“Go Get It. This Is Your Year”: How San Diego’s Wine Professionals Reached The Peak of Their Industry?

“Go Get It. This Is Your Year”: How San Diego’s Wine Professionals Reached The Peak of Their Industry?

Osterland, the first American to achieve the title of Master Sommelier in 1973, has been the only wine professional to earn that top credentials for 45 years.

On August 31 the wine educator Lindsay Pomeroy earned a Masters of Wine. Just days after Josh Orr succeeded at the rigorous Master Sommelier exam after five previous attempts. He successfully completed the tasting portion of the three-part process along with the theory and service.

As a result of his hard work, he received a small symbol of a big triumph.

35-year-old Orr works in fine wine sales and education for the distributor. He spent the last two years tasting wines five weeks a day and studying extensively.

The complicated exam compasses three parts that the candidates have to pass over a certain time period. In the case of failure, they have to start from scratch.

‘’ There were people taking the exam for the ninth time. It’s crazy’’, Orr said.

Before the actual exam, Orr received a text of encouragement from Osterland.

‘’Go get it. This is your year’’, said Orr.

Osterland praised Orr and Pomeroy. Their Masters of Wine final required the completion of a Ph.D.-like research paper. He said both of them worked extremely hard.

Having an MS guarantees the way for any number of high-paying career opportunities. Only 272 people worldwide have followed in Osterland’s footsteps.

The whole wine word is comfortable set up in New York City. Unfortunately, there are no too many good paying jobs in the San Diego wine industry.

Orr finally got fortunate enough to buy a house in San Marcos six months ago, where he lives with his wife and 3-year-old son.

“Take it in. Enjoy it-you will be a Master Sommelier for the rest of life, you’ve got time to figure it out’’

He is proud to follow the advice of his father and father-in-law.

Why San Diego Has 20 Percent Lower Heart Attack Rate Than The Rest of The State? Study Shows

Why San Diego Has 20 Percent Lower Heart Attack Rate Than The Rest of The State? Study Shows

The organization, Be There San Diego, make huge effort to reduce heart diseases. It brings together doctors from different organizations to work together. The goal is to reduce the region’s heart attack risk.

San Diego has got good results in this regard. It’s enough to look at the numbers to see the improvement that was made recently.

The number of local heart attack hospitalizations dropped 22 percent over five years, full 14 percentage points better than the 8 percent decrease across the state. This is according to the newly published study released on Tuesday.

Health Affairs, one of the most influential medical journals, says San Diego County had 3826 fewer heart attack hospitalizations. That saved about 86 million in avoided medical costs.

The cardiovascular program director and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Deepak Bhatt, can see the correlation between the start of the program and the drop in hospitalization. The study does not prove that Be There San Diego’s efforts caused the drop in heart attack hospitalization.

Well, one thing is undeniable. There is a double-digit gap between San Diego’s results and those of the other 57 counties in the state.

He hopes that other counties will look at the example of San Diego and will try to do the same.

The interesting thing is that even though similar programs were running in Los Angeles County, only 5 percentage point reduction was calculated. Sacramento saw 6 percentage point increase.

What brought the difference in results?

San Diego program didn’t use newly-developed medications or devices. The most effective tool implemented by the program is bringing doctors together every month to have a discussion around the table. They share specific methods they are using to get risk factors under control.

A group of 4000 residents at the highest risk of heart attack or stroke got the federal grant, which helped to hire health coaches to work one-on-one.

20 Southeast San Diego churches have taken board action in recent years to add exercise classes and preach healthy eating. Now before Sunday service, you can get your blood pressure checked out due to stations installed there.

Immigration: What Will Make a DACA Student Happy?

Immigration: What Will Make a DACA Student Happy?

When talking about DACA students getting an education, somehow, it feels sad but not now! For students who are admitting to USD School of Law, there is a scholarship for an unauthorized immigrant who came to the U.S. as children.  What can be more exciting for them?

Another thing is that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programs protects these immigrants from deportation, but it doesn’t give them an access to federal funding for higher education. However, the current change is on behalf of this kind of people who are in need of an advantage.

In a matter of fact, for many DACA recipients, gathering any amount of money to get a bachelors can be challenging. Don’t’ say about the graduation or professional program. In a recent survey, it is shown that over 21% said they are working on a degree beyond a bachelor’s.

