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    Egg-citement builds for Easter festivities
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Apr 16, 2014 | 3091 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    he Easter Bunny is scheduled to make an appearance at Belmont Park on Easter Sunday, April 20, during the second annual Easter egg hunt on the beach. He will take photos with children and their families.                          Courtesy photo Belmont Park
    he Easter Bunny is scheduled to make an appearance at Belmont Park on Easter Sunday, April 20, during the second annual Easter egg hunt on the beach. He will take photos with children and their families. Courtesy photo Belmont Park
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    Children race for coveted Easter eggs at last year’s Belmont Park Easter Egg Hunt at the Beach event. 			            Courtesy photo Belmont Park
    Children race for coveted Easter eggs at last year’s Belmont Park Easter Egg Hunt at the Beach event. Courtesy photo Belmont Park
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    Pacific Beach and Mission Beach residents will have a multitude of events and activities to look forward to during the Easter weekend celebration — including an Easter egg hunt at the beach and other community offerings. Among the more notable events is the second annual Easter egg hunt on the beach at Belmont Park, which returns by popular demand. Belmont Park will stage the egg hunt on the sand, as well as within the park itself. Organizers said there will be more prizes and fun this year. The Easter egg hunt is planned for Sunday, April 20, beginning at 9 a.m. Eggs will be filled with candy and vouchers for single rides, single attractions and other Belmont Park goodies. Up for grabs during each hunt will also be “golden eggs” that feature unlimited ride passes, free days at the park and one egg filled with one free birthday party. The cost is $5 per child. Children must be registered online prior to the hunt at www.belmontpark.com.easter. Because of the popularity of this hunt last year, the event will be broken up by age group to allow more available spots: • 9 a.m.: Up to 3 years old • 10 a.m.: 4-5 years old • 11 a.m.: 6-8 years old • Noon: 9-12 years old The hunt in the park begins at noon and will go until supplies last. This portion of the egg hunt is free to children. Guests will “hop” from store to store, collecting eggs from various stops in the park like The Coaster Museum, the arcade, various midway games, The Sweet Shoppe and Sun Diego. The Easter Bunny will be around for pictures from 2 to 4 p.m. to greet guests, and a Belmont Park photographer will be onsite to capture the memories. Belmont Park is located at 3146 Mission Blvd. For more information on the Easter egg hunt or Belmont Park in general, visit www.belmontpark.com/easter. PACIFIC BEACH EVENTS • The Pacific Beach Recreation Center will host an Easter egg hunt April 19 at 10 a.m. The rec center is located at 1405 Diamond St. For more information, call (858) 581-9927. • Christ Lutheran Church will host an Easter Sunrise Service at the beach at the foot of Law Street on Easter Sunday, April 20 at 6 a.m. This will be followed by an Easter egg hunt at 10:15 a.m. For more information, call (858) 483-2300, or visit www.christpb.org. • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will host an Easter Sunrise Service at at Santa Clara Point at 6 a.m. For more information, call (858) 272-6363, or visit stpaulspb.com. IN THE AREA • The Kiwanis Club of Point Loma will again present an ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service at the Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive in Point Loma, on Sunday, April 20 in the lower parking lot. This year’s service marks the 65th consecutive year the club has presented the service. Speakers this year include Capt. Scott Adams, commanding officer, Naval Base Point Loma; Gary Jander, immediate past governor, Kiwanis CalNevHa District; and Doug Beckham, past lieutenant governor, Kiwanis Division 21. Chaplain Jerome Hinson of the Third Fleet will conduct the service. The Navy Band Southwest will provide pre-service patriotic music, and the Naval Base Point Loma Color Guard will open the ceremony. Soloist Jojo Ito and accompanist Brent Johnson will be featured. National Park Service visitor and parking fees are not in effect for the Easter Sunrise Service. Coffee, tea and pastries will be served immediately following the services. For more information, visit www.kiwanispointloma.org.
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    Pushing a world-class recording studio in PB
    by BART MENDOZA
    Apr 16, 2014 | 773 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Grammy Award-winning producer Alan Sanderson, owner of Pacific Beat Recording studio on Turquoise Street, believes his studio will attract some of the biggest names in entertainment because of the appeal of Pacific Beach. 
