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    How will Community Choice Energy work in San Diego?
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Nov 14, 2018 | 46 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    How Community Choice Energy works.
    How Community Choice Energy works.
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    Now that Mayor Kevin Faulconer has sanctioned forming a new joint-powers entity to purchase electrical power to achieve 100 percent renewable energy citywide by 2035, the question becomes: How will that be implemented, and what are the risks? After three years of research and analysis, Faulconer selected Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) as the preferred pathway to reach the 100 percent renewable energy goal in the City’s landmark Climate Action Plan. The proposed new CCA entity, which must first be approved by the City Council, is expected to create healthy competition benefiting San Diegans. Forming a new CCA entity is expected to lower energy costs by 5 percent or more for ratepayers, plus help the City reach its renewable energy goal by 2035 – a decade ahead of the state’s goal. “I want San Diego to lead this region into a cleaner future,” Faulconer said. “This gives consumers a real choice, lowers energy costs for all San Diegans, and keeps our city on the cutting edge of environmental protection. We are a city where our environment is central to our quality of life and Community Choice will ensure we leave behind a better and cleaner San Diego than the one we inherited. What is Community Choice Energy? Community Choice Energy or Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) envisions bringing local control and freedom of choice and competition into the electricity marketplace. Currently, San Diego has only one electricity provider, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).  Community Choice allows cities and counties to purchase power on behalf of their residents and businesses to provide cleaner power options at a competitive price. Under community choice, SDG&E would continue to deliver the power over their power lines, provide customer service and handle the billing.   A local community choice program is designed to offer a choice of providers to create competition encouraging innovation and improved pricing. But not everyone is sold on CCAs, like the Clear the Air Coalition, a group of business, environmental and taxpayer leaders, who advocate a cautious approach to changing San Diego’s existing electrical power distribution system.  Contacted by Beach & Bay Press, SDG&E spokesperson Tony Manolatos referenced the following story “San Diego Should Carefully Weigh the Costs and Benefits of Government-Controlled Energy” published at clearair.us, which he said “covers all the main points.” “The City of San Diego should carefully weigh the costs and benefits of government-controlled energy before flipping the switch and moving residents and businesses into such a program,” states the story. “If the city decides to form a CCA, would it actually help San Diego reach its clean air goals faster and cheaper than current state laws require? … To date, CCAs have been reluctant to purchase long-term contracts for renewable energy, or build new facilities. As a result, CCAs mostly buy and sell existing green energy, a practice that does not create new local jobs or clean our air any faster. … The evidence indicates a San Diego CCA would not meet the city’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2035, or create many new jobs, but it would create risk for taxpayers, who are ultimately the backstop of any government-controlled energy program.” Community choice proponent Tyson Siegele represents But It Just Might work.com, a clean energy advocacy group. Noting SDG&E under law is, “not allowed to oppose community choice energy,” Siegele pointed out SDG&E’s parent company, Sempra, “is not a regulated utility” and therefore is allowed to oppose community choice. Nonetheless, Siegele noted that, “In theory, SDG&E shouldn’t lose any money if community choice happens, or doesn’t.” But Siegele was quick to point out San Diego pays some of the highest per-kilowat per-unit rates for electricity in the state adding, “Californians have, on average, a 50 percent higher electricity cost than the nationwide average.” Argued Siegele, “We’ve had a massive ramp-up in the number of community choice energy programs in the past five years statewide. It just makes sense to give our communities more control over where their energy comes from, and what it costs.” But even if successful, a transition to community choice by San Diego will take some time, said Siegele. “In all likelihood, the entire process will take a little more than two years, and the shortest time it could be effect would be January of 2021,” he said.   Community Choice Energy Timeline December 2018: Resolution of intent available for docketing at City Council. Spring 2019: Begin formal meetings with potential JPA partners to negotiate structure and guiding principles. Summer 2019: City Council action to officially form new JPA. Fall 2019: JPA begins hiring staff, including CEO and CFO. Staff develops implementation plan for submittal to CPUC. 2020: JPA continues to establish operations. CPUC approval expected. 2021: CCA begins service to customers with phased-in approach throughout the year.
