Rescue Hillcrest

Fostering the quality of life in Hillcrest, San Diego


Photo of the Hillcrest sign. Credit: San Diego Free Press (RIP)

What you need to know about the term "YIMBY"

What you need to know about Senate Bill 50 (and SB330) in the war against neighborhoods

"SB50: What are “jobs-rich” areas and where would it apply in San Diego?," Grow the Way San Diego blog, 4/5/19


 Sign the Petition to Stop SB330: Protect Public Input on Development Decisions 


What is #QIMBY and how it relates to what we mean by fostering growth


Assemblyman todd Gloria. Credit: Kevin Sanders for California Globe

Despite legal filings, press, local CA Democratic Party central committee doubles down on wrongdoing

Citizen Files Complaint for Relief to Freeze Illegally Laundered Campaign Funds

Citizen Asks FBI to Investigate, Prosecute Todd Gloria for Wire and/or Mail Fraud

Citizens Ask Legislature, Party to Preserve Records Related to Alleged Conspiracy, Money Laundering

Citizens Ask San Diego City Attorney and District Attorney to Prosecute Todd Gloria

Councilmember used public funds to pay same lobbyist that endorses him for office, for "services"

Rescue Hillcrest tweet,, 7/25/19 at 10:14AM

City of San Diego Form EC-602 for Circulate San Diego, #179146157 filed 4/15/19

City Auditor report: "up to 16,000" single family homes taken off market for vacation rentals

"Opinion: City Turns Blind Eye as Badly Needed Housing Becomes Airbnb ‘Mini-Hotels’," by Councilmember Barbara Bry, candidate for mayor, Times of San Diego, 7/22/19

Rescue Hillcrest tweet,, 7/10/19 at 3:07PM

Rescue Hillcrest calls out lobbyist effort to undermine Community Planning Groups from within

Rescue Hillcrest quoted on punishing and hidden consequences of new parking ordinance

Screen capture of Rescue Hillcrest founder Mat Wahlstrom, 10News broadcast, 3/7/19

Lawsuit filed against allowing developers to not provide parking but still charge full prices

"Lawsuit Challenges City Measure to Eliminate Parking in Transit Areas,", 4/6/19

Read the Ordinance, and sign the petition if you agree it needs to go

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News segment begins look at YIMBY group, raising questions about its ties to developer lobbyists

Councilperson asks $1 million for private landowner plan at public cost, loss of historic district

Editorial repeats discredited claim that CPGs have blocked growth; Rescue Hillcrest responds

"YIMBYs flexing muscle in heart of San Diego," San Diego Union-Tribune, 3/8/19

Rescue Hillcrest tweet,, 3/8/19 at 10:38PM

Rescue Hillcrest calls out Normal Street Promenade scheme; local paper notes concerns over approval

Local news covers front group's success packing Uptown planning group with pro-developer slate

Notice from Mission Hills Heritage about Uptown Planners election on 3/5/19. Source: Facebook

Community group coalition endorses genuine candidates for Uptown Planners election on 3/5

Mayoral candidate demolishes the YIMBY scam

Hillcrest Business Association admits "Promenade" not a park, would violate Uptown Community Plan

"Hillcrest DMV plan makes friends of enemies," San Diego Reader, 2/20/19

Local businesses oppose Promenade project, cite "Need for a True Park"

Recent essay on the state of LGBT Hillcrest and developer pressure

"Hillcrest: gayborhood or ghetto?." San Diego Reader, 1/2/19

Bad copy of current DMV office proposed for Hillcrest

"DMV building doesn't fit the neighborhood," San Diego Reader, 9/7/18

Historic district straddling Hillcrest and North Park fought by "NIMBYs"

"The irony of historic districts," San Diego Reader, 8/10/18

Short term vacation rentals continue to negatively impact neighborhoods

Gateway tries again, wanting to trade preservation for parking

"Hillcrest parking structure 10 years overdue," San Diego Reader, 10/12/17

Smaller developer a serial bad neighbor

"He said he would destroy our neighborhood," San Diego Reader, 8/30/17

Hillcrest Business Association wants to tax residents

Gateway lobbyist takes on the community again; client agrees to pull back

Photo of the iconic Hillcrest Pride Flag. Source:

Parking District seeks to subsidize businesses by punishing residents

Guest column on eleventh-hour attempt to save Hillcrest historic district

"Gateway gang" tips its hand, shows their plan for Hillcrest

Hillcrest Business Association admits to illegal lobbying, land use interference

"How Hillcrest sidestepped Uptown planners," San Diego Reader, 7/20/16

Hillcrest historic district revealed removed from final draft Community Plan Update

"Gateway gang" publishes its slate of Trojan horse candidates

Sample ballot, Uptown Planners election, 3/1/16

"Gateway gang" responds to Rescue Hillcrest criticisms, fails to reveal ties to putative charity

"Guest editorial: A rebuttal to Mat Wahlstrom," San Diego Uptown News, 2/26/16

Uptown Planners vote to reject increased densities

"Turning back time," San Diego Uptown News, 2/26/16

Uptown Planners angered by City 'bait and switch' on increased densities in Jan 2016 from June 2015

"Uptown Planners enter into ‘twilight zone’," San Diego Uptown News, 2/12/16

News aggregator picks up on, riffs "Gateway gang"

Rescue Hillcrest named in opposition to Gateway district

"Hillcrest hashes high-rise housing heights," San Diego Reader, 2/10/16

Formation of Rescue Hillcrest announced in print

From the archives

What you should know about the Hillcrest Pride Flag and Monument