DAILY BRIEFING – Point Loma Summer Concerts to return in 2021, Tri Tip barbecues are back, Padres murals on Fifth Avenue
Surf was up in Pacific Beach last week. PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
A round-up of news, community, and business briefs from sdnews.com highlighting what’s happening in our community.
Friday, July 2
POINT LOMA SUMMER CONCERTS RETURNS IN 2021
Canceled this year on April 16 due to COVID, Point Loma Summer Concerts board reports the same lineup will return in 2021 when the annual summer concert series resumes. Musical acts that will be returning include Elton-The Early Years, Cassie B’s 90 Remix, Mighty Untouchables, 24K Magic, Tribute to Bruno Mars, and Pine Mountain Logs. This year was to have been the 20th season of Point Loma Summer Concerts. The family-friendly concerts have been a huge source of joy, community pride, and community collaboration. For more information, visit plconcerts.org.
TRI TIP BBQS ARE BACK
Tri Tip Summer BBQs are back on Saturdays at Stump’s Family Marketplace in Point Loma. Pre-order by the pound (text 619-817-1813) for Santa Maria-style tri tip and smoked pulled pork. All orders come with bread, cilantro-lime coleslaw, and house-made BBQ sauce.
ROOT FOR THE PADRES
The Gaslamp Quarter is helping baseball fans root, root, root for the home team during the Padres’ opening weekend with large-scale chalk-art Padres murals in the streets of Fifth Avenue. Local artists created four temporary masterpieces on the black top along Fifth Avenue. In addition to celebrating the Padres and boosting civic pride, these art installations will add visual appeal to the closed streets of “thoroughFARE: Outdoor/Curbside Dining & Shopping in the Gaslamp.”
Running Wednesdays through Sundays, thoroughFARE now has more than 40 participating restaurants offering outdoor-dining experiences in the Gaslamp Quarter. Streets are closed to vehicular traffic, paving the way for socially distanced citizens to enjoy a meal al fresco (outdoors), whether under umbrellas during the day or under the stars (and Gaslamps) by night. See hours and participating restaurants at gaslamp.org/curbside.
SEALS SIGN CAPTAIN
The San Diego Seals lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League, which plays its home games at Pechanga Sports Arena in the Midway District, have agreed to terms with captain Brodie Merrill on a one-year contract extension. Merrill, a 15-year NLL veteran and younger brother of general manager and head coach Patrick Merrill, has appeared in 28 games for San Diego recording 26 points, 216 loose balls and 32 caused turnovers. On Feb. 22, Merrill scooped up his 2,518th loose ball to become the NLL’s all-time loose ball leader. The future Hall of Famer was named the first captain in Seals history ahead of the team’s inaugural season in San Diego and helped lead the team to a home playoff berth in its first year.
CITY OFFERING VIRTUAL INSPECTIONS
The City of San Diego Development Services Department is expanding its residential and commercial inspection processes by offering optional virtual inspections for 23 common inspections for customer convenience while addressing COVID-19 risks and abiding by social distancing requirements.
Earlier this year, DSD began piloting the virtual inspections and allowing customers to submit photos to inspectors of work conducted with no-plan mechanical, electrical and plumbing permits.
No-Plan Simple MEP permits are issued for minor installations without the need to submit plans, including relocations of electrical outlets or rewiring of a unit and water heater replacements, among various minor installation and repair projects on existing buildings.
Each week, the City averages about 2,000 field inspections in both English and Spanish on commercial and residential construction projects as is required before any permitted construction work can be covered, concealed, occupied or placed into use. Inspections that may be conducted as virtual inspections include: Customers may request a virtual inspection by completing an Enhanced Inspection form on DSD’s website. If the inspection qualifies, assigned inspectors for each project will schedule the virtual inspection.
SHARP HEALTHCARE BOARD ADDS DIRECTORS
Bob Bolinger of La Jolla, as well as Rebecca Perez-Serrano and John Wylie of Point Loma, have been added to the Sharp HealthCare board of directors. Bolinger is a 30-year veteran of San Diego radio and has recently joined CerasoliStafford Media Management as a partner. The firm will be changing its name to CerasoliStaffordBolinger and doing business as CSB Impact. Wylie is a partner and portfolio manager at Nicholas Investment Partners and has over 35 years of experience in the financial markets. As chair of the Sharp HealthCare board of directors investment subcommittee since 2014, Wylie brings his extensive portfolio management experience to the board.
Thursday, July 23
PB WATERBAR OPENS ROOFTOP
Waterbar in Pacific Beach has officially opened its new rooftop patio to accommodate outdoor dining. One of the most scenic dining destinations in PB, Waterbar expanded it seating with an open-air experience, complete with ocean views and a special rooftop menu. The menu includes peel ‘n’ eat shrimp, Catarina scallop ceviche, and their West Coast lobster roll, plus a selection of salads and cheeseburgers. The new patio is open Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
NEW TACO SHOP IN MB
Tacos El Trompo, a Tijuana-style taco shop that has locations in National City and Barrio Logan, plans to open this fall in Mission Beach at 3819 Mission Blvd. The site was previously Rubicon Deli. The eatery will center its menu around marinated roast pork al pastor cooked on a vertical rotisserie, known as a “trompo,” resembling a meat-spinning top.
In addition to hand-sliced pork street tacos, Tacos El Trompo offers breakfast, many taco options prepared in-house corn tortillas, burritos, smothered fried, birria, mulitas and quesadillas, TJ hot dogs, entree plates, torta sandwiches, and soups. For more information, follow the restaurant’s Facebook Page.
RAISED BY WOLVES REOPENS IN WESTFIELD UTC
CH Projects has reopened the retail portion of Raised by Wolves at La Jolla’s Westfield UTC outdoor shopping center at 4301 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 2030. Stop by the bottle shop, or shop online, and stock your bar with a selection of highly curated, hard-to-find spirits, bar products, barware, and RBW merch. Choose from CH Project’s private barrel collection of unique bourbons like Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon, Maker’s Mark Private Select that is exclusive to Born & Raised, Eagle Rare, W.L. Weller and more.
Lighter options for summer sipping include a variety of hard-to-find small-batch tequilas, and a variety of gins, like the Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle, a sundried lemony sweet gin with a classic London Dry backbone, perfect for refreshing Gin & Tonics or a French 75. Shipping is available throughout California, while the cocktail bar remains closed. Hours of operation are daily from 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. For more information, call 619-629-0243.
ANNUAL VACCINE WEEK
The California HPV Vaccination Roundtable has announced that the Annual California HPV Vaccine Week will take place from Aug. 3 to Aug. 8. During this week, the Roundtable encourages health organizations, medical providers, school nurses, and dentists to reach out to parents and the public about the importance of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention. The HPV vaccine prevents the infection that can cause six types of cancer. HPV vaccinations and other adolescent immunizations have declined sharply due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the CDC.
“It’s so amazing that we have a safe vaccine that helps prevent six cancers,” says Kristen Bell, actress, and mother of two. “Getting your kids the HPV vaccine when recommended at ages 9 to 12 helps prevent cancers later in life. I will definitely be vaccinating my kids when they turn 9.” The California HPV Roundtable is a coalition of over 40 member organizations across the state with a mission to increase HPV vaccination rates in California to 80% by 2026.
