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    Mayor proposes new regulations for electric scooters
    Oct 23, 2018 | 2607 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Two women use two different forms of transportation at Sunset Cliffs on Saturday, Oct. 20. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Two women use two different forms of transportation at Sunset Cliffs on Saturday, Oct. 20. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer has proposed new regulations for motorized scooters to address safety concerns while allowing the dockless transportation to continue operating in San Diego in a more responsible way. Faulconer’s proposed policies are focused on motorized scooters – the predominant mobility device used across the City – but are designed to include other types of dockless devices as the industry continues to evolve. The regulations would cover five primary areas – limiting maximum speed in designated zones, rider education, data sharing, operating fees, and legal indemnification for the City. Limiting speed Using geofencing technology, operators will be required to slow their devices down to 8 mph in designated high-pedestrian traffic zones around the City, including: boardwalks in Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla beach areas; downtown Embarcadero; promenade behind the San Diego Convention Center; Martin Luther King Jr. promenade downtown; Balboa Park; NTC Park in Liberty Station; and Mission Bay Park. Rider education Prior to each use, companies will be required to educate riders of local and state vehicle and traffic codes and the cost of a citation for violating those laws. Each device also will need to be clearly labeled “Riding on sidewalks is prohibited.” Data sharing The operators will provide the City with detailed monthly reports that will be useful for Climate Action Plan monitoring and mobility planning, including but not limited to: deployed device data, including fleet size and utilization rates; trip information, including start/end points, routes, distances and duration; parking information; reported incidents and actions taken; maintenance activities; reported obstructions/hazards and actions taken. City indemnification Each operator will be required to indemnify the City from liability claims and each will need to hold a liability insurance policy. Fees Each company wishing to operate within City limits will be issued an annual permit, with a permit fee, and will be required to pay an additional operational fee for the use of City property. Costs associated with each fee are still being determined. “Circulate San Diego supports thoughtful regulations in San Diego in order to ensure the continued availability and safe use of dockless scooters,” said Maya Rosas, policy director for Circulate San Diego. “The scooters are game changers that provide new mobility options, and with safe infrastructure they will help San Diego meet its Climate Action Plan and Vision Zero goals.” The proposal will be reviewed by City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee this week. “I’m pleased to have worked with Mayor Faulconer to develop important safety standards for the protection of scooter riders and pedestrians,” said Councilmember Lorie Zapf, a member of the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee. “My goal has always been to slow down the speed of the scooters and address safety concerns. With this proposal I feel confident that we will see changes for the better.”
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    La Jolla news and community briefs
    Oct 20, 2018 | 8796 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Fall in full effect at La Jolla Shores. DON BALCH/VILLAGE NEWS
    Fall in full effect at La Jolla Shores. DON BALCH/VILLAGE NEWS
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    San Diego Outreach Synagogue San Diego Outreach Synagogue (SDOS), a new independent Jewish congregation led by Cantor Cheri Weiss and the Outreach Band, will hold its inaugural Shabbat celebration on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Nobel Recreation Center, 8810 Judicial Drive (behind the San Diego Public Library) in north University City. Musical Shabbat service, followed by a light vegetarian dinner at no cost. RSVP required for dinner at 858-280-6331 or email: Cantor@sdo-synagogue.org. For more information about SDOS, go to sdo-synagogue.org. New solar projects deliver energy to SDG&E customers A newly built solar plant is providing clean, renewable energy to customers who signed up for SDG&E’s EcoChoice and EcoShare programs. The new solar plant and two more that are in development will deliver a combined 42.4 megawatts (MW) of additional renewable energy to the San Diego region, enough to power about 31,800 homes. The Midway Solar III project, owned by Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company, began delivering energy in September. MCASD to break ground on expansion project On Oct. 18, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will break ground on its highly anticipated $95M expansion project in La Jolla.  This momentous event will be led by the museum's David C. Copley director and CEO Kathryn Kanjo, board president Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, and founding principal of Selldorf Architects Annabelle Selldorf. MCASD Trustees and Capital Campaign supporters will be in attendance.  Since its founding in 1941 as The Art Center in La Jolla, MCASD has evolved into a leading visual arts organization of national and international renown. With artworks dating from 1950, the permanent collection includes more than 4,700 objects in all media. International in character, the holdings boast strengths in abstraction and minimalism, California art since 1960, Latin American art, and installation art. As the collection has grown, the building has remained constrained, with inadequate galleries to display its holdings. Prudent real estate acquisitions and strong donor engagement have provided the opportunity for MCASD to expand its La Jolla campus at last. For more information about MCASD's expansion project, please visit www.mcasd.org/expansion.   