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    Tate wins the day, but Shane takes national championship at San Diego Bayfair
    Sep 18, 2017 | 5233 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 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 | 36772 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 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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    GO WITH THE FLOW – Wednesday evenings hit new highs in Ocean Beach
    by Mathilde Rousseau Bjerregaard
    Sep 13, 2017 | 5481 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Slackliner Eric Hake performs for a crowd on a recent Wednesday evening in Ocean Beach. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
    Slackliner Eric Hake performs for a crowd on a recent Wednesday evening in Ocean Beach. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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    Liberty Woolley, from Auburn, Calif., dances in the drum circle on Wednesday evening in Ocean Beach. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
    Liberty Woolley, from Auburn, Calif., dances in the drum circle on Wednesday evening in Ocean Beach. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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    Rachel Mulvaney, aka the Yoga Ninja, does acro yoga during a recent Wednesday evening in Ocean Beach. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
    Rachel Mulvaney, aka the Yoga Ninja, does acro yoga during a recent Wednesday evening in Ocean Beach. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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    Take slackliners, drum circles and dancers, add acro yoga, hula hoops and huge soap bubbles to the mix, and Wednesdays in Ocean Beach have reached a new level of chill. Along with the Farmers Market, this vibe fits perfectly into the relaxed bohemian neighborhood. Keep walking along Newport Avenue by the colorful stalls selling crafts, clothes, and cuisines, eventually one ends up at the little grass area next to the beach, which is filled with creative people playing music, balancing on bodies and slacklines, all the while going with the flow. “There are a lot of people doing different things and it is also a good place to meet other people doing slacklining,” said Eric Hake, who comes to Ocean Beach from Mission Valley on Wednesdays to slackline. Hake moved to San Diego about a year ago and thinks it is a perfect city for slacklining, which he does five days a week in OB and Bonita Cove. “It is just a lot of fun. You can do it almost everywhere. You just need two places to make hangers,” Hake said. The grassy area off Abbott Street is also filled with young women dancing around with hula hoops and plenty of acro yoga enthusiasts. “I come here because there are so many beautiful people and that helps me relax in the middle of the week,” said Casley Shannon, who is a student at San Diego State University. Shannon likes to hula-hoop and she comes to the Ocean Beach Farmers Market every Wednesday with her friends. “I like the energy and all the creativity that is happening. There is a very loving, accepting, and creative vibe here,” Shannon said. As the sun gets closer to the horizon, the drums beat louder, and the crowd grows larger around the grassy area as visitors watch the young people expressing themselves. “I think it is fantastic to watch people being creative with athletics and yoga. I am an athlete myself and the things they are doing are really hard to do,” said Sandy Valone, who lives in Point Loma. Valone brought her sister, who was visiting from Hawaii, so she could see the new things happening around the OB Farmers Market. “I think it is a really nice and helpful thing,” said Valone.
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    Three sea turtles returned to ocean after rehabilitation at SeaWorld
    by Mathilde Rousseau Bjerregaard
    Sep 12, 2017 | 13787 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 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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    Discover Pacific Beach raising funds to keep Clean and Safe program going
    by SARA BERNS
    Sep 08, 2017 | 17404 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Pacific Beach Street Guardians is a nonprofit organization that functions as a social enterprise. They offer street cleaning, janitorial and custodial services, and event set-up and take-down to local businesses as well as residents.
    Pacific Beach Street Guardians is a nonprofit organization that functions as a social enterprise. They offer street cleaning, janitorial and custodial services, and event set-up and take-down to local businesses as well as residents.
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    The Discover PB Clean and Safe program is a pilot program developed to address not just traditional cleaning and security, but to provide the tools needed to make positive change to its homeless and transient population, and to improve the safety and cleanliness of the entire community. The goals of Pacific Beach Clean and Safe are to help homeless individuals by providing jobs and upward mobility, and decrease complaints associated with inappropriate behavior. The program has been ongoing since February, and has already seen a lot of success. Pacific Beach Street Guardians is a nonprofit organization that functions as a social enterprise. They offer street cleaning, janitorial and custodial services, and event set-up and take-down to local businesses as well as residents. They hire people who are currently experiencing homelessness, offering them part-time transitional jobs that move them toward self-sufficiency.  They also conduct community education, serving as a bridge between housed and unhoused populations, sharing about life on the streets to dispel myths and stereotypes about those who experience homelessness. Since Pacific Beach Street Guardians started to service the Discover PB Clean and Safe contract, they have had 13 team members emptying garbage cans, picking up trash, sweeping, raking, weeding and removing graffiti from the public sidewalks, streets and right of ways in the Pacific Beach business improvement district. Pacific Beach Street Guardians team members also serve as outreach ambassadors to others who are experiencing homelessness, helping to offer resources for services as needed. Because of the steady employment generated by Discover PB Clean and Safe, the street guardians have moved on to more stable living situations — two members earned enough money to relocate back with their families in the Midwest, one member was able to secure veterans housing, and another was offered a full-time position and housing. Secure jobs offer team members a place to build self-esteem, confidence, discipline and dignity. These necessary skills transfer to other types of work and in to other facets of life. Having a place to belong – a place where they are needed and valued – serves as a cornerstone in building back what is needed to remove the barriers that may keep people from becoming self-sufficient. Discover PB Clean and Safe has offered an important piece of what it takes to move street guardians’ team members toward a life off of the streets. The program’s safety ambassadors have been busy as well. Just this last month they handled eight fights, seven trespassing issues, two situations with weapons, two medical calls, two mental health issues and one indecent exposure. They are equipped with resources to provide alternatives for the homeless population, as well as having given referrals out to many of PB’s most vulnerable residents.  This program is funded entirely by temporary grant funds awarded from Councilmember Lorie Zapf, and Discover PB event funds and donations, and we have successfully secured $60,000. But that is only one-half the funding we need. In order to continue the program as is, providing six days a week of cleaning and 40 hours of safety ambassadors, we need to fundraise the remaining half.  Donations can be made to Discover Pacific Beach, tagged for Clean and Safe program, by check sent to 1503 Garnet Ave., or you may also donate by registering for Amazon Smiles and picking Pacific Beach Business Improvement Association as the charity where you would like to donate your proceeds. Sara Berns is the executive director of Discover Pacific Beach.
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