DAILY BRIEFING – Birch Aquarium will operate outdoors-only, Mr. Jingles Christmas Trees to open in La Jolla, Thanksgiving food drive at JFS

A young woman watches one of the most spectacular sunsets of the year at Sunset Cliffs on the evening of Halloween. The high clouds glowed a red-orange for nearly 20 minutes after the sun disappeared beyond the horizon. PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE

A young woman watches one of the most spectacular sunsets of the year at Sunset Cliffs on the evening of Halloween. The high clouds glowed a red-orange for nearly 20 minutes after the sun disappeared beyond the horizon. PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE


A round-up of news, community, and business briefs from sdnews.com highlighting what’s happening in our community.

Friday, Nov. 13


With unprecedented numbers of San Diegans facing unemployment, evictions and/or reduced income, many people in our region are experiencing food insecurity for the first time. From home-delivered meals for isolated older adults to a free, no-touch drive-thru food distribution, Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) provides tens of thousands of meals every week to individuals and families impacted by the pandemic.

In the spirit of the holidays, JFS is asking for donations of healthy, nonperishable holiday favorite food items as part of its Thanksgiving Food Drive. Suggested items include canned goods such as pumpkin and cranberry sauce and boxed items like stuffing and cornbread mixes. General items such as canned meats and vegetables, pasta, rice, peanut butter and granola are also encouraged. Donations may be made at the JFS Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus (8804 Balboa Ave.) every Monday through Friday between 1-4 p.m.


Support the Enlisted Project (STEP), a San Diego based non-profit serving junior enlisted and transitioning veteran families through a financial crisis, which will be providing 200 Turkey dinners to young military families experiencing financial hardship this holiday season on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 9915 Business Park Ave. Suite A, in the back alley of the building. Military and veteran families will receive two bags of groceries and a $25 grocery gift card for a turkey. STEP is supported by partners including Southwestern College, School of Social Sciences, Business & Humanities, MRM Nutrition, Associated General Contractors of America, Jewish Family Services, USAA, San Diego Downtown Lions Club, San Diego Food Bank. stepsocal.org.


San Diego County Credit Union is collecting “Presents for Paws,” a special holiday fundraising campaign benefiting animal shelters and rescues in San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties. This will be SDCCU’s ninth consecutive holiday season supporting the “Presents for Paws” campaign. SDCCU hopes to raise $10,000 throughout the holiday season. In San Diego County, with collections benefiting San Diego Humane Society. For more information, visit sdccu.com.


The Pearl Hotel at 1410 Rosecrans St. has a lineup of classic holiday flicks sure to get you in the spirit of the season this December. Held weekly on Wednesdays, Dinner and a Movie is an elevated movie-and-poolside dining experience perfect for date night, girls’ night or just because. Enjoy a three-course menu by chef Peter Ziegler with themed cocktails inspired by the evening’s featured film:

  • Dec. 2: “Nightmare Before Christmas”

  • Dec. 9: “Elf”

  • Dec. 16: “Christmas Story”

  • Dec. 23: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

  • Dec. 30: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Call 619-226-6100 for reservations (required). Arrive by 7:45 p.m. at the latest.


Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego at 2300 Expedition Way in La Jolla will be operating outdoors-only beginning Saturday, Nov. 14 in accordance with state and county COVID-19 regulations. The outdoor spaces at the aquarium have been enhanced with new animals and activities, and are open to guests with discounted ticket prices. 

“Our Birch Aquarium team has done a wonderful job pivoting to a safe outdoor-only experience for our guests,” said executive director Harry Helling. “New outdoor exhibits that provide more animal encounters, along with the amazing ocean views during the Gray Whale migration, make Birch Aquarium a great place to visit during the more restrictive Purple Tier.”

The outdoor Smargon Courtyard and Tide Pool Plaza are both open with new activities added for guests to explore and enjoy. On Tide Pool Plaza, guests can see and touch some of their favorite creatures in the life-like tide pool displays as well as in the new touch experience that allows guests to come nose-to-nose with local species. 

Two recently-added touch exhibits feature unique and charismatic invertebrates and juvenile sharks, allowing guests to get hands-on and experience animals that are not usually seen at Birch Aquarium. Discounted Outdoor Admission tickets will be available online beginning Friday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. More information can be found on the Know Before You Visit page.


Beginning Nov. 27, Mr. Jingles Christmas Trees, with a location in La Jolla at 6710 La Jolla Blvd., will open this 2020 holiday season with online ordering, delivery, drop-off, installation and tree-removal services amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Jingles’ Christmas Trees are hand-picked premium-grade trees shipped from the best Christmas tree growers in the country. Their fresh trees come from Oregon, Washington, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Canada. Mr. Jingles provides six different types of fresh trees ranging from two feet to over 20 feet, along with wreaths, garland, mistletoe (select locations), lights, ornaments, flocking and more. For more information, visit mrjingleschristmastrees.com/pages/covid-19-update.


Right now, beer festivals aren’t really a “thing.” But what if you could travel from beer station to beer station just like you were attending one – without all the crowding, lines and general hullabaloo? Stone is getting together with a few of their closest beer buds to curate a progressive guided tasting experience at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station from 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 5. While safely distanced from other folks, you’ll make your way through each station and learn all about these heroic hometown brewers and their creations from brewery representatives themselves. 

Thursday, Nov. 12


Ocean Beach live-entertainment venue Winstons Beach Club has closed its doors temporarily, the establishment said “until something gives. Our last day open for business was Sunday, Nov. 8. Until we are able to either get another loan from Washington, a grant, or if live music starts up again, and we don’t see any of those things happening anytime soon. Remember, we love you all.”



La Jolla Presbyterian Church will host a blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7715 Draper Ave. in the Sun House Hall accessed from the courtyard on Draper Avenue. Donors must present a photo ID, be age 17 and older, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in good health. The Blood Bank recommends an adequate meal and plenty of fluids prior to giving. To schedule an appointment call 619-400-8251 or visit sandiegobloodbank.org.



The La Jolla Portal Elementary Virtual Book Fair will take place Nov. 16-29, when the Book Fair will go live and be open for online shopping. Share the homepage with family and friends. Books make wonderful holiday gifts. All books will be shipped directly to your home and there will be free shipping for all book orders over $25. In the meantime, check out Book Fair Flyer. With an Online Fair, families will have hundreds more titles to choose from than our traditional fair. LPE will receive 25% of all sales. The LPE Foundation uses proceeds to purchase Scholastic News Magazines for the classrooms, update books for the classrooms, and purchase books for LPE families in need during the Holiday Food Drive and throughout the year.  



Check out Fiesta Island Dog Owners special « HOWLIDAY » sale, open now until Nov. 28. They have two different shirt designs in eight styles and festive holiday colors to brighten the season – perfect for gift-giving and to celebrate the holidays. They also have a new mug with a favorite FIDO design in red or green. Order by Nov. 15 to receive items by the first week of December. Orders placed by Nov. 28 should arrive by mid-December. Visit the FIDO Online Store to see all the styles and colors.



Kathy Cornell has associated with the La Jolla office of Coldwell Banker Realty as an affiliate agent. “My background working with high-level executives in a myriad of different environments and being responsible for meeting the high expectations of the boss and all the people directly related to them gives me a unique advantage working with buyers and seller when taking care of their expectations, getting things done on their behalf while dealing with the other side of the transaction,” said Cornell.



Stone Brewing  has announced a sum of more than $140,000 will be given to employees who were laid off due to COVID-19 shutdowns in a second round of disbursements from the Team Stone Relief Fund. The donation is announced as San Diego entered the most restrictive Purple Tier in California’s system of coronavirus tiers. In late June, Stone’s laid-off employees who applied for the Team Stone Relief Fund received $1,000 each, totaling a $250,000 contribution. More than $140,000 will be dispersed in a second round of funding later this month totaling nearly $400,000 in funds for the Team Stone family.

The Team Stone Relief Fund was initiated by Stone Brewing and is administered in cooperation with The San Diego Foundation. To kick off the fund, Stone Brewing co-founder Greg Koch contributed his entire 2020 salary and co-founder Steve Wagner and other Stone leadership followed suit. The fund was later opened to all Stone employees and the public. In an outpouring of support, Team Stone stepped up with huge contributions making this second round of giving possible. For more details on the Team Stone Relief Fund, visit stonebrewing.com/blog/philosophy/2020/stone-time-covid



On Monday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mr. Moto Pizza at 1180 Rosecrans St. is donating 25% of all proceeds when showing this flyer or mentioning the Point Loma High School music fundraiser. This applies to dine-in, take-out or delivery orders. If ordering in person, look for any music students who may be working behind the counter too.



Citizens’ Climate Lobby founder Marshall Saunders died in late 2019, but his legacy lives on in the nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization he established. Now 200,000 supporters strong nationwide, CCL is poised to influence bipartisan climate legislation under the incoming Biden administration. In honor of Saunders’ inspiring legacy, Joan and Irwin Jacobs have established the Marshall Saunders Chancellor’s Endowed Chair in Global Climate Policy and Research at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. 

“Over the years, we have been so impressed with what Marshall was able to accomplish with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby—he built an amazing organization that is well on its way to influencing many members of congress,” said Irwin Jacobs, who is a past member of the CCL Advisory Board. “When Marshall passed on, we thought it was important to remember his accomplishments, and a chair at GPS seemed to be a very good way of doing so.” 

The inaugural chairholder of the Marshall Saunders Chancellor’s Endowed Chair in Global Climate Policy and Research is GPS associate professor Jennifer Burney. An environmental scientist, Burney’s research focuses on simultaneously achieving global food security and mitigating climate change. Burney studies poverty alleviation and agricultural adaptation, the relationships between energy and food security, the environmental effects of food production and consumption, and climate and air pollution impacts on agriculture. 



Scripps Coastal Medical Center physicians were presented the Excellence in Healthcare Award by the Integrated Healthcare Association for achieving top marks in quality of care, patient satisfaction and cost management. IHA also recognized Scripps Clinic physicians and those from Scripps Coastal for performing in the top 10% of all participating California physician organizations in patient experience measurements. More information can be found at scripps.org.



