Uptown Briefs Jan. 4


Elected October 2012, new board members of the Talmadge Maintenance Assessment District (TMAD) will begin service at the first TMAD meeting of the year. Held Jan. 22, the group will welcome Erik Judson, Erin Judson, Fred Lindahl, Kevin Heiss, Martin Flores and Rudy Heilig to the district board. Outgoing board members include Cindy Seabloom, Debbie Sanders, Elvia Sandoval, George Diefenthal and Gil Sandoval. The six new members were selected from 11 eligible individuals, and the board meets on the fourth Friday of each month. Founded in 1999, TMAD is funded by property taxes in the Talmadge neighborhood, as well as City and County grants. The money is used to improve the community through landscaping and restoration of community structures, including last year’s completion of the Talmadge historical streetlights. The Jan. 22 meeting will be held at Franklin Elementary School, located at Monroe and Copeland avenues. For more information contact Lindahl, the TMAD chair, at



The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle announced Dec. 21, 2012 the nominees for the 2012 Craig Noel Awards, which will be handed out in a ceremony Feb. 4 in La Jolla, Calif. The Old Globe’s world-premiere production “Allegiance—An American Musical” lead the nominations with Moxie Theatre’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” with six nominations each. Cygnet Theatre’s “Parade” and The Old Globe’s “The Scottsboro Boys” both received five nominations. In addition to The Old Globe and Cygnet, other theater companies in Uptown were recognized with nominations, including nods for Diversionary Theatre’s “Harmony, Kansas,” “Pippin” and “Altar Boyz” and several productions for ion theatre company, based in Hillcrest. Deborah Roberts has been nominated for Outstanding Costume Design for San Diego Musical Theatre’s “White Christmas,” which played at the Birch North Park Theatre, and Uptown resident Shaun Tuazon received an Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical for his role in Circle Circle dot dot’s “Deconstruction of a Drag Queen.” The nominees represent over 45 San Diego theatrical productions and 110 local artists. In addition to the 23 designated categories, eight additional awards will also be handed out, from Outstanding Young Artist to Actor of the Year.



As part of their monthly professional luncheon series, the Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA) will welcome Tom Shepard, a veteran Republican political consultant with over 30 years experience. Shepard helped guide former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders into public office and, most recently, led the mayoral campaign of Mayor Bob Filner, a Democrat. Successful ballot measures Shepard championed include the Convention Center, Padres baseball ballpark and Legoland amusement park. Past speakers for the GSDBA luncheons include Council President Todd Gloria, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Congresswoman Susan Davis and Downtown San Diego Partnership CEO Kris Michell, among others. The luncheon, which will have Shepard speak to the crowd before a question and answer period, will be held at Wang’s North Park restaurant, located at 3029 University Ave. in North Park. Tickets for the event include lunch and cost $25 pre-pay and $30 at the door. For more information and tickets visit or call 619-296-4543.



The San Diego City Council voted Dec. 17, 2012 on the appointment of committee members, which will be effective until December 2013. Council President Todd Gloria made the announcement, and also proposed the introduction of a new committee. “I am proposing creation of the Infrastructure Committee to bring necessary focus to the condition of the City’s streets, sidewalks and structures,” Gloria said. “I have heard the call of San Diegans that they are tired of driving over potholes and tripping over sidewalks. This committee will be able to develop comprehensive solutions to a citywide challenge.” Councilmember Mark Kersey will head the Infrastructure Committee, highlighting the condition of the City’s infrastructure as a priority. Councilmember Sherry Lightner will replace Councilmember Kevin Faulconer as Council president pro tem, becoming the first woman to hold the position. Lightner will also report on how the committees are functioning and reexamine the committee structure in six months time. The report will coincide with a possible election of a new councilmember in District Four as Councilmember Tony Young takes over as chief executive of the American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties in January. Other heads of committees will remain in place: Gloria for Budget, David Alvarez for Natural Resources and Culture, Marti Emerald for Public Safety and Housing, Faulconer for Audit, and Lorie Zapf for Land Use and Housing.



