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The new Downtown Central Library will be “an architectural spectacle that brightens the San Diego skyline,” said Council President Todd Gloria. (Courtesy San Diego Public Library)

A ‘new library for a new age’

Just shy of six months after the close of its funding campaign, the San Diego Public Market has successfully completed scheduled preparations of its Market Hall, and continues to work on planning and permits to improve the two-acre property. Currently open Wednesdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the market was launched with the goal of eventually operating six days per week, year-round. The market has begun confirming leases for permanent, full-time shopkeepers, and will soon start the process of constructing those spaces in the Market Hall. They’ll also be expanding into the National Plaza section of the property designed for farmers’ markets and special events. “We created the San Diego Public Market as a hub for local farmers to shop for and enjoy local food and learn more about feeding healthy families,” said co-founder Catt White. “We want it to be a place where local small businesses can grow.” Through its constituency with San Diego

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Downtown Central Library to house 1.2 million volumes, charter high school Dave Schwab Downtown News

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Downtown San Diego’s new $184.9 million Central Library debuts this summer and this all – ages facility will definitely be one for the times and the masses. “We are going to have state-of-the-art computer labs, more than 400 computers and a lot more places for people to plug in their own, as well as a lot of new app-related technology,” said Marion Moss Hubbard, senior public information officer for the San Diego Library.

Moss Hubbard said there will also be a new “automated material handling system” that will move items from book drops, sort materials and automatically check books and other materials out, all while operating with the same number of staff we have now. “A charter high school on the sixth and seventh floors will eventually have 500 students,” said Charlie Goldberg, San Diego Public Library Foundation’s marketing director, about one innovation of the new library still under construction.

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Colorful root vegetables sell briskly at the popular new Public Market. (Photo by Brijet Myers)

“Kiss statue” to return anew

The popular 25-foot sculpture rolls back into town soon Morgan M. Hurley Downtown News Editor

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The popular “Kissing Statue” that stood tall and proud alongside the USS Midway Museum and the San Diego waterfront for almost five years before its departure in September, is making a triumphant return this month. However, the one return-

ing is not the same statue that made its grand exit last fall after being broken down into three movable pieces. This one will be here to stay, thanks to the USS Midway Museum and dozens of benefactors who rallied together last year to bring the sculpture back to the waterfront in a permanent fashion. “Unconditional Surrender,” as the sculpture is officially

known, is a 25-foot tall salute to the iconic photographs taken in Times Square on D-Day, August 14, 1945, of a U.S. Navy sailor who took a random nurse passing by into his arms and kissed her. One of those photographs, taken by professional photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, found its way to the cover of Life Magazine and is protected by copyright. Another photo, taken simultaneously by Navy photojournalist Victor Jor-

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(l-r) Clare Pister, Monica Medina, NPR CEO Gary Knell, Trisha Richter and Ashley Rodriguez (Courtesy KPBS)

Hello, Neighbor! New KPBS blog shines light on diversity Morgan M. Hurley Downtown News Editor

KPBS, San Diego’s Public Broadcast network located on the campus of San Diego State University, has always been an integral part of San Diego and its communities. It’s mission statement is this: “KPBS news serves the people of the San Diego region with trustworthy, in-depth information that allows the community to hold its leaders accountable. We show how global and local current affairs change our lives and how San Diego changes the world.” KPBS accomplishes its mission through a variety of media and outlets, radio, television and digital media / online. One group, led by 18-year KPBS veteran Monica Medina, is now using their prominent position in the media market to reach out and honor members of the local San Diego area. Medina’s title is Director of Diversity, Engagement and Grants. That’s a big title and it encompasses a great deal. The Grants aspect carried over from previous roles she held within the organization because she is very good at what she does. As Director of Diversity and Engagement, Medina initiates and oversees outreach campaigns within the

Leng Caloh, interactive strategies manager (Courtesy KPBS) greater San Diego area, focusing in such community areas as military, mental health, aging, Native-American, LGBT, Asian and Pacific Islanders, African-American, Latino and Hispanic, Jewish, disability and women. For the last couple of years, KPBS has honored people within these communities as “local heroes,” and now Medina is taking that concept a step further. In November, she launched a new blog, called, “Hello Neighbor” on the KPBS website. There are eight categories for local heroes: Native American Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Disability Awareness Month, LGBT Pride Month, Black History Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, Women’s History Month, and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Two from each category are chosen, generally one male and one female. An avid blogger in her own right ( – “my keen observations and ironic musings”), Medina has taken to writing on the blog twice per month about outstanding people within the community who aren’t necessarily honored with a hero nomination or award. Hello Neighbor, inspired by the universal appeal of Mister Rogers and his decades-long request for viewers to be his neighbor, is now a bi-monthly blog that sheds a shining light on those who dedicate their lives making the world better for other people. The website calls it, “a blog about San Diego and the people and places that make this an extraordinary region to live.” It does much more than that, it lifts up the people are usually doing the heavy lifting themselves. Since first

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MARKET Weekly Markets, the San Diego Public Market offers classes to interested vendors to help navigate the permit process and other farmers’ market requirements. These Vendor 101 and 102 classes will be extended within the San Diego Public Market to create an ongoing education, mentorship and network for local businesses and new farmers. The Wednesday and Sunday farmers’ markets will eventually hold 80-90 booths, and the Market Hall and other areas of the property will house approximately 65 additional, permanent vendors. “We’re excited about celebrating the incredible diversity of San Diego and its food scene as we create a permanent, full-time public market,” White said. Acquiring the initial project backing through a crowd-funding campaign in August, the market will soon hold its first Taste of the Market event as a reward for select backers. Tickets are also available to the public for this event, which will feature local farmers, food purveyors and chefs. “We were thrilled that 1,379 people pledged financial support to the San Diego Public Market – and perhaps even more than the money – that those people pledged their hearts and minds to the idea of building a local food hub,” said White. “We always thought it was a big, important idea and it was exciting to have the importance of a public market validated by so many other people.” The online campaign had a goal of $92,244, and in just eight days, surpassed its goal to raise a total of $146,121. Even though the Kickstarter campaign closed in August, it’s not too late to contribute to this working

Co-founders (l-r) Catt White and Dale Steele enjoy a lighthearted moment at the San Diego Public Market. (Photo by Melissa Jacobs) project. A new program allows supporters to purchase pavers engraved with their name and a personalized message that will be displayed on the walkway through the market. Mark Steele of MW Steele Architecture (also co-founder Dale Steele’s husband) is currently working on designs to preserve the existing industrial elements of the 92,000-square-foot property. Located in Barrio Logan at 1735 National Ave., the bright orange warehouse held its first market on Sept. 12, 2012. “Our neighbors in Barrio Logan have been hugely supportive,” White said. “Nearby businesses are joining the Wednesday and Sunday markets, and Downtown residents are shopping alongside fans from

all over San Diego County.” Coming up this month, San Diego Public Market is scheduling “Chef Tours” on Feb. 3, 17, and 20, with local chefs providing tours of the market and its many offerings. Then on Feb. 10, 14 local chefs and a number of farmers and purveyors will join White and Steele for their very first “Taste of the Market,” with lots of great food, tours of the market and a “taste” of things to come. For tickets to Taste of the Market, visit brownpapertickets. com/event/321621. Later in the month they also plan to make movie nights available to the public. For more information, visit You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with pertinent news.v

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STATUE genson, is in the public domain. The black and white image of that kiss from any angle came to exemplify the nation’s elation regarding the end of WWII. That moment in time became the original inspiration for artist Seward Johnson, said Paula Stoeke, Director of The Sculpture Foundation, a private, Santa Barbara operating foundation that focuses on providing artwork for urban and cultural centers. Johnson, now 82, has sculpted hundreds of life-sized and larger-than-life sculptures over the years, many of which are installed around the world. Stoeke said Johnson recently gave all of his artwork to The Sculpture Foundation in support of their global mission. “It was a ver y generous gift,” Stoeke said. Johnson originally designed the prototype out of foam resin, which was used as a lightweight, albeit weather-sturdy, exhibitional prototype, using Jorgenson’s photo as a guide. The statue stood on a temporar y platform between the USS Midway Museum and The Fish Market, which is located at 750 N. Harbor Drive. The San Diego Port Authority had granted a local architectural firm the permission to raise funds to purchase a more permanent statue, but after several years of extention, those fundraising efforts failed, and the sculpture was rotated to a new location. It was at this time the USS Midway Museum decided to get involved, said Scott McGaugh, director of marketing at the museum. “That’s when Midway really became more aware of it and realized if there was going to be a permanent ‘Kiss’ statue in San Diego, someone was going to have to step in and help make that happen, and that’s when we got involved,” he said. Once given the “green light” from the Port Authority to pursue funding, the Midway team ADVERTORIAL

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(above) The temporary statue on display in San Diego. (Courtesy USS Midway Museum)

(left)“Unconditional Surrender” statue under construction in its New Jersey studio. (Courtesy The Sculpture Foundation)

got to work. McGaugh said they were given a year to raise the necessar y funds, and did so in record time. “We started the public campaign in the spring, after raising the first $700,000 by seven individuals … during the silent phase,” McGaugh said. “The Midway then went public and announced that we would match the first $100,000 that the general public donated.” The general public responded quickly and generously: $232,000 was raised in just eight weeks. With a total of $1.3 million raised between the private, the public and the Midway donation match, a permanent “Kiss” statue was now a reality. The next step was to set the stage. McGaugh said Midway worked with the Port of San Diego throughout the summer and fall on environmental reviews, permitting and site improvements. The initial grading for the sculpture’s permanent stand began the day after Christmas. Not ever yone was happy. According to a stor y in U-T San Diego last March, two members assigned to a Port Authority Public Art Committee resigned over the Port’s decision to keep the statue, after their committee had recommended against it. For McGaugh, the decision to bring back a permanent statue was a “no-brainer.” “We think that it’s a great icon of the end of WWII,” he said. “It’s a great tribute to the

greatest generation – the 16 million Americans who ser ved and defended our countr y in WWII. “We think the location is ideal along the ‘Greatest Generation Walk’ that the Port is developing alongside the USS Midway, [an aircraft carrier] that was born of WWII. “What [the statue] has come to represent – the sacrifice and peace – together with its location here in Navy Town USA we just think it’s a natural fit. … In time, a permanent installation will truly become one of the defining features of the Downtown waterfront.” Stoeke said the permanent statue, “made of patina polychrome with pigment added on top,” is ready for its trek across the United States. It will travel from its New Jersey birthplace in one piece on the back of a flatbed truck and roll into San Diego on or around Wednesday, Feb. 13. “Spirit of 45,” a national WWII ser vice member alumni organization, will be in San Diego from Feb. 14-17 for their National Leaders Conference and will also participate in the public unveiling, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16. For more details about the statue, the USS Midway Memorial or the unveling, visit midway. org. To learn more about the Spirit of 45 organization, visit and to learn more about The Sculpture Foundation, visit

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Looking for a way to snag a Valentine?

