Downtown News Briefs – October 2017

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Downtown Briefs, News, Opinion & News | No Comments


The San Diego Opera just announced the continuation of “Opera on the Concourse,” which is a series of public lunchtime concerts held at the San Diego Civic Concourse. The casual concert recital series was discontinued in 2007, but was brought back by the Opera in 2015.

The free concerts include duets, arias, and opera and musical theater ensembles, and have seen by up to 300 spectators at a time for the Thursday performances, which start at noon and last approximately 45 minutes. Three dates are currently scheduled for the 2017-18 opera season: noon on Thursday, Oct. 19, featuring singers from “The Pirates of Penzance”; noon on Thursday, March 11, featuring singers from “Turandot”; and Thursday, March 22 at noon, featuring artists from “Florencia en el Amazonas.”

In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved inside the Civic Theatre. Visit


For the fourth year in a row, ACE Parking, which manages more than a dozen lots throughout Downtown neighborhoods, is running their “Park for Pink” campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer during the month of October.

October is breast cancer awareness month and the company’s goal is to raise $15,000 for the Susan G. Komen organization in San Diego to help fight the disease.

The annual campaign has a personal connection to the parking company.

“Park for Pink was inspired by my own family’s fight against cancer, as well as the struggle of many others in our Ace Parking family,” stated Keith B. Jones, third generation owner and managing partner of Ace Parking in a press release. “Because so many are directly or indirectly impacted by cancer, I am privileged to utilize Ace Parking as a platform to support those who are suffering, those who treat and support cancer patients, and those who are working to find the cures.”

To facilitate the program, ACE will be swapping out their parking lot signs to pink-colored Park for Pink signs, ACE team members will be wearing pink wristbands, and the Ace Parking website will have a custom design specific to the campaign and offer the opportunity for customers to donate to their goal. Funds may be donated by individuals or groups, led by team captains.

ACE Parking has contributed more than $250,000 toward cancer research in the last three years.

For more information and learn how you can participate, visit


KPBS and the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) are seeking nominations for their upcoming Community Heroes program, honoring those who “give selflessly to build civility and community in San Diego,” but this time in the category of environmental sustainability — those making a difference in achieving sustainable energy in the region.

“What do we mean by sustainable energy? In this case, we are looking for people who are encouraging the use of renewable resources such as wind, water and solar power,” the website states.

Nominees need to reside in San Diego; be 15 years of age or older (minors must have permission from a parent or guardian); not employed by KPBS or NCRC; not nominating themselves; and made contributions to sustainable energy through work and/or community service.

“Our selection committee will select one hero from the nominations who will be announced and honored during the month of December, on our air — TV and radio — and through our partner, the National Conflict Resolution Center,” said Claire Pister, community engagement manager for KPBS. “In early January, we will host a community conversation on the topic that will feature an interview with the hero and we will also present them with the physical award at that event.”

Details on the January event are still to be determined.

Nominations close at midnight, Oct. 22. For more information or to nominate someone, visit


A Downtown resident is among five local educators from schools around the county recently named San Diego County Teacher of the Year Sept. 16 at Balboa Theatre. The event, hosted by San Diego County Office of Education and sponsored by Cox Communications, allows the five to go on and represent San Diego in the California Teacher of the Year program.

Jamie Brown, a teacher of international baccalaureate higher level English and film studies at San Diego High School International Studies of the San Diego Unified School District, is also a resident of Downtown. San Diego High is also located Downtown, and Brown has spent her entire 14-year career at the school.

She sees her role as an educator as one that empowers students, offering them “the tools and confidence they need to effectively navigate these courses on their own two feet.”

“In a world filled with uncertainty and doubt, we need compassion to prevail in the classroom,” Brown said in the press release.

The five educators join 166 other teachers named San Diego County Teacher of the Year since the program started in 1974. Of those, 21 have been named California Teacher of the Year and gone on to compete for National Teacher of the Year. Three San Diegans have taken the national title.

The other winners were Camden Flores of Kempton Street Literacy Academy in La Mesa-Spring Valley School District; Mark Lantsberger of Del Norte High School in Poway School District; Ben Swearingen, Imperial Beach Charter School in South Bay Union School District; and Kathy Worley, of West Hills High School in Grossmont Union School District.

A replay of the awards ceremony, “Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers,” will be shown on Cox and Charter Cable YurView Channel 4/1004 and scheduled for 9 p.m. Oct. 6, Oct. 12, Oct. 20, Oct. 26. The telecast also will be available on Cox On Demand starting Oct. 1 and KUSI will re-air the show in November. For a complete listing of replay dates and times, go to


San Diego is in the international travel news again., one of the world’s leading online review and cruise community destinations, recently named the Port of San Diego to its “top five destinations” in the United States and Canada for cruise ship visits.

At No. 4, San Diego topped Key West, Florida on the list. The other destinations — Quebec City, Canada; San Francisco; and Bar Harbor, Maine — were named No. 1 through 3, respectively.

San Diego has two cruise-ship terminals on the Embarcadero — Broadway Pier and the B Street Pier — giving visitors easy access to all that Downtown offers.

“We are honored to be voted one of the top five cruise destinations by Cruise Critic’s online community for the second year in a row,” said Robert Valderrama, chairman of the board of San Diego Port commissioners. “In recent years we have installed $31 million in improvements to the North Embarcadero, providing our cruise passengers with a beautiful welcome to the Port of San Diego.”

The honor was part of the website’s second annual awards and is based solely on its community of reviewers. Many stated the importance of having multiple options for things to do when visiting a port destination and San Diego’s Embarcadero, in addition to nearby Little Italy neighborhood and Petco Park, helped make that grade.


A nonprofit musical festival, “Music for the Revolution,” returns to Fallbrook on Oct. 8. This year, the event will raise awareness and funds for Public Watchdogs’ education efforts, which promote safer nuclear waste at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

The festival will also continue their ongoing support of the Fallbrook Food Pantry, a nonprofit organization that aids low-income and disadvantaged families in need of food.

Festival performers include Billy Galewood, Cardinal Moon, The Casey Hensley Band, Daring Greatly, Dulaney and Co., The Highwayman Show, J7 Productions, Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact, Shane Hall, and Sister Speak.

In addition to music, Family Love Village will provide a Kids Zone that features yoga, cooking classes, body art painting and more.

“Music for the Revolution” will be held from noon to 9 p.m. at Pala Mesa Resort, 2001 Old Highway 395. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the event. Tickets are $20–$50 at There is free admission for kids 12 years old or younger. For more information, visit

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