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    Algae oil can replace fish oil in farm fish, Hubbs-SeaWorld study finds
    Oct 27, 2020 | 6198 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Farm-Raised California yellowtail at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute. Photo Credit: Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute
    Farm-Raised California yellowtail at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute. Photo Credit: Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute

    A new study led by scientists at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) in San Diego, California, showed that omega-3-rich algae oil can successfully replace fish oil in the diet of farm-raised juvenile California yellowtail (Seriola dorsalis) without compromising growth or survival. The results also revealed that algae oil can produce fish with levels of two important omega-3 fatty acids — DHA and EPA — roughly three times higher than in fish fed fish oil.

    These findings, published in the journal Aquaculture Research, put scientists steps closer to growing healthier and more sustainable seafood by replacing wild-caught fish in aquaculture feed.

    Typical aquaculture feed relies on the inclusion of fishmeal and fish oil derived from wild fish such as sardines, anchovies, and menhaden, known as “forage fish.” In 2018, roughly 18 million tons of wild forage fish were reduced to fishmeal and fish oil for use in animal feed, including pet food. Removing these fish from the ocean can decrease food available for other species in the marine food chain, such as seabirds, marine mammals such as whales, seals, and dolphins, and commercially important fish such as salmon, tuna, and cod.

    “These results show the potential for this species to be reared on fishmeal and fish-oil free diets,” said Kevin Stuart, a research scientist at HSWRI and lead author of the study. “More research needs to be done to make these diets cost effective for growers, but the potential is there to advance sustainable aquaculture.” 

    In HSWRI’s 64-day feeding trial, the researchers tested three diets formulated without wild fish ingredients against a control diet — containing fishmeal and fish oil — on juvenile California yellowtail. Upon completion of the study, the fish were analyzed for general body composition (moisture, protein, fiber, and ash content) and fatty acid levels in their tissue to evaluate the fish growth and fillet quality of each diet.

    The researchers found significantly higher DHA-EPA fatty acid levels in fish fed the diet containing Veramaris marine algal oil, which contains naturally high levels of these omega-3s.

    These results show that Veramaris® natural marine algal oil can fully replace fish oil in the diet of juvenile California yellowtail without affecting growth or survival, and at the same time provide higher levels of DHA and EPA, two essential nutrients needed for early brain development and linked to improved cardiovascular health in humans.

    In previous studies on Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei), channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus), rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), scientists have observed similar or better growth and higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in fish fed algal oil when compared to those fed fish oil.  

    Although the diets free of wild fish ingredients resulted in slower fish growth than the fishmeal-fish oil control diet, the pattern of growth — 600% increase in weight during the study — was still excellent and suggests a strong potential for full fishmeal-fish oil replacement for this species with continued research, said the authors.

    Aquaculture, the world’s fastest growing food sector, will require an estimated 37.4 million tons of feed by 2025 to meet the global demand for farmed seafood. With wild fish populations declining worldwide, more “fish-free” ingredients in aquaculture feeds will be required to meet future seafood demand and enhance sustainability.

    For more information about HSWRI, visit


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    DAILY BRIEFING – Take care of your pets on Halloween, Complete Communities plan on City docket, presale open for Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
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    To keep your pets safe and healthy this Halloween, San Diego Humane Society recommends keeping pets inside away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities. COURTESY PHOTO
    To keep your pets safe and healthy this Halloween, San Diego Humane Society recommends keeping pets inside away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities. COURTESY PHOTO

    A round-up of news, community, and business briefs from highlighting what’s happening in our community.

    Monday, Oct. 26

    Presale for the 2021 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & ½ Marathon taking place June 5-6, 2021 is now open by visiting Presale registration is now open through Sunday, Nov. 1 featuring the lowest prices of the year. In addition, participants that register during presale will receive a free  Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego training T-shirt mailed directly to their door.
    Since 1998, Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego has brought the fun to the run. As the original Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event, Rock 'n' Roll San Diego is proud to return for its 24th year, taking participants on the ultimate running tour of San Diego. See America’s Finest City on foot next June 5-6, 2021 with a marathon, half marathon, half marathon relay, or 5K distance. To learn more about Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego, please visit

    The City Council will consider Mayor Faulconer’s Complete Communities plan to encourage denser development near transit on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The proposed plan will offer a new optional incentive package developers can use for projects within half a mile of transit stations. The plan includes bus lines as well as trolley routes. The plan has come under fire from some community groups opposing more development in their neighborhoods.

    Creepy costumes, glowing jack-o’-lanterns and candy galore make Halloween a treat for kids and grown-ups alike, but they can be seriously scary for pets. To keep your pets safe and healthy this Halloween, San Diego Humane Society recommends keeping the following tips in mind:
    • Stay in: Keep pets inside away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities. To reduce stress levels, keep pets in an enclosed room with their favorite toys and with the television or radio on.
    • Doorbell damage control: Excessive ringing of the doorbell can make some dogs bark and raise their stress levels. Consider leaving a note on your door that asks trick-or-treaters to lightly knock rather than ring the doorbell.
    • Keep Sweets out of reach: Chocolate and other ingredients can be toxic to animals, so keep candy somewhere they won’t be able to get into. Also, be mindful of wrappers and foil — they can be a choking hazard to animals.
    • Costumes are not for everyone: Just because animals look adorable in costumes, doesn’t necessarily mean they like it. Don’t make your pet wear a costume unless you’re sure they enjoy it. A simple Halloween bandana can be a more comfortable alternative to a full costume.
    • Use caution with Halloween decor: Keep jack-o’-lanterns with flames out of reach of your pets, or use flameless candles to prevent curious pets from getting burned. Also, use caution with fake cobwebs and other decorations that could be a choking hazard for your pet — and inadvertently catch wildlife outside.
    • ID your pet: Make sure that all of your pets are microchipped and wearing tags with a current ID. Opening the door repeatedly for trick-or-treaters creates plenty of escape opportunities for your pet. If your pet does go missing, a pet ID and microchip will help ensure a quick reunion. Microchips are offered at San Diego Humane Society’s San Diego, Escondido, and Oceanside campuses for just $25. To schedule an appointment, visit

    Digital inequity has existed for decades and has long been a focus of the San Diego Public Library Foundation and its partners. However, the pandemic is putting a shining spotlight on the issue, with the deep impacts of COVID-19 affecting San Diego’s most vulnerable communities and widening the digital divide. To address this, the Foundation did an innovative rethinking of what libraries are able to offer and how they can be set up to give technology access to those needing it most. The Foundation’s actions provide a unique model for other communities to follow and demonstrate how libraries are more than just books and can be used as a key solution to provide technology and access to those in need, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    The San Diego Public Library Foundation helped libraries with three specific initiatives:

    1. For students – The Foundation is expanding a program to provide the technology needed for remote learning that started by giving out 240 Chromebooks

    2. For adult learners – The Foundation donated computers to participants in the Career Online High School program and READ/San Diego, an adult literacy program.

    3. For job seekers – The Foundation provided 200 Chromebooks for libraries to lend to patrons to use in outdoor library spaces. The program, colloquially called Computers in the Courtyard, continues to expand to more locations and more laptops available for check out. These computers can also be used by individuals who need the internet for a myriad of reasoning including college applications, research or social media.

