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    Pacific Beach couple starting a movement with buckets, grabbers and Instagram
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Feb 16, 2019 | 836 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Natalie Sollock (above) and Charley Kausen of Pacific Beach started picking up trash in the community.
    Natalie Sollock (above) and Charley Kausen of Pacific Beach started picking up trash in the community.
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    Charley Kausen and Natalie Sollock of Pacific Beach are voluntarily picking up trash in the community and urging others to follow suit by providing an incentive to “Don’t Trash PB.” For a $15 Venmo mobile pay service “loan,” they’ll provide a branded bucket and hand-controlled extension trash “grabber” for others committing to doing their own community clean-up. “We send the person $5 back each time they send us a picture of their bucket full of garbage via email or post and tag us on Instagram,” Kausen and Sollock said in an email. “If they fill the bucket three times – the bucket, and grabber, are theirs forever. If at any time they don't want to participate, they can return the bucket and grabber and get any remaining deposit back in full.” They said the Venmo deposit is merely a way to ensure people actually use both clean-up tools provided, and not just let them sit in their garages. Discussing the origin of their clean-up project named “Don’t Trash PB,” Sollock said, “Charley was obsessive picking up trash every day on our walk to the beach, picking it up with his hands. Then we wised up and picked up a bucket and grabber.” Soon, the pair were out there showing and doing by personal example. It got attention, and results. “People started shouting at us out of their (car) windows, ‘Hey, what are you guys doing?’” said Kausen, adding others expressed interest in joining once told. “It finally dawned on us that all others needed to get involved was their own bucket and grabber,” said Sollock, adding that, by buying in bulk, they were able to bring the cost for the two pick-up tools down to about $10. “We then flocked to Instagram to help spread the word about it,” she added. The pair said a dozen or more people have taken them up on their bucket-and-grabber offer. And the word is spreading. “We don’t really have a mission statement,” said Sollock. “The whole idea was just to get people actively cleaning up in their own neighborhoods. We just wanted to provide the tools for them to do that.” To get a bucket and grabber, people can reach out to Kausen and Sollock on Instagram @donttrashpb, or email donttrashpb@gmail.com.
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    Mayor proposes new regulations for scooters and bikes
    Feb 15, 2019 | 7312 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Electric scooters near the boardwalk in Mission Beach. Using geofencing technology, operators will be required to slow their devices down to eight miles per hour on the boardwalks in Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla beach areas. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Electric scooters near the boardwalk in Mission Beach. Using geofencing technology, operators will be required to slow their devices down to eight miles per hour on the boardwalks in Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla beach areas. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    On Feb. 14, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer released a set of proposed regulations for dockless scooters and bicycles to address public safety concerns by slowing the devices down in heavily-trafficked public spaces, establish clear rules of the road to hold operators accountable, and charge an annual fee for each device. The proposed ordinance will be discussed at the City Council’s Feb. 20 Active Transportation and Infrastructure Committee meeting. Faulconer’s proposed regulations cover six primary areas – limiting maximum speed of motorized scooters in designated zones, vehicle staging and parking, rider education, data sharing, fees and legal indemnification for the City of San Diego. The mayor’s proposed regulations include: Permit and fees: Each company wishing to operate within City limits will be issued a six-month permit and will be required to pay $150 per device annually. Operators will only be allowed to amend or renew their permit, including increasing the size of their fleet, during the permit issuance months of January and June. Companies offering an approved equity program can receive a $15 per device reduction in their annual fee. Operators will also be required to pay a “performance bond,” which can be returned in the event they cease operation in San Diego and remove their devices.  Limiting speed: Using geofencing technology, operators will be required to slow their devices down to eight miles per hour in designated high-pedestrian traffic zones around the City, including: - Boardwalks in Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla beach areas; - Spanish Landing; - Petco Park; - Balboa Park; - NTC Park; - Mission Bay Park. In two other areas in downtown San Diego, scooters will be required to slow to three miles per hour, with riders being notified they are in a no-ride zone. Those areas are:  - North and South Embarcadero; - Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade. Staging and parking: Operators may stage their devices in groups of up to four, and there must be 40 feet between groups of staged devices. They will also be prohibited from staging in school zones and hospital zones. Additionally, users will be prohibited from ending their rides in some areas, including the beach area boardwalks, the perimeter of Petco Park and the north and south Embarcadero walks in downtown. The City will encourage residents to report misplaced or abandoned bikes and scooters through the “Get It Done” application. Operators will be notified of the reports and will have three hours to remove the devices or face potential impound and associated fees.   City indemnification: Each operator will be required to indemnify the City from liability claims and each will need to hold a liability insurance policy. 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” and include operator age requirements. “The City of San Diego is taking a smart approach to dockless mobility,” said Colin Parent, executive director of Circulate San Diego. “San Diego is ensuring access to new transportation choices, while balancing the needs of other users of the public right-of-way.”  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; - Reported obstructions/hazards and actions taken; - Maintenance activities. “We welcome more mobility options and these new regulations take a common-sense approach that will allow this emerging market to grow in a responsible way,” Faulconer said. “Scooters and e-bikes are providing an opportunity for thousands of people to get around town without a car, creating less traffic and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.” “I am pleased to see the City adopt sensible regulations for dockless scooters and bicycles that prioritizes public safety and embraces the sharing economy,” said City Councilmember Chris Cate. “Resolving this issue has been one of my top priorities, and I am appreciative that my solutions will be implemented.”
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    Do you know what to do if you find a stray kitten?
    by EMILY BLACKWOOD
    Feb 13, 2019 | 14903 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Photo courtesy of the San Diego Humane Society
    Photo courtesy of the San Diego Humane Society
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    Of course, your first instinct is to snuggle them, but that might not be the best idea. With kitten season approaching this spring, the San Diego Human Society wants local residents to be aware of the exact steps to take when you find a stray kitten.

