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San Diego’s Best Coast Beer Festival

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72 breweries come together Saturday in one big beer festival called ‘Best Coast Beer Fest” all to raise money for charity.

There isn’t any beer here now but Best Coast’s Erik Ulkutekin boasts soon “Beer as far as the eye can see.”

Erik’s wife, Amy, created ‘Best Coast Beer Fest’.

“She said lets do a beer festival and I’m like YES!” Ulkutekin said.

The festival isn’t only about drinking 70 different kinds of beer, they are raising money for the charity Cancer for College. The charity gives college scholarships to cancer survivors. Best Coast founder Amy Ulkutekin said “I knew that partnering with this specific charity and making sure that we had the right team – I have amazing designers, great connections within the brewery world it just made sense.”

Amy said while the whole event cost just over one-hundred thousand dollars to produce – they’re already in the black for the charity.

“A lot of luck and crossing fingers, hahaha,” Amy said.

The park behind the convention center turns from a field of grass into one of San Diego’s larger beer festivals. Erik said choosing all of the beers was grueling.

“The research was every single beer festival we could possibly go to. You know getting dragged into it.” Erik said sarcastically. With a smirk he tries to insinuate he’s ‘working’ and that drinking beer is almost a favor he’s doing his wife.

Best Coast Beer Fest organizers expect close to 5000 attendees.

AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 6, 2014

Police are asking everyone to keep their eyes out for a missing disabled 49-year-old man. Charles Ahnger has Down syndrome, early onset dementia, and limited ability to communicate. Ahnger went missing while on a day trip to Fashion Valley Mall with his social worker and other challenged adults. Police say that it’s possible he got on a bus and just rode away. Ahnger is a white male, five feet tall, 188 pounds, brown hair and eyes. Anyone with any info please call San Diego Police at (619) 531-2000.

This morning at 8:00 the San Diego 2024 Summer Olympic Exploratory Committee’s President Bill Earley and Chairman Vincent Mudd are meeting with a local group that encourages minorities to be leaders called LEAD San Diego. They’ll be in the End Zone Club at Qualcomm Stadium.

Among the issues they’re talking about …

What is being done to ensure that we meet the technical requirements?

What we can expect hosting the Olympics to do for our region?

How can we pay for it?

it is open to the public and if you want to go call 619-280-5323 to R-S-V-P

At 8:00 AM 20-years of the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA is the topic at the Sanford Consortium Auditorium on Torrey Pines Scenic Dr. Some of the people speaking at the event are Janet Napolitano, UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhan.

At 9:30 this morning the Center on Policy Initiatives is releasing its report about how much it costs for a family to make ends meet in San Diego.

At 10:30 AM newly inaugurated Mayor Kevin Faulconer is having his first press conference. He’s talking about how to archive old city’s emails, a visit to Tijuana, and he’s introducing his communications team.

This afternoon at 2:00 protesters are rallying for a raise in the minimum wage. The group called the Coalition for Labor and Community Solidarity is targeting McDonald’s restaurants across the country. In San Diego they’ll be at 1260 Park Avenue

In court today

Disgraced former San Diego Police officer Anthony Arevalos is asking to be released pending his appeal at 9:00 AM in San Diego’s courthouse. Arevalos was convicted of sexually assaulting women during traffic stops. Just last month he had two counts overturned because some evidence wasn’t given to the defense.

Then at 1:30 in Vista’s courthouse Michael Young is being arraigned for beating his brother to death. Two fundraisers tonight …

First at 5:30 raising money for disadvantaged and at-risk youth is the goal at the 44th annual Barrio Station benefit dinner.

And second Employment and Community Options is hosting “Taste of Our Community” to raise money to help the disabled get jobs and live independently.

Today is the first day for the 8th Annual San Diego FIRST® Robotics Competition at the Valley View Casino Center.

High school’ers from all over the world will test their robots in some unusual and interesting ways. First thing from 8:00 AM till noon the robots are inspected then they get to practice the rest of the afternoon.

And finally tonight at 7:00 it’s the first San Diego Film Awards. Filmmakers, cast and crew are crowding into the Horton Grand Theater to honor each other’s work.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for July 10, 2013

AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for July 10, 2013


The National Weather Service says that big waves and rip currents will hit San Diego’s beaches late this afternoon and into tomorrow. Swimmers and surfers need to be very careful and always swim in front of a lifeguard. Personally on days like these unless you’re a strong ocean swimmer and experienced surfer do not go in the water. However if you do go in and end up getting caught in a rip remember to swim parallel to the shore until your free of the current then swim in.

San Diego City Council is meeting today and first thing this morning at 9:00 they are going to talk about connecting the airport to the trolley system. A report by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority will be presented that proposes a new trolley stop on the north side of the airport on the Pacific Highway. The report says construction would involve building a pedestrian bridge and a parking structure. They are also talking about possible changes to terminal one.

Then at 2:00 this afternoon the San Diego City Council Natural Resource and Culture Committee in meeting about water prices.

At 9:00 this morning officials from the San Diego Association of Governments (or SANDAG) are going to announce some discounts for people that owe toll fines for the South Bay Expressway. For the next 30-days the San Diego Association of Governments is offering special lowering of toll violation fines. Fines could go from $100 to as low as $20. Go to http://www.SBXCleanSlate.com to see if you qualify

SANDAG is also meeting tonight at 6:00 to take public input about possibly remodeling the San Ysidro Transportation Center.

Then this afternoon at 3:00 San Diego County is breaking ground on a new 16,000 square-foot skate park the Lindo Lake County Park in Lakeside.

This morning at 11:00 San Diego State University is recognizing Pride Week with the raising of a rainbow flag in front of its iconic Hepner Hall.

And finally this morning at 7:00 am volunteers from the San Diego nonprofit Embrace are helping to restore the home of a disabled Marine veteran and her husband. They are going to be fixing up the bathroom, adding ramps, and widening doorways.

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Son of Nobel Prize winner donates millions towards biology

Son of Nobel Prize winner donates millions towards biology