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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NOTE: DUE TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE FIRST THURSDAY IN SEPTEMBER RIGHT BEFORE THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND, THE MONTHLY UHCA COMMUNITY MEETING HAS BEEN MOVED TO THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8.

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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THURSDAY, AUGUST 25TH

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 www.mueller.edu, which reads “Mueller College, Thank You for 40 Wonderful Years, 1976-2016” on a mournful black and midnight blue background.

City Council Candidates for District 3


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By Melinda Pajak

It’s election time again on Tuesday, June 7, and those of us who live in District 3 will be voting for a new city councilmember to represent us. We had a chance to interview the two candidates, Chris Ward and Anthony Bernal.

Chris Ward, a longtime resident of University Heights (UH) and member of University Heights Community Association (UHCA), has a strong background to be a potent force on the City Council. He currently works as the chief of staff for State Senator Marty Block and has previously worked as a Land Use/Urban Planner.

Anthony Bernal is also running for the City Council District 3 and currently serves as the director of community and business projects for Councilmember Todd Gloria. Anthony’s background in civil engineering working on water and wastewater projects in San Diego gives him a unique
perspective.

Learn more about the candidates’ top priorities.

Celebrate 25 Years of Old Trolley Barn Park this Saturday, April 16


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Come one, come all to the Trolley Barn Park 25th Anniversary festivities. It took quite a fight to make Old Trolley Barn Park a reality. Now it’s time to revisit that spirit of community perseverance by celebrating the park’s 25th anniversary.

DATE: Saturday, April 16th
TIME: 11 am – 4 pm
LOCATION: Why, Old Trolley Barn Park, of course! On Adams Avenue between Georgia St & Panorama Drive

Entertainment on the Main Stage
* 11 am: Welcome from Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins, County Supervisor Ron Roberts & Councilmember Todd Gloria
* 11:30 am: Hullabaloo Kid-Folk Music
* 1:00 pm: The John Hull Band, Rob Deez & Kenny Eng

Scheduled Activities
* 12:30: Field Day for Kids – Grab a friend or sibling and join in the 50 yard dash, sack race, egg & spoon relay, diaper derby, tug ‘o’ war and more
* 1:00: Fire truck compliments of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department

All Day Activities
* Dog agility course compliments of Kamp Kanine Daycare for Dogs
* Outdoor games (Corn Hole, Ring Toss, Go Fishing, Stack-the-Cans)
* Coloring station & face-painting
* Police vehicle compliments of the San Diego Police Department

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In addition to the aforementioned program items, we’ll also have photo opportunities available with our ostrich mascot, as well as yummy desserts and ice cream for purchase from Twiggs and Mrs. Frostie. Finally, we’ll be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a gift certificate or gift basket from one of our local UH establishments, and even an autographed baseball from San Diego Padres outfielder Matt Kemp.

SPONSORS
Miller Design * Mary Anne Stevens Realty * Fenton Development Group * Pemberley Realty * Twiggs * Logan Property Management * UCSD * Nature’s Whisper Yoga * Paul Farris Design * Ms. Nan McGraw

DONORS
Vons * Kamp Kanine * The Fund for Animals Wildlife Rehabilitation Center * Van Hutch Homes * Mrs. Frostie * Ms. Mike Rybarczyk * Ms. MaryBeth Chruden * Waypoint Public * Park & Rec * Howard’s Rug Co.

RAFFLE PROVIDERS
Soltan Banoo * Circa * Plumeria * Smart & Final Plus * Park Blvd. Deli * Florabella * Boulevard Fitness * Lafayette Hotel * DeMi * Trader Joe’s * Ralphs * Beauty & Body Lounge * San Diego Padres * Unleashed by Petco

We’d like to thank all of our current sponsors, donors and raffle prize providers who – along with our wonderful volunteers – are making this event happen. If you are interested in volunteering on the day of the event, please let us know!

Spring Community Coffee


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Join Councilmember Todd Gloria at Lestat’s on Park for a Spring Community Coffee on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Take an opportunity to join your neighbors for an open discussion with the Councilmember.

Open to all members of the public.

Lestat’s on Park
4496 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92116

OLD TROLLEY BARN PARK (OTB) 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Come one, come all to the Trolley Barn Park 25th Anniversary festivities. It took quite a fight to make Old Trolley Barn Park a reality. Now it’s time to revisit that spirit of community perseverance by celebrating the park’s 25th anniversary.

DATE: Saturday, April 16th
TIME: 11 am – 4 pm
LOCATION: Why, Old Trolley Barn Park, of course! On Adams Avenue between Georgia St & Panorama Drive

Entertainment on the Main Stage
* 11 am: Welcome from County Supervisor Ron Roberts & Council Member Todd Gloria
* 11:30 am: Hullabaloo Kid-Folk Music
* 12:30 pm: The John Hull, Rob Deez & Kenny Eng

Scheduled Activities
* 12:30: Field Day for kids – Grab a friend or sibling and join in the 50 yard dash, three legged race, egg & spoon relay, and more

All Day Activities
* Dog agility course compliments of Kamp Kanine Daycare for Dogs
* Outdoor games, coloring station, face-painting

In addition to the aforementioned program items, we’ll also have photo opportunities available with our ostrich mascot, as well as yummy desserts and ice cream for purchase from Twiggs and Mrs. Frostie. Finally, we’ll be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a gift card from one of our local Uptown establishments.

We’d currently like to thank Miller Design, Mary Anne Stevens Realty, Pemberley Realty, Twiggs, Trader Joe’s, Kamp Kanine, and The Fund for Animals Wildlife for their sponsorship.

If you are interested in volunteering or have ideas regarding what would make this event truly special, please let us know!

