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San Diego Community News Network (SDCNN): Why is public service important to you? Todd Gloria: My parents raised me to believe that if you care about something you’re supposed to leave it better than you found it. When I was a kid, we couldn’t afford a car and would have to borrow one. Yet whenever we returned the car, it would be fully gassed-up and we’d wash the car, too, because that’s what you’re supposed to do. Show gratitude and return it better than you found it. I think that’s what drives my public service. I really love the community and living in the city. I want to return it better than it was given to me. I feel so fortunate when I wake up that all I have to do is try to make the city better. I don’t have to increase the stock price or return

When the National Football League kicks off again this September, San Diego will find itself in a unique set of standings — home to the fourth oldest stadium in the 32team league. Meanwhile, up north in Santa Clara, Calif., the San Francisco 49ers will debut a new stadium. By this fall, only Soldier Field in Chicago (1924), Lambeau Field in Green Bay (1957) and Coliseum in Oakland (1966) will have older facilities than Qualcomm Stadium, which debuted in 1967. The stadiums in Chicago and Green Bay were renovated, leaving Oakland and San Diego as two franchises with essentially the same dilemma: high-density communities with high land costs and aging facilities that will ultimately have to be either modernized or vacated to make way for the new; or one of both teams could exercise their right to relocate to another city. So it’s an issue San Diego’s new mayor will have to address one way or the other. The question is how. In Cleveland, Ohio — home of the NFL’s Browns — there are lessons

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Councilmember Gloria speaking to the late Bud Fischer at a Senior Community Center event. Fischer was a pioneer developer in the Gaslamp Quarter and along with his wife Esther, a huge contributor to SCC. He died in January 2013. (Courtesy Senior Community Centers)

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Many would have trouble believing that San Diego has ever had a mayor nicer than Interim Mayor Todd Gloria. Having stepped into the role last summer in the midst of a maelstrom that made national headlines, he did so with the skill and know-how needed to get the job done. In a Feb. 15 letter addressed to U-T San Diego, Gloria was referred to as “a steady hand on a ship that was floundering.” Indeed, compassionate and impeccably polite, Gloria has been a calming force and a welcome respite from the previous mayor. Now, in his last few days as “iMayor,” as he’s affectionately been called, Gloria took time to sit down for a little Q&A.

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March is proving to be a month on the move for the City of San Diego. Not only is the new mayor-elect taking the oath of office surrounded by his new staff and a transition team as the month begins, the City’s first female chief of police will also be seated, and the leadership of Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Property Business Improvement District (PBID) is changing hands as well. Ryan Loofburrow has been the executive director of the Clean & Safe Program — the PBID’s administrative and community services entity — since August of 2011, when he was recruited away from Sacramento. While there, he spent 18 years as Sacramento’s director of community services, a program equivalent to Clean & Safe. Loofburrow recently announced he will be returning to Sacramento, after accepting a position with the nonprofit Sacramento Steps Forward, to direct the organization’s “Continuum of Care,” where he will manage all the programs associated with the HUD-sponsored dollars that offer services and housing to the region’s homeless population. “It’s great for me personally, because I get to

use all the skill sets that I’ve developed managing Downtown [San Diego] and working with everybody from social services, to hospitals, law enforcement and business districts here and use them there,” he said. It is not a new career path for the young executive, who said he was originally recruited by Downtown Partnership for his experience running homeless outreach programs, skills which were only strengthened while on the job here in San Diego. Clean & Safe has a number of homeless outreach initiatives and partnerships in place Downtown, and Loofburrow and his team has worked hard to champion them. “When I started it was nice I didn’t have to convince anybody that it was a good idea to include homeless outreach,” he said. While he said he will miss his team and the friendships he’s made here, Loofburrow sees a synergy between San Diego and the state’s capitol that he hopes will continue. “What I enjoyed about both [cities] – while I was in Sacramento we studied many cities, one of which was San Diego,” he said. “We implemented programs that are here in San Diego up in Sacramento so the collaboration between entities in both cities is pretty strong so that is

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(l to r) Bahija Hamraz is replacing Ryan Loofburrow as executive director of San Diego Downtown Partnership’s Clean & Safe Program. (Courtesy DSDP)


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STADIUM to be learned. Debuting in 1999, FirstEnergy Stadium cost nearly $400 million to build in 2014 dollars. Yet due to a poor lease agreement, Cleveland is on the hook for until the team’s lease expires in 2028, when it is free to leave. This past November, Cleveland’s City Council voted in favor of spending $2 million annually over the next 15 years to help upgrade the facility. That was on the heels of $5.8 million the City spent on the stadium in 2012, according to Maureen Harper, the mayor’s spokesperson. This $30 million investment is part of a $120 million total stadium upgrade package, with the Browns and the NFL paying the rest. According to the Cleveland mayor’s office, the $2 million annual investment accounts for just 0.37 percent of the City’s annual budget, and would also pay for “20 police officers, 20 firefighters or 24 paramedics,” according to Councilmember Michael Polensek. $2 million per year is minimal compared to 2021–2025, when the City of Cleveland is obligated by the lease to pay $33.5 million toward continued stadium improvements, or $6.7 million on average during those five years. The Browns still need approval from several other city commissions before the latest upgrades can commence, which in large part include new scoreboards with the latest technology. A clause in the team’s lease with the City of Cleveland requires technology at the stadium to rank in the top 50 percent compared to all clubs in the NFL. Some 15 years into a lease that is set to expire in less than 15 years — in 2028 — the case in Cleveland illustrates the issue of new stadium construction in the 21st Century: not only the exorbitant cost to maintain a facility on an annual basis, but also to keep it from quickly and simultaneously becoming obsolete. “What the hell’s going to happen in 2028?” asked Cleveland City Councilmember Brian Cummins, who’s been re-elected three times. Cummins voted against giving the Browns the $2 million over 15 years. “The top 50 percent [clause]; that’s what screws us,” Cummins said. “Clearly, what we have here is this question of ‘What do you do 20 years down the line when the technology changes again?’” In Atlanta, the choice appears to be build a new football stadium and a new baseball park. The Georgia Dome, which opened in 1992 and houses the NFL’s Falcons, could be vacant within three years to make way for a newly proposed $1 billion football stadium. In addition, the Braves of Major League Baseball debuted at Turner Field in 1996 following the Summer Olympics, but will likely play only three more seasons there. That’s because a new $672 million Braves park is slated to open for the 2017 baseball season. In St. Louis, home of the NFL’s Rams, the same clause Cummins referenced in Cleveland also haunts the Edward Jones Dome, which opened in 1995. Last year, the Rams proposed a $700 million renovation project, which has gone nowhere. Under the terms of their lease, the Rams can relocate to another city following the 2014 NFL season. Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium is a stand-alone facility on the

shores of Lake Erie that seats less than 72,000. It’s within walking distance of downtown and was built in the aftermath of original owner Art Modell relocating the team east to become the Baltimore Ravens following the 1995 season. “The [current franchise] played no role in the design of the stadium because the team had no leadership, and really only existed as a trust,” said current Browns spokesperson Zak Gilbert. “The intellectual property formerly owned by the franchise Modell controlled, which included the name Cleveland Browns, had been transferred into a trust created by the NFL to be held until a new franchise was awarded in Cleveland. In 1998, after an elaborate competitive bidding process, the Cleveland franchise was awarded to Al Lerner.” It was Cleveland’s former mayor, Michael White, who spearheaded the stadium’s construction, along with the NFL. The new, expansion-franchise Browns, which debuted in 1999, pay $250,000 annually in rent and are the stadium’s only tenants, playing eight regular season games and two exhibition games per year. Cummins argues that the mayor’s office should have asked the Browns to raise the admission tax on game tickets to help pay for improvements. Harper countered that was never a consideration because “the funds will help fulfill the City’s obligations outlined

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The Cleveland Browns’ First Energy Stadium is positioned just outside of downtown on the waterfront. (Photo by Joe Connor) in the stadium lease for capital repairs and improvements.” In addition to Chicago and Green Bay, two other NFL cities have held off building new stadiums in favor of major renovations. Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City opened in 1972, five years after Qualcomm Stadium first welcomed Charger fans. In 2010, Arrowhead received a $375 mil-

lion renovation. In 1975, the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans opened at a cost of $134 million. Since 2006, $336 million has been spent on renovations to the home of the Saints. The NFL’s Minnesota Vikings will debut at a $975 million new downtown stadium in Minneapolis starting in 2016. Whether by renovating or building a brand new football

stadium, San Diego’s new mayor will have to tackle the high costs and the potentially adverse longterm consequences of a poor lease agreement. —Joe Connor is a freelance sports writer that has seen a game at every NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB venue. He can be reached at


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GLORIA more profit to shareholders. All I have to do is look at my constituents and say, I paved more roads today, added more library hours and made the neighborhoods a lot safer with the help of our city employees. For me, that’s what motivates me. SDCNN: How did you manage to stay above the fray while saving our city from dire times? TG: It goes back to your family, your upbringing. My role in my family is that when something bad happens, I’m usually the one that gets the call, because I tend to be the one to shut out the white noise and stay focused on the situation and solve it. My mom had her credit card stolen the other day and she’s very upset. I said let’s call the bank, let’s file a police report, and so on. I think in part this is the role that I’ve constantly played. In terms of what we’ve been able to do, it’s just trusting people. The biggest flaw of the previous mayor is that he was a micro-manager. He didn’t really empower people to do their work. I got into this role and saw that we have amazing people who work here and all they needed to do their job was to say to them, “Follow the rules, use common sense and I’ll back you up.” It’s amazing the kind of output that comes when you do that. People’s morale increased, productivity increased and things are running well now. SDCNN: When you look back at your decision not to run for mayor, what are your thoughts about the choice you made? TG: I don’t regret it, because it was the right thing to do for the city. It may not have matched my personal ambitions, but this is not about advancing myself or my career. This is about public service. My personal ambitions and public service may not have aligned perfectly, but if given that choice, if I’m not choosing public service, I shouldn’t be in this business. Because of the city’s charter, I was the person that had to run the city in the absence of an elected mayor. I came in here on August 30th and it was obviously a mess. I wasn’t scared but that doesn’t mean I’m not fearful. I walked in through those doors the son of a hotel maintenance gardener, a brown gay guy who’s thinking, am I now in charge of the eighth largest city in the country? How do I do this? The responsibility was on me and a lot of people were counting on me, and our team here at the city, to pull us out of this nosedive

we were in. I made the judgment that I could not do that well and run for office at the same time. It’s very much a matter of believing I could do two things poorly or one thing well. And rather than be a bad candidate and a bad mayor I wanted to be a good mayor. As I walk out the door, if folks feel that I’ve done a good job then I did what I set out to do, which was to do one thing well and to leave the city better than I found it. SDCNN: Any plans to run for mayor in 2016? TG: Well, I do have to find something to do in 2016, because I’ll be out of a job with the City Council. I never expected to be the City Council President. That happened because of a resignation. I never expected to be mayor, but that happened because of a resignation. While I’m a relentless planner and a very Type A personality, a part of me has become very comfortable knowing things happen for an important reason. You leave yourself open for an opportunity, do a good job with the work you’re presented and good things will come your way. SDCNN: Come Monday, what’s the first thing you’re going to do after you hand over the reigns of the Mayor’s office? TG: I’ll go right back to being Council President. I have a council meeting that afternoon and we have some important issues on the agenda. SDCNN: As Council President, what are you going to do about filling the council seat Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer is vacating? TG: We are encouraging interested residents of District Two to apply. It’s my anticipation we’ll have a council hearing in early April that will be like an open job interview where those that applied and completed the vetting process will answer questions of the council members and whoever receives a majority of support of the sitting council members, will be the next councilmember. That person will serve from early April until early December. SDCNN: How do you see San Diego 25 years from now? TG: I have a vision for it and I’ll be working the next couple of years to do my part to get it done. I would hope we’d be working aggressively on infrastructure. The biggest issue facing our city is our crumbling streets and sidewalks, and inadequate public facilities. It’s my hope that the voters will consider a measure in 2016 that will aggressively tackle this problem. It’s bigger than the pension problem and it needs really assertive action to fix it. I hope we’ll be a city that has successfully tackled homelessness.

