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Nonprofits scrambles to bring food to medically fragile in isolation

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With seniors and immunocompromised people being asked to self-isolate because they


are most at risk of dying from COVID-19, grocery shopping has become a risky trek when proper nutrition is desperately needed. While there are grocery

delivery options, many are over capacity. For low-income people who are medically fragile, their

These are unorthodox times indeed, and therefore this is an unorthodox article. My editor asked me write a story on the effects of the COVID-19 shutdown on local businesses because the situation rendered a lot of our local content irrelevant. I accepted the challenge but the trajectory of the story evolved daily due to ever-changing developments. The partial shutdown went full-blown lockdown within a week and many businesses that were open with special circumstances were shut down completely.


Juvenile court unveils comfort space for foster youth

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Sometimes, it’s the little things that ma ke the biggest difference. In the San Diego Juvenile Dependency Court system, the arm of the San Diego Superior Court focusing exclusively on foster youth, children 10 and over have the right to attend their dependency hearings and to speak on their own behalf. According to the Judicial Council of California, San Diego’s dependency courts handle more than 1,200 cases a year.


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Goodwill San Diego is asking community members to save their donations until the nonprofit reopens. At this time, community members are leaving their donations at temporarily closed donation centers and retail locations, creating a pile-up of product, looting, and a safety hazard.

In compliance with state and local orders for non-essential businesses to cease operations, Goodwill San Diego closed its clearance centers, donation centers, retail stores, and community employment centers in the county last week. “We are incredibly grateful for a community that has supported our organization and mission for 90 years. Temporarily closing our operation has been incredibly difficult,” shared Toni Giffin, president and CEO. “As instructed, and to protect the health and safety or our

ambassadors (employees) and our community, we are complying with the governor’s orders. We want to do everything we can to reduce the amount of COVID-19 cases in our community. It is my hope that our community members will honor our actions and hold on to their donations until we reopen when we will need them urgently, and thankfully receive them at that time.” Goodwill San Diego and many other local nonprofit organizations will need the community’s support in the days ahead. Goodwill relies on the sale of sellable household goods, clothing, furniture, home décor and other donations to fund its mission. Goodwill uses the revenue from donations to provide training and employment opportunities to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. In 2019, Goodwill San Diego helped more than 6,000 people in the community with their job search. The nonprofit’s five Community Employment Centers in the county provide one-on-one free job search assistance and soft skill workshops about workplace communication, interview preparation, online job application, resumes, and computer basics. Goodwill San Diego employs over 1,400 San Diego County residents, the majority of whom are not working at this time but are being paid for a minimum of two weeks. Nearly 50 percent are a person

NEWS with a disability or other barrier to employment including seniors, young adults, veterans, the unsheltered, military families, people reintegrating into our community from incarceration, and others. In addition, Goodwill San Diego is the county’s largest retail employer of people with developmental disabilities. Goodwill retail stores are known for providing quality used merchandise. This includes clothing, shoes, accessories, home décor, housewares, and furniture. Electronics and sporting goods are available at select locations. Shopping is available online at

LOCAL WOMEN DONNED THE SAME DRESS FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS TO SHED LIGHT ON POVERTY CHALLENGES IN THE COMMUNITY The Junior League of San Diego (Junior League) hosted its fourth annual Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) from March 9-13. The social media-fueled fundraising campaign raised $5,795 and 10 bags of clothing to support access to resources for transition-age foster youth, so they can approach opportunities with confidence. Nearly 40 Junior League volunteers donned the same black dress and shared on their social media channels to raise awareness around the effects poverty can have on a women’s access to resources and help drive online donations. “This is our fourth year of starting the conversation around this difficult topic, and I’m so proud of not only the statistical achievements of our efforts, but how far and wide the message has spread,” said Emily Green Lake, president of Junior League of San Diego “With any initiative, the goal is to create a conversation around important issues and our team of volunteers has done a great job of bringing awareness to the poverty challenges in our community.” The original Little Black Dress Initiative was launched in February 2014 by The Junior League of London. Since 2017, the Junior League of San Diego has raised over $21,000 and over 65 bags of clothing have been donated because of this initiative.

SAN DIEGO HUMANE SOCIETY ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL WALK FOR ANIMALS San Diego Humane Society has announced that its 26th annual Walk for Animals – San Diego will be a virtual event this year. On May 2, the organization will feature virtual versions of Walk for Animals traditions, including live pancake demonstrations, a blessing of the animals, adoptable animals and more. The decision to shift the event, which is one of SDHS’s biggest fundraisers of the year, to an

online experience was made in response to California’s ‘Stay at Home’ order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. The walk typically attracts more than 5,000 attendees.

“This is the first time in 26 years that participants won’t be walking together,” said SDHS president and CEO Dr. Gary Weitzman. “It was a difficult decision, but we remain committed to creating a more humane San Diego for animals in need. Compassion is more important than ever. Although we’re separated by distance, we hope this virtual event will inspire our community to make a lifesaving difference for animals in need.” Registration for the virtual event is free. Participants will receive custom Walk for Animals resources designed to help them fundraise to support San Diego Humane Society’s work. On May 2, participants are invited to tune in on social media for the virtual event, and then show their support by walking in their own way: SEE NEWS BRIEFS, Page 8

NEWS / BUSINESS Home may not be a safe space

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How sheltering in place puts domestic abuse victims at risk KENDRA SITTON | Downtown & Uptown News

With Californians ordered to shelter in place to stop the spread of Coronavirus, non-essential workers are trying to stay safe at home. For people who are never really safe at home, because of domestic violence or other forms of abuse, measures to combat the virus are endangering them in other ways.

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The revenue lost is unprecedented and the loss of income devastating to the waiters, bartenders and cooks of the industry. Businesses have been forced to adapt and some have found ways to stay open despite the mandates. Angela Landsberg is the Executive Director at North Park Main Street, the non-profit organization committed to the development of the North Park Business Improvement District. In her position, she has her finger on the pulse of the North Park business community and knows what’s going on at the street level. She says that many businesses are still open, specifically the ones that sell food. These eateries are staying open by offering take-out service for their customers. Due to the hardships, the normal ban on restaurants selling beer or cocktails to go was lifted to help the restaurants stay open. Many pizza outlets have not had to adjust much since take-out orders were always a big part of their operation. But retail shops are hit hard by the shutdown and with no people roaming the shopping district, the normally vibrant street scene in North Park looks more like a ghost town. In the face of adversity, moments of humanity shine through, providing uplifting moments in the middle of the crisis. Landsberg noted that the owners of Tribute Pizza and Pete’s Seafood provided free food to several North Park families that were hard hit by the shutdown and short on food. She also mentioned that several North Park property owners had offered to suspend rent payments on businesses during the shutdown as a way to support North Park. A full list of North Park businesses that are open is available at Mike Hess is the founder of Mike Hess Brewing, which has been a fixture in North Park for almost ten years. Unfortunately, Hess had to lay off 85% of his staff due to the virus. But on a positive note, he was able to retain 75% of his production staff to continue brewing beer. Many breweries are staying open not only by selling cans and growlers to go, but also by continuing their beer production operations. Hess credits

In one of the first weeks of quarantining between March 17 to 23, the San Diego Sheriff’s Office received an increased number of calls for service regarding domestic disturbances. Officials at the office specified that it is too early to know if the growth in domestic disturbances is a trend, but experts worry that people sheltering with an abuser are more at risk than ever.

“For folks who are living with somebody who is a perpetrator of violence, who’s been abusive, these can be scary times,” said Verna Griffin-Tabor, the CEO of the Center for Community Solutions. There are worries that abusers can use the crisis to further isolate and control their victims. “For domestic violence [and] intimate partner violence, this is about

diversifying his operation into three separate revenue streams recently as being critical in staying open during the crisis. He not only has his on-sale stream, but also a distribution leg as well as big-box contracts with places like Costco and Trader Joe’s. He said he was off to a banner year with a projected growth of 25% from last year when the virus hit and stopped it all dead in its tracks. A huge order from Costco for some of his IPAs is being filled and saving his business. Recently, the lifting of long-standing restrictions on making liquor in California led to several craft spirits distillers in San Diego such as Liberty Call and Cutwater. While several have suspended operations, Pacific Coast Spirits in Oceanside has remained open by using its stills to produce hand sanitizer. This type of ingenuity is not only allowing companies to remain viable, but helps with the effort to eradicate the virus. Another huge part of San Diego’s tourist economy are the museums and attractions that employ a large part of our workforce. Attractions like Legoland and SeaWorld are shut down as well as museums like the U.S.S Midway and the Museum of Art. Beth Chee is the marketing director of the Birch Aquarium, which has closed its doors to the public as well. But the aquarium cannot function without a support staff to keep the fish fed and tend to administration tasks. She says that a core group will continue to serve the aquarium until the shutdown is lifted. “Staff will continue working; we are still meeting to establish schedules, but it will be a combination of on-site and work-fromhome, depending on tasks,” Chee said. “Husbandry staff has to be on site, but there’s a lot of work behind the scenes that needs to continue. For those whose jobs are solely dependent on the guest experience, we are doing some cross training, so they can help in other departments. We will be monitoring the situation, and following guidelines from the CDC, the WHO and UC San Diego in order to decide when it’s safe to open and/or begin running programs again.” Deacon Jim Vargas is the President and CEO of Father Joe’s Villages, which has been hit by

the shutdown as well. His foundation has taken the lead in helping the 10,000 – if not more – homeless that live on the streets of San Diego. These people are some of the most vulnerable in San Diego to the pandemic and Vargas is finding it challenging to keep his program running on all cylinders. “We are the largest and the oldest homeless services provider in Southern California due to the depth of the services we offer,” Vargas said. Many on his staff have had to stay at home to care for family members, but Vargas is working to come up with viable solutions to this. Phone-based counseling has replaced face-toface meetings and social services are now prioritized by extreme need. Vargas continues his daily meals for the homeless, but sack lunches now take the place of the usual dining centers. He has also set up an emergency response fund to help keep his services up and running which can be found on his website. People can contribute whatever they can afford directly to Father Joe’s on this site. One of the biggest factors bringing stress to San Diegans is the uncertainty of the length of this shutdown. Nobody can say at this time how long these measures will take, but by studying the measures taken by countries affected first by the pandemic, a better understanding of the timeline can be forecast. I spoke with a college student from China who is in constant contact with his family and friends back home. He told me about the novel coronavirus situation as it is currently. “They are much more optimistic these days as it seems the quarantine worked and the worst of the outbreak is over. They also have an amazing online network in the cities so picking up food and supplies is an easy click away and there’s no need to hoard!” I also talked to a friend of his who lives in China to get a firsthand account of the current situation. Both students requested to stay anonymous, but offered keen insight into the progress of the epidemic. The student in China said that the quarantine had been in effect for a month and a half, but life is beginning to return to normal as the cases decrease. Restaurants have reopened, but the children have not been allowed to return to school yet.

power and control. When survivors are forced to stay in the same house or close proximity with somebody who’s creating harm. This allows the perpetrator to sometimes have unique impact on survivors, such as withholding hand sanitizers or disinfectant, creating more fear and providing this information to survivors around the pandemic, withholding things like insurance cards or health insurance to prevent survivors from seeking any kind of medical attention,” GriffinTabor explained. The Center for Community Solutions (CCS) has 10 local sites


in San Diego as well as three emergency shelters. The shelters have special protocols in place to try and stop the spread of COVID-19, including ending the use of communal kitchens in one of their shelters with individual apartment units. The court system has also put in place special protections for domestic abuse survivors, including a 30-day extension to restraining orders set to expire. CCS is in contact with judges and attorneys who are doing virtual SEE DOMESTIC ABUSE, Page 13

North Park Main Street’s Executive Director Angela Landsberg and Assistant Director Jake J. Romero (Photo by Vince Meehan) The Chinese are waiting for the okay from the government for the schools to reopen as a sign that the virus is finally under control. As the student put it, “The invisible war has not yet been won, so we are not abandoning our precautions until that time.” He also noted that the Chinese people fully cooperated with the quarantine because the gravity of the situation was very life-ordeath as far as they were concerned. He mentioned that the media aired constant demonstrations on how to avoid the virus by

washing hands, wearing masks, and avoiding crowds. This educated the people and helped keep the virus from spreading further. As of this writing, a major stimulus package to help Americans and their businesses is being negotiated. Exactly what is included in this package and how much money is distributed to out-ofwork San Diegans will be a critical factor in how we all emerge from this crisis. —Vince Meehan can be reached at

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19-year-old man awaits sentencing for robberies NEAL PUTNAM | Downtown & Uptown News

A 19-year-old man faces up to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to two robberies in North Park and seven holdups elsewhere. Deputy District Attorney James Koerber said Ernesto Lamarquez faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison by San Diego Superior Court Judge Robert Trentacosta. His sentencing was originally scheduled for March 24, but was moved to April 6 when courts were originally slated to reopen. However, many unfinished cases are scheduled that day, so he may not be sentenced — even if the court reopens as planned at the time of this printing. Lamarquez was reportedly accompanied by three other teenagers who have been charged in Juvenile Court, but those records are not public. The other three were aged 15, 16, and 17 at the time. Another prosecutor is seeking to charge one teenage boy as an adult in a May 26 hearing. Koerber said Lamarquez pleaded guilty to all charges and admitted the use of a firearm as a deadly weapon. He was held to answer on the charges in a July 15, 2019, preliminary hearing. The victims were held up from April 17 to April 24, 2019 in North Park, City Heights, Chula Vista, and National City.

