All three D-Marin marinas have received ISO 14001: 2015 environmental certification

first_imgAll three Croatian marinas from the D-Marin system have received ISO 14001: 2015 certification, as the first marinas within the D-Marin group, which includes 10 marinas in Croatia, Greece and Turkey, reports the Dogus Group.In the marinas of the D-Marin group, which operates as part of the Dogus group, blue flags were also raised, a prestigious recognition proving the clear sea and preserved coastline, as well as the equipment and arrangement of the marinas. ISO 14001: 2015 is an international certificate that sets requirements for the planning, establishment, implementation and monitoring of environmental management systems, while providing the necessary guidelines for its implementation. So far, only one marina outside the D-Marin system has obtained this certificate in Croatia.”By introducing the ISO 14001: 2015 certificate, we also raise the overall awareness of the importance of preserving and caring for the environment through our daily operations. Along with the Blue Flag, which our marinas have been raising for many years, this certificate is additional proof that the D-Marin system is truly a leader in raising the quality of services throughout the Mediterranean, including Croatia. “, points out Božidar Duka, regional director of D-Marin.The ISO 14001: 2015 certificate for Croatian marinas D-Marin was issued by the renowned international company SGS, a global leader in the field of quality. “ISO 14001: 2015 certification provides an excellent framework for innovative development based on the idea of ​​environmental protection and natural resources. This confirms that these three marinas have a structured and systematic approach and management of interactions between the organization and the environment, which includes land, air, water, flora and fauna, but also people. This standard is also compatible with other management systems”, explains Drago Goić, Director of the Certification Department for SGS Adriatica.The blue flag in D-Marin Dalmatia has been raised for the 18th year in a row, and in D-Marin Mandalina for the fourth year. The Blue Flag is an award given only for one season, and according to the recommendation of the International Foundation for Environmental Education, it is raised on June 5, on World Environment Day.last_img read more

Cameron, Nanthan only nominees

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua – Current President and Vice President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Dave Cameron and Emmanuel Nanthan will be the only candidates for the election, due on Saturday, March 4.The Corporate Secretary Verlyn Faustin, confirmed that Cameron and Nanthan were the only two nominees received for the posts of president and vice-president respectively.Both Cameron and Nanthan have already served two-year terms in the respective positions. The posts will be ratified at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) also due on the same day. The elections and AGM are scheduled for Antigua.The President’s Report and the Audit Risk and Compliance Report (ARCC) will be received at the one-day meeting. The ARCC Report will be an update on the risk and compliance environment of the WICB.The full meeting will consist of territorial board stakeholders and special members. The Directors of the Board have been invited to attend the AGM. The special members are the West Indies Umpires Association, West Indies Players Association, CARICOM, Association of Colleges and Tertiary Institutions, Association of Caribbean Media Workers and the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce.The meeting will be streamed live on and is scheduled for a 09:00hrs start.The meeting falls on the day between the first two one-day-internationals (ODI) between the West Indies and England, March 3 & 5 in Antigua. The third ODI is scheduled for Barbados March 9.last_img read more

