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    The haunted house and maze, at 2176 Diamond Street, will be open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Halloween night. If there are still people in line at 9:30 p.m., they will be let through. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The haunted house and maze, at 2176 Diamond Street, will be open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Halloween night. If there are still people in line at 9:30 p.m., they will be let through. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Haunted house in Pacific Beach The haunted house and maze, at 2176 Diamond Street, will be open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Halloween night. If there are still people in line at 9:30 p.m., they will be let through. Why create this haunted maze? According to homeowner Rob Christ: “We purchased this home about four years ago and accidentally painted it black. (I was out of town and told my contractor the wrong color.) When I came home, the house was black and looked a little spooky! “Of course, it already looked and felt a bit spooky, as it is more than 100 years old. Since then, we started talking about hosting a haunted house/maze, since it fits the look. “This year, we got together with a bunch of our family and friends, including many kids that attend Kate Sessions Elementary School, and decided to build a haunted maze for the kids and adults in the neighborhood. Our kids all love the idea and have been very helpful in building scenes and crafts to go into the maze. We plan on doing this annually.” Police arrest alleged PB peeper Between Sept. 11 and Oct. 12, a suspect repeatedly peeped into the windows of unsuspecting women in the Pacific Beach area. The suspect description was consistent; a white male, bald, of medium height, and medium to heavy-set build. Six reported cases occurred within this time frame. Detectives immediately began to investigate, interviewing witnesses, and canvassing the area for evidence. Through their investigative efforts and with the assistance of patrol officers, James Wayne Hubbard, 48, was identified and arrested on Oct. 12. Hubbard was booked into the San Diego County Jail on six counts of peeping and one count of petty theft. Anyone with information is requested to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Suspicious death off coast of Mission Beach On Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 10:20 a.m., a fisherman on a boat was about 2.5 miles off the coast of Mission Beach when he noticed a body floating in the ocean. The fisherman notified lifeguards via his boat radio and lifeguards notified the San Diego Police Department Communications Center. Lifeguard’s personnel went to the location with members from the San Diego Police Harbor Unit. They retrieved the body and transported it to the lifeguard’s headquarters dock, located at 2581 Quivira Ct. The body was an unknown race and aged male. The condition of the body raised concerns about the cause of death. Out of an abundance of caution, the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit was called to the scene. San Diego Police Homicide Detectives are currently investigating this incident as a suspicious death. The victim has been identified as Abdelkader Elshayeb, a citizen of Egypt. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Car jacking in Pacific Beach The victim, a 21-year-old male, was sitting in his 2007 Hyundai Elantra. The suspect, a 19-year-old male, walked up to the victim, asked for a ride and proceeded to get in the vehicle. The victim started to drive away when the suspect pulled out a hand gun and told him not to stop. The victim pulled over at 1400 Grand Ave., yelling for help. The suspect pistol whipped the victim, knocking out some of his teeth. The victim got out and the suspect drove off with the vehicle. At 4600 Gresham the suspect crashed into a parked car. A police unit saw the crash and suspect running from the vehicle. The officer chased the suspect who jumped a fence into a yard at 4600 Gresham. After a perimeter was setup, officers located the suspect hiding in the backyard and taken into custody without incident. Robbery detectives responded and are investigating. Anyone with information related to the incident is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. City offers landscape, rain barrel rebates The City of San Diego offers money-saving ways for water customers to conserve water. The City’s Public Utilities Department provides rebates through grant funding by the Department of Water Resources for both removing lawns and installing rain barrels. Homeowners may apply now for financial rebates to convert their lawns into a drought resistant landscape. The