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Enduring legacy

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Columns, Featured, PastMatters | No Comments

Ralph Hurlburt is San Diego’s only designated Master Designer By Katherine Hon Ralph Hurlburt is best known in historical circles as half of Hurlburt and Tifal, a partnership responsible for many beautiful homes built throughout San Diego during the 1920s and 1930s. Hurlburt himself seems a bit of a mystery. House Calls columnist Michael Good included him in a shortlist of “unsung and all-but-unknown visionaries who shaped our urban landscape 80 or 90 years ago” in […]

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Hillcrest Town Council update: sexy streets and cool signage

By Mary M. McKenzie Gerrie Trussell, the new Uptown Community Parking District executive director, and Marc Marconi, the Hillcrest project manager, updated the Hillcrest Town Council on Nov. 14 about various efforts underway to make Hillcrest a lot easier to navigate. Although there are several mobility issues in Hillcrest, one of the most volatile is the balance between cars and bicycles.

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Iconic retail

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Columns, Communities, Featured, North Park, PastMatters | No Comments

The history of the J.C. Penney department store in North Park By Katherine Hon Newcomers may only know the boxy two-story building on the southeast corner of Ray Street and University Avenue as the former location of Wang’s North Park. Residents who have been here longer may remember Big Lots occupying that building during the early 2000s and REI before then. But the building we see today at 3029 University Ave. originated in 1942 as a […]

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A report on our progress

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni

On Thursday night, Sept. 14, with little time to spare before the end of this year’s legislative session, the state Assembly provided the 54 votes needed to pass my highest-priority bill, SB 2. The next day, the Senate sent the bill to the governor for his signature and he signed it on Sept. 29.

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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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The Kensington story

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Columns, Communities, Feature, HouseCalls, Kensington, Top Story | No Comments

By Michael Good | House Calls

For such a quiet, respectable community, Kensington has had its fair share of mystery and intrigue over the years.

Neighborhood lore has it that someone on Marlborough Drive forgot to mow his lawn back in 1952, and apparently more than one of those speakeasy doors you can still find in the middle of Kensington’s classic, solid Spanish entry portals actually was used to receive a liquor delivery, back in the Prohibition days. Whew! And then there was a trashcan mix-up a couple years back. A Mr. Jones rolled home a Mr. Smith’s much-better-maintained trashcan — supposedly by mistake. It was a real mess. A stink was raised. You get the idea.

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Guest Editorial: Building more homes and jobs

By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni

As this column, derived from my newsletter “Toni Times,” was being prepared, my top-priority bill, SB 2, was still under consideration in the Assembly — the deadline for Senate bills to pass “the other house” is Sept. 15.

SB 2 — the Building Homes and Jobs Act — is part of a package of bills aimed at addressing California’s severe housing crisis. Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon all pledged to make the package a priority during this session’s home stretch.

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