ZERO WASTE FAIR
The fifth annual Zero Waste Fair held by I Love A Clean San Diego and the city of Encinitas will help create a roadmap for people interested in living a waste-free lifestyle. Free online registration is open now at CleanSD.org for the virtual event set for Saturday, Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is required to attend the day’s live interactive webinar “No matter where you live in San Diego County or beyond, everyone is welcome to join us for this unique event that will provide simple and actionable ways to start cutting wasteful habits from your life,” said I Love A Clean San Diego’s education manager Emily Nelson. “We want everyone to benefit from more time, more money, and less waste through low-waste living.”
This year, the Zero Waste Fair presents a variety of informative and fun presentations, demonstrations, and Q&A sessions. Guest experts will highlight low-waste living resources, composting tips, recycling help, current environmental justice topics, and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to try eco-friendly crafting, set personal zero waste goals, and win sustainable prizes. Registration for the virtual event is free. For more information, to volunteer or donate, visit CleanSD.org.
Wednesday, July 22
BALI HAI SERVING MAI TAIS TO-GO
Bali Hai Restaurant at 2230 Shelter Island Drive for the first time ever is now selling its world-famous Mai Tais to-go. One order includes four Mai Tais and one order of poke for $50. Presently, the restaurant is only selling these on Friday and Saturday nights. Patrons must call to reserve pick-up time to help manage the number of people coming down at the same time to respect social distancing. Pick-up times are from 3 to 5 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a limited quantity daily. There is also a special line for pick-up orders.
CON PANE TO REOPEN AT LIBERTY STATION
Founded in 1999 in Point Loma before moving into Liberty Station, Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe shuttered suddenly and seemingly permanently in January due to issues linked to an I-9 immigration audit. “The discovery of a large number of unauthorized workers has so disrupted operations we have had no choice but to close,” said owner Catherine Perez in her farewell message.
Con Pane moved from its original building on Rosecrans Street to the 4,000 square-foot Dewey Road bakery and cafe in 2010. The bakery used European methods to produce more than two dozen varieties of bread, which were sold at the bakery and also via wholesale distribution to area markets and restaurants.
In comes David & Lesley Cohn of Cohn Restaurant Group, a hospitality company with many San Diego eateries that is known for financially backing several area restaurateurs. Con Pane Rustic Breads & Café will be reopening under the Cohn Restaurant Group family of restaurants, slated to resume business by late September 2020.
SUP. FLETCHER SUPPORTS ONLINE EDUCATION
“To get our schools open and our economy moving, we must slow the spread (coronavirus),” said 4th District Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. “It’s clear, to get our schools to open and to get our economy moving, job number one for everyone is to slow the spread of the virus. All children deserve to receive a high-quality education and COVID-19 presents very unique challenges to fulfilling the mission. As a parent I understand how difficult this has been already. And because our County is on the state’s monitoring list, we all have an obligation to fight this virus the right way so we can get our kids back into the classroom.”
Added Fletcher: “Distance learning will be hard for working families. Due to work hours, internet connectivity issues and other barriers, families with school-age children will need greater support to ensure learning from outside the classroom doesn’t create a gap in the quality of the education our children receive. In the days ahead my office will work with school leaders to offer our assistance and help develop solutions.”
SCIENCE CENTER LAUNCHED AT UC SAN DIEGO
To help bridge the gap between research findings and their application in the real world, the University of California San Diego launched the Dissemination and Implementation Science Center earlier this year. The center aims to provide researchers and practitioners with the training, technical assistance, mentoring and resources they need to conduct research that is meaningful in real-world settings, and implement these findings for the equitable benefit of diverse communities served in a variety of health settings.
UC San Diego Dissemination and Implementation Science Center plans to engage experts across the broader UC San Diego campus, collaborating with teams at UC San Diego Rady School of Management, Jacobs School of Engineering, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and other organizations. For more information, visit https://disc.ucsd.edu.
PCPB ELECTS NEW INTERIM OFFICERS
Peninsula Community Planning Board elected new interim officers on July 16. The advisory group’s annual election, typically held in March, was postponed this year due to COVID. Fred Kosmo was elected interim chair. David Dick was elected interim vice chair. Brad Herrin said he might be able to serve as second chair. Mandy Havlik was elected interim secretary. Interim treasurer is Korla Eaquinta. PCPB advises the City on land use-based community goals and development proposals.
The Peninsula Community Planning area encompasses about 4,409 acres (approximately 7 square miles) and is bounded by Ocean Beach (split off and founded in 1975) and the Pacific Ocean on the west and south, The San Diego River Flood Control Channel and the Midway community lie to the north. San Diego Bay and Port tidelands are on the east.
The Peninsula community is highly urbanized and comprised of a number of relatively distinct residential neighborhoods including Ocean Beach Highlands, Point Loma Highlands, Loma Alta, Loma Palisades, Loma Portal, Fleetridge, Roseville, Sunset Cliffs, Wooded Area, La Playa and the former Naval Training Center renamed Liberty Station.
COMIC-CON BLOOD DRIVE STARTS
The 44th Robert A. Heinlein blood drive kicked off this week and runs until Sunday, Aug. 16 held at any San Diego Blood Bank donor center or mobile drive. Donors will receive a limited-edition Marvel Black Widow T-shirt. Appointments are required and available at SanDiegoBloodBank.org/donate. See all COVID-19 exposure and travel deferrals here. Since 1976, The Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive is hosted in partnership with the Comic-Con convention. Over the past 43 years, donors at Comic-Con have donated over 25,000 pints of blood, impacting approximately more than 75,000 lives.
CONVENTION CENTER IS MODEL FOR MCRD
The MCRD commanding general recently toured Operation Shelter to Home at the San Diego Convention Center to learn more about shelter operations, disease prevention and mitigation efforts, protocols for maintaining physical distance, and individual safety measures for shelter clients, staff and volunteers. The tour was led by representatives from the City and County.
“We have proactively taken actions to protect our most vulnerable populations during this pandemic,” said County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, a U.S. Marine combat veteran and co-chair of the County’s COVID-19 Subcommittee. “The significant effort put into building out the temporary shelter for the homeless was done using the highest standards, along with significant care and compassion. It’s a good model for how our community comes together during times of crisis.”
Recruits are currently quarantined in hotels for 14 days after arriving in San Diego to ensure they are healthy before they begin training. As the pandemic continues, the depot is looking at more cost-effective options to house and provide outstanding medical services to large groups of personnel. The Operation Shelter to Home model offered valuable insight into large-scale support to many individuals at one time.
Operation Shelter to Home launched on April 1 by moving individuals already in shelters into the San Diego Convention Center to allow for proper physical distancing and then began welcoming in unsheltered individuals living on San Diego streets. The shelter currently serves more than 1,200 individuals daily.
CALIFORNIA TACO CLUB OPENS IN PB
Pacific Beach gained a new taqueria. California Taco Club at 4465 Mission Blvd. offers walk-up window service at its 160 square-foot space, with a bit of outdoor seating. The menu offers an innovative selection of tacos, burritos ceviche, and house-made horchata. The taco spot is at the Breakfast Republic location. Lunch and dinner are served seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit californiatacoclub.com.
Tuesday, July 21
HAPPY HOUR AT CITY TACOS
City Tacos is offering a new Reverse Happy Hour every day from 9-10 p.m. at 4516 Mission Blvd. The happy hour features a $10 special including choice of any two tacos and a Mexican beer. Guests can take their pick of signature tacos such as the Pescado, Borrego, or Chorizo and eat at the outdoor seating or use to-go services. In addition to the new happy hour special, the Surf and Turf Taco makes its return.
