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    DAILY BRIEFING – Tour de Pacific Beach on Sunday, City prevails in scooter injury lawsuits, SeaWorld’s Spooktacular festivities to begin
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    Beachgoers climb up the tricky goat path from No Surf beach at Sunset Cliffs as summer turns to fall in San Diego, which is, um, just more summer. THOMAS MELVILLE/PENINSULA BEACON
    Beachgoers climb up the tricky goat path from No Surf beach at Sunset Cliffs as summer turns to fall in San Diego, which is, um, just more summer. THOMAS MELVILLE/PENINSULA BEACON
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    A round-up of news, community, and business briefs from sdnews.com highlighting what’s happening in our community.

    Friday, Sept. 25

    TOUR DE PACIFIC BEACH
    A bicycle registry and community ride event, The Tour de PB, is being held Sunday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event’s purpose is to promote bike registration while encouraging residents to explore the beach community by bicycle. The self-guided bike tour includes stops that highlight bicycle safety resources, safe routes, local art, and the natural environment in the PB neighborhood. Location of tents and volunteers: Crown Point Coffee, PB Bikes, Kendall Frost Marsh, and PB Middle School.
    The Tour de PB can be completed any time, but volunteers will be available at bike registry locations on Sunday during the proscribed hours to help guests register their bike with the Bike Index. Registering your bike in a national database helps to decrease the incidence of bike theft in Pacific Beach and neighboring communities.
    Bicyclists can also visit the Bike Index website to create an account on their own. Submit your name, bike manufacturer, serial number, and component information to enter your bike into the database. If your bike is ever stolen, pawn shops or other potential buyers will be able to cross-reference the serial number with the database when a bike thief tries to sell it. Police also have access to the bike registry database to help with bike recovery. For more information, visit pacificbeach.org.

    COVID TESTING AT DEL MAR FAIRGROUNDS
    San Diego-based healthcare analytics and diagnostics company, Genalyte, has opened a new COVID-19 antibody testing location at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Genalyte is continuing to make its SARS-CoV-2 Multi-Antigen Serology Panel available to the public to test for IgM and IgG antibodies produced in response to the novel Coronavirus. SARS-CoV-2 is the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Genalyte’s SARS-CoV-2 Serology Panel detects antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2 antigens. Antibodies are proteins made by your body to attack foreign substances, like viruses or bacteria. The process of developing antibodies is termed an immune response. If you have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2, your body may produce antibodies to the virus. This test is designed to detect the overall presence (positive) or absence (negative) of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, which may indicate that you have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 sometime in the past.
    Appointments are available Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and test results are shared through secure electronic messaging, typically within 24-48 hours. Appointments can be scheduled at genalytecovid19.com.

    DEAN SELECTED
    The Presidents’ Round Table has selected San Diego City College President Ricky Shabazz as the dean of the Men of Color Student Leadership Institute — a program to develop and promote efforts to increase the attendance, persistence, and completion of underrepresented males in community colleges.
    “I am excited to take on the role as dean for the Men of Color Student Leadership Institute,” Shabazz said. “This provides a national platform to promote programs that are designed to help men of color succeed across the country.”

    HOW TO REPORT TRASH
    The City continues to provide weekly trash collection to residences and is committed to keeping neighborhoods clean from litter and trash. To report any instances of overflowing trash cans or dumpsters, the public can make a request through the City’s Get it Done app, or by calling Environmental Services at 858-694-7000 or emailing to [email protected].

    SCOOTERS LOSE IN LAWSUITS
    The City Attorney’s Office has prevailed in six lawsuits that sought to have San Diego taxpayers pick up the tab for injuries caused by the careless users of motorized scooters. The City was removed as a defendant in each of the six cases after successfully arguing that the facts and the law did not support the plaintiffs’ claims of public liability. The lawsuits can still proceed against the scooter operator, Bird Rides Inc., which was also named as a defendant in each suit. No scooter riders were named as defendants in any of the cases. Settling the six lawsuits could have cost the City in excess of $1 million.
    “This string of victories reinforces our position that San Diego taxpayers are not responsible for the conduct of scooter rental companies or scooter users,” City Attorney Mara W. Elliott said.  “I’m proud of my attorneys for fighting to protect taxpayers from meritless lawsuits that divert public funds from important priorities like filling potholes and fixing sidewalks.”
    Elliott noted that the City expects scooter rental companies to operate responsibly and in a way that does not endanger the public in exchange for the privilege of using the public right-of-way. Under the City’s current regulatory framework, scooter rental companies agree to indemnify the City from the consequences of riders that do not follow operating rules.
    The six lawsuits’ alleged events occurred between June 2018 and April 2019 on city sidewalks, where riding motorized scooters is illegal under state law, and on the beach boardwalks, where motorized scooter riding has since been banned by the City. Plaintiffs alleged a variety of scooter-involved injuries including being struck by a scooter, being injured while taking evasive action to avoid a scooter, being struck by a bicyclist who was avoiding a scooter, and tripping on a scooter left lying on a sidewalk.  
    Under state law, a public agency is not liable for third-party conduct that causes harm on its property unless the property is itself in a dangerous condition that factored in the harm. The City properties where these incidents occurred are not dangerous. Deputy City Attorneys Kelly McGeehan and Meghan Ashley Wharton represented the City in these cases.
    After the incidents alleged in the lawsuits, the mayor and City Council approved regulations that prohibited the operation of all motorized transportation devices on the boardwalks of Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, and La Jolla Shores, and on the Mission Bay Park Bayside Walk. The City Council approved the regulations on Jan. 30. 

