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    Extensive upgrades to Point Loma High to begin next month
    by SCOTT HOPKINS
    Jan 15, 2019 | 7193 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    This view from Chatsworth Boulevard shows what the new three-story building will look like. It will replace an outdated building that is to be demolished. At left is the current 200 Building and at right the current 300 Building, both of which are scheduled for renovation. /  Graphic: San Diego Unified School District
    This view from Chatsworth Boulevard shows what the new three-story building will look like. It will replace an outdated building that is to be demolished. At left is the current 200 Building and at right the current 300 Building, both of which are scheduled for renovation. / Graphic: San Diego Unified School District
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    A scheduled vote by the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education at its Feb. 12 meeting will award a construction contract setting in motion an ambitious modernization of buildings and other improvements on the Point Loma High campus. Following the vote, a notice to proceed will be issued by the district and work will begin. The improvements are being financed with Prop. S funds. One of the first targets on the 94-year-old campus is removal of a round building known as the 800 Building and visible from Chatsworth Boulevard. District architects and planners quickly noted several years ago the structure was outdated. The two-story edifice contains the school's valuable Media Center on the first floor and oddly-shaped classrooms on the second floor that radiate from a center room. The basement contains all of the site's electrical, telephone and computer connections known as the Main Distribution Frame. But despite all this, there are no restrooms in the structure. Moving of these will take place over the coming summer, temporarily removing the school from the electrical grid but with all services back in place for the 2019-20 school year, according to Principal Hans Becker. Teachers from the 800 Building will be moving to temporary classrooms located on the current basketball courts adjacent to the stadium, Becker said. Joining them will be teachers from the current 200 and 300 Buildings, both of which front Chatsworth Boulevard. and  are to be renovated. When that is completed, the 800 Building will be demolished. In its place a new three-story building will rise fronting Chatsworth Boulevard. The building will feature a new media center on the first floor and 10 state-of-the-art classrooms on each of the second and third floors. A multi-functional central outdoor space is also planned for student use. Also coming to Chatsworth Boulevard are new bus turnout spaces to allow for easier traffic flow plus reconfiguration of the main school parking lot on Clove Street, landscape and hardscape improvements, construction of new security enclosures, practice fields and technology upgrades. The district website shows completion of these projects in approximately 18 months. "I'm thinking realistically two school years," Becker said. "I don't see us moving in mid-year. I see delays and unexpected things, so in my mind's eye I'm thinking two years." That timetable would have staff and students occupying the new facilities in August 2021. District officials have studied predicted future student populations at PLHS and are planning these projects to serve those numbers. Current projects nearing completion are the installation of new bleachers in the main gym, installation of new security fencing along Chatsworth Boulevard and a new marquee due to be installed at the intersection of Chatsworth and Voltaire Street by the end of February. Planning for all these undertakings began several years ago with open meetings between district planning and architectural staff and the public. One of the first projects was the controversial lighting of Pete Ross Stadium. Some community members insisted the school's field would be rented out almost nightly to raise funds, causing horrendous noise and other injurious problems. A special field use agreement was adopted by the school board that limited night events at the stadium to 18 per year with lighting turned off by 7 p.m. nightly when student athletic teams are practicing. The district installed computer-aimed LED lighting that has very little spillage into nearby properties. Extra security was brought in on football game nights. Becker followed the agreement stringently, not violating the agreement once. He said  comments from nearby neighbors at mandated follow-up meetings after the first year of lighting resulted in positive feedback from the community.
