by Omar Passon - Understanding San Diego via San Diego Uptown News
I started the website Understanding San Diego (understandingsd.com) to make our City’s backbone – its pipes, bike lanes, roads, buildings, fire stations, parks, et cetera – easy for people to understand.
Denise Montgomery, the incoming head of the city’s Commission for Arts and Culture, will land in her job with some good news (an increase in the agency’s budget) and some not-exactly-ideal news (it’s not as much as city leaders would like).
The Uptown area — Bankers Hill, Middletown, Mission Hills, Hillcrest and part of University Heights — is in the process of rewriting its community plan, a blueprint for future development. The process is lengthy, expensive and highly iterative.
A North Park religious school will receive more than $500,000 from taxpayers because a jury found late last year that the city unfairly rejected its expansion project. The school's lawyers won their case by arguing City Councilman Todd Gloria improperly pressured city staff into changing a vital report on the project four years ago.