October 23rd, 2016

Ye Scallywag! Rocks Waterfront Park

County’s Bayside Park Hosts Punk-Rock Bash

Saturday’s debut punk-rock festival Ye Scallywag! brought a mostly mosh-friendly lineup of musical groups, including Southern California favorites Goldfinger, Bad Religion and NOFX, to Waterfront Park. The day-long music fete, spotlighting mostly hard rock bands, reinforces Waterfront Park’s growing popularity among concert promoters as a premiere special events venue, particularly for large scale outdoor music festivals.

Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion

Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion

In addition to the music, Ye Scallywag! featured craft breweries and artisan wineries. Participating wineries included William Hill (Napa Valley), Dry Creek (Sonoma), Rebel Coast (Paso Robles), Chronic Cellars (Paso Robles) and Maggio and Old Soul (both based in Lodi).

A collaboration between Laguna Hills’ Synergy Global Energy, Orange County’s Brew Ha Ha Productions and San Diego radio stations 91X-FM and KFM-BFM 100.7, Ye Scallywag! also featured the punk-rock bands Wakrat, Reel Big Fish and Against Me!

Ye Scallywag!’s debut at Waterfront Park follows four successful CRSSD electronic music festival productions at the park. No word yet on the next installment of Ye Scallywag!

By now you must be wondering just what is a scallywag? It’s something like a crusty old pirate. Though you might prefer the Urban Dictionary’s more detailed definition: “A person who is known to be a treacherous lying son-of-bitch, and usually smells bad.”

All Aboard!

Supervisor Ron Roberts

Supervisor Ron Roberts

The largest transit project in San Diego history is officially under way. The Mid-Coast trolley line will extend trolley service from Old Town to UC San Diego and University City, adding nine new stations. Saturday’s groundbreaking and community celebration for the Mid-Coast line attracted a large crowd to the Preuss School at UCSD, including transit officials, civic leaders and area residents.

The $2.1 billion project, funded in part by the federal government and local tax dollars, will connect corridor residents with other trolley lines serving Mission Valley, East County and South County. The Mid-Coast trolley line will expand transportation capacity in the corridor to accommodate existing and future travel demand, particularly for peak-period commute trips.

With a 56 month construction timetable, the project is slated for completion in 2021.

Stadium Watch

img_9700Today’s wild finish in Atlanta provided a nail biter of a game for Chargers fans, who watched the bolts top the Falcons in overtime 33-30. Now 3-4, the Chargers head to Denver to play the Broncos Sunday, then on to Tennessee to face the Titans November 6, two days before the general election.

No doubt, a winning record of 5-4 will be helpful to the Chargers come election day. CBSsports.com reports that the team has expressed “little hope” of gaining the required 66.7 percent of the vote for passage of Measure C on the November ballot. “If they do achieve at least a (simple) majority, then team and league sources indicated perhaps it could invoke some hope of a stadium down the road, while falling short of that would essentially be a death blow to the project.”

Most pundits agree the Chargers’ more realistic goal from the get go has been to break the 50 percent approval mark, giving the team a day in court, as the California State Supreme Court would ultimately rule on the two-thirds vs. simple majority question.

Once again, stadium related stories dominate this week’s headline round-up.

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