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community New Hillcrest Lights Update on the Plan Update Todd Gloria Reflections Bankers Hill Pocket Park Politics of Growth Kate Sessions First Avenue Bridge Reopens A Parking Lot for Hillcrest?

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The Man Behind Bread & Cie Nom Nom Moms Toast to Hillcrest City Delicatessen’s Duo Porkyland Opens in Hillcrest

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history Plaza de Panama The Marston House Richard Amero Warren Simon & Ginger Rogers Saving an Old House

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Contributors Gabriel Camacho Nancy Carol Carter Todd Gloria Barry Hager Jesse Ibanez Sarai Johnson Ralph Jones Michael Kelly Darlene Baumann Love Ron May Maggie McCann Benjamin Nicholls Mike Tidmus Andrew Towne Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) Warren Simon Candace Vanderhoff Sali Weiss Leo Wilson Reproduction of any material in this issue is prohibited without written permission from the publisher. All contents copyright 2010. HillQuest does not warrant or make representations as to the quality, content, accuracy or completeness of the information, text, graphics, links and other items contained in this issue. Material in this publication has been compiled from a variety of sources and is subject to change without notice. All photos are property of HillQuest unless otherwise noted.

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n May 2009 we were honored by Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) with a People in Preservation award. Both people and preservation mean a lot to us. We love our neighborhood and strive to work toward protecting its character while continuing to build relationships that will improve Hillcrest for both residents and businesses. We have come a long way since William Wesley Whitson began selling “Hillcrest” lots near Fifth & University in 1907. One house from this subdivision still stands at 4040 Fifth Avenue. The question is how long will it remain? Or does it matter? (See pages 25, 35 and 97.) Last summer the community marked the silver anniversary of the re-lighting of the Hillcrest sign with fireworks. Explosions of another sort began in October 2009 when community stakeholders started a two-year discussion at city meetings to plan the future of Uptown. Do you have an opinion on Hillcrest development, density or quality-of-life preservation? Attend and speak up. Ideas include bike lanes, people movers and capping Highway 163. In addition, the Hillcrest Town Council continues to hold monthly meetings featuring interesting topics for area residents. Please become involved. Are you one of our regular surfers on HillQuest.com? It now receives thousands of visitors who browse the calendar, check out area businesses and read oodles of community news, which is updated several times daily. Some readers are surprised to learn that there are only two of us (and one is a grandmother of seven!), but we love Hillcrest and hope it shows. Please support our advertisers and thank them for making HillQuest.com and this handy little book possible.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 Nightmare on Normal — Gay or straight, the city’s best Halloween costumes will gather along Normal Street north of University Avenue.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4 Movie on the Roof — Julie and Julia — culinary legend Julia Child (Meryl Streep) provides frustrated Julie with the dream of whipping up 524 recipes in 365 days. Enjoy it under the stars atop Whole Foods Market parking structure. Free!

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JULY 16, 17 & 18 Hillcrest is abuzz as LGBT Pride’s 36th annual event and San Diego’s largest parade is followed by a twoday festival in Balboa Park. This year’s theme is “One World. One Heart. One Pride.”

TUESDAY, MARCH 8 Grab your beads and celebrate Fat Tuesday along University Ave. west of the sign at Hillcrest Mardi Gras.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 12 Dozens of bistros, wine bars and restaurants participate in this annual fun-raiser. Stroll through the neighborhood or jump on the red double-decker bus as you raise a Toast to Hillcrest. $19 tickets thru July. Visit HillcrestHistory.org for tickets and more details.

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SUNDAY, JULY 11 Hop in the ’Hood celebrates the arrival of the eighth edition of this book with fabulous entertainment along Seventh Avenue between Robinson Avenue and Pennsylvania. The Flower Power Parade of pets and non-motorized greenery and flower decorated floats begins at noon. A Cornhole tournament during the day, followed by a movie at dusk.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 8 CityFest — Celebrate the 26th anniversary of the re-lighting of our beloved Hillcrest sign. Hundreds of vendors, SD’s best people watching, entertainment and more! Bring your dancing shoes and suncreen for a fabulous Sunday in the heart of the neighborhood.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon — This annual footrace moves through the neighborhood early (around 7am) with bands every mile. It’s worth a view as several runners don unique costumes. Come cheer them on.

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JUNE 15-AUGUST 26 Enjoy hour-long free live music at Twilight in the Park. The programs range from military wind bands and Dixieland Jazz to Big Band and Latin Salsa at Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion at 6:15pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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his cute little Craftsman celebrated its 100th birthday with friends and neighbors on April 21, 2010. As one of several area homes built by

female speculators, Mrs. Mary Glover was the first owner of this property in 1908. Interestingly, city records indicate that the sewer was not connected until 1910 when Jennie Gardiner owned the house, which the city designated an historic resource in 2004. The classic style Victorian Craftsman with Colonial Revival influences was built as a speculative house and used as a rental for many years. John Taylor and Michael Olivas top the list of 16 owners who have held its deed over the past century. During their 2004 renovation a tattered newspaper dated April 17, 1912 was discovered in the subflooring. The oversized headline of the San Diego Evening Tribune brought distressing news from the East Coast as it announced: “Titanic Survivors Reduced to 710.” Other female speculators included partners Alice Lee and Kathryn Teats (see page 41) and Mary Kearney who in 1870 obtained a deed from the city for this land and all the acreage that would eventually become Hillcrest.


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The installation of 50 color changing LED lights began in the spring of 2010. Funding for this project was secured through the business association’s capital improvement account with a total cost of just over $60,000 for the lights, installation and permits. The new illumination gives Hillcrest yet another reason to be proud of our community. In addition, the lighting’s new technology allows for a multitude of colors to complement the changing seasons, holidays and community events. Hillcrest’s new light show sparkles throughout the year, adding vibrancy and a rainbow of colors to this bustling urban avenue.

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In 1997 the HBA partnered with businesses for the Median Landscape Project, which installed lush plants and trees in these same medians. Funding for the Median Landscape Project was secured through block grants and has since been maintained by dedicated property owners. The Median Landscape Project took 13 years to complete and transformed a drab, unimpressive blacktop median into a verdant urban garden. Since then this end of University Avenue has become Hillcrest’s newest growth area. With fresh shops and offices sprouting up monthly, the eastern side of Hillcrest is now a booming part of the business district. The Median Landscape Project has brought sparkle to this cross-town corridor during the day, and the addition of the new luminosity has quickly been embraced as a highlight to the neighborhood’s nightlife.

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hile shops in the heart of Hillcrest have long benefited from the vitality generated by the historic beacon at Fifth & University, establishments to the east have long yearned for something extra to showcase their end of the neighborhood. This summer they got it. The Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) installed decorative lighting in the medians along University Avenue between Tenth Avenue and Normal Street. The new lights feature cutting-edge technology so they can be remotely programmed to project a palate of up-lit colors. HBA Executive Director Benjamin Nicholls and the association’s beautification committee, a volunteer group of community business owners, completed the Median Lighting Project. Hillcrest resident Dianne Sheridan was the designer.

