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Our Volunteerism Paid Off

Based on over 100 hours of volunteer service from members of our group.  The Gay Pride Organization donated $1000.00 to the Bankers Hill Community Group.

It was a win-win for the community.  We cleaned our neighborhood during and after their festival in Balboa Park and earned dollars for this community group to keep going.

Thank you all who came out – even in the rain and thank you Gay Pride for appreciating our work.

Your Voice – Your Money

The Uptown community Parking District re-invests parking meter funds into our communities for parking related projects.  We are seeking input from the community for projects in your neighborhoodbudget-ad

New Year Brings Light to SR-163 Cabrillo Bridge

SAN DIEGO – Caltrans plans to ring in the New Year by lighting up an historic San Diego landmark. The arches on the State Route 163 (SR-163) Laurel Street overcrossing, also known as the Cabrillo Bridge, will be illuminated at night beginning Wednesday.

The new lighting was installed as part of the joint Caltrans and city of San Diego Cabrillo Bridge Retrofit Project to seismically strengthen the structure originally built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition.

“The work we are doing will help preserve this iconic structure for decades to come,” said Caltrans Deputy District Director for Structures Construction Dennis Wilder. “The lighting will showcase the graceful arches of this impressive ‘gateway to San Diego.’”

The lighting will continue the visual appreciation of the bridge into the evening hours and complement the adjacent California Tower–another historical icon of Balboa Park that is lighted at night.

Work began on the seismic retrofit and rehabilitation project in September 2013. The exterior work to upgrade the bridge deck and repair unsound concrete was completed in November. Interior work included installation of vertical post tensioning rods, reinforcing column walls, replacing utilities, and installing a catwalk system for future bridge maintenance. A new storm drain system was also installed as part of the project. Work to complete the catwalks continues inside the columns and is expected to wrap up by March 2015.

Bikes vrs Cars – What do you think?

Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten is deep-diving into the tension between the car industry and the urban biking movement.

Gertten’s work-in-progress documentary “Bikes vs. Cars” investigates what would happen to car sales and oil usage if more cities became like Copenhagen, where 40 percent of the population commutes on a bike daily. The film follows individuals fighting for cyclists, a car commercial director, oil lobbyists, and politicians clinging onto the car owners’ vote. Gertten hopes to release the film in spring 2014, and has turned to Kickstarter to raise money for post-production and promotion  *from http://www.theatlanticcities.com

BIKES vs CARS TRAILER from WG Film on Vimeo.