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    Merchants Association discusses Concours d’Elegance weekend, Enjoya La Jolla
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Apr 19, 2019 | 897 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Young women hang out in a 1929 Packard 645 Dual Cowl Phaeton at Concours d’Elegance, which featured more than 100 classic and exotic cars on Scripps Park lawn last weekend. / THOMAS MELVILLE / VILLAGE NEWS
    Young women hang out in a 1929 Packard 645 Dual Cowl Phaeton at Concours d’Elegance, which featured more than 100 classic and exotic cars on Scripps Park lawn last weekend. / THOMAS MELVILLE / VILLAGE NEWS
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    In April, while preparing for Concours d’Elegance weekend, La Jolla Village Merchants Association vetted ways to capitalize on the signature special event. Merchants also re-introduced Enjoya La Jolla, a new monthly Saturday twilight promotional event debuting in May.  The 15th annual Concours d’Elegance that featured more than 100 classic and exotic cars on Scripps Park lawn April 14-16 headlined discussion at the LJVMA’s April 10 meeting. “This event is hugely important for everyone,” noted LJVMA president Brett Murphy.  Executive director Jodi Rudick said an LJVMA program, Break in the Village, was being held in conjunction with the Concours to promote the Village. “We had 80 merchants signed up to engage in the event, and each of them committed to doing something special in their stores with free refreshments, special discounts, gifts, etc.,” she said. “There are nine places throughout the Village where there’s going to be music happening, along with merchant outreach doing LJVMA-branded balloons and bags.” Following the Concours, LJVMA president Brett Murphy said: “The event, the weekend, and the week were extremely successful for all involved. I was amazed at the participation from our merchants and the turnout at the Concours d’Elegance. It was a huge success.” Added Murphy: “I truly believe it will be an incredible jump-off point for the upcoming Enjoya La Jolla event in May. We have gone to an aggressive offensive approach through advertising, marketing and, most importantly, relationship building to provide tremendous value for our merchants. This past weekend was a first-hand look at what can be done when we work together as a positive and cohesive unit.” Enjoya La Jolla sunset sip, shop and stroll events will be held on second Saturdays. The inaugural event will take place May 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. throughout the Village. Like its precursor, La Jolla Nights, a quarterly celebration of Prospect Street's arts, eats and and shops held in 2015-16, Enjoya La Jolla visitors will receive a “passport” from participating merchants. That passport will grant guests special offers, refreshments and contests. Completed passports will be returned and entered into a contest to win a La Jolla weekend package. Enjoya La Jolla will include street performers entertaining, as well as free parking courtesy of Ace Parking at 888 Prospect St. In other action • LJVMA board member Robert Mackey of La Jolla Golf Carts volunteered to replace Aaron Goulding as the merchant board’s representative on the Traffic and Transportation Subcommittee of the La Jolla Community Planning Association. • Council staffer Mauricio Medina noted District 1 Councilwoman Barbara Bry is hosting a budget town hall Saturday, May 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at La Jolla Village Square Community Room, 8657 Villa La Jolla Drive. RSVP required to BarbaraBry@sandiego.gov.  • Pointing out “not more than 10 percent” of a business improvement district’s annual budget can be carried over to the next year, Rudick in her financial report noted LJVMA is in good shape. “We have a lot of budget to work with,” she said.
