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    City, residents discussing plans to improve mobility in Pacific Beach
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Sep 19, 2018 | 5196 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Sara Berns, executive director of DiscoverPB, speaks with residents about the plans. / DAVE SCHWAB / BEACH & BAY PRESS
    Sara Berns, executive director of DiscoverPB, speaks with residents about the plans. / DAVE SCHWAB / BEACH & BAY PRESS
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    Pacific Beach residents weighed-in on a visionary plan to re-imagine public park and street space along Mission Boulevard and side streets to make them more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly at a Sept. 13 workshop. The Mission Boulevard Public Spaces and Active Transportation Plan was recently unveiled by City senior planner Elizabeth Ocampo Vivero and her team at a two-hour workshop at Pacific Beach Library with diagrammed storyboards and City planners providing a narrative.  Following a brief introduction, participants broke up into small discussion groups to question City officials and render their views on a handful of possible alternative road realignments for Mission Boulevard. Alternatives being considered feature various types of bike lanes, as well as possible creation of traffic-circle roundabouts. “This project is for the area between Mission Boulevard, Pacific Beach Drive, Diamond Street and the Ocean Boulevard boardwalk,” said Ocampo Vivero, who added the plan, led by the City of San Diego, is being funded by a San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) grant. Noting the City has reached out to groups like beautifulpb and Pacific Beach Town Council to come up with its conceptual plan, Ocampo Vivero, said, “The main objective of this study is to identify the opportunity for multi-modal improvements for walking, bicycling and mass transit to improve community character and enhance access to the beach, while identifying additional community gathering spaces.” The Active Transportation Plan is part of the PB Parks Project, a grass-roots community effort to celebrate Pacific Beach culture and improve community infrastructure. A PB Parks Expert Team subsequently brought the community together for multiple meetings and design charrettes over the past few years to create an approach to redesigning the project site.  In 2015, a planning grant proposal called Pacific Beach Greenways, Parks and Transit was presented to SANDAG, resulting in a $400,000 grant and an additional $40,000 in matching funds.  Two attendees at the Sept. 13 workshop shared their impressions.  Marcella Bothwell of Pacific Beach Town Council said more City outreach to the beach community is needed. “It doesn’t appear that the people who made these plans live down here,” Bothwell said. “We need to get cars off of Garnet, turn a portion of it into a walking plaza, and make Grand the main east-west corridor.” District 2 bicycling advocate Nicole Burgess pointed out, “There are only certain scenarios that go together,” of the handful of possible road realignments presented. Burgess noted her preference for “protected bikeways, which are safe and comfortable for all ages and abilities to ride. A one-way bicycle track is preferred over a two-way bicycle track, because it’s very hard to cross streets.”  “We have to be both patient and persistent working with the City through this process. The workshop focused on mobility options on Mission Boulevard,” said Chris Olson, a longtime PB community planner and social activist. “This is important, but I am looking forward to workshops that look at pocket parks, activation of public spaces and widening the boardwalk. For mobility let’s be progressive and look at pickup and drop off zones of ride share rather than parking of private vehicles at the beach,” Olson said. “As new mobility options like e-scooters and AI emerge how do we integrate them? If it takes decades to implement infrastructure changes let’s look to the future.” The next steps in implementing the Active Transportation Plan include more community input on developing a preferred concept, finalizing a preferred concept, then doing design for high-priority projects and prioritized implementation and identification of financing mechanisms for street improvements.
