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Infrastructure backlog takes center stage Hutton Marshall Downtown Assistant Editor

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When Jim “Jimbo” Someck sought to open another organic and natural food grocery store, Downtown San Diego was not at the top of his list. “I didn’t think I could find a place Downtown that had much space,” Someck said. He said he also didn’t like the idea of opening inside a mall, since cars could not park right in front of the store. To make matters worse, when Someck first toured the intended space in April of 2011, he was not happy, later calling it “an abomination.” Owner Jim “Jimbo” Someck addressed the crowd at the opening of new Downtown The idea seemed doomed from store. (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley) the start, but Westfield managethree-level space within the popular cutting ceremony and a number ment was willing to work with the of speakers, including “Jimbo” Downtown shopping destination. local grocery chain, and as of Oct, himself and several local officials A walk-up entrance via steps or 16, Jimbo’s …Naturally! became who each took turns at the podium: an escalator exists on level one, the newest tenant within Westfield County Supervisor Don Roberts, the store is physically located on Horton Plaza. Someck not only Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, City level two, and new escalators and found adequate space for his fifth Councilmember Lori Zapf and San a “cartveyor” were installed to location, the 28,000-square-foot Diego Downtown Partnership CEO shuttle shoppers up to parking on store became his largest. Kris Michell, among others. the fourth level. Through a series of tweaks “I’ve been involved in the Several hundred people attendin the conceptual phase, Someck ed the grand opening festivities on and the mall’s ownership devised Oct. 16—which included a ribbona mutual plan that resulted in a see Jimbos, page 6

A reset for Downtown Downtown Partnership publishes a detailed vision for the future

At the Oct. 28 meeting of the Infrastructure Committee— a committee created just last December—a $120 million “Infrastructure bond” was unanimously approved both to pump money into addressing the depleted condition of the city’s physical assets and to provide funding for new capital projects. If ok’d by the full council in January, this will be the largest of three general obligation bonds passed in the last five years created to address the city’s aging physical assets. “This infrastructure bond will help us improve our neighborhoods to levels San Diegans deserve,” Interim Mayor Gloria said in a recent press release announcing the bond’s proposal. “Repairing streets, storm drains and replacing failing aging facilities with bond funds is fiscally responsible and community focused.” While this bond will give a significant amount of funding to street repair and capital project funding, a key aspect of the infrastructure problem is identifying the scope of the project backlog. A survey of the city’s streets, storm drains and buildings in 2011 put San Diego’s deferred capital backlog at an estimated $898 million—and this number likely now well exceeds $1 billion. Currently, San Diego is performing the first-ever analysis of San Diego’s sidewalks, and an updated building analysis will begin in January, which should paint a clearer picture of the city’s

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Since taking over Downtown San Diego Partnership a few years ago, CEO Kris Michell has forged a vision for the organization that will take Downtown San Diego into the next 20 years, but it wasn’t without help. Earlier this year, Michell and her staff took to the streets—literally—to find out what the residents of Downtown and the outlying communities of the region wanted to see Downtown become. Starting with a previous report done several years prior by The San Diego Foundation, the Downtown Partnership staff had a starting point.

Imagine Downtown addresses transportation issues. (Courtesy San Diego Downtown Partnership)

Director of External Affairs Staci Ignell organized 38 different town hall meetings with residents of each Downtown neighborhood as well as dozens of outlying communities and neighborhoods around the region. Although participation was much higher in the

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Balboa Park volunteers saluted by their ‘Friends’ Manny Lopez Downtown News

The Friends of Balboa Park (FOBP) celebrated its 13th annual “Salute to Volunteers and Visionaries,” on Oct. 29, with an award luncheon at the historic Balboa Park Club ballroom. The awards recognized outstanding volunteers that have demonstrated significant and long-term contributions of service to the park. Formed in 1998, FOBP— originally named the Millennium Society—is a non-profit advocacy, fundraising and volunteer outreach organization, dedicated to the preservation and propagation of the 1,200-acre historic park. Executive Director Kathleen Stoughton said that in the past 12 months, more than 400 volunteers from all walks of life have provided over 5,000 hours of service for FOBP in a large variety of areas. Stoughton identified several major projects recently completed by the organization, including: restorations of the lily pond, construction of the park information kiosks, planting of the Australian garden and providing funding for buses to bring fifth grade school children to the park. “This place without a doubt runs on its volunteers,” said Jim Hughes, outgoing chairman of the Friends of Balboa Park. “There might be less than 1000 total paid staff, but you go into any institution, museum or the Zoo and there are literally thousands of people that put in a minimum number of hours to qualify as a

The Gildred family with the Millenium Award. (Photo by Manny Lopez) volunteer.” Interim Mayor Todd Gloria presented five Inspiration Awards, which are given to volunteers nominated by their peers in the Balboa Park community. This year’s winners included Harold Doerr of the Spreckels Organ Society; Andrea Fleming of the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet; Dick Murphy of the San Diego Automotive Museum; Stella Vasilakis of the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol; and Ruth Voorhies of the Japanese Friendship Garden. “This has always been one of my favorite events,” Gloria said. “The park is run by volunteers who contribute collaboratively with our city employees and all of these people deserve great awards and I’m glad that the Friends of Balboa Park is acknowledging them.” “This is an annual celebration of all the wonderful things that

Balboa Park does for the community,” said former state senator Christine Kehoe, who added that she lives walking distance from the park. “It’s a wonderful way to see old friends and interact with people who love Balboa Park.” County Supervisor Ron Roberts presented the Millenium Award—given to individuals and organizations committed to the betterment of the park—to the Gildred family of Rancho Santa Fe. The award recognized the family’s three generations of leadership, stewardship and volunteer activity in Balboa Park, which started with Philip L. Gildred, who served as the managing director of the California Pacific Exposition in 1935. “As children, we lived a couple of canyons away from the park and this is where we grew up,” said Philip Gildred, Jr. “My moth-

er and father were very involved with the institutions here and so it just was second nature that we followed in their footsteps.” Betty Peabody, a founding member of the organization was a featured speaker. She noted that financial times have changed and more public and private partnerships are forming, because the city no longer has the money to do everything that needs to be done. “The park as everyone knows is a tremendous asset to San Diego and it’s important that we maintain it,” Peabody said. “We thought we would be enhancing things, but as it turned out, we’re introducing new programs to make the park better for future generations. We owe that to the visionary forefathers who preceded us.” County Supervisor Ron Roberts—who during the organi-

zation’s inception gave $10,000 to help get it off the ground—said it’s important for a park of this magnitude to have a supportive organization like the Friends of Balboa Park. He added that in a city with so many priorities such as San Diego, there are important projects that otherwise won’t get done. Stoughton said upcoming projects include re-landscaping the Persian Rug and Zoro Gardens, bringing water-wise irrigation to the park, and restoration of the Sefton Guard Houses, the Botanical Building and the El Cid balustrades. After 13 years of service, award recipient Fleming said she still gets excited when people enter the Casa Del Prado Theater. “I love to be part of the park and watch the faces of the people who come back year after year to enjoy the theater,” said Fleming. “It’s a wonderful honor to be able to work with the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet for so many years and be able to watch my daughter grow up and dance and follow in my footsteps.” For more information about Friends of Balboa Park, visit or call 619-232-2282. A native New Yorker, Manny Lopez is a freelance journalist and photographer who started his writing career in La Jolla. He now covers San Diego and SouthwestRiverside counties penning news, features and business profiles. Manny can be reached at


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Rubbing elbows with the past The old police headquarters opens anew Morgan M. Hurley Downtown Editor

The historic San Diego Police Headquarters campus, originally built in the mid-1930s and located at 789 W. Harbor Dr. at Kettner Blvd. in the Marina District Downtown, has sat empty and in disrepair since 1987. That was the year a new high-rise office-style headquarters building was unveiled and the fleet of police cars, motorcycles and officers moved east to 14th and Broadway. The police headquarters campus was originally designed with several architectural styles, including Spanish Revival, Mediterranean Revival, Pueblo Revival and even Classical Revivial. It opened to great fanfare in 1939, according to a recent Terramar fact sheet, and it stayed in operation for over 50 years. The area was considered a “remote” location at the time, but that southwest corner of the Marina District is anything but remote today. Once vacated in 1987, the property soon became a very public eyesore, but that didn’t stop it from attaining its spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998, making it only the second police building in California to do

other shopping destinations in the region, the newly transformed property will soon be filled with bustling people, lavish indoor and al fresco dining, shopping options galore and calls for “venti-caramellattes,” once the new “The Headquarters at Seaport District”—a 100,000-square-foot open-air restaurant and retail center—opens Nov. 17. Although the property is undergoing a much-needed facelift—to the tune of $40 million—while it is brought up to code, the historic designation is keeping much of the façade and the original architecture in place. In addition, much of the temporary jail building will also remain and become an on site museum, allowing the curious to wander around and see what it was like to be locked up in decades past. Still in place and in working, although creaky condition, are two floors of jail cells, with flat metal bunks visible through the metal horizontal cell bars. Under the guidance of David Marshall, president of Heritage Architecture & Planning, Terramar used great care to determine which historic aspects to preserve, reuse and reinvent. For example, every terra cotta roof

Workers prepare the Headquarter’s new landcape along Harbor Drive. (Photo by sdCNN)

so. Unfortunately, historic status meant it wasn’t going anywhere, and the property continued to decay next to one of San Diego’s largest local visitor magnets, Seaport Village. Thanks to Terramar Retail Centers, a local developer that also oversees Seaport Village and

tile—all 27,500 of them—has been removed, cleaned and replaced. Many of the original windows, light fixtures and skylights have been retained, as well as other heavy wooden doors and ironwork throughout the property. The courtyard consists of 15,000 square feet of area and each paver

A worker removes grout between pavers. (Photo by sdCNN)

has been removed, numbered and replaced in the exact same spot. Workers have diligently removed and replaced all the stucco between each tile to keep its authentic feel. “The Headquarters is rich in architectural detail and history which gives us a wonderful platform on which to build. We are reinventing this property as a centerpiece for downtown, offering fine dining from top chefs along with a blend of national and local boutiques in a beautiful setting,” said Steve Bowers, CEO of Terramar Retail Centers in – Oct. 2012 press release. “This distinctive collection opening at The Headquarters realizes of our vision for the recreation of this historic landmark,” Bowers said in a more recent press release. “The Headquarters blends creative, locally owned and inspired shops and dining with top national retailers and restaurants creating an entirely new retail experience at this special San Diego location.” Just announced is the full list of tenants, which includes several high-end restaurants, a half-dozen fashion and accessory stores, specialty food and dessert stores, art galleries, and various other miscellaneous vendors. “The Headquarters is so much more than a place to shop. We have created a relaxed environment along the gorgeous waterfront where residents will meet friends, family and visitors will enjoy a one-of-a-kind, truly San Diego destination,” Bowers said. The restaurants chosen all offer up their own unique style

(above) A historical photo shows the old police headquarters courtyard. (Courtesy Terramar Retail Centers); (below) Workers regrout the pavers in the headquarter’s courtyard in October 2013. (Photo by sdCNN) and fare. Pizzeria Mozza got its feet wet in Hollywood and now calls San Diego home. TerraMar says Pizzeria Mozza has been praised for its “creative, authentic Italian menu.” They took over the former chief of police’s office and have converted it into a private dining room. They’ll have an open kitchen design and spill out onto the central patio from the northwest side of the property. Puesto has already made its mark in La Jolla, and will bring a sustainable twist on Mexican food, with all-natural and organic ingredients. The restaurant will consist of 4,500 square feet of space in the middle of the property with patio dining overlooking the courtyard. Across the courtyard will be Season’s 52 Fresh Grill, another La Jolla transplant, which will offer healthy cuisine (nothing over 467 calories on the menu) in an upscale environment. This 9,900-square-foot space is decorated with lots of wood and warm tones and will also have outdoor seating, along with a fire pit and an expanded bar area. If it is traditional steak and

fresh seafood you are searching for, Eddie V’s will do the trick and will offer up an old-Hollywood feel. This is the only two-story restaurant and live music venue on the property, serving up live jazz with fine dining and cocktails. It will exist in 7,500 square feet of space in the old courthouse section on the southwest side. The last large-scale restaurant to call Headquarters Seaport home is one that needs no introduction: the Cheesecake Factory. Something unique that is getting lots of attention is the “Simply Local Emporium,” a marketplace with plans to host up to 50 different vendors and local artists. The new landscape design around the outside of the building will be the first thing shoppers, diners and passersby will see, and all the original fountains will be back in business along with a couple new ones. To watch for grand opening details and learn more about the latest destination property to open Downtown, visit

