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    A wheel fight in Pacific Beach: Some locals, businesses upset with DecoBike sites on boardwalk
    Jul 27, 2015 | 2644 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The DecoBike rental stand on the boardwalk near Crystal Pier. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The DecoBike rental stand on the boardwalk near Crystal Pier. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The DecoBike stand near Grand Avenue on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The DecoBike stand near Grand Avenue on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Sounds like DecoBike could have a fight on its hands. Some Pacific Beach business owners and residents are up in arms as the Miami-based company, which has entered into a partnership with the city of San Diego to provide public bike sharing at 180 separate stations citywide, has installed stations along the PB boardwalk. “The Pacific Beach Planning Group (PBPG) voted unanimously to adamantly protest the proposed location of DecoBike’s stations on the public boardwalk in Pacific Beach,” said advisory group chair Brian Curry in a letter sent to Councilmember Lori Zapf and Mayor Kevin Faulconer earlier this year. “Our understanding is DecoBike intends to proceed with installation in the near-term, despite opposition from representatives of the PBPG, Discover PB, PB Town Council, bike shop operators and the public.” Two of the bike rental stands are on the beach side of the boardwalk – one near the lifeguard station at Grand Avenue and the another just a bit north of that location near Crystal Pier. “(Deco Bike installed) large bike docking stations along the PB Boardwalk, right on the ocean front viewing locations,” said Chris Olson, longtime PBPG planner and community activist. “These locations are often used by people in wheelchairs to sit and view the ocean.” Discover Pacific Beach, the community’s Business Improvement District (BID), concurred with other community groups in protesting the three boardwalk sites. “Discover Pacific Beach is supportive of this concept (bikesharing) … (But) our organization along with the others approved a ‘well vetted’ list of bike share locations to achieve a successful partnership … there was adamant objection to two of these locations, not just because of ‘obstructed view,’ but based on the impact to the businesses and, more importantly, the safety and integrity of the boardwalk which belongs to all San Diegans and visitors alike. … This is blatant disregard for concerns that were expressed by representation of the business community, residential community and land-use advisory board.” In response, Deco Bike released the following statement: “DecoBike is committed to enhancing the quality of urban life by providing a convenient, easy-to-use bike sharing program that will provide residents and visitors a healthy, fun alternative way to ride around the city. A significant aspect of the bike sharing implementation is the placement of a network of docking stations providing a 'stop and go' model different from traditional bike shops that allows users to dock bikes at any station, during any given time, which provides flexibility and safety. “In order to incorporate bike sharing into the region’s transportation plan as a viable alternative transportation option, DecoBike is moving forward with the installation of the sites,” continued the bike share company in its public response. “Bike share in Pacific Beach is a key connector to other parts of the city’s network. The input of the community has resulted in fewer locations and smaller stations than what was originally requested.” DecoBike touted the benefits of their new interlocking system to the region's economy. “A bike share system leads riders to spend additional dollars at local retailers, lessens the reliance on automobiles and parking, and improves community livability,” said DecoBike, which added the company “looks forward to having a continued dialog with the community of Pacific Beach.” In PBPG’s letter to the city protesting the boardwalk bikeshare locations, Curry noted that the coastal community has “multiple bike shop operators and merchants directly on the boardwalk or in close proximity. None of these other private bike shop operators are allowed to occupy public space as is proposed for DecoBike. Further, DecoBike did not address our request to move one location, which is located directly across the street from a bike shop, and adjacent to another bike shop, in the very shopping center in which it is located.” Curry added, “DecoBikes also ignored our request to place stations in North Pacific Beach, primarily at Mission Boulevard and Turquoise Street, which would help connect the community.” DecoBikes and the city are now ignoring the original intent to work together and identify acceptable station locations. We will continue our strong opposition to the boardwalk locations,” Curry said. The community planner also issued a warning. “Given the actions on part of DecoBike and the city, we may also oppose any DecoBike’s locations in our community. If stations are installed, we will encourage a comprehensive boycott of any and all DecoBikes in Pacific Beach and other City of San Diego neighborhoods.”
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    Historic Plunge pool building to be razed and then rebuilt at Belmont Park
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jul 27, 2015 | 1154 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    This artist’s rendering of the new pool building shows the retractible roof.
    This artist’s rendering of the new pool building shows the retractible roof.
