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Tenants, Port at stalemate over Bay cleanup Order in place to start dredging Sept. 17 Manny Lopez Downtown News

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Names that have been throw in the hat: (l-r) Nathan Fletcher, Council President Todd Gloria, Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins, Councilmember Kevin Faulconer, Bruce Coons, Supervisor Ron Roberts, Carl DeMaio, and Lori Saldana. (Courtesy SDCNN) Morgan M. Hurley Downtown Editor

With Mayor Bob Filner’s resignation effective as of today, Aug. 30, at 5 p.m., the topic of the hour is what the future holds for the City of San Diego. What is certain, as of 5:01 p.m. Council President Todd Gloria will step in as interim mayor, with Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner moving up to take over Gloria’s duties overseeing the City Council as acting president.

According to Gloria, who spoke in council chambers after the mayor’s resignation last Friday, the first order of business on his agenda will be a “top down” assessment of every City department to address the issues that have been overlooked since the scandal began, as well as any loose ends from what he and Councilmember Kevin Faulconer told the U-T San Diego editorial board were “months” of distractions on the mayor’s part prior to that.

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With the intent of being more energy efficient and achieving significant cost savings – in the long run – the City of San Diego will soon embark on an ambitious effort that will involve replacing many of the existing light fixtures in the Downtown area. It pays homage to the neighborhood’s past, with an eye set squarely on the future. Lorie Cosio-Azar, project officer with the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department, said the work is moving forward after two successful pilot projects in East Village. Before awarding the green light, Cosio-Azar said city workers took inventory of all of the city’s different types of lighting. While

performing this fieldwork, officials outlined more than two-dozen variations of fixtures throughout the different Downtown neighborhoods. In some areas, pendantsteel hanging fixtures have adorned city streets. In other areas, fixtures described as cobras have been in place – a term coined because the globed tops represent the heads of snakes. After determining that Southern Contracting Company of San Marcos, Calif. offered the “Best Value Design Build,” CosioAzar said the city has now put a timeline in place. The design phase is underway, and the actual installation

of the fixtures is to begin in late November. By April of 2014, the project should be complete. Though almost every other neighborhood within Downtown San Diego will be receiving new fixtures that have a unified look, the historic and distinct five-globed lighting fixtures in the Gaslamp Quarter are staying put. “Nothing is changing in Gaslamp,” said Jimmy Parker, executive director of the Gaslamp Quarter Association, an organization that promotes the dining, entertainment and shopping options within the community. City officials are touting the new double-globed fixtures that will soon be installed as attractive infrastructure aimed

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A long-awaited dredging project set to cleanup toxic sediment contaminating local fish with dangerous amounts of pollutants along the eastern shore of Central San Diego Bay may be delayed even further unless those deemed responsible can come to terms regarding who should foot the estimated $75 million bill, before a Sept. 17 directive to begin work. A Cleanup and Abatement Order was issued by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board in March 2012 in response to investigations indicating that a century-old history of toxic dumping and waste runoff linked to ship building and maritime operations has left the Bay floor with high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, poly-aromatic hydrocarbons, heavy metals, polychlorinated terphenyl and contaminated aquatic life that also pose serious dangers to humans if consumed. In a joint letter submitted to the Regional Board by the presidents of BAE Systems and NASSCO, dated Aug. 1, the two shipbuilders wrote that despite prompting, “certain parties still refuse to participate meaningfully in the cleanup settlement.” The letter further stated that a recent federal court decision regarding a contribution case between the liable parties is not scheduled to be resolved until mid-2015 and that absent a settlement, and unless the remaining dischargers agree to

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CLEANUP participate, it could be years until the Bay is repaired. The two presidents asked that the Regional Water Board make it clear to recalcitrant parties that if dredging doesn’t begin in accordance with the Order, enforcement actions, which include administrative and monetary penalties, will be levied against those who have not cooperated. Julie Chan, chief of the Clean Up and Land Discharge Branch at the Regional Water Board, said that the board is taking a “wait and see approach,” and that any actions against dischargers would depend on how egregious the violations of the cleanup were. “We delivered a cleanup and abatement order that most of the parties involved got behind and supported,” Chan said. “Now time will tell if the different responsible parties are going to be able to pull together and get the cleanup done.” Chan pointed out that the proposed schedule accounts for a limited dredging window of Sept. 15 through March 31, 2014, to protect the endangered California least tern, a subspecies of bird that primarily breeds along the California coast. She added that based on volume estimates, it will take three dredging cycle seasons to remove the contaminated sediment and that dischargers have five years to complete the project. In a letter sent by email to the Regional Water Board dated June 24, the San Diego Unified Port District formally objected to being included in the list of dischargers on the grounds that it is merely the non-operating landlord and public trustee of the subject

tidelands and as such, is neither making nor proposing to make any discharges. The letter also pointed to a 1990 business agreement between the Port District and the State Water Board not to name the Port District as primarily liable for work performed by or on behalf of its tenants. The Port District contends that on property owned by the United States Navy, it cannot be held responsible when it has no jurisdictional authority. In another email message, David Silverstein, associate counsel for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, said that “the Navy is cooperating with other parties named in the order

Coastkeepers survey Bay waters to accomplish the cleanup.” “It’s taken over 20 years of studying, negotiating, talking and researching and now on the eve of getting started, unfortunately some of the other parties, which are responsible for the cleanup, are not cooperating and there’s a risk that the cleanup isn’t going to start on time and therefore end on time,” said Jill Witkowski, water keeper at San Diego Coastkeeper, an environmental group that has been working to make the cleanup a reality. The area known as the “Shipyard Sediment Site” sits south of the Coronado Bridge adjacent to two working shipyards from approximately Sampson Street

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to the northwest and Chollas Creek to the southeast and from the shoreline to the San Diego Bay main shipping channel to the west. Dredging will be performed using barge-mounted, mechanical equipment, with a clamshell bucket connected to a crane. Sediments will be carefully placed on a barge so as to not spread the contamination, then later offloaded and spread out to dr y before being transported to appropriate off-site disposal locations. “We can’t say just yet that it’s not going to start on time, but the clock is ticking and we have less than a month left for everybody

to play nice and start to get this done,” Witkowski said. “It’s a complete shame that a public entity and a steward of the land such as the Port has its lawyers involved and they’re fighting in every way to not participate in the cleanup.” For more information about Coastkeepers, visit sdcoastkeeper.org. 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 lopezmanny@gmail.com.v


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Sand Sculpting and 3D artists to compete on B Street Pier Morgan M. Hurley Downtown Editor

The second annual US Sand Sculpting and 3D Art Expo is open to the public from Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2 on the B Street Pier, located along the Embarcadero, Downtown. Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily. Aside from a wide range of professional sand sculpting art to view in various stages of completion, there will also be live entertainment, food trucks, a kids’ playground with rides and a sandbox, and a 3D artist exhibitor area. The entertainment stage will offer live music every day from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and the lineup consists of the following acts: Jay and Janet, The Little Kings, Bill Caballero, Black Market 3, South Bay Jazz Ramblers, the Kohl Trio, and various DJs. Circus performers will also be milling about the grounds and prizes will be given away throughout the day. Bruce Phillips – a World Master sand sculptor from Carlsbad – will match his skills against 10 other World Masters coming in from the U.S., Canada and Europe. Others from stateside include two more from California, Rusty Croft from Carmel and Kirk Rademaker from Stinson Beach, and Sue McGrew from Seattle, Wash. The international competitors include Helena Bangert from the Netherlands, Melineige Beauregard from Canada, Michela Ciappini from Italy, and Joris Kivits also from the Netherlands. The final two are a mixed bag, John Gowdy from New Jersey who currently lives in Italy, and Latvian Sandis Kondrats who resides in Washington. World Masters will have grand, secondand third-place awards along with a people’s choice

and a sculptor’s choice. Awards will be presented on Saturday from 5 – 7 p.m. Also on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m., the three teams who have placed first in the last 10 U.S. Open Sandcastle competitions previously held in Imperial Beach will face off against each other in the I.B. Challenge, named in honor of the former event. Those competing are I.B. Posse and Sand Squirrels, both from Imperial Beach, and Archisand from Orange County. Teams will compete for a grand prize and a people’s choice award. Finally, the California Cool Carvers will offer yet a third class of competition starting on Saturday, and consist of nine, twoperson sand sculpting teams. Cool Carvers will compete for a grand prize, and second and third place awards. All sand sculpting winners will receive cash prizes as well as trophies. Awards for I.B. Challenge and Cool Carvers will be presented on Sunday from 6 – 7 p.m. The exhibitor area will have 3D artwork for sale from 32 different artists, offering a wide array of dimensional art, from pottery and hand-painted glassware to succulent arrangements, and from handcrafted metal jewelry and steel sculptures to recycled home décor. The 3D artists will also be competing for first-, second- and third-place trophies. For more information, visit ussandsculpting.com.v

Cool Carver James Shinn’s “State of the Art” Third Place (Photo by Jon Gebhart)

US SAND SCULPTING & 3D ART EXPO SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily B Street Pier, Embarcadero EVERY DAY: Gourmet Food Trucks 32 different 3D artists Circus performers & prize giveaways Kids’ sandbox and rides Live entertainment stage (11 a.m.–7 p.m.) FRIDAY, AUG. 30 · World Masters start third day of sculpting, opening their real detail work to public. · Pros teach kids sandcastle building at Ocean Potion exhibit LIVE MUSIC STAGE • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Jay and Janet • 1 – 2 p.m. DJ • 2 – 4 p.m. Bill Caballero • 4 – 5 p.m. DJ • 5 – 7 p.m. Black Market 3 SATURDAY, AUG. 31 · World Masters start final day of sculpting · The I.B Challenge competition · Cool California Carvers competition LIVE MUSIC STAGE • 1 – 2 p.m. DJ • 2 – 4 p.m. Bill Caballero • 4- 5 p.m. DJ • 5 p.m. World Masters Awards SUNDAY, SEPT. 1 · I.B. Challenge and Cool Carvers begin second day LIVE MUSIC STAGE • 1 – 2 p.m. DJ • 2 – 4 p.m. Kohl Trio • 4- 5 p.m. DJ • 5 p.m. I.B. Challenge, Cool Carvers and 3D Expo Awards MONDAY, LABOR DAY, SEPT. 2 · All professional and semi-pro sand sculptures will be on full display with winners identified. LIVE MUSIC STAGE • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. South Bay Jazz Ramblers • 1 – 2 p.m. DJ • 2 – 4 p.m. Jay and Janet • 4 – 5 p.m. DJ • 5 – 7 p.m. Kohl Trio


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Laughter is the best medicine Will Ferrell and friends raise money for kids with cancer

(l-r) Craig Pollard and Will Ferrell were fraternity brothers in college (Courtesy Cancer for College)

