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    Restaurants adapt to indoor ban by expanding outdoor seating
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    OB Surf Lodge in Sunset Plaza has a large open area to take advantage of for outside dining. COURTESY PHOTO
    OB Surf Lodge in Sunset Plaza has a large open area to take advantage of for outside dining. COURTESY PHOTO

    San Diego businesses, restaurants in particular, have been turned inside-out once again.

    Citing rising positive tests and hospitalizations from coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered the statewide closure of indoor operations at a laundry list of establishments including restaurants, wineries, gyms, hair salons, worship centers, personal care services, malls, movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, family entertainment centers, and card rooms, as well as the full closure of all bars and non-critical office settings.
    In response to the rollback in small-business re-openings, just recently undertaken before COVID-19 cases spiked, San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer signed an executive order on July 7. That order provides regulatory relief to restaurants and makes dining safer by encouraging outdoor operations. The order, effective immediately, waives permitting and parking requirements for the use of sidewalks and private parking lots as outdoor dining venues.
    “Numerous restaurants in Ocean Beach are utilizing the mayor’s new plan for outdoor sidewalk dining,” said Kristen Keltner, event and program manager for Ocean Beach MainStreet Association, the community’s business improvement district.

    “OBMA has spoken with most of the restaurants that are rolling out sidewalk cafes to ensure they understand the public right-of-way guidelines,” Keltner said. “Although the mayor has waived permit fees, it’s our understanding that most of the PROW guidelines must be adhered to.”

    Added Keltner, “OBMA will have an outdoor dining link on our website,, within the next few days. This link will include restaurants utilizing sidewalks and creating outdoor patios in private parking lots, along with restaurants who have existing outdoor space.”

    The Peninsula Beacon spoke with three local restaurants – OB Surf Lodge, Raglan Public House, and Harbor Town Pub in Point Loma Village – to find out how they’re coping with the new indoor dining prohibition the second time around.

    Turns out how eateries are faring with the new statewide regulations has a lot to do with what the mayor just addressed in his executive order: how much outdoor dining space they do – or don’t – have.

    Josh Guidi, a manager at OB Surf Lodge at 5083 Santa Monica Ave., was busy Saturday, July 11 coordinating outdoor dining at the lodge. He admitted the restaurant is in better shape than most.

    “We’re lucky to have this huge open-air venue where everyone can space themselves six feet from each other on the plaza,” Guidi said, adding, “There are no tables inside. We pulled all our tables outside to this plaza area. We’re blessed to have the venue that we have, and the team behind us.”

    Guidi’s job description has been changed by the pandemic.

    “My job has become more police officer and baby sitter to the general public than it has been,” he quipped. “This is a hard time. It’s an adjustment. You don’t know what to expect day-to-day.”

    Chad Cline, owner of Harbor Town Pub at 1125 Rosecrans St., hasn’t been as fortunate as OB Surf Lodge.

    “We’re coping the best we can, trying our best to not sink as fast,” Cline said. “Outdoor dining really isn’t a fix to the major issue associated with lease rates on building (space) we’re prohibited from using.”

    Cline gave an analogy to describe the situation restaurants find themselves in now that indoor dining has been temporarily disallowed.

    “The government singling us out is like being drafted in a war, and they’re using our businesses as soldiers to fight the coronavirus,” he said. “They’re basically taking our businesses as a defense against the spread. They’re using our businesses, but they’re not giving any protection so the soldiers can come back from it (war) alive.”

    Pointing out Harbor Town does not lend itself as readily to outdoor dining, Cline noted he has been allowed by his landlord to convert some parking lot space to outdoor dining. But even that has come at a price.

    “The street is not available to us,” Cline said. “Our sales are down more than 50 percent across-the-board. “I had to purchase a tent that costs $2,000 a month. And I haven’t gotten a break at all on my lease rate. What we really need is companies to provide us with some business-interruption insurance.”

    Kyle Jaworski, managing partner of Raglan Public House at 1851 Bacon St., said take-out has worked for his business.

    “We’ve been pushing our food-to-go and we’ve had so much success with it we’ve decided that’s something we’re always going to focus on more,” Jaworski said. “In addition to that, we’ve put up tables on the sidewalk adjacent to the restaurant. With that, we’ve been able to realize about 90% of the capacity we had when we came back to the modified dining inside.”

    Jaworski said Raglan has also benefited from its location.

    “Being near OB Noodle House and Poma’s Italian Deli, two other longstanding businesses, it’s almost like the food court of OB,” he said. “The three of us have all worked hard to support each other’s businesses and make the customers feel comfortable, and safe, dining out. The community has also really supported OB businesses and respected the health guidelines. It’s a positive thing to see.”

    But the pandemic is far from over. And neither is the suffering of small-businesses forced to fight against COVID on the front lines.

    “The sales are still there, and adapting to COVID has allowed us to streamline into one daily menu that has helped us manage those sales better and cut down on our cook times so we can turn tables over more quickly,” said Guidi of OB Surf Lodge. “People are willing to step out more now depending on how safe they feel. But you can’t just keep opening up and closing, opening up and closing, if you want businesses to continue to be open and thrive in the community.”


