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    Mission Bay fall sports teams show off their spirit
    by DAVE THOMAS
    Sep 21, 2017 | 16738 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Mission Bay cheerleader Amy Granados pumps up the crowd at last week's game. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Mission Bay cheerleader Amy Granados pumps up the crowd at last week's game. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Mission Bay quarterback Jaiden Corea looks for a receiver while avoiding a Rancho Buena Vista defender last Friday. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Mission Bay quarterback Jaiden Corea looks for a receiver while avoiding a Rancho Buena Vista defender last Friday. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Bucs take the field for their home opener. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Bucs take the field for their home opener. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Mission Bay cheerleaders. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Mission Bay cheerleaders. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The fall high school sports season is in full swing with girls tennis, volleyball, field hockey, cross country, and football getting ready for league play. The Bucs spirit will be even stronger this week as their homecoming game is Friday, Sept. 22. The Mission Bay High School Alumni Association will hold a reception in the stadium at 5 p.m. The game, against Patrick Henry, starts at 6 p.m. and there will be reserved seating for alumni in the bleachers. Girls tennis The Bucs, under head coach Trong Tong, come into play this week with an overall record of 3-2 (3-1 in league). “After getting off to a slow start, we've managed to bounce back and win our last three straight matches,” Tong said. “Despite losing one of our top singles players, Jerne Ward, for the season to tennis elbow and volleyball, we have been resilient, and we're starting to find our footing with a reshuffled lineup. As we're gaining confidence and momentum, we look forward to making a great run in the remainder of the season.” According to Tong, some key players to date have been Amanda Edmunds, Jeanne Picard, McKenna Mountain, Rosina Valia and Sophia Gillenberg. Field hockey In field hockey, head coach Kris Auer’s team comes into play this week with a mark of 2-3. According to Auer, the team has been getting some solid play from the likes of Katrina Eisenhardt (defender) and Naomy Espinosa (midfielder) to date. “This year has been one my early favorites so far,” Auer remarked. “Our efforts to influence the spirit and culture of the program are working. The girls have a positive attitude and are driven by their commitment to their teammates.” Cross country In cross country action, while head coach Barry Dancher’s team has not had an official league race yet as of this week, his team is doing well nonetheless. Gina Queck and Linda Giffing (both freshmen) placed in the top 10 in the two invitational races that Mission Bay has run this year. Leilani Ferguson, Alyssa Hernandez and Ella Mansur round-out the girls’ varsity team. The boys are led by Trevor Reichenberg, Carter Taffe, Jason Watts, Sean Pavone and Nick Archer. “Fernando Ugarte and TK Berhe have shown steady improvement and have moved up to the varsity,” Blancher noted. “We have very strong junior varsity teams,” Blancher added. “Many members of these teams have the potential to be varsity members in the near future.” Football Being at home for the second consecutive week last Friday did not cure any ills for the Buccaneers. The Bucs fell to 0-3 on the season with a 34-20 loss to Rancho Buena Vista High. According to Mission Bay head coach Kenny Nears, key players to date include Isiah Mitchell, Kenny Russell and Jaiden Corea. “We have to get better,” Nears stated. “Every game we are looking better, but we must continue to work.” A senior quarterback, Corea rushed for a score and also connected with fellow senior Schyler Ceniceros for a touchdown pass. Mission Bay, which was shutout in its first two games against Escondido (27-0) and West Hills (28-0), respectively, did manage to score its first points of the season in last Friday’s loss to RBV. That said, it still did not result in a win. The Bucs will finish out their September schedule with games against Patrick Henry (Sept. 22), which is homecoming, and The Bishop’s School (Sept. 29). From there, Mission Bay is slated to face Christian (Oct. 6), Lincoln (Oct. 13), Saints (Oct. 20) and Morse (Oct. 27). The regular season will conclude with a road contest at Scripps Ranch on Nov. 3. While putting points on the board this past Friday night was obviously a step in the right direction, the Bucs need to get a win under their belts to truly feel good about themselves moving forward. Sand volleyball In boys sand volleyball action, the Bucs, under head coach Nikki Caufield, had a scrimmage with defending Open Division champion La Jolla recently, providing a solid result in the process. According to Caufield, “After having seven seniors graduate last year, this year shapes up to be a rebuilding year. Sophomores Ian Briski and Dusty Schroeder, junior Zander Caufield and senior Stephen Tarbell are key returners and give us a couple of experienced teams."  As Caufield added, "We have 18 boys on this year's squad and only one senior, so we have a bunch of really good young players. The boys are working hard and really improving. We hope that by the time playoffs start, we will be in a good position to try to defend the Division II championship we won last year." To start the regular season last week, the Bucs fell to Francis Parker 4-1. Girls volleyball In girls indoor volleyball action, the Bucs, under head coach Steve Upp, have compiled a 7-3 record heading in to a very tough league schedule starting Thursday. Mission Bay is also hosting the Buc Bash on Saturday (Sept. 23). “With only two seniors, Kim Holloway and Shelby Moore, the team is learning every match,” Upp commented. “It is great to see the growth already.”
