Midway Construction Project Will See 190 Units on Former Barnard School Land

November 26, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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The San Diego School District sold the property of the former Barnard Elementary School over in the Midway area about 2 years ago. Now, it’s the site of a massive construction project that will when completed host 180 apartment units and 10 townhomes.

The project – called the Barnard Apartments – is on 9.5 acres and will be a gated apartment complex. A company called the Monarch Group bought the site at auction for a reported $16.5 million, and plan to have the project completed by January 2016.

The apartments will include one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, as there will be 19 residential buildings. In addition, plans call for a rec building with a fitness center and “teaching kitchen”, and there will be a swimming pool and an artificial-turf dog park. Each apartment will have their own garage space as well.

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In Solidarity With Ferguson, San Diego Protesters Shut Down 2 Freeways

November 26, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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Over the course of about 12 hours, protesters in San Diego blocked two freeways in solidarity with people in Ferguson, Missouri, upset with the decision by the Grand Jury not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Last night, Tuesday, demonstrators in City Heights of San Diego moved down from University Avenue and blocked I-15 for a few minutes. Some arrests were made by police.

Then this morning, Wednesday, about 50 protesters from UCSD shut down I-5 northbound for about a half hour. No arrests were made in this action.

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Feeling Grateful and Giving Thanks

November 26, 2014 by Frank Gormlie

By Ernie McCray

Giving Thanks

Last Saturday was a very pretty day and to celebrate the beauty of it all I took off on a walk at a nice steady pace. As I moved along I gave thanks to the very universe for my being able to take in such a sparkling day up and about on my old size 14 feet.

I thought of so many things I’m grateful for: a great childhood, athletic glory, a marriage that thrilled my soul until my soul-mate passed away and then another fine woman came my way; children, grand children, great-grand-children, leading positive lives; college degrees; having traveled to exotic places overseas.

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Ferguson: The System Is Indicted

November 25, 2014 by Frank Gormlie

Too upset over what was announced last night in the failure of the Grand Jury to indict officer Darrin Wilson in the murder of Michael Brown to post today.

There are planned protests, vigils and demonstrations in 120 American cities today, Tuesday, Nov. 25th, including several in San Diego.

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Readers – Both Residents and Visitors – Voted Overwhelmingly to Keep “Hippie Floral” Design on OB Hostel

November 24, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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OB Rag readers who participated in our most recent poll, voted overwhelmingly to keep the current “hippie floral” design on the OB Hostel on Newport Avenue.

67% of our readers want the new owners of the hostel, USA Hostels, to keep current paint job.

22% of those who responded want to see the exterior painted over. Seven per cent had no opinion.

In a recent post by our writer Matthew Wood on an interview with the new staff of the hostel, the issue was raised whether the new owner and its management would paint over what Wood called the “OB-esque Hippie Floral Design”.

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Models of Aborted Fetuses on the OB Pier

November 24, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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Much to their surprise, walkers on the Ocean Beach Pier on Saturday, Nov. 22nd, were confronted much to their disgust with ceramic models of aborted fetuses. The grotesque models were on a table along with pamphlets and books being handed out to anyone interested by an anti-abortionist group.

The table had a canopy and had been set up close to the stairs leading to the beach. It was staffed by about 5 people – one of whom held a toddler – and had been set up by a group named the Saint Paul Street Evangelization -with an address of 525 B Street Suite 2200, in downtown San Diego.

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Friends of OB Library Install the Bench

November 21, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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It’s finally happened! A brand new bench was just installed in front of the OB Library.

The Friends of the OB Library are the responsible group for this venture into making our public facility a better place to be. What’s a library without a bench in front?

With a grant from the OB Town Council and through their own fundraising, the Friends were able to purchase the metal outdoor furniture. This is a great tribute to the community by one of the most wonderful band of local OB lovers.

There is a little background story that involves yours truly.

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National Scrutiny of Fatal Police Shootings Reminds Us of Two OBceans Killed By Cops

November 20, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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There is a soul-searching national scrutiny going on right now about fatal shootings of civilians by police officers.

In a LA Times article, published Nov. 16th, the issue of police killings of civilians is raised and it describes how the ranks of families are expanding “who demand answers about why lethal force was used, and who decides what is reasonable use of force.”