Cory Chalker has associated with the La Jolla office of Coldwell Banker Realty as an affiliate agent. “I’m interested in construction and architecture so real estate is great fit,” said Chalker. “Last year, I flipped a house and enjoyed the process and reward of seeing it finished. Not only did the flip make a difference for the home, it helped the neighborhood and community look better. I am excited to help my clients achieve their real estate goals.”



In strongly worded letters to both Gov. Gavin Newsom and CDCR Secretary Kathleen Allison, San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan has objected to the early prison release Richard Sepolio, 28, who crashed a pickup truck over the side of a transition ramp to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, killing four people and injuring several others when it landed in Chicano Park.

Stephan has characterized Sepolio’s  early release  as a “miscarriage of justice,” arguing that Sepolio should not receive extra credits and an early release due to COVID-19. Sepolio was released after serving two years and 10 months of his nine-year, eight-month sentence. He was convicted by a jury last year of four counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and one count of DUI causing injury.

Monday, Nov. 9


On Nov. 6, La Jolla Parks & Beaches, Inc. board member Phyllis Minick presented Bill Robbins with a couple of special awards, a plaque made from the remains of a fallen “Lorax” Monterrey cedar tree from Scripps Park, along with a watercolor painting. “We’d like to thank him for his service to our community,” said Minick of Robbins at the October meeting of LJPB. The gifts Robbins received from the beach community included a Dr. Seuss book, “The Lorax,” donated by Warwick’s Bookstore.

“This has special significance,” noted Minick of the wooden plaque. “This absolutely gorgeous plaque has stainless steel lettering with an inscription that reads, ‘In appreciation for your devoted guardianship of our La Jolla Village shores. This wood from the historic Lorax tree, once in EB Scripps Park, represents the one-of-a-kind gratitude of our community.”

The plaque was signed by LJPB board members as well as Andy Field and Dan Daneri from the City’s Parks and Rec Department. It also carried the signatures of plaque designer Chris Cott and La Jolla’s “The Dawn Patrol Swimmers.”

“Bill is the first person along the shores daily and the last to leave, overseeing all special events and even routine (park) usage of all our areas,” said Minick. Robbins was honored with a semi-private early-morning ceremony. 



La Jolla Presbyterian Church will host a blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7715 Draper Ave., in the SunHouse Hall accessed from the courtyard on Draper Avenue. Donors must present a photo ID, be age 17 and older, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in good health. The Blood Bank recommends an adequate meal and plenty of fluids prior to giving.  COVID antibody testing will be provided upon request. A coupon from the Broken Yoke will be provided as a thank you for your contribution. Please schedule an appointment at 619-400-8251 or sandiegobloodbank.org.



Mavericks Beach Club is encouraging guests to help give back this month with two opportunities throughout November. From now until Nov. 30, order the Toasted For Nuts, a coconut margarita made with Don Julio Tequila. For every cocktail purchased, $1 will be donated to Movember.org, the leading charity changing the face of men’s health. This organization is committed to making a difference in mental health and suicide prevention, prostate and testicular cancer, and Mavericks is proud to support Movember all month long. 

If you’re looking to support a local organization, Mavericks will also be hosting a food drive for North Shores Alano Club. From Wednesday, Nov. 18- Nov. 25, the beach bar is encouraging diners to bring in canned and pre-packed food items, which will be delivered to the Alano Club the day before Thanksgiving. The North Shores Alana Club serves as a safe and welcoming gathering place for people to begin and grow their life in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Mavericks Beach Club is at 860 Garnet Ave.



As part of its ongoing commitment to support the military, 24 Hour Fitness is offering free workouts and classes to all retired and active duty members of the military this Veteran’s Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at all locations nationwide. With stress levels arguably at an all-time high, the timing couldn’t be better to support military members’ fitness, wellness and mental health goals. And, for those looking for a dose of military fitness inspiration, the free 24 Hour Fitness app offers military-inspired workout options you can experience whether you’re inside or outside of the club. 24life.com/a-military-inspired-trx-ready-to-serve-workout/.



ArtOASIS, an art-based program presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego that supports active-duty members of the armed forces in recovery from the symptoms of combat-related stress, has continued despite the inability to meet in-person. In its sixth year, this partnership joined MCASD with Veterans Village of San Diego. In past years, ArtOASIS has paired an art therapist with a case manager to lead weekly conversations and art-making sessions with participants.

When the pandemic struck, the importance of these connections became even more pronounced. MCASD transitioned to virtual art therapy sessions and began offering ArtLine (a hotline of sorts.) The demand for more art during a stressful time is a testament to its power. The result is a powerful mural on display outside the Museum’s downtown location called TRANSFORMATION: BE THE CHANGE. MCASD hosted a virtual unveiling of this mural with the artists that created this work on Nov. 6.

Friday, Nov. 6


The California King Tides Project is calling on you to photograph the highest high tides of the year. Documenting these tides helps us preview the impacts of sea level rise and understand how shoreline is affected by high water today. King tides themselves are not caused by sea level rise, but allow people to experience what higher sea level will be like. King tides are the highest high tides of the year, about a foot or two higher than average tides, which corresponds to the one- to two-foot rise in sea level expected during the next few decades. When you observe the king tides, imagine seeing these tides (and the flooded streets, beaches, and wetlands) every day. Understanding what a king tide looks like today will help plan for sea level rise in the future.

If you’re able to safely take photos during king tides you will be contributing to an important community science effort. Find your local king tide times and learn how to upload your photos on the website or with a free app. You can check out a selection of photos from each coastal county and access a map of all the king tides photos from the last few years. Educators and parents can find ways to incorporate king tides into student learning, including with an elementary-level science journal downloadable in English or Spanish. Middle and high school students may want to use king tides images and concepts as they enter the Climate Video Challenge.



The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial in La Jolla and Honor Flight San Diego will host an hour-long tribute honoring Veterans Day that will be streamed live on Sunday, Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to noon at soledadmemorial.org.


“With a highly successful Memorial Day live virtual broadcast and events still being canceled due to COVID regulations, we knew it was still very important to honor our local World War II veterans here in San Diego County, this being the 75th Anniversary since the ending of that conflict,” said Phil Kendro, vice president of the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association’s Board of Trustees. “The opportunity to express our sincere thanks to these brave men and women is running out.”

The event will be hosted again by National University’s director of public safety outreach, reserve El Cajon police officer, and former San Diego news anchor, Marc Bailey. The hour-long virtual tribute will include inspiring remarks from World War II veterans, video messages from elected, business leaders, and celebrities, musical performances by Marine Band San Diego and young prodigy singer Chelsea Snow, and finally a flyover by World War II aircraft.  



2-1-1 San Diego was awarded $50,000 from the State of California for Covered California outreach and enrollment efforts. The grant will support 2-1-1’s Certified Enrollment Specialists as they help individuals and families in the San Diego region renew their plan or enroll during Open Enrollment, which began on November 1. It will also be used for outreach, marketing, and education efforts about Covered California health care plans and the application process. This year, an estimated 5.4 million people lost their health insurance between February and May as a result of job losses due to COVID-19. As of Sept. 22, 289,000 people signed up for coverage during Covered California’s COVID-19 special enrollment period. To learn more or to receive help finding and applying for a Covered CA plan, visit 211sandiego.org/coveredca or call 2-1-1.



Nov. 28 marks the 11th Annual Small Business Saturday, a celebration of small businesses and the positive impact they have on communities across the country. An average two-thirds of every dollar ($0.67) spent at a small business stays in that local community. Invest in bettering the Pacific Beach neighborhood and commit to shopping small for the holidays. Celebrate the season to shop small with all of your PB retailers. Discover Pacific Beach will kick off the holiday season with the annual Shop Local discount cards, local business specials promoted on social media, and a special shop small section at the PB Farmers Market. Follow @discoverpb to make sure not to miss any deals. Discover PB is also keeping the neighborhood looking festive by holding the annual business window decorating contest and hanging holiday wreaths on Crystal Pier. 

Shopping small is made easy with all of your favorites in one spot. Discover Pacific Beach will be curating a special shop small section within the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers Market featuring retailers from around the neighborhood. With all the perfect PB picks, you will find exactly what you want for everyone on your holiday gift list. When: Every Tuesday from Nov. 17-Dec. 15 from 3-7 p.m. at Hornblend and Bayard.



A community collaboration, Rose Creek neighborhood cleanup, will be held Saturday, Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at Wasabi Sushi parking lot, 2662 Garnet Ave. Volunteers should wear masks, hats, gloves and sunscreen. Water and snacks will be provided. For more information, call Caryn at 858-900-7024.



In order to better understand the impact on communities, the City of San Diego has released its first comprehensive study analyzing the intersection between San Diego’s creative industries and the local economy. The City’s Commission for Arts and Culture and the Economic Development Department initiated the 2020 Creative Economy Study, in partnership with the San Diego Regional EDC, to examine the economic impact creative industries and their workers have on the region. 

“San Diego’s creative industries have an important ripple effect in the broader economy. Every job in the creative industry supports another 1.1 jobs,” said Christina Bibler, director of the City’s Economic Development Department. “This means that creative industries are a powerful component in the region, with many industries employing creative workers.” 

The creative economy is defined as a sector made up of nonprofit and for-profit businesses and individuals who produce cultural, artistic and design goods or services and intellectual property. In San Diego, the creative economy employs more than 107,000 people at nearly 7,400 creative firms and organizations and generates more than $11 billion annually.  

“With a 23% decline in jobs, the arts have been hit even harder by the pandemic than most sectors of our economy,” said Mark Cafferty, president/CEO of the San Diego Regional EDC. “As San Diego recovers, it is imperative we continue to work with our arts and cultural leaders to create a more diverse and resilient arts industry to weather future economic downturns – for the sake of the vibrancy of our communities and our culture.” 



