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    City Council votes to regulate scooters – focus on slower speeds, more rider education and public safety
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Apr 24, 2019 | 8293 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Scooters are lined up in a parking lot as scooter riders head south on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard on Saturday, April 20.   THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
    Scooters are lined up in a parking lot as scooter riders head south on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard on Saturday, April 20. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
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    Days before the full council hearing on new scooter regulations, a well-attended public protest sponsored by Mission Beach Town Council was held on Mission Beach boardwalk. / Photo by Dave Schwab
    Days before the full council hearing on new scooter regulations, a well-attended public protest sponsored by Mission Beach Town Council was held on Mission Beach boardwalk. / Photo by Dave Schwab
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    The City Council voted unanimously in favor of new regulations for electric scooters and other shared-mobility devices instituting fees for operators, decreasing allowed speeds and designating where they can park. Regulations the City Council approved April 23 decrease the allowable speed of dockless scooters from 15 to 8 mph in high-traffic areas with the use of geofencing technology to limit speeds. Scooters are to be banned from parking near hospitals, schools, boardwalks and near Petco Park. Greg Block, of the mayor’s office, testified scooters and similar devices are to be regulated in six ways: by being permitted, limiting their speeds, paying fees, parking in designated “corrals,” indemnifying the City against liability and sharing data.  Key components of the regulations include: ·Speed limits: In specific geofenced areas, operators will slow scooters to 8 mph. Three of the geofenced areas are pedestrian-only and 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 the pedestrian-only locations, including North/South Embarcadero, MLK Jr. Promenade, and La Piazza della Famiglia. ·Staging: Operators will no longer be able to stage scooters and e-bikes on sidewalks in downtown. The City has identified – and is currently installing – 330 on-street dockless parking corrals throughout downtown where staging is allowed. ·In the beach areas, operators are only permitted to stage in groups of up to four, with 40 feet in between each group. The City will identify corral locations in the beach areas and, once installed, will require their use.The City also will conduct an evaluation of locations throughout San Diego where designated parking corrals would be beneficial and, working with the City Council and communities, install more. ·Rider parking: Operators will prohibit riders from ending a ride in specific geofenced areas, including beach area boardwalks. ·Education: Consistent messages about local and state laws in smartphone applications will be required. As will on-device labeling about age requirements and how riding on the sidewalk is illegal. ·Per device fee: A per device fee of $150 annually will be assessed. A reduction of $15 per device will be offered for operators offering a qualified equity program. ·Equity programs may include discounts, equitable distribution, credit-card free unlock or mobile-device free unlock. ·Data sharing: A variety of data will be shared about ridership, parking, paths of travel and more to assist the City in transportation planning, Climate Action Plan reporting and enforcement. ·Indemnification/insurance: Operators will be required to indemnify the City from liability and to hold a $2 million per occurrence, $4 million aggregate and $4 million umbrella insurance policy. ·Performance bond: Each operator will be required to pay a “Safety Deposit” – $65 for each device in fleet – to be held in the event the company leaves the market without its devices.  