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    Mission Bay’s Boogie Ellis commits to play at Duke
    Nov 12, 2018 | 11194 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    At the signing ceremony are Justin Moore, a former point guard for MBHS who played for Georgia Tech, Boogie Ellis, and Mission Bay boys basketball coach Marshawn Cherry. 
    At the signing ceremony are Justin Moore, a former point guard for MBHS who played for Georgia Tech, Boogie Ellis, and Mission Bay boys basketball coach Marshawn Cherry. 
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    Mission Bay High School boys basketball combo guard Rejean (Boogie) Ellis announced that he has committed to play basketball for Duke University. During the ceremony at the MBHS gym on Friday Nov. 9, Ellis said, "After talking with God, my family, coach Marshawn Cherry, and my trainer, I decided to go to Duke University."  Ranked as one of the 30 best players in the class of 2019, Ellis received scholarship offers from several schools including Duke, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Southern California, San Diego State University, and University of Memphis. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, and UNC-Chapel Hill coach Roy Williams, visited Mission Bay to actively recruit Ellis. Mission Bay boys basketball coach Cherry said: “Ellis has a great work ethic and love for the game. He had the drive and determination to be the best player to come out of San Diego."
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    News and community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
    Nov 09, 2018 | 11948 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Hundreds of participants paddle around the Ocean Beach Pier during the 27th annual Paddle for Clean Water on Sept. 23. The event brings together ocean lovers, environmentalists and the community at large to rally around the importance of clean water in San Diego. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Hundreds of participants paddle around the Ocean Beach Pier during the 27th annual Paddle for Clean Water on Sept. 23. The event brings together ocean lovers, environmentalists and the community at large to rally around the importance of clean water in San Diego. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Dogs from Florida now available for adoption Some of the dogs transferred to San Diego from shelters in Florida are ready to find loving homes. On Oct. 18, 93 dogs were flown to San Diego to create space at shelters in the Florida Panhandle for animals who have been displaced by Hurricane Michael. The Florida dogs are available for adoption at San Diego Humane Society’s San Diego Campus (5500 Gaines St.). These pets are not direct victims of Hurricane Michael. They are dogs who were transported to San Diego to create room for pets who have been lost, strayed or abandoned due to the hurricane. These pets do not have owners who will be searching for them when the conditions improve. All of the dogs will be spayed/neutered, current on vaccinations and microchipped. The available dogs can be found at sdhumane.org/pet and can be identified by the tag “#hm.” Adoptions are on a first-come, first-served basis. Ocean Beach Historical Society program Ocean Beach Historical Society will present “Memories that Will Never Go A way,” the 40th anniversary of the crash of PSA Flight 182, by Alexander D. Bevil, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Water’s Edge Faith Community, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Bevil’s presentation will be based on his recently published Journal of San Diego History article on the Sept. 25, 1978 crash of PSA Flight 182, and the effect it had – and still has – on San Diego’s collective memory. He will also discuss how the crash’s aftermath contributed to major changes in modern commercial air travel safety rules and procedures; and he will invite attendees to share their memories of that horrific day. For the past 30 years Alexander Bevil has played an active role in identifying and preserving several San Diego historic landmarks. He is an award-winning local free-lance historian, writer and preservationist. Visit obhistory.org for information. Ride the Point on Nov. 10 Ride the hidden, unridden, and forbidden Point Loma to support pancreatic cancer research. The Point Loma Rotary Club is holding the sixth annual Jim Krause Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride the Point on Nov. 10. The ride will start and end at Oggi’s in Liberty Station and traverse exclusive scenic bike paths and routes around beautiful San Diego. Ride the Point has three distances to accommodate different levels of bicycling experience. The 10 mile is a relatively flat course on bike paths in Liberty Station, Spanish Landing, and Harbor Island along beautiful San Diego Bay and is perfect for cruisers, beginning riders, challenged athletes, and families. The 25 and 62 mile are street rides with exclusive routes and challenging climbs around Cabrillo