    SEAWORLD HALLOWEEN
    SeaWorld’s Spooktacular family-fun Halloween festivities kick off Oct. 2 and continue Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1. During kids' free month at SeaWorld, kids ages 3 to 9 get in free with the purchase of a full-paid adult admission, through Nov. 1.
    During Spooktacular, families can safely dance and celebrate together at the all-new Sesame Street Halloween dance party and capture photos with their furry friends including Count von Count, dressed in festive Halloween costumes on colorful parade floats, plus visit some of their favorite animals.

    Thursday, Sept. 24 

    OKTOBERFEST AT LIBERTY STATION
    For those who would normally look forward to Oktoberfest and fall beer celebrations this time of the year, some of Liberty Station’s cornerstone venues are upholding San Diego’s beer-loving traditions. Bottlecraft at Liberty Public Market welcomes hopheads to stock up on aptly themed taps, in addition to take-home pretzel kits and stein giveaways.
    The Loma Club, Liberty Station’s historic nine-hole walking course, is hosting an Oktoberfest-themed golf tournament. The four-player scramble will kick off on Sunday, Oct. 4 on the green at 11 a.m., followed by a noon shotgun and a fun-filled day of golf, beer and bites. With giveaways for the winning team and topnotch costumes, guests are encouraged to sport their best lederhosen and dirndls. Tickets include a welcome beer and Bavarian-themed tasters throughout the fairway. The Loma Club will also be offering all-day beer and shot specials at the clubhouse.  
    Liberty Public Market has also provisioned all the necessities to bring the spirit of Oktoberfest home. From now to Oct. 4, Bottlecraft, the food hall’s boutique beer shop, will be tapping speciality festbiers and craft ales to-go, growler included. The specialty shop will also be giving away free steins with each purchase of six-plus cans or bottles from their eclectic variety of local, rare and international brews. To round out the experience, guests can grab a take-home pretzel pack at check-out. The DIY kits are complete with a giant house-made German pretzel, hot mustard and beer cheese to bake at home. 

     

    SMART STREETLIGHTS ON HOLD
    San Diego’s smart streetlights program, intended as a means of public planning to capture data about air quality and traffic, has been temporarily paused by the City. "Mayor Faulconer has directed City staff to completely turn off access to video footage from smart streetlights following clear feedback from City Council members and community leaders that they want a surveillance ordinance in place before the council will consider any use of this technology," said Gustavo Portela, the City’s senior press secretary and director of Media Affairs.
    The Smart Streetlights project began as a cost-savings effort for the City to replace high-energy use streetlights with more efficient LED lights. It has evolved into deployment of one of the largest smart city sensor platforms. The anonymous data collected by the sensors can be used to develop applications and systems that generate event data (static data on parking, vehicle counts, bicycle counts, pedestrian counts, temperature, humidity, pressure).
    The sensors upload event data to the CityIQ cloud database provided by the City’s technology partner. Application developers and the public can download the data from the cloud using programming tools.
    But the smart streetlights program has hit an unexpected snag, as the technology has experienced mission creep, meaning the devices that were deployed for one stated purpose, have wound up serving another. During the recent Black Lives Matter protests in late May and early June, Sand Diego Police Department accessed the streetlight cameras at least 35 times in search of evidence to be used against protesters accused of vandalism, assault and other crimes. Recently, tech and civil rights activists with the Trust SD Coalition called on City officials to reject a new proposal giving police exclusive access to the smart streetlight cameras.

     

    SD WATERCOLOR SOCIETY EXHIBITION
    Attracting award-winning artists from 22 countries around the world, the 40th International Exhibition is being held now through Oct. 31. The exhibition showcases the very best of watermedia art and provides inspiration to all art enthusiasts from students to serious collectors.
    Michael Reardon, the juror for this show and himself an award-winning artist, author, instructor and Signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies, did an amazing job of choosing 100 paintings from 827 submissions. Online viewers will enjoy a variety of art from abstract to figurative, all exemplifying the artists’ experiences and passions for creating works that will last through the centuries. Due to the pandemic, the exhibition will be virtual-only and can be viewed 24/7 at sdws.org.

