Briefs

 

? La Jolla Scuba Diver Dies: A scuba diver lost consciousness in the water off of La Jolla Shores and died after being rescued.

Lifeguards rescued the diver, stating that the man had been making his way back to shore when he fainted. His diving partner could not pull him out of the water and signaled for help from nearby divers. Medics arrived to perform CPR, but the victim was reported not breathing and in critical condition when he was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospitable La Jolla.

San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Greg Buchanan confirmed Sunday morning that the man died shortly after his rescue, but a cause of death has not yet been determined.

? Occupy the Farm:Over a hundred people marched to a UC-owned plot of land near UC Berkeley and took it over in a demonstration meant to publicize urban farming.

Occupy the Farm Spokesman Matthew McHale stated that the organization hopes to establish an agricultural center to grow healthy food in the midst of a city environment and to give away the produce to the poor.

“We’re here to get this land preserved, to show that it is agricultural land,” McHale said.

Police and UC Berkeley officials told the protesters that they were trespassing and would be arrested if they didn’t leave. So far, no arrests have been made.

? Huntington Beach Hypnotism Law:Huntington Beach City Council passed the introduction of an ordinance Monday that would overturn a 1979 law prohibiting the practice of hypnotism. The item — spearheaded by Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Harper and Councilwoman Jill Hardy — passed unanimously; council will now draft the ordinance for a law to go into effect 30 days after approval.

“I just saw no reason for this to be even on the books,” Harper said. “It makes it so that assemblies or certain Christmas parties, etc. that may have hypnotism, in terms of entertainment, would actually be in violation of the law. This is outdated, unnecessary and obsolete. Time to get it off the books.”

? UCSD Becomes Energy Showcase Grand Champion:UCSD was announced Grand Champion among 11 local businesses at the eighth annual San Diego Gas and Electric Energy Showcase on May 9. The university received the award due to efforts in energy conservation and sustainability, including the implementation of facilities with energy-efficient optimization.

“We are proud to receive this recognition for our commitment to finding sustainable solutions,” Vice Chancellor for Resource Management and Planning Gary Matthews said in a UCSD News Center release. “Environmental sustainability is part of our institutional DNA and a top priority in our education, research and campus operations.”

? Preuss School Named Top Transformative School: Last week, the Preuss School UCSD was recognized for the third year in a row as the nation’s top transformative school by Newsweek magazine. The school, located on the UCSD campus, is a charter middle and high school for low-income students hoping to become first-generation college graduates.

The school was also named the fourth best high school in California and the best high school in San Diego County by U.S. News and World Report, as well as the nation’s third most challenging high school in California by the Washington Post.

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