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    Community briefs for Point Loma and Ocean Beach
    Jan 19, 2018 | 2265 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Photographer Jim Grant recently captured a brilliant green flash from Sunset Cliffs. A green flash, which occurs more commonly at sunset — but can also occur at sunrise — is a phenomenon in which part of the sun can be observed suddenly and briefly changing color. It usually lasts only a second or two — which is why it is referred a flash — as the sun changes from red or orange at sunset, for example. The green flash is viewable because refraction bends the light of the sun. The atmosphere acts as a weak prism, which separates light into various colors.
    Photographer Jim Grant recently captured a brilliant green flash from Sunset Cliffs. A green flash, which occurs more commonly at sunset — but can also occur at sunrise — is a phenomenon in which part of the sun can be observed suddenly and briefly changing color. It usually lasts only a second or two — which is why it is referred a flash — as the sun changes from red or orange at sunset, for example. The green flash is viewable because refraction bends the light of the sun. The atmosphere acts as a weak prism, which separates light into various colors.
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    OB Town Council board of director election The OB Town Council board of directors is now accepting candidate statements for the election. If you would like to take your community involvement to the next level, here’s an opportunity to do so. As an OBTC director, you would serve as an elected voice communicating the views and needs of the community to the appropriate agencies, be at the forefront of community discussions, take appropriate action on community issues and be a leader in promoting the general betterment of Ocean Beach. There are 15 seats on the OB Town Council board of directors. OBTC members elect board members for two-year terms. Half of the board stands for election every year. This year, seven seats are up for election. If you would like to be considered for candidacy, submit your candidate statement to info@obtowncouncil.org by Tuesday, Jan. 23. Eligible candidates must be over 18 years of age, paid-in-full OBTC members (as of Jan. 20), and either live, work, own property, or operate a business in Ocean Beach. Voting for this election will take place from Monday, Jan. 29 to Friday, Feb. 9. For more information, visit obtowncouncil.org. Democratic Club meeting Point Loma Democratic Club will hold its next meeting 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 at Point Loma Assembly, 3035 Talbot St. The primary focus of this meeting will be considering who the club will endorse in a run against Lorie Zapf in City Council District 2 race. Members will have the opportunity to hear the candidates speak, and ask questions of them. Sol e Mar to play Point Loma Library On Wednesday, Jan. 31 the Friends Point Loma/ Hervey Library will be presenting the acclaimed local percussion group Sol e Mar at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of the library, at 3701 Voltaire St. This free concert is made possible by donations from the Friends of the Point Loma/Hervey Library, The National Endowment for the Arts, and San Diego State School of Music and Dance. March to Empowerment at Women’s Museum The Women’s Museum of California will be opening their newly revised exhibit, March to Empowerment, highlighting the fight for Women’s Suffrage with interactive components and historical artifacts to bring the exhibit to life. There will be a party at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19 for guests and museum members. Building the Wall play Pulitzer and Tony-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan presents a dystopian drama about life in the Donald Trump era for six performances only at the Point Loma Playhouse starting Friday, Jan. 19. ‘Entangled in America’ At 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, La Playa Books will be hosting author and Kenyan immigrant Wanjiru Warama as she gives a discussion of her current memoir, “Unexpected America” and her new book, “Entangled in America,” the second installment of her memoirs which discusses Wanjiru’s struggles and triumphs as an African woman. Reggae band Dynamic reggae band, New Kingston will be in concert at Winston’s at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 with tickets being $14-$17. The family band will perform music that is a combination of Jamaican tunes with the urban sounds of their New York home. OB Beer and Donut Tasting To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Kilowatt Brewing Ocean Beach, Executive Pastry Chef, Kristianna Zabala presents a special pairing of donuts with unique, small batch beers, including special anniversary releases from noon till 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28 in the Ocean Beach Tasting Room. Modern Architecture in Point Loma Point Loma Assembly hosts a discussion from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30 with Architectural Historian Kiley Wallace on the characteristics and styles of streamline modern architecture and where it can be found in Point Loma. Disney on Ice Valley View Casino Center presents the ice skating show, Follow Your Heart, featuring stories like Pixar’s Inside Out and Finding Dory with Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the Disney gang. Showtimes range from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 25-28 with tickets starting at $23 and going to $270. Women’s March The second annual women’s march, hosted by Women’s March San Diego Inc., is focused on their 2018 theme, “Hear Our Vote,” demonstrating commitment to increasing engagement in the democratic process and raising awareness around issues facing communities most affected by the administration. The march takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 at Waterfront Park. Kung Fu band Quintet musical group Kung Fu is on Winter Tour and will be making a stop in San Diego. The band will be performing their electro-fusion and dance music live at Winston’s in Ocean Beach at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 and tickets are $15-$18. OB photo contest The Ocean Beach Town Council has started a "Share Your OB" photo contest. To enter just tag your best photos of OB with #shareyourOB and post on Instagram or Facebook. Winner receives bragging rights and is entered in a monthly drawing for some cool swag. Each Saturday, a new winner will be announced. So get out there and #shareyourOB.