Get Spooked for Halloween by Master Mentalist, Lior Suchard October is here! Trick or treat yourself to an astonishing performance of mind tricks by master mentalist Lior Suchard Monday, Oct. 29 at the La Jolla JCC. Suchard has previously been a guest on Live with Kelly and Ryan, The Tonight Show, Larry King and has been featured on the Late Late Show with James Corden three times. Do you believe that your mind can be read? Lior Suchard does. Considered to be the world’s greatest mentalist, Suchard routinely reveals the innermost thoughts of even the most skeptical audience member. Don’t miss his mind-blowing, mind-reading performance that the whole family can enjoy! Skeptics are not only welcome but encouraged to attend. Grab your tickets before they’re gone! To be held at Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets cost $55 to $75. For more information, visit my.lfjcc.org. La Jolla Girl Scouts earn silver award For nearly four years, members of La Jolla Girl Scout Troop 3803, Selma Hyytinen, Maggie Johnson, Natalie Saham, Allison Foerster and Amber Watt, have been raising community awareness about sudden cardiac arrest, and have assisted in the training of more than 600 middle school students and staff members in Hands-Only CPR/AED (Automated External Defibrillator) use. While working toward their Girl Scout Silver Award, the troop also completed the Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Foundation’s (SADS) Heart Safe School accreditation process to make Muirlands Middle School the first public school in California to achieve this distinction. These students, along with the Girl Scouts of San Diego, San Diego Project Heart Beat, American Heart Association – San Diego, and San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten, gathered recently to share their journey, and celebrate the school’s accreditation and the students’ Girl Scout Silver award. “This is everything I know that is good and right about public education. About the American Heart Association. About the Girls Scouts USA.” said Superintendent Cindy Marten. “This is what happens when great organizations come together to support the vision of leaders like you girls. I am so proud and so impressed by what you have done. “You girls are leading the way for something that will happen across the district, this state and this nation because you have shown through your leadership how to make it happen. You are amazing leaders and I thank you for what you have done.” Heart Safe School Accreditation for Muirlands Middle School is the culmination of a four-year journey for the girls in Troop 3803 that began after Maggie Johnson’s father went into cardiac arrest while working out. CPR saved his life. In 2014, Troop 3803 began partnering with San Diego Project Heart Beat to provide CPR/AED training to elementary and middle schools in La Jolla. To expand their efforts, the girls reached out to San Diego Unified School District for assistance. In 2016, the district partnered with the American Heart Association, County Supervisor Ron Roberts, and the County of San Diego, which provided a $100,000 grant to purchase Hands-only CPR training kits for students across the district. These additional kits helped the students train more students at Bird Rock Elementary, where their efforts began, and Muirlands Middle. “The American Heart Association has a vision to train thousands of young life-savers across our county, and with funding support from Supervisor Roberts and leadership support from Superintendent Cindy Marten, they were able to bring that vision to life at Muirlands and throughout the district,” said Jennifer Sobotka, American Heart Association San Diego Division executive director. “And that vision is catching on, as we continue to see more examples across the district of students and teachers being empowered through education and taking action, teaching CPR, learning CPR, saving lives….” The Heart Safe School Accreditation program consists of seven elements aimed at raising awareness and preventing sudden cardiac arrest. 15th annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance to be held in April Celebrating its 15th year the weekend of Friday, April 12, Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial will be returning to the stunning shores of La Jolla. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the United States, the La Jolla Concours continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. In 2019, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance will be celebrating Cadillac as the honored marque. Cadillac is the oldest surviving brand in the United States, dating back to 1901, which promises a stunning assortment of models to be showcased at the 15th annual La Jolla Concours. In addition to Cadillac, La Jolla Concours will celebrate 100 years of Bentley and the 50th anniversary of the Mach 1 Mustang. In total, attendees can expect to see more than 130 spectacular automobiles from around the world. This celebratory automotive weekend will begin on Friday, April 12 with an exclusive private-themed party. Saturday, April 13, will kick off with the annual Tour d’Elegance, followed by a VIP reception on the Concours lawn that evening. Saving the most extravagant for last, the weekend will conclude with the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, April 14 with more than 130 world-class autos, a champagne and honey tasting garden, a VIP lounge, and hospitality suites. Staying true to tradition, the event will also be featuring the La Jolla Motor Car Classic at the Concours, which will once again be free and open to the public and will expand the show from the Ellen Browning Scripps Park into the La Jolla Village roadways displaying a variety of automobiles. The 15th annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance proceeds will go towards La Jolla Historical Society, which preserves the history of the gem known as La Jolla. In addition to the La Jolla Historical Society, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance benefits several additional local community nonprofit partners each year. To purchase tickets, visit lajollaconcours.com or call 619-233-5008.