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he Uptown Community Plan serves as an outline for development in the neighborhoods of Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Bankers Hill and the western half of University Heights. Many important aspects in these older communities are shaped by this blueprint, including urban design, historic preservation, neighborhood character, density, public transportation, open space, parks and facility planning. The current Uptown Community Plan was last structured in 1988, so a new vision is long overdue. Density and growth issues have led to traffic and parking problems in commercial areas, lack of infrastructure, loss of historic resources and incompatible development. Hillcrest in particular suffers from a complete lack of community park space and other facilities most neighborhoods enjoy, like a recreation center, garden or library. In the summer of 2008 the city announced that several community plan updates would begin shortly and outside consultants were hired for Golden Hill and North Park. (The city is acting as Uptown’s consultant.) Delays and changes in the committee structure stalled the process until the fall of 2009 when the Community Plan Update Advisory Committee (CPUAC), composed of the Uptown Planners and various community groups, business organizations and stakeholders was formed by the city. The CPUAC meets nearly monthly while consultants prepare a draft of the new plan. An approval process is slated to begin in 2011. Will the new plan reflect the desire of the community, address facilities deficits and preserve the quality of life we cherish in Uptown? Or will the new plan simply unleash a new wave of development that erodes our livability? Another open-ended question is whether the hard-fought Interim Height Ordinance (IHO) enacted in July 2008 will “sunset” before this new community plan is approved. Members of the community are pushing to have the IHO extended until the new plan is in place. With both hope and trepidation, Uptown is waiting to see if a new community plan will protect our heritage and improve the quality of life for our residents.

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After a quick stop by home to switch clothes, I proudly piloted my 1982 brown Accord into Hillcrest giddy with excitement. My new driving privileges afforded me the freedom to be myself, but in the early 1990s, the LGBT community was just beginning to gain mainstream acceptance. With few gay student groups at high schools and the Internet still in its infancy, if I wanted to be me, I needed to get to Hillcrest. I drove around the business district and under the iconic neon sign over University then stopped by The Center. Everything I saw seemed special. Everyone I encountered was kind. After touring the community, I grabbed a club sandwich at City Deli, comfortable among people who for once were just like me. Life was perfect…then I realized I had left my wallet at home when changing clothes. I was panicked with thoughts of heading to jail, but a merciful manager suggested something that I couldn’t have imagined just minutes earlier: I could pay him later. I was in shock. When I returned to pay my bill, the manager didn’t seem surprised and after taking my cash wished me well. As I headed home, my head was spinning. In the span of a single day, I got my driver’s license, started on the path to coming out and began my love affair with Hillcrest. In the decades since, I’ve returned to Hillcrest to mark many occasions. From marching in Pride parades to celebrating Mardi Gras and Halloween, Hillcrest holds a special place in my heart. In 2007, when Hillcrest was honored as one of America’s best neighborhoods, it was clear that I am not alone in my esteem for this community. Today, I am proud to represent this neighborhood on the City Council and will continue to promote Hillcrest’s sense of community so that other young people will enjoy it for years to come.

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owner of the building next door the right to cross the donated land. In

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However, instead of creating this park, the owner converted nearly the entire parcel into a parking lot. Since it was not being used as intended, in 1981 the McKee family sued the city to return their property. The lawsuit was unsuccessful. In 2008, KUSI investigative reporter Michael Turko covered the misuse of the donated land. With this new awareness, the neighborhood concerns were referred to Uptown Planners. After conferring with the city attorney, the Planners board unanimously voted to recommend the city revoke the previous agreement. Further, the Uptown Planners recommended that the entire 16,000-square-feet site be made into a neighborhood park. The group also recommended that the city purchase the vacant 15,000-square-feet parcel to the south and combine both into a larger area to be named “Woods-McKee Park.” Subsequently, the Bankers Hill/Park West Community Association (BH/ PWCA) assigned a task force to work toward its creation. To their surprise, late in 2008 they discovered that the proposed park had been dropped from the city’s list of future neighborhood enhancements. The BH/PWCA, with the help of President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer and Planning Director Bill Anderson, worked successfully to have the park returned to the list. On March 24, 2010, the Land Use & Housing Committee of the City Council unanimously approved purchase of the adjacent parcel. Over 100 years later, the future finally looks bright for a 2011 Woods-McKee Park dedication along Third Avenue west of Olive.

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About the Author: Hillcrest resident Andrew Towne serves on the board of Uptown Planners.

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If government is a business, then taxpayers should be the customers, but it sure doesn’t work that way. Instead, special interests and their deep pockets rule. These are not just wealthy individuals and corporations who wield influence at city hall, but unionized government employees. Democrats have real power locally and in Sacramento, but the way they use it surprises many. Large landowners and developers whom we would normally think of as being supported by free-market Republicans are, of course, eager to build. But so are affordable-housing activists who want no real limits to immigration because they believe that poor people from other countries should be entitled to live here. As someone who is inclined to be politically conservative, I should support no limits to property rights and be eager to let landowners build without restriction, but my desire to rein in such development is also essentially conservative. When I bought my home here I was not just buying bricks and mortar, but the location as well, and I don’t want to see neighborhood street parking disappear or deal with increased noise, traffic, lack of privacy, etc., while every inch of Hillcrest is over-developed. One can find allies and opponents on both ends of the political spectrum — from local Republicans, who have no desire to see our population double while historic homes are torn down and replaced with multi-family housing, to Democrats in Sacramento who have pushed for San Diego growth even if it means drastically altering the character of our neighborhoods and negatively affecting the quality of life for existing residents. Will they be using your water or mine?

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Park might fade from public awareness. But in 1998, a six-and-a-halffoot bronze statue created by San Diego native Ruth Hayward (see HQ5)

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depicted Kate as she is most fondly remembered — in a long flowing skirt,

Kate’s sculptor Ruth Hayward with SD Floral’s Nancy Carol Carter

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The Mother of Balboa Park is also memorialized by the Kate Sessions Elementary School (dedicated in 1956), a California Registered Historical Landmark at the site of her final nursery in Pacific Beach, and the Kate Sessions Neighborhood Park on the southern slope of Mount Soledad. Remembered as the founder of the Mission Hills Nursery and a force behind the San Diego Floral Association, Kate has been inducted into the San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame and is the subject of a biography and two children’s books. Her landscaping articles for California Garden were collected into a book in 1998. The Pacific Beach Chamber of Commerce once held annual dinners honoring Kate’s November 8 birthday. Recently the San Diego Floral Association, along with the Historical Society and other civic groups, revived this celebration. In 2008, the party was held at the Marston House, followed by a ranger walk to her statue where she was adorned with leis acknowledging the influence of Hawaii’s verdant landscape on her as a young girl. The following year her celebration moved to Presidio Park. In 2010 Kate’s birthday party returns to the Marston House (see page 29), and everyone’s invited. Fondly remember Kate for working hard at what she loved and sharing her knowledge of plants with one and all. This teacher never wavered in her conviction that San Diego would be a better place if citizens joined her effort to create a legacy of beautiful and sustainable growing things. Visit Kate’s statue on the southwest corner of Balboa Drive and Laurel Street.

