By Susan A. Davis
Voice of the people fueled policy successes in the budget
Nothing defines our values more as a nation than the budget and the investments we make for the future of American families.
These investments signal what’s important and what direction we want to take our nation. Read More
By Joyell Nevins
North Park is getting ready to explode with a colorful mix of art and music, accompanied by refreshing craft beer and cocktails. It’s time for the 21st annual Festival of Arts in North Park, held on Saturday, May 20.
By Dr. Ink
Comics of Disney’s Darkwing Duck and Asian superheroes frame a giant chalkboard at Whistling Duck Tavern, the newest addition to the HUB shopping center in Hillcrest.
The board lists about 25 tap beers, assorted wines and eight types of sake in a playful atmosphere where East meets West. Read More
By Mary McKenzie
Immigration and racial profiling were the two high-interest issues that informed this month’s meeting of the Hillcrest Town Council (HTC) on May 9.
Well-known immigration attorney Lilia Velasquez spoke to the community about the difficult challenges facing immigration policy today. Read More
By Toni Atkins | Notes from Toni
On May 4, the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives were finally successful in voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is yet unclear whether the Senate will pass the repeal bill and replace it with their own bill, but we’ll have to be ready.
There are also things the president can do to reduce funding for health care in California that don’t require legislation. We must continue to be vigilant. Read More
By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch
In our last column, Darrell Issa (R-49), Duncan Hunter (R-50), and Susan Davis (D-53) had each held town hall events in their respective districts, and as we noted at the time, the tenor of the gatherings was much different for the Republican members of Congress than it was for Susan Davis — her town hall was much friendlier than those of her colleagues. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Uptown News Food Briefs
A contiguous trio of establishments by Cohn Restaurant Group has opened in Hillcrest. Among them is Bo-beau kitchen + Cache, an offshoot to Bo-beau kitchens in Ocean Beach and La Mesa that will follow suit with French bistro cuisine. Read More
FilmOut sets lineup for 19th annual festival in June
By Ken Williams | Editor
“A Very Sordid Wedding,” Del Shores’ sequel to his “Sordid Lives” cult classic film and TV prequel series, will get its San Diego premiere at FilmOut San Diego’s 19th annual San Diego LGBT Film Festival in June.
The socially relevant sequel, which explores what happens when marriage equality comes to a small town in conservative Texas, will get the coveted spot as the Opening Night film. Read More
By Ken Williams | Contributing Editor
Downtown residents Arlene and Richard Esgate understand the importance of giving back and strive to make a difference in San Diego and beyond.
Whether advocating for Balboa Park or serving on the board of the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Esgates put their wallets where their hearts lie. They are major donors to Childhelp, a national child-abuse prevention and treatment organization. In 2012, Childhelp gave the couple the “Founders for the Love of a Child” award for their dedication and support. Giving is what the Esgates do. Read More
By Sara Butler
Two San Diego Community News Network (SDCNN) editors will be honored at Save Our Heritage Organisation’s (SOHO) 35th annual People In Preservation Awards on May 18.
Morgan M. Hurley, editor of both San Diego Downtown News and Gay San Diego, and Ken Williams, editor of San Diego Uptown News, will receive “The Town Crier” award from SOHO. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Uptown News Food Briefs
The much-anticipated reopening of Olympic Café at its new North Park location will become a reality by mid-May, said Donna Kotselas, who founded the Greek restaurant with her husband, John, more than 30 years ago.
The couple closed the business last year at its original location, at 2340 University Ave., due to landlord issues. In deciding to relocate, they acquired the lease to a structure one door west, where Jersey Joe’s previously resided. But a series of delays blamed on city bureaucracy and the creation of a large covered patio forestalled their plans to reopen sooner. Read More
By Kit-Bacon Gressitt
Behind the hazel eyes and engaging laugh of young-adult fiction author Danielle Mages Amato bubbles a bright and imaginative mind. And from that internal kettle, the debut author and North Park resident has percolated a fascinating mystery with a dash of the paranormal, “The Hidden Memory of Objects.”
Set in and around contemporary Washington, D.C. — and in flashbacks to the past, including the 1865 assassination of President Abraham Lincoln — Amato’s story reveals her gift for creating a scene and giving life to her characters, some of them endearing, some quite deserving of the role of antagonist. Read More
By Dr. Ink
Devine Pastabilities makes no apologies for the high levels of carbohydrates it slings in the form of “torpasta” sandwiches, which are hollowed-out submarine rolls filled with various pastas and sauces — and meat if you’re hankering for a dose of protein.
“Tappy hour,” as they call it here, is no exception when taking into account the varying measures of carbs you ingest when drinking craft beer and noshing on the free “bread holes” that accompany each draft order. Read More
By Jon Standefer
One of the signature trees in South Park — a magnificent, massive, maybe-century-old ficus tree — has bit the dust.
I’ve lived in South Park for 37 years, and I never got tired of looking at that monstrous tree that shaded much of the east side of 29th Street between Ivy and Juniper streets. It was at least 60 feet tall, and measured 15 feet, 6 inches in circumference at its base. Read More
Mary Jane Hartley’s contributions to North Park
By Katherine Hon | PastMatters
Happy National Preservation Month! As we celebrate history, let’s remember that “her-story” is important, too. And no individual woman contributed more to North Park’s early development than Mary Jane Hartley.
Mary Jane was the wife of James Monroe Hartley, who bought 40 acres within the Park Villas tract in 1893 and named it Hartley’s North Park. The empty land, bordered by University Avenue and Dwight Street on the north and south, and Ray and 32nd streets on the west and east, was planted with lemon trees. The Hartley family had come to San Diego from Kansas in 1882 and homesteaded a ranch in Dehesa in East County before James bought the land that would eventually become the heart of North Park.
Hillcrest residents deserve some respect
Lately, we Hillcrest residents have been getting a pretty raw deal from the city, and in general.
Our rents climb ever higher as our neighborhood deteriorates into a filthy playground for ill-behaved street people. A simple walk to the store (which many will no longer do after dark) often involves dodging human feces and walking over the bodies of passed out homeless as we navigate through their fields of garbage. Often, we neighbors are subjected to angry and abusive rants.
We endure all this and yet, the good things planned for Hillcrest never materialize. Read More