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Unsung heroes of Downtown Keeping you clean and safe on the streets of San Diego Morgan M. Hurley

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Downtown San Diego’s footprint has grown exponentially in the last decade and a half, with regards to business and population. It has grown up, with dozens more high-rises hosting a mixture of commercial and residential developments adding to the skyline, and out, with East Village extending the urban sprawl much farther east than ever before. With such expansion heavily taxing city coffers and resources, Downtown needed a solution to pick up the slack. Enter the Clean & Safe Program, an initiative of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a nonprofit member-based organization founded in 1993 that advocates for the branding, revitalization, growth and economic

development of Downtown. Clean & Safe is also referred to as a “property and business improvement district” (PBID). A PBID is similar in theory to other area business improvement districts, but unique in that it has the added responsibility of the residents. “[Clean & Safe] was formed in 2000 when Downtown property owners supported a vote to assess themselves via the PBID to provide enhanced services above and beyond what the City provides,” Ignell said. Today, Clean & Safe provides maintenance, landscape, security and homeless outreach services that encompass 10,606 parcels on 272 blocks within five Downtown neighborhoods: Cortez, Core Columbia, Marina, the Gaslamp Quarter, and East Village. “Anything in the public right

of way is our area of responsibility,” said Director of Operations Sam Jackson during a recent walk through the Core Columbia neighborhood. Jackson, a retired Navy Chief weapons and explosives expert, joined Clean & Safe in 2006. Clean & Safe’s maintenance and landscape teams, called “ambassadors,” provide sidewalk sweeping, graffiti and sticker removal, tree and landscape trimming, sidewalk power washing, and doggy stations, and they are responsible for all public trash receptacles. And because the residents and property owners are paying for these services, the PBID keeps track of everything they do, sending out daily and weekly “bulletins” that outline, for those wishing to know, just what

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Libraries used to be in schools. Now schools are in libraries. A case in point: e3 Civic High (e3CH), a charter high school opening in September 2013, will occupy the 6th and 7th floors of San Diego’s new Downtown library opening late this summer. A school within a library is just one of many “firsts” for the city’s new domed $184.9 million Central Library near Petco Park, which will be nearly triple the size of the existing 57-year-old facility at 820 E. St. “This will be a literary marvel, one of the first schools in the nation to co-exist with a library, providing access to more than one million resources,” said Dr. Helen Griffith, executive director of the new high school, which will initially serve 250 students mostly from Downtown in grades 9 and 10. Dr. Griffith said plans for the new school have it expanding over the next five years to include grades 11-12 and doubling its student population to 500. “A study done in the Downtown area in 2010 revealed a need, not only for more schools, but high-performing schools in the Downtown community,” Griffith said

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Upward view from the street of the new Library. (Courtesy San Diego Public Library)

Sicilian festival to parade the streets of Little Italy Kai Oliver-Kurtin Downtown News

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Little Italy will soon transform into a lively, colorful stream of musicians, food vendors and historical lore, as the 20th annual San Diego Sicilian Festival soon takes over the eclectic neighborhood on Sunday, May 19. The largest festival of its kind in the country, the free event attracts more than 50,000 people each year. “We’re trying to make everything a little bigger and a little better for our big 20th anniversary,” said Giovanna DiBona, a festival director.

Entertainers at last year’s event perform under the Little Italy sign. (Courtesy San Diego Sicilian Festival)

DiBona, along with her husband Tony, have performed at each of the previous festivals as part of the Roman Holiday band. The festival’s headline performers, The Sicilian Tenors, are coming from New York City, where DiBona says the trio has taken the music scene by storm. The Sicilian-American group will be in attendance thanks to a sponsorship from the Xerox Corporation. All festival entertainers will be strolling the streets of Little Italy during a procession beginning at noon. Costumed dancers, musicians and

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50 Years Strong Local Planned Parenthood sees a half century of service at their annual gala Morgan M. Hurley Downtown News Editor

The local affiliate of Planned Parenthood is turning 50 this year and organizers hope you will celebrate with them on Thursday, May 9 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Doubling as the annual fundraising dinner for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest (PPPSW), the celebratory occasion, titled “50 Years Strong,” will kick off with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. A dinner and program follow at 6:30 p.m. and will include a brief “state of the agency” presentation by President and CEO Darrah DiGiorgio Johnson, an appearance by Mayor Bob Filner who will introduce other attending dignitaries, a video retrospective saluting PPPSW, an award ceremony, live (Photo by Michael Tyler / entertainment and Michael Tyler Photography) three special keynote speakers. Retiring Medical Director Dr. Katharin Sheehan, a Del Mar, Calif. resident who first joined the local affiliate as medical director in 1981 when it was still called Planned Parenthood of San Diego & Riverside counties, will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award. Sheehan is a graduate of Wellesley College and Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine and has held the title of medical director for her entire 32-year tenure with the affiliate. Also long identified as a leader within the national organization, local organizers said the PPPSW affiliate and its patients have “benefitted enormously” from Sheehan’s commitment to reproductive health. Three keynote speakers – Sarah Weddington, Cecile Richards and Jessica Valenti – will share the stage to top off the evening. Weddington was the winning attorney for Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark ruling that made abortion legal in all 50 states. Richards is the current President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Valenti writes for The Nation and is founder of “They represent the past, present and future of feminism,” said Jennifer Coburn, director of communications and marketing for PPPSW. According to Planned Parenthood’s website, they are “the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. … [working] to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible choices.” The development team of PPPW, which supports San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties in this same mission, has been hard at work all year on the


SICILIAN local officials will make their way through the festival carrying flags to represent various regions of Italy and Sicily. “We’re expanding on everything we’ve had in the past,” said DiBona, “the Italian car show will be much bigger—about double the space as last year.” A Sicilian cultural area will showcase historical memorabilia and photos, including much information related to San Diego’s tuna fishing industry; traditional Italian chalk art; and displays from local organizations including the Maritime Museum of San Diego. “The festival will be very color-

event, said Mary Veta, one of the event’s organizers and a 30-year employee of PPPSW. Last year’s fundraising dinner, also at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, raised $1.2 million for the organization and with an annual operating budget of $56 million, Coburn said they hope to top that fundraising number this year. “It’s been an honor to serve the San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties for 50 years and we’re looking forward to doing even more in the next 50,” Coburn said. “In the next few years we hope to have some help centers in Imperial Valley and expand our scope of services. We are really excited about the Affordable Health Care Act and so many people having access to health care next year.” Coburn said Planned Parenthood has also been a staunch political and social ally of the LGBT community. “I’m the chair of the LGBT Task Force here and we’re really working hard to promote the importance of having cervical cancer screenings for lesbian women, because so many women feel that they don’t need a pap smear because they’re not having sex with men,” Coburn said. “One of the other things we’ve been doing is really trying to reach out and show why we are relevant to the LGBT community,” she said. “We are one of the largest providers of testing and treatment for STDs in San Diego County. We do rapid HIV testing and anyone who needs a condom or a dental dam can come to Planned Parenthood and get these products at no cost.” Event chairs of 50 Years Strong are Nora Taylor Jaffe and Kathleen L. Strauss, Ph.D., with honorary chairs including, K. Andrew Achterkirchen, Joan Jordan Bernstein, Susanna and Michael Flaster, PPPSW Board Chair R. Elaine Hanson, M.D. and her husband Bruce Robbins, M.D., Rosanne and Joel Holliday, Nora Taylor Jaffe, and Christy Walton. The Strauss Family Foundation will be offering a $50,000 matching gift challenge at the event. Entertainment at the dinner will be provided by the Blue Breeze Band, a Motown-tribute band chosen in keeping with the retro theme of the evening, a nod to the organization’s 1963 beginning, Veta said. Hilton San Diego Bayfront is located at 1 Park Blvd., Downtown, just south of the Convention Center. Attendees can access the hotel’s driveway and parking structure from Harbor Drive. Individual tickets start at $150., with tables of 10 starting at $1,500. For more information about the anniversary dinner or to purchase tickets, visit Those unable to attend are encouraged to make a donation at

ful, and will highlight Sicilian and Italian history and heritage,” said DiBona. “But of course the most popular is all the food!” DiBona and other festival organizers invite the community to “eat, drink and be Sicilian” for the day. Along with all the various food and pastry vendors, neighborhood restaurants will remain open during the event. Sicilian wine will be available in the beer and wine garden, but attendees can do more than just imbibe. The popular grape stomp will allow them to kick off their shoes and step inside a barrel to see how traditional grape maceration was once achieved. Another festival favorite, the pasta-eating contest, is open to the public on a first-come, first-

ser ved basis. A family-friendly event, the festival also includes several interactive children’s activities throughout the day, including arts and crafts, a puppet theater and face painting. The Sicilian Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 19. Due to limited parking in the neighborhood, a free shuttle is available from the county administration building. For more information, visit Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a local freelance reporter who also works full-time doing social media marketing for the U.S. Navy. She enjoys covering events, restaurant news, culture and entertainment. Contact her at kai.sdnews@gmail.comv

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Downtown-based company inspiration for Hillcrest author Debut novel mixes the evangelical with the pornographic industry Alex Owens Downtown News

Most San Diegans associate the porn industr y with Los Angeles, but one of the most successful adult entertainment companies, Naughty America, has its headquarters in Downtown San Diego. Even though the adult industry thrives on exposing flesh, it’s otherwise very secretive about the day-to-day dealings of the industry. For instance, because the majority of companies are privately owned, even journalists who cover the business find it impossible to get accurate readings over how much money the businesses earn. However, a former Naughty America employee is giving the public a taste of what it’s like to work in porn, through his debut novel, “Erovinia,” recently published as an e-book on The book follows the adventures of a young man fired from working at a megachurch similar to The Rock in Liberty Station, who ends up working at Erovinia, a porn company headquartered in the Gaslamp Quarter. Author Leopard J. Ferry, who like onscreen porn performers, uses a pseudonym to protect his privacy, worked at Naughty America for two years between 2007 and 2009.

He estimates the book is 60-percent fictional, but promises readers will learn a great deal of truthful information about the adult industry. “Everyone thinks the porn industry is this nirvana; where you’re having sex all the time – even if you’re just a marketing person or a director,” he said. “It’s interesting and it’s fun, but, behind the scenes, there’s a lot of dysphoria.” Ferry is quick to add that no porn was actually filmed in the San Diego offices while he worked there, but admits he was still shocked that an adult company had its headquarters located Downtown.