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    Built in the '20s, the deteriorating historic Plunge pool and building in Belmont Park is to be torn down and completely rebuilt with all-new, modern materials. That’s what Dan Hayden, director of engineering for Belmont Park’s developers, Pacifica Enterprises Inc. told Mission Beach Precise Planning Board (MBPPB) in July. Hayden clued the community in on Pacifica’s vision for redeveloping the Plunge pool, which has been closed for repairs since March 2014. “The city owns both the pool itself and the building,” said Hayden, noting the pool has been closed four times in the past 90-plus years. Hayden told the MBPPB, which makes recommendations to the city on land-use and other beachfront issues, that the pool building is structurally unfit and had to be replaced. He noted the situation was so bad, that at one point “temporary measures had to be taken to prevent (ceiling) debris from falling into the pool.” The Plunge eventually had to be closed “for safety reasons,” said Hayden, adding, "it was unsafe.” Hayden showed artist’s renderings of the new pool, which is to have a retractible roof and is to be built with modern technology and materials. He added the Wyland mural, which adorned one of the walls of the old pool structure will be reconstituted in the new one. “The pool has had to endure a marine environment on the outside, and a humid environment on the inside,” said Hayden noting neither condition was favorable to the conventional materials used in the old building, which he said were literally “disintegrating.” The idea in redesigning the Plunge for the modern era is “not to repeat the mistakes of the past,” said Hayden, who added the new structure, and its retractable roof, will be made of glass like you typically see in YMCA facilities.” Hayden said the new facility will have a more open-air look and feel. He said the new structure will be aluminum, which he said is much more corrosion-resistant than steel. He added the retractable roof will provide better air flow into and out of the pool building, which will prevent moisture from getting into air cavities in the structure of the building and deteriorating it. Hayden said there is an 18-month timeline for rebuilding the Plunge. “We want to get the Plunge back in order, and reopened, so you folks can enjoy it as quickly as possible,” he said. MBPPB voted unanimously to write a letter of support endorsing Pacifica’s conceptual plans for building an all-new historic Plunge pool structure.
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    Top female surfers compete at Supergirl Pro competition
    Jul 27, 2015 | 2765 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Alessa Quizon won her heat against Lakey Peterson on Sunday. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Alessa Quizon won her heat against Lakey Peterson on Sunday. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Sage Erickson signs an autograph for a young fan after her heat on Sunday. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Sage Erickson signs an autograph for a young fan after her heat on Sunday. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Lakey Peterson competes in a heat on Sunday. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Lakey Peterson competes in a heat on Sunday. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Silvana Lima surfing in Heat 2 on Sunday in Oceanside. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Silvana Lima surfing in Heat 2 on Sunday in Oceanside. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Day three of The Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro – the largest all-women’s surf contest in the world and the only WSL Women’s QS6000 event in the continental U.S. – wrapped on Sunday with record-breaking attendance and fierce competition as three former Supergirl Pro finalists advanced through the Round of 16 to the semifinals. Sunday’s action at the iconic Oceanside pier sealed the top three spots with Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) taking first and Courtney Conlogue (USA) runner up, with Sage Erickson (USA) and Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) tying for third. The finals came down to a battle of Supergirl podium vets when Conlogue, the 2009 champion, faced Weston-Webb, who took second place at last year’s Supergirl Pro. Weston-Webb wowed the judges to capture the coveted pink Supergirl cape and earn critical points toward her QS ranking, putting her 1,600 points ahead of Van Dijk. “Finally!” the 19-year-old Weston-Webb shouted as she was swarmed by fans after being named the winner. “Last year really made me want to win this year! Courtney is amazing, and for me to be here means the world to me. Now I have a lot of confidence going into the rest of this year.” Weston-Webb took a quick lead with a 4.33-scored wave then trailed Conlogue, who posted a 3.00 and 7.50. She answered back with a 7.87 to Conlogue’s 6.03 in an exchange. Needing a 5.66, Weston-Webb put up a 6.60 within the final five minutes to seal the win.  Erickson fell just short of defending her title despite a valiant effort against Conlogue. Holding onto the highest heat total of the event with a 17.43, Erickson can walk away from this event with plenty of positives. “Making it to the semifinals is a great result in the larger picture of getting back on tour next year,” Erickson said. “I’ve had two quarters and two semifinals on the QS so far. I wanted to be in that final so bad, especially since this is my favorite event and really like no other.” The Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro is the only WSL QS6000 female competition in the continental U.S. The event will be broadcast on FOX Sports One this fall. “We couldn’t have asked for a better event,” said Rick Bratman, CEO of ASA Entertainment, the event’s producer. “In addition to the phenomenal world-class surfing, we tripled the event footprint and the crowds were huge. Everyone at the event seemed to have an amazing experience.” Beyond the surf competition, the event also featured