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    Mission Bay teams making runs for CIF positioning
    by DAVE THOMAS
    Oct 20, 2017 | 961 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Bucs fall on homecoming
Freshman wide receiver Raymundo Nova returns a punt against Patrick Henry during the Bucs’ homecoming game on Sept. 22. Mission Bay lost to the Patriots 28-7. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
    Bucs fall on homecoming Freshman wide receiver Raymundo Nova returns a punt against Patrick Henry during the Bucs’ homecoming game on Sept. 22. Mission Bay lost to the Patriots 28-7. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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    With the fall sports season rapidly approaching the end of the regular season, a number of Mission Bay teams are attempting to position themselves for post-season play. Girls tennis Head coach Tong Trong’s squad headed into play this week with an overall record of 8-5, and 8-3 in league play. “Within the last two weeks, Amanda Edmunds, Jeanne Picard and Rosina Valia had managed to sweep all their singles matches in two separate games,” Trong commented. “This was huge for us as McKenna Mountain (No. 1 singles) has been struggling with an injury.” Trong said: “We're fortunate to still be in the race for another Team CIF berth. Everything hinges on how things go this week as all teams wrap up regular season games. “Although we've lost a little momentum that we gained in the first half of the season, I think our team did well to keep competing under a few trying circumstances. We're still hopeful to get a couple injured players back for Individual and/or Team CIF. However, we're no longer in the running for the league championship.” Boys beach volleyball Head coach Nikki Caufield’s squad completed league play with a 0-4 record after losing a close match to Saints. "Our top three teams played really well against Saints with our No. 2 and No. 3 teams losing in their third game,” Caufield noted.  “We have been losing games by only a couple points and just need to learn to close out the matches. Some of that comes down to our youth this year and having freshmen and sophomores dominate our lineup as we only have one senior on our squad this year."  With their finish, the Bucs will be seeded into Division II playoffs and attempt to defend the title they won last year.  The top three teams are Cody Armstrong and Stephen Tarbell, Dusty Schraeder and Ian Briski, and Zander Caufield and Andy Knight. Cross country Head coach Barry Dancher’s teams both sported winning records heading into this week. The boys and girls squads were both 2-1. According to Dancher, freshmen Gina Queck and Linda Giffing are each having a great year. They are both currently listed among the top 10 female runners at races over 3 miles in Division IV. The boys are led by Trevor Reichenberg, who ran a personal best time in his last race. Sean Pavone, Jason Watts, Carter Taffe, TK Berne, Nick Archer, and newly-promoted to the varsity, Fernando Ugarte, are all running well and will continue to improve as the season continues, according to Dancher. Girls volleyball Head coach Steve Upp’s squad came into this week with an overall record of 14-8, 0-5 in Eastern League play. “The young squad is competing well in every match and gaining experience against more seasoned teams,” Upp commented. Senior middle blocker Kim Hollaway has been a force in her blocking and hitting the last several matches, while junior opposite hitter Gia Balius has been a very solid contributor in pressure situations. “We have two more weeks of regular season play and hope to get to play a CIF playoff match at the end of the month,” Upp added. Water polo Head coach John Knight’s team was 10-4 heading into action this week. According to Knight, both Andy Dorris and Tanner DeLong have been leading the way. “We are hopeful that our hard work will result in post-season success,” Knight commented.
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    Pacific Beach residents still fighting against planned Law Street Lifeguard Station
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Oct 19, 2017 | 2268 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A sign at the site of the planned Law Street Lifeguard Station. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    A sign at the site of the planned Law Street Lifeguard Station. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    A petition drive, started by the group Protect PB, to block the proposed Law Street Lifeguard Station in Pacific Beach garnered 1,081 signatures to date on change.org, with the goal of reaching 1,500 supporters. “The beach at Law Street and the coastal canyon bluffs are environmentally sensitive and should be preserved as such,” the change.org petition opposing the Law Street Lifeguard Tower states. "This project will likely require further construction to protect it from coastal flooding, due to this poor site choice… We are very concerned that construction plans have been drawn up 'before' proper impact studies have been done... The community needs the opportunity to explore and propose alternative solutions rather than see this proposed command center built.” Two years ago, overriding some neighbors' objections, Pacific Beach Planning Group voted 12-3-1 in favor of current proposed design plans for a new, 3,500-square-foot lifeguard tower in North Pacific Beach. It is to be built into the coastal canyon at the foot of Law Street. Those for, and against, the proposal have been debating its merits ever since. San Diego Lifeguard union chief Ed Harris admits to being biased. “I am very much in favor,” said Harris, noting, “The beach is crowded and the guards need a station. They are currently working out of a rat-infested storage container.” Harris added the only drawback with the proposed tower “is the inability and incompetence of city staff. The proposed towers should be state of the art. It should run off wind solar. It should be designed to take advantage of natural lighting and be cooled by opening windows.” Harris said, “After watching them (city) build four highly-flawed towers, I can tell you this will be another poorly thought-out tower with massive cost overruns and construction flaws.”  