DAILY BRIEFING Pacific Beach business improvement district election UC San Diego studies human genome SeaWorld saves unique birds – A round-up of…

DAILY BRIEFING Pacific Beach business improvement district election, UC San Diego studies human genome, SeaWorld saves unique birds

On July 31, SD Fire-Rescue fire engineer Ryan Ferraras family and friends gathered for a private memorial in his honor and later that day they held a paddle out ceremony in Pacific Beach next to Crystal Pier. Above, Jen Huyck reaches out to Timmy Ferraraduring the paddle out to celebrate Ferraras life. Prior to his 13 years with SDFD, Ferrara was a San Diego lifeguard in Pacific Beach and a longtime instructor for the San Diego Junior Lifeguard program.Ferrara, 39, was tragically killed in a motorcycle crash on Piping Rock Lane on July 18. PHOTO BY JOHN COCOZZA

A round-upof news, community, and business briefs from sdnews.com highlighting whats happening in our community.

Wednesday, Aug. 5


The Pacific Beach business improvement district, Discover PB, is holding its annual board election in the fall. Nominations are currently being solicited for five seats available for the 15-member board, which has appointed a nominating committee to whom nominations may be made by submitting a petition or letter. The nomination petition or letter must be submitted to the nominating committee by Aug. 27 at 5 p.m., either by mail or by emailing [emailprotected]

The Pacific Beach business improvement district includes business and rental properties with six or more units, in the area circumscribed by Interstate 5, the Mission Beach boardwalk, Crown Point Drive and Turquoise Street. The purpose of the business improvement district and the Pacific Beach Community Development Corporation is to provide an organizational framework and funding for the improvement of the area. Pacific Beach area business license holders and owners of rental property with six or more units, are invited to run for election as a member of the Pacific Beach Community Development Corporation board of directors.

The board of directors will also review the list of business and rental property license holders to confirm their representatives eligibility to be voting delegates for the election. The business delegate will be the person named in that business license unless a business indicates differently in writing to the Pacific Beach Community Development Corporation board of directors.

The board of directors must receive the written notice of the business delegate change at or before their Sept. 1 meeting. All delegates terms will end with the election. The list of known business and property license holders eligible to vote will be available for review after the Sept. 1 by contacting Sara Berns at 858-273-3303.

The board will then consider reports and other matters to be placed on the agenda for the annual election meeting. The annual meeting of the board of directors is scheduled for Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. at Discover PB office, 1503 Garnet Ave. Newly elected members of the board will be inducted and the board will consider any other items placed on the agenda by the board. A majority of the current board of directors shall constitute a quorum for a meeting of the delegates for the Oct. 20 annual meeting.


Alex Howellfrom UBS La Jolla branchrecently made the 2020Forbes/SHOOKTop Next-Gen Wealth Advisors list. The 2020 Top Next-Gen list recognizes 500 rising advisors who collectively help manage over $1 trillion in client assets. Howell was listed in theForbes2018 and 2019 listings of Best-in-State Next-Generation Wealth Advisors.

As a future industry leader, Alex had appeared with others on rising star lists several times before and the consistency with which they nurture relationships sets an excellent example for those who work with them and for younger people entering the profession. We are exceedingly proud of them and of their teams, saidChris Marsh, managing director and UBS San Diego market head.


San Diego Youth Symphony, after having successfully transitioned all programs online, and then having a quieter summer than normal, canceled the International Youth Symphony program as well as plans to offer new summer classes. So the symphony has determined this is a good opportunity to reconnect with the public and share its plans for celebrating its milestone 75th anniversary season.

A 75th anniversary postcard will arrive in the mail soon that highlights events currently being planned including guest artists, collaborations, outdoor performances and a very special celebration for the 25th anniversary of music director Jeff Edmons.After a planned season-ending celebration in June, plans are to bring back the International Youth Symphony program as well as offering new classes in Summer 2021.


