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    Miss Cabrillo 2015 crowned in Point Loma
    Mar 30, 2015 | 188 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Miss Cabrillo 2015 Emesha Maklory (right) crowned in Point Loma. / Photo by Lori Neshovska
    Miss Cabrillo 2015 Emesha Maklory (right) crowned in Point Loma. / Photo by Lori Neshovska
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    Emesha Maklory (right) was named Miss Cabrillo 2015 on Sunday, March 29, at the United Portuguese S.E.S. Hall in Point Loma. Miss Cabrillo 2014 Jocelyn Neves (left) passed the crown (and flowers) onto Maklory at the pageant.
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    Point Loma students speak out against SeaWorld's orca shows; school board passes resolution calling for animal sanctuaries
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Mar 29, 2015 | 2485 views | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    PLHS students speak to the school board.
    PLHS students speak to the school board.
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    Attempts to persuade SeaWorld San Diego to change its business model eliminating orca shows was rejoined recently as Point Loma High School (PLHS) students supported the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) board, which unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for SeaWorld to explore animal sanctuaries for its marine mammal entertainers. This renouncement of SeaWorld from the school board comes during the theme park's recent national advertising campaign trying to improve its image. Coincidentally, the San Diego school board's resolution also comes on the heels of a book released from former SeaWorld trainer John Hargrove, which condemns the theme park's actions with and treatment of its orcas. Last week in San Diego, four 16-year-old high school juniors from the Cinematic Arts Program at PLHS spoke in behalf of the resolution proposed by school board members Kevin Beiser and Richard Barrera asking SeaWorld to explore animal sanctuaries. Animal rights groups such as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), have been campaigning for months asking SeaWorld to consider changing its business model. They want the marine park to drop live marine mammal shows altogether, which some allege are exploiting animals commercially, in favor of creating as-yet-undefined “sanctuaries,” where marine mammals could be exhibited by SeaWorld patrons in their natural environment, but where mammals would not be compelled to perform in choreographed shows. “I am proud to say although my students were greatly outnumbered, they were victorious in securing a controversial unanimous vote on a resolution Supporting Educational Opportunities for Students on the Human Treatment of Animals,” said Anthony Palmiotto, PLHS cinematic arts advisor. “This resolution comes on the heels of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus announcing their plan to phase out elephant acts over the next few years.” Palmiotto said the question now is, will the SDUSD resolution proposed by Beiser and Barrera, and unanimously passed by the school board, help influence SeaWorld to do the same for their animal acts? “The students from my class think so,” Palmiotto said. PLHS students spoke on their own behalf. “As I grew up I realized animals were being exploited just for our entertainment,” said PLHS junior Lavonniee Pyant. “To know that there is more of a social awareness spreading around the exploitation of animals in the entertainment industry is great. Getting the opportunity to speak for the animals at the school board meeting was extremely rewarding.” “I really enjoyed being able to speak on behalf of the many animals that are unjustly treated in the entertainment industry,” said PLHS junior D’Anna Abril. “I've had the opportunity to visit tiger temples and elephant sanctuaries in Thailand that don't have animal acts and I felt it was time for SeaWorld to change. I really just wanted to stand up for those who couldn't and let their voices and mine be heard.” “I believe animals should be treated with the same respect as any human being,” said Alex Allen, a PLHS junior. “Looking for alternatives for animal shows is crucial not just because people have come to realize the extent to which the trainers abuse the creatures, but also because we are evolving as a society. That evolution needs to evolve to favor all creatures, not just ourselves.” “We are taught that we need to stand up for those who cannot do it for themselves, but when did we decide that this idea only applies to humans?” asked Logan Leising. “We need to wake up. To know that there were so many others like me, was a true pleasure, and I am incredibly honored to have had the opportunity to speak for the animals. And I was even more pleased to hear that the school board supported the resolution.” At the school board hearing, the PLHS students’ opposition was SeaWorld San Diego president John T. Reilly and two-dozen staff members of the park and their families. SeaWorld’s answer to animal-rights activists’ charges that its killer whale exhibit amounts to commercial exploitation came Aug. 15 when the theme park announced plans to nearly double the size of its existing San Diego orca environment. SeaWorld’s blue world project calls for the construction of a 10-million-gallon tank environment, set to open to the public in 2018. Marine park officials said the 50-foot deep exhibit, with a 1.5-acre surface area, is expected to give guests more access to views of killer whales underwater and would allow the animals increased engagement with park experts. Plans for the tanks also include a “fast-water current,” which would allow the orcas to swim against moving water. “Through up-close and personal encounters, the new environment will transform how visitors experience killer whales,’” said SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. president and CEO Jim Atchison. “Our guests will be able to walk alongside the whales as if they were at the shore, watch them interact at the depths found in the ocean or get a birds-eye view from above.’’ SeaWorld Entertainment has also pledged $10 million in matching funds for killer whale research and plans a ”multi-million dollar partnership” to focus on ocean health, company officials said. The research includes projects to understand killer whales’ hearing ranges and gain information on their nutritional status and reproduction.
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    This is such a bunch of useless hype, this "doubling the size" of the orca tanks.

