By SDCNN Staff
Imam Taha Hassane, director of the Public/Interfaith Relations & Youth Program at the Islamic Center of San Diego, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Uptown Democrats.
The imam will speak on the topic, “Misconceptions of the Islamic Faith,” at a time when bigoted and Islamaphobic comments are being routinely uttered by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Read More
By Morgan M. Hurley | Contributing Editor
Once Pride is in our rear-view mirror every year, the community tends to start looking forward to CityFest, the annual street festival presented by the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA). This year’s event will take place Sunday, Aug. 14, from noon – 11 p.m.
Originally started 32 years ago as a way to celebrate the refurbishment of the iconic neon Hillcrest sign, CityFest has continued to “keep the party going,” and they still celebrate the sign, though in recent years the neon was swapped out for LED. Read More
Commentary by Dustin Lothspeich
AJ Froman are this crazy progressive rock band that throws in a lot of psychedelic twists and turns throughout their music. Their frontwoman, Sarah Norwood, has such an incredible stage presence and literally hurls herself around the stage — they’re just a great rock band in the vein of Led Zeppelin or Yes. Read More
Balboa Park brings back a historical ‘movement’
By Alex Owens
Everything old ends up new again.
It’s an old saying, but one with new meaning in Balboa Park, where a mode of transportation used in the park’s early years is making a comeback. Read More
Uptown Planners nearly done with Community Plan Update
By Ken Williams | Editor
You can almost hear the fat lady singing.
The Uptown Planners are putting the finishing touches on the Uptown Community Plan Update (CPU), and are expected to add final comments at the monthly meeting scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest.
Various issues involving the CPU dominated the Aug. 2 meeting of the volunteer advisory group to the city’s Planning Department. Supporters and detractors of increased density pleaded their cases to the Uptown Planners, and board members weighed in with their own thoughts about the update progress. Read More
By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni
As I visited constituents and community groups throughout my district during the legislative recess in July, one of the pieces of news from the Capitol that I was most excited to share was a development that didn’t make headlines around California.
That bit of news was regarding a single line item in the new state budget that we passed in June. It was a $3 million appropriation for a pilot project to study state funding for medical interpreters. Read More
By Margie M. Palmer
Four prominent Uptown artists will be adding their unique flair to the 11th annual ArtWalk @ Liberty Station.
Kate Ashton of Hillcrest, Gregory Bada of City Heights, Michael Carini of Old Town and James Yuransky of Normal Heights will be a part of the family-friendly event that will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-14, at Ingram Plaza in Liberty Station.
Ashton is probably best-known locally as the proprietor of Art on 30th, a community art space in the epicenter of North Park’s arts district that is comprised of galleries, studios and class space. Read More
By Katherine Hon | PastMatters
It’s no secret that the North Park Historical Society loves the Georgia Street Bridge. It has been our logo since we formed in 2008 and is on the cover of our latest book, “Images of America: San Diego’s North Park.” So we are understandably nervous about the bridge seismic retrofit and rehabilitation project now underway. There is a lot of work to do before the bridge is returned to its original glory about one year from now. Read More
By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch
In 2013, enraged by their inability to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) after 50-plus attempts in Congress to scrap the first major healthcare legislation since Medicare, and just as the law was about to take effect, Congressional Republicans decided to send a message and refused to negotiate on a federal budget unless Democrats agreed to repeal the law in its entirety. Read More
By Dr. Ink
The year was 2003, when waves of bar-hopping locals gradually began taking notice of a new hangout in Hillcrest that offered an alternative to beer and well drinks. Void of modern design elements, Wine Steals greeted with an unpretentious atmosphere filled with wood-barrel tables, mismatched chairs and sofas, and a lengthy bar clad in stone. With a retail wine section toward the back, it fueled a trend and remains a comfortable space for both novice and seasoned wine drinkers. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
The Octopus Restaurant Group from Los Angeles has opened the much-anticipated H20 Sushi & Izakaya in the Hillcrest space previously occupied by D-Bar. Termed as a “Japanese gastropub,” the establishment brings to the table modern presentations of traditional Japanese cuisine served amid flashy design elements such as metal curtains, blue LED lighting, and a large screen projecting scenes of San Diego. Read More
By SDCNN Staff
Dunn-Edwards Paints hosted a grand opening on Thursday, Aug. 11, for its new store in North Park.
The store, located at 2011 El Cajon Blvd., offers a complete line of architectural paint, painting supplies and equipment, free delivery services with no minimums, will-call services and credit accounts. Read More
By Cate Kortzeborn
It’s never too late to quit smoking. While it’s best to stop as early as possible, kicking the smoking habit at any age will enhance the length and quality of your life.
As soon as you stop, your body begins to repair the damage caused by smoking. You’ll also save money and you won’t have to run outside your home or office every time the urge to light up hits you! Read More
U.S. Rep. Susan Davis visits, affordable housing discussed
By Mary M. McKenzie
U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) paid a visit to the Hillcrest Town Council community meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 9, where she expressed an understanding of why many Americans appear angry with Congress.
She emphasized her resolve to continue to work on issues such as gun violence, Zika virus funding, a student debt solution, protecting voting rights, transportation and affordable housing, the theme of the night. Read More
Praise for KTU+A
Re: “Hillcrest firm leaves its mark on America’s Finest City,” Volume 8, Issue 15 or bit.ly/2aJMcsi.
Thank you so much for recognizing the contributions of KTU+A Planning and Landscape Architecture.
On behalf of San Diego Canyonlands, a nonprofit working to restore and enhance our city’s wonderful urban canyons, I’d like to add yet another project to the long list of incredible philanthropic contributions KTU+A has made to better our communities over the years. Read More
From event management and filmmaking to learning how to manufacture guitars, an array of new degrees, certificates and programs await students when the San Diego Community College District’s (SDCCD) 2016-17 academic year begins Aug. 22.
SDCCD offers courses at San Diego City, Mesa and Miramar colleges, along with San Diego Continuing Education. Read More