TINY HOMES TAKE BIG STEP
On July 21, the City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the Land Development Code to add Moveable Tiny Houses to the ordinance for Companion Units and Junior Units as a separately regulated use. Movable Tiny Homes provide a lower-cost option that provides flexible housing choices for families, students, the elderly, and people with disabilities to name a few.
In contrast, the average cost of a movable tiny home is only $85,000. A significant portion of households in San Diego can afford a movable tiny house as an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). The average cost of rent for a tiny home is $900 a month. A property owner would recover their initial investment in eight years. After that, the rent from the tiny house could help cover their mortgage or other expenses.
VIRTUAL HEALTHCARE WORKSHOP
Sharp HealthCare has announced the first in a series of free virtual workshops for San Diego residents, Advance Care Planning, which can be watched anytime, is now available. In these times of uncertainty, who will be able to make health care choices for you if you aren’t able to make them for yourself? Don’t wait until it’s too late to make important decisions about your medical care. Watch anytime at sharp.com/advancecarevideo and learn more about advance care planning and download materials in English and Spanish.
NEW FLIGHTS AT SAN DIEGO AIRPORT
San Diego International Airport (SAN) will add nonstop service to one new international destination and two U.S. cities on Alaska Airlines. Alaska will offer flights from SAN to the following cities:
Cancun, Mexico via Cancun International Airport – four times weekly beginning Nov. 20 through April 12, 2021.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. via Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport – three times weekly beginning Nov. 21.
Missoula, Mont. via Missoula International Airport (MSO) – daily beginning March 11, 2021.
“The announcement of three new routes is welcome news for our region,” said Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority president/ CEO. “Our team has been in discussions with Alaska about nonstop service to Cancun for a couple of years, so I’m happy our diligent efforts are paying off. The service to Fort Lauderdale and new route to Missoula are also welcome as they provide those regions with easy access to enjoy San Diego’s many offerings or the ability for San Diegans to escape to south Florida or explore the great outdoors of western Montana.”
Monday, July 20
PIZZA PLACE OPENING
American Pizza Mfg, located blocks from the beach at 7402La Jolla Blvd, is a bake-at-home take-out spot for handmade pizzas, pastas and more, which is set to open on July 22. It makes eating dinner a whole lot easier – you pick up a handmade meal and take it home with simple baking instructions and you have hot, fresh restaurant-quality flavor and ingredients and the comfort of home and working around your schedule.
MANDARIN HOUSE RE-OPENING
Open seven days a week except holidays throughout its 42-year history, longtime restaurant Mandarin House was forced to shutter last summer after a kitchen fire. Originally intending to re-open after minor repairs, owner Nelson Law eventually decided to take more time to fully refresh and remodel the building at 6765 La Jolla Blvd. Law now plans an August opening for takeout and delivery for his refurbished eatery.
The Chinese restaurant was founded by Law’s late father in 1977. He said the remodeled space will retain its ’70s look while including upgrades such as redecorated booths, a new roof and flooring and an extended bar. Law added the menu will continue to feature popular dishes like kung pao chicken, as well as new offerings. Also remaining will be Mandarin House’s rum-based tropical drinks served in Tiki mugs.
PAWS NAME RETIRED BY SDHS
San Diego Humane Society is “retiring” the name of its PAWS San Diego program. The impact of PAWS has been substantial. In the last fiscal year, PAWS distributed more than 2 million pet meals to families in need and 133,000 pounds of pet food since the beginning of COVID-19. These vital services and more will evolve and continue as part of SDHS. Now, rather than having one program dedicated to helping people keep their pets, this goal will be reflected in all that the organization does.
Changes are to include:
* Evolving SDHS Pantry Service into a drive-thru pick-up at all three of our campuses from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.
* Shifting focus away from in-home deliveries in order to grow partnerships with other organizations.
* To reach those living in systemic poverty, SDHS is providing food and supplies to San Diego Unified School District, which has approximately 20 locations in low-income neighborhoods.
* To reach the elderly, military veterans and individuals living with disabilities, SDHS will provide food to San Diego Food Bank, ElderHelp, Serving Seniors, Independent Living Services and many more.
SDHS’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. The organization offers programs that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty and neglect, provide medical care, educate the community and serve as a safety net for all pet families. Serving San Diego County since 1880, SDHS has campuses in Escondido, Oceanside and San Diego. For more information, visit sdhumane.org.
MARITIME MUSEUM RECEIVES DONATION
Maritime Museum of San Diego has received a $100,000 donation from The Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation. The foundation has a long history of supporting the Maritime Museum, contributing to the building of the galleon replica San Salvador, and recent historic landmark vessel restoration and preservation projects including the 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley, and 1863 Star of India.
“We are honored that we have been afforded such support,” said Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., president/CEO of the Maritime Museum, “The shelter-in-place orders issued by state governance as a response to the global pandemic forced Maritime Museum of San Diego to temporarily close for three and one-half months beginning March 16. This mandatory closure removed virtually every form of operational revenue the Museum once depended on.” For more information, visit sdmaritime.org.
DUCK DIVE WEEKEND BRUNCH
Duck Dive at 4650 Mission Blvd. is relaunching their weekend brunch starting Thursday, July 23. With an outdoor patio and expanding seating options, brunch-fanatics can enjoy omelets, a variety of pancakes, French toast – among many other dishes. Duck Dive also serves a lineup of brunch cocktails, including Irish coffee and three types of Bloody Mary’s. Bottomless mimosas are available Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays until 3 p.m.
POLITIFEST RETURNS TO LIBERTY STATION
Politifest is a regional public affairs summit produced by Voice of San Diego. This year’s summit will take place virtually during the week of Sept. 29 through Oct. 3. It will examine the races and ballot measures through a future-facing lens: How will each of the candidates, policies, and ballot initiatives affect the future of our region? What are the implications for work, education, our communities and our wallets?
Politifest focuses on issues affecting San Diego communities. During election years, the event focuses on candidates and ballot measures. In non-election years, it focuses on the most important topics that drive public policy and community conversation. Politifest features a robust schedule of debates, panels and one-on-one interviews with experts, and provides a platform for residents to raise their voices, ask tough questions and delve into important issues. It serves as a crash course in politics and policy and provides insights into how our local government works. Registration opens Aug. 10.
Thursday, July 16
PRIDE FLAG RAISED AT COUNTY
On Friday, July 17, to celebrate the County’s commitment to equality and respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and queer communities, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher along with LGBTQ+ County employees and the leadership of San Diego Pride will for the first time raise the Pride flag over the County Administration Center at 1600 Pacific Highway at a 10:30 a.m. ceremony. The pride flag will be flying high in the sky all weekend long. And later Friday (about 7:55 p.m.) the County Administration Center and the parking garage will also shine bright with pride when it is lit up in the colors of the rainbow.
TESTING AT DEL MAR FAIRGROUNDS
San Diego-based healthcare analytics and diagnostics company, Genalyte, opened a new COVID-19 antibody testing location at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in an effort to expand city-wide antibody testing. Genalyte’s SARS-CoV-2 Multi-Antigen Serology Panel tests for IgM and IgG antibodies against 13 unique viral antigens to determine a person’s, and ultimately the population’s, level of exposure and potential immunity to the virus.
Genalyte’s pop-up testing site will be located in the Bing Crosby building, next to the Exhibit Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., by appointment only. Patients will have their blood drawn onsite and receive results through secure electronic messaging typically within 24-48 hours. Genalyte has engineered a seamless registration and notification system for scheduling appointments, reminders, arrival instructions and additional notifications. To register for an antibody test and schedule an appointment, please visit genalytecovid19.com.