The ordinance will charge dockless companies an annual $150 per-device fee. The City noted that should act as a de facto cap on scooter numbers. “The sheer number of children on scooters is alarming, is this child endangerment?,” asked Mission Beach restaurateur Sara Mattinson asked councilmembers. “We have been taken over by scooters,” claimed Eve Anderson of Pacific Beach, arguing six scooter companies now is too many. “Is it us or them?” asked Matt Gardner, a brick-and-mortar vehicle rental owner and Mission Beach Town Council president, whose business is being hurt by scooter competition. Bicycling advocate Andy Hanshaw said his number one message is, “We need to build out our bike infrastructure and separate bikes, and now scooters (from cars) to allow riders the choice to be off the sidewalk.” Scooter representatives testified they mostly favored regulation, while imploring the City to include them in working out the details. “Public safety is the number one responsibility of local government,” said Council president pro tem Barbara Bry. “Other cities have been much more proactive than we’ve been.” Bry requested an amendment to the ordinance banning dockless on boardwalks, but was told it would have to be dealt with later because it wasn’t noticed. “If we could do a rewind, I would have banned this entire thing from the city from the start without regulation,” said District 2 Councilmember Dr. Jen Campbell. “We need to think ahead. Now we have to move forward. It is way past time that we pass regulations. These devices are a threat to our public health for riders and walkers, and I support banning them from boardwalks and sidewalks.” Days before the full council hearing on new scooter regulations, a well-attended public protest sponsored by Mission Beach Town Council was held on Mission Beach boardwalk. Ralliers chanted “safety not scooters” while railing against unregulated dockless vehicles. “We don’t feel it is safe just to go for a bike ride or walk our dogs,” said MBTC vice president Greg Knight. “This doesn’t just affect Mission Beach but every community in San Diego. Motorized vehicles and pedestrians simply don’t mix. We can’t take it anymore.” Jonathan Freeman, a downtown ADA activist, spoke of solidarity citywide concerning scooters. “We have exactly the same problems: It’s no longer safe for people to walk on a sidewalk or boardwalk,” said Freeman. … No motorized vehicles should ever be traveling on them. People here are seeing their communities destroyed by people willfully disregarding their safety. This must not continue.” Electric scooters and bikes are prohibited from riding on city sidewalks. “We got shut down last year 6-3 (City Council vote) on a (boardwalk scooter) ban request,” noted MBTC vice president Klaus Mendenhall. “How is it the City is allowing companies to use our public sidewalks for profit without paying fees?” “We are assisting people who’ve been injured or hurt in scooter accidents,” said attorney Mike O’Neill, who’s filed lawsuits against the City representing injured scooter riders. “The only way to get our City’s attention is to hit them in the pocketbook.”
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    Three new temporary art projects chosen for Liberty Station
    Apr 21, 2019 | 10616 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Miki Iwasaki's Facetime: This installation will contain three sculptures incorporating steel and wooden bench elements, representing the universal, primal need for shelter and spaces for face-to-face conversation.
    Miki Iwasaki's Facetime: This installation will contain three sculptures incorporating steel and wooden bench elements, representing the universal, primal need for shelter and spaces for face-to-face conversation.
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    Jason Xavier Lane, Tessellation #1: This sculpture is influenced by craft and design in the San Diego region, past and present.
    Jason Xavier Lane, Tessellation #1: This sculpture is influenced by craft and design in the San Diego region, past and present.
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    Michelle Montjoy, A Dime to Call Home: A collection of sea bags cast in cement, revealing bits of soft clothing and “arms” knitted from nautical rope reaching up from each bag, this installation represents the transformations new recruits experience upon entering the military and its contrasts to home life.
    Michelle Montjoy, A Dime to Call Home: A collection of sea bags cast in cement, revealing bits of soft clothing and “arms” knitted from nautical rope reaching up from each bag, this installation represents the transformations new recruits experience upon entering the military and its contrasts to home life.
