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Being Trendy and Tipsy with vintage fashion in PB SEE PAGE 9

Ashley and Carissa, vacationing in San Diego from Iowa, were finishing up their surf lessons at the Pacific Beach Drive break as the sun set on Aug. 6. Soaring heat has scorched San Diego the past few weeks and has warmed the ocean to a record-breaking 78.8 degrees, which is nine degrees above the typical temperature for this time of year. See story on page 2. THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS

City still looking for best path to take on scooters BY DAVE SCHWAB | BEACH & BAY PRESS

San Diego Humane Society calendar fundraiser SEE PAGE 8

A tug of war continues with the City Council over the need to curb motorized scooters and the bike-share companies. On the one hand, a City subcommittee chaired by District 1 Councilmember Barbara Bry is considering toughening scooter and bike share rules, including instituting fees for enforcement. Conversely, heavily amended legislation, AB 2989, is ongoing at the state level to loosen some restrictions on motorized scooters.

The state bill would allow motorized scooters on roadways with speed limits up to 35 mph (rather than the current 25 mph), as well as on highways with higher speed limits if the scooter is operated within a class II or class IV bikeway. It also removes the helmet requirement for riders 18 years old or older. Meanwhile, a San Diego Police crackdown enforcing motorized scooter safety, especially on the boardwalk from Pacific Beach to SEE SCOOTERS, Page 6

Youngsters ride electric scooters on the path around Mission Bay. The ubiquitous scooters are very popular. THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS




No kelp for record-breaking warm water in San Diego Pacific Ocean nears 80 degrees BY RY RIVARD | VOICE OF SAN DIEGO

Anyone who has been to the ocean lately knows the water is unusually warm for San Diego. It’s actually a record-setting warm. Last week, the water off La Jolla was 78.8 degrees, according to measurements taken by research scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

How hot is that? That’s nine degrees above the typical temperature for this time of year. The water in August is, on average, 69.8 degrees. In 1931, the year the old warm water record was set in La Jolla, researchers saw temperatures climb to 78.4 degrees. “Like other climate change trends, background warming enhances the probability and magnitude of extreme events,” one Scripps oceanographer, Reinhard Flick, said in a statement. The water may keep getting hotter, too.

The beach and ocean just south of the Crystal Pier was packed on Aug. 6 as temperatures soared in San Diego.

in the health of kelp forests. Like a forest of trees, which birds need, these forests of kelp are home to lots of marine life, like sea urchins and fish, including baby fish. What does this mean Ed Parnell, a Scripps scientist who for life out there? studies coastal marine life, said Since the 1970s, warmer water warm water is bad for kelp for a varihas generally been causing a decline ety of reasons. First, warming


reduces the amount of nutrients available, in part because the deeper, nutrient-rich colder water doesn’t mix with the water closer to the surface, which keeps food away from kelp. The heat itself also puts stress on kelp, causing them essentially to shed and deteriorate. Right now, the record-setting

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warm water is mostly at the surface, so water about 30 feet down is still over 20 degrees cooler, but Parnell is worried about an El Niño next year, which could heat all the water even more. “If this continues for a much longer period, you’ll see much bigger losses in the kelp, again,” he said.

BRAZIL DAY CANCELED Due to financial difficulties, what would have been the 11th Brazilian Day San Diego, Fair and Parade, which annually draws 50,000 guests and would have been held the second Sunday in September, has been canceled. “We couldn’t get enough funding to put the event on the way it’s been,” said event organizer Paulo Batuta, noting some of the funding to stage the parade and fair comes from Brazil itself. Batuta said elections this year in Brazil, coupled with a political scandal involving the government, have combined to cause organizers to cancel the event for 2018. “It is very chaotic what’s going on down there, which made it harder for us to get money for the event this year,” said Batuta.“We intend to return next year.” In the interim, added Batuta, “It will be a good time for us to think about everything, and maybe come up with a new event, design it in such a way that it would be sustainable.” Brazil Day started out on Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach, but outgrew the venue and has been held at Belmont Park in Mission Beach the past couple years. Bringing the spirit of the South American country to San Diego, the annual event has included more than 150 vendors displaying activities, food and entertainment for the whole family. The event has included a kids zone and a beer garden for adults. Historically, Brazil Day has also presented non-stop entertainment throughout the day including Brazilian music and rhythmic dance ensembles.