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One of Gloria’s last public appearances as iMayor was Feb. 24, at the dedication of the Port of San Diego’s shore power system for cargo ships at the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal. (l to r) Imperial Beach Mayor Jim Janney; Dole’s Bobby Banana; National City Mayor Ron Morrison; Rep. Scott Peters; Penelope Pineapple; and Gloria. (Photo by Dale Frost) We’ve seen other cities across the country make significant strides in this regard. Phoenix recently declared an end to veterans’ homelessness. We should be able to do the same here. My hope and expectation is that we’ll be a global leader in sustainability. I proposed an aggressive climate action plan to put the city on a cleaner renewable future, 100 percent reliance on renewable energy by 2035, relying far more on solar power and wind energy. It’ll also be a city dependent on public transit, biking and walking, in order to get the gas emissions reductions. A denser, more compact city where we’ve preserved our open spaces and back country. By doing that, we’ll match people’s vision for themselves. Millennials typically don’t seem to be interested in a 1950s idealized version of life. They want urban settings, access to mass transit, the ability to bike to places and I’m hoping to put into place policies that will help make that so. Work will happen in the next couple of years and assuming we’re successful, that’s what San Diego will look like 25 years from now. SDCNN: What’s going to be the last thing you do as interim mayor? TG: I have a practice of going to get coffee every morning at the same place. I’m a creature of habit and stay as long as it takes to have a cup of coffee and eat a bagel. These folks have seen me become councilmember, council president and the mayor and

I love that they know me well. People will come up to my table and tell me what they think. I like the interaction and pick up a thing or two. They let you know if you’re doing well or not. I’ve gotten feedback, “You’re the same person, nothing’s changed, you’re still here.” When I stop being mayor, nothing’s going to be different, whether it’s Monday or Tuesday. SDCNN: How did calling you “iMayor” start? TG: We were kicking it around what to call me. Interim mayor sounded long and (City Attorney) Jan Goldsmith said, you should just be “iMayor,” and it stuck. On KPBS someone said it’s a reflection of being younger and tech savvy on social media. As a hashtag, it works well. I do my own tweeting. I think social networking is invaluable. It gives me a good sample of people and you can see their comments and reactions. You find out what people like to retweet or what didn’t get retweeted because it’s not that important to them. I enjoy staying in touch, whether it’s the old school style, while having my coffee, or through social networking. Hopefully, you do it with some understanding of where people are. SDCNN: What makes you laugh? TG: A lot of things around this job make me laugh. I enjoy “Arrested Development.” Shows like that that crack me up, but I find a lot of humor in this job. I was at a school and a student asked, “Do you live in a place like the White

House?” I laughed and said no. The kid didn’t understand why I was laughing so hard. I live in a studio apartment in Hillcrest so the idea of living in some mansion really doesn’t match my reality. One night I was shopping at the grocery store and a lady says, “You’re shopping?” Yeah what do you think? I do have to eat. Or when I’m at the Laundromat, “Don’t you have someone who can do this for you?” I just start cracking up because of their perception of what life must be like for me. SDCNN: What’s the one piece of advice you have for Faulconer as he comes into office? TG: Trust the staff. When I took over, we didn’t have permanent people in most of the city’s executive ranks. I’m happy to say that those positions are all filled by public servants who will help him implement his vision. They’ve been helping me these last few months and I think he will be very successful by relying on these folks and trusting them. I’ll be there as well, as the Council President, and I think he shares my belief that we can be a great city. SDCNN: So you feel like you’re leaving the city in good hands? TG: I do. I’ve worked closely with Kevin the entire time I’ve been on the City Council. We have done many things together, collaboratively. Most notably of course, working to effect the resignation of Bob Filner. We have a genuine friendship. We’ll have points of disagreement, I’m sure, but on the whole I think he’ll be just fine.


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Bag the bag ban and tax scam By Bishop George McKinney and Mark Arabo Our government is at it again. Despite a recent U-T/10News poll showing most San Diegans oppose the idea, San Diego City Councilmember Sherri Lightner is pushing a big brother-style ordinance that would outlaw plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, and require you to pay a tax on paper bags. To make matters worse, every dime of this new bag tax — which will generate millions of dollars every year — will go right into the corporate pockets of stores such as Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons, instead of being put to good use here in San Diego for things like neighborhood cleanups and beautification projects. Those pushing the bag ban claim that plastic bags are an

unconscionable source of waste and litter. However, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, these bags make up less than half of one percent of the waste stream. And, where litter studies have been conducted, plastic bags are typically less than one percent of what’s found. If the proposal is approved, you would be forced to use paper bags at a cost of 10 cents a piece. All told, this equates to a multi-million dollar tax on the people of San Diego — a tax for which you won’t even be able to vote. If you don’t want to use paper bags, your only other option is to buy the more expensive reusable bags, the vast majority of which are made in China (from oil) and imported to the U.S. at a rate of more than 500 million per year. Why, in these tough economic

DowntownBriefs LANSDOWNE RESIGNS, NEW POLICE CHIEF NAMED On Tuesday, Feb. 25, San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne announced his retirement, effective Monday, March 3, the same day mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer will be sworn in. The announcement comes amid growing allegations of sexual misconduct within the department and other pending legal matters, but SDPD stated Lansdowne’s decision was entirely his own. On March 4, Faulconer swiftly named Assistant Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman as Lansdowne’s replacement. Zimmerman, who joined SDPD in 1982, will be the first female Chief of Police for the City of San Diego. She is a graduate of Ohio Sate University and the FBI National Academy. The 69-year-old Lansdown has ser ved as Chief of Police for more than 10 years, considerably longer than the average three-year term for big city police chiefs, he said in a recent inter view. San Diego had its lowest crime rate since the 1960s under Lansdowne’s tenure.

times, are we lumping any government costs on to grocery bills when so many families and senior citizens are struggling to make ends meet? And then there are the environmental drawbacks. Did you know that it takes much more energy to manufacture paper and reusable bags than it does to produce plastic ones? According to one study, the “global warming potential” of producing plastic grocery bags without factoring in reuse, is one-third that of paper bags and 1/131st that of reusable cotton bags. Moreover, by pushing people toward paper bags, more trees will be chopped down, leading to greater deforestation of our wilderness areas. In addition, it takes 96 percent more water to produce paper bags than it does plastic. All in all, the impacts of a ban on plastic bags would have a sizable negative impact on our environment. And let’s not forget that people

MAYOR-ELECT ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP TEAM Kevin Faulconer has announced his toplevel staff. The mayor-elect is putting a diverse team consisting of three deputy chiefs of staff into place to run his administration; a Spanishspeaking Latino, a respected policy expert and a San Diego native who is also a long-time advisor to the mayor-elect. The three areas the deputies will focus on are as follows: Matt Awbrey, communications; Jaymie Bradford, policy; and Felipe Monroig, community engagement. In a release, the choice of three chiefs of staffs is mean to “provide additional focus on the areas of community inclusion, fiscal reform and government transparency, all of which are top priorities for [the mayor].” All three deputies have city experience. Bradford most recently served as deputy chief of staff and chief of policy for Interim Mayor Todd Gloria. Monroig has served as president and CEO of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and also as a city council chief of staff. Awbrey has been the spokesperson for the mayor-elect since he was first elected to city council. Faulconer is expected to take over the office of mayor on March 3, when Gloria steps down and returns to his duties as both council president and district three city councilmember.

like to reuse their plastic bags — to line their wastebaskets at home, pick up after their pets and carry their lunch to work. If these bags are outlawed, we’ll be forced to buy our plastic bags; yet another cost associated with this ban. The bottom line is: this bag ban and tax scam doesn’t make sense for San Diego. The benefit is minimal and the downsides are many. Instead, our city leaders should focus on what we San Diegans really want: things like faster police and fire response times, smooth streets, and more hours at our libraries and recreation centers. —Bishop McKinney is the Founder and Senior Pastor at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Church of God in Christ, in San Diego. Arabo is president and CEO of the Neighborhood Market Association, a San Diego-based non-profit organization that represents 2,100 family-owned markets in California, Nevada and Arizona.


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Filmmaker Lydia B. Smith (Courtesy Reading Cinemas) Millions of people from all over the world still take on an annual spiritual journey that first established in the ninth century in Spain. Officially called “El Camino de Santiago” the passage is also known as “The Way of St.

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BRIEFS James” and generally begins in the Pyrenees, Spain on foot and ends in Santiago de Compostela, at the tomb of St. James near the Spanish coast. Depending upon where participants start, the trip could take weeks or months to complete and hundreds of thousands still make the journey today. In “Walking the Camino: Six ways to Santiago,” filmmaker Lydia B. Smith follows six strangers who make the trek “with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind.” The award-winning film traveled the 2013 film festival circuit and Smith will be on hand when the documentary debuts at the Reading Gaslamp 15 Theatres on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1. Smith will be introduced before the 5 p.m., 7:25 p.m. and 9:50 p.m. shows and she will available for a Q&A immediately following the 5 & 7:25 p.m. shows. The six individuals profiled in the documentary are filmed coping with “blisters, exhaustion, loneliness and self-doubt to triumph over fears and prejudices that have become roadblocks to living a fulfilled life.” The film will continue at the Gaslamp 15 tentatively until March 6 and could be renewed depending upon attendance. Reading Gaslamp 15 is located at 701 Fifth Ave. For more info visit ReadingCinemasUS. com or call 619-232-0401 or visit


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CABRILLO BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION END DATE PUSHED BACK Caltrans has announced that the completion date for the Cabrillo Bridge Retrofit and Rehabilitation Project — specifically the Laurel Street Overcrossing — will be pushed back from spring 2014 to an unspecified date in the summer. The project team expects to have a more specific deadline before the end of March, according to a press release. The retrofit began in early January and has caused closures to all but foot traffic across the Laurel Street Bridge and created various delays on State Route 163, below. The current construction delay is due primarily to the removal of more debris and water than anticipated from the workspace, and the press release stated the project would certainly be completed prior to the 2015 Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. For more information about the project, visit dist11/Cabrillo/. CITY COUNCIL APPROVES DISPENSARY ORDINANCE On Tuesday, Feb. 25, the City Council approved new regulations of medical marijuana dispensaries, or “cooperatives,” operating in San Diego. The vote was nearly unanimous, with Councilmember Mark Kersey casting the only vote against the

Howard Alan Kitay (center) is offering free rides home for Mardi Gras revelers using Lyft. (Courtesy Law Offices of Howard Alan Kitay) The Law Offices of Howard Alan Kitay is offering to pay for 125 rides home from Mardi Gras celebrations around the county on Tuesday, March 4, in an effort to lessen the number of drunk drivers out on the road afterward. Working with the Sober Lift Home Program, the firm will be offering $20 credits when riders enter the code “KITAY” into the rideshare app Lyft, a service which allows you to request rides “on demand” from a smartphone. “Drunk driving is a serious issue in San Diego and, really, all of the United States,” said attorney Howard Kitay in a press release. “If we can help even one person make the choice to arrange a safe ride home and not drive impaired, then we’d be thrilled.” Also according to the release, over 10,000 people died in 2012 in DUI related accidents in the U.S. The average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before their first arrest. Two major local street events celebrating Mardi Gras this year, one in Hillcrest and one in the Gaslamp Quarter Downtown, are expected to draw upwards of 40,000 people. To

measure, citing contradictor y rulings on the federal level. The ordinance that appeared before the City Council on Feb. 25 was a revised version that failed to be adopted last year. The revisions provided stricter guidelines for San Diego cooperatives. Along with several other new requirements, the dispensaries must be located at least 1,000 feet from public parks, churches, child-care centers, playgrounds, residential care facilities, schools and other cooperatives. Councilmember Lorie Zapf motioned successfully to limit to four the number of cooperatives per council district. An analysis by SANDAG found that this would limit the maximum number of dispensaries in San Diego to 30. The ordinance also requires approval by the California Coastal Commission, which according to city staff, is expected to adopt the measure within 90 days.

‘ART AND CRAFT BEER FEST’ PRESALE NOW AVAILABLE The Bankers Hill Business Group and the San Diego Brewers

Guild are holding their second annual Art & Craft Beer Festival, March 28 at The Abbey, located at 2825 Fifth Ave. from 5 – 9 p.m. Featuring some of San Diego’s own craft brew houses, the event will also have art from internationally recognized Bankers Hill artists on display and offer food from locally-renown chefs. Tickets are $20 in advance through March 18, $30 from March 19 – 27, and $35 at the door. More information, including chances to win tickets, can be found on the Facebook. com/BankersHillBG page or at the website.

CITY CONSIDERS REGULATIONS ON E-CIGARETTES Following a memo sent by Councilmember Mark Kersey in Februar y recommending elec-

San Diego Downtown News | March 2014 tronic cigarettes, or E-cigarettes, be regulated similarly to common tobacco products to prevent secondhand heath effects, the City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee instructed city staff at their Feb. 26 to develop regulations for e-cigarettes in the City of San Diego. The ordinance proposed by Kersey would ban e-cigarettes where conventional cigarettes aren’t allowed. Kersey also criticized the vapor-nicotine devices for their appeal to minors with flavors such as “cola” and “peppermint patty.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that E-cigarette use by middle and high-school students doubled between 2011 and 2012. Opponents of measures preventing e-cigarette use claim that


the less potent source of nicotine is a viable option for smokers seeking to reduce their tobacco usage in a more health-conscious way. City staff was asked to come back with a proposed ordinance within three months.


