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    Community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
    Dec 09, 2016 | 1563 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Sebastian Crowley and Jennifer Lucas, participants of SantaCon Ocean Beach, kiss on Newport Avenue before the OB Holiday Parade on Saturday evening. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Sebastian Crowley and Jennifer Lucas, participants of SantaCon Ocean Beach, kiss on Newport Avenue before the OB Holiday Parade on Saturday evening. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Paw It Forward Buying your dog a festive doggie sweater or coat for the holidays? Throw two into the shopping basket or donate an old one to County Animal Services’ “Paw It Forward” campaign for pets of homeless people. Every year, Animal Services takes part in Project Homeless Connect, an event that offers a wide array of services to the local homeless population. Dozens of dogs, and even cats, show up with their homeless owners. The Project Homeless Connect event takes place Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Golden Hall. County Animal Services will accept donations of new and used pet sweaters and jackets at 5480 Gaines St. (619-767-2675) starting now through Friday, Dec. 30. For more information, contact Animal Services at 619-767-2675. Sunroad Boat Show San Diego Sunroad Boat Show is back at the Sunroad Resort Marina, 955 Harbor Island, Jan. 26-29 and will be expanding this year with the addition of more floating docks to moor several larger vessels. In addition to the tremendous boats, there will also be a plethora of marine vendors and electronics with the latest nautical products and services, boating seminars, free boat rides, as well as food and beverages – making a great time for all to enjoy a day on the Bay. For more information, visit www.bigbayboatshow.com. Pet adoption The next pet adoption event will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 hosted by Wonderland Ocean Pub, the San Diego Humane Society and The Ocean Beach Surf Lodge (coming soon) at the corner of Santa Monica Avenue and Abbott Street in OB. OB Holiday Ornament The 2016 OB Holiday Ornament celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Ocean Beach Pier. The beautiful full-color, die-cast soft metal ornaments are 2 inches in diameter and come with a gold ribbon for hanging. The ornament comes in a commemorative and protective box perfect for gift-giving and storage. They cost $25 each or two for $40 available at Ocean Beach MainStreet Association, 1868 Bacon St., or at www.OceanBeachSanDiego.com. Peninsula Singers concert “A Celebration of British Carols and Songs” with selections from the “Messiah,” will be presented by Peninsula Singers 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at All Souls Episcopal Church, 1475 Catalina Blvd. The concert includes songs with influences from British classical and folk, Celtic, traditional English countryside and even a French dance tune. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students, seniors and military. Children age 10 and under may attend for free. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit peninsulasingerssandiego.org. Peninsula Singers is a choir based in Point Loma under the direction of Sarah Suhonen and accompanied by Stewart Simon on piano. Key of She concert Key of She performs at Liberty Station’s White Box Theater, 2590 Truxtun Road, Studio 205, at the corner of Truxtun and Roosevelt Road, at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. The concert will feature jazzy versions of old holiday favorites, traditional holiday tunes, and a bit of miscellany. There will be a reception following the concert. Holiday Tea and Bazaar Point Loma Garden Club hosts its annual Holiday Tea and Bazaar from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 14 at Portuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portugal. Open to the public. Beautiful fresh and dried decorations include wreaths, table arrangements, centerpieces and swags for your home and special holiday gifts for giving. Homemade gifts include crafts, home-made delectable – all created by Point Loma Garden Club members. Prices are reasonable and all proceeds go to philanthropies. www.plgc.org. Contas meeting The annual meeting of the United Portuguese S.E.S. Inc. known as the Contas will take place 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at 2818 Avenida de Portugal. All member and potential members are invited to attend.