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    San Diego City Council passes resolution opposing Trump’s border wall
    by NEAL PUTNAM
    Sep 20, 2017 | 24172 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The current walls that separate Tijuana, Mexico from the United States, with San Diego in the background. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The current walls that separate Tijuana, Mexico from the United States, with San Diego in the background. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The San Diego City Council voted 5-3 Tuesday along party lines to oppose President Donald Trump's proposal to construct a billon-dollar wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. The City Council's five Democrats voted in favor of Councilmember Georgette Gomez's resolution to oppose Trump's executive order to build a wall and to oppose a House bill seeking to fund it from a fee on remittance transactions sent from the U.S. to several other countries. "I think I'll keep it simple so our president … will understand. The border wall is a stupid idea," said Councilmember David Alvarez. "It is a horrible abuse of our taxpayer dollars. It's a sham by the president. I think its important to send a message." District 3 Councilmember Christopher Ward seconded Gomez' resolution, saying, "Today's resolution will make our priorities clear." City Council President Myrtle Cole, said, "We should work on building bridges and not walls." Also voting in favor was Councilmember Barbara Bry.  Voting no were Councilmembers Lorie Zapf, Chris Cate, and Mark Kersey, who are all Republicans. Councilmember Scott Sherman was absent. Cate and Kersey said nothing during the hearing, but Zapf got into an exchange with Gomez and her staff about the length of the current wall and when upgrades were constructed. Zapf, who represents District 2, said she believed portions of the current wall went up when President Bill Clinton was in office and upgrades were done when President Barack Obama served, but staff members disagreed. "This is not history 101," said Cole, who urged Zapf to move on in her comments. "I don't see a point with this resolution," said Zapf. "It's political posturing." Zapf asked City Attorney Mara Elliott if the city should disclose names of firms that may have worked on the border wall in the 1980s and 1990s, but Elliott told her that was not before the City Council Tuesday. Zapf was reacting to another proposal that will be voted on later to debar firms who do business with the city and who are part of constructing the border wall. The proposal would prohibit the city from using the services of any company that participates in the border wall construction.  There were over 50 speakers who urged the City Council to vote in favor of the resolution, while only three people said they were in favor of building a wall. "Anyone who is against this wall is un-American, in my opinion," said Hud Collins. "We need to secure our country for our citizens." "The wall is profoundly un-American," said Bruce Coons, the executive director of the Save Our Heritage organization, who added it was "detrimental to tourism." The resolution encourages local companies to not participate in the design, construction, or financing of the border wall. It says the wall and the House measure for funding it will "be damaging symbols of fear and division that will increase tensions with Mexico."
