Join us for February Community Meeting: Hillcrest Loves Art!

Join the Hillcrest Town Council for our February Community Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 6:30-8 pm! HTC’s Hillcrest Arts Committee will share a presentation with us about art in the neighborhood! We’ll learn about art that already exists in the neighborhood (known and not so well known murals, public art, etc), what opportunities exist in the neighborhood to create more art, a look at the galleries that exist, and the various known and little known art shows that are happening in Hillcrest — plus a look into the ideas the Arts Committee has to bring even more art to the neighborhood. This is a presentation not to miss!

Of course, there will also be plenty of time to discuss neighborhood issues, share public comment, and hear updates from our local community organizations and elected official representatives!

Note: March will be our annual meeting so at our February meeting, we’ll share some proposed bylaw changes that will be voted on in March, and also open up nominations for board elections.

We want your involvement in the neighborhood in 2019! Bring a friend or neighbor! Everyone is welcome!

Contact Benny Cartwright at for more information.

Painting Hillcrest a new shade

By Jess Winans – San Diego Uptown News

Change is in the air this fall for the Hillcrest art scene, starting with Hillcrest Town Council’s newly launched arts committee.

Committee chair Erik Benson said the group will focus on bringing more art to Hillcrest by way of painting murals, implementing 3D art installations or pop-ups, cleaning up the streets and welcoming new art spaces — like The Studio Door, who just moved to the area from North Park — in addition to holding an art walk-style event in Hillcrest.

Read the full story about HTC’s new Hillcrest Arts Committee on San Diego Uptown News here.

Hillcrest Town Council remembers Clarice Yarger

Clarice Yarger moved to Hillcrest almost 35 years ago. She was newly widowed and chose to live her bachelorette life in San Diego. Clarice was an early champion of the Hillcrest Town Council (HTC) when it was created in a townhome across the street, and she faithfully attended HTC meetings, walking to them until she was 91 years old.

For more than 30 years, she served as a poll worker in the neighborhood and was a welcome face for many voters. She also volunteered at Florence Elementary School, where she read to children.

On Oct. 8, Clarice died peacefully at age 93 in her Hillcrest home. We will miss her.

—Mary M. McKenzie is secretary of the Hillcrest Town Council. This post originally ran in San Diego Uptown News.

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Save the date: Our November Community Meeting will feature Cara Dessert, CEO of The San Diego LGBT Community Center

We are excited to welcome Caroline (Cara) Dessert, the new CEO of the San Diego LGBT Community Center, as our featured speaker at our next Community Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 6:30-8 pm. Cara will share about her new role, the services The Center provides, and how her organization is a great partner and resource to the Hillcrest community. Cara will speak from 6:30-7 pm, followed by our normal community representative updates, and public comments. Don’t miss this one!

Caroline (Cara) Dessert, Esq.

The meeting will be held at the Joyce Beers Community Center, located in the HUB Hillcrest Shopping Center. For more information contact Ben Cartwright, HTC Chair, at

No July meeting but lots of events and activities around Hillcrest this summer

Hello Hillcrest Town Council!

We hope you’re having a great summer! We wanted to make sure you were informed of some of upcoming events and activities in and around Hillcrest! Please note that we will NOT have a Community Meeting in July, but there are plenty of other things going on around the neighborhood and beyond!

To see all the events, click here,  this will take you to our newsletter and you can also subscribe to our newsletter from here.

We’re looking forward to celebrating summer in Hillcrest with you!

-The HTC Board of Directors
Benny Cartwright, Chair
Jae Mohr, Vice Chair
Mary Mckenzie, Secretary
Daniel Merk-Benitez, Treasurer
David Vance, Member-At-Large