    It's like moving them from a cupboard to a walk in closet. These creatures swim hundreds of miles. Mission Bay might be a decent enclosure if you could block it off, but while the tank size in millions of gallons sounds impressive, look at the size of the intelligent animals they are imprisoning.

    Larger tanks, not an acceptable solution!
    Sea lion strandings on San Diego beaches reach record numbers
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Mar 26, 2015 | 5945 views | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Rescued sea lions housed at SeaWorld in Mission Bay. / Photo by Dave Schwab
    Rescued sea lions housed at SeaWorld in Mission Bay. / Photo by Dave Schwab
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    A surprising influx of malnourished and dehydrated sea lions has SeaWorld San Diego and its trainers working overtime to nurse them back to health before returning them to the wild. More than 550 marine mammals have been rescued so far in 2015, which is more than double the usual number, said SeaWorld spokesman David Koontz. “We saw sea lion pups coming in in December weaned by their mothers months earlier than normal,” Koontz said. “They were coming in very emaciated, 18 to 20 pounds as opposed to (normal) 35 pounds or more, only a few pounds above their birth weight. They’ve been very malnourished and in some cases, bags of bones.” In response, SeaWorld temporarily suspended its popular sea lion and otter show for a few weeks so trainers could assist with the park’s marine mammal rescue and rehabilitative efforts. SeaWorld has resumed its regular sea lion and otter show as of today (March 26) in Sea Lion and Otter Stadium. The informational presentations lasting 15 to 20 minutes include segments helping park guests better understand how SeaWorld rescues and rehabilitates marine mammals to give them a second chance at life. The presentations also give visitors insight into how SeaWorld cares for and trains its sea lions. On March 20, Beach & Bay Press got a behind-the-scenes peek at painstaking efforts to physically stabilize the condition of marine mammals and then build them back to health. After the sea lions receive four to eight weeks of time- and worker-intensive rehabilitation, the trainers prepare the mammals for a return to the ocean. “While we continue to rescue a record number of marine mammals this year, over the past several days, we’ve seen the average number of daily rescues decrease slightly, and we’ve hired some additional rescue staff,” said Mike Scarpuzzi, SeaWorld’s vice president of zoological operations. “Although we will continue to keep some of our sea lion and otter trainers in our Animal Rescue Center, we’ve been able to bring a few back to Sea Lion and Otter Stadium,” he said. The condition of many sea lions, particularly those rescued early on, has been so poor that they’ve had to be force fed and actually retrained to eat, Koontz said. “These pups have not eaten for a while, so their systems have kind of shut down: They can’t eat whole fish,” he said. “It’s a double-whammy because they also get much of their water from fish, so they’re also coming in dehydrated.” SeaWorld San Diego has rescued a record 570 marine mammals (with 549 of those being sea lions) so far this year. The park has also donated $25,000 to other California rescue centers to assist them with the daunting task of rescuing and rehabilitating more than 1,800 stranded sea lion pups this year along the state’s coast. During the 2:45 p.m. sea lion interim show on March 20, SeaWorld trainer Kelly Punner said, “530 marine mammals, double what we usually rescue in an entire year,” have already been recovered. She noted lack of anchovies and sardines in the ocean are causing sea lion mothers to be away from their pups longer to gather food, noting that the low food supplies are also causing mothers to wean their pups “much sooner than they usually would.” A couple of sea lions in the show, in fact, were rescued and rehabbed by SeaWorld. Efforts to repatriate them back to the ocean proved unsuccessful, so they were “recruited” and trained to join one of the park’s live marine mammal shows. SeaWorld seal lion trainer George Villa pointed out there are “many theories” as to why sea lions and other marine mammals are being stranded in such large numbers. Adding scientists are researching “the conditions that led to that,” Villa said, “We do know there’s been a shortage of the (bait) fish, sardines and anchovies, that they feed on.” In the meantime, Villa noted rehabilitating sick and dying marine mammals “is our priority right now.” Recuperating in holding pens behind the park’s seal and otter stadium, sea lions, in various stages of recovery, were being ministered to. Trainers and staff were physically restraining animals, while tubes were being inserted into their stomachs, and pumps were used to interject life-giving fluids to newly rescued marine mammals. Those “patients” were also being given vitamins and medicine to improve their health and get them back to eating whole fish. As the condition of recovering sea lions improves, they are then “upgraded” to groupings of marine mammals requiring less and less intensive care, before eventually being repatriated back to the ocean. “Sea lions that are not lethargic, that are a little more vocal, a little more feisty — we really want to see that,” said Koontz, about how trainers can read the improving condition of marine mammals under their care. Scarpuzzi said the sea lion and otter show will resume once the sea lion crisis abates. “We will assess our personnel requirements weekly, and continue to augment our rescue team with sea lion trainers until we are confident they are no longer needed to assist with our rescue efforts,” he said. “Only when we have the appropriate number of trainers back at sea lion and otter stadium will we restart our 'Sea Lions Live' show.”
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    March 27, 2015
    Is there any point, beyond generating some good PR, for rehabbing animals and then releasing them back into the environment that couldn't sustain them in the first place?