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    The NTC Foundation, which oversees the development and operation of 26 buildings at Arts District Liberty Station, has selected three new temporary art projects as part of a rotating public art program titled Installations at the Station. Featured San Diego artists will be Miki Iwasaki, Jason Xavier Lane and Michelle Montjoy. These widely diverse, site-specific outdoor art installations will add to the character of the historic 100-acre former Naval Training Center site as a thriving arts and culture destination for the community. “This new round of Installations at the Station brings opportunities to commission area artists to further transform the former Navy campus with unique and creative artworks infused with elements of the Navy’s rich history. Each project will have a community engagement element, and we invite the public to get involved with these outdoor works of art by participating in special related programming and activities or by simply wandering past to take a photo,” explained Alan Ziter, NTC Foundation executive director. The 36 submitted proposals were reviewed by the Art in Public Places Committee, who considered whether the project incorporated innovation and community engagement, showcased the history of San Diego, enhanced the dignity of the site, and added to the creative hub of the Arts District. In addition, the panel looked at authenticity, creativity, budget and the artist’s experience. “I was impressed by the caliber of artists who responded to our request for submissions. I applaud the committee for their thoughtful discussion and hard work. Each work reflects the artist’s strong artistic skill and hints at San Diego’s history,” said Vicki Reed, chair of the Art in Public Places Committee. Installations will be on display for at least one year. The NTC Foundation is excited to commission these three projects, two of which (by Jason Lane and Miki Iwasaki) will be created in collaboration with the Mingei International Museum, which has a temporary home at the Arts District while their Balboa Park location is being renovated. 1 ARTIST: Miki Iwasaki, San Diego. INSTALLATION NAME: Facetime. BRIEF DESCRIPTION: This installation will contain three sculptures incorporating steel and wooden bench elements, representing the universal, primal need for shelter and spaces for face-to-face conversation. An artist reception, open to the public, will showcase the connection between small-scale model making and large-scale architecture and construction. LOCATION: Sybil Stockdale Rose Garden outside Dick Laub NTC Command Center, between Building 200 and Building 201, near Shop Mingei and Café Mingei. UNVEILING: Aug. 10. Iwasaki’s childhood obsession with making and building objects eventually led him to pursue a career in architecture. His experience includes work in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego, and spans a variety of project types, including residential, office, restaurant, retail and gallery work. Throughout his academic and early professional years, Iwasaki remained dedicated to his own art projects and furniture designs. Iwasaki’s interests and skills constantly expand in the fields of architecture, art and design as he pushes himself to explore new materials, methods and projects. Iwasaki is currently adjunct faculty at Woodbury University San Diego, School of Architecture, and he runs a design and fabrication studio in Barrio Logan. He has completed numerous permanent national public art installations, and his work has been featured in local, national and international press publications. “The opportunities for congregation and socialization around the installation will activate the surrounding space, furthering the Arts District as a connection point which forges creative interaction among locals and visitors,” Iwasaki said. ARTIST: Jason Xavier Lane, San Diego. INSTALLATION NAME: Tessellation #1. BRIEF DESCRIPTION: This sculpture is influenced by craft and design in the San Diego region, past and present. A sculptural monolith clad in three-dimensional, hand-cast concrete tiles will be set beneath two existing magnolia trees. A bench of hand-hewn timber will be inset within the sculpture to reflect Liberty Station’s original 1920s grand post-and-beam roof construction and the legacy of naval shipbuilding. An artist reception highlighting Tessellation #1 will be open to the public. LOCATION: Sybil Stockdale Rose Garden outside Dick Laub NTC Command Center, between Building 200 and Building 201, near Shop Mingei and Café Mingei. UNVEILING: Sept.6. Lane is a designer, craftsman, partner in the award-winning design team Bells & Whistles, and principal of JXL Studio. The son of two artist/draftspersons, Lane was studying philosophy when he left school to become a founding member of the experimental-aktionist group ADRV. He transitioned from being a touring performer and began to immerse himself in the world of design and the craft of woodworking. He went on to produce custom furniture, architectural elements and stage props for a select clientele, most notably Dita von Tesse. This led to the development of a fruitful collaboration producing many award-winning and published hand-made interiors. In his most recent venture, JXL studio, he has created a hands- on atelier dedicated to designing and building sculptural objects and interiors in the applied art tradition, inspired by subtle forms of modern architecture and the cinematic visuals of masters like Kubrick and Fellini. “I look forward to the opportunity to create something that has never existed for the public to discover, contemplate, and hopefully enjoy – and also to experience the ways in which it will patina from time, use, and nature,” Lane said. ARTIST: Michelle Montjoy, Oceanside. INSTALLATION NAME: A Dime to Call Home. BRIEF DESCRIPTION: A collection of sea bags cast in cement, revealing bits of soft clothing and “arms” knitted from nautical rope reaching up from each bag, this installation represents the transformations new recruits experience upon entering the military and its contrasts to home life. The artist would like to add a public engagement element to the installation by knitting on tabletop looms or casting a small time capsule of sea bags with school groups. LOCATION: Archways along the North Promenade. UNVEILING: Oct. 4. As an artist and art teacher in San Diego County for more than 20 years, Montjoy has had solo shows at the Oceanside Museum of Art and Athenaeum Arts and Music Library, and she was an artist-in-residence at Art Produce Gallery. A recent Creative Catalyst Grant recipient, she will also have work on display at MCASD Downtown beginning this June. At a recent installation at the San Diego Airport, she created intricately knitted sculptural environments from graphic t- shirts, using large tabletop looms reminiscent of those used for traditional knitting projects. “I see my installation at Liberty Station as a conversation about the shifts of identity, location, and routine a recruit encounters when they enter the military, and the connection they have to their family, home, and previous life,” Montjoy said. The program is overseen by the NTC Foundation’s Art in Public Places Committee, dedicated to placing and commissioning significant and engaging visual art in ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station to attract visitors, engage artists, create a sense of place and provide insight into the historical and cultural essence of the site. To learn more about the Foundation’s Installations at the Station program, visit ntcfoundation.org/art-in-public-places/.