                                                                            Photo by Bart Mendoza
    Grammy Award-winning producer Alan Sanderson, owner of Pacific Beat Recording studio on Turquoise Street, believes his studio will attract some of the biggest names in entertainment because of the appeal of Pacific Beach. Photo by Bart Mendoza
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    San Diego’s music community has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years, and nowhere is this more evident than in the businesses that have been established surrounding the performers themselves. Of particular note has been the number of world-class studios that have opened up. There’s a reason artists from U2 to Keith Richards have spent time in San Diego for recording sessions. The newest location to open up is also one of the longest running — Pacific Beat Recording (926 Turquoise St.). The room opened in 1974 as Seacoast Studios and has had several owners in the years since. It is now owned by Grammy Award-winning producer and engineer Alan Sanderson. Working behind the board for such artists as Fleetwood Mac, Elton John and Madonna, Sanderson has spent time in many of San Diego’s and Los Angeles’s best studios. But now, after 20 years of nomadic recording, he has a place of his own. While he said he’s pleased with the work he’s produced at other rooms, Pacific Beat’s address is what held the biggest appeal. Although the bulk of Anderson’s clients will be local, he hopes to attract major-label attention. “Location is everything. Most of the San Diego studios that I’ve worked at are in business parks. Why would someone want to record someplace like that when they could be in, for example, Hollywood? So, here, we have a centrally located room in close proximity to the beach. It’s got a great vibe.” Sanderson said Pacific Beat’s proximity to the airport and major music venues is a plus. “It’s great when a chosen studio is just a hop, skip and a jump for an artist to get to. That’s especially important, as a lot of times recording is scheduled when a performer is on tour.” In 2005, he worked with Keith Richards and Toots Hibbert (of reggae icons Toots and the Maytals), when the Rolling Stones stopped in town for a show at Petco Park. “I had to put the whole together in two days, but what I think surprised Keith the most is that he had to drive to Rancho Bernardo from downtown San Diego to do the session.” At 1,050 square feet, Pacific Beat is smaller than some of the areas other major studios, which, depending on amenities, can even include living accommodations. “This is manageable,” Sanderson said. “There’s a lot of overhead on a 3,000-square-foot room,” he said. “This is perfect. It’s got a nice feel to it. It’s a comfortable room for the artists.” It’s been widely reported that the music business in general is in a downward spiral, but Sanderson sees things as pluses and minuses. “Budgets aren’t what they used to be. But, on the other hand, a lot more people are recording. There are also a lot more studios around, so doing a project is a lot more affordable these days,” he said. Having spent time over the last few years working in Africa and Brazil, he said San Diego’s music scene is healthy. He’s an enthusiastic supporter, citing a range of notable locals from 15-year-old Jason Mraz protégé Cody Lovass to legendary tunesmith Jack Tempchin as indicative of the area’s burgeoning pool of talent. “There’s a lot of great talent in this town and the great weather helps to keep it happening year round,” he said. Though he still works on projects around the world, Sanderson is happy to have his own home base. “I’ve done a lot of traveling,” he said. “But I always keep coming back because San Diego is, as we know, paradise on earth.”
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    Sip ’N’ Stroll event to showcase all that North Pacific Beach has to offer
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Apr 16, 2014 | 519 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A bigger and better installment of the second annual Sip ’N’ Stroll social event is now in the works for August to showcase all that North Pacific Beach has to offer on an intimate scale.
    A bigger and better installment of the second annual Sip ’N’ Stroll social event is now in the works for August to showcase all that North Pacific Beach has to offer on an intimate scale.