    According to the organization’s Kitten Nursery manager Jakie Noble, nearly 3,000 0- to 8-week-old kittens were turned into the humane society last year. And there are typically two “waves” of kittens; one when the weather starts to warm up in spring and another in the fall.

    With so many kittens being born, there’s a greater chance for people to find them. So while leaving a kitten alone is probably one of the hardest things to do, it is the first step.

    “The most common mistake people make when they find kittens is they panic and remove the kittens from their environment right away,” Noble said, adding that it’s important to first assess the situation. Ask yourself if the kitten is in danger of predators, if it’s injured or if it appears to be cold or hungry.

    “If the kitten(s) are warm and quietly snuggled together, the likelihood is that the mother cat may be close by, waiting for the human to leave her nesting spot,” Noble said. “If you find a kitten alone, this could mean the mother cat is moving her litter to another nesting spot. Mom uses her mouth to pick up and move the kittens, so she can only move one kitten at a time. Be careful not to ‘steal’ a kitten she may be returning to move."

    As much as most people would love to, not everyone has enough time to sit and wait to see if the mother cat comes back. That’s when you can use what Noble calls the “flour trick.”

    “Take a small amount of flour and make a ring around the nest area. Watch from a safe distance to see if mom returns. Come back in a few hours. If you see paw prints in the flour, this is a sure sign that the mother cat is around and tending to her kittens.”

    If the mother cat does not return for her kitten(s), then it’s time to take action. If you have the availability and knowledge to take on the kittens, do so, but if you don’t, bring them to your local shelter so they can be properly evaluated and taken care of. But don’t forget about the mother cat.

    “Every effort should be made to catch/trap the mother cat too,” Noble said. “If an un-spayed cat no longer has kittens, she can immediately go back into heat and have another litter of kittens in just 60 days. The only way to break the cycle of kittens being born is to take responsibility for spaying and neutering outdoor community cats.”

    And if you do decide to take the kitten(s) in — even temporarily — Noble warns that they shouldn't be fed right away. In fact, the priority should be to get the kitten(s) warm before they eat because a cold kitten can’t successfully digest foot.