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A peek inside at the new Downtown location of Jimbo’s …Naturally! (Photo by Bob Gorski)


JIMBOS natural foods industry for over 40 years and my passion has always been organics and supporting local organic farmers,” Someck said. “I know that these are buzz words now but that has been our focus ever since we opened our doors to our first store in 1984 because that is who we are. We walk the talk.” Zapf, who said she launched her own natural endurance bar in Jimbo’s Del Mar store decades ago, lauded the grocer for his practices. “Jimbo believes in local companies, he believes in buying produce locally and supporting

the community and I was one of those businesses many years ago that he said yes to and got my business going,” Zapf said. Someck’s foray into the grocery store business began well before 1984, the year the first Jimbo’s store opened in North Park. Although his transition to vegetarian had already started when Someck moved to San Diego from New York in 1974 and began working at People’s food in Ocean Beach, it solidified his direction and he is a vegan to this day. “There are a lot of people out there who don’t eat the diet I eat, and we really should appeal to everyone and just carry the highest quality of foods in whatever category people want to eat,” he

Kris Michell, CEO of Downtown San Diego Partnership, welcomes Jimbo’s to the neighborhood. (Photo by Morgan M. Hurley)

Jimbo’s has prided itself in offering all-natural, organic produce since opening in 1984. (Photo by Bob Gorski) said. “I eat the way I eat because I am a product of the experiences I had, other people have had other experiences.”

The North Park store, which Someck admits put him “on the map,” closed in 1997 and the property currently houses Ranchos Cocina, another local vegetarian food chain. As he sought to expand around the county, Someck said he continued to receive comments from San Diegans who fondly recalled the store’s presence in the Uptown area. Fifteen years later, he is happy to be moving nearby. “We’re excited to be Downtown,” Someck said. “We look forward to serving the residents and business people. There aren’t many stores [here] selling highquality foods, so I think we’re filling a void.” Someck had his construction and design team deliberately pay homage to the Downtown neighborhoods as pieces of the puzzle came together. Old photos of the area are on display throughout the store, and local references abound, as evidenced by the Little Italy-themed deli, the Gaslamp Bistro and shopping aisles named after area streets, like Market, Kettner and Grape. The new store features a number of the signature options one would find at other locations, including a large selection of wines and cheeses, a made-fromscratch bakery, organic produce and hormone-free beef, poultry and pork. As part the company’s dedication to the local communities

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it serves, on Thursday, Oct. 31, Jimbo’s donated approximately $23,500—a portion of its opening weekend proceeds—to Connections Housing, a housing and services center located at 1250 Sixth Ave., designed to reduce homelessness in San Diego. The local chain holds two community fundraisers per year, and Someck told the grand opening crowd that his stores had recently passed the $1 million mark in charitable giving. “Our community is very fortunate to have a business like Jimbo’s, who offers great food to their customers and invests in their community to make it a better place for all,” said Ben Avey, media relations manager with Family Health Centers, parent of Connections Housing. “I don’t care how successful our business would be, without working with the community that we are in, it wouldn’t feel right, so we will be actively involved in whatever we can,” Someck said, adding that he’d met with Downtown San Diego Partnership on Oct. 29, to see how else they could become greater involved. “That’s our goal, to be part of the fabric of the community,” he said. For more information, visit Downtown News Editor Morgan M. Hurley contributed to this report.v

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A new generator funded by a $375,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) was installed at St. Paul’s Villa located at 2340 4th Ave., and will ensure resident seniors will not be without heat this winter. At the ribbon cutting for the new generator on Oct. 24, were: (l to r) Jason Weisz representing Assemblymember Toni Atkins, Chris Ward representing Senator Marty Block, St. Paul’s CEO Cheryl Wilson, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, CDBG Project Manager Kristine Toft, and Daniel Gaytan representing Congressman Juan Vargas. (Courtesy St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services)

DowntownBriefs COASTER HOLIDAY EXPRESS TICKETS TO GO ON SALE. Tickets for the holiday-themed COASTER Holiday Express train ride go on sale Nov. 14 and will feature Santa and his friends to entertain riders on this popular holiday event. Families will have two opportunities to hop aboard the Dec. 7 holiday train, the first leaving Oceanside Transit Center at 10 a.m., and the second at 12:30 p.m. The fun-filled 90-minute experience will take riders on a nonstop, round-trip ride to Sorrento Valley and back. Santa and his friends will be on board to pose for pictures. This trip sells out, so buying tickets early is recommended. Tickets are $6 for all passengers and available at GoNCTD. com/eticket or 760-966-6500. GOLD SHIELD GALA SUPPORTS SAN DIEGO POLICE The San Diego Police Foundation will hold its Gold Shield Gala fundraiser at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe on Nov. 9. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best ‘60s cocktail attire—or secret agent sleek—in keeping with the event’s “Get Smart” TV show party theme. The San Diego Police Foundation exists to raise funds for the San Diego Police Department. Due to budget cuts, donations are needed now more than ever. Funds raised will go towards the purchase of protective vests, technology and software upgrades, and additional police service dogs. The Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing support for efforts that enhance police/community relations, crime prevention, and public safety. This event is one of three fundraisers conducted each year to raise funds for the SDPD. This event’s focus will be on a K9 Campaign, which will raisie money to replace retiring K9 crime fighters.  Over the next two years, over 15 new dogs are needed by the SDPD. For tickets or more information, visit CHEF WINS TOP HONORS Chef Sutti Sripolpa, executive chef at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, was named the 2013 Port of San Diego, Top Green Chef. Sripolpa won the timed competition among some of the best chefs in San Diego, who each

used sustainable ingredients to prepare innovative dishes in a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient test kitchen. Approximately 75 people attended the event, many of them representing the Green Business Network of restaurants. The competition among chefs from Green Business Network member restaurants showcased energy-efficient commercial cooking equipment and encouraged waterfront businesses to network and share their best practices for reducing utility costs. “I was very happy to see the enthusiasm in how this event was greeted by all, and that the Green Business Network is being supported in such a popular way,” said Port Commissioner Rafael Castellanos. The chefs were required to use a “mystery basket” of seasonal and local ingredients unveiled moments before the competition. Chef Sripolpa won based on cumulative scores from both rounds. He created an appetizer comprised of cold sea urchin salad mixed with avocado and persimmon, tossed with soy-lime vinaigrette. His entrée featured a strong Italian influence with pan-fried mahi mahi, tomato, basil, and olive oil pasta with grated Asian pear garnish, plus a side of seasoned Brussels sprouts.

SCOTT CHADWICK CONFIRMED AS NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Effective on Oct. 31, 2013, current Assistant Chief Operating Officer Scott Chadwick will succeed Walk Ekard in overseeing the daily operations of 10,000 city employees. Scott Chadwick’s mastery of City issues and operations, his calm leadership style, his positive working relationship with and respect for City employees, and his ongoing dedication to delivering high quality service to San Diegans make him the right choice for Chief Operating Officer,” Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said in a press release announcing the confirmation. Along with Chadwick’s appointment comes a newly approved plan to restructure much of the city’s internal operations: creating three new executive management positions, creating the Department of Planning, Neighborhoods and Economic Development, and adopting “an aggressive approach to training talented employees though an annual series of leadership and management strategies.”Previous positions within the city held by Chadwick include Labor Relations Officer, Labor Relations Director and Human Resources

Director. At the same meeting as Chadwick’s appointment, the city council also proclaimed Oct. 29 to be “Walter Francis Ekard Day” in the city of San Diego.

SAN DIEGANS RAPPEL THE MANCHESTER GRAND HYATT FOR BRAIN CANCER This weekend, 50 volunteers will take part in Over the Edge for Brain Cancer, which is a two-day event where “edgers” commit to a fundraising minimum in exchange for the opportunity to rappel down the Manchester Grand Hyatt, which at 497 feet is the San Diego skyline’s tallest building. High-profile rappellers include American Idol’s David Cook, UC San Diego Chief of Neurosurgery Dr. Bob Carter, and brain cancer survivors Monica Allen and BethAnn Telford. Brain cancer is the leading cause of tumor cancer deaths among children and young adults. It’s estimated that another 66,000 new tumor diagnoses are expected to be added to the already 600,000 people living with brain cancer in the U.S. today. The event is being organized by Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, a venture philanthropy nonprofit organization that drives cutting-edge research and treatments for brain tumors. For more information visit CITY COUNCIL PASSES INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT PRIORITIZATION CHANGES Council Policy 800-14, “Prioritizing of CIP Projects,” was passed by city council on Monday, Oct. 28, to prioritize projects that have more severe impacts on public safety, the environment and the budget. The Center for Policy Initiative states this policy change could expedite the construction of bike lanes and much-needed fire stations. “The new policy is an important first step in speeding up such long-delayed projects,” CPI’s press release states. “ Finding sufficient funding for everything older neighborhoods need is a continuing challenge.” Councilmember and mayoral candidate David Alvarez also touted the successfully passed policy, calling it “long overdue.” “Most importantly, these changes help us prioritize projects in communities that have been neglected far too long,” Alvarez stated in the press release. “Having that priority set in this policy is critical as we move forward to putting people to work on important community projects and rebuilding our neighborhoods.”v

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Todd Gloria November Update Dear Friends, November is synonymous with Thanksgiving Day. I look forward to sharing a special holiday meal with family and friends and giving thanks for all my blessings. With Thanksgiving as November’s main event, it’s easy to lose sight of other things I’m thankful for besides food on the fourth Thursday of the month. Here are some other things for which I am truly grateful. Our veterans whose service and sacrifice is unparalleled. Pictured here is my great grandmother, Dolly Avery, standing between her sons, my great uncle Forest on the left and my grandfather Charles on the right. Both men served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces. My grandfa-

ther arrived in San Diego from Oklahoma in 1943. His move from the Midwest made me a native San Diegan. I owe them and all our acting and retired service men and women my thanks for their dedication to our country. So many service members are overseas this Thanksgiving and don’t get to pass the mashed potatoes or carve the turkey with their parents, spouses, children and siblings. Our first responders, trash collectors, street crews and others making up the City’s 10,000 person workforce who provide vital services we all rely on each day. Their efforts keep our City’s engine running. My Council colleagues who focus on improving their neigh-

Fall Back Street Faire call for volunteers Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation

As the deadline for the our Children›s Street Faire rapidly approaches, once again we find ourselves in need of your help! We are in need of volunteers for our Fall Back event. The event takes place on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fourth Avenue between Market and J streets. Volunteers are asked to work the entire shift and arrive at 10:30 a.m. If you are unfamiliar with our festival, Fall Back is the Foundation›s signature program and is offered as a gift to the families of the region. 

