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    News and community briefs for Pacific Beach and Mission Beach
    Aug 09, 2018 | 29948 views | 2 2 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    RIDING THE HEAT WAVE - Ashley and Carissa, vacationing in San Diego from Iowa, were finishing up their surf lessons at the Pacific Beach Drive break as the sun set on Aug. 6. Soaring heat has scorched San Diego the past few weeks and has warmed the ocean to a record-breaking 78.8 degrees, which is nine degrees above the typical temperature for this time of year. / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
    RIDING THE HEAT WAVE - Ashley and Carissa, vacationing in San Diego from Iowa, were finishing up their surf lessons at the Pacific Beach Drive break as the sun set on Aug. 6. Soaring heat has scorched San Diego the past few weeks and has warmed the ocean to a record-breaking 78.8 degrees, which is nine degrees above the typical temperature for this time of year. / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
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    Annual count in Pacific Beach needs volunteers Nonprofit beautifulPB is seeking volunteers and offering free swag from the group to do a count of cars, bikes, pedestrians, scooters, etc. on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the corner of Cass and Felspar streets. “This is our fourth annual count and still the only multimodal traffic count in San Diego County,” said Chris Olson of beautifulPB. Annual PB counts monitor how people travel on key roads in Pacific Beach, and are conducted by volunteers led by beautifulPB members. Counts help shed light on how people move around in the beach community, while helping to determine what can be done to make travel safer and easier. Count volunteers use tally sheets to track the number of people walking, biking, driving and using alternative transportation, like skateboards, over a two-hour period. BeautifulPB compiles the count data, and shares the results with the community. The count is conducted at more than 20 locations throughout town. Past counts have shown the majority of people — 68 percent — traveling by car with 25 percent walking, 6 percent riding bikes and 1 percent using other forms of transport. During the traffic count in 2017, more than 2,800 cars were counted on Grand Avenue during a two-hour span. By contrast, fewer than 500 cars were counted during the same time interval at other PB locations. However, traffic modes are mixed on many PB streets. At 12 locations, 40 percent or more of traffic was people walking, biking or using other travel modes. Nearly every street counted had at least 100 people walking, biking or using other transportation. Nearly half of all traffic on Garnet Avenue was people walking. The count found bicyclists often ride on sidewalks instead of the street. More than twice as many people rode illegally on the sidewalk along Garnet Avenue than in the bike lane on Grand Avenue. Survey call for all PB business owners G4 Strategies, in partnership with Discover Pacific Beach, has created a survey to provide economic insight and greater public awareness of Pacific Beach's business community and its economic value to the San Diego region.  Participation will help the business improvement district better serve the PB business community’s interests at city hall, and improve the economic climate in Pacific Beach.  The survey is free, online, and takes only a few minutes to complete. The survey was released Aug. 6 and will run until Aug. 20. The higher the survey response rate received, the more accurate and useful the survey data will be for PB business owners and the public at-large.   The survey is free to take for any PB business owner and is available on pacificbeach.org, click on business survey. Brazil Day canceled Due to financial difficulties, what would have been the 11th Brazilian Day San Diego, Fair and Parade, which annually draws 50,000 guests and would have been held the second Sunday in September, has been canceled. “We couldn’t get enough funding to put the event on the way it’s been,” said event organizer Paulo Batuta, noting some of the funding to stage the parade and fair comes from Brazil itself.  Batuta said elections this year in Brazil, coupled with a political scandal involving the government, have combined to cause organizers to cancel the event for 2018. “It is very chaotic what’s going on down there, which made it harder for us to get money for the event this year,” said Batuta.“We intend to return next year.” In the interim, added Batuta, “It will be a good time for us to think about everything, and maybe come up with a new event, design it in such a way that it would be sustainable.” Brazil Day started out on Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach, but outgrew the venue and has been held at Belmont Park in Mission Beach the past couple years. Bringing the spirit of the South American country to San Diego, the annual event has included more than 150 vendors displaying activities, food and entertainment for the whole family. The event has included a kids zone and a beer garden for adults.  