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2 San Diego Uptown News | June 10–23, 2011


SANDAG hosts June hearings on $196 billion Transportation Plan

Streetcar additions, rapid-bus services in Hillcrest to be discussed

The San Diego Association of Governments (SAN- DAG) will host public hearings and workshops in June on the 2050 Draft Regional Transportation Plan. The plan calls for $196 billion to be invested over the next 40 years on highways, the coaster rail corridor, the Trolley system, streetcar additions in downtown and Hillcrest, and other transportation infrastructure in the San Diego region. Today, June 10, SANDAG will host a hearing at 401 B St. in downtown, starting at 10 a.m.; and on Tues., June 21, a hearing will be held at Caltrans, 4050 Taylor St. in Old Town, starting at 5 p.m. Projects outlined in the draft plan include: increas-

ing the frequency of the Trolley’s Orange Line and ex- tending the Green Line to downtown San Diego; adding rapid bus service along high-demand corridors, such as in Hillcrest; introducing streetcars in certain areas, such as downtown San Diego and Hillcrest; upgrading State Route 94 and Interstates 5, 8, 805 and 15; and building a regional network of bike paths, among other projects. Those wishing to view a quick, visual tour of how the draft plan proposes to meet the region’s needs as the population continues to grow, can do so by visit- ing—an interactive Web site that

provides vivid pictures and charts of how billions of dollars will be invested on transit systems, freeways, toll lanes and roads, carpool and vanpool incentives. Anyone who cannot make it to the workshops and hearings can give feedback in several other ways: via the Internet at; by e-mail to; by phone at (877) 277-5736; or by mail to SANDAG, 2050 RTP Comment, 401 B Street, Suite 800, 92101.

The workshops will be held in an open house format allowing people to drop in at any time, view displays and information, ask staff questions, complete com- ment cards, or speak to an English/Spanish transcrib- er to have their comments recorded. SANDAG will officiate the public hearings, and will pro- vide a transcription to the SANDAG Board of Directors and policy advisory committees, as well as the general public. SANDAG is the San Diego region’s primary public planning, transportation, and research agency, provid- ing the public forum for regional policy decisions about growth. SANDAG is governed by a Board of Directors composed of mayors, council members, and supervi- sors from each of the region’s 18 cities and the county government.u

Park Manor Suites purchased for $11.5 million

Chicago, IL., timeshare com- pany,

Shell Vacations has pur- chased Park Manor Suites on 5th Avenue in Hillcrest for $11.5 mil- lion.

As part of its acquisition, the company will officially change the name of the property to Inn at the Park in an effort to brand the ho- tel as part of its other collection of properties. Inn at the Park is also the name of one of its street-level restaurants.

The hotel features a combina- tion of studio and one- and two- bedroom suites, ranging in size

from 525 to 1,000 square feet, with 9-foot ceilings and large win- dows with views of the city below. The property includes two restau- rants: Inn at the Park, at street- level, and Top of the Park at the penthouse level. Frank P. Allen designed the hotel, built in 1926, in Italian Re- naissance style. The red brick building was originally built as an apartment complex to house the architect and his family. Allen also designed the Cabrillo Bridge. In 1991, the City of San Diego named the hotel a historic site.u

FROM PAGE 1 GARDEN “By permitting community

gardens in commercial and resi- dential zones throughout the city, this ordinance will eliminate some of the largest barriers to es- tablishing community gardens in San Diego.” There are several community

gardens in the Uptown neigh- borhoods,

including University

Heights, Mission Hills and City Heights. Several others are in the process of being formed, says Judy Jacoby, chair of the San Di- ego Community Garden Network, including the proposed Altadena Garden in North Park. Jacoby says the Community

Garden Network and other gar- den associations are “delighted” about the Council’s decision and that it will benefit neighborhoods in many ways. “It’s an opportunity for urban

agriculture to start taking hold in San Diego,” she said, adding that San Diego is significantly behind other cities in that regard. “Chicago has rooftop gardens and other types of inner city agri- culture; so does New York. And San Francisco just changed its urban code” to encourage urban gardens, she said. Asked whether the ordinance will have a significant effect on the affordability of locally grown pro- duce, Jacoby said that although commercially located gardens can now sell produce, many may choose to grow only for them- selves or charities. “There are some, like the New Roots Community Farm in City Heights [that will sell]. But not all community gardens want to sell food. Sometimes people just want to live in an apartment and grow food for themselves that’s affordable.”

Urban Optiks Optometry

First Lady Michelle Obama visited New Roots Community Farm in April 2010 as part of her campaign against childhood obe- sity. Proclaiming it a “phenomenal initiative,” she cited the influence of community gardens in driving down obesity and resulting medi- cal ailments, as well as alleviating food expenses for low-income families.u

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