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    DAILY BRIEFING – Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, Pacific Beach weed abatement on Sept. 26, Dine Diego kicks off
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    The Duck Dive Burger – packed with a half-pound all-natural beef patty smothered in pimiento cheese, and topped with tomato, relish, caramelized onions, lettuce and garlic aioli, served on a toasted brioche bun.
    The Duck Dive Burger – packed with a half-pound all-natural beef patty smothered in pimiento cheese, and topped with tomato, relish, caramelized onions, lettuce and garlic aioli, served on a toasted brioche bun.
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    A round-up of news, community, and business briefs from sdnews.com highlighting what’s happening in our community.

    Wednesday, Sept. 16

     

    AIRPORT TRAFFIC RETURNING
    Air traffic at San Diego International Airport is rebounding, but gradually. Sabrina LoPiccolo, airport senior communications specialist, gave these post-COVID numbers for airport traffic:
    April: Passenger traffic through the TSA checkpoints was down as much as 95 percent.
    July: Passenger traffic through TSA checkpoints was down 74 percent. 
    August: Passenger traffic through TSA checkpoints was down 71 percent.
    September to date: Passenger traffic through TSA checkpoints is down 67 percent.
    “Since COVID-19, we saw the most passengers through the TSA checkpoints on Sept. 4, (15,334),” LoPiccolo said.

     

    INDOOR CYCLING OUTDOORS
    SoulCycle is bringing SoulOutside to Westfield UTC, beginning this week for an eight-week series. SoulOutside will feature SoulCycle’s signature 45-minute indoor cycling class seven days a week at Westfield UTC’s open-air upper level deck above the SoulCycle studio location at The Pointe. More than 40 bikes will be spaced 6-feet apart under a tent with riders pedaling with individual headphones silent disco style to ensure strong sound quality while outside.
    The coming week’s classes will be available for booking here every Monday at noon, one bike is also being reserved in every class for essential workers to enjoy a free ride. The safety of the community remains SoulCycle and Westfield UTC’s top priority, and heightened cleaning processes, social distancing practices, and face covering requirements are being implemented to ensure the health and safety of riders, staff and instructors. More information on the SoulCycle Standard can be found here and Westfield UTC’s health procedures here.

     

    DINE DIEGO KICKS OFF
    Dine Diego has hit the San Diego scene for a month of dining deliciousness. The one-time only Dine Diego will run through Oct. 15 and will feature a diverse line-up of top San Diego eateries showcasing their safe dining offerings for alfresco, to-go and in-house promotions. Dine Diego takes the place of San Diego Restaurant Week for 2020 in an effort to support the unique and timely needs of the San Diego restaurant industry that is facing dynamic and ongoing challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The California Restaurant Association is putting on this program to help support local restaurants by waiving all membership and registration fees. Dine Diego is a campaign uniquely designed to match the evolving landscape of the San Diego restaurant industry and to give diners an easy method to support your favorite eateries in their current operating offerings.
    SanDiegoRestaurantWeek.com hosts an interactive Bingo-style game board with dining options and the opportunity to win a San Diego Staycation package. Snap and post a photo as you enjoy brunch with friends or take a selfie as you pick up to-go lunch, complete five in a row, submit your game board and be entered to win. Post a photo on Instagram of your Dine Diego experience, follow @SDRestaurantWk and the restaurant you posted about, use #52WeeksOfDineDiego in your post.

     

    LIFEGUARD TRYOUTS SEPT. 17
    On Thursday morning, Sept. 17, the City of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s Lifeguard Division will conduct a tryout session for applicants interested in becoming ocean and bay seasonal lifeguards. In order to be considered for admittance into the lifeguard training program, prospective recruits must complete a 500-meter swim in less than 10 minutes. These applicants will also have the opportunity to interact with current and former SDFD lifeguards, and view some of the equipment they will use during their lifeguard careers.
    “Lifeguarding in San Diego isn’t just sun and sandy beaches. Lifeguards must be physically and mentally ready to respond to an emergency at any time,” said Lifeguard Chief James Gartland. “For those who can meet the demands of the job and become a lifeguard, I guarantee they will never have more rewarding or unique job experience.” 
    With more than 40 miles of oceanfront and bay shoreline to patrol throughout the City, SDFD lifeguards help keep an average of 17 million visitors safe and conduct an estimated 7,000 rescues at local beaches each year. Additionally, lifeguards manage cliff, scuba and swift water rescues, enforce boating safety regulations, and respond to emergencies involving seafaring vessels and other watercraft.

     

    PBTC WEED ABATEMENT
    Pacific Beach Town Council’s next weed abatement project will be Saturday, Sept. 26 starting at 7 a.m. This next weed abatement project is the Pacific Beach portion of Soledad Mountain Road, where weeds are rampant on the medians and sidewalks. The PBTC volunteer table will be at the corner of Soledad Mountain Road and Beryl Street, where volunteers can pick up tools and supplies. Please bring this waiver to the event (waivers will also be available at the sign-up table).
    It is recommended that volunteers bring gardening gloves, sunscreen, visors or hats, and drinking water. Masks are mandatory when working near other people. We will have tools, but if you can bring brooms, dustpans, and loppers from home, this would ensure that we have enough tools for everyone. For more information, call Ron Walker at 619-977-4055.

     

    NATIONAL CHEESEBURGER DAY 
    National Cheeseburger Day is Friday, Sept. 18. Pacific Beach-dwellers looking for a laid back dining experience as well as patio seating and limited-capacity dine-in service, can fuel up this National Cheeseburger Day at The Duck Dive, where coastal surf vibes meet topnotch bites. Treat your taste buds to their namesake Duck Dive Burger – packed with a half-pound all-natural beef patty smothered in pimiento cheese, and topped with tomato, relish, caramelized onions, lettuce and garlic aioli, served on a toasted brioche bun.
    A newer addition to Pacific Beach’s restaurant and entertainment scene, Break Point has reopened for dining, and is ready to serve hungry San Diegans this National Cheeseburger Day. While bowling is still on-hold at the location, rest assured you can still dig into their BP Burger, which comes stacked with chef's special blend patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, Louie sauce and American cheese. 
    Bub’s @ the Beach has emerged stronger and now equipped with an outdoor dining set-up, as well as limited-capacity indoor seating. Sink your teeth into their Carolina Gold Burger, showcasing layers of cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and their Carolina Gold Barbecue Sauce slathered on a juicy burger patty, all atop a warm bun.
    Cheeseburgers for breakfast? Yes, please. San Diego’s go-to brunch destination, Breakfast Republic, at 4465 Mission Blvd., is known for putting innovative spins on morning eats. Behold their Breakfast Burger, stacked with a beef patty, Portuguese linguisa sausage, muenster cheese, egg any style, spinach, fried onions and thousand island dressing on a warm brioche bun. 

    Thursday, Sept. 10

    THE ROSIN BOX PROJECT
    The Rosin Box Project will launch its new virtual subscription available starting Sept. 12. The first installment, on Sept. 18, is the IN FOCUS Film Series, a month-long series of original dance film premieres with one mission: to propel contemporary ballet in San Diego from the stage to the big screen. The Rosin Box Project collaborated with several local San Diego filmmakers to create original and visually striking art films that lend fresh perspectives to contemporary ballet and grant new access to the performance art during this time of quarantining and social distancing.
    The program for IN FOCUS includes four ballets handpicked to reintroduce audiences to the company’s bold and innovative dance-makers. The first film in the series is “The Long Goodbye” with choreography by Kevin Jenkins, and cinematography by Justin Flores and Israel Palacio. “The Long Goodbye” premieres on Sept. 18 and is only available to virtual subscribers.
    Next in the series is Carly Topazio’s “CrackerJack” (Sept. 25) with cinematography by Gina and Kyle Sorensen. “First, You” debuts on Oct. 2, and is a ballet choreographed and filmed by Carly Topazio. The series culminates with Bethany Green’s “Epiphany, If You Will” (Oct. 9), filmed by Brandon Lazo and Caleb Gonz.
    The virtual subscription will connect audiences to The Rosin Box Project like never before, and provide intimate access to the artists that move and inspire. A rotating library of featured dance films, behind-the-scenes access, workshops, artist interviews, and exclusive discounts/invitations to in-person performances are just a click away. Visit The Virtual Box at therosinboxproject.com/thevirtualbox. 