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    San Diego fares well on Climate Action Campaign’s report card
    Dec 07, 2016 | 9707 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Downtown San Diego as seen from Mission Bay. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Downtown San Diego as seen from Mission Bay. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Climate Action Campaign unveiled the inaugural edition of their Climate Plan Report Card on Dec. 7, which grades the climate action plans, or lack thereof, of all 19 San Diego municipalities in the region. Only the City of San Diego – who received national accolades when it adopted a binding 100 percent clean energy Climate Action Plan last year – earned a gold designation. Zero cities earned a silver grade, while Del Mar, San Marcos and Carlsbad all took home the bronze designation for their climate action plans. Read the full Climate Action Plan Report Card at www.climateactioncampaign.org. “The City of San Diego continues to lead the way with its groundbreaking Climate Action Plan and is honored to be recognized as the new standard for other cities to follow,” said Cody Hooven, chief sustainability officer at the City of San Diego. “In the year since the plan was formally adopted, we’ve already begun to make significant investments that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a cleaner tomorrow for our neighborhoods.” Climate Action Campaign published the report card to serve as a tool for cities, advocates, and the public to understand the best practices for protecting families’ future from climate change. By enhancing transparency and accountability, the report card seeks to incentivize local cities to take action through friendly competition and collaboration. “In the face of a new president threatening to dismantle federal progress on climate and clean energy, leadership from local governments is more important than ever,” said Nicole Capretz, executive director of Climate Action Campaign. “We hope our report card will inform the public about what their city is doing to slash carbon pollution and protect their kids’ future. There are 19 local governments in our region, yet only seven had gradable climate plans. Our goal is to spur even more cities to take action to safeguard our quality of life.” The first edition of the Climate Plan Report Card assigns points and gives grades based on the goals and strategies contained in each plan. As CAPs become a mainstay throughout our region, future editions of the report card will measure how effectively local governments are actually implementing their plans. Here’s what local leaders are saying: “Even if we stop emitting greenhouse gasses tomorrow, there will still be significant Sea Level Rise (SLR) affecting our region over the next several decades. It is imperative that we address and prepare for those changes in ways that preserve our quality of life and the very resources that draw us to San Diego, like our beaches and waves. The earlier we start planning, the more options there will be. The challenges are real and we hope that cities will address them proactively and responsibly though robust Climate Action Plans” said Julia Chunn, Surfrider San Diego. “The implementation of Climate Action Plans is vital to combat climate change, protect our children's health, promote an innovative and green economy, and above all – invest in our most vulnerable communities historically impacted by pollution. We must ensure that the focus is on equity so that every child, regardless of their zip code, has a better future with clean air, clean energy, and clean jobs” said San Diego District 9 City Councilwoman-elect Georgette Gómez. “Climate Action Campaign’s report card shows San Diego is a national leader, however, a substantial amount of hard work is needed to keep raising the bar throughout our whole region,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power. “Locally, solar is contributing over $1 billion in economic activity each year and is serving more than 100,000 rooftop solar customers in San Diego. We will continue working with industry partners, government officials, and groups like Climate Action Campaign to lead a solar energy revolution that systematically unplugs entire communities from outdated fossil fuels.”
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    December 08, 2016
    How do you fail at something that's fake?
    Hate crime at New Americans Museum under investigation
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Dec 06, 2016 | 2863 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Sometime on Saturday morning, Nov. 26, two signs in the New Americans Museum (NAM) at 2825 Dewey Road, Suite 102 in Liberty Station, were found defaced with the messages “Too much Immigration! Go back to your country. This one is ours!,” scrawled on one, and “over population & crowding by immigration” on the other.
    Sometime on Saturday morning, Nov. 26, two signs in the New Americans Museum (NAM) at 2825 Dewey Road, Suite 102 in Liberty Station, were found defaced with the messages “Too much Immigration! Go back to your country. This one is ours!,” scrawled on one, and “over population & crowding by immigration” on the other.
