It’s the National Parks’ 100th Birthday! Get Thee Out to the Cabrillo Lighthouse – Free Thurs. – Sun.

August 25, 2016 by Staff
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It’s the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, today, Thursday, August 25th.

And the Cabrillo National Monument at the tip of Point Loma is free today, Thursday through this Sunday, August 28th.

The Monument has a full schedule of events Thursday to celebrate this great anniversary of the National Parks.

On this day in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that created the National Park Service, which to this day, serves as caretaker for more than 400 sites.

Local events are scheduled to begin at the monument at 9:30 a.m.

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Late August 2016

August 24, 2016 by Staff
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* Fund Raiser for the Green Store – Wed., Aug. 24 at Raglan
* OB Sailor Family Helps Flood Victims in Louisiana
* OB Psych-Pop Band – Verigolds – on Most Bright Stage Lights
* Pt Loma Nazarene Grad Remembered
* Ocean Beach gets $3 million in grants to rebuild aging sewers…?
* Hearing Postponed for Pharmacist Charged with Murder of OB Roommate’s Boyfriend
* 4 Crawl Out From Flipped Car in Point Loma
* Analysis Shows Water Science Education Efforts Increased Awareness of Water Issues by 56 Percent –
* Police Search for Suspect in Assault on Homeless Man in the Mid-Way
* Drivers! Watch Out for Navy’s Pipeline Repair Projects Throughout Point Loma

* About the Repair and Relocation of the Miramar Fuel Pipeline

* Neighbors against PLHS lights, school district agree to mediation
* San Diego Refugee Project Got Its Start in Ocean Beach
* Turning Wabaska into a safe route to school Voltaire Bridge to receive improvements
* New league and challenges for Pointers football
* Is Spundoze’s “Point Loma Deep” Named After San Diego?

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Ocean Beach Murals

August 24, 2016 by Staff

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All photos by Brittany Bailey

Here’s nearly a dozen and half of photographer Brittany Bailey’s photos of OB’s murals. She took these photos a number of years ago and so, not all of them are still up.

Click on the image for a larger version.

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OB Town Council Meeting: Visioning Workshop on Newport Avenue Plus OBTC Candidate Forum – Wed., Aug. 24

August 23, 2016 by Staff
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The upcoming August 24th OB Town Council meeting could be very exciting and entertaining – and very invigorating – as the Town Council – in conjunction with the OB Planning Board – are both hosting what’s being billed as a a Visioning Workshop on Newport Avenue.

There will also be a forum to hear from the candidates running for election to the OB Town Council Board of Directors. (It’s now too late to submit letters to be a candidate for the Board. Click here and here for more details on OBTC elections.)

Newport Avenue – the street itself – is getting a make-over by the city. So, at the Visioning Workshop for Newport Avenue, community leaders will facilitate a 30-40 minute workshop focused on examining the challenges and opportunities for OB’s principle commercial avenue.

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Gas Leak in OB Monday Night Forces Evacuations

August 23, 2016 by Staff

A gas leak discovered Monday night, caused about 200 OB residents to be evacuated from their homes.

According to the San Diego U-T:

Homes in the vicinity of Bacon and Cable streets and Santa Cruz and Del Monte avenues were expected to be evacuated throughout the night until at least 5 a.m. as crews worked to locate and repair the broken gas pipe, said San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Lee Swanson.

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August 17, 2016: San Diego Homeless Awareness Day

August 17, 2016 by Staff
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Today, August 17th, is San Diego Homeless Awareness Day. And many of San Diego’s media sources – about 20 – have pledged to carry, run, print, publish articles and posts about the homeless and homelessness today.

The OB Rag – along with our sister publication, the San Diego Free Press – has joined this effort to highlight the plight of our area’s citizens who have no home, other than the streets.

To this end, we are posting a series of articles from the writers of the SDFP and OB Rag.

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Shooting Between Roommates on Ebers Street in Ocean Beach Puts Man in Hospital

August 9, 2016 by Staff

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A shooting that involved roommates occurred on Ebers Street Monday, August 8th, around 5 p.m.

Jeffrey Renteria, 30, was sent to a local hospital after being shot three times by his girlfriend’s brother. He is expected to recover.

The shooting suspect is in police custody, claiming self-defense.

According to law enforcement, Renteria and the unidentified brother of his girlfriend, Becky Touchtone, had been arguing for most of the day inside the house they all share on Ebers near Muir Street in north OB.

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OB Town Council Meeting: Community Grant Awards to Be Announced – Wed., July 27th

July 26, 2016 by Staff
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At the upcoming OB Town Council meeting on Wednesday, July 27th, the board will announce the awards of their OB Community Grants program.

