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    Urban gardens sprout in Point Loma during quarantine
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jun 30, 2020 | 25643 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Urban gardeners David Achaerandio, Bridget Cantu Wear, and Byron Wear.
    Urban gardeners David Achaerandio, Bridget Cantu Wear, and Byron Wear.
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    Urban gardening has become a trend that an increasing number of San Diego residents are pursuing, especially during the pandemic. And the City is helping out, having just debuted a new website, sandiego.gov/urban-farmingthat provides information and assistance for those wishing to become successful urban farmers.

    As more people are spending time at home due to Covid-19 public health orders, urban farming has seen an uptick in popularity. And the City is making resources available to support San Diegans in turning their sod into seed.

    Dr. Julie Cramer, who lives near Sunset Cliffs and has been home gardening for years, finds her front-yard garden to be not only filling but fulfilling.

    “It’s become a conversation opener with neighbors in addition to growing good food for ourselves and contributing food to others,” said Cramer, who is involved with her son, Avery, in a venture known as Co-Harvest Foundation, a nonprofit working to help end food-insecurity in San Diego. 

    “You need the offline time to think,” said Byron Wear of the appeal of his front-yard garden in old Roseville. “You come out and work in your garden and you have nice neighbors to talk to. You just feel good.”

    Having your garden is also handy, noted Wear, who grows an assortment of lettuce, herbs and spices, beefsteak tomatoes, finger carrots, and especially beets.

    “It’s like having a refrigerator,” he joked. “You want to have a salad tonight? OK, go on down and get some romaine.”

    Avery Cramer, a 2013 Point Loma High alumni, founded his nonprofit as a way to “better serve our communities with healthy produce while helping eliminate poverty and the environmental degradation resulting from industrial agriculture.”

    He added Co-Harvest “connects all communities by accessing previously unused, arable land and establishing a new avenue for philanthropy, food sovereignty, and community building. When looking at poverty in America, it becomes all too clear that food insecurity is at the crux of this issue.

    “The food we eat is at the core of our mental/physical health, and we must promote a food system that focuses on the needs of individual communities. Our position is simple; cheap/sustainable/healthy food is not only necessary for humans but also the betterment of the world's ecosystems.”

    Julie Cramer donates a portion of her crop to Avery, who then “repurposes” it sending it the food needy.

    Starting your urban garden is simpler, and less expensive, than you might think if you’re resourceful, said Wear.

    “I got free lumber on Craig’s List and I had the pieces pressure treated so I wouldn’t have to deal with water rot,” he said.

    Concerning the origin of his urban garden, Wear said, “This plot was full of pickleweed and we said we’d be willing, at our cost, to take that out and put in a garden and have it open for the neighborhood where anybody could grab anything.”

    Julie Cramer noted urban gardening is the perfect activity to engage in during the pandemic.

    “It’s a talking point, and it helps to build community,” she said, adding it’s natural for social distancing. “You don’t have to be close to people when you’re talking to them about your garden here in the middle of the coronavirus,” she added.

    Cramer cited numerous advantages to growing your veggies.

    “Frankly, it just tastes better,” she claimed. “And there’s less wasting of food, as you don’t have to store it in the refrigerator. You just pick it as you need it, and it continues to grow.”

    If you work your garden right, said Wear, “You are going to produce more than what it was worth. It’s a wonderful thing to do. And the weather here is perfect.”

    Cramer, who is now largely working from home, noted her garden is not only an “investment,” but provides a “really nice balance” to working at home both inside and out.

    “It’s a good way to go out and relax,” she said. “And putting the garden out front contributes to neighborliness. It’s been very positive.”

    Urban farming is not only natural but progressive, concluded Avery Cramer.

    “The need to transport a majority of our food thousands of miles is outdated and lacks the 21st-century innovation that enables industries to thrive using up-to-date technology and avant-garde practices,” he said.

    “Our inability to look beyond cookie-cutter households with lawns has led to a society where people live in large homes but are unable to nutritionally sustain their families. Food insecurity should not be a problem in areas where year-round growing seasons are available.”

    For more information, visit SDCoHarvest.com.

    URBAN COMMUNITY GARDENS 

    There are numerous urban community gardens throughout Point Loma from which to choose. 

    Here are two:

    Ocean Beach Community Garden 

    Steven Bladen, the membership coordinator for this high-profile community garden at 2351 Soto St., is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance to qualify each year for a permit to utilize the land.

    “It’s at the end Soto near Collier Park up the hill from Nimitz Boulevard,” said Bladen, noting working guidelines for the garden’s use are at sandiego.gov. “It was founded by a group of Ocean Beach residents during the early ’70s. I believe the land used to be a parking lot for their parks' equipment.”

    Pointing out garden plots presently number 52 with an average size of 200 square feet, Bladen said most gardeners “are families or couples.”

    Regarding gardening, Bladen said, “You do a six-month agreement, several pages, including some City terminology and indemnification.”

    Is there a waiting list for plots?

    “For sure,” said Bladen who is one of a five-member governing board overseeing the community garden’s active plots.

    “It’s very much geared toward growing vegetables and flowers,” said Bladen, adding, “You’re not allowed to grow things and sell them commercially at places like a farmers market. The purpose is for residents to grow their vegetables for their use. That’s the focus here."

    Find out more information about OB Community Garden on Facebook. 

    OB Woman’s Club Garden 

    The women tending Ocean Beach Woman’s Club community garden, who are renters paying for use of the space, don’t need any help maintaining it. The garden at 2160 Bacon St. remains a community attraction and a source of local pride.

    “We have individual plots that are rented out for a six-month basis,” said Valerie Tuck, Woman’s Club garden manager. “All but one of the nine gardeners are members of the club. It's 100% organic and everyone has their own thing going on. 

    “There are strawberries, all kinds of tomatoes, lettuces. Some folks have flowers, squash, zucchini, peppers of all kinds. There are also a few birdbaths and seed out for our feathered friends. We have three massive rain tanks that see us through until summer.”

    Added Tuck: “The parrots love all the sunflowers. We take donations, in fact, a couple of months ago a few of us were gardening and a local walked by and said she has seedlings to give if we wanted. She was just bored during quarantine and didn't have anywhere to plant them. Of course, we took them.”

    Contact the Woman’s Club at [email protected] or visit oceanbeachwomansclub.org

    MOST POPULAR TO GROW IN HOME GARDENS

    • Tomatoes

    • Cucumbers

    • Sweet peppers

    • Green beans

    • Carrots

    • Summer squash

    • Onions

    • Hot peppers

     

     

     

     

     

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    Quick actions from SDPD officer helped save crash victims at Sunset Cliffs
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jun 29, 2020 | 4735 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    San Diego Police officer Jonathan Wiese with Gucci. JIM GRANT/PENINSULA BEACON
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    It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience against one-in-a-million odds.

    That’s how San Diego Police officer Jonathan Wiese characterized his harrowing rescue on June 13 of a man who drove off Sunset Cliffs with his twin 2-year-old daughters inside his truck. All three miraculously survived thanks to Wiese’s quick thinking and herculean efforts.

    It wasn’t the first time the 43-year-old Wiese, a 22-year police veteran who works the canine unit, was involved in an emergency. He was involved in arresting the shooter at a Poway synagogue a year ago.

    A father of two young children himself, Wiese was patrolling with his dog in mid-City during the night shift about 4:30 a.m. when a call came in of a man who’d taken his toddlers in his truck and said he would drive off the Coronado Bridge.

    So Wiese broke for Coronado. “I was thinking, maybe I can talk to him, change his mind, talk him out of it,” he said, adding the man was believed to have a handgun.

    Wiese camped out at Coronado. “I don’t know if he saw me or what but he never showed up,” he said, adding he was unaware the truck driver had changed course for OB.

    Meanwhile, a police lieutenant from Western Division was patrolling down Hill Street near Sunset Cliffs and had spotted the suspect’s vehicle parked on that street with its brake lights on.

    “The truck started pulling away at a high rate of speed then goes over the cliff,” said Wiese, recalling his first thought was, ‘Please, tell me he dropped those girls off.’”

    Wiese drove his patrol car up to the cliff edge alongside the lieutenant’s car. “We looked down, 50 or 60 feet, and the truck was upside down in the water and the whole cab was submerged and I thought, ‘There’s no way they could have survived.’”

    But then he thought, “What if they’re stuck inside the truck?”

    It was high tide, with lots of rocks, making swimming out difficult. Then it occurred to Wiese that he might use his dog’s leash to rappel down the side of the cliff. Looking down, Wiese could see that the guy was out of the truck in the water with at least one of his girls. In the meantime, several other police had arrived at the scene. So Wiese took this 100-foot leash, unraveled it. wrapped it around himself underneath his armpits tethering one end to other officers on the clifftop who were securing it.

    “I’m going to do it,” said Wiese who began rappelling backward down the cliff eventually ending up on the rocks below. “I was slipping, falling and wobbling like a newborn deer,” Wiese said. “I could see that the man had both girls out of the truck and was in the water with them.”

    Wiese swam out to them noting one toddler had her arms wrapped around her dad’s neck, while the other appeared lifeless. “I needed to get all of them out,” noted Wiese, whose idea was to latch on to all three to push them all to shore.

    It was then that a firefighter, who’d shown up with an engine, stripped down to his shorts and swam out to assist Wiese with the rescue, taking the more seriously injured of the two girls from him. But, pointed out Wiese, “I still had this guy I was worried about who’d tried to commit suicide.”

    Just then a lifeguard on a paddle board showed up to take the unresponsive girl to shore while Wiese stayed with the suspect. “He (suspect) was mad and kept cursing about his wife,” he said. “I asked him where the girls were in the car and he said, ‘On my lap.’ He’d had both girls without seat belts on his lap when he drove over the cliff, which was probably the only thing that saved them because the (rest of the) cab was completely crushed and submerged and they would have been dead if they’d been (strapped) in car seats.”

    Another obstacle to be surmounted was getting both injured girls up the cliff face to the paramedics up top. One of the officers on the clifftop attached a backpack to the same leash Wiese had used to rappel down.

    “The second (less-injured) girl didn’t want to go in the backpack, what kid would want to?,” Wiese said, adding a helicopter arrived that subsequently picked up the man, who’d been in shock and was bleeding and complaining of back pain. “We put him in a harness and the helicopter transported him up to the cliff to the paramedics.”

    Wiese’s reaction when it was all over was, “Holy cow, what just happened? It was crazy.”

    He said it seemed like the whole incident had only taken five or 10 minutes, when it actually was more like 1 ½ hours.

    Reflecting back, Wiese said, “Dad mode is what put me there and pushed me over the cliff. It hits you a lot harder when something hits closer to him. This is the craziest thing I’ve ever done, and hope never to do again.”

