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Just in Time for Foster Youth Hosts Series of Empower Parties

Just in Time for Foster Youth Hosts Series of Empower Parties

Just in Time for Foster Youth (JIT), a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging a caring community to help transition age foster youth achieve self-sufficiency and well-being, will be hosting Empower party celebrations through the end of June for its dedicated community of supporters. JIT has scheduled a series of small, outdoor events hosted by sponsors […]

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<strong>Professional Interior Designers Offer In-Home Design Consultations</strong>

Professional Interior Designers Offer In-Home Design Consultations

If your home needs a professional spruce up, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) San Diego Chapter has a solution.  During the months of May and June members of the prestigious organization will conduct in-home design consultations during the ASID “Spring Spruce Up” fundraiser. The affordable fee of $99 per hour (minimum one hour/maximum two […]

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Home Start to Celebrate 50th Anniversary on Saturday, May 14

Home Start to Celebrate 50th Anniversary on Saturday, May 14

Home Start, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to child abuse prevention and providing evidence-based family strengthening services, will celebrate its 50th anniversary at its annual Blue Ribbon Gala this year. The event is titled “IMAGINE Families Living Life in Peace” and will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, May 14 at The […]

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Two-Day Event draws thousands to Celebrate American Indian Heritage in San Diego

Two-Day Event draws thousands to Celebrate American Indian Heritage in San Diego

The San Diego American Indian Health Center (SDAIHC) will host the 34th annual Balboa Park Pow Wow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15 at the corner of Park Boulevard and President’s Way at Balbo Park. The Pow Wow is a celebration and showcase of Native American culture and […]

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Lifestyle

Heroes Come in Many Forms

By Dixie Hall, President, Mission Hills BID and Owner of DixiePops May in Mission Hills is a busy time. Cinco de Mayo celebrations will be in full swing at restaurants and bars throughout Mission Hills.  Mission Hills Garden Walk takes place on Saturday, May 7 with Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8.  Bring all those […]

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Companion Plants for Succulents

Companion Plants for Succulents

In March, the Mission Hills Garden Club learned that many plants thrive amidst succulents.  Linda Bresler, a certified landscape designer, is truly an artist using living plants as her canvas.  In her talk, she gave us a host of types of plants with which to paint our yards. We learned that from early childhood, Bresler […]

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La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Kicks Off Weekend of Automotive Excellence

La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Kicks Off Weekend of Automotive Excellence

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial and Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty celebrates its 16th year of automotive excellence with packed weekend of exclusive events Friday, April 22, Saturday April 23, and Sunday April 24,2022. Earning a reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile displays in the U.S., the La Jolla Concours is a unique […]

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Kokedama Workshop

Kokedama Workshop

In February, the Mission Hills Garden Club attended a workshop on Kokedama, an offshoot of Bonsai, given by Kanako Yamada.  Kokedama is a plant which grows from a sphere consisting of roots covered in soil and then wrapped in colored moss.  The spere represents the earth.  After feasting on delicious Japanese style hors d’oeuvres, we […]

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Entertainment

Historic San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Appoints New Executive Director

Historic San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Appoints New Executive Director

The Board of Directors at the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet has named Kim Thomas to serve as the new executive director of the historic youth arts organization, which recently celebrated their milestone 75th Anniversary Season in 2020, having opened their doors at the Casa del Prado in Balboa Park in 1945. With extensive background […]

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Cygnet Theatre Presents “Mud Row”

Cygnet Theatre Presents “Mud Row”

Cygnet Theatre is pleased to announce the cast and creative team for its upcoming production of “Mud Row” by Tony-nominated playwright (“Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”) and MacArthur Genius recipient Dominique Morisseau. Receiving its second-ever production since it’s world premiere at People’s Light in 2019, this beautiful and dynamic play is directed by Delicia […]

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Percy the Porcupine Puppet Made Her San Diego Zoo Debut?

Percy the Porcupine Puppet Made Her San Diego Zoo Debut?

