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Uptown Briefs Sept. 28

TASTE OF NORTH PARK SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

North Park Main Street presents the Taste of North Park Oct. 6, where attendees can taste bites from over 40 restaurants and a dozen microbrews in North Park. The event last from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and organizers are seeking volunteers for morning shifts (10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) and afternoon shifts (1 – 4 p.m.). Duties include serving tastes and general assistance, and will get you a ticket to the Taste. For those interested in attending, tickets to the Taste are $30 presale and $35 the day of the event. Valid ID is required for the beer tastings, and there is $5 parking at the North Park parking garage (29th Street and North Park Way) for this event. For more information, including how to volunteer, visit tastenorthpark.com or call 619-294-2501.

BANKERS HILL DESIGNATES FIVE NEW MOTORCYCLE PARKING

Uptown Community Parking District Operations Manager Ben Verdugo announced five new motorcycle parking spaces were created in Bankers Hill, following the completion of a comprehensive curb review. The survey, which identified red curb removal or reduction, unnecessary curb cuts, street widths and curbs that can accommodate angled parking, and recommendations for parking meter price reduction, was completed in Bankers Hill, Five Points, Mission Hills and Hillcrest. Recommendations have been sent to the City Traffic Engineering department for review. The City has, however, already begun implementing some changes, including the addition of five motorcycle and moped parking spaces marked on Third Avenue between Maple and Nutmeg streets.

OLD TOWN ART FESTIVAL SET FOR OCT. 6, 7

The Old Town Chamber presents the Old Town San Diego Art Festival, featuring contemporary artists, fine craft, fashion and home decorations from several artisans. The event is said to bring together the “essence of Southern California,” with attendees partaking of Old Town foods, a wine-tasting pavilion and live entertainment. Last year there was a children’s play area, too. The festival is from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Oct. 6 and 7, and runs along San Diego Avenue from Conde Street into The Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. For more information visit oldtownartfestival.com.

MISSION HILLS BUSINESS STAGES SCOOTER SCAVENGER HUNT

Meshuggah Shack in Mission hills has organized a Scooter Scavenger Safari for those who own a scooter or a moped and who “like to zip around San Diego.” The scavenger hunt will take place in Mission Hills Saturday, Sept. 30 starting at the Meshuggah Shack parking lot at 1 p.m. From 2 – 4 p.m., attendees will participate in the scavenger hunt, taking place all around Mission Hills. At approximately 4 – 5 p.m., the hunt will end and prizes will be awarded in the category of Most Unique Bike, People’s Choice, Most Tricked-Out Bike and Best in Show, among others. Meshuggah Shack is located at 4048 Goldfinch St.

PROPOSED MUNICIPAL CODE CHANGES MAY COORDINATE STREET WORK

The City Council Land Use and Housing Committee forwarded proposed changes in the city’s municipal code that would create procedures, requirements and limitations for excavating San Diego’s roads, as well as implement a street damage fee for violating the new code. A Council hearing date for the proposed changes has not been set. “City of San Diego has wisely increased our investment in road repairs and repaving over the last three years. The changes that moved forward … will help ensure our streets are protected when utilities need to excavate or trench in the public right of way,” said Councilmember Todd Gloria in a press release. The changes address issues surrounding streets that are currently being worked on for water or sewer improvements, or utility work, shortly after being repaved or repaired. The changes would coordinate the excavation work and repaving efforts. Proposed requirements include: utility companies submit anticipated work in an upcoming 24 month period; excavation work must begin within 90 days of gaining permits; a longer time period between excavation work on resurfaced roads; and implementing a “cost recovery” fee. “I believe the parties who excavate in the public right of way should bear the full cost of restoring smooth road conditions following their work,” Gloria said. “San Diego taxpayers drive and bike on our roads, and we pay for their repaving. We should not be forced to also pay to restore the same roads that other people damage.”

MAYORAL CANDIDATES TO SPEAK AT UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS COMMUNITY MEETING

Announced Thursday, Sept. 27, mayoral candidates Bob Filner and Carl DeMaio will be attending the University Heights Community Association  (UHCA) monthly meeting, held Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the San Diego Unified School District Education Center auditorium, located at 4100 Normal St. The two will not be speaking in a debate forum, rather each candidate will be given 30 minutes to discuss plans to improve metro San Diego if elected. DeMaio will speak at 7 p.m., with Filner to follow at 7:30 p.m. There will be time allotted for questions. Following the guest speakers, the San Diego League of Women Voters will present an overview of California State propositions that will be appearing on the November 6 ballot. The UHCA represents the interests of the University Heights community, including local development projects and city activities. For more information visit uhsd.org.

COUNCIL DECLARES SEPT OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, MISSION HILLS RESIDENT AMONG THOSE ACCEPTING HONOR

Lead by Councilmember Sherri Lightner, the City Council declared September Ovarian Cancer Awareness month at the Sept. 26 council meeting. Lightner and Councilmember Marti Emerald commented on the work of two local organizations – The Clearity Foundation and the Ovarian Cancer Advocacy Alliance of San Diego – when presenting the proclamation. Mission Hills resident Hillary Theakston, executive director of the Clearity Foundation, and Peg Ford, chair of the Ovarian Cancer Advocacy Alliance, were on hand at the council meeting to accept the honor. “While we’ve made amazing progress in improving survival for some cancers, the odds for women with ovarian cancer have not improved significantly since 1950. The Clearity Foundation is working to change that,” Theakston said at the meeting. “The best way to defeat ovarian cancer is to catch it early and personalize treatment for each patient. Women whose cancer recurs undergo a trial and error process of trying different chemos and hoping the right one is selected. This blind selection does not make use of advanced genomic technologies … to personalize treatment.” Also at the meeting, Ford unveiled a new ovarian cancer symptom application to help women learn about the risks, signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. The app is available at ovariancancer.org/app/.