After several weeks of rehabilitation at SeaWorldSan Diego, two tiny, but incredibly uniquebirds a California least tern and a western snowy plover were recently returned to their natural habitatfor a second chance at lifeat a protected stretch of beach at Naval Base Coronado.Both birds were outfitted with ID bands so that SeaWorldswildlife biologists can continue to monitor their progress.

While these two birds aresmall in size, their importance to the local ecosystem is huge.Both species are indicators of the health of coastal beaches and ocean environments.The return of these two birds illustrates the collaboration betweenSeaWorldSan Diego, theNaval Base Coronado, and SanDiego Zoo Global, who partner to collect, rehabilitate,and release a handful of these threatened and endangered birds every nesting season.


Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine are among the contributors to a package of 10 studies, published July 29 in the journalNature,describing the latest results from the ongoing Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) project, a worldwide effort led by the National Institutes of Health to understand how the human genome functions.

This third series of published papers includes descriptions of millions of candidate DNA switches from the human and mouse genomes that appear to regulate when and where genes are turned on, a new registry that assigns a portion of these DNA switches to useful biological categories and new visualization tools to assist in the use of ENCODE's large datasets.

To assess the potential functions of different DNA regions, ENCODE researchers studied biochemical processes that are typically associated with the switches that regulate genes. This biochemical approach is an efficient way to explore the entire genome rapidly and comprehensively.

Tuesday, Aug. 4


Point Loma Fish Shopis kicking off August with a newMargarita Mondays. Guests can enjoy $2 off any of the locations specialty margaritas. There are many options to choose from including Frozen Margaritas, the classic House Margarita, Spicy Margarita, and a Strawberry Margarita. And dont forget about theSpicy Peach Margarita,a blend oftequila, triple sec, peach pure, jalapeos, fresh lime juice, and signature Fish Shop margarita mix, served over ice with tajin rim. Pair any margarita with Fish Shops tacos, or build-your-own taco, salad, plate, or sandwich. The special runs all day long.


Anewstudyshows Coronavirus is leading to an unprecedented number of scams and California is the No. 1 most targeted state. As of July 15, California residents filed 10,938 fraud complaints to the FTC. This marks a 110% increase since the WHO declared a pandemic in March when 5,211 complaints were filed. This has resulted in $14.8 million in losses or $300 per victim in the state.

Nationally, the FTC has registered144,727 reports of fraud costing victims $93 million a median loss of $263 per person. Here are four common online shopping scams to avoid:

THE PRICE GOUGING:Some retailers are marking up essential items such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer at abhorrent levels.How to avoid:If you suspect you are a victim of price gouging, report it to theDepartment of Justice.Currently, the market is stocked back up at normal prices for essential items and it is a good idea to plan ahead for a second or third wave.

THE UNDELIVERED GOODS SCAM:There are thousands of websites offering essential products including masks and gloves that simply take your payment and financial information, never send you the product and have your information for future scams. How to avoid:Purchase products from big companies that you trust.If it is a smaller company, do research by googling them to see reviews and if any complaints have been filed. Shipping time-limit:Because of this scam, sellers are obliged by law to either give you an estimated shipping date or to ship your products out to you within 30 days. If there is a delay in the expected shipping date, the company you purchased the product from must notify you.

FREE GROCERIES SCAM:Scammers text their victims telling them that they just won free groceries from Costco at a $130 value. All the customers need to do is give scammers their personal information, and they will supposedly get free Costco groceries at their doorstep. How to avoid:There are currently no national grocery chains offering free groceries. Do not give out your personal information.


Experience the magic of The Arc of San Diegos Annual Gala virtually. This year's event is on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. Featured will be fabulous auction items and other prizes as well as special guest speakers and musical entertainment.Chaired by Linda Kurtin, proceeds will benefit children and adults receiving essential life services at The Arc of San Diego.To purchase a sponsorship or make a donation, visitarc-sd.com/gala.


