Noted: Around the City in 290 Words
Geneticist Bruce Beutler won the Nobel Prize, weeks before leaving The Scripps Research Institute for the University of Texas. ■ Slate named USD one of America’s Most Beautiful College Campuses (hooray for Spanish Renaissance and ocean views!) ■ For earning college degrees while serving their country 82 active duty personnel participated in the Naval Medical Center San Diego’s 5th annual Graduation Recognition Ceremony. ■ Travel + Leisure named San Diego America’s 14th best city for foodies. ■ AARP named Scripps Health the best employer for workers 50 and older.
Mayor Jerry Sanders and the city council appointed a new commissioner for arts and culture, Dr. Laurie Mitchell. ■ Bill Kerlin, formerly of the Coconut Grove Playhouse, was named managing director of the North Coast Rep.
The Pala Band of Mission Indians donated $140,000 to the Vivian Banks Charter School. ■ “Dinner in the Library” raised $81,000 for UCSD’s libraries. ■ Ferragosto raised $17,000 each for the Little Italy Association, Washington Elementary School Foundation, and Our Lady of the Rosary. ■ The San Diego Foundation unveiled the Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement in honor of the San Diegan’s contributions. ■ Cali Bamboo donated $500 for every celebrity wave caught at Malibu’s sixth annual Celebrity Expression Session, totaling $50,000 for the Surfrider Foundation.
Nine endangered Grand Cayman blue iguanas hatched at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. The endangered Hawaiian crow enjoyed a 25 percent population increase.
Fifty-one homicides were reported in San Diego in the first half of 2011, up 65 percent from the same period last year, says SANDAG.