Downtown Briefs December 2016

Posted: December 2nd, 2016 | Downtown Briefs, News, Opinion & News | No Comments


Cabrillo National Monument will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entrance into World War II during a special event scheduled from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.

The national park in Point Loma will host “Remembering Pearl Harbor: Honoring the Past and Inspiring the Future,” featuring tours of the restored military bunker, a flyover by a WWII aircraft, and a Lady Liberty Car Show.

Park rangers will lead guided walks and present programs detailing what life was like in the U.S. during the war.

Men and women who lived on the home front in San Diego during the war will talk about their experiences.

Additionally, the park’s Visitor Center will host “Meet the Authors & Artists” gatherings on Dec. 10–11 at various times both days. Meet and greet Kim Fahlen and Karen Scanlon, authors of “Lighthouses of San Diego,” along with authors Kenneth Glaze (“The Illustrated Fort Rosecrans”) and Bill Griswold (“Cabrillo National Monument: An Essay in Photographs”).

After 100 years, Cabrillo National Monument is gearing up for its next century of operation. Admission to the park is $10 per car. Visitors can tour the Old Point Loma Lighthouse or explore the tidepools from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily.

For more information, visit or call 619-222-4747. 


If you’ve ever wanted to volunteer as a docent, the Maritime Museum — located along the North Embarcadero at 1492 N. Harbor Drive — is offering opportunities. As one of the top ranked maritime museums in the world, the Maritime Museum of San Diego has a worldwide reputation for excellence when it comes to restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels, including the Star of India, the world’s oldest active ship.

Docent training classes will start in January and volunteers will learn maritime history from around the world, with a focus on the 16th century through the 21st century, through artifacts and vessels in the museum’s collection.

The 13-week training will be held on the upper deck of the Berkeley ferryboat. Classes begin Jan. 9, from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m., and will continue for 13 consecutive Mondays thereafter.

For more information contact Nancy Matthews, docent coordinator, at 619-341-6669 or More info about the museum can be found at


Downtown’s Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, owned by Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. since 2011, was recently selected as the No. 1 Top Workplace in San Diego by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Results for the Top Workplace lists are gleaned solely from an employee feedback survey — administered by leading research firm WorkplaceDynamics, LLC — which specializes in improvements of the workplace and organizational health.

Employees responded to questions regarding various aspects of the workplace culture, including alignment, execution and connection, among others.

Built in 1992, the hotel consists of two high-rise towers — one 40 floors and the other 33 — along San Diego’s Embarcadero waterfront. With its 1,628 rooms, it is considered the largest hotel in Southern California.

In 2012, the entire property went through a full-scale renovation after being transferred to the new ownership.

The Manchester Grand Hyatt is located at One Market Place, Downtown. For more information, visit

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