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Stories by Joan FitzSimons

The legacy of poor undergrounding in Kensington/Talmadge

Planning subcommittee spawns city’s Utility Underground Advisory Group

Thanks to the grassroots efforts of the Kensington/Talmadge Planning Group and its undergrounding subcommittee, the City of San Diego’s Land Use and Housing Committee unanimously voted on October 23 to create the Utility Underground Advisory ...

Yarn bomb at Kensington/Talmadge library

Trees and rails wrapped under cover of night

Kensington residents did double-takes early on the morning of Wednesday, August 14, when they saw colorfully knitted “wraps” adorning trees, poles, and handrails in front of the Kensington/Talmadge library. According to nearby residents, the knitted ...

Talmadge residents look forward to revamped village

Workshop leaders ask them to envision future

Enthusiastic Talmadge residents gathered to brainstorm how they envision their community’s future neighborhood-serving business district. Residents have yearned for decades to create a village core similar to that of Kensington, South Park, and University Heights. ...

Cowles Mountain at Mission Trails park — loved too much

Trail closed March 25 to April 17

For hikers it’s exercise rewarded with 360º panoramic views. For Cowles Mountain it’s trail damage and habitat destruction. Hikers anticipating a challenging spring break hike up Cowles Mountain at the Golfcrest trailhead in San Carlos ...

Aldine Drive’s stop signs create bad traffic in Talmadge

They’re meant to discourage commuters

On Monday morning, March 18, hundreds — if not thousands — of Talmadge and City Heights commuters found themselves trapped in long lines of traffic trying to access Aldine Drive through Talmadge. With horns honking ...

Rock to roll onto Aldine Drive in Kensington?

City says it poses no danger

During the past two months, Kensington residents have been baffled by the sudden appearance of a large boulder lodged into a slope along Aldine Drive. To add to the mystery, all vegetation was quickly cleared ...

Kensington/Talmadge Group Approves YMCA for City Heights

Plans for the construction of a new Copley-Price YMCA were unanimously approved last week by the Kensington/Talmadge Community Planning Group. The YMCA will be built on the old Pearson Ford dealership property at Fairmount Avenue ...

Farms on Wheels Brings Agriculture to Schools

Yellow school buses will soon do more than transport children to and from San Diego schools. On March 23, in his weekly "Friday Notes" email, San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Bill Kowba announced that ...

Kensington’s Aldine Drive to Be Grafitti Magnet?

The good news: Kensington and Talmadge residents are pleased that Aldine Drive, the eastern access road to/from the Kensington community from Fairmount Avenue, was reopened to through-traffic on January 9. The road had been closed ...

Senior Students Paint Parking Spaces at Patrick Henry High

Throughout San Diego, a coveted perk for high school seniors is the right to claim their own parking spot in the seniors-only section of their school's parking lot. But many schools have added a twist ...

Protesters Declare Talmadge Bungalow an Eyesore

A little red bungalow that has been a Talmadge icon for over 70 years is now an unwelcome blight to the community. On October 10, Talmadge community activists Erin Judson and Kelly Waggonner organized a ...

North Park’s Pilot Perpendicular Parking Project

Within the past few weeks, a perpendicular, or “head-in,” parking project has been completed in the 4300 block of Kansas Street, north of El Cajon Boulevard. The project was initiated by the Mid City Community ...

Stonemason at Work Between Talmadge and City Heights

Ukrainian-born stonemason Sam Kolivayko, 48, has spent the past two months building a series of stone pilasters at the junction of the City Heights and Talmadge, on the northeast corner of Fairmount and Meade avenues. ...

Crime Spike in Kensington

According to reports and SDPD community relations officer Rene Murillo, Kensington has experienced an increase in crime from January through June, with most of the crime spiking in April and May. In this five-month span, ...

Bicycle Logos Painted on Kensington Streets...What Gives?

For the past three weeks, bicycle logos have been painted on certain streets in Kensington, leaving residents baffled as to what they meant. The mystery of the logos was revealed when Jim Baross, president of ...

Cowles Mountain Hikers Disregard Main Trail

I had not hiked up Cowles Mountain since June but did so again on October 17. I was stunned to discover the severity of damage done to the main trail and the surrounding habitat during ...

Winter Was the Worst

University Avenue's last unpaved alley recently joined the 21st Century. For more than 80 years, two sections of an alley in the 3900 block between 33rd and Wabash Streets remained unimproved and unpaved until late ...

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