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    Del Mar Thoroughbred Club to open 80th season on July 17
    Jul 14, 2019 | 31118 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    La Jolla native Soha Dokainish checks out horses in the paddock during last year's Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    La Jolla native Soha Dokainish checks out horses in the paddock during last year's Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    After 80 seasons, the turf still meets the surf at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. What began as a Hollywood hotspot in the era of the racetrack’s founder Bing Crosby has blossomed into one of today’s premier Southern California summer destinations. While famous faces and traditions have come and gone, the seaside oval continues to stand the test of time with its unparalleled entertainment and energy. When Del Mar opens its gates on Opening Day July 17, thousands of visitors will get to experience an action-packed seven weeks filled with live music, craft food and beer, cocktails and high stakes competition running through Labor Day Monday, Sept. 2. Known for its Kentucky Derby vibe set along the Pacific Ocean, Opening Day at Del Mar attracts thousands of fans to celebrate the official start of summer with big bets, and bigger hats. As one of San Diego’s long-standing traditions, fashion-forward trendsetters come dressed to the nines — from head to toe — for the Opening Day Hats Contest, where fans with extravagant headpieces will compete for more than $5,000 in total prizes. The summer festivities continue throughout the season with concerts featuring top entertainers, festivals highlighting incredible bites and booze, and buzz-worthy races showcasing the nation’s leading Thoroughbreds, trainers and jockeys. Offering some of the best entertainment in the region, Del Mar’s Summer Concert Series gives fans the chance to catch a free show most Friday and Saturday nights. This year’s impressive lineup includes Grammy-award winning reggae star Ziggy Marley on Saturday, July 20, country crooners Midland on Saturday, July 27 and alternative reggae rockers Iration on Saturday, Aug. 3.  All concerts are 18 and up and free with the purchase of standard $6 racetrack admission. For concertgoers entering after the day’s final race, admission is $30. Performances begin shortly after the last race of the day. In addition to free concerts, Del Mar brings together the best of San Diego’s culinary and craft beer scenes with a variety of events. Beer enthusiasts will enjoy Burgers and Brews, which features the region’s top craft breweries and restaurants on Saturday, July 20; wine lovers will soon become connoisseurs after having the opportunity to sample a variety of top-notch wines and champagnes at Uncorked: Del Mar Wine Fest on Saturday, July 27; and barbeque aficionados will have the opportunity to devour dozens of smoked meats at Del Mar’s Turf & Surf BBQ Championship on Sunday, Aug. 18. With something new every week, spending a sunny afternoon at Del Mar is always a sure bet. From Free and Easy Wednesdays, where guests receive free admission, a free seat and a free program, plus deals on tallboys and Brigantine tacos, to Friday Happy Hour, where all signature drinks are half-off from gate opening until 6 p.m., the famed racetrack keeps fans coming back for more. Every weekend at the seaside oval makes for a fabulous family outing, but children and parents won’t want to miss Del Mar’s Family Fun Day and giveaway on Sunday, July 21. Packed with numerous free attractions for the family in the spacious Infield, little ones will be able to climb rock walls, ride ponies, ride down inflatable slides and much more. Midway through the season, Del Mar will present the richest day in racing with the highly-anticipated, $1-million TVG Pacific Classic on Saturday, Aug. 17. The mile and a quarter Grade I testing is one of the west’s foremost prizes and eligible to attract several of the best Thoroughbreds in the country. The day is made even sweeter with a giveaway. Diamond Club members will receive a free heavyweight Mexican-style beach blanket on Pacific Classic day. Diamond Club is free to join and provides big discounts at the track all season long. Summer racing at Del Mar takes place Wednesday through Sunday with the one exception of Closing Day on Labor Day Monday. First post daily is 2 p.m., except on Friday’s when first post shifts to 4 p.m. (exceptions being Aug. 23 and 30 when first post shifts to 3:30 p.m.). For more information, call 858-755-1141 or visit DelMarRacing.com.
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    How, or will, new scooter regulations be enforced? SDPD responds ...
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jul 12, 2019 | 12360 views | 2 2 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Scooter riders head south down the boardwalk in Mission Beach.  / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
    Scooter riders head south down the boardwalk in Mission Beach. / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
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    New scooter regulations took effect July 1. But how are they going to be enforced? The answer, according to San Diego Police Department is: The same way all other laws are enforced, on a case-by-case basis, with highest-priority calls addressed first. At present, scooter violations will go into the general police-call mix and will be responded to according to their severity, said SDPD Lt. and spokesperson Shawn Takeuchi. “Officers will not have radar guns enforcing scooter speeds, and there are obviously some areas outside our jurisdiction that we cannot enforce,” said Takeuchi.  Noting SDPD’s workforce remains below desired levels despite recent pay increases and heightened recruitment, Takeuchi said technology will be relied on to help slow scooters down in high-volume areas. “All the scooter companies will be required to use self-enforcing geofencing technology, putting ‘boundaries’ around certain areas,” he said. “That technology uses constantly transmitted data to automatically reduce scooter speeds in certain designated areas.” In specific geofenced areas, operators will slow scooters to 8 mph. Three of those designated areas are pedestrian-only, where operators will slow scooters to 3 mph with a push message notifying riders to leave that area. Geofencing will be in effect for beach-area boardwalks, Balboa Park, NTC Park, Mission Bay Park, Petco Park and pedestrian-only locations, including North/South Embarcadero, MLK Jr. Promenade and La Piazza della Famiglia in Little Italy. Takeuchi noted new scooter regulations now require them to be left in designated scooter corrals, 330 of which are now in downtown, with more being determined in other City neighborhoods. “Most corrals are being staged in front of red curbs, a dead- space area on the street,” Takeuchi said.  The SDPD spokesperson said education about new scooter laws for users of all ages will be a big part of the initial rollout of scooter enforcement. “We will stop double-riding,” said Takeuchi, who added such violations are “not considered child endangerment.” “What you find frequently is that out-of-town tourists are the ones engaging in this behavior,” he said. “With tourists, our first approach is to educate them to cease their behavior.” Takeuchi added the police department has to strike a balance between the spirit of the law and the realities of everyday enforcement. “We can’t take a 100-percent zero-tolerance stance and just give everyone a ticket,” he said. “We hire officers and train them to use their discretion.” Concerning scooters and new regulations governing them, Takeuchi said the bottom line is,“We will enforce scooter violations as we can. We will use education and warnings first, then officers will use citations at their discretion.”
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    SD Dude
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    July 15, 2019
    I spend quite a bit of time on the Boardwalk between Mission Beach and PB. The new regs, which went into effect on July 1, have had a positive impact. I see far fewer e-scooter riders zipping past me as I ride by beach cruiser (well) below the 8mph Boardwalk speed limit. However, the scooter parking issue remains. Many scooters are still parked and abandoned right on the Boardwalk itself. The Boardwalk is simply too narrow and congested to accommodate the parking of vehicles. The recent geofencing implementation should have included prohibiting riders (and the scooter stagers) from leaving them on the Boardwalk itself. Hopefully, the "2.0" regulations will recognize this and address this continuing problem.
    EarthaBrute
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    July 13, 2019
    Need to get some beat cops out on the street. How about using the Senior patrol to educate and warn people about the scooter rules? Police existence is practically nonexistent in SD.
    New scooter regulations to slow down riders start July 1
    Jun 27, 2019 | 53543 views | 4 4 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Visitors ride electric scooters past parked scooters on the boardwalk in Mission Beach last weekend. / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
    Visitors ride electric scooters past parked scooters on the boardwalk in Mission Beach last weekend. / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
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    Visitors ride electric scooters past parked scooters on the boardwalk in Mission Beach last weekend.
    Visitors ride electric scooters past parked scooters on the boardwalk in Mission Beach last weekend.
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    It’s official, the City’s new scooter regulations take effect July 1. The new rules will decrease the allowable speed of dockless scooters from 15 to 8 mph on the boardwalk, and to 3 mph in high-traffic areas with the use of geofencing technology. Scooters are to be banned from parking near hospitals, schools, near Petco Park, and on the boardwalk. Electric scooters and bikes are prohibited from riding on city sidewalks. Regulations include: - Speed limits: In specific geofenced areas, operators will slow scooters to 8 mph. Three of the geofenced areas are pedestrian-only and operators will slow scooters to 3 mph with a push message notifying riders to leave that area. - Geofencing will be in effect for beach-area boardwalks, Balboa Park, NTC Park, Mission Bay Park, Petco Park and the pedestrian-only locations, including North/South Embarcadero, MLK Jr. Promenade, and La Piazza della Famiglia. - Staging: In the beach areas, operators are only permitted to stage in groups of up to four, with 40 feet in between each group. The City will identify corral locations and will require their use. - Rider parking: Operators will prohibit riders from ending a ride in specific geofenced areas, including beach area boardwalks. - Education: Consistent messages about local and state laws in smartphone applications will be required. As will on-device labeling about age requirements and how riding on the sidewalk is illegal. - Per device fee: A per device fee of $150 annually will be assessed. A reduction of $15 per device will be offered for operators offering a qualified equity program. - Equity programs may include discounts, equitable distribution, credit-card free unlock or mobile-device free unlock. - Data sharing: A variety of data will be shared about ridership, parking, paths of travel and more to assist the City in transportation planning, Climate Action Plan reporting and enforcement. - Indemnify insurance: Operators will be required to indemnify the City from liability and to hold a $2 million per occurrence, $4 million aggregate and $4 million umbrella insurance policy. - Performance bond: Each operator will be required to pay a “Safety Deposit” – $65 for each device in fleet – to be held in the event the company leaves the market without its devices.  The ordinance will charge dockless companies an annual $150 per-device fee. The City noted that should act as a de facto cap on scooter numbers.
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    dolores dempsey
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    June 27, 2019
    This article is well written. I am relieved to read the many restrictions being put on scooters. It is long overdue. I wonder how age restriction and other rules can be enforced - are there people who are going to be oversiting these scooters? Who would they be, checking around town for for rule enforcement.