    LA JOLLA PLANNING SUPPORTS HOME REDEVELOPMENT
    At a Sept. 3 Zoom meeting with more than 70 participants, La Jolla Community Planning Association, which makes land-use recommendations to the City, voted 13-2-2 after extensive public debate to support a home redevelopment for Ted and MaryAnn Pintar at 7342 Remley Place. The project calls for demolition of an existing 3,196-square-foot single-family home and replacement by a new 4,923-square-foot single-family home.
    Several neighbors expressed their concerns about the possibility of the project’s impairing views, and about a planned garage some fear will pose access and safety problems in the neighborhood. Following the meeting, LJCPA trustee David Little resigned from the group in a letter reading: “The LJCPA has recently voted to approve projects that will result in code violations when built. This is never a good policy, but it is a particularly bad policy at this time when community planning groups are struggling to be relevant.”

    THE PEARL MOVIES
    Charles + Dinorah at The Pearl Hotel at 1410 Rosecrans St. has unveiled its fall dinner and a movie schedule. An evolution of its popular Dive-In Theatre series, dinner and a movie is an elevated movie-and-poolside dining experience featuring a three-course menu by chef Peter Ziegler and themed cocktails to complement the evening’s featured film. Wednesdays at 8 p.m. (seating begins at 7:15 p.m.; arrive by 7:45 p.m. at the latest). A three-course menu and curated sips paired with a screening of the evening’s featured film. Menus change weekly. Reservations are mandatory. Call 619-226-6100 for reservations.

    • Sept.16: Dirty Dancing

    • Sept. 23: Jaws

    • Sept. 30: Grease

    • Oct. 7: Troop Beverly Hills

    • Oct. 14: ET

    • Oct. 21: Hocus Pocus

    • Oct. 28: Psycho (1960)

    • Nov. 4: The Big Lebowski

    • Nov. 11: Bridesmaids

    • Nov. 18: Anchorman

    • Nov. 25: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

     COLLEGE DISTRICT NAMES VICE CHANCELLOR
    Gregory Smith, a human resources manager with community college leadership experience, has been named vice chancellor of human resources for the San Diego Community College District. In his role leading SDCCD Human Resources, Smith will oversee a team that directly supports a district with nearly 5,000 employees across three credit colleges and a large noncredit division. Areas of responsibility include collective bargaining, grievance administration, academic and classified employment, classification, compensation, leadership and staff development, diversity and EEO compliance, payroll, benefits, retirement, risk management, legal services, and policy development. Smith will also serve as the district’s chief negotiator and as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet.

    POINT LOMA PLAY
    Point Loma Playhouse at 3035 Talbot St. is streaming “Mass Appeal” by Bill C. Davis Sept. 11-13. The play is about Mark Dolson, a young seminarian, who comes to study and work with Father Tim Farley, an older priest who has burned out internally. When young Dolson begins to call Father Farley on his sloppy, passionless theology and his contradictions in his life, the fire roars. Before it is over, both men learn from one another and form a bond. The play starring Richard Rivera and Tim Benson is directed by Jerry Pilato. For more information, visit pointlomaplayhouse.com.

    NEW SALAD MENU
    Fig Tree Café’s Liberty Station and Pacific Beach locations have rolled out two new salads. Now you can treat yourself to their Tahini Chicken Salad, which features crisp romaine, arugula, chicken asado, pickled red onion, feta cheese and pita crisps all tossed in tahini dressing with hummus, or fuel up with their Quinoa Salad which comes packed with romaine, kale, crispy quinoa, red onion, cherry tomato, queso fresco, cilantro, black beans, jicama, roasted corn and avocado bathed in a chipotle vinaigrette. Be sure to check out Fig Tree Café’s recently revamped Liberty Station patio, perfectly situated to accommodate social distancing and for those seeking a garden-style brunch setting.

    COVID ANTI-BODY TESTING
    Ravive Health and Vitality at 2907 Shelter Island Drive has added a COVID-19 anti-body test, a rapid result serological test, to its mix. test detects the presence of both IgG and IgM antibodies to 2019-nCoV. by lateral flow immunoassay method. The test consists of two components, an IgG component, and an IgM component. It is able to detect whether you've had an infection in the past month or if your showing antibodies that may indicate an active infection. The test is available at the clinic by appointment only. Cost is $75, and any retesting is available at a discounted $50. For more information, visit ravivevitality.com.

    CORVETTE, THE LOT, REOPEN
    Liberty Station has announced that two of its high-profile tenants, The Lot movie theatre and Corvette Diner restaurant, have reopened. The LOT is now open for indoor movie showings and dining. The luxury cinema has joined CinemaSafe, a national coalition of theaters, to promote the safe return of moviegoers and employees. Alongside leading epidemiologists, this industry-specific organization developed a program of health and safety protocols that address the unique environment of movie theaters. Corvette Diner , a ’50s-themed eatery, reopened for indoor dining. While the arcade remains closed, the burger and milkshake joint is resuming operations with reduced hours: Friday to Sundays, from noon to 9 p.m. 

    LA JOLLA MATTRESS SHOP OPENS
    Avocado Green Mattress opened a new retail location and showroom at 7646 Girard Ave. To accompany Avocado’s in-store experience, this location will also be offering customers their new Live Video Retail Experience, where customers get a free, 30-minute consultation via zoom. Avocado is a Certified B Corp. and makers of green and eco-conscious mattresses and bedding. Their materials include GOLS organic certified latex, GOTS organic certified wool, GOTS organic certified cotton, and GOTS organic certified kapok fiber.  

    MUSEUM SUPPORTS RELIEF FUND
    More than five months of widespread closures and cancellations have devastated San Diego’s arts and culture community. Nearly all artists have lost wages, gigs, and contracts as a result of COVID-19. In addition to lost opportunities, the pandemic has amplified and laid bare systemic inequities within American society. The arts sector is facing a long-overdue reckoning as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and historically marginalized creative workers are harshly impacted.
    The Women's Museum of California is proud to support the San Diego Artist Relief Fund, a campaign offering mutual aid to local creative workers who are financially struggling due to COVID-19. The fund prioritizes Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and historically marginalized artists. Donate, share and learn more about #SDArtistRelief from Lenin "the Starbucks kid" at gofundme.com/f/sdartistrelief

    SDHS ACQUIRES WILDLIFE CENTER
    San Diego Humane Society has acquired the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona from the Humane Society of the United States. The 13-acre wildlife center provides care to wildlife, including native apex predators such as bears, bobcats, coyotes and birds of prey. With this additional center, known as Project Wildlife — Ramona, SDHS will expand its lifesaving capacity to rescue, rehabilitate and release additional species of injured and orphaned wildlife throughout San Diego County. It will also continue to care for 29 of the center’s existing ambassador animals, including a bear, bobcats, snakes and a pygmy hippo.
    “This a big step for wildlife and our environmentally conscious community,” said SDHS president Dr. Gary Weitzman. “By bringing this exceptional wildlife and conservation program into the lifesaving work of Project Wildlife, we’ll be able to care for many more orphaned or injured wild species from hummingbirds and owls to bobcats and coyotes.”
    San Diego County is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the United States with the greatest number of endangered species. People from all over the county bring wildlife patients to San Diego Humane Society’s Project Wildlife program for care.

    DISTRICT 1 CANDIDATE FORUM
    La Jolla Community Center is presenting a free virtual candidate forum allowing its members and the La Jolla Community to learn more about candidates Joe LaCava and Will Moore, running for the District 1 Council seat on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. District 1 includes La Jolla, Carmel Valley, Del Mar Mesa, Pacific Highlands Ranch, and UTC.
    Questions will be submitted prior to the moderated event and participants can also ask questions during the Zoom session that will be reviewed, then presented to each candidate. For a full bio of both candidates and to register for the event, visit ljcommunitycenter.org/forum.
    Candidate Platform Summary:
    LaCava: His city-wide priorities include tackling our infrastructure backlogs, implementing San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, supporting local businesses to jump-start the economy, and providing sustainable solutions to homelessness. His priorities for La Jolla and District 1 include providing superior constituent services, reducing emergency response times, and protecting our open spaces.
    Moore: As a councilmember, he will pull self-dealing special interests out of the shadows, and work hard to make the rest of San Diego resemble the model that La Jolla has set as a thriving walkable community with respect for its beautiful surroundings and robust citizen involvement.

     

    MAVERICKS WELCOMES NFL BACK
    The return of football is this week, and Mavericks Beach Club is where you’ll catch all the action this season. Not only has the PB beach bar added seven more TVs for optimal viewing, but they’ve also expanded seating along the sidewalk in front and into their side parking lot, where an additional bar has been set up.
    Starting Sunday, Sept. 13, Mavericks will open at 9 a.m. every Sunday, and football specials will be available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Drink deals include $4 Budweiser, Bud Light, and Bud Light Seltzers, $5 Stella Artois, and $20 mix-and-match coolers (limited to any Budweiser product). With brunches early in the day and snacks, such as Mavericks’ wings, which come in seven flavors including garlic Parmesan, BBQ, and lemon pepper. The Mavericks football raffles happen at halftime of every 1 p.m. Sunday game, and all guests inside of Mavericks are eligible to win.