National Monument, Sunset Cliffs, Ocean Beach, Mission Bay, Mission Valley, and Mission Gorge. The public is invited to the free healthy lifestyle expo at Oggi’s in Liberty Station from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with local vendors, music, and refreshments. For more information on Ride the Point, visit RideThePoint.org. Point Loma Republican Women luncheon Point Loma Republican Women Federated monthly luncheon meeting will take place 10 a.m. Nov. 14 at Point Loma Cafe, 4865 Harbor Drive. Program: Jason Gascon regarding the Nov. 6 elections and Daniel Piedra from Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund speaking on CAIR and SDUSD. A no-host lunch following. Call Marilyn at 619-222-9532 for additional information. Alternative Christmas Fair Westminster Presbyterian Church, at 3598 Talbot St., will hold an Alternative Christmas Fair to benefit Westminster’s supported missions 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.on Sunday, Nov. 18 on the church courtyard. Items for sale include handmade crafts, holiday cards and decorations, gift baskets of food and toiletry items, and more. Consider a non-traditional gift of a donation in the name of a loved one to a worthy project. Participating organizations include Genesis Diez Ministries, Women’s Empowerment International (WE), the Guatemala Mission Project, Heifer International, Serve International, Friends of Los Ninos, San Diego Habitat for Humanity, Peace Resource Center of San Diego, San Diego Military Outreach Ministries, and Presbyterian Urban Ministries. Enjoy free refreshments while shopping for gifts with a purpose. College District receives funds for Dreamer Resource Centers The San Diego Community College District has received a $336,000 grant to create and expand programs at its three colleges to support undocumented students and their families so that more people will be able to realize their full potential. San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges are among 32 campuses throughout California that will receive support this academic year from the new California Campus Catalyst Fund. To date, the Catalyst Fund has raised nearly $10 million for this three-year initiative, which was founded by educators, funders and advocates. The fund increases support for undocumented students and their families on campuses representing the state’s three public higher education systems: California Community Colleges, California State University, and the University of California. “When undocumented young people are able to pursue education and careers, they can create new, brighter futures for themselves, their families, and their communities,” said Lynn Neault. “As educators, we are not satisfied with only some people doing well. Everyone should have the support, resources, and environment they need to realize their full potential.” Fall Fest at Belmont Park Belmont Park’s Fall Fest continues during November, Fridays through Sundays, 5 p.m. to close. In the spirit of giving, Belmont Park has partnered with the San Diego Food Bank by hosting a free-ride food drive with a donation of five canned food items Fridays through Sundays, 5 p.m. to close. On Saturday nights in November, guests (18 and older) may sign up to compete in free pie eating contests to win a family four-pack of combo wristbands. Free entertainment will also be offered on select dates. The park will hold a military and veterans’ weekend 5 p.m. to close November 9-12, including all day on Nov. 12. Wristbands will be half off for veterans, military and dependents with valid I.D. On Monday, Nov. 12 at Beach House, veterans can enjoy a free burger and beer with I.D. I Love A Clean San Diego hires new executive director I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) recently announced the hire of Rear Admiral Leendert (Len) Hering Sr. USN, (retired) as the organization’s new executive director. Hering was selected for his longstanding experience in environmental sustainability and nonprofit executive management. As executive director, Hering will lead the organization toward its vision of a zero waste, litter-free, and environmentally engaged San Diego region. Hering, a native of Portsmouth, Va., retired from the Navy in 2009 after more than 32 years of service as a surface warfare officer. As one of the Navy’s top experts in base operations and facility support, Hering built a team recognized as the best in environmental protection and sustainable innovation throughout the Department of Defense, and he received the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management from President George W. Bush. In 2009, Hering joined the University of San Diego, where as vice president for Business Services and Administration, he initiated numerous sustainable measures on the campus including the installation of the largest solar system of any private campus in the country. Hering comes to ILACSD from the Center for Sustainable Energy having served as the president and executive director for five years. 