Law Street neighbor Micaela Porte disagrees with Harris. “It is a ridiculous waste of unique and precious public land, and money (started at $4 million, now $7 million-plus) for construction of a massive fire-rescue station on a natural wonder of a site (Law Street canyon and beach),” Porte said.“The frankly corrupt hired guns/city architects who have been working on this design for years, since 2011 when we began our protest, are raising the price of the construction every year, and the design gets bigger and more useless … "The lifeguards, all six of them, scheduled to occupy this acre of public beach for three months in the summer with improved concrete roads and ramps into the high-tide zone for their oversized trucks, will be responsible for endangering the coastal eco-system, the erosion of coastal cliffs… and limiting public beach access, effectively killing this stretch of beach for the rest of our time … 'Day of the Dead Beach' is what we will have … It is heart-breaking to pave paradise and put up a parking lot," concluded Porte. Longtime Pacific Beach community activist Chris Olson, said of the Law Street tower: “My personal preference is a simple observation tower set on piers that will allow high tide to pass under it. Generally, I do not support storage or the use of motorized vehicles on the beach, except in the case of emergencies.”  PB activist Paula Gandolfo is most concerned about the environment with the environmental consequences of the tower. “While we debate if and how to build this station ... I wonder about the short-sightedness of our elected officials to fund a project that may be under water (literally) before the usable service of the facility is received,” Gandolfo said. “The world over, climate change is embraced as science... and the timing is a matter of each of us doing what we can now to de-accelerate the process… It's a dynamic problem that requires the broadest support and collaboration from grassroots, governments and sustainability leaders and active implementation of the CAP by San Diego.”  As for the lifeguards, Gandolfo added, “They need a place to change. A portable office with shower/head and A/C could be an immediate, cost-efficient interim solution for the necessary Emergency Service Providers who work that zone.”
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    Mission Bay High teacher receives Marine Science Teaching Award
    Oct 18, 2017 | 2193 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Mission Bay High School International Baccalaureate marine science and AP environmental science teacher Steve Walters.
    Mission Bay High School International Baccalaureate marine science and AP environmental science teacher Steve Walters.
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    Mission Bay High School International Baccalaureate marine science and AP environmental science teacher Steve Walters recently received the Marine Science Teaching Award from the Maritime Science Alliance. President of the Maritime Alliance, Michael Jones said Walters received the award to honor his "tireless efforts to promote marine science and ocean literacy in the San Diego region."  Teaching for 30 years, the last 12 at MBHS, Walters' work with his marine science students includes joint projects with Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, raising white sea bass for restoration into the ocean, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment and CLEAR Program, which engages students in learning about the chemistry of aerosols, climate, and the environment. Walters also works with the Southwest Fisheries/California Fish and Wildlife, raising red abalone for natural replenishment. Under his mentorship, his students have competed in the National Ocean Science Bowl, developed marine-based virtual reality games, formed and regularly volunteers through the MBHS Eco Club, and teaches at local elementary schools with Ambassadors for a Clean Ocean for Climate Kids California Science Alliance.  Always looking for new ways to clean up the environment, Walters led his students through a two-year project to reduce plastic pollution on the MBHS campus by addressing single-use plastic items in the cafeteria resulting in a 50 percent reduction of campus plastic pollution through policy change, installation of a reverse osmosis system, and becoming a pilot project for all San Diego Unified Schools to reduce single-use plastic waste on all campuses.  A believer in hands-on experiences, Walters provides opportunities to students to work locally in the MBHS marine lab, in the field, and through a program sponsored by Mares when students spent a week in Dr. Brice Semmens’ laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography performing research and field work. He and his students have also gone on the road with their projects presenting at Monterey Bay Aquarium at the Teen Summit and twice at the Ocean Plastic Pollution Summit, as well as at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. He and his students are working with UC Davis/Bodega Bay Marine Research Center on an abalone research project and locally with Cabrillo National Park creating a virtual-reality tour, removing invasive marine plants and restoring native species, and creating "Art in the Park" using trash found on local beaches and waterways. “There are many ways to help the environment through science, technology, education, and art. I am happy to receive this award, but really can't accept it without acknowledging all of my dedicated and passionate students," Walters said. Ciara Gray, a senior at MBHS, said: "I am grateful for my three years spent with Mr. Walters as my teacher at MBHS. He has inspired me to accept the challenge of taking care of the earth through science and communication and has taught me and countless other students the importance of our roles in the environment." The award will be presented at the ninth annual Maritime Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 8, aboard the Inspiration Hornblower. 
