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4 San Diego Uptown News | Sept. 30–Oct.13, 2011 UptownBriefs


NORTH PARK BOMB SCARE A HOAX


The suspicious item originally believed to be a bomb that was discovered in North Park Sept. 25 was a hoax. At approximately 9:30 a.m., San Diego police received a call regarding a suspicious item on the corner of Robinson Avenue and Florida Street. The package turned out to be a metal thermos wrapped in electrical tape with batteries and wires at- tached to the outside. Police and fire department officials evacu- ated nearby homes and closed off the street for eight hours. Investigations are ongoing as to who orchestrated the hoax.


BANKERS HILL RESIDENT ONE OF ‘BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA’


Bankers Hill resident James Dawe was one of twelve law- yers selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2012 publication. Based on a peer-review survey in which more than 41,000 at- torneys cast almost 3.9 million votes, Best Lawyers has been called “the most respected referral list of attorneys in prac- tice.” He said of the award, “I am honored to have been voted by my peers as one of the best lawyers in America in the areas of real estate law and land use and zoning law.”


MISSION HILLS RESIDENT TO BE HONORED IN HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH Mission Hills resident


Richard Nares will be honored as a part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Sponsored by Union Bank and KPBS, the honor is designed to recognize those making a difference in their community and will feature the honorees as a part of the Cultural Diversity Partnership in KPBS’s programming. Nares is the executive direc- tor of the Emilio Nares Founda- tion, which he founded with his wife Diane in 2003 after losing their son Emilio to leukemia. Nares turned his tragic ex- perience into a foundation that assists children fighting cancer throughout Southern California. Under his direction, the Emilio Nares Foundation serves as a resource center providing various community services including transporta- tion, healthy meals and finan- cial assistance. The foundation also provides staffing for the Family Resource Center at Rady Children’s Hospital.


CITY ATTORNEY SEEKING TO SHUT DOWN DISPENSARIES The San Diego City Attorney’s


Office on Wednesday filed civil complaints in San Diego Superior Court to shut down 12 marijuana dispensaries operating within 600 feet of schools. Half of them are in Uptown neighborhoods. “I’ve instructed my office to seek injunctions against these dispensaries that are flouting city zoning laws and doing so in a manner that puts our children at great risk by operating so close to schools,” San Diego City At- torney Jan Goldsmith said. “We are asking the court to shut them down now.”


In 2010, the City Council ad-


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opted an ordinance that created a legal zoning category for medical marijuana dispensaries. However, medical marijuana advocates said the ordinance was too restric- tive and qualified a referendum for the ballot that sought to repeal the law. The Council then rescinded it. With the rescission of the


ordinance and no ongoing discus- sions with the City Council, the circumstances revert back to the previously applied standard that marijuana dispensaries are not allowed in any zone.


PIONEER PARK MAKEOVER NEARING COMPLETION The Mission Hills Town Council parks subcommittee has started the final phase of a two-part project to improve the Pioneer Park playground and pic- nic area. The project is designed to update the play areas and make the park safer by offering separate structures for toddlers and older children. The project was divided into two phases. Phase one, complet- ed in July 2008, included the play area and picnic space north of it. Phase two, which began Sept. 26, includes the larger picnic space and the walkways next to it, and is scheduled for completion by the beginning of November. The area will be cordoned off and the existing tables will not be usable until the project is completed. Community members and County Supervisor Ron Roberts have donated over $130,000 for this project since 2008.


DMV DISCUSSION TABLED UNTIL NOVEMBER


The discussion of the new Hillcrest DMV and mixed-use


facility at the Uptown Planners Meeting has been postponed until Nov. 1 by the request of a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) representative. Though the meeting will still take place Oct. 4 at the Joyce Beers Center at 1230 Cleveland Ave, the DMV demolition and construction proj- ect will not be one of the items open to the public for discussion. The Nov. 1 meeting will have a representative available to answer questions, and a presentation is expected. DMV representatives are still working with the consul- tants to finalize details.


BANKERS HILL BUSINESS GROUP ESTABLISHED The Bankers Hill Business


Group (BHBG), the business association serving Upas Street south to Ash Street and Sixth Avenue west to First Avenue, has been established. Having held three meetings so far, the BHBG plans to start a newsletter and enlist local businesses. Over 1,700 businesses operate in the Bankers Hill district. There is no official board yet, but volunteers are organizing community events to make their presence known to businesses and community members. They are using a $5,000 grant from the city to plan the events as well as to cover newsletter printing costs and website design.


AD HOC COMMITTEE OF RE- DEVELOPMENT PUT ON HOLD The California Supreme


Court issued a suspension of all new work by the Ad Hoc Com- mittee of Redevelopment due to the State’s current budget issues. Councilmember Todd Gloria said “The Committee


has made great strides over the last several months contemplat- ing myriad solutions to make redevelopment work better for all of our communities.” Gloria stated, “The Ad Hoc Committee is suspending its work on the proposed reorganization of the Redevelopment Agency while the Supreme Court’s amended order remains in effect. The Supreme Court’s final ruling is expected in early January 2012. If the Redevelopment Agency is permitted to conduct new business again, the Redevelop- ment Agency may consider extending the duration of the Ad Hoc Committee beyond its current expiration date of December 15, 2011.”


SAN DIEGO PET EXPO RETURNS TO THE DEL MAR FAIRGROUNDS Pet Lovers mark your cal- endars for the largest pet event in San Diego – The San Diego Pet Expo, Oct. 15 and 16, 2011 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Attendees may enter their dog in the Splash Dogs competition, a water event for all dogs, or spend some time at the Petting Zoo. Special guest star Victoria Stilwell, star of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog” will be at the Pet Expo on Sunday, speak- ing and signing autographs. The Expo will be Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for Seniors over 65 and kids under 16 are free. Proceeds from the San Diego Pet Expo benefit San Diego animal shelters and rescues.


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