    The Marine veteran was already scheduled to be awarded officer of the year for the role he played in arresting the Poway synagogue shooter a year ago, which has been delayed by the pandemic until July 31.

    “I guess I’m trying to live up to what they’re going to give me, make sure they had the right guy,” Wiese said.

    The suspect, Robert Brians, 47, has been charged in a 13-count criminal complaint with child abuse, making criminal threats, child abduction and burglary. He is being held without bail and is due back in court July 22 for a readiness conference. The girls were hospitalized in stable condition following the crash.

     

     

     

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    DAILY BRIEFING – Guided kayak tours in La Jolla, SD Fair food available at Del Mar Fairgrounds, Catamaran Spa opens
    Jun 27, 2020 | 320487 views | 0 0 comments | 229 229 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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    A round-up of news, community, and business briefs from sdnews.com highlighting what’s happening in our community.

    Saturday, June 27

     

    GUIDED KAYAK TOURS
    Everyday California is holding eco-friendly guided kayak tours that take you through the La Jolla Ecological Reserve, which boasts one of the highest concentrations of sea life in the entire state. The tour explores La Jolla’s Seven Sea Caves and offers a unique, close-up glimpse of local wildlife including sea lions and the California state fish, the bright orange Garibaldi. In addition to kayak tours, Everyday California provides snorkel tours, stand up paddle boarding lessons, surf lessons and ocean equipment rentals.

     

    PEARL HOTEL REOPENS
    The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma has reopened, unveiling property-wide renovations and new health and safety guidelines. Operated by Casetta Group, the 23-room boutique hotel has been redesigned to celebrate its 1960s aesthetic paired with Casetta’s philosophy of sustainability without compromising style. In addition to the hotel, onsite restaurant Charles + Dinorah underwent a refresh and has relaunched with a new summer menu.
    There will be dinner and a movie event Thursday, July 9 at 8 p.m. inspired by the evening’s featured film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Dressing like Audrey Hepburn encouraged. Call 619-226-6100 or email [email protected] to make a reservation.

     

    SD MUSEUM OF ART REOPENS JULY 9
    The San Diego Museum of Art will reopen its doors to the general public Thursday, July 9. Museum members will receive early access to the Museum on July 6 and 7 beginning at 10 a.m. To ensure the health and well-being of its visitors and following the City of San Diego’s guidance, the museum will operate at a reduced visitor capacity and has implemented new safety protocols. All staff and visitors will be required to wear face masks, follow physical distancing measures and pass a non-invasive temperature screening to gain entry into the museum.
    “Our incredible staff has been working diligently to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all visitors. I am thrilled to be able to welcome the community back into the galleries,” said Roxana Velásquez, Maruja Baldwin executive director at The San Diego Museum of Art. “We’re delighted to present the new exhibition Juan Sánchez Cotán and Cauleen Smith: Mystical Time and Deceptive Light, and the extension of the extraordinary Bouguereau & America through Aug. 2.” For more information on The San Diego Museum of Art’s reopening policies visit sdmart.org/reopening.

     

    GET YOUR FAIR FOOD FIX
    Weekends this summer just got a whole lot tastier with more fair food vendors added to the Fair Food Fix mix at the Del Mar Fairgrounds through Labor Day. Sure, there’s no fair this year, but that’s no reason for your taste buds to suffer if you’ve been craving a heaping mound of cheese-slathered Tasti Chips, powdered-sugary-goodness Funnel Cakes and a giant turkey leg.
    At the Fair Food Fix, you’ll find 10 vendors like Chicken Charlie’s, Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls, Dole Whip, Kettle Corn and more. Take a peek at their menus and head over for a tasty drive-thru experience. Hours are: noon-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays on weekends through Labor Day, Sept. 7. Enter the main parking lot on Jimmy Durante Blvd.; there is no charge for entry. You’ll purchase food directly from each vendor. 

     

    TWO SPAS REOPEN
    The Catamaran Spa in Mission Beach at 3999 Mission Blvd. reopened on Friday, June 26 and The Spa at Torrey Pines at 11480 North Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla will reopen Wednesday, July 1. In addition to already strict cleaning standards, both spas have introduced additional sanitation protocols and curated treatment menus that allow guests to experience much-deserved relaxation in a safe environment.

     

    HERRINGBONE, SEARSUCKER REOPEN
    Searsucker in the Gaslamp Quarter and Herringbone in La Jolla will resume operations and are now accepting reservations with reduced capacity. Herringbone is scheduled to reopen on Thursday, July 2 with Searsucker following the day after on Friday, July 3 ahead of the three-day holiday weekend. Both restaurants are portfolio brands of global hospitality company, Hakkasan Group, based in Las Vegas.
    Herringbone’s renowned “fish meats field” menu is anchored by its ocean-to-table concept of line-caught fish, fresh seafood, and fresh produce every day. Herringbone’s happy hour is scheduled daily from 4 to 6 p.m. and all night every Monday.

     

    LJCC HOSTS DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS
    La Jolla Community Center’s Distinguished Speaker Series will continue in July and August. These online "zoom" events are free and open to the public. Participants must pre-register by visiting ljcommunitycenter.org. Distinguished Speaker Series: Tuesday, July 14, 10-11 a.m. Speaker: Jacopo Annese, Ph.D., director of the brain observatory and lead scientist for the Human Brain Library (HBL), a database of brain images that supports education and collaboration world-wide.
    Tuesday, Aug. 11, 10-11 a.m. Speaker: Dr. Eric David Adler, board-certified cardiologist and medical director of heart transplant and mechanical circulatory support at UC San Diego Health to discuss heart transplants and the 2019 heart transplant of LJCC board member Glen Rasmussen, who will also be on this zoom event. 
    Special Class Offering: How to Un-Stuff Your Life, by nationally-acclaimed speaker and author Andrew Mellen Introductory Session (30-minutes) on Tuesday, July 21, 10-10:30 a.m.; five week course begins Tuesday, July 28 through Tuesday Aug, 25; 10-11 a.m. Called "the most organized man in America," Mellen has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies and helped more than 100,000 people get and stay organized.

     

    THE LOMA CLUB FOURTH
    The Loma Club at 2960 Truxtun Road in liberty Station is celebrating Independence Day from 6 to 9 p.m. The Loma Club is a mainstay community haunt showcasing a 9-hole walking course and clubhouse. This Independence Day, guests are invited to bring their picnic blankets and enjoy an evening on the green, jamming out to live music by Marc Fisher and enjoying food and drink specials. The Loma Club will be marking spaces six-feet apart on the deck and grass, encouraging utmost safety for this all-American picnic experience.

    Tuesday, June 23

    CROWN POINT ELEMENTARY FIELD CLOSED
    The City has responded to queries from PB residents as to why Crown Point Elementary, a joint-use facility between the City Parks Department and San Diego Unified School District, is closed.
    “Joint-use fields throughout the City were closed in response to state and local health orders as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said City spokesperson Tim Graham. “As the City begins to gradually reopen, the Parks and Recreation Department is working with SDUSD to reopen all of its joint-use fields via phased approach. It is anticipated that all of the City’s joint-use fields will be reopened by June 30.

    NO LA JOLLA FIREWORKS
    “The fire marshal will not be issuing permits for fireworks displays this Fourth of July in San Diego,” said Deborah Marengo, who has organized La Jolla’s annual Cove Independence Day fireworks for years. “So all displays have been canceled. La Jolla Community Fireworks will be planning for 2021.”
    For its first quarter-century, the annual La Jolla Cove fireworks display, begun by La Jolla restaurateur George Hauer in 1985, went almost without a hitch. Then came legal challenges alleging environmental damage to the ocean from the annual coastal, one-day pyrotechnic display.
    After Hauer stepped back relinquishing control of the event, it was saved by the formation of a grassroots group, the La Jolla Community Fireworks Foundation. Spearheaded by Marengo, LJCF worked for years to raise the approximately $60,000 — and rising — cost of staging an annual community fireworks display.

    TASTE AT THE COVE CANCELED
    The 19th annual Taste at the Cove benefiting The San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation planned for Sept. 10 has been canceled, and will return in 2021 for a 20th anniversary Taste at the Cove. With rising unemployment and uncertainty at schools more families could face financial ruin due to medical costs. With your help, SDSMF will continue to care for those youth in need. Founded in 2002, the San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation was established to fill an existing health care gap for the youth of San Diego. For more information, visit sdsmf.com.

    DEL MAR FAIRGROUNDS CUTTING STAFF
    Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent ban on mass gatherings, the 22nd District Agricultural Association|Del Mar Fairgrounds has suffered severe financial losses to its income streams. Specifically, from March through May, revenues were down 66 percent. Combined with the postponement of the San Diego County Fair and no patrons for this year’s summer horse racing meet, revenues are estimated to be down 92 percent by the end of the summer.
    Mass gatherings equate to 90 percent of the 22nd DAA’s revenue base. Since the Fairgrounds has been unable to host events due to the ban on mass gatherings, the 22nd DAA must reduce its current permanent, civil service staffing by approximately 58 percent. For community members who want to help save the Del Mar Fairgrounds, visit saveyourfairgrounds.com. 

    GROUPS PROVIDE FAMILY DIAPERS
    On Tuesday, June 23, San Diego for Every Child and the First 5 Commission of San Diego, with volunteers from YMCA Childcare Resource Service, will assist with the distribution of over 1,200 cases of diapers to six child-serving organizations representing all regions of the County: Chicano Federation; Child Development Associates; Educational Enrichment Systems, Inc.; Home-Start, Inc.; Neighborhood House Association; and South Bay Community Services.
    Families in need of diaper assistance not already participating in programming are asked to call the social services hotline 2-1-1 for a diaper distribution hub near their residence. The San Diego Food Bank supplies diapers to 55 diaper distribution hubs throughout San Diego County. To stay up-to-date on upcoming distribution efforts to fight hunger and health inequality in San Diego, follow San Diego Food Bank’s social media channels, and follow news and updates at sandiegofoodbank.org. Tax-deductible donations of any size are welcome to the San Diego COVID-19 Children’s Fund at sandiegoforeverychild.org/covid19/.

    Friday, June 19 

    KITTENS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION
    Sprinkle some joy into your life with a fun and frolicking kitten. The San Diego County Department of Animal Services is hoping to find forever homes for several litters who are now available and in the weeks ahead. From now through October every year, underage kittens pour through the shelter doors.
    Currently, Animal Services is only offering Touchless Adoptions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect both the public and shelter staff. Please do not come to either of the shelters without first calling 619-767-2675 to make an appointment. 
    Potential adopters are asked to browse Animal Service’s website for available kittens, cats and more, then fill out an application for the animal(s) they want and email it to [email protected]
    Animal Services staff will contact people in the order their application was received and conduct the adoption process over the phone. Once the lucky person is approved to adopt a new furry family member, they will be scheduled for an appointment to come to one of the shelter locations to pick up the kitten, cat or other animal.