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    SeaWorld to add horizontal roller coaster, with zero-g roll, next year
    Oct 15, 2018 | 24754 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 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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    La Jolla news and community briefs
    Oct 05, 2018 | 27193 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The amazing Blue Angels precision flying team soared over La Jolla and University City during the Miramar Air Show on Saturday, Sept. 28. DON BALCH/VILLAGE NEWS
    The amazing Blue Angels precision flying team soared over La Jolla and University City during the Miramar Air Show on Saturday, Sept. 28. DON BALCH/VILLAGE NEWS
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    LYFT CHALLENGES SD RESIDENTS TO DITCH THEIR CAR FOR 30 DAYS Ride-sharing has already changed the way Americans depend on owning a car and how we get around cities – but now it’s time to take an even bolder step toward creating a new future of mobility. Lyft recently announced Ditch Your Car, a program offering $584 of transportation credit for San Diegans to give up their cars for 30 days from Oct. 8 to Nov. 6 in favor of getting around town with shared Lyft rides, MTS, Zipcar and Discover Bike San Diego. Starting Sept. 26, San Diegans will be able to register at ditchwithlyft.com/SanDiego for the opportunity to receive credit toward Lyft, MTS, Zipcar and Discover Bike San Diego. “The way that people move around cities is changing faster than ever, and we are excited to challenge San Diego residents to change their everyday habits and give up their car for a month,” said Hao Meng, market manager for Lyft San Diego. “Lyft alone is not the overall solution to overcome transportation hurdles, but by partnering with MTS, Zipcar and Discover Bike San Diego, we are able to create a full menu of mobility options for San Diego residents.” “It’s great that all transportation providers are on board to get people to try alternative modes,” said Paul Jablonski, chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transit System. “The Ditch Your Car promotion, in conjunction with our Free Ride Day on Oct.2, gives people many ways to explore how to use other modes to travel across our region.” Here’s how it works: 1. Sign up at ditchwithlyft.com/ SanDiego. Fifty people will be randomly selected to participate. 2. Once chosen for the challenge, participants will receive an email with the details of the program (including transportation instructions and credits). 3. Transportation credits include Lyft, MTS, Zipcar and Discover Bike San Diego to get around the city for one month. Winners will receive a $300 Lyft shared credit; MTS Premium Express monthly pass ($102 value); Zipcar membership and free activation, plus $100 drive credit ($132 value); Discover Bike San Diego one month membership ($50 value) ; The Challenge starts Oct. 8 and ends Nov. 6.  Since day one, Lyft has believed that cities should be built around people, not cars or parking lots. Using a mix of multimodal options, it’s possible to rework cities and ditch personal cars. Lyft is committed to being a part of the solution to reduce congestion, carbon footprint and the pain points of personal car ownership in San Diego. NEW SCHOOL YEAR BRINGS MARINE BIO STEM CURRICULUM San Diego students from Helix High School, La Jolla High School, Mission Bay High School, and The Preuss School at UCSD are again participating in Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute’s (HSWRI) “Seabass in the Classroom” (SITC) STEM education program.  The SITC curriculum is popular among students; teaching them about aquaculture and stock enhancement as they raise, feed, tag, and release white seabass into local waters. SITC incorporates scientific lab activities related to the release of cultured marine fish with science curriculum covering everything from biology to chemistry. The students perform daily hands-on fish husbandry and water quality tasks as they gain an understanding of where their food comes from and related aspects of sustainability: environmental stewardship, climate change impact, sustainability of natural resources, and the importance of water quality in animal, plant, and human health.  This program also aims to excite students about possible futures in marine biology. HSWRI’s SITC program is a partnership with Get Inspired! and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife and is funded in part by Chevron Corporation, SDG&E Environmental Champions, and the Samuel I & John Henry Fox Foundation.  Upcoming Seabass classroom delivery: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2:30 p.m. at The Preuss School at UCSD, located at 3750 Voigt Drive. Friday, Oct. 5 at 12:30 and 1:15 p.m. at La Jolla High School, located at 750 Nautilus St. Email fmeda@hswri.org for further questions. 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 vehicle 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. BIRD ROCK COFFEE ROASTERS WIN AWARDS Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, an award-winning San Diego based coffee roaster, announced today that they received sixteen medals in the 2018 Golden Bean North America Coffee Roasters Competition, which is the world’s largest coffee roasters competition. For more information, visit birdrockcoffee.com. LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES JEANA DE WAAL TO PORTRAY DIANA La Jolla Playhouse announces that Jeanna de Waal will portray the title role in its upcoming world-premiere musical “Diana,” by the Tony Award-winning “Memphis” team of Joe DiPietro (book and lyrics) and David Bryan (music and lyrics), directed by Playhouse artistic director and 2017 Tony Award-winner Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Tony nominee Kelly Devine. The production will run Feb. 19 – March 31 in the Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Theatre. The complete cast and creative team will be announced at a later date. “For this iconic role, we were looking for someone who could portray Princess Diana’s incredible warmth and poise, along with her deep inner resolve to forge her own identity in the highly controlled environment of the royal family,” said Ashley. “A rising star on Broadway, British actress de Waal embodies all these traits and more, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have her on board as we develop this extraordinary new musical at the Playhouse.” de Waal originated the title role of Diana, Princess of Wales at The Powerhouse Theatre reading at Vassar College, directed by Christopher Ashley. On Broadway, de Waal starred as Lauren in “Kinky Boots” and as Heather in “American Idiot.”
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    Governor signs no-helmet bill for motorized scooters
    Sep 25, 2018 | 42012 views | 2 2 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Motorized scooter riders cruise down the boardwalk in Mission Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Motorized scooter riders cruise down the boardwalk in Mission Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill absolving adults from being required to wear helmets on electric scooters on city streets. Dockless vehicle 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.
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    Robert Burns
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    September 26, 2018
    Eejits. I wish that we could sue the State for negligence.
    Some dude
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    September 25, 2018
    Does anyone know if this new law relates to 50cc (and under) scooters as well?
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