Uptown Briefs Nov. 23


San Diego women and men concluded the 2012 Susan G. Komen 3-Day event on Sunday, Nov. 18, raising $6.5 million for breast cancer research, scientific programs, and community-based breast cancer health and education programs. Some 2,500 participants walked 60 miles starting Friday, Nov. 16 through San Diego communities, camped two nights at Crown Point Shores and concluded the three-day event with a closing ceremony at Petco Park. “We are so thankful for San Diego’s continued support of our mission to end breast cancer,” said Sheri Phillips, national spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day in a release. “This is our ninth successful event in San Diego and we are excited to announce the Komen 3-Day will return to this amazing city for the 2013 Series.” The event begins months in advance with participants training and raising funds in their local communities. Susan G. Komen events fund more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit, contributing $740 million to date. The 3-Day will return to San Diego on Nov. 15 – 17, 2013. Information and registration can be found at



The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition (SDCBC) congratulated outgoing Mayor Jerry Sanders for his selection of Miami-based DecoBike, LLC to run San Diego’s new public bike-share and rental program. The announcement was made Friday, Nov. 16. The proposed bike-share program will be the first in the region and one of the first in the nation to operate without the use of public funds. The SDCBC applauded the partnership, which is expected to bring more jobs and alternative transportation options to San Diego. For instance, the DecoBike program in Miami employs just fewer than 30 employees. “Building public-private partnerships like this deserves a lot of credit,” said Andy Hanshaw, executive director of SDCBC, in a release. “We appreciate Mayor Sanders moving ahead to develop this partnership and look forward working with DecoBike to make this the best bike sharing program in the country.”



For five days, over 20 Ocean Beach restaurants participating in the inaugural Ocean Beach Restaurant Week from Dec. 3 – 7 will offer special discounts or prix-fixe menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. “Restaurant week is an opportunity to eat delicious food and it’s also a chance for our business community to come together and showcase the great things OB has to offer,” said Kevin Alsobrook, Operating Partner at Nick’s at the Beach/Pier, in a release. “Most of the participating restaurants are locally owned and operated and have been for years, and we’re very proud of that.” Diners do not need tickets or passes, but may show up or make reservations at participating locations. “We have it all here in OB. Cafes, bistros, delis, pubs [and] five-star dining …” said Chris Stavros, owner of the Olive Tree Marketplace and Kecho’s, in the release. “We’re inviting all of San Diego to venture out to our little beachfront community and re-visit an old favorite restaurant or discover a new one.” For a complete list of participating restaurants and more information visit



On Friday, Nov. 16, the Western Slopes Community Association (WSCA) held its official launch reception at El Indio, located at 3695 India St. The WSCA is a voluntary association of the Mission Hills Western Slopes area, encompassing the western portion of Uptown and Middletown residents, property owners and business owners. The goal of the organization is to maintain and improve the quality of life for its members. Councilmembers Kevin Faulconer and Todd Gloria attended the reception, pledging to stay involved with the WSCA. Representatives from Congressmember Susan Davis and County Supervisor Ron Roberts were also in attendance. The WSCA is affiliated with the Five Points Business Association, Mission Hills Town Council and Uptown Planners, as well as the Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation (MSDCDC). Leo Wilson, the MSDCDC administrator, spoke to attendees as well, and Faulconer announced the allocation of funds for the 2013 repaving of some neighborhood streets as well as the pending extension of the rail “quiet zone.”



In a letter dated Nov. 12, current Adams Avenue Business Association (AABA) Executive Director Judy Elliot announced she would be retiring from the position on Friday, Nov. 30. Elliot was appointed to the position in August 2011. “Serving as the executive director of the AABA has afforded me the opportunity to work with and be of assistance to many of you,” she said in the letter. “My greatest pleasure has been helping you, the business owner, solve a problem, provide information or find ways to work together to improve the Avenue.” Founded in 1982, the AABA represents businesses and merchants along Adams Avenue from Kensington through Normal Heights, ending at Texas Street. In addition to managing the business improvement district and local maintenance assessment districts, the AABA organizes and hosts several annual special events, including the Taste of Adams Avenue, the Adams Avenue Street Fair and the new music festival, Adams Avenue Unplugged. “It has been gratifying to be part of the team who made our 30th and 31st Annual Street Fair two of the best events ever,” Elliot said. “It was also fun to usher in … Adams Avenue Unplugged, which I have no doubt will continue to grow and create more excitement about Adams Avenue being the place that puts on great events and has great businesses to patronize.” Elliot then announced Scott Kessler, who previously served as AABA executive director and currently oversees special events, will take over the executive director position upon her departure. Bethany Yarbrough will remain office manager. “Between the two of them, the AABA is well served,” Elliot said.



In honor of Small Business Saturday, local social media marketing company, MySMN will be offering San Diego businesses free social media consultations, evaluating businesses’ social networks and providing recommendations for the entire month of November. Scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 24, Small Business Saturday is a shopping movement organized to land between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the busiest shopping days of the year. “MySMN is a small business, and we want to help small businesses all over grow their online presence,” said CEO and founder, Patrick Eckstrom. “If we can help even a few small businesses with building their social media marketing, then we have succeeded.” Founded in 2011, MySMN is based in North Park and specializes in social media marketing and public relations. For more information on the promotion, visit or call 877-576-9766.



During the holiday season, the Pita Jungle restaurant in Hillcrest will donate 10 percent of all proceeds from their Specials Menu to Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. Located at 1045 University Ave., the restaurant opened in Hillcrest in May 2012 and owners approached Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego President and CEO Debbie Case for the partnership. “With our focus on serving healthy foods to our seniors, Pita Jungle is just the right restaurant for us,” Case said in a release. Proceeds will help the nonprofit continue to provide support services for San Diego County seniors. The organization has been operating for 52 years. In addition to the financial promotion, Pita Jungle will also be inviting guests to drop off winter items, including scarves, socks and blankets, to the nonprofit’s Warm Wishes initiative, also benefitting area seniors. Guests can drop off items at the restaurant and receive a free small dip, with entrée purchase, in return. Both promotions will run through Dec. 31.



Assemblymember Toni Atkins was selected for The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) of California’s 2012 Legislator of the Year in a ceremony held Nov. 14, in recognition of her continuing leadership in reducing homelessness and increasing the availability of affordable housing. The award was presented at the CSH Awards banquet held at the Marriott City Center Hotel in Oakland, Calif. After being appointed chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Homelessness by Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, Atkins has held hearings on local, state and federal approaches to ending homelessness for particular groups, including veterans, youth and families. Among her efforts, Atkins’ assembly bill (AB) 1951 and her involvement in co-authoring AB 1585 with Perez will result in more than $80 million in voter-approved housing funds to be put to use where they are needed the most. “I am very honored by this award because it comes from a group of professionals who are leading the way in addressing one of society’s most stubborn and shameful challenges: finding homes for our neighbors who have none,” Atkins said in a press release. “Their recognition is high praise and I look forward to a continued partnership with CSH in the years to come.” Atkins also led the charge to enact the nation’s first Housing State of Emergency in San Diego and has worked to create San Diego’s first inclusionary housing policy securing $55 million in housing funds for the construction of new affordable housing units throughout San Diego.

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