The key and central question is : What’s reasonable force?

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Too Much Salt Delays Ribbon-Cutting at OB Entryway Park

November 20, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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Park’s Walkway Does Not Enter Adjacent Robb Field

Reporter Tony de Garate in an excellent Nov. 17 piece in the San Diego Reader, has informed us that the much-ballyhooed ribbon-cutting on the Ocean Beach Entryway Project – Park is being delayed – once again.

De Garate reports that “there’s too much salt in the soil” at the planned park at the intersection of West Pt Loma Avenue and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, according to the City, and that the November 20th opening of the new park will have to be pushed back into next year. The city’s latest estimate of the completion date – as of Nov. 1st – is now February 2015.

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Visual Review of Proposed Bike Corral in OB

November 19, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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The Ocean Beach Planning Board voted unanimously recently to support the installation of a bicycle corral in OB. The main idea is to install one along Bacon Street, the “bicycle boulevard”. And Pizza Port is interested as OB’s first bike corral, but no deal has been made and discussions continue. The bike corral takes a street parking space, so Pizza Port if chosen would have to give up a space in front of their corner business at Santa Monica and Bacon.

Having one or more bike corrals is a way to raise bicycle safety awareness, especially after the recent accident that occurred to one of Pizza Port’s employees. The hope is that if one is installed, the momentum for more would evolve.

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University of California Campuses Explode As Students Protest Proposed Tuition Hike

November 19, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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UPDATE: According to the LA Times:

A key UC regents committee moved Wednesday to hike tuition by as much as 28% over the next five years despite strong opposition from the governor, legislative leaders and students.

The regents committee on long-range planning approved the hike in a 7-2 vote after an unusual debate that pitted the state’s most powerful political leaders against administrators of the 10-campus UC system. The full Board of Regents is scheduled to vote Thursday on the proposed increase,

University of California campuses up and down the state exploded yesterday, Nov. 18th, as students protested a devastating tuition hike proposed by the UC administration.

Protests included a sit-in in front of the main library at UC San Diego – plus demonstrations at UC Berkeley, Irvine, Davis, LA.

DETAILS INSIDE, PLUS SUMMARY OF UC PROTESTS

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OB Project Review Nov. 19th: Demolition – Construction on Del Mar Ave and Crosswalk at Newport and Abbott

November 19, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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UPDATE: MEETING CANCELLED – due to applicant withdrawing project, and lack of update on crosswalk.

The Project Review Committee is a sub-committee of the OB Planning Board, the Project Review Committee, chaired by John Ambert, gets to review projects before they are considered by the full Board, and then usually makes recommendations to the Board on whether to approve them or not.

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Round-About Being Considered for West Pt Loma and Bacon in Ocean Beach

November 13, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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The OB Planning Board and City are considering the installation of a round-about or traffic circle at the busy intersection of West Pt Loma Blvd and Bacon Street in northwest Ocean Beach.

City engineers have determined that a traffic circle would work at the intersection geometrically. So, the City is okay with the concept. There is a growing positive trend towards placing round abouts in urban areas impacted by traffic. … The intersection in question gets quite busy during rush hours and when major sports events …

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Protests and “Blackfish” Force SeaWorld Earnings and Attendance to Drop

November 13, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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Protests at San Diego SeaWorld and the film “BlackFish” have had enormous impact on the earnings and attendance at SeaWorld, both here in San Diego and in Orlando, Florida.

SeaWorld’s parent company, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc., announced on November 12, that its earnings for the 3rd quarter fell nearly a third – 28 percent – from a year ago. Shares of the company fell 10 percent in morning trading.

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Ocean Beach CDC Unveils 3D Models of New Veterans Plaza

November 12, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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At yesterday’s fundraising event for the new OB Veterans Plaza, the lead organization behind the project, the OB Community Development Corporation, rolled out its 3-dimension models of the planned memorial.

A hundred people – including many biker veterans- joined the CDC and a color guard from Point Loma High School at the unveiling of the Plaza and the kickoff for fundraising for it on Tuesday, November 11th – Veterans Day.