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dampen my excitement. After waiting through 15 long months of

Enjoying the new open space, people were slow to disperse; some neighbors strolled across the span. Bicyclists glided by looking out to Point Loma. Happy dogs with tails wagging ran ahead while a jogger trotted by seemingly oblivious that this had been an impossible experience for well over a year. I was enjoying every minute! By now the clouds were gone, and the sunshine enhanced the beauty of the span, showing off the new vintage-looking light standards gleaming from either side of the connector. As I looked into the green velvet floor of the canyon, I was reminded of our good fortune that San Diego had a wet winter. From this spectacular vantage point the views to the west were miraculous. The only thing missing are benches, which would greatly enhance the experience. All in all it was a fabulous day for nearby residents who use this transportation artery daily. Thank you to everyone for a job well done! About the Author: Bankers Hill resident Sali Weiss is an artist activist.

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Over 100 neighbors gathered along with a spattering of politicians, policemen and reporters. A few minutes before the ceremony was to begin, a cloud burst erupted and many scurried to find cover under an umbrella or into an antique parade car lining the west side of the bridge. Just as the festivities commenced, the rain stopped and the speeches began. After the ribbon was cut the procession of vintage autos (many 1931 models, the year the bridge first opened) drove across this ‘new’ old bridge leading a tiny Smart car and two electric vehicles. Cheers and smiles were everywhere, as those present realized the import of this experience.

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Partnership (45%) whose mission is “to increase parking opportunities, pedestrian safety and improve neighborhood appearance.” An original goal was to use funds to build a Hillcrest parking structure. Thirteen years

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Over the years, a lack of additional parking spaces compounded by more than $2.5 million dollars spent on consultants and overhead has raised frustration levels of business owners and residents alike. In response to neighborhood concerns, councilmen Faulconer and Gloria suggested that the Partnership make changes to increase their board size, implement term limits and improve transparency. Each councilman nominated a new director and the Partnership selected a representative from the Uptown Planners, which increased their board from nine to 12. By 2012 this new board will consist of two delegates (a business and resident) from Mission Hills/Five Points, Hillcrest and Bankers Hill/Park West, a nominee from council districts 2 and 3, and four directors picked by the Partnership. In 2009 the Bankers Hill/Park West Community Association moved to take control of their portion of the funds and urged the city to shutter the Uptown Partnership because of wasteful spending. More recently, Five Points proposed forming a CDC to control their meter money (like University Heights). Hillcrest worked with the Partnership to create a parking committee consisting of three representatives from the Hillcrest Business Association, three from the Partnership and one delegate from the Hillcrest Town Council. Since its inception 13 years ago, the Partnership has helped provide a net gain of 14 parking spaces in Hillcrest by supporting a project on Normal Street north of University (shown), which took nearly four years to complete at a cost of $293,250 — equating to $21,000 per space. The Hillcrest committee has proposed an additional 45 non-metered (free) parking spaces on the next median to the north estimated at $7,700 per slot.

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n his 2010 State of the City speech San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders pledged to restore Plaza de Panama in the heart of Balboa Park (now a parking lot) to its former pedestrian grandeur. Almost a century ago the architectural firm of Bertram Goodhue finalized plans for the 1915–1916 Panama-California Exposition to be held in Balboa Park. Goodhue assigned the plaza’s design to Clarence Stein, one of this country’s foremost town planners. Stein was explicit about his role and the purpose of the charming open-air plaza that would be discovered by visitors moving from the shadows of the arcades along El Prado into the sunlit and brilliantly colorful space in the heart of the park. The Plaza de Panama was the focus around which the happenings of San Diego’s first exposition revolved. On special occasions, such as the opening night ceremony, a sea of humanity filled the area. When not being used by dignitaries giving speeches, military drills, bands concerts, dances or exhibitors, the Plaza de Panama was filled with strolling musicians, Electriquettes (see HQ4), guards dressed as Spanish grenadiers, ladies with bright parasols, men in hats, children and thousands of pigeons. Among 1915’s most memorable events were visits from automaker Henry Ford and inventor Thomas Edison (on October 29) and a patriotic appearance of the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia (on November 13). For Balboa Park’s second expo, the California Pacific International Exposition of 1935–1936, the Plaza de Panama was renamed the Plaza del Pacifico. San Diego architect Richard Requa (see page 49) designed the Moorish-styled “Arch of the Future” in the middle of the plaza with large, low pools on the north and south sides. The most notable activity here during that exposition was the April 1936 appearance of exotic fan dancer Sally Rand who was at the peak of her glory. While her visit may have been short, the memory of her fleeting nudity lingered long in the minds of many observers. Several groups including Friends of Balboa Park, the Balboa Park Trust and The Committee of One Hundred (see HQ6) have enthusiastically embraced the project, although it may cost up to $6 million. Please visit c100.org and donate to the restoration of this historic plaza.

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he Marston House Museum and Gardens is one of the most significant and beautiful historic sites in San Diego. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this five-acre, century-old estate is adjacent to the northwest corner of Balboa Park. Home to merchant, preservationist and philanthropist George White Marston and his wife, Anna Gunn Marston, the three-story house and gardens were the scene of meetings and events that shaped the San Diego region for decades. Considered San Diego’s first historic preservationist, Marston funded the restoration of the Mission de Alcala; saved Presidio Park from development and established its Junipero Serra Museum; and protected the AnzaBorrego Desert and the Torrey Pines Reserve by forming state parks. In addition, it was with his leadership and assistance that San Diego hosted two international expositions. George Marston, often referred to as the Father of Balboa Park, ran for San Diego mayor in 1913 and 1917 but lost both times after critics somewhat unfairly painted him as unfriendly to business and interested in beautification rather than growth. The family’s 1904–05 Arts & Crafts home is the finest remaining example of Hebbard & Gill, San Diego’s most prominent architects. The museum is furnished with period pieces and features Plein air paintings by leading early 20th century San Diego artists, vintage pottery, embroidered textiles and Native American arts. Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), San Diego’s largest preservation group, assumed management of the city-owned house in 2009 after the previous operators could no longer oversee it. Now in SOHO’s capable hands, this important piece of history is slated to be one of California’s premier house museums, again becoming a destination site for visitors, a focal point for San Diegans and place of pride for the neighborhood. The museum, located at the corner of Seventh Avenue & Upas, is open Friday through Sunday from 10am–5pm. The house and grounds are also available for group tours and weddings. For more details visit sohosandiego.org or call (619) 297-9327.

