Page 1


St. Patrick’s Day Events 2013

March 2013 Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Pg. 6

Columbia • Core/Civic • Cortez Hill • East Village • Gaslamp/Horton Plaza • Little Italy • Marina

A labor of love





Logo Design






Local author takes on task of sharing daughter’s poetic journey through cancer Morgan M. Hurley Downtown News Editor

The Finish Line

➤➤ DINING P. 13

(l-r) Staci Ignell, Director of External Affairs; Kaitlin Phillips, Events and Membership Coordinator; Sam Jackson, Director of Operations for Clean & Safe; Bahija Hamraz, District Director; John Hanley, Director of Finance; Kris Michell, President/CEO,Jared Emmitt, Outreach Coordinator; Kim Dixon, Executive Assistant; Ryan Loofbourrow, Executive Director for Clean & Safe; Lindsay Kirkman, Membership and Events Manager; and Janelle Riella, Vice President for Public Policy & Communications. (Courtesy DSDP)

A 40-year vision lay at their feet With an ‘urbanist’ now at the helm, Downtown San Diego Partnership plans the future of 272 blocks Dipping is fun

➤➤ ART P. 23

Love of a grandmother

➤➤ FASHION P. 26

Morgan M. Hurley Downtown News Editor

Leading a team that consists of a much greater percentage of women than men, President and CEO Kris Michell took over the helm at Downtown San Diego Partnership just under two years ago and her presence has already been felt. Michell has pushed the legacy of the long-lasting 501(c)6 mem-

bership organization, forged in 1950 but reworked in 1970, to the forefront of everyone’s minds. They work closely with the Tourism Authority and Michell holds a seat on their board. The former Chief of Staff to Mayor Jerry Sanders, Michell also held the position for a time when Susan Golding was mayor in the 1990s. In 2010, Voice of San Diego called her “the most powerful

Index Opinion………..….……8 Briefs……………………9 Calendar………………16 Theater………………18 Town Voices..…………19 Music…………………24

Contact Us Editorial/Letters 619-961-1960



San Diego Community News Network

see Partnerships, page 25

Community celebrates lily pond reopening Restoration leaves Balboa Park jewel ‘better than before’

see Love, page 12

Anthony King Downtown News Assistant Editor

Fashion vixens

person you know nothing about,” just months before she left the side of Mayor Sanders, and she hadn’t even saddled into her current position, yet. “[Kris Michell] has remained in the background her entire career, rarely in the newspaper, quoted even less. Yet Michell’s been the link, the linchpin, the consistent in-

Established poet, author and SDCNN critic Charlene Baldridge always expected that her only daughter would one day publish her more personal works posthumously; what she didn’t expect was to take on the task of publishing her daughter’s works that way, not the reverse. Laura Jeanne Morefield was an avid poet and writer in her own right, though she spent the majority of her career in banking and then philanthropy. A graduate of Madison High School in Clairemont Mesa, she went on to get a communications degree from Pepperdine University later in her life. Married for almost 30 years, Morefield chose to travel extensively with her mother the last 10 years of her life and the two had just completed a cruise through the Baltics a few months prior to her diagnosis. She lived her life artfully and generously, always on the go, her mother said. In fact, when Morefield was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in November of 2008, she had triumphantly walked off an 18-hole golf course just two days prior. A nagging pain in her side prompted her to finally visit a doctor, and for the next two-andone-half years, Morefield faced the most challenging battle of her life. Baldridge said she continued to play golf to the very end. Morefield’s choice to document that battle was not a surprise

Elected officials and civic leaders joined the public in celebrating the completion of repairs, restoration and renovation to Balboa Park’s lily pond on Monday, Feb. 25, highlighting the city’s ability to collaborate and unite over a common cause. “The real story here is not necessarily the upgrade of the lily pond, but how San Diegans came together to pitch in for a beloved community asset that was threatened,” Council President Todd Gloria said at the 9:30 a.m. event. Balboa Park is in the City’s third district, which Gloria represents. “It’s a reflection of how passionate San Diegans are about their park and what can be accomplished when that passion is translated into the act of giving,” Gloria said. “The lily pond is restored because of the collective improvement of the greater community.” The pond was damaged Aug. 12, 2012 after a group

Council President Todd Gloria addresses the crowd at the rededication of the lily pond. (Photo by Anthony King) estimated to be between 1,000 and 2,000 people met in the park at night for a water-gun fight. What was scheduled as a fun event turned into one that caused extensive damage to the lily pond, after several people got into the pond and surrounding flowerbeds. Plants inside the pond’s lily boxes were damaged, as was the structure’s draining system, causing significant water loss. A second structure – the main fountain in the center of the Plaza de Panama – was also broken. Initial estimates reported approximately $10,000 worth of damages to park facilities. While there are no arrests or charges filed from the vandalism that took place on Aug. 12, Mayor Bob Filner

see Lily, page 3

(© from The Warrior’s Stance, 2013)


San Diego Downtown News | March 2013


Failure not part of Padres exec’s extraordinary life Since birth, challenges have been where Alex Montoya thrives David Moye Downtown News

In 2010, Alex Montoya was at a true peak in his life and career: he was working his dream job as Director of Latino Affairs for the San Diego Padres and had just finished a successful tour promoting his first book, “Swinging for the Fences: Choosing to Live an Extraordinary Life.” However, the price of getting what you want is that it becomes what you once wanted. “Once you achieve that, you want something more,” Montoya confessed. The Padres executive decided he might want to attempt to run in that year’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon since he had never tried endurance sports before; although he knew the training regimen required would be challenging – he was born without both arms and one leg due to a congenital birth defect. “You have to understand; each prosthetic adds 10 extra pounds on each limb,” he said. Adding to the difficulty, Montoya decided to turn the experience of training for the marathon into another book, “The Finish Line,” which was just released. “That was a big deal because I knew if I didn’t finish, I could be writing about my failure,” he said. “It’s tough knowing everyone else can run at a good speed and you’re just trying to make sure they don’t have to pick you up in the truck at the end of the race.” Montoya speaks both English and Spanish, but doesn’t seem to know the word “failure” in either language. Growing up in San Diego, he dreamed of going to Notre Dame and of working for the Padres. He ended up doing both, even though he jokes the college education cost him ‘an arm and a leg.’ “That’s my signature line,” he laughed. Montoya doesn’t back down from a challenge, but he did

Montoya poses at PetCo Park. He is director of Latino affairs for the ballclub. (Courtesy Alex Montoya)

approach the marathon realistically. He didn’t think he could go the complete 26.2 miles, but was willing to be part of a four-person relay team with his friends, Karen Madden, Colleen MacDonald and Colleen McNiry. “We divided up the marathon into ‘legs’ and they allowed me to be the one to cross the finish line,” he said. “I did four miles, but I had to walk two miles to get to where I was supposed to start.” Aside from the usual stressors facing anyone attempting an endurance run, Montoya had other things to overcome, such as lower back pain exacerbated by the prosthetics. Oh, and strange looks from people while he was training. “I did the training outside of Petco Park,” he said. “It’s almost a mile around the perimeter and people looked at me funny, wondering, ‘Why is he walking around in circles?’” Although Montoya’s effort tugged at people’s heartstrings during the marathon, he wasn’t doing it for that reason. “My main goal was to challenge



told attendees at the Feb. 25 celebration he hopes those at fault can still be brought to justice, adding he would like to “get them to actually do some work for the community, and not just destroy it.” The San Diego Police Department completed their initial investigation and submitted it to the City Attorney’s Office, where it is currently under review. Saying he was thankful for the community effort, Filner acknowledged Friends of Balboa Park founder Betty Peabody for her organization’s part in helping with the repairs. The Friends of Balboa Park became stewards of the donations raised following the damage. Peabody said the pond offers visitors a place of “peaceful tranquility” and “quiet reflection.” She also said the Aug. 12 damage was “probably not deliberate.” “Public reaction was swift and intense,” she said, adding that after the Park and Recreation Department’s initial assessment, “deeper damage” was discovered in the pond. The majority of repairs occurred throughout the winter, with the living plants relocated to temporary homes in order to complete the work. The pond was drained, and repairs continued. Twenty-seven new plant boxes were then placed in the empty pond, which now house both existing and new varieties of lily and lotus plants. The repairs, which lasted three weeks,

myself and stay in shape,” he said. Looking back, he laughs at the reaction some of the other runners gave him during the marathon. “I wore a pair of Notre Dame shorts, and people would come up to me, and say, ‘Good job!’ and then, after seeing the shorts, they’d say, ‘Irish suck!’” With “The Finish Line” just released, Montoya plans to promote it when he’s not doing his day job with the Padres. He also expects to find another challenge to work on, and thinks he has something in mind. “I’m not married, so that might be the next big thing,” he said. To learn more about Montoya’s books and life, find him on Facebook at facebook. com/pages/The-FinishLine/226105287466835?fref=ts or follow him on Twitter: @alexmontoya619. San Diego native David Moye writes Weird News for the Huffington Post. You can learn more about him at david-moye.v

cost approximately $50,000. “I’m so happy to see all the work that has been done, not only to repair the damage from that incident but to maintain and upgrade the elements of the lily pond,” Gloria said. “The lily pond is in better shape than it was before the damage occurred.” A major donor to the lily pond repairs and restoration, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was also represented at the re-opening celebration. Frank Urtasun, SDG&E regional vice president of external affairs, complimented the groups who came together to raise the needed funds. “We can all be proud that we worked together to repair this landmark,” Urtasun said. “We can also be thankful that we live in a community that unites to promote the common good through civic cooperation and shared responsibility.” Much of the talk at the celebration was focused on the future, where Filner said the repairs and restoration are indicative of what the city has planned for the upcoming Balboa Park centennial celebration. “We are preparing the way for an even greater event, and that is the 2015 centennial,” Filner said. “It is going to be an incredible celebration.” A commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the Balboa Park expedition of 1915, the centennial celebration is being touted as a year long, anniversary event that will focus on what many call the City’s “crown jewel.” “Coming together is what this is all about,” Filner said. “That’s what Balboa Park represents to our city. It’s where everybody comes together.”v

San Diego Downtown News | March 2013



San Diego Downtown News | March 2013


Media Arts Center celebrates 20 years of Latino film

Nonprofit looks to entire region for this year’s Latino Film Festival Anthony King Downtown News Assistant Editor

The Media Arts Center San Diego crosses a milestone this year, with their 20th anniversary celebration of the San Diego Latino Film Festival March 7 – 17. What started as a small student film collective has grown into one of the leading festivals focusing on work by and about the Latino experience. To help promote this year’s festival, Media Arts Center organizers held an official launch party Feb. 21 at Gang Kitchen, located at 345 Sixth Ave. in Downtown. Media Arts Center founder and Executive Director Ethan van Thillo, along with other staff, offered information on the festival and received a proclamation from Mayor Bob Filner’s office declaring the date Latino Film Festival Day in San Diego. “Twenty years ago we started as a small student film festival, and now we’re expecting over 20,000 [attendees],” van Thillo said of this year’s anniversary. “We’re really excited.” In honor of the festival’s 20 years, Media Arts Center will be screening their “top 10 groundbreaking and influential” Latino films from the past 20 years. “The selected films blur the line between reality and fantasy, explore ideas of love and friendship and delve into pertinent social and political topics such as poverty, memory and state violence,” organizers said. The 10 films are “Nostalgia de la Luz” from Chile; “Cronos,” “Desperado,”

“Amores Perros,” and “Y Tú Mamá También” from Mexico; “Fresa y Chocolate” from Cuba; “Abres los Ojos” and “Todo Sobre Mi Madre” from Spain; and “Central do Brasil” and “Ciudade de Deus” from Brazil. Organizers are also screening another classic, “Selena,” in partnership with Full Moon Drive-In in Pacific Beach. The movie will show March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the authentic drive-in, located at 1500 Felspar St. The movie’s director, Gregory Nava, will be in attendance. “Looking back at our 20 year history, San Diego-born filmmaker Gregory Nava and acting legend, Lupe Ontiveros, have both attended numerous times and have been so important to the film festival,” van Thillo said. “So, in celebration of our 20th Anniversary and in tribute to the late Lupe Ontiveros, [we are] honored to present this audience favorite in a great new and exciting outdoor venue.” Festival Special Events Producer Yolanda Walther-Meade hosted the event at Gang Kitchen, and helped introduce guest dignitaries including the Mexican Conusl General in San Diego and the mayor of Tijuana, Mexico, Carlos Bustamante. Recognizing San Diego as part of a complex border region, Media Arts Center is looking to reach a wider audience. They will be screening a selection of films in Tijuana for this year’s festival, and will once again offer the Borders on Film program, featuring films that explore concepts of how borders affect a region.

(l to r) Media Arts Center San Diego founder and Executive Director Ethan van Thillo and Tijuana, Mexico Mayor Carlos Bustamante at Gang Kitchen Feb. 21. (Photo by Ana Pines) “This year to commemorate our 20th anniversary, in an act which really highlights the importance of our cross-border region, we are exemplifying our spirit of regional unity,” Walther-Meade said. Two of the festival’s three main parties will take place at Downtown locations, including the opening night party March 7 at Café Sevilla, located at 353 Fifth Ave. The Centerpiece Screening after party on March 13 will be at FLUXX Nightclub, located at 500 Fourth Ave. Five Star Tours will offer free transportation from the Mission Valley movie theater to the downtown locations. The closing weekend party held March 16 will be at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park. Organizers are expecting VIP guests from several of the films screened throughout the festival to attend.

