Archive for the ‘San Diego Culture’ Category

San Diego Educational System Changing

san-diego-education From what I’ve read already, this is going to be a good change and will hopefully increase the quality of education our young San Diegans get.

Via EMILY ALPERT at Voice of San Diego:

Education Week takes a big picture look at how the new reform plans in San Diego Unified differ from the controversial changes under former Superintendent Alan Bersin — and how those reforms fared in a recent study.

The weekly takes San Diego as an example to be learned from for reformers across the country. Here’s a quote from one expert it used in the story:

"One way to read the San Diego experience is, reforms that don’t have a local constituency and are not supported by local advocates and efforts are not likely to stick," said Frederick M. Hess, the director of education policy studies for the American Enterprise Institute think tank. "In many ways, Bersin was a test case for how much you can force a school district to change. That’s just an enormous cautionary note when we hear [U.S. Secretary of Education Arne] Duncan talk about how we’re going to drive reform and what these superintendents are going to be able to accomplish."

Want more? Here’s our latest piece on the new reforms and what they could mean for schools. And don’t forget our blog post on a new study of the Bersin reforms.


Museum Trying to Obtain Space Shuttle

space-ship I’m not a huge fan of the museum, but this would definitely entice me enough to actually go check it out again.

Via Sign on San Diego:

The San Diego Air & Space Museum wants to snag one of the space shuttles that NASA is parting with.

As the saying goes, though, “Houston, we have a problem.” Actually, the museum faces several problems: The shuttle’s price tag is $29 million, and just a few years ago, the Balboa Park-based museum was operating in the red. The facility also isn’t big enough to house the shuttle, so the signature showpiece would have to be displayed somewhere else.

And competition for the orbiters is steep. About 20 other museums across the country, including ones in New York City and Los Angeles, are gunning for the three available shuttles.

Still …

“You have to throw your hat into the ring,” said Jim Kidrick, president and CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. “It would be the cornerstone for something truly great. In my opinion, it’s better than the football stadium.”

Funding would have to come from people willing to bring something this special to San Diego, he said. A shuttle represents the best of humanity’s technology, he noted, and there are local residents who have amassed great fortunes thanks to their technological innovation. There also are aerospace companies with ties to San Diego that may be interested in helping.

Kidrick is forming a team that will work to spur interest and investment in the project. “We’re in the explorative stage,” he said.

Read the rest of the article about the space ship here.

Man Stabs Wife and Child with Scissors!

scissors What the heck is wrong the world today? This kind of stuff seems to be happening more and more often and it pisses me off. What is responsible for this? Our media? I don’t know, but it needs to stop.

Via San Diego Mercury News:

Police say an enraged San Diego man has been arrested for plunging scissors into the chest of his wife and cutting his 7-year-old son.

Officer Dino Delimitros says the 40-year-old man’s wife called 911 just before 1 a.m. Monday to report she had just been stabbed.

The man, whose name hasn’t been released, barricaded himself in the home but surrendered and was arrested when police threatened to send in police dogs.

The woman and her son were taken to a hospital and they are expected to survive.

The woman has two puncture wounds and the boy has a cut hand.

Floatopia in San Diego Might Be Killed!

san diego floatopia drinking ban This agression will not stand! Hell no! I can’t believe they are possibly going to ban offshore drinking and effectively kill the wonderful gathering of drunks known as Floatopia! Well… actually I can. The city council is full of idiots.

Via Associated Press:

San Diego’s City Council may let the air out of so-called "floatopia" parties where people booze it up on inner tubes offshore.

The council meets this afternoon to consider closing a loophole in the city’s ban on the beach use of alcohol.

Officials say people have been skirting the law by gathering by the thousands to party in Mission Bay on surfboards, inner tubes and other flotation devices.

Authorities say partygoers have left trash in the water and lifeguards have had to make dozens of rescuers.

The City Council will consider banning alcohol use offshore except for people on boats.

