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    La Jolla church ends bi-weekly dinner for the needy
    by BLAKE BUNCH
    Nov 17, 2017 | 2493 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Mary, Star of the Sea, the Roman Catholic church in La Jolla that has ended its charitable meal program. Prior to the program’s cessation. So Others May Eat held dinners twice a month for more than nine years./ PHOTO BY BLAKE BUNCH
    Mary, Star of the Sea, the Roman Catholic church in La Jolla that has ended its charitable meal program. Prior to the program’s cessation. So Others May Eat held dinners twice a month for more than nine years./ PHOTO BY BLAKE BUNCH
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    The recent hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego, which has killed 20 people to date, prompted city officials to finally address the growing issue of homelessness. Their solution, however temporary, was to install hand-washing stations at homeless “hot spots,” pressure wash the sidewalks in said areas with a bleaching solution and create a tent city far enough removed from the outbreak epicenter, yet right in some residents’ backyards. While the city is busy “fighting” the issue of homelessness, a seemingly unforeseen event occurred a good distance away from the outbreak’s reach along the coast. Citing the hepatitis A outbreak and ongoing renovations, Mary, Star of the Sea, a Catholic church in La Jolla, decided to abruptly halt a charitable program that has consistently fed the needy for more than nine years. Through the program, So Others May Eat, meals that were provided every second Tuesday of each month will no longer be served at the church. So Others May Eat alternates weekly, providing meals to the less fortunate at Sacred Heart Church in Ocean Beach and Mary, Star of the Sea. Tresha Souza, the founder of So Others May Eat, says that she is appalled at the church’s decision to willingly neglect those in need. “What many people would not realize is that at least 60 percent of people who attended our meals could be classified as ‘working poor,’ for they lived in their own homes,” said Souza. “In most instances, they were often families that counted on these bi-weekly meals for sustenance. Honestly, I just think that it is utter hypocrisy – to hide behind the hepatitis A outbreak and deny one’s fellow man aid. I can’t believe the church didn’t stand up for what is right.” Unfortunately, the homelessness issue in coastal San Diego communities has become an exponentially polarizing issue. The Beach and Bay Press recently reported that a Pacific Beach resident, Matthew Phillips, started a petition on Change.org to end homeless “feeds” at PB churches. Phillips brought the issue before PB Town Council as well. The petition cited the amount of petty theft, violent crime, severe mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse and a generally apathetic nature of the homeless as reasoning to end the feeds. If it sounds like tough love, it is. Not surprisingly, some citizens are outraged at this notion – almsgiving being a major tenant of the Christian faith – while there are those who support the issue outright. While the La Jolla Village News reached out to Mary, Star of the Sea for comment, none was returned. The Catholic Diocese did issue the following statement, however:  “We’re sorry for any misunderstandings that have arisen regarding the ‘So Others May Eat’ dinners that used to take place at Mary Star of the Sea.  A major renovation forced us to close our parish hall for the past several months and we have had to redirect where and how we do our part to serve the less fortunate in our parish. We have not, and will never, turn our backs on the poor. As a parish, we will respond to the needs of our community; we will overcome the challenges posed by the hepatitis outbreak and we will continue to provide assistance to the homeless people and families who need our help and our prayers.” 