“It’s really all about you, our community here and on the other side of the border,” Walther-Meade said. “You are the reason that we at Media Arts Center San Diego and the San Diego Latino Film Festival are able to celebrate 20 healthy, vigorous, vibrant years.” Most films screen at the Digiplex Mission Valley, formerly the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas, located at 7510 Hazard Center Drive. General admission tickets are $10.50 per film, with discounts for students, seniors, military and Media Arts Center members. There are also special prices on passes and family tickets. For the complete schedule and movie information – including the opening party, closing weekend party and centerpiece showcase – as well as to purchase tickets, visit or call 619-230-1938.v

San Diego Downtown News | March 2013



San Diego Downtown News | March 2013


St. Patrick’s Day Events 2013 Compiled by Logan Broyles Downtown News

Whether you’re looking for fun for the whole family or just tr ying to get your hands on some unappetizingly green beer, there’s no shortage of St. Patrick’s Day events around town. From festivals and parades to pub crawls and Irish stor y readings, here’s a roundup of the best things to do to embrace the Luck O’ the Irish this March in Downtown San Diego. Third Annual Corned Beef Festival, March 9 Get a head start on planning a delicious and traditional Irish-inspired meal for your whole family with tips and recipes from the experts at Iowa Meat Farms and Siesel’s Meats in Bay Park on Saturday, March 9, including variations of artisanal mustards, pickles, potatoes and veggies. See sidebar at right for more info. San Diego’s Fifth Annual St. Baldrick’s Shave-a-Thon, March 9 Held at the Commons Bar in Downtown on March 9, volunteers will be shaving their heads in solidarity with children who have been diagnosed with cancer and supporters can make donations through each participant. Admission is free, and all donations will go toward raising funds and awareness for Childhood Cancer Research. More info: Saint Paddy’s Day PubCrawl, March 15-17 Beginning Friday, March 15 and running through Sunday, March 17 guests are invited to celebrate Saint Paddy’s Day the inebriated way, by going on this epic pub crawl through some of San Diego’s most popular bars. Each location will feature drink specials for at least three hours and there will be at least one after-party each night with no cover. Presented by, tickets start at $10 per day and $20 for the three-day “All Access” pass. More info:

Revelers participate in a previous “Pub Crawl” on St. Patrick’s Day (Courtesy

Runners at a previous St. Patrick’s Day 10K (Courtesy Kathy Loper Events)

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival, March 16 The quintessential St. Patrick’s Day celebration in San Diego returns for its 33rd year. An Irish festival with traditional dancers, music, and a beer garden and a Celtic village will follow the parade. Held on Fifth and Sixth avenues between Juniper and Upas Streets, admission is free. More info:

see StPatricks, page 7

Festival to highlight barrel-aged corned beef Frank Sabatini Jr. Downtown News

Just like the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line turns hot in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, the butchers at two leading meat markets in San Diego will soon find themselves playing the role of corned beef counselors to San Diegans planning their St. Patrick’s Day dinners. But the advice they provide is best absorbed in person, when mouthfuls of the brined beef are dispensed to consumers in cooked form during the upcoming Corned Beef Festival, scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 9. The free event, now in its third year, takes place concurrently at Iowa Meat Farms in Mission Gorge and Siesel’s Old Fashioned Meats in Bay Park. About 50 pounds of the redtinted meat have been earmarked for sampling at each store, says Iowa’s master butcher Richie Vought, who has helped oversee a lengthy barrel-aging process for nearly 8,000 pounds of brisket and rounds that began in late January. The meat (uncooked) is available for sale beginning the day of the festival, although pre-orders are currently being accepted at both stores. “We developed our own cure about 17 years ago, and it’s darn good,” says Vought, revealing that the water-based recipe includes garlic, sugar, cloves, turmeric and sodium nitrate, which gives the meat its reddish color. “The sodium nitrate is saltier than salt, so it preserves the meat longer,” he explained while giving the raw cuts a gentle swish in one of their large plastic barrels. As for the mysterious notion of “corn” in corned beef, the term dates back a few hundred years to when Europeans cured pork with salt crystals the size of corn kernels. “It wasn’t until you got over to America that beef became more desirable. Corning it really wasn’t an Irish thing.” The beef, however, is corn-fed and sourced from the Midwest, mostly Nebraska. With brisket, culled from a cow’s front upper-leg section, Vought cites that it’s a little fattier and takes slightly longer to

cook compared to the rounds, which come from the hind legs and slice more evenly. Once fully brined, the cuts are sealed in airtight Cryovac bags and sell in varying weights for $4.99 a pound. Vought will be joined by other meat masters at the festival in providing cooking tips and recipe ideas that embody a host of vegetables and zippy condiments. For those missing the event, he offers some pearls of wisdom for turning your corned beef into a pot o’ gold. Always cook the meat covered in water, simmering it until thoroughly done and tender. For additional flavor, add a few cups of beer or apple cider to the water from the start. Do not add citrus to the liquid. “It doesn’t work well.” When using a Crock Pot, set it on high for the first hour. Use the oven only if adding a glaze to the corned beef after it’s cooked. Vought prefers equal parts of horseradish, mustard and honey. He covers the cooked beef with the mixture and bakes it at 450-degrees for about 20 minutes. Corned beef is juicier after letting it rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Cut the meat against the grain to avoid a stringy mess. Add vegetables such as cabbage, potatoes and carrots into the braising liquid after the corned beef is cooked. For more information, call or visit Iowa Meat Farms, 6041 Mission Gorge Road, 619-281-5766 or Siesel’s Old Fashioned Meats, 4131 Ashton St., 619-275-1234.v

Richie Vought of Iowa Meat Farms tends to beef “corning” in barrels. (Photo by Frank Sabatini, Jr.) FROM PAGE 6

STPATRICKS Saint Patrick’s Day 10k Run, 2 & 4 Mile Run/Walk, March 16 The 33rd annual 10k run and 2 & 4-mile run/walk held at Mission Bay Park, with funds benefitting Rady Children’s Hospital. Registration for the 10k is $33 in advance and $42 day of, and the 2 & 4 Mile Walk/Run is $27 in advance and $33 the day of. Sponsored by Stone Brewing Co. and Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, attendees will get a chance to enjoy Dominos pizza and great local beers. More info: Fourth Annual Zane Patrick’s Day, March 16 A St. Paddy’s bash that has become a yearly tradition at McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon Downtown, hosted by Zane Lamprey of Three Sheets and Drinking Made Easy! Featuring an open bar and an Irish band. Come back to McFadden’s the following day for kegs and eggs, DJs, bag pipers, Irish dancers and Leprechauns. More info: ShamROCK 2013, Sunday, March 17 ShamROCK is turning the Gaslamp Quarter green on St. Patrick’s Day from 2 p.m. to Midnight. The 18th annual block party that closes down the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter, lines them with 80,000 square feet of green Astroturf and lets more than 20,000 attendees roam from one great bar deal to the next while enjoying live Irish bands on the main stage, a 150-foot Irish Pub on the street, and two DJ Stages with amazing talent. More info: Voices of Ireland Monday, March 18 A celebration of traditional Irish stories, music and dancing, featuring a performance by The Celtic Echoes and story readings. Discounts for seniors and military members. Held at the Horton Grand Theatre on Fourth Avenue. More info: Contributing writer Logan Broyles is the former managing editor of Pacific San Diego Magazine and editor-in-chief of Construction Digital magazine. He likes to write about music and news, and can be reached at


DowntownBriefs 12TH ANNUAL WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY The Women’s Museum of California, is hosting the 12th Annual San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and dinner March 16 at the University of California, San Diego, to honor five women that have made a difference in San Diego County. Dr. Constance Carroll is being inducted for being a trailblazer as the first female Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District. Carroll led statewide efforts to provide equitable funding for community colleges and is an activist in improving educational opportunities for women, minorities and disadvantaged students. As a significant contributor to improving the lives of women in San Diego, Betty Evans Boone made efforts to increase the hiring of female lawyers in San Diego in the 1960s through her community service work and mentoring. Irma Castro is being inducted for her work in creating structural change to improve women’s lives. As an advocate for social justice and Filipino American community empowerment, Aurora Soriano Cudal spent the last twenty years demonstrating outstanding leadership, excellence in community service and extensive coalition building in San Diego. Dorothy Hom (19321999) was an instrumental force in forming the Chinese Historical Society of Greater San Diego and Baja California and was one of the founders of the Gaslamp Quarter District. The event will begin at 5 p.m. For more information visit

HORTON PLAZA ENDS FREE VALIDATED PARKING Westfield’s Horton Plaza announced Monday, Feb. 4 that they are implementing new procedures to change the existing rules that allowed patrons three free hours of parking with validation. The new policy requires mall visitors, parking on the multi-level structure, make a minimum purchase of $10 at any one of the mall’s stores, movie theaters or restaurants, to now qualify for three hours of parking. According to Westfield’s website, the parking rate for Horton Plaza is $2 every fifteen minutes with $60 maximum. The three-hour parking validation is offered Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with the parking attendant located on level 1 across from Travelex. PARKING EASIER IN LITTLE ITALY The Little Italy Parking District of the Little Italy Association (LIA) announced new parking measures as part of a strategic plan that will increase available parking spaces and highlight alternative means of transportation. The LIA has been working with the City of San Diego, MTS, area developers, local businesses and residents to create a unified effort in three core areas to ease parking frustrations. Those efforts are 1) to create more surface street parking, increasing the number of available spaces with perpendicular spaces and mitigating employee and resident use, 2) develop an employee parking program to free up spaces for visitors and 3) to open public parking spaces in new and existing developments by working with building owners and tenants to allow public parking. The LIA is also making efforts to educate association members about available

San Diego Downtown News | March 2013

programs, resources and alternative means of transportation. Along with public parking spaces, the 2013 plan includes opening once-closed lots for use on weekends, updating parking meters and bringing in new cycling spaces for bicycle. There are also two Car2Go designated spaces and three valet stations in Little Italy. The Little Italy Association has launched its own app that includes a section for parking that makes the popular destination easier to get to and around. It is free to download from the iTunes app store and Google Play for Android by searching for Little Italy, San Diego. More information on the parking district programs can be found at

KPBS SOLICITS SUGGESTIONS FOR “ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO” Thursday, Feb. 15 KPBS kicked off event its seventh annual One Book, One San Diego program, presented in partnership with the San Diego Public Library. Approximately 75 librarians, teachers, literary gurus and others attended the kick off event. The popular booksharing program is the only one in the country managed by a television or radio station and it boasted 20,000 participants in 2012. Suggestions for 2013’s featured books are now being accepted through March and several will be selected. You must be a resident of San Diego County to participate. Criteria include that the fiction or non-fiction is of high literary quality with strong narrative and well-developed characters; themes must resonate with local and/or global communities; inspires discussion and even action; available in paperback and hardcover; author must be alive; have professional reviews; be in print and available in large quantities and appropriate for


high school study and people from all backgrounds. A final requirement is that you have read the entire book in order to nominate it for One Book, One San Diego. Book selections will be decided by the One Book committee and announced in May. A series of community events, which may also include the author, will follow the announcement. Previous book selections included Moloka’i, about a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl; Into the Beautiful North, about a young female taco shop owner who travels to San Diego to bring men back to her Mexican village of Tres Camarones; and Sky of Red Poppies, about a young daughter of a prominent family with secrets and set against 1960s Iran when the politically divided country was ruled by the Shah. All past selections can be reviewed on the website. To learn more or nominate a book, visit kpbs. org/one-book/2013/.

SAN DIEGO TOURISM AUTHORITY REPORTS RECORD YEAR At its annual meeting held recently at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel and Marina, the San Diego Tourism Authority spoke to the state of tourism in the region, giving it high marks and highlighting the significant economic impacts made in 2012. San Diego saw 32.3 million total visitors in 2012, which contributed $18.3 billion to the region’s economy. That is a 6.6 percent increase over 2011. Half of those visitors, 16.1 million, visited San Diego overnight. Local attractions in the area had a combined attendance of 14.3 million, the highest in 10 years and almost a four percent increase over last year. Hotel occupancy rates also rose to 71 percent, a 2.9 percent increase. San Diego is considered

see Briefs, page 9


San Diego Downtown News | March 2013


3737 Fifth Ave. Suite 201 San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 519-7775 PUBLISHER David Mannis (619) 961-1951 EDITOR Morgan M. Hurley (619) 961–1960 ASSISTANT EDITOR Anthony King (619) 961-1952

Letters It’s one of the most exciting projects that San Diego has completed and it is for the benefit and enjoyment of everyone! [See A ‘new library for a new age’ Vol. 14, Issue 2] – Alina Bailey, via Mingei Museum has such a wonderful warm feel, it reminds me of my connection to creativity across all cultures [See Camarada puts the spotlight on various cultures, Vol. 14, Issue 2] Somehow I’m more in touch with the “hand” of the artist at Mingei. Add chamber music to the mix and the result is bound to be expansive! – Sally Tinker, via

After reading your informative piece on the Kiss, I wanted to cry [see ‘Kiss statue’ to return anew Vol. 14. Issue 2]. Why is there so much opposition to forces for the (subjective) good? Why couldn’t the Port Authority accept a Public Art Committee’s thumb down on it? Instead without a majority rule the back door gamesmanship takes it on a detour. In San Diego the hotel taxes help with creating many public art projects, so I believe. The USS Midway with a clear agenda determines to bring it back for the good of all veterans everywhere. Yay. I believe Mayor Filner is absolutely on track to recognize the weight of the board in determining how funds siphoned or garnered into the Port Authority are spent. $1.3 million dollars to an ugly statue is a freekn criminal offense in economic times such as these. Give me GREAT Public Art or nothing. Better yet, spend an amount that significant on something vital or necessary. I wish it would kiss off. – Shirley Fenile, via emailv

City Council should protect the integrity of its own Municipal Code

(Photo by Sandé Lollis)

Bruce Coons, executive director of SOHO Saving Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) urges the City Council to move ahead with an alternate project that both removes parking from the Plaza de Panama and respects the integrity of the park and its own Municipal Code and land use plans. The court ruling in favor of SOHO respects the City’s ordinances and plans that prohibit needless harm to any City landmark. San Diego landmarks may not be substantially harmed unless they would otherwise have no reasonable beneficial use. In the words of Judge Timothy Taylor, the “critical finding” made by the Council to comply with its own Code “is so lacking in evidentiary support as to render it unreasonable; it must therefore be set aside.” The ruling could not be more clear. Without the damaging features of the Plaza de Panama project, would the historic Cabrillo

to land use plan inconsistencies, because the Plaza de Panama project violates other sections of the Municipal Code. For example, the Code requires that the project not adversely impact land use plans. The project EIR concedes, and the City Council agreed, that the project has significant impacts due to inconsistencies with the City’s General Plan Urban Design Element, Historic Preservation Element, and Recreation Element. In relevant part, the General Plan requires that “all City-owned designated historical resources” be “maintained consistent with” the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards - the federal rules governing alteration of important historic properties. The City and the project EIR both concede that the Plaza de Panama project does not follow mandatory Secretary’s Standards 2 and 9. The project is also undeniably inconsistent with the Balboa Park Master Plan and Central Mesa Precise Plan. Those two plans direct removal of parking from the Plaza de Panama without a bypass bridge. Judge Taylor’s ruling did not address the Code’s mandate against adverse impacts on land use plans. Since the project permit required by the Municipal Code must now be set aside because the City “abused its discretion,” the judge ruled that it was “not necessary” at this point to address the other Code violations alleged by SOHO. Courts generally rule on the narrowest possible ground to resolve a case. But these additional blatant violations also prevent the project’s re-approval. SOHO further notes that Municipal Code violations are not the only legal impediment to the Plaza de Panama project, as there is a pending case by San Diegans

DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING Mike Rosensteel (619) 961-1958 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Sloan Gomez (619) 961-1954 Jennifer Muth (619) 961-1963 Deborah Vazquez (619) 961-1956


Bridge and California Quadrangle still have a reasonable beneficial use? As a visit to the park any day of the week makes clear, the answer is most definitely yes! The marvels of the well-loved park are enjoyed by thousands of San Diegans and international visitors every week. So what’s next for the Plaza de Panama? Council President Todd Gloria is now pursuing two alternate paths, according to a news release from his office. One is to set aside the City’s July 2012 approval of the Plaza de Panama project’s Centennial Bridge and simply remove it from the Balboa Park Master Plan and Central Mesa Precise Plan. SOHO supports that option as it would cure the Code violation and protect the park’s historic qualities and National Registry status. The second option is to amend the Municipal Code to exempt the project from its protective terms. The City Council would attempt to cure its “unreasonable” violations of the Code by eviscerating the Code! SOHO’s attorney, Susan BrandtHawley, explains what that would mean: “The strong provisions of the City’s own ordinances are there to protect historic landmarks for the people of San Diego. The Code is not a ‘technicality’ and should be respected. It logically requires that landmarks not be substantially harmed unless necessary. The Code also requires that projects must adhere to key provisions of the City’s adopted land use plans.” SOHO trusts that no member of the City Council will choose to weaken or avoid such important protections and goals for a City asset as magnificent as Balboa Park, when there are many alternatives. And doing so would not resolve further legal problems relating

REPORTERS & COLUMNISTS Charlene Baldridge Will Bowen Diana Cavagnaro Maggie Clemens Jennifer DeCarlo Dave Fidlin Scott Markey Johnny McDonald David Moye Kai Oliver-Kurtin Frank Sabatini Jr. Taylor Schulte Dave Schwab

for Open Governments challenging the legality of $17.4 million in bonds issued by the City to raise money to pay for the new parking structure proposed in the park. As to alternate parking solutions, nationally-prominent San Diego architect Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, who worked with the City on many projects in Balboa Park before serving as California’s State Historic Preservation Officer, warned the City in July 2012 that it should not approve the Plaza de Panama project because removal of “the cars in the Plaza could be resolved in many ways not requiring alteration of the [Cabrillo] Bridge...” Mr. Donaldson confirmed today that he stands by his prior statements “regarding the needlessly devastating impacts that this project would have to Balboa Park. The Municipal Code protections should be honored and one of the many alternate solutions to remove parking from the Plaza de Panama should be pursued. I stand ready to assist.” A simple, fast, and light touch on the park is eminently do-able, ensuring that the Plaza could be fully available for Centennial celebrations, just as it has been for many events in the past. The Plaza could be resurfaced in a day if the City chose to do it, reclaiming the parking area for pedestrian use and providing a managed traffic solution for the bridge traffic. What should the City Council do next? Surely the answer is that it should proceed with an alternate, lawful solution that can remove parking from the Plaza de Panama in plenty of time for the 2015 Centennial Celebration.v

see Editor’s Analysis, page 9

ART DIRECTOR Rebecah Corbin (619) 961-1961 ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Anulak Singphiphat (619) 961-1961 ACCOUNTING Denise Davidson (619) 961-1962 SALES ASSISTANTS Charlie Bryan Baterina Lisette Figueroa Andrea Goodchild Marie Khris Pecjo OPINIONS/LETTERS San Diego Downtown News encourages letters to the editor and guest editorials. Please e-mail both to Include phone number and address for verification. We reserve the right to edit letters for brevity and accuracy. Letters and guest editorials do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher or staff. SUBMISSIONS/NEWS TIPS Press releases and story ideas are welcomed. Send press releases, tips, photos or story ideas to For breaking news and investigative story ideas contact the editor by phone or e-mail. DISTRIBUTION San Diego Downtown News is distributed free. COPYRIGHT 2013. All rights are reserved. Printed in the United States of America.






When is a kiss just a kiss?

The permanent Unconditional Surrender statue a few days after it was dedicated. (Photo by Anulak Singphiphat)

Morgan M. Hurley Downtown News Editor

Recently the controversial Unconditional Surrender statue, also known as “The Kiss,” returned to the San Diego shoreline and was installed on a new, permanent platform located between The Fish Market and the south side of the USS Midway Museum. I say controversial because, well it is. The Unconditional Surrender statue, sculpted by Seward Johnson, is based upon the iconic images taken on V-J (Victory over Japan) day in Times Square on August 14, 1945. Johnson has sculpted dozens of life-sized and largerthan-life sized sculptures for public art installations around the world. The local debate started when a lighter weight, more portable version of the 25-foot statue – intended as a temporary exhibition but lasting for nearly five years – first graced our shores in 2007. That debate has never really ended. The purpose of the temporary exhibition was to garner public and private interest in the statue with the hopes of securing funds for a permanent sculpture. As history shows, that was easier said than done. The U-T San Diego reported in March of 2012 that several commissioners sitting on the Port of San Diego’s Public Art Commission actually resigned over the Port’s decision to support funding of a permanent installation. They had all recommended that the Port get rid of the statue, because according to the story, “members did not believe it met the aesthetic qualities called for in recently adopted criteria.” Apparently the overall vote was 6-4 against acceptance, with two other commissioners who were absent later saying they would have voted with the majority, making it a whopping 8-4 against the sculpture. “But bowing to public support, the port commissioners decided that popularity should trump artistic merit,” the story said. As it should; but thank you for your recommendations, Public Art Commission. After several fundraising drives failed over the years, and the exhibition extensions had reached their maximum, the staff of the USS Midway Museum asked the Port of San Diego if they could give the effort a try. Quicker than you could say Midway, they brought on seven private $100,000 donors in just a few weeks, then launched a public campaign, saying they’d match the next $100,000 raised. Eight weeks later, they had their funding. Two weeks ago, on Saturday, Feb. 16, the permanent installation – paid for entirely by donations and not city funds – was dedicated to much fanfare. But as you will see in “letters,” we are still hearing from naysayers just reporting on it. Many also shared their disdain on Facebook postings of the same story. “[I read that] the sailor was drunk and forced her to kiss him. Not too romantic at all,” one commentor said. “I just

San Diego Downtown News | March 2013

think it’s bad art. It’s a bad copy – not an interpretation – of a great photo. … it would be better off at Disneyland,” said another. “It’s hideous and doesn’t represent me or my family,” said one angry poster who also said she planned to protest the dedication. I’ll be the first to admit that I love the statue. I also love the similar-sized “Seven Year Itch” Marilyn Monroe statue that is now gracing a corner in downtown Palm Springs, too, but I digress. It’s not that I love camp, which The Kiss statue has been accused of being, rather than an actual work of art; what I am is a fan of nostalgia in all its forms, especially when it comes to our veterans. My grandfather served in WWII, my newspaper editor father was a Korean War veteran, and I’m a retired Navy veteran, myself. But my mother was a freelance artist and an arts and culture community servant, so I was around art my entire life. Art is about each individual who experiences it. It rarely has the same impact from one person to the next. As far as I am concerned, this “kitchy” but iconic statue will move many to tears, others to quitely reflect, and probably cause a few fist shakes, and that’s okay. That is what art in all of its forms is supposed to do. I think this statue … in this place … is perfect. After all, the USS Midway was commissioned just weeks after the end of WWII and named for one of its mightiest contests, the Battle of Midway. The Port of San Diego has plans to further develop the area in the immediate vicinity of the statue, an area that already pays homage to a number of other military campaigns and events, including the WWII-centric Battle of Leytle Gulf, USS San Diego and even Bob Hope’s USO tours over the years. I understand the new development will even be called the “Greatest Generation Walk,” so as far as I’m concerned, a statue meant to commemorate V-J Day falls in lock-step with this environment. There is no doubt the statue will draw crowds of both locals and visitors to the area, and what’s wrong with that? Our city thrives on tourism. I don’t hear anyone complaining about Kansas City BBQ and it’s decades love Top Gun connection drawing wide appeal and attention. I’ve taken plenty of people there myself. Scott McGaugh, marketing director of the USS Midway Museum may have said it best when I interviewed him for last month’s story [“Kiss statue” to return anew, Vol. 14, issue 2]. “We think it’s a great tribute to the greatest generation – the 16 million Americans who served and defended our country in 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.” Clearly, you either love The Kiss statue or you hate it. Unfortunately for the haters, it is here to stay. I recommend they just unconditionally surrender.v

one of the top five travel destinations in the country, according to Joe Terzi, President and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) in a press release. The San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau changed its name to SDTA in January. Tourism also boosts the local job market, accounting for 160,000 – or 13 percent – of the county’s jobs. “It is important that we not only recognize the economic value of tourism to San Diego, but also that tourism is good for the people,” Terzi said in the same release. “Tourism has the ability to improve communities, our neighborhoods and the quality of life for our residents.” Their 2012 annual report is available upon request by visiting

BROADWAY/SAN DIEGO ANNOUNCES 2013-14 SEASON Broadway/San Diego – a Nederlander Presentation – launched their 2013-2014 season lineup at a hosted reception Friday, Feb. 15. The new season opens Oct. 15 with “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” and also features “The Book of Mormon,” “Evita,” “Million Dollar Quartet” and “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.” The 2012 Tony Award-winner “Once” closes the season, beginning Aug. 12, 2014. “We are very pleased with the productions that comprise our 2013-14 season. Audiences of all types will be thrilled with this current award-winning lineup. In addition, we hope to be able to build new and emerging audiences with the broad range of programming,” said Carl Thompson, Broadway/San Diego’s marketing director in a press release. “The Book of Mormon,” from the creators of “South Park,” will play a limited two-week engagement from May 27 to June 8, 2014 at the San Diego Civic Theatre. “Our new 2013-2014 Season includes Tony Award-winning shows, as well as timeless classics, lively 1970s disco hits and 1950s rock and roll,” said Nederlander Vice President Joe Kobryner in the release. “Plus, we are presenting one of Disney’s all-time family favorites, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” which returns after its last sold-out engagement. Remaining in the 2012-13 season are “Billy Elliot” playing April 30 – May 5, “American Idiot” playing May 28 – June 2 and “Sister Act” playing June 30 – Aug. 4. SANDAG APPOINTS TODD GLORIA AS COMMITTEE CHAIR Announced Jan. 29, Council President and District Three Representative Todd Gloria was appointed as chair to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). “I am grateful to SANDAG Chair Jack Dale for selecting me for this position, and am excited about tackling this critical issue from a regional perspective,” Gloria said in a press release. SANDAG is the regional planning agency for transportation, and develops the Regional Transportation Plan to implement long-range vision for buses, trolleys, streetcars, rail, highways, major streets, bicycle travel, walking, goods movement and airport services. SANDAG has been pursuing other alternative-transportation and activetransportation projects, such as the Regional Bike Corridor projects in North Park-Mid-City and Uptown. Gloria has been a member of the Transportation Committee for the past four years. “I am well aware of the transportation-related challenges that face our region: air quality, scarcity of available land, growing population, lack of infrastructure for active transportation, funding, and a public transportation system that is not seen as efficient, are just a few,” Gloria said. “I will proudly voice District Three’s and


the City of San Diego’s priorities and concerns to my SANDAG Transportation Committee colleagues, and know we will make great progress as a region in the coming year.”


(top) The original Gaslamp Archway installed in 1991 on Fifth Avenue and L Street. (bottom) The refurbished archway just before it was rededicated on Feb. 28. (Courtesy Gaslamp Quarter Association)

The Gaslamp Quarter Association unveiled the complete rehabilitation and refurbishment of the district’s iconic Gaslamp Quarter Archway on Thursday, Feb. 28, in celebration of the sign’s 21st anniversary. The Archway is located on the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and L Street, adjacent to the Hard Rock Hotel at 207 Fifth Ave. “The Gaslamp Quarter Archway was originally built in 1991, and funded in part by Gaslamp Quarter property and business owners,” organizers said in a release announcing the event. “Serving as one of San Diego’s favorite photo backdrops for 21 years, the Gaslamp Quarter Archway at Fifth Avenue and L Street will come to the forefront as its complete rehabilitation is unveiled,” they said. Immediately following the ceremony held at the base of the archway, a celebration party was held at Dick’s Last Resort, 345 Fourth Ave.Originally dedicated in 1992, organizers said weather and constant vibration from road traffic had damaged the older sign. Repair costs totaled approximately $45,000.The rehabilitation was made possible through a collaboration with the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe Program and the Gaslamp Quarter Association, a nonprofit merchant’s assessment district representing over 400 business in Downtown. Byron Wade, President and CEO of Project Professionals Corporation served as project manager on the upgrade, which was completed by West Coast Signs. West Coast Signs owner, Patrick Flahive, is the son of the archway’s original builder, Roy Flahive, who also consulted on the rehabilitation. Refurbishments included “re-painting, energy efficient electrical upgrades, structural evaluation and replacement of the original incandescent light bulbs to more energy-efficient and durable neon,” organizers said. At the re-dedication ceremony, civic leaders and representatives of Downtown businesses were scheduled to attend, including Council President Todd Gloria, San Diego Downtown Partnership President and CEO Kris Michell, Gaslamp Quarter Association board chair Darren Moore and Hard Rock Hotel Regional Manager Matt Greene. Heavenly Cupcake supplied a custom-made Gaslamp Quarter Archway dessert, and Private Domain Unplugged performed for after-party attendees. For more information visit or call 619-233-5227.v

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

Sudoku Solution Answer Key, page 19


San Diego Downtown News | March 2013


Growing green

Barrio Logan-based sustainable products gain national attention Dave Fidlin Downtown News

A manufacturing company touting its sustainable practices and forward-thinking product line has been gaining attention nationally as it has laid roots in Barrio Logan. NOBLE Environmental Technologies, parent company of ECOR Global, is described as a clean manufacturer that produces a wide range of items with materials, including chairs, conference tables, toys, emergency shelters and signage. The products are created with a mixture of unorthodox materials that include the traditional – cardboard, newspaper and wood product – and such seemingly unthinkable items as hemp and cow dung. With the right mixture of water, fiber, heat and pressure, the stew of different materials becomes the perfect recipe for the products created at a number of factories across the nation. Founder and CEO Robert Noble proudly trumpets the fact that none of ECOR’s products are made with formaldehyde, chemicals, petroleum or other toxic additives. “We’re out there, working to change some of the unhealthy ways of doing things,” Noble said. “We’ve seen the harm from some of these very toxic ways of making items, and the truth is there’s a way to do it naturally, and it’s a better way.” Noble’s company began in 1998, but took on its current iteration with the ECOR Global nameplate and branding in 2006. Locating in Barrio Logan in Downtown San Diego came after a process Noble described as “exhaustive.” After considering 40 locations throughout San Diego County,