City is offering a $1.25 per square foot rebate for all lawns that are converted. Converted areas must be designed to capture rainfall for reuse. Applications are now being taken for Rainwater Harvesting Rebates. Rain barrels and downspouts catch rainwater from hard surfaces such as rooftops. While San Diego isn’t in the rainy season yet, now is a good time to prepare. The barrels are a great way to conserve and then reuse the water for irrigation purposes. It also helps prevent pollution by reducing the amount of runoff that goes down the storm drain. Customers may receive $1 per gallon of barrel storage capacity for residential rainwater harvesting up to 400 gallons or $400 per property. More information about these and other rebates as well as additional water conservation options is available at wastenowater.org. County to apply for state funds to help homeless The County Board of Supervisors recently voted to allow the Health and Human Services Agency to apply for state emergency funds to address homelessness in the region. The California 2018-19 State Budget includes $53 million for the California Emergency Solutions and Housing Program, which provides grants to local communities to develop programs that assist people who are homeless or at risk of not having a stable place to live. Extreme Sailing Series off Harbor Island this weekend Renowned for its intense racing, the Extreme Sailing Series returns to San Diego Bay for the second year, Oct. 18-21. The only U.S. stop on the action-packed global tour will play host to a fleet of elite-level international sailing teams, including one USA squad, in an event presented by SAP, all racing in identical flying hydrofoil catamarans: GC32. As well as breathtaking racing, the penultimate event of the season will provide shore-side entertainment for the whole family. Spectators can enjoy live music, entertainment, bars, food stalls and expert commentary of the racing, and also take advantage of the perfect viewing spot from the free-to-enter public Race Village located on Harbor Island. Alternatively, spectators can watch the exciting Stadium Racing from the VIP Extreme Club. With unrivaled views of the racing, five-star catering, refreshments, and exclusive entertainment and behind-the-scenes access, it promises to deliver an unforgettable experience. For more information, visit sandiegoextremesailing.com. San Diego Sports Medicine Center celebrates partnership San Diego Sports Medicine Center is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the partnership with Anderson Medical Center. The integration has allowed the Urgent Care, at 1945 Garnet Ave., to add more family practice capabilities while still providing easy access. The clinic is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays. All injuries, illnesses and non-life threatening emergencies can be treated. In addition, routine primary care can be obtained including physicals and immunizations. Dr. Ken Anderson continues as the medical director for the clinic. He serves as the medical director for Sea World and team physician for the University of San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene and the San Diego Gulls. Local leaders celebrate Campland on the Bay’s 50th Joined by Councilmember Lorie Zapf and other community leaders, thousands of campers gathered together on Oct. 6 in celebration of Campland on the Bay’s 50th year providing waterfront camping in Mission Bay. Campland on the Bay’s president Michael Gelfand, who was at the event to accept the proclamations presented by the City and County, said: “Three generations of my family have had the great honor and responsibility of operating Campland. It is a truly special place that plays host to multi-generational families who come back again and again.” “For 50 years, Campland on the Bay has provided affordable waterfront accommodations on Mission Bay for San Diego families, serving as a beloved destination where multiple generations come together to experience a sense of community, recreate, make friends and build memories,” said Zapf. SeaWorld to add horizontal roller coaster next year SeaWorld will open a dueling roller coaster, dubbed Tidal Twister, as a new attraction for 2019. The first of its kind in the world, this unique and horizontal ride is an exhilarating experience that demonstrates the power of the ocean. Accelerating to 30 mph, riders will twist and bank as if they are riding the tide along a tight figure-8 track that includes dynamic zero-g roll at the center section. Two trains, holding 16 passengers each, load at opposite ends of the figure-8 and cross in the center with guests facing both forward and backward on the trains. A lower-height requirement of 48 inches makes this attraction a better