Community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
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The 35-foot Christmas tree in Ocean Beach, which was locally-sourced, is a popular spot for selfies at sunset, and will be up until Jan. 2. / THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
The 35-foot Christmas tree in Ocean Beach, which was locally-sourced, is a popular spot for selfies at sunset, and will be up until Jan. 2. / THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
Former Sports Arena gets another new name

On Dec. 4, the San Diego City Council and Mayor Kevin Faulconer approved a new $400,000-per-year naming rights and sponsorship agreement for the former Sports Arena, officially changing its name from Valley View Casino Center to Pechanga Arena San Diego.

“We are thrilled about this partnership with Pechanga Resort Casino,” said Ernest Hahn, senior vice president and general manager of AEG Management SD, LLC. “The Pechanga name and reputation carries a lot of weight in the entertainment industry. This partnership will afford us new opportunities and ensures that San Diego will continue to receive the best in premium entertainment and sporting events.”

The Valley View Casino Center branding, which took effect in October 2010, officially expired Nov. 30. Opened in 1966 and currently operated by AEG Management SD, LLC, Pechanga Arena San Diego hosts the San Diego Gulls and San Diego Seals teams, respectively, as well as numerous concerts throughout the year.

Shelter Island Boat Launch to reopen on Dec. 21

Construction of the Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility has made significant progress and is nearly complete. The Port of San Diego has announced that the boat launch will reopen to the public on Friday, Dec. 21.

The contractor is anticipated to remain on site through January 2019 to complete items such as beach grading and general cleanup, but the work is not expected to impact the public’s use of the facility.

Once completed, the improvements will make the boat launch ramp safer and more navigable. Upgrades include enlarging the maneuvering area in the basin by 80 percent, replacing the worn-out launch ramp, increasing the lengths of the boarding floats, and installing public docks, public walkways, adjacent parking and restroom upgrades to current Americans with Disabilities Act Standards.

The Port of San Diego appreciates the public’s patience during completion of this important public improvement project. Please visit for more information and updates.

City of San Diego’s minimum wage increases on Jan. 1

Effective Jan. 1, in accordance with the City of San Diego’s Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance, employees who perform at least two hours of work in one or more calendar weeks of the year within the geographic boundaries of the City of San Diego will receive a minimum wage rate increase from $11.50 to $12.

The ordinance applies to all industries and businesses and there are no exemptions. Tips and gratuities do not count toward payment of minimum wage. 

In accordance with the ordinance, updated notices for posting at the workplace are available on the City’s Minimum Wage Program’s webpage. Every employer must post these notices in a conspicuous place at any workplace or job site. 

Employees will continue to earn sick leave, either by the accrual or “front load” method, in accordance with the ordinance. Employees may use earned sick leave for all reasons described in the ordinance, including, but not limited to, time for their own medical care or for the medical care of a family member. Employers may limit an employee’s use of earned sick leave to 40 hours in a benefit year.

Election coming up for Ocean Beach Town Council

The 2019 Ocean Beach Town Council board of directors election is approaching and letters of intent are now being accepted. If you would like to take your community involvement to the next level, here’s a great opportunity.

By being an OBTC director you can be an elected voice in communicating the views and needs of the community to the appropriate agencies, be at the forefront of community discussions, take appropriate action on community issues and be a leader in promoting the general betterment of Ocean Beach.

There are 15 seats on the Ocean Beach Town Council board of directors and OBTC members elect board directors for two-year terms. Half of the board stands for election every year. This year, eight seats are up for election. If you would like to be considered for candidacy, submit your candidate statement to: [email protected] by Jan. 21.

Eligible candidates must be over 18 years of age, already be a paid-in-full OBTC member, and either live, work, own property, or operate a business in Ocean Beach (92107). Voting for this election will take place from Monday, Jan. 28 to Friday, Feb. 8.

The Ocean Beach Town Council is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to expressing the will of Ocean Beach residents and representing the welfare of the community. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit

Shore Buddies successfully raises $10,544 on Kickstarter campaign

San Diego-based stuffed-animal company, Shore Buddies, finished their Kickstarter campaign successfully on Sunday, Dec. 16 and received full funding. The company, which makes stuffed animals from recycled plastic bottles, even exceeded their funding goal of $10,000 and raised a total of $10,544 from 132 individual supporters within 16 days.

The Kickstarter campaign featured Shore Buddies’ first children’s book “Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean.” The book tells the story of five friends (the Shore Buddies) joined together in one mission to fight plastic pollution in the ocean. Find out what they discover and what you can do to help save marine life and keep plastics out of the oceans.