ECOR Global products on the Raising Hope television set (Courtesy John Zachary/ 20th Century Fox)

reached a notable milestone recently with the creation of the first set for a TV series made of 100-percent sustainable products. The cutting-edge creation was captured on film in late ECOR Global products being used at San Diego Public MarDecember. ket. (Courtesy Heather Darnell/NOBLE Environmental Technologies) The set, consisting of 45 of ECOR Global’s patented panels, was made Noble said the site of the company’s curfor the sitcom, “Raising Hope,” which is rent headquarters at 1660 Logan Ave. was produced by 20th Century Fox and airs on ideal for a number of reasons. the FOX broadcast network. “When you look at our company and “Our entire team was thrilled to be a its mission statement, there really is no part of this innovating and collaborative better location than Barrio Logan,” Noble undertaking,” said Jim Torti, ECOR Globsaid. “This is an area known for architecture and innovation. It’s got a ver y vibrant al’s president and chief operating officer. Noble and other company officials said design community, and that’s important they hope the recent arrangement with to us.” 20th Century Fox is the beginning of a A permanent display of ECOR Global’s ability to produce sustainable products that long relationship with Hollywood. ECOR Global’s contribution to the sitare meaningful is showcased at the nearby com set included three doors, a headboard San Diego Public Market, 1735 National Ave. Visitors can view a replica kiosk stand and additional flat panels, all attached together with bamboo. Other companies that is made of many of the company’s contributed to the set, providing paint and sustainable products. other services, but Torti said the entire In the seven years since their foundprocess was sustainable. ing, Noble said the company’s products Noble, who has a background in archihave been especially popular with the tecture, said he is thrilled by the upward art and design community. ECOR Global

momentum of ECOR Global and has visions for the company’s future aimed at further expanding the variety of products and services offered. “Our primary mission has been, and will continue to be, the production of responsible products,” Noble said. Plans are in the formative stage, but Noble said he has received interest from companies across the globe – including Switzerland, Russia and areas of Africa and the Middle East – that would like to use ECOR Global’s technology. “People are starting to learn about how superior products can be with sustainable practices,” Noble said. “I think this is just the beginning.” To find out more about ECOR Global and its products and services, visit the company’s website at, email or call 619-756-7373. 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

San Diego Downtown News | March 2013



San Diego Downtown News | March 2013



to her mother, who had enjoyed a collaborative relationship with her daughter, sharing first-draft poetry readings with her for decades. What was a surprise to Baldridge was the day her daughter gave her an assignment. In the book’s preface, Baldridge describes the assignment: “In one of her last conversations with her mother, Charlene Baldridge, Laura, a lifelong poet, expressed the wish that her post-diagnosis poems be collected and made into a chapbook. She believed them to be her best. These, then, are but a few fruits of the warrior’s last years.” Baldridge’s first draft of her daughter’s work amounted to about two-dozen poems, all piec-

ing together the difficult journey Morefield had undertaken. Baldridge said she thought she was done, but soon her son-in-law alerted her to the many more poems he found in various stages of completed prose while perusing her personal journals. Morefield’s husband hired someone to “extract” the poems from the journals, something Baldridge could have done but not without bearing witness to personal thoughts in and around the poems that she knew she’d be better left without knowing. Though the extraction amounted to 66 more poems that clearly fit the task at hand, Baldridge, after much thought and counsel, said she decided against using them out of respect to her daughter’s privacy. As a minor compromise, Baldridge pulled nine or ten fragments and/or poems from the journals and included a few others written throughout Morefield’s life to add context when needed. Baldridge said she went through each poem, each fragment, each line of prose with “a fine tooth comb,” to ensure the line breaks, punctuation

(l-r) The poet, Laura Morefield, on a cruise with her mother shortly before her diagnosis. (Courtesy Charlene Baldridge)

NEWS and spelling were accurate. The finished chapbook, titled “The Warrior’s Stance,” contains 39 poems. It was a “painstaking and emotional” task, but something Baldridge is very proud of. “It was a wonderful thing to be with her through the work,” she said. The title comes directly from two of the poems – a metaphor often assigned to those challenged with cancer, Baldridge said, as Morefield summed up her role in the battle for her life. “Although definitely she was a pacifist and did not approve of that metaphor, she never found anything that applied better,” Baldridge said. In a moment of serendipity during the editing process, Baldridge recalled that years before, she had a random encounter with a homeless man and felt the need to sketch him upon returning home. Now, decades later, screen-printed on the cover of “The Warrior’s Stance” and dressed in Morefield’s favorite colors, that random sketch has finally reached its destiny. Another unique and personal touch was the choice Baldridge made to use her daughter’s cursive pulled directly from her journals to adorn the borders of each page in the chapbook. Morefield preferred to write on graph notebooks and the fine-lined boxes are evident in between her handwriting along the borders. As mother and confidant first, and now editor, Baldridge has carefully woven her daughter’s journey together in a dramatic arc, and added notes when needed to assist the reader with even deeper insight to the work. It is not hard while reading to realize just how challenging this

The thing with brambles Today, I planted Arapaho blackberries – just seedlings. So delicate in their small tangle of green on tender stems. If experts are to be believed, my first crop of berries will be two springs hence. The crop of cells that grew wild in my bowels – that spread suckers to liver and lung – experts have their predictions about that fruit, too. Few expect me to taste the distant spring’s berries. So why plant them? Why turn the clay of our natural soil shovel by shovel, mixing in the dark amendments? Why cultivate and water and surround with natural deterrents from out neighborhood’s benign, cotton-raild marauders? A more realistic woman, more practical, might use the space instead for flowers or greenery – even for the small comfort of ground cover or the parsimonious sipping of desert grasses. I am notw she. I am a woman who plants blackberries, not promised to taste them. But hoping. Yes.

Hoping for the tiny burstings of dark fruit. (© from The Warrior’s Stance, 2013)

must have been for her. The work ends with a poem written by Morefield’s husband, which acts as a proper post-script as he uses similar style and prose. The chapbook will come with a matching bookmark, and all the proceeds from the book will go to the Colon Cancer Alliance. “By some miraculous, mysterious process, the book was completed by mother suffering eyestrain and too many trips back to the scans, hoping to decipher words, make out punctuation and hew to Laura’s intent as much as possible regarding line lengths, words,

repetitions, dashes etc.,” Baldridge said. “[The] big deal was, did she really want ampersands – or should ‘and’ be spelled out? I’ll find out when I next see her.” A publication party has been set for March 25, from 4-7 p.m. at ion theatre company, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. Refreshments will be served. If you’d like to attend, RSVP to the editor, Charlene Baldridge, at charb81@ To donate to the Colon Cancer Alliance in Morefield’s name, visit Baldridge also has a blog:

Classic Swiss cheese fondue




Dark chocolate fondue with assorted sweet dippers

Shrimp cooked in bubbling, spiced broth

Dipping into

wiss shepherds from two centuries ago were on to something when they’d trudge inside from the cold and dip stale bread into cauldrons of melted cheese spiked with wine. Little did they know that this sur vival tactic would turn into an elaborate modern-day production involving the additions of meat, seafood and assorted sauces. Sitting down to fondue means forgetting about time. The clock ticks slowly as ever yone soaks up the bubbling cheese with single cubes of bread before submerging raw proteins into a different pot filled with hot oil or broth. Compared to Europeans, the average American doesn’t own a fondue set, and those who do have likely relegated them to a remote closet shelf. Leave it to The Melting Pot for rekindling the ritual to the highest form possible. The two-level restaurant, housed in the historic Watts Building in Downtown, features granite tabletops rigged with built-in heater plates. Through ever y course, with the exception of salad, customers spear foodstuffs onto long color-coded forks (so you know whose is whose) before dropping them into heated liquids, which includes melted chocolate at the finishing line. When opting for the complete four-course dinner, the meal starts with cheese fondue constructed tableside. There are several to choose from, ranging from spinach-artichoke to zesty cheddar-based “fiesta” that resembles queso to classic Swiss-style involving a 5050 blend of Emmenthaler and Gruyere cheeses. Visiting as a twosome, we agreed on the latter, whereby a ser ver gently melts the curds into a puddle of Chablis while adding minced garlic, lemon and nutmeg along the way. The creamy concoction is finished off with a jigger of Kirschwasser, an obligator y German brandy made from cherries. Tangy and nutty, it is this exact recipe that has always stirred something of a feeding frenzy when I’ve made it at home for guests. Parked alongside are bowls of chopped bread, apples and veggies for dipping. Progressing onto a couple of standard salads – a Caesar and the house medley with eggs and pepper-

San Diego Downtown News | March 2013

(All photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

an age-old meal tradition BY FRANK SABATINI JR.

corn Ranch -- we were faced with numerous meat and seafood choices for our main course. Before doing so, you must decide on what type of cooking liquid goes into the pot, such as vegetable bouillon, canola oil or Burgundy-infused broth. The chosen liquid is brought to a boil in the kitchen and transported safely to the table in a strange metal contraption that looks like a medieval torture device. It’s called “a romulator,” our waitress told us. For an unconventional twist, we chose the “mojo,” a thin broth foaming with mild Caribbean spices that paired particularly well to my companion’s raw meat platter called “The French Quarter.” On it was bite-size pieces of filet mignon, chicken breast and shrimp, all dusted in Cajun seasoning. Also included were a few coins of Andouille sausage, which came unadulterated given that the meat is inherently spiced. My entrée, “land and sea,” was similar except for the sausage and pre-seasoning on the meats. Furnished with two fondue forks each, we were pretty much able to keep something cooking in the broth while eating what we had recently fished out. And in the brief periods when all skewers were engaged, we spooned out of the pot flavorful potatoes and mushrooms that were contained within. The joy of meat fondue is swiping your cooked bites through the various sauces that come alongside. Here, we mixed and matched our proteins to housemade green goddess, teriyaki glaze, ginger-plum sauce and a wildly rich paste of Gorgonzola and Port cheeses that sang to the steak. Think tapas, but in smaller, more kaleidoscopic mouthfuls. Dessert fondue also offers myriad choices, allowing you to choose between melted chocolates that can be enhanced by liqueurs such as Grand Marnier and Cointreau. The dippers, which constitute as a complete dessert tray, include cheesecake, brownies, marshmallows, strawberries and cubed red velvetstyle pound cake. We chose dark chocolate over white or milk, and with a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream thrown in for good measure. The cheese, meat and dessert fondues are also

available ala carte. In addition, various off-menu choices rotate regularly, and you can bet on seeing a clever new cheese concoction or two emerge on April 11, when consumers who pay attention to odd food “holidays” come out for National Cheese Fondue Day. Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of Secret San Diego (ECW Press), and began writing about food two decades ago as a staf fer 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


619-234-5554 Prices: $7.95 to $46.95


San Diego Downtown News | March 2013


Recommended: unseen: Jessica Lang at MOPA Museum of Photographic Arts

Through May 19, 2013 1649 El Prado 619-238-7559

Jennifer DeCarlo This month with recommended exhibitions in Little Italy’s galleries continuing, we take a step beyond the borders of our district to Balboa Park, where MOPA is featuring the work of Jessica Lang. The title, unseen, is appropriate. Celebrated for her work as an actress, Lang proves an equally powerful photographer. Images on view draw heavily from work done in Mexico, but also take us around the world to Ethiopia, Romania, Russia, Finland, Italy, France, and the United States.

Shot with high-speed black and white film, the full-framed shots are the gritty poetry of life. We see Lang’s work as an actress unfold into photography practice with an interesting choice not to reveal herself to her subjects. We know then that these unseen moments are waited for. Lang lacks any ability to control the drama playing out before her lens, so it is instinctive choice and intuitive recognition of these charged instants that drive the work. Authenticity emerges when the subject is caught in its own space, and Lang invites us to disappear into the moment. In frame after frame, we sense the pause in fleeting instants: a young girl seems unsure of her capture as she holds a garden snake in distanced hands; a plainly-dressed woman in an elegant Russian Opera House is caught on a balcony with an upward glance – searching, she almost finds her target; a white-eyed wild man painted as a skeleton

Lang’s work will be on display at MOPA. (© Jessica Lange / Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, and Rose Gallery, Santa Monica.)

pauses before a passing procession; and the stories go on like this. Through little slices of time these fragments, these frames open wide into unfolding narratives. Images come without tags, and so was the curatorial design of the show. These moments are for us, without distraction or judgment, and it is we who describe the undetermined, we who write the stories.

Jennifer DeCarlo is the owner/director of jdc Fine Art, a contemporary photography gallery in Little Italy. DeCarlo earned her MFA from UW-Madison and is active academically and professionally in her field as a panelist, folio reviewer, juror, and she writes for the international photography association, aipad. She can be reached at Jennifer.