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For the love of baseball Local chapter of Society of American Baseball Research gets big donation Johnny McDonald Downtown News

Baseball’s biggest collection of historic memorabilia this side of Cooperstown has found a permanent home on the eighth floor of San Diego’s Central Librar y. And officials say it will grow even larger. Technically, it will be called the Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center, where books, score sheets, publications and photos are housed. Speaking to a library auditorium audience on Feb. 15, Andy Strasberg, founder and vice president of the San Diego Chapter of the Society for Baseball Research, urged the public to contribute some of their treasures. The William J. Weiss Collection of baseball history has been donated jointly to the library and San Diego Ted Williams Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research. The collection, cultivated by Weiss, a well-respected baseball historian who worked with many minor league baseball teams, provides comprehensive player information equal to that avail-

able in the Cooperstown (N.Y.) National Baseball Hall of Fame. As a baseball writer and official scorer for the minor league Padres in the days of Westgate Park, we furnished considerable amounts of game reports to the untiring Weiss. What comes to mind were no hit, no run games pitched by Al Worthington and Sammy Ellis and catcher Jesse Gonder being selected by the Sporting News as national minor league player of the year. The vast donation enhances San Diego’s position as holding the most comprehensive assemblage of baseball research materials. There’s many to credit for this display where visitors can become engrossed in these archives of a sport that emerged in the 1870s. The records here will show that from those roots of the pioneering 1870s, the sport has blossomed into America’s summer pastime. “I guess it’s because it’s America’s summer sport,” Strasberg said, explaining why the public has embraced baseball. “I’ve been a baseball fan all my life and developed the research

center in 2000. I’ve donated a lot of my stuff already.” Strasberg was also a member of the Padres organization for 22 years. A rare treat for baseball buffs is a compilation of thousands of individual questionnaires that were filled out by high school ballplayers of past generations who would later play in the major leagues. “We have some things Cooperstown doesn’t have,” Strasberg said. “We are proud and honored to be the recipient of this remarkable collection,” said Dan Boyle, president of the San Diego Ted Williams Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research. “The Weiss collection adds so much depth and richness to our already outstanding baseball research collection,” said Deborah L. Barrow, the San Diego Public Library director. “We are grateful to the Weiss’ for sharing this treasure trove of information that adds to the breadth of our collection. The Weiss contribution helps the Library connect to the community and provides a valuable resource that belongs to society.” Additional items within the

(clockwise from top left) William J. Weiss in his office; Andy Strasberg with U-T San Diego sports reporter John Maffei; Weiss Collection items, which includes many different baseball magazines and literature items that date back to the 1870s; Ted Williams and Don Larson featured on the cover of Baseball Stars magazines. (Courtesy San Diego Public Library) Weiss Collection are books and related literature, thousands of major league media guides, yearbooks and souvenir programs, editions of The Sporting News and baseball magazines, major and minor league score sheets and record books and newspaper and magazine clippings of memorable events, photos and stories. Weiss, a longtime resident of Northern California, died in 2011 at age 86. “I found box scores with my name in them,” said attendee Tom Rinks. Rinks played three seasons as a minor leaguer in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system after being a member of San Diego State’s NAIA National Championship

team in 1958, and later became baseball coach at Madison High. “Honestly, that’s amazing that those kinds of things survived for more than 50 years,” Rinks said. For more information about the local chapter of the Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center, visit or visit the new Downtown Central Library. —After an award winning, 38-year sports-writing career with the San Diego Union and authoring three books, Johnny McDonald now considers writing a hobby. He enjoys covering aspects of the port district, convention center, Balboa Park, zoo, and stories with a historical bent. You can reach him at


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(l to r) Ah Quin; Quin and his wife had 12 children (Courtesy Chinese History Center); artificats from Quin’s life (Photo by Will Bowen)

Will Bowen Downtown News


ou have probably heard about San Diego’s founding fathers, men like John D. Spreckels, Alonzo Horton, and George Marston. But Ah Quin — a Chinese merchant who lived in Chinatown at Island Avenue and K Street near the turn of the century — is also considered to be in that same group for a variety of contributions leading to San Diego’s development as a major city. The current exhibition at the Chinese Historical Museum entitled “Ah Quin: Life, Leadership, and Legacy” explores the life of Tom Chong-kwan, nicknamed “Ah Quin” by American immigration officials who could not speak Chinese. The display includes a collection of artifacts from Ah Quin’s life, donated by his descendents and never before seen. The items are now on view at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension of the Museum, located at 328 J St. in Downtown San Diego. In conjunction with the exhibit’s opening, the Museum presented two lectures. The first, held Jan. 25, was by Murray Lee, author of “In Search of Gold Mountain: A history of the Chinese in San Diego, California.” At the lecture were many of Ah Quin’s descendents. “There is no other person in the early history of the Chinese in San Diego, California, who is more deserving of being included among the founding fathers of the city, along with the likes of Alonzo Horton and George Marston, than Ah Quin,” Murray noted during his lecture. On Feb. 22, Professor Susie Lan Cassel, a faculty member at Cal State San Marcos, gave a talk on her efforts to translate Ah Quin’s personal diaries (1877–1902), which are written in both Chinese and English and over 3,000 pages long.

“Ah Quin was brilliant at networking,” Cassel said. “His diaries include references and information on over 1,000 Chinese men in his labor pool. This information could be used to help reconstruct the Chinese census of early San Francisco, a mostly bachelor society, which was lost in the Great Earthquake of 1906.” Quin was born into the Tom family in Namzha village, part of Changsha City, in the Hoiping District of Guangdong Province in South China on Dec. 5, 1848. When he was young man, his parents moved to Canton where he attended an American missionary school. At the missionary school Quin learned English and adopted the Christian religion. Because of the economic devastation afflicting South China in 1868, at age 20 his family sent him to the U.S.— known to the Chinese as Gold Mountain (Gum Saan) — by sailing ship at a cost of $50 so he could seek his fortune and send money to help his family back in China. Ah Quin arrived in San Francisco where he became affiliated with the Chinese Mission in order to continue his religious and English language studies. There he spent six years working at various odd jobs, such as houseboy and cook for military officers at Camp Reynolds on Angel Island and at the San Francisco Presidio. In 1873, Quin moved to Santa Barbara to learn the merchandizing trade from his uncle. There he got a job with the firm of Gourley and Stearns who sent him to work as a cook in a coal mining camp in Alaska in 1877. While in Alaska, Quin cut off his “queue,” the traditional long-braided ponytail required for men by the Chinese emperor. This signaled his desire to become an American and never return to China. It was also at this time he began to write in his diary. Five years later, Quin returned to Santa Barbara and soon made a visit to San Diego, where he befriended George Marston and Reverent Camp of the San Diego Chinese Mission. In 1881, Marston invited Quin to come live in San Diego and direct the procurement of Chinese labor to help build the railroad, which would greatly facilitate travel to and from San Diego and San Diego Bay could become a major port. Property values doubled almost overnight. He opened a storefront in the Stingaree district of Downtown San Diego to direct his operations and to provide provisions for the Chinese laborers that he procured. Since there were only 229 Chinese out of 8,000 people living in the city at that time, Quin had to reach north-

ward for Chinese workers and spent considerable time in Temecula and Fallbrook at the railroad labor camps. Quin returned to San Francisco in 1881 to marry Sue Leong, who was a ward of the Chinese Presbyterian Mission there. The couple returned to San Diego where they eventually had 12 children, including the first Chinese boy ever born in San Diego. After the railroad was completed, Quin became involved in real estate, often leasing his properties in places like Mission Valley and Bonita, to fellow Chinese so they could grow vegetables to sell at market. Quin soon became the most powerful person in Chinatown and was often referred to as its unofficial mayor. He became a bridge linking the Chinese community and the white establishment and was also called upon to translate when there were court cases against the Chinese. “Ah Quin is known as a straightforward business man and has the confidence and trust of those who know him,” wrote the the San Diego Union newspaper in 1889. Then San Diego Police Chief Keno Wills said Quin “was without exception the finest Chinaman I have ever met.” When others would not, Quin began cooperating with city health inspector Walter Bellon in 1912, whose task it was to clean up the Stingaree district’s substandard housing, salons, gambling, and prostitution for the upcoming Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park. “Ah Quin was a living example of good citizenship, thrift, and integrity and did not indulge in the accepted traffic of his community,” Bellon said. Murray Lee summed up Ah Quin’s life by stating: “Ah Quin must be included among the prominent founders of early San Diego not only for his accomplishment as an entrepreneur and labor broker for San Diego’s first railroad but also for his leadership and his ability to use his influence to improve the community and help his countrymen.” “The Ah Quin rags-to-riches-Horatio-Alger story of an immigrant who comes to this country and makes good has a universal appeal that all people can draw inspiration from,” said Alex Stewart, the senior coordinator for education and exhibitions at the Chinese Historical Museum. The exhibition will run until the end of March. For further information see, call 619-338-9886 or email —Will Bowen writes about arts and culture. You can reach him at



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WHERE TO FIND Call for Uptown Locations

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COLUMBIA 1948 Broadway Influx Cafe Office Bldg Mail Room 1230 Columbia St. Rack next to Coffee Cart 1230 Columbia St. 1350 Columbia St. Metro Work 444 W C St. Premier Treatment & Health 550 W C St. Servicio Secreto 700 W E St. Electra Condos 1355 N Harbor Dr. Holiday Inn 1240 India St. Treo at Kettner 701 Kettner Blvd. Park Row Condos The Grande South Tower 1199 Pacific Hwy 1255 Pacific Hwy The Grade North Tower 825 Pacific Hwy Office Depot

CORE / CIVIC Coronado Ferry Landing Civic Center Plaza City Employment Department Downtown Johnny Brown’s Marias Stout Public House Grab N’ Go Subs Nutrimart 110 Plaza USO 4th & B CCDC Plaza Deli Downtown SD Partnership Bank of America Comerica Bristol CafT Old Gallery Coffee Imperial Bank The W Hotel Grab N’ Go Subs Civic Bldg Senior Section Council District 2 Rite-Aid Elixir Espresso Bar Downtown Fish Joint 7-11 Market Cafeteria King Stahlman Bailbonds

1311 1st Ave. 1200 3rd Ave. 1200 3rd Ave. 1220 3rd Ave. 1039 4th Ave. 1125 6th Ave. 1180 6th Ave. 1140 7th Ave. 110 W A St. 301 A St. 345 B St. 401 B St. 401 B St. 401 B St. 450 B St. 600 B St. 601 B St. 641 B St. 701 B St. 421 W B St. 109 W C St. 202 W C St. 202 W C St. 427 C St. 427 C St. 407 C St. 525 C St. 1350 Front St. 1140 Union St.

CORTEZ HILL Condos Grant’s Market Palermo Aperture Holiday Inn Luther Tower First Lutheran Deli Cathedral Plaza Westminster Manor Hotel Pacifica BB’s Deli Allian Mills at Cortez

850 Beech St. 3003 Beech St. 1501 Front St. 1494 Union St. 1617 1st Ave. 1455 2nd Ave. 1546 2nd Ave. 1551 3rd Ave. 1730 3rd Ave. 1551 4th Ave. 1321 5th Ave. 1620 5th Ave. 1643 6th Ave.

EAST VILLAGE 701 A St. Sheraton Suites 12th Floor 1110 A St. Brick Hotel Wyndham 750 B St. Symphony Towers 1012 C St. YMCA 820 E St. San Diego Library 900 F St. F St. Apartments 901 F St. Enterprise 1249 F St. Newschool Architecture 113 W G St. Postal Annex 301 W G St. City Walk 660 G St. Comfort Inn Gaslamp 675 W G St. Brickyard Coffee & Tea 100 W Harbor Dr. Harbor Club 330 J St. Pacific Terrace 350 K St. Crown Bay 401 K St. Hilton Gaslamp 412 K St. Cine Café

Alexander Salazar Fine Art 640 Broadway DT Family Health Center 1145 Broadway Studio 15 1475 Imperial Ave. Island Inn 202 Island Ave. Horton Grand Hotel 311 Island Ave. The Cheese Shop 311 Island Ave. Grand Pacific 437 Island Ave. City Mark Realty 1190 Island Ave. San Diego Pet Supply 1490 Island Ave. Ryan Bros Coffee 1894 Main St. Lions Club 310 Market St. KC Barbeque 610 Market St. Valentine’s Mexican 844 Market St. Strata Condo 969 Market St. Blue Street Rack 1542 Market St. Dieter’s 1633 Market St. The Mark 800 The Mark Lane Starbucks Coffee 1 Park Blvd. Petco Park 100 Park Blvd. City Dog 555 Park Blvd. Embassy Hotel 3645 Park Blvd. Heat Kitchen 3797 Park Blvd. Park Center 4009 Park Blvd. LOFT 777 777 6th Ave. Submarina 1071 6th Ave. 7th Near B CafT 601 7th Ave. Diamond Terrace 427 9th Ave. Hotel Indigo 509 9th Ave. Vantage Pointe 1281 9th Ave. Comerica Bank 305 10th Ave. Tilted Kilt 310 10th Ave. Icon Towers 319 10th Ave. FIT Athletic Club 350 10th Ave. Travelodge 1345 10th Ave. City College Admin. 1313 W 12th Ave. City College Bookstore 1313 W 12th Ave. Albertson’s 655 14th St. Potiker Senior Residence 525 14th St. East Village Coffee 1065 14th St. S.D. Furnishings & Acc. 1065 14th St. General Auto 367 15th St. UnD1sputed 320 16th St. City Apartments 845 16th St. City View Apartments 840 17th St.