BRIEFS ANNUAL COUNT IN PB NEEDS VOLUNTEERS Nonprofit beautifulPB is seeking volunteers and offering free swag from the group to do a count of cars, bikes, pedestrians, scooters, etc. on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the corner of Cass and Felspar streets. “This is our fourth annual count and still the only multimodal traffic count in San Diego County,” said Chris Olson of beautifulPB. Annual PB counts monitor how people travel on key roads in Pacific Beach, and are conducted by volunteers led by beautifulPB members. Counts help shed light on how people move around in the beach community, while helping to determine what can be done to make travel safer and easier. Count volunteers use tally sheets to track the number of people walking, biking, driving and using alternative transportation, like skateboards, over a twohour period. BeautifulPB compiles the count data, and shares the results with the community. The count is conducted at more than 20 locations throughout town. Past counts have shown the majority of people — 68 percent — traveling by car with 25 percent walking, 6 percent riding bikes and 1 percent using other forms of transport. During the traffic count in 2017, more than 2,800 cars were counted on Grand Avenue during a two-hour span. By contrast, fewer than 500 cars were counted during the same time interval at other PB locations. However, traffic modes are mixed on many PB streets. At 12 locations, 40 percent or more of traffic was people walking, biking or using other travel modes. Nearly every street counted had at least 100 people walking, biking or using other transportation. Nearly half of all traffic on Garnet Avenue was people walking. The count found bicyclists often ride on sidewalks instead of the street. More than twice as many people rode illegally on the sidewalk along Garnet Avenue than in the bike lane on Grand Avenue. SURVEY CALL FOR ALL PB BUSINESS OWNERS G4 Strategies, in partnership with Discover Pacific Beach, has created a survey to provide economic insight and greater public awareness of Pacific Beach's business community and its economic value to the San Diego region. Participation will help the business improvement district better serve the PB business community’s interests at city hall, and improve the economic climate in Pacific Beach. The survey is free, online, and takes only a few minutes to complete. The survey was released Aug. 6 and will run until Aug. 20. The higher the survey response rate received, the more accurate and useful the survey data will be for PB business owners and the public at-large. The survey is free to take for any PB business owner and is available on, click on business survey.


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City Council leaves Aquatic Safety and Junior Lifeguard Center off Nov. ballot BY DAVE SCHWAB | BEACH & BAY PRESS

A battle is on over where to build a proposed Aquatic Safety and Junior Lifeguard Center in Mission Bay Park. The effort to construct a new Junior Lifeguard headquarters, to be used by about 1,400 students in the summer, then repurposed for public use the rest of the year, was dealt a setback by the City Council. On Aug. 6, Council voted 4-2, with Council members Lorie Zapf and Kersey dissenting, and Council members Sherman, Ward and Cate absent, against putting the measure on the November election ballot. The City Attorney’s office had previously ruled that a ballot measure was needed, because the new aquatic facility would be a nonrecreational use on City parkland. The San Diego Junior Lifeguard Program employs professional lifeguards instructing youth ages 7 through 17 on ocean safety, including water-rescue techniques, first aid and CPR. The program includes development of swimming and surfing skills while involving beach games and competitive events. Currently operating out of Santa Clara Point Recreation Center, some

believe the facility is overcrowded and inadequate for the junior lifeguard program’s needs. Reacting to the Council’s Aug. 6 vote, Corey McClelland, volunteer CEO/board chair of the nonprofit Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego, formerly the Junior Lifeguard Foundation, said the board vote will delay, not kill, the project. “It’s a long process,” said McClelland. “We’ve been in it for five years, and we’re not going to go away. It’s sorely needed for the students, the lifeguards and San Diego.” Noting junior lifeguard station proponents are now “probably two years away from getting to a point where we can get it on the ballot,” McClelland added, “We need to work with all the constituents, the City Park and Rec Department, the lifeguards and the community” to move the project forward. Originally, a new junior lifeguard facility had been envisioned near Belmont Park. But proponents are now seeking a spot somewhere west of Ingraham Street on Mission Bay. In an Aug. 1 letter to the City Council, McClelland wrote: “If voters approve this measure, the PDFSD will then begin site analysis west of Mission Bay … Our planning

process will involve continuing our outreach to community groups along with operation program review, environmental analysis, traffic studies and plan amendments that may be required.” In his board letter, McClelland wrote the PDFSD is committed to private fundraising and grants to pay for the new junior lifeguard facility, which he pointed out would be owned and controlled by the City. But not everyone was pleased by the aquatic facility as proposed — or the notion of putting it so soon on an election ballot. “What the Junior Lifeguards Foundation has sought since at least 2015 is a headquarters and not a Junior Lifeguards Program headquarters,” testified Judy Swink, a former member of the Mission Bay Park Committee, which advises the city’s Park and Recreation Board, at the Aug. 6 Council hearing. “The former is not an allowed use of dedicated parkland, the latter is.” Swink also questioned “whether the Junior Lifeguards Program really needs a 9,000-square-foot building to continue their aquatic safety training.” READ MORE ONLINE AT

Mayor calls for reforms after excessive water bills for residents Following a rise in complaints from customers about water bills, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer has directed staff to implement all of the recommendations from two separate independent audits of the City’s Public Utilities Depar tment. The reports reached similar conclusions Mayor Kevin about the need for significant Faulconer improvements and operational changes within the department. The audits – one conducted by independent City auditor Eduardo Luna and the other by a nationally recognized utility consulting firm – each identified that a 2017 increase in water bill questions were prompted by multiple converging factors, including higher water usage by customers after drought restrictions were lifted, scheduled water rate increases and a longer billing cycle between September and December. However, the reports also revealed that human error by multiple meter readers and insufficient quality control measures led to

legitimate billing errors and customer complaints. A lack of proactive communication before the new rates and one-time billing cycle change went into effect also caused confusion. The City auditor’s report found the department “has processes to ensure accurate meter readings prior to billing customers” and "appears to identify and correct most reading and billing errors before customers receive a bill." Out of approximately 1.3 million water meter bills issued in 2017 to single-family residences, only 2,750 had to be adjusted after customers received an incorrect bill, or 0.2 percent. Although the audit calls this a “very low percentage,” the effect on individual customers could be significant depending on the error. Further, Public Utilities Department staff has identified that industry standards for acceptable error rates are between 0.10 and 0.16 percent. While the audit found that “installation of smart meters did not contribute to bill increases,” the City Auditor at Faulconer’s request is conducting a separate audit specifically focused on smart meter implementation to be released soon. READ MORE ONLINE AT




