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Members of the Sunset Vinyasa ll Surf Flow class, hosted by Yoga with Angie, stretch at Sunset Cliffs on Monday, Sept. 17. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Members of the Sunset Vinyasa ll Surf Flow class, hosted by Yoga with Angie, stretch at Sunset Cliffs on Monday, Sept. 17. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Roseville founder Louis Rose to be honored on Oct. 9

La Playa Trail Association will present the Roseville Plaque Installation Dedication to honor entrepreneur Louis Rose, founder of the oldest settled section of Point Loma. The public is invited to join Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilmember Lorie Zapf in celebrating the 1869 establishment of Roseville 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 9 at BellaMar, 3025 Byron St.

Cabrillo Festival set for Sept. 29

San Diego’s 55th annual Cabrillo Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ballast Point, Naval Base Point Loma at the south end of Rosecrans Street.

Admission and parking are free.

The  festival celebrates and re-creates the voyage of 16th-century explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, sailing under the flag of Spain, who landed on the shore of San Diego Bay on Sept. 28, 1542, discovering California. This historical moment is remembered every year with a series of events held by the Cabrillo Festival Inc. and the National Park Service. 

Re-enactment of Cabrillo’s landing from San Diego’s historically accurate replica of the San Salvador on Ballast Point begins at 1 p.m. 

There will be music, dancing, children’s activities and foods from Native Americans, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. There will be Kumeyaay basket making, knot tying and a 16th century Spanish soldiers living history encampment.

Guests are advised to bring identification for entry onto the Navy base.

The Cabrillo Festival is a fun-filled family event with educational activities, cultural demonstrations and exciting folkloric performances featuring bright-colored clothing and dramatic music showcasing the traditions of Native American, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cultures.

Another festival highlight is ethnic food booths with cultural vendors showcasing their various artistic goods.

Liberty Public Market Craftoberfest to begin

Fill your stein, grab your lederhosen and bring your appetites because it’s time for Oktoberfest in Liberty Station.

Restaurants at the former Naval station will bring Bavaria into the backyard of Liberty Public Market during a 10-day-long “Craftoberfest.”

“Our 10-day Craftoberfest is a celebration of craft beer, and our take on Oktoberfest,” said David Spatafore, principal of Blue Bridge Hospitality. “It has become a great event for all ages and families — from live music on the patio to nightly activities, stein specials (our 1L German steins can be refilled throughout the week), Bavarian-inspired bites and festive fall brews. It’s the perfect reason to raise your stein and shout ‘prost!’ “

The third-annual celebration will include a beer olympics, a flower crown-making station, stein giveaways, drinking games and festive evenings of live music on the patio. Enjoy authentic German foods like Olala’s savory crepes filled with German sausage, mustard, mushrooms, Swiss cheese and spinach, washed down with Schneider Weisse and Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. 

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OB Brewery pale ale wins gold medal at beer festival

Ocean Beach Brewery captured a gold medal recently at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver with B.Right On Pale Ale (gold medal), an American-style pale ale.

“It’s the first beer I’d ever brewed at OB Brewery,” brewmaster John Millea said. “It’s a pale ale that I’m pretty proud of and we were lucky enough to score the gold medal. I was pretty stoked.”

It was one of the most-entered categories in the competition with 170 entrants.

What makes the win more impressive is that the brewery was only opened in July 2016. OB Brewery was also recognized as the small brewpub of the year.

Last year, OB Brewery brought home silver for its Hidden Gem, a German-style wheat beer.

Gartland named new SDFD lifeguard division chief

After a thorough recruitment process, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) Chief Colin Stowell announced the appointment of James Gartland as the new lifeguard division chief. Gartland has served as interim chief for the past six months.

