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    Volunteers collect 130,000 pounds of trash at annual Coastal Cleanup Day
    Sep 17, 2018 | 20028 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Volunteers help clean up trash at South Shores Park on Mission Bay on Sept. 15.
    Volunteers help clean up trash at South Shores Park on Mission Bay on Sept. 15.
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    Volunteers sign up to help clean up trash at South Shores Park on Mission Bay on Sept. 15.
    Volunteers sign up to help clean up trash at South Shores Park on Mission Bay on Sept. 15.
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    Volunteers paint a storage facility at South Shores Park on Mission Bay on Sept. 15.
    Volunteers paint a storage facility at South Shores Park on Mission Bay on Sept. 15.
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    At the 34th annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 15, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) harnessed the power of people to combat ocean pollution by mobilizing an estimated 7,000 volunteers at 106 cleanup sites in San Diego County, including four on-water sites. Volunteers including residents, corporate groups, and civic organizations turned their appreciation for the environment into action for the planet by choosing to do their part to protect and enhance their local communities. During this three-hour cleanup, volunteers improved the overall health and beauty of the natural environment by removing an estimated 130,000 pounds of trash and debris from the San Diego County. Among the debris, there were several notable odd items collected during the cleanup including: a disco ball, a stuffed animal tiger, 641 golf balls at one location (they were returned to be reused), a snowboard, and fake eyelashes.  Volunteers also restored the local environment through beautification projects such as mural painting, vegetation trimming, mulching, trail restoration, tree planting, and weeding. While priming a storage container that was covered with a mural at the San Diego Youth Aquatic Center, Mission Bay Park’s Senior Park Ranger Karolynn Estrada-Sparlin, said, “I am looking forward to seeing the final project, for years this has been in my head but now it will be reality thanks to all of you.” Coastal Cleanup Day was an opportunity for the community members to conserve in more ways than one. As part of the effort to boost zero waste practices, ILACSD encouraged all youth and adult volunteers to be more sustainable by choosing to bring at least one reusable item for the cleanup like a water bottle, work bucket, or gloves – and many stepped up to the challenge. Volunteers had the opportunity to showcase their creativity and commitment to zero waste practices by decorating reusable buckets to enter the Bling Your Bucket Contest for a chance to win prizes while celebrating sustainability.  Coastal Cleanup Day also received attention from several of San Diego’s elected officials who visited cleanup sites in their respective districts including Congressman Scott Peters; State Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins; City Council members Barbara Bry, Lorie Zapf, Chris Ward, Myrtle Cole, Mark Kersey, Scott Sherman, David Alvarez, and Georgette Gomez; County Supervisor Greg Cox; Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina and Councilmember Mark West; and National City Mayor Ron Morrison.  ILACSD organizes Coastal Cleanup Day in San Diego County in partnership with the California Coastal Commission as part of a global international event led by the Ocean Conservancy. Top tier supporters of Coastal Cleanup Day include the County of San Diego, Think Blue San Diego, The Coca-Cola Foundation, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Evans Hotels/The Bahia, and KFMB.  Coastal Cleanup Day is one of two annual countywide cleanups hosted by I Love A Clean San Diego that engages thousands of local families, community groups, and local businesses. Beyond countywide events, ILACSD continues to empower volunteers at hundreds of cleanups targeting specific neighborhoods, parks, and open spaces on an ongoing basis throughout the year. In 2017, ILACSD mobilized over 31,000 volunteers who removed half a million pounds of debris from San Diego County. For more information about upcoming cleanups, workshops, or zero waste tips, please visitCleanSD.org.
