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CityFest street fair and music festival returns, bigger than ever

By HBA Staff

With nearly 100 years of history, the Hillcrest Business Association continues to help shape the story of our neighborhood. And since 1984 — that story, along with the story of the Hillcrest sign — is celebrated with CityFest, an annual street fair and music festival that draws over 150,000 people to the heart of the community every August.

This year’s event, the Hillcrest CityFest Street & Music Festival, takes place Sunday, Aug. 13, from noon until 8 p.m., when CityFest At Night takes over the Grand Stage at the intersection of Fifth and University avenues, and runs until 11 p.m.

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The green thumb of Mission Hills

By Ken Williams | Editor

Jim Bishop calls himself a “plantaholic.” His friends will toast him — maybe even teasingly roast him — for that.

Over the past six years, Bishop has served as president of the San Diego Horticultural Society. He will step down from his leadership role following his talk about “My Life with Plants: Confessions of a Plantaholic” at the Aug. 14 meeting of the society.

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Uptown News Food Briefs – Aug. 11, 2017

Posted: August 11th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Uptown Food Briefs | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Uptown News Food Briefs

Lasting just shy of a year, Bull & Grain in Hillcrest has closed. In a brief phone conversation with owner Simon Wolujewicz, the New Jersey transplant told San Diego Uptown News, “I’m too upset to give a comment,” neither denying or confirming rumors that the restaurant and bar shuttered because of a rent increase, internal problems or lack of an executive chef.

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‘This is a godsend’

Posted: August 11th, 2017 | Communities, Featured, News, Talmadge | No Comments

By Jess Winans

When Melvyna Landry became a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) 27 years ago, she never expected to wake up one day homeless.

“I’m used to working and getting up every day and living in someone’s home and taking care of them,” the 58-year-old said. “Now I need somebody to take care of me in a way, and that makes me feel old to know that you need help when you’ve been helping people all day. It’s weird to be that person.”

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Hillcrest Town Council update – Aug. 11, 2017

By Mary M. McKenzie

At last month’s meeting, Hillcrest Town Council attendees were asked to address their visions for Hillcrest. Several concerns were common in the responses: community beautification, homelessness, safety/mobility, and the right mix of residential and commercial interests. Additionally, individuals also were concerned about energy and water conservation, the role of seniors in Hillcrest, and closer communications with elected officials.

In response to these ideas, the Aug. 8 meeting of the Hillcrest Town Council focused on beautification. Future meetings will address the remaining topics, beginning next month with homelessness.

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In gin we trust

Posted: August 11th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink

Various media outlets recently reported that Queen Elizabeth throws down four alcoholic drinks a day. Good for her. I would, too, if I lived within walking distance of Trust Restaurant or had the budget for daily car or carriage service.

Like the queen, I’m a fan of gin. She supposedly prefers hers straight up. I dig mine in a classic Bee’s Knees, a Prohibition-era elixir containing fresh lemon juice and a touch of honey — exactly how Trust makes them. It’s one of a dozen cocktails on the happy hour list that are reasonably priced at $7 each.

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Congressional Watch: The issues around DACA

Posted: August 11th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch

Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, immigration became, once again, one of the key “policy” issues nationwide. I use quotes because there was not much real policy to the pronouncements. Primarily there was vitriol, paranoia and outright bigotry aimed at the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be currently living in the United States.

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HBA leads protest vs. bike lane

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Featured, News | 3 Comments

108 balloons symbolize the loss of patrons on one block in Hillcrest By Ken Williams | Editor Colorful red and white balloons — 108 to be precise — dotted a stretch of Fifth Avenue just north of University Avenue in Hillcrest on July 26, drawing the attention of motorists, pedestrians and one curious bicyclist dressed only in a thong. For local restaurants and businesses located in the heart of Hillcrest, the balloons represented the potential number […]

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The Observatory hears from the community

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Communities, Featured, News, North Park | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor There are two sides of the same coin, as the saying goes, and that seems to apply to the Observatory North Park. To hear some local residents describe it, the historic theater is breathing life into North Park after dark, enriching our cultural fabric with nationally known music acts and popular local events like the Friends of Jefferson Elementary holiday show and the annual FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival.

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