    When the kitten is warmed up, be sure you feed it the right diet, which is not cow’s milk, human food or cereal. Instead, go to your local pet supply store and buy kitten milk replacer. If you don’t have access to that, it’s important to seek assistance from our local rescue group, vet clinic or animal shelter.

    For more information about kitten care and kitten adoptions, visit sdhumane.org.

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    Grigolite making a splash with Bucs’ water polo
    by DAVE THOMAS
    Feb 08, 2019 | 7656 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Mission Bay junior Jesse Grigolite takes a shot. / Courtesy photo
    Mission Bay junior Jesse Grigolite takes a shot. / Courtesy photo
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    Given the skills and conditioning it takes to play water polo, not everyone is cut out for it. But one local girl churning up success in the pool is Mission Bay High junior Jesse Grigolite. Seeing time as an attacker and sprinter, Grigolite has been quite a find for water polo coach Lyndsay Sutterley. “Jesse is an invaluable athlete to her team,” Sutterley said. “Her teammates can rely on her offensively and defensively. Teammates know they can count on her, in and out of the pool. Everyone on the team not only adores her, but respects her. She knows how to bring the team up and motivate those around her.” Grigolite carries a 4.5 grade point average. She is also the vice president of the Climate Kids club and a member of the school’s Eco club. Beach & Bay Press recently caught up with Grigolite for an email Q&A. BBP: How did you get interested in water polo? Grigolite: I originally went into my winter season of freshman year with the intention of playing soccer for Mission Bay. Once in the pool, I knew this wasn’t an opportunity that I could turn a blind eye to. However, the game, coaching staff, and my teammates were the determining factors that made me stick with this sport and come to love it so much. Mission Bay provides a welcoming environment to all beginners and pushes each player to become better. B&BP: What do you see as your biggest contributions? Grigolite: Personally, I see the whole team as one unit so it is hard to pick out individual contributions. However, if I had to pinpoint my personal strengths, I think they would consist of drawing positioning ejections, endurance in the water, providing consistent effort in all I do and being able to ask questions. In addition, I try to offer some guidance in the water as far as driving and defense for the less experienced players, but our coaches Lyndsay and John as well as our captains help a great deal with that also. B&BP: Outside of water polo, what do you enjoy? Grigolite: For the summer, I work as an intern for San Diego Junior Lifeguard Program and I have the intention to be an ocean lifeguard next year. I am also on the Mission Bay surf team. In addition, I am apart of Eco Club, which has done great work reducing Pacific Beach’s single-use-plastics and volunteers in various ways throughout our community. I also help to run Mission Bay’s Climate Kids club as the vice president; our mission is to educate children as well as the community about the crisis of climate change. B&BP: Any advice for any girls thinking about coming out for the team? Grigolite: If any young girls have interest in trying out for the program I would highly encourage them to. It is not only great exercise and a fun game, but it provides an opportunity to build friendships and meet new people on campus. It is the opportunity to become a part of something bigger than you. B&BP: Do you see yourself doing water polo in college? Grigolite: I would be ecstatic to go to the academic school of my choice and play club. This would be a great balance for me and allow me the opportunity to keep getting to do something that makes me very happy. Editor’s note: If you know of a MBH winter sports athlete who would make a good feature story, please email: hoopsthomas@yahoo.com
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    Pacific Beach residents lobbying for more off-leash dog parks
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Feb 07, 2019 | 3135 views | 3 3 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Riley plays with a tennis ball at Mission Bay Park. / COURTESY PHOTO
    Riley plays with a tennis ball at Mission Bay Park. / COURTESY PHOTO