     

    PBTC BOARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT
    The Pacific Beach Town Council has open seats for its 2021 board and is accepting nominations now until Sept. 30. PBTC is a group of volunteers who love Pacific Beach and take initiative to make the neighborhood a little better every day. Are you passionate about keeping PB tidy with trash clean-ups? Want to help deter bike theft? Want to be part of community events like Concerts On The Green and local fundraising?
    These are just some of the issues PBTC tackles, and they want to hear your ideas on how to make the community a better place. To be a board director you need to have been a general member for 90 days by Nov. 1. If you aren't already a member, please sign up here. If you are a PBTC member and ready to get more involved, please send a short biography and a description of what you want to accomplish in Pacific Beach to [email protected].

     

    LIFELONG LEARNING GOES ONLINE
    The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego has moved its entire program online using Zoom and the fall quarter starts Sept. 28. Attend the Virtual Open House on Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. to learn more about the upcoming program offerings. Register here to receive the link: extension.ucsd.edu/olli/openhouse. The Institute is offering its 1,000 members twice daily remote, live discussions of current events and lectures on a variety of academic subjects featuring distinguished faculty from UC San Diego and other local universities, community leaders, artists and musicians, and others. 
    Highlights of the fall program include research into human origins, Impressionism: The Great Disrupter of Western Art, A Scientifically Achievable Green New Deal, A Nanoparticle Approach to Dealing With SARS-CoV-2, and the Future of Coral Reefs. The online program format is typically a one-hour live lecture followed by an always-engaging question and answer period. See the Osher website at extension.ucsd.edu/olli/join for current online program offerings and how to become a member.  

     

    COCKTAIL LINEUP AT BREAK POINT
    Break Point at 945 Garnet Ave. has recently reopened its doors and the Pacific Beach spot is offering yet another reason to stop by with a new lineup of seasonal cocktails. For a limited time, guests can sip on refreshing options including the Spicy Passionfruit Margarita, Passionfruit Mule and the Blueberry Passionfruit Sour, all made with fresh passionfruit. Pair your cocktail with signature dishes such as the Fried Chicken Sandwich and the BP Burger. Break Point is open Thursday-Friday from 4 p.m.-close and Saturday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-close.

     

    DOG WASTE BAGS IN BIRD ROCK
    The La Jolla neighborhood is urging dog owners to provide their own waste bags and take filled ones home to deposit in their own trash, along the bike path between the community and La Jolla High School. The dog waste bags and receptacles along the Bike Path are provided by the Bird Rock Maintenance Assessment District funds and are intended for emergency use only (if you forgot to bring your own). If you use a bag, please consider replenishing it on your next visit. Leaving used bags on top of a full container, or on the ground next to it, creates an eyesore and potential health risk for the community. Be considerate of neighbors and responsible for taking care of your pet’s messes and not create more messes for others.

     

    SEAWORLD HOLIDAY FESTS
    SeaWorld announced all-new Halloween and Christmas festivities this year as well as the launch of an updated annual pass program that gives fans the opportunity to enjoy the park’s holiday thrills as much as they want in 2020. Plus, they can plan to come back again and again for all of 2021 and be among the first to ride the park’s all-new Emperor, California’s tallest and fastest floorless dive coaster.
    Get your kids Halloween costumes ready for SeaWorld’s Spooktacular starting Friday, Oct 2. The fan-favorite will feature spooky surprises and fall fun for kids, like a pumpkin scavenger hunt, a candy trail that will lead to a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience, cookie decorating with some furry friends and a Spooktacular dance party. The park’s annual Christmas Celebration will launch in November and include some of the park’s most cherished yuletide traditions. Admission to Spooktacular and Christmas Celebration are both included with an annual pass.

     

    UC SAN DIEGO STUDENTS GET COVID TESTING
    Thousands of students are getting tested for COVID-19 before heading back to class at University of California San Diego. “It wasn’t that bad. It was like two little swabs in the nostril and honestly, you can get a little teary-eyed but that’s it,” student Tanzi Terry said. “It’s really quick and simple.”
    She was one of the many students who were swabbed in a drive-through testing area set up for students recently during move in. University leaders said 8,000 students will be tested over a 10-day period before they’re allowed to move into their dorms and start school for the fall. They are assigned days and times in order to allow for expedited testing and minimized contact with others. 
    “It was definitely a different experience having something stuck up your nose but I felt like it’s kind of necessary for us,” student Michael Herrera said. “Before moving in, just to make sure we’re safe.”
    Fall classes are expected to begin at a reduced capacity with students required to social distance and wear masks. The university is using a hybrid learning strategy with online and in-person instruction.

