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    Activists rally to try and stop hotel’s expansion at Bahia Point
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Oct 18, 2018 | 2074 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Two new supporters – an environmental activist and a labor spokesman – have joined Mission Bay water users protesting expansion plans for Bahia Resort Hotel. “The Mission Bay Park Master Plan (MBPMP) requires that development on Bahia Point retain Gleason Road,” said former City Councilmember Donna Frye. “The public deserves better. At a minimum, there needs to be an environmental analysis for the project where all the facts can be reviewed, along with a full staff report and not rushed through as a lease amendment.” Frye added the requirement to retain Gleason Road “Appears to have been left out of the developer’s presentation that was shown to both the Mission Bay Park Committee and the Parks and Recreation Board before they voted. The information led to a false belief that the development was consistent with the MBPMP, when it was not.”  Bahia resort wants to nearly double its capacity, expanding from 315 to 600 rooms, while adding a 10-foot walkway and 20-foot grass area around Bahia Point park. That would necessitate shifting current public parking along Gleason Road from the periphery to the interior of Bahia’s peninsula. Detractors claim that would be a hardship on water users, denying public access to Bahia Point, a popular launching spot for standup paddle boards, kayaks and other watercraft.  Hotelier Bill Evans answered that his proposed parking changes will reconfigure – not eliminate – existing onsite parking, shifting it away from Gleason Road and into the peninsula’s interior.  Evans is holding to that view. “We are continuing to work with the City on the specifics,” Evans told Beach & Bay Press. “At this time, we have nothing to add beyond what was presented to the Mission Bay Park Committee – which overwhelmingly agreed the proposal is consistent with the Mission Bay Park Master Plan – and the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Board – which voted unanimously to recommend the proposal to the City. We look forward to adding a grass recreation area around all of Bahia Point, as well as almost one-mile of pedestrian and bicycle pathways.” The controversy began early in January when San Diego Park and Recreation Board’s Mission Bay Park Committee voted near-unanimously to affirm Evans Hotels’ proposed expansion and parking changes on its existing site at 998 W. Mission Bay Drive. The board accepted the hotelier’s view that that action would be consistent with the master plan. But Giovanni Ingolia, an Ocean Beach Town Council member, who also sits on the Mission Bay Park Committee, didn’t agree. “There are parts of [Evans plan] that are in line with the master plan, and parts of it that are not. That’s why I voted against it,” he said. “One hundred percent of Gleason Road needs to be (retained) in the master plan. We can’t just cherry pick what parts are in the plan, and what parts are not, and then just rubber stamp it.” Added Ingolia: “The east side (of Bahia peninsula) is supposed to expand access for water users by taking out the road and just putting in a bike path. Who’s going to want to drag a kayak or a paddle board down a bike path?” Some neighbors and water users are claiming Bahia’s expansion proposal would eliminate 170 of 270 parking spaces while decreasing public beach access.  “Evans’ proposal would not only redo the hotel, but extend its boundaries over Gleason Road and eliminate public access moving parking somewhere else,” said Rick Bates, spokesman for Unite Here, hospitality union Local 30. “Is that right, and consistent, with the master plan? That [beach] was meant for public use, not to privatize it, or parcel it out for long-term leases.” Greg Knight, a Mission Bay recreationalist and co-organizer of Bahia expansion opposition, said the project can still be stopped. “Right now it is scheduled to go in front of the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee on Oct. 17, and they will vote on whether they will recommend it to the City Council,” Knight said. “We believe (fingers crossed) it will get a no vote. It would then go to the actual City Council. After that, It would go to the Coastal Commission for either final approval — or changes.” “What Evans Hotels is doing is trying to get a development plan approved using a lease amendment as a vehicle,” contended union rep Bates. “It’s the wrong process. What he really needs to do is a master plan amendment.” Added Bates, “But I understand why he would not want to go that route, because it’s much more expensive, takes much more public participation, and would trigger a new environmental impact report, which takes time.”