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    Bengal cat making a name for himself in Ocean Beach
    by EMILY BLACKWOOD
    Jan 15, 2019 | 1864 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Damnit hanging at his favorite spot, the Ocean Beach Pier. / Photo by Emily Blackwood
    Damnit hanging at his favorite spot, the Ocean Beach Pier. / Photo by Emily Blackwood
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    Adam Sutton and his Bengal cat, Damnit. / Photo by Emily Blackwood
    Adam Sutton and his Bengal cat, Damnit. / Photo by Emily Blackwood
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    Walking along the Ocean Beach Pier, Adam Sutton and his leashed 9-month-old Bengal cat Damnit are stopped a total of three times in 10 minutes. It happens a lot when people walking by see him sunbathing on the beach, climbing trees, playing fetch, or stalking seagulls.  Saying “Hi” and petting him is totally fine, but whatever you do — don’t tell him he’s a cat.  “He doesn’t know,” Sutton laughed. “It’s like a big secret. He likes dogs, not other cats. He’ll walk up to the biggest dog and when the dog keeps walking by, he tries to chase him.” Since the pair first got together in May 2017, they’ve been inseparable. Whether it’s entertaining locals and tourists during their walks in OB or taking a drive up to Julian to play in the snow on Christmas, Sutton and Damnit are true partners in crime.  “This lifestyle just allows us to do that,” said Sutton, who built out a Mercedes Sprinter van to live in after the apartment complex gave tenants a 90-day notice to move out. “I went home, added it up, and realized I gave this landlord almost a quarter of a million dollars. I had lived there for 15 years. I decided that I don’t ever want to give my money away to someone like that again.” Sutton’s new home-on-wheels comes complete with a wood-burning fireplace, a cat tree for Damnit and the ability to go wherever they want. Something that he wishes he would have done more of with his first Bengal, Johnson. A white snow Bengal, Sutton had no idea that it was even possible to take him outside of the house. It wasn’t until the last three years of his 17-year-old life that he decided to take a chance and take Johnson camping. “He didn't have a leash, and he still just hung out with us on the campsite and chilled. Then I took him on the boat to see what he would do, and again, he chilled. I felt so bad because this whole time I just left him at home and he could of went so many rad places. “I’m not gonna do that to this guy,” Sutton said, watching Damnit watch the waves. “He’s going with me.” Anyone interested in following along with Damnit’s adventures — which includes everything from chasing a soccer ball on the beach to riding shotgun in Sutton’s car when he’s making a delivery for UberEats — can follow him on Instagram @Damnit_ob_bengal. 
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    San Diego lifeguards save Seals in dramatic rescue at Sunset Cliffs
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jan 11, 2019 | 16262 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A pair of San Diego Seals professional lacrosse players jumped from The Arch at Sunset Cliffs into a high surf area and had to be rescued.
    A pair of San Diego Seals professional lacrosse players jumped from The Arch at Sunset Cliffs into a high surf area and had to be rescued.
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    One of the San Diego Seals professional lacrosse players clings to a ledge after jumping from The Arch. / Photos by Jim Grant
    One of the San Diego Seals professional lacrosse players clings to a ledge after jumping from The Arch. / Photos by Jim Grant
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    Two recent rescues in wintery storm conditions underscore the need to take extraordinary care whenever surf levels are high. A man died saving his dog in the first incident, which occurred Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 1:50 p.m. at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach. The second incident occurred a day later, on Thursday, Jan. 10 about 10:45 a.m., when a pair of San Diego Seals professional lacrosse players jumped from The Arch at Sunset Cliffs into a high surf area and had to be rescued. Regarding the Jan. 10 incident, San Diego Fire Rescue spokesperson Monica Munoz said lifeguards were notified about two men in their 20s who’d jumped into the water at The Arch – a popular spot for cliff jumpers.  “One was rescued from the water by lifeguards on a rescue craft and taken to OB,” Munoz said. “The other had climbed onto a cliff ledge. Because of high surf, lifeguards and firefighters performed a cliff rescue to get the second person.” Munoz said there were no injuries to either of the two men that required their hospitalization. “It is against San Diego Municipal Code to jump into the Pacific Ocean from a height greater than five feet because it’s dangerous,” said Munoz, noting, “Especially during high surf events, it is not recommended that people get into the water, unless they are swimming near a lifeguard and have a lot of experience as a swimmer.” Of the Jan. 9 incident, Munoz, said: “SDFD Dispatch Center receive a request for help from the channel area at Dog Beach where a man had been swept into the water as he was trying to retrieve his dog from the river channel. Witnesses told lifeguards that he was found face down in the water a few minutes after he went in. “Lifeguards were able to pull him from the water using a rescue water craft,” Munoz said. “They brought him to the beach and started CPR.” The dog either came out of the water on its own or was brought out of the water by someone else, and was eventually taken to family members, noted Munoz. The Medical Examiner's Office later identified the victim as Nevada resident Gregg Owens. He was admitted to UCSD Hospital's intensive care unit where he was later pronounced dead. SDFD lifeguards estimated Owen’s age as somewhere in his 50s or 60s. San Diego lifeguards offer these beach and water safety tips: • Swim near a lifeguard; • Never swim alone; • Supervise children closely, even when lifeguards are present; • Don't rely on flotation devices, such as rafts or inner-tubes;  • If caught in a rip current, swim sideways until free, don't swim against the current's pull; • Do not swim while under the influence of illicit drugs, medications that may cause impairment or alcohol; • Protect your head, neck and spine – don't dive into unfamiliar waters – feet first, first time; • If you are in trouble, call or wave for help; • Follow regulations and lifeguard directions; • Swim parallel to shore if you wish to swim long distances; • Scuba dive only if trained and certified – and within the limits of your experience and training; • Report hazardous conditions to lifeguards or other beach management personnel; • Stay clear of coastal bluffs, they can collapse and cause injury; • Never turn your back to the ocean – you may be swept off coastal bluffs or tide pool areas by waves that can come without warning.
