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    San Salvador replica set to launch in San Diego Bay
    Mar 31, 2015 | 2090 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s ship San Salvador at Spanish Landing. / Photo by Jerry Soto
    The replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s ship San Salvador at Spanish Landing. / Photo by Jerry Soto
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    Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s ship, San Salvador, arrived in San Diego Bay on Sept. 28, 1542. On Sunday, April 19, San Salvador (a replica four years in the making) will once again sail San Diego Bay. Details of the launch event are still being finalized and more information will be posted at www.sdmaritime.org/san-salvador-build/. She was the first recorded European vessel to sail along Southern California, surveying its coastline. San Salvador functions as an "origin symbol" for San Diego in much the same way as the Mayflower is the origin symbol of New England. In the past four years the Maritime Museum of San Diego has embarked on the construction of a historically accurate replica. This construction is now complete at Spanish Landing, located along the San Diego Bay near the San Diego International Airport. Visitors are welcome to tour the build-site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until her launch. The new San Salvador will function much more than just a static museum display. While she will call the Maritime Museum of San Diego home, she will also sail along the coast of California, visiting its cities and towns as a floating education platform for California's school children. To help with the cost of building and maintaining the San Salvador, there is a GoFundMe site (www.gofundme.com/sslaunch) set up for donations.
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    Crown Point crew helps UCSB win Copley Cup
    Mar 30, 2015 | 1639 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    UCSB men’s varsity 8 celebrates winning the Cal Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic.
    UCSB men’s varsity 8 celebrates winning the Cal Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic.
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    Crown Point residents helped propel UCSB men’s varsity 8 to win the Copley Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic held this past weekend in Mission Bay. One of the rowers in the UCSB varsity 8 was Sean Linley, Crown Point resident and Mission Bay High School valedictorian in 2011. In addition, Bret Linley is on the UCSB crew team and was the Mission Bay High School co-valedictorian 2013. Crown Point residents and brothers Nick and Grant Lilya, who graduated from Point Loma High School in 2012 and 2014, also row for UCSB.
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    Point Loma students speak out against SeaWorld's orca shows; school board passes resolution calling for animal sanctuaries
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Mar 29, 2015 | 5568 views | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    PLHS students speak to the school board.
    PLHS students speak to the school board.
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    Attempts to persuade SeaWorld San Diego to change its business model eliminating orca shows was rejoined recently as Point Loma High School (PLHS) students supported the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) board, which unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for SeaWorld to explore animal sanctuaries for its marine mammal entertainers. This renouncement of SeaWorld from the school board comes during the theme park's recent national advertising campaign trying to improve its image. Coincidentally, the San Diego school board's resolution also comes on the heels of a book released from former SeaWorld trainer John Hargrove, which condemns the theme park's actions with and treatment of its orcas. Last week in San Diego, four 16-year-old high school juniors from the Cinematic Arts Program at PLHS spoke in behalf of the resolution proposed by school board members Kevin Beiser and Richard Barrera asking SeaWorld to explore animal sanctuaries. Animal rights groups such as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), have been campaigning for months asking SeaWorld to consider changing its business model. They want the marine park to drop live marine mammal shows altogether, which some allege are exploiting animals commercially, in favor of creating as-yet-undefined “sanctuaries,” where marine mammals could be exhibited by SeaWorld patrons in their natural environment, but where mammals would not be compelled to perform in choreographed shows. “I am proud to say although my students were greatly outnumbered, they were victorious in securing a controversial unanimous vote on a resolution Supporting Educational Opportunities for Students on the Human Treatment of Animals,” said Anthony Palmiotto, PLHS cinematic arts advisor. “This resolution comes on the heels of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus announcing their plan to phase out elephant acts over the next few years.” Palmiotto said the question now is, will the SDUSD resolution proposed by Beiser and Barrera, and unanimously passed by the school board, help influence SeaWorld to do the same for their animal acts? “The students from my class think so,” Palmiotto said. PLHS students spoke on their own behalf. “As I grew up I realized animals were being exploited just for our entertainment,” said PLHS junior Lavonniee Pyant. “To know that there is more of a social awareness spreading around the exploitation of animals in the entertainment industry is great. Getting the opportunity to speak for the animals at the school board meeting was extremely rewarding.” “I really enjoyed being able to speak on behalf of the many animals that are unjustly treated in the entertainment industry,” said PLHS junior D’Anna Abril. “I've had the opportunity to visit tiger temples and elephant sanctuaries in Thailand that don't have animal acts and I felt it was time for SeaWorld to change. I really just wanted to stand up for those who couldn't and let their voices and mine be heard.” “I believe animals should be treated with the same respect as any human being,” said Alex Allen, a PLHS junior. “Looking for alternatives for animal shows is crucial not just because people have come to realize the extent to which the trainers abuse the creatures, but also because we are evolving as a society. That evolution needs to evolve to favor all creatures, not just ourselves.” “We are taught that we need to stand up for those who cannot do it for themselves, but when did we decide that this idea only applies to humans?” asked Logan Leising. “We need to wake up. To know that there were so many others like me, was a true pleasure, and I am incredibly honored to have had the opportunity to speak for the animals. And I was even more pleased to hear that the school board supported the resolution.” At the school board hearing, the PLHS students’ opposition was SeaWorld San Diego president John T. Reilly and two-dozen staff members of the park and their families. SeaWorld’s answer to animal-rights activists’ charges that its killer whale exhibit amounts to commercial exploitation came Aug. 15 when the theme park announced plans to nearly double the size of its existing San Diego orca environment. SeaWorld’s blue world project calls for the construction of a 10-million-gallon tank environment, set to open to the public in 2018. Marine park officials said the 50-foot deep exhibit, with a 1.5-acre surface area, is expected to give guests more access to views of killer whales underwater and would allow the animals increased engagement with park experts. Plans for the tanks also include a “fast-water current,” which would allow the orcas to swim against moving water. “Through up-close and personal encounters, the new environment will transform how visitors experience killer whales,’” said SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. president and CEO Jim Atchison. “Our guests will be able to walk alongside the whales as if they were at the shore, watch them interact at the depths found in the ocean or get a birds-eye view from above.’’ SeaWorld Entertainment has also pledged $10 million in matching funds for killer whale research and plans a ”multi-million dollar partnership” to focus on ocean health, company officials said. The research includes projects to understand killer whales’ hearing ranges and gain information on their nutritional status and reproduction.