Percy the Porcupine puppet delighted guests when she made her San Diego Zoo debut, in celebration of Earth Day. She is an awe-inspiring prehensile-tailed porcupine that is 17 feet high. Percy was first unveiled in Los Angeles last month, before making her way to San Diego. Her first-ever appearance at the San Diego Zoo created […]

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Teen Writers Plays Will Come Alive in Playwrights Project’s 37th Season

Teen Writers Plays Will Come Alive in Playwrights Project’s 37th Season

Playwrights Project will present its 37th annual Plays by Young Writers Festival showcasing new scripts written by youth across California. This year’s Festival will be presented with filmed performances offered virtually to the public at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 14, and an in-person screening of the filmed performance at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 7 to celebrate the young […]

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Animal News

Podder Retires from the County’s Agriculture, Weights & Measures Department

Podder Retires from the County’s Agriculture, Weights & Measures Department

By Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications  After four years of service protecting the region’s agriculture industry, Podder is going to be sniffing out the life of leisure. The detector dog has retired from his work with the County’s Agriculture, Weights & Measures Department. County staff organized a small ceremony at the Waterfront Park […]

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San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Prepares to Open Denny Sanford Wildlife Explorers Basecamp at the San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Prepares to Open Denny Sanford Wildlife Explorers Basecamp at the San Diego Zoo

The past couple of months, burrowing owls and prairie dogs at the San Diego Zoo moved to their new “digs” in the Denny Sanford Wildlife Explorers Basecamp. Orb weaver spiders began spinning new webs, and other wildlife like Fijian iguanas, axolotls and dragon-headed katydids are now acclimating to their new habitats in preparation for the public opening March 2022. The public […]

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The Pleasures of Age

The Pleasures of Age

For the past few years it seems that I devote one annual column to age.  Before this goes to press, I will turn 81.  I can honestly say that so far, this seems to be the best year of my life.  First, I survived the COVID isolation; in fact, I turned it into a huge […]

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San Diego Zoo Celebrates the Birth of a Critically Endangered Sumatran Orangutan

San Diego Zoo Celebrates the Birth of a Critically Endangered Sumatran Orangutan

A new year brings new beginnings—and that is especially true for Indah, a 35-year-old female Sumatran orangutan at the San Diego Zoo, who gave birth to her third infant earlier this month. The healthy two-week-old male was born on January 4, and has been named Kaja, after an island in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo, […]

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Education

Volunteers Who Change Foster Kids Lives

Volunteers Who Change Foster Kids Lives

May is Foster Care Awareness Month and local Little Italy resident, Judi Sinopoli, has become very active in bringing happiness to siblings separated in the foster system.  Promises2Kids, a local nonprofit organization, provides support to over 3,000 current and former foster youth in San Diego County with the tools, opportunities, and guidance they need to […]

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Visual and Performing Art Receives Recognition and Honors

Visual and Performing Art Receives Recognition and Honors

The Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Department of the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) announced winners of the 2022 VAPA Spotlight Awards. The VAPA Spotlight Awards celebrate Transforming Lives Through the Arts across San Diego Unified School District. These awards highlight outcomes that are aligned with the goals of the district’s strategic plan for […]

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Poets and Poetry Lovers

Poets and Poetry Lovers

by Elaine Karin National Poetry Month is widely celebrated throughout the country each April.  It was founded by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 to highlight the achievements of American poets, support poets and poetry, bring poetry into our classrooms, and encourage the reading of poems. To celebrate, the Friends of the Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox […]

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A Favorite Place in Mission Hills

A Favorite Place in Mission Hills

by Dixie Hall, President MHBID and owner of DixiePops While out and about recently, have you looked up to see the 76 Colors on Canvas 2022 hand painted banners by student artists that are installed on lamp posts scattered throughout Mission Hills? They will be on display for six weeks, through April 19.  Each honors […]

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Videos

Networking in Covid-19 w/ Steven David Elliot – DavidKamatoy.com Show 2020.10 #PresidioSentinel

Networking in Covid-19 w/ Steven David Elliot – DavidKamatoy.com Show 2020.10 #PresidioSentinel

