have the Belly Up Music Festival, featuring favorite bands from around San Diego. “Ticket and Ride” packages will be available, and include Fair admission, ride and drink coupons and a parking pass with close to a 50 percent savings. Competition in the Fair’s exhibits is open to the public. The first entry deadline (Fine Art, Photography, and Gems, Minerals & Jewelry) is Friday, April 25. Deadlines for other departments are May 2 and May 9. San Diego County Fair is offering a contest on Facebook to win prime seats at one of the concerts. Visit to follow the contest or for all fair information.v

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Comprehensive renovation project underway in Golden Hill

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MEETTHECHIEF of topics, everything from homelessness and racial and gender profiling to texting and distracted driving, bicycle safety and alleged sexual abuses committed recently by police officers. “It’s all about reassuring our public that we are committed to transparency,” Zimmerman answered. “Retention and recruitment of officers,” was Zimmerman’s answer when asked what the biggest challenge was confronting today’s San Diego’s police force, which she noted is going through a huge transition. “Almost half of our officers will be eligible to retire in the next four years,” the police chief said. “Half of our working patrol officers also have six or fewer years on our department … in some commands it’s 70 percent.” Though she said patrolling the city’s 350-squaremile jurisdiction with approximately 1.23 million people in 130-plus neighborhoods is a monumental task, Zimmerman promised it can be done if “we all work together as a team.” One local resident queried Zimmerman as to why curfew sweeps were only being done in City Heights. “That’s not true,” she replied. “We do sweeps in all communities.” Zimmerman said curfew sweeps are done primarily to “protect children,” many of whom she said are victims of little or no parental supervision. Someone else asked why more wasn’t being done citywide to combat homelessness and drug addiction, noting the two are “intertwined.” “We work with a lot of different agencies to provide wrap-around services,” Zimmerman said. “It’s not a crime to be homeless.” “Homelessness is more about being poor than being criminal,” Gloria added, noting a “housing-first ap-

proach” is being adopted now by the City toward its homeless population. “You first have to get people stable, and they can’t get stable if they don’t have a place to live, so you have to get them housed,” he said. Promoted following former police chief Bill Lansdowne’s resignation in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct within the department, Zimmerman, a 32-year police veteran, reiterated at the Hillcrest town hall her stance on the recent problems. “Those very few who’ve discredited this badge — we’re not going to tolerate,” she said, adding that a police badge is not merely a piece of polished metal, but a “symbol of service” standing for “integrity, honesty and professionalism.” San Diego’s 34th police chief said she was “all for” the use of cameras worn by officers to record police procedures in the interests of maintaining transparency. She also said such cameras not only hold police more accountable for their actions but the public as well. “We’ve found the demeanor of people toward officers is greatly improved when they know the cameras are on them,” she said. “We welcome those cameras.” Zimmerman then asked the citizens in attendance to “dream big.” “Imagine the possibility of all of us, the mayor, the City Council, the city attorney, the police department and our wonderful communities working together to make San Diego the most beautiful city in the world and a place where people can raise their families and play in harmony and safety,” Zimmerman said. Following the police chief’s Q&A session, the auditorium crowd stood in unison and sang happy birthday to her. Afterwards, Gloria presented the new police chief with cupcakes from Babycakes to celebrate the occasion.v

Mayor Kevin Faulconer at the groundbreaking of the 25th Street Renaissance Project in Golden Hill April 8. (Photo by Manny Lopez) Manny Lopez Downtown News

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Council President Todd Gloria attended the official groundbreaking for the long-awaited 25th Street Renaissance Project in Golden Hill on April 8. The $1.7-million street improvement project — developed over the course of the last 10 years — is among the first of several projects that Faulconer said demonstrate his commitment to rebuilding the city slowly but surely. Mayor Kevin Faulconer speaks at the official groundbreaking for the 25th Street Renaissance Project in Golden Hill. (Photo by Manny Lopez) “This is a good example of what we’re going to be doing more of throughout the entire city — roads, water, sidewalks — all at the same time,” Faulconer said at the groundbreaking. “For me, it’s about nuts and bolts, neighborhood services and infrastructure. That’s what we’ve said all along and now we’re doing it.” The project will provide trafficcalming improvements to increase pedestrian safety, reverse-angled parking that require drivers to back into parking spots, and streetscape improvements to enhance the aesthetics of the corridor from Interstate 94 to Russ Boulevard, adjacent to Balboa Park. The project simultaneously includes replacement of an existing 16-inch cast-iron water main, which Faulconer said consolidates efforts and minimizes impacts to the neighborhood by doing all of the work at once. “The City was rightfully criticized in the past for not being able to coordinate infrastructure projects very well,” he said. “There were times when the City would put down new pavement on a street and then come back a couple of months later to tear it up for another project.” Marnel Gibson, interim assistant director for the City’s public works department told the small crowd for the occasion that bundling the two projects worked out great because the old pipe needed to be replaced.

“We’re excited to get the improvements here, which I think will really just enhance the community and give it a more neighborly feel,” Gibson said. “The traffic-calming improvements make it safer to walk or ride a bicycle and we’re hoping to get multimodal components in the neighborhood, so that people will get out and not stay in their homes.” Gloria — whose council district includes the project area — pointed out that as a main thoroughfare for the neighborhood and a gateway to Balboa Park, the 25th Street corridor is an important part of the community and should be a landmark promenade. “It’s also home to many small businesses and reverse-angle parking is going to make this more bike friendly and pedestrian friendly and invite more investment to the small and local businesses on the street,” Gloria said. The improvements are funded by TransNet and a Federal Smart Growth Grant. The water main replacement is being funded separately through Enterprise Funds paid for by fees and charges to users. The entire upgrade is expected to take up to

seven months to complete. “I believe this project shows the City’s commitment to Golden Hill,” said Pete Stamatopoulos, owner of the Turf Supper Club in Golden Hill, who added that he has been watching the revitalization plan take shape for at least two decades. “And we as property owners should also be behind Golden Hill to improve our properties and make this a very pedestrian friendly and easily accessible full-time use neighborhood with shops, restaurants and other types of businesses.”v

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The Ladies Shoes Blues Revue Ten talented female musicians tackle Gator by the Bay together Jen Van Tieghem Downtown News

“The only time we’ll all be together is the actual gig.” Sue Palmer, San Diego’s reigning Queen of Boogie Woogie, was in the middle of gushing about the all-female group she’s assembled for Gator by the Bay when she dropped that little tidbit. With 10 musicians coming together, from both in and out of San Diego, it’s no wonder they’ve had to practice in sections in advance of the upcoming four-day festival. While they haven’t managed to rehearse as a group, they’ve all dedicated countless hours to bring The Ladies Shoes Blues Revue to life. The idea for the show started when Peter Oliver, producer of Gator by the Bay, contacted Palmer about performing. “[Oliver] asked me to do something different this year,” Palmer explained. “He wanted something big … with a horn section and several lead singers … so then we had to figure out who, and that was an interesting process.” Bringing together members of Palmer’s own band, known as the Motel Swing Orchestra, along with other local and outof-town talents, she ended up with a group she’s very enthusiastic about. The lead singers include Missy Andersen, Laura Jane (The Tighten Ups and ThunderLux), and Deejha Marie, who each bring with them bits of rock, soul, and R&B. “The three singers have been practicing together with harmonies,” Palmer

said. “And it’s sounding fabulous.” San Diego locals April West (trombone) and Elizabeth Meeker (trumpet) are joined by award-winning multi-instrumentalist Deanna Bogart (saxophone) to comprise the horn section. Palmer enticed Oakland-based Carmen Getit (guitar) to join by having Oliver book her band Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums to play the festival. And local powerhouses Jodie Hill (bass) and Sharon Shufelt (drums) round out the rhythm section. Palmer herself will serve as bandleader and pianist, and may have other tricks up her sleeve. Once all these celebrated players were in place, the next step was to choose what songs to perform. “It’s kind of a Mardi Gras/New Orleans-y kind of festival,” Palmer said. “So I try to slant my material to that side of my repertoire. We’re doing some songs I would normally do with my band and then I asked everybody to suggest songs. “It’s all working and they all selected songs that we’re really excited about,” she said. While Palmer is keeping the song choices under wraps, she explained that through the process she had to go out of her own wheelhouse and learn some new numbers. Since musicians have different ways of playing the same song, the ladies also had to get on the same page regarding how to play certain selections. All the hard work and careful attention to detail should pay off as this ensemble of talents comes together for a truly special

(l to r) Deejah Maria, Missy Anderson, Sue Palmer and Laura Jane will front the 10-strong Ladies Shoes Blues Revue with their powerful voices at Gator by the Bay. (Courtesy Laura Jane Willcock) event. “I’ve played [Gator by the Bay] at least 10 times … it’s got that spirit of New Orleans,” Palmer enthused. “I pretty much block off the whole weekend so that I can go to it too, not just when I’m playing.” She plans to see what she considers “all the best bands” of rhythm and blues, country, swing, Cajun, zydeco and other genres all in one place. “It really makes me proud of my city,” she said. “It’s just a wonderful way to start out our summer season.” Of course, what Palmer is most passionate about is having The Ladies Shoes Blues Revue come together for the event. “I’m really excited about this project because everyone is really talented and every time we have a rehearsal, it adds a

new element,” she said. “I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised.” Gator by the Bay will be held Thursday through Sunday, May 8 – 12 at Spanish Landing, located on Harbor Drive across from the San Diego International Airport. Catch the Ladies Shoes Blues Review when they perform on Saturday, May 10 at 2:20 p.m. on the Mardi Gras Stage. For tickets and the full lineup, visit —Jen Van Tieghem is a San Diego native who covers all genres of music around town. Her bucket list includes playing tambourine on stage with any band that would have her, creating a local music festival called Jenerated Sound, and finding the perfect Moscow mule. Email her at Jen@



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(l to r) Butterscotch pot de crème; Florida grouper in lemon sauce; Yellowtail sashimi (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

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hat used to be the courthouse building of the Old Police Headquarters is now a swanky chamber for seafood and steak, designed to capture the mood of Hollywood supper clubs from a bygone era. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood is perhaps the only restaurant in San Diego where you’ll find waiters clad in white jackets and black bowties. Guests are also greeted by a two-story wine tower housing about 1,500 labels that start at $20 a bottle and climb to $1,700, should you possess a thirst for 2007 Harian Estate from Napa Valley.