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    City seeks public input on Sports Arena area redevelopment
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    The Brookfield + ASM Global Development concept.
    The Brookfield + ASM Global Development concept.
    The Midway Sports and Entertainment Team Development concept.
    The Midway Sports and Entertainment Team Development concept.

    San Diegans can play an important role in transforming the San Diego Sports Arena area into a vibrant pedestrian and transit-oriented entertainment space for everyone to enjoy. To capture public input, a virtual open house will be held through Monday, July 20. Go to to participate.

    The interactive virtual open house will feature redevelopment design concepts for the public to review. Participants will be able to:

    • Watch the welcome video;

    • View each design concept;

    • Provide feedback based on their priorities. 

    “This is an opportunity to redevelop and reshape the Sports Arena area for the next generation, and we want to hear what San Diegans think of the proposals under consideration,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “Revitalizing the Sports Arena is key to our future growth as a city and ensures that it remains one of San Diego’s most popular destinations for decades to come.”

    Participants can share their input on housing, open space/parks/trails and paths, transit-oriented development, retail and entertainment, parking and traffic elements for the 48-acre land redevelopment project. The open house is one of several scoring factors outlined in the Sports Arena Request for Proposal and will be considered in selecting the final redevelopment design concept.

    The proposed redevelopment project is in the Midway-Pacific Highway Community area, located in west-central San Diego. In 2010, the City of San Diego, in coordination with community members, developed a Community Plan that serves as a blueprint for all future development in the area.

    San Diego residents and business owners are eligible to participate in the virtual open house.


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    DAILY BRIEFING – Parking enforcement to begin Aug. 1, Avenida de la Playa to close for dining, tax file recycling event
    Jul 14, 2020 | 88696 views | 0 0 comments | 117 117 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Surfers get in a session as the sun sets in Ocean Beach last week. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Surfers get in a session as the sun sets in Ocean Beach last week. / Photo by Thomas Melville

    A round-up of news, community, and business briefs from highlighting what’s happening in our community.

    Tuesday, July 14

    Starting Saturday, Aug. 1, the City of San Diego will resume full enforcement of all parking regulations, part of an effort to support local businesses and continue essential operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Identified as one small step toward restoring San Diego’s economy, restarting parking enforcement will allow for increased turnover of customers in business districts and ensure accessibility for patrons. Parking enforcement resumed on July 1 with a warning period, during which violators received written warnings. Initially a two-week warning period, enforcement will now begin on Saturday, Aug. 1.
    The City suspended citations for vehicles violating street sweeping parking restrictions, metered parking, time limits and yellow commercial zones on March 16 after the state and county stay-at-home order went into effect. Parking enforcement was limited to holiday or Sunday regulations only. Citations have still been issued for vehicles parked illegally at red, white, and blue painted curbs.
    Street sweeping has continued during the public health emergency. Courtesy notices were distributed to inform residents of the enforcement restart and return to regular service. To learn more about parking rules in the City, and to pay or appeal a citation online, visit


    La Jolla Shores Association announced that effective July 22 thru Sept. 27 Avenida de la Playa from El Paseo Grande to Ciallo de la Plata will be closed to vehicular traffic. During this period six to seven restaurants will be setting up dining tables over parking stalls in order to serve lunch and dinner, al fresco. The goal is to provide a safe, outdoor, dining in a pleasant atmosphere. From 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. there will be a 20-foot-wide pedestrian walkway down the center of Avenida de la Playa.


    Looking to dispose of old tax files or sensitive documents? Join the City of San Diego’s 18th annual Tax File Recycling event beginning Wednesday, July 15, at the Miramar Recycling Center. The drop-off service is available through Tuesday, July 21, and is free to City of San Diego residents only. Participants are limited to one banker’s box of files to recycle. A banker’s box is approximately 10 inches high, 15 inches wide and 25 inches deep. Files will be accepted at the Miramar Recycling Center between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The center is closed on Sundays. All documents will be placed in secured bins and shredded before being recycled. 
    This annual recycling event usually coincides with Tax Day. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, the federal government postponed the traditional April 15 filing deadline until July 15. All visitors will be asked to maintain physical distancing during transactions and facial coverings are required. To assist with physical distancing guidelines, staff will limit the number of people allowed into the area at one time. For more information, visit

    Monday, July 13

    Eggies in Pacific Beach has officially opened so beach dwellers can get their on-the-go brunch fill. Open from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, the 205-square-foot location is adjacent to Breakfast Republic PB at 4465 Mission Blvd. The new Eggies features the same breakfast sandwiches as its other locations in East Village and the recently opened Liberty Station outpost. Other quick-service bites include filled jars layered with French toast, fresh strawberries and mascarpone, and their savory potato hash jar, as well as churros with caramel sauce for the city’s morning sweet-seekers.


