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VOLUME 3 ISSUE 20


Sept. 30–Oct.13, 2011 OLD TOWN • MISSION HILLS • HILLCREST ➤➤ DINING P. 12 BANKERS HILL • UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS • NORTH PARK • SOUTH PARK • GOLDEN HILL • NORMAL HEIGHTS • KENSINGTON • TALMADGE


Calabria’s split identity makes for one hot spot


➤➤ THEATER P. 16


Vendors, artists, musicians and thousands of residents ventured Adams Avenue for the Street Fair Sept. 24-25. (Photo by Daniel Solomon)


SD Rep hosts “Walter Cronkite is Dead.”


➤➤ TRAVEL P. 17


By Ashley Mackin SDUN Editor


The Adams Avenue Street


Fair rocked Normal Heights with performers, vendors and carnival style rides. With the goal of rais- ing money and awareness for local businesses, the Street Fair brought in thousands of people during this year’s run, Sept. 24-25. The music scene at the Street


Fair has evolved since its inception in 1981. In its first year, the headlin- ing band was a group of San Diego Police Officers, who performed as community outreach. This year, over 60 bands per-


formed on six stages, including: The Beat Farmers, El Vez, Cedric Burnside Project, Dave Allan & The Arrows, El Chicano, Dengue Fever and Arthur Adams. “I couldn’t turn this down,”


said Dave Allan of Dave Allan & The Arrows, “I knew it would be a nice venue.” Adding that the crowd was “small but mighty,” Allan said he prefers playing events like this than venues in Los Angeles, and he would absolutely come to next year’s Fair if asked. In addition to Allan, the Beat


Farmers drew a crowd of loyal fol- lowers. “We came here for the Beat Farmers,” said San Diego resident


Jeff Lein, “they have been out of cir- culation for 15-20 years.” The crowds and the food have


kept City Heights resident Beverly Powers coming back to the Street Fair for 20 years. “I’ve been coming since I was a little girl and now I love to bring kids out, like my neighbor’s kids and my godson,” she said, “I love it, I come here every year. There


see Adams, page 3


Grand Lake is a grand adventure in Colorado


➤➤ MUSIC P. 19


The North Park post office, now closed, is one of many locations that have been shut down due to budget issues. (Photo provided by Kristen Fogle)


North Park post office closed, more locations may follow


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By Kristen Fogle SDUN Reporter


The closure of the North Park post


office in July came as a surprise to resi- dents, many of whom are wondering where to carry out their mailing needs and what will be done with the vacant building that remains. The location at 3791 Grim Ave. had been in operation since 1951. Residents started a letter writing cam-


paign and posted banners to keep the doors open. They also received help from 4th District County Supervisor Ron Rob- erts and 53rd District Congresswoman Susan Davis to aide in rallying against the shut down. Nevertheless, the U.S. Postal Service


(USPS) decided the North Park post of- fice would be closed. In the past four fiscal years, the USPS


reduced costs by $12 billion and reduced its career workforce by 110,000 employ- ees nationwide. Approximately 1,400 offices nation-


wide were listed as candidates for closure in January. As of mid July, 280 have been closed, leaving 1,120 remaining for re- view. A new list includes 3,700 facilities up for review, including the aforementioned 1,120 offices. Eva Jackson, communications pro-


gram specialist for the Postal Service San Diego District said, “The 3,700 re- tail offices on the recently announced current list [for closure] are still going through the review, and the community input process has been closed…more [post offices] could potentially shut their doors.” Over 100 California facili- ties are on the list. While no other of- fices in the Uptown area are candidates, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot loca- tion on Tientsen Street in Midtown is on the list.


Despite the closure of several


branches to reduce USPS operating costs, it may not be enough to keep other doors open. Postmaster General


see Post, page 3


Adams Avenue Business Association appoints new executive director


By Ashley Mackin SDUN Editor


The Adams Avenue Business Association (AABA) re-


cently appointed Judy Elliot as their new executive director. Elliot began the last week of August, just weeks before the Adams Avenue Street Fair. Her time was used to prepare for the two-day celebration, which occurred Sept. 24 and 25. “Fortunately for me, I know the community,” she said,


“I’ve worked on the [Adams Avenue] Street Fair before, I’ve worked with the Business Association, and being familiar with the neighborhood helped me a lot.” Elliot moved to San Diego from Michigan in 1978 because “the snow and the cold and the blizzards were no fun,” she said.


see Director, page 9


STREET FAIR ROCKS FOR 30TH YEAR


WHITS & PICS pg.11


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