    4. For the city - The Foundation stepped up to develop a broader response to address the digital equity problem. This initiative is now a part of the Mayor’s SD Access for All citywide initiative involving local government and its various departments, showing the value of libraries as a key solution to bridging the digital divide. 
      The San Diego Library Foundation was created as a catalyst for creating stronger communities through investment in the San Diego Public Library system. It helps provide access to resources supporting literacy, work readiness and lifelong learning, helping to ensure equal opportunities and for success for all.

    5. The foundation works within the community to raise funds, build partnerships and honor its patrons and donors. Since its inception in 2002, the San Diego Public Library Foundation has raised more than $130 million in private funds to augment and support library programs, collections, expansions and services. For more information, call 619-238-6695 or visit

    Friday, Oct. 23

    Sunday, Nov. 1 marks the Fish Shop's 10 year anniversary of opening their first location in Pacific Beach. To celebrate and thank the community for 10 years, the team has fun planned for the entire week prior, including an in-store raffle. From Monday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 1, every customer who dines in will receive a raffle ticket with their order. There will be a box setup where you can drop your ticket and enter to win prizes such as a bottle of Fish Shop seasoning, Fish Shop apparel; $10 gift cards; and free tacos. Those who dine-in on Nov. 1 will receive 10% off their order. PB Fish Shop is located at 1775 Garnet Ave. and open for dine-in service from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.


    From improving wildfire monitoring to developing biodegradable products for a more sustainable future, the University of California San Diego has pushed boundaries and challenged expectations to promote positive change. Now, the university is poised to continue advancing its efforts to solve society’s most urgent issues with the recent launch of the Changemaker Institute at UC San Diego.
    A changemaker is anyone who has the courage to do things differently and takes creative action to solve social problems. By envisioning a better world, we all have the potential to be a changemaker.
    As the nucleus of the university’s Changemaker programs, the new campuswide institute serves as a supportive infrastructure to champion, oversee, and reinforce change-making efforts throughout UC San Diego. Its mission is to advance UC San Diego’s ecosystem for changemaker education, research, and community engagement among the campus community including students, staff, faculty, and alumni.
    For the 2020/2021 academic year, the institute has selected a theme of, “Inspiring Changemaking for a Just and Equitable Future.” This theme will be reflected across affiliated events, programming, and initiatives such as the upcoming Oct. 21 Global Ethics of Affirmative Action panel discussion in observance of Global Ethics Day and the 2021 Changemaker Week.
    The Changemaker Institute at UC San Diego invites the campus community to nominate individuals dedicated to channeling their talents and skills for the greater good. To nominate a Changemaker, visit the Changemaker Institute website. Selected changemakers will be recognized and honored throughout the academic year by the institute.


    Visit the Pacific Beach City Tacos location on Halloween Day Oct. 31 and receive a free quesadilla when you come in wearing your Halloween costume. The taqueria will also host a social media costume contest, with a chance to win a $25 gift card. To participate, simply snap a photo in costume while at City Tacos and tag the taqueria on social media. Make sure to try the October Taco of the Month before October ends – the Vegan Sweet Potato Taco, featuring a golden fried purple sweet potato over black bean mousse and topped with microgreens, pico de gallo, and vegan basil aioli.
    Head to Break Point this Halloween for fun, food, and boos. The Pacific Beach destination will feature specialty cocktails such as the Pumpkin-Tini and the Blue-BOO-ry Passionfruit Sour alongside savory bites including Wings and Carne Asada Fries. Come in dressed to impress and enter Break Point’s Costume Contest – upload a photo in your costume at Break Point for a chance to win a prize


    On Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m., Warwick’s in La Jolla will host veterinarian and San Diego Humane Society president and CEO, Dr. Gary Weitzman, who will present his two new companion titles to help families seeking the best tips and tricks for training their furry best friends. Titles include “Fetch! A How to Speak Dog Training Guide” and “Pounce! A How To Speak Cat Training Guide” (National Geographic Kids Books, ages 8-12). 
    This is a free Facebook Live virtual event for pet owners around the world to tune-in, listen, learn, and enjoy. Brian Daugherty, senior vice president and chief philanthropy and communications officer with San Diego Humane Society will interview Weitzman during this event. Also, joining the conversation will be Amanda Kowlaski, SDHS’ director of behavior programs. Kowlaski served as an expert reviewer for the books. With the pet adoption and ownership “boom" linked to COVID-19 quarantining, Weitzman will present information on responsible pet care, ownership, and training.

    FOPBE (Friends of Pacific Beach Elementary) remains committed to supporting the PBE community. They are now holding the PBE STRONG Contribution Drive through Oct. 30.  By contributing, you are helping students benefit from social/emotional support as well as science enrichment. To make a contribution, visit There are a number of great perks that come with your donation including a raffle ticket for prizes and PBE STRONG gear. Any amount is appreciated and all proceeds go directly to benefit students at every grade level.


    Award-winning New York City-based b-girl, dancer, and choreographer Ephrat Asherie embarks on a virtual dance residency at ArtPower from Oct. 27 through Nov. 19. Public events include film screening of “Everything Remains Raw: Hip Hop’s Folkloric Lineage” (Oct. 27), which traces the fundamental role African Americans have had in American popular dance. Director of the film Moncell Durden joins Asherie to discuss social dance and its physicality after the screening.
    On Nov. 5, a film screening of “Check Your Body At The Door” and conversation with the film’s griot/guiding star Archie Burnett and Asherie about the golden decade of dancing. On Nov. 12, audiences are invited to participate in an intimate “Conversation with Asherie” and UC San Diego lecturer Grace Jun as they discuss Asherie’s life and works. The fall 2020 residency concludes on Nov. 19 with a work-in-progress showcase of Asherie’s latest work “UnderScored.”
    All Ephrat Asherie Dance Residency events take place via online live stream. Tickets are $10 per device and can be purchased online at ArtPower at UC San Diego presents performing arts that engage, energize, and transform the diverse cultural life of the university and San Diego. For more information, visit


    In September, Don’t Trash Mission Beach held its first beach clean up and art installation at Belmont Park. More than 60 people came out to volunteer and support. The volunteers picked up 523 pounds of trash from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    At 2 a.m. participants began setting up the installation along the boardwalk at Belmont Park with tables stacked with thousands of items picked up from the beach in just 30 days. That brought awareness in the form of a shock for many who stopped by and asked questions. We met new folks and those who want to collaborate with us in the future.


    The Bird Rock Merchants group has established a Facebook group dedicated to all merchants in Bird Rock. The aim of the group is to highlight the attractions of the various Bird Rock merchants and to provide information on their various offerings. A growing number of videos are already posted on the site, providing virtual tours of stores and introductions to business owners. If you are a Facebook user, you will want to join the site and to check in often for the latest updates.

    Monday, Oct. 19

    The next Pacific Beach Town Council virtual public meeting will be live-streamed on the group’s PBTC Facebook page Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Topics will include:


    • Q&A with local police, fire, and lifeguards.

    • Updates from public officials.

    • PBTC board elections with a vote on the 2021 slate of candidates. You do not need a Facebook account to watch the live stream. 


