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vation, open to all students in San Diego, Imperial Beach and Coro- nado. The theme this year is “San Diegans Waste no Water.” The poster contest is open to

first through sixth graders and three winners will be selected in each grade. They will receive a U.S. Savings Bond and certificate of excellence. The winning posters will be put on display in the lobby of the City Administration Building, the San Diego Watercolor Society’s Gallery, the San Diego County Fair’s Kid’s Best Art Exhibit and on the City’s website and 2012 Water Conservation Calendar. The film contest is open to 11th

and 12th graders as well as college students and must include one of these messages: “Conservation is part of the San Diego lifestyle,” “San Diegans who identify themselves with local iconic places also identify themselves with conservation” and “A way to conserve water is to re- cycle it. Recycled water, reclaimed and highly treated wastewater, is part of the City’s locally controlled water supply.” The panel of judges will include Beth Accomando of KPBS, Cathy Anderson of the San Diego Film Commission, Rick Bol- linger of CityTV, Lisa Franek of the San Diego Latino Film Festival and Larry Zeigler of BestFest America FilmFestival. Finalists and the overall winner will be announced at an event at the Reuben H. Fleet Center’s IMAX Dome and will be featured on the City’s website and Facebook page. Poster entries will be accepted

until March 30 and film entries until April 18. Submissions can be made at For more in- formation contact Destree Bascos, the contest coordinator at 232-2112 ext. 104.


cil (MHTC) Board of Trustees met on March 10 to discuss plans for the 4th of July celebration, the up- coming Goldfinch Overlook Park clean-up day and the town hall meeting in April. Steve Shushan, the previous

chair of the 4th of July parade has agreed to come back for one more year to oversee the parade and con- cert. For this year’s celebration, a BBQ competition is being orga- nized, and Frans Van der Lee re- cently organized a committee and assigned roles for the event. The MHTC’s upcoming meeting

on April 14 at 6 p.m. has been set to focus on the 4th of July plans, a re- port from the neighborhood watch captain and a review of the Uptown community plan’s historic survey as well as ongoing issues such as cell phone reception and the Pio- neer Park plans. The clean-up day at the Gold-

finch Overlook Park is set for March 19 and complimentary cof- fee and pastries will be provided by Meshuggah Shack for all vol- unteers. After a meeting with Rich- ard Keely, the artist who designed the art on all the posts in the park agreed with the Arts Committee that the posts need to be replaced and funding is being looked into. For more information on the

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(MHTC) recently came together to support Sharon Gehl in her ef- forts to be voted into the open seat

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in Uptown Planners. Gehl has a Masters in Architecture from the New School of Architecture and Design, a Masters in Public Ad- ministration with an emphasis on City Planning from University of Southern California and a BA in Sociology from California State University at Long Beach. She is the MHTC treasurer, an active member of the Save Our Heritage Organisation and has participated in the city planning efforts for the Update to the Community Plan. The vote was held on March

1 at Alice Birney Elementary in University Heights, 4345 Campus Ave. Unfortunately Gehl was not voted to take the open seat, but she continues to work to improve the cell phone reception in Mis- sion Hills and recently wrote a successful application to histori- cally designate her 1910 Mission Hills craftsman house that she’s

working to restore.

HISTORICAL RESOURCES SURVEY AND CONSERVATION AREAS City Planning & Community Investment staff and urban design consultants will be discussing the most recent historic survey results and a framework for approaching conservation areas on Saturday, March 19, 2011, in the Santa Fe Room of the Balboa Park Club. The meeting will provide an op-

portunity for residents of Uptown, North Park and Greater Golden Hill, and people who work there, to voice opinions about commu- nity issues.

Several sessions are planned: Uptown 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. North Park 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Greater Golden Hill 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. This is not a Community Plan

San Diego Uptown News | Mar. 18–31, 2011

Update Advisory Committee (CPUAC) meeting but rather an opportunity for the public and staff to continue a discussion of important topics. This meeting will build on the previous historic survey open house, CPUAC meet- ings, and the design charrettes. If you have questions, please

contact Cathy Winterrowd at or 619-235-5217; Marlon Pangilinan at or 619-235-5293, or Bernie Turgeon at or 619- 533-6575.


ent Teacher Club (PTC) and its non-profit Foundation will host a night out and silent auction “Casino Royale” at Coronado Yacht Club on April 23.

11 McKinley, at 3045 Felton Street,

in North Park, continues to imple- ment its plan to raise money and bring communities together by organizing successful fundraising events and business partnerships. Business partnerships maintain

crucial educational opportunities for students by fostering long-term relationship between teachers, stu- dents, volunteers, businesses, com- munity organizations and others, a March release from the school says.

“[They] are crucial to the

long-term success of the music, language, ceramic and dance pro- grams. No supporter has been more vital to the success of McKin- ley’s ‘added value’ educational pro- grams than Ascent Real Estate. As- cent has been a reliable McKinley partner for several years including

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