    Breakfast Republic is geared up for the dine-in shut-down at all their locations including 4465 Mission Blvd. Owner Johan Engman has finalized a partnership with Stone Brewing to allow Breakfast Republic in Liberty Station to use Stone’s courtyard across from the restaurant. In return, Breakfast Republic will start carrying their Stone Buenaveza Mexican Lager at all BR locations. Locations in North Park, Ocean Beach and Mission Valley will remain open, and will seat patrons in their existing outdoor patios.
    Fig Tree Café locations in Liberty Station and Pacific Beach will remain open during their usual hours, as much of their seating is already situated outdoors and is set up for social distancing – perfect for fans of their Breakfast Sushi or French toast options. This eatery also offers takeout and delivery.
    Backyard Kitchen & Tap at 832 Garnet Ave. expanded its patio to include a sideyard after the first round of shut-downs. The sideyard addition is open Tuesday through Sunday, featuring food from the Union Food Truck, while Backyard’s existing patio space is open all week.
    Pacific Beach AleHouse at 721 Grand Ave. is ready to serve San Diego safely with its sky deck, patio and parking lot seating fully open and set up to meet all safety guidelines. You can still grab a burger and beer by the ocean seven days a week. You can also swing by for carryout or order delivery through their website.
    Taco fiends can still get their fill at The Taco Stand with outdoor seating and carryout at their La Jolla location at 621 Pearl St.


    “San Diego Public Library has opened up the book drops at all 36 of its libraries, and you can now pick up your holds at the Pacific Beach Library,” said Christina Wainwright, Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library manager. “We also have a wide variety of virtual programming that you can enjoy online."


    • Book returns open at all SDPL locations Mondays at 9 a.m., and will remain open 24 hours a day until Fridays at 5:30 p.m.  Book drops are not open weekends.

    • Materials will remain on your library card for several days after they are received at the library.  All returned items are quarantined for at least 72 hours. It may take several days for the return to reflect on your library account. There are no late fees.

    • For more information about SDPL’s Book Return Service:


    • You may pick up materials that you’ve placed on hold at any of 18 SDPL locations, including the PB Library.

    • Holds Pickup service is available Mon.-Fri. From 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Call 858-581-9934 with your library card number.  We will check your holds out to your account, and have them ready to give to you.

    • If you already have holds waiting for you at another library you may request that they be transferred to PB.  You can do it yourself by modifying your holds online, or call any SDPL location so that staff may assist you.

      • Staff at the PB Library are available to assist you over the phone.  Call 858-581-9934, Mon.-Fri. From 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

    • For more information about SDPL’s Contactless Holds Pickup Service (including the full list of branches offering this service).


    ElliptiGO Inc., creator of the world’s first elliptical bicycle, is the title sponsor of the ElliptiGO Bike for Humanity II cycling event with Bill Walton and Friends ( Bike for Humanity II will take place around the world on Saturday, July 25 with a goal of raising $1 million for charity. Joining Walton in raising awareness for the event are marathon legend Meb Keflezighi, winner of the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon, and world famous ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes. 
    “The inaugural Bike for Humanity event in 2019 raised more than $100,000, and our goal is to dramatically increase participation and fundraising by inspiring thousands of people around the world to get out on their bikes or ElliptiGOs and have fun while raising money for really worthy causes,” said Bryan Pate, CEO of ElliptiGO. Participants can choose where, when and what distance to ride on July 25. Registration and more information is available through


    This year was supposed to bring the final hearing at the California Coastal Commission for the City's Plan Update proposal for Fiesta Island, that includes the official recognition of the fenced area as a dog park in the Mission Bay Master Plan. Last year was an important year for Fiesta Island Dog Owners (FIDO) when the City Council approved and adopted FIDO's Option B as the official Plan moving forward for State review at the CCC. While the commission is continuing to meet monthly online, the group has received an email from commission staff recently saying that they are unable to travel to visit Fiesta Island and complete their review, which means the commission won’t likely be reviewing Option B until next year.


    R.B. Stevenson Gallery in La Jolla has announced the exhibition “Paintings Are People Too” featuring new and recent paintings by artist Monique van Genderen. First produced in Berlin in June 2019 “Paintings Are People Too” was shown at the Rosa Luxembourg Platz Kunstverein with the title: “Citizens Don’t Hesitate.” For more information, call 858-459-3917 or visit


    San Diego Humane Society is offering virtual Animal Adventure Camp for the first time this summer to ensure a safe and healthy experience for all campers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kids going into second through fifth grades can enjoy seven weekly virtual camps through Aug. 7 and experience the fun of Animal Adventure Camp from the comfort of their own homes. Two curriculums (Animal Pals and Animal Helpers) are offered and include virtual animal meet-and-greets, animal welfare lessons, virtual tours of the shelter and specialty departments as well as games and crafts. Campers should pick up a supply box provided by SDHS a week prior to starting camp. For more information, please visit


    Fiesta Island Dog Owners (FIDO) is urging recently reopened island users to call park rangers at 858-581-7602 to report problems. One problem to be reported is people with too many dogs (more than six) and/or not picking up their waste. Report an in-progress animal emergency to the SD Humane Society response line at 619-299-7012. In a human emergency, call 911. For all non-emergencies use the park hotline: 858-581-7602. 


