Wednesday, November 23, 2022, San Diego Metro Magazine

Experimenting in space to help
prevent mudslides here on earth

By Ioana Patringenaru

As wildfires caused by climate change worsen, post-wildfire mudslide destruction poses a growing threat. These gravity-driven mudslides occur suddenly and are difficult to predict. They can have devastating consequences, including lost lives, homes and damaged infrastructure. Knowing the causes of mudslides is critical to improving predictions that save lives and reduce damage. To better understand the effects of gravity on the post-wildfire mudslide, a research team from the University of California San Diego will take their research to the only laboratory where gravity is removed: the International Space Station.

The project, funded by the US National Science Foundation and supported by Space Tango, a commercial service provider for the ISS National Laboratory, will study the hydrodynamics of mudslides. The results could lead to improved mudslide models, new critical infrastructure and the development of early warning systems.

Photo: An experiment designed by UC San Diego faculty Ingrid Tomac will be launched to the International Space Station to improve our ability to prevent mudslides after a fire here on Earth. (Credit: UC San Diego)

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The North County Transit District will be a developer

By Tigist Layne | Voice of San Diego

The North County Transit District is undertaking a major redevelopment of the land around the transit stations. The transportation agency is selecting developers to convert the largely empty land surrounding up to 12 of its properties into mixed-use projects with market-rate housing, affordable housing and commercial spaces.

NCTD officials expect the initiative will not only generate long-term revenue for the agency, but also provide affordable housing to a region that needs it, and increase passenger numbers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The public agency provides public transportation for North San Diego County. Several of the transit centers and SPRINTER stations are located on acres of land that have been underused for decades. As demand for housing continues to rise and climate mitigation mandates weigh on the region, public entities are under more pressure to get involved.

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Regional Homelessness Task Force receives
$5 million from the Amazon founder’s Families Fund

The Regional Task Force on Homelessness, the lead agency for the San Diego region’s Continuum of Care, has announced that it has received a $5 million grant from the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund – the largest private giving in history from the organization. Launched in 2018 by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the Day 1 Families Fund presents annual leadership awards to leading frontline organizations deploying compassionate, needle-moving work to help families move from exposed homelessness and shelters to permanent housing with the services they provide. needed to achieve stability.

The Regional Task Force on Homelessness was selected as a recipient of a Day 1 Families Fund grant by a group of national consultants who are leading advocates and experts on homelessness and service delivery. National consultants contributed expertise in housing justice, advancing racial equality, and helping programs deploy resources effectively to lift families out of homelessness.

The three retail properties are highlighted in this aerial photo. (Courtesy of Retail Insite)
Three detached retail properties
in Del Mar sold for $19.5 million

Retail Insite, a Solana Beach commercial real estate company, has announced the sale of three freestanding retail buildings in Del Mar for $19.5 million. The buyer was Kleege Enterprises. The seller was P&G Enterprises. The investment sale included existing tenants from US Bank, Chase Bank and Armstrong Garden Center, each occupying their own building. Retail Insite’s Mike Moser handled the transaction and represented the seller.

Retail Insite was founded in 1996 and serves the San Diego, Orange and Inland Empire communities.

The Palm Street Ventures apartment plan is awaiting ruling

By Elaine Alfaro

Apartment complex plans near the village in downtown La Mesa are in limbo as the La Mesa City Council faces the decision to ratify them, but some residents are concerned about the current designs. The plans for an apartment complex on the site of 0 1.49 acres (where the former historic Randall Lamb Building once sat) located at the southeast corner of Palm Avenue and Allison Avenue includes a five-story building with 64 units, 8 of which are low-income affordable units. There would also be 29 off-street parking spaces on the ground floor and several landscaping and hardscape improvements, according to a report presented to the Planning Board. Read more…

Photo by Lionel Hahn, Reuters, via CalMatters
Feds approve $1 billion to keep Diablo Canyon open

Cal Matters

California’s last nuclear power plant, which supplies about 10 percent of the state’s electricity, just took a big step to stay open past its planned 2025 closing date: The U.S. Department of Energy announced that PG&E, the nuclear plant’s operator Diablo Canyon, was awarded a grant of approximately $1.1 billion to keep the facility open. The move comes two months after a controversial last-minute lawsuit that culminated in Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers authorizing a whopping $1.4 billion loan to PG&E to keep Diablo Canyon open through 2030 to repair the fragile energy grid of California to stabilize. Anti-nuclear advocates opposed the move, noting that the aging facility near San Luis Obispo is close to earthquake fault lines and could pose safety concerns.

