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    Beach & Bay Press top stories in 2018: Scooter invasion, pipeline projects, Bahia Hotel expansion plans, short-term rentals, and Mission Bay’s basketball title
    by EMILY BLACKWOOD
    Jan 09, 2019 | 21733 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Visitors to Pacific Beach attempt to walk on a slackline in mid-November during a beautiful sunset. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Visitors to Pacific Beach attempt to walk on a slackline in mid-November during a beautiful sunset. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Mission Bay beat Foothills Christian, 52-42, at SDSU and won the CIF Open Division title, the school’s first sectional basketball championship since 2007. / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
    Mission Bay beat Foothills Christian, 52-42, at SDSU and won the CIF Open Division title, the school’s first sectional basketball championship since 2007. / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
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    Motorized scooters were all the rage in Mission Beach in 2018. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Motorized scooters were all the rage in Mission Beach in 2018. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    From short-term vacation rentals to trolley stops to RV parks to electric scooters, residents made sure their voices were heard loud and clear when it came to some of the most talked about stories of 2018. Notorious crimes, like the patio furniture thief, were finally solved, and the seemingly endless projects, like Pacific Beach Pipeline Replacement Project, continued to move forward.  January • The San Diego Park and Recreation Board’s Mission Bay Park Committee voted almost unanimously to affirm Evans Hotels’ redevelopment of Bahia Resort Hotel. Locals opposed the expansion, claiming it would decrease parking spaces and public beach access.  • The two owners and a property manager of the Casa De Las Palmas apartment complex in City Heights were charged with misdemeanor health and safety code violations. The seven refugee families who occupied the complex complained that the property had bathroom leaks, inadequate heating, insects, rodents, and improper wiring. • Iron Pig Alehouse in PB stopped serving beverages with plastic straws in an effort to be more environmentally conscious.  • Pacific Beach surfer Ryland Rubens competed in the World Junior Championships in New South Wales, Australia after winning the North America junior tour crown last year. "Competing or not, just being in the ocean is great for many aspects of life,” Rubens said. “Just to take baby steps, because nothing happens overnight."   • A study titled Part 150 was conducted to evaluate flightpath improvements and noise reductions in and around San Diego International Airport. Residents from Point Loma to La Jolla have complained about an increase in noise for the past couple of years.  February  • The Beach & Bay Press went out and sampled all the different kinds of pizzas in San Diego in honor of National Pizza Day on Feb. 9.  • Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announced early February that San Diego Police Department Assistant Chief David Nisleit would be appointed as the City’s next police chief, replacing Chief Shelley Zimmerman, who retired in March after 35 years on the force. “It is both a privilege and an honor to become the next San Diego police chief,” Nisleit said. “Keeping San Diego one of the safest large cities in America will be one of my top priorities.” • Campland on the Bay achieved the highest occupancy and revenue level in 2017 than in any prior year since 2006. The commercial leasehold opened in 1969 as one of the first in Mission Bay Park.  • Pacific Beach broke ground for a new two-mile segment of the Coastal Rail Trail known as the Rose Creek Bikeway. The construction was part of an effort to provide a more convenient connection between the biking segments in the greater University City area and PB.   • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School celebrated its 75th anniversary in Pacific Beach. “The people here are phenomenal,” said James. D. (Pastor Jim) Henkell. “It’s just a neat church to be a part of.”  • Bird electric scooters started popping up in Pacific Beach, resulting in mixed reviews from residents. "These new electric scooters for rent all over PB is getting annoying,” said Dan Michaels, a Pacific Beach business owner, on the Next Door social media site. “Riders are intoxicated renting them, underage, and don't obey any laws of the road.”  • Residents were concerned that the Pacific Beach Pipeline South and West Projects were damaging streets while replacing nearly 39,000 linear feet of water main and nearly 6,800 feet of sewer main. “The patchwork is terrible,” said Dan Bernard. “Ingraham felt like the Belmont Park roller coaster.” March • Mission Bay Bucs beat Foothills Christian 52-42 and won the CIF Open Division title, the school’s first sectional basketball championship since 2007. • A protest was held by Mission Bay residents against the Bahia Resort expansion plans, which would eliminate parking along Gleason Road. Gary Cannon, a retired coastal planner and recreational paddler, called the project, "an attempt to privatize the entire Bahia Point, and to minimize the public’s ability to recreate there.” • Students of Mission Bay High joined the National School Walkout on March 14 to support tougher gun laws and school security following the mass shooting that killed 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.  • After selling its housing community Luther View, Christ Lutheran Church in Pacific Beach donated $138,000 to community nonprofits such as Doors of Change, Rwandan Orphans Project, and Third Avenue Charitable Organization.  • Three PBMS Mandarin students competed in the Chinese Bridge Contest on March 6, at PBMS. Leah Markworth took first place, and Christopher Santy placed second in language, and the cultural talent award went to Liliana Capalbo. April • Mission Bay and PB residents attended the March for Our Lives rally in downtown San Diego along with thousands of other people advocating for stricter gun laws.  • The infamous Pacific Beach patio bandit was arrested after residents reported patio furniture being stolen from their front porches for several months. Jose Luis Manjarrez-Ledesma, 44, was taken into custody following a traffic stop on March 22. • Locals criticized the dockless bike and motorized scooter “invasion” at the Pacific Beach Town Council on March 21. Representatives from  Ofo, Mobike, LimeBike, and Bird defended the dockless technology, but critics said the scooters’ presence has only created chaos and dangerous situations.  • Pacific Beach civic leaders pushed to move the Tuesday Farmers Market from Bayard Street to Garnet Avenue at the Metropolitan Transit System board meeting.    • MBHS distinguished student Alessandra Garcia was one of nine girls from the United States selected to join the “Girls On Ice: Cascades Expedition team.” She climbed Mt. Baker, an active volcano in the Cascade Mountain range, and studied mountaineering skills, glaciology, and designed biological experiments.    May • The YMCA and San Diego Unified School District held a “ribbon-tying” ceremony to debut the new shared multipurpose field at Pacific Beach Middle School. • SeaWorld's new roller coaster, Electric Eel opened and took the title of Mission Bay’s tallest and fastest roller coaster.  • Paradise Point Resort & Spa in Mission Bay announced its $24 million renovation that includes a remodel of the 44-acre island hotel’s 462 California bungalow-style guest rooms by the award-winning international firm Perkins + Will.  • Members of Team Survivor Sea Dragons collectively celebrated their 10-year anniversaries of surviving cancer with a 26.2-mile fundraising dragon boat paddle around Mission Bay.  • Pioneering surf legends Larry Gordon and Skeeter Malcolm were honored with memorial benches at Tourmaline Surfing Park. Mayor Kevin Faulconer proclaimed May 10, 2018, as “Gordon and Smith Day in the City of San Diego." • Councilmember Lorie Zapf announced she would ask the City Council to endorse an emergency ordinance prohibiting motorized scooters on sidewalks and the boardwalk from Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach to the jetty in South Mission Beach. The City Council members voted against the ban because they either weren’t convinced of its necessity, or they felt the issue hadn’t yet been properly vetted. • I Love A Clean San Diego empowered 1,049 elementary school students, teachers, and volunteers to be a wave of change at Mission Beach for the 25th annual Kids’ Ocean Day.  • Belmont Park’s Giant Dipper was repainted in its original rich coats of red, black and gold.  June • Locals celebrated Go Skateboarding Day on June 21 with skate sessions, barbecues, and competitions. “There is a strong community of skaters,” Paul (Pablo) Smith, owner of Soul Grind Skate Shop in Pacific Beach, said, “but each person has a different style, does unique tricks, and follows a certain brand to express themselves.” • San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced that construction to replace the West Mission Bay Drive bridge will start in July. The $110 million project would replace the current four-lane bridge, built in the 1950s, with two separate three-lane structures. • The Pacific Beach Planning Group voiced its environmental concerns for the new Balboa Avenue Transit Center. Those concerns included mobility and traffic congestion and mitigation, as well as proposed zoning changes to create higher residential zoning onsite.  • More than 200 students graduated from Mission Bay High School on June 13.  • PB patio thief Jose Luis Ledesma Manjarrez pleaded guilty to five felony counts of grand theft. He was later sentenced to a year in jail. • Mayor Kevin Faulconer released his much anticipated new regulations on short-term vacation rentals that included charging cost-recoverable fees to administer licenses and enforce code violations, establishing a “Good Neighbor” policy, hiring additional staff for complaints about nuisance properties and implementing a per-night fee that would generate an estimated $3 million annually.  July • Mission Beach residents spoke against being "carved out" of the mayor’s rental plan at a special meeting of Mission Beach Precise Planning Board.  • More than 500 volunteers removed 1,493 pounds of trash from beaches after July 4th as a part of the Surfrider Foundation San Diego’s annual post-Fourth of July “Morning After Mess” beach series. • The City Council voted in favor of stricter regulations allowing primary-residence-only rentals with a six-month maximum, which came as a disappointment to local short-term rental industry members who insisted it will negatively impact San Diego tourism.  • San Diego was named the most scenic West Coast city in an Expedia poll. • A 130,000-square-foot International Arrivals facility opened at the San Diego Airport’s Terminal 2 in an effort to allow the airport to accommodate the increase in international passengers resulting from recently added overseas flights. • RV residents rallied at South Shores Park in Mission Bay to demand an end to City policy allowing ticketing and impounding of their vehicles. One of the City ordinances prohibits parking an RV anywhere on City streets and lots between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. • People complained on NextDoor that homeless who frequent meals served at Pacific Beach Methodist Church are doing drugs and having sex in public parks. • U.S. Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) defended his co-sponsorship of the Keeping Families Together Act, which would have immediately halted separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border, as the right thing to do. August • The water off La Jolla was 78.8 degrees, according to measurements taken by research scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a record-setting warm for San Diego. It was nine degrees above the typical temperature for this time of year. • City Council voted 4-2 against putting a proposed Aquatic Safety and Junior Lifeguard Center in Mission Bay Park on the November election ballot. “It’s a long process,” said Corey McClelland, volunteer CEO/board chair of the nonprofit Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego. “We’ve been in it for five years, and we’re not going to go away. It’s sorely needed for the students, the lifeguards and San Diego.” • Residents claimed the Neighborhood Parking Protection Ordinance meant to curb abuse by oversized and non-motorized vehicles taking advantage of free residential parking isn’t being enforced in PB.  • Pacific Beach residents raised concerns about severely trimmed trees in the public right-of-way on Garnet Avenue west of Ingraham Street. The City said its staff had not trimmed the trees.  September • Residents voiced safety concerns after the Pacific Beach Library changed their rules to better accommodate the homeless population. “We are a public building serving everyone regardless of their circumstances,” said Misty Jones, San Diego Public Library director. “We have a code of conduct across-the-board for everyone. You can’t be under the influence. You can’t interfere with other library users or staff doing their jobs.” • Share San Diego turned in 62,000 signatures advocating to overturn a 6-3 City Council vote in July for an ordinance limiting short-term rental hosts to primary residences only, with one additional dwelling unit on the same parcel. • RV residents who sued the City to end its policy of ticketing and impounding their vehicles, won a partial victory in court. U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia ruled that the vehicle habitation ordinance “is both vague on its face and is being arbitrarily and discriminatorily applied.” • I Love A Clean San Diego mobilized 7,000 volunteers at 106 cleanup sites to remove an estimated 130,000 pounds of trash and debris, including a disco ball, 641 golf balls, a snowboard, and fake eyelashes. • A judge sided with McKellar McGowan’s plans to turn the two-acre, long-abandoned Mission Beach Elementary School site into condominiums after Mission Beach Citizens for Responsible Development sued in an effort to overturn the City Council’s 6-2 vote in 2016 approving the project. October • The Beach & Bay Press went out and sampled all the different kinds of tacos in San Diego in honor of National Taco Day on Oct. 4.  • A vacation-rental coalition gained the number of valid signatures required to put their measure — overturning the council vote favoring residents and allowing primary-residence-only rentals with a six-month maximum — on a future ballot. • Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill absolving adults from being required to wear helmets on electric scooters on city streets. • Campland attended a Pacific Beach Planning Group meeting and pled its case for remaining an affordable bay front campground. It could be a casualty in the City’s ongoing three-year analysis of the 120-acre De Anza Special Study Area, part of developing a De Anza Cove Amendment to the Mission Bay Park Master Plan.  • Troy Horton and Kirra Barth were crowned Homecoming King and Queen at Mission Bay High School. “He is a man about Pacific Beach,” special needs teacher Amanda Logan said of Horton. “He’s Mr. Pacific Beach. He is known, not just on the school campus, but at the little league field, and all around town • San Diego City Council voted 5-3 to ban the use and distribution of styrofoam citywide. • Pacific Beach resident and realtor Kara Kay announced she would be competing on the CBS-produced competitive reality TV series “Survivor: David vs. Goliath.” November • San Diego City Council voted 8-1 to rescind a short-term vacation rental ordinance it passed in July. The re-vote was forced by a successful drive by a vacation-rental coalition to put the measure on a future election ballot. • ReWild Mission Bay released the final conceptual plans for how wetlands can be feasibly restored to protect wildlife and communities. The plans include expanded public access and habitat restoration options, as well as cost estimates and sea-level rise modeling. • The “Pacific Beach Pipeline Replacement Project,” ramped up again, causing traffic disruptions in the coastal communities. • The City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee unanimously endorsed Mayor Faulconer’s proposed new regulations for electric scooters that limit maximum speed in designated zones, encourage rider education, data sharing, operating fees and legal indemnification for the City.  • Mayor Faulconer announced that more than $40 million in infrastructure investments will be made over the next few years in Mission Bay Park, including upgrades to playgrounds, restrooms, and trails as well as environmental projects. • The City announced its preliminary plans to improve Capehart Dog Park in PB, which would cost an estimated $612,000. • Democrat Dr. Jennifer Campbell defeated Republican incumbent Lorie Zapf by a wide margin in the Nov. 6 election for City Council District 2, which encompasses the Peninsula as well as Pacific and Mission beaches, MidwayPacific Highway, Bay Ho, Bay Park and Morena.  December • Mayor Kevin Faulconer sanctioned forming a new joint-powers entity to purchase electrical power to achieve 100 percent renewable energy citywide by 2035.  • A new mobility board was created by the City of San Diego combining two previously existing bicycle advisory and parking advisory boards under the same roof. District 3 Councilmember Chris Ward, who spearheaded the creation of the new mobility board, said: “Innovation in transit and increasing competition for the public right-of-way has fundamentally shifted the way we move ourselves around, meaning the decisions we make will have greater impacts on the quality of life of all San Diegans.” • More than 400 SantaCon participants journeyed through Pacific Beach bars wearing holiday-themed outfits. They donated more than 200 toys and raised more than $2,000 for the Toys for Tots. program.
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    New state laws that took effect on Jan. 1 – Surfing is officially state sport, no helmets for adult e-scooter riders, pet stores must sell only rescue animals
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jan 02, 2019 | 42509 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Surfers at Tourmaline Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Surfers at Tourmaline Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The new year brings many changes, including new laws addressing everything from surfing to gender identification, to cutbacks on plastic straws and the types of animals that can be sold in pet stores. Here are a few new laws: • Dogs, cats and rabbits sold in pet stores are now required to be obtained only from animal shelters or rescue groups. • People applying for a license or identity card can select their own gender, female, male or non-binary. Those choosing "No binary" will receive a card with an "X" gender category.  • Surfing has been designated as California’s official state sport. • Kids meals in most restaurants must now have a milk- or water-based beverage as the default choice and a parent must request a soda for the child. • People over age 18 will no longer need to use a helmet to use a motorized scooter. • New rules will dictate how divorcing couples determine custody of the family pet. • State parks must now make clear on their websites if dogs are allowed. • Repeat offenders for DUI, or those who receive a first DUI offense and have caused injuries, must install a breathalyzer on their engine ignition for 12 to 48 months. • Twelve years is now the minimum age for prosecution in juvenile court, unless a minor younger than 12 has committed murder or rape. • A defendant under the age of 16 can no longer be tried as an adult sending them to prison instead of a juvenile detention facility. • Authorized California car dealers must place a paper plate with a number and expiration date on every vehicle they sell, whether new or used. • Images of body cameras on police officers, and any other audio recording acquired by a police agency, are required to be disclosed to the public within 45 days after a police shooting or excessive force causes death or injury to a person. • Courts will no longer be able to suspend, restrict or delay issuing a minor's driver's license for one year for truancy or for being under the guardianship of the state. • The exemption from smog verification for vehicles that have been purchased new will extend from six to eight years. During the two years of this exemption, the vehicle owner will not have to do the smog check but pay $25.  • The DMV must include at least one question on 20 percent of knowledge tests (written exams) on traffic laws about California's unsecured load code. • Anyone convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense is prohibited from possessing a firearm for the rest of their lives. • Gun owners with a concealed carry license must undergo a minimum of eight hours of training, and demonstrate proficiency and safety on the shooting range. • Employers must make reasonable efforts to provide a room or place for breastfeeding that is not a bathroom. • Restaurants statewide are required to give out single-use straws only upon request of customers. It applies to full-service dining establishments but exempts fast-food restaurants. Restaurants violating the law could be fined $25 daily for violations, or a maximum of $300 per year. • Cities and counties can now authorize and regulate the sale of homemade foods.