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LIBRARY adding, “We are trying to capture students in or near Downtown in a five-mile radius.” High-performing schools, she said, are identified through student performance on state exams. “The hope for this school is to provide college- and careerready high-performance education using technological tools available through the library to accelerate and advance learning,” Griffith said. She added that e3CH will be partnering with a number of other educational institutions, including City College, SDSU, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and Point Loma Nazarene University, to provide tutoring and mentoring for its students. “Learning for students will be self-paced, setting targets for growth in a content-based curriculum,” Griffith said. Fundraising to support the Central Library facility, currently under construction at 395 11th Ave. in the East Village area of Downtown, has exceeded expectations. To date, more than 2,000 donors citywide have purchased 2,000-plus commemorative bricks offered through the San Diego Public Library Foundation’s “Buy-A-Brick” campaign. “We are now over our projected numbers, both amount of bricks – more than 2,300 – and total giving – more than $500,000,” said Charlie Goldberg, San Diego Library Foundation’s marketing director. Goldberg said the intent was to create “a library for the entire community supported by everyone, not just those who can make large donations.” “[The new library] is clearly the most visible project, but we’re [also] involved in helping fund new building or expansion of seven branch libraries,” Goldberg added, noting the Foundation’s role is to “fill gaps.” “Where funding can help, that happens, so we can help make a difference in those areas,” said Goldberg. The deadline to purchase bricks to be included in the library opening is May 15. Supplying all the latest technological advancements, San Diego’s new Downtown Central Library will cater to everyone in the community, while providing age-specific areas addressing the special needs of particular user groups like children and teens. “We did a needs assessment [with] the community and they told us they wanted a big children’s room, a bigger teen space, a homework center and a gallery for adults and meeting areas,” said library youth services coordinator Marina Claudio-Perez. “We do have all these age-specific areas,” she said, adding “we’re pushing for inclusive services for all children – all cultures, all languages.” Claudio-Perez said the Dr. Seuss-themed Sanford Children’s Library for ages 6-12 will be divided into two sections for younger and older children, taking up 10,000 square feet of the library’s first floor. She said it will also include such innovative features as a nursing room and stroller area for mothers. “We want this to be the destination for families,” she said. The teen center will take up nearly 3,000 square feet on the library’s second floor, according to Claudio-Perez. “Downtown has very limited space for teenagers who don’t really feel comfortable, safe and welcome,” she said. “Our teen space will answer that need.” The youth services coordinator said the teen area geared for ages 13-18 will have a beach theme and include a game room with piped-in music and a homework center. “For some kids technology access can only be found at their local library, so we’re giving them that, both for school and also as entertainment,” ClaudioPerez said. San Diego’s new cutting-edge Central Library is a prototype supplying all the latest technological advancements. “Facilitating technology, helping us bridge the digital divide,

that’s part of our mission,” said Marion Moss Hubbard, San Diego Library’s senior public information officer. Moss Hubbard said the nine-floor Central Library’s innovations will include an array of more than 400 computer devices of all types. The library will have disabled access, a 350-seat, stateof-the-art theater auditorium and fiber optics providing high-bandwidth transmissions facilitating high-speed Internet. “The new Central Library will be one of the most progressive in the country in terms of its access to information and the technology that we will have,” Moss Hubbard said. “We also will function as the region’s repository for government documents.” The new library will employ a number of other progressive developments. A conveyor belt running from the book drop through the children’s section will streamline service. Moss Hubbard also said there will be new entertaining and engaging components like a video wall providing a multi-angle, 3-D multi-sensory experience “to grab the visitor’s attention when they come in the door” letting them know they’re “entering a technology library of the future.” Among the library’s many technological innovations: • Apps like “Boopsie,” giving patrons one-click access to databases and Google Indoor Maps providing GPS-based indoor floor plans providing a virtual directory of library services available. • Hundreds of available digital devices including workstations, Kindle and Sony eReaders, Chromebooks, iPads, iPad Minis and other mobile devices. • Six study rooms (four persons and larger) with computerready TVs. • A City TV Media production studio including green screens, video editing and musical recording, webcasting and web publishing, as well as a learning lab on multimedia production for students. • Early literary stations providing digital technology to engage children ages 2-8. • Energy-efficient design and components, like lights turning off automatically with sufficient natural light, allowing the city to pursue a LEED Silver Status for the library and making it a model public building for sustainability. For more information about the new Downtown Central Library and all its components, visit,, or publiclibrary. Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles on the new Central Library by Dave Schwab. The first, “A new library for a new age” ran in Vol. 14, Issue 2. Dave Schwab came to San Diego 30 years ago with a journalism degree from Michigan State University. He has worked for numerous dailies and weeklies and now freelances for a variety of regional publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, hiking, sports, and spending time with friends. He can be reached at dschwabie@journalist.comv


CLEANSAFE has kept them busy. According to their annual report for 2012, the Clean & Safe maintenance team collected 1,012 tons of debris, swept 110,028 sidewalks, removed 21,826 incidences of graffiti, and picked up an unidentified number of dog feces. Through their contractors Aztec Landscaping, Davey Tree, and Green Clean, the maintenance crew also trimmed 1,634 trees and pressure-washed 18,582 linear sidewalks. “A common misconception is that all these services are provided by the City of San Diego,” said Kate Simpson, executive assistant at Clean & Safe. Their 25 safety ambassadors, though contracted through Universal Protection Services, report directly to the Clean & Safe team and speed on their bicycles from one side of Downtown to the other whenever dispatched to do so. They also provide round-theclock public safety patrols, and are usually the first responders for instances of panhandling, public intoxication, drinking in public, disturbances, and welfare checks. The safety ambassadors, who can be found throughout Downtown with safety vests and bicycles, work closely with SDPD, who in turn empower them in their important role helping to keep Downtown a safer place to live and visit. “Downtown is getting safer and safer and people are noticing,” said Alonso Vivas, a longtime employee of Clean & Safe who was recently promoted to assistant director of operations. Much of the work can seem to be a thankless job to outsiders. Vivas said one of the downsides might be the sheer amount of vomit, dog feces, and urine (human and dog) that is cleaned up by the maintenance patrols after a weekend. “I’ve seen our maintenance crews spending up to one and a half hours clean up dog feces near a 500-unit residential complex,” Vivas said. This is despite the fact that 174 “doggy stations” with bags and receptacles are located in the districts where residential

areas exist. Staff also said that though the Gaslamp Quarter is by far the smallest neighborhood in the PBID, it pays a larger share and has an extensive power-washing schedule, simply due to the large influx of people on any given weekend. The PBID is governed by an advisory board, currently chaired by Claudine Scott of Keller Williams. Board membership is comprised of 10 other residents and business representatives from each of the five neighborhoods, as well as three “at large” members. Core Columbia resident Michele Addington sits on the board and is very active. After moving Downtown from La Jolla in 2011, the retired but full-time volunteer said she set her sights on the Clean & Safe Advisory Board as the perfect place to channel her energies. “I chose Clean & Safe because it provides [added value] to all who reside here. … Visualize what Downtown would be without it,” Addington said. “Attending the advisory board monthly meet-ings is just the beginning of what I am willing to do … they can count on me to get involved in special projects, rally the Columbia neighborhood for special meetings. The most current project is the Community Volunteer program now in the developing stage.” Though she has only been with Clean & Safe since January, Simpson has adapted quickly to a role that tackles much more than that of a traditional executive assistant. Simpson’s desk is a melee of blue sticky notes as she spends much of her day navigating the vast number of phone calls, emails, and radio transmissions that come along with being the first person a resident or business speaks to when filing a complaint or report. Simpson said she often has to figure out how to temper the information she is given in order to notify the appropriate ambassador for assistance. This was exemplified recently when one caller reported the existence of a “half-

naked woman” who was “all meth’d up and screaming” in the middle of the day in front of his business. “I can’t say all that over the radio,” she laughed. She also attends the monthly PBID advisory meetings, the Safety Task Force meetings, drafts and dispatches the daily and weekly bulletins, and she also acts, among other duties, as coordinator and documentarian for the weekly “Downtown Walkabouts.” The Safety Task Force is a biweekly meeting consisting of not only Clean & Safe’s safety and homeless outreach teams, but also representatives from the District Attorney’s office, SDPD, Narcotics, Probation, the City’s Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), Park and Recreation, and Environmental Services. “It’s a chance for everyone to sit around a table and hash out the issues,” Simpson said. The Downtown walkabouts, which generally take about 1 ½ hours, are open to the public and take place every FriFri day, starting at 10 a.m., from a previously designated corner in one of the five DownDown town neighborhoods, on a rotating basis. At the helm of each walkabout is Clean& Safe Executive Director Ryan Loofbourrow, who every week along with Jackson, Simpson, a safety ambassador, and various residents from in and around the neighborhood being surveyed, literally

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Members of the Clean & Safe program (l-r) Alonzo Vivas, assistant director of operations; Kate Simpson, executive assistant; Sam Jackson, director of operations; Kris Michell, president/CEO (Downtown San Diego Partnership); Ryan Loofbourrow, executive director; and Bahija Hamraz, District Director (Courtesy Downtown San Diego Partnership)

walk each block of that week’s chosen route, looking for problems, safety hazards, graffiti, gum, cigarette butts, pet waste, falling tree branches, and anything else in the public space that may impact the neighborhood and needs to be addressed. The residents who tag along on these excursions become an extension of Loofourrow’s team, their “eyes and ears.” On a recent walkabout in the Cortez neighborhood, animal waste was found to be the number one issue, despite visible doggie stations located along the route. “Sam [Jackson] recently had to replace almost 1,000 trees Downtown,” said Jovan Celindro, Jr., of the Green Clean, the contractor responsible for power-washing. “Not only that, but it could be a beautiful day, you’re walking down the street and it’s taken away by the wafting of the smells.” Loofbourrow, who recently came to San Diego after 17 years at the helm of Sacramento’s Clean & Safe program, looks forward to these weekly opportunities to walk the beat of the city blocks he is ultimately responsible for.