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    OBMA marketing breakfast highlights area merchants and business branding
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jan 19, 2018 | 1392 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    OBMA’s breakfast marketing meeting drew a large crowd at Wonderland. TROY OREM / BEACON
    OBMA’s breakfast marketing meeting drew a large crowd at Wonderland. TROY OREM / BEACON
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    Maximizing online presence was the main topic at Ocean Beach MainStreet Association’s  annual marketing breakfast Jan. 9 at Wonderland. Denise (Denny) Knox, OBMA’s executive director, asked participating merchants to identify themselves, then pointed out the broad cross-section of businesses represented made OB a “one-stop shop.” Recapping accomplishments from 2017, Knox described it as a “busy year.” She added the farmers market, one of the beach community’s signature events, celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. “It really put us on the map,” said Knox of the market held year-round on Newport Avenue, Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. featuring locally grown produce, art and live music. Of the gathering’s purpose, Knox commented, “Our mission is to promote and support local business and economic vitality in the Ocean Beach community. By putting on events like the marketing breakfast, we’re able to provide the members with free tools they can use to enhance their promotional efforts and help them succeed.” Knox stressed the need to draw out-of-towners to OB’s business district. She cited the draw at the weekly farmers market as one prime example. “About 50 percent of the people that go to the farmers market are visitors,” she said adding, “We have a population that is very static. You can’t really grow. So we need to push to get visitors to come from outside the area to support these businesses.” The business improvement district chief noted there’s one other big anniversary upcoming. “This year is the 40th anniversary of this organization,” she said adding, “Someone told me when we started, ‘It will never work.’ It’s been a great run for 40 years. We’ll have a lot more years to go.” Knox said a promotional passport program encouraging guests to visit local businesses on Small Business Saturday, offering a chance to compete for a raffle prize, was a big success. Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010 on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to promote small businesses. “American Express pays for all the advertising, and we’d like to make it bigger and better this year,” Knox said of OBMA’s participation. Along with Knox, presenting at the OBMA breakfast Jan. 9 was Shannon Brown, president of Brown Marketing Strategies. Brown talked about the overwhelming importance of using all the various vehicles — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Yelp, Linked In, Mapquest, etc. — available on social media to cross-promote business. Brown cited web roaming, researching an item online before actually going to a brick-and-mortar store to check it out in-person, as one of the latest marketing trends.  “During Black Friday/Thanksgiving weekend, 69 percent of shoppers surveyed said they were web roaming,” said Brown adding, “Content is still king,” when it comes to what shoppers are looking for in website ads.  Brown added other growing marketing trends include the increasing significance of mobility, content, outsourcing, reliance on websites for information, data and authenticity as important considerations in promotional marketing. Brown said the top five most-searched business types were clothing lines, restaurants, food trucks, record labels and daycare. She added the most common small businesses searched were bookkeeping, computer repair, car repair, web design and restaurants/cafes/bakeries. The 39th annual OBMA Awards Celebration will take place Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Point Loma Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., from 6 to 8 p.m. The celebration is for OBMA member businesses, their families and special guests.
