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    The Holding Company, a three-level entertainment and dining venue, opens in Ocean Beach
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jul 16, 2019 | 1732 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Moving cogs adorn a staircase leading to the second floor, which houses the main dining area, a second bar, and an elevated patio.
    Moving cogs adorn a staircase leading to the second floor, which houses the main dining area, a second bar, and an elevated patio.
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    Ocean Beach now has a new premier dining and entertainment venue: The Holding Company. Co-owned by Steve Yeng and his family, who came to OB originally as Cambodian refugees, the new tri-level, 21-plus bar and every-night music venue at 5046 Newport Ave. opened July 4. Yeng co-owns OB Noodle House & Sake Bar at 2218 Cable St. and OB Noodle House Bar 1502 at 4993 Niagara Ave. The Yengs invested a total of $10 million into purchasing the property and a months-long remodel to add a kitchen and two additional levels to the former Irish bar, increasing seating capacity to 500-plus guests. The Holding Co. will bring in such major musical acts as Sprung Monkey, Slightly Stoopid, the Ataris, Alien Ant Farm, Afroman, Rooney, Mickey Avalon and Janis Joplin’s original band Big Brother & the Holding Company. Steve Yeng co-owns The Holding Co. with brothers Kyle and Scott, who will be running the new venue. He has been working on the project for six years. “I’m a huge fan of Irish music, but you can’t play Irish music seven days a week,” he said. “It just doesn’t mix well with the beach crowd.” Adde Yeng, "I’ve always wanted to get on Newport Avenue and do something totally different.” Citing Winston’s in OB as a model, Yeng said, “I wanted to follow their footsteps.” But the building The Holding Co. is in was not designed for acoustics, so it had to be completely redone.  “The walls were thin and not soundproofed,” Yeng said. “We put in a new state-of-the-art sound system. The aesthetics were inspired by Jules Verne and ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.’” Yeng said the wide range of music played at The Holding Co. “will primarily focus on local acts. It’s something that hasn’t been done in an entertainment complex close to the beach.” Music programming will range from rock to hip hop and include national acts.  Yeng said his new restaurant-bar and music venue will be attention grabbing. “We’re trying to take you layer by layer and your eyes are going to want to be looking everywhere with all the local art and the gears moving, etc.,” he said. He added the new facility, open to families during the day, is reasonably priced. The new multi-level entertainment venue was designed by Davis Ink (Parq, Sidebar, Stingaree) invoking Jules Verne and steampunk. The facility’s ground floor features a bar and nightly entertainment, from live music to DJs, hosted on a stage hung with a floating zeppelin structure.  Moving cogs adorn a staircase leading to the second floor that houses the main dining area, a second bar, and an elevated patio. A rooftop lounge boasts stunning views of the ocean and OB pier. A standout drink is the owners’ Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, featured both in cocktails and the food menu.  The Holding Co.’s executive chef Ryan Ahrens, and chef de cuisine Fermin Tinamisan, both worked at Stake Chophouse in Coronado. They will be creating a pho dip sandwich made with wagyu brisket cooked in pho broth, sizzling dry-rubbed salmon served with chicken rice, and shaken beef made with wok-tossed filet mignon. OB Noodle House classics, including the house garlic wings and house special Saigon fried rice, will also be available. Restaurateur Yeng his family were Chinese refugees in Cambodia. His dad hunted wild game and sold it at their refugee camp, while his mom helped the family out by sewing clothes and selling them. “Our family was sponsored by an OB family who didn't have children to come to the States,” Yeng said. “We came here literally with $20 in our pockets and didn't speak English.” In late 2007, Steven got a chance to start his own business when a space opened up at Cable Street and Voltaire. “They called it the 'war zone' because no businesses had ever survived there for long except for dive bars,” Yeng said. “We started with just four tables, and then expanded next door when business exploded." Yeng believes strongly in giving back to the community. So much so that, in 2015, he was voted OB Citizen of the Year. The Holding Company 5046 Newport Ave. Hours: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon to 2 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Last call is 1:30 a.m. thcob.com, 619-341-5898
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    How, or will, new scooter regulations be enforced? SDPD responds ...