LITTLE ITALY SDG&E Building 101 Ash St. Best Western 555 W Ash St. La Vida 300 W Beech St. Aqua Vista 425 Beech St. Prescott Company 555 W Beech St. Porta d’Italia 1970 Columbia St. IL Palazzo 2040 Columbia St. La Pensione Lobby 606 W Date St. Doubletree Hotel 1646 Front St. Harbor View Hotel 550 W Grape St. California Rent-A-Car 824 W Grape St. West Coast Rent-A-Car 834 W Grape St. The Big Kitchen 3003 Grape St. Bottle House 3012 Grape St. Solar Turbines 1100 Hawthorn St. Portico 1435 India St. Village Walk 1501 India St. Dancing Dog 1501 India St. Villa Maria 1528 India St. Porto Seina 1601 India St. Solunto 1643 India St. Princess Pub & Grill 1665 India St. Multipocket Metal St. Rack 1665 India St. Café Italia 1704 India St. Anthony Napoli RE 1740 India St. Laura Lhotsky RE Group 2034 India St. French Garden Shop 2307 India St. US Bank 1420 Kettner Blvd. AVIS Car Rental 1670 Kettner Blvd. Doma by Citymark 1750 Kettner Blvd. Doma by Citymark 1780 Kettner Blvd. Fox Car Rental 2727 Kettner Blvd. David Zapf Gallery 2400 Kettner Blvd. Art Store 1790 India St. Architechual Salvage 2401 Kettner Blvd. Express Rent-A-Car 2559 Kettner Blvd. Breeza 1431 Pacific Hwy.

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Hampton Inn County Administration Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites Marriott Residence Inn Days Inn Harbor View Motel 6 Airport Dollar Car Rental Budget Car Rental Port Authority Titan Current La Vita

1495 Pacific Hwy. 1600 Pacific Hwy. 1655 Pacific Hwy. 1747 Pacific Hwy. 1919 Pacific Hwy. 2353 Pacific Hwy. 2499 Pacific Hwy. 3125 Pacific Hwy. 3165 Pacific Hwy. 1944 State St. 1551 Union St. 1580 Union St.

The new Moonshine Flats is being dubbed as a “country-rock party spot,” and with five bars to prove it. Since its recent opening, the rustic multi-level nightclub has seen guests break into everything from line dancing and karaoke to billiard matches and beer pong. Serious drinkers can recline in old-fashion barbershop chairs as waitresses administer shots of hooch. 344 Seventh Ave., 619-501-4600.

GASLAMP/ HORTON PLAZA Westin Hotel 9210 Broadway C SBC Office Bldg 101 W Broadway Ass. Technical College 225 W Broadway Long’s Drug & Plaza 475 Broadway Information Cart 475 Broadway Macy’s 475 Broadway United Artists Theatres 475 Broadway San Diego Court House 220 W Broadway Hall of Justice 330 W Broadway Wyndham Emerald Plaza 400 W Broadway YMCA 500 W Broadway UPS Store 501 W Broadway Kids on Broadway 475 W Broadway San Diego Repertory Theatre 1 Horton Plaza Horton News Stand 1 Horton Plaza Market St. Square Apts 606 3rd Ave. Trilogy Property Management 315 4th Ave. World Market 372 4th Ave. Emergence Room 400 4th Ave. Pioneer (Next to Trilogy) 410 4th Ave. William Heath Davis House 410 4th Ave. Hennessey’s Tavern 714 4th Ave. Golden West Hotel 720 4th Ave. Horton 4th Ave. 808 4th Ave. Rei Do Gado 939 4th Ave. Willis Allen Real Estate 360 5th Ave. The Wine Bank 363 5th Ave. Blarney Stone Pub 502 5th Ave. Neuman and Neuman 516 5th Ave. Gaslamp Quarter 614 5th Ave. The Tipsy Crow 770 5th Ave. Maloney’s 777 5th Ave. Louis Bank Lobby 835 5th Ave. Tin Fish 170 6th Ave. Tivoli Bar 505 6th Ave. Union Bank Bldg 530 6th Ave. Ace Hardware 675 6th Ave. Meridian Condos 755 Union St. Marina Park Condos 750 State St. Columbia Towers 904 State St. The Keating Hotel 432 F St. Ralph’s Downtown 101 G St.

MARINA 690 1st Ave. Newbreak Coffee & Cafe 312 3rd Ave. Red Street Rack 555 Front St. Horizons 550 Front St. Pinnacle Museum Tower 550 Front St. Pinade Tower 600 Front St. Front Street Apartments 645 Front St. Renaissance Condos Lobby 500 W Harbor Dr. City Front Terrace 700 W Harbor Dr. Park Place Condos 800 W Harbor Dr. Blue St. Rack Upstart Crow Bookstore 835 W Harbor Dr. 879 W Harbor Dr. Village Coffee 655 India St. Watermark (Guard Station) 101 Market St. Atria 215 W Market St. Union Bank 235 Market St. 235 on Market 250 Market St. Gaslamp Medical Center 265 W Market St. Vertical Village Realty 521 Market St. Hostel International 601 Pacific Hwy. G Street Deli 639 Kettner Blvd. Great Good Realty

Poblano waffles with mole chicken at Saltbox (Courtesy The Nth Element)

Chef Christian Grave (center-right) gathers with his sous chefs and mixologist for the re-opening party at Jsix. (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

The doors have reopened at Jsix in East Village after a radical renovation that took two months to complete. With new interior brick walls and communal tables occupying both the bar and dining areas, the restaurant feels more casual compared to its original high-gloss design. Among the new appointments are wood-framed flat screens above the bar, birdcage lights and a giant photograph of The Gaslamp’s bustling chophouse, Lou & Mickey’s, is preparing for a remodel in the coming months, which will result in new floor-to-ceiling windows, centralized bar seating and a redesigned patio. Word is that the restaurant will stay open throughout most of the redo. Famous for its prime steaks, the menu also features fresh seafood such as live Maine lobsters and wild king crab from the Barents Sea. 224 Fifth Ave., 619237-4900.

the Coronado Bridge dominating a wall in a separate dining area created for private parties and spillover business. Executive Chef Christian Graves and his sous chefs have transformed the menu, adding numerous small plates such as chicken dumplings in consommé, anise-lamb meatballs and farmfresh veggie nibbles. Heading up the revised drink menu is Nate Howell (formerly with Cusp in La Jolla), who has introduced

inventive cocktails using American spirits distilled in various states throughout the country. Breakfast and dinner are served daily, with lunch available Monday through Friday and brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays. 616 J St., 619-531-8744.

The latest and greatest Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from 20 wineries throughout the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County will be available during an afternoon tasting followed by a barbecue dinner, March 30, at Marina Kitchen in the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina hotel. Wine pours by members of the Santa Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance begin at 3 p.m. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $60 for both or $22 for the wine tasting only. 333 W. Harbor Drive, 619-699-8222.

Chad Cline of Waterfront Bar & Grill and Harbor Town Pub has spearheaded the new Werewolf, a pub-like venture in the Gaslamp District that recently replaced Gaijin Noodle + Sake House. With more than 30 beer taps and a cocktail menu in place, the bill of fare includes salads, sandwiches, wings and burgers, one of them named “the triple threat,” which is topped with maple-glazed pork belly and a fried egg. Quirky décor abounds, such as the mind-boggling wall of spent bullet shells. 627 Fourth Ave., 619-234-0094. The East Village will see its first distillery emerge when Old Harbor Distilling opens by early April in a 7,500-square-foot facility that will focus initially on rum production. The venture is being launched by former Hess Brewing Company employee Michael Skubic, who plans to also make whiskeys down the road. Tours of the distillery, which features a tasting room, will be conducted on weekends. 270 17th St.

What cocktails pair best to dishes like diver scallops and beef tenderloin? Find out when Chef Fabrice Hardel of the Westgate Hotel teams up with veteran mixologists from Rumbling Tins Co., during a libation-fueled dinner in the hotel’s Fontainebleau Room, at 6:30 p.m., March 13. The drinks will be prepared directly in front of guests as they learn the history of classic cocktails and how to properly recreate them at home. The cost is $79 per person. 1055 Second Ave., 619-238-1818. Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at fsabatini@

Cocktail and food pairings will be examined at the Westgate Hotel this month. (Courtesy Chemistry PR)


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PA M P E R E D P L AT E S on Prospect Street

(Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

Dining with

Braised short ribs with local vegetables (Courtesy Nine-Ten)


ime and place fell into remarkable alignment for a moment during our dinner at Nine-Ten in La Jolla, where detailed, nouveau dishes synchronize to exceptional white-linen service, but minus the starchy airs that once defined restaurants in this locale. While awaiting dessert I nonchalantly wondered aloud about the time. Beating me in fishing out our cell phones, I assumed my companion was joking when he looked at his screen and responded “nine ten.” Whoa. My phone flashed the same numbers. If this bizarre fluke was the universe confirming we’d come to the right address for an urbane meal laced with intricate flavors, it was a couple hours late in telling us, although magical nonetheless. Located at street level inside the 100-year-old Grande Colonial luxury hotel, Nine-Ten is one of the few restaurants in town that has retained the same chef for at least 10 years. Prior to his arrival, Jason Knibb worked under the tutelage of famed chefs Wolfgang Puck and Roy Yahmagucci. He’s since earned the restaurant copious honors with inventive cuisine that glides across trendy boundaries and changes frequently; with the exception of a few mainstays that include lush sashimi-style yellowtail (or sometimes tuna) dressed in baby shitake mushrooms and scallion vinaigrette. It’s clean, simple and exquisite. Devoted patrons can’t do without his Jamaican-jerk pork belly

either. Although on this particular visit the normally unctuous cube of meat lacked its prized layer of fat. And the Riesling from Mosel, Germany that our waiter paired to the dish exceeded in sweetness the anticipated spiciness on the belly’s crispy exterior. The flavor was nonetheless porky, augmented poetically with micro measures of sweet potato puree, plantains and savory jellies. Another appetizer, “charred broccoli bishop hats pasta,” resembled tortellini and tasted rich at times from shaved egg yolks dusting the dish. Broccoli appeared both inside and outside the house-made pasta pillows as it teamed up with zesty Myer lemon and finely grated Pecorino cheese. Creamy, crunchy, salty and tangy — everything jived. Local organics from Chino Farms took center stage in the “little gems” salad constructed with flash-grilled baby lettuce, mild watermelon radishes and crushed hazelnuts. Somewhere in the scheme were anchovies, invisible to the eye but pokpok ing through with their elusive, meaty flavor.


The soup du jour was a velvety leek and fennel puree bumped up with citrus relish, vanilla bean and marinated shrimp. No one sip tasted the same, which is exactly what kept me engaged to the very end of it. My companion, on the other hand, abandoned his spoon halfway through, terming the flavors as “all over the place.” He soon returned to nirvana, however, with the arrival of Canadian king salmon, lauded for its dense, oily flesh. The entrée involved two thick squares of the fish, seared beautifully with crispy skins and translucent interiors. Knibb’s knack for pairing proteins to the right organics was spot on. Amid dollops of herbaceous stinging nettle puree were carrots roasted in lime ash, tender asparagus and a couple of baby artichoke hearts rising like mini towers from artichoke emulsion. Sitting beneath my chin was a garden of turnips, carrots, spring onions, potatoes and daikon radishes complimenting braised beef short ribs, which rested in a puddle of opulent consommé. Mustard seeds swathed in Korean gochujan sauce graced a few corners of the meat, adding a faint red-chili tang to the flavor profile. As I expected from a seasoned chef like Knibb, these weren’t your everyday, straightforward short ribs flooding most winter menus. Our wine pairings this time around rang of solid marriages — semi-citrusy Aliane Char Chardonnay from France for the salmon and

Canadian king salmon and veggies in artichoke emulsion (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)


910 Prospect St. (La Jolla) 858-964-5400

Prices: appetizers and salads, $13 to $16; entrees, $20 to $37; threecourse prix fixe dinner, $55 or $75 with wine pairings

John Anthony Syrah from Napa Valley singing in perfect harmony with the short ribs. We stuck to glass pours, which don’t exceed $15 across the list. Bottle choices cover a wider gamut, with prices ranging between $32 and $500. There’s also a comfy, intimate bar from which signature cocktails and craft beers originate. Service at Nine-Ten is top notch. The crew is friendly and highly attentive without being obtrusive. Case in point: When I accidentally dropped a fork on the floor, our waiter appeared within seconds to pick it up while another followed behind with a fast replacement. In clumsy moments like this, I greatly appreciated that neither server brought verbal attention to the mishap. Our dinner concluded with confections from locally schooled pastry chef Rachel King, whose

coconut cake with lime puree and mouthwatering passion fruit ice cream wowed us more than her “lemon meringue” with olive oil ice cream. The latter featured an artsy presentation of lemon curd piped across the plate and interspersed with pieces of crispy, lemon-infused meringue and caramelized white chocolate. Dessert lovers looking for a weighty sugar fix might find it too abstract. Nine-Ten’s atmosphere is sophisticated and warmly textured, yet never feels stiff despite its prime location at the south end of Prospect Street. The kitchen also ser ves breakfast and lunch daily, which opens up the morning for that strange coincidence to occur, as you might impulsively check the time while forking into lemon-ricotta pancakes at precisely 9:10 a.m.


