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    High surf advisory affects coastal communities in San Diego
    Jan 18, 2018 | 3505 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 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 | 7938 views | 1 1 comments | 5 5 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

    Leaving 2017 by leaps and bounds – Beach & Bay Press looks back at last year's top stories for Pacific and Mission beaches
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jan 11, 2018 | 20854 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    City Ballet dancer Kimberly Green executes a grand jeté on the Law Street beach as the sun sets on 2017.                 THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
    City Ballet dancer Kimberly Green executes a grand jeté on the Law Street beach as the sun sets on 2017. THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
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    It was an eventful year in 2017 for Pacific and Mission beaches, which grappled with a number of vexing issues. Coastal communities tackled everything from community beautification to sea-level rise and wetlands protection. Beach residents groped to cope with growing homelessness issues, as well as a proliferation of short-term vacation rentals, and crime. The area also celebrated the 90th anniversary of Crystal Pier, plans to substantially upgrade Mission Bay Park, and the opening of exciting new businesses. The following is a month-by-month chronicle of what the Beach & Bay Press covered in Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and Mission Bay throughout 2017. JANUARY - Planned Parenthood completed plans to modernize and double its Mission Bay Health Center. - County officials were working with “feral cat folks” to save, rather than exterminate, felines trapped in a federal program to preserve endangered coastal bird species by culling their predators. - A series of storms roared through beach areas Jan. 19 - Jan. 24, depositing about 2.4 inches of rain and causing some flooding, downed trees and power outages.  - City Attorney Mara Elliott alleged several San Diego restaurants, including some along the beachfront, were adding questionably legal, 3 percent surcharges to customers' bills without proper notice to compensate for a minimum-wage pay increase. - San Diego lifeguard “legend” Bill Bender retired after 35 years service with “countless” rescues to his credit. - Volunteers created a “peace garden” at Mission Bay High. - The rebuild of the historic Plunge Pool at Belmont Park was ushered in at a Jan. 30 public tearing-down ceremony with Mayor Faulconer. The event included a plaque unveiling dedicated to Maruta Gardner, a Mission Beach educator tragically killed in 2016 by an intoxicated driver while painting out graffiti near the Mission Beach jetty. - Pacific Beach Planning Group sent a letter asking that the beach community be considered as one of 10 proving grounds being sought nationwide for so-called driverless vehicles. A “driverless” car, also known as an autonomous, self-driving or robotic car, is a vehicle capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input. FEBRUARY - Public officials, businesses and residents collectively launched a “clean and safe program” to remove trash in Pacific Beach and make the community safer, while offering the homeless a hand up. - PB made Circulate San Diego's ignominious “The Fatal Fifteen” list of most dangerous intersections for pedestrians, with its problematic intersection at Mission Boulevard and Garnet Avenue. That crossing, No. 3 on the list, had 16 total collisions, with 17 serious injuries recorded between 2001-2015. - Two Mission Beach businessmen pled guilty to conspiracy to sink a 57-foot boat used for charter sport-fishing trips in order to collect insurance money. A judge later placed them on 18 months federal probation after they paid the U.S. Coast Guard $18,000 for rescuing them. - A motorist pled guilty to committing attempted murder and two assaults in hitting three pedestrians in Pacific Beach in which one suffered brain damage and was in a coma. - Family-run Saska’s steakhouse in MB reopened Feb. 23 with an updated design and feel as Saska’s Steak & Seafood. The popular eatery first opened in 1951. - Sprouts natural and organic grocery enlarged its space from 19,000 to 23,000 square feet adding a new salad bar, deli and juice bar. - A flamenco festival debuted in PB showcasing internationally acclaimed and local performers. - PB planners heard distressing news that the beach community ranked second to East Village, out of 125 city of San Diego communities, in violent crimes, with 216 reported the year before in the beach community. Then-PBPG chair Brian Curry characterized statistics as “simply unacceptable,” describing the status quo as “Apocalypse now.” MARCH - Approximately 245 trailers were removed from the former De Anza Cove mobile home park while the city was midway through the De Anza Revitalization Plan, a three-year comprehensive outreach and planning program to re-imagine, re-purpose and revitalize De Anza Special Study area within Mission Bay Park. - MBHS girls soccer had a record-setting season finishing with 23-4-1 mark (15-0 at home), ending as champions of the City League. - Cornerstone PB business Crest Liquor celebrated its 70th anniversary. The liquor store, deli and convenience store at 3787 Ingraham St. started as a dozen vacant lots in Crown Point in 1947. - New City Attorney Mara Elliott issued a March 15 memo opining that short-term vacation rentals were “not specifically defined, expressly permitted, or listed in any of the zone use categories … essentially making them illegal in residential areas.” Her memo buttressed arguments by a growing tide of detractors seeking more restrictions on, and enforcement of, short-term rentals.  - PB breweries Karl Strauss Brewing Co. and Amplified Ale Works teamed to help raise funding for the PB Pathways project to make PB more cycling- and pedestrian-friendly.  - San Diego Fire Chief Brian Fennessy refuted allegations by the life- guards’ union that a change to how water-related emergency calls was being handled slowed down lifeguard response times jeopardizing public safety. APRIL - In a complete reversal of the Lower Superior Court, the Fourth Appellate District Court of Appeal ruled construction of a long-delayed new lifeguard tower for South Mission Beach was valid and had not expired, as project opponents had claimed. A lawsuit by tower opponents contended the project was outdated and needed to start over. - A proposed Mission Beach MAD was placed on indefinite hold following push back from community residents questioning its specifics, most notably its costs and purview.  - Transforming its decades-old business model, SeaWorld San Diego, after rebranding its killer whale shows, announced it would end its nightly summer fireworks displays. - The Red Bull Air Race over San Diego bay thrilled huge crowds. - An informal meeting by PB residents outside PB Taylor Branch Library discussed “taking the park back.” - Campland on the Bay upgraded and renamed its full-service restaurant appointing Clare McKevitt as restaurant manager. - Stakeholders heard what's going on with baseline studies of existing fish and other marine species in Marine Protected Areas, including La Jolla and Pacific Beach, at a public meeting at Marina Village Conference Center. - PB Planning Group April 26 voted in favor of moving the weekly farmers market from Bayard to Garnet in the heart of the beach community's business district. - Beach residents got their last chance on April 25 to weigh-in on proposed alternatives for reclaiming marshland in Mission Bay at a fourth public workshop hosted by ReWild Mission Bay at MBHS. MAY - Fifteen years in state prison was the sentence handed down to the motorist who ran down three people in PB, causing severe brain damage to one of them.  - St. Andrews by-the Sea Episcopal Church converted part of its front lawn for garden space bolstering community gardening efforts. - Plans were announced to convert the long-dormant Mission Bay Visitor Information Center into a waterfront restaurant/event center while preserving the existing building's marine theme. The $3 million redevelopment project was dubbed Shoreline Mission Bay. - The site recently inhabited by Guy Hill Cadillac and San Diego Jet Ski Rental at 4275 Mission Bay Drive was demolished to be replaced by a three-level, mixed-use project with one level of retail/parking and 172 residential units. - The fourth annual Taste of Mission Beach progressive dinner fundraising event May 11, sponsored by Mission Beach Women’s Club, raised funds benefitting Shelter to Soldier, a non-profit that adopts dogs from rescues and trains them to be psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans suffering from PTSD. - The city kickstarted its long-delayed public planning process for the future of Fiesta Island, presenting two different options for a road bisecting the manmade island. Fiesta Island dog owners favored “Option B,” which keeps the fenced-in dog park intact, while Option A would put a road down the dog area. - May was National Hamburger Month and May 28 was National Hamburger Day. BBP profiled some of the best spots to grab a burger at the beach. - The less redevelopment the better was the takeaway from dog owners packing a May 23 scoping meeting at MBHS to hound the city about what they'd like — and not like — to see with long-range planning on Fiesta Island. JUNE - The Pacific Beach Parking Advisory Board sought public input on what visitors and residents thought about the community's parking and traffic situation via an online survey. - The city approved funding for a roundabout at troublesome Foothill Boulevard and Loring Street intersection. - MB activists lobbied to get more money in the city budget for additional summer trash pickup to combat fly infestation during the busy tourist season. - SeaWorld debuted its new education-oriented “Orca Encounter” show replacing the old Shamu shows lobbied against successfully by animal-rights activists. - PB residents began fighting back against bicycle thievery, documenting the growing illicit repurposing and resale of stolen bikes. - MBHS’s Class of 2017's graduation ceremony June 14 was an ending – and a beginning — a familiar theme cutting across speeches in the commencement program. - The iconic Coaster Saloon in MB was sold for an undisclosed sum to Davies LLC, led by David Cohn of the Cohn Restaurant Group. - Following Coastal Commission review, the City Council approved zoning changes to a slightly downscaled project, with somewhat larger park space, that would redevelop the former Mission Beach Elementary School into condominiums. - The iconic building on the corner of Garnet Avenue and Fanuel Street in PB was named The Rose Center after the late Dr. Nathaniel