A 10-day celebration promoting more than 150 independent craft breweries in San Diego County, San Diego Beer Week will take place Nov. 6-15 with events held throughout San Diego County at participating breweries, bars and restaurants. The event is being brought by the San Diego Brewers Guild and Sycuan Casino Resort, with participation from the region’s local craft breweries, allied and affiliate members. This year, the industry has faced immense challenges, but never wavered in producing the exceptional craft beer for which San Diego is known.

The 12th annual #SanDiegoBeerWeek will look a bit different than years past, with both virtual and safely curated in-person events held countywide. Visit sdbw.sdbeer.com for brewery-specific events, regularly updated by the brewery teams themselves.



Today marks Southwest Airlines’ inaugural flight from San Diego International Airport (SAN) to Honolulu, Hawaii via Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL). This is the first time Southwest has provided daily, nonstop service from SAN to Hawaii.  “We’ve been anticipating this route for many months and welcome Southwest’s new daily service to Honolulu,” said Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority president/CEO. 

Passengers traveling to Hawaii are encouraged to review the state’s travel policy, which includes a pre-travel testing program, the Mandatory State of Hawaii Travel and Health Form, and temperature screening upon arrival. Passengers are also encouraged to review Southwest’s COVID-19 travel recommendations and procedures. For available flight days and times, visit southwest.com.  



Silvergate Elementary School in Point Loma is one of 36 California schools to receive National Blue Ribbon School honors for 2020. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Now in its 38th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years. 



The next Restoration Advisory Board meeting for the Naval Base Point Loma Complex Environmental Restoration Program is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 5:45 p.m. The board meeting is being held to discuss relevant issues. This will be a virtual meeting open to the public. To request a link for this virtual meeting, contact Kellie Koenig at [email protected]. For more information, call 619-556-8926.



The National Lacrosse League has announced the League is targeting to start their 35th season the weekend of April 9-11 in 2021. The focus of the league and NLL teams is to work with health authorities and local jurisdictions to develop health and safety protocols for the players and fans at their games. A detailed schedule will follow at an appropriate time.

Under the current plan, teams would report to individual training camps – some virtual and some in-person – under strict guidelines in mid-March, with all teams beginning game play in April. “We’re eagerly anticipating the NLL’s 35th season, and excited for the opportunity to get back to playing lacrosse in San Diego,” said Seals president Steve Govett. The 2019-20 NLL season ended March 12 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Tuesday, Nov. 3


The Parking Advisory Board for the Pacific Beach Parking District is holding a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m. regarding a proposal for parking meters to be installed in certain areas of Pacific Beach. They’re seeking feedback from the community. For more information, visit pbparking.org.



Pacific Beach Town Council’s next weed abatement removal project will be Saturday, Nov. 7 from 7 to 9 a.m. The clean-up will focus on Grand Avenue from Mission Bay High School to the corner at Mission Bay Drive. This stretch has weeds along the sidewalk curb lines near MBHS and the golf course areas, and some weeds in center medians closer to Mission Bay Drive. Volunteers will be fanning out in teams to remove weeds in these different areas. PBTC’s volunteer sign-in table will be set up in the eastern-most MBHS parking lot on Grand Ave next to Rose Creek.



Don’t miss the upcoming installment of the online lecture series presented jointly by the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and SDSU Chinese Cultural Center. On Nov. 7, Catherine Jones will speak about the heavenly qualities associated with jade in the Chinese tradition:

What is jade? Not an ordinary stone. Jade was more valuable than gold or diamonds in China. It has a special quality that made a Chinese emperor offer 15 cities for a jade carving he could hold in his hand. As far back as 5,000 years ago, jade was buried in tombs. Later, different colors of jade were carved for many decorative or symbolic purposes. Among the SDCHM permanent collection is a most astounding full-scale jade suit for burial purposes. Zoom: https://sdsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAodOGurTssHNXBR97Df74N5u2wgMGNoviS. After you register, you will receive information about how to connect to the event on Saturday via email.



The La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District (LJ MAD) celebrated one full year of operations in October, working to proactively ensure cleanliness in the district in the Village of La Jolla with regular litter abatement, landscaping and pressure-washing activities. Current projects underway include landscaping improvements and more precision-focused sidewalk pressure washing activities. Sidewalk pressure washing continues three times a week.

A project to restore weathered and rusting streetlight poles concluded with 21 streetlight poles getting a fresh coat of new paint. Following sanding and priming, these streetlight poles located from the district’s southernmost border on Girard Avenue to Silverado Street were painted from top to bottom, as was an additional streetlight pole on Herschel Avenue between Wall Street and Silverado Street.

Discards from 41 city trash receptacles located within the geographic boundaries of the MAD are collected seven days a week, the city’s first stop on a daily route spanning from La Jolla to San Ysidro. Looking forward, a redesign is underway of the Enhance La Jolla website to augment content about LJ MAD activities. Watch for an announcement when the new enhancelajolla.org website goes live. Lastly, a consolidation plan for nearly 70 newsstands located throughout the district is in its final phase. Discussions with publication owners and the City of San Diego are nearing mutual finality regarding newsstand placement in several proposed locations. Contact Enhance La Jolla at 858-444-5892 or [email protected].



On Monday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. the City Council will consider the proposed Complete Communities plan at a special meeting in the City Administration Building at 202 C St. On the 12th floor. Complete Communities include planning strategies that work together to create incentives to build homes near transit, provide more mobility choices and enhance opportunities for places to walk, bike, relax and play. These efforts ensure that all residents have access to the resources and opportunities necessary to improve the quality of their lives. Thoughtful and inclusive planning initiatives and programs aim to create a healthy environment and thriving communities that will serve to enhance the quality of life for all residents, regardless of their background and identity.

Friday, Oct. 30


– There will be a Halloween surf at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 at Tourmaline Surf Park. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

– There will be a “Celebration of Life” yoga class and bonfire at 4 p.m. on Nov. 1 (Día de los Muertos) at Jersey Court and the beach in Mission Beach. Costumes encouraged. The sunset beach yoga is a donation-based class (suggested donation of $10-$20). Sign up at Facebook.com/OceanFitnessCA.

– If you are looking for a frighten-ly good time… don’t miss out on the Mavericks Beach Club third annual Nightmare on Garnet. Costumes encouraged on Halloween, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., as Mavericks is going all out with their nightmare-themed decor, haunted special cocktail menu, spooky swag, and more. This promises to be one Halloween celebration you won’t forget.

– Visit the Pacific Beach City Tacos location on Halloween Day Oct. 31 and receive a free quesadilla when you come in wearing your Halloween costume. The taqueria will also host a social media costume contest, with a chance to win a $25 gift card. To participate, simply snap a photo in costume while at City Tacos and tag the taqueria on social media.

– Head to Break Point this Halloween for fun, food, and boos. The Pacific Beach destination will feature specialty cocktails such as the Pumpkin-Tini and the Blue-BOO-ry Passionfruit Sour alongside savory bites including wings and carne asada fries. Come in dressed to impress and enter Break Point’s Costume Contest – upload a photo in your costume at Break Point for a chance to win a prize



Tickets are still on sale for Best of the Beach Fish Taco Contest until Nov. 11. Ticket holders can stop by competing restaurants across PB to sample their selected signature fish taco between now and Nov. 15. After tasting all tacos, votes will be cast through an online survey emailed to ticket holders. Voting closes Nov. 18. Tickets are on sale now at pacificbeach.org for $12 apiece. Each ticket entitles you to one signature taco from the six participating restaurants listed below.

Best of the Beach Fish Taco Contest participating restaurants:


• California Taco Club (4465 Mission Blvd.) – Beer Battered Fish Taco.


• City Tacos (4516 Mission Blvd.) – Pescado Taco.


• Maverick’s Beach Club (860 Garnet Ave.) – Mahi Mahi Taco.


• PB Fish Shop (1775 Garnet Ave.) – TKO Taco.


• PB Shore Club (4343 Ocean Blvd.) – Grilled Mahi Taco.


• Sandbar Sports Grill (718 Ventura Place) – TKO Grilled Mahi Mahi Taco.



Repair work by the Army Corps of Engineers is continuing on the Mission Bay jetty. The work involves repairing the large rock structure of the jetty outer layer near the ends of each jetty, as well as a portion of the north jetty close to the South Mission Beach parking lot. 

Additionally, the large concrete pad that used to support the navigation light at the end of the north jetty will be removed along with graffiti. The contractor will be using a barge-mounted crane to place the rock and a tug to position it. 

The barge will be staged in the turning basin between the entrance to Mariner’s Basin and the West Mission Bay Drive Bridge. The area will be secured and barricades and warning tape will be used to block certain areas currently accessible to the public. The work started in July and is expected to be completed in November.



Rallies both for and against Measure E, the Nov. 3 election ballot proposal asking to remove the 30-foot height limit from the former Sports Arena and the Midway Area only, was held one-hour apart on Oct. 30 at the site at 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. At 2:30 p.m. a group of Measure E supporters assembled in front of Pechanga Arena San Diego including Assemblymember and mayoral candidate Todd Gloria, District 2 Councilmember Dr. Jen Campbell, District 7 Councilmember Scott Sherman, representatives of the AFL-CIO and Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planners Cathy Kenton, Dike Anyiwo and Amy Stark.

“The people who live in this neighborhood put Measure E on the ballot so we can reside in a community that is livable, beautiful and walkable just like other parts of San Diego,” said Midway resident Anyiwo. “We’re in a terrible economic and health crisis, and Measure E will create the jobs, parks and public spaces San Diego needs.”

Proponents claim a new sports arena cannot be built under the current height limit in the Midway area, making Measure E crucial to creating world-class sports and entertainment complex. At 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 two other groups – Save San Diego Neighborhoods and Save Coastal Access-No on E – led by First District Council member and mayoral candidate Barbara Bry also gathered at the arena site.

You’ve likely heard the fake pitch about affordable housing in the ‘blighted’ Midway District and may have seen the pretty drawings paid for by big money campaign contributors,” said opponents in a prepared statement. “Don’t buy it. Measure E is nothing more than another scheme by land speculators and labor unions and the oh-so-many corrupt politicians they hold in their pockets. The plan is to fleece San Diego residents and steal public land. Increasing the height limit is the brass ring for developers and paves the way for thousands of high-end luxury apartments further enriching campaign contributors, lobbyists and no-doubt, their political puppets.”