     

    PUMPKINS IN LA JOLLA
    Mr. Jack O’Lanterns pumpkin patch will open this season in La Jolla at 6710 La Jolla Blvd. with in-person shopping, online ordering, delivery and contactless curbside pick-up amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Jack O’Lanterns specializes in bringing the fall spirit to warmer climates by creating an unparalleled family experience when visiting any of their locations filled with premium pumpkins, games, activities, and attractions. Beginning on Oct. 3, customers can visit their local pumpkin patch.
    Extended precautions will be taken by Mr. Jack O’Lanterns to ensure a safe and pleasant experience. All staff and guests will be required to wear masks, there will be sanitization stations throughout the patch and there will be a designated on-site cleaning staff daily to sanitize the patches thoroughly. Additionally, all guests and staff must maintain social distancing of six feet. Visit mrjackolanternspumpkins.com for more detailed information.

     

    NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR
    For their longstanding efforts to provide affordable and high-quality health care to low-income and medically underserved communities throughout the region, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced that he has named Family Health Centers of San Diego as the 2020 Nonprofit of the Year for the 78th Assembly District. There are two Family Health Centers along the coast, Beach Area Family Health Center at 3705 Mission Blvd., and Beach Area Women’s Health Center at 3690 Mission Blvd.

    Wednesay, Sept. 23

    USS TRIPOLI ARRIVES IN SAN DIEGO
    The Navy’s latest America-class amphibious assault ship, USS Tripoli arrived at Naval Base San Diego on Sept. 18 following its commissioning and subsequent sail around South America this summer. Tripoli, the only America-class amphibious assault ship in San Diego, joins the Wasp-class large deck amphibious assault vessels USS Essex (LHD 2), USS Boxer (LHD 4), USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), and USS Makin Island (LHD 8). As the largest amphibious ship on the waterfront, Tripoli serves as an LHD variant designed to accommodate the Marine Corps' future Air Combat Element (ACE) including the F-35B Lightning II and MV-22 Osprey.
    Tripoli is the second LHA to be delivered to the Navy, and the third in naval history to bear the name which harkens back to the first U.S. battle fought on foreign soil. The name Tripoli was previously assigned to a Casablanca-class escort carrier which saw service in the Second World War. Later, the first amphibious assault ship with the name USS Tripoli (LPH 10) served in Vietnam and during the Gulf War.

     

    GALA BY LA JOLLA SYMPHONY & CHORUS
    The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will host its 13th annual gala titled “California Dreamin” to launch its 2021-22 season on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. The premier, annual fundraiser will be a virtual evening of entertainment and fine dining that directly benefits the artistic mission of the LJS&C and our young artist performance and composition programs. This “Stay-la” event runs from 6 to 8 pm. We will bring the evening’s festivities to you this year, with an entertaining silent and live auction, an opportunity to support a special program with our fund-a-need, and selected performances by Cecil Lytle, Stephanie Weaver and the LJSC Chorus.
    As guests enjoy the entertainment and auction, they will be treated to fine dining, delivered safely to their home. An elegant three-course meal, specially curated by San Diego’s own Chef Deborah Scott, will be created especially for patrons. Guests will also have their choice of three different wine selections. RSVP online for this event at lajollasymphony.com or call 858-534-4637 with questions. RSVP for dinner and VIP event by Oct. 5. To receive free online link to the auction and entertainment, RSVP by Oct. 14.

     

    FIRE FIGHTERS AND FRIENDS CELEBRITY WAITERS EVENT
    During the past 37 years, the San Diego City Firefighters have donated thousands of dollars and volunteer hours to United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego. This year marks the 36th consecutive year that the city firefighters have served as the major sponsor and underwriter of the annual Fire Fighters and Friends Celebrity Waiters event for UCP. Unfortunately, social distancing and crowd size limits mean they are working with celebrities, sponsors and the fire fighters for a special virtual "meet and greet" event with an online auction.
    The goal is to make the afternoon a fun one with a few Hollywood Stars being featured on Zoom for you to chat with. Scheduled to appear are Christopher Knight who played Peter Brady from the “Brady Bunch” sitcom, and Robert Hayes who played Ted Striker in the hit movie “Airplane,” just to name a few. Tickets start at $62 per person and reservations can be made by calling the UCP office at 858-571-5365 (ex: 112) or at ucpsd.org.

     

    LAWYERS CLUB WANTS JUSTICE TO BE HONORED
    Lawyers Club of San Diego, which for more than 50 years has advocated for the advancement of women in law and society, mourns the loss of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a feminist, legal scholar and powerful dissenter, who died Sept, 18 at age 87.
    As a national leader in pursuing equality for all, the state of California should honor Justice Ginsburg with a state holiday in her name. Lawyers Club of San Diego calls on Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a state holiday for this remarkable pioneer, and we suggest that the holiday be set for March 15, Justice Ginsburg’s birth date, or Aug. 10, the date she was sworn in to the Supreme Court as the second woman to serve on the high court.
    Justice Ginsburg had an exemplary legal career that burst open doors of opportunity for many. She became the first female professor to earn tenure at Columbia Law School. She launched the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). On behalf of the ACLU, she argued six landmark cases before the Supreme Court and won five of those cases.
    She argued against automatic exemptions from jury service that resulted in a paucity of women serving on jury trials. She argued for the rights of widowers and husbands to receive Social Security benefits. She argued for the right of female military personnel to have their husbands qualify for military spousal dependency based on their wives’ military service.