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    Tate wins the day, but Shane takes national championship at San Diego Bayfair
    Sep 18, 2017 | 8850 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Andrew Tate in the Realtrac/Delta (right) has a lead on Miss HomeStreet Bank’s Jimmy Shane during a heat on Saturday at Bayfair San Diego. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Andrew Tate in the Realtrac/Delta (right) has a lead on Miss HomeStreet Bank’s Jimmy Shane during a heat on Saturday at Bayfair San Diego. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Andrew Tate took home the Bill Muncey Cup presented by HomeStreet Bank at San Diego Bayfair on Sunday and Miss HomeStreet Bank’s Jimmy Shane won his third consecutive H1 Unlimited national championship. Tate in the Realtrac/Delta gear saved his best for the last race of the season by jumping out to an early lead and holding off a hard-charging J. Michael Kelly in the Graham Trucking boat. Kelly nearly passed Tate but by Lap 4 Tate pulled ahead for good. Kelly finished second and Shane took third in the final. “The Bill Muncey Cup is definitely a prestigious award that I’m very proud to have my name on with the U-9 team,” said Tate, who won his third race of the season that wrapped in San Diego. Earlier in the day, Shane locked up the national championship when Tate was penalized for crossing through a restricted area on the course and lost points, which helped Shane’s Madison, Indiana-based team win its eighth national championship since 2008. “Our team goal is always the national championship and we accomplished that goal this year,” said Shane, who celebrated his fifth national championship. “I’m honored to be in great equipment with a great team, great sponsor and that’s what it takes to win a national championship.” During Sunday’s heat races both Shane and Tate were victors. In fact, every heat during the weekend was won by either Shane or Tate. Shane was doing double duty this weekend on Mission Bay and captured the final in the piston-powered Grand Prix World Supercharged Hydroplane race. It was another year of solid attendance for HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair, which is traditionally the last stop for many boat racing tours. “HomeStreet Bank has been an incredible partner for San Diego Bayfair,” said Bob Davies, race director. “We thank HomeStreet’s CEO Mark Mason and his great team for their support.”
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    San Diego Airport program to reduce noise levels in nearby homes
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Sep 14, 2017 | 39765 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A plane comes in for a landing at San Diego International Airport. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    A plane comes in for a landing at San Diego International Airport. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    San Diego International Airport has received two grants totaling nearly $14 million, part of a $318.1 million package of grants to 78 airports in 34 states, to provide infrastructure upgrades. “The grant funding is to continue the airport’s Quieter Home Program,” said San Diego Airport spokesperson Rebecca Bloomfield. “It will help continue projects already under way within the areas the FAA has approved for sound attenuation.” The Quieter Home Program is the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s Residential Sound Insulation Program. The FAA has determined that residences within the 65-plus decibel level contour map around San Diego International Airport may be eligible for sound insulation treatments to mitigate aircraft noise. The FAA has set a goal of reducing interior noise levels for eligible residents by at least five decibels inside the home, providing a noticeable reduction in noise. The Airport Authority’s Quieter Home Program is the means to obtain that goal. The FAA said $8 million will be spent to mitigate noise for around 715 people who live around Lindbergh Field. Also, $5.7 million will be used to repair the longest of two east-west runways at Brown Field, the municipal airport nearest the U.S.-Mexico border. San Diego officials have been trying to spur development at Brown Field in recent years, including approval of a sprawling project that includes airplane hangars, industrial buildings, retail space and restaurants. The four-phase project, which could take two decades to build out, could get underway by the end of this year. “The airport improvement program helps to maintain our aviation infrastructure and supports safety, capacity, security and environmental improvements,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. “This is an important investment in these airports and the economic vitality of their respective communities.” Bloomfield noted the Quieter Home Program’s goal “... is achieved by treating windows and doors in habitable spaces. We also offer some form of ventilation treatment if they don’t already have one.” Bloomfield estimated 6,000 homes remain within the established noise contour for sound diminishment.  Homeowners may apply for the Quieter Homes Program at www.san.org/Airport-Noise/Quieter-Home-Program. “My husband, Mike, and I were completely happy with the Quieter Home Program and all the soundproofing made to our home definitely reduced airplane noise,” said Pam Carleton, who lives in Point Loma. “Catherine Darby, our program coordinator, was responsive, communicative, and on top of our project, which was done in August 2015. We had to be out of town for a week during this process due to an unplanned family medical emergency, and Catherine kept us posted and even emailed pictures when a change was needed and she wanted our approval. We had a very positive experience with the Quieter Home Program,” Carleton said. The average cost to sound proof a home against airplane noise? “The average cost is $30,000 per home,” answered Bloomfield, adding, “we estimate the $8 million grant will provide funding for approximately one year, or 286 homes within the program boundary.” With the exception of last fiscal year, Bloomfield said the Airport Authority has received an annual FAA grant for the Quieter Home Program since 2004. The program has provided sound attenuation to an estimated 3,500 homes within the program boundaries. Bloomfield pointed out each homeowner in the Quieter Homes Program is requested to complete a post-construction survey. San Diego International Airport is owned and operated by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. In 2015, traffic at San Diego International exceeded 20 million passengers, serving more than 500 scheduled operations carrying about 50,000 passengers daily. While primarily serving domestic traffic, San Diego has nonstop international flights to Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. SAN is the busiest single runway airport in the U.S. and third-busiest single runway in the world, behind Mumbai and London Gatwick. Due to the airport's short usable-runway, close proximity to the skyscrapers of downtown San Diego and steep landing approach as a result of the nearby Peninsular Ranges. SAN has been called "the busiest, most difficult single runway in the world."  SAN operates in controlled airspace served by the Southern California TRACON, which is some of the busiest airspace in the world.
