What’s going on with sale of Truax House?

Posted: May 19th, 2017 | Feature, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

The developer who made the winning bid to purchase the Truax House and an adjacent home and vacant lot in Bankers Hill has yet to close the deal.

Nakhshab Design & Development has “held off on escrow,” company principal Soheil Nakhshab told members of the Metro San Diego Community Development Corp. (Metro CDC) meeting on May 8 at St. Paul’s Manor in Bankers Hill.

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Giving back is good business

Posted: May 19th, 2017 | Community Profile, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

Bev Oster is a woman on the go. As president of Oster and Associates public relations firm in Hillcrest, she keeps a hectic schedule overseeing the company, dealing with clients and drumming up new business. But Oster also finds time to give back, with a personal motto that volunteerism is at the forefront of good business practices.

For the past decade, Oster has volunteered with Project Amigo, a transnational nonprofit that supports impoverished students in Colima, Mexico. Presently she heads the organization’s board of directors, where she works closely with the executive director, raises money, and helps guide the development of strong relationships between the nonprofit and businesses.

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Olive Street Park plan draws scrutiny

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Bankers Hill, Communities, Feature, News, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Ken Williams | Editor

More than a century behind schedule, the Olive Street Park long sought on a small lot overlooking Maple Canyon in Bankers Hill has finally made it to the drawing board — but not without attracting controversy then and now.

The lot, measuring 80 feet by 120 feet, was donated to the city in 1909 by the Ford, McKee and Woods families with the deed stipulating: “forever for use as a public park.” Except the proposed pocket park has yet to be built, much to the dismay of descendants of the three families as well as Bankers Hill residents.

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Homeless problems get worse

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Feature, News, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Ken Williams | Editor

The 2017 Point-in-Time Count of the region’s homeless population, conducted by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, is a somber reminder that despite all the earnest efforts to solve the problem, things are not getting any better.

District 3 Councilmember Chris Ward, who serves as vice chair of the task force, has made homelessness one of the key issues he wants to work on. Ward participated April 26 in a Quality of Life Forum sponsored by the North Park Community Association at the Lafayette Hotel.

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Breakfast revelation

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Just when I put the kibosh on waiting in long lines to score a solid breakfast on weekend mornings, Ortega’s Bistro in Hillcrest came to the rescue.

Famous for its Puerto Nuevo cuisine, especially grilled spiny lobsters, I recently spotted through profuse bougainvillea a banner out front stating breakfast is served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It has actually been happening for years and I regrettably never noticed.

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Another hit at Lamb’s Players

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

On the heels of its magnificent “Shadowlands,” Lamb’s Players Theatre in Coronado continues its string of extraordinary productions with the San Diego premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky,” an absolutely delectable, mind-expanding examination of the early days of women in astronomy.

The most-produced living American playwright in 2016, Gunderson has several works seen or about to be seen in San Diego theaters, among them “Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet …” at New Village Arts last season, and “The Revolutionists” to be seen at Moxie Theatre in May.

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Bringing the joy of reading to children

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Communities, Feature, News, North Park, Top Story | No Comments

By Cynthia Robertson

If it’s the first Tuesday of the month, it’s time for Traveling Stories at Waypoint Public in North Park.

From 5 to 7 p.m., children have their own happy hours with a volunteer reading to the kids. In a back corner of the popular restaurant, located on the southwest corner of 30th Street and North Park Way, the kids have their own fenced-in play area with lots of books and volunteers to read with them.

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Legend among us

Posted: April 21st, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Lucia Viti

Mario Torero is a legend. The artist, teacher, cultural historian and community activist has made a name for himself far beyond the streets of San Diego’s Chicano Park and Barrio Logan.

An international superstar determined to foster a global understanding of the artistic culture of the Latino/Chicano community, Torero travels the world painting larger-than-life murals. His vibrant, flamboyant and culturally expressive work can be found in Peru, Japan, Costa Rica, Spain and the Czech Republic. And in the Library of Congress.

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