North PB Sip N Stroll showcases area eateries, businesses this Sunday BY DAVE SCHWAB | BEACH & BAY PRESS

The sixth annual Advent Property Management North PB Sip N Stroll fundraiser benefitting the Discover Pacific Beach Clean and Safe program, and showcasing local businesses, will take place Sunday, Aug. 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is a Pacific Beach Area Business Marketing Street Fair promoting the residents, businesses and community organizations of the coastal community. The footprint of the event is Cass Street between Loring and Opal streets. The street fair will have a crosssection of representative local restaurants and businesses as well as presenting a fine wine and beer tasting garden. Event originator/coordinator Michael Spengler said the Sip N Stroll is “Exactly what I intended for all the vendors from PB and Mission Beach” when he started it six years ago as a way of uniquely branding North PB, distinguishing it from the rest of the beach community. “This is a community get-together and a show of appreciation for the neighborhood and all the businesses around us,” Spengler said. “This is our sixth annual year cosponsoring the North PB Sip N Stroll and it really has become a great neighborhood event to promote our

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North PB Sip N Stroll attendees sample some Karl Strauss brews last year.

small businesses in the north part of the district,” said Sara Berns, Discover PB executive director. “It’s a community-centered block party, much like the businesses in the surrounding area. We hope to see neighbors from all over PB out there that day. Proceeds from the wine and beer sales help fund our Clean and Safe program.” The goal of Pacific Beach’s Clean and Safe program is to help the

homeless by providing them with jobs and upward mobility, while working on community beautification and other civic projects. Berns added Sip N Stroll offers a way to “engage the business community in our ‘outer boundaries,’ noting PB is “a great community with different parts.” She noted North PB is characterized by “local businesses and services that cater to the surrounding


community,” adding, “Most people will be walking or biking to these businesses from their homes.” Spengler said one event goal is to educate people that North PB does have its own distinctive identity. “People that don’t live here think that all PB is Garnet and Grand avenues, and the smoke shops, tattoo parlors and bars,” he said, noting, “That’s not true. We have wonderful schools, great houses, lots of

young families and nice people.” North PB is geographically defined as the area north of the Grand and Garnet avenues commercial district, bounded by Felspar Street on the south, Turquoise Street on the north, Mission Boulevard on the west and Ingraham Street on the east. Spengler said the event’s tasting room will serve both wine and beer. He added this year’s stroll will feature Pathway Ale, proceeds from which support community improvement projects from beautifulPB, which is a public nonprofit focused on creating a more sustainable community encouraging people to walk, bike, or skate, creating a friendlier environment for non-vehicular transportation. Spengler pointed out one of the best things about the Sip N Stroll is that it “promotes the small businesses that normally wouldn’t get the attention.” Volunteers are still being sought to stage the event. For more information visit




Assemblyman briefs PB planners on Community Choice, homeless issues BY DAVE SCHWAB | BEACH & BAY PRESS

In July, Assemblyman Todd Gloria briefed Pacific Beach Planning Group on Sacramento legislative issues, while the group vetted ongoing motorized-scooter concerns. Noting the state legislature is on a short summer recess, Gloria dropped in on PBPG. He recognized volunteer board members “for a thankless task for which you’re not well compensated.” Gloria said this year’s state budget was passed with bipartisan support and with “rainy day reserves full.” When California finally regained

its economic footing following the 2008 Great Recession, voters backed a measure allowing lawmakers to set aside more money for the inevitable next downturn. Four years later, the state’s so-called rainy day fund is on the verge of topping out. A homeless advocate, Gloria was asked about the latest developments with the state budget in funding local “housing first” initiatives. Housing First prioritizes permanent housing for the homeless, reasoning people need basic necessities like food and housing, before addressing lesscritical concerns like employment or substance-abuse treatment.

Gloria answered that homelessness is a growing problem statewide. “There is no simple solution, and each individual situation is different,” he said. “You need housing and wrap-around services to keep people housed.” Characterizing San Diego’s hepatitis A outbreak last year caused by fecal contamination as a “dark stain,” Gloria said he would work to ensure continuing state funding to combat homelessness would “not be spent haphazardly, but efficiently.” Gloria also put in a good word for Community Choice Energy, a program that brings local control and




freedom of choice and competition into the electricity marketplace to compete with existing utility providers. Community Choice Energy allows cities and counties to purchase power on behalf of their residents and businesses with the goal of providing cleaner power options at a competitive price. The objective is to switch to sustainable energy, ultimately achieving carbon neutrality to battle global warming. “I want people to have the choice,” said Gloria about CCE adding, “the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan is doing something similar.” The City’s CAP calls for eliminating half of all greenhouse gas emissions in San Diego, aiming for all electricity used in the city to be from renewable sources by 2035. At the July 25 PBPG meeting, Eve Anderson, chair of the group’s park-


