Report of OB Town Council Meeting – Get It Done App, New 7-11 Coming, and Board Elections Scheduled

July 29, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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This is a brief report of the OB Town Council meeting held Wednesday, July 27th, as usual at the Masonic Center on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. What we found out: the City has a new complaint website and App, there’s another 7-11 coming into OB, and the Town Council has set up its election schedule – half of its seats are up for re-election.

What with conflicts with a big-name concert, the continuing Democratic convention, and the heat – the gathering was a little sparse. Forty attendees were counted by the end of the meeting, but many of the city departments that serve OB did not have their usual reps present to make reports (SDPD, firefighters, life guards).

“Get It Down” Webpage for City

One of the main presentations of the evening was by Conrad Wear, representative of Councilwoman Zapf’s office, on a brand new element of the City’s website called “Get it done” that makes it easy to report problems, especially street-related issues. There is also an App available. Here it is .

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Winners Announced of OB Town Council Community Grant Awards

July 28, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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  • Ocean Beach Planning Board – $500 to assist the OBPB in their administration, since they receive no funds from the City. Dan Dennison accepted the award on behalf of the planning committee.
  • 2. “Cases for a Child” – $350, the group of local sewers make pillow cases for cancer kids at Rady’s hospital; Nancy McHenry accepted the award.

    3. Sunset Cliffs Surfing Association – $500 – goes to support the organization, which is holding a kids’ surfing contest at the OB Pier on August 27th.

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    Another Death at Sunset Cliffs – Fisherman Dies at Luscom’s

    July 26, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    There’s been yet another death at Sunset Cliffs – this time a man fishing near Luscom’s jumped into the ocean on Sunday, July 24th around 1 pm, reportedly to cool off, and ran into trouble immediately, according to bystanders. Luscom’s is near Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Monaco Street.

    He’s been identified as San Diego resident AbelkHalek Boutayeb, 61.

    Boutayeb had been fishing for about2 hours when bystanders saw him either climb down the cliffs and got in the water or jumped in. As he struggled, he hit his head against the reef. One or 2 people jumped in and tried to save him, and one of them tried to keep the victim afloat.

    Latest Is 2nd Death – Plus Two Serious Injuries – at Sunset Cliffs This Month

    This most recent fatality comes just 3 weeks after a man fell to his death on July 5th near Ladera Street along Sunset Cliffs. And it comes just 11 days after …

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    Will Trump Have Hillary Arrested If He Is Elected?

    July 22, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    Will Donald Trump have Hillary Clinton arrested if he is elected in November? His base sure wants it.

    With loud chants of “Lock her up! Lock her up!” reverberating through the cavernous arena at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the delegates displayed for millions of viewers the war cry of the assemblage.

    Whenever Trump or Chris Christie or anyone else among the second and third-string speakers on stage called the Democratic Party nominee out for alleged “crimes”, the chant would go up.

    It wasn’t easy watching Trump’s speech last night from Ohio. But I forced myself to do it. My housemates all took cover as the convention blared from the living-room widescreen.

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    Zapf Introduces Surveillance Cameras to OB at Press Conference But No Questions Were Allowed

    July 22, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    Councilwoman Lori Zapf on Thursday, July 21st, introduced the newly-installed police surveillance cameras at a brief news conference held on the greens near the OB Lifeguard Station.

    With ranking police officers and OB merchants on both sides of her, Zapf led off the presser before 2 TV cameras, and a handful of protesters opposed to the cameras.

    Zapf said that over a year ago, police leaders at Western Division working with her office to come up with safety measures came up with the idea to install ten cameras along OB’s waterfront.

    Now they’ve all been placed, from the OB Pier to Dog Beach, and the signs went up just now, Zapf said, and the cameras can now go live.

    Emphasizing the cameras were a crime-prevention tool, a deterrent, they’ll make the beach more safe, she said, mentioning that the cameras will bring relief to the tourists worried about being victimized.

    Why the cameras? Zapf asked.

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    OB Rag Fund Raising Surpasses Goal by 2/3rds

    July 22, 2016 by Frank Gormlie
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    One week ago exactly, the OB Rag began a fund raising campaign – having found ourselves broke.

    We set a goal of $1,000 to raise for the week – Friday to Friday.

    And wow! Our supporters and readers came through – and we raised nearly $1650 ($1642.50 to be exact) in that week.