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    Mission Bay sports: volleyball, field hockey and football in action
    by DAVE THOMAS
    Sep 18, 2018 | 11554 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Mission Bay quarterback Nick Tropio looks for a receiver during the Bucs’ loss to Eldorado. / Photo by Steve Sidell
    Mission Bay quarterback Nick Tropio looks for a receiver during the Bucs’ loss to Eldorado. / Photo by Steve Sidell
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    Boys beach volleyball The boys beach volleyball team started their league play last week against Uni at UC High. The Bucs lost their opening match of the season 4-1, with the win notched by Zander Caufield and Andy Knight.  Coach Nikki Caufield said of their opening match: "Uni has a strong program that plays in a lot higher division than us so we came in as an underdog. When we played them three years ago we didn't win a match. “We won one of the matches today and the teams of Ian Briski/Dusty Schraeder and Jackson Priest /Jake Smyrnos ended up losing by only a couple of points, which means that their games came down to one or two plays,” Caufield said. Caufield noted that overall, the boys played tough “I think if we were to play them again away from their home courts we could pick up a win," Caufield added.  The Bucs play their second league match against Cathedral at Cathedral High School. Caufield said of the prospects for the season: "We have a solid core of returning boys and a large group of new players that are steadily improving. We face the tough prospect throughout the season of having to play all of our matches ‘away’ because MBHS doesn't have on-campus sand courts like most of the other high schools.  “We are going to be doing a fundraiser this season to try to build on-campus courts and will be looking for community support,” Caufield noted. Girls volleyball The girls volleyball team, under head coach Steve Upp, is off to a solid 6-3 start. The Bucs won their first league match defeating Christian in three sets last Friday. This was a big win for a Mission Bay team that went 0-8 in league action only a year ago. Mission Bay was to meet Coronado and Patrick Henry this week, respectively. According to Upp, senior Bethany Kepner continues to lead the team in offense with impressive kill numbers. Junior Jesse Grigolite is leading the team in ace serves, while fellow junior Chloe Gallego leads the team in digs. “The team is improving with each match,” Upp noted. Field hockey The Bucs, under head coach Kris Auer, came into play this week with a record of 2-3. According to Auer, Emily Crissman is a goal-scoring machine. Clara Sandoval continues to be the engine in the center midfield. Auer noted that Sandoval leads by example every day and is a wonderful role model to all of the younger athletes. “Early in the season we let a couple close ones slip away,” Auer commented. “We could easily be 4-1. We are a young team and young teams make mistakes. My job is to minimize those errors and put us in a good position to be successful. We have shown tremendous growth in the last two weeks.” Mission Bay is slated to host Clairemont on Sept. 20 and visit Valhalla High Monday, Sept. 24. Football On the gridiron, Mission Bay, under first-year head coach Dane Roman, looks to snap a three-game losing streak when it hosts Vincent Memorial High 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. The Bucs opened the season with a 38-14 victory over San Ysidro High. In the weeks to follow, Mission Bay has fallen to Eldorado High, University City High and Rancho Buena Vista High, respectively. Following its home date with Vincent Memorial High, Mission Bay will close out the month on Sept. 28 by hosting San Diego High.
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    ‘Hangin’ With Matty D’ podcast showcases eclectic beach community
    by PAIGE FULFER
    Sep 18, 2018 | 1428 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Pacific Beach podcaster and producer, Matthew Dykes, hosts a variety of guests from diverse business backgrounds on Hangin' With Matty D and also co-hosts a weekly podcast with Beach & Bay Press editor Thomas Melville. 
/ Photo by Thomas Melville
    Pacific Beach podcaster and producer, Matthew Dykes, hosts a variety of guests from diverse business backgrounds on Hangin' With Matty D and also co-hosts a weekly podcast with Beach & Bay Press editor Thomas Melville. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Originally from New Jersey, Matthew Dykes has called San Diego home since 2011. He ventured out from the Garden State when he joined the Navy. “I was stationed out in Camp Pendleton, went to Afghanistan, and worked as a military corpsman until 2014,” Dykes says. His experience as a Navy medic led him to his full-time job today in medical sales.  Craving authenticity and diversity, Dykes started his podcast “Hangin’ With Matty D” in November 2017. He had listened to several podcasts in the past and thought he should give it a go, plus he loves talking with people and is a natural conversationalist.   “I think one of my biggest motives [for this podcast] is that it’s a stress reliever for me to talk to people. I feel like with everyone constantly on their phones, the power of conversation has diminished and people don’t realize that just talking with someone for an hour is powerful,” Dykes says. “The power of conversation has done so much for me.” Since starting to record out of his studio, which is fully equipped with microphones, headsets, and a fridge full of La Croix, Dykes has hosted a variety of guests from different backgrounds and industries.  “I didn’t want to cater to a certain crowd,” Dykes says. “If I don’t have a certain demographic I’m trying to hit, then it isn’t keeping me in a corner.”  