HBA getting aggressive to keep neighborhood ‘clean and safe’

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Communities, Featured, Hillcrest | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Contributing Editor

With the news of San Diego’s outbreak of hepatitis A — which has infected more than 400 people, killing 16, mostly in the homeless community — San Diego Community News Network decided to catch up with the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA), and find out how this neighborhood can rise above the dire situation facing Downtown residents.

It’s widely known that Hillcrest residents and business owners have noticed an uptick in vagrancy in recent years and on occasions some people have experienced aggressive behavior. It is a common topic of conversation among friends and colleagues and has often been an agenda item at Hillcrest resident and business group meetings.

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Uptown News Food Briefs – Sept. 22, 2017

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Uptown Food Briefs | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Uptown News Food Briefs

North Park will see its first hard-cider bar arriving in early October under the name Bivouac Ciderworks, which will also feature a full-service restaurant component.

The project was conceived by Missouri transplant Matt Austin, an avid homebrewer with an architectural background, and San Diego native Lara Worm, who helped her parents run Bekker’s Catering.

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Hillcrest Town Council update on homelessness, hepatitis A crisis

By Benny Cartwright

The Hillcrest Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, saw one of its largest crowds in recent years, with over 145 people in attendance to hear District 3 Councilmember Chris Ward speak about his strategies to address homelessness in San Diego.

With the homeless situation particularly visible in urban areas like Hillcrest, many residents spoke up demanding immediate solutions.

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Bankers Hill Fall Festival is Oct. 21

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Bankers Hill, Communities, Featured | No Comments

By Colette Mauzeralle

The historic community of Bankers Hill will celebrate local businesses and the changing season with the second annual Bankers Hill Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1-5 p.m.

Designed to showcase Bankers Hill as a destination neighborhood, the fall festival is a walk-around event inviting all ages to explore and discover 10 blocks of Fifth and Fourth avenues.

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Finding his way

By Cynthia Robertson

Imagine that the Taliban is trying to find you in Afghanistan where you live so that they can murder you. Now imagine that you have to leave your friends, family and everything you know back in your homeland and move to another country. That is the reality for many of the interpreters in Afghanistan and Iraq who chose to help U.S. troops fight the enemy in their homeland.

Such is the case with South Park resident Noorullah Aziz, who moved to the United States two years ago. He is safe now, employed, and has made new friends, but his smile is slow. Every day he hopes for his family to be able to move out here soon.

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AIDS memorial site is selected

Posted: September 8th, 2017 | Bankers Hill, Communities, Featured, News | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

“There’s no place in San Diego to mourn our loved ones,” said an emotional Rory Curz, who described himself as a 25-year survivor of AIDS.

Curz said it was “incredibly important” to build a local AIDS memorial because history can easily be forgotten.

“I’ve seen more people die,” by the time Curz was 30, “as my parents did by age 50,” he added.

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Uptown News Food Briefs – Sept. 8, 2017

Posted: September 8th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Uptown Food Briefs | No Comments

Café Bleu recently transformed into Jo’s Mission Hills Diner with a brightly colored makeover and a menu that covers numerous breakfast dishes, salads, sandwiches, burgers and entrees such as meatloaf and smoked mac n’ cheese.

“We wanted to be a little more approachable,” said Ric Libiran, who owned Café Bleu and kept its chef for the new venture.

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Suds, spuds and little people

Posted: September 8th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink

I started going to bars at around age 6. My grandfathers on both sides would take me for neighborhood walks that always included a few tavern stops. They’d show me off to their drinking buddies, buy me a 7UP, and give me a few dimes to play Skee-ball.

But the thrill was short-lived because I was usually the lone child in these places — a playful soul who preferred hanging outdoors with my peers.

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