“Each neighborhood has a different personality and a different set of challenges,” Loofbourrow said. “Predominately I am going to meetings and running the operation. ... I have to reserve time to get out here and really see what is going on.” As things come up along the walkabout, each issue is carefully documented and ambassadors are dispatched to correct them, sometimes right on the spot. Many of the things brought to their attention during the walkabouts or on any given day do fall under the City, and when they do, the issue is again documented and passed on to the appropriate department for action. These walkabouts are a vital component of the Clean & Safe program’s efficiency and the proof of its effectiveness is on the streets of Downtown San Diego. To learn more about DSDP’s Clean & Safe Program, their weekly walkabouts, or to sign up for their daily or weekly bulletin, visit: downtownsandiego. org/clean-safe/. Or if you have questions, want to report a safety, maintenance or public disturbance issue Downtown, call the 24 hour number, 619-234-8900.v



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gram that will put 1,800 bikes in 180 stations around the city for residents and visitors to use. All of these efforts couldn’t happen without grassroots-level cycling advocates developing new bicycle advocacy groups, such as BikeSD, BikeWalk Solana Beach, as well as other committees in San Diego’s Council District Two, Oceanside, Encinitas, Coronado and Chula Vista. Our grassroots advocacy groups are attending public hearings across the county, influencing bike-friendly infrastructure decisions in all communities. Along with these advocacy groups, local businesses, elected officials and community leaders are all on board with the Bicycle Coalition’s vision to make San Diego the most bicycle-friendly community in the world. To continue these great successes, we encourage our businesses, leaders and advocates to continue working hard to support comprehensive transportation progress. It’s well known that active transportation like bicycling contributes to improved public health, local economies, and more efficient use of natural resources. All of these are good for a vibrant San Diego for all people. May 1 is the start of National Bike Month in San Diego and across the U.S. It’s a perfect opportunity to participate in Bike to Work Day on May 17, or head to South Park and Balboa Park for Bike Local Sunday and CicloSDias Mini on May 19. Just getting your family or friends together to take a ride along San Diego Bay’s miles of walking and biking paths can help strengthen the movement. So, let’s go for a ride.

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Fundamental changes in how our region moves to work, live and play are progressing fast in San Diego. Change like this is hard to come by, but we knew citizens and leaders would eventually stand together, working on solutions to the ailing public health, unstable local economies, and increasing costs of resources. The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition loves the direction San Diego is heading, with the inclusion of bicycling as one solution to improve the quality of life for all San Diegans. To showcase recent progress, we recently presented the State of Cycling in San Diego County, commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Bicycle Coalition’s five-year strategic plan, and reported on the progress of bicycling in San Diego. We envision San Diego as the most bicycle-friendly region in the world. Far to go? Certainly. This vision requires positive adjustments to our culture, neighborhoods, and streets, re-designing them to foster bicycling as an everyday activity for transportation and recreation. Our region can continue to create a comprehensive approach to transportation policy and design, regarding the bicycle as a genuine

mode of transportation, removing obstacles, and empowering all people to choose to ride whenever and wherever they like. Our vision simply includes the bicycle as one piece of the comprehensive transportation pie. With this vision, San Diego County will have a connected network of safe, convenient bike facilities and proper, secure, end-of-trip accommodations for people who ride. Constant encouragement of good roadway behaviors through education programs will also foster understanding and respect for all modes of transportation. Our vision includes all people of ethnic, economic and cultural diversity. The great news is our vision is on its way to fruition. From fundraising records, to expansion of community advocacy groups, the Bicycle Coalition continued its all-inclusive presence in San Diego this past year, all while moving forward with new initiatives, like “Bikes Mean Business,” and a new mission: To advocate for and protect the rights of all people who ride bicycles. Key to the success of cycling in San Diego are new partnerships and collaboration efforts, like those with local business improvement districts, which launched the nation’s largest bike friendly business district initiative in East Village and other neighborhoods, and Bike Local Sundays to attract everyday bicyclists to ride to local businesses. Local leaders at all levels and in all communities have stepped up to support cycling initiatives, including the City of San Diego’s new mayor, who pledged to make the city better for cyclists and launched CicloSDias, the city’s first open streets event happening in August. All over San Diego, new bike-friendly improvements are showing up, including in Downtown and its surrounding areas where there are bike lanes, sharrows for sharing lanes and bike corrals for bike parking. Downtown should also see a large portion of San Diego’s new public bike-sharing pro-

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DowntownBriefs PORT IDENTIFIES EXPECTED DELAYS ON HARBOR DRIVE On Tuesday, May 7, the San Diego Port Authority expects Harbor Drive to be much busier than usual, with delays expected for much of the day. This is due in part to the ongoing construction, but it is expected to be much worse due to the arrival of three cruise ships. The first ship will arrive at the south side of the B Street pier at approximately 4 a.m., bringing 2,900 passengers to the area for the day. The second will Dock on the north side of the same pier at 5:30 a.m. with 1,937 passengers. The third ship, a 600 passenger regatta, will arrive at 11 a.m. at Broadway Pier. Passengers will be unloading between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., increasing the pedestrian, taxi and shuttle activity in the area. The Port expects traffic to peak between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and recommends motorists to avoid Harbor Drive between Grape Street and the Navy Pier during these hours. SUPPORT FOR BIKE TO WORK DAY AT ALL TIME HIGH With May designated as National Bike to Work Month, you have plenty of opportunities to get on your bike and support an environmentally friendly and cost-saving method of commuting. The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) not only encourages you ride every day of the month, but especially on Bike to Work Day, which is Friday, May 17. Register at one of this year’s record number 90 “pit stops” located around San Diego County that day, to get a free T-shirt and snacks, and then log your trips online at the TripTracker and you will automatically be eligible for lots of prizes, including a new bicycle from either Electra Bikes or Performance Bike Shops. Pit stops will be open from 6 – 9 p.m. each day. “San Diego is a great place to bike year-round,” SANDAG Chair and Santee City Councilmember Jack Dale said

NEWS in a press release. “We want to encourage people to use Bike to Work Month as an opportunity to explore their communities, get active, and try something new. There are more than 1,000 miles of existing bikeways for people to take advantage of throughout the region.” Commuter miles logged in 2012 for Bike to Work month exceeded 135,000 miles. Those wishing to participate in 2013 are encouraged to use the resources on the iCommute website, bike-to-work, which includes a regional bike map, as well as safety, security and transit tips. For more information, visit icommute or call 511 and say “icommute.”

PORT INVITES PUBLIC TO PICNIC WITH WORKING WATERFRONT On Saturday, May 18, the Port of San Diego invites the public to take part in the Working Waterfront Family Picnic. This informative public picnic will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pepper Park in National City, along the San Diego Bayfront, just south of Downtown San Diego. Free bus tours of the marina will be offered and on Sunday, the Port will conduct two free boat tours of San Diego Bay. Also on Saturday, the picnic will offer arts and crafts, gymnastics performances, puppetry, a competitive gym for children, a bounce house, circus acts and live music. The Working Waterfront consists of all the Ports marine terminals and its marine and industrial businesses along San Diego Bay. An exhibit area will highlight the backgrounds of these maritime enterprises and their importance to the region. Families attending may bring their own food or food will be available for purchase. Free parking will be available. Reservations are required for boat tours. For more information, visit DOWNTOWN HOTELS STEPPING IN TO ASSIST WITH HOMELESS Two popular Downtown hotels, the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, located at 33 W. Harbor Dr., and the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, located at 1 Park Blvd., recently joined the coalition to help end home-

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lessness Downtown. The two hotels did so by installing red “donation stations,” from a program administered by the Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP), on their properties. These red meters are being placed in high traffic areas throughout Downtown to encourage the public to stop offering money to panhandlers and to feed the meters instead. Monies raised from the meters go directly to programs that the DSDP and it’s many partners have put in place that are not only housing homeless individuals, but also reconnecting them with their families across the country. On April 19 the newly installed meters at the two hotel properties brought the total number of Downtown donation stations to 12. For more information about the donation stations and the programs they support, visit

BIRCH AQUARIUM ANNOUNCES GREEN FLASH CONCERT SERIES LINEUP Starting on Wednesday, May 15 and continuing every third Wednesday of the month through September, Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institute of Technology, UC San Diego is offering a 21+ concert series in partnership with KPRi 102.1 FM. The monthly event, called the Green Flash Concert Series, includes performances by San Diego native Steve Poltz, and British new wave artists The FIXX, among others, and combines live music with the panoramic views offered at the aquarium’s Tide Pool Plaza. Appetizers and beer and wine will be served for a fee. Tickets are general admission and include parking and entrance to the aquarium’s exhibits. Season passes will also be available. For more information, visit: CULINARY HISTORIANS LAUNCH FIRST PUBLIC EVENT The Culinary Historians of San Diego (CHSD) announced they will be kicking off the first of their monthly events on Saturday, May 18. Presentations and lectures about the local fishing industry, its evolution and impact on diet will be discussed. A


fish-based lunch will be offered for purchase following the presentation. The event, which is open to the public, will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Star of the Sea Event Center, located at 1360 N. Harbor Dr., along the Embarcadero. The CHSD formed in 2013 to provide those interested with a history of food and drink and its role in society and is expected to have broad appeal. Memberships will be encouraged and the nonprofit will help support the Culinary Collection at the San Diego Public Library. For more information, contact President Marilyn Marx at

OLD GLOBE ANNOUNCES NEW SEASON The Old Globe Theatre announced Friday, April 26 their complete 2013-14 season, opening with “The Last Goodbye” Sept. 20 – Nov. 3. The rock musical fuses Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” with the songs of singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. “I am proud, excited and just plain tickled to announce the 2013-14 season at The Old Globe, my first as artistic director,” Barry Edelstein said in a press release. “With two sensational new musicals, three awardwinning plays about contemporary life by thrilling young American voices, a tour de force by an American comedic master and a poetic classic by a 20th century giant, this remarkable and wide-ranging lineup of productions stays true to The Globe’s storied reputation, even as it edges the company forward in some new directions.” The opening production is followed by the world premiere of “The Few,” the return of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” directed by James Vasquez, “Bethany,” Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale,” “Time and the Conways,” Pulitzer Prize-winner “Water by the Spoonful,” “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” and the musical comedy “Dog and Pony.” Edelstein will direct “The Winter’s Tale,” which will be the first indoor production of a Shakespeare play at The Old Globe in over 10 years. Before the 2013-14 season start, the company presents

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Prince @ Hard Rock Hotel, May 3-4: Three-and-a-half decades into his career and the legendary performer is still going strong. The musical icon Prince returns to town for the first time in years to play four rare, intimate shows before sold-out crowds in the Legends Ballroom of the Hard Rock Hotel in Downtown. There will be two shows a night, one at 7:30 and one at 10:30 p.m., with Prince’s new all-female backup band 3RDEYEGIRL performing, as well. The 1,000-person ballroom will be the second smallest venue Prince has ever played in San Diego, the first being his aftershow at the now extinct Cane’s in Mission Beach years ago. Prince is still churning out new music, having released thirteen albums just since the turn of the century. But fans lucky enough to have tickets can still expect to hear a good dose of all the classics, like “Purple Rain,” “I