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    New state laws that took effect on Jan. 1 – Surfing is officially state sport, no helmets for adult e-scooter riders, pet stores must sell only rescue animals
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jan 02, 2019 | 7904 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Surfers Izzy Poulin and Trevor Borello at the bottom of Ladera Street stairs in August. The stairway had been closed since a Feb. 13 cliff landslide, but has recently opened after repairs. / THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
    Surfers Izzy Poulin and Trevor Borello at the bottom of Ladera Street stairs in August. The stairway had been closed since a Feb. 13 cliff landslide, but has recently opened after repairs. / THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
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    The new year brings many changes, including new laws addressing everything from surfing to gender identification, to cutbacks on plastic straws and the types of animals that can be sold in pet stores. Here are a few new laws: • Dogs, cats and rabbits sold in pet stores are now required to be obtained only from animal shelters or rescue groups. • People applying for a license or identity card can select their own gender, female, male or non-binary. Those choosing "No binary" will receive a card with an "X" gender category.  • Surfing has been designated as California’s official state sport. • Kids meals in most restaurants must now have a milk- or water-based beverage as the default choice and a parent must request a soda for the child. • People over age 18 will no longer need to use a helmet to use a motorized scooter. • New rules will dictate how divorcing couples determine custody of the family pet. • State parks must now make clear on their websites if dogs are allowed. • Repeat offenders for DUI, or those who receive a first DUI offense and have caused injuries, must install a breathalyzer on their engine ignition for 12 to 48 months. • Twelve years is now the minimum age for prosecution in juvenile court, unless a minor younger than 12 has committed murder or rape. • A defendant under the age of 16 can no longer be tried as an adult sending them to prison instead of a juvenile detention facility. • Authorized California car dealers must place a paper plate with a number and expiration date on every vehicle they sell, whether new or used. • Images of body cameras on police officers, and any other audio recording acquired by a police agency, are required to be disclosed to the public within 45 days after a police shooting or excessive force causes death or injury to a person. • Courts will no longer be able to suspend, restrict or delay issuing a minor's driver's license for one year for truancy or for being under the guardianship of the state. • The exemption from smog verification for vehicles that have been purchased new will extend from six to eight years. During the two years of this exemption, the vehicle owner will not have to do the smog check but pay $25.  • The DMV must include at least one question on 20 percent of knowledge tests (written exams) on traffic laws about California's unsecured load code. • Anyone convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense is prohibited from possessing a firearm for the rest of their lives. • Gun owners with a concealed carry license must undergo a minimum of eight hours of training, and demonstrate proficiency and safety on the shooting range. • Employers must make reasonable efforts to provide a room or place for breastfeeding that is not a bathroom. • Restaurants statewide are required to give out single-use straws only upon request of customers. It applies to full-service dining establishments but exempts fast-food restaurants. Restaurants violating the law could be fined $25 daily for violations, or a maximum of $300 per year. • Cities and counties can now authorize and regulate the sale of homemade foods.