AFFORDABLE HOMES REPORT
Circulate San Diego released a new report titled “Equity and Climate for Homes,” that provides a geographic analysis of the City of San Diego’s innovative Affordable Homes Bonus Program to produce more affordable and market-rate homes. The report shows that a large share of projects using San Diego’s bonus program are located near transit and in high opportunity areas.
San Diego’s AHBP provides incentives for developers who choose to build affordable units as a part of their projects. If a building includes up to 15 percent of its base density as affordable, then the developer can build up to 50 percent more units than otherwise would be allowed. In May, Circulate released “Good Bargain,” which shows how the program is increasing production of both market-rate and deed-restricted affordable homes. For more information, go to circulatesd.org.
This data shows that the AHBP is creating substantially more homes in the right places:
63 percent of AHBP projects are located in high and highest resource Census tracts in the City of San Diego.
97 percent of AHBP projects are located within a half-mile of a high performing transit stop.
HUMPHREYS CONCERT VENUE BECOMES CAFE
Humphreys Concert by the Bay at 2241 Shelter Island Drive has transformed its concert lawn into a spot for outdoor dining for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Featured are limited but diverse options crafted with the same fine and fresh ingredients you can expect at Humphreys. Full bar service is also offered for friends, couples and families. An all-day menu is served.
ARCTIC SEA ICE DAY
Even though SeaWorld is temporarily closed, the marine park still wants to spread the word about the importance of Sea Arctic Ice Day, which was July 15. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, causing sea ice to melt. It’s important to take note and protect wild animals and wild places. SeaWorld is raising awareness by recognizing Arctic Sea Ice Day, reminding everyone about the importance arctic sea ice plays in the lives of arctic animals. Arctic Ice Day was created by Polar Bears International, one of SeaWorld’s important conservation partners. For information, visit swbg-conservationfund.org/
PBTC DONATES TO TRASH PICKUP
Given the summer rush to the coast, Pacific Beach Town Council has donated to trash pickup in Pacific Beach. “With extra trash from all the takeout containers and tourism, our trash cans are overflowing in the business district,” said Brian White, president of PBTC. “Working with Sara Berns from Discover PB, our PBTC donated $3,000 to fund an additional day of trash pickup on Sundays for all 36 of Discover PB’s cans from now through Labor Day. DPB pays for trash pickup four days week and now PBTC is funding a fifth day on Sundays to help reduce the overflow issues. Due to COVID and deferred fee payments, Discover PB has been impacted with lowered income, making it more difficult to cover these services. They’ve been working extremely hard to cover costs during this pandemic.”
OUTSIDE CLASSES AT LIBERTY STATION
Liberty Station‘s YogaSix, San Diego Ballet, SPARKCYCLE and San Diego Craft Collective are offering their first outdoor classes on the Liberty Station grounds this week. This decision follows Gov. Newsom’s announcement to close all indoor fitness centers. Many other Liberty Station businesses have been providing takeout/delivery and essential business as well as offering an array of virtual arts and cultural programming to support and serve the community during this time. For the latest information, visit libertystation.com.
PROTESTERS TO PICKET SEN. ATKINS
Seeking to prevent a looming wave of evictions across California stemming from COVID-related job losses, San Diego-area tenants are urging state representatives to pass AB 1436, the bill prohibiting landlords from evicting tenants because of unpaid rent due to the pandemic. Renters will stage a rally and press conference Friday, July 17, outside the office of California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins at 10:15 a.m. at 1350 Front St. downtown to urge her to support the bill and keep tenants from losing their homes. The protest is being sponsored by renters and members of Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment. Housing advocates acknowledge Sen. Atkins’ previous leadership on tenant’s rights issues. Details of AB 1436 can be viewed here in English and in Spanish.
PORTSIDE PIER RESTAURANTS CELEBRATION
A ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the completion of The Brigantine’s Portside Pier restaurant development on San Diego Bay’s North Embarcadero waterfront will be held Monday, July 20 at 4 p.m. at 1360 North Harbor Drive. The Port of San Diego and The Brigantine Inc. have transformed one of Southern California’s most iconic waterfront restaurant sites, 1360 North Harbor Drive on the North Embarcadero. Portside Pier will offer a variety of dining options at different price points featuring fresh seafood at Brigantine on the Bay, authentic Mexican flavors at Miguel’s Cocina, pub fare at Ketch Grill & Taps, and walk-up service at Portside Coffee & Gelato.
GUARD CHANGES AT THE ROTARY CLUB OF LJ
The Rotary Club of La Jolla has a new president, a new structure and a new way of doing business. Bank of America senior vice-president and client advisor Dirk Harris took over club leadership July 1 as the organization continues to serve the community despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. Harris brings with him years of experience in financial management and investments. He is a certified financial planner, has degrees in both finance and microbiology from Louisiana State University and brings a strong commitment to public service. Harris is married and a father of two young children.
The club continues to meet weekly at noon on Tuesdays, but currently via Zoom, a change that will continue until it is once again safe to meet in person. Rotary also welcomes four new members representing four of the club’s five membership categories: Rebecca Hartford, Nan Johnson, Christopher Lee (La Jolla Institute of Immunology), and Sam Nejabat. For more information, visit rotarycluboflajolla.com.
Tuesday, July 14
PARKING ENFORCEMENT DELAYED
Starting Saturday, Aug. 1, the City of San Diego will resume full enforcement of all parking regulations, part of an effort to support local businesses and continue essential operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Identified as one small step toward restoring San Diego’s economy, restarting parking enforcement will allow for increased turnover of customers in business districts and ensure accessibility for patrons. Parking enforcement resumed on July 1 with a warning period, during which violators received written warnings. Initially a two-week warning period, enforcement will now begin on Saturday, Aug. 1.
The City suspended citations for vehicles violating street sweeping parking restrictions, metered parking, time limits and yellow commercial zones on March 16 after the state and county stay-at-home order went into effect. Parking enforcement was limited to holiday or Sunday regulations only. Citations have still been issued for vehicles parked illegally at red, white, and blue painted curbs.
Street sweeping has continued during the public health emergency. Courtesy notices were distributed to inform residents of the enforcement restart and return to regular service. To learn more about parking rules in the City, and to pay or appeal a citation online, visit sandiego.gov/parking.
SHORES AVENIDA DE LA PLAY CLOSING FOR DINING
La Jolla Shores Association announced that effective July 22 thru Sept. 27 Avenida de la Playa from El Paseo Grande to Ciallo de la Plata will be closed to vehicular traffic. During this period six to seven restaurants will be setting up dining tables over parking stalls in order to serve lunch and dinner, al fresco. The goal is to provide a safe, outdoor, dining in a pleasant atmosphere. From 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. there will be a 20-foot-wide pedestrian walkway down the center of Avenida de la Playa.
RECYCLE OLD TAX FILES
Looking to dispose of old tax files or sensitive documents? Join the City of San Diego’s 18th annual Tax File Recycling event beginning Wednesday, July 15, at the Miramar Recycling Center. The drop-off service is available through Tuesday, July 21, and is free to City of San Diego residents only. Participants are limited to one banker’s box of files to recycle. A banker’s box is approximately 10 inches high, 15 inches wide and 25 inches deep. Files will be accepted at the Miramar Recycling Center between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The center is closed on Sundays. All documents will be placed in secured bins and shredded before being recycled.