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borhoods and look for ways to make San Diego’s economy more robust. They are dedicated public servants who strive every day to make San Diego an even better

place to live. Those who are caregivers to our ill, our elderly and our homeless. By way of example, their service and big hearts remind us to practice patience and empathy toward all our neighbors. For being born and raised in a city that has such a varied and vibrant cultural identity. This is the town where a Native American, Filipino, Puerto Rican, Dutch son of a maid and a gardener became the Interim Mayor of San Diego. This is the town where I have lumpia and tamales next to the turkey and stuffing on my Thanksgiving plate. Finally, I am thankful for the ability to serve. I ask for your continued patience and participation as we draw closer to electing a new mayor for San Diego. Happy Thanksgiving to all. Respectfully, Todd Gloria, Interim Mayorv

Admission is free. Families are invited to enjoy free ice cream sundaes and hot dogs, stroll with people in Victorian attire; see cowboys in a Wild West shootout at high-noon; enjoy Native American tales and performances and enter contests for fun and prizes. If you are able to volunteer please RSVP to Jeff Guernsey at the Gaslamp Museum at or give us a call at 619-233-4692. We look forward to working with you at this year’s event! The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation operates the Gaslamp Museum, located inside the William Heath Davis House, located at 410 Island Ave., Downtown. For more information, visit

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INFRASTRUCTURE infrastructure needs by the time this newest infrastructure bond would come into effect. Councilmember Kersey’s Infrastructure workshops In a recent outreach effort in conjunction with his initiative to create of a five-year infrastructure plan, Councilmember Mark Kersey has begun traveling district to district throughout San Diego to host nine separate “Infrastructure workshops.” The first of these workshops was held on Oct. 22 in Gloria’s Council District 3. Hosted in the Balboa Park Club, the workshop invited community members to learn about the severity of the capital project backlog and to offer their input into what type of capital improvement projects the city should be prioritizing. Gloria opened up the workshop, speaking about the city’s exacerbated need to address the deteriorating streets and sidewalks. He also touched on the importance of the bond that would pass in subcommittee a week later. He optimistically spoke of what this bond would do to bring the Hillcrest/Mission Hills Library within arm’s reach. The bond has $4 million set aside for the library, and, added to the $10 million in pledged donations, leaves the project only $2.3 million shy of the $16.3 million estimated project cost. Gloria then handed the audience’s attention over to Kersey, who commended the interim mayor for his longstanding commitment to infrastructure improvement. “[Gloria’s] been talking about infrastructure before it was cool,” Kersey said. He then spoke of the inherent need for a five-year infrastructure plan, saying that this was a key part of infrastructure plans for cities comparable to San Diego, and how public input was an important part of formulating this plan. “I don’t want to dictate through city hall that a fire station is more important than a library,” Kersey said. He then began fielding questions from the audience before delving into the interactive portion of the workshop. One participant questioned why the forum wasn’t better publicized. “I only found out about this meeting because I listen to the radio,” he said. “This room should be packed.” There were 36 people present

Data table presented at former City Attorney and mayoral candidate Mike Aguirre’s Oct. 23 press conference showing city spending levels. (Courtesy of including city staff. Four out of six of the tables in the room were filled. Infrastructure committee consultant and Kersey’s deputy chief of staff Almis Udrys spoke briefly before turning the attention of participants toward their questionnaires. He stated that only six cents of every dollar allocated in the general fund was given to infrastructure spending, a disparity he said should be given more attention. Although only a very small amount of the general fund, the primary funding source of the city’s operations, the bulk of the Capital Improvement Projects Budget (i.e. infrastructure funding) comes from bonds, specific tax revenues and highly specified funding that doesn’t usually include a significant amount from the general fund. The first page of the questionnaire asked participants to rank 20 asset types from most important to least important. A few of the asset types listed were “Streets & Roads,” “Golf Courses (Balboa, Mission Bay, Torrey Pines),” “Wastewater Infrastructure (treatment plants, pipeline)” and “Sporting and Event Venues (i.e. Stadium, Convention Center).” Following the ranking system, participants were asked several questions regarding their community involvement and whether they

would prioritize repairing existing infrastructure over breaking ground on new projects. Mike Aguirre’s response The next day, former City Attorney and mayoral candidate Mike Aguirre announced a press conference in his downtown law offices of Aguirre, Morris & Severson in order to present data linking the infrastructure budget deficit to the ongoing pension problem. “Despite rosy talk and campaign promises of increasing budgets for critical city services, candidates and elected officials ignore continued pension drain on the city budget, which is taking more taxpayer dollars, with projections for further increases while police, fire, streets, and other essential city services suffer,” Aguirre’s press release stated. Aguirre said the lack of funding for the city’s worsening infrastructure was the result of the enormous amount of money being devoted to the pension budget. Data Aguirre presented at the press conference showed that the budget for road repair has floated around $20 to $60 million since 2007, while pension spending has grown from $162 to $231 million during that time. Aguirre also cited a San Diego County Grand Jury Filing dated

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April 26, 2012 enumerates the existence of this problem for the last decade. It may be months before the scope of this issue’s financial implications become clear, but its immediate effects will almost certainly impact all San Diegans for years to come. Listed below are the remaining Infrastructure held by Councilmember Kersey’s office in conjunction with other council offices:

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Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m., District Six with Councilmember Lorie Zapf Pangea Bakery Café, 4689 Convoy St. #100, San Diego, CA 92111

• Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m., District Eight with Councilmember David Alvarez Colonel Irving Salomon San Ysidro Community Activity Center, 179 Diza Rd., San Diego, CA 92173 Please be sure to contact the appropriate Council office beforehand to confirm the date, time and place of the infrastructure workshop in the event some of the details have changed.v

• Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m., District Two with Councilmember Kevin Faulconer Cadman Elementary School Auditorium, 4370 Kamloop Ave.,

• Nov. 20 or 21 at 6 p.m., District Nine with Councilmember Marti Emerald Workforce Career Center, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 3910 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92105 • Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m., District One with Councilmember Sherri Lightner Location to be determined.



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On a tagging mission Scripps scientist sets out to study local fish

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

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

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

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(l to r) Deckhand Stephen Howie prepares a calico bass for tagging. Harry Orgoban on a recent tagging trip. (Photos by Will Bowen) Will Bowen Downtown News

A number of local citizens, including kayakers and swimmers, were ver y concerned recently to see the Sea Watch, a sport fishing boat from the Seaforth Landing, fishing in the 40-year-old marine preser ve that surrounds La Jolla Cove. One advocate even took video footage of the boat’s activities and sent numerous emails to news agencies and government authorities claiming it was disturbing the seals and sea lions. As it turns out, the Sea Watch, which had all the necessary permits, was on a Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO)-sponsored scientific mission to gather data about local fish populations so as to better inform the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in their management of our local marine reserves. “A lot of people thought that we should not be fishing in the Cove,” said L yall Bellquist, a SIO graduate student who is heading up the project that brought the Sea Watch to the Cove. “But we need information on the fish populations, both inside the preser ves and outside in the open areas, so that we can compare them and see how the preser ves are working.” Bellquist was thankful for the advocates that showed their concern by taking action. “It shows that local people, and not just the authorities, can help police these reser ves so as to protect them,” he said. Working under the super vision of Dr. Brice Semmons at SIO, Bellquist received a twoyear $240,000 grant from Collaborative Fisheries Research West to study the fish species known as Paralabrax—also known as kelp bass and includes calico, sand, and spotted bay bass—the keystone of our recreational fisheries. Bellquist is tr ying to determine their growth and

movement patterns and to learn the status and health of their populations. What makes this project unique is that the scientists involved are working hand-inhand with fishermen, instead of being caught up in the usual war between environmentalists and sportsmen. Local fishermen are invited to come and catch fish for free on sport fishing boats. The fish are then all tagged, measured and released. With the fishermen, the sport boaters and the scientists all happy, it’s a winwin situation for all. Bellquist has run 40 small boat fishing trips so far, tagging bass all the way from Imperial Beach up to Oceanside, including San Diego and Mission Bay. He has also begun working with the Mexican government to acquire the necessar y permits to tag fish in Mexico, so as to study fish movement across international waters. After a bass is caught, Bellquist inserts a small white numbered tag into the dorsal area of the fish and then the fish are released back into the water. The process is painless and does not interfere with the fish’s activities and studies have shown that almost all of them sur vive the tagging process. When a fish is re-caught, the fisherman involved is requested to call a phone number on the tag and report the date and place of capture. As an incentive, the caller is then entered into a monthly raffle for a $200 gas card. “So far we have tagged about 7,000 calico bass and 2,000 sand and spotted bay bass,” Bellquist said, adding that the recapture rate is approximately nine percent for the calicos and four percent for the sand and spotted bays. He said this data suggests that most of the fish stay within a 500-yard range of where they were initially caught, although one calico bass did swim all the

way from La Jolla to the San Clemente Pier. “I would say that we have a ver y large population of calico bass in our local kelp forests at this time,” Bellquist said. It was originally believed that the species generally moved from bay to bay, but these studies so far do not support this idea. Bellquist and his colleagues said they are concerned about the sand bass population, which are often hit hard during their spawning seasons by fishermen off of Imperial Beach and the Coronado Islands. Sea Watch skipper Kris Karpow, who worked his way up from deckhand to become pilot of his own boat nine years ago, has led eight of the 40 tagging trips, and hopes the project helps the sport fishing industr y. “There are a lot of captains, boat owners, and crew who make their livelihood in fishing and they are worried about it being shut down and losing their jobs,” Karpow said. Bellquist is quite happy to be a part of a program where fishermen and scientists work together and with the intention to help government make the best decisions regarding the local marine reser ves. “I hope people will understand our research and our need to fish in places like La Jolla Cove, because it will help ensure the long term health of the marine ecosystem,” Bekkquist said. “We want our grandchildren to be able to enjoy our bays, the coast, the kelp beds, and the fisheries as much as we do.” Bellquist invites all concerned fishermen to sign up for a free tagging trip or follow the progress of the research on the website cooperativefishtagging. org or on Facebook at “Coastal Angler Tagging Cooperative.” Will Bowen writes about arts and culture. You can reach him at



Restaurant Review

(l to r) Bourbon-cured salmon with deviled eggs; pecan pie; baby back ribs with house-baked beans. (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)


everal folks have asked if Magnolia Tap & Kitchen is related to the memorable soul food restaurant, Magnolias, which operated in Southeast San Diego before disappearing several years ago. It isn’t. And nor is the food a hardcore study in Creole cuisine. Chef Michael Edwards instead presents a marvelous amalgamation of cooking styles culled from South Carolina, where his dad originated, along with contemporary techniques he adopted while working at restaurants in New York, Miami and the Virgin Islands. The result is a menu that pushes cornbread over the edge with habanero peppers and roasted peach butter while keeping the mustard base firmly in check for South Carolina-style barbecue sauce used on the ribs. Magnolia Tap & Kitchen pays homage to The Magnolia Saloon that operated on this quiet East Village block in the late 1800s. It most recently housed Bare Back Grill, a New Zealand-inspired concept that didn’t fly so well here compared to its successful location in Pacific Beach. Now, a large front bar and metal tree sculpture looks over a wood-floor dining room divided in its motif. Floor-to-ceiling brick walls on one side support the feel of an Industrial Revolution warehouse. The other half resembles an English lodge with wainscoting and hunter-green walls. But no matter where you sit, old hardcover books with yellowing pages are always in reach. They’re placed mostly on the tables and serve as fun distractions. Depending on what night of the week you visit, several flat screens are either broadcasting sports games or playing old silent films. I love the idea of the latter, although we ended up with football instead of nostalgia. Coming from Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill is Aaron Cribbes, a mixologist who says he creates scratch cocktails based purely on smell. “I’ve been mixing drinks since I was old enough to buy liquor,” he quipped while serving us

his rendition of a Winchester, made normally with gin. Cribbes instead uses bourbon, mixing it with house-made cream soda and fresh lemon and lime juice. He crowns it with an old-fashion froth of egg whites. The outcome was fantastically refreshing, considering that I’m not fond of bourbon. “He’s turned a lot of people into bourbon fans with that drink,” our waitress commented. In addition to nearly 15 other tempting cocktails, the booze list spotlights a dozen craft beers on tap, many of them from local breweries, plus a succinct wine selection that makes every bottle available by the glass. We encountered more bourbon in an appetizer of salmon rosettes served with deviled eggs and cucumber slaw. The chef uses the liquor along with ginger for curing the salmon, which tasted lush and original. Apple cider vinaigrette on top added further appeal, yet without stealing the oceanic flavor away from the fish. The aforementioned habanero corn bread strikes an exact balance of sweet and savory flavors from the embedded bits of pepper and the smoky peach butter that we slathered over each piece. As for the beer-brined fries that my companion ordered, we detected a stronger brew essence in the house-made ketchup than we did in the spuds themselves. It was kind of surprising given that the chef soaks the thickly cut potatoes

in Stone Smoked Porter for about 48 hours. If tangy, succulent baby back ribs somehow escaped you this summer, then step right up for either a half rack dinner or the “buck a bone” special available from 3 to 7 p.m. during daily happy hour. Even without support of the accompanying barbecue sauce, they were magnificent on their own. The half rack comes with savory semi-firm beans that I’m guessing were baked Carolina-style in mustard, vinegar, brown sugar and a little pork fat. My companion effused over his jerk chicken, which Edwards marinates for 48 hours in rum, molasses, habanero and plenty of other spices to give it depth of flavor. The entire airline cut, a breast with the drumette attached, was juicy to the bones. It’s served with Cajun-style dirty rice and wilted greens. Magnolia’s menu is fairly short, which is fitting for a place that feels more like a bar that happens to have really good food. Other choices include pulled pork barbecue sandwiches, burgers, spinach-shrimp salad and panseared rib eye served with green bean succotash. Our finale was pecan pie, but not the cloying kind typically found in Southern households. The drool factor was nonetheless extreme, as the reduction of sugar in the recipe brought the flavor of the pecans and buttery crust to the fore. And bourbon once again played a complimentary role, this time hiding in the whipped cream topping. As they would say in the South, we were “happier than a dog with two tails” by the end of our visit. Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of Secret San Diego (ECW Press), and began writing about food two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. He has since covered the culinary scene extensively for NBC; Pacific San Diego Magazine, San Diego Downtown News, San Diego Uptown News, Gay San Diego, and Living in Style Magazine. You can reach him at