    Repair work by the Army Corps of Engineers is continuing on the Mission Bay jetty. The work involves repairing the large rock structure of the jetty outer layer near the ends of each jetty, as well as a portion of the north jetty close to the South Mission Beach parking lot. 
    Additionally, the large concrete pad that used to support the navigation light at the end of the north jetty will be removed along with graffiti. The contractor will be using a barge-mounted crane to place the rock and a tug to position it. 
    The barge will be staged in the turning basin between the entrance to Mariner's Basin and the West Mission Bay Drive Bridge. The area will be secured and barricades and warning tape will be used to block certain areas currently accessible to the public. The work started in July and is expected to be completed in November.


    On Wednesday, Oct. 21, San Diego Seniors Community Foundation will host a virtual press conference to announce its No Seniors Alone Initiative, which will provide $1 million to support isolated older adults across San Diego County. The event will feature president/CEO of San Diego Seniors Community Foundation Bob Kelly and other community leaders who will discuss the challenges older adults face as the COVID-19 pandemic continues; as well as the pathways that will enable San Diego’s older adult population to thrive and the region to continue to benefit from their contributions.
    The widespread impact of COVID-19 and associated social distancing measures have hit San Diego's older adults especially hard. This has resulted in what AARP calls social isolation and the "loneliness epidemic." Increased social isolation for older people across San Diego County significantly threatens their overall health and wellbeing.
    In addition to the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on older people, San Diego’s service providers tasked with caring for this population lack adequate infrastructure and funding to deliver safe support services in the midst of a pandemic. For more information visit, Featured speakers:


    • Bob Kelly, founder, CEO, and president of San Diego Seniors Community Foundation;

    • Abigail Sahm, Sahm Family Foundation; 

    • Congressman Juan Vargas; 

    • Aaron Ruiz, supervisor at Norman Park Senior Center; 

    • Shelley Lyford, CEO of West Health Institute. 


    Construction crews will be working around the clock this weekend to smooth the pavement on State Route 52 (SR-52). All lanes of westbound SR-52 between State Route 163 (SR-163) and Interstate 805 (I-805) will close from 4:30 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26. Motorists will be detoured to southbound SR-163, to eastbound Interstate 8, to northbound Interstate 5 to SR-52.
    Crews began in late August on a $16.5 million project to smooth the pavement between SR-163 and I-805. Crews are working daily to complete the project by early November. On weeknights, at least one lane remains open during the construction hours between 4:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. Nearly 30 highway workers are working this area each night. Motorists are advised to slow down and obey the speed reduction signs posted on both the eastbound and westbound lanes of the highway.


    Suzi OBrien, the principal designer and CO of EcoLux Interiors of San Diego, has been elected president of the American Society of Interior Designers’ San Diego chapter for a one-year term.
    OBrien focuses on residential interiors, specializing in eco-friendly design. A recent remodel achieved “Platinum” status from Green Point Rated, which provides third-party verification of green homes, and was featured in the San Diego Green Building Council’s Home Tour. 
    She prides herself in being able to create homes that reflect the personal “love stories” of her clients and incorporates each family’s history, treasures, travels and interests. Her interior design work has been featured in San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, La Jolla Lifestyles and the San Diego Union-Tribune.  For the past seven years, she has been honored as the “Best Interior Designer” in the Peninsula Beacon’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
    In addition to OBrien, the new ASID board of directors includes Beppie Mostert, Allied ASID, director of communications; Shannon Miller-Rice, ASID, membership director; Robin Kelley, ASID, director of finance; Chelsea Metheny, ASID, director of professional development; Edwin Clement, Industry Partner ASID, director at large; and Vallerie Dalrymple, Student ASID, student rep to the board. 


    The Taco Stand understands that trick-or-treating might look a little different this year, which is why they’re offering $1 Paletas on Halloween. Whether you opt for Oreo, pistachio, coconut or one of their many other indulgent flavors, this is one treat you can count on this year. Also, have a hoppy Halloween at Pacific Beach AleHouse, where you can get your fill of brews and views with $5 house beer available all day.


    Friday, Oct. 16

    Because 2020 needs a superhero, Duck Dive will be celebrating Halloween in superhero-style. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, Superhero Trivia will take place at 8 p.m. Reservations required for groups of 4-plus, and you can call 858-273-3825. For smaller groups, it will be first come, first served starting at 7:30 p.m. There will be prizes for the best costume and trivia winner, along with superhero themed cocktails. On Friday, Oct. 30, Duck Dive will be gearing up for the festive weekend with superhero brunch at 10 a.m. Enjoy superhero themed cocktails and bottomless mimosas until 2 p.m. and costumes are highly encouraged.

    If you are looking for a frighten-ly good time… don’t miss out on the Mavericks Beach Club third annual Nightmare on Garnet. Costumes encouraged all week long and the beach bar’s spooky decor officially goes up on Monday, Oct. 26. On Halloween, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Mavericks is going all out with their nightmare-themed decor, haunted special cocktail menu, spooky swag and more. This promises to be one Halloween celebration you won’t forget.

    The Foundation Fighting Blindness, committed to finding treatments and cures for blinding retinal diseases, will host its San Diego Virtual VisionWalk on Saturday, Oct. 24. This new one-day event is an opportunity for VisionWalk supporters from across the nation to come together virtually to raise awareness and funds for the Foundation’s mission. On Oct. 24, VisionWalk participants are encouraged to be creative in taking steps to fighting blindness by walking on a treadmill, going on a socially distanced walk outdoors, or hosting a virtual meeting with team members. Participants are also invited to show their strength and how they’re celebrating by posting a picture or video using #VisionWalkStrong on social media. Join the National Virtual VisionWalk by visiting

    Pacific Beach Town Council has sent a letter to District 2 City Councilmember Dr. Jennifer Campbell stressing the need for sidewalk vending regulations. “Due to inaction by the City of San Diego, we’ve seen a major uptick in street vendors along our boardwalks in Pacific, Mission and Ocean beaches,” wrote PBTC president Brian White in the letter. “We’ve sent pictures and complaints without any attempts by the City to remedy the situation. When the draft ordinance for sidewalk vending was brought to City Council committee in September 2019 by the mayor’s office, PBTC voiced full support for the new regulations.
    “The proposed rules called for the prohibition of vending on our boardwalks and other areas of high- pedestrian traffic, while still allowing this activity in certain areas with rules and proper permitting in place. After SB 946 opened up sidewalk vending across the state in September 2018, Carlsbad quickly responded by adopting new regulations in March 2019, while this issue remains unaddressed here in San Diego. We urge you to bring forward the draft ordinance to full council for approval as soon as possible.”

    “Our all-volunteer PB Town Council is seeking increased hours for on-leash dogs in Mission Bay Park,” said PBTC president Brian White. “We believe the current hours are too restrictive, so we're proposing that the City of San Diego to loosen up the hours a bit to give dog owners a little more time in the mornings and evenings to enjoy the bay with their pups. Changing the hours to 10 a.m.-4 p.m. year-round (for "Dogs Not Allowed") would provide more consistency as well.”
    Mission Bay Park Committee on Oct. 6 endorsed, in principle, extending on-leash dog hours and that meeting can be viewed on YouTube at, starting at 43:30.