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Mission Beach, will continue this summer. Bry chairs a Council working group charged with finding solutions to the emerging scooter and bike share problems. Since their February rollout, electric scooters and other vehicles have proliferated throughout the City to the point where some consider them not only a nuisance, but a public safety hazard. “I walked from my downtown office almost to the train tracks the other day and saw 10 people riding scooters without helmets, and two cases of moms and daughters on the same scooter riding on sidewalks (all violations),” said Bry. Bry said existing bike share and scooter companies – Bird, LimeBike, MoBike and Ofo – were joined by Uber and Lyft, both entering the market, to discuss improving safety with the city. “[The City] is going to be moving ahead with a more vigorous public service educational campaign where we can focus on safety for both riders and pedestrians. It’s a two-way issue,” Bry said. “We can do that right now. We don’t need apps of any kind.” Bry said Bird has also offered to give the City money from collected funds to be used for information gathering. “We need more data because we’re going to be investing in infrastructure, and we need information on how and where dockless bikes are used so we can put them in protected lanes and in bike corrals so people will know where to leave them,” Bry said. “We are going to do an end-ofsummer media event on the amount of tickets that have been issued,” reported District 2 Councilmember Lorie Zapf’s office. “It’s been crazy for

ing district subcommittee, made an unsuccessful motion to ask the City for a temporary ban on motorized scooters. That was followed by a successful motion by Kristen Victor, chair of the group’s EcoDistrict Subcommittee, to ask ConVis, the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau, to work with the city and scooter companies to educate the public about helmet laws and the dangers of reckless riding.

In other matters: PBPG chair Henish Pulickal expressed concern that the growing number of homeless in the beach community is causing him to become increasingly fearful for the safety of his family. He added personal commitments may persuade him to step down from his post later this year.

BIRD TO ADDRESS PACIFIC BEACH PLANNING GROUP What: A representative from one of the dockless vehicle companies in town, Bird, will give a brief presentation and answer questions at the next monthly meeting of Pacific Beach Planning Group on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Pacific Beach Taylor Branch Library, 4275 Cass St.

the SDPD writing tickets – so many violations.” The City’s decision not to severely restrict dockless bikes and scooters on boardwalks has been greeted with mixed reviews by Pacific Beach residents. “The scooters should be limited to 8 mph on the boardwalk using GPS fencing technology,” said Henish Pulickal, chair of Pacific Beach Planning Group. “Additionally, riding one of these around town really shows how poor our bike or scooter infrastructure is. No safe places to ride them, roads are in really poor condition and not enough good places to park them.” “My biggest concern is young children riding electric scooters, risking injury or death,” said PB activist Marcie Beckett. “I believe parents are under the wrong impression that these e-scooters are safe for kids.” Beckett said, during a recent 15minute period on the Baywalk at Sail Bay on July 25, she witnessed seven “very dangerous” scooter riding situations with young kids and adults. “None of the riders was wearing a helmet as required,” she said. “Some were double riding, which is illegal. And kids were riding, which is illegal. Eco-district proponent Kristen Victor had a somewhat different take on the scooters and bikes. “I propose a three-tiered solution to the dockless bike and scooter revolution supporting safety on our shared pathways in the City.” READ MORE ONLINE AT


Beautiful Mission Beach to hold ‘Endless Summer Walk the Block Party’ Beautiful Mission Beach is a staple in the community focusing on keeping it a beautiful and clean place for residents and tourists. Now the group is taking a new approach to add value to the area by holding an “Endless Summer Walk the Block Party” in partnership with The Patio Group and American National Investments, to raise charitable funds for beach cleanup and beautification. Beautiful Mission Beach invites everyone to attend a walk the block fundraiser on Aug. 11 from noon to 4:30 p.m. (with raffle starting at 3:30 p.m.) on Mission Boulevard in the heart of Mission Beach to celebrate the local businesses that make the community great while raising funds to preserve the gorgeous beaches. The end-of-summer party and walking tour includes a social media contest, raffles and prizes, alongside activities like face painting, massages, henna tattoos and more. Sample food and drinks and visit businesses in Mission Beach – including Patio Express, Luv Surf Boutique, The Surf Life, Bao Beach, Mission Beach Surf Co., Luv Surf Vacation Homes, Saska’s, Surf Rider Pizza Co., Swell Coffee Co., Singlefin, Miss B’s Coconut Club,

ENDLESS SUMMER PARTY What: Food samples, photo ops, activities for the whole family, info booths, all-day happy hours, contests, a raffle, and a variety of music. When: Aug. 11 from noon to 4:30 p.m. Where: Heart of Mission Beach. Info:

Olive Cafe, Olive Bakery, The Creamery, The NOW Cafe, Belmont Park, Mission Beach Rentals, Cheap Rentals, The Point and Urbn Leaf. Complimentary shuttle service donated and provided by Todo Bien Tours. There will be live music from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Point and Miss B’s Coconut Club. Surf Rider Pizza will host the raffle drawing and afterparty from 3:30 till closing. “The idea behind this event was to bring awareness to our cause, allow guests to experience some of the companies that are pillars of the Mission Beach community, have a great and memorable day before summer wraps up, and raise funding to help keep our beautiful area safe, clean, and a place that’s great for locals and tourists alike,” said John Vallas, CEO and founder of Beautiful Mission Beach. READ MORE ONLINE AT

Who will be Lord of the Wings? Annual fundraiser set for Aug. 19 The second annual Lord of the Wings contest, a fundraiser for the Discover Pacific Beach Clean and Safe Program, will take place Sunday, Aug. 19 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Karl Strauss tasting room, 5985 Santa Fe St. A $35 event ticket, $40 the day of the event, includes chicken wing samples from all participating restaurants and two Karl Strauss craft beers. Additional beers will also be available for purchase. Participating restaurants include: 710 Beach Club, Bub’s at the Beach, Dirty Birds, The Duck Dive, Mavericks Beach Club, Pacific Beach Shore Club, SD TapRoom and Tavern at the Beach. “Help us crown the lord of the wings and continue to fund the PB Clean and Safe program,” said Sara Berns, executive director of Discover PB. “What better way to support your community than with wings and beer. With a cleaner environment and a security presence, we start to change the behavior of everyone — residents, visitors and businesses.”