Set within the 100,000-squarefoot complex that was once home to our city’s police department, Eddie V’s is the most formal culinary tenant inside the commercially transformed compound, renamed last year as The Headquarters at Seaport District. In addition to a courthouse, the grounds once embodied an indoor shooting range and a law library. For history’s sake, the nearby jail cells have been restored to their original condition, serving as an interestingly grim attraction to diners and shoppers. The menu brims with fresh seafood as well as premium



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mayonnaise-y while my companion appreciated its creaminess. Batter-fried Gulf oysters served in half shells were lightly seasoned, thus retaining their oceanic flavor. Warm and crispy on the outside and cool and creamy inside, my companion summed up the mouthwatering contrasts precisely to fried ice cream. Thinly sliced pickled cucumbers lining the bottom of each shell served as stimulating palate cleansers, as did a dirty martini followed by a well-constructed Moscow mule for my cohort and a glass of semi-jammy Argentine malbec that carried me happily through dinner.

In yet another round of appetizers, a plate featuring both steak tartare and chilled lobster delivered the added luxury of shaved black truffles accenting the raw beef. As for an order of pot stickers served in a light soy broth, their delicate house-made casings were commendable, but their dense fillings combining shrimp and pork tasted awkward. Tender pieces of lobster surfaced in a bowl of Brandy-kissed bisque that was more peppery than sweet, but nurturing nonetheless. More memorable was the crab-corn chowder embracing potatoes and invisible bits of bacon in thin, comforting broth. It’s one of those rare chowders that aren’t wickedly glutinous. Our meal climaxed with a 12-ounce center-cut filet mignon, cooked simply with kosher salt and black pepper and hit with a pat of butter at the end. The kitchen complied accurately with my sacrilege request for “medium” doneness — rosy pink in the middle and sufficiently caramelized beneath the surface. (Yes, I’m lambasted constantly by fellow foodies who insist on “rare.”) Florida grouper served in a lemony pond of white wine and butter was also superb. This white, flakey fish rarely lands in San Diego restaurants, so a treat it was. Restrained measures of garlic and shallots rounded out the sauce without distracting from the honey-like flavor of the flesh. From a few ala carte side dishes we tried, the unexpected winner was crab fried rice, a light American rendition relatively free of salty soy sauce. Truffle macn-cheese and au gratin potatoes were addictively rich, though best paired with an appetizer or salad rather than full, hearty entrees. At the finishing line are housemade desserts that include hot Godiva chocolate cake (good, but ordinary) and butterscotch pot de crème harboring little bursts of salt in the walnuts and caramel (unforgettable). Just off the white-linen dining room is a handsome cocktail lounge featuring live jazz starting at 7 p.m. daily. It’s the crowning element that evokes a fine-dining spirit perfect for special occasions or some good old-fashion self-pampering. Note: Eddie V’s is also located in La Jolla and in about a dozen other cities throughout the country. The menus at each, we’re told, are nearly the same.v


Pork and booze take center stage at the Bacon & Barrels Festival from 1 to 5 p.m., May 31 at Embarcadero Marina Park South. In addition to craft-barrel beverages such as beer, bourbon, scotch and wine, the event will feature dozens of local chefs applying their wizardr y to bacon and doling out samples. Live performances by indie bands The Stone Foxes and Black Cr ystal Wolf Kids are also in the offing. Attendees must be 21 years or older. Tickets are $75 or $95 for early admission (at noon). In addition, an all-bacon VIP dinner prepared by MTV’s House of Food star Brooke Williamson will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. the night before, on May 30. Tickets for the dinner are $300, which also includes admission into the festival the following day and access to its VIP lounge. 1 Marina Park Way,

(top) Bacon also lands in desserts (Photo by Jeremy Ball)

(left) Tacos crafted by chefs from three local restaurants (Courtesy Puesto at The Headquarters)

The much-anticipated Ironside Fish & Oyster opened recently in Little Italy by CH Projects, which is behind several Downtown hotspots such as Noble Experiment, Neighborhood and El Dorado Cocktail Lounge. In this latest venture, Chef Jason McLeod brings a seafood-rich menu to the table that includes daily offerings of oyster flights and various shellfish platters. In addition, “cocktails in the half shell” are available, which pairs a single raw oyster to a libation. Situated in a circa-1920 warehouse, the 4,500-square-foot space also includes a bakery, a European-style open kitchen and a giant lobster tank. 1654 India St., 619-269-3033. Next in the pipeline is a still-unnamed juice and smoothie bar coming into the space formerly occupied by Venissimo Cheese. The folks at CH Projects promise a “hyper local credo” using fruits and veggies sourced from area purveyors. The venture is due to open in June. 871 G St.

The popular Baked Bear ice cream sandwich parlor in Pacific Beach has brought their cold treats and artisan cookies to PETCO Park. The ballpark shop, located near right field, just outside the gates, features an abbreviated menu of six ice cream flavors and five different types of cookies. 100 Park Blvd., 858-886-7433.

Every Thursday in May, Puesto at The Headquarters is making available three different tacos created by other San Diego restaurants, all of which use Puesto’s house-made tortillas. The tacos are: roasted suckling pig with sherry mustard sugo by Cucina Urbana; fish and chips with malt-vinegar slaw by Herringbone; and braised lamb with pickled onions and spicy herb remoulade by Sea & Smoke. In addition to the “guest tacos,” visitors on Thursdays can enjoy local brews for half off. 789 W. Harbor Drive, 619-233-8880. What was formerly The Corner in East Village will soon become Table 10, a new concept launched by the property’s owner, Cooper McLaughlin and Chef Jason Gethin, who last worked at Union Kitchen + Tap in Encinitas. Due to open in mid to late May, the bill of fare will focus on American cuisine that pulls in culinary influences from different regions of the country. And in sticking with its name, the restaurant will feature a special chef’s table that seats 10 guests. 369 10th Ave., 619-550-126.

Massive amounts of Louisiana crawfish are coming to town (Courtesy Gator by the Bay) Touted as the largest Louisiana-themed festival west of the Mississippi, the four-day Gator by the Bay will be held May 8-11 at Spanish Landing Park to the tune of 80-plus live performances and a whopping 10,000 pounds of fresh, live crawfish trucked in from The Pelican State. Now in its 13th year, the familyfriendly event, presented by Bon Temps Social Club, features multiple stages to spotlight a range of musical genres, including zydeco and Cajun performances. About 20 food vendors are taking part. In addition to crawfish boils and etouffee, guests can purchase fried catfish, po’boy sandwiches, grilled alligator, beignets and more inside the festival’s “French Quarter food court.” Beer and wine will also be available. “It’s a colorful festival with a lot going on. There’s artists and music everywhere,” says Catherine

Miller, one of the producers, citing that the event now attracts more than 17,000 people locally and nationally since it began in 2001. The festival kicks off at 6:30 p.m. May 8 with a concert by acclaimed blues artist Tab Benoit, and a host of other activities, including food demos and dance lessons, will wrap around those 80 aforementioned performances from May 9 – 11. Discounts on advance ticket purchases can be made on the web site at Spanish Landing Park is located on North Harbor Island Drive, directly across the street from San Diego International Airport. —Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at fsabatini@

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Keeping business in the family is the ‘allure’ Kai Oliver-Kurtin Downtown News

It’s truly a family affair at the new Allure restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter. Located just east of Horton Plaza, it opened March 30, and is a collaborative effort of the family that refers to the restaurant as their second home. As guests arrive, Executive Chef Melissa Magallon treats them to an amusebouche, a single bite, to whet the appetite and set the tone for what’s to come. Magallon’s parents Luis and Ofelia are co-owners and also her business partners. Magallon’s longtime boyfriend, Carl Nakouzi, is the general manager, and responsible for training staff members to treat guests like they’re part of the family. “This isn’t our restaurant face, this is who we are,” Nakouzi said. “We treat people coming into the restaurant like they’re coming into our house.” Nakouzi and the Magallon family carefully selected the Allure staff from more than 800 applications received, and today, that staff shares a family-style meal together before opening for business every day. That’s because, according to Magallon, “A happy, well-fed staff makes for good service.” Though they dreamed of opening their own restaurant someday, Magallon and Nakouzi never thought it would happen so quickly. Nakouzi spent time working in restaurants during the couple’s college years at San Diego State University, and after graduation, Magallon was inspired to enroll at the San Diego Culinary Institute after watching the popular Bravo TV show Top Chef. Through the school’s externship program, Magallon began working at The Oceanaire Seafood Room in 2009, where she met Top Chef alumnus, Brian Malarkey, who