The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) wants the public’s help in identifying the suspect who robbed a North Park gas station in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve. According to the press release, a clerk at the USA Gas Station located at 3255 University Ave., just west of the 805 freeway, said a Hispanic male in his mid 20s entered the store and brandished a short-barreled silver revolver at the clerk and demanded money. When the clerk refused, a struggle ensued during which the suspect hit the clerk in the face with the gun. He then reached over the counter and fled the store with the entire register drawer. The struggle was caught on surveillance video, which is available at SDPD Downtown headquarters on Broadway at the customer service counter. The suspect was between 5 foot 5 inches and 5 foot 8 inches tall, had a medium build, and a dark blue hooded sweatshirt pulled over a white bandana on his head. Anyone with any information on this robbery is asked to contact the SDSU Robbery Unit at 619-531-2299 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.



Named after a Bay Area philanthropist, the Helen Diller Foundation put an idea she had into action six years ago and it has now given more than $1 million to 30 Jewish teens through an award called Tikkun Olam, which is a central precept of Judiasm and means “Heal the World.” This year the awards are expanding nationally, offering $36,000 to 10 teens “whose volunteer service projects demonstrate a determined commitment to make the world a better place,” said a press release. Deadline for nominations is Sunday, Jan. 6. Nominees should be a U.S. resident, between 13-19 years of age, and self-identify as Jewish. They can be nominated by their teachers, community leaders, rabbis or themselves, but cannot be nominated by their family members. Community service projects they are involved in must be on a volunteer basis and can benefit either the Jewish community or the general population. “It has been a joy to celebrate so many incredible Jewish teens over the past six years, and to support them in their efforts to repair the world,” said Helen Diller, president of the sponsoring foundation. “This opportunity to empower and nurture teens throughout the United States is a dream come true, and a simple way to foster the spirit of tikkun olam among our future leaders.” According to the press release, past recipients have gone on to create nonprofits, social media fundraising campaigns, and a wide range of projects that support causes such as education, tolerance issues, autism awareness, anti-poverty efforts, environmental responsibility, wildfire safety and others. Those wishing to nominate a teen by the deadline must do so online:



In time for its 50th anniversary celebration this year, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, Inc. has chosen local public relations firm Scatena Daniels Communications to handle marketing and provide strategic leadership for the milestone. “As a communications agency committed to non-profits and socially-responsible companies in San Diego County, we are thrilled to work with Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest and help share their story of commitment and leadership of providing professional, reproductive health care services throughout the region,” said Arika Daniels, founding partner, in a press release. Scatena Daniels was launched in 2009 by Daniels and Denise Scatena and encompasses all aspects of marketing, public relations and social media. Planned Parenthood of Pacific Southwest provides confidential and comprehensive medical services to residents of San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties, and has one location in Bankers Hill.



Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins and San Diego Council President Todd Gloria will be guest speakers at the San Diego LGBT Community Center’s Community Coalition Breakfast, to be held Friday, Jan. 11 from 7:30 – 9 a.m. They will separately discuss their vision and plans for the upcoming legislative session, organizers said, and the event will “provide an opportunity to discuss and better understand upcoming legislative priorities.” Gloria was elected as the Council’s president in December, and Atkins, who currently represents the 78th Assembly District, was elected to the state assembly in 2010. Admission is free and open to the public, with breakfast available for $10. The LGBT Center is located at 3909 Centre St. in Hillcrest. For more information and to RSVP for breakfast, contact Denise Serrano at, or call 619-692-2077.



Uptown furniture and home accessories store Pigment, located at 3827 30th St. in North Park, is partnering with Gus* Modern furniture to benefit local food banks. Throughout the month of January, Pigment will collect non-perishable goods and in return offer a 15 percent discount off of Gus* Modern products. If you are not currently furniture shopping, the owners at Pigment encourage you to clean out your cupboards and drop off any available items for the drive. If you decide to shop online, they will not only extend the discount there, but will also donate items to the food bank for you. For more information, visit

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