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    The King of School Spirit – Bucs biggest fan given the royal treatment
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Oct 17, 2018 | 5621 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Mission Bay High Homecoming King Troy Horton with classmate Natalie McDermott, who was standing in for the Homecoming Queen Kirra Barth, who was out of town, at the Homecoming Dance held at the San Diego Zoo on Sept. 28.		        / ERNEST REMILLARD / CONTRIBUTED
    Mission Bay High Homecoming King Troy Horton with classmate Natalie McDermott, who was standing in for the Homecoming Queen Kirra Barth, who was out of town, at the Homecoming Dance held at the San Diego Zoo on Sept. 28. / ERNEST REMILLARD / CONTRIBUTED
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    He’s Mr. Pacific Beach, and the area’s biggest sports fan. This year, he is also Mission Bay High’s homecoming king. “He’s Troy. There’s not another Troy,” said teacher Amanda Logan. Horton is one of her special-needs students at Mission Bay High. “Troy is not like your typical student with special needs.” Logan said Horton’s spirit is indomitable. “He’s extremely outgoing. He’s involved,” she said. “He is a man about Pacific Beach,” she said. “He’s Mr. Pacific Beach. He is known, not just on the school campus, but at the little league field, and all around town. He knows everyone’s name. His parents have done a very good job including him in the community, and school events as well.” Of Mission Bay High, Troy, wearing his homecoming crown, pointed out, “I’m the number one biggest fan. I know all the players. I’m the ultimate fan.” Asked if he campaigned to be a monarch, Troy said: “I wanted to be the king — and everybody voted for me.” How does it feel? “Great,” replied gravel-voiced Troy, eliciting smiles all around. “Everybody calls me king Troy around school.” “He’s the friendliest person I know,” concluded Kirra Barth, MBHS’s 2018 homecoming queen, about Troy. The tale behind Troy becoming high-school royalty is heartwarming. “I thought of all of the amazing things he has done for the rest of us,” said MBHS senior Natalie McDermott, who nominated him. “He goes to all of our sports events, sometimes even during the preseason. Troy is always so happy and can bring a smile to anyone’s face … He is always the loudest, most enthusiastic fan in the crowd. I thought we should give back to him.” Added McDermott, “I can’t imagine what my high school experience would have been like without Troy yelling, ‘Let’s go Nat,’ at all of my varsity basketball games.”  Troy deserved his coronation. “The kids love him, and the community all knows and loves Troy,” noted Natalie McDermott’s mother, Veronica. “When they announced Troy as the winner at the dance, the crowd went wild, throwing water in the air, jumping up and down, screaming. Troy is absolutely the star. Everyone could only be so lucky to know this boy, so full of life, excitement and love.” “We would like to thank the Pacific Beach Community for being so supportive of Troy and his whole family,” said Troy’s mother, Susie Horton. "We couldn’t ask for a better group of neighbors for him to grow up with.”
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    SeaWorld to add horizontal roller coaster, with zero-g roll, next year
    Oct 15, 2018 | 18461 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Artist's rendering of the Tidal Twister roller coaster.
    Artist's rendering of the Tidal Twister roller coaster.
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    SeaWorld will open a dueling roller coaster, dubbed Tidal Twister, as a new attraction for 2019. The first of its kind in the world, this unique and horizontal ride is an exhilarating experience that demonstrates the power of the ocean. Accelerating to 30 miles per hour, riders will twist and bank as if they are riding the tide along a tight figure-8 track that includes dynamic zero-g roll at the center section. Two trains, holding 16 passengers each, load at opposite ends of the figure-8 and cross in the center with guests facing both forward and backward on the trains. A lower-height requirement of 48 inches makes this attraction a perfect ride for younger guests and families. “There is no other coaster experience in the world like Tidal Twister,” said Hannes. “The two trains duel one another and guests will see the excitement on the faces of other riders. You’ll almost feel like you can reach out and touch them. The tight turns, the inversion and the airtime hill will leave our guests wondering which way is up.” Tidal Twister, elevated 16 feet off the ground, will be located adjacent the Aquaria touch pool and aquarium in the northwest corner of the park, the perfect location to accentuate the new attraction’s conservation element that focuses on sustainable aquaculture and coral reef protection.
