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    DAILY BRIEFING – Restaurants adapting to new rules, Fiesta Island hearing delayed, Eggies opens in Pacific Beach
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    Eggies is adjacent to Breakfast Republic PB at 4465 Mission Blvd.
    Eggies is adjacent to Breakfast Republic PB at 4465 Mission Blvd.

    A round-up of news, community, and business briefs from highlighting what’s happening in our community.

    Monday, July 13


    Eggies in Pacific Beach has officially opened so beach dwellers can get their on-the-go brunch fill. Open from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, the 205-square-foot location is adjacent to Breakfast Republic PB at 4465 Mission Blvd. The new Eggies features the same breakfast sandwiches as its other locations in East Village and the recently opened Liberty Station outpost. Other quick-service bites include filled jars layered with French toast, fresh strawberries and mascarpone and their savory potato hash jar, as well as churros with caramel sauce for the city’s morning sweet-seekers.


    Breakfast Republic is geared up for the dine-in shut-down at all their locations including 4465 Mission Blvd. Owner Johan Engman has finalized a partnership with Stone Brewing to allow Breakfast Republic in Liberty Station to use Stone’s courtyard across from the restaurant. In return, Breakfast Republic will start carrying their Stone Buenaveza Mexican Lager at all BR locations. Locations in North Park, Ocean Beach and Mission Valley will remain open, and will seat patrons in their existing outdoor patios.
    Fig Tree Café locations in Liberty Station and Pacific Beach will remain open during their usual hours, as much of their seating is already situated outdoors and is set up for social distancing – perfect for fans of their Breakfast Sushi or French toast options. This eatery also offers takeout and delivery.
    Backyard Kitchen & Tap at 832 Garnet Ave. expanded its patio to include a sideyard after the first round of shut-downs. The sideyard addition is open Tuesday through Sunday, featuring food from the Union Food Truck, while Backyard’s existing patio space is open all week.
    Pacific Beach AleHouse at 721 Grand Ave. is ready to serve San Diego safely with its sky deck, patio and parking lot seating fully open and set up to meet all safety guidelines. You can still grab a burger and beer by the ocean seven days a week. You can also swing by for carryout or order delivery through their website.
    Taco fiends can still get their fill at The Taco Stand with outdoor seating and carryout at their La Jolla location at 621 Pearl St.


    “San Diego Public Library has opened up the book drops at all 36 of its libraries, and you can now pick up your holds at the Pacific Beach Library,” said Christina Wainwright, Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library manager. “We also have a wide variety of virtual programming that you can enjoy online."


    • Book returns open at all SDPL locations Mondays at 9 a.m., and will remain open 24 hours a day until Fridays at 5:30 p.m.  Book drops are not open weekends.

    • Materials will remain on your library card for several days after they are received at the library.  All returned items are quarantined for at least 72 hours. It may take several days for the return to reflect on your library account. There are no late fees.

    • For more information about SDPL’s Book Return Service:


    • You may pick up materials that you’ve placed on hold at any of 18 SDPL locations, including the PB Library.

    • Holds Pickup service is available Mon.-Fri. From 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Call 858-581-9934 with your library card number.  We will check your holds out to your account, and have them ready to give to you.

    • If you already have holds waiting for you at another library you may request that they be transferred to PB.  You can do it yourself by modifying your holds online, or call any SDPL location so that staff may assist you.

      • Staff at the PB Library are available to assist you over the phone.  Call 858-581-9934, Mon.-Fri. From 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

    • For more information about SDPL’s Contactless Holds Pickup Service (including the full list of branches offering this service).


    ElliptiGO Inc., creator of the world’s first elliptical bicycle, is the title sponsor of the ElliptiGO Bike for Humanity II cycling event with Bill Walton and Friends ( Bike for Humanity II will take place around the world on Saturday, July 25 with a goal of raising $1 million for charity. Joining Walton in raising awareness for the event are marathon legend Meb Keflezighi, winner of the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon, and world famous ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes. 
    “The inaugural Bike for Humanity event in 2019 raised more than $100,000, and our goal is to dramatically increase participation and fundraising by inspiring thousands of people around the world to get out on their bikes or ElliptiGOs and have fun while raising money for really worthy causes,” said Bryan Pate, CEO of ElliptiGO. Participants can choose where, when and what distance to ride on July 25. Registration and more information is available through


    This year was supposed to bring the final hearing at the California Coastal Commission for the City's Plan Update proposal for Fiesta Island, that includes the official recognition of the fenced area as a dog park in the Mission Bay Master Plan. Last year was an important year for Fiesta Island Dog Owners (FIDO) when the City Council approved and adopted FIDO's Option B as the official Plan moving forward for State review at the CCC. While the commission is continuing to meet monthly online, the group has received an email from commission staff recently saying that they are unable to travel to visit Fiesta Island and complete their review, which means the commission won’t likely be reviewing Option B until next year.


    R.B. Stevenson Gallery in La Jolla has announced the exhibition “Paintings Are People Too” featuring new and recent paintings by artist Monique van Genderen. First produced in Berlin in June 2019 “Paintings Are People Too” was shown at the Rosa Luxembourg Platz Kunstverein with the title: “Citizens Don’t Hesitate.” For more information, call 858-459-3917 or visit


    San Diego Humane Society is offering virtual Animal Adventure Camp for the first time this summer to ensure a safe and healthy experience for all campers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kids going into second through fifth grades can enjoy seven weekly virtual camps through Aug. 7 and experience the fun of Animal Adventure Camp from the comfort of their own homes. Two curriculums (Animal Pals and Animal Helpers) are offered and include virtual animal meet-and-greets, animal welfare lessons, virtual tours of the shelter and specialty departments as well as games and crafts. Campers should pick up a supply box provided by SDHS a week prior to starting camp. For more information, please visit


    Fiesta Island Dog Owners (FIDO) is urging recently reopened island users to call park rangers at 858-581-7602 to report problems. One problem to be reported is people with too many dogs (more than six) and/or not picking up their waste. Report an in-progress animal emergency to the SD Humane Society response line at 619-299-7012. In a human emergency, call 911. For all non-emergencies use the park hotline: 858-581-7602. 


