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Weekend roundup: Curry, Storm, Sunday Walk & Supper

13 Nov
Saturday was wet weather so once the sun came out I couldnt wait to get out and enjoy the warm fall weather. Here are some fotos from the rain and after, some yummy food we ate and a walking trip. Enjoy!
Stormy Pringle Street Looking West

Sunset Pringle Street West

Taste of the Himalayas see my review here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/taste-of-the-himalayas-san-diego-2#hrid:UnfCc1mwPrygxMBpaaH7Aw

Starter of lentil soup then split eggplant/chicken special and veggie coconut curry with Basmati rice and yumy nann flatbread. So good!

Pringle Street Looking West to Pt. Loma

Pringle Street looking at Downtown
Walking trails at Presidio Park, Serra Museum in Mission Hills


Views to Linda Vista, North

Looking East

Serra Museum

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Looking East to Inspiration Point, see my recent post on that lovely spot here.

Looking East, Blackberry camera not so great

Looking up the The Arbor area

The Arbor area

Ended the day with an early dinner at Hob Nob Hill in Bankers Hill with Mom, love this place!

Pringle Street Looking South to Downtown San Diego

92103 Driveabout: Bankers Hill/Hillcrest (Video)

23 Oct
Following are three of my favorite weekend things to do:
  1. The Spruce St. Bridge
  2. The Juniper-Front Community Garden (Video)
  3. Seasonal shopping at Urban Outfitters in Hillcrest. 


Towards Downtown

2220 Front Street, Juniper-Front Community Garden

2220 Front Street. The Juniper-Front Community Garden is perched on a hill on Front Street between Ivy and Juniper Street, and was established in 1981. The quarter block is divided into approximately sixty 10-by-12 foot plots. The Port Authority owns the land and rents the garden plots for approx. $100 per year. Juniper-Front Community Garden’s waiting list is long, often with prospective gardeners waiting a full year before an opening.
Matt Browne has a plot at the community garden and filmed this video.

One Historic Plaque Thief in Custody – Mission Hills Heritage/SDUptown News Update

15 Sep

The perpetrator said the plaques had been cut into pieces and melted down before being taken to a recycling location that he named.

At least 23 historic plaques like the one above have been 
stolen in Mission Hills since July 25.

One Plaque Thief in Custody! At a special Community Meeting tonight hosted by Mission Hills Town Council at Francis Parker Elementary School, Capt. Walt Vasquez of the Western Division San Diego Police Department made a welcome announcement: One man, on parole for a previous theft conviction, is in custody and has confessed to stealing some of the plaques. He actually showed police how he had done so with a screwdriver, and then actually took the police to several locations for which he is responsible. He was apprehended with the cooperation of National City Police on a tip from an alert citizen, as yet anonymous to the public. The perpetrator said the plaques had been cut into pieces and melted down before being taken to a recycling location that he named.

SDUptown News-Plaques stolen include:
• The Pioneer Park (children’s playground) plaque
• Six Inspiration Heights neighborhood markers (Sunset Boulevard and Alameda Drive), which are all original markers from 1909.
• Three Private Way markers, one from Sunset Boulevard and Witherby, and two from the top of Juan Street.
• At least nine individual designation plaques from Fort Stockton Drive
• Two from Washington Street (Griswold and Florence Apt. Buildings)
• A Temple Beth Israel plaque
• First Christian Science Church at the corner of Laurel Street and Second Avenue

That recycling center is outside of San Diego and the police in that jurisdiction have been notified. They already had an ongoing investigation of that recycle center for alleged illegal activity. This complaint will be added to their suspicious activities. It was reported that the criminals received between $20 and $22 for each plaque.

This criminal was working with two other men. The second man has been identified and police are searching for him to arrest. The identity of the third is still uncertain. Detail descriptions of the suspects were not released because the investigation is ongoing. The police have requested that the public remain on the alert for all suspicious presence and activity and to report such to the Western Division Police Department non-emergency number (911 only for a crime in progress): 531-2000. Detective Brenner is in charge of this investigation.

One plaque was recovered, but it is not from the Mission Hills Community. The charge against these men will be either Petty or Grand Theft, depending on the valuation of the stolen property that can be attributed to them.

Both our current and future City Council Representatives for Mission Hills were in attendance: Kevin Faulconer and Todd Gloria. They announced a request they have made that will come before the City Council to pay for the replacement of the plaques stolen from public locations. The Councilmen and the other attendees, thanked Officer Vasquez and the four other officers he brought with him: Lt. Kevin Mayer, Lt Mark Hanten, Act. Det. Mark Brenner and Officer David Whitfield. They were congratulated for their efforts on our behalf, and encouraged to keep up the good work.

REMINDER: Stay vigilant and report suspicious people or behavior. And always stay safe.