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San Diego Downtown News | November 2013

Kimpton Hotels is celebrating its own restaurant month throughout November at a couple of Downtown properties: Jsix and Saltbox Dining & Drinking. The chefs from each restaurant are offering three-course meals for $35 per person, which includes a starter, entrée and dessert. At Jsix, look for sausage-stuffed quail with apricot and sorrel bread salad. At Saltbox, chicken with roasted corn and poblano waffles is in the offing. Jsix: 616 J St., 619-531-8744; Saltbox, 1047 Fifth Ave., 619-515-3003.

Crispy spicy tuna (Courtesy of The Nth Element) Looking for a spot to rest your weary soles after a day of competitive shopping on Black Friday? The happy hour at RA Sushi Bar Restaurant, which normally begins at 3 p.m., will instead kick off at 11 a.m. and continue until 7 p.m., on November 29. More than 30 appetizers and sushi options will be available, ranging from $2.75 to $7.75. Beer, wine and signature cocktails will range from $3.75 to $7.75. 474 Broadway, 619-321-0021. The menu at Café Sevilla is about to receive an avante-garde injection from new executive chef Errol LeBlanc, who came out a top winner on Food Network’s reality series, Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell. Having owned a tapas kitchen in Las Vegas, LeBlanc also opened restaurants at Mandalay Bay and The Paris in Vegas. Gluten-free paella and liquid nitrogen-frozen gazpacho are among the dishes that will soon join Sevilla’s traditional menu of tapas and Spanish entrees. 353 Fifth Ave., 619-233-5979.

DINING Among the countless events taking place throughout the county for San Diego Beer Week (Nov. 1 – 10), the fifth annual extravaganza officially kicks off with a San Diego Brewers Guild festival from 2 to 5 p.m., Nov. 2, at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. The powwow will feature more than 50 homegrown breweries, musical entertainment and food vendors. The cost is $40. Tickets can be purchased at the event or by visiting 1000 N. Harbor Drive. The four founding members of El Dorado Cocktail Lounge will reunite behind the bar in a tour de force to celebrate the venue’s five-year anniversar y, from 6 to 9 p.m., Nov. 5. The whiz-bang team features Nathan Stanton and his twin brothers, Marshall and Matthew, plus Ryan Kuntz, all credited with trailblazing the modernday San Diego cocktail scene. The event will spotlight six of their top cocktails over the past five years, available for $5 apiece. Complimentar y appetizers and a nostalgic slideshow are also in store. 1030 Broadway, 619-237-0550. A veritable Thanksgiving dinner has been squeezed into a bun at The Counter Custom Built Burgers, which rolled the “Not Your Granny’s Turkey Burger” for the month of November. The creation features a thirdpound seasoned turkey patty topped with a slice of maple-glazed ham, sweet potato hash, dried cranberries, baby spinach and red onions. Rosemar y cream sauce clenches the deal. Sweet potato pie and pumpkin pie milkshakes also await if you save room for dessert. 695 Sixth Ave., 619-810-1850.

“Not Your Granny’s Turkey Burger” (Courtesy The Counter Custom Built Burgers)

Squeezing in among The Cheesecake Factor y, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Seasons 52 and other restaurants scheduled to open Nov. 17 in The Headquarters at Seaport District is a marketplace of non-perishable foods under the name Simply Local. The operators are currently accepting vendor applications for the 1,700-squarefoot space that will allow for up to 40 merchants using a central checkout station. The marketplace is slated to open by the end of the year. 817 W. Harbor Drive, 619-795-3363.

Rye ‘n Gosling (Courtesy H2 Public Relations)

Tis the season for spiny lobster, when the California-Baja crustaceans turn up plumper and meatier compared to other times of the year. The Fish Market is currently offering them for lunch and dinner as well as selling them fresh over the next couple months. At the restaurant, the lobsters are prepared Puerto Nuevo style, meaning they’re split and basted with butter while grilling over a mesquite grill. 750 N. Harbor Drive, 619-232-3474. Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at fsabatini@

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San Diego Downtown News | November 2013



The document is laid out in five sections: Build Your Business; Made to Move; Create the Vibe; Make Your Place; and Collaborate. Within those pages are ways to meet the needs of each of those categories, laid out in great and creative detail. communities in and around the Downtown area, people In the appendices, specifics regarding feedback came to the meetings and Michell said they were glad to be received at the workshops can be reviewed, starting on asked to come and provide their input. page 60. Called, “The Research: Workshops & Town Halls People who actually live in Downtown, those visit it Outreach Summary” it lists the outreach methods (i.e., regularly, others who may just on occasion, and even those who never take the time to drive into Downtown, all of them workshops, town halls, online, planning meetings, etc.) and the participation of those methods. were encouraged to participate. More than 6,000 did. Going green, enhancing public and personal transpo“What do you want to see in Downtown?” Ignell asked ration, recruiting talent and new businesses, supporting those who decided to attend. diversity in all neighborhoods and collaboration between The sky was the limit. Town hall and workshop atlocal and regional leaders are outlined in detail. tendees could present anything they wished. Ideas were Consistent themes are outlined in the appendices, such quelled, notes were taken, data was compiled and discusas enhancing green spaces, attracting jobs and improving sions expanded the conversation about what Downtown transportation within the DownSan Diego should look like in 20 town neighborhoods, among years. others. The results of all those meetNext the top priorities are covings are now summarized in a ered neighborhood by neighborbeautiful, perfectly bound 75-page hood. Each unique neighborhood book aptly called, “Imagine Downaddressed the issues pertinent town.” to them. City-wide concerns are Despite the diversity of the also identified regarding ways to participants, their input didn’t improve Downtown. differ all that much, according to Anyone wishing to get a copy of Michell. Imagine Downtown can pick one Downtown Partnership up at Downtown Partnership’s ofunveiled the book at the Alonzo located at 401 B St., Suite 100. Awards on Oct. 10 and began dis– “Imagine Downtown” fice, A pdf version of the document, altributing the book on Oct. 18. though very large, is also available “Imagine Downtown is defor download from their website, at signed to offer new ways to guide Downtown San Diego’s evolution, ensuring that we stay Although the 38 workshops and the data compilation ahead of trends shaping cities throughout the world,” the are complete, the dialogue will continue, Michell said. document says on its opening pages. “… Imagine Down“We are now crafting our continued public engagement town offers a blue print for how to grow our economy, strategy that dovetails with our vision implementation improve all types of transportation, provide a world-class and we realize we cannot just end our conversation –with cultural scene and preserve our neighborhoods.” the residents Downtown or those participants outside the “We are proud of the document, we are proud of the Downtown area,” Davies added. pictures, everything is ours,” Michell said. “This is the first “We have over 150 near-term and long-term recomtime that we’ve put out a report like this – and it is magamendations and tactics [in the Imagine Downtown book],” zine quality.” Michell said. “Now we are going to take those and work on Jennifer Davies, Director of Homeless Outreach—who how do we do it.” will also be taking over many of Ignell’s duties, as Ignell For now, they plan on sharing the data and the stratesteps away from her permanent position with the Partnergies with as many people as possible, but soon the next ship to pursue her M.B.A.—was responsible for organizing steps will begin. the data in the book. “A lot of it is also taking that feedback and synthesizing “She put it in a format that made sense,” Michell said.


Great cities have one thing in common: Great Downtowns. That fact has never been more true that it is today.

Urban assault on C Street hosted by the Downtown Partnership was a great success. (Courtesy DSDP) it,” Davies said. Michell said she is also proud that the book shows the participants that their feedback and what they had to say was genuinely valued, because it is all in there. This guides us this gives us the platofrom to do all those things. “We list the priorities for each community and for each distinct neighborhood Downtown – they all have their own identity and are all unique and wonderful in their own ways, but we have to weave them all into the overall fabric of Downtown,” Michell said. “This is a reset for this organization because this is now our strategic plan,” she continued. “We spent a year asking [people] what Downtown should be, now we’re saying use this for the strategic plan for the next 20 years.” The Downtown San Diego Partnership was founded in 1993 by a merger of two Downtown organizations: the San Diego Downtown Association/Downtown City Association and San Diegans, Inc. It has more than 325 members. For more information, visit

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Little Italy

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 11/02, Sat. – Our Lady of the Rosary Annual Spaghetti Dinner Making Spaghetti an event for 73 years! Join Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church on Saturday, November 3rd from Noon to 9:00pm for the annual Spaghetti Dinner. The dinner will be held at Our Lady of the Rosary’s Parish Hall (1654 State Street). Adults – $15, Children – $6 Also we will have games, deserts, wine and Italian baked goods. For more information, please call Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church at 619-2344820 or visit

12/07, Sat. – 13th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village The Little Italy Association is proud to present the kick-off to its annual holiday shopping, dining and pampering season with the annual Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village held at the Piazza Natale on the corner of India & W. Date Streets from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Come one and all; family, friends and pets are welcome. Also we are expecting a surprise guest, Santa Claus, to arrive on San Diego Fire Engine #3 at 4:30pm. So join us for an evening of music, memories, free Italian cookies, cider & coffee, shopping and more! Don’t forget there will be vendors selling holiday gifts to get the season started off right.


Be a part of our Little Italy special section next issue! Call Yana Shayne today at: (619) 565-4454

Held the second Friday of every month from 6:00pm to 9:00pm; Kettner Nights in Little Italy North has become the place to be for the arts and design crowds. In Little Italy North; the art has as much flavor as the espresso or a tantalizing marinara. The Art and Design District of San Diego’s Little Italy was modeled after New York City’s trendy SoHo and Chelsea districts; offering art-lovers and design patrons diverse resources. Come explore this ever-growing distinctive neighborhood with a walk filled with art, design, antiques, food and cocktails on Kettner Boulevard and India Street from W. Grape to W. Laurel Streets. Valet parking is available on W. Kalmia Street between India Street & Kettner Boulevard (next to El Camino) for $8.00 a vehicle and operates from 6:00pm to 1:00am. For more information, please call Meyer Fine Art at 619-358-9512.


San Diego Downtown News | November 2013

San Diego Downtown News | November 2013



San Diego Downtown News | November 2013



FRIDAY – NOV 1 Yoga for Boomers & Beyond: Every Friday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Yoga One, 1150 Seventh St., Downtown. $10 donation. Call 619-294-7461. Core Columbia walkabout: DSDP’s Clean & Safe program on their weekly walkabout. Meet at Fourth Ave. & Market St. at 10 a.m. Italian Film Festival: “Reality.” $14 at the door. Save through Early Bird purchase online – members $11, all others $12. Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) 1649 El Prado. Visit Joe Charles: performs at the Mad House Comedy Club. $15. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza. SATURDAY – NOV 2 Little Italy Mercato: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 100 booths, Date & India streets – FREE Champagne Jazz Brunch: featuring Daniel Jackson. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Croce’s, 802 Fifth Avenue. For more information

visit Italian Film Festival Gala: Includes showing of “Scallia!” $130 at the door. Save through Early Bird purchase online – members $100, all others $12. Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) 1649 El Prado. Visit Live performance by Emily Marie: Jazz and Standards in the style of Marilyn Monroe, 7 p.m., Upstart Crow, 835 W Harbor Drive – FREE Joe Charles: performs at the Mad House Comedy Club. $15. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza.