    Parents are increasingly loving baby names with palindromes, meanings spelled the same backwards and forwards like Nevaeh and Heaven. The word is derived from the Greek term palíndromos, which means “to run backwards.” Anna is the most popular palindrome of all time. has released a list of the most popular  Names With Meanings Spelled Backwards, after analyzing Social Security Administration data since 1890, and current user interest from millions of visitors to its website.
    These are very popular and great for siblings or twins.  For instance, a set of boy and girl twins could be Aidan and Nadia, girl twins could be Ellen and Nelle, and boy twins could be Ira and Ari.
    Here are the some of the most popular palindromes since 1890:


    1) Anna: 896,000


    2) Hannah: 434,000


    3) Ava: 266,000


    4) Ana: 102,000


    5) Ada: 96,000


    6) Bob: 93,000


    7) Otto: 33,000


    8) Eve: 25,000


    9) Asa: 18,000


    10) Elle: 14,000.


    The annual Pride 5k is going virtual this year and is going to take place this weekend, July 17-19. The event is sponsored by Mission Fed and the goal of the virtual event is to raise $20,000 for The LGBTQ Center’s Youth Housing Project and San Diego Pride Community Grants. All participants will receive an event neck gaiter and can opt in for a race T-shirt and medal. As a virtual event, participants run or walk their 5K on Pride weekend, then upload their finishing results and can join online for a live streaming event on July 18. For more information about the Pride 5K, visit  


    On Thursday, July 16 at 6 p.m, there will be the 30th annual Virtual Watch Party of San Diego Children’s Choir’s 2019 Winter Concert. The choir will look back fondly at its most recent in-person choir-wide concert with co-hosts artistic director Ruthie Millgard, and music director Margie Orem. The virtual event is being dubbed Jingle Bells in July. For more information, visit

    Wednesday, July 8

    Jetty Cats of San Diego is holding a fundraiser to help buy food for the volunteers who feed the cats nightly. Donations may be made through their sponsors Feral Cat Coalition. Go to PayPal at – type “for Jetty Cats” in the payment notes. Also, donate through Venmo @FeralCatCoalitionSD and type “for Jetty Cats” in the payment notes.


    UC San Diego’s proposed Future College Living and Learning Neighborhood project has undergone a name change. It is now being referred to as the Theatre District Living and Learning Neighborhood. 
    It would include five buildings ranging in height from 9-21 stories to provide approximately 2,000 new beds for undergraduate students, residential life and administration offices for a new college, general assignment classrooms, a 480-seat auditorium, meeting space, restaurants, and retail space for approximately 900,000 gross square feet total.
    La Jollans living in neighborhoods surrounding the university have objected strongly to both the bulk and scale of the project, as well as its alleged negative impacts on future traffic in the area. The 11.8-acre proposed project site is at the southwestern edge of the La Jolla West Campus.


    Just days after reopening for the July Fourth weekend, the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts has announced it will remain closed until after Labor Day. Museums were among those businesses told to halt indoor activities by the state and by local health authorities. Although the updated public health order is theoretically in place for just three weeks, a museum statement cited the "uncertainty'' of the coming weeks as the reason for the lengthy closure. The museum initially shuttered in March with other museums in Balboa Park and the rest of San Diego County.


    Mesa College president Dr. Pamela Luster has been elected president of the Chief Executive Officers of California Community Colleges Board for FY 2020-21. “I am honored to be elected president of the CEOCCC Board,” said Luster. “I look forward to working with these progressive leaders as we focus on advocacy and action for racial equity, increasing resources for colleges and students, and recovery from COVID-19. Our students are depending on us to lead the way.”
    The Community College League of California (League) is a nonprofit public benefit corporation whose voluntary membership consists of the 73 local public community college districts in California. The League supports locally elected trustees and community college CEOs who serve their students and communities by advocating on their behalf at the state and federal levels.


    Continuing its tradition of producing chocolate bars to celebrate the annual Comic-Con International event canceled this year due to the pandemic, the San Diego Convention Center is introducing a limited-edition 2020 chocolate bar to be shared with regional fans via social media contests. With a Saturday Morning Cartoons theme, the colorful treat features white chocolate, fruit-flavored cereal and freeze-dried raspberries. The bars are created in partnership with the Center’s food and beverage partner, Centerplate.
    “As their annual hosts, we are glad to join the Comic-Con team in continuing some traditions of this pop culture celebration, like our ‘Convention Confections,’” said Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, president, and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center. "Through the series of online contests, we hope to bring together our local community to share their special memories and experiences of Comic-Con in San Diego.”
    The Saturday Morning Cartoons bars will be distributed to fans through a series of online contests held July 13-17, via the Center’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts; no chocolate bars will be available for sale. Contest details will be shared through the Center’s social media and website next week. The chocolate bar prizes must be picked up at the Center on July 20 or 21. To learn more about [email protected], see and follow along via social media at #ComicConAtHome. The 2021 Comic-Con, International event is rescheduled to take place at the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25, 2021.


    The Maritime Museum of San Diego announced a second temporary closure of the museum beginning July 7 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Maritime Museum reopened to the public for six days beginning July 1 after closing temporarily due to the global pandemic for nearly four months starting March 16. The Museum is complying with state and local governance and guidelines and anticipates reopening Saturday, Aug. 1, at the approval of regional authorities.