     

    LA JOLLA BEACH CLEANUP
    The Barber Tract Neighborhood Association is joining others in participating in the I Love a Clean San Diego Creek to Bay Cleanup. A deep cleaning will be performed on beach and adjoining street areas from Marine Street to Palomar Avenue in La Jolla on Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. This event will count as one of the BTNA Adopt a Beach events and will supplant the event on the BTNA calendar scheduled for July 5. Buckets, gloves and other items will be provided for volunteers.

     

    POINT BREAK REOPENS IN PB
    Situated at 945 Garnet Ave., Break Point has officially reopened its doors to the public for dine-in. The expansive beach spot returns with a full food and drink menu, and newly reopened bowling lanes. From share plates to full entrees, guests can bowl and snack on dishes such as Buffalo Chicken Fries, Candy Apple Salad, and Carne Asada Tacos. Drink selections include a medley of beer, wine and specialty cocktail options, with highlight cocktails including the Lucky Strike and the Spare Collins –a gin based libation embellished with elder flower liqueur, fresh lemon, cumber and mint!

     

    MTS APPROVES LOWERING BUS, TROLLEY FINES
    A pilot program reducing fines and offering alternative payment including community service for fare violators has been approved by the Metropolitan Transit System’s board. The new fare diversion program, starting in September, will reduce citations for lack of fares to $25, to be paid within 120 days. Citations not paid within that period will be moved to criminal court where additional fines may be charged.
    Those unable to pay will have the option of doing three to four hours of community service with the San Diego Food Bank or other organizations approved by MTS. In a statement MTS said the new fare diversion pilot program was instituted to provide more flexibility for passengers cited for not having a valid fare on buses and trolleys.

     

    SEALS LACROSSE AND CBD TEAM UP
    The San Diego Seals, who play their home games at Pechanga Arena San Diego in the Midway District, became the first professional lacrosse team and first National Lacrosse League team to formalize a partnership with a CBD (cannabidiol) manufacturer, announcing a multi-year partnership with NanoCraft CBD.
    “With its athlete-first approach and proven commitment to safety, quality and accuracy, NanoCraft CBD is a leader in the growing CBD industry,” said Steve Govett, San Diego Seals president. “We are proud to partner with NanoCraft CBD to help our athletes and to provide a fully-vetted CBD option. The Seals and I officially welcome NanoCraft CBD to our growing family.”

    Friday, June 19

    SUMMER BEACH BONFIRE JUNE 20
    A celebration of summer beach bonfire with sunset yoga, music, and sound healing will be held Saturday, June 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. on South Mission Beach south of Tower 10 at Brighton Court and Ocean Front Walk. San Diego BIG and Strength in the City is partnering to bring you this special event. Yoga is at 6 p.m. Sound healing is at 7 p.m. Bonfire and music commences at 8 p.m. The after-party starts at 9 p.m.

    CITY BALLET HOSTS VIRTUAL DANCE
    City Ballet's newest ballet on June 20, “The Dark Room Series,” is four dance works separated in choreographic design and musical composition. They are related by the people dancing them. “We are all united in our need to craft movement with music to express and exercise the deepest parts of ourselves,” said Geoff Gonzalez.
    City Ballet School will reopen for in-person classes Monday, June 22, barring a major surge in virus cases, a decrease in hospital availability, or a decrease in testing availability prior to that date. We are allowed to reopen with adaptations such as:

     

    • More frequent hand washing by students and instructors.

    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

    • All staff and students will practice social distancing.

    • All staff and students will have their temperature checked upon arrival. Those with a temperature of 100 degrees or more will be immediately sent home.

    • Classes will not exceed a group of 10 or 15.

    • No guests allowed in the lobby.

    • Roof vents will be open to allow fresh ocean air in the studios.

    • All students and staff will wear face coverings.

     

    To register for open classes, and get more info, call 858-274-6058 Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or email [email protected].

     

    FLEET SCIENCE CENTER TO REOPEN
    The Fleet Science Center will reopen the building to guests to explore the exhibit galleries and IMAX films. The Fleet will reopen for Fleet members only on Wednesday, July 1, and Thursday, July 2. Followed by reopening to the general public on Friday, July 3. Guided by the recommendations of state, city, and county public health officials and the input from employees and members, the Fleet Science Center has developed a comprehensive plan to welcome employees, volunteers, and visitors safely into the building.
    The Fleet will monitor the efficacy of these guidelines in real-time and make further adjustments as needed:

     

    • All visitors ages 2 and up, employees and volunteers are required to wear a mask or face covering and practice physical distancing while in the building.

    • Increased frequency of sanitization with hospital-grade Protexis Electrostatic Disinfecting Sprayers throughout the day. High-traffic areas will close for 10 minutes for a deep clean.

    • The Heikoff Giant Dome Theater will be open with reduced capacity. Every other row will be blocked off and require three empty seats in between people in different households. 

    • Kid City will be open for 5 and under friends with additional cleanings several times a day. Sanitizing stations have been installed and maximum capacity is set to 12 people (adults and kids) at a time. 

    • Some exhibits may be set up in different areas to provide more space for exploration. 

    • In order to reduce time standing in line, online ticket purchases are encouraged. 

    • The Craveology Café and North Star Science Store processes have been updated in compliance with County public health restaurant and retail guidelines.

    • For a full list of health and safety protocols, visit fleetscience.org/health-safety

     

    CBRE WINS AWARD FOR SAN YSIDRO BORDER PROJECT
    CBRE announced its Project Management Division has won a Construction Management Association of America Award for the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Phase II project at the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego.
    Bill Slaybaugh and Alberto Vela of CBRE | Heery led the 127,400 square-foot, $160 million redevelopment project from 2015-2019. The Phase II portion of the project was directly related to the east pedestrian entry into the United States from Mexico. The redevelopment involved significant demolition of existing structures, construction of replacement facilities, and the historical renovation of a 1932 Customs House, including a new second-story addition to facilitating processing for Mexico-bound travelers.
    The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry is the busiest land border port of entry in the United States, processing an average of 70,000 northbound vehicle passengers and 20,000 northbound pedestrians per day. “The synergy and teamwork of the entire project team created an exceptional working environment that leads to the success of this project,” said Bill Slaybaugh. For more information, visit cbre.com.

     

    GONZALEZ BILLS MOVE FORWARD
    Two bills by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to protect workers from workplace abuses have passed the state Assembly. Assembly Bill 3056 ensures proper compensation for employees at large warehouse distribution centers and prohibits penalizing workers for taking a restroom break. Assembly Bill 3075 would hold bad employers accountable who cheat their workers out of wages they are owed. Both bills passed on a 49-18 vote and now move to the Senate.
    “The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted many cases of abuse facing California workers, from poor working conditions at large warehouses to the ongoing issues of wage theft, which disproportionately affect Black and brown communities,” Gonzalez said. “In order for our state to recover from this crisis, we must continue to defend workers who are too often left unprotected under the law.”
    AB 3056 would prohibit companies from counting the time workers use going to the restroom, using a hand-washing station, drinking water, reporting a Labor Code violation, or taking a legally mandated break towards the time required to complete a quota.
    AB 3075 is a priority bill for the California Latino Legislative Caucus. It would ensure employers who have committed wage theft of their workers cannot reorganize as a “new entity,” change their company name or hide their assets to avoid paying fines and workers what they are owed after being caught.
    Before incorporating a new business, AB 3075 will add a provision to require individuals to attest that they do not have outstanding wage judgments against them. It will also clarify that local wage enforcement agencies may also enforce state wage theft laws, allowing a worker who files a claim in a local office to recover back wages without having to file simultaneously with the state.

    Wednesday, June 17

    BELMONT PARK FATHER’S DAY EVENT 
    Cruise to Belmont Park at 3146 Mission Blvd. in Mission Beach this Father’s Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and celebrate dad with the sights and sounds of 150-plus cars at the beach. The event is sponsored by Sycuan Casino Resort. The cost is $20 to enter a vehicle on the day of the event only. Enter the raffle for a chance to win a grand prize. Gates open at 7:30 and not before.
    Attendees will be required to comply with all social distancing and mask-wearing requirements. There will be no event T-shirts due to Covid-19. The vehicle exhibition is open to all cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Trophies for all classes. There will be great music, food, and fun. For more details, call 760-440-0896.

     

    JEFFERSON PACIFIC BEACH LEASING APARTMENTS
    Jefferson Pacific Beach, located across from Mission Bay Park, recently announced that 172 new apartment homes are now available for lease. A pet-friendly and smoke-free community, these apartments and townhomes vary from one bedroom to three and each home features hardwood-style floors, 9-feet high ceilings, and outdoor spaces. Each home is equipped with USB outlets, tech-nooks with built-in shelving, and is pre-wired for high-speed internet.
    Within walking distance to Mission Bay, the complex’s recreational amenities include a saltwater pool and spa with bay view deck and outdoor barbecues, fitness center, surfboard repair station, watersports storage, and bike lockers and racks. Residents will have use of a dog grooming and washing area, Wi-Fi in the common areas and pool, business center, and internet café.
    “Pacific Beach is a beautiful, vibrant beach community and we’re delighted to offer residents luxury upscale options that allow them to enjoy their favorite community,” said Rosie Cooper, executive vice president and regional managing partner of JPI. “Keeping the classic ‘SoCal’ lifestyle in mind, residents will enjoy impressive amenities, but best of all, you just have to step outside to experience Mission Bay.”

    EGGIES COMING TO LIBERTY STATION
    Rise & Shine Hospitality Group is bringing grab-and-go breakfast sandwiches to Liberty Station with its next Eggies location that will be adjacent to Fig Tree Café and will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. From their Eggies Classic, featuring an over-medium egg, maple-sage breakfast sausage, applewood bacon, and sharp cheddar cheese, to their “What Came First?” sandwich, comprising an egg smothered in their signature “eggcellent” sauce, topped with fried chicken, muenster cheese and house pickles, the menu will feature the same sandwiches offered at its East Village location. Stay tuned for Eggies Pacific Beach, which will be situated directly outside of the Breakfast Republic on Mission Boulevard.

     

    CALTRANS, CHP LITTER CLEANUP
    The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) have announced a statewide effort to resume litter removal on the state highways. Roadside litter cleanup has been limited since March due to the Covid-19 health crisis. Caltrans maintenance crews will continue to wear personal protective equipment such as face masks and gloves and practice physical distancing in accordance with guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last year, CHP officers issued more than 3,100 citations for littering, and roughly one-third of those violations involved a lit cigarette.
    “Litter increases the risk of fire, pollutes our waterways, threatens wildlife and costs taxpayers millions of dollars to remove,” said Toks Omishakin, Caltrans director. Caltrans collected 287,000 cubic yards of litter in 2019. More information on becoming an Adopt-a-Highway volunteer may be found at dot.ca.gov.