Downtown dating coach says ‘love is in the neighborhood’ David Moye Downtown News

With Valentine’s Day happening this month, love is in the air and one nationally recognized dating expert believes Downtown may just be San Diego’s best place to find it. “Downtown is a fantastic place for singles. There’s lots of energy, action and professional singles,” said dating coach Deanna Lorraine, who lives in Little Italy but has her office in Bankers Hill. “It’s easy to get around and meet a lot of people.” Lorraine should know. Referred to by her clients as “Ms. Hitch,” Lorraine has been helping single men and women hone their dating skills for the past seven years through her business as “Thee Dating Coach and Romance Resource.” She has also offered her advice on television, on shows such as “Good Morning America” and “The Rachael Ray Show.” Being a dating coach is something the twenty-something entrepreneur started after working in corporate America, but the roots started when she was a young girl growing up in Northridge, California. “I have four brothers. I’m the only girl and I’m in the middle,” Lorraine laughed. “I grew up in a heavily male [dominated] world and I was sort of the girl in the locker room. I learned insights into a man’s brain.” Another incident that she believes helped shape her future destiny as an intermediary between the sexes was sadder: her parent’s divorce when she was nine. “I remember their arguments and I felt like if I had the tools, and better relationship skills, I could have mediated their differences.” While she couldn’t do that, she has vowed to help others hone their skills at attracting lasting love. What she has learned may surprise people. “Men make the mistake that women are won over by the perfect and nice gentleman,” she explained. “But guys shouldn’t lead with that. Women need a contrast. They want to see the bad boy side and feel the guy can be a protector. “On the other hand, the biggest misconception women make is thinking men are complicated. They assume there is a deep meaning to what guys do. Men are simple. If a man is into you, you’ll know it.”

Another misconception, she and get them to see who they can says, is that guys aren’t looking for be a mate with,” she said. serious love. If you’re thinking of looking for “Actually, it seems like there’s a Valentine Downtown this year, been a shift and [now] guys are the Lorraine has these tips that can ones that want to settle down, while increase your chances. women – at least when they’re in their 20s and early 30s – are more 1. “Don’t hibernate. Don’t let rain interested in building a career.” or cold keep you inside. To meet Lorraine’s clients run about people, you have to put yourself out 60/40 male-to-female and she attrithere.” butes to this to the male tendency to problem solve. “If there’s some2. “Go to a sports bar on Super thing wrong, guys will take action,” Bowl Sunday or to watch the Aztecs she said. play. It will be fun and very social.” Some of her training includes explaining the social cues of the 3. Downtown has lots of hookah opposite sex, and Lorraine has had bars and even if you don’t smoke, some female clients in powerful, they’re great places to meet high profile positions that needed people.” help dialing back their tough-asnails business side when in a casual To learn more about Lorraine social setting. and her dating services and workBut she also stresses to each shops, visit her website at deannalclient that they have a right to be loved and shows them how to accentuate their best side to potential San Diego native David Moye partners. writes Weird News for the Huffington “One of my clients was a 39-year- Post. You can learn more about him old woman with cerebral palsy who at was about to throw in the towel and stop trying to find a love,” Lorraine said. “I got her to become more confident and taught her dating and attraction skills, and she has found a guy – who also has C.P. – that she believes is her soul mate.” Aside from her private coaching and matchmaking practice, Lorraine makes regular appearances on both national and local TV, and is the resident “dating expert” on a Channel 933 radio show, where she has a regular dating advice segment on Thursday mornings. She is currently in the process of producing her own product line that includes a DVD/Audio series and e-books, and she published two books in 2012: “The Art of MAN-ifesting Mr. Right” and “The Science of being Sexy.” Lorraine also leads live seminars and weekend workshops, often at Down Downtown bars and restaurants, where she helps clients test their newfound skills and learn what works best Dating coach Deanna Lorraine for each one. (Photo by Reuben Poon / “Sometimes, you have Celebration Packages) to clean a guy’s glasses

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Whose park is it? By Carolyn Chase, Founder and CEO, San Diego EarthWorks


Downtown San Diego Partnership to hold workshops on neighborhood planning, future of Downtown

By Kris Michell, President/CEO, Downtown San Diego Partnership Over the next 40 years, the San Diego region is expected to grow exponentially. We’ll need to accommodate an additional 1.3 million residents, 400,000 housing units, and 500,000 jobs—and all of the basic services that come with a growing economy. To do this, we must focus on innovative solutions and an urban core that will allow us to accommodate this expected growth, and house and employ thousands of San Diegans. Because there are no more land tracks for which we can expand, we must go vertical. Downtown San Diego has the ability to do just that. Today, Downtown San Diego is a diverse, vibrant community with nearly 30,000 residents, 75,000 workers, and millions of year-round visitors. It’s an urban core that serves as a regional asset and economic engine to Greater San Diego. Many live, work, play, learn, shop, and dine here. While Downtown San Diego has come a long way the past several decades, there is more to be

done. The world is changing—technology is more prevalent than ever, consumers seek innovative and effective products and concepts, and accessible public transportation and alternatives rank high for urban metropolis. Vital downtowns are becoming increasingly important to cities throughout the nation as demographics and global trends shift. And for Downtown San Diego, the time is right to establish new priorities and solutions to respond to new economic realities and the need for reinvention following the loss of redevelopment. As a community, we also have the opportunity to enhance our 2006 Community Plan and build upon a Vision that has been created for the Greater San Diego region by the San Diego Foundation. In concert with the San Diego Foundation’s Our Greater San Diego Vision, the Downtown San Diego Partnership is embarking on an Our Downtown strategic planning process to develop a post-redevelopment vision, framework, and action plan to advance Downtown San Diego. Our Downtown will provide an opportunity to inform the city and region on the importance of Downtown, plus seek input from the region on downtown’s future. Before we move forward with this regional planning effort, we want to make sure that Downtown’s neighborhoods first define improvements and priorities for our future. Collaborating with our neighborhood partners, the Downtown San Diego Partnership is conducting a series of neighborhood workshops that will aim to prioritize the best ideas from past planning efforts, plus seek any new ideas that might benefit Downtown moving forward. The Partnership has scheduled workshops during February and March in each of the neighborhoods that make up Downtown. To inquire about a workshop in your neighborhood, or for more information about Our Downtown vision, please contact Staci Ignell, Director of External Affairs at the Downtown San Diego Partnership at signell@ or 619-234-0201. To learn more about the Downtown San Diego Partnership—the leading advocate for the economic growth and revitalization of Downtown—please visit

The Charter School of San Diego, Downtown Learning Center welcomes parents The teachers of the Downtown and Horton Plaza Learning Centers welcome parents and student to visit the learning center. A scheduled or impromptu visit is the best way to get to know the teachers and to gather information about the program. The Charter School of San Diego has been an educational option for students in grades 7-12 for the past 16 years. Its instructional design is based on a “University Model”, where students work independently and attend classes, labs, or tutorials two-tofive times per week. Students attend at scheduled times, ensuring that there are never more than 20 students on site at one time. CSSD is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It is in good standing with its granting district and has documentation

demonstrating exceptionally positive student outcomes. Student work is governed by a course syllabus that is consistent with the standards prescribed by the California Department of Education. The course syllabus contains lessons developed by subject-matter experts who hold a California Credential. Students take one to two courses at a time. By concentrating on one to two subjects, students are able to better focus on content. Students are expected to complete a minimum of one course every four weeks. Classes operate year-round so that students may continuously progress in school. Specialist teachers in the fields of math and science are available to work with students. Preparation for the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) is also provided to all students.

CSSD recently launched its Pathways Program to assist students in taking one of four pathways after high school. The four pathways are: four year university, community college, military and vocational preparedness. Pathways was created in response to a growing number of students who needed assistance in preparing a post-secondary plan. Using career interest inventories and personality surveys, students can better understand who they are early on and start pursuing their goals during high school. The Pathways Program facilitates student academic and career focus. For more information on The Charter School of San Diego Downtown and Horton Plaza Learning Centers, please visit, or call Stacy McGuire at 858-292-7004.v

