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VOLUME 3 ISSUE 15


July 22-August 4, 2011 OLD TOWN • MISSION HILLS • HILLCREST ➤➤ FILM P. 5 BANKER’S HILL • UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS • NORTH PARK • SOUTH PARK • GOLDEN HILL • NORMAL HEIGHTS • KENSINGTON • TALMADGE


Mike Cahill’s “Another Earth”


➤➤ DINING P. 10


No burritos at Barrio Star ➤➤ ART P. 12


Elena Buckley SDUN Reporter


It’s time for San Diego Comic-


SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON ROLLS OUT THE BIG GUNS


Con International’s (SDCC) annual appearance at the San Diego Conven- tion Center, 111 W. Harbor Dr. Running from Thurs. July 21


through Sun. July 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (5 p.m. on Sunday), this behemoth convention brings together representatives from the


collective worlds of anime, comic books, graphic novels, film, televi-


see Comic, page 4


Residents express concerns about Hillcrest Fire


Five centuries of Spanish Art ➤➤ TRAVEL P. 16 Many questions remain unanswered


By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter/ Celene Adams SDUN Editor


After receiving a call and a let-


Reykjavik on a


Index


Briefs……………………2 Calendar…………………6 Cartoon…………………6 Hoptown Girl……………8 Theater………………14 Music…………………15


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shoestring Gutted apartment building at 1033 University Ave. Photography by Jarett Boskovich


ter from two Uptown residents concerned about the July 6 blaze that gutted a three-story, century- old wooden building in the heart of Hillcrest, San Diego Uptown News decided to try to answer their questions, including: What was the name of the roofing com- pany that started the fire? What are building inspectors doing to prevent such fires, and how many


Mission Valley hosts 13th annual International Crime-Free Multi-Housing Conference Voluntary program highlights safety and cost-saving benefits By SDUN Staff


Hundreds of law enforcement profes-


sionals from the United States and Cana- da gathered in Mission Valley last week to learn more about an innovative crime- prevention program designed to help keep illegal activity off rental properties in their communities. The program, known as Crime Free Multi-Housing (CFMH), is the focus of the 13th Annual International Crime Free Conference held at the Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley. A year ago this week, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved


other buildings without sufficient fire-resistant materials, like the nearly 100-year-old building that burned, are there in Uptown? We also wanted to follow up on what’s happening to the 12 or so displaced former residents liv- ing in the two-floor apartment above Obelisk, San Diego’s oldest LGBT bookstore, at 1029 Univer- sity Ave., which was gutted by the fire, and how nightclub Rich’s and Flicks video bar as well as Torre-


see Fire, page 3


an ordinance requiring the owners of “nuisance properties” to participate in the CFMH program. The ordinance defines a nuisance property as one that generates at least 10 police calls for service within a 90-day period, or one with a crime rate that is at least 25 percent higher than sim- ilar rental properties in the same area. “Nuisance properties have a negative


impact well beyond the immediate neigh- borhood. [They] affect all of us regardless of how many blocks or miles we live from the problem property,” said San Diego County Sheriff William Gore. “When law


see Crime, page 2


San Diego State University’s new president, Dr. Elliot Hirshman participating in last week’s San Diego LGBT Pride parade.


Axe Cop


Doctor Strange Boilerplate


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