     

    NEW INDEPENDENT INVESTMENT FIRM
    The creative and strategic team behind J Street Hospitality has launched an affiliate firm, Anagram Ventures. The private, independently owned firm, helmed by president Sajan Hansji, was created to provide value for stakeholders during this new economic cycle through the acquisition, development and sale of hospitality-related assets.
    Inspired by the concept of an anagram, where rearranging the letters of a word yields an entirely new thought, Anagram Ventures aims to identify and act on unique opportunities by exploring creative solutions such as debt restructuring, alternative uses of real estate, brand repositioning or a reduction in operating costs to sustain investment. For more information visit anagramventures.com.

     

    Tuesday, June 16

    SAN DIEGO HUMANE SOCIETY DAY OF GIVING
    San Diego Humane Society’s fifth annual Day of Giving, one of SDHS’s largest fundraising campaigns of the year, will be held June 25. This whole month, the organization has been raising vital funds necessary to help care for nearly 50,000 animals in need each year.
    With a goal of raising $570,500, generous donors have committed more than $200,000 in matching funds for donations made before midnight on June 25. Community Partners — businesses including breweries and stores with goods ranging from artwork to apparel — are also participating by donating a portion of sales during June to support SDHS.
    “Day of Giving unites our entire community to celebrate our shared compassion for animals in need and support the work of SDHS,” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president/CEO of SDHS. “Providing a safety net for tens of thousands of pets and wildlife each year takes an incredible amount of resources and support from animal lovers throughout San Diego.”
    The funds raised for Day of Giving will support shelter expenses, veterinary care, behavior training, humane law enforcement, community education and other vital SDHS programs and services. Instagram @sdhumanesociety to see the heartwarming stories of animals saved thanks to the generosity of the community and follow #SDDayofGiving on June 25. Donations can be made at sdhumane.org.

    FLEET SCIENCE CENTER OFFERS VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMPS
    This summer, the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park will turn curious kids into happy campers with science-themed summer camps. The Fleet's Summer Camps provide exciting experiments, intriguing investigations and fantastic fun for kids. Virtual Summer Camps began June 15 and end Aug. 14.
    Each virtual camp kit includes:  

    • Prepackaged materials ranging from craft supplies to specialty items packed by science educators;  

    • Educational content and challenges;  

    • Video content that introduces the challenge and provides strategies for caregivers in confidently facilitating these activities;  

    • Designated live virtual weekly meetings with a Fleet Science educator to keep everyone connected, share results and ask questions. 

    Weekly in-person summer camps begin Monday, July 6, and end Friday, Aug. 14. The camps feature fun and engaging activities for kids in grades 1-8. Full-day camps at the Fleet are all being modified to ensure safety.
    Full-day in-person camps are available on selected weeks from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting on Monday, July 6. Virtual science camps are available starting on Monday, June 15. Prices for virtual camps are $25 for a single day and $80 for the full week. A full list of activities and more information can be found at fleetscience.org/events/summer-camps

    PRIDE TO DISTRIBUTE GIFT CARDS TO LGBTQ WORKERS
    As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to create economic hardships on businesses and local workers, San Diego Pride, along with presenting sponsor Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and with support from Tequila Herradura, is excited to distribute $30,000 in gift cards as part of their Pride Grocery Relief Fund for LGBTQ Bar and Restaurant Workers.
    Three hundred $100 grocery gift cards are being distributed to local LGBTQ bar and restaurant employees who have been financially impacted due to the fact that their main sources of income were shut down in the interest of public health.
    "Our LGBTQ bar and restaurant workers are a precious resource to our LGBTQ community,” said San Diego Pride director of philanthropy Sarafina Scapicchio. “They are there when we celebrate our birthdays and special occasions. They provide the service and atmosphere for our first dates, and sometimes they even act as confidants for our LGBTQ community members when we are down and seeking a friendly face. The last few months have hit them hard as their wages and tips evaporated overnight. We’re so proud to help make things just a little bit easier for them during this difficult time. They deserve our help as they have taken care of so many of us for so many years."
    "LGBTQ entrepreneurs create LGBTQ jobs, careers, future business owners, and financial stability in a community that has historically been underemployed,” said San Diego Pride executive director Fernando Z. López. “These business leaders and their employees have always maintained a philanthropic mindset as they helped to build our community, nonprofit landscape, and strong found-family bonds. We are so fortunate to be in a position, thanks to our sponsors, where we can return some of that goodwill and support back to some of our community's most treasured LGBTQ spaces and people."
    You can learn more about the organization by visiting sdpride.org.

    BIKE THE BAY RIDE SHIFTS GEARS
    The San Diego Bike Coalition announced the revamping of its 13th annual San Diego Bay bike ride, calling it Bike The Bay 2.0. Due to restrictions on large gatherings related to Covid-19, the traditional Bayshore Bikeway ride is shifting to a virtual ride for individuals and families. This year, the Bike Coalition is partnering with Love to Ride San Diego County to help cyclists who are apart pedal together.
    Participants are encouraged to pedal 25 miles along their preferred route on Sunday, Aug. 23, from 8 a.m. to noon. Using Love to Ride’s online platform, riders will be able to log their rides for a chance to win prizes. Bike The Bay 2.0 is one of many bike challenges and virtual rides that include prize drawings.
    Proceeds from the event will benefit the Bike Coalition to improve the safety, connectivity, and quality of life for all who ride in San Diego County. The $35 ticket includes a Maska face/head covering, the $50 one includes a cycling cap, and the $100 includes a jersey – all Bike The Bay 2.0 branded.
    Exclusive to all registrants is a pre-ride virtual expo on Saturday, Aug. 22, featuring discounts on exclusive products from sponsors and vendors, a special guest speaker, and prizes. Participants can Register online.

    REPUBLICAN WOMEN OF POINT LOMA MEETING
    Republican Women of Ca. Point Loma will be featuring Daniel Piedra, lawyer, speaking on school battles, and other topics of interest at 11 a.m. on July 15 at the Point Loma Café on 4865 N. Harbor Drive. You may park at the Holiday Inn next door. Wear a mask when entering the Café.

    Friday, June 12

     RETURN OF OB FARMERS MARKET A SUCCESS
    “OB Farmers Market opened and by all accounts people were excited and enjoyed the market,” said Denny Knox of Ocean Beach MainStreet Association. “The weather was incredible. The farmers and pre-packaged food vendors were so happy to be back. We’re taking our direction from the City (special events) as to when and how we can expand from 40 vendors to a more normal number.”
    Added Knox, “People were practicing social distancing and we had all our protocols in place. Twelve volunteers helped us run the market. We couldn’t have done it without them. Hopefully, we can add music back into the OB Farmers Market at some point. We want to thank everyone who came out to support the OB Farmers Market for our first week back.”
    Concerning the reorganization of OBMA, which lost a major fundraiser with cancellation of the summer OB Street Fair, Knox said, “We have so much on our plate right now that it has zapped our creative juices. We’re very hopeful that our local businesses, and OBMA, can continue to move forward and look to a brighter future for everyone. We’re also grateful that we have all made it this far and are finding our way to 2021.”

     

    OANN PROTEST
    Workers for Justice, IATSE Local 122 will hold a protest of OANN at 4757 Morena Blvd. opposing the misinformation about other peaceful protests that are serving to add fuel to the fire from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13.

     

    PADRES SUMMER BLOOD DRIVE
    The San Diego Padres will host their fourth annual summer blood drive with San Diego Blood Bank kicking it off on Tuesday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Petco Park’s Lexus Premier Parking Lot at the corner of Park Boulevard and Imperial Avenue. This years’ drive, presented by Sycuan Casino, will span three days and appointments are limited and required. The Padres Swingin’ Friar is scheduled to make an appearance, as is Padres alum and pitcher Randy Jones.
    Padres Sumer Blood Drive kicks off San Diego Blood Bank’s appeal to the community to donate during the summer months. This drive marks the first time community bloodmobiles will be in the community since the onset of COVID-19. Supplies are always low during summer with schools out of session. This summer is particularly challenging as many partners are not able to host blood drives due to work- from-home policies. Safety measures are in place. Visit SanDiegoBloodBank.org/COVID19 for more information related to blood donation and COVID-19.

     

    DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR SKATEBOARDER KILLED IN OB
    A young man nicknamed “Cambo” who was riding a skateboard was killed recently by a hit-and-run driver at Voltaire and Seaside streets. There is a move now to put a stop sign there.
    Those who knew him said Cameron believed in doing everything possible to minimize his carbon footprint; he cared deeply for this planet. In keeping with his spirit, in lieu of flowers, those who knew him are being urged to volunteer with or donate in his name to these organizations: Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) portlandfruit.org a gleaning organization in Portland, Ore. The mission of PFTP is to promote food justice, prevent food waste, and strengthen the community. Wild Willow Farm wildwillowfarm.org in San Diego. Cameron had spent many hours volunteering at Wild Willow, a five-acre working farm that provides educational experiences to nurture self-empowerment and inspire people to connect to food, land and each other. 

     

    SWEAT FOR JUSTICE FUNDRAISER IS JUNE 13
    A free event for all ages for the Black Lives Matter movement titled Sweat For Justice will be held Saturday, June 13 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Kate Sessions Park, 5115 Soledad Road. The event is being sponsored by Babes Who Sweat, a group of women who are passionate about health and fitness who get together for workouts, Donations are being sought by the group to support the cause of racial equality. Come together to sweat for justice and raise money for Black Lives Matter, Color of Change, and Campaign Zero.

     

    FREE HOMEBUYING WEBINAR
    San Diego County Credit Union will present a free Home Buying Webinar on Wednesday, June 17 from 6 to 7 p.m. The webinar will be presented by SDCCU experts, with the format allowing the community to join the presentation online from the safety of their own homes. During the webinar, SDCCU real estate professionals will walk attendees through the home buying process including, pre-approvals, title, escrow, appraisals and inspections. The presentation will also touch on buying a home during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

     

    Attendees will also receive a special coupon for no application fee (a $350 value) on their SDCCU mortgage. This free webinar is open to the public, but virtual space is limited and reservations are required. To register or for details, please visit sdccu.com/homewebinar.


    Thursday, June 11

    MORE PEACEFUL PROTESTS THIS WEEKEND
    Two more peaceful protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement are scheduled for this weekend at the beaches. The first, billed as Black Lives Matter Peaceful Protest, is Saturday, June 13 starting at 2 p.m. It will go through both Pacific and Mission beaches.
    The following day, Sunday, June 14, will be the Pacific Beach Walk for Equality. Participants will meet at noon at Crystal Pier at 4500 Ocean Blvd. Walkers will follow the same route as the previous June 7 walk. #PbWalk4Equality.