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    Community briefs for Pacific Beach and Mission Beach
    Oct 05, 2018 | 15664 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Taking in the view at Palisades Park in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Taking in the view at Palisades Park in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Polish Festival in Pacific Beach Polish culture and hospitality will be on display Friday through Sunday, Oct. 12-14, at the St. Maximilian Kolbe Roman Catholic Church fundraiser at 1735 Grand Ave.   The annual Polish Fest is a tribute to Polish heritage and pride. The event includes live performances by Polish folk dancers and various musical bands.  Polish cuisine and genuine imported Polish beer will be sold. Also available for purchase at the church mission site will be a variety of commemorative event T-shirts, hats and other apparel. “This annual fundraising event is one of the most popular ethnic festivals in the Pacific Beach area, attracting people from all around San Diego as well as international visitors who want to get a taste of what Poland is all about,” said St. Maximilian Kolbe spokeswoman Agnieszka Giacalone. St. Maximilian was built in 1995 in Pacific Beach to serve the Polish community, a large number of whom emigrated from their native land during the Solidarity labor-union movement of the 1990s. The church is named for St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan friar and World War II-era hero who voluntarily sacrificed himself in the place of a stranger at the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. Kolbe provided shelter to refugees from Greater Poland, including 2,000 Jews, whom he hid from Nazi persecution in his friary until he was arrested by the German Gestapo and imprisoned. For more information, visit polishmission.org/festival/index.php. BOOmont and Fall Fest at Belmont Park Returning for its sixth season, BOOmont and Fall Fest rises from the dusk as Belmont Park transforms with festive fall thrills and chills throughout the amusement park. Throughout October, guests will be able to participate in free activities including trick-or-treating from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. from Friday to Sunday and family costume contests each Saturday at 5:30 p.m. There will be pumpkin painting starting at $2. There will also be two free concerts at the Beach House for all ages featuring The Cool Kids and other bands 7 p.m. on Oct. 13. Sure Fire Soul Ensemble performs 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 28. Beer lovers can taste craft brews and hand-made pretzels while enjoying live music at the Belmont Beer Tasting Garden on Oct. 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. Draft will hold its annual costume party with a live DJ on Oct. 26 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Sun Diego Am Slam Surf & Skate Series San Diego's only surf, skate and music festival will be happening at Belmont Park in Mission Beach on Saturday, Oct. 13. The final stop of the Sun Diego Am Slam Surf & Skate Series presented by Vans is also the largest with more than $8,000 up for grabs in the pro-am divisions. The Am Slam is the only amateur surf/skate contest series in Southern California and is designed to give local surfers and skaters of all ages the opportunity to compete and excel. Governor signs no-helmet bill for motorized scooters Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill absolving adults from being required to wear helmets on electric scooters on city streets. Dockless bike company Bird backed the no-helmet law, AB 2989, which also permits scooters to be on streets with speed limits up to 35 mph. State law currently bans scooters on streets with speed limits exceeding 25 mph. Gov. Brown also signed AB 3077, which allows people under age 18, who’ve been cited for not wearing a bicycle helmet, to correct the violation within four months by attending a bicycle safety course and proving they now have a correct-fitting helmet. Both laws take effect Jan. 1, 2019. Gartland named SDFD lifeguard division chief After a thorough recruitment process, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) Chief Colin Stowell announced the appointment of James Gartland as the new lifeguard division chief. Gartland has served as interim chief for the past six months. Gartland has been a SDFD lifeguard for 23 years. He is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in business administration/accounting and completed the Wharton College Mission Critical Team Professional Development Program. He is currently a member of the Type 3 San Diego All-Hazards Incident Management Team and has served as the chair of the San Diego Regional Aquatic Lifesaving Emergency Response Task Force and the Area Maritime Security Subcommittee on Preventative Radiological Nuclear Detection. He also spent 18 months as the regional maritime emergency preparedness manager with the City’s Office of Homeland Security. Aside from his commitment to his career as a public servant, Gartland spends a lot of time volunteering in a variety of capacities in San Diego. He is currently the president of the Old Town Academy School Advisory Board and has volunteered for San Diego Coastkeeper and Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League. Chief Gartland has been an officer with the San Diego Lifesaving Association and the San Diego Association for Lifeguards. Flu vaccine now available The flu vaccine is here. And now that the influenza vaccine is readily available across the region, the County Health and Human Services Agency is encouraging the public to get vaccinated. “Everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated now before flu season arrives,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “The vaccine is safe and effective. All San Diegans should get vaccinated to avoid getting sick and spreading the virus to others.” Last season, 342 people died from complications from the flu, 255 more than the previous season and the highest total since the County began tracking flu deaths nearly 20 years ago. Visit www.sdiz.org or call 2-1-1 San Diego to find a list of County locations. The County provides free vaccinations as part of the County’s Live Well San Diego vision of healthy, safe and thriving residents and communities. Pure Water moves forward with EPA loan The City’s efforts to create one-third of its own water supply by 2035 took a major step forward last week with City Council approval of a loan that will finance nearly half of the first phase of Pure Water San Diego – a multi-year program that will use proven water purification technology to clean recycled water to produce safe, high-quality drinking water. The $614 million loan comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program and will cover 49 percent of the $1.25 billion project. There will be a second reading of the ordinance by the City Council in two weeks to officially authorize the loan. The Pure Water program will eventually recycle up to 83 million gallons of waste-water per day. It is one of the major sustainability projects that support Mayor Faulconer’s Climate Action Plan.
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    Education Notebook: PBMS Music Association to hold second annual PB Palooza
    Oct 04, 2018 | 615 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The Mission Bay High School boys water polo team celebrates with coach Lindsay Sutterley after winning the Varsity Cougar Invitational Tournament. / PHOTO BY MIKE BAKER
    The Mission Bay High School boys water polo team celebrates with coach Lindsay Sutterley after winning the Varsity Cougar Invitational Tournament. / PHOTO BY MIKE BAKER
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    Kate Sessions Elementary would like to thank the Mission Bay Sportscenter for providing paddleboards, kayaks, and a lily pad for their annual Day at the Bay. Also thanks to Nam from Rosaria Pizza for giving Sessions a special deal on pizzas for lunch. A fun day was had by all.