     

    Monday, Sept. 7

    ORGANIC HARVEST MONTH
    September marks Organic Harvest Month and Gelson’s is raising awareness around organic products, and the brands, producers and farmers by partnering with Golden Road Brewing to offer a limited release brew – Organic Plant Back Hazy IPA – and accompanying “IPA infused” chicken kabobs.
    Grilling and beer go hand in hand, which is why Gelson’s executive chef Abe van Beek crafted Plant Back Organic Hazy IPA “infused” organic chicken kabobs to pair tastefully with Golden Road’s latest release. Skewered with organic red bell peppers and onions, the kabobs are 100% organic, free-range, locally raised and available exclusively at Gelson’s. For more information and additional organic offerings, visit gelsons.com.

     

    BLOOD DONATION
    San Diego County Credit Union is hosting a blood drive on Sept. 8 at its 3455 Sports Arena Blvd. branch from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there is currently an extremely low inventory of blood, hospital shelves are almost empty, and this short supply is affecting thousands of patients. The community is encouraged to help – lives depend on it.
    Blood donations are especially critical at this time of year after a busy summer season, and this year has been especially challenging. While an increased need for blood exists, donations have decreased due to businesses and community partners being unable to host normal drives due to newly implemented work-from-home policies. For more information, visit sandiegobloodbank.org.

     

    GREEK CAFE COMING TO LA JOLLA
    Following more than two decades serving traditional Greek cuisine in Coronado, Spiro’s Greek Café will soon launch a second location in La Jolla. The Chaconas family has taken over the 1,220-square-foot space with a 570-square-foot patio previously occupied by a Cold Stone Creamery in La Jolla for a second location. The restaurant will offer the same menu of Greek favorites as well as a list of local craft beer and wine. The new Spiro’s Greek Café is expected to open by late 2020 at 909 Prospect St. For more information, visit spirosgreekcafe.com.

     

    MISSION BEACH CLEANUP SEPT. 12
    A new citizen advocacy group Don't Trash Mission Beach, donttrashmissionbeach.com, has been formed. The new group has announced a beach cleanup for South Mission Beach, along with a beach trash art exhibit-installation to bring awareness of beach trash and its impact on the environment, on Saturday, Sept. 12 starting at 7 a.m. at Belmont Park on the boardwalk south of the roller coaster.
    The advocacy group promotes 'Pack It In and Pack It Out' along with personal responsibility and hopes that a community-visitor trash awareness campaign can precipitate change for Mission Beach. The event is presented by Don't Trash Mission Beach, Friends of Beautiful Mission Beach, and is sponsored by Belmont Park, The Felice Agency, Olive Baking Company, and ScootScoop. In addition, Pacific Beach Town Council and The Mighty Bin, a Zero Waste store, will be in attendance. 
    The event will occur during Coastal Clean-Up Month and National Cleanup Day. The beach cleanup will begin at 7:30 a.m. when volunteers will meet at the park and clean the beach and surrounding area until 11:30 a.m. Bags, gloves, grabbers, and sanitizers will be provided. Everyone will wear masks and observe social distancing. The Beach Art-Trash Exhibit will showcase from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. The display will feature rescued items such as hundreds of shoes, towels, toys, and personal items. In addition, tens of thousands of items like bottle caps, cigarette lighters, vaping materials, and other items carelessly left behind or purposefully left on the beach every day. Anyone interested in volunteering for either event should email the organizers at [email protected]

     

    RETURN OF POLITIFEST
    Politifest, an annual public affairs summit produced by Voice of San Diego and launched in 2011, will take place virtually during the week of Sept. 29 through Oct. 3. Politifest focuses on issues affecting San Diego communities and features a robust schedule of debates, panels, and one-on-one interviews with experts. It also provides a platform for residents to raise their voices, ask tough questions, and delve into important issues. It’s a crash course in politics and policy. This year’s summit will examine local races, ballot measures, and major public issues through a future-facing lens: How will this year’s election affect our future? What are the implications for work, education, and our communities?
    This year multiple ticket options are being offered. Purchase admission to the entire event or buy a ticket for a single day or two, depending on your interests. Single admission is $50 (thru 9/20) and includes a one year Voice of San Diego membership. For more information visit voiceofsandiego.org/politifest/.

    Friday, Aug. 28

    WEED ABATEMENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT 
    Pacific Beach Town Council is seeking volunteers for weed abatement in the community on Saturday, Aug. 29 starting at 7 a.m. Overgrown weeds were recently removed by volunteer PBTC board members from a section of the median on Mission Bay Drive by the I-5 south on-ramp. Help is needed to tackle the rest. A volunteer sign-in table will be at the parking lot west of Mission Bay Drive near the entrance to Mission Bay Park. Donations to help defray the cost of tools, supplies, dump fees, and extra materials for this and future weed removal projects involving large groups of community volunteers is welcomed.

     

    Extra tools for volunteers to use will be purchased, but bring your own tools if you have them. Loppers are highly recommended for the thicker weed stalks. Other handy tools include push brooms, shovels, and large dustpans. Contractor-grade garbage bags will be provided. It is recommended volunteers bring gardening gloves, sunscreen, visors or hats, and drinking water. Masks are mandatory. PBTC board members Charlie Nieto, Susan Crowers, Ron Walker, and Brian White took to the task of removing overgrown weeds from a small section of Mission Bay Drive this last Saturday.

     

    FIRST RESPONDER FUNDRAISER 
    Sarah Faxon has started a GoFundMe, gofundme.com/f/first-responder039s-fight-against-cancer?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet to help defray medical expenses for the family of the first responder Amanda Ogrady who is having surgery for a rare form of cancer, thymoma. To date, 166 donors have contributed $18,251 to the medical relief effort.

     

    LABOR DAY BBQ
    Labor Day barbecues may look different this year, but they don’t have to taste different. The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ restaurant A.R. Valentien is offering a Labor Day curbside pick-up prix fixe menu complete with savory favorites like chimney-smoked New York strip loin and twice-baked potatoes. Order by noon Friday, Sept. 4. Pickup 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7. To order, call 858-777-6641. For more information, visit lodgetorreypines.com.

     

    FIDO URGES FIESTA ISLAND CLEANUP
    Fiesta Island Dog Owners (FIDO) has had to cancel all of its three traditional I Love a Clean San Diego cleanups in 2020. The most recent cleanup event was October 2019, and there probably won't be another one until early 2021, if then. But that doesn't mean cleanup isn't needed. The beaches are being used heavily and Fiesta Island is extremely popular.
    This year, the California Coastal Commission is expanding its usual Coastal Cleanup Day throughout September, and FIDO would like to invite all of members to participate. There are no large, centrally organized cleanups this year. Instead, every day that you can in September, bring along extra bags when you visit the island and pick up any trash you see – or a few of those extra poop piles that sometimes get overlooked. Take a photo cleaning up and post it to Facebook or Instagram (Fiesta_Island_Dog_Owners).

     

    BLOOD BADLY NEEDED
    San Diego Blood Bank is issuing a call to the public to make appointments to donate blood in the coming months to avoid a severe dip in donations due to the hiatus of school blood drives due to COVID-19. As back to school season approaches, many districts will be hosting classes online and not hosting their regular blood drives. San Diego Blood Bank is working with schools on creative avenues to support blood donation, such as community drives. However, high school and college blood drives would normally start this week meaning the loss of hundreds of pints of blood.  
    Approximately 20% of the blood SDBB normally collects comes from high schools and colleges,” said San Diego Blood Bank CEO David Wellis. “It’s critically important that we make up for those pints we would have collected at schools, so we need people to make appointments for the next couple of months.” To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds and be in generally good health. Appointments are required and available at sandiegobloodbank.org or by calling 619-400-8251. 

     

    GOODWILL IS BACK
    As Goodwill retail stores and donation centers reopen, program participants continue to be brought back to work. On March 15, the organization was asked to close due to the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to the shutdown, the nonprofit employed 1,400 community members. Today, Goodwill San Diego employs 894 people in San Diego County, 47.2% of whom are persons with a disability or other barriers to employment. Goodwill San Diego’s social enterprise gratefully accepts donations of clothing, shoes, home décor, household items, small appliances, electronics, sporting goods, and furniture. Coastal area Goodwill locations include 3663 Rosecrans St., 1430 Garnet Ave., and 761 Girard Ave.

