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    Community briefs for Pacific Beach and Mission Beach
    Apr 23, 2018 | 5066 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Bird on a chain overlooking the ocean on the Pacific Beach boardwalk. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Bird on a chain overlooking the ocean on the Pacific Beach boardwalk. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    PB graffiti clean up Volunteers are needed for graffiti clean up day 9 a.m. to noon on April 28. Volunteers receive training and supplies to clean up graffiti in areas throughout Pacific Beach. Every year, volunteers remove hundreds of graffiti tags and make a positive difference in the community. Students may earn community service hours (under 18 must have waiver signed by parent). This event is made possible by contributions from local businesses and residents and the Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church, 1675 Garnet Ave. To donate or for more information, visit pbtowncouncil.org or call 858-483-6666. Kiwanis Club benefit PB Kiwanis Club is holding its fundraising dinner at Pernicano's Pizza House, at 711 Turquoise St., on Thursday, April 26 from 5 to 10 p.m. The donation is $12 per person for a spaghetti dinner!  Community cleanup in Mission Bay Join I Love A Clean San Diego as they team up with Councilmember Lorie Zapf for a community cleanup from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12 at Bonita Cove in Mission Beach, at 1100 W. Mission Bay Drive. Volunteers will remove litter and debris from the area and paint over graffiti as well. There will be cleanup supplies, snacks, and water. I Love A Clean San Diego will also provide community service hours and letters of appreciation for volunteers. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own reusable items such as water bottles, work gloves, and buckets to promote zero waste practices. All volunteers are required to fill out a waiver form to participate and anyone under the age of 18 needs a waiver signed by their parent or guardian. Walk for Animals This area is noted for the enlightenment of its pet communities – and on Saturday, May 5, an annual San Diego County Humane Society fundraising dog-walk is expected to draw more than 3,000 participants and volunteers whose support helps fuel that reputation. The Walk for Animals consists of a two-mile stroll around NTC Park at Point Loma’s Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Road (a half-mile course has been set aside for dogs and owners who prefer a shorter trail). It begins at 9 a.m., with registration, breakfast and opening ceremonies starting at 7 a.m. Families and children are welcome. Proceeds will help fund the humane society’s lifesaving programs and services, including shelter, adoptions, veterinary care, humane law enforcement, emergency rescue and behavior and training on behalf of the 30,000 animals expected to come into the humane society’s care this year. Registration fees range from $10 to $40. Further information is available at support.sdhumane.org or at 619-243-3469.  Serving San Diego County since 1880, the humane society operates campuses in San Diego, Escondido and Oceanside. It is a private nonprofit, not affiliated with any other humane society or the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It receives no government funding and is supported solely by contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from its retail store and small service fees. Crawfish cookouts Pacific Beach Fish Shop’s Crawfish Cookout dates are Tuesday, April 24; Wednesday, May 8 and Tuesday, May 22; and Wednesday, June 5 and Tuesday, 19. The venue is at 1775 Garnet Ave. The number is 858-483-1008. Beginning at 3 p.m. and lasting until the food’s gone, traditional Louisiana crawfish will be served by the pound, with corn on the cob, red potatoes and andouille sausage and local craft beer in bottles or on draft.  Established in 2010, Pacific Beach Fish Shop features 50 microbrews and allows customers to tote their own wine inside, with no corkage fee. PB restaurant walk set for May 22 There’s only one thing more monotonous than a Tuesday, and that’s vegetables – or so the saying goes. Discover Pacific Beach, the neighborhood’s business district, has had it up to here with that kind of talk – accordingly, it will host the Coast of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk Tuesday, May 22, from 4 to 9 p.m., featuring coastal cuisine choices from participating restaurants west of Dawes Street to the coastline. This self-guided event will be vegetarian friendly, and eateries that offer a vegetarian option will have special notice on the map. Tickets are $25 online