    BRY DEFENDS FLOWER MARCH
    Councilmember and Council president pro-tem Barbara Bry responded to residents’ concerns about tomorrow’s flower march for Black Lives Matter getting out of hand.
    “Any person wishing to hold a march addressing government action has the right to do so under the First Amendment’s free speech and assembly clauses,” said Bry in a statement. “The organizer of the peaceful protest scheduled for 1 p.m. this Friday, June 12 at Scripps Park, has been working with the San Diego Police Department, planning for everyone's safety.  For instance, the marchers this Friday will walk on the sidewalk, not in the street, and of course, SDPD will be present.”
    Added Bry: “La Jolla is a welcoming, inclusive community. To this end, the La Jolla Village Merchants Association and some residents have reached out and are assisting the organizer. Many people have contacted my office, asking how they can peacefully express their support for greater equality and justice in our society. They are looking for a respectful and safe way to do so.”
    Continued Bry: “In today’s world, the concern that any peaceful public gathering can be disrupted is always valid. What I can tell you is we have now had three well-attended protests in La Jolla this past week, and they have all been peaceful. I am very appreciative of the assistance that our police department is providing.”

    NEW ART MURAL AT PUEBLO PB
    You’re invited to come and take a selfie in front of the brand new mural on Pueblo PB at 877 Hornblend St. @lovepaperpaint has created this beautiful artwork on the restaurant’s east-facing wall near the entrance. See it in-person and dine-in evenings from 4 to 9 p.m.

    STATE LIBRARY LAUNCHES COVID DIARIES
    Californians can share the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on their lives through a new community-based archive sponsored by the California State Library and public libraries across the state. The aim of California COVID Diaries is to collect, preserve and make available to the public an archive of materials created by Californians, documenting their personal experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    “The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every part of our lives – from how we work and educate our children to how we shop for groceries,” said California first partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom. “Even in this time of crisis, we’ve seen countless acts of bravery and kindness from Californians across the state. Sharing these stories through California COVID Diaries will help create a sense of shared history, bringing communities together and building our resilience in a time of great need.”
    All Californians are welcome to submit typed or handwritten journals, letters, e-mail narratives and blog posts; photographs, videos and audio recordings; written or recorded interviews with family or friends; artwork and drawings; and other storytelling methods.
    The state library is also working with local public libraries that have created their own COVID-related archives to include their communities’ submissions in the statewide collection.
    “Community-based archives like this empower marginalized community members to share perspectives that may not otherwise be recorded,” said Greg Lucas, California state librarian. “One hundred years from now, our understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic will be shaped by the stories that we collect and preserve today. This project will help ensure that the historical record is inclusive of every Californian’s voice.” 
    Submissions can take virtually any format, analog or digital, as long as they are a personal documentation, observation or reflection on the impact of COVID-19. Those interested in contributing to California COVID Diariescan do so by going to https://coviddiaries.library.ca.gov/For more information, please e-mail [email protected].

    CITY OFFERS NEW ONLINE ZONING AND PARCEL INFORMATION MAP
    The City of San Diego Development Services Department has launched its new Zoning and Parcel Information Portal (ZAPP) to make it easier for customers to research zoning and property information. The online service helps users conveniently access real-time information from their computer or mobile device 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    Using a City of San Diego property address, the new interactive portal allows customers to research more than 60 layers of information needed to plan and design development of a property. Those layers of information include assessor parcel numbers, zoning maps, City Council districts, school districts, historic districts, fire risks, earthquake fault buffers and various regulatory areas.
    “Accelerating the use of technology during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a top priority for everyone at the City to better serve our customers,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “The innovative work by our Development Services staff is reflective of our overall efforts to ensure that government is as innovative as the people we serve. This is a service San Diegans will be able to depend on for decades to come.”
    “Since the beginning of the year, the department has accelerated its use of technology and innovation for cost management, process improvement and efficiency and to help keep customers and employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said DSD director Elyse W. Lowe. “We are also transforming how we do business, while being responsive to the increasing number and complexity of construction methods and technologies used by our customers. From using document-driven processes to rapidly integrating data-driven approaches and the latest digital technologies, the new online mapping and zoning portal is another innovative solution to better serve our customers.”
    “This new online tool will save customers significant time and money by providing access to information about their property before starting a permit and construction project,” said DSD deputy director Gary Geiler. “This is another important advancement in transforming the development review process that uses technology to help us process up to 50,000 permits a year.”
    The new ZAPP was developed using a checklist used by DSD staff to review land use and building development applications throughout the city, which reaches up to 50,000 approvals each year.
    The public can access ZAPP by visiting sandiego.gov/development-services/zoning.

    WEEKLY UNEMPLOYMENT UPDATE
    The San Diego Workforce Partnership releases a weekly email update to serve as a one-stop-shop on employment figures and analysis specific to our region’s workforce in regards to impacts associated with COVID-19.

    • 493 total businesses reporting layoffs to the Workforce Partnership since March 10 (up from 492 last week)

    • 75,768 total reported employees affected since March 10 (up from 75,712 last week) This includes 37,095 in the Hospitality and Restaurant & Bar industries. This is an estimate based on the notices received by the Workforce Partnership, although the full impact to employees and the region’s economy is still unknown.

    • 225 open jobs that the Workforce Partnership team is working to fill with local employers in our Career Portal

    • Data from the U.S. Department of Labor: 258,060 Californians submitted unemployment insurance claims last week. This is the fifth consecutive week in which we’ve seen 200-300 thousand new claims. The stabilization of new claims at a level far beyond the pre-COVID record high is bad news, especially given that the state is now a couple weeks into relaxed social distancing, which we had hoped would have reduced layoffs. In this time of unprecedented layoffs, it’s more important than ever to invest in workforce development services.

    Monday, June 8

    NOVA IS HER NAME
    Thanks to SeaWorld fans from across the country, a new otter who arrived at SeaWorld in March now has a name, Nova. “Nova” is the feminine singular form of the Latin adjective novus "new," and it is commonly used in reference to Nova Stella "new star." Followers on Facebook and Instagram were asked to vote on five different names, and Nova won by a large margin.
    Nova was deemed non-releasable by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and transported from Monterey Bay Aquarium to SeaWorld, where animal care specialists have been caring for rescued sea otters for more than 40 years. She has been thriving in SeaWorld’s care, eating about 20 percent of her body weight daily and getting to know her pool mates: five sea otters ranging in age from 10 months old to 9 years old.
    Until today, SeaWorld’s newest southern sea otter was known only as “820,” the designation assigned to her after being rescued and cared for by Monterey Bay Aquarium. The young southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) was found stranded with no mother in sight on a beach in Cambria, Calif. in March 2018. Marine-animal experts from Monterey Bay Aquarium took her in and provided care and stabilization. She was outfitted with a tracking transmitter and released back into the wild along Monterey.
    After much travel and challenge, she was rescued again by the Monterey Bay Aquarium team to improve her chances of survival, and they continued to care for her until she made a full recovery and was brought to SeaWorld. 

     

    THE PREUSS SCHOOL NAMES NEW PRINCIPAL
    After a nationwide search, Matthew Steitz, Ed.D, has been appointed principal of The Preuss School UC San Diego, effective July 1. The nationally-ranked charter school is focused on low-income students who strive to become the first in their families to graduate from college.
    Most recently, Steitz served as assistant superintendent of Educational Excellence for the Vista Unified School District. Located on the University of California San Diego campus, the school was recently recognized as the No. 1 high school in San Diego County by U.S. News & World Report.
    “We are delighted to welcome Matthew Steitz to The Preuss School,” said UC San Diego executive vice chancellor Elizabeth H. Simmons. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, a passion for excellence and a commitment to the mission and vision of The Preuss School that will continue to support outstanding outcomes.”
    As principal, Steitz will work closely with Helen V. Griffith, Ed.D., executive director of The Preuss School, to build the capacity of scholars, faculty, staff, parents and community partners. “As an educator who is dedicated to transformational student success, Dr. Steitz is an ideal addition to our Preuss leadership team,” said Griffith. “I look forward to partnering with him in preparing our scholars to succeed in college and career.”
    “I am thrilled to join the The Preuss School team, ready to support the school’s history of transformational success, especially at a time when our educational system is challenged by a worldwide pandemic,” said Steitz. 

     

    ITALIAN RESTAURANT COMING TO PB
    The owner of San Diego's popular Landini's Pizzeria is opening a full-service Italian restaurant in Pacific Beach. Scuderie Italia will open later this year in the standalone building that last housed Caffè Bella Italia at 1525 Garnet Ave. Florence-native Leo Landini took over the former Pizzeria Luigi in Little Italy in 2009 and opened his namesake eatery. In 2016, Landini repurposed the second-tier space above his pizzeria and launched full-service restaurant Ristorante Illando.
    In 2018, he launched a small-scale eatery inside the Little Italy Food Hall in Point Loma's Liberty Station. Scuderie Italia, which translates to "stable Italy,” will have a full menu of Italian dishes, as well as wood-fired, East Coast-style pizza. The eatery will also have a variety of local beers and a curated wine list. Scuderie Italia is anticipated to open by this fall. Visit landinispizzeria.com to learn more. 

     

    UC SAN DIEGO DIGITIZES WINE AND FOOD CULINARY COLLECTION
    Nearly 100 historic cookbooks, manuscripts, and pamphlets dating back to the early 17th century have been digitized and made available via the UC San Diego Library’s American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF) Culinary Collection.
    Cooks, bakers, and culinary historians around the globe now have immediate online access.
    Spearheaded by Special Collections & Archives (SC&A), this digitization project has allowed the Library to share historic and rarely seen cookbooks, manuscripts, and pamphlets featuring advertisements for food products—some materials dating back to the early 17th century.
    “Making a portion of this collection digitally accessible via our Digital Collections website allows us to share these rare books and recipes from generations past with both the UC San Diego community and the public at large,” said Lynda Claassen, director of the library’s Special Collections & Archives. “The digitized volumes give users a taste of the breadth and depth of our culinary collection, which includes more than 7,000 volumes and continues to grow. We encourage community members to access and share these newly digitized treasures, whether for scholarly research or personal pleasure.”
    The digitized items include a wealth of Mexican culinary manuscripts, some dating back to the early 19th century, as well as other unique manuscripts. Additional works reflect the assimilation of ethnic cuisines into California’s food culture, and all illustrate how food and drink reflect the cultural environments in which they exist.
    “Many are turning to cooking to help them decompress during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Erik Mitchell, the Audrey Geisel University librarian. “Digitizing and sharing a portion of the Library’s culinary collection gives us an opportunity to help our community cope with the pressures of the pandemic, while also delivering on our duty to preserve these materials in perpetuity.”
    In 1991, the AIWF donated half of its library, which consisted of approximately 400 volumes, to UC San Diego. Those volumes focused largely on European cuisine and culinary history from the 17th to early 19th centuries.
    In the years since, the Library has continued to add materials to this collection that support the campus’s academic interests in Mexico, the Pacific Rim, Latin America, California and the American West.
    To peruse the newly digitized AIWF Culinary Collection items, please visit the Library’s Digital Collections website. To celebrate this milestone, the library will also be sharing content from this collection, handpicked by librarians, on its social media channels throughout the month of June. Follow along on this culinary adventure on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
    The UC San Diego Library, ranked among the nation's top 25 public academic libraries, plays a critical role in advancing and supporting the university's research, teaching, patient care, and public service missions. The UC San Diego Library provides the foundation of knowledge needed to advance cutting-edge discoveries in a wide range of disciplines, from healthcare and science to public policy and the arts.