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    2018 Peninsula Beacon Year in Review: Nati’s and Liberty Station sold, Sunset Cliffs improvement project, Target Express, North Chapel, and a mermaid
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jan 01, 2019 | 4348 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A blue-haired mermaid mannequin named Marina suddenly appeared astride the 50-foot-high Ross Rock at Sunset Cliffs, and quickly became an OB icon. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    A blue-haired mermaid mannequin named Marina suddenly appeared astride the 50-foot-high Ross Rock at Sunset Cliffs, and quickly became an OB icon. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Hot-button issues dominated the landscape in 2018 as Peninsula residents grappled with short-term vacation rentals and the proliferation of dockless bikes and scooters. Battles were also waged over a recycling center, and an affordable housing site some wanted rezoned as parkland/open space. January • In late December 2017, the second of three temporary bridge shelters was opened by Veterans Village of San Diego in the Midway District. The new shelter provided homeless relief from the streets, while connecting them to permanent housing. • Five student-athletes from Point Loma High received All-CIF honors following the fall sports season. Honored Pointers were Charlie Ekstrom, JL Skinner, Mathew Fa'alele, and Davey Folsom. Pointer freshman Loren Gomez won the CIF individual golf tournament and was named CIF Player of the Year. • A new study titled “Part 150” was green lighted to evaluate flight-path improvements and noise reductions in and around San Diego International Airport. • Maximizing online presence was the main topic at Ocean Beach MainStreet Association’s annual marketing breakfast Jan. 9 at Wonderland. • The Peninsula Community Planning Board unanimously endorsed a developer’s plan to convert The Dolphin Motel into boutique Monsaraz Hotel. The old Dolphin Motel’s four existing buildings were to be demolished and replaced by a new 49,150-square-foot, 92-unit, three-story hotel. • Ocean Beach MainStreet Association (OBMA) honored members for their contributions to the Ocean Beach community at its annual Awards Celebration Jan. 25. February • Dockless electric scooters and bikes debuted in the beach communities causing consternation for some locals. • San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Rick Romero speculated social media was the cause of mushrooming crowds at beach attractions like jumping off The Arch at Sunset Cliffs. “It used to be just locals doing it,” said Romero. “But now, everyone knows about it.” • Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Market added a new vegetarian café, OB Garden Café, formerly Tiny’s Tavern, to its growing mix at at 4741 Voltaire St. • A cliff collapse near Ladera Street stairs reported on Feb. 13 caused the stairs leading down to Garbage Beach to be closed for an extended period for repairs. • A public protest was held Feb. 10 at Stump’s Family Marketplace to attempt to compel Prince Recycling Center to move from 3770 Voltaire St. in the parking lot. The rally drew attention to alleged crime-related issues associated with homeless utilizing the purportedly problematic recycler. • It was announced that Nati’s iconic Ocean Beach Mexican restaurant, which opened in 1960, was being sold.  • Diminutive Gianni Buonomo Vintners on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach was awarded a double gold medal at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The winery competed against the biggest names in the U.S. wine industry at the largest competition of American wines in the world. March: • The Point Loma High girls water polo team accomplished what no Pointer team had before when they defeated No. 3 seeded Mt. Carmel 6- 3 to win the CIF Div. III championship. • A decade-plus effort to secure a long-desired public pool at Liberty Station gained traction, as the City asked for federal approval of a joint-use agreement between it and San Diego Unified School District to build and operate a future aquatics complex at the former Naval Training Center. • Phase II of the Hillside Improvements Project, which included native habitat restoration and new trails, was implemented in the 50-acre hillside section of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. • A Beacon article explored the dynamic renaissance of commercial and residential redevelopment gradually transforming upper Voltaire Street in Point Loma. April: • Point Loman Ginny Davenport turned 100 on April 8 and celebrated with a champagne toast: Not surprising given it was Winston Churchill who gave her her first taste of the bubbly. • It was announced that Target Express will replace the 18,000-square-foot Antique Center on Newport Avenue. • The City and the San Diego Housing Commission told cyclists their makeshift track across the street from Bill Cleator Park had to be closed because of liability issues, and because of plans to develop the site for 78 affordable housing units. • Native Point Loma Realtor Robert Tripp Jackson moved from Pacific Sotheby's to join friend and colleague Paul Vadnais at Catalina Realty at 909 