Historically, Brazil Day has also presented non-stop entertainment throughout the day including Brazilian music and rhythmic dance ensembles. Bird to address Pacific Beach planners Aug. 22 A representative from one of the dockless vehicle companies in town, Bird, will give a brief presentation and answer questions at the next monthly meeting of Pacific Beach Planning Group on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Pacific Beach Taylor Branch Library, 4275 Cass St. The PB Library, closed for summer roof repairs, recently re-opened in full.  MBHS 40th reunion The Mission Bay High School Class of 1978 is planning its 40th reunion to be held on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Mission Bay Yacht Club from 6 to 10 p.m. Come join your classmates while overlooking the bay at the MBYC. Enjoy dinner, drinks, a photo booth by Pixster and DJ with Drew Miller. Find more information and tickets by visiting mbhs1978.com/details.html. Documentary on Fish surfboard design Joseph Ryan – Freeway Project – will present the documentary “FISH” at the Ocean Beach Historical Society 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at Water's Edge Faith Community, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. “FISH” is a look at the origin and impact of the Fish surfboard design and how it would influence surf culture 40 years later. The presenter will be Cher Pendarvis, surfer, artist and author. The Fish surfboard design was innovated in Ocean Beach / Point Loma by Steve Lis in 1967. Local surfers who are passionate about the Fish surfboard are interviewed and seen surfing in the film, including Lis, Skip Frye, Jeff Ching, Stanley Pleskunas, Bird Huffman, Pendarvis, Mitchell Peligrin, Trevor Neilsen, Cory Edging and others. There will be appearances by surf greats Mark Richards, David Rastovich and others. For more information, visit obhistory.org. Shelter Island Boat Launch still closed Construction of the Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility continues to make progress. Unfortunately, the launch ramp is expected to remain closed to the public throughout August. The Port of San Diego recognizes that this extended closure impacts boaters during the busy summer season, but due to unforeseen concrete obstructions and other materials that were recently discovered during construction, it is necessary to keep the ramp closed at this time. The contractor is actively working on opening a lane as soon as construction allows. 
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    BG Davis
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    August 11, 2018
    Dog owners:

    Sorry, but you have brought the restrictions on yourselves. Many of us love dogs and we love responsible owners. Sadly, these are vastly outnumbered by the selfish, inconsiderate owners who leave dog crap all over (too lazy to clean it up), allow their dogs to bark and snarl at (and occasionally attack) other dogs and sometimes people, smile while their dog runs into someone at full speed, etc.

    Parks are to be enjoyed by all. Even one or two selfish dog owners can ruin a park for dozens of people. And of course it's not one or two, it's dozens - on many days, it's the majority.
    OB Girl
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    August 11, 2018
    Hi:) I did not see any progression about allowing dogs into Mission Beach parks. While i have a Service Dog, there are quite a few Veterans, as well as citizens with emotional support dogs, still not allowed in the parks.

    These dogs are under the stipulation of being well behaved, trained & under the control of its human.

    The areas dogs are allowed are dusty, without trees to block winds areas, & of minimal enjoyment.

    Our beaches host many who come for their own special family/friend events. I have witnessed tickets being given to two groups myself. Their dogs were tethered & not barking.

    I myself have received less than open hostility with a licensed dog!

    I suggest Just open the parks to our dogs & ticket owners whose dogs are not controlled. Over 200 acres of park, if i am not mistaken, are closed to dogs. I believe it is better to encourage good behavior & that culture of socializing our furries, than the draconian enforcement to even our Veterans!

    Thank you.
    San Diego Humane Society photo fundraiser creates calendar of testimonies
    by VICTORIA DAVIS
    Aug 08, 2018 | 14974 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Hurry and Fidget from last year's calendar.
    Hurry and Fidget from last year's calendar.
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    Lola and Nixon from last year's calendar.
    Lola and Nixon from last year's calendar.