Moreover, if their parents are in the United States, they are not authorized to work, meaning they are often paid low wages, which can be stressful.

Many DACA recipients use the work permits that come with the deferred action program to pay their way through school. USD School of Law scholarship is part of a university-wide program which will offer some support to these kinds of students.


What about the donation?

When the university asked donors to help start a fund for DACA Law Students, San Diego Governor stepped forward which was a big step for the program.


What are the hopes for the program?

The DACA program has an undecided future itself when talking about long-term commitments. However, the Trump Administration moved to end the program last year, fortunately, they are able to renew their permits as they are battling the court over the program’s fate.


The scholarship is available right now, are you interested? Trying it will make your life happier than before.



Missing Water Bills in San Diego: New Software Can be the Reason

Missing Water Bills in San Diego: New Software Can be the Reason

More than 2,500 San Diego water customers haven’t received a bill for months, according to the Public Utilities Department.

The announcement came a day after one of the local news contacted San Diego’s Communications Department about several customers in Allied Gardens who had not received water bills since February. Johnnie Perkins, Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the city’s Public Works Department said that they have covered and discovered that there are a number of ratepayers and customers that over the last three to six months have not received bills.

The missing bills were discovered during the city’s recent effort to re-read al water meters, according to the Perkins. It was the time when the city said crews found 10,000 broken meters and replaced them with wireless smart meters. But the bills were not generated for 2,500 of those newly placed meters.

One of the Allied Gardens homeowners, Jennifer Landers told her bill for water started not to come after her water meter was replaced back in February. She said that she called the Public Utilities Department and asked about the missing water bills. She said they told her that her water wouldn’t be shut off while the city is trying to find out what is wrong with the system.

That was months ago. And she was afraid she would pile up a large sum at the end of the year. According to her, she wanted to pay an estimated amount every 2 months just to be sure.

Per the city, customers who didn’t receive bills will be offered a “payment plan”. Also, it announced that no one will have their water shut off during this time.

The city auditor found delays in the processing of water service work orders due to the implementation of the new IAM San Diego software, in a recent audit report on water customer billing. That software is now at the center of this problem of customers not receiving water bills.

The $50 million IAM San Diego software is a program that integrates more than 30 city department applications into one system.

According to the city audit, the actions of the IAM San Diego software were not “well coordinated.”

Customers who haven’t received a water bill should call (619)515 3599 or email: sdwatersupport@sandiego.gov


Want to Find Yourself in Candy Land ? San Diego County Fair

Want to Find Yourself in Candy Land ?  San Diego County Fair

This year San Diego County Fair had 1.561.236 guests in a wonderful candy land with the theme ‘’How sweet  It Is’’ that lasted for 26 days.

People came to the fair in bright candy colors to match the theme. Vendors offered exclusive ‘’unicorn food’’: cotton candy ice cream sandwiches to colorful kettle corn.

The fair began in 1880. It brought San Diego County farmers together to share ideas, compete for the best pies and citrus fruits, as well as horse races.

No doubt that it was too much fun for attendees. It’s enough to take a look at the numbers.

San Diego International Beer Festival welcomed 6.813, The coast Wine festival-1762, and Cocktail Festival 1.539 attendees at the one-day event.

What a fair without delicious food, right?

Let’s talk about Australian Battered deep-fry Potatoes with ranch dressing or cheese sauce. Yummy!

A fair used 30.000 pounds of bacon in various forms. Just imagine a grilled pineapple soaked in 52 bottles of Fireball Whiskey.

San Diego fair also offered Big Ribs. Biggy’s Meat Market sold about 4.000 pounds of Big Ribs.

You wonder what was the most popular item at the fair this year? Candy Factory’s Unicorn Nitro Popcorn!

Good news for vegetarians. Charlie deep-fried 10.000 pounds of avocados.

The new item for this year –the Sweet Cheeks Bakery and dinner. Attendees loved Whoopee Pies, Cupcake Cones, and Salted Caramel Brownie Truffle Stacks.

A little bit about drinks at the fair. One of the most popular lemonades was the new Sour Green Apple Lemonade.

For chips lovers, Tasti Chips used 70.000 pounds of California – grown potatoes to make their famous chips.

69th Annual Livestock Auction $551.965 for 4H and FFA youth.

Come to join the San Diego County Fair to have fun and to enjoy delicious food!

Overall, is another way to celebrate agriculture and community pride.


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.


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