Jason R ies testi f ied he was walking near Polk and Mississippi streets in North Park on April 23 at 12:26 a.m. when he felt “someone put something to my head” which “felt like a gun.” “I was looking down at my phone at the time,” said Ries, who said he was stunned to discover he was being robbed by four people at gunpoint. Ries said one man grabbed his Apple iPhone and initially asked for his password. Ries was so stunned, he couldn’t recall the password. The teens then “took a backpack off of me,” he said. R ie s c ou ld n’t ide nt i f y Lamarquez in court, but his I-phone was found in the vehicle the robbers used. Another man in North Park was also robbed the next night. Paul Valencia testified he was trying to sell an amp on a website. He said a young man showed up at his Chula Vista home at 9:45 p.m. and asked him to follow him to his vehicle where he had money. Valencia testified he then saw two people with guns and someone “hit me over the head with the gun.” He was robbed and later had to get three staples in his head to close a wound. Lamarquez, of Spring Valley, remains in jail on $1 million bail. —Neal Putnam is a local court reporter.

NEWS / FEATURE Room for kids


However, a plethora of obstacles have made that appearance right for many of those children’s cases sometimes difficult to enact. So, Children’s Legal Services of San Diego (CLSSD) and Voices for Children have teamed up to reduce one of those stumbling blocks.


The private non-profit CLSSD, founded in 2016, focuses solely on representing juveniles in the dependency court system. It is the first of its kind in San Diego County, and consists of four law firms. The teams of attorneys and investigators can also serve as guardian ad litem for their juvenile clients. According to Executive Director Carolyn Griesemer, CLSSD provides “vulnerable clients with zealous advocacy in and out of court.” She said that these advo­cates noticed that while their clients often wanted to be at their own hearings, many felt uncomfortable in the court setting. Youth would have to sit in court hallways on long benches for up to several hours at a time, waiting for their case to be called. Often, they were seated close to the person who had caused the abuse or neglect. They would also have to miss school for these appearances, which had academic consequences. Enter in Voices for Children, t he non- p r of it or ga n i z a tion designated by the San Diego Superior Court to provide trained volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) for foster youth. CASAs and CLSSD minors’ attorneys were already working closely together to provide for their clients. That collaboration extended when CLSSD reached out to Voices to help provide an inviting space for foster children in the court building. “We asked Voices for Children to partner on this issue after receiving input from former foster youth about the importance of feeling like they are part of a decision which determines major

A look inside the new waiting room (Photo courtesy San Diego Juvenile Dependency Court)

issues in their lives,” Griesemer said.


There are now two special supervised and private spaces for foster youth awaiting court procedures. The first, the Children’s Waiting Room, was remodeled through efforts by CLSSD and funding from the San Diego County Board of Supervisor’s Neighborhood Redevelopment Program. The grant funds, along with monies from the Superior Court, provided new toys, colorful furniture, and age-appropriate technology for young children awaiting their hearings. The room is not only supervised from within, but outside access is also carefully monitored to keep the children safe. The second room was renovated through the talents and efforts of Voices for Children, with funding by the CLSSD. It is a Teen Resource Center for the older juvenile clients. The room includes computers, a phone, and a host of resources provided by community service organizations who support foster children and transitional age foster youth in San Diego County. Resources are organized by region and support category. Categories include housing, tutoring, higher education, aptitude and strengths testing, extracurricular activities, employment, professional development support, and healthy living. Teens

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can learn about job fairs, work on homework, and even build a resume, all while waiting for their hearing. The center is staffed by a Voices for Children representative. It can also be a space for youth to meet with their attorneys in confidence. “The changes made through this collaboration provide an age-appropriate space for [youth who are victims of abuse or neglect] to await their hearings away from people who might make them feel uncomfortable or unsafe,” Kelly Capen, president and CEO of Voices for Children, said. Griesemer added, “While these spaces previously existed within the juvenile courthouse, an overhaul was required in order to make the youth feel encouraged and welcome to attend their hearings.” She noted that this overhaul is just one of many improvements being made within the San Diego Juvenile Dependency Court system to ensure that the minors have a “positive and empowering experience” even in the midst of their trauma.


Although the waiting rooms are fully stocked at the moment, CLSSD is still seeking donations for the new Care Bag Program. Children coming into foster care often are doing so in an abrupt situation, leaving them little time to pack or grab favorite possessions. What they do bring often is packed into a trash bag. CLSSD is endeavoring to provide a “Care Bag” to youth in these situations. This is an actual duffle bag or suitcase with basic necessities and comfort items for the youth to keep. This program is in conjunction with the Thursday Club Juniors, Forever Kids: Case for Character, Just in Time for Foster Youth, and D&K Engineering. For more information or to get involved, visit carebag. You can also call (858) 221-0404. —Freelance writer Joyell Nevins can be reached at joyellc@gmail. com. You can also follow her blog Small World, Big God at swbgblog.

San Diego Downtown News FEATURE 5 April 2020 Q & A with psychologist about crisis mental health

KENDRA SITTON | Downtown & Uptown News

As people transition to a lifestyle of social distancing amid the global pandemic, many are facing new or renewed mental health issues. Editor Kendra Sitton spoke with Diana Concannon, PsyD, about mental health during this crisis and how people can take care of themselves.

Dr. Concannon, can you tell me about your expertise and your credentials?

I’m a licensed psychologist. I’m a forensic psychologist by practice and my area of expertise is in crisis mental health, as well as in risk assessment. I am also the associate provost at Alliant International University, where I am co-chairing, currently, our response to the pandemic. Previously, I have been involved in crisis response, working with Los Angeles County in several different capacities. I have trained first responders including health care workers, firefighters, law enforcement, as well as para-professionals, in helping others to cope with crises and their aftermath.

We’re definitely in a crisis right now. Have you seen or are you starting to see a lot of people struggling with their mental health?

Yes. I think that people are and it’s important to note that for most people, what we say in psychological first aid, is that they’re having a normal response to an abnormal event. And this is a particularly abnormal event in many, many ways. The severity of it, the duration of it, and the level of uncertainty that is attending to it, are unique nuances. It is completely normal for individuals to have emotions that extend in different directions that is to have heightened anxiety at times, to feel depressed at times. For most people, these emotional waves will resolve favorably and can be managed by doing things like engaging in self care, which includes making sure getting enough rest, getting, having proper nutrition, having good exercise habits and creating a new routine in light of some of the shelter in place. Connecting with friends and family, talking it through. For

those that are struggling beyond what feels like they can cope with, that could also happen given, again, the duration. There are unique attributes to this event that could understandably overwhelm even the most strong individual’s resilience. That’s when reaching out to the mental health professionals who have been extraordinary in being able to create a tele-mental health network, so nimbly, so quickly. I have been in awe of our colleagues. Individuals can access this network in many different ways. If we’re individuals that have employee assistance programs, for example, or students who can access it through student assistance programs. There’s also county mental health facilities that can connect people with these networks. Of course, if people have private insurance, there’s also federally-qualified health centers [which] often have embedded behavioral health specialists that are available to engage in mental health or telephonic mental health. So there’s a wealth of resources, if one feels overwhelmed. And of course, for vulnerable populations, those with pre-existing mental health conditions, it’s particularly critical at this point in time to engage in good mental health hygiene to maintain the mental health routines that were pre-existing prior to this event, now more than ever. So whether that be medication, ongoing psychotherapy, or a combination of the two, that support system but any other social support systems are critically important during this time.

virtual conversations, virtual coffee shops, and create those spaces for connection. It’s really important to try and ritualize this. I know that that there are people that are creating networks, whether they be text networks where they check in at a certain time and they made this play date if you will for their children, to kind of create or replace some of the things that were common in their lives before and to try and recapture some of the benefits of that social time that they had within the virtual space. Whatever we can do to create those rituals, gives us a sense of control that is comforting to many people during this uncertain time. It is also very important to know that social distancing is not isolation. Those two things are very, very different. While it does take intentionality, to create social connection while we are social distancing, it’s critically important that we are intentional and we do make that effort for our own mental health and for those around us.

Are there any other things you recommend to people who are struggling during this time?

In addition to creating a schedule, creating new routines, it is also important to connect with what is meaningful and purposeful in one’s life, staying connected to the moment, recognizing that this will end. While it is a protracted event, it’ll go on for an uncertain amount of time longer, it will eventually end and we will be able to resume some of what we were doing before. It’s hard to know how the world will look. We may gain certain things out of this. But in the moment, it’s important to stay as focused and as centered in what gives us joy and purpose. Each day, to find something that can be life enhancing today, and stay connected to that, and be as productive in that as we can.

Speaking of other support systems, one thing that’s a little bit different about this crisis is in a time where it might be good to access those support systems, they’re not with us, necessarily. How do you recommend people go about building those connections and maintaining them For people who are suicidal during this time? Yes, we have to be creative. The themselves or are the key is to take advantage of the tech- support system of someone nology that is available to us, wheth- suicidal, what do you er it be by phone, to use FaceTime, recommend? use Zoom, use Skype, use whatever technology is available to us. Things like virtual happy hours,

So if if one was to get word of another who is experiencing suicidal ideation or is talking about

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suicide, it is vitally important to connect them through the suicide hotline to call the suicide hotline on their behalf, to call 911 if there is concern this is an imminent situation, that is something that absolutely needs to be attended to and not ignored, taken very seriously and professional intervention is warranted. If the individual themselves is experiencing this, reaching out to a hotline, to a mental health professional, is vitally important. No one should bear the pain of experiencing those thoughts or feelings alone.

Is there anything else you wanted to touch on or add?

The only other thing that I would say is that one of the things that we see during this time and is the social contagion, which is very, very real. It’s a form of primitive empathy and we’ve seen it in the food hoarding, in the buying of firearms, and the buying of marijuana now. We see it during times of disaster, manmade disasters or natural disasters. It’s a phenomenon where what one feels is contagious and it’s a part of how we relate to each other. It’s part of how we form groups. We see it at sports events to good effect, we see it at concerts to good effect. We see it during disasters sometimes to challenging effect. When the anxiety and fear of others, it runs through groups and results in things like hoarding of food or paper towels or toilet paper. That’s a very real phenomenon. I think it is something that people need to be mindful of because we want to inoculate ourselves from the negative aspects of that. It’s a very automatic response. The good news is, we then can control its effect on us. We can do so by being mindful and engaging in what’s called top down thinking, where we control our immediate emotional response if we

Diana Concannon, PsyD (Courtesy photo)

find ourselves being influenced by those around us who may not be in the best space at the moment. If they’re feeling that fear and anxiety, recognizing that that will be a little contagious. We can pause and either remove ourselves from that situation, distract ourselves with something else. Turn off the TV for a little while, for example, if that’s the cause of what’s making us anxious, or move away from a group that is talking about, in a negative way, how events are going at the moment and just give ourselves a little bit of a break. Conversely, when we are in a positive place, that likewise has an influence. We have an opportunity to help others during this time and to leverage emotional contagion to make a positive difference for others. Oftentimes, we reach out when we are feeling badly. But we have to also remember that during those times when we’re feeling good, that’s also a great time to reach out because that positive feeling that we have is also contagious. And we can make a real difference in the community and in the wellbeing of others. It’s something that we have great power over and We don’t think about it as much except in extreme events usually. And yet, it influences us every day. —Kendra Sitton can be reached at

Selecting a Successor Trustee of Your Trust By: Dick McEntyre and Chris von der Lieth, Attorneys at Law

