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    Mission Bay fall sports teams show off their spirit
    by DAVE THOMAS
    Sep 21, 2017 | 4684 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Mission Bay cheerleader Amy Granados pumps up the crowd at last week's game. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Mission Bay cheerleader Amy Granados pumps up the crowd at last week's game. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Mission Bay quarterback Jaiden Corea looks for a receiver while avoiding a Rancho Buena Vista defender last Friday. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Mission Bay quarterback Jaiden Corea looks for a receiver while avoiding a Rancho Buena Vista defender last Friday. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Bucs take the field for their home opener. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Bucs take the field for their home opener. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Mission Bay cheerleaders. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Mission Bay cheerleaders. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The fall high school sports season is in full swing with girls tennis, volleyball, field hockey, cross country, and football getting ready for league play. The Bucs spirit will be even stronger this week as their homecoming game is Friday, Sept. 22. The Mission Bay High School Alumni Association will hold a reception in the stadium at 5 p.m. The game, against Patrick Henry, starts at 6 p.m. and there will be reserved seating for alumni in the bleachers. Girls tennis The Bucs, under head coach Trong Tong, come into play this week with an overall record of 3-2 (3-1 in league). “After getting off to a slow start, we've managed to bounce back and win our last three straight matches,” Tong said. “Despite losing one of our top singles players, Jerne Ward, for the season to tennis elbow and volleyball, we have been resilient, and we're starting to find our footing with a reshuffled lineup. As we're gaining confidence and momentum, we look forward to making a great run in the remainder of the season.” According to Tong, some key players to date have been Amanda Edmunds, Jeanne Picard, McKenna Mountain, Rosina Valia and Sophia Gillenberg. Field hockey In field hockey, head coach Kris Auer’s team comes into play this week with a mark of 2-3. According to Auer, the team has been getting some solid play from the likes of Katrina Eisenhardt (defender) and Naomy Espinosa (midfielder) to date. “This year has been one my early favorites so far,” Auer remarked. “Our efforts to influence the spirit and culture of the program are working. The girls have a positive attitude and are driven by their commitment to their teammates.” Cross country In cross country action, while head coach Barry Dancher’s team has not had an official league race yet as of this week, his team is doing well nonetheless. Gina Queck and Linda Giffing (both freshmen) placed in the top 10 in the two invitational races that Mission Bay has run this year. Leilani Ferguson, Alyssa Hernandez and Ella Mansur round-out the girls’ varsity team. The boys are led by Trevor Reichenberg, Carter Taffe, Jason Watts, Sean Pavone and Nick Archer. “Fernando Ugarte and TK Berhe have shown steady improvement and have moved up to the varsity,” Blancher noted. “We have very strong junior varsity teams,” Blancher added. “Many members of these teams have the potential to be varsity members in the near future.” Football Being at home for the second consecutive week last Friday did not cure any ills for the Buccaneers. The Bucs fell to 0-3 on the season with a 34-20 loss to Rancho Buena Vista High. According to Mission Bay head coach Kenny Nears, key players to date include Isiah Mitchell, Kenny Russell and Jaiden Corea. “We have to get better,” Nears stated. “Every game we are looking better, but we must continue to work.” A senior quarterback, Corea rushed for a score and also connected with fellow senior Schyler Ceniceros for a touchdown pass. Mission Bay, which was shutout in its first two games against Escondido (27-0) and West Hills (28-0), respectively, did manage to score its first points of the season in last Friday’s loss to RBV. That said, it still did not result in a win. The Bucs will finish out their September schedule with games against Patrick Henry (Sept. 22), which is homecoming, and The Bishop’s School (Sept. 29). From there, Mission Bay is slated to face Christian (Oct. 6), Lincoln (Oct. 13), Saints (Oct. 20) and Morse (Oct. 27). The regular season will conclude with a road contest at Scripps Ranch on Nov. 3. While putting points on the board this past Friday night was obviously a step in the right direction, the Bucs need to get a win under their belts to truly feel good about themselves moving forward. Sand volleyball In boys sand volleyball action, the Bucs, under head coach Nikki Caufield, had a scrimmage with defending Open Division champion La Jolla recently, providing a solid result in the process. According to Caufield, “After having seven seniors graduate last year, this year shapes up to be a rebuilding year. Sophomores Ian Briski and Dusty Schroeder, junior Zander Caufield and senior Stephen Tarbell are key returners and give us a couple of experienced teams."  As Caufield added, "We have 18 boys on this year's squad and only one senior, so we have a bunch of really good young players. The boys are working hard and really improving. We hope that by the time playoffs start, we will be in a good position to try to defend the Division II championship we won last year." To start the regular season last week, the Bucs fell to Francis Parker 4-1. Girls volleyball In girls indoor volleyball action, the Bucs, under head coach Steve Upp, have compiled a 7-3 record heading in to a very tough league schedule starting Thursday. Mission Bay is also hosting the Buc Bash on Saturday (Sept. 23). “With only two seniors, Kim Holloway and Shelby Moore, the team is learning every match,” Upp commented. “It is great to see the growth already.”