Celebrate 25 Years of Old Trolley Barn Park


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Come one, come all to the Trolley Barn Park 25th Anniversary festivities. It took quite a fight to make Old Trolley Barn Park a reality. Now it’s time to revisit that spirit of community perseverance by celebrating the park’s 25th anniversary.

DATE: Saturday, April 16th
TIME: 11 am – 4 pm
LOCATION: Why, Old Trolley Barn Park, of course! On Adams Avenue between Georgia St & Panorama Drive

Entertainment on the Main Stage
* 11 am: Welcome from County Supervisor Ron Roberts & Council Member Todd Gloria
* 11:30 am: Hullabaloo Kid-Folk Music
* 12:30 pm: The John Hull, Rob Deez & Kenny Eng

Scheduled Activities
* 12:30: Field Day for kids – Grab a friend or sibling and join in the 50 yard dash, three legged race, egg & spoon relay, and more

All Day Activities
* Dog agility course compliments of Kamp Kanine Daycare for Dogs
* Outdoor games, coloring station, face-painting

In addition to the aforementioned program items, we’ll also have photo opportunities available with our ostrich mascot, as well as yummy desserts and ice cream for purchase from Twiggs and Mrs. Frostie. Finally, we’ll be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a gift card from one of our local Uptown establishments.

We’d currently like to thank Miller Design, Mary Anne Stevens Realty, Pemberley Realty, Twiggs, Trader Joe’s, Kamp Kanine, and The Fund for Animals Wildlife for their sponsorship.

If you are interested in volunteering or have ideas regarding what would make this event truly special, please let us know!

Learn More About Proposed Water Rate Hike
For those who would like more details on the proposed increase to potable water rates as discussed in our November meeting, please download the presentation reviewed by Lee Ann Jones-Santos of the SD Public Utilities Department, or email her directly.

Download the results of the survey regarding the proposed alcohol ban and curfew at The Point.

See the results from the survey on bonus densities and one planning group distributed at our October 2015 meeting.

Uptown Planners March 1st Elections Announced


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On Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 6 – 6:30 pm, the Uptown Planners will be filling seven seats for a term of four years. The election will take place at the Joyce Beers Community Center located on Vermont St. in the Uptown District Hub across from Trader Joe’s. Those who reside or own property or a business in the Uptown area are eligible to vote; if you qualify (view area map) and are interested in selecting the people who will have input into the planning decisions facing your community, we highly encourage you to attend this meeting.

The Uptown Planners is a community planning group recognized by the City of San Diego to represent the community in planning and land use issues. Topics subject to recommendations by the Uptown Planners include, but are not limited to: advising the city on broad land use topics such as density, zoning, and infrastructure investment. Community Planning Groups also are asked to advise the city before it issues permits for new or additional construction in residential areas or commercial for projects that require special entitlements, which may include development such as adding an extra living unit, exceeding size or height restrictions, or developing on or near environmentally sensitive land.

To vote, an individual must present identification proving residency, property ownership, or business ownership in Uptown. Identification may be in the form of a driver’s license, utility bill, tax bill, business license, or rent receipt – any document that has the individual’s name and street address. Photocopies of documents are acceptable.

As a courtesy, it is suggested that before completing the ballot, voters first listen to the three minute statements each candidate will make regarding their qualifications and reason they would like to serve, or continue to serve, on the Board.

You’re invited to Upcoming Design Charrette
MONDAY, MARCH 7 from 6:30 – 8 PM in GREEN ROOM @ TWIGGS – UHCA is holding a meeting (or charrette, as they are known in the design world) to discuss updates to the North Park and Uptown Community Master Plans. If you are a University Heights resident or business owner and would like to attend, PLEASE RSVP TO PHILIP GILL AT PHILIPJGILL@GMAIL.COM. These community plan updates will also be the topic of our next monthly UHCA meeting, which will include presentations from San Diego City Planning Department representatives.

Celebrating 25th Anniversary of Old Trolley Barn Park
Come one, come all to the Trolley Barn Park 25th Anniversary festivities. Activities will include live music, a dog agility course sponsored by Kamp Kanine, old fashioned games for kids and adults alike, face painting, food from local vendors, and more! If you are interested in volunteering or have ideas regarding what would make this event truly special, please let us know!

DATE: Saturday, April 16th
TIME: 11 am – 4 pm
LOCATION: Why, Old Trolley Barn Park, of course! On Adams Avenue between Georgia St & Panorama Drive

Corrections for February Issue of UHCA News
The UHCA Newspaper editor would like to make a correction to the article titled “UPDATE ON THE POINT: PROPOSED LIQUOR BAN AND CURFEW MOVE FORWARD” on page one of the February 2016 issue. The specifics supported by the UHRC (University Heights Recreation Council) are: 24/7 alcohol ban and 10 pm to 6 am (April to October) and 8 pm to 6 am (November to March) curfew at the open space area named University Heights Point.

In the article titled, UH, “NP AT ODDS WITH FUTURE DENSITY,” on pages 1 and 11, the church property listed as an area slated for future development should have been listed as New Vision Christian Fellowship, not Victory Outreach Church. In addition, UHCA would like to apologize to the Lusti family for not getting confirmation regarding the statement that there is potential for CVS Pharmacy to purchase the property where Lusti Motors currently resides.

Learn More About Proposed Water Rate Hike
For those who would like more details on the proposed increase to potable water rates as discussed in our November meeting, please download the presentation reviewed by Lee Ann Jones-Santos of the SD Public Utilities Department, or email her directly.

Download the results of the survey regarding the proposed alcohol ban and curfew at The Point.

See the results from the survey on bonus densities and one planning group distributed at our October 2015 meeting.