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    Proposed bike lane on West Point Loma Avenue causes controversy
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Sep 13, 2018 | 13856 views | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The City is considering adding bike paths to West Point Loma Avenue, which would reduce parking spaces. (Above) A bicyclist and person using a motorized scooter cross Midway Drive while heading west on West Point Loma Avenue.  		THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
    The City is considering adding bike paths to West Point Loma Avenue, which would reduce parking spaces. (Above) A bicyclist and person using a motorized scooter cross Midway Drive while heading west on West Point Loma Avenue. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
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    A battle is brewing over putting a protected bike path along West Point Loma Avenue between Nimitz and Sports Arena boulevards. The City has outlined its plans in an Aug. 20 letter from Esmerelda Y. White, associate engineer in the City’s Transportation and Storm Water Department, sent out to residents in the affected area as part of a parking removal survey for the proposed new bike lane.  The letter points out that the City, in coordination with the ongoing Pacific Beach Pipeline South project, has an opportunity to add bicycle facilities along West Point Loma Boulevard between Rue D Orleans (east) and Sports Arena Boulevard, in accordance with the City of San Diego Bicycle Master Plan, to connect with the existing bicycle network along West Point Loma and Sports Arena boulevards. White’s letter reads that the project will involve providing six feet of bike lanes with two-foot buffers “that will benefit bicyclists traveling on West Point Loma Boulevard. By establishing bike lanes, this project will enhance existing transportation facilities for both bicyclists and motorists. The bike lanes will allow cyclists to move at their own pace, help define road space for bikes, motorists and transit and promote a more orderly flow of traffic.” White’s letter added that bike lanes tend to have a “traffic-calming effect resulting in slower speeds.” Her letter does, however, state there is a trade-off with putting in new bike lanes. “To establish bike lanes within the existing roadway, some on-street parking on West Point Loma Boulevard will be removed.” Two Peninsula Community Planning Board members, and one cycling enthusiast, weighed-in on the proposed West Point Loma bike-lane addition. “I have no objection to the addition of bike lanes, per se,” said PCPB board member David Dick. “I am totally opposed to any effort to impose a ‘road diet’ on this [or any] stretch of West Point Loma Boulevard to accommodate them.” Dick said the impact of the loss of on-street parking “should be carefully considered and the opinions of those most likely to be impacted given due consideration.” At a recent PCPB meeting on the subject, Dick suggested the City “Place notices on the windshields of vehicles parked along the affected stretch of West Point Loma Boulevard, on a couple of occasions, to make sure due notice is given to those most likely to feel the impact of lost parking.” Fellow PCPB planner Sarah Moga Alemany, said: “I want to learn more about the plan and see more information about how removing the parking spaces would affect residents. I think it’s important to make our community more walkable and bike friendly so we can get more cars off the road.” Added Moga Alemany: “I want to support plans that make it easier for residents to walk or bike safely to restaurants, stores, etc. I’m hoping this plan will take us in the right direction. The current traffic situation is horrible, and we need to look at other options.” Of the new bike-lane proposal, District 2 representative for City of San Diego’s Bicycle Advisory Board Nicole Burgess, said: “The question should not be whether a bicycle facility is approved, but rather what kind of bicycle facility, and how it happens… Either remove parking spaces for a dedicated Class II bike lane, or implement a road diet to provide a separated Class IV bikeway and maintain parking.”   Burgess added that the City “should implement a safe bicycle facility as noted in the Bicycle Master Plan. Implementing a safe and comfortable bicycle facility is also a Vision Zero Strategy for Safety, and the City should incorporate best practices to ensure this corridor is improved with the current resurfacing project.” Burgess noted this type of corridor with multiple lanes of high vehicular speeds over 35 mph is identified “as one of the most dangerous types of roadways and should definitely be required to provide a separated facility for people who want to bike. This is an extremely important corridor for the residents and businesses in the area and the people who access this area by bike and foot.” 
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    Carl Embargo
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    September 15, 2018
    Pro bike lane, but even more pro resurfacing this mess of a stretch of roadway. Get it done already
    Where to watch your NFL team in Ocean Beach and Point Loma
    by VICTORIA DAVIS
    Sep 13, 2018 | 706 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    While all fans are welcome, Mother's Saloon, at 2228 Bacon St., bleeds green for Oregon Ducks on Saturdays. But on Sundays, Pats and Chargers banners do hang from the ceiling so it’s fair to say the Mother’s love gets passed around.
    While all fans are welcome, Mother's Saloon, at 2228 Bacon St., bleeds green for Oregon Ducks on Saturdays. But on Sundays, Pats and Chargers banners do hang from the ceiling so it’s fair to say the Mother’s love gets passed around.
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    The Catalina Lounge, at 4202 Voltaire St., is a vintage hole-in-the-wall spot for Green Bay fans. Bartender Anne’s delicious handmade Bloody Mary’s keep the Cheeseheads happy.
    The Catalina Lounge, at 4202 Voltaire St., is a vintage hole-in-the-wall spot for Green Bay fans. Bartender Anne’s delicious handmade Bloody Mary’s keep the Cheeseheads happy.