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    Share photos of king tides as they hit coast in December and January
    Dec 19, 2018 | 52337 views | 1 1 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Visitors at Sunset Cliffs take photos of huge waves. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Visitors at Sunset Cliffs take photos of huge waves. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    This season's king tides will occur on the California coast Dec. 22 and 23, as well as Jan. 20 and 21. What are king tides? While the term "king tide" isn't a scientific term, it is used to describe an especially high tide event, when there is alignment of the gravitational pull between sun and moon. When king tides occur during floods or storms, water levels can rise higher and have the potential to cause great damage to the coastline and coastal property. King tides: occur naturally and regularly; are predictable and expected; and are not an everyday occurrence. Take and share king tides photos at coastal.ca.gov/kingtides/index.html. Use your smart phone to participate in the project by taking and uploading photos of king tides through the “King Tides Photo Upload” form. Start by choosing where you'll go to take your photos and then look at the map online to find out what time and how high your king tides will be. (Take your photos as near to high tide time as you can.) The most important thing to remember is to be safe. Take extra precautions when you walk on slippery areas or near big waves, and always be conscious of your surroundings and the weather conditions. Don't turn your back on the ocean. Please be aware that shore birds may be taking refuge in areas above the tide line – don't flush them out in the process of getting your shot. Some of the most powerful images are taken in areas that are subject to flooding and erosion, and of places where high water levels can be gauged against familiar landmarks (such as cliffs, rocks, roads, buildings, bridge supports, sea walls, staircases, and piers). In addition to uploading your photos, you can also share them on social media using #kingtides.
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    Community news and briefs for Pacific Beach and Mission Beach
    Dec 14, 2018 | 11160 views | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Two SantaCon participants took time out to enjoy a Pacific Beach sunset on Saturday, Dec. 8. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Santa Sunset Two SantaCon participants took time out to enjoy a Pacific Beach sunset on Saturday, Dec. 8. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Donate pet toys, food When Tatum Merrill, a seventh-grader at Pacific Beach Middle, experienced her dog Dezzi dying last year, she decided to turn it into a positive experience by trying to help other animals in need. Merrill and her classmate Mackenzie Brooks organized a pet toy drive for animals in need at the San Diego Humane Society as a community service project. The students set up a box for people to donate treats, toys, clothes and pet accessories at Yogurt on the Rocks, 1886 Garnet Ave. The box will be set up through Dec. 20 and then Merrill and Brooks will donate the items to the San Diego Humane Society. Blood Mobile at Tourmaline Surf Park Pacific Beach Surf Club is partnering with the Tailgaters of Tourmaline and the San Diego Blood Bank to have the Blood Mobile parked and established in the car park of the Tourmaline Surf Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6. There will also be a pancake breakfast. More than 4.5 million people require blood each year in the U.S and Canada. One pint can save up to three lives. Only 37 percent of U.S. population is eligible to donate blood and fewer than 10 percent do annually. NYE Beachfront Bash in Mission Beach Feast, drink and dance from beachfront to rooftop at the inaugural NYE Beachfront Bash from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at South Draft Mission, Cannonball and Beach House, 3105 Ocean Front Walk. The New Year’s Eve celebration offers a unique mix of unique vibes, live music and multiple DJs; plus, handcrafted eats and cocktails to satisfy partygoers in Mission Beach.  Sparkle on the rooftop with an upscale lounge vibe at Cannonball featuring multiple DJs rotating dance and house beats all night. Drop down to Draft for live music and DJs playing kick-back, old school grooves. Or hype it up with a beachfront party at Beach House featuring multiple DJs spinning Top 40 and hip-hop tracks. From 8 to 10 p.m., free tasters of premium spirits, liquors and wine will be provided, along with giveaways and buffet stations and tray pass will be featured at Draft and Cannonball where platinum and gold passholders can move between locations to feast. Visit nyebeachfrontbash.com to purchase tickets and for more details. Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day Are you brrrrrave enough to take the plunge? Saska’s annual Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day begins at 9 a.m. After a chilly jump in the Pacific Ocean, enjoy complimentary Swell Coffee, a costume contest, raffle prizes including a Saska’s gift card, and a special New Year’s Day brunch buffet at 3768 Mission Blvd. Cost for adults is $20 and children $10 (children 5 and under are free with paying adult). Ticket includes Polar Plunge T-shirt, Swell Coffee, raffle tickets, happy hour pricing all day, brunch buffet, and choice of one mimosa or Bloody Mary. Toy drive at Woodstock’s Pizza  ’Tis the season for giving, and Woodstock’s Pizza is stepping up to the plate. Passionate about giving back to the community they call home, Woodstock’s is on track to raise more than $200,000 in 2018 for worthy charities around San Diego. This December, Woodstock’s is celebrating the spirit of the holidays and benefitting with a month-long fundraiser and one-day toy drive event benefitting Rady’s Children’s Hospital. From 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, Woodstock’s Pizza, at 1221 Garnet Ave., will be accepting toy donations at their in-store “gift tree” to be given to Rady’s Children’s patients and the Ronald McDonald House, where many Rady’s patient’s siblings stay. While the greatest need is for new infant and toddler toys, the items must be able to be sterilized for sick children. Santa Saturdays at Belmont Park It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Belmont Park. During Santa Saturdays, guests are invited to share their wish lists and take a free photo next to the beach-themed Christmas tree for a holiday memory. Photos with Santa will be available on Saturdays, through Dec. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Food Court Stage (Santa also accepts wish lists in Spanish).  In partnership with The Salvation Army, Belmont Park will participate in a Free Ride Toy Drive through Dec. 16. With a donation of one unwrapped, brand new toy, guests will receive one free ride of choice. Toys must have a minimum $5 value to redeem a free ride. One ride per person is offered upon redemption. For Christmas shoppers, Belmont Park’s annual pass is available for purchase. The annual pass includes unlimited rides, attractions, discounts and more for a full year of unlimited fun. To learn more about Santa Saturdays, the Free Ride Toy Drive, and annual pass, visit belmontpark.com. San Diego residents may seek permits through online portal As part of his push to speed up the permitting process and give residents access to more City services with the click of a button, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announced on Dec. 6 the expansion of an online portal (business.sandiego.gov) that will make the application process for single-family home improvements easier and more efficient. San Diego’s new residential feature is an expanded function of the OpenCounter online business portal – an innovative web portal that streamlines the process of locating, expanding and getting permits for a business in the city. San Diego is the largest U.S. city to implement the OpenCounter platform.  With this expansion, OpenCounter will now provide homeowners, contractors and builders with knowledge about the potential permits required and fee estimates. It guides users through the permitting process for single-family home projects, such as building or repairing a secondary structure like a pool or deck; installing solar panels or graywater systems; and upgrading building exteriors like replacing a roof or windows. Pure Water Project receives EPA loan Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer recently joined the Acting Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to officially accept a $614 million federal loan to help finance the first phase of Pure Water San Diego – an innovative water recycling program that will provide one-third of the City’s drinking supply by 2035. With the EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan, the City will help fund the first phase of the Pure Water San Diego program, which would expand the City’s potable water production capacity to 30 million gallons per day to replace the use of imported water. This additional drinking water supply will save the City money through reduced imported water costs, benefit the environment through reduced discharges into the ocean, and provide a reliable, sustainable water supply for future generations.