This annual recycling event usually coincides with Tax Day. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, the federal government postponed the traditional April 15 filing deadline until July 15. All visitors will be asked to maintain physical distancing during transactions and facial coverings are required. To assist with physical distancing guidelines, staff will limit the number of people allowed into the area at one time. For more information, visit rb.gy/tivcvr.
Monday, July 13
EGGIES HATCHES IN PB
Eggies in Pacific Beach has officially opened so beach dwellers can get their on-the-go brunch fill. Open from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, the 205-square-foot location is adjacent to Breakfast Republic PB at 4465 Mission Blvd. The new Eggies features the same breakfast sandwiches as its other locations in East Village and the recently opened Liberty Station outpost. Other quick-service bites include filled jars layered with French toast, fresh strawberries and mascarpone, and their savory potato hash jar, as well as churros with caramel sauce for the city’s morning sweet-seekers.
RESTAURANTS ADAPTING TO COVID
Breakfast Republic is geared up for the dine-in shut-down at all their locations including 4465 Mission Blvd. Owner Johan Engman has finalized a partnership with Stone Brewing to allow Breakfast Republic in Liberty Station to use Stone’s courtyard across from the restaurant. In return, Breakfast Republic will start carrying their Stone Buenaveza Mexican Lager at all BR locations. Locations in North Park, Ocean Beach and Mission Valley will remain open, and will seat patrons in their existing outdoor patios.
Fig Tree Café locations in Liberty Station and Pacific Beach will remain open during their usual hours, as much of their seating is already situated outdoors and is set up for social distancing – perfect for fans of their Breakfast Sushi or French toast options. This eatery also offers takeout and delivery.
Backyard Kitchen & Tap at 832 Garnet Ave. expanded its patio to include a sideyard after the first round of shut-downs. The sideyard addition is open Tuesday through Sunday, featuring food from the Union Food Truck, while Backyard’s existing patio space is open all week.
Pacific Beach AleHouse at 721 Grand Ave. is ready to serve San Diego safely with its sky deck, patio and parking lot seating fully open and set up to meet all safety guidelines. You can still grab a burger and beer by the ocean seven days a week. You can also swing by for carryout or order delivery through their website.
Taco fiends can still get their fill at The Taco Stand with outdoor seating and carryout at their La Jolla location at 621 Pearl St.
LIBRARY BOOK-DROPS REOPEN
“San Diego Public Library has opened up the book drops at all 36 of its libraries, and you can now pick up your holds at the Pacific Beach Library,” said Christina Wainwright, Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library manager. “We also have a wide variety of virtual programming that you can enjoy online.”
Book returns open at all SDPL locations Mondays at 9 a.m., and will remain open 24 hours a day until Fridays at 5:30 p.m. Book drops are not open weekends.
Materials will remain on your library card for several days after they are received at the library. All returned items are quarantined for at least 72 hours. It may take several days for the return to reflect on your library account. There are no late fees.
For more information about SDPL’s Book Return Service: sandiego.gov/public-library/book-returns.
You may pick up materials that you’ve placed on hold at any of 18 SDPL locations, including the PB Library.
Holds Pickup service is available Mon.-Fri. From 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call 858-581-9934 with your library card number. We will check your holds out to your account, and have them ready to give to you.
If you already have holds waiting for you at another library you may request that they be transferred to PB. You can do it yourself by modifying your holds online, or call any SDPL location so that staff may assist you.
For more information about SDPL’s Contactless Holds Pickup Service (including the full list of branches offering this service).
BIKE FOR HUMANITY II
ElliptiGO Inc., creator of the world’s first elliptical bicycle, is the title sponsor of the ElliptiGO Bike for Humanity II cycling event with Bill Walton and Friends (bikeforhumanity.com). Bike for Humanity II will take place around the world on Saturday, July 25 with a goal of raising $1 million for charity. Joining Walton in raising awareness for the event are marathon legend Meb Keflezighi, winner of the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon, and world famous ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes.
“The inaugural Bike for Humanity event in 2019 raised more than $100,000, and our goal is to dramatically increase participation and fundraising by inspiring thousands of people around the world to get out on their bikes or ElliptiGOs and have fun while raising money for really worthy causes,” said Bryan Pate, CEO of ElliptiGO. Participants can choose where, when and what distance to ride on July 25. Registration and more information is available through bikeforhumanity.com.
FIESTA ISLAND HEARING DELAYED
This year was supposed to bring the final hearing at the California Coastal Commission for the City’s Plan Update proposal for Fiesta Island, that includes the official recognition of the fenced area as a dog park in the Mission Bay Master Plan. Last year was an important year for Fiesta Island Dog Owners (FIDO) when the City Council approved and adopted FIDO’s Option B as the official Plan moving forward for State review at the CCC. While the commission is continuing to meet monthly online, the group has received an email from commission staff recently saying that they are unable to travel to visit Fiesta Island and complete their review, which means the commission won’t likely be reviewing Option B until next year.
LJ GALLERY EXHIBIT
R.B. Stevenson Gallery in La Jolla has announced the exhibition “Paintings Are People Too” featuring new and recent paintings by artist Monique van Genderen. First produced in Berlin in June 2019 “Paintings Are People Too” was shown at the Rosa Luxembourg Platz Kunstverein with the title: “Citizens Don’t Hesitate.” For more information, call 858-459-3917 or visit rbstevensongallery.com.
VIRTUAL ANIMAL ADVENTURE CAMP
San Diego Humane Society is offering virtual Animal Adventure Camp for the first time this summer to ensure a safe and healthy experience for all campers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kids going into second through fifth grades can enjoy seven weekly virtual camps through Aug. 7 and experience the fun of Animal Adventure Camp from the comfort of their own homes. Two curriculums (Animal Pals and Animal Helpers) are offered and include virtual animal meet-and-greets, animal welfare lessons, virtual tours of the shelter and specialty departments as well as games and crafts. Campers should pick up a supply box provided by SDHS a week prior to starting camp. For more information, please visit sdhumane.org.
REPORT PROBLEMS AT DOG PARK
Fiesta Island Dog Owners (FIDO) is urging recently reopened island users to call park rangers at 858-581-7602 to report problems. One problem to be reported is people with too many dogs (more than six) and/or not picking up their waste. Report an in-progress animal emergency to the SD Humane Society response line at 619-299-7012. In a human emergency, call 911. For all non-emergencies use the park hotline: 858-581-7602.
MOST POPULAR PALINDROMES
Parents are increasingly loving baby names with palindromes, meanings spelled the same backwards and forwards like Nevaeh and Heaven. The word is derived from the Greek term palíndromos, which means “to run backwards.” Anna is the most popular palindrome of all time.
Names.org has released a list of the most popular Names With Meanings Spelled Backwards, after analyzing Social Security Administration data since 1890, and current user interest from millions of visitors to its website.
These are very popular and great for siblings or twins. For instance, a set of boy and girl twins could be Aidan and Nadia, girl twins could be Ellen and Nelle, and boy twins could be Ira and Ari.
Here are the some of the most popular palindromes since 1890:
1) Anna: 896,000
2) Hannah: 434,000
3) Ava: 266,000
4) Ana: 102,000
5) Ada: 96,000
6) Bob: 93,000
7) Otto: 33,000
8) Eve: 25,000
9) Asa: 18,000
10) Elle: 14,000.