option for younger guests and families. Tidal Twister, elevated 16 feet off the ground, will be located adjacent the Aquaria touch pool and aquarium in the northwest corner of the park, the perfect location to accentuate the new attraction’s conservation element that focuses on sustainable aquaculture and coral reef protection. Costume party beach clean up at Fiesta Island Costume party beach clean up at Fiesta Island, 1258 East Mission Bay Drive, will take place 10 a.m. to noon Oct 27. Come in costume and help clean Fiesta Island. Supplies will be provided, but bring a bucket and gloves. Costume contest prizes for best duo or group, most original, eco-warrior, scariest, cutest, funniest, and best couple. Sponsored by Sand Cloud, Ocean Connectors, Route USA, and Shore Buddies. 100 Wave Challenge raises $325,000 Team Surf Dogs – comprised of Turbo, a wave-dancing Golden Retriever, Koa, a gregarious, goofy-footed Chocolate Lab, and Tristan, a tenacious surfing Westie – were among the surfers who caught 100 waves in one day. The trio of surfing canines raised $4,164, while capturing the hearts of their fellow surfers and spectators gathered on the beach to watch the 100 Wave Challenge unfold. Surfers representing the United States Coast Guard Sector, San Diego raised $5,864, narrowly edging out the San Diego Fire Department Surf Club as the winner of the inaugural First Responders Cup. Degree 33 Surfboards topped the leader board of surf teams at $36,406, earning them a weekend surfing adventure in Las Gaviotas, Mexico. 1977 Surfing World Champion and Boys to Men Mentoring Network Surf Legend Shaun Tomson earned the title as Top Individual Surfer, bringing in $32,000. It costs $25,000 to bring a Boys to Men mentorship program to a a new school campus. Thanks to the passion and commitment of 100 Wave ChallengeSurfers and Surf Angels, and the generosity of the organization's sponsors, a handful of new mentoring programs will be launched on regional middle and high school campuses in the coming months. Scout Troop 506 to hold open house Scout Troop 506 invites all interested youth 10-17 years old to an open house 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. Troop 506 is a place for outdoor adventure, service to others, and fellowship. There will be information for boys and girls looking to join. For more information, visit lajollatroop506.com or contact Scoutmaster Brian Catanzaro, at BrianCatanzaro.Troop506@troopmaster.email. America unfurls world’s largest pink mainsail San Diego’s maritime jewel, the yacht America, unfurled the world’s largest pink mainsail on Oct. 12. America m her way under the new sail with breast cancer survivors, care givers, health professionals, and sponsors on board. America’s sail tower is more than 100 feet above the waterline and deploys 2,500 square feet of material. I Love A Clean San Diego hires new executive director I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) recently announced the hire of Rear Admiral Leendert (Len) Hering Sr. USN, (retired) as the organization’s new executive director. Hering was selected for his longstanding experience in environmental sustainability and nonprofit executive management. As executive director, Hering will lead the organization toward its vision of a zero waste, litter-free, and environmentally engaged San Diego region. Hering, a native of Portsmouth, Va., retired from the Navy in 2009 after more than 32 years of service as a surface warfare officer. As one of the Navy’s top experts in base operations and facility support, Hering built a team recognized as the best in environmental protection and sustainable innovation throughout the Department of Defense, and he received the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management from President George W. Bush. In 2009, Hering joined the University of San Diego, where as vice president for Business Services and Administration, he initiated numerous sustainable measures on the campus including the installation of the largest solar system of any private campus in the country. Hering comes to ILACSD from the Center for Sustainable Energy having served as the president and executive director for five years. 
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    Activists rally to try and stop hotel’s expansion at Bahia Point