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His website (BalboaParkHistory.net) brims with articles on the history of Balboa Park, its buildings, people, institutions and expositions; other San Diego, Baja and California history; city parks, gardens, opera singers, capital punishment, censorship, book reviews and more. In May 2010 The Committee of One Hundred honored Richard as the recipient of its Gertrude Gilbert Award for his preservation of Balboa Park history.

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His walks through Balboa Park provided solace during the many years that he lived nearby. “As a believer in open-air park values and the beauty of nature, I place the simple advantage of being able to walk with the clear sky overhead and the sights and sounds of nature close at hand ahead of all other advantages.” His interest in the park and in San Diego history resulted in the writing of many letters to the editor and the beginning of years of research. His publications include several articles in The Journal of San Diego History and The San Diego Reader. After his SDG&E retirement in 1992 Amero gave the San Diego Historical Society the “Richard Amero Collection,” a compilation of over 250 binders of material on subjects pertaining to San Diego and California history and copies of correspondence by famous people associated with San Diego, which he had gleaned from archives throughout the country.

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Warren was flabbergasted and star-struck when meeting Ginger before the show. Thinking back to those magic moments 40 years ago he reminisces, “Imagine me, a local guy, talking to this world-renowned movie star! She was gorgeous. But what impressed me most was her unassuming manner and pleasant personality. Miss Rogers talked at ease about MS, how terrible this disease was and that she had known someone affected by it. She impressed me by not being a famous actress, but by being a beautiful woman who had a caring and generous nature.” After the taping Warren spent the afternoon with the Hollywood star sharing coffee and conversation, knowing that he was the luckiest guy in town.

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Noted for her long red hair and fair complexion, the stately Katherine came from a large family who made their fortune in Colorado gold mining, but it was in San Diego that Alice met her partner. The women invested heavily in local real estate. In 1905 the couple built a complex of three homes across the street from the Marston House (see page 29). They shared the main house (shown below). They also enlisted Irving Gill to design four experimental cottages on Albatross and other bungalows at Congress & Harney in Old Town.

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Craig began his association with the Old Globe as an actor in 1937, then during a stint in the army, served in post-war Japan as director of the Ernie Pyle Theatre before returning to civilian life as one of two junior directors for 20th Century Fox alongside Orson Welles. In 1947 Noel came home to lead the Old Globe while creating one of nation’s most successful not-for-profit arts organizations and expanding the Globe into a Tony Award-winning three-theater complex. Two years later he launched the San Diego National Shakespeare Festival and in 1957 guided the Globe from community to professional status by establishing the first full Actors’ Equity company in California. In the early 1960s, Noel developed an audience for new plays with seasons programmed at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art where he exposed local audiences to such playwrights as Samuel Beckett, Bertolt Brecht and Edward Albee. That success led to a new play series at the Falstaff Tavern, later renamed Cassius Carter Centre Stage.

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Bruce is SOHO’s front man, defending historic sites at public meetings throughout the county and in the media, including monthly appearances with KPBS-TV on “San Diego’s Historic Places.” Through Sherlock Homes (see page 93) he offers an in-depth analysis for older properties needing restoration and also works with historic property owners to reach mutually satisfactory preservation agreements. When construction of the mammoth Petco downtown redevelopment, t Park P k drove d d t d l t Bruce was instrumental in striking a nationally lauded settlement that preserved 11 historic warehouse buildings — including one that, to everyone’s delight, was incorporated into the ballpark itself. A high-energy perfectionist, Alana is adept at a myriad of responsibilities that include organizing the annual People in Preservation Awards, publishing SOHO’s magazine and forming alliances to keep San Diego County preservation issues forefront to the public as well as with members of the over four-decade-old group. Notable projects are: SOHO’s annual historic home tour (which attracted a record 1,200 visitors in 2010); lectures by authors; and Adobe U, a hands-on class in repairing historic adobe structures. In 2010 Alana and a volunteer committee launched “May Day at the Marston House” — San Diego’s Garden Party, which will continue to benefit restoration of the grounds surrounding this national historic landmark. Bruce and Alana have big ideas and even bigger hearts and, lucky for us, everything they do enriches our heritage. Visit SOHOsandiego.org for more information.

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In 1938 Requa helped designed a new civic center for the waterfront, now the County Administration building, as part of a committee made of Louis Gill, William Templeton Johnson and a new partner, Sam Hamill. Requa died while working at his desk three years later.

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The Great Depression forced him into work for the City Parks Commission to evaluate and save 1915 Expo’s temporary buildings for the preparation of the 1935 world’s fair. As the Master Architect for the second exposition, Requa’s designed the Spanish Village; Ford Building (Aerospace Museum) and Music Bowl (Starlight Bowl); Federal Building (Hall of Champions); California State Building (Automotive Museum); Palace of Electricity & Varied Industries (Gymnasium); House of Pacific Relations complex; House of Hospitality; Casa del Rey Moro garden & terraces; and Alcazar Gardens. All of these continue to give Balboa Park its unique character today.

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The architect is credited with the transformation of Ventura County’s Ojai into a quaint Spanish town, although most his work may be viewed locally in stately structures from Chula Vista to Rancho Santa Fe. Requa was a committee-of-one who oversaw each design for the development of Kensington Heights, and his popular column launched a slick advertising campaign (see page 75).

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t the turn of the century electrical engineer Richard Requa relocated here and in 1907 began training under Irving Gill. Soon he formed a partnership with Frank Mead and their designs began reflecting the Colonial style of Old Mexico. After Mead left the firm, structural engineer Herbert Jackson joined Requa. This duo’s popular Spanish architecture style dominated the San Diego scene during the booming 1920s. Extensive trips to Spain (sponsored by Monolith Portland Cement Company) magnified Requa’s affinity for the Moorish features, and with a column in the San Diego Union, Requa became the expert on “The Southern California Style” based on his Spanish photos, which were published along with two books on his architectural ideas.

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But the man behind the bread has movie roots. New York City born and raised, Charles Kaufman studied filmmaking at the University of Connecticut before receiving his masters at UCLA. He then wrote and produced TV news on both coasts, worked as a comedy writer for Bob Hope and was the youngest professor of film and television at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. As an independent movie producer, director and screenwriter, Charles had a creative hand in over twelve features, including the horror film Mother’s Day, which he wrote, directed and produced. The screamer remains one of Variety’s top 100 grossing independent films. Additionally, his films have garnered numerous awards including gold medals at London and Paris film festivals. San Diego accolades celebrate his stellar bread and dancing prowess. A few years back Charles starred in a local “Dancing with the Stars” fund-raiser for Malashock Dance Company. Bread & Cie also supports many local community events and daily donates all unsold products to charities. Charles currently serves on the Board of the California Restaurant Association and lives in Point Loma with wife Dori and their daughter Kira.

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Favorites include the ham and cheese quiche, warm foccacia covered in cheese and vegetables, crusty loaves of black olive bread and tiramisu, but their crisp and buttery palmiers are completely out of this world. Bread & Cie (French for “company”) has become a popular destination point as well as an integral part of the local culinary landscape, gracing the tables of many of the area’s finest dining establishments.