    Parents are increasingly loving baby names with palindromes, meanings spelled the same backwards and forwards like Nevaeh and Heaven. The word is derived from the Greek term palíndromos, which means “to run backwards.” Anna is the most popular palindrome of all time. has released a list of the most popular  Names With Meanings Spelled Backwards, after analyzing Social Security Administration data since 1890, and current user interest from millions of visitors to its website.
    These are very popular and great for siblings or twins.  For instance, a set of boy and girl twins could be Aidan and Nadia, girl twins could be Ellen and Nelle, and boy twins could be Ira and Ari.
    Here are the some of the most popular palindromes since 1890:


    1) Anna: 896,000


    2) Hannah: 434,000


    3) Ava: 266,000


    4) Ana: 102,000


    5) Ada: 96,000


    6) Bob: 93,000


    7) Otto: 33,000


    8) Eve: 25,000


    9) Asa: 18,000


    10) Elle: 14,000.


    The annual Pride 5k is going virtual this year and is going to take place this weekend, July 17-19. The event is sponsored by Mission Fed and the goal of the virtual event is to raise $20,000 for The LGBTQ Center’s Youth Housing Project and San Diego Pride Community Grants. All participants will receive an event neck gaiter and can opt in for a race T-shirt and medal. As a virtual event, participants run or walk their 5K on Pride weekend, then upload their finishing results and can join online for a live streaming event on July 18. For more information about the Pride 5K, visit  


    On Thursday, July 16 at 6 p.m, there will be the 30th annual Virtual Watch Party of San Diego Children’s Choir’s 2019 Winter Concert. The choir will look back fondly at its most recent in-person choir-wide concert with co-hosts artistic director Ruthie Millgard, and music director Margie Orem. The virtual event is being dubbed Jingle Bells in July. For more information, visit

    Wednesday, July 8

    Jetty Cats of San Diego is holding a fundraiser to help buy food for the volunteers who feed the cats nightly. Donations may be made through their sponsors Feral Cat Coalition. Go to PayPal at – type “for Jetty Cats” in the payment notes. Also, donate through Venmo @FeralCatCoalitionSD and type “for Jetty Cats” in the payment notes.


    UC San Diego’s proposed Future College Living and Learning Neighborhood project has undergone a name change. It is now being referred to as the Theatre District Living and Learning Neighborhood. 
    It would include five buildings ranging in height from 9-21 stories to provide approximately 2,000 new beds for undergraduate students, residential life and administration offices for a new college, general assignment classrooms, a 480-seat auditorium, meeting space, restaurants, and retail space for approximately 900,000 gross square feet total.
    La Jollans living in neighborhoods surrounding the university have objected strongly to both the bulk and scale of the project, as well as its alleged negative impacts on future traffic in the area. The 11.8-acre proposed project site is at the southwestern edge of the La Jolla West Campus.


    Just days after reopening for the July Fourth weekend, the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts has announced it will remain closed until after Labor Day. Museums were among those businesses told to halt indoor activities by the state and by local health authorities. Although the updated public health order is theoretically in place for just three weeks, a museum statement cited the "uncertainty'' of the coming weeks as the reason for the lengthy closure. The museum initially shuttered in March with other museums in Balboa Park and the rest of San Diego County.


    Mesa College president Dr. Pamela Luster has been elected president of the Chief Executive Officers of California Community Colleges Board for FY 2020-21. “I am honored to be elected president of the CEOCCC Board,” said Luster. “I look forward to working with these progressive leaders as we focus on advocacy and action for racial equity, increasing resources for colleges and students, and recovery from COVID-19. Our students are depending on us to lead the way.”
    The Community College League of California (League) is a nonprofit public benefit corporation whose voluntary membership consists of the 73 local public community college districts in California. The League supports locally elected trustees and community college CEOs who serve their students and communities by advocating on their behalf at the state and federal levels.


    Continuing its tradition of producing chocolate bars to celebrate the annual Comic-Con International event canceled this year due to the pandemic, the San Diego Convention Center is introducing a limited-edition 2020 chocolate bar to be shared with regional fans via social media contests. With a Saturday Morning Cartoons theme, the colorful treat features white chocolate, fruit-flavored cereal and freeze-dried raspberries. The bars are created in partnership with the Center’s food and beverage partner, Centerplate.
    “As their annual hosts, we are glad to join the Comic-Con team in continuing some traditions of this pop culture celebration, like our ‘Convention Confections,’” said Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, president, and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center. "Through the series of online contests, we hope to bring together our local community to share their special memories and experiences of Comic-Con in San Diego.”
    The Saturday Morning Cartoons bars will be distributed to fans through a series of online contests held July 13-17, via the Center’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts; no chocolate bars will be available for sale. Contest details will be shared through the Center’s social media and website next week. The chocolate bar prizes must be picked up at the Center on July 20 or 21. To learn more about [email protected], see and follow along via social media at #ComicConAtHome. The 2021 Comic-Con, International event is rescheduled to take place at the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25, 2021.


