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    News and community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
    Oct 10, 2018 | 7473 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    PHOTO BY JIM GRANT
    PHOTO BY JIM GRANT
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    SD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WINS AWARD The Airport Innovation Accelerator established by American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) has recognized San Diego International Airport (SAN) with the 2018 Most Innovative Large Hub Airport award. In its third year, this is the first time the award has been given in two categories – Large Hub and Small to Medium Hub – the latter of which went to Greater Rochester International Airport in New York. SAN highlighted its innovations in environmental sustainability, as well as setting up a unique Airport Innovation Lab in the decommissioned former Commuter Terminal. “Our innovation focus is informed by the unique characteristics of this airport,” said Airport Authority president and CEO Kimberly J. Becker. “Being right next to San Diego Bay drives our commitment to environmental stewardship. And operating on a small, 661-acre footprint drives us to think of new ways to fund necessary improvements, while always enhancing the passenger experience.” Two of SAN’s unique environmental innovations are its air conditioning condensate water collection and its Good Traveler carbon-offset programs. The former captures water that dripped onto the airfield, posing safety and run-off risks, and recycles it for non-potable water uses. The Good Traveler program – which has already been adopted by other airports – allows the purchase of credits to offset air travel. The Airport Innovation Lab is a working terminal space where pre-existing ideas can be tested and accelerated, potentially leading to contracts with SAN, as well as entrée to other airports. The lab will soon engage 10 companies working to solve two challenges – airport parking and helping passengers with unique needs navigate the airport environment. Its first success was launching @YourGate at SAN, delivering food and retail items to passengers at their gates. That service has since expanded to the Port Authority of NY-NJ airports. The award was presented July 15 at the AAAE’s Airport Innovation Forum in Atlanta. The Airport Innovation Accelerator, which selects the award winners, was established to serve as a hub for business, aviation and regulatory stakeholders to drive creativity and help build the airports of the future. REP. PETERS NOMINATES POINT LOMA STUDENTS TO U.S. ACADEMIES U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) recently honored 32 San Diego high school students nominated to United States service academies by his office. The students applied through Peters’ office and interviewed with an independent panel of academy graduates, service members, veterans, and academic leaders. This year, Peters had the privilege of nominating Troy Fountas to the United States Air Force Academy; Parker Roberts to the United States Naval Academy; Will Garrington, Jack Abbey and Andrew Fisak to the United States Merchant Marine Academy; and Morgan Melby and Max Higgins to the United States Military Academy at West Point. “San Diego's military and veterans heritage is world-renowned and our community carries out this legacy by protecting our country and supporting our service members,”said Peters. “These young men and women are on their way to becoming an integral part of our proud military town.” “In Congress, I have the honor of working on legislation to provide for the national defense and support our servicemembers and veterans. Selecting the future leaders of our Armed Services is far more personal because I’ve heard and seen how much this means to our nominees and their families and each year, I am always struck at the caliber of the tremendous young men and women who apply to serve,” said Rep. Peters. At the ceremony, Rep. Peters personally congratulated the nominees and thanked their families for their service to our nation.  “Your nomination is a testament to your hard work and determination. Military families have a special and important job, too—you are our heroes on the homefront, providing support for service members every step of the way. I wish you all the best in the next steps of your journey. Good luck, and God bless.” HOMEOWNERSHIP IN SD STILL TRIUMPHS OVER TRUMP TAX BILL This past December, President Trump signed a new tax bill into law that caused some minor bouts of panic on the West Coast. The measure, Tax Cuts and Job Acts, made two major adjustments: the cap on mortgage interest deductions was reduced from $1 million to $750,000, and deductions for state and local taxes, including property taxes, was capped at $10,000. This means that homeowners with mortgages above $750,000 will receive less tax breaks. While one used to be able to write off all interest up to a $1 million loan from their income, using an interest-rate deduction that has been around for more than 50 years, there is now a cap on those tax