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    Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day walk raises $7.6 million
    Dec 04, 2016 | 7660 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Jenny Dich and Heidi Howard from Redmond, Wash., finish up day two of the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day Walk at Crown Point Park in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Jenny Dich and Heidi Howard from Redmond, Wash., finish up day two of the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day Walk at Crown Point Park in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Jenny Dich and Heidi Howard from Redmond, Wash., look for their tent in a sea of pink on day two of the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day Walk at Crown Point Park in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Jenny Dich and Heidi Howard from Redmond, Wash., look for their tent in a sea of pink on day two of the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day Walk at Crown Point Park in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Thousands of Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day participants – women and men – walked 60-miles over the course of three-days in the fight for a world without breast cancer, raising $7.6 million. These funds will benefit breast cancer research and community outreach programs. Since 2003, the San Diego 3-Day has raised more than $113 million. “We could not accomplish this feat without our incredible participants,” said Carrie Stovall, Susan G. Komen events director. “The preparation and dedication of these walkers is inspiring and helps us get closer each day to eliminating this disease.” Participants spend months training and fundraising to prepare for the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day. Throughout this weekend, lifelong friendship and memories are formed in honor of those who have battled and for those who continue to fight breast cancer. Participants spent the weekend walking through San Diego communities and camping in pink tents each night. What began early Friday morning at the Del Mar Fairgrounds concluded with a moving closing ceremony Nov. 20 at Waterfront Park. Susan G. Komen has provided more than $920 million in funding for breast cancer research and $2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. For more information or to register for the 2017 Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day, visit The3Day.org. For opportunities to support the breast cancer movement in San Diego year-round – including through the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – contact the Susan G. Komen San Diego affiliate at 858-573-2760 or www.komensandiego.org.
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    Holidays in Pacific Beach: Parade, Santa Run and Christmas on Crystal Pier
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Dec 01, 2016 | 8368 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Fun at the Santa Run last year in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Fun at the Santa Run last year in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Yuletide is washing over Pacific Beach like a wave as the beach community ushers in the holidays with the annual Christmas on Crystal Pier event Saturday, Dec. 3. Join in on one-of-a-kind festivities featuring a sunset tree lighting and photos with Santa, plus decorative wreath hanging from local businesses and community groups. “Christmas on Crystal Pier is one more opportunity to 'keep the cheer here' and create a community-centered holiday tradition,” said Sara Berns, executive director of Discover PB, which hosts the holiday celebration. “Pictures with Santa on the pier is a unique 'PB' experience.” Berns reminded residents not to forget about the community's other events, like the PB Holiday Parade and San Diego Santa Run, both on Saturday, Dec. 10. The daylong celebration begins at 10 a.m. with the San Diego Santa Run 5k. The fun run is immediately followed by the PB Holiday Parade at 1 p.m., which showcases community floats, local school bands and Santa wrapping up the celebration. This year's parade theme is “From Sea to Shining Sea,” honoring the different ways cultures and communities celebrate the holidays around the country and world. “Plan to spend the day participating in the events – or just spectating – but everyone should be out to knock off some of that holiday shopping at our local neighborhood businesses,” said Berns, who stressed the importance of shopping local. “The idea is to get people out of the house, off the online stores and out into the neighborhood shopping, dining and spending the day in the district,” said Berns. “When shopping for gifts this year, we hope people will consider the businesses that have contributed to these community events, like the Catamaran Resort and Spa who, without their generous donation, the parade would not be happening this year.” Berns also cited PB Cantina, The Mad Beat and Cerveza Jack's for “contributing significantly to the costs of the lights on the pier, and logistics to put on the parade.” Commenting on PB's Shop Local Campaign, Berns noted supporting local retail businesses “is the nervous system of creating community and a strong business district.” She suggested next time residents are out running errands they should check out the restaurant next door that has a sidewalk café, or the dress shop across the street. Nine times out of 10 the actual business owner is the one who rings you up in that shop. “That restaurant employs 20 local students and helps pay for their college,” she said. “The manager at the auto repair shop has kids at Pacific Beach Middle. These businesses alone are never as successful as they are