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    San Diego Community Newspaper Group acquires five newspapers
    by KENDRA SITTON
    Apr 15, 2019 | 17339 views | 2 2 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    In a deal made official on April 1, San Diego Community Newspaper Group purchased five of San Diego Community News Network’s six publications. Julie Main, owner and publisher of San Diego Community Newspaper Group, adds San Diego Uptown News, San Diego Downtown News, Mission Times Courier, and La Mesa Courier to the company’s stable of La Jolla Village News, Peninsula Beacon, and Beach & Bay Press newspapers.  Included in the purchase was Mission Valley News, which will be discontinued. San Diego Community News Network retained Gay San Diego as its only publication. As a result of the purchase, the bi-weekly Beach & Bay Press will move from publishing on Thursdays to coming out on Fridays, starting with this week’s edition. With the addition of San Diego Community News Network’s papers, Main runs the largest independent newspaper group in the region. As a woman in the male-dominated media industry, this marks a significant achievement. “It’s a rewarding industry. One of the more rewarding things about the community newspaper industry is everyone has a story to tell. It’s very gratifying to peel back the layers and find these treasures (stories) and share it with our readers,” Main said. “These people help shape the community. “We also try to be transparent and unbiased in our reporting. People are inundated daily with troubling news regionally and from around the world. It is hard to sort through fact and fiction these days. Not all news has to be bad news. Isn’t it refreshing to come home and read about positive things happening in your community for a change,” Main said. Over the years, control of the newspapers has passed between Main and San Diego Community News Network owner David Mannis. The former married couple founded San Diego Community Newspaper Group together in the 1980s. Even after their divorce in 2002, they worked together on La Jolla Village News, Peninsula Beacon, Beach & Bay Press, and Downtown News until Main took full control at the end of 2008. Mannis decided to enter the newspaper industry again in 2009 and founded San Diego Uptown News. He later bought Downtown News from San Diego Community Newspaper Group and grew his newspaper network to include six papers stretching across the county. After 40 years in the newspaper industry, he has decided to enter semi-retirement. The acquisition led to a shuffle in the editors leading each of the newspapers. Albert Fulcher will stay at San Diego Community News Network as the editor for Gay San Diego. Jeff Clemetson is moving to San Diego Community Newspaper Group’s Pacific Beach office to continue leading Mission Times Courier and La Mesa Courier. Recently-hired editor Kendra Sitton is also moving to the PB office and will continue her work at San Diego Uptown News. In addition, she is now the editor of San Diego Downtown News, which was formerly under the purview of Fulcher. “The idea of having more regional coverage in the communities and the ZIP codes we are picking up is exciting. We share a lot of common issues with our coastal communities that will tie in directly with Uptown and Downtown. La Mesa Courier and Mission Times Courier cover well established, solid communities. It doesn’t get much better than this,” Main said.
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    Ruth Chandler
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    April 16, 2019
    Congratulations, Julie!! Wishing you all my best!
    Josh Utley
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    April 16, 2019
    Congratulations Julie!
