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    OB Brewery pale ale wins gold medal, named 'small brewpub of the year' at beer festival
    Sep 25, 2018 | 991 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    B.L.A.S.T. – OB Brewery’s 6 ounce swordfish filet, with bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato, spicy aioli and served on toasted Bread & Cie ciabatta bun with fries. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    B.L.A.S.T. – OB Brewery’s 6 ounce swordfish filet, with bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato, spicy aioli and served on toasted Bread & Cie ciabatta bun with fries. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Just Beet It – OB Brewery’s roasted garlic and beet hummus, with pine nuts and grilled pita for dipping. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Just Beet It – OB Brewery’s roasted garlic and beet hummus, with pine nuts and grilled pita for dipping. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Ocean Beach Brewery captured a gold medal recently at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver with B.Right On Pale Ale (gold medal), an American-style pale ale. “It’s the first beer I’d ever brewed at OB Brewery,” brewmaster John Millea said. “It’s a pale ale that I’m pretty proud of and we were lucky enough to score the gold medal. I was pretty stoked.” It was one of the most-entered categories in the competition with 170 entrants. What makes the win more impressive is that the brewery was only opened in July 2016. OB Brewery was also recognized as the "small brewpub of the year." Last year, OB Brewery brought home silver for its Hidden Gem, a German-style wheat beer.
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    Governor signs no-helmet bill for motorized scooters
    Sep 25, 2018 | 4705 views | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Motorized scooter riders cruise down the boardwalk in Mission Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Motorized scooter riders cruise down the boardwalk in Mission Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill absolving adults from being required to wear helmets on electric scooters on city streets. Dockless vehicle company Bird backed the no-helmet law, AB 2989, which also permits scooters to be on streets with speed limits up to 35 mph. State law currently bans scooters on streets with speed limits exceeding 25 mph. Gov. Brown also signed AB 3077, which allows people under age 18, who’ve been cited for not wearing a bicycle helmet, to correct the violation within four months by attending a bicycle safety course and proving they now have a correct-fitting helmet. Both laws take effect Jan. 1, 2019.
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    Does anyone know if this new law relates to 50cc (and under) scooters as well?
    Ocean Beach MainStreet Association members invited to art show to celebrate organization’s 40 years
    Sep 25, 2018 | 360 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Ocean Beach Street Fair in 1985.
    Ocean Beach Street Fair in 1985.
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    An organization that began with brooms and dustpans in 1978 has become a force in Ocean Beach, putting on some of San Diego’s largest and most-beloved events. The Ocean Beach MainStreet Association is celebrating 40 years of community involvement from residents and leaders in the business community, and is inviting all members to a month of celebration and a special Sundowner event to cap it off. On Oct. 5, the Culture Brewing Tasting Room (4845 Newport Ave.) will feature the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association as the “Artist of the Month,” featuring OB memorabilia and a timeline of OBMA’s growth and community involvement since 1978. That event, honoring the art itself, runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and the art will hang throughout October. The event will feature a large Ocean Beach logo photo mosaic made of hundreds of smaller photos of our beautiful neighborhood, past OBMA T-shirts, and a video presentation highlighting the milestones of the organization. On Oct. 25, OBMA members are invited down to Culture Brewing for a special edition of the monthly Sundowner mixer. Members will receive limited-edition membership pins and can mingle with other OBMA members. Events like the OB Street Fair, OB Oktoberfest and the much-loved weekly OB Farmers Market are all staples of what Ocean Beach MainStreet Association brings to the community every year, but it didn’t start so big. In 1978, a group of volunteers saw sand and rubbish piling up in the business district and decided to do something about it. Out came the brooms to sweep the sidewalk, and OBMA was born. In 1978, the group boasted just 25 members, only three of which (The Black, Pacific Shores and Ocean Beach Hardware) are still in business. Today, a whopping 523 members in the 92107, 92106 and 92110 ZIP codes are proud to be members of the association. View the OBMA Timeline at oceanbeachsandiego.com/mainstreet-association/timeline.