now and $30 on the day of the event. Will-call will be set up at the PB farmer’s market, corner of Garnet Avenue and Bayard Street, starting at 3 p.m. the day of the event. For more information, see pacificbeach.org or call (858) 273-3303. Hands Across the Sand Hands Across the Sand, a coalition of organizations, activists and citizens around the world that brings the message of clean oceans to local and world leaders, will hold an event at 3105 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 19. Founded in 2010, Hands Across the Sand grew into an international movement after the BP oil disaster in April of that year. People came together to join hands, forming symbolic barriers against spilled oil and to stand against the impacts of other forms of extreme energy. Eight years later, there’s a rising tide of grassroots activism demanding that the U.S. and the world ends the expansion of offshore oil drilling. For more information, visit handsacrossthesand.org or the local group’s Facebook page, Hands Across the Sand – Mission Bay. Launchit named finalist LaunchIt Public Relations, a Pacific Beach provider of public and industry relations services to transportation technology suppliers, has been named a finalist in the 2018 Public Relations and Marketing Excellence Award program by the Business Intelligence Group. The award identifies leading agencies that delivered quantifiable business results for their clients. The program, judged by business executives as opposed to their firms, uses a scoring system that measures performance across multiple business domains. Since 2000, LaunchIt has been representing technology companies as it seeks to increase visibility of their products and services in the North American trucking industry. In 2018, it joined the Stryker-Munley Group, a consortium of public relations and marketing professionals with more than 20 years’ experience in their respective industries. It maintains ten offices in cities from Los Angeles to New York, including San Diego. For more information, launchitpr.com. Poll workers needed for June 5 election Poll workers, especially those who are bilingual in any one of six specific languages, are needed for the June 5 Gubernatorial Primary Election. The Registrar’s office is required by federal law to provide bilingual speakers and voting materials to voters who speak Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese. In addition, a survey conducted by the University of California, Berkeley showed a need for speakers of Arabic and Korean at just under 90 precincts across the county so the Registrar’s office is also recruiting poll workers who are bilingual in those languages. To become a poll worker, applicants must be a U.S citizen and registered to vote in California, or lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States. Poll workers must have transportation to their assigned polling location, access to the internet to take an online training and attend a two-hour class in person. Poll workers receive a stipend ranging from $100 to $175 depending on the assignment, and those who are bilingual receive an additional $15 if they are assigned to provide language assistance to voters. Apply online at sdvote.com. For more information, call 858-565-5800 or email pollworker@sdcounty.ca.gov. CEO awards The Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine will host a Most Admired CEO awards program on Thursday, June 7 at 4 p.m. an exclusive reception to honor the winners and finalists. The event, held every year by the San Diego Business Journal, is designed to recognize local business leaders’ achievements within their companies and in the community. The nomination deadline is April 22. Nomination forms and tickets are online at sdbj.com/bizevents. Tickets include admission to a no-host bar and a n evening of hors d’oeuvres. Judges will select winners in the publicly and privately traded company categories as well as in the nonprofit, government agency, family-owned business and education areas. The Hyatt Regency is located at 3777 La Jolla Village Drive. Further information is available at 858-277-6695.
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    Pacific Beach pushes to move Farmers Market to Garnet Avenue
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Apr 18, 2018 | 10857 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    People stroll and shop at the Pacific Beach Farmers Market on Tuesday. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    People stroll and shop at the Pacific Beach Farmers Market on Tuesday. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Morgan Clover and Angela Jordan check out La Luz jewelry by Rhonda McCarty at the PB Farmers Market. 
