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    City to upgrade safety measures at Ingraham-La Cima intersection
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Feb 05, 2016 | 4093 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The city will be installing a Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) system at Ingraham Street and La Cima Drive within the next six months.
    The city will be installing a Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) system at Ingraham Street and La Cima Drive within the next six months.
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    Traffic improvements are on the way in the Crown Point neighborhood of Pacific Beach. “The city will be installing a Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) system at Ingraham Street and La Cima Drive within the next six months,” said Anthony Santacroce, a city Public Information Officer. A RRFB is a pedestrian-activated flashing beacon that flashes in an alternating pattern when a pedestrian presses the button to cross the street.  The flashers are accompanied with highly reflective yellow/green pedestrian warning signs that are installed close to, and directly above, the flashers.  “The flashers and signs are installed back-to-back so that as motorists approach, they see flashers activated on both sides of the street,” said Santacroce, who noted similar RRFB systems exist at a number of locations citywide, including elsewhere in PB at Mission Boulevard and Diamond Street, and Mission Boulevard and Hornblend Street.   “The cost of the project is approximately $10,000,” Santacroce said. Summer Abu Zahrah, who owns and operates Crown Point Coffee at 3510 Ingraham St., and City Beach Boutique located kitty corner at 3460 Ingraham St., both near the problematic Ingraham Street/La Cima intersection, said safety improvements there are long overdue. “I am always on site and have witnessed a countless number of accidents over the past 13 years,” Abu Zahrah said. “For the last seven years, I, residents, customers and the Pacific Beach Town Council have gathered petition signatures, provided accident reports and photographed car accident damages to help persuade the San Diego Traffic Engineering Department to install a stop sign or pedestrian signal that stops traffic when people are trying to cross at the intersection.” Abu Zahrah noted that, last summer, she began planning a charitable event to help raise money for the installation of the pedestrian cross walk, since it wasn't in the city's budget. “I spoke in depth with the San Diego Traffic Engineering Department, and, at that time, they assured me an event was not necessary, because the city had the six-month projection plan in place to budget for a pedestrian crosswalk. I am so happy that we never gave up on our efforts and our persistence is paying off.” The alternating flashing signal to be installed at Ingraham/La Cima is activated to stop traffic, only when pedestrians cross the street. “This allows residents to safely enjoy the active beach lifestyle we all love and will not disturb the flow of traffic in and out of PB,” said Åbu Zahrah, adding, “This calls for a community celebration. More details on that to follow.” Mission Bay Crown Point is located on the peninsula in the middle of Mission Bay within biking and walking distance of Mission Beach and Pacific Beach. It is a coastal neighborhood for active adults and children with access to parks, beaches and boardwalks. 
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    Mothers and daughters in harmony for charity at MADCAPS show
    by SCOTT HOPKINS
    Feb 03, 2016 | 27360 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Members of MADCAPS rehearse musical numbers for the group's 56th annual music and dance show Thursday through Saturday, March 10 to 12, at Point Loma Nazarene University. Tickets for the popular performances go on sale Feb. 9.
    Members of MADCAPS rehearse musical numbers for the group's 56th annual music and dance show Thursday through Saturday, March 10 to 12, at Point Loma Nazarene University. Tickets for the popular performances go on sale Feb. 9.