Chef Melissa Magallon (Courtesy Allure) handpicked Magallon a year later to be a sous chef for the opening of Searsucker, the first of his group of popular, fabric-themed restaurants. She later worked in the kitchens of Malarkey’s Herringbone and Burlap restaurants before branching out on her own. Magallon’s father Luis, a businessman with his own hopes of opening a restaurant, seized the opportunity to purchase the Fourth Avenue space last year when Bandar Restaurant vacated. Luis still handles business operations at Allure, including payroll and finances, while mother Ofelia took the lead on interior design during the complete renovation of the kitchen and dining spaces, selecting the decor, furnishings and lighting. Her elegant, feminine touch even shines through in the pristinely chic restrooms at the restaurant. Just one month into business, Nakouzi and Magallon are pleased with the overwhelmingly positive response they’ve received from guests so far, including a few new regulars. Billed as “New American” cuisine, the menu at Allure continues to expand as Magallon experiments with new dishes. She

(above) the Allure sign greets guests; (below) The upstairs lounge (Courtesy Allure) describes the menu as “seasonal, playful and flavor-packed.” She said her focus is on the artistic, creative side of cooking with an emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients from farms and farmers’ markets. “There’s something for everyone,” Magallon said. “I want to be able to cater to anyone, so I have all kinds of protein, several seafood dishes, and vegetarian options on the menu.” Allure offers happy hour specials, a full bar menu and outdoor patio seating. Music

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Café Sevilla 353 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 619-233-5979 Café Sevilla has been a part of the Gaslamp Quarter for the last 25 years, injecting authentic, Spanish culture into the surrounding area. Sevilla is family owned and prides itself

on its traditional menu that specializes in paella, tapas and sangria. Sevilla serves over 40 tapas from regions all over Spain and offers over eight different types of paella. Guests can enjoy the paella valenciana at one of the weekly Flamenco Dinner Shows, as Café Sevilla is home to the longest running Flamenco Dinner Show in all of Southern California. They keep the tradition and culture alive with weekly salsa lessons and live entertainment in the tapas bar, playing lively Spanish guitar and vocals during dinner service. There are three separate private to semi-private venue spaces, including the intimate upstairs mezzanine, the lively tapas bar, and the underground nightclub. Sevilla welcomes you to find yourself in Spain!


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Limited offer! $45 for initial consultation, exam, adjustment and laser therapy, a $75 value. At Gaslamp Chiropractic we specialize in car accidents, personal injury cases, work related injuries, and treating individuals who just want to maintain their health and have less pain. Considering surgery? Injections? Try Gaslamp Chiropractic, two-time winner of San Diego’s best chiropractor award (2011 & 2013). We are currently accepting new patients and can see you today. Our hours are Mon – Thur 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mon & Sat 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. by appointment.

Sunday, May 25th from 1 to 2:30 pm Community invited to attend free lecture, book signing, and reception with VIP introduction by Council President Todd Gloria.

Tom Hom is a pioneer who in 1963 made San Diego history by becoming the first minority ever elected to the San Diego City Council. Later, this Chinese-American won a seat to the California State Assembly. Tom helped transform San Diego’s skid row into the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter Historic District and led efforts to establish the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. His book tells a story of courage and endurance in meeting life’s challenges to achieve “The American Dream.” A reception with light refreshments will follow the lecture. Register via the Museum’s website,

Gaslamp Museum at The William Heath Davis House 410 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. 619-233-4692.


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Gaslamp Historical Foundation Spring Update Reprinted from The Gaslamp Gazette, the spring newsletter of the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation at the Gaslamp Museum at the William Heath Davis House. voice for improvement and preservation of the Historic District. Have a wonderful Spring season! Catalina Preskill President, Board of Directors Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation

Catalina Preskill Spring Greetings from Board President Catalina Preskill Greetings and happy Spring from the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. I would like use this opportunity to share some exciting news with you regarding the Founda-

tion and an important Gaslamp Quarter Institution, the Land Use and Planning Committee. Soon, the Foundation will assume stewardship over the LUP from the Gaslamp Quarter Association with the transition scheduled to occur by the end of this year. In an agreement with the GQA, it has been decided that overseeing the committee that serves as the community voice for the Gaslamp Quarter is more in line with the Foundation’s mission of “fostering the cultural, historical and architectural heritage of the Gaslamp Quarter”.  We are in the process of discussions with the GQA staff and current members of LUP along with our board to determine the best way to make the transition, to redefine the function of the committee in the context of the GQHF, and to be a more effective

2014 ShamROCK in Review The 19th annual ShamROCK St. Patrick’s Day block party was a resounding success, with over 12,000 revelers attending the event this year. While previously held on the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, this year’s event was held on Saturday March 15th. Through a cooperative agreement with the Gaslamp Quarter Association, ShamROCK will now be held on a Saturday ongoing. The Foundation would like to thank the GQA, McFarlane promotions, volunteers, board members and staff for all their assistance and expertise putting on this year’s event. Here’s to a successful Saturday event in 2015! Volunteer Spotlight: Sandee Wilhoit This month, our featured volunteer is Sandee Wilhoit. Sandee has been an incredible volunteer and asset to the museum and foundation for 7 years.

She graciously gives her time to the museum whenever a helping hand is needed; whether at a special event, giving an educational historical tour or portraying Sarah Babe Horton as a member of the Gaslamp Players. We are thankful for volunteers like Sandee and the helping hand she provides to the Museum and Foundation. Thank you Sandee!

Sandee Wilhoit New Ghost Tour Added The museum has added an exciting new Gaslamp and Ghosts Walking tour led by Historian, Foundation volunteer and paranormal aficionado Sandee Wilhoit. The tour focuses on the Gaslamp’s haunted history by


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recounting ghostly happenings of the past … and of the present. Tour guests visit hotels, saloons, brothels and a long-ago funeral parlor, with the tour ending INSIDE the most haunted house in the Gaslamp - the William Heath Davis House. If you would like to take a tour down the ghostly Gaslamp lane with Sandee, reservations can be made via the Museum’s website,, or by calling the Museum directly at 619-233-4692. The cost is $15. Executive Director Search The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation (GQHF) is seeking an energetic, forward-thinking and professional individual to serve as its Executive Director. The Executive Director will serve as the Chief Operating Officer of the GQHF which has an operating budget of $618,000. The responsibilities of the Executive Director include the day-to-day operation of the Gaslamp Museum, the financial management of the organization, the long-range planning of the GQHF, and the ability to seek and enhance the revenue stream for the organization. A qualified candidate will possess: At least a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree preferable Three-to-five years’ work experience in historical museum management including responsibilities for archiving, historic reservation, budgeting, financial management and a proven track record in fund raising A demonstrated passion for American history and artifacts, with a thorough understanding of their architectural and cultural implications. For a detailed job description, visit our website at http://www. All applications must be received by May 1, 2014. The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. More information on the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation or the Gaslamp Museum at the William Heath Davis House may be found at




Meze 551 J St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-546-5060 We are a family-owned bar and restaurant in San Diego’s popular Gaslamp Quarter. The word meze translates as taste — meaning both flavor and a taste of something. At Meze Meditteranean Cuisine, you’ll find both. Our menu features finely crafted regional cuisine with a California twist. It can be enjoyed as entrees in our chic high-ceilinged dining room, or in small portions as “meze,” that go exceptionally well outside on our patio with a drink or as a bite at the bar before heading to a Padres game, or a night out in the Gaslamp Quarter. On the weekends, we serve a delicious brunch with bottomless mimosas. Late at night we recommend that you try our cocktail list and have a staff member pack a hookah for you. Come by and discover how a place can be both elegant and familiar, which is to say, Mediterranean.

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FRIDAY – MAY 2 Yoga for Boomers & Beyond: Every Friday, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Yoga One, 1150 Seventh St., Downtown. $10 suggested donation. For more info, call 619294-7461. Upper East Village walkabout: Join Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout at 10 a.m. Meet-up at 14th Street & Broadway (NE corner). For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit walkabouts or sign up for their newsletter. Drawing in the Galleries: an informal drawing workshop for adults and teens at the San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. 2 – 4 p.m. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. More info at Live Music – Goblin & Pinkish Black: an Italian progressive rock band and an American experimental rock band. Doors 7 p.m. Tickets start at $28.25. More info at San Diego Padres: Padres Spring BeerFest against the Arizona Diamondbacks begins at 7:10 p.m. Petco Park, East Village. Tickets at SATURDAY – MAY 3 Little Italy Mercato: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE SUNDAY – MAY 4 Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 400 block of Third Ave. between Island Ave. and J St. – FREE Live Music: Enjoy a blues brunch to the music of Robin Henkel & Billy Watson. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tickets $43.50. Humphrey’s Backstage, 2241 Shelter Island Dr. More info at hum-

Call Yana Today to Advertise! Yana Shayne (619) 565-4454 4th Annual Chef Celebration Artisan Food and Craft Beer Festival: the grand finale of the Chef Celebration series will pair 12 small-bite courses with 12 craft beers. Proceeds fund a special scholarship for students to attend the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. Noon – 3 p.m. $55. Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens – Liberty Station. 2816 Historic Decatur Rd. #116. Visit for tickets and information.

