Each spring for 38 years, the San Diego Museum of Art has brought a very special annual event to our city. Titled “Art Alive,” it’s centered on an exhibition that pairs 100 talented artists and designers with prized paintings and sculptures from SDMA’s permanent collection. The designers produce artistic floral arrangements inspired by the forms and colors of the original artworks, and their creations are displayed in the museum alongside the inspiring originals. To ensure peak freshness, the exhibition runs only through the weekend, and this year nearly 12,000 visitors flocked to attend before it closed. Besides the exhibition itself, a number of other related events took place during the recent (April 11-14) Art Alive weekend. The biggest was Friday evening’s “Bloom Bash,” which drew 1,550 guests for a wildly festive affair with cocktail bars, dozens of food booths, live music — and, of course, access to the exhibition itself for those … [Read more...] about San Diego Museum of Art blooms again!
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San Diego’s status as the only city in California where firefighters lack death-and-disability benefits may soon be coming to an end after a seven-year battle.City labor negotiators and the city’s firefighters union recently reached a deal to provide those benefits to more than 350 firefighters hired since San Diego voters approved the 2012 Proposition B pension reform ballot measure.City negotiators also want to extend the deal to all 4,000 city workers hired since Proposition B, which eliminated pensions for newly hired employees except police officers and gave them 401(k)-style retirement plans instead.In addition to eliminating pensions, Proposition B wiped out death-and-disability benefits for newly hired workers except police officers, because those benefits provide guaranteed, long-term payouts similar to a pension. Roughly 7,000 city employees have death-and-disability benefits, and about 4,000 don’t.The deal reached by city negotiators and the firefighters … [Read more...] about San Diego firefighters on verge of winning seven-year battle to restore key benefit
Every April 18 since 1979, all sorts of lethal weapons have been paraded in Tehran, to celebrate the might of the Iranian military — and to send a message to those in ICBM-range of Iran’s arsenals. Every April 22 for the past 49 years, Earth Day has been celebrated. Will North Korea’s nuclear-arms developments and missile tests interfere with celebrations in ICBM-range of the Korean Peninsula? A few weeks ago, reports began circulating that Moscow had prepared a list of U.S. military facilities that would be targeted in the event that Moscow’s interests were perceived as being threatened. Recent Russian military insinuations in Venezuela give rise to speculations about new hypersonic missiles that could be launched from Russian submarines. Submarines. My sonar has my memory bring to the surface Nevil Shute’s 1957 novel On the Beach, and three scenes in particular from the 1959 motion-picture adaptation of the novel. New life nurtured, older life soughtJust … [Read more...] about Commentary: A 1959 film’s haunting San Diego scene still resonates
They were law-breakers and noise-makers. Outsiders and disruptors. They broke stuff, made stuff and changed stuff.They lived on the fringes and in the shadows, and now, the rule-busting members of San Diego’s punk, skateboard and hip-hop scenes are history. And they’ve got the exhibit to prove it.On Saturday, the San Diego History Center opens “I’m Not Like You: Notes from the San Diego Underground,” a new exhibit dedicated to three vital counterculture scenes that flourished in San Diego between the late 1970s and the early 1990s. If you ever saw the Trowsers at the Zebra Club, risked life and limb skateboarding in a stranger’s empty swimming pool or made an artistic statement with a can of Krylon spray paint, then no one has to tell you that these underground scenes were teeming with life-changing energy and mind-bending epiphanies. But even if you were there, you might wonder what rebellious punks, scruffy skate-rats and boom-box blaring b-boys … [Read more...] about Column: New San Diego History Center exhibit finds gold in underground scenes
San Diego County unemployment ticked upin March but annual job growth remained steady, state labor officials reported Friday. March’s jobless rate was 3.7 percent, representing about 58,000 people out of work in San Diego County. That is up from 3.5 percent last month, and 3.4 percent a year ago. San Diego County still had a lower unemployment rate than the nationwide average of 3.9 percent, as well as the California average of 4.6 percent. The region added 20,100 jobs in the last 12 months, with education and health services leading the gains. Year-over-year job growth is down from some points last year — like in May 2018, when annual growth was 32,100 jobs— but it is still high compared to even a few years ago when increases were stuck around 16,000.Jerry Sanders, CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, said even though there is worry about the economy slowing, the job growth numbers show the fundamentals of the local economy are still strong. … [Read more...] about San Diego unemployment up slightly, but job growth strong