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6 San Diego Uptown News | September 2–15, 2011


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BALBOA PARK CELEBRATES MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY Four Balboa Park museums


will be helping to celebrate the second Mexican Independence Day festival, “Viva Mexico.” On Sept. 14 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.,


the San Diego Museum of Man, the Mingei International Museum, The San Diego Museum of Art and the Timken Museum of Art will stay open late to celebrate along with the Consulate General of Mexico, The Prado Restaurant and XEWT-TV. Along with roaming mariachis


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and colorful folk dancers, The Prado will be providing a different Mexican dish along with Mexican wine or beer at each museum. Tickets are $15 in advance and


$20 the day of the event. Children six and under are free. For more information, or to purchase tick- ets, visit vivamexico2011.event- brite.com, museumofman.org or mingei.org/vivamexico.


MICHELLE STEEL FIGHTS RURAL FIRE PREVENTION FEE BILL In response to the recently


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implemented Assembly Bill 1x 29 (Chapter 8), approving a rural fire prevention fee, Michelle Steel, vice chair of the State Board of Equalization, reached out to Gov- ernor Jerry Brown, calling upon him to stop the bill. Steel wrote in her letter to


Governor Brown that “Under this law our state’s firefighters will be shorted important personnel and may be unable to purchase neces- sary equipment, while at the same time, CAL FIRE will be issuing grants to conservation groups to


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teach the necessity of defensible space.” She also addressed the ques-


tionable constitutionality of the bill, stating that it was passed by a majority vote, which could be a “violation of Proposition 26, which states that any fee that benefits the public broadly must be passed by a two-thirds vote. Educational programs targeted to people and businesses, including those who may not be assessed the fee, cer- tainly fit this definition.” Steel ended her letter remind-


ing Governor Brown of the ap- proaching Santa Ana winds and the inevitable fire dangers that come along with them, urging him to act soon.


NEW APP CREATED TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH BALBOA PARK There is now a free Meridian


app for Android and iOS devices that will act as your own personal tour guide around Balboa Park. This new app provides directions, maps, location-based information, a restaurant guide, an attractions guide and an events guide com- plete with a calendar that has ven- ue and category specific searches. After the success of the Balboa


Park iPhone app, The Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC) be- gan working with Meridian to create the same thing for iOS and Android devices. “The goal of Meridian is to


do more than package a mobile version of information from or- ganizations’ websites,” said Kiyo Kubo, Meridian’s CEO in a recent release. “Rather, we seek to offer helpful tools wherever you are in your visit to a place that only location-aware technologies can deliver. Balboa Park is a perfect fit because of the huge number of attractions located on the Park’s


grounds.” The new app can be down-


loaded at the Apple App Store or through Meridian Market.


TRAVEL THE TEQUILA TRAIL IN OLD TOWN The Save Our Heritage Organ-


isation (SOHO) has teamed up with the Old Town Chamber of Commerce to help fundraise for both organizations. “The Tequila Trail—A Taste of Old Town” is a huge money making event for the Old Town Chamber, and this year $5 of every ticket sale will also go to SOHO. On Sept. 11 from 3 to 6 p.m.,


participants can visit ten of Old Town’ finest Mexican restaurants to sample some of their signature dishes as well as over a dozen fine tequilas, mescals and complemen- tary liquors for $25. Restaurant stops include: Barra Barra Saloon, Café Coyote, Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant, Casa Guadalajara, El Fandango, Fiesta de Reyes, La Piñata Miguel’s Cocina, Old Town Mexican Café and Rockin’ Baja Coastal Cantina. Tickets can be purchased


by calling (619) 297-7511, visit- ing brownpapertickets.com/ event/195198 or stopping by The Whaley House Museum Shop at 2476 San Diego Ave.


PUBLIC MEETING ANNOUNCED TO DISCUSS NEW DMV DEVELOPMENT Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San


Diego) announced today that two public meetings will be held to discuss the development of a new Department of Motor Ve- hicles (DMV) building in Hill- crest. The discussion will be part of the Uptown Planners’ regularly


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