FRIDAY – MAY 9 Cortez walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. Meet-up at Third Ave. and A St. (NW corner). For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit or sign up for their newsletter. Gator by The Bay at Night: a full evening of Zydeco and blues on three stages, all with large wooden dance floors. 3:30 – 10 p.m., tickets start at $25. Spanish Landing Park. For more information, visit

MONDAY – MAY 5 Senior Monday at the Fleet: 10:30 a.m. lecture, “Historical Droughts in California,” plus a noon theater show “Tornado Alley,” Science Center exhibits included. 2 p.m., $8 for seniors 65+. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more info visit or call 619-238-1233. “Kingpin”: Screenings every Monday at 7 p.m. in the Expatriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest. com – FREE

SATURDAY – MAY 10 Little Italy Mercato: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE Second Saturday Science Club for Girls: Trash Island Challenge. Girls engineer a device to pick up the garbage the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Grades 5 – 8, noon – 2 p.m. Members $12, nonmembers $14. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more info visit or pre-register 619-2381233 x806. Live Music: pure rock-n-roll artists Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers are joined by the Paragraphs at Belly Up Tavern. 21+. Doors 7 p.m. Tickets start at $18. 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. More info at

TUESDAY – MAY 6 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 Tuesdays. San Diego Shakespeare Society: “Henry VI, Part 2.” Anyone can join in or just listen. Informal café-style seating. First Tuesdays, 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. For more info call 619-3330141 – FREE CD Release Party: PSB Records throws a party for the CD releases of artists Valery and Elektrik Tank, Mark Hart, and Nick Binkley. 21+. Doors 7 p.m. Tickets start at $12. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. More info at WEDNESDAY – MAY 7 Young Lions Music Series: Every Wednesday, a “young rising star” is chosen by Gilbert Castellanos to perform. Castellanos will also join in during the first set. 7 p.m. Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit THURSDAY – MAY 8 Tom Jones: one of the most critically acclaimed vocalists to emerge from the 1960s goes on tour with Lee Coulter. 21+. Doors 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $65. More info at 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

SUNDAY – MAY 11 MothersDay The Headquarters Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 789 W. Harbor Dr. More info, visit facebook/TheHeadquartersFarmersMarket. Mother’s Day Cruise Brunch: Surprise your mom with a spectacular live jazz brunch, and enjoy the scenic San Diego Bay with a generous brunch buffet. Includes seafood, champagne, dessert, live jazz, and more! Three different departure times between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.. Tickets start at $69.95 per head. For more information, go to Live Music: Robin Henkel Band with Horns featuring Whitney Shay & Billy Watson. Doors 6 p.m. All ages. Gator by the Bay, Spanish Landing on Harbor Dr. MONDAY – MAY 12 “Some Like It Hot”: Weekly screenings 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 TUESDAY – MAY 13 PBID Advisory 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 Residents Free Tuesdays

in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego City and 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

WEDNESDAY – MAY 14 Fishermen’s Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m., every Wednesday. 4930 N. Harbor Dr. near Nimitz Blvd. – FREE Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. Tonight, “Red Trees.” All supplies included, registration is required. 21+. 6 – 9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. For more info visit

Anna Dewdney at Central Library: Author and illustrator of the New York Times best-selling “Llama Llama” series hosts a free author talk and book signing supporting her new children’s book, “Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too.” 6 p.m. San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. Downtown. Visit or call 619-236-5802 for more information — FREE #HackingImprov: In collaboration with violinist Kristopher Apple, composer/performer Blair Robert Nelson explores over a century of audio technology through his generative song cycle. 7 p.m. Tickets $10. Space 4 Art, 325 15th St.

THURSDAY – MAY 15 Horton Square Certified Market: Every Thursday, 11 a.m – 3 p.m., 225 Broadway – FREE East Village Association: Annual meeting, elections and social mixer. 5 – 7 p.m. Moonshine Flats, 344 Seventh Ave. Free for members, $5 non-members. RSVP by May 12 to Comedy – Charlie Murphy: best known for his appearance on “Chapelle’s Show,” Murphy is now one of the topbilled international comedians. Don’t miss his four-night tour in San Diego. 8 p.m. The American Comedy Co., 818 B Sixth Ave., Gaslamp. Tickets $29, NoLI Nights: the Little Italy Association has revamped Kettner Nights to showcase all the art, entertainment and culinary delights northern Little Italy has to offer with this new quarterly event. Kettner Boulevard between Grape and Laurel streets. 6 – 9 p.m. Visit for more information.

FRIDAY – MAY 16 Core/Columbia walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout at 10 a.m. This week, Core/Columbia. For more info and meet-up location, call 619-234-8900, visit or sign up for their newsletter. SATURDAY – MAY 17 Little Italy Mercato: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets – FREE Pet Day on the Bay: Hornblower invites dogs to cruise with their owners on San Diego Bay. A portion of proceeds benefits the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Three departures between 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., $24 per person, dogs free. 970 N Harbor Dr. More information at KidsFest 2014: San Diego’s most fun weekend of the year has something for all ages: a messy zone, a dance party, a garden zone, a construction zone, a crafts zone, and a bubble zone. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., $20, Ingram Plaza, Liberty Station. More information at North Park Festival of Arts & Craft Beer Block: local art, live music, and fabulous food. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Free entry into festival, $30 for general entry into Beer Block, $50 for VIP. More information, visit

Exhibition Opening Reception – From the Page through the Lens: a selection of the best student work from a two-part photography workshop taken by low-income, at-risk children, teens and families. 7 – 10 p.m. Space 4 Art, 325 15th St. – FREE

SUNDAY – MAY 18 The Headquarters Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 789 W. Harbor Dr. More info, visit facebook/TheHeadquartersFarmersMarket. MONDAY – MAY 19 “Ghost”: Weekly screenings at 7 p.m. in the Expatriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit for more information – FREE. TUESDAY – MAY 20 Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS: Porto Vista Hotel 1835 Columbia St. San Diego, CA 92101 619-564-3743 Join us for Mother’s Brunch by the Bay Mother’s Day is almost here and while there are many places to choose from, none of them will be as unique and fun as the Mother’s Brunch by the Bay, taking place on the rooftop of the lovely Porto Vista Hotel, Sunday, May 11. Located just off the I-5 in San Diego’s elegant Little Italy district, we have stunning views of the San Diego Bay, something sure to set the perfect mood for you and your loved ones. With seatings at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., Mother’s Brunch by the Bay at the Porto Vista Hotel is offering a dynamic selection of gourmet foods sure to include something appealing for every taste. Highlights from this Sunday’s menu include fresh oysters, white shrimp, and King crab, as well as a Chef’s Carving Station serving up dozens of delicious creations all day long, and guests will love the free flowing mimosas. There will also be a chocolate fountain, complimented with fresh fruit and other dipping items, to enjoy for dessert! Join us this Mother’s Day.

1. Meaning 'formal living room' in Italian. 2. An enchanting conversational lounge where guests experience the enlightening 'Art of a Blowdry’. 3. Hosted by a select team of Blowdry Artists who are passionate about their craft and devoted to education. 4. Located in a the boutique Porto Vista Hotel, with discounted parking and in-Salotto cocktail service offered by The Glass Door.

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The Physical Therapy Effect, P.C. Dr. Mark Shulman, PT, DPT, CSCS 1601 Kettner Blvd., Ste. 11 San Diego, CA 92101 619-544-1055 As Little Italy’s premier Physical Therapy office, TPTE continuously strives to be an integral member of the community, by providing the highest quality wellness services to our community and the surrounding areas. We are a patient-focused company where you will work one-on-one with your therapist every session in order attain your rehabilitation goals. Our goal is not only to help you return to your prior level of function, but also to guide you on the correct path in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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Amici Pet Hospital is open and excited to meet you and your pet! • Brand new facility in Little Italy • Experienced and compassionate doctors and staff to care for your dog and cat

• Convenient location with easy freeway access and plenty of parking on premises

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Dr. Marla Saltzman & Dr. Crystal Van Lom 2135 Columbia St., 92101 • 619.795.2400

Little Italy Association Board of Directors’ Meeting May 6 The Little Italy Association Board of Directors’ Meetings are open to the general public to discuss the Little Italy Association’s general business, upcoming events and issues. This meeting will be held at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Hall, 1654 State St., from 8:30 – 10 a.m. If you would like to be added to the reminder list, please email Chris@

Washington Elementary’s 100th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser On May 17 from 6 – 11 p.m., the Washington Elementary School Foundation will hold the fourth annual fundraiser for Washington Elementary at 98bottles. The evening will also be celebrating the school’s 100th birthday. Festivities will include a silent acution, delicious culinary stations, music, craft beer and wine. Washington Elementary has been the academic heart of Little Italy since 1914. Additionally, it was the first school in the San Diego Unified School District to offer 121 technology classrooms to every one of its enrolled students. Tickets for the event are $50 and may be purchased at

Kettner Nights revamped as “NoLI Nights”

