Uptown news briefs – March 14

Posted: March 14th, 2014 | News, Opinion & News, Uptown Briefs | 1 Comment

Adams Avenue Unplugged announces Kickstarter campaign

In an effort to generate funding for Adams Avenue Unplugged, the Adams Avenue Business Association (AABA) recently launched a Kickstarter campaign before the free music festival returns at the end of April.


(l to r) Adams Avenue Unplugged headliners Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen (Courtesy Adams Ave Unplugged)

Kickstarter is a crowd-funding website where anyone may learn about projects and make monetary contributions to them. [Updated] The campaign raised $1,322 as of March 14. It hopes to raise $10,000 by April 18.

Adams Avenue Unplugged will be comprised of more than 150 performances at venues stretched out along Adams Avenue on April 26th and 27th. The festival’s 40-year history dates back to The San Diego Folk Festival and Adams Avenue Roots Festival. This year, Unplugged features national touring acts: Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen, Peter Case, Willie Watson, Jonny Fritz, The Sumner Brothers, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit and The Shaggy Manes.

The AABA stated that it is committed to paying musicians at the festival, and receiving donations from the community assists them in doing so. To find out more about Adams Avenue Unplugged or the Kickstarter campaign, visit


City Council passes food truck ordinance

On March 3, the City Council approved a new ordinance outlining zoning rules for food trucks operating within the city. The new regulations limit the hours food trucks may operate in residential areas to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It also requires private property owners to obtain an over-the-counter permit in order to host food trucks. San Diego CityBeat reported that the permit is estimated to cost $935 for the first year and $132 to renew. Permits are not required for food trucks, property owners in industrial areas, or at schools, hospitals, religious facilities and construction sites. Many food truck owners have criticized the ordinance as a ban from high-traffic areas where they do the most business, but city officials claim the regulations are necessary for public safety. City Council will review the policy in one year.


Bicycle Advisory Group approved

On March 4, City Council voted to create the City’s first Bicycle Advisory Committee, which will provide recommendations to the City on local bicycle projects and its Bicycle Master Plan Update. The committee will be comprised of local bicycle advocates and residents. The formation of the committee comes just before the impending implementation of SANDAG’s planned construction of bicycle corridors throughout San Diego’s urban areas, which is expected to begin early next year.


Music for a new age

A still from one of the NWEAMO pieces (Courtesy John Young, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center)

A still from one of the NWEAMO pieces (Courtesy John Young, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center)

The First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego will host a two-night music celebration on March 22 and 23 entitled “Circus From Another Planet: Play, Players, Playing & Playfulness.” This unique musical event will explore man’s instinctive desire to play. Organized and presented by San Diego State Professor of Music Joseph “Jozefius” Waters, the concert will be held in two separate locations.

The first night will take place at the church located at 4190 Front St. in Hillcrest, and feature musicians playing violin, melodica and panpipes along with percussion. The second performance will take place at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s Heikoff Dome in Balboa Park. This event will include local exotic musicians improvising short musical numbers to images projected onto the theater’s dome.

Tickets are available for $20 general/$10 students and seniors for one night, and $35 general/$15 students and seniors for both nights. For more information, visit


Union Bank surveys San Diego

Union Bank recently announced the results of its annual small business survey. This year, the bank asked San Diego-centric survey questions so local, small business owners could compare the results to the rest of the state. On the national economic outlook, 31 percent of San Diego business owners believe that the U.S. economy is heading in the right direction, while 69 percent said the opposite. Outside of San Diego, 42 percent of small business owners had positive views of our economy, while 58 percent were negative.

On a state level, 49 percent of San Diegans believe that California’s economy is headed in the right direction, while 51 percent disagree, which were identical to the average response from the rest of California. These numbers were up 12 points from last year and 26 points from 2012.

As for job growth, 86 percent of San Diegans plan to maintain stable staffing in 2014, while statewide, 76 percent plan to maintain their staff levels.


Guardian Angels now overseen exclusively by Glenner

The Glenner Memory Care Centers is now the sole administrator of the San Diego County Guardian Angels Program. Since 2001, they have supported and overseen the growth of this program that connects isolated seniors with volunteers sponsored and funded by San Diego County Aging & Independence Services. Founded in 1982, the Glenner Memory Care Centers are a non-profit organization with three specialized, life enriching adult day program and family resource centers for those living with dementia and Alzheimer ’s disease in San Diego County.

“Not every senior has the benefit of a loved one nearby and that’s where we come in,” said Anette Asher, CEO of The Glenner Memory Care Centers. “It’s a privilege to take sole responsibility of this countywide treasure that truly transforms the lives of lonely seniors by linking them with kindhearted volunteers who answer their silent cry for companionship.”

The Guardian Angels Volunteer Program is currently seeking volunteers for the following positions:

—Senior Visitor: Visit with seniors who may be in need of friendly chat, social stroll or just a listening ear.

—Activities Assistant: People willing to lend their time and creativity to call numbers for things like bingo or a friendly game of bridge.

—Pet Therapy: Volunteers with pet therapy-certified furry companions.

—Social Media/Communications: Help manage The Guardian Angels Facebook page, write articles for the newsletter or visit facilities and interview seniors.

—Community Outreach: Provide information at health and community fairs or help with trainings and recruitments.

—Event Coordinating: Assisting to plan, oversee and implement events such as leisure sports and senior socials.

Interested volunteers are asked to fill out an online application and complete the other steps listed here: There is also an immediate need for more high school and middle school volunteers who must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information visit or


Which Wich supports The Center

The Hillcrest Which Wich, located at 3825 Fifth Ave., is turning five years old on March 19 and will host a birthday celebration. As an anniversary special, food lovers can enjoy a sandwich and large drink for the special price of $5. Additionally, as a thank you to the community, owner Dennis Holland has pledged to donate 50 percent of the days proceeds to the San Diego LGBT Community Center. Which Wich is relatively new to the San Diego area, and allows patrons to custom order sandwiches from a vast menu of fresh ingredients.


Powers Plumbing celebrates 100th anniversary

Having opened their doors in 1914, Powers Plumbing is celebrating 100 successful years of business with a free, public event in Mission Hills. Their Innovation and Restoration Celebration is taking place on April 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 1705 West Lewis St. out in front of the Power Plumbing shop in the West Lewis Shopping District. Powers Plumbing requests that guests bring food or donations to support the event’s beneficiary, Special Delivery, a local nonprofit providing food and meal services to the medically challenged.

The event will also include short walking tours, a photo booth, a raffle and live music by Hot Pstromi and Lou Fannuchi. For more information, visit


University Heights garden tour tickets go on sale

On May 17, the San Diego Floral Association will hold its Annual Historic Garden Tour at the garden market place in Old Trolley Barn Park, 1998 Adams Ave., from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets for the event go on sale on March 15 for $20.

The annual “garden tour with a difference” celebrates the 125th anniversary of University Heights, one of San Diego’s most distinctive and historic neighborhoods. On the day of the tour, Old Trolley Barn Park will feature a welcoming market place of artisans and garden vendors.

Maps will be available and tickets will be sold at the park the day of for $25, or prior to the event for $20 at local plant nurseries and online at


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