    They're not starving because they're unskilled hunters. They're starving because there's no prey for them to hunt.

    In the 60s, there were 30,000 sea lions living on the west coast. Now there are over 300,000. It's seriously out of whack since we exterminated the sharks that feed on them, and initiated the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

    So Sea World feeds 'em up, releases them to fanfare, gets some good buzz going. Meanwhile the sea lion is right back out in the wasteland, beginning to starve again.

    How is that humane?
    Back in time: Airport exhibit fetes Balboa Park centennial
    Mar 25, 2015 | 4484 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The so-called 'electriquettes' shuttled people around Balboa Park's 1915 exposition. PHOTO FROM SAN DIEGO METRO
    The so-called 'electriquettes' shuttled people around Balboa Park's 1915 exposition. PHOTO FROM SAN DIEGO METRO
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    Officials at San Diego International Airport on March 24 unveiled a yearlong exhibition of public art that celebrates the centennial of Balboa Park. “Balboa Park & the City: Celebrating San Diego’s Panama-California Exposition” is the largest temporary art exhibit ever at Lindbergh Field, according to airport officials. “With 30 installations spread among all three terminals, the exhibition offers a truly immersive experience that takes you back in time,” said Thella Bowens, president and CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. The exhibition includes original artwork and historic images, collectibles and artifacts from the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, which gave San Diego its first major international exposure. The display, which went up on March 23, includes historic photographs and large-format postcards that document the history, landscape and architecture of the park. Ten local artists donated original work that is representative of or inspired by Balboa Park and the city of San Diego. The exhibition’s images include historic photographs and postcards presented in large format documenting the unique history, landscape and architecture of the Park. The Art Program solicited original artwork that is representative of or inspired by Balboa Park and the city of San Diego from local artists. Ten participants were selected to exhibit their work based on their aesthetic and creative representation of the Park and unique use of media. Exhibition highlights include: • A replica of the famous wicker “Electriquette,” which transported fairgoers at the 1915 Exposition; • Lighting designs by Jim Gibson, inspired by the ornate fixtures at the 1935 Exposition; and • Original works by Guillermo Acevedo, a celebrated illustrator and documentarian of San Diego’s landmarks and historic sites. — City News Service, San Diego Metro
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    Hillside Improvement Project to improve trails at Sunset Cliffs
    by ROSAMARIA ACUNA
    Mar 21, 2015 | 2433 views | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Sunset Cliffs Natural Park in Point Loma. / Photo by Jim Grant
    Sunset Cliffs Natural Park in Point Loma. / Photo by Jim Grant
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    Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, a 68-acre resource-based park stretching one and a half miles along the Pacific Ocean shoreline on the western edge of Point Loma, is one of San Diego County’s wondrous sites and perhaps San Diego’s best-kept secret. On the ocean side of Point Loma, the 18-acre linear park follows Sunset Cliffs Boulevard from Adair Street along the coastal bluffs past such landmarks as Cormorant Rock to Ladera Street. Along the way, there are several parking areas that allow for breathtaking ocean views, carved coastal bluffs, arches and sea caves. Flocks of pelicans soar along the bluffs and California gray whales can often be seen during their annual migration to Baja California. The spectacular sunset views give the area its name. But, the park is more than just grand vistas. Enter the main hillside park at the Ladera Street parking lot. This 50-acre section is a designated multiple-species conservation area. Just south of the lot, there is a two-acre native plant garden with more than 50 native plant species of cacti, succulents, shrubs and a number of Torrey pine trees that have been added since the restoration effort started in 2005. Sunset Cliffs resident David Kimball, a member of the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council, leads the native plant garden project. Kimball organizes and supervises volunteers, including students from Point Loma Nazarene University, who assist in the planting and maintenance of the native garden. Native habitat restoration is about to get a major boost as contracted work will soon begin on the Hillside Improvement Project, a California Conservancy grant project with matching funds from the city and a private donor. The project involves work on pedestrian trails, removal of incompatible elements and revegetating the site with selected plants. The two-acre native plant garden illustrates what the 50-acre Hillside Project expects to achieve. At its peak in April, many of the early flowering plants are in bloom with others that will progressively bloom into the fall. Take a stroll to see their beauty as well as observe the many birds and other small animals that flourish in the natural habitat. To learn more, visit www.sunsetcliffs.info.
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    I wish I could agree with Ms. Acuna here. This project has gone on so long and really has not been productive. I appreciate the fact that they enjoy the work there but a natural habitat evolves over time. Going out an manually watering the environment makes this a mere glorified garden for a select group of residents. Also if Ms. Swanson and her elitist friends cared they would not have pushed out PLNU from the softball park. They were taking care of it and it was a great place to go. Now it is just a dust field with people running there dogs. They could have at least made it legal to run your dog there off leash. So they are really using this for their own pleasure....very sad.
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