PRIDE PARADE GOING VIRTUAL
The annual Pride 5k is going virtual this year and is going to take place this weekend, July 17-19. The event is sponsored by Mission Fed and the goal of the virtual event is to raise $20,000 for The LGBTQ Center’s Youth Housing Project and San Diego Pride Community Grants. All participants will receive an event neck gaiter and can opt in for a race T-shirt and medal. As a virtual event, participants run or walk their 5K on Pride weekend, then upload their finishing results and can join online for a live streaming event on July 18. For more information about the Pride 5K, visit pride5k.run.
JINGLE BELLS IN JULY
On Thursday, July 16 at 6 p.m, there will be the 30th annual Virtual Watch Party of San Diego Children’s Choir’s 2019 Winter Concert. The choir will look back fondly at its most recent in-person choir-wide concert with co-hosts artistic director Ruthie Millgard, and music director Margie Orem. The virtual event is being dubbed Jingle Bells in July. For more information, visit sdcchoir.org.
Wednesday, July 8
JETTY CATS FUNDRAISER
Jetty Cats of San Diego is holding a fundraiser to help buy food for the volunteers who feed the cats nightly. Donations may be made through their sponsors Feral Cat Coalition. Go to PayPal at paypal.me/feralcatcoalition – type “for Jetty Cats” in the payment notes. Also, donate through Venmo @FeralCatCoalitionSD and type “for Jetty Cats” in the payment notes.
NAME CHANGE FOR UC SAN DIEGO PROJECT
UC San Diego’s proposed Future College Living and Learning Neighborhood project has undergone a name change. It is now being referred to as the Theatre District Living and Learning Neighborhood.
It would include five buildings ranging in height from 9-21 stories to provide approximately 2,000 new beds for undergraduate students, residential life and administration offices for a new college, general assignment classrooms, a 480-seat auditorium, meeting space, restaurants, and retail space for approximately 900,000 gross square feet total.
La Jollans living in neighborhoods surrounding the university have objected strongly to both the bulk and scale of the project, as well as its alleged negative impacts on future traffic in the area. The 11.8-acre proposed project site is at the southwestern edge of the La Jolla West Campus.
MOPA RECLOSES UNTIL FALL
Just days after reopening for the July Fourth weekend, the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts has announced it will remain closed until after Labor Day. Museums were among those businesses told to halt indoor activities by the state and by local health authorities. Although the updated public health order is theoretically in place for just three weeks, a museum statement cited the “uncertainty”http://www.sdnews.com/” of the coming weeks as the reason for the lengthy closure. The museum initially shuttered in March with other museums in Balboa Park and the rest of San Diego County.
LUSTER ELECTED BOARD PRESIDENT
Mesa College president Dr. Pamela Luster has been elected president of the Chief Executive Officers of California Community Colleges Board for FY 2020-21. “I am honored to be elected president of the CEOCCC Board,” said Luster. “I look forward to working with these progressive leaders as we focus on advocacy and action for racial equity, increasing resources for colleges and students, and recovery from COVID-19. Our students are depending on us to lead the way.”
The Community College League of California (League) is a nonprofit public benefit corporation whose voluntary membership consists of the 73 local public community college districts in California. The League supports locally elected trustees and community college CEOs who serve their students and communities by advocating on their behalf at the state and federal levels.
SD CONVENTION CENTER PROMO
Continuing its tradition of producing chocolate bars to celebrate the annual Comic-Con International event canceled this year due to the pandemic, the San Diego Convention Center is introducing a limited-edition 2020 chocolate bar to be shared with regional fans via social media contests. With a Saturday Morning Cartoons theme, the colorful treat features white chocolate, fruit-flavored cereal and freeze-dried raspberries. The bars are created in partnership with the Center’s food and beverage partner, Centerplate.
“As their annual hosts, we are glad to join the Comic-Con team in continuing some traditions of this pop culture celebration, like our ‘Convention Confections,’” said Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, president, and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center. “Through the series of online contests, we hope to bring together our local community to share their special memories and experiences of Comic-Con in San Diego.”
The Saturday Morning Cartoons bars will be distributed to fans through a series of online contests held July 13-17, via the Center’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts; no chocolate bars will be available for sale. Contest details will be shared through the Center’s social media and website next week. The chocolate bar prizes must be picked up at the Center on July 20 or 21. To learn more about [email protected], see Comic-Con.org and follow along via social media at #ComicConAtHome. The 2021 Comic-Con, International event is rescheduled to take place at the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25, 2021.
MARITIME MUSEUM CLOSED
The Maritime Museum of San Diego announced a second temporary closure of the museum beginning July 7 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Maritime Museum reopened to the public for six days beginning July 1 after closing temporarily due to the global pandemic for nearly four months starting March 16. The Museum is complying with state and local governance and guidelines and anticipates reopening Saturday, Aug. 1, at the approval of regional authorities.
Tuesday, July 7
BELMONT PARK RIDES CLOSED
Belmont Park, a 95-year-old historic amusement park on the oceanfront at 3146 Mission Blvd., has been hard hit by the pandemic and the latest rollback of business re-openings.
“All our rides, including the Giant Dipper roller coaster, are now closed,” said Minh Tra, director of operations for the San Diego Coaster Co., which operates all of Belmont Park’s amusement rides. “As of July 7, all our indoor attractions, including our arcade, are closed. But all our outdoor attractions, retail and restaurant food operations as well as outdoor attractions like the rock wall, sky ropes, outdoor obstacle course and miniature golf, are open.”
PLUNGE NOT PAUSED
The Plunge San Diego at Fit Mission Beach in Belmont Park, a membership fitness club and public pool, is currently open 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. The public can access the pool for $15 a day for adults, $12 a day for youth under age 18 for recreational swimming daily from 2 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit plungesandiego.com.
RESCUED BALD EAGLE DIES
“It is with heavy hearts we share that the ailing bald eagle admitted to Project Wildlife on July 4 has died,” said San Diego Humane Society on July 7. “This morning the juvenile bird was having more difficulty breathing, despite receiving supplemental oxygen in the critical care unit at our Pilar & Chuck Bahde Wildlife Center. Our highly trained medical staff knew they had to find out why the bird was not able to breathe. They sedated and anesthetized the bald eagle for a thorough exam.”
SDHS said full body X-rays revealed no obvious abnormalities for the injured bird. SeaWorld provided an endoscope to help visualize the inside of the eagle’s trachea and GI tract.
“There were some small parasites in the bird’s throat but not likely to be the major issue,” said SDHS. “There was also evidence of slow gut movement in the GI tract. Once the diagnostic procedures were finished, the gas anesthesia was turned off but the bird never woke up from the anesthesia. Several efforts were made to resuscitate the bald eagle, but we were unsuccessful. Our staff and partners have done everything in their power to help this bald eagle, and are extremely saddened by today’s outcome.”
WHEEL OF FORTUNE FEATURES SD
Wheel of Fortune will be re-airing a week of episodes celebrating San Diego as one of its “Great American Cities” from July 13-17. These special episodes will also feature segments and scenic footage shot on location during Pat Sajak and Vanna White’s visit to San Diego in 2016, as well as a custom set decorated with iconic local sights, including the San Diego Zoo, the Hotel del Coronado and the Gaslamp Quarter. During this week of shows, which first aired in 2017, all the contestants are from the San Diego area.
