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➤➤ TRAVEL P. 9

North Park Community Planning meetings discuss residents’

Hiking and wild flowers in Anza Borrego

➤➤ DINING P. 10 Mariachi musicians at Cinco de Mayo in Old Town.

By Kaitlin Perry SDUN Reporter

A series of meetings this month ad-

dressing issues in the North and South Park communities has allowed residents to express their views about issues from the area’s thriving bar and restaurant scene to the proliferation of utility boxes in the area.

Sake House Yu Me Ya ➤➤ THEATRE P. 12 Old Town celebrates its heritage

By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter

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culture, the 28th Annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo, Sat., April 30, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sun., May 1, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., is the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border. Spanish for “fifth of May,” Cinco de Mayo, not Mexico’s Independence Day, is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and the United States commemorating the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The free, two-day, family-oriented fiesta boasts

an incredible variety of festivities and entertain- ment for all ages, including a special interactive kids area and stage. While kids play, adults can stroll the streets of Old

Town while they listen to sizzling flamenco beats, Norteno flairs or traditional Mariachi music emanat- ing from two live entertainment stages. Explore the lively streets of the bustling Mercado,

or venture over to Lowrider Lane with its custom art, where you can buy an array of merchandise—from handmade leather pieces to beautiful jewelry and many more treasures that line San Diego Avenue. And be sure to take a ride in a stagecoach, or explore Old Town’s trademark museums and specialty stores. Also while you’re there, take a break to cool off

with a refreshing ice-cold cerveza in the beer garden, or become a tequila connoisseur in the high-end te- quila sampling area.

Appease your palate by visiting delectable restau- rants including Café Coyote, Casa Guadalajara, Cold

see Cinco, page 16 Police take transient into custody

after assault outside Wells Fargo Third time bank has been robbed this year

By Margie M. Palmer SDUN Reporter

San Diego Police arrested transient

Jeffery Mann, 47, outside the Wells Fargo Bank at the Uptown Shopping Center, on April 18, charging him with assault with a deadly weapon and violating parole. San Diego Police Department Detective

Gary Hassen said that Mann assaulted anoth- er transient, 43-year-old Richard Sauer, in the groin area with a claw hammer during an ar- gument. Sauer suffered a swollen left testicle. Police impounded the hammer as evidence.

Off-duty parole officer Marsha Gresko was inside the Wells Fargo Bank branch during the altercation and intervened to help take Mann into custody. Gresko was unavailable to comment for this story; how- ever, bank patrons said they thought the incident was an attempted robbery. “I was talking with one of the branch managers at a desk when [the branch manager] suddenly screamed for every- one to get down,” said Wells Fargo cus- tomer Tim Parks. “There was a man with

see Robbery, page 4

On April 20, the North Park Com- munity Plan Update Advisory Com- mittee meeting addressed both the posi- tive and negative effects of North Park’s booming bar and restaurant scene. “What mix [of retail to hospitality] do we want?” was the primary question of the evening—many attendees expressing the view that balance is important. The more bars and restaurants, the

“[m]ore drunk people will be set loose on the residential community,” said one. The “already intrusive” noise level, as well as existing parking issues, will increase, added others. Last year, the community protested

Stone Brewing Co.’s arrival in South Park. Elizabeth Studebaker executive di-

rector of North Park Main Street, an or- ganization that promotes community de- velopment supporting arts, culture, and entertainment, while preserving the his- torical integrity of North Park, said crime statistics are used to consider new alcohol licenses in the area. There’s been closer scrutiny of the licensing process based on crime sta- tistics,” she said. Studebaker also noted that growth of the hospitality industry in North Park is due to the district “catching up” to other areas. “North Park has been

see Planning, page 2

concerns Focus: Night life, utility boxes, parking

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