News in brief

They love a clean San Diego

Scores of residents turned out to clean up 13 sites in City Heights as part of I Love A Clean San Diego’s Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 19.

Cleanup sites included Swan Canyon, Manzanita Canyon, Cooper Canyon, Chollas Creek and Auburn Creek.

Last year, more than 7,600 volunteers participated in Coastal Cleanup Day in San Diego County, removing a record-breaking 104 tons of debris from local rivers, creeks, canyons, neighborhoods, beaches, and bays. Volunteers also collected valuable data about the type and source of debris found at the 106 targeted locations.


SignSign of the times 

Azalea Park residents are getting closer to installing their own neighborhood sign in the heart of their community.

On Aug. 24, a chain-link fence was erected around the median at Poplar Street just off of Fairmount Avenue, signaling the beginning of the building of the Azalea Park Neighborhood Identification Project sign, an effort that neighbors began planning more than 12 years ago.

The sign’s design is the work of Harmon Nelson, who also designed signs in North Park and the Gaslamp Quarter. Neighborhood artist Vicki Leon was chosen to add mosaic art to four sides of the finished sign, which will be funded with the help of $7,000 from City Councilwoman Marti Emerald’s discretionary funds.

“The long awaited Azalea Park Neighborhood Identity Sign for the median on Poplar Street is moving forward!” Emerald wrote in a recent Facebook post. “I am proud to share that I have provided the funding necessary to begin construction. After 12 years, City Staff has committed to complete this sign no matter what funding shortages we might encounter. Vicki Leon, Azalea Park resident and artist, has been selected to create the artistic mosaics that will go on the four sides of the column that holds the sign.”

No completion date has been set.