The next Restoration Advisory Board meeting for the Naval Base Point Loma Complex Environmental Restoration Program is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 5:45 p.m. The board meeting is being held to discuss relevant issues. This will be a virtual meeting open to the public. To request a link for this virtual meeting, contact Kellie Koenig at [email protected]. For more information, call 619-556-8926.



Feeding San Diego continues to support youth in need through its extended Summer Food Service Program, a critical part of its hunger-relief services across San Diego County that usually ends come fall. Due to COVID-19, waivers, and extensions have been put into place that allows the distribution sites to go on into 2021. Typically, SFSP provides vital support during the summer months to ensure youth are getting the nutrition they need to grow and thrive. Now, that support is available through the end of June 2021. In total, there are 28 sites (22 of which are open to the public), ensuring that there are many access points throughout the county for youth and families facing hunger.

Before COVID-19, one in six children faced hunger in San Diego County. Now the need has surged by an estimated 50 percent. With schools primarily operating with virtual learning and unprecedented levels of unemployment across the county, youth are increasingly affected by hunger. At the 28 youth meal sites hosted by Feeding San Diego, children aged 1-18 can receive a free breakfast and lunch daily. Children do not have to be present to receive a meal: a parent or guardian can pick up meals for them if they provide the names of their children. Feeding San Diego has fully adapted its operations to follow San Diego County health guidelines, and these sites are operating as drive through pick-ups, with meals served on a first-come, first-serve basis to be taken home for consumption. Meals follow the USDA SFSP meal pattern and are either hot or cold. For more information visit feedingsandiego.org.



With wildfires continuing to rage throughout the Western United States, Bike for Humanity (BikeforHumanity.com), the global initiative co-created by Basketball Hall of Fame member Bill Walton, is set to return to the streets this Saturday, (Halloween Day, Oct. 31), with a socially-distanced, virtual ride to raise much-needed funds for wildfire relief efforts in both California and Oregon. The primary beneficiaries of Bike for Humanity are the California Fire Foundation (cafirefoundation.org) and the 2020 Community Rebuilding Fund, facilitated through Oregon Community Foundation (oregoncf.org). In California alone, there have been more than 8,000 wildfires since the beginning of 2020 and nearly 4 million acres have burned. And since mid-August, nearly 30 people have lost their lives due to the devastating wildfires. In Oregon, more than 1 million acres burned and nearly 40,000 people have dealt with evacuations during the worst fire season on record.

There are several ways to sign-up and participate in Bike for Humanity’s Halloween Ride. Most importantly, you can ride for as long or as short as you choose, so long as you sign up and get out and ride your bike on Saturday. For people who simply want to participate, there is no cost to sign-up and register, however, there are multiple options for participants to donate as little as $25 and receive commemorative keepsakes, including official Bike for Humanity T-shirts, medals, and more. There are also a number of VIP experiential opportunities to choose from, as well as chances to register and win great prizes. Riders can visit BikeforHumanity.com to register and learn more.



Halloween Inspired Scavenger Hunt: During the two weeks leading up to Halloween, make your way over to Westfield UTC for a Halloween-inspired scavenger hunt, taking place Oct. 31. The scavenger hunts are free to participate in between 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and will engage a number of different retailers and tenants of the center and all participants will receive fun Halloween treats upon completion. Costumes are welcome.

Halloween Drive-In at Westfield UTC (Oct. 31): Westfield UTC continues their partnership with the San Diego International Film Festival to put on a Halloween-inspired drive-in movie experience at the center. On Saturday (Halloween), the drive-in will be showcasing a screening of “Hocus Pocus.” Costumes are welcome. VIP tickets are $50 per car and general admission tickets are $30 per car and the proceeds will benefit the San Diego Film Foundation Focus on Impact Educational Program. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the film will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.



You may have heard that the classic Halloween movie  “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” will not air on network television this year for the first time in more than five decades. Well, fear not, ghouls and goblins, the “Halloween Brew & View” presented by the Museum of Beer at the Theatre Box in Downtown San Diego, has you covered. This fall craft beer tasting experience and food pairing will be narrated by the museum’s “Curator of Craft,” Bruce Glassman, who will take guests through a sensory and flavor experience as he shares a little bit of history about each of the participating breweries. Attendees will enjoy six hand-selected San Diego craft beers perfectly paired with delicious bite-sized savory and sweet treats from the popular Sugar Factory restaurant.

Following the food and libations will be a very special showing of the Halloween cult-classic movie, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” Guests are encouraged to wear costumes and there will be a prize for the “best in show.” The Halloween Brew & View takes place on Oct. 31 at the Theatre Box in Downtown San Diego, starting at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets or to learn more about this new holiday tradition, visit museumofbeer.com.



Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, in partnership with community leaders, will honor the nearly 900 San Diegans who’ve died due to COVID-19 and recognize the more than 223,000 lives lost across the United States, during a Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) ceremony on Nov. 1  at 5:30 p.m. at the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway.

Dia De Los Muertos is a Meso-American tradition observed annually on Nov. 1 and 2 to honor those who have passed away. The Altar de Muertos is traditionally decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, photos of those who passed away and other items of remembrance. The ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m. to dedicate the COVID-19 Altar de Muertos will be live-streamed. Viewing locations will be on Supervisor Fletcher’s Facebook and Twitter.  



The Balboa Art Conservation Center announced that it has hired cultural heritage champion and experienced arts administrator Leticia Gomez Franco as its next executive director. She will start in early December. “I am incredibly honored and humbled to lead BACC as its new executive director and committed to the possibilities in this new position,” Gomez Franco said. “Conservation centers play a pivotal role in ensuring the objects that make up our historical cultural inheritance survive the times. Let us dare to reimagine our role as more than caretakers of objects, but also of the stories they keep, the societies they represent, and the people they exclude.

“Let this be the moment we shift — along with the world — into the uncharted territory of inclusivity. As the leading conservation center in the west, the small but mighty team at BACC is ready to engage communities, demystify the field of conservation, stimulate dialogue, and usher the work into a more inclusive framework.” A nonprofit organization, BACC is located in the heart of Balboa Park. Learn more at bacc.org.



The National Lacrosse League has announced the League is targeting to start their 35th season the weekend of April 9-11 in 2021. The focus of the league and NLL teams is to work with health authorities and local jurisdictions to develop health and safety protocols for the players and fans at their games. A detailed schedule will follow at an appropriate time.

Under the current plan, teams would report to individual training camps – some virtual and some in-person – under strict guidelines in mid-March, with all teams beginning gameplay in April. “We’re eagerly anticipating the NLL’s 35th season, and excited for the opportunity to get back to playing lacrosse in San Diego,” said Seals president Steve Govett. The 2019-20 NLL season ended March 12 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.



BABE Wine, the wine-in-a-can under the Anheuser-Busch umbrella, has just launched a new low-cal product, available exclusively in San Diego. The all-new BABE 100 is a light and refreshing canned wine with only 100 calories per can. This canned wine is meant to fill the void of a low-cal, delicious option for people who prefer the taste of wine over hard seltzer. It tastes almost too good to be true. San Diego was selected for the pilot program because of its vibrant food, wine, and cocktail scene. While BABE 100 will roll out nationally in 2021, only those in San Diego can get their hands on a can of the low-cal bev this year. BABE 100 is available in 4-packs of Rosé and a variety 12-pack of Rosé, White, and Red. You can find a list of all local San Diego retailers who carry BABE 100 HERE.


Monday, Oct. 26


Presale for the 2021 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & ½ Marathon taking place June 5-6, 2021 is now open by visiting runrocknroll.com/Events/San-Diego/Register. Presale registration is now open through Sunday, Nov. 1 featuring the lowest prices of the year. In addition, participants that register during presale will receive a free  Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego training T-shirt mailed directly to their door.

Since 1998, Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego has brought the fun to the run. As the original Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event, Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego is proud to return for its 24th year, taking participants on the ultimate running tour of San Diego. See America’s Finest City on foot next June 5-6, 2021 with a marathon, half marathon, half marathon relay, or 5K distance. To learn more about Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego, please visit runrocknroll.com/Events/San-Diego.


The City Council will consider Mayor Faulconer’s Complete Communities plan to encourage denser development near transit on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The proposed plan will offer a new optional incentive package developers can use for projects within half a mile of transit stations. The plan includes bus lines as well as trolley routes. The plan has come under fire from some community groups opposing more development in their neighborhoods.


Creepy costumes, glowing jack-o’-lanterns and candy galore make Halloween a treat for kids and grown-ups alike, but they can be seriously scary for pets. To keep your pets safe and healthy this Halloween, San Diego Humane Society recommends keeping the following tips in mind:

• Stay in: Keep pets inside away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities. To reduce stress levels, keep pets in an enclosed room with their favorite toys and with the television or radio on.

• Doorbell damage control: Excessive ringing of the doorbell can make some dogs bark and raise their stress levels. Consider leaving a note on your door that asks trick-or-treaters to lightly knock rather than ring the doorbell.

• Keep Sweets out of reach: Chocolate and other ingredients can be toxic to animals, so keep candy somewhere they won’t be able to get into. Also, be mindful of wrappers and foil — they can be a choking hazard to animals.

• Costumes are not for everyone: Just because animals look adorable in costumes, doesn’t necessarily mean they like it. Don’t make your pet wear a costume unless you’re sure they enjoy it. A simple Halloween bandana can be a more comfortable alternative to a full costume.

• Use caution with Halloween decor: Keep jack-o’-lanterns with flames out of reach of your pets, or use flameless candles to prevent curious pets from getting burned. Also, use caution with fake cobwebs and other decorations that could be a choking hazard for your pet — and inadvertently catch wildlife outside.