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    Morgan Clover and Angela Jordan check out La Luz jewelry by Rhonda McCarty at the PB Farmers Market. THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
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    Fresh produce for sale at the Pacific Beach Farmers Market. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Fresh produce for sale at the Pacific Beach Farmers Market. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Gabby Davila, of PB, samples cold-pressed juice at the Farmers Market.  THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
    Gabby Davila, of PB, samples cold-pressed juice at the Farmers Market. THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
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    Rebuffed in their initial attempt to relocate the Tuesday Farmers Market from Bayard Street to Garnet Avenue in the heart of the Pacific Beach business district, community leaders were back again for another try. Pacific Beach civic leaders attended the April 12 Metropolitan Transit System board meeting to plead their case directly to transit authorities. They requested MTS board agendize a formal action item at its next meeting to reconsider the proposed PB Farmers Market shift. When PB market relocation was first proposed about a year ago, MTS and the San Diego Police Department both balked, noting honoring the request could prove problematic – and costly – in altering bus routes, ensuring public safety, etc. “For more than six years, the [Tuesday] Pacific Beach Farmers Market has been a valuable asset to our neighborhood,” said Kristin Victor, a member of beautifulPB, a public nonprofit working toward community enhancement. “The proposed move would help achieve community and citywide goals to strengthen the local economy and advance climate action goals, all while promoting safe transportation choices on one of the city’s most dangerous corridors.” “I would just ask that MTS would work with the community and myself … to see if there’s any way, any viable alternative, that we can help accommodate this request, which would be a terrific boom for the PB community,” said District 2 Councilmember Lorie Zapf. Rob Schupp, MTS director of marketing and communications, said the PB request, not being an agenda item, was not discussed by the transit board other than “Councilwoman Zapf’s supporting the issue and chairwoman Georgette Gomez saying she would start collecting facts.” Noted Schupp: “It is the City that ultimately makes the call. MTS just cited the impacts it would have on transit service, not only to the beach communities, but how delays in PB have ripple effects, and impact riders throughout our service territory.” Schupp added, “When this issue first came up, MTS asked for traffic control at unsignalized intersections to help ensure that we’re not stuck in gridlock, and the elimination of some parking so our large buses could safely navigate narrow streets required for detours.” Pacific Beach Planning Group chair Henish Pulickal noted the group voted 9-4 in favor of moving the Farmers Market to Garnet in April of last year. Longtime Pacific Beach Planning Group member Eve Anderson, was one of the four dissenters on the vote to move the Farmers Market. “The underlying reason for beautifulPB to want that market moved is the eventual, permanent closure of Garnet Avenue,” Anderson said.“And that needs a full discussion of the whole community.” “We want to change the personality of Garnet Avenue and have it be representative of the community,” said Victor previously. “The only way to do that is to get community residents and visitors to start supporting the businesses that are there." “Has anyone from beautifulPB notified the folks on Felspar and Hornblend of their proposed plans to shift the Farmers Market to Garnet?” asked Anderson. “Those residents are the ones who will suddenly find themselves inundated with traffic every Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m.”
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    Greetings and citations for dog walkers in Mission Bay Park
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Apr 18, 2018 | 951 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A woman talks on the phone while walking her dog along the Mission Bay Park path during a beautiful sunset.         THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
    A woman talks on the phone while walking her dog along the Mission Bay Park path during a beautiful sunset. THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
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    Swari hangs out in the shade of the seawall on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach with his owner Robert, of La Mesa.   THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
    Swari hangs out in the shade of the seawall on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach with his owner Robert, of La Mesa. THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
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    Walking the dog around Mission Bay Park on a sunny San Diego day seems like a perfect way to enjoy life at the beach. But parading your puppy on the promenade could put a pinch in your pocketbook. Turns out, Mission Bay is the most common spot where dog owners receive tickets for walking the pooch in the park. Dogs are prohibited from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (see sidebar) and a lot of people learn that law the hard way. According to stats compiled by the City, from 2015 to 2017, of 553 citations handed out to dog walkers in San Diego, nearly half – 256 – were issued in Mission Bay Park, with its 24 shoreline miles and 27 parks. The nation’s largest man-made aquatic park, Mission Bay features an abundance of paths including a 19-mile, full-bay loop connecting several neighborhoods, perfect for long walks with your four-legged friend. Balboa Park was runner-up to Mission Bay with 145 dog-walking