Dykes points out that his diverse range of guests are encouraged to share their life lessons, trials and errors, and various experiences they’ve had while navigating their careers and personal lives. "People listen to my podcasts to hear normal, real, but unpredictable stuff," Dykes says. “I have had nonprofits, comedians, psychologists, local business owners, radio personalities, artists, authors, restaurant owners, and the list goes on,” he says.  “One of my favorite podcasts I’ve done was with Chris Waters, founder and owner of Constructed Adventures,” Dykes says. Waters’ company creates a day completely customized for the player(s) filled with puzzles, riddles, and surprises… basically a giant-scale scavenger hunt.” Waters was working in a “soul-crushing, corporate” environment, and needed a change. A week before quitting his miserable job, his business venture idea was featured on Reddit and blew up. Some other guests he has interviewed include Tabitha Lipkin of Fox 5 San Diego, Bryce Smith (professional basketball player and Crossfit coach), PJ Busalacchi (owner of Little Italy’s Sicilian restaurant Barbusa), and Samantha Louise (wedding planner turned self-taught abstract artist). Dykes also co-hosts a weekly podcast with Beach & Bay Press editor Thomas Melville, which airs live on Facebook and is featured on the San Diego Community Newspaper Group’s YouTube page. Catch weekly episodes of “Hangin’ With Matty D” on iTunes, GooglePlay, or YouTube.  Info: hanginwithmattyd.org, youtube.com/channel/UCn2rXwZuN_pyEACiv_hGY9g. Facebook: @hanginwithmattyd. Instagram: @hanginwithmattyd.
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    Volunteers collect 130,000 pounds of trash at annual Coastal Cleanup Day
    Sep 17, 2018 | 19034 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Volunteers help clean up trash at South Shores Park on Mission Bay on Sept. 15.
    Volunteers help clean up trash at South Shores Park on Mission Bay on Sept. 15.
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    Volunteers sign up to help clean up trash at South Shores Park on Mission Bay on Sept. 15.
    Volunteers sign up to help clean up trash at South Shores Park on Mission Bay on Sept. 15.
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    Volunteers paint a storage facility at South Shores Park on Mission Bay on Sept. 15.
    Volunteers paint a storage facility at South Shores Park on Mission Bay on Sept. 15.
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    At the 34th annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 15, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) harnessed the power of people to combat ocean pollution by mobilizing an estimated 7,000 volunteers at 106 cleanup sites in San Diego County, including four on-water sites. Volunteers including residents, corporate groups, and civic organizations turned their appreciation for the environment into action for the planet by choosing to do their part to protect and enhance their local communities. During this three-hour cleanup, volunteers improved the overall health and beauty of the natural environment by removing an estimated 130,000 pounds of trash and debris from the San Diego County. Among the debris, there were several notable odd items collected during the cleanup including: a disco ball, a stuffed animal tiger, 641 golf balls at one location (they were returned to be reused), a snowboard, and fake eyelashes.  Volunteers also restored the local environment through beautification projects such as mural painting, vegetation trimming, mulching, trail restoration, tree planting, and weeding. While priming a storage container that was covered with a mural at the San Diego Youth Aquatic Center, Mission Bay Park’s Senior Park Ranger Karolynn Estrada-Sparlin, said, “I am looking forward to seeing the final project, for years this has been in my head but now it will be reality thanks to all of you.” Coastal Cleanup Day was an opportunity for the community members to conserve in more ways than one. As part of the effort to boost zero waste practices, ILACSD encouraged all youth and adult volunteers to be more sustainable by choosing to bring at least one reusable item for the cleanup like a water bottle, work bucket, or gloves – and many stepped up to the challenge. Volunteers had the opportunity to showcase their creativity and commitment to zero waste practices by decorating reusable buckets to enter the Bling Your Bucket Contest for a chance to win prizes while celebrating sustainability.  Coastal Cleanup Day also received attention from several of San Diego’s elected officials who visited cleanup sites in their respective districts including Congressman Scott Peters; State Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins; City Council members Barbara Bry, Lorie Zapf, Chris Ward, Myrtle Cole, Mark Kersey, Scott Sherman, David Alvarez, and Georgette Gomez; County Supervisor Greg Cox; Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina and Councilmember Mark West; and National City Mayor Ron Morrison.  ILACSD organizes Coastal Cleanup Day in San Diego County in partnership with the California Coastal Commission as part of a global international event led by the Ocean Conservancy. Top tier supporters of Coastal Cleanup Day include the County of San Diego, Think Blue San Diego, The Coca-Cola Foundation, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Evans Hotels/The Bahia, and KFMB.  Coastal Cleanup Day is one of two annual countywide cleanups hosted by I Love A Clean San Diego that engages thousands of local families, community groups, and local businesses. Beyond countywide events, ILACSD continues to empower volunteers at hundreds of cleanups targeting specific neighborhoods, parks, and open spaces on an ongoing basis throughout the year. In 2017, ILACSD mobilized over 31,000 volunteers who removed half a million pounds of debris from San Diego County. For more information about upcoming cleanups, workshops, or zero waste tips, please visitCleanSD.org.