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    Plenty of pink will walk through Pacific and Mission beaches during Susan G. Komen’s 3-Day event
    Nov 14, 2017 | 29057 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    On Friday, Nov. 17, the San Diego 3-Day will begin with an inspirational opening ceremony at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The route will continue south through La Jolla and Pacific Beach, finishing in Mission Bay Park where participants will camp. Above, participants walk by pink tents set up at Crown Point Park last year. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    On Friday, Nov. 17, the San Diego 3-Day will begin with an inspirational opening ceremony at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The route will continue south through La Jolla and Pacific Beach, finishing in Mission Bay Park where participants will camp. Above, participants walk by pink tents set up at Crown Point Park last year. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Pacific and Mission beaches will be well represented, as well as being part of the route, in the annual Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk to be held Friday, Nov. 17 through Sunday Nov. 19. The 3-Day is a 60-mile walk for women and men who are ready to end breast cancer forever. Participants raise a minimum of $2,300 and walk an average of 20 miles a day for three consecutive days, educating tens of thousands of people about breast health and raising funds to help support breast cancer research and community outreach programs.  During the past 14 years and 156 events, the Komen 3-Day has raised more than $820 million, which Komen has used to save lives and make huge strides in breast cancer research. In 2016, Susan G. Komen set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. The Walk/Run Route Schedule: Friday, Nov. 17:  The San Diego 3-Day will begin with an inspirational opening ceremony at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. After lunch on the beach, the route will continue south through La Jolla and Pacific Beach, finishing in Mission Bay Park where participants will camp. Saturday, Nov. 18:  On Saturday morning, participants will walk by SeaWorld before heading toward the ocean. The route will showcase Ocean Beach, Point Loma and the beautiful homes along the ocean in Sunset Cliffs. The second half of the route will travel along the ocean boardwalk in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach before heading east. Sunday, Nov. 19:  The final day begins with a tour through Pacific Beach heading to the pedestrian path on the east side of Mission Bay Park. After lunch in Mission Hills, the route will tour Hillcrest, Balboa Park, and Downtown. The route will end in East Village with a celebratory closing ceremony at Petco Park. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised from the 3-Day help Susan G. Komen support the global research program and other mission objectives, while the remaining 25 percent helps affiliates support local programs including medical assistance, patient navigation and provider education — all of which support Komen’s Bold Goal. Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer unsuccessfully with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and long hospitalization, Komen spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and commitment to making a difference, her sister, Nancy G. Brinker, promised Komen that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer and help women who were suffering. The legacy lives on through the work of Susan G. Komen, the nonprofit Texas-based organization and public charity Nancy started. Susan G. Komen is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1 billion in breast cancer research since its inception in 1982.  For more information, visit The3Day.org or call 800-996-3DAY. Connect on Facebook at Facebook.com/The3Day, Twitter @The3Day and Instagram @Komen3Day. 
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    Groundswell Community Project empowers women in waves
    by Mathilde Rousseau Bjerregaard
    Nov 10, 2017 | 26524 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Groundswell Community Project founder Natalie Small leads a group of women through surf therapy at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach. / PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
    Groundswell Community Project founder Natalie Small leads a group of women through surf therapy at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach. / PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
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    Natalie Small (second from right) with a group from Groundswell Community Project.
    Natalie Small (second from right) with a group from Groundswell Community Project.
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    Groundswell Community Project is a San Diego-based nonprofit organization that builds safe and brave spaces for women to heal, empower, and unite through the art of surfing. Our mission at Groundswell Community Project is to let the ocean be a space for women who are overcoming personal problems to heal and to give them the opportunity to explore their own strengths,” said Natalie Small, the founder and facilitator of Groundswell Community Project. The organization provides four- and eight-week programs for individuals and groups to engage and expand themselves through surf therapy. The programs create safe spaces for self expression, exploration, and healing for self and the community. “I wanted to give women an opportunity to get together and be able to be children again playing and exploring their strengths. As adult women, we don’t really get to play and playing is really important,” said Small. Small is a state-licensed marriage and family therapist and she works at a private practice for individuals, families, and couples using experiential therapies to help empower them to overcome mental disabilities like anxiety and depression. She is also a first aid arts facilitator, trained in how art can be a tool to overcome trauma and its triggers. Six years ago, Small combined her passions and therapist skills into the Groundswell Community Project. She wanted to take her training and experience in therapy to the ocean and let the ocean be the venue for healing. “I just see an instant transformation that occurs when the women get into the ocean and reconnect with their bodies in a positive way. It breaks down the barrier and the judgment that we hold against ourselves and each other, and just lets us be free to connect with our soul,” said Small. The Groundswell Community Project helps women who have been victims of sex trafficking, and who are overcoming addictions, abuse and depression. The project’s mission is to be a creative community that allows women to embrace healing and empowerment, through bold and beautiful engagement with each other, the outdoors and the arts. To join the team, and become a surf sister, visit groundswellcommunity.org.