citations in two years. Ocean Beach was a distant third with 84. Fourth- and fifth-place went, respectively, to Kate Sessions Park, 42, and La Jolla Cove/Shores, 26. Citations were for numerous causes including dogs off-leash and walking in prohibited areas. Some Mission Bay Park areas allow dogs on-leash only. Others, like Fiesta Island, are leash-free. Some areas do not allow dogs at all. City guidelines for legal dog-walking may seem strict to some. Service animals aside, it’s illegal to walk dogs during the day at all city beaches, which extends to all of Mission Bay, including all boardwalks, grassy parks and paved paths. The only two exceptions are Ocean Beach Dog Park and Fiesta Island, designated off-leash areas. The dog-walking prohibition in most San Diego public parks and beaches is not new. It’s been in place for 30 years due to public complaints about dogs threatening safety. Prime time for people being out in the City’s beaches and parks is daytime. Hence, the diurnal dog-walking restriction. Of course, no one enjoys being ticketed for anything, dog walking included. The Beach & Bay Press solicited accounts from beachfront residents concerning how, where, and why they received canine-walking citations. “I had put my [mini schnauzer] in the front basket of my bicycle riding with my daughter,” said PB resident JD. “A ranger stopped me on foot and said I could not pass through with a dog, even in the basket. She was close to giving me a ticket, but gave me a warning. I’m mad. My daughter thinks we can’t go places with our dog in a bicycle basket.” Cori Meara bought a bike called a school bus to accommodate their old Basset Hound. “Last April, we were stopped by a park ranger who wrote us a ticket for being on the boardwalk during non-dog hours. We told her our dog was technically not on the boardwalk, but inside a bike. She said it didn’t matter. The ticket was $280!”   “I think the regulations around times you can walk your dog are crazy,” said Angela Rowe of PB Plaza. “Walking your dog by the beach is illegal until after 6 p.m. starting April 1. The city should encourage exercising. Instead, it penalizes dog owners.” From the “other” side, Devin, a trauma center employee, and PB father of two young girls, said, “Leash and dog laws exist to protect both the dog and the public.”  Citing one example, Devin said: “It is the illegal off-leash use that makes the Kate Sessions’ hill unsafe for young children. I already know the owner doesn't mind breaking the law. How likely is [the dog] to bite? Knock over my daughter? Obey? Now add another five or 30-plus illegally off-leash dogs. It makes for a stressful, miserable time.”  Devin added that PB has a lot of legal dog-walking/running spots such as Capehart and Fiesta Island (89 acres) where off-leash is legal. Karen and Eric in PB agreed. “The laws are posted and people just disregard them,” the couple emailed. “We [runners] have a child who was bitten by a dog, and we intentionally go out to the parks, beaches and walkways when dogs are not supposed to be there. Every single time we go out people are disregarding the laws.”   PB resident Steve Kovack says he sees more serious violations than dog walkers along the beach and bay – such as alcohol use, smoking, and littering – with no enforcement. “I was given a warning on a weekday afternoon for walking my dog at Paradise Point, with no one else in sight,” Kovack said. “Along with the warning, I was provided a copy of the Mission Bay Park rules and regulations, of which there are 19 mentioned. How many tickets are issued to dog owners versus citations for violating many of the other rules?” “Thankfully, I have not received a ticket for walking our well-behaved service dog, however, I do agree with those who would like to see another separate area for dogs to play in Crown Point (instead of the elementary school),” said PB resident Melissa Pratchard. “I love the suggestion about using the dirt and grass area at the opening of the bay, off Crown Point Drive and Lamont Street, as a dog area,” Pratchard said. “Our dogs, just like our children, need places to play.” What are the City rules and regs for walking the dog? Q: What are the laws governing walking dogs along the coast? A: Dogs are not allowed on the beach and in park areas between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Nov. 1- March 31 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April 1 to Oct. 31. The area includes beaches, bays, parks, cliffs, sidewalks, boardwalks, piers and adjacent parking lots. This also includes having a dog in a crate, purse and a bike carrier/basket. (Service dogs are exempt from the law. Emotional-support dogs are not covered under ADA, so they are not exempt from the law.) • All dogs must be leashed at all times unless it is a dog park like Fiesta Island in Mission Bay or Dog Beach/Dusty Rhodes in Ocean Beach. • You must pick up after your dog.   •  The leash cannot be more than eight feet long. • The leash must be attached to a person.   Q: When, where, is it legal to walk pooches along the bayfront? A: Before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. from Nov. 1 to March 31 and before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. April 1 to Oct. 31. Dogs are allowed anytime at designated dog parks including Fiesta Island, Dog Beach and Dusty Rhodes.   Q: What are the most common infractions? What are the penalties for those infractions? A: Most common infractions include dogs off leash, dogs in the park during the restricted hours, and not picking up after dogs. Regarding penalties, these laws are considered “wobblers” and can be cited as either an infraction or a misdemeanor and include a notice to appear in court. The judge ultimately decides the amount of the fine, but fines typically start at about $250 per violation.   Q: Who enforces dog-walking regulations? A: A number of agencies can enforce regulations, including San Diego Park Rangers, County Animal Control, San Diego Police Department and San Diego Lifeguards.  
