Category Archives: San Diego

What makes this San Diego SEAL guilty of battery?

Last Thursday, a Navy SEAL stationed in San Diego was charged for a drunken rampage along the Vegas strip which wounded eight people. The guilty SEAL, Luke Shawley attended the week-long trial without saying a word; the verdict concluded guilty verdicts on 7 counts of battery.

The whole nightmare began when Shawley was caught on surveillance video footage swinging a pipe around wildly. He injured eight of the employees that worked at the bar as well as street walkers. Three of the wounded went to the hospital and another was knocked unconscious. As Shawley’s lawyers tried to counteract the video clip, they claimed that Shawley had been drugged with Ecstasy and had around 30 alcoholic beverages that same night. Once more evidence of Shawley’s hair had been taken and no traces of Ecstasy were found, it was apparently clear that this case was going to be found guilty.

Luke Shawley will be facing up to fifteen years in prison and will be beginning the process ofdischarge with the U.S. Navy.

Here, There, and Everywhere in San Diego

There seems to be something happening everywhere in San Diego this weekend. From Oceanside to Downtown San Diego, Encinitas to North Park, and Carlsbad to Mission Beach, wherever you go the party will follow. Check out these wonderful weekend events and don’t miss out on the summer fun before it’s too late.

Friday August 12th Oceanside Longboard Surfing Competition and Pardon My French at Stingaree

Oceanside’s Longboard Surfing Club is pleased to present its 27th annual longboard surfing competition and festival at the Oceanside Pier amphitheatre and South Pier beach from 6:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. To kick off the line-up of contests is Guy Takayama’s Pro Noseriding Contest followed by more competitions, live music, performances, and fun in the sun. Stop by to watch talented surfers ride San Diego’s waves or just relax and hang ten at this free surf event.

For a unique and unforgettable Friday night outing, visit Stingaree’s rooftop bar and lounge in Downtown San Diego for the notorious upscale and luxurious Pardon My French soirée. Pardon My French is quickly becoming known for their classy, sophisticated event fundraisers that happen once a month at some of San Diego’s swankiest hotels. This Friday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., the talented artist Allison Renshaw will be holding an art fundraiser complete with great champagne, tasty hors d’oeuvres, and Stingaree’s best house DJs.

Saturday August 13th Brewfest in Encinitas and Ray at Night in North Park

The time we’ve all been waiting for is here. Encinitas’ Brewfest will be showcasing San Diego’s finest local craft brewing companies including Stone Brewery, Pizza Port, Ballast Point, Karl Strauss, and many more. The festival will take place at Mira Costa College San Elijo Campus from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is sponsored by the Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club which will be donating all proceeds to charities here and around the world. Give your support, drink a beer, and have a great time.

Come see why everyone thinks North Park is so cool, this little niche of San Diego is the heart of local art and culture. Ray at Night is San Diego’s largest monthly artwalk and has over 30 participating galleries that open their doors on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. just to show you what San Diego’s locals can create. Visit the Ray at Night website for additional information about this free event.

Sunday August 14th Carlsbad’s Art in the Village and SunDaze Summer Pool Party at the Wavehouse

And if you didn’t get enough eye candy in North Park on Saturday, Carlsbad will be hosting its 13th annual Art in the Village that will feature about 100 local artists and their masterpieces. All art has its special and unique differences and the large variety of mediums ranges from oil paintings, sculptures, furniture, mixed media, jewelry, and much more. Stop by the free event anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. between State Street and Grand Avenue in Carlsbad.
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Or if you just feel like staying closer to home on Sunday, the Wavehouse in Mission Beach is going to have the hottest pool party in San Diego. SKRILLEX will be bringing a new wave of electronic music to the beach that will rock you all day starting as early as 11 a.m. Bring your best beach attire and get ready to catch some rays at this hot hot hot pool party bash.

Navy Program Helps San Diego’s Rising Veteran Unemployment

The unemployment rates of veterans within the United States keep rising… and president Obama has a lot of decisions to make about the ever-increasing problem of jobless, and potentially homeless, veterans. Adjusting to normal civilian life is a challenge on its own; paired with inadequate paper requirements makes the job search process that much harder. For many U.S. veterans, their skills and experience would blow any other candidate out of the water. Where the real problems lie are the actual certifications that are expected and required to obtain positions within the “real world.”

President Barack Obama sees the problematic future that many veterans will experience with the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan in addition to the wavering economy. President Obama’s solution to the unemployed veteran dilemma depends upon the cooperation of companies to hire 100,000 veterans by the end of 2013 in exchange for enticing tax breaks offered to the companies that are willing to participate and hire veterans that have been on the job hunting trail for over 6 months.

There are also a few programs that are committed to helping veterans find job opportunities and help them reacclimate to daily life routines and patterns outside of military tours. For more than a year, San Diego’s REBOOT program has done exactly that, its 70% employment success rate has helped tremendously in San Diego County and will continue to offer job placement and transition services to veterans within the San Diego community. REBOOT consists of free workshops that provide veterans with three weeks of adjustment training and provide a comforting buffer between military life and civilian life that will ease the transition process that may be extremely challenging to veterans.

