Community volunteers beautify City Heights!

Today I headed to City Heights to join a group of community members in a very special event. Today is the Global Day of Caring, and our mission was to pick up litter and cheer on artists as they painted a couple of new street murals!

This inspiring event was organized by Love City Heights and made possible by a very generous donation from Huntington Ingalls Industries, which operates one of the largest shipyards in San Diego.

A diverse group of volunteers came together in the space behind the Treasure Trove antique store for the big clean up. I noticed that many hands were provided by the San Diego Asian Youth Organization!

After scouring the sidewalks near several blocks of University Avenue for trash, we all enjoyed a super tasty lunch served up by Brochachos Tacos and Faith Chapel of Spring Valley.

During the event there was a variety of fun activities. A colorful mural was being painted by Matthew Curtis (@naylorcurtis). And there was face painting, too!

Large permanent murals were also being created by street artists a block away at two separate locations. I’ll blog about those next…

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Loving City Heights on the Global Day Of Caring!

Los Angeles muralist Ruben Rojas, co-founder of Beautify Earth, painted LOVE on the side of 7-Eleven in City Heights.
Los Angeles muralist Ruben Rojas, co-founder of Beautify Earth, painted LOVE on the side of 7-Eleven in City Heights.

Today, November 9, 2019, is the Global Day Of Caring. Come join the community of City Heights for their big street cleaning and mural painting event! The hub of activity will be the Treasure Trove antique store at 3538 University Avenue from 10 am to 1 pm.

Love City Heights, a volunteer organization working to enliven and beautify San Diego’s most culturally diverse neighborhood, is behind this effort. They’ve been transforming University Avenue between I-805 and I-15 into a cool outdoor art gallery, featuring dozens of colorful murals!

To see the progress of the #theavenuemuralproject, you can revisit some of my past blog posts. View lots of photos here and here and here and here and here and here and here!

I’ll post an update after the event with new photos!

UPDATE!

I posted the event photos here!

Photos of 2019 Comic-Con preparation!

A wrap on the Marriott Marquis' meeting space windows promotes Gundam 40th "Beyond" for 2019 San Diego Comic-Con.
A building wrap on the Marriott Marquis’ meeting space windows promotes Gundam 40th “Beyond” for 2019 San Diego Comic-Con.

Late this morning I took photos all around the Gaslamp Quarter and San Diego Convention Center of cool stuff being readied for 2019 Comic-Con!

A bunch of Comic-Con offsites and building wraps are now appearing!

The big international pop culture event gets started in just four days!

The right part of the cool Gundam wrap is being applied four days before Comic-Con.
The right part of the cool Gundam wrap is being applied four days before Comic-Con.
Another building wrap is just starting to appear. This one is on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. I guess it will promote a show on FX.
Another building wrap is just starting to appear. This one is on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. I guess that, like in past years, it will promote a show on FX.
The grassy area behind the San Diego Convention Center is now buzzing with Comic-Con offsite construction.
The grassy area behind the San Diego Convention Center is now buzzing with Comic-Con offsite construction.
Adult Swim on the Green will return in 2019 for Comic-Con.
Adult Swim on the Green will return in 2019 for Comic-Con.
The FX Fearless Forum appears quite a bit different from their offsite last year.
The FX Fearless Forum appears quite a bit different from their offsite here last year.
Workers start to set up the FX Fearless Forum in front of the Hilton.
Workers start to set up the FX Fearless Forum in front of the Hilton.
Looking across Harbor Drive, one can see the Animation Domination wrap, which is being applied on the Omni.
Looking across Harbor Drive, one can see the Animation Domination wrap, which is being applied on the Omni.
As I walked past the Hilton parking structure, I aimed my camera up at one of the big Marvel's Avengers video game banners.
As I walked past the Hilton parking structure, I aimed my camera up at one of the big Marvel’s Avengers video game banners.
Harbor Drive and the convention center viewed from the pedestrian bridge, with four day to go until 2019 Comic-Con! Looks pretty quiet right now.
Harbor Drive and the convention center viewed from the pedestrian bridge, with four day to go until 2019 Comic-Con! Looks pretty quiet right now.
This offsite will feature two recent movies from Warner Bros. Pictures. People will walk through a large tent and see cool stuff concerning Detective Pikachu and Shazam!
This offsite will feature two recent movies from Warner Bros. Pictures. People will walk through a large tent and see cool stuff concerning Detective Pikachu and Shazam!
The Brooklyn Nine-Nine offsite is also under construction in Gaslamp Square.
The Brooklyn Nine-Nine offsite is also under construction in Gaslamp Square. NBC has their offsite in this prime location every year, it seems.
Part of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine activation for 2019 Comic-Con.
Part of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine activation for 2019 Comic-Con.
A cool Statue of Liberty will appear about here!
A cool Statue of Liberty will appear about here!
I turned my camera in time to get a photo of a FOX Animation Domination trolley wrap at the Gaslamp station.
I turned my camera in time to get a photo of a FOX Animation Domination trolley wrap at the Gaslamp station.
A mysterious wrap was going up late this morning near the Gaslamp Quarter landmark sign.
A mysterious wrap was going up around noontime near the Gaslamp Quarter landmark sign.
I spotted a free FRED electric vehicle promoting WEBTOON.
I spotted a free ride FRED electric vehicle promoting WEBTOON.
No parking signs are up in areas of the Gaslamp for Comic-Con week.
No parking signs are up in areas of the Gaslamp for Comic-Con week.
This wrap on the Hilton Gaslamp is indeed for Star Trek: Picard, as I surmised in a past blog post. It features Patrick Stewart.
This wrap on the Hilton Gaslamp is indeed for Star Trek: Picard, as I surmised in a past blog post. It features Patrick Stewart.
AMC's popular DeadQuarters fan zone is returning for 2019 Comic-Con, and they just started building their offsite this morning.
AMC’s popular DeadQuarters fan zone is returning for 2019 Comic-Con, and they just started building their offsite this morning.
Preparing for an invasion of zombies.
Preparing for an invasion of zombies.
Another part of DeadQuarters.
Another part of DeadQuarters.
Videoboards have been installed high above Amazon's big offsite. Explore the shows...
Videoboards have been installed high above Amazon’s big, colorful offsite. Explore the shows…
Carnival Row.
Carnival Row.
The Boys.
The Boys.
The Expanse.
The Expanse.
The fun Ferris wheel appears ready to go at the FOX Fan Fair!
The Ferris wheel appears ready to go at the FOX Fan Fair. A ride on this should provide a good view of Comic-Con action along MLK Promenade!
A shot of the FOX Fan Fair preparations in Childrens Park.
A shot of FOX Fan Fair preparations in Childrens Park.
The familiar old Welcome to Comic-Con International banner is now on the San Diego Convention Center.
The familiar old Welcome to Comic-Con International banner is now on the San Diego Convention Center.
The big TBS Snowpiercer building wrap on the Marriott Marquis should soon be completed.
The big TBS Snowpiercer building wrap on the Marriott Marquis should soon be completed.