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    SeaWorld’s new roller coaster to open May 10
    Apr 17, 2018 | 8618 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    SeaWorld employees ride the Electric Eel during a test run.
    SeaWorld employees ride the Electric Eel during a test run.
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    SeaWorld employees ride the Electric Eel during a test run.
    SeaWorld employees ride the Electric Eel during a test run.
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    Electric Eel, Mission Bay’s tallest and fastest roller coaster, is set to open on May 10. Construction of the amusement ride continues to progress on schedule, allowing the park to launch the new, 62-mph, 150-foot-tall coaster a few days earlier than expected. Electric Eel will feature a triple-launch experience with high-energy twists and extremely fast loops. According to SeaWorld, this new ride should excite even the bravest thrill seekers, making them feel like an eel as they slither and dart around the track. The Electric Eel area will also feature an interactive learning experience called Mission: Deep Discovery. A habitat with mysterious moray eels, which was opened as part of the new Ocean Explorer attraction in summer 2017, is adjacent to the roller coaster.
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    Community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
    Apr 13, 2018 | 11788 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A view of Monday's sunset from Sunset View Elementary on Hill Street in Point Loma. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    A view of Monday's sunset from Sunset View Elementary on Hill Street in Point Loma. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    PLA Peninsula Community Conversation on April 17 A PLA Peninsula Community Conversation will take place 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at UPSES Portuguese Hall. It’s like NextDoor but without the typing. Meet, face to face, in person… and talk. So it’s more like getting coffee. But instead of coffee, there will be free food and a bar. Leaders from Peninsula, Ocean Beach and Midway planning boards, Ocean Beach Town Council, Ocean Beach MainStreet Association and the Point Loma Association will discuss things that affect all residents. Find out what each group does. Discover how they work together, sharing concerns, collaborating on solutions, learning from one another and speaking with a unified voice to advocate for neighborhoods.  Support Cabrillo National Monument with vote The Cabrillo National Monument needs the community’s help in obtaining a financial grant. They have been accepted into the running for the All-in 4 Change grants offered by Harrah’s Southern California. Awarding of the grants will be determined by votes by residents. The voting started and runs through 5 p.m. on April 23. Vote at harrahssocal.com/all-in-4-change. Taste of Liberty Station Foodies can pacify their palates at the second annual Taste of Liberty Station Wednesday, April 18, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event will be all-encompassing featuring the best Liberty Station has to offer, everything from music, art and culture to drinks and food. Attendees can stroll through Liberty Station sampling a wide variety of fare from eateries, while listening to live music and checking out artisan goods and artwork on exhibit from local galleries. Participating businesses will include Roma Express, Solare, Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Fitness Together Point Loma and Lauren LeVieux Artist Studio. Guests age 21 and up can also experience the Bubbly Garden featuring three tastings of sparkling wine in the Central Promenade. The live entertainment and art exhibits in the corridors and plaza are free and open to the public.  Child care will also be available with parents encouraged to drop off their children at Kid Ventures, an indoor-outdoor children’s play facility at Liberty Station. For information, visit libertystation.com. Point Loma Republican Women luncheon Point Loma Republican Women Federated monthly luncheon meeting will take place 10 a.m. April 19 at Point Loma Cafe, 4865 Harbor Drive. Program: Eric Golub, a Republican commentator and comedian will speak. A no host lunch follows. Guests welcome. Call Marilyn at 619-222-9532 for additional information. Day at the Docks The Port of San Diego's 39th annual Day at the Docks is a celebration of sportfishing that will take place on Sunday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The festival marks the official start of San Diego’s spring saltwater fishing season. The event is held at Harbor Drive and Scott Street.  