breaks. This is less than an ideal situation for homeowners in places like San Francisco and San Jose, where the median home value is between $790,000 and $912,000. But while San Diego isn’t known for its cheap housing costs, the fear that homeownership here is now “down the toilet” may not be legitimate. “There are still so many benefits to owning a home,” said Mark Chrisman, Mortgage Consultant at San Diego’s RWM Home Loans and a Point Loma resident. “The tax bill is only reducing benefits for high-net worth individuals. I get people moving their businesses out of California because the taxes are too high, but in terms of the benefits of homeownership, you’re still getting a $10,000 tax write-off for property tax and state tax, and you’re still getting 100 percent of your interest as a tax write-off until you hit that $750,000 mortgage mark.” The median home value in San Diego is $527,600, a big leap from the homes in San Jose. Of the residents in Pacific Beach, Mission Bay and Ocean Beach combined, there are 16,742 people with a mortgage loan and 7,999 of those people have a mortgage loan between $750,000 and $1 million according to Chrisman. That’s less than five percent of individuals in all three cities who will be affected by the new tax bill. “It’s a very, very tiny population of people,” said Chrisman. “To even get a $750,000 loan, you’d have to make roughly $200,000 per year or more on income. If that’s the money you’re making, then chances are you own a home and the benefits are there, they’re just capped a little lower but they’re still huge benefits. I don’t think it will discourage people from getting into the housing market out here.” And so far, it hasn’t. Though business dropped dramatically from November through January, Scott Booth, Realtor for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and fellow homeowner in Pacific Beach, says that buyers are back on the rise. “Everyone was a little more cautious and scared in the beginning because they didn’t know how the bill was going to affect them, but we saw an increase in sales volume again starting in February,” said Booth. “I think people sort of got adjusted to the new tax bill and they made adjustments accordingly. Or it just didn’t affect them at all.” Kathy Gray is one such homeowner in Pacific Beach whose mortgage is too low to be impacted by the tax bill. Having bought their home in 1999, Gray says they were able to avoid being sucked into the short-term, high rental fad that’s now consumed the beach-side neighborhoods. “Homeownership shielded us from increasing rent prices and the city-wide problem of lack of affordable housing,” said Gray. “Availability of whole-house rentals is quite low, in part due to the booming short-term vacation rental businesses. Investors have been purchasing homes in single-family zones and starting mini hotels, creating a shortage of long-term rentals. I feel fortunate that we bought when we did.” High rent prices in San Diego, especially in coastal towns, is one of the reasons Booth believes that homeownership will continue to be a preferred financial route. And Chrisman believes that first time homebuyers are unlikely to go straight for a $1 million home. “If someone’s going to have to pay, say, $3,500 dollars in rent versus spending $3,800 or $4,000 on a mortgage payment and get some write-off on that, they’re still better off owning a home in the long run and they’re going to save money,” said Booth. “As long as the rents stay high, so will the number of people wanting to buy a home.” But the simple location desirability is one of the main reasons both Chrisman and Booth believe people will continue to invest in homes in San Diego. In certain parts of Pacific Beach, the average single-family house is well over $1 million, and Booth says those people are feeling the tension. He even had a client pull the plug on their offer on a home in Pacific Beach because once the tax bill took effect, their deductions went way down. However, Booth still ended up selling the house and the other client still bought another home in a different part of PB. “There are some people that want to live in Pacific Beach no matter what,” said Booth. “I’m sort of that way. I grew up in PB so when I bought my house 15 years ago, I only wanted to buy here. So, there are people like me who are just dead-set on this area.” Chrisman adds, “People want to live on the coast. People want to live where they can make more money. I mean, how many people do you meet daily that moved to San Diego for the weather and the opportunities? People want to live here, and they find a way to make it work.” -Victoria Davis
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    Installation Dances throughout Liberty Station to showcase art installations
    Oct 07, 2018 | 14500 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The Installation Dances, a play on the wildly popular Trolley Dances, are slated for noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14.
    The Installation Dances, a play on the wildly popular Trolley Dances, are slated for noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14.