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    A Pacific Beach couple has started a petition drive to revive the conversation on where – and when – it’s appropriate to walk dogs on- and off-leash in the area. Jim and Melanie Woods of Crown Point launched a petition recently on Change.org. It’s been obvious from the reaction they’ve gotten that others share their concerns about dog-walking restrictions. “We launched the petition and got just under 1,500 signatures the first week,” noted Jim Woods, adding, “It would be great to get 2,000 signatures … even 4,000 signatures. That might be enough to force some of our elected officials to take another look at this issue, revisit the conversation on why we ended up with these restrictions – and whether they still express the will of the community.” On Change.org, the Woods’ petition notes that Pacific Beach and Mission Bay residents request more off-leash options for their dogs.  “We have amazing regional parks and would like to be able to enjoy them with our furry friends,” states the petition. “Increased enforcement in the area has highlighted the overly restrictive nature of the current laws.” The Change.org petition notes the following restrictions on dog-walking at Kate Sessions Park and along Mission Bay: - Dogs are not allowed on the beach, boardwalk or adjacent parks between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Nov. 1 through March 31. Dogs are not allowed on the beach, boardwalk or adjacent parks between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. from April 1 through Oct. 31. - At Kate Sessions, it is mandatory that all dogs shall be maintained on a leash not to exceed eight feet, including trails and canyons in all parks. Henish Pulickal, current chair of Pacific Beach Planning Group, is sympathetic to dog owners. However, he was quick to point out that any new “conversation” about possibly relaxing rules governing canines needs to include safety considerations. “I love dogs. I think they are great,” Pulickal said. “The problem with dogs, especially off-leash dogs, are two-fold: When owners aren't looking, even the best-behaved dog will leave a deposit on the beach or the park and the owner may not see it to pick it up. Next thing you know, I'm slipping in it, or my toddler has fallen in it. “Even the best-behaved dogs can get excited and can accidentally (or purposefully) hurt a child or even an adult. At least once a month, I see an excited dog knock over or accidentally scratch or bite a small child trying to enjoy the park. I've personally been scratched badly by an aggressive dog. Off-leash dogs need to be in dedicated off-leash parks. You cannot expect people with children, or that have an aversion to dogs, to share space with them.” Added Pulickal: “I'm totally for sharing space on the beach or at any park for fenced, off-leash dog areas. But you can't have entire parks be off-leash areas, and have those same parks be expected to be used by a family that wants to have children or food out.”   The Woods have identified two changes they claim would address a large majority of dog owner’s concerns: - First, we request the ban on dogs during daylight hours on Mission Bay and the adjacent parks be lifted. - Next, we request that Kate Sessions be an approved off-leash dog location. Among the reasons the Woods cite for changing dog-walking restrictions: - This ban on dogs during prime daylight hours on Mission Bay is outdated. - Mission Bay is a safe place to walk our dogs where they do not need to be next to traffic. - Dogs are no more of a hindrance on Mission Bay than bikes, scooters, surreys and large groups. - Kate Sessions is a popular attraction for dog owners visiting San Diego. - Capehart Park is not large enough to meet the demand for dog parks in the area. - Residents should not be forced to drive to Fiesta Island for a dog park. - All dog owners should not be punished for a few bad actors.
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    Buffalo Barnes
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    February 09, 2019
    Let's clarify what SIZE dogs are causing these traumatic events at the parks. My dog is 8 pounds and loves to run in the grass, unleashed. Owners that know that their dogs are aggressive should keep their dogs leashed. And if stepping in dog poop is the most awful thing that ever happens to your child, well...
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    February 07, 2019
    I wish these articles would stop reading “PB Residents Lobbying for”. This is a select few who are trying to change the majority’s decisions. It would be nice to take my children to Kate sessions without fear that someone’s ILLEGAL off leash dog is going to run them over as they chase balls or fight with other dogs. Additionally, my children coming in the house after playing on the beach covered in dog feces is just one reason why this is a bad idea. It is a privilege to take your dogs onto the beach at select times.... appreciate it.
    Derrick Robinson
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    February 07, 2019
    Once a week I get chased on mission bay or mission beach by an irresponsible someone’s dog. I’m not a dog owner, nor do I like dogs, yet people regularly force them on me and my community. I’m a 92109 resident who prefers dogs on leashes.
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