We are continuing with this very popular annual forum as we have for 30 years. We started out with Coffee with the Cops on Saturday mornings several times a year. The crime stats were high then. Our partnership with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), our presence on the street, and our networking has paid off and continues to do so because of you. Join us at one of three locations to express your appreciation to the SDPD and our Community Relations Officers, David Surwilo and Ricardo Pinon. Please bring your questions and concerns and have a cookie compliments of Mystic Mocha and Twiggs.
Our UHCA meeting on June 1st will feature the following speakers:
* Julie Engel will speak about her vertical garden hydroponic “Tower Garden” growing system, which is used to grow vegetables in small spaces efficiently, without soil.
* Katie Buess, a graduate student in a joint program of Miami University and the Zoological Society of San Diego will discuss the topic of water conservation, landscaping choices for drought situations, and the various government rebate programs available to residents.
* Michelle Fenwick will then present her report on the next steps for Tree Mapping in University Heights. Your input is still needed, especially those of you living in Zones 4, 5, and 6. You can help Michelle complete her map and move forward with the City of San Diego’s Urban Forestry program.
In addition, historic images of the former Mission Cliff Gardens, which was the precursor to Balboa Park and a city-wide destination on weekends when the trolleys ran up Park Boulevard, will be on display. We look forward to seeing you there!
Note that this is the last meeting before our summer break. Our next UHCA meeting will be September 7.
At the next UHCA meeting on Thursday, May 4, our guest speaker will be Stacie Spector, a longtime public relations professional whom San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has hired to help address San Diego’s homeless problem.
Ms. Spector will speak about her mission to lead and collaborate with various organizations in San Diego to find long-term solutions to homelessness, including housing, jobs, adaptive reuse of existing city-owned buildings, and more.
Ms. Spector has a diverse background that includes politics, education, and the private sector. She served as Deputy Communications Director in the Bill Clinton White House from 1997 to 1999 and most recently ran Spector Consulting, whose clients have included Step Up Women’s Network, HBO/Everyman Pictures, and the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties. She has also worked with the Nutrition Science Initiative, the Salk Institute, and UC San Diego.
Please join us on May 4 to welcome Stacie Spector and to hear her ideas on solutions to the problem of homelessness in San Diego.
WHEN: Sat, Apr 29, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
WHERE: 4612 Park Blvd, Park & Rec and the UH Sign
The event opens at 5 pm under the sign and includes speakers Kevin Whaley, the designer of the sign and a 30-year UH resident, Supervisor Ron Roberts and Council Member Chris Ward. The evening ends at 8 pm in the same location with a symbolic “re-lighting” of the UH sign and a special light show created by Andy Cameron, special effects guru and Norbert the Dragon’s “Dad.”
Between 5 & 8 pm, celebrate along Park Blvd by purchasing a $10 wristband, which allows you to receive delicious food tastes, treats, beverages and special event discounts at leading neighborhood establishments. Wristbands will be on sale starting at 4 pm in front of Twiggs Coffee House. Visit these businesses with your wristband: Bahn Thai, Cecilia’s Fine Jewelry, El Zarape, Madison, Muzita Abyssinian Bistro, Meraki Café, Park & Rec, Plumeria, Red House Pizza, Small Bar, Soltan Banoo, Twiggs. Music by Billy Watson and his International Silver String Submarine Band.
Senior Apartments at Texas & Howard
Our meeting on April 6 will feature a presentation and discussion of the Community Housing Works (CHW) project at Texas and Howard Streets, known as North Park Senior Apartments, although it is actually located in University Heights. The apartment project will be San Diego’s first LGBT-friendly, affordable senior housing community. William Kelly, consultant for the LGBT Community Center, will address the opportunity for affordable senior housing provided by this project. He will discuss the qualifications for residency and the structure of the application process. For example, applicants who meet the age requirements for 55+ senior housing and who qualify as earning equal to or less than 60% of the Area Median Income (as defined by guidelines by the Department of Housing and Urban Development – or HUD – and the State of California), will be eligible to apply and will be treated equally without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected class status or characteristic. Attend the UHCA April 6 meeting to find out more.
The featured speaker at the March UHCA meeting will be prominent San Diego architect Jonathan Segal, FAIA. Segal is a nationally recognized, award-winning architect/developer behind Park and Polk, one of the most interesting and exciting new developments currently in the works in University Heights. Park and Polk, located at 4104 Park Blvd. at Polk Ave., is an eight-story, mixed-use project scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017.
For more information, come to our meeting this Thursday, March 2nd at 6:45 pm, Alice Birney Elementary Auditorium at 4345 Campus Ave.