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    Last year’s inaugural North PB Sip ’N’ Stroll business street fair was so successful that organizers held a workshop recently to solicit public input on how to make this year’s second annual event on Aug. 3 even better. Locals turned out at event presenter Turquoise Cellars at 5026 Cass St. on April 14 to discuss what worked — and didn’t — at the initial event that showcased products and services from businesses in North Pacific Beach. North Pacific Beach is loosely defined as the area of the beach community north of the Grand and Garnet avenues commercial district, bounded by Felspar Street on the south, Turquoise Street on the north, Mission Boulevard on the west and Ingraham Street on the east. “We wanted the community to be even more involved this year,” said event organizer Mike Spangler of Spangler Event Productions. Spangler said the objective of this month’s public meeting was to “get more feedback on how we can get more local businesses involved.” He said the business street fair is intended to have a “truly neighborhood focus.” Conceptually, Sip ’N’ Stroll is an attempt by North Pacific Beach to distinguish itself from the rest of the community by establishing a unique identity. As a result, the event was created to merge the “sip” of wine tasting at Turquoise Cellars with a “stroll” down a family-friendly, business-marketing street fair. Spangler said it is his hope that Sip ’N’ Stroll will continue to be a very “hyperlocal, grass-roots effort,” promoting both brick-and-mortar and at-home local businesses in accounting, financial services, digital marketing and numerous other growing fields. There is room for the event to grow, Spangler said. “We want it to grow in participation, get more PB businesses to be involved and really come down and market themselves,” he said. Sip ’N’ Stroll 2013 is sponsored by the Pacific Beach Town Council and supported by the Discover PB Business Improvement District. For more information, visit www.spanglereventproductions.com.
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    Veteran lifeguard tapped to finish Faulconer’s term
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Apr 09, 2014 | 12822 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    ED HARRIS
    ED HARRIS
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    It took two ballot rounds for the San Diego City Council to select Point Loma resident Ed Harris, a longtime lifeguard and former Marine, to fill the District 2 seat vacated by now-mayor Kevin Faulconer over the next eight months. “There were numerous highly qualified and inspiring candidates in the field, and I’m very humbled by the council’s decision,” said Harris after his April 7 appointment. “I look forward to working directly with community leaders to strengthen District 2 neighborhoods.” The diverse field of candidates for the temporary District 2 post included a TV producer, a retired judge, a disabled-persons advocate, an attorney and an architect, among others. Harris was immediately sworn in after being selected by the council. His candidacy drew the support of councilmembers Sherri Lightner, David Alvarez, Mark Kersey, Scott Sherman and Lorie Zapf, who will run to become the next full-term District 2 councilmember in the June primary. In appointing Harris, who is head of the city’s lifeguard union, his council supporters said they were familiar — and comfortable — with his leadership style. “I support Ed Harris,” said Alvarez. “He really has the ability to get things done and that’s what it’s going to take. He’s well prepared to take the job. Ed is the right choice today.” Lightner agreed. “I am supporting Ed Harris because I have known and worked closely with him for the past six years and believe he is best suited to come in and hit the ground running as a councilman,” she said. District 9 Councilwoman Marti Emerald was of like mind. “Ed Harris is a hero, flat out, a U.S. Marine, a lifeguard who puts his life on the line every time the bell rings, and he’s been an incredible partner here at the city,” she said. Other candidates receiving votes to fill the temporary District 2 seat were: Chris Cramer, CEO and co-founder of Karl Strauss Brewing Company; Gretchen Kinney Newsom of LeSar Development Consultants, which works with the chronic homeless; and Howard Wayne, a deputy attorney general and former three-term state assemblyman. All 17 candidates had three minutes to address the council and present their qualifications. Harris told the council that protecting the safety of the public and the environment topped his priority list. “I know how to work with labor and managed the city’s most fiscally responsive department (lifeguards),” Harris said, adding he’s worked to set up and administer Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) set aside along San Diego’s coastline to protect fish species in no-take areas allowing them to repopulate. Also a Point Loma soccer coach, Harris started a real-estate investment company in 2002 and has purchased and renovated Ocean Beach and Point Loma properties for nearly two decades. He said he understands “the business perspective and the need to improve small business in the city of San Diego.” He said he’s a renewable energy proponent. His home is totally solar-powered. “I believe renewable energy starts in your backyard,” he said. A 25-year resident of District 2, Harris became a San Diego lifeguard in 1989 after serving in the Marine Corps. His most current post was as a lifeguard sergeant and a dive-team supervisor answering high-profile emergency calls. Harris said he initiated a deal with Toyota for 34 new lifeguard vehicles that saved the city $1.1million. He is also a member of the Livable Streets Coalition, striving to make San Diego a more walkable and bike-friendly city. He also started the annual “Fill the Fin” campaign in 2011 to raise money for swim programs in San Diego’s poorest neighborhoods. “As City Council representative, I will be the ‘voice for the coast’ at San Diego City Hall,” said Harris in his council application. Harris will be the District 2 representative until that district’s newly elected councilmember is seated on Dec. 8 or Dec. 10.