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    Chewy from last year's calendar.
    Chewy from last year's calendar.
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    It takes about two minutes walking along the Pacific Beach Boardwalk, Sunset Cliffs, and passing the sea-side restaurants along Ocean Beach to realize San Diego is an above-average pet-friendly community. People will bring their parrots on coffee dates and their dogs to art studios. The beach communities love their animals, and San Diego Humane Society’s annual giving and corporate partnership manager, Bobbie Barnes, sees this year’s photo fundraiser as a chance for local pet owners to brag about their furry, feathered and scaled friends. “As pet-lovers, we tend to take a lot of photos of our animals,” said Barnes. “This fundraiser is a great way for us to reach out to the community and have people share photos and stories of their beloved pets with us.” For the past 25 years, the San Diego Humane Society photo fundraiser has not only helped raise money for homeless animals, but has also served as a way for the community to come together, get involved with the shelter and receive information on the nonprofit’s work. Participants go online, submit a photo of their pet with a donation, and the shelter will select photos to be featured in their annual calendar. This year, the event has already raised more than $41,000. The goal is to raise $100,000. But, for Humane Society employees, there’s a more nostalgic factor that comes with each bio submitted alongside a photo. “Part of the entry is about giving people the option to tell us their pet’s story and it’s really great to read about how our past adopters found their pet,” said Dariel Walker, communications specialist for San Diego Humane Society. “People come into our shelter every day to adopt animals and a lot of times we never hear from them again. “Our staff really loves the animals here and we get to know them so well, so I think that’s something fun about the calendar. Whether it’s an animal adopted from us or another shelter, it’s great to hear people’s stories of how this pet became a real part of their family.” Last year, there were more than 900 photo submissions, and for the 2017 calendar there were more than 1,100. While the majority of the photos are of dogs and cats dressed in hats and sunglasses riding sidecars and bicycles, there are handfuls of less-traditional pets, such as Hortense the chicken and Jackie the donkey. Previous calendars have also featured “odd couples” like Pete “the wonder cat” riding a family horse, along with a tortoise and his long-time rabbit pal. “I do spend a lot of time in the evenings after work combing through the photos, just to take a look at some of the entries,” said Barnes. “Every year, I’m equally tickled by these photos and the stories of these animals. These owners are giving us updates on the ways these animals have changed their lives and it’s super impactful and inspiring.” The fundraiser ends Friday, Aug. 31 and photos can be submitted at gogophotocontest.com/sdhumane2019. Winners will be awarded tickets to San Diego Humane Society’s annual gala, the Fur Ball, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 6. Calendars will be available for purchase by late October or early November through the SD Humane Society website, sdhumane.org.
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    Nicole Kay Clark – entrepreneur, model and ultimate ‘cool girl’
    by PAIGE FULFER
    Aug 05, 2018 | 19860 views | 1 1 comments | 3 3 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!