    The Southern California Chapter of the Tourette Association of America, the only national non-profit organization serving the Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder community, will host a virtual fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. The program will raise funds and awareness for the chapter, while celebrating Southern California’s children, adults and families that are living with TS. Featured presenters will include actor and director Dash Mihok, who will serve as the program’s emcee, Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin, as well as animator, comic book artist, and musician Chance Raspberry — all of whom have Tourette Syndrome and are vocal advocates for the condition. For more information, visit

    The ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter will present its 2020 Walk to Defeat ALS, the nonprofit’s 20th annual fundraising walk, on Sunday, Oct. 18 as a virtual fundraiser due to Covid-19 restrictions. The fundraiser is free and open to the public. Information is available at Proceeds will benefit the chapter’s programs, services and services provided to local families living with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects neurons, or nerve cells, in the brain and the spinal cord.
    The theme for the 2020 Walk to Defeat ALS 2020 is “Walk Your Way,” which refers to the many different ways supporters can participate virtually while maintaining physical distance and still raising money for a cure, according to Steve Becvar, executive director, ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter. The 2020 fundraising goal is $300,000, and a minimum donation of $90 is requested to qualify for a walk T-shirt.

    Duck Dive, a favorite PB hangout, is going basic this fall by transforming one of their beloved cocktails into a delicious, pumpkin-flavored delight. The Deja Brew, made with vodka, Kahlua, Modern Times Cold Brew, Coco Lopez, crème de cacao, and vanilla, will now also have fresh pumpkin and pumpkin spice blend. This frozen concoction comes served with leaf sprinkles to truly get anyone who orders it in the mood for fall. Duck Dive is at 4650 Mission Blvd., and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

    Monday, Oct. 12

    The retail-commercial building at 2168 Balboa Ave. has been sold for $1.7 million. The seller was the Carmel Creek LLC, and the buyer was 2168 Balboa Ave LLC, a company led by Dr. Brett Berman. The Franco Realty Group, led by Tony Franco and Seth Pite, exclusively represented the seller. Marcus & Millichap, led by Ben Tashakorian and Bradley Peters, was able to locate a buyer who plans on operating their cardiologist practice in one of the four units.
    The property includes four office units totaling 3,960 square feet and 14 onsite parking spaces. All four units were leased prior to COVID-19. After the businesses were shut down during quarantine, two of the four tenants never reopened. The vacancies provided an opportunity for Berman to purchase the building and open his cardiologist practice. For more information regarding the sale of the building, call The Franco Realty Group at 858-717-1697.

    The first virtual spirit week is being held this week at Point Loma High School. The schedule of spirit days is:

    Monday: Tie-Dye Day;

    Tuesday: Pointer Pride;

    Wednesday: Bring Your Pet to Zoom;

    Thursday: Class Colors;

    Friday: Pink Out.

    There will be a competition for the class that has the most spirit. If you dress up for Spirit Day, post a story in Instagram and tag your class Instagram for points.

    Liberty Station invites guests to participate in a virtual costume contest throughout the month of October. Strike a pose anywhere around campus and upload the photo to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, making sure to hashtag #HalloweenAtTheStation. Contenders will be entered to win first, second, and third prizes from kids, families, and pets categories (plus most creative and fan favorite picks). Prizes include gift cards from Liberty Station businesses including Stone Brewing, Solare, The Presley, Pigment, Moniker Coffee, Liberty Public Market, The Hot Spot, and more.
    Visitors are also encouraged to Follow the Anchor throughout the historic hub to locate festive photo ops, complete with fall décor of haystacks, corn stalks, and pumpkins galore. For more information, go to  

    Don’t miss the upcoming installment of the online lecture series presented jointly by the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and SDSU Chinese Cultural Center. On Oct. 17, starting at 10 a.m., author Russell N. Low, a California-born, fourth-generation Chinese-American physician, will recreate the world of Tong Yan Gai, or Chinatown, before the turn of the 20th Century. He will recount the story of his great-grandparents, Lai Wah, a railroad worker, and Ah Ying, a rescued child slave. 
    Their saga is intertwined with the history of the American West, beginning with the construction of the transcontinental railroad.  Later in the story, Low will explore the devastating impacts of the Chinese Exclusion Act, and the subsequent trafficking of young Chinese women as part of the illegal slave trade.
    Based on his novel, “Three Coins: A Young Girl's Story of Kidnappings, Slavery, and Romance in 19th Century America,” Russell's talk will touch upon the themes of immigration, discrimination, human trafficking, and romance that are as relevant today as they were 140 years ago. "Ripples in Time" will celebrate all the immigrant stories that make us uniquely American. Register in advance to attend this presentation in Zoom: 

    Families, youth athletes, coaches and organization management within the Southern California soccer community rallied Oct. 10 at the County Administration Building in downtown San Diego to ask Gov. Newsom to open up gaming competition in California. In addition to the soccer community, organized by the Presidio Soccer League, all youth sports organizations and athletes were invited to attend. The participating organizations and leagues have waited patiently since June for the state to consider moving forward from individual training exercises within the state's reopening. Efforts made to seek conversation with state officials have gone unanswered.

    Friday, Oct. 9

    The OB Pumpkin Patch will pop-up at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, on Santa Cruz Avenue between Bacon and Cable streets. Masks are mandatory and hand sanitizer will be provided. Donations will be accepted. Children will receive a pumpkin.

    Steak N Fries at 1039 Garnet Ave. In Pacific Beach is celebrating its three-year anniversary Sunday, Oct. 18. “We opened our doors October 18, 2017 after relocating to San Diego in September of 2016,” said restaurant owner Angel Pagan. “We are 100% family owned and operated. The most important part of our business is ensuring every ingredient is fresh. We slice our ribeye fresh everyday along with our mix-ins (onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, jalapeños and cherry peppers) and cheeses (American Provolone, Swiss, Mozzarella, and Pepper Jack). Every item on the menu is customizable, you pick your meat (steak or chicken) your mix-ins, and your cheese.”
    For his anniversary date, Pagan has something special planned. “We will be picking three names to win a free meal,” he said. “We have the sign up sheets in store and all they have to do is leave their contact info, and if we draw their names, we will contact them. Also, the first 25 customers that day will receive a gift from us including some of our exclusive merchandise and special offers. We will also have special treats for everyone who stops in to celebrate with us.”
    Pagan added that, as always, seniors, students and military will receive 10% off. “We will be operating during the hours of 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays our hours are 11 a.m.-midnight,” he added.

    San Diego International Airport has achieved Airports Council International World’s Airport Health Accreditation for its “Let’s Go Safely” program that prioritizes the health and safety of passengers, employees and the community through a number of modifications and improvements at the airport. The ACI Airport Health Accreditation program provides airports with an assessment of how aligned their health measures are with the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and International Civil Aviation Organization Council Aviation Restart Task Force recommendations along with industry best practices.  
    The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority voluntary initiated the request to achieve accreditation by submitting a questionnaire and a cleaning and disinfecting plan that details the process in which SAN has addressed topics including cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing, staff protection, physical layout, passenger communications, and passenger facilities. Once submitted, the questionnaire was reviewed by ACI and accreditation was granted for a period of one year. 
    “This accreditation provides SAN with third-party verification and recognition of professional excellence in maintaining safe, hygienic facilities and promoting best practices that align with efforts across the aviation industry,” said Kimberly Becker, Airport Authority president/CEO. “I want to commend our operations team for their diligent efforts in achieving this important accreditation.”   
    Since March, SAN has been implementing several health and safety modifications throughout the terminals, Rental Car Center, Parking Plaza, and Airport Authority administration building. Those modifications and protocols include increased cleaning of high touch points, electrostatic spraying, signage on preventive health measures, floor decals and seat separation signage to queue six-foot social distance, hand sanitizer stations, Plexiglas sneeze guards in certain public spaces, and facial coverings required on all airport property. For more information on ACI Airport Health Accreditation program, click here. To learn more about what SAN is doing to keep travelers safe, visit


