Our Mission

Founded in December 2015 in response to developer-funded efforts to rig the Uptown Community Plan Update, Rescue Hillcrest continues to support new structures with heights in scale to the existing environment, density appropriate to amenities, and development responsive to community input. And since the 1988 Plan and need still call for a Hillcrest historic district and a green park for Normal Street, we continue to push back against efforts to hijack both of these projects on behalf of private interests.

Get Involved

Map of the six neighborhoods that comprise the Uptown planning area. Image: City of San Diego

On Tuesday, March 5, Uptown Planners, the official City-recognized community planning group that includes Hillcrest, will be holding their annual election. As they did back in 2016, developers have sponsored a slate faithful to them to pack the board. This time they're calling themselves by a different name, but they're still committed to replacing your voice in land use decisions.

In response, a coalition of genuine Uptown groups that includes Rescue Hillcrest has coordinated efforts, and we endorse the following candidates for the seven open seats:


  1. Roy McMakin, Bankers Hill
  2. Charles Pennell, Bankers Hill
  3. Louise "Lu" Rehling, Hillcrest
  4. Kyle Schertzing, Mission Hills
  5. Donna Shanske, Bankers Hill
  6. Mat Wahlstrom, Hillcrest
  7. Leo Wilson, Bankers Hill

Thank You

A neighborhood at the end of the rainbow! Credit: Mat Wahlstrom

We appreciate you taking the time to find out more about us and what's going on in our urban village. We are a grassroots group of residents, business owners, and stakeholders—your real neighbors. We do not receive money from anyone: this website and social media are volunteered. So we definitely welcome your participation and support. Join us!