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    High surf advisory affects coastal communities in San Diego
    Jan 18, 2018 | 8515 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Kylie Dixon, of Clairemont, checks out a huge wave splashing over a cliff near The Arch at Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma on Thursday, Jan. 18. Dixon, a Mesa College student, was celebrating her birthday with a walk at Sunset Cliffs. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
    Kylie Dixon, of Clairemont, checks out a huge wave splashing over a cliff near The Arch at Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma on Thursday, Jan. 18. Dixon, a Mesa College student, was celebrating her birthday with a walk at Sunset Cliffs. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
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    A huge wave cashes into Sunset Cliffs on Thursday, Jan. 18. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
    A huge wave cashes into Sunset Cliffs on Thursday, Jan. 18. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
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    Two young women enjoy the sun and watch the huge surf rolling in at Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma on Thursday, Jan. 18. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
    Two young women enjoy the sun and watch the huge surf rolling in at Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma on Thursday, Jan. 18. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
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    Max, visiting from Sweden, gets walloped by a massive wave while trying to enter the ocean to surf at Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma on Jan. 18. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
    Max, visiting from Sweden, gets walloped by a massive wave while trying to enter the ocean to surf at Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma on Jan. 18. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
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    Max, visiting from Sweden, jumps into the ocean to surf at Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma on Jan. 18. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
    Max, visiting from Sweden, jumps into the ocean to surf at Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma on Jan. 18. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
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    Kylie Dixon, of Clairemont, watched a giant wave splash near The Arch at Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma on Jan. 18. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
    Kylie Dixon, of Clairemont, watched a giant wave splash near The Arch at Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma on Jan. 18. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
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    Visitors dodge a massive wave crashing into Sunset Cliffs on Thursday, Jan. 18. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
    Visitors dodge a massive wave crashing into Sunset Cliffs on Thursday, Jan. 18. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
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    A surfer is swamped by a huge wave as he tries to enter the ocean at Garbage Beach at Sunset Cliffs on Jan. 18. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
    A surfer is swamped by a huge wave as he tries to enter the ocean at Garbage Beach at Sunset Cliffs on Jan. 18. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
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    A large northwest swell producing large surf will fade into the late afternoon on Thursday, Jan. 18. A new northwest swell will increase the surf again Thursday night, peak Friday, and then gradually diminish late Saturday. Surf will will reach 7 feet high Thursday. Then on Friday, waves will be 5-10 feet high with sets up to 12 feet high through evening. On Saturday, waves will be 4-8 feet high with sets to 10 feet high. The highest surf will occur in southern San Diego County and northern Orange County. A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents, beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions. Expect waves overtopping jetties and coastal rocks as well as sneaker waves. There may be some minor coastal flooding during high tides.
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    New study to evaluate airplane flight paths and noise in coastal neighborhoods
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jan 17, 2018 | 8292 views | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    This composite photo shows dozens of planes taking off from San Diego International Airport and headed over Point Loma. A new study will evaluate how flight paths and noise impacts Peninsula neighborhoods.   OLIVER ASIS / CONTRIBUTOR
    This composite photo shows dozens of planes taking off from San Diego International Airport and headed over Point Loma. A new study will evaluate how flight paths and noise impacts Peninsula neighborhoods. OLIVER ASIS / CONTRIBUTOR