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    This is such a bunch of useless hype, this "doubling the size" of the orca tanks.

    It's like moving them from a cupboard to a walk in closet. These creatures swim hundreds of miles. Mission Bay might be a decent enclosure if you could block it off, but while the tank size in millions of gallons sounds impressive, look at the size of the intelligent animals they are imprisoning.

    Larger tanks, not an acceptable solution!
    Dog shot by SDPD sparks outrage, online petition
    Mar 29, 2015 | 2004 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Ian Anderson and his dog Burberry.
    Ian Anderson and his dog Burberry.
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    A petition on www.change.org had gathered 31,056 supporters as of noon March 24 calling upon San Diego Police Department and police nationwide to receive training on how to handle dogs in the wake of an incident in Pacific Beach Sunday, March 22 when an officer shot and killed a pitbull he feared was attacking him. The incident occurred just before 5:30 a.m. at a residence on Felspar and Bayard streets when two police officers responded to an apparent domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, they were confronted by a 50-plus pound, 6-year-old pit bull named Burberry. The animal was shot by one of the officers after it appeared to “lunge toward him,” according to police reports. Police said the dog was shot two minutes after officers arrived. "My best friend in the whole world was taken from me," said Burberry’s owner, Ian Anderson, on his Facebook page, which includes numerous photos of Burberry mugging with babies and wearing bow ties, wigs and a party hat. The change.org petition calls on SDPD to receive similar training to what police officers in Colorado receive, where they are taught to to read a dog's body language/animal behaviors to better understand them and differentiate between threatening and non-threatening dog behaviors, as well as to employ non-lethal means whenever possible.
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    Mission Bay High’s Lancia named San Diego Unified District High School Teacher of the Year
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Mar 27, 2015 | 6715 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Teacher of the Year Dr. Ron Lancia celebrates his award with his students at Mission Bay High School.
    Teacher of the Year Dr. Ron Lancia celebrates his award with his students at Mission Bay High School.
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    Mission Bay High teacher Dr. Ron Lancia has been named San Diego Unified School District's 2015 High School Teacher of the Year. Lancia said he was “thrilled and honored” by the award but added he considers it to be more of a school and community achievement than something personal. “This honor is the sum total of the hard work of different people: students, teachers, parents and administrators,” Lancia said. “There is absolutely no way this happens without an incredible amount of effort from the entire Mission Bay community.” Lancia teaches English, AVID, yearbook, and IB film, and was instrumental in the creation of the ACES after-school tutoring program. ACES (after-school center for excellence and support) provides consistent academic support Mondays through Thursdays in Mission Bay High’s library from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. The program provides assistance in English, history, math, science and special populations, including English language learners, special education, IB and art, and access to technology resources. ACES furnishes an array of holistic services, including social-emotional support, college readiness and self-advocacy through leadership-building seminars, workshops on health-related topics and access to school counselors. Lancia received kudos from Mission Bay High principal Ernest Remillard. “I couldn’t be more proud of Ron and the fact he is being honored for all the work he does throughout the Mission Bay campus,” said Remillard. Earlier this school year, Lancia was selected by his peers as the Mission Bay High School teacher of the year. He will be recognized later this spring at a districtwide event, and will then compete for the San Diego County Teacher of the Year. Lancia attribute much of his success to his “malleable” instructional approach. “We have a180-day calendar year and day one is always the same, but the other 179 days are always different,” he said, adding, he “treats everyone as an individual” and is “very accepting of diversity” while “teaching every class differently.” The Mission Bay High instructor noted technology is allowing modern students to excel and go beyond just being literate. “Modern students have all these different kinds of intelligences that teachers can tap into to find some great results,” he said offering a “metaphor” describing student potential. “I have 36 students in my classroom, 36 jewels, and I ask that all of them contribute in any given day,” Lancia said. “My challenge is to see that every one of those voices is heard.” A Philadelphia native, Lancia, who has taught at Mission Bay high since 2004, noted the ACES program he fostered just passed another milestone. “We just reached 13,000 students tutored in less than two years,” he said.
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