San Diego EarthWorks, the nonprofit organizers of the annual Earth Day Fair each April in Balboa Park (2013 would be the 24th annual), is in receipt of a letter from the City of San Diego, Park and Recreation Department, dated Jan. 15, 2013 saying, in part, “the Park and Recreation Department is not accepting requests for large, over-capacity special events in the Central Mesa area of the park due to the pending Plaza de Panama construction and the overall impacts such a large construction project will have on the visitors to the park during this time.” And from another City of San Diego memo from the Chief Operating Officer dated December 21, 2012, “Based upon those discussions (with the members of the Plaza de Panama design/construction team) and input from the Balboa Park institutions (museums and restaurants) .... it was determined by City staff that during the one-year (sic) construction period ... they would not be accepting any events in the Central Mesa.” Unfortunately, even with a 23-year history with which we can make some claim to also being a Balboa Park “institution,” this policy was not communicated to San Diego EarthWorks until January 4 of this year. This policy was also not vetted during the public hearings or in the environmental documents. Nor are the “overall impacts” disclosed or quantified in any manner. We are no impediment whatsoever to construction. Construction is not even scheduled on Sundays when the EarthFair takes place. We proposed a plan to change the layout to address the only construction-related impact on the day of our event: the closure of the 367-space organ pavilion parking lot. What the Environmental Impact Report did say with respect to “special events” can be found in Section 8-5 with this conclusion. “Overall, the project would have a less than significant impact on special events. These events would likely continue with or without the implementation of the project.” The banishment of Special Events was also not listed in the “Areas of Controversy” (Section S.3) nor discussed with respect to construction impacts. Quoting from the EIR with respect to construction impacts, “The mitigation measure, N-1, identified for the project precludes construction during special events.” The EIR does not anywhere state the opposite: that the construction will, in fact, preclude special events. Yet this is what is happening now The City also requested our attendance at a meeting to discuss the practicalities of moving to the west side, over the bridge and along 6th avenue. Our analysis shows the problems there are formidable. No Children’s Parade is deemed possible. The ability to load-in and out quickly with volunteers, does not exist on the west side the way it does in the heart of the park. Moving there would only increase liability. What about neighbors? The San Diego Metro CDC and the West Mesa Subcommittee of the Balboa Park Committee have both passed motions objecting to moving events to the west side without consultation. The letter from Park & Rec closed with this: “should we be notified by the Plaza de Panama Committee between now and February 8, 2013, that they will not be under construction in April 2013, staff is ready to work with EarthWorks to permit the event in the Central Mesa.” This is a veiled reference to fact that the SOHO CEQA lawsuit against the project has a court hearing on February 1 and the judge could stop construction. Another lawsuit is getting less attention:

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San Diegans for Open Government vs. City of San Diego is scheduled for hearing in March. This lawsuit hampers the City’s ability to finance the parking lot. But this is not about construction. If it stays about construction, we’re out for 2013 and 2014. For the Centennial in 2015, even though I sought a reservation according to the contract for management of Balboa Park during 2015, we’re now told we’re being put in something called “Edge2015.” So it seems that there is going to be a heart of the park and an “Edge” of the park. And without consultation, we’re being put in the Edge - and with some fine company, we’re sure. Also being moved: December Nights, well part of it. The part not deemed somehow suitable for the heart of the park. It appears that everyone other than those with the privilege of having subsidized space in the public buildings, is being pushed out. A review of the tax filings for multiple years of the non-profit lessees in public park buildings reveal that their assets range from multi-million dollar endowments, to those that are, basically, bankrupt, but able to continue to operate under generous leases for the public good. The impacts of Earth Day are not the difference between profit or loss for any them. We support capacity-building efforts. But those that are severely “underwater” financially have bigger issues than events. Events, in fact, bring new customers to their doors. The irony of being forced out of our traditional location due to the closure of a parking lot, in order to build an even bigger parking lot, does not escape me. Nor will we give up the struggle to preserve public parkland for public use. We deserve a place in the heart of the park; because in fact, Earth Day has touched the hearts of more than million attendees. That’s the kind of edge we’re counting on to return us to where we belong: the heart of Balboa Park. This situation has me thinking alot about: “What is Earth Day” I’ve never felt the need to claim that Earth Day is the most important thing. It’s a day. But like other annual observations, Mother’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and all other anniversaries, it seeks the lofty goal to touch people for the rest of their lives. It’s a cultural gathering, of all races and all creeds, and unlike any other. It is organized out of love and integrity. And we think that should be enough to be able to stay in the heart of Balboa Park. There 25th anniversary of the largest Earth Day in the country could only take place where it has been for 23 years. The momentum of Earth Day is such that thousands will show up anyway, whether we organize the EarthFair or not. They can kick us out by refusing to process our permits and inflicting the financial losses on the organizers and exhibitors, but they cannot stop people from observing Earth Day in heart of Balboa Park. No permits are required to lawfully stroll, picnic or protest City Park permitting policies in observation and honor of Earth Day on April 21 in the heart of Balboa Park. Author’s Note: This commentary was written prior to a tentative ruling in SOHO lawsuit against the Plaza de Panama project. If the ruling stands, an appeal is expected . EarthWorks expects to hear by Feb. 9 whether they will be allowed to proceed in their traditional location in the heart of Balboa Park for 2013, however, even if they are, the issues with park permits remain problematic for future years.v

DowntownBriefs EMBASSY SUITES SOLD San Diego U-T reported that the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay hotel has been sold to Pebblebrook Hotel Trust for $112.5 million. The Maryland-based real estate investment trust also owns the 450 room Westin Gaslamp Quarter property. CFO Raymond Martz told the U-T that Pebblebrook appreciates San Diego “because of its appeal as a strong leisure and convention destination.” According to the story, Pebblebrook plans to invest approximately $7 million in the hotel over the next two years. The hotel is located at the corner of Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway near Seaport Village, Downtown. Formerly managed by Hilton, it will now be operated by HEI Hotels and Resorts. TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF WEST BROADWAY The portion of West Broadway between Pacific Highway and North Harbor Drive is closed to vehicular traffic until summer of 2013 while the Port of San Diego continues the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan Phase 1. The project will allow contractors to relocate and install new utilities, adjust grades and install paving for new roadway and walkway surfaces. The closure will be in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The North Embarcadero Visionary Plan Phase 1 project is a joint project with the City of San Diego, Civic San Diego and the Port of San Diego. The $28 million project will create a new public open space for residents and visitors including a 105-footwide esplanade with formal gardens, plazas, shade pavilions and a waterfront promenade. The completion of the entire project is expected to be April 2014. HORTON PLAZA PARK A ‘GO’ One of many projects stuck in limbo after the state of California’s liquidation of redevelopment funding in 2011, the Horton Plaza Park Project got authorization to move forward from the State of California Department of Finance this week, as announced by Council President Todd Gloria in a press release. The park had been one of many projects the City of San Diego had resubmitted for consideration. “This reversal of a prior decision is very good news. Horton Plaza Park will be a great benefit to our Downtown neighborhood and an asset in which all San Diegans can take pride,” said Council President Todd Gloria, who now represents the area. “This project is the hallmark of what good redevelopment and a unique public-private partnership can accomplish, and my hope is strengthened that other impactful projects will gain similarly positive reviews from the State.” The project, scheduled to encompass the existing park and fountain area of Horton Plaza along Broadway and Fourth Avenue, as well as a building that at one time housed a department store, was already well into its demolition stages. Once completed, the park will be comprised of 1.3 acres and offer residents and visitors an

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MARRIOTT MARQUIS SOMMELIER WINS TOP HONOR Joshua Orr, house sommelier and bar manager of Marina Kitchen located at the Marriott Marquis Downtown, recently advanced to the second round of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs 2013 Young Sommelier Competition, which kicked off in December. The distinction identifies him as one of the 25 top young sommeliers in the nation. “It’s such an honor to be recognized as one of the country’s top 25 young sommeliers,” said Orr in a press release. “It is with great esteem that I move onto the second round and I hope to advance to the finals as the West’s regional winner.” Founded in Paris in 1248, the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is the world’s oldest international gastronomic society and is devoted to preserving and promoting excellence in all areas of the hospitality arts.The next stage of the competition will take place at six different locations between January and March. Prior to joining Marina Kitchen, Orr, who holds an Advanced Sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers, worked in Las Vegas. He is currently on track to pass his certification for Master Sommelier this spring. CITY EMERGENCY SERVICES RFP DELAYED, SERVICES SET TO EXPIRE The city’s contract for emergency medical services (EMS) is scheduled to expire in June, and the City has yet to publish the new Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking bidders for a new contract. The RFP received final approval from the State and County in October. The City Attorney’s office reported in a press release that the city is seeking to modify the RFP to take advantage of recent changes to state law in order to take advantage or federal funds. In the same release, the City Attorney’s office urged the City to publish the RFP and not cause further delays, which could cause a lapse in services. DAVIS RE-INTRODUCES BILL TO END ABSENTEE BALLOT RESTRICTIONS District 53rd District Rep. Susan Davis, representing much of Uptown, reintroduced a federal bill that would end restrictions many states impose on absentee ballot voters. Called the Universal Right to Vote by Mail Act, the bill would prohibit states from limiting absentee voting to only certain voters. California is one of a handful of states that offer “no-excuse absentee voting,” which does not include such restrictions. “There’s really no excuse for the government to demand the private details of a person’s life just so they can vote,” Davis said in a released statement. “Voters should not have to put their life on display or jump through hoops just to participate in one of the most hallowed acts of a democracy – voting. And no one should be denied the chance to vote because they don’t have the proper excuse.” Davis called the bill a matter of “privacy” and “fairness,” calling on Congress to level the voting rights across each state. Previously, the bill has twice passed the House Administration Committee and Davis said she would continue to move it through Congress.v



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Pete ‘n’ Keely: what Lamb’s does so well Charlene Baldridge Downtown News

With handsome Brent Schindele on piano and a fine onstage combo comprising Tom Versen on percussion, Harley Magsino on bass and Leonard Sundelson on reeds/flute, Bowman and Johnson’s vocals are well supported and euphoniously orchestrated by Patrick Brady. Actor Patrick Duffy, also responsible for sound design,

Though they work ver y hard, two seasoned pros make James Hindman’s 2000 offBroadway musical “Pete ‘n’ Keely” look easy. A feast for musical theater and comedy lovers, the show – starring Eileen Bowman and Phil Johnson – continues through March 3 at Coronado’s Lamb’s Players Theatre. The book is loosely based on married pop music performers Steve (Lawrence) and Eydie (Gorme) whose tune, “We Got Us,” is referenced obliquely in the “Pete ‘n’ Keely” score as “It’s Us Again.” Think of Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You, Babe,” and you get the idea. The musical includes original music as well as standards like “Fever” (hilariously sung by Johnson) and “Lover” (sung by Bowman, who wears a succession of fabulous costumes by Jeanne Barnes Phil Johnson and Eileen Reith that threaten Bowman belt out a tune the originals by Bob (Photo by Ken Jacques) Mackie).

