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
By Chris Gomez | Little Italy News
The foodie event of the summer, “Taste of Little Italy,” is returning on Wednesday, June 15, from 5 – 9 p.m. The Little Italy neighborhood is inviting all to stroll down its streets and experience the neighborhood’s one-of-a-kind eateries.
Restaurants will open their doors for food lovers to enjoy a taste of one of their most popular dishes. Read More
Taste event expands to include historical tours
By Kai Oliver-Kurtin
Nearly 1,000 people are expected to attend the 22nd annual “Taste of Gaslamp” — San Diego’s original neighborhood taste event — June 26, from 1 – 4 p.m.
New this year, guests can upgrade to a VIP ticket for additional tour stops including museums, galleries and hotels.
After taking a hiatus last year while transitioning between executive directors, the Gaslamp Quarter Association (GQA) holds the Taste of Gaslamp event as a fundraiser to support the business improvement district. The nonprofit represents more than 400 businesses within the Gaslamp Quarter. Read More
By Joan Wojcik
A 21st century high school is coming to East Village.
Recently the San Diego Unified School District authorized Urban Discovery Academy to add a ninth- through 12th-grade high school to their existing kindergarten through eighth-grade charter school.
The new high school will be named Ideate High Academy (id8 High). Read More
By Taylor Schulte | Financial News
As a financial planner, I often discuss taxes with clients. Taxes are a critical piece of the financial plan. More importantly, they are one of the elements we have some control over.
I know tax season is officially behind us, but that doesn’t mean you should stop thinking about those pesky compulsory contributions. Now is when you need to shift your focus to 2016 and start identifying opportunities that will set you up nicely for next April. Read More
By Andy Cohen
Much like Duncan Hunter in last month’s column, it was a rough May for Darrell Issa (R-49).
First, there was the serious matter of the Congressional investigation of the IRS, with Republicans seeking to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for singling out conservative organizations that claimed tax exempt status; accusations that have been proven again and again to be baseless after numerous Issa investigations as Chair of the House Oversight Committee. Read More
By Jake Romero | Gaslamp Landmarks
On March 27, 1871, Alonzo E. Horton, the successful founder of Downtown San Diego, deeded a lot to Miss Henrietta Hadson Nesmith for $1,900 in U.S. gold coin. It was an unusually high amount for a lot, at that time.
Henrietta married then Lt. Adolphus Washington Greeley, a veteran of the Civil War, in June of 1878 in San Diego, and shortly afterward moved to Washington, D.C., where Lt. Greeley was in signal service. She would eventually return to San Diego sometime before 1884. Read More
By Diana Cavagnaro
Bazaar Under the Stars
The Mingei International Museum presented the Bazaar Under the Stars on May 7 in Balboa Park. An outdoor market was set up with hand-made goods from international artisans. Guests could come and meet the artists and a Malahat Spirits Lounge was set up so everyone could relax and enjoy a cocktail. Read More
By Jesse Blackhill
When I think about jobs that a society needs in order to function, one in particular rises to the surface — the police. Without them, our city and many countries for that matter, would probably be a less than enjoyable place to for us to live. Seriously, what would life look like without the police? Our police have got a rough job, and to be honest, I wouldn’t want to perform the vital job of upholding the laws we deem fit for our communities. It’s is a dangerous job. Read More
By SDCNN staff
San Diego is an ideal place for summer camps. With access to world-class sports fields, mountains, beaches and deserts, it is a fantastic place for sports and outdoor camps. With access to metropolitan museums and cultural institutions, it is great for arts and education camps. And the sunny weather is certainly a bonus, as well. Read More
The resurrection of Downtown
[Ref: “Sparring Proposals,” Vol. 17, Issue 5 or online at tinyurl.com/hne9h5e.]
I don’t want to and I won’t read any more editorials after this one about the Chargers proposed stadium Downtown and why it is good or bad for San Diego.
I first came to San Diego to live in July 1982 with my little family of three. How many people did I know in San Diego? That would be zero. Read More
By Ann Wilson | Growing Balboa Park
Summer is here and it’s time to enjoy Balboa Park on these sunny days and long, balmy evenings.
In addition to all the usual exhibits, performances and events in the park each and every day, there are special events that only happen in the summertime. Read More
By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review
On April 27, San Diego Repertory Theatre opened Gina Gionfriddo’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama, “Rapture, Blister, Burn.” Directed by Rep Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse, the attractive production plays in the round through May 15 in the Lyceum Space.
Disguised as a comedy, it has darker undertones, concerns four women of different ages and is truly a history of the Women’s Movement since the advent of the birth-control pill, Betty Friedan’s “Feminine Mystique,” and the activism of Phyllis Schlafly, who was an anti-Equal Rights Amendment activist. Read More
By SDCNN Editorial Board
Voters in District 3 will be electing a new City Councilmember this year to replace the termed-out Todd Gloria, who is running for the California Assembly. Voting by mail begins May 9, and the primary election will take place on June 7. Read More
The future of football, and East Village, at stake in San Diego
By Dave Schwab
Opponents and proponents of the “Convadium,” a joint convention center-stadium proposal, are squabbling publicly with competing visions for redevelopment, which could redraw Downtown San Diego’s landscape for generations to come.
In one corner are the San Diego Chargers and their supporters. The team has now announced a preference for remaining in San Diego, but it wants to build a long-sought-after, state-of-the-art football stadium near Petco Park, rather than redevelop the existing Mission Valley Qualcomm site. Read More
By Jake Romero | Gaslamp Landmarks
This building, located on the corners of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, is named after Ralph Granger, a native of Connecticut whose name is prominently featured on the main entrance.
Prior to coming to San Diego, Granger grubstaked for two German miners in Colorado. These miners would discover the Last Chance Silver Mine, making a fortune for all of them. The discovery allowed for Granger to dispose of his mining, lumber and cattle interests in Colorado. In 1892, he moved to San Diego, already a millionaire. Read More
Humphreys Concerts return with an expanded lineup
By Kai Oliver-Kurtin
Back for its 35th year, the Humphreys Concerts by the Bay series features more than 50 performances, with additional shows still being adding throughout a season that runs through October.
Singer Tori Kelly kicked off the concert season last month with a sold-out show and jazz artist Kamasi Washington was set close out the music series on Oct. 7, before Tracy Morgan was recently added Oct. 20. Read More