    City Planning Commission votes to reduce off-leash dog park on Fiesta Island
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Apr 15, 2019 | 1428 views | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Julia Gray chases after her puppy Whiskers on Fiesta Island. / Photo by Kathy Miller-Gray
    Julia Gray chases after her puppy Whiskers on Fiesta Island. / Photo by Kathy Miller-Gray
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    City Planning Commission voted 6-0 in favor of Option A (above).
    City Planning Commission voted 6-0 in favor of Option A (above).
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    Like the Mission Bay Park Committee before it, the City Planning Commission voted unanimously in favor of one of two options for reconfiguring 470-acre Fiesta Island. Unfortunately, for off-leash dog owners, the City Planning Commission’s preference wasn’t theirs. On April 11, the Planning Commission voted 6-0 in favor of Option A, which would divide the manmade island with a road and reduce access for off-leash dog park users.  The dog owner’s camp, and Mission Bay Park Committee before it in January, preferred Option B, which would keep the island intact and undivided while increasing the fenced, off-leash area. The turf battle on Fiesta Island pits non-motorized boat users, such as kayakers and paddle boarders, against dog owners represented by FIDO, Fiesta Island Dog Owners. The issue will ultimately go before the City Council for a final decision, likely in June. Water recreationalists argue water-dependent, non-motorized boating use should be a higher priority than the off-leash dog park, an activity that can be done elsewhere on land. They contend Option B would leave them without appropriate spots on Fiesta Island from which to launch their watercraft. “Of course we are disappointed that the commissioners ignored the unanimous recommendation of the Mission Bay Park Committee for Option B,” reacted FIDO president Carolyn Chase. “We believe the City Council will be interested in finding a location for the paddling groups that doesn’t displace thousands of existing, and future, off-leash users, and that would be faster and cheaper for them and for taxpayers. “Option B remains, and the Planning Commission comments confirmed, that Option B is the lower-cost, lower-impact alternative,” Chase said. Noting the City’s opening position “was to eliminate off-leash use on Fiesta Island,” Chase added FIDO “has had to crawl our way on to the plan.” She disputed the claim that FIDO is unwilling to “share” space with other uses. “It is the paddlers who are seeking to take over acres of currently open, multi-use public park land for their private storage of gear and equipment thereby reducing access for all other users … in the process that is supposed to be planning for growth in all uses, it is instead planning to reduce the single largest existing use today.”  At issue is an amendment to the Mission Bay Park Master Plan and Local Coastal Program to update the land uses and vision guiding future uses and improvements to Fiesta Island. The amendment includes recommendations for island-wide improvements to recreation facilities, access and circulation, parking, soft-surface trails and paved multi-use paths, grading and landscaping, habitat areas, water quality, eelgrass bed plantings, and enhancements to directional signs and utilities upgrades. At least three planning commissioners, who had been leaning the other way, changed their minds after being swayed by public testimony April 11. Noting there are no other designated areas for paddling outside of Fiesta Island, Planning Commission chair Susan Peerson said. “That to me is really compelling. Though Option B is less impactful, Option A is accessible to everyone. We need to provide equal access to all.”  Planning Commission vice chair William Hofman said he, too, had been leaning toward favoring Option B. “It’s nice to listen to testimony and be convinced to change,” he said. “With Option B, paddling is precluded. I think sharing is important, which is why I went with Option A.” “I was ambivalent going in,” concurred commissioner Vicki Granowitz, adding, “Almost the entire island is still available to dog owners to walk their dogs on-leash.” A crewer herself, Granowitz pointed out, “Paddlers on the bay have grown exponentially. We need to find a permanent location for them.”
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    Carolyn Chase
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    April 19, 2019
    The Commissioners are incorrect to state that the paddlers would be “precluded” from access with Option B - nor does anyone get "permanent" locations to store their private gear on public parkland. This is done through leases and permits for qualified uses. Off-leash and paddlers are both qualified uses.

    As for access, paddlers have access now: they have legal access from ANY shoreline they can get to or from.