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    Police said a hate crime committed at a Liberty Station art gallery shortly after Thanksgiving likely won't be solved unless a witness with information leading to the culprit(s) steps forward. “This crime is one that doesn't have any witnesses or any video surveillance,” said Lt. Scott Wahl, public information officier for San Diego Police Department. “Barring someone coming forward – we're not going to solve this one.” “In plain daylight, a hate crime took place at the New Americans Museum when signage was defaced with anti immigrant-biased statements,” said New Americans Museum's executive director Linda Sotelo. “A police report was filed. SDPD is classifying it as a hate crime. The FBI was notified.” Sometime on Saturday morning, Nov. 26, two signs in the New Americans Museum (NAM) at 2825 Dewey Road, Suite 102 in Liberty Station, were found defaced with the messages “Too much Immigration! Go back to your country. This one is ours!,” scrawled on one, and “over population & crowding by immigration” on the other. The museum is part of Liberty Station's Arts District and was created as a catalyst to celebrate America’s past and promise. The facility provides inspiring and compelling educational and cultural programs and activities exploring our nation and region's diverse immigrant experiences. “We are deeply troubled and saddened by this incident, and more vigilant than ever as our core museum's mission to uplift and celebrate our immigrant contributions and heritage has been directly assaulted with this anti-immigrant defacement,” said Sotelo. Noting the United States was built by immigrants, generations of them, the museum director said, “It is extremely distressing to see this kind of hatred directed at immigrants. “What happened only strengthens our determination, even more, to tell the story of people who come here from around the world seeking a better life,” Sotelo said. Multigenerational immigrant contributions are a vital part of what makes our country great.” In the wake of the defacement, Sotelo said “museum staff and volunteer trainings will be implemented and we plan to convene a meeting in the coming weeks at NAM to come together as a community to discuss ways to address and support each other as these types of hate crime incidents, big and small, emerge at local levels given our nation's charged political climate and the intolerance it has awoken.” Sotelo pointed out Congress has defined a hate crime as a "criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation." SDPD's Wahl noted a hate crime is considered “an enhancement to the crime,” explaining, “If I punch somebody in the face, that's battery. But if I punch somebody in the face because of their race or their religion … It's a crime motivated by hate, which is an enhancement.” Fortunately, in the museum's case, the defacement done was not ineradicable. “I believe it was done with dry magic marker and they (museum) were able to wipe it right off, so there was no permanent damage,” Wahl said, adding it was a crime nonetheless being a “defacement of advertising.” If the perpetrators are ever caught, Wahl said it would likely be a civil case involving vandalism coupled with a hate crime. “We have to emphasize that we need public support on these types of things (crimes) if they're to be solved,” Wahl said. “It's very frustrating to see this in the community. There are a lot of unknowns. “You need to know who – and what's – behind it to actually solidify a hate crime,” Wahl said. “We're working with the museum to talk about some different strategies to prevent that (defacement) in the future.” Anyone with information about the signage defacement at the New Americans Museum is urged to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 888-580-8477 or SDPD Western Division at 858-692-4800.
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    Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day walk raises $7.6 million
    Dec 04, 2016 | 17774 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Jenny Dich and Heidi Howard from Redmond, Wash., finish up day two of the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day Walk at Crown Point Park in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Jenny Dich and Heidi Howard from Redmond, Wash., finish up day two of the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day Walk at Crown Point Park in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Jenny Dich and Heidi Howard from Redmond, Wash., look for their tent in a sea of pink on day two of the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day Walk at Crown Point Park in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Jenny Dich and Heidi Howard from Redmond, Wash., look for their tent in a sea of pink on day two of the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day Walk at Crown Point Park in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Thousands of Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day participants – women and men – walked 60-miles over the course of three-days in the fight for a world without breast cancer, raising $7.6 million. These funds will benefit breast cancer research and community outreach programs. Since 2003, the San Diego 3-Day has raised more than $113 million. “We could not accomplish this feat without our incredible participants,” said Carrie Stovall, Susan G. Komen events director. “The preparation and dedication of these walkers is inspiring and helps us get closer each day to eliminating this disease.” Participants spend months training and fundraising to prepare for the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day. Throughout this weekend, lifelong friendship and memories are formed in honor of those who have battled and for those who continue to fight breast cancer. Participants spent the weekend walking through San Diego communities and camping in pink tents each night. What began early Friday morning at the Del Mar Fairgrounds concluded with a moving closing ceremony Nov. 20 at Waterfront Park. Susan G. Komen has provided more than $920 million in funding for breast cancer research and $2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. For more information or to register for the 2017 Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day, visit The3Day.org. For opportunities to support the breast cancer movement in San Diego year-round – including through the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – contact the Susan G. Komen San Diego affiliate at 858-573-2760 or www.komensandiego.org.