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Few things can devastate a family like cancer. The fight to save a loved one takes total commitment and consumes your time and energy. What most people don’t consider are the residual effects a disease like cancer can have on a family even after the illness has gone into remission. With every resource a family has being thrown at the disease, it is very common for them to have very little money left over just to get by, let alone enough to send these young cancer survivors to college someday. Craig Pollard knows this fact all too well, having survived cancer not once but twice before turning 20, receiving his first diagnosis at the age of 15 and his second at 19. After making a “deathbed deal with God” to dedicate his life to helping others if he survived his second bout, Pollard set out as a young man on a mission to make a difference. He founded Cancer for College, a local charity that focuses on granting scholarships to young college-bound cancer survivors. As part of this mission, Cancer for College will be hosting an incredible night of comedy at the San Diego Civic Theatre, Saturday, Sept. 7. Called “The Comedy Explosion: A Night of Comedy and Big Game Cats hosted by Will Ferrell,” the evening features performances by Ferrell, Ed Helms from “The Office” and “The Hangover” trilogy, Jack Black and Kyle Gass as Tenacious D, Nick Kroll from “The League” and “The Kroll Show,” Chelsea Peretti, and the 2012 Comedy Central “Club Comic of the Year,” Hannibal Buress. Since its inception in 1994, Cancer for College has granted over $2 million to over 1,000 scholarship recipients across the country. The comedy show is the organization’s largest fundraising event and this year celebrates 20 years for the nonprofit. These big name performers have all volunteered their time,

allowing all proceeds to go toward helping cancer survivors pay for their dream of a college diploma. Last year alone, the organization gave out nearly 40 scholarships, with five of them being multi-year perpetual scholarships of $4,000 a year for all four years. “How can you not want to help out kids that have had to endure cancer when all they want to do is get back some sense of normalcy back in their lives and go to college?” said Greg Flores, director of operations for Cancer for College. “After everything they have to fight through it’s heartbreaking to see these kids be told there’s no money left and they can’t go to school and live their dreams.” The seeds for the organization were first planted when Pollard volunteered at Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times, a place for seriously ill children and their families. “While he was there he met a bunch of kids and saw how excited they got by the fact that he was a cancer survivor and was going to college, so it gave them something to look forward to,” Flores said. The event sparked an idea for Pollard and after talking to the kid’s families, he realized how overwhelmed they were and how depleted their financial resources had become. A business major at USC, Pollard knew how to develop a business plan for such an organization. It also didn’t hurt that he knew Ferrell, one of his fraternity brothers in school. After starting with a golf tournament that raised the first $500 scholarship, the organization gradually grew from there with Ferrell taking an active role from the beginning. The comedy show is all Ferrell’s doing. He utilizes his talent, resources, production company, connections in the industry, and friends to pull the show together and deliver a top-notch bill in a small venue, without charging people an arm and a leg. Four years ago, the charity also started a holiday pub crawl in the San Diego’s Uptown area, also hosted by Ferrell, who acted as the de facto tour guide as a

double-decker bus drove participants from one leg of the crawl to the next. “From the get-go Will was providing a little bit of support but he was just a young guy right out of college and didn’t have a career yet, so Craig and Will still joke to this day that some of those first checks were for like fifty bucks,” Flores said, laughing. “As Will’s career started to take off, the checks got a little bit bigger, and he started lending his name and time and supporting the events in ever y way that he could, whether as a host or participating, and [it] kind of took off from there.” In the early years Flores says the organization was only able to give out one or two scholarships a year. He described it as a “mom and pop” style organization, with Pollard and his wife Stacy at the helm and family and friends stepping in to volunteer. Clearly Cancer for College has come a long way since then. The Comedy Explosion: An Evening of Comedy and Big Name Cats comes to the San Diego Civic Theater, 1100 Third Ave., Downtown, on Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, more information or to make a donation, go to cancerforcollege.org Contributing writer Logan Broyles is the former managing editor of Pacific San Diego Magazine and editor-in-chief of Construction Digital magazine. He likes to write about music and news, and can be reached at broyles@gmail.com.v

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New City Planner on the scene Anthony King Downtown Assistant Editor

Voice of San Diego CEO Scott Lewis sat down with the city’s new Planning Director Bill Fulton at Politifest Aug. 3 in Point Loma to talk about one of the things the former mayor of Ventura, Calif. was hired for: planning neighborhoods. Fulton laid out exactly why he chose to stay in the position after the sexual-harassment scandal that marred Mayor Bob Filner’s last two months in office, which saw several other Filner appointees leave. “The vision that has been laid out to focus on the neighborhoods and revitalize some of the neighborhoods that have been overlooked, those challenges remain and they are just as relevant and just as significant as ever,” Fulton said. “I don’t want to walk away from that.” Filner appointed Fulton planning director in June, and Fulton moved into the position July 8, four weeks before the Politifest discussion and almost two months before Filner’s resignation was final. Fulton is a nationally recognized urban planning expert, publisher of the California Planning & Development Report and, most recently, the former vice president of Smart Growth America, a think tank that promotes urban development. “The challenges and the opportunities that I was presented with when the Mayor asked me to take that job, those are

unchanged,” Fulton said. I don’t want to walk away from that. San Diego is currently updating nine community plans, which will in turn direct the city’s overall General Plan. The plans will provide a “framework for the future,” Fulton said, for both “public investment and private development” in the communities. “In my mind, we will do some great plans. We will listen to the community,” he said. “Some communities will be more interested in having more development than others, and that’s fine. We will focus that additional development in the right locations as much as we can” One of the biggest obstacles in planning for San Diego’s future is the city’s current infrastructure deficit, which some estimate reaches over $890 million, and Fulton called it the “single-biggest challenge” in the region’s growth. Fulton worked on the North Park Update several years ago as a consultant, and now lives in Little Italy. He said he is “intensely involved in the communities and neighborhoods,” every day. “Our goal is to balance the interests in each neighborhood against the interests of the city as a hole,” he said. Heading into Downtown, for example, Fulton acknowledged that a lid or cap over SR 94, as part of the planned Express Lanes Project, was something residents really want. “That’s something that’s under discussion. It’s a very expensive thing to do,” he said.v


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CicloSDias Recap: Streets for the people By Andy Hanshaw, executive director of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition – CicloSDias organizer As many of you know, CicloSDias took over our streets in August, and call me biased, but it was a resounding success. Bikes, joggers, skaters and people of all kinds started walking and rolling around at 9:30 a.m. A little after 10 o’clock, councilmembers Marti Emerald and David Alvarez, along with County Supervisor Dave Roberts and a few other event speakers, addressed the growing crowd at Cherokee Point Elementary School to get attendees excited about this event. The speakers pointed out that everyone there was making history with this first-ever open-streets event for San Diego, and Marti Emerald even named it “CicloSDias Day” in District 9. A horn sounded to conclude the press conference and off everyone went – families, friends, children and pets, all strolled and pedaled off

to explore the route. This included me, as I rolled with a few friends to see firsthand what we worked so hard to bring to San Diego. I could not have imagined something more wonderful than what I experienced on that neighborhood ride. Although only 5.2 miles, it took me about an hour to get to 30th and K streets (one bookend of the route) because I was constantly passing friends from my community. People shouted out as they rode by, smiles lighting up their faces, while many actually stopped me to say hi, catch-up and express their gratitude for the event. There were a few rest stops set up where sponsors such as DecoBikes (who is spearheading the bike-share coming to San Diego in 2014) and BikeSD engaged with participants while music played and volunteers handed out fruit for everyone riding. Between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., an estimated 10,000 – 15,000 people came out with their favorite form of non-motorized transportation to

get a taste of what an open-streets celebration really meant. Of course, one of the biggest highlights of the event was shopping local, so I stopped into several businesses along the route. Once I found a spot to park amidst the patios and fences lined with bicycles, I joined friends and community members at places to eat, drink and enjoy all that the neighborhoods of North Park, South Park, Logan Heights and City Heights have to offer. One of our priorities with CicloSDias was supporting the local businesses, and we are still receiving feedback that they saw great success with this event. But it was obvious the success was not contained to the business side of things. I felt it in the air – a contagious sense of enthusiasm and happiness shared by everyone involved. Families were active with their children (I don’t know if I’ve ever seen so many tandem bikes at once), friends hung out, spontaneous bands and performances popped up on sidewalks and everyone was very literally re-discovering their streets, neighborhoods and communities.

I enjoyed hearing from residents who lived along the route and their progression of emotions towards CicloSDias. Despite any initial frustration at having to move their cars, once people saw what CicloSDias was all about; there was a true sense of pride in the community. I loved talking to these people and hearing how their perception of the event changed as they had positive, rewarding experiences and came to be great fans by the end – and already inquiring about the next one. We could never have had this without community support and the help of our amazing volunteers and donors. On behalf of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, I want to say thank you for giving us the opportunity to host this revolutionary event here in San Diego. I think most importantly, San Diegans felt like they were a part of something big, something growing. And the truth is, they were. CicloSDias – hopefully the first of many. Learn more about the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition at sdcbc.orgv

Letters Too many of the sharrows in San Diego are poorly placed [see OpEd: “What is a Sharrows?” Vol. 14, Issue 8]. Sharrows are supposed to be placed in the middle of the lane, between the tire tracks where motorists travel. Far too often in San Diego they are placed to the right, close to the parked cars or even under parallel parking. Those sharrows encourage bicyclists to ride in a dangerous spot and are worse than no sharrow at all. San Diego’s traffic engineers don’t seem to understand sharrows at all. Fortunately the one in the picture [in the online story] is properly placed. The same cannot be said of many I’ve seen in Old Town, or Ocean Beach, or on Adams Ave., or Park Blvd. Encinitas and Solana Beach seem to be getting sharrows right. Why can’t San Diego do the same? – Bill Davidson via sandiegodowntownnews.com To anyone reading this [see “Pure Fitness: Crash dieting” Vol. 14, Issue 8] and got a slap in the face: LISTEN to Scott, he knows his stuff. I can tell from personal experience that his advice is golden. I see people today wanting to crash diet and lose x amount of pounds in y

amount of days so they can look a little better for their friend’s pool party. I think that is stupid, what’s the point if you are just going to gain all the weight back on and not really accomplish anything long term? I believe one should try to better one’s lifestyle every day, take a small step each day to improve your self. Everyday you can ask yourself, “How can I improve my health today?” If you do this you will see a significant improvement in your overall health and shape. Good luck to everyone trying to lose weight, follow a proven system and it will all be good. – Felix via sandiegodowntownnews.com Insightful information [see “Pure Fitness: Crash dieting” Vol. 14, Issue 8]. I have heard a lot of great things about you [Scott], and have been reading these articles. Thank you for providing this service and your expertise for all of us out here trying to get better and learn. Outstanding, and thank you again. When is your book coming out? – Jim Dailey via sandiegodowntownnews.comv

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“DOLPHINS” RETURNS TO FLEET’S GIANT DOME THEATER From Sept. 6 – 30, the film documenting the research of Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski, Dr. Bernd Würsig and Dr. Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez returns to The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s Giant Dome IMAX Theater for a limited engagement. “Dolphins” is not the usual dolphin movie about captivity; all the research in the film was conducted in the wild. Seeing the film in the giant dome theater makes viewers feel as if they are in the water. The soundtrack features Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Sting and the film not only explores the habits of spotted, dusky and bottlenose dolphins in their native environments around the world, but offers the viewer a greater respect for the ocean. The film was partly funded by the National Science Foundation and the Museum Film Network and produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films in association with the National Wildlife Federation. For more information and showtimes, visit rhfleet.org/shows. DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP TO SHARE FINAL DRAFT PLAN FOR “OUR DOWNTOWN” The Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP) spent several months last spring reaching out to each Downtown neighborhood as well as 24 communities all over San Diego region. In these town hall meetings, the DSDP requested feedback from the community to “identify challenges, opportunities, improvements and priorities” regarding the future growth of Downtown, which is expected to expand by 1.3 million people over the next 40 years. As a result of those meetings, the data have been com-

a cot, cardboard or plastic sheet to sleep on in order to gain a greater appreciation for the homeless. Live music will be provided, educational conversations will take place and light snacks and beverages will also be available for purchase on site. It is expected that between 25 and 30 other “Sleepless” events around the nation will also take place. “Ours is a message of hope, and as Sleepless campaigns expand across America, we pray that our voices join together to help bring powerful coalition and solutions to the plight of homelessness,” Johnson said in the release. For more information, visit sleeplesssandiego.org.

