Midway planners propose new BID, discuss community plan updates
by DAVE SCHWAB
Jun 26, 2016 | 131 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Midway Community Planning Group (MCPG) dealt with some weighty issues in June including conformance with climate components in its ongoing community plan update, a proposal to create a new Business Improvement District and a sought-after ballot measure to raise hotel transient occupancy taxes (TOTs) to pay for downtown redevelopment. In 2015, San Diego City Council adopted an ambitious Climate Action Plan (CAP) requiring cutting carbon emissions in half and ultimately using 100 percent renewable energy over the next 20 years. City staffer Vickie White walked the advisory group through a preliminary CAP compliance evaluation for the Midway-Pacific Highway Community Plan Update. The climate “checklist” covered a sweeping array of issues including Midway's location within a Transit Priority Area (TPA) and its compatibility with the City of Villages strategy. That strategy seeks to encourage residential and commercial development within centralized areas served by mass transit discouraging commutes and cutting carbon emissions. MCPG chair Cathy Kenton, pointing out community plan updates typically take three years, noted “We're at year eight.” “It would have been easier if there weren't two (including Old Town) going on at once,” replied White. Noting the majority of the Midway District is within a TPA, White said the idea is to plan to make non-motorists “feel safer and more comfortable walking and biking in the community.” White noted CAP incentives are accomplished in numerous ways including enhancing bike lanes and trails and providing wayfinding signage and streetscape, trees and other landscaping improvements. A final draft of Midway's Community Plan update is expected to be available by the end of July and in the hands of Midway planners by September, White said. She added the concurrent environmental impact report for the plan update should be out in winter 2017, with final adoption by the City Council anticipated in July 2017. Elizabeth Studebaker, advocate in the city's Economic Development Department supporting regional Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and micro-districts, discussed the prospect of re-creating a BID for the Midway District. Studebaker noted a BID named the North Bay Association previously existed, but has since lapsed. “There is a total of $142,000 in the account for that district still collecting interest,” Studebaker said noting “That money can't be used to created a new BID, but those funds could be spent down for eligible projects within the community, or be refunded to current business owners within the district.” MCPG planner Kurt Sullivan noted 583 surveys were previously mailed out to Midway business owners asking if they would favor BID creation. “Of those there were only 23 responses, 16 in favor and seven opposed,” he said. Studebaker agreed to return at MCPG's July meeting to answer further questions by board members about BID creation. Public relations consultant Jeff Marston clued MCPG in on the Citizen's Plan for San Diego. The plan is a proposed November 2016 ballot measure seeking to replace the current random approach to tourism-related facilities and infrastructure with an integrated, incentive-based structure encouraging a private-public partnership encouraging tourism. Marston noted the Citizen's Plan is not to be confused with the Chargers plans for a new downtown stadium. In fact, he said the Citizen's Plan, which advocates increasing local TOT taxes from 10.5 to 15.5 percent to create a pool of money to go toward downtown redevelopment, specifically excludes funding for a Chargers stadium or non-contiguous convention center expansion there. Details of the Citizen's Plan are at www.citizensplan.org. MCPG will next meet Wednesday, July 20 at 3 p.m. at San Diego Community College - West Campus, Room 205, at 3249 Fordham St.
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June 25, 2016
https://m.facebook.com/KeepSDCoast30ft/ Community meeting Monday 6/27 at 6:30pm at the UPSES Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portugal, San Diego CA 92106
The Bishop's School celebrates Class of 2016
Jun 25, 2016 | 639 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The 137 members of the Class of 2016, the school’s 107th graduating class, celebrate at the commencement ceremony.
The 137 members of the Class of 2016, the school’s 107th graduating class, celebrate at the commencement ceremony.