SUNDAY – NOV 3 The 17th Annual Susan G. Komen, San Diego Race for the Cure: Promoting positive awareness, education and early detection of breast cancer, 8 a.m., Balboa Park – FREE Third Ave. Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 400 block of Third Ave. between Island Ave. and J St. – FREE Champagne Jazz Brunch:

featuring Elliot Lawrence. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Croce’s, 802 Fifth Avenue. For more information visit Senior Monday at The Fleet: Dressed in full historic attire, Jim Thomas highlights the complications and hardships along Lewis and Clark’s expedition, 10:30 a.m. followed by “Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West” at 12 noon. $8 Seniors, $17 adults. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. Visit or call 619238-1233. Concert Series: Every Sunday, Cool Fever (Daylight savings begins), 2 – 5 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First St. at B Avenue. – FREE

TUESDAY – NOV 5 Coronado Certified Farmers’ Market: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First and B streets at Ferry Landing – FREE Shakespeare Open Readings: sponsored by the San Diego Shakespeare Society, 1st Tuesday of every month, 6:45 – 8:30 p.m., Upstart Crow, 835 W Harbor Dr – FREE

Downtown Community Planning Council Budget and Finance Subcommittee Meeting: Regular monthly meeting. Civic San Diego Office, 401 B Street, Suite 400. Live performance by The Teagan Taylor Trio: original music, standards and contemporary jazz-pop, 7 p.m., Upstart Crow, 835 W Harbor Drive – FREE

WEDNESDAY – NOV 6 Meditation Workshop: Presented by The Meditation Initiative, free weekly hour-long meditation workshops to assist with mental and emotional health. 6:30 p.m. San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. The Stone Roses: Made of Stone: One-night showing of previously unseen archive footage of influential rock band, The Stone Roses. 7 – 9 p.m., tickets $12. Reading Cinemas Gaslamp, 701Fifth Ave., Downtown. Visit

SUNDAY – NOV 10 San Diego Master Chorale performs “Lost in the Stars:” As part of the Central Library’s Inaugural Fall season of its concert series. 2:30 p.m. Central Library Auditorium, 30 Park Blvd. – FREE Concert Series: Every Sunday, Blue Frog Band, 2 – 5 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First St. at B Avenue. – FREE ART SAN DIEGO 2013: 3-day event includes features exhibitors, 10 cutting-edge art labs in conjunction with our local museum partners and emerging art spaces. noon – 8 p.m. 3-day general admission pass $15, Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Blvd., more information at Rob Machado Foundation 2nd Annual Benefit Concert: special acoustic performances from Jason Mraz and John Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls. 8 p.m. $80 - $200. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach. Fight for Air Walk: Organized by the American Lung Association to promote clean air and lung cancer awareness. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., walk starts at 9 a.m., Embarcadero Marina Park South, 1 Marina Park Way, visit for more information – FREE

THURSDAY – NOV 7 Educators’ Night Out: Learn about arts programs to enhance your teaching. 4 – 7 p.m. The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Avenue – FREE ART SAN DIEGO 2013 VIP Opening Night: Benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 7 – 9 p.m. $75 per person or by invitation, Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Blvd. More information available at FRIDAY – NOV 8 ART SAN DIEGO 2013: 3-day event includes features exhibitors, 10 cutting-edge art labs in conjunction with our local museum partners and emerging art spaces, noon – 8 p.m. 3-day general admission pass $15, Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Blvd. More information at Gaslamp walkabout: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. For meet-up location, visit or sign up for their newsletter. Kettner Nights: Second Fridays in Little Italy North (Kettner between India and Laurel streets) in the art and design district. 6-8 p.m. – FREE Adventures in Consciousness: presented by Kettner Arts Studio + Gallery. 6 to 9 p.m. Kettner Arts, 1772 Kettner Blvd. – FREE Brad Williams: performs at the Mad House Comedy Club. $15. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza. SATURDAY – NOV 9 Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., B Street between 27th and 28th streets. – FREE ART SAN DIEGO 2013: 3-day event includes features exhibitors, 10 cutting-edge art labs in conjunction with our local museum partners and emerging art spaces. noon – 8 p.m., 3-day general admission pass $15, Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Blvd., more information at

TUESDAY – NOV 12 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. Visit visit/Tuesdays. THURSDAY – NOV 14 Ice X-86: Freezing the Cold War: Join for an evening with local author Len Martini to hear about his experience in the secret mission outlined in his book, 7 p.m., Upstart Crow, 835 W Harbor Drive – FREE FRIDAY – NOV 15 Paul Ogata: performs at the Mad House Comedy Club. $15. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza. SATURDAY – NOV 16 Live performance by Stacey & The Soul Stimulators: Soul rockin’ jazz, blues, funk, soul, Latin, country and rock, 7 p.m., Upstart Crow, 835 W Harbor Drive – FREE Paul Ogata: performs at the Mad House Comedy Club. $15. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza.

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CALENDAR SUNDAY – NOV 17 San Diego Dance Theatre Library Dances: Meet at the front doors of South Chula Vista Library 15 minutes before each tour. 45-minute performances: 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30, South Chula Vista Library, 389 Orange Ave – FREE The Old Globe’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: The eight annual Old Globe Christmas Tree Lighting will kick off the holiday season in conjunction with San Diego’s favorite holiday musical, Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, 6 p.m., The Old Globe’s Copley Plaza, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA - FREE Concert Series: Every Sunday, Swamp Critters, 2 – 5 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First St. at B Avenue. – FREE MONDAY – NOV 18 November eReader Clinic at the San Diego Central Librar y: Learn how to download library eBooks to your eReader or computer, 5 p.m., Central Library @ Joan & Irwin Jacobs Common (5th floor 563), 330 Park Blvd. TUESDAY – NOV 19 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. Visit visit/Tuesdays. WEDNESDAY – NOV 20 Open Mic Poetr y: Featuring NEA award winner Karen Rigby presenting her book: CHINOISE-

RIE, 7 p.m., Upstart Crow, 835 W Harbor Drive – FREE

THURSDAY – NOV 21 NT LIVE: Live broadcast of National Theatre of Great Britain’s 50th anniversary celebration “National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage.” 7 p.m. Tickets $20. Reading Cinemas Gaslamp, 701 Fifth Street, Downtown. FRIDAY – NOV 22 2nd annual Snooze Anniversar y Maquerade Ball: All proceeds go toward San Diego Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Backpack Program. 6 – 10 p.m. at Snooze, an a.m. eatery, 3940 Fifth Ave. $15 per person Steve Poltz album release: Seated show for “Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde,” 8 p.m., Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, $20 – 35 SATURDAY – NOV 23 BOLSHOI: SPARTACUS – Ballet in Cinema: 2 – 4 p.m. Tickets $20. Reading Cinemas Gaslamp, 701 Fifth Ave., Downtown. Visit Live performance by KM2: Blues, jazz, rock, folk, classical and Celtic music arranged for a finger style guitar/harp guitar and 5-string electric cello, 7 p.m., Upstart Crow, 835 W Harbor Drive – FREE SUNDAY – NOV 24 Young Children’s Read Aloud: Every last Sunday of the month an hour of fun read aloud stories for children. 1 p.m. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835C West Harbor Dr., Seaport Village. Call 619-232-4855 or visit – FREE NT LIVE: Live broadcast of National Theatre of Great Brit-

ain’s 50th anniversary celebration “National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage.” 2 p.m. Tickets $20. Reading Cinemas Gaslamp, 701 Fifth Street, Downtown. Concert Series: Every Sunday, Velvet Café, 2 – 5 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First St. at B Avenue. – FREE

TUESDAY – NOV 26 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. Visit visit/Tuesdays. Sinead O’Connor: The American Kindness Tour, 8 p.m., the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, $74 - $130 WEDNESDAY – NOV 27 Chris Isaak Holiday Show: 8 p.m., Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, $95 - $175 FRIDAY – NOV 29 Eric Schwartz: performs at the Mad House Comedy Club. $15. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza. SATURDAY – NOV 30 Live performance by Jazz Avenue: Jazz infused with funk, rock, soul and Latin music, 7 p.m., Upstart Crow, 835 W Harbor Drive – FREE Eric Schwartz: performs at the Mad House Comedy Club. $15. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza. —Please send items for inclusion to Editor Morgan M. Hurley at

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San Diego Downtown News | November 2013


Malashock returns with RAW High energy dance is unspeakably physical Anthony King Downtown News

There are plenty of ways to classify dance—from grandiose ballet to street-smart krumping, and from modern jazz to the popculture speed of “So You Think You Can Dance”—but there really is only one purpose: to tell a story. It is up to the choreographers to determine just what that story will be and the dancers to interpret that story, but it also takes a little interaction from a third sphere, the audience. And for four

years, audiences in San Diego have fallen under the spell of the annual production “RAW,” a collaborative evening of contemporary performances produced by Malashock Dance. Independent choreographer Michael Mizerany is producing “Malashock/RAW4,” bringing the company’s unique, cutting-edge dance to the Lyceum Stage Nov. 14 – 16. Mizerany will be debuting his piece “Unspeakable,” calling it “high energy work that is unabashedly bold and undeniably risky.” In part, “Unspeakable” ad-

dresses a taboo subject: physical desire in a very dysfunctional family, but he said he has never really shied away from difficult subjects. “The whole thing behind RAW for me is confronting issues that people normally think dance won’t do,” Mizerany said. “I think that dance can address things in a really good way.” In a previous “RAW,” Mizerany brought bullying to the dance floor, which he said came from a very personal place in his past. While his experience dealt with bullying because of his sexuality, the bullying piece was a universal look at an epidemic that has plagued almost everyone. “We’re all human beings, and we all go through the same trials. [It is] more about things we share and less about things that make us different,” he said, acknowledging that young people dealing with their sexuality today, while still difficult, have more support and resources available. “If we focus on things that make us similar … we’re still part of the change. We’re still part of the cycle,” he said. In “Unbelievable,” Mizerany brings five Malashock dancers together to convey the touchy subject: Nicholas Strasburg, Justin Viernes, Blythe Barton, Stephanie Harvey and Laura Bender. Strasburg, a North Park resident who also danced in Mizerany’s bullying piece, said he especially appreciates Mizerany’s style. “His subject matter is usually dark, especially for RAW,” Strasburg said. “He has a pretty good idea of a story line that he likes to do, and he has a definite technique and dance style that is unique.” Technically trained at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts, Strasburg has a unique story himself, coming into dance. He was studying to be a roller coaster engineer at Portland State University—taking several physics classes focused on movement and velocity—when he realized he was literally moving in the wrong direction. He said he was attracted to the unusual field because it was “something that makes so many people, so happy,” and then realized dance would achieve the exact same thing. After graduating from Cornish, he moved to San Diego and looked into City Ballet before approaching Malashock Dance. The move, he said, was perfect, and exciting for him as well as his new audience. “I have never heard somebody come see a Malashock show who wasn’t surprised or wasn’t excited, or left bored,” Strasburg said. “It’s a very dynamic style of modern [dance]. … It’s always exciting to watch because we do work that seems to defy how the body wants to move.” Strasburg said dancing Mizerany’s choreography is not just

physically challenging, but by adding emotional aspects to the movement gives another layer of challenge to the performance. Learning the moves, however, comes first. “When you start learning a dance, our bodies do the movement so often that we create muscle memory, so our bodies remember how it wants to move with the momentum of how we’ve been doing it,” Strasburg said. Those emotions – sometimes cathartic, sometimes overpowering – come later, and Mizerany is quick to say he does ask a lot from his dancers. “Physically it’s just go, go, go,” Mizerany said, calling the emotional side “some of the hardest stuff” to present to the audience. For him, the pay off is worth it. “It certainly challenges people to look at dance in a different way,” he said. In addition to Mizerany’s “Unspeakable,” the show also features new choreography by Malashock Dance Artistic Director John Malashock and guest choreographer Andy Noble, whose NobleMotion Dance company is located in Houston. Malashock, a Mission Hills resident, will debut “The Garden Path of Lou & Laurie,” a drama depicting an imaginary, yet doomed, relationship that uses songs by counter-culture musicians Laurie Anderson and the late Lou Reed. In “Beast,” Noble has choreographed an “aggressive, physically-daring and theatrical” story, organizers said, that uses facial expression and movement to initiate the choreography. Movement in the dancers’ faces are examined, then distorted: “unlocking the inner beast,” they said. “Malashock/RAW4” will be staged for three performances, Nov. 14 – 16 at 8 p.m. at the Lyceum Stage, 79 Horton Plaza in Downtown. General admission tickets are $25, and there is a VIP reception after the final performance on Saturday; tickets (which include the show) are $75. For tickets visit lyceumevents. org or call 619-544-1000. For more information on Malashock Dance, visit