• ID your pet: Make sure that all of your pets are microchipped and wearing tags with a current ID. Opening the door repeatedly for trick-or-treaters creates plenty of escape opportunities for your pet. If your pet does go missing, a pet ID and microchip will help ensure a quick reunion. Microchips are offered at San Diego Humane Society’s San Diego, Escondido, and Oceanside campuses for just $25. To schedule an appointment, visit sdhumane.org.


Digital inequity has existed for decades and has long been a focus of the San Diego Public Library Foundation and its partners. However, the pandemic is putting a shining spotlight on the issue, with the deep impacts of COVID-19 affecting San Diego’s most vulnerable communities and widening the digital divide. To address this, the Foundation did an innovative rethinking of what libraries are able to offer and how they can be set up to give technology access to those needing it most. The Foundation’s actions provide a unique model for other communities to follow and demonstrate how libraries are more than just books and can be used as a key solution to provide technology and access to those in need, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The San Diego Public Library Foundation helped libraries with three specific initiatives:

  1. For students – The Foundation is expanding a program to provide the technology needed for remote learning that started by giving out 240 Chromebooks

  2. For adult learners – The Foundation donated computers to participants in the Career Online High School program and READ/San Diego, an adult literacy program.

  3. For job seekers – The Foundation provided 200 Chromebooks for libraries to lend to patrons to use in outdoor library spaces. The program, colloquially called Computers in the Courtyard, continues to expand to more locations and more laptops available for check out. These computers can also be used by individuals who need the internet for a myriad of reasoning including college applications, research or social media.

  4. For the city – The Foundation stepped up to develop a broader response to address the digital equity problem. This initiative is now a part of the Mayor’s SD Access for All citywide initiative involving local government and its various departments, showing the value of libraries as a key solution to bridging the digital divide. 

    The San Diego Library Foundation was created as a catalyst for creating stronger communities through investment in the San Diego Public Library system. It helps provide access to resources supporting literacy, work readiness and lifelong learning, helping to ensure equal opportunities and for success for all.

  5. The foundation works within the community to raise funds, build partnerships and honor its patrons and donors. Since its inception in 2002, the San Diego Public Library Foundation has raised more than $130 million in private funds to augment and support library programs, collections, expansions and services. For more information, call 619-238-6695 or visit supportmylibrary.org.

Friday, Oct. 23


Sunday, Nov. 1 marks the Fish Shop’s 10 year anniversary of opening their first location in Pacific Beach. To celebrate and thank the community for 10 years, the team has fun planned for the entire week prior, including an in-store raffle. From Monday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 1, every customer who dines in will receive a raffle ticket with their order. There will be a box setup where you can drop your ticket and enter to win prizes such as a bottle of Fish Shop seasoning, Fish Shop apparel; $10 gift cards; and free tacos. Those who dine-in on Nov. 1 will receive 10% off their order. PB Fish Shop is located at 1775 Garnet Ave. and open for dine-in service from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.



From improving wildfire monitoring to developing biodegradable products for a more sustainable future, the University of California San Diego has pushed boundaries and challenged expectations to promote positive change. Now, the university is poised to continue advancing its efforts to solve society’s most urgent issues with the recent launch of the Changemaker Institute at UC San Diego.

A changemaker is anyone who has the courage to do things differently and takes creative action to solve social problems. By envisioning a better world, we all have the potential to be a changemaker.

As the nucleus of the university’s Changemaker programs, the new campuswide institute serves as a supportive infrastructure to champion, oversee, and reinforce change-making efforts throughout UC San Diego. Its mission is to advance UC San Diego’s ecosystem for changemaker education, research, and community engagement among the campus community including students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

For the 2020/2021 academic year, the institute has selected a theme of, “Inspiring Changemaking for a Just and Equitable Future.” This theme will be reflected across affiliated events, programming, and initiatives such as the upcoming Oct. 21 Global Ethics of Affirmative Action panel discussion in observance of Global Ethics Day and the 2021 Changemaker Week.

The Changemaker Institute at UC San Diego invites the campus community to nominate individuals dedicated to channeling their talents and skills for the greater good. To nominate a Changemaker, visit the Changemaker Institute website. Selected changemakers will be recognized and honored throughout the academic year by the institute.



Visit the Pacific Beach City Tacos location on Halloween Day Oct. 31 and receive a free quesadilla when you come in wearing your Halloween costume. The taqueria will also host a social media costume contest, with a chance to win a $25 gift card. To participate, simply snap a photo in costume while at City Tacos and tag the taqueria on social media. Make sure to try the October Taco of the Month before October ends – the Vegan Sweet Potato Taco, featuring a golden fried purple sweet potato over black bean mousse and topped with microgreens, pico de gallo, and vegan basil aioli.

Head to Break Point this Halloween for fun, food, and boos. The Pacific Beach destination will feature specialty cocktails such as the Pumpkin-Tini and the Blue-BOO-ry Passionfruit Sour alongside savory bites including Wings and Carne Asada Fries. Come in dressed to impress and enter Break Point’s Costume Contest – upload a photo in your costume at Break Point for a chance to win a prize



On Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m., Warwick’s in La Jolla will host veterinarian and San Diego Humane Society president and CEO, Dr. Gary Weitzman, who will present his two new companion titles to help families seeking the best tips and tricks for training their furry best friends. Titles include “Fetch! A How to Speak Dog Training Guide” and “Pounce! A How To Speak Cat Training Guide” (National Geographic Kids Books, ages 8-12). 

This is a free Facebook Live virtual event for pet owners around the world to tune-in, listen, learn, and enjoy. Brian Daugherty, senior vice president and chief philanthropy and communications officer with San Diego Humane Society will interview Weitzman during this event. Also, joining the conversation will be Amanda Kowlaski, SDHS’ director of behavior programs. Kowlaski served as an expert reviewer for the books. With the pet adoption and ownership “boom » linked to COVID-19 quarantining, Weitzman will present information on responsible pet care, ownership, and training.


FOPBE (Friends of Pacific Beach Elementary) remains committed to supporting the PBE community. They are now holding the PBE STRONG Contribution Drive through Oct. 30.  By contributing, you are helping students benefit from social/emotional support as well as science enrichment. To make a contribution, visit fopbe.org. There are a number of great perks that come with your donation including a raffle ticket for prizes and PBE STRONG gear. Any amount is appreciated and all proceeds go directly to benefit students at every grade level.



Award-winning New York City-based b-girl, dancer, and choreographer Ephrat Asherie embarks on a virtual dance residency at ArtPower from Oct. 27 through Nov. 19. Public events include film screening of “Everything Remains Raw: Hip Hop’s Folkloric Lineage” (Oct. 27), which traces the fundamental role African Americans have had in American popular dance. Director of the film Moncell Durden joins Asherie to discuss social dance and its physicality after the screening.

On Nov. 5, a film screening of “Check Your Body At The Door” and conversation with the film’s griot/guiding star Archie Burnett and Asherie about the golden decade of dancing. On Nov. 12, audiences are invited to participate in an intimate “Conversation with Asherie” and UC San Diego lecturer Grace Jun as they discuss Asherie’s life and works. The fall 2020 residency concludes on Nov. 19 with a work-in-progress showcase of Asherie’s latest work “UnderScored.”

All Ephrat Asherie Dance Residency events take place via online live stream. Tickets are $10 per device and can be purchased online at artpower.ucsd.edu. ArtPower at UC San Diego presents performing arts that engage, energize, and transform the diverse cultural life of the university and San Diego. For more information, visit artpower.ucsd.edu/



In September, Don’t Trash Mission Beach held its first beach clean up and art installation at Belmont Park. More than 60 people came out to volunteer and support. The volunteers picked up 523 pounds of trash from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

At 2 a.m. participants began setting up the installation along the boardwalk at Belmont Park with tables stacked with thousands of items picked up from the beach in just 30 days. That brought awareness in the form of a shock for many who stopped by and asked questions. We met new folks and those who want to collaborate with us in the future.



The Bird Rock Merchants group has established a Facebook group dedicated to all merchants in Bird Rock. The aim of the group is to highlight the attractions of the various Bird Rock merchants and to provide information on their various offerings. A growing number of videos are already posted on the site, providing virtual tours of stores and introductions to business owners. If you are a Facebook user, you will want to join the site and to check in often for the latest updates.

Monday, Oct. 19


The next Pacific Beach Town Council virtual public meeting will be live-streamed on the group’s PBTC Facebook page Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Topics will include:


  • Q&A with local police, fire, and lifeguards.

  • Updates from public officials.

  • PBTC board elections with a vote on the 2021 slate of candidates. You do not need a Facebook account to watch the live stream. 



Repair work by the Army Corps of Engineers is continuing on the Mission Bay jetty. The work involves repairing the large rock structure of the jetty outer layer near the ends of each jetty, as well as a portion of the north jetty close to the South Mission Beach parking lot. 

Additionally, the large concrete pad that used to support the navigation light at the end of the north jetty will be removed along with graffiti. The contractor will be using a barge-mounted crane to place the rock and a tug to position it. 

The barge will be staged in the turning basin between the entrance to Mariner’s Basin and the West Mission Bay Drive Bridge. The area will be secured and barricades and warning tape will be used to block certain areas currently accessible to the public. The work started in July and is expected to be completed in November.



On Wednesday, Oct. 21, San Diego Seniors Community Foundation will host a virtual press conference to announce its No Seniors Alone Initiative, which will provide $1 million to support isolated older adults across San Diego County. The event will feature president/CEO of San Diego Seniors Community Foundation Bob Kelly and other community leaders who will discuss the challenges older adults face as the COVID-19 pandemic continues; as well as the pathways that will enable San Diego’s older adult population to thrive and the region to continue to benefit from their contributions.

The widespread impact of COVID-19 and associated social distancing measures have hit San Diego’s older adults especially hard. This has resulted in what AARP calls social isolation and the « loneliness epidemic. » Increased social isolation for older people across San Diego County significantly threatens their overall health and wellbeing.

