Category Archives: Special Announcements

Dessert Potluck, Birney Giving Tree, Honors, Raffle Prizes, More!

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The UHCA meeting on Thursday, December 7, 2017, will feature our annual Holiday Dessert Potluck. After a short business meeting, we will encourage everyone to eat and drink. We will also honor our Refuse Collectors, recognize all our Plume recipients from the past year and we will name the Plume of the Year recipient. We will also have raffle prizes, but you must attend to win! You can buy a beautiful UH T-shirt or sweatshirt at our holiday merchandise sale. Credit cards accepted. You can also purchase an ornament from The Giving Tree, which will help Alice Birney Elementary families to buy gifts or necessities for the holidays.

Please join us at the meeting and bring a dessert of your choice to share with everyone. We always have an interesting and delicious selection, so we hope you will join us in our holiday celebration.

Holiday Entertaining, Trash Angels & More at November Meeting

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We hope you will join us for the November 2 UHCA meeting. We have lots on the agenda, so there will be something to please everyone.

Our guest speaker will be Christy Jaynes, who will discuss Entertaining for the Holidays, including suggestions on food, table settings, floral design, etc. Christy is a young entrepreneur with several years in the home design retail business. She currently owns Kiko & Sven, a shop on Adams Avenue, and she was a previous co-owner of Progress in South Park.

Because we are at the height of pumpkin season, we are all about pumpkins! We will provide a variety of pumpkin treats for you to sample.

We will also honor our neighborhood Trash Angels who work long and hard to keep our community clean and attractive. Our Angels are: Amy Waterman, Sol Schumer, Andy Lange, Jeffrey Harding, Rod Girvin, Robert Dowell, DeJuan Benford, and Barbara Noyer.

Of course, we will have UH merchandise for sale (T-shirts, tote bags, etc.), and we encourage you to buy University Heights merchandise for holiday giving.

Finally, November is the kick-off for UHCA’s annual Giving Tree for Birney Elementary School students. The tree will be featured at our November and December meetings. Don’t miss it!

Family-friendly Kairoa Brewpub to Replace Mueller College

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Red House Pizza owner Shanan Spearing, along with general manager Oliver Peach, will embark on a fresh culinary adventure right next door in the old Mueller College building. Joined by brother Joe Peach, former lead brewer at Lightning Brewery, Kairoa Brewing Company aims to serve as a neighborhood gathering spot.

“We want to incorporate the community spirit of University Heights and add a place that people can grab a bite to eat, hang out with their kids, and enjoy locally crafted beer. It’s important for us to embrace being a family owned and operated restaurant and go that extra mile to create a family friendly space as well,” says Spearing.

Kairoa is a throwback to the founders’ roots, with both Spearing himself and the Peach family hailing from New Zealand. They want to create something that is  reminiscent of New Zealand food culture, yet new and exciting.

The design, a mix of San Diego cool and Kiwi ingenuity, is headed up by local architect Jason Maune. The focus is on creating an open, welcoming place for locals that will fit seamlessly into the neighborhood, with a rooftop area with a play space for kids, as well as more secluded and
private seating areas. The 16-place parking lot in the rear will remain for patrons, to alleviate some of the parking challenges in the neighborhood.

The original building at the northeast corner of Park and Madison, built in 1928, housed four separate businesses. Its latest update was in 1990, when Mueller College Community Wellness Center occupied the location, leaving the building as we know it today.

When thinking about the design of the new space, Spearing explains, “We really wanted something that would add to our amazing community and not take away from the qualities that make it unique. We’re very excited to bring community and family options to University Heights
with our brewpub project.”

The food will be a mix of urban California fare, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, along with Kiwi standards such as fish and chips, meat pies, and sausage rolls. With 22 taps and beer brewed in-house, Kairoa’s focus will be on German and English style beers, IPAs, and small batch specialty beers. The brewpub is slated to open in late spring or summer of 2018.

Meet City Councilmember Chris Ward at Oct 5th Meeting

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Our October 5 UHCA meeting will feature Third District San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward, who represents University Heights. He will discuss a number of policy issues facing the City and our neighborhoods, including the homelessness crisis and the recent outbreak of Hepatitis A, which has hit the local homeless population particularly hard.

Councilmember Ward has taken a leading role in advancing proposals for specific actions as part of the City’s response to these issues. He has been working with law enforcement, health professionals, service providers, and state and local governments to develop a comprehensive response that includes long-term, housing-first programs, as well as short-term responses to provide sufficient shelter, health services, and public safety resources until permanent housing comes online.

Councilmember Ward will also provide updates about the University Avenue Pipeline Replacement Project, including work to speed up the street resurfacing, and lessons learned from this project about how to better address quality control and accountability on all city projects.

The Councilmember advocated for increased funding in this year’s budget to address police recruitment and retention. The number of sworn officers in the city has fallen to an unacceptable level—the lowest in 17 years. This will continue to be a top priority to ensure our neighborhoods remain safe and all communities can enjoy the productive, collaborative relationship with the police department that UHCA has built over the years.

Councilmember Ward will explain what the community can expect in regard to recent developments to improve pedestrian and bike safety for everyone through the City’s Vision Zero program and infrastructure projects. He will also solicit recommendations to better improve community safety.

Councilmember Chris Ward was elected to represent San Diego’s 3rd City Council District in June 2016, and took office in December of 2016. He serves as Chair of the Select Council Committee on Homelessness, Vice Chair of the Infrastructure Committee, and as a member of the Environment, Rules, and Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committees, as well as Vice Chair of the San Diego County Regional Task Force on the Homeless. Please feel free to raise questions or concerns during or after the UHCA meeting or contact Councilmember Ward’s office at or (619) 236-6633.

Creating Community Through Gardening

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Community gardens are all about creating and strengthening communities. Did you know that we have a community garden in University Heights? About a year ago, we were graciously offered the use of a small plot of land by a local resident on her private property. We swiftly pulled together a team of local residents and got to work sifting, tilling, planting, and most importantly, eating fresh organic fruits and vegetables!

It has been a great year of learning and community building. In today’s fast-paced world of communicating through e-mail and texts, we all agree it’s been a great opportunity to get our hands off our phones and computers and in the dirt, learn a new skill, meet new friends, and support healthy lifestyles.

We are thrilled to announce that our sponsor has been so pleased with the arrangement, she has now offered to allow us to use more of her land. So we are in the process of clearing the area and building individual plots. Because of the extra space, we have been able to purchase a compost bin for the area. We were able to get the bin at a discount by completing the on-line application on the City of San Diego Compost Bin Voucher Program Application webpage.

We try to keep our FB page, University Heights Community Garden Project, updated. But to learn more, or if you know of any public areas, or if you are interested in donating the use of privately owned space for our garden, please e-mail Jill Roughan at

Cookies With The Cops & Next UHCA Meeting

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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.