(t to b) Courtney Meadows and Andrew Holmes (Photo by Raymond Elstad)

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San Diego Downtown News | November 2013


– an experience not to be missed Charlene Baldridge Downtown Theater Critic

A gregarious man in the Coronado restaurant October 11 nattered at the woman at the next table, a stranger. “We’re here to see a play,” he said, indicating the large group of which he was a part. “It’s opening next door. It’s called ‘Wit’. That’s all I know about it.” The gregarious man was in for a surprise – a rare theatrical experience – something as profound, mysterious and important as death, life, faith, friendship, family, achievement and the meaning of it all. Those are the kinds of plays produced by Lamb’s Players Theatre during their 40-plus years of existence, along with some lighter fare. Margaret Edson’s “Wit,” which received the 1999 Pulitzer Prize, will rock you to your core. It could change your life. Vivian Bearing (Deborah Gilmour Smyth) is a 50-year-old scholar and teacher who has devoted her entire specific and ordered life to words, the explication of words and their punctuation, especially as they pertain to 17th century metaphysical poet John Donne (1572-1631). Much to her surprise, Vivian

has inoperable, advanced stage metastatic uterine cancer. She enrolls in a clinical trial and endures eight grueling months of chemotherapy. An only child, Vivian has no family and no friends she cares be notified, thank you very much. How does such a woman, accustomed to living in her head, experience such an event? Courageously, and the only way she knows how, by explicating it. That may seem clinical; the cumulative experience of the 90-minute work is not. It is a journey that we all take and many have witnessed. One of San Diego’s finest actors, Deborah Smyth, is directed by her husband, Lamb’s Producing Artistic Director Robert Smyth, and surrounded by an extraordinary ensemble comprising Lamb’s associate artists and company members. Jim Chovick portrays oncologist Harvey Kelekian, M.D. and, in one of the play’s most luminous scenes, Vivian’s father, who listens as his child discovers poetry for the first time, reading him Beatrix Potter’s “The Tale of the Floppy Bunny.” Associate Artist Cynthia Gerber portrays Vivian’s nurse, Susie Monahan, and Sylvia M’Lafi Thompson plays Vivian’s early mentor and tormentor, E.M.

(l to r) Deborah Gilmour Smyth & Sylvia M’Lafi Thompson (Photo by John Howard) Ashford. Jason Heil has moments of well-timed comic ineptness and bewilderment as Dr. Jason Posner. His gauche pelvic exam is one of the highlights of this magnificent work. Yes, Edson’s play is funny, too; hence, its title “Wit,” which is one of Donne’s overriding characteristics. These moments of comic relief are so needed and expertly applied by director Smyth without skewing the rhythm and tone – surely a miraculous feat of magic. Bryan Barbarin, Kaja Amado Dunn, and Catie Grady play additional hospital staff. Scenic designer Mike Buckley’s hospital

world consists of miles and miles of easily moved sheer curtains, a few props, and projections, the latter two contributed by Michael McKeon. Jeanne Barnes Reith is costume designer, Nate Parde, the lighting designer, and Jon Lorenz, the sound designer and composer. Lovers of language and excellence are urged to see the awesome Deborah Smyth in Lamb’s Players’ luminous production of Edson’s only play. The playwright (b. 1961) lives and teaches middle school in Atlanta. “Wit” continues at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2

p.m. Sundays through November 17 at Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado. Tickets are $22 – $52 through or 619-437-6000. Charlene Baldridge moved to San Diego from the Chicago area in 1962. She’s been writing about the arts since 1979, and has had her features, critiques, surveys and interviews included in various publications ever since. Her book “San Diego, Jewel of the California Coast” (Northland Publishing) is currently available in bookstores. She can be reached at charb81@


(clockwise) Chef Jason McLeod (Courtesy H2 Public Relations); The Grand Tasting Event (Photo by Ken Loyst); Some coveted treats from the Grand Tasting Event. (Photo by Joey Hernandez)

Wine and Food Fest brings pre-Thanksgiving indulgence to the Bay Kai Oliver-Kurtin Downtown News

The tenth annual San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival is expected to draw more than 10,000 people to the Embarcadero and beyond Nov. 18 – 24. The largest of its kind in Southern California, the festival offers wine tastings, cooking classes, food and alcohol pairings and culinary cook-offs— and, new this year—a 5K run and sunrise yoga session. The weeklong festival features over 25 events, including the signature Grand Tasting Event at Embarcadero Marina Park North on Nov. 23. The grand tasting ser ves as the festival’s finale, and will feature over 200 wines and spirits, 70 local chefs, 30 gourmet food companies, cookbook author signings, live entertainment and the “Chef of the Fest” competition. “A 5K run was added through Cooking Light & Health Magazine, giving foodies the chance to run, eat and drink prior to the Grand Tasting,” said Michelle Metter, festival co-producer/ owner. While reflecting on the last decade, Metter said their greatest achievement has been the scholarships the festival has been able to help fund, providing aid to dozens of aspiring chefs and wine professionals. “Looking back to our first production, I know we’d hoped that the event would one day have impact on our community,” Metter said. “We are so proud today that the festival has been able to help so many students and culinary professionals in San Diego to pursue their careers.” With a solid career already established in the wine industry, Steve Hagata, winemaker at Falkner Winery in Temecula, Calif., has been busy perfecting his famous Amante vintages, Meritage and Sauvignon Blancs. Born and raised in San Diego, Hagata has been at Falkner since it was established in 2000, and will be pouring up wine at this year’s festival. Much of Falkner’s business comes from patrons in San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles. Many people end up redeeming tasting coupons collected during the festival to use later during visits to the tasting rooms of participating wineries.

“It’s important for us to have the presence [at the festival],” Hagata said. “Personally, I go strictly for enjoyment—it’s going to be a great time.” When asked how it feels to have strangers taste his wine and compare it against others, Hagata said, “As long as they’re discreet … it’s just a matter of politeness.” For the seasoned collectors and wine connoisseurs, The Vault: Reserve & New Release Tasting and silent auction on Nov. 22 boasts fine wine and spirits from over 200 exhibitors, and silent auction items including large format bottles, libraries and decanters. Attendees will also have the chance to taste award-winning wines from the Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition selected in September. Held at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, auction proceeds will benefit the American Institute of Wine & Food culinary arts scholarship programs. For a more casual evening, SWISH: Serious Sips & Urban Eats at the San Diego Public Market will be hosted by Bravo TV’s Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais on Nov. 20. In this year’s Burger Bash Edition, San Diego and celebrity guest chefs will be grilling up burgers and sides to serve guests. During the Grand Tasting finale, over 50 local restaurants will be serving up food as a lead-in to the Thanksgiving holiday. To prepare food for such a large crowd, Jason McLeod, executive chef of Neighborhood, Underbelly and Craft & Commerce restaurants, often works overnight with his chefs to prep food for the event. He says the festival will be a good opportunity for the restaurants to reach a lot of people at one time. “Our kitchens are small but efficient,” McLeod said, “so when we do stuff outside, we have to find the time to get into the kitchen and get everything ready ahead of time. We’re fortune in that we don’t have a lot of downtime at our restaurants because they stay so busy.” McLeod is still finalizing his menu for the festival, but said it’s going to incorporate homemade pastrami somehow. His booth will also feature a cocktail pairing from Neighborhood’s adjoining bar, Noble Experiment. “We take opportunities like

this to teach our chefs some new things – like how to make their own pastrami,” he said. Formerly the executive chef of The Grand Del Mar, McLeod left to open a new property in Chicago. But it was the up-and-coming restaurants and brewpubs in San Diego that drew him back here last year. “I thought San Diego had a great future with food and beer,” McLeod said. For more information and to buy tickets and festival packages, 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

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San Diego Downtown News | November 2013

FEATURE (Photos by sdCNN)

Anthony King Downtown News

Undoubtedly the biggest draw to the Temecula region is the Temecula Valley – from largescale wineries with high-end resorts to smaller, family focused wineries and posh restaurants – and visitors to San Diego’s neighbor resting a short 50-minute drive north are bound to do a bit of tasting. But that’s not all the city has to offer. Temecula Valley is quickly becoming the center of Southern California wine production. Of the 35 wineries a part of the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association (, all winemakers are working hard to make their mark on the industry. And that is certainly the main focus: good, high-quality wine. Representatives from the Winegrowers Association recently organized a multiple-day trip to the Valley, in order to highlight just what the region has to offer. First stop was Maurice Car’rie Vineyard & Winery (, where the group met winemaker Gus Vizgirda for a barrel tasting and detailed explanation of the harvesting process. “It’s a really interesting kind of work,” Vizgirda said from the warehouse where they crush the grapes and make the wine. “During this time of year, I’ll peek around in the tasting room, and if there’s a group of people I’ll tell them to come back here.” The next stop was Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards ( and their Creekside Grille, where

owners Bill, Gerry and Rosie Wilson ate lunch with the group. Bill Wilson originally planted the seed in his family’s mind of buying the property to start a winery and – though there were several setbacks at the start he can laugh about now – his family’s estate has grown to be one of the preeminent destinations in Temecula Valley. Wilson Creek Winery produces the popular Almond Champagne, and hosts live music, weddings and special events, including a sold-out Mother’s Day brunch, to help up the profile of the Valley. But it was the wine, of course, that he most wanted to discuss. After stops at Lorimar Vineyards & Winery (lorimarwinery. com) – where sommelier and manager Patrick McIlvain gave a private tour of the vineyard, showing their varietals grown on site – and a wine and cheese pairing at Miramonte Winery ( on their newly designed patio, it became clear that one day in Temecula Valley would not suffice. Miramonte owner Cane Vanderhoof, who joined in the wine tasting, agreed. “I think there were 14 really recognized and fully functioning wineries, and probably a few other small up and comers, when I first came,” Vanderhoof said. “It kind of seems like in our generation, a lot of stuff is kind of starting to come together.” To round out the first evening, a private dinner and wine tasting was held at Bouquet, the Ponte Family Estate’s (pontewinery. com) outdoor restaurant at their Vineyard Inn. Winemakers from