    Tuesday, July 7

    Belmont Park, a 95-year-old historic amusement park on the oceanfront at 3146 Mission Blvd., has been hard hit by the pandemic and the latest rollback of business re-openings.
    “All our rides, including the Giant Dipper roller coaster, are now closed,” said Minh Tra, director of operations for the San Diego Coaster Co., which operates all of Belmont Park’s amusement rides. “As of July 7, all our indoor attractions, including our arcade, are closed. But all our outdoor attractions, retail and restaurant food operations as well as outdoor attractions like the rock wall, sky ropes, outdoor obstacle course and miniature golf, are open.”


    The Plunge San Diego at Fit Mission Beach in Belmont Park, a membership fitness club and public pool, is currently open 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. The public can access the pool for $15 a day for adults, $12 a day for youth under age 18 for recreational swimming daily from 2 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit


    “It is with heavy hearts we share that the ailing bald eagle admitted to Project Wildlife on July 4 has died,” said San Diego Humane Society on July 7. “This morning the juvenile bird was having more difficulty breathing, despite receiving supplemental oxygen in the critical care unit at our Pilar & Chuck Bahde Wildlife Center. Our highly trained medical staff knew they had to find out why the bird was not able to breathe. They sedated and anesthetized the bald eagle for a thorough exam.”
    SDHS said full body X-rays revealed no obvious abnormalities for the injured bird. SeaWorld provided an endoscope to help visualize the inside of the eagle’s trachea and GI tract.
    “There were some small parasites in the bird’s throat but not likely to be the major issue,” said SDHS. “There was also evidence of slow gut movement in the GI tract. Once the diagnostic procedures were finished, the gas anesthesia was turned off but the bird never woke up from the anesthesia. Several efforts were made to resuscitate the bald eagle, but we were unsuccessful. Our staff and partners have done everything in their power to help this bald eagle, and are extremely saddened by today’s outcome.”


    Wheel of Fortune will be re-airing a week of episodes celebrating San Diego as one of its “Great American Cities” from July 13-17. These special episodes will also feature segments and scenic footage shot on location during Pat Sajak and Vanna White’s visit to San Diego in 2016, as well as a custom set decorated with iconic local sights, including the San Diego Zoo, the Hotel del Coronado and the Gaslamp Quarter. During this week of shows, which first aired in 2017, all the contestants are from the San Diego area.


    The San Diego Padres will kick-off their pandemic-delayed, 60-game season, consisting of 40 games against National League West teams and 20 against American League West teams, starting Friday, July 24 against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park. The interleague games at Petco Park will be Aug. 19-20 against the Texas Rangers; Aug. 21-23, Houston Astros; Aug. 25-27 against the Seattle Mariners; and Sept. 22-23 against the Los Angeles Angels, the final games of the season at Petco Park.
    Major League Baseball plans to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on Aug. 28, the date of the March on Washington in 1963, as well as the date in 1945 when Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey met with Robinson to discuss his MLB future. The new date is representative of both Robinson's journey to break the color barrier and his life as a civil rights activist. Jackie Robinson Day is customarily celebrated on April 15, the anniversary of his breaking MLB's color line in 1947.


    The De Anza Cove Improvement Project, comprised of rent creditable capital improvements, including abatement and removal of 166 mobile homes remaining on-site, has been delayed by the pandemic. On June 24, 2019, the San Diego City Council approved a lease extension for Campland on the Bay and a lease for the De Anza Cove property that includes Mission Bay RV Resort.
    On Jan. 20, well ahead of the deadline, management commenced the improvement project. “Since then we have deployed certified environmental engineers who conducted asbestos and lead testing and analysis of all remaining mobile homes,” said Jacob Gelfand, vice president of operations for Terra Vista Management, which administers Campland on the Bay at 2211 Pacific Beach Drive. “On Jan. 28, management submitted a Coastal Development Permit application for the remaining components of the improvement project.”
    Added Gelfand: “Unfortunately, threatened litigation, which has since been settled, delayed the improvement project by more than two months. More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily impeded critical path progress. To the extent possible, management will proceed with project items that can be safely and feasibly accomplished during this period of crisis, until the governor’s State of Emergency has been lifted.”
    Gelfand noted, since the commencement of the lease in July 2019, that numerous, significant improvements to resort operations at Mission Bay RV Resort, including utility system repairs, safety improvements, new recreational amenities and aesthetic enhancements, have been made. “We look forward gradually to reopening more amenities at both resorts as state and local regulations allow,” said Gelfand, noting Campland on the Bay celebrated its 50th Anniversary of providing affordable, waterfront accommodations and family-friendly recreation on Mission Bay last year.