Wanna Be Your Lover,” and “When Doves Cry.” Also in Town: Built to Spill @ Casbah, May 5-6: The Boise, Idaho-based Indie rockers seem to make a living playing sold-out shows at the Casbah, and they’re back for more with this two night appearance. Expect to hear a wide range of songs from their seven albums, with plenty of soul, acoustics, and a jam-band style that pulls the audience in. Mindless Self Indulgence @ House of Blues, May 5: Their website bills them as New York’s first ever ‘industrial, jungle, rock, punk, techno freaks,’ and that may be the most accurate description one can give of this hardcore punk band that has an affinity for powerful guitar riffs and an in-yourface lead singer that isn’t afraid to push his larynx to its limits. Pepper @ Bellyup Tavern, May 10: Some of the originators of surf-reggae and good friends with local legends Slightly Stoopid. Pepper will likely be playing before a sold-out crowd at North County’s legendary venue by the sea. Devin the Dude @ Porter’s Pub, May 16: The smoothvoiced lyricist and Houston-based rapper brings his hilarious and stylish beats to Porter’s Pub off Gilman Drive in La Jolla. A definite must for all rap and hip-hop fans. Hills Like Elephants @ The Grif fin, May 21: The SDMA Best New Artist winners of 2012 will be burning up the Griffin off Morena Blvd. with plenty

Prince (Photo by Kevin Mazur)

A stacked menu of some of the best music and live performances this month has to offer of keyboards, synths, and a whole lotta’ funk. Cold War Kids @ Bellyup Tavern, May 25: The Long Beach indie rockers just released their third album Dear Miss Lonelyhearts last month and so far they have received nothing but praise. Their hit single, “Hang Me Up to Dry” from their 2007 album Robbers & Cowards may be their best work and is worth a listen. American Idiot the Musical @ Civic Theatre, May 28 – June 2: Nearly a decade after the hit album’s release in 2004, the Green Day classic American Idiot has been turned into a hit musical that’s making its way to the Civic Theatre. Tame Impala @ House of Blues, May 31: Hailing all the way from Perth, Australia, these psychedelic rockers sound like a modern day version of the Beatles with their smooth vocals, unique sounds, and great storytelling. The show is already sold out but they’re well worth looking up online. The group got their first big break with the release of their album, Innerspeaker, and just made the trek back home from their first appearance at Coachella to play some shows in Australia before returning here at the end of the month. Imagine Dragons @ SDSU Open Air Theatre, June 1: Rounding out the end of the month will be Imagine Dragons playing the first show of the summer season at San Diego State’s Open Air Theatre with Nico Vega and X Ambassadors. Expect their performance to be as contagious as their hit song “Radioactive,” which has been all over local radio stations for months now. Contributing writer Logan Broyles is the former managing editor of Pacific San Diego Magazine and editor-in-chief of Construction Digital magazine. He likes to write about music and news, and can be reached at

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Chicken Pie Shop still serving after 75 years Popular Uptown mainstay got its start Downtown Townsend moved the business to its current location on El Cajon Boulevard in North Park, where the restaurant expanded in square footage and continued to thrive. San Diego Chicken Pie shop is celebratAfter Townsend died in 2011, his wife ing its 75th year in business, and customers Lynn took over, redecorating, painting, on April 19 – 20 joined in the fun with a getting new lights for the parking lot, openjumbo-sized cake and card to sign, as well ing for breakfast and expanding the menu, as special offers. which now includes a variety of pastas, The iconic restaurant, with a large colsteaks and salads. lection of paintings and antique ceramics One menu item she has not changed is depicting roosters and chickens adorning its walls and shelves, has had four homes in their “Famous Chicken Pie Dinner,” which, for $7.50, still comes with a hearty chicken its 75 years. and turkey pot pie, mashed potatoes and The first Chicken Pie Shop first opened chicken gravy, the vegetable side of the day, in 1938 at Fifth Avenue and B Street, Downcoleslaw, a roll and one slice of eight differtown. A second location opened during the ent dessert pie options. 1950s, with a short stint at the southeast Daily specials are also still in place, with corner of Fifth and Robinson avenues in their rolled chicken tacos on Wednesday Uptown. During the next decade the Downnights and fish tacos on Fridays. town pie shop had closed and the Uptown Lynn Townsend said the employees are location had moved across the street to the the heart and soul of the establishment, northeast corner, spending nearly 25 years many having worked there for decades. in the spot that Starbucks operates today. Manager Linda Real, who started as a servIn 1990, new owner-partner John er in 1981, said the restaurant’s primary baker, Steve Mercado, is the longest-standing employee, having baked his first dessert pie in 1955. Shalia Costello has been serving the restaurant’s customers the longest; she started at age 18 in 1976. Mercado, who said he started baking for the first Uptown (l-r) Needa Cole, Diane Merrell and Ellen Reidel have all been coming to the pie shop at age 14, Chicken Pie Shop since 1947, when it was located Downtown. has nothing but fond (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley)

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memories during a lifelong career at the Chicken Pie Shop. One of his earliest recollections is the time he was sent Downtown to teach the kitchen staff how to bake the fruit dessert pies he had just perfected. Still proud of his ever-popular dinner roll and dessert pie recipes, Mercado said the chicken pie recipe came from original owner George Whitehead; it is a recipe Mercado has guarded for almost 60 years. “George said ‘never change the recipe. If you change something, the Chicken Pie Shop will be gone,’ So I’ve tried to keep everything the same,” Mercado said, adding that John Townsend was his “best friend” and sorely missed. Townsend’s son Bob, a local golf professional who runs the San Diego Golf Institute at Mission Valley’s Riverwalk Golf Club, also helps out when he can and was on hand to greet customers during the anniversary celebration. “Most of us have been here over 20 years,” Real said. “It’s a great place to work, we serve quality food and we’re serving the people we know.” San Diego area customers have stayed loyal to the Pie Shop for decades, as indicated on the card made available over their anniversary weekend near the restaurant’s entrance, asking guests: “When was your first visit?” “Since 1940,” wrote Lloyd Lewis. “First time on Fifth & Robinson in the ‘70’s,” said another. “1970, I was 8. Great pies,” wrote Summer W. “Happy 75 years we’ve been coming since the late 80’s,” wrote Betty and John Wright. “1964 at the Hillcrest location,” said

Their “Famous Chicken Pie Dinner” sells for $7.50 (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley) Doug Mooney, Jr. “We were right here the day Reagan was shot. Sad day, but memorable,” wrote Jim & Kathleen and boys. Lifelong friends Needa Cole, Diane Merrell and Ellen Reidel have been coming to the pie shop since 1947, when it was located Downtown. “Our mothers were bus drivers during the war,” Cole said. “We’d all hop on the bus and take it to the Chicken Pie Shop.” Some wrote on the card that it was their very first time, including a couple that drove from Scripps Ranch after seeing a segment on the local news. Though hundreds of longtime repeat customers turned out for the three-day celebratory weekend, Real said she was surprised by the number of “first-timers” she spoke to. “The anniversary weekend was a lot of fun,” Real said. “It’s amazing we are still here after 75 years. It says a lot.” The San Diego Chicken Pie Shop is located at 2633 El Cajon Blvd., and is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. For more information visit or call 619-295-0156.v


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2044 Kettner Blvd. (Little Italy) | 619-232-9656 Prices: Breakfast and brunch, $6.25 to $9.99; lunch and dinner, $6.25 to $12.95

Italian-style fish and chips. (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) If you traveled back in time to 1933 and moseyed down lower Kettner Street, you would likely encounter the mirth from a little tavern filled with people celebrating the end of Prohibition. With whiskey flowing and sandwiches selling for five cents, you might also end up rubbing elbows with the grandson of President Ulysses S. Grant. The Waterfront Bar & Grill goes down in history for acquiring the first liquor license in San Diego after the nation went dry for 13 years. Launched by Chaffee Grant, who remained a discrete partner because of his famous grandfather, and a shipbuilder named Clair Blakley, the bar’s ownership changed hands a few times until current proprietor Nancy Nichols acquired it in the early 1980s from her father, Melvin Miller. In earlier days the Waterfront was a magnet for fishermen and blue collar workers. It also lured judges and lawyers who would poke in for liquid lunches from the nearby courthouse. Today, that same demographic has made room for hipsters, bikers, police officers, business types, you name it. The bill of fare spans from the bar’s signature halfpound burgers smothered in grilled onions to recent additions like seared ahi and meatloaf sandwiches. Local beers also enter into the equation along with specialty cocktails and a few old-school brandies that oblige mostly to longtime customers. “We’ve always stayed with the trends,” says Chad Cline, a grandson of Nichols’ who co-manages the landmark prop-

By Frank Sabatini Jr. erty with his cousin, Jason Nichols. “But the pictures on the walls prove our age,” adds Cline, referring to bounteous photographs of fishermen who became regulars when San Diego ranked as the tuna capital of the world. An effigy of a fisherman hovering over the entrance lends further tribute to the bar’s original patronage. And then there is the curious urn perched on a high shelf at the end of the bar. It contains the ashes of Howard Bass, a devoted customer who came in daily to enjoy a bottle of red wine on the sidewalk patio. Indeed, his love for the place over many years remains unmatched. A friend and I took to the same patio on a recent visit, kicking off our lunch with a piling of chipotle cheese fries speckled generously with tender carne asada. So good, that a little gangster bird swiftly snatched a fry from my companion’s hand as he raised it to his lips. Dining anywhere al fresco, I’ve always maintained, comes with its fair share of comical incidents. Visiting the Waterfront without getting a burger is sacrilege. The kitchen slings a few hundred of them a week, using ground beef that’s a little higher than normal in fat content. The result is a juicy patty that moistens the bun with supreme flavor while pairing swimmingly to a top layer of soft, grilled onions, should you opt specifically for the house burger. Italian-style fish and chips are also a hot seller. The plate features a few pieces of Alaskan pollock that are breaded in seasoned bread crumbs from Gibaldi’s Bakery

Waterfront’s new meatloaf sandwich (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.) down the street. Nothing like the thickly battered English versions, this is more similar to fish served on Fridays in taverns throughout the Northeast: dry, herby and crisp on the outside; steamy, thin and delicate underneath. We also tried the new meatloaf sandwich garnished with arugula and tomato aioli. My companion thought the wide slab of meat tasted a little like Italian sausage while I detected a smoky pork flavor. It turns out the beef is mixed with ground bacon and a few secret spices for extra swank. Other savories tailored for drinking include crafty grilled cheese sandwiches, one of them using cheddar with cranberry wheat bread, plus Tijuana-style fish tacos, Philly cheese steaks and hearty chili constructed with pinquito beans that originate primarily from California’s Santa Maria Valley. The Waterfront opens daily at 6 a.m., when it starts greeting early birds with standard breakfast fare. Given its staunch following procured over multiple generations, the beauty of the place is that whether customers are toting briefcases or tackle boxes, everyone seamlessly coexists. Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began writing about food two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. He has since covered the culinary scene extensively for NBC; Pacific San Diego Magazine; San Diego Uptown News; Gay San Diego; Living in Style Magazine and The Gay & Lesbian Times. You can reach him at


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BRIEFS their 2013 summer season, including the annual Shakespeare Festival starting with “The Merchant of Venice” June 9 – Sept. 28. For information on the complete summer season as well as tickets for all shows, visit or call 619-234-5623.

