Monthly Archives: November 2014

Lights, Carols, Action: Your Guide to Holiday Giving & Receiving

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Giving Tree
The purpose of the Giving Tree is to help families and children of Birney school during the holiday season. Our tree is filled with ornaments ranging from $5-$25 and listing stores such as Target, Toys-R-Us, Ralphs, etc. Generous individuals, families, or groups in the community can fulfill the wish on an ornament by bringing gift cards directly to Principal Amanda Hammond Williams. Contact Community Association member Marcia Sorini at (619) 379-6468 with questions or to coordinate pickup/delivery of gifts cards.

Make a Wish
The Inner Balance Institute is holding its 4th Annual Holiday fundraiser, Share a Lot of Love, in coordination with the Make a Wish Foundation, on Saturday, December 13, at 8 pm at Grace Lutheran, 3967 Park Blvd. Funds raised will be used to grant the wish of a San Diego child experiencing a life-threatening medical condition. The event features an auction with fabulous items donated by local businesses. A donation of $20 is recommended. RSVP on the Inner Balance Institute Facebook page.

Meet more neighbors, bring your kids and friends, and be thoroughly entertained by the Victorian-costumed Full Measure Carolers on Sunday, December 14, beginning at 5 pm. Thanks to Twiggs, Mystic Mocha, Cueva Bar, Circa, bfd, and UH neighbors for providing refreshments for this event. Here’s the schedule:
• 5:00 pm: Vermont Street Bridge (UH end)
• 5:30 pm: bfd, 4135 Park Boulevard
• 6:00 pm: In front of Cueva Bar and Circa, 2123/2121 Adams Avenue
• 6:30 pm: Mystic Mocha, Alabama and Mission Avenue
• 7:00 pm: Maureen and Peter’s front porch, 932 Madison Avenue

Lights in the Heights
Time to get decorating… which home, business, or block will win this year? Winners are understandably proud: last year’s Best Business winner, Inner Balance Institute, displayed their certificate all year. Judging will be Tuesday night, December 16, so have all your lights and decorations up and your garage door closed so we can get a good photo. We drive every street in UH and will definitely vote on Best House, Business and Block. Other categories are fluid and based on your creativity. Winners will be posted with photos first on Facebook and later in the February UHCA News.

Ring in 2015 Roaring 20s-style
The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows presents…ON WITH THE SHOW. Welcome to YESTERDAY/TODAY: a celebration of the past and present, the vintage and the contemporary. Come ring in the new year with retro allure and modern technology honoring the roaring 20s with a Great Gatsby-themed party. Use code COMMUNITY to receive 12% off the price of admission.

ON WITH THE SHOW welcomes you with a carnival spectacle as you walk through the doors of our historic landmark hotel into THE CITY WITHIN A CITY. If you can find it, a SPEAKEASY offers a 4-course dinner and craft prohibition cocktails amidst a darkened, mysterious environment accentuated by sultry lounge singers.

Underground, the legendary Mississippi Ballroom turns into THE COTTON CLUB, a rebellious, jazzy dance club iconic to the Harlem Renaissance that was once a haven for celebrities in the 1920s. Fun and lighthearted Jazz music twisted with upbeat electronic beats energize you throughout your entrance into 2015.

Additional details and room packages can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

Update on Mid-City Rapid Transit Construction in UH

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Rapid 215 (Mid-City Rapid), a high-frequency, limited-stop service between San Diego State University and Downtown San Diego via El Cajon and Park boulevards, began service on October 12, but close-out construction activities are ongoing. For your safety and the safety of the construction crew, please follow traffic control signage and directions around work zones.

The work schedule for El Cajon Boulevard has been revised to November 21-26. The schedule for Park Boulevard remains the same: November 19-20. The construction crew will be making special efforts to maintain driveway access; hence the work on El Cajon Boulevard will take longer than originally anticipated. Wherever there is a driveway that will be impacted, the construction crew will complete half a driveway width one day and the other half the next day. Please note the work schedule is subject to change based on the weather forecast.

