Annual Meeting

The 2017 HBA Annual Meeting will be held on October 10, 2017 at 5pm at M. Roland and Associates at 3752 Park Blvd. #701. San Diego, CA 92103.

The HBA Annual Meeting is a great way to bring our community together, hear about new happenings in the neighborhood, find opportunities to become more involved, and let us know what we can do to better serve our business community.  We’ll also be voting on the HBA’s new board of directors.  All community members are welcome to attend!
Delicious BBQ finger foods are being provided by The Smok’d Hog and sponsored by our friends at UCSD Medical Center.

This election will fill seven two-year vacancies on the Hillcrest Business Association Board of Directors whose term will expire October 2019 and three vacancies on the Uptown Community Parking District Board of Directors.

Business owners who have fully paid their BID assessment as of September 1, 2017 are eligible to vote.  The elections will be voted on by members in attendance (or by proxy) at the annual meeting and the results will be confirmed by the Board of Directors.  Petitions of nomination must be received by Monday, October 9th at 5pm, 2017.  To find out more about the election process including bylaws, members in poor standing and proxy ballots, please click here.

Here are the candidates who are running for the seven two year slots available (bios coming soon):

Ryan Bedrosian ~ Rich’s Nightclub

Ryan Bedrosian is the general manager at Rich’s Nightclub.






Tami Daiber-Hirst ~ Carleton Management

Tami Daiber, RPA®, FMA® is Chief Operating Officer at Carleton Management. With more than 20 years in the real estate industry, Tami has managed suburban office buildings, retail shopping centers, industrial and medical office buildings for nationally recognized institutional owners, publicly traded real estate investment trusts as well as local San Diego investors. She has also managed multi-million dollar tenant improvement projects and has completed numerous building renovation projects.

A graduate of University of San Diego, Tami holds a California Real Estate License and the Real Property Administrator (RPA) and Facilities Management Administrator (FMA) designations from the Building Owners and Managers Institute International (BOMI International).



John Husler ~ Lestats Coffee

John Husler … Founder and Operator of Lestat’s Coffeehouses in Nml Hts, Univ Hts and Hillcrest …. Been in the food, beverage and hospitality industries for his entire adult life and career. Moved to San Diego from IL in 1988. Managed the Nordstrom Kiosk and Cafe at UTC until 1992 with notable success. The University of San Diego then hired John away to create and open their first on-campus coffeehouse, Aromas. A frequent customer was then-student, Todd Gloria.

In 1997, John opened his own enterprise, the original Lestat’s Coffeehouse on Adams Ave in Normal Heights, which operated 24/7/365. Soon to follow was Lestat’s West, which provided a great outlet for local performers and artists with their award-winning Monday night Open Mic venue, as well as excellent live entertainment every night of the week. A second Lestat’s opened in University Hts in 2010 and their largest location opened in Hillcrest in 2016, all open 24/7/365 and thriving. John has cultivated admirable relationships with many SD police, fire and rescue workers who have become a regular presence at his establishments.

The readers of SD CityBeat in their “Best of SD” annual poll have consistently voted Lestats as the Best Coffeehouse with Live Music, the Best Open Mic and winner or runner-up for the Best Coffeehouse in San Diego for several years. John has been a model business owner who cherishes everyone who works with him as well as his customers and community. He looks forward to lending his dedication and expertise to the HBA Board in support of the effort to improve Hillcrest and the surrounding region to the greatest extent possible.


Charles Kaufman ~ Bread and Cie

In 1994, Charles and his wife opened Bread & Cie Bakery and Café in Hillcrest in 1993. The first artisan bread bakery in San Diego, Bread & Cie. (‘Cie.’ is short for ‘company’ in French)  is nationally recognized and continues to be the leading baker of hand-formed, European- style artisan breads and pastries in the San Diego area. Bread & Cie. currently serves over four hundred wholesale customers. Charles Kaufman was born and raised in New York City.  He attended the University of Connecticut as an undergraduate and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) graduate program in film.After leaving graduate school, Charles wrote and produced television news in New York and Los Angeles, was a comedy writer for Bob Hope and was the youngest professor of film and television at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Charles became an independent producer, director and screenwriter with a creative hand in over twelve feature films.  Among them, Mother’s Day, a horror film written, directed and produced by Charles is listed as one of Variety’s top 100 grossing independent films of all times.  Additionally, his films have garnered numerous awards including gold medals at the London Film Festival, and Paris Film Festivals. Charles has directed and written films all over the world including Jakarta, Indonesia and Durban, South Africa.

Larry Malone ~ Empire House (coming soon)

Alfonzo Tsing ~ Comerica Bank

Alphonso Tsang is a San Diego native and graduate of University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Economics.  He has been part of the Hillcrest community since 2008 and is currently the Banking Center Manager at Comerica Bank located on Washington Street in Hillcrest.  Alphonso brings with him more than 10 years of financial as well as real estate experience.  As an ongoing Hillcrest Business Association and GSDBA member, he continues to remain active by volunteering at numerous community events throughout the year.

He is proud to be a patron of the many local businesses located here in Hillcrest.  This diverse neighborhood is an ever changing community that is full of life and prosperity.  There are businesses that have been here for more than 30 years and there are new ones that continue to emerge every year.  As a passionate member of this community, my goal is to encourage Hillcrest residents, business owners and its many visitors to see its true value and appreciate what this neighborhood has to offer.  Alphonso is committed to making Hillcrest the most sought after epicenter of San Diego helping our community to continue to thrive.  He understands that in order to maintain and grow healthy, stable service industries in Hillcrest, which are essential to long-term economic prosperity, will require leadership from an informed and engaged boards of directors that understand and practice the principle that “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

Furthermore, Alphonso is a true believer in sending a strong message to others in the importance of integrity, compliance with the law, fair treatment to customers and overall good business ethics.  Leaders should demonstrate their commitment through the individual conduct.  This was best said by philosopher Dr. Albert Schweitzer, “Example is not the main thing influencing others, it is the only thing.”

Delour Younan ~ Hillcrest Shell

I was born in Baghdad, Iraq and immigrated to the United States at the age of thirteen, where I grew up in San Diego, CA. I attended Granite Hills high school in El Cajon and continued my education at San Diego State University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1985. I proudly identify myself as a San Diegan and care deeply about the City of San Diego, especially the Uptown area.

My wife Nancy and I live in the Uptown area and own and operate the Hillcrest Shell gas station on Washington Ave.   I have been active in the Uptown and North Park communities since 1978.  I am very familiar with the area, people, and local issues.  I have been an active member of the Hillcrest Business Association for a number of years. I take my volunteer position very seriously.  I want to give our business people – that work hard every day to make a living – a voice and representation. I care greatly about the wonderful people that live in the neighborhood. My goal is to help revitalize our area and to facilitate harmonious relationship between the local businesses and the community.