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    San Diego City Council passes resolution opposing Trump’s border wall
    by NEAL PUTNAM
    Sep 20, 2017 | 11114 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The current walls that separate Tijuana, Mexico from the United States, with San Diego in the background. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The current walls that separate Tijuana, Mexico from the United States, with San Diego in the background. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The San Diego City Council voted 5-3 Tuesday along party lines to oppose President Donald Trump's proposal to construct a billon-dollar wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. The City Council's five Democrats voted in favor of Councilmember Georgette Gomez's resolution to oppose Trump's executive order to build a wall and to oppose a House bill seeking to fund it from a fee on remittance transactions sent from the U.S. to several other countries. "I think I'll keep it simple so our president … will understand. The border wall is a stupid idea," said Councilmember David Alvarez. "It is a horrible abuse of our taxpayer dollars. It's a sham by the president. I think its important to send a message." District 3 Councilmember Christopher Ward seconded Gomez' resolution, saying, "Today's resolution will make our priorities clear." City Council President Myrtle Cole, said, "We should work on building bridges and not walls." Also voting in favor was Councilmember Barbara Bry.  Voting no were Councilmembers Lorie Zapf, Chris Cate, and Mark Kersey, who are all Republicans. Councilmember Scott Sherman was absent. Cate and Kersey said nothing during the hearing, but Zapf got into an exchange with Gomez and her staff about the length of the current wall and when upgrades were constructed. Zapf, who represents District 2, said she believed portions of the current wall went up when President Bill Clinton was in office and upgrades were done when President Barack Obama served, but staff members disagreed. "This is not history 101," said Cole, who urged Zapf to move on in her comments. "I don't see a point with this resolution," said Zapf. "It's political posturing." Zapf asked City Attorney Mara Elliott if the city should disclose names of firms that may have worked on the border wall in the 1980s and 1990s, but Elliott told her that was not before the City Council Tuesday. Zapf was reacting to another proposal that will be voted on later to debar firms who do business with the city and who are part of constructing the border wall. The proposal would prohibit the city from using the services of any company that participates in the border wall construction.  There were over 50 speakers who urged the City Council to vote in favor of the resolution, while only three people said they were in favor of building a wall. "Anyone who is against this wall is un-American, in my opinion," said Hud Collins. "We need to secure our country for our citizens." "The wall is profoundly un-American," said Bruce Coons, the executive director of the Save Our Heritage organization, who added it was "detrimental to tourism." The resolution encourages local companies to not participate in the design, construction, or financing of the border wall. It says the wall and the House measure for funding it will "be damaging symbols of fear and division that will increase tensions with Mexico."