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    Three sea turtles returned to ocean after rehabilitation at SeaWorld
    by Mathilde Rousseau Bjerregaard
    Sep 12, 2017 | 14018 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Tucker, a rescued olive ridley sea turtle, is returned to the ocean by SeaWorld San Diego aquarist, Danielle Castillo (left) and Seattle Aquarium aquarist, Amy Green, 15 miles off the coast of San Diego near an oceanic current that flows southward towards warmer water off Mexico. / Photo credit: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego
    Tucker, a rescued olive ridley sea turtle, is returned to the ocean by SeaWorld San Diego aquarist, Danielle Castillo (left) and Seattle Aquarium aquarist, Amy Green, 15 miles off the coast of San Diego near an oceanic current that flows southward towards warmer water off Mexico. / Photo credit: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego
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    Tucker, a rescued olive ridley sea turtle, swims underwater. / photo credit: Jess Patterson/SeaWorld San Diego
    Tucker, a rescued olive ridley sea turtle, swims underwater. / photo credit: Jess Patterson/SeaWorld San Diego
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    Three olive ridley sea turtles, which had been rehabilitating at SeaWorld for almost two years, were returned to their Pacific Ocean home the morning of Monday, Sept. 11. The sea turtles, named Solstice, Lightning and Tucker, were rescued from cold waters near the Oregon coast in 2014 and 2015 and flown to SeaWorld for rehabilitation over the past few years by the U.S. Coast Guard. Solstice and Lightning, both female turtles, arrived to SeaWorld in February 2015 and March 2016, and male turtle Tucker was transferred in April 2016. When the sea turtles were found they were cold-stunned and suffering from buoyancy issues, which left the animals unable to dive and forage for food. “Sea turtles like tropical warm water and the temperature regulates their bodies ability to work. When the water gets cold the animals system start shutting down and they end up on the beach,” said Mike Price, who is assistant curator at Zoological Operations at SeaWorld. At SeaWorld the sea turtles have undergone a groundbreaking rehabilitation protocol that involved placing the turtles in a 12-foot-deep, 115,000-gallon saltwater rehabilitation pool. Here the sea turtles slowly but surely began to dive, forage and maintain proper buoyancy. After the lengthy rehab, SeaWorld’s aquarium experts and veterinarians said that the turtles were in healthy condition, of good weight, navigating through a water column, eating a variety of food types, and were ready to make in on their own in their ocean home. The sea turtles were loaded onto SeaWorld’s rescue boat Second Chance on Monday morning and returned to the ocean approximately 15 miles off the coast of San Diego. Prior to their return, the sea turtles were outfitted with satellite transmitters by Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute to monitor their movements. In that way, they are able to follow them for up to six months. “What is so exciting about today is that after close to two years of hard work we get to return the sea turtles and give them a second chance in life,” said Price. Olive ridley turtles are the smallest turtle in the Pacific Ocean and they are listed on the federal endangered species list as threatened. They get their name from the olive green color of their shells.
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