Plans for new entertainment and educational development released
By Dave Schwab
Plans are in the works to give Seaport Village a huge makeover with a distinctively San Diego vibe.
The Port of San Diego has selected to continue discussions exclusively with Protea Waterfront Development (PWD), to further evaluate their proposal to redevelop Central Embarcadero and Seaport Village at 849 W. Harbor Drive. Read More
By Sunny Lee | East Village Biz News
East Village is the largest neighborhood in Downtown San Diego. Spanning 130 blocks, the district houses restaurants, hotels, art galleries, and many small businesses, Petco Park, the new Central Library and City College. It is a popular destination for local visitors and tourists alike.
It is no secret that parking is scarce in many neighborhoods in San Diego. The East Village Association (EVA) hopes to alleviate some of the stresses of parking Downtown with the launch of their new mobility campaign called “Do the Ride Thing.” Read More
By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review
Many critics claim that “Gypsy, a Musical Fable,” the 1959 Broadway musical loosely based on Gypsy Rose Lee’s memoirs, is the perfect musical to emerge from the last half of the 20th century.
It has a book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and music by Jule Styne. Readers may judge for themselves through Sept. 4 at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town as performed by a company of 25 and a band of six, including conductor/keyboard Terry O’Donnell. Read More
By Diana Cavagnaro
The third annual Her Universe fashion show was held during San Diego Comic-Con on July 21. The event drew a huge crowd that gathered in the Harbor Ballroom at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Host for the evening was actress and entrepreneur, Ashley Eckstein, who began Her Universe within The Araca Group — her entertainment and production company — because she saw a huge need to tap into the ever-increasing female sci-fi and fantasy fans. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
San Diego Markets has added to its portfolio the Waterfront Sunday Market, held weekly from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., along the front side of the San Diego County Administration Building at 1600 Pacific Highway. Launched on July 31 in conjunction with New City Public Spaces, the market debuted with 40 vendors, but has the potential to grow to 90, said director Catt Fields White, who oversees the Little Italy Mercato on Saturdays, the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market, and the North Park Thursday Market. Read More
By Sandee Whilhoit | Gaslamp Landmarks
The beautiful Horton Grand Hotel, a Gaslamp landmark, was originally two Victorian hotels: the Grand Hotel and the Brooklyn Hotel. Both were built in the early 1880s and located on F Street.
In 1907, the Grand was renamed the Horton Hotel and the Brooklyn was later renamed the Brooks-Kahle Saddlery, as a popular saddlery was located on the bottom level. Read More
By Joan Wojcik
The best “little” bookstore in East Village is the Friends of the Library Bookstore located in the San Diego Central Library located Downtown on Park Boulevard, just adjacent to Petco Park.
As you enter the main floor of the library, the Friends bookstore is immediately visible with its neatly displayed books on the concrete wall, and several book carts lined up in front of the store to entice book lovers to enter the store. Upon entering, there are rows of bookshelves displaying a wonderful variety of books. Read More
By Ann Wilson | Growing Balboa Park
Looking back: Celebrating the zoo’s centennial
I count my blessings that the U.S. Navy stationed my father in San Diego. My parents liked San Diego so much that we never left. They bought a home in Point Loma, where I lived until I left for college.
If there is one iconic institution that represents America’s Finest City, it is the San Diego Zoo. It has been part of the lives of most San Diegans as long as we can remember. Read More
By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni
As I visited constituents and community groups throughout my district during the legislative recess in July, one of the pieces of news from the Capitol that I was most excited to share was a development that didn’t make headlines around California.
That bit of news was regarding a single line item in the new state budget that we passed in June. It was a $3 million appropriation for a pilot project to study state funding for medical interpreters. Read More
By Taylor Schulte
Debt is an ugly four-letter word. It comes in all shapes and sizes, and generally includes mortgages, auto and student loans, credits cards, and more. In fact, as of December 2015, an average American household was estimated to have $130,922 in debt, with $15,762 of that number belonging to credit cards.
Even more staggering is the $733 billion of credit card debt owned by U.S. consumers coming into this year. Read More
By Chris Gomez | Little Italy News
Need fresh ideas on how to spend your last days of summer? Little Italy is perfect —the neighborhood is full of shops, boutiques and galleries to check out and a great place to even start your back-to-school shopping!
