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Who’s News: 1/6/23

SMOKING BAN?

The city of Encinitas is considering a smoking ordinance and is seeking public input through Jan. 9. Make comments at [email protected].

GRANTS OFFERED

Applications are being accepted for the Community Enhancement ARPA Augmentation Grant and Neighborhood Reinvestment Program. In addition, the county Board of Supervisors allocated over $25 million dollars for small business and non-profits that have been impacted by COVID-19 (less than 20 employees). While there is no deadline to apply, there is limited funding so those interested are encouraged to apply in the coming months. More at sandiegocounty.gov.

ART COUNCIL SHOWS

The California Arts Council has announced a grant award of $13,950 to Surfing Madonna Oceans Project as part of its Statewide and Regional Networks program in its second round of funding for 2022. With support from the California Arts Council, Surfing Madonna Oceans Project will produce two juried art exhibitions in 2023: “Save the Ocean 3” in October, and “Ocean/Earth/Air” in April. Visual artists and poets from Southern California will receive financial awards and cultivate their artistic reputations. To apply visit surfingmadonna.org/artshow.

VOLUNTEER HONOR

Siena Porcelli, an eighth-grade student at Santa Fe Christian School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. Porcelli has logged more than 100 volunteer hours with the National Charity League this year. The award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.

CYCLERY OPENS

Steve Yeager, general manager and operating partner for Cadence Cyclery in Encinitas, announced the shop’s Grand Opening will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 14 at 190 N. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas. The cyclery will host group bike rides starting from the shop at 9 a.m. They also plans to host both on-road and off-road rides on a weekly basis as well as periodic educational seminars.

FUNDING FOR NCTD

The North County Transit District announced Dec. 23, the appropriation of $7 million in Fiscal Year 2023 Community Project Funding for its Sprinter Corridor Service Improvement Project. The funding, requested by Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49), will allow NCTD to further the modernization of signals on the Sprinter corridor, an initial phase of the multi-year Corridor Service Improvement Project. The project seeks to increase the speed and frequency of Sprinter service with an ultimate objective of reducing the time between departures from every 30 minutes to every 15 minutes.

THE SOUND

The Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds will open a new, 1,900-capacity concert venue. The Sound opens in February 2023 with Ziggy Marley as the first act and will be operated by the same folks who book the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach.

SD AT LEGOLAND

America’s Brightest City is about to become the biggest little metropolis on the block, as Legoland California unveils the world’s first Lego-constructed city of San Diego, coming this spring to the Carlsbad theme park’s Miniland U.S.A.

HORTON PLAZA MAKEOVER

This downtown shopping center will reopen this year in a vastly different guise — an ambitious, multipurpose tech, retail, entertainment and residential hub. The new Horton Plaza is expected to have 50-60 shops (including a grocery store) as well as flexible office and research space, event venues, even a gym.

NEW COASTER COMING

SeaWorld will launch what it calls the fastest and longest “straddle coaster” on the West Coast: the Arctic Rescue in Spring 2023. You’ll ride this one snowmobile-style at speeds of up to 40 mph on more than a half-mile of track.

COPLEY HALL REDONE

The San Diego Symphony’s indoor performance home is set to reopen in Fall 2023 after a $125 million renovation. The downtown center’s 1929-vintage Copley Symphony Hall has been outfitted with state-of-the-art digital sound and lighting, and can seat up to 1,750.

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