    That’s two-thirds over our goal!

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    Good Samaritan Saves Woman After Fall Off Sunset Cliffs

    July 20, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    A Good Samaritan by the name of Sean Hanrahan saved a woman after she fell off Sunset Cliffs into the ocean, Tuesday night, July 19th.

    Around 8:15 pm at the end of Del Monte Avenue, the woman, with friends, somehow fell from the cliffs into the ocean and was immediately pulled out further by the rip current.

    Sean Hanrahan, who lives nearby, saw that the woman apparently having trouble in the waves, and saw her hit her head against rocks. Hanrahan jumped in and kept her afloat until lifeguards arrived.
    appeared to be struggling in the water and her head was hitting against the rocks. He jumped in to try and help her before lifeguards arrived to the scene.

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    Police Cameras Being Installed in Ocean Beach

    July 19, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    The police surveillance cameras are being installed in Ocean Beach. And more than was originally planned.

    CBS News8 reported that :

    Monday evening, crews were seen making adjustments to the cameras where there is one, two or three cameras mounted to light poles or a lifeguard tower.

    The original plan was 10 cameras but 12 were counted between Dog Beach and the Ocean Beach Pier and pointed in the parking lot or beach.

    Photographer Adam Ewing stated on facebook:

    The new cameras are going up. Looks like they’re starting at the Pier parking lot. If someone sees them installing the rest along the beach all the way down to dog beach.

    Councilwoman Lori Zapf’s Communications Director, Donna Cleary, told the media that a news conference is planned for this week.

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    News From Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Mid-July 2016

    July 19, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    * PB Skateboarder Not Expected to Survive After Being Struck Monday Night
    * Woman says she was roofied, left paralyzed after drinking at Ocean Beach bar
    * How to Protect Yourself From Date Rape Drug
    * Pregnant Woman and Baby Injured in Car Crash
    * Naked Man Arrested
    * Navy pipeline project progressing to completion in 2017
    * Kevin Gormly Loses Battle to Cancer
    * Chichiuaua Dies at Dog Beach – Victim’s Owner Wants Changes

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    Status of New Breweries on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach

    July 18, 2016 by Frank Gormlie
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    Here’s a real brief update on the status of all the new and in-coming breweries on or very near Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach.

    There’s really 5 new brew places – and so far only one is actually a “brewery” where beer is brewed on site. The rest are or will be “beer-tasting rooms”.

    The first new brew taster on OB’s main drag is “Culture Brewing Co.” right next to OB Warehouse in the 4800 block of Newport. Cultures has definitely established itself, serving quality beer with little overhead in terms of furniture. Any week night, there’s plenty of folks enjoying themselves.

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    Amazing Response to OB Rag Funding Appeal: Week’s Goal of $1,000 Surpassed in 3 Days

    July 18, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    It’s been an amazing 3 days for the OB Rag!

    We have now raised $1,200 since Friday morning, July 15th – so in just 3 days, we have surpassed our week’s goal of $1,000. Wow! The out-pouring of support and sense of sponsorship among our readers and fans has been humbling and inspiring all at once. And there’s a definite sense of relief.

    Many of the contributions have flowed in from our OB readers. Thanks so much, everyone. We’ll keep the campaign going the rest of the week, of course, …

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    Suspect Arrested Friday After 2 More Attacks on Homeless Men

    July 15, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

    From abc10News:

    A man was detained and was being questioned in connection with an assault on homeless man in Golden Hill early Friday morning that investigators believe is linked to four other brutal attacks earlier this month that left three men dead and a fourth gravely injured.

    Shortly before 4:30 a.m., a 55-year-old man was beaten while asleep in the area of 19th and C streets. San Diego police officers responded and found the bloodied victim with significant trauma to his torso, San Diego police Capt. Dave Nisleit told reporters in a morning briefing.

    He was transported to a local hospital but is expected to survive.

    A little before 5:45 a.m., a man was taken into custody in the area of Laurel and Brant streets in Bankers Hill. Nisleit confirmed the detained man was being questioned in connection with the attack. His name was not disclosed.

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    Another New Brewery Coming to Newport Avenue Area

    July 14, 2016 by Frank Gormlie
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    Kilowatt Brewing on Cable Could Open by the Fall

    There’s another brewery – or rather, beer-tasting room – coming to the Newport Avenue area of Ocean Beach.