All proceeds benefit the Discover PB Clean and Safe program, which hires homeless individuals to clean and maintain the streets and sidewalks in PB’s business district. The program additionally hires safety ambassadors to patrol the business district to address aggressive and criminal behavior. Clean and Safe utilizes a threepronged approach including cleaning, security and homeless outreach. It not only addresses traditional cleaning and security, but provides the added tools needed to make an effective change to Pacific Beach’s homeless/transient population, while enhancing the safety and cleanliness of the entire community. Donations to the DPB Clean and Safe Program can be made with checks payable to: Discover Pacific Beach, 1503 Garnet Ave., San Diego, CA, 92109. You may also donate to this program by using Pacific Beach Business Improvement Association as your charitable organization through Amazon Smile.


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San Diego Humane Society photo fundraiser creates calendar of memories BY VICTORIA DAVIS | BEACH & BAY PRESS

It takes about two minutes walking along the Pacific Beach Boardwalk, Sunset Cliffs, and passing the sea-side restaurants along Ocean Beach to realize San Diego is an above-average pet-friendly community. People will bring their parrots on coffee dates and their dogs to art studios. The beach communities love their animals, and San Diego Humane Society’s annual giving and corporate partnership manager, Bobbie Barnes, sees this year’s photo fundraiser as a chance for local pet owners to brag about their furry, feathered and scaled friends. “As pet-lovers, we tend to take a lot of photos of our animals,” said Barnes. “This fundraiser is a great way for us to reach out to the community and have people share photos and stories of their beloved pets with us.” For the past 25 years, the San Diego Humane Society photo fundraiser has not only helped raise money for homeless animals, but has also served as a way for the community to come together, get involved with the shelter and receive

‘Our staff really loves the animals here and we get to know them so well, so I think that’s something fun about the calendar.’ DARIEL WALKER SD HUMANE SOCIETY

Lola and Nixon from October and Hurry and Fidget from May in the SD Humane Society’s 2018 calendar.

information on the nonprofit’s work. Participants go online, submit a photo of their pet with a donation, and the shelter will select photos to be featured in their annual calendar. This year, the event has already raised more than $41,000. The goal is to raise $100,000. But, for Humane Society employees, there’s a more nostalgic factor that comes with each bio submitted alongside a photo. “Part of the entry is about giving people the option to tell us their pet’s story and it’s really great to read

about how our past adopters found their pet,” said Dariel Walker, communications specialist for San Diego Humane Society. “People come into our shelter every day to adopt animals and a lot of times we never hear from them again. “Our staff really loves the animals here and we get to know them so well, so I think that’s something fun about the calendar. Whether it’s an animal adopted from us or another shelter, it’s great to hear people’s stories of how this pet became a real part of their family.”

Last year, there were more than 900 photo submissions, and for the 2017 calendar there were more than 1,100. While the majority of the photos are of dogs and cats dressed in hats and sunglasses riding sidecars and bicycles, there are handfuls of less-traditional pets, such as Hortense the chicken and Jackie the donkey. Previous calendars have also featured “odd couples” like Pete “the wonder cat” riding a family horse, along with a tortoise and his long-time rabbit pal. “I do spend a lot of time in the

evenings after work combing through the photos, just to take a look at some of the entries,” said Barnes. “Every year, I’m equally tickled by these photos and the stories of these animals. These owners are giving us updates on the ways these animals have changed their lives and it’s super impactful and inspiring.” The fundraiser ends Friday, Aug. 31 and photos can be submitted at Winners will be awarded tickets to San Diego Humane Society’s annual gala, the Fur Ball, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 6. Calendars will be available for purchase by late October or early November through the SD Humane Society website,

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In 2011, Katie Brown launched her own fashion blog called Trendy and Tipsy. On her blog, she shared her personal style inspiration and posted about up-and-coming trends, while also participating in fashion collaborations on other platforms. It was here that she first started showcasing her love for “old vintage styles mixed with new trends.” After graduating with a master’s degree in international business management, Brown had a clear vision of taking her brand to the next level. “I did my whole [Trendy and Tipsy] business plan for my thesis at Dominican University in the Bay Area,” she said. Merging her passion for vintage clothing, she worked on tailoring down her idea to a smaller scale. She moved back home to San Diego with her parents and started small by designing her own vintage pieces. “I started going to flea markets and vintage stores to shop,” she said. Brown began to repurpose the pieces she found to make them her own. “In 2013, I launched my e-commerce website and brand. I also

Trendy and Tipsy carries repurposed vintage pieces and unique clothing brands for the fun-loving, festival-going, fashion-forward girl.

started going out to the farmers markets and selling my repurposed vintage pieces,” Brown said. While in college, Brown also earned a minor in photography, which helped her with being a onewoman-show at the beginning. “I didn’t have to pay for photographers to get photos of my pieces at the beginning. It really helped me kickstart it on my own,” Brown said. Brown’s one-of-a-kind vintage is what makes Trendy and Tipsy stand out amongst other fashion brands. “It’s handmade. We go to differ-

ent markets in North Park, LA, and all around California, change up all the vintage, and use recycled fabrics and materials,” she said. Brown’s repurposed vintage is even its own wholesale account now. They have about 60 stores that carry her unique pieces. A little more than two years ago, Brown opened her first storefront, located on Mission Boulevard. The store now also carries other fashion brands, while of course still keeping her vintage style, the brand’s bread and butter.