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    The NTC Foundation commissioned Jean Isaacs and the San Diego Dance Theater to create a walking tour of the North Promenade at Arts District Liberty Station to view six new site-specific dances inspired by existing or newly created visual art installations. The Installation Dances, a play on the wildly popular Trolley Dances, are slated for noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. The three tours will be led by San Diego Dance Theater's artistic director Jean Isaacs, who created two of the dances herself. “All the great outdoor space at the Arts District lends itself to so many creative endeavors,” said NTC Foundation executive director Alan Ziter. “Just as we have commissioned visual artists to reinterpret our campus through site-specific art installations, we’re now commissioning renowned site-specific dance creator Jean Isaacs to interpret our art installations through dance to showcase the art installations in a new, unique way.” Choreographers include Isaacs, along with Anne Gehman, Liv Isaacs-Nollet, Zaquia Mahler Salinas, and Jessica Reed de Cancel. As with the annual Trolley Dances, exact locations are not revealed until the tour has begun to ensure a sense of discovery and surprise. "After years of choreographing for the conventional stage, I discovered in 1999 that I am also a choreographer who responds to challenges provided by unconventional public spaces,” Isaacs said. “I respond to the play of light as it changes throughout the day; to the original intended use of the site; to the architectural elements which break up the boring rectangle to reveal smaller, perhaps circular components; stairwells, arches, cool little nooks and crannies point to a historical narrative not obvious to the casual observer. “I almost always bring the rehearsal process on site so that the work created is truly site specific. Imposing an already completed dance onto a site is never as fully satisfying as slowing down and allowing the site to speak to us so that we create in the collaborative process which engages us as dance makers as well as performers. I like to hire dancers of many ages, body types, and ethnicities so that we resemble our audiences,” Isaacs said. The NTC Foundation, which oversees the development and operation of 26 buildings at Arts District Liberty Station, recently selected six temporary art projects as part of a new rotating program titled Installations at the Station. A special media preview of all six installations is scheduled for Oct. 5. Installation Dances is a new feature of Installations at the Station, an on-going program of the NTC Foundation that artistically transforms the historic Naval Training Center into Arts District Liberty Station. For more information on Installations at the Station, visit libertystation.com/explore/installations-at-the-station WHAT: Installation Dances, featuring site-specific dance throughout Liberty Station. WHEN: Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. Arrive early. Tours leave promptly on the hour. WHERE: Dorothea Laub Dance Place, Liberty Station, 2650 Truxtun Road. Guided walking tours begin in the Green Room. Guests will then proceed to the North Promenade at Liberty Station.  INFO: sandiegodancetheater.ticketleap.com/installation-dances.
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    Community briefs for Pacific Beach and Mission Beach
    Oct 05, 2018 | 14891 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Taking in the view at Palisades Park in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Taking in the view at Palisades Park in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Polish Festival in Pacific Beach Polish culture and hospitality will be on display Friday through Sunday, Oct. 12-14, at the St. Maximilian Kolbe Roman Catholic Church fundraiser at 1735 Grand Ave.   The annual Polish Fest is a tribute to Polish heritage and pride. The event includes live performances by Polish folk dancers and various musical bands.  Polish cuisine and genuine imported Polish beer will be sold. Also available for purchase at the church mission site will be a variety of commemorative event T-shirts, hats and other apparel. “This annual fundraising event is one of the most popular ethnic festivals in the Pacific Beach area, attracting people from all around San Diego as well as international visitors who want to get a taste of what Poland is all about,” said St. Maximilian Kolbe spokeswoman Agnieszka Giacalone. St. Maximilian was built in 1995 in Pacific Beach to serve the Polish community, a large number of whom emigrated from their native land during the Solidarity labor-union movement of the 1990s. The church is named for St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan friar and World War II-era hero who voluntarily sacrificed himself in the place of a stranger at the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. Kolbe provided shelter to refugees from Greater Poland, including 2,000 Jews, whom he hid from Nazi persecution in his friary until he was arrested by the German Gestapo and imprisoned. For more information, visit polishmission.org/festival/index.php. BOOmont and Fall Fest at Belmont Park Returning for its sixth season, BOOmont and Fall Fest rises from the dusk as Belmont Park transforms with festive fall thrills and chills throughout the amusement park. Throughout October, guests will be able to participate in free activities including trick-or-treating from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. from Friday to Sunday and family costume contests each Saturday at 5:30 p.m. There will be pumpkin painting starting at $2. There will also be two free concerts at the Beach House for all ages featuring The Cool Kids and other bands 7 p.m. on Oct. 13. Sure Fire Soul Ensemble performs 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 28. Beer lovers can taste craft brews and hand-made pretzels while enjoying live music at the Belmont Beer Tasting Garden on Oct. 