    They also have a new permit to store their boats and gear on beaches and concrete at the Youth Camp on Fiesta Island.



    What they're asking for in Option A - is for taxpayers to take away existing existing multi-use public park land and turn it into storage for their gear AND for us to pay to build and pave the road to get there and the beach to put it on.



    It is off-leash users that truly have no other shoreline locations to go to and are seeking to protect this remaining piece of paradise from being further paved while pointing out that there are miles of existing under-utilized beaches where paddlers could be located.
    News and community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
    Apr 11, 2019 | 17208 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    California bush sunflowers are blooming near Pappys Point at Sunset Cliffs as the sun sets on Saturday, April 6.        THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
    California bush sunflowers are blooming near Pappys Point at Sunset Cliffs as the sun sets on Saturday, April 6. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
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    GOODWILL IN POINT LOMA COMPLETES STORE RENOVATION Goodwill Industries store at 3663 Rosecrans St. has completed an extensive renovation and will re-open 9:30 a.m. April 23. The store will be fully stocked with products. The staff is excited about the store’s new appearance and will be eager to assist customers. The renovation includes an additional 1,520-square-feet of retail space for a new furniture showroom where shoppers can find tables, couches, and more. The store boasts an enhanced shopping experience with a new cash wrap, new floors, fixtures, window art, point-of-sale slat wall, and production area. Goodwill Industries uses the revenue generated from the sale of donated goods at its retail stores and after-market facilities to provide employment and training opportunities to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. MINGEI GIFT SHOP AND CAFÉ AT LIBERTY STATION The Mingei International Museum doors are closed in Balboa Park for a transformational renovation, but it has not disappeared from sight. In addition to various exhibitions and community programs, Mingei’s temporary home is at Arts District Liberty Station, which includes a gift shop, Shop Mingei, a coffee shop called Café Mingei at Dick Laub NTC Command Center, Building 200, 2640 Historic Decatur Road. “We couldn’t think of a better place to be while our building is being upgraded,” explained Rob Sidner, Mingei executive director. “As the largest collection of arts organizations outside of Balboa Park, the Arts District is a natural choice for our temporary home.” With the major transformation of its facility in Balboa Park, Mingei International will increase accessibility to its collection, exhibition and educational programs for all ages. Mingei presents “Art of the People” and this significant renovation will allow the museum to share that art with the people – as many as possible, regardless of income, experience or ability. The Mingei staff moved into office space in Building 202, at 2820 Roosevelt Road, currently home to the Expressive Arts Institute and Martha Pace Swift Gallery, Solare Ristorante, Pinot’s Palette, Pachis Arts Studio for Kids and the NTC Foundation. OB KIWANIS KITE FESTIVAL The 71st annual Ocean Beach Kiwanis Kite Festival will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Robb Field, 2525 Bacon St. There will be kite building and decorating, prizes, professional kite fliers and amazing kite demonstrations and games, crafters, community organizations, gourmet food, carnival activities and live music from Beer Feat. Free event and free parking. For further information, e-mail oceanbeachkiwanis@gmail.com.  POINT LOMA GARDEN CLUB HOSTS PLANT SALE The Point Loma Garden Club will host a plant sale on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3598 Talbot St. Items for sale include container plants, Tillandsias, native vegetables and herbs, succulent wreaths, gardener’s attire, decorator pots, garden art and homemade treats. Visit place.org for more information.  