    This will make the 4th beer place on or right off Newport Avenue either having just opened recently or in the works.

    Chris Calva and his partners will be opening Kilowatt Brewing in the former motorcycle shop (former skate and surf shop) at 1875 Cable Street, next to the alley, and next door to the tire shop.

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    O’Bistro’s on Voltaire in Ocean Beach Has Closed and Is Moving

    July 14, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    Popular Voltaire Eatery Had Faced Stiff Rent Increase

    A popular restaurant on the 4900 block of Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach, O’Bistro’s, has closed and is moving – probably over to the bay side of the Peninsula.

    It was quite a shock when I heard about it. Their Euro-beach cuisine was a favorite of good friends and north OB will certainly lose one of its more high-end eateries.

    I caught John – one of the owners – on a lunch break while packing up in the interior of the now-closed establishment at 4934 Voltaire. Chairs stood on tables, boxes were taking over the floors, and the moving truck stood close by. After expressing my condolences, he reassured me they will be opening up again probably close to Rosecrans, over the hill from OB.

    The rumor that O’Bistro had been hit with a rent increase was true, it turned out. John explained the background.

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    It’s Not Just Dog Owners Who Want to Keep Fiesta Island ‘Wild’

    July 13, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    By Frank Gormlie

    Perhaps you’ve been too busy with summer to notice, but there’s been a ‘quiet’ debate going on recently in certain circles – including the op-ed pages of the San Diego Union-Tribune – over the future of Fiesta Island.

    Fiesta Island – you know that flat and sandy piece of land that juts out into Mission Bay – it’s not really an island as it’s connected with the rest of San Diego by a narrow land bridge with an asphalt road – where people bike, do day-camps on the sand, water or jet-ski, or take their horses, have fires in the firepits, – oh, and who take their dogs to the great off-leash area on the Island.

    The land of Island Fiesta itself is what’s left from all the sludge dredged up during the 1950’s development of Mission Bay Park.

    There’s been for years an ongoing debate between dog owners who have formed a group Fiesta Island Dog Owners (FIDO) and others who want to see Fiesta Island developed with “improvements”. And the now the debate is ramping up ….

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    Homeless Man Attacked With Hammer in Downtown San Diego Wed. Morning

    July 13, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    A homeless man was brazenly attacked with a hammer Wednesday morning, July 13th, around 6 a.m. in downtown San Diego.

    The victim was walking on the sidewalk when a stranger ran up to him and hit him on the head with a hammer and then took off. This happened at 10th Ave. and G Street in the East Village.

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    Did You Get Your Invite to the Rancho Santa Fe Trump “Victory” Fundraiser?

    July 12, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    Hey, did you receive your big invite to the really big Donald Trump “Victory” fundraiser? No?

    It’s only $25,000 a seat.

    It’s over in Rancho Santa Fe – Wednesday, July 13th – at some private homes, and it’s being chaired by Jenny Craig, Geniya and Papa Doug Manchester and other bigwigs apparently in the Trump column.

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    Artificial Turf Wars

    July 12, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    Some parents at Silver Gate Elementary School in Point Loma are leading an uphill battle against artificial turf that is supposed to be installed on the school’s playing field next Fall. And other beach area activists have been fighting the artificial turf wars for a few years now.

    Writer Ashly McGlone, in a fairly exhaustive piece in Voice of San Diego published June 27th, captured the highlights of one of those battles in describing efforts of some parents at Silver Gate.

    McGlone focused on Point Loma resident Erika Lundeen, who became concerned to hear that the school her kids attend, Silver Gate, was getting a new artificial turf field called “crumb rubber”.

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    Suspect in Homeless Killings Released from Custody – No Charges Filed

    July 11, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    In a stunning turnaround, the man police had arrested as the suspect in the killings of 3 homeless men and the attack on a 4th, has been released from custody and has had no charges filed against him.

    At a 3 pm news conference today – Monday – police explained that they did not feel confident in the evidence they had against Anthony Padgett, the man police had arrested last Thursday, July 7th on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson.

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    Updates on Major Stories from OB, San Diego, the Nation

    July 11, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

    Here is a series of updates on major stories that have enveloped those of us who have paying attention:

    3rd Victim Dies from Series of Attacks on Homeless – Suspect Is Now an Alleged “Serial Killer”

    Another victim of the vicious attacks on San Diego’s homeless has died. Dionico Derek Vahidy, 23, died at a San Diego hospital just before 1 p.m. Sunday.