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    Ladera Street stairs re-open at Sunset Cliffs after City repairs bluff
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Nov 06, 2018 | 10339 views | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Workers clear off debris as they started bluff repairs last week. Cliff reconstruction work was focused on mitigating the geologic hazard adjacent to the stairs to increase public safety and ensure beach access by emergency personnel. / Photo by Jim Grant
    Workers clear off debris as they started bluff repairs last week. Cliff reconstruction work was focused on mitigating the geologic hazard adjacent to the stairs to increase public safety and ensure beach access by emergency personnel. / Photo by Jim Grant
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    Emergency bluff repairs next to the Ladera Street stairs in Sunset Cliffs is finished. Work was done quickly – and under budget. “The emergency cliff stabilization work at Ladera Street has been completed,” said Alec Phillipp, City public information officer. “The construction work took less than one week.” Added Phillipp, “[The City] estimates that the construction cost will be less than our initial $1.5 million estimate.” Phillipp said the repair project was triggered when portions of the bluff collapsed onto the stairs below in February. Cliff reconstruction work was focused on mitigating the geologic hazard adjacent to the stairs to increase public safety and ensure beach access by emergency personnel.  “A geotechnical consultant was on site throughout the project to ensure that the stability of the bluff wasn’t further compromised by our work,” said Phillipp, adding, “The contractor will be paid for the time and materials used to complete the work.” On Aug. 6, the City Council allocated $1.8 million in Regional Park Improvement Funds for the Ladera Street Beach Access Stairway Emergency Project. That stairway had been closed and chained-off since a Feb. 13 cliff landslide impaired beach access below. The City’s decision to declare the project an “emergency,” which fast-tracked repairs, didn’t sit well initially with some nearby Sunset Cliffs neighbors who felt the community had been “left out” of the decision making loop. Some argued the project should have been required to have a full-blown environmental impact report done prior to construction. But at least some detractors were won over by the City’s effective implementation of the project. “The Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council is pleased that the project was down sized and impressed by the careful, professional work on this sensitive project,” said council spokesperson Ann Swanson. “Overall we are delighted with the response of the Coastal Commission that ensured that an environmentally sound minimal project was completed,” said Sunset Cliffs neighbor Dedi Ridenour.
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    November 07, 2018
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    ‘Top Gun’ sequel filming in Point Loma with Blue Angels
    by SCOTT HOPKINS
    Nov 05, 2018 | 5355 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet flies low over Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery as filming continues for the planned sequel to the popular Top Gun film starring Tom Cruise. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
    A Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet flies low over Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery as filming continues for the planned sequel to the popular Top Gun film starring Tom Cruise. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
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    Point Loma residents were treated to some close-up looks at one of the famed Blue Angels planes last week as cameras rolled for a new feature film. Filming has generated significant local buzz because of its star: Tom Cruise. The 56-year-old leading man has been spotted riding a motorcycle around Coronado as various locations have been selected by Paramount and Skydance Pictures for a sequel to the popular "Top Gun." The original film grossed $350 million and starred Cruise as Naval aviator Lt. Pete Mitchell. The film was selected by the Library of Congress as one of the 25 annual films of 1986 that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant. While Cruise was not present, some Peninsula residents learned earlier in the day of the planned appearance of a Blue Angels aircraft over the area. Just minutes past 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, filming began along the road to Cabrillo National Monument with a full half-mile of equipment trucks and buses parked in front of Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. A Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet with tail number 5 appeared over the Pacific Ocean, heading directly east while leaving a trail of smoke behind. Flying low and relatively slowly, the blue and gold jet flew just feet above the highest trees in the cemetery before making a sharp turn to the south over San Diego Bay and heading west out over the ocean. The Blue Angels' website notes smoke from the plane is produced by pumping biodegradable paraffin-based oil directly into the exhaust nozzles of the plane. The oil is instantly vaporized into smoke. The smoke poses no hazard to the environment. The jet approached minutes later and the scene was repeated more than a half dozen times as military police and civilians on the military base tried to catch photos of the shiny but fast aircraft. While the jet was under low power during this exercise, the F/A-18 Hornet can fly at about 1,400 MPH and climb at a rate of 30,000 feet per minute. Variety magazine reports the Top Gun sequel will be released July 12, 2019, 33 years after the original. Cruise is reporting the sequel's title as "Top Gun: Maverick" while Paramount studios lists the title as "Top Gun 2." The plot reportedly is set in a world of drone technology and fifth-generation fighters along with exploring the end of the era of aerial dogfighting.
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