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Saturday, March 31, 2018



With all the commotion around dockless bikes in San Diego, did you know that in the first two weeks of operation, LimeBike company had 21,000 new users and 55,000 rides which equated to 25,000 pounds of CO2 saved?  These new, bright dockless bikes offer San Diegans and visitors alike an affordable, healthy, and convenient way to experience our city and navigate our daily lives.

Cafe Madeleine's new 2nd location: El Cajon Blvd & Utah
This is tremendous! In hopes that all those riders are finding their way to The Boulevard and supporting local businesses, join the El Cajon Boulevard BIA to spread the Share Bike culture down the Boulevard to our BLVD East Hub TODAY Saturday March 31st. Grab a dockless bike and ride to Eppig Brewery or Café Madeleine at 1:30 pm. From there we will take off together down the Boulevard for a relaxing afternoon of light exercise and exploration.

Once in the BLVD East hub, check out the small businesses that give the hub between Talmadge and City Heights a distinctive laid-back culture. City Pub will offer riders their first drink for $2 with happy hour prices to follow, Su Pan Bakery will make up a special turkey croissant sandwich for $2.

Yes, Su Pan Bakery is offering a healthy turkey sandwich for $2 but they also make SWEETS!
We want to make sure the Bike Share opportunity is available to all of the communities that surround the Boulevard. We hope some of you will consider alternative means home, leaving your dockless bike behind for the surrounding communities to enjoy.

Friday, March 30, 2018


Suzanna and Billy Beltz award-winning owners of Lost Cause Meadery, San Diego CA

Editor’s note: Reposted with permission thanks to our media partners at, one of America’s leading free craft beer print publications and websites.

Even casual beer drinkers in San Diego have probably heard of the annual Great American Beer Festival, otherwise known as GABF. Every year, local brewers earn multiple medals at the festival's competition.

In the world of mead, the closest GABF equivalent is the Bloomfield, Colorado-based Mazer International Cup, which is an world competition for home and commercial mead makers. This past weekend, local operation Lost Cause Meadery earned a silver medal for its Devilish Grin mead, becoming the first commercial Southern California mead makers to medal.

"Devilish Grin was made for our grand opening party. Since then, it's been one of the top sellers in the tasting rooms," said Billy Beltz, co-founder and mead maker.

Currently on tap and also available in bottles, Devilish Grin was entered in the competitive "open category" of semi-sweet wares. "It's basically a catch-all for a lot of different meads that don't fit into other specific categories," he said.  Lost Cause (and eatery) is located in San Diego’s Miramar district.

This commercial mead, made with tart cherries and black pepper, is a twist on one that Beltz used to make as an amateur; that mead also medalled in the Mazer Cup's home competition. Three more of Lost Cause's current meads, Zydeco Buzz with coffee and chickory; FresYes with Fresno, Chipotle, and Ancho peppers; and Buck It All oak-aged all received medals as home-made meads.

Newbie Alert: Mead is a centuries old alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruits, spices, grains, or hops et al. Most modern mead’s fermentable sugar comes from honey.

Suzanna and Billy Beltz

Thursday, March 29, 2018



From Euro media reports:  Ecuador has banned Julian Assanage’s ability to contact to the world while living in nation's London embassy because he violated an agreement with the Ecuadorean government.

"The Ecuadorean government believes Assange's behaviour, through his messages on social media, put at risk good relations which this country has with the UK, the rest of the EU and other nations," it said in a statement posted to Twitter. Assange had signed a written agreement not to send any messages that might undermine Ecuador's relationships with other countries, it said.

Last week, the WikiLeaks founder used Twitter to challenge Britain's accusation that Russia was responsible for the March 4 nerve agent poisoning of a Russian former double agent in the English city of Salisbury. He also questioned the decision by Britain and more than 20 countries to retaliate against the poisoning by expelling Russian diplomats deemed spies.

Sir Alan Duncan UK Foreign Minister
The comments prompted a British Foreign Office minister, Alan Duncan, to brand Assange a "miserable little worm" who should leave the embassy to turn himself over to British authorities.

It’s no secret that Assange contributes to RT, a Russian state-owned television channel that broadcasts Kremlin messaging, as well as taking part in media conferences via video link.

Ecuador promised more sanctions against Assange if he further violates the housing agreement.

Ben Franklin once said that house guests, like fish, start to smell after three days. And, another quote offers: the rotten apple spoils his companion.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


WHY THE PARIS POLICE ARRESTED PABLO PICASSO FOR THE HEIST has a fascinating article in its 2011 archives about the team of brothers, who heisted the Mona Lisa from the Louvre Museum in Paris on August 11, 1911.  The theft is credited with giving the Leonardo DiVinci’s famed Mona Lisa far more publicity than it had accumulated in prior centuries.
         Who was this daunting art thief?
         How did he do it?
         How was he captured?
         Why was Pablo Picasso a prime suspect?
Click here for answers.


Monday, March 26, 2018



Two school violence professors used their career expertise to draft plan to curb school shootings.  Matthew Mayer, a professor at Rutgers Graduate School of Education and Shane Jimerson, a professor at the University of California/Santa Barbara burned the midnight oil since the Parkland Florida massacre to create a concise eight-point “Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the U.S.A.”  

Matthew Mayer
Shane Jimmerson
So far, 200 or so universities, national education and mental health groups, school districts and more than 2300 individual experts in gun violence prevention have signed on to support this document.

"If we're really talking about prevention, my perspective is that we should go for the public health approach," says Ron Avi Astor at the University of Southern California, who also helped draft the plan.

A public health approach to disease means, instead of waiting for people to be rushed to emergency rooms with heart attacks or the flu, you go into the community: with vaccinations, screenings, fruits and vegetables, walking trails and exercise coaches. You screen and regulate environmental hazards, like a nearby polluting factory. You keep watch on reported cases of illness, to stop a new outbreak in its tracks.

A public health approach to school shootings, Astor explains, would be much along the same lines.

Instead of waiting for people to, again, be rushed into emergency rooms, you go into the community with preventive resources. You do your best to lower the background levels of bullying and discrimination. You track the data and perform what is called "threat assessments" on potential risks.

And, these experts say, you remove the major "environmental hazard" that contributes to gun violence: the guns. The eight-point plan calls for universal background checks, a ban on assault-style weapons, and something called Gun Violence Protection Orders: a type of emergency order that would allow police to seize a gun when there is an imminent threat.

What sets this call to action apart from other policy proposals is not gun control, however, but the research-based approach to violence prevention and response. This is a long haul, say the experts, not a quick fix.

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