SDUptown News orig posted 8/19/11: Three homeowners have reported an “orange truck or SUV” on Tuesday between 3-4:30 a.m.along the 2100 and 2200 block of Ft. Stockton with three men inside it who appeared to be hiding something large. SDPD is asking Uptown residents to provide any other information they may have in order to help find the thieves.



Making It Easier, But Not Safer, to Cross into Balboa Park – voiceofsandiego.org: Survival

2 Aug

Photo by Sam Hodgson

Kate McGraw and Alex Oat walk McGraw’s dog across Sixth Avenue, where a curb cut leads the way into the busy road.
From the Reporter
What’s New
Improved curb ramps on the western perimeter of Balboa Park now make it easier for disabled pedestrians to get in and out of the park along busy Sixth Avenue.
The Problem
The city installed the upgraded ramps to comply with disability laws. But it does not plan to install other improvements, like stop lights or crosswalks, that would actually make them safer to use.
What Advocates Want
Pedestrian advocates want the city to do more to improve pedestrian safety on Sixth Avenue along Balboa Park, which has only four crosswalks across a span of 16 city blocks.
It’s common for impatient pedestrians to do what Alex Oat and Kate McGraw did Monday afternoon. Standing on the western edge of Balboa Park, they stepped into Sixth Avenue and crossed the wide, busy four-lane street at an unmarked intersection. Sixth Avenue runs alongside Balboa Park for more than a mile — that’s 16 city blocks — but has only four crosswalks.

Crossing at one of the unmarked intersections is more dangerous, yes, but for able-bodied women like Oat and McGraw, also more convenient than walking two blocks to the nearest traffic signal.
Now there’s good news for the wheelchair-bound, visually impaired, or otherwise handicapped who want to do the same. San Diego’s traffic department has just replaced old curb ramps along the park’s western perimeter with new, wider ones at each of those unmarked intersections. The new curb ramps were installed to make it easier for the handicapped to get into the street to cross in order to meet federal and state disability laws.
But the city has no plans to make other improvements, like stop lights, stop signs or crosswalks, that would make crossing the street at those wide intersections safer for disabled pedestrians, improvements that pedestrian advocates have long sought on Sixth Avenue.
Bill Harris, a traffic department spokesman, said the city’s decision to forego crosswalks was a deliberate one, based on traffic engineers’ belief that painting them at those intersections — which lack stop signs or traffic signals — could actually make crossing more dangerous. They would give pedestrians a false sense of security, engineers say, and make them less likely to look for oncoming cars before venturing into the street.
“By not putting crosswalks in we’re keeping people more aware of their surroundings and letting them make a decision about whether to cross,” Harris said. “If someone with mobility issues wants to cross the street, we want to make it easier. But installing two white lines is not related to that.”
And installing new stop signs or signal lights would interrupt the flow of traffic, which the city does not want to do on that busy corridor.
There is disagreement over whether painting crosswalks at intersections like those along Sixth Avenue — ones that don’t also have signal lights or stop signs — makes crossing safer or more dangerous for pedestrians. Traffic engineers still cite an influential 1970s study in San Diego that found more pedestrian accidents in intersections painted with crosswalks than in those without them.
But the newly replaced curb ramps illustrate what advocates say is a broader problem in the effort to improve pedestrian safety in San Diego. In this case, the city has complied with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements to aid mobility for disabled people without making other improvements that would actually make the ramps safe to use.
“This is a piecemeal effort to improve pedestrian safety,” said Kathleen Ferrier, a planner with the pedestrian advocacy group Walk San Diego. “ADA is required by federal law but those improvements are being done out of sync with other improvements to calm traffic along those corridors.”
For years, local advocates have been calling for broader pedestrian improvements along Sixth, Fifth and Fourth avenues in Bankers Hill, streets with bustling pedestrian traffic but also heavy car traffic from drivers trying to avoid congestion on nearby State Route 163.
A 2005 study commissioned by the Uptown Partnership, a group formed to address uptown parking issues, recommended eliminating a lane in each direction along Sixth Avenue and installing curb pop-outs that reduce the distance that pedestrians have to cross to get to and from Balboa Park.
Harris didn’t immediately know the fate of that study’s recommendations. But he said Sixth Avenue is one of Bankers Hill’s main north-south thoroughfares, with fast-moving traffic that the city would not want to interrupt.
“We just want traffic to flow more regularly on that street,” he said. That is why the city hasn’t moved forward with installing more traffic signals, he said, even at intersections like those that now have new pedestrian ramps to guide the disabled across four busy lanes of traffic.
Ferrier said more improvements were needed.
“We would like to see a more comprehensive approach to pedestrian safety, especially as it relates to improvements cited in the 2005 report,” Ferrier said. “These improvements would not only support comments from the community but also the city’s recently adopted General Plan,” which emphasized more sustainable, walkable neighborhoods.
Harris said the traffic department was interested in hearing recommendations to improve pedestrian safety, though he said walking a couple of blocks to get to the nearest crosswalk was a reasonable tradeoff to keep car traffic flowing freely down Sixth Avenue. The city still recommends crossing at marked intersections, Harris said.
Many pedestrians choose not to do that, though. On Monday, Charlie Offenhauer, a 96-year-old Bankers Hill resident, was inching across an unmarked intersection at Sixth Avenue and Nutmeg Street. Walking to the nearest crosswalk would have taken him two blocks out of his way.
“I’m very traffic-concerned,” he said after crossing.
Then again, he’s from New York City. Where he comes from, he said, pedestrians just wait until the traffic clears, and go.
Sam Hodgson contributed reporting to this story.
Adrian Florido is a reporter for voiceofsandiego.org. He covers San Diego’s neighborhoods. What should he write about next?
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>Things to To – Shopping somewhere in between Downtown and Bankers Hill