In addition to the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on older people, San Diego’s service providers tasked with caring for this population lack adequate infrastructure and funding to deliver safe support services in the midst of a pandemic. For more information visit, sdscf.org. Featured speakers:


  • Bob Kelly, founder, CEO, and president of San Diego Seniors Community Foundation;

  • Abigail Sahm, Sahm Family Foundation; 

  • Congressman Juan Vargas; 

  • Aaron Ruiz, supervisor at Norman Park Senior Center; 

  • Shelley Lyford, CEO of West Health Institute. 



Construction crews will be working around the clock this weekend to smooth the pavement on State Route 52 (SR-52). All lanes of westbound SR-52 between State Route 163 (SR-163) and Interstate 805 (I-805) will close from 4:30 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26. Motorists will be detoured to southbound SR-163, to eastbound Interstate 8, to northbound Interstate 5 to SR-52.

Crews began in late August on a $16.5 million project to smooth the pavement between SR-163 and I-805. Crews are working daily to complete the project by early November. On weeknights, at least one lane remains open during the construction hours between 4:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. Nearly 30 highway workers are working this area each night. Motorists are advised to slow down and obey the speed reduction signs posted on both the eastbound and westbound lanes of the highway.



Suzi OBrien, the principal designer and CO of EcoLux Interiors of San Diego, has been elected president of the American Society of Interior Designers’ San Diego chapter for a one-year term.

OBrien focuses on residential interiors, specializing in eco-friendly design. A recent remodel achieved “Platinum” status from Green Point Rated, which provides third-party verification of green homes, and was featured in the San Diego Green Building Council’s Home Tour. 

She prides herself in being able to create homes that reflect the personal “love stories” of her clients and incorporates each family’s history, treasures, travels and interests. Her interior design work has been featured in San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, La Jolla Lifestyles and the San Diego Union-Tribune.  For the past seven years, she has been honored as the “Best Interior Designer” in the Peninsula Beacon’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

In addition to OBrien, the new ASID board of directors includes Beppie Mostert, Allied ASID, director of communications; Shannon Miller-Rice, ASID, membership director; Robin Kelley, ASID, director of finance; Chelsea Metheny, ASID, director of professional development; Edwin Clement, Industry Partner ASID, director at large; and Vallerie Dalrymple, Student ASID, student rep to the board. 



The Taco Stand understands that trick-or-treating might look a little different this year, which is why they’re offering $1 Paletas on Halloween. Whether you opt for Oreo, pistachio, coconut or one of their many other indulgent flavors, this is one treat you can count on this year. Also, have a hoppy Halloween at Pacific Beach AleHouse, where you can get your fill of brews and views with $5 house beer available all day.


Friday, Oct. 16


Because 2020 needs a superhero, Duck Dive will be celebrating Halloween in superhero-style. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, Superhero Trivia will take place at 8 p.m. Reservations required for groups of 4-plus, and you can call 858-273-3825. For smaller groups, it will be first come, first served starting at 7:30 p.m. There will be prizes for the best costume and trivia winner, along with superhero themed cocktails. On Friday, Oct. 30, Duck Dive will be gearing up for the festive weekend with superhero brunch at 10 a.m. Enjoy superhero themed cocktails and bottomless mimosas until 2 p.m. and costumes are highly encouraged.


If you are looking for a frighten-ly good time… don’t miss out on the Mavericks Beach Club third annual Nightmare on Garnet. Costumes encouraged all week long and the beach bar’s spooky decor officially goes up on Monday, Oct. 26. On Halloween, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Mavericks is going all out with their nightmare-themed decor, haunted special cocktail menu, spooky swag and more. This promises to be one Halloween celebration you won’t forget.


The Foundation Fighting Blindness, committed to finding treatments and cures for blinding retinal diseases, will host its San Diego Virtual VisionWalk on Saturday, Oct. 24. This new one-day event is an opportunity for VisionWalk supporters from across the nation to come together virtually to raise awareness and funds for the Foundation’s mission. On Oct. 24, VisionWalk participants are encouraged to be creative in taking steps to fighting blindness by walking on a treadmill, going on a socially distanced walk outdoors, or hosting a virtual meeting with team members. Participants are also invited to show their strength and how they’re celebrating by posting a picture or video using #VisionWalkStrong on social media. Join the National Virtual VisionWalk by visiting VisionWalk.org


Pacific Beach Town Council has sent a letter to District 2 City Councilmember Dr. Jennifer Campbell stressing the need for sidewalk vending regulations. “Due to inaction by the City of San Diego, we’ve seen a major uptick in street vendors along our boardwalks in Pacific, Mission and Ocean beaches,” wrote PBTC president Brian White in the letter. “We’ve sent pictures and complaints without any attempts by the City to remedy the situation. When the draft ordinance for sidewalk vending was brought to City Council committee in September 2019 by the mayor’s office, PBTC voiced full support for the new regulations.

“The proposed rules called for the prohibition of vending on our boardwalks and other areas of high- pedestrian traffic, while still allowing this activity in certain areas with rules and proper permitting in place. After SB 946 opened up sidewalk vending across the state in September 2018, Carlsbad quickly responded by adopting new regulations in March 2019, while this issue remains unaddressed here in San Diego. We urge you to bring forward the draft ordinance to full council for approval as soon as possible.”


“Our all-volunteer PB Town Council is seeking increased hours for on-leash dogs in Mission Bay Park,” said PBTC president Brian White. “We believe the current hours are too restrictive, so we’re proposing that the City of San Diego to loosen up the hours a bit to give dog owners a little more time in the mornings and evenings to enjoy the bay with their pups. Changing the hours to 10 a.m.-4 p.m. year-round (for « Dogs Not Allowed ») would provide more consistency as well.”

Mission Bay Park Committee on Oct. 6 endorsed, in principle, extending on-leash dog hours and that meeting can be viewed on YouTube at youtube.com/watch?v=xkvaLnKMQdM&t=3805s, starting at 43:30.


The Southern California Chapter of the Tourette Association of America, the only national non-profit organization serving the Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder community, will host a virtual fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. The program will raise funds and awareness for the chapter, while celebrating Southern California’s children, adults and families that are living with TS. Featured presenters will include actor and director Dash Mihok, who will serve as the program’s emcee, Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin, as well as animator, comic book artist, and musician Chance Raspberry — all of whom have Tourette Syndrome and are vocal advocates for the condition. For more information, visit socaltaa.org/virtualcelebration2020


The ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter will present its 2020 Walk to Defeat ALS, the nonprofit’s 20th annual fundraising walk, on Sunday, Oct. 18 as a virtual fundraiser due to Covid-19 restrictions. The fundraiser is free and open to the public. Information is available at alsasd.org. Proceeds will benefit the chapter’s programs, services and services provided to local families living with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects neurons, or nerve cells, in the brain and the spinal cord.

The theme for the 2020 Walk to Defeat ALS 2020 is “Walk Your Way,” which refers to the many different ways supporters can participate virtually while maintaining physical distance and still raising money for a cure, according to Steve Becvar, executive director, ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter. The 2020 fundraising goal is $300,000, and a minimum donation of $90 is requested to qualify for a walk T-shirt.


Duck Dive, a favorite PB hangout, is going basic this fall by transforming one of their beloved cocktails into a delicious, pumpkin-flavored delight. The Deja Brew, made with vodka, Kahlua, Modern Times Cold Brew, Coco Lopez, crème de cacao, and vanilla, will now also have fresh pumpkin and pumpkin spice blend. This frozen concoction comes served with leaf sprinkles to truly get anyone who orders it in the mood for fall. Duck Dive is at 4650 Mission Blvd., and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 12


The retail-commercial building at 2168 Balboa Ave. has been sold for $1.7 million. The seller was the Carmel Creek LLC, and the buyer was 2168 Balboa Ave LLC, a company led by Dr. Brett Berman. The Franco Realty Group, led by Tony Franco and Seth Pite, exclusively represented the seller. Marcus & Millichap, led by Ben Tashakorian and Bradley Peters, was able to locate a buyer who plans on operating their cardiologist practice in one of the four units.

The property includes four office units totaling 3,960 square feet and 14 onsite parking spaces. All four units were leased prior to COVID-19. After the businesses were shut down during quarantine, two of the four tenants never reopened. The vacancies provided an opportunity for Berman to purchase the building and open his cardiologist practice. For more information regarding the sale of the building, call The Franco Realty Group at 858-717-1697.


The first virtual spirit week is being held this week at Point Loma High School. The schedule of spirit days is:

Monday: Tie-Dye Day;

Tuesday: Pointer Pride;

Wednesday: Bring Your Pet to Zoom;

Thursday: Class Colors;

Friday: Pink Out.

There will be a competition for the class that has the most spirit. If you dress up for Spirit Day, post a story in Instagram and tag your class Instagram for points.


Liberty Station invites guests to participate in a virtual costume contest throughout the month of October. Strike a pose anywhere around campus and upload the photo to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, making sure to hashtag #HalloweenAtTheStation. Contenders will be entered to win first, second, and third prizes from kids, families, and pets categories (plus most creative and fan favorite picks). Prizes include gift cards from Liberty Station businesses including Stone Brewing, Solare, The Presley, Pigment, Moniker Coffee, Liberty Public Market, The Hot Spot, and more.

Visitors are also encouraged to Follow the Anchor throughout the historic hub to locate festive photo ops, complete with fall décor of haystacks, corn stalks, and pumpkins galore. For more information, go to halloweenatthestation.com.  


Don’t miss the upcoming installment of the online lecture series presented jointly by the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and SDSU Chinese Cultural Center. On Oct. 17, starting at 10 a.m., author Russell N. Low, a California-born, fourth-generation Chinese-American physician, will recreate the world of Tong Yan Gai, or Chinatown, before the turn of the 20th Century. He will recount the story of his great-grandparents, Lai Wah, a railroad worker, and Ah Ying, a rescued child slave. 

Their saga is intertwined with the history of the American West, beginning with the construction of the transcontinental railroad.  Later in the story, Low will explore the devastating impacts of the Chinese Exclusion Act, and the subsequent trafficking of young Chinese women as part of the illegal slave trade.

