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ACTION ALERT: Community members encouraged to speak out in favor of Hillcrest Pride Flag project

SAN DIEGO – The Uptown Planners will make a recommendation on the Hillcrest Pride Flag project at its meeting at 6pm Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The board provides advisory recommendations to the City of San Diego regarding land use and projects in the Uptown Community Plan area, which includes most of the Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Bankers Hill and Park West neighborhoods.

Members of the Uptown Planners board, who are elected by the communities they represent, send their recommendations to the city as part of the approval prodcess for discretionary projects – those projects that request variances to the building code or zoning.

The project was first presented to the board at its Oct. 4, 2011 meeting, with board members tabling the vote on the project to a future meeting.

First envisioned by a coaltion of community members, the project would include a 65-foot flag pole bearing a large rainbow flag along the intersection of Normal Street and University Avenue. The base of the flag pole would include a small plaza that would be built into the landscaped road median that already exists at the site.

Capital for the project is being funded completely by private donations, with more than $25,000 raised so far including funds from the first-ever Amazing High Heel Race, held in June. Four Hillcrest business owners also made $5,000 “legacy” contributions to the project last year, including Nicholas Moede, owner of Rich’s; Chris Shaw, owner of Urban Mo’s, Baja Betty’s and Gossip Grill; Johnathan Hale, publisher of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News and San Diego Pix Magazine; and Cecelia Moreno, owner of Crest Café.

Those working on the project say that the flag is a symbol of not only the LGBT community, which has strong roots in the Hillcrest area, but of diversity and acceptance.

Community and others who support the project are encouraged to come to Tuesday’s meeting and let the Uptown Planners know that the project is important to Hillcrest. There will be a time for public comment in which anyone present at the meeting may share their opinion on the project before the board.

This meeting is the first in a three-step approval process, which will be followed by a vote by the city’s Planning Commission, followed by the full City Council.

The meeting will take place at the Joyce Beers Community Center on Vermont Street just north of University Avenue 6pm Tuesday, Feb. 7.

For more information about Uptown Planners, click HERE.

For more information about the Hillcrest Pride Flag project, click HERE.