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    Mission Beach centennial celebration formally gets under way
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    Apr 03, 2014 | 10564 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Community leaders and civic club members unveiled this stunning momunent on March 22 to commemorate the rich, long history of Mission Beach in the first of a months-long series of gala events.     Courtesy photo
    Community leaders and civic club members unveiled this stunning momunent on March 22 to commemorate the rich, long history of Mission Beach in the first of a months-long series of gala events. Courtesy photo
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    Civic leaders were joined by Mayor Kevin Faulconer, left of podium, and Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman in a plaque dedication ceremony March 22 to commemorate the centennial of Mission Beach.     Courtesy photo
    Civic leaders were joined by Mayor Kevin Faulconer, left of podium, and Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman in a plaque dedication ceremony March 22 to commemorate the centennial of Mission Beach. Courtesy photo
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    The Mission Beach centennial celebrations continue with the Taste of Mission Beach event on Thursday, April 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. Eighteen restaurants in the community are participating, including The Mission, Rubicon Deli, Sandbar Sports Bar& Grill, Bahia Resort Hotel’s Café Bahia, and Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa’s The Atoll. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at six locations leading up to the event: Luigi’s at the Beach (3210 Mission Blvd.), Cheesy Express (3219 Mission Blvd.), Starkeys BBQ (3231 Mission Blvd.), Olive Café (805 Santa Clara Place), Saska’s Steak & Seafood (3768 Mission Blvd.), and Baked (735 Santa Clara Place). The Taste of Mission Beach has two starting locations, where tickets may be purchased. They are Wavehouse Beach Club (3125 Ocean Front Walk) and Saska’s Steak & Seafood. Transportation options include walking, biking, shuttles and riding the Bahia Belle sternwheeler between the Bahia and Catamaran hotels. Mission Beach’s Cheap Rentals will provide complimentary bicycles. The Taste of Mission Beach restaurants includes Wavehouse Beach Club, Luigi’s at the Beach, Cheesy Express, Starkey’s BBQ, Olive Café, Baked, Rosaria Pizza, Saska’s Steak & Seafood/Saska’s Sushi, Guava Beach, Chop Shop, Kojack’s, Swell Café, Freaky Good Gyros, The Mission, Rubicon Deli, Sandbar Sports Bar& Grill, Café Bahia, and The Atoll. Participants will receive a red wristband and a map with locations of the establishments and shuttle stops. Mission Beach centennial’s monthly events continue with a surf contest on May 17 and will culminate with a festival in September at Belmont Park. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.missionbeachcentennial.org.
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    Planners tackle issue of parking headaches
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Apr 03, 2014 | 1511 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The Pacific Beach Planning Group is forming a new committee to address the constant parking headaches in Pacific Beach. Among the options the committee is expected to explore greater encouragement of walking, biking, skating or riding transit options. Committee members said all options are on the table, and could even include the use of parking meters.
    The Pacific Beach Planning Group is forming a new committee to address the constant parking headaches in Pacific Beach. Among the options the committee is expected to explore greater encouragement of walking, biking, skating or riding transit options. Committee members said all options are on the table, and could even include the use of parking meters.