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    A new study titled “Part 150” has been green lighted to evaluate flight-path improvements and noise reductions in and around San Diego International Airport. Noise has been a real sore spot for coastal residents from the Point to La Jolla, who allege flight-path changes the past couple years have negatively impacted their lifestyles. Recently, District 2 Councilmember Lorie Zapf spoke before the Airport Authority on the  merits of the Part 150 study. “As your council member, I have advocated for reduction in airport noise in our communities,” Zapf said. “As part of my support for the Part 150 study, I have requested the FAA be a proactive partner to improve the quality of life in surrounding communities.” Part 150, a federal aviation regulation, guides and controls planning for aviation noise compatibility on and around airports. The federal regulation establishes procedures, standards and methodologies to be used by airport operators for preparation of Airport Noise Exposure Maps.  Such exposure maps are used in the Quieter Home Program, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s Residential Sound Insulation Program. The FAA has determined that residences within the 65-plus decibel-level limit around SDIA may be eligible for sound-insulation treatments to mitigate aircraft noise. The FAA has set a goal of reducing interior-noise levels for eligible residents by at least five decibels inside the home, providing a noticeable noise reduction. But not everyone is certain the Part 150 study will be a cure-all for decreasing airport noise in communities directly impacted from alleged flight-path changes. One skeptic is Gary Wonacott, Mission Beach Town Council president. “Clearly, the FAA modifications benefitted some areas of Mission Beach, mainly the north, and negatively impacted South Mission Beach,” Wonacott said. “According to responses from residents in PB and La Jolla, they were also negatively impacted by some of the flight path changes. “The key point here is that Part 150 cannot be used to assess the benefits of the procedural changes proposed for Mission Beach and La Jolla, because these communities are not in the 65-decibel area. As you know, currently, the majority of our noise complaints come outside our 65-decibel contour,” Wonacott said. Wonacott admitted, however, the FAA is showing a willingness to compromise. “The FAA has demonstrated that they are willing to look at procedural changes that reduce noise outside the 65 decibel limit,” he said. Point Loman Casey Schnoor has been a watchdog for the NextGen and airport noise situation for more than two years. A citizen’s representative on a 15-member airport subcommittee, Schnoor and his colleagues came up with 21 recommendations for “quieting” airport noise in coastal communities in the airport’s flight path, following a year of deliberations. Schnoor talked about the goal of those 21 recommendations. “The goal is to mitigate the impacts to the communities of any of those flight paths, or adjacent to those flight paths,” he said. Is the Part 150 a step in the right direction? “I am cautiously optimistic,” Schnoor replied. “Part 150 is a process. It appears to be the best vehicle to execute all those [recommended] changes.” Schnoor noted Part 150 is an 18- to 24-month process. “We don’t want to sit on our hands for two years, when a lot of these things are problems today,” Schnoor said, adding, it’s also important to continue monitoring “day-to-day issues and procedures” with airport operations. That needs to be done, he said, to hold the federal agency accountable for its operations, and to ensure the Airport Authority remains responsive to citizens’ concerns and complaints about aircraft noise. Schnoor said the airport points to noise issues remaining relatively stable the past couple years. But he’s quick to caution: “You need to look at the multi-year picture, year over year. At a quick glance (at recent data), nothing has changed. But if you go back to 2014 and see the data on missed approaches, early turns, curfew violations, etc. you’ll see where the current figures have come down from.”
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    Mr. Schwab,

    Thank you for your informative reporting in this week’s Beach and Bay related publications as well as making time for our conversation last week.

    However, I would like to point out two areas of important clarification:

    1) As part of our conversation as well as the written information I provided to you last week, I was focused upon the very important community expectation that a FAA 7100.41a (“41a”) analysis is to be conducted “in conjunction with” and “in concert with” the Part 150 study. The importance of the concurrent 41a study was also emphasized by members of the SDCRAA Board of Directors during their discussion to approve the Part 150 process on December 7th. This very important link was missing from your article.

    In sum, SDCRAA has provided the community with their assurances that in their discussions with FAA, FAA has stated their willingness to do a concurrant 41a. This is most important as there is a critical nexus between the two efforts in that the 41a may be required by FAA to execute on many of the route revisions, as requested within the subcommittee list. Therefore, to avoid further delays to the study, the 41a study needs to be initiated concurrant with the Part 150 as it is a is critical componet for the timely success of the Part 150 process. Please note however that commencing the 41a process is at the sole discretion of the FAA and therefore it is a key element that the community has been and will continue to press SDCRAA to firm up with FAA, beyond their current “assurances”.

    2) In quoting me, “You need to look at the multi-year picture, year over year. At a quick glance (at recent the data), nothing has changed. But if you go back to 2014 and see the data on missed approaches, early turns, curfew violations, etc. you’ll see where the current figures have come down from.”