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Critics Circle: San Diego’s Tony Awards

A group of winners display their awards at the post-ceremony reception. (Photo by Ion Moe)

Charlene Baldridge Downtown News

Thirty 2013 Craig Noel Awards were handed out Feb. 10 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, in La Jolla, for the annual San Diego Critics Circle Awards. More than 500 actors, directors, patrons and friends turned out to socialize, feast, celebrate and be celebrated. The Critics Circle instituted the awards in 2003 to honor Craig Noel, first artistic director of he Old Globe, who devoted his life to developing and enhancing theater

in San Diego. During his tenure at the Old Globe, Noel staged in excess of 500 productions. Current members of the Critics Circle are David Codden (San Diego CityBeat), Carol Davis (Examiner,, Bill Eadie (,, James Hebert (U-T San Diego), Pat Launer (KSDS-FM), Ruth Lepper (freelance), Jean Lowerison (sdgln. com), Jeff Smith (The Reader), and Anne Marie Welsh (independent arts writer). It was a big night for Moxie Theatre co-founder Delicia Turner

Ten-year old Abby DeSpain (foreground) holds her award for Outstanding Youth Artist; A capacity crowd of 500 guests at the San Diego Theatre Critics’ 2013 Craig Noel Awards ceremony. (Photos by Ion Moe) Sonnenberg, whose production of “The Bluest Eye” (an adaptation of Toni Morrison’s novel, coproduced with Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company) received San Diego Theatre Critics Circle awards for Ensemble, Direction and Outstanding Production. It was also a big night for the Old Globe. Their production of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” received awards for New Musical, Direction of a Musical (Darko Tresnjak), Lead Performance (Jefferson Mays, whose outrageously amusing video acceptance speech was taped back

stage at the Broadway theater where the Tony-Award winning work is still playing, is posted on the Critics Circle web site), Orchestrations (Jonathan Tunick), and Scenic Design (Alexander Dodge). In addition, Miles Anderson received Lead Performance in a Play for Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice,” and Don Sparks got the plaque for Featured Performance as Doolittle in “Pygmalion.” York Kennedy received an award for his lighting of “Other Desert Cities.” Randall Dodge, who received an award for Actor of the Year for

his 2013 body of work, performed in this season’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” His other 2013 credits were two productions of “South Pacific” (Welk Theatre and Moonlight Stage), “The Wizard of Oz” (Moonlight), “Chicago” (Welk), and “The Sound of Music” (San Diego Musical Theatre). Moved to tears and choking up, Dodge called his wife, performer Brenda Dodge, his two young children, and all his directors the Master of Thank You and the key to his amazing success performing in six shows during a single calendar year. For the first time ever there were two Actor of the Year awardees. The other was admired actor Linda Libby, who appeared in “Grey Gardens” at ion theatre and “The Importance of Being Earnest” at Cygnet Theatre Company. “It was a great year,” she said. “As women in theater we fight for parts, sometimes feel we are standing in quicksand. Right now, the floor just got a bit more solid.” Sean Sullivan — an actor raised at the Old Globe who also met his wife Lynne Griffith there — received Solo Performance honors for his San Diego Fringe Festival appearance in Philip Dmitri Glass’s “Baby Redboots Revenge.” Todd Blakesley, a longtime proponent of establishing a San Diego Fringe Festival, accepted the award for Sullivan, paying tribute to Sean’s late mother, Diane Sinor, who worked most of her life at the Globe, first as an actor and then as education director. “Hey, Diane, your kid got a Noelie,” Blakesley said. The Fringe Festival received a Special Event award and so did La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival. In addition to those previously mentioned, Outstanding Performance awards went to Phil Johnson for Bottom in Intrepid Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Musical,” Yolanda Franklin for multiple roles in Diversionary’s “The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler,” Erin Davie and Emily Padgett for La Jolla Playhouse’s “Sideshow,” and Deborah Gilmour Smyth for Lamb’s Players Theatre’s “Wit.” In accepting the award for Smyth, her colleague Cynthia Gerber said that Deborah writes she is south of the border watching whales, drinking tequila with her husband, Robert Smyth, and growing her hair back. Sam Woodhouse received Outstanding Direction of a Musical for his San Diego Repertory Theatre production of “In the Heights,” produced with staff and students from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. The musical’s choreographer, Javier Velasco, was also a winner. Of his theater’s success, Woodhouse said, “I just open the door and invite the right people in to play.” It follows then that San Diego jazz trumpet player Gilbert Castellanos received a special award for Outstanding Musical Performance in a play — the Rep’s “Federal Jazz Project.” A complete list of awards and recipients may be found at the Critics Circle web site, —Charlene Baldridge moved to San Diego from the Chicago area in 1962. She’s been writing about the arts since 1979, and has had her features, critiques, surveys and interviews included in various publications ever since. Her book “San Diego, Jewel of the California Coast” (Northland Publishing) is currently available in bookstores. She can be reached at


Little Italy’s top chef

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Juniper & Ivy to make its culinary debut time and under a lot of great chefs, but this is really exciting and humbling,” Sloan said. Blais gained fame from his participation on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” and his subsequent win on “Top Chef All-Stars.” He’s known for his frequent use of molecular gastronomy in the kitchen. “I’m well-versed in modern techniques, as is Richard,” Sloan said. “But we’re not tr ying to be a modern-focused restaurant, we’re just tr ying to be a good food restaurant.” The chef duo is focused on ser ving fresh ingredients in an unpretentious environment and want guests to be able to tr y new food without breaking the bank. Billed as offering “left coast cooker y,” the restaurant’s ingredient-driven dinner menu will change daily and emphasize locally-curated products. Menu selections will be notably playful and ser ve as conversations starters, evolving daily with the chefs’ inspiration. “Most menus focus on heavy starch, protein and veggies, but we don’t want to get attached to that,” Sloan said. “Someone can come in and have a few snacks or drinks, or a full meal.” Sloan also said they won’t be doing anything standard at Juniper & Ivy. In

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he much-anticipated restaurant led by celebrity chef Richard Blais will open its doors on March 3. Juniper & Ivy will be Blais’ first west coast venture, and will highlight California ingredients on a continually evolving modern American menu. Juniper & Ivy will have an entirely open kitchen, outdoor patio space, and an innovative beverage program. Located in a circa 1920s former roofing company warehouse, the restaurant has preser ved many of the original structural components. Key modern elements such as hickor y-stained tables and bar tops, gray leather booths, and a chandelier made of LED tubes were added to the space to create a juxtaposition of the old and new. The open kitchen is designed to highlight the talent and energy of the culinar y team. As Chef de Cuisine, Jon Sloan will be an integral player, ser ving as Blais’ right-hand man in the kitchen. Sloan has cooked in San Diego for the last six years, most recently as executive chef of Roy’s San Diego Waterfront. “I’ve been working for a really long


ittle Italy San Diego is one of the most popular neighborhoods to explore in America’s Finest City. While there are the obvious highlights like the food, views and shopping, there are also plenty of secrets that the Little Italy Association (LIA) has thought of or hidden in the area that help to make it so special: 1. The trees are planted on the sidewalks approximately 10 walking strides apart. This is intended to soften our urban neighborhood and create a nice canopy of shade and color over the sidewalk.

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stop and smell the roses, stop and read the rich history of Little Italy and the families that helped mold it into what you see today. 5. Twinkle, Twinkle! Little Italy’s signature string lights change out for the holidays — white is the signature strand, multicolor is for the holiday season and Little Italy sees red during February for Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month.

2. The trees and flowers are expertly chosen to mirror the seasons and change out every few months. Have you ever noticed all the falling leaves of the Deciduous trees in Little Italy around September, or the tulips in the spring and poinsettias in December? LIA’s Ornamental Landscapers make sure to create a feeling of seasonality in the community each and every month. 3. Next time you’re in the area, be sure to watch your step for age-old Italian sayings, recipes and proverbs. From Amici Park to India Street and along W. Date Street, bronze plaques with redand-white checkered borders showcase Italian proverbs and quotes from long standing businesses. 4. The stories of our neighborhood and the families that molded Little Italy are also immortalized in granite. When strolling throughout Little Italy, don’t just

fact, they expect to be able to have both a conversation about and stor y behind ever ything they’re doing. His hope is that guests will have a unique experience in a homey atmosphere. Juniper & Ivy is located slightly north of the popular Little Italy dining corridor on Kettner Boulevard between Juniper and Ivy streets. “Little Italy is a growing neighborhood and we’re excited to be a part of that community,” Sloan said. “The way our menu is constructed is different from what’s already in Little Italy.” Also joining the culinar y team is sous chefs Anthony Wells and Bradley Chance, sommelier Tami Wong, and bar manager Jen Queen, who recently received her Master Mezcalier status. Dan Pena is the general manager, and owner Mike Rosen is an investment manager based in La Jolla. Reservations will be available soon. For more information, visit

(Courtesy LIA)

6. Take a seat. Little Italy has purposefully installed dozens of outdoor seating areas with umbrellas and piazzas, encouraging residents and visitors to sit, enjoy their cappuccinos and take a few deep breaths as they relax and unwind in the neighborhood. 7. Walk it out. Little Italy has also created a one-mile marked walking loop that does not cross any major intersections right in the middle of the neighborhood, perfect for a guided exploration of this bellisimo place by the sea! 8. History in the palm of your hand. Be sure to download the «San Diego›s Little Italy» mobile application, available on iTunes and Google Play, for a historic tour of San Diego’s Little Italy and compare the historic photos in the application to what you could be standing in front of. To learn more about Little Italy, visit To experience our neighborhood, come visit any time and discover more hidden gems and secrets of this Italian masterpiece!

Owner Chef Richard Blais was a Top Chef All Stars winner

Chef de Cuisine Jon Sloan (Courtesy Eater San Diego)


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an important meeting, to bridal and gal pal party groups, to solo guests, are all welcoming the unique luxury styling. Owners Corinne Lam and Jessica Luni are the “Salonnieres” leading their team of couture level stylists, with “Art of a Blow Dry” advanced certification from Ergo Inc. Third partner Anthony Lam is also an internationally trained hair stylist who owns Zenbi, an upscale salon in Rancho Bernardo with his wife, Corinne. Visit them in person, online or by phone.

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David Stone (center in purple) with Photocharity staff (Courtesy Jeffrey Sitcov)

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Downtown Realtor David Stone cares. So much so, Stone is willing to donate 10 percent of his commissions toward charitable causes. “When my wife and I started this brokerage a little over two years ago we wanted to start something that resonated with us, that felt good,” Stone said. “That was giving back.” Ever since, Stone and his wife Monica have faithfully contributed to numerous local charities. “It’s been everything from Monarch School [serving K-12 students impacted by homelessness] to Kid’s Court to Mama’s Kitchen [benefiting AIDS victims],” Stone said. The Stones’ business name, Greater Good, reflects the couples’ philanthropic bent. “We spent time trying to determine a name that we thought truly was what we were doing, what we were trying to accomplish,” Stone said. “Fortunately, that domain was available as well as the phone number 619-GREATER (473-2837) that we also have.” Their business name “Greater Good” also fits well with their business tag line, “providing expert real estate services with a passion for community.” A printer-turned Realtor and Pittsburgh native who came to San Diego by way of Chicago, Ill., Stone is also a hat aficionado. “That’s my schtick,” he said, sporting one of his daily headpieces, which hang on the wall of his office at 639 Kettner Blvd. between G Street and Harbor Drive and adjacent to the trolley track. Stone talked about the criteria the couple use when choosing charities to donate to. “First we want them to be truly local organizations,” he said. “Number two, children and teens resonate more with us, so we enjoy participating with types of organizations that serve those groups.” The Stones have some lofty goals for their philanthropy. “We’ve stated from day one that we want to be the first real estate company to be able to donate more than $1 million to charity,” Stone said. How near are they to achieving that goal? “Nowhere close,” Stone answered with a laugh, but he was

quick to add they’ve only been at it a couple of years. “We’ve contributed tens of thousands of dollars, slicing off and donating from every [real estate] transaction,” he said. “We’ve put $10,000 into our donation account so that when we stumble upon organizations like Photocharity, we’re able to donate. It’s not like we have to sell so many houses this month to be able to donate. We want to make sure that we’re proactive in our savings for charities.” One charity on the receiving end of the Stones’ largess is Photocharity, a nonprofit that rescues homeless teens from the street. Photocharity is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for charitable organizations that empower youth to make better choices. Homeless and disadvantaged youth have been the group’s prime area of focus over the organization’s 12-plus years. Youth benefit through fundraising events, public outreach and programs that include public speaking, music and photography. “David Stone has got a big heart,” said Jeffrey Sitcov, owner/founder of Photocharity, about one of his 40 or so patrons whom he calls “angels.” [Stone] actually went to the walk we had last year and was very touched listening to homeless youth speaking,” Sitcov said. “He said, ‘I want to help more.’ Now he’s one of our major sponsors.” Sitcov noted Photocharity needs to “find more people like David Stone,” to help reduce the shockingly high number of approximately 3,000 homeless teens countywide. “We go out on the streets and find these kids and bring them into shelters,” he said, adding that Photocharity also offers kids a way out of homelessness through its award-winning music and arts program, as well as providing other wrap-around services such as free medical care. “We give them a hand-up, not a handout,” Sitcov said. “People have no clue there are that many of those kids in our community because they’re hidden. It’s mind boggling that there’s no place for these kids to go.” Sitcov said Photocharity has an excellent track record in rescuing homeless youth. “We’ve helped 1,800 kids get into housing,” he said. “We just

need to find more David Stones so that we can help more kids.” Sitcov and his patrons, including Stone, are gearing up for Photocharity’s big fundraising gala, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel. For more information about Photocharity and its activities, visit Stone said the 10 percent figure they use for charitable donations is just a round number to work with. He hopes he and his wife’s charitable giving can be sustainable. “Will it go up in the future? Hopefully. Will it go down? Hopefully not,” he said. “It’s [10 percent] just a good solid number that people will recognize and appreciate and know that it’s not nickels and dimes, that it’s real dollars that are going back to the community.” Is the Stones’ model for charitable donation something that can be replicated? “Absolutely,” Stone said. “There are other organizations — not necessarily in the real estate industry — that have their philanthropic divisions and endeavors.” While he understands not everyone can give the same amount that he and his wife have committed to do, Stone said there are ways we all can help others in need. “It doesn’t have to be 10 percent,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be one percent. If you have the funds to do it — then go ahead.” Stone noted there are other ways, short of money, to contribute to charity. “You can do sweat equity, like participating in organizations like Habitat For Humanity, where you don’t have to donate money,” he suggested. “You just donate your time, muscle and sweat to make it happen. If everyone did that, just think of the difference we could make.” For more information about the Stones and their boutique Downtown San Diego real estate office, call 619-473-2837) or visit — Dave Schwab came to San Diego 30 years ago with a journalism degree from Michigan State University and has worked and freelanced for numerous dailies, weeklies and other regional publications. He can be reached at