    Carissa Moore claims her first Supergirl Pro title
    Jul 30, 2018 | 30656 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Carissa Moore (HAW) defeated Johanne Defay (FRA) in a quarterfinal heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Carissa Moore (HAW) defeated Johanne Defay (FRA) in a quarterfinal heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Caroline Marks (USA) lost to Carissa Moore (HAW) in the final. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Caroline Marks (USA) lost to Carissa Moore (HAW) in the final. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Malia Manuel (HAW) lost to Caroline Marks (USA) in the semi-final. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Malia Manuel (HAW) lost to Caroline Marks (USA) in the semi-final. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Coco Ho (HAW) defeated Philippa Anderson (AUS) in a quarterfinal heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Coco Ho (HAW) defeated Philippa Anderson (AUS) in a quarterfinal heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Johanne Defay (FRA) lost to Carissa Moore (HAW) in a quarterfinal heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Johanne Defay (FRA) lost to Carissa Moore (HAW) in a quarterfinal heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Alessa Quizon (HAW) lost to Caroline Marks (USA) in Round 5. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Alessa Quizon (HAW) lost to Caroline Marks (USA) in Round 5. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) lost to Philippa Anderson (AUS) in Round 5. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) lost to Philippa Anderson (AUS) in Round 5. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Brisa Hennessy (HAW) defeated Keely Andrew (AUS) in Round 5. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Brisa Hennessy (HAW) defeated Keely Andrew (AUS) in Round 5. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Philippa Anderson (AUS) defeated Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) in Round 5. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Philippa Anderson (AUS) defeated Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) in Round 5. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Carissa Moore (HAW) defeated Caroline Marks (USA) in the final to win Supergirl Pro. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Carissa Moore (HAW) defeated Caroline Marks (USA) in the final to win Supergirl Pro. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Hawaiian Carissa Moore bested an incredibly deep field of top-ranked competitors to top the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro podium for the first time, earning first place and the coveted contest cape in Oceanside. Moore took the clean, inconsistent two-to-three foot swell in brilliant fashion to overcome 16-year-old phenom, Caroline Marks (USA), in the gritty finals bout. After six attempts at the prized cape, Moore took first, Marks came in a close second, and Supergirl Pro podium vets, Coco Ho (HAW) and Malia Manuel (HAW), came in third. “I’m so excited to have my first cape!” Moore said. “I had a great time competing in front of the crowd and the energy was great. This is such a great win, which I haven’t been able to get all season, so winning this one is huge for my confidence! I don't think winning can ever get old, especially because this win, and this cape, is brand new for me.” The highly anticipated Final kept spectators anxiously awaiting the opening exchange, and it was fireworks from the beginning. Moore opened up with her signature power surfing and earned an outstanding 7.67 (out of a possible 10) to start, which Marks nearly matched with a 7.00 of her own. But, the Hawaiian added a 6.17 and put the pressure on. Marks came close with a 6.10, but needed a 6.85 to steal the victory from Moore. Moore showed her veteran experience throughout the day, taking down fellow CT competitors Bronte Macaulay (AUS) in Round 5, Johanne Defay (FRA) in the Quarterfinals and, one of Supergirl Pro’s most consistent competitors, Malia Manuel (HAW), in the Semifinals.  Marks' Final appearance continues a 2018 season that is the best in QS history – already amounting 22,200 points. Blasting through finals day with incredible performances over Alessa Quizon (HAW) in Round 5 and Dimity Stoyle (AUS) in the Quarterfinals, Marks then faced a heavyweight bout with former Supergirl Pro winner Coco Ho (HAW) before the Final.  “I have an amazing family behind me, and I'm just having fun," Marks said. “That’s been the most important thing. I was really close in that heat, but sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t, and I was really happy with the way I surfed so I’ll carry that confidence into the rest of the season.”  “To have a heat with Carissa is great, She’s one of my idols, and now I’m trying to beat her, which is crazy,” Marks added. “This whole event’s been so much fun and she’s an incredible surfer to compete against.” Nearly all the pieces fell together for Ho, a three-time Supergirl champion, to capture yet another Supergirl cape. A strong start in her Semifinal match was met by an overpowering, in-form, Marks who eventually took the win. Ho’s impressive run started with a massive win over current CT No. 2 Lakey Peterson (USA) in Round 5 before taking on one of the QS’s top threats Philippa Anderson (AUS). Now, the North Shore, Oahu, native is ready to keep the momentum going as she now sits at No. 2 on the QS rankings. “To compete against someone like Caroline is exciting, I’m just happy to be a part of this event, and I am grateful to have made it to the semifinals," Ho said. "This was a heavy contest with so many of the top pros.  