Uptown News Briefs: Aug. 25–Sept. 7, 2017

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | News, Opinion & News, Uptown Briefs | No Comments

By SDCNN Staff

Rally Against Hate scheduled on Aug. 27

The San Diego Rally Against Hate is scheduled for Sunday, April 27, organized as a march to show solidarity with anti-racist and anti-fascist allies in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“We have seen fascists and racists show their faces in the past few months: at the rally in Huntington Beach a few months ago, at the Impeachment March at the beginning of July, and then we all saw the horror of the hoods-off ‘Unite the Right’ Rally in Charlottesville, and the deadly aftermath,” organizers wrote on their Facebook page.

“Enough is enough! We will not stand by while fascists, Klansman, Nazis, Identitarians, the Proud Boys and the Aryan Brotherhood walk in our streets, and intimidate, harass, belittle, or hurt peaceful protesters. We will come together and unite our movements against the racists and fascists who seek to divide us, and belittle and destroy our culture of inclusivity, empathy, and tolerance.”

The rally will gather by 1 p.m. outside the Museum of Man in Balboa Park and participants will march across the historic Cabrillo Bridge to Sixth Avenue and on to Horton Plaza in Downtown. The route is about 1.5 miles and mostly downhill.

“On Aug. 27, San Diego will stand up to hate and bigotry! We, as a diverse community of working people, people of color, indigenous people, immigrants and refugees, gay, bi and trans people, concerned parents and students, Jews, Muslims, Christians, and people of all faiths, and centrists, liberals, and leftists alike — we will not allow violent right-wing fascists, Nazis, the Klan, or any of their horrible ilk take over our cities, towns, bars, places of worship or campuses,” the organizers said.

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AIDS memorial meeting scheduled for Aug. 28

The San Diego AIDS Memorial Task Force will hold a public meeting on Monday, Aug. 28 to give a status update on the project and call for design ideas to be submitted.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Ave. in Bankers Hill.

The task force has voted unanimously to focus their efforts on building the AIDS memorial at the proposed Olive Street Park, located at the corner of Olive Street and Third Avenue in Bankers Hill.

The site was chosen, in part, due to a deal forged by community leaders led by then-Councilmember Todd Gloria to use part of the proceeds from the sale of the historic Truax House – the city’s first AIDS hospice – to build an AIDS memorial to the more than 8,000 San Diegans who have died from the disease.

The memorial is intended to be a place of reflection and meditation as well as raise awareness that a cure has not been discovered.

At the meeting, the task force will listen to public ideas and outline the process for submitting design concepts ahead of next month’s vote on the ideas.


Hillcrest dental practice welcomes Dr. Hoffman

Hillcrest dentist Doug Disraeli has added Ryan Hoffman to his dental practice located at 3645 Fourth Ave.

The dental office will host a welcome reception on Monday, Aug. 28, from 3-5 p.m. with cookies and refreshments.

With the new addition, the office — which was previously closed on Fridays — will now be open for additional hours, especially for cosmetic teeth whitening.

“As I celebrate my 35th year of practicing dentistry, I look very forward to this great new chapter ahead for my practice,” Dr. Disraeli said in a press release. “Dr. Hoffman is an esteemed dentist and an outstanding person, and we are fortunate to have someone of his caliber joining the team.”

To schedule an appointment, visit or call 619-291-2980. Also check out “before and after” photos of Dr. Hoffman’s clients on his Instagram page @dougdisraelidds.


University Heights artist presents a special show

When he was 28 years old, University Heights artist Michael Carini reconnected with his biological family and learned that his father had committed suicide on his mother’s 25th birthday.

Now, five years later, Carini is displaying “Reign Upon Sonrise, A Five Year Healing, Meditation and Rebirth” exhibition inspired by a note he wrote to his father titled “Michael’s Note.”

“Reign Upon Sonrise” is a collection of 49 color-field acrylic paintings symbolizing Carini’s transformation after learning about his father’s death.

The exhibition will be held until Sept. 22 from 8 a.m.–8 p.m. daily at the Martha Pace Swift Gallery, located at 2820 Roosevelt Road in NTC Liberty Station.

For more information about Carini or the exhibit, visit or email


Balboa Park After Dark is now winding down

As the summer comes to a close, Balboa Park After Dark will be wrapping up.

As a part of Balboa Park After Dark, San Diego museums including the Japanese Friendship Garden, Mingei International Museum, San Diego Art Institute, Spanish Village, San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego Natural History Museum (the NAT), the San Diego Museum of Art and Fleet Science Center had extended hours on Friday nights from 5-8 p.m.

They also had Food Truck Fridays and live music.

Balboa After Dark will end on Sept. 1 and Balboa Park Explorer passholders will receive free general admission.

To purchase an Explorer Pass, visit For more information about the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, visit


North Park man joins iServe Residential Lending

Veteran mortgage and management executive Seth Begley has joined iServe Residential Lending’s San Diego office, located at 15015 Avenue of Science.

Branch manager Gregg Rudenberg announced the appointment, saying that Begley will originate residential mortgage loans for iServe customers in San Diego.

Begley comes to iServe after a seven-year stint at Bank of America. His management credentials extends over several companies and diverse industries such as retail, manufacturing and banking. He is a graduate of the University of Phoenix.

A native of western Pennsylvania, Begley moved to San Diego 12 years ago where he met his wife Dorit, who had also recently relocated to San Diego. He enjoys golfing, traveling with Dorit and fixing up their new home in North Park.

The couple recently adopted Sansa, a terrier, from the local humane society and first dog since they both moved to California.

Begley can be reached at or at 619-718-2207.


Small Business Expo scheduled for Sept. 21

Small Business Expo, laying claim as the nation’s largest business-to-business trade show, will return to San Diego on Thursday, Sept. 21.

The free day-long conference and trade show brings together industry thought leaders and experts in a hands-on environment that features more than 20 free workshops and programs along with 100 interactive booths, demos and brand exhibits.

Headlining the event is Bill Walsh, founder and CEO of Powerteam International, who will give a presentation titled “Success By Design – The 7 Keys to Build a Mega-Successful Business” in the Inspiration 2020 Showcase Theatre.

Start-ups and business owners can take advantage of free admission and educational workshops covering online/social media marketing, employee benefit plans, credit and financing, strategies for increasing revenue and team productivity, mentoring, cloud technologies, retirement plans and much more.

The expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center, Hall H, 111 W. Harbor Drive, Downtown. For more information, visit

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