    Kate Sessions Elementary would like to thank the Mission Bay Sportscenter for providing paddleboards, kayaks, and a lily pad for their annual Day at the Bay. Also thanks to Nam from Rosaria Pizza for giving Sessions a special deal on pizzas for lunch. A fun day was had by all.
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    Barnard fourth grader Holly C. performs a traditional Chinese dance at the Balboa Park Moon Festival. / Photo courtesy of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University.
    Barnard fourth grader Holly C. performs a traditional Chinese dance at the Balboa Park Moon Festival. / Photo courtesy of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University.
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    Mission Bay High School junior Kyle Baker shoots to score a goal at the Varsity Cougar Invitational Tournament. / Photo by Mike Baker
    Mission Bay High School junior Kyle Baker shoots to score a goal at the Varsity Cougar Invitational Tournament. / Photo by Mike Baker
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    Mission Bay High - It was a busy week for MBHS boys water polo as they had an excellent week of play going 7-0 for the week. They defeated University City and High Tech High Schools during the week and carried that momentum into the weekend winning the Varsity Cougar Invitational Tournament at Las Palmas Pool in National City. Coach Lindsay Sutterley, said, "The Bucs had a close first half in the final game and were able to pull ahead in the fourth quarter." Junior Kyle Baker scored 12 goals and had 16 steals, while senior goalie Whitney Snead had 31 blocks for the weekend. Pacific Beach Middle - PBMS Music Association is hosting the second annual PB Palooza noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14 at San Diego Mission Bay Boat and Ski Club. Join friends and neighbors for music and food to support PBMS Music Association. Listen to the sounds of local bands The Sea Monks, The Go Heads, Lay Low, Big Daddy Blues, The PinchFlats, and Jetpack Mojo. Food will be available for purchase from the Iron Pig Alehouse.  Barnard Elementary - More than 40 students from Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary School took to the stage at the Moon Festival in Balboa Park on Sept. 22 to showcase their Chinese cultural arts talents and language skills. It is the third consecutive year that Barnard’s students have performed in this annual event. The school’s “Flying Arts” performance troupe, comprised of second- through fifth-grade students, presented a dance interpretation of Mulan, the legendary warrior woman from fifth century China. Later in the program, students from Barnard’s fourth-grade classrooms performed a dance from the Yi Torch Festival. Set to traditional music from the southwest region of China, this dance commemorates the fabled wrestler Atilaba, who drove away a plague of locusts using torches made from pine trees. Another group of Barnard students joined instructors from the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University to demonstrate the slow-moving exercises of tai chi, which has its origin in the fighting arts. - For information on Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary School, or to find out about the District’s School Choice program, visit sandiegounified.org/barnard. Pacific Beach Elementary - PBE would like to thank the Mission Bay Real Estate Association (MBREA) for supporting all Pacific Beach elementary schools through the Don Brown Links for Learning golf tournament again this year. PBE appreciates their support. - Rubio's Dine Out is on Oct. 17 at Rubio's on Grand Avenue. Head to Rubio's, mention the PBE fundraiser, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the school. Thanks to Rubio's for supporting PBE. - For anyone interested in learning more about PBE, the principal will be holding a school tour 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Come check out the school. - PBE relies on fundraising for many of its programs that benefit every student at the school. The contribution drive ends Oct. 5. Your donations will help the neighborhood school. Donate at fopbe.org/contribution-drive/ or venmo @FOPBE. Kate Sessions Elementary - Sessions is excited to launch a program called WATCH D.O.G.S. Families learned at the orientation pizza party that the two main goals of the program is to provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important and to provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying. Each male participant, dad, uncle, grandpa, etc. is asked to volunteer one day per school year. The program is sure to be a success due to the large, enthusiastic crowd who showed up for orientation. Mission Bay Cluster - Three Mission Bay Cluster schools will have their bands featured at Pacific Beachfest on Saturday, Oct. 6. Crown Point Junior Music Academy will perform at 11 a.m., PBMS will be on stage at 1:10 p.m., and MBHS Preservationists and Mambo Orchestra will play at 3:40 p.m., on the Community Stage. For more information, visit pacificbeachfest.org. - The fourth annual "Future Bucs Night" is 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at Mission Bay High as the football team battles Scripps Ranch. Elementary and middle-school children and their families are welcome to come cheer on the team. The popular "Future Buc" T-shirt is now available for pre-order through Oct. 10. Cost is $10, and available in white or gold in standard youth and adult sizes XS through XL. Email nadinedunphy@msn.com to order. Payment and pick-up will be at the event or by arrangement.
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