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    Día de los Muertos brings Mexico City back to life
    by THOMAS MELVILLE
    Nov 06, 2017 | 26236 views | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City paid tribute to the earthquake victims and first responders with a giant fist sculpture made out of multi-colored hard hats, pickaxes and rubble on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City paid tribute to the earthquake victims and first responders with a giant fist sculpture made out of multi-colored hard hats, pickaxes and rubble on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Thousands watched the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Thousands watched the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The popular trajinera boats in Xochimilco. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The popular trajinera boats in Xochimilco. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    A colorful Catrina in the Zócalo. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    A colorful Catrina in the Zócalo. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Colorfully painted skulls lined Paseo de la Reforma during October to help promote the Día de los Muertos parade. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Colorfully painted skulls lined Paseo de la Reforma during October to help promote the Día de los Muertos parade. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Rubble left over from the earthquake still lines the sidewalks in Xochimilco, a gritty neighborhood in southern Mexico City. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Rubble left over from the earthquake still lines the sidewalks in Xochimilco, a gritty neighborhood in southern Mexico City. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Mercado Roma, with its orange and black tiled floor and bright angular countertops, was open and doing brisk business serving a variety of local favorites. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Mercado Roma, with its orange and black tiled floor and bright angular countertops, was open and doing brisk business serving a variety of local favorites. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Zócalo, which is bordered by the Cathedral to the north, the National Palace to the east, the Federal District buildings to the south and the Old Portal de Mercaderes to the west, the Nacional Monte de Piedad building at the north-west corner, with the Templo Mayor site to the northeast, the morning of the parade. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Zócalo, which is bordered by the Cathedral to the north, the National Palace to the east, the Federal District buildings to the south and the Old Portal de Mercaderes to the west, the Nacional Monte de Piedad building at the north-west corner, with the Templo Mayor site to the northeast, the morning of the parade. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    (San Diego Community Newspaper Group managing editor Thomas Melville traveled to Mexico City to see how the area was recovering from the devastating earthquakes and to experience the huge Día de los Muertos celebration and parade.) As a show of strength, unity and resiliency, thousands of onlookers raised their hands, mirroring the first responders who were walking behind the first Día de los Muertos parade float to arrive at the overpacked Zócalo – a giant fist made out of multi-colored hard hats, pickaxes and rubble. As the sculpture stopped in front of the Cathedral, the first responders formed their hands into fist, and the voices of Mexico roared. The second annual Day of the Dead celebration came at the right time for this bustling, yet damaged city. On Sept. 7, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake shook the region, razed buildings, and killed more than 200 people in the city. Since then, recovery has been slow and the citizenry a little timid. The parade on Saturday, Oct. 28, which brought out more than 300,000 people along a lengthy route that began on Paseo de la Reforma and snaked through Centro Histórico, paid tribute to the earthquake victims, helpers and heroes – and could be a major step to help heal the city. “It was kind of weird to do this happy celebration after this tragedy,” said Paola Schlaepfer, executive producer at Callejón Salao, which produced part of the parade. “We had been preparing for six months, then stopped after the earthquake, and thought about what we could do to pay homage to the dead, and all the people who were helping and working to rescue people. “We wanted to acknowledge them at the beginning of the parade,” she said. “And then the parade will continue – and so will the city.” Roma Norte Some areas of the city, such as Centro Histórico, are back to normal, with sidewalks filled with people motivated to sell goods, services and snacks to passersby. The Metro is still jammed with commuters who have no problem elbowing their way into and out of subway cars. But in the Roma Norte district, which was hit particularly hard during the earthquake, severely damaged buildings are roped off, and backhoes are still clearing piles of rubble that line sidewalks. “There are areas of the city that used to be very crowded and full of life that are not anymore,” Schlaepfer said. “But they are starting to recover very slowly. People are still a little afraid to go to the areas that were hit hard, like Roma Norte. The businesses and restaurants there are restarting but it is a slow process.” Mercado Roma, with its orange and black tiled floor and bright angular countertops, was open and doing brisk business serving a variety of local favorites, along with Asian barbecue and Mediterranean seafood options. But a few blocks west, in the grassy square of an intersection, a church group was giving out clothes to needy people from a makeshift tent. Overlooking them was the mural of Frida, the rescue dog, that Ocean Beach artist