The board has selected local organizations, groups, and persons that promote the general betterment and beautification of Ocean Beach and the welfare of its residents.

The meeting is open to the public, of course, as the OBTC invites all to “Come learn more about these important community groups and initiatives and lend them our collective congratulations.”

There also will be a brief presentation from the Office of Councilmember Lorie Zapf on …

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“San Diego Free Press” Takes Home 9 Professional Journalism Awards

July 25, 2016 by Staff
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Editor: Our prodigy media project, the San Diego Free Press has something to be very proud about; they just brought home nine awards from the San Diego Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists last week.

Many of the volunteer writers who won awards have their articles re-posted here at the OB Rag. (OB Rag editors sit on the editorial board of the SDFP.) Here is the report:

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As we enter our fourth year here at the San Diego Free Press, there could be no greater gift than to be the platform that allows eight volunteer writers worthy recognition among a Society of Professional Journalists. We are intensely proud to be working with these incredibly talented and passionate people.

The San Diego Free Press itself was also recognized for its role in online journalism.

The awards are as follows:

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Press Conference on Surveillance Cameras in OB Today – Thurs. at 11:30 a.m.

July 21, 2016 by Staff

Here is the Press Release for a Press Conference on the surveillance cameras installed in Ocean Beach.

OB Crime Fighting Cameras Set to Go Live

What: The City of San Diego has installed cameras in Ocean Beach near the ocean and parking lots to ward off potential criminals. The cameras are on a loop that is not monitored or reviewed unless a crime is reported. This will give law enforcement a valuable crime fighting tool to provide evidence and allow prosecutors to go after criminals to the fullest extent of the law.

When: Thursday, July 21, 2016
11:30 AM

Where: Ocean Beach – at the intersection of Newport Ave and Abbott Street.

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The OB Pier Turns 50 ! – Join OB Historical Society for its Story – July 21

July 20, 2016 by Staff

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Possible 6th Victim of Attacks on Homeless Has Emerged – He Survived

July 19, 2016 by Staff
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A possible sixth victim in the series of attacks on homeless men has emerged from the shadows.

Phillip Petrina says he was attacked by an unknown assailant with a rock while sleeping and he says the man who attacked him is the same man arrested by police for the murders and attacks recently.

It happened on July 7th, he said, right in the middle of the serial attacks.

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Keep the “Conscience of Ocean Beach” – the OB Rag – Going

July 15, 2016 by Staff

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It’s Our Summer Funding Appeal!

Michael Turko – of Turko Files – once called the OB Ragthe conscience of OB“. We love that moniker and wear it with pride.

But you know what? We’re broke. And we need help right away to keep going.

Even with our shoe-string budget, we do have costs – and occasionally we pay our writers – but right now we have practically run out of operating funds and must turn, as we do once in a while, to our readers, fans and supporters to help us ‘keep it all goin”.

At this point in the middle of July we have to steer our efforts away from being the online citizen journal for Ocean Beach and Point Loma and focus instead on fund-raising.

There’s a whole bunch of posts and articles in the works … like :

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Bernie Endorses Hillary

July 12, 2016 by Staff

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders stand together during a campaign rally where Sanders endorsed Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S., July 12, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder - TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

“Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths.” – Sen. Bernie Sanders

Today, Tuesday July 12th, Sen. Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

At a rally in New Hampshire, Sanders said:

“Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that.

She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.”

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Locals Help Displaced Homeless People During the All Stars Game – a Call for Volunteers

July 11, 2016 by Staff

City Cracks Down on Homeless While Most of San Diego Stands by Silently

By Jeeni Criscenzo

Photo by Adam Jones, Ph.D. - Global Photo Archive This is what happens when those in authority disparage a particular group of people.

Whether they mean to or not, their public expressions of contempt and disrespect give permission, and even encouragement, to those looking for an excuse to manifest their anger and hatred in violent actions against the most vulnerable.

I predict that future history books will call this the Trump Effect.

Every Monday our City sends out a team of a half dozen squad cards, sanitation vehicles, fire engines and ambulances to uproot our poorest neighbors.

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The OB Green Activist Calendar

July 7, 2016 by Staff

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July Events in Ocean Beach and Point Loma

July 14th Thursday 7 p.m. Film night “The Future of Energy” – Ocean Beach Green Center

July 21st Thursday 7pm – OB Historical Society” The OB Pier Turns 50!