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CULINARY GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN Applications are now being accepted for culinary and enology arts scholarships offered through the San Diego Chapter of The American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF) and Chaine des Rotisseurs. The San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival raises money for the scholarships every year through live and silent auctions held during the weeklong event. This year’s festival is scheduled Nov. 18 – 24. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled full- or part-time in an accredited continuing education program for the culinary arts, enology/viticulture, or hospitality. They must also be currently affiliated with the San Diego culinary arts scene, either through work, school or other involvements with food and/or wine. Online applications will be accepted until Sept. 27 and winners will be recognized on Nov. 21 during the festival’s Celebrity dinner, sponsored by Wine Spectator. The scholarships are grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 and are sent directly to the winner’s school. Since their second year in operation, the local Festival has raised over $228,000 for the scholarship program to date. “We’ve been long-time advocates of San Diego’s budding culinary scene,” said Michelle Metter, co-producer of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. “After nearly 10 years, our continued investment in culinary arts and enology/viticulture students and professionals has helped San Diego gain recognition as one of the nation’s emerging culinary destinations.” Those interested should download the application at sandiegowineclassic.com/about.html.

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FIG FEST COMES TO SAN DIEGO PUBLIC MARKET The first local festival highlighting the wonders of the fig is coming to San Diego on Sept. 8 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the San Diego Public Market, located minutes from Downtown at 1735 National Ave., in Barrio Logan. According to the California Fig Advisory Board, figs are an excellent source of dietary fiber and California produces 100 percent of the nation’s dried figs and 98 percent of its fresh figs. The first figs planted in California were in 1769 by priests at Mission San Diego de Alcala, and that is the reason dark purple figs are called “Mission” figs. This is also why San Diego was chosen as the location of the festival’s debut. Sponsored by San Diego-based Specialty Produce, attendees will celebrate figs while they enjoy entertainment, recipes, fresh and dried California figs, gourmet food samples, wine and craft brew tastings and much more. Tickets are $55 adults, $20 for children and proceeds will benefit the culinary scholarships and grants of Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center and the San Diego Public Market Kitchen Project. For more information visit figfestsd.com. “SLEEPLESS SAN DIEGO” EVENT RETURNS In order to increase awareness for San Diego’s homeless and those across the nation, the San Diego Rescue Mission will hold their “Sleepless San Diego” event again this September to bring attention to the challenges the homeless face sleeping outdoors. Beginning at 3 p.m. Sept. 21 and ending at 7 a.m. Sept. 22, the event will offer activities to help the homeless, games, and educational discussions. “Our goal is to generate increased awareness of and solutions for a truly tragic situation that affects far too many people in our community,” said Herb Johnson, President and CEO of the San Diego Rescue Mission in a press release. The event is open to the public and up to 1,000 participants will be offered

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plied and DSDP is ready to present the draft plan to the same communities and neighborhoods for feedback once again. All meeting times, with the exception of Gaslamp which is TBD, will be held from 6 – 7:30 pm.: Marina District: Sept. 9; Little Italy: Sept. 10; Columbia: Sept. 11; Cortez Hill: Sept. 23; East Village: Sept. 24; Gaslamp: Sept. 25. Residents and business owners are asked to attend the workshop in your neighborhood and to RSVP by email at rsvp@downtownsandiego.org or calling 619-234-0201. For more information and specific meeting locations, visit downtownsandiego/our-downtown-vision.

A bike share service station in Florida (Courtesy DecoBike, LLC) PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON BIKE SHARING The City Council unanimously approved a bike sharing initiative on July 9, entering into a corporate partnership with DecoBike LLC of Miami, Fla., to provide the services. The program, which is expected to launch in early 2014, will consist of approximately 2,000 bikes, 200 stations and 3,500 bike docks. A website, decobike.com/sandiego, was recently launched and both the City of San Diego and DecoBike are seeking input from the citizens of San Diego regarding the placement of the large, impending network of bike stations. Community feedback is requested regarding bike station placement, which will then be matched with logistical criteria for final selection. Aside from the website, the City will be using other methods to gather feedback, including community meetings and targeted emails. Several other major cities have bike-sharing programs, including Denver, Miami and Washington, D.C. Bike sharing provides an eco-friendly alternative to motorized transportation and can be mixed with public transportation. For more information about DecoBike, visit decobike.com. If you have questions, email sandiego@decobike.com.

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RESTAURANT WEEK IS BACK The California Restaurant Association’s annual Restaurant Week returns to San Diego County Sept. 15 – 20, and dozens of Downtown restaurants will be getting in on the action. You don’t need to buy any tickets; you just show up to your favorite participating restaurant and purchase a prix-fixe lunch or one of the three-course prix-fixe dinner selections. Reservations are strongly suggested. Following are many of the participating restaurants in the Downtown neighborhoods: $20 Dinner: Buster’s Beach House Seaport Village; Gaijin Noodle + Sake House; Mint Downtown Thai; and Po Pazzo Bar & Grill. $30 Dinner: Anthony’s Fish Grotto – San Diego Bay; Azuki Sushi Lounge; Bandar Restaurant; Blue Point Coastal Cuisine; Café Chloe; Chaplos Restaurant and Bar; Cucina Urbana; Gaslamp Strip Club; Greystone Steakhouse; Indigo Grill; Isola Pizza Bar; Jsix Restaurant; Kelvin; Osteria Fish House; Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge (Coronado); Peohe’s Coronado Waterfront; PrepKitchen Little Italy; Soleil @K; Spike Africa’s fresh Fish Grill & Bar; The Fish Market; The Melting Pot; The Prado; Pinzimini; Toast Enoteca & Cucina; and The Marble Room. $40 Dinner: Acqua Al 2; Bertrand at Mister A’s; Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop; Croce’s Restaurant + Jazz Bar; Currant American Bistro; Donovan’s Prime Seafood; Donovan’s Steak & Chop House; Edgewater Grill; Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar; Fogo de Chao Churrascaria; Grant Grill; Hexagone; Marina Kitchen; Morton’s Steakhouse; Nobu San Diego; Palm Restaurant; Rei do Gado Brazillian Steakhouse; Ruth’s Chris; Saltbox; Sally’s Seafood on the Water; Oceanaire; Top of the Market; The Westgate Room. Lunch selections are offered at $10, $15, and $20 at many of the same restaurants and many more. The list above may not be fully inclusive, check the website at sandiegorestaurantweek.com or call 619-233-5008 for a complete list. v


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A bevy of Downtown restaurants are jumping into to spotlight for this month’s countywide San Diego Restaurant Week (Sept. 15 through 20). Since its start in 2004, the event has evolved into a twice-annual event, attracting more than 200 restaurants from North County to Coronado. Participating restaurants offer consumers prix fixe menus for either lunch, dinner or both at costs ranging from $20 to $40. No tickets or passes are required. Among the Downtown establishments taking part are Nobu San Diego, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant, Jsix, Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, Oceanaire Seafood Room, Acqua Al 2 and the new Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse. The event is produced by the California Restaurant Association. A kickoff pre-tasting party for the event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Sept. 16 at the Broadway Pier. About 40 restaurants will team up with dozens of local breweries as they dole out samples to attendees. The cost is $60. For more information and a complete list of Restaurant Week participants, visit sandiegorestaurantweek.com. Mixologists Jeff Josenhans and Jamie Glages from Grant Grill are joining forces to compete in this year’s ninth annual Chef Showdown, which benefits domestic violence prevention programs at the Center for Community Solutions. The theatrical, outdoor event, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m., Sept. 26, at NTC Promenade in Point Loma, involves two teams of local chefs and mixologists cranking out multiple courses based on a secret ingredient revealed at the start of the competition.

Upcoming Chef Showdown promises plenty of culinary theatrics (Courtesy Center for Community Solutions)

Los Angeles bar impresarios Dave Whitton and Aidan Demarest have made their first San Diego foray into the Gaslamp District with two live-music nightspots and a pizzeria, all semi-connected within the same address. Set within a historic structure built in 1895, and adjacent to the Keating Hotel, the venture features a cocktail-centric bar with a sexy, dark atmosphere called Frauds and Swindlers. Ascend one floor up and you’ve entered into Two Fingers Upstairs, a “neat spirits” bar catering to those who prefer sipping their liquors straight up. The design inside Two Fingers includes old church pews and an eye-catching painting of a devil. Both venues feature livemusic stages for rockabilly and bluegrass performances. Back on ground level is The Italian Next Door, where local Chef Patrick Ponsaty (formerly of Mistral at Lowe’s Coronado) has begun dishing up pizzas that can be consumed on the front patio or towed inside either of the bars. 820 Fifth Ave., 619-814-5700.

Chef Anthony Sinsay from LaVilla in Little Italy is among the team members, along with other top chefs from around San Diego such as Joe Magnanelli of Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill and Amy Dibiase of Baleen in Mission Bay. The judging panel includes Ingrid Croce of Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar and Chef Bernard Guillas of The Marine Room. In addition, this year’s celebrity emcees are Food Network’s Marcella Valladolid and Sam Zien (Sam the Cooking Guy). Guests will receive onsite food samples from several restaurants, including Grant Grill, Davanti Enoteca, Barrio Star and Bertrand at Mister A’s. Tickets are $125. and can be purchased by calling 858-272-5777 or visiting online at ccssd.org.