    The Maritime Museum of San Diego announced a second temporary closure of the museum beginning July 7 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Maritime Museum reopened to the public for six days beginning July 1 after closing temporarily due to the global pandemic for nearly four months starting March 16. The Museum is complying with state and local governance and guidelines and anticipates reopening Saturday, Aug. 1, at the approval of regional authorities.

    Tuesday, July 7

    Belmont Park, a 95-year-old historic amusement park on the oceanfront at 3146 Mission Blvd., has been hard hit by the pandemic and the latest rollback of business re-openings.
    “All our rides, including the Giant Dipper roller coaster, are now closed,” said Minh Tra, director of operations for the San Diego Coaster Co., which operates all of Belmont Park’s amusement rides. “As of July 7, all our indoor attractions, including our arcade, are closed. But all our outdoor attractions, retail and restaurant food operations as well as outdoor attractions like the rock wall, sky ropes, outdoor obstacle course and miniature golf, are open.”


    The Plunge San Diego at Fit Mission Beach in Belmont Park, a membership fitness club and public pool, is currently open 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. The public can access the pool for $15 a day for adults, $12 a day for youth under age 18 for recreational swimming daily from 2 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit


    “It is with heavy hearts we share that the ailing bald eagle admitted to Project Wildlife on July 4 has died,” said San Diego Humane Society on July 7. “This morning the juvenile bird was having more difficulty breathing, despite receiving supplemental oxygen in the critical care unit at our Pilar & Chuck Bahde Wildlife Center. Our highly trained medical staff knew they had to find out why the bird was not able to breathe. They sedated and anesthetized the bald eagle for a thorough exam.”
    SDHS said full body X-rays revealed no obvious abnormalities for the injured bird. SeaWorld provided an endoscope to help visualize the inside of the eagle’s trachea and GI tract.
    “There were some small parasites in the bird’s throat but not likely to be the major issue,” said SDHS. “There was also evidence of slow gut movement in the GI tract. Once the diagnostic procedures were finished, the gas anesthesia was turned off but the bird never woke up from the anesthesia. Several efforts were made to resuscitate the bald eagle, but we were unsuccessful. Our staff and partners have done everything in their power to help this bald eagle, and are extremely saddened by today’s outcome.”


    Wheel of Fortune will be re-airing a week of episodes celebrating San Diego as one of its “Great American Cities” from July 13-17. These special episodes will also feature segments and scenic footage shot on location during Pat Sajak and Vanna White’s visit to San Diego in 2016, as well as a custom set decorated with iconic local sights, including the San Diego Zoo, the Hotel del Coronado and the Gaslamp Quarter. During this week of shows, which first aired in 2017, all the contestants are from the San Diego area.


    The San Diego Padres will kick-off their pandemic-delayed, 60-game season, consisting of 40 games against National League West teams and 20 against American League West teams, starting Friday, July 24 against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park. The interleague games at Petco Park will be Aug. 19-20 against the Texas Rangers; Aug. 21-23, Houston Astros; Aug. 25-27 against the Seattle Mariners; and Sept. 22-23 against the Los Angeles Angels, the final games of the season at Petco Park.
    Major League Baseball plans to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on Aug. 28, the date of the March on Washington in 1963, as well as the date in 1945 when Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey met with Robinson to discuss his MLB future. The new date is representative of both Robinson's journey to break the color barrier and his life as a civil rights activist. Jackie Robinson Day is customarily celebrated on April 15, the anniversary of his breaking MLB's color line in 1947.


    The De Anza Cove Improvement Project, comprised of rent creditable capital improvements, including abatement and removal of 166 mobile homes remaining on-site, has been delayed by the pandemic. On June 24, 2019, the San Diego City Council approved a lease extension for Campland on the Bay and a lease for the De Anza Cove property that includes Mission Bay RV Resort.
    On Jan. 20, well ahead of the deadline, management commenced the improvement project. “Since then we have deployed certified environmental engineers who conducted asbestos and lead testing and analysis of all remaining mobile homes,” said Jacob Gelfand, vice president of operations for Terra Vista Management, which administers Campland on the Bay at 2211 Pacific Beach Drive. “On Jan. 28, management submitted a Coastal Development Permit application for the remaining components of the improvement project.”
    Added Gelfand: “Unfortunately, threatened litigation, which has since been settled, delayed the improvement project by more than two months. More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily impeded critical path progress. To the extent possible, management will proceed with project items that can be safely and feasibly accomplished during this period of crisis, until the governor’s State of Emergency has been lifted.”
    Gelfand noted, since the commencement of the lease in July 2019, that numerous, significant improvements to resort operations at Mission Bay RV Resort, including utility system repairs, safety improvements, new recreational amenities and aesthetic enhancements, have been made. “We look forward gradually to reopening more amenities at both resorts as state and local regulations allow,” said Gelfand, noting Campland on the Bay celebrated its 50th Anniversary of providing affordable, waterfront accommodations and family-friendly recreation on Mission Bay last year.


    Monday, July 6

    San Diego Humane Society’s Project Wildlife admitted a bald eagle on July 4. It is extremely rare for SDHS to admit such a raptor. The bird was rescued and brought in by SoCal Parrots after it had been observed on the ground for a couple of days at Barrett Honor Camp.
    The bald eagle, suffering from dehydration, was given fluids and treated for mites. While the bird’s condition is guarded, it is in stable condition at the critical care unit of SDHS’s Bahde Wildlife Center and has gotten radiographs (X-rays) and a blood draw. Currently, he is breathing heavy, although slightly improved. Samples of the eagle’s blood and feces were submitted for full evaluation, including a lead test.
    Staff at the Pilar & Chuck Bahde Wildlife Center were able to successfully hand feed the bird, a juvenile, a fledgling, who has not been seen flying on his own. The objective is to rehabilitate the bird and return him to his family. The bald eagle will remain in the critical care unit where he receives extra oxygen. 