     

    POINT LOMA LAWYER HONORED            
    Sullivan Hill Rez & Engel has announced that shareholder James Hill has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 27th Edition of Best Lawyers in America. Hill been selected to Best Lawyers list in the fields of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law as well as commercial litigation. He is a founding member of Sullivan Hill, a member of its executive committee and chair of the firm’s Insolvency and commercial bankruptcy practice group.

     

    UNCOLLECTED TAX REFUNDS
    Many people could use extra cash during the coronavirus pandemic. That’s why the San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office is doing all it can to reunite $450,324 in county refunds with its rightful owners. See if your name is on the list at sdttc.com. The Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office has 1,190 refunds in a list that is easy to search on its website. If you are owed money, follow the instructions on the unclaimed money page to file a refund claim by Oct. 26, before the money is rolled into the county’s general fund. You can email your claim to [email protected] or call 1-877-829-4732 for more information.

     

    EVERYDAY CALIFORNIA TOURS
    With SoCal’s warm weather predicted to last well into autumn, California locals don’t need to travel far to continue enjoying the sunshine. San Diego-based ocean adventure and apparel company, Everyday California, offers guided tours that  take you through the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. Host to a variety of aquatic ecosystems, the reserve boasts one of the highest concentrations of sea life in the entire state, granting up-close encounters with local marine life including sea lions and the bright orange Garibaldi. To celebrate California’s 170th birthday, Everyday California is holding a California birthday sale from Wednesday, Sept. 9-13.  

     

    LA JOLLA MEMORIAL BENCHES VANDALIZED
    Two wooden benches on the 7900 block of Girard Avenue were vandalized recently with missing wooden planks as a result. A police report has been filed and the La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) is working with SDPD Northern Division to investigate. La Jolla MAD recently began a pilot project to refurbish these wooden benches in the Village, which is why there are recent photos of the benches and a numbered catalog of benches corresponding to their location and a notation of the memorial placard on each bench. The MAD is working to ensure expedient corrective action in this matter and encourage anyone in the community who may have seen anything suspicious to contact SDPD Northern Division Community Relations Officer Brandon Broaddus at 858-552-1631 or [email protected].

     

    ANIMAL DISEASE TRANSMISSION CHALLENGING
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), delivered a special videotaped briefing and update on COVID-19 at the American Veterinarian Medical Association’s (AVMA) first-ever virtual annual convention, Aug. 20-22. Speaking to thousands of veterinarians, Fauci explained how approximately three-quarters of all emerging infectious diseases in human health have their origins in animals. These zoonotic diseases include SARS, H1N1 flu, and, most recently, COVID-19. Fauci praised the industry for its ‘One Health’ approach in addressing the challenges posed by these emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases, recognizing that human health is connected to the health of animals and our shared environment. View Fauci video’s presentation here: Dr. Anthony Fauci.

     

    POST YOUR SUFFRAGE SELFIE
    Aug. 26 was Women’s Equality Day to culminate the centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment. Over the past several months, the entire country paused to recognize the courageous work of thousands of women who fought and won the right to cast a ballot at the polls. The 19th amendment is a major milestone for voting rights but not the endpoint. Remember that not all women were granted the right to vote in 1920. It would be decades before women of color could celebrate their victory with the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
    Today, the fight for voting rights feels as relevant as ever. Disappearing mailboxes, malfunctioning voting machines, and long lines at the polls are modern-day barriers for the disenfranchised. Let’s continue the work of making America a country where every voice counts – where every woman, every human, can live free.

     

    People may not be able to celebrate this milestone for voting rights in person but you can still have fun online. Instead of marching through Balboa Park this year, the Women’s Museum of California, based in Liberty Station, will be hosting its annual suffrage parade across social media. How to participate: Post a photo celebrating your right to vote and use #SuffrageSelfie and tag @womensmuseum across social media. Want to participate but you don't use social media? Email your #SuffrageSelfie to [email protected] and they will post it for you.

    Tuesday, Aug. 25

    FREE MEDICAL CLINICS IN OB
    Two free medical clinics for the underinsured have reopened in Ocean Beach. They are:

    First Baptist, 4790 Santa Monica Ave., Wednesdays noon-3:30 p.m.; and ECC Clinic Episcopal Church, 2083 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., Wednesdays 5:30-7 p. m. Meal at 6 p.m. Graduate and undergraduate nursing students staff the free clinics that provide medical services, nursing care, mental health services, case management and social services to uninsured and under-insured people in Southern California under the direction of medical professionals and faculty.
    How to donate: For every $1 you donate the patient receives at least $10 worth of free medical services. Southern California Care Community is a nonprofit. Mail donations to: Southern California Care Community, 1249 E. Ohio Ave. Escondido, CA, 92027. Visit SoCalCC.org to make a donation. Supply and in-kind donations are accepted.

    PENINSULA SINGERS
    The Peninsula Singers community choir welcomes singers with all levels of experience to join them for their fall season, which starts on Monday, Sept. 14. No audition is needed. Due to the current Coronavirus situation, this will be an online semester. The choir will meet on Zoom at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays for a community singalong, or ‘zoomalong.’ of a variety of songs – traditional songs, folk songs, camp songs, patriotic songs, spirituals, etc. – before transitioning to holiday music in November and December. There will be no formal, in-person concert at the end of this semester. Interested singers can visit peninsulasingerssandiego.org for more information and to register online.
    The choir is directed by Sarah Suhonen and accompanied by Stewart Simon on piano. The choir has performed at many venues throughout the community including U.S.S. Midway, the Point Loma Village Cultural Faire, Southwestern Yacht Club, Point Loma High School, several local libraries, and December Nights in Balboa Park. They have also performed at Carnegie Hall and the European cities of Prague, Salzburg, Vienna and Munich. Last year, the choir went on tour in Ireland.

     

    INDIE BREWERS TEAM UP
    Two craft breweries have joined forces to release a nationally available collaboration beer. Stone Brewing and Modern Times  have announced the release of Modern Times / Stone Wizards & Gargoyles Hazy Coffee IPA. In the Modern Times and Stone, breweries don’t just brew, they seek far-off ideals, challenge convention and extol the virtues of life’s finest offerings like beer, and thoughtfully crafted coffee, and design that inspires. Centennial, Cashmere, Citra and Azacca hops are joined by two in-development hops. Altogether, these yield juicy notes of tropical citrus that play beautifully with the robust flavors and aromas of the coffee. The Modern Times blend of Ethiopia Dame Dabaye and Guatemala Huehuetenango features bright blueberry and melon character underscored by decadent notes of toffee and dark chocolate.

     

    NEW LA JOLLA RESTAURANT
    The local family behind Puesto Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar is venturing into Italian cuisine for their next restaurant, which will be adjacent to the 1026 Wall St. location of their popular Mexican eatery. Naming the new restaurant Marisi Italiano after their grandparents, Isidoro and Marila, brothers Eric, Alan, and Alex Adler, and cousins Isi and Moy have signed a lease for the neighboring Whisknladle space, which shuttered in May after 12 years in La Jolla.

     

    NEW MAVERICKS COCKTAIL
    Mavericks Beach Club at 860 Garnet Ave. is adding a new cocktail to their lineup, the Mavericks Bubble Slushie. This drink consists of your choice of Mavericks slushie flavor, topped with a mini bottle of Brut champagne, served in a custom Mavericks 32 ounce bucket that you can keep when empty. Mavericks’ spiked slushie flavors rotate throughout the seasons.

     

    LJ CHURCH BLOOD DRIVE
    La Jolla Presbyterian Church, in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank, will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 at 7715 Draper Ave. A bloodmobile will be parked in front of the church on Draper. Donors must present a photo ID, be age 17 and older, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in good health. The Blood Bank recommends an adequate meal and plenty of fluids prior to giving. Appointments required per CDC guidelines, no walk-ins. Schedule an appointment at 619-400-8251 or sandiegobloodbank.org.

     

    POST PANDEMIC VACATION PACKAGE
    Many are vacationing closer to home this year and daydreaming about future far-flung adventures. Paintru, the San Diego-based D2C art company that turns favorite photos into hand-painted artwork, is teaming up with Flytographer to offer a giveaway to help you make priceless memories with the people that matter – and capture them beautifully whether in your hometown, on a local road trip or on a bucket list trip in the future. The Ultimate Staycation Giveaway – one lucky winner will win:

    -$1,000 Airbnb gift card;  

    - A custom Paintru painting;  

    - 60-minute Flytographer shoot (valid in any applicable city);

    - Plus a $50 Flytographer print credit for printing photos / holiday cards.

