The featured speaker at the March 2nd UHCA meeting will be prominent San Diego architect Jonathan Segal, FAIA. Segal is a nationally recognized, award-winning architect/developer behind Park & Polk, one of the most interesting and exciting new developments currently in the works in University Heights.

Park & 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. According to Segal and his associates, “The building intentionally reads as three objects broken up and accented by large exterior private decks and glazing. We have utilized fins to create continuity among these three forms as well as diffuse light and create privacy. Typical unit decks range in size from around 80 to 300 square feet and units range from 750 to 1200 square feet.”

In addition, the Park Blvd. frontage will have double rows of trees and commercial spaces, and the Polk side will have a green roof flanked with trees. For those not familiar with the term “green roof,” also called a “living roof,” it is the roof of a building partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium planted over a waterproof membrane. Typically, a green roof also includes drainage and irrigation systems. Segal has been instrumental in developing the Master of Science in Architecture in Real Estate Development (MSArch/RED) program at the San Diego campus of Woodbury University (woodbury. edu/program/school-of-architecture/programs/architecture-msarch-red/).

If you want a look at two of Segal’s most notable recent projects, you need not go very far: The North Parker is at 3000 Upas Street, at the corner of 30th St., in North Park; and Mr. Robinson is at 3752 Park Blvd., at the corner of Robinson Ave., in Hillcrest. Both are mixed-use, urban infill projects that have done more than just fill in a previously underdeveloped space. They have brought street life and a sense of community to the sites and the surrounding communities, combining ground floor commercial spaces with urban living spaces, both lofts and apartments, located above. Such is the goal of Park and Polk.

Segal, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), has been awarded six national AIA awards as well as several Orchids from the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s (SDAF) annual Orchids & Onions awards, highlighting the best and brightest in San Diego’s built environment. Just last fall, he was awarded an Orchid for the Mr. Robinson building. For more information on his practice, design philosophy, and current, past, and future projects, visit www. And be sure to come to the March 2nd UHCA meeting!







University Heights lit up for the holidays, making this year’s Lights in the Heights one of the best ever. This year we selected one winner from each of the six zones in the Heights, as well as the Best Business, Best Block, and Best Decorated House with all White Lights. Award certificates honoring this year’s winners will be presented at the February meeting.

Our program will also feature Branden G. Butler, senior attorney for the Fair Housing Center of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego. Branden will speak on current housing ‘hot’ topics, including that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s guidance that refusing to rent to persons with a criminal record is discriminatory and illegal. He will discuss potential changes to current state and local policies and regulations that are intended to increase housing availability, including the relaxed restrictions for infill development such as granny flats and other additions to property. We hope to see you.


Thank You!

Thank you for making University Heights (UH) a better place to live by attending one of our community meetings, volunteering your time, or participating in one of our social events.  Here are just some of the activities undertaken or sponsored by University Heights Community Association (UHCA) members and volunteers in 2016:

·        Delivering the award-winning UHCA News to 4,000 homes and businesses

·        Meeting our local police officers at the “Cookies with the Cops” event

·        Participating in (or benefiting from) our nationally-recognized Zone Watch safety program

·        Caroling in the Heights, Lights in the Heights, and the Vermont Street Bridge Holiday Lights

·        Helping out at local Clean-Ups and the Vermont Street Bridge Trash Angels program

·        Enjoying “Mary Poppins” with your kids and neighbors at our Summer Movie in the Park

·        Giving something back through the Socks for Vets and Birney School Giving Tree programs

·        Keeping up to date on the community plan updates and other issues at our monthly meetings

None of these things would have happened without the time, energy, and financial support of our many dedicated members.  We want you to be one too!

For over 30 years, UHCA has provided a community forum and amplified the voice of UH residents.  Our self-help projects have made UH a better place to live while our social events have brought people together to build new friendships and community pride.

However, UHCA is only as strong as its membership.  A robust membership roll gives us clout, as well as the financial means to facilitate communication, undertake small but important improvements, and bring neighbors together.  A well-organized, well-respected, and energetic community association helps get things done, influences local decisions, and improves our quality of life.