    One comment, I see scooters outside the hospitals, perhaps students riding between UCSD campus and the hospital. Why wouldn't they be able to utilize them for school purposes. Any school, really. That seems like overkill really.
    Craig in PB
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    June 27, 2019
    So we are to believe that this will all magically take place on Monday and that 3/4 of the scooters will just disappear because they aren't permitted? It really seems like the Fox is guarding the hen house in this situation - asking the scooter companies to police themselves.
    dolores dempsey
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    June 27, 2019
    Yes, I agree with this. So I am not the only one wondering who will be in charge here. There does need to be oversite by city in this regard.
    steve mission beach
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    July 02, 2019
    the grandest hoax of all is geofencing to control speed on electric vehicles. please someone share data that shows its available and works and where? I have researched and found nothing anywhere or even support with technology data. Nothing. geofencing is like GPS for locations of vehicles and travel data. The city was asked for the vendors to prove it possible and only let their word be the guide to do it. Now what about all the private owners of e-vehicles and speed control. City should get ready for lawsuits from all those involved in incidents who are not part of the imdemification agreements
    Dr. Seuss ‘Lorax’ tree falls, possibly due to old age
    by EMILY BLACKWOOD
    Jun 24, 2019 | 12850 views | 1 1 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The tree in Ellen Browning Scripps Park – long thought to have inspired Dr. Seuss to write ‘The Lorax’ – last winter.           DON BALCH / VILLAGE NEWS
    The tree in Ellen Browning Scripps Park – long thought to have inspired Dr. Seuss to write ‘The Lorax’ – last winter. DON BALCH / VILLAGE NEWS
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    The Lorax Tree fell down on June 13, taking a concrete bench down with it. Photo by Don Balch.
    The Lorax Tree fell down on June 13, taking a concrete bench down with it. Photo by Don Balch.
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    One of La Jolla’s most iconic trees has fallen. 
     
