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    Del Mar Thoroughbred Club to open 80th season on July 17
    Jul 14, 2019 | 15582 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    La Jolla native Soha Dokainish checks out horses in the paddock during last year's Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    La Jolla native Soha Dokainish checks out horses in the paddock during last year's Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    After 80 seasons, the turf still meets the surf at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. What began as a Hollywood hotspot in the era of the racetrack’s founder Bing Crosby has blossomed into one of today’s premier Southern California summer destinations. While famous faces and traditions have come and gone, the seaside oval continues to stand the test of time with its unparalleled entertainment and energy. When Del Mar opens its gates on Opening Day July 17, thousands of visitors will get to experience an action-packed seven weeks filled with live music, craft food and beer, cocktails and high stakes competition running through Labor Day Monday, Sept. 2. Known for its Kentucky Derby vibe set along the Pacific Ocean, Opening Day at Del Mar attracts thousands of fans to celebrate the official start of summer with big bets, and bigger hats. As one of San Diego’s long-standing traditions, fashion-forward trendsetters come dressed to the nines — from head to toe — for the Opening Day Hats Contest, where fans with extravagant headpieces will compete for more than $5,000 in total prizes. The summer festivities continue throughout the season with concerts featuring top entertainers, festivals highlighting incredible bites and booze, and buzz-worthy races showcasing the nation’s leading Thoroughbreds, trainers and jockeys. Offering some of the best entertainment in the region, Del Mar’s Summer Concert Series gives fans the chance to catch a free show most Friday and Saturday nights. This year’s impressive lineup includes Grammy-award winning reggae star Ziggy Marley on Saturday, July 20, country crooners Midland on Saturday, July 27 and alternative reggae rockers Iration on Saturday, Aug. 3.  All concerts are 18 and up and free with the purchase of standard $6 racetrack admission. For concertgoers entering after the day’s final race, admission is $30. Performances begin shortly after the last race of the day. In addition to free concerts, Del Mar brings together the best of San Diego’s culinary and craft beer scenes with a variety of events. Beer enthusiasts will enjoy Burgers and Brews, which features the region’s top craft breweries and restaurants on Saturday, July 20; wine lovers will soon become connoisseurs after having the opportunity to sample a variety of top-notch wines and champagnes at Uncorked: Del Mar Wine Fest on Saturday, July 27; and barbeque aficionados will have the opportunity to devour dozens of smoked meats at Del Mar’s Turf & Surf BBQ Championship on Sunday, Aug. 18. With something new every week, spending a sunny afternoon at Del Mar is always a sure bet. From Free and Easy Wednesdays, where guests receive free admission, a free seat and a free program, plus deals on tallboys and Brigantine tacos, to Friday Happy Hour, where all signature drinks are half-off from gate opening until 6 p.m., the famed racetrack keeps fans coming back for more. Every weekend at the seaside oval makes for a fabulous family outing, but children and parents won’t want to miss Del Mar’s Family Fun Day and giveaway on Sunday, July 21. Packed with numerous free attractions for the family in the spacious Infield, little ones will be able to climb rock walls, ride ponies, ride down inflatable slides and much more. Midway through the season, Del Mar will present the richest day in racing with the highly-anticipated, $1-million TVG Pacific Classic on Saturday, Aug. 17. The mile and a quarter Grade I testing is one of the west’s foremost prizes and eligible to attract several of the best Thoroughbreds in the country. The day is made even sweeter with a giveaway. Diamond Club members will receive a free heavyweight Mexican-style beach blanket on Pacific Classic day. Diamond Club is free to join and provides big discounts at the track all season long. Summer racing at Del Mar takes place Wednesday through Sunday with the one exception of Closing Day on Labor Day Monday. First post daily is 2 p.m., except on Friday’s when first post shifts to 4 p.m. (exceptions being Aug. 23 and 30 when first post shifts to 3:30 p.m.). For more information, call 858-755-1141 or visit DelMarRacing.com.
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    Coastal Commission approves SeaWorld’s new dive coaster
    Jul 12, 2019 | 12103 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    This photo simulation shows what Mako will look like from Fiesta Island.
    This photo simulation shows what Mako will look like from Fiesta Island.
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    Mako, which is planned to open in 2020, will be a 153-feet tall dive coaster.