“When I go on buying trips, I try to choose more unique pieces. For instance, I will bring in some international brands instead of typical brands,” she says. Her store also carries handmade goods, as Brown has had the opportunity to meet so many other local vendors at farmers markets. “Some bigger brands we carry that people will recognize are Show Me Your Mumu, Reverse, Motel Rocks, and Mink Pink,” Brown said. When asked what she sees in store for the future, Brown explains she

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Pacific Beach Summer Concerts series wraps up with Christopher Dale BY BART MENDOZA | BEACH & BAY PRESS

to see why Psydecar has long been one of San Diego’s favorite party bands. Appearing aboard the Bahia Belle Mission Bay Cruise, the band’s horn-driven brand of dance music is infectious, with original songs that sound like genre favorites. Led by singer Tim Pacheco, the band is all about groove and rhythm, with the splash of reggae in their sound perfect for dancing or as a soundtrack for cruising around Mission Bay.

The annual Pacific Beach Summer Concerts series wraps up on Aug. 12 with a performance from Christopher Dale & The Rabbit Hole. Dale is a charming performer, adept at both guitar and ukulele, with an impressive roster of songs in his repertoire, with recast versions of everyone from Ozzy Osbourne to Sting. However what truly makes Dale a standout are his terrific originals, all instant sing-a-longs, such as his new single “Boat Club.” His five albums to date are all worth hearing, but you’ll want to catch Dale live where his engaging stage presence really shines through. Christopher Dale & The Rabbit Hole: Sunday, Aug. 12 at Pacific Beach Summer Concerts, 5115 Soledad Road. 4 p.m. All ages. No cover.

The building at 3105 Oceanfront Walk has done business under many names during the years, but the wonderful view remains the same. Located across the boardwalk from the Mission Beach, and now called Cannonball, the venue is hosting live music throughout the summer, such as soulful singer K. Emeline on Aug. 16. Accompanied for this gig by gui-

Psydecar: Friday, Aug. 17, at the Bahia Resort, 998 West Mission Bay Drive. 9:30 p.m. 21 and up. $10.

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tarist Stefan Hillesheim, Emeline provides a nice soundtrack to Cannonball’s dining and drinking options with a set list that includes modern tunes from the likes of Elle King’s “Ex’s and Oh’s” as well as classics such as Prince hit, “Kiss.” K. Emeline: Thursday, Aug. 16, at Cannonball. 3105 Ocean Front Walk. 5 p.m. 21 and up.

Jazz fans won’t want to miss legendary guitarist Lee Ritenour’s two performances at Humphrey’s Backstage Live on Aug. 17. Ritenour is best known for a string of classic solo albums starting in 1976 with “First Course” and including his most recent disc, “A Twist of Rit.” He will be in jazz mode for these shows, however it should be noted that his guitar work can also be heard on a number of big hits by

others, including The Brothers Johnson R&B favorite “Strawberry Letter #23” (1977) and Pink Floyd’s immortal “Comfortably Numb (1979).” Lee Ritenour: Friday, Aug. 17 at Humphrey’s Backstage Live, 2241 Shelter Island Drive. 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Rock-a-billy and its musical offshoots continues to be amongst the most popular music in clubs today. On Aug. 18, Tio Leo’s will host an excellent double bill featuring San Diego’s The Sleepwalkers and Orange County-based, Abby Girl & The Real Deal. Led by singer Abby Maharaj, the latter is blessed with an impressive voice, which echoes Patsy Cline. Meanwhile the band has a vintage sound that will also appeal to fans of early country music or rock ‘n’ roll. Perfect for swing dancing, Abby Girl & The Real Deal’s beat will have the crowd jumping from the first note. Abby Girl & The Real Deal:

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New Barnard families were welcomed into the school community by their parent mentors (left) at a play date this summer.

MISSION BAY HIGH n New student enrollment is 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 8. n Student orientations: 12th graders: 8 to 11 a.m. Aug. 15, 11th graders: noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 15, 10th graders: 8 to 11 a.m. Aug. 16, ninth graders: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 17.

n Some dates to calendar: Transitional kindergarten and kindergarten orientation will be held 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 24. There will be a play date, following the orientation, at Kate Sessions Park. Back to School Night is planned for Wednesday, Sept. 12, and the annual Day at the Bay is slated for Sunday, Sept. 23.

