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Pricey fixer-upper

Posted: August 11th, 2017 | Balboa Park, Communities, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

Fixing up long-neglected Balboa Park, San Diego’s crown jewel, will cost in excess of $140 million — a huge outlay of money that the city doesn’t have lying around in a rainy day fund.

Many of the park’s 33 buildings are plagued with leaky roofs, outdated electrical wiring and plumbing, inadequate heating and cooling, unrepairable fire-suppression systems, disintegrating sewers and a myriad of other problems. Important cultural facilities, including the San Diego Museum of Art and the San Diego Museum of Man, would sustain incalculable damage should an earthquake of 6.9 magnitude or greater strike on nearby Rose Canyon.

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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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‘Dirt turned’

Posted: August 11th, 2017 | Communities, Hillcrest, Mission Hills, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

Right now, it’s just a huge hole in the ground. But by January 2019, if construction goes as planned, it will become a spanking new library for Mission Hills and Hillcrest.

City and state officials, library leaders and the construction team met July 31 near the new library site at the southwest corner of Washington and Front streets to talk about the $20-million project’s progress.

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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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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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Anna Feil and her fabulous women

By Lucia Viti

Anna Feil, Uptown resident and artist, imagines a parlor brimming with eccentric and formidable women who refuse to be anything but fabulous. Feil’s future “Puppet Girl Parlor” will showcase her signature, textured paintings of all things imperfectly beautiful.

For those curious to peruse her artwork today, Feil will present her paintings at ArtWalk @ Liberty Station on Aug. 12 and 13.

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Mini-park is a go!

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Communities, Feature, News, North Park, Top Story | 2 Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

The North Park Mini-Park, which has languished in legal limbo for many years, is back on the drawing board, and residents who have reviewed the concept are giving the design double thumbs-up.

The mini-park will replace an unused parking lot directly behind the historic Observatory North Park theater and another building housing the New Life Cleaners and Stern’s Gym. The half-acre, city-owned site is bounded by 29th Street on the east, North Park Way on the south and Granada Avenue on the west.

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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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Mortuary marks its 100th year

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Communities, Feature, Hillcrest, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Jess Winans

The Merkley-Mitchell Mortuary in Hillcrest will be celebrating its centennial on Wednesday, Aug. 9, with an open house for the community.

“Beyond funeral services, we feel strongly that the mortuary role is to carry on the legacy of the citizens of that community,” said Sean Bulthuis, current manager of the mortuary. “Every life deserves to be celebrated. The mortuary is no different than a museum or library. Our role is to support citizens and the community during a difficult time when they’ve lost a loved one.”

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