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Sometimes boys just want to be girls. That seems the case with Coronado Playhouse’s latest musical romp called “Pageant.” This fast-paced 1991 offBroadway show by Bill Russell and Frank Kelly informs the audience about the crazy competitiveness that’s at the heart of all beauty pageants. But this local production has an obvious gender twist; all of the contestants in this competition are men in delightful drag. The director of the show, Jennie Gray Connard, not only directs six wanna-be contestants and an emcee; she manages to ser ve up some inventive choreography as well. Frankie Cavalier, played by Barron Henzel, is the show’s master of ceremonies. He ushers the contestants around the stage at an even pace so we can clearly determine who deser ves to wear the crown of “Miss Glamouresse.” The competitive categories remain, more or less, the same: swimsuit, evening ensemble and, of course, talent. One additional

assignment for these beauties is that they must act as spokesperson for the “Glamouresse” beauty product sponsor. Additionally, they must answer a call on the Beauty Crisis Hotline. Manny Bejarano takes on the role of Miss Industrial Northeast, demonstrating some fierce accordion playing, all the while, doing a slow roller skate across the stage. Frank Remiatte plays Miss Bible Belt with a preacher’s bombast and then demurely demonstrates the multiple benefits of smooth-as-marble facial spackle. Galvan (complete name) does interesting work as Miss West Coast, climbing out from an amniotic sack as his/her part of an interpretive dance. Sean Paul Boyd is Miss Great Plains and extolls the benefits of her Marshmallow Fluff. Brian P. Evans takes on Miss Texas with a tap dance and some clever whip-crackling tricks. Miss Deep South is played by Trevor Peringer, who sings while

handling duties as a puppeteer. If you want to be part of the judging panel, just plop down some extra cash and you’ll be given a voting ballot. Pam Stompoly-Ericson should be applauded for her costume designs; it’s not easy to dress up men and make them look like a presentable pageant contestant. Sean LaPerruque’s fourmember band did a fine job accompanying the contestants on their talent portion of the show as well as underscoring their unique Glamouresse presentations. In the end, it’s all whistles, laughs, and a bit of unabashed astonishment. Pageant plays Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., through May 13, at the Coronado Playhouse, located at 1835 Strand Way. For more information or tickets, call 619-435-4856 or visit Cuauhtémoc Kish is a freelance writer and fiber artist who has written about the theater for many years. He can be reached at

VOLUNTEERS COME TOGETHER TO BEAUTIFY LINEAR PARK Dozens of volunteers spent their Saturday morning April 27 working to restore the beauty of Linear Park, located behind the Office Depot at 835 West E St., Downtown. Just a year ago the park was ignored and garbage was left in bushes and sprinklers, plants and grass was destroyed. People chose to walk in the adjacent parking lot rather than walk through the park’s walkway; but with the combined efforts of volunteers from Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe program, area residents, officers from the San Diego Police Department, and members of the Southwest Marina Community Action Group (SWMCAG), the park was restored in late 2012. Rotary 33 members and Council President Todd Gloria teamed up with the Clean & Safe team to continue the beautification for Rotarians at Work Day. “Park space is essential to all neighborhoods, including Downtown,” said Gloria. “I was happy to spend my morning alongside my friends from the Downtown San Diego Partnership and Rotary 33 to ensure this park is in good condition for local residents and visitors.” Rotary 33 – San Diego’s largest rotary organization based in Downtown – and many other volunteers planted new flowers and ornamental plants and fertilized the lawn. They also painted light poles and removed graffiti and stickers. More than 25,000 Rotarians and volunteers work to better their communities each year on Rotarians at Work Day. For more information about the Downtown San Diego Partnership and Rotary 33, visit and

Council President Gloria helps plant flowers at Linear Park (Courtesy San Diego Downtown Partnership)



“It was really weird,” Ferry said. “When people think of porn, they think of Los Angeles, Porn Valley. So I was surprised when I got hired to help start an online publication for this porn company. At first, I refused to believe it was a reputable company that paid its employees on time.” He was amazed to discover that the benefits he received working in porn were outstanding, including a 401k, and a good medical plan that included dental. He also found it amusing that a company that made its living off of naked people had a strict dress code for non-porn employees. “When I started, you couldn’t wear blue jeans and you had to wear button-down shirts,” he said. “I thought that was ironic.” Ferry said during his sojourn into smut, he met many interesting people who inspired characters in his book, including a few porn stars, who don’t fit into a stereotypical box. “They run the gamut from the dumb stripper with a coke problem, to an intellectual Bay Area classically-trained musician,” Ferry said. During one interview, one of the actresses even came on to him, but he insists he declined. “I didn’t because the porn company had a very strict sexual harassment policy,” he said, laughing. “The company saw itself as female-friendly and had very strict standards about what performers could and couldn’t say on-camera.” One of the more amusing revelations Ferry put in the book is how porn insiders tend to refer to people not in the industry as “civilians,” much as military people might refer to non-soldiers. “There is a sense in the porn industry that anyone who is performing is, in some way, a member of an ‘elite’ military unit.” Though a megachurch is key to the plot, Ferry said he never worked in one. He included a church called “The Force” as a commentary on what he, as an East Coaster, feels San Diego to be like. “Two of the main crosscurrents in San Diego are evangelical religion and the sex industr y,” he said. “It’s what makes San Diego San Diego.” “Erovinia” is currently available on and has received good reviews from the insiders who’ve read it, but Ferry hopes to turn it into a mainstream movie. “I think the premise and the story are very cinematic and it would be insane not to make it into a movie,” he said. However, he said he has no interest in going back working in the adult film industry in any capacity. “It’s kind of like that crazy girlfriend who you once had,” he said. “It’s great while it lasted, but in hindsight, you realize you could never go through that again.” “Erovinia” is available for purchase at Alex Owen is a San Diego based freelance writer.v

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Coronado artists reunite after 60 years for library art show

Jack Minchin with his work

Curators (l-r) Mike Mead and Suzi Hagstrom

(Photo by Will Bowen)

(Photo by Will Bowen)

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One of the nicest things about Coronado is its library – a huge mansion-like building in a park setting with an excellent collection of books, music, and art, including some stellar murals by the renowned Mexican artist, Alfredo Ramos Martinez. Add to that some very fine furnishings, with some beautiful, richly stained wooden tables and chairs that you might find in a luxury setting, due in no small part to the artistic sensibilities of head librarian Christian Esquevin, who himself looks like he might have just stepped out of a Rembrandt painting. Esquevin’s goal is to emulate the grand old libraries of the East Coast that existed in circa 1900, and to expose his patrons, many of whom do not go to art museums, to the world of art. In addition to the two murals by Martinez, Esquevin also has an oil painting of Coronado’s Tent City by Sue McNary and a sculpture by Donald Hord on permanent display. In addition, running through May 31, the library has also installed an interesting exhibition, showcasing the artwork of Coronado High School (CHS) art teacher Esther Painter Hagstrom, who taught at the school from 1939-1951, along with artwork from nine of her notable students who continued on as artists. This exhibition is a great opportunity to ponder what is timeless about art and what is a product of a certain historical moment – in this case, the war years in Coronado – because all the art on exhibition is from that period. The show, featuring watercolor and oil paintings of various landscapes, boats, and buildings, was curated by Painter Hagstrom’s granddaughter, Suzy Hagstrom,

and assisted by Mike Mead, a young contemporary artist who recently moved to San Diego. Hagstrom, a retired journalist, recently donated all of her grandmother’s artwork to the library. On April 6, the library held a reception for the nine former students whose works are in the show – many of whom had not seen each other in over 50 years. They reminisced about the Coronado they grew up in and the art scene of the time and compared it to the Coronado of today and the world of contemporary art. Jack Minchin, who graduated from CHS in 1948, is one of the artists on display. “When I was going to CHS in the 1940s, just before and during the war, the town was like an armed camp – there were Marines living in tents on the beach.” Minchin said. “Every day they bussed in students from the Navy families living on North Island Naval Base. When I went on a date I often had to go out onto the base to pick the girl up.” Sarah Mott Durand, also a 1948 CHS graduate, took a 26hour train ride from Oregon to attend the artist reception. “You don’t know how delightful life was in Coronado in those days,” Mott Durand reflected. “We would roller skate all day long. … We used to collected scrap metal for the war effort by going up and down alleys. “Back in those days, art was fun,” she said. “It was less free than it is today and there was less variety; but you know, then or now, art is still the most important thing in our lives. If you look back at ancient civilizations, it’s their art that we remember. So the new idea that we should cut art from our school curriculums to save money is just plain ridiculous.” Artist Hildegarde Jaeger Stubbs remembers that Coro-

Head Librarian Christian Esquevin with mural by Alfredo Ramos Martinez (Photo by Will Bowen)

nado was very quiet in the 1940s, except for the Fourth of July parades, which she vividly remembers. “My father knew a ferry boat captain and we would go up to the wheel house and ride the ferry back and forth to San Diego,” said Jaeger Stubbs, adding she felt safe in Coronado back then and her parents gave her the freedom to explore the area. “Imagine letting a little girl go where ever she wanted. You can’t do that any more.” She said there is no need to get a formal art school education to be a good artist. “Just paint, paint, and paint, and take lessons from with people who are good. That is all that is really required,” she said. “[Coronado] was nirvana back then,” reflected Lois Drake Ferguson, another former CHS student. “I remember digging for sand crabs and ghost shrimp under the bridge that used to

connect Coronado with North Island, across what was known as the “Spanish Byte” – an inlet that almost cut Coronado in two.” She said eventually the bay was dredged, the Byte was filled, and a golf course and officer housing were built there. “Since there was no TV, I ended up reading every book in the library. … In my opinion, the art of today is about the same as it was then. Anyway, it all comes from the same pot of creativity,” said Drake Ferguson While the art of Painter Hagstrom’s nine former CHS students will eventually go home, hers will remain in the library’s collection and be rotated in for viewing on a permanent basis. For further information about the exhibition, call Coronado Head Librarian Esquevin at 519522-7395 or curator Suzie Hagstrom at 619-758-0532 or see the website estherpainterhagstom.


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FRIDAY – MAY 3 Bike to Work Month: Thousands of riders will participate to save money. Visit one of 90 “pit stops” around county for free T-shirt & snacks. Register miles ridden for month and win prizes. For more info visit icommute. Mad House Comedy: Come see Steve Trevino from Showtime & Comedy Central. Enjoy comedy, a full dinner menu and free parking. 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza, Downtown. Tickets $20. Fore more info: SATURDAY – MAY 4 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 – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets. FREE. Second Annual Chocolate Festival: Includes two-day (Sat & Sun) tasting and educational showcase, with scavenger hunts, crafts, games wine & chocolate pairings, more. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Festival included with price of museum admission. Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N. Harbor Dr.,

Embarcadero. For more info: 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 Eve Selis: Live music with the winner of seven SDMAs. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355.