Catalina Blvd. in the Jensen’s shopping center. • On April 24, at Veterans Plaza in Ocean Beach, Councilmember Lorie Zapf and San Diego Police Department’s Western Division kicked off a Peninsula bait bike program. Bait bikes have a GPS device which police can track in real time to apprehend criminals. May: • The number of homeless people in San Diego County dropped by 6 percent from the previous year, according to the 2018 Point-in-Time Count. Conducted every year by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, the 2018 count showed that 8,576 men, women and children are living on the street or in shelters, compared to the 9,116 counted in 2017. • Developers of the former Midway Post Office has a new name for it – The Post – and a new design concept – envelope. The long-dormant 16-acre site is at 2535 Midway Drive. • Spirited debate filled the Peninsula Community Planning Board’s May meeting as residents turned out to protest a plan to convert the North Chapel in Liberty Station into a restaurant. June: • A blue-haired mermaid mannequin suddenly appeared astride the 50-foot-high Ross Rock at Sunset Cliffs, and quickly became an OB icon. • On June 4, Point Loma High School students unveiled a student-produced public service announcement on gun violence and school security titled, “If You See Something, Say Something,” which aired publicly on mass media throughout the month. • A day dreaded by thousands of its patrons finally arrived as Nati's Mexican Restaurant closed its doors June 7. • A public ceremony observing a century-old catastrophe in OB, during which 11 soldiers and sailors lost their lives from rip currents, was held May 23 at Ocean Beach Lifeguard Station. MC’d by Byron Wear, former lifeguard and council member, the event included a host of speakers and political dignitaries. July: • The mermaid at Sunset Cliffs disappeared from her perch just as mysteriously as she had appeared earlier in the year. • Former Major League Baseball star and PLHS alum David Wells resigned as head coach of the Point Loma High baseball team to devote more time to other pursuits. During his four years, his teams compiled an overall record of 67-54, for a winning percentage of .554. • The Pacific Beach Pipeline South Replacement Project, replacing approximately 7.6 miles of water main and approximately 1.6 miles of sewer main in the Midway/Pacific Highway Corridor and Mission Bay areas, caused major traffic dislocation. • Amid community pressure, Prince Recycling Center on Voltaire Street closed. • On July 12 through the early morning hours of July 13, a total of 12 arson fires were set in the Ocean Beach area. The fires damaged or destroyed at least six vehicles, several large trash cans, a fence and other items. • On July 16, San Diego City Council nixed Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s short-term vacation rental proposal by a 6-3 tally, then voted 6-3 for a more-restrictive proposal favoring residents and allowing primary-residence-only rentals with a six-month maximum. The landmark counterproposal was co-authored by Council members Barbara Bry of District 1 and Lorie Zapf of District 2, whose coastal districts have the most short-term rentals. • A public workshop July 26 vetted redevelopment of a park project on Saratoga Street dedicated in honor of noted historian, teacher and volunteer Ruth Varney Held. The park’s current design includes 4,362 square feet of children’s playground, 1,746 square feet of fitness area and 5,137 square feet of perimeter flood control. • North Chapel in Liberty Station, which was to have closed June 30, was granted a reprieve until the end of the year. August: • Firefighters from Ocean Beach's Station 15 at 4711 Voltaire St., slept in a Liberty Station hotel while their station was undergoing remodeling, expansion and upgrades. • Airport expansion headlined the July agenda of Peninsula Community Planning Board, as an official spoke on plans to replace San Diego International Airport’s Terminal 1. A long-term project was underway to replace the 51-year-old Terminal. Plans included a new on-airport entry, with a dual-level roadway and curb front. • The Rock Church acquired The Body Shop strip club at 3776 Riley St. in Point Loma. Rock Church senior pastor Miles McPherson said, “When it became available, and we learned that other adult entertainment operators were trying to buy it to reopen it as a strip club, we thought we should get involved and provide something more beneficial to Point Loma.” • A group of OBecians launched an effort to replace the beach community’s missing mermaid mascot. • At Liberty Station, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced a grant for new resources to help service members transition into civilian jobs at an Aug. 27 press conference. • On Aug. 6, the City Council allocated $1.8 million in Regional Park Improvement Funds for the Ladera Street Beach Access Stairway Emergency Project. That stairway had been closed and chained-off since a Feb. 13 cliff landslide impaired access to the beach below. September: • At a Sept. 10 special meeting, the Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Group tightened language on Navy-owned property in their community plan update before final City Council