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The life of the female architect

Posted: November 18th, 2016 | Columns, Homes & Garden, Lifestyle, Top Story | No Comments

Success came with a price in early 20th century

By Michael Good | House Calls

Long before any female presidential candidate banged her head against the highest and hardest glass ceiling in the land, a sisterhood of California women were swinging their lady-grip hammers at another transparent barrier — the entrance to the boys club known as architecture.

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North Park’s Toyland Parade, a community tradition

Posted: November 4th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, North Park, PastMatters | No Comments

By Katherine Hon | Past Matters The next Toyland Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, starting at 11 a.m. In a tradition that has spanned more than 80 years, marching bands, vintage cars, floats, dancers and many community organizations will travel along University Avenue to kick off the holiday season. The North Park Historical Society devoted a whole chapter to the Toyland Parade in their book, “Images of America: San Diego’s North Park,” published […]

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Probiotic bonus

Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Bars & Happy Hours, Columns, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink Happy hour at Farmer’s Bottega is presented on a wine bottle, which lists the daily drink and food specials served at a small, curvy bar that seats about eight guests. It’s an intimate space that doesn’t intrude on the fairly large dining room, allowing you to rub elbows with other patrons while sipping on craft beers, house wines or bellinis made with fresh-fruit puree.

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Hillcrest Town Council update – Oct. 21, 2016

Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Hillcrest Town Council update | No Comments

By Mary M. McKenzie Elections were a primary focus of the Hillcrest Town Council meeting on Oct. 11 at the Joyce Beers Community Center in the HUB shopping center. California Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni G. Atkins reflected on her two terms in the Assembly and her priorities for the future. She reminded us first that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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The life of the architect

Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Homes & Garden | No Comments

Who designed our homes and shaped our neighborhoods? By Michael Good | House Calls They say you will know a man by his works. If that were true, we should know a lot more than we do about the architects who designed our early 20th-century houses. These shadowy figures put their stamp on the plans that produced our houses and then departed the scene. A few left behind plans and news clippings, a few left behind […]

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Congressional Watch: Gitsham: a ‘New Age’ Republican

Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Columns, Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch We’re just over one month away from Election Day and it’s been an election year unlike any other. While the Trump vs. Clinton circus rightfully takes center stage, there are other races that will be decided on Nov. 8, as well. They don’t have nearly the entertainment value or generate anywhere near the level of anxiety that Trump’s candidacy has [and let’s face it, plenty of Republicans are just as […]

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Notes from Toni: Battling climate change

Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni When I boarded a plane bound for Paris in late November 2015, where I would participate in an international climate-change summit, my pride was still fresh from the Legislature recently passing Senate Bill 350, which expanded renewable energy and increased energy efficiency. However, we still had work to do on SB 32 to advance our targets for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

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Discovering Irving Gill

Posted: September 23rd, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Homes & Garden, Lifestyle | 1 Comment

Cultural institutions join forces to introduce the world to architect By Michael Good | HouseCalls Like many a fledgling hooligan growing up in 1950s Oceanside, California, Milford Wayne Donaldson was introduced to the architecture of Irving J. Gill after running afoul of the law. “I was with five or six of my buddies — we were out surfing. At that time you weren’t supposed to shoot the pier on a Saturday,” he said.

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Hillcrest Town Council update – Sept. 23, 2016

By Benny Cartwright Hillcrest is a very special and unique neighborhood, and many of its residents are very passionate about the place they call home. The Hillcrest Town Council (HTC) was founded in 2007 to provide a voice for the residents of Hillcrest, whether they be renters, owners or unhoused, and our most recent meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13 was designed to make sure we stayed true to that original mission.

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The neon elf returns!

Posted: September 9th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, PastMatters | No Comments

By Katherine Hon | Past Matters If you are a fan of classic neon signs, you will be glad to know the shoe-hammering elf has returned to 2911 University Ave. in North Park. On this animated neon sign, the industrious elf hammers on a shoe, with his arm and hammer moving into three positions. Originally, as the hammer struck the shoe, neon sparks would fly into the elf’s eye, causing him to “wink.” The elf’s eye […]

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