ALSO EVENTS NOT IN OB OR POINT LOMA INSIDE …

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Video of Suspected Killer of Homeless Men

July 6, 2016 by Staff
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Here’s the video that has been released of the suspect of the vicious assaults on homeless men at a convenience store buying goods. It was released by the Homicide department of the San Diego Police Department.

If you have any information on this person please call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of $1,000.

COME INSIDE FOR THE VIDEO – IT CANNOT BE PLAYED FROM OUR HOME PAGE.

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OB Planning Board Agenda for July 6, 2016

July 5, 2016 by Staff
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Here is the official agenda for the Ocean Beach Planning Board’s monthly meeting, Wednesday, July 6th. The Board meets at the OB Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue, and the meeting starts at 6pm.

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OB Pier 50th Anniversary Art Show Reception – June 30th

June 27, 2016 by Staff

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Join the celebrations at the OB Pier 50th Anniversary Art Show Opening Reception on Thursday, June 30, from 6-9 p.m. There will be a local chef showcase (serving hors d’oeuvres), wine from Gianni Buonomo Vintners, beer from Mike Hess Brewing Ocean Beach, and music by John Tafolla.

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Getting Set for the OB Street Fair – What’s Happenin’?

June 23, 2016 by Staff
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Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off set for June 25

It’s that time of year when thousands will flock to the annual Ocean Beach Street Fair for food, drinks, chili, live music, art and people watching – all coming down this Saturday, June 25th.

This year is the 37th annual Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival.

Here’s what the free one-day street festival will offer:

  • Location, location, location – 4800 to 5000 blocks of Newport Avenue from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at cross streets of Bacon and Cable, at the OB Pier parking lot,
  • Free bike valet at the intersection of Bacon Street and Newport Avenue, courtesy of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.
  • Free trolley services will run for people parking near Robb Field (every 30 minutes) and on Sea World Drive at Pacific Coast Highway (every hour) from 9:30 a.m.to 9 p.m.
  • The chili cook-off and competition – Chili tastings will begin at 11 a.m. and will end when contestants run out of samples from the more than 20 tastings …
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Ocean Beach and Point Loma News and Notices

June 21, 2016 by Staff

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* OB Pier 50th Anniversary Art Show Reception – June 30th
* Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off set for June 25
* Point Loma Neighbors See Violation of 30 Foot Height Rule in New Construction
* Recent Research Showing Cabrillo as Spanish Ignites Local Controversy
* It’s Back! Artwork Cleaned-Up and Returned to Newport Ave.
* Is Amazon Taking Over the Old Midway Post Office?
* Pipeline Repair and Rehab Project Public Meeting – June 22nd
* Woman Rescued After Falling From Sunset Cliffs …
* Bicyclist Injured by SUV in Fleetridge Area of Point Loma
* PB Residents Argue Whether Crime Rates Gauged to Lack of Local Control Over Alcohol Licenses
* Imperial Beach Is Worried About Sea-Level Rise – Shouldn’t OB Be?
* Fiesta Island’s full-on dog party over soon?
* Americana group Dewey Paul Band will perform their Garcia Van Dylan tribute at Winston’s
* Thousands of Books Collected for Kids Summer-

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OB Town Council Meeting – Short Term Vacation Rentals Presentation and Discussion – Wed., June 22nd

June 20, 2016 by Staff

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Everyone is invited to the OB Town Council meeting on Wednesday, June 22nd, to discuss Short Term Vacation Rentals in Ocean Beach, a very hot topic these days at the coast.

From the OBTC website:

Tourism to our quaint beach town helps our economy thrive, but many residents have been feeling the affect of short-term vacation rentals as fewer homes are available for affordable long-term rental.

Representatives from Save San Diego Neighborhoods will provide an overview on short-term vacation rentals, community impacts, and enforcement of current municipal code. The Town Council wants you to come and share your experience, concerns, and feedback on STVRs during the community discussion.

The meeting begins at 7:00pm at the Masonic Center (1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.)

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Canine Cruelty in Ocean Beach: Dogs Left in Crate in Alley – Rescued by Locals

June 17, 2016 by Staff
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Here’s a sad story about canine cruelty in Ocean Beach but it has a happy ending .

Somebody abandoned 2 dogs in a crate in an OB alley near Voltaire and Lotus – and they sat there in the heat for hours apparently. The dogs were poodle-mixes.

Fortunately for the dogs, OBcean Cynthia Salgado noticed them and kept an eye on them to see if anyone was coming for them. When no one did, Salgado got on one of OB’s facebook pages and sent out a call for help.