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jul 12, 2019 | 12222 views | 2 2 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Scooter riders head south down the boardwalk in Mission Beach.  / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
    Scooter riders head south down the boardwalk in Mission Beach. / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
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    New scooter regulations took effect July 1. But how are they going to be enforced? The answer, according to San Diego Police Department is: The same way all other laws are enforced, on a case-by-case basis, with highest-priority calls addressed first. At present, scooter violations will go into the general police-call mix and will be responded to according to their severity, said SDPD Lt. and spokesperson Shawn Takeuchi. “Officers will not have radar guns enforcing scooter speeds, and there are obviously some areas outside our jurisdiction that we cannot enforce,” said Takeuchi.  Noting SDPD’s workforce remains below desired levels despite recent pay increases and heightened recruitment, Takeuchi said technology will be relied on to help slow scooters down in high-volume areas. “All the scooter companies will be required to use self-enforcing geofencing technology, putting ‘boundaries’ around certain areas,” he said. “That technology uses constantly transmitted data to automatically reduce scooter speeds in certain designated areas.” In specific geofenced areas, operators will slow scooters to 8 mph. Three of those designated areas are pedestrian-only, where operators will slow scooters to 3 mph with a push message notifying riders to leave that area. Geofencing will be in effect for beach-area boardwalks, Balboa Park, NTC Park, Mission Bay Park, Petco Park and pedestrian-only locations, including North/South Embarcadero, MLK Jr. Promenade and La Piazza della Famiglia in Little Italy. Takeuchi noted new scooter regulations now require them to be left in designated scooter corrals, 330 of which are now in downtown, with more being determined in other City neighborhoods. “Most corrals are being staged in front of red curbs, a dead- space area on the street,” Takeuchi said.  The SDPD spokesperson said education about new scooter laws for users of all ages will be a big part of the initial rollout of scooter enforcement. “We will stop double-riding,” said Takeuchi, who added such violations are “not considered child endangerment.” “What you find frequently is that out-of-town tourists are the ones engaging in this behavior,” he said. “With tourists, our first approach is to educate them to cease their behavior.” Takeuchi added the police department has to strike a balance between the spirit of the law and the realities of everyday enforcement. “We can’t take a 100-percent zero-tolerance stance and just give everyone a ticket,” he said. “We hire officers and train them to use their discretion.” Concerning scooters and new regulations governing them, Takeuchi said the bottom line is,“We will enforce scooter violations as we can. We will use education and warnings first, then officers will use citations at their discretion.”
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    SD Dude
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    July 15, 2019
    I spend quite a bit of time on the Boardwalk between Mission Beach and PB. The new regs, which went into effect on July 1, have had a positive impact. I see far fewer e-scooter riders zipping past me as I ride by beach cruiser (well) below the 8mph Boardwalk speed limit. However, the scooter parking issue remains. Many scooters are still parked and abandoned right on the Boardwalk itself. The Boardwalk is simply too narrow and congested to accommodate the parking of vehicles. The recent geofencing implementation should have included prohibiting riders (and the scooter stagers) from leaving them on the Boardwalk itself. Hopefully, the "2.0" regulations will recognize this and address this continuing problem.
    EarthaBrute
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    July 13, 2019
    Need to get some beat cops out on the street. How about using the Senior patrol to educate and warn people about the scooter rules? Police existence is practically nonexistent in SD.
    Jumping off Ocean Beach Pier for a good cause
    Jul 08, 2019 | 11890 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Dozens of Junior Lifeguards, parents and members of the public jumped off the Ocean Beach Pier on July 8 during this annual fundraiser. / All photos by Thomas Melville
    Dozens of Junior Lifeguards, parents and members of the public jumped off the Ocean Beach Pier on July 8 during this annual fundraiser. / All photos by Thomas Melville
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    The Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego and San Diego Junior Lifeguards held the first session of their annual Pier Jump on Monday, July 8. Dozens of Junior Lifeguards, parents and members of the public jumped off the Ocean Beach Pier and swam back to the beach during this annual fundraiser. “Monday, we celebrate this important milestone with our Junior Lifeguards as well as fundraise to help continue our efforts in teaching every child in San Diego County how to swim,” said “Buc” Buchanan, president of the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego. “Every $100 donation can save a life by funding swim lessons for one child in our community.” Did you know: The goal of swim lessons is to make children safer in, on, and around water.  • Among children 1-14, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death.  • Formal swimming lessons reduces the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88 percent.  • 79 percent of children in households with incomes less than $50,000 have little-to-no swimming ability. • Research shows 64 percent of African-American, 45 percent of Hispanic/Latino, and 40 percent of Caucasian children have little to no swimming ability. The mission of the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego is to save lives by funding swim lessons for underserved youth and providing aquatic safety education for all. Drowning is preventable and it is their vision to teach every child in San Diego County how to swim. Foundation impacts for 2018: $150,000 funded impacting more than 10,500 kids. This includes 6,000 swim lessons/visits to the beach experiences along with 4,500 aquatic safety lectures. 