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. Draft will hold its annual costume party with a live DJ on Oct. 26 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Sun Diego Am Slam Surf & Skate Series San Diego's only surf, skate and music festival will be happening at Belmont Park in Mission Beach on Saturday, Oct. 13. The final stop of the Sun Diego Am Slam Surf & Skate Series presented by Vans is also the largest with more than $8,000 up for grabs in the pro-am divisions. The Am Slam is the only amateur surf/skate contest series in Southern California and is designed to give local surfers and skaters of all ages the opportunity to compete and excel. Governor signs no-helmet bill for motorized scooters Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill absolving adults from being required to wear helmets on electric scooters on city streets. Dockless bike company Bird backed the no-helmet law, AB 2989, which also permits scooters to be on streets with speed limits up to 35 mph. State law currently bans scooters on streets with speed limits exceeding 25 mph. Gov. Brown also signed AB 3077, which allows people under age 18, who’ve been cited for not wearing a bicycle helmet, to correct the violation within four months by attending a bicycle safety course and proving they now have a correct-fitting helmet. Both laws take effect Jan. 1, 2019. Gartland named SDFD lifeguard division chief After a thorough recruitment process, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) Chief Colin Stowell announced the appointment of James Gartland as the new lifeguard division chief. Gartland has served as interim chief for the past six months. Gartland has been a SDFD lifeguard for 23 years. He is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in business administration/accounting and completed the Wharton College Mission Critical Team Professional Development Program. He is currently a member of the Type 3 San Diego All-Hazards Incident Management Team and has served as the chair of the San Diego Regional Aquatic Lifesaving Emergency Response Task Force and the Area Maritime Security Subcommittee on Preventative Radiological Nuclear Detection. He also spent 18 months as the regional maritime emergency preparedness manager with the City’s Office of Homeland Security. Aside from his commitment to his career as a public servant, Gartland spends a lot of time volunteering in a variety of capacities in San Diego. He is currently the president of the Old Town Academy School Advisory Board and has volunteered for San Diego Coastkeeper and Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League. Chief Gartland has been an officer with the San Diego Lifesaving Association and the San Diego Association for Lifeguards. Flu vaccine now available The flu vaccine is here. And now that the influenza vaccine is readily available across the region, the County Health and Human Services Agency is encouraging the public to get vaccinated. “Everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated now before flu season arrives,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “The vaccine is safe and effective. All San Diegans should get vaccinated to avoid getting sick and spreading the virus to others.” Last season, 342 people died from complications from the flu, 255 more than the previous season and the highest total since the County began tracking flu deaths nearly 20 years ago. Visit www.sdiz.org or call 2-1-1 San Diego to find a list of County locations. The County provides free vaccinations as part of the County’s Live Well San Diego vision of healthy, safe and thriving residents and communities. Pure Water moves forward with EPA loan The City’s efforts to create one-third of its own water supply by 2035 took a major step forward last week with City Council approval of a loan that will finance nearly half of the first phase of Pure Water San Diego – a multi-year program that will use proven water purification technology to clean recycled water to produce safe, high-quality drinking water. The $614 million loan comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program and will cover 49 percent of the $1.25 billion project. There will be a second reading of the ordinance by the City Council in two weeks to officially authorize the loan. The Pure Water program will eventually recycle up to 83 million gallons of waste-water per day. It is one of the major sustainability projects that support Mayor Faulconer’s Climate Action Plan.