Selecting a good successor trustee (or co-trustees) to manage your trust after you die—or, if you’re married, on the last to die of you and your spouse—is one of the most important things you will ever do in connection with your estate planning. Typically, unless you have a very large estate, you will select one or more of your children, or if you do not have any children, a relative. For a very large estate, you may wish to appoint an institutional trustee, such as a bank. Being a trustee is a thankless and burdensome task, and the compensation an individual receives is often not worth the on-going headaches - arising from such things as bickering among, and dealing with requests from, beneficiaries, and preparing accountings. So, the individual really needs to view it as a service—a labor of love—he or she is, or they are, providing to your beneficiaries and to the deceased loved one. It is best that you ask the person(s) you desire to serve as your successor trustee before you die, if he or she is willing to so serve. Select as your successor trustee a person (or persons) you trust, who is level-headed, who is able to make decisions of a business nature, and who has the ability to get along well with (that is, can “handle”) your beneficiaries. In fact, your selected successor

trustee may himself or herself be a beneficiary. This makes it a little easier to justify the tough work ahead. Sometimes selecting successor cotrustees (to act jointly) is a good idea— especially among siblings—since a brother or sister who was not asked to serve might have hurt feelings from being “leftout.” However, financial institutions may require that in the case you have appointed successor co-trustees, each co-trustee must have so-called “independent authority.” That is, each co-trustee must have power over the account without requiring the approval of the other co-trustee. Since virtually every situation is different, consider all factors before making your selection. The above statements are not to be taken as legal advice for the reader’s particular situation. Richard F. McEntyre practices law in the area of estate planning and administration, having served the San Diego community as a lawyer for over 40 years. Chris von der Lieth is Dick’s associate lawyer, having worked with Dick for over 6 years. Affordable rates. Highest quality services. House calls available. Our office is conveniently located at 2615 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 101 (in Mission Valley just east of Bully’s restaurant) (Telephone (619) 221-0279);


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Help when facing financial difficulty Uptown Money By STEVE DOSTER As we head into our third week of social distancing, more and more of us are feeling the anxiety related to staying at home. Whether you are working from home, have unfortunately lost your job due to this crisis or are simply feeling isolated within your four walls, we all are dealing with some kind of stress. If you are one of the affected individuals who may have lost your job or seen a reduction in your salary, this has you seriously worried about making ends meet. Although Congress has put together an emergency plan to help individuals affected by the coronavirus pandemic, there are a few things you can do on your own to maximize your cash flow. 1. Prioritize bills – Now is a good time to prioritize your bills and make a list of what is critical and what isn’t. You should also consider cancelling auto-debit on your payments so you can effectively manage your cash flow. Contact your service providers as many of them may offer an option to skip payments or make fixed payments during these times. 2. File your tax return as soon as possible – If you are typically owed a refund and have had no major changes in your tax situation in 2019,

then file your tax returns as soon as possible. The IRS has currently extended the filing due date from April 15th to July 15th; however, you are still able to file your returns now and get a refund. Additionally, the new stimulus bill requires your 2018 or 2019 tax return be filed in order to qualify for stimulus checks. 3. Delay mortgage payments – If your mortgage is owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, you may be able to suspend mortgage payments up to 12 months if you have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. To find out if Fannie or Freddie owns your mortgage, you can search your address at 4. Transfer credit card balances to a new credit card with 0% interest – Find out what the transfer fee is, typically three percent of the credit card balance, and ask the credit card company if the transfer fee can be reduced or waived. 5. Halt student loan payments – The Department of Education has temporarily reduced student loan interest to 0%. In addition, it is also providing borrowers with Federal Direct and/or Federal Family Education Loan Program loans the ability to suspend payments for 60 days without hurting their credit. If you would like to halt payments, SEE UPTOWN MONEY, Page 18

Letters ON CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE So, Donald Trump believes himself to be a “Wartime President.” Before we take this self-fellation at face value, consider the U.S. Army Field Manual Leader Development section. It lists the five crucial qualities a leader must possess: • Trust • Discipline and SelfControl • Judgement and Critical Thinking • Self-awareness • Empathy In any objective sense Trump cannot be seen to even comprehend the meaning of these essential values, much less exhibit them himself. Military scholar Max Boot observed that Trump has never served any cause greater than his own id. His mishandling of the Coronavirus crisis makes this starkly clear and the world will suffer for it. —Mark McCool, Mission Hills

Why aren’t we as serious about climate change as we are about the coronavirus? Most people pay attention to threats that are right in their face. Coronavirus is a real threat with uncertainty about its scale and impact. That makes us fearful and results in significant action by government and citizens. But the virus may not have long-term impact. It is unlikely that it will make life on this planet unsustainable. Climate change will have long-term impact and will far outweigh anything we are experiencing today. And even though most Americans understand this, we still do not treat it as a significant threat. You can take action today to stop climate change. Ask your legislators to support the Energy Innovation Act. Join one of many organizations that are working towards solutions, including Citizens Climate Lobby. And check out for more ideas. —Susan Kobara, Carlsbad


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Sharing: The key to living, loving and grieving in COVID-19 times SIMONA VALANCIUTE | San Diego Oasis

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the accompanying closures, cancellations and financial upheavals are all having a major impact on our collective mental health. Whether you’re younger or older, healthy or living with underlying conditions, everyone is anxious right now. Notably, many of us are grieving. We’re grieving our loss of independence and individual spontaneity as more of our favorite restaurants and businesses close down, and we’re forced to stay at home more. We are losing our comforting routines, and many of us are feeling lonely and disconnected. Senior citizens, who we all know are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus, may also suffer disproportionately during this time for another reason: increased social isolation. More than 8 million American adults over the age of 50 are already living isolated lives—and the negative health effects of social isolation (including a weakened immune system) will only increase for seniors unless we make special efforts to reach out to them during this time. So, what do we do? How can we process our collective grief, and learn to live with uncertainty? How can we feel more empowered to help our families, friends and neighbors, even though we can’t have as contact with them in-person? The answer lies in sharing. Sharing comes in many forms, and adopting an open, community-minded attitude has many health benefits — and there are many ways to do so while social distancing. Here are some simple, meaningful steps you can take to share more with these individuals and others in your community in uncertain times.


Got an avocado, orange or lemon tree heavy with fruit you can never consume by yourself? Call a neighbor who may have difficulty leaving the house to see if they’d like to take some of that fresh produce off your hands, or simply ring the doorbell and leave a few edibles on the front step with a kind note. Your thoughtfulness will stay with them long after the fruits and vegetables have been eaten. Think also of what’s in your freezer and pantry. Do you really need all that canned food? Frozen bread loaves? Paper towel rolls? Call a few friends and neighbors who may have a medical condition that prevents them from completing errands right now and offer to share some of these basic supplies.

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Kindness is a renewable and unlimited resource. Give some! Call, text or email five people you know every day, just to say hello, even if you haven’t spoken in a while. Write your “Christmas Letter” in March, or email it to all of your friends, and get the exchange going early. If you belong to any online communities, such as geography or hobby-based groups on Facebook or NextDoor, post something meaningful and uplifting there.


If you’re fairly technologically savvy, offer to remotely coach your elderly friends, relatives and neighbors on how to use DoorDash to get food delivered, or order supplies from Amazon or another favorite store. Encourage them and others around you to join a Facebook group centered around a favorite topic, so that everyone can focus on something positive. You can do this over the phone, Skype, Facebook messenger, any mode of communication that works for you!

SHARE YOUR SENSE OF CURIOSITY Many museums, nonprofits and other organizations are offering virtual tours or classes to keep everyone’s mind sharp while we’re socially distancing. San Diego OASIS, the nonprofit organization I have the privilege of leading, offers lifelong learning classes for people 50 and older. We transitioned to virtual learning this week—and if our members (some of whom are in their 90s) can master it, so can you. Commit to learning something new during this time and encourage others in your life to do the same. While it’s not as urgent of a public health concern as the COVID-19 virus, social isolation is a killer. We have to fight it. Acknowledging everyone’s mental health challenges and reaching out to each other during this time is just as important as making sure everyone is stocked on basic supplies. OASIS offers a virtual Grieving Support Group, and many other organizations offer free mental health resources right now as well. Our attitudes are the only thing we can control when we’re facing so many unknowns. Embracing an attitude of sharing and encouraging others to do the same is how we can truly watch out for each other. —Simona Valanciute is the president and CEO of San Diego Oasis, an award-winning nonprofit organization serving people age 50 and better, who pursue healthy aging through lifelong learning, active lifestyles, and community service. Learn more at

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Don’t get scammed during the COVID-19 pandemic District Attorney News By SUMMER STEPHAN With everything from school, sporting events and concerts being canceled and many stores and offices closed, there is not a person left who has not been affected by COVID-19. Unfortunately, in a moment of desperation like this one, scammers only see opportunity. During disasters, bad actors make money by preying on fear and anxiety. They increase prices on essential items or find other ways to bilk residents, such as peddling fake cures or offering phony services. Consumers should know that it is against the law to increase prices on essential items such as water, batteries or cleaning supplies, by more than 10%, unless the business can prove that its own costs have gone up. During a state of emergency, which was declared across the state by Governor Gavin Newsom on March 4 and by the County Board of Supervisors on February 19, violations of the price gouging statute are subject to criminal prosecution that can result in one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Violations are also subject to civil enforcement actions that include civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation. Here is a list include items for which price gouging can be penalized: • Food • Drinks • Emergency supplies such as flashlights, radios, batteries, and candles • Water • Blankets • Soaps • Diapers • Toiletries • Medical supplies including prescription medication and hand sanitizer • Animal food • Gasoline • Housing • Transportation It’s also against the law for a hotel or motel to increase room prices by more than 10% during an emergency and for 30 days afterward. Scamming is not just limited to price gouging. Some go as far as setting up fake websites, sending phony email solicitations or posting on social media pretending to be known organizations, such as the World Health Organization, in order to swindle folks from their money. Anyone advertising a cure for the coronavirus or COVID-19 is a fraud. There is no vaccine or cure at this time. If you see anyone engaging in the activities mentioned in

this column, do not engage. Instead, report them to authorities. Although most people and companies are looking to help others in this time of need, there is always a small group looking to scam the vulnerable. As your District Attorney, I want you to know that we stand ready to protect consumer rights under the law and we will strictly enforce violations related to price gouging or financial fraud. During this time of need, we must stand together and help one another. You can report suspected price gouging to the District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit at 619-5313507 or to the California Attorney General’s Office. Please know that the District Attorney’s team is prepared to safeguard public safety and we are operating in a manner that is healthy for our employees. We ask that the public follow all county health orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Finally, we wish everyone health. —District Attorney Summer Stephan has dedicated more than 29 years to serving justice and victims of crime as prosecutor. She is a national leader in fighting sex crimes and human trafficking and in creating smart and fair criminal justice solutions and restorative justice practices that treat the underlying causes of addiction and mental illness and that keep young people from being incarcerated.

San Diego Downtown News POLITICS 7 April 2020 City Attorney’s Office protecting public during health emergency

City Attorney News By MARA W. ELLIOTT Even in the best of times, there is an abundance of legal work for the attorneys who advise our elected officials and department heads. We find that keeping a $3 billion municipal government out of trouble and operating effectively is as satisfying as it is challenging. During a crisis, however, the workload grows exponentially. Unprecedented situations may require original solutions, and even new laws. Urgent questions arise and need quick answers. Emergency orders need to be clarified for city employees and the public, as they can change everything from how government stays transparent to what is legal and illegal. At times like these, the attorneys in our Civil Advisory Division are the unsung heroes of city government, toiling behind the scenes to ensure the city can respond to rapidly developing situations swiftly and legally. When the COVID-19 emergency hit, my office received what might otherwise be six months of legal questions in just two weeks. Issues covered by our advice included nearly every aspect of City operations: • The use of city facilities and property for emergency housing and other purposes necessary to combat the spread of COVID-19, • The city’s ability to provide relief to tenants, landlords, businesses, water customers, and others impacted by COVID-19, • Definitions of “essential” and “non-essential” businesses under the governor’s executive order,

and the City’s powers to enforce the closure of businesses that refuse to comply, • The city’s ability to preemptively cancel public events in parks and on leased property that appear to violate the Governor’s executive order, • Protocols for minimizing city employee exposure to the novel coronavirus, including police officers who deal with symptomatic arrestees, • Keeping city business flowing smoothly when the employees needed to review and sign documents are working remotely, and • Rules for holding public meetings under the Brown Act when members of the public cannot be physically present. In addition to addressing these issues, and dozens more, our office quickly drafted the Eviction Moratorium and Business Relief resolutions that were unanimously approved by the City Council on March 25. We also worked on establishing emergency childcare for our city’s public safety personnel, who continue to work long hours even while their children are home from school. Other divisions in our office are working equally hard to keep San Diegans safe during the health emergency. Attorneys and investigators in the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit (ACE) are working nights and weekends to protect consumers from exploitation. Price gouging – or selling essential items for more than 10% of the normal cost – is illegal under state law after a state of emergency has been declared. ACE is also tracking down scammers that peddle false

promises of treatments and cures, fraudulent financial investments, fake at-home testing kits, and deceptive online ads and email campaigns. San Diegans shouldn’t have to worry about being cheated when taking precautions to stay healthy. To report price gouging or scams, please call at 619-533-5618. Even while courtrooms are closed, our Office works directly with the courts to ensure access to justice. Gun Violence Restraining Orders to prevent gun violence and Restraining Orders for victims of domestic violence are still being obtained. And our Family Justice Center, which serves victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, has adapted to the times. Its dedicated staff is available by phone to provide safety planning and connect victims to community resources. To reach a victim services coordinator at the FJC, call 619-533-6000 or 619-533-6001. During this difficult time, everyone in the San Diego City Attorney’s Office is working diligently to protect the health and safety of you and your community. —Mara W. Elliott was elected City Attorney of San Diego in 2016 after serving as the chief deputy attorney for the Office’s Public Services Section and legal adviser to the city’s Independent Audit Committee and Environment Committee. Elliott and the lawyers in her section held polluters accountable, reformed city contracting, cut administrative red tape, and strengthened the city’s Living Wage and Non-Discrimination in Contracting ordinances.