Downtown San Diego is cautiously emerging from the trials and tribulations of a tough economy as evidenced by rising sale prices, new businesses opening, construction of rental units and commercial development. Compared to the average residential sale prices of 2007 in each of the neighborhoods, 2013 sales averages are now at 86 percent of those peak values. One or two more years of modest and stable appreciation will put most of Downtown back to pre-recession values. And, this will generate more confidence in developers and commercial lenders and fuel even more new construction. A few months ago we celebrated the opening of the new Downtown Librar y followed by The Headquarters at Seaport Village. Sometime this year it is expected that Bosa Development will break ground on their high-rise tower on Pacific Highway and Broadway, bringing much needed new product to the market. The Convention Center will be moving for ward with their planned expansion and the first of two hotels slated for Lane Field will begin construction this summer. The Horton Plaza Park redevelopment will be completed this year. The Ballpark Village is an ambitious East Village development by JMI Development, which will be even more exciting if a new Chargers stadium wins approval for the site just east of Petco Park. Our new mayor, Kevin Faulconer is a supporter of the project and has pledged to find a way to get it financed. All of these components together signal a return to a vibrant economy with a skyline of construction cranes, jobs and renewed interest in city living. It is no longer premature to state the worst is behind us and the recession is officially over in Downtown San Diego. —Raye Scott - Agent/Principal, Scott~Finn, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Real Estate Spotlight Greater Good Realty 639 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101 619-GREATER | Greater Good Realty is located in the heart of the Marina District and specializes in luxur y condo sales throughout Downtown. In addition to providing expert real estate ser vices, our brokerage donates 10 percent of our commissions to local charities and non-profit organizations. We love making a difference in our neighborhood! You have many choices when selecting a Realtor to assist you in your real estate transactions. Of course, we would love for you to select Greater Good Realty but if you don’t choose us, make it a local independent brokerage and help keep your dollars in our local economy! If you would like information on how Greater Good Realty can assist you, just contact us by phone, on the web, or in person, our Marketing Showroom is located just a few blocks away from Seaport Village. Check out our Downtown condo building videos on our website.

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A new lease on cuisine

Café 21 to move into former Croce’s space

An artist’s rendering of the new look at a prime Downtown location for Café 21 (Courtesy Point of Departure) Frank Sabatini Jr. Downtown News

One of the hottest pieces of commercial real estate in the Gaslamp District — left vacant by Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar in January — has been snapped up by San Diego restaurateurs Alex and Leyla Javadov. The couple, who operate Café 21 in a smaller space down the street, will move their popular restaurant into the historic Keating Building at 802 Fifth Ave. around April 1.

“We started a 10-year lease at the new property,” said Javadoz, whose wife, Leyla, oversees a seasonal menu that incorporates Eurasian influences from the couple’s native homeland of Azerbaijan. Their original Café 21, which opened several years ago in Normal Heights, remains in operation. Croce’s left the highly visible venue after a 30-year run, moving its supper-club operation to 2760 Fifth Ave. in Bankers Hill and renaming it Croce’s Park West.

The Javadovs, in the meantime, fast-tracked into the lease agreement amid several other competitors eyeing the space, saying that the property’s landlord, Edward Kaen, has been a frequent diner at Café 21.

San Diego Downtown News | March 2014 “We had been thinking about moving into a bigger place for a while,” Javadov said. “And when Eddy told us about the opening, we put in our offer.” The 10-year lease is reportedly valued at $3 million. A major redesign by local architectural firm, Point of Departure, is underway. “It’s an eclectic space with very good bones,” said the firm’s owner, Jason Maune. “We’re incorporating elements of Azerbaijan and Eastern Europe with lots of textures, patterns and colors, but translating them into a more modern approach. It will look and feel dramatically different compared to Croce’s.” The remodel, he added, includes new lighting fixtures and a living wall behind the bar for growing herbs, which Javadov said will be used in craft cocktails. A meeting room for conventioneers is also being added, as well as new cooking and baking equipment coming in to the existing kitchen. Café 21’s eclectic menu will remain largely the same, but with a few comforting additions that include house-made Azerbaijani bread, called tandir, and Turkish coffee brewed in hot sand, a revival of an ancient technique. “We’ll also be using more local farms for buying ingredients, and we’ll increase our selection of local wines and beers,” Javadov said.


In keeping with the venue’s tradition for live music, Javadov is reaching out to local bands, which he will begin introducing during brunch service on Saturdays and Sundays and “most likely” on Friday and Saturday nights. “We love jazz, but I’m not saying that it will be just jazz music that we’ll doing.” Café 21’s move into larger quarters, he added, will result in about 20 additional staffers, and more importantly, fewer customer lines outside the door. “We’ve been Downtown for three years now and we’ve been doing great. But we don’t feel comfortable having people wait to eat.” Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the café will continue operating at its original Downtown location (750 Fifth Ave.) right up until it reopens at the new address. For updates, call 619795-0721 or visit the web site at: —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began writing about food two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. He has since covered the culinary scene extensively for NBC, Pacific San Diego Magazine, San Diego Downtown News, San Diego Uptown News, Gay San Diego, and Living in Style Magazine. You can reach him at


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FRIDAY – FEB 28 Yoga for Boomers & Beyond: Every Friday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Yoga One, 1150 Seventh St., Downtown. $10 suggested donation. For more info, call 619294-7461. Gaslamp walkabout: Join Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout. This week, a section of the Gaslamp Quarter, meet at Sixth Avenue & Broadway (SW corner) at 10 a.m. For more info, visit walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. SATURDAY – MARCH 1 Little Italy Mercato: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE Behind the Scenes: Tour the historic Balboa Theatre from 10 – 11 a.m. 619-570-1100. 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 SUNDAY – MARCH 2 Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 400 block of Third Ave. between Island Ave. and J St. – FREE Coronado Concert Series: Blue Frog Band, 2 – 5 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE MONDAY – MARCH 3 Senior Monday at the Fleet: 10:30 a.m. lecture “Watching stars die: the hunt for supernova progenitors,” 2 p.m. IMAX film “Cosmic Voyage” at noon, plus Science Center exhibits, only $8 for seniors 65 and older. Reuben H. Fleet Space Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. Visit or call 619-2381233. Coronado Concert Series: Blue Frog Band, 1 – 3 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE TUESDAY – MARCH 4 Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE Mardi Gras Celebration: Two parades, music and beads

take over San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. 619-233-5227. San Diego Shakespeare Society: Open reading – read any scene you like by anyone night. Anyone can join in or just listen. Informal café-style seating. First Tuesdays, 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. For more info call 619-333-0141 – FREE Live Music — Gar y Numan: New Wave music with Big Black Delta, and Roman Remains. Presented by the Casbah, 9 p.m. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Tickets $25, call 858-481-8140 or visit

WEDNESDAY – MARCH 5 Young Lions Music Series: Kicking off tonight, this new series will feature a new “young rising star” chosen by Gilbert Castellanos every Wednesday. Castellanos will also join in during the first set. 7 p.m. Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest. com. THURSDAY – MARCH 6 Live Music — Groovin for a Cure: Pine Mountain Logs and Austin Burns, a benefit, 5:30 p.m. $100 general admission. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Tickets $25, call 858-4818140 or visit FRIDAY – MARCH 7 Yoga for Boomers & Beyond: Every Friday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Yoga One, 1150 Seventh St., Downtown. $10 suggested donation. For more info, call 619294-7461. Marina walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout at 10 a.m. This week, Marina. For more info and meet-up location, visit or sign up for their newsletter. Live Music – The Ataris: Part of the pop-punk band’s “So Long, Astoria” reunion Tickets start at $20. Doors open at 6 p.m., House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave. More info at houseofblues. com. Live Music – Sue Palmer: Join the Queen of Boogie Woogie in the new Expatriate Room. 8:30 p.m. $5 cover if dining, $10 music only. Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619233-4355 or visit crocesparkwest. com.

SATURDAY – MARCH 8 Second Saturday Science Club for Girls: Get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day by experimenting with color-changing cabbage juice and harnessing the power of a potato. If you have the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, you might even find a rainbow!. Grades 5 – 8, 12 noon – 2 p.m. Members $12, non-members $14. Reuben H. Fleet Space Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more info visit or pre-register 619-238-1233 x806. Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE Opera – A Masked Ball: By Giusseppe Verdi. Inspired by the real-life assassination of King Gustav III, this opera is “powerful, threatening, dangerous and romantic.” 7 p.m. No late seating. AFTERGLOW: Immediately after, join cast, chorus, orchestra and crew in Beverly Sills Salon to discuss the opera. Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., Downtown. For more info visit sandiegotheatres. org or call 619-570-1100. Live Music – Teagan Taylor Trio: Original music, standards and contemporary jazz-pop. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE SUNDAY – MARCH 9 Coronado Concert Series: Swamp Critters, 2 – 5 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE MONDAY – MARCH 10 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE PBID Advisor y Board: Every second Tuesday the Downtown Property Business Improvement District (PBID) Advisory Board offers the public an opportunity for comment at beginning of meeting. 3 p.m. 401 B St., Suite 100. For more info visit TUESDAY – MARCH 11 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit WEDNESDAY – MARCH 12 Art Exhibit: “At the end of

the day: an exhibition of new work by Andrew Printer.” Two bodies of work that are an intersection of domestic life and queer lifestyle, camp and documentary, tragic and comic. Gallery hours: 11 – 4 p.m. Space 4 Art 325 15th Street 619-269-7230.

THURSDAY – MARCH 13 Live Music – The New Slide Quartet: Join Dave Scott, Marshall Hawkins, Brett Sanders, Joshua White and the legendary Daniel Jackson in the new Expatriate Room. 7 p.m. $5 cover if dining, $10 music only. Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-2334355 or visit crocesparkwest. com. FRIDAY – MARCH 14 Yoga for Boomers & Beyond: Every Friday, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Yoga One, 1150 Seventh St. Downtown. $10 suggested donation. For more info, call 619294-7461. East Village walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout at 10 a.m. This week, East Village. For more info and meet-up location, visit downtownsandiego. org/clean-safe/walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. Live Music – Umphrey’s McGee with California Honeydrops: Doors open at 7 p.m. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave. Tickets start at $22.50. More info at Kettner Nights: Second Fridays in Little Italy North (Kettner between India and Laurel streets) in the art and design district. 6–8 p.m. – FREE SATURDAY – MARCH 15 Coronado Art Walk: Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Live Music – Stacey & the Stimulators: Soul rockin’ jazz and blues. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-2324855 or – FREE SUNDAY – MARCH 16 Opera – A Masked Ball: By Giusseppe Verdi. Inspired by the real-life assassination of King Gustav III, this opera is “powerful, threatening, dangerous and romantic.” 2 p.m. No late seating. Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., Downtown. For more info visit or call 619570-1100. Coronado Concert Series:

Breez’N, 2 – 5 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE

MONDAY – MARCH 17 ** ST. PATRICK’S DAY ** City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE Upstart Crow Book Club: Meets third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. This month’s book is “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall. To join, speak to a clerk or email upstartcrow@ Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or visit TUESDAY – MARCH 18 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration is required. 21+. 6 – 9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. For more info visit WEDNESDAY – MARCH 19 Live Music – Young Lions Music Series: Featuring a new “young rising star” chosen by Gilbert Castellanos every Wednesday. Castellanos will also join in during the first set. 7 p.m. $5 cover in the Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-2334355 or visit crocesparkwest. com. Casbah presents St. Vincent: Doors open at 7 p.m. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave. Tickets start at $25. More information at Open Mic Poetr y: Guest poet is Brendon Constantine. Read your poetry to the group or just listen. 7 – 8:45 p.m. Limited seating. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE THURSDAY – MARCH 20 Floral Design Class: Flowers & Art for your home and beyond, offered by San Diego Floral. Classes are $15 and limit-

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CALENDAR ed to 15 people. 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon Casa del Prado, 1650 El Prado Dr., Room 104, Balboa Park. More info call 619-232-5762.

