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6 San Diego Uptown News | July 22–August 4, 2011


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PUBLISHER David Mannis

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REPORTERS & COLUMNISTS Charlene Baldridge Joel Berlin

Jeff Britton Elena Buckley

Patricia Morris Buckley Dani Dodge Lauren Duffy Michael Good Erin Goss “Dr. Ink”

Letter to the Editor I am appalled at the situa-

tion revealed in reports of the three-alarm fire in a hundred- year-old wooden apartment and business building in Hillcrest on July 6th (SDUptown News, July 8-21). Where were the building inspectors? (One showed up the next day to put a red tag on the ruins. Big whoop!) How is it that people are allowed to live in a firetrap that evidently had no working smoke or fire alarms, no sprinklers, no fire doors, no fire blocks? I realize that San Di- ego has an oversupply of wacko

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libertarians who think taxing people for public services is the first step down the long slippery slide to Socialism, but this is too much by any standard. Where is our newly empowered, do- nothing Mayor, San Diego’s equivalent of the Wizard of Oz? Where is the City Council when its members aren’t planning to run or running for some more lucrative public office, like mayor or state rep or state senator or whatever? Where is the self-appointed group of local busybodies calling themselves

the Hillcrest Town Council? Two businesses were de- stroyed; where is the San Diego Business Association? There’s another wooden building of about the same age further up the block, vacant for years but now being advertised as a possible restaurant. All it would take is a fire in the restaurant kitchen to send that one up as well. It’s just dumb luck every- body got out of the building this time. Finally, and not least, isn’t anyone thinking of our firefight- ers, who put themselves on the


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non-members, $70 for members. Summer reading program: 10:30 to 11 a.m., Mission Hills Library, 925 W. Washington St., 692-4910,, free. Mission Hills Farmer’s Mar- ket: 3 to 7 p.m. every Friday, 4050 Falcon St., free. America’s Finest Beer Fest: 3 p.m. to midnight, three-day festival with beer from more than 120 craft breweries and music at Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd., americas-, $49. Mission Hills Town Council summer concert with Hullaba- loo: 6 to 8 p.m., Pioneer Park, Wash- ington Place and Randolph Street,, free.


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Summer in the Park: 6 to 8 p.m., music by Cool Fever Band and food vendors at Trolley Barn Park, Adams Avenue and Florida Street, free.

Friday teen night: 6 to 9 p.m., movies, games, activities, food and more sponsored by the California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Program at the Mid- City Gymnasium, 4302 Landis St., 516-3082 or 641-6125, free. “Much Ado About Nothing:” 7 and 8 p.m., the day of the week varies until Sept. 24, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, 234- 5623,, $29-$79. “Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein:” 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 28, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, 234-5623, theoldglobe. org, $39-$90.

Rock the Boulevard: 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show, Erika Davies with Roy Rapid & The Rhythm Rock Trio plays the third of five eclectic music shows in The Lafay- ette Hotel’s Mississippi Ballroom, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., theboulevard. org, $10 at the door or $25 for all five shows.

Cinema Under the Stars pres- ents “Splendor in the Grass:” 8:30 p.m., Cinema Under the Stars, 4040 Goldfinch St., 295-4221, top-, $14 Thursday and Sunday, $15 Friday and Saturday.


Golden Hill Farmer’s Market: 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, B

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line every day for us, and who had to inhale all that smoke and risk burns to try to save a slum building that should have been torn down years ago? My father, an uncle and a grandfather were all volunteer firemen where we lived when I was a child, and I still remember our anxiety when he went out on a call one night and wasn’t back yet when we kids woke up in the morn- ing! Heads should roll on this one.

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Cynthia Robertson Frank Sabatini, Jr. Dave Schwab

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