If you’re clumsy at rolling sushi, help is on its way at RA Sushi Bar Restaurant, where seasoned chefs will lead a crash course in sushi making and sake pairing. Participants will also come away with some knowledge about where sushi began and how it has evolved. The costs are $40, which includes sushi and a sake flight or $35 for sushi only. Both packages include appetizers, a non-alcoholic drink and a complimentary lunch card for a return visit. Reservations are required. 474 Broadway, 619-321-0021. Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at fsabatini@san.rr.com.v

Nicole Dahm Kelly is best known for her nude photos in Playboy as one-third of the Dahm triplets, but these days she’d like to be known more as a “Lucky Bastard.” Or, more accurately, for owning the Lucky Bastard Saloon, the Gaslamp’s newest nightspot, which just had its grand opening Aug. 28 after a two-month soft launch. Located at 840 Fifth Ave., in the former San Diego Hardware location, the Saloon is the fulfillment of a long-held dream. “I grew up cooking and I love sports, so I thought it would be great to have a big playground,” Dahm said. “I thought it was worth a shot. I didn’t want to spend my life wondering what would happen if I didn’t give it a shot.” There is a story behind the somewhat edgy name, which is a tribute to the band that Dahm’s husband, developer Michael Kelly, was a member of when they met. “We were brainstorming, and I thought the name was so great,” she said, laughing. “Everyone has a period in their life where they feel like a lucky bastard – or lucky bitch! We’ve had such positive feedback. The merchandise with the name is doing really well.” There have been some grumblings on local foodie websites suggesting that Dahm’s Playboy past might not be good training for running a restaurant, but she confronts those preconceptions head on, both online and in the restaurant. “I don’t have experience running

Nicole Dahm Kelly, owner of Lucky Bastard (Photo by Sam Wells) a restaurant, other than a cookie business I did with my sisters, Erica and Jaclyn,” she admitted. “But my husband opened The Bitter End [now the Tipsy Crow] Downtown, as well as the Ivy Hotel [now the Andaz San Diego], and he is there to offer advice. “However, this is my baby, my project,” she said. But Dahm Kelly is doing much of the work herself. Many of the recipes are hers, including the chili recipes and the desserts, and she came up with the clever design ideas, such as the chandelier made from Jack Daniels bottles and the leather chaps worn by the female wait-staff. “I wanted something that caught people’s attention,” she said. “There are also some antlers on the wall and that reminds me of hunting with my dad back in Minnesota.” The entire population of the Min-

nesota town where Nicole, Jaclyn and Erica lived until 1999, when they moved to Los Angeles to capitalize on their Playboy fame, couldn’t fill San Diego’s Downtown area. However, she does think San Diego, where she moved in 2006, is a good fit for a small-town girl. “It’s a warm, friendly town,” she said. “It’s very family-oriented and there seems to be a slower pace than Los Angeles.” Not for her, though. The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity as she has been working to make her dream a reality. She feels she has had a chance to stop and smell the roses, though. “Just envisioning something and making [it] a reality is great, and seeing my dream go up in lights,” she said. “I really enjoyed my first drink at the bar – vodka and Diet Sprite. It’s not fancy, but that’s my drink.” Along with her husband’s encouragement, Dahm Kelly also has the full support of her two sisters, but admits that the Lucky Bastard Saloon represents a brave, somewhat daunting experience for her. “Being a triplet, I grew up with people around me,” she said. “It can be a security blanket and a crutch. This is the first thing I’ve done that is all mine.” Lucky Bastard Saloon is open nightly between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m. For more information, check out luckybastardsaloon.com. San Diego native David Moye writes Weird News for the Huffington Post. You can learn more about him at huffingtonpost.com/david-moye.v


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BY FRANK SABATINI JR. The beef was superbly rich and tender, If you’ve never experienced a singing to roasted tomatoes and Bolivian-style steak that’s plainly shishito peppers. It ranked breaded and topped with an egg, among our favorite dishes of or the tomato-y sweetness of the evening. red snapper ceviche comWe proceeded to sharemon throughout Mexico’s able portions of tamarindeastern state of Veracruz, glazed ribs, red-snapper then look no further than ceviche and a skillet of the stylish ViVa Bar + quesdo fundido accomKitchen. panied by forgettable “The next best corn tostadas that were cuisine to French is that chewy and overly thick. from Latin regions,” says The ribs were succulent owner Sean Shoja, a Monbut tasted rather familiar, treal native who presents Dinner prices: Salads, street whereby the Veracruz-style a succinct repertoire of ceviche incorporated sweet, tapas and entrees indigtacos and tapas, $5 to $14; mellow tomato sauce to disenous to Spain, Cuba, Mexico entrees, $13 to $19 tinguish it from pedestrian Baja and various countries in South versions doused only in lime. America. Transitioning from tapas to ViVa is the reincarnation of The entrees, we zeroed in on conejo falso, the Red Light District, which Shoja operated Bolivian equivalent of Wiener schnitzel. Instead of as a French-Asian restaurant before realizing the a pounded-out pork fillet dusted in flour and deliconcept was too pricey and ambitious for Gaslamp cately pan-fried, this recipe uses rib eye steak and revelers. He avoided reopening it as an Italian kitchreceives a soft-cooked egg on top for extra richness. en because of their ubiquity, and not to mention that The chef encircles the golden-crusted meat with he already owns one a few blocks away under the sherry-lemon vinaigrette and what might have been name Toscana Café & Wine Bar. So he opted instead a few eye drops of chimichurri sauce. The outcome for a Latin-everything menu earlier this summer and was dynamic, much like the personality of our zesty Americanized the food slightly “to make it easy for young waitress who moved here recently from the people to recognize.” Yucatan Peninsula. Vestiges from Red Light still remain, such as the I’m not sure from what Latin nation “viva scalcrimson-illuminated central bar and a few stately lops” originate, but they too struck an intriguing, chandeliers hovering over jumbo booths that seat complex flavor profile due to a bedding of creamy six people comfortably. In addition, a wall of pivoted windows opens nicely to the colorful bustle of Fourth jalapeno polenta, green onion hash and red pepper sauce. Despite numerous ingredients at work, the Avenue. five jumbo mollusks maintained their ocean freshThe chef, Ted Ortega, grew up on a Colorado farm and last worked at the former Anthology supper ness and were seared to a pearly finish. Other entrée choices include grilled Brazilianclub in Little Italy. Hence, his penchant for using style steak, Cochinita pibil pork, and two types of fresh ingredients and making sauces from scratch paella, with either seafood only or mixed additionally comes naturally as it should for tackling the intricawith chicken and sausage. There is also a selection of cies of Latin cooking. street tacos doctored up with various garnishments Visiting as a twosome, we were immediately such as garlic aioli, grilled limes and a cilantro-jalapeimpressed with a charcuterie arrangement displayed no-onion slaw that attests to the American tweaking atop a small, wooden trestle table. At neck level were of certain recipes. Spanish imports such as aged salami, Iberian ham All of our plate presentations were exquisite, with and a few cheeses including mild Manchego and the winner being cream-filled “churro bites” for desassertive Roquefort. The unexpected mindblower on sert. Contained in a miniature fry basket flanked by the board was a dollop of bright-tasting house-made caramel and chocolate dipping sauces, the cinnamontomato jam, which gave rise to anything we smeared sugar dusting on them glimmered like tiny crystals. it on. But then again, nearly everything we ate sparkled White and red versions of fruit-filled Sangria bewith heart and soul. came a must. Both were lip-smacking; the red sweetened with berry liqueur and the white revealing soft, Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of Secret San blossomy undertones. The margaritas that followed Diego (ECW Press), and began writing about food were also above average, thanks to the compatible two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego zing imparted from brined Fresno chili peppers Tribune. He has since covered the culinary scene bobbing within. Tequila lovers will want to take note extensively for NBC; Pacific San Diego Magazine; San of a glass-enclosed collection that adds swank to the Diego Downtown News; San Diego Uptown News; Gay interior design. San Diego; and Living in Style Magazine. You can Inspired from Spain’s modern tapas houses is reach him at fsabatini@san.rr.com.v filetto, which featured a trio of grilled baguette slices crowned with juicy bite-size chunks of filet mignon.

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Keith Cunningham loosens up with his kickball (Photo by John Audley) Alex Owens Downtown News

You may not know the name Keith Cunningham, but he rolled into baseball history at Petco Park recently, when he threw out the opening pitch before the Padres played the Cubs on Aug. 25. Actually, he didn’t throw the ball out – he rolled it – and it wasn’t the traditional baseball, it was a red kickball. His effort is believed to be the first time a ceremonial opening pitch was made using a ball other than the baseball. “We looked it up everywhere we could,” Cunningham said before he made history. “We couldn’t find any other time it’s been done.” The history-making kickball roll lasted only three seconds, but it took years for it to come to fruition, according to Cunningham, vice president of events at VAVi Sports & Social Club, a San Diego-based business. “We’ve been trying to get the Padres to do this for three years,” Cunningham said. “There have been a lot of changes in the front office that we had to deal with, but we finally made it happen.” Missed history in the making? Here’s a recap: Cunningham was at the pitcher’s mound, ball in hand, and rolled it straight to home plate where the Swinging Friar kicked it in the air. Cunningham caught it and ran towards the Friar with joy. Both jumped in the air and bumped their chests together in true bro fashion. “We didn’t plan that,” Cunningham confessed. “They wouldn’t let me talk to the Friar beforehand so what you saw was spontaneous.” VAVi organizes all sorts of adult sports leagues and events around San Diego County,

including 75 separate kickball leagues, with one in North Park and another in Old Town. As fun as the history-making experience at Petco was for Cunningham, he believes the first roll made a statement about the future of kickball, a game that, for years, was mainly played in schoolyards. In recent years, it’s become popular with adults and Cunningham believes his Padres pitch sent the message that kickball is here to stay. “Kickball is a popular social sport because you don’t need any skill,” he said. “You can be uncoordinated and still be a star. You can bunt the ball and still make it to the base. The way I see it, baseball is America’s past time, but when it comes to coed social sports, kickball is the new favorite past time.” Cunningham and his colleagues at VAVi Sport & Social Club have a goal of their own: to remind adults what it’s like to get out and play. “It’s been proven: adults enjoy tapping into their youth by playing sports like kickball and dodgeball, or participating in runs with some added fun and excitement,” Cunningham said in a recent press release. “With [VAVi], we’ve started a movement to put social sports on the map. We’re helping adults balance their time between work and play [and] social sports seem to be one of the best ways to do so.” VAVi is affiliated with the Sport & Social Industry Association (SSIA.us) a network of more than 55 sport and social clubs for men and women ages 21 – 40 across the nation. To learn more about VAVi Sport & Social Club, visit govavi.com. Alex Owens is a San Diego based freelance writer.v