FISHER HOUSE NAVAL MEDICAL CENTER RECEIVES $70,000 DONATION

UnitedHealthcare has donated more than $70,000 to Fisher House Naval Medical Center of San Diego, a press release stated. The donation is to assist the families of wounded U.S. military members and will help fund the Fisher House “Sponsor a Family” program. The donation supports one year’s worth of lodging and support costs for all families staying at the Naval Medical Center Fisher Houses, partially located on the Naval Medical Center in Balboa Park. “These Fisher Houses have provided thousands of nights of lodging during a critical time for these families. With UnitedHealthcare’s generosity, we will be able to ensure there is never a charge for their lodging. It removes that financial burden and lets the families focus on healing,” said David Coker, Fisher House Foundation president.

AIDS WALK STREET AND PARKING CLOSURES

The 23rd annual AIDS Walk & Run will be held on Sept. 30. Many streets in and around Balboa Park will be affected. Cars will be towed at owner’s expense if parked in these areas during the times posted. If you are towed, call 619-531-2000.

No Parking: from 4 – 11 a.m. the following streets will have no parking posted:

  • Both sides of Balboa Drive (from Upas Street to Juniper Avenue and around the “loop”)
  • Both sides of Sixth Avenue (from Juniper to University avenues)
  • The south side of University Avenue (from Sixth Avenue to Park Boulevard)
  • The west side of Park Boulevard (from University Avenue to Presidents Way)
  • The south side of Presidents Way (between Park Boulevard and Pan American Way)
  • Both sides of Village Place (between Park Boulevard and El Prado)

Street closures: these additional streets along the AIDS Walk route will be closed to traffic that day, from 7 – 11 a.m.

  • Sixth Avenue from Ivy Street (one block south of Juniper Avenue) to University Avenue
  • Eastbound University Avenue (from Sixth Avenue to Park Boulevard)
  • Southbound Park Boulevard (from University Avenue to Presidents Way)
  • Robinson Avenue (from CA-163 to Fifth Avenue)
  • Presidents Way, El Prado and over the Laurel Street bridge to Sixth Avenue

The northbound lanes of Park Boulevard and the westbound lanes of University Avenue will remain open at all times.

UNION BANK AND AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HOST 21ST ANNUAL HEART WALK

On Sept. 15, Union Bank joined the American Heart Association in Balboa Park for the 21st annual San Diego Heart Walk. The event was to raise awareness and funds to fight heart disease and stroke, and included a 5K run and walk, a kids’ fun zone, and free health screenings and CPR demonstrations. The day attracted more that 9,000 people, including Union Bank Senior Vice President and Regional Executive Lawrence Henry and Bankers Hill Union Bank branch Manager Randy Truax. “At Union Bank, we’re honored to partner with the American Heart Association and to participate in the Heart Walk,” Henry said in a press release. “It’s wonderful to see our employees walking together to support the Association’s mission.”

THE FRESH YARD TO HOLD GRAND OPENING IN NORTH PARK

Established in 2010, the clothing boutique store The Fresh Yard will be holding their grand opening in North Park on Sunday, Sept. 30 from noon – 5 p.m. The new location will be at 3773 30th St. In addition to the clothing and accessories, The Fresh Yard focuses on community building and networking. “We could not be more proud of our new location,” said The Fresh Yard representative Daeta Nguyen in a press release. “We hope to play a vital and positive role amongst the strong and thriving North Park community.” The Fresh Yard is currently located in Mission Valley and the North Park location is three times larger.

TONY FREEMAN LEAVES HUMAN DIGNITY FOUNDATION

Announced Sept. 20, San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) Executive Director Tony Freeman will be stepping down from his position for the non-profit philanthropic organization. Freeman served for five years and will be returning to the ministry of the Metropolitan Community Church, a press release stated. “While the board is sad to lose Tony, we would not be in the position we are today without his leadership and we wish him all the best in this new endeavor,” Kay Chandler, SDHDF board president, said in the release. “Tony’s departure will in no way hamper current Foundation efforts.” As a result of Freeman’s departure, the organization has initiated a search for the next executive director. During the process, former board member David Miles will step in as the interim executive director, managing the foundation with board Vice President Drew Jack. “I am very proud of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation and the work it has done to address the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in San Diego,” Freeman said in the same release. “The foundation is strong on all front – operationally, financially and organizationally. It is poised to continue to grow as a community-wide leader and supporter of efforts that benefit LGBT people.” Under Freeman’s leadership, SDHDF tripled their assets and was selected as the convener of the HIV Funding Collaborative, which in 2012 distributed over $400,000 raised primarily through AIDS Walk & Run San Diego.

SAN DIEGO FILM FESTIVAL TO HONOR GUS VAN SANT

The San Diego Film Foundation will be honoring director Gus Van Sant at this year’s 2012 San Diego Film Festival, taking place Sept. 26 – 30. Now in it’s 11th year, the annual festival featured a film retrospective and reception with Van Sant on Sept. 27 at the Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla. “Gus Van Sant’s independence and talent as a director make him truly stand out in this industry,” the foundation’s board chair, Dale Strack previously said. “We are honored to host what is sure to be the first of many film festival retrospectives to celebrate his films, his career and his vision.” Van Sant is perhaps best known for “Milk,” “Good Will Hunting,” “My Own Private Idaho” and “To Die For,” which will all be screened during the festival. For tickets to the remaining festival screenings, visit sandiegofilmfest.org.

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