Shore Buddies is encouraging educators to use the book to teach kids about plastic pollution, recycling and ocean conservation. One of the popular packages of the Kickstarter campaign was the “educator package,” which included two copies of “Shore Buddies And the Plastic Ocean” and three of the stuffed animals made from recycled plastic bottles.

All stuffed animals, as well as the book, will be available for purchase at on Dec. 18. For wholesale inquires, please contact [email protected]

sandag receives $80 million for mid-coast trolley project

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced that SANDAG will receive an $80 million supplemental appropriation in Capital Investment Grants (CIG) funds to build the Mid-Coast Trolley project that will allow SANDAG to save on long-term financing costs.

The Mid-Coast Trolley, an 11-mile expansion of the Metropolitan Transit System’s Blue Line, broke ground in 2016. At that time, the FTA guaranteed a $1.04 billion matching grant for the $2.17 billion expansion project, over a 10-year period.

“This is a big win for the San Diego Region,” said SANDAG Chair and Del Mar City Councilmember Terry Sinnott. “I’d like to thank Mayor Faulconer for tirelessly working to make this happen. Not only do these funds support jobs and businesses in the region critical to construction of the project, this Trolley expansion will provide high-frequency transit to one of the densest employment areas in the region, relieving congestion, reducing parking needs, and increasing access to jobs.”

The Mid-Coast Trolley will provide a much-needed transit alternative along its corridor, which stretches from Old Town in the south, to UC San Diego and University City in the north.

Economy lot at San Diego Airport to close dec. 26

On Wednesday, Dec. 26, the Pacific Highway Economy Lot will close to the public. The lot is being converted to employee parking; a move that is required because of the loss of existing employee parking on the south side of the runway due to construction of a new stormwater infiltration system, part of the airport’s long-term Stormwater Management Plan. Travelers can book discounted parking rates for airport lots online at

There are four self-parking options conveniently located close to the airport:

- The Terminal 1 Parking Lot provides nearly 2,000 close-in parking spaces. The lot offers both a daily rate (at $32/day) and hourly rate option, convenient for both travelers and those picking up loved ones.

- Located just west of the airport, the Terminal 2 Parking Lot is a good choice for those traveling out of Terminal 2 West; a pedestrian walkway connects the lot to the terminal. The Terminal 2 Parking Lot is located off McCain Road and offers 2,300 spaces available at $32/day or hourly rates.

- With 2,900 spaces, the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza is available at $17/day with advance reservations (or $32/day drive-up rate), as well as hourly rates. The Parking Plaza is directly adjacent to Terminal 2 and features covered parking, EV charging stations and state-of-the-art parking guidance technology. 

- The Long-Term Parking Lot offers more than 1,100 spaces at $15/day with advance reservations (or $20/day drive-up rate). The lot is located on Harbor Drive westbound, before you reach the airport terminals, and offers a free shuttle to/from the airport.  

For more information about the airport’s parking lots and services, visit For those seeking alternative transportation to the airport, look no further than for the various transit and transportation options available.

City invests $14.1 million in funding homeless programs

The City is investing $14.1 million in programs and services intended to help people experiencing homelessness get off the street as the City Council unanimously approved Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s plan to allocate state Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) funds.

The state funding is the result of efforts by Faulconer and the other “Big 11” mayors to urge leaders in Sacramento to provide financial help to local governments as they tackle a statewide homeless crisis.The $14.1 million will be invested in:

- Rental assistance or subsidies, such as rapid re-housing vouchers and a flexible subsidy pool ($5.2 million);

- Services, such as outreach, housing navigation, storage for personal belongings, diversion and safe parking programs ($5.8 million);

- Capital needs that will allow the City to continue its services to nearly 700 individuals at the three bridge shelters ($1.6 million);

- Youth-serving programs ($705,000);

- Administration ($705,000).

The Regional Task Force on the Homeless, the region’s Continuum of Care, will receive an additional $18.8 million from HEAP to be invested in programs throughout the county.

Some of the funding will help expand existing programs, such as the safe parking program. New initiatives include the creation of a flexible subsidy pool. Modeled after successful programs in other cities, the pool may be used to offer relief to individuals that don’t qualify for federal vouchers or other programs but need short-term assistance to prevent or end their homelessness.

Registration open for sessions at San Diego Mesa College

San Diego Mesa College “open registration” for intersession and spring 2019 started Dec. 10. Students may visit to view the schedule and register for classes.

In the spring, which starts Jan. 28, Mesa will offer nearly 2,400 classes, more than 300 of which will be 100 percent online. For the winter intersession, which starts Jan. 2, more than 125 courses are being offered, with nearly half of them fully online. Courses offered include both general education classes for transfer, as well as an array of career education classes.

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