     

    WALK LIKE MADD
    As a tribute to Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s 40th anniversary, the California State office of MADD will host its signature fundraising Walk Like MADD ceremony virtually on Saturday, Oct. 10 beginning at noon on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube @MADDCalifornia. MADD asks you to join these virtual events and take a stand with #OneMADDCalifornia. Funds raised will support the continuation of MADD California to provide underage drinking programs and services at no cost to victims and families of drunk and drugged driving. Visit madd.org or call 1-877-ASK-MADD.

    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
    R.B. Stevenson Gallery in La Jolla at 7661 Girard Ave., will exhibit “Here & Now” featuring new and recent paintings by San Diego artist Wayne Hulgin and Los Angeles artist Chris Trueman. The opening reception for the artists will be Saturday Aug. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. The gallery will be open at noon for early viewing. Trueman draws from a diverse lexicon of mark making including gestural painting, graffiti, colour field and with the deftly nuanced colour palette. Hulgin paintings are the visual language of mark-making, shape, and form, refined surfaces, bold color and nuanced edges, rendered silent by the delicately diffused obfuscation of the process that challenges visual communication and expands abstraction’s possibilities.

    ‘MIGHTIER’ 1090 RADIO RETURNING
    The Mighty 1090, is set to return to the airwaves Monday, Aug. 17 with a brand-new identity as The Mightier 1090. The Mightier 1090 will feature a lineup that includes long-time sports-radio staple Scott Kaplan, along with nationally-syndicated shows featuring Rich Eisen, Tony Bruno and Scott Ferrall. The station is currently live and running a “History of 1090” audio loop until Monday’s official launch, which is set for 9 a.m. For more information, visit themightier1090.com.

    ONE PASEO DONATES TO SCHOOLS
    One Paseo, the mixed-use development in San Diego’s Carmel Valley, is making a large monetary donation totaling $107,000 to eight neighboring school districts, including San Diego Unified School District. Each of the school districts will receive $13,375 to assist with changes and mandates related to Covid-19 health orders and restrictions as the start of the school year nears including safety and sanitation, plus resources for the students.  “What a wonderful gesture to reach out to us and provide financial support to transform our physical learning spaces to comply with the health orders. It’s rare to receive unsolicited support and much appreciated,” said Cindy Marten, superintendent of SDUSD. More information is available at kilroyrealty.com.

    GAMES JOINS COLDWELL BANKER
    Coldwell Banker West announced that Steve Games has joined the organization as a partner, and the president of their new Coldwell Banker West Global Luxury Division. Games will be focused on expanding the ranks within the company’s nearly 1,000 real estate professionals who operate out of 14 offices throughout San Diego County. Games began his career in San Diego County and Southern California some 45 years ago and feel like he’s “coming home,” since Coldwell Banker was one of the first places that he hung his license. 

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    Padres Development Team selected to transform Tailgate Park
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    Artist’s rendering of the proposed East Village Quarter.
    Artist’s rendering of the proposed East Village Quarter.
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    With a vision of bringing life to an underutilized four-block area near Petco Park in the East Village, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announced on Sept. 23 that the Padres Development Team – including partners Tishman Speyer and Ascendant Capital Partners – have won the competitive bidding process to transform Tailgate Park into a vibrant, mixed-use destination called East Village Quarter.

    Across from Petco Park, Faulconer was joined by Padres president Erik Greupner, Tishman Speyer senior managing director Paul DeMartini, Ascendant Capital Partners CEO Russell Gimelstob and community supporters for the announcement.

    The decision comes after a selection committee of City of San Diego staff and external experts at Civic San Diego and Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) reviewed and scored the two top bids to the request for proposals (RFP) to redevelop the four blocks between K Street and Imperial Avenue and 12th Avenue and 14th Street in San Diego’s East Village neighborhood. Scoring categories included responsiveness to the RFP, financial models and developer experience. The RFP process followed a public request for qualifications (RFQ) process in spring 2020.

    The Padres Development Team is comprised of local and international leaders that specialize in sports, transit-centered and mixed-use development, urban design and finance. The team’s initial vision for the site is a vibrant and exciting destination that includes housing, public space, retail and office space that is designed to attract innovation economy companies to downtown.

    Additionally, the team’s vision includes the creation of a 1,600-space parking structure – 600 more parking spaces than currently exist on the site today – that protects the long-term parking needs of San Diegans attending Padres games and other events at the City-owned Petco Park.