HISTORY / NEWS A good sign: North Park’s symbol of resilience San Diego Downtown News April 2020

Although the duration of the current world-wide public health crisis is unknown, our community will certainly survive it. The history of the large neon North Park sign in University Avenue west of 30th Street demonstrates North Park’s resilience. The sign we see today is only 27 years old, but the original sign’s story started 85 years ago in the midst of the Great Depression. The concept of a large electric sign stretching from sidewalk to sidewalk above the street originated with the North Park Business Men’s Club, who requested city council permission “to illuminate the Thirtieth and University

This classic 1953 photograph of the neon North Park sign hanging above the intersection of University Avenue and 30th Street also shows what is currently the Western Dental building and annex that is now covered by a smooth false façade. (Courtesy of the Hartley Family) Ave. corner with a brightly lighted sign at night,” as reported in the Evening Tribune’s February 27, 1935 issue. The minutes from the February 26, 1935 council meeting reflect approval for

The wooden North Park sign was installed at Boundary Street and University Avenue in November 1987. Vandalism to the sign in January 1988 inspired its repair and fundraising for a full-size neon replica to replace the neon sign that had been removed in January 1966. The wooden North Park sign awaits a more visible home at Patrick Edwards’ shop on Utah Street. (Courtesy of Patrick Edwards)

the city attorney to prepare an amendment to the building code regarding electric signs. At the April 24, 1935 council meeting, an amendment to existing Ordinance No. 13375

The neon North Park sign in the median of University Avenue west of 30th Street was installed on October 13, 1993. It is a replica of the neon sign that was originally hung above University Avenue at 30th Street on July 6, 1935. Tamarindo and Swami’s restaurants are in the background. (Photo by Katherine Hon)

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The October 13, 1993 dedication of the replica neon North Park sign was attended by many, including fondly remembered North Park historians Don Covington (far right) and his wife, Karon (far left). (Photo by Bill

Also attending the October 13, 1993 sign dedication were (left to right) Councilmember John Hartley, A&B Sporting Goods owner Joe Schloss, and future Councilmember Christine Kehoe. (Photo by Bill

Vandermolen, courtesy of Tom Shess)

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adding new section 5003-B PERMANENT SIGNS OVER PUBLIC PROPERTY (Ordinance No. 646, new series) was approved unanimously by the five attending council members. The new ordinance section allowed permanent electric signs to be erected “across the public streets and highways… provided that no such sign is used to advertise a particular company, concern, occupation, business, material, commodity or product.” Confident of city council approval, the business club announced a drive to raise money on March 28, 1935. The real estate office of W. J. Stevens at 2932 University Avenue served as campaign headquarters for the effort. But it was the women of North Park who took the lead on the fundraising task. The San Diego Union’s March 31, 1935 issue reported under the headline “Women Go After Community Sign,” that the “North Park Business club perhaps is the only club of its kind in San Diego that has an auxiliary. A group of women — a majority of them wives of members of the business club — have organized. At present the women have one objective — a large Neon sign at Thirtieth at University, so Expo. visitors may know they are in the North Park district.” “Expo” referred to the California Pacific International Exposition held in Balboa Park from May 29, 1935 to November 11, 1935

and extended for a second year to September 9, 1936. The Exposition was organized to promote San Diego and help the local economy during the Great Depression, which lasted from 1929 to 1941. Among other events, the North Park auxiliary held a benefit party at the “Tent” ballroom in the Nordberg building — now home of North Park Fitness — on April 24, 1935. Fundraising efforts were successful, the sign was created, and the San Diego Union’s July 7, 1935 issue summarized the dedication event held the day before under the headline “Mayor Dedicates North Park Sign.” Mayor Percy Benbough praised the North Park area for its “civic progress,” and thousands of people joined in the celebration. In an announcement of new officers for the business club and auxiliary, the San Diego Union’s December 4, 1935 issue noted, “The auxiliary came into public notice less than a year ago when it raised $400 to install the large Neon sign at Thirtieth st. and University ave.” A new business person was quoted as coming to North Park because “they are upand-doing folks. I wish that San Diego had more districts like the North Park go-getters.” Fast forward about 30 years, and the story takes a sad turn. The San

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Diego Union’s January 15, 1966 issue showed a photograph of the venerable neon North Park sign being removed to “be replaced by a revolving sign.” The change was noted as being a project of the North Park Business Club. For whatever reasons — perhaps because by that time local stores were losing business to regional shopping malls — the sign was not replaced. Decades of business doldrums passed. During the 1980s, community efforts began for creating a replacement sign. In November 1987, a wooden replica of the scalloped shaped sign proclaiming “North Park – Home of the Famous Toyland Parade” was placed at Boundary Street and University Avenue. The 18-footlong redwood sign was carved by Kent Johnson. The $3,182 cost of the sign was funded by local merchants and the North Park Business Association (NPBA) — successor of the business club — managed at the time by Executive Director Karen Arter. North Park lore of vandals damaging the wooden sign in January 1988 and the sign’s subsequent repair by volunteers is documented by several news stories. The San Diego Union’s January 7, 1988 issue reported, “Cops have suspect in vandalism of sign.” The article noted, “Business owners who found their newly erected community sign splashed with red paint Saturday night have received several offers to repair or replace the damaged sign — at no cost.” The report continued that although the damage to the sign was discouraging, “it also served to generate interest in its repair and has helped to start a separate fund for a larger, overhead sign similar to the ones that now mark the Hillcrest and Kensington communities.” The San Diego Union’s February 7, 1988 issue announced “North Park sign fixed” and stated, “Volunteers from the North Park Business Association yesterday re-erected the community sign that vandals splashed with red paint on Jan. 2.” In April 1988, a sign drive was initiated to raise $35,000 for a new community sign to span University Avenue at 30th Street. That effort would take another five years. By 1993, sufficient funds had been acquired from local, state

and federal sources. A new sign designed by Wieber Nelson Design and constructed by California Neon was officially lit in a joyful dedication ceremony on October 13, 1993. The sign was placed on an attractive pedestal in the middle of University Avenue west of 30th Street. “Every TV station covered it in its news segments that evening and the San Diego Daily Transcript put the event on its front page that same day,” according to the North Park News’ November 1993 issue, which covered the event in a two-page spread with 13 photos by Bill Vandermolen. VIPs pictured included Mayor Susan Golding, Councilmember John Hartley, future Councilmember Christine Kehoe, NPBA Executive Director and sign committee chair Mark Hannon, NPBA President Dorothy Petree, and NPBA Vice President Joe Schloss. The project resulted from the efforts of many. In the North Park News’ October 1993 issue, Mark Hannon noted, “there are more than 100 persons out there that had something vital to do with the North Park Sign returning.” But what of the wooden sign at Boundary Street and University Avenue? Was it lost when the gateway art sculpted by Anne Mudge was installed at the intersection in August 1999? Amazingly, the story of the wooden sign continues to this day. When the wooden sign was removed, Patrick Edwards, long-time North Park businessman and community advocate, took it to his shop on Utah Street. He later convinced Union Bank to hang it on a wall inside their building at University Avenue and 30th Street along with their many framed photographs of historic North Park. The sign was removed when the bank redecorated, and Edwards took it back into his care. Wouldn’t it be great if the Union Bank North Park branch re-mounted the wooden sign where it could be admired once again? This would be a wonderful gift to the community, especially now. That wooden sign and the neon sign in University Avenue both reflect the perseverance of the North Park business community through many challenging times.

HISTORY What’s in a name? SANDEE WILHOIT Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation

Realtors will tell you that “location, location, location,” is everything, but this prime piece of commercial real estate had a rather inauspicious beginning. Alonzo Horton called it “Lot L” when he sold it to David L. Phillips for $1,500 in 1870. Phillips promptly leased it to John H. Koop and Company, who ran the City Bakery in a wooden building there for three years. By the mid-1800s, the four corners at the crossroads of H Street and Fifth Avenue had become the mercantile center of the rapidly growing city of San Diego. Realizing the value of his property, in 1886, Phillips sold the parcel to Michael Kerr for $23,000. That’s quite a return on his investment! By now, the property had four framed, one-story structures of various sizes on the lot. They housed the Pioneer Saddle Shop, a mattress factory, a combination fruit store and dwelling and a coffee house. All of the storefronts faced Fifth Avenue. Storefronts facing H St. (now Market St.) did not appear until after the Timken Building was erected in 1894. Henry Timken purchased the property from Michael Kerr in 1887 for the sum of $50,000. This expensive piece of real estate remained in the Timken family until 1926, when it was sold to W.H. Carlton for $10. Yes — $10. Timken acquired his great wealth from his inventions of the Timken spring, which is used in various types of vehicles and the Timken roller bearing, which enabled larger loads to be hauled by horses. His roller bearing is still widely used, including on the landing wheels of the space shuttle. He brought his family to San Diego from Missouri in 1887, and immediately invested $2000,000 in real estate and buildings. He was definitely what was referred to then as an “eastern capitalist.” Timken was not only a capitalist, but also a philanthropist. Although he passed in 1909, his family through the Timken Foundation, donated

—Katherine Hon is the secretary of the North Park Historical Society. Reach her at or 619-294-8990.

The Timken Building 1894 Southwest Corner of 5th and Market Streets Architect: Joseph Falkenham Architectural Style: Romanesque/ Modern

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the Balboa Park Fine Arts Gallery and the Timken Gallery, which opened in 1965. Additionally, a $1 million donation was made to Pomona College and $3 million was donated to the Scripp’s Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla. Henry Timken select e d Joseph Falkenham to design an impressive Romanesque style brick building for his property. The structure featured an arched entrance, an elaborate wire and glass lightwell (skylight), an intricate brick overhang from the roof and a contin- The Timken Building (Photos by Tim Trevaskis) uous decorative tile exterior below the large storefront changing. The businesses included windows. Timken was so pleased second-story furnished rooms, a with the appearance of the building restaurant, a billiard hall, a tailor that upon its completion, he gift- shop and another men’s clothing ed the architect with a new horse, store. In 1910, the furnished rooms harness and buggy rig. The final were called “The Seattle,” which cost of the building was $7,200. was changed to “The Brighton” in The structure had three ad- 1915. The billiard parlor remained dresses on the Fifth Avenue side until 1916, and the restaurant re— 562, 564, and 568. They sup- mained until 1930. ported a shooting gallery in 562, In the late ‘70s, the Graduate which lasted until 1909. Its most School of Urban Resources and colorful proprietor was a nation- Social Planning took over the hoally recognized marksman from tel, and the street level businessSouth Dakota named George Hall. es included the Freedom Guitar In 1919, Hall set an unequaled re- Company and Nicole’s House of cord by capturing top honors in Style. During the ‘90s and early pistol, rifle and shotgun competi- 21st century, the San Diego Wig tions simultaneously. From 1910 Store and Beauty Salon graced the until 1918, the shooting gallery large storefront windows with evbecame a restaurant, and then ery possible variety of wig imagbecame the Cooperative Grocery inable. They were the go-to place until 1930. The 564 address was for costume wigs seen in the once first a barber shop, then a jewelry elaborate and extensive Mardi store in 1908, and finally became Gras parades and celebrations incorporated into the Cooperative popular in the Gaslamp. Grocery Store in 1918. The corner Currently, the San Diego section of the building, the 568 Trading Company occupies address, became the Mint Saloon the street level of the Timken in 1897, managed by several pro- Building, and features clothing, prietors until, in 1909, it became a shoes, souvenirs and lovely folk clothing store. Beginning with the art. The upstairs is devoted to Cottee-Witkind Clothing Store, it seven studio apartments and 4 remained a men’s furnishings one-bedroom apartments. The emporium run successfully by manager, Heather, says that they Arthur Dash, Louis Goldberg, are very “efficient.” Just the thing Harry Dorfman and Abram for downtown living! Scheibman through 1927. After 1894, there were three —Sandee Wilhoit is the histobusiness locations on the H Street rian for the the Gaslamp Quarter side. However, due to the change Historical Foundation. She can be in the street name and the num- reached at swilhoit@gaslampfounbering systems, the addresses kept