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    One of the community's oldest organizations is preparing to stage its annual music and dance review involving a cast of hundreds of local teens. This is the 56th year that MADCAPS (Mothers and Daughters Club Assisting Philanthropies) has entertained audiences while raising funds for charities selected by the young ladies themselves. Months of rehearsals will culminate in "MADCAPS, in Harmony with San Diego," the theme of this year's show, to be staged Thursday through Saturday, March 10 to 12, at Brown Chapel on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University. Dozens of local young men are also featured in the production. Tickets for the popular show, which features singing, several types of dance and a farewell to graduating members, will go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 9, and range from $5 to $25 each. They can be purchased at sdmadcaps.org. "We are particularly excited about this year's theme," said Kate McKenzie, 2016 benefit communications chair of the group. "It focuses on our local community, where our boots are on the ground making a difference. An exciting new feature of the show is stage appearances by representatives of the philanthropies we support. This year, we are very pleased to welcome San Diego Habitat for Humanity, St. Vincent de Paul and San Diego Therapeutic Recreational Services to say a few words to our patrons." MADCAPS is also supporting an outreach to homeless kids led by PLNU and San Diego First Church by collecting items for kits to be distributed to those in need. Patrons are asked to bring items such as tube socks and small shampoo bottles. Community sponsors this year include Meguiar's Inc., Erin and Jim Schabarum, the Brick Youth Group of Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church and the MADCAPS Class of 2016. MADCAPS is a group of about 180 mothers and their daughters in grades 7 through 12 who live in the Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Mission Hills and Hillcrest areas. They provide direct services and donations to many area charitable organizations. Each year's new class selects charities to assist as they grow, contributing thousands of volunteer hours each year. Since its inception in 1960, the group has raised more than $828,000 in addition to the invaluable volunteer services of its members. All MADCAPS members also volunteer annually at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk and Autism Speaks. More information is available at the group website above or by contacting McKenzie at (619) 399-9839 or kate.mckenzie@cox.net.
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    El Niño takes a crack at Sunset Cliffs
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Feb 03, 2016 | 1622 views | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Large cracks have opened up at Sunset Cliffs near PNLU. Signs at Sunset Cliffs urge visitors to keep off unstable areas of the park. Photo by Jim Grant
    Large cracks have opened up at Sunset Cliffs near PNLU. Signs at Sunset Cliffs urge visitors to keep off unstable areas of the park. Photo by Jim Grant
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    Sunset Cliffs is on (a) crack. So much so that part of the Ocean Beach landform, which developed a sizable split beneath Point Loma Nazarene University during the last storm event, could come tumbling down. Perhaps soon, according to Prof. Pat Abbott. “The crack literally is wide enough to stick your arm in — if you dare,” said Abbott, a San Diego State University geology professor emeritus and author of a bestselling textbook, “Natural Disasters,” published by McGraw-Hill. “It looks to me like the crack is widening.” Noting cliff erosion is a natural process and that one of the forces at work, gravity, is “pulling every minute, every day,” Abbott said it's not a question of whether the cracked cliff section will one day fall but when. “It could happen any day of any year,” he said, asking, “At what instance does gravity win? A lot of times, it is not predictable. If we get a real good rainstorm that gets into that crack and causes it to open up a little bit more, it could put it past the point of no return.” Abbott noted ocean waves constantly pounding the cliffs, and especially high tides during the winter season and storm surges, factor into ongoing erosion of oceanside cliffs. Will there be any advance warning when the university cliff face gives way? “More than likely it will just fall without warning,” Abbott said. “When gravity is tired of pulling, it will be game over.” Sunset Cliffs, which straddles the Ocean Beach and Point Loma areas, is composed of two different landforms, according to Abbott. The geologist described the lower-level rock as “hard sandstone about 76 million years old,” adding, “It's compacted and cemented together.” “That older rock formed about 3,000 feet deep in the ocean is part of the uplift of the Peninsula caused by the Rose Canyon fault system,” Abbott said, adding that the upper, newer level of rock is much more loosely compacted and therefore much more susceptible to erosion. Concerning the potential threat of the cliff below the university falling, Abbott said that is a very real possibility, though he added, “The beach below PLNU is not heavily used, only used by surfers,” whom he said “might be walking under that cliff when it goes,” in which case, he added, “It would be a fatality. There is a fatality every few years.” The geology professor noted that it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to predict when an eroding landform, like the cliff at the university, will finally give way, though he noted the current El Niño may have something to do with that. “We expect some really big storms with big waves the next couple of months,” he said. “So there's a chance we'll have some cliff failures. It's the same every day. The odds may be higher, though, of this occurring during this couple-month period.”