San Diego County Fair Was a Big Hit!

san-diego-county-fair I went to the fair and absolutely loved it! Sure… the weather sucked and it was massively overcrowded, but what fun would a fair be if it wasn’t???

Via the San Diego News Network:

The San Diego County Fair set attendance records during its 22-day run that ended Monday, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. More than 1.3 million people visited the annual fair.

The U-T also reported what will happen to the fair’s leftover fatty foods, including a 660-pound butter sculpture.

Some of the leftover food will be sold again when the Del Mar races kick off this month; other food has to be disposed; and many of the vendors are hitting the road for the next stop on the carnival circuit.

(FYI, the butter sculpture is fungus-infested, the U-T reports, and it will be donated to UCSD’s biochem department to be turned into biofuel.)

Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope

comic-con-san-diego-chewbacca Oh man, I wish I could enter this, but I am no where near nerdy enough to win. I can’t wait to see who wins and watch the movie. Comic Con is going to be amazing.

Via Deb’s Manga Blog:

Are you putting the finishing touches on your awesome costume for San Diego Comic-Con in July? Put down your glue-gun for a sec and take a moment to contact the folks putting together the Comic-Con documentary with director Morgan Spurlock, producer Thomas Tull, comic book icon Stan Lee, writer/producer Joss Whedon, and film guru Harry Knowles (Ain’t It Cool News) — they want to hear from you, and maybe include you in their film.

If the name Morgan Spurlock sounds slightly familiar, it should — Spurlock was the director of the critically acclaimed documentary Super-Size Me and the FX Network series 30 Days.  Now, he’s setting his sights on documenting the wild and wonderful world of San Diego Comic-Con, in Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope, a documentary starring the fans, comics creators and yes, the cosplayers who help make this event the must-see/must-do event on the U.S. comics scene calendar.

San Diego 2010 Rock and Roll Marathon Ends

rock-and-roll-marathon-san-diego I still need to enter into this thing some time. I mean… I would have to actually do some working out first. I’m not overweight or lazy or anything… I just don’t do well with running in big crowds. Maybe some day.

Via The Epoch Times:

The annual Rock and Roll Marathon in San Diego, part of the Rock and Roll Marathon Series, was run on Sunday with a full 26.2-mile course that finished at SeaWorld San Diego. Richard Limo was the winner of the men’s elite race, completing the marathon at a little over two hours, with a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 58 seconds. Yulia Gromova was the winner of the women’s race, finishing in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 42 seconds.

Limo was a former 5,000 meter world champion who hails from Kenya, according to the official Rock and Roll Marathon series website. This was his first marathon victory of his career. After reaching the finish line, he came to a complete stop. Limo said, “It was very important to me. This was my first marathon win and I wanted to take a very good picture. This is wonderful.”

For Gromova, this is her third win in a row. She was ahead at mile 17 and remained at the top until she crossed the finish line.

The Rock n Roll Marathon takes place in various cities in the nation, which features live bands performing at every mile of the race. There is also a post-race concert, which was headlined by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy this year.

The band was immensely popular during the 90s. “The seven-man group arrived on the scene in 1993, forging a massively successful fusion of classic American sounds including jazz, swing, Dixieland, and big-band music,” according to the marathon website. Their music has appeared in movies and television shows and includes hits like "Go Daddy-O" and “You & Me and the Bottle Makes Three (Tonight)." Their albums have sold over two million copies.

The marathon had its inaugural run in San Diego in 1998. Since then, the marathon has remained popular with runners in the city. Around 30,000 runners participated in the marathon this past Sunday, the marathon’s official site reported.

This year, there was a new course for the marathon in San Diego, passing by such scenic areas like Mission Bay Park and the city waterfront. This year was also the first time the event included a half-marathon. Sergio Gonzalez of Oceanside, California won the half-marathon in 1 hour, 7 minutes, 18 seconds.

Both the full marathon and the half-marathon will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.