Are you follo


San Diego Do


San Diego Downtown News | March 2013


Little Italy’s Fire Station 3 gets funding for renovations Dave Schwab Downtown News

Council President Todd Gloria and Councilmember Kevin Faulconer have dug deep into their own office pockets to come up with the $10,000 needed to renovate one of the City’s oldest fire stations, located in Little Italy. The two city councilmembers were joined by San Diego FireRescue chief Javier Mainar and Fire-Rescue Capt. Becky Newell on Feb. 11 to officially launch the remodel of Fire Station 3 at 725 W. Kalmia. “Fire Station 3 began operations at Fourth Avenue and Laurel Street in 1900,” said Gloria, noting the station has been at its current location since 1977. “While we can still operate fairly effectively from this location, parts of this building are really showing its age.” Mainar said the improvements to be made at Station 3 are far from cosmetic. “The purpose of the fire station here is to serve our community as

a base from which to operate,” the fire chief said. “But for firefighters, it serves as a home-awayfrom-home for the often more than 24-hour shifts they spend in the station.” Mainar said renovations will improve the firefighters’ sleeping quarters. Noting it’s important for firefighters to get “down time” to sleep during their long shifts, Mainar also said, “They need to get away from people like me who tend to snore.” Faulconer, who represented Little Italy for seven years until a redistricting following the 2010 census said, “It’s really great to be partnering on this.” Now the councilmember for the city’s second district, Faulconer pointed out Little Italy’s Fire Station responded to more than 1,700 incident calls last fiscal year. “Using the funds from my and Council President Gloria’s budget, Fire Station 3 will receive permanent upgrades to their dormitory area and partitions will

be constructed to separate each crew person’s bunk, resulting in improved living conditions for the personnel assigned here 24 hours a day, as well as accommodating co-ed crews,” Faulconer said. “I’m proud to help improve the daily quality of life for the brave men and women of the Fire and Rescue Department who protect our quality of life every single day.” Gloria said the needs of Fire Station 3 are indicative of a shortfall of firefighting services citywide. “The City of San Diego needs somewhere between 12 and 22 new fire stations, and countless more of our current 47 stations are in need of repairs and renovation,” he said. “As it stands now, the repairs are often completed by our firefighters in between fighting fires and responding to medical emergencies.” Mainar said there isn’t a start date yet for Fire Station 3 rehabilitation, but added once work starts the project won’t take long as it largely involves constructing

(l-r, front) Councilmember Kevin Faulconer and Council President Todd Gloria and at Little Italy Fire Station 3. (Courtesy City of San Diego) partitioned walls. “The $10,000 we got from councilmembers Gloria and Faulconer, plus funds the community has raised, is a great jump-start,” Mainar said. “That is always the first challenge. How do you fund a project like this, even though it’s really necessary, because there are just too many competing priorities sometimes?” Mainar said firefighters “appreciate the affections this community have given this fire station,” adding that they “feel

privileged, honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve our community.” 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

owing us on…

rch for…

owntown News


San Diego Downtown News | March 2013



FRIDAY – MARCH 1 Happy 109th Birthday Dr. Seuss: Annual birthday celebration for Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. Party is open to public and will feature a giant inflatable Cat in the Hat, as well as free punch and approximately 2,000 pieces of cake will be served to mark the occasion. Exhibit materials from the Dr. Seuss collection will be on view through March 18. FREE. Library Walk in front of Geisel Library, UCSD Campus, 9500 Gilman Dr. La Jolla. For more info visit Sunday Hustle: San Diego’s funktronic soul music. 8 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. 21 +, only. For more info visit Iration: presented by 91X, with Pacific Dub and Through the Roots, House of Blues 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. 8 p.m. Tickets $18-30. sandiego/. NCT Comedy: National Comedy Theatre’s high-octane, highlyinteractive comedy shows that are clean and appropriate for all ages. Audience participation. Every Fri and Sat at 7:30 & 9:45 p.m., $15, $12 students/senior/military. 3717 India St. in Mission Hills. For more info SATURDAY – MARCH 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 Dr. Seuss Reading: In honor of his 109th birthday, his most popular children’s books will be read and celebrated by staff members. This is a free, family event from 2 – 3 p.m. Limited seating. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855

or 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 NCT Comedy: National Comedy Theatre’s high-octane highlyinteractive comedy shows that are clean and appropriate for all ages. Audience participation. Every Fri and Sat at 7:30 & 9:45 p.m., $15, $12 students/senior/military. 3717 India St. in Mission Hills. For more info

SUNDAY – MARCH 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 Ferr y Landing Concert Series: Nadro John, 1 – 4 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Champagne Jazz Brunch: with Irving Flores. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Croce’s 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. MONDAY – MARCH 4 Senior Monday at the Fleet: Noon lecture, “Impact of Global Climate Change on Infectious Disease” plus IMAX film Everest, Science Center exhibits are also included. 2 p.m., $7 for seniors 65 and older. Reuben H. Fleet Space Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more info visit rhfkeet. org or call 619-238-1233 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE Dave Scott and Monsoon Jazz: Salsa, be-bop, soul, funk, swing, Latin and originals. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. TUESDAY – MARCH 5 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Museums rotate and hours vary by museum. First Tuesday includes museums Centro Cultural de la Raza, Model Railroad Museum, Natural His-

tory Museum (except 3D films). Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active 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 Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration is required. 6 - 9 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. For more info visit San Diego Shakespeare Society: Open reading – “Anything you like by anyone” night – anyone can join in or just listen. Some texts are provided but attendees are encouraged to bring their own. Informal café-style seating. First Tuesdays, 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. For more info call 619-333-0141 – FREE

WEDNESDAY – MARCH 6 San Diego Public Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Wednesday and Sunday. 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE eAudiobook Clinic: Step-bystep instructions & hints on how to best utilize electronic audio books. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Central Library, 820 E St. For more info visit sandiegolibrary. Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration is required. 6 - 9 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. For more info visit 619236-5800. THURSDAY – MARCH 7 Joe Garrison & The Night People: Composer/pianist Garrison and his all-star San Diego ensemble. 21+ up. 8 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd, Suite 110. For more info, Flogging Molly at HOB 20th

Anniversar y: House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. Tickets NCT Comedy: National Comedy Theatre’s Collective presents a long form improvisational show based upon audience suggestions. 7:30 p.m., $10. 3717 India St. in Mission Hills. For more info

FRIDAY – MARCH 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 A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder: Previews start tonight through March 12. World premiere of a witty music hall comedy that explores how low people will go to make it to the top. Through April 14. 8 p.m. Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way Balboa Park. Tickets start at $39. Visit – SATURDAY – MARCH 9 Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Saturday with over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE. Walk 4 Peace 5k: Sponsored by Center for Spiritual Living, Bonita and Interactions for Peace, walk to celebrate, encourage and welcome peaceful interactions in schools and communities. Begins at R-2 at Rohr Park, Bonita. 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., $35 fee but children 12 and under are free. For more info or to register visit 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 upstart- – 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. For more info visit Family Science Saturdays: Lots of fun inside the Tinkering Studio for the whole family. Included with admission to the Science Center. 1 – 3 p.m. R. H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. or 619-238-1233 IMAX – Rocky Mountain Express: Opening day to help celebrate the Science Center’s 40th anniversary. Film propels audiences on a steam train journey through the Rockies. Included with admission to the Science Center. Times vary. R. H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. or 619238-1233

SUNDAY – MARCH 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 Champagne Jazz Brunch: with Elliott Lawrence. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Croce’s 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. Coronado Ferr y Landing Concert Series: Crown Island Jazz Band, 1 – 4 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE MONDAY – MARCH 11 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE. Insights Seminar at The Old Globe: Series features a panel of artists from current show, A Gentleman’s Guise to Love and Murder. Free. Play runs March 8 through April 14. 7 p.m. Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way Balboa Park. Tickets start at $29. Visit – TUESDAY – MARCH 12 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Second Tuesday includes 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 balboapark. org/visit/tuesdays Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: 2:30 – 6 p.m., every Tuesday, First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE. IMAX – Rocky Mountain Express: Help celebrate the Science Center’s 40th anniversary. Film propels audiences on a steam train journey through the Rockies. Included with admission to the Sci-

see Calendar, page 17 FROM PAGE 16

CALENDAR ence Center. Times vary. R. H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. Rhfleet. org or 619-238-1233

WEDNESDAY – MARCH 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 Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration is required. 6 - 9 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. For more info visit THURSDAY – MARCH 14 OUT at the Globe: An evening for LGBT theater lovers with a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers, door prizes prior to A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder immediately following. 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way Balboa Park. Tickets $20. in addition to show seat. Visit – Science on the Rocks: Celebrate Pi Day (3.14) and Einstein’s birthday aith “Pizza, Pino and Pi.” Sample assorted pizza pies and wines. Adults only. 6:30 p.m., $20 for non-members, $18 for students/military, $14 for members. R. H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. or 619-238-1233 FRIDAY – MARCH 15 Friday Morning Lecture Series: “Renaissance Chopines and Baroque Heels: Fashioning Gender 1550-1650,” a lecture and tour series sponsored by the Museum Docent Council every third Friday. Presented by Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator, The Bata Shoe Museum, Tornoto, Canada. 10 a.m. San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. For more info contact Ruth Broudy at rbroudy@sdmart. org or call 619-696-1353. EPIC Beer Festival: Inaugural threeday event with 80 breweries, $40. Fri. 7-10 p.m., Sat 1 – 4 p.m., Sun. 7 - 10 p.m. San Diego Convention Center, Hall F, 111 West Harbor Dr. For more info and tickets visit Homegrown Hour Showcase: San Diego’s longest running local music radio show, with a FREE monthly concert showcasing some of the best up-and-coming talent in the region. 8 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. 21 +, only. For more info visit SATURDAY – MARCH 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 – Unidentified Fusion Orangement: standards and jazz. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or upstartcrowtrading. com – FREE Tainted Love with DJ LV: Hits of the 80s. 9:30 p.m., House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. Tickets $15-$45. SUNDAY – MARCH 17 Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., every Sunday, 400 block of Third Avenue between Island Avenue and J St. – FREE San Diego Public Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Wednesday and Sunday. 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Coronado Ferr y Landing Concert Series: Blue Frog Band, 1 – 4 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE MONDAY – MARCH 18

CALENDAR City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE Josh Ritter & Royal City Band: 8 p.m., Tickets $39. Belly Up Tavern 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Box office opens at noon 858-481-8140 or visit

TUESDAY – MARCH 19 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Third Tuesday 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 militar y and dependents. Hours var y by museum. For more info visit balboapark. org/visit/tuesdays Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: 2:30 – 6 p.m., every Tuesday, First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE WEDNESDAY – MARCH 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 Poetr y: Alchemy poetry series organized by author, editor and poet, Seretta Martin. Special guests Jackleen Holton and Ron Salisbury. Read your poetry to the group or just listen. 7 p.m. Limited seating. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE THURSDAY – MARCH 21 Comedy of Chris D’Elia: One of “Top 10 comics to watch” and stars in NBC’s Whitney. 8 p.m., American Comedy Company, 818 B Sixth Ave., Tickets $18 presale, $22 at door, call 619-795-3858 or visit Mash Up Comedy: National Comedy Theatre: An unexpected comedy show with NCT’s Mainstage members, College Team and Sunday Company all together with hilarious consequences. 7:30 p.m., 3717 India St. in Mission Hills. For more info David Mosby Quartet: An evening of southern soul with a bit of jazz and New Orleans funk. 8 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. 21 +, only. For more info visit An Evening with Kenny Rogers: Countr y star pays a local visit. 8 p.m., Tickets $98 - $170. Belly Up Tavern 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Box office opens at noon 858-481-8140 or visit FRIDAY – MARCH 22 Tribute to CCR and CSNY: Benedetti Trio, guitar virtuoso Fred and his daughters Regina & Julia, plus Jeff Pekarek. 8 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. 21 +, only. For more info visit A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder: World premiere of a witty music hall comedy that explores how low people will go to make it to the top. Through April 14. Includes post-show forum with informal Q&A with cast members. 8 p.m. Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way Balboa Park. Tickets start at $39. Visit – Pennywise: Reunion show with original members, presented by 91X, with ANTIFLAG and Death by Stereo. All ages. 8 p.m. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. Tickets $25-45. Visit SATURDAY – MARCH 23 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 – Bela Vida Brasileira: Brazilian fusion duo. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-2324855 or – FREE

San Diego Downtown News | March 2013


A Doll’s House: Previews start tonight through Mar. 27 of the dramatic master work by Henrik Ibsen. A young wife makes dangerous decisions in financial desperation, which come back to haunt her years later. Through April 21. 8 p.m. Sher yl and Har vey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way Balboa Park. Tickets start at $29. Visit –

come back to haunt her years later. Through April 21. 8 p.m. Sher yl and Har vey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way Balboa Park. Tickets start at $29. Visit – 22 Kings: Unique blend of Americana, Folk and Rock ‘n Roll from Sam Bybee and Sandi King. 8 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. 21 +, only. For more info visit

SUNDAY – MARCH 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 San Diego Public Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Wednesday and Sunday. 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Coronado Ferr y Landing Concert Series: Dixie Jazz Katz, 1 – 4 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE An Evening with Gordon Lightfoot: Legendary folk singer-songwriter brings 50 years on Carefree Highway Tour, 8 p.m., Tickets $75 - $132. Belly Up Tavern 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Box office opens at noon 858-481-8140 or visit

FRIDAY – MARCH 29 Danny Green Trio with Lori Bell: Two sets of great music. 8 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. 21 +, only. For more info visit

MONDAY – MARCH 25 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE Dave Scott and Monsoon Jazz: Salsa, be-bop, soul, funk, swing, Latin and originals. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces. com or call 619-233-4355. Insights Seminar at The Old Globe: Series features a panel of artists from current show, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Free. Play runs March 23 through April 21. 7 p.m. Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way Balboa Park. Tickets start at $29. Visit – TUESDAY – MARCH 26 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Third Tuesday 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 balboapark. org/visit/Tuesdays Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: 2:30 – 6 p.m., every Tuesday, First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration is required. 6 - 9 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. For more info visit WEDNESDAY – MARCH 27 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 THURSDAY – MARCH 28 Comedy of Jen Kirkman: Stand-up comedian, TV writer, actress, and “Chelsea Lately” round-table regular. 8 p.m., American Comedy Company, 818 B Sixth Ave., Tickets $18., call 619-795-3858 or visit Sue Palmer: Queen of Boogie Woogie: 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit croces. com or call 619-233-4355. Mash Up Comedy: National Comedy Theatre: An unexpected comedy show with NCT’s Mainstage members, College Team and Sunday Company all together with hilarious consequences. 7:30 p.m., 3717 India St. in Mission Hills. For more info A Doll’s House: Opening night of the dramatic master work by Henrik Ibsen. A young wife makes dangerous decisions in financial desperation, which

SATURDAY – MARCH 30 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 – Kev: A finger-style guitarist. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE Midnight Comedy: National Comedy Theatre presents late night comedy that is appropriate for ages 16 and up. 11:45 p.m., $10. 3717 India St. in Mission Hills. For more info Cathouse: Eclectic blend of countr y, rock and R&B. 8 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. 21 +, only. For more info visit Murder at the Cathedral: presented by San Diego Opera. Based on the T.S. Eliot play about the murder of the Archbishop Becket of Canterbur y and the last month of his life in Dec. 1170. 7 p.m. San Diego Opera is located at Civic Theatre, 1200 Third Avenue, Suite 1800. More info SUNDAY – MARCH 31 Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., every Sunday, 400 block of Third Avenue between Island Avenue and J St. – FREE San Diego Public Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Wednesday and Sunday. 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Coronado Ferr y Landing Concert Series: Coronado Big Band, 1 – 4 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE The Archtones: A new trio playing jazz, blues and soul music. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. MONDAY – APRIL 1 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE TUESDAY – APRIL 2 Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: 2:30 – 6 p.m., every Tuesday, First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE Murder at the Cathedral: presented by San Diego Opera. Based on the T.S. Eliot play about the murder of the Archbishop Becket of Canterbury and the last month of his life in Dec. 1170. 7 p.m. San Diego Opera is located at Civic Theatre, 1200 Third Avenue, Suite 1800. More info WEDNESDAY – APRIL 3 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 THURSDAY – APRIL 4 Soul Asylum: Grunge rock, 9 p.m., Tickets $20 - 35. Belly Up Tavern 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Box office opens at noon 858-481-8140 or visit —Please send items for inclusion to Editor Morgan M. Hurley at



