It was a Good week for:
The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club, which can continue to go old-school when it comes its annual Over the Line Tournament, which means people can bring beer to the Fiesta Island event. Mayor Kevin Faulconer supported the move, saying the event, held over two weekends in July, is a signature one for San Diego and should not be, well, watered down. The tournament has been hit with a lawsuit before, which alleged OMBAC got preferential treatment when it comes to alcohol policies. Fearing another suit, OMBAC was preparing to have stricter rules this year, but it revised its permit and got the city's OK, which was announced with Faulconer and several Council members doing beer bong hits. The mayor did two … And, yes, that last part is a joke. At the press conference — even though they would have made great photo ops — there were no beer bong hits.
It was also a Good week for Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Pabst Blue Ribbon … (See above)
And it was a Good week for Ocean Beach, which successfully clamped down on the annual marshmallow fight that takes place after the Fourth of July fireworks. Lately, the once-innocent event had turned more intense and worrisome. Some people even threw burning marshmallows. Yes, even marshmallows can be used as weapons. The clean-up was brutal, too. The Town Council asked merchants not to sell marshmallows and community members also hit the beach after the fireworks and asked people to “mallow out.” They called themselves the Peace Patrol. Yes, only in O.B.
It was a Bad week for:
Marshmallow makers, who likely saw profits drop all the cliff, thanks to Ocean Beach's efforts to mellow out the annual marshmallow fight.
It was also a Bad week for San Diego, which has lost Active Network, a software company, to Dallas. Founded in San Diego in 1999, it was was purchased last year by an Austin-based private equity firm. Texas has not been shy about trying to woo California businesses, citing a better business climate. The company said it will retain a presence in San Diego. Enjoy Jerry Jones and that steamy weather, y'all.
And it's hard to think of a worse week for Work productivity, thanks to the World Cup and a three-day Fourth of July weekend. But pyrotechnic operators have got to be exhausted.