Uptown News Briefs: Jan. 12, 2018

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Community members will march at Balboa Park from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, to bring one of San Diego’s major human-rights issues out of the shadows at Junior League of San Diego’s fifth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Rally.

Local anti-human-trafficking leaders will teach the crowd to recognize and assist victims before the marchers start their walk through the park with homemade signs of hope.

Human trafficking involves exploitation in many forms, from forcing people into prostitution to subjecting them to slavery or involuntary servitude. Sadly, the FBI names San Diego as one of the 13 areas with the highest rates of child sex trafficking in the nation. These advocates will spend their Saturday speaking out for the sake of those most at risk, including children who are homeless.

Meet up in Balboa Park, at the intersection of Laurel Street and Sixth Avenue.

Speakers include San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan; Assembly member Brian Maienschein; Jamie Quient, Free to Thrive president and managing attorney; and Joseph Travers, Saved in America executive director and private investigation manager.

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The second annual Women’s March has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 20. Meet up at 10 a.m. at Waterfront Park in Downtown San Diego.

The first march last January attracted more than 100,000 women, men and children.

With the elections coming up on Nov. 6, the theme of this year’s march is to “make all votes count.”

“Last year’s march was a powerful and engaging event for raising awareness of important issues,” Monica Boyle, director of the local march, said in a statement. “This year, we will again peacefully gather and mobilize that energy towards impacting the 2018 elections, ensuring representation of our ideals of dignity, justice and equity.”

This year’s march will engage and empower voters to support women’s rights, human rights, social and environmental justice, and to encourage participation in 2018 elections. This march will reaffirm Women’s March San Diego’s ongoing commitment to building a positive and just future for all, and celebrates the spirit of resistance efforts over the past year, and the history of resistance in America.

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Created to unite the curious, the hungry and the talented, the 14th annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 28, to take your taste buds on an edible extravaganza like never before.

For these eight days only, restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer exclusive prix-fixe menu options to introduce you to some of the best California-based cuisine.

Varying by restaurant, the options will include three-course prix-fixe dinner menus for $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20 per person.

Whether you’re looking to try a new restaurant, type of taste or you’re just craving some good grub, this foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego. And with over 180 participating restaurants spanning across the county from the South Bay to East County and to the borders of Oceanside and Fallbrook to the north, you’re sure to find all your favorite flavors.

Tickets are not necessary for this delectable week of discounted dining, but reservations are highly recommended.

Visit for more information, including a list of participating restaurants, or to make your reservations in advance.


Heading into his second year of service in the California legislature, Assembly member Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) has been appointed by Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) as the Majority Whip of the California State Assembly.

“This is a tremendous honor and I am humbled by the faith Speaker Rendon has placed in me to serve as the Assembly’s Majority Whip,” Gloria said in a statement. “Last year, we achieved the most productive and progressive legislative session in recent memory. Now, it’s time for us to build on that progress and I look forward to being part of the team to make that happen.”

Gloria’s appointment as Majority Whip comes after a year of service as Assistant Majority Whip. As the Majority Whip, Gloria will lead a team of Assembly members to push for priority legislation and issues of the Democratic Caucus.

In addition to this new leadership role, Assembly member Gloria will also serve as a member of the Assembly’s Housing and Community Development Committee.

“Working on housing issues is a personal passion of mine and largely why I became involved in public service,” Gloria said. “California’s housing crisis remains one of our state’s most pressing issues and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure every Californian can have a roof over their head at a price they can afford.”

The Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development has primary jurisdiction over housing finance, homeless programs, land-use planning, redevelopment, farm worker housing, mobile homes/manufactured housing, building standards, eminent domain, housing discrimination, and natural disaster assistance and preparedness.


The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is seeking three public members and potential alternates to serve on its recently authorized Audit Committee.

The three public members will serve with two SANDAG board members for a two-year term, beginning in March. All committee members will be appointed by the SANDAG board of directors.

The Audit Committee will be responsible for making recommendations to the board of directors regarding the hiring of SANDAG’s independent performance auditor, the oversight of that auditor, SANDAG’s annual audit plan, the firm to perform the SANDAG annual financial statement audits, and internal control guidelines for the agency. The Audit Committee also will monitor the implementation of any corrective actions arising from the audits.