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Oct 18, 2018 | 4184 views | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Two new supporters – an environmental activist and a labor spokesman – have joined Mission Bay water users protesting expansion plans for Bahia Resort Hotel. “The Mission Bay Park Master Plan (MBPMP) requires that development on Bahia Point retain Gleason Road,” said former City Councilmember Donna Frye. “The public deserves better. At a minimum, there needs to be an environmental analysis for the project where all the facts can be reviewed, along with a full staff report and not rushed through as a lease amendment.” Frye added the requirement to retain Gleason Road “Appears to have been left out of the developer’s presentation that was shown to both the Mission Bay Park Committee and the Parks and Recreation Board before they voted. The information led to a false belief that the development was consistent with the MBPMP, when it was not.”  Bahia resort wants to nearly double its capacity, expanding from 315 to 600 rooms, while adding a 10-foot walkway and 20-foot grass area around Bahia Point park. That would necessitate shifting current public parking along Gleason Road from the periphery to the interior of Bahia’s peninsula. Detractors claim that would be a hardship on water users, denying public access to Bahia Point, a popular launching spot for standup paddle boards, kayaks and other watercraft.  Hotelier Bill Evans answered that his proposed parking changes will reconfigure – not eliminate – existing onsite parking, shifting it away from Gleason Road and into the peninsula’s interior.  Evans is holding to that view. “We are continuing to work with the City on the specifics,” Evans told Beach & Bay Press. “At this time, we have nothing to add beyond what was presented to the Mission Bay Park Committee – which overwhelmingly agreed the proposal is consistent with the Mission Bay Park Master Plan – and the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Board – which voted unanimously to recommend the proposal to the City. We look forward to adding a grass recreation area around all of Bahia Point, as well as almost one-mile of pedestrian and bicycle pathways.” The controversy began early in January when San Diego Park and Recreation Board’s Mission Bay Park Committee voted near-unanimously to affirm Evans Hotels’ proposed expansion and parking changes on its existing site at 998 W. Mission Bay Drive. The board accepted the hotelier’s view that that action would be consistent with the master plan. But Giovanni Ingolia, an Ocean Beach Town Council member, who also sits on the Mission Bay Park Committee, didn’t agree. “There are parts of [Evans plan] that are in line with the master plan, and parts of it that are not. That’s why I voted against it,” he said. “One hundred percent of Gleason Road needs to be (retained) in the master plan. We can’t just cherry pick what parts are in the plan, and what parts are not, and then just rubber stamp it.” Added Ingolia: “The east side (of Bahia peninsula) is supposed to expand access for water users by taking out the road and just putting in a bike path. Who’s going to want to drag a kayak or a paddle board down a bike path?” Some neighbors and water users are claiming Bahia’s expansion proposal would eliminate 170 of 270 parking spaces while decreasing public beach access.  “Evans’ proposal would not only redo the hotel, but extend its boundaries over Gleason Road and eliminate public access moving parking somewhere else,” said Rick Bates, spokesman for Unite Here, hospitality union Local 30. “Is that right, and consistent, with the master plan? That [beach] was meant for public use, not to privatize it, or parcel it out for long-term leases.” Greg Knight, a Mission Bay recreationalist and co-organizer of Bahia expansion opposition, said the project can still be stopped. “Right now it is scheduled to go in front of the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee on Oct. 17, and they will vote on whether they will recommend it to the City Council,” Knight said. “We believe (fingers crossed) it will get a no vote. It would then go to the actual City Council. After that, It would go to the Coastal Commission for either final approval — or changes.” “What Evans Hotels is doing is trying to get a development plan approved using a lease amendment as a vehicle,” contended union rep Bates. “It’s the wrong process. What he really needs to do is a master plan amendment.” Added Bates, “But I understand why he would not want to go that route, because it’s much more expensive, takes much more public participation, and would trigger a new environmental impact report, which takes time.”
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    October 19, 2018
    Publishing this article the day AFTER the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee meeting without discussing the meeting is kinda lame.

    “Right now it is scheduled to go in front of the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee on Oct. 17, and they will vote on whether they will recommend it to the City Council,”
    The King of School Spirit – Bucs biggest fan given the royal treatment