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    Pipeline project detours Pacific Beach drivers
    by THOMAS MELVILLE
    Oct 18, 2017 | 5771 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Two backhoes dig up the road at the intersection of Ingraham, Yosemite, and Bayonne in Crown Point on Oct. 17. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Two backhoes dig up the road at the intersection of Ingraham, Yosemite, and Bayonne in Crown Point on Oct. 17. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    After a summer break, the City of San Diego project to replace and rehabilitate aging water and sewer infrastructure has started up again, leading to road closures throughout Pacific Beach – specifically Ingraham Street and bridge, along with other side streets in Crown Point. The Pacific Beach pipeline south project, which began July 2016 and is scheduled to conclude October 2018, is replacing approximately 7.6 miles of water main and about 1.6 miles of sewer main in the Midway District-Pacific Highway Corridor and Mission Bay areas. The project will also demolish the Pacific Beach Reservoir, which was built in 1908 and removed from service more than 20 years ago. This project will contribute towards the city’s ongoing program that mandates the replacement of all aging and deteriorating cast iron water mains currently in service. It will: - Replace associated water services, fire hydrants, curb ramps, and traffic control devices; - Use best management practices to control erosion and protect storm drain inlets; - Resurface streets impacted by project construction activities; and - Install new accessibility curb ramps. These improvements are consistent with goals set forth in the city’s Climate Action Plan, by maintaining water supplies and services that support the region. Residents who live in the affected areas may stay informed about the construction activities and impacts for both the water and sewer improvements by signing up for emailed project updates at sandiego.gov/cip. For specific questions about the Pacific Beach pipeline south project, contact the Public Works Department at 619-533-4207 or email engineering@sandiego.gov. Reference "Pacific Beach Pipeline South Replacement Project" with your inquiry.
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    Pacific Beach resident leads team to successful swim around Santa Cruz Island
    by Mathilde Rousseau Bjerregaard
    Oct 17, 2017 | 6601 views | 1 1 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    “Selkie and the Sirens” spent nearly 40 hours swimming around Santa Cruz Island on Sept. 26 and 27.
    “Selkie and the Sirens” spent nearly 40 hours swimming around Santa Cruz Island on Sept. 26 and 27.
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    “Selkie and the Sirens” began swimming on Sept. 26 at 7.20 a.m., and finished in the wee hours of Sept. 27.
    “Selkie and the Sirens” began swimming on Sept. 26 at 7.20 a.m., and finished in the wee hours of Sept. 27.
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    Claudia Rose, who is a long-time resident of Pacific Beach, captained the record-setting swim team “Selkie and the Sirens” as they spent nearly 40 hours swimming around Santa Cruz Island on Sept. 26 and 27. “There have been a few other people trying to do it, but they didn’t make it and we wanted a new challenge as a team”, said Rose. The swim team consisted of six women from both coasts of the United States. Rose, Michelle Premeaux McConica from Ventura, Calif., Diana Corbin from Maryland, Carol Lyn Swol from Maryland, Jeannie Zappe from Pennsylvania and Louise Hyder-Darlington from Pennsylvania. “Selkie and the Sirens” began swimming on Sept. 26 at 7.20 a.m., and each woman swam for an hour in-turn, once every six hours throughout the day, night, day and then into the wee hours of Sept. 27 before they made it back to their starting point at Willows Anchorage. “It was very interesting. The first half of our swim the weather and the currents were perfect, but then we came to the front of the island and it was terrible. We had the wind and the currents against us, but we just kept going,” said Rose. During the swim, the team encountered hundreds of dolphins and sea lions, fog, wind, strong sun and both helpful and adverse currents. The swim team decided that they wanted to swim around Santa Cruz Island in January, and they have been preparing for the swim ever since. Rose had a special training program made for herself because she broke her elbow in April, and she made a training plan for the rest of the team. Rose became the team captain because she has been a team captain before and therefore had a lot of experience. Rose has been swimming for almost her whole life and she has been an open water swimmer since 2000. She is known for her pioneering swims in Alaska, however, she began her adventure swimming with a swim from La Jolla Shores to Crystal Pier. “I think we made it because we really stood together as a team during the hard times of the swim,” Rose said. The swim was sanctioned by the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association and officially observed by San Diego residents Paula Selby and Ralph Lufkin and Ventura resident Jane Cairns.
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    It was an absolutely honor to be on this team! An amazing group of crew, boat crew, paddlers, and observers who all supported us! Such an adventure and accomplishment is thanks to the highly trained and solid jobs done by everyone involved - and hearty thanks to the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association for sanctioning the swim and the work they do for the care and protection of these beautiful Channel Islands!
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