Celeste Byers painted a few weeks ago as a symbol of hope. Xochimilco In Xochimilco, a gritty neighborhood in southern Mexico City, which relies on the tourist trade of its popular trajinera boats that float lovers and partiers down its famous canals, things have been quiet since Sept. 7. After a video went viral of the boats being sloshed around the canals by waves generated from the earthquake, accompanied by screams of some tourists, business slowed considerably. One of the long-time tourist guides said people are not visiting the canals like they used to because they are afraid. He gestured with his arms, shrugged his shoulders and rubbed his cropped white beard while shaking his head back and forth. On that weekday afternoon in late October, the place had only a few visitors. Workers were repairing the roofs of the shops that line the canal, boat owners were repainting the colorful signs and names of their trajineras, which mostly sat idle in the water. “The people are waiting to see what will happen,” Schlaepfer said. “But we need to reactivate those areas that were affected. We have to move on.” Parade It’s odd that James Bond has a role here. But the 2015 film “Spectre” started with an intense chase scene set in the Zócalo during a huge Día de los Muertos parade. That parade was just a fabrication for the movie. The long-time celebration usually included just a small parade of Catrinas. But the movie version was what the tourists wanted to see and the city leaders decided to capitalize on that opportunity. In 2016, they staged the inaugural Día de los Muertos parade, which some Mexicans criticized as too crass and commercial, but more than 200,000 cheered it on, and so a sequel was planned. “The parade last year was a great success. It has became a new tradition for the city,” Schlaepfer said. This year’s version was extraordinary, with 50 foot tall skeletons and giant skulls bobbing along the route, interlaced by hundreds of dancing Catrinas and howling Aztecs. The Zócalo was overflowing with people cheering on the parade, checking out the huge Día de los Muertos alters, and taking selfies with the hundreds of Catrinas with their uniquely colorful painted faces – their take on the traditional “dapper skeleton.” “The people of this city deserve some happiness,” Schlaepfer said. “We want to bring back smiles on the faces of the people.” Even if on this day of the dead, those smiles were painted on.
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    November 09, 2017
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    On Friday, Oct. 27 at Tioga Hall, UC San Diego saw its 43rd annual ‘Pumpkin Drop.’ This year’s pumpkin weighed about 420 pounds, making it one of the largest pumpkins in Muir College’s Pumpkin Drop history, which is fitting, as the college is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Each year, students name the sacrificial squash and this fall it was dubbed: ‘I’m dropping hints that I’m 50 and single!’ Inside the pumpkin was an assortment of individually wrapped candy, which students scurried to claim. / PHOTO BY ERIK JEPSEN UC SAN DIEGO PUBLICATIONS AND CREATIVE SERVICES
    On Friday, Oct. 27 at Tioga Hall, UC San Diego saw its 43rd annual ‘Pumpkin Drop.’ This year’s pumpkin weighed about 420 pounds, making it one of the largest pumpkins in Muir College’s Pumpkin Drop history, which is fitting, as the college is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Each year, students name the sacrificial squash and this fall it was dubbed: ‘I’m dropping hints that I’m 50 and single!’ Inside the pumpkin was an assortment of individually wrapped candy, which students scurried to claim. / PHOTO BY ERIK JEPSEN UC SAN DIEGO PUBLICATIONS AND CREATIVE SERVICES
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    Vikings for Veterans at LJHS track On Nov. 5, help the LJHS Vikings For Vets club support local veterans by running or walking in this 5K fundraiser event. All donations go to Paralyzed Veterans of America. A suggested donation of $10 per youth and $15 per adult can be paid on race day. For more information, visit www.vikingsforvets.org. ‘Natural High’ gala America is facing an opioid epidemic and it is not going away without a fight. Today, nearly two million Americans live with opioid abuse or dependence; an estimated 46 Americans die each day from prescription opioid overdoses alone. Opioids have become more readily available and drug and alcohol use is more prevalent than in years past, impacting today’s youth the greatest.  On Saturday, Nov. 4, San Diego-based Natural High works directly with educators, celebrity ambassadors and parents to inspire and empower our youth to find their natural high and develop the skills and courage to say no to drugs. Natural High, a nonprofit organization, uses science-based programs to inspire today’s youth to tap into their natural high and learn lifesaving principles. Natural High has inspired more than eight million teens and currently reaches more than 28,000 educators across the nation. To recognize national advocates and ambassadors, Natural High will honor special educators, celebrity ambassadors, and youths at its annual, celebrity-studded Gala on Nov. 4 at Hilton Torrey Pines. 6:30 to 10 p.m. MTS to improve transit choices The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) continues its efforts to improve transit choices for the San Diego region with the grand opening of the state-of-the-art 80,000-square-foot UTC Transit Center on Friday, Oct. 27.  The agency will operate 11 bus routes out of the facility that service thousands of passengers daily in the heart of San Diego’s second largest business sector – University City.   The UTC Transit Center is part of the $500 million Westfield UTC mall renovation that will connect to the Mid-Coast Trolley extension platform via a sky bridge when completed in 2021. The $13.7 million transit facility was built as a public/private partnership with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and Westfield UTC and the City of San Diego.   