    San Diego Public libraries, following the guidance of State and County health guidelines and public health orders, will continue to remain closed. “The Library has expanded its contactless pickup service to 18 locations and has opened its book drops for returns,” said City spokesperson Jennifer McBride. “The Library's online programs are also available for patrons.” For more information, visit 

    Home Start, a San Diego nonprofit whose mission is to assure the safety and resiliency of children by strengthening families and their communities, has received a $100,000 grant from the Cushman Foundation. The grant, spread over three years, is part of the Foundation’s 2020 Making a Difference for San Diego Grant Program and will help Home Start with its Behavioral Health Services programs.
    The foundation’s grant program was established in partnership with the Jewish Community Foundation as they share the goals of respectful and responsive grantmaking, quality technical assistance, and support to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit

    Padres Pedal the Cause, a nonprofit, has raised over $120,000 from the organization’s second annual A World Without Cancer Day on June 20. Over 640 people registered for the grassroots, virtual event, raising funds for collaborative cancer research in San Diego. 
    Inspired by the campaign #Do20Give20, participants committed to doing 20 minutes, miles or repetitions of movement from several participation options: cycling or run/walking on their own; attending a live, virtual class hosted by community partners, Orangetheory Fitness, YogaSix, and breast cancer fighter/spin instructor Kellie Sullivan; and even joining a Peloton class.
    Participants matched their commitment to “Do 20” with a $20 or more donation to Padres Pedal the Cause, an organization that donates 100% of fundraising dollars to cancer research. Donations can be made by visiting the Padres Pedal the Cause at   

    “Fiesta Island is currently scheduled to open to vehicle access on Monday, July 6,” said City spokesperson Jennifer McBride. “If County or State health orders are updated between now and then that could change, but right now July 6 is the date.”
    A large peninsular park within Mission Bay, manmade Fiesta Island is a popular location for charity walks and runs, bicycle races, time trials and other special events. It is also the home of the annual Over-The-Line Tournament. The Fiesta Island Youth Camp and the Aquatic Center are on the island. There are bonfire rings around the shore of the island and a park where dogs are allowed off leash. All persons on the beach at Fiesta Island are required to practice social distancing other than members of the same household, and the public shall not congregate or participate in active sport activities on beaches.

    An unusual fossil deposit containing skeletal remains of extinct mammals, including camels, oreodonts, rodents, and possibly a large carnivore, was recently unearthed at the State Route 11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Project, a joint venture between Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). The fossils are estimated to be 16 to 28 million years old and provide new insights into the region's geologic history.
    Found by Paleo Monitors from the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) fossils appear to be from a new geologic formation that has not been mapped before in the area. The deposit also contains plant fossils, as well as volcanic bombs (masses of rock ejected by a volcano). The Nat will prepare the fossils and curate and catalogue them into the paleontology collection, holding them in perpetuity for the citizens of California.
    The SR-11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Project will complete a direct connection to a planned new U.S. Land Port of Entry, and create a 21st century border crossing that will enhance regional mobility, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and wait times, fuel economic growth, bolster binational trade, and strengthen border security and resiliency.

    Although the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will kick off its 2020 summer racing season with an empty grandstand, there are still a variety of ways to enjoy your fill of races and festivities throughout the summer. Del Mar Live launches on opening day, Friday, July 10, and will feature more than 20 local restaurants, hotels and casinos including Brigantine Del Mar, Pizza Port, Jimmy O’s, Pendry San Diego and more. Each “Live” location will offer TV screens to view the day’s 10-race card, Del Mar signature drink specials and Del Mar/TVG coasters. Del Mar will race every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from July 10 up to and including Labor Day Monday, Sept. 7. First post daily will be at 2 p.m.

    This year’s 26th annual Opening Day Hats Contest will strut on stage via Instagram and Twitter for all to see with a panel of local celeb judges ready to declare the 2020 winner of a fashion statement that has become one of Del Mar’s most sought-after honors. The Opening Day Hats Contest is available to all who forward pictures using the hashtag #DelMarHatsContest and tagging @DelMarRacing in the photo.

    The San Diego Unified Board of Education has unanimously approved a balanced budget for the upcoming school year. No significant layoffs or staff adjustments were required to balance the district budget this year.
    Highlights of the approved measure include a $45 million fund for COVID-19 emergency expenditures. District leaders said those funds will pave the way for reopening schools on schedule on Aug. 31, including options for on-campus and online learning.
    “The unanimous vote this evening by the Board of Education reflects our collective confidence that we can open schools in a timely manner, on schedule, on August 31, with outstanding options for students who want to be on campus, as well as those who wish to learn from home,” said superintendent Cindy Marten. “The COVID-19 crisis is the biggest adaptive challenge to public education of our lifetimes, and we are ready to meet the challenge.”
    Marten introduced the budget item by noting the numbers have improved since May when Gov. Gavin Newsom released his revised state budget. Working with the Governor and the entire San Diego Legislative delegation, school leaders successfully advocated for changes in the state budget, including:

    • Undoing a 10% cut to Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) estimated at about $100 million as proposed in the 2020-21 May Revise and instead utilizing deferrals and federal advocacy to mitigate cuts;

    • Securing learning loss funds to cover COVID-19 costs and to support reopening of schools, which totaled $91.8 million for San Diego Unified;

    • Adopting a pension buydown of employer contribution rates for 2020-21 and 2021-22, and a CalSTRS pension rate freeze for 2020-21, which amounts to an estimated savings of $17 million for San Diego Unified in the next school year;

    • Advocating for special education funding based on the moderate-to-severe disability of students, which resulted in the allocation of $100 million for the low-incidence pool add-on that provides $2.4 million for San Diego Unified.