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    Volunteers collect 130,000 pounds of trash at annual Coastal Cleanup Day
    Sep 17, 2018 | 21457 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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    Proposed bike lane on West Point Loma Avenue causes controversy
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Sep 13, 2018 | 13898 views | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The City is considering adding bike paths to West Point Loma Avenue, which would reduce parking spaces. (Above) A bicyclist and person using a motorized scooter cross Midway Drive while heading west on West Point Loma Avenue.  		THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
    The City is considering adding bike paths to West Point Loma Avenue, which would reduce parking spaces. (Above) A bicyclist and person using a motorized scooter cross Midway Drive while heading west on West Point Loma Avenue. THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
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    A battle is brewing over putting a protected bike path along West Point Loma Avenue between Nimitz and Sports Arena boulevards. The City has outlined its plans in an Aug. 20 letter from Esmerelda Y. White, associate engineer in the City’s Transportation and Storm Water Department, sent out to residents in the affected area as part of a parking removal survey for the proposed new bike lane.  The letter points out that the City, in coordination with the ongoing Pacific Beach Pipeline South project, has an opportunity to add bicycle facilities along West Point Loma Boulevard between Rue D Orleans (east) and Sports Arena Boulevard, in accordance with the City of San Diego Bicycle Master Plan, to connect with the existing bicycle network along West Point Loma and Sports Arena boulevards. White’s letter reads that the project will involve providing six feet of bike lanes with two-foot buffers “that will benefit bicyclists traveling on West Point Loma Boulevard. By establishing bike lanes, this project will enhance existing transportation facilities for both bicyclists and motorists. The bike lanes will allow cyclists to move at their own pace, help define road space for bikes, motorists and transit and promote a more orderly flow of traffic.” White’s letter added that bike lanes tend to have a “traffic-calming effect resulting in slower speeds.” Her letter does, however, state there is a trade-off with putting in new bike lanes. “To establish bike lanes within the existing roadway, some on-street parking on West Point Loma Boulevard will be removed.” Two Peninsula Community Planning Board members, and one cycling enthusiast, weighed-in on the proposed West Point Loma bike-lane addition. “I have no objection to the addition of bike lanes, per se,” said PCPB board member David Dick. “I am totally opposed to any effort to impose a ‘road diet’ on this [or any] stretch of West Point Loma Boulevard to accommodate them.” Dick said the impact of the loss of on-street parking “should be carefully considered and the opinions of those most likely to be impacted given due consideration.” At a recent PCPB meeting on the subject, Dick suggested the City “Place notices on the windshields of vehicles parked along the affected stretch of West Point Loma Boulevard, on a couple of occasions, to make sure due notice is given to those most likely to feel the impact of lost parking.” Fellow PCPB planner Sarah Moga Alemany, said: “I want to learn more about the plan and see more information about how removing the parking spaces would affect residents. I think it’s important to make our community more walkable and bike friendly so we can get more cars off the road.” Added Moga Alemany: “I want to support plans that make it easier for residents to walk or bike safely to restaurants, stores, etc. I’m hoping this plan will take us in the right direction. The current traffic situation is horrible, and we need to look at other options.” Of the new bike-lane proposal, District 2 representative for City of San Diego’s Bicycle Advisory Board Nicole Burgess, said: “The question should not be whether a bicycle facility is approved, but rather what kind of bicycle facility, and how it happens… Either remove parking spaces for a dedicated Class II bike lane, or implement a road diet to provide a separated Class IV bikeway and maintain parking.”   Burgess added that the City “should implement a safe bicycle facility as noted in the Bicycle Master Plan. Implementing a safe and comfortable bicycle facility is also a Vision Zero Strategy for Safety, and the City should incorporate best practices to ensure this corridor is improved with the current resurfacing project.” Burgess noted this type of corridor with multiple lanes of high vehicular speeds over 35 mph is identified “as one of the most dangerous types of roadways and should definitely be required to provide a separated facility for people who want to bike. This is an extremely important corridor for the residents and businesses in the area and the people who access this area by bike and foot.” 
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    Pro bike lane, but even more pro resurfacing this mess of a stretch of roadway. Get it done already
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