If you’ve volunteered your time but never become a member, that’s our fault. We need your financial support too and should have asked more often or more convincingly.  It’s easy to sign up for a $25 tax-deductible annual family membership, or become a “Golden Ostrich” for $100.  Go to our website (, or return the attached form with a check to start your membership and support your community.

By the way, we’re always looking for volunteers with energy or special talent.  Please come to our next community meeting at the Birney school on February 3 at 6:45 PM to meet your neighbors, hear what’s going on, and talk to us about getting involved.  You might be surprised how fun it is to pitch in at a clean-up, serve cookies at a social event, or contribute your special expertise or experience as a committee member.

So please, don’t wait for someone else to make your community a better place.  Support UHCA now by becoming a member!

Lights in the Heights

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Each holiday season, the UHCA recognizes and awards residents and businesses for the hard work and creativity of decorating their properties, spreading holiday cheer and fostering a sense of camaraderie within our fine community. For those who love to decorate their homes/businesses for the holidays, we welcome your participation in this annual University Heights tradition. Just make sure your lights are on during the final judging on December 19, 2016.

The decorations will be judged on their beauty and originality, not necessarily on the cost invested or on the amount of decorations you have. This is a wonderful family activity, so let’s get out there and deck those halls!


Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol (SCP), San Diego’s LGBT & inclusive citizens safety organization, is celebrating its 10th anniversary of helping keep the streets of San Diego’s Uptown communities safe, secure and comfortable by operating as additional eyes and ears for local law enforcement and a visible deterrent for potential criminal behavior. Read the full announcement, including news on the appointment of the organization’s new executive director and board members.

Pastries, Plumes & Pets at December UHCA Meeting

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Join us for UHCA’s annual community potluck dessert event on Thurs, Dec 1 at 6:45 pm in the Alice Birney Elementary School auditorium. We’ll be honoring those who received Plumes in 2016, as well as the families of our Pets of the Month. You’ll also have a chance to meet our new District 3 Councilmember Chris Ward.

Don’t forget to bring new socks for our collection to help veterans and gift cards for Alice Birney School families in need.

The Giving Tree, which was created to help children and families of our local Alice Birney Elementary School who find themselves in need during the holiday season. The Giving Tree is filled with ornaments priced from $5 to $25 from stores, such as Target, Toys R Us, Ralphs, and Trader Joe’s, that allow a family to buy gifts or necessities for the holidays.

It is not too late to contribute to The Giving Tree and the Sock Drive, so don’t come empty-handed!

Help Keep Flags Flying Along Park Blvd

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For the past two years, the Lions Club has set out American Flags along the business district of Park Boulevard on eight national holidays most closely associated with American history—Presidents’ Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriot’s Day and Veterans’ Day.

Two years ago, UHCA did a small fundraising campaign to cover the expenses of the program. That money has now been spent, so we’re starting another fundraising effort. There are 33 flags put out on each holiday, set up before 7 am the morning of the holiday and taken down around 5 pm. The Lions Club charges $50 per flag to cover the entire year of eight holidays, a bargain by any measure. That adds up to $1650 for the year.

University Heights does not have a business association like Hillcrest or Adams Avenue that can organize and pay for a program like this, so UHCA has stepped in. We’re separately going to individual businesses along Park Boulevard asking them to contribute a small amount, and we’re also asking individual residents to contribute if possible.

If you’d like to help UH keep the flags flying, please make a check out to The Hillcrest Mission Valley Lions Club and mail your checks to UHCA, P.O. Box 33032, San Diego, CA 92163. Or you can bring your check to the next UH Community Association meeting.

The Lions Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and your contribution is tax-deductible. All proceeds from the Flag Program go to The Hillcrest Mission Valley Lions Club in support of services for the blind, the visually impaired and other community programs, which the organization has provided to our community since 1933.

UH Library Celebrates 50 Groovy Years

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** Oct 29 Festivities to Include Modern Architecture Lecture & Book Sale **

University Heights Library
50th Anniversary Celebration
October 29, 10 am -1pm
4193 Park Blvd, 92103
Free Admission

We’ve been busy sprucing up the place for the big event. If you’ve passed by recently, you couldn’t help but notice how fresh and new the building looks. That’s all thanks to a new coat of paint in a color palette more sympathetic to the building’s original design, removing added ornamentation, and restoring the original brushed aluminum lettering to the front and back of the building.