portrays the ner vous stage manager of the 1968 TV station where the action is set upon Mike Buckley’s set, replete with lighted-stair platform. Here we witness the “happy, happy” TV reunion special of two formerly married entertainers who snipe at each other all evening, all the while barely maintaining surface decorum. “We were the biggest thing since Little Ricky,” says Keely of the couple’s glorious 12 years at the top, which Pete says, happi“Were the happi est three days of my life.” The funniest part of the show is “Pete ‘n’ Keely as Tony ‘n’ Cleo,” in which Bowman clueand Johnson play clue less New York tourists. It’s a spoof in a tomb with spectacular costumes achieved in the blink of an eye. The hit tune from “Hello Dolly” becomes “Hello Egypt,” and as Anthony expresses his passion for Cleo we seem to hear strains of “If Ever I Should Leave You.” The

strength of spoof is sincerity and these performers have it. The biggest surprise to this Johnson devotee is Johnson’s voice, which is surprisingly beautiful and tender at times, then powerful without edge. Remarkable singing, and of course we already know what Bowman can do whether singing low-down blues or soaring operatically. Both are extraordinary farceurs and I cannot imagine anyone better than they in this show. Director Kerry Meads, musical director Jon Lorenz, and choreographer Colleen Kollar Smith could not be more fortunate. The audience January 26 floated out on a wave of joy and enthusiasm. This is what they love; this is what Lamb’s does so well. “Pete ‘n’ Keely” continues at 7:30 p.m. Tues-Thurs, 8 p.m. FriSat, 2 p.m. Tues and Sun, 4 p.m. Sat, through March 3 at Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Avenue, Coronado, or 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

Local Chef Brian Malarkey brings his theatrics to a new ABC reality show. (Photo by Mike Pawlenty)


at, drink and get your head shaved at the fifth annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation “Shave-a-Thon” to help generate funds for childhood cancer research. The hair-razing event will be held from noon to 4 p.m., March 9, at The Commons, although early registration with tray-passed appetizers and discounted drinks is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., Feb. 13. Since the foundation’s inception 12 years ago, it has raised $78 million through hundreds of related events. The monies enable institutions nationwide to participate in pediatric cancer research studies. Participants donating $10 at Shave-a-Thon will receive complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Pay double the price and receive the addition of a free drink, T-shirt and raffle ticket. 901 Fourth Ave., 619-696-8888. Chef Brian Malarkey of Searsucker has entered the white-hot spotlight as a celebrity judge and mentor on ABC’s new reality show, The Taste, which also features culinary icon Anthony Bourdain. The national primetime gig comes after Malarkey launched his popular Gaslamp District kitchen that he followed with Burlap, Herringbone, Gingham and Gabardine restaurants in other parts of San Diego. Bigscreen viewings of the show will take place on Tuesday evenings at Searsucker during the month of February – and likely beyond. 611 Fifth Ave., 619-233-7327. Downtown’s newest Asianfusion restaurant, Gang Kitchen, just added a daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. that features half-off

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BLOTTER appetizers at the bar. Priced at $5 each, they include Szechwan lobster crepes, BBQ spareribs and jade-and-ruby tofu cups. In addition, Lucky Buddha Beer is $2 and select cocktails are $5. The stylish restaurant was launched in December by restaurateur Jon Magini, who also owns BASIC in the East Village and URBN Coal Fired Pizza in North Park. Hot sellers from the regular menu so far have been five-grain fried rice with bacon and veggies; Shanghai beef; and roast duck. 345 Sixth Ave., 619-550-1600. Waffles are taken to a whole new level during Sunday brunch at the historic Grant Grill, where Chef Chris Kurth has introduced a build-your-own option that includes such toppings as duck confit hash, fried chicken, herb gravy, pecan crumble, fruit chutneys and chocolate. A slate of new citrus-based cocktails has also been added to the menu. The brunch is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $26 per person. 326 Broadway, 619-744-2077. Who knew that big names like actress Drew Barrymore, musician Dave Matthews and professional golfer Arnold Palmer were in the business of crushing grapes? The plushy wine bar in Andaz San Diego has added a lengthy list of celebrity wines to its inventory, available through self-dispensing technology. Other famous varietals in the collection include those by fellow golfer Ernie Els, movie director Francis Ford Coppola and NFL coach Dick Vermeil. Also within the luxury hotel is the newish restaurant, Katsuya, featuring robata-cooked Japanese dishes authored by master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi. 600 F St., 619-849-1234. The previously vacant corner of Fourth and Broadway has sprung to life with the arrival of Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar, a tavern-like spot with “urbanautical” décor launched in January by Seafaring Ventures in Carlsbad. Open for lunch and dinner, the menu focuses on sustainable and affordable seafood that extends to a raw bar. A fresh catch rotates daily. Beef and chicken dishes are also available. 411 Broadway, 619-795-3800. Mention to a staffer at RA Sushi that you’re a San Diego resident and you’ll become eligible for drink discounts that include $5 vodka cocktails, $4 local craft beers and $1 hot sakes. The localsonly deal is offered from 8 p.m. to closing every Wednesday. 474 Broadway, 619-321-0021.v

B Y F R A N K S A B AT I N I J R . There are several dishes at Monello that you probably won’t find at other Milanese restaurants throughout San Diego. The menu is a celebration of northern Italy’s modernday street food, as translated by Valentina DiPietro, her husband Guido Nistri and their executive chef Fabrizio Cavallini. The trio also operates Bencotto Italian Kitchen next door, which is more pasta-focused in comparison. At Monello, which translates to “naughty little boy,” dinner begins with complimentary cannellini beans in their shells, spiked with a little rosemary, sage and salt. Proceed onto appetizers and you’ll encounter house-baked piadina flat bread playing star to a unique selection of “rolled bites” filled with various cheeses, meats and vegetables. The porchetta option was sensational, boasting swirls of the herby roasted pork along with snappy arugula and buttery Fontina cheese. The bread appears like a flour tortilla, but it’s much airier, allowing you to effortlessly consume every last pinwheel on the plate without bloating your belly. From a short list of pasta dishes, the dyecut spaghetti with garlic, Fresno peppers and creamy tomato sauce is served with toasted bread crumbs. Unless you grew up with immigrant Italian parents or traveled extensively throughout Italy, you wouldn’t know that the herbed crumbs were used generations ago over pasta as an alternative (or addition) to Parmesan cheese. The extra texture they provide feels both novel and natural. Visiting with a Monello regular who lives conveniently above the restaurant in “The Q” building, we zeroed in on a few other dishes he hadn’t tried. From the polenta category, for example, we raised the volume by choosing sausage with the creamy grains rather than the porcini mushrooms he ordered previ-

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619-501-0 030 Prices: Breakfast, $7 to $10. Dinner, $8 to $14 for appetizers; $12 to $24 for pastas, pizzas and entrees. ously. Just as we hoped, the meat was spiked liberally with hot pepper flakes and fennel – otherwise it isn’t Italian sausage in my book. A few dollops of rich tomato sauce staining the yellow polenta added heart and soul to the flavor profile. Equally memorable, in the liquid sense, were a couple tall glasses of sweet vermouth infused in-house with more than 20 different herbs and botanicals. On this cold, dry evening the concoction warmed us to the toes, offering hints of anise, orange peel and cinnamon. The booze list also spotlights infused grappa, local craft beers and inventive cocktails like the bourbon-based vecchio stile that incorporates aromatized wine (chinato) and a sugar cube. Monello’s pizza dough is fermented for about two days, resulting in a pillowy chew that isn’t generally achieved in our semi-arid climate. We ordered the Bencotto topped with red sauce, mozzarella and ricotta, but with a special request for raspadura cheese on the side, which comes on a sausage-spinach pie that my companion remembered fondly from a past visit.

Raspadura is a mouthwatering curd hailing from an area south of Milan. It’s softer and slightly milder than Parmesan, but still maintains an exemplary nutty flavor. If it weren’t so scarce, I’d keep it stocked in my refrigerator and shave it onto everything – risotto, eggs, pasta and breads. The menu, which doubles as your tablemat, highlights several entrees that might be cumbersome eating on the streets of Milan: roasted pork neck with mashed potatoes; grilled octopus with fennel and celery; and whole sea bass. Though tempting, you’d have to realistically forgo many of the shareable dishes we ate, as well as an array of salumi that fits into the restaurant’s casual grazing concept. Regardless of your intake, the dessert called isola galleggiante is a must-try. It features a cloud of meringue set in a pond of crème anglaise that stands up to the best toothsome versions you’ll find in France. Fear not, it’s innocuously light. Monello’s chic, industrial atmosphere is warm and endearing, and also a place where you actually hear Italian spoken among devoted patrons. If you’re looking for the latest and greatest renditions of northern Italy’s classic cuisine, or a morning frittata with oven-fresh pastries, you’ve come to the right doorstep. Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of Secret San Diego (ECW Press), and began writing about food two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. He has since covered the culinary scene extensively for NBC; Pacific San Diego Magazine; San Diego Uptown News; Gay San Diego; Living in Style Magazine and The Gay & Lesbian Times. You can reach him at

Polenta with spicy Italian sausage

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Camarada puts the spotlight on various cultures Members of chamber ensemble holding two events in February Dave Fidlin Downtown News