“O let not time deceive you You cannot conquer time.” W. H. Auden Are we destined to repeat history? Must we make the same mistakes that our parents did? Can we break free from the hold of the current in the river of time that seems to sweep generations of families into similar eddies and backwaters? These are some of the questions that sound artist Margaret Noble and spoken word champion Justin Hudnall have been exploring in their current collaboration; a multi-media show somewhat strangely titled, “Righteous Exploits,” directed by Lisa Berger. The trio most recently put on a performance in the soothing comfort of the darkened halls and painting-laden upstairs gallery spaces of the Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Four more performances are planned at the White Box Dance Theatre in September. Presented as part of the museum’s Summer Salon series, the show was staged utilizing a triptych of three large white rollup projection sheets hung in front of three transparency projectors, with two microphone stands and two high-set speakers. Noble, adorned with shoulderlength blonde hair and wearing a long yellow dress and a gold necklace, had the hint of a Greek Goddess. She started off the evening hand cranking a homemade music box and speaking in a reverbenhanced poetic and dreamy voice, taking a distinctly feminine, sensitive, and right-brained artistic approach to the issues at hand. Sporting a goatee, Hudnall wore a white dress shirt, brown vest, and a tie. His verbal ap-

proach was direct and linear and in the storytelling mode, also in contrast to Noble’s soft and circular style of musing and reflecting. Hudnall, who graduated from Patrick Henry High and went on to earn a BFA in playwriting from NYU, began with a narrative of his own father and grandfather before moving on to the story of Noble’s grandmother and mother. He made full use of the power of the microphone, speaking in a left-brain hyper-mental, loud, clear, aggressive, and exuberant voice, much like a frontier lawyer. Throughout the evening, he sipped from a glass of whisky and soda, which he had laid out on his speaker’s platform. He was often whimsical, sarcastic, and sardonic, drawing cackles and guffaws from the audience. The show became a back and forth personification of the bifurcated mind, as if one were thumbing through a set of old photographs, while the left language mind chattered away, and the right brain’s imaginings, emotions, and musicalness periodically wafted in. Hudnall would tell the story and then Noble would play her home-made music box or layer pastel color-enhanced transparencies onto three projectors for display onto the three white viewing screens. While the idea of revealing family dynamics with the hope of everyone being better able to open up and talk through the dirty laundry and the dark secrets of their family psychology and the bi-part approach of mixing narrative and art/music are poignant and fresh, there are flaws with the overall construction of the piece. Hudnall’s continuous use of slapstick and the comedic, often loudly joking about the delicate, sensitive, and sometimes shameful topics of the family is defensive

and does not hold one’s attention for the full hour. Just as composers use counterpoint in their compositions, Hudnall needs to use his voice to explore the full range of human emotional complexity. Sadness, empathy, compassion, and longing need to be depicted with the speaking voice and in storyteller terms. While there was one moment when he almost did shed what would have been a welcome tear, he stopped himself short. Though her echoing poetic voice and musical accompaniment are very appealing, when Noble violates a fundamental law of the theatre by turning her back on the audience to work her transparencies, she, or the director Berger, lose sight of the idea that a piece needs choreography. Noble’s color-enhanced old photographs are vague and psychologically distant, and were set so low on the viewing screens they were partially obscured by the microphones and speakers. Instead of choosing the nostalgic method of transparency projection, Noble could have done something bigger and better with her images, something more high tech or audience engaging, which might have captivated and drawn them more into her story and allowed them to experience it firsthand. Finally, the clearer lesson or moral here needs to be better clarified during the production. One should get the message from the show, not the liner notes on the program. Righteous Exploits will next be performed at White Box Dance Theatre, located at 2590 Truxton Rd., Suite 205, at Liberty Station in Point Loma, Sept. 19 – 22. For more info, visit margaretnoble.net. Will Bowen writes about arts and culture. You can reach him at wbowen1@netzero.com.v


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FRIDAY – AUG 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 619294-7461. East Village walkabout: Join Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout. This week, a section of East Village, meet at Park Blvd. & Market at 10 a.m. For more info, visit downtownsandiego.org/clean-safe/ walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. Woman in the Mirror: See Michael Jackson impersonator Devra Gregory’s award-winning one woman show, “Woman in the Mirror, a dancer’s journey,” at 8 p.m., with pre-show meet & greet reception at 7–7:30 p.m. White Box Live Arts, 2590 Truxton Rd. #205, Liberty Station. Tickets $25 visit woman.bpt.me. Festival of Sail: Maritime Museum’s annual Tall Ship festival, running through Labor Day Weekend, Fri. – Sun. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Mon. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $5 per person. For more info visit sdmaritime.org/festival-of-sail. US Sand Sculpting: 300 tons of sand on B Street Pier along Embarcadero, with World Masters and local artists competing. 3D Expo, food trucks, kids area. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. through Labor Day. Tickets one day $6 – 9, 4-day pass $11 – 17. MTS discounts avail. More info visit ussandsculpting. com. SATURDAY – AUG 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 Live Music – Emily Marie: sultry jazz in the style of Marilyn Monroe. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or upstartcrowtrading.com – FREE Woman in the Mirror: See Michael Jackson impersonator Devra Gregory’s award-winning one-woman show, “Woman in the Mirror, a dancer’s journey,” at 8 p.m., with pre-show meet & greet reception at 7–7:30 p.m. White Box Live Arts, 2590 Truxton Rd. #205, Liberty Station. Tickets $25 visit woman.bpt.me.

SUNDAY – SEPT 1 Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 400 block of Third Ave. between Island Ave. and J St. – FREE San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). Sdweeklymarkets.com – FREE Live Music: Marshall Tucker Band, with Moonalice, 8 p.m. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Tickets $37-65, call 858-481-8140 or visit Bellyup.com. MONDAY – SEPT 2 Senior Monday at The Fleet: NO Senior Monday lecture today!

Happy Labor Day. Coronado Concert Series: Blue Frog Band, 1 – 3 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Live Music – Dave Scott and Monsoon Jazz: Salsa, bebop, soul, funk, swing, Latin and originals. Every Monday, 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces.com or call 619-233-4355.

TUESDAY – SEPT 3 Post-Labor Day Beach Cleanup: Sponsored by The Control Group and I Love A Clean San Diego. Free shirts, competitions, relays, and more. Meet at 4110 Mission Blvd. Pacific Beach. More info visit cleansd.org. Hours Change: Reuben H. Fleet summer hours end! New hours starting today are Mon. – Thur. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Fri. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE San Diego Shakespeare Society: Open reading – Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure – 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 – SEPT 4 Origami instruction: First Wed., of each month learn the traditional art of paper folding with Bruce Gemmell. 4 – 7 p.m. Price included with gallery admission. Reuben H. Fleet Space Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more info visit rhfkeet.org or call 619-238-1233. THURSDAY – SEPT 5 Live Music– Gilbert Castellanos & The New Latin Jazz Quintet: combines contemporary and classical jazz with Latin and hard bop influences. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar,

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FRIDAY – SEPT 6 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. This week, Upper East Village. For more info and meet-up location, visit downtownsandiego. org/clean-safe/walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. Women of Mariachi: “Viva! El Mariachi Femenil” an exhibit, art show revealing the true story of women who broke the mariachi barriers and culminating in a live music concert on Oct 13. 5 p.m. Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., #103, Liberty Station. For more info visit womensmuseumca.org. SATURDAY – SEPT 7 Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE Volunteer Opportunity: General maintenance and beautification at Linear Park, between W. E St. and W. Broadway. 10 a.m. – 12 noon. To sign up, call 619-234-8900 or email info@improvedtsd.org. Live Music – Emily Marie: Sultry Jazz and standardss in style of Marilyn Monroe. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619232-4855 or upstartcrowtrading. com – FREE

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SUNDAY – SEPT 8 San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). Sdweeklymarkets.com – FREE Champagne Jazz Brunch: with Elliott Lawrence. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Croce’s, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces.com or call 619-233-4355. Painting and Vino for couples: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration required. 21+. 1 – 4 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. Visit: paintingandvino.com. Coronado Concert Series: Cool Fever, 1 – 3 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE MONDAY – SEPT 9 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE Business workshop: Hiring and managing employees, 6 – 9 p.m., pre-registration $49, $59 after Sept. 7. SCORE Entrepreneur Center, 550 West C St. For more info, visit sandiego.score.org or call 619-7272. “Our Downtown vision” workshops: Presented by Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP), these workshops will present the final draft of DSDP’s plan regarding the vision for future growth of Downtown. Residents and businesses are requested to join your neighborhood. Tonight: Marina District, 6–7:30 p.m. To RSVP, email rsvp@ downtownsandiego.org or call 619234-0201. TUESDAY – SEPT 10 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit balboapark.org/visit/Tuesdays. “Our Downtown vision” workshops: Presented by Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP), these workshops will present the final draft of DSDP’s plan regarding the vision for future growth of Downtown. Residents and businesses are requested to join your neighborhood. Tonight: Little Italy, 6–7:30 p.m. To RSVP, email rsvp@downtownsandiego.org or call 619-234-0201. WEDNESDAY – SEPT 11 San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). Sdweeklymarkets.com – FREE First Responders honored: Sidebar hosts a special industry night called “First responders appreciation night” to honor the brave firefighters lost in line of duty 9/11/2001, with survivor

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CALENDAR and NYFD Lt. Joe Torrillo in attendance. Local firefighters and EMTs will act as guest bartenders. All proceeds and guest bartender tips will go to San Diego Fireman’s Relief Association. “Our Downtown vision” workshops: Presented by Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP), these workshops will present the final draft of DSDP’s plan regarding the vision for future growth of Downtown. Residents and businesses are requested to join your neighborhood. Tonight: Columbia, 6–7:30 p.m. To RSVP, email rsvp@downtownsandiego.org or call 619-234-0201.

THURSDAY – SEPT 12 Floral Design Class: Elements of design – flower arrangements using decorative wood pieces, for beginners, offered by San Diego Floral. Classes are $5 and limited to 10 people. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Casa del Prado, 1650 El Prado Dr., Room 104, Balboa Park. More info call 619-232-5762. Live Music – Gilbert Castellanos & The New Latin Jazz Quintet: Classically trained Latin jazz trumpeter, combines contemporary & classical. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces.com or call 619-233-4355. FRIDAY – SEPT 13 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. Cortez Hill walkabout: Join Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout at 10 a.m. This week, Cortez Hill. For more info and meet-up location, visit downtownsandiego.org/cleansafe/walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. Kettner Nights: Second Fridays in Little Italy North (Kettner between India and Laurel streets) in the art and design district. 6-8 p.m. – FREE SATURDAY – SEPT 14 Second Saturday Science Club for Girls: PicoCrickets combine science, art, and technology – girls get to build gadgets that light up, spin make music, etc. Grades 5 – 8, 12 noon – 2 p.m. Members $12, non-members $14. Reuben H. Fleet Space Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more info visit rhfkeet.org or preregister 619-238-1233 x806. Coronado Art Walk: Coro-

nado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Eve Selis: Local fave whose powerful voice brings you country, blues, R&B, folk and rock ‘n roll. 8:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces.com or call 619-233-4355. Live Music – Sounds of Brazil Brazilian pop, bossa nova. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or visit upstartcrowtrading.com – FREE

SUNDAY – SEPT 15 Mad House Comedy: Special event: Maz Jobrani from Axil of Evil Comedy Tour. Enjoy comedy, a full dinner menu and free parking. 8:00 p.m. Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza, Downtown. 21+. $20, no minimum. For more info: madhousecomedyclub. com. Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration is required. 21+. 1 – 4 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. For more info visit paintingandvino.com. MONDAY – SEPT 16 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE Upstart Crow Book Club: Meets third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. This month’s book is “The Orchardist” by Amanda Coplin. To join, speak to a clerk or email upstartcrow@gmail. com. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619232-4855 or visit upstartcrowtrading.com. TUESDAY – SEPT 17 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit balboapark.org/visit/Tuesdays. Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration is required. 21+. 6 – 9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. For more info visit paintingandvino.com. Live Music – Mike Wofford/ Holly Hofmann Quartet: Real jazz, from blues to bebop, including Miles, Monk, Gershwin, Coltrane and Ellington. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces.com or call 619-233-4355.

