Sunset on the beach near Pacific Beach Drive. / Photo by Thomas Melville
PB Town Council dinner
Pacific Beach Town Council is holding its 2017 Installation Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Mission Bay Yacht Club. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 858-483-6666. Tickets are $35 pre sale by Jan. 17, or $40 at the door.
Ocean Beach Pier Surf Classic set for Feb. 4
Hodads's Burgers and AWOL Productions present the second annual Ocean Beach Pier Surf Classic starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb 4.
AWOL is a local brand inspired by surf, skate and moto. Established in 2002, AWOL stands for A Way of Life. A lifestyle dedicated to bring the community of Ocean Beach together. The local surf competition is for all ages young and old in the community.There will longboard, shortboard and family divisions along with trophies, prizes and a raffle. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Ocean Beach Community Foundation. Advance registration is required at obsurfclassic.com.
Grants available for biking programs
SANDAG is offering $3,000 grants for programs or projects that encourage biking. Local government agencies, community based and nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, and business improvement districts, main street associations, or chambers of commerce are all eligible to apply for the grants. The SANDAG iCommute program will award up to $30,000 in GO by BIKE Mini-Grants in this funding cycle.
Examples of eligible activities include: community rides, bike scavenger hunts, or guided bike tours; bike commuting, maintenance, and safety classes; “Bike to Business” promotions in a neighborhood business district; local “Bike to Work” or “Bike to Campus” events; campaigns or contests that promote bike riding; and public events or rides that open city streets to people on bikes. Projects that focus on bike education, building support for biking, and promoting biking as an everyday transportation solution will be prioritized.
Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. Jan. 20. Funds will be awarded by Feb. 17. Funded activities must take place between April 1 and June 15. Complete details on eligibility, reporting requirements, evaluation and selection criteria, timelines, and application procedures are available at 511sd.com/iCommute or call 511 and say “iCommute.”
Climate Action Campaign’s Nicole Capretz on NY Times top 10 list
The New York Times recently named Climate Action Campaign executive director Nicole Capretz as one of the top 10 Californians of the Year.
NYT states: "The Climate Action Campaign founder is a force in environmental advocacy in San Diego."
Capretz is on the list with luminaries such as Elon Musk, Vin Scully, Gov. Jerry Brown and Senator Kamala Harris. Capretz is the founder and executive director of the Climate Action Campaign, known for her work crafting the City of San Diego's groundbreaking, legally binding 100 percent clean energy Climate Action Plan.
In addition to being named one of the top 10 Californians of the Year, Capretz was named:
- Voice of the Year 2016 for Climate Change by Voice of San Diego;
- "Best People of San Diego 2016" - San Diego CityBeat;
- Bike Advocate of the Year, San Diego County Bike Coalition;
- Leadership Award, San Diego County Democratic Party;
- Finalist for San Diego Magazine’s 2016 San Diego Woman of the Year and San Diego Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” awards.
Climate Action Campaign is a climate watchdog organization with a simple mission: stop climate change and protect the quality of life. For more information, visit www.climateactioncampaign.org.
Daniels joins San Diego Coastkeeper board
San Diego Coastkeeper announces the addition of Marie Tahan Daniels to its board of directors. Daniels has been very involved in the San Diego community and has served as chair, committee member or board member for local organizations such as Kids Korps USA, The New Children’s Museum, San Diego Natural History Museum and United Cerebral Palsy’s Beach & Country Guild.
In addition to her experience with local organizations, Daniels is president of Caelum Marketing, an agency specializing in public relations, digital marketing and events. She also runs an online media outlet Cur8eur.com, which highlights upcoming events, food and lifestyle from San Diego to Baja.
“Marie has a passion for engaging in her local community and making a difference,” says Board President Elizabeth Taylor. “Marie’s experience working with local organizations will be very valuable for what the board has in store for the new year.”
San Diego Coastkeeper protects and restores fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters in San Diego County. For more information on San Diego Coastkeeper and its staff, board members and work in San Diego County, please visit www.sdcoastkeeper.org.
Information needed on unsolved homicide in PB
Authorities on Dec. 6 renewed their call for information that could lead them to whoever carjacked a 77-year-old man, then fatally struck him with his own pickup truck in a Pacific Beach alley 15 years ago.
Investigators believe Edward Wager was carjacked after he stopped his white Toyota pickup truck in an alley off Grand Avenue near Noyes Street shortly before 2 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2001. He was subsequently run over by his truck as the suspect sped off, according to San Diego police and Crime Stoppers.
Police found Wager's truck in the Encanto neighborhood in southeastern San Diego three days later, authorities said.
Anyone with information on the case was asked to call San Diego police at 619-531-2293. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or contacting the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org.
Paw It Forward
Buying your dog a festive doggie sweater or coat for the holidays? Throw two into the shopping basket or donate an old one to County Animal Services’ “Paw It Forward” campaign for pets of homeless people. Every year, Animal Services takes part in Project Homeless Connect, an event that offers a wide array of services to the local homeless population. Dozens of dogs, and even cats, show up with their homeless owners.
The Project Homeless Connect event takes place Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Golden Hall. County Animal Services will accept donations of new and used pet sweaters and jackets at 5480 Gaines St. (619-767-2675).
The annual meeting of the United Portuguese S.E.S. Inc. known as the Contas will take place 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at 2818 Avenida de Portugal. All member and potential members are invited to attend.
Sunroad Boat Show
San Diego Sunroad Boat Show is back at the Sunroad Resort Marina, 955 Harbor Island, Jan. 26-29 and will be expanding this year with the addition of more floating docks to moor several larger vessels. In addition to the tremendous boats, there will also be a plethora of marine vendors and electronics with the latest nautical products and services, boating seminars, free boat rides, as well as food and beverages – making a great time for all to enjoy a day on the San Diego Bay. For more information, visit www.bigbayboatshow.com.