    Several San Diego LGBTQ-serving organizations will be hosting a conference to increase culturally competent services in San Diego County for victims and survivors of sexual violence who identify as LGBTQ. The three-day conference entitled #MeTooLGBTQ will be held online from Thursday, Oct. 15 to Saturday, Oct. 17.
    The goal of the #MeTooLGBTQ conference is to increase culturally competent services for victims and survivors of sexual violence and relationship violence that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer and to create space for LGBTQ+ survivors to connect with each other and community resources. For more information and to register, visit

    Thursday, Oct. 8

    Union Bank Pacific Beach branch manager Catherine Principato recently presented a check to Ron Greene, Pacific Beach Surf Club president, for the philanthropy work the PB Surf Club has provided to the Pacific Beach community, such as StayHomeSD, Pacific Beach Middle School Surf Team, Mission Bay High School Surf Team, and the Pacific Beach Middle School Orchestra Music Program.

    Craft beer royalty from both ends of the country are joining forces for an imperial collaboration like no other. Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, N.Y., and AleSmith Brewing of San Diego, have teamed up to give a new twist to their best beers. Philosophy and Velocity combines each brewery’s most iconic beers: Ommegang’s Three Philosophers and AleSmith’s Speedway Stout. Each brewery crafted a singular blend to release in their respective markets.
    Though they share a name, the two varieties of Philosophy and Velocity have distinct regional differences. Philosophy and Velocity: West Coast, from AleSmith, pours velvety black with a creamy white head. Aromas of roast espresso and chocolate lead to semisweet caramel malt flavors. Full-bodied and textured, this is an incredible sipper.
    “We have always been huge fans of Brewery Ommegang, and are thrilled to be able to work with their team,” said Ryan Crisp, director of brewery operations/head brewer at AleSmith Brewing Co. “Each step of the creative process has been natural and seamless. These rich and complex beers are meant to be compared, savored, and enjoyed. We hope our fans love them as much as we do.”
    Philosophy and Velocity hits shelves in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, and a few dozen other markets and will be sold in 4-packs with 16 ounce cans.

    Following selection by the City of San Diego to redevelop the Sports Arena Site, Brookfield Properties and ASM Global launched the Sports Arena Community Advisory Board today. The group is comprised of 19 members representing the business, transportation, neighborhood, climate action, military and higher education communities and will actively provide input to help shape the future of the Sports Arena property.
    Community participation is a key principle for all projects that we engage with,” said Zach Adams, vice president of development at Brookfield Properties. “We are excited to collaborate and work in close partnership with the Sports Arena Community Advisory Board throughout the entire process to reimagine the current Sports Arena property into a special, mixed use destination.”
    The Sports Arena Community Advisory group held its first meeting virtually this week and will continue to meet throughout the planning and development process of the Sports Area property.
    The Brookfield Properties and ASM Global team were selected as winners of the opportunity to redevelop the Sports Arena property in August, following a public Request for Proposals (RFP) process through the City over the last year. Brookfield Properties and ASM Global have initially envisioned a mixed-use district of parks, housing, office space, modern entertainment venue and retail that is convenient, walkable and transit oriented.
    Sports Arena Community Advisory Board membership includes: Cathy Kenton, Midway-Pacific Highway Planning Group; Dike Anyiwo, Midway-Pacific Highway Planning Group; Byron Wear, Point Loma Resident; Anthony Pretto and Chuck Pretto, Kobey's Inc.; Kevin Sheehan, Phil’s BBQ; Rebecca Lieberman, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; Nicole Capretz, Climate Action Campaign; Jason Riggs, San Diego Stadium Coalition; Chris Duggan, California Restaurant Association; Andy Hanshaw, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition; Jason Paguio, Asian Business Association; Mark Balmert, RADM, USN, San Diego Military Advisory Council; Lynn Reaser, Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, Point Loma Nazarene University; Sherry Ryan, San Diego State University; Angeli Calinog, Circulate San Diego; Karen Thatcher, Walter Anderson Nursery; Sunny Lee, Old Town Chamber of Commerce; and Coleen Clementson, SANDAG.

    The American Kennel Club has launched AKC PupPals for kids in need of uplifting with a message from a canine friend. In light of the crisis California is facing right now, the club thought it was fitting to expand the program to cater to anyone in need of some cheer – medical professionals (HEROES), nursing home and hospital patients, and anyone else impacted by the California wildfires and coronavirus.

    Anyone can nominate a person to receive a letter or video from a canine companion, just sign them up here: More than 500 requests have been received and fulfilled and AKC is happy to do more. To learn more about this program, visit

    St. James By-The- Sea will present A Festival of Faith: Lament and Hope from Oct. 18 to Nov, 1. The event will feature two special services, a photography exhibition, and the premiere of a sound installation, which will take place at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. During the two-week period. The event will begin with a sung Compline-by-Candlelight Service on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. This calm, contemplative choral service, meant for the end of the day, will be led by the Schola Cantorum of St James. The service will include solo voices and polyphony in both ancient and modern styles.
    On Sunday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m., a Jazz Vespers service will close the festival. Come, bring a lawn chair or a picnic blanket. For information call 858 459-3421. The services will be held on the church patio with appropriate social distancing. Space is limited and masks will be required at all events. Reservations are required and can be made at For additional information, contact Walter DuMelle 646-457-8707 or [email protected].

    In September, in partnership with a volunteer crew from La Jolla GolfCarts, the La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District removed and disposed of 26 abandoned news stands located on sidewalks throughout the Village of La Jolla. Special thanks to Robert Mackey, Israel Alvarado and Dylan Adler of La Jolla Golf Carts for their help and the use of a trailer to facilitate this project.
    After more than two years of off and on and trying to get this project done, the La Jolla MAD removed 26 rusty, abandoned news stand racks. The La Jolla MAD would like to thank the owners of the news racks that gave permission to dispose of their racks. The La Jolla MAD still has work to do, however, with the news racks that are left.  The La Jolla MAD intends to consolidate the locations for the remaining news racks to better inventory and keep track of these publications.  We're going to need help from existing news stand owners to update or come up with a plan to better represent their product in La Jolla Village.

    Tuesday, Oct. 6

    The Parking Advisory Board for the Pacific Beach Parking District is holding a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 9:30 a.m. regarding a proposal for parking meters to be installed in certain areas of Pacific Beach. They're seeking feedback from the community. Join the zoom meeting

    VZUkVBUT09. To register email [email protected].



    The Point Loma/Hervey branch library at 3701 Voltaire St. will serve as an official Mail Ballot Drop-Off location for the 2020 Presidential General Election from Tuesday, Oct. 6 through election day on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Your signed, sealed and dated voted mail ballot envelope can be dropped off during these hours:

    • Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    • On Election Day, Tuesday November 3rd, hours for dropping off voted mail ballots will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    • Questions regarding the Mail Ballot Drop-Off program should be directed to the County of San Diego Registrar of Voters 858-565-5800.



    Caltrans construction crews will close the southbound Interstate 5 (I-5) connector ramp to eastbound State Route 52 (SR-52), between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. now through Thursday, Oct. 8 for electrical work.