Doffo Winery (, Wiens Family Cellars ( and Mote de Oro Winery ( – all resting in the 35,000 acres of rolling hills in the Temecula Valley – joined to talk more about wine. The following day the group diverged to Old Town Temecula, a broad 12-block shopping district nestled near Interstate 15. Leah Di Bernardo, owner and executive chef of EAT: Extraordinary Artisan Table ( catered an organic, locally and responsibly-sourced meal of fresh tomato salad, gluten free muffins and bacon quiche, highlighting something other than wine. Di Bernardo, who said she is looking to open EAT locations in the San Diego region, said shopping and supporting the local economy is not just good business, but also good health. “I have a fascination with quick, healthy to-go food and I’ve

also seen this deterioration [in health] in our country over the past 15 years,” she said. After the tour it was back to wine country, where the Winegrowers Association was busy organizing that evening’s CRUSH Gala event and winemakers roundtable, featuring all 35 wineries in one place: Callaway Vineyards and Winery ( Phil Baily was one speaker for that evening’s roundtable, and before heading into official panelist duties, he sat with the group for his new Baily Estate Club Tasting, held at Baily Vineyard and Winery ( Here, Baily offered several wines from his estate’s cellars, giving the opportunity to taste subtle differences in wine throughout time. This tasting is for serious wine lovers and “knowledgeable wine consumers,” he said, recommending those interested to contact Estate Club Director Lisa Jane Long at 951-972-9768 for reservations. The group then stopped to visit another winemaker speaking at that evening’s CRUSH, Nicholas Palumbo, owner of Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery ( Palumbo moved his family into the Temecula Valley in 1998, and is now president of the Winegrowers Association. His small, family farm – first and foremost, they are farmers, he said – is slightly off the beaten path. “When I talk about wine, you’re not going to hear the

normal flowery, schmooze-y wine speak,” Palumbo said, who grew up in the San Diego region. “I’m going to talk about wine in terms of music and in terms of food.” The winemakers roundtable – Baily and Palumbo were joined by Drake Enterprises, Inc. (drakeent. com) owner Ben Drake, Callaway winemaker Craig Larson and Heart Family Winery ( owner Joe Hart – as well as the CRUSH Gala could only be topped by an early morning hot-air balloon ride over the quiet Valley, as the sun rose. Vindemia Winery (vindemia. com) and California Dreamin’ owner Dave Bradley took several from the group on a hour-long “float” above several wineries, including day one’s Ponte Family Estate and South Coast Winery & Resort ( before returning to his winery for a walk through the vineyard and a capstone wine-crushing contest. For those who missed the Winegrowers Association’s September California Wine Month CRUSH Gala, the next big event is the 23rd annual Har vest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend, scheduled for Nov. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Ticket holders can visit all 35 wineries during the two-day event, tasting wines and celebrating the Temecula Valley the entire time. Information and tickets on this and all the wineries can be found at or by calling 800-801-9463.v


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Business Bits further establishing San Diego as a science industry region. “I am thrilled that our agency was chosen to represent one of the premiere educational festivals in the region,” said Denise Scatena, founding partner, Scatena Daniels Communications. “The week-long event combines what we’re most passionate about: informing the public, specifically kids and families, about the wonderful ways science plays into our everyday lives and how the region is a hotbed for scientific innovation and careers.”

Real Estate Corner Maggie Clemens I recently had the privilege of hearing Jed Kolko, chief economist for Truila, Inc., talk about the current state of the market and where he thinks we’re headed in 2014. Here is a brief recap: Pace—Expect the market to continue to pick up speed as the economy improves and more homeowners decide that they have built up enough equity to sell their homes. Prices—Currently prices are 11.5 percent higher than they were a year ago. In the shorter term, prices have slowed down but they are still rising. The current prices are still below long-term normal levels. Mortgage Rates—They will continue to rise, which is typical after a severe recession. However, they are still far below historic lows, and they will rise slowly so they will not have a negative impact on the recovering housing market. Affordability—Even with rising mortgage rates it still makes sense to buy over renting. While that cutoff rate is different depending on what part of the country you live in, mortgage rates would have to increase to 7.3 percent before you may want to consider putting off a home purchase in San Diego. More Inventory—Inventory was tight this past year (no one wants to sell at the bottom) but prices have been on the rise since January, which is long enough for more sellers to consider selling. Expect a move to a more balanced market, as fewer sellers remain underwater and many want to take advantage of the equity they have acquired. Mr. Kolko summed up his talk by saying, “It will probably be more expensive to buy a home next year, due to higher rates and higher prices, but there will be more inventory to choose from and it will be easier to get a loan.” As I have been saying for the past year, this is the “Perfect Storm” for buyers. Low prices + low rates + more inventory = THE BEST TIME TO BUY! Please feel free to contact me if I can help. Maggie Clemens has lived in San Diego since 1978 while enlisted in the US Navy. She has over 25 years direct sales experience and is now ranked a TOP 10 Performer with Keller Williams Metro Office. She can be reached at maggie@maggieclemens.comv

Downton resident Colleen Moore (Courtesy Golden Equity Mortgage)

The National Aging In Place Council now has San Diego chapter Mortgage industry veteran Colleen Moore has been named chairperson of the first-ever San Diego chapter of the National Aging in Place Council. Based in Washington DC, the National Aging in Place Council works to provide the resources, information and tools needed to ensure seniors are able to remain in their homes as long as they would like. Moore is National Reverse Mortgage Director at Golden Equity Mortgage, a leader in reverse mortgages. The new San Diego Chapter of the National Aging in Place Council will host informational events and seminars for local seniors and their families, as well as offer a database of support services and resources for things such as Adult Day Care, Financial Planning, Accessibility Consultants, Healthcare and more. “Our senior population is exploding every day and thankfully, there are more tools available to help those individuals that desire to stay in their homes instead of moving into an assisted living facility or nursing home,” said Moore. “Working with a coalition of elected officials, business owners and builders/developers, we will educate local families on accessing and successfully utilizing those tools.” For more info, go to: SD Festival of Science and Engineering retains Scatena Daniels The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering is planning their 2014 event to take place on March 15-22. A BIOCOM program, the week of festivities seeks to involve and intrigue kids and families to deepen their education in science and engineering. Occurring during the week of March 15 – 22, the expo will host more than 35 demonstrations, activities and speakers throughout the country,

Downton resident Colleen Moore (Courtesy Kutch & Company)

Matthew Slakof f of Cavinac & Associates promoted Matthew Slakoff, CIC, CRIS, has been promoted to a principal of Cavignac & Associates, a San Diego-based commercial insurance brokerage firm. Slakoff, who joined Cavignac & Associates in May 2006, is a risk advisor and senior account executive for the firm. He designs and implements risk management programs for clients within the real estate, development, construction and manufacturing industries. He also specializes in the analysis and placement of environmental risk. Slakoff joins the company’s three other principals, Jim Schabarum, Scott Bedingfield, and Patrick Casinelli, in assuming part ownership of Cavignac & Associates and participating on the company’s executive board of management. “Matt has been a valuable part of our team and contributed in numerous ways to our company’s success,” said Cavignac. I’m fortunate to work with Matt -- along with Jim, Scott, and Pat -- and am proud to welcome him as a principal in our company.” Born and raised in Danville, Calif., Slakoff currently resides in the Point Loma area of San Diego with his wife Leslie, their daughter Lily, and son Brady.v




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Fitness Scott Mar key This month I want to talk about a specific workout called the “Inter val Workout.” For some people, this is the cardiovascular key to fat burning. These workouts alternate highintensity levels with lower intensity effort. This formula keeps your body burning calories long after you’ve stopped working out. Inter val workouts mimic sports start-and-stop motions with periods of sprinting (or close to sprinting) speeds followed by light jogging or rest. You can use inter val workouts anyway you want, running, cycling, swimming, on elliptical trainers, even walking if you alternate a speed walk and slow walk. You can also vary the intensity levels in different combinations. To start, here are three options for setting your workout.

Interval Variation 1: Standard

The following is a typical interval workout. You alternate the same period of low intensity with the same period of higher intensity. • 3- to 5-minute warm up (light jog, low intensity, gradually increasing at the end of the warm up period) • 1-minute moderate or high intensity followed by one minute low intensity (repeat six to eight times) • 3-5 minutes cool down (light jog, low intensity, gradually decreasing by the end of the cool period)

Interval Variation 2: Pyramid

This pyramid structure allows you to start with short bursts of speed, and then you’ll peak at the longest surge of energy in the middle of your workout before coming back down. • 3 to 5 minute warm up • 30 seconds high intensity • 1-minute low intensity • 45 seconds high intensity • 1-minute low intensity • 60 seconds high intensity • 1-minute low intensity • 90 seconds high intensity • 1-minute low intensity • 60 seconds high intensity • 1-minute low intensity • 3 to 5 minute cool down * Add or decrease based on

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(l to r) Chef Scotty Wagner, Chef Laurie Sauer and Sommelier and Mixologist Jeff Josenhans after winning the 2013 Chef Showdown. (Photo by Katie Wooley)

The Ultimate Food & Cocktail in the Making Drink Shrink Jeff Josenhans On September 26, the Chef Showdown took place at Liberty Station in Point Loma, one of the most exciting annual fundraisers San Diego has to offer, that features exciting culinary and mixology expertise and action in true Iron Chef fashion. Amy Diabase, chef at Paradise Point, led the winning team for the culinary celebrities, which also included Chef Scotty Wagner of Chi Cuisine and Laurie Sauer of Georges, and I completed the team, allowing Grant Grill to take home the grand prize for the third time as Mixology Food Pairing Champion. The event embodies the type of collaboration needed to create an inspirational and perfectly executed food and beverage pairing. Teams come up with a concept or general direction, create recipes and back-up recipes, and then flex what they need to do on stage live once they get the secret ingredient from the judges. The mixologists do the same and start communicating about the timing of when the drinks will be shaken and stirred so that drinks are put out to the judges at exactly the same time that food is plated. This is an annual event that should not be missed every fall here in San Diego! One of our annual fall favorite drinks at Grant Grill is called the Smashing Pumpkin, which has a great balance of spice, fruit and acidity. This rum and Grand Marnier infused delight was recently featured on the Food Network. Come try one for yourself before they are no longer being poured. With all this inspiration, I encourage all of you to try some cocktail and food pairings at home. You like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Try making peanut

The Grant Grill’s seasonal Smashing Pumpkin (Courtesy Grant Grill) butter cookies this year and create a cocktail using your favorite berries (email me and I will help with tips!). You like turkey and cranberry sauce? Try using some fresh cranberries to make a mojito variation. Just think of what combinations you already like and adapt with spices at home. Generally speaking, darker spirits pair better with heavier dishes but of course it all depends on how you mix it. The Grant Grill will offer their annual Mixology Dinner for one week starting December 7, if you still want to see how the pros do it, so don’t miss that opportunity if you want to try a memorable tasting menu featuring innovative cocktails right here in Downtown. A Level 2 CMS Sommelier and Master Mixologist, Josenhans has changed the dynamic at 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.

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Sixteen years ago, San Diego received a musical gift for the holidays and it has been reopened this time of year at the Old Globe ever since. From Nov. 16 – Dec. 28, the stage will again be transformed into a land called Whoville to retell Dr. Seuss’ stor y of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It was borrowed from the original TV cartoon, then conceived and produced for the stage by then artistic director Jack O’Brien. According to present artistic director Barr y Edelstein, O’Brien figured he had something of great entertainment value after the fifth year but he did make some minor adjustments and added a few lyrics. He even introduced it on Broadway in 1989. Edelstein’s will focus on major decisions while James Vasquez returns to direct the interchanging cast that features 34 Whoville folks.  Several youngsters in the ensemble will need to change places during the run. Steve Blanchard, noted for his Broadway performance in Beauty and the Beast, returns as the green villain who tries to rob Whoville of Christmas. Edelstein, who came to the Globe a year ago, has been working with the summer Shakespearean plays, an assignment he relishes.  Besides having directed in New York, he has lectured and written national articles about the Bard’s plays. But he welcomes overseeing versatile productions. “Going from Shakespeare to this family production is what makes my job fun,” he said. “Actually I saw the Grinch show for the first time last year. Most are familiar with the Grinch classic story that O’Brien started on our stage with the blessing of Dr. Seuss’ widow, Audrey Geisel, a longtime La Jolla resident.” He said act changes involve an enormous amount of scener y to depict the snowy village surroundings, represented in the book. Edelstein said the cast will need about two weeks of rehearsals. He said there will also be an enormous amount of stage changes to make it look like the drawings from the book. The cast also includes Steve Gunderson, returning as


FITNESS your individual fitness level.