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BANKERS HILL Papas & Tacos M-F 9:30-8, weekend 9:30-6 Uber Eats Imperial House Tues-Sat 2-8 GrubHub Il Dandy's 11:30-3, 4:30-8:30 self-delivery Pure Project 11-6 online orders & pickup Extraordinary Desserts M-F 9-8 weekend 10-8 Grub Hub & Postmates James Coffee walku Jimmy Carters everyday 8-8 Breakfast until 2:30 Bassams Cafe walkin only Garden of Vegan ever yday 8-4 GrubHub, Postmates, Uber Eats Wet Stone 11-7 Postmates, GrubHub Mia Trattoria, third party delivery Evolution Donna Jeans, 2-8 Postmates, Uber, Eats Bi Rite Market everyday 9-11 The Market Place Royal Food Mart, GrubHub

GASLAMP Bandar Restaurant 845 Fourth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 238-0101 Open for: takeout; curbside delivery; delivery via PostMates and UberEats Hours: Mon. – Sun., 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Berkeley Pizza 539 Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 937-0808 Open for: take-out; delivery via GrubHub, DoorDash Hours: Mon. – Sun., 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Brian’s 24 828 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 702-8410 Open for: take-out, curbside-pickup, delivery via Uber Eats Hours: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Buca di Beppo 705 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 233-7272 Open for: take-out Hours: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Burger Lounge, (619) 955-5727 Open for: take-out, delivery Hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Café 21 802 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA. 92101 café, (619) 252-5974 Open for: take-out Hours: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Cine Café 412 K St., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 595-1929 Open for: take-out, in store shopping Hours: 6 a.m.- 10 p.m. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 380 K St., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 237-1155 Open for: take-out, curbside pick-up Hours: Mon. – Sun., 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Fogo de Chão 668 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 338-0500 Open for: take-out, to-go butcher meats, curbside pick-up Hours: Sun. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Fri. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Gaslamp BBQ 524 Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 696-6996 Open for: take-out, curbside pick-up, delivery via DoorDash Hours: 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Gaslamp Burger 738 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 255-1839 Open for: take-out; delivery via GrubHub, Seamless, PostMates and DoorDash Hours: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Gaslamp Pizza 505 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 231-7542 Open for: take-out; delivery via PostMates, UberEats, GrubHub, doordash Hours: Mon. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. Ike’s Place 542 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 255-2562 Open for: take-out; delivery via PostMates, UberEats, GrubHub, doordash Hours: Mon. – Sun., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Le Parfait Paris 555 G St., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 245-4457 Open for: takeout, curbside pickup, delivery via PostMates Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Offer: Order one dessert, get second dessert (of equal/lesser value) free Maryjane’s 207 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 764-6950 Open for: take-out, curbside pick-up Hours: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mattarello Cooking Lab 518 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (858) 717-0173 Open for: take-out, delivery, curbside pick-up Hours: Mon. – Sun., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Metl Bar & Restaurant 748 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 546-6424 Open for: take-out; delivery via PostMates, UberEats, GrubHub Hours: Mon. – Sun., 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. Offer: free meals for hospitality industry employees (visit site for details) Meze Greek Fusion 345 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 550-1600 Open for: take-out; curbside pick-up; delivery via GrubHub, DoorDash, Uber Eats, PostMates Hours: Thu. – Sat., 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Offers: Family Packs for 2-4 people or more (available for takeout only, not delivery); 20-percent off a la carte menu items; free delivery for orders of $100 or more (within one-mile radius); free $20 gift card per $100 purchase, to be used when Meze reopens (no other/previous promotions or discounts accepted at this time) Morton’s the Steakhouse 285 J St., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 696-3369 Open for: take-out, curbside pick-up Hours: Mon. – Sun., 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Offers: 50 percent off beer and wine with food order New Leaf Restaurant (inside Hilton) 401 K St., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 231-4040 Open for: take-out Hours: Mon. – Sun., 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. New York Pizza 954 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 236-9006 Open for: take-out Hours: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Operacaffe 835 Fourth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 234-6538 Open for: take-out, curbside pick-up, delivery via Uber Eats Hours: 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Pizza on Fifth 734 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 231-7582 Open for: take-out; delivery via PostMates, DoorDash, GrubHub, Seamless and Slicelife Hours: 11 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Pushkin Russian Restaurant 750 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 496-1908 Open for: take-out; delivery via PostMates, UberEats, GrubHub, DoorDash Hours: Mon. – Sun., 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Offers: 20-percent off all orders Royal India 329 Market St., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 252-6800 Open for: take-out; delivery via UberEats, GrubHub Hours: Fri. – Sun., 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sab Lai Kitchen 500 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 232-1801 Open for: take-out, curbside pick-up, delivery Hours: 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. Sadaf 828 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 338-0008 Open for: take-out; delivery via PostMates, UberEats, GrubHub, DoorDash Hours: Mon. – Sun., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Hours: Mon. – Sun., 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Tropical Savor 729 Fourth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 228-9385 Open for: take-out; delivery via PostMates, UberEats, GrubHub, DoorDash Hours: Mon. – Sun., 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

A family style meal at Meze Greek Fusion Urban India (Courtesy photo) 750 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 238-8380 Open for: take-out; delivery via James Coffee Co. PostMates, UberEats, DoorDash, GrubHub 2355 India Street Hours: Mon. – Sun., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 619 756 7770 Hours: All Week / 7:00am-6:00pm Option: Pick-Up HILLCREST RB Sushi, order on their website at


Saltwater 565 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 255-1839 Open for: first responders receive a free meal from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (through 3/22/20, with valid ID)

Ambrogio15 550 West Date Street 619 450 6839 Hours: Sun. / 11am-10pm, Mon.-Thu. / 11am10pm, Fri.-Sat. / 11am-11pm Options: Pick-up, In-House Delivery & 3rd-Party Delivery

Serrano’s Street Tacos and Bar 624 E. St., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 795-1930 Open for: take-out, curbside pick-up, delivery Hours: Mon. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Offers: Full menu (and cocktails) available

Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen Restaurant 2215 India Street 619 255 7213 Hours: Sun.-Thu. / 11am-11pm, Fri.-Sat. / 11am-12am Options: Take-Out

Spill the Beans 555 Market St., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 233-3836 Open for: pick-up or delivery Hours: Mon. – Sun., 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Bencotto + Monello 750 West Fir. Street 619 501 0030 Hours: All Week / 3:00pm-8:00pm Option: Pick-Up & 3rd-Party Delivery

STK Steakhouse 600 F St., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 354-5988 Open for: pick-up, curbside pick-up, delivery via PostMates Hours: Mon. – Sun., 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Buon Appetito Restaurant 1609 India Street 619 238 9880 Option: Take-Out & Curb-Side

Tacos El Cabron 532 Fourth Ave., San Diego, CA. 92101, (619) 501-7752 Open for: take-out; curbside pick-up; delivery via Seamless, Doordash, GrubHub and PostMates Hours: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. The Broken Yolk Café 355 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (858) 342-6833 Open for: delivery, pick-up, curbside pick-up Hours: Mon. – Sun., 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Oceanaire 400 J St., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 858-2277 Open for: curbside pick-up, delivery Offers: 10-percent off on any take-out order Hours: Mon. – Sun., 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Poke Co. 423 F St., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 546-7663 Open for: take-out; delivery via PostMates, UberEats, DoorDash, GrubHub Hours: Mon. – Fri., 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat./Sun., closed (for now) The Smoking Gun 555 Market St., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 233-3836 Open for: take-out, curbside pick-up, delivery via Doordash and PostMates Hours: Mon. – Sun., 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Westgate Room 1055 Second Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 238-1818 Open for: curbside take-out Hours: Mon. – Sun., 6:30 – 11 a.m. (breakfast); 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (dinner) Tony’s Pizza 433 E St., San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 431-5600 Open for: take-out; delivery via PostMates, UberEats, GrubHub, DoorDash

Burger Lounge 1608 India Street 613 237 7878 Hours: All Week / 10:30am-10pm Options: Take-Out, In-House Delivery Café Gratitude 1980 Kettner Boulevard 619 736 5077 Hours: All Week / 8am-10pm Options: 3rd-Party Delivery, Pick-Up Caffe Italia 1704 India Street 619 234 6767 Hours: All Week / 7:00am-9:00pm Option: Pick-Up Civico 1845 1845 India Street 619 431 5990 Hours: All Week / 11:30am-3:00pm & 4:30pm-8:00pm Option: In-House Delivery

We are OPEN for take out

Valid through 04/30/2020

Kettner Exchange 2001 Kettner Boulevard 619 255 2001 Hours: All Week / 1:00pm-9:00pm Option: Pick-Up & 3rd-Party Delivery Landini’s Pizzeria 1827 India Street 619 238 3502 Hours: Mon.-Wed. / 11:00am-11:00pm, Thu. & Sun. / 11:00am-1:00am, and Fri. & Sat. / 11:00am-2:00am Options: Pick-Up, Curb-Side, In-House Delivery & 3rd-Party Delivery Market by Buon Appetito 1605 India Street 619 237 1335 Hours: All Week / 8:00am-8:00pm Option: Pick-Up Mona Lisa Italian Foods 2061 India Street 619 234 4893 Deli Hours: Sun.-Thu. / 9:00am-10:00pm, and Fri. & Sat. / 9:00am-11:00pm Restaurant Hours: Sun. / Noon-8:30pm, Mon.Thu. / 11:00am-8:30pm, and Fri. & Sat. / 11:00am-9:30pm Option: Pick-Up & 3rd-Party Delivery Napizza 1702 India Street 619 696 0802 Hours: Option: Pick-Up, Curb-Side, & 3rd-Party Delivery Pappalecco 1602 State Street 619 238 4590 Hours: All Week / 7:00am-7:00pm Option: Take-Out & 3rd-Party Delivery Petrini’s 610 West Ashe Street 619 595 0322 Hours: All Week / 11:30am-2pm & 5:30pm-8pm Options: Take-Out, 3rd-Party Delivery

Cloak & Petal 1953 India Street 619 501 5505 Hours: All Week / 4pm-8pm Options: Take-Out, Pick-Up

Princess Pub & Grille 1665 India Street 619 702 3021 Hours: All Week / 11am-3pm Options: Take-Out

Crack Shack 2266 Kettner Bulevard 619 795 3299 Hours: All Week / 11:00am-8:00pm Option: Take-Out & Curb-Side

Puerto La Boca Argentinian Restaurant 2060 India Street 619 234 4900 Hours: All Week / 11:30am-8:30pm Option: Pick-Up

Davanti Enoteca 1655 India Street 619 237 9606 Hours: All Week / 3:00pm-8:00pm Option: Pick-Up, Curb-Side, & 3rd-Party Delivery

Queenstown Public House 1557 Columbia Street 619 546 0444 Hours: All Week / 11:00am-8:00pm Option: Pick-Up, Curb-Side, & 3rd-Party Delivery

Devil's Dozen 2001 Kettner Boulevard 619 780 0914 Hours: All Week / 9:00am-1:00pm Option: Pick-Up

Ristorante Illando 1825 India Street 619 238 3502 Hours: Sun.-Thu. / Noon-10:00pm & Fri.-Sat. / Noon-11:00pm Options: Take-Out & 3rd-Party Delivery

Extraordinary Desserts 1430 Union Street 619 294 7001 Hours: All Week / 10:00am-8:00pm Option: Pick-Up, Curb-Side, & 3rd-Party Delivery Flippis Pizza Grotto 1747 India Street 232 5094 Hours: All Week / 11am-9pm Options: Pick-Up / 3rd Party Delivery

Valid through 04/30/2020

The Kebab Shop 303 W Beech Street 619 550 5481 Hours: All Week 10:30am-9pm Options: Order Online Pick-Up

GlassDoor Restaurant 1805 Columbia Street 619 564 3755 Hours: All Week / 6:30am-9:00am and 5:00pm-9:00pm Option: Pick-Up & 3rd-Party Delivery Graze by Sam 555 W. Date Street 619 269 0335 Hours: All Week / 11:30am-8:00pm Option: Pick-Up Harbor Breakfast 1502 India Street 619 450 7926 Hours: All Week / 7am-2pm Options: Take out Isola Pizza Bar 1526 India Street 619 255 4230 Hours: Wed.-Sun. / 4pm-8:30pm Options: Pick-Up, 3rd-Party Delivery