    Members of the Board of Education also emphasized the need for continued advocacy at the federal level. They have called for the US Senate to follow the House of Representatives in passing the HEROES Act, which provides an additional $58 billion to schools nationwide.

    Beginning on July 6 and continuing for approximately one month, access to and from Scripps Health facilities via Voigt Drive will be closed while crews rebuild the driveway and adjacent roadway. Once complete, crews will restore inbound access via Voigt Drive from the west only. Outbound access will continue to be closed and vehicles will be redirected to Genesee Avenue. 

    What to expect: 

    • Full closure of Scripps Health driveway at Voigt Drive 

    • Concurrent full closure of Voigt Drive between parking lot P701 and Campus Point Drive

    • Detours to and from Scripps Health facilities will be available via Genesee Avenue

    • Traffic control measures will be in place, including temporary traffic signals, temporary wayfinding and detour signage, and roadway and sidewalk reconfigurations

    • Typical work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Best Western Hotels & Resorts is opening its newly renovated SureStay Hotel by Best Western San Diego/Pacific Beach at 4545 Mission Bay Drive. The 66-room hotel offers an outdoor, heated, swimming pool, complimentary hot breakfast buffet, high-speed WiFi, and free parking providing guests with the superior comfort and utmost value they want out of their stay. The hotel is closely following state guidelines and implementing safety protocols. For more information, visit

    CerasoliStafford Media Management has announced that long-time media executive Bob Bolinger joined the firm effective July 1 as a new partner. Concurrently, the firm will be changing its name to CerasoliStaffordBolinger, doing business as CSB Impact ( Bolinger’s career includes executive management roles with major San Diego radio groups, including Entercom, iHeart Media and CBS Radio. 

    Following the guidance of public health officials, San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister will close all five branches to the public until further notice effective July 6 in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Four Treasurer-Tax Collector offices in Kearny Mesa, San Marcos, Chula Vista and Santee have remained closed to the public since March, and will do so for the foreseeable future. Unsecured tax bills can be paid now at More information is available on the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s website.
    Those who must pay in cash can obtain a cashier’s check or money order and mail their payment to 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 162, San Diego, CA 92101. Drop boxes will still be available outside all Treasurer-Tax Collector branches for those who must drop off a check payment, but cash will not be accepted in the drop boxes.

    While some residents may be isolated, La Jolla Community Center wants them to know they are not alone, and that LJCC is always there and watching out for them. Call 858-459-0831 or email [email protected] if you are in need of transportation, wellness checks or any other community resources.

    San Diego International Airport has continued to adjust to the impacts of COVID-19. The airport has remained open as a critical piece of the nation’s transportation infrastructure, helping to move much-needed supplies and cargo, and assisting those with essential travel needs. As states ease restrictions and non-essential travel resumes, SAN would like to share the modifications and protocols that have been put in place to help ensure the health and safety of passengers and employees. Health and safety measures that have been implemented in the terminals include:

    • Plexiglas sneeze guards in certain public spaces.

    • Floor decals and seat separation signage to queue the six-foot social distancing consideration.

    • Increased signage throughout the terminals that serves as a reminder to practice preventive health measures.

    • Per the California Department of Public Health, facial coverings are required for all passengers, visitors, tenants, contractors and employees while on airport property, excluding those with a medical or mental health condition, or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering.

    • Continued increased cleaning of high touch points.

    • PA announcements throughout the terminals that remind everyone of the facial covering and social distancing requirements.

    • Per San Diego County Health, employees are required to do a personal health screening and cannot come to work if they have any of the listed CDC COVID-19 symptoms.

    Travelers may visit for information and airport updates related to COVID-19.

    Lawyers Club of San Diego applauded yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to defend the reproductive rights of women by striking down a Louisiana law that would have eliminated abortion services for many in that state. Lawyers Club of San Diego, a strong supporter of reproductive rights, signed onto the amicus brief in June, Medical v. Russo filed by the National Women’s Law Center, which joined the five abortion clinics and four abortion providers in arguing that the state law imposed an undue burden on the rights of women in Louisiana.
    “Over the last decade many states have passed hundreds of laws attempting to chip away at the protections guaranteed by Roe v. Wade,” Lawyers Club president Elvira Cortez said. “The Louisiana law at issue in this case is a prime example of the steps lawmakers have taken to severely restrict women’s reproductive choice. While we can rest assured that such a drastic reduction of services will remain unlawful for now, the fight for reproductive rights is not over.”