     To enter the giveaway: paintru.com/pages/paintru-flytographer-giveaway.

    WIPEOUT CASTING
    The big red balls are coming back. America’s most epic competition show, “Wipeout,” is returning to television on TBS and is now virtually casting teams of two and three from Southern California. The upcoming season will feature a new three-stage obstacle course designed to challenge competitors of all backgrounds and fitness levels. Those interested, no matter their athletic capability, can apply at wipeoutcasting.com.

    UC SAN DIEGO HIGHLY RANKED
    The University of California San Diego has been recognized as both elite and affordable in Money Magazine’s annual ranking of the best colleges in America, ranked by value. The university placed third among public universities and ninth among 739 institutions in the nation. The ranking is based on graduation rates, the number of Pell Grant recipients, net costs to attend and alumni salary data. Each institution was ranked based on 26 factors in three categories — quality, affordability and outcomes — but this year, Money Magazine changed their rankings formula to put more emphasis on affordability, increasing the weight given to the affordability metrics to 40%.
    “UC San Diego’s mission is to increase access to higher education for Californians though affordability,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “The recognition reinforces our dedication to creating opportunity for students of all backgrounds, and leveraging their inclusion to drive innovation and benefit society at large.”

    WELLNESS WORKSHOP ONLINE
    In an effort to help residents stay healthy, combat loneliness and improve their lives, the City of San Diego and Sharp HealthCare recently launched a community education video series available for free online. Sharp HealthCare is the City’s official health and wellness partner. The new virtual series will replace in-person sessions previously offered at City libraries.
    Topics for the online workshops include advance care planning, diabetes prevention, back pain management and dealing with isolation. The sessions are free and will be available on YouTube with the option to view captions in English or Spanish. While the virtual series officially launched in July, upcoming workshops are scheduled and will be posted online each month through December. To view the first online workshop, focused on advanced care planning, visit sharp.com/advancecarevideo. The entire series can be viewed at Sharp HealthCare’s webpage, where links will be posted when the videos are made available each month.

    WEED ABATEMENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT
    Pacific Beach Town Council is seeking volunteers for weed abatement in the community on Saturday, Aug. 29 starting at 7 a.m. Overgrown weeds were recently removed by volunteer PBTC board members from a section of median on Mission Bay Drive by the I-5 south on-ramp.  Help is needed to tackle the rest. Donations to help defray the cost of tools, supplies, dump fees, and extra materials for this and future weed removal projects involving large groups of community volunteers are welcomed.

     

    Extra tools for volunteers to use will be purchased, but bring your own tools if you have them.  Loppers are highly recommended for the thicker weed stalks. Other handy tools include push brooms, shovels, and large dustpans. Contractor-grade garbage bags will be provided. It is recommended volunteers bring gardening gloves, sunscreen, visors or hats, and drinking water. Masks are mandatory. PBTC board members Charlie Nieto, Susan Crowers, Ron Walker, and Brian White took to the task of removing overgrown weeds from a small section of Mission Bay Drive this last Saturday.

    BELMONT PARK ADDS CHICKEN CHARLIE’S
    San Diego’s iconic Belmont Park is partnering with local icon, Chicken Charlie’s to bring you the best in fried everything. Come try unique finds like their infamous pineapple bowls, fried Oreos, cotton candy ice cream sandwiches, bacon wrapped pickles and more. It’s the only Chicken Charlie’s location open on Monday, with menu favorites available every day of the week 11 a.m. -8 p.m. For more information, visit chickencharlies.com.

    EMERGENCY RESPONSE BY SDHS
    San Diego Humane Society’s Emergency Response Team deployed today to Monterey to support a local animal shelter displaced by the River Fire. Once there, team members will provide animal care for farm animals evacuated by Monterey SPCA. The six-member team left San Diego Campus at 5500 Gaines Street at 1 p.m.

    USPS LAUNCHES ELECTION MAIL WEBSITE
    As part of its ongoing effort to ensure that voters and election officials have the information they need to successfully use the U.S. mail to vote in the November general elections, the U.S. Postal Service has launched a new Election Mail website. The website, which provides clear and concise information about voting by mail, is available 24/7 by going to usps.com/votinginfo.
    The Postal Service recognizes that many states are choosing to expand mail-in voting options in the upcoming elections and that there will likely be a significant increase in demand among postal customers to participate in those elections by using the mail. In response, the Postal Service has updated its website to serve both voting customers seeking information on how to use the mail to vote and election officials seeking resources to help make their administration of the upcoming elections a success.
    For domestic voters, the website provides direct links to federal election resources as well as links to state-specific resources. For overseas and military voters, the new site provides additional information, including links to resources supporting their election participation. The site also highlights what the Postal Service views as the most critical information for voters who opt to vote through the U.S. mail: that, in requesting or casting a mail-in ballot, they not only must comply with their local jurisdictions’ requirements but also should start the process early.
    To allow sufficient time for voters to receive, complete and return ballots via the mail, the Postal Service strongly recommends that voters request ballots at the earliest point allowable, but no later than 15 days prior to the election date. The Postal Service also recommends that voters mail their ballots at least one week prior to their states’ due dates to allow for timely receipt by election officials. Voters should contact their local election officials for further information about deadlines and other requirements.

    Friday, Aug. 21

    SUMMER FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS
    It’s no secret that restaurants are still struggling, especially in the wake of unanticipated heat waves and ever-looming shutdowns. Given the times, San Diego eateries have persevered and are still bringing the city’s foodies a slew of food and drink specials to keep spirits high. Check out what these local spots have to offer on a weekly basis.
    Pacific Beach AleHouse is curbing seafood cravings by bringing back their all you can eat shrimp, available every Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. Gorge on your choice of corn flake crusted or grilled shrimp with garlic butter, and delight in some prime social distancing on one of their outdoor patios by the ocean. Beer-lovers, be sure to take advantage of their grab-and-go growlers, brimming with your favorite AleHouse brew for $15.
    Backyard Kitchen & Tap understands that times are changing, which is why they now host their own movie night every Thursday starting at 8 p.m. in the restaurant’s expanded sideyard. Complete with popcorn, candy and cocktails, this movie-going experience is just what San Diego’s cinephiles need right now.
    Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp is giving the people what they want with ½-off bottles of wine every Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. Whether you’re hankering for an oaky chardonnay or prefer a bottle of full-bodied cabernet, you’re sure to find your wine date soulmate.

     

    DOG-FRIENDLY EATERIES
    National Dog Day is coming up on Aug. 26, and given the times, there’s never been a better era for patio dining with your dog. Check out these local eateries that feature the perfect space for a meal enjoyed with your furbaby.
    Nothing quite beats fresh seafood in San Diego, and The Fish Shop is the place to go for the freshest. Grab a bite at one of their locations in Pacific Beach, Encinitas and Point Loma, and customize your fish creation. Farmer’s Bottega’s beautiful outdoor patio is adorned in lush greenery and rustic fixtures suited to their farm-fresh mentality. Dine with your doggie and treat your taste buds to specialties.
    Beach-loving doggos can go on their next sandy jaunt in Pacific Beach before hitting up Mavericks Beach Club. City Tacos is best-known for slinging unique twists on fresh Mex classics, all prepared with crisp ingredients and piquant flavors. Bring your furry friend along on your next taco run to one of City Tacos’ six locations, and delight in one of their tasty creations.

     

    AIRPORT RECEIVES AWARD
    Airports Council International-North America awarded San Diego County Regional Airport Authority with an Environmental Achievement Award in the area of outreach, education, and communication for the organization’s Airport Development Plan outreach efforts. The ADP envisions the replacement of Terminal 1 with a more modern facility and other improvements that enhance the airport experience for everyone. The Airport Authority’s ADP Draft Environmental Impact Report was originally released in July 2018 and then revised and recirculated in September 2019. For more than a year, the Airport Authority worked with regional stakeholders to refine the ADP. The Airport Authority Board certified the final EIR on Jan. 9.
    While the ADP was approved to move forward in January, the impacts of COVID-19 have given the Airport Authority pause to re-evaluate all capital improvement projects, including the ADP.  To date, the Airport Authority has put more than $220 million of airport Capital Improvement Projects on hold and continues to proceed very cautiously with all aspects of the ADP. There is flexibility to slow down, speed up, or stop work completely if needed.  

     

    CONGRESSMAN BACKS REINSTATING UNEMPLOYMENT
    Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) and 116 other members sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urging them to take up a vote this Saturday on legislation to extend unemployment benefits to those who need it and ensure benefits last for the duration of the recession by tying enhanced unemployment insurance to the health crisis and economic indicators.