Cal preparing to give USC its Best shot

first_imgTwo weeks ago, Jahvid Best was the hottest name in college football. Fresh off a five-touchdown performance in a national spotlight game against Minnesota, the junior running back was on every Heisman short list.Then came the embarrassment last Saturday against Oregon. The Ducks loaded the box against California and dared junior quarterback Kevin Riley to beat them. He didn’t. Oregon’s swarming defense stifled the Golden Bears offense and held Best to just 55 yards on 16 carries, a far cry from the gaudy statistics he put up in his first three games.Best foot forward · USC’s defense will have to keep an eye on explosive Cal running back Jahvid Best, who has rushed for 467 yards and eight touchdowns in four games. – Photo courtesy of Nick Fradkin / The Daily CalifornianA lot has changed for Cal and Best in the last week. The team has fallen in the rankings and Best is no longer considered a favorite to win the Heisman trophy. Despite all the upheaval, however, one thing remains the same.The 5-foot-10, 195-pound running back is still the biggest home run threat in the country and a head-splitting migraine for opposing teams to contain.Just don’t expect him to tell you that.“He doesn’t have a big head,” Riley said. “He’s a team-first guy and he’ll always be that way. He just cares about winning.”Humility is nice, but it isn’t why Best has drawn the admiration of opposing coaches. That would be the 1,580 yards and 15 touchdowns he compiled last season on only 194 carries. Stopping him is the first thing on every coach’s mind, although the answer to that problem isn’t always obvious.When a reporter asked USC coach Pete Carroll at his weekly press conference how he planned to contain Best, the coach provided a brief moment of levity.“You got anything in mind for me? I could use a little help,” Carroll quipped.All joking aside, the Oregon defense provided a blueprint last Saturday for other teams to follow. Set out to stop the run and hope Riley has a bad day. The Ducks had as many as 10 defenders crowd the line of scrimmage and forced the California offense to throw the ball.“Oregon did a good job,” Riley said. “It was the first thing that worked against us this year so [USC] will probably try that. Hopefully we’ll hurt them.”Neither Riley nor Best seemed particularly concerned at the prospect of the Trojans mimicking Oregon’s game plan. In fact, Best saw it as an opportunity for his teammates to shine.“When teams do that we should be able to take advantage of it,” he said.Regardless of whether Carroll decides to stack the box against Best this weekend, he said his defenders need to focus on their assignments.“Whenever you have a breakaway guy like that, you have to be really disciplined,” he said. “Regardless of how you deploy your guys … you have to be in the right spots. You make a mistake and it just blasts down the line of scrimmage and he’s gone.”Lots of football players are fast, but Best brings uncommon speed to the running back position. He ran a 10.3 100-meter dash in high school. For a little perspective on just how fast that is, USC junior Ahmad Rashad placed second last year at the NCAA championships with a time of 10.1 seconds.Lots of sprinters have transitioned over to the gridiron with some success, but Best is unique. He is not a sprinter in football pads but a football player who possesses world-class speed.“That’s the thing about Jahvid,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said, “He can run inside and [he] has great lateral movement to make people miss and then his speed is exceptional when he gets in the open field, so he’s a real versatile back.”That kind of speed and elusiveness has prompted comparisons of Best to a certain USC running back that tore up Pac-10 defenses several years ago.Carroll said that while nobody has quite compared to Reggie Bush in terms of sheer playmaking ability, Best is the closest. And he might be faster.“There was something about Reggie that he could make things happen in an extraordinary fashion,” Carroll said. “I think [Best] is a more consistent guy out of the backfield as a receiver. And he’s got the magic because he’s got that great speed, and he’s a very consistent player, too.”Best said a lack of execution hurt the team last week as guys took turns messing up, but expected his team to rebound in a big way this week despite the speed and skill of the USC defense.“We feel like if we execute it doesn’t matter what they’re doing,” he said. “We should get what we want from the plays.”If Best gets what he wants this Saturday, USC is in for a long trip home from Berkeley.last_img read more