Illumina will collaborate with children’s hospital in Dubai

genome web

Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has signed an agreement with Illumina to collaborate on rapid whole genome sequencing for the diagnosis of critically ill children. Under the terms of the agreement, the partners will collaborate on a two-year study of the impact of clinical rWGS in neonatal and pediatric care units. The study includes 200 children under the age of 18 and their parents. Illumina will provide sequencing reagents and analytical tools for rWGS. Financial and other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Greenbutts receives accredited validation
for biodegradable filter technology

Greenbutts LLC has been awarded the Hohenstein Quality Label for a new biodegradable filter technology designed to replace the most contaminated single-use plastic item: cigarette filters. An all-natural and fiber-based solution to cellulose acetate filters, Greenbutts’ technology becomes one of the few alternatives certified as biodegradable by Hohenstein Laboratories, an award that requires materials to be completely biodegradable to achieve certification. By being fully biodegradable, the new filter technology enables multinational partners and the customer pipeline to address the sustainability of their products while significantly reducing negative impacts on oceans and communities.

Paddy the bad guy and Graham Boylan
join BXNG Club as investors, advisors

The BXNG Club (BXNG), a martial arts and fitness leader in California, announced that UFC fighter Paddy Pimblett (Paddy the Baddy) and Cage Warriors owner and president Graham Boylan have invested in the growth and expansion of BXNG. in an advisory role. The BXNG Club offers boxing, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, strength training and other fitness related classes such as cycling, HIIT, Pilates and yoga.

Airgain Inc. secures millions of dollars
contract with EV charging leader

Airgain Inc., a leading provider of wireless connectivity solutions based in San Diego, announced that a leading manufacturer of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations has selected Airgain’s NimbeLink embedded modems to provide connectivity to its growing nationwide network. This win is Airgain’s latest in a growing niche with several top manufacturers requiring reliable connectivity for servicing, status tracking, usage monitoring, payment processing, geolocation and more.

Rincon water discounts a hit with customers

The Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District said it has completed an initiative to provide nearly $1.2 million in discounts to customers and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the program. The rebates were made possible after years of litigation by the San Diego County Water Authority against the Metropolitan Water District alleging violations of existing exchange agreements between the two agencies. The customer discounts come as residents across the county prepare for the holiday season, giving Rincon Water customers a boost to put food on the Thanksgiving table and some extra gifts for family members.

The partnership will allow SDSU students to use Haiku Inc’s products and provide feedback, including the World of Haiku cybersecurity game and a live cyber range, Haiku Pro. (SDSU)
Cyber ​​security and intelligence
Club at SDSU launch partnership

As part of a new partnership, the Cyber ​​Security and Intelligence Club of San Diego State University and Haiku Inc. hands-on cybersecurity training tools available to students. Leveraging “Games that Train” from Haiku Inc., critical testing and feedback on tactics, tools and procedures will be available to both cybersecurity and homeland security students to help them develop intelligence skills in a safe, virtual environment . While it is designed for students studying cybersecurity and homeland security, it is open to all SDSU students. Read more…

Novo Brazil Brewing Company opens
fourth location in Imperial Beach

Novo Brazil Brewing Company held the grand opening of its Imperial Beach location at 535 Florence St this past weekend. The restaurant and nano brewery are located on the south side of San Diego Bay overlooking the Coronado Bridge and the skyline of San Diego. downtown in the distance. The new location has the same menu as the Otay Ranch mall location and 64 taps, serving all NOVO beers and other types of beverages: NOVA easy kombuchas (hard and non-alcoholic), California Spritz beer cocktails, and hard seltzers. Hours are 12pm to 10pm daily.

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