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Local Arrangements Committee

2015 Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) Co-Chairs

Robert Cancel
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA
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Arianna Huhn
Assistant Professor, CSU San Bernardino
Lecturer, San Diego State University
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The Local Accommodations Committee welcomes you to San Diego, and invites you to visit our local attractions while you are in town for the 58th Annual Meeting of the ASA.

This page provides information that we hope is helpful in planning your trip:

Conference Hotel
•    Getting There The Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina is located at 1380 Harbor Island Drive, directly across the street from the San Diego International Airport (Lindbergh Field) on Harbor Island. It is accessible via the hotel shuttle, which arrives every 20 minutes at the “courtesy vehicle” bays of Terminals 1 and 2. You should only use this service if you are a registered guest. Non-hotel guests can take a taxi; please do not attempt to walk.

•    Where to Go The conference events will take place primarily in the Marina Tower.

•    Food & Drink The hotel is within several miles of commercial districts in Little Italy and on the Peninsula (for more information on San Diego neighborhoods, click here). The distance will make it difficult for many conference participants to leave the venue for meals. The Sheraton offers concession stands in several locations around the hotel, as well as six dining options (note, some require reservations). There are a few additional restaurants on Harbor Island outside of the hotel. Eat24, Grubhub and Orderup offer convenient delivery from local restaurants at a nominal charge (download apps and sign up ahead of time for easy ordering). You must meet your delivery person in the lobby of the hotel. These services cannot be used for catering events in the hotel.

•    Internet Wifi service will be available, for free, for conference participants. A computer center (Link@Sheraton Café) is also available for hotel guests to check email and print boarding passes.

•    Parking If you’re staying somewhere else and you want to park at the hotel, the cost is $29/day for self-parking and $34/day for valet, with rates prorated if your stay is less than 5 hours.

Local Transportation
San Diego’s trolley line provides easy transportation to many downtown spots, as well as San Diego suburbs and the Tijuana border. There are large distances between stops, and the trolley often needs to be paired with taxi, bus, or other transportation options to get you off the beaten track (or even sometimes to get you to standard tourist locations). The trolley fare is $2.50 one way, or a day pass can be purchased for $5 (with discounts for seniors and disabled passengers). The bus will run between $2.25 and $10 a trip, with day passes available for between $5 and $12. Click here for full fare information.

Sheraton guests can use the Big Bay Shuttle for $3 to reach waterfront attractions.

Transportation Options:
•    Trolley    Trolley line map and timetables
•    Bus        Bus line that travel to popular San Diego attractions
•    Uber        San Diego fare estimates (note, requires that you belong to Uber)
•    Lyft        San Diego fare estimates (note, requires that you belong to Lyft)
•    Taxi        Rates and contact information for local taxi companies

Many consider Balboa Park to be the crown jewel of San Diego. The 1200 acre green space (just north of downtown San Diego, 2 miles east of the conference venue) celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The area hosts 17 museums, the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, artist spaces, a cluster of “international cottages” representing 33 countries, and frequent cultural events.

Balboa Park Museum Highlights:
•    Mingei International Museum    Dedicated to art “of the people”   
•    Museum of Photographic Arts    Complex and varied history of photography
•    San Diego History Center        Regional history
•    Timken Museum of Art        Very small world-renowned collection
•    Museum of Man            Dynamic and educational anthropology exhibits

Additional Museums:
•    USS Midway Museum        Step aboard an aircraft carrier
•    Barona Cultural Center & Museum    Exhibitions about Kumeyaay-Diegueño culture
•    California Surf Museum        Hang ten, dude while learning about surf heritage

Sunshine in November!? Welcome to San Diego. Enjoy a day at the beach or a beautiful sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Why not try Mission Beach (touristy, with rollercoaster and arcade), Ocean Beach (strong hippie undercurrents), Pacific Beach (hipster, good surfing), Coronado (the best expanses of white sand), or La Jolla Shores (rocky beach front, with seals). Most beaches have storefronts that rent out beach chairs, surf boards, and bicycles.

Craft Breweries
San Diego is home to over 100 craft breweries. We are pleased to partner with Scavengers Beer Adventures to present you with the Beer Hunters Urban Safari to offer you the chance to enjoy a sampling of San Diego’s award-winning beers while networking with fellow conference attendees. Participants will be picked up from the Sheraton Hotel and Marina and transported by safari vehicle. The three hour adventure includes visits to two local breweries and a tour of Fiesta Island, meal from Phil's BBQ, beer tasters at three stops, and a souvenir glass. Limited space is available. Reserve a spot for yourself of your group on the “Beer Hunters Urban Safari.” The cost is $75/person. Tours are available 11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm on Wednesday 11/18 and Sunday 11/22.

Other Tours
Too busy or time-crunched to figure it out yourself? Why not join a scheduled tour and see the sights in San Diego, or venture across the border into Mexico (don’t forget your passport!).

Tour Vendors:
•    Old Town Trolley Tours        Downtown area attractions loop
•    San Diego Whale Watching        Cruise the ocean, and maybe spot some whales
•    Five Star Tours            Tours of the city, beaches, and into Mexico

Less Commonly Known Attractions
There are plenty of other activities to do in San Diego! Here’s a short list of some off-the-beaten-track attractions you might not find on tourist-oriented websites:

•    Chicano Park        Amazing murals that celebrate Chicano history
•    Mission Trails        One of the largest urban parks in the US
•    Cabrillo National Park    Tidepools and visitor center
•    African American Heritage    Design a self-guided tour with this document as resource
•    Mission San Diego de Alcalá Site of the first mission church in California
•    Junipero Serra Museum    Site of the first mission in California
•    Hotel Del Coronado        Grand, historic building (rumored to be haunted)

Hungry? Try a fish taco (local specialty) or a California burrito (it has french fries inside) for a taste of southern California. International restaurants catering to all budgets dot the city.  The historic Gaslamp Disrict is a nexus of innovative restaurants, clubs and shops.  Many other food venues are hidden away in strip malls and ethnic enclaves rather than clustered in easy-to-access locations.

Here are a few suggestions from our Local Accommodations Committee members:
•    Himalayan Cuisine    7918 El Cajon Blvd    Nepalese
•    El Borrego        4280 El Cajon Blvd     Mexican
•    Andre’s         1235 Morena Blvd    Cuban & Puerto Rican Cuisine
•    More to come; please check back

There are over a dozen restaurants serving African food in San Diego, including Eritrean, Ethiopian, Somali, Kenyan, and South African fare. Several of these restaurants will be catering the Opening Reception on Thursday night at the San Diego Public Library. If you want to venture into the city to try them yourself, here is where you can find a few:

African Restaurants:
Perky’s South African Food        8360 Clairemont Mesa Blvd #112
Cape Town South African Fusion    7580 Miramar Road
Tanganyika Grill            1640 Camino del Rio North, FC6
Café Royale                6511 University Avenue
Faridas Somalian Cuisine        1754 Euclid Avenue
Awash Ethiopian Restaurant        4979 El Cajon Blvd
Red Sea Ethiopian Restaurant    4717 University Avenue
Flavors of East Africa            2322 El Cajon Blvd
Asmara Eritrean Restaurant        4155 University Avenue

For Kids
A few additional attractions for those traveling with kids (or young at heart):
•    Children’s Discovery Museum    Explore, imagine, experiment and discover
•    Waterfront Park            Water features and adventures for kids 4+
•    Old Town                Gold panning, candle making, iron welding, & more
•    Sea World                Captive sea life, if you’re into that kind of thing
•    Safari Park                Like the zoo, but big enclosures & optional adventures



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