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    La Jolla’s first all-girl Boy Scout troop hikes Pacific Crest Trail 
    by EMILY BLACKWOOD
    Apr 17, 2019 | 8373 views | 3 3 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Some of the girls of Troop 506g. / Courtesy photo 
    Some of the girls of Troop 506g. / Courtesy photo 
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    Last year, the Boy Scouts of America announced it would allow girls into the troops as a part of its rebranding efforts to transform into Scouts BSA. On Feb. 11, La Jolla Troop 506 became a part of this national change by holding its first informational meeting at La Jolla United Methodist Church. Since then, eight girls have joined Scouting BSA (Boy Scouts of America) Girl’s Troop 506g and five of them just returned from their first backpacking trip. Troop 506, sponsored by the La Jolla United Methodist Church, went on a two-day, 9-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Warner Springs area on April 13. Scoutmaster Marne Stransky – who got involved in the Boy Scouts after her son joined – said that they learned things like orienting a map, using a compass, filtering water from streams, building rain structures, and starting a fire, which turned out to be a challenge.  “Their perseverance was incredible,” she said, smiling. “They did not give up." She said the scouts were so enthusiastic about the trip that some of them even asked to be woken up at 5:30 a.m. to see the sunrise.  “It was a bonding experience for them,” Stransky said. “I have a really good group of girls." One of the driving factors in starting this troop was not only to include girls so they have more opportunities but to make it easier on parents who traditionally have had only one child in the troop and not the other.  After all, what one sibling does, the other wants to do too; which is exactly how 13-year-old Charlotte Norton first got involved.  “I’ve tagged along with my brother a lot, so I know how fun the trips are. I don’t really want to tag along anymore. I want to be apart of the troop.”   “Our troop has always been family-oriented,” said Stransky, who added that siblings and family members have always been invited to go on different outings. “The difference here is that they can enter the actual program and earn their ranks.”  While BSA membership has declined since its peak five decades ago – The Washington Post reported a membership of four million boys in 1910 and a membership of 2.3 million boys in 2018 – Troop 506 has 53 members according to assistant scoutmaster Marc Jaffe. He claims it’s because of the troop’s high-adventure activities that include everything from backpacking and rafting in Montana to horseback riding in Temecula. “We have a very healthy troop,” he said. “And the reason is because we’re active. And we’re in California, so we can do things year-round.” So active in fact, that they’re already planning their next activity. Outings for 2019 currently include horseback riding, canoeing, and other wilderness backpacking adventures. For more information about Scouting BSA (Boy Scouts of America) Girl’s Troop 506g, call Stransky at 619-204-8194 or come to one of their meetings, held every Monday at 6:30 p.m., at La Jolla United Methodist Church. 
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    MegFid
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    18 Hours Ago
    The girls are not Boy Scouts. How about first female Scouting BSA troop in the title instead of still considering them Boy Scouts. Labels matter!
    Bill F
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    7 Hours Ago
    Of course they are, otherwise they would be Girl Scouts ;)

    The official title is Scouts, BSA; so sure your title is close enough.
    Gary Huber
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    April 18, 2019
    So what happens if a boy wants to join the all-girl Boy Scout troop?
    Unique Airbnb Experience lets you be a mermaid for a day in La Jolla
    by EMILY BLACKWOOD
    Apr 17, 2019 | 6098 views | 3 3 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    How would you like to be a mermaid for a day?  
    How would you like to be a mermaid for a day?  
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    Shannon Subers hosts an Airbnb Experience conducting mermaid photoshoots in La Jolla. / Photos Courtesy of Shannon Subers
    Shannon Subers hosts an Airbnb Experience conducting mermaid photoshoots in La Jolla. / Photos Courtesy of Shannon Subers
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    Shannon Subers always dreamed of being a mermaid.  Like most kids who grew up on classic Disney movies, her fantasy started with Ariel and “The Little Mermaid.” But living in Pennsylvania made it a little difficult to get in the ocean and see if she grew a tail. Now a 23-year-old graduate student and education specialist for San Diego Coastkeeper, she has found a way to make her childhood dream a reality not only for herself but for other people as well. Subers hosts an Airbnb Experience giving out full mermaid-makeovers (tails included) and photoshoots at La Jolla Shores Park guaranteed to make you feel like you're in Disney movie. While it's an idea she’s always had swimming around in her head, it wasn’t until she graduated college and learned about Airbnb’s new Experiences program before the ball really started rolling.  “I almost didn’t apply because I thought they were going to think I was crazy,” she said, looking back. But she made the leap and was one of the 30 people selected out of the 2,000 that applied. More San Diego experiences have been added since, but Subers’ “Play mermaid for the day” was a part of the first cohort. When she was first selected, she had one tail, one top, and no camera. She set out on expanded her tools and inventory with the “no money she had from college,” and started shooting. It was a slow build at first but now she’s almost always immediately booked for any days she marks available through the app. After a date is decided, Subers meets her participants at La Jolla Shores Park – or somewhere else if it’s overly crowded – and takes them to her spot on the beach where all the mermaid accessories you could ever want are laid out to choose from. Once the makeover is complete, she’ll walk you down to the water’s edge and help you get into your tail, which is where you’ll stay during the majority of the photo shoot because “you can’t walk, and your range of motion is pretty limited.” And with the photo shoot taking place at sunset, Subers says the lighting is always good.  While some people are more “into it” then others, once she starts shooting, she says everyone tends to forget any insecurities they may have previously had and starts enjoying themselves. “I really try to make people feel as comfortable as possible, because essentially, it’s a glorified bikini shoot,” Subers joked. “One of the most gratifying parts has been seeing people forget about their insecurities for a bit."  Watching people have fun with it is especially gratifying for Subers because she’s been there.  “I used to never feel comfortable in a bikini in public until I started doing this,” she said. “Because I realized that when you’re a mermaid, kids don’t care. They don’t care if you have a tummy or what size you are or anything like that. You’re a mermaid, and they're obsessed because you’re a mermaid. That’s really empowering.”  Subers’ photoshoots typically last about 90 minutes for 1-3 people (though she can sometimes accommodate larger groups) and cost $85 per person, with the ability to upgrade to a professional-grade tale for $105 per person. The experience includes mermaid attire to use for the shoot and 10-15 edited photos.  For more information about Subers’ mermaid experience, visit airbnb.com/experiences and search for Play mermaid for the day in San Diego.
