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Fire reported at The Scripps Mercy Clinic

HILLCREST - A report is coming in that The Scripps Mercy Clinic is on fire. Our source on the street has informed SDGLN that nine fire trucks have arrived at the scene and are attempting to put out the blaze.

The source also says that there are no flames visible, “just lots of smoke.” Emergency personnel are keeping bystanders a safe distance from the site.

The Scripps Mercy Clinic is located at 4020 Fifth Avenue, next door in what is reported to be the oldest home in Hillcrest.

“They evacuated everyone to the emergency room drop off across the street,” our source reports.

Uptown Planners enter into 'twilight zone'

Funny thing happened on the road to drafting the final version of the Uptown Community Plan update after more than six years of work: In December, the San Diego City Council approved the ambitious Climate Action Plan, which among other things encourages density along key transportation corridors to help decrease the area’s carbon footprint.

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Organization wants to add height to Hillcrest, residents not happy

Hillcrest and Mission Hills residents are going to be in for some pushback between developers and commercial property owners when it comes to height restrictions and density for new projects.

Currently the cap for building height is 65 feet, but the newly organized Uptown Gateway Council (UGC), nicknamed the Gateway gang, wants to raise that number to 200 feet according to The San Diego Reader..

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'American Pickers' in San Diego, looking for your stuff

The popular History Channel show “American Pickers” is headed to San Diego and they want to know what hidden treasures you have stockpiled in or around your house.

The network contacted San Diego Gay and Lesbian News in hopes to get the word out to local people who may have items of interest for the show’s hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz to gander through and possibly bid upon.

Wolfe and Fritz are ready to start their ninth season of traveling the country searching for antiques and collectibles.

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Now Hiring: Physical Amazon bookstore in La Jolla

The online retail mega-giant Amazon is looking to put a physical bookstore called “Amazon Books” in La Jolla, and they are currently taking applications for Sales Associates, Managers, and Assistant Managers.

This new venture by Amazon is only in the development process and information is non-existent as far as the store’s opening date and where it will be located in San Diego.

A Lestat's Coffee House may be opening in Hillcrest owner says

Rumors are abounding that the highly popular Coffee House Lestat’s is going to be opening a location in Hillcrest. The proposed spot would replace the now defunct Lava Sushi at 1045 University Avenue.

San Diego Gay and Lesbian News reached out to owners John Husler and Jamie Gerkowski and asked if the rumors were true.

Husler said yes, he would like to move into that location but he is only in the negotiation process, and that more information will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Hustler and Gerkowski are currently in New Orleans celebrating their Anniversary.

'Creepy' guy in Hillcrest, peering in windows, following people

HILLCREST, San Diego - An apparent transient has Hillcrest and Mission Hills residents “creeped” out.

The man, only identified in a cellphone video, has been reported to be peering through windows and following people on the street, ABC 10 reports.

Anxious citizen Sheryl Smith reported her concerns to police, who say they know who the man is, and he does have an “extensive criminal history,” but can do nothing about it because no laws have been broken.

Here's how downtown San Diego may look very soon

If you have lived in San Diego for more than 10 years, then you have seen the city and its skyline change drastically.

The Gaslamp district has been completely renovated, Little Italy has become more than just a blip on Interstate 5, and Mission Hills is home once again to some fine eateries.

Downtown has become a modern metropolis with a brand new library and several new buildings added to the grid.

This is only the beginning.

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Giant Christian theme park proposed just five miles from Hillcrest

A Christian televangelist wants to build a religious theme park at the entrance of Mission Valley, and it has UCSD and The Hillcrest Town Council concerned.

At their meeting on Tuesday, January 12, the Council agreed to send a letter of opposition to the Mission Valley Planning Group (MVPG).

New restaurant 'Spitz' in Hillcrest

A new restaurant had its soft opening this week. Los Angeles eatery Spitz has moved into Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest reports the San Diego Eater . The official grand opening party will be held on Saturday, January 30.

This fun little Mediterranean inspired restaurant is open daily from 11 am to 10 pm Sunday through Thursday and until midnight Friday and Saturday.