     

    FREE PREDIABETES WORKSHOP
    Sharp HealthCare announced that a new video will be released Monday, Aug. 24, as part of the series of free virtual workshops for San Diego residents presented by Sharp, the Official Health and Wellness Partner of the City of San Diego. Workshops were previously held at libraries and recreation centers in each of the nine City of San Diego districts and were moved online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each video will offer closed captions in English and Spanish. Prediabetes, an on-demand workshop, can be accessed via Sharp.com/healthclasses beginning Aug. 24 and can be watched anytime. 

     

    GRANTS THROUGH JCC
    For the third year, the Jewish Community Foundation is proud to have facilitated the Making A Difference for San Diego grant initiative on behalf of the Cushman Foundation, deploying $1.55 million in grants to 11 deserving organizations in San Diego County. All 2020 recipients demonstrated their impact through sustainable programs and/or services provided to veterans, seniors, or children. The Making a Difference for San Diego Grant Program was established in 2018 to provide grants up to $100,000 to at least 10 local organizations.
    Through the generosity of the Cushman Foundation, $1.2 million was granted to 15 organizations. Committed to providing funding for much-needed services to diverse communities and elevating or creating new programs that truly make a difference, the Cushman Foundation granted another $1.2 million to 19 organizations in 2019.
    The Cushman Foundation is proud to announce the 11 remarkable organizations selected as recipients of their 2020 grants: Casa de Amparo, Crisis House, East County Transitional Living Center, ElderHelp of San Diego, Home Start Incorporated, It’s All About the Kids Foundation, Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Mama’s Kitchen, Seacrest Foundation, The Angels Foster Family Agency, and The Honor Foundation.

    Thursday, Aug. 20

    NATIONAL GYRO DAY
    Sept. 1 is National Gyro Day, and to celebrate, Luna Grill (2400 Historic Decatur Road in Liberty Station) is offering a special "buy one, get one free" lunch combo offer on its Street Gyros at locations throughout San Diego. Guests who order a "Street Gyros" combo ($6.95), including two Street Gyros (regular or spicy), a side of fries and a drink will receive an additional order free. The "buy one, get one free" offer runs Sept. 1-7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day

     

    CHILDCARE GRANTS
    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to distribute $25 million of CARES Act funding to eligible childcare providers in San Diego County this fall. To distribute the funds, San Diego County has partnered with The San Diego Foundation, YMCA of San Diego County and Child Development Associates. This coalition of partners will come together at a press conference on Aug. 20 to announce details about the Childcare Provider Grant Program and provide information about how childcare providers can apply.
    The San Diego County Childcare Provider Grant Program will provide funding to help keep childcare centers safe and allow them to remain open as families seek care for their children. The application will be available at SDFoundation.org/ChildcareGrants starting Aug. 24. Childcare providers will have 10 days to submit the information required for funding. Childcare providers can apply for support for staffing, supplies, mortgage and rental assistance, business resilience and capital improvements for outdoor areas.

     

    MARITIME MUSEUM REOPENING
    Maritime Museum of San Diego, serving as the community memory of our seafaring experience by collecting, preserving, and presenting our rich maritime heritage and historic connections with the Pacific world, will reopen to the public Aug. 22. The Maritime Museum reopened to the public for six days July 1-6 after closing temporarily due to the global pandemic for nearly four months starting March 16. The museum staff closely monitored the guidelines from the state, local and health authorities and have prepared the museum to abide by public health safety and CDC recommendations to ensure visitors enjoy a clean and safe experience. For more information, visit sdmaritime.org.

     

    KLEIN JOINS COLDWELL BANKER
    Kerri Klein has affiliated with the La Jolla office of Coldwell Banker Realty as a broker associate. She comes to the office with 35 years of real estate experience. Prior to affiliating with Coldwell Banker Realty, she owned and worked as a broker at Klein Real Estate La Jolla. Previously, she oversaw mergers and acquisitions of failed savings and loans. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from California State University, Northridge. Active in her community, she is a life member of the La Jolla Historical Society and Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO).

     

    MILITARY HEROES FESTIVAL
    Liberty StationRock Church, and USO San Diego will honor active duty service members and their families at the second annual Military Heroes Festival Saturday, Aug, 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Liberty Station with free groceries, giveaways, stuffed backpacks, clothing, family-friendly entertainment, and more. The festival-style event was transformed this year to a safe, drive-through-style event that will keep families in their cars throughout the experience and allow pre-screened, masked volunteers to engage with families while socially distancing.
    Entertainment includes live superheroes and popular characters placed throughout the route as well as FM transmitted messages from Rock Church, USO San Diego, and Commanding Officer Kenneth R. Franklin of Naval Base Point Loma. Families are pre-registered via USO San Diego and given a time slot at which to arrive. The route will take families 30-45 minutes to complete and spans across the south side of Liberty Station near Rosecrans Street and Womble Road, ending on the north side alongside NTC Park and Cushing Road.

     

    SAVE THE POST OFFICE
    This Saturday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m. to noon, people from all walks of life who are determined to defend the essential services provided by the United States Postal Service — including our ability to vote by mail — will push back on the Trump administration’s attacks by organizing a grassroots action at post offices throughout San Diego, and throughout the country, including one outside the Pacific Beach Post Office at 4640 Cass St. Groups including Indivisible, the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, MoveOn, NAACP, RuralOrganizing.org, Service Employees International Union, Vets for the People, and the Working Families Party are participating.
    Those joining the actions will call on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to resign in the wake of mail slowdowns and will call on Congress to “protect and save the post office from Donald Trump” and act to safeguard the integrity of our mail and elections. The actions will show Americans coming together to stand up for a postal system that connects us, that we rely on for medications, paychecks, and more, and that will literally be counted on to deliver democracy in the elections this fall. To promote safety given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the action will take place outdoors and have a physical distancing plan, and attendees will be asked to wear masks.

    Wednesday, Aug. 19

    ENHANCE LA JOLLA ELECTION
    It is time for the Enhance La Jolla board of directors' annual election. This year, there are four three-year term seats available: One from the La Jolla Community Foundation, one non-profit property owner or property owner’s representative paying the LJMAD assessment, one residential property owner or property owner’s representative paying the LJMAD assessment, and one representative of the La Jolla community-at-large.

     

    Enhance La Jolla is asking for board nominations. All nominees and those making the nominations must be Enhance La Jolla members. Members are the current owner, or the owner’s representative, of a property, paying the LJMAD assessment and must be in good standing.

     

    To nominate yourself or someone else, download and complete the nomination form from tenhancelajolla.org and return it to [email protected] All forms must be received by Thursday, Aug. 27 by 5 p.m. The election timeline is request for nominations: Now until 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27. Voting: In-person voting will occur on Tuesday, Sept.15 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St.

     

    All Enhance La Jolla members in good standing are eligible to one vote for each available seat.

     

    Election results will be announced at the annual meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. The agenda will be posted at the La Jolla Recreation Center and on the ELJ website at least 72 hours in advance. If you have any questions or need additional information, contact [email protected]ncelajolla.org.

     

    FRIAR 5K RUN 
    The San Diego Padres are teaming up with EnMotive, producers of the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k series, to launch the first Friar 5k Virtual Race. All participants will receive a goodie bag featuring Padres-branded swag and themed 5k finishers medal, plus a baseball hat and more. The Friar 5k is a 3.1-mile virtual race in which participants have the option to run or walk the five-kilometer distance on the treadmill, sidewalk, or trail. All adult and youth entrants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, baseball diamond finishers medal, a new logo branded hat, and custom race bib shipped directly to each participant. Funds raised through the 5K will benefit the Padres Foundation’s Covid-19 relief efforts providing support for frontline workers and combating food insecurity in San Diego.

     

    WARWICK’S BOOK SIGNING
    Local author Barry Jagoda, who has penned “Journeys With Jimmy Carter and Other Adventures in Media,” will have a book signing at Warwick’s at 7812 Girard Ave. on Sunday, Aug. 30 from noon to 2 p.m. The book is now published and available at Amazon Books or where ever books are sold.
    La Jolla resident Barry Jagoda returns to years of American goodwill, a time before universal nasty feelings spewed from U.S. national leadership, down to the present. The new volume draws a dramatic contrast between Carter who promised “never to lie,” with President Donald Trump, who, Jagoda said, “is not expected to tell the truth.”
    As an eyewitness, Jagoda reveals his own compelling life adventure with roots in Texas, New York City, and on to an office in the White House. Here is the engaging story of a journalist who finds his way through the maze of 20th-century media, there with JFK and LBJ, and, with Walter Cronkite, at the moon landing. 

