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    SeaWorld to add horizontal roller coaster, with zero-g roll, next year
    Oct 15, 2018 | 15467 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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    Installation Dances throughout Liberty Station to showcase art installations
    Oct 07, 2018 | 14994 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The Installation Dances, a play on the wildly popular Trolley Dances, are slated for noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14.
    The Installation Dances, a play on the wildly popular Trolley Dances, are slated for noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14.
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    The NTC Foundation commissioned Jean Isaacs and the San Diego Dance Theater to create a walking tour of the North Promenade at Arts District Liberty Station to view six new site-specific dances inspired by existing or newly created visual art installations. The Installation Dances, a play on the wildly popular Trolley Dances, are slated for noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. The three tours will be led by San Diego Dance Theater's artistic director Jean Isaacs, who created two of the dances herself. “All the great outdoor space at the Arts District lends itself to so many creative endeavors,” said NTC Foundation executive director Alan Ziter. “Just as we have commissioned visual artists to reinterpret our campus through site-specific art installations, we’re now commissioning renowned site-specific dance creator Jean Isaacs to interpret our art installations through dance to showcase the art installations in a new, unique way.” Choreographers include Isaacs, along with Anne Gehman, Liv Isaacs-Nollet, Zaquia Mahler Salinas, and Jessica Reed de Cancel. As with the annual Trolley Dances, exact locations are not revealed until the tour has begun to ensure a sense of discovery and surprise. "After years of choreographing for the conventional stage, I discovered in 1999 that I am also a choreographer who responds to challenges provided by unconventional public spaces,” Isaacs said. “I respond to the play of light as it changes throughout the day; to the original intended use of the site; to the architectural elements which break up the boring rectangle to reveal smaller, perhaps circular components; stairwells, arches, cool little nooks and crannies point to a historical narrative not obvious to the casual observer. “I almost always bring the rehearsal process on site so that the work created is truly site specific. Imposing an already completed dance onto a site is never as fully satisfying as slowing down and allowing the site to speak to us so that we create in the collaborative process which engages us as dance makers as well as performers. I like to hire dancers of many ages, body types, and ethnicities so that we resemble our audiences,” Isaacs said. The NTC Foundation, which oversees the development and operation of 26 buildings at Arts District Liberty Station, recently selected six temporary art projects as part of a new rotating program titled Installations at the Station. A special media preview of all six installations is scheduled for Oct. 5. Installation Dances is a new feature of Installations at the Station, an on-going program of the NTC Foundation that artistically transforms the historic Naval Training Center into Arts District Liberty Station. For more information on Installations at the Station, visit libertystation.com/explore/installations-at-the-station WHAT: Installation Dances, featuring site-specific dance throughout Liberty Station. WHEN: Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. Arrive early. Tours leave promptly on the hour. WHERE: Dorothea Laub Dance Place, Liberty Station, 2650 Truxtun Road. Guided walking tours begin in the Green Room. Guests will then proceed to the North Promenade at Liberty Station.  INFO: sandiegodancetheater.ticketleap.com/installation-dances.
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    News and community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
    Sep 28, 2018 | 17240 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Members of the Sunset Vinyasa ll Surf Flow class, hosted by Yoga with Angie, stretch at Sunset Cliffs on Monday, Sept. 17. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Members of the Sunset Vinyasa ll Surf Flow class, hosted by Yoga with Angie, stretch at Sunset Cliffs on Monday, Sept. 17. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Roseville founder Louis Rose to be honored on Oct. 9 La Playa Trail Association will present the Roseville Plaque Installation Dedication to honor entrepreneur Louis Rose, founder of the oldest settled section of Point Loma. The public is invited to join Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilmember Lorie Zapf in celebrating the 1869 establishment of Roseville 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 9 at BellaMar, 3025 Byron St. Cabrillo Festival set for Sept. 29 San Diego’s 55th annual Cabrillo Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ballast Point, Naval Base Point Loma at the south end of Rosecrans Street. Admission and parking are free. The  festival celebrates and re-creates the voyage of 16th-century explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, sailing under the flag of Spain, who landed on the shore of San Diego Bay on Sept. 28, 1542, discovering California. This historical moment is remembered every year with a series of events held by the Cabrillo Festival Inc. and the National Park Service.  Re-enactment of Cabrillo’s landing from San Diego’s historically accurate replica of the San Salvador on Ballast Point begins at 1 p.m.  