TASTE OF LIBERTY STATION IS APRIL 24 The third annual Taste of Liberty Station is Wednesday, April 24, from 5 to 9 p.m. For $30 until 24 hours prior to the event, $40 that day, ticketholders can enjoy food samples from signature restaurants, live entertainment in the promenades and art from a variety of galleries and artists. Attendees will have a Liberty Pass map listing and granting access to all the participating businesses and their special offerings. There will be live music taking place throughout the station. For more information about Taste of Liberty Station, visit libertystation.com. “We are looking forward to hosting Taste of Liberty Station in our community this spring for the third year in a row,” said Laurie Albrecht, community coordinator of the Liberty Station Community Association. “It’s a great opportunity for San Diegans to come and discover every element that Liberty Station has to offer – the amazing eateries, beautiful art and wide variety of businesses that call Liberty Station home.” POINT LOMA DEMOCRATS DISCUSSION ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM Join the Point Loma/Ocean Beach Democrats on Sunday, April 21 for a discussion on criminal justice reform efforts in San Diego. The featured speaker is Tasha Williamson, co-founder of The Compassion Project, a small group of community activists who support families when they lose a loved one to violence. She was named "Voice of the Year" for 2018 by Voice of San Diego and recently announced her campaign for mayor at the San Diego Women's March. Social time begins at 3:30 p.m. Meeting begins at 4 p.m. Held at the Point Loma Assembly, 3035 Talbot St. For more information, visit pointlomadem.org. REPUBLICAN WOMEN OF POINT LOMA LUNCHEON Republican Women of California-Point Loma is hosting its monthly luncheon meeting Wednesday, April 17, 10 a.m. at Point Loma Cafe, 4865 Harbor Drive. The program will feature Mike Harrison, representative for Duncan Hunter of 50th District. A no-host lunch following. Guests are welcome. For more information, call Marilyn at 619-222-9532. POINT LOMA RESIDENTS NAMED 'SUPER LAWYER' Ranked among the top percentage of San Diego attorneys, Noonan Lance Boyer & Banach LLP partners James Lance and David Noonan have been recognized as “Top 50 San Diego Attorneys” in the 2019 edition of San Diego Super Lawyers. Additionally, Noonan was ranked among the “Top 10 San Diego Attorneys” and firm partners Ethan Boyer and Micaela Banach also are listed in Super Lawyers, a leading annual legal services directory for consumers. The firm’s founding partners Noonan and Lance have been listed for 13 and 10 years respectively. Both attorneys have decades of experience with leadership positions in high profile entities such as the San Diego County Bar Association, the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program and the American Board of Trial Advocates. For more information, visit noonanlance.com. OB HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTATION On Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m., the Ocean Beach Historical Society Ocean Beach Historical Society will present “WWII Letters from San Diegans” by Veronica Murphy and Walter Ritter, of Write Out Loud, at Water’s Edge Faith Community, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Hear history as it happened. Poignant World War II letters written by young San Diegans serving in the military will be the focus of the program. Guest speakers Murphy and Ritter will read from a treasure trove of 5,000 letters housed at San Diego State University’s Special Collections and University Archives. Murphy and Ritter are co-founders of San Diego’s Write Out Loud, a theatrical company that brings together experienced actors to do staged readings of literature to a live audience. Both have extensive backgrounds in local theater. EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE AT CABRILLO MONUMENT The Kiwanis Club of Point Loma will present an ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service at the Cabrillo National Monument. The services will be held in the lower parking lot, giving those who attend a great early morning panoramic view of San Diego Harbor and the city behind it. This year’s will mark the 70th consecutive year that the Kiwanis Club of Point Loma has provided this popular community service for the people of San Diego. Easter is April 21 this year and the gates to Cabrillo National Monument will open at 6 a.m. with the non-denominational service beginning at 6:30 a.m. There is seating for approximately 700 attendees and the public is encouraged to arrive early. The visitor and parking fees imposed by the National Park Service for visiting the Cabrillo National Monument are not in effect for the Easter Sunrise Services, but you will be asked to leave prior to the 9 a.m. park opening.  