San Diego has plenty of decrepit buildings that need to meet with rehab or a bulldozer (Pernicano’s, anyone?), but none may be as big or as eyesore-y as downtown’s California Theatre on C Street.
The grand theater with Spanish colonial revival architecture debuted in 1927 as “the cathedral of the motion picture“ and “an enduring contribution to the artistic beauty of the entire Southland.” But San Diego, unlike San Francisco and Oakland, has not preserved wonderful film palaces as movie theaters. It’s been abandoned for a quarter-century after a 1980s renovation.
As part of his “What’s That Lot?” series, VOSD’s Ry Rivard checked into the theater’s status. Guess what: It may soon be history, demolished to make way for high-rise homes.
County Supervisor Allegations Could Cost Him
There have been some big developments in the possible scandal involving County Supervisor Dave Roberts, the board’s only Democrat, and a mass exodus from his office. The board says no taxpayer funds will be spent to resolve certain issues: “If any money is to be paid to any of his former staff members, it should be paid from his personal funds and not taxpayer dollars,” according to a board memo, NBC San Diego reports.
All About Your Council Prez (Well, Some, at Least)
San Diego has had two female mayors, an impressive achievement for a major American city, especially when several others haven’t had any. But a woman only recently landed the second-highest position in the city: City Council president. She’s Councilwoman Sherri Lightner, who gets highlighted in a friendly, rather unrevealing profile by KPBS.
The story tracks her background all the way back to childhood and points to her engineering background in nuclear fission and fusion: “I tend to have a more black-and-white perspective and analytical view on things, and I really am interested in getting things done.”