TRIPLE THREAT YOUTH AUDITIONS
T3 Triple Threat Youth Mentors will be holding auditions for youth ages 10 to 18 that can dance, sing and act for their summer production of “Dick Tracy & The Diamond Double Cross: The Musical.” Producers are seeking a diverse cast of performers. Auditions and rehearsals will be held at the North Park Recreation Center June 8 through 15 with rehearsals June 30 through mid-July. The performance will be at the end of camp showcase on July 28. Youth from all nationalities are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit t3triplethreat.com or call 619-786-2787.
HISTORICAL RESOURCES BOARD AWARDS PRESENTED
On May 24, the San Diego Historical Resources Board presented its annual awards. District Three Councilmember Todd Gloria, Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer and staff from the Engineering and Capital Projects and Park and Recreation departments received an award for their efforts with the Quince Street Footbridge Project. Among the other honorees were: North Park Dryden Historic District with a Community History award; the Julie Wilson House with an Architectural Rehabilitation award; and Mary Wendorf-Warner with a Preservation Advancement award, in memoriam.
ASELTINE SCHOOL TO BENEFIT FROM FASHION SHOW
The Angels of Aseltine will host a fashion show on Friday, June 8, to raise money for Aseltine School. The fashion show carries the Second Hand Rose moniker, which the show has become known for selling gently used, famous-name, designer clothing for a fraction of its original cost. Fashion show attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite star of the big screen. The Angels of Aseltine are a fund-raising auxiliary for Aseltine School, located at 4027 Normal St. The fashion show will be at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center, located at 500 Hotel Circle North and tickets are $65 per person. For tickets, call Charlotte Roberts, Fashion Show Committee Member, 619-294-4466.
GLORIA’S OFFICE ALLOCATES CPPS FUNDS
Councilmember Todd Gloria announced on May 24 the allocation of over $83,000 to local facilities and organizations through his office’s Community Projects, Programs and Services (CPPS) funds. The organizations that received funds are: REBOOT, San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park Online Collaborative Wounded Warrior Training Program, House of Pacific Relations and North Park Main Street. Each organization received a different amount. “CPPS funds are the result of savings within my office budget. I am glad that I have been able to spend taxpayer dollars wisely and contribute those savings back to the community,” Gloria said in a press release.
GOLDEN HILL MAD CLAIM REFUNDS BEING ACCEPTED
Property owners in Golden Hill and South Park wishing to be refunded for assessments paid into the Golden Hill Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) can now file claims for maintenance assessments for which they were charged from 2007 through 2011. The city has placed reimbursement forms on the website of its Economic Development Department. To access the forms, visit sandiego.gov and then to the Economic Development page. Click on the form titled Special Assessment Refund Claim Forms. The form requires a claimant to provide basic information about the property and specify the amounts assessed.
CONGRESSMEMBER DAVIS ACCEPTING INTERN APPLICATIONS
The office of Congressmember Susan Davis, who represents the San Diego-included 53rd District, is accepting applications for interns. Interns assist with fielding constituent inquiries, public events, casework and other projects. For more information or to apply, contact Gavin Deeb at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should send in a cover letter, resume and three references. The office is located at 2700 Adams Ave., Suite 102.
LOCAL WRITERS TO PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL WRITE-A-THON
On June 10 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., San Diego Writers, Ink (SDWI) is having their annual fundraiser at Lestat’s Coffee House at 3343 Adams Ave. in Normal Heights. Blazing Laptops is a nine-hour write-a-thon conducted in an open, supportive environment. Lestat’s is a long-time supporter of SDWI and gives up the large room adjacent the main coffeehouse every year for this event. The day consists of over eight hours of dedicated writing from participants who must raise a minimum of $100 in pledges to join in the daylong writing event. Each hour a different instructor from SDWI will lead optional writing exercises to prompt or fuel the participating writers’ imaginations. There is still time to apply or sponsor a writer. SDWI is a local nonprofit that provides writing classes, writing support groups, writing camps, writing contests, author readings and other literary-related events. For more information, or to register, sponsor a writer or donate to Blazing Laptops, visit sandiegowriters.org.
GLOBE HONORS WINNERS RECOGNIZED
Winners of the 2012 Globe Honors were announced on May 21. The Old Globe Theatre, in association with Broadway San Diego: A Nederlander Presentation, organize the annual competition recognizing excellence in high school theater. The awards were handed out after the final round of competition at the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Old Globe’s Prebys Theatre Center. Winners include Chase Fisher of Coronado School of the Arts and Nicolette Burton of Canyon Crest Academy for Leading Actor and Actress in a high school musical. Fisher and Burton will receive a trip to New York City to participate in the National High School Musical Theater Awards, called The Jimmy Awards. Others winners were: Jonathan Eszant of Canyon Crest Academy and Kelly Prendergast of Grossmont High School (Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre), Patrick Gates of San Diego Virtual Schools and Sara Rose Carr of Canyon Crest Academy (Outstanding Achievement in Spoken Theatre) and Chad Mata of Coronado School of the Arts (Outstanding Achievement in Technical Theatre).