    The over 100-year-old Monterey Cypress that sat in Ellen Browning Scripps Park and was long believed to be the inspiration behind Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax,” fell over on June 13. Tim Graham, the spokesman for the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department, said that the tree’s old age was likely the cause. 
     
    "While it's difficult to determine the exact cause, it is likely that the age of the tree was a major factor,” he said. "The tree, while not dead, was over 100 years old. Monterey Cypress tend to have a range between 40-140 years. Tree failures in older trees are not uncommon.” 
     
    While it’s been referred to as the “Lorax Tree” by many La Jollans for decades, it’s not clear if it really inspired Theodor Seuss Geisel to write the 1971 children’s book. According to Dr. Seuss Enterprises, what inspired the “Truffla trees” is still very much a mystery. 
     
    "We really have no idea if Ted based the Truffula trees on this particular tree,” said Susan Brandt, president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. "But regardless we are saddened to hear that this beautiful tree has fallen down, as we are when any tree that has lived for decades falls.”
     
    A representative from UC San Diego — which has a long history with the Geisel family — also said that La Jolla’s “Lorax Tree” was only lore and that neither Theodore or Audrey Geisel designated it as such. 
     
    Still, the tree served as an important piece of the community for many of its residents. 
     
    “The much loved 'Lorax Tree' in Scripps Park toppled over on Thursday,” said Don Balch, who photographed the tree in its prime as well as when it fell. “It’s a sad loss for La Jollans.”
     
    While age definitely played a role in the tree’s fall, one resident wondered if the increasing popularity of the park did as well. 
     
    "The Cove Park used to be a park where nature was left undisturbed by cars, machines, and installation," said Mary Anne Brown. "Today’s economy has transformed the park into a commercial venue turning it into a parking lot for car shows, etc. Driving and heavy traffic on sacred ground with living specimens and sensitive root structure does not bode well for the life of the trees.”
     
    Graham said the sections of the tree that were removed from the park are currently being stored at a City facility. The plan is to find a way to repurpose the iconic tree’s wood, but nothing has been decided. 
     
