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.

Bike corrals are not costly, it was stated at the planning meeting, and are being championed around the city.

Here is a visual review of the proposed bike corral, originally presented at the OB Planning Board meeting by vice-president John Ambert: …

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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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It’s the OB Rag’s 7th Birthday

October 27, 2014 by Frank Gormlie

This is the 7th birthday for the online OB Rag. During the October fires of 2007, Patty Jones and I launched the OB Rag out of our small cottage on Long Branch Avenue. Many of our early articles critiqued both the mainstream media’s coverage of the fires plus how the fires were being fought.

Seven years later, much has changed, of course. We’ve gone from a little-known blog to one of the best community-based websites in Southern California, which is constantly referred to by the local mainstream media, police, and local politicians, and occasionally we make the national news. Other notes of interest: quotes from the OB Rag made it up on the ceiling of OB’s newest public “comfort station” on the beach – whose design won an Orchid Award in 2012.

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Point Loma Planners Differ Over What’s a “Bedroom” with Carleton Street Developer

October 24, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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By Anthony de Garate/ Special to the OB Rag

A trio of representatives for a developer explained the definition of a “bedroom” to members of the Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB) Oct. 16th at the group’s monthly meeting at the Point Loma-Hervey Library.

On the website of Acropolis Development, owner of four, three-story units with roof decks and underground parking envisioned as luxury condos now under construction in Roseville, the project is alternately referred to as Carleton 4 Row, Carelton Row Homes, or Carleton 4 Homes.

And in response to the question of how many bedrooms each of the four units contain, there also appears to be more than one answer. …

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Malin Burnham and the U-T San Diego Idea Factory

October 24, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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Part Two

By Frank Gormlie

As we delve more now in Part Two into Malin Burnham, “the last Corte Maderan” as Mike Davis calls him, and his possible take-over of San Diego’s only daily newspaper, longtime City Heights community activist, Anna Daniels, one of the editors at San Diego Free Press, cautioned:

When the news broke that Malin Burnham was interested in purchasing the U-T San Diego with the intent of turning it into a non-profit, the main and often only description of him was as a San Diego “philanthropist”. And it is true–Burnham is known for his extensive philanthropy.

He is also known for his role as a local real estate developer, as chairman of First National Bank at San Diego and as a former Director of San Diego Gas and Electric. It might prove useful in the future to keep these other interests in mind.

Which pretty much sums up Part One for me. As City Hall veteran, Norma Damashek, reminded us:

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Tracking the Construction Projects In and Around Ocean Beach

October 24, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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Every now and then, we set out with camera in hand and attempt to record and track the various construction projects in and around OB. And there’s a lot of them, from CVS Pharmacy coming on line to the OB Entryway Project to the latest mansion starting to be built along West Pt Loma Blvd.

So here they are in all their glory.

CVS Phamacy to Keep Mural

Spoke to Mike Smith of Hearne Corp., supe at the CVS Pharmacy site.Smith explained that he and his crews have to be ready to turn the building over to CVS by November 17th – this year.

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OB Town Council Announces New Leadership

October 23, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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At last night’s Ocean Beach Town Council, Wednesday, Oct. 22, the newly elected top leadership of the Board was announced.

Gretchen Newson remains as president. Gio Ingolia was elected as vice-president. Donna Zoll selected again as treasurer, Marin Green as recording secretary and Jon Carr as corresponding secretary.

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What Does Malin Burnham’s Possible Take-Over of the U-T San Diego Mean?

October 23, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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As ‘Old-Money’ Point Loman Burnham emerges to operate San Diego’s daily, questions raised whether this is the “Moderate Wing” of the Establishment reasserting itself?

Part One of two parts.

By Frank Gormlie

The news has been out for nearly a month now that well known wheeler-dealer and financier Malin Burnham of Point Loma has initiated efforts to purchase the U-T San Diego from Doug Manchester, the current owner and publisher.

Burnham, who calls himself a moderate Republican and who has lived in Point Loma all his life, told the press that he is the spokesman for a 5-man group of economic power-brokers who want to form a non-profit that will take over the newspaper and run it as a profit-making enterprise. Any profits, Burnham has pledged, would go back into community charities. Now as crazy as that plan might seem in this day and age of folding newspapers and expanding internet news sites, there are at least two other major dailies in the country that are run by non-profits. …

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