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    A new committee being formed by Pacific Beach Planning Group (PBPG) to study parking issues is hosting its first organizational meeting Thursday, April 17 at 6 p.m. at Discover Pacific Beach, 1503 Garnet Ave. The response to the parking committee’s formation has been so positive that the new group will be larger than expected, said Elvin Lai, president/CEO of Ocean Park Inn, Inc. at 710 Grand Ave., who is spearheading committee formation. “There are a total of 16 members, including myself,” said Lai, who is also president of Discover PB, the community’s business improvement district (BID). “We’re going to hit the ground running.” Formed in 1997, Discover PB is San Diego’s second largest BID, with 1,300 member businesses in Pacific and Mission beaches. “We had a lot of great candidates willing to volunteer,” said Lai of parking committee formation, adding the effort under way in Pacific and Mission beaches to create an eco-district promoting greener and more sustainable development is “really energizing” local residents. The new parking committee also includes Dan Mazzella of Discover PB; Chris Olson and Paul Falcone of PB Plan Group; Adam Meyer and Robert Citrano of PB Town Council; and residents-at-large Katie Matchett, Richard Walwood, Ambrose Wong, Devon Arnold, Paula Ferraco, John Shannon, Linda Tarke, Billy Ramirez, Gordon Frohlich and Greg Daunoras. “One criterion for moving the beaches forward was parking management,” said Lai, noting, “PB has a parking district already formed.” Lai said having a larger parking committee will be an advantage. “We wanted to make sure everybody was heard,” he said, adding that a bigger group means there will be “enough feedback and know-all. “The more people we have, the more opinions we’ll have, and the better sample size we can get,” Lai said, adding, “We’re always trying to find ways to better improve the business district in order to better serve the community.” The April 17 meeting is expected to be largely an informal, get-acquainted session, Lai said. “We’re going to discuss what the needs are in PB for parking and traffic management, figure out where we want to go,” he said. PB, he added, is likely to benefit from the experience of other California cities that have dealt with similar traffic management issues. “We have a lot of history on how other people have solved their problems, how it’s been done before,” Lai said. He noted that the “possibilities are endless” for what the parking committee can achieve. “Everything is going to be on the table” in terms of subject matter to be dealt with by the committee, he said. Olson joined the parking committee because he’s been involved in the issue since he chaired the PB Planning Group Parking Solutions forums in 1998.  “I’ve learned a few things over the years, so I think I can contribute from a historical perspective,” Olson said, adding, “The parking situation needs to get to a certain ‘pain threshold’ before people want to consider paid parking.” Olson agrees with San Diego planning director Bill Fulton that “We need to look at this as a system of multiple components rather than a single solution. I strongly believe that anything we can do to get people out of their cars and walking, biking, skating or riding some type of transit is a big component for a parking management system.” Mazzella said he volunteered to serve on the PB parking committee because there’s a need to develop a parking game plan. “Currently, there is no real parking or traffic plan in effect to mitigate the effects of traffic during the peak seasons,” Mazzella said. “I volunteered to help formulate a parking and traffic plan that will enhance the PB experience for homeowners, businesses and visitors. That can be done by creating more predictable traffic and parking patterns and expectations. The solution is to develop a plan for traffic and parking to reduce the chaotic effects of an impacted PB.”
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    Turnover is afoot as Green Flash is sold, China Inn shutters
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Apr 03, 2014 | 1550 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The Green Flash is under new ownership after being a staple in the beach community for years. Meanwhile, longtime owners of the China Inn on Hornblend Street have closed their doors. Photo by Dave Schwab
    The Green Flash is under new ownership after being a staple in the beach community for years. Meanwhile, longtime owners of the China Inn on Hornblend Street have closed their doors. Photo by Dave Schwab
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    China Inn, which has operated on Hornblend Street since 1988, has officially closed its doors. 		    Photo by Dave Schwab
    China Inn, which has operated on Hornblend Street since 1988, has officially closed its doors. Photo by Dave Schwab