    Sunset Cliffs Are Still Dangerous

    Coming less than a week after a man fell to his death off Sunset Cliffs, a woman on Sunday afternoon, July 10th, was found at the bottom of the cliffs and had to be air-lifted by helicopter off the beach. Lifeguards and other first responders had to climb down the cliffs to get to the as yet unidentified person and administered CPR.

    Her condition is not known. And authorities haven’t figured out yet whether she fell from the top or was climbing up. This occurred in 800 block of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. abc10

    Black Lives Matter Supporters Marched in San Diego on Sunday

    If you were in downtown San Diego on Sunday, July 10th, you could very well have seen or heard Black Lives Matter supporters marching around Petco Park. Nearly a hundred people held a rally …

    Protests Continue Nation-Wide


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    America at Crossroads: Time to Act Before Spiral of Racial Violence Increases

    July 8, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    Words are difficult to come by today in trying to describe what has just happened, and where we, as a city, as a country, as a nation, are right now.

    What we have collectively experienced – as a nation – over the last 3 days – is very difficult to digest. Other stories, other tasks fall by the wayside as irrelevant and inappropriate.

    We’re filled with sorrow from all the shootings, killings, and violence that we as a society have experienced just recently.

    Dallas, of course, where so much blood was spilled last night, but also St. Paul, Minnesota, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana – and also right here in San Diego where we just went through a horrible period of nearly a week with the vicious attacks by a serial killer of homeless men.

    There is also a sense of relief – relief that there was only one shooter in Dallas and he is no longer a threat as he was killed by a police bomb.

    Relief because the suspected serial killer right here in San Diego has been caught.

    Yet, there is heart-break and there is anguish.

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    Suspect in Homeless Attacks Arrested and OB Victim Identified

    July 8, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

    Suspect Imprisoned 6 Years Ago for Lighting Homeless Man on Fire

    The suspect in the serial attacks on homeless men was arrested Thursday, July 7th, and the Ocean Beach victim of one of his fatal attacks has been identified.

    Anthony Alexander Padgett, 36, was arrested by San Diego Police in Chula Vista about 10 a.m. Thursday. The arrest occurred near H Street and Broadway. He was booked on 5 felony counts altogether, two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of arson.

    San Diego homicide Capt. David Nisleit told the media :

    “At this time, we have probable cause to arrest Mr. Padgett for these heinous crimes.”

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    Friends of the Ocean Beach Library Have High Hopes for its Expansion

    July 7, 2016 by Frank Gormlie


    The Friends of the Ocean Beach library and its staff have high hopes for the expansion of the branch – one of the oldest in the City’s system.

    It was in a cool, air-conditioned backroom where I sat down with head librarian Matt Beatty and Laura Dennison, one of the co-chairs of the Expansion sub-committee for the Friends to discuss the library’s expansion plans.

    The basic idea is for the library to take over either parts of or all of the building next door, which is already owned by the City – bought over a decade ago in anticipation of the OB Library’s rehab and expansion.

    The next door building – now inhabited by law firms – all with leases with the City – is so close to the Library, that the hopes are that they can be connected at some point, with a computer lab, meeting rooms and staff offices for the librarians.

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    Other Victims of Killer of Homeless Men Identified – Including Ocean Beach Man

    July 6, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

    The other victims of the vicious attacks on homeless men have now been identified.

    In the Midway District of the 4th of July, the killer assaulted his second victim who has been identified as Manuel Mason, 61, who was stabbed and found at Greenwood and Kurtz streets at about 4:50 a.m. The good news is that he is expected to survive, but is still in in critical condition.

    An hour or so later near tennis courts at Robb Athletic Field in Ocean Beach, Shawn Longley, 41, was found dead with wounds to the upper torso.

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    News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma

    July 6, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    An unidentified man fell to his death, Tuesday, July 5th, off Sunset Cliffs, near Ladera Street. …

    Is Reader Article on “Aggressive Homeless” Inappropriate Right Now?

    There is a new SD Reader article out, published online on July 6th, about how OB is on edge – not because of the killer of homeless on the loose, but because of “aggressive transients”. Badtaste? …

    Poke Hotspot Heading to OB

    Poke is currently blowing up in San Diego, and the latest hotspot will be take-out hub It’s Raw Poke Shop, heading to Ocean Beach by early August.