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a tasty treat since 1984 Located in the heart of Hillcrest, City Deli is celebrating their 26th year of serving the community. The bright and colorful building with its checkerboard trim and distinctive fruit decoration make this restaurant a neighborhood landmark. The popular restaurant has been a meeting place for business people, friends and families since 1984. City Deli’s menu offers page after page of yummy selections with breakfast served all day. Enjoy a martini, margarita or mojito at the full service bar or dine al fresco in the comfortable sidewalk dining area. Their homemade desserts are the best! Check out the pastry case full of cakes, cookies and pies just inside the front door. City Deli’s baker will create the perfect taste treat for your wedding, bachelorette party, bar How long did it take to retrofit the First Avenue Bridge?

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So where did their business name “nom nom” originate? Internet geeks know it means “oh so tasty” — a proper description for these delicious, healthful sandwiches. The social networking scene is where they hope to get the most buzz. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter or visit nomnomtruck.com for menus, photos and more!

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The Nom Nom truck was created to join the “street eats revolution” with fresh culinary concepts. The UCLA grads met in college and launched their Santa Monica-based business last year. Five sandwiches highlight the menu: char siu pork, grilled pork, lemongrass chicken, tofu and the deli special (a traditional banh mi with Vietnamese ham, pâté, pork loaf and head cheese). The foot-long subs sell for $4 to $5. “We’re sliding open our order window to a newer, better era in mobile cuisine,” explained Misa, a native La Jollan and graduate of Francis Parker School who knew of the Hillcrest Farmers Market’s popularity when choosing their San Diego location.

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At each of six stops Misa and Jennifer are challenged to purchase all of their food from local vendors, find a good location, then prepare and sell as many sandwiches as possible. The top revenue generating teams drive on to the next town over a six-week period before crowning a winner in Manhattan. One truck is eliminated following each stop. Besides the glory, the finalists win $50,000.

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s a video team took colorful clips of the Hillcrest Farmers Market to chronicle its hustle and bustle for an upcoming Food Network series, contestants Misa Chien and Jennifer Green scurried to prepare banh mi Vietnamese-style sandwiches inside “the Nominator,” their mobile lunch wagon. The Nom Nom girls were the focus of a nationally televised contest that matches seven such rolling kitchens at stops across America, each selling a different type of food. This day, the final Sunday in March, was the initial leg of the weekly series set to premiere in August.

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The 2010 Toast will be held on Thursday, August 12 from 5:30-8pm. Each participant must bring a photo ID to the booth at Fifth & Robinson (in front of Chase Bank) before receiving a wristband and a map/ticket listing the locations. Plan a strategy — or go with the flow. Some jump on the bus and head to the east side before consuming their way back to the core. Bring your friends and make it a party! The ticket booth opens at 4:30, and the bus will circle the neighborhood from 5–9pm.

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Look for red balloons at the entrances to over 40 locations offering samples to toasters and tasters. “We’re so fortunate to have a neighborhood with such a variety of sites to drink and dine. The Hillcrest business owners who generously participate in this event help preserve our history,” explained one of the organizers. “The Toast allows us to continue adding history to the community’s free online archives.”

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ach year on the Thursday evening following CityFest the Hillcrest History Guild (HHG) holds a FUNraiser where hundreds of revelers enjoy wine, spirits and nibbles from the neighborhood’s finest wine bars, cocktail lounges and restaurants. Happy participants travel by foot or hop on-and-off the big red, double-decker bus with handsome hosts Benny Cartwright and Ricky Cervantes. This community event is for those over age 21 only.

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In 1986 one of the Stepenskys first restaurant successes was Flantastic. This Mexican-style flan was sold at cafes all over the Uptown area, especially in Hillcrest. Even cookie queen Mrs. Fields acknowledged that theirs was the best flan she had ever tasted. Later, the duo founded two eateries in Seaport Village. Margarita’s Kitchen & Cantina was a success from the getgo, and the addition of San Diego Burger Company was even more popular. Deborah and Pepe also opened a unique retail outlet for beer lovers called The Cerveza Store. In addition to having owned restaurants in University Town Center, Plaza Bonita and Horton Plaza the entrepreneurs keep busy with their three children, Jessica, 21, Alejandra, 19 and Fernando, 13. As well as being a successful restaurateur, Pepe is an actor and author who has written six books of poetry, short stories, several theater scripts and performed countless voice-overs for national television. In 2008 he made a short film about Jewish folklore and its significance to a nation’s identity. The Land of Milk and Honey won three Emmys. Want his autograph? You can usually find him at Porkyland, 646 University Avenue.

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Some children see the trunk of an elephant, others an octopus, but no rested here. “My vision was to create a peaceful space to bring together people with different views and politics to share poetry and stories as a

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Every Sunday a group of poets meets for an informal gathering under the towering magnolia trees. Many bring words to share or just stop by the bench to enjoy the serene setting. Listen closely, you may hear the whispers of Kate Sessions, the Mother of Balboa Park, to whom the bench is dedicated. Visit PoetryBench.com for more information on bench repair workshops and poetry readings.

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Nestled into the beloved bench is a drop box where visitors may deposit poems, prayers, manifestos or wishes. Every few months, Vanderhoff stops by to collect these treasures, which she hopes to publish into a book. “I think it’s the casual nature of the setting,” she noted. “It’s a safe place for people to share what they’ve written.”

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The Poetry Bench was built over four weekends in 2006 by a group of older women volunteers who used straw bales, sandbags and an adobe-like mixture called cob, which they mashed with their feet. “These abundant materials are biodegradable and can be reused over and over, causing no damage to the earth or harm to the builder,” adds Vanderhoff, a local activist and owner of Rainthanks & Greywater, who assists people with water reuse, rainwater harvesting (see page 101) and integrated building design. In its first year an errant sprinkler made the straw bales grow, turning the creation into a Chia Bench. Vanderhoff worked with teens from a local homeless shelter to make the many repairs.

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egin your day in Balboa Park at the Visitors Center located in the House of Hospitality. Maps, schedules, museum hours and other info are available. The staff is friendly and helpful. Admissions: There is no entry fee to the park itself, but admission to the museums and attractions vary. Free Tuesdays: Every week rotating museums offer free admission on Tuesdays. Visit the HillQuest.com calendar for info. Parking: Small lots throughout the park ďŹ ll up early. Two centrally located lots are behind Spreckels Organ Pavilion and near the Starlight Bowl. Even larger lots offer more asphalt along Park Boulevard. Tram service: There is a free tram in the park (note red-dotted path) that stops at Upas Street and Sixth Avenue. The tram operates seven days a week; 8:30am-6pm with extended hours during summer months. Questions? Call the Visitors Center at (619) 239-0512.