    Motorists will be detoured to the Clairemont Drive off-ramp, east on Clairemont Drive to the northbound I-5 on-ramp. For real-time traffic information including traffic speed, lane and road closures due to construction and maintenance activities, and more, go to



    In order to gather public feedback on climate action efforts and future goals, the City of San Diego is hosting a series of virtual community forums for residents in all nine City Council districts. The virtual forums are scheduled in place of in-person community events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Earlier this year, the Sustainability Department launched Our Climate, Our Future, an expanded vision for climate action in San Diego. When the City’s landmark Climate Action Plan was adopted in 2015, it included a commitment to update the plan in 2020. This update will incorporate changes in state laws and policies, advances in technology, and new goals for creating a more sustainable future for all. 

    Upcoming dates and registration information for the virtual forms are available on the City’s website. All of the forums will be held on Zoom and a link will be sent to participants after they register. Language interpretation services will be available. 

    The Climate Action Plan calls for the City to cut half of all greenhouse gas emissions by 2035. Strategies include 100% renewable electricity; water and energy efficiency; zero waste; bicycling, walking, transit and land use; and resiliency measures. Anyone who is unable to attend a virtual forum can share their viewpoints through a public survey available online at



    Businesses and environmentalists joined at a press conference at Pechanga Arena San Diego to support the “Yes on E” campaign on the Nov. 3 ballot calling for removal of the 30-foot height limit from the Midway District and the former Sports Arena. Citing the economic and climate benefits of the ballot measure, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and non-profit Climate Action Campaign both urged voters to approve Measure E, which they claim will allow for a new sports arena in the Midway District and spur the creation of jobs, housing and parks at no cost to taxpayers.
    “Measure E will create jobs in a variety of industries and give our economy the shot in the arm it needs right now,” said Jerry Sanders, president/CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. “In the midst of the worst economic downturn in generations, Measure E will put San Diegans back to work.”
    “Measure E will revitalize the Sports Arena district, bringing parks, public transportation, residential and recreational opportunities to this deteriorating area,” said Matthew Vasilakis, co-director of policy for the Climate Action Campaign. 

    Measure E will make it easier for San Diegans to walk, bike and take transit, improving quality of life and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.”
    Measure E has also been endorsed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Councilmembers Jen Campbell and Chris Cate.


    More than a month after Gov. Gavin Newsom and the State Legislature passed AB 3088, San Diego renters marched on the Hall of Justice Courthouse downtown protesting and contending the bill affords no real protections from eviction while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage statewide. On Oct. 5, courts throughout California re-opened to allow landlords to start filing evictions in accordance with AB 3088. Renters and renters’ rights advocates are demanding that all evictions must stop, and that state legislators must cancel rent immediately.

    “AB 3088 is not enough,” said protesting renter Patrica Mendoza. “Landlords are still finding ways to evict and intimidate tenants.” 

    Some renters are claiming, although AB 3088 provides some protections against evictions, that most tenants are still unaware of the law and what resources are available to help them navigate the system. 

    “This is not our fault, we did not cause the pandemic, and we should not have to worry about being evicted,” said protest leader Barbara Pinto. “It’s the responsibility of our leadership to find solutions to this problem.”

    “The problem is that San Diego as a region has done a poor job investing in tenant support or programs,” said rent protester Grace Martinez. “The rental relief available isn’t enough. The law needs to change and elected officials, both local and statewide, have to make a decision, are they going to fight to protect tenants and families, or not?” 



    The third annual virtual PoeFest, filmed performances of works by Edgar Allan Poe and
    other authors of the phantasmic, in partnership with Save Our Heritage Organisation, will be held

     Oct. 23- Nov. 1. Artistic director, Veronica Murphy, has shared that “PoeFest has quickly become a San Diego favorite Halloween adventure. Everybody loves the wonderfully chilling stories of Poe. And there are so many authors to explore that have followed in his footsteps. Virtual is our only option for storytelling now – so we are embracing the challenge of capturing a phantasmic theatrical experience on video. We’ve recreated the atmosphere, filming by candlelight in the Historic Adobe Chapel in Old Town.”

    Performers include Brittney Caldwell, Manny Fernandes, Linda Libby, Brian Mackey, Paul Maley, Sandra Ruiz, Rachael VanWormer, and Travis Rhett Wilson as Edgar Allan Poe.

    For more information, visit



    Brunch lovers can add a new destination to their list of must-try spots in San Diego. Pacific Beach’s Break Point has launched a new brunch menu with sweet and savory dishes that are sure to satisfy. Guests can indulge in selections including a Breakfast Sandwich, Chilaquiles and Mac-Nut Pancakes which include three buttermilk pancakes topped with macadamia nuts, toasted coconut, and served with house-made coconut syrup. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., and will also feature quintessential brunch beverages including $15 bottles of champagne and mimosa specials. Break Point is at 945 Garnet Ave. and is currently open for indoor dining, and will soon accommodate outdoor dining with a new parklet.



    The Immunotherapy Foundation, a San Diego-based non-profit organization working to accelerate cancer immunotherapy research and cancer prevention programs, is hosting “Drive In to Drive Out Cancer” on Saturday, Oct. 10. The drive-in movie event will take place at the East lot at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd,,and will screen “School of Rock,” featuring Jack Black. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and the feature film will begin at 7 p.m. Three no-host food trucks will also be available on site to enhance the drive-in movie experience.     

    Reserve your parking spot for $100 for a Family Night Out package. Families can also upgrade their spot to a Red-Carpet Experience for $500. There are also a limited number of opportunity tickets on sale, sponsored by John Matty Co., and a small silent auction featuring a 3-night stay at the exclusive Whitworth Family home in La Jolla Shores, a private chef cooking class and lunch by Chef Dan (the Whitworths’ private chef) and a weekend stay at the La Jolla Shores. Tickets are available for purchase at and on-site.  

    Proceeds from the fun-filled, family-friendly movie event will benefit Immunotherapy Foundation’s mission to accelerate cancer immunotherapy research. “Drive In to Drive Out Cancer” will follow all socially distant regulations for a safe and family friendly gathering.  



    The San Diego International Film Festival (Oct 15-18) is coming right up in less than two weeks, and a Virtual Preview Party is being hosted this Thursday, Oct. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m.

    You can RSVP Here to access. At the Preview Party you'll hear more about the films and learn your way around the Virtual Platform.



    Starting today, San Diego voters looking for a convenient and quick way to turn in their mail ballot can drop it off at any of the 36 San Diego Public Library locations. Any registered voter in San Diego County is welcome to drop off their mail ballot. Signed, sealed and dated mail ballot envelopes can be dropped off at City library locations during drop-off hours: Through Nov. 2, Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  On Election Day, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.  

    An official mail ballot drop box, staffed by workers from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, will be in front of every library location during drop-off hours. The library sites are for mail ballot drop-offs only and are not early voting locations. Information on mail ballot drop-off services and a list of library locations can be found on the San Diego Public Library’s website. Election and voting information is available from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters at or by calling 858-565-5800. 



    Saturday, Oct. 3


    For the last 22 years, tens of thousands have gathered along the boardwalk near Crystal Pier on the first Saturday in October to enjoy family friendly fun, delicious food and drink, and action-packed activities at the Pacific BeachFest. Even though Discover Pacific Beach announced they will not be holding the official Pacific BeachFest in all of its glory this year, they are committed to bringing the PB community a new way to experience some favorite BeachFest events.