Within minutes, a neighbor came over to help. Channel 10 News reported that “Samantha Caan lived a few blocks away and ran over to help.” Salgado told the news:

“She came in two minutes. I just told her ‘hey, you know what, like, I need help’ and she’s just like ‘I’ll be there in two minutes.’”

Other community folks joined in and assisted the women load the dog crate into a jeep owned by Caan, that she drove over to the Animal Services on Gaines Street.

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Elevated Surf and Strong Rip Currents Remain Hazards for San Diego Beaches

June 16, 2016 by Staff
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The National Weather Service – San Diego – is keeping in effect a “Beach Hazard” warning for San Diego County beaches, and it will remain in effect through 10 pm today, Thursday evening, June 16th.

Elevated surf and dangerous rip currents are expected through today. Surf is expected to gradually lower on Friday, although, the weather service warns, rip currents will remain strong.

The warning states:

“Strong longshore currents will accompany the surf at all area beaches.”

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“La Cucaracha” Cartoon Takes on The Donald

June 7, 2016 by Staff

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Donald Trump is having a hard time everywhere he goes, it seems these days.

Even on the comic page.

On Monday, June 6th – D-Day, the cartoon “La Cucaracha” let him have it. It displays a Hitleresque blond figure raising his arm in a Nazi-type salute – with a large “D” on his hat.

The cartoon drawn by Lalo Alcaraz, has often brought out the ire of conservative readers, usually complaining of the “over-politicization of the comic pages” or of the “Latino-bias” of the artist.

This time Lalo – we think – has hit it on the head.

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Ocean Beach and Point Loma News – Early June, 2016

June 2, 2016 by Staff
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* OB Featured in Latest CityBeat

* Point Loma Fire Station to Be Demolished and Remodeled
* Gunshot and Stabbing at Santa Cruz Cove
* Police Moving into Holiday Weekend and Shift Changes
* Lifeguard Stats for April
* OB Exposed! Winners

* OB Town Council Offers Community Grants

* Graffiti on OB Benches
* New Helm’s on Newport Gets Notice
* Local OB Bicyclist Mentioned in U-T on Wishes for More Than Bike Lanes
* Fund Raisers for Point Loma High Vice-Principal Battling Cancer
* Dia de Portugal Is Coming on June 11 in Point Loma
* Point Loma Summer Concerts on Schedule

 

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The Red Crabs Have Arrived in Ocean Beach, Again

May 31, 2016 by Staff
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The red crabs have arrived in OB – again.

Check out these photos by South OB Girl of the arrival of the red crabs on Bermuda beach on Sunday, May 29th. The pelagic red crabs (Pleuroncodes planipes) – probably washed up with the high tide.

Here is something that it may take a while for the scientists to tell you:

They arrived here last year around the same time. It was June 11, 2015 when they washed up along OB beaches in massive numbers.

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School Board Approves New Stadium Lights and Library at Pt Loma High

May 25, 2016 by Staff
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Tuesday night, May 24th, the school board voted to approve bright lights and other improvements to Point Loma High School which include a new library, despite opposition from some local residents.

In an unanimous vote, the San Diego Unified School District Board moved forward on the improvements,which include:

  • 7 new poles with speakers mounted at the top;
  • Four 70 foot light poles around the field;
  • four 20-foot light poles in the grandstands;
  • a new classroom building
  • a new library
  • upgrades to existing campus structures.
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Weekend of Progressive Politics for San Diego

May 20, 2016 by Staff

Here’s a San Diego weekend full of progressive politics – from the March Against Monsanto to all the rallies for Bernie, Hillary, Planned Parenthood and more …(Huge thanks to Doug Porter for his Progressive Weekly Calendar – which much of this was snagged from.)

March Against Monsanto Rally, March, & Festival

Monsanto-protestSaturday, May 21, 10am
Rally & March: Balboa Park Fountain (near Natural History Museum)

Followed by Festival on the lawn between La Cultural de la Raza & World Beat Center. More info: MAMSD.org

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Fundraiser for Mel Roark’s Grandson on May 22nd – Ed Harris to Attend –

May 20, 2016 by Staff
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Grandson Braden Victim of Rattlesnake Attack – Family Needs Help

Well-known OB community activist Mel Roark is holding a fundraiser for her grandson, Braden, who was bitten by a rattlesnake on April 12th. The family is facing enormous hospital bills as Braden had to take more than 35 vials of anti-venom and each one cost $2,000.

Ed Harris, the mayoral candidate, will also be on hand to show support to Mel and Braden.

This all takes place on Sunday, May 22nd, from 3 to 6 pm at The Inn at Sunset Cliffs, 1370 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. Food, beverages, drawings and entertainment by very local John Tafolla.

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