SUNDAY – MAY 5 Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 400 block of Third Avenue between Island Avenue and J Street – FREE San Diego Public Market: Every Wednesday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1735 National Avenue (near Petco Park). – FREE Coronado Ferry Landing Concert Series: Nadro John, 2 – 5 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE IPA Fest: Taste and vote for your very favorite IPAs, all brewed in San Diego County. Sponsored by West Coaster and includes Green Flash, Ballast Point, Stone, Hillcrest Brewing, more. $20 passport gets tastings, vote, food, swag. LOUNG-

ESix, 616 J St., Fourth Floor, Downtown. For tickets, visit:

MONDAY – MAY 6 Senior Monday at the Fleet: Noon lecture, “It’s All About Orbits,” plus IMAX film “Hubble,” Science Center exhibits included. 2 p.m., $7 for seniors 65+. Reuben H. Fleet Space Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more info visit or call 619-238-1233 TUESDAY – MAY 7 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 WEDNESDAY – MAY 8 SDG&E Energy Showcase: Eighth annual event with 75 exhibitors from around world previewing cutting-edge, energy-saving technologies and services. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Open to public at no cost. Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Ma-

rina. 1380 Harbor Dr., Downtown. For more info visit Painting and Vino: Every Tuesday, local professional artists instruct attendees on painting a masterpiece. All supplies included, registration is required. 21+. 6 - 9 p.m. The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. For more info visit paintingandvino. com.

THURSDAY – MAY 9 Bo Bice in concert: American Idol finalist with a three-course dinner and music package. Dinner 5-6:30 p.m., with performance at 6:30 p.m. $50 or $55. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. For tickets visit or call 619-233-4355. Trivia: Every Thursday, everyone can play and it’s free. Bring a team or play alone. 7 – 9 p.m., the Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. More info FRIDAY – MAY 10 Bo Bice in concert: American Idol finalist with a three-course dinner and music package. Dinner 5-6:30 p.m., with performance at 6:30 p.m. $50 or $55. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave.,

Gaslamp. For tickets visit or call 619-233-4355. 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 Live Music- Blue Frog Group: 6-9 p.m. during Kettner Nights. San Diego Harley Davidson 2400 Kettner Blvd. sandiegoharley. com Sights & Sips Cocktail Cruise: Individuals and groups are invited to experience most scenic happy hour in San Diego. Boarding 5:30, cruise 6 – 8 p.m. Three day advance reservation required. Hornblower, 970 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero.

SATURDAY – MAY 11 Live Music – Bela Vida Brasileira: Brazilian fusion duo. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE SUNDAY – MAY 12 Coronado Ferry Landing Concert Series: Dixi Jazz Kats, 2 – 5 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE

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CALENDAR Heal Your Life: A transformational workshop based on the teachings of Louise L. Hay, presented by spiritual coach and laughter yoga instructor Lupita Villalvazo. 4 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE

MONDAY – MAY 13 City Council meeting: 2 p.m. Mondays, 202 C St., 12th floor – FREE. TUESDAY – MAY 14 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. WEDNESDAY – MAY 15 Open Mic Poetry: Alchemy poetry series organized by author, editor and poet, Seretta Martin. Special guest award-winning author Brynn Saito. 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 – MAY 16 Live Music – Gilbert Castellanos & The New Latin Jazz Quintet: Classically trained Latin jazz trumpeter, combines contemporary & classical. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355. FRIDAY – MAY 17 Bike to Work Day: Thousands of riders will participate to save money. Visit one of 90 “pit stops” around county for free T-shirt & snacks. Register miles ridden for month and win prizes. For more info visit Contradance: American folk dancing that’s family friendly, social and interactive. Free 30 min dance workshop prior to 8 p.m. performance, with calling by Frannie Marr, live music by Tectonic Shakedown. Wear soft shoes & comfortable clothes. Trinity Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St. More info at Tribute to Jim Croce: The Benedetti Trio’s tribute to Jim Croce (7:30 p.m.) and James Taylor (9:30 p.m.), The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. More info 98bottlessd. SATURDAY – MAY 18 Live Music – Stacey & The Stimulators: Soul rocking jazz and blues. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or visit – FREE Coffee with your Council President: Discuss what is important to you. 10-11:30 a.m., The Gathering Bar and Grill, 902 W. Washington St., Mission Hills. SUNDAY – MAY 19 Coronado Ferry Landing Concert Series: Teagan Taylor Trio, 2 – 5 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE MONDAY – MAY 20 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., members get 25 percent off selections. This month’s book is The Paris Wife, by Paula McLaine. To join, speak to a clerk or email Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or visit

TUESDAY – MAY 21 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. WEDNESDAY – MAY 22 Buzz Aldrin book signing: Apollo 11 astronaut will be signing his new book “Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration” and his children’s book “Look to the Stars.” Only books purchased from museum online will be signed. Event $29, includes museum admission, signing, exhibits, 3D theater, simulator rides. Book prices vary. San Diego Air & Space Museum, 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park. For more info, visit: Sue Palmer: Live music with the Queen of Boogie Woogie. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355.

and jazz. 7 – 9 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse (Seaport Village) 835C West Harbor Dr. Call 619-232-4855 or – FREE Coronado Ferry Landing Summer Concert Series: Coronado Big Band, 2 – 5 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE

SUNDAY – MAY 26 Coronado Ferry Landing Summer Concert Series: Blue Frog Band, 2 – 5 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE MONDAY – MAY 27 Coronado Ferry Landing Summer Concert Series: Swamp Critters, 2 – 5 p.m., 1201 First Street at B Avenue. – FREE TUESDAY – MAY 28 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

THURSDAY – MAY 23 Trivia: Every Thursday, everyone can play and it’s free. Bring a team or play alone. 7 – 9 p.m., The Back Room at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite #110. More info 98bottlessd.

WEDNESDAY – MAY 29 Senior Health & Fitness Day: Presented by St. Paul’s Senior Home & Services in conjunction with a national day of senior fitness and awareness, this event offers free health screenings, various seminars, caregiver resources, nutritional information, and fitness classes. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. St. Paul’s Villa, 2340 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill. For more information, call 619239-6900 or visit

FRIDAY – MAY 24 Mad House Comedy: Come see “The Love Master” Craig Shoemaker. Comedy, a full dinner menu and free parking. 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza, Downtown. Tickets $20. Fore more info:

THURSDAY – MAY 30 Live Music – Gilbert Castellanos & The New Latin Jazz Quintet: Classically trained Latin jazz trumpeter, combines contemporary & classical. 7:30 p.m. Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Visit or call 619-233-4355.

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Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald Dinosaurs From a flesh-eating Tyrannosaurus Rex to the plant-munching Iguanodon, the Natural History Museum serves up a Mesozoic era dinosaur exhibit titled Dino Jaws. A better description might be: Who’s coming to dinner? This animated replication of behemoths that roamed earth between 240 million and 65 million years ago reveals what and how they ate ... even the mess they left behind. It’s brought together with intriguing fossil evidence, hands-on exhibits, scientific insights and 10 lifelike and spectacular animatronics. “We see dinosaurs depicted in popular culture nearly every day, but don’t often think about dinosaurs as real, living animals with biological processes that every other animal alive today experience,” said Kesler Randall, paleontologist and local curator of the Dino Jaws exhibition. “Feeding behaviors can be determined by jaw muscle and variation of teeth. The exhibit focuses on understandings from discoveries of feathered dinosaurs in the Mongolian Gobi Desert‘s Flaming Cliffs in the last 10 years. “Researchers found beautifully preserved skeletons and good body outlines,” Randall said. The timing at the museum couldn’t have been better since

Hollywood has virtually pushed the “panic button” by retooling the Jurassic Park film into a three-dimension thriller where these giants appear to jump from the screen. We walked through a make believe land of protruding, teethsnapping and roaring dinosaurs while others are depicted amidst a timeless habitat, ecological conditions researchers believe might have existed. Museum visitors will come face-to-face with the plant-eating Iguanodon and Euoplocephalus. The exhibition introduces visitors to the fascinating, and sometimes messy, subject of dinosaurs and their food. Dino Jaws, which has never before been seen in the United States, runs through Sept. 12. To get a better feel of things, the curious can even undertake a “virtual dig” to unearth fossilized teeth, claws or stomach contents using specialist tools. The dig

A Sauropod from the “Dino Jaws” exhibit. (Courtesy Natural History Museum)

will be based on the discovery of Baryonyx – a giant fish-eating dinosaur – found just outside London. Randall pointed out that many new types of dinosaurs, mammals and reptiles emerged during the Jurassic, including the plated dinosaurs and the Sauropods — heavy, long-necked beasts that walked on four legs. There were also large meat-eating Theropods. Reconstruction has been led by using skin fragments and feathers similar to small young birds or chicks. “The extinction event of 65 million years ago was somewhat selective and not all the animals on earth died,” Randall explained. “There are a number of theories why they became extinct but the meteor impact created a perfect

storm for them to die. There also was a large amount of volcanism going on in Asia. “You also had a drying up of a sea way in the middle of the continent where the Kansas plains are now. That had provided a large habitat for these animals.” Theropods descendants are modern birds. “There’s a number of hypothesis about birds and the origin of flight,” Randall continued. “It is believed birds climbed trees at first, utilizing feathers or hairs only to stay warm.” This exhibition was originally developed by The Natural History Museum in London. Support for the San Diego exhibition is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. And elsewhere around the Park – Retiring Executive Director Jeffrey Kirsch will be honored May 11 for his 30 years of leadership at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Kirsch is former chair of the Giant Screen Cinema Association and former president of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership. He is recognized as a pioneer and major contributor to the production and exhibition of IMAX films ... Buzz Aldrin who, together with Neil Armstrong, became the first to land on the moon with Apollo 11, will be at the Air & Space Museum May 22 for a book signing of his book Mission to Mars, co-authored by Leonard David … the annual Old Globe Theatre honors theatrical auditions for high school students is scheduled for May 4-5 and final performances are set for May 20. Winners will advance to New York City for added scholarships. After an award winning, 38year 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