    Mako, which is planned to open in 2020, will be a 153-feet tall dive coaster.
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    The California Coastal Commission on July 10 approved SeaWorld’s new 153-feet tall dive coaster, Mako, planned to open in 2020. This new roller coaster, which was announced in January, will be the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state, according to David Koontz, director of communications at SeaWorld San Diego. “We appreciated the opportunity to present our new attraction to the commissioners. We anticipate construction getting underway within the next few months,” Koontz said. The 153-foot ride received unanimous approval from City Council in April, allowing the coaster to exceed the 30-foot height limitation in coastal zones. Riders will climb more than 153 feet into the air, suspended on a 45-degree angle at the crown of the ride as their feet dangle underneath. The drop will plummet riders 143-feet facedown at speeds more than 60 mph. Mako will cover nearly 2,500 feet of track. Floorless cars will hold 18 riders at a time in three six-person rows. SeaWorld will build the attraction next to the Journey to Atlantis ride, where a parking lot currently sits. This coaster will be SeaWorld’s third new thrill ride in three years. The park opened its Electric Eel coaster in 2018, and its dueling coaster Tidal Twister debuted in May. In 2012 the park opened Manta, its first real roller coaster.
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    How, or will, new scooter regulations be enforced? SDPD responds ...
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jul 12, 2019 | 12220 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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    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.
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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.
    Renovation of Pacific Beach Middle begins with razing of aging buildings
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jul 11, 2019 | 5210 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Construction crews tear down one of the buildings at Pacific Beach Middle on July 10. / DAVE SCHWAB / BEACH & BAY PRESS
    Construction crews tear down one of the buildings at Pacific Beach Middle on July 10. / DAVE SCHWAB / BEACH & BAY PRESS
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    Neighbors, administrators, teachers and alums looked on as construction crews demolished an aging building at Pacific Beach Middle on July 10 as part of the school’s whole site modernization plan.   The update is part of San Diego Unified School District’s capital projects funded by Propositions S and Z, local bond measures approved by San Diego voters. Funding from both propositions goes toward repairing, renovating and revitalizing neighborhoods schools like PBMS. “It’s so exciting to see this,” said PBMS principal Kimberly Meng. “It’s a huge commitment to the bond measures that allow us to create these amazing spaces in rundown places.” Dr. Mike McQuary, San Diego Unified School Board trustee, noted PBMS and the Mission Bay Cluster schools within San Diego Unified School District are unique. “This is a magnet program,” said McQuary of PBMS. “Kids from all over the city come here.” “They are building three new classroom stations inside our media center, as well as a nurse’s office and a new counseling center,” said Meng. “This is really the second phase (of modernization),” said McQuary, adding phase one was the new parking lot and playing fields PBMS shares with the YMCA. “When all is said and done, we’re going to have an amazing facility here,” said Meng. Asked when PBMS was built, Meng answered, “In every decade. The front building was built in the ’30s because this started out as PB Elementary.” The whole site modernization plan at the school includes construction of a new two-story classroom building and three new classrooms in the existing library media center, and renovation and expansion of existing food service facilities.  The new two-story classroom will replace two aging buildings on the northeast corner of the campus along Felspar Street. When complete, it will include innovative work spaces, 26 classrooms and state-of-the-art technology. Meng said air conditioning turned out to be the deciding factor determining whether old buildings on campus would be remodeled or torn down. “There was talk about a new building, then it switched to renovating,” the principal said. “Then once the board approved air conditioning for all the schools, that brought it back to a new building. That was the tipping point.” Added Meng: “We had algebra classes being taught in 98-degree heat at 2 p.m. No way [contractors] could put duct work up [in existing ceilings]. Now we’re going to have a climate-controlled building with new classroom spaces, common areas for kids and different kinds of learning spaces.” Meng said the school’s modernization project will done in 2021. “I anticipate our incoming sixth graders will be able to learn in the new building,” she said. “The entire project should be done with the fifth graders who will be coming here.” Will construction be disruptive when school resumes in the fall? “A bit, but we’re doing the worst part, the tear down, now so all the significantly impactful construction projects are taking place in the summertime,” Meng said.
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    Jumping off Ocean Beach Pier for a good cause
    Jul 08, 2019 | 11885 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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