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    Happy National Taco Day – Pacific Beach and Mission Beach have your taco cravings covered
    by THOMAS MELVILLE
    Oct 03, 2018 | 5781 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The variety and quality of tacos at Pueblo are outstanding, with everything from grilled octopus to smoked tuna.      THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
    The variety and quality of tacos at Pueblo are outstanding, with everything from grilled octopus to smoked tuna. THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
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    The always super busy Tacos El Franc in Tijuana, which is known for the best carne asada tacos. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The always super busy Tacos El Franc in Tijuana, which is known for the best carne asada tacos. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Carne asada tacos at Tacos El Franc in Tijuana. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Carne asada tacos at Tacos El Franc in Tijuana. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    A taco stand in Tijuana, right across the border from San Ysidro, is busy with customers. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    A taco stand in Tijuana, right across the border from San Ysidro, is busy with customers. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The variety and quality of tacos at Pueblo are outstanding, with everything from grilled octopus to smoked tuna.      THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
    The variety and quality of tacos at Pueblo are outstanding, with everything from grilled octopus to smoked tuna. THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
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    The al pastor salmon with jicama tortillas tacos at Pueblo. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The al pastor salmon with jicama tortillas tacos at Pueblo. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    At Taco Surf, the carne asada, adobada, fish, and grilled snapper tacos. / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
    At Taco Surf, the carne asada, adobada, fish, and grilled snapper tacos. / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
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    The grilled snapper taco at Taco Surf. / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
    The grilled snapper taco at Taco Surf. / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
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    The brisket, steak, shrimp and fish tacos at PB Shore Club. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The brisket, steak, shrimp and fish tacos at PB Shore Club. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Journalism students from Point Loma Nazarene University, Natallie Rocha and Andie Naugler, sample tacos at PB Shore Club. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Journalism students from Point Loma Nazarene University, Natallie Rocha and Andie Naugler, sample tacos at PB Shore Club. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The fish and adobada at Tacos Mimi. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The fish and adobada at Tacos Mimi. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The fish, al pastor and carne asada tacos at Taqueria Los Ruiz. / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
    The fish, al pastor and carne asada tacos at Taqueria Los Ruiz. / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
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    Pacific Beach resident Madeleine Jeanette samples the nopal taco at Taqueria Los Ruiz. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Pacific Beach resident Madeleine Jeanette samples the nopal taco at Taqueria Los Ruiz. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Tacos are the new pizza. They’re no longer constrained by some arbitrary parameters of what makes a taco, a taco. And the notion of authenticity, while a noble pursuit, just takes the fun out of it. Let’s spread the tortilla, and let all the non-traditional fillings in. We’re spoiled though. We know that a few trolley stops south down the blue line is taco heaven. Just a few steps out of the border building at San Ysidro, pedestrians come face-to-face with taco carts that instantly make you crave carne asada. Indulge. They’re authentic and they are spectacular. But north of the border, tacos can be anything wrapped by a corn (or flour) tortilla. Lobster and grilled pineapple? Done. Black beans and pico de gallo? Yep. Soy chorizo with shredded cabbage in a crunchy vegan shell? Sure, why not. For National Taco Day this year, we decided to head out in Pacific Beach and Mission Beach to taste tacos at some well-known establishments and highlight the amazing flavors and variety of tacos available within walking (or scooter) distance. We also listed some of the places that are local favorites, which we didn’t get to on our tour, but have enjoyed in the past. Pueblo 877 Hornblend St. The best tacos in the world are in Tijuana. That’s what Elio Mendoza says, and he should know. Mendoza, who was raised in Tijuana and has a small family restaurant there, previously traveled the world cooking in kitchens from Europe to South America learning authentic French, Italian and Latin cuisine. Now, as head chef at Pueblo in Pacific Beach, the street tacos in Tijuana – such as the carne asada at Tacos El Franc, the shrimp tacos at Mariscos el Mazateño, and the fish tacos at Tacos Fénix cart down the road in Ensenada – have inspired him to create a