Monthly Archives: February 2014

Where is University Heights?

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In 1983, boundaries for University Heights were established with the blessing of the Normal Heights Community Association, our two City Council members, and our two planning groups working with the University Heights Community Association (UHCA).

Today, UH is split between two planning groups, Uptown Planners and the North Park Planning Committee (NPPC), which makes it more difficult for UH residents to assert control over what is happening in our own community.

The UH Community Development Corporation (UHCDC), the NPPC, and residents to the east of Texas Street are working to change our boundaries and stop the effort voted on by UH residents to strengthen our voice by being within a single planning group, Uptown Planners.

UHCA reaffirms our boundaries as shown in the adjacent map, and we have provided important archival data so that everyone can learn about the long history behind this issue. Access the extensive documentation here.

2014 Run for the Green on Mar. 14
On Friday, March 14, students at Alice Birney Elementary School will participate in their annual Jog-a-Thon, Birney’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The kids will be raising money to protect programs that make Birney unique and successful. One hundred percent of the net proceeds will go to support enrichment activities, such as Spanish, a librarian, Earth Sciences and Gardening, and art instruction, which are critical programs to the school’s International Baccalaureate certification.

Your generous donation will support local school activities and help raise the needed funds to support Birney’s students. So when a Birney student knocks on your door, please give. And if you can contribute to our efforts with prizes, please email Aryn Famiglietti.

Add Your Voice to the UH Community Plan

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As part of the continuing community plan update process, Uptown Planners will make important decisions about building heights in UH at its next meeting on March 4, 6 pm @ the Joyce Beers Center in the Uptown Center shopping complex.

The University Heights Historical Society would like community input on maximum height limits to submit to Uptown Planners. To get a sense of what different building heights look like, please review this series of slides developed by City Planning staff in 2012. In addition, the adjacent Uptown Draft Community Plan map reflects building heights recommended at a community plan update charrette hosted by City Planning staff in June 2011.

Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey. Deadline for participation is 5 pm on Friday, Feb. 28. You are also welcome to attend the Uptown Planners meeting and provide your input in person next week.

Eat, Drink and Support Birney at U-31 on Feb. 28
Join us on February 28 from 6–10 pm at U-31, a great local watering hole, for a fun evening of food, drinks and socializing while supporting Birney. Located at 3112 University Ave., U-31 has great food, including burgers, tacos, green bean fries, and a full bar. U-31 will give 40% of the receipts generated to Birney’s Foundation, so come check it out!

2014 Run for the Green on Mar. 14
On March 14, Birney will hold its annual Run for the Green Jog-a-Thon fundraiser. Students, parents and staff from Birney will be out in the neighborhood asking for sponsors to help close our funding gap. Stay tuned for more info next month.

Birney Buzz: U-31 & Jog-a-thon Fundraisers

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Eat, Drink and Support Birney at U-31 on Feb. 28
Join us on February 28 from 6–10 pm at U-31, a great local watering hole, for a fun evening of food, drinks and socializing while supporting Birney. Located at 3112 University Ave., U-31 has great food, including burgers, tacos, green bean fries, and a full bar. U-31 will give 40% of the receipts generated to Birney’s Foundation, so come check it out!

2014 Run for the Green on Mar. 14
On March 14, Birney will hold its annual Run for the Green Jog-a-Thon fundraiser. Students, parents and staff from Birney will be out in the neighborhood asking for sponsors to help close our funding gap. Stay tuned for more info next month.

New Year, New Name for Birney’s Garden Education Program
Birney’s school garden has become an integral part of our “specials” program, and it’s proving its worth. More than just teaching kids about gardening, the Dig Down Deep team of Mindy Swanson and Mickey McQuerry actively work with teachers in each grade level to incorporate hands-on math, science, art and Spanish activities tied to the concepts being taught in the classroom. For 2012-13, Birney recorded the second highest science California Standards Test scores in the district, showing just how effective this collaboration has become. To reflect this, the program has now been named the Urban Agriculture and Earth Sciences Lab. Thanks to all who continue to help support this great addition to our school.