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Helping couples break up nicely

Posted: February 2nd, 2018 | Community Profile, Featured, Features | No Comments

Counseling feuding divorcing couples was not Rich Gordon’s first career choice. Neither was living in California. But both turned out to be excellent choices.Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Gordon attended the University of Kansas (KU) from 1963 to 1967, where he played football with the KU Jayhawks and learned the rhythm of Midwestern pacing and values.From KU he went to Rutgers for a master’s degree in Urban Planning.

A rebirth in Bankers Hill

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Community Profile, Featured, News | No Comments

Longtime Downtown shopkeeper continues his clothing business By Dave Fidlin Ron Ford thought the holiday season of 2016 would be his final one working in retail. But fate had other plans for Ford, a longtime business owner who has operated men’s clothier Ron Stuart in San Diego for the past three and a half decades.

Hearts opening ‘just in time’

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Community Profile, Featured, Features | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

Home is a place you belong, a place you can call your own. It should be a place of security and safety. And according to the nonprofit organization Just in Time (JIT), which works with foster youth aged 18 to 26, a consistent place to call home and a community of caring adults are essential steps toward creating a secure future.

Downtown resident and JIT mentor Diane Archambault saw this firsthand when she volunteered as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) through Voices for Children. Her niche was foster teenagers and while she really liked working with that group, after eight years she was frustrated by the results when they “aged out” of the system. That’s what it’s called when a foster teen turns 18 and is no longer considered a ward of the state.

Bringing San Diego’s past into the modern age

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Community Profile, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Dave Fidlin

While current information in today’s instantaneous environment is available on our smart devices and laptops almost effortlessly, records from the pre-digital era are not always as accessible.

San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland has been on a mission to change this scenario with an ambitious multi-year project aimed at ensuring records — including the 1856 Pueblo maps of the region — are available for generations of people to come.

A force for good

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Community Profile, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Contributing Editor

Downtown residents Arlene and Richard Esgate understand the importance of giving back and strive to make a difference in San Diego and beyond.

Whether advocating for Balboa Park or serving on the board of the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Esgates put their wallets where their hearts lie. They are major donors to Childhelp, a national child-abuse prevention and treatment organization. In 2012, Childhelp gave the couple the “Founders for the Love of a Child” award for their dedication and support. Giving is what the Esgates do.