Rapid 215 operates seven days a week from 5 am to 1 am. It runs every 10 minutes during weekday rush hours, every 15 minutes during most non-rush hours and weekends, and every 30 minutes after hours on weekdays and weekends. To learn more about the service, visit

Construction Activities on Park Boulevard and El Cajon Boulevard
Slurry Seal and Re-striping: Between November 19 and 26, the construction crew will slurry seal portions of Park and El Cajon boulevards. This work entails applying a thin coat of asphalt ten feet out from the curb line to cover a portion of the pavement that was previously trenched. While this work is underway, street parking spaces will be temporarily closed off. “No parking” signs will be posted in advance of the work. Following the slurry seal, street parking spaces will be re-striped and re-opened.
Locations Affected:
November 19-20, Wednesday-Thursday: Northbound Park Boulevard between Lincoln Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard
November 21 & 24, Friday & Monday: Eastbound El Cajon Boulevard between 54th Street and College Avenue
November 25-26, Tuesday-Wednesday: Eastbound El Cajon Boulevard from 33rd Street to 39th Street, and State Route 15 to 42nd Street; and westbound El Cajon Boulevard at 35th Street

San Diego Utilities Undergrounding Update

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For the last several months, the San Diego City Utilities Undergrounding Advisory Committee has held monthly meetings to discuss ways to improve the process in both current and upcoming undergrounding projects. The Committee consists of the Chair, Joe LaCava, and Ralph Dimarucut from Council District
9; six utility representatives from AT&T, Cox, Time Warner, and SDG&E; and four community representatives. The meetings have been attended by various interested parties, including members of the UHCA Underground Utilities Subcommittee.

The City Council has decided not to require that 100% of equipment be placed underground, but instead to minimize the number of above-ground equipment boxes and improve their locations. Existing utility equipment boxes will not be relocated. Therefore, the Committee solicited information from SDG&E and the other utilities about the specific placement of the boxes. The Committee suggested placing the boxes so as to avoid the loss of parking spaces on the street and to place them near property boundaries to minimize disruption to property owners. It also urged that aesthetic considerations and community restrictions be accommodated regarding the box locations.

The City was urged to provide notification of undergrounding information in simple, non-technical wording, as it does with other utility projects like sewer and water line replacement.

Once the site survey is done for an area, and tentative locations of the aboveground equipment boxes are established at the initial community meeting, a community can opt out of undergrounding the utilities in its neighborhood, but doing so could disrupt undergrounding in adjacent areas, as projects are assigned to consecutive blocks.

For more information about the undergrounding process, go to Complete minutes of the San Diego City Utilities Undergrounding Advisory Committee meetings are published on their website at

Honor Those Who Served This Veterans Day

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If you’re looking for a way to honor our veterans on Tuesday, here are a few activities that you might consider.

San Diego will be having its annual Veterans Day parade starting downtown at 11 am. This year’s focus will be A Tribute to Veterans of Afghanistan & Iraq Wars. For more information visit

Participate in The Veterans History Project, a nationwide effort run in coordination with the Library of Congress to collect personal accounts of American war veterans in order to provide a way for future generations to hear and learn about some of the most significant events in American history from the very men and women who were a part of, and helped shape, them. The project is being coordinated in San Diego by the office of Congressman Scott Peters, and more information can be found on his website at

Honor our UH veterans by taking a neighborhood flag walk. All flags lining Park Blvd & Madison Ave in University Heights will be dedicated to a local UH veteran. You can see the map of flags on Veterans Day at 4416 Park Blvd to find the flags representing your friends and neighbors.

Honor Local Veterans at the November UHCA Meeting

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We’re pleased to honor the men and women of University Heights who have bravely served our country. The celebration will include the singing of our national anthem, recognition of active and retired service members, and information about veterans services and the critical role San Diego has played in the military.

Give the Gift of Vision
UHCA will also be collecting eyeglasses for The Lions Optometric Vision Clinic, a non-profit organization with the primary goal to provide glasses to low- and no-income residents of San Diego County.

Spread Holiday Cheer
In addition, donations will be collected for the Birney Elementary School Giving Tree, an annual program to help families and children of Birney school during Christmas. Just select an ornament with a gift card wish ranging from $5-$25, then bring your gift cards to the December UHCA meeting.

So bring your old eyeglasses, grab an ornament, and join us in honoring our military this Thursday. We’ll see you there!