    The key context that is missing from this quote is that when looking at year over year data, each of the various violations tracked spiked significantly up during or after 2014 to never before reached peaks, so that “where the current figures have come down from” …. must be compared to 2014 and before to see that these violation events, while at or in some cases below their peaks, still remain well above 2014 and years prior. Further, these are “day to day” matters that are under the direct day to day control of FAA’s Air Traffic Control (“ATC”) located adjacent to Miramar Air Station and, while inclusive within the 21 subcommittee recommendations to explored within the Part 150, they can be directly addressed by ATC today, not after the lengthy Part 150 process.

    These are both very important elements of the communities poisiton. As such, your further clarifiacation and amplication of these points would be greatly appreciated.

    Should you need further clarificaiton, I would be more than happy to assist as needed to promote these key points.

    Sincerely,

    R. Casey Schnoor

    FLIPPING BACK THROUGH 2017 — Point Loma stadium lights, airplane noise and homeless among issues covered in Peninsula Beacon
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jan 04, 2018 | 26575 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Slackliner Eric Hake performs for a crowd during a warm Wednesday evening in September in Ocean Beach last year. 							 THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
    Slackliner Eric Hake performs for a crowd during a warm Wednesday evening in September in Ocean Beach last year. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
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    Two thousand and seventeen was a good year in the Peninsula, despite significant obstacles — over densification, homelessness, traffic congestion, etc. — to be overcome. But there was also considerable progress made on a number of important fronts. Jon Linney, chair of Peninsula Community Planning Board, weighed-in on what he felt were the major accomplishments of the city advisory group in 2017. “With overwhelming community support and involvement, we brokered the quick plugging of a loophole allowing 40-foot buildings in the 30-foot Roseville coastal zone… took significant steps toward revising our 30-year-old community plan… had a record turnout in our March election with 530 votes… saw yet another unanimous vote on the Avenida de Portugal pocket park and the beginning of actual design… and witnessed businesses such as Jensen’s, Shanghai Bun, Car’s Jars, Tech Outfitters, Cabrillo Inn and Bellamar open, creating jobs and more community services,” Linney said. The following is a month-by-month account of 2017’s major news happenings reported in the Peninsula Beacon. JANUARY - Silver Gate Elementary students returned after winter break to find a new flashing crosswalk at the intersection of Catalina Boulevard and Orchard Avenue behind the school. The new safety feature is part of the city’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2025. - New laws enacted: initial minimum wage hike from $10.50 to $11.50 an hour for employees also gave city employees future increases tied to the Consumer Price Index on Jan. 1, 2019; legislation made it illegal to hold and use any electronic devices, including smart phones, while driving; AB 70 broadened the definition of rape to include “all forms of nonconsensual sexual assault”; AB 2888 made sexually assaulting an unconscious person a crime with a mandatory prison sentence. Rape, sexual assault and other sex offenses were no longer subject to a statute of limitations under SB 813. - San Diego Yacht Club was ranked as the No. 2 yacht club in the country behind St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco in the Platinum Clubs of America rankings. - Cabrillo National Monument Visitors Center received a $5,000 community grant award to help it restore and enhance native habitat. - New city attorney Mara Elliott cautioned several San Diego restaurants, including a couple in the Peninsula and Liberty Station, that the practice of adding 3-percent surcharges to customers' bills without proper notice, to compensate for a minimum-wage pay increase that took effect Jan. 1, might have been illegal. - A San Diego Yoga Festival brought good vibes to OB at the end of the month. - Intent on protecting endangered birds in Mission Bay, the USDA announced plans to trap predators – skunks, raccoons, opossums, rats and cats – of endangered bird species. - OBMA held its annual Marketing Breakfast Jan. 10 as part of the association’s Business Development Series. FEBRUARY - After President Trump signed an executive order banning refugees from entering the country for 120 days and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations, more than 2,000 protesters were at SDIA condemning the ban and supporting refugees and immigrants. - While new 72-foot tall light towers were being