Monthly Archives: October 2017

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.