ATKINS CONTINUING EDUCATION BILL CLEARS ASSEMBLY FLOOR
Assemblymember Toni Atkins’s bill to waive license renewal fees and continuing education requirements for reservists on active duty cleared the California State Assembly Wednesday, May 30. The bill passed with a 78-0 vote, and similar laws have already been enacted in Colorado and Kentucky. “It’s important to support the civilian lives of our military while they serve our nation,” Atkins said in a press release. “This modest bill simply ensures that military professionals aren’t penalized for their service.” Reservists often have professional civilian jobs that are paused temporarily for active duty service. Reservist’s licenses frequently fall into delinquency for failure to renew while on active duty, typically costing the reservist several hundreds of dollars in fees and penalties, the press release stated. Called Assembly Bill 1588, the bill is supported by the Department of Defense State Liaisons Office and the California Veterans of Foreign Wars, among others. The bill now heads to the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs for consideration.
DAVIS ANNOUNCES MILITARY CONSTRUCTION SPENDING
Congressmember Susan Davis announced May 18 her support of the proposed $296.5 million in military construction projects for San Diego and Coronado as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. Construction projects for the region include a $59.4 million ship training facility and $91.5 million fuel pier replacement in San Diego, as well as $76 million for bachelor’s quarters in Coronado, among others. “These military construct projects provide our men and women in uniform the tools and infrastructure they need to do their jobs successfully,” David said in a press release. “Defense funding is a key driver of San Diego’s economic engine and this funding will be a job creator in our region.” The act passed in the House and takes affect in the 2013 fiscal year.
‘OUR GREATER SAN DIEGO VISION’ SURVEY SHOWS ATTAINABLE HOUSING AS HIGH PRIORITY
Preliminary results from The San Diego Foundation’s “Our Greater San Diego Vision” survey indicate that 72 percent of San Diegans place attainable housing as their most important personal concern for the future. The ShowYourLoveSD.org survey generated more than 30,000 responses from San Diegans, representing diverse demographics including age, ethnicity, religion and geography. The survey generated more than 71,000 individual modules regarding issues ranging from education, community and cultural amenities, jobs and economic growth, to future land use and planning scenarios for San Diego. The survey showed that support for more attainable housing is as high as 84 percent among Hispanic voters and those with an average income of less than $50,000.
TWO SAN DIEGO HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPALS NOT TO RETURN
After being placed on administrative leave earlier this year, it was announced May 15 that San Diego High School principal Kirk Ankeney would not be returning. A letter issued to parents from Superintendent Bill Kowba stated that Ankeney “will no longer be principal of the International Students and Arts Schools.” San Diego High School has six sub-schools; Ankeney was the principal of the International Students and Arts schools. An interim principal has assumed the role since Ankeney’s departure. The letter also stated that Consuelo Manriquez, the principal of the School of Business and LEADS will be replaced in the 2012 – 2013 school year. Manriquez will complete this school year and a new principal will start in September. A search is currently underway for both positions.
AIDS WALK & RUN DATES SET
The San Diego LGBT Community Center announced official dates of the 2012 AIDS Walk & Run. Now in it’s 23rd year, the event will take place on Sept. 30 in Balboa Park at 8:15 a.m. The event is San Diego’s largest one-day HIV and AIDS fundraiser, and the biggest non-governmental financial provider for HIV and AIDS services in San Diego County. Established in 1989 to replace the Walk for Life, the fundraiser has brought in more than $8.5 million over 22 years. Last year, more than $400,000 was distributed to 10 community-based HIV and AIDS services organizations.
WESTIN GASLAMP DEBUTS ‘FLAME FLOWER’ SCULPTURE
The Westin Gaslamp Quarter debuted the installation of the new “Flame Flower” sculpture on May 15. The 40-foot sculpture will be displayed in front of the newly remodeled hotel in public view. The sculpture’s asymmetrical design emulates a towering “bouquet” of oversized leaves made from woven stainless steel pieces. With the installation of “Flame Flower,” the Westin Gaslamp Quarter’s property-wide $25 million renovation is almost complete. The May 15 dedication included remarks by San Diego arts leader Larry Baza and artist Michael Stutz.