Revisiting Three LV Businesses
Plus: Take City Budget Survey, Linda Vista Town Council Info, Fire Safe Council Event, and Upcoming Community Events
In today’s post, we pay a visit to three local businesses that have been prominently featured in previous editions of the Linda Vista Update. We originally found these businesses intriguing, or just plain delicious, the first time around. And, as local residents emerge from pandemic restrictions and venture more freely into the community, we thought each of these businesses worth revisiting to see what great products and/or deals they were currently offering.
The first of these businesses—The Little House of Flowers—(located at the corner of Friars Road and Via Las Cumbres) seemed a timely business to visit since Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and this holiday is the busiest day of the year for most flower shops. We first visited Little House of Flowers back in August.
The owner of this establishment, Hilary Bateman, indicated that “we are definitely getting busier with summer coming and the restrictions lifting. We are receiving a lot of calls and emails from brides wanting wedding florals and other events that are now able to reschedule.”
In regards to Mother’s Day, she explained that “pink roses are very popular at Mother's Day especially our Rustic Rose Box. Also, lilies and sunflowers are popular during Mother's Day.”
She advised checking out the Little House of Flowers Facebook and Instagram pages for specials and giveaways, and to remember that Little House of Flowers offers free delivery in the Linda Vista/Morena District area.
Bateman also announced to us that she will be opening a second Little House of Flowers in Point Loma (1017 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA 92106). Congrats, Hilary!
The second business we revisited was Doomnation Comics, located at 5390 Napa Street. We first visited Doomnation back in September. This business specializes in selling collectable artwork associated with comic book, movie, and TV superheroes. We asked one of the co-owners, David Burke, to let us know which superhero products have been popular among Doomnation customers, in case any of our readers were interested in buying someone a cool gift.
The first product he pointed us to was a Deadpool bust, priced at $149.99. In case you’re not familiar with this character, Marvel’s Deadpool is “a former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool.” (Thanks, Wikipedia)
The second product was a Star Wars collectable associated with The Mandalorian. This bobblehead was priced at $34.99.
I wish I owned the rights to all Mandalorian-related merchandise! I would be so rich.
The third product was a SpongeBob Squarepants mug, priced at $19.99. I know what you’re thinking…SpongeBob isn’t a superhero. But this mug commemorates the SpongeBob episode in which he orders fake arms with inflatable muscles to impress everyone at Mussel Beach. A classic episode.
Pay a visit to Doomnation Comics and check out all the other superhero collectables they have on display in the store.
Finally, there’s Tacos El Kiko Food Truck, located in the same parking lot as Little House of Flowers. The LV Update featured this business all the way back in July.
There always seems to a line of people at this food truck, and for good reason. They offer excellent food at reasonable prices. The Seven Seas Seafood Soup is a personal favorite of mine. But I think there is one El Kiko deal that currently stands out, and that’s the OG Fish Taco for only $2.50. The OG Fish Taco, advertised as a “Baja style” fried fish with cabbage, pico de gallo and sauce inside a corn tortilla has to be one of the best deals in town. Imagine taking several of these tacos home and accompanying them with a beer or margarita! I can easily imagine that…based on my own experiences.
We encourage LV Update readers to visit (or revisit) these three great Linda Vista establishments.
Take the District 7 FY22 Budget Priorities Survey
As highlighted in the Upcoming Community Events section listed further below, District 7 Councilmember Raul Campillo will be hosting a Town Hall (May 10) on the FY 22 City Budget.
Councilmember Campillo has also developed an online survey for District 7 residents to help make their voices be heard on City budget priorities. Readers can take the survey by clicking here.
The survey takes only a few minutes to complete and allows residents the opportunity to provide specific recommendations regarding City budget priorities.
Don’t miss the opportunity to let your voice be heard. Invest a little time and take the survey!