Late Spring Indulgences

Drink Shrink Jeff Josenhans With summer just around the corner and almost a half-year of New Year’s resolutions well underway, it’s a great opportunity to take some time off and indulge in some of Downtown’s latest additions to the food and beverage scene. Hold off on moving your social life to the beach just one more month and check out the following new hot spots! Gang Kitchen has been a welcome, hip, Asian-inspired addition to the dining scene bringing some hip, but relaxed energy to an area on Sixth that was for a long time a dead zone. This dead zone is actually growing fast and after dinner at Gang Kitchen how about dessert at a hamburger joint? Weird, I know, but the alcoholic milkshakes at The Counter are a great way to replace dessert any day. Not to mention that nothing really says indulgence more than combing ice cream and bourbon, right? In the same area you will find perhaps the best-designed speakeasy I have seen in quite some time at Cat Eye Club. It’s retro, but just enough! After a quick smoke and brisk walk (trust me you’ll need

one after that milkshake) go and check out the latest addition to – the original San Diego speakeasy of the last decade – Prohibition. They have a new Scotch room, which was once a closet, that is the best usage of space in a bar I might have ever seen. To top the evening off the latest FLUXX design is definitely worth a visit for all of you club-goers. How to end a night like that? First, sleep in the next day. Then, head down to the US Grant for their new make-it-yourself waffle buffet happening now every Sunday in the Grant Grill. Then go on yet another much needed walk and soak in the coming summer sun. Enjoy your weekend of indulgence. You can thank me later! In just three years, level 2 CMS Sommelier and Master Mixologist Jeff Josenhans has changed the dynamic in The Grant Grill Downtown from a classic institution to an exciting lounge and elegant restaurant. Taking the kitchen’s “Farm to Table” philosophy to the bar, he has developed a seasonal cocktail program based largely on the hotel’s rooftop garden. He can be reached at jeff.josenhans@

Grant Grill’s new Raw Apple Martini (Photo by Sara Norris)

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS Alex’s Red Barn Winery and Distillery 39820 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591 951-693-3201 |

Red Barn Winery: A craft micro distillery in Temecula There is now a distillery in San Diego’s Wine Country: Alex’s Red Barn is not only a winery but is now also Temecula’s only distillery specializing in fine “estate” brandies. These brandies, a total of four now, are triple-distilled in an artisanal European copper still. They are: (1) Stingagree Pastis, an anise-flavored brandy infused with licorice root and other herbs. Dilute it with four parts water and add ice to enjoy the most seductive, refreshing afternoon drink. (2) White Pastis has only anise added to it. As with the Stingaree Pastis, add water and ice cubes to enjoy with meals. (3) Alex’s Red Barn Brandy is an aged brandy with minimum of two years in oak barrels. It has a velvety smoothness reminiscent of the most expensive French cognacs Brandy is considered one of the most elegant and fashionable after-dinner drinks around the world. (4) Grappa, a uniquely Italian drink, is made of Muscat grapes. Italians drink it after dinner and call it a “digestive,” or add it to their morning espresso, calling it “caffee corretto.”

Café Sevilla

353 Fifth Ave. San Diego CA 92101 Mizuho Sato began the nascent stages of her career practicing ballet at the age of five in Iwate, Japan. She studied dance at the Royal Ballet Academy of England, and fell in love with Flamenco at the Sophia University in Tokyo. She travelled to Spain in 1997 to fully immerse herself in Flamenco and Spanish culture, and came back to Japan to win the most prestigious flamenco competition in Japan.

While in Spain she received training from prestigious instructors such as Manolo Marin, Maria del Mar Verragna, Javier Cruz, and Alicia Marquez. In March 2010, she performed at the first annual Los Angeles Flamenco Festival in the company of Briseyda Zarate and Jose Tanaka. She currently teaches and performs in LA and San Diego. Mizuho recently appeared as the Flamenco dancing cat in DreamWorks’ “Puss in Boots.” Laura Gorenstein Miller discussed Mizuho’s talent with the LA Times: “Mizuho Sato was the Flamenco reference for Antonio Banderas … technically she’s impeccable, and her speed, the way she attacks things – I needed that kind of power for Antonio.” One can see Mizuho at the Art of Flamenco dinner shows at Café Sevilla on Saturdays, but please call ahead 619-233-5979 to verify specific weekends that she will be at the San Diego location.

2013 Coronado Historic Home Tour

Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual Coronado Historic Home Tour has become a Mother’s Day tradition that is often combined with brunch or an early dinner at one of Coronado’s fine restaurants. This year’s Tour promises another very special afternoon with six homes featuring classic architectural styles ranging from a Queen Anne built in the late 1800s to a Mid-Century modern, and a stunning Craftsman remodel to a two-story Spanish Revival mansion. The homes are situated in two beautiful Coronado neighborhoods. All six homes retain their historic charm and original architectural “bones,” but most have been meticulously remodeled, expanded or restored in some fashion. The Queen Anne, built around the time the Hotel del Coronado

was constructed, retains its original floors, hardware and woodworking details reminiscent of the Del, and many exotic tree specimens planted by the Hotel’s horticulturist. A 1912 home on the tour was just declared the winner of Coronado’s first-ever GEM (Going-the-Extra-Mile) award for its remarkable renovation. The 2013 Coronado Historic Home Tour will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Sunday, May 12. (Please note that children under 10 are not permitted and there is limited wheelchair access.) Call 619-435-7242 or visit to purchase tickets.

Walnut Avenue Dentistry

305 Walnut Ave., San Diego, CA, 92101 619-291-1181 | CAD/CAM in Dentistry – it all started in the 1950s when Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) were introduced and became the standard of industrial manufacturing. There have been several factors leading to the use of CAD/CAM in dentistry. First, consumer demand for single-visit dentistry satisfies our patients’ busy lifestyles. The CEREC single-visit crown or onlay to restore a broken down tooth gives patients the freedom to choose the best restorative options, since the time element of multiple dental visits is mitigated. Secondly, high quality all-ceramic choices to restore teeth are in demand for patients looking for more natural smiles, in a single visit. Giving patients the best treatment possible is what we do … when tooth structure is saved and a patient has a new tooth completed in one visit, the patient benefits on multiple levels. The CEREC experience provides an efficient and predictable outcome to an otherwise difficult procedure.


PureFitness: Goal setting

Fitness Scott Markey As my readers know, I talk a lot about goal setting when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. What I recommend you do is start by asking yourself: “What do I want to achieve?” Then I suggest writing down five things you will have to start doing this week to reach those goals. You should be specific. State exactly how much fat you want to lose, or how much muscle you want to gain, and how you are going to do it. Then write a brief paragraph stating why you are absolutely committed to achieving this goal. Get excited about this. Remember this is your chance to finally make it happen, so don’t hesitate! Each evening, open your journal and read what you have written on previous days. Read about your goals, and for at least five minutes, sit down somewhere quiet and visualize yourself doing the things you know will be necessary to make your dreams a reality. Be very specific and detailed. Envision yourself following a regimented nutrition and training program – feeding your body with the quality protein, carbs, and nutrients it needs to recover from your workouts. Picture yourself turning down those desserts and junk food. Feel the sense of control and pride that you will have and how excited you will be, knowing you are actually doing it and following through with your plan. Now write down four things you did that

day which brought you closer to achieving your goals and two things you could have done better. Promise yourself you will improve on your weak points in the coming days and weeks. Decide what you want – be precise. Clarity is Power! Take action, because desire is not always enough. Remember, “baby steps” always, and you will achieve your results without burning out too quickly. I see this happen quite a bit, as people want results right away and quit when that does not happen. Take your time. Be methodical, and it will happen. Really try to learn your body and notice what is working and what is not, so you don’t expend energy going in the wrong direction. Don’t be too concerned if you make some mistakes along the way. Everyone does, it’s part of the process. Failures often provide the insight you will need to change things to reach your long-term goals. I cannot emphasize enough how important goal setting is in exercise. Throughout my professional career and years of training, having a “Master Plan” or journal was instrumental to my success. For years, I wrote down everything! By doing this you wont make the same mistake twice, and will know what works for you and what does not. This is a full proof-plan for success. Feel free to send me your success stories. Visualize it. You will succeed! Scott Markey has over 25 years in the Fitness and Health industry. He has graced dozens of magazines covers and specializes in physique management, training, and nutritional consultation. You can find him on Facebook or reach him at

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Death and digital data er. These services allow you to securely save all your passwords and keep them safe using one master password. 2) Terms of Ser vice and Company Policies Few people actually read the Terms of Service when they sign up for an online account, and companies scrupulously enforce them. For example, Google does not generally grant access to Gmail accounts to an account holder’s heirs or representatives. Fortunately, Google has recognized the importance of your digital data and recently launched “Google’s Inactive Account Manager.” It functions much like a digital will, letting users choose settings for what they want to happen to data in their Google accounts if they die or become inactive for a specified period of time.

These F inancial T imes Taylor Schulte “Sixty-three percent of people don’t know what will happen to their digital data after they die.” – Rocket Lawyer, online legal service. What is digital data? Digital data is all the “stuff” we collect, store, and share online with others. This includes emails, documents, images, social networking accounts, online shopping accounts, and more. Although much of it might make living easier, more productive, or simply more fun, it makes estate planning more complex. Traditionally, upon death or incapacitation, a fiduciary would look through mail, bank statements and paper records to gather the needed information. Now much of this information is collected and stored on the internet, which makes data finding challenging, and at times, impossible. The following are three significant obstacles to accessing information along with some suggested planning strategies: 1) Passwords and Encr yption Microsoft generally recommends using strong passwords that are at least fourteen characters long, using a mix of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. This is great for financial security but challenging for a fiduciary attempting to access critical information. One way to solve the problem is to utilize a software tool, such as LastPass, 1Password, KeePass, RoboForm, or Keep-

3) Criminal Law/Stored Communications Act Both the ECPA and the CFAA protect against unlawful interception of messages that are stored (such as email messages). Under these laws, unauthorized access to computer messages is a federal crime. In addition, the Stored Communications Act creates privacy rights to protect the contents of certain electronic communications and files from disclosure by certain service providers. For fiduciaries, these are are simply more roadblocks to accessing information. What’s the solution? Plan ahead. Prepare a list of your digital data and how to access it. This list can be indexed and stored on a flash drive, the Cloud, a safe deposit box, home safe, and/or with a data management company such as AssetLock. Planning for digital assets is a developing area of the law. It is critical you plan for what should happen to your digital property with the understanding that these plans may need to be updated often. For a copy of our Family Information Planner that will help get you started, please contact me at my office and I’ll be happy to help. Taylor Schulte is a Financial Advisor for Beverly Hills Wealth Management in Downtown San Diego. Taylor specializes in providing independent, objective, financial advice to individuals, families, and businesses. He can be reached at taylor. or 619-881-0388.v