gastronomic fusion of flavors with authentic ingredients, for a variety of taco tastes. The al pastor-style salmon tacos with mango, pineapple, avocado salsa on jicama tortillas are a stroke of genius. Adding the same marinade used for al pastor to grilled salmon, the flavors are fresh and the fish succulent. “It’s a twist on Baja food flavors,” Mendoza said. The other standout is the crunchy fish tacos. Using the same batter recipe that make Ensenada fish tacos so special, Mendoza adds tortilla chips to create crunchy texture to perfectly cooked fish that is enhanced by mango pico de gallo. “This is true fusion,” Mendoza said. It’s also truly delicious. Taco Surf 4657 Mission Blvd. This place is all about the PB vibe. Wahines in bikinis fill the tables and surfboards cover the walls and ceiling. You don’t surf? That’s fine. You like huge tacos stuffed with meat and covered in house-made red and green salsa? You’re in the right place. “We’ve been here almost 30 years and we’re consistently good,” said owner Sam Mclarty. “We’ve had the same recipe for our salsas and tacos and everybody keeps coming back.” The adobada taco is a meal in itself with the pork cooked perfectly and the right amount of spices. But the standout is the grilled snapper taco. Tender and juicy, topped with tangy salsa, crema and fresh cabbage, this taco will satisfy surfers and everyone else. PB Shore Club 4343 Ocean Blvd. Eating tacos while overlooking the beach just seems right. And the PB Shore Club delivers the view and the tacos, with beef brisket, steak, fish, shrimp and lobster options. To help taste all these tacos, we called in a couple journalism students from Point Loma Nazarene University – Carlsbad natives Natallie Rocha and Andie Naugler. They dove in, finishing off the steak tacos in minutes before ripping into the fish and shrimp ones. College students (and journalists in training) know how to take advantage of free food. “The fish taco is the best – it’s so good,” said Rocha, who worked at Rubio’s for two years and knows a thing about fish tacos. “I would come back for those.” “The shrimp taco is great, it’s my favorite,” said Naugler. “The salsa and guac are really good. I also love the tortillas.” Taqueria Los Ruiz 5010 Cass St. Nestled in a small plaza at the intersection of Cass and Loring in North PB, this taco shop looks and smells as authentic as it gets. Also, their carne asada and al pastor tacos, topped with guacamole, chopped onions and fresh cilantro, looked the most like TJ tacos. Pacific Beach resident Madeleine Jeanette joined the taco tour here and chose to try the nopal, fish and carne asada. She dug into the nopal taco first and liked the flavor of the cactus paired with fried cheese. But the fish taco quickly became her favorite. “Spicy, great flavors and the crunch from the fresh cabbage makes it a great fish taco – one of my favorites,” she said. Tacos Mimi 4508 Cass St. Basically, a taco stand squeezed into a space between Square Pizza Co. and Hawaiian barbecue, Tacos Mimi serves up Baja-style street tacos loaded with big flavor on a small tortilla. This place has garnered a bit of a cult following among the nearby residents and it’s obvious why. The asada, fish and potato tacos are top notch, but the standout is the adobada. “The adobada is out of this world,” Jeanette said. “Maybe the best in Pacific Beach. Terrific.” PB Fish Shop 1775 Garnet Ave. Ask PB residents where their go-to spot is for fish tacos and Pacific Beach Fish Shop will more than likely be mentioned. Customers can build their own taco or choose one of the menu favorites. One of the most popular items is the spicy dorado taco, which includes grilled mahi mahi marinated with Fish Shop seasoning, topped with Sriracha aioli slaw and avocado lime drizzle on a corn tortilla. Oscar’s Mexican Seafood 746 Emerald St. Another spot locals swear by for their authentic Mexican dishes – especially the ceviche and seafood tacos. Be adventurous and try their grilled octopus taco served with cabbage, onion, tomato, cilantro, avocado and cheese. La Perla Cocina Mexicana 745 Emerald St. Across the street from Oscar’s, La Perla is another spot locals stop at after a surf session or beach day. The Mexican eatery offers just about any tacos under the sun including pollo asado, lamb, sea bass and veggie. La Playa Taco Shop 3973 Mission Blvd. If you’re leaving the beach at Pacific Beach Drive and crave tacos, turn south down Mission Boulevard and stop at the small burnt orange building appropriately labeled “Taco Shop.” The eatery has plenty of options, but give the carnitas a try. They’ve been called the best at the beach. Sandbar Sports Bar & Grill 718 Ventura Place In Mission Beach, you can’t go wrong ordering tacos from the restaurant that has won the Pacific BeachFest’s “Best at the Beach Fish Taco Challenge” for five consecutive years. Their TKO-style tacos, which earn all the accolades, include a choice of protein, cotija-crusted flour tortilla, chipotle aioli, beer-brined escabeche slaw, lime crema, spicy guacamole, crispy onion strings, and fried cilantro. Rubio’s Coastal Grill 4504 East Mission Bay Drive The last taco shop on our list is actually the first Baja-style fish taco shop on our list. The original Rubio’s, the first and what many consider still the best fish tacos in San Diego, is a must stop for taco lovers. Voted No. 1 fish tacos in California by USA Today’s Readers' Poll Best of 2018, their beer-battered fish taco is the recipe that started it all in 1983. Made with sustainable, wild Alaska pollock cooked crispy, topped with white sauce, salsa, cabbage, and served on a warm, stone-ground corn tortilla – you cant go wrong with this masterpiece.
