Uptown Briefs Oct. 12

LAFAYETTE HOTEL HOSTS GRAND RE-OPENING The iconic Lafayette Hotel located at 2223 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park celebrated with a grand re-opening party on Thursday, Oct. 11. The celebration was held in part to thank all who made the $6 million renovation ­– that focused on sustainability – a reality. The redevelopment included a new restaurant, renovation of all 131 rooms, the installation of fuel cell technology to heat the popular Olympic-sized swimming pool, […]

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Community vocalizes concerns at undergrounding workshop

‘No boxes for any reason,’ community says; earlier partnership is needed By Anthony King | SDUN Editor Community members from several San Diego neighborhoods met Monday, Sept. 24 to express mounting concerns over the city’s Utilities Undergrounding Program. Organized in part by District Three Councilmember Todd Gloria, the Community Utility Box Workshop was to provide a forum for public comment and question. As part of the Undergrounding Program, the city is moving 20 – 25 […]

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Talmadge lit up

Posted: August 31st, 2012 | News, Talmadge, Top Story | No Comments

Uptown neighborhood sees completion of multi-year project to restore historic lights, celebrates with christening ceremony By Anthony King | SDUN Editor Talmadge residents christened 201 historic, candlestick streetlights in a celebration that marked the end of a 10-year project, which was spearheaded both by community members and the Talmadge Maintenance Assessment District. The Aug. 18 celebration was held at the intersection of 49th and Lucille streets from 6 – 8:30 p.m. “The Talmadge Maintenance Assessment […]

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Utility boxes in Kensington continue controversy

Posted: April 27th, 2012 | Kensington, News, Talmadge, Top Story | No Comments

Some residents consider the electrical transformers an eyesore, magnets for graffiti By Monica Garske | SDUN Reporter Through the Utilities Undergrounding Program, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) employees are in the midst of moving overhead power lines underground in communities including Kensington and Talmadge. In moving the power lines underground, green utility boxes called transformers are replacing the power lines. SDG&E representatives said the primary reason for the replacement is safety. Some Kensington and […]

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City mitigates graffiti concerns on Aldine Drive restoration wall

Posted: April 27th, 2012 | Kensington, News, Opinion & News, Talmadge | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer | SDUN Reporter After many voiced concerns about possible graffiti on the newly constructed Aldine Drive restoration wall, an anti-graffiti coating has been placed. The wall was constructed after an uncommonly high amount of rainfall during the 2004 season eroded sections of slope between Van Dyke and Fairmont avenues. After the rain, a state of emergency was declared for that portion of Aldine Drive, and the City secured federal grant funding […]

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Aldine Slope Restoration Project nearing completion

Posted: January 6th, 2012 | Kensington, Talmadge | No Comments

The Aldine Slope Restoration Project, which will put a retaining wall along the south side of Aldine Drive between Fairmount and Van Dyke Avenues in Kensington, is expected to be completed the week of Jan. 9.

An unexpected amount of rain in 2004 and 2005 caused erosion on the slope, posing a danger to drivers and bicyclists. Federal grants supplied the $2.27 million needed to complete the project.

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