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    February 04, 2016
    I'd really like to see where this fault runs on a map! Is it only the cliffs, or is it the whole peninsula that is crumbling?
    Mission Bay jetty tower lost in storm
    Feb 02, 2016 | 5781 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The Mission Bay channel  tower was ripped off the north jetty by huge waves during the Jan. 31 storm. / Photo by Jim Grant
    The Mission Bay channel tower was ripped off the north jetty by huge waves during the Jan. 31 storm. / Photo by Jim Grant
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    The 42-foot Mission Bay channel entrance marker tower was ripped off the north jetty by huge waves during the Jan. 31 storm. The tower, which had a navigational light, fog horn, and weather station on it, will need to be replaced by the Coast Guard. / Photo by Jim Grant
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    Get fit with Zumba while taking in views of Mission Beach
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jan 31, 2016 | 6312 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Instructor Julia de Luca leads a Monday evening Zumba class on the Coaster Terrace at Belmont Park.
    Instructor Julia de Luca leads a Monday evening Zumba class on the Coaster Terrace at Belmont Park.
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    Zumba enthusiasts are now doing their thing up on the roof at Belmont Park. Julia de Luca, an instructor in the popular, trendy dance fitness program, thought it would be a perfect locale for a workout with its panoramic views. The dance instructor, having previously worked at Belmont Park, noted that its Coaster Terrace was frequently unused on Monday nights and some weekends. “So I asked if I could use the room for Zumba, and they said OK. So we do it outside when weather allows,” de Luca said. The dance instructor noted Belmont is indeed the perfect, picturesque spot for aerobics up on the amusement park's second-story roof. “To the east, you've got the roller coaster, and to the west its the beach, sand and ocean,” she said. Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto (Beto) Perez during the 1990s that involves dance and aerobic elements. Its choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. Squats and lunges are also included. Zumba Fitness, the owner of the Zumba program, does not charge licensing fees to gyms or fitness centers who use it. Approximately 15 million people take weekly Zumba classes in more than 200,000 locations across 180 countries. “I've been dancing since the age of 4,” said de Luca, adding she's done all the “usual” dance forms — ballet, tap, jazz, a little bit of gymnastics. But when it comes to exercise, de Luca noted, “I don't like traditional workouts, running, jogging et cetera.” She said she became a convert to the Latin dance form incorporating fitness elements after taking a Zumba class from her boyfriend's mom. Though she found it strenuous, “I never sweated so much in my life,” de Luca pointed out. “You don't notice that you're actually working out because you're mostly having fun and listening to music and trying to keep up with the moves.” De Luca is now a certified Zumba instructor, having taken a required eight- to 10-hour course that teaches the basics in a manual. De Luca's classes are typically small, with 8 to 15 people participating. The cost is $10 a person per session. The hourlong sessions start out with 10 minutes of warm-up dancing to songs then proceed into a “40-minute, intense workout” with different choreographed dances with a fitness element before concluding with a “cool-down and stretch song.” A Realtor, de Luca noted Zumba is great because “it's another way of connecting with people.” She added she loves seeing people “come into the class a little tired or depressed” and enjoys “watching them leave with smiles.” She added that if you want exercise that's entertaining too, Zumba is for you. “It's just fast-paced, very upbeat music,” she said, noting that, though it's not peaceful like a yoga session, it is something you can use to clear your mind. “It's loud, but it's inspiring,” de Luca said, encouraging people to come out to Belmont and try it out. “Wear comfortable sneakers,” she advised. For more information, email juliavdeluca@gmail.com or visit juliadeluca7.zumba.com. Zumba Where: Coaster Terrace at Belmont Park. When: 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays Cost: $10 per session. Contact: juliavdeluca@gmail.com or juliadeluca7.zumba.com.
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