    As for a new tree in its place, Graham said there have been discussions of planting another Monterey Cypress in that area but nothing has been finalized. 
     
    For the time being, it seems we’ll only be left to wonder if the tree at Ellen Browning Scripps Park really did inspire Dr. Seuess to write the following:
     
    "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” 
     
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    Wayne Tyson
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    June 27, 2019
    The tree was leaning in the direction in which it fell. The crown was asymmetrical, with the bulk of the weight on the side upon which it fell. The tree was heavy above ground. The roots appeared to have been strong, but perhaps not strong enough to resist the sum of the forces acting in the direction of the fall. The taller a tree gets, the longer its "moment-arm," requiring less and less force to exert greater and greater force on the pivot-point; in this case the root-plate.
    San Diego Business Babes to hold summer launch party at La Jolla Women’s Club
    by VICTORIA DAVIS
    Jun 22, 2019 | 8750 views | 1 1 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Left to right, Danielle Wiebe, founder and CEO of Business Babes Collective, with team members Sydnee Ricci, events and sponsorship manager, and Nancy Deol, marketing and social media manager
    Left to right, Danielle Wiebe, founder and CEO of Business Babes Collective, with team members Sydnee Ricci, events and sponsorship manager, and Nancy Deol, marketing and social media manager
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    Small business owner Danielle Wiebe is working hard to help women, in a nutshell, run the world one community at a time. “I wanted to create a safe place for women to ask questions and learn about the world of business and also network without feeling like they had to put up a front of being wildly successful,” said Wiebe, founder of Business Babes Collective. “I wanted this space to be open to all women, no matter where they were at in their business.” What started as a monthly get-together with a few business women in Wiebe’s home of Vancouver, Canada quickly became a full-fledged, global networking platform for women business owners and, soon after, made a home on the West Coast. Business Babes Collective, officially launched by Wiebe in 2015, added a chapter in San Diego in 2017 but has been on hiatus since last summer, until now. To reintroduce Business Babes to San Diego, Wiebe and new chapter leader Rachel Valenteros will hold their Summer Series Launch Party at the La Jolla Women’s Club (7791 Draper Ave.) Thursday, June 27. It will be the first event of three this summer, focusing on the topic of “Collaboration over Competition” and how business owners can work together in “mutually beneficial partnerships,” as Wiebe puts in, to grow their businesses. “It’s going to be fun to get the energy and momentum back and see everyone come together after a year,” said Valenteros, who started her own online tropical and coastal vintage shop last year. “I’ve followed their group on Instagram for a little over a year now, and I love the idea of bringing business babes together to build a community versus feeling like we are each other’s competition,” added Auriel O’Niell, Event Manager for La Jolla Woman’s Club. “On top of that, this is a Women’s Club so what better way to support other women?” Business Babes Collective also has a chapter branch in Seattle, as well as two others in the Canadian cities of Toronto and Victoria. Their focus is three-fold, centering on business education, community and making an impact on the world through women-owned businesses. While Wiebe, a social media expert, says Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn have done a great job getting women in touch and connected, in-person networking should never take a back seat. “There’s something special about meeting those women in person and being able to build a real connection,” said Wiebe, who will be a guest panelist at the upcoming event. “It’s cool to be able to have events like this that get women together who are all entrepreneurial and who have similar goals and dreams for themselves and let them know they’re not in this alone.” San Diego Business Babe’s Summer Launch Party will host two additional guest speakers, native to San Diego: Jodie Alonso, founder of The Local Bazaar, and Dianne Manansala-Ringpis, who established her own Filipino restaurant and dessert shop called SNOICE. The event, starting at 6 p.m., will also showcase local clothing and jewelry vendors, plenty of food and desserts, a cocktail hour, photo booths, Q&A sessions with panelists, raffle giveaways at the end of the night. “It’ll be like a massive business party,” said Valenteros, who hopes that Business Babes, together with The La Jolla Women's Club, can create a strong, connected network of women entrepreneurs in San Diego. “I want people to be inspired and have that spark for business. Sometimes, as a business owner, you can fall into a rut where you don’t know what your next step is. I feel that having this community, coming together for the same goals and being comfortable around each other, is a necessity.” Tickets for San Diego Business Babes’ Summer Series Launch Party are $65 and can be purchased on their website, businessbabescollective.com. The event is open to all women and lasts from 6 to 9 p.m. Locations and times for the July and August Business Babes events have yet to be finalized. Business Babes Collective Instagram: @businessbabesco San Diego Business Babes Instagram: @sdbusinesssbabes
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    Anna Aguilar
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    June 26, 2019
    So refreshing seeing women collaborate and achieve goals! Use the 100AM networking app to achieve your networking goals! https://www.100am.co/
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