together, and that one hour of small decisions in your spending habits has a huge impact on the neighborhood.” Discover PB met with local retailers this summer to brainstorm ideas on retail marketing. Berns noted “business owners themselves have been instrumental in creating our shop local efforts. We are highlighting gift and shopping ideas on our social media (@DiscoverPB) and have distributed thousands of local discount cards throughout PB via our bars and restaurants, retailers and mail.” When gift shopping this year, take a day to get out and explore PB, and you will be surprised how many people you can check off your list while supporting your neighborhood businesses.” Christmas on Crystal Pier When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Where: Crystal Pier. What: Take your pictures with Santa on the end of Crystal Pier. Tree lighting at sunset and decorated wreaths hung along the pier. Cost: $10 or $5 with a donation of school supplies to help local schools. Holiday Parade When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Where: Starts at Garnet Avenue and Haines Street, ends at Garnet Avenue and Bayard Street. Santa Run When: Saturday, Dec. 10. Times: 10 a.m. 5K Santa Run, 11:30 a.m. Santa’s Little Helper Wave 1 Mile (dog/owner), noon Santa’s Elves Wave 1 Mile (Kids), 12:30 p.m. Speedy Santa Wave 1 Mile (competitive), 12:50 p.m. awards for competitive 1 mile only. Where: Start/finish: Garnet Avenue and Bayard Street. Info: www.sandiegosantarun.com to register. Window Decorating Contest What: A judged window-dressing contest to mark the holidays and encourage shoppers to visit businesses and walk streets. Theme: Participants are encouraged to play around with this year's parade theme, “From Sea to Shining Sea,” with their store decorations, designs and ambiance. Contest participants: Winner will be featured in the Beach & Bay Press.
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    The future of San Diego healthcare is here
    by BLAKE BUNCH
    Dec 01, 2016 | 7254 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The Jacobs Medical Center is located at 310 Medical Center Drive.
    The Jacobs Medical Center is located at 310 Medical Center Drive.
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    Jacobs Medical Center opens on UCSD's East Campus On Sunday, Nov. 20, UC San Diego Health opened the doors to the $943 million Jacobs Medical Center. The new 245-bed facility represents a future wave of healthcare for the area, boasting iPads as room controls, floor-length windows and various technological amenities to enhance a patient’s care. While many San Diegans question the direct need for such a large-capacity healthcare facility, Dr. David Brenner, vice chancellor for health services and dean of the School of Medicine at UCSD, finds that by 2030 most will be singing a different tune. The project, which has roughly taken a decade or so to come to fruition from the idea stage to completed construction, will suit specified needs of San Diegans for years to come. “It was always a long-term goal of ours to build a healthcare facility that was contiguous with the rest of UCSD’s School of Medicine,” said Dr. Brenner. “Now that this project has come to completion, this world-class hospital and research center have brought our educational and healthcare system ahead of the curve.” Named after Joan and Irwin Jacobs, who provided around $100 million in gifts to UCSD, the new building reflects a continued healthcare “boom” in San Diego—and southern California at large. Mr. Jacobs arrived in San Diego in 1966, and was the co-founder of Qualcomm. When he first arrived, Jacobs noted that UCSD had “just opened a medical school, but retained no hospital of any kind.” “We are committed to providing outstanding medical care for San Diego,” said Dr. Brenner. “By 2030, a good deal of our existing facilities will be rendered seismically unfit. While that may seem like the distant future, this foresight will ultimately provide San Diegans with the care they need. We want residents to have access to healthcare without having to leave the city. Ten years ago, that was not the case.” The 509,000 square-foot, ten-story facility includes three specialty wings: The Rady Pavilion for Women and Infants, the Pauline and Stanley Foster Pavilion for Cancer and the A. Vassiliadis Family Pavilion for Advanced Surgery. Similar to Jacobs’ case, all of the wards are also named after philanthropists. Dr. Brenner touts these three separate pavilions for their specialized care. “The top floor (Rady Pavilion) will serve women and infants in high-risk pregnancy situations,” said Dr. Brenner. “Directly underneath, and for the first time in the history of San Diego, cancer patients are able to walk about the ward.” These patients are presented this tremendous ability due to the fact that the entire Foster Pavilion is pressurized to suit those undergoing chemotherapy. The Vassiliadis Family Pavilion presents one of the greatest achievements for the facility, and is where neurosurgery, organ transplants, advanced imaging and other specialized surgery will take place. It must be noted that all 245 rooms are equipped with “knowledge walls,” which allow patients to control the comfort of their own room, as well as procure information regarding their current conditions. “One thing most people tend to overlook, is that our older hospitals will be deemed unsuitable relatively soon,” said Dr. Brenner. “With the Jacobs Medical Center, we can provide exclusive care for all San Diegans.” The facility is now open, and has generally received outstanding reviews from those who have occupied its new wards. Though some remain shortsighted, this overall advancement in medicine is arguably beneficial for all residents of America’s Finest City.