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    San Diego is definitely not known for its lack of enthusiastic sports fans. Though the Padres are the local shining star, the local sports bars are just as dedicated to touchdowns as they are to home runs. Here is a list of Ocean Beach and Point Loma sports bars (and their affiliated teams) so fans can know where to stuff themselves with wings and cheer with the best craft beer. Catalina Lounge (Packers) The classic rock, cheap drinks and assortment of pool tables makes this cash-only dive bar at 4202 Voltaire St. a vintage hole-in-the-wall spot for a Green Bay “pack.” Bartender Anne’s delicious handmade Bloody Mary’s, several beer specials, and free hotdogs and chips on NFL Sundays keep the Cheeseheads happy. Sunshine Company Saloon (Raiders) This bar at 5028 Newport Ave. is so devoted to its beer, even the urinals are made of beer kegs. Established in the ’70s, the jukebox keeps the Sunshine Saloon true to its heritage, while still pacifying Oakland Raiders fans with their many huge HD TVs. The Harp (Eagles) Bring a canine companion to this dog-friendly Irish pub at 4935 Newport Ave., which has award-winning food, live music and their 24-beer handle selection. After all, don’t the pups deserve to celebrate an Eagles victory too? Winstons Beach Club (Redskins) Not only will they be showcasing the Redskins playing their NFC East rivals, but Winstons, at 1921 Bacon St., will also be hosting karaoke and a Girls Night Out. Recognized as a music-fan bar, guests can expect loud cheers for Winstons live music bands, as well as for the football game. Arizona Café (Cardinals) For those on the other side, wanting to support the red-feathered mascot, Arizona Cardinal fans can find a home at the Arizona Café, 1925 Bacon St. Their $3 domestic drafts and friendly bartenders are welcoming features to this home away from home for Arizona fans. OB Noodle House Bar 1502 (Seahawks) Wings and fries are not the only fan foods cravings on game day. Sometimes, fresh spring rolls, fried dumplings and peanut butter whiskey shots will hit the spot, and Bar 1502, at 4993 Niagara Ave., has it covered for Seattle fans. Raglan Public House (Dolphins) New Zealand-style burgers are another way to go for game day gourmet at this popular spot at 1851 Bacon St. Plus, Raglan’s happy hour offers half-off appetizers and $5 sangrias. It’s enough to make everyone a Miami Dolphins die-hard. Mother's Saloon (Ducks, Patriots and Chargers) While all fans are welcome, Mother's Saloon, at 2228 Bacon St., bleeds green for Oregon Ducks on Saturdays. But on Sundays, Pats and Chargers banners do hang from the ceiling so it’s fair to say the Mother’s love gets passed around. With 25 big screen TVs, guests can even put in requests for their game of choice. Wonderland Ocean Pub (Patriots) Shuffleboard, giant Jenga and sunset toasts to honor the spectacular view, Wonderland, at 5083 Santa Monica Ave., is a rabbit hole for New England Pats fans. The Mac Daddy Ahi Poke is a signature favorite and their cocktails are impressively strange, some topped with bacon, jalapenos and celery. OB Brewery (Rams) LA Rams fans should head to this expansive brewpub for house-brewed beer in a soaring, three-story space with a large rooftop patio at 5041 Newport Ave. Other, non-specific NFL team bars include Harbor Town Pub, Tilted Stick Bar & Grill, Goodbar, Oggi’s, Banzai Bar, the Reunion Pub, Pizza Port, Voltaire Beach House, OB Surf Lodge, Bayside Bar, Paradise Lounge and Grill, Tony’s Martini Bar, Buffalo Wild Wings, Lucy’s Tavern, and Fathom Bistro Bait & Tackle.
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    ElwoodSS13
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    September 14, 2018
    Hello Victoria,

    I am an avid Chicago Bears fan & have been watching the Bears on the projector screen with volume at Sunshine Co. every season since 2010. I met my future wife watching the Bears here, & these days we do potluck style eats with a loyal group of close to 25 regulars.

    Also, Oakland Raiders fans call their front table at the Arizona Cafe "The Black Hole." Their Raider Nation flag can be found there each week during the season, dating back to the closing of their previous viewing bar, Nick's at the Pier.

    I thought I would bring it to your attention. Thanks for the article,

    Elwood

    Nicole Kay Clark – entrepreneur, model and ultimate ‘cool girl’
    by PAIGE FULFER
    Sep 09, 2018 | 43200 views | 1 1 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Cool Girl Connection works with both local and global brands. Here, Nicole models Volcom's sustainable swimwear in collaboration with ISHINE365. / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
    Cool Girl Connection works with both local and global brands. Here, Nicole models Volcom's sustainable swimwear in collaboration with ISHINE365. / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
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    Cool Girl Connection collaborates with various brands that promote women empowerment and self confidence, such as this collaboration with She Emerges. / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
    Cool Girl Connection collaborates with various brands that promote women empowerment and self confidence, such as this collaboration with She Emerges. / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
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    Nicole Kay Clark and Ricardo De Jesus founded Cool Girl Connection.
    Nicole Kay Clark and Ricardo De Jesus founded Cool Girl Connection.