Rose. - Thieves were warned by SDPD during a June 29 press conference that the bait bike program was in “full effect,” and that criminals caught stealing would face certain punishment. JULY - Crystal Pier celebrated its 90th anniversary. Since it was dedicated in 1927, the landmark at 4500 Ocean Blvd. has had numerous owners, two names, a ballroom, a carnival and 270 more feet. - The public weighed-in on an environmental impact report for a Balboa Avenue trolley stop, one of nine planned for the Mid-Coast Trolley project extending trolley service 11 miles from Sante Fe Depot downtown to University City, ending at UTC and serving major activity centers including Old Town and two stops at UC San Diego. - San Diego Audubon, spearheading a wetlands reclamation effort in the city’s ongoing De Anza Revitalization Plan, credited the city for backing habitat restoration — but claimed it wasn’t enough. “What is missing is the long-term view to ensure wetlands can continue to create cleaner water, buffer communities from sea-level rise, provide habitat for wildlife and get people out in nature,” said Audubon’s Rebecca Schwartz Lesberg. AUGUST - Some PB residents near Kate Sessions Park were upset about the city's plans to sell the old 4.76-acre reservoir site in north PB, one of the beach community's last remaining developable open spaces offering views to the west. - The city and DecoBike both backed off on boardwalk bike-sharing, a sore spot with MB and PB small businesses complaining bikeshare was directly competing with them by taking away business. SEPTEMBER - Catherine Jolley, former PB Town Council president, was named Citizen of the Year for Pacific Beach. Jolley received the honor for the continued support she has provided and for the season-opening breakfast she organized for all lifeguard divisions together. - A Pacific Beach man, Matt Phillips, launched a petition drive on change.org calling for coastal churches to end homeless “feeds,” a practice rekindling public debate over whether homeless need a hand out — or a hand up. - PB Town Council held its annual heartfelt salute to local emergency workers who make a difference in the community during the Police and Emergency Services Appreciation Night (PAESAN) Sept. 27. OCTOBER - Miller's Field in PB, which celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier in the year, announced the prime retail space on Mission Boulevard was sold to Breakfast Republic, a fast-growing chain. - The annual Pacific BeachFest marked 20 years of celebration with music, beer and fish tacos along the boardwalk. - Responding to a petition drive by a PB man asking churches to stop feeding the homeless, local church leaders said the free meals are part of their mission, and a convenient way to provide outreach services to the needy. - An ongoing City of San Diego project to replace and rehabilitate aging water and sewer infrastructure led to road closures throughout PB – specifically Ingraham Street and bridge, along with other side streets in Crown Point. - Larissa Miller created Balinese-inspired PI Yoga Pants, the newest sensation in namaste apparel. - The first meeting between church leaders and concerned neighbors over problems surrounding churches feeding the homeless in PB was described by both parties as encouraging, though no action was taken. Stakeholders agreed to meet regularly. - Gordon Walker, one of San Diego's new homeless “czars,” was on the receiving end of some community angst surrounding the complex social issue during an Oct. 18 Q&A session at PB Town Council. NOVEMBER - In a tribute to late educator Maruta Garder, nonprofit beautifulPB held a multi-project, community-service day Nov. 3 cleaning throughout the beach community. - A hepatitis A outbreak had 16 cases reported in Pacific and Mission beaches, 11 in OB and Point Loma and three in La Jolla. - The City Attorney’s Office Nov. 2 defeated a lawsuit that sought to invalidate the City of San Diego’s lease of Belmont Park in Mission Beach to a company that has invested more than $20 million in improvements to the oceanfront amusement park. - A plan nearly two decades in the making to replace the decrepit West Mission Bay Drive bridge over the San Diego River was unanimously approved Nov. 14 by the City Council. The $155 million project will replace the 1950s-era four-lane bridge that connects the Midway area and Mission Bay Park with two three-lane bridges. DECEMBER - PB resident Mildred (Millie) Stuart celebrated her 100th birthday at St. Brigid Parish Hall. She has resided in the same home she and her husband built in the early ’60s. - Officials unveiled plans to spend $117 million during the next decade upgrading Mission Bay Park providing new amenities, restoring marshland and creating additional habitat for endangered species. - After more than five hours of public testimony, and an impasse among its nine members, City Council failed to approve new regulations to regulate short-term vacation rentals. - Signaling it may be time for a change, the San Diego Lifeguard Union voted overwhelmingly Dec. 6 to split from the San Diego Fire Department and become its own separate “Marine Safety Department.” - Mission Bay Park Committee voted Dec. 6 for a preferred alternative for the De Anza Revitalization Plan that pleased recreationalists but few others, especially not environmentalists who decried the decision as “token,” claiming it doesn’t do nearly enough to preserve, protect and expand native wetlands habitat.