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OB Town Council: Ocean Beach Community Plan Is the Grand Marshall for the Holiday Parade

November 12, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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Organizers Set to Mobilize Plan Supporters for an OB Community Plan “Float”

The Ocean Beach Town Council has announced that its selection of the “Grand Marshall” for the OB Holiday Parade is the Ocean Beach Community Plan. Every year, someone or something is awarded the exalted title. Usually it goes to a deserving community member or celebrity. …
Meanwhile, organizers and supporters of the OB Community Plan are moving on plans to create a “float” in the OB Holiday Parade

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Ed Harris to Run for Toni Atkins’ 78th Assembly Seat in 2016

November 12, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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Current District 2 Councilman Ed Harris told the OB Rag at the OB Veterans Plaza event yesterday that he intends to run for the 78th Assembly District seat, now held by Speaker of the Assembly, Toni Atkins in the year 2016. Atkins will be termed out that year.

Harris made this announcement after we queried him on his future plans. Harris steps down from the council seat on December 10th, the day that Lori Zapf is sworn in as the newly-elected rep for the district.

Since his selection as District 2 council rep 7 months ago, Harris has …

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OB Rag Trying to Cover Point Loma – But We Need Help

November 10, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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The OB Rag masthead declares that we cover Ocean Beach and Point Loma. And if you’ve been noticing, the OB Rag of late has been running numerous articles about Point Loma, the Peninsula and other neighborhoods of the area. … We have been reporting on the meetings and issues of the Peninsula Community Planning Board and the Midway Planning Committee.

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Flap Over “Competing Ribbon-Cuttings” for OB Entryway All a Big Misunderstanding

November 10, 2014 by Frank Gormlie

A member of Councilman Ed Harris’ office has egg on his face, is eating crow – (throw in your own fave idiomatic phrase) – and is a tad embarrassed these days.

It seems that our favorite member of Harris’ staff, Chet Barfield, mistook a two-year old press release about a ribbon-cutting for the OB Entryway Project for an event scheduled for this mid-December, after his boss leaves office.

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Meeting Called to Organize “Float” for the OB Community Plan at Holiday Parade – Monday, Nov. 10

November 8, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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Organizing Meeting Monday, Nov. 10th at Dog Beach Dog Wash

The San Diego City Council approved the OB Community Plan Update on July 29th. And sometime during January 2015 it goes before the California Coastal Commission.

In the meantime, OB planning activists and supporters want to keep the issue of the Plan Update in front of the community, …

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Body of Missing OB Man Found Floating Off Mission Beach

November 8, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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The mystery of the missing OBcean, Scott Bowles, has been solved. His body was found floating in the ocean off South Mission Beach. Bowles has been missing since Halloween.

His body was found floating in the ocean near Oceanfront Walk on Friday afternoon, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office website, which has not listed any cause of death.

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The Politics of the OB Entry Way Project: Mayor’s Competing Ribbon-Cutting Excludes Councilman Harris

November 7, 2014 by Frank Gormlie

UPDATE: See Most Recent Post about the mistake that led to the hubbub
It’s strange the way certain public improvement projects get politicized.

The OB’s Entryway Project is scheduled to open sometime around mid-November. And a ribbon-cutting event has been planned for the opening for some time now – and was scheduled for November 20th. …

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OB Planners Narrowly Approve Ford Project on Del Mar, Okay Crosswalk, Bike Corral and Round-About

November 6, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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At last night’s OB Planning Board meeting, Wed., Nov. 5th, the Board – by a close vote – approved the demolition on Del Mar Avenue of an older house and garage and its replacement with a 5 bedroom single family house.

In a series of other actions involving transportation, the Board called upon the City to begin considerations for a cross-walk/ mural at Newport and Abbott, for a bike corral at Bacon and Santa Monica, and for a round-about at West Pt Loma and Bacon.

Ford Project at 4741 Del Mar

With 12 members present, the Board met at the OB Rec Center before over a dozen people in the audience. The first action item was an application to demolish an existing house and garage at 4741 Del Mar Avenue and replace them with a 2-story single-family residence with 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, and a detached garage.