FRIDAY – MARCH 21 Upper East Village walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout. This week, Upper East Village. For more info and meet-up location, visit downtownsandiego. org/clean-safe/walkabouts/ or sign up for their newsletter. Live Music — Steve Poltz: Final “ROCK in the PARK” at The Fleet, inspired by current exhibition, “GUITAR: The Instrument that Rocked the World.” Benefit and special tribute for the late Loren Nancarrow. 7 p.m. $30 at door, $25/$22 advance. RH Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. For more info visit SATURDAY – MARCH 22 Live Music – The Rollers: A Beatles Tribute band. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE SUNDAY – MARCH 23 Coronado Concert Series: Dixie Jazz Katz, 2 – 5 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece, tonight – “Purple Poppies in a Vase.” All supplies included, registration is required. 21+up, $45. 1 – 4 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. Visit

CALENDAR/NEWS Live Music: Rhys Darby of Flight of the Conchords with JJ Whitehead. 8 p.m. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Tickets $33-57, call 858-481-8140 or visit

TUESDAY – MARCH 25 Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change each Tuesday. Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. For more info visit visit/Tuesdays. Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE Author reading: Joshua Fields Millburn discusses his “why to” book. 6:30 p.m. . 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE WEDNESDAY – MARCH 26 Painting and Vino: Local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece, tonight – Van Gogh’s “Cypress Tree.” All supplies included, registration is required. 21+up, $45. 6 – 9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. Visit THURSDAY – MARCH 27 Live Music – Gilbert Castellanos: Join Gilbert and his new The Park West Ensemble in the new Expatriate Room. 7 p.m. $5 cover if dining, $10 music only. Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Call 619-233-4355 or visit —Please send items for inclusion to Editor Morgan M. Hurley at


CLEANSAFE what made the transition down here a little easier because there is such a willingness between the police dept and social services and others to work on projects together.” Under Loofburrow’s tenure, Clean & Safe expanded and strengthened the Partnership’s homeless outreach through their Work Your Way Home program and their Make Change Count donations stations, and worked closely with outreach partners Connections Housing, Rachel’s Place, St. Vincent DePaul, the SDPD’s own homeless outreach team (HOT) and many others. “At the end of the day, what you are trying to accomplish is a livable and enjoyable Downtown and that is only achieved through collaborations,” Loofburrow said. “[We] have done an excellent job of getting that together for Downtown.” Although he may be modest regarding his personal stake in creating a community that Downtown residents are proud of, Downtown Partnership CEO and President Kris Michell lauded Loofburrow’s individual impact. “Ryan has been instrumental in our efforts to revamp and revitalize the Clean & Safe program, and we would not be where we are today without his thoughtful, steady leadership,” Michell said in a statement. Stepping into Loofburrow’s shoes is Bahija Hamraz, current vice president of district programs with the Downtown Partnership. “I very much look up to Ryan and all the work that he has done and I’ve learned quite a bit from him,” Hamraz said. “Although we’re all sad for him to be leaving, knowing that that opportunity was available, I was very excited to even be considered.” Hamraz, who has been with Downtown Partnership for four years, started out in accounting, where she put her strong background in finance to work, but she soon longed for a change of pace. “I wanted to connect more with the community in an outward facing role,” she said. When the Partnership reorganized two years ago, it enabled Hamraz to step forward into a

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new position, one that took her out into the community to share with people what the Clean & Safe program was all about. She’s been working hand-in-hand with Loofburrow and his team ever since. “There is no one else in the organization or in the area that knows Clean & Safe better and has the relationship with my staff or with the contacts we have through our staff, so it was just a natural fit,” Loofburrow said. “Bahija will be as amazing in this role as she has been in every other initiative she has tackled,” Michell stated. “Her knowledge, passion and creativity will ensure that we are delivering a Downtown that is clean, safe and engaging.” A native of Vancouver, B.C. Hamraz moved to San Diego with her family while still in middle school. She will take over the executive directorship March 4, but said she doesn’t see any changes on the horizon. “Ryan put in all the systems and the organization runs like a machine,” she said. “Everybody that works here knows what they are doing and is an expert in their particular area. So I think the biggest hurdle for me will be to make sure that I allow them to shine. “That’s what I want to do, I want to really foster their careers and allow them to be great at what they are doing and continue to build on the momentum that Ryan’s built,” Hamraz said. Though there are many programs within the Clean & Safe organization that are churning along, a favorite of Hamraz’s is the weekly Walkabouts. “[The walkabouts] really give you a chance to get out there,” she said. “First of all, get away from the desk, second of all get out there and really get to know your community, and then third, you can see first hand from other people what’s bothering them and you see it through their eyes and you realize ‘this is easy we can get this fixed at no cost or low cost and it will really help this person’ and I’m really excited to do that.” Greg Parkington, former policy advisor for Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner, has been tapped to replace Hamraz and will also start March 4. For more information about the Clean & Safe Program, visit clean-safe.



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While her underwater still photos have been published internationally, the focus of her work has been producing marine wildlife documentary films. Michele said she strives to make family-friendly films that raise awareness and an increase appreciation for the marine environment. For showtimes of “Journey to the South Pacific” visit

Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald Local filmmakers dive deep The Reuben H. Fleet’s current IMAX “Journey to the South Pacific” can best be described as a two-parter. It begins with the simple life of a native boy and the second half is a plunge into tropical waters. The film, narrated by Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, features stunning underwater photography by Del Mar’s veteran filmmakers and ocean explorers, Howard and Michele Hall. The trip goes to the islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. You will join Jawi, a young island boy, as he leads a journey of discoveries. Howard Hall, director of underwater photography, and Michele Hall (underwater photographer), both attended the Fleet’s premiere on Feb. 12 to discuss the film and their work, including their filming of some of the most diverse marine ecosystems on Earth. “Enormous whale sharks, sea turtles and manta rays come within touching range,” Howard said. “To tell the [complete] story, four camera teams made a 65-hour trip from the U.S. to West Papua with 25,000 pounds of equipment.” One team explored the islands’ native life, two others did the intricate art of underwater shooting amidst unpredictable conditions. The fourth is an aerial team that captured the inspiring perspectives. Howard Hall is a pioneer of underwater IMAX films. Previously he directed Into the Deep, Island of the Sharks and Deep Sea 3D, and is a multiple Emmy Award winner. Michele Hall entered the field of documentary filmmaking in 1991, following nearly two decades as a pediatric nurse.

Muscle cars at 50 The Auto Museum has lined up a dozen cars from local owners to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the muscle car era. There are some who might argue muscle car emphasis really dates back to the Muroc Dry Lake runs in the 1930s or, possibly, the dominate Oldsmobile Rocket 88 that blew the doors

GTO,” he said. “They were the hot cars that excelled on the freeways until 1973.” The Big Four (Ford, Chrysler, GM, and American Motors) produced, essentially, factory-built race cars for the general public. The muscle car, as it was labeled later on, was an intermediate sized, basic model with the largest engine available from the factory — a young man’s fantasy ride. It all came to an end with the oil crisis of 1973, insurance providers coming to the realization of who was driving these cars, and, to some extent, a change in the American psyche in terms of the social good and the environment of muscle cars. The opening reception is Friday, Feb. 28 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. For more information, visit

(top) Director Greg MaGillvray films in Papua West; (bottom, l to r) the Coral Triangle; Jawa (center) is a focus of the film. (Courtesy R.H. Fleet Science Center) off others in 1949-50 stock car racing. But it can’t be denied that from 1964 to 1973 Detroit automakers enjoyed the run. Research Director Kenn Colclasure, who put the interesting museum display together, said the show will continue through May 31. “We’ll have the pick from muscle car era that had featured the Buick GSX, Olds 442, Chevrolet, Plymouth Barracuda, Dodge Charger and the Pontiac


Elsewhere in the Park Local award-winning, singersongwriter Steve Poltz will headline the final “ROCK in the PARK” concert at the Fleet Science Center on March 21 ... The House of Pacific Relations will resume its Sunday (noon – 4 p.m.) open house programs that will continue through October, and feature music, dance, traditional costumes, arts, crafts, and ethnic food.

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Bodhi Veterinary Clinic and Animal Hospital is a full-service, state-of-the-art hospital in North Park. We are open seven days a week and offer extended hours for your convenience. Our doctors and staff are an experienced, compassionate team dedicated to giving you and your pet the best medicine in a comfortable atmosphere. As a veterinary-owned and -operated practice, we are excited to offer the community the highest level of care at competitive prices. Recently, we revised the cost of our spay/neuter and dental services to work with a range of budgetary needs. We pledge to partner with owners to enhance both the health and life of their pets. Bodhi is committed to improving the community in which we work and live. From helping to reduce pet overpopulation, to sponsoring events such as the Golden Hills Street Fair and San Diego Pride, we are privileged to be part of the central San Diego neighborhoods. If you haven’t been to Bodhi before, we invite you to stop by for a tour. If you haven’t been around for awhile, come meet our new team let us know how we can better serve you. You’ll find us on University Avenue with open doors and a full treat jar.

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dedicated to providing efficient high quality veterinary care. Our staff is well equipped and our patients enjoy clean and roomy quarters with a safe and secure outdoor area for recovery, rehabilitation, and exercise. Veterinary services provided by Amici Pet Hospital of Little Italy include: wellness exams, surgery, vaccinations, spay & neuter, flea control, microchips, dental care, digital radiology, lab work, pharmacy, vet consultations, diet (advice & products), and more! Visit our website or call us today to schedule a tour. If you haven’t been around for awhile, come meet our new team let us know how we can better serve you. You’ll find us on University Avenue with open doors and a full treat jar.


Canine heartworm disease By Dr. Raffy Dorian Did you know there is a worm transmitted by mosquito bites that can live in your dog’s heart? Canine heartworm infections occur throughout the United States. All dogs are susceptible to heartworm infection and they are considered to be the final host for heartworms. However, heartworms may infect more than thirty species of animals, including coyotes, foxes, wolves, domestic cats and ferrets, sea lions and humans as well. When a mosquito carrying infective heartworm larvae bites a dog and transmits the infection, the larvae grow and develop over a period of several months. The mature worms reside in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels. Heartworms become fully grown about one year after infection, and their life span in dogs can be five to seven years. Heartworm infections may cause lung, heart, liver and kidney disease. A dog with mild heartworm infection may appear to be perfectly normal. Severely affected dogs may show signs of rightsided heart failure such as labored breathing, coughing and lethargy. Additional symptoms may include decreased appetite, weight loss and fainting. Antigen blood tests are used to detect canine heartworm infections. Young heartworms can be detected in the blood about six months after infection. X-rays of the heart and lungs can be used to evaluate the severity of the disease and to develop a treatment plan. Enlargement of the heart chamber and the presence of heartworms within the heart can be evaluated with ultrasonography. While treatment of canine heartworm disease is usually successful, it can be expensive and challenging. Prevention of the disease is much safer and more economical. The American Heartworm Society is now recommending year-round prevention. Before starting a preventive program, all dogs that could possibly be infected with mature heartworms should be tested. There are a variety of options for preventing heartworm infection, including daily and monthly tablets and monthly topical medications. These products are extremely safe and effective. As an added benefit, most monthly heartworm preventives have activity against intestinal parasites. Administering medications properly and consistently can prevent heartworm infections. It is important to discuss with your veterinarian a preventative health plan for your pet. This will allow you to find the best option to protect your beloved pet from heartworm infections. —Dr. Dorian owns Market Street Veterinary Clinic, located at 1051 Market St. in the East Village neighborhood of Downtown San Diego. His doctors are all highly experienced, licensed veterinarians who treat cats, dogs, reptiles, amphibians and pocket pets, and also serve other neighborhoods including the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Bankers Hill and The Marina District. Contact them at 619-230-1220 or


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‘The Winter’s Tale’ marks Edelstein’s directorial debut “The Winter’s Tale” Through March 16 The Old Globe Tues – Fri 8 p.m. Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 2 & 7 p.m. 1363 Old Globe Way $29 and up 619-23-GLOBE (234-5623)

Natacha Roi as Hermione in William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale.” (Photo by Jim Cox) Charlene Baldridge Downtown News

