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6 San Diego Uptown News | Aug. 5–18, 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”

Beatrice Kemp Brook Larios Scott Marks David Nelson

Cynthia Robertson Frank Sabatini, Jr. Dave Schwab

Glenda Winders John Philip Wyllie



San Diego 311–Bringing city services to your fingertips Councilmember Carl DeMaio

How often have you driven

down Broadway Ave. and seen a large pothole in the road? Or even worse, discovered it right after your car runs it over? You want to report the problem to the City when you get home but by the time you get there you have forgotten the location of the pothole. Unfortunately, with no one reporting it, the pot- hole only gets larger and more dangerous.

This scenario has unfor- tunately become a San Diego tradition and is a common story I hear when meeting with residents. They are frustrated by the state of their road condi- tions and feel that there should be more simple and efficient

Carl DeMaio

ways to report potholes Down- town. After hearing these concerns

my office decided to partner with an outside firm to develop “San

Diego 311” a Smartphone app and online widget

that serves as

a one stop shop of City services and streamlines how those ser- vices are provided. Downtown residents can

report potholes, abandoned vehicles, graffiti, illegal dump- ing, broken sidewalks and much more instantaneously from their Android, Blackberry or I-Phones. The program can also be ac- cessed online through an online widget.

San Diego 311 uses the latest technology in geo-tagging technol- ogy to automatically provide the problem’s location when residents report problems from their phones. This simplifies the reporting process for residents and speeds

CalendarofEvents AUG. 5

Summer reading program: 10:30 to 11 a.m., Mission Hills Library, 925 W. Washington St., 692-4910, hills, free.

Mission Hills Farmer’s Mar- ket: 3 to 7 p.m. every Friday, 4050 Falcon St., free. Summer in the Park: 6 to 8 p.m., music by Sue Palmer and her Motel Swing Orchestra and food vendors at Trolley Barn Park, Adams Avenue and Florida St., 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. Velodrome bicycle racing: 6:30 p.m. every Friday through Sept. 23, San Diego Velodrome, 2221 Morley Field Dr., 786-0648, free. Jeanne Robertson: 8 p.m., Birch North Park Theatre, 2891

University Ave., jeannerobertson. com, $34.50.

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

AUG. 6

Golden Hill Farmer’s Market: 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, B St. between 27th and 28th Streets, free.

The Little Italy Mercato: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Saturday, Date and India streets, littleitalymer-, free. Old Town Farmer’s Market: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday, Harney Street, free. “Mission to the Moon:” noon to 2 p.m., a public mission using a realistic Mission Control mock-up and a 21st century Space Station at the Nierman Challenger Learn- ing Center at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, rh-, 238-1233 ext. 806, $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Stagecoach Days: “Soldiers and Citizens:” noon to 4 p.m., learn about life in early San Diego through demonstrations, living history activities, stories, songs and vignettes at Old Town State Historic Park, San Diego Ave. and Twiggs St., oldtownsandiego, free. Forensic Detectives: 1 to 3 p.m., children ages 5 to 12 can use detective skills to solve a mystery in the Discovery Lab at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Cen- ter, 1875 El Prado,, $2 with admission. “Little Shop of Horrors:” 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday through Sept. 11, Cygnet The- atre, 4040 Twiggs St., 337-1525,, $39 adults, $35 students and seniors. Cinema Under the Stars pres-

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

AUG. 7 Hillcrest Farmer’s Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free.

“Fossil Mysteries:” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, visit the permanent exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, 232-3821,, $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $12 for military, youths and students, $11 for children 3 to 12, free for members.

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

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up the time for City employees to respond to the report. This program finally catches

the City up to modern day technology and creates a new platform that will cut costs and provide an instrument that easily allows residents to report prob- lems in their community. San Diego 311 literally puts

City services at residents’ fin- gertips, and I hope you’ll join me in downloading this app to start improving our community today. For instructions on how to download the App and Wid- get please visit: http://www. or contact our office at 619-236- 6655 or email CarlDemaio@ SanDiego.Gov.u

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