Based on his novel, “Three Coins: A Young Girl’s Story of Kidnappings, Slavery, and Romance in 19th Century America,” Russell’s talk will touch upon the themes of immigration, discrimination, human trafficking, and romance that are as relevant today as they were 140 years ago. « Ripples in Time » will celebrate all the immigrant stories that make us uniquely American. Register in advance to attend this presentation in Zoom: SDSU.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAodOGurTssHNXBR97Df74N5u2wgMGNoviS. 


Families, youth athletes, coaches and organization management within the Southern California soccer community rallied Oct. 10 at the County Administration Building in downtown San Diego to ask Gov. Newsom to open up gaming competition in California. In addition to the soccer community, organized by the Presidio Soccer League, all youth sports organizations and athletes were invited to attend. The participating organizations and leagues have waited patiently since June for the state to consider moving forward from individual training exercises within the state’s reopening. Efforts made to seek conversation with state officials have gone unanswered.

Friday, Oct. 9


The OB Pumpkin Patch will pop-up at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, on Santa Cruz Avenue between Bacon and Cable streets. Masks are mandatory and hand sanitizer will be provided. Donations will be accepted. Children will receive a pumpkin.


Steak N Fries at 1039 Garnet Ave. In Pacific Beach is celebrating its three-year anniversary Sunday, Oct. 18. “We opened our doors October 18, 2017 after relocating to San Diego in September of 2016,” said restaurant owner Angel Pagan. “We are 100% family owned and operated. The most important part of our business is ensuring every ingredient is fresh. We slice our ribeye fresh everyday along with our mix-ins (onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, jalapeños and cherry peppers) and cheeses (American Provolone, Swiss, Mozzarella, and Pepper Jack). Every item on the menu is customizable, you pick your meat (steak or chicken) your mix-ins, and your cheese.”

For his anniversary date, Pagan has something special planned. “We will be picking three names to win a free meal,” he said. “We have the sign up sheets in store and all they have to do is leave their contact info, and if we draw their names, we will contact them. Also, the first 25 customers that day will receive a gift from us including some of our exclusive merchandise and special offers. We will also have special treats for everyone who stops in to celebrate with us.”

Pagan added that, as always, seniors, students and military will receive 10% off. “We will be operating during the hours of 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays our hours are 11 a.m.-midnight,” he added.


San Diego International Airport has achieved Airports Council International World’s Airport Health Accreditation for its “Let’s Go Safely” program that prioritizes the health and safety of passengers, employees and the community through a number of modifications and improvements at the airport. The ACI Airport Health Accreditation program provides airports with an assessment of how aligned their health measures are with the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and International Civil Aviation Organization Council Aviation Restart Task Force recommendations along with industry best practices.  

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority voluntary initiated the request to achieve accreditation by submitting a questionnaire and a cleaning and disinfecting plan that details the process in which SAN has addressed topics including cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing, staff protection, physical layout, passenger communications, and passenger facilities. Once submitted, the questionnaire was reviewed by ACI and accreditation was granted for a period of one year. 

“This accreditation provides SAN with third-party verification and recognition of professional excellence in maintaining safe, hygienic facilities and promoting best practices that align with efforts across the aviation industry,” said Kimberly Becker, Airport Authority president/CEO. “I want to commend our operations team for their diligent efforts in achieving this important accreditation.”   

Since March, SAN has been implementing several health and safety modifications throughout the terminals, Rental Car Center, Parking Plaza, and Airport Authority administration building. Those modifications and protocols include increased cleaning of high touch points, electrostatic spraying, signage on preventive health measures, floor decals and seat separation signage to queue six-foot social distance, hand sanitizer stations, Plexiglas sneeze guards in certain public spaces, and facial coverings required on all airport property. For more information on ACI Airport Health Accreditation program, click here. To learn more about what SAN is doing to keep travelers safe, visit san.org/gosafely



Several San Diego LGBTQ-serving organizations will be hosting a conference to increase culturally competent services in San Diego County for victims and survivors of sexual violence who identify as LGBTQ. The three-day conference entitled #MeTooLGBTQ will be held online from Thursday, Oct. 15 to Saturday, Oct. 17.

The goal of the #MeTooLGBTQ conference is to increase culturally competent services for victims and survivors of sexual violence and relationship violence that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer and to create space for LGBTQ+ survivors to connect with each other and community resources. For more information and to register, visit sdpride.org/metoolgbtq.

Thursday, Oct. 8


Union Bank Pacific Beach branch manager Catherine Principato recently presented a check to Ron Greene, Pacific Beach Surf Club president, for the philanthropy work the PB Surf Club has provided to the Pacific Beach community, such as StayHomeSD, Pacific Beach Middle School Surf Team, Mission Bay High School Surf Team, and the Pacific Beach Middle School Orchestra Music Program.


Craft beer royalty from both ends of the country are joining forces for an imperial collaboration like no other. Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, N.Y., and AleSmith Brewing of San Diego, have teamed up to give a new twist to their best beers. Philosophy and Velocity combines each brewery’s most iconic beers: Ommegang’s Three Philosophers and AleSmith’s Speedway Stout. Each brewery crafted a singular blend to release in their respective markets.

Though they share a name, the two varieties of Philosophy and Velocity have distinct regional differences. Philosophy and Velocity: West Coast, from AleSmith, pours velvety black with a creamy white head. Aromas of roast espresso and chocolate lead to semisweet caramel malt flavors. Full-bodied and textured, this is an incredible sipper.

“We have always been huge fans of Brewery Ommegang, and are thrilled to be able to work with their team,” said Ryan Crisp, director of brewery operations/head brewer at AleSmith Brewing Co. “Each step of the creative process has been natural and seamless. These rich and complex beers are meant to be compared, savored, and enjoyed. We hope our fans love them as much as we do.”

Philosophy and Velocity hits shelves in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, and a few dozen other markets and will be sold in 4-packs with 16 ounce cans.


Following selection by the City of San Diego to redevelop the Sports Arena Site, Brookfield Properties and ASM Global launched the Sports Arena Community Advisory Board today. The group is comprised of 19 members representing the business, transportation, neighborhood, climate action, military and higher education communities and will actively provide input to help shape the future of the Sports Arena property.

Community participation is a key principle for all projects that we engage with,” said Zach Adams, vice president of development at Brookfield Properties. “We are excited to collaborate and work in close partnership with the Sports Arena Community Advisory Board throughout the entire process to reimagine the current Sports Arena property into a special, mixed use destination.”

The Sports Arena Community Advisory group held its first meeting virtually this week and will continue to meet throughout the planning and development process of the Sports Area property.

The Brookfield Properties and ASM Global team were selected as winners of the opportunity to redevelop the Sports Arena property in August, following a public Request for Proposals (RFP) process through the City over the last year. Brookfield Properties and ASM Global have initially envisioned a mixed-use district of parks, housing, office space, modern entertainment venue and retail that is convenient, walkable and transit oriented.

Sports Arena Community Advisory Board membership includes: Cathy Kenton, Midway-Pacific Highway Planning Group; Dike Anyiwo, Midway-Pacific Highway Planning Group; Byron Wear, Point Loma Resident; Anthony Pretto and Chuck Pretto, Kobey’s Inc.; Kevin Sheehan, Phil’s BBQ; Rebecca Lieberman, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; Nicole Capretz, Climate Action Campaign; Jason Riggs, San Diego Stadium Coalition; Chris Duggan, California Restaurant Association; Andy Hanshaw, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition; Jason Paguio, Asian Business Association; Mark Balmert, RADM, USN, San Diego Military Advisory Council; Lynn Reaser, Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, Point Loma Nazarene University; Sherry Ryan, San Diego State University; Angeli Calinog, Circulate San Diego; Karen Thatcher, Walter Anderson Nursery; Sunny Lee, Old Town Chamber of Commerce; and Coleen Clementson, SANDAG.


The American Kennel Club has launched AKC PupPals for kids in need of uplifting with a message from a canine friend. In light of the crisis California is facing right now, the club thought it was fitting to expand the program to cater to anyone in need of some cheer – medical professionals (HEROES), nursing home and hospital patients, and anyone else impacted by the California wildfires and coronavirus.

Anyone can nominate a person to receive a letter or video from a canine companion, just sign them up here: form.jotform.com/200776189576166. More than 500 requests have been received and fulfilled and AKC is happy to do more. To learn more about this program, visit akc.org/puppals.


St. James By-The- Sea will present A Festival of Faith: Lament and Hope from Oct. 18 to Nov, 1. The event will feature two special services, a photography exhibition, and the premiere of a sound installation, which will take place at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. During the two-week period. The event will begin with a sung Compline-by-Candlelight Service on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. This calm, contemplative choral service, meant for the end of the day, will be led by the Schola Cantorum of St James. The service will include solo voices and polyphony in both ancient and modern styles.

On Sunday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m., a Jazz Vespers service will close the festival. Come, bring a lawn chair or a picnic blanket. For information call 858 459-3421. The services will be held on the church patio with appropriate social distancing. Space is limited and masks will be required at all events. Reservations are required and can be made at sjbts.org. For additional information, contact Walter DuMelle 646-457-8707 or [email protected].


In September, in partnership with a volunteer crew from La Jolla GolfCarts, the La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District removed and disposed of 26 abandoned news stands located on sidewalks throughout the Village of La Jolla. Special thanks to Robert Mackey, Israel Alvarado and Dylan Adler of La Jolla Golf Carts for their help and the use of a trailer to facilitate this project.

After more than two years of off and on and trying to get this project done, the La Jolla MAD removed 26 rusty, abandoned news stand racks. The La Jolla MAD would like to thank the owners of the news racks that gave permission to dispose of their racks. The La Jolla MAD still has work to do, however, with the news racks that are left.  The La Jolla MAD intends to consolidate the locations for the remaining news racks to better inventory and keep track of these publications.  We’re going to need help from existing news stand owners to update or come up with a plan to better represent their product in La Jolla Village.