Since June 2014, MTS, in partnership with SANDAG, has exponentially improved San Diego’s largest transit system – giving more and better choices than ever before to transit riders. Other capital investments include: · $2 million boost in bus service as part of the Transit Optimization Plan that will add to the agency’s high frequency network and streamline routes to reduce travel times; · $660 million complete overhaul and renewal of the Orange Line and UC San Diego Blue Line infrastructure; · Launched a new network of high frequency, limited stop bus service called Rapid   · Modernized the UC San Diego Blue Line to allow low-floor Trolley cars to speed up boarding and improve on-time performance on the network’s busiest line · $38 million to build the East County Bus Operations & Maintenance Facility  · $50.9 million to build the South Bay Operations & Maintenance Facility; and · $21 million to modernize bus stations on the Broadway corridor in downtown San Diego that provide a premier level of comfort, security and convenience for transit riders. The latest investment, the UTC Transit Center, will serve bus routes that have grown significantly in recent years due to increased demand from UC San Diego’s growing community. The new 80,000-square-foottransit center will be off-street, have a bus-only entrance/exit, and avoid all the pedestrian and private auto flow from the mall. It will also include a new controlled bus-only intersection at the southwestern corner of the transit center on Genesee Avenue. Bus routes that will serve the new UTC Transit Center include: · Route 30 (UTC/VA Medical Center/Downtown San Diego); · Route 31 (Miramar College Transit Station/UTC Transit Center); · Route 41 (UC San Diego/VA Medical Center/Fashion Valley Transit Center); · Route 50  (UTC Express – Downtown Express); Route 60 (UTC via Kearny Mesa/Euclid Ave Trolley Station via Kearny Mesa) · Route 101 (NCTD Route – Oceanside/VA Medical Center/UC San Diego/UTC); · Route 105 (Old Town Transit Center/UTC); · Route 150 (UTC/VA Medical Center/Downtown San Diego); · Route 201/202 (UC San Diego Medical Center/UC San Diego/Nobel/UTC); · Route 204 (UTC/Executive Dr./Judicial Dr./UTC; · Route 921 (Miramar College Transit Station/UC San Diego/VA Medical Center). UC San Diego named 16th Best University The University of California San Diego has been named the world’s 16th best university by U.S. News and World Report. The campus was also recognized as the nation’s fifth-best public university in the fourth annual rankings, which measure factors such as research, global and regional reputation; international collaboration; as well as the number of highly-cited papers and doctorates awarded. “UC San Diego is proud to receive this recognition and to have the academic achievements of our faculty and students commended by U.S News and World Report,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “As a top-ranked public research university, UC San Diego advances the frontiers of knowledge to find innovative, non-conventional solutions to global challenges and make the world a better place.” The overall rankings evaluate 1,250 universities – up from 1,000 last year – across 74 countries. “The schools that rank the highest in the Best Global Universities rankings are those that emphasize academic research, including by partnering with international scholars to produce highly cited articles,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News and World Report. “This is different from the Best Colleges rankings, which measure the overall quality of undergraduate institutions.” The university’s cutting-edge research and stellar faculty are known throughout the world. Recently, computer science professor Stefan Savage was named a 2017 MacArthur Fellow for his work in cybersecurity. Stephen Mayfield, a UC San Diego professor of biology, led a research effort which produced the world’s first algae-based, renewable flip flops, an innovation that could be revolutionary, changing the world for the better environmentally. The U.S. News Best Global Universities 2018 edition also features subject rankings in which UC San Diego received high marks across the board in areas such as pharmacology and toxicology (3), neuroscience and behavior (8), biology and biochemistry (8), molecular biology and genetics (10) as well as psychiatry and psychology (13).  Vision Zero Bicycle lanes will soon be installed on Vision Zero corridor University Avenue from 5th Avenue to Park Boulevard.  On Oct. 31, San Diego City Council unanimously approved a plan to remove metered parking in order to add the bicycle lanes, making University Avenue safer for all modes of transportation.  In 2015, SANDAG approved of the Uptown Bikeways project, which will bring protected bikeways to University Avenue, however, a gap was created in the core of Hillcrest to mollify opposition in the neighborhood. Today’s action and leadership is a major step by the City of San Diego in filling the bicycle lane gap in the Hillcrest core and will save lives on one of the most dangerous corridors in San Diego.  Circulate San Diego and a diverse coalition of 20 organizations promoted a campaign for the last two years called Vision Zero, with the goal to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in San Diego by 2025. Mayor Faulconer and the San Diego City Council adopted a 10-year Vision Zero strategy in 2015. “Today’s vote to shorten the gap on University is a key step toward improving safety on one of San Diego’s most dangerous Vision Zero corridors,” said Maya Rosas, Advocacy Manager with Circulate San Diego. The concept behind Vision Zero is that traffic deaths are preventable – through safe street design, education, and enforcement. The program has been successful in other U.S. and European cities. To date, 20 cities across the U.S. have adopted a Vision Zero goal. 