Paul Schrader Discusses the Future of Entertainment

first_imgHear from industry vet Paul Schrader as he talks the future of Hollywood and oncoming demise of the multiplex.Paul Schrader, best known for writing such classic screenplays as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, is also an accomplished director who recently helmed Dying of the Light starring Nicholas Cage and collaborated with author Bret Easton Ellis for The Canyons in 2013. Schrader recently spoke at an intimate venue at IFP’s Made in NY Media Center in Dumbo, Brooklyn about the state of the industry as he sees it.After working for decades in the industry, one might think Schrader would hold onto more traditional ways of working. In fact, Schrader’s wisdom revealed him more in line with Futurist rather than Luddite thought when he expounded on topics ranging from writerly advice to the changing future of entertainment.Schrader first addressed the construct of the two-hour feature film as an antiquated model in need of reinvention:The goal of a storyteller is not to invest in technology, it’s simply to use the best tools available. If we come up with a better hammer, we use that hammer. The vessel of audio-visual storytelling has changed totally. The notion of the theatrical two-hour experience is a 20th-century model they came up with about a hundred years ago for economic reasons. [At that time] people thought that movies were a projected image in a dark room in front of an audience. Maybe that’s what movies were, but they aren’t anymore.It’s finally now that we’ve broken away from the pillars of that 20th-century model. One pillar is length. To me, a Youtube cat video is a movie. So is Mad Men. One is four minutes long and one is about sixty hours long, but they’re both movies. [The second pillar is] economics. You can’t make your money showing in theaters, it’s just not there. [The third pillar is] the delivery system people prefer. [Other services compete against] getting me out of the house. The kind of movies people leave the house for are for something big, or something that is really benefitted by the communal experience. The reason can’t be, “here’s another movie like the one from last week.Schrader maintained this broken 20th-century model carries over to our conception of the dramatic three-act structure used for ages:The mechanism of the three-act drama has become so rustic. You can hear the gears clanking when you’re in the theater. People have seen so much audio-visual entertainment over the years. How many hours of drama did your father see? How many did his father see? By your 20s you’ve seen tens of thousands of hours of longform filmed drama, and it’s so old hat. Your father saw a fraction of that. How in the world can you get this mechanism alive?One answer may come in the form of recent strides in television:One of the beautiful things about episodic television is that it doesn’t have to climax in the third act. It can climax in the second, and the third act can be set up for next week. So we’re going back to a kind of one-reel mentality.One of the things I’m finding so restricting about screenplays is that the brutal 3-act structure is so boring. I’ve started thinking about telling stories in a new way. I was thinking, if Fellini were alive today, how would he tell La Dolce Vita? That’s about the nightlife of Rome. People come and go, it’s really kind of an episodic thing. I think he’d do it as a 3-hour web series. Each episode only has to work for ten minutes with four to five scenes, one pop at the end and then you’re out. So you’re no longer making a 3-course, 3-act dinner. You’re now doing canapes, hors d’oeuvres and tapas. You give someone a [little bite] and the next thing you know they’ve eaten 20 of them! It’s a different mentality.The way we’re reconsidering narrative is directly dependent on the way we now consume media. Schrader comments on its positive and negative aspects:You’re cruising through the media all the time, and it gets very, very stimulating. That’s the positive part. You’re getting all these peeks into hidden corners of worlds. And if you read something interesting, you say, “there’s a story in there.” And of course with Google, research is so fast.The negative is pretty heavy. The negative side is that it’s awfully hard to finish a book. I can’t watch a whole movie anymore without going outside at some point and checking my messages. It’s very hard to concentrate. I now go to a symphony in a way I never have before because I can’t listen to a symphony at home. I just can’t stand it. I don’t have the concentration and attention span to do it any more.This overwhelming sense of media fatigue now defines how we process stories. The fact that we are rewiring our brains with our technology [means] we can no longer have the same experience we might have a few years ago. We can no longer watch The Godfather. The reason they’re not making Chinatown today is that no one will watch it. It’s too slow, you know? I just feel this enormous media fatigue and I don’t know how, if I were a young person, I would combat this.Schrader hinted at the future of