four live concerts, meet-and-greets with top pros, giveaways, the Supergirl Skate Pro skateboarding competition presented by Active Rideshop, a Celebrity Surf Contest, the Kona Beer Garden, a Surf Film Festival, complimentary hair styling by Paul Mitchell, more than 50 booth spaces from partnering brands and more. For more information on the event, visit www.supergirlpro.com. ROUND OF 16 RESULTS Heat 1: Sage Erickson (USA) 10.34, Johanne Defay (FRA) 6.13 Heat 2: Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 10.23, Silvana Lima (BRA) 10.16 Heat 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.23, Justine Dupont (FRA) 13.47 Heat 4: Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.16, Laura Enever (AUS) 8.66 Heat 5: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 11.47, Isabella Nichols (AUS) 7.60 Heat 6: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 13.34, Lakey Peterson (USA) 11.93 Heat 7: Coco Ho (HAW) 13.00, Philippa Anderson (AUS) 10.67 Heat 8: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.54, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 11.83  QUARTERFINALS RESULTS Heat 1: Sage Erickson (USA) 14.27, Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 10.90 Heat 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 10.07, Malia Manuel (HAW) 9.70 Heat 3: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 15.00, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 13.34 Heat 4: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 15.17, Coco Ho (HAW) 7.93 SEMIFINALS RESULTS Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.60, Sage Erickson (USA) 10.50 Heat 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 12.84, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 8.33 FINALS RESULTS Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 14.47, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.53
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    Liberty Public Market reveals artisans in advance of October opening
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jul 24, 2015 | 8982 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Liberty Public Market will be in Building 1 at 2816 Historic Decatur Road, which was originally built as the Naval Training Center’s commissary in 1921.
    Liberty Public Market will be in Building 1 at 2816 Historic Decatur Road, which was originally built as the Naval Training Center’s commissary in 1921.
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    Liberty Public Market, the creation of a 22,000-square-foot artisan mecca in Liberty Station, revealed a few of its market artisans on Thursday, July 23. Blue Bridge Hospitality, Liberty Public Market’s operating group, in partnership with Liberty Station developer The McMillin Cos., presented 10 of the public market's vendors: -Venissimo Cheese, which has four other locations, will have a collection of artisan cheeses and gourmet food items; -The WestBean Coffee Roasters, a specialty coffee roaster that also has a location downtown; -Fully Loaded Juice sources produce from local farms for its 100 percent raw, organic, cold-pressed juice; -MooTime Creamery, a '50s-inspired ice cream parlor; -Liberty Meat Shop, San Diego native Tommy Battaglia will run this butcher shop; -Mastiff Sausage Company is a popular local food truck and this location is its first permanent spot; -Pho Realz serves a Southeast Asian street food menu; -Wicked Maine Lobster will offer lobster rolls, New England clam chowder, crabmeat rolls and lobster tails; -Cane Patch Pies cooks homemade sweet potato-based treats, from cinnamon rolls to biscuits and muffins; -Cecilia’s Taqueria is a new business founded by home cook Cecilia Cortazar Peterson and Alec House of Point Loma's Supannee’s House of Thai. There are 10 vendors pending and the public market will also include wine, beer, and cocktail tasting bars, along with an expansive outdoor patio. The new market’s grand opening is anticipated in late October. One of San Diego's most ambitious hospitality projects of 2015, the $3 million undertaking will transform a historic 1920s-era warehouse-style building into an indoor-outdoor marketplace housing 30-plus specialty purveyors. What was originally designated for a project called The Shops in the 22,000-square-foot wing of Liberty Station’s Building 1 will now become the site of Liberty Public Market. It will be a culinary bazaar spearheaded by Coronado restaurateur David Spatafore of Blue Bridge Hospitality. The venture was inspired by Spatafore’s visits to Redding Terminal Market in Philadelphia and Granville Island Public Market in Vancouver, Canada. Building 1 at 2816 Historic Decatur Road was originally built as the Naval Training Center’s commissary in 1921. Spatafore’s vision for turning the vacant space into a public co-op of artisan food vendors won approval from the property’s management firm, Corky McMillin Cos. Spatafore said Liberty Public Market will deliver something much different than a shopping mall. His partnership with McMillin will bring about $3 million worth of infrastructure revisions to the space, as well as an outdoor patio area, though implemented without using modern design elements that would alter the historic integrity of the structure. The goal of the new marketplace, announced 10 months ago, is to open with 34 vendors of local origins to include a butcher, fish monger, baker, cheese specialist, juicer, tortilla maker and more. Two separate areas have also been reserved for wine and beer merchants. Previously, Spatafore divulged that the market’s merchant mix was to include Moo Time Creamery, an ice cream and frozen yogurt parlor that is part of Blue Bridge Hospitality’s portfolio. The market lineup might also fold in a couple of food-related merchandisers selling cookbooks and kitchen supplies. Spatafore previously said he hoped to build a test kitchen within the market that would provide additional cooking space for vendors and serve as a demo platform for local farmers. He also foresees it as a rentable option for chefs who want to conduct pop-up dinners and other culinary events.