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    News and community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
    Sep 28, 2018 | 17144 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Members of the Sunset Vinyasa ll Surf Flow class, hosted by Yoga with Angie, stretch at Sunset Cliffs on Monday, Sept. 17. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Members of the Sunset Vinyasa ll Surf Flow class, hosted by Yoga with Angie, stretch at Sunset Cliffs on Monday, Sept. 17. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Roseville founder Louis Rose to be honored on Oct. 9 La Playa Trail Association will present the Roseville Plaque Installation Dedication to honor entrepreneur Louis Rose, founder of the oldest settled section of Point Loma. The public is invited to join Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilmember Lorie Zapf in celebrating the 1869 establishment of Roseville 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 9 at BellaMar, 3025 Byron St. Cabrillo Festival set for Sept. 29 San Diego’s 55th annual Cabrillo Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ballast Point, Naval Base Point Loma at the south end of Rosecrans Street. Admission and parking are free. The  festival celebrates and re-creates the voyage of 16th-century explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, sailing under the flag of Spain, who landed on the shore of San Diego Bay on Sept. 28, 1542, discovering California. This historical moment is remembered every year with a series of events held by the Cabrillo Festival Inc. and the National Park Service.  Re-enactment of Cabrillo’s landing from San Diego’s historically accurate replica of the San Salvador on Ballast Point begins at 1 p.m.  There will be music, dancing, children’s activities and foods from Native Americans, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. There will be Kumeyaay basket making, knot tying and a 16th century Spanish soldiers living history encampment. Guests are advised to bring identification for entry onto the Navy base. The Cabrillo Festival is a fun-filled family event with educational activities, cultural demonstrations and exciting folkloric performances featuring bright-colored clothing and dramatic music showcasing the traditions of Native American, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cultures. Another festival highlight is ethnic food booths with cultural vendors showcasing their various artistic goods. Liberty Public Market Craftoberfest to begin Fill your stein, grab your lederhosen and bring your appetites because it’s time for Oktoberfest in Liberty Station. Restaurants at the former Naval station will bring Bavaria into the backyard of Liberty Public Market during a 10-day-long “Craftoberfest.” “Our 10-day Craftoberfest is a celebration of craft beer, and our take on Oktoberfest,” said David Spatafore, principal of Blue Bridge Hospitality. “It has become a great event for all ages and families — from live music on the patio to nightly activities, stein specials (our 1L German steins can be refilled throughout the week), Bavarian-inspired bites and festive fall brews. It’s the perfect reason to raise your stein and shout ‘prost!’ “ The third-annual celebration will include a beer olympics, a flower crown-making station, stein giveaways, drinking games and festive evenings of live music on the patio. Enjoy authentic German foods like Olala’s savory crepes filled with German sausage, mustard, mushrooms, Swiss cheese and spinach, washed down with Schneider Weisse and Dogfish Head Punkin Ale.  For more information, visit  libertypublicmarket.com/events/craftoberfest-2018. OB Brewery pale ale wins gold medal at beer festival Ocean Beach Brewery captured a gold medal recently at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver with B.Right On Pale Ale (gold medal), an American-style pale ale. “It’s the first beer I’d ever brewed at OB Brewery,” brewmaster John Millea said. “It’s a pale ale that I’m pretty proud of and we were lucky enough to score the gold medal. I was pretty stoked.” It was one of the most-entered categories in the competition with 170 entrants. What makes the win more impressive is that the brewery was only opened in July 2016. OB Brewery was also recognized as the small brewpub of the year. Last year, OB Brewery brought home silver for its Hidden Gem, a German-style wheat beer. Gartland named new SDFD lifeguard division chief After a thorough recruitment process, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) Chief Colin Stowell announced the appointment of James Gartland as the new lifeguard division chief. Gartland has served as interim chief for the past six months. Gartland has been a SDFD lifeguard for 23 years. He is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in business administration/accounting and completed the Wharton College Mission Critical Team Professional Development Program. He is currently a member of the Type 3 San Diego All-Hazards Incident Management Team and has served as the chair of the San Diego