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    Tate wins the day, but Shane takes national championship at San Diego Bayfair
    Sep 18, 2017 | 8732 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Andrew Tate in the Realtrac/Delta (right) has a lead on Miss HomeStreet Bank’s Jimmy Shane during a heat on Saturday at Bayfair San Diego. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Andrew Tate in the Realtrac/Delta (right) has a lead on Miss HomeStreet Bank’s Jimmy Shane during a heat on Saturday at Bayfair San Diego. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Andrew Tate took home the Bill Muncey Cup presented by HomeStreet Bank at San Diego Bayfair on Sunday and Miss HomeStreet Bank’s Jimmy Shane won his third consecutive H1 Unlimited national championship. Tate in the Realtrac/Delta gear saved his best for the last race of the season by jumping out to an early lead and holding off a hard-charging J. Michael Kelly in the Graham Trucking boat. Kelly nearly passed Tate but by Lap 4 Tate pulled ahead for good. Kelly finished second and Shane took third in the final. “The Bill Muncey Cup is definitely a prestigious award that I’m very proud to have my name on with the U-9 team,” said Tate, who won his third race of the season that wrapped in San Diego. Earlier in the day, Shane locked up the national championship when Tate was penalized for crossing through a restricted area on the course and lost points, which helped Shane’s Madison, Indiana-based team win its eighth national championship since 2008. “Our team goal is always the national championship and we accomplished that goal this year,” said Shane, who celebrated his fifth national championship. “I’m honored to be in great equipment with a great team, great sponsor and that’s what it takes to win a national championship.” During Sunday’s heat races both Shane and Tate were victors. In fact, every heat during the weekend was won by either Shane or Tate. Shane was doing double duty this weekend on Mission Bay and captured the final in the piston-powered Grand Prix World Supercharged Hydroplane race. It was another year of solid attendance for HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair, which is traditionally the last stop for many boat racing tours. “HomeStreet Bank has been an incredible partner for San Diego Bayfair,” said Bob Davies, race director. “We thank HomeStreet’s CEO Mark Mason and his great team for their support.”
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    San Diego Airport program to reduce noise levels in nearby homes
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Sep 14, 2017 | 39517 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A plane comes in for a landing at San Diego International Airport. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    A plane comes in for a landing at San Diego International Airport. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    San Diego International Airport has received two grants totaling nearly $14 million, part of a $318.1 million package of grants to 78 airports in 34 states, to provide infrastructure upgrades. “The grant funding is to continue the airport’s Quieter Home Program,” said San Diego Airport spokesperson Rebecca Bloomfield. “It will help continue projects already under way within the areas the FAA has approved for sound attenuation.” The Quieter Home Program is the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s Residential Sound Insulation Program. The FAA has determined that residences within the 65-plus decibel level contour map around San Diego International Airport may be eligible for sound insulation treatments to mitigate aircraft noise. The FAA has set a goal of reducing interior noise levels for eligible residents by at least five decibels inside the home, providing a noticeable reduction in noise. The Airport Authority’s Quieter Home Program is the means to obtain that goal. The FAA said $8 million will be spent to mitigate noise for around 715 people who live around Lindbergh Field. Also, $5.7 million will be used to repair the longest of two east-west runways at Brown Field, the municipal airport nearest the U.S.-Mexico border. San Diego officials have been trying to spur development at Brown Field in recent years, including approval of a sprawling project that includes airplane hangars, industrial buildings, retail space and restaurants. The four-phase project, which could take two decades to build out, could get underway by the end of this year. “The airport improvement program helps to maintain our aviation infrastructure and supports safety, capacity, security and environmental improvements,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. “This is an important investment in these airports and the economic vitality of their respective communities.” Bloomfield noted the Quieter Home Program’s goal “... is achieved by treating windows and doors in habitable spaces. We also offer some form of ventilation treatment if they don’t already have one.” Bloomfield estimated 6,000 homes remain within the established noise contour for sound diminishment.  