More Record-Breaking Temperatures Expected: Weather in San Diego

More Record-Breaking Temperatures Expected: Weather in San Diego

On Tuesday, in some parts of San Diego County, there will be triple-digit temperatures — one day after heat records were broken in several communities.

Tuesday’s forecast calls for temperatures in the mid- to high-90s and into 100 degrees in some areas. The Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect for most of the county for today.

It is predicted to be effective till Thursday at 8 p.m. The coastal areas of San Diego are not included in the warning.

High temperatures are expected to range anywhere from 97 to 102 degrees in Escondido and El Cajon, and Vista was expected to see temperatures as high as 93 degrees.

Record temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday could be seen in San Diego, Vista, Chula Vista, Ramona, Alpine, Campo, Escondido, El Cajon and Borrego, according to the National Weather Service.

On Monday afternoon, the mercury topped out at 102 degrees in Ramona, tying the East County community’s prior record for the date, set in 2006.

Temperatures near the immediate coast are expected to reach the high 80s, higher temperatures are not expected.

The NWS issued a High Surf Advisory that began Monday at 8 a.m. and lasts through 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Strong rip currents and high surf could cause dangerous swimming conditions for inexperienced swimmers, the NWS said.

Forecasters say surf levels of 5-9 feet will be possible.

The desert northeastern corner of San Diego County will continue to see high temperatures, with the mercury forecast to rise as high as 121 degrees today and 123 degrees Wednesday.

Authorities urge the public to avoid potential health hazards resulting from the extreme heat by drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, seeking out shady and/or air-conditioned environments and checking up on relatives and neighbors to make sure they are handling the heat all right.

Additionally, children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles during hot weather, when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes, officials warn.

 

Reduction of Greenhouse Gas: Good News For the State of California

Reduction of Greenhouse Gas: Good News For the State of California

This week has been a good week for California. State officials announced that the greenhouse gas reduction goal was met much earlier than expected.

 

The production of greenhouse gas in California reached levels below 1990. This target is beyond what they were expecting. It is already years ahead of when they were expecting this level.

 

This has put the state in a good position to battle climate change. According to the California Air Resources Board, the pollution levels have decreased by 13% since 14 years ago. 2004 was the highest the pollution levels have ever been.

The board says this improvement is equivalent to getting rid of 12 million cars driving on the road, which also equals saving about 6 billion gallons of gasoline that are used every year.

 

In California, the law obligates that greenhouse production goes back to 1990 levels by the end of 2020. The law also requires that the production is reduced even more by 40% within the next 12 years.

 

The Air Resources Board have already started working towards bettering the environment and they plan to achieve those levels in the most populated state, California.

The lower levels in California come from increased use in renewable power. Now, more people are installing solar panels for their homes and businesses. The numbers have spiked by 33% since 2016. More people are also purchasing and driving electric vehicles, whether they are personal ones or business cars.

 

The transportation industry plays the biggest role in the usage of greenhouse gas. They will have to use resourceful vehicles as well as cleaner fuels to continue to improve.

 

All-in-all, this will be great for residents of California. Their health will be better, as will the environment and the economy.

 

Alex Jackson, attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council said, “The world is watching as California sets the way forward.”

 

The Carnival Cruise Line is Returning to San Diego

The Carnival Cruise Line is Returning to San Diego

After being absent for about 7 years, the Carnival Cruise Line is coming back to San Diego in 2019!

7 years ago, the Carnival Cruise had a regular routine to and from San Diego. However, they stopped for a while. They recently announced that they will be returning with trips to Mexico, Hawaii, and even the Panama Canal.

The cruise will start taking trips from San Diego in 2019. They will have 3-day getaways as well as 5-day getaways. People will also have the option of a 2-week-trip to Hawaii with the cruise

The last trip that Carnival did from San Diego was the Carnival Spirit to Australia in April 2012.

Joel Valenzuela, Port of San Diego’s maritime director, says the first trip from San Diego will be a “7-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera departing on Dec. 1.”

He says the cruise is returning to San Diego for numerous reasons.  One of the reasons is that there has been an increase in the number of ships that will be departing from San Diego, as well as more space in the Carnival Splendor that will depart to Sydney.

 

Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen says, “We are very obviously happy to return,” claiming that the cruise is “a great market and part of a larger West Coast expansion.”

Valenzuela says that they have not planned any trips or returns to San Diego after 2019. They will wait and see how well the planned cruises will do to determine the return and expansion of the cruise to San Diego.

