Downtown News Briefs May 2012

Posted: April 27th, 2012 | News, Opinion & News | No Comments

San Diego Solar Program to pay participants to go solar

The San Diego Solar Program launched across San Diego. Property owners in San Diego County that participate are able to go solar for little expense and receive cash back. The Solar Program offers residents the opportunity to get paid to go solar, if they sign a contract with Sullivan Solar Power by 5 p.m. on December 31. To be eligible, participants must: reside within San Diego County; be a homeowner; have an electric bill of over $150 a month on average; cannot already have solar power; only solar panels from American Made Sunpower, Kyocera, Schott or Sharp can be used on your project; and must sign up with Sullivan Solar Power to have your system installed. This program has been developed to help the San Diego region reach its renewable energy goals. For more information, visit

Linda Thomas-Mobley named Executive of the Year

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) San Diego Chapter named Linda Thomas-Mobley, chair of the construction management program at NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD), 2012 Executive of the Year. She formally received her award at NAWIC San Diego’s 53rd Anniversary and Executive Night on April 10. Prior to joining NSAD in 2010, Thomas-Mobley was a faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology for 13 years, serving the last three years as associate chair of a building construction program. She is a civil engineer with research interests in facilities management, indoor environments and the application of American law to the construction industry.

San Diego Opera Honors Faye Wilson as Life Director

San Diego Opera announced April 4 former San Diego Opera board president, Faye Wilson, has been named a Life Director of the San Diego Opera. This marks the fifth Life Director honor that the Company has bestowed in its 47-year history. The Life Director position is an honorary title that recognizes Wilson’s contributions and leadership within the company. It also entitles Wilson to an honorary place on the board of directors, which normally requires members to rotate out every two years. Wilson has served as president of the board from 1996 to 1998 and continues to work for the San Diego Opera on the Opera’s Audit Committee and as an advisor to staff and board members.

Mayor Sanders issues $75 million bond for infrastructure

On April 4, Mayor Jerry Sanders announced a proposal to invest $75 million in an additional round of street resurfacing and other infrastructure projects, from sea wall repairs to storm drain upgrades. Mayor Sanders presented his plan to the City Council on April 9. In addition to the $30 million for streets, the mayor’s plan calls for $15.5 million for storm drain repairs; $16.3 million for firehouse, library and other facilities upgrades; $2.6 million for street light upgrades; $1.5 million for park and recreation upgrades and $8.2 million in Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades.

Function First offers free fitness training to national guard service members in May

Function First, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Council on Exercise and Mayor Jerry Sanders are coming together to acknowledge May as “Exercise is Medicine” month in San Diego. Actively deployed National Guard, Reservists and their immediate families will receive professional fitness training services at no cost. Function First is promoting Exercise is Medicine month by providing 320 hours of free fitness training services throughout the month of May to U.S. service members and their families.


WoMan in the mirror, the one-woman show about the life of Michael Jackson impersonator “DEV as MJ,” is coming to the 10th Avenue Theater May 18-20. Devra Gregory’s candid and introspective journey weaves the thread of her spiritual quests as she seeks to find truth and empowerment as a woman. She shares her life through storytelling, movement and dance excerpts from the various styles she has encountered including a performance by “DEV as MJ.” Tickets are $20 and available at

Operation homefront announce scholarship for military wives

Operation Homefront and the Women’s Self Worth Foundation (WSWF) announced they have begun accepting applications for the 2012 Saban Military Wife Educational Scholarship. The scholarship is aimed at wives of uniformed service members so they can attend vocational training programs in the medical field. This year’s scholarships will be awarded to pay for tuition for vocational training in one of the following fields: dental assistant, medical assistant, medical billing and coding specialist, medical insurance technician, patient care assistant/technician, nurse assistant training program or medical transcription. Detailed information on eligibility and application requirements is available online at

98 bottles to host all-female art exhibit

98 Bottles is hosting an all-female exhibition featuring artwork by Daphne Hill, Leslee Houston, Elena Karavodin, Gloria Muriel and Nicole Waszak. “Reflective Narratives” is inspired by the artist’s diverse backgrounds and environmental observations. The opening reception will be Saturday, April 28 at 5 p.m., with the exhibit ongoing until July. 98 Bottles is located at 2400 Kettner Blvd. suite #110 in Little Italy. For more information, visit

jsix Restaurant to provide gluten-free menu in may

In honor of Celiac Awareness Month, Jsix Restaurant will offer a new gluten-free, prix fixe menu each week throughout the month. In addition to the menus, Jsix will donate partial proceeds from each purchase throughout the month to celiac disease awareness programs. Complete with an appetizer, entrée and dessert course, guests can take advantage of the gluten-free options May 1-31. In addition to the in-house dishes, Jsix will also have gluten-free recipes available on their Facebook page all month long. Each three-course menu is $30 a person. Jsix is located at 616 J St.

San Diego bid program generates $47.4 million

The San Diego-based National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR), a non-partisan organization that formulates economic, policy, and public opinion research, recently determined that local Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) generated a $47.4 million economic impact from 2008 to 2010. Originally created more than 40 years ago as a way for downtown shopping districts to compete against suburban malls, BIDs, such as those in the Gaslamp District and Little Italy, remain a popular program for San Diego business owners, that are eager to develop safe, clean and attractive shopping environments. NUSIPR found that by funding special events, streetscape maintenance and unique services to promote BID merchants, business improvement districts have generated positive economic effects for the San Diego region.

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