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On May 27, an audience of family and friends on The Bishop’s School Quad joined the 137 members of the Class of 2016, the school’s 107th graduating class, for the commencement ceremony. Before giving diplomas and wishing them the best in their future endeavors, head of school Aimeclaire Roche told the graduates: “Wise as you will have become, so full of experience, Class of 2016. I dare say we have almost nothing left to give you now. Yes – a well-earned diploma, but buttressing it, our pride, and confidence and love.” The members of the class earned 647 acceptances to 185 colleges, including the most selective colleges and universities in the country and beyond. They will matriculate at 75 different institutions, with several pursuing travel or study prior to their enrollment in full-time college study. Local Class of 2016 graduates are: From Pacific Beach · Andrew Huynh will attend Swarthmore College. · Evers Pund will attend Loyola Marymount University. He was a recipient of the Carl Saunders Visual Arts Award. · Margaret Sammon will attend Oberlin College. She was a recipient of the Stephanie Blankenship Award, given for all six years at Bishop’s on the honor roll. · Sabrina Straus will attend Dartmouth College. She was a recipient of the Stephanie Blankenship Award, given for all six years at Bishop’s on the honor roll. Straus was inducted in to the school’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society earlier this spring. From Point Loma · Dylan Rohn will attend the University of Southern California. He was a National Merit Scholar and a recipient of the Otto Mower Award, given to students who attend Bishop’s four or five years and make the honor roll each semester. · Camille Stepanof will attend the University of California, Berkeley. She was a recipient of the Jerry Coleman Athletic Leadership Award. · Sadie Traylor will attend Elon University. · Samantha Webster will attend New York University. She was a recipient of the Otto Mower Award, given to students who attend Bishop’s four or five years and make the honor roll each semester. She also received a Choral Music Award and a Marlene Teitelman Award for choir. · Carina Wiese will attend Southern Methodist University. From La Jolla ·  Dane Alexander will attend Purdue University. He received an honorable mention in the Shakespeare Contest 2016. · William Alleyne will attend Columbia University. He was a recipient of the Otto Mower Award, given to students who attend Bishop’s four or five years and make the honor roll each semester. · Nicholas Appel will attend the University of California, Los Angeles. Appel was inducted in to the School’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society earlier this spring. · Austin Benham will attend Syracuse University. · Cameron Booth will attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. As senior class president, Cameron gave a farewell speech commencement. · Suzanne Carlson will attend California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. · Alexis Carter will attend American University. · Andrew Castro will attend Tufts University. He was a recipient of the Otto Mower Award, given to students who attend Bishop’s four or five years and make the honor roll each semester. · George Champion will attend Massachusetts Maritime Academy. · Jacob Chasan will attend Duke University. He was a recipient of the Head of School Award, given for exceptional contributions to Bishop’s, and the Stephanie Blankenship Award, given for all six years at Bishop’s on the honor roll. Chasan was inducted in to the school’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society earlier this spring. · Andrew Chun will attend Stanford University. · Mariana Couttolenc will attend Georgetown University. She was a recipient of the Otto Mower Award, given to students who attend Bishop’s four or five years and make the honor roll each semester. She also received a French Department Award. Couttolenc was inducted in to the school’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society earlier this spring. · Malcolm Devoe will attend the University of California, Berkeley. · Emma Dorinson will attend the University of Oregon. She was a recipient of the Otto Mower Award, given to students who attend Bishop’s four or five years and make the honor roll each semester. · Evan Elig will attend Princeton University. · Perry Falk will attend Yale University. He was a recipient of the Stephanie Blankenship Award, given for all six years at Bishop’s on the honor roll. He also received a Drama Award. Falk was inducted in to the school’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society earlier this spring. · Joseph Farah will attend the University of Southern California. He was a recipient of the Otto Mower Award, given to students who attend Bishop’s four or five years and make the honor roll each semester. · Marc Farah will attend the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a recipient of the Otto Mower Award, given to students who attend Bishop’s four or five years and make the honor roll each semester. Farah was inducted in to the school’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society earlier this spring. · Vivian Fond will attend Babson