The free event, open to the public, is set for Saturday, October 29th, from 10am to 1 pm. The UH Friends, joined by guests such as Third District Councilmember Todd Gloria, Third District Councilmember elect Chris Ward and others, will offer a salute to this vital community resource. The morning’s festivities will also include a lecture on Mid-Century Modern architecture, a reception, followed by a special book sale of architecture, art and design books you won’t want to miss. Read more about the celebration.

Capturing September 11, 2001

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Following the events of 9/11/2001, a group of friends photographed various images of patriotism seen around San Diego County. The collection of photos grew to over 400 and a newly formed organization, Flags Across the Nation, insured that these images would not be forgotten. Twenty were enlarged, framed, and displayed at the San Diego County Administration building.

Flags Across the Nation is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that promotes patriotism through the arts. Current projects include Letters to the Troops, Art Cards by Vets and Art for Veterans, and free art classes offered to vets in Charlotte, N.C. The art these veterans create is displayed at the Annual Freedom Exhibit in Matthews, N.C.

We are fortunate to have some of the photos on display at our September meeting. They have been loaned to UHCA by one of our members, Cait Casey, who took the very first photograph in University Heights. Thank you, Cait, for sharing these touching remembrances that brought our nation together!

Cookies With the Cops Coming to a Location Near You

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5:30 pm
New Vision Christian Fellowship (parking lot at Meade and Park Blvd)

6:15 pm
UH end of Vermont Street Bridge

7:00 pm
Corner of Delaware and Madison Ave.

When the University Heights Community Association (UHCA) started Coffee with the Cops in the mid-1980s, the crime statistics in UH were high. Residents, together with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), went from neighbor to neighbor to listen and note their concerns. Together, the SDPD and the UHCA closed down some serious drug houses, and, as a result, crime stats plummeted.

We stressed neighbors getting together to form Neighborhood Watch groups. Later, we saw the need to link Neighborhood Watch groups into Zone Watches, which became an email outreach joining blocks and residents together. This unique system, managed by UHCA’s Zone Coordinators, communicates crime stats and other information within their respective zones and throughout the community. Today, NextDoor and other social
media further enhance communication. Recent evidence of the success of these efforts has been the dialogue regarding problems and solutions at The Point.

However, it takes more than UHCA providing events and meetings to make safe and desirable mini-neighborhoods. It takes you to determine the cohesiveness of your block and outreach to your neighbors. This summer consider getting together with your neighbors to throw a block party or organize a lawn movie night. These are simple ways
to bring neighbors together and help spot potential crime.

We also urge you to join UHCA and SDPD for this summer’s “Cookies with the Cops” on Thursday, August 25, at one of three locations listed below. Though we’ll have cookies, why not bring a batch of your favorite cookies to share with your neighbors? At these sites, UHCA will have a prototype of new Neighborhood/Zone Watch signs. Be sure to ask us about ways you can sponsor a sign near your home. You can make a difference.

Correction to Article in June Issue of UHCA Newspaper

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Editor’s Note: Apologies to Mueller College for the errors in our June issue front page article. The following are the BIG CHANGES AT TWO UH LANDMARKS:

Two University Heights (UH) landmarks have undergone significant changes in the past months, one significantly cutting back its operations and the other closing entirely. At the end of April, the Mueller College of Holistic Studies rather suddenly and quietly closed its doors after 40 years. Though Mueller’s main campus was in Mission Valley, the school, started in UH in 1976 by Bill Mueller, has maintained the Mueller Community Wellness Center at 4607 Park Blvd.

Dr. Jeffrey Welsh, president of the parent company of Mueller College, wrote in a prepared statement to UHCA News that the college voluntary closed its doors, citing the ongoing difficult financial climate for private, non-profit colleges and schools. He cited the closures of Marinello Beauty Schools and the U.S. operations of Le Cordon Bleu cooking school as examples. Dr. Welsh added that the company’s other operations continue in business in the storefronts at the Park and Madison location. These include the Mueller Wellness Center, the Tools4Healers retail store and the “Across The Street” live music venue. All that is left of the Mueller College operation is its web page at, which reads “Mueller College, Thank You for 40 Wonderful Years, 1976-2016” on a mournful black and midnight blue background.