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Oct 17, 2018 | 6468 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Mission Bay High Homecoming King Troy Horton with classmate Natalie McDermott, who was standing in for the Homecoming Queen Kirra Barth, who was out of town, at the Homecoming Dance held at the San Diego Zoo on Sept. 28.		        / ERNEST REMILLARD / CONTRIBUTED
    Mission Bay High Homecoming King Troy Horton with classmate Natalie McDermott, who was standing in for the Homecoming Queen Kirra Barth, who was out of town, at the Homecoming Dance held at the San Diego Zoo on Sept. 28. / ERNEST REMILLARD / CONTRIBUTED
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    He’s Mr. Pacific Beach, and the area’s biggest sports fan. This year, he is also Mission Bay High’s homecoming king. “He’s Troy. There’s not another Troy,” said teacher Amanda Logan. Horton is one of her special-needs students at Mission Bay High. “Troy is not like your typical student with special needs.” Logan said Horton’s spirit is indomitable. “He’s extremely outgoing. He’s involved,” she said. “He is a man about Pacific Beach,” she said. “He’s Mr. Pacific Beach. He is known, not just on the school campus, but at the little league field, and all around town. He knows everyone’s name. His parents have done a very good job including him in the community, and school events as well.” Of Mission Bay High, Troy, wearing his homecoming crown, pointed out, “I’m the number one biggest fan. I know all the players. I’m the ultimate fan.” Asked if he campaigned to be a monarch, Troy said: “I wanted to be the king — and everybody voted for me.” How does it feel? “Great,” replied gravel-voiced Troy, eliciting smiles all around. “Everybody calls me king Troy around school.” “He’s the friendliest person I know,” concluded Kirra Barth, MBHS’s 2018 homecoming queen, about Troy. The tale behind Troy becoming high-school royalty is heartwarming. “I thought of all of the amazing things he has done for the rest of us,” said MBHS senior Natalie McDermott, who nominated him. “He goes to all of our sports events, sometimes even during the preseason. Troy is always so happy and can bring a smile to anyone’s face … He is always the loudest, most enthusiastic fan in the crowd. I thought we should give back to him.” Added McDermott, “I can’t imagine what my high school experience would have been like without Troy yelling, ‘Let’s go Nat,’ at all of my varsity basketball games.”  Troy deserved his coronation. “The kids love him, and the community all knows and loves Troy,” noted Natalie McDermott’s mother, Veronica. “When they announced Troy as the winner at the dance, the crowd went wild, throwing water in the air, jumping up and down, screaming. Troy is absolutely the star. Everyone could only be so lucky to know this boy, so full of life, excitement and love.” “We would like to thank the Pacific Beach Community for being so supportive of Troy and his whole family,” said Troy’s mother, Susie Horton. "We couldn’t ask for a better group of neighbors for him to grow up with.”
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    SeaWorld to add horizontal roller coaster, with zero-g roll, next year
    Oct 15, 2018 | 23648 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Artist's rendering of the Tidal Twister roller coaster.
    Artist's rendering of the Tidal Twister roller coaster.
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    SeaWorld will open a dueling roller coaster, dubbed Tidal Twister, as a new attraction for 2019. The first of its kind in the world, this unique and horizontal ride is an exhilarating experience that demonstrates the power of the ocean. Accelerating to 30 miles per hour, riders will twist and bank as if they are riding the tide along a tight figure-8 track that includes dynamic zero-g roll at the center section. Two trains, holding 16 passengers each, load at opposite ends of the figure-8 and cross in the center with guests facing both forward and backward on the trains. A lower-height requirement of 48 inches makes this attraction a perfect ride for younger guests and families. “There is no other coaster experience in the world like Tidal Twister,” said Hannes. “The two trains duel one another and guests will see the excitement on the faces of other riders. You’ll almost feel like you can reach out and touch them. The tight turns, the inversion and the airtime hill will leave our guests wondering which way is up.” Tidal Twister, elevated 16 feet off the ground, will be located adjacent the Aquaria touch pool and aquarium in the northwest corner of the park, the perfect location to accentuate the new attraction’s conservation element that focuses on sustainable aquaculture and coral reef protection.
