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VOLUME 3 ISSUE 7


April 1–14, 2011 OLD TOWN • MISSION HILLS • HILLCREST ➤➤ TECH TALK P. 2


Identity theft and smart phones.


BANKERS HILL • UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS • NORTH PARK • SOUTH PARK • GOLDEN HILL • NORMAL HEIGHTS • KENSINGTON • TALMADGE SOHO's 41st annual home tour ➤➤ FASHION P. 9


SOHO’s mission is to preserve, promote and support pres- ervation of the architec- tural, cultural and historical links and landmarks contributing to San Diego’s commu-


World's collide ➤➤ HOMES P. 11


nity identity, depth and character.


Courtesy Sandé Lollis


By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter


Save Our Heritage Organ- isation’s (SOHO’s) 41st annual home tour weekend Saturday and Sunday March 26-27 was a


special treat offering a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity to view Southern California master builder Cliff May’s early work. “This was our big event, our biggest fundraiser of the year,” noted Bruce Coons, executive


director of SOHO, which has served San Diego’s historic preservation needs since 1969. Billed as “unprecedented,”


this year’s SOHO tour featured six homes built between 1932 and 1936 in the 50-plus-year ca-


reer of Cliff May, known as the “father” of the American Ranch House. May left his indelible stamp on the architectural field in San


see Soho, page 8 What kind of house are you? ➤➤ TRAVEL P. 15


Critics warn against spending millions to market


Balboa Park Centennial 2015 Panama-California Celebration could generate $661 million, contenders say


By Margie M. Palmer SDUN Reporter


Whale watching in Baja California Sur


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District 3 councilmember expects city to litigate if redistribution of redevelopment funds approved


State grab would affect City Heights and other districts “If the Legislature approves Brown’s


By Margie M. Palmer SDUN Reporter


San Diego City Councilmember Todd


Gloria said he fully expects the city will litigate Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to re- direct approximately $5 billion in statewide redevelopment funds from local municipali- ties into the state’s coffers, if the state Leg- islature supports the proposal. Should the measure reach legal chal- lenge, whether a judge will allow San Diego to proceed with redevelopment projects un- til a final decision is made remains unclear. Because redevelopment funds are utilized to invest in blighted or deteriorating neighbor- hoods as a means of increasing economic activ- ity and to spur revitalization, all of the city’s 19 redevelopment areas, including City Heights, would be affected should Gov. Brown succeed.


budget proposal, it will impact City Heights disproportionately, because redevelopment has been the central tool being used to revi- talize that neighborhood,” Gloria said. “In the middle of this horrible economy, rede- velopment money is the reason we’re still able to proceed with the type of projects that provide affordable housing, create jobs and increase retail opportunities.” The City Heights Project Area is ap-


proximately 2,000 acres and is primarily residential, said Redevelopment Project Area manager Melissa Garcia. And while the commercial corridor has certainly benefited from redevelopment funds, City Heights residents have benefited through the Home in the Heights Homebuyer Pro-


see Project, page 9


Critics of projected mar- keting expenditures for Balboa Park’s 2015 Panama- California Centennial Cel- ebration suggest an inde- pendently verifiable report should be sought before San Diego commits to spending millions on a national adver- tising campaign.


The San Diego Conven- tion and Visitors Bureau has projected that the celebration could generate as much as


$661 million for the city. “If you’re talking about a national media campaign, that’s going to cost between $20 and $40 million, and then you need to raise money for the actual event, which is another $12 million on top of that,” said Chris Crotty of San Diego-based political consult- ing firm Crotty Consulting. “One, it’s a heck of a lot of money to spend. Two, it’s questionable as to whether it will be as big of a draw as


see Millions, page 3 ROSENKAVALIER by Richard Strauss


Timeless, Romantic & Opulent


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