    “The Padres have helped revitalize East Village through the construction and continuous improvement of Petco Park. We are excited to partner with our development team to further revitalize East Village through our vision for this site, which will enhance the game day experience for our fans and transform the Ballpark District,” Greupner said. “We look forward to creating a world-class destination that includes jobs, housing and recreation in addition to meeting the long-term parking needs of Padres fans and others attending events at the ballpark.” 

    From Aug. 26 to Sept. 4, the City held a virtual open house to solicit public input on two development proposals and community priorities for the development. The open house website received more than 12,000 views and 1,156 community feedback responses on what they’d like to see on the property and the most desired aspects of each proposal. Highest priorities for the community included open space and amenities, retail, parking, events and active pedestrian and public space.

    “What the Padres have done over the years to create an atmosphere of fun, excitement and energy at Petco Park is incredible, and now, with Tishman Speyer and Ascendant Capital Partners, they’ll be able to expand their footprint and the positive impact they have on the surrounding community even further,” Faulconer said. “Block by block we’re breathing new life into the East Village and making it a vibrant district for San Diegans and visitors alike to enjoy.”

    Faulconer also directed the immediate release of documents related to the selection process to provide full transparency as the City moves forward with the process. The documents include:

    The next steps for the project include taking the Selection Committee’s recommendation for the City to enter into an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement with the Padres for consideration to the City Council’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee and subsequently to the City Council.

     

    WHAT THEY ARE SAYING:

    “San Diego is one of America’s favorite places to live, work and discover, and that is exactly what this project is about. East Village Quarter represents an extraordinary opportunity for Tishman Speyer to partner with the Padres and Ascendant Capital Partners to create a dynamic, inclusive, mixed-use environment that will provide vital housing and substantial open space in an urban setting,” Speyer said. “It will also host the city’s best office facilities, where innovative companies and their employees can thrive. We’re very excited about working together with the Padres and Ascendant Capital Partners in this great city to bring this compelling vision to life.”

     

    “We are thrilled to partner with the Padres and Tishman Speyer to design a new neighborhood from the ground up that will attract the world’s most innovative companies and create a dynamic, 24/7 residential ecosystem in the heart of Downtown San Diego,” said Gimelstob.  

     

    “The Padres are strong community champions who have proven their commitment to San Diego by significantly investing in the ballpark, community programs and surrounding neighborhoods. Now backed by a powerhouse development team, the Padres will continue their partnership with the City and transform East Village Quarter into a mixed-use development that prioritizes jobs and housing and will enhance Downtown.”– Councilmember Chris Ward, District 3.

     

    “The Building Trades and Padres have a decades-long history of collaboration and respect. We look forward to continuing this partnership by building out East Village Quarter with a skilled and trained workforce and creating job opportunities for the next generation of construction workers.” – Carol Kim, San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council.

     

    "When Petco Park was completed in 2004, it spurred a complete revitalization of Downtown San Diego. We have an opportunity to continue that success by transforming Tailgate Park into an urban district that will create jobs, add housing, and further improve the area. We congratulate the Padres Development Team for being chosen to lead this opportunity given their experience, success, and deep understanding of the needs of both the ballpark and community." – Jerry Sanders, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

     

    “The East Village Quarter property has long been planned for redevelopment and it's full of opportunity for housing, jobs and recreation. The Padres Development Team’s vision incorporates all those important elements and will further enhance the whole experience for ballpark games and events. We look forward to working with this proven and qualified team, the City and community to transform this site into a vibrant, urban destination.” – Betsy Brennan, Downtown San Diego Partnership.

     

    “The Padres and their project partners have all been actively involved in our community and helped shape the vibrant neighborhood that East Village is today. Based on their local track record, this team will develop the East Village Quarter property in a way that will benefit all San Diegans and attract new opportunities to our region.” – Diane Peabody Straw, East Village Association.

     

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    Robert Burns
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    September 24, 2020
    It is "underutilized" only in the sense that it is not utilized at all (except by trolls) when not used for PetCo parking and could be used for parking at the same time as for other uses.
    Pacific Beach Middle students start beach cleanups
    Sep 23, 2020 | 1748 views | 1 1 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    These Pacific Beach Middle School students cleaned the beach near Crystal Pier. COURTESY PHOTO
    These Pacific Beach Middle School students cleaned the beach near Crystal Pier. COURTESY PHOTO
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    Surfing before school and at lunch is more enjoyable when the ocean isn’t brimming with trash, and hot coals aren’t smoldering in the sand, said PBMS student Graham Allen. It’s easy to complain, but doing something about actually helps the community. “My four friends – Willa Weber, Mazie Weber, Parker Kaltsas, Mila Marzion – and I organized a beach cleanup on Sept. 8 to create a paradise in Pacific Beach. We collected trash on the beach ranging from a shoe on a leash to a broken boogie board to beer cans. Our main goal was to dig up the hot coals sitting under the sand that stayed hot overnight and we picked buckets full.” The clean-up was such a success that the group of students has decided to continue to organize beach cleanups and do them once every month.
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    Jack Floyd
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    September 23, 2020
    That's great! THANK YOU, STUDENTS! Proper gear for picking up garbage should include complete upper-body and lower-body coverage as well as tiny particle-filtration full-facemasks, due to very small, toxic, airborne particles found in most garbage.