The festival provides the opportunity to discover new adventures, explore the latest in fishing tackle and techniques, walk aboard and tour boats in the fleet, talk with the captains and crews, take a ride on a boat and partake in the many activities planned for the day.  Free parking is available on Shelter Island and free round trip shuttle service to and from the festival is offered from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For complete information on Day at the Docks activities and schedules, visit sportfishing.org. Point Loma woman named San Diego’s ARCS Light for 2018 Doris Ellsworth has been named the San Diego Chapter’s ARCS Light for 2018. This honor is awarded to one member every year who has contributed outstanding service to the organization. Academic Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) awards approximately $500,000 annually to local scholars from UCSD, SDSU, TSRI, and USD. Ellsworth joined the charitable organization in 1987 and has contributed in many ways to promote its mission of recognizing outstanding young scientists with scholarships. Membership committee chair of events, strategic planning committee chapter researcher, and director of field trips are a few of the duties she has performed. Ellsworth has been active in numerous civic and nonprofit organizations including San Diego Diplomacy Council (president), San Diego Bar Auxiliary, PEO president, Children’s Hospital, and The Wednesday Club, Town and Gown, and Peninsula Singers. She co-founded the San Diego Courthouse Tour Program for elementary and high school students, receiving national recognition from the Freedoms Foundation. When her husband, Pete, took on the challenge of building Sharp Healthcare — merging seven hospitals and three medical groups — Ellsworth hosted and organized efforts supporting the massive effort. Women’s Museum sets #METOO art exhibit  Just as the #metoo movement has commanded a place in the mainstream public debate, so does it seek to inspire the private forces that fuel its fight against sexual abuse. From April 6 to April 29 at noon, that inspiration takes the form of #METOO, a Latin American Art Festival exhibit at the Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Road on the Naval Training Center campus.    “#METOO,” the festival says,“ is not a fight born of anger; it is not a declaration of war against men, and it is not a witch-hunt. #METOO is a strong, unified, voice that seeks to put an end to silencing those who have been hurt and to say out loud, “No more!” The ten female artists include Nuria Bac, known for her deadpan, square-featured female characters, and San Diego’s Haydee Laborin, whose art embraces oils, acrylics and mixed media in creation of the figurative and conceptual. “It is time to put an end,” Mexican author Aracell Martinez Rose said in a festival statement, “to suffering in silence, to avoiding the reality of abuse and to hiding in pain. Now is the time to yell the truth, because truth becomes beauty, freedom, dignity and equality for all of humanity.” Tickets are $3 and $5. For more, see womensmuseumca.org or call (858) 233-7963. Barons Market launches community-intensive website Barons Market, an independent, family-owned grocery that numbers a Point Loma location among its seven Southern California stores, has announced the launch of its new website, featuring interactive elements designed to reflect the communities it serves. The site features community events calendars; recipe sections; announcements on weekly price deals; and photos, videos and a social media feed that showcase daily activity at the stores. “We want to create memorable experiences that go beyond a transaction,” marketing vice president Rachel Shemirani said. “This launch is a testament to our love of community and the personal touch points that come with being infused into the community.” The Point Loma Barons, noted for its specialty, organic and natural foods, is located at 4001 W. Point Loma Blvd. The group also has a North Park franchise and five other outlets from Alpine to Murietta. The site address is baronsmarket.com. Battle of San Diego fete set at Naval Base Point Loma On Saturday, April 14, history will repeat itself for the 214th time at the Battle of San Diego Anniversary Celebration, which commemorates the only Pacific Coast ship-to-shore battle between an American vessel and a Spanish fort. The event, hosted by Balboa Park’s House of Spain in conjunction with Naval Base Point Loma, will run from noon to 4 p.m. at Naval Base Point Loma, at the end of Rosecrans Street. A flag-raising ceremony and the American and Spanish national anthems will open the program. Capt. Brien Dickinson, Naval Base Point Loma commanding officer, will welcome the attendees and Javier Vallaure, Los Angeles consul general of Spain.  