San Diego Downtown News | March 2013

Crossing the border into Mariachi Opera Kai Oliver-Kurtin Downtown News

San Diego’s close proximity to Mexico has had obvious affects on its population, food and culture, and that impact is now also emerging on the local performing arts scene. On March 16 the San Diego Opera will host the world’s first mariachi opera, presenting Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon). The acclaimed Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán will replace the orchestra and take the stage alongside the opera singers for two performances, with subtitles displayed overhead. While the singers switch between English and Spanish, subtitles will follow in alternate languages. “While doing our research, we discovered that there are more than 800 students in San Diego studying mariachi,” said Ian Campbell, San Diego Opera’s CEO and general and artistic director. “Even the world’s first college degree in mariachi music was established here at Southwestern College.” Finding a huge local interest in mariachi, matched with a sizable Hispanic population and well-known orchestra; the San Diego Opera felt compelled to reach out to a new audience who may choose to attend the civic theater for their first and only time specifically to see Cruzar. “Many people haven’t heard the best of mariachi music before – this is a 16 to 18 person – band, not just a couple violin players like we’ve seen in local restaurants,”

(above) A scene from Cruzar la Cara de la Luna. (Photo by Marie Noelle Robert/Paris Opera Bastille). ((right) Poster artwork by R. Black.)

said Campbell. After conducting thorough research, the San Diego Opera has organized the first Mariachi Week to showcase the region’s talented high school and college mariachi bands. In addition to the West Coast premiere of Cruzar, events will include a presentation to the San Diego Downtown Rotary Club 33 by local expert Jeff Nevin on March 7; a mariachi celebration at the University of San Diego March 8 – 9 with performances by high school students; a “mariachi and margaritas” tasting and talk in Old Town; a presentation of “mariachi and masterpieces” at Balboa Park art museums; and free performances held at various popular destinations including Seaport Village and Horton Plaza. On March 16, the culmination of Mariachi Week will include performances at Civic

San Diegos’

Center Plaza in an atmosphere designed to resemble Garibaldi Square in Mexico City. “Mariachi is pop music and it’s being written every day and performed in front of live audiences,” Campbell said. “I think Mariachi Week is going to open up a lot of eyes – including my own – about how big mariachi music is within the San Diego community.” Having opened to sold-out audiences first in Houston and later in Paris, Cruzar will play in Chicago during the next opera season. “Cruzar is a work for everybody and will touch the heart,” Campbell said. “It deals with family on both sides of the border and raises questions like, ‘who are we? Where do we belong?’” Opera performances for “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” will be held March 16 at 2

and 7 p.m. at the San Diego Civic Theatre Downtown, 1100 Third Ave. Each show will last 75 minutes. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Find out more about Mariachi Week at sdopera. com/mariachi. Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a local freelance reporter who also works full-time doing social media marketing for the U.S. Navy. She enjoys covering events, restaurant news, culture and entertainment. Contact her at

The fastest growing modern Urban Neighborhood located in San Diego’s Arts District


Upcoming Events EVA Board Meeting at San Diego City College March 7, 2013 at 5pm Career Technology Building Auditorium. All meetings are open to the public.

EVA Quarterly Business Breakfast March 21, 2013 at 8:15 a.m. At the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, 350 Tenth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 “Comic-Con 101” The City of San Diego Special Events Department and EVA present information on the do’s and don’ts during Comic-Con.

Call Deborah Today to Advertise!

Deborah Vazquez (619) 961-1956

For more information, please visit The East Village Association’s mission is to support and promote East Village businesses by establishing our community as San Diego’s livable urban village. The East Village Business Improvement District is partially funded by the City of San Diego’s Small Business Enhancement Program. Connect with East Village on Facebook and Twitter.


Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald A place for veterans The Veterans Museum and Memorial Center occupies the former Naval Hospital chapel on Inspiration Point in Balboa Park, and it features past and present military collections. It is also tempered as a comforting location for bereaving families and veterans seeking solace in civilian adjustments. Programs offered are Eagle’s Wings and Vets-to-Vets, the latter only a few months in operation. Executive Director Rod Melendez said Eagle’s Wings is a support group for veterans and families suffering the loss of a loved one. “The program provides special counseling by trained counselors to help with the grieving process,” he said. “Eagle’s Wings provides the benefit of a social group and camaraderie.” Vets-to-Vets is sponsored by the Mental Health Advocacy Council, San Diego’s Medical Center. Meetings are scheduled each Tuesday. “It’s a support program that utilizes veterans in a peer mentoring capacity to help other veterans in confidential meetings,” said Melendez, who is a retired rear admiral. “Veteran volunteers, not staff, are there to assist. We have a United Veteran’s Council that passes the word throughout San Diego County.”

He said the museum works closely with the Veterans Administration, Veterans Village and Wounded Warriors. Chairman Michael Silverman said Vets-to-Vets is a nationally run organization. The idea to organize one here came from Los Angeles, where there are 22 groups. “We began here with five participants but expect that number to grow,” Silverman said. “We had one veteran who had to make two or three bus connections just to get here. And he’s in a wheelchair.” If there is enough interest they may establish a women’s branch. Silverman said he spent 21 of his 22 years as a Navy hospital corpsman in Marine green. Kirsch joins Dome panel Dr. Jeffrey Kirsch, executive director of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, joined a panel discussion on “Playing Together Under the Dome” at the IMERSA 2013 Summit last month, held at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Kirsch, former chair of the Giant Screen Cinema Association, is a pioneer and major contributor to the production and exhibition of IMAX films in science museums. The Fleet is home to the world’s first IMAX Dome theater, installed in 1973, and with the recent installation of a new giant dome screen and digital GSX™ system, The Fleet will be the first science center to share a digital planetarium with an IMAX dome theater. By the way, Dr. Kirsch advised us the other day that he will be retiring after 30-plus years from his Fleet position on July 1. Anniversar y kickof f On March 9, the IMAX film Rocky Mountain Express will kickoff the Fleet’s 40th anniversary celebration. The film will propel audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and highlight the adventure of building a nearly impossible transcontinental railway.

Ripley’s world displayed As an exhibit departure from aviation, the Air and Space Museum is featuring a one-of-a-kind Ripley’s Believe It or Not exhibition. It marks the first time a Ripley’s exhibition has been in San Diego since the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935, the same year the Museum’s Ford Building was built. For over 40 years, Robert Ripley – a real-life Indiana Jones – traveled the world collecting the unbelievable and the inexplicable. His vast collections have been praised as “amazing,” “ludicrously strange,” and “extremely amusing.” Some of the many interactive galleries include: unusual modes of transportation, strange people and odd animals, different art, and tribal artifacts collected from around the globe (including an authentic shrunken head). Now visitors can see the incredible “Believe It or Not!’s” they’ve only read about in the Ripley books, cartoons and watched on television. It’s a self-guided, self-paced interactive tour. It’s time for science Various museums and cultural institutions will offer science-related hands-on activities for kids at Balboa Park’s annual Festival of Science and Engineering Science Family Day, this year held on March 16. In addition, a DNA Moving Performance, featuring one of the world’s longest DNA models, will be paraded down the Prado at 11:45 a.m. Children 12 and under will be admitted free with a paid adult admission at participating museums. 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

San Diego Downtown News | March 2013

‘Food and Drink’ (is) for lame asses

Drink Shrink Jeff Josenhans With the plethora of festive meals recently passed, I’m feeling a slight aversion towards all that food paired with all that beer, wine, or spirits. I’m not gonna lie. My favorite meal throughout the entire “food pairing season” was a carne asada burrito I bought at 1 a.m. mid-Christmas week. Between Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day, much pairing advice was touted and published, so it actually makes sense that an unpretentious midnight burrito around Christmas could taste so glorious. This lead me to skip the Spring Drinks article and dig deeper into a topic close to my heart – food pairing in the media and in real life. Food and beverage paired together taste amazing under the right circumstances. However, the reality is that most of the chatter is started by people like myself who are pushing our own tasting menus and restaurant experiences. Often the focus is the protein (i.e. the steak or fish) and that information gets interpreted in the media and regurgitated for consumers at home. Pairing in reality is much more complex than two ingredients, and often restaurants create menus in theory but then make adjustments once a trial test has been carried out. At the Grant Grill, the Chef and I chat in the office, make it

and try it in the kitchen, adjust our product orders if need be, and then publish the menu. We do this every week and we are a well-oiled, food-pairing machine. The consumer does not have this luxury most of the time, nor the knowledge and experience to put that initial theory together. Leave the hardcore food pairing to lame asses in the industry who think it’s a necessity to have an exquisite meal (or people like myself who do it for a living but don’t truly think it’s always going to be your best bet) and follow these guidelines below. High acid/salt/spicy is BAD for wine. It simply kills the flavors. So a lot of vinegar, soy sauce, or habanero chilies will not make your wine happy. The exception is typically sweet wine, which is lower in alcohol, but how many of you even know what that means (if you do, please email because I am curious)? And how many Mexicans in Mexico or Thais in Thailand actually drink wine with their food? Exactly. In these cases, stick with beer or cocktails. Cocktails are probably the easiest and hardest pairing because it really means anything and everything. If you just figure out what you think would taste good with a dish, like that rosemary from your back yard, add some alcohol/sugar/maybe lime and you will be probably be just fine. Wine for the most part is best with blander food. Beer goes with everything – if you like beer. And if you like a wine because it reminds you of someone or something special you will love it regardless of what you eat it with. In just three years, level 2 CMS Sommelier and Master Mixologist Jeff Josenhans has changed the dynamic in The Grant Grill Downtown from a classic institution to an exciting lounge and elegant restaurant. Taking the kitchen’s “Farm to Table” philosophy to the bar, he has developed a seasonal cocktail program based largely on the hotel’s rooftop garden. He can be reached at jeff.


PROPERTY MGMT For Sale or Lease

Water view home. Buy or lease option, $1,650,000. 21,800 ft. Kearny Mesa office building $3,950,000, 18 miles Baja oceanfront, need partner, Idaho Resort F & C $625,000. Try your sale, exchange ideas? Geo Jonilonis. Rltr (619) 454-4151.




GEORGE JONILONIS “The Estate Builder” 858-278-4040

3536 Ashford St., San Diego, CA 92111 in Clairemont. Fax 760-431-4744



WALNUT AVENUE DENTISTRY CAD/CAM in Dentistry – it all started in the 1950s when Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) were introduced and became the standard of industrial manufacturing. There have been several factors leading to the use of CAD/CAM in dentistry. First, consumer demand for single-visit dentistry satisfies our patients’ busy lifestyles. The CEREC single-visit crown or onlay to restore a broken down tooth gives patients the freedom to choose the best restorative options, since the time element of multiple dental visits is mitigated. Secondly, high quality all-ceramic choices to restore teeth are in demand for patients looking for more natural smiles, in a single visit. Giving patients the best treatment possible is what we do … when tooth structure is saved and a patient has a new tooth completed in one visit, the patient benefits on multiple levels. The CEREC experience provides an efficient and predictable outcome to an otherwise difficult procedure.

305 Walnut Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 619-291-1181 |


San Diego Downtown News | March 2013


PURE FITNESS: Training-tips Q & A Scott Markey Guest Columnist

Q: I have a demanding job. How do I find the time and energy to get in shape? A: Time is easy.  Just pick an hour when you focus on something more important than you health. That’s pretty much any hour, right? Use that time for exercise and reorganize your life around it. Energy takes care of itself once you start eating five or six small meals a day, cut out junk and alcohol, and structuring your life around that hour of exercise. You will sleep better, feel better, shed fat, build muscle and have more energy than ever before. Q: If I have only had a few hours of sleep, should I force myself to go to the gym, or skip it? A: Take a pass. You don’t need the added stress of a workout. Stress is cumulative - whether it is put on your body through training or by the demands of your work and relationships. Remember, the goal of training should be to optimize health over a lifetime. Elite bodies aren’t built in a day. Manage your workouts based on a long-term perspective. Q: I am relatively new at working out, and I use machines at the gym because I haven’t

been able to find a workout partner. What can I do to achieve better results? A: For starters, tr y workouts with free weights. If you’re worried about not having a spotter, use dumbbells for exercises, like bench presses and squats. Machines ser ve their purpose, and are great for changing things up, or working around an injur y, but the best muscle builders you can do are squats and dead-lifts, and no machine I’ve seen truly simulates these exercises the way free weights do. Free weights are the mainstay of my training. Q: What is the fastest way to stop sweating and cool down after a workout? A: A cold shower works wonders, but for some it’s just too much. If you want to avoid stains after your lunchtime workout, or before you get ready for a date or function, you need to lower your exercise–elevated core body temperature. Tr y this: Run your wrists under cold water for a minute or two. This helps cool the blood that’s close to the skin’s surface. The blood circulates through your body and voila, you no longer need to sweat!  Dipping your feet in a pool works well, too. So does jumping in. Q: Is it bad to workout with sore muscles?

A: Soreness can be a normal workout side effect – or a sign that you have an injur y. A good lifting session “hurts” a little, but that’s normal as your muscles are actually being torn down, so they can grow bigger and stronger. I would advise to wait until the soreness subsides before training that muscle group again. Generally, three to four days for smaller ancillar y muscles, and five to seven days for your larger muscle groups (i.e. back, legs, chest). Remember, proper recover y is the key to muscle growth and body fat loss. Q: Is it OK to do push-ups and sit-ups at home on days I don’t go to the gym? A: If done correctly and with proper form, then yes, but chest and abs are commonly overworked. Get some light dumbbells for home and work on your shoulders and arms instead. Save the harder stuff for the gym. I have always stated that you should not do exercises at the gym that you can do at home. As for cardio, you can actually do that anywhere. So train smart – listen to your body, as well as learn it – and you will achieve your goals. Fit Fact: Training and or working out helps, whether you can see it or not. In one test, researchers studied 742 people on a 20-week program and found that almost all improved their

Personal fitness trainer Scott Markey (Courtesy Scott Markey)

fitness levels and lowered their risk of disease, diabetes, bad cholesterol, blood pressure, and risk for stroke and heart attack. Take your time. Remember always, baby steps and you will succeed!