Join the Linda Vista Town Council
Are you interested in becoming more active in the Linda Vista community? Do you have some ideas regarding how to improve the neighborhood? Do you want to play a role in addressing some of the challenges facing Linda Vista? Are you in possession of a special skill that might be of benefit to a local non-profit organization? Or have you determined it’s time to shed your pandemic cocoon status in favor of becoming a community activist butterfly? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you should think about becoming a member of the Linda Vista Town Council.
In case you’re not familiar with this organization (in existence since 1993), the Linda Vista Town Council is a non-profit group whose mission is to promote “the civic, commercial, educational, cultural interests and general welfare of the Linda Vista community, while providing a forum for discussion in its monthly town hall meetings.”
According to its Facebook page, the Linda Vista Town Council is “all-inclusive, working with a broad cross-section of people of all ages, races, cultures and interests. We collaborate well with other organizations operating within our community, as well as government and social agencies in our city. We are a pro-active organization, advocating for actions and projects that improve our community's quality of life.”
Prior to the pandemic, the Town Council had a history of presenting interesting and informative guest speakers at their monthly town hall meetings, allowing members to stay informed on important San Diego issues. You can get an idea of what the Town Council has recently been up to by paying a visit to the organization’s Facebook page.
The Town Council’s current board consist of the following members:
Noel Musicha, President
Blake Hofstad, Vice President
Dorothy Greenan, Treasurer
John Nielson, Member
Euvoughn Greenan, Member
Vannie Pham, Member
Janet Kaye, Member
Christine Weinstein, Member
Ashley Morales, Member
The Linda Vista Town Council board members recently announced an organizational vision for the near future, identifying the following “next moves” for its membership:
1. Increase brand visibility
2. Rebuild social movement
3. Move the needle on education
4. Inspire tangible service
5. Build revenue stream
You can see a short video here (featuring board president Noel Musicha) that elaborates on the Town Council’s vision. The video is titled “Together”. Watching the video may just inspire you to seek membership in the Town Council. You may find that the Town Council’s vision for Linda Vista coincides with your own vision for the community.
When asked why Linda Vista residents should join the Town Council, Board Vice-President Blake Hofstad explained, “The Linda Vista Town Council functions as a community forum to address neighborhood-level concerns, bring people together, share resources and events, and elevate advocacy priorities to the city, county, state and federal level. If you’re looking for a way to get involved in your community, be it neighborhood clean-ups, civic engagement, or finding community resources, the Town Council is here to support.”
If you are interested in joining, go to the Town Council’s web site and sign up. Annual individual membership dues are $10.00. Family membership is $25.00.
We encourage you to join the LV Town Council and play an active role in the community!
Upcoming Community Events
—District 7 Town Hall: On Monday, May 10th at 5:30pm, Councilmember Raul Campillo’s office will be hosting a Town Hall on the FY22 budget alongside the office of the Independent Budget Analyst. The Town Hall will aim to answer questions about our City’s crucial budget process and hear your input about the proposed budget and what you believe the City should be focusing on as the process takes shape. Councilmember Campillo’s office has developed an online survey for District 7 residents to fill out to make their voices heard on this issue. The link to register for the Town Hall can be viewed here: bit.ly/IBAD7
—COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic: On May 13 from 9:00am to 3:00pm, Bayside Community Center will sponsor a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. This one day clinic will offer vaccines to 300 people. The primary audience is Linda Vista residents who are the hardest to reach, serve, and vaccinate. The event is being hosted in partnership with Bayside, the County Office of Education, District 7 Councilmember Campillo's Office, the SD Police Department, and the SD Fire Department. If you, or someone you know in the community, needs to be vaccinated, please call the Bayside Community Center for further information.
—Fire Safe Your Place event: On May 15, from 12:00 to 4:00pm, the Coastal Canyon Fire Safe Council will host a fire safety event in the back parking lot of the Church of Latter Day Saints, located at 4741 Abernathy Road. This drive-through event will provide an opportunity for residents to learn how to create fire defensible space around their homes. See the below announcement for more details regarding this event.
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