    Friday, June 5

    THREE PADDLE OUTS FOR PEACE
    Surfers are hosting three separate paddle-outs in the next few days to memorialize the death of George Floyd and honor the Black Lives Matter movement.
    The first is being held Saturday, June 6 at 9 a.m. at Tourmaline Surf Park in north PB. The following day, Sunday, June 7, a paddle-out is planned at 9 a.m. at Ocean Beach Pier. The third paddle-out will be Monday, June 8 at 5 p.m. at WindanSea Beach in La Jolla.

     

    BLACK LIVES MATTER FLOWER MARCH
    A recent Helix High School graduate has organized a Black Lives Matter flower march Friday, June 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. in La Jolla.
    “La Jolla community leaders and I intend to be present at the gathering on June 12,” said District 1 Councilmember Barbara Bry. “I am very proud of the way the leaders, especially the Village Merchants Association, are welcoming the students and their peaceful march to La Jolla. We are truly a community that cares about our City and all San Diegans.” 
    Added Bry: “What we know is that the student organizers are working with the police to get the necessary permits to meet at or near the Cove. They intend to hand out flowers, water, etc. starting about noon, listen to a few speakers and then walk toward Windansea.” 

     

     COVID-19 UNEMPLOYMENT UPDATE
    The San Diego Workforce Partnership releases a weekly email update to serve as a one-stop-shop on employment figures and analysis specific to our region’s workforce in regards to impacts associated with Covid-19.
    In the midst of Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd, it is worth noting that unemployment is significantly higher for Black San Diegans.
    Given that this inequity is the result not just of individual discrimination but of centuries of discriminatory public policy, we have an obligation to pursue policies aimed at equalizing access to opportunity. By taking action, including sending a letter to your politicians supporting the CRISES Act, you can help bring about a just and equitable San Diego.

     

    • 492 total businesses reporting layoffs to the Workforce Partnership since March 10, 2020 (up from 482 last week)

    • 75,712 total reported employees affected since March 10 (up from 73,617 last week).
      This includes 37,045 in the hospitality and restaurant and bar industries. This is an estimate based on the notices received by the Workforce Partnership, although the full impact to employees and the region’s economy is still unknown.

    • 240 open jobs that the Workforce Partnership team is working to fill with local employers in our Career Portal.

    • Data from the U.S. Department of Labor: 230,461 Californians submitted unemployment insurance claims last week.

     

     SD LOYAL SOCCER CLUB BACK IN ACTION
    San Diego Loyal Soccer Club has announced that the USL Championship Board of Governors voted in favor of returning to play for the 2020 season, with a provisional start date set for July 11. 
    While additional information on competition format, scheduling, broadcast and other important details will be made available in the coming weeks, it’s important to note that the league’s return to play will be conducted in strict alignment with all local and state public health guidelines. 
    “The announcement feels good, and I’m ecstatic for our club, coaches, players and fans,” said SD Loyal president Warren Smith. “We’re beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I look forward to days like our sold-out, March 7 inaugural match.”
    "We are excited to bring soccer back to our amazing fans in San Diego,” said VP of soccer operations and team manager Landon Donovan. “Our players are eager to get back on the field and continue putting smiles on peoples' faces."
    Fans are encouraged to stay connected in the safety of their own homes by downloading the official team app or signing up for updates and news via SDLoyal.com and #SDLoyal. For more information, visit sdloyal.com.

     

    A.R. VALENTIEN REOPENING
    The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ signature restaurant, A.R. Valentien at 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, will reopen for in-restaurant dining June 5. It will be open for dinner only, Wednesday through Sunday. Reservations are encouraged.
    Chef Jeff Jackson has curated a menu in honor of reopening that highlights the local farms and dishes that have been integral in the restaurant’s growth and success since first opening in 2002. This includes Chino Farms corn soup with scallop mousse and basil, as well as the local favorite Liberty Duck breast and confit leg with peach shortbread, arugula, and pine nuts. Guests can enjoy this curated seasonal menu along with an extensive wine list and panoramic views of the Torrey Pines Golf Course.
    Additionally, restaurant staff has been thoroughly trained in new city safety protocols and we are certified Clean and Safe by the California Hotel and Lodging Association.

     

    GONZALEZ CALLS FOR CLEAR STANDARDS ON RUBBER BULLET USE
    In response to recent days filled with images of peaceful protesters maimed by rubber bullets, California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), along with Assemblymembers Dr. Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) and Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), have announced they will pursue legislation to set clear standards on how these harmful projectiles should, and shouldn’t, be used by law enforcement.
    “No one who is simply exercising their right to protest should face possible injury or death because officers are indiscriminately firing rubber bullets into a crowd,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez said. “Breaking a city-imposed curfew is not a sufficient basis for use of rubber bullets. Crowd control where there is no rioting is not proper grounds to use rubber bullets. It is past time for the State of California to set clear standards on when and how these bullets are used by law enforcement.”
    Rubber or plastic bullets, also called Kinetic Impact Projectiles (KIPs), are deployed by law enforcement as a means for crowd control. They are increasingly used to respond to protests and are designed to incapacitate individuals by inflicting pain or sub-lethal injury. But researchers have said rubber and plastic bullets should not be used for crowd control. According to BMJ Medical Journal in 2017, three percent of people hit by rubber bullets died of their injuries. Fifteen percent were permanently injured. Rubber bullets are only rubber on the outside, but often contain a metal center that can easily tear through a person’s flesh.
    There is limited regulation on the development of these weapons. Manufacturers are not required to keep records of injuries from their products in development, field trials, or actual use. There is also no legal requirement for law enforcement to collect data on injuries from rubber bullets or document their use.
    The United States began using rubber and plastic bullets during the Vietnam War protests but stopped the use in protests after a fatality in 1971. They were reintroduced in the early 1980s.

     

    LJ COMMUNITY CENTER HOSTS SPEAKER SERIES
    La Jolla Community Center has announced an online Distinguished Speaker Series.
    Tuesday, June 9, 10-11 a.m.; Q&A to follow. Fitness expert, motivational speaker, author (and wife of the fitness icon Jack LaLanne) Elaine LaLanne. Elaine is 94 years old and the author of numerous books including her latest, “If You Want to Live, Move; Putting the Boom Back into Boomers.” Elaine (“LaLa”) will entertain the online audience with her wit, fitness suggestions. To register for the Distinguished Speaker Series or an online class, visit ljcommunitycenter.org/dss.

    PRAYER VIGIL AT KATE SESSIONS
    The Pacific Beach Interfaith Coalition will hold a Prayer Vigil Sunday, June 7, starting at 7 p.m. at Kate Sessions Park, 5115 Soledad Road in PB. The gathering is intended to provide people of all faith and spiritual traditions to come together in prayer and/or meditation seeking peace, justice, and unity in our community, nation, and world. All are welcome to peacefully participate. Attendees must wear masks and practice social distancing.
    NATIONAL LACROSSE LEAGUE FOCUSING ON NEXT YEAR
    The National Lacrosse League announced it is focusing its attention and efforts on preparing for the next season and has decided not to complete the 2019-20 season. The decision follows the cancellation of the regular season, which was announced April 6 after suspension of the regular season on March 12 due to Covid-19.
    "While we are disappointed that we will not be able to complete our 2019-20 season, we understand and respect the decision made by the NLL,” said Seals president Steve Govett. “On behalf of the entire San Diego Seals organization, I’d like to say thank you to all of our fans and partners for their unwavering support. The safety of our fans, partners, players, and staff is our top priority. We are dedicated to the San Diego community and will be ready for a safe and healthy return.”
    The San Diego Seals, who play their home games in Pechanga Arena in the Midway District, concluded their second season with a 6-6 record, winning five of their last six games.

    Thursday, June 4

    PADDLE FOR PEACE AT TOURMALINE
    A paddle for peace honoring the life of George Floyd and all the loved ones lost will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 6 at Tourmaline Surf Park. Meet on the sand below the showers.
    “It is important that we lead with kindness and come together as a community full of love and support,” said organizers on social media. “If you can not paddle out feel free to stand in solidarity with the rest of us on the beach. If you’re in doubt, paddle out. Your voice and presence matters. Black lives matter.”
    The observance will include leis. No plastic is allowed at the event. Each lei made and provided will be given to anyone who will be in the water and on land to be placed in the water for a moment of silence. 

     

    BAHIA RESORT HOTEL IMPROVEMENTS
    Dempsey Construction has completed an extensive lobby renovation and site improvements for the Bahia Resort Hotel, 998 W. Mission Bay Drive. The project consisted of the renovation of the existing lobby, front of house amenities and additional site improvements.
    The scope of work included sectional glass doors, framing and finishes throughout, upgraded lighting in the lobby and exterior soffits, new guest services and guest luggage storage. Site improvements included the addition of a lounge area adjacent to the entry drive, accessible parking and path of travel, decorative concrete hardscape, and landscape throughout.
    Dempsey Construction worked with the owner, Evan Hotels, to relocate check-in and guest services to alternate, on-site locations, while the property remained in full operation during all construction activities. 

     

    BREAKFAST REPUBLIC OPENS IN PACIFIC BEACH
    Following the re-opening of its North Park outpost last week, Breakfast Republic, will re-open for onsite dining at Mission Valley, Pacific Beach, Costa Mesa and East Village locations this week at 7 a.m. Encinitas dwellers can expect to return to their neighborhood brunch spot on June 5. Check the restaurant’s website and social media platforms for a confirmed re-opening dates.