    Even though water bacteria levels at the shore and surfline are sampled by city/county authorities, it would be really great if students could organize several teams of students to also do this type of testing every day, all year long. A great educational project would be if the students organized test results and published these results on the internet as soon as they acquire them each day of the year.
    Live event promoters on life support due to COVID cancellations
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Sep 22, 2020 | 11085 views | 2 2 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A family checks out the Liberty Station ArtWalk in 2019. COURTESY PHOTO
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    Laurel McFarlane is spending her son’s college money next year to keep her household afloat.

    Sandi Cottrell has had to cancel the ArtWalk she’s promoted at Liberty Station the past 16 years, praying her business will survive to do it next year.

    Michelle Metter’s husband’s business has been devastated by COVID, and her efforts to hold her young family together she described as “dire.”

    All three women have joined with other live event promoters in a local movement, The San Diego Events Coalition, that is part of a national movement at liveeventscoalition.org.

    The three event promoters have a message to deliver: Live events in San Diego are barely alive, and won’t be for much longer without immediate governmental aid and federal financial assistance.

    McFarlane, of McFarlane Promotions mcfarlanepromotions.com, who usually promotes about 70 San Diego events a year, is down to only five virtual events this year due to COVID. She characterized her present circumstances, and those of the rest of San Diego’s small-business event industry, as “brutal” and “catastrophic.”

    “Promoting a live event takes 100 to 500 people – stagehands, bar staff, graphics designers, lighting crew, insurance reps – the list goes on and on,” McFarlane said. “Everyone is suffering. We’re the only industry that has zero things open.”

    Said Cottrell, of ArtWalk San Diego artwalksandiego.org, “We held out hope as long as we could that we could reschedule the art walk in August that has 200 fine artists, live music, wine and beer pavilion, art for kids and art displays for November. We tried to come up with something the county would accept with a very different format: no music, no kids, no wine, and beer, just sale of art. We’d gotten some very positive feedback but our timing was terrible, (it was) back in July when the big (COVID) spike happened. The writing was on the wall.”

    Metter, of Fast Forward Events fastforwardevents.com, annually promotes the week-long San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival featuring dozens of events and hundreds of domestic and international wineries with a Grand Tasting Finale in November at Embarcadero Marina Park North. Metter said her “overriding frustration” is with inconsistencies in which businesses are allowed to operate, and which are not.

    “Swap meets and farmers markets are being allowed to reopen,” Metter pointed out. “Yet they won’t allow functions to be held by professional event organizers with professional management companies who have been doing so within the City for many years.”

    Added Metter, “This impacts not just the City from the loss of economic drivers from events, but the personal toll taken on the live events workforce, which is now largely unemployed. That segment of the workforce just isn’t recognized by our state legislature. It’s very short-sighted.”

    McFarlane warned that the COVID response canceling live events could exterminate the entire industry. “We can’t get anybody to listen,” she lamented. “We need to start gradually getting our industry back so people can still make a living.”

    McFarlane noted there’s a considerable lag time in promoting and implementing live events.

    “You just can’t open tomorrow,” she said. “We’re at least three months out from getting everything together to do an event with all the permitting and everything required. We’re talking about 2021 now.”

    Asked McFarlane, “If people are allowed to go to swap meets and farmers markets, why can’t we be allowed to open and host small live events like art walks, car shows, and food tastings?”

    The San Diego Events Coalition has been busy recently crafting a long list of reasonable health guidelines that would allow the industry to reopen before it’s too late to matter.

    “We’re just really trying to find a safe way back for the 200,000 people in San Diego who are screaming out for help, and for the $329 million the live events industry contributes to the economy,” McFarlane said.

    What happens if live event promotions are lost?

    “If we’re not here, all these nonprofits will start to pay full price for events that have been discounted,” McFarlane said adding, “And no one is saying, ‘Oh my God, they’re wiping out this entire industry.’”

    McFarlane said people aren’t aware of just how irreplaceable the live event industry is.

    “They show up at an event and it’s magical,” she said. “But they don’t realize how the event planners have worked through the nights to make that happen, and all the hard work by all the people it takes for us to make that ‘magic moment’ for the public.”

    What needs to be done?

    “Right now, there needs to be some events opening,” answered McFarlane. “The coalition has developed 30 pages of guidelines for reopening, and elected officials really need to help us.”

    Concluded McFarlane, “We’re not getting aid from Congress any time soon. The work I’ve spent the past 20 years doing, 90% of that has been wiped out. At this point, I don’t have a road map back at all. We need help to find a safe way back following the detailed protocols we’ve created. We need people to say, ‘We’re sorry we have forgotten about you. We’re going to help you.' I don’t think that’s too much to ask.”

