By Sara Butler
Two San Diego Community News Network (SDCNN) editors will be honored at Save Our Heritage Organisation’s (SOHO) 35th annual People In Preservation Awards on May 18.
Morgan M. Hurley, editor of both San Diego Downtown News and Gay San Diego, and Ken Williams, editor of San Diego Uptown News, will receive “The Town Crier” award from SOHO. SOHO is a local nonprofit dedicated to maintaining San Diego’s history through advocacy and education. Read More
New training initiative targets lack of compliance
Morgan M. Hurley | Editor
The Gaslamp Quarter — which takes up 16 and a half city blocks of Downtown San Diego — was designated as a “national historic district” by the National Park Service in 1981.
As a result of this designation, all businesses within the historic district must adhere to a statute and corresponding set of standards, called the Planned District Ordinance (PDO). Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
Imagine if San Diego and New York traded culinary places. Manhattanites could grab a killer carnitas burrito while sauntering through Times Square while we stuff our faces at any Downtown street corner with pizzas using soft water in the dough — the debated element that distinguishes East Coast pizza from all others.
Based on my extensive eating in both cities, neither scenario seems possible. Read More
San Diego’s revered and historic firehouse honored on national register
By Dave Schwab
The nonprofit San Diego Firehouse Museum (SDFM), located in Little Italy San Diego, was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).
That special designation preserves the museum’s vintage collection of fire vehicles, apparatus, tools and photos dating back 125 years.
There are more than 90,000 listings on the NRHP and nearly 3,000 are in California alone. Read More
By Delle Willett | Art on the Land
David McCullough opened McCullough Landscape Architecture, Inc., in June of 1999 with a vision of creating passionate design and user-oriented spaces. “My goal is to create positive, comfortable places for people to live, work and play,” he said.
With offices located at 703 16th St. in San Diego’s East Village, McCullough Landscape Architecture is staffed by two landscape architects and nine support and technical staff. More than 50 percent of their portfolio consists of projects Downtown, Uptown and in the Point Loma area. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Food and Drink Blotter
Luis Pena, co-owner of Bracero Cocina de Raiz in Little Italy, said the restaurant will close for only a few days in either late May or early June to make way for a new concept that will be named Romesco Mexiterranean Cocina.
The re-branding will be loosely tailored after Romesco in Bonita, which Pena also co-owns. The kitchens at both restaurants were previously headed by celebrity chef Javier Plascencia, who left the family-run restaurant group earlier this year to pursue other projects in Mexico. Read More
A month of museum visits awaits
By Gina McGalliard
If you love museums, May is going to be your lucky month.
The San Diego Museum Council is having their “Big Exchange” — an event that allows patrons the opportunity to visit a wide assortment of institutions, a number of other arts and cultural destinations and even some gardens — and they are expanding its normal exchange period. Read More
By Diana Cavagnaro | Fashion Files
Hats off to ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’
The Altrusa International Club of San Diego presented their annual Fashion Show at the Double Tree Hotel at Hazard Center on April 22. The luncheon and fashion show began with a silent auction and boutique shopping. If you forgot to wear your hat, guests could purchase one at the vendor booths. Hats From Wyatt was there with hats for the occasion. Willa Deen Isbell Ramsay, Ed.D, looked stylish in her Oscar de la Renta hat and St. John knit. Ramsay was signing copies of her book, “Reach for the Stars!” Read More
By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor
ArtZine is a new column that will share the work, places and lives of the artists within the local arts community of San Diego. I will try to make it as all-inclusive and feature not only artists of all mediums but also galleries, art spaces, art classes and at times include photography, music, theater or even architecture.
Alternative topics may include murals, tagging, outdoor art, interviews, etc. It may not run every issue but it is my wish to bring more attention to our local arts community, with a focus on artists of all kinds. Read More
By Kris Michell | Downtown Partnership News
The desire to reshape and reimagine public spaces is not a new one. From large plazas to small parks, shared spaces connect people and promote community character. In Downtown, the opportunities for placemaking activities are endless. However, the lack of a clear permitting process significantly hampers these opportunities.
At the Downtown San Diego Partnership, we host more than 100 free community events each year. From movies in the park to workouts in the street, we’ve brought thousands of San Diegans together to celebrate all our urban core has to offer. Read More
By Chris Gomez | Little Italy News
San Diego’s Little Italy is a premier neighborhood for all things food, shopping, culture and a hip place for our four-legged friends. Our resident pooches are getting some love and will get to experience some upgrades to a new and improved Little Italy Dog Park at Amici Park.