Keynote speaker is California State University San Marcos archaeology Prof. Adolfo Muñiz, who will speak about the battle’s history and its artifacts.  On March 17, 1803, Capts. William Shaler and Richard Cleveland sailed into San Diego Bay on the American brig Lelia Byrd to buy sea otter pelts, although such trading was forbidden by governing Spain. Five days later, Spanish soldiers captured members of the ship’s crew, fueling a gun and canon battle at Fort Guijarros, today’s Naval Base Point Loma.  A hat was eventually waved, and both parties ceased firing. No injuries were reported. The Fort Guijarros site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 69 in 1982. A Spanish dance performance by Doña Juanita Franco’s Classical Dance Academy will be performed following the ceremony, which will include a variety of historical, cultural and maritime displays, historical costumes, children’s craft activities and food and beverages,  including paella, chorizo, beer, sodas and Sangria. Reservations are required to enter Naval Base Point Loma and must be made no later than March 30. They may be made through e-mailing a list of attendees to hossd7@gmail.com. Reservations for children under age 18 accompanied by an adult are not required if accompanied by an adult. Literacy council fundraiser to serve food for thought at ninth Eat.Drink.Read. More than 20 chefs representing local restaurants including Point Loma’s Solare Lounge will create a culinary journey inspired by the chefs’ favorite books and literary characters at the San Diego Council on Literacy’s ninth annual “Eat.Drink.Read. A Culinary Event for Literacy,” set for Thursday, May 17 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Balboa Park’s San Diego Air & Space Museum. San Diego brewers, distillers and winemakers will also bring their products to the event, which will feature live music and a battle between the chefs, with awards for best dish, best dessert, best display and people’s choice. Past works of inspiration have yielded creations from Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” The event raises funds to support the nonprofit council’s 27 literacy programs, campaigns and referrals that serve 180,000 residents a year at no cost. More than 520,000 adults in San Diego have difficulty reading – and most of them are native English speakers. Many of these are parents, and their children are said to be adversely affected by low-level literacy skills in the household. Tickets go on sale March 26, with the early bird price of $60 available through April 12. Tickets increase to $75 beginning April 13. The museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza. For more, see literacysandiego.org or call (619) 574-1641 ext. 103. Vanessa Davis named general manager at Broadway/San Diego Vanessa Davis, former president of the San Diego chapter of Executive Women International and a member of National Broadway Leagues’ group sales ticket committee, has been named general manager of Broadway/San Diego, Nederlander Organization executive vice president Nick Scandalios announced. Davis, who currently oversees Broadway/San Diego’s President’s Club, group sales and patron services, will also assume the duties of current vice president Joe Kobryner, who announced his retirement in January after 22 years with the Nederlander Organization local office. Kobryner will remain with Nederlander through July 13. Nederlander, established in Detroit in 1912, has produced dozens of live Broadway shows and has presented hundreds of top entertainment headliners in San Diego and elsewhere.  Of Davis’ appointment, Scandalios said, “I have been impressed by Vanessa’s work in all capacities over the years, and nothing makes me happier than to promote her to our executive team.” Kobryner added, “I have worked with Vanessa for over 20 years,” Kobryner added, “and am thrilled that she will succeed me in overseeing the important San Diego market. Over the years, she has demonstrated a tremendous ability to learn and excel at everything in which she is involved,” he stated. Davis remarked that “It will be a privilege to serve as general manager in our vibrant San Diego arts community, and I look forward to leading the incredibly talented team at Broadway/San Diego into the next chapter.” For more on Broadway/San Diego, see broadwaysd.com.