     

    TORREY PINES FOOD OFFERING
    Torrey Pines Church in La Jolla and Saddleback San Diego Church will partner for a drive-thru, free grocery distribution from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31, at the Torrey Pines Church parking lot, 8320 La Jolla Scenic Drive North. Free canned and nonperishable food items will be available for families who have been affected by the virus pandemic.
    Church officials said the food bank not only will provide free items to families seeking assistance as a result of financial losses due to COVID-19, but also will accept donations of food items from the public. Donated items can include spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, canned meat, canned soup, canned vegetables, cereal, pasta, rice, powdered milk and infant formula, toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, hand sanitizer and wipes, bar soap, mouthwash, cough drops and supplements, such as Emergen-C. Additional donations can include children’s toys, stuffed animals, and fidget spinners for children. For more information, contact Marsha Tom, Saddleback Church, 858-519-1754, or at [email protected] or [email protected].

     

    Tuesday, Aug. 18

    ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MARATHON CANCELED
    The Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego Marathon and half-marathon, originally scheduled for May 30-31 but indefinitely postponed, has been officially canceled and rescheduled for next year. “Unfortunately, after assessing all event scenarios and based on the continued mandate from the State of California, the [marathon] cannot take place in 2020,” said organizers in a statement. “The event will return on June 5-6, 2021. All registered participants of the 2020 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & ½ Marathon will be receiving an email with further details.

    ADOPTABLE PUPPIES VISIT SHARKS
    Animal rescue and animal care never stop, even during a pandemic. In partnership with Mission Bay Puppy Rescue and Pups N BootsSeaWorld San Diego recently hosted a lively bunch of adoptable puppies to help raise awareness for animal rescue. The puppies visited the park’s Shark Encounter exhibit. “SeaWorld is proud to work with organizations that share our passion and commitment to animal rescue and care,” said the marine mammal park in a release. “Even during SeaWorld San Diego’s temporary closure, the park’s animal care specialists and rescue teams continue to work around the clock to support animals both in the park and in the wild.” Since temporary closure, SeaWorld San Diego’s Rescue team has helped rescue over 300 animals in need, ranging from endangered birds to elephant seals to California sea lions. For more information, or if interested in learning more about fostering or adopting, visit missionbaypuppyrescue.com.

    UCSD CANCER RESEARCH
    Cancer immunotherapy, empowering a patient’s own immune system to clear away tumors on its own, holds great promise for some patients. But for other patients, immunotherapy just doesn’t work. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have found evidence that helps explain why patients who are young and/or female have especially low response rates to some types of cancer immunotherapy. Their findings suggest that since the typically robust immune systems of young and female patients are better at getting rid of tumor cells, the cells left behind are not as readily visible to the immune system, to begin with, rendering some types of immunotherapy ineffective. The study was published in Nature Communications.
    “Now that we know why some patients don’t respond as well to immunotherapy, we can begin developing more informed approaches to treatment decisions, for instance, developing predictive algorithms to determine a person’s likely response before initiating immunotherapies that may have a high probability of not working or working poorly for them,” said senior author Hannah Carter, PhD, associate professor of medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine. For more information, visit https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-17981-0.

    LA JOLLA PLAY ON NETFLIX
    Diana: A True Musical Story,” a La Jolla Playhouse-born show, which premiered in Weiss Theatre a year-and-a-half ago during the 2018-19 season, will be filmed for Netflix and will air nationwide in early 2021. The production will be filmed without an audience on the stage of the Longacre Theatre next month. Helmed once again by Christopher Ashley, the play will feature the original Broadway cast, including Jeanna de Waal as Diana, Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles and two-time Tony Award-winner Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth. All of them starred in the La Jolla Playhouse production in 2019.
    This marks the first time a theatrical event will have its streaming premiere before its opening night on Broadway. “Diana” transferred to Broadway following its sold-out, extended run at La Jolla Playhouse. The show went on hiatus due to the pandemic before its scheduled Broadway opening on March 31. The musical is now set to open on Broadway in May 2021.

    MOSQUITO SPRAYING
    The County of San Diego Vector Control Program will conduct aerial mosquito larvicide applications on  Wednesday, Aug. 19, and Thursday, Aug. 20, to reduce mosquito breeding and decrease the risk of West Nile virus transmission. Granules of larvicide will be applied via helicopter to specific waterways known to breed mosquitoes throughout the San Diego region. The larvicide consists of naturally occurring bacteria that target mosquito larvae but are safe to people, pets, plants, and wildlife. 
    VCP staff will be at the locations during the applications to answer questions and monitor progress. Depending on conditions, aerial mosquito larvicide applications will occur every 3-4 weeks or as needed during the mosquito season from April through October. The best protection against WNV and other mosquito-borne illnesses is to prevent mosquito breeding and mosquito bites. For more information on the aerial larvicide program, larvicides used, and WNV, visit SDFightTheBite.com and follow SD Fight The Bite on Facebook and Twitter.

    PARADE OF LIGHTS THEME
    The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights has announced the theme for the 2020 holiday boat parade is “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” This year marks the 49th anniversary of the beloved San Diego tradition.
    “Inspired by the popular Christmas carol, this year’s theme calls for participants to think outside the box and decorate their boats in a festive, creative way,” said parade chairman Larry Baumann. “We encourage San Diegans and visitors to watch the lineup of boats decked out in vibrant lights and holiday decor at this one-of-a-kind celebration this holiday season.” The dates for this year’s parade are Dec. 13 and 20. For more information and parade details, visit sdparadeoflights.org

    VIRTUAL SHOPPING EVENT 
    The local animal nonprofit, the Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE), will be moving its Bags & Baubles 10th Anniversary Celebration to an online format in the interest of safety for guests.
    The weekend of Sept. 12-14, guests will have the opportunity to:

    ·     Bid on 450-plus handbags, jewelry, sunglasses, men's items, pet items, and experience packages in our virtual silent auction;

    ·     Have a chance to win one of 12-plus incredible raffle packages, with free entry for all admission ticketholders;

    ·     Watch live videos to hear a special grantee story, learn more about FACE’s life-saving programs and hear from FACE board president Cini Robb;

    ·     Shop the partner marketplace with exclusive deals for Bags & Baubles guests;

    ·     Receive a digital goody bag with free services and offers. Plus, product purchases will be shipped with extra-special VIP goody bags.

     Tickets are $35 and include a free ticket to the raffle. Purchase your ticket at bagsandbaubles.org.

    Thursday, Aug. 13

    HATCH CHILE SEASON
    August in Southern California is reserved for a special treat exclusive to the region – it's Hatch Chile season. Each year, Gelson's Markets creates dishes that include fresh Hatch Chiles in celebration of their annual Hatch Chile roasting event. This year, amidst COVID-19 restrictions, Gelson's will continue the tradition of celebrating Hatch Chile season a little differently and will offer roasted Hatch Chile peppers to go. Chiles can be ordered by the case online and are available for pick-up on Saturday, Aug. 15, 22, 29 and Sept. 5 from any of their San Diego locations – Del Mar, La Costa, and Pacific Beach. Hailing from Hatch, N.M., these peppers are headlining a variety of Gelson's gourmet prepared dishes and recipes here.  

    ARTIST’S RECEPTION
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    GAMES JOINS COLDWELL BANKER
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    Birch Aquarium in La Jolla to reopen Sept. 15
    Sep 12, 2020 | 9065 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Birch Aquarium is home to more than 6,000 ocean animals. Guests are encouraged to greet some of their favorites like the Weedy Seadragons and rescued Loggerhead Sea Turtle.
    Birch Aquarium is home to more than 6,000 ocean animals. Guests are encouraged to greet some of their favorites like the Weedy Seadragons and rescued Loggerhead Sea Turtle.
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    Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego is reopening to the public on Sept. 15. 

    The aquarium, which closed March 12, and reopened briefly in July, will open with new pathways and new procedures to keep guests and staff safe and healthy. Guest capacity will be limited, so advanced reservations are required for all guests, including members. Timed tickets are available online here. 
    “We are confident that we have created a safe and healthy environment for our guests as well as our staff and we look forward to reopening Birch Aquarium and welcoming back our members and guests,” said executive director Harry Helling. 

    In addition to requiring face coverings for all staff and guests ages 2 and up, Birch Aquarium has implemented safety screenings for guests; created a one-way pathway to encourage social distancing; increased the number of handwashing and sanitizing stations; and upgraded its HVAC system.  As an added safety measure, Birch Aquarium staff will also be completing daily symptom screenings, as well as frequent COVID-19 testing. 

