By Noli Zosa | Linda Vista Planning Group
The Linda Vista Planning Group (LVPG) approved two marijuana production facilities in the community. Urbn Leaf is an existing retail dispensary that has been in operation since April 2017 on Buenos Avenue. The LVPG endorsed the renovation of the adjoining warehouse for the production of marijuana products.
The second conditional use permit that was endorsed was for Golden State Greens, which is opening a production facility on Pacific Highway. The planning group vote to approve the projects were 12-1 and 12-2 respectively.
There was also a presentation from Community Housing Works, which is looking to build a 188-unit affordable-housing project adjacent to the recreation center.
The city of San Diego released its draft proposal to increase development and reconfigure transportation options along Morena Boulevard. The city wants to increase housing density and height limits near stations along the $2 billion Mid-Coast Trolley extension. The new plan would revamp development rules around the Tecolote Drive station, allowing 100-foot buildings in the commercial district that is currently home to Jerome’s Furniture and the now-closed Toys R Us.
The environmental report for the plan is now in its public review period, which the planning group is now taking part in. To be a part of this public review, the September LVPG meeting will take place on Monday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Canyon Ridge Church.
USD garners top rankings
U.S. News and World Report released its 2019 Best Colleges rankings and the University of San Diego ranks 85th among the nation’s top national universities. This is USD’s highest ranking by the publication. USD maintains its position as the youngest private university included in the survey.
The 2018-19 academic year is officially underway at USD and faculty, staff and administrators have welcomed the Class of 2022, which has the highest academically-achieving first-year class in USD history with an average SAT score of 1,230 and GPA of 3.81.
According to USD admissions, this is also one of the largest and most diverse classes ever with more than 40 percent of students identifying as a student of color. USD is committed to creating a community that reflects the world around us and the breadth and depth of this year’s class reflects that commitment.
Linda Vista will host a meet-and-greet with candidates for office in November to represent the community. Candidates are Bonnie Dumanis for Supervisor, Morgan Murtaugh for Congress, Michael McQuary and Marcia Nordstrom for School Board. The event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 5:30 p.m. at Fashion Hills Community Pool located at 6952 Fashion Hills Blvd. The event will have food provided by my restaurant group, Dirty Birds.
—Noli Zosa is chairman of the Linda Vista Planning Group. Reach him at email@example.com.