Homeowners may apply for the Quieter Homes Program at www.san.org/Airport-Noise/Quieter-Home-Program. “My husband, Mike, and I were completely happy with the Quieter Home Program and all the soundproofing made to our home definitely reduced airplane noise,” said Pam Carleton, who lives in Point Loma. “Catherine Darby, our program coordinator, was responsive, communicative, and on top of our project, which was done in August 2015. We had to be out of town for a week during this process due to an unplanned family medical emergency, and Catherine kept us posted and even emailed pictures when a change was needed and she wanted our approval. We had a very positive experience with the Quieter Home Program,” Carleton said. The average cost to sound proof a home against airplane noise? “The average cost is $30,000 per home,” answered Bloomfield, adding, “we estimate the $8 million grant will provide funding for approximately one year, or 286 homes within the program boundary.” With the exception of last fiscal year, Bloomfield said the Airport Authority has received an annual FAA grant for the Quieter Home Program since 2004. The program has provided sound attenuation to an estimated 3,500 homes within the program boundaries. Bloomfield pointed out each homeowner in the Quieter Homes Program is requested to complete a post-construction survey. San Diego International Airport is owned and operated by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. In 2015, traffic at San Diego International exceeded 20 million passengers, serving more than 500 scheduled operations carrying about 50,000 passengers daily. While primarily serving domestic traffic, San Diego has nonstop international flights to Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. SAN is the busiest single runway airport in the U.S. and third-busiest single runway in the world, behind Mumbai and London Gatwick. Due to the airport's short usable-runway, close proximity to the skyscrapers of downtown San Diego and steep landing approach as a result of the nearby Peninsular Ranges. SAN has been called "the busiest, most difficult single runway in the world."  SAN operates in controlled airspace served by the Southern California TRACON, which is some of the busiest airspace in the world.
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    GO WITH THE FLOW – Wednesday evenings hit new highs in Ocean Beach
    by Mathilde Rousseau Bjerregaard
    Sep 13, 2017 | 5676 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Slackliner Eric Hake performs for a crowd on a recent Wednesday evening in Ocean Beach. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
    Slackliner Eric Hake performs for a crowd on a recent Wednesday evening in Ocean Beach. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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    Liberty Woolley, from Auburn, Calif., dances in the drum circle on Wednesday evening in Ocean Beach. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
    Liberty Woolley, from Auburn, Calif., dances in the drum circle on Wednesday evening in Ocean Beach. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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    Rachel Mulvaney, aka the Yoga Ninja, does acro yoga during a recent Wednesday evening in Ocean Beach. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
    Rachel Mulvaney, aka the Yoga Ninja, does acro yoga during a recent Wednesday evening in Ocean Beach. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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    Take slackliners, drum circles and dancers, add acro yoga, hula hoops and huge soap bubbles to the mix, and Wednesdays in Ocean Beach have reached a new level of chill. Along with the Farmers Market, this vibe fits perfectly into the relaxed bohemian neighborhood. Keep walking along Newport Avenue by the colorful stalls selling crafts, clothes, and cuisines, eventually one ends up at the little grass area next to the beach, which is filled with creative people playing music, balancing on bodies and slacklines, all the while going with the flow. “There are a lot of people doing different things and it is also a good place to meet other people doing slacklining,” said Eric Hake, who comes to Ocean Beach from Mission Valley on Wednesdays to slackline. Hake moved to San Diego about a year ago and thinks it is a perfect city for slacklining, which he does five days a week in OB and Bonita Cove. “It is just a lot of fun. You can do it almost everywhere. You just need two places to make hangers,” Hake said. The grassy area off Abbott Street is also filled with young women dancing around with hula hoops and plenty of acro yoga enthusiasts. “I come here because there are so many beautiful people and that helps me relax in the middle of the week,” said Casley Shannon, who is a student at San Diego State University. Shannon likes to hula-hoop and she comes to the Ocean Beach Farmers Market every Wednesday with her friends. “I like the energy and all the creativity that is happening. There is a very loving, accepting, and creative vibe here,” Shannon said. As the sun gets closer to the horizon, the drums beat louder, and the crowd grows larger around the grassy area as visitors watch the young people expressing themselves. “I think it is fantastic to watch people being creative with athletics and yoga. I am an athlete myself and the things they are doing are really hard to do,” said Sandy Valone, who lives in Point Loma. Valone brought her sister, who was visiting from Hawaii, so she could see the new things happening around the OB Farmers Market. “I think it is a really nice and helpful thing,” said Valone.
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