The new development will be open for play on Monday, May 1. As a result of the successful fundraising campaign, over 2,000 dogs that call Little Italy home will now have a new and improved place to come and play in the neighborhood. Read More
By Sunny Lee | EVA Biz News
East Village San Diego is San Diego’s largest urban neighborhood. Attend the East Village Association (EVA) annual meeting and vote to fill the 13 open seats on the board of directors. All EVA regular and associate members in good standing are able to vote for new board members.
Learn about upcoming events in East Village, welcome new businesses to East Village and get to know your neighbors and candidates of the East Village Association board. Read More
By Jeff Josenhans | Drink Shrink
Generally speaking, when we think of tableside restaurant service we envision a server in a 1980s jacket and tie tossing Caesar salads or flambéing your dessert at what used to be a fancy restaurant. This style of service has become nearly extinct.
Who would have thought that getting a number after paying at the cash register, and then waiting for your food to arrive, would be commonplace in trendy, fashionable restaurants? With the rise in restaurant labor costs, that is certainly the case — for better or worse. Read More
By Taylor Schulte | Financial News
You may be asking this question if you can’t manage to save any money or save as much as you’d like to. You may think that saving money means you need to make a budget and stick to that budget by meticulously tracking every purchase you make.
That’s complete nonsense. I’ve got a super easy way to get you to save money: automation. Read More
By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni
Friday, March 24, was a good day for California. U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan informed the president that he didn’t have the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace it with something that would have been terrible for our state, and the bill was effectively dead.
For now. Read More
By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch
In our last column, Darrell Issa (R-49), Duncan Hunter (R-50), and Susan Davis (D-53) had each held town hall events in their respective districts, and as we noted at the time, the tenor of the gatherings was much different for the Republican members of Congress than it was for Susan Davis — her town hall was much friendlier than those of her colleagues.
This time it was Scott Peters’ (D-52) turn. On April 18, Peters held his second town hall event, at Clairemont High School before a near capacity crowd in the school auditorium. Peters had held a previous town hall at the San Diego Islamic Center a month prior. Read More
By Wendy Lemlin
Elected official from Louisiana to experience ‘Gator’ first hand
How authentic is the Louisiana-themed joie de vivre evidenced at the annual Gator by the Bay Festival, happening May 11-14 at Spanish Landing Park?
So authentic that it caught the attention of Louisiana’s Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, who has cleared his very busy schedule to attend the festival on all four days. Read More
By Sunny Lee | East Village Biz News
For the seventh year in a row, the East Village Association celebrates the opening of the MLB baseball season as the San Diego Padres open the gates of Petco Park to host the San Francisco Giants on Friday, April 7. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Restaurant Review
The baseball season has arrived and Social Tap brings you as close to the bustle of Petco Park as you can possibly get without holding a ticket into the stadium.
On game days, you can see the big center screen hovering over the playing field from Social Tap’s back patio, which looks out to the grassy lawn leading to the main gates. The front sidewalk patio comes alive as well as fans enjoy drink service from a portable bar. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
Keep an antacid handy if you partake in “Larry’s ludicrous lunker challenge,” at Larry’s Deli in East Village. Read More
By Gina McGalliard
Little Italy’s ArtWalk isn’t just your typical community street fair — it’s a 17-block two-day event that has the distinction of being San Diego’s foremost art festival, drawing vendors and visitors from around the country.
Now in its 33rd year, Mission Federal ArtWalk showcases the work of more than 350 artists in such varied mediums as photography, fine jewelry, painting, ceramics, drawing, metal, wood, glasswork, and sculpture. This year’s theme is “Vivid Expressions” and attendance is expected to exceed 100,000. Read More
By Christopher Gomez | Little Italy News
San Diego’s Little Italy is known for its scenic streets, European-style piazzas, Italian charm and — welcoming football players? We’re not taking about soccer, but American football players!
Last month, the San Diego State University (SDSU) Aztec Football team headed to the Little Italy neighborhood to learn about and enjoy Italian culture right in their university’s backyard. Read More
By John Gregory
Pappalecco is a coffee shop and restaurant that exudes the culture and feel of the Italian coffee experience. On April 27, Pappalecco will celebrate its 10-year anniversary at its Little Italy location at 1602 State St.
Enter the unpretentious establishment which sits on a corner and one is likely to be greeted by an employee with a big smile. Read More