    San Diego Humane Society is celebrating the five-year anniversary of “Getting to Zero,” the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition’s commitment to reaching zero euthanasia of healthy or treatable animals in San Diego County. Before July 1, 2015, treatable animals were at risk of euthanasia in shelters due to sheer numbers and limited resources.
    “Getting to Zero was truly a milestone for San Diego, because it was the first time in our region’s history that no healthy or treatable animal was at-risk for being unnecessarily euthanized,” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president/CEO of SDHS. “San Diego is one of the safest communities in the nation for animals.”
    SDHS is proud to have not euthanized a healthy or treatable animal since 2002. When the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition — a collaboration of area shelters, foster families, rescue groups and other lifesaving partners — was able to reach the same goal of zero euthanasia in July 2015, it meant that all healthy and treatable animals entering the San Diego animal sheltering system were safe from being euthanized. San Diego is the largest city in the nation to have accomplished this feat. For more information, visit

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    Creating hope and relationships to help homeless population in Pacific Beach
    Jul 08, 2020 | 4749 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Caryn Blanton (right), a community activist who is reactivating the nonprofit Shoreline Community Services, speaks at the event with Joseph Besser, a formerly homeless person. COURTESY PHOTO
    Caryn Blanton (right), a community activist who is reactivating the nonprofit Shoreline Community Services, speaks at the event with Joseph Besser, a formerly homeless person. COURTESY PHOTO

    Change can only happen within relationships. That, and the need for hope, were two messages delivered by Pacific Beach social activist Caryn Blanton on July 2 at a community “conversation” on homelessness and crime held at St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.

    Blanton, who is relaunching nonprofit Shoreline Community Services providing resources to the unsheltered, spoke to guests and community volunteers about combating homelessness and crime while they ate chocolate and roasted marshmallows.
    “We’re going to address some of the realities in our neighborhood and learn more about Shoreline Community Services, what we do, and how we can move together to make our community the kind of place we’re all happy and proud to be a part of,” Blanton said.
    “The most consistent cause of homelessness is the loss of human relationships,” Blanton continued. “Homelessness occurs when someone has disengaged from society, family, friends, church, their neighbors, etc. These are people who don’t have a connection anymore. Those who become homeless are those who have no relationships.”
    Pointing out “there is a lack of service providers in our central beach area,” Blanton added, “These are often the places where unhoused people go to form relationships.”
    Blanton introduced Joseph Besser, a formerly unhoused person whose rehabilitation began when he joined the PB Street Guardians, an organization hiring the homeless to do community beautification, which disbanded a year ago.
    Besser was depressed and living out of his car before joining PB Street Guardians, which began his journey back to employment and renewed self-respect after he was hired part-time as a groundskeeper at St. Andrew’s.
    “I’m still here,” joked Besser adding, “I committed myself, during my days living out of my car that, if I ever got out of this, that I was going to help others. Since I took this job here I now oversee our Tuesday night (homeless) meals. I have been doing that for a year and a half. That’s my baby.”
    Now a member of the Shoreline Community Services board of directors, Besser said, “It’s an honor just to be asked. Since I’ve been working at St. Andrew’s, I’ve met hundreds of unsheltered neighbors from all walks of life. I’m just happy being involved in connecting them with more resources to help people take a step forward.”
    “And [Besser] is now permanently housed,” noted Blanton.
    Blanton spoke of numerous new programs being introduced by Shoreline to stem PB homelessness and crime.
    “We’ve been busy since March reinvigorating this nonprofit,” she said. “Shoreline is the nexus, the central point of connection, in our community. We can access existing resources, be sure people who need them find them. We determine the most pressing challenges. We find solutions to these challenges.”
    There is no shortage of challenges right now.
    “We need to find safe places for unhoused people during this time when libraries and other places they used to go are not now open,” Blanton said, adding, “There is an invisible community now being put out into the public where it hasn’t been.”
    Speaking of new Shoreline Community Services initiatives, Blanton said the group has started tagging abandoned items and removing them for safe storage, giving information to their owners as to how they can be retrieved.
    Pointing out “we need to find ways to make our neighborhood safer,” Blanton added, “We’re going to work on getting every bike at the beach registered. We want to connect with every bike shop between Ocean Beach and Bird Rock to develop an online bike registry for every bike sold connected to the police. We think that would be a great way to begin addressing bike theft crime that is rampant in PB.”
    Blanton offered an upbeat message for the future.
    “I’ve met more people who want to help, and that gives me hope, and it should give you hope too,” she said. “When we pull this off together, we’ll be an example to the rest of the City, the rest of the country.
    “Change takes a long time,” concluded Blanton. “Like you, we’ve been frustrated with the system, frustrated with the results. But we know that all the issues can be solved if we’re strategic. We realize this is a journey we need to be committed to, walking together to make the changes because change doesn’t happen unless it’s within relationships.”
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    Indoor dining paused; mayor’s executive order expands outdoor seating
    Jul 08, 2020 | 3520 views | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Backyard Kitchen & Tap expanded their patio to include a sideyard after the first round of shut-downs – the sideyard addition is open Tuesday through Sunday, featuring food from the Union Food Truck, while Backyard’s existing patio space is open all week. COURTESY PHOTO
    Backyard Kitchen & Tap expanded their patio to include a sideyard after the first round of shut-downs – the sideyard addition is open Tuesday through Sunday, featuring food from the Union Food Truck, while Backyard’s existing patio space is open all week. COURTESY PHOTO

    Indoor is out. Following two weeks of rising COVID-19 cases, public health officials have halted all indoor operations at bars, restaurants, museums, zoos, cardrooms, theaters, and family entertainment centers for at least three weeks.

    The immediate reaction from local business owners, and those trying to help them, was anger, resentment, and resignation. Some saw it coming.

    “Not surprised,” reacted Diane Kane, chair of the La Jolla Community Planning Association advising the City on land use.

    “The sadness for us is that La Jolla Shores Association has been working in good faith with the City to help our Shores restaurants be able to stay in business,” said a frustrated Janie Emerson, LJSA’s president, who’s been lobbying, along with other group members, for weeks to cut through the bureaucratic red tape at the City to allow outdoor dining.

    But just when small businesses, particularly restaurants temporarily barred from having indoor dining, were being asked once again to make sacrifices due to the pandemic, the cavalry came over the hill.