    Monday, July 6

    San Diego Humane Society’s Project Wildlife admitted a bald eagle on July 4. It is extremely rare for SDHS to admit such a raptor. The bird was rescued and brought in by SoCal Parrots after it had been observed on the ground for a couple of days at Barrett Honor Camp.
    The bald eagle, suffering from dehydration, was given fluids and treated for mites. While the bird’s condition is guarded, it is in stable condition at the critical care unit of SDHS’s Bahde Wildlife Center and has gotten radiographs (X-rays) and a blood draw. Currently, he is breathing heavy, although slightly improved. Samples of the eagle’s blood and feces were submitted for full evaluation, including a lead test.
    Staff at the Pilar & Chuck Bahde Wildlife Center were able to successfully hand feed the bird, a juvenile, a fledgling, who has not been seen flying on his own. The objective is to rehabilitate the bird and return him to his family. The bald eagle will remain in the critical care unit where he receives extra oxygen. 

    San Diego Public libraries, following the guidance of State and County health guidelines and public health orders, will continue to remain closed. “The Library has expanded its contactless pickup service to 18 locations and has opened its book drops for returns,” said City spokesperson Jennifer McBride. “The Library's online programs are also available for patrons.” For more information, visit 

    Home Start, a San Diego nonprofit whose mission is to assure the safety and resiliency of children by strengthening families and their communities, has received a $100,000 grant from the Cushman Foundation. The grant, spread over three years, is part of the Foundation’s 2020 Making a Difference for San Diego Grant Program and will help Home Start with its Behavioral Health Services programs.
    The foundation’s grant program was established in partnership with the Jewish Community Foundation as they share the goals of respectful and responsive grantmaking, quality technical assistance, and support to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit

    Padres Pedal the Cause, a nonprofit, has raised over $120,000 from the organization’s second annual A World Without Cancer Day on June 20. Over 640 people registered for the grassroots, virtual event, raising funds for collaborative cancer research in San Diego. 
    Inspired by the campaign #Do20Give20, participants committed to doing 20 minutes, miles or repetitions of movement from several participation options: cycling or run/walking on their own; attending a live, virtual class hosted by community partners, Orangetheory Fitness, YogaSix, and breast cancer fighter/spin instructor Kellie Sullivan; and even joining a Peloton class.
    Participants matched their commitment to “Do 20” with a $20 or more donation to Padres Pedal the Cause, an organization that donates 100% of fundraising dollars to cancer research. Donations can be made by visiting the Padres Pedal the Cause at   

    “Fiesta Island is currently scheduled to open to vehicle access on Monday, July 6,” said City spokesperson Jennifer McBride. “If County or State health orders are updated between now and then that could change, but right now July 6 is the date.”
    A large peninsular park within Mission Bay, manmade Fiesta Island is a popular location for charity walks and runs, bicycle races, time trials and other special events. It is also the home of the annual Over-The-Line Tournament. The Fiesta Island Youth Camp and the Aquatic Center are on the island. There are bonfire rings around the shore of the island and a park where dogs are allowed off leash. All persons on the beach at Fiesta Island are required to practice social distancing other than members of the same household, and the public shall not congregate or participate in active sport activities on beaches.

    An unusual fossil deposit containing skeletal remains of extinct mammals, including camels, oreodonts, rodents, and possibly a large carnivore, was recently unearthed at the State Route 11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Project, a joint venture between Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). The fossils are estimated to be 16 to 28 million years old and provide new insights into the region's geologic history.
    Found by Paleo Monitors from the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) fossils appear to be from a new geologic formation that has not been mapped before in the area. The deposit also contains plant fossils, as well as volcanic bombs (masses of rock ejected by a volcano). The Nat will prepare the fossils and curate and catalogue them into the paleontology collection, holding them in perpetuity for the citizens of California.
    The SR-11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Project will complete a direct connection to a planned new U.S. Land Port of Entry, and create a 21st century border crossing that will enhance regional mobility, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and wait times, fuel economic growth, bolster binational trade, and strengthen border security and resiliency.

    Although the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will kick off its 2020 summer racing season with an empty grandstand, there are still a variety of ways to enjoy your fill of races and festivities throughout the summer. Del Mar Live launches on opening day, Friday, July 10, and will feature more than 20 local restaurants, hotels and casinos including Brigantine Del Mar, Pizza Port, Jimmy O’s, Pendry San Diego and more. Each “Live” location will offer TV screens to view the day’s 10-race card, Del Mar signature drink specials and Del Mar/TVG coasters. Del Mar will race every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from July 10 up to and including Labor Day Monday, Sept. 7. First post daily will be at 2 p.m.

    This year’s 26th annual Opening Day Hats Contest will strut on stage via Instagram and Twitter for all to see with a panel of local celeb judges ready to declare the 2020 winner of a fashion statement that has become one of Del Mar’s most sought-after honors. The Opening Day Hats Contest is available to all who forward pictures using the hashtag #DelMarHatsContest and tagging @DelMarRacing in the photo.