College. · Mariah Furtek will attend the University of California, Los Angeles. · Nataly Gonzalez-Fimbres will attend the University of Southern California. She was a recipient of the Otto Mower Award, given to students who attend Bishop’s four or five years and make the honor roll each semester. · Natalie Grayson will attend Princeton University. She was a recipient of the Stephanie Blankenship Award, given for all six years at Bishop’s on the honor roll. · Kelly Hamon will attend New York University. · Allison Havermale will attend the University of British Columbia. · Joseph Hensersky will attend New York University. · Jayda Howard will attend Wake Forest University. · Ryan Kazemaini will attend Boston College. He was a recipient of the Stephanie Blankenship Award, given for all six years at Bishop’s on the honor roll. · Elizabeth Klicpera will attend Santa Clara University. · Audrey Krueger-Kaisler will attend the University of San Diego. · Zachary LaGrange will take a gap year. He was a recipient of the Otto Mower Award, given to students who attend Bishop’s four or five years and make the honor roll each semester. · Leroy Lanuti will attend Southern Methodist University. · Eileen Mahler will attend Pomona College. She was a recipient of the Otto Mower Award, given to students who attend Bishop’s four or five years and make the honor roll each semester. · Mary McNeil will attend the University of California, Santa Cruz. · Reed Meyer will attend the University of Michigan. · Charles Michael will attend Harvard University. He was a recipient of the Otto Mower Award, given to students who attend Bishop’s four or five years and make the honor roll each semester. He also received a History of Art Award and Science Department Award. Michael was inducted in to the school’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society earlier this spring. · Arman Moradi will attend California State Polytechnic University, Pomona · James Nelson will attend Boston Conservatory. He was a recipient of the Stephanie Blankenship Award, given for all six years at Bishop’s on the honor roll. · Sheila Noon will attend the University of California, Berkeley. She was a recipient of the Otto Mower Award, given to students who attend Bishop’s four or five years and make the honor roll each semester. · Paige Nordland will attend Wake Forest University. · Isabelle Oliver will attend Bates College. She was a recipient of the Stephanie Blankenship Award, given for all six years at Bishop’s on the honor roll. Oliver was inducted in to the school’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society earlier this spring. · Katherine Orr will attend the College of William and Mary. She was a recipient of the Stephanie Blankenship Award, given for all six years at Bishop’s on the honor roll. · Reed Petroski will attend the University of San Diego. · Sophia Pintar will attend American University. · David Plant will attend Washington University in St. Louis. He was a recipient of the Stephanie Blankenship Award, given for all six years at Bishop’s on the honor roll. · Joseph Ramirez-Cardenas will attend Georgetown University. · Michael Rosen will attend the University of California, Santa Barbara. · Julian Samuels will attend Stanford University. He was a recipient of the Head of School Award, given for exceptional contributions to Bishop’s. Samuels was inducted in to the school’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society earlier this spring. · Robert Schreiber will attend Occidental College. · Nikta Shahbaz will attend the University of San Diego. She won the Shakespeare Contest 2016 and, as the president of the Associated Student Body Council, she spoke at the commencement ceremony. · Jay Shankar will attend the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. He received a Marlene Teitelman Award for orchestra. · Sahil Sheth will attend the University of California, Berkeley. He was a recipient of the Cindy Groenendyke Sportsmanship Cup and the Bishop's Medal, given for his exemplary involvement in the total life of the School. · Stefan Thomson will attend Boston College. · Olivia Wagner will attend the University of Southern California. She was a recipient of the Stephanie Blankenship Award, given for all six years at Bishop’s on the honor roll. · George Walther-Meade will attend the University of Connecticut. · Logan Zeigler will attend Southern Methodist University.
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Peninsula Juniors division catcher Nicholas Riffle, left, prepares to apply the tag at the plate on a baserunner from University City's Yankees in a Tournament of Champions Little League game. Peninsula, managed by Nicholas Terry, hosted the tournament and went to the championship game before a 6-4 loss to champion Rancho Penasquitos. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
Peninsula Juniors division catcher Nicholas Riffle, left, prepares to apply the tag at the plate on a baserunner from University City's Yankees in a Tournament of Champions Little League game. Peninsula, managed by Nicholas Terry, hosted the tournament and went to the championship game before a 6-4 loss to champion Rancho Penasquitos. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
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