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To celebrate the changing façade of northern part of the neighborhood, the Little Italy Association (LIA) is launching a new quarterly event in North Little Italy: NoLI Nights. The event is designed as an opportunity for North Italy businesses to present all the culture, arts, entertainment and culinary delights hidden within one of San Diego’s best-kept secrets. Similar to Kettner Nights, NoLI Nights will feature a more diverse collection of businesses. Each quarter, visitors can stroll down the sidewalks and experience the newest, most unique events and offerings at North Little Italy galleries, restaurants, boutiques and shops. The first NoLI Nights will take place Thursday, May 15, from 6 – 9 p.m. North Little Italy is considered the area between I-5 Freeway and Pacific Hwy., with cross streets at W. Grape Street and W. Laurel Street. For more information on Little Italy and NoLI Nights, visit


BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS: 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

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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A search for family history Native San Diegans find a little help from other descendants Will Bowen Downtown News

“In the past, all our paths crossed,” observed Marilyn Ellis, in town April 6 from Salt Lake City with her son Bill, to attend the Descendants of Early San Diego (DESD) Research Workshop at the California State Parks in Old Town. “My son and I are here at the workshop to try and find out information on my husband Michael’s side of the family,” Ellis said. “His great grandmother was an Aguilar. I am doing this because I want my children to know where they came from and who they are. I think this will give them a better understanding of themselves.” Georgia Callian, the DESD research workshop chairperson, helped the Ellis’ look through all the old books, reports, and photographs that she brought to the workshop for information on the Aguilar family. “We have this workshop three times a year here in Old Town to help people look up their family genealogy,” Callian said. “Then on the last Saturday in June, we have a big celebration, called ‘Descendants Day,’ where all the descendants of the people of early San Diego get together and socialize.” Old Town was a close-knit community where everyone knew and looked out for each other. Callian traces her own ancestry to the Machado Family of Rancho Buena Vista and Rancho

El Rosario — which was a large ranch in Mexico. She is also related to Jose Antonio Yorba, who arrived in San Diego aboard the “San Antonio” as one of the Catalonian Volunteers that accompanied the ships. “Working on family history is like being a detective. Searching through the materials to find the true picture of the past,” Callian said. Corey Braun, a San Diego City Planner, was also at the workshop. He is the great-great-greatgrandson of Bonafacio Lopez, who built an adobe on the side of Presidio Hill and another in Sorrento Valley in the early part of the 1800s. “Bonafacio Lopez — who was the regeator [arbitrator of cattle disputes] for Old Town — was the son of Ignacio Lopez, who was born at the Presidio. Ignacio Lopez, in turn, was the son of Juan Francisco Lopez, a Leather Jacket soldier who marched up from Sinoloa with Father Serra and Captain Portola in 1769 to found the city of San Diego. Juan Francisco was married to Feliciana Arballo. They met and married at Mission San Gabriel in 1775 when Arballo was traveling with the people Spanish Indian fighter and explorer De Anza was taking up from Tubac, Arizona and founded the Presidio in San Francisco.”

(top, l to r) Marilyn and her son Bill Ellis traveled from Salt Lake City to learn more about their family history; (left) Samuel Ames (Photos by Will Bowen)

Braun is also related to Marcos Crosthwaite, grandson of Philip Crosthwaite, the owner of Rancho Poway and a participant at the historic battle of San Pascual in 1846. “My grandmother used to tell us stories about our family’s exploits, that is how I got interested in family history,” Braun explained. Samuel Ames, also at the workshop, is a fifth generation San Diegan. He recently returned here to retire after serving as an art professor at Rhode Island College for many years. He is related to the Ames/Serrano family of Los Coches Rancho and Rancho Aqua Hedondia. “I am here to complete the family history,” Ames said. “What you see is that you are part of something much larger than just

your family. You are a part of the history of California.” The Old Town Descendants was originally founded in 1980 by Elena Orozco (State Parks and a descendant), Henry Israel (descendant) and Alexa LuberskiClausen, the State Parks Historian. The idea for it actually first arose in 1969 with the 200th anniversary of the City which was celebrated by the founding of Old Town as a California State Park. Twelve years later, in 1980, Luberski invited all early San Diego descendants to come to the opening of the restoration of the Estudillo Adobe in Old Town, which had finally been completed. Such a large and enthusiastic number of people showed up that Luberski and Braun decided to make “descendants day” an annual event. In 1990, Callian became the chairperson of the group and started the genealogy research workshop program in 1991. “Our mission as descendants is

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to keep our history alive,” Callian said. “San Diego has a complex past. Most people think California began with the Gold Rush or when Anglos first came here. Many think San Diego began with Alonso Horton. But it goes back much farther than that! We start with the Native Americans from pre-contact period, whom are still with us, then the Spanish Colonial period and the period of ‘Los Californios,’ when we were a part of Mexico.” Callian said the group exists to help people research their roots and their family’s local history. And, if curious native San Diegans bring in old photographs, Callian said they will even assist in identifying them. “It has been shown when adults and/or children know their past, they have a better sense of purpose, place and identity,” she said. Connie Rascon Gunther is the current chairperson of Descendants. She attended the workshop in the morning to continue research of her Adolfo Savin and Cota families. Gunther visited Old Town during the first Descendants meeting with her mother Consuelo, the great-great-granddaughter of Adolfo Savin. He was a prosperous French merchant who provided loans or owned buildings in Old Town, such as the Cosmopolitan, the Gila house, a house on Juan Street and the Protestant Cemetery. The organization was recently renamed “Descendants of Early San Diego” or DESD, and its membership is full of rich native San Diego history. DESD Committee members also include, Dr. Leonor Perez, Vice Chairpersons’ daughter is related to Juan Francisco Lopez and Maria Feliciana Arballo who were on the Anza Expedition. Secretary Linda Jacobo is a direct descendant of Jose Manuel Machado, Ramon Cota and Albert Benjamin Smith. Smith earned acclaim in 1846 when he climbed the flagpole in Old Town Plaza to re-raise the American flag while under fire from Mexican soldiers. He also served as one of San Diego’s earliest County Assessors and Superintendent of Schools. Another DESD active member is Abel Silvas, whose family is affiliated with the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians, and Acjachemen Nation. For further information about the DESD or their ongoing research workshops, contact Georgia Callian at geocal1769@gmail. com or search for “Descendants of Early San Diego” on Facebook. —Will Bowen writes about local arts and culture. You can reach him at


Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald The military’s long association in San Diego County is a story that will be told and retold many times through 2015 at 10 service facilities from Coronado to Camp Pendleton. The military has been everywhere, even an observation tower atop Mt. Laguna. Reviews will stress the economic impact in the region over 100 years when civic and military leaders made things happen. A major part of the framework was the land now occupied by Balboa Park and the Zoo. The Army, Navy and Marine Corps headquartered there at various times. It was used as training centers, an artillery base, a supply depot and a Naval hospital. The San Diego Historical Center and the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in Balboa Park will feature rare artifacts and photos. The Center has erected a 6,000-square-foot gallery that will unfurl military adjustments in the county. It encompasses political, economic, land use, social and cultural issues over the years. Veterans Museum CEO Rod Melendez, RADM, USN, Ret., explained the Park’s remarkable troop transitions and its usefulness. “The Marines took up residence in the old (Panama-California Exposition) fairgrounds buildings before MCRD was completed in 1921,” he said “The Navy used the same locations for an auxiliary hospital during World War II. “Most may know about the Marines and Navy, but few know that the Army set up camp here, too, During the 1915 fair they sent in the cavalry and a few years later had [tent] camps where the Zoo is now located. “They had battery impalements for artillery practice.” The Veterans Museum, located on Superstition Point, is focusing on military use of the buildings and surroundings that spanned two World Wars. “We’ll also cover the evolution

of the Naval Hospital,” Melendez added. During World War I, the Navy established a War Dispensary from tents to care for the sick before it became a Naval Hospital in 1919. “The Park was closed to civilians during World War II when the Palisades was used for Navy Corpsman training,” Melendez noted. “The nurses’ quarters occupied almost all of the central area. “The Marines’ Fourth Battalion was brought up to headwater in the fair buildings until civic leaders and the military could work out plans for the construction of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot,” he said. “The same architect [Bertram Goodhue] who designed the Exposition designed the Spanish style buildings at MCRD.” In 1916 Congressman William Kettner, who was also a member of the local Chamber of Commerce, proposed a Naval Training Station in Balboa Park. He gained the support of Franklin D. Roosevelt, then Assistant Secretary of the Navy, to establish the temporary base in 1917. Civic-military maneuvers — In the fall of 1915, San Diegans embraced the military by voting overwhelmingly — 40,188 to 305 — to transfer 500 acres of tidelands to the Navy. On Jan. 15, 1916, Kettner authored a bill to provide $250,000 for the purchase of the land and joined Col. Joseph Pendleton to push for a permanent location. Kettner secured $249,000 in federal funds to deepen San Diego›s harbor, another $95,000 for the completion of a coal wharf and fuel oil station on the east side of Point Loma, and $300,000 for a Navy radio station. Elsewhere in the Park —The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is embarking on bringing new learning programs to unexpected places, so if you can’t make it to the museum, the Fleet is expanding across the county. This month and beyond, the Fleet will offer a range of new programs for science learning outside the museum walls, from stargazing to casual Q&A sessions with local scientists at neighborhood bars ... mark your calendars because the fourth annual Art in Bloom, combining the talents of area artists and floral designers, is scheduled to take place July 18-20, at Spanish Village Art Center. The San Diego Floral Association is taking part in this presentation. —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

