An extreme makeover

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Featured, Features, News, Profiles | No Comments

By Dave Fidlin

Editor’s note: This is the final installment of profiles on SOHO’s People in Preservation 2017 awards recipients.

When Hotel Churchill’s doors were closed in 2005, the longtime staple of San Diego’s Downtown landscape faced an uncertain future. Were its best days behind it?

As it turned out, the answer was, “no.”

A ‘wild and precious life’

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Featured, Features, Obituary, Profiles | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

“She’s gone. Mother left this world on Saturday evening. Always knew just how to pick an exit. … ”

That’s how Chuck Ortego, Charlene Baldridge’s only surviving adult child, began his post sharing the news of his mother’s passing with the San Diego Theater Critic’s Circle.

Mortuary marks its 100th year

Posted: August 4th, 2017 | Featured, News, Profiles | No Comments

Community celebration planned for Aug. 9 By Jess Winans The Merkley-Mitchell Mortuary in Hillcrest will be celebrating its centennial on Wednesday, Aug. 9, with an open house for the community. “Beyond funeral services, we feel strongly that the mortuary role is to carry on the legacy of the citizens of that community,” said Sean Bulthuis, […]

New sales representative joins SDCNN

Posted: August 4th, 2017 | Featured, News, Profiles | No Comments

Brenda Vergara brings 15 years of experience to the network By Jess Winans The San Diego Community News Network (SDCNN) has welcomed a new sales representative, Brenda Vergara. Vergara will primarily focus her sales in the various neighborhoods of Downtown, for the monthly San Diego Downtown News, one of six papers in the SDCNN network.

A blast from the past

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Featured, News, Profiles | No Comments

By Dave Fidlin Blacksmith guild recognized for restoring cannon, other historical artifacts In an era marked by instantaneousness and availability at the touch of a button, the care and craftsmanship that have long been hallmarks of blacksmithing might seem out of touch with reality as it is known today. Jim Richmond, president of the Bandy […]