installed at Pointers stadium, neighbors opposed met with the San Diego Unified School District over a lawsuit challenging their installation. The meeting didn’t yield any immediate results and a June trial before a judge was set. - Point Loma High School students were upset about the results of the November election, so they did a 90-second public service announcement asking President Trump to apologize to minorities he offended during his presidential campaign. - OBMA held its annual awards ceremony and 45 businesses/individuals were recognized for their accomplishments. - The FAA disputed Peninsulans’ claims that SD Airport departures were causing more noise over neighborhoods, answering new noise complaints were attributable to “low-flying general aviation aircraft” largely from Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport in Kearny Mesa, and from helicopters. - A proposed condo conversion on Point Loma's Kellogg's Beach led to opposition and creation of a Facebook page listing subterranean parking, a seawall and the possible blocking of public access and bay views as major concerns. - Plans were announced for creation of a Portuguese-themed pocket park on Cañon Street in Point Loma's Roseville neighborhood. - A campaign by the Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation sought support to build a children’s playground and adult fitness station on the grassy area at the west end of Saratoga Avenue adjacent to the lifeguard station parking lot. - The winning design for James Gang Company's OB T-shirt design contest was created by Luke Brogoitti, with a stylish re-imagining of the beach community's trademark seagull logo. MARCH - Midway Community Planning Group got briefed by SANDAG on a plan to implement the Mid-Coast Trolley extension linking Santa Fe Depot downtown to Westfield UTC, serving major activity centers along the way, including Old Town. - Overriding neighbors’ concerns, Peninsula Community Planning Board voted overwhelmingly to allow Sunshine Liquor to relocate up Voltaire Street to a strip mall near a consignment shop and a music center offering children lessons. - The San Diego County Bike Coalition discussed reuse of an existing structure, the 20-by-80 foot Building 191 in Liberty Station, to be used as a future cycling hub. - The Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation kicked off its long-awaited fundraising drive to create a new-and-improved plaza honoring military veterans. - EF Education First teamed with KTU&A architecture firm to transform the parking lot of the formerly shuttered Cabrillo Hospital into its newest EF International Language Center with classrooms, residences and community spaces. - Rumors that Mission Beach’s jetty cats could become part of the annual USDA predator cull to protect endangered birds in Mission Bay led to a petition drive initiated on Forcechange.com to protect the feral felines. - An impasse between the lifeguard's union and San Diego Fire-Rescue over how water-related emergency calls are routed had lifeguards talking secession, presaging a vote later in the year to do exactly that. - The 10th anniversary of Liberty Station's Arts District was celebrated year-long with programs and activities on the former Naval Training Center's 100-acre campus. - The City Council voted 8-1 to deny an appeal by animal advocates and the Sierra Club to end the annual predator cull at Mission Bay, in place to protect endangered birds. - A new automated traffic-signal optimization system on Point Loma's Rosecrans Street was dedicated by Mayor Faulconer and Peninsula leaders. - Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman unveiled a mobile, saliva-screening device, Drager 5000, to test for illicit drugs including cocaine, marijuana, amphetamines and prescription narcotics, which was immediately implemented. APRIL - The Port of San Diego embarked on a year-long process to improve the Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility, one of the busiest boat launch ramps in California, with an estimated 50,000 launches annually. The approximately $9.5 million project was expected to be done in March 2018. - The stalled, skeletal development at the corner of Ebers and Greene streets, which some believed oversized and out of character with the neighborhood, was causing consternation in OB as the structure was deteriorating and hadn't been worked on in months. - After eight years away, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship returned to fly over San Diego Bay April 15-16. - New owners of OB Surf Lodge (formerly Shades) introduced a new theme, menu and style. “The bar is now indoor-outdoor,” said Mina Desiderio of the surf-themed restaurant at 5083 Santa Monica Ave., which had a soft reopening March 15, after six months of remodeling. - SeaWorld ended its nightly summer fireworks displays. - An area just south of Ocean Beach Pier, where crumbling cement, rocks and dirt had fallen creating a debris field, was tarped with warnings that the eroded area was