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    Bahia Hotel’s plan to expand upsets kayakers – Mission Bay Park Committee approved the proposal Jan. 2
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jan 10, 2018 | 3926 views | 3 3 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Some neighbors and Mission Bay enthusiasts are crying foul over expansion plans by Evans Hotels to increase its footprint at Bahia Resort Hotel, which opponents claim would eliminate 170 of 270 parking spaces while decreasing public beach access. Hotelier Bill Evans said parking changes being proposed as part of Bahia’s redevelopment will reconfigure — not eliminate — existing onsite parking. San Diego Park and Recreation Board’s Mission Bay Park Committee voted near-unanimously Jan. 2 to affirm Evans Hotels’ proposed expansion and parking changes on its existing site at 998 W. Mission Bay Drive. The board concurred with the hotelier’s view that that action would be consistent with the Mission Bay Park Master Plan. “Parking will be put in approximately three, 100-space parking lots replacing the 270 spaces on Gleeson Road with 273 spaces,” Evans said. “The Mission Bay Master Plan, which guides development in the park, calls for removal of waterfront parking, and having concentrated areas of parking off Gleeson Road put in.” The Jan. 2 park board meeting drew a crowd of about 200 water users of every type. Users argued the hotel’s expansion was a commercial land grab inconsistent with the park master plan which ignores the needs of countless aquatic recreationalists. Bahia resort wants to nearly double its capacity expanding from 315 rooms to 600 rooms, while adding a 10-foot walkway and 20-foot grass area around Bahia Point park. That would necessitate shifting current public parking along Gleeson Road on the Bahia’s peninsula to other locations further from the shoreline. Opponents claimed the hotel expansion would deny public access to Bahia Point, a popular launching spot for small sailboats, kayaks and other watercraft. They argued proposed replacement parking further away from the shoreline would be a hardship on, and inconvenience for, boat owners. Those contemplated moves upset neighbors and bay users alike, three of whom — Greg Knight, Mike Waters and Scott Andrews — representing boating enthusiasts, met with Beach & Bay Press to explain their displeasure with the hotel’s plans.  “When the parks committee voted yes, it literally was like a sucker punch to the stomach,” said Mission Beach resident Knight, a kayaker. “I think they were a little surprised to see how many people showed up in opposition.” “I’m a sailor and a very large amount of the shoreline is rip-rap (rocks), which you can’t carry your boat across without at least risking a nasty fall,” said Waters, a sailboat owner. “[Evans] has purposely blocked both ends of the cove so you cannot access it,” claimed Andrews. “He sees [Bahia Point Park] as his domain. Now he’s making the power play to get it all.” “We want parking and traffic studies done,” added Andrews. Evans said he has offered to put parking in on the existing Bahia Hotel site to accommodate boating users’ needs, adding he, and his hotel’s role are being misrepresented. “I’m being depicted as a bad guy by people who haven’t read the park master plan, and that these changes have been generated by me and the hotel as part of some land grab,” Evans said. “Really, all of the proposed changes are in the park master plan document that was ratified by both the City Council and Coastal Commission (in the ’90s). Those are now legal documents guiding development in Mission Bay Park.” Andrews insists the Mission Bay Master plan is dated, arguing it is an advisory document and “not the law.” In response to the hotel’s recently announced expansion plans, Knight started a Facebook page to rally against the hotel’s expansion as proposed. “We got 500 positive responses within two days of setting up the Facebook page,” said Nelson, noting there are literally tens of thousands of local and visiting boating enthusiasts who are supportive of the opposition.
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    StefanieMG
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    January 11, 2018
    #KeepMissionBayPublic! Don't let it become a private beach for Bahia. Paddlers, parents, anyone who wants access to this PUBLIC beach should be allowed to get there easily.