Gartland has been a SDFD lifeguard for 23 years. He is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in business administration/accounting and completed the Wharton College Mission Critical Team Professional Development Program. He is currently a member of the Type 3 San Diego All-Hazards Incident Management Team and has served as the chair of the San Diego Regional Aquatic Lifesaving Emergency Response Task Force and the Area Maritime Security Subcommittee on Preventative Radiological Nuclear Detection.

He also spent 18 months as the regional maritime emergency preparedness manager with the City’s Office of Homeland Security.

Aside from his commitment to his career as a public servant, Gartland spends a lot of time volunteering in a variety of capacities in San Diego. He is currently the president of the Old Town Academy School Advisory Board and has volunteered for San Diego Coastkeeper and Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League. Chief Gartland has been an officer with the San Diego Lifesaving Association and the San Diego Association for Lifeguards. He was also a former fiduciary and trustee of the San Diego City Employees Retiree Medical Trust.

“Attaining this position has been a dream of mine and I am honored to have been selected,” said Gartland. “I am very proud of the lifeguards who serve our residents and visitors with excellence. I promise to continue my lifeguard service with honor and humility.” 

Governor signs no-helmet bill for motorized scooters

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill absolving adults from being required to wear helmets on electric scooters on city streets.

Dockless bike company Bird backed the no-helmet law, AB 2989, which also permits scooters to be on streets with speed limits up to 35 mph. State law currently bans scooters on streets with speed limits exceeding 25 mph.

Gov. Brown also signed AB 3077, which allows people under age 18, who’ve been cited for not wearing a bicycle helmet, to correct the violation within four months by attending a bicycle safety course and proving they now have a correct-fitting helmet.

Both laws take effect Jan. 1, 2019.

Flu vaccine now available across San Diego County

The flu vaccine is here. And now that the influenza vaccine is readily available across the region, the County Health and Human Services Agency is encouraging the public to get vaccinated.

“Everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated now before flu season arrives,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “The vaccine is safe and effective. All San Diegans should get vaccinated to avoid getting sick and spreading the virus to others.”

Last season, 342 people died from complications from the flu, 255 more than the previous season and the highest total since the County began tracking flu deaths nearly 20 years ago.

Visit or call 2-1-1 San Diego to find a list of County locations. The County provides free vaccinations as part of its Live Well San Diego vision of healthy, safe and thriving residents and communities.

Pure Water moves forward with EPA loan

The City’s efforts to create one-third of its own water supply by 2035 took a major step forward today with City Council approval of a loan that will finance nearly half of the first phase of Pure Water San Diego – a multi-year program that will use proven water purification technology to clean recycled water to produce safe, high-quality drinking water.

The $614 million loan comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program and will cover 49 percent of the $1.25 billion project. There will be a second reading of the ordinance by the City Council in two weeks to officially authorize the loan.

“This federal funding is a recognition that our Pure Water Program is cutting edge and a worthy investment for San Diego’s future water independence,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “This is going to be one of the most significant infrastructure projects in city history and will deliver clean, reliable water to our residents for decades to come.”

The WIFIA Program was created to accelerate investment in the nation’s water infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental loans for regionally and nationally significant projects. Benefits include a single fixed interest rate locked at loan closing and a customized repayment schedule over a 35-year period.

The Pure Water program will offer a cost-effective investment for San Diego's water needs and will provide a reliable, sustainable water supply. The program will eventually recycle up to 83 million gallons of wastewater per day. It is one of the major sustainability projects that support Mayor Faulconer’s Climate Action Plan.

The first phase of Pure Water – scheduled to begin construction in 2019 and open in 2021 – would expand the City’s potable water production capacity by 30 million gallons per day to replace the use of imported water. It calls for new construction, upgrades to existing facilities and construction of new pump stations and pipelines. The new North City Pure Water Facility would be constructed on a city-owned parcel east of Interstate 805 and north of Eastgate Mall – across from the existing North City Water Reclamation Plant.

The second and third phases of Pure Water will build water facilities and pipelines in the Central Area and South Bay, respectively.

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