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HillQuest, an Urban Guide, on the trip. Will you send me a copy?” That 2009 email to the publishers of this book opened a brand new chapter in my life. After 20 years as a National Park Ranger at the Grand Canyon National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument and Sitka Historical Park on an Alaskan island that gets nine feet of annual rain, I was looking for my next adventure. While considering San Diego, a Google search led me to Hillcrest, then on to HillQuest.com where I learned even more about this neighborhood.

About the Author: Ralph Jones is Chief Law Enforcement Park Ranger at Cabrillo National Monument. He also trains rangers for Petra National Park (“one of the most amazing places on earth”) in the Kingdom of Jordan.

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Exactly one year after my copy of HillQuest arrived in Alaska, I was at a party celebrating the “birthday” of my neighbors’ 100-year-old home (see page 7) when — as luck would have it — I met Ann and Nancy and had the opportunity to tell them how much I enjoyed their book on the journey from Alaska. What an amazing community I’ve found! Thank you, Hillcrest.

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Moving to a city was a big change for me. Not knowing anyone in San Diego, I began looking around for ways to meet people while having a great time. By far the most fun has been line dancing at Urban Mo’s every Thursday and Saturday evening. The two instructors (Lee and Scott) are great, and it’s so much fun. Then I discovered other opportunities and started running with Front Runners (frwsd.org), hiking and going to Burning Man with Great Outdoors (greatoutdoors.org/sd) and joined the ski and snowboard club, SAGA (sagasd.com). I’ve adapted well to city life. While reading HillQuest on that long ferry ride, one line about this being “a very straight-friendly community” struck me, and I knew that Hillcrest would become my new home.

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According to the Travel Channel and Life Magazine this building is the number one most-haunted house in the nation. The earliest documented ghost is Yankee Jim. In 1852 James Robinson was accused of trying to steal a boat, severely beaten, then hanged on this site. The gallows were too short for the lanky man, and it took 45 long minutes for him to strangle. Pioneer Thomas Whaley (HQ5) witnessed the event, but it did not dissuade him from buying the lot and building a family home. Soon after the couple and their children moved in, heavy footsteps were heard moving about the house. Some visitors have reportedly encountered Whaley himself. A former curator noted, “We had a little girl perhaps five or six years old who waved to a man she said was standing in the parlor. We couldn’t see him. But often children’s sensitivity is greater than an adult’s.” Whaley may haunt the house because of a $385 debt left unpaid by the county. After a lengthy fight, in 1871 the records from the old courthouse were seized in the dead of night while Thomas was away on business. Officials broke in, pushed his wife Anna aside and loaded the records into a wagon. In 1964 TV personality Regis Philbin reported Anna’s specter after he noticed something “filmy white looking like an apparition” on the wall. The Whaleys’ daughter Violet also died here in 1885, reportedly by her own hand. Animal ghosts linger, too. One parapsychologist spotted a fox terrier with ears flapping running down the hallway. The Whaleys owned a terrier named Dolly Varden. The haunted house sits quietly on San Diego Avenue at the corner of Harney Street. For further information visit whaleyhouse.org or call the museum shop at (619) 297-7511.

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uring the final year of the Truman administration (1952), the idea for a big green sign spanning Adams Avenue was set in motion by the now-defunct Kensington Park Business Association. Led by local veterinarian Phillip Haims, their efforts galvanized the neighborhood through a series of bake sales, car washes and other fund-raisers. $1,106.81 was raised to cover the cost for San Diego Neon Company to build it. The Kensington sign was unveiled at 1954’s annual Christmas party in the park. As carolers sang and the Queen of Kensington was crowned, neighbors celebrated and danced in the street beneath their new beacon of community pride. Fast forward to 1990 when the sign was re-hung after maintenance. Some say the cabling was improperly secured, others blamed an attached banner, but within a week the wind brought down the sign. After repairs it was returned until again taken down for maintenance in October 2008. At the same time, the Kensington Talmadge Community Association (KTCA) initiated a drive to raise funds for a new design. Not clear about this proposed “new” sign or the historicity of the old sign (designated an historic resource in April 2008), many neighbors made donations. At a June 10, 2009 meeting of the Kensington Talmadge Planning Group a KTCA representative objected to re-hanging the sign with needed cables, insisting that it would be too costly. The city of San Diego’s Historic Resource Board (HRB) staff asked the group to provide a design for this suspension system, which would be evaluated for safety and conformance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standard for historic preservation. After KTCA’s spokesperson stated they could not afford to pay for the $475 report, a community resident donated the fee. Unfortunately, the sign has been dismantled and can no longer be repaired, but through the efforts of the HRB and Councilmember Todd Gloria’s office, KTCA has completed an acceptable design. The newly constructed sign, replicating the original, will be installed before the end of 2010, Kensington’s centennial year.

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This streetcar suburb of the central urbanized district was originally mapped and developed in 1910 by the Kensington Park Land Company, a group of retired Santa Fe Railway Company executives. Kensington’s commercial district is composed of repurposed houses from the original subdivision, as well as several one and two-story neighborhood storefronts built between 1927 and the mid-1950s. Thanks to the courage, dedication and persistence of these resident volunteers and the Heart of Kensington, this century-old community will continue to reflect the vision of its founders and the needs of residents (which include notables US Congresswoman Susan Davis and Mayor Jerry Sanders). Visit HeartofKensington.org for more information.

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After the community won their lawsuit, the Kensington Terrace developers withdrew the original project, gave up their permits and agreed to build a much better project more consistent with the scale, historic character and pedestrian orientation of their neighborhood.

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Several years ago, while facing a 56,000 square foot commercial project that exceeded the community’s 30-foot height limitation, The Heart of Kensington sued the developer of the Kensington Terrace project and won concessions to scale back the size of the (still unbuilt) mixed-use development, which would have risen high above the area skyline. Because of real or perceived unwillingness on behalf of the builders to scale back, the dispute over Kensington Terrace lasted far too long. (One of the developers included an executive from the controversial Sunroad Enterprises whose building along Highway 163 was forced to remove the top two stories that violated Montgomery Field airspace.)

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ave Our Heritage i Organisation i i (SOHO) ( ) recently l honored h d The h Heart off Kensington (HoK) for their 2008 effort to preserve the neighborhood’s historic character. The focus of the group is to preserve Kensington’s village atmosphere by working toward appropriate development along Adams Avenue east of I-15.

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n April 8, 1910 a map was filed for a new residential subdivision called Kensington Park. Real estate agent William Douglas represented the owners of the property — Abbie S. Hitchcock and Mary Gleason, sisters who originally hailed from Massachusetts. The subdivision began selling lots on Thanksgiving Day. Kensington Park was conceived as a residential “street car suburb” of San Diego, and the deed restricted commercial buildings for a period of 20 years. Somehow the developers managed to have a wooden trestle constructed over Ward Canyon (now I-15) in time for the opening of the subdivision so potential investors could ride the trolley car to the end of the line at Marlborough Drive.