WEDNESDAY – SEPT 18 Wynonna Live: An Evening with Wynonna Judd and the Big Noise, 8 p.m. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Tickets $75-132, call 858-481-8140 or visit Bellyup.com. Open Mic Poetr y: Tomas Gaton & Michael Horvitz are featured poets. Read your poetry to the group or just listen. 7 – 8:45 p.m. Limited seating. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or upstartcrowtrading.com – FREE Live music: Lenny “Fuzzy” Rankins, vocalist and guitarist offering blues and jazz. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces.com or call 619-233-4355. THURSDAY – SEPT 19 Floral Design Class: Flowers & Art for your home and beyond, offered by San Diego Floral. Classes are $15 and limited to 15 people. 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon Casa del Prado, 1650 El Prado Dr., Room 104, Balboa Park. More info call 619-232-5762. Live Music – Gilbert Castellanos & The New Latin Jazz Quintet: Classically trained Latin jazz trumpeter, combines contemporary & classical. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces.com or call 619-233-4355. FRIDAY – SEPT 20 Marina walkabout: Join Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout. This week, a section of Marina. For more info and meet-up location, visit downtownsandiego.org/ clean-safe/walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. Live Music: A night of Irish rock with The Young Dubliners and Shake Before Us. 8 p.m. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Tickets $20-35, call 858481-8140 or visit Bellyup.com. Sue Palmer: Live music with the Queen of Boogie Woogie. 8:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces.com or call 619-233-4355. SATURDAY – SEPT 21 Old Globe Gala: The Old Globe’s black tie and premiere fundraising event at Copley Plaza, supporting the theatre’s education and artistic programs. Reception, silent auction, special concert by musical cast of “The Last Goodbye,” a catered dinner and dancing to The Cowling Band. Tickets Eileen Prisby: eprisby@theoldglobe.org or 619-231-1941 x2303. Live Music – Stacey &

San Diego Downtown News | September 2013 Stimulators. Siyk Rockin Jazz & Blues. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or visit upstartcrowtrading.com – FREE

SUNDAY – SEPT 22 San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). Sdweeklymarkets.com – FREE Coronado Concert Series: Teagan Taylor Trio, 1 – 3 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Har vest for Hope: 10th annual food and wine fundraising event for Emilio Nares Foundation, a nonprofit focused on programs and services for children with cancer in low-income, underpriviledged families. Gilbert Castellanos and the Sensational Strings perform, MC Carlo Cecchetto of KFMB. 3 – 6 p.m. $125 per person. Stingaree, 454 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp. RSVP online at emilionaresfoundation.org. Live Music: Post-Punk New Wave music with The Psychedelic Furs and The Burning of Rome. 8 p.m. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Tickets $33-57, call 858-481-8140 or visit Bellyup.com. MONDAY – SEPT 23 “Our Downtown vision” workshops: Presented by Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP), these workshops will present the final draft of the DSDP’s swing through San Diego county soliciting input regarding the challenges, opportunities, improvements and priorities to accommodate the future growth of Downtown. Residents and businesses are requested to join your neighborhood. Tonight: Cortez Hill, 6–7:30 p.m. To RSVP, email rsvp@downtownsandiego.org or call 619-234-0201. TUESDAY – SEPT 24 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit balboapark.org/visit/Tuesdays. Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE “Our Downtown vision” workshops: Presented by Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP), these workshops will present the final draft of DSDP’s plan regarding the vision for future growth of Downtown. Residents and businesses are requested to

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WEDNESDAY – SEPT 25 San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). Sdweeklymarkets.com – FREE Sue Palmer: Live music with the Queen of Boogie Woogie. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces.com or call 619-233-4355. Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration is required. 21+. 6 – 9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. For more info visit paintingandvino.com. “Our Downtown vision” workshops: Presented by Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP), these workshops will present the final draft of DSDP’s plan regarding the vision for future growth of Downtown. Residents and businesses are requested to join your neighborhood. Tonight: Gaslamp, 6–7:30 p.m. To RSVP, email rsvp@downtownsandiego.org or call 619-234-0201. THURSDAY – SEPT 26 Taste of Downtown: Treat your tastebuds to the 21st annual Taste of Downtown, brought to you by the Downtown San Diego Partnership, car2go, Co-Merge and Zeeto Media, and featuring over 50 eateries from the following four Downtown neighborhoods: Gaslamp, Financial, East Village and Horton Plaza. Walk on a selfguided tour of the neighborhoods or use the free shuttle provided, 5 – 9 p.m. For more info including a full list of participating restaurants, visit downtownsandiego. org/tasteofdowntown. OUT at the Globe: A pre-play evening for LGBT theater lovers featuring a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes. 6:30 – 8 p.m. $20 plus cost of “The Last Goodbye” or “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” with show tickets starting at $29. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. For more information visit Theoldglobe.org or call 619-23-globe. Chef’s Showdown: Annual fundraiser for Center for Community Solutions’ domestic violence programs. Ten of San Diego’s best chefs compete for the top prize. 6 – 9 p.m., $125. NTC Promenade, 2640 Historic Decatur Rd., Liberty Station. Fore more info visit ccssd.org. —Please send items for inclusion to Editor Morgan M. Hurley at morgan@sdcnn.com.v


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Business Bits grow and prosper. Workshop topics, such as organizational structure, customer service, insurance and various others, assist new owners with the running of their business and free, one-on-one mentoring is also available. “We understand many people trying to start a business have full-time jobs, and established small business owners work long days,” said SCORE San Diego president Greg Bowcott in a press release, adding their new classes are at a more convenient time to assist in meeting the needs of entrepreneurs at “every stage of business development.” SCORE San Diego will continue to offer their daytime workshops in addition to the added evening options. For a complete list of workshop topics and to register, visit sandiego. score.org or call 619-557-7272. SENTRE partners make a promotion from within San Diego-based SENTRE Partners – a real estate investment and services firm with extensive investment experience in office, industrial, R&D, retail and multi-family properties – recently announced the promotion of Douglas Arthur to president of the firm. Arthur graduated from University of San Diego’s Masters in Real Estate program in 2008 and previously led SENTRE’S Leasing and Acquisitions team prior to the restructuring. He replaces Stephen Williams, who held the role since 1989. Williams is now general manager. SENTRE, pronounced “sentry,” has been doing business in San Diego for over 20 years. Managing Principals Stephen Williams, Matthew Spathas and Michael Peckham will continue to lead the company. For more information, visit sentre.com.

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‘Master Mezcalier’ takes over Saltbar Jen Queen, an award-winning Level 2 Master Mezcalier, recently joined SaltBar, the bar and lounge located directly below Saltbox Restaurant at Hotel Palomar, as their principal bartender. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Queen most recently displayed her skills at Prep Kitchen in Little Italy prior to moving over to Saltbar and will finish her full Master Mezcalier certification this November. She is a partner with Queen-Conner-Ward Collective, a collaborative bar and restaurant consulting team and has poured and consulted at various high-end locations throughout San Diego. Currently at work revamping Saltbar’s drink menu, Queen expects to release her own version Sept. 20. For more info visit saltboxrestaurant.com/saltboxlounge.php. SCORE starts evening workshops for small businesses In consideration of busy daytime schedules, SCORE San Diego has begun offering evening workshops for small business professionals. With offices Downtown and around the County, SCORE is part of a national association of both active and retired business professionals who volunteer their time to assist, train and mentor small business owners and help them to

San Diego featured as thriving ‘Startup’ community With a focus on its “perfect climate and beaches” and “sun and lifestyle” as backdrops, San Diego’s thriving startup community was recently featured in the latest ID8 Nation installment. ID8 profiles vibrant entrepreneurial communities, telling their story through video, supporting commentary, podcasts and other graphical information. San Diego’s profile explored the factors that have contributed to its strong and “diversified entrepreneurial ecosystem.” Many startups in the area that have gone on to become industry giants, including Qualcomm, Firewire Surfboards, Polara Golf and the Spanish-speaking media services provide, Busca Corp, were featured in the segment. ID8 Nation is produced by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a private, Kansas City-based, non-partisan organization focused on economic independence, education and entrepreneurial success, according to a press release. Other cities featured include Pittsburgh and Seattle. “For U.S. cities striving to develop strong entrepreneurial communities, San Diego is inspiring and instructive,” said Thom Ruhe, vice president of entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation. “While its startup ecosystem is unique to the city, you can find models of innovation and collaboration that other cities can learn from and apply.” To view the San Diego segment, visit entrepreneurship.org/en/ID8.aspx.v

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MAYOR “Five competitions that were ready to go sitting on his desk that could save the city tens of millions of dollars and they are still sitting on his desk that voters approved,” Faulconer told the U-T. “We’ve been falling backwards for months now,” Gloria added. “I’m very concerned about the Balboa Park Centennial, [because] I think the mayor’s efforts in that area have left that event in jeopardy.” The Council President went on to mention the opening of the Downtown Central Library on Sept. 28, an upcoming “key Coastal Commission hearing” regarding the convention center’s expansion, and other important issues that have been on his mind. Gloria’s second order of business as interim mayor will be his oversight of the special election to fill the vacancy in the mayor’s office. According to article seven of the San Diego Municipal Code, this must happen within 90 days of the vacancy. The City Clerk’s office has since chosen Nov. 19 as that date. Nathan Fletcher, who took third in last year’s primary, was one of the first to file for candidacy. Now a Qualcomm executive, Fletcher served one term in the California State Assembly as a Republican, but switched his party affiliation to Independent in the middle of his mayoral run. He has since registered as a Democrat, which could work in his favor as a replacement for Filner. Aside from Fletcher, KPBS City News Ser vice has identified 12 others who have filed their intention to run for the city’s highest office, many of which are relatively unknown, though several ran in the last election as well: attorney Hud Collins, energy nonprofit executive Paul Michael Dekker, realtor Harr y J. Dirks, SEMPRA intern Michael Kemmer, entrepreneur Jared Mimms, accountant Teresa Miucci, psychiatrist Ashok Parameswaran, website owner Tobiah Pettus, Afghanistan war veteran Kurt Schwab, Libertarian activist Mark Schwarz, and Taxicab owner David Tasem. Even before news broke of Filner’s resignation, names of potential candidates were being tossed around like hot potatoes. Some have since declared they will not run, while others still appear to be watching how things play out before making a decision. Though she made it clear at Voice of San Diego’s recent Politifest event that she had no intention of seeking the office of mayor, a Facebook page called “Draft Toni Atkins for Mayor” gathered over 500 “likes” before the Assembly Majority Leader addressed her supporters and publicly ended speculation once and for all in a press release. “I am deeply committed to helping the city heal and move forward,” Atkins said in the release. “But I also take very seriously my responsibility to the people who elected me to represent the 78th Assembly District in Sacramento and to my colleagues in the Assembly, whom I have the privilege of serving as Majority Leader.” Though recently termed-out State Senator Christine Kehoe’s name has also been bounced around, there hasn’t been one word from her or her camp to suggest she is interested. Former Councilmember Carl DeMaio, who conceded at the end of a highly contentious race against Filner last fall, has spent the year laying the groundwork for a potential run against first-termer Rep. Scott Peters. With Filner out, however, DeMaio, an openly gay republican who only narrowly lost to his now-shamed opponent, may jump in the race again. DeMaio annouced he will make his plans known on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Others mentioned considering a run are Supervisor Ron Roberts, former Assemblymember Lori Saldana, SOHO Executive Director Bruce Coons, and Matt Romney, son of the former presidential candidate. What do you think? Join the conversation.v

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circumstance” or “specific economical event” that caused you to lose your home in the first place, and that it is unlikely to happen again. This means verifiable, stable employment, pay stubs and a histor y of making payments on time. Payment histor y will include rental/mortgage payments, installment payments, and revolving payments for the previous 12 months. You will also be required to complete HUD-approved housing counseling. Counseling may be conducted in person, via telephone or the internet. For a list of HUD approved counseling agencies in California call 800-569-4287. You must also meet all other HUD requirements to qualify for an FHA insured mortgage. For more details, please contact your lender, or feel free to call me if you have any questions.