PADRES SEASON OPENER JULY 24
The San Diego Padres will kick-off their pandemic-delayed, 60-game season, consisting of 40 games against National League West teams and 20 against American League West teams, starting Friday, July 24 against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park. The interleague games at Petco Park will be Aug. 19-20 against the Texas Rangers; Aug. 21-23, Houston Astros; Aug. 25-27 against the Seattle Mariners; and Sept. 22-23 against the Los Angeles Angels, the final games of the season at Petco Park.
Major League Baseball plans to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on Aug. 28, the date of the March on Washington in 1963, as well as the date in 1945 when Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey met with Robinson to discuss his MLB future. The new date is representative of both Robinson’s journey to break the color barrier and his life as a civil rights activist. Jackie Robinson Day is customarily celebrated on April 15, the anniversary of his breaking MLB’s color line in 1947.
RV RESORT IMPROVEMENTS DELAYED
The De Anza Cove Improvement Project, comprised of rent creditable capital improvements, including abatement and removal of 166 mobile homes remaining on-site, has been delayed by the pandemic. On June 24, 2019, the San Diego City Council approved a lease extension for Campland on the Bay and a lease for the De Anza Cove property that includes Mission Bay RV Resort.
On Jan. 20, well ahead of the deadline, management commenced the improvement project. “Since then we have deployed certified environmental engineers who conducted asbestos and lead testing and analysis of all remaining mobile homes,” said Jacob Gelfand, vice president of operations for Terra Vista Management, which administers Campland on the Bay at 2211 Pacific Beach Drive. “On Jan. 28, management submitted a Coastal Development Permit application for the remaining components of the improvement project.”
Added Gelfand: “Unfortunately, threatened litigation, which has since been settled, delayed the improvement project by more than two months. More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily impeded critical path progress. To the extent possible, management will proceed with project items that can be safely and feasibly accomplished during this period of crisis, until the governor’s State of Emergency has been lifted.”
Gelfand noted, since the commencement of the lease in July 2019, that numerous, significant improvements to resort operations at Mission Bay RV Resort, including utility system repairs, safety improvements, new recreational amenities and aesthetic enhancements, have been made. “We look forward gradually to reopening more amenities at both resorts as state and local regulations allow,” said Gelfand, noting Campland on the Bay celebrated its 50th Anniversary of providing affordable, waterfront accommodations and family-friendly recreation on Mission Bay last year.
Monday, July 6
BALD EAGLE RESCUED
San Diego Humane Society’s Project Wildlife admitted a bald eagle on July 4. It is extremely rare for SDHS to admit such a raptor. The bird was rescued and brought in by SoCal Parrots after it had been observed on the ground for a couple of days at Barrett Honor Camp.
The bald eagle, suffering from dehydration, was given fluids and treated for mites. While the bird’s condition is guarded, it is in stable condition at the critical care unit of SDHS’s Bahde Wildlife Center and has gotten radiographs (X-rays) and a blood draw. Currently, he is breathing heavy, although slightly improved. Samples of the eagle’s blood and feces were submitted for full evaluation, including a lead test.
Staff at the Pilar & Chuck Bahde Wildlife Center were able to successfully hand feed the bird, a juvenile, a fledgling, who has not been seen flying on his own. The objective is to rehabilitate the bird and return him to his family. The bald eagle will remain in the critical care unit where he receives extra oxygen.
LIBRARIES TO REMAIN CLOSED
San Diego Public libraries, following the guidance of State and County health guidelines and public health orders, will continue to remain closed. “The Library has expanded its contactless pickup service to 18 locations and has opened its book drops for returns,” said City spokesperson Jennifer McBride. “The Library’s online programs are also available for patrons.” For more information, visit sandiego.gov/public-library.
NONPROFIT GETS GRANT
Home Start, a San Diego nonprofit whose mission is to assure the safety and resiliency of children by strengthening families and their communities, has received a $100,000 grant from the Cushman Foundation. The grant, spread over three years, is part of the Foundation’s 2020 Making a Difference for San Diego Grant Program and will help Home Start with its Behavioral Health Services programs.
The foundation’s grant program was established in partnership with the Jewish Community Foundation as they share the goals of respectful and responsive grantmaking, quality technical assistance, and support to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit homestart.org.
FUNDRAISING FOR CANCER
Padres Pedal the Cause, a nonprofit, has raised over $120,000 from the organization’s second annual A World Without Cancer Day on June 20. Over 640 people registered for the grassroots, virtual event, raising funds for collaborative cancer research in San Diego.
Inspired by the campaign #Do20Give20, participants committed to doing 20 minutes, miles or repetitions of movement from several participation options: cycling or run/walking on their own; attending a live, virtual class hosted by community partners, Orangetheory Fitness, YogaSix, and breast cancer fighter/spin instructor Kellie Sullivan; and even joining a Peloton class.
Participants matched their commitment to “Do 20” with a $20 or more donation to Padres Pedal the Cause, an organization that donates 100% of fundraising dollars to cancer research. Donations can be made by visiting the Padres Pedal the Cause at gopedal.org.
FIESTA ISLAND REOPENS FOR VEHICLES
“Fiesta Island is currently scheduled to open to vehicle access on Monday, July 6,” said City spokesperson Jennifer McBride. “If County or State health orders are updated between now and then that could change, but right now July 6 is the date.”
A large peninsular park within Mission Bay, manmade Fiesta Island is a popular location for charity walks and runs, bicycle races, time trials and other special events. It is also the home of the annual Over-The-Line Tournament. The Fiesta Island Youth Camp and the Aquatic Center are on the island. There are bonfire rings around the shore of the island and a park where dogs are allowed off leash. All persons on the beach at Fiesta Island are required to practice social distancing other than members of the same household, and the public shall not congregate or participate in active sport activities on beaches.
FOSSIL FIND IN OTAY MESA
An unusual fossil deposit containing skeletal remains of extinct mammals, including camels, oreodonts, rodents, and possibly a large carnivore, was recently unearthed at the State Route 11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Project, a joint venture between Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). The fossils are estimated to be 16 to 28 million years old and provide new insights into the region’s geologic history.
Found by Paleo Monitors from the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) fossils appear to be from a new geologic formation that has not been mapped before in the area. The deposit also contains plant fossils, as well as volcanic bombs (masses of rock ejected by a volcano). The Nat will prepare the fossils and curate and catalogue them into the paleontology collection, holding them in perpetuity for the citizens of California.
The SR-11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Project will complete a direct connection to a planned new U.S. Land Port of Entry, and create a 21st century border crossing that will enhance regional mobility, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and wait times, fuel economic growth, bolster binational trade, and strengthen border security and resiliency.
DEL MAR LIVE LAUNCHES JULY 10
Although the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will kick off its 2020 summer racing season with an empty grandstand, there are still a variety of ways to enjoy your fill of races and festivities throughout the summer. Del Mar Live launches on opening day, Friday, July 10, and will feature more than 20 local restaurants, hotels and casinos including Brigantine Del Mar, Pizza Port, Jimmy O’s, Pendry San Diego and more. Each “Live” location will offer TV screens to view the day’s 10-race card, Del Mar signature drink specials and Del Mar/TVG coasters. Del Mar will race every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from July 10 up to and including Labor Day Monday, Sept. 7. First post daily will be at 2 p.m.
OPENING DAY HATS CONTEST
This year’s 26th annual Opening Day Hats Contest will strut on stage via Instagram and Twitter for all to see with a panel of local celeb judges ready to declare the 2020 winner of a fashion statement that has become one of Del Mar’s most sought-after honors. The Opening Day Hats Contest is available to all who forward pictures using the hashtag #DelMarHatsContest and tagging @DelMarRacing in the photo.