entertainment which might be found in the new generation that prefers to participate in their content.The great mystery of entertainment is audience participation. We have probably the most passive medium in the history of storytelling. You don’t have to do anything to watch a movie. You don’t even have to stay awake. You don’t have to turn a page, you just sit there, it just pours over you. In reaction to this we’re getting a generation that doesn’t like to be quite so passive. They like to play video games and tweet with their friends. They like to have another little screen on the top which is a reaction to a screen they’re watching. If they’re watching the World Series, they can pop up and see a clip of the batter from another game.The audience was quick to ask Schrader about his writing process, perhaps the aspect of the craft where he’s most seasoned. When asked who he selects to provide feedback on a finished draft of a script, Schrader said:The answer is anybody. “Anybody” doesn’t know how to read a script, but they do know how to hear a story, and that’s where it starts. So i’ll say to you, “Can I buy you a drink? I’m working on this idea and I want to tell you a story.” And I’ll tell you and watch you and read your reactions, change the story, redevelop it. I don’t really care what you say. I just care about your eye contact, your body language. And if you can tell a story for 45 minutes and keep somebody interested, you have a movie. If you have any concerns about that, after a half an hour go to the bathroom and come back and don’t finish the story. If they don’t say to you, “what happened then?” you know you’re in trouble.Your script should sing in the same way your oral presentation does. It’s a pitch. Some poor reader somewhere is going to bring home 8 scripts on Friday and that reader is going to get through two of them. You have to make sure yours is one of the two. I would be very wary of handing a script to somebody. First off, they’re going to lie. Second, they probably won’t even finish it. Thirdly, they’re going to blank out somewhere and miss whole sections of it, and you have no way to monitor how they’re reacting to it.I don’t think you should sit down and write a script until you’ve developed it in an oral fashion, told it multiple times, outlined and re-outlined it so much that you know this works. After you’ve told it at different lengths six or eight times, at some point the idea is going to say to you, “I’m dying.” And that’s your lucky day, because you’ve just saved yourself six months of a script you shouldn’t be writing.Or the idea will say to you, “Enough of this telling. We want to exist.” And then it will come. The moment an idea or a situation starts telling you, “I’m not happy,” the alarms and the buzzers should all go off.Schrader then further broke down his creative process:I write down every single scene. Usually there’s between 40-50 things which happen during a feature-length movie. And so you write them all down and now you’ve told this outline many times, you know the expositional pacing, you know the comic relief pacing, you know the action pacing. And then I predict how long each scene will be in terms of page count. If you’re operating on a roughly page-a-minute scheme, you’re looking for about a hundred to a hundred and five page script. And then you’re breaking it down.By the time you’re on scene 22, you know that’s going to take place at page 45 or 46. Now you’re writing, letting these scenes just live and pivot. You’re inhabiting them. Sometimes a scene gets a little longer than you want, sometimes a scene doesn’t have much gas, you thought it would be a three-page scene and it’s barely a two-page scene.Now you have your projected as well as your actual page count. If these numbers start to diverge, something’s gone wrong. And then you stop right then and there and say, “was I right during the outline stage and wrong on the script stage, or am I now catching it?” If I’m now catching it I need to re-outline, recalibrate, and get myself back into sync so I’m back on the rails again.Schrader warned against being arrogant about your memory, to remember to write solutions to scenes so you can sit down and write them the following day. But one of the most resonant pieces of advice was also a simple one: disable the Internet, even if it means going through fits of withdrawal.I’m a binge writer. Wait, wait wait and then boom, every day for three to four weeks in a row and then I’m done. Real writers write every day. The rule of thumb is that you should write ninety minutes every day, even if you’re only writing correspondence. You can’t get out of shape. Just like an athlete, you have to do it every single day. Real writers who write novels and longform stuff believe in the sanctity of the room, and they lock themselves into it. If you want to be a real writer and not a binge writer, you really have to get that kind of discipline. You have to force yourself.Whether you’re an aspiring, binge, or serious writer, Schrader’s words provide excellent insight into the creative process. Just remember to turn off that router.last_img read more