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    The Pacific Beach restaurant scene is a lively one, with the menu always changing. One longtime staple, The Green Flash, at 701 Thomas Ave. on the boardwalk, recently changed ownership, and another, China Inn, at 877 Hornblend St., is history. Named for the green-spot optical phenomenon occurring just before or after sunset, The Green Flash has reportedly been sold by longtime owners the Gemora family to Michael Bezarra, who also owns Cabo Cantina and PB Cantina. Longtime China Inn owners Judy and Andy Kim closed shop after losing their lease on March 31. The Kims said they will be going on a deserved vacation before returning and possibly relocating to an as-yet-to-be-determined spot. “We’re going to take a rest; we’d like to reopen at some point,” said Judy Kim. “We have no plans right now.” According to The Green Flash website, the restaurant as presently configured opened in 1965 as Armando’s Snack Bar. “I remember it as a beach café, with beach rentals out front and a take-out window,” longtime PB resident Marcie Beckett said. Reincarnated as The Green Flash in 1990, another popular eatery, World Famous, operated in that spot for some years before 1990. World Famous moved to its present location, 711 Pacific Beach Drive, displaced by Armando Gamora and The Green Flash. China Inn as owned by the Kims opened in 1988. Previous tenants on the site, according to the Pacific Beach Historical Society newsletter, were Larry Waibel, who opened Waibel’s restaurant in 1954, and Copper Skillett, which took over in 1975. “This is a favorite spot for longtime residents, and it will be greatly missed,” Beckett said, noting the restaurant serving mandarin cuisine is an institution, part of the community’s fabric. “My extended family has been going there regularly for as long as it has been in operation,” she said.  Beckett said some in PB fear the new owner will turn Green Flash into an oceanfront version of Cabo Cantina/PB Cantina.  “The (Gemora) alcohol license was issued many years ago and likely has few if any conditions, which means it is very valuable, because it can be used to sell full spirits from 6 a.m. until 2 am. with very few restrictions,” Beckett said. The restaurant is presently open between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Tom Frost, a  fourth-generation Pacific Beach resident and owner of Pacific Beach Properties, which owns the Beach Cottages Motel, at 4255 Ocean Blvd. next door to Green Flash, cautioned people against jumping to conclusions about the new restaurant’s owners or their intentions. Frost noted The Green Flash is well known for its somewhat “upscale seafood” cuisine and for catering to locals and tourists alike. “When you have so few tables, no parking, and you’re successful — that means you’re doing something right,” Frost said of Green Flash’s success. Noting the beach alcohol ban has been a real “game changer” for beach businesses and how they operate, Frost noted that “the change of (no) drinking on the beach was a good change, putting drinking in the bars, which is better than on the beach.” He cautioned that “a delicate balance” needs to struck between “noisy” bars and “quiet” hotels in the touristy beachfront neighborhood. “We’re trying to find that balance,” Frost said, noting a “higher level of activity” is needed on the boardwalk to keep it vibrant. “Otherwise, people won’t come here,” he said, adding that “to some degree you need to maintain excitement at the beach.” The Beach & Bay Press was unable to reach Bezarra or his firm for comment on their future plans for The Green Flash.
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    Crew Classic again set to power across Mission Bay to pit college powerhouses
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    Apr 03, 2014 | 1303 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Rowers from 125 universities, clubs and high schools from across the U.S. and the world will power across Mission Bay on April 5-6 to demonstrate their competitive prowess. This year, a new entry from Hong Kong will be among those competitors. 				                                Courtesy photo
    Rowers from 125 universities, clubs and high schools from across the U.S. and the world will power across Mission Bay on April 5-6 to demonstrate their competitive prowess. This year, a new entry from Hong Kong will be among those competitors. Courtesy photo
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    The 41st annual San Diego Crew Classic, set for April 5-6  at Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay, will include a new collegiate entry this year from Hong Kong. Racing as the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club University (RHKYC), top athletes selected from seven Hong Kong universities with rowing programs will compete for the first time in an international competition. “We’re really excited to welcome these young athletes from Hong Kong to San Diego for the Crew Classic,” said Darlene Disney, executive director of the San Diego Crew Classic. “They will join almost 4,400 other athletes from more than 125 universities, clubs and high schools from across the United States, as well as the world, to participate in our legendary, premier spring regatta,” she said.  