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Internationally famous theater architect S. Charles Lee designed the Ken Cinema and builder Chris Cosgrove erected the theater and adjacent commercial building (Kensington Grill and photo studio) in 1946. The structure features Cosgrove’s signature Arizona flagstone façade, which can be found on several houses that he built along Canterbury Drive (including his own at 5310) and other areas in Kensington Heights. In 1949 the Adams Avenue streetcar service was discontinued, the tracks abandoned and paved over with asphalt. In 1990 during the construction of the Starbucks building, roadway trenching uncovered some of these original tracks. Kensington businesses suffered for nearly a year and a half by being cut off from Normal Heights and points west when in 1960 the wooden trestle bridge over Ward Canyon (I-15) was removed to build the current concrete span. At the same time Mission Valley shopping center opened, and San Diegans (including Kensingtonians) were attracted to one-stop shopping and other allures inside the new mall. Many mom and pop businesses closed and turnovers were high. Today, Adams Avenue is a vibrant reminder of Kensington’s roots and reflects the influences of social, economic and cultural changes that have occurred over the past one hundred years with shops and business owners along Adams continuing to provide neighborhood-oriented services to area residents.

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m det är lätt, så är det rätt” is Swedish for “if it’s simple, it’s correct.” Creative genius Gustaf Anders Rooth personifies that motto with his well-designed furniture made from reused wine and bourbon casks. The wine barrel chair concept was first introduced to Gustaf by his brother-inlaw Robert Tinsley in 2008. The “barrelly made it chairs,” hand-assembled by a team of craftsman, are extremely comfortable. To feel for yourself, stop by the Planet Rooth Studio Gallery at 3334 Fifth Avenue. In his trademark blue overalls and vivid tattoos, the wild-haired Swede is a colorful maestro who envisions himself “Hillcrest’s Gatekeeper for Art & Culture” — and Gustaf has the ability to make it happen. This founder of Ray at Night has introduced a new Uptown wave: Fifth on Fifth Artwalks, which are held monthly on day number five. Share your contact info at 5thon5th.com for details and to receive invitations. In his spare time Gustaf is revitalizing Alice Rainford’s (HQ3) 1908 home and flower shop into a living space, showroom, creation station for a team of talent and community gathering spot for fashion, music and art.


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f you’ve walked along the south side of the Hillcrest sign, then you’ve definitely smelled the wonderful aroma seeping out onto the sidewalk. The scent comes from Cathedral, San Diego’s premier candle boutique at 435 University Avenue, which celebrated their 15th anniversary in March 2010. Owner Amy Capano has kept up with trends and has constantly reinvented the decor of her fabulous shop. She shares, “I’ve learned over the years how important it is to be a part of a community. Since day one the neighborhood has supported and encouraged me. That is why I love Hillcrest so much. The ‘feel’ of the neighborhood remains the same, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.” The continued support of her parents has also meant the world to Amy. Now living in Colorado, Richard and Sandra Capano look forward to annual visits with much anticipation. “Our customers enjoy seeing them, too. It makes my folks feel great to see how many people really appreciate Cathedral and me.” Amy is a supporter of small businesses and non-profit organizations. She serves on the board of directors for the Hillcrest Business Association and chairs the Marketing Committee. The Cathedral staff and customers also worked to raise money for Mama’s Kitchen and the local chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Amy regularly supports local groups by donating merchandise for silent auctions and raffles. Cathedral has also been a launching ground for local designers, such as Jessica Gulati who was one of Amy’s first employees. Today Jessica is a local entrepreneur who owns Lotus Love Beauty, a San Diego beauty and bath company that produces organic bath salts, lotions, body oils and beauty bars. When the shop first opened some described it as dark and Gothic, but today it is quite alive with a modern feel. Need a present for someone special? Stop by to see what Amy has selected from gift shows and conventions for the perfect blend of candles and home accessories, which show off her love of style and elegance. As a bonus, complimentary gift wrapping is available, too!

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“What drives and inspires me is a passion for forward thinking. I pick up on the positive and beautiful vibrations of color, contrast, perspective and spirit that surround our daily lives and create art with a mission that is trail blazing for other artists and non-artists alike. I hope my art work will trigger inspiration and happiness in you to create and make the world a better place starting right in our own neighborhoods, whether you are the creator, the appreciator or both.”

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and the results of his career have been taught artist who began painting at age four when he got into his mother’s

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His paintings on canvas and paper depict travels, places of local interest including Balboa Park landmarks and every day life experiences. RD’s internationally recognized artwork represents community and a sense of place in a positive and life-affirming manner. A fan of architecture, RD is currently working on drawings and paintings of vanishing historic American buildings and landscape for his Art Traveler project.

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Riccoboni’s impressionistic palette is derived from the bold colors of the original rainbow flag representing sexuality, health, sunshine, nature, art, harmony and spirit. Next time you’re in Old Town, enjoy a visit to Beacon Artworks Gallery (open daily 10am-8pm) or visit beacon-artworks.com from the comfort of your home.

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organized districts. This alliance of approximately 1,200 small business owners and a handful of corporate representatives elect half of the board

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of directors each October. This year I proudly serve as their president — even better community. The office, staffed by executive director Benjamin Nicholls and program manager Lisa Weir, is located on the second floor

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About the Author: San Diego native Nancy Moors is one of the publishers of the handy little guide you’re holding.

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The monetary rewards generated from these events are reflected in Hillcrest’s green trash containers, cleaner sidewalks via power washing, tree trimming, sidewalk/gutter cleaning and capital improvements such as the new lighting project in University Avenue’s median along University east of Tenth (see page 9). In addition, MAD money provides additional services and security exclusive to their area. The HBA, working together with the community, provides a unique place for everyone to shop, work, stay and play. It’s no wonder that Hillcrest is honored to be named as one of America’s top ten great neighborhoods!

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Over the decades of change one aspect of the business district remains the same: most of our members are independently owned and operated. The HBA stimulates economic development by being an information source to the community; a partner with members needing to communicate with the city by providing services and amenities to enhance the neighborhood and promote events. Our funding comes from a number of sources including: a small surcharge to each area business license paid to the city; the MAD (Maintenance Assessment District), a group of property owners within a few blocks of the Hillcrest sign who pay an additional self-assessed tax; Small Business Enhancement Program grants earmarked to subsidize staff salaries; and our events including Hillcrest Mardi Gras, Taste of Hillcrest, CityFest and the popular Hillcrest Farmers Market. Held Sundays from 9am-2pm at Normal & Lincoln, the market is our cash cow.