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EarthFair 2014 On Sunday, April 27, tens of thousands of San Diegans flocked to Balboa Park for the 25th Annual EarthFair. The day-long celebration fell on the Sunday after Earth Day, the annual international celebration promoting environmental sustainability and care for the planet. EarthFair San Diego’s co-founder Carolyn Chase captured many of the festival’s more colorful moments that day.v



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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS Coronado Historic Home Tour 2013

Coronado’s annual Historic Home Tour has become a Mother’s Day tradition that is often combined with brunch or an early dinner at one of Coronado’s fine nearby restaurants. This year’s tour promises another very special afternoon with six homes featuring classic architectural styles — ranging from a Queen Anne built in the late 1800s to a mid-century modern, from a stunning craftsman remodel to a two-story Spanish Revival mansion. The homes are situated in two beautiful Coronado neighborhoods. All six homes retain their historic charm and original architectural “bones,” but most have been meticulously remodeled, expanded or restored in some fashion. The Queen Anne, built around the time the Hotel del Coronado was constructed, retains its original floors, hardware and woodworking details reminiscent of the “Del,” as well as many exotic tree specimens planted by the Hotel’s horticulturist. A 1912 home on the tour was just declared the winner of Coronado’s first-ever “Going the Extra Mile” (GEM) award for its remarkable renovation. The 2013 Coronado Historic Home Tour will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Sunday, May 12. Please note that children under 10 are not permitted, and there is limited wheelchair access. Call 619-435-7242 or visit to purchase tickets.

The Headquarters at Seaport District

789 W. Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101 619-235-4014 | The Headquarters at Seaport District now hosts Brian’s Certified Farmers’ Market featuring gourmet items in a setting inspired by the eclectic and bustling European markets. Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., more than 30 vendors line up Harbor Drive stretching from Pacific Highway to Ruocco Park offering a bountiful array of locally grown and produced delicacies. Shoppers can stroll among the charming and cheerful stalls displaying an enticing selection of tempting sweets, such as unique preserves, honeys, and savories, with flavorful olives and nuts, French baguettes, a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh cut flowers, spices and wines. “The Headquarters is ideally suited to an openair market,” said Jennifer Gordon, vice president of marketing for Terramar Retail Centers, owner and developer of The Headquarters. “Visitors can explore the many stalls that will line the property and immerse themselves in a culture where freshness comes first and quality is a top priority.”

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1430 Seventh Ave., Suite C, San Diego 92101 619-491-3087 | Your road map to spiritual principles in action. We believe in unity as a community through positive thinking and applying those spiritual principles to your life. We would love for you to join us! If you are in search of friends and mentors that accept you for who you are, check out our unity center. We have classes ranging from: Spontaneous Creativity, Spiritual Anonymous, Four Agreements, Foundations Course, Exploring Biblical Parables, Talk Therapy, Wisdom Wednesdays and more. Check our website for updated times and a list of classes. Sunday service begins at 10:30 a.m. (and this isn’t your mama’s Sunday service). Check out Real Time & Real Talk Church. Mid-week meditation and interactive services, Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Band of Skulls play House of Blues May 19. (Courtesy House of Blues)

Tunes About Town Jen Van Tieghem House of Blues — May 19 — Band of Skulls This UK alternative rock trio has been gaining serious steam since the success of their debut full-length record “Baby Darling Doll Face Honey” in 2009. Powerful guitar riffs are met with boy-girl harmonies sung at a breakneck pace on many songs. Known for hard rock numbers, the band is surprisingly skilled at softer ballads. “Cold Sweat” from their latest release, “Himalayan,” is one such standout. 7:30 p.m. $30+ May 30 — Ben Ottewell As one of three singers for English indie-rockers Gomez, Ben Ottewell’s gravelly vocals are instantly identifiable and entrancing. His latest solo album “Rattlebag” puts those pipes on full display with a stripped down vibe. The delicate acoustics of these songs create a dreamy backdrop for Ottwell’s raspy voice to sing a hushed lullaby (“Distant Shores”) or belt out a heart-filled plea (“Red Dress”). The singer will kick start the U.S. leg of his tour at HOB’s Fiftth Ave Side Stage with songs from both his solo albums, along with select Gomez favorites. 8 p.m. $21+ June 3 — Kelis Kelis’ sound has evolved since her angry girl anthem “Caught Out There” exploded in the late ‘90s, mostly overseas. The singer’s U.S. success came with her 2004 hit “Milkshake.” And once again she is poised to wow fans and naysayers alike with her newest album, “Food.” The catchy first single “Jerk Ribs” whets the listener’s appetite with a grooving rhythm and Kelis’ sultry soulful vocals leading the charge. 7:30 p.m. $30+

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May 7 — Sister Speak, Hollow Wood, and Gayle Skidmore Sister Speak’s debut album, released on the first day of spring, is as refreshing as a change in seasons. Lead singer Sherri-Anne’s vocals on “Rise Up For Love” are a rare balance of sweetness and depth. The group is reminiscent of popular folk rock contemporaries but with greater range and haunting harmonies to give them staying power. This show also features an ensemble in a similar folk genre, Hollow Wood, and local and lovely singer-songwriter Gayle Skidmore. 9 p.m. $6.

May 16 — Teagan Taylor Band This group is comprised of vocalist and cornetist Teagan Taylor playing alongside her bassist twin brother, Dylan, and guitarist dad, Tim. The talented family performs a wide range of songs pulling from jazz, rock, R&B, and other genres. Teagan’s vocals betray her young age with a sweet soulfulness and maturity. The band’s dynamic sound is a great fit for a relaxing Friday at Croce’s. 8:30 p.m. $5.

May 19 — Damien Jurado and Jerome Holloway Jurado’s latest offering, “Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun,” is a mixture of ethereal vocal-driven songs with psychedelic meanderings thrown in. With the vocal chops and storytelling nuances of predecessors like Neil Young, the album is powerful from start to finish. Tribal-like beats spur songs forward adding a sense of urgency. Folk-soul artist Jerome Holloway will open this one with his mellow tunes and dreamy vocals. 9 p.m. $15 Humphreys by the Bay — May 9 — Ingrid Michaelson with Stor yman and Sugar & The Hi Lows Ingrid Michaelson walks the fine line of pop catchiness while maintaining a down-to-earth charm. Her latest single “Boys Chase Boys” exemplifies how her tunes will get stuck in your head and heart at once. The mustwatch tongue-in-cheek video for the song is a gender-bending homage to Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible.” This show also features alt-pop singer-songwriter duo Storyman and buzzed about retro soul-pop duo Sugar & The Hi Lows. 7 p.m. $35+ May 18 – Gregg Allman with Brigitte DeMeyer Legendar y blues rocker Gregg Allman will bring his distinctive voice to the Humphreys stage. Allman’s sets pull from his long musical histor y including solo work and hits by The Allman Brothers Band. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is also known to perform covers of soul, R&B and blues classics. Allman will be joined by Americana singer-songwriter Brigitte DeMeyer for this intimate show. 7:30 p.m. $55+

May 23 — Sue Palmer The Queen of Boogie Woogie has showcased her talents throughout the world, but we’re lucky to have her call San Diego home. Her fun-loving style is reflected in her work including a solo piano album “After Hours” which won Best Blues Album at the San Diego Music Awards in 2010. She will also lead The Ladies Shoes Blues Revue at this year’s Gator by The Bay on Saturday, May 10. 8:30 p.m. $5. —Jen Van Tieghem is a San Diego native with a healthy obsession for all things local music. She has been covering indie-alternative, folk-rock, and more — sometimes all within one night — around town for over two years. Her bucket list includes playing tambourine on stage with any band that would have her, creating a local music festival called Jenerated Sound, and finding the perfect moscow mule. Email her at

Ben Ottewell (Photo by James Wicks)


Business Bits Brewer y tours for housing solutions Stone Brewing Company recently teamed up with non-profit Community HousingWorks (CHW) to help locals become financially ready to own their own home. Until June 30, ever y time someone tours its Escondido brewer y, Stone will donate $1 to CHW. Tour admission costs $3. It is open to adults over 21 with a valid ID and comes with four, four-ounce tasters of Stone brews, including one special release concoction. The donations will support programs, classes, and coaching on foreclosure help and home ownership. Since 1996, Stone has partnered with local nonprofits to raise more than $2 million. CHW is a 30-year-old nonprofit seeking to benefit individuals and communities by creating opportunities to own, rent and achieve. Port hailed for environmental policies The Port of San Diego’s Green Port Program was recently honored with a 2014 Green California Leadership Award at the Green California Summit in early April. The Port’s award was presented in the Green Economic Development category, which recognizes sustainability measures also promoting economic growth. The Green Port Program was established in 2008 to help the Port and its tenants conserve water and energy, decrease their waste, and reduce emissions around San Diego Bay. Another