    On July 7, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer signed an executive order to provide regulatory relief to restaurants and make dining safer by encouraging outdoor operations. The mayor’s order, which takes effect immediately, waives permitting and parking requirements for the use of sidewalks and private parking lots as outdoor dining venues.

    Public health experts have promoted outdoor settings and physical distancing as two key tools to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

    The mayor’s executive order came as welcome news to Sara Berns, executive director of Discover PB business improvement district. Berns recently sent a letter to City officials urging them to approve the Temporary Outdoor Business Program. 

    “As our restaurants will be closed down for indoor dining their frustrations are rightfully running high,” read Berns’ letter. “The option to close streets has overwhelmingly fallen on our organizations and even with the possibility of fees waived, will still cost thousands and thousands of dollars for our BIDs. Most of us do not have the means to execute. The expedited pedestrian plaza program is the only viable and affordable option for a majority of  businesses.”

    Added Berns: “Now facing the closure of indoor dining, hundreds of people will go back on unemployment. Business owners will have to mitigate the rehiring process all over again, and precious business will be lost. Some may not recover again. I plead that you help these small businesses. Expanding outdoor dining options for our communities is a simple policy fix that can make an immediate impact to our economic and social outlook, with little more than reasonable safety precautions to manage.”

    The executive order enacts two elements from a broader outdoor dining regulatory overhaul the mayor announced in late June. Once approved by the City Council, that proposal will include additional components such as authorizing on-street parking spots to be used as cafes. Restaurants in business improvement districts already have access to streamlined reviews for sidewalk cafes, and now all restaurants citywide can easily set up cafes on sidewalks and in parking lots.  

    “The state’s new shutdown order had an immediate impact on local businesses, so I’ve signed an executive order to immediately waive regulations and help restaurants expand their service outdoors, creating a safer environment for their employees and customers,” Faulconer said. “This order will provide immediate relief as the City finalizes a full ordinance for Council approval that will cut fees and streamline permits to make it easier for businesses to operate in additional areas outdoors.”

    The state’s latest COVID-19 directive is expected to affect over 4,000 restaurants, which employ more than 55,000 individuals in San Diego.



    Under regular rules, securing an outdoor dining and retail permit can cost more than $1,000 and can take several months to process. The mayor’s executive order will provide regulatory relief through: 


    1. Sidewalk cafes without permits:


    Waives enforcement of municipal code section 141.0621(a)(2) related to permitting sidewalk cafes;


    Has the effect of authorizing restaurants to establish temporary amenities within the public right-of-way such as tables and chairs;


    Businesses cannot build structures as part of this executive order.




    2. Private parking lots for outdoor dining:


    Waives enforcement of municipal code section §142.0510 as it relates to the use of private parking lots;  


    The executive order remains in effect until the City Council adopts an emergency ordinance proposed by Mayor Faulconer last month, codifying these changes. 






    • Faulconer recently announced a plan to waive fees and fast-track permits to help businesses get back on their feet by safely increasing customer capacity. The proposed ordinance will encourage eateries and retail to transform into “streateries” and “streetail” by allowing businesses to expand onto street parking spaces, sidewalks and parking lots.  

    • Announced three weeks ago on June 18, the proposal will help businesses maximize outdoor space to make up for lost revenue as a result of reduced or restricted indoor capacity and create more room for physical distancing.



    • Safe outdoor business operations in parking lots, on-street parking spaces, and sidewalks;

      • All eating and drinking establishments, including restaurants, cafes, bars, breweries and wineries are eligible, as allowed by state and county public health orders;

      • Retail establishments are eligible, as allowed by state and county public health orders;

    • Reductions in fees for special events by waiving processing costs and late fees for applicants to operate in the public right-of-way until physical distancing mandates expire;

    • Waiving and streamlining of permits and review to allow applicants to close streets and conduct business outdoors;

    • Retroactive fee waivers for applicants that were previously approved for an outdoor dining special event permit by May 1.


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    Movement begins to rename park after Pacific Beach’s first Black teacher
    Jul 07, 2020 | 4997 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Organizers Casey Barbosa (with bullhorn) and Nia de la Peña speak to the crowd at a recent peaceful Black Lives Matter rally held at Pacific Beach Community Park. PHOTO BY AMARII DAVU
    Organizers Casey Barbosa (with bullhorn) and Nia de la Peña speak to the crowd at a recent peaceful Black Lives Matter rally held at Pacific Beach Community Park. PHOTO BY AMARII DAVU

    In 1945, a petition signed by 1,900 Pacific Beach property owners demanded the removal of William Payne, the community’s first Black teacher on the staff of Pacific Beach Junior High School, because of his race. The petition sought to have Payne transferred to “a more suitable assignment.”

    Seventy-five years later, Crown Point resident and San Diego State University administrator Paige Hernandez has started a similar petition drive. Only the objective this time is not to discredit Payne, but rather to honor him for his courage and community service.

    Hernandez’s goal is to get the same symbolic number of signatures, 1,900, to rename a Pacific Beach park for the late Payne and his wife Fannie. As of July 6, there were 996 signatures on that petition at on

    The petition asks to rename joint-use PB Community Park near PB Middle School and the PB Recreation Center, to Fannie and William Payne Community Park.

    And it didn’t hurt that PB Community Park has recently served as a gathering place for Black Lives Matter rallies in Pacific Beach. Hernandez’s petition reads, “Because the current name is simply ‘Community Park,’ we have an opportunity to rename and celebrate the bravery, dedication and community service of Fannie and William Payne.”

    An archaeology and anthropology student, Hernandez discussed the origin of her park-renaming quest.