Two kings, a pregnant queen, an infamous bear (”exit, pursued by ...”), a storm to put “Lear” to shame, almost enough metronomes to satisfy Györgi Ligeti, a bunch of Bohemian bumpkins, and a child appropriately named Perdita — add to these one king’s catastrophic jealous rage, a pronouncement from the Oracle at Delphi, and two of Shakespeare’s strongest women, and you have “The Winter’s Tale” as staged by Barry Edelstein, a noted Shakespeare scholar and director who became Globe artistic director just a year ago. Admittedly this writer’s favorite Shakespeare romance, the play is set in motion

by the jealous rage of Sicilia’s King Leontes (film and TV star Billy Campbell), who suspects that his queen, Hermione (Natacha Roi) and their houseguest, Bohemia’s King Polixenes (Paul Michael Valley), are having an affair, and further, that the child she carries almost to term is not his but Polixenes’. Leontes orders Camillo (Cornell Womack) to kill the Bohemian king, and Camillo, sensing the wrong-headedness of this, flees and takes Polixenes with him. In addition to Hermione, Shakespeare’s other strong woman is the fierce courtier Paulina (Angel Desai), whose husband, Antigonus (Mark Nelson), falls victim to the bear when he takes the spurned infant Perdita (played at 16 in Act II by Maya Kazan) to exile on the shores of Bohemia. Never

mind that Bohemia has no coastline. Perhaps the most tragic casualty of Leontes’ rage is his son Mamillius (appealing and natural 12-year-old Jordi Bertran), who is torn from his mother. In Bohemia, Perdita is rescued and raised as his own daughter by an Old Shepherd (Mark Nelson), whose son is a Clown (Brendan Spieth). She falls in love with Florizel (A.Z. Kelsey), Polixenes’ son. Uninvited to the harvest festival that will celebrate their engagement is a dastardly pickpocket named Autolycus (Paul Kandel), intent on foiling the play’s happy ending and furious when he actually moves the plot toward a wondrous, magical denouement in Sicilia. Blessedly, all the actors speak the same language. To his credit, Edelstein uses many young actors from the Old Globe/USD MFA program. Campbell, seen here previously in John Rando’s 1997 production of “The Comedy of Errors” and Brendon Fox’s 2003 production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” is impressive in limning a possible insanity defense for Leontes’ actions. During Hermione’s imprisonment he becomes wan and almost catatonic, and upon hearing news of and witnessing his loved ones’ deaths he is convincing in his histrionic grief. Those who are able to push away their inner “yes, but” voices during a production of “The Winter’s Tale” are rewarded, despite having to endure the tedious clowns (the writer admits prejudice against bumpkins), intensified by Kandel’s song-anddance caterwauling and shtick. The directorial application of metronomes (tempus fugit) and a plethora of keyboards — including a charming, practical toy grand piano, an upright, a concert grand and even a rude pump organ — is enjoyable but stretched a bit beyond the metaphoric pale. Furthermore, the music sometimes obfuscates text. Music director Taylor Peckham visibly

and excellently performs Michael Torke’s brilliant original score, written for Edelstein’s 2003 Broadway production, which originated at New York’s Classic Stage Company. It puts one in mind of Gershwin on Satie and impending dissonance. Wilson Chin’s scenic design is wondrous, especially as lighted by Russell H. Champa. Judith Dolan’s sumptuous gowns are absolutely luscious, and Fitz Patton is the sound designer. Hopefully he will tweak the balance. Now that the Edelstein Old Globe directorial debut has come and gone, patrons look forward to a future rife with intelligence, excellence and stability.

(foreground) Billy Campbell as Leontes and Mark Nelson as Antigonus (Photo by Jim Cox)

Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro Dress & Cover The Veterans Museum was the location for the first annual charity “Dress & Cover” for the National Women Veterans Association of America (NWVAA). Monserrat Yakimowich, events director was on hand to greet the guests, Pinups for Patriots were host and the program creator was Kalen Arreola. Gia-Nina Badaracco sang an amazing rendition of the National Anthem. Tara Jones, founder & president of NWVAA, spoke about all facets of this organization, which benefits women veterans. Chris Apodaca from Broadview Mortgage also spoke about how wonderful it was for them to support the veterans and sponsor this worthy cause. The event featured a vintage fashion show with Bettie Page designs, which offers a twist on 40s clothing with a modern flair. They support animal welfare and none of their clothing is made of fur or leather. Erin Fader Jewelry and headwear by Diana Cavagnaro Couture Millinery complimented the garments. The show was produced by ABIDE Fashions. For more info, visit

FASHION Puppy Love The latest new fashion trend is bringing your dog to events and San Diego is a very dog-friendly town. City Dog hosted “Puppy Love” at the Hotel Indigo on Feb. 13, featuring Valentine Canines & Cocktails. A huge crowd congregated with their dogs on the rooftop overlooking the San Diego skyline to enjoy the Valentine cocktails. Each guest received a fabulous goody bag with doggie treats. A raffle was held with all proceeds going to the Humane Society. Veterinarians Dr. Marla Saltzman & Dr. Crystal Van Lom was on hand to answer questions and talk with people about Amicia Pet Hospital, a new veterinary clinic in Little Italy. Additional information was given for upcoming dog events. Get more dog news by visiting Earthborn Holistic was also on hand with samples of their natural food for dogs, and Small Batch spoke about their organic dog food. The Honest Kitchen carries dehydrated food for both cats & dogs — just add water and it becomes four times the original weight. If you missed this Canine Cocktail event, visit for upcoming dates. Love your pet day Alexander Salazar Fine Art Gallery held a special exhibition to celebrate Love Your Pet Day showcasing Artist Stephen Fishwick on Feb. 20. Everyone was invited to bring his or her pet and enjoy Fishwick’s animal art collection. Guests arrived with Fido and had a chance to chat with the artist, enjoy his paintings or commission him for a special painting of their pet. As a special bonus Fishwick treated everyone to a live portrait of a cute black and white puppy (Eduardo). The painting was created right before their eyes in a matter of minutes using a black canvas with acrylics, and the crowd was in awe of the finished product. Fishwick has a list of professional clients that include Disney, the San Diego Zoo, Elvis Presley’s Graceland, and more.

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Artist Stephen Fishwick and Alexander Salazar with Mick (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro) The Fishwick’s for Life collection raises awareness to save habitats and animals. A percentage of his artwork and merchandise go to Stephen’s non-profit conservation partners, such as San Diego Zoo, Wild Wonders and San Diego Humane Society. For more information on this talented artist visit Upcoming events March 7 | Fashion Redux! — at the San Diego History Center. This Finale Party will announce the winner from the 4 top designers from San Diego Mesa College. These contemporary garments were inspired by 1930’s and will be on exhibit through March 9. To RSVP call: (619) 2326203, ext. 129. April 4 | Gold Diggers “Hats off to San Diego, there’s no place like home” — Includes the Betty Mabee Hat Parade and the beneficiary of the event will be Polinsky

Children’s Center Auxiliary. For more info contact Leslie Carter at 858-750-1832. April 27 | Spring Bridal Bazaar — Fashion show presented by Gretchen Productions at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, with three shows presented throughout the day. For more info: 760-334-5500. May 2 | All you Need is Fashion — Vista Hill Foundation will present a luncheon and fashion show at the Hilton Bayfront, located at 1 Park Blvd., Downtown. For information call 858-459-1685. —Diana Cavagnaro is a nationally recognized hat designer and milliner, and has been in the fashion business for 30 years. The last 20 of those years she’s operated her business from Downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, while moonlighting in the Fashion department at San Diego Mesa College. She can be reached at diana@


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(l to r) Michael & Nicole Kelly of Lucky Bastard Saloon

PHOTO FEATURE (l to r) Jen Van Tiegham and Hutton Marshall of San Diego Uptown News

Awards Reception Party! The 2013 Downtown News Reader’s Choice Awards Reception was held at Encore Champagne Bar and Dining Room, located at 531 F St. in the Gaslamp Quarter on Monday, Feb. 24. Congratulations to all our winners and a big thanks to all our readers for voting.❖ (All photos by Vince Meehan)

(l to r) SDCNN Publisher David Mannis and Derrick from FIT

(l to r) Raffle winners Xenia Guida and Olivia Mills of Pura Vida Yoga

(l to r) Jamine Rivera and Michael Niebla from Furry Tales Doggy Daycare

(l to r) Sylvia & Jaavid Ahmadnia of Greek Islands Café (l to r) Hilary Hudson and Lisa Peterson of Uptown News

(l to r) Callie Taylor and Arcelia Suarez of Chase Bank, Tiffany Martingil of The Tan Banana, Dallas Stapleton of Chase Bank

(l to r) Yana Shayne of Downtown News and Pops Ward of “A” Street Auto

(l to r) Brian Kawano of Balanced Fitness & Health, Kim Espinosa of Espinoza Webworks, and Moises Romero of Encore


San Diego Downtown News | March 2014


San Diego’s urban canyon

Art on

the Land Delle Willett On Broadway, bordered by Front and State streets, stands the Edward J. Schwartz U.S. Courthouse. Built in 1994, it is one of the busiest federal courthouses in the nation. Also on the property is the U.S. Federal Courthouse Annex, built in 2013 on the site of historic Hotel San Diego, where it is home to six District Court rooms and 12 judge’s chambers. San Diego-based landscape architects Spurlock Poirier were challenged to develop a landscape plan for this federal complex that evoked a strong sense of “San Diego-ness.” A plan that strived to create a landscape of significance in stature to the architecture of the courthouse buildings while acknowledging limited maintenance resources. The concept for the main plaza brought a piece of native San Diego landscape into the dense center of Downtown — creating

an “urban canyon.” Placed in between the two buildings on what was once a block of Union Street, this virtual one-acre canyon features an informal grove of tall, open-canopy, native California Sycamore trees that will someday grow to be 60 to 70 feet tall and 30 to 50 feet wide. The large California Sycamores complement the scale of the space and buildings. Being deciduous, the Sycamore brings important seasonal qualities that include a range of leaf colors and the winter leaf drop that reveals the beauty of the bark and branches. Its open branching structure allows a filtered sunlight to bath the plaza, creating a delightful ambience of dappled shade. The trees are planted in locally sourced decomposed granite, a timeless material that is at once handsome and inviting in simplicity, yet hard-wearing, permeable and practical. Its warm earth tones echo the palette of the San Diego landscape and complement the natural variations in the facades of the surrounding buildings. With moveable seating provided by the General Services Administration, it is a respite for workers, jurors and visitors alike, a public space that serves as a gathering place, a link to Downtown’s evolving open-space system, and in the future, a place for interesting public programming. Along the length of the sidewalk in front of the Edward J. Schwartz building is a raised stream, with water falling over the side and tropical hardwood benches that invite passersby to

sit and reflect. Soothing sounds and the sparkle of moving water add to the attractiveness and tranquility of the space. Visitors to the lobby of the U.S. Courthouse annex have the treat of walking up through Robert Irwin’s chevron-shaped Privet hedge walkway. Designed as an ADA-compliant ramp, it actually serves to slow one down and focus, perhaps in preparation for the goings-on in the building. Materials and patterns for the annex plaza’s raised paving were coordinated with the color and texture of the courthouse building as well as the surrounding facilities of the federal complex. Hardscape materials throughout the complex are a simple combination of colored concrete, decomposed granite and double-soldier course brick bands along Broadway. Along the south side of the buildings is a pedestrian promenade (a now-closed-to-cars section of E Street) that connects east to Horton Plaza and the Gaslamp District and west to Pantoja Park and the San Diego Bay. This pedestrian-scaled allee is planted with a double row of Crape Myrtle trees that provide great seasonal color and a full-leaf canopy. Smaller in scale than Sycamores, Crape Myrtles grow to approximately 25 feet high and 15 to 20 feet wide. Wall vines and bands of ground cover are integrated into the plantings. Using new, post-9/11criteria to create safe fleet zones, safety bollards — also called crash poles — were placed along Broadway and State Street. Also along Broadway and around to State Street are Chinese Evergreen Elms and the wall and sidewalk are covered with Natal Plum is planted, which provides glossy green foliage, fragrant white flowers and big red fruit that come with big thorns. If you look over the railing along the State Street side of the building, you’ll see a surprise garden below. This garden is actually the view from the U.S. Marshall’s below-ground offices. It has shade-tolerant plants and a pleasant grove of Redbud trees that filter light through their canopy, all to be enjoyed from a small sitting area. Just before the pedestrian promenade at the end of the building, is a formal woodland of Crape Myrtle trees — standing straight and tall in a simple play of pattern and form — these young trees offer seasonal white and lavender blooms.

Double row of Crape Myrtle trees along allee with crash poles to right. (Photo by Delle Willett)

A grove of young Crape Myrtle trees (Photo by Delle Willett) Throughout the complex, these drought-tolerant, easy-tomaintain yet durable accents include: • Ground covers and perennials: Blue Chalk Fingers, Holly Fern, and Bird’s Nest Fern, Fortnight Lily, and Vinca • Vines: Boston Ivy and Creeping Fig • Hedges: Yew Pine, Boxwood, Privet and Natal Plum Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects provide an innovative, site-conditioned approach to planning and landscape architectural design, creating transformative, restorative urban and natural landscapes that connect people, communities, and environments. The firm was established by Andrew Spurlock in 1988 and joined by Martin Poirier, who became a partner, in 1990. Now known for its collaborative, ideas-driven approach to problem solving, Spurlock Poirier has developed particular skill in the design of places for rich, human experience in both urban and natural environments. The firm has expertise in planning, parks, urban residential, mixed-use, and institutional projects, and art in public places. Both partners have been named Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects. For more information, visit

A Chinese Elm along State Street (Photo by Delle Willett)

—Delle Willett cut her teeth traveling as the daughter of a career Navy man. A graduate of USD with a BFA in hand, her career in marketing and public relations has flourished for over 30 years. An active volunteer for various local organizations, she currently works as a freelance publicist and writer when she’s not traveling the world with her husband, a retired airline pilot. Delle can be reached at


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