Multi-creative entrepreneur and television host and producer David Kamatoy has released his latest video from The DavidKamatoy.com Show on networking in the era of Covid 19 with author and entrepreneur Steven David Elliot. In the segment, “Networking in Covid-19 with Steven David Elliot,” the two discuss the creation of Elliot’s networking program, Rockstar Connect, and […]

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How to Google Yourself Properly – KZTC7 DavidKamatoy.com Show

How to Google Yourself Properly – KZTC7 DavidKamatoy.com Show

(San Diego, CA) David Kamatoy, multi-creative entrepreneur and television producer has released his latest video, “How to Google Yourself Properly.” In this video, a segment from the new DavidKamatoy.com Show, he provides tips and suggestions to make searching for your own name on the internet powerful and effective. “People Google, or search, themselves on the […]

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Soul Swapmeet Brings Black Entrepreneurs Together to Showcase Talents

Soul Swapmeet Brings Black Entrepreneurs Together to Showcase Talents

San Diego Soul SwapmeetSaturday November 21, 2020 10a.m.-3p.m. Encore Event Center8253 Ronson RoadSan Diego, CA 92111 Nearly four-dozen Black entrepreneurs gathered to share their goods and services at the Soul Swapmeet held on Saturday, September 19, at the Encore Events Center in Kearny Mesa. The businesses and organizations on hand ran the gamut from art […]

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Little Italy Al Fresco draws thousands to downtown San Diego

Little Italy Al Fresco draws thousands to downtown San Diego

(San Diego, CA) After seemingly innumerable weeks of staying at home to flatten the curve of the Covid-19 pandemic, hundreds of San Diego residents flocked downtown to enjoy the first ever Little Italy Al Fresco event on Saturday, June 13.

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How to attend SDCC 2020 #ComicConatHome

How to attend SDCC 2020 #ComicConatHome

| July 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

Full daily schedules can be accessed through the Comic-Con@Home webpage at www.comic-con.org/cci/2020/athome.

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Too Little Too Late

| May 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

By Janet O’Dea In Mission Hills, one of our neighbors just tore down a building at the “Gateway to Mission Hills” on the corner of West Washington Street and Goldfinch next to the fire station. A representative responded to questions on the HistoricMissionHills Facebook page about the apartments going in after the project was permitted […]

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Homelessness Program Accountability Measure Clears 2nd Hurdle

| May 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilkannounced that his legislation to add clarity and accountability to California’s efforts to address homelessness has earned bipartisan support and recently passed 4 to 0 out of the Senate Committee on Human Services.  “I am pleased to see this measure receive bipartisan support. There seems to be a growing consensus that […]

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Inflation – Here to Stay

| May 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

Like most investors, I’ve been surprised by both the magnitude and persistence of the inflation spike we’ve seen over the past several months. The forecasts continue to suggest that inflation should moderate somewhat by year-end and into 2023, but that doesn’t take the sticker shock out of the prices we’re paying today at the store […]

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20 Years Later, “Enron by the Sea” Still Awash in Duplicity

| May 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

By Kate Callen When a 2002 whistleblower’s report unleashed the city’s massive pension fund scandal, and San Diego was branded “Enron by the Sea,” humiliated city leaders vowed to clean up their accounting practices and operate in full view. Two decades later, a new generation of city leaders is devising new ways of fudging data […]

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The Mayor’s Planning Department Knowingly Using Outdated 2013 SANDAG Projections for Current Community Plan “Updates”

| May 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

Last December, SANDAG adopted Series 14 projections for population and housing growth through 2050. These projections take into account the latest California Department of Finance population projections. Despite the availability of these updated projections, the Planning Department continues to plan based on outdated, inflated data. This leads to unnecessary, harmful impacts. For the City as […]

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California State Auditor Releases Scathing Report on Regional Housing Needs Assessment

California State Auditor Releases Scathing Report on Regional Housing Needs Assessment

| May 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

On March 17, Michael S. Tilden, the Acting California State Auditor, issued a blistering critique of the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and its Regional Housing Needs Assessments (RHNA). The Auditor found problems in the HCD methodology that may have inflated RHNA requirements by hundreds of thousands of housing units. The Auditor concludes […]

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