    “I love historical research and I wanted to feature the history of PB,” she said, adding she realized early on that “there is not a lot of diversity in largely white Pacific Beach … there was virtually no history of people of color here.

    “I wanted to do something different,” said Hernandez who, during her research, found an old deed from a Crown Point subdivision that “forbid sales of homes to Blacks, Asians, and Hispanics.”

    That’s when Hernandez found out about William Payne, the second black teacher ever hired by the San Diego Board of Education.

    Payne started his 25-year career in public schools at Pacific Beach Junior High in 1945 (white parents fought unsuccessfully to have him removed) and retired at San Diego High. He was a lecturer and admissions director at SDSU’s College of Education where he worked from 1970 to 1976. He died in 1986.

    Fannie J. Payne arrived with her husband in San Diego in 1942 with a degree from Talladega College in Alabama. In the post-war years, they both became pioneering public school teachers. In 1964, she got her master’s degree from SDSU.

    Fannie Payne retired from teaching in 1979. After that, she devoted more time to such organizations as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Links Inc, and Talladega Alumni Association, Altrusa Club of San Diego, Delta 39 Gamma International Society. Fannie received several honors for her exceptional service, including a Woman of Dedication recognition by the Salvation Army. She died in 2008.

    “Black students wanted to take a stand in 2020 to have 1,900 PB residents sign the petition to honor Mr. Payne as a way of atoning for history and speaking out against things that have happened here that I’m sure was painful for Mr. Payne and his wife,” said Hernandez, adding, “We’re still trying to get the word out about the petition. A lot of folks don’t even know this happened. It was just buried in history. We wanted to solidify Payne’s legacy in PB.”

    Asked how her petition is being received, Hernandez replied, “It’s been overwhelmingly positive.”

    Confident she will eventually get the 1,900 signatures she’s seeking, Hernandez said she’s talking with District 2 Councilmember Jennifer Campbell’s office to determine what the next steps involved will be to make Fannie and William Payne Community Park a reality.

    Concluded Hernandez, “As a Black educator, I wanted to make sure their (Paynes) history is not lost.”


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    Storied independent boutique hotel on boardwalk renovates property
    Jul 07, 2020 | 1346 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The exterior of the upgraded Ocean Park Inn in Pacific Beach. COURTESY PHOTO
    The exterior of the upgraded Ocean Park Inn in Pacific Beach. COURTESY PHOTO

    Over the holiday, guests at Ocean Park Inn in Pacific Beach enjoyed upgrades from the first phase of the oceanfront boutique hotel’s remodel, which include 71 newly re-imagined rooms, refreshed common areas, and a pool deck as part of an ongoing property-wide renovation.

    Founded by the Lai family four generations ago, the independently owned inn is a boutique hotel on the PB shoreline at 710 Grand Ave. boasting a variety of suites, complete with a private balcony and access to an ocean- view pool and hot tub.
    Ocean Park Inn’s owner-operator, Elvin Lai, is an active member of San Diego’s hospitality industry, serving as vice-chair of the San Diego Convention Center Corp., and president of the San Diego County Lodging Association.
    Lai said renovation enhancements were made for the benefit of his hotel’s target demographic.
    “This was pre-planned and our renovation targets our different demographic that we are going for: millennials, professionals out of college three or four years established in the workplace and young families,” said Lai adding Ocean Park Inn was designed to accommodate entire families.
    “We have people coming to stay at our hotel from three generations,” he said. “That’s our ultimate goal, to appeal to all three generations with our amenities, services, and style.”
    Lai said one of the objectives of his hotel remodel was to brighten and freshen its look and feel.
    “We’re a very practical hotel,” he said. “And now we’re bringing the Pacific Beach vibe into our rooms.”
    That is being accomplished, said Lai, “Using the sun and its yellow color as the accent, instead of the blue water, so the yellow stands out. You just feel light and happy. You just want to be there. That’s the idea.”
    The new-look Ocean Park Inn showcases sophisticated, streamlined furnishings paired with crisp hues of cool mint green, black, white, and a soul-warming, sun-drenched yellow. Add to that vintage photography, custom-designed furnishings, and thoughtful mid-century inspired decor. The pared-down elegance of the hotel’s chic retro luxe is designed to captivate.
    Lai said the remodeled rooms have a “beach cottage look,” as well as being easier to clean which he added is “also by design.”
    Lai noted remodeling materials chosen, including fabrics, are allergen-free.
    “Every floor is also a walking tour,” the hotelier said. “We’ve videoed the corridors showing when you come out of elevators, the murals on the walls. You get the streets and the boardwalk of PB on the second floor. More vintage PB is on the first floor.”
    Lai said he’s only done with phase 1 of the remodel, noting future phased enhancements are to include the hotel’s cosmopolitan lobby, bar, and its exterior finishes. “We haven’t started that yet, but if everything works out, we will begin that in the fall of this year,” he said.
    When the pandemic hit, Lai said his hotel was considered an essential service and did not have to close. “We were able to house essential workers, nurses, doctors, people that needed to escape COVID, as well as government travelers,” he said pointing out Ocean Park Inn “is a small, boutique hotel with 99% of our business being leisure travel, which is now open.”
    Lai added all proper health protocols are in place in his renovating hotel. “We’re observing all social-distancing requirements for the health of our guests,” he said adding, “Our health protocols are just enhancing protocols we’ve already been doing. The hotel industry has always been leaders in cleanliness and cleaning, serving the particular needs and requirements of our guests. People have to understand, the hotel industry was ready for this. We know what to look for. We know how to clean and sanitize rooms. We are more than prepared to confront these issues.”

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