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    Killer of Homeless on the Loose – Severely Injured Fourth Victim Set on Fire in Downtown San Diego

    July 6, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

    This is an update on the series of grisly and vicious attacks on homeless people that have occurred this week – that have now claimed their fourth victim. A homeless man was set on fire early today – Wednesday, July 6 – in downtown San Diego.

    One of the first victims – the other victim whose body was burned – has been identified as Angelo De Nardo, 53. An autopsy determined that he had been killed before being doused with gas and set afire.

    The other attacks occurred around Mission Bay; one in Ocean Beach – in Robb Field where a sleeping houseless man was beaten to death; another in the Midway area, where a man was beaten, but survived and is now hospitalized with life-threatening injuries; De Nardo’s death occurred just east of Mission Bay. The victims from OB and the Midway have not been identified.

    Police say that the 4th victim’s injuries match the pattern of the earlier attacks.

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    Man Suspected in 3 Vicious Attacks on Homeless – Kills 2 – One in OB – Seriously Injures 3rd

    July 5, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

    UPDATED: One of the victims has been identified as Lorenzo. And the local NBC affiliate spoke with the clerk who sold gas cans to the suspect.


    NBC 7 spoke to a Hector Roman who told them he knew the burned victim as Lorenzo. He told the media that Lorenzo came by his store often, and would buy sandwiches, soups and candybars:

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    There is a suspect in vicious attacks on three homeless men over the July 4th weekend – attacks that killed two – including one in Ocean Beach, and seriously injured a third.

    The suspect – as yet unidentified – is in photos here. He is described as a white male, 40 to 50 years old, who was wearing a tan or brown jacket or sweatshirt, a green Army hat or baseball cap and tan khaki pants, and carrying a backpack.

    Here is what happened, as best as we can put together:

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    Questions Raised About Ocean Beach Project at Ebers Street and Greene

    July 1, 2016 by Frank Gormlie
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    More questions have been raised about the project going up at Ebers Street and Greene Street in Ocean Beach.

    Why does the current project not conform to the scope of the construction? Were the plans misrepresented to the City? Why didn’t this project come before the OB Planning Board?

    Curtis Nelson of Nelco Properties, LLC is the contractor and Jennifer Quan is the agent/ applicant of this project at 2269 Ebers Street.

    So let us get this straight.

    The original permit only called for an “addition” to an existing single dwelling unit. The addition included a new attached 3-car garage with “storage” and with two floors above the garage area. The second floor is to include the living area, the third floor would include the master bedroom and bath, with a roof top deck.

    The original scope of the permit called for a “New hallway to attach new garage to existing SDU (single dwelling unit)”. In a scope change, the applicant revised the garage down from a 3-car garage to a two car one.

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    Murder Suspect in Point Loma Shooting Pleads Non-Guilty Due to Self-Defense

    July 1, 2016 by Frank Gormlie
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    This murder suspect in the June 22nd shooting in Point Loma pleaded not guilty to murder and a gun-use allegation at his arraignment in downtown San Diego, Thursday, June 30th.

    Thomas Francis Burke, 32, arrested for the murder of Jess Matthew Robles, who was in his mid-30’s, is being held on $10 million bail. During the arraignment, Burke’s attorney said his client fired at Robles in self-defense.

    Now that the suspect’s attorney and the prosecutor had their say in court, a picture of what was happening between Burke and Robles has emerged.

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    Update on the Emerson Project in Point Loma

    June 30, 2016 by Frank Gormlie
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    This is an update on what’s happening with the controversial Emerson project in the Point Loma neighborhood of Roseville. The 40 foot duplex has been under siege ever since neighbors and Peninsula activists took notice of its construction and of its clear violation of the 30 foot height limit.

    The only real news is that on Wednesday, June 29th, Mayor Kevin Faulconer met with a few Peninsula Community Planning Board members and a local resident who organized a protest rally at the project, at 3144 Emerson Street, near Evergreen.

    Afterwards, the mayor held a press conference to pledge that he would ensure that the city and developers follow the rules and that “we protect our coastal zone and height limit.”

    The day before – on Tuesday – Faulconer had ordered a Stop Work Order on the project being built by Pacific Enterprise Builders.

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