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September 16–29, 2011 OLD TOWN • MISSION HILLS • HILLCREST ➤➤ DINING P. 10 Taste Of U.Heights Sun. Sept. 18, Noon–5

Adams Ave Street Fair Sat. 24 & Sun. 25


Paesano: A page from the culinary history book

➤➤ DINING P. 12


Councilmember Todd Gloria looks forward to expanding the success the team has had in North Park to enhancing safety within the 92103.

Jersey Joe’s brings East Coast flair to San Diego

➤➤ THEATER P. 14

Margie M. Palmer SDUN Reporter

Hillcrest residents will soon see addi-

tional police presence patrolling the busi- ness corridor along University Avenue. Western Division Police Captain Walt

Left to right: Officer Alex Nezgodinsky and Officer Cesar Jimenez. (Photo by Daniel Solomon)

Vasquez said that the department’s bike team, a dedicated group of seven of ficers will have maneuverability beyond what’s afforded in patrol cars. The target start- date is Sept. 17 in Hillcrest. This is not the first time such a pro-

see Bikes, page 22

Little Shop of Horrors shakes up Cygnet Theater

➤➤ ART P. 15

How Uptown businesses handled outage Millions left without power, including local businesses

By Ashley Mackin SDUN Editor

The power outage that

left millions without electric- ity Thursday, Sept. 8 across southern California, Arizona and Baja, Mexico may have come and gone, but research as to the cause is ongoing. Early reports indicated

Nature ReInvented reinvents the collage


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The view from Coronado Island of a blacked out downtown San Diego. (Photo by Daniel Solomon)

Community meeting scheduled to discuss DMV demolition project

By Ashley Mackin SDUN Editor

The Department of Motor Vehicles

(DMV) building in Hillcrest, located at 3960 Normal Street, will be torn down and replaced with two new buildings: a larger facility for use by the DMV as well as a mixed-use facility next door. The Up- town Planners Meeting on Sept. 6 at the Joyce Beers Center provided general in- formation about the proposed project. A second meeting to answer com-

munity questions and collect feedback is scheduled for Oct. 4 at the Joyce Beers Center at 1230 Cleveland Ave.,

at 6:00 p.m. “These meetings will give residents

an opportunity to know more about this new facility that will improve their DMV customer experience and be an asset to the neighborhood,” said San Diego Sena- tor Christine Kehoe in a press release. “We want to be responsive to community needs and concerns.” The proposed second facility, which

will feature housing and retail space, fol- lows legislation Kehoe sponsored in 2008 to create a partnership between the State of California and a private developer at no

see DMV, page 7

the outage was triggered af- ter a 500-kilovolt line from Arizona to California tripped out of service, according to the California Independent System Operator (ISO). Oth- er reports suggest human er- ror by a maintenance worker in Yuma, Ariz.

The ISO initiated a joint

task force to investigate the blackout. Working with the Western Electricity Coordi- nating Council, the ISO will bring together all of the utili- ties impacted by the outage including: Arizona Public Service, San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, Imperial Irrigation District and Comisión Fed- eral de Electricidad, serving customers in northern Baja. Locally, businesses felt

the impact in various ways. At the Hillcrest 24 Hour Fitness, workouts were cut

see Blackout, page 6

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