The RHKYC has been the primary driving force behind rowing in Hong Kong, which dates back to the mid-1800s. One of RHKYC’s latest initiatives is called the University Elite Program (UEP). This program was created as a way to help bring university rowing in Hong Kong to a higher level. To help bridge the gap between university and club rowers and introduce collegiate rowers to the Masters level, UEP created a membership level to allow university athletes to participate in and for the RHKYC. As UEP is a neutral body within the university community and has pedigree coaching, it was perfectly suited to launch this program — the first of its kind in Hong Kong. “Rowing in Hong Kong, which has an independent system from mainland China, is exploding, and these athletes have made amazing strides,” said Sean Hall, elite rowing coach at RHKYC. “There are seven active universities that have rowing programs. Being at the San Diego Crew Classic will certainly be a springboard to their programs and provide these athletes with a new experience competing against the best rowers in the United States,” he said.  Men and women, chosen from the following universities, have trained together to compete at the San Diego Crew Classic: Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK); University of Hong Kong (HKU); Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU); Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU); Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST); Lingnan University; and City University of Hong Kong (CityU).  Thanks to the generosity of a single sponsor from Hong Kong more than 40 athletes will travel to the US. The RHKYC team will enter men’s and women’s collegiate eights as well as a Masters and Club Crew as part of this two-day, nationally acclaimed regatta for juniors, collegiate, masters and even Olympic-level competitors, set in the picturesque waters, sandy shores and green lawns of Mission Bay Park.  Racing is tentatively scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. each day. The racing action continues until about 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and about 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Jessop-Whittier Cup heats begin early in the morning on Saturday, April 5, followed by the Copley Cup heats. The Jessop-Whittier Cup final is set for Sunday morning, followed by the Copley Cup final. Winning crews in 2013 for these two coveted collegiate trophies were California in the Copley Cup (men) for their 12th overall; and USC, who took the Jessop-Whittier Cup (women) for their third straight win and fifth title since 2007.  Tickets for the 2014 San Diego Crew Classic can be purchased in advance at crewclassic.org.  Admission is free for active military with ID and for children under 12 years of age. Paid parking is available at Crown Point Shores. There is free parking at Ski Beach, off Ingraham Street and across from the entrance to Paradise Point Resort, with free shuttle service to the regatta. For more information about the 41st annual San Diego Crew Classic, contact Rick Schloss at rickschlosspr@aol.com or (619) 708-6007 or visit crewclassic.org. This site includes information for competitors and spectators, as well as the race schedule/results.
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    PB Girl Scouts help ‘Finish Chelsea’s Run’ in Balboa Park
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    Apr 03, 2014 | 1000 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Pacific Beach Girl Scout Troop 3811 was front and center at the starting line for the March 1 “Finish Chelsea’s Run” event in Balboa Park to raise funds for a scholarship foundation in memory of murder victim Chelsea King. An estimated 7,000 participants took part in the event. Courtesy photo
    Pacific Beach Girl Scout Troop 3811 was front and center at the starting line for the March 1 “Finish Chelsea’s Run” event in Balboa Park to raise funds for a scholarship foundation in memory of murder victim Chelsea King. An estimated 7,000 participants took part in the event. Courtesy photo
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    Girl Scouts San Diego Board Chairwoman Debbie Rider and Junior Troop 3811 were among nearly 7,000 participants who filled Balboa Park during the annual “Finish Chelsea’s Run” event in Partnership with Girl Scouts. March 1 was a day to honor the memory of Chelsea King, a former Girl Scout who was tragically murdered. Following two days of stormy weather, the skies cleared and the sun came out just in time for the start of the 5K competitive race and 1-mile shortcut. Rain showers later in the morning — during a surprise flash mob performance to a lively reggae tune — simply added to the upbeat mood. The event also included a community festival with a live band, face painting and other family-friendly attractions, like STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities led by teen Girl Scouts. This is the first time Girl Scouts have co-hosted the run/walk and the fourth year San Diegans have gathered to remember Chelsea, whose life was cut short at the age of 17 while out jogging. She was an avid runner and community volunteer who loved Balboa Park. Proceeds from the 2014 event will benefit Chelsea’s Light Foundation’s Sunflower Scholarship Fund, educate the public about Chelsea’s Law and support Girl Scouting. For more information, visit www.chelseaslight.org or www.sdgirlscouts.org.
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