    One activity that is coming back with a new spin is the Best of the Beach Fish Taco Contest. As part of “a new Pacific BeachFest experience,” this contest will take place over six weeks, allowing ticket holders to stop by competing restaurants across PB to sample their selected signature fish taco between Oct. 1-Nov. 15. After tasting all tacos, votes will be cast through an online survey emailed to ticket holders.

    Voting closes Nov. 18. Tickets are on sale now at for $12 each. Each ticket entitles you to one signature taco from these six participating restaurants:

    • California Taco Club (4465 Mission Blvd.) - Beer Battered Fish Taco;

    • City Tacos (4516 Mission Blvd.) - Pescado Taco;

    • Maverick's Beach Club (860 Garnet Ave.) - Mahi Mahi Taco;

    • PB Fish Shop (1775 Garnet Ave.) - TKO Taco;

    • PB Shore Club (4343 Ocean Blvd.) - Grilled Mahi Taco;

    • Sandbar Sports Grill (718 Ventura Place) - TKO Grilled Mahi Mahi Taco.

    Finally, runners rejoice. There is still a chance to earn swag and record their time – with multiple attempts – for the Pacific BeachFest 5K. Register, run, and record your time virtually during October for the 2020 Pacific BeachFest 5K. Find out more and register to run at



    Belmont Park in Mission Beach transforms into a vibrant taste of fall with an open-air market, featuring local food vendors, artisans and a craft beer garden from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 14. There is a new Go Kart Track, plus classic movie cars on display, free trick-or-treatingstreet magic, and many more ways to experience fall. One of California’s biggest pumpkins will be on display – guess the weight and win the prize. There will be Pie Eating Contests 4 p.m. on Nov. 7 and 14.

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    San Diego Food System Alliance seeks community input 
    Oct 25, 2020 | 20272 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Food Vision 2030 is a 10-year plan and movement to cultivate a healthier, more sustainable, and more just food system in San Diego County.
    Food Vision 2030 is a 10-year plan and movement to cultivate a healthier, more sustainable, and more just food system in San Diego County.

    The San Diego Food System Alliance (SDFSA) invites San Diego County residents to provide input as they develop the final set of strategies for Food Vision 2030. After a robust community engagement process earlier this summer, SDFSA has developed a short survey for residents to select strategies that are most important to them and their communities.

    Food Vision 2030 is a bold, 10-year plan and movement to cultivate a healthier, more sustainable, and more just food system in San Diego County. Responses will be used to create a first-of-its-kind roadmap — one that will uplift food workers, allow more equitable access to nutritious food, and easily withstand future catastrophic events like the coronavirus pandemic. The survey is open now through Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 26) by visiting:

    Food Vision 2030
    Led by the San Diego Food System Alliance and a diverse Steering Committee, Food Vision 2030 will culminate in a dynamic report and interactive website that includes research and findings; community stories; consumer education; and priority goals, objectives, and strategies for the region. The goal of Food Vision 2030 is to inform planning, policy, program, and investment opportunities that will transform San Diego County’s food system over the next 10 years.

    Reimagining the food system
    “This year’s pandemic, climate disasters, and events highlighting deeply entrenched racial injustices reinforce that transforming many of our systems is more important than ever,” says Elly Brown, Executive Director of SDFSA. “The food system, in particular, can be a powerful lever for elevating social, environmental, and economic equity for all. Changing the way we grow food, move food, share food, and think about food ultimately changes the way we treat the planet and each other.”

    Key statistics that underscore the importance of creating a more resilient food system:

    ·  Globally, the food system is an enormous driver of climate change, contributing anywhere from 21-50 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

    ·  According to the San Diego Hunger Coalition, more than 212,000 people in San Diego County perform essential work in the food system, yet they earn an average of just $28,000 per year—the lowest annual wages across all sectors. 

    ·  According to the County of San Diego Department of Agriculture, Weights, and Measures, land in agriculture in San Diego County has decreased by over 24% in the last decade.

    ·  According to the San Diego Hunger Coalition, before the pandemic, one in seven people in San Diego County were already experiencing food insecurity. Food insecurity rates have exponentially increased since the pandemic.

    ·  Since March, 50,000 jobs have been lost across San Diego County’s food and beverage industry.

    Building a Movement
    To develop Food Vision 2030, the Alliance has created an inclusive process that engages the full community, including people who produce, prepare, distribute, serve, and eat food. “We need to build a shared vision,” says Sona Desai, associate director of the San Diego Food System Alliance. “One that includes the voices of all community members, particularly those most affected by current inequities in the food system.” 

    Earlier this summer, SDFSA invited San Diego County residents to share their needs and aspirations related to food in their communities. More than 2,200 individuals participated, far exceeding the Alliance’s goal of 1,200 responses. And 55% of the respondents were food workers or residents of marginalized communities.

    Based on this initial input, the Alliance developed a set of key strategies for cultivating a healthier, more sustainable, and more just food system, and is now aiming for 2,000 additional responses from San Diegans sharing which strategies are most important to them. 

    “A just food system depends on the active participation of all people,” says Brown. “We’re relying on our community to help shape this vision for a food system that belongs to all of us.”

    The Alliance encourages the public to take five minutes to share their input at This is open to all and available in multiple languages. For more information about Food Vision 2030, visit


    San Diego Food System Alliance

    The mission of San Diego Food System Alliance is to cultivate a healthy, sustainable, and just food system in San Diego County. The Alliance is a diverse and inclusive network that works across sectors to promote collaboration, influence policy, and catalyze transformation in the food system. The work of the Alliance is grounded in a shared vision for change and informed by the experience and expertise of the network. Together with the broader community, the Alliance is working toward a vision of a food system that elevates social, environmental, and economic equity for all. Learn more at



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    City Attorney cracks down on La Jolla COVID party mansion
    Oct 23, 2020 | 2653 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The La Jolla Farms short-term vacation rental property is located at 9660 Black Gold Road. COURTESY PHOTO
    The La Jolla Farms short-term vacation rental property is located at 9660 Black Gold Road. COURTESY PHOTO

    San Diego City Attorney Mara W. Elliott on Oct. 23 filed a civil enforcement action to shut down a La Jolla Farms short-term vacation rental property located at 9660 Black Gold Road. The complaint alleges that Defendants are maintaining a public nuisance and engaging in unfair competition, including false advertising. The rental continues to operate in violation of state and county COVID-19 public health orders.  

    Citing extensive violations of state and local laws, Elliott is seeking civil penalties and a permanent injunction against property owners Mousa Hussain Mushkor and Zahra Ali Kasim, property manager Nital Meshkoor, and Steven S. Barbarich, who leased the property from Mushkor and subleased it as a short-term rental.  

    The oceanfront mansion has been the subject of at least thirty calls to the San Diego Police Department, causing officers to expend more than 173 hours at the property to investigate nuisance activity. Most of the incidents involved raucous parties, some of which had up to 300 attendees.  

     About a dozen of the party complaints came during the COVID-19 pandemic, while public health orders prohibit large gatherings.   

    “Shutting down dangerous party houses protects the public health by preventing COVID super-spreader events and other illegal behavior,” Elliott said. “It’s unfortunate that San Diego does not have short term rental regulations in place. Relief for this neighborhood would have come much sooner. Instead, we must rely on time-intensive prosecutions at significant taxpayer expense.” 