India awes with spectacular gala

first_imgThose who had doubted a successful Games had been proved wrong.A stunning opening ceremony, that was at once magical and sublime, cast a spell over 60,000 lucky spectators at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday evening. In a little over two hours the naysayers, those who had doubted a successful XIX Delhi Commonwealth Games, had been proved wrong and dumped. Their long list of complaints, and their stinging criticism of India was consigned to the incinerator and forgotten.With the clock striking 7 pm, the arena which will be the main venue of the Games burst into revelry, an explosion of rhythm and colour. The energy that had been missing in recent months – as the Games organisers struggled to meet deadlines – seemed to be an aberration.Swaagatam, says Hariharan | Aaj Tak Executive Producer’s take | CWG 2010 – Special Coverage | Live Blog – Blow-by-blow account | Celebrities hail CWG opening | Aaj Tak Executive Producer’s take |It was a different India that was on display on Sunday – an emerging superpower, big on ideas, and the easy ability to surprise, thrill and captivate.On this vibrant night, rarely was a step taken in error.Rocked for years by uncertainty and a painful last month, this was a night when Indian culture, aesthetics and art fused together to make it a memorable show for all.The celebrations started from the moment the aerostat, the giant helium-filled balloon, rose up slowly and majestically off the ground. Rising with it By S. Kannan and Ajit Vijaykumar in New Delhi India awes with spectacular gala were puppets, swaying in the breeze, the limbs moving to peppy drum beats. This was the first time anyone had seen something like this in India.advertisementThe aerostat appeared to have a life of its own, beaming colours, images and lights.And then the other highlight – Jiyo, Utho, Badho, Jeeto is what A. R. Rahman asked India to do and the stadium swayed to every note of the Games anthem.As the time for the extravaganza drew close, the announcer kept asking the crowd if ‘Delhi was ready’. The crowd and the country couldn’t have been more ready.The roar of approval from the crowd was a constant through the evening. They roared when the dancers twirled as they heralded the seasons during the ‘Tree of Knowledge’ performance.They clapped and stomped to the hectic ‘Rhythm of India’ beats at the start of the evening. They gasped as the laser image of a monk emerged line- by- magical line, with each ‘ chakra’ or centre of energy in humans highlighted during the brief presentation on ‘ Yoga’. On to the formal section – the contingents, starting with the Australians, emerged in the middle of the arena. Some teams were applauded more than the others. Even the visiting athletes broke free from their pack, wanting to click images of the Indian contingent.Apart from the home team, the loudest applause went to the Pakistanis.However, nothing could possibly come close to what the Indians had reserved for their own athletes.Britain’s Prince Charles representing the Queen read out her message as he received the Queen’s Relay Baton from champion wrestler Sushil Kumar.He commended the “splendid opening ceremony” and India’s role in shaping the Commonwealth.This was also the moment people were waiting for – would he declare the Games open. He did, partly. “I have much pleasure in declaring the 19th Commonwealth Games Open”. Shortly after President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, said, ” The Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi are now open. Let the Games begin.” PM Manmohan Singh welcomed the world to India. ” Welcome to India, welcome to these Games.It is a proud moment for the country. We invite all our guests to enjoy our hospitality, the Games and incredible sights and sounds of India,” he said.”Millions of people are eagerly waiting to watch the spectacle unfold. We want to celebrate and honour excellence on the playing field, but also courage and character,” he concluded.There was a minor glitch, though. Shera – the mascot of the 19th Commonwealth Games – was missing from the gala opening ceremony, said an IANS report.People crowding the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium waited eagerly for Shera, the smiling tiger who is the face of the Games. But Shera was nowhere to be seen during the threehour ceremony. Spectators, especially children, were disappointed.”It was ridiculous that Shera was not at the opening ceremony. The ceremony was good but Shera would have added to it,” said Priyanshu Singh, a Class V student from east Delhi.advertisementBut again, the Delhi Games are big by all accounts – the largest number of athletes, the longest baton relay, and the largest number of countries taking part. Having crossed a hurdle and captured the minds and hearts of the fans, there is another work ahead, but this time for the athletes.What will be India’s chances at the Games? It came fourth in the last Games at Melbourne in 2006.It’s hoping for second spot this time, after Australia. After the grand opening ceremony, there were many at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium who believed this could happen.last_img read more

Aus MP questions Gillard over award to Sachin

first_imgAn Australian politician has questioned Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s decision to award an Order of Australia to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for his contribution to sport.Federal Independent MP Rob Oakshott, who expressed his love for Little Master, said the special award should not be used for diplomatic gain, the ABC news reported.”I love Sachin Tendulkar, I love cricket. But I just have a problem with soft diplomacy as you call it,” he said, adding “Getting in on the act of the Australian honours.” Oakeshott said the Order should be focused on recognising Australians doing community work instead.”I’m not going to die in a ditch over it…but it’s about the integrity of the honours list which should be for Australians,” he said.He said that Tendulkar was an “obvious diplomatic touch point”, and further suggested setting up an inter-nation gong, such as an “Australia-India award”.last_img read more