The speakers this year are Captain Brien Dickson, Commanding Officer Naval Base Point Loma, Tim Cunning, Governor Elect Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha District and Joanna DaCosta, President, Point Loma Kiwanis Club. Chaplain Michael Williams, Fleet Chaplain, THIRD Fleet will conduct the service. This year our soloist will be Jojo Cadwell and she will be accompanied by Danny Green. Mark Fisher will provide the musical prelude to the service. The Marine Color Guard from MCRD will open the ceremony. COUNTY BOARD HOLDS WORKSHOP ON COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY Energy experts from across the state spoke before the County Board of Supervisors during a workshop Tuesday that may help determine whether the County buys and sells electricity. The supervisors heard from utility experts, consumer groups and representatives from cities and counties that offer community choice energy. The board voted in February to study whether community choice energy, also known as community choice aggregation, should be offered to residents of the County’s unincorporated areas. These programs allow cities and counties to buy, and/or generate, and sell electricity to residents and businesses as alternatives to public utilities like San Diego Gas & Electric. The County buys electricity and natural gas for its own facilities on the open market instead of directly from SDG&E. During the last three years, the direct access program has saved the County an average of about $3 million a year. BIKES, BOARDS AND BEWS FESTIVAL DATE ANNOUNCED Bikes, Boards and Brews will be held 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 at Crown Point Park. This event features PB restaurants paired with local breweries to celebrate Pacific Beach surf, bike and skate culture and take in the views on Mission Bay.   Participating restaurants: PB Fish Shop, Board and Brew, Bareback Grill, PB Local, SD Taproom, Tavern at the Beach, Maverick's Beach Club, Sandbar, Cerveza Jack's and Moonshine Beach Participating breweries: Amplified Ale Works, Thorn Brewing Co., Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Coronado Brewing Co., Mike Hess Brewing, Owl Drug Co., 10 Barrel Brewing, Little Miss Brewing, Green Flash, St. Archer Brewing, White Claw Hard Seltzer. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit pacificbeach.org/event/bikes-boards-and-brews/. SAFE FUNDRAISING PARTY AT KARL STRAUSS The San Diego Advertising Fund for Emergencies party will take place Thursday, April 18 at the Karl Strauss Tasting Room and Beer Garden in Pacific Beach from 5 to 8 p.m., enjoy beats from Z90's DJ INDO, craft beer, tacos, and games, raffle prizes and more. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door for $5 more. The first 150 attendees will receive a souvenir Safe & Sound pint glass, and every attendee will receive one drink ticket and raffle ticket. Can't make it to the party? You can still donate to help the cause by visiting safesandiego.org/donate. CABRILLO UNDER THE STARS IN MAY In cooperation with the Cabrillo National Park, on Saturday May 18 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation will celebrate its fifth annual "Cabrillo Under the Stars.” Attendees will enjoy local fare from popular restaurants (Little Lion, Ketch, 3rd Corner, etc.), craft beer and wines provided by local brewers and vintners and auction items. And of course, the ability to enjoy the park "after hours" with its spectacular sunsets and night-time views. The money raised by this event is used to support the park's historical, educational, scientific and interpretive programs. SAN DIEGO CENTER FOR CHILDREN HOSTS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION  The San Diego Center for Children’s 132nd Anniversary Celebration, Cherishing the Joys of Childhood, will take place on Saturday, May 11 at Humphreys by the Bay on Shelter Island. Funds raised from this event will support the Center’s programs: providing services to children, teens and families struggling with mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges. The power of expression and music will be woven throughout the night with a special recognition to longtime music director, Sundiata Kata, who is celebrating his 50th year at the center. Sundiata will be honored as the recipient of the Center’s 2019 PATH Award. The event starts at 6 p.m. and RSVPs are requested by May 1. For more information about the event, including tickets, sponsorships and advertising, visit centerforchildren.org/celebration. YELP NAMES SAN DIEGO NO. 5 CITY FOR FOOD LOVERS San Diego has been ranked fifth in Yelp’s list of the “Top U.S. Destination for Food Lovers.” According to Yelp, the ranking was determined by comparing cities’ new restaurants, ratings, and reviews as well as cuisine diversity and the percentage of food photos.  Some of the dishes to note – according to Yelp – included  Pork Belly Benedict at Werewolf in downtown San Diego, the Kimchi Dumpling Hot Soup at TastyPot in Kearny Mesa, and the Hot Chicken at Common Stock in Hillcrest.  San Francisco took the number one spot, followed by St. Louis and Honolulu.
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