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    Tuna fishing industry monument pays homage to those who served
    by JILL DIAMOND
    Jul 04, 2019 | 7164 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Tuna Industry Monument is located at the Portuguese Historical Center, at 2831 Avenida De Portugal.  / JILL DIAMOND / PENINSULA BEACON
    Tuna Industry Monument is located at the Portuguese Historical Center, at 2831 Avenida De Portugal. / JILL DIAMOND / PENINSULA BEACON
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    Calling all past and present members of the tuna industry: It’s time to honor those who served in the industry with a plaque or paver at the Tuna Industry Monument in Point Loma. Located in the front of The Portuguese Historical Center since 2014, the large black monument made of granite pays homage to all those in the tuna industry. With about 85 names engraved on plaques, there is room for more to be added. According to PHC President Therese Garces, she had the idea after many in the tuna industry were denied having their names included on a similar monument located at Shelter Island. “The Shelter Island monument has been there since about 1977 and was finished in 1984,” she said. “It was created for the men lost at sea — they were pioneers and founders of the tuna industry. Their names were put on the monument but only those who passed away on a tuna schooner. The criteria for a plaque was very strict, one had to die on a a tuna boat and live in San Diego.” That’s when she had the idea of erecting another monument that would be more open to those in the industry. “A lot of families were getting upset because they didn’t meet the criteria, and I wanted to do a monument that would honor any fisherman — crab, lobster or tuna — alive or deceased,” she said. Today the monument stands proud and is rectangular in shape, has a fountain with a tuna man in bronze in the middle. There are also floor pavers surrounding it and leading into the center, as well as a granite bench that was placed by Avelino and Mary Alice Gonsalves, who gave $5,000 to get the monument started. “Now there are around 85 names on it with room for about a handful more on the monument itself,” she said. The cost is $225 for a plaque on the monument and $150 for a paver. “We’ve had quite a bit of interest in the past few weeks,” she said. “It’s close to being done but we want to extend the monument one day. When we’re done, there will be more than 100 names on it.” Why would someone want to add a name to the pavers or the monument? “The tuna industry is gone and this is a great way for people to leave a piece of history,” Garces said, “… and it will help to honor the guys that worked hard in the early 1900s up till the late 1980s. Point Loma was known as the tuna capital of the world; a lot of people don’t even know that unless they look in a history book.” She said the tuna industy went belly up around 1989 due to environmentalist uprisings that claimed “that dolphins were being killed in the tuna nets — and people who were buying tuna were worried dolphins were in the cans. “It was cheaper to go to American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and Panama after that to fish for tuna,” she said. “It [the dolphin issue] blew the industry away — and screwed up our whole business.” She added it was the end of an era and now fishing for tuna is outsourced and there are only five American tuna boats that fish for the product. “It’s a sad thing,” she said. “We are trying to keep the history alive with the monument and the pavers, we’re also working to get a tuna museum on the Embarcadero to let kids know what the tuna boat looked like.” Criteria for applying to have a paver or a monument includes being male; a tuna fisherman as a livelihood on a commercial vessel; a tuna industry-related job such as a captain, deck, boss, deck hand, unloading worker or owner; a resident of San Diego at any time; and doesn’t have to be injury related. If you are interested in honoring those that gave, or those still giving, their livelihood to the tuna fishing industry, please see the application for criteria and questionnaire at phcsandiego.com. All applications will need to be approved by the PHC board of directors before the plaques and or pavers will be added, Garces said. It could take up to three months for names to be added and only 20 characters are allowed including spaces.