    The San Diego Unified Board of Education has unanimously approved a balanced budget for the upcoming school year. No significant layoffs or staff adjustments were required to balance the district budget this year.
    Highlights of the approved measure include a $45 million fund for COVID-19 emergency expenditures. District leaders said those funds will pave the way for reopening schools on schedule on Aug. 31, including options for on-campus and online learning.
    “The unanimous vote this evening by the Board of Education reflects our collective confidence that we can open schools in a timely manner, on schedule, on August 31, with outstanding options for students who want to be on campus, as well as those who wish to learn from home,” said superintendent Cindy Marten. “The COVID-19 crisis is the biggest adaptive challenge to public education of our lifetimes, and we are ready to meet the challenge.”
    Marten introduced the budget item by noting the numbers have improved since May when Gov. Gavin Newsom released his revised state budget. Working with the Governor and the entire San Diego Legislative delegation, school leaders successfully advocated for changes in the state budget, including:

    • Undoing a 10% cut to Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) estimated at about $100 million as proposed in the 2020-21 May Revise and instead utilizing deferrals and federal advocacy to mitigate cuts;

    • Securing learning loss funds to cover COVID-19 costs and to support reopening of schools, which totaled $91.8 million for San Diego Unified;

    • Adopting a pension buydown of employer contribution rates for 2020-21 and 2021-22, and a CalSTRS pension rate freeze for 2020-21, which amounts to an estimated savings of $17 million for San Diego Unified in the next school year;

    • Advocating for special education funding based on the moderate-to-severe disability of students, which resulted in the allocation of $100 million for the low-incidence pool add-on that provides $2.4 million for San Diego Unified.

    Members of the Board of Education also emphasized the need for continued advocacy at the federal level. They have called for the US Senate to follow the House of Representatives in passing the HEROES Act, which provides an additional $58 billion to schools nationwide.

    Beginning on July 6 and continuing for approximately one month, access to and from Scripps Health facilities via Voigt Drive will be closed while crews rebuild the driveway and adjacent roadway. Once complete, crews will restore inbound access via Voigt Drive from the west only. Outbound access will continue to be closed and vehicles will be redirected to Genesee Avenue. 

    What to expect: 

    • Full closure of Scripps Health driveway at Voigt Drive 

    • Concurrent full closure of Voigt Drive between parking lot P701 and Campus Point Drive

    • Detours to and from Scripps Health facilities will be available via Genesee Avenue

    • Traffic control measures will be in place, including temporary traffic signals, temporary wayfinding and detour signage, and roadway and sidewalk reconfigurations

    • Typical work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Best Western Hotels & Resorts is opening its newly renovated SureStay Hotel by Best Western San Diego/Pacific Beach at 4545 Mission Bay Drive. The 66-room hotel offers an outdoor, heated, swimming pool, complimentary hot breakfast buffet, high-speed WiFi, and free parking providing guests with the superior comfort and utmost value they want out of their stay. The hotel is closely following state guidelines and implementing safety protocols. For more information, visit

    CerasoliStafford Media Management has announced that long-time media executive Bob Bolinger joined the firm effective July 1 as a new partner. Concurrently, the firm will be changing its name to CerasoliStaffordBolinger, doing business as CSB Impact ( Bolinger’s career includes executive management roles with major San Diego radio groups, including Entercom, iHeart Media and CBS Radio. 

    Following the guidance of public health officials, San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister will close all five branches to the public until further notice effective July 6 in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Four Treasurer-Tax Collector offices in Kearny Mesa, San Marcos, Chula Vista and Santee have remained closed to the public since March, and will do so for the foreseeable future. Unsecured tax bills can be paid now at More information is available on the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s website.
    Those who must pay in cash can obtain a cashier’s check or money order and mail their payment to 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 162, San Diego, CA 92101. Drop boxes will still be available outside all Treasurer-Tax Collector branches for those who must drop off a check payment, but cash will not be accepted in the drop boxes.

    While some residents may be isolated, La Jolla Community Center wants them to know they are not alone, and that LJCC is always there and watching out for them. Call 858-459-0831 or email [email protected] if you are in need of transportation, wellness checks or any other community resources.

    San Diego International Airport has continued to adjust to the impacts of COVID-19. The airport has remained open as a critical piece of the nation’s transportation infrastructure, helping to move much-needed supplies and cargo, and assisting those with essential travel needs. As states ease restrictions and non-essential travel resumes, SAN would like to share the modifications and protocols that have been put in place to help ensure the health and safety of passengers and employees. Health and safety measures that have been implemented in the terminals include:

    • Plexiglas sneeze guards in certain public spaces.

    • Floor decals and seat separation signage to queue the six-foot social distancing consideration.

    • Increased signage throughout the terminals that serves as a reminder to practice preventive health measures.

    • Per the California Department of Public Health, facial coverings are required for all passengers, visitors, tenants, contractors and employees while on airport property, excluding those with a medical or mental health condition, or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering.

    • Continued increased cleaning of high touch points.

    • PA announcements throughout the terminals that remind everyone of the facial covering and social distancing requirements.

    • Per San Diego County Health, employees are required to do a personal health screening and cannot come to work if they have any of the listed CDC COVID-19 symptoms.

    Travelers may visit for information and airport updates related to COVID-19.

    Lawyers Club of San Diego applauded yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to defend the reproductive rights of women by striking down a Louisiana law that would have eliminated abortion services for many in that state. Lawyers Club of San Diego, a strong supporter of reproductive rights, signed onto the amicus brief in June, Medical v. Russo filed by the National Women’s Law Center, which joined the five abortion clinics and four abortion providers in arguing that the state law imposed an undue burden on the rights of women in Louisiana.
    “Over the last decade many states have passed hundreds of laws attempting to chip away at the protections guaranteed by Roe v. Wade,” Lawyers Club president Elvira Cortez said. “The Louisiana law at issue in this case is a prime example of the steps lawmakers have taken to severely restrict women’s reproductive choice. While we can rest assured that such a drastic reduction of services will remain unlawful for now, the fight for reproductive rights is not over.”