Scott Markey has over 25 years in the Fitness and Health industry. He has graced dozens of magazines covers, and specializes in physique management, training, and nutritional consultation. You can reach him at


Think back to December 31, 2012. Were you one of the 21 percent of Americans who resolved to lose weight this year? Now look down. Is your stomach as flat as you wanted it to be by this point? Don’t feel too bad if you don’t have the abs you dreamed of last year, you are not alone. According to a 2007 study by the University of Bristol, 88 percent of people who set a New Year’s resolution to lose weight fail. One of the primary reasons for failure is loss of motivation. Changing your lifestyle and getting that body you have always wanted is not a process that just happens overnight. To be successful you must find a way to stay motivated throughout your journey to become the healthy and fit person you have always wanted to be. Former San Diego Charger Michael London, owner of PureFitness Sports Clubs, is building a premier sport club and day spa in the heart of Downtown San Diego that will make sure you have all the variety and motivation you will need to stay on your path now and for years to come. Located in the beautiful Westgate Hotel, London’s 37,000

square foot PureFitness will change all your perceptions of the gym experience. No expense has been spared to bring the finest equipment, the widest variety and the most luxurious surroundings. From the marble tiled entryway to the walnut finished lockers, you will find no detail overlooked. The crown jewel of the facility is the 16,000 square foot Sports Sky Deck that sits atop the Westgate Hotel. The Sports Sky Deck is built around a 25m Jr. Olympic lap pool designed by the Natare Corporation. The Natare Corporation is known around the world for their innovative designs including the infinity edged Sky Park pools that sit 57 stories up on top of the Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore. The Sports Sky Deck also features a 1/6 mile rubberized running track, basketball court, free weight areas, a cardio deck, spa, cycle studio and lounge area. To provide a wide variety of class formats and class times, PureFitness will also feature four unique fitness studios: a full yoga studio which will also be able to offer heated yoga classes, an indoor and an outdoor cycle studio

and a large group exercise studio. No matter what you fitness level or what your interests are, you will have no problem finding a class you will love at a time that is convenient for you. With on site validated parking, over 180 cardio pieces with TV and internet access, a full service day spa, chiropractor, physical therapy, towel service, laundry and dry cleaning and much more PureFitness at The Westgate Hotel is truly redefining luxury fitness in San Diego. Motivation is the key to success. How many times have you started an exercise program only to find yourself bored out of your mind with it after a couple months? You will never have a problem finding something new and fun to do at PureFitness to keep your program fresh and keep you motivated to achieve your goals. With all the great equipment and amenities along with a wide variety of classes in the yoga, indoor and outdoor cycle and group exercise studios, you will feel like you are in your own urban oasis. PureFitness at The Westgate Hotel will be your home away from home where you can rejuvenate and refocus.

PureFitness at The Westgate Hotel is scheduled to open soon. Special pre-opening rates are available now.

Call 619-233-8000 or for more information.

San Diego Downtown News | March 2013



San Diego Downtown News | March 2013


Fiscal cliff notes The Year of the Short Sale

These F inancial T imes Taylor Schulte On January 1, 2013, Congress passed “The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (aka fiscal cliff deal),” offering numerous fiscal cliff solutions. In an effort to help simplify and bring some clarity to the deal, we have provided a summary of five major provisions that have a broader application. We hope it is useful in helping you plan for 2013. 1) Individual Tax Rates. Beginning January 1, 2013, the 10 percent, 15 percent, 25 percent, 28 percent, 33 percent and 35 percent tax brackets will remain in place. A new top rate of 39.6 percent is imposed on taxable income over $400,000 for single filers, $450,000 for married filing joint, and $425,000 for head of household. This will not impact 2012 income tax returns. 2) Capital Gains and Qualified Dividend Rates. Dividends and capital gains are

taxed at 20 percent, up from 15 percent, for taxpayers with taxable income over $400,000 for single filers, $450,000 for married filing joint, and $425,000 for head of household. 3) Payroll Tax. As you might have noticed, your paycheck just got a little smaller. The 2 percent payroll tax holiday has expired and payroll taxes were increased to 6.2 percent from 4.2 percent. CNN reported that a worker with a $41,000 salary – the national average – will have $32 less in a biweekly paycheck. 4) Estate Tax. For estate, gift, and generation skipping, the exemption will permanently remain at $5 million indexed for inflation ($5.12 million in 2012). However, the top tax rate will increase to 40 percent, from 35 percent effective January 1, 2013. 5) Alternative Minimum Tax. The higher exemption amounts for Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) are made permanent. The AMT patch is retroactive to 2012 and will be indexed annually for inflation. This will result in lower taxes for the 60 million Americans that would have been impacted. According to a recent Wall Street Journal forecasting survey, the fiscal cliff deal will trim growth by about 0.7 percent this year. While a lackluster growth rate of around 2 percent is expected, we remain optimistic that global monetary easing coupled with a continued recovery in housing and record amounts of cash on the side-

lines will contribute to another positive year in equities. In particular, we continue to favor stocks over bonds, largecap stocks over small-cap, and emerging market equities over developed market equities. We prefer big companies that not only pay dividends but also have a long history of increasing them. Many of these are names you know, such as Johnson & Johnson and Coca Cola. The fiscal cliff deal has many implications and the long-term impact is yet to be determined. Work with your Advisor(s) to determine how the provisions will impact you and put an action plan in place - it is ours to deal with now. And remember, on average, the tax code has a significant change every nine months, so stay tuned! Note: This information is intended to provide an overview of the changes that will occur. We encourage you to contact your professional advisor with questions specific to your tax situation. Taylor Schulte is a Financial Advisor for Beverly Hills Wealth Management in Downtown San Diego. Taylor specializes in providing independent, objective, financial advice to all types of investors and organizations. He is dedicated to providing a high level of customer service along with tailored wealth management solutions to simplify and enhance the quality of his clients’ lives. He can be reached at

Real Estate Corner Maggie Clemens It is my prediction that 2013 is going to be the “year of the short sale.” And THAT is a good thing! There are several reasons why I believe this: 1. The Lenders. Lenders have embraced short sales quite simply because they make more money in most cases than they would if that same home went through foreclosure. Homes sell at higher prices to the public due to low inventory rather than through foreclosure auctions, which consist mostly of investors. Therefore, most banks and lenders have streamlined their paperwork and procedures so that the whole short sale process is done more efficiently and with less people. Because of this you can expect to see a lot less REO (real estate – or bank – owned) properties on the market in 2013. For lenders/banks this is a good thing to share with your stockholders. 2. The extension of the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007. Yes, it survived the “cliff,” at the last minute. This relieves most homeowners from having to pay taxes on the amount between the mortgage balance and what the home was “short sold” for. This gives homeowners ONE MORE YEAR to make the best of a bad situation, and I believe many will take

advantage of it. I do not think that it will be extended after this year. As you are doing your taxes this year, it is a good time to talk this over with your tax advisor. A short sale may be the best option you have right now. 3. Real Estate Agents. As short sales began to steadily increase, real estate agents have had to become well versed in the process for both sides; the listing side and the buyers’ side. The short sale process includes more paperwork, and the knowledge of the lenders criteria and procedures. This is the extra step when you do a short sale on your home, and it is a crucial one. For that reason I always recommend that you work with a full time real estate agent. You do get what you pay for. 4. The Public Stigma. Let’s face it, we all know one or more people who have either lost their home to foreclosure or sold their home through a short sale. While it used to be one of those deep dark secrets that only the family knows about, that isn’t the case anymore. Unfortunately, short sales and foreclosures have become of a fact of life for many people. The shame and guilt that was once associated is a lot less common, and that’s how it should be. Here’s how I look at it: we as a nation got carried away, we as a nation have suffered from the real estate bubble/bust, and we as a nation are digging our way out. Sometimes wiping the slate clean through a short sale truly is the best solution … and that’s ok. Those are my reasons for thinking that 2013 will be the year of the short sale. If you have any questions and/or concerns talk to your tax advisor, attorney, or real estate agent. Maggie Clemens served her customers with distinction for over 25 years in the local auto industry and for the last several years has been a licensed real estate agent with Keller Williams San Diego Metro. She can be reached at or at


San Diego Downtown News | March 2013


My grandmother’s art Local woman donates her grandmother’s life work to Coronado Library Will Bowen Downtown News

“We never met yet we connect our bloodlines your brush strokes are the ties that bind” Suzie Hagstrom finds herself in her paternal grandmother Esther Painter’s art. As she looks into the water colors and prints that her grandmother, an art teacher at Coronado High School from 1939-1951, created, she continually rediscovers her unknown ancestor, and in so doing, finds a part of herself. “I never knew my grandmother in real life,” Hagstrom said. “She died before I was even born. But I grew up hearing about her from my parents, who were childhood sweethearts at Coronado High. And we had her art all through our house. When I got older and moved away, I would bring some of her work back home with me whenever I visited my parents. “You see, I was an only child, so I was often alone, with no one to play with, so I would entertain myself with books and pictures. I remember that an old Coronado High School Year Book, with her picture in it, was really important to me. I think being alone so much as a child led me to develop an imaginar y relationship with my grandmother that was bigger than life – and it has lasted all through my life.” Hagstrom recently donated the entire collection of her grandmother’s watercolors and prints to the Coronado Public Librar y, located at 640 Orange Ave. “I am the only child of only children so there will be no relative to pass this art down to when I am gone,” she said. “And I didn’t want to sell it and break up the collection. “It’s been a burden in a way – the responsibility of finding a home for my grandmother’s art. I decided to donate it to the Coronado Public Librar y [which] is right across the street from where my grandmother taught and it ser ves the community that she lived in. Her work is a piece of Coronado histor y and in the librar y it will remain that way.” Christian R. Esquivera, the head librarian at the Coronado Librar y, was happy to receive the collection of Painter’s art work. “Now that we have refurbished the librar y we can start focusing on hanging more art,” Esquivera said. “Combining art with books is reminiscent of the classic libraries of the East Coast at the turn of the centur y; it is

something we want to do.” The exhibit will run from March through May and will include some 35-50 paintings and prints of Painter, as well as 11 of her former students from Coronado High School, who all went on to find success in the arts, and are still alive. In April, there will be a special reception for all of these students at the librar y. Esther Painter was born in Walla Walla, Wash., and earned a bachelor’s in Fine Art in 1927 from the University of Washington. After college, Painter married a Navy man, but ended up getting divorced and becoming a single mother. She settled in Coronado where she taught art from 1939 to 1951. She also ser ved as the art curriculum director for the entire Coronado School District. Tragically, Painter died in 1951 at the age of 46 from a brain hemorrhage. Her memori-

In an early photo Esther Painter is flanked by two of her watercolors (l-r) Datura Plant and Back Country) that will be exhibited at the Coronado Library. (Courtesy Suzie Hagstrom) al ser vice was held at Coronado High School auditorium and the class of 1951 dedicated their yearbook to her. Hagstrom grew up near San Francisco, in the Oakland Hills and the fishing village of Martinez. After receiving a degree in journalism from UC Berkeley, she took a bus trip across the countr y looking for work in the journalism field. She eventually landed a job as a financial writer for the Richmond News Leader in Richmond, Va.. Later in her career, she was lured away by the Orlando Sentinel the newspaper of Orlando, Fla. While in Orlando, Hagstrom wrote an article for the Sentinel about the Orlando Holocaust Museum. This experience led her to write a book called “Sara’s Children: The Destruction of Chmielnik” which was a historical account of the suffering of a Polish Jewish family during WWII.

“After I wrote my book, my life took a different turn,” she said. “I quit my journalism job and I went around the countr y tr ying to promote my book.” Hagstrom worked her way across the countr y, finding herself in Point Loma, taking care of her other grandmother, but grandma Esther’s artwork was still on her mind. Soon she constructed a website devoted to her grandmother’s life and work and contacted the Coronado Librar y. “You know, because of my grandmother Esther, I have learned many new things and developed skills such as art appreciation, historical research, and how to build a web site,” Hagstrom said. “I wanted to be a visual artist like my grandma but my skills were more in writing. I am happy that I could use them to honor her. I guess you would have to say that by her absence she was a presence in my life.

And that presence has lasted all through my life. “When I am over in Coronado and go for a walk in the park, I think that my grandmother probably walked here, too, and looked at these trees, just as I do.”