review of the long-term project Sept. 17. The City Council later unanimously approved a Midway Community Plan update, which will guide development during the next 20 years. • Growing increasingly disenchanted with the City’s land-use policies and restrictions on how advisory group’s review development projects, Peninsula Community Planning Board rejected two map waiver requests on apartments being converted into condos. • A Beacon feature profiled successful Midway restaurateur and published poet-author Ibrahim AlNashashibi, owner of Fairouz Cafe & Gallery. October:  • For the first time, Ocean Beach breweries teamed to create a unique collaboration brew to celebrate Oktoberfest: OB Session. • The 14th annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest on Oct. 12-13, Southern California’s only Oktoberfest party at the beach, featured live music, a beer garden, contests, an Oktoberfest beer tasting, and a $500 guaranteed Sausage Toss winner. • Due largely to rising costs attributed to tariffs on Chinese goods, Dog Beach Dog Wash, which had provided pet pickup bags gratis in stainless-steel containers at Dog Beach, ceased doing so.  • On Oct. 24, Michael Winn, visited Peninsula Community Planning Board to pitch the idea of creation of a Point Loma Town Council. • The NTC Foundation commissioned Jean Isaacs and the San Diego Dance Theater to create a walking tour of the North Promenade at Arts District Liberty Station to view six new site-specific dances inspired by existing or newly created visual art installations. • The City Council voted 8-1 Oct. 22 to rescind a short-term vacation rental ordinance it passed by a 6-3 vote in July. The Council’s re-vote on the contentious short-term rental ordinance was forced by a successful drive by a vacation-rental coalition. • Mayor Kevin Faulconer proposed new regulations for motorized scooters to address safety concerns while allowing the dockless transportation to continue operating in San Diego. • OB Brewery’s brewer Jim Millea got the call that his B. Right On Pale Ale had won first place at the Great American Beer Festival. There were 170 entrants in the American-style pale ale category. • Steven Torres, founder of the Pop Pie Company in University Heights, confirmed the expansion of his eatery into Ocean Beach replacing Nati’s at Bacon and Niagara streets. • The Brigantine Inc.’s two newest concepts – Ketch Grill & Taps and Portside Gelato & Coffee, debuted at 2614 Shelter Island Drive. November: • There was quite a buzz when the famed Blue Angels planes flew over the Peninsula, as captured in a front-page photo. Scenes from the sequel to “Top Gun” were being shot locally with actor Tom Cruise reprising his role as a Naval aviator. • Police were continuing an investigation into a Halloween-eve tagging that left two swastikas scrawled on a Point Loma elementary school parking lot wall. • Emergency bluff repairs next to the Ladera Street stairs in Sunset Cliffs were completed. • Minnesota-based Target revealed one of its express outlets would open on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach in 2019. • A new Economic Impact Study completed for San Diego International Airport quantified the airport’s total economic contributions to the region at nearly $12 billion annually. • Jamie Hampton, founder of Mixte Communications Inc. public relations, was named a “Top 40 Under 40 Business Leader,” as well as being declared a “Top 50 Business Influencer.” Her PR firm, Mixte, is named for a bicycle frame. • Thirteen-year-old Ethan Mayes of Point Loma became the first person to earn the title of Master Ocean Angler from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) California Fishing Passport program by catching at least 50 different species of saltwater game fish. • Democrat Dr. Jennifer Campbell defeated Republican incumbent Lorie Zapf by a wide margin in the Nov. 6 election, flipping District 2 from Republican to Democrat. That gave the nine-member San Diego City Council a veto-proof 6-3 majority for Dems. • Congressman Scott Peters (D-52) and historic preservationists Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), joined the battle to preserve North Chapel in Liberty Station, formally requesting an investigation by the City Attorney into a commercial lease for the historic church. December: • Much of Liberty Station, including the North Chapel, was sold for nearly $159 million to Pendulum Property Partners, a Southern California-based real estate firm, in partnership with The Seligman Group, at the 361-acre former Naval Training Center. • The annual hot chocolate fundraiser hosted by the Ybarras of Point Loma ended, but the neighborhood Garrison Street holiday light show continued on. • Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Group grappled with what to leave in – and take out – of a prioritized list of projects to be funded in the future by a Midway developer impact fee study. • Mayor Faulconer sanctioned forming a new joint-powers entity to purchase electrical power to achieve 100 percent renewable energy citywide by 2035. • The Lee Trepanier Gymnasium at Point Loma High School underwent a facelift with the main floor bleachers being replaced.
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