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    Major upgrades begin at Point Loma High School
    by SCOTT HOPKINS
    Jul 02, 2019 | 4927 views | 2 2 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The 800 building at Point Loma High School will be demolished beginning later this year as part of the ongoing remodel of the 94-year-old campus. It will be replaced by a three story, 20-classroom building. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
    The 800 building at Point Loma High School will be demolished beginning later this year as part of the ongoing remodel of the 94-year-old campus. It will be replaced by a three story, 20-classroom building. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
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    Point Loma High School Principal Hans Becker has read many recent social media comments and realizes some people are upset about the removal of the old Torrey pine trees at the school's Chatsworth Boulevard entrance. "We all really love the Torrey pines and don't like cutting down trees," Becker said. "But three of them were in pretty bad shape with cracks and diseases so it was determined they had to come down. But they will be replaced with new Torrey pines and other new trees and landscaping throughout the campus. "We're joining up with a local nonprofit, reclaiming the Torrey pine wood for use in the new media center as a nod to our history," he added. "These projects have been in the works for more than a dozen years," Becker said. "I think Point Loma High School should represent the best of what the community of Point Loma deserves in a new, beautiful facility where our students can continue to excel and feel Pointer pride just like everyone who passes by the school." Becker explained the other improvements that will be made to his school. The largest of those is a new three-story classroom building/media center that will rise along Chatsworth Boulevard where the Torrey pines once stood. It will replace the 800 building, a round, outdated structure that holds the current media center and all of the site's electrical grid, computer networks and telephone system in its basement. These systems will be moved over summer into a temporary location and must be operational before staff returns to prepare for the upcoming school year. All of these functions will be permanently installed in the new media center including a VoIP (voice over internet phone) protocol system that will be used throughout the school and in every classroom. With the 800 building slated for demolition in October/November, Becker emphasized students will see no issues with textbook issuing or study space. "They've moved all the books and computers to Room 402, an oversized room, and they've re-done the entire room, painted and carpeted it, and it will be open for business," he said. "This (overall campus renovation) is a 30-month process and [contractors] believe they can build the new building in 10 months and have it ready by November or December of 2020," Becker said. This new building will feature 20 classrooms and the new media center. The building's cost is estimated at $5 million. All work is being financed by Prop. S, Z and YY funds. PLHS's unique Engineering Department will be housed there. A project of Becker's, the classes "are designed as a pathway for students directly to top-level universities," he explained. "Students can enroll in four years of engineering classes using digital electronics, coding and hardware. Students finishing the program are already being admitted to such programs." Almost all classrooms at PLHS have been equipped with current technology, which includes an interactive whiteboard, an audio-visual cabinet, a teacher’s presentation station, a wireless voice amplification system, an advanced-model document camera, a classroom DVD player, a netbook or iPad for each student, and a tablet for each teacher.  "Point Loma will also be secured during the school day," Becker said, "With only one way on and off the campus from Clove Street." as a security measure. All campuses in San Diego Unified have been closed for lunch since 1994, Becker noted. Alumni, who are concerned about personalized bricks placed in the quad around the Pointer dog statue and along a bench in front of the school, need not be worried, Becker said. "The quad will be sealed off most of the time," he said. "The district has photographed every brick and will either replace or recast everything. They will be incorporated into the design around the campus.  "The Pointer dog will be put in storage for two years and and have a new home, pointing everyone towards the stadium," he added. "Our hall of fame members will be honored with plaques or tiles set into the new concrete." And that concrete will add increased aesthetics to the campus. "They will be using pavers and more durable, stained concrete to give the school a nicer look," Becker revealed.  When the new building opens, the next phase will begin, which includes removing the portable classrooms. This includes upgrades to the 300 building, installation of visiting spectator seating and a restroom/concession building on the north side of the stadium. The current patch of natural grass at the northeast corner of the stadium will be extended to cover the current basketball courts and provide additional much-needed practice space for Pointer athletes. Also planned for the stadium is a press box and ADA-required elevator. For students, the next 30 months will likely see them taking different paths of travel between classes. "We may have to increase passing time," Becker said. "I appreciate everyone's support as we go through this remodel."
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    Robert Burns
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    July 03, 2019
    My daughters went there. I have always been proud of this H.S. Though the Torrey Pines were felled, this is the FIRST time I've ever heard of any Torrey Pine being replaced on the Point and I've been involved in several battles in O.B. to preserve them. My pride continues.
    chiefdn
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    July 02, 2019
    I remember going to PLHS when the old building was tore down and the 'new' buildings were put up. I dont remember if the 800 building was put up then or not. Funny that to me, those buildings are still considered new, but for the students of today, they are almost as old as the school was to me when i went. almost... but that old building definitely had more style! Good luck PLHS! You are there to teach, not reminisce... as they say; thats job one.
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