     

    TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF SOFT PRETZELS
    San Diego Pretzel Company celebrates its 25th anniversary providing the pretzel-loving public with authentic, Bavarian-style pretzels. And to mark this important milestone, the company has recently launched its new website: sandiegopretzel.com. During these two and a half decades, their pretzels, sold originally from carts, are now selling in restaurants, bars, amusement parks, convention centers, supermarkets, even at Legoland, SeaWorld, and Disneyland.
    “The key to our success, and longevity, has been our commitment to high quality, authentic, fresh soft pretzel, and our experienced workforce.  Our distribution partners, retailers, restaurant, and bar owners love our consistency and excellent customer service,” said Harris Golden, president. “And the best part of all, their customers eat them up, literally.”
    San Diego Pretzel Company’s product line-up includes a large Double Twisted Pretzel, New York Style, Philly Style, Munich style, bites, sticks, and custom designs. 

     

    NEW PANDEMIC-EBT BENEFITS
    Feeding San Diego is encouraging families with students who were receiving free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school to apply for new Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefits. Eligible students may receive up to $365 per child for groceries while schools are closed. Qualifying students who have not yet received a P-EBT card in the mail must apply online before June 30 to get their card. To apply for P-EBT, families can visit ca.p-ebt.org/en.
    “Youth hunger is at historically unprecedented levels: one in four children in San Diego County now face hunger due to the coronavirus pandemic. Feeding San Diego is doing everything possible to support youth and their families during this challenging time,” said Vince Hall, CEO of Feeding San Diego. “Many eligible students will not automatically receive P-EBT benefits, but this public benefit is available and easily accessible.”
    In addition to continued grab-and-go meal services at school sites, this federal nutrition benefit is available to over 250,000 students throughout San Diego County. The pre-paid cards can be used at most grocery stores, farmer’s markets, and select online retailers.
    During COVID-19, Feeding San Diego provides meals to youth and families at distributions throughout the county. The organization partners with San Diego Unified School District, Cajon Valley Union School District, and Escondido Union High School District to support 15 meal sites with 3,500 food boxes each week. Feeding San Diego operates 11 youth meal sites that provide two meals a day, Monday to Friday, totaling more than 25,000 meals weekly. Youth are also supported by Feeding San Diego at seven school sites, five weekly regional emergency food distributions, ten bi-monthly mobile pantries, and other distributions throughout the county.

     

    Tuesday, June 2

    OCEAN PARK INN THANKS FRONTLINE WORKERS
    Ocean Park Inn, on the boardwalk at 710 Grand Ave., wants to thank frontline workers for everything they have been doing during these trying times by offering a discounted stay.
    Currently open for essential travel only, frontline workers can save 20% off of their stay at Ocean Park Inn by using the discount code THNYOU20 and booking through June 30. If you are interested in staying at Ocean Park Inn, call 858-483-5858.

    ANDERSON NAMED FOUNDING DEAN OF SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH AT UCSD
    Dr. Cheryl Anderson, professor and interim chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health in the School of Medicine at the University of California San Diego, has been named founding dean of The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science. The school was established at UC San Diego in 2019 with a $25 million lead gift from Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Family Foundation with an emphasis on research and education designed to prevent disease, prolong life and promote health through organized community efforts.
    “Dr. Anderson is perfectly positioned to lead our new school of public health and human longevity science,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “Her distinguished career in teaching, epidemiological research, and higher education administration have forged an innovative, unified approach to public health. She shares the unique vision of Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim to positively impact the well-being of individuals by implementing solutions to reduce or eliminate disparities in disadvantaged or underserved communities and improving the overall health of our communities.”
    The new school is designed to define a new future focused on prevention of disease and injury and promotion of health and well-being. With a diverse, established, cross-disciplinary faculty representing every aspect of UC San Diego’s overall mission to educate, conduct research and provide clinical care, Anderson and colleagues will work with communities and populations to identify root causes of morbidity and mortality and implement large-scale solutions.

    HARRIS HOLDS ART WORKSHOP FOR THE CHILDREN’S SCHOOL STUDENTS
    The Children’s School in La Jolla was excited to host Shawn Harris, an award-winning illustrator, for an art workshop over Zoom on June 2. Before his visit with the TCS students, Shawn shared a video introduction of himself, showcasing the books he has illustrated, the live animation cartoon he draws, with the prekindergarten – eighth graders.
    To start his Zoom visit, he asked the students if they had any questions for him about the things in the video. The students asked many questions including how many books he has illustrated in total (6), is he a musician (yes, guitarist), if he makes cartoons (yes, he works with author Mac Barnett to produce The First Act in Space Ate Pizza), and if Her Right Foot is based on facts (it is).
    After taking questions, Shawn began the art workshop by asking the students to get two pieces of paper, a pen or marker, and scissors. He then led the students through the process of creating an animated cartoon character. Shawn also showed the students some of the tools and techniques he uses to illustrate his cartoon. He shared pencils of all sizes, an eraser and sandpaper, which he uses to sand down charcoal and then blend with a blender stick, to create shading.
    Before the meeting concluded, Shawn introduced the students to his dog, Sasha, and then gave the students an assignment. He asked them to each create two-three characters, and then create an animated scene by having the characters all talk to each other. The students thoroughly enjoyed the visit with Shawn Harris, and are looking forward to making many more animated characters in the days ahead. 

    CITY COUNCIL APPROVES EXTENDING PERMIT APPLICATIONS
    As San Diego began shutting down in early March due to the coronavirus epidemic, construction projects throughout San Diego were thrown into disarray. This uncertainty risked the cancellation of several important housing projects throughout the region, which continues facing a severe housing crisis.
    To help with the uncertainty, the City Council has unanimously adopted an interim urgency ordinance extending the expiration of development permit applications by 60 days, and building permit applications by 365 days. 
    “The uncertainty in the building industry is at an all-time high due to the coronavirus pandemic,” said Councilmember Scott Sherman. “The City must do all it can to provide relief in any way possible. At the beginning of this crisis, the City was pro-active and took steps to provide relief. This action builds on that work and will offer real relief to the building industry during this time of uncertainty. I would like to thank the Mayor and our hard-working Development Services Department staff.” 
    The process of obtaining permits can sometimes be a costly and time-consuming affair. If permits were allowed to expire, builders would be forced to start the permitting process all over again, raising costs that are passed along to consumers.

    LETTER FROM LJVMA PRESIDENT BRETT MURPHY
    Dear Fellow Merchants,

    I wanted to reach out regarding recent events ignited by a senseless homicide in Minneapolis. which have spread to communities around the world including San Diego.  At the core, this is a worldwide movement about equality and justice. We need to be compassionate, empathetic, and understanding of diverse viewpoints, feelings, and opinions. 
    La Jolla Village Merchants Association supports its merchants, staff, visitors, and neighbors and is dedicated to offering a platform for reliable information, unity, and positivity.  We have reached out to city staff, elected officials, and the San Diego Police Department with concerns specific to La Jolla Village.
    With this in mind; we offer suggestions to stay safe as we move through these chaotic and dynamic times.

    • Please be respectful – peaceful assemblies and protests are a 1st Amendment Right. However, if crowds become unmanageable, erratic, or pose threats to you or your business, do not confront perpetrators with force or violence.  Your safety, and that of your staff, is far more important than anything else.

    • Do not fall prey to rumors. We will do our best to keep you up to the minute with news related to protests directly impacting La Jolla Village.  Arm yourself with reliable information.  Subscribe to local news feeds to stay current with various activities related to the unrest.  Bookmark Our Blog for news specific to La Jolla Village.

    • We will be monitoring social media closely and are in direct communication with SDPD. We will notify you immediately if we learn of activities concerning La Jolla Village directly. You can also volunteer as part of our communication team. If you see something (especially on social media) send a link or screenshot to [email protected] and we will share with appropriate authorities.

    • Review your insurance policy to make sure your coverage is up to date and up to the task. It might be a good time to take photographs and inventory your assets. Make sure you can access your computer files remotely and that critical files are backed up.  Copy necessary paper documents.  Look to your insurance carrier for further ideas and advice.

    Thank you for all that you do for the Village and for our City.  Strong small business is the cornerstone of a healthy economy and we will continue to market, promote, and support La Jolla Village businesses in the best and safest way possible. We are stronger together. Be safe and healthy.

    SPIN RELAUNCHES ELECTRIC SCOOTERS
    If you're looking to hit the streets of San Diego for some two-wheeled fun, Spin is riding to the rescue.
    In a release, Spin said it relaunched its electric scooters in San Diego to offer commuters a quick way to scoot around town while still limiting human contact.
    Previously, scooters were only available on the UC San Diego campus, which remains closed. As of May 15, however, 300 of Spin's mobility devices can be accessed in Pacific Beach, Downtown, North Park and more. Plus, Spin is scaling to bring more scooters to San Diego as commuters start returning to their usual schedules. Riders are reminded to always avoid "no ride zones" like boardwalks.
    The mobility provider said its employees tasked with charging and deploying the scooters each day are following advanced sanitation and safety protocols while wearing personal protective equipment. When scooters are returned to Spin's warehouse to recharge, their handlebars and upright stem are cleaned with disinfectant wipes and sprays. High-traffic areas and vehicles used in Spin's warehouses and deployment routes are also scrubbed down with disinfectant after every shift.
    As part of its new roll-out, Spin said it's offering essential healthcare workers free 30-minute rides through its new "Everyday Heroes" program. Spin said the program is intended to allow health care workers — doctors, nurses, medical assistants, radiology and lab technicians, hospital and clinic administrators, and janitorial staff — to get to and from work while maintaining social distance. Health care workers can apply for the program online.

    LJCPA MEETING HAS 5 P.M. START
    The regular La Jolla Community Planning Association meeting on June 4 will begin at 5 p.m. rather than the usual 6 p.m. With an unusually full agenda for this meeting, based on the plan group’s experience with the April and May Zoom meetings, it was deemed prudent to host June’s meeting earlier rather than have it run late.
    As usual, it is necessary to register in advance if you wish to participate in the meeting. Registration is already open; the necessary instructions and links are at gregj.us/2LslG68. The agenda will be posted at lajollacpa.org.

    SMALL BUSINESS SOCIAL MEDIA SERIES
    Noting the “grim reality is that more restaurants and other small businesses will not survive this pandemic,” District 1 Councilmember and Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry is launching a “How’s Small Business?” feature series over the next few weeks on her Facebook page.
    “These businesses are an important part of our economy and our community,” Bry said. “They make San Diego and our neighborhoods unique. That’s why I’m launching ‘How’s Small Business?’”
    Bry’s Facebook page will feature a different D1 business speaking candidly about its struggles during this unprecedented time. Look for it among upcoming posts on her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.  