“I see you in trees rocks, mountains and streams I feel you in the colors you captured on canvas” Painter’s complete set of watercolor paintings will be on exhibition at the Coronado Library throughout March, April and May. Library hours are Mon. through Thurs. 10 .am. – 9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m.– 6 p.m., and Sun., 1 – 5 p.m. The library is located at 640 Orange Avenue. For more information about the exhibition, visit or call the library at 619)-522-7390.v


San Diego Downtown News | March 2013


Imagine Dragons visit the House of Blues March 18

to promote their hit album

Imagine Dragons (l-r) Dan Platzman, Dan Reynolds, Ben McKee, and Wayne Sermon (Courtesy Imagine Dragons)

Logan Broyles Downtown News

It seems that breakout rock bands are hard to find these days, with pop and rap music seemingly dominating the last decade of the music business. Thankfully good rock isn’t dead, it’s just a little harder to find. For the last three years, alternative rock band Imagine Dragons has been building up momentum and finding its way onto both the alternative and rock charts year after year. Their latest album, Night Visions, has drawn praise from music critics and fans alike. These days it’s hard to listen to the radio in San Diego without hearing the record’s hit song, the apocalyptic and trance-like “Radioactive.” “We’ve always believed in our music, but we could never have anticipated the success the album [Night Visions] has had,” said frontman Dan Reynolds. “Nothing is certain in this business, and especially not success. We hope we never take it for granted, because we know how lucky we are. There are so many amazing bands out there who don›t have this opportunity.” Reynolds is the lead singer and drummer, with Ben McKee on bass, Wayne Shermon on guitar, and Dan Platzmon playing drums, viola, and lending backup vocals. The Group calls Sin City – better known as Las Vegas – home. The band was founded in 2008 and released their first two EPs, “Imagine Dragons” and “Hell and Silence” in

2010. A third EP, It’s Time, was produced before the group signed with Interscope Records in November of 2011. Their first big break came with the release of Continued Silence on Valentine’s Day of last year, with the hit track, “It’s Time” reaching the top five Billboard Alternative and Billboard Rock charts and the song’s music video being nominated for “Best Rock Video” at the 2012 MTV Music Awards. “On a broader level, things haven’t changed too much for us, we still spend every waking hour writing music, playing music, and talking about music,” noted Reynolds. “That said, we are busier than we’ve probably ever been, which is something we’re grateful for. There just aren’t enough days in the week to get where we need to get and do what we need to do. But we plan on staying as busy as we can for as long as we can, which is all a band can ask for.” “Night Visions,” released last summer the day after Labor Day, was their first full-length album. Within the first week it had sold 83,000 copies and peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart, giving it the highest ranking for a debut rock album since 2006. “Our album Night Visions was really a bit of an exploration in itself,” said Reynolds. “Although we definitely had what we think is a cohesive vision and sound as a whole, we tried to push the boundaries as much as we could with the songs. “We definitely have evolved, and hopefully we never stop,” he said. “We are constantly writing, and were fortunate

enough to have a few years together as a band to hone our sound before there was much of a spotlight on us. Those years really allowed us to figure out how to write together.” The group hasn’t just dominated the music charts either, they’re all over television as well, with performances on “The Tonight Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “Conan,” and “The Late Show,” plus a rendition of their song “It’s Time” was recently performed on “Glee.” Reynolds said the band’s main focus for the next year is performing several tours to help promote “Night Visions.” “We’ll be touring for the next year, at least, both here in the U.S. and abroad,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do in visiting the other countries where our album is releasing.” Imagine Dragons will be coming to town March 18. “San Diego is an awesome city, we love it,” Reynolds stated. “We’ve played the House of Blues before, but this will be our first time headlining it.” Imagine Dragons will play at the House of Blues, located at 1055 Fifth Avenue Downtown, on Monday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. For more information or tickets, visit houseofblues. com/venues/clubvenues/sandiego or call 619-299-2583. Contributing writer Logan Broyles is the former managing editor of Pacific San Diego Magazine and editor-in-chief of Construction Digital magazine. He likes to write about music and news, and can be reached at


ion, the bold and uncompromising theater at the corner of Sixth and Pennsylvania avenues in the heart of Hillcrest, is preparing to open the fourth play of its seventh (2012-2013) season of new plays and musicals. Previews began Feb. 9, 2013 for PUNK ROCK by British playwright, Simon Stephens. Featured are several local teenage and young adult actors directed by producing artistic director, Glenn Paris. The show runs through March 9, 2013. The San Diego UT has called ion theatre “the take-no-prisoners Hillcrest company with a well-earned rep for staging some of the most adventurous theater in town ...” and has ion has earned multiple awards and recognition for its excellent, electrically-staged, risk-taking work. About PUNK ROCK: Bullying. Underage sex. Drugs. School violence. The kids are not all right, as ion’s season bristles into the New Year with this startling play. Based on the author’s experience as a teacher in Northern England, the play explores the underlying tensions and potential violence in a group of affluent, articulate 17-year-old students as they prep for the next chapter in their adult academic lives. When a new classmate

arrives suddenly, friendships are tested and allegiances shift amidst the pressures of everyday adolescence – with tragic results. “Edgy and jangled,” “crackling and superb,” and “a remarkable new play” all described this astonishing new work when it premiered at London’s Lyric Hammersmith in 2009. Only the second production staged in the U.S., ion is thrilled to bring this play and playwright to San Diego audiences for the first time. The play features returning artists David Ahmadian and Benjamin Cole with the debuts of Ryan Casselman, Tyler Jones, Samantha Littleford, Charles Maze, Lizzie Morse, Emma Rasse and Samantha Vesco. The design team includes company members Karin Filijan (lighting), Melanie Chen (sound),

Claudio Raygoza (producer/scenic), Courtney Fox Smith (costumes). The stage manager is Shawn Faber, and the assistant director is Gemma Grey. “Talkbacks” between the production team and audience members are scheduled after all performances (excepting matinees) in ion’s adjacent space, URBN CNTR 4THE ARTS at 3708 Sixth Avenue. The objective of the talkbacks is to discuss issues and themes explored in the play. PUNK ROCK inspired the formation of Identity Crisis, a program involving students, parents and teachers used in Manchester and London to address issues of bullying and violence in schools. Showtimes are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., with matinees on Saturdays at 4 p.m., Feb. 9 - March 9. Tickets may be purchased on-line at or by calling 619-600-5020. Prices are $33 regular, $27 for students, seniors, and military, and $20 for members of AEA and AASD. All previews are $15. Groups receive $6 off regular ticket prices. ion’s BLKBOX theatre is located at 3704 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92103. Please look for street parking or one of the many nearby parking lots.

ion theatre company | 3704 6th Ave San Diego, CA 92103 | (619) 600-5020


PARTNERSHIPS gredient in San Diego’s civic extravaganzas over the last 15 years. The Republican National Convention, the Super Bowl and Petco Park all bear her fingerprints,” wrote Liam Dillon of Voice of San Diego. Michell loved her job working as the mayor’s top aide, but she said as an “urbanist” she is thrilled with her current role. According to Michell, the Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP) is a “property-based improvement district” originally formed by an organization called San Diegan’s Inc., “the movers and the shakers” of the time. Fast forward to the 1970s and a Downtown merchant’s group joined, thus merging the interests of each organization and creating the “partnership,” representing five Downtown neighborhoods: Gaslamp Quarter, East Village, Core/Columbia, Marina, and Cortez. “[DSDP] has been around a long time, but you know how organizations ebb and flow in their visibility,” Michell said. “Our goal collectively is to take it to the next level and really make it a highperforming Downtown. Our ... objectives are to make our Downtown world class and everything that entails.” “We have a very geographically large Downtown when you compare us to other downtowns across the country,” Michell said. “We are geographically large, we just haven’t grown up yet.” Over the next 40 years, San Diego is expected to see a 40 percent increase in growth, Michell said, according to recent studies by SANDAG and the San Diego Foundation. To deal with that growth, Michell, a native San Diegan, already has a vision for how to eliminate many of those problems now. She said of the 400,000 housing units and 500,000 jobs that will come of that growth, she would like to see a huge percentage of them happen within the 272 blocks she is responsible for. “We want the density, we want the development we want the job centers and we want the residential population in our Downtown,” she said. Though she said most people think that growth will come from transplants from the Midwest, Michell said it will actually develop locally, from “birth over death” rates. To assist with that vision, DSDP is conducting 40 “townhalls” in the next four to five months throughout the county. See the sidebar for

more information about a townhall near you. She said they are also looking to incorporate more rooftop gardens and are very supportive of the new San Diego Public Market, even though it resides in an adjacent neighborhood, Barrio Logan. “Anything that enhances the vibrancy of our Downtown,” she said. “Great cities are defined by their downtown and when you have a great downtown you have a great city.” Over the last two years, Michell and her staff have traveled to various other big cities in the country, like Seattle, Portland, Denver, Houston and Philadelphia, to analyze whether what they are doing will fit for San Diego and they have come back with some big ideas. Along with their visions for the future, the DSDP has several popular programs in place today that keep the City’s streets safe and clean, and also work to support the homeless in a more altruistic fashion with their red meter program. “Clean and Safe” employs 50 24/7 street maintenance crews and dozens of safety workers patrolling the grid on both foot and bicycles. It was ramped up in 2000, when local residents offered to pay more assessment money and now the Clean and Safe Program does tree trimming, street washing, postevent clean-ups, even animal waste. “Anything we can do to make it clean,” she said. Michell said the safety crew patrols the 27 blocks through grid beats, work with San Diego Police Department and attend safety meetings every other week to stay on top of local concerns. A similar program, Stonewall Citizens Patrol, is in operation in Hillcrest, and North Park is about to mirror that program, as well. “I want you to feel safe at 1 a.m. in the morning,” she said. Addressing the homeless problem is a major focus of DSDP. While Michell admits there is no “silver bullet” to cure homeless-

ness, DSDP is leading the way. One project they have already implemented is their red meter “donation stations” [see Editorial: Ending homelessness in San Diego: not a one-size-fits-all solution, Vol. 14, Issue 1]. Monies donated into these meters make a direct impact . “We are making a concerted effort and we say as a private sector organization we’re gonna solve homelessness in Downtown,” she said. That is a pretty big statement to make, but in December of 2010, she said her team also took to the streets and conducted interviews of 738 homeless people in the Downtown area for their Work Your Way Home program, and of those, have since sent 250 of them “home” to reunite with family members, and there is lots more to come. Seeing synergy with the neighborhood communities to the north, when district realignment came about, Michell said she and her staff knew exactly where they needed to be. “We fought to have District Three the way it is,” she said. “We wanted to merge Uptown and Downtown into one district – because … we have similar interests; residential and commercial, homelessness, parking, [they] want a shuttle circulator … so let’s work together to solve these problems rather than be isolated.” Three workshops in Downtown neighborhoods have already been conducted, to help facilitate their strategic planning process. East Village, Cortez Hill and Marina all took place in February. Three more are planned in March, to be held in Little Italy, the Gaslamp District, and Core/Columbia. See the side bar for more information. To learn more about Downtown San Diego Partnership’s vision for the future, keep an eye on future issues of Downtown News. DSDP is in the process of revamping their website and just released a new logo that is more aligned with their vision. An official launch party for the new website and branding will take place at the end of March.v

Neighborhood workshops for “Our Downtown” strategic planning process Tuesday, March 12 @ 6:00pm: Little Italy Location: Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Hall –

1654 State Street

Wednesday, March 13 @ 3:00pm: Gaslamp Location: Marriott Gaslamp Quarter,

Presidio B – 660 K Street

Wednesday, March 13 @ 6:00pm: Columbia/Core

Location: Treo Condominiums, Community Room – 1240 India Street

San Diego Downtown News | March 2013



San Diego Downtown News | March 2013

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising presented WGSN Fashion Forecast on Feb.14. Forecasters have key themes they call “macro trends” that they use to analyze what the upcoming colors and silhouettes will be. Sally Lohan, WGSN’s content director, gave the presentation on the three macro-trends for Fall/Winter 14/15. The first was Modern Myth, which will see a resurfacing of updated traditional patterns. Clothing will reflect intricate embroidery. Another myth is the Apocalypse and End of the World. Science fiction will become reality and fashion designs will be influenced by space materials, such as metallics and colors in the blue spectrum. The third myth is Fable Seekers and it will help to create a New American Dream. People will be recording and documenting everything and genealogy will be huge. Continuing the American Dream, the next luxury for everyone will be the value of time and the ability

(bottom) True, live artist at the Vixen event (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro to do one thing at a time. People will desire to tap into quiet so they can do one thing at a time. An example is Selfridges Department Store in London, which has a quiet room so customers can do this.

FASHION The second major trend is the Industrial Revolution At the turn of the centur y we had an explosion of mass industr y, which led up to current time, where we will see a large relationship between man and machine. This trend uses bloodline, skeleton, skin, and the inside of the body for inspiration. This relationship between man and machines will produce a palette of colors and minimalist clothes with reinforced stitching. Garments will be transformed with quilting and unique folds in the fabric. The third and final trend is Rendering Reality, which will develop into a blur between real and fake. New technologies will be putting sound waves into form. The colors will be a splicing and blending of materials. These technologies will create new apps that can be downloaded so that they feel like they look real. Fabrics on apps will look like you could almost touch and feel the texture. Geometric shapes will take color blocking to the next level with RGB colors. Paula Bentel, senior account manager from WGSN, discussed their website. Subscribers will be able to see trends that will give them a look into inspiration, seasonal trends, catwalks, street shots, and a denim sections. Vixen Pop Up Boutique & Fashion Show Vixen Productions presented “Fashion Show” at Basic Urban Kitchen & Bar in East Village on Jan. 29. This style event combined fashion, music and art. Event organizer Vanessa Johnson was on hand to greet the crowd. Customers began the evening sipping on

(top) Models wear designs from Deja Chic with show producer Vanessa Johnson in the middle. (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro) cocktails and eating yummy food. They were able to enjoy an art exhibit by Thumbprint Gallery along with live art painting. Carly Deblock from Be Wild and Free Art and True 3000 were art vendors who participated. Established Clothing and Accessories set up vendor booths to sell fun items at discounted prices. The booths included DYG Mineral Makeup, Amy Dickey’s Black Diamond, Stella & Dot, Erin Fader’s Trashy Chic, Cot’E Fine Clothes and Deja Chic Boutique. The crowd anxiously awaited the fashion show, and Mojgan Majd started the first segment with trendy clothes from her Deja Chic Boutique in Encinitas. The casual chic clothes came out in beige, mint and emerald green. Diana Gibbs brought her funky clothing from Cot’e Fine Clothes located on Cedros in Solana Beach. Models came down the runway mostly in the classic colors of black and white. VIP gift bags were handed out to all attendees and included fabulous goodies. Make-up and hair was done by Bellus Academy. For information on the next pop up boutique visit: Upcoming Events Sunday, March 3, 2013 – Gretchen Productions will present a fashion show for the National Charity League Pacific Coast Chapter at the Westin South Coast Plaza, featuring 11th & 12th grade models. For info: 619-670-9880.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 – Zandra Rhodes viewing of the glice prints for the sets & costumes for AIDA at The University Club A Top Symphony Towers from 7 – 9 p.m. This is in celebration of the San Diego Opera Production of AIDA By Giuseppe Verdi, April 20-28, 2013. RSVP: 619-234-5200 Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – the Cherry Blossoms in Springtime Hands of HOPE Fashion Show at the US Grant Hotel at 10:30 a.m. Event will support the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego. Tickets at Saturday, April 6, 2013 – Fashion with a Passion at FIDM from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., a fabulous ladies event featuring the Ultimate Accessories Swap. The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Downtown San Diego is the perfect venue to enjoy cocktails and sumptuous cuisine, shop in vendor village for great fashion finds, and participate in the swap. Tickets at: Diana Cavagnaro is a nationally recognized hat designer and milliner, and has been in the fashion business for 30 years. The last 20 of those years she’s operated her business from Downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, while moonlighting in the Fashion department at San Diego Mesa College. She can be reached at

San Diego Downtown News | March 2013


Call Deborah


to Advertise! Deborah Vazquez (619) 961-1956



San Diego Downtown News | March 2013

San Diego Downtown News  

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

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you