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    Pacific Beach farmers market wants to grow onto Garnet, MTS says no
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Dec 01, 2016 | 807 views | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A couple walks through the farmers market on Bayard Street in Pacific Beach on Tuesday evening. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
    A couple walks through the farmers market on Bayard Street in Pacific Beach on Tuesday evening. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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    The farmers market on Bayard Street in Pacific Beach on Tuesday evening. 	           PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
    The farmers market on Bayard Street in Pacific Beach on Tuesday evening. PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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    The farmers market on Bayard Street in Pacific Beach on Tuesday evening. 	           PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
    The farmers market on Bayard Street in Pacific Beach on Tuesday evening. PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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    Pacific Beach is encountering some bumps in the road in its attempt to move the community's weekly certified farmers market to a bigger and better location. Opposition to the beach community's plan to move the market from Bayard Street between Garnet and Grand avenues to Garnet Avenue between Mission Boulevard and Cass Street on Tuesdays, has come mainly from public agencies fearing the change would unduly disrupt and alter existing PB bus routes. “Everyone wants to see this change except Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and San Diego Police Department due to rerouting of two bus routes and traffic rerouting,” said beautifulPB spokesman Chris Olson, noting the proposed venue change would create a weekly pedestrian mall. “Bus rerouting, although inconvenient, is something we expect of MTS when the needs of the community change,” Olson said. “Safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists is our primary concern. Garnet Avenue is one of the most dangerous corridors for motor vehicle-related pedestrian and bicycle collisions in San Diego. Our community wants to move the cars off Garnet for a few hours to see how we like experiencing a safe pedestrian environment.” Every Tuesday the farmers market, open from 2 to 7 p.m., provides residents and visitors to PB, MB and Bird Rock with locally grown fruits, vegetables, farm-fresh eggs, meats, fish, fresh-baked bread and pastries, cheese, flowers, olive oils, dips, desserts and entertainment. The PB market is frequented by local farmers, chefs, artists and craftspeople. Shoppers coming for groceries can also enjoy live music and stay for dinner while mingling with neighbors. Olson said PB's request to move its farmers market “was just denied again.” This denial led to a change.org petition drive starting with a single signature that has since grown to 140 supporters. “We need public support to demonstrate to our elected government that we want them to make this work for our community just as in Little Italy, OB and other places with weekly events on their main streets,” Olson said. It is argued that moving the weekly farmers market to Garnet Avenue and blocking that street off would: • Improve pedestrian safety by eliminating motor vehicles from this area for five hours. • Revitalize and promote the business district. • Create a weekly gathering place and sense of community identity. • Provide healthy local produce and products. • Create a non-car centric environment supporting the PB EcoDistrict principles and the City of San Diego Climate Action Plan. • Allow people to experience a pedestrian-oriented Garnet. Noting PB realizes rerouting traffic temporarily one day on Garnet will be problematic, Olson said the proposed change deserves reconsideration. “We are trying to get them (San Diego police, MTS) to embrace a change in needs of the community and work with the us rather than just saying ‘no,’” Olson said. “All special events like this require a 20-foot corridor for emergency vehicles, and our application is compliant.” When completed, the petition to move PB's farmers market will be delivered to the mayor's office, police chief Shelley Zimmerman and the board of directors of MTS.
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    Chris Olson
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    December 04, 2016
    LET THE PEOPLE WALK! Recent data reported by San Diego UT shows that this 2-block section of Garnet has the highest rate of jaywalking tickets in all of San Diego. Obviously people want to walk in the street here. DON'T CRIMINALIZE WALKING! LET THE PEOPLE WALK LEGALLY!