Salt & Straw 1670 India Street 619 542-9394 Hours: All Week / 3:00pm-10:00pm Option: Pint Pick-Up & 3rd-Party Delivery. Accepting Card Payment Only Shake Shack 2008 India Street 619 331 3958 Hours: Sun.-Thu. / 11:00am-10:00pm, and Fri. & Sat. / 11:00am-11:00pm Option: Take-Out & 3rd-Party Delivery Solunto 1643 India Street 619 255 7826 Hours: All Week / 11:30am-8:00pm Option: Pick-Up Sorrento 1646 India Street 619 546 0365 Hours: All Week / 3pm-9pm Options: Pick-Up Underbelly 750 West Fir Street 619 269 4626 Hours: All Week / 11:30am-midnight Options: Take-Out



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Wicked Maine Lobster 550 W. Date Street, Ste. B 619 888 7339 Hours: All Week / 11:30am-8:00pm Option: Pick-Up & 3rd-Party Delivery Vino Carta 2161 India Street 619 564 6589 Hours: All-Week / Noon-9:00pm Option: Pick-Up, Curbside, In-House Delivery & 3rd-Party Delivery Zinqué Zinque is also offering groceries, including eggs, avocados and more that customers can order online and pick up. 2101 Kettner Boulevard 619 915 6172 Hours: Sun.-Thu. / 7:00am-Midnight and Fri. & Sat. / 7:00am-2:00am Option: Pick-Up & 3rd Party Delivery

MISSION HILLS On Goldfinch and West Washington • Meshuggah Shack, coffee, tea, and more to go • Lefty's Pizza, though they have much more than pizza, and are open daily from around lunchtime. • Harley Gray, open Th/F/Sa/Sun. • Grab n Go Subs, open daily • Venissimo, open daily 10:00-3:00 for charcuterie and cheese • The Red Door, open daily beginning at 4:00 for take out dinner. Chef Luciano's parents are elderly and live in Milan and are sheltered in place. So, he is committed to staying open as long as he is able. I see his posts and it seems he offers a limited dinner option which looks delicious. • Fiore's Pizza, open for take-out • Donut Star, open for take-out (why not enjoy donuts for breakfast?) • Lazy Acres and Vons both have prepared meal offerings to take-out. • Sushi Deli 1 is open daily from lunch until about 8:00 p.m. offering take-out sushi and much more. • Toma Sol has been offering take-out dinners such as stew. On Fort Stockton Drive Ibis Market, offering Mediterranean food and sandwiches for take-out (Low-fat and low-sodium Mediterranean things such as dolmas, hummus, falafels, Greek-style salads, roasted chicken.) On India Street • Pizza e Birra, though they offer much more than pizza ad beer • Regal Beagle, selling beer in sealed containers and various foods to-go daily until 9:00PM • El Indio, offering full menu for take-out • Shakespeare Pub and Grille, offering nightly dinners to take-out (call ahead to order) • Shakespeare's Corner Shoppe, offering British meals and goods for take-out, delivery, and snail mail • Rubicon Deli, offering full menu for take-out • Saffron, offering abbreviated take-out menu • Karina's Ceviches and More, offering full menu for take-out • Gelato Vero Caffe, open daily for take-out and home delivery On West Lewis • Lewis Fay, they have gourmet food items, cookbooks, pasta machines and more for curbside pick up • Mission Hills Liquor, offering Sandwiches and more

NORTH PARK/CITY HEIGHTS ALONG EL CAJON BLVD. Budget meals: • Chicken Pie Shop - 2633 El Cajon Blvd (619) 295-0156

• When you spend at least $5, you get a kids meal free! Pick-up or delivery is available with Ubereats, Postmates or Grubhub. • Flavors of East Africa - 2322 El Cajon Blvd (619) 955-8778 • They are offering 30% off their menu for pickup. Give the "Safari Grilled Chicken" a try for $10.50 with the 30% discount, or a farmers market plate for $9! Pick-up or delivery is available with Ubereats, Postmates or Grubhub. • Crispy Fried Chicken - 4919 El Cajon Blvd (619) 582-3938 • 7.99 party wing specials (5 wings, bbq, buffalo and dry rub) + 2 side orders! Pick-up or delivery is available with GrubHub, Doordash, Postmates or Ubereats. • Etna Pizza - 4427 El Cajon Blvd (619) 280-1877 They’re waiving their delivery fee for all senior citizens and offering family deals, such as a medium pizza, small house salad or Cesar salad, and 2-liter drink for $22.95. Pick-up or delivery available with UberEats, Postmates, Doordash, GrubHub or Eat Street Delivery. • Mihn Ky - 4644 El Cajon Blvd (619) 283-4180 *closing time, 7:30 PM* • We suggest the combination wonton egg noodle soup for $7.25 - it's plenty for two! • Pick-up or delivery is available with GrubHub, Doordash, Postmates. • Thanh Tinh Chay - 4591 El Cajon Blvd (619) 2550134 *9:00 AM - 7:00 PM, closed Wednesday's* • Try Banh Mi for $3. It comes with pickled veggies and delicious mock pork. Don't forget crispy egg rolls for $.50 each. All other plates are around $5. • Pick-up only @ San Diego, California Pizza to go: Pizza delivery is exactly what is going to get us through this isolated weekend at home, and will definitely keep the kids happy. Support your local favorites on The Boulevard, which have always had all the best options for pick-up and delivery from old school favorites like Venice and Etnas, to Luigi’s classic NY pizza, and for those of you who have experienced the wonders of Napoletano style, Pizzeria Bruno is on point! Pizzeria Luigi 2121 El Cajon Blvd (619) 294-9417 Opening Hours: 12:00 - 8:00 PM Daily Pick-up and delivery Doordash

Etna Pizza 4427 El Cajon Blvd (619) 280-1877 Opening hours: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Daily Curbside pick-up and delivery Etna Delivery, UberEats, Postmates, Doordash, GrubHub, Eat Street Delivery They’re offering family specials and waiving delivery fees for senior citizens Venice Pizza 3333 El Cajon Blvd (619) 283-2333 Opening hours: 11 AM - 8 PM Daily Curbside pick-up and delivery

Swami’s Cafe Phone and takeout orders, delivery (GrubHub and Doordash) | 619-269-3797 The Taco Stand Open usual hours for take-out only. | 619-795-8797 Thai Time North Park Open for take-out and delivery through Postmates and Doordash. | 619-282-1060 Toronado Open for pick-up; must sign-up for a time slot to come pick up. Click here to sign up. | 619-282-1060 Tribute Pizza Monday – Saturday 1pm-8pm + Sunday 1pm-7pm | Takeout and delivery 619-450-4504 The Smoking Goat Curbside Pickup & Delivery | Online Ordering SOI 30th North Park Thai Eatery Regular Hours | Takeout and delivery apps (Postsmates, GrubHub, Uber Eats, and Doordash) | 619-892-7300 Street Side Thai 11am – 9pm | Take out and delivery | 619-228-9208 Streetcar Merchants 11:30am – 9pm | Curbside pickup, Grubhub, Postmates, UberEATS, DoorDash, & Seamless | 629-546-9010 Subterranean Coffee 7am-4pm | Takeout and delivery | Call or text or Text 619-259-9596. Serving all of San Diego, Chula Vista and North county| Grubhub, self delivery, and curbside service Saguaro’s Mexican Restaurant Open for drive-thru and take-out orders; also offering delivery through Uber Eats & DoorDash: 6am- 12am. | 619-291-7746

Shank & Bone Daily 12-8pm | Take-out only | 619-458-9085 Siamo Napoli Monday-Sunday 4pm-9:30pm | 619-310-6981 Sicillian Thing Pizza Open for take-out and delivery | 619-282-3000 SipZ Open for take-out everyday 4-9pm | 619-795-2889 Panchitas Kitched and Bakery OPEN for Take-Out from front door or Drive-thru, call in orders welcome | Monday – Saturday 7am – 9pm, Sunday 8am – 3pm | 619-255-5498


Craft Food Box, which sends artisanal food from local businesses to subscribers, has launched in San Diego. Visit to learn more. (Courtesy photo) North Park Diner 7AM-9PM | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner all day | Get it to-go Breakfast (619) 294-3804 North Side Shack 8am – 5pm | Phone in and pay for you order only | Delivery Options Coming Soon | 619-539-7712 Original 40 Brewing 1pm – 6:30pm | Food & Beer for pickup only | 619-255-7380 Holsem Coffee Open for Takeaway, Curbside Pickup and local delivery. Click here to order online Holy Matcha 9AM to 5PM | Carry-out orders, Postmates, Uber Eats Lefty’s Chicago Pizzaria 12pm-8pm | Takeout and Delivery | (619) 295-1720 Louisiana Purchase Tuesday – Sunday 12pm-8pm | DoorDash and Carry Out | 619-255-8278 Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop 11am – 9pm | Carry-out, Uber Eats, Doordash, GrubHub, and Postmates | 619-487-1520 Mike Hess Brewing Everyday 12-8 PM | Cans, growlers, kegs, and merch available for takeout (please call 10 minutes ahead) | 619-255-7136

Florence Ristorante Pizza *10% off online orders 619-325-7499 The Friendly Open for take-out only at the University location 619-892-7840 Golden Donut 5am – 8pm | Takeout only Communal Coffee Open 8AM to 3PM | To Go Drinks

Modern Times Beer Co 12pm-6pm | Beer to-go and beer shipments

Underbelly Take-out only | 619.487.9909

Mr. Moto Pizza House Carry-out and delivery only | (619) 642-0788

Cori Pastificio Trattoria Open 4pm- 8:30pm; delivery available on Grubhub

URBN Pizza 12pm-10pm Daily | Takeout and Postmates Delivery | 619-255-7300

North Park Beer Co. 12:30pm-7:30pm | Pickup, delivery, and shipping on cans, crowlers, and growlers (619) 255-2946

Dark Horse Coffee Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8am-12pm | Whole bean coffee pick-ups | 619-344-6962


Caffe Calabria 7am-8pm | Coffee + Pizza for takeout (pizza starts at 11am) |619-683-7787 California Taproom 2pm-8pm |Take Out Only | Purchase of 2+ pretzels – 10% off | 619-230-5353 City Tacos Free community inspired meal for all City Tacos staff and their families as well as extend the meal to all City Tacos fans on March 24th from 12p – 8 pm with donation based pick-up orders from the North Park location Classic Rock Sandwich Shoppe Tuesday-Sunday 11:30am-5pm | Pickup, Uber Eats, DoorDash, GrubHub | 619-692-1969 Crazee Burger To-go orders 619-282-6044 | Postmates or takein app for ordering Atypical Waffle Tuesday-Sunday 8am – 1pm | Online ordering; carry-out; Postmates | 619-806-0345

The Barbecue Pit Open for take out. | (619) 298-2400

Pete’s Seafood and Sandwich 11am-8pm | Takeout, delivery, and curbside pickup 619-255-8940

Rip Current Brewing Co. Open for To-Go sales | 619-793-4777

Breakfast Republic Open daily 7am – 3pm | Walk-in & Call-in orders | 619-642-0299

Fat Boy’s Deli & Spirits Takeout and Delivery on DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats, & Postmates | 619-683-3902

Craft House Our new hours will be: Tues – Thursday 2pm -8pm; Friday – Saturday 12pm -8pm; Sunday 12pm – 6pm (until further notice) *30% off all phone & take-out orders | (619) 255-1151

Twist Open usual hours for take-out only. Delivery available via DoorDash, Uber Eats, Postmates, or GrubHub 619-260-1813

Dunedin 11am-8pm | Pickup & Delivery | (619) 255-8566

Bar Pink Friday & Saturday 7pm-9pm | Cans & bottles togo | 619-564-7194

Figaro Desserts Takeout and Delivery on UberEats, Postmates, & Grubhub 619-241-2976

Rancho’s Cocina Mon- Fri: 12pm- 9pm; Sat & Sun 10am- 9pm | (619) 574-1288

Deja Brew Lounge 7:30am – 3pm | Takeout Only | 619-230-5224

El Comal Antojitos Bar & Grill Open regular business hours | Takeout Only | 619-294-8292

Parabola Coffee Roasting Co. To-go beverages only | Free delivery on coffee beans to our San Diego neighbors| 760-587-9086

Poki One N Half Monday-Sunday 11am – 9pm | Online ordering; carry-out, pick-up, delivery; DoorDash, ChowNow | (619) 497-0697

*Also - Mama's Lebanese Bakery 4237 Alabama St, San Diego, CA 92104 GrubHub


Working Class 9am-9pm Daily | Takeout, UberEats, Doordash & Postmates | 619-642-0114

Second Chance Beer Co. To-go and delivery | 619-487-1470

Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano 4207 Park Blvd (619) 260-1311 Opening Hours: 4:30PM - 8:00PM, Wed - Sun Pick-up and delivery Doordash, Postmates

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Belgian Beer & Waffle 8am – 8pm for pick-up orders | 619-310-5716 Bivouac Cider 4pm-7pm | Food & Cider to-go 619-725-0844 Bottlecraft North Park 12pm – 9pm | Call-in orders, curbside service, and Postmates orders. 619-501-1177 619 Spirits 619.269.2757 |To-go bottles (limit 3) | Take out & Delivery at we’re offering 20% off all take-out orders until the dine-in ban is lifted. And to help you enjoy great cocktails once you get back home, we’re selling our award winning bottles of 619 Vodka (all flavors) for just $19 each (normally $30. Limit 3 per person per day.) Aburi Sushi Happy hour to-go: everyday, 4pm- 7pm | 619-892-7210


Tahona in Old Town has shifted to offer a takeout and delivery menu of food and drink items daily from 12 to 8 p.m.