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    Beach lifesavers ask for budgetary boost for staffing, equipment needs
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Apr 09, 2014 | 1162 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The city’s Lifeguard Services is looking to boost its budget over the next five years to, among other things, bolster staff, maintenance and equipmentl in Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, South Mission Beach, Windansea and Mission Bay.        Photo by Jim Grant
    The city’s Lifeguard Services is looking to boost its budget over the next five years to, among other things, bolster staff, maintenance and equipmentl in Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, South Mission Beach, Windansea and Mission Bay. Photo by Jim Grant
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    The lifeguards responsible for the lives of 20 million-plus beachgoers along San Diego’s 17-mile coast who made more than 5,000 water rescues in 2013 are asking for a little more than $5 million over the next five years from the city during budget deliberations. “The main thing is to look ahead and have a plan ready so that, as funding is available, we know where we want to be (operationally) and can act on those opportunities,” said San Diego Lifeguard Services Chief Rick Wurts. “We recognize the city is still going through its recovery in the budget and that there are many important needs throughout other departments like police and fire. The list of needs we’ve submitted are our top priorities.” Wurts’ recent budget proposal to the city asked for about $5.28 million over the next five years. This includes $1.77 million in fiscal year 2014-15, to add personnel and address maintenance and equipment needs. Wurts said his department’s budget proposal was projected over five years “to take a comprehensive look at areas where we felt we could augment operations to be able to continue to provide even better service in all aspects of our operations.” On Monday, April 14, Mayor Kevin Faulconer released his proposed budget, which will be vetted by the public and City Council in budget deliberations over the next couple of months. The budget will be finalized sometime in June for the new fiscal year starting July 1. The lifeguard budget proposal requests 15 additional lifeguards and support staff. Faulconer’s budget calls for a $500,000 increase in the city’s current $19.2 million annual lifeguard services expenditures. “We have 97 full-time lifeguards working year-round, and in the summertime we bring in about 200 seasonal, part-time lifeguards,” Wurts said. New lifeguards would reportedly be added to La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, South Mission Beach, Windansea and Mission Bay for the boating-safety unit. Though the lifeguard’s flotilla of watercraft is small — totaling 11 vessels, including two fire boats and nine patrol/surf-rescue vessels — it’s integral to the department’s lifesaving mission. “We have a cliff-rescue vehicle that sorely needs replacement,” Wurts said. “That’s currently being constructed and we hope to get that delivered to us sometime in January 2015.” Wurts said another big-ticket item, replacement of a fire boat, is going through vendor selection. “We’ll hopefully get that boat about 12 months from now,” he said. “We’re setting chunks of money aside over the next 20 years or longer so when a boat comes due for replacement, there’s money that’s been set aside. Our goal is to pre-plan for when these things start coming due.” There’s also funding set aside in the lifeguards’ five-year plan to expand lifeguard headquarters at Mission Bay. “We’ve shared that facility with the Park and Recreation Department for decades,” said Wurts. “We need some additional lifeguard headquarters for things we want to do.” One way lifeguards could be getting more space is through the conversion of a carpenter garage used by Park and Rec at Quivira Basin into a boating safety unit locker room and sleeping quarters. “’It’s a really big footprint (garage) and used by only one person,” Wurts said. “We’re in the process of identifying another space to relocate all that shop equipment. We’re hoping to build out that same space into a large locker room and sleep facilities for our emergency lifeguards who work 24-hour shifts.” Wurts noted supporting lifeguards is important, not only for their rescue function but for the “preventative” work they do. “Last year, we made more than 251,000 preventative actions,” said Wurts, pointing out such actions involve activities like “lifeguards seeing people too close to a rip current and warning them to move further north or south. “There is a tremendous amount of activity that goes on along the coastline to make sure that our beaches are safe,” he said.
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