Being in the water with amazing women like Lakey [Peterson] and Steph [Gilmore] made everyone surf even harder -- it makes a third-place feel that much better." Manuel’s track record at the Supergirl Pro is one of the event’s finest alongside Ho, earning a finals day appearance every year she’s competed – with win in 2013. It was an all-Hawaiian battle as Manuel and Moore went wave-for-wave in a tight Semifinal bout, with Manuel finding herself on the wrong side of a .23 difference. But, the Kauai, Hawaii, native put together a brilliant run to her day that included big wins over fellow Hawaii surfer Brisa Hennessy (HAW) and upcoming talent Mahina Maeda (JPN). "It’s funny to be reminded of how many Finals I’ve made here, which I think plays into being so consistent out here," Manuel said. "It was nice to get that Semifinal, even though the Final and another cape would’ve been great."  BEYOND THE SURF The weekend was packed with action in and out of the water, including live performances by Madison Beer, Drake Bell and Cody Simpson, a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) exhibition esports tournament with the top-ranked female professional gamers like Stephanie "missharvey" Harvey at Supergirl Gamer Pro, and even a car giveaway with Nissan awarding a Super Fan with a brand-new 2018 Nissan Kicks crossover. U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt, the first female combat fighter pilot, was an inspiration to the young audience as she participated in the Female Empowerment Panel and then conducted the Oath of Enlistment, officially swearing in 25 young men and women into the Air Force. General Leavitt also proudly presented Moore with her cape at the awards ceremony.  For more detailed information on the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro, visit supergirlpro.com. Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro QS 6,000 Final Results: 1 -  Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.84    6,000 points 2 -  Caroline Marks (USA)  13.10 4,500 points Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro QS 6,000 Semifinal Results: SF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.23 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.20 SF 2: Caroline Marks (USA) 14.33 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 11.10 Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro QS 6,000 Quarterfinal Results: QF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.66 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 7.40 QF 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 8.83 def. Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 6.00 QF 3: Coco Ho (HAW) 12.57 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 10.03 QF 4: Caroline Marks (USA) 13.67 def. Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 9.44 Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro QS 6,000 Round 5 Results: Heat 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) 11.60 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 7.67 Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.33 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 9.67 Heat 3: Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 13.90 def. Keely Andrew (AUS) 6.94 Heat 4: Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.66  def. Mahina Maeda (JPN) 10.80 Heat 5: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.27 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 9.03 Heat 6: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 14.17 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.14 Heat 7: Caroline Marks (USA) 17.37 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 12.03 Heat 8: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 15.27 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 0.13 Updated Women’s Qualifying Series Rankings: 1. Caroline Marks (USA) 22,200 2. Coco Ho (HAW) 13,700 3. Keely Andrew (AUS) 12,850 3. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 12,850 5. Malia Manuel (HAW) 12,300 6. Silvana Lima (BRA) 11,580
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    News and community briefs for Pacific Beach and Mission Beach
    Jul 26, 2018 | 28024 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The sun sets at Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The sun sets at Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Fundraiser for Fiesta Island dog park The Fiesta Island Dog Owners (FIDO) group will hold a fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 27 at Bay City Brewery, 3760 Hancock St. Ten percent of the beer sales will go to FIDO. There will also be a raffle. Crystal Pier Fishing Derby The Crystal Pier Fishing Derby will take place 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 28. The kids and their families are provided loaner rods (limited amount, please bring your own if you can), bait, lunch: fish tacos provided by Bub's, hot dogs courtesy of Von’s in PB, drinks, face-painting, prizes and gift cards from the local businesses. The derby is free for participants. Contact