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    News and community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
    Oct 10, 2018 | 9024 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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    SD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WINS AWARD The Airport Innovation Accelerator established by American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) has recognized San Diego International Airport (SAN) with the 2018 Most Innovative Large Hub Airport award. In its third year, this is the first time the award has been given in two categories – Large Hub and Small to Medium Hub – the latter of which went to Greater Rochester International Airport in New York. SAN highlighted its innovations in environmental sustainability, as well as setting up a unique Airport Innovation Lab in the decommissioned former Commuter Terminal. “Our innovation focus is informed by the unique characteristics of this airport,” said Airport Authority president and CEO Kimberly J. Becker. “Being right next to San Diego Bay drives our commitment to environmental stewardship. And operating on a small, 661-acre footprint drives us to think of new ways to fund necessary improvements, while always enhancing the passenger experience.” Two of SAN’s unique environmental innovations are its air conditioning condensate water collection and its Good Traveler carbon-offset programs. The former captures water that dripped onto the airfield, posing safety and run-off risks, and recycles it for non-potable water uses. The Good Traveler program – which has already been adopted by other airports – allows the purchase of credits to offset air travel. The Airport Innovation Lab is a working terminal space where pre-existing ideas can be tested and accelerated, potentially leading to contracts with SAN, as well as entrée to other airports. The lab will soon engage 10 companies working to solve two challenges – airport parking and helping passengers with unique needs navigate the airport environment. Its first success was launching @YourGate at SAN, delivering food and retail items to passengers at their gates. That service has since expanded to the Port Authority of NY-NJ airports. The award was presented July 15 at the AAAE’s Airport Innovation Forum in Atlanta. The Airport Innovation Accelerator, which selects the award winners, was established to serve as a hub for business, aviation and regulatory stakeholders to drive creativity and help build the airports of the future. REP. PETERS NOMINATES POINT LOMA STUDENTS TO U.S. ACADEMIES U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) recently honored 32 San Diego high school students nominated to United States service academies by his office. The students applied through Peters’ office and interviewed with an independent panel of academy graduates, service members, veterans, and academic leaders. This year, Peters had the privilege of nominating Troy Fountas to the United States Air Force Academy; Parker Roberts to the United States Naval Academy; Will Garrington, Jack Abbey and Andrew Fisak to the United States Merchant Marine Academy; and Morgan Melby and Max Higgins to the United States Military Academy at West Point. “San Diego's military and veterans heritage is world-renowned and our community carries out this legacy by protecting our country and supporting our service members,”said Peters. “These young men and women are on their way to becoming an integral part of our proud military town.” “In Congress, I have the honor of working on legislation to provide for the national defense and support our servicemembers and veterans. Selecting the future leaders of our Armed Services is far more personal because I’ve heard and seen how much this means to our nominees and their families and each year, I am always struck at the caliber of the tremendous young men and women who apply to serve,” said Rep. Peters. At the ceremony, Rep. Peters personally congratulated the nominees and thanked their families for their service to our nation.  “Your nomination is a testament to your hard work and determination. Military families have a special and important job, too—you are our heroes on the homefront, providing support for service members every step of the way. I wish you all the best in the next steps of your journey. Good luck, and God bless.” HOMEOWNERSHIP IN SD STILL TRIUMPHS OVER TRUMP TAX BILL This past December, President Trump signed a new tax bill into law that caused some minor bouts of panic on the West Coast. The measure, Tax Cuts and Job Acts, made two major adjustments: the cap on mortgage interest deductions was reduced from $1 million to $750,000, and deductions for state and local taxes, including property taxes, was capped at $10,000. This means that homeowners with mortgages above $750,000 will receive less tax breaks. While one used to be able to write off all interest up to a $1 million loan from their income, using an interest-rate deduction that has been around for more than 50 years, there is now a cap on those tax breaks. This is less than an ideal situation for homeowners in places like San Francisco and San Jose, where the median home value is between $790,000 and $912,000. But while San Diego isn’t known for its cheap housing costs, the fear that homeownership here is now “down the toilet” may not be legitimate. “There are still so many benefits to owning a home,” said Mark Chrisman, Mortgage Consultant at San Diego’s RWM Home Loans and a Point Loma resident. “The tax bill is only reducing benefits for high-net worth individuals. I get people moving their businesses out of California because the taxes are too high, but in terms of the benefits of homeownership, you’re still getting a $10,000 tax write-off for property tax and state tax, and you’re still getting 100 percent of your interest as a tax write-off until you hit that $750,000 mortgage mark.” The median home value in San Diego is $527,600, a big leap from the homes in San