    Birch Aquarium is home to more than 6,000 ocean animals. Guests are encouraged to greet some of their favorites like the Weedy Seadragons and rescued Loggerhead Sea Turtle. They can also discover new species like the Ornate Boxfish, a unique fish that made a splash on social media during the temporary closure. 

    During this initial reopening phase, activities where large numbers of people typically gather, such as dive shows and feedings, have been canceled. High-touch exhibit elements such as the water tables, playground, and touch screens have also been removed, though many exhibits have newly-integrated QR codes to allow guests to engage in new ways from the safety of their cell phones. 

    In October, Birch Aquarium is planning to launch an outdoor Halloween-themed celebration that will continue even if the indoor areas of the aquarium have to close to meet state and local COVID-19 guidelines. 

    “With the Halloween celebration, we are working to create a fun and engaging seasonal 'outdoor aquarium' experience that will allow us to serve our community, even if our indoor spaces have to close,” said Helling. “Continuing to offer the aquarium as a resource to the community is our goal.” Details of the Halloween celebration will be announced soon. 

    During the temporary closure, the aquarium began offering a series of virtual programs including virtual summer camps, which were so successful that the aquarium is now launching a suite of new virtual education programs. Virtual Youth and School Group Programs will be available now to groups of students, including schools, homeschool groups, after school programs, and scout groups.  A Virtual After School Series will be offered in the fall, winter, and spring to individuals in kindergarten through grade 8. Registration for the after school fall series begins Sept. 14. 

    More details on Birch Aquarium’s reopening, including important information for guests planning their next visit, can be found on the FAQ page. To help support the aquarium on its mission to connect understanding to protecting our ocean planet, visit the Giving page. 
    Timed tickets for both members and the general public can be reserved here. Admission is $19.50 for adults, $15 for children (3-17). Annual memberships are also available

     

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    Where’s my ballot? Track it every step of the way
    by TRACY DeFORE
    Sep 08, 2020 | 33069 views | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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    If you are an active registered voter, you can now sign up to track the status of your mail ballot ­ – when the ballot is mailed to you, when the Registrar of Voters gets it back from you in the mail and when it is counted.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, every active registered voter in California will receive a ballot in the mail for the Nov. 3 Presidential General Election.

    The ballot tracking tool is new. Voters can sign up for Where’s My Ballot? at sdvote.com to receive automatic email, text, or call notification on the status of their ballot.

    It’s also a good idea for voters to double-check their registration in the next couple of weeks to make sure the Registrar of Voters sends the mail ballot to the correct address.

    The Registrar of Voters office will be preparing ballots for the mail by mid-September, and ballots will start going out to registered voters the week of Oct. 5. If your voter information is up to date you should expect to receive your ballot the same week.

    Voting by mail is simple, safer, and secure. The Registrar of Voters has launched an awareness campaign, Vote Safer San Diego, to educate the public on the safety, security and ease of voting in the upcoming election amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Those who want to vote in person will still have the opportunity to do so, but they may run into long lines, both at the polls and the Registrar’s office.

    To learn more about Vote Safer San Diego and voting in the Nov. 3 election, visit sdvote.com or call 858-565-5800.

     

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    San Diego Airport receives grant for noise mitigation measures
    Sep 07, 2020 | 10741 views | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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    On Sept. 1, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced the Trump Administration will award San Diego International Airport (SAN) a total of $18,023,885 in two airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for noise mitigation measures.

    The $18 million in grants marks the largest annual amount given to SAN by the FAA for its Quieter Home Program (QHP). The funds are administered by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (Airport Authority) through the Quieter Home Program, the airport’s residential sound insulation program.

    The FAA has determined that residences within the 65 to 69-decibel level contour map around SAN may be eligible for sound insulation treatments to mitigate aircraft noise. The FAA has set a goal of reducing interior noise levels for eligible residents by at least five decibels inside the home, providing a noticeable reduction in noise. The Airport Authority’s Quieter Home Program is the means to obtain that goal.

    Primarily, the $18 million will go towards sound insulating approximately 200 to 400 homes per year, depending on the size of the home, in the areas most impacted by aircraft noise. For the first time since implementing the Quieter Home Program, the Airport Authority will also start a non-residential program to sound insulate noise-sensitive properties such as schools and churches. It is estimated that once the program is initiated, one non-residential noise-sensitive property can be sound insulated in one year.

    “This is wonderful news for San Diego and the Quieter Home Program,” said Kimberly Becker, Airport Authority president and CEO. “These funds provide us with the ability to help residents in the areas most impacted by aircraft noise. We thank the Federal Aviation Administration for granting the funds which will be used to sound insulate homes.”

    Through the Quieter Home Program, homes may receive retrofitted exterior doors and windows, installation of a ventilation system, and other items such as weather stripping and caulking around openings. Since its inception, the Quieter Home Program has retrofitted more than 4,300 single-family and multi-family residences immediately east and west of the airport. For more information on the Quieter Home Program, visit san.org/Airport-Noise.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Face coverings: Like or dislike them … just don’t be a mask litterbug
    by JACK GATES
    Sep 05, 2020 | 22684 views | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The light blue, medical-style masks have become more accessible. But unfortunately, those coverings have become an environmental enigma as people toss them on the ground. PHOTOS BY JACK GATES
    The light blue, medical-style masks have become more accessible. But unfortunately, those coverings have become an environmental enigma as people toss them on the ground. PHOTOS BY JACK GATES
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    “They’re everywhere,” exclaimed Ian Monahan, marketing manager with I Love a Clean San Diego. “People are discarding protective masks on the beaches, streets, along curbs, and sidewalks. And it’s not just a beach issue, we’re seeing a huge increase in PPE (personal protective equipment) litter countywide.”

    It’s another by-product of the pandemic. More people might be wearing masks to protect themselves and others from transmitting coronavirus. But now more people are tossing those masks aside, leaving a trashy trail of litter on the ground.

    “If people take the responsibility to wear a protective mask, why wouldn’t they take the responsibility to dispose of it properly?” wondered Monahan. “A disposable mask does not mean dispose of it on the ground.”

    Monahan said he recently walked up from the beach and through several alleys in Pacific Beach. “In just a half-hour, I picked-up 30 masks that had been tossed on the ground. It’s become a larger litter problem than most people think.”

    Those light blue, medical-style masks have become more accessible. But unfortunately, those coverings have become an environmental enigma. “Most people don’t realize those light blue masks are also made of plastic and plastic doesn’t go away. When a person litters those light blue masks, it’s like littering plastic grocery bags. It’s a huge burden on the environment.”

    And even cloth masks, which are washable and reusable, are also being tossed along beaches, streets, and sidewalks. “We’d like to see people use and reuse cloth masks properly and be safe. But we also want to keep the environment safe.”

    The I Love a Clean San Diego organization is holding its 36th annual Coastal Day Clean-up on Saturday, Sept. 26. Volunteers can now register to take part in the environmental event. And this year, Monahan said, one of the big enemies will be those discarded protective masks.

    “We’ll be asking volunteers to keep tallies of how many littered masks they pick up, just like we tally cigarette butts. We want to get a snapshot of the widespread mask misuse.”

    Monahan said the group will use that information to hopefully come up with an anti-littering mask campaign. He added, “To take action and to help out is the collective responsibility of us all.”

    Another issue to tackle in this extraordinary year of 2020.

    Anyone interested in volunteering for this year’s Coastal Clean-up Day can contact I Love a Clean San Diego at ilacsd.org or 619-291-0103.

     

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    Face masks aren't being purposely discarded as litter. What other inexpensive items do people put on their face only when they cannot maintain a distance of six feet from other people? None. Of course they're everywhere - they're hard to notice when they fall from a wrist or pocket or a child's face. Face masks are virtually identical so nobody knows if this or that mask had belonged to them. What is the health protocol on touching face masks that are on the ground? "DON'T TOUCH IT!"

    People are most likely not tossing their face masks to the ground due to the urgent need to litter. Unlike a cigarette butt, a face mask is not useless and they are not purchased as a part of another item. People drop them and especially children drop them mainly because the users are not accustomed to them and they fall out of a pocket or off of a wrist... and of course nobody is going to know whose mask is lying on the sidewalk or trail, so they are not picked up (and they shouldn't be picked up by anyone's bare hand).

    The anti-littering mask campaign should be "Please try to keep your face masks from falling to the ground. However, it's a good thing you're not picking up littered face masks with your bare hand. Someone who is equipped with the proper tools will pick up those discarded face masks."
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