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Drinking and Smoking – not just a vice! Something about drinking certain types of alcoholic beverages just calls for smoking. It’s a social thing. It’s not good for you. Actually it’s worse for you than just drinking. And yet the enjoyment of the experience just gets amplified. Drinking tea in the afternoon is one thing. Drinking hibiscus tea and smoking a hookah is an experience that is social and yet brings out flavors in that tea that would not be there without the smoke. A good cognac with a cigar is a classic way to end a meal. The cigar loses its harshness and just becomes silky smooth. All of a sudden you taste those tasting notes on the bottle that can easily come off as far-fetched to the occasional avec aficionado. My absolute favorite Bordeaux wine pairing is not a steak. It’s a Macanudo. My girlfriend doesn’t smoke really but she does when she’s had a few too many “Jamos” out on the town. I can’t stand cigarettes personally but something about seeing her in that specific situation tempts me to take a puff and I actually enjoy it for a quick second. Smoke, in moderation, adds a whole new element to a night of indulgence. But smoke and alcohol have a history together that goes beyond the actual intake of carbon. And this works out well because the fact of the matter is that encouraging smoking would just be plain bad advice and horribly politically incorrect. Luckily for us there are several smoky beverages out there that have already taken those pleasurable aspects of smoke and transformed them into aromas that are pleasing to our palates. Scotch is the classic “smoky” whisky. Having said that, not all of them have that characteristic but the vast majority get their “peaty” flavors from peat moss that is roasted with malted

Mezcal on the market has only become better over the last decade. Then of course who could forget smoked porters and smoked cheeses. At the Grant Grill we have smoked sugar and cocktails with a smoking gun (yes it exists). One could go on and on. The world of food and beverage would simply not be the same without the bi-product of fire so as the summer starts to come to a close I encourage you to greet fall with a little exploration into the liquid side of smoke!

Drink Shrink Jeff Josenhans barley, which in turn becomes whiskey down the line. If you want to smoke without smoking, just drink a Laphroaig the next time you are out and you’ll see what I mean. Even American whiskey uses smoke in that most barrels that the liquid is aged in (which is what gives it color) are first charred inside prior to pouring in virgin whiskey. High West even produced a “Campfire Whiskey” that brings us back to s’mores time. Other producers such as McCarthy’s in Oregon actually use peat just like in Scotland to bring out those smoky characteristics. Mezcal is another classic spirit that brings out smoke in a bottle. This sister to Tequila is for the most part made with Agave that has been roasted over an open fire before pressing into a liquid that later becomes Mezcal. The finished product takes on those initial impressions that started during the roasting phase and

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

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Air & Space volunteers (l-r) Steve Ball and Neil Vann study plans for the fuselage. (Photo by Linda Hite)

Air and Space constraints Millionaire flyer Howard Hughes became a worldwide headliner in the 1930s when his special-built plane soared to cross-countr y and speed records. Aviation’s innovator – and sometimes movie mogul – flew nonstop from Los Angeles to Newark in seven hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds. Then he reached 352 mph over a closed course. This would become the last aircraft built by a private individual to set the world speed records. Ever y aircraft to hold the honor since has been of a militar y design. That bit of flight histor y is being revived in a cluttered workshop below the main floor of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. A workforce of 20 volunteers is undertaking the task of building a replica of the Hughes H-1, a project that might take several years to complete. Never mind that the real H-1 is in the Smithsonian Museum, they feel this will ser ve well enough here. Bob Parker, a crew member working on the tail assembly, joked that those not even born yet may be able to work on this airplane. His humor may have been based on the 11 years it took to complete a P26 fighter replica, now displayed in the museum. He agreed that other priorities like restoration of a Corsair, building a Bell X-1 supersonic, a GB racer replica and a Ford Tri-Motor restoration were pushed ahead. As the crew studies limited plans and photographs, Parker said they aren’t pressured into any deadlines. Scheduling

Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald might be interrupted for a time for an additional restoration job, like the recently acquired P51 Fighter and PBY Catalina Flying Boat. Joining Parker with the tail section are Jim Bodie, Vito Alrieri and Chris Sundahl. With the fuselage, you’ll find Steve Ball, Neil Vann and Bill Weston. Duane Shockey, Jack Eckstein, Dan LeMay and Dwight Boecker surround the wooden wing components. “It’s really a complicated project, probably the most complicated we’ve taken on,” Parker said. “The cur vature in its design makes the building difficult. The H-1 is polished metal so we can’t make any errors on the skin. That means no dents or missed rivets. “All the paining will be done at the Gillespie Field Annex and because it is a model, they’ll have to paint on all the doors and hatches from patterns,”

said Parker. “Whatever they have to work with. We just build planes from scratch.” He added that the graphics department and computer designers will just have to guess how some things come together. Parker had no previous aeronautical experience before coming to the museum six years ago, he just liked the idea after leaving the grocer y business. Several of the volunteers, however, are former Convair workers. They remember assembly lines and time-card punch drills, but those ranks are thinning because of age. Elsewhere in the Park – Park rangers discuss Balboa Park’s historical and botanical treasures on free one-hour tours, originating from the House of Italy’s visitor center, Tuesdays and Sundays, starting at 11 a.m. ... Views of naturebased imager y by amateur and professional photographers will be featured at the Natural Histor y Museum’s “Best of Nature” exhibit, starting Sept. 24. Two rounds of judging took place to select the winning photographs, which range from landscape and wildlife to abstract and impressionistic. After an award winning, 38-year sports-writing career with the San Diego Union and authoring three books, Johnny McDonald now considers writing a hobby. He enjoys covering aspects of the port district, convention center, Balboa Park, zoo, and stories with a historical bent. You can reach him at johnny23@cox.net.v

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– a must-see Master Class more than 200 works, 10 from the museum’s permanent collection, was careful to include some of Newman’s lesser-known works that in context prove critical to his most celebrated. Beyond portraiture the show includes architecJennifer DeCarlo tural studies, still-lives, and street scenes, as well as contact sheets, manuscripts, correspondence, reArnold Newman: Master cords, and magazine tear sheets. Class, currently on display at the All of this evidence opens new San Diego Museum of Art, marks avenues of perspective onto Newthe first major exhibition of the man’s oeuvre. This choice allows photographer’s work since his for rediscovery of a master and death in 2006. the chance to gain fresh insight Newman’s prints seem to into the artist, his development, be made of the very thread of and practice. 20th century culture. The works We are indeed surprised by are iconic and capture some of some of the early 1940’s pieces, history’s most interesting perlike “Violin ship: patterns on sonalities, including politicians, table,” reminisbusinessmen, cent of some sports playof the Cubist’s ers, scientists, studies; “Studio artists, writers, still life,” a musicians, and geometric other celebriback-drop that ties. feels draft-like; Basic and and “Philadelprofound, phia,” a simple minimal and street scene selective, Newwith a crooked man’s works sign post that open the stories may even of their subjects foreshadow like books. the later New Whatever they Topographical include is not movement. only important, In works it’s intended; for Andy Warhol by Arnold Newman like these we the devil is in (Courtesy jdc Fine Art) sense a pause the details, and in our own viewing as if we are we can tell the most about people waiting for a figure to appear. from the things they surround They reveal a strong sense of themselves with. composition, framing, and balance We find musicians before of space and substance. They are their instruments, artists in charged, active, and full. This their studios with their work or potency strengthens in the later implements of creation, scientists portraiture, but seems subtle, as if at their black boards or among the foil to the depicted, whomever papers, museum directors in their they may be. In other experiprivate salon, a test-pilot suited-up ments, we find Newman engaging before his jet, politicians under the torn, the abstract, and the colonnade, businessmen in rooms fragmented. These appear in his full of the trappings of power, and contact books and in photo-colthe stories go on and on. Newman never misses setting laged portraits of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Andy Warhol. The the stage. This characteristic exhibition asks us to see the work developed into his personal callanew and reexamine everything ing card and became a practice we thought we knew about Arnold credited to him – environmental Newman. portraiture. Though Newman Arnold Newman: Master Class was not fond of the title, the description was on-mark, and the is on exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art, located at 1450 act of situating the sitter in their El Prado, in Balboa Park, through space reveals not only occupaSept. 8. For more information, visit tion, but infers accomplishment, sdmart.org or call 619-232-7931. sheds light on personality, and exposes the inner qualities of Jennifer DeCarlo is the owner/ figures. director of jdc Fine Art, a conNewman is so known for his temporary photography gallery in portraiture that it may be fair to Little Italy. She can be reached at say it overshadowed most of his Jennifer.decarlo@yahoo.comv other explorations. This show of


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Girls Night Out Sassy City Chicks Shopping Event – San Diego presented Girl’s Night Out on Aug. 22 at the Andaz San Diego. This fun-filled evening had cocktails, networking, and shopping. A boutique with local designers was set up and the girls enjoyed giveaways and complimentary spa services such as Oprah’s manicurist and the ancient art of eyebrow threading by Beauty By Dolly. A drawing was held for a stylish Kate Spade purse. Gordana Gehlhausen from “Project Runway All-Stars” & “Project Runway season six” was on hand to take pictures with the guests and was selling her latest creations. Michele Brunson brought her daughter Darmirra to help with her Sazzy Boutique. They had the latest trends in cloth-

Sophisticated Rhythms St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center presented the 36th Haute with Heart fashion show at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront on Aug. 17. This luncheon and fashion show began with an incredible rendition of the national anthem sung by SMSC student Bryce Johnson. President Sharon Esche-Irving welcomed everyone and fashion show Host Chair Toni Petruzzo and CEO Debra Emerson gave the acknowledgements. Joan Eichen was honored for her support of the St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center. Sally B. Thornton was Honorary Chair. Every year a talented dance troupe with the SMSC performs and delights the audience. One segment of the show featured the St. Madeleine Sophie’s students with guest community leader models. This is always the hit of the show. Pam Wilson ProducChildren models walk the “Sophisticated tions produced the fashion show Rhythms” runway (Photo by Diana Cavagnao) showcasing stores from the ing handbags, and hats. Darmirra Fashion Valley Mall. The theme for Brunson is currently getting ready the afternoon was Sophisticated to film a second season of the Rhythms and the models came sitcom, “Love Thy Neighbor” which down the runway with fabulous airs on OWN – Oprah Winfrey’s designs. The featured artist for the network. Arlene Zarco brought her invitations and programs was the beautiful jewelry and vegan handSMSC student John Agostini. Probags from her boutique, DAMA. A ceeds for this event are for adults local business PilyQ Swimwear was with developmental disabilities who showing off the latest in swimsuit participate in programs everyday at