During August, most of the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition sdpetinfo.org/clear-the-shelters-2020/ is participating in a nationwide campaign to Clear the Shelters in partnership with NBC Universal and Telemundo. To help individuals and communities continue to practice safe social distancing, this years Clear the Shelters looks a little different. Instead of a single-day event, this adoption drive will span an entire month to allow for virtual adoption consultations by appointment. In addition to promoting adoptions, the campaign encourages donations to participating shelters.

Benefits of Pet Adoption

* Adoption is more affordable than purchasing a pet.

* You know youre getting an animal who has been assessed behaviorally and medically.

* You may receive special pet-specific resources. For example, San Diego Humane Society offers training advice, pet supplies and educational information to support pet families for the lifespan of a pet.


Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diegowelcomed guests back beginningAug. 2 following its temporary service pause due to COVID-19. The waterfront hotel, located in downtown San Diego, provides guests with an ideal, accessible getaway or summer staycation. With two towers and 1,628 guest rooms, the expansive property features ample space for socially distancing thanks to an extensive property-wide renovation, completed in December. The final enhancement included the lobby, whereupon entrance, guests are greeted by a streamlined arrival experience and lobby with soaring ceilings, contemporary architecture, and a design that echoes the modern aesthetic that has been introduced throughout the rest of the hotel.


The San Diego Seals professional lacrosse team, which plays its home games at Pechanga Arena in the Midway District, has teamed with Home of Guiding Hands to present theFuel for Movement Healthy Lifestyle Challenge, a month-long campaign promoting health and raising funds for a great cause.

Throughout August, social media-driven content will ask San Diegans how they stay healthy and active, while in-store fundraising at everbowls 21 San Diego locations will support HGH, a San Diego-based non-profit that serves children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

To join the challenge, participants must post on social media their answer to the question of the day with the hashtag #Fuel4Movement and tag and follow both the Seals (@SealsLax) and everbowl (@everbowl/@everbowlCraftSuperfood) accounts.


With many people now working remotely, the need for a space where you can find peace and focus has become a necessity.The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla is now reserving a guest room/office for the day offering stunning views, and all luxury amenities, including room service and poolside cabanas, the AAA Five Diamond resort has to offer. Guests can even upgrade to theBusiness to a Tee package, which includes a priority tee time on the Torrey Pines Golf Course.


In early 2020Stone Brewinglaunched the Stone Pilot Series to trial beers for a coveted spot on its national year-round lineup. Midway through the year, the second release in the series has proven itself worthy. Stone Brewing announces thatStone Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lageris here to stay, and to celebrate, releases its new companion, theStone Michelada Mix.

In celebration of Stone Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lagers success, Stone also announces the release of its Stone Michelada Mix. Not in the sauce business, but most definitely in the any-excuse-to-drink-a-beer business, Stone has made a mix of tomato juice, hot sauce, peppers and spices. The 32-ounce mix is available atshop.stonebrewing.com. It will soon be sold in stores alongside Stone Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager.


Andrea Myers, a partner at the law firm ofSeltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek,has been elected president of The Junior League of San Diego. Myers term was effective July 1 and she will serve as president through June 2021.

Following in her grandmother and mothers footsteps, Myers has carried on her familys active involvement in the organization. Myers joined the League in 2010 and has served in several leadership roles, including the fund development director and chair of the Nominating Committee. She passionately dedicates herself to furthering the Junior Leagues mission of building better communities and developing the next generation of women leaders.


The San Diego Green New Deal Alliance, a diverse, grassroots coalition of local labor unions, environmental and social justice organizations, faith groups, and small businesses will be joined by elected officials, community leaders, and the public at an official virtual launch Monday, Aug. 10 at 11 a.m.

Among the participants will be the Climate Action Campaign, County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego Councilmember Chris Ward, the San Diego Urban Sustainability Coalition and the Kumeyaay and Barona Bands of Mission Indians.