BUDGET competition, while the City Council adopted sound fiscal policies that have made San Diego a model for financial accountability and stability.” In the plan is $298 million for the capital improvement budget, a 66 percent increase from last year. Expanded library hours and a greater investment in the police department, specifically geared toward officer retention, have been broadly praised as well. Council President Todd Gloria, a progressive democrat, attributes the republican mayor’s warmly received budget to Faulconer’s prior role as a city councilmember. The budget review process depends largely on the wishes and will of the councilmembers, who during the May review process will push for funding amendments not included in the mayor’s initial budget proposal. Gloria said Faulconer was able to predict the desires of the City Council more astutely than past mayors because of his familiarity with the current council representatives. Gloria cites Faulconer’s inclusion of the homeless spending plan that Gloria proposed during his final days as interim mayor late last year as a key example of Faulconer accurately anticipating the priorities

aspect of the Port’s commended operations was its Climate Action Plan, which it voluntarily adopted in 2013 to provide an integrated and strategic vision to ensure its sustainability. In the coming months, the Port plans to move forward with the second part of its Climate Action Plan, which will incorporate climatechange concerns. Ronald McDonald strikes agreement with San Diego Zoo On April 25, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego announced the addition of the San Diego Zoo Kids channel on its in-room televisions. This is the first Ronald McDonald House to offer its guests the channel, which features video from the San Diego Zoo’s famous Panda Cam as well as other live, online cameras, fun and educational pieces about a variety of animals and up-close video encounters of popular animals. Its programming is designed to educate and entertain viewers about unique and endangered animal species, as well as wildlife around the world. Founded in 1980, Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provides a “home away from home” to families with children being treated for serious, often life-threatening conditions at local hospitals. The San Diego Zoo Kids channel is funded by a generous gift by businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford.v

of councilmembers. “The fact that he included it means a great deal to me,” Gloria said of the $1.9 million reallocated toward homeless services and programs. “And perhaps that’s an example of how much further in the process we are.” Gloria also chairs the City Council’s Budget Committee, which means he will lead the budget review meetings that run from May 5 – 9, where the full council will consider each department’s budget separately and hear public comment before the mayor releases his revised budget later in the month. During this process, Gloria said he’ll push for a director to oversee preliminary implementation of the Climate Action Plan across City departments, an expense totaling to $120,000. While the budget hearings are effective in allowing the public to express their wants and needs directly to the City Council, Kyra Greene of the Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) said ways remain to make the process more inclusive. Greene conducts research and advises on policy for the CPI’s Community Budget Alliance (CBA), a broad coalition of over 40 organizations advocating for a progressive, community-engaged budget process. While the CBA successfully advocated for the creation of an evening budget review session — they

argued the morning and early afternoon meetings weren’t feasible for fulltime workers — Greene said adopting a “participatory budgeting” process would mandate inclusion of the citizenry in San Diego’s budgetary decision-making process. Through participatory budgeting, a portion of the Capital Improvements Budget would be allocated to community members to decide for themselves which projects, programs or services the money would be best allocated to. The CBA also advocates for specific spending initiatives as well, typically related to CIP spending, code enforcement, youth programs and other programs with feasible goals that typically have the greatest impact on historically neglected neighborhoods. For instance, Greene said they would like to see the number of Code Enforcement officers assigned to the recently passed living wage ordinance increased from two to four. “A lot of the time it feels like the problems in these neighborhoods are just too big to deal with, so we really want to highlight little changes that can be part of the process in making big changes,” Greene said. Despite the bounty of funding increases, broad support of the mayor’s proposition is not universal. Councilmember David Alvarez expressed displeasure with what he


Michael Robert O’Riordan Longtime San Diegan and life insurance executive Michael Rober t O’Riordan, passed away April 19 at Scripps Memorial Hospital after being hit by a sudden illness. He was 59. O’Riordan was born in Munster, Germany, with Irish citizenship on Feb. 13, 1955. He immigrated as a boy to New England in the late 1950s. After living for a time in Massachusetts, he attended the University of Vermont before moving to San Diego in 1983 to pursue a career in insurance. He began with Pr udential, gaining acclaim as a respected financial advisor and going on to star t O’Riordan & Associates in 1989. The firm has continued to prosper during the last 25 years. He was also involved with charity work at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, Father Joe’s Villages, the American Council on Aging, and the Million Dollar Round Table. O’Riordan is sur vived by his wife Carmen, his daughter Katelyn, 28, his son Andrew, 33, his mother Anita, as well as his sister Karen and his two brothers Brian and Sean. Ser vices were held on April 25 at Our Lady Of The Rosar y Catholic Church in Little Italy. v described as a deficit in community and neighborhood parks throughout the City, especially in typically underserved communities. Alvarez said that with the increased revenue expectations, the City could have fully funded Pacific Breezes Community Park, Riviera Del Sol Neighborhood Park or Hidden Trails Neighborhood Park. He said will advocate for this funding during the budget review process. “Additionally, I believe that there is still inefficiency and waste to be found in our City budget and will be reading this over the next two weeks to identify areas that we can streamline and use those tax dollars to support increased community and neighborhood priorities,” Alvarez stated. This personifies another problem Gloria forewarns in this year’s budget review process. Whereas in years past the question was “What do we cut?” This year, the question has become “What services do we provide?” “I don’t know if this might be harder in some ways,” Gloria said “It’s going to be a completely different dynamic, but on the whole, it’s one I’d prefer, because we’re talking about what more we can do for the city, rather than what less. Those inclined to read the proposed FY2015 budget in its entirety may find it at proposed.v

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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

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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

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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

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OUTSIDE OF DOWNTOWN UPTOWN UCSD Med. Ctr. 200 W. Arbor Dr. Santos Coffee 3191 Thorn St. Rebecca’s Coffee House 3015 Juniper St. The Center LGBT 3909 Centre St. Imperial Towers 2350 6th Ave. 2A Mocha Madness (Mercy Hosp) 4077 5th Ave. Gourmet Cafe 2505 5th Ave. Chase Bank 2551 5th Ave. Laurel Bay 2400 5th Ave. Star Grooming 1845 5th Ave. City Liquor House 1801 5th Ave. St. Pauls Villa 2340 4th Ave. Reese Steely Medical 2001 4th Ave. Tasha Music Store 1853 5th Ave West Park 1840 4th Ave. Heritage House 1940 3rd Ave. Cassiola 2244 2nd Ave. Greenhaus 2660 1st Ave. The Lodge 2330 1st Ave. Hob Nob Hill 2271 1 St. Ave. San Diego Museum of Art 1450 El Prado Postal Annex Wire Rack 415 Laurel St. Ad Ease 170 Laurel St. Centre City 1400 Park Blvd. Public Library – University 4193 Park Blvd. 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

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WEDNESDAY – MAY 21 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: Best known for his 1,001 day streak of consecutive comedy performances, Sammy Obeid has been praised in LA Weekly, TIME Magazine, and the New York Times. $5 pints plus other specials. 8 p.m. The American Comedy Co., 818 B Sixth Ave., Gaslamp. Tickets $12, THURSDAY – MAY 22 Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece, tonight – “Coral Reef.” All supplies included, registration is required. 21+up, $45. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Marina Kitchen (Marriott Downtown), 333 W. Harbor Dr. Visit San Diego Padres: College Night against the Chicago Cubs begins at 7:10 p.m. Petco Park, East Village. Tickets at FRIDAY – MAY 23 Gaslamp walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout at 10 a.m. This week, Gaslamp. For more info and meet-up location, visit walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. SATURDAY – MAY 24 Little Italy Mercato: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE New Vocables: a solo vocal experimentation featuring Aedwyrrde Lancsaubre Al-Hazred and Karl Blau. 3 p.m. Tickets $5. All ages. Space 4 Art, 325 15th St. Brit Floyd – The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show: a stunning new three-hour chronological musical journey spanning the career of Pink Floyd from 1967 – 1994. Doors 6:45 p.m. Tickets start at $36. For more info, visit SUNDAY – MAY 25 House of Pacific Relations’ Ethnic Food Fair: an annual celebration of food from around the world! 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 2191 W Pan American Rd. – FREE MONDAY – MAY 26 * MEMROIAL DAY * Memorial Day Lunch Cruise: Enjoy a two-hour yacht cruse on the San Diego Bay, with lavish buffet and free flowing beer and champagne. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. $60 per person. Grape Street Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr. More info at “There’s Something About Mar y”: Weekly screenings at 7 p.m. in the Expatriate Room at Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest. com – FREE TUESDAY – MAY 27 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 balboapark. org/visit/Tuesdays. Coronado Certified Farmers’ Mar- ket: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE

WEDNESDAY – MAY 28 Fishermen’s Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m., every Wednesday. 4930 N. Harbor Dr. near Nimitz Blvd. – FREE THURSDAY – MAY 29 Live Music: Hawaiian-influenced band The Green and reggae-rock group the Movement perform at Belly Up Tavern. 21+. Doors 8 p.m. Tickets start at $36. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. More info at FRIDAY – MAY 30 Yoga for Boomers & Beyond: Every Friday, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Yoga One, 1150 Seventh St., Downtown. $10 suggested donation. For more info, call 619-294-7461. Marina District: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout at 10 a.m. For more info, visit or sign up for their newsletter. SATURDAY – MAY 31 Little Italy Mercato: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE Bacon & Barrels: the ultimate food festival for bacon lovers featuring imaginative recipes and tastings. 12 – 5 p.m. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 1 Marina Park Way. For more information, visit SUNDAY – JUNE 1 The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show – a two and a half hour concert starring Belinda Davids in the wake of Whitney’s tragic passing in 2012. 7 – 9:45 p.m. Tickets start at $39. For more info, visit MONDAY – JUNE 2 City Council meeting: Free and open to the public. 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor. Senior Monday at the Fleet: 10:30 a.m. lecture followed by a noon theater show, Science Center exhibits included. 2 p.m., $8 for seniors 65+. Reuben H. Fleet Space Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more info visit or call 619-238-1233. TUESDAY – JUNE 3 Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE San Diego Shakespeare Society: “Henr y VI, Part 2”. Anyone can join in or just listen. Informal café-style seating. First Tuesdays, 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. For more info call 619-3330141 – FREE WEDNESDAY – JUNE 4 Young Lions Music Series: Every Wednesday, a “young rising star” is chosen by Gilbert Castellanos to perform. Castellanos will also join in during the first set. 7 p.m. Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit THURSDAY – JUNE 5 Horton Square Certified Market: Every Thursday, 11a.m – 3 p.m., 225 Broadway – FREE —Please send items for inclusion to Editor Morgan M. Hurley at morgan@

