Balboa Park knows how to party.
Most of its iconic architecture came from two major parties — the 1915 Panama-California Exposition brought icons like the California Tower, Cabrillo Bridge and the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. And then the city decided to throw another expo to pull itself out of the Depression in 1935. That spurred landmarks like the Spanish Village and The Old Globe.
As the 100-year anniversary of that first expo looms, a gang of city leaders has been scheming initial ideas for a yearlong celebration. They include retired lobbyists Ben and Nikki Clay, Mayor Jerry Sanders and his wife Rana Sampson, City Councilman Todd Gloria and hotelier Mike McDowell.