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    Redevelopment of Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza moves ahead
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jul 24, 2015 | 1246 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    As envisioned, the Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza redevelopment conceptual design would recognize coastal veterans with a new plaza that is ‘artistic/beachy’ in design. Plans call for an artificial rock wall mimicking Sunset Cliffs’ stratified geology with veterans’ names etched into a series of four granite slabs set into it.
    As envisioned, the Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza redevelopment conceptual design would recognize coastal veterans with a new plaza that is ‘artistic/beachy’ in design. Plans call for an artificial rock wall mimicking Sunset Cliffs’ stratified geology with veterans’ names etched into a series of four granite slabs set into it.
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    Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation (OBCDC) is forging ahead with the OB Veterans Plaza redevelopment project, announcing applications are currently being accepted to add veterans' names – living and deceased – to the wall of a new proposed Veterans Plaza. “The wonderful thing about this project is that it has the full support of all of the community groups in Ocean Beach, as well as the mayor of San Diego, Supervisor Ron Roberts, Councilwoman Lori Zapf and our state as well as our federal representatives,” said OBCDC president Tom Perrotti, who noted the new plaza’s design incorporates 2,000 etched names in black marble. “(That) will be a powerful visual and a tribute to the veterans. But also, artistically, the design has beach sections simulating Sunset Cliffs. I truly believe this will be a source of pride for the entire city of San Diego,” he said. Started in 1993, the OBCDC is a nonprofit created for the benefit of Ocean Beach, which seeks to develop resources for revitalizing the infrastructure of the community applying the OB “spirit.” Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza at the corner of Newport Avenue and Abbot Street was constructed in 1997 as a memorial to honor those who’ve served, and continue to serve, in the military. Over time, the plaza has become worn down due to the corrosive nature of salt air and foot traffic. The plaza is currently in disrepair with many of the inscriptions, including a Medal of Honor recipient, being so eroded that they have become illegible. In an effort to honor veterans that have a connection with the Peninsula community, applications from 92107 and 92106 ZIP codes representing Point Loma and OB have been given top priority for name inscriptions until Jan. 1, 2016.  To preserve the new plaza, fundraising for construction of which is ongoing, there is a $250 maintenance donation that will be taken for each new-name inscription application, which will be applied solely to future upkeep, the OBCDC said. As envisioned, the Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza redevelopment conceptual design would recognize coastal veterans with a new plaza that is “artistic/beachy” in design. Plans call for an artificial rock wall mimicking Sunset Cliffs’ stratified geology with veterans’ names etched into a series of four granite slabs set into it. Adjacent to the new memorial wall would be inlaid stars representing lives lost in battle. Other artistic flourishes are to include low-lying artistic-themed meandering walls. Regarding updating the proposed veterans plaza, Perrotti said the original design “has changed a little bit, but not much.” Original plaza plans called for a family gathering and overlook area. “They were taken out of the design because of concerns over that area going too far into the beach and affecting the sand berm that is put up every year,” said OBCDC board member Stephen Grosch. “Instead, the west side of the plaza will reflect the semi-circle entrance on the east side of the plaza.” OBCDC’s president Perrotti said he has personal reasons for being involved with the new project to honor vets. “I have five brothers who were all in the military, and it's my way of thanking them,” Perrotti said. The OBCDC president added he believes the new veterans plaza will be “a powerful message” and “a real tribute to the whole region.” Perrotti said the project could be completed as soon as the end of 2016, if all goes well.
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