    Chris Olson
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    December 02, 2016
    We now have over 300 hardcopy and on line signatures. If you want to sign the petition it is here https://www.change.org/p/mayor-kevin-falconer-approve-garnet-avenue-farmers-market-beautifulPB or just go to change.org and search for "Garnet"

    North Course at Torrey Pines reopens after $12.6 million renovation
    Nov 29, 2016 | 14091 views | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Torrey Pines North Course - No. 15. Photo credit: Torrey Pines Golf Course
    Torrey Pines North Course - No. 15. Photo credit: Torrey Pines Golf Course
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    Following a comprehensive nine-month, $12.6 million renovation, the North Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course has reopened to an eagerly awaiting golfing public. Originally designed by William F. Bell and opened in 1957, the renovated North Course now stands to rival the popularity of the world famous South Course, host of the U.S. Open in 2008 and in 2021. The North and South courses, owned and maintained by the City, are both public courses, and the North averages approximately 82,000 rounds of play per year. “We are excited to re-open the North Course to the global golf community,” said Herman Parker, director of Park and Recreation for the City of San Diego. “Torrey Pines is a world-renowned golf facility, and we are pleased to be able to offer two outstanding courses, each with their own unique characteristics. Now, no San Diego golf excursion is complete without playing both the North and South at Torrey.” Course architect and golfing great Tom Weiskopf visited Torrey Pines this week to officially unveil the renovated North Course, a project that holds a special place in his golf career and design portfolio. His first career win came at Torrey Pines at the 1968 Andy Williams-San Diego Open, predecessor to the current Farmers Insurance Open played every January at Torrey Pines. “It’s really special,” Wesikopf said. “And to work on a piece of property that amazing doesn’t happen very often. The sheer beauty of the place always captivates me. Now people can look forward to playing 36 incredible holes at Torrey Pines by playing the North and the South.” While the North Course maintains a similar feel to its original design, there were some significant changes. The number of bunkers has been reduced from 59 to 41, and the average green size increased from 4,500 square feet to 6,400. All 18 greens were completely reconstructed to United States Golf Association standards, with the existing poa annua grass replaced with 100 percent bent grass – a Tyee 007 blend. The front and back nines were also reversed, allowing golfers spectacular ocean and canyon views as they finish their rounds. Carts paths have been replaced, and irrigation has been improved. Greens were fitted with an advanced SubAir system that pulls moisture out of the surface and can cool greens during hot weather. The work was completed on time and on budget. “Switching the nines is very significant because the back nine is so iconic with its incredible views,” Weiskopf said. “The larger greens allow for more pin placements and more variety, and we’ve taken out bunkers but kept others that are strategically placed.” Weiskopf’s renovations have successfully struck a balance between providing ample challenge for professional and scratch golfers and keeping the course playable for amateurs and casual golfers of all abilities. The North Course now features five sets of tees, allowing it to play as long as 7,258 yards or as short as 5,197. In total, the North has been lengthened nearly 200 yards from the tips. “I tried to bring the North Course into the 21st century,” Weiskopf said. “It was built in the 1950s, and nothing of significance had ever been done to it. Everything we did in the redesign was to bring it up to current standards. It’s now a top-of-the-line golf course.” Weiskopf Design Group has completed 60 golf course design projects since 1985. Among those are five that have been included in Golf Magazine’s list of the top 100 courses in the world – Troon Golf and Country Club (Scottsdale, Ariz.); Forest Highlands Golf Club, The Canyon Course (Flagstaff, Ariz.); Troon North Golf Club, The Monument (Scottsdale, Ariz.); Loch Lomond Golf Club (Scotland) and Double Eagle Club (Galena, Ohio). Weiskopf was named Golf Architect of the Year by Golf World magazine in 1996. A winner of 16 tournaments during his nearly 30-year career on the PGA Tour, Weiskopf owns one major championship trophy (The Open Championship, 1973) and finished third or better in six other majors. Housed within the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department, the City’s Golf Division manages and operates Mission Bay, Balboa Park and Torrey Pines golf courses. Its mission is to serve patrons and players of all ages and abilities while enhancing their enjoyment of the game by providing a high quality golf experience. For more information about the City’s Golf Division, visit www.sandiego.gov/golf.
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    AB2ski
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    November 29, 2016
    Ahhhh, my old home course while growing up in the 80's! Played Jr. Golf and H.S. Golf there, and just lots of good memories with my dad. Can't wait to get back there and try it out.
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