Avril Lavigne Launches Fundraising Campaign For Special Olympics

first_imgMulti-platinum recording artist, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and philanthropist Avril Lavigne has teamed up with CrowdRise, an online fundraising platform, to support Special Olympics.Proceeds from the “Team Rockstar” campaign, which launches today, will sponsor athletes competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.The “Team Rockstar” fundraising campaign will begin today and end on Avril’s birthday, September 27, 2014. September 27 is also global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day, a day where Special Olympics Programs around the world celebrate the founder of Special Olympics and how one person can make a difference. The team raising the most amount of money during the competition will win dinner for them and a friend with Avril Lavigne. The top fundraising teams will have the opportunity to win a range of prizes, including signed Converse shoes worn by Avril, Google hangouts and calls with Avril, exclusive signed items, and other prizes.“My fans always come out in a BIG way to support my Foundation’s annual birthday campaign, and that’s something I’m really proud of,” said Lavigne. “This year, to get in the spirit for my new partnership with Special Olympics, I’m excited to challenge my fans to rally, create rockstar fundraising teams and compete to help make a difference. We have some fun surprises planned along the way so I’m looking forward to seeing the results!”Patrick McClenahan, president and CEO of Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, commented: “We are thrilled that The Avril Lavigne Foundation has chosen Special Olympics as its charitable partner for Avril’s birthday celebration. It takes $2,500 to fund one athlete’s participation in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. The fact that she is pledging to activate her deep and loyal fan base to help support 30 athletes from around the globe is a testament to Avril and her foundation’s commitment to helping.”Fans join by creating a fundraising team. The campaign lets fans compete by recruiting their friends and family to be sponsors by contributing any amount of money, large or small. To learn more, visit Avril’s CrowdRise page at read more

Bad to worse Poway DMV experiencing 5 hour wait times

first_imgBad to worse: Poway DMV experiencing 5 hour wait times Posted: May 16, 2018 Updated: 5:29 PM Dan Plante, Dan Plante center_img May 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPOWAY (KUSI) — It’s the stuff of legend. Everyone has a horror story about dealing with the California D.M.V. But things have gone from bad to worse, especially in Poway.“This is ridiculous. I got here at 6:30 in the morning and it’s now 12:20. What is the matter with this place,” said Dan Moroney.“I was here last week at about 11:00 in the morning. The lady came out and said I was too late, I should go home. So I’m here today and it’s been seven hours,” Moroney said.Like Dan, thousands of people are wondering why the really bad waiting lines have gotten even worse. There is an answer, sort of.You see, the new year brought a new computer system over at the California D.M.V. Starting on January first, all that paperwork has to be entered into a “computer,” BY YOU.Not the D.M.V.Until now, workers at the D.M.V. would take your old-school paperwork, and enter that information into the computer. That task has now been transferred to all of us. You’d think it might make things faster, but it’s not.“I was told to go into the computer room, then I finished that. Then they told me to stand on a red carpet. Then another red carpet. They are definitely understaffed and very disorganized,” said Pauline Fabian.Lot’s of frustration. Lot’s of anger. Lot’s of finger pointing, especially at Sacremento.“I think it’s the Government at it’s best. They do nothing,” said Michael Virgil.Ironically, these longer waiting lines are happening at a time when all of us are paying more than ever at the D.M.V.The new “tax” went into effect on January first. A minimum of $25, maximum of $175, depending on your car. So we’re all paying record rates, with record long lines.But there’s a light at the end of this tunnel, and it’s not a train.By the end of summer, The D.M.V. will upgrade the new system, and all that paper/computer work can be done on your home computer. Now that will save time.Until then, painful stuff. If patience is a virtue, then it’s time to be virtuous. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