February will be a monumental month for two groups dedicated to enhancing San Diego’s music and cultural offerings. Camarada, an ensemble specializing in chamber music with an added focus on Latin and Spanish music, is entering a new chapter in its nearly 20 years of existence. The group is teaming up with the Mingei International Museum for a collaborative music and art series. Through the foreseeable future, members of the ensemble will be serving through an “artist in residency” arrangement at the museum. The arrangement is a first for both groups. Camarada has never gone through the intensity of such an initiative, and the museum has not hosted artists in such a capacity since its founding in 1978. The decision to join forces and share from one another’s wellspring of talent occurred just recently. Beth Ross-Buckley, who helped form Camarada in 1994, said the desire to work through an artist in residency arrangement was partially instigated by an effort to go back to the group’s roots, where performances at art galleries throughout the city were common in its early days. “I’ve wanted to get back into doing that again,” Ross-Buckley said. “Working as an artist in residence is also something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and this just seemed to be a good fit. I love the space [at the museum]. We’ll be playing in the rotunda, and it will have a very open feel.” Martha Ehringer, who serves as events manager at the Balboa Park-based museum, said she is looking forward to the collaboration at the venue, which is dedicated to promoting the art of people

from cultures across the globe. “We’re so delighted to have them,” Ehringer said. “One always wants to expand the breadth of the audience. This is an opportunity for people to walk into the museum and view our collection in a relaxing, informative and enjoyable setting.” The fruits of Camarada’s artist in residency period will not be ripened until fall, with four concerts slated from Sept. 29 to April 27, 2014. However, the ensemble is kicking off its new arrangement with a special prelude concert on Sunday, Feb. 17. Fittingly, the name of the series is, “Mingle.” Tango Nuevo will serve as guest musicians along with Camarada at the kick-off concert. The museum will open at 5 p.m., and the concert will follow an hour later. Ensemble members participating are Beth Ross-Buckley (flute), David Buckley (violin), Dana Burnett (piano), Fred Benedetti (guitar), Lou Fanucchi (accordion) and Jeff Pekarek (double bass). Ross-Buckley said she was inspired to adopt the “Mingle” moniker for the artist in residence series after touring a museum in Minneapolis that had a poster with the phrase clearly displayed. “It just jumped out at me,” she said. “I thought, ‘what a great word,’ and I saw a new vision for this series.” Ehringer said the museum has a history of working with a variety of artists, though the extent of collaborations thus far have only gone to the exhibitionist phase. “Working as an exhibitionist is really quite different from an artist in residence,” Ehringer said. As the museum enters a new chapter, Ehringer said she and other people overseeing the organization will see how

the collaboration goes and remain open to future artist in residence efforts. “I see this as being a real sensory feast,” she said. “I’m eager to see what comes of the work with Camarada.” The collaboration with the Mingei Museum and its kick-off is just one of two large-scale events Camarada has planned this month. The group also will be performing in a concert, Latin Postcards, with guest musician Juan R. Ramirez-Hernandez, on Friday, Feb. 1. Latin Postcards is part of Camarada’s Candlelight Concert Series in Uptown San Diego. Ramirez-Hernandez, a native of Mexico, currently resides in Atlanta. He has long been active in the classical music scene and is a violinist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the violin, RamirezHernandez plays the guitar, mandolin and marimba. He also has composed a number of musical pieces and has been commissioned by the Hispanic Festival of the Arts in Atlanta. Ross-Buckley said the collaboration with Ramirez-Hernandez was borne out of a series of email exchanges. She said she is eagerly anticipating the upcoming collaborative concert. “We work with some very talented, dedicated musicians,” Ross-Buckley said. Quite simply, melding such talents together creates beautiful music. 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

AT A GLANCE: WHAT: “Latin Postcards,” part of Camarada’s Uptown Concert Series WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 WHERE: St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Ave. in Bankers Hill TICKETS: range from $20 to $25 and are available at CONTACT: 619-231-3702 or

WHAT: “Mingle,” a kick-off for Camarada’s artist-in-residence program WHEN: 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 WHERE: Mingei International Museum, 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park TICKETS: range from $25 to $30 and are available at CONTACT: 619-231-3702 or

Members of Camarada: (l-r) Dave Buckley (violin), Travis Maril (viola), Dana Burnett (piano), Beth Ross Buckley (flute), Erin Breene (cello), and Gloria Lanuza (flamenco dancer). (Courtesy Camarada)


“Heart of Grace” by Geeta Collins (Courtesy San Diego Women’s Museum)

Women’s Museum Executive Director Ashley “Self Portrait” by Angela Gardner stands next to “Threads of Identity” by Linda Dominguez Burns (Courtesy San Diego Women’s Museum) Anderson (Photo by Will Bowen)

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“52 percent of the population of America are women, yet there are only five museums dedicated to women in the whole country— and we are one of those five,” said Ashley Gardener, a former TV and radio personality, who is now the executive director of the Women’s Museum, located at 2730 Historic Decatur Road, in Liberty Station. “People should know more about women’s history,” advised Gardner. “Women have been left out of history and left out of the political process, at least until about 100 years ago, when we finally got the vote.” This last August the Women’s Museum moved from its former location in Golden Hill to its new headquarters at the reconverted Barracks 16 at Liberty Station and in the process, expanded from 1,000 to 3,000 square feet. “We are trying to step it up a notch and move closer to the museum standards, established by the American Association of Museums, necessary for national accreditation. There are only 10 museums in all of San Diego that have attained that level,” Gardner said. The original museum, founded in 1983 by the late Mary Maschal, was housed in her Golden Hill home for many years. As a child, Maschal wanted to become a minister but was prevented from that vocation by her gender. This led Maschal to search out inspirational women who had transcended the limitations placed upon them by society. Maschal also hoped to reclaim women’s history and bring to light what had been left out of the history books regarding women. Maschal began to collect clothes, books, and other memorabilia from high-functioning women and in the process began what she called “The Women’s History Reclamation Project.” In 1996, Maschal’s collection was moved out of her house and into a small museum in Golden Hill. Gardner joined the board of the museum in 2002 and was elected president four years later in 2006.

“I was introduced to the museum and Maschal’s work when I was working with Ron Roberts on the San Diego County Commission’s study on the status of women in San Diego. Over time I have become more and more involved with her work,” says Gardner. The present day Woman’s Museum occupies two floors at Barracks 16. The upper floor has offices, archives, and a library. Downstairs there is an art gallery and a gift shop. The current exhibit in the art gallery, which will run until Feb. 24, is called “Capturing the Wonder of Women.” Gardner said the show reflects the museum’s search for “Wonder Women” – female heroes and role models who are exceptional and extraordinary. It includes sculpture, mixed media, videos, photography, and paintings. Capturing the Wonder of Women was curated by UCSD lecturer Li Huai, who was educated at the Beijing Film School in China and Cal Arts here in California. Huai said the current exhibition celebrates the museum’s move to a new location and is an opportunity to contemplate the depth and strength of women. Huai sent out over 700 invitations to artists to participate in the show and selected 47 works from the 150 submitted. “The relocation of the Women’s Museum of California to the lovely environs of Liberty Station is a most welcome development,” Huai said. “The move constitutes a new beginning. Capturing the Wonder of Women celebrates this important moment of transition. “Viewers can reflect on striking and challenging visual images that treat many cultural, social, political, and economic dimensions of women of the past, present, and future. This exhibition captures the rich diversity of women and presents a testament to the vitality, resilience, and potential of women in California,” he said. The show was juried by Robert Pincus, who was an arts reporter at the San Diego Union newspaper for many years. First place and a $1,000 cash prize went to Angela Dominquez Burris for a life-sized black and

white self-portrait. Lee Putter took second place for an extravagant life-sized sculpture. Third place went to by Claudia Cano for a photograph of a maid in a kitchen entitled “La Cha Cha.” Gardner said that there are plans to place six new historical exhibits in the art gallery, in and among the art work. The exhibits will be called “California Trailblazers” and include a Hall of Fame of important women in San Diego history, such as Kate Sessions, Ellen Browning Scripps, Madge Bradley (first woman on the Superior Court), and Midge Constanza (on former President Jimmy Carter’s advisory committee). Gardner said the museum serves up to 100 students per year from local high schools and colleges who come to work as interns. Gardner offers classes, presents speakers, and the public can use the library for research by appointment. The museum also puts on an annual fundraising benefit called the “Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Festival” each June 14 in Spanish Village at Balboa Park. From her position as executive director of the museum, Gardner said she has come to some conclusions. “Men and woman are definitely different in how they see things,” she said. “There is a woman’s point of view, which seems to look at things more through consensus rather than competition, conflict, or adversary – which is more the domain of men. “In government, women are the type who would build coalitions. Women also seem to be better at multi-tasking, while men are more focused. Women are more open to work in teams, while men like to go it alone. “But the main thing I would like to correct is that there are a lot of women in the world who do not have the equality that they should have,” she said. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For further information see or call 619-233-7963. Will Bowen writes about arts and culture. You can reach him at

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FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 1 Ripley’s Believe it or Not!: In San Diego for first time since 1935 and filled with strange and bizarre items from around the world. Part of 24th annual Museum Month, offering half-off admissions. San Diego Air & Space Museum, half-off monthly pass avail at any Macy’s location. For more info visit Talk Like June: Pop-rock-country band with high energy performance. 8 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. 21 +, only. Discounted tickets avail online at Pinback: presented by 91X & Casbah, House of Blues 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. Tickets SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 2 Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Saturday with over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE. Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 9:30 – 1:30 p.m., every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets. FREE. Champagne Jazz Brunch: with Daniel Jackson. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Croce’s 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355 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 – FREE Saucy Monky at HOB: Female-fronted alternative rock. 7 p.m. All Ages. Voodoo Stage, House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. – FREE Tribute to Thelonious Monk: by Gilbert Castellanos & friends, featuring pianist Joshua White. 8 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. 21 +, only. Discounted tickets avail online at Forty Foot Films Presents: The French Connection (1971), Best Picture with Best Actor Gene Hackman 7 p.m., Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15, 701 Fifth Ave., Downtown. For more information

SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 3 Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., every Sunday, 400 block of Third Avenue between Island Avenue and J Street – FREE Coronado Ferry Landing

Concert Series: Blue Frog Band, 1 – 4 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Film – The Magistrate: National Theatre (NT) Live! presents “an uproarious Victorian farse” starring John Lithgow. 2 p.m. Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15, 701 Fifth Ave., Downtown. Tickets $20, available at box office or online

MONDAY – FEBRUARY 4 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE Senior Monday at the Fleet: Noon lecture, 2 p.m. IMAX film, plus Science Center exhibits are only $7 for seniors 65 and older. Reuben H. Fleet Space Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more info visit or call 619-238-1233 TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 5 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Museums rotate and hours vary by museum. First Tuesday includes museums include Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Centro Cultural de la Raza, Model Railroad Museum, Natural History Museum (except 3D films). Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, ac-

tive military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: 2:30 – 6 p.m., every Tuesday, First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE Film – The Magistrate: National Theatre (NT) Live! presents “an uproarious Victorian farse” starring John Lithgow. 7 p.m. Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15, 701 Fifth Ave., Downtown. Tickets $20, available at box office or online San Diego Shakespeare Society: Open reading – anyone can join in or just listen. Some texts are provided but attendees are encouraged to bring their own. Informal caféstyle seating. First Tuesdays, 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. For more info call 619-333-0141 – FREE Forty Foot Films Presents: The French Connection (1971), Best Picture with Best Actor Gene Hackman 7 p.m., Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15, 701 Fifth Ave., Downtown. For more information

WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 6 San Diego Public Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Wednesday and Sunday. 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Pygmalion: 100th anniversary of George Bernard Shaw’s masterwork, starring Robert Sean Leonard. Through Feb. 17. Tonight’s 7 p.m. performance includes post-show Q&A forum with cast. Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage at Old Globe Theatre; 1363 Old Globe Way Balboa Park. Tickets start at $29 at box office or THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 7 Sundance Film Screening: “Get to Work” – an uncompromising, unfiltered look at joblessness in America, featuring San Diego’s Second Chance’s STRIVE/Job Readiness Boot Camp.12 - 2 p.m. Third floor auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 820 E. Street, Downtown. For more info visit sandiegolibrary. org. – FREE

Stars in the Salon: Informal panel discussion with singers, conductor and director of San Diego Opera’s Samson and Delilah. Beverly Hills Salon, 5:30 p.m. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1200 Third Ave., Suite 1800. For more information visit

FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 8 Kettner Nights: 6 – 8 p.m., second Fridays in Little Italy North (Kettner between India and Laurel streets) in the art and design district. – FREE Comedy of Nick Thune: Comedian/musician/actor from Seattle with eight Tonight Shows under his belt. 7:30 p.m. American Comedy Company, 818 B Sixth Ave., Tickets $18, call 619-795-3858 or visit SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 9 Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Saturday with over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE. Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 9:30 – 1:30 p.m., every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets – FREE. Champagne Jazz Brunch: with Daniel Jackson. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Croce’s 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. Live Music – Stacey & The Stimulators: soul rocking jazz and blues. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or upstartcrowtrading. com – FREE Second Saturdays with Steph: Jazz vocalist Steph Johnson and friends. 8 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. 21 +, only. Discounted tickets avail online at 21st annual Brazil Mardi Gras: Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival comes to San Diego with pulsating samba beats, dancers, capoeira performances, Brazilian music, full bar, dance floor, free giveaways. 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. For more information, visit

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CALENDAR Forty Foot Films Presents: Roman Holiday (1953) Best Actress 7 p.m., Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15, 701 Fifth Ave., Downtown. For more information

SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 10 Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., every Sunday, 400 block of Third Avenue between Island Avenue and J Street – FREE. San Diego Public Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Wednesday and Sunday. 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Coronado Ferry Landing Concert Series: Dixie Jazz Katz, 1 – 4 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Artist Reception: The Gang’s All Here – New Art from Los Angeles, featuring Chris Trueman. 7 – 10 p.m. Exhibition through April 6. White Box Contemporary, 1040 Seventh Ave., Downtown. MONDAY – FEBRUARY 11 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE. Dave Scott and Monsoon Jazz: Mondays 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 12 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Second Tuesday includes museums include Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), San Diego History Center, Veterans’ Museum and Memorial Center. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit tuesdays New Evening Lecture Series: “For the Love of Butterflies: Monarch Migration” plus IMAX film, “Flight of the Butterflies.” Speaker is conservation biologist Bill Toone. 6 p.m. Tickets $15.75 adults/$12.75 juniors/seniors. Heikoff Dome Theatre, R. H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. Rhfleet. org or call 619-238-1233 Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp: 19th annual event with a new look. Featuring Ozomatli and Z-Trip with many more. 5 – 11 p.m., $40 advance, $50 same day. For more information or tickets, visit gaslamp. org/mardi-gras-2013. Forty Foot Films Presents: Roman Holiday (1953) with Best Actress Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck 7 p.m., Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15, 701 Fifth Ave., Downtown. For more information WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 13 Horton Square Certified Market: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., every Wednesday, 225 Broadway, south side of building cross street Broadway Circle – FREE San Diego Public Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Wednesday and Sunday. 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Sue Palmer: The Queen of Boogie Woogie. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 14 One Billion Rising: An all day global protest designed to end violence against women and young girls in association with V-Day. Rally at City Hall, a city wide, coordinated 20-minute “walk-out,”, culminating

with a 6:30 p.m. event at Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park with musicians, performers and more. More information available Dizzy’s Jazz Valentine Show: Featuring tribute to Louis Armstrong. 7 & 9:30 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. 21 +, only. Tickets avail online at

FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 15 Friday Morning Lecture Series: “Looking in Depth at Paintings from the Spanish and Italian Collections of The San Diego Museum of Art,” a lecture and tour series sponsored by the Museum Docent Council every third Friday. Presented by Nigel McGilchrist, Art Historian. 10 a.m. San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. For more info contact Ruth Broudy at rbroudy@ or call 619-696-1353. Anti-Valentines Day Weekend Bash: Presented by Groove International, includes dual-stage interactive party on Delta Stage & 5th Ave Stage. 8 p.m. 21+ House of Blues 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. Tickets $12.00. at box office or SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 16 Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Saturday with over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE. Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 9:30 – 1:30 p.m., every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE. Live Music – The Teagan Taylor Trio: swing, standards and jazz. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 17 San Diego Public Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Wednesday and Sunday. 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Brandon Primus: Awardwinning saxophonist and friends. 8 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. 21 +, only. Discounted tickets avail online at Coronado Ferry Landing Concert Series: Cool Fever, 1 – 4 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE MONDAY – FEBRUARY 18 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE

TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 19 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Third Tuesday includes museums include San Diego Art Institute, Mingei International Museum, Museum of Man, San Diego Museum of Art, Japanese Friendship Garden. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit Samson and Delilah: presented by the San Diego Opera. The 7 p.m. performance includes a free, pre-show 30-min lecture one hour prior to curtain. San Diego Opera
is located at the Civic Theatre, 1200 Third Avenue, Suite 1800. More info Forty Foot Films Presents: The Deer Hunter (1978) Best Picture with Best Actor Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep 7 p.m., Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15, 701 Fifth Ave., Downtown. For more information WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 20 Horton Square Public Market: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., every Wednesday, 225 Broadway, south side of building cross street Broadway Circle – FREE San Diego Public Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Wednesday and Sunday. 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Open Mic Poetry Night: Alchemy Poetry Series, organized by Seretta Martin. Guest poets Claudia Poquoc and Janet Foster. Participate or share. 7 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or upstartcrowtrading. com – FREE Candye Kane: Opening for B.B. King with an acoustic set that includes Laura Chavez & Nathan James. Belly Up Tavern, Cedros Rd. Solana Beach. THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 21 Gilbert Castellanos & The New Latin Jazz Quintet: 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces. com or call 619-233-4355. FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 22 Dr. Elmo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders: featuring bizarre and unusual insects from around the world, with a special San Diegoonly section. Part of the 24th annual Museum Month. San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado,

San Diego Downtown News | February 2013 Balboa Park. Get your half-off pass at any local Macy’s. Info Samson and Delilah: presented by San Diego Opera. 7 p.m. performance includes a free, preshow 30-min lecture one hour prior to curtain. San Diego Opera is
located at the Civic Theatre, 1200 Third Avenue, Suite 1800. More info

SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 23 Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Saturday with over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE. Live Music – Bela Vida Brasileira: Brazilian fusion duo. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE The Brothers Size: a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, an emotional and theatrical tour-de-force missing West African mythology with contemporary Bayou. 2 p.m. Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre at Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way Balboa Park. Tickets start at $29. Visit – Forty Foot Films Presents: Ghandi (1982) Best Picture with Best Actor Ben Kingsley 7 p.m., Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15, 701 Fifth Ave., Downtown. For more info SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 24 Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., every Sunday, 400 block of Third Avenue between Island Avenue and J St. – FREE Coronado Ferry Landing Concert Series: Paragon Band, 1 – 4 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Samson and Delilah: presented by San Diego Opera. 2 p.m. performance includes free, pre-show 30-min lecture one hour prior to curtain. San Diego Opera
is located at Civic Theatre, 1200 Third Avenue, Suite 1800. More info MONDAY – FEBRUARY 25 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE Coheed and Cambria: presented by 91X/Casbah/HOB, with Between the Buried and Me, and


Russian Circles. 7 p.m. All Ages. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. Tickets $29.50 (standing) or $45 (21+ reserved seating) at box office or sandiego/

TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 26 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Third Tuesday includes museums include San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego Hall of Champions, “select” House of Pacific Relations International Cottages. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit Tuesdays Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: 2:30 – 6 p.m., every Tuesday, First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE Forty Foot Films Presents: Ghandi (1982) Best Picture with Best Actor Ben Kingsley 7 p.m., Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15, 701 Fifth Ave., Downtown. For more information WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 27 Horton Square Certified Market: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., every Wednesday, 225 Broadway, south side of building cross street Broadway Circle – FREE Sue Palmer Quintet: 7:30 – 11:30 p.m., Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355 THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 28 Comedy of Adam Devine: Celebrate the venue’s one-year anniversary with Devine from Comedy Central. 8 p.m., American Comedy Company, 818 B Sixth Ave., Tickets $18., call 619-795-3858 or visit Gilbert Castellanos & The New Latin Jazz Quintet: 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces. com or call 619-233-4355. —Please send items for inclusion to Editor Morgan M. Hurley at

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Goldberg said the new library’s Union Bank homework center will have 24 workstations for tutors and students. “Our teens-only space, with a gaming area and a juice bar with a beach theme, has also tripled in size, as has the children’s area,” he said. “We don’t have a concrete date for the opening but we are still planning sometime in July,” said Moss Hubbard of the new library site, which has been under construction since summer 2010 near Petco Park. Goldberg said it’s a new library for a new age. He added that libraries, as they change with the times, are finding they’re being changed by the times, having their roles expanded and redefined. “The library has become more than just a place to find that latest book,” he said. “It’s now a community center, a meeting space, an affordable place people can go to get ideas. It’s basically become a new home for a large number of people, a safe place for young people to go after school as a learning environment. “That’s what you’ll see in this new facility: a vast number of new meeting spaces, an auditorium for presentation of events, performances and movies and an expanded teen center including gaming opportunities,” Goldberg said. The new Downtown library replaces the current facility at 820 E St. which was built 57 years ago to serve about 15,000 patrons when the city’s population was less than 500,000. Today, the city’s population is 1.25 million and more than 480,000 people use the central facility alone, which now also supports 35 branch libraries – three times more than when it opened. The aged E Street facility is also beyond its capacity with 60 percent of its collections in basement storage and off limits to the public. The old building suffers from decaying and outdated infrastructure that is inefficient and costly to maintain. The Central Library, noted Moss Hubbard, is considered “the