    Saturday, May 30

    BEACHES OPEN FOR SITTING JUNE 2
    Starting June 2, people will be allowed to sit and lounge at local beaches provided they maintain physical distancing or wear a face covering when close to others, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced.
    Sitting on the beach will be allowed for sunbathing and relaxing with towels and chairs if you do it with people in your own household. However, no activities such as football and volleyball will be permitted. Also, all piers and parking lots will remain closed.
    All beach communities agreed to ease this restriction starting June 2, but cities can decide if they want to proceed later and how the guideline is going to be enforced.

    BLENDERS EYEWEAR PROVIDES SUNGLASSES
    Pacific Beach-based Blenders Eyewear will outfit more than 300 FedEx Express workers across the county, offering workers one of five select sunglasses. The Blenders Eyewear team donates sunglasses to the region’s 300-plus FedEx Express workers to thank them for their continued support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    After re-purposing its production to create and then donate 10,000 safety goggles to Southern California hospitals, plus 20,000 pairs to Direct Relief – in addition to a month-long fundraiser for the international aid organization – Blenders wanted to do more to help those at the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit BlendersEyewear.com.

    WEEKLY UNEMPLOYMENT UPDATE
    The San Diego Workforce Partnership releases a weekly email update to serve as a one-stop-shop on employment figures and analysis specific to our region’s workforce in regards to impacts associated with COVID-19.
    488 total businesses reporting layoffs to the Workforce Partnership since March 10 (up from 482 last week).

    • 73,617 total reported employees affected since March 10 (up from 72,446 last week)
      This includes 36,692 in the hospitality and restaurant and bar industries. This is an estimate based on the notices received by the Workforce Partnership, although the full impact to employees and the region’s economy is still unknown.

    • 260 open jobs that the Workforce Partnership team is working to fill with local employers in our Career Portal.

    • Data from the U.S. Department of Labor:  New unemployment claims in California have held steady at a little over 200,000 for the last three weeks. For context, that’s about twice the pre-COVID-19 record. San Diego County’s official unemployment rate was the highest ever recorded last month at 15%, and we believe the current rate is higher, as about 40% of unemployment claims made since the onset of COVID-19 were submitted after April 12, when unemployment was last measured. 




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    Majestic Torrey pines on Saratoga Avenue are dead
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jun 20, 2020 | 8789 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The Torrey pines at 4605 Saratoga Ave. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Torrey pines at 4605 Saratoga Ave. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    After a thorough investigation by City forester Brian Widener and his team, it has been concluded that the Torrey pines at 4605 Saratoga Ave. are dead. 

    “This is an extremely sad day for the Ocean Beach community,” said District 2 Councilmember Jennifer Campbell. “The history of those trees, which were planted by residents during the Great Depression to add more cover and vibrancy to an arid landscape, is part of the history of this community. To the generations of Ocean Beach residents who have enjoyed their shade and beauty over the years, you have my deepest condolences.”

    The cause of death for the two trees is unknown and currently being investigated. With the spread of invasive beetle species that are decimating tree populations in San Diego from palm trees to Torrey pines, removing these two trees as quickly as possible is vital to maintaining the overall health of Ocean Beach’s urban canopy, according to the City.

    “These two large trees provided a great deal of ecosystem benefits that will not be easily replaced, but more importantly the large historical trees represented civic pride for the OB community,” Widener said. “The San Diego Urban Forestry Program continues to plant new street trees at the community’s request.”

    Ocean Beach Town Council President Mark Winkie agreed it was a sad day for the community.

    "The Ocean Beach Town Council is saddened to learn that two of the majestic Torrey pine trees on Saratoga Avenue have died and will have to be removed,” Winkie said. “Ocean Beach has a long legacy of protecting our natural environment and these trees have been with us a long time.

    “Unfortunately there is nothing more to do and because of public safety they need to be removed. They will however, be replaced by new trees, that in time will grace Saratoga Avenue with a new canopy and a new story," Winkie said.

    City contractors are scheduled to remove the two trees by June 26.

    The Torrey pine, Pinus torreyana, is a rare pine species growing only in the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, coastal northern San Diego County and on Santa Rosa Island.

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    Ride the rainbow – Ocean Beach's unicorn is more than just a pretty face
    by THOMAS MELVILLE
    Jun 19, 2020 | 11386 views | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Ocean Beach resident Nicole Kay Clark (@nicolekayclark) takes selfies on top of ‘Tiny,’ the Toxic Unicorn at the corner of Venice Street and Del Mar Avenue. THOMAS MELVILLE/PENINSULA BEACON
    Ocean Beach resident Nicole Kay Clark (@nicolekayclark) takes selfies on top of ‘Tiny,’ the Toxic Unicorn at the corner of Venice Street and Del Mar Avenue. THOMAS MELVILLE/PENINSULA BEACON
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    In late winter, a mischievous postdoctoral scholar at Scripps – and a few of her friends – brought a little bit of magic and mystery from the desert to Ocean Beach.

    On March 7, a 10-feet tall, 8-feet long, and 3-feet wide unicorn, weighing nearly 600 pounds, arrived on a flatbed truck and took residence at the corner of Venice Street and Del Mar Avenue. Affectionately named Tiny, the massive sculpture from Black Rock City – filled with a rainbow of LED lights and a heavy metal soundtrack – moved in to stand sentinel over the quiet neighborhood.

    “I wasn’t sure about the neighbors,” said Rachel Hiner, who welcomed the mythical beast next to her home. “A lot of them are set in their ways.”

    But after the quarantine began, and parks and trails were closed, and people were forced to actually walk around their neighborhoods to get some fresh air and exercise (and to keep sane), more and more locals discovered Tiny, which became an insta (@the.toxic.unicorn) celebrity for Ocean Beach residents.

    “It was surprising how much people love it,” said Hiner, who’s friends with Tiny’s creator, Madeleine Hamann. “It’s been a positive experience.”

    The sculpture, intended to draw onlookers with its grace and gallantry, and admired from afar for its kaleidoscopic body, is more than just a pretty face. Its beauty comes with an emotional and environmental price – a perfect metaphor for present day. And in a way to emphasize her point, Hamann added a final kick to the “Toxic Unicorn.”

    “Tiny has a secret, shocking surprise,” Hamann said. “She delivers a pretty startling electric shock if you grab her horn!”

    So how did Tiny make it from the playa at Burning Man to the hills of east Ocean Beach? We caught up with Hamann to let her explain the journey in an in-depth Q&A.

     

    Beacon: Why build a Toxic Unicorn? 

    Hamann: "Toxic Unicorn" came out of a conversation about how we all have these people we've met who seem so amazing – magical, mesmerizing – on the first encounter. But the more time you spend with them, the more you realize that there's something... off, really off. Like, I need to extract myself from this person's purview ASAP. Toxic Unicorn people.

    But then, it dawned on me that we as a society actually have a similar relationship with plastic. It's an amazing material – versatile, pliable, waterproof, etc. And it's enabled a huge amount of innovation since its introduction before WWII. A little less than a century later, though, and we're having that “aha” moment, realizing that plastic's toxic effects might overshadow its sparkly, magical appeal.

     

    Beacon: Is it made from recycled materials? 

    Hamann: Tiny is made of waffled plywood and coated with recycled 55-gallon food-grade drums. These drums are used for a variety of food shipments and unfortunately can't be reused for their original purpose due to FDA regulations. They are often downcycled or repurposed for other non-food uses. But with some cleaning, they made great material for Tiny's outer shell. She also has a mane that is a bit more fragile and not currently in place that is made of 2-liter bottles cut into long strands.

     

    Beacon: How long did it take to build?

    Hamann: We built Tiny at San Diego Collaborative Arts Project's "Colab" art facility. We had a core team of five: Me, Dave Doerner, Brian Tran, Cole Whalen, and Bryson Arenas, and we had a lot of support from artists on special projects (Ensari Cokur, Chelsea Pattee, Max Elliot, and Diane Hoffoss) and from many volunteers who came out to support us on build days. It was a community effort for sure. We started applying for grants in November 2018, started planning in earnest in January 2019, and finished her up minutes before we set her up in the desert in August 2019. Almost a full year.

     

    Beacon: Why is it next to your partner’s sister’s house? 

    Hamann: After Burning Man, art pieces created at Colab need to find a new home in order to make space for the next art projects that will be made there. Lots of art just goes into storage or gets destroyed after it serves its intended event, but with sustainability in mind, we designed Tiny in a way that would allow her to be installed outdoors for longer temporary installs. Besides, it's way more fun to see her all the time than to pull her out once in a blue moon.

     

    Beacon: What do you think of it gaining fans? 

    Hamann: I think it's great. She went in right before quarantine kicked in, but even in just that first week, we noticed how many more people were coming by the house on their walks. Where we used to see 1-2 people every morning, it became five,10, even 20-plus people working her into their walk. I saw neighbors who had never met pass by at the same time and strike up a conversation.

    She has sort of created this new "hub" where people from around the neighborhood who might never otherwise meet can now intersect. I've even heard folks say they've walked from over two miles away to see her. I would be thrilled to see more art pieces installed in San Diego neighborhoods. I think it's an incredible opportunity to keep the community feeling engaged and sane.

     

    Beacon: How was it perceived at burning man?

    Hamann: People loved her. We saw tons of photos of people with her after we left the event. In the spirit of one of Burning Man's principles (decommodification), we didn't put any social media information out with her. Regardless, you can see some people found and tagged her on Instagram (@the.toxic.unicorn).

    Out on playa, it was hilarious to go out to the unicorn and get people to touch it. By the end of the week, other people were doing my job for me. I'd just go out and watch people trick their friends and all break down into giggles.

     

    Beacon: How long will it stay there? 

    Hamann: Given the positive reaction to her, I'd love to keep her or some other attraction in place to continue the connection. But I would also love to share her magic with other neighborhoods – perhaps start a kind of artwork rotation with a location in several different neighborhoods and pieces that move from place to place for folks to visit. Gladly accepting donations to get that off the ground. One plan is to install her on Niagara Street in front of the former coffee shop The Nest.

     

    Beacon: What’s your background?

    Hamann: I grew up in central Ohio and moved to San Diego for a graduate program in physical oceanography at Scripps in 2013. I found oceanography through my mentors at the University of Notre Dame where I studied civil and environmental engineering. Turns out studying the ocean sounded like more of an adventure than building highway overpasses.

     

    Beacon: What do you do at Scripps? 

    Hamann: I completed my Ph.D., and am now a postdoctoral scholar at Scripps in the Marine Physical Laboratory. I work with Matthew Alford (another Point Loma resident) and the Multiscale Ocean Dynamics group to observe turbulence in the interior of the ocean and study how it affects the ocean's circulation and ecosystems. We go out on research vessels for weeks at a time in locations all over the world, deploying our custom instruments wherever we go to better understand and parameterize the physics that other scientists are putting into models of the global ocean and climate.

     

     

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