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A recent contest encouraging soon-to-be brides and grooms to explain whythey should win an Ultimate San DiegoWedding has sent one lucky couple tothe altar. Golden Hill residents RachelStewart and Matthew ODonovan werechosen by a public vote to receive agratis wedding with an estimated valueof $60,000.
The couple was married at thehistoric downtown El Cortez
Hotel on Jan. 19 (Stewartsbirthday), and benefited frommore than 20 weddingindustry vendors who donat-
ed their time, knowledge, lavishproducts and services including cater-
ing, wedding cake, photography,videography, wedding attire, invita-tions, flowers, music, venue and eventcoordination.
The contest was sponsored by BridalInsider (bridalinsider.com), a websitefor planning San Diego weddings andalso an informative social network forlocal brides, grooms and wedding ven-dors. Bridal Insider also opened a phys-ical location at 305 Laurel St.
Anyone would be jealous of theirincredible wedding, said RachelWelland, wedding coordinator andowner of Bliss Events.
I was blown away by the generosityand creativity of all the vendors, said
Scott Maloni has stepped down aschairman of the Downtown San DiegoPartnership, a nonprofit advocacy orga-nization promoting the economicgrowth and revitalization of downtown.His one-year term has endedand Maloni, who also servedas the interim president sinceAugust, will move on to chair anew political action committeestarted by the partnership.
In addition to his volunteerwork, Maloni is the vice presi-dent of project development forPoseidon Resources, a compa-ny that develops and financeswater infrastructure projects, with anemphasis on desalination. After gradu-ating from Brown University with adegree in public policy, he returnedhome to Washington, D.C., to work onCapitol Hill for the Republican Partyand later Oliver North, before relocat-ing to San Diego in 1997 to work asMayor Susan Goldings press secretaryand spokesman.
Here is what Maloni had to sayabout his experiences with the partner-ship:
Why did you get involved with the
Downtown San Diego Partnership?Maloni: I joined the downtown board
in early 2000, largely for networkingopportunities and professional develop-ment, since I was working for a public
relations consulting firm doinggovernment media relations. Iwas interested in learning moreabout downtown in terms ofdevelopment. It was good for mybusiness to be networked intothat community. I really came toappreciate the amazing transfor-mation of downtown over thelast 20 to 30 years. Specificallythe 10 years that Ive been here.
The second phase of the conventioncenter, the ballpark village, those wereprojects that had a significant impactin transforming downtown, not only interms of what downtown looks like, but
Best known as meteorologist and fea-ture reporter for KUSI-TV, manymusic fans also know Dave Scott isalso a San Diego jazz institution. A regularat area nightspots since the late seventies,the trombonist and his band Monsoon featuring pianist Irving Flores, bassistJustin Myles Grinnell, saxophonist BillShreeve and drummer Kevin Koch have their own Monday night residencyat Croces Jazz Bar, now in its eighth year.
Scott arrived in the area at the age ofone in 1958, later spending part of hischildhood in Hawaii. He came to the trom-bone by accident. A youthful ukulele play-er, his signature instrument came aboutfrom his seating choice on the first day ofband class.
The band instructor got to me andsaid, What do you want to play? and Isaid, I dont know, Scott recalled. He
said, Well, youre sitting inthe trombone section, so reachback there and grab a trombone.
Simple as that, Scott fell in love withthe instrument and soon starting a paperroute to raise money to buy his own.
He returned to San Diego in time to fin-ish his education at Grossmont HighSchool, quickly becoming part of the localmusic scene, including nine years along-side Fro Brigham.
Hes also been a sideman with some ofthe areas most notable players since the
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KUSI-TV meteorologist Dave Scott takes his off-camera time seriously as a trombonist with his bandMonsoon. Scott plays Mondays at Croces, located at 802 Fifth Ave. PAUL HANSEN Downtown News
DAVE SCOTTCroces Jazz Bar802 Fifth Ave.Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.21 and up. www.croces.com
Dave Scott, a mild-mannered TV meteorologist,turns musician at a regular downtown gig
BY BART MENDOZA | DOWNTOWN NEWS
SEE SCOTT, Page 4
Maloni talks about his experiencesBY MANNY LOPEZ | DOWNTOWN NEWS
Downtown San Diego Partnership(619) 234-0201www.downtownsandiego.org
Q & A : D O W N T O W N P A R T N E R S H I P
SEE MALONI, Page 4
Golden Hill residents Rachel Stewart and Matthew ODonovan won the Ultimate SanDiego Wedding contest and were married at the El Cortez Hotel on Jan. 19.
Photo by Carrie McCluskey Photography
Couple wins ultimate weddingBY KAI OLIVER-KURTIN | DOWNTOWN NEWS
SEE WEDDING, Page 4
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San Diegos iconic Westfield HortonPlaza is poised to undergo its most dra-matic transformation since the down-town shopping center opened its doorsto great fanfare in 1985.
Under a $35.1 million owner partici-pation agreement between Horton Plazashopping center owner Westfield and theredevelopment agency of the city of SanDiego, Westfield will demolish the for-mer Robinson-May building and transferto the city an approximately 37,000-square-foot upgraded land parcel, withan expansion to the historic HortonPlaza Park, located on south Broadwaybetween Broadway Circle and FourthAvenue.
The San Diego City Council, sitting asthe citys redevelopment agency, votedunanimously on Jan. 11 to approve theagreement, which planners say willbring a world class urban plaza thatwould create a central gathering placesimilar to Union Square in San Francis-co or Pioneer Courthouse Square inPortland, Oregon.
I think this will be a benefit not onlyfor businesses in the plaza and sur-rounding area, but a huge and impor-tant amenity for our residents who haveinvested a lot of their hard-earned dol-lars, said City Council pres