    Greg Knight
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    January 11, 2018
    This is a bad plan for all of San Diego. This plan takes away park land from Bahia Point, Ventura Point, and Bonita Cove. You can visit the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/People.Against.Bahia.Land.grab/

    Please get involved to save this park. You never know what you got until it's gone.
    Gary Wonacott
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    January 14, 2018
    Please send me an email to discuss potential attendance at our MBTC board meeting.
    History, culture converge in a positively magnificent ‘Hamilton’ 
    by MARTIN JONES WESTLIN
    Jan 10, 2018 | 1180 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Chris De'Sean Lee, Jose Ramos, Wallace Smith, Miguel Cervantes of the Chicago Company of 'Hamilton.' / Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
    Chris De'Sean Lee, Jose Ramos, Wallace Smith, Miguel Cervantes of the Chicago Company of 'Hamilton.' / Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
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    It isn’t like Lin-Manuel Miranda, playwright/composer of “Hamilton: An American Musical,“ stumbled into international acclaim last week. At 27, he wrote the music and lyrics to 2008’s Tony- and Grammy-winning “In the Heights” and was nominated for that show’s Best Actor Tony.  His pedigree stretches from here to Mars, peppered with Emmys, Pulitzers, fellowships and honorary degrees more befitting a head of state than a guy of letters. In the case of “Hamilton,” the Broadway San Diego entry running through Jan. 28 at downtown’s Civic Theatre, he’s both – such is his brilliant portrayal of a newborn United States and his unparalleled command of modern culture in informing it. This rap- and street-infused story of America’s tempestuous founding, centering on Alexander Hamilton’s rebellion against British rule and his installment as the country’s first secretary of the Treasury, is absolutely everything everybody’s been raving about since its Broadway opening in 2015.  Calling this a history play is like calling Washington National Cathedral a neighborhood parish. And calling it musical theater doesn’t quite describe its place as a legitimate treatise on nation-building, especially when the builders are set adrift in a country without a world.  The U.S. is an immigrant nation in the extreme here, with twentysomething West Indies native Hamilton emerging as a great Revolutionary military leader and capturing George Washington’s attention in 1777. Four years later, victory over England brought its own hardships as the fledgling nation flailed about in its attempt to assuage its leaders’ egos – chiefly those of Hamilton and Vice President Aaron Burr, whose views on the new country’s direction morphed into a bitter litany of personal attacks. In fact, Al is a bit of a cad here, whose arrogance and headstrong demeanor color a chronic overachiever – precisely the dominant traits of the nation to come. The music and lyrics cartwheel and bodyslam off the stage accordingly, rife with the urgency feted by at least one standardbearer of the national mien.     “In this telling,” Barack Obama declared in welcoming the Broadway cast to the White House in May of 2016, “rap is the language of revolution. Hip-hop is the backbeat. In each brilliantly crafted song, we hear the debates that shaped our nation, and we hear the debates that are still shaping our nation. We feel the fierce, youthful energy that animated the men and women of Hamilton’s generation. . . with a cast as diverse as America itself . . .” “Raise a glass to the four of us; tomorrow, there’ll be more of us.” “These are wise words; enterprising men quote ‘em; don’t act surprised, you guys, ‘cuz I wrote ‘em.” The lyrics seamlessly and relentlessly bend and reassemble amid Austin Scott’s Hamilton, Ryan Vasquez’s Burr, Rory O’Malley’s putzy King George and Jordan Donica’s outstanding Thomas Jefferson, sanctioning Julian Reeve’s music direction and Andy Blankenbuehler’s torrid choreography.  Meanwhile, director Thomas Kail and scene designer David Korins have everything to work with amid Broadway San Diego’s outstanding technical traditions. It took Miranda about seven years to write this script and its 34 tunes, inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography “Alexander Hamilton.” What followed is a colossal, stark-raving miracle. Not since “Wicked” has one show galvanized the public behind an issues-driven message; and arguably, not since the country’s founding has the theater embraced a retrospective in so consummately definitive a light.  This country is the most successful multiracial experiment in human history – with “Hamilton,” it boasts a work of art whose ferocity marks the character of its inheritors and, ideally, their successors.   Martin Jones Westlin is a theater critic at San Diego Story and a San Diego Community Newspaper Group editor emeritus. This review is based on the Jan. 9 press opening performance. “Hamilton” runs through Jan. 28 at Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. $340-$800. broadwaysd.com, 619-564-3000.
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