Tuesday, Oct. 6


The Parking Advisory Board for the Pacific Beach Parking District is holding a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 9:30 a.m. regarding a proposal for parking meters to be installed in certain areas of Pacific Beach. They’re seeking feedback from the community. Join the zoom meeting


VZUkVBUT09. To register email [email protected].



The Point Loma/Hervey branch library at 3701 Voltaire St. will serve as an official Mail Ballot Drop-Off location for the 2020 Presidential General Election from Tuesday, Oct. 6 through election day on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Your signed, sealed and dated voted mail ballot envelope can be dropped off during these hours:

  • Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • On Election Day, Tuesday November 3rd, hours for dropping off voted mail ballots will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Questions regarding the Mail Ballot Drop-Off program should be directed to the County of San Diego Registrar of Voters 858-565-5800.



Caltrans construction crews will close the southbound Interstate 5 (I-5) connector ramp to eastbound State Route 52 (SR-52), between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. now through Thursday, Oct. 8 for electrical work.

Motorists will be detoured to the Clairemont Drive off-ramp, east on Clairemont Drive to the northbound I-5 on-ramp. For real-time traffic information including traffic speed, lane and road closures due to construction and maintenance activities, and more, go to quickmap.dot.ca.gov/.



In order to gather public feedback on climate action efforts and future goals, the City of San Diego is hosting a series of virtual community forums for residents in all nine City Council districts. The virtual forums are scheduled in place of in-person community events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Earlier this year, the Sustainability Department launched Our Climate, Our Future, an expanded vision for climate action in San Diego. When the City’s landmark Climate Action Plan was adopted in 2015, it included a commitment to update the plan in 2020. This update will incorporate changes in state laws and policies, advances in technology, and new goals for creating a more sustainable future for all. 

Upcoming dates and registration information for the virtual forms are available on the City’s website. All of the forums will be held on Zoom and a link will be sent to participants after they register. Language interpretation services will be available. 

The Climate Action Plan calls for the City to cut half of all greenhouse gas emissions by 2035. Strategies include 100% renewable electricity; water and energy efficiency; zero waste; bicycling, walking, transit and land use; and resiliency measures. Anyone who is unable to attend a virtual forum can share their viewpoints through a public survey available online at SDClimateSurvey.org.



Businesses and environmentalists joined at a press conference at Pechanga Arena San Diego to support the “Yes on E” campaign on the Nov. 3 ballot calling for removal of the 30-foot height limit from the Midway District and the former Sports Arena. Citing the economic and climate benefits of the ballot measure, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and non-profit Climate Action Campaign both urged voters to approve Measure E, which they claim will allow for a new sports arena in the Midway District and spur the creation of jobs, housing and parks at no cost to taxpayers.

“Measure E will create jobs in a variety of industries and give our economy the shot in the arm it needs right now,” said Jerry Sanders, president/CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. “In the midst of the worst economic downturn in generations, Measure E will put San Diegans back to work.”

“Measure E will revitalize the Sports Arena district, bringing parks, public transportation, residential and recreational opportunities to this deteriorating area,” said Matthew Vasilakis, co-director of policy for the Climate Action Campaign. 

Measure E will make it easier for San Diegans to walk, bike and take transit, improving quality of life and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.”

Measure E has also been endorsed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Councilmembers Jen Campbell and Chris Cate.



More than a month after Gov. Gavin Newsom and the State Legislature passed AB 3088, San Diego renters marched on the Hall of Justice Courthouse downtown protesting and contending the bill affords no real protections from eviction while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage statewide. On Oct. 5, courts throughout California re-opened to allow landlords to start filing evictions in accordance with AB 3088. Renters and renters’ rights advocates are demanding that all evictions must stop, and that state legislators must cancel rent immediately.

“AB 3088 is not enough,” said protesting renter Patrica Mendoza. “Landlords are still finding ways to evict and intimidate tenants.” 

Some renters are claiming, although AB 3088 provides some protections against evictions, that most tenants are still unaware of the law and what resources are available to help them navigate the system. 

“This is not our fault, we did not cause the pandemic, and we should not have to worry about being evicted,” said protest leader Barbara Pinto. “It’s the responsibility of our leadership to find solutions to this problem.”

“The problem is that San Diego as a region has done a poor job investing in tenant support or programs,” said rent protester Grace Martinez. “The rental relief available isn’t enough. The law needs to change and elected officials, both local and statewide, have to make a decision, are they going to fight to protect tenants and families, or not?” 



The third annual virtual PoeFest, filmed performances of works by Edgar Allan Poe and

other authors of the phantasmic, in partnership with Save Our Heritage Organisation, will be held

 Oct. 23- Nov. 1. Artistic director, Veronica Murphy, has shared that “PoeFest has quickly become a San Diego favorite Halloween adventure. Everybody loves the wonderfully chilling stories of Poe. And there are so many authors to explore that have followed in his footsteps. Virtual is our only option for storytelling now – so we are embracing the challenge of capturing a phantasmic theatrical experience on video. We’ve recreated the atmosphere, filming by candlelight in the Historic Adobe Chapel in Old Town.”

Performers include Brittney Caldwell, Manny Fernandes, Linda Libby, Brian Mackey, Paul Maley, Sandra Ruiz, Rachael VanWormer, and Travis Rhett Wilson as Edgar Allan Poe.

For more information, visit writeoutloud.ticketspice.com/poefest.



Brunch lovers can add a new destination to their list of must-try spots in San Diego. Pacific Beach’s Break Point has launched a new brunch menu with sweet and savory dishes that are sure to satisfy. Guests can indulge in selections including a Breakfast Sandwich, Chilaquiles and Mac-Nut Pancakes which include three buttermilk pancakes topped with macadamia nuts, toasted coconut, and served with house-made coconut syrup. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., and will also feature quintessential brunch beverages including $15 bottles of champagne and mimosa specials. Break Point is at 945 Garnet Ave. and is currently open for indoor dining, and will soon accommodate outdoor dining with a new parklet.



The Immunotherapy Foundation, a San Diego-based non-profit organization working to accelerate cancer immunotherapy research and cancer prevention programs, is hosting “Drive In to Drive Out Cancer” on Saturday, Oct. 10. The drive-in movie event will take place at the East lot at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd,,and will screen “School of Rock,” featuring Jack Black. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and the feature film will begin at 7 p.m. Three no-host food trucks will also be available on site to enhance the drive-in movie experience.     

Reserve your parking spot for $100 for a Family Night Out package. Families can also upgrade their spot to a Red-Carpet Experience for $500. There are also a limited number of opportunity tickets on sale, sponsored by John Matty Co., and a small silent auction featuring a 3-night stay at the exclusive Whitworth Family home in La Jolla Shores, a private chef cooking class and lunch by Chef Dan (the Whitworths’ private chef) and a weekend stay at the La Jolla Shores. Tickets are available for purchase at IFCure.org and on-site.  

Proceeds from the fun-filled, family-friendly movie event will benefit Immunotherapy Foundation’s mission to accelerate cancer immunotherapy research. “Drive In to Drive Out Cancer” will follow all socially distant regulations for a safe and family friendly gathering.  



The San Diego International Film Festival (Oct 15-18) sdfilmfest.com is coming right up in less than two weeks, and a Virtual Preview Party is being hosted this Thursday, Oct. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m.

You can RSVP Here to access. At the Preview Party you’ll hear more about the films and learn your way around the Virtual Platform.



Starting today, San Diego voters looking for a convenient and quick way to turn in their mail ballot can drop it off at any of the 36 San Diego Public Library locations. Any registered voter in San Diego County is welcome to drop off their mail ballot. Signed, sealed and dated mail ballot envelopes can be dropped off at City library locations during drop-off hours: Through Nov. 2, Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  On Election Day, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.  

An official mail ballot drop box, staffed by workers from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, will be in front of every library location during drop-off hours. The library sites are for mail ballot drop-offs only and are not early voting locations. Information on mail ballot drop-off services and a list of library locations can be found on the San Diego Public Library’s website. Election and voting information is available from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters at sdvote.com or by calling 858-565-5800. 



Saturday, Oct. 3


For the last 22 years, tens of thousands have gathered along the boardwalk near Crystal Pier on the first Saturday in October to enjoy family friendly fun, delicious food and drink, and action-packed activities at the Pacific BeachFest. Even though Discover Pacific Beach announced they will not be holding the official Pacific BeachFest in all of its glory this year, they are committed to bringing the PB community a new way to experience some favorite BeachFest events.

One activity that is coming back with a new spin is the Best of the Beach Fish Taco Contest. As part of “a new Pacific BeachFest experience,” this contest will take place over six weeks, allowing ticket holders to stop by competing restaurants across PB to sample their selected signature fish taco between Oct. 1-Nov. 15. After tasting all tacos, votes will be cast through an online survey emailed to ticket holders.

Voting closes Nov. 18. Tickets are on sale now at pacificbeach.org for $12 each. Each ticket entitles you to one signature taco from these six participating restaurants:

• California Taco Club (4465 Mission Blvd.) – Beer Battered Fish Taco;

• City Tacos (4516 Mission Blvd.) – Pescado Taco;

• Maverick’s Beach Club (860 Garnet Ave.) – Mahi Mahi Taco;

• PB Fish Shop (1775 Garnet Ave.) – TKO Taco;

• PB Shore Club (4343 Ocean Blvd.) – Grilled Mahi Taco;

• Sandbar Sports Grill (718 Ventura Place) – TKO Grilled Mahi Mahi Taco.

Finally, runners rejoice. There is still a chance to earn swag and record their time – with multiple attempts – for the Pacific BeachFest 5K. Register, run, and record your time virtually during October for the 2020 Pacific BeachFest 5K. Find out more and register to run at sandiegorunningco.com.



Belmont Park in Mission Beach transforms into a vibrant taste of fall with an open-air market, featuring local food vendors, artisans and a craft beer garden from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 14. There is a new Go Kart Track, plus classic movie cars on display, free trick-or-treatingstreet magic, and many more ways to experience fall. One of California’s biggest pumpkins will be on display – guess the weight and win the prize. There will be Pie Eating Contests 4 p.m. on Nov. 7 and 14.

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