News from the Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council

By Shain Haug At the Jan. 24 Town Hall Meeting of the Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council (AGGCC), we received reports from Liz Saidkhanian of Councilmember Scott Sherman’s staff, Ashley Campbell of Rep. Susan Davis’ office, San Diego Police Department Liaison Officer John Steffen, and San Diego Fire Department Battalion Chief Glen Holder. Our primary speaker […]

One step closer for San Carlos Library

Posted: January 20th, 2017 | Communities, Features, News, San Carlos, Top Stories | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

We now have a very good idea what the new San Carlos branch library will look like. We also have a much more uncertain view of when it might look like that.

Architect David Pfeifer showed the drawings and schematics of the long-awaited facility to the Navajo Community Planners at the group’s Jan. 11 meeting, and it revealed a 25,000-square-foot library and community center that has been the dream of library supporters since at least 1995, and probably much earlier.

Grantville may host more veteran, low-income housing

Posted: January 20th, 2017 | Communities, Features, Grantville, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

Affirmed Housing is looking at the northeast corner of Fairmount and Twain Avenues for a multi-story complex of buildings for homeless veterans, special needs populations and low-income families, in the same vein as the company’s current efforts with the former Motel 6 on Alvarado Canyon Road.

Affirmed Housing senior project manager John Wurster unveiled the plans at a meeting of the Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) on Jan. 11.

Mini-dorms face stiff crackdown

Posted: January 20th, 2017 | College Area, Communities, Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

Longtime residents of the neighborhoods around San Diego State University are losing their communities to the never-ending need for some sort of housing for SDSU students.

Right now, there are more than 800 so-called “mini-dorms” in the College area, and there are fears that these makeshift housing options will spread to other communities, like Del Cerro, San Carlos, Grantville and Allied Gardens.

News from the San Carlos Friends of the Library

By Sue Hotz Memberships San Carlos Friends of the Library (SCFOL) annual memberships must be renewed each January; $5 for seniors and $20 for a family. Become a Life Member for a one-time donation of $250. All SCFOL members presenting their membership card can make purchases at the limited monthly pre-Used Book Sales held in […]

A botanical mystery at Mission Trails

By Audrey F. Baker | Trail Guide Among our most spectacular winter blooms is Mission Manzanita. Its 0.3-inch flowers appear December to February, ranging from milk white to rose-pink and blending to yellowish tones at the open end. Prodigious urn-shaped flora assemble in small clusters near branch ends. When moist, these mini-mission bells broadcast opalescent […]