The cruise will include a 13-day Panama Canal cruise that will end in Miami, Florida, a four-day New Year’s cruise to Baja, California, and a 5 or 6-day cruise that offers a stay in Cabo San Lucas for two days.

After seeing how well their competitors have been doing the last few years in San Diego, they decided to return. The demand for cruises remains high and Carnival plans to offer as many trips as they can.

 

San Diego Scientists Will Recieve Tang Prize for Their Work

San Diego Scientists Will Recieve Tang Prize for Their Work

Two geniuses from San Diego are getting awarded with the Tang Prize that will give them $1.3 million to share.

Veerabhadran Ramanathan of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and James Hansen of Salk Institute have paired up to make an amazing team of scientists that are making history.

Ramanathan is a UC San Diego scholar who succeeded in his work of understanding how we all impact our planet’s climate in the worst ways possible.

Greenhouse gases have been used way less all over the world thanks to Ramanathan’s work. Although climate change is still a big issue that is unresolved, his work tries to restore or prevent our planet from suffering more damage to the atmosphere.

He was one of the first scientists that generated the U.S. community climate model over 2 decades ago. Right now, he is taking the lead on Project Surya.

The project is set to improve climates in certain areas, mainly rural communities.

He argues that “the worst consequences will be felt by the world’s 3 billion poor people.”

As for his partner, James Hansen used to be a NASA researcher. What he predicted about global warming caused officials to change policies for the safety of our planet.

Hansen was one of the few who created Gleevec, a drug that helps cure cancer. He has put all types of cures on the market.

Ramanathan’s work has also impacted Pope Francis’s opinion on climate change. His recent discovery led him to the theory that there are pollutants other than CO2 that weaken and harm the ozone layer.

In his recent work, he claims that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) also damage the ozone layer. When the layer gets thinner, our planet cannot protect itself from ultra-violet radiation, which is very dangerous for our health.

Both of them, along with 6 other scientists will be getting four Tang Prizes.

A Tang Prize is an award that was developed by an entrepreneur from Taiwan, Samuel Yin. The prize is given out every 2 years. The purpose of the prize is to award those who create amazing or new developments in human societies and innovations.

Once they receive the prize and the $1.3million, they can continue to expand their work all over the world and have more access to things they need.

San Diego City Council Supports the New Project for Affordable Housing

San Diego City Council Supports the New Project for Affordable Housing

Rules Committee of the San Diego City Council is on board with the new Rabid Re-Housing and Employment Pilot Program.

The plan is to raise $900 million to be able to build affordable housing for low-income residents as well as homeless people, veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities in the city.

The San Diego Housing Federation is a company that is dedicated to building more affordable houses for residents of the city. Whether they are veterans, low-income residents, homeless, or disabled, the company’s goal is to provide housing for them.

Stephen Russell, executive director of San Diego Housing Federation, says that the city has been experiencing a high amount of homelessness. Building these homes will provide a long-term solution for the future. It will slowly decrease the number of homeless people and help those who are close to becoming homeless.

Last week, a lot of the city officials met at the Special Meeting. Councilman Christopher Ward was there as well. He suggested that the San Diego Housing Federation work directly with the City Attorney to take a proposition on the new project and start the plan to develop it.

The votes were 3 against 2. Three of which were supportive of the project and two who were not. The three Councilmembers who are supportive of the project are Myrtle Cole, Barbara Bry, and Christopher Ward. However, Councilmembers Mark Kersey and Chris Cate were not supportive.

This new project will provide homes for about 7,500 people in San Diego. The project will be backed up by property taxes in San Diego.

The bond measure will allow the city of San Diego to receive its share of federal funds as well as state funds.

Other cities in California have also been approved for similar measures. The bond is what will help the city receive state funding to provide housing and decrease homelessness.

On July 11, the San Diego Housing Federation will have a meeting with the Rules Committee to take another vote for this project.

 

San Diego Environmental Group Releases New Report for Beach Pollution

San Diego Environmental Group Releases New Report for Beach Pollution

A leading environmental group is set to release a new report Thursday on whether San Diego beaches make the grade when it comes to harmful bacteria.

 

Last year, La Jolla Cove was given a “D” grade from Heal the Bay which released “Beach Bummer List”. It was the 5th-most polluted beach in California. The beaches are being rates based on water’s quality.

 

Environmental experts say wildlife, rain, and humans all bring pollution to the ocean and result in high bacteria levels. Two years ago, in La Jolla Cove, lifeguards suffered several infections, and many blamed the bacteria levels in the water. Another San Diego Beach that sometimes makes that list is Imperial Beach.