San Diego City Council approves regulatory framework for dockless scooters and bicycles

first_imgSan Diego City Council approves regulatory framework for dockless scooters and bicycles April 23, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 23, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to tentatively approve a regulatory package for dockless electric scooters, bicycles and the companies that own them.The ordinance includes a litany of changes designed to improve public safety while also keeping dockless mobility companies in the region as an affordable transportation alternative. The city plans to use state grant funding to pay local law enforcement officers overtime to enforce the regulations.The package will limit the speed of dockless scooters from 15 mph to 8 mph in high-traffic areas like Spanish Landing, near Petco Park and boardwalks in the city’s beach communities, and as low as 3 mph along the Embarcadero and the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade.“At the end of the day this is a good starting point,” said City Councilman Scott Sherman. “It’s not going to be where we end up. … The fact that both sides probably aren’t totally happy with what is happening here today means we probably have a fairly good deal somewhere in the middle.”Scooter companies like Bird, Lime and Razor will be required to use geofencing technology on their scooters to limit speeds and parking abilities in designated areas around the city. Lime and Bird already use geofencing to reduce scooter speeds in areas like the Santa Monica Beach Bike Path.The city has begun to designate 330 scooter parking zones along city streets so as to decrease the number of scooters parked on sidewalks. In downtown, scooter riders and companies will only be able to park devices in groups of four, with at least 40 feet between groups.Many of the package’s supporters were representatives of Bird, Lime, Razor and Jump, a dockless bicycle and scooter company owned by the ride- booking company Uber. The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and public transit advocacy group Circulate San Diego also endorsed the ordinance.“We look forward to a continued partnership and to regulations that advance our shared objectives of making the city even more livable by reducing car usage, traffic and carbon emissions,” said Bird spokeswoman Kyndell Gaglio.Most opponents of the package favored an outright ban of dockless transit devices throughout the city, let alone on the city’s sidewalks. City Councilwoman Jennifer Campbell said she’d be one such opponent had she been on the council when they first arrived in San Diego early last year.“I have a call to action to these companies that own these devices,” Campbell said. “If they successfully obtain a permit, you must do your part to keep our residents safe with rider education and accountability and I will be watching.”Campbell and City Councilwoman Barbara Bry said they would support a future ban on riding dockless scooters along boardwalks in the city’s beach neighborhoods, which city officials may draft in the coming weeks and months along with other changes to facets of the ordinance like which areas are designated 3 mph and 8 mph zones.Some opponents also suggested that the council is responsible for residents’ injuries and deaths due to scooter-related incidents.The regulations include a provision indemnifying the city for scooter- related accidents and injuries. The scooter companies will also be required to maintain liability insurance of up to $2 million per accident and $4 million aggregate.The city will require that scooter companies obtain a six-month operational permit with a $5,141 fee and pay $150 per scooter or bike each year to continue operating in San Diego. According to the city, revenue from the per- device fee will be added to the city’s general fund to be used for scooter safety outreach, law enforcement and various transportation infrastructure improvements.Companies can renew permits only in January or July, at which time they will have a chance to negotiate operating terms like fleet size, which they are not currently required to report to the city. Companies could also add a special event provision to their operating permit to increase fleet size by 20 percent for 10 days per year for $15 per scooter, per day.Mayor Kevin Faulconer first proposed a regulatory framework for dockless scooters and bikes in October.The council’s Active Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved the full regulatory package in February and requested that it return to the committee within six months of its implementation for further review and to ensure the city is keeping pace with the evolution of technologies like geofencing.“The way people get around town has changed quite a bit and we’re embracing that by putting in place common-sense rules to protect the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” Faulconer said in a statement.“These new regulations allow us to hold these companies accountable for their actions while establishing clear rules of the road to ensure this evolving industry grows in a safe and responsible way.”The council must vote on the ordinance a second time for it to take effect. A date has not been set for the second vote. Updated: 11:02 AMlast_img read more