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4 San Diego Uptown News | June 24–July 7, 2011 Red, white and blue

in Mission Hills Mission Hills Town Council celebrates 4th of July

Elena Buckley Editorial Assistant

This July 4 marks the fifth

time the Mission Hills Town Council (MHTC) will bring the community together with music, food, entertainment and a parade through Mission Hills. This year, MHTC has added

some new excitement to its usual staples. At 10 a.m. a parade will start at Pioneer Park. Families can join in, dress in red, white and blue and march down the street, fol- lowed by games, a “Best Costume” contest and free cake provided by Albertson’s on Washington Street. Pioneer Park, at 1521 Wash-

ington Place, provides an idyllic summery backdrop for a 4th of July picnic, followed by a concert performed by Mama Red, and the national anthem sung by two stu- dents from Grant School. This year though, is differ-

ent than previous years because MHTC will introduce its first an- nual BBQ competition. Frans van der Lee, an MHTC board mem- ber came up with the idea for the event as a way to enliven the celebration and to increase Town Council membership. “Thousands of Mission Hills

households benefit from the hard work of the MHTC, but our yearly dues paying mem- bers only number in the low hundreds, van der Lee said. “A strong membership base helps us fund great events and gives us a mandate when asking city representatives to address our neighborhood needs.” Sponsored by Phil’s BBQ and—which will pro- vide embroidered aprons for all con- testants—the competition is open to teams of up to three, and a total of five teams are registered to com- pete. Contestants will cook bone-in

Mission Hills residents celebrate 4th of July.

Boston butts, provided 48 hours in advance by MHTC, and each team will cook six butts in total. Meat preparation styles are unrestricted, but all sauces must be homemade. There will be a first-, second-

and third-place prize, based on input from a panel of judges in- cluding Phil Pace of Phil’s BBQ. Entries will be judged based on taste, tenderness and appear- ance, and the first place winner will win a trophy handcrafted by local architect Jim Gates. All MHTC members will also

receive a free pulled pork sand- wich, and for all who are interested in joining the council, family mem- berships will be $20 for the day.

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convict and transient who was on parole for a previous criminal charge when police arrested him April 18 outside the Wells Fargo Bank for striking Richard Sauer, 43, in the testicles with a hammer. Sauer, who suffered swollen tes- ticles, testified against Mann May 3 in a preliminary hearing in San Diego Superior Court. However, although Mann was ordered to stand trial on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon, Deputy District Attorney Gregg McClain recommended the charge be dismissed on grounds that the victim’s credibility was question- able, and a judge concurred. However, Mann, who has been

in the George Bailey Detention Fa- cility since his arrest, will neverthe- less be back behind bars because the arrest constitutes a violation of his pre-existing parole conditions. Mann’s criminal career dates to 1988, when he was convicted of burglary, and includes auto theft, felony, evading an officer, and multiple drug possession charg- es, according to court records. In 2006, Mann received a suspended prison term after pleading guilty to selling cocaine and was on probation when he was arrested in 2007 for selling the drug again, a crime for which he received a six-year prison sentence.u

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