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City cleans up riverbed, offers services to homeless living there to combat hepatitis A outbreak

Posted: September 29th, 2017 | News, Top Stories | No Comments

CLEANING SAN DIEGO RIVERBED PART OF AGGRESSIVE SANITATION AND VACCINATION EFFORT TO KEEP SAN DIEGANS HEALTHY & SAFE

The following is a statement from the City of San Diego:

As part of an aggressive push to stop the hepatitis A outbreak, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and City Councilmembers Scott Sherman and Lorie Zapf today joined City crews to clear the San Diego River of debris and to relocate homeless individuals to safe and sanitary living conditions.

Decision time

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Communities, Grantville, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

Redevelopment around the Grantville trolley station has been a longtime goal of the city of San Diego, the Navajo communities and a handful of nearby property owners. But there has always been one major roadblock to realizing that goal — persistent flooding along Alvarado Creek between Waring and Mission Gorge roads, even during small storms.

A recently completed study conducted by the city could be the first step in addressing the flooding.

A dedicated Navajo neighbor

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Communities, Features, Mission Trails, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

In August, Jay Wilson announced that he would be stepping down as executive director of the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRPF) where he had served for nine years.

In addition to his time as MTRPF’s first executive director, Wilson has always been a dedicated neighbor and volunteer to the Navajo communities. He is a current member of the Del Cerro Action Council; has served on the Navajo Community Planners, Inc.; helped start and revive the Lake Murray July 4 fireworks festivals; and helps put up the U.S. flags along Navajo Road every legal holiday.

Allied Gardens Little League place fifth in state

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Allied Gardens, Communities, Lifestyle, News, Sports, Top Stories | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

The Allied Gardens Little League 8- to 10-year-old All Star team’s march to a fifth-place finish in Southern California was more than just 13 kids playing, and winning, games together. It was a bonding experience for the youngsters — one that will likely make them friends for all their lives.

In order to build the team chemistry that took them that far in the tournament, the players practically lived together for 52 days.

Shaped from clay

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

A truly unique children’s book, “Lily Pond,” was launched on Kickstarter by Patrick Henry High School alumni Shelley Daniels Lekven.

Shortly before graduating with a degree in psychology from UCLA, Lekven was inspired to write a poem that follows the vivid imagination of a little frog, Lily Pond, as she daydreams about her future.

Taking a community to raise a youth

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Cynthia Robertson

Just in Time For Foster Youth, a unique organization helping hundreds of youth who have aged out of the foster care system, has made Grantville its home.   

Funded completely by donations, investments and fundraising efforts, Just in Time (JIT) is the stop-gap place for foster youth who have nowhere else to turn once they are released from their foster homes at age 17 or 18. It is a place where changed lives are an everyday occurrence, but never taken for granted.

Football star to family business man

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | Features, Lifestyle, Sports, Top Stories | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

When Don Coryell was hired to bring San Diego State football out of what was called the “small college” ranks and into the big time, Jim Allison says Coryell talked him into passing up offers from the likes of Texas, UCLA and the big schools.

“Coach knew where he wanted the program to go, and told me I could help get them there. He could talk you into anything if he put his mind to it, and he did with me.”

Construction to begin on Friars/163 project

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

Since about 1996, there have been plans afoot to clear up the many traffic problems around the Friars Road/state Route 163 area. Problems there have only grown worse as more and more residential construction has been built on both sides of Friars.

Much more construction is planned for the general Riverwalk area. There may be thousands of units, apartments and condos to come.