unstable. - An annual homeless count revealed the San Diego region has 9,116 homeless people, a 5 percent increase from 2016. Broken down, 3,945 were sheltered, a decrease of 6 percent from 2016, while 5,621 were unsheltered, an increase of 14 percent from 2016. - An eight-woman, four-man jury deliberated 9.25 hours before finding Thomas Francis Burke, 32, not guilty of first- or second-degree murder, but guilty of voluntary manslaughter, for personal use of a gun that killed Jess Matthew Robles, who was the boyfriend of Burke’s female roommate in Ocean Beach. Burke faced a maximum term of 21 years in state prison. - Led by former San Diego City Councilman Byron Wear, an April 18 workshop at OB Rec Center was attended by about 20 Obecians who weighed-in on what they’d like to see in planning for a park at the foot of Saratoga Avenue next to the OB Lifeguard Station. - Renowned Bird’s Surf Shed opened an OB satellite branch at 1963 Abbot St. - Wonderland joined Hodad’s, both of OB, in the food and beverage lineup at Petco Park. - Liberty Public Market in Liberty Station announced plans to open up a farmers market. MAY - The popular Ocean Beach Farmers Market celebrated its 25th anniversary. - Renewed backing for a long-sought-after public pool at Liberty Station came in the form of $1.1 million in “seed” money proposed for the project from District 2 Councilmember Lorie Zapf. - May was National Bike Month and communities across San Diego, including the Peninsula, seized the opportunity to promote the pastime. The special month included Bike To Work Day May 18, when thousands of San Diego commuters cycled to and from work. - After a nearly four-year wait and a grueling remodel, the new Apple Tree Market opened for business in OB at 4978 Newport Ave. - In May, Peninsula Community Planning Board grappled with public discontent over development changing their community's character and opposed discontinuing Bus Route 84 service to the Point. - The 16-acre former post office distribution center in the Midway District was resold for $40 million with plans for a $325 million, mixed-use project called The Point. JUNE - On Sunday, May 28, the Point Loma United Methodist Church at 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. held its final worship service after 88 years at the same site. - The Portuguese prayer chapel, built in 1922 at 2818 Avenida de Portugal, was named to the National Register of Historic Places. - Dorothea Laub Dance Place was dedicated in Liberty Station honoring the Point Loman for her decade-long support of the arts. - SeaWorld dedicated a new education-oriented Orca Encounter to replace its killer whale shows that ended earlier in the year. - A Moms on Maternity support group was started in OB. - The ’60s Summer of Love was the theme for the June 24 OB Street Fair & Chili cook-off. - KTU&A Planning and Landscape Architecture was chosen to lead planning on design of the proposed, Portuguese-themed Cañon Street pocket park. - Point Loma High School became the third high school in the San Diego Unified School District to designate a campus student restroom as gender neutral. JULY  - Councilmember Lorie Zapf obtained $200,000 from the city’s budget to begin the design process for a new OB Lifeguard Station. - Point Loma Summer Concerts held its 17th season of concerts at Point Loma Park. - Likely signaling the end of the mega-antique mall era in OB, the Target Corp. was negotiating to acquire the 18,000-square-foot Antique Center building in the 4800 block of Newport Avenue. - A judge suspended criminal proceedings on July 14 against Jon David Guerrero in the murders and attacks of homeless men in Ocean Beach, the Midway District, and near Mission Bay. San Diego Superior Court Judge Michael Smyth set a mental competency hearing for July 24 by another judge for Guerrero, 40, in which he could be returned to a state psychiatric facility for treatment. - OB Plaza was razed, and a new retail complex was planned in its place, but some were concerned that the new building would be modern rather than ’50s era design. - A July 26 public workshop was held to implement a new pocket park for Cañon Street in Point Loma. - Community planners were considering creating a new maintenance assessment district to achieve long-sought-after traffic and aesthetic improvements on Voltaire Street Bridge. - The Pointer football team played its first Friday night home game under new stadium lights following an unsuccessful challenge by neighbors in which a Superior Court judge ruled that the San Diego Unified School District acted properly in installing stadium lights. AUGUST - A judge committed Jon David Guerrero to a state psychiatric facility after he was found mentally incompetent to stand trial in four murders of homeless people in Mission Bay, Ocean Beach and elsewhere. - Thanks to the Point Loma Association, Taiji, a 13-foot sculpture the nonprofit commissioned, was donated to the city for public display in Point Loma on the Nimitz Boulevard median. - The