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    Nicole Kay Clark – entrepreneur, model and ultimate ‘cool girl’
    by PAIGE FULFER
    Sep 09, 2018 | 43183 views | 1 1 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Cool Girl Connection works with both local and global brands. Here, Nicole models Volcom's sustainable swimwear in collaboration with ISHINE365. / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
    Cool Girl Connection works with both local and global brands. Here, Nicole models Volcom's sustainable swimwear in collaboration with ISHINE365. / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
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    Cool Girl Connection collaborates with various brands that promote women empowerment and self confidence, such as this collaboration with She Emerges. / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
    Cool Girl Connection collaborates with various brands that promote women empowerment and self confidence, such as this collaboration with She Emerges. / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
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    Nicole Kay Clark and Ricardo De Jesus founded Cool Girl Connection.
    Nicole Kay Clark and Ricardo De Jesus founded Cool Girl Connection.
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    Nicole Kay Clark brings her fresh Southern California vibe to each and every collaboration, like the collab seen here with GypSea Dreams (an accessories line). / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
    Nicole Kay Clark brings her fresh Southern California vibe to each and every collaboration, like the collab seen here with GypSea Dreams (an accessories line). / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
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    Nicole Kay Clark couldn’t be happier to now call Ocean Beach her home. “For years I had bounced between Florida, New York, and California while working in the entertainment industry,” she says.  After settling in Florida during school at Daytona State College, she was ready to make one final move.  “I had lived in Los Angeles in the past but it was too overpopulated for my liking. My mother had been living in San Diego, and offered to help me make the move so I took the opportunity and went for it! San Diego was my last shot at California. I absolutely love it here,” Clark says. Since moving to the west coast, Clark has blossomed to take the social media and branding worlds by storm. On top of modeling and participating in brand collaborations on her own, she even co-founded her creative agency called Cool Girl Connection.  “Photographer/ videographer Ricardo De Jesus (co-founder) and I work together as a team specializing in photo/ video production, social media management, and branding strategies. Our client list is as unique as we are and ranges from fashion to food brands,” Clark says. It was Clark’s 10-plus years modeling and acting that led her to change course and open her own agency. She decided to merge her knowledge from working at modeling agencies with her experience as a model/ actress to “come up with a game plan.” “Cool Girl Connection was born out of my desire to inspire girls to be themselves. Industry standards weren’t making room for ‘real’ girls so I decided to create a space that encouraged people not to be ‘models’ but to be ‘cool.’ The world needs more people that believe in the power of being themselves and we’re here to help encourage it,” urges Clark.  Cool Girl Connection is making quite the name for itself in sunny San Diego, recently working with brands including Reef, Dickies Girl, Skull Candy, Volcom, Billabong, Rocket Dog, and Tipsy Elves.  Clark even works with companies that allow her to travel in order to fulfill creative branding activations. For example, she recently traveled to Costa Rica for a collaborative shoot for Dang Foods, and is currently in Puerto Rico with De Jesus shooting new content. She constantly works on building her content and presence on social media. Between emails, photoshoots, and editing, Clark manages to remind herself to embrace the beautiful beach city she is lucky enough to call home.  “Most days at 10 a.m., I take a walk to the beach to give my eyes a break from the computer screen and allow for creative thoughts to flow. Once I get home, I write down the ideas that came to mind and start putting forth the effort to put my thoughts into action,” says the entrepreneur. Want to know more? If your company is in need of photo/ video content or social media management, Nicole Kay Clark can be reached at coolgirlconnection@gmail.com. Visit nicolekayclark.com and follow on Instagram @nicolekayclark, @coolgirlconnection for more information.
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