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    Holidays in Pacific Beach: Parade, Santa Run and Christmas on Crystal Pier
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Dec 01, 2016 | 8692 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Fun at the Santa Run last year in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Fun at the Santa Run last year in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Yuletide is washing over Pacific Beach like a wave as the beach community ushers in the holidays with the annual Christmas on Crystal Pier event Saturday, Dec. 3. Join in on one-of-a-kind festivities featuring a sunset tree lighting and photos with Santa, plus decorative wreath hanging from local businesses and community groups. “Christmas on Crystal Pier is one more opportunity to 'keep the cheer here' and create a community-centered holiday tradition,” said Sara Berns, executive director of Discover PB, which hosts the holiday celebration. “Pictures with Santa on the pier is a unique 'PB' experience.” Berns reminded residents not to forget about the community's other events, like the PB Holiday Parade and San Diego Santa Run, both on Saturday, Dec. 10. The daylong celebration begins at 10 a.m. with the San Diego Santa Run 5k. The fun run is immediately followed by the PB Holiday Parade at 1 p.m., which showcases community floats, local school bands and Santa wrapping up the celebration. This year's parade theme is “From Sea to Shining Sea,” honoring the different ways cultures and communities celebrate the holidays around the country and world. “Plan to spend the day participating in the events – or just spectating – but everyone should be out to knock off some of that holiday shopping at our local neighborhood businesses,” said Berns, who stressed the importance of shopping local. “The idea is to get people out of the house, off the online stores and out into the neighborhood shopping, dining and spending the day in the district,” said Berns. “When shopping for gifts this year, we hope people will consider the businesses that have contributed to these community events, like the Catamaran Resort and Spa who, without their generous donation, the parade would not be happening this year.” Berns also cited PB Cantina, The Mad Beat and Cerveza Jack's for “contributing significantly to the costs of the lights on the pier, and logistics to put on the parade.” Commenting on PB's Shop Local Campaign, Berns noted supporting local retail businesses “is the nervous system of creating community and a strong business district.” She suggested next time residents are out running errands they should check out the restaurant next door that has a sidewalk café, or the dress shop across the street. Nine times out of 10 the actual business owner is the one who rings you up in that shop. “That restaurant employs 20 local students and helps pay for their college,” she said. “The manager at the auto repair shop has kids at Pacific Beach Middle. These businesses alone are never as successful as they are together, and that one hour of small decisions in your spending habits has a huge impact on the neighborhood.” Discover PB met with local retailers this summer to brainstorm ideas on retail marketing. Berns noted “business owners themselves have been instrumental in creating our shop local efforts. We are highlighting gift and shopping ideas on our social media (@DiscoverPB) and have distributed thousands of local discount cards throughout PB via our bars and restaurants, retailers and mail.” When gift shopping this year, take a day to get out and explore PB, and you will be surprised how many people you can check off your list while supporting your neighborhood businesses.” Christmas on Crystal Pier When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Where: Crystal Pier. What: Take your pictures with Santa on the end of Crystal Pier. Tree lighting at sunset and decorated wreaths hung along the pier. Cost: $10 or $5 with a donation of school supplies to help local schools. Holiday Parade When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Where: Starts at Garnet Avenue and Haines Street, ends at Garnet Avenue and Bayard Street. Santa Run When: Saturday, Dec. 10. Times: 10 a.m. 5K Santa Run, 11:30 a.m. Santa’s Little Helper Wave 1 Mile (dog/owner), noon Santa’s Elves Wave 1 Mile (Kids), 12:30 p.m. Speedy Santa Wave 1 Mile (competitive), 12:50 p.m. awards for competitive 1 mile only. Where: Start/finish: Garnet Avenue and Bayard Street. Info: www.sandiegosantarun.com to register. Window Decorating Contest What: A judged window-dressing contest to mark the holidays and encourage shoppers to visit businesses and walk streets. Theme: Participants are encouraged to play around with this year's parade theme, “From Sea to Shining Sea,” with their store decorations, designs and ambiance. Contest participants: Winner will be featured in the Beach & Bay Press.
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