    During one of the parties, gunfire was reported to police. Officers arrived and found a large party in progress. Partygoers questioned by police admitted gunshots were fired during a fight that had occurred earlier. Police found shell casings outside the property and a neighbor found an additional casing the next day and turned it over to police.   

    At another party, the San Diego Fire Department received a call to assist a seriously injured man. When police arrived, they could not locate the man. The next day he was located at a local hospital and admitted that during the party he was doing pull-ups on the bathroom clothing rack when it came out of the wall and struck him causing a one-inch head laceration.   


    Other complaints to police involved:  

    • Firearms on-site;  

    • Assault;  

    • Underage drinking;  

    • Theft. 

    In addition to dangerous conduct, inspectors found health and safety, building, and fire code violations, including: 

    • Mosquito larvae in standing water requiring immediate treatment; 

    • Multiple electrical violations, leaving electrical wires exposed and unprotected throughout the property; 

    • Excessive vegetation capable of being ignited causing the property to be deemed a fire hazard; 

    • Glass panes missing from the foyer window, which is covered with plywood.      

    During the inspections, investigators also observed the following conditions:   

    • A tennis court filled with debris, torn fence coverings, and a broken tennis net ;

    • A swimming pool containing debris;  

    • Dead plants and weeds throughout the grounds, which could create a fire hazard; 

    • A partially empty koi pond emitting an offensive odor and a dirty pond filled with dead plants; 

    • A gazebo with a dilapidated roof containing broken branches and dead leaves with trash;  

    • A garage filled with stacked mattresses, broken furniture, and other storage; 

    • Broken steps with large piles of dead leaves; 

    • Soiled rugs with cigarette burns;  

    • Damaged sinks, bidet, tiles, and doorknobs. 

    Despite these conditions, Defendants advertise the property for more than $900 per night on Airbnb with photographs showing the property in a pristine condition, which constitutes a violation of California’s False Advertising and Unfair Competition laws. The current Airbnb listing reads “Cliffside 8 Million Dollar Beach Mansion w/ Ocean Views… Germ Free-Superior Cleaning – wall to wall windows w/breathtaking views – swimming pool – BBQ – tennis and basketball court – pool table – coy [sic] pond… 7 bedrooms, 12 beds, sleeps 16...”  

    In addition, defendants have been operating a business without the required business tax license in violation of the San Diego Municipal Code.  

    Concerns about the property were brought to the City Attorney’s Office by SDPD and by neighbors who reported that the situation was becoming more pronounced as the COVID-19 pandemic progressed. The Office assembled evidence from investigations by SDPD, the Code Enforcement Division of the City’s Development Services Department, the County Health and Human Services Department, and the City Fire Marshal. 

    This case is part of the City Attorney’s broader effort to crack down on nuisance properties, including sub-standard independent living facilities, that threaten public health and safety.  

    The City Attorney’s complaint cites multiple violations of the California Business and Professions Code and San Diego Municipal Code and seeks to prohibit defendants from engaging in unfair competition and from maintaining a public nuisance property that endangers the public, safety, and welfare of the citizens of San Diego. The City Attorney’s Office is also pursuing civil penalties, investigative costs, and other equitable relief for defendants’ violation of the law.  

     Existing state and local laws were used to address this property while the City Attorney’s Office awaits the adoption of clear short-term rental regulations by the mayor and City Council.  

    The civil enforcement action was filed on behalf of the People of the State of California and The City of San Diego by Deputy City Attorney Paul F. Prather of the City Attorney’s Office Nuisance Abatement Unit (NAU). NAU works in partnership with the Code Enforcement Division of the City Development Services Department, the San Diego Police Department, the Fire Department, and other local agencies and the community to identify and address problem properties. 

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    Local women form Legacy13 to make a positive difference
    Oct 15, 2020 | 15149 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Legacy13 members Brittney Osbahr, Odette Gonzalez, Cindy Phillips, Andrea Esajian, Kim Goodwin, Sanam Ansari, and Amy McNicholas at the group’s most recent ‘Collective Hearts’ fundraiser where they raised $10,000 for minor victims of sex trafficking. 
    Legacy13 members Brittney Osbahr, Odette Gonzalez, Cindy Phillips, Andrea Esajian, Kim Goodwin, Sanam Ansari, and Amy McNicholas at the group’s most recent ‘Collective Hearts’ fundraiser where they raised $10,000 for minor victims of sex trafficking. 

    A locally based women’s mastermind group is branching out to make a difference by connecting with other women and networking to champion gender-, racial-equity, and other social causes.

    Known as Legacy13, the group was formed in 2016 and meets twice monthly. The first meeting involves the group giving presentations on timely topics to learn more about them and/or take action. Those topic discussions sometimes prove so informative they’re turned into informational community workshops. The second monthly group meeting sets and shares goals. 

    Legacy13 was begun by a small core group, which recently opted to add a second sister group with three members. The group’s core now includes Pacific Beach dentist Janelle Bacino.

    “Cindy and I decided to start this group in 2016 after a women’s empowerment march,” said Andrea Esajian of her friend and co-member Cindy Phillips.

    After that, the pair, whose husbands are business partners, reached out to other women they knew who were community leaders and doers.

    “We didn’t want it to be just friends of ours,” said Phillips. “We wanted to reach outside of our comfort zones and outside of our close circle of friends. We wanted to find other women in our community who wanted to be impactful and positive.”

    Phillips noted that giving back is one of Legacy’s “strongest core values,” adding “we often partner with the nonprofit my husband and I started called Equal Footing Foundation, EFF is a nonprofit created by members with a shared passion for sports, health, and wellness which strives to help underprivileged children lead more active and healthy lives.

    “From there we started a group of six women to meet monthly and set goals and support one another and really join forces to make an impact in our community and really uplift one another,” said Esajian.

    “We would like to expand, not just for the sake of expanding, but to make sure we stick to our core values and provide members with the opportunity to have a big impact,” said Phillips. “We hold fundraisers and events that give back to the community. We’re looking to start adding some sister groups and try to make ourselves even more impactful in the community.”

    “Legacy13 has been such a positive experience,” agreed Esajian. “It’s been important for us to give this support system to many other women.”

    Charitable and fundraising events that have been held by Legacy 13 include a blanket and book drive for Rady’s Children’s Hospital, fundraisers for local women-owned businesses, school supply drives, donations to the Monarch School for the Homeless, and donations to Tiffany’s Place and Generation Hope benefiting sex trafficking victims of all ages.

    Workshops presented by Legacy13 have covered a plethora of subjects including feminism, domestic violence, bullying, sex trafficking, internet intelligence, financial literacy, and LGBTQ issues.

    “Our first workshop we had talked about feminine leadership and modern-day gender bias,” noted Phillips. “We were so moved by another presentation that we did our own fundraiser and raised $10,000 that was donated to San Diego’s first home for minor victims of sex trafficking.”

    “We had a big fundraiser with pop-up vendors where we invited local women-owned businesses, and we invited women and men from the community to shop and learn about them,” said Esajian. “We have a silent auction, sell raffle tickets, and we raise money for that cause each year.”

    Legacy does not currently have a website but does have a Facebook page and Instagram account @legacy13.womenrising.


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