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    Chris Brewster
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    April 17, 2019
    Permits are required to conduct business in city parks, including beaches. Were that not the case, the areas noted would be inundated with entrepreneurs of all ilk. Rather than promoting this business, which may well be unlawful, SD News should be looking into the requirements to conduct business in city parks and reporting it. If the business has requisite permits, SD News should be reporting that.
    Kris E
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    23 Hours Ago
    You don't need a permit to have a small, non-commercial photo shoot on an SD beach. What she's doing is similar to an engagement photo shoot or taking family portraits. You were one quick google away from not having to leave a negative comment on a story about someone doing a creative and interesting thing.

    http://www.sdparks.org/content/sdparks/en/shop/PermitsandFees.html#Film

    https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/filming_production_guide.pdf

    Chris Brewster
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    3 Hours Ago
    In reply to Kris E: The first link provided is to San Diego County Parks. This business is intended to take place in San Diego City Parks. I would agree with Kris E that you don't need a permit to have a small, non-commercial photo shoot on a San Diego beach. However, this business is clearly a commercial enterprise.

    Here's what the Municipal Code states: "It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to attempt to carry on or to carry on any commercial operation, to rent or sell merchandise of any kind, or to beach or moor any vessel for the purpose of displaying it for rental or sale, in any beach area, as defined in Section 63.20, including Mission Bay Park, unless licensed or otherwise specifically permitted to do so by the Director. This is specifically intended to include a commercial operation which involves delivering merchandise, a rental item, or a service to a beach area whether or not a financial transaction takes place within the beach area."
    San Diego Community Newspaper Group acquires five newspapers
    by KENDRA SITTON
    Apr 15, 2019 | 14757 views | 2 2 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    In a deal made official on April 1, San Diego Community Newspaper Group purchased five of San Diego Community News Network’s six publications. Julie Main, owner and publisher of San Diego Community Newspaper Group, adds San Diego Uptown News, San Diego Downtown News, Mission Times Courier, and La Mesa Courier to the company’s stable of La Jolla Village News, Peninsula Beacon, and Beach & Bay Press newspapers.  Included in the purchase was Mission Valley News, which will be discontinued. San Diego Community News Network retained Gay San Diego as its only publication. As a result of the purchase, the bi-weekly Beach & Bay Press will move from publishing on Thursdays to coming out on Fridays, starting with this week’s edition. With the addition of San Diego Community News Network’s papers, Main runs the largest independent newspaper group in the region. As a woman in the male-dominated media industry, this marks a significant achievement. “It’s a rewarding industry. One of the more rewarding things about the community newspaper industry is everyone has a story to tell. It’s very gratifying to peel back the layers and find these treasures (stories) and share it with our readers,” Main said. “These people help shape the community. “We also try to be transparent and unbiased in our reporting. People are inundated daily with troubling news regionally and from around the world. It is hard to sort through fact and fiction these days. Not all news has to be bad news. Isn’t it refreshing to come home and read about positive things happening in your community for a change,” Main said. Over the years, control of the newspapers has passed between Main and San Diego Community News Network owner David Mannis. The former married couple founded San Diego Community Newspaper Group together in the 1980s. Even after their divorce in 2002, they worked together on La Jolla Village News, Peninsula Beacon, Beach & Bay Press, and Downtown News until Main took full control at the end of 2008. Mannis decided to enter the newspaper industry again in 2009 and founded San Diego Uptown News. He later bought Downtown News from San Diego Community Newspaper Group and grew his newspaper network to include six papers stretching across the county. After 40 years in the newspaper industry, he has decided to enter semi-retirement. The acquisition led to a shuffle in the editors leading each of the newspapers. Albert Fulcher will stay at San Diego Community News Network as the editor for Gay San Diego. Jeff Clemetson is moving to San Diego Community Newspaper Group’s Pacific Beach office to continue leading Mission Times Courier and La Mesa Courier. Recently-hired editor Kendra Sitton is also moving to the PB office and will continue her work at San Diego Uptown News. In addition, she is now the editor of San Diego Downtown News, which was formerly under the purview of Fulcher. “The idea of having more regional coverage in the communities and the ZIP codes we are picking up is exciting. We share a lot of common issues with our coastal communities that will tie in directly with Uptown and Downtown. La Mesa Courier and Mission Times Courier cover well established, solid communities. It doesn’t get much better than this,” Main said.