PACIFIC BEACH MIDDLE n New student meet and greet is 9 a.m. Aug. 21. n Schedule distribution: sixth graders: n Pacific Beach Elementary is excited STUDENTS PLAY SPRECKELS ORGAN 9:30 a.m., seventh graders: 10 a.m., eighth Each year, the top performers in the San Diego American Guild of Organ- to partner with the new Beach and Bay graders: 10:30 a.m. ists/Spreckels Organ Society Scholarship Auditions are invited to per- YMCA, which will provide physical educaform on the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ at the Spreckels Organ tion and playground supervision during the Pavilion in Balboa Park. This year, the students performed in two groups, BARNARD ELEMENTARY four performing June 3 and four performing June 17. The June 17 per- upcoming school year. Friends of Pacific n Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elemenformers (above) are Stephen Priest, Katherine Powell (rising seventh- Beach Elementary and its generous donors tary School has launched the fourth year of grader at St. Paul’s Lutheran School), Nathaniel Powell (rising fifth- are excited to work with the new local Y its parent mentor program (photo far right), grader at St. Paul’s Lutheran School), and Margaret Campbell (St. Paul’s and supports its efforts to bring health and created to give incoming parents and stu- class of 2014, Mission Bay High class of 2018). wellness to PB. dents an extra resource to help them pren Back to School Night will take place explained Leslie Seymour, a parent at the Magnet Elementary, or to find out about the pare for the upcoming school year. on Sept. 6, and the Scholastic Book Fair the The mentor program, which is run by the school who is mentoring two new families District’s School Choice program, visit week of Sept. 4-7. Barnard PTA, matches new families with this summer. “My goal as a mentor is for my The Choice parents who have been at the school for new families to be confident and comfort- application window for the 2019-2020 KATE SESSIONS ELEMENTARY one or more years, so that new parents able when entering our school. That makes school year will open between Oct. 1 and n Kate Sessions Elementary, an IB have an experienced contact whom they a world of difference for new parents and Nov. 13 of this year. World School, is gearing up for another fun can ask questions about school resources, their students. I know, because I once was and educational year. Parents and comPACIFIC BEACH ELEMENTARY general practices, and social happenings. in their shoes.” munity members came together to help get While the mentor program is only in place n Orientation for new Pacific Beach Once two families are matched, they can the school ready by assembling rolling meet at one of three school-wide summer for a few months before and after the start Elementary students will be on Friday, Aug. whiteboards, tables and a basketball hoop play dates, at the back-to-school ice cream of school, the tight-knit community of par- 24 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the school. This will set. Some items were prepped and painted ents, faculty, staff, and local partners con- be followed by a play date for transitional social, or simply communicate via email. such as friendship and outdoor benches “The mentor program is designed to help tinues to be a trusted resource to all parents kindergarten and kindergarten students – and planter boxes. A huge thank you to all contact the school office at 858-488-8316 acquaint new families with life at Barnard so throughout their tenure at the school. who participated in this project. n For information on Barnard Mandarin for details. they know what to expect in the fall,”

FOPBSS n Friends of Pacific Beach Secondary Schools is a joint Parent Teacher Organization nonprofit corporation for both Pacific Beach Middle and Mission Bay High schools. The mission of FOPBSS is to foster an environment of excellence in education and student activities for Mission Bay High School and Pacific Beach Middle School. Join in on the conversation at the first meeting of the 2018-19 school year 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Woodstock's Pizza, 1221 Garnet Ave. MISSION BAY CLUSTER n All Pacific Beach public schools begin classes on Monday, Aug. 27. FREE COLLEGE TUITION n The San Diego Community College District recently announced a major expansion of its tuition-free program known as the San Diego Promise making all recent high school graduates who are first-time, full-time students eligible to receive two free years of college. Participating students may attend San Diego City, San Diego Mesa, and/or San Diego Miramar colleges.







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Mission Bay Buccaneers football now following new Roman rules BY DAVE THOMAS | BEACH & BAY PRESS

Following an 0-10 season a year ago, things can only go up for the Mission Bay football team. With that in mind, the school recently hired Dane Roman to be its new head coach. Roman, who has been an assistant coach at several area

schools in the past (including Mission Bay), looks to bring enthusiasm and a new attitude to the Bucs. “The goal is to develop and mentor high school diverse student-athletes in life and football,” Roman said. He added that his focus is on grades, nutrition, faith, family and football.

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1939 Felspar St., San Diego, CA 92109 Offered at $695,000 Great condo in the heart of PB. This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom Townhouse has 1160sf of living area, a deck off the living room and a large rooftop view deck up the spiral staircase. Oversized 1 car garage with direct access, and 1 additional assigned parking space. LOW HOA fees at $120 per month! Full sized washer and dryer. Central heat and A/C. Close to shopping, entertainment, and public transportation. Limited Viewings. Call for an appointment.