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    To prolong the enchanting experience of Baja’s wine country, The Wine Pub announces its first all-inclusive, overnight excursion across the border starting on Saturday, Feb. 25. The lavish trip pro...
    Published - Friday, February 17
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    Funds available for affordable housing projects in San Diego
    The City of San Diego has announced the availability of $25 million to fund affordable housing projects. This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) released by Civic San Diego (CivicSD) will allow ...
    Published - Friday, February 17
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    Free sandbags available from San Diego County
    Rains, possibly heavy at times, are heading back to San Diego County in the coming days, according to weather officials. Which means that if you haven’t done it already, it’s a good time to stock u...
    Published - Thursday, February 16
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    Fresh, new Ocean Beach logo wins T-shirt design contest
    The winning design for the James Gang Company's recent Ocean Beach T-shirt design contest was created by Luke Brogoitti, with a stylish re-imagining of the beach community's trademark seagull logo....
    Published - Thursday, February 16
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    OB Art Thing, a walking tour of galleries, debuts this week
    OB Art Thing, the first in a planned monthly series celebrating the arts, kicks off in Ocean Beach on Thursday, Feb. 16. A free self-guided, family friendly walking tour of shops, galleries, and bu...
    Published - Thursday, February 16
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    Letter to the editor: Move pinnipeds from developed beaches
    Mr. Covington offered a choice. I choose the first proposal - move the seals. The seals and sea lions are inhabiting developed beaches that have cost the taxpayers of San Diego millions of dollars…...
    Published - Thursday, February 16
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    Mission Bay Montessori Principal kisses one-eyed chicken
    At 8:15 a.m. on Feb. 15, Mission Bay Montessori Academy principal, Kristie Miller, puckered up at the school’s flag ceremony to do the deed she promised, to kiss a one-eyed chicken. As a motivation...
    Published - Thursday, February 16
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    Point Loma walking group celebrates 40th anniversary
    Currently headquartered at Liberty Station in Point Loma, Walkabout International is a walking group like no other. Started by a few folks who posted an ad in the Reader on St. Patrick’s Day in 197...
    Published - Thursday, February 16
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    Campaign under way to rename Ocean Beach Park
    A campaign led by the Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation seeks support to build a children’s playground and adult fitness station on the grassy area of Ocean Beach Park, and rename that ...
    Published - Wednesday, February 15
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    Condo proposal at Kellogg's Beach stirs opposition
    A proposed condo conversion on Point Loma's Kellogg's Beach has led to opposition and creation of a Facebook page listing subterranean parking, a seawall and the possible blocking of public access ...
    Published - Wednesday, February 15
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    San Diego expands electric vehicle charging stations program
    To help meet the goals of San Diego’s landmark Climate Action Plan, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined on Feb. 15 by Councilmember Lorie Zapf and environmental leaders in Ocean Beach to announce t...
    Published - Wednesday, February 15
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    SD City Council joins in anti-travel ban lawsuit
    The San Diego City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday to join the lawsuit filed by the state of Washington against President Donald Trump in challenging his executive order that bans non-citizens from seven...
    Published - Wednesday, February 15
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