On May 14, the City Council unanimously approved the new electric scooter regulations, which will go into effect July 1. The new rules will decrease the allowable speed of dockless scooters from 15 to 8 mph on the boardwalk, and to 3 mph in high-traffic areas with the use of geofencing technology. Scooters are to be banned from parking near hospitals, schools, near Petco Park, and on the boardwalk. Electric scooters and bikes are prohibited from riding on city sidewalks.
MUD DAY IN PACIFIC BEACH
The City Parks and Rec Dept. is organizing the second edition of San Diego Mud Day for Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. After last year’s success, this time the event will take place at Crown Point Park. It is free and open to the whole family. There will be nature crafts, a mud obstacle course, pop up nature play, fort building and a kids’ favorite: Dr. Bonner’s Magic Foam Experience.
SUMMER WINE SERIES AT TOWER23
Tower23 Hotel will hold its annual "Sip Into Summer Wine Series" at 6 p.m. every Wednesday from June 26 through Sept. 4 at 723 Felspar St. Drink and admire the coastal view the beachfront hotel, right on the Pacific Beach boardwalk. Enjoy live music and more. Tickets start at $25. For more information, visit t23hotel.com.
CATAMARAN HOTEL AND SPA RUM SOCIAL
The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa will host a Rum Social from 5:30-7:30 p.m., June 26 at 3999 Mission Blvd. Using their Rum Social “passport," guests will enjoy two signature Catamaran rum cocktails, a Catamaran rum tasting guided by one of Malahat’s founders, Ken Lee, and heavy stationed appetizers. All of this will be paired with a laid-back atmosphere, communal tables, live music, stunning bay views and lawn games.
The signature cocktails include: Cat Collins | Catamaran rum, soda, lemon, simple syrup, on the rocks and garnished with a lemon and cherry. Cat Dark & Stormy | Catamaran rum, ginger beer, on the rocks and garnished with a lime. Cat & Cola | Catamaran rum, Pepsi, on the rocks and garnished with a lime. Barrel Aged Mai Tai | Catamaran rum, Cointreau, orgeat, lime juice and a float of Myer’s dark rum.
Cannibal Colada | Catamaran rum, mango, papaya, coconut and pineapple – blended.
The next Rum Social will be Aug. 28 and the series will conclude with a special Halloween themed social on Oct. 30. Tickets cost $35 per person and can be purchased at catamaranresort.com.
SURFRIDER FOUNDATION ANNUAL SUMMER GALA
The Surfrider Foundation San Diego County will hold its 18th annual Endless Summer Art Gala and Auction at 7 p.m. June 21 at Seaside Room, 1936 Quivira Way. Tickets cost $85 now and $95 at the door. They include entry, buffet dinner, two drink tickets, and live entertainment from Iron Sage Wood with Paul Cannon. More than 75 art and non-art items are up for bid in a silent auction. For more information, visit sandiego.surfrider.org.
FLAMINGO CHICKS BORN AT SEAWORLD
Caribbean flamingo breeding season is here and SeaWorld has welcomed seven new flamingo chicks. Guests can see the chicks (ranging in age from 2 to 11 days old) any time during park hours, and learn more about flamingos and ask questions of the keepers during special “Inside Look” sessions June 8-9 at 12:30 and 4 p.m. at Flamingo Cove.
SeaWorld’s breeding program and educational presentations for Caribbean flamingos are important now more than ever, as their wild counterparts in South America and the Caribbean are being threatened by human activity. Out of the 35,000 animals that SeaWorld has rescued in its 55-year history (a milestone reached just this week), the majority are birds. Ocean debris that washes ashore is a huge threat to their survival.
TRIKE RACES IN PACIFIC BEACH
The Local PB, at 809 Thomas Ave., is keeping Nick's tradition alive by bringing back the Trike Races. The races will take place 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27. The competition will be between five bars with two racers per team on a two lap course. Contact [email protected] if you're interested in racing.
AIRPORT AUTHORITY HIRES SENIOR DIRECTOR
The Airport Authority recently hired Michelle Brega to fill the newly created role of senior director for external relations. In the role, Brega will be responsible for leading the Airport Authority’s public and community outreach, and government relations functions
Brega has strong ties to the San Diego community, having been involved in key civic initiatives in San Diego over the past 25 years. She worked on San Diego International Airport’s Terminal 2 expansion in the late ’90s along with a number of major downtown projects. As an executive with the Downtown San Diego Partnership, Brega was at the center of major campaigns, including the last Convention Center expansion, the Padres “Yes on C” ballpark campaign, and the property owner vote to create a Property-Based Improvement District downtown. She also worked on the Balboa Park Transportation Master Plan and the Downtown San Diego Master Plan.
MISSION BAY HIGH SEEKS CHEERLEADING COACH
Mission Bay High School is looking for a cheerleading coach for the 2019-20 school year. Interested individuals may contact Mission Bay High athletic director Jorge Palacios at 619-952-3429.
COUNTY TO SPEND $25 MILLION MORE ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING
The County Board of Supervisors recently voted to spend an additional $25 million to build more affordable housing units in the region. The recommendations include revisions to the Innovative Housing Initiative ordinance to broaden the criteria for use of future monies to provide more opportunities for critical housing assistance.
“This is an innovative public/private partnership,” said Chairwoman Dianne Jacob. “The first $25 million, we’re expecting 1,000 affordable housing units. We expect no less on the (other) $25 million…2,000 affordable housing units is not a bad deal. It’s not a full solution, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.”
In 2017, the County established the Innovative Housing Initiative to increase the regional supply of affordable housing. The Initiative, launched with $25 million of County funding, was structured to address housing needs by making a pot of money available to developers so that they build and/or rehabilitate housing for low-income households and vulnerable populations.
2018 TOP BABY NAMES
According to County Health and Human Services Agency, a total of 41,555 babies were born in San Diego County in 2018. Of those babies, 21,313 boys and 20,242 girls. Here are the top baby names parents chose for boys in 2018:
Liam (242), Noah (202), Sebastian (200), Mateo (196), Benjamin (185), Daniel (185), Ethan (172), Oliver (164), Alexander (162), and Logan (156).
Here are the top baby names parents chose for girls in 2018:
Emma (264), Olivia (235), Mia (223), Isabella (191), Camila (173), Sophia (159), Sofia (151), Victoria (147), Mila (138), and Charlotte (137).