San Diego’s Best Foods, Festivals, and Films

No matter what you might want to do this weekend, San Diego’s variety of events will always keep you on your toes with things to do and places to see. Start off the weekend with a selection of different movies to see and start off your Saturday with Little Italy’s mercato and be a part of the constructing of a 650-foot banana split. All in a weekend’s worth of fun activities in sunny San Diego.

FRIDAY AUGUST 5 San Diego’s Latino Film Festival and 1955 film at Cinema Under the Stars

Come on down to the Ultrastar’s Mission Valley Cinemas for the 12th annual San Diego Latin Film festival from 11:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. All the newest hit Latin American films will be showing at various times featuring famous actresses Eva Longoria and Kate Del Castillo. For complete summaries of the eight films that will be shown, please visit the Media Arts Center of San Diego’s website which is sponsoring this wonderful event. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door with adult admissions for $10 and child admission for $8.

And if Latin American films just aren’t what you want to watch this Friday night, check out the 1955 film called “Picnic” now playing this Friday at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills. This incredible outdoor movie theatre is the perfect venue for the older film about a muscular drifter settling in a small Kansas town and that falls in love with a taken woman, truly a great movie from the fifties. The film starts at 8:30 p.m. and would be a delight on a Friday date night.

SATURDAY AUGUST 6 Little Italy’s Mercato and the 30th Annual Banana Split in the Park

If you haven’t been to one of San Diego’s farmers’ markets, Little Italy’s mercato is definitely one to see. The market consists of hundreds of vendors and booths lining Date Street that sell fruits, vegetables, fish, oysters, coffee, pastries, flowers, orchids, natural pet food, and much more. Street vendors will be making crepes, pasta, Thai food, and many more selections. The live music offered at the Saturday street market is varied yet always entertaining and fun to watch. From 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Italian street fair will leave you with organic groceries, a good meal, and tons of live entertainment. Don’t miss this weekly farmers’ market and the glimmer of Italy that cannot be avoided.

Watch out for the crazy Banana Bonanza at the Standley Recreation Center of San Diego. Kicking off the celebration at 4 p.m., a 650-foot banana split will be made followed by a Bayou Brothers concert, magic show, fun activities, swimming at the Swanson pool, and Time Warner Cable’s movie in the park, “Despicable Me.” Stop by this fun, free, family-oriented event and celebrate the 30th annual banana split in the park!

SUNDAY AUGUST 7 Chula Vista’s Lemon Festival and Philippine Cultural Arts Festival

The Third Avenue Village Association is proud to present its 15th annual lemon festival in downtown Chula Vista. Fun for kids and parents alike, Chula Vista is excited to celebrate its heritage as the lemon capital of the world. With three stages dedicated to live music, dancing, a sandwich eating contest, pie eating contest, and even a hair competition! Other event attractions include hand crafters, a variety of international foods, and many many lemons. The festival starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. so join in on the fun!

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Balboa Park will be hosting its 27th annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival that will capture the essence of Filipino cuisine, art, dance, and music. Hosted by channel 10 news anchor, Melissa Mecijia, the event will feature different dance styles of the various regions of the Philippines along with a talent show and singing contest. Stop by Balboa Park and step into the Filipino lifestyle… for no cost at all.

Unsettled Conflict Concerning LCS Problems

The United States senators have been debating the issue and importance of the U.S. Navy’s construction and need of the littoral combat ships that have cost a lot of money and have much need for more repairs.

The situation arose after the first LCS to be built was sent back to San Diego for repairs on its cracked hull. The other littoral combat ship, USS Independence, has been concerned with an aggressive corrosion of the propulsion system that will also need some repair to fix and much more to discover the cause of the problem and correct it.

Unfortunately, the U.S. senators are asking for more verification as to why tax money is being drained into these large and pricey ships without having the benefit of the actual ship’s functions and capabilities. The littoral combat ships are experiencing the trial and errors that any new warship would undergo after being built; the only major concern would be costly repairs that have doubled since the project began and may exceed the amount necessary to buy all the other ships that are in demand as well.

However, many problems have been able to be discovered as isolated issues that can be fixed easily the next time they are constructed. For example, the cracked hull of the USS Freedom was due to poor welding procedures as well as the USS Independence’s corrosion issue that has been determined to have a simple solution.

The LCS program has been in effect for about ten years and has cost the United States billions of dollars to pursue the development of littoral combat ships, a different type of warship that has never been created before of which can reach speeds of 40 knots, 10 knots faster than any other U.S. cruiser or destroyer ship.

Littoral combat ships are light and easy to manage in the water which would be planned to replace mine-countermine ships and patrol ships close to the coast. Other tasks of these special littoral combat ships includes the ability to follow submarines, locate mines, and attack enemy ships in low, coastal waters.

Although these vessels may be criticized for high costs and not enough performance qualities, the littoral combat ships are experiencing a few setbacks while also discovering new ways to cut costs and fix repairs so that they will never happen again.