View of ‘Rare Books Room’ and toward ‘Commission Room’ from outdoor deck (Courtesy San Diego Public Library) heart of the library system” in that it “processes all the books, does book ordering and sends them out to the branches.” Having all these functions handled by the Central Library, Moss Hubbard said, allows the branches to do what they do best: “[Being] the pulse of the communities, dealing with them directly, [and] providing the services they need without having to divert their attention away.” After materials have been transferred to the new library, the old E Street facility will remain a city real estate asset and be converted for reuse by another city department yet to be determined, Moss Hubbard said. Among other things, this new 21st century Downtown San Diego Central Library will: • Feature a collection of more than 1.2 million volumes, 60 percent more than the current facility; • Support region-wide student achievement with children and teen areas, a homework center, and a new charter high school; • Provide a venue for community meetings and gatherings; • Provide top-quality cultural and educational programming; • Allow equal access to key technologies; and, • Support people with special needs. The design of the new, nine-story Central Library building reflects the input of hundreds of people who participated in a yearlong series of public workshops. Based on this input, the joint-venture team of Rob Wellington Quigley FAIA and Tucker Sadler Architects, collaborated on the final design. The library building offers flex-

ible spaces with diverse and accessible public amenities, including bay-view terraces, roof gardens and a public reading room. Special features include a flexible special events room on the ninth floor, a state-of-the-art auditorium, and a beautiful reading room under the landmark lattice dome. San Diego’s new Downtown Central Library will not only be more modern and more technological, but more accessible, as well. “Two-thirds of our collection now is in the basement that a lot of people don’t even know about,” Moss Hubbard said. “The majority of those resources are going to be out and available for the public to be able to browse, to find information they didn’t even know they were looking for.” Council President Todd Gloria’s District Three includes Downtown, and the councilmember noted that the new Central Library is more than just a structure, it will be a cultural mecca as well as an informational hub. “The new Central Library will be a significant addition to our city as a place where literacy and culture are encouraged, as a civic project built through collaborative efforts, and as an architectural spectacle that brightens San Diego’s skyline,” Gloria said. The new library is going to have another unique feature the E Street location didn’t have. “This facility will have city TV station 24, which will be teaching staff and also students at the school how to do video editing and video production, providing the public with additional video resources we don’t currently have,”

Moss Hubbard said. Regarding the new Downtown library’s $184.9 million price tag, Goldberg said $80 million of that figure came from developer fees intended for redevelopment of the Downtown San Diego area. “Twenty million comes from city schools for development of the charter high school, $20 million was from a competitive state grant for construction of libraries, and the remaining $64.9 million is from private sources,” Goldberg said adding, “The funds were all guaranteed to ensure construction. The city is not on the hook for any of those remaining funds.” Looking ahead, Council President Todd Gloria addressed the next project on the library landscape once the Central Library is completed this summer. “Focus will shift to finalizing plans and funding for the muchneeded and long-awaited Mission Hills-Hillcrest Branch Library, which will be centrally located between the two communities and have far more space, materials, and resources for my neighbors,” Gloria said. “I am glad that it has the rightful place as the city’s next priority library.” For more information visit Dave Schwab came to San Diego 30 years ago with a journalism degree from Michigan State University. He has worked for numerous dailies and weeklies and now freelances for a variety of regional publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, hiking, sports and spending time with friends. He can be reached at

launching in November, Medina has profiled a half dozen people for the blog, including fellow KPBSer Stephanie Bergsma, Tom K. Wong whose scary childhood as an undocumented alien she details with great care, Urban League President Ray King, and others who are adding to the list of local heroes. In December, Medina expanded the blog to include pertinent, family recipes – the only requirement is that they have a back-story – from guest bloggers in the region. “Basically I am hoping as word gets out as people become more aware of the blog, they’ll contact me if they know of a story, of if they have a story that’s pretty extraordinary – an ordinary person that has done something extraordinary while giving back to the community,” Medina said. Medina’s Hello Neighbor team consists of her staff, Ashley Rodriguez, Trisha Richter, Clare Pister and Interactive Strategies Manager, Leng Caloh. KPBS President and CEO Tom Kalo, a 40-year veteran of KPBS, is a big supporter of Medina’s work and mission. “We celebrate diversity throughout the year and we tell the stories of those communities and I want the website to reflect it more,” he said. “And I want people of those different communities to come to our website and tell their stories and we would promote those things on the air.” Kalo said he encourages his staff to support events and celebrations that take place throughout the various communities that exist within San Diego, and he goes as often as his schedule permits, himself. This month, the 16 local heroes from 2012 will be celebrated by KPBS and its sponsoring partner, Union Bank, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Stay tuned for future articles on other initiatives of this group. For more information about Hey Neighbor, visit hey-neighbor/. To nominate a local hero, visit hey-neighbor/local-heroes/.v


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TOWN VOICES Balls of Fire arrive High atop Mt. Laguna, students and faculty from San Diego State University (SDSU) explore the universe through a newly installed 50-inch telescope. Their observatory findings are monitored for study. SDSU happens to be the only institution in the California State University system that offers a complete academic program in astronomy. Students actively participate in all phases of observational astronomical research. Joint faculty and student research activities are principally in the area of observational astrophysics. They are also active within the solar planets. Although not connected with the university, others will be “looking up” at the Reuben H. Fleet’s motivating planetarium in Balboa Park where comets, meteors and asteroids do their dance in the sky. It’s excitingly introduced as “Great Balls of Fire” and we were invited to attend a preview of the digitally animated showing a few nights ago in the expansive IMAX Theater. The show, which is augmented with many hands-on exhibits, continues through April 29. Naturally, questions arose about the threat of a catastrophic impact from an asteroid or comet. If there was a dinosaur killer in Earth’s past, is there a human killer in our future? What are the chances and how do we assess the risks? Furthermore, what are asteroids, comets, and meteorites and where do they come from? Many of these were answered by the film’s narrator, Robert Redford, who discussed collisions and explained the beginnings of the earth and how particles from it formed the moon within a month’s time. The Fleet’s exhibition brings recent discoveries and cuttingedge planetary science to visitors and is divided into four areas: Origins, Asteroids, Comets and Impacts/Risk. It includes a variety of interactive, multimedia experiences, ranging from straightforward computer-based activities to a larger scale “pod” where visitors play the role of explorers-intraining – an important theme that threads throughout the exhibition. As for their origins, the exhibition presents the story of the formation and structure of the solar system. Planets and the “leftovers” of formation – asteroids and comets – orbiting the Sun. We’re told asteroids are the largest rocks in space, encompassing the solar system between Mars, Jupiter and Earth, and it’s explained that there are between one and two million larger than one km in diameter in the main showcase the diversity of museums San Diego has to offer at an exceptional discount.”

Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald asteroid belt, and millions of smaller ones. Scientists say they don’t know as much about comets. A small percentage of the surface layer is ice but what lies below the crust is largely unknown. Apparently, as comets orbit closer to the Sun their inner ices gradually warm and form immense tails that can grow to a length of 100 million miles or more. The story of our developing understanding of comets begins with sightings recorded throughout history and the interpretations humans attributed to them for thousands of years as harbingers of catastrophic events. Three major impact stories from different periods of history illustrate the impacts and risks of comets, meteors and asteroids. The exhibit explores the 65 million-year-old crater from Chicxulub -- the impact thought to be responsible for killing most of the planet’s species including the dinosaurs; the 50,000-year-old Barringer Meteor Crater made by a nickel-iron meteorite roughly 50–60 meters across and the 1908 Tunguska Event, the explosion of a small asteroid about five miles (roughly the cruising altitude of a modern jet airplane) above the surface of Siberia. It all proves there is so much more man has to learn. It’s a Februar y bargain For the 24th year, the San Diego Museum Council will host Museum Month in February, bringing half-off admission to 42 locations.  These tickets, presented by Macy’s, can be used many times during the month. “Museum Month will serve as an ideal platform for culture-seekers to discover new inspirations in 2013,” said Jessica Crawford, president of San Diego Museum Council’s board of directors. “Thanks to Macy’s, we’re able to

Salute to the champions Padres third baseman Chase Headley, U.S. Gold Medal Soccer player Rachel Buehler, and Chargers defensive back Eric Weddle top the list of professional and amateur Stars of the Year as selected by the San Diego Hall of Champions. In all, six professional and nine amateur athletes were chosen and will be honored at the 67th annual Salute to the Champions Feb. 25 at the Town and Country Convention Center in Mission Valley. They’ll be honored prior to the induction of former Padres closing pitcher Trevor Hoffman, San Diego Sockers great Brian Quinn, three-time Super Bowl winner and former world wrestler of the year Stephen Neal, and former Charger Junior Seau (posthumously) into the Breitbard Hall of Fame. The list also includes Olympic Gold Medalist, 400-meter hurdler Felix Sanchez; NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson and Sockers MVP Kraig Chiles. Joining them on the amateur front are seven San Diego State standouts and premier athletes from the University of San Diego and University of California at San Diego. Lowriders to be featured Lowrider Legends will be featured February through June at the San Diego Automotive Museum. Lowriders are cars customized with a hydraulic setup to be low to the ground, with elaborate paint jobs, striking chrome features and uniquely designed upholstery. But this term reaches beyond cars, and has become a cultural phenomenon and way of life for many people that crosses over to fine art. This exhibition will feature several full-size cars and motorcycles. Accompanying the vehicles will be paintings and sculptures. Audubon partnership Audubon Nature Institute and San Diego Zoo Global announced a partnership to replenish animal populations that face possible extinction. The Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife will devise strategies to ensure sustainable populations of unique and endangered zoo animals. Located in New Orleans, the Alliance is expected to be a haven for more than two dozen endangered and threatened mammal and bird species. “San Diego Zoo Global is delighted to partner with the Audubon Nature Institute to set up a breeding center for unique and endangered species that we hope will be a model for collaborative efforts in the future,” said Douglas G. Myers, president of San Diego Zoo Global. This collaboration unites organizations located at opposite ends of the United States in a joint effort of preservation. Working together to maintain an ark of endangered species is a key component of the mission of accredited zoos in the United States. They work together through the auspices of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. After an award winning, 38-year sports-writing career with the San Diego Union and authoring three books, Johnny McDonald now considers writing a hobby. He enjoys covering aspects of the port district, convention center, Balboa Park, zoo, and stories with a historical bent. You can reach him at