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and in between is on the San Diego City College campus, on the grounds of two new educational dwellings; the Math and Social Sciences building, designed by RNT Architects; and the Science building, designed by Harley Ellis Devereaux; with landscape architecture by San Diego’s Spurlock Poirier. “Education is a key component of the landscape architecture design Math and Social Science Buildings Plaza (Photo by Delle Willett) around both buildings,” said Leigh Kyle of Spurlock Poirier. “The designs serve as an outdoor extension of the educational activities in the buildings and help tie the sites physically and aesthetically to their surroundings.” At the Science building, everything about the landscape design promotes the core design concept of the architecture, responds to the existing character of City College, and employs sustainable materials to the greatest extent possible. A key component of the landscape is an educational garden. Approximately 4,500 square feet, this garden area is configured to allow for flexible uses and programming, and includes 1,200 square feet of growing beds, 2,500 square feet of plaza space for outdoor classes and labs including a castScience Building Stream (Photo by Delle Willett) in-place concrete stream table and Corten mals, and diseases, and require minimal steel sundial, and a 450 square-foot lab and maintenance. storage area. The garden is bordered to the One block down 16th Street the north by a 3,200 square-foot allee of flowerlandscape design of the new Math and ing canopy trees. Social Sciences building focuses on Visible storm-water treatment and creating connections within and around sustainable strategies are seamlessly the site to promote both gathering and incorporated into the overall landscape to interaction, and treats the landscape as demonstrate and promote environmenan outdoor extension of the building, tal consciousness. Enhanced and accent addressing the site’s significant grade paving include permeable concrete pavers differences through sloped walkways and stabilized decomposed-granite. The instead of ramps whenever possible, and primary surface is natural gray concrete with contrasting bands of sand and exposed harmoniously responding to the characteristics of the different neighboring aggregate finishes, providing a durable and streets. easily maintained surface. Site furnishings The central plaza serves as the “living use sustainable materials such as recycledroom” of the surrounding classrooms, plastic lumber slats. offices, and conference centers with comThe retaining, site and planter walls are fortable, well-scaled spaces to encourage a combination of architectural concrete and outdoor dining, gathering, relaxing and brick veneer to match the architecture and studying. reinforce the idea of the landscape as an The street frontage along Broadway is extension of the buildings. designed with the goal of actively knitting Walls and handrails are treated with the project into the surrounding downanti-graffiti coating and skateboard detertown fabric. rents to provide minimal maintenance and The selection of materials balances reduce damage. All hand rails and guardcontemporary aesthetics while harmonizrails are galvanized steel to complement ing with the architecture and the campus’ the architecture and campus site features. existing character. The plaza hardscape Benches, trash and recycling receptacles, is natural gray concrete, a durable and ash receptacles, bike racks and tree grates are provided to promote a clean and inviting easily maintained material, with areas of concrete pavers at key gathering areas. atmosphere. Science Building Educational Garden The retaining, site and planter walls are Soils on the site are amended to provide (Photo by Delle Willett) all cast-in-place concrete. plant material a good growing medium, landscapes that connect people, communiNative-adapting plant materials were allowing the plants the opportunity to ties and environments. Known for its collabchosen that are low-maintenance and become well established while minimizing orative, ideas-driven approach to problem the development of destructive surface root drought tolerant — as well as shade tolersolving, Spurlock Poirier has developed ant where appropriate — to help minimize systems and lowering overall maintenance particular skill in the design of places for irrigation demands and respond to San requirements. Street trees and trees in rich, human experiences in both urban and Diego’s mild climate.  other paved areas are planted in structural natural environments. The firm has experDeciduous trees are used in the central soil with root barriers to minimize root tise in planning, parks, urban residential, plaza to maximize winter solar gain and to intrusion. mixed-use, institutional projects, and art in provide additional shade in the summer. Low maintenance trees tolerant of high public places. Species include Sweet Gum Trees in the traffic and requiring low water usage were Both Andrew Spurlock and Martin courtyard with flowering Redbuds as accent selected, and include: African Sumac, TorPoirier are Fellows of the American Society trees adjacent to the building. rey Pine, Western Redbud, and Coast Live of Landscape Architects. For more informaStreet trees include Chinese Evergreen Oak. An allee of flowering Eastern Redbud tion, visit Elms along 15th and C St., Golden, Rain trees in the courtyard provides color and Tree along 16th and C St. and Southern seasonal interest. Street trees include Chi—Delle Willett cut her teeth traveling Magnolias on Broadway. nese Evergreen Elms planted in tree grates as the daughter of a career Navy man. A Understory planting in the central plaza along 16th and B streets. graduate of USD with a BFA in hand, her includes Giant Chain Fern, Manzanita, The plant palette of native and droughtCoffeeberry and Berkeley Sedge, and along career in marketing and public relations tolerant shrubs and groundcovers includes has flourished for over 30 years. An active the streetscapes Atlas Fescue, Blue Chalk Cape Rush, Giant Chain Fern, Redvolunteer for various local organizations, she Fingers, and Natal Plum, as well as Torch flowering Agave, Coffeeberry, Creeping currently works as a freelance publicist and and Coral Aloes. Fig and various accent Agaves and native writer when she’s not traveling the world with For 25 years, Spurlock Poirier LandSages. Grasses and Buckwheat Shrubs and her husband, a retired airline pilot. Delle can scape Architects has nurtured a practice groundcovers minimize turf areas. 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[Caption] Boutique and Galler y “[Caption] Boutique and Galler y” carries local and handmade items. Chad Rule built the furniture including old doors from his Victorian house. Located in East Village, this new unique store was started by Frenses Perey. After studying in Florence for a year, Perey was inspired to start a boutique where the customer can come in and see the artist working in the workshop. Perey makes awesome leather jewelr y such as rings, earrings, and bracelets in addition to beautiful fabric headbands made with Italian wools and upcycled clothes. A customer came in while I was there and Perey made a bracelet in her workshop while I watched. Additionally she is a talented sketch artist and will do live portraits with your choice of oil, charcoal, or pastel. This boutique and galler y carries many other local artists. Trendy garments by fashion designer Isa Guadalupe Medina, darling baby clothes by Tami Shreves from Vintage Virtues, artist generalist Lisa Miller, and crochet headwear, scar ves, and coffee sleeves by Lana de Ana. Sister’s Picks are an LA Fashion Collection by Eymie Reimer. Additional fun items include fashionable stationer y by Sparkle Paw’s, gift items made from old records by DJ Wreck and Renatus Woodworks, and Jamey Hehring makes original furniture from upcycled barn wood that comes from South Dakota. The Galler y rotates a different artist ever y month starting with a wine and cheese reception and live music on the first Saturday of each month. Weekly art classes are held in the store. Come and meet the artist or take a class at 495 10th Ave. Upcoming Events May 2 – All You Need: Vista Hill Foundation will present a luncheon and fashion show at the Hilton Bayfront, “All You Need is Fashion.” For information call 858-459-1685. May 3 – Steampunk Fashion: The Gaslight Gather-

ing 4, Gentlemen of Steampunk Fashion Show at the Steam Arena Stage. The Steampunk and Victoriana Convention will be at the Town & Countr y Hotel in Mission Valley from May 2 – 4. For tickets visit May 9 – Celebrating Couture: Neiman Marcus and the Globe Guilders present the 2014 Celebrating Couture event, to be held at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, Downtown. Lunch and the fashion show will present the collection by designer, Naeem Khan. For tickets visit May 15 – Flock Together: The Birds of a Feather luncheon and fashion show produced by Fashion For ward will be at the Hilton Torrey Pines Hotel Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For tickets call Epilepsy Society of San Diego at May 15 – Golden Scissors: The 33rd annual Golden Scissors Awards will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Dr. from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., starting with a silent auction and displays, and a show. with a 7:30 p.m. show, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Silent Auction/ Displays. Call 619-388-2205. May 16 – Bikini Fashion Show: Fashion Week SD presents a bikini fashion show at Harrah’s Resort Southern California located at 777 Harrah’s Resort Southern California Way, Valley Center from 7 – 10 p.m. For information visit May 24 – IT Fashion: The Art Institute of California, San Diego presents its sixth annual “IT” fashion show at The Headquarters at Seaport District at 8pm. For information call 858598-1265. —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


San Diego Downtown News | May 2014

San Diego Downtown News - May 2014  
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