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Petco goes to the dogs

Petco and the San Diego Padres will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most dogs at a professsional sporting event at the annual Dog Days of Summer on July 27.

Up to 750 pooches will take over Petco Park as the Padres take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at 7:05 p.m.

A pre-game tail gate party and an on-field pet parade and costume contest will take place before the game. Canines and their humans can then cheer on the Padres from Park in the Park.

Local shelter representatives will be in attendance to educate the public on the importance of pet adoption.

For more information, visit www.petco.com/petcopark.

East Village calls upon snapshot superstars

The East Village Association has announced its 2011 photo contest aimed at showcasing the uniqueness of the neighborhood. The competition is open to all amateur and professional photographers in San Diego County who are at least 21 years of age.

Entries must be received by Aug. 15 at midnight and winners will be announced at the East Village Association board meeting on Sept. 1. There is no entry fee for the contest, and the top prize will be $500 cash.

For rules and more information, email info@eastvillagesandiego- .com. Submissions can be sent to photo@east- villagesandiego.com.

Harbor Bridge wins prestigious awards

The 550-foot Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge, one of the world’s longest self-anchored pedestrian suspension bridges, was honored with three prestigious awards recently.

The bridge took second place in the bridge category by the American Road and Transportation Association, Project of the Year in the transportation category by the American Public Works Association and the Award of Excellence by Urban Land Institute.

The bridge was constructed as a requirement of the Public Utilities Commission due to the reconfiguration of streets to accommodate construction of Petco Park and reconstructing a vehicular intersection at Park Boulevard and Harbor Drive. It was designed by Ty Lin International and Safdie Rabines Architects and constructed by Reyes Construction, Inc.

Hiatus for Balboa Park overhaul

After a vote of nonsupport from the City Council Rules Committee, Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs has put a hold on his $40 million Plaza de Panama redesign project.

The project, a source of contention between supporters and park preservationists, called for the construction of a bypass off the Cabrillo Bridge, diverting traffic around the plaza to a roughly 800-space parking garage to be built behind the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

The Rules Committee voted 4-1 to send the issue to the full City Council without a recommendation. The committee determined that a memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining the plan for a proposed $14 million bond for the parking garage violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) because the plan called for entering into the MOU in advance of the environmental impact report. CEQA calls for an environmental review to take place before approval of a project.

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