News from the Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council – July 15

By Shain Haug

Town Hall and board meeting

The Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council (AGGCC) holds a Town Hall Meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each odd-numbered month at 7 p.m. at the Ascension Lutheran Church, located at the corner of 51st Street and Zion Avenue. Our next Town Hall Meeting will be on July 26. Presentations will be made by the San Diego Police Department Community Service Representative and a representative of the San Diego Fire Department.

Our primary guest will be Susan Braun, who will speak on “The Raising of America” documentary series. Braun holds a bachelor’s degree in child development from Cornell University and a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. She represented our community by serving on the San Diego City School Board, District B, for three consecutive terms beginning in 1990. “The Raising of America” documentary series is the first national, fully-integrated media/public engagement project that aims to reframe the way Americans look at early child health and development.


The next meeting of the AGGCC will feature a presentation on the documentary “The Raising of America.” (

Minutes of the July 11 AGGCC board meeting will be provided on request.

Friday concerts

On July 1, the performance of the Classic Buzzband at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center was attended by almost 2,200 enthusiastic neighbors and friends. What great sounds and sights! The children zipping around; the dancing; the happy faces; and the gorgeous mellow feeling of a summer evening picnic in the park. Once again, our special thanks to Ideal Plumbing for the hot dogs and for their bright smiles. We appreciate the everyday commitment this company makes to the community.

Our next Rec Center concert will be on Friday, Aug. 5 between 6 and 8 p.m. featuring Siren’s Crush, a high energy, all-live band that specializes in today’s dance music. They have performed across the country with many national acts. Band members Victor and Angie Sagastume, and their 12-year-old daughter have been Allied Gardens residents for 10 years. You won’t want to miss this performance. Check them out at

Keep your calendar open for Sept. 2 – Rachel Aldous and The Road Home (bluegrass, folk, Americana).


Because of the generous contributions from our First Friday in the Park Concerts sponsors, we were able to schedule five concerts. We had to cancel the May 6 event because of rain. We were not able to recover all of the costs of the cancelled performance but we are working on funding to make up for that loss with the hope we can schedule a concert on Oct. 7. More to follow.

Our sponsor Longhorn Bar & Grill has been an Allied Gardens/Grantville icon since 1968 and is now serving three generations of our neighbors. Since 2011, the new owners have been upgrading the premises without losing the neighborhood feeling and their well-earned reputation for great service. The owners are dedicated supporters of not only our concert series but of Kiwanis, Little League, our schools, local merchants, and many community activities. Stop by soon, take a seat in the John Wayne Room, and enjoy an outstanding burger.

Our sponsor John’s Automotive Care has been owned and operated at 6267 Riverdale St. by Del Cerro resident John Eppstein since 1998. When John’s expert automotive technicians work on your car, even for only minor work like an oil change, you leave with a full analysis of its condition and of work that might be required for your safety. The next step in John’s customer-focused service approach is to figure out what is important to the customer and to tailor the job to customer’s specifications. The deserved winner of many awards, John and his company support many community activities including our concert series, Little League, and the Boys & Girls Club of East County. For more information, visit

—Shain Haug is the President of the Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council. He can be reached at Your suggestions for Town Hall meetings and any topics that you feel the Community Council should address will be much appreciated.

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