    View the link to health standards for reopening created by the San Diego Events Coalition at https://67fc1c19-cc4f-4cc1-a017-8dd68c5fe174.filesusr.com/ugd/bbb624_605da241a35c4a4598486ff8533a87a2.pdf.

     

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    Commentor987
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    September 22, 2020
    This is an incredibly insensitive headline, considering how many people are LITERALLY ON LIFE SUPPORT due to contracting COVID-19. Dear editors, please change your headline.
    Maisha Grinn
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    September 23, 2020
    I agree with Commentator987. The headline is inappropriate, misleading, and inflammatory.
    Beach-side restaurants in Pacific Beach find new ways to expand dining
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Sep 17, 2020 | 25699 views | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The expanded outdoor seating by PB Shore Club and Waterbar has temporarily eliminated parking spaces on Ocean Boulevard. PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
    The expanded outdoor seating by PB Shore Club and Waterbar has temporarily eliminated parking spaces on Ocean Boulevard. PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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    As if the latest COVID restrictions were not confusing and concerning enough, local restaurateurs are now trying to handle indoor dining while increasing outdoor seating.

    Billy Ramirez, owner of PB Shore Club and the Fish Shops in PB and Point Loma, said coastal restaurants are being hit hard.

    “Obviously with all the hard times hitting the restaurant industry, businesses are being forced to get creative,” said Ramirez noting he and the Waterbar next door to PB Shore Club on Ocean Boulevard, jointly decided to explore outdoor dining options.

    “We decided that maybe we could grow out more toward the beach, instead of into parking lots in the alleys,” said Ramirez, noting that effort culminated in 26 parking spaces next to the lifeguard tower and fire station on Ocean Boulevard between Grand and Thomas avenues being temporarily converted to outdoor dining.

    Up and running for a couple of weeks now, Ramirez said the new outdoor dining option has hit something of a snag.

    “Some of the locals are upset about the temporary loss of parking,” he said. “I understand their concerns. But businesses have to survive. This is a way to help us stay open. This is something the City needs to be forward-thinking about, perhaps extending this even beyond the shutdown, if they want to support businesses and help us grow and also survive.”

    Further complicating matters are Uber and Lyft threatening to ultimately withdraw from California, which Ramirez noted really crimps local restaurant and bar owner’s efforts to keep a lid on DUIs and irresponsible behavior.

    In response to an August court order requiring both rideshare companies to reclassify their California drivers as “employees” instead of independent contractors, they both threatened to leave the state. Subsequently, the California Court of Appeal issued an order temporarily permitting Uber and Lyft to maintain their current employment status. The court has also given the companies until early September to come up with plans for how they would comply with the law.

    “If we were to lose Uber and Lyft, that is going to impact business, something I don’t think the public is aware of,” argued Ramirez. “It’s a public safety issue because DUIs have declined with ridesharing. The government needs to rethink some of the unintended consequences of its actions a little bit better.”

    Meanwhile, restaurateurs like Ramirez continue to be strained to adapt to rapidly changing business circumstances.

    “Our business has been ever-changing,” said Ramirez. “We went from dining inside to dining six feet apart. and now dining outside on parking lots and streets. So we’re just rolling with all the changes. Hopefully, we can weather this storm, and 2021 will be a lot better than 2020 was.”

     

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    Jack Floyd
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    September 20, 2020
    Makes complete sense that restaurants should be able to take up parking spaces near the beach areas, but I could see why people who expect to be able to park nearby would be upset. What else can the city do to help these businesses? Maybe it's time for everyone to brainstorm a new type of social organization since the likelihood of continued viral mutations makes it look like this is the way of things for the future. Maybe time limits should be imposed on customers, or the city should allow/enhance recreational spaces for businesses to use..."beach cabana dining", etc?

    Some alcohol-serving business owners make it sound like they have no responsibility to prevent drunk patrons from driving, as though the absence of Uber or Lyft leaves no other party responsible for ensuring impaired patrons don't drive under the influence.

    The law should be: ONE AND DONE - LOSE YOUR LICENSE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE AFTER A SINGLE DUI CONVICTION. That should sober EVERYONE up! It is a life-and-death situation anytime anyone drives impaired. This would also motivate alcohol-serving businesses to prevent patrons from losing their ability to drive to their businesses.

    If you serve alcohol, you had better take action to prevent your customers from endangering others' lives, even if that means setting up and paying for your businesses' own rideshare or cab services.

    By now there should be clear and specific laws regulating how each of the various types of alcohol-serving businesses should be required to either arrange for alternative transportation or contact law enforcement for customers who are obviously impaired and intent on driving. It's an insult to everyone when these strong and clear regulations don't exist and/or are not effectively enforced.
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