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    Ruth Chandler
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    April 16, 2019
    Congratulations, Julie!! Wishing you all my best!
    Josh Utley
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    April 16, 2019
    Congratulations Julie!
    City Planning Commission votes to reduce off-leash dog park on Fiesta Island
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Apr 15, 2019 | 1123 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Julia Gray chases after her puppy Whiskers on Fiesta Island. / Photo by Kathy Miller-Gray
    Julia Gray chases after her puppy Whiskers on Fiesta Island. / Photo by Kathy Miller-Gray
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    City Planning Commission voted 6-0 in favor of Option A (above).
    City Planning Commission voted 6-0 in favor of Option A (above).
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    Like the Mission Bay Park Committee before it, the City Planning Commission voted unanimously in favor of one of two options for reconfiguring 470-acre Fiesta Island. Unfortunately, for off-leash dog owners, the City Planning Commission’s preference wasn’t theirs. On April 11, the Planning Commission voted 6-0 in favor of Option A, which would divide the manmade island with a road and reduce access for off-leash dog park users.  The dog owner’s camp, and Mission Bay Park Committee before it in January, preferred Option B, which would keep the island intact and undivided while increasing the fenced, off-leash area. The turf battle on Fiesta Island pits non-motorized boat users, such as kayakers and paddle boarders, against dog owners represented by FIDO, Fiesta Island Dog Owners. The issue will ultimately go before the City Council for a final decision, likely in June. Water recreationalists argue water-dependent, non-motorized boating use should be a higher priority than the off-leash dog park, an activity that can be done elsewhere on land. They contend Option B would leave them without appropriate spots on Fiesta Island from which to launch their watercraft. “Of course we are disappointed that the commissioners ignored the unanimous recommendation of the Mission Bay Park Committee for Option B,” reacted FIDO president Carolyn Chase. “We believe the City Council will be interested in finding a location for the paddling groups that doesn’t displace thousands of existing, and future, off-leash users, and that would be faster and cheaper for them and for taxpayers. “Option B remains, and the Planning Commission comments confirmed, that Option B is the lower-cost, lower-impact alternative,” Chase said. Noting the City’s opening position “was to eliminate off-leash use on Fiesta Island,” Chase added FIDO “has had to crawl our way on to the plan.” She disputed the claim that FIDO is unwilling to “share” space with other uses. “It is the paddlers who are seeking to take over acres of currently open, multi-use public park land for their private storage of gear and equipment thereby reducing access for all other users … in the process that is supposed to be planning for growth in all uses, it is instead planning to reduce the single largest existing use today.”  At issue is an amendment to the Mission Bay Park Master Plan and Local Coastal Program to update the land uses and vision guiding future uses and improvements to Fiesta Island. The amendment includes recommendations for island-wide improvements to recreation facilities, access and circulation, parking, soft-surface trails and paved multi-use paths, grading and landscaping, habitat areas, water quality, eelgrass bed plantings, and enhancements to directional signs and utilities upgrades. At least three planning commissioners, who had been leaning the other way, changed their minds after being swayed by public testimony April 11. Noting there are no other designated areas for paddling outside of Fiesta Island, Planning Commission chair Susan Peerson said. “That to me is really compelling. Though Option B is less impactful, Option A is accessible to everyone. We need to provide equal access to all.”  Planning Commission vice chair William Hofman said he, too, had been leaning toward favoring Option B. “It’s nice to listen to testimony and be convinced to change,” he said. “With Option B, paddling is precluded. I think sharing is important, which is why I went with Option A.” “I was ambivalent going in,” concurred commissioner Vicki Granowitz, adding, “Almost the entire island is still available to dog owners to walk their dogs on-leash.” A crewer herself, Granowitz pointed out, “Paddlers on the bay have grown exponentially. We need to find a permanent location for them.”
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