    San Diego Humane Society is celebrating the five-year anniversary of “Getting to Zero,” the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition’s commitment to reaching zero euthanasia of healthy or treatable animals in San Diego County. Before July 1, 2015, treatable animals were at risk of euthanasia in shelters due to sheer numbers and limited resources.
    “Getting to Zero was truly a milestone for San Diego, because it was the first time in our region’s history that no healthy or treatable animal was at-risk for being unnecessarily euthanized,” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president/CEO of SDHS. “San Diego is one of the safest communities in the nation for animals.”
    SDHS is proud to have not euthanized a healthy or treatable animal since 2002. When the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition — a collaboration of area shelters, foster families, rescue groups and other lifesaving partners — was able to reach the same goal of zero euthanasia in July 2015, it meant that all healthy and treatable animals entering the San Diego animal sheltering system were safe from being euthanized. San Diego is the largest city in the nation to have accomplished this feat. For more information, visit

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    New classroom building taking shape at Point Loma High
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    A new three-story classroom/Media Center building on the Point Loma High School campus takes shape. It is due to be completed in January 2021. Photo by Scott Hopkins
    A new three-story classroom/Media Center building on the Point Loma High School campus takes shape. It is due to be completed in January 2021. Photo by Scott Hopkins
    A new three-story classroom building is taking shape on the campus of Point Loma High School as other projects await future phases.   The academic edifice, costing "more than $10 million" according to the San Diego Unified School District facilities project website, is part of an overall site modernization project using funds from Props. S and Z, passed by voters in 2008 and 2012 respectively.   The new structure has a scheduled completion date of January 2021.   Fronting Chatsworth Boulevard, students will have 20 new state-of-the-art classrooms, a spacious new media center, restrooms, and the electronic brains of the school to include an already functioning "Voice Over Internet Protocol" telephone system, computer mainframes and connections along with electrical power equipment.   A new media center will include artwork and other features re-purposed with wood saved from the beloved Torrey Pines trees that were removed to make room for the new structure.   A new student quad with landscaping and decorative concrete will become a centerpiece to the campus.   As requested by PLHS parents and community members, SDUSD is building a wall along Chatsworth Boulevard that will feature arches similar to those that gave the original campus its beautiful appearance.   Workers are currently refurbishing older classrooms in several other PLHS buildings to bring them up to the highest standards of lighting, comfort, acoustics, air quality, and technology. The district cites studies showing safe, comfortable, and inspiring schools show students and staff they are respected and education is a critical component of our society.   Also set for future phases are additions to the school's Pete Ross Stadium. These include stands for approximately 500 visitors on the north side along with restroom and concession facilities. On the home side, a press box is due to be constructed atop the bleachers as well as an ADA-required elevator. This work, already in the design and approval phase, is targeted to be complete in time for the school's 100th anniversary in 2025.   Future improvements on the site's several phases of construction is a makeover of the school's venerable gymnasium, believed to have been built about 1949. Already outfitted with new plastic maroon-colored bleachers, the large facility will see new student lockers and team rooms as well as coaches' offices also at a cost of "more than $10 million." This phase is scheduled for the 2028-29 school year.   Totaling $7 billion, SDUSD issues bonds for Props. S and Z about every two years as needed. The district is repairing, renovating and modernizing its approximately 203 sites on a schedule that goes until about 2030. The district serves over 135,000 students.          
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    New hours to begin at Cabrillo National Monument in July
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    Cabrillo National Monument. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Cabrillo National Monument. / Photo by Thomas Melville

    Beginning Friday, July 10, Cabrillo National Monument will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in July. The tidepool area will be open on those days until 7:30 p.m. The normal operating hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the tidepool area closing at 4:30 p.m., will still be in effect Mondays through Thursdays.

    Cabrillo National Monument is opening in phases. In the current phase, all outdoor areas, trails, and restrooms are open. Indoor areas, including exhibits, the Visitor Center, and the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, are temporarily closed to comply with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities.

    Junior Ranger books and badges, maps, and visitor information are available at an outdoor station located next to the Visitor Center. A ranger is on duty every day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to offer the Junior Ranger program. 

    While outdoor areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders to keep six feet away from people who are not members of your household, to have a face covering ready and wear it if you come within six feet of other people, practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowded areas. 

    The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. The park will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.  

    Updates about current conditions are available at and social media channels. Day use passes and national park passes are available for purchase in person at the park entrance.


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    The San Diego Foundation awards $250,000 for affordable child care
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    Many cancer medications fail to effectively target the most commonly mutated cancer genes in humans, called RAS. Now, Salk Professor Geoffrey Wahl and a team of scientists have uncovered details in...
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    Scripps Research: Up to 45 percent of SARS-CoV-2 infections may be asymptomatic
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