fashions. The evening was perfect for shopping with discounted prices, socializing with Sassy Cocktails, and having a pampered evening with spa services. If you would like to attend the next fashion bash visit: sassycitychick.com/event/details/ sassy-city-chicks-san-diego/. Upcoming Events Sept. 13 – Exhibit Ambush Phase 2 Pop-Up Show: A preview of the main event, from 7-9 p.m. at 2971 Beech St. in South Park. Sept. 19 – The Arc of San Diego Annual Fashion Show: Elks Lodge, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 1450 East Washington Ave., El Cajon. Call 619-258-6725. Sept. 22 – FGI Little Black Dress Event: Fashion show at San Diego Polo Grounds, 12:30 – 7 p.m. For tickets: fgilittleblackdresspolo. eventbrite.com/ Sept. 28 – STRUT! for Sobriety: This ninth annual event will take place at the Marriott Marquis & Marina. This dynamic event presented by A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing) will include a boutique, luncheon, “Path to Recovery” awards, and a fashion show produced by Gretchen Productions. It honors individuals who help reduce the stigma associated with addictive illness and celebrates recovery from drug addiction. Tickets: strutforsobriety.eventbrite.ca/ Sept. 30 to Oct. 6 – San Diego Fashion Week: Held at the Port Pavilion Broadway Pier. For more info visit: fashionweeksd.com 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 diana@aheadproductions.com.v

its friendly, neighborhood bar theme. Don’t forget to When it comes to live music, there’s no question ask about their Thursday specials. While you’re at it, that San Diego has an abundance of diverse venues. you might want to try out their chicken wings. The Whether you’re into hip hop, country, rock or reggae, there’s always something going on. And the best lemon pepper is our favorite. thecommonssd.com. Just up the street is the Grant part is that you don’t have to wait Grill at the US Grant Hotel. Aluntil midnight to experience our though some people may not think cool music scene. of a hotel as a happening live music As a matter of fact, there are venue, the Grant Grill is an ideal plenty of places that have live music place to unwind and listen to music before 9 p.m. That’s good news if after a long day. Plus, the décor is you’re the type of person who likes stunning and because of the hotel’s to get out but can’t stay up too late historical significance, it adds to because you’re an early riser. the charm. Local musicians from In Little Italy on Kettner jazz, blues, pop and rock bands Boulevard, there’s a chic little spot can often be heard jamming at the called 98 Bottles. It doesn’t matter lounge Thursday through Sunday what day of the week it is because nights, starting at 8 p.m. Our tip? they’re always offering some sort Go on Thursday and catch their of entertainment from Sunset happy hour from 4 – 7 p.m. before Trivia to Painting and Vino (stay grooving to some live tunes. tuned for more about this growing trend in an upcoming column) Deser ving Couples Contest to yes, live music. If you’ve never Every year, our company looks been to 98 Bottles, head to The for ways to give back. Whether it’s Back Room. This is a super cool underprivileged children, the homearea where all the live music takes less, or military families, our mission place. It’s a large space so there’s Marc and Darlynne Menkin is to inspire others and bring people plenty of room to hang out and get to a better place. This time, we’re looking for a deservcomfortable. The concerts are a good mix from local musicians to national headliners, and the tickets range ing couple in need of a fun date night. If you know a couple that works hard but never has time to relax, we from $8 to $15. The concerts start early, either at 7 want to hear about them. Email us at tours@wherep.m. or 8 p.m. For those looking to end their weekend tours.com and tell us why they deserve to be treated on a high note, there’s always their “Sunday Funday” to a day of fun. The winning couple will receive two that features free acoustic music in the afternoon. For tickets to our Urban Challenge Scavenger Hunt and more info. visit 98bottlessd.com. our Rent-a-Local Adventure. Email us by Oct. 4. In the Gaslamp Quarter, one of our favorite new hangouts is The Commons Bar on Fourth Avenue. Marc & Darlynne Menkin are the co-owners of They recently added a live music component called “Where You Want To Be Tours.” Many of their tours and Acoustic Thursdays. If you’re in the mood to hear live music but want to be able to have a quiet conversa- team-building scavenger hunts feature secret Downtown areas. They can be reached at menkin@wheretours. tion with your date, this is a good choice. It’s typically com. For more info about their walking, bicycle and bus one musician so the ambiance is low key and relaxed. tours of San Diego, visit wheretours.com.v The music starts at 7 p.m. and it fits in perfectly with

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(l-r) Kelsey Venter and David S. Humphrey; (l-r) Venter, Jesse Abeel, Humphrey, and Robert Smyth; (l-r) Venter and Humphrey in another scene (Photos by Ken Jacques)

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Familiarity with Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film is not a prerequisite, but it deepens one’s appreciation of Patrick Barlow’s stage adaptation, actually a spoof of “The 39 Steps,” which was quite the serious spy thriller. The production is seen at Lamb’s Players Theatre through Sept. 22. When he was inter viewed earlier this year regarding “The 39 Steps,” Lamb’s Artistic Director Robert Smyth could barely hide his longing to be one of the show’s four actors. One assumes he succumbed to some gentle arm-twisting on the part of his wife, Deborah Gilmour Smyth, who is the director. Robert Smyth plays Clown #2. Others in the company are David S. Hum-

phrey, the sole actor who plays only one character, protagonist Richard Hannay; Kelsey Venter, who portrays three women, Annabella, Pamela and Margaret; and Jesse Abeel, who is Clown #1. The clowns get a huge workout, changing characters with the change of a hat before the audience’s eyes. Robert, who joined Lamb’s in 1979, is quite obviously having the time of his life, and so is Abeel, by now a Lamb’s veteran of several years’ worth of truly memorable performances. He possesses the sort of facility, versatility and depth that make an actor valuable to a repertor y company and to the community. The same could be said of Venter, whose Lamb’s roles include Sarah in “Guys and Dolls” and Sarah in “Trying.” Humphrey’s

numerous Lamb’s credits include “1776” and “The Secret Garden.” The Aug. 21 audience had a rip-roaring good time. What appears easy is timed to the nth, and all is expertly done here, abetted by Jemima Dutra’s costumes, Nathan Peirson’s lighting, Michael McKeon’s set and properties, and Deborah Smyth’s sound design based on the original design by Mic Pool. Richard Hannay is an ex-pat Canadian, a lonely 37-year-old bachelor living in London. He goes to the theater and becomes the unwitting target of an international spy ring because he harbors an opposing spy named Annabella (Venter), who is murdered by two men (Abeel and Robert). Hannay flees, in pursuit of clues given him by the doomed woman. Venter’s other

characters are a kindly farmer’s wife and a sophisticated blond named Pamela, who blows the whistle on Hannay not once but twice before discovering he’s not really Annabella’s murderer. He is telling the truth about the sinister 39 Steps spy ring, which is tr ying to kill him and smuggle secrets out of the countr y. Abeel and Robert portray a host of farmers, hoteliers, policemen and spies. Hannay, a fast thinker and long-distance runner, eludes the opposition repeatedly, even while famously handcuffed to Pamela, with whom he falls in love. Eventually, the feeling is mutual. Barlow’s clever dialogue and projections include references to other Hitchcock films. Deborah Smyth’s direction showcases her company’s talents beautifully.

The secret is staging maximum effect with a minimum of visible effort as well as few accoutrements: trunks, a few ladders, odd pieces of furniture, a lamppost, and human torsos that become the landscape of Scotland. “The 39 Steps” continues in Lamb’s Players, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, with matinees at 4 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $22-$52. Visit lambsplayers.org or call 619-437-6000. Charlene Baldridge moved to San Diego from the Chicago area in 1962. She’s been writing about the arts since 1979, and has had her features, critiques, surveys and interviews included in various publications ever since. Her book “San Diego, Jewel of the California Coast” (Northland Publishing) is currently available in bookstores. She can be reached at charb81@gmail.com.v

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RECOVERY, HEALING AND RESULTS The healing process is short and not uncomfortable, although the area may tingle a bit. There may be a small amount of swelling right after the procedure and the area may be sensitive to touch for about a week. FDA-approved studies on the CoolSculpting process show that 20 percent of fat can be removed from an area in one treatment. Reduction of fat was successful for 9 out of 10 people after just one treatment. CANDIDATES FOR THE PROCEDURE “Anybody can be a candidate for CoolSculpting, it’s not an age-related procedure,” Dr. Hiemer said. “I have treated patients in their early 20s and a woman in her 80s. Medically, it is rarely contra indicated.” A consultation and medical workup is required and candidates must be at their ideal body weight. It is not considered part of a weight-loss program. Risks and Cost “The biggest risk of CoolSculpting is that patients may have unrealistic expectations for results,” Dr. Heimer explained. He helps patients gain realistic ideas about what to expect. “CoolSculpting is not covered by insurance,” Dr. Heimer said, “but reducing the amount of body fat is an advantage for most people whether or not they’ve been diagnosed with health disorders.” For a small application, the cost is $800; larger applications are $1500. Packages are available that offer 10-15 percent discounts and financing is available through the office. Dr. Heimer recommends visiting his web site to see before and after photos at drheimer.com/aesthetic-services/ coolsculpting/.

Hillcrest Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology is located at 3737 Fourth Ave. For more information call 619-299-0700 or visit coolsculpting.com. Dr. William Heimer’s clinics in both Hillcrest and Encinitas are on the Best Of San Diego list.

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LIGHTS at capturing some of the old world charm of the Gaslamp Quarter. In addition to the Gaslamp Historic District – bound by C Street to the north, Sixth Street to the east, Harbor Drive to the south and Fourth Street to the west – the city will also not replace light fixtures in the Chinese-Asian Thematic Historic District that is bound by G Street to the north, Fifth Street to the east, J Street to the south and Third Street to the west. Cosio-Azar said the City devised its replacement map after consulting with community groups throughout the Downtown area. “We wanted to check before we just went ahead and started changing all of the lights,” CosioAzar said. In all, Cosio-Azar said the city plans to switch out about 3,000 fixtures across five neighborhoods, including East Village, Cortez Hill, Core/Columbia, Little Italy and the Marina District. The new fixtures will feature cutting-edge technology that has Cosio-Azar and other members of the city’s Environmental Services Department eager to tap into the marvels of this modern technology. By logging into a secure server, city employees will have an opportunity to determine online whether a specific fixture has lighting that is low in wattage or in need of replacement. The goal, Cosio-Azar said, is to be proactive and mitigate the number of service calls that come directly from residents and business owners. “This is something that’s so new, and we’re excited by the thought of having it up and running,” CosioAzar said. “It will help in addressing any problems that come up. Crews can more quickly evaluate if a light is out, and it’s going to really improve response times.” The new fixtures will feature light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs that last longer than the traditional incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. LED bulbs have also been touted for their energy-efficient features. While the upcoming changes will not impact the Gaslamp Quarter, Parker said he is pleased city officials have been focusing their attention on lighting. “More lighting has been needed, particularly in some of the pedestrian thoroughfares,” Parker said. “Lighting is an important issue, and it should be a high priority. That seems obvious, but it doesn’t always happen the way it should.” Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe program, the property and business improvement district for the Downtown region, was invested in the program from the beginning and has monitored its progress. “We are very excited about the new lighting program,” said Ryan Loofbuorrow, executive director of Clean & Safe. “Safety is our numberone concern and we believe the new lighting technology will provide a more consistent and reliable lighting system for our Downtown. Dave Fidlin has been a professional journalist for more than a dozen years. Throughout his career, he has contributed to a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites across the nation. He has a special affinity for San Diego and its people. Contact him at dave.fidlin@thinkpost.net. (Front page photo courtesy City of San Diego Environmental Services).v

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