Prompting the virtual event are 2018 findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warning that humanity must achieve a zero-carbon future. Failure to do so, according to the panel, will cause catastrophic and irreversible consequences, with communities of color poised to suffer disproportionately. The San Diego Green New Deal Alliance believes communities cannot afford to wait for federal action, and that our region can and must lead efforts to achieve a livable future in a way that creates good jobs and more just communities. The virtual launch can be accessed byregistering here.


Powerhaus Wholesome Pizza & Eats at 1550 Garnet Ave. is pitching in to help Discover Pacific Beach, the communitys business improvement district.

DPB provides sidewalk sweeping services four days a week and maintains 36 public trash cans for our neighborhood, said the eatery in a release. With the increase of outdoor dining and takeout, this summer has seen a significant increase in trash. At the same time, DPB has had to cancel most of its major fundraising events this year due to COVID. We at Powerhaus want to support DPBs continued efforts for sidewalk cleaning and other community improvement projects, and are asking for your help to do. Its simple. Order Powerhaus on Aug. 12. Let us know youre participating in the fundraiser, and well donate 25% of your order to Discover PB." Contact Powerhaus at 858-886-7666 or email [emailprotected].


San Diego Association of Governments, the regions transportation planning agency, is giving two virtual informational presentations at 9 a.m. on Aug. 7 and 14 on the agencys plans for addressing traffic congestion, increasing social equity by expanding access to quality transit, and meeting state greenhouse gas emissions mandates.

The transportation vision for the2021 Regional Planre-imagines mobility in the 21stcentury and is fundamentally shaped by key strategies known as the5 Big Moves. These meetings will take place virtuallyvia Zoomand will be open to the public. Time will be allotted for committee discussion and public comment. Simultaneousinterpretation in Spanish will be available at each meeting.


San Diego International Airport(SAN) will add once daily, nonstop service toSanta Barbara via Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) onAlaska Airlinesbeginning Nov. 20. This is a new route and the 29thdestination Alaska services from SAN.

The addition of service to Santa Barbara marks the fifth new market added by Alaska Airlines in 2020. Service to Redmond, Ore. and San Luis Obispo began in January. In July,Alaska Airlines announced service to Cancun, Mexico, beginning Nov. 20 through April 12, 2021 and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. beginning Nov. 21. Service to Missoula, Mont. will begin March 11, 2021.

Thursday, July 30


City Tacos taqueria will set up a pop-up installation at Belmont Park, in partnership with the iconic Mission Beach attraction.Beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, City Tacos,will bring its taco selections, along with a pop-up beer garden and specialty cocktail menu to the amusement park. The installation will kick-off this weekend from noon to 9 p.m., with menu favorites available on weekends all month long.

With six existing locations, owner and founder, Gerry Torres is ecstatic to introduce City Tacos to the Mission Beach community in partnership with Belmont Park.The City Tacos pop-up will be located at3146 Mission Blvd. at the oceanfront rooftop Coaster Terrace.


Weekends in PB just got more exciting asMavericks Beach Clubis launching a brand-new brunch menu.On Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., chow down on:

The Cali Dude Breakfast Burritoloaded with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fajita veggies, French fries, pinto beans, cheddar jack cheese, pico de gallo, and chipotle aioli, with the option to add queso sauce for a few extra bucks.

The beach bar will also be serving theMavericks Frittata, made with carnitas, egg, fajita vegetables, cheddar jack cheese, pico de gallo, and lime crema. Guests can also enjoy the chorizo or veggie frittatas.

Try one-of-a-kindMorning Fries, piled high with chorizo, queso sauce, guac, fried egg, pico de gallo, chipotle aioli, and cotija cheese.

And for those who want to brunch healthy, opt for theLoaded Avocado Toast thick cut multigrain toast, avocado, heirloom tomato, olive oil, feta cheese, fried eggs, and microgreens.

Mavericks Beach Club has expanded its patio seating to their side parking lot, and also along with the street parking on Garnet. Guests can also order via the website for pickup.

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