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    Nicole Kay Clark brings her fresh Southern California vibe to each and every collaboration, like the collab seen here with GypSea Dreams (an accessories line). / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
    Nicole Kay Clark brings her fresh Southern California vibe to each and every collaboration, like the collab seen here with GypSea Dreams (an accessories line). / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
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    Nicole Kay Clark couldn’t be happier to now call Ocean Beach her home. “For years I had bounced between Florida, New York, and California while working in the entertainment industry,” she says.  After settling in Florida during school at Daytona State College, she was ready to make one final move.  “I had lived in Los Angeles in the past but it was too overpopulated for my liking. My mother had been living in San Diego, and offered to help me make the move so I took the opportunity and went for it! San Diego was my last shot at California. I absolutely love it here,” Clark says. Since moving to the west coast, Clark has blossomed to take the social media and branding worlds by storm. On top of modeling and participating in brand collaborations on her own, she even co-founded her creative agency called Cool Girl Connection.  “Photographer/ videographer Ricardo De Jesus (co-founder) and I work together as a team specializing in photo/ video production, social media management, and branding strategies. Our client list is as unique as we are and ranges from fashion to food brands,” Clark says. It was Clark’s 10-plus years modeling and acting that led her to change course and open her own agency. She decided to merge her knowledge from working at modeling agencies with her experience as a model/ actress to “come up with a game plan.” “Cool Girl Connection was born out of my desire to inspire girls to be themselves. Industry standards weren’t making room for ‘real’ girls so I decided to create a space that encouraged people not to be ‘models’ but to be ‘cool.’ The world needs more people that believe in the power of being themselves and we’re here to help encourage it,” urges Clark.  Cool Girl Connection is making quite the name for itself in sunny San Diego, recently working with brands including Reef, Dickies Girl, Skull Candy, Volcom, Billabong, Rocket Dog, and Tipsy Elves.  Clark even works with companies that allow her to travel in order to fulfill creative branding activations. For example, she recently traveled to Costa Rica for a collaborative shoot for Dang Foods, and is currently in Puerto Rico with De Jesus shooting new content. She constantly works on building her content and presence on social media. Between emails, photoshoots, and editing, Clark manages to remind herself to embrace the beautiful beach city she is lucky enough to call home.  “Most days at 10 a.m., I take a walk to the beach to give my eyes a break from the computer screen and allow for creative thoughts to flow. Once I get home, I write down the ideas that came to mind and start putting forth the effort to put my thoughts into action,” says the entrepreneur. Want to know more? If your company is in need of photo/ video content or social media management, Nicole Kay Clark can be reached at coolgirlconnection@gmail.com. Visit nicolekayclark.com and follow on Instagram @nicolekayclark, @coolgirlconnection for more information.
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    Robert Burns
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    August 06, 2018
    Hey, she could be Jewell caliber!
    Point Loma pub offers tour to discover Baja’s craft beer and street food scene
    Sep 02, 2018 | 9922 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The tour will offer dinner by the water at Popotla Fisherman’s Village (above). / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The tour will offer dinner by the water at Popotla Fisherman’s Village (above). / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The tour will offer dinner by the water at Popotla Fisherman’s Village (above). / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The tour will offer dinner by the water at Popotla Fisherman’s Village (above). / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The tour will offer dinner by the water at Popotla Fisherman’s Village (above). / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The tour will offer dinner by the water at Popotla Fisherman’s Village (above). / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Since 2016, owner of The Wine Pub, Sandy Hanshaw – in collaboration with Baja Wine + Food’s Fernando Gaxiola – has organized intimate, sold out tours across the border to uncover Mexico’s wine country, Valle de Guadalupe. Today, the much-loved Point Loma wine bar announces its expansion to explore Tijuana and Ensenada’s booming craft beer and street food scene.  “Both Fernando and I are very passionate about Mexico’s culinary diversity,” says Hanshaw. “We’ve loved planning quick trips across the border for the wine enthusiast and now we look forward to providing a new opportunity for those beer enthusiasts.” The first trip is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22. Guests will depart from The Wine Pub for a cross-border journey in mini buses. Notable stops include: A taco vs. tostada showdown in Tijuana; Walkthrough at Mercado Hidalgo to experience Tijuana’s local culture and fresh produce; Uncover why Anthony Bourdain called Ensenada’s La Guerrerense “the best street cart in the world”; Fish tacos at the iconic El Fenix; Brewery tour and beer tastings at Cervecería Agua Mala and Wendlandt Cervecería; Dinner by the water at Popotla Fisherman’s Village; Evening sips at Plaza Fiesta’s craft beer garden. Each experience includes round trip transportation from The Wine Pub, all street food and craft beer pairings at each stop and exclusive brewery visits. Tickets are $195 a person. Reservations are required. To stay tuned for upcoming trips to Baja, follow The Wine Pub on Instagram or Facebook. For more information on Point Loma Village’s favorite home away from home, The Wine Pub, visit thewinepubsd.com.
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