Midway Community Planning Group in July debated whether or not to continue to seek a private security company to increase surveillance in the largely commercial-industrial Midway District, before opting to continue to pursue that objective. - The annual OB Pier jump raised funds for Junior Lifeguards Programs. - A project replacing two 16-inch diameter water mains installed in the ’40s and ’50s with new 16- inch polyvinyl chloride water mains to improve the area's overall drinking water system had the Peninsula torn up for awhile. SEPTEMBER  - San Diego International Airport received two grants totaling nearly $14 million to continue the airport’s Quieter Home Program, which decreases airplane noise by insulating residences  within the 65-plus decibel level surrounding the airport. - Responding to a public outcry from beach community business owners, residents and the city over boardwalk bike share stations, the city and DecoBike backed off on beach area bike-sharing, opting instead to remove and relocate the stations to more urban parts of the city. - Next Space, new owners of the dilapidated small shopping center on Voltaire Street at Las Lomas, announced plans to makeover the old Sunshine Liquor site with a 24-unit apartment complex and 9,000 square feet of retail. - Cabrillo National Monument proposed hiking entrance fees for vehicles from $10 to $15 per vehicle, $7 to $10 for motorcycles, as well as increasing from $5 to $7 entrance fees for walk-ins and cyclists, effective January 2018.  - The Midway District was one of three areas designated by Mayor Faulconer for use as a new temporary “bridge-to-housing” shelter, as part of a new public-private partnership to help homeless get off the street to be administered by Veterans Village of San Diego. - The 54th annual Cabrillo Festival celebrated and recreated the voyage of 16th-century explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who landed on the shore of San Diego Bay on Sept. 28, 1542, discovering California and all of the West Coast. OCTOBER - Obecians rallied to urge the Minnesota-based Target Corp. not to put a proposed store in the 18,000-square-foot Antique Center building at the 4800 block of Newport Ave. - An OB man and former Marine, Taylor Winston, was given a car by an Arizona auto dealer for the role he played in conveying victims of the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas to hospitals. - The Point Loma Association handed out annual Lighthouse awards to deserving community members for their contributions at the nonprofit’s annual dinner. - Council members Barbara Bry and Lorie Zapf of District 2 offered a “coastal” proposal to curb the growing proliferation of short-term vacation rentals. - An outbreak of hepatitis A, a liver infection caused by a highly contagious virus from feces contamination, afflicted more than 500 people, killing 19,  and causing the city to vaccinate tens of thousands region wide. - The 13th annual OB Oktoberfest beachside festival Oct. 6-7 showcased numerous titillating contests, activities, and entertainment, as well as plenty of beer, with proceeds benefiting local nonprofits. NOVEMBER - An abatement notice requiring the dilapidated structure at 2269 Ebers St. in OB to be cleaned up— or torn down — was issued by the city. - Point Loma attorney Ann Lipscomb Hill was honored with the Spirit of Community award from the Junior League of San Diego for spearheading programs to end racial disparities in education and curb the drop-out rate. - One of Ocean Beach's bedrock businesses, James Gang Co. print shop and silk screening, moved from 1931 Bacon St. to 4851 Newport Ave. on the beach town's main drag where it started out years ago. - Two "Pointer Sisters" from the Class of ’66 headed a campaign to keep, restore and protect the Balboa Park carousel. - A proposal to eliminate consolidating substandard, contiguous land parcels headlined discussion by Peninsula Community Planning Board at its October meeting. - A nonprofit serving homeless youth, an entrepreneur and The Mean Green Team of the Point Loma Association were honored by The Wine Pub in its eighth anniversary salute to Peninsulans making a difference. DECEMBER - In a groundswell of discontent over rapidly escalating rents, a rent- control group known as San Diego Tenants United held a protest march in Point Loma. - Some of the year's highest tides, known as “king tides,” hit the California shoreline providing a glimpse of what the state can expect as sea levels rise in the coming years. - A recent tiff over the playing of “To the Colors” over the loudspeaker system at Naval Base Point Loma led to neighbors’ complaints and the base turning the volume down. - A boating-accident victim was the recipient of an annual yuletide hot cocoa charity fundraiser  by the Ybarra family begun nearly 20 years benefiting needy neighbors. - The annual year-end Garrison Street holiday light show drew a “major league” sponsor — the San Diego Padres.
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