Local Present this coupon to obtain discount.

Free Fries and Soft Drink With Any Menu Item Casual eatery with a drive-thru serving vegan burgers, burritos, and shakes.

2965 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103


EDUCATION San Diego Unified to begin online Learning in the learning for students April 6 time of Corona San Diego Downtown News April 2020

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In what’s being referred to by some as the “great wait,” education is going online while the lockdown continues in an attempt to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. San Diego Unified, the state’s second-largest school district, will transition to online learning beginning April 6 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The announcement came a few weeks after the district shut down all of its schools to prevent the spread of the virus. SDUSD said the move is being made to save the academic year for students, while district physical structures remain closed until the health emergency abates. “From the start of the public health crisis, we have been clear about two main commitments: our students will have the chance to complete their academic year, and the opportunity to do so will be available to all of our students, no matter what challenges they face,” said SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten. “As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the need to restructure the teaching-leaning process in order to keep our students and educators safe, the San Diego Unified School District is initiating an At-Home Learning Program that utilizes the technological innovations that will provide continuity of learning for all students,” said SDUSD Board Trustee Dr. Michael McQuary representing District C including the Peninsula, Mission Bay, and La Jolla school clusters. “The At-Home Learning Program was developed in collaboration with SDUSD, KPBS and the San Diego County Office of Education, and it incorporates many of the best distance-learning practices being used within the district and across the nation.” The plan outlined by district leaders envisions a gradual

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return to academic instruction in several phases. Currently, the school district is providing online enrichment activities via the district website and a partnership with public broadcasting. That will change following the end of spring break, on April 6. At that point, teachers will begin receiving training for the move to online instruction, will work remotely with students who are able to participate, and will identify those students who are unable to take part. Work done during this time will not be graded for credit but will contribute towards students’ academic progress in the courses they are taking. “Students are missing out on valuable learning opportunities. The current situation is unsustainable and demands a solution,” said SDUSD Board President John Lee Evans. “The solution we are announcing allows our students to continue their academic journey without the fear of spreading the COVID-19 pandemic.” “Partnership and engagement between educators, parents, and students will be the key to the success of this transition period,” noted Kisha Borden, president of the San Diego Education Association. “We know our families are eager for their students to continue learning, and our teachers are eager to make that possible,” said SDUSD Board Vice President Richard Barrera. “The soft launch on April 6 allows teachers and students the opportunity for expanded distance learning, which will grow stronger through the continued collaboration of parents, professional educators, and students. This will be a short-term solution until we can return to that best practice.” McQuary added the “soft rollout” of the online education program will take place from April 6-27. “Teachers and students will be provided the opportunity to learn how to

operate the distance-learning platform, become familiar with the resources, and ensure that every student has a functional device, access to the internet, and be provided the necessary supports,” he said. “During this soft roll out student work will not be graded. Graded work will begin after April 27, and will enable every student to continue the required course work that will prepare them for matriculation to the next grade level, promotion to middle school, or high school graduation,” McQuary said. “From the moment the crisis forced schools to close, we’ve been working on ways to continue student learning, whether or not public health officials approve a return to in-classroom instruction,” said Marten. “Immediately after spring break on April 6, San Diego Unified will launch a revised online learning system that will include more interaction with professional educators, as well as additional support for parents. Teachers who are ready to begin working with their students online will do so, while their colleagues get the training they need to provide excellent instructional opportunities to students.” Marten added: “A formal return to grading and instruction – but not a return to the physical school environment – is scheduled for April 27 for the 90 percent of all district students who attend schools on a traditional academic calendar. As with students on a traditional calendar, 10 percent of students in year-round schools will experience a soft launch of the new learning environment upon returning from spring break, on April 27. There will be a full return to graded instruction in year-round schools on May 11.” —Dave Schwab can be reached at

San Diego parent starts global community for families unexpectedly tackling remote education GABRIELA DOW | Downtown & Uptown News

As millions of parents and children throughout the world suddenly find themselves providing and participating in education at home, “Learning in the Time of Corona” — a grassroots Facebook group — has emerged as a platform to connect parents and exchange resources, tips and inspiration. The group was created by Del Cerro parent Allison Harris-Turk on March 13 with the goal of simply connecting with other parents in her situation. Within just a few weeks, the group grew to over 14,600 in more than 50 countries, including Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Mexico, India, Germany and Italy. The group is grounded around the goal of creating a community that empowers and engages parents, grandparents, childcare providers, colleagues, friends and others with ways to connect and create an engaging environment for learning at home during the Coronavirus pandemic. “Whether it’s through hosting custom watch parties, sharing editable templates, creating dedicated threads to centralize discussions or connecting each other to topics of interest, the ultimate goal is to just support each other

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Allison’s daughter Lena participates in her first Zoom chat with kndergarten classmates as some of us become what we have termed ‘suddenly teachers’ in an uncertain time,” HarrisTurk said. The group shares content freely with a central theme of building community amidst the isolation of this dramatic and sudden change. Harris-Turk anticipated the school closures and felt the need to collect and centralize the many disparate educational resources and tools floating around various digital platforms. As a working mom of three with a middle school teacher for a spouse, she knew there would be challenges to create any sort of “distance learning environment” in the weeks ahead. But, she also realized many Americans (and people around the world for that matter) were going to be in a much more difficult spot. Among the questions HarrisTurk had upon hearing of school closures were: How do we keep our kids learning, safe, engaged, entertained, connected when schools are closed, after-care is shut down, playdates/birthday celebrations are postponed, and enrichment activities are suspended? How do we take care of the underserved youth in our communities that need our help now more than ever? How do we continue to make the best decisions for our families when the data is ever-evolving? How do we stay centered and calm, yet vigilant and informed? “I knew we needed to consolidate, come together, and create a platform where people could share lesson plans, humor, support, inspiration, tips, etc.,” she said. It was then that she launched the virtual group, just one hour after San Diego Unified School District announced the school closures to help contain Coronavirus / COVID-19. The group gained momentum quickly, instantly shared by family, friends, and colleagues. Within hours Learning in the Time of Corona had 1,000 SEE REMOTE EDUCATION, Page 13

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members and after three days grew to 5,000. Today, there are more than 14.600 members with over 100,000 interactions. Its San Diego roots have spread deep and wide, encompassing people from across the globe reaching over 50 different countries. Harris-Turk attributes the rapid growth to the group’s structure. “Learning in the Time of Corona functions as a hub, an exchange, a connector. It is not a content generator, but a people-to-people platform that has attracted experts in many fields, including those in education and mental health who generously and eagerly lend their tools, expertise, and wisdom to those who need it,” she said. “This is not a place for imparting COVID-19 scientific knowledge or medical advice, but strictly serves as a space to share educational resources and tools, humor and inspiration, as well as ways to support each other and the underserved youth impacted by the school closures.” The growth trajectory and lively interaction has illuminated the fact people are craving information, further, and perhaps more importantly, community. Many members have expressed this is a valuable resource as they no longer travel to places of work, are concerned about even having employment and are juggling working, staying healthy, obtaining food and essentials for the home, as well as managing distance learning for their children. The activity on the site has inspired the formation of an incredibly dedicated and talented global committee. “It wasn’t hard to find amazing people to join the committee, though, because so many are

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Scripps has fully mobilized its resources in the fight against COVID-19, including providing a dedicated nurse call line and setting up triage tents outside emergency departments and urgent care centers where patients with fever and/or respiratory symptoms are evaluated. Thousands of masks, gowns and other crucial supplies are used daily to protect doctors, nurses and patients, which comes at a high cost to the organization. With people in the San Diego community at risk, The Conrad Prebys Foundation board of directors knew they needed to take action. They hope this gift will inspire others to join them in supporting Scripps and the doctors and nurses out on the front lines fighting this pandemic. It is the kind of gift Conrad would have made himself. “Conrad would be pleased to know that we are already seeing a tremendous response from our donors,” said Scripps Health

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A collection of kids and activities featured on the Facebook page. (Courtesy photo) willing to help and recognize we are all in this together,” HarrisTurk said. Group committee member Cortney Golub adds, “We are restricted from seeing friends and family, from visiting public parks and playgrounds. We have been thrown into a topsy-turvy world that none of us saw coming. But this new, uncharted darkness has room for light. And that is what Learning in the Time of Corona brings forth — a passionate, supportive community where hundreds of people contribute content daily with a recognition that there is no right way to do any of this.” Kensington resident Golub was first invited to the group on March 17. “I immediately accepted because I, like many of our members, was suddenly thrusted into the world of being a Pre-K teacher to my 4 1/2-year-old twins, one who has special needs, and I had no idea how to embark on this endeavor. Despite being a career high school educator for 18 years, I needed help and support teaching my little ones,” Golub explained. After she successfully completed a science experiment explaining germs to her preschoolers on day one, she contacted HarrisTurk to offer her help. She has since been made a moderator, so she makes sure members are Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer John Engle. “The challenge match campaign just launched, and I have every confidence that with the help of our community, we will achieve our goal of $1 million in community matching donations.” During his lifetime, Conrad Prebys was a philanthropic leader in San Diego, donating more than $81 million to Scripps Health to help fund new facilities that proudly bear his name. The Conrad Prebys Foundation was established to support medical research and treatment, performing and visual arts, public broadcasting, and other charitable purposes consistent with the late Conrad Prebys’ history of philanthropy during his lifetime, with an emphasis on such philanthropy in the San Diego area. To support the COVID-19 Challenge Match and directly support Scripps’ response to the health care needs of the community during this unprecedented time, visit or call Scripps Health Foundation at 844-442-4483.

following the group rules and content stays on topic. “I hope it continues to serve as a place of respite, connection, education, and community for our nearly 15,000 members. We continue to align the vision for the group with the needs of the community,” Golub said. “Right now, our focus is on ensuring members have access to the learning tools and resources they need, can find essential support if they need it, and know how to give-back to their local community if desired.” Anyone is welcome to join the Learning in the Time of Corona community. This is a place for humor, different perspectives and fresh ideas to support parents, families and children worldwide. The group can be found online at LearninginCorona. —Gabriela Dow is a communications specialist in San Diego. Reach her at

restraining order hearings even while courts are closed. While there are efforts from the district attorney and sheriff to get inmates out of jail where coronavirus could spread dangerously, only non-violent inmates awaiting court hearings have been freed. People arrested for domestic abuse during the shelter in place order will remain behind bars. District Attorney Summer Stephan has also tried to bring attention to local resources for domestic abuse victims which are compiled on the website along with a quiz to determine someone’s risk for domestic violence. “We acknowledge the necessity of Gov. Newsom’s order, but want to be sure we provide a lifeline to those who may be at increased risk of violence at the hands of an intimate partner,” Stephan said in a press release. “Additional stressors such as losing a job and kids at home due to school closures can be triggers for domestic violence. We want people who are seeing warning signs of abuse or who are being abused to know that we stand ready to help them and that they shouldn’t suffer in silence.” At least in the first weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, CCS did not experience a rise in the

number of calls to the local hotline the way the Sheriff’s Department did, but GriffinTabor said the people calling are needing more resources than normal. Griffin-Tabor does not think this pattern will hold. “It’s early on in the crisis and our experience has been, during immediate crises, people tend to get through. What we see is, the longer things go on, our concern is we may see an uptick in calls for help,” she said. An example she gave was calls increase after wildfire evacuations or the holidays where an extended period of time home occurs. There are currently open shelter beds for domestic abuse survivors. CCS units are being limited to one family, instead of sharing space. While they are able to accommodate less people, those beds could fill up. Griffin-Tabor urges people to call the domestic violence hotline to create a safety plan to survive the crisis, including how to protect important medical documents. For emergencies, call 9-1-1. For anyone affected by abuse and needing support, call the national hotline 24 hours per day at 800-799-7233. If you are unable to speak safely, text LOVEIS to 22522. The San Diego County Domestic Violence Hotline is 888-3854657 (DVLINKS). —Kendra Sitton can be reached at