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    Education Notebook: Mission Bay High's Winter Concert set for Dec. 19
    Dec 13, 2018 | 2274 views | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The Preservationists and Swing Choir performed for needy San Diego families at the “Feed the Souls” event at the House of Blues on Thanksgiving morning. Mission Bay High School music director, JP Balmat, said, ‘Its a wonderful feeling to be able to perform music and give back to our community.’  /  STEVE ANDERSON / CONTRIBUTED
    The Preservationists and Swing Choir performed for needy San Diego families at the “Feed the Souls” event at the House of Blues on Thanksgiving morning. Mission Bay High School music director, JP Balmat, said, ‘Its a wonderful feeling to be able to perform music and give back to our community.’ / STEVE ANDERSON / CONTRIBUTED
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    First-year violin students were excited to begin their first violin lessons this week at Crown Point Junior Music Academy.
    First-year violin students were excited to begin their first violin lessons this week at Crown Point Junior Music Academy.
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    Mission Bay High - Get into the Holiday Spirit with everything from holiday classics to jazz standards at the Winter Concert, featuring the award-winning Preservationists, Swing Choir, Mambo Orchestra, String Orchestra, Concert Band, and Full Orchestra 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 in the MBHS auditorium. Tickets cost $5 general admission, children and students are free. Pacific Beach Middle - Enjoy the sounds of PBMS musicians at the PBMS Winter Band Concert 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13. This free event is open to the public. Pacific Beach Elementary - FOPBE has begun planning their biggest fundraiser of the year: the spring online auction and gala. If your business would like to be a sponsor or support the school through a donation, contact PBEl at pacificbeachelementary@gmail.com.  Crown Point Junior Music Academy - First-year violin students in TK-second grade were excited to begin their first violin lessons this week. Their parents have been learning how to play the violin since September and now is the time to bring in the kids. Crown Point Junior Music Academy’s unique Suzuki method includes an early beginning of listening, loving encouragement, parental support, constant repetition, learning with other children, and then learning to read sheet music. - December brings lots of music to CPJMA. On Friday, Dec. 14, PB Middle School Orchestra will visit CPJMA at 11 a.m., in the auditorium. Enjoy CPJMA in the PB Holiday Parade 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, as they walk down Garnet Avenue. The Winter Concert is 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, and the Holiday Sing-a-long is 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, in the auditorium.    Kate Sessions Elementary - Kate Sessions celebrated the season with an Art and Music Festival. The Center of World Music taught the TK/K-first graders folk dances from around the world led by Kin Ho, second-third grades with Ms. Nomsa performed South African Percussion, and fourth-fifth grades performed Brazilian Percussion led by Ms. Stefanie. The students were amazing. - Sessions would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Mission Bay Real Estate Association as they presented Sessions with a check for $3,600. Every October, they organize the "Annual Don Brown Links for Learning Golf Tournament," raising money for Mission Bay Cluster schools.  Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary - Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary School’s fifth annual Art Night was held on Nov. 30. More than 200 students and their families attended this award-winning event, which featured 20 different stations that gave participants the opportunity to explore art in various ways. The 2017-18 Barnard Elementary Art Night (affectionately known as B.E.A.N.) earned the Ruth Johnson Memorial Program Award from the San Diego Unified School District Council of PTAs in May. This year’s event built on this foundation of excellence as children learned about and created art in different media, such as woodworking, clay sculpting, stamp-making, paper-cutting and origami, still-life drawing and painting, spin art, and 3-D printing. Favorite activities included a sewing station created by Paint Box Art Studio, a wooden peg doll decorating station staffed and supplied by the Mingei Art Museum, and a Banksy-inspired exhibit where children were allowed to graffiti “buildings” in “Barnardsville.” “I really like Art Night; it was really fun,” Barnard first-grader Riley W. said. “My favorite stand was the positive and negative space stand. I really liked cutting things out and pasting them to make art.” Friends of Pacific Beach Secondary Schools - Registration for the Friends of Pacific Beach Secondary Schools’ 2019 SchoolYard Dash 5K and 1 Mile Kids Run is open. Sign up to take advantage of the early bird pricing at schoolyarddash.org. The sixth annual Schoolyard Dash 5K and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run is a great way to raise money for Pacific Beach Middle and Mission Bay High schools. Join in on Sunday, Feb. 24, to run or walk with family and friends at De Anza Cove along the Mission Bay running path. Breakfast, snacks, coffee, and drinks will follow the race and top runners will be recognized. Come on out to enjoy the fun all while supporting Pacific Beach schools.
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