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Recommended: Cognitive Dissonance Jennifer DeCarlo Artist and illustrator Kelly McKernan’s work is mythic and primal. The human form is often hybridized and McKernan’s favorite human form seems to be the female figure, at least in part. In Fester the torso of a woman crowned with a raven stands on the gnarled roots of a tree, and in Sentry, red-tailed twins are bound by flesh and chained wrists. Still other figures have dragonfly wings, rabbit ears, and hair of coral. The works engage the language of fantasy with such strength that they transcend; dedicated looking leads us to discover that the works are actually literally felt and transcribed. It is through this dualcharged language of lush watercolor that the tales of internal struggle and personal growth unfold. In Fester we immediately sense heaviness. There is an opposition between two worlds, two planes, two distinct realities being represented by earth and sky. The figure appears in the moment of transition, and while we sense the struggle, we wonder if our black-haired maiden is trying to shake loose from her holdings to soar or fall away from the shadows to ground herself. In Sentry we may consider the exhibition title – Cognitive Dissonance literally – and wonder if the two figures depicted are actually the duality of a single character whose headdress and elevated glance carry the suggestion of status. We turn again with curiosity to the figure’s chains and wonder if the cost of

“Sentry,” watercolor, Kelly McKernan/ (Courtesy Subtext Gallery and the Artist)

freedom has anything to do with the integrity of self – at choices made or unmade. What is so thrilling about these pieces is their open-endedness, their ability to expose the untold stories of internal struggle, resolution, understanding, and self-acceptance, in a language that is both ethereal and gritty.v

Subtext Gallery 2479 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy

Exhibition Dates: May 3 - June 9, 2013 Opening Reception May 3, 6 – 10 p.m. Private showings are available Monday-Saturday by appointment


Couples who play together, stay together It’s an issue all couples face at one time or another, especially in today’s fast-paced world. How do you achieve a healthy balance between home and career? Unfortunately, there are no magical answers but there are some things couples can do to make it work. One way is to make time for fun. It sounds so simple, but as busy as we are, we sometimes have to be reminded to slow down and relax a little. And living in a gorgeous place like San Diego, there’s no reason not to have fun. Between our beautiful beaches, our vibrant Downtown scene and all the hidden walking trails in our canyons, there’s so much to do and you don’t have to spend a lot of money. One of our favorite activities is to go for a morning walk before we start our workday. Neighborhoods like Coronado or Bankers Hill are ideal because you can get a nice workout and explore all the fabulous homes while spending time together. It’s also a great way to kick off the day! As a matter of fact, we were on one of our morning walks when we came up with our latest idea – to create a new Couples Scavenger Hunt. Over the years, we’ve received a lot of calls from people requesting “romantic themed scavenger hunts.” Some were newlyweds, others were about to be married, and still others had been dating for years; but they all had one thing in common: they wanted to have fun as a couple and they wanted to experience it with friends. This type of scavenger hunt

It’s All Happening Marc and Darlynne Menkin can be done anywhere, but Downtown is the most requested. The tasks involved run the gamut, from couples reminiscing about their first date, to posing underneath the famous kissing statue along the Embarcadero. In case you’re not sure what that is, it’s a 25-foot tall sculpture of a sailor and a nurse kissing to mark the end of World War II, called “Unconditional Surrender.” For the more active couples, we’ve even designed fun relay races where teams are paired off in twos. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing couples smiling and laughing as they’re trying to beat the competition in a three-legged race or potato sack challenge. The end result? Couples have a blast because it brings out the kid in them. Since the private Couples Scavenger Hunts have been so much fun, we’re now offering it as a public event. This new Relationship Building Scavenger Hunt comes with a twist, thanks to relationship expert Scott

Milnes, who will incorporate some fun relationship-building tasks into the three-hour event. “One of the main challenges couples face is our hurried pace of life,” Milnes said. “Everyone wants things fast and immediately, but the benefit of the Scavenger Hunt is that you’re actively allocating time to slow down and have fun together.” The next public Relationship Building Scavenger Hunt will be held from 4:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 in Balboa Park. You can sign up by emailing us at Mention our “It’s All Happening” column and you’ll receive a special discounted price. We want to hear from you! Describe your “Dream Date” in San Diego. Where would you go and what would you do? Be creative and name specific places you would visit and why. The most creative and romantic dream date description will win two tickets to an upcoming Downtown Saturday Scavenger Hunt and two tickets to our Neighborhoods of Balboa Park Walking Tour, held on selected Mondays. Email your descriptions to by June 28, 2013. Marc & Darlynne Menkin are the co-owners of “Where You Want To Be Tours.” Many of their tours and team-building scavenger hunts feature secret Downtown areas. They can be reached at For more info about their walking, bicycle and bus tours of San Diego, visit

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Saturday, April 20, 2013 A Fundraiser for

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Just Call Us Volunteers Just Call Us Volunteers is a local nonprofit that caters (literally) to the homeless in San Diego. Working closely with Alpha Project, PATH and the Neil Good Center Downtown, among others, this bustling group serves up hot, healthy meals to area homeless year-round and on holidays and was recently selected to serve homeless veterans at the Veteran’s Village Stand Down. On Saturday, April 20, dozens of San Diego and Tijuana chefs representing their restaurants converged at the San Diego Public Market to help President Julie Darling host her second annual fundraiser, with this year’s theme the Taste of Asia. Attendees got to enjoy Asian dragon dancers, a martial arts demonstration, sumo wrestling, while Asian style tastings and drink options abounded.



San Diego Downtown News | May 2013


Fashion Files

Diana Cavagnaro Blank Slate Creative Studio The Blank Slate Creative Studio held their grand opening on March 30. The 900-square-foot room located at 2110 Hancock Street at the foot of Mission Hills is attracting local artists, such as hair stylists, make-up artists, photographers, and designers. This creative business rents the studio along with the opportunity to rent hair & makeup stations and chairs, and is the brainchild of Gwendolyn Sneed who has 18 years of hairstyling experience. Clients First Place winner Sarah Davidson with her creation at Fashion Redux! start out with a “blank slate” and every(Photo by Diana Cavagnaro) thing is movable in the building. It’s is a Complimenting the evening, Mesa College profesgreat place to have a fashion shoot, an art show, hold sor Susan Lazear gave a lecture on the history of the a class, or launch a new line of clothing or jewelry. 1920s. This was a period of a great economic boom Currently the studio has two pop-up boutiques and the flapper fashions reflected this prosperity currently on display: limited edition cut & sew from with a tubular silhouette, a drop waist, Perma Wave Michelle Aquino’s M. Dot Design Studios, and ThisHairstyles, and cloche hats. This period added many 1Bag, which provides fair trade bags from Cambodia embellishments to women’s clothing, such as intriand then donates to charities. Blank Slate also offers cate beading and delicate fringe. make-up classes by Marisol and provides marketing The sponsors of this event were Nordstrom, the services, graphic design and PR services. Costume Council at the San Diego History Center, Blank Slate was all “abuzz” at the grand opening San Diego Mesa College, The FGI of San Diego, as everyone intermingled and talked about all the and Bad Madge. If you missed this event, Davidpossibilities for this unique space. The crowd was son’s award-winning garment along with the 1920s also having fun with a Shutter Booth that was on inspirational garment, will be on display for the entire hand for everyone’s pleasure. For more information month of December this year. about this innovative space visit: Lord Wallington Lord Wallington is a custom bow tie and necktie business created by Immanuel & Anda Ontiveros. March 30 was the launch party for this colorful business at the Vocabulary Boutique, located on Cedar Street Downtown. These colorful bow ties are the perfect addition to a stylish outfit. A unique feature of these bow ties is that they come in panels, which allow them to be interchangeable. Two different fabrics or designs can be connected at the back of the neck and then tied together, offering a very different bowtie. Another addition is that customers can have their initials embroidered on the bowties and this is very popular for weddings. Clients can also send their preferred fabric to them for a custom-made bow tie or necktie. One of their customers is The Hawk at UFC in Las Vegas. They designed a bow tie for him to represent his character with feathers. The Ontiveros’ rescued a dog they named Wally and then named their business Lord Wallington after him. Proceeds from the evening went to The Ark Animal Rescue. To see these fabulous bow ties, stop by Vocabulary at 414 W. Cedar St. or visit Fashion Redux! The San Diego History Center presented the final party for Fashion Redux! 2013 in Balboa Park on April 13. The theme for this second annual soiree was the ‘Roaring 20s’ and the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory performed the music. Executive Director Charlotte Cagan was on hand to welcome the guests, as winners were announced for the design contest. The process began with the registrar, Tammie Bennett, pulling four 1920s garments from their collection. Students from San Diego Mesa College Fashion Program had twelve weeks to create a garment inspired by one of these incredible designs from the 1920s. These garments were judged by professionals in the fashion industry in addition to several members of the staff at Mesa College and the History Center. The first place winner was Sarah Davidson; second place, Arturo Ramirez; and third place, Gustavo Villalobos. This year a “People’s Choice” award was given to Evangelina Cadena. Davidson was awarded a dress form, a $75 gift certificate at JoAnn Fabrics, and a year family membership at the History Center.

Upcoming Events May 2 – Leap into Fashion: Two fashion shows by Fashion Forward and Boutique Shopping. 7 – 10 p.m. The W Hotel, Downtown San Diego. For more info or tickets: May 4 – Derby Party at the Barley Mash: Prizes for best outfit & best hat. $35 tickets include Chef Kevin’s bluegrass brunch & mint julep with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. For info: May 6 – Introducing Nico Doniele: Fashion, occasion and beauty capelli: a day of hands-on styling and make-up with lunch included. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. RSVP by May 3. Blank Slate 2110 Hancock St., Suite 201. For information email May 10 – Golden Scissors Fashion Show: Reception & silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m., Fashion show & awards at 7:30 p.m. Sheraton Hotel & Marina. For information call: 619.388.2205. May 16 – Hats Off to San Diego – Light Up the World Through Giving: A luncheon, hat fashion show & awards program. 10:30 a.m. at the Del Mar Country Club. For information call Leslie Carter at 858-750-2104. May 21 – Neiman Marcus/Globe Guilders Celebrating Couture Fashion Show: A luncheon and fashion show featuring designer Naeem Khan. Proceeds benefit The Old Globe Theatre. Hilton San Diego Bayfront. For tickets: globeguilders.ejoinme. org/?tabid=438790 May 24 – Lizz Russell Cocktails & Couture Collection with special guest models: A portion of the proceeds will benefit GBS/CIDP International Foundation. 6:30-8 p.m. The Versailles Ballroom, Westgate Hotel, Downtown. For reservations: May 30 – San Diego’s Fifth Annual “IT” Fashion Show: featuring fashion designs from students at The Art Institute of California-San Diego on the USS Midway from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Tickets available: Diana Cavagnaro is a nationally recognized hat designer and milliner, and has been in the fashion business for 30 years. The last 20 of those years she’s operated her business from Downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, while moonlighting in the Fashion department at San Diego Mesa College. She can be reached at

San Diego Downtown News | May 2013



San Diego Downtown News | May 2013

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