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BREAKING NEWS: Dog Rescued in Ocean Beach – Covered by All the Media – So, We Don’t Have to …

November 6, 2014 by Frank Gormlie

Yesterday in Ocean Beach, November 5th, a poor dog stuck in the mud was rescued by a lifeguard on a surfboard.

All the mainstream media covered it. And here they are …

Channel 8

U-T San Diego

7SanDiego

10News

So, we don’t have to. And another thing …

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Just Who Is Mindy Pellissier – “OB Citizen of the Year”?

November 5, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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At their recent annual awards dinner, the OB Town Council presented their “OB Citizen of the Year” award to Mindy Pellissier for her steadfast work on the OB Community Plan update process – a process that she alone has worked on for the last 12 years. Mindy helped guide the Update through the City Council unanimous vote on the Plan last July 29th.

Mindy is well known in OB – Mindy was on the OB Planning Board for many years – , and she and her partner, Jane Donley, own and run the famous Dog Beach Dog Wash on Voltaire Street. A ‘do-it-yourself’ dog wash had never been done before in San Diego, when she and Jane opened it nearly 22 years ago.

“People thought we were nuts,” to open such a venture, Mindy told me the other day as we sat down for an interview. “We were the very firsts do-it-yourself dog wash in San Diego. Now’s there’s 32.”

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OB Planning Board: a Demolition, a New Cross-Walk, a Bike Corral, and “Round-about”- All on Nov. 5th

November 4, 2014 by Frank Gormlie

UPDATE: Here’s a Report on the OB Planning Board meeting.

The Ocean Beach Planning Board meets Wednesday, November 5th, at the OB Rec Center, located at 4726 Santa Monica Ave. The monthly meeting – held in the Center’s community room, begins sharply at 6pm.

The Board has four action items on its agenda.

Demolition and Construction at 4741 Del Mar Ave

First up, is an application to demolish an existing house and garage at 4741 Del Mar Avenue and replace them with a 2-story single-family residence with detached garage.

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Tyler and Friends Have an OB Haunted House Just for Halloween

October 31, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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Every Halloween in OB for the last several years Tyler Standley and his friends offer up to anyone who shows, a tour of their OB Haunted House that they construct.

The free haunt starts outdoors and spans the common area of an entire apartment building and then proceeds through the neighboring house’s full garage, backyard, side yard and front.

It takes Tyler and his friends roughly 2 months to build the complex, and it takes between 15 to 20 minutes to get through. …

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The Ghoulish Sights of Halloween In OB – a Photo Gallery

October 31, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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Do Not Allow Your Kids to See These Photos!

OB gets into Halloween. Obviously, no longer just a kid’s thing – the front porches and yards of OB residences prove that all kinds of people – get into it.

We set out with camera in hand to capture just how much Ocean Beach is into this un-holiday holiday.

We saw many graveyards, ghosts, spiders, pumpkins of course, and webs. Even a shark!

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Point Loma: Three Unit Complex on Wabaska Court Sold for $3/4 Million

October 30, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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A three unit complex at 2121-2125 Wabaska Court was recently sold for $725,000 cash. The complex includes a three-bedroom, two-bathroom single-family front house plus a large 1 bedroom upstairs unit and a lower studio unit.

Also on the 6,799 square foot lot, is 2 full 1 car detached garages and 1/2 car garage. The complex has more amenities than these photos show, and zillow.com has them. The original structures were built in 1948. And the lot is very close to busy Nimitz Boulevard, as it rests in a cul-de-sac just yards away.

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OB Town Council Wants You to Volunteer for the Holidays

October 28, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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Meeting Tuesday, Oct. 28th at OB Rec Center

The Ocean Beach Town Council does want you to volunteer for the numerous holiday events coming up in this seaside village.

And there’s a meeting for the volunteers – tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 28th at the OB Rec Center, from 6:30 to 8pm.

The theme for this year’s holiday parade in early December is “35 Years of Peace, Love and OB”, as this is the 35th year of the holiday parade.

The main event, of course, is the Holiday Parade, which will take place on Saturday, December 6th at 5:05pm. And that’s where the OB Town Council needs volunteers.

Volunteers are needed for everything from block captains for the parade line-up, security, traffic guards and clean-up. Here’s what the OBTC says, from its website: …

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