Dwayne at dwaynesda@juno.com for more information. MBHS 40th reunion The Mission Bay High School Class of 1978 is planning its 40th reunion to be held on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Mission Bay Yacht Club from 6 to 10 p.m. Come join your classmates while overlooking the bay at the MBYC. Enjoy dinner, drinks, a photo booth by Pixster and DJ with Drew Miller. Find more information and tickets by visiting mbhs1978.com/details.html. Celebration to conclude a new Torah Scroll In time for the Jewish New Year, a new Torah Scroll will be welcomed by Chabad of Pacific Beach on Sunday, Aug. 5. The Torah scroll, one of the Jewish people's most sacred objects, has roughly 600,000 handwritten letters. With a feather and special mix for ink, the scribe writes the five books of Moses on roughly 54 pieces of parchment. The average process takes over a year to produce the beautiful workmanship of a Torah Scroll. Just in time for the High Holidays – Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur – a new Torah Scroll will be completed at Chabad of Pacific Beach, a Jewish outreach, educational and social service organization. Participants of the celebration will help an expert scribe complete the final letters of this magnificent scroll. At 11 a.m. community members, leaders and Rabbis will join this event at Chabad of Pacific Beach, 4240 Gresham St. All are welcome to come join the celebration. For more information regarding this or any of Chabad's activities, visit ChabadPB.org. NEWS BRIEFS Missing man last seen in PB A mother shared a heartbreaking plea with the public recently after her son apparently vanished. “He’s never done this and it’s now like he’s dropped off the face of the earth. And we’re searching for him. I don’t know where he is but I need to know where my son is,” said Christel Billingsly. Billingsly's son Wesley, 24, was last seen by friends in Pacific Beach on June 12. Around that time he was "couch surfing" at three friends' homes. One on Haines Street, another apartment on Diamond Street; and the other, on Grand Avenue. “Something in my gut tells me something is wrong so we just started reaching out and calling people,” explained Christel. No calls, texts, or social media posts have come from Wesley, something that Christel and his friends said is far from the norm. His black Ford Expedition with California license plate 6HIN781 is also gone without a trace. So far, Wesley’s mom has posted flyers in PB and near San Diego State University. The San Diego Police Department is investigating. Officers are asking anyone with information to contact the department at 619-531-2277. Bait Bike program picking up speed The Bait Bike program created to catch thieves using GPS tracking on vehicles costing enough to make their theft a felony rather than a misdemeanor is working. Best of all, the conviction rate for those nabbed is 100 percent, say police. “The District Attorney has assigned us a prosecutor for all our cases,” said San Diego Police officer Daniel Niefer, who has been with the bait bike program since its inception in 2014. “Since last year, we’ve had 22 felony arrests.” Niefer said, with two bike-theft cases pending, that 129 of 131 total arrests since the start of the program have resulted in convictions. In June 2017, District 2 Councilmember Lorie Zapf announced at a press conference she was successful in getting $3,000 in funding for the bait-bike program from the City's budget. San Diego Police Department was on hand then to discuss the bait-bike program, which uses a GPS tracking system to alert them within minutes of when a bait bike is taken. Niefer said a couple of criminals convicted of running illegal bike chop shops where stolen bikes are repurposed, have served prison time for the crime. “The word is out,” said Niefer that the bait-bike program is in place and doing its job. Niefer feels good about being a part of the enforcement effort. “I originated the program,” he said. “We’ve gotten [thieves] convicted and off the street.” Crime and Safety Event at Kate Sessions Pacific Beach Neighborhood Watch is partnering with the PB Town Council's Concert at Kate Sessions Park on Aug. 5. The Concert on the Green will feature the high-profile and well-known Siers Brothers. PBNW will be hosting a Crime and Safety Event one hour prior to the concert from 3 to 4 p.m. by the bathrooms at the top of the hill. The event will feature an hour with Police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), a police K9, demonstrations, Fire Station 21's truck and the San Diego Police Department Historical Vehicle available for photos. PB community groups will be there to let people know how they can get more involved in the community. About 5 p.m. during the concert intermission, there will be an onstage demonstration by Championship Martial Arts, who will be giving kids and young adults a demonstration on how to handle situations with strangers and bullies. There are now 82 neighborhood watch captains in PB, said coordinator Marcella Teran. City to install bike racks In its continuing effort to promote alternative transportation and improve bicycle infrastructure, the City of San Diego has announced plans to install hundreds of bicycle racks in neighborhoods citywide. The City, which has already designated more than 50 bicycle racks for the downtown area as part of its comprehensive Downtown Mobility Plan, is also seeking input via local business improvement districts (BIDs) to provide recommendations for additional bike rack installation locations in the community. The proposed 50 downtown bike rack locations correspond with developing cycle tracks – also known as protected bike lanes – being installed to improve ease and safety of bicycle ridership downtown. The bicycle rack initiative, dubbed “BIDs to Bike Racks,” is a collaborative effort between the Mayor’s Office and the City’s Transportation and Storm Water and Economic Development departments, and impacts every business improvement district across the city. Collaborating directly with BIDs will help achieve the goal to place bike racks in strategic locations within each community that best serve cyclists.   -The addition of hundreds of new bike racks throughout the city will complement the improved and developing bicycle infrastructure and offer more places to safely secure bicycles. -Cyclists interested in locating existing bike racks are encouraged to use the City’s interactive map, which allows for convenient ride planning. Increasing bicycle ridership is a key strategy of the City’s Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. -The City of San Diego was recently named a “Bike Friendly Community” by The League of American Bicyclists. “We’re building a more bike-friendly city every day and these new bicycle racks will encourage more folks to get around on two wheels instead of four,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “As we continue to improve transportation options citywide, it’s important to provide an orderly place for cyclists and casual riders to store their bikes so the public spaces in our neighborhoods are free from clutter.” New Fire-Rescue chief After a three-month national search, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announced on July 2 the appointment of Heartland Fire and Rescue Chief Colin Stowell as the next chief of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD). The City Council confirmed the appointment on July 23. Stowell began his firefighting career at SDFD in 1988 and served in every rank in the department, including assistant chief, before leaving in 2016 to lead Heartland Fire. Stowell, who was strongly recommended by both the community and professional interview panels, brings a wide-range of experience that will benefit the department and its more than 1,200 firefighters, lifeguards and support staff. “Chief Stowell was born and raised here in San Diego and spent the majority of his firefighting career protecting our neighborhoods and our residents,” Faulconer said. “He has the right experience at the right time to continue the major investments we’re making in public safety and lead this department into the future. It’s great to bring Chief Stowell back to SDFD where it all started.” Stowell will take over the department following recent significant investments made by Faulconer and the City Council, including new firefighting helicopters and the construction or renovation of nine fire stations over the last three years. Launchit named finalist LaunchIt Public Relations, a Pacific Beach provider of public and industry relations services to transportation technology suppliers, has been named a finalist in the 2018 Public Relations and Marketing Excellence Award program by the Business Intelligence Group. The award identifies leading agencies that delivered quantifiable business results for their clients. The program, judged by business executives as opposed to their firms, uses a scoring system that measures performance across multiple business domains. Since 2000, LaunchIt has been representing technology companies as it seeks to increase visibility of their products and services in the North American trucking industry. In 2018, it joined the Stryker-Munley Group, a consortium of public relations and marketing professionals with more than 20 years’ experience in their respective industries. It maintains ten offices in cities from Los Angeles to New York, including San Diego. For more information, launchitpr.com. Promises2Kids raises funds for foster children Promises2Kids recently partnered with local restaurants and raised nearly $20,000 for San Diego foster children. The partnership, known as Foodies 4 Foster Kids, took place throughout May, during which participating restaurants donated a percentage of their proceeds from select menu items to Promises2Kids. Participating restaurants included: 264 Fresco; Barbarella Restaurant; Bunz – A Burger Joint; Cafe 222; The Crack Shack; Cupcakes a la Yola; The Duck Dive; Encontro North Park; JoJo’s Creamery; Pacifica Del Mar; Terra American Bistro and Village North.   Promises2Kids creates a brighter future for foster children in San Diego County. From the moment they come into foster care and through to adulthood, Promises2Kids provides the hope, support, and opportunities these special individuals need to change their lives for the better… now and for years to come.   “It warmed my heart to see the community come together to support foster youth for National Foster Care Month,” said Tonya Torosian, CEO of Promises2Kids. “We are so grateful for our generous partners who donated proceeds to help foster youth overcome the difficulties of their past, and grow to become healthy and successful adults.”
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