There will be music, dancing, children’s activities and foods from Native Americans, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. There will be Kumeyaay basket making, knot tying and a 16th century Spanish soldiers living history encampment. Guests are advised to bring identification for entry onto the Navy base. The Cabrillo Festival is a fun-filled family event with educational activities, cultural demonstrations and exciting folkloric performances featuring bright-colored clothing and dramatic music showcasing the traditions of Native American, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cultures. Another festival highlight is ethnic food booths with cultural vendors showcasing their various artistic goods. Liberty Public Market Craftoberfest to begin Fill your stein, grab your lederhosen and bring your appetites because it’s time for Oktoberfest in Liberty Station. Restaurants at the former Naval station will bring Bavaria into the backyard of Liberty Public Market during a 10-day-long “Craftoberfest.” “Our 10-day Craftoberfest is a celebration of craft beer, and our take on Oktoberfest,” said David Spatafore, principal of Blue Bridge Hospitality. “It has become a great event for all ages and families — from live music on the patio to nightly activities, stein specials (our 1L German steins can be refilled throughout the week), Bavarian-inspired bites and festive fall brews. It’s the perfect reason to raise your stein and shout ‘prost!’ “ The third-annual celebration will include a beer olympics, a flower crown-making station, stein giveaways, drinking games and festive evenings of live music on the patio. Enjoy authentic German foods like Olala’s savory crepes filled with German sausage, mustard, mushrooms, Swiss cheese and spinach, washed down with Schneider Weisse and Dogfish Head Punkin Ale.  For more information, visit  libertypublicmarket.com/events/craftoberfest-2018. OB Brewery pale ale wins gold medal at beer festival Ocean Beach Brewery captured a gold medal recently at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver with B.Right On Pale Ale (gold medal), an American-style pale ale. “It’s the first beer I’d ever brewed at OB Brewery,” brewmaster John Millea said. “It’s a pale ale that I’m pretty proud of and we were lucky enough to score the gold medal. I was pretty stoked.” It was one of the most-entered categories in the competition with 170 entrants. What makes the win more impressive is that the brewery was only opened in July 2016. OB Brewery was also recognized as the small brewpub of the year. Last year, OB Brewery brought home silver for its Hidden Gem, a German-style wheat beer. Gartland named new 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. He was also a former fiduciary and trustee of the San Diego City Employees Retiree Medical Trust. “Attaining this position has been a dream of mine and I am honored to have been selected,” said Gartland. “I am very proud of the lifeguards who serve our residents and visitors with excellence. I promise to continue my lifeguard service with honor and humility.”  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. Flu vaccine now available across San Diego County 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 its 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 today 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. “This federal funding is a recognition that our Pure Water Program is cutting edge and a worthy investment for San Diego’s future water independence,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “This is going to be one of the most significant infrastructure projects in city history and will deliver clean, reliable water to our residents for decades to come.” The WIFIA Program was created to accelerate investment in the nation’s water infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental loans for regionally and nationally significant projects. Benefits include a single fixed interest rate locked at loan closing and a customized repayment schedule over a 35-year period. The Pure Water program will offer a cost-effective investment for San Diego's water needs and will provide a reliable, sustainable water supply. The program will eventually recycle up to 83 million gallons of wastewater per day. It is one of the major sustainability projects that support Mayor Faulconer’s Climate Action Plan. The first phase of Pure Water – scheduled to begin construction in 2019 and open in 2021 – would expand the City’s potable water production capacity by 30 million gallons per day to replace the use of imported water. It calls for new construction, upgrades to existing facilities and construction of new pump stations and pipelines. The new North City Pure Water Facility would be constructed on a city-owned parcel east of Interstate 805 and north of Eastgate Mall – across from the existing North City Water Reclamation Plant. The second and third phases of Pure Water will build water facilities and pipelines in the Central Area and South Bay, respectively.
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    OB Brewery pale ale wins gold medal, named 'small brewpub of the year' at beer festival
    Sep 25, 2018 | 3416 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    B.L.A.S.T. – OB Brewery’s 6 ounce swordfish filet, with bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato, spicy aioli and served on toasted Bread & Cie ciabatta bun with fries. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    B.L.A.S.T. – OB Brewery’s 6 ounce swordfish filet, with bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato, spicy aioli and served on toasted Bread & Cie ciabatta bun with fries. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Just Beet It – OB Brewery’s roasted garlic and beet hummus, with pine nuts and grilled pita for dipping. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Just Beet It – OB Brewery’s roasted garlic and beet hummus, with pine nuts and grilled pita for dipping. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Ocean Beach Brewery captured a gold medal recently at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver with B.Right On Pale Ale (gold medal), an American-style pale ale. “It’s the first beer I’d ever brewed at OB Brewery,” brewmaster Jim Millea said. “It’s a pale ale that I’m pretty proud of and we were lucky enough to score the gold medal. I was pretty stoked.” It was one of the most-entered categories in the competition with 170 entrants. What makes the win more impressive is that the brewery was only opened in July 2016. OB Brewery was also recognized as the "small brewpub of the year." Last year, OB Brewery brought home silver for its Hidden Gem, a German-style wheat beer.
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    Governor signs no-helmet bill for motorized scooters
    Sep 25, 2018 | 41875 views | 2 2 comments | 21 21 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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    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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