Interval Variation 3: Sports Conditioning

Exploring Balboa Park Johnny McDonald Old Max for his 10th appearance,and Jason Edward Cook as Young Max. Other featured performers are Geno Carr, Kelsey Venter, Phil Johnson and Amanda Naughton. Show facts—The Globe reports that 500,000 people have seen the show. On Dec. 14 they’ll conduct a special show for autistic children. Lighting and sound will need to be readjusted ... the show also has some additional lyrics by Theodor S. Geisel and music by Albert Hague. Choreography is by John DeLuca. Before his Globe appointment Edelstein was most recently the director of the Shakespeare Initiative at New York City’s Public Theater. He oversaw all of the company’s productions, including its famous Shakespeare in the Park series in Central Park. Elsewhere in the Park—Some of the world’s most significant aviation pilots, crew members, visionaries, inventors, aerospace engineers, businessmen, designers, spokesmen and space pioneers will be inducted into San Diego’s Air and Space Museum’s Legends

Steve Blanchard as The Grinch in the 2012 production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Photo by Henry DiRocco)

of Flight, Nov. 16. Attendees at this black tie reception and dinner will meet members of the “Miracle on the Hudson” Flight 1549; Apollo 16 Moon Mission; NASA’s Mission Control Legends; Dean “Diz” Laird Navy Combat Ace; National Business Aviation Association, Red Bull Stratos Freefall From the Edge of Space ... The Old Globe’s Gala, “A Magical Evening” on Sept. 21 netted more than $1 million for the theater’s artistic and educational activities. After an award-winning, 38-year sportswriting 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

Sports are unpredictable. This inter val simulates some of that unpredictability by having you doing different times and different intensities. You can mix and match orders and repetitions as much as you want. Rest longer after the periods in which you use the most energy. • 3 to 5 minute warm up • 2-minute moderate or high intensity followed by two minutes of low intensity (repeat once) • 30 seconds high intensity, followed by 30 seconds low intensity (repeat four times) • 60-yard sprints (or 10 seconds if not running), followed by 90 seconds rest (repeat 6 to 10 times) • 3 to 5 minute cool down So there you have it. An inter val-training program to fit ever yone›s needs. Stay healthy San Diego.  Scott Markey has over 25 years in the fitness and health industry. He has graced dozens of magazine covers and specializes in physique management, training and nutritional consultation. You can find him on Facebook or reach him at

TOWN VOICES Forward films were shown on Saturday, Oct. 5 and are a must for all fashionistas. Directors Miguel Gauthier and Viktorija Pashuta of the Lovers Game made a Red Carpet appearance. Lovers Game is a 4-minute fashion film with a chess game where the opponent’s move is interpreted through fashion and dance. The film featured creations by well-known fashion designers. Stay tuned for next year’s calendar at:

Fashion Files Diana Cavagnaro Fashion Week San Diego Fashion Week was packed with five days of fashion events at the Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier in Downtown San Diego. Opening night was filled with The Art and Beauty Behind Fashion. The following three nights featured Runway Shows with 26 emerging designers. On Thursday night designers Dexter Simmons, Cecilia Aragon and Andre Soriano showcased their collections mtrunk show. All the guests could see the collections up close, meet the designers, and purchase the articles. The audience voted for the winning designer, which went to RHCREATION. The runner up was Wishnow and second runner up went to Greenpacha. Founder and director of FWSD this year is Allison Andrews. For upcoming information on FWSD 2014, visit: Fashion Forward San Diego Film Festival added a special section this year with 10 short fashion films. These Fashion

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ie Haddox who is in charge of the Specialty Leasing Program at The Headquarters at Seaport District. Haddox talked about all the new opportunities for entrepreneurs that will be opening up beginning with the property’s grand opening on Nov. 18. Haddox spoke about trends in social media and businesses. The next Startup Weekend will be for Veterans on Nov. 22. Visit:

Strut for Sobriety! A New PATH (Parents for Starting up Innovations Addiction Treatment & Healing) Startup Weekend San Diego featured the 9th annual Strut For Fashion Innovations was a 3-day Sobriety! on Sept. 28 at the San Dievent to educate prospective ego Marriott Marquis & Marina. entrepreneurs on how to launch Guest emcees were Rory Devine a new business. Attendees were (NBC 7/39) & Geni Cavitt. “PATH able to pitch an idea, form a team to Recovery Awards” were and turn it into a business. handed out to David Sheff This event was organized by (author of Clean: OvercomCarol Wafer and Ian Miller Overcom ing Addiction and Ending and began with several America’s Greatest Tragspeakers. Shikhir Singh Trag edy), Dr. David Bergman was there from BlackberBlackber (Associate Clinical Profesry and said that the team Profes sor of Psychiatry at UCSD with the best BlackBerry and a Distinguished Life app would each Fellow of APA), Marianne receive a LimMcDonald, PH.D, MRIA ited Edition Red (Founder of McDonald BlackBerry Z10 Center which is now lophone. Nikhil Jain, lo cated at Sharp Hospital), vice president of Joy Strickland (Mother’s technology at QualAgainst Teen Violence), comm Technoloand Leonard Lee gies was on hand Buschel (Writers In to demonstrate Treatment/W.I.T.). the Qualcomm Honorary Toq Smart Watch. chair was The smart watch Linda Marteeny has a wireless and the event charging sysco-chairs were Liz tem. Jullan Crocker and Colleen Bryant was Ruis Ince. Gretchen moderator of this Productions produced the 54-hour event. Wish Now – fashion show, which included The keynote voted runner up an entertaining runway show speaker was Jean(Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

(l to r) Models show off at Strut for Sobriety (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro) with talented singers and dancers delighting the audience. The fashions were from Macy’s Westfield Horton Plaza & eveningwear by Macy’s Fashion Valley. A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing) tries to reduce the stigma associated with addictive illness through education and compassionate support and to advocate for therapeutic rather than punitive drug policies. Upcoming Events Nov. 18 – Grand Opening: The Headquarters at Seaport District, located at the San Diego’s historic police station Downtown. This open-air lifestyle center will include specialty fashion shops as well as restaurants and other vendors at 789 West Harbor Drive. Visit: Nov. 21 – Leonard Simpson’s 10 Best Dressed Awards Gala: 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines to benefit


Miracle Babies. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. with aBroadway-style show, followed by dancing. Visit: or call: 858-633-8540. Nov. 26 – 34th annual Charger Blood Drive: Presented by the San Diego Blood Bank at the Town & Country Hotel. Gretchen Productions will present a fashion show at 6:30 p.m. featuring Charger players and their families on the runway, wearing fashions from several local boutiques. For info: 619-296-6393. Diana Cavagnaro is a nationally recognized hat designer and milliner, and has been in the fashion business for 30 years. The last 20 of those years she’s operated her business from Downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, while moonlighting in the Fashion department at San Diego Mesa College. She can be reached at diana@aheadproductions.comv

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Downtown up for Beer Week David Moye Downtown News

Downtown residents and visitors will be swimming in suds between Nov. 1-10, thanks to the annual brouhaha (or “brew haha”) known as San Diego Beer Week. Now in its fifth year, Beer Week has already become a major event in the region for visitors and residents alike, growing from 9,000 participants when it started in 2009 to 20,000 last year. Organizers say the economic contribution of craft brewers is more than 1.5 times greater than Comic-Con, but John Egan, the brewer for Mission Brewery on L St., isn’t so sure. “It’s getting big, but I haven’t seen anyone dress up in a giant beer costume,” he said. “Hopefully, I won’t.” Egan estimates that 20 to 30 percent of the people celebrating Beer Week will be out-oftowners and he said his brewery is hopping up to the challenge of impressing them. “We will be serving special cask-conditioned beers during Beer Week and we just started selling 32-ounce cans that people can have filled at the brewery.” The Brewery also plans a Nov.

A crowded scene from last year’s beer week. (Photo by Tim King) 9 party to celebrate the publication of “The San Diego Brewery Guide,” which is billed as the first comprehensive guide to more than 70 San Diego County breweries. San Diego Beer Week president Brian Scott, a brewer for Karl Strauss, said momentum for Beer Week has increased exponentially in the last five years. “People are more educated in beer now,” he said. “San Diegans have made the IPA our own, but now the function of Beer Week is to promote a whole range of styles. Breweries will be putting their best foot for ward and stocking beers not usually offered.”

A perfect example takes place Nov. 4, when Neighborhood in the East Village teams up with The Lost Abbey brewery to hold a special tasting of 13 incredibly rare brews that are off the market and will never be reproduced again. Other Downtown restaurants celebrating Beer Week include PrepKitchen in Little Italy, which has asked Hanger 24 to provide five special beers on Nov. 2, including one made especially for PrepKitchen. Anyone who orders a Hanger 24 beer that day will get a special glass to take home. Katsuya in the Gaslamp is using Beer Week to introduce Kirin Ichiban Frozen Beer, a concoction popular in Japan that is made with frozen draft beer and topped with a smooth 23°F frozen beer foam to maintain the temperature and texture of the brew. Many Downtown-based hospitality employees appreciate Beer Week, but few with the gusto of Chef Paul Rinaudo of Spike Africa. “You can’t not be involved with Beer Week,” he said. “When I worked at JSix, 60 to 70 percent of the tourists at Hotel Solamar were there for the beer.” Rinaudo is excited about his Nov. 6 Beer Week dinner, which will pair various pieces of fresh seafood with different beer styles from Ballast Point Brewery. “I like to pair bold flavors with bold flavors,” he said. “For instance, smoked salmon goes great with a Belgian-style beer.” Although the extra-hoppy San Diego IPA has put the city’s craft beer on the map, Rinaudo agrees with Scott that hop heads are now open to sampling other styles. So is he. “As a member of the hospitality industry, I appreciate what Beer Week means, but the best part for me is definitely sampling all the beers,” Rubaudo explained. For more information on San Diego Beer Week, check out San Diego native David Moye writes Weird News for the Huffington Post. You can learn more about him at

FRI – NOV 1: Barrel Night 5 p.m. at Downtown Johnny Brown’s, 1220 3rd St. 23 amazing barrel-aged beers on tap. Plus complimentary appetizers.  Beers from Lost Abbey, The Bruery, Hanger 24, Deschutes, Stone, Ballast Point and Port Brewing. SD Brewers Guild Festival: VIP Brewer Takeover – $75 6 – 9 p.m. at Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Dr. The official kick-off event for San Diego Beer Week. This exclusive event will showcase San Diego’s finest, rare, and specialty beers from local breweries, including offerings brewed just for this event. All-inclusive ticket includes unlimited beer samples offered throughout the evening coupled with unlimited food samples from local craft-beer friendly restaurants.

SUN – NOV 3: Wet Hop Flight Day with the Brewers – $12 12 – 5 p.m. at Acoustic Ales Tasting Room, 2120 W Washington St. Flight of 4-five ounce tasters of our brand new Fresh Hop Extra Pale Ale Series. Test out the different hop characteristics between Citra, Chinook, Mosaic and one brew with a combination as the brewer’s guide you through this deliciously fresh series. Our fresh hops went straight from Yakima, Washington to our boil in 24 hours. We will also be presenting filtered creations of some of our favorite brews. An Evening with AleSmith 7 p.m. – midnight at UnderBelly, 750 W. Fir St. Beer lineup to be announced. Special limited edition “Underbelly x AleSmith” T-Shirt will be released the same evening. Get pumped.

MON – NOV 4: MNF w/ Karl Strauss Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter 5 – 9 p.m. at Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery, 805 16th St. The most hyped beer of SDBW will be here for a keep the glass/refill special during Monday Night Football! The keg most likely will not last through the first half so get here early and make sure you get your dose of this decadent elixirly limited to 30 people, so don’t delay in picking up your tickets (which you can grab on-site at Neighborhood).

TUES – NOV 5: Boobs, Brats, and Beers to Help Find the Cure! 4 – 8 p.m. at Acoustic Ales, 2120 W Washington St. Acoustic Ales and Salt N’ Cleaver have teamed up to raise money for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk For the Cure. Enjoy an Acoustic Ales Rib-Eye Brat (Vegetarian option available), a flight of 4 beers to pair, raffles, prizes and much more!

WED – NOV 6: Bottle & Kegged: San Diego’s Craft Brew Culture – $69 6 – 9 p.m. at San Diego History Center, Balboa Park, 1649 El Prado, Suite #3 Join Ballast Point, Mike Hess Brewing, Modern Times and Saint Archer for a night of Craft Beer, Food Pairing, Education and Interaction. This is a free flow tasting stations beer dinner. A chance to enjoy 8 unique craft beers and gourmet food pairings, talk with the chefs and brewers, and learn about the history of San Diego’s craft beer industry and culture.v

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