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
By Jeff Josenhans | Drink Shrink
Some say there is a surge in the sales of rosé wine this year.
In a beer mecca like San Diego, this struck me as somewhat odd. But the more I thought about it, the more this just confirms that wine is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, but with a focus on quality and diversity and less so on big brand names.
Along with a new era of wines and winemakers, you are also seeing wine being used across the industry in multiple applications. I wanted to highlight some of that wine-related creativity in this column, in the hopes that readers won’t miss out this summer on some affordable and distinct experiences. Read More
By Diana Cavagnaro
Threads of many colors
The San Diego Creative Stitchery Guild presented a biennial fashion show and luncheon at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside on May 21. Bonnie Graham and Amy Todorovich were chairs for the event and the fashion show was juried, with only the best of the best selected to be in the show. Patti Fuhrer was the emcee for the afternoon and started the fashion show. Fuhrer is a fashion and sewing instructor at San Diego Community College of Continuing Education and is well known for her textile surface design classes. Read More
By Chris Gomez | Little Italy News
Little Italy is heating up and it’s not just because it’s the beginning of summer! The neighborhood is buzzing with festivals and events that will have everyone saying, “That’s amore!”
Little Italy’s family-friendly atmosphere makes the neighborhood perfect for taking strolls through some of the summer festivals or cooling off with some local produce and healthy juices at the Little Italy Mercato after a hot summer day. Read More
By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch
June 22 turned out to be quite a historic day. It was the day that House Democrats decided to stop talking about gun violence and do something about gun violence. “Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” they’ve repeatedly insisted after each massacre. “Thoughts and prayers” won’t do anything to prevent the next massacre from happening. And yet “thoughts and prayers” are all that have been offered up by this Congress — both the House and the Senate — after Aurora, Newtown, Charleston, San Bernardino, and now Orlando. Read More
By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni
Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state budget June 27. It is good news for Californians because it continues to invest in our future and our people. Gone are the stressful days of late budgets, borrowing, and IOUs. This budget is on time, fiscally prudent, and forward thinking.
It bolsters our reserves and restores programs that help Californians who are struggling to make ends meet. We also are adding $2 billion for the rainy-day fund that was proposed by the Assembly and approved by the voters of California in 2014. We will have $8.6 billion set aside to help withstand the economic downturn. Read More
Educating the public about solar
Ref: “Solar ‘cap’ is fast approaching,” Vol. 14, Issue 6, or online at tinyurl.com/hhv3ssn]
I just wanted to reach out and say that your article on the approaching net metering cap a month ago was awesome, as well as introduce myself and see if you’d like to be included for upcoming solar study and information releases. Read More
By SDCNN Staff
In a letter to East Village residents, Joan Wojcik, president of the East Village Residents Group (EVRG), acknowledged the alarming rise in homeless population in the neighborhood and announced that Mayor Faulconer will meet with Wojcik and EVRG’s Social Issues Committee on July 12 to address the problem. Read More
A recent revamp enhances the Downtown skyline and more
By Dave Fidlin
After an extensive remodel that spanned two years to complete, the wraps were recently taken off of San Diego Square, a 156-unit apartment complex located Downtown and geared toward seniors in need of affordable housing.
However, the sprucing up of that 12-story building on Ninth Avenue only tells half of the story. Read More
Customers can their place bets now or wait out imminent charge to finish line
By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor
If San Diegans are still considering “going solar” this year, they only have about two months left to get their installation complete and certified in order to see the absolute best return on their investment, but thanks to the state’s public utilities commission, solar in California is surely here to stay.
Changes to how residential rooftop solar customers are billed, however, will take place as compromise. Assembly Bill 327 (AB327), which Governor Brown signed into law last October, goes into effect soon, once the number of solar installations within the public utility’s territory reach a cap — determined at 5 percent of the utility’s peak capacity — which is expected to happen mid-July in San Diego. Other areas of the state have until July 1, 2017 to reach the cap in their territories. Read More
An experiment with storytelling
By David Dixon
Since 2013, the San Diego International Fringe Festival has been giving America’s Finest City an eclectic selection of theater. Kicking off this June 23, attendees will experience everything from musicals, comedies, dance events, and family-friendly programming play at theatrical spaces around the city.
Some of the venues last year included the Lyceum Theatre, the Tenth Avenue Arts Center (the headquarters of San Diego Fringe), and the recently closed Swedenborg Hall. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
After nearly two years in the making, Carnitas Snack Shack has brought its passion for swine to the Downtown waterfront in a sleek, walk-up pavilion that is part of the newly revitalized North Embarcadero project.
Since captivating consumers for the past five years from their original North Park location with dishes like glazed pork belly, bacon-heavy BLTs, and “triple threat” sandwiches stuffed with three different styles of pork, chef Hanis Cavin and his wife, Sara Stroud, have expanded their shack concept to Del Mar as well. Although their latest venture at the Embarcadero puts them in a hotter spotlight by tourists from all over the world. Read More
By Councilmember Mark Kersey and Kris Michell
In Downtown San Diego, we see every day how neighborhood improvements can have a positive impact on our quality of life. New streetlights make our community safer. Fixing sidewalks increases walkability and improves business frontages. New bike lanes take cars off the road and reduce traffic. Read More
Merging ancient history with ink
By Dave Schwab
Chinese calligrapher and brush painter Shantien Tom Chow showed mastery of his craft during a two-hour “Art Demonstrations and Docent Tour” held May 21 at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM) in Downtown San Diego.
Chow joined with members of the Chinese Brush Painting Society San Diego to demonstrate calligraphy and brush paintings on scrolls, which were then auctioned off. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
If you haven’t visited any of Little Italy’s hottest new restaurants, the upcoming Taste of Little Italy allows you to sample their fare within a single evening, from 5 – 9 p.m., June 15. More than 35 restaurants are taking part, including the neighborhood’s most recent arrivals: Bracero Cocina de Raiz, Herb & Eatery, The Crack Shack, Café Gratitude and more. They’ll be joined by established favorites such as Café Zucchero, Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, Indigo Grill and others. Read More