Jose. Of the residents in Pacific Beach, Mission Bay and Ocean Beach combined, there are 16,742 people with a mortgage loan and 7,999 of those people have a mortgage loan between $750,000 and $1 million according to Chrisman. That’s less than five percent of individuals in all three cities who will be affected by the new tax bill. “It’s a very, very tiny population of people,” said Chrisman. “To even get a $750,000 loan, you’d have to make roughly $200,000 per year or more on income. If that’s the money you’re making, then chances are you own a home and the benefits are there, they’re just capped a little lower but they’re still huge benefits. I don’t think it will discourage people from getting into the housing market out here.” And so far, it hasn’t. Though business dropped dramatically from November through January, Scott Booth, Realtor for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and fellow homeowner in Pacific Beach, says that buyers are back on the rise. “Everyone was a little more cautious and scared in the beginning because they didn’t know how the bill was going to affect them, but we saw an increase in sales volume again starting in February,” said Booth. “I think people sort of got adjusted to the new tax bill and they made adjustments accordingly. Or it just didn’t affect them at all.” Kathy Gray is one such homeowner in Pacific Beach whose mortgage is too low to be impacted by the tax bill. Having bought their home in 1999, Gray says they were able to avoid being sucked into the short-term, high rental fad that’s now consumed the beach-side neighborhoods. “Homeownership shielded us from increasing rent prices and the city-wide problem of lack of affordable housing,” said Gray. “Availability of whole-house rentals is quite low, in part due to the booming short-term vacation rental businesses. Investors have been purchasing homes in single-family zones and starting mini hotels, creating a shortage of long-term rentals. I feel fortunate that we bought when we did.” High rent prices in San Diego, especially in coastal towns, is one of the reasons Booth believes that homeownership will continue to be a preferred financial route. And Chrisman believes that first time homebuyers are unlikely to go straight for a $1 million home. “If someone’s going to have to pay, say, $3,500 dollars in rent versus spending $3,800 or $4,000 on a mortgage payment and get some write-off on that, they’re still better off owning a home in the long run and they’re going to save money,” said Booth. “As long as the rents stay high, so will the number of people wanting to buy a home.” But the simple location desirability is one of the main reasons both Chrisman and Booth believe people will continue to invest in homes in San Diego. In certain parts of Pacific Beach, the average single-family house is well over $1 million, and Booth says those people are feeling the tension. He even had a client pull the plug on their offer on a home in Pacific Beach because once the tax bill took effect, their deductions went way down. However, Booth still ended up selling the house and the other client still bought another home in a different part of PB. “There are some people that want to live in Pacific Beach no matter what,” said Booth. “I’m sort of that way. I grew up in PB so when I bought my house 15 years ago, I only wanted to buy here. So, there are people like me who are just dead-set on this area.” Chrisman adds, “People want to live on the coast. People want to live where they can make more money. I mean, how many people do you meet daily that moved to San Diego for the weather and the opportunities? People want to live here, and they find a way to make it work.” -Victoria Davis
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    Published - Friday, December 02
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    Ocean Beach Christmas tree hits the beach, ready for memories
    How lovely indeed are the branches of the Ocean Beach Christmas tree? So special it is, that its arrival to Ocean Beach merits a police escort. On Nov. 29, Claudia Jack, chair of the OB Tree Projec...
    Published - Thursday, December 01
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    OB Holiday Parade to feature a wedding and family of grand marshalls
    The OB Christmas tree is in place, sparkling and decorated, making spirits bright. Now is the time for the 37th annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade, the only all-volunteer-run parade in San Diego. Th...
    Published - Thursday, December 01
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    La Valencia turns 90 and is still in the pink
    La Valencia Hotel was never intended to exist simply as a structure. Instead, it serves a much greater function – a symbol of the artistic spirit and progressive attitudes of those who frequent the...
    Published - Thursday, December 01
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    La Jolla MAD ratified, yet in bad timing
    Now that La Jolla has voted for a Maintenance Assessment District (MAD), questions remain as to whom will pay for public improvements, when it will start, how will it be administered and what will ...
    Published - Thursday, December 01
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    Parks and Beaches checks out new Cove Pavilion plans
    In November La Jolla Parks and Beaches Inc. approved conceptual schematic design for the La Jolla Cove Pavilion project, as well as sanctioning a concept plan for Black's Lookout. The La Jolla Cove...
    Published - Thursday, December 01
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    'Whew!' Avenida de la Playa fixes finished for now
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    Published - Thursday, December 01
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    MAD proposal riles residents in Mission Beach
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    Published - Thursday, December 01
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