The streets of Little Italy are the perfect place to shop, ranging from quaint local items and handmade pieces to luxury products and chic looks. Here are a few places to get your shopping on and what treasures you will find there. Read More
By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch
In 2013, enraged by their inability to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) after 50-plus attempts in Congress to scrap the first major healthcare legislation since Medicare, and just as the law was about to take effect, Congressional Republicans decided to send a message and refused to negotiate on a federal budget unless Democrats agreed to repeal the law in its entirety. Read More
By Rep. Susan A. Davis
Ask any teacher and they will tell you it takes strength and perseverance to lead a classroom. Grading papers, inspiring students, calling parents, and moving from one subject or class to another, are some of the tireless activities we think of that teachers toil away at throughout their long working days.
This is the image many of us have of our best teachers — individuals whose persistence would stop at nothing to deliver us an excellent education. Yet, the required attributes of a great teacher-leader go well beyond relentlessness. Read More
New park has no local focus
I can honestly say that I’m a bit disappointed by the long-awaited opening of the new public park fronting Horton Plaza Downtown.
Not that it isn’t aesthetic and utilitarian … and don’t get me wrong, as a coffee lover, I really like Starbucks; but there’s a Starbucks on virtually every block already — everywhere. Read More
By Tori Hahn
July is a busy month in San Diego, with the All-Star Game, San Diego Pride, Comic-Con and Over the Line championships all taking place, but there is also another unique event that should pique the interest of Downtown residents.
The third annual “Yoga on the USS Midway — Superhero Edition” will be free and open to the public, just in time for Comic-Con. Read More
Still two sides of the minimum wage hike
By Dave Schwab
Now that the city has passed a new earned sick leave and (higher) minimum wage ordinance, questions remain as to its implementation — and whether it will fulfill its intent.
On June 7, in unofficial results, San Diego voters passed the Prop. I minimum wage measure by a margin of 183,261 in favor (63.24 percent), to 106,521 opposed (36.76 percent). Read More
By Charlene Baldridge
Lamb’s Players Theatre first commissioned and produced “American Rhythm,” a musical and historical survey of the past century, in 2000. It was lauded for its ambition and the talent involved (Lamb’s does musicals exceptionally well) and carped over because there was both too much and not enough. Read More
The Symphony’s fantastical adventures with live music
By David Dixon
Last summer, the San Diego Symphony got a lot of worldwide attention for performing unannounced live music from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for 6,500 fans during Comic-Con International.
This year during the annual convention, the Symphony has even more on its plate, contributing to an open-air movie premiere and two video-game-related evenings at Copley Symphony Hall. Read More
Getting the most out of Comic-Con, even without a coveted ticket
By Alex Owens
The hottest ticket this month is definitely a four-day pass to Comic-Con, which officially starts July 20. But if you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, you’re out of luck.
All the available tickets for the Con have been sold and new security measures using RFID codes will keep people from sharing passes they way they have in previous years. Read More
By Jake Romero | Gaslamp Landmarks
In 1870, the original half-acre Horton Plaza Park was set aside by Downtown founder Alonzo Horton. The park was constructed across the street from his Horton House Hotel, where the US Grant Hotel now stands.
Through the decades, various changes were made to the plaza and in 1908, architect Irving J. Gill was hired to redesign the park and design its iconic fountain. Read More
By Ann Jarmusch and Sarai Johnson | Preservation Matters
Quick, what are your top three go-to places when out-of-town family or guests arrive and you want to give them an authentic San Diego experience? Chances are you’re going to head for a trendy dinner in the Victorian-era Gaslamp Quarter; a ballgame at Petco Park that lets you monitor left field’s foul line, using the saved and preserved brick Western Metal Supply building; or The Headquarters, the transformed WPA-era Police Headquarters that now holds shops and restaurants in a handsomely restored compound, instead of cops and robbers. Read More
By Margie M. Palmer
The long-neglected light poles on Balboa Park’s landmark Cabrillo Bridge are about to get a makeover.
The poles and their fixtures were installed in 1914, when the bridge was constructed in advance of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Since that time, they’ve been mostly untouched, except for a onetime paint job. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
A handful of eating and drinking venues were announced for the upcoming Pendry San Diego luxury hotel, which is slated to open in the Gaslamp Quarter, at Fifth Avenue and J Street, by late fall. In addition to a gourmet café and beer hall, the property will make way for the seafood-focused Lionfish Coastal Cuisine, plus an upscale lounge called the Oxford Social Club, and the rooftop Pool House, replete with an outdoor bar and views of the Gaslamp. Read More