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any of us are frustrated by the fi fina nancial i l situation at City Hall and how this has h adversely affected our basic services. To get input from San Diegans, the city launched a 2009 survey allowing respondents to prioritize city services and display preferences for specific services. It also asked individuals to indicate which services they thought could be reduced or eliminated, and for which services they would pay more. The city based their findings on 687 respondents. Public safety services such as 911 and fire emergencies ranked number one. Many noted a willingness to pay for residential trash collection. (Over 90 years ago city dwellers rebelled against a trash fee because it had become a moneymaker for the city, which sold the trash to pig farmers.) Local organizations, such as the Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) in the core of Hillcrest’s business district, supplement dwindling city services like tree trimming, security, sidewalk washing and street sweeping; and the Neighborhood Improvement Committee (NIC) of the Hillcrest Town Council has galvanized volunteers by organizing the Hillcrest Clean TEAM to pick up trash and remove graffiti. It is organizations like these that make our community a great place to live, work and play, even in these challenging financial times for our city.


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Can my historic home be restored?

A tax-deductible donation of $300 to SOHO covers the cost of the Sherlock Homes consultation and also includes a one-year family membership (a $40 value) to SOHO. Since the number of Sherlock Homes consultations are limited, and subject to the executive director’s schedule, the waiting list is usually two to three months. Please let the SOHO staff know if your need is urgent. Contact SOHO at (619) 297-9327 for an appointment to learn more about restoring your own piece of San Diego history.

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Architectural investigation requires a wide range of knowledge and skills. Coons is an expert who will assess your home similarly to an archeologist. He looks at the layers that have built up over time and points out historic features that are original to the home, changes that have been made to the initial fabric, and advises the homeowner on how these changes should be addressed. Homeowners are asked to prepare questions in advance so the greatest amount of work is accomplished in the time allotted. Coons suggests resources, professionals and trades people who can get the job done. Separate from this program, he is also available to provide color consultations.

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SOHO offers Sherlock Homes, an old-house owner’s restoration program that helps bring their homes up to the best condition possible. SOHO’s Director Bruce Coons conducts a three-hour in-depth analysis with a treasure trove of advice on how to complete the restoration process. Coons and SOHO have a unique familiarity and knowledge of the historicity of structures, building design and the understanding of construction and finishes. They are also experts on regional and local building styles. This program was originally designed to help only new owners of historic homes, but SOHO recently expanded it to include owners of all historic buildings in need of advice.

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since 1996 when voters passed Proposition 215 with a 56% majority.

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while candidate Obama’s election pledge was that “raiding people who are using medical marijuana” wouldn’t be “a high priority,” sporadic raids and inconsistent prosecutions by the Justice Department have continued.

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About the Author: This Hillcrester is the creative genius at Mike Tidmus. com, where you may read his daily postings.

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San Diego County’s notorious resistance to compliance with state law SB 420 drew contempt from advocates of medicinal marijuana. In 2005 the County Board of Supervisors (Republicans all) went on the offensive as Chairman Bill Horn actually compared his crusade against medical marijuana to civil rights legend Rosa Parks “standing up against a bad law.” Similarly, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis essentially declared war on patients with legitimate needs when her office partnered with the federal DEA to conduct raids on collectives and entrap individuals. She then fought compliance with the will of California voters all the way to the Supreme Court. In May 2009 the high court refused to hear the case, and San Diego was forced to issue medical cannabis cards to patients with a doctor’s recommendation. Because of federal restrictions medical marijuana cannot be legally prescribed, but doctors may provide patients with a letter (based on an evaluation) that qualifies the individual or designated care-provider to apply for a medical marijuana card at most county health departments. In San Diego County the cost of the card is $166 annually (half price if the patient is a Medi-Cal beneficiary). Among qualifying conditions are AIDS, anorexia, arthritis, cachexia, various cancers, chronic pain, glaucoma, migraine, persistent muscle spasms, seizures and severe nausea. As this edition of HillQuest closes, California finds itself again at the forefront of a national wave. Enough signatures have been gathered for an initiative on the November ballot that would legalize (and tax!) marijuana for recreational use. What do you think?

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Jesse Ibanez and Jeremy Beck, co-owners of The Greenhouse Group, a real estate consulting and mortgage planning business, created SD Pros in 2007. “We felt that ‘bus-dev’ as Jesse calls it, was integral to the formation of the Pros,” states Beck. “We quickly realized that existing networking formats didn’t provide us with what we wanted — which was more than just a referral group. This new model brings more business per person than any other referral-driven model I’ve seen. The real value turns out to be our personal growth, and the natural byproduct of that is trust, camaraderie and more business than one could hope.” “The truth is, when we give and provide value to others without an agenda to get something in return, we get way more back than imagined,” says graphic designer Denise Wallace, a member since 2009. Most weekly presentations center on topics that support business development including new tools, strategies and resources the members may have implemented to make a difference. San Diego Pros meets bright and early Thursdays at 7am in the Fifth Avenue Financial Center (except for the third Thursday when the group hosts an evening mixer at fun venues around town). Visit www.SanDiegoPros.org to learn more.

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any independent business owners find themselves participating in networking groups. These entrepreneurial types who have the passion to follow their dreams, learn early on that success depends on developing their business and generating referrals. “There is a positive upbeat atmosphere that wraps around San Diego Pros meetings, making them a pleasure to participate,” said John Davis, a recent member and distributor of SendOutCards. Unlike many groups, the meeting structure is not primarily focused on tip giving, but rather on relationships. The network creates casual environments for members to comfortably be themselves, which accelerates that rapport. Another unique feature of SD Pros is that they hold a monthly social, which allows for getting to know each other differently than in a meeting setting. These evening gatherings allow an opportunity to talk one-on-one, leading to a more personal and professional support of each other.

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How to green the desert f we captured the rainfall of the past winter, a 1,000 square foot roof would have collected over 6,000 gallons of rainwater, an impressive

amount indeed. This pure soft water allows plants to thrive and explode with color, fruit and foliage since

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the pH balance of rainwater and lack of chemicals results in plant. Rainwater use also allows homeowners to use less of our precious drinking water resource, reducing their water bill and decreasing the energy used to transport, filter and deliver water

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About the Author: Candace Vanderhoff is an ecological designer/builder and social entrepreneur who consults on water reuse projects and received San Diego’s first greywater permit under the new state code. Visit RainThanks.com to learn more.

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There are two simple and effective ways to collect rainwater: divert it into a tank or store it in rich, healthy soil. For a tank system, four main components are needed — collection, conveyance, storage and distribution. Options include small above-ground reservoirs that send water to a larger underground or an under-deck tank, flexible pillow tanks in a crawl space or new thin containers designed for installation along the side of a house where space is limited. If tanks are not an option, creating earthworks, a series or berms and terraces can store water in the soil. It takes work to build healthy soil, but the microbial life in rich soil can retain water, provide nutrients and prevent evaporation, which means less watering. A year-round solution to no-cost irrigation is the implementation of a greywater-to-garden irrigation system. A new state code allows homeowners to divert laundry and bath wastewater into the landscape to irrigate trees and plants. The new code has specific criteria; however, the benefits of this simple system are numerous, and the payoff rapid. The time has come to focus on more simple, sustainable ways for life in a green desert.

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