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    More than $40 million in upgrades planned for Mission Bay Park
    Nov 02, 2018 | 38779 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Mission Bay sunset at Crown Point. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Mission Bay sunset at Crown Point. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    With the goal of enhancing and preserving San Diego’s regional parks for generations to come, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined on Oct. 31 by Councilmember Lori Zapf and park advocates to announce more than $40 million in infrastructure investments for Mission Bay Park over the next six years for environmental protection and infrastructure projects, including new and improved playgrounds, comfort stations and other public amenities. Projects include: - Bay dredging – More than $10 million has been spent to restore navigational safety to the bay. Mitigation, which is now complete and in the monitoring phase, was ranked as the top infrastructure priority for Mission Bay Park. - Parking lots – More than $5 million for parking lot resurfacing at Crown Point North, De Anza North, De Anza South, Dog Beach, North Cove, Old Sea World Drive, Santa Clara, Dusty Rhodes, Hospitality Point, Mission Point, Ocean Beach Dog Beach Walkway, Quivira Road, Playa Pacifica North, Robb Field, Rose Marie Starns South Shores, Sunset Point, Tecolote North and Tecolote South. - Playgrounds – Nearly $8 million to replace playground equipment at Bonita Cove West, Crown Point, Santa Clara, Tecolote North, Tecolote South, Bonita Cove East, Dusty Rhodes, Mission Point, Playa Pacifica and Robb Field. - Comfort stations – More than $7 million to replace and upgrade comfort stations at Bonita Cove West, El Carmel, Mission Bay Athletic Area, North Cove, Santa Clara, Tecolote North, Tecolote South, Bonita Cove East, Dusty Rhodes, Hospitality Point, Mission Point, Playa Pacifica, Robb Field, Sunset Point and Ventura. - Fitness and recreation facilities – More than $3 million to replace and upgrade the adult fitness course on East Mission Bay and the recreation center at Robb Field. “Mission Bay Park is getting the investment of a century with a wave of voter-approved funding,” said Zapf. “From dredging, lighting, comfort stations, bike and walking paths and new playgrounds, Mission Bay Park will better serve San Diegans and visitors.” The Mission Bay Park Committee advises the Park and Recreation Board on the development and operation of Mission Bay Park. The committee also acts as the Mission Bay Park Improvement Fund Oversight Committee and is responsible for overseeing permanent capital improvements and deferred maintenance of facilities within park boundaries. “My committee and I were ecstatic that the voters of our city overwhelmingly approved Measure J,” said Mission Bay Park Committee chairman Paul Robinson. “This will permit the City, with our oversight, to continue to invest millions of dollars in Mission Bay.” Long-term investments also include $7 million for a master environmental report to streamline construction and guide the City on the environmental impacts of proposed projects, including wetland expansion and water quality improvements for Rose Creek, North Fiesta Island, Tecolote Creek and Cudahy Creek. It will also include the restoration of failing shorelines, San Diego River Trail improvements, and the expansion of preserves and habitats for endangered species within the Mission Bay Park Improvement Zone. “Mission Bay Park is one of San Diego’s most popular destinations to both residents and visitors alike, and we are excited to see the tremendous amount of investment in the upkeep and improvement of the park,” said Herman Parker, director of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. “The planned upgrades in infrastructure, playgrounds and facilities will ensure one of the nation’s largest water parks continues to be a source of enjoyment today and for future generations.” In November 2016, voters approved Measure J to extend 2008’s Proposition C – co-authored by then Councilmember Faulconer – to direct a portion of Mission Bay lease revenue toward capital investments in Mission Bay Park and regional parks for an additional 30 years. An estimated $1.5 billion will be generated through 2069. “Our regional parks are among San Diego’s most valuable assets and the significant investments we’re making to Mission Bay Park will ensure it is preserved and enhanced for future generations to enjoy,” Faulconer said. “This continues the largest park investment effort San Diego has seen in modern history as we’ve opened dozens of new or improved parks in neighborhoods across the city over the past few years.” Mission Bay Park is the largest aquatic park of its kind in the country, consisting of more than 4,000 acres of parkland and 27 miles of shoreline. About 15 million people visit the park annually.
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    La Jolla photog’s capture captivates Space X executives
    by BLAKE BUNCH
    Nov 01, 2018 | 4120 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    La Jolla photographer Evgeny Yorobe is well-known for capturing the natural world in a seemingly supernatural way. This print, in particular, depicting the Oct. 6 launch of Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket, caught the eye of company executives. Now, the print is proudly displayed in an Elon Musk home.
    La Jolla photographer Evgeny Yorobe is well-known for capturing the natural world in a seemingly supernatural way. This print, in particular, depicting the Oct. 6 launch of Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket, caught the eye of company executives. Now, the print is proudly displayed in an Elon Musk home.
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    If one in San Diego is on social media, odds are that they have seen one of La Jolla-based photographer Evgeny Yorobe’s captivating photos. He is well-known for capturing natural phenomena in the area, though, as he so eloquently puts it, “putting yourself out there.” Recently, one of Yorobe’s captures of the other-worldly Space X Falcon launch above the clouds of Hospitals Reef eventually ended up in the abode of the man behind the rocket itself, Elon Musk. Like many fortunate events, it is one that almost never came to fruition. Following two 12-hour days of setting up, breaking down, selling prints and shaking hands at the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, a weary Yorobe psyched himself up to make it just in time. “It had been cloudy all evening, and I didn’t think I would even be able to see the rocket through the dense marine layer,” said Yorobe from his gallery in La Jolla. “I didn’t even break down my booth at the festival... Around 7:21 p.m., I made it to the reef and was able to capture the rocket cascading just above the clouds, with the Milky Way just left of center.” Yorobe, who has a strong social media presence, continued on with business as usual – posting the photo to his accounts. Within 24 hours, Yorobe caught wind that Gwynne Shotwell, president and COO of Musk’s Space X corporation, wanted several prints ordered. “Someone who knows [Gwynne] Shotwell saw my photograph on social media, then sent it to her, and she loved it,” Yorobe said. “She called me the next day to order 27 prints in total, two of which were larger aluminum prints, one that ended up in one of Elon Musk’s homes, and 25 smaller prints as gifts to friends and employees.” Yorobe’s aforementioned ethos of “You’ve ‘gotta put yourself out there” seems to be paying off, as the photographer has been at his Fay Avenue gallery for nearly one year.
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    Mayor proposes new regulations for electric scooters
    Oct 23, 2018 | 39480 views | 2 2 comments | 39 39 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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    Timothy Francis
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    October 24, 2018
    Nothing about the danger they pose to us that walk on the sidewalk. Typical fire the Mayor is what I say.
    Anthony F.
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    October 29, 2018
    I guess you missed this part?

    "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.

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    "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.”
    La Jolla news and community briefs
    Oct 20, 2018 | 9068 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 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 | 25080 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 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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