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A San Diego jewel Fashion Files By DIANA CAVAGNARO PK Walters is a San Diego jewel who started the jewelry line: PK BIJOUX. In French Bijoux means jewelry and this is an extraordinary line. Each piece is one of a kind that is hand made from vintage jewelry. Walters has an art background and studied art and art history at the University of Italy for Foreigners in Perugia. She has always had one platform shoe in fashion, starting as a teenager with a career in modeling and print-work. Walters went on to have a career as a subject matter expert (SME) in video conferencing. Having a job in technology was grueling, working 80-hour weeks. One day, she had money in her pocket to spend and decided to buy herself a piece of jewelry. She searched in stores like Luis Vuitton and Neiman Marcus and couldn’t find anything she liked. They say that the best things come out of necessity. Her job was so stressful that she would come home and create jewelry for

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herself. She began experimenting by tearing apart precious jewelry from Miriam Haskell and Hattie Carnegie. Her neighbor, who was a collector of Christian Lacroix, Philip Treacy, and Christian Louboutin, asked her to redesign a piece of jewelry. The rest is history — Walters began making amazing pieces for other people and PK BIJOUX was born. I asked her who her customers are and she said, “they are women who love high fashion, are extremely social and want unique pieces.” In designing, she borrows from her Native American heritage. Her mother was part of the Cherokee tribe and born on a reservation. Many Native American tribes have sustainably used every part of animals, such as feathers for head dresses, claws, teeth, and bones for ornamentation. Walters incorporates some of these elements in her jewelry, including a beaver skull. Warren always leaves a hole in her jewelry because of indigenous lore that bad spirits need to be released. Diana Vreeland said that if you make everything perfect, the eye will move on, but if there is an

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Photo with PK Walters wearing PK BIJOUX (Photos courtesy of PK BILOUX) PK’s first piece. Articulated so that the two pieces on the side move and hang on a fabulous navy blue heavy satin sash. imperfection or different color the eye will stop and hold your attention. When you look at PK BIJOUX jewelry closely, you can always see that. Another one of Warren’s specialties are pins with war medals from antiquity. Walters has gone on to have her jewelry at the high-end Japanese couture boutiques Misaki Matsuka in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Newport Beach. In 2017, she was awarded Best Jewelry in the film “Habana 3AM” at the International Fashion Film Awards. Last month, she was in a Sue Wong fashion show for the Oscar Gala 2020 in Beverly Hills. Currently, her line is at the POP PR showroom in London and has been featured in “Hunger,” “Millionaire,” “Flanelle,” “Overdue,” “5’Eleven,” and “Boyfriend” magazines.

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Look for the helpers SARAH BROTHERS | Downtown San Diego Partnership

It doesn’t take much consumption of media these days to be put in the place of this anecdote from Mr. Rogers. At a time when America’s favorite neighbor was young and sought comfort from his mother after seeing something scary in the news, she encouraged him to “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” At a time when so much is uncertain, these helpers are something we know we can count on in our Downtown neighborhoods. Whether it’s the small business that’s offering free meals to kids from their improvised takeout menu, young tenants volunteering to shop for groceries for their elderly neighbors, or the essential employees who keep the necessary wheels of our communities turning, these stories of people stepping up to help others are at the core of why we choose to live and work here, together. You can recognize one group of these helpers by their yellow vests and matching baseball caps. They’re the Maintenance Ambassadors who provide essential services to keep Downtown neighborhoods clean and safe year-round and whose jobs are more critical than ever during this crisis. They’re just one part of the Downtown San Diego Partnership Clean & Safe program that serves the 275 blocks of Downtown. You will find the Maintenance Ambassadors sanitizing public items in the right of way, conducting trash pickup, pressure washing and keeping our streets clean. To protect their health and wellness, they will be practicing social distancing and navigating their neighborhoods by car, but you are strongly encouraged to give them a smile and a wave the next time you see them about their work. “Our Maintenance Ambassadors are part of the fabric of Downtown. Our biggest priority is making sure they stay safe and healthy while they’re trying to help our neighborhoods do the same,” said Ernesto Romo, Senior Operations Manager for the DSDP Clean & Safe program. Then there’s the Safety Ambassadors. They can normally be found on bicycles providing an extra set of “eyes and ears” for businesses, residents and property owners in Downtown neighborhoods. With many people working from home, they will be conducting patrols for safety 24/7 within the community with the addition of overnight shifts. They are also encouraging property owners who expect to be away from their property for extended periods of time to file a Letter of Agency with the San Diego Police Department. “A lot of property owners don’t know that a Letter of Agency is needed to allow SDPD to come onto their property if they suspect there is illegal trespassing or vandalism in progress,” said Dani Garcia, Operations Manager for

the DSDP Clean & Safe program. “Without it, police can’t address these issues if the owner isn’t present. Having a Letter of Agency on file also provides a valuable referral source for our Safety Ambassadors to report potential crimes in progress as they’re conducting additional patrols in Downtown neighborhoods.” The Homeless Outreach Team might be the easiest group of helpers to spot in their signature Maui Blue polos. With unsheltered residents at high risk during the spread of COVID-19, the Homeless Outreach Team will be working with their clients alongside other outreach groups in the region to ensure they understand what they can do to protect themselves, what to do if they become symptomatic, and how to connect with the appropriate medical care. The

The Homeless Outreach team pass out hygiene kits and educational materials made available by the San Diego Housing Commission, Regional Task Force on The Homeless County of San Diego. (Photos courtesy DSDP) Homeless Outreach Team has already placed more than 35 of their most vulnerable clients in safe and healthy shelter alternatives for the duration of this outbreak with their next step intended to be placement into permanent housing.

“The foundation of our work is building relationships with our clients so they know they can trust us. It’s those trusting relationships and the collaboration of so many people throughout the region – including service providers and many of our

Maintenance Ambassadors from the DSDP Clean & Safe program providing essential services like sanitization, trash collection and pickup, and pressure washing. (Photos courtesy DSDP)

Downtown hotel owners – that helped us mobilize very quickly to get these individuals out of harm’s way,” said Ketra Carter, Program Manager of Outreach Services at the DSDP Clean & Safe program. “We still have a lot of work to do to make sure our most vulnerable are taken care of, but we’re proud to be part of the regional response to address this need while keeping our team safe.” So, for anyone who has had trouble finding the helpers so far, here are some helpful hints. Look for a yellow vest or a blue polo that says “Clean & Safe” in your Downtown neighborhood. These are some of your helpers and we are so grateful for all they do. —Sarah Brothers is the Director of Marketing & Communications at Downtown San Diego Partnership.

Connecting generations through technology 2. Video Chat Video chat makes you feel as though everyone’s in the same room. Use apps like Skype or FaceTime to have a video conversation from virtually any device, and share life events such as graduations or weddings.

Four easy ways tech can help grandparents bond with younger family members Grandparents: a word often associated with presents, special outings, yummy food and unconditional love. Yet many Americans don’t talk to, or see, their grandparents as often as they’d like. Here are four ways technology can help you connect with your grandparents.

1. Messaging Apps A recent study revealed that 73% of grandparents own smartphones. Messaging apps like WhatsApp or Talkatone are a great introduction to texting for grandparents. With messaging apps, you can send and receive text updates, photos and videos in one place. When there’s time for a longer conversation, you can use these apps to chat for free, as most don’t use cell minutes.

3. Gaming and Creativity Apps Apps like Magisto and PhotoFunia allow you to personalize photos and videos. Looking for some friendly competition with your grandparents? Try a gaming app like Wheel of Fortune or Minecraft. Or keep your grandparents updated with an app like Keepy, an interactive platform for sharing school projects and artwork. Use family tree apps like Ancestry to discover photos and stories together as you navigate your family history.

4. Social Media Start a private Instagram account where you can post photos and videos. Grandparents have lots to share as well, so encourage them to make their own Instagram handles and record their stories. This can be a unique way to learn about your grandparents’ past, pass down family memories or share family recipes.

Snapchat is another option for sending and receiving custom pictures or videos with a variety of fun filters and lenses.

How to Help Your Grandparents Only 44% of grandparents identify as tech-savvy. Teaching non-tech-savvy family members how to use video chat and social media can be a bonding experience. You can also set your grandparents up with useful home features like the SURE Universal Remote, which allows them to control their TV and other devices from their smartphone. Less tech-savvy grandparents may not realize they can watch their cable TV content from their mobile device or schedule DVR recordings with apps like Cox Connect. Giving your elders the power to connect helps build relationships with the people you love most, and that’s priceless at any age.



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Little Italy News By CHRISTOPHER GOMEZ Our vibrant community of Little Italy stands strong with the entire globe amid these challenging times. Our quiet streets are a beautiful demonstration of our solidarity and the love our community shares for one another and each other’s safety. Our rich history and resiliency since Italian tuna fisherman established Little Italy in the 1920s has stood the test of time. From the early days as the “Tuna Capital of the World,” seeing more than 6,000 Italian families flourish in the neighborhood to its decline and the destruction of 35% of Little Italy due to the construction of Interstate-5 freeway, we have always united together. With the support of the Little Italy Association (LIA) over the past 20 years and our local businesses, the community has thrived and it will thrive again. We are all excited to see life come back to our charming European-style public piazzas, Italian-inspired fountains,

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overnight and trying to retool to home delivered operation and add capacity all at the same time,” he explained. The organization went through 9/11 and the recession of 2008, both which required them to operate in an uncertain environment. However, nothing has been remotely close to this, especially with the “big wildcard” of how long the quarantine will last. Even Feeding San Diego, which was founded in the wake of the 2007 wildfires for emergency food distribution, said disaster response is in their DNA but COVID-19 has brought new challenges because of the breadth and scale of the disaster. Other nonprofits are also ramping up deliveries as more calls come in asking for help. Mama’s Kitchen typically delivers food to 400-450 San Diegans with underlying conditions like cancer, HIV, heart disease and Diabetes. They have started delivering food to 500 people since the crisis began. “We are serving more people than we ever have in our 30-year

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A handwashing station at Serving Seniors (Photo courtesy Serving Seniors)

history right now,” said Cortés. “It’s a 10% increase in the last week and a half alone.” Mama’s Kitchen is also incurring a cost of $25-35,000 to provide shelf-stable food that goes beyond their typical deliveries so the people they serve are “better equipped to take care of themselves, at least from a nutritional standpoint.” ElderHelp has brought groceries to enrolled seniors every two weeks for decades. Since the start of the crisis, they have increased telephone counseling and checkin calls, but are facing more

ElderHelp asked seniors to stop volunteering. “Many of these folks have been volunteering with us for years, sometimes decades. We are very much wanting for them to take care of themselves during this time,” Cortés said. Since many retirees with free time made up the bulk of their volunteers, the organizations are quickly recruiting and training new volunteers. ElderHelp moved its volunteer training online and aims to approve 50 new volunteers every month for the next few months. Mama’s Kitchen held urgent volunteer trainings with over 60 people at one event (standing six feet apart from each other). The lack of volunteers is a statewide issue at food banks. Governor Gavin Newsom authorized 500 members of the California National Guard to step in for them at food distributions across the state. Other government help came from the county, which authorized funds for Serving Seniors to cover the cost of additional meals. The organization is urgently raising $50,000 to ramp up their infrastructure to deliver those meals.

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difficulties with reaching as many seniors as are requesting the grocery service. In addition, volunteers give rides to seniors, but those trips have been limited to only medically necessary trips to doctor’s appointments and hospitals since the crisis began. “We have no limit to who we’re bringing on for support via telephonic support and counseling. There is a limit right now as to how much we can do around vital trips and grocery shopping delivery, primarily because we’re having a hard time getting groceries to begin with. That’s the biggest challenge facing us right now,” said ElderHelp executive director Deb Martin. ElderHelp has a partnership with Jacobs & Cushman food bank, but the food bank has restricted how much each person can pick up, so volunteers are limited in how much they can bring to the seniors. “They [the food bank] too are having a hard time,” Martin said. In addition to a lack of food and funds, volunteer-driven organizations are struggling to find ways to protect volunteers and fill gaps caused by those staying home. Both Mama’s Kitchen and


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Another silver lining in the storm, according to Martin, is that people are finally realizing the precarious place seniors occupy in society. “ElderHelp has been providing these services for 46 years. It’s been incredibly hard to get the support and have people notice our aging community and support it. People are starting to notice that this population is vulnerable and needs our help and support,” she said. “It’s great to see so many people stepping up and wanting to do something for the seniors in the community. “I’m grateful to be part of this organization because I get to witness the best of people in the worst of times. I’m grateful for how our community really does step up,” Cortés said. “I invite people in San Diego to do whatever they can to support our community. Either making that contribution to Mama’s Kitchen or to any organization that’s out there making a difference in the community and people to be kind and caring and self-caring, patient and loving.” —Kendra Sitton can be reached at


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