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A Dream Day in Balboa Park and Bankers Hill When people think of adventures in San Diego, what usually comes to mind is the beach, the bay and our swaying palm trees. Most locals and visitors don’t even realize there are over 50 scenic canyons close to Downtown. We’re always hearing people say how they need to escape and get away. We always wonder why. After all, there’s so much unexplored territory right here in our own backyard. The best canyons are in Balboa Park, Bankers Hill, Mission Hills and Hillcrest. We recently made a list of affordable things to do that require minimal driving and we came up with an interesting list. And, we did it all by bike and on foot! For us, a dream day is extra special if you can have breakfast twice in one day! We learned a long time ago that if you want an active lifestyle, you have to take care of yourself and eat good. We love homemade baked goods so our first stop was Extraordinary Desserts on 2929 Fifth Avenue. On this particular Saturday at 11 a.m., there were four total customers there. Hours later, this place will be packed with people having dinner and desserts, so our tip – go early in the day. We split the coffee cake and then jumped on our bikes and rode a full loop around Balboa Park. Our next stop was the World Beat Center to enjoy the cool art on their walls, as well as the gardens and the gift shop that’s filled with unusual items. This place is usually open during the day.

It’s All Happening Marc and Darlynne Menkin Don’t forget to bring your camera. Someday, we’ll sign up for their steel drum dass. They also hold on-going concerts and on February 3 and 5, there will be a special “Salute to Bob Marley” event. After we got our fill of the calypso/reggae vibe, we rode out of the park along the canopy of trees leading toward the Marston House. We took some fun pictures in this historic home’s garden and then continued the relaxed spin down Sixth Avenue toward Hillcrest. We were hungry and knew it was time to dig into a monster pancake at Hash House a Go Go, at 3628 Fifth Ave. The lines are quite long on weekend mornings but it was 2 p.m. – a great time to make the scene. This is one of our favorite local

hangouts. The ambiance and staff have a “chill” vibe. Think of a colorful B&B with especially flavorful food! After the banana pancake (yes, we ate just one) and side order of sausage, we rode our bikes into Maple Canyon to meander past huge palms, cactus, bamboo and other cool trees. We rode out of the canyon and back to Balboa Park to check out Spanish Village. First Avenue is a scenic route and right after we passed Robinson Street, we noticed a small home with multiple bronze colored animals in their front yard. There was a monkey, a giraffe and at least ninie other creatures. Definitely worth checking out when you’re in the neighborhood. Spanish Village Art Center is a hidden gem. If you ever need something to inspire your creative juices, go there and talk to the working artists. Our favorite stops are the Sculpture Guild, located at Studio #36, and also Doug Snider, aka Doug Bug in Studio #15. During our visit, we did a power walk through the Desert Garden and we spotted two of our favorite buskers, Sleeveless and Derek Ostovani. Both perform magic but in different parts of the park. Since it was close to dinner time, we headed to Brick + Mortar on 820 Fifth Avenue for their Short Rib Pizza Pie. This is not only a favorite menu item, it’s a popular Happy Hour item between 4 – 7 p.m. Our final adventure was back One of the many hidden canyons in Balboa Park, where you can find great walking paths. (Photo by Lisa Field/SDTA)

in Bankers Hill. We checked out a gallery opening party at Planet Rooth, a unique place that features wine barrel furniture created by Gustaf Rooth. It was an interesting scene because the crowd was incredibly diverse. Paintings from various tattoo artists adorned the walls and were incorporated throughout Rooth’s furniture pieces. We were pretty tired by this point in the evening so we kicked back on Rooth’s cool wooden rocking chairs while listening to a live band. Marcia Booker was rocking out next to us on another one of the Planet Rooth chairs. “The furniture is the best thing here,” she said with grin. “For a rocking chair, Gustaf has done a great job. It kind of fits your body. This is my first time at one of his events. It’s been a fun night.” Planet Rooth is at 3334 Fifth Ave, near Upas Street, and just a block away from Balboa Park. Rooth’s custom-designed chairs, tables and benches are created by disassembling oak wine and bourbon barrels. The spirits thus

continue to move you and keep on rocking in the free world! We want to hear from you! Steph Johnson and Friends on Feb 9th: Jazzy vocalist Steph Johnson and other musicians will be grooving at 8 p.m. at 98 Bottles in Little Italy. Steph›s music is positive, fun and she’s great at getting the crowd out of their chairs and dancing. Get a photo of you and one other person doing a freeze frame high five or air guitar pose in front of the band. The most creative pose will win four tickets to a Saturday Urban Challenge/Scavenger Hunt. Email entries should be sent to and must be received by March 2, 2013. Marc & Darlynne Menkin are the co-owners of “Where You Want To Be Tours.” Many of their tours and team-building scavenger hunts feature secret Downtown areas. They can be reached at For more info about their walking, bicycle and bus tours of San Diego visit



Models show off designs from PreVue Formal & Bridal (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro) I Do! Designs Located in the heart of Downtown the San Diego Convention Center was the location for the Bridal Bazaar on January 20. This is San Diego’s largest spring bridal show with over 300 exhibitors. These wedding professionals provided a one-stop shopping day for soon-to-be brides to create the wedding of their dreams. Brides scampered around looking at photographers, videographers, caterers, florists, musicians, fashions and the perfect locations for the reception and wedding, as these services were all there under one roof. One lucky prospective bride won the grand prize, a pair of diamond earrings from Irelia Fine Jewelry located on Kettner Blvd. Brides also were able to receive a free one-year subscription to Brides Magazine when they registered at the show. There were three awesome fashion shows during the day, produced by Gretchen Productions. Each runway show began with a performance from Classic Brass, which is one of San Diego’s oldest chamber ensembles. A crowd pleaser was a gown

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for 2012 in the Readers Choice of the San Diego Downtown News. They carry accessories, clothing, & giftware for women and include a Green Rack Program, which offers clothes and accessories on consignment. Becky comes from a background of marketing and PR, while Melisa went to culinary school in Paris and then traveled to school at Les Roches, Switzerland to obtain a degree at the International School of Hospitality Management and Business. After working in their respective fields the two talented women decided to open this trendy, fun boutique, named Bloom because women like to rejuvenate and change their style and this is the perfect place to do it. Michelle also enjoys styling and will go to your home to work with your wardrobe. “It is called Closet Therapy,” she said. “I’ll go to their closet and help them style their clothes and accessories.” The two women call a new feature on their website “local concierge,” and it will offer beauty, Diana Cavagnaro restaurant & travel deals, Good Energy is so visit always Fashionable With Michelle’s culinary background, look Bloom is a lifestyle boutique located for new recipes each month on the website Downtown at 660 Ninth Avenue owned and and she also offers menu consulting. operated by Melisa Michelle and Becky I asked them what some of their bestLynn, a mother-daughter team. The ambiance is an eclectic atmosphere that combines selling items were. “We have many cute items for gifts, we carry Spa Jewels which a feeling of Old Europe with Southern Caliis gold plated jewelry with natural stones, fornia. This chic store showcases artwork and we have Pet Carrier by Rescue Me by artist Lindsey Nobel on the walls. Melisa which are very popular,” Melisa explained. said their philosophy is, “ Your life is based They also sell the book Keys to the Kitchen on the capacity of energy in you not outside by Aida Mollenkamp who has a TV show of you.” Bloom is definitely a store where good energy is fashionable and this boutique on the Food Network. Mollenkamp made a guest appearance at Bloom when she was voted the Best Resale & Vintage Shop with sheer fabric from Brides by Demetrios. Another standout on the catwalk was a Fairy Princess Gown by PreVue. One of my favorites was the convertible dress from Henkaa for brides and bridesmaids. These unique dresses can be worn twenty-one different ways. The bridesmaid dresses were both short and long. Some of the styles were in black, but most of them were brilliant colors, with the new fashion colors in emerald, nectarine, violet and cobalt blue. Trends were lace, sheer fabric and the one-shoulder dress. Bellus Academy topped the models look with hair & makeup. At the end of the fashion show models threw rice sachets into the crowd filled with fabulous prizes. The audience was encouraged to take pictures with their cell phones and post them on Facebook for a chance to win a romantic Valentine’s Day stay at The Dana Hotel on Mission Bay.


began her book tour. Complimenting this lifestyle store is a line of amazing yoga clothes, called, Love this Life and Mia Brazilia. Downtown residents can come into the store and sign up to receive a card for 10 percent off on each of their purchases. Look for new deals and sales on: Facebook. com/BLOOMSD. Upcoming Events Februar y 8th: Go Red Fashion & Luncheon Show by Zandra Rhodes – 10:30 a.m. expo & silent auction 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. fashion show, Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel. Fight heart disease in women. For information call 858-410-3834 Februar y 27th: Nordstrom Designer Preview will show renowned American and European designers on one runway. Cocktail reception & boutique shopping starts at 6 p.m., fashion show at 7 p.m., and desserts & boutique shopping are at 7:30 p.m. Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar. Proceeds will benefit San Diego Opera. For tickets call 619-533-7050.v

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Becky Lynn and Melisa Michelle, co-owners of BLOOM, a lifestyle boutique (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)



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San Diego Downtown News  

February 2013 issue. News and events for the downtown San Diego city area.

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