SDUSD APPROVES $1.6 BILLION FOR 2020-21
The San Diego Unified Board of Education has unanimously approved a balanced budget for the upcoming school year. No significant layoffs or staff adjustments were required to balance the district budget this year.
Highlights of the approved measure include a $45 million fund for COVID-19 emergency expenditures. District leaders said those funds will pave the way for reopening schools on schedule on Aug. 31, including options for on-campus and online learning.
“The unanimous vote this evening by the Board of Education reflects our collective confidence that we can open schools in a timely manner, on schedule, on August 31, with outstanding options for students who want to be on campus, as well as those who wish to learn from home,” said superintendent Cindy Marten. “The COVID-19 crisis is the biggest adaptive challenge to public education of our lifetimes, and we are ready to meet the challenge.”
Marten introduced the budget item by noting the numbers have improved since May when Gov. Gavin Newsom released his revised state budget. Working with the Governor and the entire San Diego Legislative delegation, school leaders successfully advocated for changes in the state budget, including:
Undoing a 10% cut to Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) estimated at about $100 million as proposed in the 2020-21 May Revise and instead utilizing deferrals and federal advocacy to mitigate cuts;
Securing learning loss funds to cover COVID-19 costs and to support reopening of schools, which totaled $91.8 million for San Diego Unified;
Adopting a pension buydown of employer contribution rates for 2020-21 and 2021-22, and a CalSTRS pension rate freeze for 2020-21, which amounts to an estimated savings of $17 million for San Diego Unified in the next school year;
Advocating for special education funding based on the moderate-to-severe disability of students, which resulted in the allocation of $100 million for the low-incidence pool add-on that provides $2.4 million for San Diego Unified.
Members of the Board of Education also emphasized the need for continued advocacy at the federal level. They have called for the US Senate to follow the House of Representatives in passing the HEROES Act, which provides an additional $58 billion to schools nationwide.
LJ ROAD CONSTRUCTION CLOSURE
Beginning on July 6 and continuing for approximately one month, access to and from Scripps Health facilities via Voigt Drive will be closed while crews rebuild the driveway and adjacent roadway. Once complete, crews will restore inbound access via Voigt Drive from the west only. Outbound access will continue to be closed and vehicles will be redirected to Genesee Avenue.
What to expect:
Full closure of Scripps Health driveway at Voigt Drive
Concurrent full closure of Voigt Drive between parking lot P701 and Campus Point Drive
Detours to and from Scripps Health facilities will be available via Genesee Avenue
Traffic control measures will be in place, including temporary traffic signals, temporary wayfinding and detour signage, and roadway and sidewalk reconfigurations
Typical work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NEWLY RENOVATED HOTEL
Best Western Hotels & Resorts is opening its newly renovated SureStay Hotel by Best Western San Diego/Pacific Beach at 4545 Mission Bay Drive. The 66-room hotel offers an outdoor, heated, swimming pool, complimentary hot breakfast buffet, high-speed WiFi, and free parking providing guests with the superior comfort and utmost value they want out of their stay. The hotel is closely following state guidelines and implementing safety protocols. For more information, visit bestwestern.com.
NEW FIRM PARTNER, NAME
CerasoliStafford Media Management has announced that long-time media executive Bob Bolinger joined the firm effective July 1 as a new partner. Concurrently, the firm will be changing its name to CerasoliStaffordBolinger, doing business as CSB Impact (csbimpact.com). Bolinger’s career includes executive management roles with major San Diego radio groups, including Entercom, iHeart Media and CBS Radio.
COUNTY TREASURER-TAX COLLECTOR SHUTS DOWN
Following the guidance of public health officials, San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister will close all five branches to the public until further notice effective July 6 in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Four Treasurer-Tax Collector offices in Kearny Mesa, San Marcos, Chula Vista and Santee have remained closed to the public since March, and will do so for the foreseeable future. Unsecured tax bills can be paid now at sdttc.com. More information is available on the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s website.
Those who must pay in cash can obtain a cashier’s check or money order and mail their payment to 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 162, San Diego, CA 92101. Drop boxes will still be available outside all Treasurer-Tax Collector branches for those who must drop off a check payment, but cash will not be accepted in the drop boxes.
LJCC REASSURES RESIDENTS
While some residents may be isolated, La Jolla Community Center wants them to know they are not alone, and that LJCC is always there and watching out for them. Call 858-459-0831 or email [email protected] if you are in need of transportation, wellness checks or any other community resources.
AIRPORT IMPLEMENTS COVID-19 SAFETY
San Diego International Airport has continued to adjust to the impacts of COVID-19. The airport has remained open as a critical piece of the nation’s transportation infrastructure, helping to move much-needed supplies and cargo, and assisting those with essential travel needs. As states ease restrictions and non-essential travel resumes, SAN would like to share the modifications and protocols that have been put in place to help ensure the health and safety of passengers and employees. Health and safety measures that have been implemented in the terminals include:
Plexiglas sneeze guards in certain public spaces.
Floor decals and seat separation signage to queue the six-foot social distancing consideration.
Increased signage throughout the terminals that serves as a reminder to practice preventive health measures.
Per the California Department of Public Health, facial coverings are required for all passengers, visitors, tenants, contractors and employees while on airport property, excluding those with a medical or mental health condition, or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering.
Continued increased cleaning of high touch points.
PA announcements throughout the terminals that remind everyone of the facial covering and social distancing requirements.
Per San Diego County Health, employees are required to do a personal health screening and cannot come to work if they have any of the listed CDC COVID-19 symptoms.
Travelers may visit san.org/gosafely for information and airport updates related to COVID-19.
LAWYERS CLUB APPLAUDS SUPREME COURT
Lawyers Club of San Diego applauded yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to defend the reproductive rights of women by striking down a Louisiana law that would have eliminated abortion services for many in that state. Lawyers Club of San Diego, a strong supporter of reproductive rights, signed onto the amicus brief in June, Medical v. Russo filed by the National Women’s Law Center, which joined the five abortion clinics and four abortion providers in arguing that the state law imposed an undue burden on the rights of women in Louisiana.
“Over the last decade many states have passed hundreds of laws attempting to chip away at the protections guaranteed by Roe v. Wade,” Lawyers Club president Elvira Cortez said. “The Louisiana law at issue in this case is a prime example of the steps lawmakers have taken to severely restrict women’s reproductive choice. While we can rest assured that such a drastic reduction of services will remain unlawful for now, the fight for reproductive rights is not over.”
SDHS CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY
San Diego Humane Society is celebrating the five-year anniversary of “Getting to Zero,” the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition’s commitment to reaching zero euthanasia of healthy or treatable animals in San Diego County. Before July 1, 2015, treatable animals were at risk of euthanasia in shelters due to sheer numbers and limited resources.
“Getting to Zero was truly a milestone for San Diego, because it was the first time in our region’s history that no healthy or treatable animal was at-risk for being unnecessarily euthanized,” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president/CEO of SDHS. “San Diego is one of the safest communities in the nation for animals.”
SDHS is proud to have not euthanized a healthy or treatable animal since 2002. When the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition — a collaboration of area shelters, foster families, rescue groups and other lifesaving partners — was able to reach the same goal of zero euthanasia in July 2015, it meant that all healthy and treatable animals entering the San Diego animal sheltering system were safe from being euthanized. San Diego is the largest city in the nation to have accomplished this feat. For more information, visit sdhumane.org.