Archive for May, 2010

Surfing Dogs are Always Awesome

These dogs are freaking sweet! If I had a dog, I would totally teach it to do this. So rad!

Via Paw Print Post:

Surfing USA for dogs hit Imperial Beach again in San Diego over the weekend. Many of the dogs we introduced to readers in this surfing story attended the 5th annual Loews Coronado Bay Surf Dog competition Saturday.

A screening of the Marmaduke movie followed. More than hundred guests and their dogs came to the screening, including many who competed in the competition earlier in the day.

Among them was George the Great Dane , the 200-pound dog who played Marmaduke in the film, and some of the winners of the Paw Print Post contest.

Ricochet and Kalani (as seen in the video) won the tandem competition. These litter mates are stars in the surf. Ric recovered from an injury just in time to partake in the event that was a charity event for the San Diego Police department canine unit.

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Minor Earthquake Felt in San Diego on Sunday

san diego earthquake I was actually out of town, but lots of my friends said they definitely felt this one. Nothing was damaged as far as I can tell.

Via Sign On San Diego:

Once again, a sizable aftershock to the 7.2 Easter Sunday earthquake hits the Ocotillo area. And, once again, it is briefly and lightly felt in parts of San Diego County.

The latest seismic twitch came at 10:21 p.m. Sunday when a 4.2 quake occurred on or around the Laguna Salada fault system, 12 miles southeast of Ocotillo, just over 75 miles east-southeast of San Diego, the U.S. Geological Survey says. The quake began 6.8 miles deep (a common depth for Southern California) and occurred in roughly the same area where 4.9 and 4.8 aftershocks hit on Saturday.

Within 20 minutes of the quake, about 300 people logged into the USGS website to report that they’d felt the aftershock.

The quakes represent a normal aftershock sequence and could occur, on-and-off, for months.

Permanent Barrier for Seals Considered by City Council

harbor seal This sounds like a good idea to me. What kind of people taunt baby seals? Buncha jerks!

Via Mercury News:

The San Diego City Council must decide if a part-time barrier separating people from harbor seals at Children’s Pool in La Jolla should be maintained year-round.

Council members will consider the proposal Monday night in La Jolla. The proposal, which includes hiring a full-time park ranger for the cove, has been endorsed by a council committee and would require California Coastal Commission permits if approved.

The barrier is in place during pupping season from Dec. 15 to May 15. When the rope was removed over the weekend, some people were seen taunting the seals.

It is the latest in a decades-long struggle over use of the beach. The cove, created by a seawall in 1931 and donated to the state, was used as a children’s pool until the seals moved in during the 1990s.

San Diego Rapist Sentenced to Life in Prison

jail John Albert Gardner III is a pathetic human being who should (and will) rot in jail for the rest of his life. What he did was horrible and unimaginable.

Via Crime Voice:

Convicted sex offender John Albert Gardner III will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of two North County teenage girls, a San Diego Superior Court judge ruled Friday.

Judge David Danielsen didn’t mince words when he sentenced Gardner to two terms of life in prison for murdering Chelsea King and Amber Dubois. Additionally, Gardner received an additional 25 years to life for an attempted sexual assault on a 22-year-old Colorado woman near Lake Hodges in San Diego several months before King’s murder on Feb. 25. Danielsen added an additional 24 years to Gardner’s sentence because of a prior sexual assault conviction.

At 2:27 p.m., moments after the judge’s ruling, bailiffs led Gardner out of the courtroom shackled, quiet and seemingly unremorseful, much like the way he had entered an hour earlier.

Gardner, 31, pleaded guilty April 16 to the kidnapping, rape and killing of Dubois as well as the rape and murder of King. Dubois vanished Feb. 13 as she walked to Escondido High School. The 14-year-old’s disappearance had been a mystery until Gardner led authorities to the girl’s remains near Pala in northern San Diego following his arrest.

Meanwhile, King’s body was found March 2 in a shallow grave a short distance from her car in Rancho Bernardo Community Park. The 17-year-old was a senior at Poway High School.

Police arrested Gardner Feb. 28 in Escondido after linking DNA on an article of King’s clothing found at the crime scene to him.  In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty against Gardner.

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Take that you jerk!

We’ve Now Got a ‘Majority, Minority’ Population

brookings_t250 I happen to think this is pretty darn awesome!

Via KPBS:

The San Diego metro area has one of the largest immigrant populations in the country. A new study out today from the Brookings Institution says more than 22 percent of San Diego’s population was born in another country. The State Of Metropolitan America report looked at the changing demographics of the 100 largest metro areas in the country.

Audrey Singer with Brookings said San Diego particularly stands out in one category. Among the top 100 metro areas, San Diego ranks 10th in the percentage of children with at least one immigrant parent.

"Nearly 42 percent of children in metropolitan San Diego are second generation," Singer said.

Singer said San Diego is classified as a Diverse Giant, meaning the area has a low growth rate with a highly diverse and educated population. The report gathered data from 2000 through 2008.

But it may already be outdated. Beth Jarosz is a demographer with the San Diego Association of Governments. She said the report’s finding that about 49 percent of San Diego’s population is non-white is no longer correct.

"In 2009 San Diego County actually shifted to being what we call a majority, minority county," she said. Jarosz said everyone’s a minority in the county now, meaning there’s no longer any race that makes up 50 percent or more of the population.

Nationwide about 35 percent of the population is non-white.

The Brookings study also found San Diego’s median income rose nearly 5 percent between 2000 and 2008. Nationally the median income fell about 4 percent.

San Diego School Board Attacks Arizona Law

12455875_BG1 Good for them! We need more people in positions of power to attack the racist SB1070!

Via CBS 8:

The San Diego unified school board appears to be the latest organization taking on Arizona’s illegal immigration law.

Not only is the board getting ready to make an official response, but also plans to issue a warning to students and parents.

Board members are expected to vote on a resolution tomorrow, condemning the law and demanding it be repealed.

It warns families to avoid traveling to Arizona because of a "risk they may face in being subjected to unlawful scrutiny."

Despite being blasted by critics, board members are expected to pass the resolution.

San Diego’s city council passed a similar resolution condemning Arizona’s law last week.

Awesome UC San Diego Professor Leads Protests

san_diego I really like this guy. The stuff he is doing might actually make a difference and change people’s attitudes.

Via Los Angeles Times Local:

When protesting students spilled into University of California campus courtyards in March, Ricardo Dominguez took to the streets in his own way — digitally — leading a march to the online office of the UC president.

The bespectacled associate professor triggered a software program that continuously reloaded the home page of UC President Mark G. Yudof’s website.

"Transparency," hundreds of protesters wrote, over and over again, in the search box of the home page.

The jammed website responded with an error message: "File not found."

The protesters’ message: Transparency doesn’t exist in the UC system.

It was a virtual sit-in, an oft-used tactic from Dominguez’s academic specialty at UC San Diego: electronic civil disobedience. Another project last year took as inspiration the debate over illegal immigration. Dominguez, a new media artist, unveiled a prototype for a modified cellphone that he called a "mobile Statue of Liberty." He said phones like it would provide immigrants with directions and inspirational poetry readings during arduous desert crossings.