 

Last year, San Diego County, with 97% of 75 beaches that were monitored, received an “A” or “B” grade. The county typically tests the water and posts signs when the water is not safe for swimming.

 

On Thursday, local governmental stakeholders will address water quality monitoring of local beaches affected by sewage spills from the Tijuana River Valley.

 

The citizens’ forum will be held by the International Boundary and Water Commission, a bi-national agency charged with overseeing efforts to stem ongoing pollution.

 

Keith Kezer and Dominique Edwards of San Diego County’s Department of Environmental Health will provide an update on year-round water quality monitoring at South Bay beaches. Their presentation will also include analysis of interactions between the Tijuana River, Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, and the Pacific Ocean.

 

City Planner, Jim Nakagawa, will address the city of Imperial Beach’s general plan and Local Coastal Program, during another discussion, which was adopted in 1994 in response to states laws that require local authorities address climate change impacts.

 

Intersections that Are Worth to Be Careful of in San Diego

Intersections that Are Worth to Be Careful of in San Diego

Circulate San Diego has named 15 of the most dangerous intersections based on the number of traffic accidents.

For example, El Cajon Blvd and 36th Street in Normal Heights is ranked as the third most dangerous intersection in the city.

So far this year, the year of 2018, 11 pedestrians have died on San Diego streets, let alone the many more injured, Circulate San Diego said.

On Wednesday, Councilmember Chris Ward and other local safety advocates announced a commitment to Vision Zero – a national program aimed at ending all traffic deaths by 2025.

District 3 has the highest amount of dangerous intersections, Ward said.

“Communities that safely walkable and bike-able are San Diego’s future,” Ward said.

The goal of Circulate San Diego is to make various safety improvements at all these dangerous intersections.

After the organization released the 2017 list of the so-called “Fatal 15”, eight of the intersections have gotten basic safety improvements.

Here is the list of dangerous intersections and their rankings:

1. University Avenue and 52nd Street
2. 6th Avenue and Broadway
3. El Cajon Boulevard and 36th Street
4. 4th Avenue and B Street

5. Coronado Avenue (SB) and Thermal Avenue
6. 5th Avenue and B Street
7. Euclid Avenue and Naranja Street
8. Broadway and 5th Avenue
9. 10th Avenue and A Street
10. 4th Avenue and Market Street
11. Front Street and Ash Street
12. University Avenue and 4th Avenue
13. 11th Avenue and Broadway
14. Market Street and 6th Avenue
15. El Cajon Boulevard and 33rd Street

President Trump Will Visit San Diego to See Border Wall Prototypes

President Trump Will Visit San Diego to See Border Wall Prototypes

President Donald Trump will visit San Diego today — his first visit to California as the nation’s leader — with plans to survey the border wall prototypes he commissioned before he meets with military personnel.

His whirlwind tour is expected to only last a few hours, beginning with his arrival aboard Air Force One at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar at 11:30 a.m.

Customs and Border Protection picked eight proposals for construction along the San Diego border, which were finished in October and have been tested in a real-world border environment for evaluation since.

The eight prototypes fall into two categories — four are designed to be 30-foot concrete walls, and four are made of other materials.

Friends and foes of Trump plan to rally Tuesday ahead and after his California visit.

The visit is mobilizing both supporters and critics. A pro-wall rally has been planned to greet Trump at the prototypes. And while some critics have organized rallies elsewhere to avoid a clash, counter-protesters are anticipated to make an appearance as well.

The crowd will be confined to a dirt lot that the Sheriff’s Department has designated a temporary “free speech zone” off Enrico Fermi Drive. People are prohibited from carrying anything that could be used as a weapon, from slingshots and rocks to guns and knives.

Meanwhile, San Diegans for Secure Borders is planning to show their support for Trump and the wall with conservative groups and speakers at Bristow Court in Otay Mesa.

Security is sure to be tight, although it is unknown to what amount Trump might expose himself in examining the prototypes.

Trump’s statements about building the wall — and making Mexico pay for it — has stirred anger in Mexico. But U.S. and Mexican authorities appeared to be collaborating closely on security measures for the president’s visit.

In Tijuana on Monday afternoon, the U.S. president’s impending visit brought much activity to the southern side of the corrugated border fence, lined with a dirt road that is littered with trash and the rusting bodies of abandoned cars.

Authorities in Tijuana said they were preparing to block off all access to two kilometers of the existing fence and would close the dirt road that runs along the fence.

 

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