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SAN DIEGO Sat 1-4pm . . . . . . . . . .3044 Fir St . . . . . . . . . . . .3BR/3BA . . . $1,195,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bobby Graham 619-379-9668 LA JOLLA Sat & Sun 1-4pm . . . . . .5303 Chelsea Street . . . . . .5BR/4BA . . . $3,100,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gregg Whitney 858-456-3282 Sun 1-4pm . . . . . . . . . . .8433 Prestwick Drive . . . . .4BR/3BA . . . $2,995,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susana Corrigan 858-229-8120 Sat 1-4pm . . . . . . . . . . .6585 Draper Ave . . . . . . . .5BR/4.5BA .$3,650,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Reed Team 858-456-1240 Sun 1-4pm . . . . . . . . . . .7734 Esterel Drive . . . . . . .5BR/4.5BA .$4,850,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Scott Appleby 858-775-2014 Sun 1-4pm . . . . . . . . . . .621 Arenas Street . . . . . . .3BR/2BA . . .$1,595,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nelson Brothers 858-242-2468 Sun 1:30-3:30pm . . . . . .1235 Virginia Way . . . . . . .3BR/3BA . . . $2,914,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arlene Sacks 858-922-3900 PACIFIC BEACH Sat & Sun 1-4pm . . . . . .1658 Los Altos Road . . . . .3BR/2BA . . .Call for price . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tim Tusa 619-822-0093 Sat & Sun 1-4pm . . . . . .1466 Wilbur . . . . . . . . . . . .5BR/3BA . . .Call for price . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Scott Both 858-775-0280 Sat 1-4pm . . . . . . . . . . .3843 Riviera Drive . . . . . . .3BR/2.5BA .$869,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Scott Both 858-775-0280 POINT LOMA Sat & Sun 1pm-4pm . . . 803 Temple Street . . . . . .4BR/4BA . . .$1,375,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Richard Julian 619-852-9199 Sat 11-2pm . . . . . . . . . .2504 Evergreen St. . . . . . .3BR/3BA . . .$1,395,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blake Ames 619-820-1965 Sun 1-4pm . . . . . . . . . . .2504 Evergreen St. . . . . . .3BR/3BA . . .$1,395,000 . . . . . . . . . . . Karen Duvall Meyer 619-206-7638 Sat 1-4pm . . . . . . . . . . .4147 Loma Riviera Lane . .2BR/1.5BA .$499,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dave Dennis 619-987-9484 RANCHO SANTA FE Sat 12-3pm . . . . . . . . . .5535 La Sencilla Lane . . . .4BR/6BA . . .$5,295,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Scott Appleby 858-775-2014 CHULA VISTA Sat 1-4pm . . . . . . . . . . .110 N 2nd Ave . . . . . . . . . .1BR/1BA . . .$274,999 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Karen Duvall Meyer 619-206-7638






Pacific Beach • Bay Front | $5,395,000 Enjoy coastal living at it's finest in this gorgeous bay front estate, right on the water of the north end of Sail Bay. This tropical paradise is located in the highly sought after, rarely available Braemar Lane, near the famous Catamaran Resort. Enjoy spectacular panoramic unobstructed bay & city views, day & night from every room of this extraordinary home. Other exclusive features include: guest casita, outdoor water features, wine cellar, fireplace, teak accents, and folding glass walls throughout.

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New Listing! $324,900 Renovated and affordable studio condo in gated Point Loma Yacht Club Condos. Enjoy all of the sunshine San Diego has to offer either poolside, or you are just steps to the Marina, Yachts and local shopping! 1021 Scott St. #240, Point Loma





New Listing - Ocean View! $1,289,000 South Mission Beach 3 Bed/2.5 Bath home featuring beautiful upgrades throughout and a 2 car tandem garage. Soak up the sun with your choice of balconies or wander up to your own private rooftop deck with phenomenal panoramic views! This home is just steps from the beach! 717 Asbury Ct. #A, Mission Beach

Sweeping Bay Views! $1,845,000 Gorgeous custom built 3 Bed/3.5 Bath Home with Sweeping views of Sail Bay! This is a unique, three level, Hi-Tech Smart Home featuring Colorado V-Net system with controls for Sirius XM radio, weather, and security cameras in each room. Indoor/outdoor living at its absolute finest! 837 Salem Ct., Mission Beach

3421 Buena Vista Street, Crown Point 1972 sq ft total including 3/2 main home & 1/1 guest cottage $1,479,000 - $1,579,000 Enjoy the ocean breeze from this incredibly charming craftsman, a half block to Sail Bay in prestigious Crown Point. Era specific refinished oak plank flooring and natural stone countertops throughout. Centra AC. Chef’s kitchen with island and dual sinks. Expansive backyard acts as an extension of the home, encompassed by a blooming floral wonderland. Enchanting separate guest cottage with dutchdoor, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, bath, and kitchenette. Private outdoor surfers shower. Additional Tuff Shed with ample storage for beach living.

Kara Watkins Norgart CA BRE #01389633


Sale Pending! $524,000 Outstanding value for this central San Diego Single Family Home. 4+ bedrooms, 3 baths including detached Guest House. Close to Shopping, Freeways and Schools. 1815 Tilden St., San Diego

Scott Norgart 858-361-2326 CA BRE #01962881



Panoramic Ocean Views! $325,000 Oceanfront at the Capri by the Sea, 25% Ownership. Condo is gorgeous, 2 bed/2 bath, 1191sq/ft. Turnkey fully furnished, ready to use, no hassle and no Management responsibility. 4067 Ocean Blvd. #205, Pacific Beach






2279 Loring Street in Pacific Beach - $919,000 to $949,000! Bayfront Triplex $2,595,000 A unique Bayfront investment opportunity in the heart of Mission Beach! This Tri-Plex has Pano Bay Views, one of the largest patios on the Bayfront, scenic balcony & 3 car garage. Remodeled/Upgraded in 2017. Includes large Jacuzzi, built in BBQ, gas fire pit, LED lighting, & security Camera's. 2,519sq/ft divided into 3 income generating units.

3525 Bayside Walk, Mission Beach

Greg Flaherty Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

858-692-0185 CalBRE #01073434

Beautifully remodeled contemporary detached home with 2312 SQ FT of living space! 3 bedrooms plus a den/office, 3 full baths and a private lush yard. Great southwesterly exposure from the living area and balcony, new flooring throughout, vaulted ceilings, quartz counter tops, custom wood cabinetry, energy efficient lighting and new HVAC.

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