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2019 Comic-Con building wraps get started!

Here we go!

The very first building wrap of 2019 Comic-Con is now being applied to the Omni hotel across from the San Diego Convention Center! It appears to promote FOX and their Animation Domination!

Gaslamp Square near the Tin Fish and Hard Rock Hotel is also fenced off now. I expect construction will soon begin for NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine offsite, which will include a Statue of Liberty!

UPDATE!

Early Friday evening I walked about and made lots of cool discoveries!

I noticed the Animation Domination wrap on the Omni has some more panels. I also noticed NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine activation is now under construction. Some banners promoting various NBC shows have also been hung nearby at the Gaslamp trolley station.

Plus I noticed the beginnings of three new building wraps!

Two I can’t identify yet–one is on a tower of the Marriott Marquis and the other, a CBS show, is on the Hilton Gaslamp. (The first might be upcoming TBS series Snowpiercer and the second might be Star Trek: Picard. Can you identify them?)

A third very cool wrap on the Marriott promotes Gundam on its 40th anniversary!

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Huge banner celebrates San Diego’s birthday!

The County Administration Building in downtown San Diego got a gigantic new banner today! It celebrates the 250th Anniversary of San Diego’s founding!

Those who look up at the banner from the Embarcadero are reminded that San Diego–which started very modestly back in 1769 with the construction of a Spanish mission and presidio–was California’s first port and first city!

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Jessop’s Street Clock removed from Horton Plaza.

The historic 1907 Jessop’s Street Clock, San Diego’s biggest tourist attraction over a century ago, has been removed from Horton Plaza. I made the discovery after work today as I walked through downtown’s once popular but now almost vacant shopping mall.

Horton Plaza is to undergo redevelopment. The one-of-a-kind, gold-plated, precious gem-filled, award-winning Jessop’s Clock has been moved to a warehouse for refurbishment. According to a posted notice of application, the amazing street clock will be reinstalled at a new location.

To learn more about the history of the Jessop’s Street Clock, and see many more photographs, you can check out an old blog post of mine here.

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Volunteers needed for Cortez Hill spruce up!

A community “spruce up” of Tweet Street Park on Cortez Hill is scheduled for next Saturday morning, June 1, 2019.

Anybody and everybody is invited to come help beautify the linear park. I spotted a notice concerning the event and thought I’d share it!

The Friends of Tweet Street Park and Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean and Safe program are coming together to help improve Tweet Street. The event is from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. The notice indicates that the location is the corner of Tenth Avenue and Cedar Street. Tools and new plantings will be provided. All that is needed is your help!

Do you know others who like to volunteer? Spread the word!