14 Jun


My new favorite shopping district isn’t much of a district at all—not quite Downtown and not exactly Bankers Hill, but somewhere in between. It’s unassuming save for the bar bookends—Tin Can Alehouse and the yes-there-are-drunks-outside-at-9 a.m. SRO Lounge. It’s the 1800 block of Fifth Avenue.

We’ll start our journey at SRO—or, rather, right outside of SRO. Just next door is the humorously named (to me) Gallery of Fitness (1811 Fifth Ave.), ingeniously subtitled “The Art of Movement” but curiously sporting the URL plan-b-fitness.com. I love the illustrations of people bending into the A the R and the T on the shop’s sign. I have no idea if the instruction is creative or especially colorful, but the facility is pretty darn attractive.

Next is Double Break Gallery (1821 Fifth Ave.,), a new art space (for reals this time, not metaphorically) and shop run by two recent UCSD MFA grads, Matt Coors and Louis M. Schmidt. At 6 p.m. this Friday, June 17, at 6 p.m. they’ll open their first exhibition, Gravity and Trajectory, showcasing the work of Sadie Barnette, Micki Davis and Scott Lyne. In general, they’ll be selling art books, artist-commissioned T-shirts and other cool objects,  and they have a film screening and book-signing party on the horizon. There’s a release party scheduled during Comic-Con for Wuvable Oaf, a pretty great comic book by Ed Luce. That points to good things to come.

Broken Heart Tattoo (1833 Fifth Ave., 619-237-0058) is next. I can’t vouch for the artistry—I don’t know anyone who’s been tattooed here, but I have to say, the place has a great vibe and it’s gotten stupendous reviews online. Very pirate-y!

Moving on, there’s the new location of the Undercarriage (1837 Fifth Ave.,), the locally renowned and brilliantly named cootchie waxers. They don’t just do Brazilians; they do men’s Brazilians! And they do what they refer to as “The Classy Chassis” (custom designs). They wax the jawline, eyebrows, underarms, legs and so on, as well as give a variety of facials. But that’s not why most people come here. It’s for the Brazilian in the Baroque atmosphere.

Further down is JG Color Studio (1843 Fifth Ave.,), which has a beautifully dressed window that was sort of like a riddle: What does a wedding dress, orange kitchen scale and a vintage typewriter have in common? I have no flipping idea—and the place is by-appointment-only, which just left even more questions unanswered. Turns out the space belongs to Jennifer Guerin, interior designer, painter and “color specialist” once featured on an HGTV reality show. Ignore that; I once saw a mural Guerin did at a friend’s mom’s house and it was truly stunning. What she has to do with wedding dresses, I still don’t know.

However, it was the next space that had me most confused. It housed two unique businesses—Star Grooming (1845 Fifth Ave., 619-571-1795), which is no ordinary pet washer but, rather, a “professional pet stylist,” and Pet Portraits (619-742-6588), which, I presume is where you make your dog a star.

But the primary reason to visit the 1800 block of Fifth Avenue is our final stop: Tasha’s Music City (1859 Fifth Ave., 619-233-4664). Sure, it reeks of cigarette smoke, and you’ll leave with dried, gray, filthy fingers, but it’s all worth it for the vinyl—wall-to-wall-to-wall vinyl. I used to go to Tasha’s when it was in Downtown proper, but, apparently, that was more than eight years ago. When I posed the rhetorical “How have I missed you here all these years?” the owner replied, “Well, the sign used to blink, but no more.” The records run $6 and up. I love 45s, and this place has a lot of them, starting at $1. (I did see one for 50 cents: Michael Bolton.) David Allen Coe, Cameo and Betty Wright all came in around $3 each. You do have to reach over stacks of boxes to get to the 45s but it—like the dirty fingers and smoky hair—is worth it.   

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