Regional Aquatic Lifesaving Emergency Response Task Force and the Area Maritime Security Subcommittee on Preventative Radiological Nuclear Detection. He also spent 18 months as the regional maritime emergency preparedness manager with the City’s Office of Homeland Security. Aside from his commitment to his career as a public servant, Gartland spends a lot of time volunteering in a variety of capacities in San Diego. He is currently the president of the Old Town Academy School Advisory Board and has volunteered for San Diego Coastkeeper and Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League. Chief Gartland has been an officer with the San Diego Lifesaving Association and the San Diego Association for Lifeguards. He was also a former fiduciary and trustee of the San Diego City Employees Retiree Medical Trust. “Attaining this position has been a dream of mine and I am honored to have been selected,” said Gartland. “I am very proud of the lifeguards who serve our residents and visitors with excellence. I promise to continue my lifeguard service with honor and humility.”  Governor signs no-helmet bill for motorized scooters Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill absolving adults from being required to wear helmets on electric scooters on city streets. Dockless bike company Bird backed the no-helmet law, AB 2989, which also permits scooters to be on streets with speed limits up to 35 mph. State law currently bans scooters on streets with speed limits exceeding 25 mph. Gov. Brown also signed AB 3077, which allows people under age 18, who’ve been cited for not wearing a bicycle helmet, to correct the violation within four months by attending a bicycle safety course and proving they now have a correct-fitting helmet. Both laws take effect Jan. 1, 2019. Flu vaccine now available across San Diego County The flu vaccine is here. And now that the influenza vaccine is readily available across the region, the County Health and Human Services Agency is encouraging the public to get vaccinated. “Everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated now before flu season arrives,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “The vaccine is safe and effective. All San Diegans should get vaccinated to avoid getting sick and spreading the virus to others.” Last season, 342 people died from complications from the flu, 255 more than the previous season and the highest total since the County began tracking flu deaths nearly 20 years ago. Visit www.sdiz.org or call 2-1-1 San Diego to find a list of County locations. The County provides free vaccinations as part of its Live Well San Diego vision of healthy, safe and thriving residents and communities. Pure Water moves forward with EPA loan The City’s efforts to create one-third of its own water supply by 2035 took a major step forward today with City Council approval of a loan that will finance nearly half of the first phase of Pure Water San Diego – a multi-year program that will use proven water purification technology to clean recycled water to produce safe, high-quality drinking water. The $614 million loan comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program and will cover 49 percent of the $1.25 billion project. There will be a second reading of the ordinance by the City Council in two weeks to officially authorize the loan. “This federal funding is a recognition that our Pure Water Program is cutting edge and a worthy investment for San Diego’s future water independence,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “This is going to be one of the most significant infrastructure projects in city history and will deliver clean, reliable water to our residents for decades to come.” The WIFIA Program was created to accelerate investment in the nation’s water infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental loans for regionally and nationally significant projects. Benefits include a single fixed interest rate locked at loan closing and a customized repayment schedule over a 35-year period. The Pure Water program will offer a cost-effective investment for San Diego's water needs and will provide a reliable, sustainable water supply. The program will eventually recycle up to 83 million gallons of wastewater per day. It is one of the major sustainability projects that support Mayor Faulconer’s Climate Action Plan. The first phase of Pure Water – scheduled to begin construction in 2019 and open in 2021 – would expand the City’s potable water production capacity by 30 million gallons per day to replace the use of imported water. It calls for new construction, upgrades to existing facilities and construction of new pump stations and pipelines. The new North City Pure Water Facility would be constructed on a city-owned parcel east of Interstate 805 and north of Eastgate Mall – across from the existing North City Water Reclamation Plant. The second and third phases of Pure Water will build water facilities and pipelines in the Central Area and South Bay, respectively.
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