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    La Jolla Cove No. 5 on ‘Beach Bummer List’
    When one thinks of La Jolla Cove, certain images come to mind. Tourmaline water, kayakers and snorkelers, cormorants and least terns and of course, pinnipeds lounging and barking. The polarizing is...
    Published - Friday, July 14
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    Go ‘blue’ with Bell and Satterfield at Dizzy’s
    On July 15, Dizzy’s will host a CD release show for the acclaimed duo of flautist Lori Bell and guitarist Ron Satterfield, celebrating the release of their new album, “blue(s)." Alongside special g...
    Published - Friday, July 14
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    Pacific Beach Farmers Market move to Garnet could prove costly
    Proponents of moving Pacific Beach's Farmers Market from Bayard Street to Garnet Avenue just got some bad news: It could be prohibitively expensive. At Pacific Beach Planning Group's June meeting, ...
    Published - Thursday, July 13
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    De Anza Cove plans in Mission Bay met with skepticism from San Diego Audubon
    San Diego Audubon, spearheading a wetlands reclamation effort in the city’s ongoing De Anza Revitalization Plan, credited the city for backing habitat restoration — but claims it isn't enough. “The...
    Published - Wednesday, July 12
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    Cool off this summer with water sports on Mission Bay
    If your kids need to cool off this summer, one option on the table is taking them to the Watersports Camp, a day-camp under the direction of San Diego State University’s and the UC San Diego’s Miss...
    Published - Wednesday, July 12
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    Point Loma grad elected to National Academy of Sciences
    James Randerson’s studies on the relationships among humans, the ecosystem and the environment have advanced the understanding of the effects of climate change, has been elected to the prestigious ...
    Published - Wednesday, July 12
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    Old-school traditional flavors at Primitive Smoke BBQ
    Primitive Smoke BBQ is bringing the taste of Texas to Pacific Beach — one slab of ribs at a time. Open since Jan. 18, the new barbecue place at 1037 Garnet Ave. utilizes only the freshest ingredien...
    Published - Tuesday, July 11
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    San Diego Writers, Ink celebrates 10th anthology by local writers
    Have you ever wanted to write the great American novel? Do you have a story about your adventures on the Trans-Siberian Express? Maybe your step-brother is an astronaut, or your kid sister skates i...
    Published - Tuesday, July 11
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    New parking spaces for disabled beachgoers at Fiesta Island
    Access to the off-leash dog area for beachgoers with disabilities is now easier with the installation of two new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)–compliant parking spaces on Fiesta Island at M...
    Published - Tuesday, July 11
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    Funds added to bait bike program to try to stem bicycle thefts
    Thieves were warned by SDPD during a June 29 press conference on Pacific Beach's boardwalk that the bait bike program is in “full effect,” and that criminals caught stealing will face certain punis...
    Published - Tuesday, July 11
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    Coast Walk Trail in need of repairs
    La Jolla Coast Walk Trail, particularly its landmark white wooden bridge, have fallen into disrepair, largely due to heavy winter rains and coastal erosion. All the more reason for local residents ...
    Published - Monday, July 10
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    Pacific Beach planners oppose new condo project on Shasta Ave.
    In June Pacific Beach Planning Group nixed a project, EKO Blok, which seeks to demolish three existing buildings in the beach community and replace them with 30 new detached condo units. The adviso...
    Published - Monday, July 10
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    Point Loma attorney invests in children’s dreams
    As a lawyer, Point Loma resident Kathryn Vaughn sees the big picture and the final outcome of situations. Over and over again she sees that investing in the community’s future is a very real soluti...
    Published - Monday, July 10
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    Cabrillo National Monument Foundation’s Sunset 5K
    Cabrillo National Monument and the Cabrillo National Park Foundation will hold the third annual Cabrillo Sunset 5K at 7 p.m. on Saturday July 22. This event raises funds that support the educationa...
    Published - Sunday, July 09
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