Public member applicants must possess independence, experience and technical expertise including, but not limited to, knowledge of accounting, auditing and financial reporting. Applicants also must meet minimum professional standards, which include 10 years of experience as a certified public accountant, a certified internal auditor, or 10 years of other professional accounting, auditing, financial or legal experience in audit management.

Public member applicants will be considered by a screening committee composed of one SANDAG board member, a chief financial officer or finance director from a SANDAG member agency, and at least one outside financial expert.

For more information, including application materials, visit:


Mission Federal ArtWalk, San Diego Visual Arts Network and The Studio Door in North Park have announced an opportunity for local artists with this year’s The Business of Art scholarship in conjunction with the 34rd annual Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy held on April 28 and 29.

The scholarship will be awarded to one lucky art student or emerging artist who has a body of work to showcase and is interested in selling their artwork. The scholarship includes a booth at the art festival, professional development throughout 2018, and a marketing package.

“This is such a fantastic opportunity for artists who want to engage in creative commerce,” said Patric Stillman, The Business of Art mentor and owner of The Studio Door. “The whole package that The Business of Art scholarship offers is the type of platform that can really help establish an exciting career path for an emerging artist. It’s a rare opportunity to find industry professionals that will take the time to nurture local talent and help guide them through the realities of the art world. I’m happy to be a part of this cooperative effort.”

The recipient will follow in the footsteps of last year’s scholar Mikaela McLeish, whose large-scale oil paintings are currently on display at The Studio Door in North Park through January as part of “3•UP,” an exhibition on figurative art also featuring David Jester and Margaret Chiaro. In addition, McLeish was also selected by Art San Diego as their Launchpad Artist of 2017. Her star continues to rise on the local arts scene due to her commitment and dedication to her art.

Details for scholarship can be found online at Applications are being accepted through Feb. 15. Also visit the websites of Mission Federal ArtWalk ( and San Diego Visual Arts Network ( to learn more about San Diego’s premiere art events.


Students can sign up for a wide variety of evening and online courses, in addition to a bounty of career education classes, as open registration is under way for the San Diego Community College District’s 2018 spring semester.

Classes begin Jan. 29.

San Diego City, Mesa and Miramar colleges are offering nearly 1,000 fully online or partly online courses. All online courses are taught by experienced instructors, and technical support is offered 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Because more than 7 in 10 students are employed at least part time, the district also offers nearly 1,200 evening classes — with mathematics, English, exercise science, biology, and fine art being the most popular — to accommodate working adults and others looking for more flexibility in their schedules. In fact, many certificate of achievement programs can largely be completed in the evening, including cosmetology, engineering and electronics at City College; chemistry, physical sciences, and computer and information sciences at Mesa College; and accountancy, business administration and fire technology at Miramar College.

Students can register now for classes at Students wanting to get a head start on their studies for the new year can also register for four-week and six-week intersession classes.

San Diego City, Mesa and Miramar colleges offer 65 associate degrees for transfer. At $46 per unit, the SDCCD offers the lowest-price higher-education option in the country.


The SANDAG iCommute program is gearing up for National Bike Month in May 2018 by offering mini-grants of up to $3,000 to help pay for programs or projects that encourage biking for everyday trips.

A wide variety of organizations are eligible to apply, including local government agencies, community-based and nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, business improvement districts, main street associations, and chambers of commerce.

The SANDAG iCommute program expects to award $40,000 in GO by BIKE Mini-Grants in this funding cycle.

The types of activities eligible for these grants include:

Community rides, bike scavenger hunts, or guided bike tours.

Bike commuting, maintenance, and safety classes.

Local “Bike to Work” or “Bike to Campus” events.

Campaigns or contests that promote bike riding.

Bike-in movie events.

Public events or rides that open city streets to bikes.

Projects that focus on biking through outreach and education will be prioritized.

Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. Jan. 19. Grants will be awarded by Feb. 16. Funded activities must take place between March 31 and June 15. Details about eligibility, reporting requirements, evaluation and selection criteria, timelines, and the application process are available on the iCommute Bike Month web page.

In 2017, iCommute awarded 12 GO by BIKE Mini-Grants to organizations that supported community bike festivals, bike classes, the development of bike education materials, and other bike-related projects. The grant program supports the agency’s ongoing effort to encourage people to GO by BIKE for everyday trips. The San Diego region has a network of 1,340 miles of bikeways, with more bike paths being steadily added to the system.

For more information on GO by BIKE Mini-Grants, visit or call 511 and say “iCommute.”

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